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Frost Heaves again at the top -by Gianni Pascucci
During the past weekend, the Vermont Frost Heaves toook their 20th victory of the season, a 94-74 defeat of the Quebec City Kebekwa on the road, at the Pavillion de la Jeunesse, Quebec City. B.J. Robertson (6'2''-G, college: St.Michael's) scored 17 points to lead the Frost Heaves, Terrance Greene (6'4''-G/F-81, college: Nevada) scored 16 points and Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) added 10 at the winning side, while Chad Bell (7'0''-C-82, college: Nevada) scored 16 points to led the Kebs, who dropped to 9-12. Vermont record is now 20-3, and this allows this team to be the top-rated in the ABA Power Rankings. Our ballot on the ABA section tells that the Frost Heaves are the favourite team to win the 2008 ABA title, and the 30% of our readers give them the 100% of the winning chances. We believe that the San Diego Wildcats and the Texas Tycoons could have something to say in regard of this, for sure we can say tha the Vermont team is one of the best organized teams in the league, so much that .....someone could say that it is not an ABA team.

Green scores 25 points and leaves the league -by Gianni Pascucci
Female player Kirsten Green (5'9''-G-82, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 25 points in the Orange County Gladiators' 136-104 road win over the Maywood Buzz last week. That was only hers second ABA game, and Green made six of eight three-point field-goal attempts in the second half to produce 20 of her 25 points after intermission. Some days after, the Gladiators announced that Kirsten Green will be leaving the team to prepare for the Los Angeles Sparks training camp in April. It seems that Green conducted a private workout with Gladiator coach and Green's agent (what a case !!) Tony Farmer and L.A. Sparks head coach Michael Cooper and was impressive enough to earn an invitation to the team's training camp.....


Stats leaders after 18 rounds -by Dragan Jankovski
Below is the list with stats leaders after 18 rounds of Adriatic league. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Crvena Zvezda is current MVP and the leading scorer of Adriatic league while Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) of Vojvodina Srbijagas is the top rebounder.

MVP index per game:
1 Tadija Dragicevic of Crvena Zvezda 22.29
2 Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) of Crvena Zvezda 20.78
3 Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) of Cibona 20.47
4 Jakov Vladovic (187-G-83) of Zagreb 19.89
5 Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Partizan Igokea 19.06

Points per game:
1 Tadija Dragicevic of Crvena Zvezda 20.47
2 Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) of Split 18.50
3 Jakov Vladovic of Zagreb 18.17
4 Omar Cook of Crvena Zvezda 16.61
5 Sam Hoskin of Cibona 16.60

Rebounds per game:
1 Vladimir Golubovic of Vojvodina Srbijagas 8.28
2 Sam Hoskin of Cibona 7.47
3 Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) of FMP 7.00
4 Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) of Zadar 6.94
5 Andrija Stipanovic (207-C-86) of Split 6.89

Assists per game:
1 Omar Cook of Crvena Zvezda 6.61
2 Tony Akins of Split 6.06
3 Ivan Tomas (193-G-81) of Siroki Prima pivo 5.63
4 Jakov Vladovic of Zagreb 4.44
5 Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) of Zadar 3.94

Steals per game:
1 Omar Cook of Crvena Zvezda 3.22
2 Jakov Vladovic of Zagreb 2.17
3 Ivan Tomas of Split 2.11
4 Corey Brewer of Zadar 2.11
5 Ricky Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) of Geoplin Slovan 2.00

Blocks per game:
1 Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) of Partizan Igokea 2.00
2 Predrag Samardziski of FMP 1.63
3 Todor Gecevski of Zadar 1.33
4 Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Crvena Zvezda 1.00
5 Nikola Pekovic of Partizan Igokea 0.89


Oostende Beats Red Star -by Peter Buyse

Telindus Oostende went into Belgrad and beat Red Star 86-100 to advance to the second round of the Uleb Cup.
Seems Oostende wanted to make a statement with this win after the contested loss to Red Star in Oostende some time ago.
Oostende took the game to Red Star from the start and already led 20-31 at the 10 minute mark.
They gradually extended their lead, 42-58 at the half and even led by 20 pts at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Despite the fact that Red Star won the final quarter 31-25 Oostende had no problem holding on to the well deserved win which gives them second place in their group.

Oostende won 4 of its last 5 Uleb Games.
In a first reaction to Eurobasket Belgium coach Drucker said Oostende had a good campaign and that he is proud of his men. He further said they deserved the second place in such a strong group.

Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) led Oostende in scoring with 25pts followed by Davis (18), Petrovic and Ivory (15). Ovcina with 13 and Green with 12 were the other double digit scorers. Ovcina and Chuck Davis ended the game with a double double.

Tadija Dragicevic led Red Star with 24 points, with Omar Cook scoring 19 and Elmedin Kikanovic 12.


ULEB Cup: Bosna beats ALBA, joins best 32 teams -by Sead Buljina

Few Bosna fans prior to the game believed that Bosna ASA BHT can beat strong ALBA Berlin by 15 pts. A win by 15 points meant Bosna`s qualification among 32 best ULEB Cup teams. Any win, especially by 15 points was too much to ask Bosna`s players against ALBA, which has a long bench and two equally strong lineups. However, hosts carried by fans who filled out 'Mirza Delibasic' Arena played hard and deserved a sensational win against ALBA Berlin 91:76 (34:40). With this win Bosna has earned a third spot in Group A and qualifies among 32 teams that continue competition. ALBA Berlin has finished its participation in the ULEB Cup this year. That outcome is something nobody had expected. Namely, tonight Joventot beat Siauliai assuring the first spot in Group A, Turk Telecom is 2nd, Bosna 3rd, Siauliai 4th, ALBA 5th and Guildford Heat 6th.

Bosna`s success is more interesting knowing that its players have missed 12 free throws. Tonight`s win was really a result of a team work. Everybody left his heart on the floor for this extremely important win. ALBA held game under controll in the first half and it did not seem that Bosna can win against respectable opponent. However, in the second half, hosts started playing even more aggressive, supported by a loud home crowd of 7,000. Sehovic has played excellent defense on Brown and Jenkins. Bosna started making shots and equalized score in the third quarter. By the end of 3rd q. led by one point. At the beginning of the 4th quarter Bosna got a two-digit lead for the first time. It all started when 8 minutes before the end Muhamed Pasalic hit a three pointer for 70:61 lead. Ikonic hit all his free throws. Pasalic hit two FT and followed up by a 3-pointer for a 76:62 lead with 5:35 to go. A minut later Edin Bavcic made a three pointer for the first 15-point lead 81:66. Brian Bailey, who played excellent whole game scored on two occasions to keep 15 point lead. An important basket was the one pulled from a tough position by Jeremy Veal for 17-point lead and 2 minutes to go. Lance Williams scored last two baskets for Bosna sealing the win for Bosna and putting an icing on the cake for his team and his game tonight. Williams was the game-high scorer with 20 points in 22 minutes. Huge credit for Bosna`s success besides players goes to head coach, Jure Zdovc who said after the game that 'he kept telling his players not to rush, play for the win and when chance opens up go for the point differential. Players have deserved this win.' ALBA`s coach, Pavicevic said that 'his players have not responded well to a very tough host team and a filled out 'Mirza Delibasic' arena. I think that Bosna might have a chance in the next round since not all groups were as strong as ours. It all depends on draw.'

Arena 'Mirza Delibasic'

Attendance: 7,000

Bosna ASA BHT - ALBA Berlin 91:76 (34:40)

BOSNA: Greer 10, Sehovic 3, Ikonic 10, Bavcic 10, Bailey 13, Suljagic DNP, Rahimic Dz. 10, Pasalic 10, Veal 10, Zimic DNP, Williams L. 20. Coach: Jure Zdovc.

ALBA: Brown 3, Dojcin 5, Subotic 7, Rasic 18, Jenkins 10, Nikolic 15, Femerling 8, Thompson D. 8, Stefanovic S. 2. Coach: Luka Pavicevic.

USA: Cizmic named GPAC player of the week -by Sead Buljina
Briar Cliff University senior Adi Cizmic has been named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week. Cizmic, a 6-5 guard from Sarajevo, Bosnia, averaged 22.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as the Chargers went 2-0 on the week in league play. He led Briar Cliff in scoring on the week, including a season-high 26 points against Mount Marty. For the week he made 9-12 three-pointers (75 percent) and 15-26 field goals (58 percent). Cizmic also made 5-6 free throws as the Chargers improved to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC. On the season Cizmic is the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg. He is also second on the team with 21 three-pointers.


CETAF / GAROTO/ UVV defeated UTC / UBERLANDIA in Nat. Championship 2008.- -by Ed Goodman
Today in the only one game of the National Champioship CETAF/ GAROTO/ UVV won over UTC / UBERLANDIA 70-65 obtaining the 2nd win in 5 games played. The best players by CETAF were Felipinho and Manuil both with 16 Pts. and by UTC were Jaz 22 Pts, and Adriano 10 Pts. Next Friday the league presents 5 games.

Brazilian National Championship for men 2008.- -by Ed Goodman
Last Sunday January 20, the season continued with 4 very disputed games. SALDANHA DA GAMA won over UTC / UBERLANDIA 75-71; CISER / UNIVILLE/ JOINVILLE defeated UNIVERSO / BRB 79-74; FLAMENGO/ PETROBRAS won over INESUL/ FEL/ LONDRINA 78-71 and UNIVATES / BIRA obtained a victory over FTC EAD 82-77.


Videnov signed in Rieti -by Vladi Lazarova

The best Bulgarian player for 2006 Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky) will continue his career in Italian Serie A1. Last night 196 cm tall shooting guard signed till the rest of the season with Solsonica Rieti. The contract is official and Videnov is already part of the club, which is at the 13th place in the league. This is the first transfer for Filip since May 2007, when he finished the season in Spanish ACB league with Cajasol Seville. The player missed all the summer and autumn, because he got injured at the National team practice and underwent a surgery on his foot. But now he is healthy and recovered, ready to show his best on the court and full of ambitions to prove his skills.


Liao Ning beat Ba yi -by Robert Wang
Liao Ning beat Ba yi at 95:84 tonight, and Liao Ning will go to the top 4 play against either Jiiang su or fu Jian (they will play again this Friday for the last game). Odeji received 25 points and 18 rebounds. His hussle defense killed Wang Zhi zhi and make Wang only got 16 points and 9 rebounds. Bian Qiang from Liao ning team made 22 points, 3-points at 7/6. Ba yi finihsed their season now. This season is the worst season for Ba yi in the CBA history.

Liaoning Ousts Bayi from Playoffs, Fujian Ties Jiangsu -by Arthur Volbert
Defending champion Bayi was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round today with a 95-84 loss to Liaoning. Liaoning won the series 3-1.

Bian Qiang (192-G-79) and recently-added import Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) each scored 25 points for Liaoning. Oyedeji added 15 rebounds. Yang Ming, class of 1987 and a budding star at point guard, added 8 points, 8 assists and no turnovers. Liaoning replaced Earnest Brown with Jamal Sampson late in the season and added Oyedeji Olumide in place of Patrick Simpson for the playoffs. So the Liaoning playoff team was considerably different than the team that played the regular season. Another difference is that Yang Ming is beginning to get the concept of how to play point guard.

Bayi does not use imports and stayed the same for the playoffs. Wang Zhizhi held up his end with 24 points and 10 rebounds but he is primarily a scorer and not the type of player who does the dirty work. He only hit 4 of 12 two-point shots though he made 4 of 10 three-pointers. Mo Ke had a very quiet season and could lose his spot on the national team to Dongguan's Zhang Kai. Mo had 13 points and 6 rebounds today. Wang Lei has also been a disappointment, certainly not the superstar he was projected to become. He scored 19 points today, but only hit 3 of 12 three-pointers. His long-range accuracy, and propensity to chuck it up anyway, has always been a problem in his career. Veteran Li Nan scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists, but he missed all 7 of his three-point shots.

The Bayi junior system is not consistently producing stars anymore. Wang Zhizhi, born 1977, is still the go-to player and Li Nan, when healthy, is still their second-best player. Hu Ke has never realized his early potential and Wang Zhongguang is solid, but not much else. Perhaps a conservative army mentality is hindering the junior program from embracing new techniques. Even Wang Lei was brought onto the team from elsewhere.

Fujian defeated Jiangsu 108-107, to even the series at 2-2, as Gong Songlin scored 32 points. Liu Yudong showed that a year away from the game refreshed him, adding 21 points and 4 rebounds for Fujian. Lu Xiaoming had 10 assists and no turnovers. Jameel Watkins had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and DaJuan Tate had 13 points. Like Liaoning, Fujian had one import added late, Watkins, and one specifically added for the playoffs, Tate. Tang Zhengdong led Jiangsu with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng added 23 points. The series finale is scheduled for tomorrow at Jiangsu.

Liaoning 21 28 23 23 95
Bayi---- 30 16 21 17 84

Liaoning 95
Bian Qiang 25p+4r+4a+2s, Liu Xiangtao 15p+3r+1a+2s, Yang Ming 8p+1r+8a+0to, Li Xiaoxu 2p+5r+1bl, Oyedeji Olumide 25p+15r+1a, Zhang Qingpeng 13p+5r+3a+2s, Jamal Sampson 6p+5r+1bl, Gu Liye 2p+3r+1a+1bl
Bayi 84
Li Nan 12p+9r+5a+1s, Mo Ke 40min+13p+6r+4a+1bl+6fl, Wang Zhongguang 12p+7r+4a+1s+1to, Wang Lei 19p+3r+1a+1s, Wang Zhizhi 24p+10r+1s

Jiangsu 27 19 25 36 107
Fujian- 23 26 29 30 108

Fujian 108
Gong Songlin 32p+3r, Lu Xiaoming 13p+4r+10a+2s+0to, Yang Chao 23min+5p+4r+6fl, Liu Yudong 21p+4r+1s+2bl, Jameel Watkins 28min+14p+14r+1s+2bl+6fl, Sun Tiannong 2p+3r+2a, Lin Chenyao 8p+1r+1a+2s, DaJuan Tate 13p+3r+1a+1s
Jiangsu 107
Tang Zhengdong 32p+11r+3a, Hu Xuefeng 23p+2r+3a+2s+2to, Yi Li 4p+5r+2a, Jon Smith 12p+6r+1s+1bl, Yang Li 15p+5r+2a+2s, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 23min+16p+5r+4s+6fl

Fu Jian win Jiang Su -by Robert Wang
Fu Jian won the game tonight against Jiang su at 108 :107. Gong song lin got 32 points and help his team beat Jiang su at away agme in Jiang su province.Liu Yu dong got 21 points, Jamal got 14 rebounds and 14 points. Tang Zheng dong from Jiang su team got 32 points and 11 rebounds. Hu xue feng got 23 points.


LSB Time, " El Gato" Silvestre scratched, Ciego de Avila is back. -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-Time in Cuba!
Ciego de Avila is back, the team won two important games against Guantanamo. Ciego de Avila won the first game 87-79 and the second 76-66 with a great Geoffrey Silvestre. 'El Gato' was the MVP of the match with 23 pts. To mention also the game of Michael Guerra, 'la cabeza' of Ciego de Avila with 20 pts and a great 'team-play'. Ciego de Avila has now a 7-3 standings, Guantanamo is not more 'the leader' of LSB, They have a 8-2 standings.
Capitalinos became the first team of the league with a 9-1 standings. Capitalinos won two games against Villa Clara, the first 100-93 and the second 92-84, two very hard games, Villa Clara played hard, defended with intensity but Capitalinos was too strong.
Camaguey was defeated by Metropolitanos in the first game 66-73. In the second game Camaguey began very good with a 15-0 break and They could control the game, 71-58 for them. Matanzas played only a game this week against Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas won 99-90. The first game was not played because the 'indomitos' of Santiago de Cuba could not reach the city of Matanzas after their game in Ciego de Avila.
The Results:
Ciego de Avila-Guantanamo= 87-79 76-66
Capitalinos-Villa Clara= 100-93 92-84
Camaguey-Metropolitanos= 66-73 71-58
Matanzas-Santiago de Cuba= 99-90
A. Fontana

LSB- Time Review 7,8,9 and 10 weeks. -by Alessandro Fontana
Lsb Review of 7, 8, 9 and 10 week. Allens Jemmott scored in the last 4 games after his injury 27,3 pts per game, Allens is always the 'MJ of the Carribean' 'El rey de Cuba' but Matanzas has only a 4-5 standings and it is not sure that the team can reach the LSB Semifinals.
Capitalinos-Camaguey= 83-79 (C= Alvarez 17, Lima 14, Leguen 13; Ca= Polas 23, Jimenez 20)
Capitalinos-Camaguey= 85-72 (C= Leguen 21, Valdes 13, Lima 11; C= Polas 18, Jimenez 16)
Metropolitanos- Villa Clara= 90-85 (M= Borlot 30, Muniz 21, Sotero 9 ; V= Boffill 22, Carta 15)
Metropolitanos- Villa Clara= 75-85 (M= Borlot 20, Dube 15; V= Boffill 31, Rodriguez A. 11, Rodriguez L. 9)
Ciego de Avila- Santiago de Cuba= 93-75 (C= Silvestre 25, Guerra 20, Perez 17; S= Martinez 18, Caballero 15)
Ciego de Avila-Santiago de Cuba= 96-80 (C= Silvestre 19, Reyes 15, perez 15; S= Echevarria 19, Del Toro 19)
Guantanamo-Matanzas= 103-83 (G= Elias 26, Simon 25, Masso 19; M= Jemmott 23, Torriente 22)
Guantanamo-Matanzas= 96-93 (G= Simon 34, Elias 21, Masso 12; M= Jemmott 33, Torriente 22)
Camaguey-Metropolitanos= 66-71 (C= Jaca 22, polas 18; M= Borlot 16, Cairo 13, Muniz 12)
Camaguey-Metropolitanos= 71-58 (C= Jaca 21, Polas 13, Mestre 12; M= Zequeira 15, Richarson 6)
Ciego de Avila-Guantanamo= 87-79 (C= Silvestre 22, Guerra 17, Luis 14; G= Elias 19, Simon 17)
Ciego de Avila- Guantanamo= 76-66 (C= Silvestre 23, Guerra 20, Perez 12; G= Pons 24, Simon 14)
Capitalinos- Villa Clara= 100-93 (C= Leguen 18, Lavastida 18, Torres 16; V= Boffill 35, Farres 17)
Capitalinos-Villa Clara= 92-84 (C= Torres 19, Lima 19, Garcia 15; V= Rodriguez L. 16, Rodriguez A. 15)
Matanzas- Santiago de Cuba= 99-90 (M= Torriente 32, Jemmott 26, Diaz 16; S= Martinez 25, Echevarria 24)
A. Fontana


FIBA EuroCup: AEL succeeded an amazing road win in St. Petersburg -by Chris Mammides
AEL beat Spartak of St. Petersburg last night 77-81 and qualified in the next round no matter what the results will be in the last day in the Group C as three teams have 8 points each but AEL has much better results against the Greek Olympia Larissas (in their in between games). The Limassol team added another golden page in Cyprus Basketball history and made all the island proud for the result, in parallel to that, AEL added the name of Cyprus in the Basketball map another one time. The quarters of the amazing victory in the cold St. Petersburg were: 22-20, 47-35, 63-53, 77-81. It is worth mentioned that the Head Coach of the Russian team is the ex AEL's Coach Mr. Igor Miglinieks.
Top scorers for the Limassol team were: Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.) in his best game with AEL's jersey this seazon, the American all around guard scored 18 points followed by Aleksic with 16 and the newcomer Zavoriev with 15 points, the French Forward Zanveni scored 12 points.


ULEB Cup results; Nymburk qualified to the last 32 -by Ondra Simecek
As expected, Week 10 was the busiest of the regular season. Even though it had the same 27 games as the nine previous weeks, all but three of them were going simultaneously at one point, deciding 11 new qualifers to the elimination rounds and final places in every group. The six second- and third-place group berths open before Tuesday's action started were taken by: Bosna, Ventspils, Koln, Azovmash, Oostende and Unics. The five best fourth-placed teams were: Wroclaw, Nymburk, Chalon, Jerusalem and Artland, all due to their five-win victory totals. Here's how the groups broke down:

A three-way tie for third place in Group A saw KK Bosna knock out both Alba Berlin and Siauliai with a 91-76 victory over the former. All teams finished 4-6 and 2-2 between each other, but after Alba finished third among them on point difference, Bosna's +2 head-to-head with Siauliai decided third place.

In Group B, Besiktas Cola Turka finished as the first 10-0 ever in the competition's history, while Ventspils and Koln 99ers both advanced from a tie at 6-4. Ventspils finished second due to its higher point difference in their 1-1 head-to-head matches.

In Group C, Galatasaray Cafe Crown seized second place with a 77-84 road win at Hemofarm Stada, which dropped to third. Galatasary tied for first with Akasvayu (7-3), which lost at CSU Asesoft, 78-68, but won the tie-break for the group title.

In Group D, Pamesa Valencia won 63-60 at home over Khimki to produce a three-level tie for first place between them: on victories (both 8-2), direct results (1-1) and head-to-head point difference (each won at home by 3 points). The next tiebreaker, overall point difference for the round, Pamesa won by +68 to Khimki's +59, to settle first and second place. Azovmash clinched third place with a 63-72 road win at Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but would have advanced anyway since fourth-place Nancy lost at Anwil Wloclawek.

In Group E, only the difference between second and third places were at stake, and Buducnost took the higher spot by downing Swans Gmunden head to head by 86-60.

In Group F, Telindus Oostende's whopping 86-100 road win at Red Star turned a lot of tables. Oostende finished with a 6-4 record, tied with Red Star, but took second place based on point difference between them. CEZ Nymburk's 82-88 loss to Dynamo Moscow was narrow enough that its fourth-place finish proved among the best five such teams in the competition, allowing it to advance.

In Group G, meanwhile, Kalise Gran Canaria took first place with an 89-83 home win in its winner-take-all showdown with Asvel Basket.

In Group H, a total of 5 points decided first place between a pair of 7-3 teams. Benetton Tamoil topped host ASK Riga 80-83 to take first place from BC Kyiv, which lost on the road 71-69 to Artland Dragons. Benetton won by more than Kyiv did in their road victories against each other.

And in Group I, Unics Kazan completed a long comeback for third place when blasted visiting EiffelTowers Den Bosch 68-50. Unics finished 5-5 and tied with Hapoel Jerusalem, behind group winner PGE Turow (8-2) and second-place Zadar (6-4) . Unics finished third to Hapoel's fourth due to a +14 point differential in the victories tehy split against each other.



Gezira lost from Hekma (leb) 66-71 in the last 2 min -by Sherif Soliman
Gezira wasted an easy win last night in Dubai when they lost from Hekma 66-71.Gezira was taking the lead until the last 2.26 min of the game 66-62 but they stopped scoring till the end game while Hekma players scored 9 points.Gezira will play their last game on Thursday against UAE national team if they loose they will leave from the 1st round but if they win they will come on the 4th position in their group facing the 1st team in gruop (b) in the quarter final.Gezira players seems getting old and needs to be replaced with junior players.Jason Keep couldnt start the game because of fever also khaled el Kady is in Cairo for exams.Khaled El Kadi (193-G-84)


Kalev struggles in win over Valga Welg -by Eurobasket News
Estonian all-time leaders Kalev faced difficulties at home court in Round 17 of the KML championship. They hosted Valga Welg and had to withstand a massive comeback effort from the visitors in the fourth period to celebrate a hard win at the end. This one saw Kalev improve to 19-1 record four wins ahead of TU/Rock. Valga Welg meanwhile fell to 10-11 record at the 5th spot in the table. Kalev secured a 15:14 lead after a quarter of action and started to get away in the second stanza. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) reigned in the paint, while Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) bombarded from the outside to enlarge the margin to 9 points at halftime 43:34. But Valga Welg waited patiently for the chance and worked hard for it. The visitors evened the game in the third period and capitalizing on a bunch of mistakes from Kalev stepped up in the fourth term. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) led his teammates in the nervous ending to the game but his efforts were denied by the hosts at the crunch time. Kalev secured a tough victory and continued their full dominance at the local scene. Mateo Kedzo finished with 26 points and 8 boards for Kalev. Valmo Kriisa scored 18 points, while Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) delivered 11 points in a winning case. Veljo Vares answered with 22 points and 7 boards for Valga Welg. Sharunas Skadas (206-C/F-81, college: Lewis) had 15 points and 10 boards in a loss.
Kraft Moobel raised from the bottom of the ladder as they leapfrogged TTU KK. Kraft Moobel secured a 74:69 road win over their key rivals and tied them at 4-17 record. Kraft Moobel built a 44:35 lead at the interval and never surrendered it later on. Heiko Niidas (206-C-83) and Greg McQuay (201-F-76, college: Purdue) provided 16 points apiece for the winners. Mihkel Niine (188-G-87) responded with 18 points for TTU KK.


KORISLIIGA: Transfer news -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Irish F Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) has left Team Componenta (Karkkila) and will have a try out to play rest of the season in Spain. Karhu (Kauhajoki) has rented American G-F Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (Pyrinto) for a month or rest of the season. Washington will start on Kauhajoki roster on this Wednesday. Kauhajoki has signed also another American player. F-C Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) will arrive in Finland tomorrow. Whisby has plenty of international playing experience from Spain, Russia, Poland, Italy, Turkey and France. Kauhajoki has then five American players on the roster.


Claudio Ceccotti in Essen -by Moritz Korff
Claudio Ceccotti (202-F-83) is currently working out with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 24-year-old Forward appeared in 30 games for Chemnitz last season and scored 6 points per contest. If he is going to stay in Essen for longer will be decided later this week.

Regionalliga Notes -by Moritz Korff
A couple of debuts took place in the North on game day 16 at the weekend. Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cleveland St.) dropped 22 points in his first game for Lok Bernau to help his new team defeating Magdeburg in overtime (107:94). Bernaus big man Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) led all scores with 24 points, Bennie Miller (183-G) added 22 for Magdeburg. The Itzehoe Eagles edged the Aschersleben Tigers (93:91), who fell back to a relegation spot, while Itzehoe celebrated its second win in a row. Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Lambuth) led the Eagles with 40 points, including seven threes and the game-winning shot. Eddie Jackson (183-G-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Pittsburg St.) paced Aschersleben with 26 points.
Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) who returned to SC Rist Wedel about one week ago posted a double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) in a win over Rostock (92:75). Another new face in the league is David Knowles (183-G-84, college: Pomona-Pitzer). The Playmaker had joined MBC II coming from Wolfenbuettel, but couldn't prevent a loss in his debut for the Wolves (70:93 vs. Oldenburg), though sharing topscoring-honors with fellow country man Johnnie Gilbert (203-F-82, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Oklahoma). Both had 18 points. UBC Hannover stabilized its runner up-position by defeating Central Hoops Berlin 90:71. Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) was impressive once again in Hannovers win, reaching 36 points when the Tigers got the 13th victory in the 14th encounter of the season.

SVD 49 Dortmund has reached the top in the Regionalliga West. While the 49ers defeated BBV Hagen (92:82) - Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) put in 32 points for Dortmund, Canadian Chris Wright (201-F) scored 26 for BBV - Schwelmer Baskets suffered the 4th loss of the season (83:87) and dropped to the second place. Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency:, college: Oklahoma Christian) led Schwelms attack in the loss (25 pts), while the winning NVV Lions hit 15 treys. Topscorer Brad Shove (183-G, college: St.Rose (NY)) nailed 4 of them and 27 points totally. Next Saturday the West-division will see the clash of #1 Dortmund and #2 Schwelm. Meanwhile, #3 Elephants Grevenbroich captured a big win on the road against Salzkotten (84:63). Matthias Wojdyla (199-F-80) finished the game with 18 points for the Elephants, Christoph Hackenesch (204-F/C-86) had 14 for the Benslips Baskets. The fans of BSV Wulfen saw an outstanding performance by Tim Thompson (185-G-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) who scored 28 points in a 92:79 over Meckenheim. Sharpshooter Josh Mueller (180-G-82, college: S.Dakota) trilled in 5 threes for Meckenheim and totaled 31 points.

ASC Theresianum Mainz edged VfB Giessen 91:89 at the weekend to stay the best team of the South-West-division. ASCs Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) and Michael Comick (191-G, college: Staten Island) hit 4 threes apiece. Sharda finished with 31 points totally, Comick had 23. For Giessen Toni Dirlic (192-G-79, college: Manchester) and Felix Rotaru (200-F-79) each scored 20 points. Also the Panthers Schwenningen kept the pace and defeated SG Heidelberg/Kirchheim 84:78 thanks to a great team-performance. Brandon Adair (196-F-85, college: Va.Wesleyan) led six Panthers in double figures with 16 points. On the bottom of the table DJK/MJC Trier handed Rastatt its 10th loss of the season (68:45) with John III Wilson (192-G-80) leading the score for Trier (13 pts), while Rastatts Thorsten Kustos (188-G-79) had 19. TSV Gruenberg captured an overtime-away-win (72:68) at TV Kostanz that had Brian Lang (191-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC) back on the roster after his knee-surgery. However, Konstanz was led by Chris Fantroy (201-F-82, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) with 16 points, while Thomas Knetsch (F/C) hit a game-high of 22 points for TSV. A 40-points-performance of Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) carried TuS Treis-Karden in an easy 100:73-win over Lich II.

#1 TG Renesas Landshut took on the Wuerzburg Baskets in front of 1200 fans and carried home the 14th win of the season (97:84) to remain on the top spot of the South East-division. Landshuts guards Justin Allen (183-G-83, agency: 7-Miracles Management, college: S.Utah) and Jon Simon (180-G-84, college: Colgate) were impressive with 26 and 21 points respectively. Wuerzburg-shooter Markus Hallgrimson (190-G-75, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St. - Billin) nailed 7 three-pointers and finished the game with 27 points, while veteran-center Mike Moten (203-C-71, college: Rhode Island) totaled a double-double (15 pts, 15 rbs) in his debut. The leagues' topscorer Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)) shot 21/29 from the FT-line and had 44 points after 40 minutes played in an easy win (82:67) of his COOCOON Baskets Weiden against Jena. Meanwhile, FC Bayern Muenchen thrashed the Dresden Titans (122:69) and went 37:10 in the last quarter. Bayern placed seven players in double digits as Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the way with 22 points, while Konrad Tota (196-F-80, college: Dickinson St.) with 24 points and Eric Voisin (205-C, college: Hope (MI)) with 22 points were the only Titans to keep up with the Reds. Larry Johnson (191-G-79, college: Niagara) who had 29 points and Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF) with 27 paced HSB Landsberg at home against the Dachau Spurs (100:96). Calvin Wooten (186-G-84, college: Oakland) produced 29 points for the visitors.

Koeln 99ers file for insolvency -by Moritz Korff
The Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) have filed for insolvency as the team announced on its website today. Reportedly the main sponsor of the club has stated on Saturday not being able to fulfil its economic obligations towards the 99ers. Any information regarding possible consequences of this insolvency and if the team will be able to finish the season regularly have not been given yet. However, the team announced that today's game in the ULEB-Cup against Ovarense will take place.


Greek teams in the European competitions -by Chris Mammides
Two victories and two losses for the Greek teams, was the final result in the European courts.
ULEB Cup: Panionios lost to Ludvingsbourg 86-95
With quarters being: 23-26, 48-55, 69-79, 86-95, coach Markovic's Panionios, lost its last European game (First Phase) and qualified in the next round (Top 32) with a kind of disadvantage for Panionios as the Nea Smyrni team will be in the draw belonging to a 'weak' Group facing opponents from a much 'stronger' Group in the Top 32 teams. Never the less, last night Newley and Sakota, the usual suspects were the top performers for the Greek team while for another game Mujezinovic and Kendal with Kavaliauskas were in a bad shape, scoring all and all 5 points all together.
Top Scorers for Panionios were: Newley with 21 points followed by Sakota 11 and Xanthopoulos 8 points.

In the other game for the same Competition, the doomed team of Panellinios added another negative result and disqualified from the European courts. Panellinios lost to Fortitudo Bologna, Coach Sakotas's new team, in a game without any special interest as both teams were disqualified from the next round, Panellinios was able to keep close to the score for 24 minutes 41-41, after that the Greek players simply collapsed and lost the game quite badly 67-85, with Kalambria on behalf of Italians shining with his 20 points. Top scorer for Panellinios was once more Anthony Grundy with 16 points while 11 points were added by Sklavos and Argiropoulos.

FIBA EuroCup: Olympia Larissas beat KK Zagreb 64-63
Giorgos Bartzokas team was much better in the first three quarters and even though performed lousy in the fourth quarter by scoring only 11 points, was able to add another positive result in its European resume. Having Fanis Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) in an amazing night, Olympia took an early lead and fulfilled the first half with 41-33. Same situation was in the third quarter, with the home team keeping the lead and finishing the quarter 53-46. In the fourth quarter though, the situation changed rapidly, three minutes before the end of the game, the Croats took the initiative and led the score with 55-60 but Fanis Koumpouras mainly and Agelov helped their team to win the game. Top scorers were Fanis Koumpouras 24 points, Angelov 14 points and Tsiaras 10 points. Bartzokas team played without Belser and Lacey as they are injured

In the other game of the same competition, PAOK beat the Finnish Lepeentrata 80-76 and fulfilled its obligations in the European courts with a victory. Having a very bad start but very good 3rd and 4th quarters, Coach Flevarakis's team gave many promises for the continuation in the Greek league. Without the American center Saunders in its roster (He will be replaced very soon), PAOK loose initially the air battle (first 20 minutes) but then and on with the Turkish star Kutluay and the young talented Verginis turn upside down the game and beat the amazing Finnish. Top scorers were: Diarra 13 points, Verginis 13 points, Kutluay 14 points and Tsiakos 10 points

A1: Match Day 13: Panathinaikos finished unbeaten the first round! -by Chris Mammides
In Patras, the newcomer head coach Raca couldn't change things from one day one day to another so the road win of Coach Skourthopoulos's Egaleo seems to be quite logical as Egaleo was much more confident to win the game. It is worth mentioning the fact that Olimpiada played without a second American player as Abrams is already history and two players (Nesovic and Osmocrovic arrived in Patras only few days before the game), the two bossman players showed many positive elements in their game and they will definitely help Raca's difficult continuation
Top scorers:
Olimpiada Patras: Jefferson 21 points, Dorkofikis 11 points
Egaleo: Jaaber 24 points and Nikolaidis 16 points
ARIS - P.A.O.K. 83-73
Aris was better in the fourth and most crucial game and that is the main reason why they were able to overcome Kutluay's temperament and scoring abilities. Coach Flevarakis's team is getting better and better and very soon, the North Hellas team will change mode and will be fighting for a position among the top six-seven teams in the league.
Top scorers:
Aris: Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) 22 points and Massey 13 points
PAOK: Kutluay 25 points and Haritopoulos 12 points

Coach Angelou and AEK thrashed Coach Alexandris's Kolossos, having four players with double digits.
Top scorers:
AEK: Wesson 18 points, Kyritsis 16 points, Tapoutos 12 points and Avery 15 points
Kolossos Rodou: Todic 15 points, Taylor 13 points, Asimakopoulos 12 points

Panionios having in a great shape, Zoroski who missed only one shot out of 10 tries and with very good performance from Sakota and Newley beat Olympia who had only Batis trying for something more as both Belser and Lacey played injured.
Top scorers:
Panionios: Zoroski 13 and Sakota, Newley 10 points each.
Olympia Larissas: Batis 16 points and Kurtovic 12.

The highlight of the game was the points of Tatarounis and the assist which the young talented player gave to Alvertis just 2 seconds before the end to his captain Alvertis Frangiskos and scored his 600th three pointer becoming just the third player in the Hellenic basketball achieving 600 three pointers.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: Grundy 19 points and Dozet 11 points
Panathinaikos: Spanoulis 15 points, Becirovic 11 points and Diamantidis and Zizic 10 each.
AEL 1964 - MAROUSI 72 - 61
AEL beat Head Caoch Soulis's team after a great game from the veteran center Ceranic who scored 16 points, 11 rebound and 2 assits with 1 stolen ball in 25 minutes!
Top scorers:
AEL 1964: Keys 16 points, Ceranic 16 points and Papanikolopoulos and Papachristos 12 each.
Marousi: Kaimakoglou 18 points and Taylor 10 points

Rethymno- Olympiakos 69-71
The greatest game played in Crete, with Gershon's team winning the game in the last second of the game. The quarters were: 16-21, 34-41, 54-59 and 69-71.
Top scorers:
Rethymno: Topic 15 points and Nadjifeji 13
Olympiakos: Jackson 29 points and Teodosic 15 points and 7 assists.

Panathinaikos decision is: Nikola Prkacin -by Serafim Karaiskakis
Panathinaikos was looking the last period for a Top level Bosman Center, many players proposed even from NBA or other Euroleague teams. The chosen one is Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75). The Croatian Center with big Euroleague experience has contract now with Dynamo Moscow but both teams try to find a solution so the lefty player will be able to join the Euroleague Champions soon.


It is official now: Corado is the new Metropolitan League President -by Gianni Pascucci
What we anticipated some weeks ago has become reality: Mr. Walfred Corado won the Elections for the new Executive Committee of the Metropolitan League of Basketball, becoming the league President from 2008 to 2012. We wish all the best to Mr. Corado, and we hope he will be succesful in his projects to strenghten the league and to make Guatemalan basketball more popular


MAFC: home-victory again! -by Tamas Deri
(21-24, 18-13, 27-13, 28-31)
Budapest, Att.: 300, Referees: Valovics, Balogh L., Jakab
MAFC: Jitim Young (188-G-81, college: Northwestern) 21/3, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 30/6, Wehner 2, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 21/3, Kecskes 6, Kolarics 4, Fulop 10, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
SOPRON: Lakatos 3, Viggiano 9/3, Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 32/18, Lesko 20, Frana 5, Pojbics 10/3, Kortelyesi, Boldizsar, Vesztergom 2, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


Knights 2008 Schedule Unveiled -by John Gary
courtesy The Battle Creek Knights, a proud member of the IBL announced their schedule. Some highlights of the schedule include opening night on MARCH 20TH vs the Gary Steelheads,tip off time is 7:15pm at Kellog Arena. Other games on the home portion of the Knights schedule include two visits by the defending league champion the Elkhardt Express on May 16 and June 21st. All home games tip off at 7:15pm except the special fathers day game on June 15th against the Los AnglesLighting which will tip off at 5pm.


Defending champions Mahram beat Al Jazeira -by Houman Bagheri
Courtesy Khaleej Times

DUBAI - Defending champions Mahram of Iran recovered from a first quarter deficit to overcome Al Jazeira of Egypt 95-90 in the 19th Dubai International Basketball Tournament at the Al Ahli sports hall on Sunday.

Mahram, trailed 16-30 in the opening quarter, but fought back to take the second quarter 27-24. The third quarter was very close as Al Jazeira, playing in the colours of Aramex, dominated before their opponents hit back in the final quarter to snatch a thrilling victory.

Mahram's Mehdi Kamrani was the top scorer of the night with 28 points while teammate Hooman Rezaei chipped in with 23 points. Al Jazeira's American import, Jason Keep, a former Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockers player, scored 21 points for his side. He shared the scores with teammate Sharif Jinadi. Rami Talat was Al Jazeira's third top scorer with 13 points.

The two sides went on the attack to create a few chances but missed several opportunities to score. Mehdi set the ball rolling for the defending champions as he sank the first basket of the match after a fine run down the right. Al Jazeirh, though continued to battle hard, they missed a number of chances including rebounds.

The Egyptians, however, mounted a strong defence to frustrate their opponents' attempts at the basket. But Mehdi struck again, three minutes into the match, to raise the scores 4-0 for Mahram.

Khalid Hamdi and Keep gradually pulled Al Jazeira into the game with superb combination down the the flanks. Al Jazeira seized control and by the first time-out had taken 17-6 lead. Al Jazeira maintained the pace to take the first quarter 30-16.

The tide, however, changed in the second quarter as Mahram went on the attack with Aidin Kabir, their American import, Tony Madison and Mehdi spearheading the attacks. After a fierce battle Mahram closed the gap 37-33 through some delightful shots by Kabir and Mehrad Atashi, which were studded with three-pointers. Al Jazeira, however, kept the same momentum to lead 54-43 after the second quarter. Mahram were more aggressive in the third with a series of breaks which had their opponents worried. It came as no wonder when they levelled the scores 56-56 before taking 66-63 lead. The scores were again on level 67-67, and 72-72 at the end of the quarter. Mahram slightly gained control in the final quarter and though Al Jazeira made several attempts to save the game, the defending champions held to snatch victory.

Results: Mahram (Sama Emirates) bt Al Jazeira (Aramex) 95-90.

Saturday's results: Al Jazeira (Aramex) bt Al Ittihad (Continental Real Estates) 80-75; Al Riyadi (Steelfab) bt Saba Battery (Emirates Airlines) 82-77; Al Jalaa (Dubailand) bt Dubai's Al Ahli (Amlak Finance) 98-80.

Iran's Saba too good for Zain -by Houman Bagheri
Courtesy Khaleej Times

DUBAI - Asian clubs champions, Saba of Iran, turned in a superb display to beat DDF-sponsored Zain of Jordan 89-68 in the 19th Dubai International Basketball Tournament at the Al Ahli's sports hall yesterday.

Saba, playing in the colours of Emirates Airlines, easily took the opening quarter 25-11 before their opponents responded in the next quarter to win narrowly 21-19. But Saba, the current continental clubs and two-time former west Asia championship, hit back in style to take the third quarter47-33. They then fended off a strong resistance from DDF in the last quarter to take it 42-35 and the match.

In an earlier match, former champions Al Riyadi of Lebanon handed Dubai's Al Ahli their second defeat in the championship. The Lebanese, one of the favourites in the tournament, won 99-83. Al Riyadi took the opening quarter 27-17 but Al Ahli gave them a scare in the second after winning 27-21.

Al Riyadi, sponsored by Steelfab, regained control in the third and fourth quarters to cruie to a hard-fought 99-83 win. Al Ahli went down 80-98 in their opening match to last year's finalists, Al Jalaa, playing in the colours of Dubailand, on Sunday night.

Saba, meanwhile, were inspired to victory by 218cm-tall Garth Joseph of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Joseph, who played in some of the top teams in the NBA, scored over 23 points. He was well supported by Frenchman Makan Dioumasi who also hauled 19 points to help the Iranian side to victory.

Saba started the match in a whirlwind fashion as they kept their opponents under tremendous pressure to take a massive 12-4 lead after just four minutes. Joseph was in devastating form during this period with a string of spectacular baskets to give his side a 25-11lead in the first quarter. DDF's Jaston Jones of the US was also impressive with his fine runs and finishing touch to keep his side in the match during the second quarter. DDF demonstrated better team work, and several breaks from the middle of the court posed a lot problems to Emirates Airlines.

Nasrollah Moeini, manager of Saba, said they played the match in memory of one of their key players, Aidin Nikhah, who died in a car accident three weeks ago. 'It was an emotional game for all the players. Nikhah was one of our best players and we have even decided to hang his jersey, numbered nine, forever. We lost on Saturday, so we wanted to win this game for him,' he added.

Results: Saba Battery (Emirates Airlines) bt Zain (DDF) 89-68; Al Riyadi (Steelfab) bt Dubai's Al Ahli (Amlak Finance) 99-83


Last transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Solsonica Rieti announced the agreement with Bulgarian swingman Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky), who inked a contract till the end of the season. Rieti will also test for some weeks the USA-PUR player Cilk McSweeney (198-G/F-83, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.), who has recently become Italian citizen. Cimberio Varese and Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) announced to have agreed to part ways. The player will join now Greek team Panionios Athens.

Coaches market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Virtus La Fortezza Bologna announced that the new coach is Renato Pasquali. Another good coach till now free agent, Giovanni Perdichizzi , agreed to become the new coach of New Basket Brindisi-Prefabbricati Pugliesi (B1) at the place of Paolo Moretti


Erolld Belegu guest of UAE -by Edona Shabani
The president of Basketball Federation of Kosova, Mr. Erolld Belegu traveled today in United Arabian emirates, invited by the Basketball Federation of this Arabian state and he will be staying there for 5 days.
In this visit, which is parallel to the international tournament being organized in the capital of Emirates, Dubai from 21 until 26 January 2008 is expected that accept contacts with the host federation. Mr. Belegu will lobby for support on entering FIBA as well to other federation heads which participate in this tournament.


Mabetex Super League schedule for 23/ 24 January, week XIII -by Edona Shabani
Schedule for XIII week of Mabetex Super League:

Kosova - Sigal Prishtina, Wednesday 19:00 pm

Referees: Azem Hoxha, Faton Kurshumliu, Arbnor Rifati

Monitors: Naim Lepaja

Trepca - Bambi, Wednesday 18:00 pm

Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Mehdi Gashi, Daut Mehmeti

Moniors: Muhamet Ahma

As Prishtina- Peja, Wednesday 19:30

Referees: Arben Elshani, Vllaznim Rraci, Xhelal Mumini

Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

Ylli- Kastrioti, Thursday 14:00

Referees: Alban Vula, Urim Hasani, Fisnik Ramadani

Monitors: Tajar Rifati


Dujovic and Dasic back to Bambi -by Edona Shabani
Vladimir Dujovic and Jugoslav Dasic made the request to sign back for BC'Bambi' from Mitrovica.
According to the regulation for transition and registration of players these two players, who from Bambi signed for foreign teams, have the right to play for their team after 72 hours from the day request is made. So they have the right to play in the XIV week match of 'Mabetex Super League between BC' Bambi' and BC ' RC Cola Drita'. This match will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2008 on 18:00 pm


Schedule for the remainig matches of Mabetex Super League -by Edona Shabani
This is the schedule:

Round -XIII- 23/24.01.2008


Round -XIV- 26/27/20.01.2008


Round -XV- 30/31.01.2008


Round -XVI- 2/3.02.2008


Round - XVII - 9/10.02.2008


Round - XVIII - 13/14.02.2008


Competition Commissary
Mithat Belegu



Riyadi knocks out Al Jalaa from Syria (93-85) despite wrong referees calls -by Wael Yaman
Riyadi (who is sponsoring Steelfab) avenged their 2007 Semi Final Loss in last year's version of Dubai tournament by beating runner-ups Al Jalaa (Dubailand) from Syria (93-85) in a difficult game and is now well positioned to top Group B of the competition. Playing their last game of the group phase, Riyadi managed to take control of the match from beginning to end, by shutting down Jalaa's outside play. Riyadi, just like previous games in the tournament, suffered heavily from wrong referees calls (and un-calls for that matter), even when Jalaa was playing with 6 players on the court - yet managed to hand the Syrians a loss that threw them out of the tournament.
Coach Fouad Abou Chakra started the game with the usual lineup, and applied solid man to man defense to neutralize Jalaa key players Michel Maadanli and Samaki Walkers. Scotty Thurman, Ismail Ahmad and Ali Mahmoud set the tone in the first quarter from behind the arc, but committed several turnovers and conceded some easy baskets to Jalaa to end the first quarter with a slight advantage (22-20).
The second quarter started with more of the same, with Al-Jalaa taking advantage of Riyadi's defensive gaps under the baskets, but the Lebanese team maintained offensive efficiency and the Syrian defense was struggling to stop Fadi El Khatib drives, putting Tommy Smith and Samaki Walker in foul trouble early on. Riyadi succeeded however to neutralize Jalaa's outside play, to gain a 7 points cushion midway through the game (48-41)
Riyadi players remained focused in the second half, as coach Abou Chakra was determined not to loose the upper hand as he did in earlier games. The Lebanese worked hard to set a slow game pace and not to be driven into Jalaa's fast gameplay. With Fadi El Khatib taking advantage of every possession and Ismail Ahmad feeling it from downtown, Riyadi ended the third period with a somewhat comfortable 14 points advantage (73-59)
Al-Jalaa entered the fourth looking for a quick comeback and with Joe Vogel and Ismail Ahmad in foul trouble, managed to decrease the gap to a mere 6 points with five minutes left on the clock. A quick time out from Fouad Abou Chakra was enough to stop the bleeding and as Tommy Smith left the field with five fouls, Riyadi brought the win home (93-85)
Best scorers in the game were Fadi El Khatib with 36 points followed by Ismail Ahmad with the double double (27 points, 11 rebounds). With this win, Riyadi qualified to the quarter finals of the competition starting on Thursday 24th January.

By Khaled Al-Assaa

Riyadi gets its act together against Al Ahli UAE (99-83) and advances to second stage in Dubai Tournament -by Wael Yaman
The Champion of Lebanon and the Arabs got its act together today after its surprising loss against Zain from Jordan, by beating Al Ahli Egypt (71-66) and advancing to the second stage of Dubai International Tournament. Riyadi topped its group after Zain lost to Saba Iran (68-89) and Saba earlier losing to Riyadi (77-82). Riyadi lead the four quarters of the game (27-17), (48-44), (75-63), and (99-83).

Riyadi's key power was in the three point shots that showered on Al Ahli's basket especially in the first quarter of the game coming from Fadi AL Khatib (best scorer in the game with 31 pts), Ismail Ahmad (20 pts), Scotty Thurman (13 pts), and Ali Mahmoud (17 pts). Al Ahli's defense in the second quarter of the game surprised the Lebanese who watched their lead evaporate as the game was halfing at (48-44). Ismail Ahmad, Joe Vogel (16 pts), and Fadi Khatib continued the three points series in the 3rd quarter, despite the highlighted efforts of Al Ahli's Vincent Jones who was by far the star of his team. Damon king came in the fourth quarter instead of Scottie Thurman and Abou Chakra called in Ali fakhreddine and Rami Akiki to duty closer to the final whistle which announced Riyadi as the winner of the game by 16 pts (99-83).

Riyadi scored 16 three pointers in the game of which 5 were signed by Ali Mahmoud and 4 by his mate Ismail Ahmad. The Champions of Lebanon will face Al Jalaa from Syria on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Beirut time.

By Mohamad Ali Yatim


Soles advance to Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
Soles de Mexicali largely defeated, 84-67, Halcones UV Xalapa, for the definitive 2-1 in their quarterfinal, advancing to the Liga de las Americas Final Four. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) and De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) scored 20 points each to lead Soles, while Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances) was another time very important in the win, with 19 pts and 12 rebounds. With 23 points, Michael Johnson was again the best in Halcones, but it wasn' t enough. The Liga de las Americas Final Four will be played on 8 and 9, 2008.

Penarol wins Game 2 -by Gianni Pascucci
Penarol Mar del Plata routed Defensor Sporting 98-74 in Game 2 of Liga de las Americas Quarterfinals, tieing the series 1-1 and forcing Defensor to stay in the country and to play tonight the third and decisive game. Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) was the game top scorer, with 19 points and added 7 assists, while Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) scored 16 pts and 9 rebs, serving as the Penarol leader in the first half of the game. Mike Manciel (196-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Cent.Michigan) was the best performer at the Uruguayan side, with 17 pts and 7 rebounds


Soles advance to Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
Soles de Mexicali largely defeated, 84-67, Halcones UV Xalapa, for the definitive 2-1 in their quarterfinal, advancing to the Liga de las Americas Final Four. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) and De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) scored 20 points each to lead Soles, while Horacio Llamas (211-C-73, agency: Interperformances) was another time very important in the win, with 19 pts and 12 rebounds. With 23 points, Michael Johnson was again the best in Halcones, but it wasn' t enough. The Liga de las Americas Final Four will be played on 8 and 9, 2008.

Hernandez Paces Fresno State -by Justin Brink
Fresno State senior forward Hector Hernandez (206-F-86) scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds but it was not enough as Oliver Caballero (206-C) and the San Jose State Spartans (9-8, 2-3 Western Athletic Conference) beat Fresno State (9-9, 2-2 Western Athletic Conference) to the tune of 69-65 in San Jose, California. This was the first meeting between the two Mexican nationals who both tried out for Mexican national basketball team this past summer. Of the two players only Hernandez made the team.Oliver Caballero, a redshirt freshman center, came off the bench for the Spartans to score 2 points and grab 1 rebound in the win for San Jose State University. These two Western Athletic Conference teams will meet again in Fresno, California on January 26th.


MNT1A : Lovcen win in derby vs Danilovgrad -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball clubs Lovcen from Cetinje win in derby game of 11 Round of MNT1a Opportunity Divison against BC Danilovgrad 85-79.In very good game best player of game was basketball player of Danilovgrad Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) ho score 21 points.In team of Lovcen best was Ljubo Jovanovic and Zoran Kascelan with 19 points.

MNT1B : Important win for BC Ljubovic -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Ljubovic from Podgorica win in very important game od 11 Round od MNT1B Division for 2nd place in MNT1B Divison against BC Teodo Tivat 71-62.In team of BC Ljubovic best was once again forward Rajko Tapuskovic (193-G/F-86) with 22 points.Good game play Obradovic 18 points and Djurisic 12 points.In team of BC teodo good game play Vujacic with 19 points.

MNT1B : BC Budva win in B.Polje 80-59 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Champion on first phase of compeition in MNT1B Division Basketball Club Budva win in game of 11 Round of MNT1B Division against BC Centar from B.Polje 80-59.With this important win BC Budva have score in MNT1B Division 11-0 and for championship promoting BC Budva need only 2 win game.Basketball Coach of BC Budva Veselin Krivokapic lose last time in October 2006 and from this date he have score 20-0 wich is record in new Montenegrin basketball history.Best player of game was playmaker Zeljko Maricic (BC Budva ) ho score 18 points and have 7 asisit.


LA Lakers win, injured list mounts -by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers grabbed their 27th win in the season but was taken aback by another injury blow. Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) broke a bone in his right foot and deserted the Lakers squad. He joined Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) and Chris Mihm (7'0''-C-79, agency: Octagon, college: Texas) on the injured list for Los Angeles as the Lakers now seek for the ways to add size to their roster. They made the first step though signing D.J. Mbenga to a 10-day contact yesterday. Meanwhile even being undermanned the Lakers managed to upset the Denver Nuggets yesterday. Derek Fisher stepped up with season-high 28 points to pace the Lakers to a 116:99 home win. The Nuggets lost Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) in the first half as star forward sprained his left ankle. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added season-high 11 assists as the Lakers gained the win. Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) topscored with 24 points for Denver as they fell to 24-16 record for the season. For the third time in the NBA history it was that son took on against his father in the clash. Coby Karl (6'4''-G-83, college: Boise St.) logged just over 3 minutes for the Lakers, while George Karl watched his son playing from the Nuggets' bench.
Meanwhile the Orlando Magic were lifted past the Detroit Pistons by a wild buzzer-beating shot from Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79). Chauncey Billups drained a huge three-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation to tie teams at 100. But Rashard Lewis denied the extra period as he received the ball from Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and sank a saving bucket to beat the buzzer and bring Orlando their 16th win in the season. Hidayet Turkoglu finished with 26 points for the Magic, while Rashard Lewis had 16 points for the winners. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) answered with 21 points for the Pistons. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) added 20 points in the 13th loss for Detroit.

Boston's Doc Rivers earns spot as Eastern Conference head coach for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game -by Eurobasket

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 17, at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA.
Rivers and the Celtics' (33-6, .846) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the East as a result of their 109-93 victory over the New York Knicks this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on teams with the best winning-percentage in each conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 3. Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni and Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan are not eligible to coach in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game because they coached in last year's All-Star Game.
This season marks Rivers third season at the helm in Boston. In his first Season as Head Coach of the Celtics Rivers led the club to a 45-37 (.549) record as well as the teams first Atlantic Division title since the 1991-92. Rivers is only the fourth coach in franchise history to have earned the NBA Coach of the Year Award, joining Tom Heinsohn (1972-73), Bill Fitch (who won it with Cleveland (1975-76) and Boston (1979-80)) and Red Auerbach (1964-65), for whom the trophy is named. Rivers has guided Boston to an 18-3 home record while also compiling an NBA best 15-3 road record for the first place Celtics.
The All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference will be announced on Thursday, Jan.24 live on TNT, while the All-Star reserves will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The NBA All-Star Game will broadcast live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide at 7:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, Feb. 17 from New Orleans, LA.

Courtesy of NBA

Gerald Green, Dwight Howard, Rudy Gay and Jamario Moon set to compete in Sprite Slam Dunk -by Eurobasket
For the First Time, Fans Will Decide the Winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) will defend his crown in the 2008 Sprite Slam Dunk competition to be held on NBA All-Star Saturday Night Feb. 16, at New Orleans Arena (8 p.m. ET on TNT). Green will compete against two first-time entrants - the Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86) and former D-Leaguer Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80) of the Toronto Raptors - as well as the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85), who competed in the 2007 contest.
For the first time, fans will have the final say in deciding the winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk competition. Following the concluding round of dunks, fans will be able to cast their votes via SMS TXT message and at to determine this year's winner. The dunker with the most fan votes will be named the winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk. A panel of judges will continue to play a key role by determining which two participants advance to the final round. During the final round, each judge's vote will count the same as a fan vote.
Last year in Las Vegas, Green, then a member of the Boston Celtics, outlasted defending champion Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84) of the New York Knicks for the Sprite Slam Dunk championship. Green tallied the three highest scores of the night, including a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk as he windmilled while hurdling an All-Star table.
Golden State's Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81) was the last player to win back-to-back Sprite Slam Dunk titles, capturing the 2002 and 2003 competitions. The only previous repeat Slam Dunk champion was Chicago's Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63), who won the 1987 and 1988 contests.
The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks then will alternate until each player has completed two. Time limit rules still apply. After the four finals dunks are completed, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at Each judge will then provide commentary on the dunkers and hold up a placard with his vote for the winner. The judge's votes will be combined with the SMS TXT and votes to determine the champion.
As with all of this year's All-Star participants, Gay, Green, Howard and Moon will join over 2,500 members of the NBA Family for the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service on Friday, Feb. 15. The volunteers will participate in a variety of service projects at 10 different sites throughout New Orleans.
The Sprite Slam Dunk is part of NBA All-Star 2008 , which also includes the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam; Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout; PlayStation® Skills Challenge; Haier Shooting Stars; NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas; and the 57th NBA All-Star Game.
Sprite is the world's leading lemon-lime soft drink and has been the official soft drink of the NBA since 1994.
Below is a list of previous winners and the lineup for the 2008 Sprite Slam Dunk:

1984—Larry Nance, Phoenix
1985—Dominique Wilkins (6'9''-F-60), Atlanta
1986—Anthony 'Spud' Webb (5'7''-G-63), Atlanta
1987—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988—Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989—Kenny Walker (6'9''-F/C-80), New York
1990—Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1991—Dee Brown (6'1''-G-68), Boston
1992—Cedric Ceballos (6'7''-F-69), Phoenix
1993—Harold Miner, Miami
1994—Isaiah Rider, Minnesota
1995—Harold Miner, Miami
1996—Brent Barry (6'6''-G-71), L.A. Clippers
1997—Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), L.A. Lakers
2000—Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77), Toronto
2001—Desmond Mason (6'6''-F-77), Seattle
2002—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2003—Jason Richardson, Golden State
2004—Fred Jones (6'4''-G-79), Indiana
2005—Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85), Atlanta
2006—Nate Robinson, New York
2007—Gerald Green, Boston

Rudy Gay, Memphis
Gerald Green, Minnesota*
Dwight Howard, Orlando
Jamario Moon, Toronto
* - indicates 2007 winner


Watson leaves Gimnasia -by Gianni Pascucci
The Argentinean experience of Troy Watson (197-F/C-82) ended last weekend. His club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, decided to release him, and to hire Jared Johnson (201-F-80, college: Manhattan) at his place. Watson played only two official games in TNA, averaging 1.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg.


Asker is too good for Kristiansand -by Eurobasket News
The Asker Aliens overcame the Kristiansand Pirates in Round 14 of Norwegian BNLO and strengthened their position atop the ladder. The Aliens claimed the initiative from the start and looked obviously more ready for a hard battle than the hosts. Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC) dictated the pace for the visiting side and brought the Aliens to a 27:17 lead after 10 minutes of action. Asker were deadly offensively on the night and extended the gap to 16 points at the interval 59:43. Willie Dunn (198-F-83, college: Georgia Southern) and Zane Gilliard (190-G-82, college: Mountain St.) however took over in the third stanza and fueled the hosts. The Pirates burst out with 33 points in the frame to trim the deficit to 4 points. However it was as close as they could get. The Aliens proved to be just more accurate in the crunch time and stole away their 12th win in the season. Ronny Karlsen scored 29 points and picked up 9 rebounds for the visitors. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) posted 21 points for the Aliens. Zane Gilliard led all scorers with 32 points for the Pirates. Willie Dunn finished with 29 points and 15 boards for the hosts as they slipped to 3-11 record.
Meanwhile Harstad remained close to Asker in the standings as they upset Ulriken 70:60 at home court. The Vikings accumulated a 12-points advantage after the first frame and fostered it throughout the rest of the game. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) netted 22 points to pace the home side. Mario Woodson (203-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: NW Oklahoma St.) had 15 points and 16 rebounds in a win. Frank Nyborg (195-F-83) answered with 20 points for the Eagles as they fell to 8-5 record. The Vikings climed to 10-2 record and would face 3B next week.


Ovarense has a new head coach -by Sergio Silva
After Luis Magalhaes left the team to go to Angola and signed with 1º de Agosto, the former assistant coach Mario Leite assumed the destinies of the team but he always told that it was just until the Ovarense management could find someone to replace the former head coach. Ovarense has now found the coach they wanted and they signed with Manuel Povea , a spanish coach who was in his third season with Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial. Manuel Povea did an excellent job in this club, as it was recognized everywhere and by everyone, and also achieved to win the first title for Lusitania by winning the last season's League Cup. He will coach his first match in the next UZO Liga's day that will take place in Vale de Cambra this weekend. About Mario Leite, he will return to his old functions as assistant coach in Ovarense. Also, Francisco Marques, former assistant coach of Povea in Lusitania, will be the head coach until this club signed another coach.


Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
In Uleb Cup, Turow was defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem 89-74. Andres Rodriguez played 24 minutes with 9 pts (3/6 2pts, 1/3 3pts) with 8 rebs, 3 assts and 1 steal. Turow is already qualified for the Second Round of the Uleb Cup.
Besiktas won against Chalon 78-55, Christian Dalmau in 26 minutes scored 15 pts (3/7 2pts, 3/5 3pts) with 2 rebs, 7 assts, 3 steals but also 4 turnovers. Rick Apodaca played 19 minutes with 6 pts (1/5 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 1/2 FT) and 2 rebs. Besiktas is already qualified for the Second Round of the Tournament.
Tonight in Euroleague, Cibona will play against Le Mans, an easy game for Larry Ayuso, Cibona must win if They want to qualify for Top16, Unicaja Malaga will play against Lietuvos Rytas.
A. Fontana

Boricuas in the States -by Alessandro Fontana
In NBA, Orlando Magic defeated Detroit Pistons, It was an exciting game where Carlos Arroyo played a great game. 'Our boricua' scored 6 pts (1/4 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 1/2 FT) with 4 assts and 2 rebs in 29 minutes.
Dallas was defeated by Washington 102-84, Jose Juan Barea played only 2 minutes with 0 pts (0/1 2pts, 0/1 3pts). Los Angeles Clippers played against Utah Jazz, Jazz won the game 101-93, Guillermo Diaz played 2 minutes with 1 assist (0/1 2pts).
A. Fontana


Igor Ratkovic joins Rogla -by Dragan Jankovski
Center Igor Ratkovic (205-F/C-80), who left Ergonom Nis couple of days ago, agreed terms with Slovenian team Rogla. Before Ergonom, Ratkovic used to play for NAP, Radnicki, Spartak, Boulazac (Fra N1) and Valcea (Rom D1).

Milko Bjelica and Marko Keselj are free agents -by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian players Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Keselj (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) got status of free agent. Their team Koln 99ers, which competes in ULEB Cup and in German Bundesleague, filed for insolvency today.

More info about situation in Koln 99ers can be find on Eurobasket - German page.

Lower leagues: Results of round 13 -by Dragan Jankovski
B league:

Kotez Bambi - Vujic Metalac 64:83
(16:23, 19:22, 11:20, 18:18)

Beovuk 72 - Prva Petoletka 73:54
(25:16, 09:17, 24:08, 15:13)

Vojvodina Zlatiborac - Kikinda 104:76
(29:27, 22:19, 26:12, 27:18)

Zeleznicar - Beograd 60:84
(16:18, 14:21, 24:25, 06:20)

Crnokosa - Tamis Petrohemija 87:88
(23:21, 29:20, 16:24, 19:23)

Vrbas - Sloboda 88:76
(22:25, 26:18, 17:21, 23:12)

Proleter Naftagas - FMP 2 101:86
(23:25, 31:22, 24:18, 23:21)

Third league - North:

Spartak - Topola 56:82
(11:25, 18:25, 12:20, 15:22)

Radnicki (Ob) - Mladost (Ze) 76:63
(25:12, 19:19, 16:19, 16:13)

FKL Temerin - Srem 103:101
(29:24, 21:23, 18:24, 23:20,12:10)

Superfund BP - Viva Basket 88:80
(25:12, 23:24, 19:19, 21:25)

Partizan 2 - Polet Keramika 110:64
(33:25, 24:18, 25:16, 28:05)

Sport Key - Zemun Lasta 99:88
(24:19, 24:25, 27:21, 24:23)

Grocka - Radnicki (Bg) 64:80
(15:19, 14:17, 12:17, 23:27)

Third league - South:

Zlatibor - Novi Pazar 94:75
(21:10, 24:22, 27:18, 22:25)

Svilajnac Kompo - Prokuplje 91:70
(28:16, 15:17, 27:15, 21:22)

Mladost (Za) - Napredak Maksi-Ko 71:72
(20:22, 13:20, 24:13, 14:17)

Pirot - Mladost (Ca) 76:85
(20:17, 22:23, 21:24, 13:21)

Nis - Krusevac 91:54
(30:15, 15:06, 28:11, 18:22)

Goc - Maraton Atlantik 70:82
(22:20, 24:22, 14:17, 10:23)

Jablanica - Bor RTB 76:71
(28:18, 19:10, 15:27, 14:16)


Singapore Slingers vs Cairns Taipans - 20 Jan 2008 -by Anthony Lim

Touted NBA prospect Nathan Jawai and his Cairns Taipans took on the Singapore Slingers Sunday 20/1/2008 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. What Jawai and his team got was a developmental squad scrimmage. The Slingers rotated two big men, Chris Cameron and Blagoj Janev, on Jawai. Tiring Jawai on defense meant a drop in productivity in his offense. After an initial exchange of baskets, the Slingers ran plays through Mike Helms, quickly establishing an 11-6 lead. It was quickly apparent Jawai was tiring and the Taipans were missing assignments leading to players bickering among themselves on court. A time-out was quickly called at 8:04 to disrupt the Slingers rhythm. The closest the Taipans got was a 20-17 deficit with 3:04 left to play on a 3 point play. Superior Slingers field goal shooting (13/22, 59,1%) easily enabled them to open up a 30-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Taipans shot only 8/22 (36.4%) from the field and were 0/4 from beyond the arc. More shockingly, the Slingers out rebounded the Taipans, offensively (44,4% to 20,0%) and defensively (80,0% to 55,6%).
The Taipans placed an emphasis on defense in the second quarter to prevent the game from getting away. This allowed Jared Newson to dictate the half court play, giving Jawai time to find his scoring groove. However, soft perimeter defense meant the Slingers managed to maintain a double digit lead, 37-25, at 7:44 of the second quarter. Better performance from the Cairns bench got the team within 37-33 with 4:06 to play in the half. An improved field goal shooting (18/40, 45,0%) from the Taipans, coupled with poor shot selection by the Slingers (13 pts in the 2nd quarter) ended the half 43-39.
The pockets of Cairns fans were not disappointed when their team continued their resurgence after the break. A temporary lead, 43-44, was established at 10:57. However, the Slingers quickly regained the momentum, scoring on their next possession and two subsequent free throws had them ahead 51-50 at 6:04. Both teams employed suffocating defense to neutralize strong performances from their respective benches (each bench contributing 17 pts). Ominously, when the Jumbotron suffered a temporary glitch at 2:26, the Taipans also lost half a step in their transition play from defense to offense. When the scoreboard resumed transmission at 0:56, the Taipans found themselves behind 69-62.
A sequence of events in the fourth quarter turned the game in Cairns's favor. Two successive 3 pointers cut the lead to 76-63 at 8:20. Two free throws reduced it to 76-75 at 8:00. Another score from beyond the arc at 7:30 put them ahead 76-78. Another shot from downtown at 6:30 had the Taipans pulling ahead 76-81. And when Jawai threw down a thunderous tomahawk at 4:34, he had his bench up on their feet. The Slingers were now clearly struggling with the field goals not finding their aim. Trailing 82-91 at 2:09, Grizzard resorted to 3 point shot selection, leaving a gap in the offensive boards. With no pressure in the lane, the Cairns bench outshot the Slingers 39-21. The Slingers caught a lucky break with a technical foul call on the Taipans and a successful 3 pointer reduced the deficit to 87-93 with 1:06 left to play. Roared on by the home crowd, the Slingers could not make their long range attempts count, shooting miserably 5/18 (27,8%). The Taipans outscored the Slingers 37-18 in the final quarter, with 9 points from long range. Cairns played out time with the lead safe, final score 87-99.


Market news from the LEB Oro -by Kristian Santiago
After Lou Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) signed with Murcia , CB Alcudia is currently searching the market for an inforcement in the paint.
After letting Roe go, the club is doing financially better and is able to sign a new player.

Alerta Cantabria Lobos is not going to extend the contract of Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: Maryland) while there are rumours Ryvon Covile (206-C-84, college: Detroit Mercy) could be also out soon.
McGhee Aaron (202-F-79, college: Oklahoma) is one of the names that appears to be in the mix to land in Santander to play for Cantabria. Mallorca extended the contract of Lithuanian Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) while Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) could be leaving soon.

Huelva's Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) draws a lot of interest by a lot of ACB teams and Grupo Begar Leon is reportedly interested in signing him for the next year.

Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) could be leaving Beirasar Rosalia while U.B. La Palma is looking for a point guard or shooting guard that can help out Carlos Canals (178-G-83) in the leadership-role.




lake jackson lakers 130 midland heat 119

silvester simple 36pts 11reb
rueben owens 25pts 4rebs 2 ast
jasper walker 17pts 4ast
jonah broussard 15pts 10ast

lake jackson lakers 125 houston synergy 109

silvester simple 28pts 10rebs
rueben owens 21pts 3ast
keith jackson 16pts 2rebs
ben mccain 15pts 7rebs
jonah broussard 11pts 6ast




WHEN: APRIL 25-27 , 2008










Suns' Bell feels better, plays better -by David Edole

Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) could blame the slow start on backs spasms that affected his shooting. Or the ankle problems that hindered his movement.

If he wanted, he could provide nasty details that accompanied the stomach flu, an illness that prompted an exit three minutes into a game against the Hornets, one that left Bell trying not to vomit as his wife drove him home.

'I want to make this clear: It wasn't an injury,' Bell said. 'I had a tough start of the season because I had a tough start of the season. I won't make any excuses.'

Typical Bell, an eighth-year guard who has made his NBA living off defense and perimeter shooting, two elements the Suns sometimes have lacked during the season's first half. Toughness has defined Bell during career stops at Philadelphia, Dallas and Utah. Same thing goes here, as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant well remembers.

Coach Mike D'Antoni long has called Bell the team's heart and soul, and more recently, 'one of the necessities' of team success.

This hasn't changed.

As Bell's health has improved, so have the Suns. Feeling the best he has all season, Bell has averaged 17 points over his past seven games, shooting 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range.

'That's huge for us,' D'Antoni said. 'You can just see him in his shooting, just in his day-to-day stuff that his body is responding. It's taken him awhile, but I've thought the last three or four games he's looked good.'

Last season, Bell scored 20 or more points five times in November and 12 times before the All-Star break.

Entering a four-game trip that begins tonight at Milwaukee, Bell has scored 20 only five times this season. No doubt, injuries have disrupted his rhythm, but something else might have contributed: Kurt Thomas' absence.

Last season, Bell looked for the Suns center nearly every trip down the floor, darting around screens, waiting for a Steve Nash pass to launch from open space. But an off-season deal sent Thomas to the Seattle SuperSonics. The Suns lost their best interior defender, and probably their best screener, too.

'Without him there, it took me awhile to figure out how I (could) get open,' Bell said. 'Boris (Diaw) has proven to help me out in that regard, but yeah, for a while I missed Kurt a lot. I still do.'

Bell considers these opening months among the roughest he has had, but he is hesitant to elaborate because of the excuse factor. Instead, Bell said his performance is rooted in rhythm. Better health leads to more minutes. More minutes leads to better production. He played 33 minutes Sunday against New Jersey, scoring 20 points, draining 5 of 10 3-pointers.

It marked the first time he has posted 20 points in consecutive games since November 2006.

'I've been trying to find myself, trying to find a way I can help,' Bell said. 'I'd like to think I'm on the right track, but I haven't been healthy since I came out of high school. You're always going to play with a nick or a bruise. It's just been a different type of season for me, and it proved to take a little more time (to bounce back) than I would've liked.'

By Doug Haller
The Arizona Republic

Ronald Charles Basketball Association -by David Edole

The Lakers showed Friday night why they are one of the teams to beat in the Ronald Charles 13-15 Basketball League by routing Zion, 40-23, in game two at the Ronald Charles gymnasium on the Central High Campus.
The Lakers with their stingy defense limited Zion to four first quarter points en route to a 12-4 lead at the end of the period. Korey Joseph had the hot hand in the opening quarter for the Lakers, scoring six points to help his team to the early eight-point advantage.
With much of the Lakers bench on the floor, Zion opened the second quarter on a 4-0 run that saw them close to within four points at 12-8. The lead was three at 14-11 midway through the second period, when the Lakers starters came back on the floor to restore order. A 4-0 run by the Lakers pushed the lead to seven points at 18-11 and after an exchange of baskets in the latter stages of the quarter the teams went into the locker room with the Lakers enjoying a 20-13 halftime lead.
Zion scored the first two points of the third quarter to get to within five points at 20-15 to start the second half. It turned out to be the only points they would score in that period as sloppy ball handling and a tighter Lakers defense shut them out the rest of the quarter. The Lakers, on the other hand, although they outscored their opponents 9-2 in the third were also a little sloppy in their third quarter play. They held a commanding 29-15 lead over their obviously outmanned opponents going into the final period.
With the game all but decided, Lakers Coach Calvin Burk emptied his bench to start the fourth and final quarter. It made for a more closely played quarter, but the Lakers were still able to outscore Zion 11-8 in that period for a 40-23 final score.
The Lakers were led by Joseph, who netted a game high 12 points with six rebounds and four steals, while teammate Jonathan Fontonelle chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and two steasls. For Zion, it was Kadeem Jones leading the way with seven points, while teammate Tarik Mcmillan had a monster night on the boards with 14 rebounds. He also came away with three steals.

Eastsiders 37, Working Together 35
In the night's first game, Eastsiders edged Working Together 37-35, in a thriller. The Eastsiders were led by Marcus Williams with 12 points and Edwin Ventura, who netted 10 points, with nine rebound and three blocks. For Working Together, Deshawn Joseph scored a game high 13 points with 10 boards and four steals.

Ronald Charles Basketball Association Schedule

Friday Jan 25, 2008
6:00 p.m. Working Together vs. Icebreaker
7:00 p.m. Guidance vs. Boys Dem
8:00 p.m. Sonics vs. More Fire

Saturday Jan. 26, 200
2:30 p.m. Zion vs. Lakers (7-9)
3:30 p.m. Nuggets vs. Tribe (7-9)
4:30 p.m. Zion vs. Lakers (10-12)
5:30 p.m. More Fire vs. Eastsiders (10-12)
6:30 p.m. Hoyas vs. Sonics (10-12)
7:30 p.m. Eastsiders vs. Boys Dem (13-15)

Rashidi Clenance Division (7-9)
Boys Dem
Working Together

10-12 League
Tyrone Allick Division



More Fire

Cuthbert Victor Division
Boys Dem
Working Together

13-15 League
Raja Bell Division
More Fire




Tim Duncan Division
Boys Dem


Working Together


Day 5 of Dubai Int'l Tournament (18-26 January) -by Mohammed Malas

* Group B:

Saba Battery (IRI) 97 - Al Ahli (UAE) 80
- MVP: Makan Dioumassi (Saba)

Al Riyadi (LEB) 93 - Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 85
- MVP: Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (Al Riyadi)

* Group A:

UAE NT 92 - Al Ittihad Aleppo (SYR) 86
- MVP: Ibrahim Khalfan (UAE)

# Day 6 games schedule (UAE time +4 GMT):
- Wednesday 23/1:
15:00 Zain - Al Ahli
17:00 Gezira - UAE NT
19:00 Mahram - Sagesse
21:00 Saba - Al Jalaa


Vedat Koruk to Lviv -by Alexander Muzyka
- Politekhnika-Halychyna from Lviv has signed a Ukrainian born center Vedat Koruk (214-C-83) who played for Turkish Darussafaka, Kolejliler and Oyak Renault. Vitali Skrypov was born in Mykolaiv, went to Turkey at the age of 15 and changed his name to Koruk. Has played one game for Turkish NT.


Hebraica beat the leaders Bigua -by Hector Lopez
Hebraica, with 30 points and 12 rebounds by Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's), beat Bigua, the leader of the LUB 102-93, to maintain alive their hope to advance to the semifinals. For Hebraica Kofi Danquah (204-C-81, college: W.Chester) scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) was the best scorer for Bigua with 31. Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) netted 30 and took 17 rebounds and Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) scored 11and took 9 rebounds. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) made 15 assists for the winner. Bigua is still the leader with 35 points followed by Trouville with 32 and one game less. Union Atletica beat Malvin, the last champions, 78-63. For Union, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-77, agency: Duran International) scored 17 and took 12 rebounds. Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) netted 10 and took 8 rebounds. For Malvin the main scorer was Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) with 22. Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) scored 12 with 10 rebounds and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) 2 points and 14 rebounds.


Marinos de Oriente reinforcing its guns. -by Wolfgang Lucena

Cirigliano's troops are getting reinforced for this upcoming professional basketball season. Domingo already confirmed Steve Logan (182-G-80, college: Cincinnati) whom will be one of those imported players. This year the acorazado Oriental will have Keith Legree from North America in the bench as head coach, and the Venezuelan Henry Paruta, legend of our basketball, will be his assistant coach.

Domingo Cirigliano - 'Other players are going to be anounced next week'


Women News

BWBL - Women

Barsy Atyrau gets beaten twice again -by Eurobasket News

Another two games for Barsy Atyrau saw another two loses and sent the team to 0-9 record. It is still a great experience for the team as Lithuanian basketball has now reached the top positions in Europe, especially after success in Eurobasket 2007.
In Kaunas Laisvė smashed Barsy Atyrau 102:53. The team from Kazakhstan tried hard in the first half but then could not stay anymore. Laisvė won the third 25:15 and easily stormed in the last 30:9. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) led the winners with 24 points. Birute Brovkiene (180-F-77) ended up with 20, while Marmienė posted 14. Mariya Khabibova (168-87) top-scored for Barsy Atyrau with 13 points.
In the second game Klaipėda saw another loss for Barsy. The team from Kazakhstan can be proud of the last quarter that they won 8:13. Before that in the third they were swept 9:35. Lemminkainen overcame Barsy Atyrau 95:52 to reach 3-5 record. Naidėniene led the winners with 22 points. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) nailed 15 and Mazionyte produced 11
. Skorobagatova top-scored with 17 points in defeat.
The next games are scheduled just in two days for Thursday, January 24th. BWBL derby between Laisve and Cesis is planned for that day.

Laisvė - Barsy Atyrau 102 : 53 ( 22 : 12, 25 : 17, 25 : 15, 30 : 9 )
Laisvė: Ilona Nikonovaite 24, Birute Brovkiene 20, Marmiene 14
Barsy Atyrau: Mariya Khabibova 13, Serdiukova 12, Ira Averyanova (182-F-84) 7

Lemminkainen - Barsy Atyrau (Klaipėda) 95 : 52 ( 23 : 14, 29 : 16, 35 : 9, 8 : 13 )
Lemminkainen: Naidėniene 22, Daina Staugaitiene 15, Mazionyte 11
Barsy Atyrau: Skorobagatova 17, Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) 10, Ira Averyanova 6


Tallinna Living and TLU/Volta go nip and tuck in the ladder -by Eurobasket News
The Meitriliiga continued its action recent days with both leaders claiming their respective victories. The situation heats up before the key game of the regular season which is scheduled for February 2. Tallinna Living will host TLU/Volta to decide on the top spot in the ladder. For now Tallinna Living grabbed two wins in row. They opened the week's action against Tartu and thumped their opponents 98:64. Five Tallinna Living players scored in double figures to pace the visitors. Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) finished with 20 points, while Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) added 13 points in a win. Tartu replied with 23 points from Laina Mesila (182-G-87). Next the league favourites took on Tallinna Kalev and snatched a 66:56 home victory. The hosts led by just 2 points at halftime but a strong defensive performance after the break allowed Living celebrate an important success. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) topscored with 18 points and 9 boards for the winners. Kerttu Jallai added 16 points for the home team. Oksana Aleksandrova (172-G-86) scored 15 points for Kalev.
Meanwhile TLU/Volta also went the winning ways. They thrashed Tartu 92:52 at the start of the week. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) posted 25 points and Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) contributed 23 points to lead TLU/Volta. Laina Mesila managed 12 points in response. TLU/Volta then took on Audentes away from home. The outcome was the same as the visitors drove to an 88:65 win. Gerly Kostla this time registered 24 points in a win. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) was productive with 19 points and 7 boards for the visitors. Kaia Kosk (174-G-89) dropped 16 points for Audentes as they fell to 3-10 record.


Wonder for Sopron failed -by Csilla Kantor

On 22nd Jan. MKB Euroleasing Sopron played its 10th Euroleague game in the home of CSKA Moskow. The Hungarians had nothing to lose, no matter if they win or not they'll finish 3rd in group A. Knowing this they didn't have all the enthusiasm and aggressiveness which characterized their game at home court against the Russians.( That time CSKA won 75-80.) On this match Sopron was beaten with 82-61. In the first quarter the difference was already 14 points for CSKA. It was difficult to block the Russian centers, so Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) were capable to score 16 and 15 points during the four quarters. In the second half of the game Sopron showed a bit more courage and succeeded to take some rebounds and also lower the difference. All in all, with this defeat, MKB Euroleasing still progress to the next round as third of the group (5/5). Their next opponent depends on the result of Wednesday's Bourges- Wisla Krakow derby.

CSKA Moskow - MKB-Euroleasing Sopron 82-61 (24-10, 20-16, 26-18, 12-17)

CSKA Moskow: Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) 15/6, Korstin 8, Arteshina 3/3, Ann Wauters 15, Maria Stepanova 16, Hammon 2, Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) 12/12, Sokolovskaya 4, Nikitina 1, Lisina 6

MKB-Euroleasing Sopron: Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) 6, Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 13/3, Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) 9, Andrea Karolyi (183-F/G-75) 3, Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) 11/3, Zsuzsanna Horvath (193-F-83) 5/3, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 7/3, Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) 7, Boglarka Kocsis (170-G-83) -

2 pointers: 21/44 48% and 16/39 41%
3 pointers: 7/22 32% and 4/16 25%
Free-throws: 19/25 76% 17/20 85%
Rebounds: 41 (Maria Stepanova 11) and 30 (Albena Branzova 6)
Assists: 17 (Edwige Lawson 6) and 11 (Bernadett Nemeth 4)
Turnovers: 11 and 14
Steals: 9 and 7

Faults: 15 and 26

ISRAEL - Women

Round 14th results. -by Gil Goshen

Ramat Hen 103 - Ashdod 101 (overtime)
(over time )
For Ramat Hen:
Armintie Price 26 GG basketball agency points, 8rb,3 as.
Edwina Brown 26 pts .
Taj McWilliams Franklin 25 pts, 13 rebs
Lena Mustafina 16 pts
Chen Shtain 8 pts
Shiri Sharon 2 pts

For Ashdod:
Sheri Sam 32 pts
Brandi McCain & Ayana Walker 21 pts each
Ortal Oren 13 pts
Michal Epstein 9 pts
Bat El Lazmi 3 pts

Bnei Yehuda 91 - Holon 84

For Bnei Yehuda:
Sugeiry Monsac 33 pts, 12 rebs
Dionnah Jackson 16 pts, 15 rebs
Rivi Grinboym 14 pts, 7 ast
Renee Taylor 13 pts
Chen Segal 9 pts
Tal Salz 6 pts

For Holon:
Ivory Latta 34 pts, 6 ast,
La'Tangela Atkinson 18 pts, 8 rebs
DeTrina White - GG basketball agency 15 pts, 10 rebs ( another double double )
Shiran Zairy 14 pts

Hapoel Tel Aviv 74 - Ramla 108

For Ramla:
Michelle Snow & Sherill Baker 19 pts each
Shay Doron 18 pts

For Hapoel:
Tamara Bowie 32 pts
Shira Haelyon 15 pts
Edneisha Curry 12 pts

Tel Kabir 73 - Electra Ramat Hasharon 108

For Ramat Hasharon:
Deanna Jackson 26 pts
Dada Vilipic 20 pts
Jia Perkins 17 pts
Tayana Troina 15 pts
Nomi Kolodny 10 pts
Merav Dori 9 pts

For Tel Kabir:
Shaun Gortman 16 pts
Anat Goldberg 15 pts
Shiri Porat 14 pts
Michelle Woods 13 pts

Armintie Price (175-G-85, college: Mississippi)

Round 14th Leaders -by Gil Goshen

Day 14 Leaders
1. I. Latta 34.0
2. S. Monsac 33.0
3. S. Sam 32.0

Name .
1. D. Jackson 15.0
2. T. McWilliams 13.0
3. E. Brown 12.0

1. L. Selwin 7.0
2. R. Grinboym 7.0
3. I. Latta 6.0

1. S. Monsac 42.0
2. E. Brown 33.0
3. S. Sam 32.0

Ivory Latta (168-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina)


Barsy Atyrau gets beaten twice again -by Eurobasket News

Another two games for Barsy Atyrau saw another two loses and sent the team to 0-9 record. It is still a great experience for the team as Lithuanian basketball has now reached the top positions in Europe, especially after success in Eurobasket 2007.
In Kaunas Laisvė smashed Barsy Atyrau 102:53. The team from Kazakhstan tried hard in the first half but then could not stay anymore. Laisvė won the third 25:15 and easily stormed in the last 30:9. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) led the winners with 24 points. Birute Brovkiene (180-F-77) ended up with 20, while Marmienė posted 14. Mariya Khabibova (168-87) top-scored for Barsy Atyrau with 13 points.
In the second game Klaipėda saw another loss for Barsy. The team from Kazakhstan can be proud of the last quarter that they won 8:13. Before that in the third they were swept 9:35. Lemminkainen overcame Barsy Atyrau 95:52 to reach 3-5 record. Naidėniene led the winners with 22 points. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) nailed 15 and Mazionyte produced 11
. Skorobagatova top-scored with 17 points in defeat.
The next games are scheduled just in two days for Thursday, January 24th. BWBL derby between Laisve and Cesis is planned for that day.

Laisvė - Barsy Atyrau 102 : 53 ( 22 : 12, 25 : 17, 25 : 15, 30 : 9 )
Laisvė: Ilona Nikonovaite 24, Birute Brovkiene 20, Marmiene 14
Barsy Atyrau: Mariya Khabibova 13, Serdiukova 12, Ira Averyanova (182-F-84) 7

Lemminkainen - Barsy Atyrau (Klaipėda) 95 : 52 ( 23 : 14, 29 : 16, 35 : 9, 8 : 13 )
Lemminkainen: Naidėniene 22, Daina Staugaitiene 15, Mazionyte 11
Barsy Atyrau: Skorobagatova 17, Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) 10, Ira Averyanova 6


TEO storms past Siauliai Ruta -by Eurobasket News
The defending champion of LMKL, the winner of BWBL and the only representative in Euroleague from Lithuania stormed past Siauliai Ruta. The team easily reached 16-1 record after 104:43 victory. Four players scored 19 and more points and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) was the one to get 23 points. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) produced 21 points in the losing effort.
Arvi and Laisve had a good battle where Arvi settled down better in the second place after 75:73 win. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) led the winners with 26 points. Nikonovait scored 19 for Laisve.
In BWBL Kaunas Laisvė smashed Barsy Atyrau 102:53. The team from Kazakhstan tried hard in the first half but then could not stay anymore. Laisvė won the third 25:15 and easily stormed in the last 30:9. Ilona Nikonovaite (175-G-75) led the winners with 24 points. Birute Brovkiene ended up with 20, while Marmienė posted 14. Mariya Khabibova top-scored for Barsy Atyrau with 13 points.
In the second game Klaipėda saw another loss for Barsy. The team from Kazakhstan can be proud of the last quarter that they won 8:13. Before that in the third they were swept 9:35. Lemminkainen overcame Barsy Atyrau 95:52 to reach 3-5 record. Naidėniene led the winners with 22 points. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80) nailed 15 and Mazionyte produced 11. Skorobagatova top-scored with 17 points in defeat.
The next games are scheduled just in two days for Thursday, January 24th. BWBL derby between Laisve and Cesis is planned for that day.

NORWAY - Women

Ullern keeps a clean sheet -by Eurobasket News
Ullern secured their 6th straight win in the Kvinneligaen yesterday. They bumped Nordstrand 80:41 to remain undefeated. Ullern are now just one win shy of the league leading Gimle. Nordstrand meanwhile slipped to 0-8 record at the bottom of the standings. The game turned out to be a one-sided traffic with Norstrand having little answers for Ullern's style of play. The hosts stunned the opposition 25:6 in the opening frame and continued to dominate further on. The lead counted for 22 points at halftime and Nordstrand had no counterarguments whatsoever. Ullern easily ensured a comprehensive victory at the end behind 15 points from Kristine Kristiansen (-75). Tori Halvorsen provided 14 points and 9 boards for the winners. Ellen Aas dropped 11 points for Nordstrand. The visitors outrebounded Ullern 44:39 but shot just 29% from the field and committed 35 turnovers down the stretch.
Meanwhile Baerums Verk collected the 6th win at the tournament as they defeated the Ammerud Queens 72:49 away from home. Baerums Verk were consistent winning all four quarters to improve to 6-3 record at the third place in the ladder. Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.) was a usual contributor with 23 points and 10 boards for the visitors. Caroline Hannisdal added 7 points for the winners. Siri Dragoy poured in 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Queens in a losing clause. Ammerud thus dropped to 2-7 record.


Rhondda Rebels bruise Nottingham, still a win shy of Sheffield -by Eurobasket News
Rhondda Rebels continued to chase the Sheffield Hatters in the EBL. Both teams went victorious in Round 8 and remained at a distance of one win from each other. Rhondda Rebels however got their first trophy in 2008 as they beat the Hatters in the National Cup Final a week ago. The Rebels did not slow down beating the Nottingham Wildcats 72:66 on Sunday. Playing at the Rhondda Fach Sports Complex the Rebels dictated the pace early in the encounter and piled up a 24:10 lead after 10 minutes. The Wildcats however came back to life pretty quickly and outscored the hosts 16:13 in the second stanza. But the home team proved the difference after the main break. Martina Gandzalova (180-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) scored 22 points and Rhondda celebrated the victory. Kirby Copeland (178-G-85, college: Virginia Tech) posted 17 points in a winning case. Jill Glessner (178-G-85, college: Loyola, MD) responded with 22 points for Nottingham. Woods contributed 16 points as the Wildcats slipped to 5-4 record.
The Sheffield Hatters maintained the distance with a comprehensive 80:44 win over the London Heathrow Acers. And here the hosts accumulated a 24:10 lead 10 minutes into the game but were more consistent enlarging the gap to 21 points at the interval. The visitors did not recover at the second half and suffered the 6th loss in the season. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) stepped up with 22 points for the hosts. Lisa Hutchinson (173-G-83) produced 17 points for the undefeated Hatters. Luci da Silva (191-C) dropped 17 points for the Acers.
Team Northumbria claimed the 7th win in the championship as they beat the London Heathrow Acers yesterday. The Acers picked up a 36:31 halftime lead but wasted it after the break for the 7th defeat. Hall led all scorers with 27 points for Northumbria. Luci da Silva accounted for 20 points in a losing effort.


UVI Lady Bucs -by David Edole

University of the Virgin Islands basketball teams participated in UPR Bayamon's Pre-Season Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Bucs won their division and advanced to the semi-finals by defeating UPR Ponce, 67-39, on Friday. UVI was led by Tiffany Reddick's 22 points, 11 rebounds and Teal Hetrick with 20 points, 7 rebounds and eight steals. Angelina Prince had a double double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

UVI then went on to defeat UPR Carolina, 52-47, on Saturday. Tiffany Reddick was the top scorer againd with 17 pts and 9 rebounds, while Teal Hetrick scored 13 pts, 5 rebounds & 3 steals. Angelina had another double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Elisha Jno-Baptiste chipped in with 8 points, 14 rebounds & 6 assists.

The Lady Bucs succumbed to UPR Bayamon in the semi-finals on Sunday, 69-38. Bayamon eventually won the tournament and will face the Lady Bucs again at HOME Feb. 2 in the Sports & Fitness Center. Angelina Prince led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds. UVI leading scorer Reddick was held to 6 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

The UVI men loss to Catholic University of Ponce, 67-61, on Friday and fell to American University (2007 LAI Champions) on Saturday, 54-52.

UVI teams open their season at HOME in the Sports & Fitness Center February 1 against UPR Rio Piedras at 7 pm and 8:30 pm.

UVI plays in the LAI (Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico) Conference.