EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/21/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Vojvodina beats FMP thanks to Golubovic, Olimpija better than Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina Srbijagas made home victory in Serbian derby against FMP 88-78 so the Tulips now has 9 wins and 9 defeats while Panthers, with a new head coach Slobodan Klipa on the bench, slipped again dropping to score 8-10. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter which hosts finished having advantage of 9 points. During the entire second half FMP just succeeded to touch margin of minus 3 in 28th minute. Last week-end hero of the win against Cibona in Zagreb, broad-shouldered Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), once again was unstoppable in the paint. He was MVP of the game netting 20 points grabbing 9 rebounds. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) followed him scoring 15 points while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) added 22 points and 5 rebounds for visitors.

After unlucky over time defeat against Lottomatica in Rome, Partizan Igokea had to work very hard in order to beat Helios Domzale in Belgrade 86-76. Visitors, who are currently on the last position in Adriatic league with score 3-15, had a lead of 5 points in 24th minute. From that point Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio came on the scene making turn so they stopped possible surprise of the entire season. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored point less than him for Partizan. Robert Troha (194-G/F-77) nailed 24 points for Helios. Partizan is alone on top yet with impressive score 17-1.

Coach Aleksandar Dzikic celebrated the first win with Union Olimpija beating Crvena Zvezda in Ljubljana 92-80. The hosts, mostly owing to Hukic, made fantastic run 28-7 and freeze Zvezda on minus 18 in 33rd minute. Tandem Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) - Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) paced Olimpija nailing 49 points together. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) scored 19 points for Zvezda.

Siroki Prima Pivo made pure surprise outplaying Hemofarm STADA 73-69. One minute to go, on score 70-69, Joksimovic of Hemofarm missed a lay-up while Stemberger was concentrated from the FT line bringing the 5th win to Siroki in Adriatic league. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) led Siroki adding 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Hemofarm got 15 points from Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland).


Vojvodina Srbijagas - FMP 88-78
(23-24,28-18,19-21,18-15)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Golubovic 20 (9 rebs), Nemeth 17, Bojovic 15 (4 rebs), Djordjevic 13 (5 as), Ivanovic 13
FMP: Erceg 22 (5 rebs), Protic 17 (4 as), Labovic 13


Partizan Igokea - Helios Domzale 86-76
(20-17,25-22,18-21,23-16)

Partizan Igokea:
Tepic 15, Pekovic 14, Tripkovic 12
Helios Domzale: Troha 24, Lashkevich 10 (8 rebs)


Union Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 92-80
(25-18,17-25,25-16,25-21)

Union Olimpija:
Hukic 25, Dragic 24 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Crvena Zvezda: Markovic 19, Dragicevic 13, Cook 12 (5 as), Misanovic 12


Siroki Prima Pivo - Hemofarm STADA 73-69
(17-13,23-17,14-23,19-16)

Siroki Prima Pivo:
Stemberger 17 (5 rebs, 5 as), Lever 15, Spralja 14 (5 rebs)
Hemofarm STADA: Marshall 15, Joksimovic 13 (4 rebs, 6 st), Vukosevljevic 13 (6 rebs)


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ALGERIA

Results of the 12th Day in Algeria -by Kristian Santiago
Results of the 12th day of the national championship

NA Rouiba - CRB Dar-El- Be´da 67-106
WA Boufarik - AU Annaba 69- 49
ASPTT Alger - USMM Hadjout 86-79
MC Alger - WB A´n-Benian 80-60
NB Staoueli - O Batna 81-74
CRB Temouchent - NA Hussein-Dey 49-80
JSB M'sila - CRM Birkhadem 75-70


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Panevezys clips Fausto at home -by Eurobasket News
Panevezys - Tartu Fausto 72:71

Panevezys regained the leading spot in the Baltic Cup Challenge Cup after they narrowly outscored visiting Fausto 72:71. Tartu Fausto spends pretty faded season as they occupy the 10th spot in the ladder. However the opened the game against one of the leaders quite aggressively. Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) netted 8 points early in the game and Fausto grabbed an 11:6 lead. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) continued the scoring blast for the visitors as they never allowed the hosts to deny the lead in the opening frame and ensured a 23:16 advantage 10 minutes into the game. Mike Smith (190-G, college: St.Francis (IL)) started the second frame with a three-pointer but it was immediately matched by Tanel Kaljula (191-G-81). Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, college: Marshall) and Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) stroke from the field to extend the margin to 10 points, while seconds later Gorobets made it look even worse for the hosts as he drained a trey. The things finally brightened up for the home team as Paulus Staskunas (200-F-74) hit from downtown and Phillip Williams (206-F-84, college: Winthrop) added a jumper to trim the deficit to 4 points at halftime. Paulus Staskunas and Mike Smith hit a bunch of free throw to open the second half to tie it all at 41. Later Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) sank a three-pointer to put the hosts in front for the first time in the game. The teams traded the buckets throughout the frame and Panevezys managed to secure a 59:58 lead after 30 minutes. Mike Smith pumped it up for the hosts with a three-pointer early in the fourth term. Mihkel Kurg however was accurate from the outside as the neither side was able to breathe freely. Phillip Williams' dunk allowed Panevezys to enjoy a 70:68 advantage with just over a minute left in regulation. Osvaldas Macernis however fired from beyond the arc to regain the lead for the visitors. Fausto fouled on Mike Smith and he was deadly from the charity stripe to put the hosts up by one with 18 seconds left. Osvaldas Macernis and Paulus Staskunas exchanged misses and then Tanel Kaljula committed a turnover to bury any chances for Fausto. Phillip Williams poured in 17 points and collected 7 boards for Panevezys. Mike Smith added 14 points, while Chris Hill (178-G-83, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) banked 11 points for the winners. Osvaldas Macernis had 17 points for Fausto. Ando Tagamets contributed 16 points in a losing case. Panevezys improved to 11-5 record on top of the ladder. They take on Nevezis away from home next. Fausto meanwhile suffered their 12th loss in the season and would look for a win against Sakalai next week.

Panevezys: Phillip Williams 17, Mike Smith 14, Chris Hill 11
Fausto: Osvaldas Macernis 17, Ando Tagamets 16


Zalgiris recovers well after midweek loss -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris quickly put away all bad memories of the past midweek to return to normal life in the Baltic League season. They left behind a stunning loss to CSKA in Euroleague and came back to winning ways against Rock in Kaunas. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 18 points to lead Zalgiris to an 87:77 win over Estonian visitors. After a close battle in the first stanza the hosts took over in the second one. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 7 points in the hosts' 14:2 run that put them away for good. Zalgiris piled up a 45:30 advantage at the interval and never looked back thereafter. Paulius Jankunas delivered 17 points and 8 boards in a win. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) crafted 15 points for Zalgiris as they improved to 12-1 record in the ladder. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) was impressive with game-high 28 points for TU/Rock. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) had 13 points in a losing effort that dropped Estonian team to 4-9 record in the ladder.
Lietuvos Rytas did not allow Zalgiris to take the top spot as they also ensured the winning outcome against ASK Riga. Rytas dominated the game from the start. They accumulated a 25:13 lead after 10 minutes of action and continued to build an unassailable lead later on. ASK Riga committed 20 turnovers and struggled to keep up the pace. The hosts won successive quarters and registered their 13th win in the season. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) dropped 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) answered with 16 points for ASK Riga. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points as the visitors fell to 8-5 record in the Elite Division.


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BELGIUM

Various News -by Peter Buyse


Liege Basket has released guard Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) effective immediately.

The team is looking for a replacement.

Antwerp Giants releases Argentinian forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina).

Ayinde Ubaka has been signed for the rest of the season.

The Antwerp Giants Uleb Game vs Moscow will take place on tuesday at 20.00 instead of 20.30.



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CHINA

BAYI PULL ONE BACK,GUANDONG AND DONGGUAN ALL END SERIES!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu
In a game that was dogged by bad calls,some totally missed or overlooked,Bayi Rockets finally pulled one back in their series against Liaoning Tigers.The Rockets,smarting from the pains of the last defeat came out with guns blazing as the held the Tigers to only 11pts in the 1st period and scored 36.The Tigers came into the and fought back to win the the 2nd period by 5 pts and end the half down by 20 pts.Half-time scores 59-39 in favour of Bayi Rockets.Liaoning piled up the pressure on resumption and gradually inched their way back into contention.They stepped up on their defence and completly smothered the Rockets and by the end of the 3rd period,the deficit was cut down to 5pts leaving the scoreline at 85-80,advantage Bayi.From then on it bacame anybodys game with both teams trading points and Bayi spurred on by their thunderous fans left it till the last seconds to nail the coffin.However, with less than 6 seconds to go and ball with Liaoning,bigman Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) was fed in the post and his attempt at basket was stopped by Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) in what was clearly a foul but the refs waved play on and Bayi hung on to win by 1pt.Final scores;96-95.Coincidentaly,all the 3 games so far have been decided by 1pt difference and this goes to show how evenly matched both teams are.Liaoning Travel back home licking their wounds and hoping to end it come tuesday.Top scorers for the game were Mo Ke (209-C-82) who led all scorers for bayi with 21pts and 7rebs.Li Nan (198-F-76) added 20pts and 8rebs while Wang Zhizhi scored 17pts and also caught 8rebs.For Liaoning Sampson Jamal (211-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) scored 21pts and grabbed 15 boards While Bian Qiang (192-G-79) scored 19.Yang Ming (193-G-87),the young point guard added 16pts to his teams efforts while Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) and Oyedeji Olumide added 14 and 11pts respectively.Oyedeji also grabbed 11 boards.Next game is at Liaoning on tuesday.

In the other series,Guandong and DongGuan swept their opponents to give them well deserved rests before the semi-finals begin on Friday.Meanwhile Jiangsu beat Fujian to bring their own series to 2 and 1 in favour of Jiangsu.They will play on tuesday and on wenesday if necessary for a winner to emerge.


Guangdong, Dongguan Sweep Series, Jiangsu, Liaoning Lead 2-1 - Updated -by Arthur Volbert

Guangdong and Dongguan swept their first round playoff series 3-0 while Jiangsu and Liaoning held 2-1 leads in theirs.

Wang Shipeng scored 28 points, Jason Dixon scored 25 and Zhu Fangyu scored 24 as Guangdong scored a 112-108 overtime victory over Zhejiang Guangsha. Chen Jianghua played 34 minutes compared to 18 for Liu Xiaoyu and 3 for Zhang Zhe. Chen had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 turnovers. Rodney White led Guangsha with 34 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 22 and Yu Junkai scored 20. Garnett Thompson had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Bayi and Liaoning played their third straight game where the winning team's margin was one point. This time Bayi was the victor, 96-95, as it narrowed Liaoning's lead in the series to 2-1. Mo Ke (209-C-82) had one of his rare good games this season as he led Bayi with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Li Nan had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jamal Sampson led Liaoning with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Yang Ming appears to have taken over for Zhang Qingpeng at point guard and had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Tang Zhengdong had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead Jiangsu to a 110-102 victory over Fujian and a 2-1 lead in the series. Zhang Cheng added 20 points. Hu Xuefeng had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals and only 1 turnover. But Lu Xiaoming still won the battle of short, experienced, pass-first point guards as he dished out 20 assists to only 3 turnovers. He also had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Liu Yudong led Fujian's scoring with 25 points and Gong Songlin added 24.

Dongguan defeated Shandong 111-97 to win its series 3-0. With the game tied after three quarters, Dongguan outscored Shandong 38-24 in the fourth to oust Shandong from the playoffs.
Mike Harris led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds while Anthony Myles contributed 26 points and 6 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 21 points and Zhang Kai had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mack Tuck led Shandong with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Herve Lamizana was held to 9 points and 7 rebounds. Wu Ke, 209 cm from the class of 1990, had 12 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in 32 minutes. Cao Zhenhua only played three minutes, and Wu replaced him inside. Wu spent a season at the USBA camp in Oregon and is a player to watch next season.




Guangdong 112 OT
Chen Jianghua 11p+7r+5a+3to, Zhu Fangyu 24p+8r+4a+3s+7to, Wang Shipeng 28p+2r+4a+3s, Jason Dixon 25p+10r+2a+3s+1bl, Ji Le 2p+6r+1s, Liu Xiaoyu 2p+3s, Zhou Peng 9p+3r+1s, Du Feng 11p+5r+2a
Guangsha 108
Yao Peng 8p+1r+2s+1bl, Rodney White 34p+9r+2a+2s+5to, Yu Junkai 20p+1r, Zhang Nan 22p+6r+3a+2s, Ying Kui 7p+2r+3a+1s+6fl, Li Meng 2p+5r+1a+1s, Garnett Thompson 15p+15r+4a+2s+2bl


Bayi 96
Li Nan 20p+7r+3a+3s+1bl+5to, Mo Ke 21p+7r+2a+2s+2bl, Wang Zhongguang 5p+2r+3a+3s+3to, Wang Zhizhi 17p+8r+1a+5s+2bl, Wang Lei 15p+1r+5a+3s+1bl, Li Ke 8p+1a, Hu Ke 4p+1r, Yao Kaifu 6p+1r+3a+1s+3to,
Liaoning 95
Bian Qiang 19p+3a+4s, Liu Xiangtao 8p, Yang Ming 16p+4r+5a+4s+3to, Li Xiaoxu 14p+8r+3s, Olumide Oyedeji 11p+9r+2s+1bl, Gu Liye 4p+1r+1s, Jamal Sampson 21p+15r+2a+1s


Fujian- 27 17 28 30 102
Jiangsu 37 25 16 32 110

Jiangsu 110
Ryan Forehan-Kelly 11p+4r+5a+2s+6fl, Zhang Cheng 20p+3r, Tang Zhengdong 30p+14r+2a+2s, Hu Xuefeng 16p+9r+10a+4s+1to, Yi Li 11p+5r+2s+2bl, Yang Li 13p+2r+2a, Jon Smith 9p+6r+2a+2s
Fujian 102
Gong Songlin 24p+4r+1a, Lu Xiaoming 9p+4r+20a+4s+3to, Yang Chao 13p+2r+2a+1s, Liu Yudong 25p+7r+1a+1bl, Jameel Watkins 13p+14r+1bl, DaJuan Tate 18p+5r+2s

Dongguan 23 23 27 38 111
Shandong 22 25 26 24 97

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Dongguan 111
Wang Yong1 2p+2r+2a+1s, Mike Harris 29p+14r+2a+1s+1bl, Anthony Myles 26p+6r+1a+2s+1bl, Wang Jing 13p+3r+1a+1s, Qiu Biao 21p+3r+5a+1bl, Zhang Kai 16p+12r
Shandong 97
Herve Lamizana 9p+7r+2a, Mack Tuck 33p+9r+5a+1s+1bl, Wu Ke 32min+12p+7r+1a+1s+3bl+6fl, Sun Jie 13p+3r+3s, Wang Gang 7p+4r+0a+1to, Lou Yandong 16p+4r+2a+1s+1bl, Li Lin 4p+3r+1a, Hou Bing 18min+3p+4r+2a+1s+6fl



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CROATIA

Zadar will face Partizan in Round 19, so far results of Round 18 -by Eurobasket News
Adriatic League, Round 18 brought derby between Croatian Split and Zadar. The latter defeated Split 80:88 and achieved its 12th straight win.
Split had a great second quarter but they could not finish it on expected outcome as Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) and Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) took visitors to 30:27. With 70:76 Shammell Stallworth, Gecevski and Stimac responded with 6-0 run and decided the game. Shammell Stallworth top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Corey Corey Brewer finished the game with 21 points and 8 assists. Marlon Garnett and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) scored 18 and 14 points respectively for Split.

Zagreb defeated Geoplin Slovan 83:67 to bring another win for Croatian teams. Vladovic top-scored for the winners with scored 27 points. Tomic had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Only Cibona could not show the expected game. The team lost to Buducnost 71:81. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 19 points to 10-8 record. Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) nailed 20 for Cibona, while Rozic added 11.

In the next Round Zadar will face Partizan in the key game of Round 19. As both teams are on top of the standings the game should bring lots of interest.


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CZECH REP.

Prostejov gets bogged in the ladder -by Eurobasket News
Prostejov were given another painful blow in their strive to cut the distance on Nymburk. In Round 22 they visited USK Praha and were narrowly beaten 80:81. Prostejov wasted a halftime lead and had to surrender at the end falling to 7-5 record in the third spot of the standings. The visitors got to a better start and led throughout the opening frame. Stanislav Votroubek (214-C-81, agency: PPGroup) hit from afar to give them a 20:13 lead but Andrej Vukotic (185-G-86) and Roderick Platt (205-C-75, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) knocked down some important baskets late in the frame to allow the hosts stay close. Jan Pavlik (186-G-78, agency: Court Side) started the second stanza with a trey to set the tone. However Prostejov were not able to clear off to a decisive distance. Roderick Platt and Daniel Dvorak (204-F-77) were pretty consistent from the field to secure the minimum distance between the sides. Rashaan Ames (184-G-77, college: Shaw) crowned the first half with a trey to seal a 48:40 advantage for Prostejov at the interval. Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-81, college: Hawaii-Pacific) extended the gap to 10 points after the break. Lukas Kotas (192-F-84), Roderick Platt and Lucious Wagner (194-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) ignited a 6:0 run for USK Praha as they later cut the margin to 3 points. Four straight points from Satoransky drew teams at 56 but Jan Pavlik responded with a three-pointer for the visiting side. Bosak added 4 consecutive points as Prostejov restored an 8-point cushion. They maintained the lead throughout the major part of the fourth term but USK Praha finally tied it at 79 with 29 seconds remaining. Rashaan Ames hit a free throw to make it 80:79 for Prostejov but Daniel Dvorak nailed a jumper to win it for USK Praha. Lukas Kotas topscored with 17 points for the winners. Lucious Wagner and Roderick Platt provided 14 points apiece for USK Praha as they improved to 9-13 record. Rashaan Ames finished with game-high 21 points for Prostejov. Bokic had 18 points in a loss. Prostejov travels to Kolin in the next round. USK Praha will face Brno on the road.

USK Praha: Lukas Kotas 17, Lucious Wagner 14, Roderick Platt 14
Prostejov: Rashaan Ames 21, Aleksandar Bojic 18


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FRANCE

Pro B : Rosnowski to Quimper -by Aurelien Hipp
*Jean-Michael Mipoka-Likamba (197-G-85) is injured for one month and Quimper decided to sign Vyacheslav Rosnovski (200-G-75, agency: Court Side) during this period. The player is a strong scorer, seen in Switzerland (Fribourg, Herens), Hungary and Germany.He played last seson with Bremerhaven, posting 5.1ppg 1.6rpg in the German 1st division.

NM1 Day 18: Antibes loses in Fos, the championship as tight as ever -by Chris Spiesser
The provencal derby found the best ending as far as the interst of the season is concerned. With Antibes' loss, Fos is back one victory behind them. Charleville could take advantage of this result to join Antibes at place one, but the ardennains lost in Lille and now share place two with Fos. With these results, the winning Blois and GET Vosges stay in embush. Longwy and Feurs confirmed their good trends with two wins. This also puts some more interest to the lower part of the NM1. A situation that must preoccupy Boulogne which is each week more and more close to a relating spot. Mulhouse and Lievin are three wins ahead but have to remain focused.

Fos 85-80 Antibes
+1, Antibes managed to preserve the tiniest point point-average margin possible over Fos. This could be a very important asset in May! Cisse (23pts, 4rbs, 5to, 9ass) and Zoric (11pts, 9rbs) led their team in the last QT but Doubal (16pts) got fouled in the last seconds while he was shooting a three pointer. He nailed his two last FTs what reversed the point-average from -1 to +1 for Antibes which won 60-54 in the opening game

Lille 79-69 Charleville
The locals' hard defense drove Charleville to a lethal 24/66 shooting sheet. Jasaron, Malet, Taccoen and Kere all had an above 14 ranking points game.

Mulhouse 75-65 Bordeaux
The alsatians continue with good results despite Adell's injury. Bassine played one of his best games: 23pts (7/9), 6rbs, 3stl and Obouh-Fegue collected 14rbs.

Golbey-Epinal 82-73 Andrezieux
Andrezieux was close to a top result but Jason Bach (198-F-87) didn't agree. His 28pts (9/12) maintain his team close to the first spots while Andrezieux' future is each day closer to NM2.

Longwy 78-73 Challans
The locals won the last QT by 10pts to secure this precious win. Alao (22pts) and Marsh (18pts 6/9, 8rbs) led their team while Boutry did his best (27pts 13/19, 10rbs), in vain.

Saint-Chamond 67-65 Boulogne
St-Chamond confirms its habitual spot in the upper part of the league with a nice defensive performance. Denave did the job with 16pts, 3rbs, 2stl, 4ass.

Toulouges 84-99 Blois
The catalans totally missed their 1st QT (11-29) and despite a new tremendous game by Michael Altier (20pts, 11rbs), they couldn't overcome Blois. Their situation looks as dramatic as Andrezieux's. Orr, Blot and Brazil were in their habitual 20 rkg points figures but Brochard (15pts 5/7, 4ass) and Mercier (8pts, 6rbs, 4stl, 2ass) were really efficient also.

Angers 75-69 Lievin
Third win in a row for Angers and third game in a row above 10 pts for Moses Mubarak (18pts 7/11). But coach Hay can count also on a nice collective performance with 7 players between 9 and 21 ranking points.

Feurs 62-56 Centre Federal
Who's the happiest? Feurs will enjoy this win that drives the ligerians one win behind place 13. They played without Jalce but Gourgeon had a top game: 26pts. But this -6pts loss is the shortest of the year for the CFBB which could illustrate the progresses of the team. We can note that the 1992-born Leo Westermann joined the rotation in 2008 and is already efficient with 6pts, 5rbs, 4stl, 6to and 5ass in Feurs.


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GEORGIA

Shermadini is MVP of 2007 -by Levan Mikeladze

In spite of the fact that three months have been lost, because of injury in 2007, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) has finished a year with brilliant results. In two seasons of Super League he averaged 30 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 block shots. These parameters have appeared the best in comparison with parameters of the other best players in different leagues in Europe.


It is not surprising, that almost all experts of Georgian basketball have recognized him as the best basketball player of 2007. On celebratory evening all present have congratulated him on the big victory and success. In history of basketball it is probably the first case that someone wins the Basketball Player of a Year award after an incomplete 3 years of playing that sport. Such is the resident of small village Natakhtari, Mtskheta region, a member of basketball club 'Maccabi Tbilisi' Giorgi Shermadini.


www.shermadini.ge



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GERMANY

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 17 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) - Herten: 30 pts, 13/18 FG, 2/4 3P, 16 rbs (9 Off), 1 st

Points: John Kadmous (183-G-85) - Crailsheim; Kai-Uwe Kranz (189-G-79) - Kirchheim: 33 each

Rebounds: Torvoris Baker - Herten: 16

Assists: Kasey Ulin (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Dickinson St.) - Herten: 10

Steals: David McCray (188-G-86) - Kirchheim: 6

Blocked Shots: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 9

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


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 17 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Jean Francois (197-F-80, agency: AMI, college: Georgia Southern) - Cuxhaven: 31 pts, 13/21 FG, 13 rbs, 2 as, 1 st

Points: Jean Francois - Cuxhaven: 31

Rebounds: Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) - Lich: 16

Assists: Tobias Stoll (186-F-83, college: Cent.Washington) - Heidelberg: 7

Steals: Rocky Trice (191-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: S.Carolina) - Cuxhaven: 4

Blocked Shots: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern: 5

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


All-Star Game 2008 -by Eurobasket
Bundesliga ALL STAR day 2008 celebrated basketball in Germany Saturday night at SAP Arena in Mannheim where fans of all ages and from all over the country enjoyed an exciting, enertaining and action packed program highlighted by the North teams 104-88 All Star Game win. ratiopharm Ulm's Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton) started for the South team in the headline event and finished with 9 points while teammate Jeff Gibbs scored 11 points in his second All Star appearance. ALBA Berlin guard Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, college: Georgia Southern) led all scorers with 22 points in leading the North to the win and earn the games MVP award. The North led 49-48 at half and broke the game open with a strong third quarter surge. The final buzzer capped the showcase as the 10,000 fans at beautiful SAP Arena enjoyed everything from mascots, breakdancers, the ALBA Berlin dance team and human beat-boxers along with the All Star Day events. In the NBBL All Star game, the South team topped the North 65-47. Ulm's E.J. Gallup (193-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Co.Carolina) captured the three point title and Tubingen's Ray Nixon (203-F-84, college: Wisconsin) earned the Slam Dunk crown. A terrific day of fun and games, Bundesliga All Star Day 2008 was a shining success for the Bundesliga and fans.

SLAM DUNK CONTEST
ratiopharm Ulm's Konrad Wysocki competed in the 2008 Slam Dunk contest at Bundesliga All Star Day Saturday at Mannheim Arena. The Ulm All Star small forward used several entertaining dunks before being eliminated. Ultimately, it was Tubingen's Ray Nixon who claimed the 2008 Slam Dunk crown fighting off highflying amature Fabian Greiser (188-G) and Deutsche Bank Skyliners Jimmie Hunt (187-G-82, college: Franklin Pierce). For Konrad's first attempt, he brought his head coach Mike Taylor out of a Slam Dunk Judges seat for a special effort. Positioning himself with the basketball on the right wing, Konrad aligned his Coach on the left block before lofting a bounce pass across court. With his coach heading the ball Bundesliga Soccer style to the rim, Konrad grabbed the ball and athletically stuffed the ball in the hoop. For his second attempt, Konrad performed a forward roll before collecting the basketball and dunking with two hands. Finally, Konrad stood on the left wing and unlaced his shoes. As he lobbed the ball high for a one-bounce to the rim, Konrad quickly slipped out of his KIX and darted after the ball in his socks. After slamming in his socks, the Ulm forward immediately pointed back at his shoes. Although he did not advance, Konrad's efforts to entertain were excellent and his flair added much to the Slam Dunk event. Congratulations to Ray Nixon, the 2008 Bundesliga Slam Dunk Champion.

THREE POINT SHOOTOUT
ratiopharm Ulm's Shooting guard E.J. Gallup has buried many important threes for his team this season. Saturday, EJ outshot Leverkusen's Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson), Jena's Brendan Plavich (188-G-81, college: Charlotte) and a handful of amatures to claim the 2008 Bundesliga Three Point Shooting crown. Gallup totaled 14 three point makes followed by 12 from Plavich and 11 from Winters. Congratulations E.J. Gallup 2008 Bundesliga Three Point Shooting Champion!

By Mike Taylor


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GREECE

B' Division - Week 15: Near East is leading the race and is half way to the promotion -by Chris Mammides

The 15th week can easily characterised as the visitors day as most games ended with road wins. The results in details were:
Doukas - Near East 71-74
Quarters: 22-18, 43-37, 60-55, 71-74
Near East of Coach Karnesis manage to succeed a great road win at the end in a real derby where the home team of Coach Linoxilakis prove to be tough nut, at the end Doukas claimed a three pointer in a buzzer beater which was not counted by the referees.
Top scorers:
Doukas: Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) 20 points, Kritsalos 15 and Matzioris 12
Near East: Christoforos Lykogianis (197-F-82) 20 points, Papoulidis 13 and Sizopoulos 8.

Makedonikos - KAOD 74-86
Quarters: 16-32, 40-44, 54-54, 74-86
The Drama team of Coach Grigoriadis succeeded another road win over one of the worst teams in the league, with Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) being the top performer. The game was a derby for more than 34 minutes but then and on Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) and Dalpas stopped scoring and Makedonikos collapsed.
Top scorers:
Makedonikos: Michalis Tanakidis 20, Dalpas 15, Samourelis and Kogias 11 each and Mitsakis 10
KAOD: Giorgos Filiousis 34 points, Koukouravas 17 and Bourdanos 11.

Komotini - Lavrio 71-76
Quarters: 21-18, 38-36, 52-50, 71-76
Serelis's Lavrio succeeded another road win and is definitely among the strongest teams in the league, the amazing part is that its exactly the same team which won the league of the third division, last season in the South Group B. Nick Psileas (200-F-80) and Giannakopoulos were amazing for another week, they led their team to a very crucial victory over Lemonidis's Komotini who had as top performer Giannis Mouzakitis (182-G-83).
Top scorers:
Komotini: Giannis Mouzakitis 18 points, Holevas 10 points.
Lavrio: Nick Psileas 21 points, Giannakopoulos 16 points, Tsiros 11 points and Bakas 15 points

Aigio - Anagennisi/Floga 74-72
Quarters: 14-16, 34-30, 53-51, 74-72
Anotehr great derby took place in Aigio where the home team with Prokos in a great form beat Anagennisi at the end. The game was a real derby among two equal teams.
Top scorers:
Aigio: Prokos 31 points, Liggos 11 points

Amyntas - Alimos 86-64
Quarters: 26-15, 44-32, 68-48, 86-64
The home team of Coach Vlahos was leading the game from the early beginning and took difference of even 30 points, with great team work having 5 players with double digits.
Top scorers:
Amyntas: Barbas 13 points, Grammatikos 13 points and Dorkofikis 11 points
Alimos: Tsolatos 20 points, Tzougarakis 10 points and Anthis 11 points

Ikaros - Ermis Lagkada 77-57
Quarters: 16-12, 36-26, 55-40, 77-57
Coach Haritatos team thrashed Ermis Lagkada with an amazing fourth quarter. Emmanouilidis was really great while Coach Karadimos's team had in a bad day his top performer Papakonstantinou who remained to 13 points.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Emmanouilidis 23 points, Karastamatis 13 points and Katoufas 11 points
Ermis: Papakonstantinou 13 points and Katoufas 11 points

Olympiakos Volou - Ikaroi 77-87
Quarters: 14-25, 30-50, 53-77, 77-87
Ikaroi took an early lead and with Sdrakas in an amazing day kept it until the end of the game
Top scorers:
Olympiajkos Volou: Nanis 20 points, Politis 16 points and Tsourelis 12 points
Ikaroi: Sdrakas 28 points, Topouzis 18 points and Tsanakas 18 points

Milonas - Goumenisa 101-106
Quarters: 19-21, 47-39, 70-71, 101-106
207 points in a second division game is really a very rear result, the two teams played a run and gun game with the visitors being better at the final crucial seconds getting a victory which seemed to be lost upon the first quarter when Coach Paralikas team, having in great day Karababas took a lead even to 15 points.
Top scorers:
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 21 points, Karababas 32 points, Ballas 19 points and Vlavianos 17 points
Goumenisa: Gotsos 21 points, Andreadis 22 points, Klepkos 19 points and Bagi 11 points

Top scorers after 14 weeks:

Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 324 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 276 points (in 14 games)
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 270 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 253 points (in 14 games)

Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 243 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 230 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 228 points

Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 223 points

Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 222 points

Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 219 points

Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 217 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 202 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 201 points

Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 176 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 163 points

Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 160 points

Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 160 points

Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 160points

Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 153 points



Week 13: Second Division: Near East lost and the league becomes exciting! -by Chris Mammides
Komotini - Nea East 83-82
Quarters: 23-17, 45-33, 54-52, 83-82
Komotinmi: Mouzakitis 7, Mouratoglou 2, Dinas 18, Koutsovasilis 7, Tsakonitis 5, Veli 9, Souflias 21, Halil 4.
Nea East: Nikou 3, Mihalos 14, Lykogiannis 12, Kouklakis 12, Papoulidis 13, Neofytou 8, Sizopoulos 9, Stamatis 6, Papargiropoulos 5.

Ikaros - Lavrio 77-74
Quarters: 18-16, 42-38, 59-57, 77-74.
Ikaros:) Tsopokis 7, Georgiou 22, Emmanouilidis 13, Papadakis 4, Katranas 3, Delichristos 5, Karastamatis 5, Katoufas 21, Koukouras 1.
LAVRIO: Kousoulas 3, Giannakopoulos 13, Trikaliotis 7, Rallis 3, Kassanos 14, Bakas 13, Notis 6, Psileas 15.

Aigio - Alimos 93-65
Quarters: 21-22, 51-34, 69-52, 93-65
Aigio:): Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) 30, Gioupis 4, Stamopoulos 6,Tirlas 14, Deraos 9, Manolas 11, Stavroulakis 6, Liggos 8, Mandalakis 5.
Alimos: Moutoupas 2, Thomas 1, Anthis 13, Tsolakis 17, Elias Vrinas 2, Galiotas 11, Kallimanas 3, Tsougarakis 16.

Olympiakos Volou - KAOD 82-93
Quarters: 22-21, 37-50, 58-77, 82-93
Olympiakos Volou: Politis 14, Nanis 19, Arnaoutakis 2, Tsourelis 17, Tsolis 24, Michos 2, Fountas 4.
KAOD: Bourdanos 3, Papadopoulos 11, Kioses 13, Filiousis 14, Mihaelidis 3, Maslarinos 13, Koukouravas 14, Daliaris 22.

Ikaroi Serron - Goumenisa 84-77
Quarters: 21-26, 40-45, 66-62, 84-77
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 21, Sdrakas 25, Pappoudas 3, Tsanakas 8, Giavropoulos 2, Asimakis 11, Topouzis 14.
Goumenisa: Bagi 13, Imeridis 10, Matenidis 18, Klepkos 16, Andreadis 10, Antoniadis 7, Gotsos 3.
Doukas - Amyntas 65-81
Quarters: 12-21, 20-36, 43-51, 65-81.
Doukas: Kamariotis 6, Mantzioris 14, Petrakis 2, Karatzios 5, Papaioannou 2, Ahis 3, Kouvaris 11, Kritsalos 22
Amyntas: Zoupas 16, Samothrakis 17, Gramatikos 13, Boutros 4, Korizis 11, Dorkofikis 4, Vogiatzis 12, Moumouris 4.

Milonas - Ermis Lagkada 81-87
Quarters: 15-22, 34-36, 60-52, 81-87
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 24, Karababas 22, Mumbarak 5, Vlavianos 28, Efstratiou 2.
Ermis: Troulialis 8, Kloutzos 11, Papakonstantinou 20, Siolios 13, Gamouras 14, Akepsimaidis 6, Dimitriadis 15.

Makedonikos - Anagennisis Floga 84-89
Quarter: 24-19, 40-45, 60-69, 84-89
Makedonikos (new head coach Giannouzakos): Dalpas 20, Tanakidis 17, Pantsios 2, Mitsakis 13, Kogias 9, Karipidis 9, Samourelis 15,
Anagennisis- Floga: Rozolis 3, Moisiadis 18, Galanidis 5, Touloumis 6, Pittakas 11, Sidiropoulos 16, Thymnios 2, Zarogiannis 8, Spiropoulos 2, Pallis 18
Top scorers after 13 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 282 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 238 points (in 12games)
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 230 points
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 225 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 223 points (in 12 games)
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 203 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 198 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 200 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 202 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 199 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 182 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 180 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 183 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 153 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 146 points


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HOLLAND

ZZ Leiden Hold Off Aris Friesland -by Sanders Jackson

In Leiden on Saturday night, ZZ Leiden had to work to maintain its lead vs. Aris Friesland, but in the end kept home the points, winning by the score of 82-70. ZZ found the path to the basket easily, shooting 63.4% FG.
J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) led ZZ with 18 pts., and had also 4 steals. FEB top scorer and Aris' Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) led all scorers with 26 pts. ZZ are now 10-12.


West-Brabant Giants Pull Away In Second Half, Win In Blowout -by Sanders Jackson

In Bergen-op-Zoom on Saturday night, surging West-Brabant Giants had their hands full with Den Helder Seals in the 1st half, but righted themselves after halftime, taking control of the game in the 2nd half in impressive fashion, cruising to an 100-63 blowout win. The Giants outscored Den Helder by a 59-25 margin in the 2nd half, forcing Den Helder to cough up the ball abundantly (Den Helder 25 total turnovers).
Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led six West-Brabant players in double figures with 18 pts. Den Helder's Dane Bradshaw (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) led all scorers with 22 pts. West-Brabant Giants are now on a roll, winning its 4th straight game and are 2nd in the FEB standings at 14-7.


MyGuide Amsterdam Bounces Back, Wins Convincingly In Weert -by Sanders Jackson

Saturday in Weert, current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam bounces back from a disappointing Thursday home loss to Rotterdam Challengers with a strong 2nd half effort vs. Upstairs Weert, winning convincingly 97-78. After a tight 1st half, MyGuide's vaulted defense forced Upstairs to shoot only 34.8% FG the 2nd half (38.6% total) while also shooting 69.2% FG themselves and 63.8% FG total. MyGuide also dominated the glass with a 44-34 advantage as well as more superior bench scoring (27-9 difference).
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led the charge for MyGuide, with a double-double (18 pts., 10 rebounds) to lead five MyGuide players in double figures. Ashley Champion (198-F-81, college: Chattanooga) led all scorers with 19 pts. MyGuide are now 18-4 and Upstairs fall to 11-10.


Matrixx Magixx Win Thriller In Groningen -by Sanders Jackson


In the Horstacker on Saturday night, Matrixx Magixx played a heck of a 1st half, running Hanzevast Capitals out of the gym, but in the 2nd half made it difficult for themselves, with Hanzevast making an incredible 4th quarter run. In the end, Matrixx did what was needed to get the win, winning by the score of 105-96.

In the 1st quarter, Matrixx forward
Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) set the tone of the game for Matrixx, scoring on easy drives, scoring 12 points within the first five minutes, staking Matrixx to an early 17-9 lead. Copeland managed to catch the ball easily in his comfortable spots with little resistance from his defender, which was an omen for things to come for Hanzevast. Not long after Copeland's early run, teammates Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) and Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) found their favorite spots on the floor and direction to the basket at ease, with Donar playing at times matador defense, not able to protect the basket and staying in front of the dribbler, and too late rotations. With Abernethy, Mohammed and Antoine Jordan (195-G-83, college: Siena) athleticism hurting Hanzevast's perimeter defense, this opened up things for the Dutch combination of reserves Thijs Vermeulen (192-F-85) and ex-Hanzevast player Sjors Poels (210-C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Poels, who rarely played last season in a Hanzevast uniform, came into the game at the end of the 1st quarter smoking, making his mark with two consecutive dunks, including one over Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) with a foul, and the other at the end of the 1st quarter to give Matrixx a 33-20 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.


At the start of the 2nd quarter Poels continued his stellar play, with another three-point play and a dunk to give Matrixx a 38-20 lead. By that moment, Hanzevast seemed to be unfocused not only on the court, but also in the huddle during a timeout, as manifested by the nonchalant attitude and bad body language in the huddle. Hanzevast head coach Pep Claros was visually frustrated, constantly subbing and unable to gain the right combinations on the floor. Matrixx's lead would snowball, with Vermeulen finding his rhythm from the three-point line, scoring 10 total pts. The trio of Copeland, Abernethy and Mohammed kept getting to the rim at ease, helping lead Matrixx to a 62-33 lead at halftime (Matrixx 27-14 rebounding advantage, Poels/Vermeulen both 10 pts. each, 22-4 bench scoring advantage).


In the 3rd quarter Matrixx continued to lead by a huge margin (biggest lead at 74-43 on a Mohammed layup), with their superior athleticism on the wings continuing to work for them, capped off by an alley-oop dunk by Mohammed from a Jordan pass at 4:05. Some of the Hanzevast players would begin to step up their play, with

Raoul Heinen (196-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) having a big 3rd quarter run (10 pts.), with Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) and Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) also gaining more confidence, but Matrixx still had too big of a cushion, with a Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) runner at the buzzer making it 98-61 for Matrixx. There was a protest from the Hanzevast bench whether or not the basket was before the buzzer, but it was declared a basket by the lead official.


In the 4th quarter, Hanzevast showed their true grit, taking advantage of Matrixx's lost edge and chipping away at Matrixx's big lead piece-by-piece. Claros' patience paid off, with Hanzevast making first a 20-7 run within the first six minutes of the 4th quarter to bring themselves to 96-84. The lineup Claros inserted of Mason, Melson, Grunheid, Heinen and Stefan Mladenovic (188-G-90) paid dividends, with Melson making a three-pointer to bring Hanzevast closer at 96-87. Hanzevast got some good looks but could not convert them, but were far from being out. Hanzevast's defense forced Matrixx to twice turn the ball over, on an inbounds play. Mason penetrated the basket with success, making 5 of 6 free throws to bring Hanzevast to within four at 100-96 with 24.2 seconds remaining. After a Matrixx miss, Hanzevast had a great three-point look for Heinen, but unfortunately for Hanzevast Heinen's shot rimmed out, and Hanzevast were forced to foul. Both Jordan and Smith would combine to make 3 of 4 free throws, and a Mohammed layup would seal the deal for Matrixx. Mohammed led Matrixx with 22 pts. on 10-12 FG, with Copeland adding 19 pts., 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Abernethy added 16 pts. and 6 assists, and Jordan had a double-double with 14 pts. and 13 rebounds. Melson led all scorers with 28 pts., Mason added 23 pts., Grunheid with 21 pts. and 10 rebounds and Heinen with 18. Matrixx moves to 14-8 in the FEB standings, while Hanzevast falls to 11-9.



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HUNGARY

Round 15: saturday's games -by Tamas Deri
Falco KC beat Kaposvar easy by 44 points. The home team was lead by hungarian point guard Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), who scored 33 points, had 9 assists, 8 fouls against and 5 rebounds. Even bahamian center Trevor Harvey (211-C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) showed his value with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. On the other side only Roland Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) played as expected, the forward had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY-KAPOSVARI KK 109-65
(27-11, 23-16, 35-17, 24-21)
Szombathely, Att.: 2700, Referees: Benczur, Kiss, Kapitany
SZOMBATHELY: KALMAN 33/9, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 16/3, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 14/3, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 16/9, HARVEY 13, Borszeki 7/3, Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8, Will, Feigl, Szanati 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
KAPOSVAR: Csirke 8/6, Edwards 10, Szőke 2, Roland Hendlein 20/6, Orosz 6, Vojvoda 9/3, Tomosvary 6/3, Kiss K. 4. Coach: Horvath Imre


The home team scored 8 points in the last minute and could beat NYKK. With this win ASE got on the 4th place after 15 games in the regular season.

ATOMERŐMŰ SE - Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhazi KK 72-65
(14-20, 17-12, 17-14, 24-19)
Paks, Att.: 1000, Referees: Cziffra, Bognar, Franyo
ATOMERŐMŰ: Meszaros 10, Murry 9/3, Kiss Zs. 2, Horvath Z. 8, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 18, Denis Toroman (190-G-82) 11/9, Ervin Csaplar-Nagy (211-C-79) 14/6, Johnson, Coach: Sabali Balazs
NY═REGYHAZA: Savic 8, Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Villanova) 22/12, Siska 3/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 17/3, Sitku 13/3, Mouton, Trepak 2, Coach: Deri Csaba


It was a tied game for 39 minutes, Bodrogi-Bau had a great chance to win in Szolnok, but in the last 60 seconds with the goals of american guards Hollins and Kelley the home decided the game.

SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - BODROGI-BAU VASARHELYI KK 89-85
(30-22, 15-16, 17-24, 27-23)
Szolnok, Att.: 2200, Referees: Bodnar, Pozsonyi, Balog
SZOLNOK: Kelley 9, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 15/6, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 27/12, Sabaliauskas 9/6, Gobi 4, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 16/12, Cseh 3/3, Harazin 6, Coach: Por Peter
VASARHELY: Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) 16/12, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 29/9, Kovats 2, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 23/6, Levente Gemes (208-C-73, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/6, Kukla, Boszormenyi, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo


After a very bad first quarter the home team found the rhytm of the game and could win easily against Dombovar last night.
American point guard, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) was hot, made 6 of his 7 three point shoots, 2 of 2 2pointers, 3 of 4 free throws, had 9 assists, so collected 40 IBM in 22 minutes ont the court. Even Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) had a great come-back with 20 points (7/12 2pt's, 2/2 3pt's) and 8 rebounds, but also the domestic players showed their skills: Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) played only 11 minutes and scored 4 of 7 3pointers, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) had 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Dombovar could not play the way they used to against the press-defense of the home team. Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) was top scorer of the team with 17 points, he grabbed also 9 rebounds. Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) had a double-double with 12 points and 13 assists. He had also 8 fouls against, 6 rebounds and 5 steals, so american guard collected 38 IBM.

Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend - Planet Leasing-Dombovar KC 103-67
(13-16, 30-15, 30-15, 30-21)
Kormend, Att.: 2200, Referees: Vigh, Győrffy, Makovsky
KÍRMEND: Fodor M. 3, FODOR G. 4, Trummer 8/6, Ocitti 5/3, VAVRA 17, McCants 9/3, HENDERSON 20/6, THOMAS 25/18, FERENCZ 12/12, Toth G., Kocsis, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
DOMBËVAR: Mills 13/6, Bodi 4, ENGLISH 12, SANDERS 17, Kinsella 12/6, Deak 6/6, Simon N. 3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav


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IRELAND

St. Vincent rout UCD/Marian in a scoring show -by Eurobasket News
St. Vincent outscored UCD Marian in an entertaining encounter yesterday 114:106. The teams were a bit chaotic early in the game with too many open shots and unexplainable fouls around. DCU were more accurate from the stripe in the first quarter and claimed a 40:25 lead at the first intermission. Heath Sitton (186-G-85, agency: IceBasket) however connected twice from beyond the arc as UCD Marian trimmed the gap to 8 points early in the second stanza. However James Donnelly produced some important baskets late in the frame to restore a 59:43 distance at halftime. Donnelly kept on delivering points for St. Vincent after the break with some more help coming from Kenneth Gamble (201-F-75, college: N.Alabama) inside. The visitors dominated the scene never allowing UCD Marian to close the margin. Barry Drumm (186-G-87) and once again James Donnelly (191-G/F) drained from the outside to seal it at 92:76 after 30 minutes. The hosts however refused to give up as Jim Clement (198-F-83, college: L.Superior) sank a couple of jumpers to cut the difference to just 5 points. 102:107. St. Vincent withstood the challenge and ensured the winning outcome from free throw line at crunch time. Keenan Browder (195-F-81, agency: IceBasket, college: E.New Mexico) finished with 26 points for St. Vincent. James Donnelly added 20 points, while Kenneth Gamble netted 18 points for the winners. Heath Sitton answered with 28 points, while Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) provided 27 points for UCD Marian.
Meanwhile Neptune grabbed a difficult 93:80 home win over St. Pauls. The hosts led by just 2 points at halftime but proved the strength late in the game. Matt Gorman dropped 23 points, while Michael De Corso had 22 points to pace Neptune. Justin Winguard replied with 21 points in a loss.
A day earlier 27 points from Alex Zimnickas (203-F-83, college: Hartford) were not enough for UCC Demons to overcome visiting Limerick Lions. UCC Demons held a 43:42 lead at halftime but the Lions recovered in the fourth term to clinch the victory at the end. Jenar Harrison (203-F-84, college: Amer.Internat.) scored 27 points for Limerick. Kiah Thomas (193-G-83, agency: IceBasket, college: ODU) added 26 points in a win.


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ITALY

Serie A Week 20: Siena fell also in Montegranaro -by Luca Bianchin
They did it again. Siena fell in Montegranaro after one overtime: it's the second (consecutive) loss in serie A for 2007 Champions. The man of the match was Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, college: Clemson): 26 points in 39 minutes with 14 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 fouls drawn. After failing a key free throw in the fourth quarter, Ford helped Premiata in the overtime, when Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) signed the key shot. A loss after one overtime for Montepaschi, a loss after one overtime for Lottomatica: Roma lost by six in Napoli against a positive Eldo, that now has a 4 points advantage on Legea Scafati: the relegation never seemed so far. The result? Lottomatica has to divide the second spot with Montegranaro and Avellino. Air won again (after one overtime...) in Bologna against La Fortezza: it's one of the three wins on the road of the day. The Greens had 5 starters in double figures and played a good overtime with key shots by Eric Williams, Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77). In a very interesting Sunday, good news also from Cantu: Tisettanta outscored Pierrel Capo d'Orlando and the crowd clapped Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72), that played its last game in Pianella. 'I never expected that, it's one of the best moments of my life', said Pozzecco, that won 1999 title with Varese, Cantu first rival. The best playmaker on the field, however, was DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.), that collected 39 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assist and 6 steals. Yes, nothing bad, even if Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) remained Serie A top scorer: Siviglia Wear star had a 28 winning effort against Armani Jeans Milano, now out of the eight playoff spots despite Danilo Gallinari (202-G-88, agency: Players Group) career high: 29 points.

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JORDAN

Zain is back on track in Dubai -by Mohammed Malas
Zain came from behind to defeat Riyadi from Lebanon by 15 105-90 within Group B of 19th Dubai International Tournament in Dubai, UAE, Zain is now back on track to challenge in this tournament.

Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) deserved the MVP prize by making 34 points adding to the high performance from Rasheim Wright (26 points) and Jonathan Jones (18 points), While from the other side, Fadi El Khatib (27 points) and Scotty Thurman (17 points) were playing with no big help from their teammates to find themselves behind at the end of the match.

The jordanian team's next game will be against Saba Battery of Iran tomorrow at 17:00 UAE time (+4 GMT).


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LATVIA

Barons improves to 7-7 in Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga lost the matchup to Lietuvos Rytas 85:65 as the latter dominated the game from the start. They accumulated a 25:13 lead after 10 minutes of action and continued to build an unassailable lead later on. ASK Riga committed 20 turnovers and struggled to keep up the pace. The hosts won successive quarters and registered their 13th win in the season. Andrius Slezas dropped 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius added 14 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles answered with 16 points for ASK Riga. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points as the visitors fell to 8-5 record in the Elite Division.
Neptunas edged Valmiera 81:79 even though Latvian team came back with 17:28 in the last quarter. A 25:11 in the third was however fatal for Valmiera. Allen led the winners with 17 points. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) produced 19 for Latvian team, while Stimac added 15.
Only Barons had a great game in Lithuania against Siauliai grabbing 91:94 victory. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) paced all the winners with 18 points as Barons improved to 7-7 in the league. Gustas and Armands Skele (192-G-83) followed him with 15 points each for the win. Zavackas collected 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) played a very good game in Uleb Cup last night. Telindus Oostende proved the history can not be changed as they punished Upim in the Round 8 encounter replay. Oostende won the initial game 62:60 but Upim disputed a last-second saving jumper that was canceled. ULEB officials decided to replay the game because of the dispute but it brought no positive emotions for Italian side. Telindus secured a win and remained in the race for the elimination round ticket.
Upim got the game going with a three-pointer from Iker Iturbe but the hosts soon gained the lead. Sam Van Rossom and Chuck Davis connected from afar to set the tone. Veselin Petrovic and Titus Ivory deepened the damage with triples for Oostende as the home side went on a 12:0 run midway through the first frame. The opening quarter saw Telindus claim a 20:12 lead. Kristaps Janicenoks got some quick points for Upim early in the second stanza but his effort was matched by Chris McCray who nailed 7 points to put Oostende up by 9 points. Upim trimmed the difference to 5 points at the interval due to Kristaps Janicenoks. Davide Lamma tied the teams at 45 at the start of the third period and the game remained pretty even throughout the quarter. It was Chris McCray who finalized the third term with a long jumper and gave the hosts a 62:58 breathing space before the fourth frame. Upim stayed contestant throughout the major part of the final period but Elvir Ovcina drained a big-time trey late in regulation and then blocked Alessandro Cittadini 's attempt to actually bring victory for Oostende. Chuck Davis paced the hosts with 15 points. Jerry Green had 13 points, while Elvir Ovcina delivered 12 points for the winners. Stefano Mancinelli led all scorers with 18 points and 6 boards. Kristaps Janicenoks scored 15 points in a losing clause that left Upim without any hopes to advance to the next round of the tournament. Oostende meanwhile needs to win against Crvena Zvezda in the last round to seal their elimination round birth.


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris recovers well after midweek loss -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris quickly put away all bad memories of the past midweek to return to normal life in the Baltic League season. They left behind a stunning loss to CSKA in Euroleague and came back to winning ways against Rock in Kaunas. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 18 points to lead Zalgiris to an 87:77 win over Estonian visitors. After a close battle in the first stanza the hosts took over in the second one. Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 7 points in the hosts' 14:2 run that put them away for good. Zalgiris piled up a 45:30 advantage at the interval and never looked back thereafter. Paulius Jankunas delivered 17 points and 8 boards in a win. Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) crafted 15 points for Zalgiris as they improved to 12-1 record in the ladder. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) was impressive with game-high 28 points for TU/Rock. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) had 13 points in a losing effort that dropped Estonian team to 4-9 record in the ladder.
Lietuvos Rytas did not allow Zalgiris to take the top spot as they also ensured the winning outcome against ASK Riga. Rytas dominated the game from the start. They accumulated a 25:13 lead after 10 minutes of action and continued to build an unassailable lead later on. ASK Riga committed 20 turnovers and struggled to keep up the pace. The hosts won successive quarters and registered their 13th win in the season. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) dropped 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) answered with 16 points for ASK Riga. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points as the visitors fell to 8-5 record in the Elite Division.


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MEXICO

LNBP Regular Season Finishes -by Justin Brink
Tyrone McDaniel (190-G-71, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) and Josh Reisman (183-G-82, college: Azusa Pacific) put up 25 and 22 points respectively to help their Panteras finish the regualr season on a positive note as they beat the Caballeros 97-83. The normally rowdy offensive Devon Ford (193-G-77, college: Idaho) dropped a quiet 19 to help the Panteras down the playoff bound Caballeros. Click here for more LNBP results.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A : Nikisc win against Ulcinj -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Niksic win in very important game in city of Niksic in the first game of 11 Round of MNT1A Opportunity division against BC Ulcinj 77-71.In very hard game for Niksic best was aonce again Radoje Djurkovic (202-F/C-87) ho score 15 points and 10 rebounds.Good game play Gran Gajovic with 15 points and Marko Kuveljic 15 pints.In BC Ulcinj once again besr was center Marko Sekulic ho score 21 points.With this very important win Niksic have good chance to be on 5tyh place at the end og regular phase and chance to play in MNT Supre Leahue form April 4, 2008

ARSEKIC Nemanja inks for BC Ulcinj -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Ulcinj and DELFI SMG Agency anounced that Nemanja Arsekic (190-G-84) ex basketball player form Prokuplje SRB2 Division inks for BC Ulcinj contract at the end of basketball season 2007-2008.Arsekic Nemanja before Prokuplje play for Belgrade basketball club Beopetrol and FMP.Arsekic play on position of playmaker.

MNT1A : Easy win for Mogren Budva -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Mogren Budva win against BC Rudar in the game of 11 Round of MNT1A Opportunity Division 97-66.In tema of BC Mogren once again best was center Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) ho score 14 points and have 7 rebounds.Good game play Mitrovic 14 points,Tepavcevic 14 points.Intema of BC Rudar Dzogaz score 25 points.

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MOROCCO

Day 12 results -by Nour Amri
There was high drama on Saturday aftrenoon in Casablanca where IRT Tangier crushed WAC with a 77-90 victory thanks to an excellent performance of Papis Diouf (28 points, 16 rebounds) and Mustapha Khalfi who just missed out a double-double (21 points, 7 assists). Since the Federation still did not renew his coaching License, WAC's Coach Driss Ghissassi assisted from the spectators' side to his team's second defeat of this second League's round.

ASS secured his second place after winning the derby 56-66 against FUS. Despite a lot of turnovers, FUS players where in the game going into the final period but then dried up as ASS put the defensive squeeze on them to take the win.

TSC crashed to an unexpected 62-66 home loss against KAC who is confirming their good state of form jumping to 7th position of the League.

After struggling much of the second period, Motopenza finished with 22 points to lift RCA to a painful 62-65 victory over MET.

CMC remain rooted to the bottom after a crushing loss to MAS. The 71-62 defeat means CMC still have just one win to their name all season. 23 points, 6 assists from Matar M'baye were pivotal for MAS who move on to nine wins and into the relative safety of mid-table.


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NCAA

Dave Odom is about to retire -by Eurobasket News
South Carolina coach Dave Odom is reported to announce his retirement due to the end of the regular season. The rumors spread around the league recent days. The 65-year-old coach spent 12 years with Wake Forest before taking the job with the Gamecocks. He spent 7 seasons in South Carolina and recorded 9-8 in the current one. His overall record comes up to 401-268 in 22 seasons.
Meanwhile the coach of Pepperdine Vance Walberg stepped down from the position on Thursday. The resignation happened to some personal issues due to Walberg. Eric Bridgeland will guide the Waves throughout the rest of the season as an interim coach. Pepperdine are at 6-12 record for the season. Vance Walberg had a 481-159 record overall, including 133-11 with Fresno City College.
NCAA action continued in the season as Tennessee thumped Vanderbilt for the 15th win. In the clash of two Top 25 teams it was Tennessee who took the charge. Tennessee posted a 17:6 rally early in the second half to open up a 59:38 lead. The Commodores answered with a 15:2 run to trim the gap to 8 points but it was as close as they could get. The Volunteers took control and eased to an overall win at the end. Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) led the Vols with 18 points and career-high 18 rebounds. Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86, college: Iowa) and JaJuan Smith (6'2''-G-85) contributed 14 points apiece in a winning case. Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) dropped 14 points for Vanderbilt. Andrew Ogilvy (6'10''-C-88) finished with 12 points as the Commodores lost two straight games after a 16-0 start to the season.
USC were hot enough as they overcame ranked #4 UCLA at the Pauley Pavilion yesterday. The Trojans overcame the Bruins 72:63 to hand those just the 2nd loss in the season. Rookie Davon Jefferson (6'8''-F-86) nailed 25 points, while O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) contributed 16 for USC en route to their 11th win in the season. USC kept the hosts scoreless for 2 final minutes of the encounter and celebrated a surprising road win. Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86) answered with 21 points for UCLA.


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NCAA2

GNAC Scores From January 19th -by Sanjey Noriega
Cental Washington 91, Alaska-Fairbanks 69
Fairbanks, Alaska

CWU (4-2 in GNAC)
Brandon Foote-21pts
Matt Penoncello-15pts and 8 rebs

UAF (1-4 in GNAC)
Collin Matteson-16pts and 5 rebs
Kevin Atkins-15pts and 9 rebs


Northwest Nazarene 87, Seattle Pacific 72
Nampa, Idaho

NNU (3-2 in GNAC)
Tyler Roberts-19pts
Kendall Gielow-17pts

SPU (3-2 in GNAC)
Rob Will-16pts and 7 rebs
Rob Diederichs-12pts



Saint Martin's 88, Seattle Universtiy 77
Lacey, Washington

SMC (4-2 in GNAC)
Jake Linton (5'10'')- 27pts and 7 assists
Bill Richardson-14pts and 6 rebs

SU (2-3 in GNAC)
Chris Gweth-20pts
Ricky Berry-14pts and 6 rebs



Western Oregon 85, Montana State-Billings 72
Monmouth, Oregon

MSUB (0-5 in GNAC)
John Brooks-32pts
Cameron Khoury-11pts and 7 rebs

WOU (2-4 in GNAC)
Mike McLaughlin (6'7''-F/C)- 21pts, 10rebs, and 4 assists
Brad Krichevsky-20pts



Alaska-Anchorage 63, Western Washington 62
Anchorage, Alaska

WWU (3-3 in GNAC)
Derrick Webb-27pts
Calin Schell-11pts

UAA (5-0 in GNAC)
Chris Bryant (6'4''-G-85, college: Drake)-17pts and 10 rebs
Carl Arts- 17pts and 7rebs


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NCAA3

No. 2 Brandeis rallies, falls short at No. 1 Rochester, 74-68 -by Moritz Korff
The Brandeis University men's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, got within two points in the last 1:06 of play after trailing by as many as 10 points, but the Judges were unable to complete the comeback, falling to the No. 1-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets, 74-68, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) matchup at the Palestra today. With the loss, Brandeis falls to 12-2 on the season, 2-1 in the UAA. Rochester moves to 14-0, 3-0 in the conference.

In the first half, Brandeis opened the game on a 12-5 run, taking a seven-point advantage on a jumper by senior Joe Coppens (6'3''-G) (Rockland, Mass.). After Rochester missed five of their first seven shots, the Yellowjackets caught fire, connecting on 13 of their last 15 to finish the stanza shooting 69 percent from the field. UR took the lead for good midway through the half on a hoop by junior guard Max Kaplan (6'0''-G) (Chicago, Ill.). The lead expanded to eight points, 40-32, at the break on a a jumper by senior Uche Ndubizu (6'6''-F/C) (W. Windsor, N.J.). The Judges were paced by junior Kevin Olson (6'4''-G) (Rockport, Mass.), who had a game-high 12 points at the break. UR senior Rob Dominiak (6'3''-G) (New York, N.Y.) had eight points for the hosts.

In the second half, the Judges opened the first 7:37 on a 16-9 run, climbing within 49-48 on a lay-up by sophomore guard Andre Roberson (Springfield, Mass.). UR answered by scoring eight of the next nine points, and eventually went ahead by 10, 63-53, on a free throw by Ndubizu with 2:43 left in the contest.

Brandeis wouldn't go away, however, as the Judges went on a 10-2 run thanks to stout rebounding and UR turnovers. The run was capped by a trifecta by Coppens with just 1:05 left that got Brandeis within 65-63, but they could not complete the rally as the 'Jackets hit their final six free throws to ice the contest.

For the game, Olson led all scorers with 16 points, but just four after halftime. Roberson picked up his game after the break, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the second. Coppens had 10 points to make three Judges in double figures. Senior Stephen Hill (6'6''-F) (Brighton, Mass.) led the Judges with six rebounds and no Brandeis player had more than two assists. The Judges shot 50 percent from the field (24-48), but were just 4-12 from 3-point range. Top scorer Terrell Hollins (6'4''-F) (Springfield, Mass.) was held to just one field goal in the contest, scoring just three points.

Rochester was paced by 14 points from senior Mike Chmielowiec (6'3''-F/G) (Batavia, N.Y.), nine coming in the second half. Dominiak had 12 points, hitting seven-of-seven from the line, while senior Jeff Juron (-G) (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had 10 points and a game-high nine assists, as many as Brandeis had as a team. Ndubizu and senior Jon Onyiriuka (6'7''-C) (Painted Post, N.Y.) each had nine points. Ndubizu led all players with eight rebounds and also had five assists on the day. The Yellowjackets shot 60 percent from the field (24-40), the best performance by a Brandeis opponent this season, as was their 7-for-11 from 3-point range (63.6%).

Brandeis's two losses this season have come to the last two undefeated teams in Division III play, Rochester and No. 14-ranked UMass-Dartmouth. Brandeis and Rochester will meet again in Waltham on February 15th.

Today's game was the just the second meeting between the top two teams in the nation in the d3hoops.com poll in the history of the poll. The only previous meeting came on Feb. 4, 2006, when No. 2 Wooster defeated No. 1 Wittenberg, 86-77.

Courtesy of http://my.brandeis.edu/athletics


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PANAMA

Panamanian Participation in Brazilian National Championship for Men.- -by Eddie Munoz
Panama is represented in the Brazilian National Championship for men 2008 by the point guard Joel Munoz (179-G-80) member of the panamanian National Team, who received an opportunity in the team FTC - EAD located in the city of SALVADOR DE BAHIA for this young team is also the 1st participation in this top basketball league with great clubs like FLAMENGO, UNIVERSO, UBERLANDIA. Munoz began practices with the team since December 13, the last week he traveled to Montevideo Uruguay to make arrangements in the Brazilian Consulate to play in the league. He rejoined the team last Wednesday and had played 2 games with an average of 16.5 Pts. 7.5 Assistances. FTC- EAD has a 0-3 record in the league.

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PHILIPPINES

fs -by Benny Lirio



Team W L PCT
Sta. Lucia 12 6 0.667
Purefoods 12 6 0.667
Alaska 11 7 0.611
Red Bull 11 7 0.611
Magnolia 10 8 0.556
Talk N Text 9 9 0.500
Ginebra 8 10 0.444
Coca-Cola 7 11 0.389
Air21 7 11 0.389
Welcoat 3 15 0.167



Team W L PCT
Coca-Cola 2 0 1.000
Air21 1 1 0.500
Talk N Text 0 1 0.000
Ginebra 0 1 0.000


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POLAND

Erick Barkley stays in Basket Kwidzyn -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
Ex-NBA guard Erick Barkley (186-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: St.John's) stays in polish extraleague newcomer Basket Kwidzyn after tests period and his good game played against Polonia Warszawa (15 pts, 2 reb, 1 as, 4 st during 26 minutes). Barkley moved to Basket from other DBE team Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Last season Barkley spent in croatian KK Split with averages 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.8apg, 2.2spg in 17 games.

source: www.promotex.org


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PORTUGAL

Foster left Belenenses -by Sergio Silva
Belenenses has released Spencer Foster (199-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Biola (CA)), after this player couldn't prove to the head coach Luis Silveira that he was an import of quality to the roster. Foster played only three games before he left the team. Now Belenenses is trying to find a new player to get the team stronger in the frontcourt.

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PUERTO RICO

BSN and Jordan Brand enter historic agreement -by Luis Ramirez
BSN president Felix (Felo) Rivera and Brand Jordan executives entered into a 5 year agreement in which Brand Jordan will provide all BSN teams with their team uniforms, this will also include the Puerto Rico National Team. This agreement is historic due to the fact that it is the first international agreement made by Brand Jordan and will provide rights to sell team merchandise here on the Island. During 2009 an exclusive line of footwear and sport shirts will enter the Puertorican market. Denver Nuggets star player Carmelo Anthony will be working on some projects for Puerto Rico and details will be forth coming.

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ROMANIA

Romanian Cup. Quarterfinals -by Eurobasket News
First three games out of four brought the victories for the guests. The representatives from Romania in Uleb Cup CSU Asesoft Ploiesti beat CS Dinamo - Gealan Bucuresti 92:82. BCM ELBA Timisoara won over BC Ramnicu Valcea 75:64 and CSU Atlassib Sibiu overcame CS Gaz Metan Medias 89:80.

Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) together with Uniks was the only Russian outfit to suffer a defeat in Uleb Cup. They were unable to beat Turow and postponed the solution of their qualifying tasks till the final round in Group I. Turow once again proved their highest aspirations for the season claiming a confident victory and improving to 8-1 record on top of the group. Sergei Chikalkin led Uniks in the first half and allowed Russian team to trail by just a single point at halftime 31:32. The visitors organized a 6:0 run early in the second half to surge ahead 37:32. Sergei Chikalkin and Dusko Savanovic later deepened the damage 52:45. Robert Witka capped the third frame with a jumper for Turow to trail by 5 points heading into the fourth period. David Logan and Robert Witka connected from afar to set the hosts rolling in the fourth stanza. But it was Dusko Savanovic who buried 7 points and Tusek who added 2 more for Uniks to regain the lead at 66:65. It was not the end though as Kelati masterminded a 5:0 run for Turow to claim the lead for good. Marko Scekic ended the game with 16 points for Turow. David Logan contributed 14 points for the winners. Sergei Chikalkin, Dusko Savanovic and Darjus Lavrinovic secured 13 points apiece in a loss. Virgil Stanescu collected 3 rebounds and 1 steal for 7 minutes of the game. Uniks will now host Eiffel Towers in a must-win clash on January 22.


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RUSSIA

Russian Superleague was rich for 4 games last night -by Eurobasket News
Two home wins and two losses, two games with intrigue and two without-that was the summary of the last games in Superleague.
Khimky overcame Spartak Sb at home 106:92 to tie CSKA at 13-1. The favorite spent three nice quarters to control the game in the entire encounter. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) led all the winners with 19 points. Wilkinson Michael netted 19 and Fridzon Vitaliy scored 13. Miljkovic Damir resisted with 27 points in defeat.
Unics had a battle over Ural Great and survived with 63:61 victory. The hosts led 8 points before the last quarter but then the guests spurted with 11:17 in the last. Savanovic Dusko top-scored with 17 points. Wright Brindley ended up with 21 for Ural great.
Enisey is probably on the right was as the team won the second game after 12 losses. The team from Krasnoyarsk overcame Spartak Sb 76:81. Zendon Hamilton (209-C-75, college: St.John's) led the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Arauso Rafael nailed 24 points for the host team.
Samara was stronger than Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv (Novosibirsk) 97:81. The latter won the opening quarter 28:18 but then failed in the game. Trushin Andrey produced 23 points and made 8 rebounds for the winners. Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) nailed 25 points for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv that is 2-12 in the standings.


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SERBIA

Vojvodina beats FMP thanks to Golubovic, Olimpija better than Zvezda -by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina Srbijagas made home victory in Serbian derby against FMP 88-78 so the Tulips now has 9 wins and 9 defeats while Panthers, with a new head coach Slobodan Klipa on the bench, slipped again dropping to score 8-10. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter which hosts finished having advantage of 9 points. During the entire second half FMP just succeeded to touch margin of minus 3 in 28th minute. Last week-end hero of the win against Cibona in Zagreb, broad-shouldered Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86), once again was unstoppable in the paint. He was MVP of the game netting 20 points grabbing 9 rebounds. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) followed him scoring 15 points while Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) added 22 points and 5 rebounds for visitors.

After unlucky over time defeat against Lottomatica in Rome, Partizan Igokea had to work very hard in order to beat Helios Domzale in Belgrade 86-76. Visitors, who are currently on the last position in Adriatic league with score 3-15, had a lead of 5 points in 24th minute. From that point Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio came on the scene making turn so they stopped possible surprise of the entire season. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored point less than him for Partizan. Robert Troha (194-G/F-77) nailed 24 points for Helios. Partizan is alone on top yet with impressive score 17-1.

Coach Aleksandar Dzikic celebrated the first win with Union Olimpija beating Crvena Zvezda in Ljubljana 92-80. The hosts, mostly owing to Hukic, made fantastic run 28-7 and freeze Zvezda on minus 18 in 33rd minute. Tandem Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) - Goran Dragic (192-G-86, agency: Interperformances) paced Olimpija nailing 49 points together. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) scored 19 points for Zvezda.

Siroki Prima Pivo made pure surprise outplaying Hemofarm STADA 73-69. One minute to go, on score 70-69, Joksimovic of Hemofarm missed a lay-up while Stemberger was concentrated from the FT line bringing the 5th win to Siroki in Adriatic league. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) led Siroki adding 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Hemofarm got 15 points from Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland).


Vojvodina Srbijagas - FMP 88-78
(23-24,28-18,19-21,18-15)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Golubovic 20 (9 rebs), Nemeth 17, Bojovic 15 (4 rebs), Djordjevic 13 (5 as), Ivanovic 13
FMP: Erceg 22 (5 rebs), Protic 17 (4 as), Labovic 13


Partizan Igokea - Helios Domzale 86-76
(20-17,25-22,18-21,23-16)

Partizan Igokea:
Tepic 15, Pekovic 14, Tripkovic 12
Helios Domzale: Troha 24, Lashkevich 10 (8 rebs)


Union Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 92-80
(25-18,17-25,25-16,25-21)

Union Olimpija:
Hukic 25, Dragic 24 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Crvena Zvezda: Markovic 19, Dragicevic 13, Cook 12 (5 as), Misanovic 12


Siroki Prima Pivo - Hemofarm STADA 73-69
(17-13,23-17,14-23,19-16)

Siroki Prima Pivo:
Stemberger 17 (5 rebs, 5 as), Lever 15, Spralja 14 (5 rebs)
Hemofarm STADA: Marshall 15, Joksimovic 13 (4 rebs, 6 st), Vukosevljevic 13 (6 rebs)


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SLOVENIA

Elektra crushes Krka, Hopsi rallies down by 15 points, Panic scores 39 -by Zeljko Zule
Elektra never trailed as crushed Krka 73-53. Ales Kunc scored 21 points. Stefan Licartovsky 15 and Zan Vrecko 14. Krka made just 2-of-18 from the downtown and Marko Rakocevic was the only scorer in double-digits with 12 points. Hopsi rallied down 15 in first half to beat Zagorje 85-82. Rajko Rituper finished with 23 points while Igor Spesic had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Zagorje. Gilbert Goodrich was unimpressive in his debut shooting just 2-of-13 behind the arc. Luka Koper in last quarter outscored shorthanded Rogla 36-16. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) posted a season-league high 39 points on shooting 11-of-16 from the field and Dusan Virijevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Miroslav Petrovic led the guests with 20 points. Zlatorog opened the game with a 17-2 run as easily defeated Kraski zidar 92-72. Lance Harris 24 of his 34 points scored in first half and Salih Nuhanovic collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Miroslav Juric lead the guest with 20 points but he commited 7 turnovers.

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TAIWAN

Weekly game summary -by Chris Wang

Jan. 20
BOT 102-90 Yulon
BOT: Chang Bo-shen 21p, Hsu Chi-chan 13p+12rb, Lin Chih-long 14p, Lin Tsun-ching 14p, Chou Ben-tang 10p+7rb
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 25p+11rb+5a, Lee Chi-yi 17p+11rb


PY 85-77 TM
PY: James Mao 23p+12rb, Chien Jia-hong 23p, Zuo Tsun-kai 21p
TM: Lai Kuo-hong 16p+14rb, Hsu Wei-shen 14p+7rb, Wu Yong-jen 15p, Hsu Tse-shin 12p


dmedia 82-62 TB
dmedia: Wang Nan-kuei 18p, Lin Kwan-lun 16p, J. Sanders 14p+16rb+6a+4s
TB: Ho Sho-jen 16p, Yang Chin-min 13p, Lin Chih-jay 11p, Wu Dai-hao 8p+4rb+6blk


Jan. 19
BOT 78-69 TM
BOT: Chang Bo-sheng 38p(10-15 3PT), Hsu Chi-chan 9p+11rb+4blk
TM: Wu Min-hsien 21p, Hsu Wei-shen 13p


Yulon 96-88 PY
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 23p+11rb+7a, Lee Chi-yi 23p, Chou Shih-yuan 20p
PY: Chien Jia-hong 27p+8rb, James Mao 13p, Chen Shi-jay 11p


TB 77-67 Dacin
TB: Lin Chih-jay 18p, Wu Dai-hao 16p, Yang Chin-min 13p, Ho Sho-jen 12p
Dacin: Lin Yi-huei 20p, Chang Chi-feng 13p, Yue Ying-li 13p, Wang Chih-chun 12p+6rb+4a+5s


Jan. 18
Dacin 93-83 dmedia
Dacin: Wang Chih-chun 25p+7rb, Chang Chi-feng 16p+5rb+6a, Lin Yi-huei 16p
dmedia: Ouyang Jin-hen 25p, J. Sanders 16p+14rb+7a+3s


PY 114-87 BOT
PY: Chien Jia-hong 16p+7rb, Lin Jin-ban 13p, James Mao 13p, Chen Shi-jay 12p+9rb+9a+6s, Chen Jun-jay 12p
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 21p+11rb+7blk, Chien Ming-fu 20p, Hu Yu-wei 11p, Chang Jung-hsuan 11p



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TUNISIA

Results of the 20th Day of the national championship -by Kristian Santiago
The results of the 20th gameday:

USMonastir - ESSahel 77-79
CABizertin - SNabeulien 47-70
JSKairouan - DSGrombalia 83-77
CSCheminots - ASHammamet 64-52
ESRadŔs - Ezzahra 55-56
ASMarsa - CAfricain 62-69


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UAE

A big win for Zain -by Ali Ahmed

A big win for Zain from Jordan agnist Sporting from Lebanon by 105-90 in the 3rd day of Dubai Int'l Tournament



Quarters of the game:
1st quarter: 20-25(Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut)
2nd quarter: 48-45(Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut)
3rd quarter: 71-77(Zain)
4th quarter: 90-105(Zain)



MVP: Nate Johnson from Zain who scored 34pts!


Day 3 of Dubai Int'l Tournament (18-26 January) -by Mohammed Malas
Mahram (IRI) 95 - Gezira (EGY) 90
- MVP: Mehdi Karmani 26 points

Zain (JOR) 105 - Al Riyadi (LEB) 90
- MVP: Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) 34 points

Sagesse (LEB) 87 - Al Ittihad Aleppo (SYR) 78
- MVP: Micah Brand 22 points

# Day 4 games schedule (UAE time +4 GMT):
- Monday 21/1:
15:00 Gezira - Sagesse
17:00 Saba - Zain
19:00 Al Riyadi - Al Ahli
21:00 Al Ittihad - Mahram


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ULEB CUP

Telindus Oostende are persistent against Upim -by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Upim 81-73

Telindus Oostende proved the history can not be changed as they punished Upim in the Round 8 encounter replay. Oostende won the initial game 62:60 but Upim disputed a last-second saving jumper that was cancelled. ULEB officials decided to replay the game because of the dispute but it brought no positive emotions for Italian side. Telindus secured a win and remained in the race for the elimination round ticket.
Upim got the game going with a three-pointer from Iker Iturbe but the hosts soon gained the lead. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) and Chuck Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) connected from afar to set the tone. Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) deepened the damage with triples for Oostende as the home side went on a 12:0 run midway through the first frame. The opening quarter saw Telindus claim a 20:12 lead. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) got some quick points for Upim early in the second stanza but his effort was matched by Chris McCray (195-G-84, college: Maryland) who nailed 7 points to put Oostende up by 9 points. Upim trimmed the difference to 5 points at the interval due to Kristaps Janicenoks. Davide Lamma tied the teams at 45 at the start of the third period and the game remained pretty even throughout the quarter. It was Chris McCray who finalized the third term with a long jumper and gave the hosts a 62:58 breathing space before the fourth frame. Upim stayed contestant throughout the major part of the final period but Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Syracuse) drained a big-time trey late in regulation and then blocked Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) 's attempt to actually bring victory for Oostende. Chuck Davis paced the hosts with 15 points. Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) had 13 points, while Elvir Ovcina delivered 12 points for the winners. Stefano Mancinelli (202-F-83) led all scorers with 18 points and 6 boards. Kristaps Janicenoks scored 15 points in a losing clause that left Upim without any hopes to advance to the next round of the tournament. Oostende meanwhile needs to win against Crvena Zvezda in the last round to seal their elimination round birth.

Oostende: Chuck Davis 15, Jerry Green 13, Elvir Ovcina 12
Upim: Stefano Mancinelli 18, Kristaps Janicenoks 15


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URUGUAY

Trouville beat Union to be in the second place -by Hector Lopez
Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) scored 19 points and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) added 18, leading Trouville to beat Union Atletica 81-77 for the 7th. round of the LUB second stage. trouville is now in the second position, behnd the leader Bigua. For Union Atletica, the Dominican Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-77, agency: Duran International) netted 21 points and Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) 6. The game Defensor Sporting-Hebraica was postponed due to the game played for Liga Americas with penarol MAr del Plata.



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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

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


Gospic tops league leading Buducnost -by Zeljko Zule
Sandra Popovic-Mandir (177-G-77) scored 19 points to lead Gospic to a 80-70 win over league leading Buducnost. Corin Enghusen netted 12 points, Marina Mazic 11 and Mirjana Tabak and ElenaYolovska added 10 points each while Iva Perovanovic had 24 points for Buducnost and Ana Perovic scored 21 points. Sibenik led as many as 30 points in the third quarter over Vojvodina. Anda Jelavic led five scorers in double figures with 15 points and Sara Krnjic.posted 25 points for the guests. Ragusa outrebounded Merkur 40-24 in a 80-72 win over Merkur Celje. Ivana Bogoje and Marta Cakih netted 15 points apiece and Natasa Popovic had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lucie Conkova led the guests with 23 points, Monique Blake scored 16 and Miljana Evtoukhovitch collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Crvena zvezda defeated Mladi Krajisnik 79-63. Biljana Pesovic netted 21 points on shooting 9-of-12 and Jelene Velinovic finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Dragoslav Zakula led Bosnian team with 28 points but she commited 10 turovers. Jedinstvo led by as many as 20 points after first quarter as defeated shorthanded Medvescak 82-71. Jasmina Bigovic posted 16 points and Silva Seda had 26 points for Croatians.
Round 11: Sibenik Jolly-Vojvodina 83-69, Mladi Krajisnik-Crvena zvezda 63-79, Ragusa-Merkur Celje 80-72, Gospic-Buducnost 80-70, Jedinstvo-Medvescak 82-71


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BELARUS - Women

Derby between Berezina and Olimpia -by Eurobasket News
After a month of silence and a break in Belarus league, the spectators were happy to see the teams back on track. Another reason for it was the derby between first two teams-Berezina and Olimpia. In the two games played the teams showed outstanding basketball and could win each once. In the first game Berezina beat Olimpia 75:63 and then the latter revenged with 70:75.
Tatsiana Lavets (172-G-82) continues to show the best results in Sweden. Brahe Basket won at home over Visby Ladies 74:53. A 19:9 in the opening quarter was a good beginning for the hosts that controlled the rest of the game. Belorussian Tatsiana Lavets top-scored with 18 points for the winners. Krita Rappahahm, Jenny Rylander and Frida Jern-Bruhn posted 10 points each.
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. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.
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 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.
Lotos smashed Dexia Namur 79:40 in Belgium as Ekaterina Snytina (188-F-85) scored 10 points for the Polish team. 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 Ekaterina Snytina 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.
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. Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) produced 12 points and made 4 rebounds.


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BELGIUM - Women

Home wins in the first two games of 15 -by Eurobasket News
Round 15 first two games brought the victories for the hosts. Last night BBC Boom overcame Point Ch. Sprimont 73:67 to move to the third place with 10-5 record. DBC Houthalen was stronger than RS Monceau Charleroi 60:51. DBC Houthalen is 6th with 6-10 record.

In Russian superleague CSKA (Moscow) played in St.Petersburg against Spartak and easily deserved 12th victory. The team from the capital started to ruin the hosts' defense already in the opening quarter and reached 12:21 in the end of it. Right after 8:21 in the second CSKA relaxed in the game and all the players could contribute into the 51:82 win. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

In Euroleague ESB Lille Metropole with Kathy Wambe (174-G-81) beat Phard Napoli 82:79 in overtime. Fatimatou Sacko scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the French to their third victory in nine games in Group A. Kathy Wambe produced 11 poinrts and 5 assists.
Perfumerias and Belgian De Mondt Anke 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 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 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. De Mondt Anke ended up with 10 points and 4 rebounds.


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CROATIA - Women

Jolly Sibenik and Ragusa win in Adriatic -by Eurobasket News
Jolly Sibenik is now 10-1 in the Adriatic league after a home win over Vojvodina 83:69. Everything seemed to be easy for the hosts throughout the game and they even allowed to relax in the last quarter when they lost 9-26. But the advantage in the first three quarters were enough to celebrate. Anda Jelavic led the winners with 15 points. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) followed her with 14, while Tihana Juric (194-C-76) and JURCEVIC Ivana added 12 each.
Ragusa defeated Merkur 80:72 even though trailed after the opening quarter. a 24:14 in the second and 20:10 in the third brought Ragusa 7-4 record in the league. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) and Bogoje Ivona top-scored with 15 points each. Natasa Popovic (184-F-84) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds to support the scorers. Lucie Conkova (186-F-83) finished the game with 23 points for Slovenian team.
Gospic will play its game of Round 11 tonight.
In Euroleague Bourges Basket and Croatian Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) gave the first defeat to UMMC 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 posted 15 points for UMMC. Sonja Kireta collected 17 points and 11 rebounds for her team.

Ragusa - Merkur 80:72 (19-24, 24-14, 20-10, 17-24)
Ragusa: Marta Cakic 15, Bogoje Ivona 15, Natasa Popovic 14+10 rebs
Merkur: Lucie Conkova 23, EVTOUKHOVITCH Miljana 16, BLAKE Monique 16

Jolly Sibenik - Vojvodina 83:69 (23-11, 20-15, 31-17, 9-26)
Jolly Sibenik:Anda Jelavic 15, Luca Ivankovic 14, Tihana Juric 12, JURCEVIC Ivana 12
Vojvodina:MUSULIN Iva 7


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CZECH REP. - Women

ZBL Round 12 Results -by Eurobasket News
One more round with little surprises going on around the league. Gambrinus, USK Praha and Valosun Brno gained their respective victories and remained atop of the ZBL ladder. Valosun Brno had no difficulties en route to an 81:57 home win over Usti. The hosts led by just 5 points at the break but this discrepancy in the class was quickly erased by Brno in the second half and they celebrated the 9th win in the season. Barbora Danihlikova (180-F/C-82) paced the hosts with 19 points and 14 boards. Andrea Belanska (176-F-73) added 18 points, while Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) and Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) secured 15 points apiece in a win. Kristina Cadkova (178-F-89) responded with 17 points for Usti as they slipped to 1-11 record.
USK Praha rolled to a comprehensive 101:82 victory over Sparta in the capital derby. The more renowned USK Praha built a 56:40 lead at the interval and completed the victory in the second half. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) drained 25 points to lead USK Praha. Ferancikova dropped 22 points in a win. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) led all scorers with 34 points for Sparta. USK Praha remained one win shy of the league leading Gambrinus.
Gambrinus were even more significant with a 115:63 rout of Karlovy Vary. Leading by 24 points by the main break Gambrinus never stopped in the second half and finalized a stunning victory sending Karlovy Vary to 5-7 record. All 9 players on Gambrinus squad scored in double figures. Hana Machova (182-F/G-79) and Timea Beres (192-C-76) led Brno outfit with 18 points apiece. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) added 15 points as Gambrinus climbed to 12-0 record in the table. Terra Wallace (170-G-85, college: Texas Arlington) paced the hosts with game-high 23 points.


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: YMCA Helsinki upset PeKa -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 21-22: Three games today. Catz (Lappeenranta) visited in Airport City Vantaa and crushed over PuHu (Vantaa) by 23 pts. Catz had three
players in double figures, but PuHu had only Heli Roukanoja (186-C-73) over 10 pts. Huima (Aanekoski) defeated at home BC Nokia by 13 pts. Huima's Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) (the leading scorer in the league) is still going strong: 20 pts and 17 rbs. PeKa (Kotka) was visiting capital City Helsinki. YMCA Helsinki arranged an upset, when beating PeKa by seven pts 84-77. Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) was the game MVP: 29 pts and 22 rbs! YMCA Helsinki played with Finnish players. PeKa playing again with three Americans, when also Jillianne Duffey (183-F-85, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) had joined the roster. Duffey didn't feel at home yet: two pts and one rebound in 11 minutes. YMCA Helsinki had 21TOs (PeKa only eight), but home Team won the rebounds 55-38 and that + Niina Laaksonen helped into victory.

YMCA Helsinki - PeKa 84-77 (47-40) (Niina Laaksonen 29/22, Laura Toivonen 16 - Shanika Freeman 20/10, Dionne Pounds 19).

PuHu - Catz 58-81 (31-40) (Heli Roukanoja 24 - Tamara Tatham 24/11, Yelena Solovyeva 22/11).

Huima - BC Nokia 72-59 (37-27) (Kenya Robinson 20/17, Chrystal Erwin 20 - Sherry McCracklin 17/19, Joanna Rhoads 14).



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FRANCE - Women

Week review for French teams at home and away -by Eurobasket News
Bourges remained undefeated in LFB and improved to 14-0 record. The team had a road win over COB Calais 51:71 as Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) top-scored with 19 points. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) and Emmeline Ndongue (194-F-83) followed her with 12 points. Allyson Hardy (170-G-83, college: Bowie St.) produced 22 points for the hosts. In another Saturday games Villeneuve d'Ascq beat Stade Clermontois 71:64 and Reims overcame Valenciennes 65:64.
In EuroLeague 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.
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.
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 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 (188-F-83) drained a triple to finally put the hosts in front 48:46. Janel McCarville and Katie Gearlds however quickly 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%.
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 added 4 points in a row as Dynamo cleared off to a 7-point distance. Paoline Salagnac and Lenae Williams (184-F-79, college: De Paul) 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.


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Recap of Game Day 12 -by Moritz Korff
BBV Leipzig Eagles - BG 74 Goettingen 123:125 (2 OT)
Two extra periods were needed to find a winner in the game between Leipzig and Goettingen. Finally the visiting Violets were able to top the Eagles in overtime number two (17:15). Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) posted an impressive double-double with 39 points and 17 rebounds. Five other Goettingen players scored in double digits. Katarina Flasarova (170-G-85) added 30 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Leipzig, Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.) scored 29 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists. The Eagles are still waiting for the first win of this current campaign, but they have never been this close.

TV Saarlouis Royals - Herner TC 88:52
The Royals remain third in the league after an easy win over Herne. The host dominated in the paint and showed nice teamplay. Desire Almind (180-F-82, college: Bucknell) led Saarlouis with 20 points, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) dropped in 20 points, while Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) who had recently returned from a stint at Musel Pikes (Luxembourg) added 15 points in her comeback. Lucie Balandis (187-C/F-81) paced HTC with 13 points and 5 rebounds, Anna Goerg (190-F-87) added 12 points, 6 boards.

ChemCats Chemnitz - BC Pharmaserv Marburg 65:70
Chemnitz got upset by Marburg in a narrow game. The Blue Dolphins made the decisive step to victory in the third quarter though Chemnitz had the much better Field Goal-Percentage (48% vs. 39%). Four Marburg players completed the game with more than 10 points: Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) had 18, Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) 14 plus 9 boards, Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) 14 plus 8 boards and Hicran Ozen (169-G-81) 11. Katja Zberch (189-C-78, agency: LBM Management) trilled in a game-high 20 points for the host and also collected 9 rebounds.

evo New Basket Oberhausen - Muenchen Basket 97:60
#2 Oberhausen picked up a home-victory versus Muenchen that lost all four quarters and had trouble to keep Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine), Sarah Austermann (182-G/F-85) and Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) from scoring. Barker drilled in 3 treys to finish with 19 points (plus 9 rebounds), Austermann had 17 points, while Earnest added 16. Danka Ilic (175-G-78, college: Georgetown) landed on 11 points for Muenchen.

Eisvoegel USC Freiburg - SV Halle Lions 77:60
An outstanding second half helped Freiburg to overcome Halle. The home-team put alot of defensive pressure on the Lions and forced not less than 17 turnovers. Dana Penno (173-G-85, college: UTEP) snagged a game-high 8 steals, while her teammate Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) scored 22 points. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for USC. The Lions' attack was led by Brittney Whiteside (175-G-85, college: Wright St.) who collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also turned the ball over 7 times.


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HOLLAND - Women

Yellow Bike wins the battle over Amazone -by Eurobasket News
Dutch Eredivisie sees Yellow Bike improving to 10-1 record. In the key game of the round last night Yellow Bike was stronger 57:72 on a road.
Amazone controlled the first part of the game. The hosts managed to take a lead of 13:9 in the end of the opening quarter. Tirza Pentury (168-G-82) however beat the buzzer with a three point score for 24:33 half time.
Tyler McIlwraith (185-G-85, college: St.Louis) hit another three point shot for 57:65, but after that all the calls are for Yellow Bike and it's very easy for the visitors to take the win and the lead in the national league with free throws over the final buzzer. Anna Vicenzetto (183-C/F-77) led the winners with 21 points. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) produced 21, while Roetgerink Marloes netted 12. Petra Rutgers (177-G/F-81) top-scored for the hosts with 14 and Judy Wright and Tyler McIlwraith added 11 apiece.
In another games BV Lely overcame ProBuild Lions 74:62. Celeritas won away from home over Grasshoppers 56:60.
Nieuwveen Marlous produced 2 points, made 5 rebounds and 2 steals when 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. Nieuwveen Marlous averages 8.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds for Faenza this season in Euroleague.


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HUNGARY - Women

Today's results -by Tamas Palko
There was three matches at Sunday in the 15th round.

Kanizsa - Pecs 54-91 (12-28, 10-17, 11-28, 21-18)

Kanizsa: Robinson 14, Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) 13/3, Ana Puric (175-G-82) 12.
Pecs: Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 19/3, Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) 16, Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) 15, Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) 15.

2pointers: 17/51 33%; 30/53 57%.
3pointers: 3/6 50%; 4/13 31%.
Free throws: 11/14 79%; 19/27 70%
Rebs: 22; 41.

Szekszard - ZTE 53-95 (13-16, 15-34, 9-22, 16-23)

Szekszard: Rita Tamas (176-G-84) 17/3, Danijela Varda (195-C-74) 17/3, Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) 10/6.
ZTE: Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) 19/12, Molly Creamer (177-G-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) 16/3, Nikolett Turoczi (187-F/C-80) 16, Krisztina Pungor (170-G-85) 14/3, Zsofia Horvath 12/6, Adrienn Hersics (193-G/F-80) 12/6.


Szolnok - Gyor 68-53 (19-11, 15-16, 14-18, 20-8)

Szolnok: Rita Hegedus (193-F-78) 19/12, Anna Keller (189-C-77) 13, Magdalena Kozdron (173-F-80) 12, Kata Furtos (174-G-87) 11/6.
Gyor: Rima Margeviciute (186-F-81, college: Liberty) 14, Judit Koncz (178-G-77) 13/9, Irena Borecka (175-F-80) 9/9.


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ISRAEL - Women

Liron Choen in Spain -by Gil Goshen


CADI LA SEU - CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE 67 : 79

On the round 13th Liron - GG BASKETBALL AGENCY led her team CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE to win over CADI LA SEU 79:67. ( away game )
Liron had 14 points 5/5 100% ( from the two pints ) 4/4 100% ( from the free line ). 2 rb. , 2as. Playing 31 minutes.
Her team is ranked at the 3rd place with 3 losses , at the 2nd place PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA with 2 loses and at the 1st place ROS CASARES VALENCIA with one loss.
Next game CLUB BALONCESTO SAN JOSE will play vs.C.B. OLESA - ESPANYOL ( home game ).
Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


Round 13th Leaders -by Gil Goshen

Day 13 Leaders
POINTS
Name Pts.
1. T. Booye 35.0
2. I. Latta 30.0
3. L. Atkinson 30.0

REBOUNDS
Name Rb.
1. D. Vilipic 18.0
2. S. Gortman 14.0
3. A. Walker 13.0


ASSISTS
Name Ass.
1. L. Mizrachi 12.0
2. T. Wright 8.0
3. S. Sam 5.0

EFFICIENCY
Name Eff.
1. L. Atkinson 39.0
2. A. Walker 37.0
3. T. Booye 35.0


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LATVIA - Women

Latvians abroad -by Eurobasket News
Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) and her MBK Ruzomberok advanced to the next round of EuroCup even though the team lost at home to Hungarian Szeviep. The latter tried hard to revenge for the first loss and won 64:70. MBK Ruzomberok however won 140:135 as a total and will represent Slovak Republic in 1/8 Finals of EuroCup. Dita Krumberga produced 8 points and 10 rebounds.
After 65:76 loss at home Szeviep's task to advance was minimum. The team however opened the game with 15:26 in the opening quarter to tie the total score. The second quarter saw a comeback from the hosts that reduced the gap after 20 minutes of the game. Petra Russai buried a three-ball before the break to give Szevip a 36:42 half-time advantage.
In the beginning of the second half the teams realized the importance of the game and paid too much attention in defense. Both teams exchanged their lead after the break but with the hosts leading 46:44. Szevip then went on a 11-0 run to be the leading team again. Szlimak's jump shot gave Hungarians 57:66 that was 2 points less that they needed with 2 minutes remaining. Szlimak from a free throw line made it 59:68 but then MBK Ruzomberok stayed tough in the last minute of the game. Lindsey Wilson scored four free throws to send her team to the next stage.

Zane Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) and Hondarribia-Irun' will have to stop in EuroCup campaign this year as her team lost to Gospic that surpassed 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 drained a three-pointer to cut the gap to 3 points. Zane Tamane 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 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.

In Euroleague Dynamo pounded USO Mondeville 75:71 at home. 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 (176-F-83) fired from outside and Simona Augustus 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.


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LEBANON - Women

Results - Round 9 of the Lebanese League -by Raffi Kassabian
Round 9 of the lebanese league showed some relatively balanced games. In the first game Champville hosted Homenetmen Antelias and had fine game until the last four minutes of the game when the score was 53-50 to Champville but Homenetmen Antelias made a 21-0 run and ended the game with the final score 71-55. In the second game, Riyadi struggled enough to win against Blue Stars with the result 72-60. In the third game Homenetmen Beirut overcame Anibal Zahle to beat them with the score 61-44. Antranik Beirut didn't have a game this week since Byblos was relegated to the second division.

Results - Round 9

Champville - Homenetmen Antelias 55-71
Champville: Fay Marie Prince 21, Rebeca Akl 12, Cynthia Nasrallah 6, Joyce Saliba 4, Joelle Abdelnour 4, Karen Kaloustian 4, Jeniffer Amouri 2, Andrea Paouli 2.
Homenetmen Antelias: Sandra Najem 30, Alek Tabakian 18, Nathalie Sevadjian 9, Leila Fares 6, Tsoline Kazanjian 6, Sanan Markarian 2.

Riyadi Beirut - Blue Stars 72-60
Homenetmen Beirut - Anibal Zahle 61-44


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PORTUGAL - Women

Olivais improves to 11-0, while Penicheiro and Andrade struggle abroad -by Eurobasket News
One game of Round 11 was already played and as it became clear Olivais had a road win over Boa Viagem 54:58.
Patricia Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) lost the encounter with TTT Riga 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 and Iciss Tillis found the touch from the field and trimmed the difference. Patricia Penicheiro made 2 rebounds in the first minutes and then scored two free throws to reduce at 12:9. 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. Patricia Penicheiro collected 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Venezia and Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) defeated AEL 65:56 and advanced to1/8 Finals of EuroCup. Venezia opened the game confidently enough as they Mery Andrade made it 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 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. Mery Andrade's last free throw showed 56:43.
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.


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RUSSIA - Women

Easy wins for CSKA and Dynamo -by Eurobasket News
Two easy wins saw CSKA and Dynamo (Moscow) last night in Russian Superleague. Both favorites improved in the championship ladder after the victories.
CSKA (Moscow) played in St.Petersburg against Spartak and easily deserved 12th victory. The team from the capital started to ruin the hosts' defense already in the opening quarter and reached 12:21 in the end of it. Right after 8:21 in the second CSKA relaxed in the game and all the players could contribute into the 51:82 win. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) netted 13, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Hammon posted 11 each. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86) top-scored for Spartak with 12 points.
Dynamo (Moscow) smashed Dynamo-Energiya 102 : 61. The spectators saw however an intrigue in the first quarter when the latter resisted with 23:22. Later on the court had one leader as Dynamo won the next three quarters easily. Latvian Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) Aneta top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Sytnyak Ekaterina added 20 and Simona Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) scored 15. Kozorez Oleg had 14 for the visitors and Yulia Tokareva (182-F-78) produced 12.
The next games are scheduled for tonight and both of them will have an interesting scenario. EuroCup team Nadezhda will face the defending champion of Euroleague Spartak MR, while another EuroCup team Vologda meets another Euroleague team UMMC.

Spartak (St.Petersburg) - CSKA (Moscow) 51 : 82 (12:21, 8:21, 15:23, 16:17)
Spartak (St.Petersburg):Olga Iakovleva 12, Elena Grishina (186-F-76) 11, SPERANSKAYA Olga 11
CSKA (Moscow):Ann Wauters 14+6 rebs, Olga Arteshina 13, Ilona Korstine 11, HAMMON 11

Dynamo (Moscow) - Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk) 102 : 61 (23:22, 27:7, 26:16, 26:16)
Dynamo (Moscow):Anete Jekabsone-Zogota Aneta 28, SYTNIAK Ekaterina 20, Simona Augustus 15
Dynamo-Energiya (Novosibirsk):KOZOREZ Oleg 14, Yulia Tokareva 12


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SLOVENIA - Women

AJM Maribor grabbed an important road win over Hit Gora -by Zeljko Zule
Round 12 brought another summary and history for Slovenian basketball. Merkur Celje did not play in the Round but it saw the battle between the second and the third teams.
AJM Maribor grabbed an important road win over Hit Kr.Gora 66:72 to close the gap in the standings. The visitors controlled the majority of the game and stayed in front after three quarters. In the last period Hit Kr.Gora reduced to 21;16 but could not score more. Alma Pehadzic (173-G-82) led the winners with 24 points. Martina Dover (177-G-86) netted 17, while Tisler scored 14. Lidija Becanovic (188-F/C-80) finished the night with 27 points in the losing effort.
In another games Jezica beat Domzale 63:46, while Odeja overcame Konjice 71:64. Triglav celebrated also the win at home over City Center 84:64. Neso Ihke upset Crnomelj 43:79 away from home.


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SPAIN - Women

Round 13:Last tickets to play Queen's Cup are for Olesa,Celta and Rivas in crazy weekend -by Ivan Villar
Olesa senteced in Gran Canaria scoring amazing 99 points in bad week for home team.Catalan team was unstoppable and all players showed a great shape.Sandra Gallego (17 p-7 reb) and Miljana Musovic (24 p) made best stats in decisive triumph which supposes to play next Cup of Sevilla.Roneeka Hodges was again only one resource of canarian team with 29 points and 31 of efficience.Perfumerias Avenida trashed Extrugasa by 32 points.Team of Jose Ignacio Hernandez destroyed galician team in first half,leaded by Isa Sanchez (19 p-27 ef) and Alessandra Santos (14 p-7 reb).Celta Vigo got clasification to Queen's Cup in spite of loosing against Extremadura Dato at home.Koraljka Hlede was best player of game with 17 points and 8 rebounds.Rivas Futura arrived to Burgos looking for place of Queen's Cup and get it.Javier Fort won his first game as coach of Rivas in exhibition of his team.Cathy Joens was on fire with 28 points and 6 rebounds like Nicole Antibe (14 p in 20 minutes) and Jelena Dubljevic (12 p-7 reb-5 assists).Ros Casares arrived unbeaten to Ibiza with 22 games won in a row.And surprise appeared on last quarter of game.Partial of 31-13 for players of Jordi Fernandez was definitive to stop records numbers of valencian team.Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) (20 p-9 reb) and Silvia Morales (12 p-6 assists-8 received faults) were main reasons of biggest surprise of round.And basketball's madness happened in Irun.Home team needed a victory against last team of regular season,Filter Mann Zaragoza to go to Sevilla.Players of Txakartegui dominated score during most part of game.Others results were good for vasc team could play Queen's Cup.But in crazy last quarter,Filter Mann made partial of 10-21 and didn't sentence after mistake of Paula Palomares.Shameka Christon scored 2 free throws to take her team to overtime.But small fish ate big fish in overtime by 8-14,in hard loosing for vasc team which cannot take off.Soeli Garvao reacted after last comments of her coach scoring 19 points and gaining 10 rebounds.San Jose Leon won to Cadi La Seu thanks to reappearing of Murriel Page.American center came back to be decisive with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

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SWEDEN - Women

Lulea Basket struggles hard again -by Eurobasket News
Round 15 of Swedish League gave the spectators another show( as you know Solna lost the first game in the last round to Lulea Basket 68:70). Lulea Basket had two games in two days and could celebrate one more victory. In the game over Norrkoping Dolphins, Lulea grabbed a road 73:75 win. Eszter Csontos (179-G/F-82) led the winners with 25 points. Britany Wilkins posted 23, while Frida Grahn added 11. Ife Nnamaka top-scored for the Dolphins with 28 points.
A day before that Telge tied Solna beating Lulea Basket 81:64. The latter thought of another victim from the top, but was smashed in the last quarter 34:11. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) paced the winners with 21 points. Frida Eldebrink netted 17, while Louice Halvarsson chipped in 14. Britany Wilkins scored 13 points in the losing effort.
Brahe Basket won at home over Visby Ladies 74:53. A 19:9 in the opening quarter was a good beginning for the hosts that controlled the rest of the game. Belarus Tatsiana Lavets (172-G-82) top-scored with 18 points for the winners. Krita Rappahahm, Jenny Rylander and Frida Jern-Bruhn posted 10 points each.
Jamtland and Eskilstuna Basket won also at home. Jamtland defeated Umeň Comets 83:67 and Eskilstuna Basket beat Sundsvall DB 87:72.

Telge - Lulea Basket 81 - 64 (23 - 20, 11 - 21, 13 - 12, 34 - 11)
Telge: Elin Eldebrink 21, Frida Eldebrink 17, Louice Halvarsson 14, Josefin Olheim 10, Erica Blomgren 8, Cleopatra Forsman 7, Linda Stňhlberg 2, Camilla Ísth 2.
Luleň: Britany Wilkins 13, Leah Rush 13, Eszter Csontos 12, Frida Aili 9, Frida Grahn 8, Elin Soderstrom 6, Eva Hagg-Myntti 3.

Norrkoping Dolphins - Lulea Basket 73 - 75
Norrkoping: Ife Nnamaka 28, Dominique Redding (185-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) 18, Malin Belfrage 8, Fatima Maddox 7, Helen Thorold 7, Tanya Massamba 3, Petra Jacob 2.
Lulea: Eszter Csontos 25, Britany Wilkins 23, Frida Grahn 11, Frida Aili 5, Elin Soderstrom 5, Leah Rush 4, Anna Brannvall 2.

Brahe Basket - Visby Ladies 74 - 53 (19 - 9, 20 - 15, 19 - 19, 16 - 10)
Brahe: Tatsiana Lavets 18, Krita Rappahahm 10, Jenny Rylander 10, Frida Jern-Bruhn 10, Hanna Sandberg 9, Ana-Laura Rivero 7, Malin Kallman 6, Carina Larsson 4.
Visby: Susanne Kernl (184-F/C-82) 17, Agnes Nordstrom 15, Marie Soderberg 8, Alyssa Wahl 8, Joanna Ausmann 5.

KFUM Jamtland - Umeň Comets 83 - 67 (30 - 9, 5 - 15, 21 - 25, 27 - 18)
Jamtland: Melissa Traversi 25, Cisti Greenwalt 18, Stina Nilsson 17, Camilla Fagerberg 14, Malin Aasa 6, Sofie Andersson 3.
Umeň Comets: Amy Mohr (186-C, college: Fort Lewis) 22, Ida Sodersten 17, Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen 14, Frida Jonsson 9, Annica Nybom 5.

Eskilstuna Basket - Sundsvall DB 87 - 72 (21 - 19, 21 - 13, 30 - 17, 15 - 23)
Eskilstuna: Mirenda Wilson 24, Kelsey Blair 18, Emma Gunnarsson 13, Madelene Feldt 12, Jenny Andersson 10, Kimona Boussard-Larson 5, Hannah Rogers 2, Marie ┼strom 2, Linda Jonsson.
Sundsvall: Latreece Bagley (180-F/C-82, college: Ohio St.) 31, Patrice Bryant 15, Hanna Renkse 7, Vera Janjic 6, Madeleine Malmbom 6, Patricia Aguirre-Nylen 5, Merima Omerovic 2.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Javois has 24 -by David Edole
The Griffons faced the Fort Hays Tigers at home on Saturday in a fast paced game, which saw the Griffons score an amazing 51 points in the first half and 88 for the game during their blowout of the Tigers 88-66.

The Griffons looked strong though out, took control early and never allowed the Tigers a chance to back in the game by keeping up the defensive and offensive pressure all night.

The free throw line was the key advantage for the Griffons as they cashed in on almost every opportunity from the stripe, while Fort Hays struggled in converting their free throw attempts.

During the first half of the game, the Griffons made 87 percent of their shots from the free throw stripe and the Tigers only managed to shoot 43 percent leading to a lopsided score at the half 51-31. Though the Griffons cooled down from the line, they still shot 72 percent for the game, well above the 56 percent Fort Hays shot.

The Griffons' were able to find the open person on almost every possession leading to wide open three-point opportunities and many easy lay ups. They shot 61.5 percent from three-point range and 54.5 percent from the field in the first half though they cooled down a bit in the second half, the Griffons still managed to shoot 47 percent from the field on the night.

The fast pace of the seemed to be in the Griffons favor as they forced Fort Hays into 12 turnovers in the first half and 20 turnovers for the game which led to 23 points off of turnovers.

The Griffons only allowed the Tigers to shoot 37.9 percent in the first half. This is the second straight game that the Missouri Western women have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting in the first half. The Griffons played defense even better in the second half, holding the Tigers to 34 percent shooting.

With 12:15 left in the second half Fort Hays,' shooting percentage hit a low of 28.7. The Griffons' defense looked as if they were doing to shut the Tigers out for a short while in the second half.

Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) was in double figures in the first half 10 points to lead the Griffons. Javios was four-of-eight from the field and two-of-four from three. Javios added another 14 in the second half to lead the team in scoring. The senior guard also added five rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

The Griffons moved their record to 8-6 on the season and 3-3 in the MIAA.