EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/19/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Peter Skansi parts ways with Split -by Dragan Jankovski
Croatian basketball legend Petar Skansi is no more employed in BC Split. Namely, he decided to step down on a position of the club's sports director as well as on a position of director of the youth selections.

Skansi explained his move with a fact that he done everything what was expected from him and now, when situation in the club is more than satisfied, he can return to his private businesses.


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ARGENTINA

An olympic champion to Boca jrs. -by Facundo Iatzky
Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) is the new player of Boca Juniors. Gaby left Varese of Italian league (7.2 pts 4.8 rebs in 17 games) and will join Boca this week. Fernandez will be the third player of the 2004 argentinian olyimpic 'golden' team with his teammate Leo Gutierrez and Ale Montechia who will return to play the next month.

Estudaintes bahia blanca signed Marcelo Richotti as new head coach. He willl replace Guillermo Lopez. Richotti was in Asociacion Espanola recently.

Central entrerriano released Tomas Aguilera (10 pts 5.8 reb in 4 games) who was not what the coach expected. His replacement is center Carlos Wheeler (203-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville)


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BAHRAIN

Round 2 Begins -by Yousef Ahmed


CUP runners-up Muharraq will take on Al Najma while Al Hala and Sitra will battle it out in the first matches of the second-half of the Bahrain Basketball League on Wednesday at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

In the first match starting at 5.30pm, coach John Wojtak from Muharraq Club will be looking to make his team have a fresh start after their 10-point defeat to champions Manama in the Basketball Cup final held recently.

An excepted victory for Muharraq will see them move up to a joint second with Al Ahli club (17points) and Cup champions Manama will stay in the lead with 18 points. Ahli next match is against Isa Town scheduled for Thursday at the same venue.

Presently sharing second from bottom spot with Isa Town with 11 points each, Al Najma will be hoping to produce one of the biggest upsets of the season.

Al Najma are now looking for a new coach to take over the reigns from Mohammed Abu Shadi of Egypt who resigned after the team's recent disappointing results in the league.

In other matches, Manama are favourites to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches when they play bottom team Bahrain Club on January 26 while Al Ittihad and Nuwaidrat will clash in an interesting encounter.

Ten clubs will battle it out in this double round robin championship with the top four teams booking berths in the semi-finals knock-out stage to decide the title.

Al Ahli were crowned champions last year for the 12th time and the first since 1989 after defeating Manama in a best-of-three thriller, but this year with muharraq in the race will make this second round and exciting battle for the top seed.




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BELGIUM

ULEB Cup -by Peter Buyse


Oostende did what it had to do to keep its hopes of advancing to the next round alive by beating Nymburk at home.
It was once again a fight to the end but this time without copntroversy like the games vs Red Star and Bologna.
The game was very even in the first 2 quarters ending with an 42-41 half time lead.
Things seemed to go south for Oostende from that point on with Nymburk reclaiming the lead and even taking a 7pt lead after 30 minutes.
Oostende not wanting to let the home town fans down dug deep and thanks to a 3pt shot made by McCray got the lead back at 67-66.
Oostende was on a roll now and thanks to a 14-2 run took a 72-66 lead.
Nymburk too charge of the score from there with 3pointers by Mack, Sokolov and Lee to give them a 76-77 lead.

Oostende then showed it can hit long range shots too and thanks to Brunner and Green reclaimed the lead 82-77.

this lead turned out enough for the hard fought and well deserved win.

Next up for Oostende is Bologna on Saturday Jan 19 at 20.30 in the Sleuyter Arena.

Noteworthy is that Oostende only had 5 players who scored but they all scored in double figures with Brunner leading all scorers with 20 pts.

Leading scorer for Nymburk was Rancik with 27 pts who was held scoreless in the 4th quarter.

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Antwerp Diamond Giants could not get a win in Austria and came back home with a 80-69 loss.

The belgian team got off to a bad start with a 22-14 first quarter. Gmunden extended their lead to 41-26 at the half and held on for the win despite Antwerp winning Q3 14-19.



Van den Spiegel Back to CSKA -by Peter Buyse

Belgian Center Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) is leaving Trefl Sopot to return to his old team CSKA Moscow.
He has signed with Moscow till the end of the 2008-2009 season.
This season he is averaging around 10 pts and close to 8 rebs per game in both the Polish league and the Euroleague.


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BOSNIA

Siroki Prima pivo sign Derrick Zimmerman -by Eurobasket

Siroki Prima pivo signed 27-year old American guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, college: Mississippi St.). Zimmerman played last season at Air Avellino (Italy), where he averaged 7.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. He tried to make it to the NBA this summer, playing in the summer league for Washington Wizards. However he did not make the final roster and was searching for opportunity to play pro basketball overseas.



Leric moves from Slavija to Budva -by Sead Buljina
Samir Leric has accepted an offer from Budva, Montenegro and he will continue playing this season for Montenegrin team. Leric is leaving Slavija as a current MVP of the Bosnian National Championship. Slavija`s president, Zdravko Savija hopes that Leric will come back to Slavija for the Bosnian championship play offs. Samir Leric has played with Bosnian National team at several European Championships, including the 2005 EC.

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BULGARIA

Fans will manage online a real basketball club in Bulgaria -by Valentin Anguelov
A Bulgarian basketball club called BC START is hoping to gain supporters around the world with their online sports club management site www.nashiaotbor.com/eng.Ten-year-old START is taking a pro-active approach by asking basketball fans to fund an existing team. Start is seeking a minimum of 10,000 people—worldwide—who are willing sign up before May 1st, 2008, pledging to pay BGN 40 (EUR 20 / USD 30) each if enough other members register to do the same. Once the money has been collected, the team will organize a basketball camp and try-outs.

Training sessions will be filmed and broadcast on nashiaotbor.com, allowing fans to help spot and vote for talented new players. Every registered fan will also have the ability to watch all practices and official games online as well as interviews with players and coaches.
As a bonus, every registered supporter will receive a 15 euro gift voucher from www.and1shop.eu and an original BC Start T-shirt.


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CAMEROON

Collegiate News...Bendengue displaying solid numbers... -by Yann Tientcheu
Germain Bendengue can be introduced as a major element of the ensemble constituted by the Tigers of Dalhousie University in Halifax,
Nova Scotia , CAnada. The Cameroonian player stands as the best rebounder of the men's basketball program with 5.8 catches per meeting
and the 3rd best scorer with 11.3pts a game. He led the team in rebounding in four games this year, the highest being 17 on Nov. 24th at UNB. In addition
of posting unmatchable numbers on the board more than one this year, Bendengue also overwhelmed his team's competition on the offensive
figure of the game twice this season, scoring for instance 20pts on Nov. 24th for a double-double performance (17rbds) against UNB. His team is currently 10 for 10 overall, doing better away (4-4)
and on neutral territory than at home (4-6). Dalhousie University is presently 5th in the Atlantic University Sports Conference (including 8 schools) one spot better than the 6th position
the school was filling by the end of the 2006/2007 campaign. Bendengue had 19pts and 7rbds in a 77-74 win of Dalhousie University against Cape Breton on January 13th.

Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) cointinues to lead the Rams of Rhode Island university from the point and had 11pts and 4rbds on January 17th in a 68-61n loss to Saint Louis University. Joe Mbang
finished the game with 5pts and 2rbds in 18mns of action.

Stephane Bakinde (203-F-87) was at the center of the success of the DivII Newberry University Indians


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CHINA

Liaoning, Guangdong, Dongguan Take 2-0 Leads in CBA Playoffs -- Updated -by Arthur Volbert

Liaoning, Guangdong, and Dongguan took 2-0 leads in the first round of the CBA playoffs while Fujian has tied Jiangsu 1-1.

Jiangsu's top players didn't come to play today as Fujian smashed Jiangsu 112-99. Gong Songlin and DaJuan Tate each scored 29 points and Liu Yudong added 26 for Jiangsu. Lu Xiaoming had 11 points, 13 assists and 9 steals as he completely outplayed Jiangsu's Hu Xuefeng. Tang Zhengdong only had 14 points and 8 rebounds for Jiangsu and played only 27 rebounds. Hu had only 7 points and 3 assists, committing 5 turnovers. Yang Li led Jiangsu with 26 points.

Guangdong took a 2-0 lead over Zhejiang Guangsha with a 105-98 victory. Wang Shipeng led the way with 23 points. Chen Jianghua (188-G-89) had an excellent game with 21 points on 8 of 8 shooting. However he only had 1 assist to 3 turnovers. Chen is confirming belief that he is an Allen Iverson-type combo guard rather than a true point guard. But, if his body holds up better than Nene's, he may have an NBA future. Yu Junkai led Guangsha with 24 points, Rodney White scored 19 and Zhang Nan added 17.

Liaoning scored its second straight one-point victory over Bayi, 98-97, to take a 2-0 lead in its playoff series. Once again Liaoning thoroughly outrebounded Bayi, this time a 44-25 advantage. Mo Ke of Bayi continued to have an awful season, fouling out in 22 minutes with only 9 points and 2 rebounds. His poor play jeaopardizes his spot on the national team. Yang Ming and Olumide Oyedeji had 25 points for Liaoning. Oyedeji added 18 rebounds. Yang, who is class of 1987, may have NBA potential as a combo guard. Continued play at this level could earn him a spot on the national team, perhaps ahead of Wang Lei, who had 4 points and no rebounds in 20 minutes for Bayi, too little activity to be included in the box score. Wang has been extremely inconsistent this season and one wonders if this inconsistency is inherent in his personality. Wang Zhizhi and Li Nan led Bayi. Wang had 31 points and 10 rebounds while Li had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.


Dongguan defeated Shandong 112-96 to take a 2-0 lead in its series. Dongguan outscored Shandong 34-15 in the first quarter but Shandong won the second quarter 24-18 and the third 30-22 to narrow Dongguan's advantage to 74-69 after three quarters. Then Dongguan aced the fourth quarter 38-27 to gain its 16 point victory. Qiu Biao led Dongguan with 30 points. Zhang Kai had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony Myles had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Mike Harris had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Herve Lamizana scored 19 points for Shandong. Lou Yandong scored 17, Hou Bing 14 and Mack Tuck 12. Dongguan outrebounded Shandong 49-34.



Fujian 112
Gong Songlin 29p+3r+2a+4s, Lu Xiaoming 11p+2r+13a+9s+4to, Yang Chao 9p+5r+2a, Liu Yudong 26p+12r+2a+4s+1bl, Jameel Watkins 17min+6p+7r+1a+6fl, DaJuan Tate 29p+7r+2a+2s
Jiangsu 99
Tang Zhengdong 27min+14p+8r+2a, Hu Xuefeng 7p+4r+3a+2s+5to, Yi Li 11p+6r+1a+1bl, Meng Da 3p+4r+1s+1bl, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 18p+4r+1a+2s, Yang Li 26p+5r, Jon Smith 11p+3r, Han Shuo 3p+2r+1a, Fang Hui 4p+3r

Fujian- 25 30 32 25 112
Jiangsu 21 27 26 25 99

Guangdong 105
Wang Shipeng 23p+1r+2a+3s, Liu Xiaoyu 4p+3r+1a+1s+2to, Jason Dixon 15p+7r+1a+1s+5to, Ji Le 6p+3r+1a, Du Feng 10p+2r+5to, Lamond Murray 16p+7r+1a+3s+1bl, Zhu Fangyu 10p+10r+3a+3s, Chen Jianghua 21p(8/8)+4r+1s+3s+2to
Guangsha 98
Yu Junkai 24p+3r+4a+2s, Li Meng 7p+4+2s+1bl, Zhang Nan 17p+6r+2a+6s, Ying Kui 30min+6p+2r+1a+3s+6fl, Rodney White 19p+12r+4a+2s, Yao Peng 6p+2r, Garnett Thompson 19p+5r+2a+1bl


Liaoning 98
Bian Qiang 17p+3r+1a+4s, Liu Xiangtao 47min+14p+4r+1a+1s+6fl, Yang Ming 25p(9/12)+3r+3a+3to, Li Xiaoxu 2p+6r+2a+1bl, Jamal Sampson 13p+9r+1bl, Olumide Oyedeji 25p+18r+3a+1bl
Bayi 97
Mo Ke 22min+9p+2r+1a+2s+6fl, Hu Ke 8p+1r+2a+3s+1bl, Wang Zhizhi 31p+10r+4a+1s+1bl, Li Nan 21p+4r+6a+3s, Wang Zhongguang 2p+4r+3a+1s, Chen Chen 8p+2r+2s, Yao Kaifu 10p+2a


Dongguan 112
Wang Yong1 6p+4r+2a, Zhang Kai 23p+16r+2a+2s+2bl, Qiu Biao 30p+4r+3a+1s+1bl, Wang Jing 11p+5a+2s, Anthony Myles 20p+12r+1a+1s+2bl, Li Gangfeng 5p+4r+2a, Mike Harris 15p+9r+2a+2s+1bl
Shandong 96

Lou Yandong 17p+5r+1s, Wang Gang 8p+3r+2a, Sun Jie 5p+2r+1a+1s, Li Lin 6p+2r+1s, Hou Bing 14p+2r+5a, Mack Tuck 12p+4r+3a, Herve Lamizana 19p+7r+5a+1s+5bl+5to, Cao Zhenhua 9p+5r
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Dongguan 34 18 22 38 112
Shandong 15 24 30 27 96



BAYI DROP ANOTHER GAME TO LIAONING!SERIES NOW 2-0!!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu

Liaoning Tigers this evening added another crucial game to their kitty in their playoff series.In an explosive game which was marred by a lot of bad officiating,the Tigers put their foot on the pedal and won the 1st quarter 30-17.They didnt relent in the second quarter and also won by 30-21 which brought scores at the break to 60-38.Bayi however turned the tables after the break and put the pressure on Liaoning With Li Nan (198-F-76) and Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) piling up points as they made their comeback and reduced the deficit to 5pts at the end of the 3rd period.From there on,it became a ding dong affair as both teams traded points.Things fell apart for Bayi when Mo Ke (209-C-82) fouled out with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter and worsened when Wang Zhizhi also foulet out with under 2 minutes left of playing time.Liaoning held on to win by 1point as final scores stood at 97-98.Young point guard,Yang Ming (193-G-87) and Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) led Liaoning in scoring with 25pts each and Oyedeji added 18rebs.Bian Qiang (192-G-79) scored 17pts and import Sampson Jamal (211-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) contributed 13pts and 9rebs to his teams success.Wang Zhizhi netted 31pts and grabbed 10 boards for Bayi and Li Nan added 21pts.
Trouble erupted at the buzzer as Bayi fans accused the Liaoning team of playing dirty and this resulted in the team being held hostage in their locker room for hours after the end of the game.Head coach for Liaoning and Yang Ming,the point guard had to run for their dear lives as they left the post match conference as the fans tried to vent their annoyance on them.The head coach was actually spat on by a female fan on his way back to the locker room.The whole team and accompanying journalists were held hostage for hours at the end of the game and the police had to be invited to ease the tension.There was a huge crowd of hostile fans outside the door of the locker room chanting and singing songs of protest.The players and officials had to be sneaked out through a side entrance and into a police bus and driven in a convoy back to their hotel.Hope the CBA will do something about the fan situation as the next game is still in Ningbo.

In the other series,Guandong are now two games ahead of Guangsha while Fujian are on level terms with Jiangsu.DongGuan however beat Shandong again to make it 2-0 in their own series.Games continue on sunday.



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CROATIA

Cibona loses to Maccabi, Top 16 hopes go dimmer -by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Maccabi 76:81

Croatian champs Cibona suffered another massive blow to their Euroleague Top 16 aspirations as they fell short to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Zagreb. Cibona fell to 4-8 record and now must win remaining games for a hope to stay in the race. Maccabi meanwhile got into a three-team tie for the top spot in Group B. Cibona led early on as some neat offense allowed the hosts to clinch an 18:12 lead. Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) denied the deficit late in the frame but it was Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) who finalized the first quarter at 20:17 for Cibona. Will Bynum and Yotam Halperin continued to deliver for the visitors after the intermission. They combined for 5 quick points and Maccabi retained the lead. Sam Hoskin hit a jumper but that the only bright spot for the home team in the second stanza. Maccabi exploded with a storming 27:4 rally in the second quarter to stun the hosts. The visitors accumulated a 44:24 lead at the interval and suddenly looked pretty secured down the stretch. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) tried to fuel his teammates in the third stanza with a couple of difficult shots. But Maccabi wisely kept the distance before Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina) and Sam Hoskin connected from afar as the hosts trimmed the deficit to 10 points. Tre Kelley did not stop and drilled one more long jumper to set a 53:62 scoreline with 30 minutes gone in this one. Luksa Andric (209-C/F-85) started the fourth period with a jumper for Cibona as they erased the margin to 7 points, while Sam Hoskin added a basket for a 57:62 game. Cibona looked unstoppable at the moment as Sam Hoskin exploded with two more jumpers to tie the teams at 62. The teams kept close from now on and Maccabi led by a single point 77:76 with just over a minute left in regulation. Morris converted a play for Maccabi to give them a 79:76 advantage with 10 seconds remaining. Luksa Andric lost the ball in the next possession and Yotam Halperin was deadly from charity stripe as Maccabi clinched the 9-3 record.
Will Bynum paced the visitors with 21 points. Yotam Halperin added 13 points for the winners. Sam Hoskin led all scorers with 27 points and 8 boards for Cibona. Tre Kelley nailed 18 points in a losing clause. Cibona visits France next week to take on winless Le Mans. Maccabi hosts Armani Jeans.

Cibona: Sam Hoskin 27, Tre Kelley 18
Maccabi: Will Bynum 21, Yotam Halperin 13, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) 12+10 boards


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CYPRUS

AEL agreed terms with another French player -by Chris Mammides

AEL's third French palyer is now a fact. The Algerian/French guard Ali Bouziane (192-G-77) replaced yesterday the injured Swidish/Congolese guard Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84). The French guard is counting 11 seazons int he French league with best one being the seazon 2001-2002 when he was scoring 10.2 points per game with the jersey of Gravelines where he spent most of his career.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon agreed terms with the American Coach Joe Whelton to be the new Technical Advisor of the Limasol team.

New arrivals from B.M.C AEK Larnacas who agreed terms with Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.)



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DENMARK

The latest results from and out of the country -by Eurobasket News
Bakken Bears overcame BK Amager 90 :79 to take 13-2 record. Jason Siggers led the winners with 30 points. Nicolai Iversen and Martin Thuesen (181-G-79) followed him with 12 points apiece. Matthew Cooper top-scored for the guests with 24 points. Svendborg improved to 12-3 after a win over Aabyhoj 83:57 as Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 18 points for the winners. Andreas Jorgensen (190-G/F-84) ended up with 12 points in defeat.
CSKA and David Andersen (212-C-80) overcame Zalgiris 88:60 last night. The teams entered the game with the Euroleague Top 16 tickets booked. They just fought for the standings in Group A. CSKA thus ensured their top spot and the best seed for Top 16. Zalgiris fell to 7-5 record and can only reach the 4th place in the final two rounds. The encounter turned rather one-sided to a big disappointment of a sell-out crowd in Kaunas. CSKA dominated from the start and snapped Zalgiris' five-game winning streak. Trajan Langdon hit two three-pointers early in the game as CSKA claimed a 12:7 lead. De Juan Collins dropped 5 points in a row for the hosts to trim the difference to 1 point but CSKA cleared off once again. Ramunas Siskauskas hit from outside and David Andersen converted consecutive baskets to allow the visitors enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes. Both teams improved on their defense in the second quarter. A couple of turnovers were followed by Goran Jurak 's triple and Zalgiris returned to contest at 23:28. However CSKA sparked late in the frame registering a 12:0 run to seal the first half outcome at 46:30. J.R. Holden and David Andersen connected from afar to extend CSKA onslaught after the break. The margin grew to 20 points 59:39 with Zalgiris unable to find the right answer. Rimantas Grigas called for a timeout but CSKA did not allow the hosts to come any closer in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period with Zalgiris trailing by 20 points. Marko Popovic and Trajan Langdon traded trebles early in the fourth term but Zalgiris obviously lost concentration defensively as Trajan Langdon and Nikos Zisis opened up a 25-point cushion. From now on the teams just eased to the final moments with no intrigue whatsoever.
Ramunas Siskauskas banked 20 points to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon had 19 points, while David Andersen secured 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. De Juan Collins answered with 16 points for Zalgiris. Mantas Kalnietis scored 11 points for the home team. CSKA takes on Tau in the next round, while Zalgiris hosts Olympiakos next Thursday.


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EUROLEAGUE

Summary of Week 12 -by Eurobasket News
Week 12 of Euroleague brought three players that got weekly MVP. Marko Milic (199-G-77) of Union Olimpija, Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) of Montepaschi Siena and Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) of Fenerbahce Ulker shared the honor.

In Group A CSKA and Zalgiris entered the game with the Euroleague Top 16 tickets booked. They just fought for the standings in Group A. CSKA thus ensured their top spot and the best seed for Top 16 with 88:60 win. Zalgiris fell to 7-5 record and can only reach the 4th place in the final two rounds. The encounter turned rather one-sided to a big disappointment of a sell-out crowd in Kaunas. CSKA dominated from the start and snapped Zalgiris' five-game winning streak. Trajan Langdon hit two three-pointers early in the game as CSKA claimed a 12:7 lead. De Juan Collins dropped 5 points in a row for the hosts to trim the difference to 1 point but CSKA cleared off once again. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) hit from outside and David Andersen (212-C-80) converted consecutive baskets to allow the visitors enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes. Both teams improved on their defense in the second quarter. A couple of turnovers were followed by Goran Jurak 's triple and Zalgiris returned to contest at 23:28. However CSKA sparked late in the frame registering a 12:0 run to seal the first half outcome at 46:30. J.R. Holden and David Andersen connected from afar to extend CSKA onslaught after the break. The margin grew to 20 points 59:39 with Zalgiris unable to find the right answer. Rimantas Grigas called for a timeout but CSKA did not allow the hosts to come any closer in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period with Zalgiris trailing by 20 points. Marko Popovic and Trajan Langdon traded trebles early in the fourth term but Zalgiris obviously lost concentration defensively as Trajan Langdon and Nikos Zisis opened up a 25-point cushion. From now on the teams just eased to the final moments with no intrigue whatsoever.
Ramunas Siskauskas banked 20 points to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon had 19 points, while David Andersen secured 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. De Juan Collins answered with 16 points for Zalgiris. Mantas Kalnietis scored 11 points for the home team. CSKA takes on Tau in the next round, while Zalgiris hosts Olympiakos next Thursday.
Polish Prokom rose from the ashes in Group A as they held off Olympiakos yesterday. Prokom enjoyed their second win in a row and revived their chances of making it to the next round of the tournament. Polish team improved to 3-9 record and has at least a ray of hope now with two more rounds left. Olympiakos started the game a bit more concentrated as Marc Jackson reigned inside and lifted the visitors to 8:4 lead. Donatas Slanina hit a three-pointer, while Chris Harissis added another one to cap the first frame at 14. Olympiakos went on an 8:0 run right after the intermission. However finally Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) broke his silence with a massive three-pointer to set Prokom rolling. Serbian forward later converted a three-point play as the hosts cut the gap to 2 points. Milan Gurovic did not slow down as his triple sent the teams into the dressing rooms drawn at 29. Milan Gurovic picked up from where he left in the second term as his long bomb opened the lead for Prokom early in the third period. The teams traded the baskets before Olympiakos took over in the dying seconds of the third stanza with Jackson and Loukas Mavrokefalidis sealing a 44:40 lead for the visiting side after 30 minutes. Prokom kept it tight throughout the fourth frame. Gurovic and Tomas Van Den Spiegel teamed up for 5 points late in regulation and Prokom grabbed a 59:58 advantage. Tomas Masiulis added pain to the visitors with a basket for 61:58. Milos Teodosic went to the line but sank just one shot, while Donatas Slanina was perfect from the stripe to enlarge the gap to 4 points and no time for Olympiakos to deny it.
Milan Gurovic drained season-high 28 points for the Polish team. Tomas Van Den Spiegel tallied 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Marc Jackson notched 18 points and 11 rebounds for Olympiakos. Ioannis Bourousis scored 11 points in a losing case. Olympiakos fell to 7-5 record and are now tied for the 4th spot with Zalgiris at 7-5. These both teams will clash in the next round in Kaunas. Prokom will take on Montepaschi Siena away from home in a vital battle for Polish side.
Montepaschi Siena stayed in the fight to reach high in Group A by downing host Virtus VidiVici Bologna 64:77. Romain Sato paced the winners with 18 points on 8-for-10 two-pointers, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.
Tau Ceramica won over Union Olimpija 89:74 as Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the way with 18 points. Olimpija captain Marko Milic paced his team with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.

Efes Pilsen definitely needed this win more as they edged Lietuvos Rytas in Istanbul yesterday to seal their Top 16 birth. Efes Pilsen clinched an 8-4 record just one win behind Lietuvos Rytas. Lithuanian team secured the share of the top spot in Group B. The visitors however showed that the game would not be an easy jog for Efes Pilsen as Chuck Eidson and Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) scored 4 points to put Rytas ahead at the start. Efes Pilsen reacted immediately as Scoonie Penn and Rashad Wright fueled an 11:2 run to put the hosts up. Marijonas Petravicius would not stop however as his 4 points allowed Rytas to retain the lead at 13:11. The Lithuanian side held to the advantage and finished the first frame 24:20 in front. The lead moved to and fro with neither side being able to dominate in the second quarter. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) and Arturas Jomantas put the visitors ahead 45:41 late in the half but Drew Nicholas sank 5 points for Efes Pilsen to square things up at 46. Marijonas Petravicius and Hollis Price remained the key force for Rytas after the break. They accounted for another scoring burst from Lietuvos Rytas as they accumulated a 65:58 lead late in the third stanza. However Drew Nicholas once again stepped up for the home team to cap the frame and froze it up at 62:67. Finally Efes Pilsen broke through as Scoonie Penn and Kenny Gregory combined for back-to-back three-pointers and lifted the hosts to 71:70 advantage. Lietuvos Rytas fought back and the teams were tied at 80 with just over a minute remaining. Scoonie Penn dropped a jumper and Kenny Gregory hit his own one for an 84:80 Efes Pilsen lead. Rytas wasted their possession and Scoonie Penn punished them with two accurate free throws to ensure the winning result.
Scoonie Penn drained 21 points for Efes Pilsen. Andre Hutson provided 20 points and 8 boards, while Drew Nicholas contributed 16 points for the winners. Marijonas Petravicius led Rytas with game-high 22 points. Hollis Price secured 19 points in a losing effort. Efes Pilsen posted solid 56% accuracy from the field and pulled down 32 boards. Rytas managed 48% of field goals and 31 boards. Lietuvos Rytas will now face Unicaja at home in the battle for the top spot. Efes Pilsen takes on desperate Aris at home next week.
Croatian champs Cibona suffered another massive blow to their Euroleague Top 16 aspirations as they fell short to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Zagreb. Cibona fell to 4-8 record and now must win remaining games for a hope to stay in the race. Maccabi meanwhile got into a three-team tie for the top spot in Group B. Cibona led early on as some neat offense allowed the hosts to clinch an 18:12 lead. Will Bynum and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) denied the deficit late in the frame but it was Sam Hoskin who finalized the first quarter at 20:17 for Cibona. Will Bynum and Yotam Halperin continued to deliver for the visitors after the intermission. They combined for 5 quick points and Maccabi retained the lead. Sam Hoskin hit a jumper but that the only bright spot for the home team in the second stanza. Maccabi exploded with a storming 27:4 rally in the second quarter to stun the hosts. The visitors accumulated a 44:24 lead at the interval and suddenly looked pretty secured down the stretch. Chris Warren tried to fuel his teammates in the third stanza with a couple of difficult shots. But Maccabi wisely kept the distance before Tre Kelley and Sam Hoskin connected from afar as the hosts trimmed the deficit to 10 points. Tre Kelley did not stop and drilled one more long jumper to set a 53:62 scoreline with 30 minutes gone in this one. Luksa Andric started the fourth period with a jumper for Cibona as they erased the margin to 7 points, while Sam Hoskin added a basket for a 57:62 game. Cibona looked unstoppable at the moment as Sam Hoskin exploded with two more jumpers to tie the teams at 62. The teams kept close from now on and Maccabi led by a single point 77:76 with just over a minute left in regulation. Morris converted a play for Maccabi to give them a 79:76 advantage with 10 seconds remaining. Luksa Andric lost the ball in the next possession and Yotam Halperin was deadly from charity stripe as Maccabi clinched the 9-3 record.
Will Bynum paced the visitors with 21 points. Yotam Halperin added 13 points for the winners. Sam Hoskin led all scorers with 27 points and 8 boards for Cibona. Tre Kelley nailed 18 points in a losing clause. Cibona visits France next week to take on winless Le Mans. Maccabi hosts Armani Jeans.
Armani Jeans Milano saw the first home win of the season, 77:69, over Aris TT Bank. Gallinari posted 20 points, Watson added 17 points and 13 boards.
Unicaja downed Le Mans 87:68 in Spain. Le Mans dropped to 0-12 and only has two games left to register its first win in its 2007-08 Euroleague season. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) led the winners with 14 points, while Jiri Welsch added 12.

Panathinaikos took the pleasure of another great victory in a European game against the French Chorale Roanne yesterday night in Group C and made another step increasing their chances of finishing in the top spot of the Group. Greek team improved to 11-1 record after 102:78 victory. Kostas Tsartsaris tallied 19 points, 3 boards and 3 assists for the winners. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) notched 27 points and 4 rebounds for Roanne.
Partizan Igokea missed a huge chance to make enormous step forward to Euroleague Top 16. Lottomatica Roma celebrated at home in an overtime thriller 88:87. Roko Leni Ukic netted 23 points for Lottomatica while Erazem Lorbek scored one point less than him. Partizan got 22 points and 9 rebounds from Novica Velickovic and 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals from Partizan's star Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket).
Brose Baskets Bamberg had a win over Fenerbahce Ulker 81:73. Darren Fenn scored 21 points to lead the German champs, who improved to 2-10 this season. Will Solomon carried Fenerbahce with 28 and 4 assists.
In the Spanish battle Real Madrid climbed to the second place in Group C by downing Barcelona 82:79. Felipe Reyes and Louis Bullock led the winners each with 14 points. Roger Grimau (196-G-79) led Barcelona with 14 points as well.


Cibona loses to Maccabi, Top 16 hopes go dimmer -by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Maccabi 76:81

Croatian champs Cibona suffered another massive blow to their Euroleague Top 16 aspirations as they fell short to Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Zagreb. Cibona fell to 4-8 record and now must win remaining games for a hope to stay in the race. Maccabi meanwhile got into a three-team tie for the top spot in Group B. Cibona led early on as some neat offense allowed the hosts to clinch an 18:12 lead. Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) denied the deficit late in the frame but it was Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) who finalized the first quarter at 20:17 for Cibona. Will Bynum and Yotam Halperin continued to deliver for the visitors after the intermission. They combined for 5 quick points and Maccabi retained the lead. Sam Hoskin hit a jumper but that the only bright spot for the home team in the second stanza. Maccabi exploded with a storming 27:4 rally in the second quarter to stun the hosts. The visitors accumulated a 44:24 lead at the interval and suddenly looked pretty secured down the stretch. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) tried to fuel his teammates in the third stanza with a couple of difficult shots. But Maccabi wisely kept the distance before Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina) and Sam Hoskin connected from afar as the hosts trimmed the deficit to 10 points. Tre Kelley did not stop and drilled one more long jumper to set a 53:62 scoreline with 30 minutes gone in this one. Luksa Andric (209-C/F-85) started the fourth period with a jumper for Cibona as they erased the margin to 7 points, while Sam Hoskin added a basket for a 57:62 game. Cibona looked unstoppable at the moment as Sam Hoskin exploded with two more jumpers to tie the teams at 62. The teams kept close from now on and Maccabi led by a single point 77:76 with just over a minute left in regulation. Morris converted a play for Maccabi to give them a 79:76 advantage with 10 seconds remaining. Luksa Andric lost the ball in the next possession and Yotam Halperin was deadly from charity stripe as Maccabi clinched the 9-3 record.
Will Bynum paced the visitors with 21 points. Yotam Halperin added 13 points for the winners. Sam Hoskin led all scorers with 27 points and 8 boards for Cibona. Tre Kelley nailed 18 points in a losing clause. Cibona visits France next week to take on winless Le Mans. Maccabi hosts Armani Jeans.

Cibona: Sam Hoskin 27, Tre Kelley 18
Maccabi: Will Bynum 21, Yotam Halperin 13, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) 12+10 boards


Milan Gurovic launches Prokom right back into Top 16 contention -by Eurobasket News
Prokom - Olympiakos 63:59

Polish Prokom rose from the ashes in Group A as they held off Olympiakos yesterday. Prokom enjoyed their second win in a row and revived their chances of making it to the next round of the tournament. Polish team improved to 3-9 record and has at least a ray of hope now with two more rounds left. Olympiakos started the game a bit more concentrated as Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) reigned inside and lifted the visitors to 8:4 lead. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) hit a three-pointer, while Chris Harissis (191-G-76) added another one to cap the first frame at 14. Olympiakos went on an 8:0 run right after the intermission. However finally Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) broke his silence with a massive three-pointer to set Prokom rolling. Serbian forward later converted a three-point play as the hosts cut the gap to 2 points. Milan Gurovic did not slow down as his triple sent the teams into the dressing rooms drawn at 29. Milan Gurovic picked up from where he left in the second term as his long bomb opened the lead for Prokom early in the third period. The teams traded the baskets before Olympiakos took over in the dying seconds of the third stanza with Jackson and Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) sealing a 44:40 lead for the visiting side after 30 minutes. Prokom kept it tight throughout the fourth frame. Gurovic and Tomas Van Den Spiegel teamed up for 5 points late in regulation and Prokom grabbed a 59:58 advantage. Tomas Masiulis (204-F-75) added pain to the visitors with a basket for 61:58. Milos Teodosic went to the line but sank just one shot, while Donatas Slanina was perfect from the stripe to enlarge the gap to 4 points and no time for Olympiakos to deny it.
Milan Gurovic drained season-high 28 points for the Polish team. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) tallied 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Marc Jackson notched 18 points and 11 rebounds for Olympiakos. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) scored 11 points in a losing case. Olympiakos fell to 7-5 record and are now tied for the 4th spot with Zalgiris at 7-5. These both teams will clash in the next round in Kaunas. Prokom will take on Montepaschi Siena away from home in a vital battle for Polish side.

Prokom: Milan Gurovic 28, Tomas Van Den Spiegel 15+12 boards, Donatas Slanina 9
Olympiakos: Marc Jackson 18+11 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11


Week 12: Panathinaikos added another victory over Roanne -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos took the pleasure of another great victory in a European game against the French Chorale Roanne yesterday night in a match taken place in the 'invaded' by 10,000 green fans, OAKA. Zeliko Obradovic's troops enjoyed their eleventh win in the Group C and made another step increasing their chances of finishing in the top spot of the Group. Greek team improved to 11-1 record and has many chances to end in the first spot if they win at least another game in the remaining two rounds. Panathinaikos started the game with Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) in his continuous crescent (MVP in the last four Green games) reigned inside and lifting the home team to a clear 29-15 lead in the first quarter. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) short dominance and Brion Rush's three pointers closed the gap to ten, 47-37 for a minute, but… Panathinaikos went on a 7-0 run right after this short 'French attack' and finished the half time with a difference of 15 points, 52-37. In the third quarter, Diamantidis broke his silence with an amazing block shot and an equally massive three-pointer to set a clear difference of 24 points. The Greek all around guard was the player to lead the first offence of Panathinaikos in the fourth quarter while Spanoulis and Kostas Tsartsaris continued their good defence and very good offence leading their team up to 30 points difference 3.45' minutes before the end of the game. The Serb Head coach Obradovic use all his twelve players by putting in the court the talented Greek guard Tatarounis (his second Euro-league game in his career) and the promising small forward/guard Perperoglou to be able to have them ready for the very difficult continuation of both Greek and European games as Mike Batiste and Dejan Tomasevic are expected to loose more than one games due to their injuries. Kostas Kostas Tsartsaris tallied 19 points, 3 boards and 3 assists for the winners. Marc Salyers notched 27 points and 4 rebounds for Roanne. Brion Rush scored 15 points in a losing case. Chorale Roanne fell to 3-9 record and are now in a nearly 'dead' situation as they need a small miracle to qualify in the next round (2 wins in the next 2 games and 2 negative results for Parizan and Roma). These both teams will clash for the fifth spot of the group.

Panathinaikos: Kostas Tsartsaris 19, Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) 16+ 3 boards and 3 block shots and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) 12 + 7 boards and 5 assists
Roanne: Marc Salyers 27 points and 5 boards, Brion Ruch 15 points, 4 boards and 4 assists.

In the other two games of Greek interest, Olympiakos 'managed' to score only 59 points and lost to Polish Prokom (63-59) while Aris lost in Italy to Bologna 75-69 but qualified in the top 16 as Maccabi succeed a road win in Croatia (73-69) and by beating the rivals for the fifth position, team of Cibona, Herbert's team qualified for a third consecutive season in the top 16 European teams.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto stopped Torpan Pojat -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 26: There was no new record with consecutive wins tonight. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) had already won 20 contests in a row, but
victory # 21 or even # 22 did not happen this time. Pyrinto (Tampere) caused the second loss of this season to Helsinki-Team: 78-71. Head Coach Jarmo
Laitinen has made his three American players with a lot of experience in good condition. This trio played tonight 113/120 minutes and led Pyrinto to a
seven-point-victory. Torpan Pojat had a slow start (halftime 35-19) and two players Iiro Tenngren + Timo Heinonen early in foul troubles. Anyway it was
a six-point-game at the end, but Pyrinto earned the victory. M.C. Mazique (206-F/C-75, college: Alabama) led Pyrinto with 19 pts, Damon Williams (199-F-73, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had again a double-double (18/18) as
well as Damion Dantzler (202-F-76, college: Louisville) (11/14). Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed over Tarmo (Porvoo) and YMCA Lahti did the same, when meeting Team Componenta (Karkkila).

Pyrinto - Torpan Pojat 78-71 (35-19) (M.C.Mazique 19, Damon Williams 18/18 - Josh Gonner 23, Timo Heinonen 15).

Kouvot - Tarmo 95-56 (36-29) (Corey Smith 29, Peter Cipriano 15/14 - Esa Maki-Tulokas 16, Tony Bennett 16).

YMCA Lahti - Team Componenta 93-72 (45-37) (Ed Williams 30/10, Teemu Laine 14 - Nick Wallery 27/11, Chris Hester 17).





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FRANCE

Asvel with good start -by Umberto Scogni
In the first day of the 15th week of the ProA ; Asvel won the tough beggining game against Paris Levellois. Asvel are ahead 37-33 in the first half; ant the also won the game with the score of 86-76. Amadi was the leading scorer for the victorious side ; meanwhile Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) can not save the Paris from loosing although he scored 22 points.

ASVEL: Wilson (17), Troutman (13), Aymeric Jeanneau (185-G-78) (11), Conley (12), Sangare (4), Nsonwu-Amadi (20), Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) (9).

PARIS : Mouillard (10), Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) (4), Torbert (8), Je'Kel Foster (22), Akpomedah (11), Mizrahi (5), Aka (4), Jean Baptist Adolphe (12).


Round 15 Game of the Week! Le Mans 9-5 Strasbourg 8-6 -by Sean Davis

Strasbourg IG takes their 6 game win streak on the road to face a Le Mans Sarthe Basket
team who has won 7 of its last 9 games. Both teams are red hot and
are neck in neck in the standings. Le Mans Sarthe Basket is lead by their all-star
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) who is leading Le Mans Sarthe Basket in scoring with 13ppg.
Sam Clancy (201-F-80, college: USC) is another key component leading the team in rebounds averaging 8 per game. Strasbourg IG is led by Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) who is coming off a 20pt
game last week against Le Havre. Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) is another player to
watch coming off a double double scoring 16pts and 11 rebounds lastweek.



Herve Toure : "I'm a European basketball player" -by Maxime Weber

You left Milan after 8 games and signed with Cantu. What happened?

Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT):The new coach, Caja Attilio, arrived with his game plan and I wasn't in. So, I understood that I wouldn't play with Milan anymore. I accepted the offer of Cantu and I play my first game against Napoli.

And you scored 23 points in 21 minutes of playing game!

Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT):That was a pretty good game. Unfortunately I get a little injured after and I wasn't 100% physically ready during 3 games. I tried to do my best for the team during this period. Now, everybody is all right and we won 3 games in a row. I think all the players play for the same goal. Well, now we could think about the playoff.

What is your role with Cantu?

Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT): I play position 4. The coach needs my capacity to do a lot of things on the court. I'm not a happy shooter, I know when I have to shoot and when I have not. Against Biella, I scored 7 points in a row during the money time and we won. Vs Rieti, I defended with my heart and I think I leaded my teamates to the victory without tremendous stats.

Do you sign for several seasons with Cantu?

Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT): No, my contract goes until the end of the season. After, I don't know yet what I will do. I like Italy and Cantu but I'm a 'European basketball player', so I could discover a new league or stay in Lega and play with a 'ULEB' team. I don't know yet.



Round 15 Game of the Week! Le Mans 9-5 Strasbourg 8-6 -by Sean Davis


Round 15 Game of the Week! Le Mans 9-5 Strasbourg 8-6 -by Sean Davis


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GEORGIA

Giorgi Tsintsadze damaged PAOK with its Kutluay -by Levan Mikeladze
TU/Rock stayed unbeaten in FIBA EuroCup Group A as they beat Saloniki PAOK 90:80 in Gameday 4. Rock started bravely and missed rarely in first half. Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71), Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard), Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) did most of the damage. Everything seemed clear after first half as Rock led 56:33, already, but in 3rd, PAOK managed to make a 23:5 run thanks to good defence and offensive sharpness of Ibrahim Kutluay (198-F/G-74) and Edmund Saunders (203-F/C-78, college: Connecticut). With a quarter to play, Rock led only by ten. Luckily, Estonian champions started the 4h with a 11:4 run in 4 minutes (7 points in a row from Cusworth!), went ahead by 17 points (82:65) and kept the safe lead until the end. With 40 seconds left, PAOK had completed 11:2 run and were trailing by six points only (86:80) but it was too late to change the fate of the game.
Rock outrebounded PAOK 32:23 and made 60% field goal attempts (in first half - 70%). The victory helped Rock to secure the spot in quarter-finals.
Stats
Rock: Tsintsadze 21+6ast, Janar Talts (204-C-83) 18+9reb, Cusworth 16+6reb, Kullamae 16, Tein 10+6ast
PAOK: Kutluay 22, Saunders 18, Rowe 11, Diarra 10


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GERMANY

Cody Toppert will suit up for the Merlins -by Moritz Korff
The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (2. Bundesliga Pro B) needed a player to replace injured Chuck Harris (190-G-85, college: Canisius). Here he is: Cody Toppert (193-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Cornell), 25 years of age, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is currently in his third season as a pro. After leaving Cornell University (NCAA1) in 2005 the left-hander spent one a couple of month in the NBA D-League in 2005-2006 and moved on to play in New Zealand later. in 2006-2007 Toppert had 21 appearances in the Portuguese UZO-league, averaging 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Barreirense. In October 07 he joined CBA-team Great Falls Explorers and added 13.7 ppg in 17 games.

New Bosman-Players in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B -by Moritz Korff
According to the web site of the 2. Bundesliga the Ansbach Piranhas and the Iserlohn Kangaroos have each added a Bosman-player to the roster.
The Serbian-Irish Post Player Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81), a former U16-international of Yugoslavia, is the new man in Ansbach. Pesic mostly played in Spain during the past years (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg in 7 games for EBA-side Marin Peixegalego during the 2006-2007 campaign) and was considered as a rising star back in the late 90s, when signing a 5-year-deal with the Italian top-team Adecco Milan.
Meanwhile, Duke Tshomba (196-G/F-78, college: Wichita St.) has reportedly joined Iserlohn. The 29-year-old Belgian Guard/Forward - his brother Butch played for Wuerzburg in the Bundesliga some years ago - spent this past season in Sweden and Cyprus. Tshomba played four years of college-basketball in the USA, graduating from D1-school Wichita State in 2002, and is a former member of the Belgian National Team.


Marcus Ligons joins Vegesacker TV -by Daniel Poerschke
Vegesacker TV of the 2. Regionalliga North signed athletic american forward Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Ligons played college ball at NCAA 2 school Chadron State and averaged 17.4ppg and 8.0rpg last season. Ligons is versatile and can play both forward spots on the court. He hit 37.4% of his three-point shots last season.

Gieler commits to Siena College -by Moritz Korff
German Center Wolfgang Gieler (206-C-86) who is currently in his sophomore season at Allan Hancock College has committed to play at NCAA Division One Siena College in the 2008-2009 campaign. The Bonn-native leads Hancock, a Junior College in California, with 18.2 points and 10.9 rebounds this season. Last year Gieler played at UC Irvine.

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GREECE

Week 12: Panathinaikos added another victory over Roanne -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos took the pleasure of another great victory in a European game against the French Chorale Roanne yesterday night in a match taken place in the 'invaded' by 10,000 green fans, OAKA. Zeliko Obradovic's troops enjoyed their eleventh win in the Group C and made another step increasing their chances of finishing in the top spot of the Group. Greek team improved to 11-1 record and has many chances to end in the first spot if they win at least another game in the remaining two rounds. Panathinaikos started the game with Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) in his continuous crescent (MVP in the last four Green games) reigned inside and lifting the home team to a clear 29-15 lead in the first quarter. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) short dominance and Brion Rush's three pointers closed the gap to ten, 47-37 for a minute, but… Panathinaikos went on a 7-0 run right after this short 'French attack' and finished the half time with a difference of 15 points, 52-37. In the third quarter, Diamantidis broke his silence with an amazing block shot and an equally massive three-pointer to set a clear difference of 24 points. The Greek all around guard was the player to lead the first offence of Panathinaikos in the fourth quarter while Spanoulis and Kostas Tsartsaris continued their good defence and very good offence leading their team up to 30 points difference 3.45' minutes before the end of the game. The Serb Head coach Obradovic use all his twelve players by putting in the court the talented Greek guard Tatarounis (his second Euro-league game in his career) and the promising small forward/guard Perperoglou to be able to have them ready for the very difficult continuation of both Greek and European games as Mike Batiste and Dejan Tomasevic are expected to loose more than one games due to their injuries. Kostas Kostas Tsartsaris tallied 19 points, 3 boards and 3 assists for the winners. Marc Salyers notched 27 points and 4 rebounds for Roanne. Brion Rush scored 15 points in a losing case. Chorale Roanne fell to 3-9 record and are now in a nearly 'dead' situation as they need a small miracle to qualify in the next round (2 wins in the next 2 games and 2 negative results for Parizan and Roma). These both teams will clash for the fifth spot of the group.

Panathinaikos: Kostas Tsartsaris 19, Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) 16+ 3 boards and 3 block shots and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) 12 + 7 boards and 5 assists
Roanne: Marc Salyers 27 points and 5 boards, Brion Ruch 15 points, 4 boards and 4 assists.

In the other two games of Greek interest, Olympiakos 'managed' to score only 59 points and lost to Polish Prokom (63-59) while Aris lost in Italy to Bologna 75-69 but qualified in the top 16 as Maccabi succeed a road win in Croatia (73-69) and by beating the rivals for the fifth position, team of Cibona, Herbert's team qualified for a third consecutive season in the top 16 European teams.


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GUINEA

Doumbouya now in Kuwait -by Kristian Santiago
Guinean post-player Amadou Doumbouya (206-F-79, college: Colorado) signed in Kuwait with Al Sahel two weeks ago.
In his first game, the former-Buffalo recorded 26 points and 13 rebounds against Al Kuwait SC.
Besides Amadou ,center Mohammed Camara (211-C-83, agency: Promotex, college: San Diego St.) is also in the Middle East and plays in Qatar for Al Ahli altogether with fellow Guinean Mohamed Beka Youla (2,02 - F - ) who played lastly for BACK in Guinea.


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HOLLAND

West-Brabant Giants Take Care Of Business In Zwolle -by Sanders Jackson


Thursday night in the ZBC-hal, within the last 1:30 of regulation, and Landstede within striking distance vs. West-Brabant Giants and behind 81-77, Landstede forced two consecutive West-Brabant misses, but unfortunately could not come away with the big rebounds, which West-Brabant capitalized on, leading to a three-point play by
Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and a Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) layup sealed the deal for the Giants, winning by the score of 88-82.


The Giants were able to take control of the game after halftime due to their size advantage, and the fact that their balance of height and athleticism on the wings, their ability to make plays, and more abundance of difference makers at every position in comparison to their opponents stood out. This was easily confirmed by the fact from the front line of Giles, Harris and Tim Blue (206-F-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who made it difficult for Landstede to get easy drives, blocking Landstede shots in crunch time, while on offense they managed easier to get to the rim. But the one player who could not be denied by any means was Giants PG Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine), who was unstoppable from start to finish. Pope's first basket of the game in the first minutes of the game, a deep three-pointer, was an omen for the Landstede team and it snowballed from there. Pope had the ability to dribble to any spot of the floor he wanted, using his vision on the open court and halfcourt well, to the dismay of Landstede, to the tune of scoring a game-high 30 pts. (9-13 FG, 10-10 FT).


Landstede, who led at the half 37-31, being inspired by the strong 1st half play of Nate Lufkin (208-C-82, college: Holy Cross), gave up too many easy looks at the start of the 3rd quarter, and made sometimes bad passing decisions and unable to finish strong on close looks at the basket. An 18-footer by Harris at 7:40 and two free throws by Blue at 5:37 left gave West-Brabant its biggest lead at 76-61, and would not get any closer than four points the rest of the way. The front line of Giles, Harris and Blue combined for 43 total pts. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) led Landstede with 22 pts. Landstede's shooting woes continued, shooting only 39% FG and 7 of 24 from the three-point line. West-Brabant are now in 3rd place at 13-7, a half-game behind Eiffel Towers for 2nd place in the FEB standings, while Landstede falls to 6-15.



Rotterdam Challengers On A Roll, Sends MyGuide Amsterdam To 1st Home Loss Of Season -by Sanders Jackson

Life on the road for Rotterdam Challengers has been pleasant this week, first with the overtime win in Groningen, and now Thursday night in the Sporthallen-Zuid. After down 20-16 at the end of the 1st quarter, Rotterdam came out like gangbusters in the 2nd quarter, dominating both the 2nd and 3rd quarters, winning convincing 97-86 to hand MyGuide its 1st home loss of the season. Rotterdam led at one point in the game by as much as 24 pts. (76-52), crushed the taller MyGuide team on the glass (43-25 difference), forced MyGuide to shoot 38.1% FG the 1st half, and had 52 free throw attempts (making 39). Red-hot
Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) was once again a difference-maker, scoring a game-high 25 pts., with good supporting roles from waterbug PG Charles Richardson (175-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) (21 pts.) and equally hot Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) (19 pts.). Both Sykes and Steenvoorde combined to shoot 24 of 30 from the charity stripe. Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) led MyGuide with 21 pts. Rotterdam are now 11-8 and moves into 5th place in the FEB, while MyGuide still remain in 1st place with a 17-4 record.


Antonio Griffin not to Rotterdam Challengers -by Fred Roggen
The Challengers have dissolved the contract with Antonio Griffin (197-G/F, college: CSU Bakersfield), because Griffin sits in prison. The guard have been taken up because of car theft.
Now Griffin do not come to Rotterdam, the Challengers want to present a new player in short time.


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HUNGARY

Stojan Ivkovic: new head-coach of the national team -by Csilla Kantor
The Hungarian Basketball Federation has appointed the head-coaches of the women- and men national teams on Friday, 18.01. With this decision the head-coach of the women national team will be Laszlo Ratgeber and Stojan Ivkovic will be the the coach of the men's team. Both appointments last for one year. The main goal with the team is to remain member of the A-division. Ivkovic used to be a player of PVSK and he is the head-coach of this team in the season 2007-2008. He has been conducting the men's national team since the spring of 2007. Under his leadership the team had 7 winnings and 4 lost from 11 games in the European Championship 2007.

Round 15: ZTE could win against Albacomp -by Tamas Deri
ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - ALBACOMP 91-87
(22-14, 12-24, 34-21, 23-28)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 1.200 nező, Referees: Forray, Palla, Toth
ZALAKERAMIA: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 27/18, Mark Walters (188-G-82, agency: Warren Sports, college: N.Mexico) 13/6, Kaman 10/6, Gay 10, Keresztes 7, Adam Toth (207-F/C-89, agency: FCM) 5, David Gaspar (193-G/F-82) 13/6, Baki 2, Simon 1, Hoffmann 3, Coach: Nikola Lazic
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 18/9, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 33/12, Radovic, McClendon 8, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 13, Sos 11/9, Hanga, David, Boozer 4, Coach: Goran Miljkovic


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IBL

Illegal Motion Dance Team Final Auditions Feb. 2 -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com Illegal Motion a pro independent dance team in Battle Creek is holding final auditions for their 2008 dance season. Women must be 18 years of age or older, team orientated and willing to commit to the team for the season.

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ITALY

Lega2 - Last market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
Novara, after have signed the third coach of their season, agreed to part ways with Davide Cristelli (203-F-77) (could be signed by Ozzano) and announced to have inked Walter Santarossa (200-F-78), former forward of Angelico Biella (serieA).

News from Rieti -by Stefano Pini
Solsonica Rieti was involved in2 trades. Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) will play for Prokom Telecom Sopot until the end of the season. In the last days seemd that the center should go to Roma. Russell Carter (193-G-85, college: Notre Dame) will leave for Banco Sardegna Sassari. The team, for the moment will add Nelson Ingles (180-G-75, agency: Interperformances) to the roster.

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JORDAN

Round nine of Excellent League -by Mohammed Malas
Three games were played in Round nine of Excellent league, Zain and College Sports club game were postponded due to Zain's participation in Dubai International Tournament which will resume until 26th of january.

Arena Amman 96 - Al Riyadi/Aramex 68 (Qs: 17-14, 46-27, 74-42 & 96-68)

Arena Amman took the revenge with a strong beat this time 96-68 over Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman thanks to the big performance from Josh Cooperwood, Mark Strickland (208-F/C-70, college: Temple) and Zeid Abbas, While Wesam Sous, Hussam Lufti and Issa Kamel were out of action today and were lost during the minutes of the game which ended with a big loss for them.

Orthodox 123 - Al Wihdat 72 (Qs: 20-33, 62-42, 96-56 & 123-72)

Orthodox continued breaking the records in the league with another high scoring win against Al Wihdat 123-72!!

Everyone from the red castle played well and gave all what they can to score and defend their baskets over the offense of Al Wihdat esspecially from Anthony Steward, Moussa Al Awadi and the new guy Dorde Jovanovic.

Hussein Erbid 74 - Al Awdah 49 (Qs: 19-9, 38-23. 58-34 & 74-49)

An easy game was for Hussein Erbid in their home court, Robbie Banks and Glen Summerall scored most of Hussein's points against a tough defense from Al Awdeh who was making a good performance in some parts of the game but did'nt resume for a long time.


Al Jalaa drops Zain in Dubai Int'l Opener -by Mohammed Malas
Zain of Jordan's players were out of service in their 1st game within Group B of Dubai Int'l Tournament following their big loss from Al Jalaa of Syria 83-59.

Rasheim Wright (18 points) and Nate Johnson (16 points) were trying to do something after the team's big drop esspecially in the 1st two quarters which showed a huge effort and hight performance from Al Jalaa esspecially Michel Madanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) (28 points) and Samaki Walker (21 points).

In the other game of Day 1, UAE National Team made an important win over Sagesse by 3 points 83-80 in nearly a one side show most of the time except the 4th quarter which was nearly equal from both sides, Ibrahim Khalfan scored 30 points for his country and that was a big asset for the valuable win.

# Day 2 games schedule (UAE time +4 GMT):
- Saturday 19/1:
15:00 UAE NT - Mahram
17:00 Ittihad Aleppo - Gezira
19:00 Al Riyadi - Saba
21:00 Al Ahli - Al Jalaa Aleppo


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KUWAIT

Doumbouya now in Kuwait -by Kristian Santiago
Guinean post-player Amadou Doumbouya (206-F-79, college: Colorado) signed in Kuwait with Al Sahel two weeks ago.
In his first game, the former-Buffalo recorded 26 points and 13 rebounds against Al Kuwait SC.
Besides Amadou ,center Mohammed Camara (211-C-83, agency: Promotex, college: San Diego St.) is also in the Middle East and plays in Qatar for Al Ahli altogether with fellow Guinean Mohamed Beka Youla (2,02 - F - ) who played lastly for BACK in Guinea.


A win for Al Jahraa -by Ali Ahmed

Al Jahraa ended with a deserved win 72-68 over Al Arabi yesterday.

Quarters of the game:

1st Quarter: 17 / 16 to Al Jahraa.
2nd Quarter: 39 / 33 to Al Jahraal
3rd Quarter: 55/ 54 to Al Arabil
4th Quarter: 72 / 68 to Al Jahraal



back to the game, in the first quarter it was a close game (17-16 Jahraa) , in the 2nd quarter Al Jahraa started taking the lead until they finished the first half with 39 / 33 ( 22-17 Jahraa ), then Al Arabi did a great job to get back in the game and ending the 3rd quarter with there lead by 55 / 54 ( 23 -15 Arabi ), but in the lat quarter Al Jahraa played really well to take this win by 72/ 68 ( 18-13 )



The man of the game was Cedric Taylor from Al Jahraa with 29pts and 21rebs from Al Jahraa.
In Al Arabi, Jeryl Sasser (198-G-79, college: SMU) did a good game with 17pts and 6rebs.


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris gets hardly beaten by CSKA -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - CSKA 60:88

The teams entered the game with the Euroleague Top 16 tickets booked. They just fought for the standings in Group A. CSKA thus ensured their top spot and the best seed for Top 16. Zalgiris fell to 7-5 record and can only reach the 4th place in the final two rounds. The encounter turned rather one-sided to a big disappointment of a sell-out crowd in Kaunas. CSKA dominated from the start and snapped Zalgiris' five-game winning streak. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) hit two three-pointers early in the game as CSKA claimed a 12:7 lead. De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) dropped 5 points in a row for the hosts to trim the difference to 1 point but CSKA cleared off once again. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) hit from outside and David Andersen (212-C-80) converted consecutive baskets to allow the visitors enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes. Both teams improved on their defense in the second quarter. A couple of turnovers were followed by Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) 's triple and Zalgiris returned to contest at 23:28. However CSKA sparked late in the frame registering a 12:0 run to seal the first half outcome at 46:30. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and David Andersen connected from afar to extend CSKA onslaught after the break. The margin grew to 20 points 59:39 with Zalgiris unable to find the right answer. Rimantas Grigas called for a timeout but CSKA did not allow the hosts to come any closer in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period with Zalgiris trailing by 20 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) and Trajan Langdon traded trebles early in the fourth term but Zalgiris obviously lost concentration defensively as Trajan Langdon and Nikos Zisis opened up a 25-point cushion. From now on the teams just eased to the final moments with no intrigue whatsoever.
Ramunas Siskauskas banked 20 points to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon had 19 points, while David Andersen secured 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. De Juan Collins answered with 16 points for Zalgiris. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points for the home team. CSKA takes on Tau in the next round, while Zalgiris hosts Olympiakos next Thursday.

Zalgiris: De Juan Collins 16, Mantas Kalnietis 11
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 20, Trajan Langdon 19, David Andersen 18


Linas Kleiza explodes with career-high 41 points for Denver -by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian talent Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) had an outstanding night for the Denver Nuggets yesterday. He surpassed his career-high digits scoring remarkable 41 points and pulling down 9 boards to eclipse both Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Linas Kleiza carried the Nuggets past the Utah Jazz 120:109. Lithuanian forward previous high numbers were 29 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in March last year. Kleiza went on fire in the second stanza nailing 20 points as the Nuggets grabbed a 61:59 advantage at the interval. Carmelo Anthony provided 8 points in the dying stages of the third stanza to enlarge the margin to 10 points and Denver never looked back afterwards. The win also snapped Utah's 4-game winning streak. Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) tallied impressive career-high 24 rebounds and 11 blocks for the Nuggets. He fell just 2 points short of triple-double but still shone in the Nuggets' victory. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) answered with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz as they slipped to 22-18 record.
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 27 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they narrowly beat the Spurs yesterday. The Cavs now registered three victories in a row and improved to 21-18 record. San Antonio meanwhile stalled as they lost 5 in last 10 games. They were not helped by 31 points from Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances). LeBron James scored a layup to put the Cavs up by 2 with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. Tony Parker was not able to convert from the free throw line, while Emanuel Ginobili missed a buzzer-beating jumper to seal it. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) banked 17 points, while Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) delivered 12 points and 14 boards in a win.


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MEXICO

Santos Slips, Campeche Notches Big Win -by Justin Brink
San Luis Santos Reales slipped up big time last night against the Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon 121-107. And while both teams have played themselves into the LNBP post season the uninspired Santos performance has us wondering how deep can San Luis go? Did coach Frola tell his boys to take a little break in Cabo this week? What's up? A week away from the playoffs is no time to be going through the motions. Click here for more of last night's LNBP results.

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NBA

Linas Kleiza explodes with career-high 41 points for Denver -by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian talent Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) had an outstanding night for the Denver Nuggets yesterday. He surpassed his career-high digits scoring remarkable 41 points and pulling down 9 boards to eclipse both Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Linas Kleiza carried the Nuggets past the Utah Jazz 120:109. Lithuanian forward previous high numbers were 29 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in March last year. Kleiza went on fire in the second stanza nailing 20 points as the Nuggets grabbed a 61:59 advantage at the interval. Carmelo Anthony provided 8 points in the dying stages of the third stanza to enlarge the margin to 10 points and Denver never looked back afterwards. The win also snapped Utah's 4-game winning streak. Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) tallied impressive career-high 24 rebounds and 11 blocks for the Nuggets. He fell just 2 points short of triple-double but still shone in the Nuggets' victory. Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) answered with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz as they slipped to 22-18 record.
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 27 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they narrowly beat the Spurs yesterday. The Cavs now registered three victories in a row and improved to 21-18 record. San Antonio meanwhile stalled as they lost 5 in last 10 games. They were not helped by 31 points from Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances). LeBron James scored a layup to put the Cavs up by 2 with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. Tony Parker was not able to convert from the free throw line, while Emanuel Ginobili missed a buzzer-beating jumper to seal it. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) banked 17 points, while Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) delivered 12 points and 14 boards in a win.


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NCAA2

Marcus Ligons joins Vegesacker TV -by Daniel Poerschke
Vegesacker TV of the 2. Regionalliga North signed athletic american forward Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Ligons played college ball at NCAA 2 school Chadron State and averaged 17.4ppg and 8.0rpg last season. Ligons is versatile and can play both forward spots on the court. He hit 37.4% of his three-point shots last season.

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NCAA3

HSU Cowboys Get By No. 4 UMHB -by Moritz Korff
Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball came out strong from the opening tip and never trailed by more than two points in a 76-66 American Southwest Conference win over arch-rival and fourth-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor, Thursday night at the Mabee Complex.

Neither team led by more than four points for the first 15:07 of the game and then HSU pushed a 27-26 lead to 41-28 with a 14-2 run from the 4:17 mark to the 1:00 minute mark of the first half. In the run Rian Stubbs and Charlie Pannell hit 3-pointers and HSU was 4-for-4 at the free throw line. HSU led 41-30 at halftime.

In the second half UMHB came out and cut the deficit to nine, but the play of the game came at the 14:52 mark when Casey Riddle stole a pass in the press and Rob Yeatts got the ball ahead to Mardochee Jean (6'8''-C) who dunked over Matt Caskey and was fouled he made the free throw to make it 48-36. HSU pushed it to its biggest lead at 53-38 at the 12:05 mark on a 3-point play by Steven Luckey.

The Cru chipped away and cut it to 58-53 with 7:35 to play, but HSU came right back with a quick 6-0 run to give them breathing room. Jean, the Cowboys All-American candidate fouled out at the 4:55 mark with the Cowboys leading 66-57. UMHB would get it to five on a couple of occasions, but HSU converted late at the free throw line.

The Cowboys came into the game shooting a league-worst 61.5 percent at the free throw line, but converted on 23-of-29 on the night, including 8-of-10 in the last minute. The Crusaders were only 23-of-38 at the line.

HSU limited the Crusaders to 36.4 shooting in the game and dominated the backboards by a margin of 45-31.

Jean led the Cowboys with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Steven Luckey and Rob Yeatts had 12 points each and Marcus Smith added 10 in the balanced Cowboy attack. Dan Jean had a career-best 10 rebounds in the win.

Tilmon Gaddy (6'5''-F) had 20 points for UMHB and Ryan Burgart (6'10''-C) added 10.

HSU is now 6-7 on the year and 5-4 in ASC action. UMHB fell to 11-2 overall and 8-1 in conference action. It was the second straight win for the Cowboys over UMHB. The Cowboys are tied with Concordia for second place in the ASC West. The two teams meet on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Courtesy of http://hsuathletics.cstv.com/sports


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PBL

Change in Reading roster -by Gianni Pascucci
Reading Railers forward Jared Mills (6'6''-F-81, college: Randolph-Macon) should miss at least eight PBL games after suffering two small fractures in the orbital bone under his eye in a game last week. Mills will be replaced by USA-PUR Benjamin Colon (6'7''-F-84, college: Florida CC).

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POLAND

Market news: many changes -by Michal Falkowski
Nikola Lepojevic (195-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) is a new face in Polpak Swiecie. Serbian combo guard has played last time in AEL Larissa in Greek League. He was scoring 5.8 ppg. and grabbing 1.7 rpg. Before playing in Greece he was a member of Khimik-OPZ Yuzhny.

Greg Davis is returning to Poland. American guard has already signed the deal with Kotwica Kolobrzeg until the end of this season. Davis had just played in Poland in the 2006/2006 season in Astoria Bydgoszcz. He was voted to the All-Star Game Wloclawek 2006. The last season he was a member of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He was averaging about 7 ppg., 3 apg. and 3 rpg.

Andrius Giedraitis is being tested by Asco Slask Wroclaw and he has big chance to sign a deal until the end of this season. 35-year-old Lithuanian has just been a representative of Slask in the 2002/2003 season. He hasn't played lately anywhere.

Charles Bennett strenghtened Polpharma Starogard Gdanski. American player started this season in Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski. He spent there three months but after 12 games he was released. He was averaging 4.5 ppg. and 2.6 rpg.


Revolution in Prokom Trefl Sopot! -by Michal Falkowski
Tomas van den Spiegel and the club Prokom Trefl Sopot terminated the contract by a mutual agreement. Belgian center is coming back to Russia, to CSKA Moscow - the team where he spent two past years. Van den Spiegel was the best Prokom's player this season. He was averaging 10.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg. and 2.6 bpg. in Polish DBE and 10.6 ppg., 7.6 rpg. and 1.7 bpg. in Euroleague. However, the board of the club have already foung a replacement. New face in Prokom is Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). Senegalese center started this season in Solsonica Rieti where he was averaging 13.5 ppg., 9.4 rpg. in Italian League.

Moreover the club added one more player to their roster - Lithuanian small forward/shooting guard Simonas Serapinas will replace Dajuan Wagner. American guard was notoriously injured so in this case Prokom had decided to release him. Now they found a successor. Serapinas started this season in Aris Thessaloniki. Playing 12.0 mpg in Euroleague he was scoring 2.5 ppg. and grabbing 1.8 rpg.

Furthermore it is said that Milan Gurovic is very close to leave the team also. Serbian star said that he wished he had left the team. Actually, there is no decision about his future.


Milan Gurovic launches Prokom right back into Top 16 contention -by Eurobasket News
Prokom - Olympiakos 63:59

Polish Prokom rose from the ashes in Group A as they held off Olympiakos yesterday. Prokom enjoyed their second win in a row and revived their chances of making it to the next round of the tournament. Polish team improved to 3-9 record and has at least a ray of hope now with two more rounds left. Olympiakos started the game a bit more concentrated as Marc Jackson (206-C/F-75, college: Temple) reigned inside and lifted the visitors to 8:4 lead. Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) hit a three-pointer, while Chris Harissis (191-G-76) added another one to cap the first frame at 14. Olympiakos went on an 8:0 run right after the intermission. However finally Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) broke his silence with a massive three-pointer to set Prokom rolling. Serbian forward later converted a three-point play as the hosts cut the gap to 2 points. Milan Gurovic did not slow down as his triple sent the teams into the dressing rooms drawn at 29. Milan Gurovic picked up from where he left in the second term as his long bomb opened the lead for Prokom early in the third period. The teams traded the baskets before Olympiakos took over in the dying seconds of the third stanza with Jackson and Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) sealing a 44:40 lead for the visiting side after 30 minutes. Prokom kept it tight throughout the fourth frame. Gurovic and Tomas Van Den Spiegel teamed up for 5 points late in regulation and Prokom grabbed a 59:58 advantage. Tomas Masiulis (204-F-75) added pain to the visitors with a basket for 61:58. Milos Teodosic went to the line but sank just one shot, while Donatas Slanina was perfect from the stripe to enlarge the gap to 4 points and no time for Olympiakos to deny it.
Milan Gurovic drained season-high 28 points for the Polish team. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) tallied 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Marc Jackson notched 18 points and 11 rebounds for Olympiakos. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) scored 11 points in a losing case. Olympiakos fell to 7-5 record and are now tied for the 4th spot with Zalgiris at 7-5. These both teams will clash in the next round in Kaunas. Prokom will take on Montepaschi Siena away from home in a vital battle for Polish side.

Prokom: Milan Gurovic 28, Tomas Van Den Spiegel 15+12 boards, Donatas Slanina 9
Olympiakos: Marc Jackson 18+11 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11


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RUSSIA

Zalgiris gets hardly beaten by CSKA -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - CSKA 60:88

The teams entered the game with the Euroleague Top 16 tickets booked. They just fought for the standings in Group A. CSKA thus ensured their top spot and the best seed for Top 16. Zalgiris fell to 7-5 record and can only reach the 4th place in the final two rounds. The encounter turned rather one-sided to a big disappointment of a sell-out crowd in Kaunas. CSKA dominated from the start and snapped Zalgiris' five-game winning streak. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) hit two three-pointers early in the game as CSKA claimed a 12:7 lead. De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) dropped 5 points in a row for the hosts to trim the difference to 1 point but CSKA cleared off once again. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) hit from outside and David Andersen (212-C-80) converted consecutive baskets to allow the visitors enjoy a 26:16 advantage after 10 minutes. Both teams improved on their defense in the second quarter. A couple of turnovers were followed by Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) 's triple and Zalgiris returned to contest at 23:28. However CSKA sparked late in the frame registering a 12:0 run to seal the first half outcome at 46:30. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and David Andersen connected from afar to extend CSKA onslaught after the break. The margin grew to 20 points 59:39 with Zalgiris unable to find the right answer. Rimantas Grigas called for a timeout but CSKA did not allow the hosts to come any closer in the third quarter. The teams entered the fourth period with Zalgiris trailing by 20 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) and Trajan Langdon traded trebles early in the fourth term but Zalgiris obviously lost concentration defensively as Trajan Langdon and Nikos Zisis opened up a 25-point cushion. From now on the teams just eased to the final moments with no intrigue whatsoever.
Ramunas Siskauskas banked 20 points to lead CSKA. Trajan Langdon had 19 points, while David Andersen secured 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. De Juan Collins answered with 16 points for Zalgiris. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points for the home team. CSKA takes on Tau in the next round, while Zalgiris hosts Olympiakos next Thursday.

Zalgiris: De Juan Collins 16, Mantas Kalnietis 11
CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 20, Trajan Langdon 19, David Andersen 18


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SERBIA

Aleksandar Jevdjic moves to Slovenia -by Dragan Jankovski
Power forward Aleksandar Jevdjic (203-F/C-82) moved from Sloga Kraljevo to Slovenian team Zlatorog Lasko. Jevdjic already has experience from Slovenia as he played there from season 04/05 to 06/07, two years for Lasko and one for Geoplin Slovan. He participated twice on the All-Star game of Slovenian league.

In the past Jevdjic was a member of Yugoslavian U18 and U20 National Team. He signed the contract until the end of the season with his new-old team.


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SLOVENIA

Zlatorog inks Jevdic, Rogla adds Ratkovic -by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog inked their former member Aleksandar Jevdic (203-F/C-82) ex Sloga Kraljevo from February till end of the season. He has started season with Sliat Leotar (12 games, 10,6 ppg) and in January moved to Sloga.

Rogla signed Igor Ratkovic (205-F/C-80) ex Ergonom Nis till end of the season.



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SPAIN

Erik Daniels signs with Girona -by Robert Mayor
Akasvayu Girona has decided to add small forward Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Kentucky). American player has several European experience after playing for Angelico Biella and Lottomatica Roma, where he played untill December, when problems with his coach led to the cancellation of the contract with LEGA team.

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SWEDEN

Soderman returns to Uppsala. -by Frankie Afzelius
Urban Soderman (207-F/C-76, college: Eckerd), who started the season with Uppsala Basket but decided to step away from the team and play Div 1 basketball with Haga Basket instead, has returned to the line-up of Uppsala. Uppsala who recently fired Coach Christer Stjernborg and hired Olle Lunden has gone through some rough spots. Yasin Merzoug (183-G-79) decided to leave the team. Coach Lunden contacted Soderman, who he coached for two years in Akropol and asked him to return. Soderman accepted and will suit up in tonight's game against 08 Stockholm. This is a relief for Uppsala who is without Justinas Pavlavicius (205-F-84) who is out with injury.

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TANZANIA

BFT Needs Sh4m for National Tourney -by Carlos Pereira
by Majuto Omary

About Sh4 million are needed to stage the national basketball league (NBL). Lawrence Cheyo, secretary of the Basketball Federation of Tanzania (BFT) said yesterday that staging the tourney in Tanga in March depends on the funds being secutred.
He said the amount is required to cover expenditures for preparations, allowances for referees and other expenditures.
BFT coffers are dry and time is running out, he said, noting that this poses a potential threat to the holding of the tourney. He pleaded with potential sponsors to step in and save the situation which he termed as delicate.
We have completely dry coffers and time is increasingly becoming unfriendly for us to stage a successful championship as planned, he said.
Efforts to secure the funds have failed but the federation was still hopeful something might turn up, he said.
The winner of the national championship would represent the country in the East and Central Africa Club championship, he said.
It has become a habit for donors or sponsors to make a slow response and emerge to rescure events such as this at an eleventh hour, he stated.
This attitude was negative as sometimes it has resulted in unsuccessful or rush hour shoddy preparations, he stated. The national championship is for both men and women basketball teams, he said, urging the regions to stage championships in order to pick their representatives for the national tourney.
BFT has set up strategies to improve the standard of the game in the country but this needs to be backed by sponsorship, he further noted.
So far only Dar es Salaam has staged the regional tourney with Vijana basketball team winning the berth to compete in Tanga.
National title holders Don Bosco also from Dar es Salaam will have an opportunity to stage title defence in Tanga, while JKT Stars shall defend their title in the womens title chase.


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TURKEY

ITU Istanbul sign Johnny Dukes -by Eurobasket
ITU Istanbul (TB2L) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Johnny Dukes (203-F-84, college: San Bernardino CC). Dukes played most recently at University of San Francisco (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. He played just briefly this summer at Tri Valley Titans in semi-pro league IBL in the States. In his last year in the college in 25 games averaged 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0apg.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi sign Bernard King -by Eurobasket
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi added to their roster 27-year old American guard Bernard King (196-G-81, college: Texas A&M, agency: Higher Vision Sports). King played most recently at Strasbourg IG (France). 'I plan to help this team to the playoffs.' King said in a statement. King played his rookie season in 2004 with Fenerbahce and since then has gone on to play well in european Clubs like Asvel Villeurbanne when the french Club was in the Euroleague and most recently at Strasbourg where he replaced an injured player for a short period of time in ULEB CUP play.

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UAE

Al Jalaa drops Zain in Dubai Int'l Opener -by Mohammed Malas
Zain of Jordan's players were out of service in their 1st game within Group B of Dubai Int'l Tournament following their big loss from Al Jalaa of Syria 83-59.

Rasheim Wright (18 points) and Nate Johnson (16 points) were trying to do something after the team's big drop esspecially in the 1st two quarters which showed a huge effort and hight performance from Al Jalaa esspecially Michel Madanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) (28 points) and Samaki Walker (21 points).

In the other game of Day 1, UAE National Team made an important win over Sagesse by 3 points 83-80 in nearly a one side show most of the time except the 4th quarter which was nearly equal from both sides, Ibrahim Khalfan scored 30 points for his country and that was a big asset for the valuable win.

# Day 2 games schedule (UAE time +4 GMT):
- Saturday 19/1:
15:00 UAE NT - Mahram
17:00 Ittihad Aleppo - Gezira
19:00 Al Riyadi - Saba
21:00 Al Ahli - Al Jalaa Aleppo




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Lotos smashes Dexia Namur in Group C -by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur -Lotos 40:79 (8-13, 14-15, 10-28, 8-23)

One of the last games in the latest round of EuroLeague Women Group C did not bring the intrigue that was expected as Lotos smashed Dexia Namur 79:40 in Belgium. Slobodanka Tuvic led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) produced 15, while Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) netted 13. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) resisted for the Belgian team with 14 points. Polish squad climbed back into the top four on EuroLeague Women Group C.

A slow first quarter was spent mostly in defense by both teams. Chamique Holdsclaw opened the game with a lay-up and Slobodanka Tuvic ended it up for 8:13. Polish team finished the half at 22:28 lead, but it seemed that the teams finished the quarter, not the half.
In the third quarter Lotos changed and scored the same number of points they poured in the first two quarters. Lotos bombed the opponents' defense and especially was lucky in the end of the period. Anne Breitreiner, Leciejewska and Snytsina scored each a three-pointer to give their team 32:56 after 30 minutes of the game. With another 8:23 in the fourth Lotos celebrated an easy win to reach 4-5 record. Dexia endured a terrible shooting night, they missed all of their 15 attempts from long range. The last the team from Belgium will play against Gambrinus Brno and it is hardly believed that the team will finish the campaign with a win. Lotos will have a battle versus Kosit 2013 on January 23rd.

Dexia Namur: Jennifer Fleischer 14, Kimberley Smith 8
Lotos: Slobodanka Tuvic (196-C-77) 16+5 rebs, Anne Breitreiner 15, Chamique Holdsclaw 13


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BOSNIA - Women

Zeljeznicar finishes EuroCup campaign -by Eurobasket News
Tarbes GB - BC Zeljeznicar 82:70 (18-18, 21-22, 18-12, 25-18)

BC Zeljeznicar finished Eurocup campaign, but did it with a great effort. In the last game the team lost to Tarbes GB 82:70 in France and after two games with the opponent had to let the latter to advance. Tarbes GB won the total 162:128 round and qualified to 1/8 finals. Liz Moeggenberg (185-F-84, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 19 points. Gisella Vega (188-C-82) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) added 14. Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) and Davis top-scored for Bosnian team with 22 points.
Tarbes GB moved themselves into the next round even after the first game in Bosnia. A close opening quarter brought 18:18 result in the end of it. The second period had the same scenario and only in the end of the half Gambiraza sent Bosnian squad with 40:39 advantage to the lockers.
A 18-12 burst opened the second half for Tarbes that took the score out to 57:52.The home side continued to press home their advantage as they restricted the guests to 12 points in the third period.
BC Zeljeznicar attempted to claw their way back into the game, but they could not close the deficit sufficiently as the home side ran out eventual winners. Gisella Vega scored last 6 points of the team to set up the final, 82:70 score. Tarbes will meet Turkish Galatasaray in 1/8 finals of the tournament.

Tarbes GB: Liz Moeggenberg 19, Gisella Vega 16+10 rebs, Clemence Beikes 14
BC Zeljeznicar: Milena Vukicevic 22, Davis 22


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BRAZIL - Women

Iziane Castro drops 44 points as Ourinhos outlasts Catanduva -by Eurobasket News
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) was virtually unstoppable in the last round clash in Brazilian CNBF regular season. The teams came up to the game tied at 14-1 record on top of the ladder. But Ourinhos finally proved slightly better and would be the top seed for the upcoming quarterfinals. Catanduva grabbed the initiative early on and accumulated a 52:41 lead at halftime. But the hosts took over after the break. They posted a 38:19 third stanza to surge ahead and never looked back despite some classy performance from Karla da Costa (173-G-78). Ourinhos claimed a 101:87 victory and topped the regular season standings. Iziane Castro led the action with 44 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Karen Rocha (175-G-84) delivered 19 points, while Vanessa Gattei (169-G-80) added 14 points for the winners. Karla da Costa replied with 33 points for Catanduva. Ariadna Capiro had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a losing clause.
Meanwhile Santo Andre closely overcame de Nassau 54:52 to claim the fourth spot in the ladder and gain the home advantage at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Santo Andre limited their opponents to only 3 points in the third period to come from behind and celebrated a tough victory at the end. Kattynha Pereira (180-F-79) led the action with 21 points for Santo Andre. Glauce Pena (176-F-85) added 11 points in a win. Gislaine Paulino answered with 15 points for de Nassau.
So the quarterfinal stage looks pretty shaped with just the 7th and 8th spots still up for grabs. The series will be played on best-of-five system.

Ourinhos vs. Botafogo or Fluminense
Catanduva vs. Botafogo or Fluminense
Sao Bernardo vs. Florianopolis
Santo Andre vs. de Nassau


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CAMEROON - Women

Njonkou rising... -by Yann Tientcheu
Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) is establishing herself as a uncontrovertible piece of the Arizona Wildcats' puzzle.
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!!!


Collegiate News... -by Yann Tientcheu
Beatrice Bofia (201-C-84) and Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) showed up ready to face the competition on Jan. 17th against Stanford University. Both players
started in the game and brought significant contributions to the table in spite of the team's loss. Beatrice Bofia had 10pts and 5rbds
in 18mns of playing time and Amina Njonkou added 13pts, 2rbds and 2 asts. They both were a hundred percent from the free throw line
Bofia signing 2 out 2 and Njonkou 7out of 7.

Alex Tchangoue and the Wake Forest Deacons did not have an answer for Florida State's success on January 1th, but Tchangoue
honored her consistency scoring 11pts, grabbing 6rbds and dishing 4asts.

Nadege Muna (178-F, college:Western Kentucky Univ) of Western Kentucky University had 5pts and 5rbds in an 86-50 win of the Hilltoppers over Florida Atalntic on Jan 17th.


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Zeljeznicar finishes EuroCup campaign -by Eurobasket News
Tarbes GB - BC Zeljeznicar 82:70 (18-18, 21-22, 18-12, 25-18)

BC Zeljeznicar finished Eurocup campaign, but did it with a great effort. In the last game the team lost to Tarbes GB 82:70 in France and after two games with the opponent had to let the latter to advance. Tarbes GB won the total 162:128 round and qualified to 1/8 finals. Liz Moeggenberg (185-F-84, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 19 points. Gisella Vega (188-C-82) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) added 14. Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) and Davis top-scored for Bosnian team with 22 points.
Tarbes GB moved themselves into the next round even after the first game in Bosnia. A close opening quarter brought 18:18 result in the end of it. The second period had the same scenario and only in the end of the half Gambiraza sent Bosnian squad with 40:39 advantage to the lockers.
A 18-12 burst opened the second half for Tarbes that took the score out to 57:52.The home side continued to press home their advantage as they restricted the guests to 12 points in the third period.
BC Zeljeznicar attempted to claw their way back into the game, but they could not close the deficit sufficiently as the home side ran out eventual winners. Gisella Vega scored last 6 points of the team to set up the final, 82:70 score. Tarbes will meet Turkish Galatasaray in 1/8 finals of the tournament.

Tarbes GB: Liz Moeggenberg 19, Gisella Vega 16+10 rebs, Clemence Beikes 14
BC Zeljeznicar: Milena Vukicevic 22, Davis 22


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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

Summary of the latest games -by Eurobasket News
UMMC lost the first game in Euroleague and now only Spanish Ros Casares and Russian CSKA remain undefeated.

In Group A Ann Wauters (194-C-80) scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace the Moscow team against Fenerbahce in 76:65 triumph for CSKA. Tammy Sutton-Brown had 17 points, Volnaya 15 and Pondexter 14 for Fenerbahce. CSKA increased to 9-0 record and lead Group A camapign.
Hungary turned out to be rather unwelcoming place for TTT Riga as they were painfully beaten in Sopron. The loss dropped Latvian team to 3-6 record still in the 4th place in Group A of Euroleague. Olexandra Gorbunova his a jumper, while Albena Branzova added a three-pointer for the hosts to open the scoring line for the game. However soon Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) and Iciss Tillis found the touch from the field and trimmed the difference. The game turned into a close battle late in the first frame with teams finalizing it at 22. Iciss Tillis scored 4 consecutive points for TTT Riga to give them a 29:26 lead almost 6 minutes into the second term. But the hosts replied with a 10:2 run to ensure a 36:31 distance at halftime. Edit Ratkaine, Bernadett Nemeth, Andrea Karolyi and Olexandra Gorbunova all connected from downtown in mad 3 opening minutes of the third period to extend the margin up to 18 points. Stunned visitors could not convert for some time but found help from Olena Zherzherunova. She knocked down 6 points in a row to cut the deficit to 13 points. Albena Branzova and Honti however capped the third period with 4 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 16 points. Barbara Semsei and Jelena Milovanovic teamed up for another 5:0 run from the home side and TTT Riga lost heart as the gap grew to insurmountable 21 points. MKB Euroleasing completed the win at the late stages and climbed to 5-4 record in the ladder. Olexandra Gorbunova provided 22 points and 10 boards for Hungarian team. Albena Branzova added 13 points for the winners. Iciss Tillis had 14 points for TTT Riga. Olena Zherzherunova dropped 11 points in defeat.
ESB Lille Metropole beat Phard Napoli 82:79 in overtime. Fatimatou Sacko (185-F-85) scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the French to their third victory in nine games in Group A.

Jolly Sibenik surprised Wisla away from home and recharged their eighth-final ambitions in Group B. The win saw Sibenik improve to 3-6 record just two wins shy of Wisla. Polish team is at 5-4 in the third spot. Jessica Dickson scored 5 points and Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) added a trey to give Sibenik a 17:8 lead midway through the starting frame. Anna DeForge however close the quarter with a three-pointer and Wisla trailed by 6 points after 10 minutes. Sibenik maintained the gap early in the second period but Skerovic's trey ignited a 9:0 run from the hosts as they grabbed a 27:25 lead. Ewelina Kobryn later ended the first part with a jump shot and allowed Wisla to enjoy a 33:30 advantage at the interval. Sibenik kept it close after the break and straight baskets from Anda Jelavic and Evelina Guneva reestablished a 45:44 lead for Croatian side after 30 minutes. Tihana Juric converted triples for Sibenik as they deepened the gap to 7 points. Jessica Dickson immediately stepped up with a jumper to make it 60:51 for the visitors with over 3 minutes left. Wisla tried to use fouls to get closer in crunch time but with little effect. Evelina Guneva and Jessica Dickson sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Tihana Juric topscored for Sibenik with 26 points. Anda Jelavic produced 19 points and 8 rebounds in a winning clause. Marta Fernandez had 15 points for Wisla. Anna DeForge added 14 points and 8 rebounds in a loss. Jolly Sibenik outrebounded their opponents 42:39 and registered 42% from the field. Wisla sank 33% of field goals and suffered 12 turnovers.
UMMC quite unexpectedly suffered their first defeat in the tournament as they lost to Bourges Basket 62:64 at home. UMMC never looked like they were going to lose the one. The hosts rolled pretty confidently in the first half and accumulated a 36:22 lead at halftime. But a comfortable advantage played a trick on the home side. Bourges outscored UMMC 22:13 in the third quarter to come as close as 5 points from the hosts. Belinda Snell and Celine Dumerc hit back-to-back treys to erase the deficit early in the fourth period. UMMC still led 62:59 with 2 minutes left in regulation but Petrovic and Celine Dumerc brought the visitors an important victory. Celine Dumerc led the action with 19 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) posted 15 points for UMMC.
USK Praha got their eighth-final stage views dimmed even more with a loss to Perfumerias in Spain. They slid to 2-7 record and the bottom of Group B, two wins shy of Perfumerias occupying the 4th spot. USK Praha entered the game ready to fight as this game was their Rubicon to cross. Lindsay Whalen scored 6 points in the opening frame, while Ferancikova and Elhotova capped it with long jumpers for USK Praha to hold an 18:16 lead after 10 minutes. LeDrean and Lindsay Whalen masterminded an 8:2 run midway through the second term as USK Praha grabbed a 36:27 advantage. But Ana Montanana provided 5 points for the home team late in the frame and Perfumerias trailed by just 3 points at the interval. Soon after the start of the second half Moreno connected from outside and gave Perfumerias a 42:40 advantage. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) scored 8 points in the third stanza for the hosts as they maintained the lead and headed into the final period with a 60:55 cushion. Spanish team were up by 8 points with under 3 minutes remaining. However Katerina Elhotova and Marketa Mokrosova pumped it up for USK Praha as they drilled straight trebles and clipped the deficit to 2 points. Alessandra Santos and Tracy Reid answered with back-to-back jumpers and Perfumerias restored an 8-point distance with a minute remaining. USK Praha were unable to answer and lost the key matchup.
Alessandra Santos nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for Perfumerias. Ana Montanana and Isabel Sanchez scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Ferancikova produced 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing clause. LeDrean had 12 points and 13 boards for USK Praha. Perfumerias host UMMC next week. USK Praha will play against Jolly Sibenik at home on January 23.

Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) shook off her questionable form on the weekend against CSKA and came out firing to carry Spartak MR past Gambrinus in Czech Republic. Jackson scored game-high 33 points and pulled down 9 rebounds as Spartak improved to 8-1 record in Group C. Gambrinus lost their second game at the tournament and both defeats were the doing of Spartak. The teams traded baskets throughout the first term with neither side leading by more than 5 points. Tamika Whitmore scored first 5 points in the second period to give the hosts a 34:29 lead. But Lauren Jackson responded with 6 points and Ivana Matovic added two more as Spartak gained a 35:34 advantage. Gambrinus managed to retain the lead soon and Ivana Vecerova capped the first half with a three-pointer to put the home side up 50:45 at the break. Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi combined for 19 points in the third period and allowed Russian team to claim a 68:67 lead after 30 minutes of action. Gambrinus scored 6 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter but Spartak reacted with tightening their defense and keeping the hosts scoreless for almost 5 minutes. Spartak piled up a 78:72 cushion at the time and worked hard to protect it at the dying stages. Hana Machova hit two free throws to pull Gambrinus within 5 points but Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi executed the sentence with accurate free throws. Diana Taurasi scored 21 points for Spartak. Sue Bird dropped 13 points, while Tatiana Shchegoleva added 10 points for the winners. Tamika Whitmore and Zuzana Zirkova notched 15 points apiece in a losing case. Spartak knocked down 50% from the field, while limiting the home side to 41%. They also outrebounded Gambrinus 34:31.
Valenciennes clinched their 4th win in the Euroleague season by edging Kosit 2013 at home. Slovakian team thus slipped to 3-6 record but remained at the fourth place for at least one day. Lotos is at 3-5 record and plays against Dexia later today. Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) led Kosit 2013 in the opening frame as she nailed 11 points to give the visitors a 21:16 lead. Kosit well maintained the gap throughout the second period and when Katie Gearlds completed a three-point play Slovakian team were up by 9 points 34:25. But Emilie Gomis and Laurie Koehn converted a bunch of free throws to trim the deficit to 6 points at the interval 31:37. Janel McCarville started the third stanza with 6 points for Kosit as they enjoyed a 46:45 advantage 5 minutes into the frame. But Sabrina Reghaissia drained a triple to finally put the hosts in front 48:46. Janel McCarville and Katie Gearlds however wuickly retained the lead for Kosit as the visitors headed into the final period up by 7 points. The breakthrough for USVO came in the fourth term, when Emilie Gomis and Sabrina Reghaissia ignited a massive 17:1 run for the home side to claim the lead for good. Kosit did not have enough time to recover and lost the 6th game at the tournament. Emilie Gomis led the hosts with 19 points. Nicole Ohlde produced 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Janel McCarville notched game-high 20 points and 9 boards for Kosit 2013. Anastasia Kostaki added 13 points in defeat. Kosit were just better on the boards 37:35 and in accuracy with 43% from the field. The visitors however struggled from free throw line hitting only 58%.
One of the last games in the latest round of EuroLeague Women Group C did not bring the intrigue that was expected as Lotos smashed Dexia Namur 79:40 in Belgium. Slobodanka Tuvic (196-C-77) led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Anne Breitreiner produced 15, while Chamique Holdsclaw netted 13. Jennifer Fleischer resisted for the Belgian team with 14 points. Polish squad climbed back into the top four on EuroLeague Women Group C.
A slow first quarter was spent mostly in defense by both teams. Chamique Holdsclaw opened the game with a lay-up and Slobodanka Tuvic ended it up for 8:13. Polish team finished the half at 22:28 lead, but it seemed that the teams finished the quarter, not the half.
In the third quarter Lotos changed and scored the same number of points they poured in the first two quarters. Lotos bombed the opponents' defense and especially was lucky in the end of the period. Anne Breitreiner, Leciejewska and Snytsina scored each a three-pointer to give their team 32:56 after 30 minutes of the game. With another 8:23 in the fourth Lotos celebrated an easy win to reach 4-5 record. Dexia endured a terrible shooting night, they missed all of their 15 attempts from long range. The last the team from Belgium will play against Gambrinus Brno and it is hardly believed that the team will finish the campaign with a win. Lotos will have a battle versus Kosit 2013 on January 23rd.

Dynamo pounded USO Mondeville 75:71 at home in Group D. Dynamo proved the difference late in the game to keep the intrigue alive in the battle for the second spot in Group D. They improved to 5-4 record and await for the MiZo Pecs game result to know if they can secure it for the next week. The teams were all square at 66 with just over 3 minutes left in the game. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota fired from outside and Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) added 4 points in a row as Dynamo cleared off to a 7-point distance. Paoline Salagnac and Lenae Williams trimmed back to 4 points, but Simona Augustus stepped up with another layup to give Dynamo some breathing space with a minute to go. Paoline Salagnac hit a jumper however it was as close as Dynamo allowed the visitors to get. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota led all scorers with 25 points. Simona Augustus contributed 22 points, while Tangela Smith had 12 points for the winning team. Lenae Williams answered with 18 points for USO Mondeville.
MiZo Pecs 2010 climbed back into second place in Group D after beating Germano Zama Faenza 82:71. Hungarian point guard Zsofia Fegyverneky poured in 15 points for Pecs while Ivanyi and Brazilian center Graziene Coelho added 12 apiece. Serbian point guard Marija Eric had a game-high 25 points in defeat.
Ros Casares remains perfect in EuroLeague and after nine games played the team has 9-0 record as well as CSKA in Group A. Ros Casares clinched their ninth consecutive win with 72:84 in Vilnius. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) led the winners with 19 points. Elena Tornikidou posted 18, while Katie Douglas scored 16. Jurgita Streimikyte ended up with 27 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Valuzyte started the scoring game for the home team but Spanish squad finished the quarter on a happy note. Katie Douglas's two free throws brought the guests 15:21 after 10 minutes. The second quarter was probably the main one for Ros Casares that increased the lead and made control of the whole game. With 16:24 Ros Casares had 31:45 at the half time.
TEO did a great job in the beginning of the third quarter and reduced to 3 points. Yelena Leuchanka with a lay-up brought Lithuanians 46:49. Spanish team replied with some important baskets and Aguilar gave them 53:67 after three quarters. The Spanish giants were superior shooting the ball inside the arc, they were 28 of 51 while their opponents were 25 of 55. The last quarter brought 19:17 for TEO, but Ros grabbed 72:84 road win.


Napoli and Faenza out of Sweet Sixteens -by Carlo Grilli
The two Italian representatives Napoli and Faenza couldn't overcome the qualification round losing their last chances against Lille and Pecs respectively.

In France, Napoli put on the court a lot of energy, but in the final second Jucimara Dantas (188-C-78) lifted the home team to overtime; Lille escaped the danger and won by 3 (82-79).
In Hungary, Faenza played a great first half lead by Marija Eric (164-G-83), but in the third stanza Pecs (5 players in double digit, Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 15) accelerated and never looked back.

So Italy won't have any team in Euroleague Sweet Sixteens; while in Eurocup Taranto, Schio and Venezia advanced to eight-finals.

Scoreboards:

MiZo Pecs - Germano Zama Faenza 82-71
(20-22 , 43-40 , 62-48)
MiZo PECS: Zsofia Fegyverneky 15, Raksanyi, Sarok 3, Ivanyi 12, Podrug 10, Somogyi 2, Meszaros 8, Vajda 11, Krivacevic 7, Graziane 12, Kovats, Kopacsi 2. Coach Ratgeber
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric 25, Franchini 7, Ramon, David 12, Casadio dnp, Jokic 13, Bandini dnp, Knezevic 6, Nieuwveen 2, Cintia 6. Coach Rossi

Villeneuve d'Asq Lille Metropole - Phard Napoli 82-79 ot
(16-23, 34-37, 52-56, 73-73)
LILLE METROPOLE: Dième 4, Fombonne 15, Jucimara Dantas 14, Robert 4, Wambe 11, Sacko 22, Crawford 7, Ilic 5, Alves dnp, Cortinovis dnp, Caby dnp, Drljaca dnp, Marcauskaite dnp. Coach N'Dyaye
PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna, Cirone 4, Mauriello, Giauro 7, Barnes 17, Gentile 3, Lasma Jekabsone (191-C-85, college: Florida Intern.) 7, HollandCorn 18, Ndiaye 18, Richter 5, Bargigli dnp. Coach Molino


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Tommi Koskinen and Catz -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Catz (Lappeenranta) and Tommi Koskinen , 41, have extended the contract with two more years. That means, Koskinen who is coaching the third season
Catz right now, will be Team's Head Coach untill spring 2010. Koskinen started his coaching career as 22-year-old and has been coaching by now 19years!


SM-SARJA: Jillianne Duffey in Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
PeKa (Kotka) has signed American F Jillianne Duffey (183-F-85, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) for the rest of the season. Duffey will replace LaKrisha Brown (191-F), who played on PeKa roster 16 games averaging 8,9 ppg - 8,0 rpg. Duffey will play her first game in Finland this coming Sunday Jan 20.

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HUNGARY - Women

Decision has made: new head-coaches of the national teams -by Csilla Kantor
The Hungarian Basketball Federation has appointed the head-coaches of the women- and men national teams on Friday, 18.01. With this decision the head-coach of the women national team will be Laszlo Ratgeber and Sztojan Ivkovics will be the the coach of the men's team. Both appointments last for one year. The main aim with the women's team is to take part in the European Championship. Remaining member of the A-division was also difficult last summer for our national team, although the first goal was to get out the Olympic Games 2008. That time Tamas Bencze was the head-coach. Ratgeber, probably one of the best coaches in Hungary has already worked with the national team. He conducted the women's team in 2001 on the French European Championship, when they got 7th place, and 2003 in Greece they finished 10th.

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ITALY - Women

Success in EuroCup, but downfall in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
Napoli and Faenza lost their games in Euroleague, while Italian teams in EuroCup were luckier.
ESB Lille Metropole beat Phard Napoli 82:79 in overtime. Fatimatou Sacko (185-F-85) scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the French to their third victory in nine games in Group A.
MiZo Pecs 2010 climbed back into second place in Group D after beating Germano Zama Faenza 82:71. Hungarian point guard Zsofia Fegyverneky poured in 15 points for Pecs while Ivanyi and Brazilian center Graziene Coelho added 12 apiece. Serbian point guard Marija Eric (164-G-83) had a game-high 25 points in defeat.

In EuroCup Venezia downed AEL from Cyprus 65:56. The hosts opened the game confidently enough as they led 6:2 but Biljana Pavicevic and Becirovic combined for 7 points to lift AEL up by 3 points 9:6. Later Ancuta Stoenescu added a long bomb as AEL gradually took over and drove to a 14:12 advantage after the first quarter. Biljana Pavicevic and Erzeg extended the damage as they deepened the gap to 7 points early in the second frame. But the momentum soon vanished and Venezia took the floor. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80) hit from downtown, while Shannon Johnson and Francesca Modica combined 4 free throws and Venezia regained the lead. But AEL remained contestant as Ivona Jerkovic capped the half with 4 points in a row and allowed the visitors to enjoy a 30:28 lead. Venezia came off the dressing room recharged and exploded with an 11:0 run to claim the lead. AEL struggled to come back to life in the third stanza and the hosts maintained a 7-point cushion after 30 minutes. The situation hardly changed in the fourth term as Venezia wisely kept AEL at a distance and never allowed the opponents to threaten their advantage. Shannon Johnson finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Venezia. Aleksandra Vujovic dropped 12 points, while Jenifer Nadalin had 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Biljana Pavicevic answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for AEL. Becirovic added 13 points in a losing effort. The teams were well-matched under the rims with 32 boards apiece. But AEL committed massive 31 turnovers down the stretch. Venezia will now take on the winner of Vologda against Hemofarm battle.

More than 1600 spectators came to support Cras Basket Taranto in the game that sent them to 1/8 finals of EuroCup. Italian team overcame Kozachka-Zalk 93:67 to prove their ambitions. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was unstoppable with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) netted 19, while Laura Summerton posted 16. Natalia Isachenko top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 23 points.
When Cras Basket Taranto stole the win in Ukraine 69:72 in the first leg, it was clear that even at home Taranto would play for the win. A 10-2 run was a good proof for that in the opening tip. Rebekkah Brunson demolished Ukrainians with a lay-up to finish the first quarter at 27:14. A 17:15 in the second quarter had answered for all the questions about the winner.
The second half saw the tough game, but it did not influence on score. Cras Basket Taranto outscored the visitors 24:23 in the third and 23:15 in the last. Italian team deserved a place more in 1/8 finals in EuroCup. Cras Basket Taranto wins 165-136 in a total. In the next round the team will meet AZS Gorzow on January 31st.
Beretta-Famila beat Baloncesto San Jose 76:63 to advance with 149:140 win. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) led the Italian team with 26 points.


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JORDAN - Women

U16 Junior Women National Championship -by Fadi Sabbah
The Under 16 Junior Women National Championship tipped off quietly in the southern city of Aqaba.
Orthodox Club whipped Aqaba on their home court in the opening game on Friday (85 - 18) - Aqaba will meet Jordan Stars today. The two other clubs participating in this tournament Al Riyadi (Title holders) and Zarqa (New comers) will meet on Wednesday in Amman


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LITHUANIA - Women

Teo Vilnius could not upset the favorite -by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius - Ros Casares 72:84 (15-21, 16-24, 22-22, 19-17)

Teo Vilnius struggled hard but could not upset the favorite of EuroLeague Women Group D, Spanish Ros Casares. The latter clinch their ninth consecutive win with 72:84 in Vilnius. Milton led the winners with 19 points. Elena Tornikidou (185-F-65) posted 18, while Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 16. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) ended up with 27 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Ros Casares remains perfect in EuroLeague and after nine games played the team has 9-0 record as well as CSKA in Group A. Valuzyte started the scoring game for the home team but Spanish squad finished the quarter on a happy note. Katie Douglas's two free throws brought the guests 15:21 after 10 minutes.
The second quarter was probably the main one for Ros Casares that increased the lead and made control of the whole game. With 16:24 Ros Casares had 31:45 at the half time.
TEO did a great job in the beginning of the third quarter and reduced to 3 points. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) with a lay-up brought Lithuanians 46:49. Spanish team replied with some important baskets and Aguilar gave them 53:67 after three quarters. The Spanish giants were superior shooting the ball inside the arc, they were 28 of 51 while their opponents were 25 of 55. The last quarter brought 19:17 for TEO, but Ros grabbed 72:84 road win.

TEO Vilnius: Jurgita Streimikyte 27+8 rebs, Yelena Leuchanka 13+12 rebs, Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) 11
Ros Casares: Milton 19, Elena Tornikidou 18, Katie Douglas 16


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NAIA - Women

Remmerde breaks NAIA II Scoring and Iowa Collegiate Scoring Record in Same Game -by Brandon Woudstra
Northwestern (IA) senior Deb Deb Remmerde (5'9''-G) scored her seventh and eighth points of the game at Briar Cliff with 8:29 left in the first half. The two point bucket now places Deb Remmerde in the top spot on the all-time NAIA Division II scoring charts.
Later in the game at the 3:09 mark of the second half she broke the Iowa Women's Collegiate Record held by Briar Cliff's Cheryl Dreckman. Dreckman scored 3,248 points from 1986-1990. Deb Remmerde broke the record on Dreckman's old home court at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City , Iowa .

Deb Remmerde is already an Iowa scoring record holder, she holds the Iowa Girls High School 5-Player Scoring Record with 2,756 points.


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NCAA - Women

Old Dominion hands Virginia Commonwealth second loss in the season -by Eurobasket News
Old Dominion ranked #20 overcame Virginia Commonwealth 86:66 to improve to 13-3 record for the season. The Rams suffered just their second loss in the season as they fell for the 9th straight time against the Lady Monarchs. The game was pretty tight in the first half with neither side able to clear off. But the Lady Monarchs received help from Jazzmin Walters (5'2''-G-87) as she sank 6 points to ignite a 16:2 run for Old Dominion to grab a 51:32 advantage. The Rams were unable to recover at the late stages and lost the battle. Jessica Canady (6'1''-F) paced the winners with 15 points. Shahida Williams (5'11''-F-86), Tiffany Green (6'2''-F-85) and Jazzmin Walters provided 12 points apiece for Old Dominion. Krystal Vaughan responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.
University of Connecticut posted their 16th straight win in the season by downing Syracuse 65:59. The Orange led 36:32 at the interval but Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) stepped up for the Huskies in the second half scoring 13 points to go with 17 boards and fueled Connecticut's successful came back effort. The Huskies grabbed an advantage midway through the second half rolled to the victory but Syracuse still challenged the tournament's favorites. Chandrea Jones (5'9''-G) hit a free throw and cut the gap to 2 points with just over a minute left. But Erica Morrow (5'8''-G) had a chance to put the Orange ahead but her triple went off mark. Charde Houston and Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86) then sealed a win from charity stripe for the Huskies. Mel Thomas (5'9''-G-85) scored 15 points to lead Connecticut. Renee Montgomery finished with 14 points as the Huskies remained undefeated at 16-0. Syracuse fell to 14-3 record behind 18 points from Chandrea Jones. Nicole Michael (6'2''-F-87) added 13 points in a loss.
But the win was overshadowed by Mel Thomas injury. The Huskies' senior starting guard will was reported to miss the reminder of the season because of a knee injury. She tore her knee ligament and lateral meniscus during the final minutes of the game against Syracuse. The recovery is expected to take at least 6 months.


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POLAND - Women

Gorzow proves the power against CCC Polkowice -by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - CCC Polkowice 76:50 (25-12, 19-18, 16-13, 16-7)

Gorzow notched their another impressive victory of Eurocup to win the Polish battle. With 76:50 Gorzow overcame CCC Polkowice last night. Carrie Moore (175-G-85, college: W.Michigan) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Katarina Ristic (173-G-84) produced 13, while Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) added 8. Ndeye Ndiaye (-79) led the way for CCC Polkowice with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Gorzow won the campaign with 147:114 total win.

The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and after 71:64 road win were more then comfortable in the game. Ndeye Ndiaye was the one who scored first 4 points for the visitors to reduce at 13:4. The first quarter ended up when the hosts had 25:12 advantage. With 19:18 Gorzow increased to 44:30 at the half time. Katarina Ristic from a free throw line sent both teams to the lockers.
When Carrie Moore made 57:37 in the third quarter the game was done for both squads. Even though Ndeye Ndiaye started the fourth quarter with a jump shot at 60:45, there was nothing they could catch. A 8-0 run in the last quarter buried all hopes for CCC Polkowice.

Gorzow: Carrie Moore 19, Katarina Ristic 13, Malgorzata Babicka 8
CCC Polkowice: Ndeye Ndiaye 15+7 rebs, Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) 9


Lotos smashes Dexia Namur in Group C -by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur -Lotos 40:79 (8-13, 14-15, 10-28, 8-23)

One of the last games in the latest round of EuroLeague Women Group C did not bring the intrigue that was expected as Lotos smashed Dexia Namur 79:40 in Belgium. Slobodanka Tuvic led the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) produced 15, while Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) netted 13. Jennifer Fleischer (191-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Pennsylvania) resisted for the Belgian team with 14 points. Polish squad climbed back into the top four on EuroLeague Women Group C.

A slow first quarter was spent mostly in defense by both teams. Chamique Holdsclaw opened the game with a lay-up and Slobodanka Tuvic ended it up for 8:13. Polish team finished the half at 22:28 lead, but it seemed that the teams finished the quarter, not the half.
In the third quarter Lotos changed and scored the same number of points they poured in the first two quarters. Lotos bombed the opponents' defense and especially was lucky in the end of the period. Anne Breitreiner, Leciejewska and Snytsina scored each a three-pointer to give their team 32:56 after 30 minutes of the game. With another 8:23 in the fourth Lotos celebrated an easy win to reach 4-5 record. Dexia endured a terrible shooting night, they missed all of their 15 attempts from long range. The last the team from Belgium will play against Gambrinus Brno and it is hardly believed that the team will finish the campaign with a win. Lotos will have a battle versus Kosit 2013 on January 23rd.

Dexia Namur: Jennifer Fleischer 14, Kimberley Smith 8
Lotos: Slobodanka Tuvic (196-C-77) 16+5 rebs, Anne Breitreiner 15, Chamique Holdsclaw 13


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ROMANIA - Women

Arad thanks Moscow for experience in EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
BC Moscow -Arad 86:58 (26-15, 17-15, 27-16, 16-12)

BC Moscow proved the difference in class between Russia and Romania beating Arad 86:58 in Moscow. An easy win in all quarters and the total 187:140 after two games sent Russian team to 1/8 of EuroCup. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) paced the winners with 19 points. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) nailed 15, while Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) scored 13. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) top-scored for Arad with 15 points.

BC Moscow have strengthened their grip on further tasks defeating the Romanian opponent. An early 17-8 run by Moscow helped the home side to 26:15 first quarter lead. Arad did struggle in the second quarter and finished the half with 43:30. It happened after 6-0 run and Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) was the last to score in the second quarter.
Further burst of 8-0 in the third prevented Arad from gaining any momentum at all. Beglova made it 70:46 to close up the third quarter. With 16:12 the game was over at 86:58. It was a great experience for the Romanian team to play with one of the favorite of EuroCup and for Moscow team to check their power in offense. Moscow team will meet Panionios on January 31st as the teams open their Eighth-Finals campaign.

BC Moscow: Elena Danilochkina 19, Monique Currie 15, Nadezhda Grishaeva 13
Arad:Sheena Moore 15, Elisabeth Pavel 11


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RUSSIA - Women

BC Moscow, Chevakata and Nadezhda advance, while Dynamo Kursk finishes EuroCup campaign -by Eurobasket News

Three teams out of four advanced to the next round of EuroCup.

BC Moscow proved the difference in class between Russia and Romania beating Arad 86:58 in Moscow. An easy win in all quarters and the total 187:140 after two games sent Russian team to 1/8 of EuroCup. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) paced the winners with 19 points. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) nailed 15, while Nadezhda Grishaeva scored 13. Sheena Moore top-scored for Arad with 15 points.
BC Moscow have strengthened their grip on further tasks defeating the Romanian opponent. An early 17-8 run by Moscow helped the home side to 26:15 first quarter lead. Arad did struggle in the second quarter and finished the half with 43:30. It happened after 6-0 run and Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) was the last to score in the second quarter.
Further burst of 8-0 in the third prevented Arad from gaining any momentum at all. Beglova made it 70:46 to close up the third quarter. With 16:12 the game was over at 86:58. It was a great experience for the Romanian team to play with one of the favorite of EuroCup and for Moscow team to check their power in offense. Moscow team will meet Panionios on January 31st as the teams open their Eighth-Finals campaign.
Dynamo Kursk even after 74:64 over Botas Spor had to stop their campaign. In the first leg between these two teams Botas Spor overcame Dynamo Kursk 76:62 and qualified with 140-136 total victory. Natalja Vedlya (193-C-80) top-scored for Russian squad with 16 points.
Chevakata solved the task with 61:56 home win over KK Hemofarm Vrsac. After 72:74 in Serbia Russian squad advanced with 133:130 victory. Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) paced the winners with 16 points.
Nadezhda had -13 before the game in Orenburg and benefit from 79:61 win over Challes-Les-Eaux Basket. Nadezhda won 141-136 and advance to the next round. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) that joined the team recently top-scored with 20 points.



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SPAIN - Women

Ros Casares reaches 9-0 record in Euroleague, Perfumerias also wins -by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares remains perfect in EuroLeague and after nine games played the team has 9-0 record as well as CSKA in Group A.Teo Vilnius struggled hard but could not upset the favorite of EuroLeague Women Group D. Ros Casares clinched their ninth consecutive win with 72:84 in Vilnius. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) led the winners with 19 points. Elena Tornikidou posted 18, while Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 16. Jurgita Streimikyte ended up with 27 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Valuzyte started the scoring game for the home team but Spanish squad finished the quarter on a happy note. Katie Douglas's two free throws brought the guests 15:21 after 10 minutes. The second quarter was probably the main one for Ros Casares that increased the lead and made control of the whole game. With 16:24 Ros Casares had 31:45 at the half time.
TEO did a great job in the beginning of the third quarter and reduced to 3 points. Yelena Leuchanka with a lay-up brought Lithuanians 46:49. Spanish team replied with some important baskets and Aguilar gave them 53:67 after three quarters. The Spanish giants were superior shooting the ball inside the arc, they were 28 of 51 while their opponents were 25 of 55. The last quarter brought 19:17 for TEO, but Ros grabbed 72:84 road win.
Perfumerias occupied the 4th spot after a win over USK Praha 83:70. The latter entered the game ready to fight as this game was their Rubicon to cross. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) scored 6 points in the opening frame, while Ferancikova and Elhotova capped it with long jumpers for USK Praha to hold an 18:16 lead after 10 minutes. LeDrean and Lindsay Whalen masterminded an 8:2 run midway through the second term as USK Praha grabbed a 36:27 advantage. But Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) provided 5 points for the home team late in the frame and Perfumerias trailed by just 3 points at the interval. Soon after the start of the second half Moreno connected from outside and gave Perfumerias a 42:40 advantage. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) scored 8 points in the third stanza for the hosts as they maintained the lead and headed into the final period with a 60:55 cushion. Spanish team were up by 8 points with under 3 minutes remaining. However Katerina Elhotova and Marketa Mokrosova pumped it up for USK Praha as they drilled straight trebles and clipped the deficit to 2 points. Alessandra Santos and Tracy Reid answered with back-to-back jumpers and Perfumerias restored an 8-point distance with a minute remaining. USK Praha were unable to answer and lost the key matchup.
Alessandra Santos nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for Perfumerias. Ana Montanana and Isabel Sanchez scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Ferancikova produced 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing clause. LeDrean had 12 points and 13 boards for USK Praha. Perfumerias host UMMC next week.


Only Extrugasa stays in EuroCup as Spain sees off 3 defeats -by Eurobasket News
One out of four Spanish teams advanced to 1/8 of EuroCup. In the Spanish battle Gran Canaria lost to Extrugasa 62:74 and due to that lost the total 122:130. Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, college: Georgia) led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Gospic withstood Hondarribia-Irun's efforts to surpass a 19-point first game deficit and advanced to the eighth-final stage of EuroCup. Having built a comfortable cushion in the home game Gospic started the game in Spain a bit slow. Shameka Christon scored quick 4 points, while Begona Garcia connected from afar for a 14:5 lead. However soon Gospic found the way to answer as Cori Enghusen dropped a jumper and Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) drained a three-pointer to cut the gap to 3 points. Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) scored 5 points in a row and Veselovski added a basket as Hondarribia-Irun ran away to a 10-point distance after 10 minutes. Mandir scored two triples for Gospic early in the second term as Gospic kept it within 10 points. Later Marina Mazic knocked down 4 consecutive points, while Elena Yolovska added 2 more as Gospic finished the first half on a high note trailing by just a single point 38:39 at halftime. Hondarribia-Irun tried hard to shift the trend their way in the third quarter. They extended the lead to 7 points on free throws from Shameka Christon. Shameka Christon then added a layup to enlarge the margin to 9 points Elena Yolovska and Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) kept it in control as they clipped the difference back to 6 points. But the intrigue remained burning as the hosts nailed 6 free throws at the end of the third frame and entered the fourth term with a 12-point lead. The teams traded baskets early in the fourth period before Cori Enghusen drilled 4 points for Gospic as they narrowed the gap to 6 points with just under 4 minutes left. Marina Mazic and Orsolya Englert contributed 3 more points to Gospic tally and buried any hopes for Hondarribia-Irun. The Spanish team finalized the winning outcome at the end but their European campaign wrapped up. Sandra Popovic-Mandir led all scorers with 20 points for Gospic. Orsolya Englert and Elena Yolovska provided 13 points apiece in a loss. Begona Garcia and Zane Tamane netted 17 points each for Hondarribia-Irun.
Baloncesto San Jose lost to Italian Beretta-Famila 63:76 to let them to advance with 149:140 win. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) led the Italian team with 26 points. Cohen netted 14 points in the losing effort.


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UKRAINE - Women

Brunson ruins Kozachka-Zalk -by Eurobasket News

Cras Basket Taranto -Kozachka-Zalk 93:67 (27-14, 17-15, 24-23, 25-15)

More than 1600 spectators came to support Cras Basket Taranto in the game that sent them to 1/8 finals of EuroCup. Italian team overcame Kozachka-Zalk 93:67 to prove their ambitions. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was unstoppable with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) netted 19, while Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) posted 16. Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 23 points.

When Cras Basket Taranto stole the win in Ukraine 69:72 in the first leg, it was clear that even at home Taranto would play for the win. A 10-2 run was a good proof for that in the opening tip. Rebekkah Brunson demolished Ukrainians with a lay-up to finish the first quarter at 27:14. A 17:15 in the second quarter had answered for all the questions about the winner.
The second half saw the tough game, but it did not influence on score. Cras Basket Taranto outscored the visitors 24:23 in the third and 23:15 in the last. Italian team deserved a place more in 1/8 finals in EuroCup. Cras Basket Taranto wins 165-136 in a total. In the next round the team will meet AZS Gorzow on January 31st.


Cras Basket Taranto: Rebekkah Brunson 31+10 rebs, Anna Zimerle 19, Laura Summerton 16
Kozachka-Zalk: Natalia Isachenko 23, Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) 15