EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/24/2008

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ARGENTINA

Penarol goes to Liga Americas Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
As it was easy to forecast, Penarol Mar del Plata defeated again Defensor Sporting, this time 77-68, winning 2-1 its Liga de las Americas Quarterfinal, and advancing to the tournment Final Four. This time, the most outstanding players were all the domestic ones: Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) was the best in the first half with 15 points and ended the game with 16 pts and 6 rebs, Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) was the top scorer at 17. Marcos Mata (202-F-86) completed the 'Argentinean festival' with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 asisist. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) was the game top performer with 21 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists in Defensor Sporting, a team that leaves the competition head-high.

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AUSTRIA

Jandl no more a Panther -by Stefan Heinrich
The Furstenfeld Panthers and the Austrian PG David Jandl deicded today to part ways. Jandl was the second season in Furstenfeld found a composition and the decision. This season Jandl was responsible for 6.7 ppg and 2 apg in 17 games, while shooting 41.2 % from the field and 84.0 % from the Free Throw line.

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BELGIUM

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.
Team Captain Sebastien Bellin added that it is great for Oostende and Belgian basketball to have qualified in such a strong group despite all the controversy.

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.



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BRAZIL

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 1 game and 3 next Sunday.

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BULGARIA

Luciano Capicchioni: I try to play fair in this business -by Vladi Lazarova

For basketball world the name of Luciano Capicchioni is more than a trademark since many time ago. For 30 years in business he did more than enough, but he is still thirsty for new projects and more success. His firm 'Interperformances' is dominating at the market. In the last 10 years the company signed contracts to represent almost all best Bulgarian players. Mr Capicchioni supposed to arrive in Sofia on Tuesday, for the last game of Lukoil Akademik in Group H in ULEB Cup regular season. Due to bad weather conditions and deep fog in Sofia, his flight from Athens was cancelled. On Wednesday early morning Capicchioni was lucky to be on board of the only one plane, who got a permission for landing at 'Sofia airport'. Especially for Bulgarian daily sports newspaper 'Tema Sport' Luciano gave his first interview in Bulgaria. Take a look at his answers.

By Vladi Lazarova
'Tema sport' daily

Mr Capicchioni, welcome to Sofia. What is the purpose of your visit?
- Thank you. I am here just for one day to meet the people from Bulgarian champion Lukoil Akademik, which becomes one of our main clients. I will also meet some of our players, who are playing in Bulgaria.
Did you solve the problems, which you have with Lukoil in the past?
Actually, Lucoil Akademik is like every other club in Europe. Everybody knows how this business is running. Everybody must respect the other part, everybody must learn to respect our business. There are clubs where they think the agent don't deserve the commission, that they earn. If this is true they don't need to call us. But they always call us. I am asking why? Once they get the player, they forget about us. Every time there are two contracts - one for the player, one for the agent. In 90% they forget to sign the agent's contract. Very strange, you know. We expect of the club to stay and be professional not only with the player, but with the firm. We must be professional too.
Filip Videnov signed last night with Italian Rieti. What is your comment?
- Very good. Very 'ethical' by his part. Even my son Manuel Capicchioni, who is vice-president of the company spoke with him, send him the contract and inform him, that 'Interperformances' is the only one firm who can represent him officially and he is the only one guy with whom Videnov must speak about Italy. Filip didn't do it and I'm very surpised, but more than surprised, I am disappointed by him. He is still under contract with us. In Italy there is a rule. The agent must sign the contract of the player with the club. So, now Videnov is creating problems. Not only for him, but for Rieti, for us as well. I'm sure in Rieti are already confused, because this morning I sent them a message: 'Please, remember, that I must sign the contract'. Everybody is in trouble now and for what? For nothing. I never understood why? This is the first time in my career thing like this to happen. In 30 years of business, Videnov is the first. He wanted to go to Seville, we sent him to Seville. He wanted to get an extra amount of money, he got the money. And he goes to the National team and he was hurt. He wanted to be protected in Seville and the contract was fully protected. He wanted to get out and we say: 'Maybe you should stay until you are okay'. He answered: 'No, I want out'. 'Ok, what do you want to go out?' - 'Settlement'. 'How much?' - 'This amount'. And Videnov get the amount. Then his foot was bothering him and I get a specialist in Italy. The best in this area to check him. Filip came in Italy and there we have lunch together with me and my son in Bologna and talked about the future. We spoke about how in the end of December he will be ready to play. So, we started to work in a job. And then he fired us. Very impolite, unprofessional. Because he could tell me in my face. At that time he already might have it on his head.
If I understood you correct now you don't have any intensions to let him go in Rieti?
- No. It's a matter of principals. If I made a mistake, I can understand. But I didn't. He is the person who made a mistake and didn't follow the contract. I don't understand why and since I don't understand, I will follow this case until the end.
I would like to ask you about one of the biggest Bulgarian prospects - Chavdar Kostov. This summer he will be eligible for NBA draft…
- Most players at his age should be involved in draft and he is one of this players too. But it's still a little bit earlier to tell you something more. In the next couple of months we will be ready with our plan and we'll see what can happen there.
How at European market people in your business look at Bulgarian players? We have some good, but we don't even qualify for Eurobasket 2007…
- Look, it's ok. There was time when Lithuania was in the same position, but they have excellent players. Bulgaria has very good players too. People follow leagues, even Bulgarian league. Everybody is well informed. There are videos and dvds. It's not that hard, when I began my job.
We have a team in Top 32 in ULEB Cup, but our National team is in trouble. Why? What we must change?
- Don't worry. Now you have a very good coach, which is very important. I think the talent is decisive for building a strong team. So, it's a matter of working for Bulgaria to succeed.
How you look at the presence of much more foreign players in domestic clubs? They are plus, or minus for growing of the young domestic players?
- I think foreign players help the development of the National players. Even in Italy, where foreigh players were cut, the best results of the National team was when there were more foreigners. The best result was when the rules were more relaxed. Now the rules are tight and we didn't qualify even for Olympic games in Beijung. When one player is young, he must work hard and learn for the good foreign player to grow and develop. This is what I think. But don't forget, that I have an International mind.
Please, tell me more about your future projects in football and tennis…
- Yes, we already begin to look at these two sports. Actually, couple of weeks ago we signed a caontract with Leo Messi for representation in marketing. That was really successful. We signed Ronald Garcia from Aris Thessaloniki as well. Our man for football is Paulo Conte. In football we will look and work in a different way - less players, but very high level. In basketball is different. This is our history and we cannot say 'yes' to one and 'no' to another. It's a different mentality.
What about tennis?
- Tennis? Maybe you will be surprised, but actually three years ago I met Serbian Novak Djokovic. He wanted me to be his agent. At that time he had a contract with another firm, which was very, very serious. I gave him an advice not to change the agency. This is something what future agent of Videnov could not do. With Novak I decided to stay away from problems - for him, in the beginning of his career and for me, even I was sure then he is a future star and one day this guy will among the best in the world. Videnov is a different case, because he is older than Djokovic. But if you create a problem with such a youngster like Novak, he may not play well. He will be not under legal problems, but psychological as well. When one talent is still young, he need patience and good atmosphere to develop, to stay relaxed. Once I met Djokovic, I realized he will go far in the future. I read this in his eyes, in his emotions and his soul, he has a great charisma.
Are you a tennis fan?
- I like all sports. Many years ago I founded a bicycle racing team in Michigan, one of the first ones. When bicycle racing wasn't still so popular in the United States. I like all sports, because they are very useful for educating of young kids. Sports can create strong social relationships.
What was your motto when you started in business and what is your motto now?
- I always tried to stay and keep ethical - now and then. I always tried to be fair. In our business you must protect not only ourselves, but our players.
What is your biggest success?
- My biggest success is Toni Kukoc. It was a well done job, very well directed. He is not just a great player. The hole project and sending him to Chicago Bulls was great. It was like a movie. Like a masterpiece. Now there is a lot information in Internet. I the past I was able to hide some important information from the press. Now this is impossible.
And what is your main advice for the players to become a successful athletes?
- They must realize, that they must work. They must do their job, like I am doing mine. Then everybody will be successful. The player must know he is not and will never be the only one guy on the court. He must respect all coaches decisions and deal with them, no matter sometimes they can be wrong. Athletes must understand they are actually very lucky people, who are making big money with fun. We are making a lot of money too and we work for this, but we admit we are lucky. Many people work harder than us, work more than us, but earn less money in their lives. When they are 20 years old they must remember that they have around 15 years to build their lives. Because at the age of 40 most of them will be nobody. Many athletes forget about it and when they realize it, they are already at 35. Many athletes are selfish and don't show respect. Don't take me wrong! Of course, there are many great guys too.



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CBA

CBA All-Star Classic ends in National Conference win -by Eurobasket News

National Conference - American Conference 109:107
The National Conference Team celebrated a close win over the American Conference in yesterday's All-Star Classic. The basketball show was held at the Yakama Sun Dome. The Butte Daredevils' Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81) was named the Game's MVP. He finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Desmond Ferguson (6'7''-G/F-77) from Yakama added 20 points in a winning case. Daryan Selvy (6'6''-F/G-79) and Nate Green (6'6''-F-75) were also productive in the National Conference team win posting 12 points apiece. Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F-83) was the leading rebounder with 14 boards, while Demorris Smith (6'10''-F-81) issued team-high 6 assists.

Josh Pace (6'6''-G/F-83) answered with 19 points for the American Conference side. Moses Marbury (6'3''-G-80) dropped 16 points in defeat. James Jackson (5'10''-G-89) added 8 boards down the stretch.

Earlier Desmond Ferguson grabbed the title of the best perimeter shooter. He won the Long Distance Shootout with the money-ball that saw him surpass Aaron Cook (6'2''-G-83) from the Butte Daredevils. The Yakama Sun Kings Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82, college: Baylor) (6'9''-F-82) was the best dunker as he triumphed in the Slam Dunk Championship. He competed with Oklahoma's Marvin Phillips and overcame him on the last wild dinamite-dunk that conquered the hearts of the jury. Interestingly, that this was the fourth straight All-Star Classic in which the host town players triumphed in both contests.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Josh Pace of E.Kentucky
Moses Marbury of Atlanta
James Jackson of E.Kentucky
Amal McCaskill (6'10''-F/C-73) of Albany
Nat Burton (6'3''-G-77) of Albany
Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77) of Minot
Sidney Holmes (6'7''-F-82) of Minot
Marshall Phillips (6'5''-F-75) of Minot
Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82) of E.Kentucky
Shaun Fountain (5'11''-G-78) of Pittsburgh
John Strickland (6'8''-F/C-72) of Pittsburgh
Steve Thomas (6'8''-F-81) of Atlanta
Coach: Chris Daleo of Minot


NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Odell Bradley of Butte (MVP)
Desmond Ferguson of Yakama
Daryan Selvy of Oklahoma
Nate Green of Great Falls
Marvin Phillips of Oklahoma
Demorris Smith of Rio Grande
Jason Sasser (6'7''-F-74) of Yakima
Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83) of Yakama
Moochie Norris (6'1''-G-73) of Yakama
Aaron Cook of Butte
Coach: Paul Woolpert of Yakama


3-Points Shootout winner:
1. Desmond Ferguson of Yakama
2. Aaron Cook of Butte


Slam Dunk Contest winner:
1. Harvey Thomas of Yakama
2. Marvin Phillips of Oklahoma



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CHINA

Jiang su won Fu Jian -by Robert Wang
It was an exciting game between Jiang su and Fu jian tonight. At the 25.4 seconds left, jiang su beat fu jian by Hu xue feng's free throw. Fu Jian lost to Jiang Su finished their season at 108:113. Top 4 teams who go to playoff are Liao ning, Jiang su, Guang dong and Dong guan. This Firday, Liao ning will play against Jaing su and Guang dong will play against Dong guan.

Jiangsu Defeats Fujian to Reach CBA Semi-finals -by Arthur Volbert
Tang Zhengdong (213-C-84) had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead Jiangsu to a 113-108 victory over Fujian and a birth in the CBA semi-finals. The win gave Jiangsu a 3-2 triumph in its quarter-final series.

Yang Li played 46 minutes for Jiangsu and had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Newly added import Jon Smith had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The addition of Smith, who played 44 minutes at power forward, brought a significant improvement to the Jiangsu team. Smith replaced Fang Hui, a 200 cm power forward, in the Jiangsu lineup. Fang was not a star performer. This cut the playing time of Ryan Forehan-Kelly, a 198 cm swingman who only played 4 minutes today. But Forehan-Kelly was replaced by Yang, who played many times on the junior national team, and who is a far better player than Fang. Right now power forward is China's weakest position on the court. But this is changing with the emergence of younger players like Li Xiaoxu and Ding Jinhui, class of 1990. In its old style of play China used a 'second-center' rather than a true power forward, one reason that position is taking China longest in reaching the international level of play.

In the battle of veteran pass-first small point guards, Jiangsu's Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals while Fujian's Lu Xiaoming had 19 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists. One of them could make China's Olympic team as a backup point guard. Gong Songlin had 30 points to lead Fujian. Right now, with the aging of Li Nan and the underperformance of Wang Lei, he and Wang Shipeng are China's best shooting guards. But Gong is very injury-prone. If his body holds up, however, he is a strong candidate for the Olympic team.

Fujian also used new imports who did not play most of the regular season. Jameel Watkins was added late in the season after the departure of Chris Porter. DaJuan Tate, who starred for Jilin during the regular season, was added to Fujian for the playoffs. Watkins fouled out in 31 minutes, and his foul trouble was a reason for Fujian's loss as, without Watkins, they had little inside presence to handle Tang and Smith. Jiangsu sealed its vicory with a 30-13 edge in the third quarter after trailing 64-58 at the half. After three quarters Jiangsu led 88-77.

Jiangsu 31 27 30 25 113
Fujian- 30 34 13 31 108

Jiangsu 113
Tang Zhengdong 24p+18r+1bl, Zhang Cheng 17p+5r+5a+1s, Hu Xuefeng 20p+7r+7a+4s+1to, Yang Li 23p+6r+3a+5s, Jon Smith 19p+7r+5a, Yi Li 10p+3r+1a+1bl
Fujian 108
Gong Songlin 30p+5r+1a, Lu Xiaoming 19p+2r+12a+2s+1to, Yang Chao 14p+4r+1s, Liu Yudong 12p+8r+2s+5to, Jameel Watkins 31min+14p+10r+1a+6fl, Lin Chenyao 7p+3r+1a, Sun Tiannong 6p+1r+1s, DaJuan Tate 6p+6r+2a


All Four Semi-Final Teams Use Undrafted Imports -by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong will face Dongguan and Jiangsu will face Liaoning in the CBA semi-finals beginning Friday. All four teams changed one or both imports since the regular season started, replacing them with new imports who had not been drafted. Initially the CBA had stated that only players drafted in the third and fourth rounds could be added to replace imports who had declined offers or had left the team. Obviously the league found that strategy to be unworkable, likely because unsigned players had found employment elsewhere. Bayi, which uses no imports, failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time in CBA history.

Guangdong replaced Cassiano Matheus with LaMond Murray. Murray is far more useful than was Matheus but Guangdong's most important import is still long-time CBA veteran Jason Dixon.

Jiangsu replaced Raheim Brown with Jon Smith (203-F-82, college: Bowie St.). Brown was more of a center than power forward while Smith is the type of power forward who works well alongside center Tang Zhengdong. This reduces the role of holdover import Ryan Forehan-Kelly but Kelly has a very capable replacement in young Yang Li. Smith replaces Fang Hui, a much less capable player, at power forward.

Dongguan added Mike Harris in place of 7-2 center Franz Steyn. 211 cm Zhang Kai is an extremely capable center in Steyn's place. But 198 cm CBA slam-dunk champion Mike Harris gives Dongguan an outstanding perimeter scoring threat. Holdover import Anthony Myles still gets significant playing time but Harris usually is on the court more than Myles and is the higher scorer.

Liaoning has replaced both its imports. Jamal Sampson was brought in at the end of the season to replace Earnest Brown. Olumide Oyedeji was added for the playoffs to replace Patrick Simpson. While Brown and Simpson both contributed valuable minutes during the regular season, Sampson and Oyedeji are significantly better players.

So all four playoff teams greatly benefitted from the decision of the CBA to allow injured or less-productive imports to be replaced by free agent imports who were not included in the draft.

The semi-finals, like the quarter-finals, are best-of-five series with a 1-2-2 format.

Semi-final schedule:

Friday, January 25
Dongguan at Guangdong
Liaoning at Jiangsu

Sunday, January 27
Dongguan at Guangdong
Liaoning at Jiangsu

Wednesday, January 30
Guangdong at Dongguan
Jiangsu at Liaoning

Friday, February 1
Guangdong at Dongguan
Jiangsu at Liaoning

Sunday, February 3
Dongguan at Guangdong
Liaoning at Jiangsu


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CROATIA

Zadar beats Strasbourg to finish second in Group I of ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg - Zadar 74:83

Croatian Zadar just proved inevitability for Strasbourg beating them in France. Both teams already solved their regular season tasks before the game. Zadar sealed the second spot in Group I in the previous round and just added pain to Strasbourg. The French outfit had no chances of making it to the next round before the encounter and slipped to 3-7 record at the bottom of Group I. The hosts started the game quite aggressively and held on to the lead throughout the first quarter. Strasbourg were up by 5 points after the opening frame 20:15. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Elson Mendy (200-F-85) combined efforts to enlarge the lead to 9 points early in the second stanza. Strasbourg extended the gap to 10 points at the interval 41:31. But Zadar finally woke up at the start of the second half. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) and Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) scored back-to-back buckets for the visitors as they surged ahead 44:43. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) hit a three-pointer to cap an 18:2 run for Zadar as they grabbed a 49:43 advantage. Zadar and Strasbourg traded baskets throughout the final period but Croatian team withstood any comeback efforts from the home side and celebrated their 6th win in the season.
Juby Johnson provided 26 points and 7 boards for Zadar. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points, while Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) contributed 14 points in a win. Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) replied with 18 points for Strasbourg. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 13 points for the losing side. Strasbourg dominated the boards 34:29 and shot 47% from the field. Zadar answered with 48% accuracy and committed only 11 turnovers down the stretch.

Strasbourg: Eddie Shannon 18, Derrick Obasohan 13
Zadar: Juby Johnson 26, Corey Brewer 15, Pankracije Barac 14


Market news:Warren in Maccabi's sights,Prkacin to Panathinaikos? -by Davor Kosic
The top16 is in the corner and teams are already thinking about squad reshaping and strengthening their squads.according to several media reports in Zagreb.European powerhouse,Maccabi Tel-Aviv are intersted in Cibona's American forward - Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina).The 6'5' forward who is having a very good season for the Croatian giants avreging 16.3ppg 4.6rpg and 2 apg in the Euroleague.and its his third season with Cibona.but his preformence has alerted several of Euroleague clubs but Maccabi the only team that has inquired for the player.
Cibona still didn't clinch a plays in the top16 of the Euroleague.and if they don't there is a good chance that Warren won't be a Cibona player after the first round ends.
Another Croat who is looking for a Move is veteran center - Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75)who plays for Dynamo Moscow.could soon make a loan move to Panathinaikos Athens. The two sides apparently could not agree on a transfer fee for the 32-year-old Croatia international, so that Prkacin is expected to join the Greek champion on loan till the end of the season.

Panathinaikos was looking to boost its frontcourt after learning that center Dejan Tomasevic will be lost for the season due to a back injury, while power forward Mike Batiste remains sidelined for at least another month. Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic is said to have insisted on Prkacin as a replacement.

The 6'10' Prkacin joined Dynamo Moscow on a two-year contract in the summer of 2007 after four seasons in Turkey (Efes Pilsen), but has fallen out of favor with coach Svetislav Pesic lately. Our Greek sources claim, however, that the deal is still not closed, with AXA FC Barcelona emerging as contenders for Prkacin's signature.


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CYPRUS

Trouble in AEL: Woodward and Randle about to leave! -by Eurobasket News
Even after the recent successes of AEL Limasol against top ranked teams in Greece, Russia and their own Cypriot league, breach of both Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) and Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.)'s contracts by AEL Limasol, has resulted in rumors that the two star players' departure from the Club is almost certain.

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D-LEAGUE

Wizards Pick Up 10th Straight Road Win -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Dakota Wizards have not been vey good hosts to visiting teams lately, defeating the Los Angeles D-Fenders 98-96 last night to pick up their 10th consecutive victory at the Bismarck Civic Center. Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) led the Wizards with a game high 25 points as Dakota weathered a final minute comeback from Los Angeles who were a Brian Chase missed three-pointer away from stealing the victory. Wendell White (6'6''-G-84, college: UNLV) and Devin Green paced Los Angeles with 18 points a piece.
D-FENDERS: Wendell White (18p+10rb), Devin Green (18p+6to), Brian Chase (13p), Stephane Lasme (6p+14rb)
WIZARDS: Carlos Powell (25p), Kevin Lyde (16p+11rb), Dontell Jefferson (16p+5as), Rod Benson (5p+11rb)


Thunderbirds stop skid, defeat Vipers 95-93 -by Surujh Roopnarine
The Albuquerque Thunderbirds ended their four game losing streak, by extending Rio Grande Valley's, with a 95-93 come-from-behind victory at home on Wednesday afternoon. Elijah Ingram (6'1''-G, college: N.Mexico St.) made enough free-throws in the final two minutes of regulation and Daniel Horton (6'3''-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Michigan) hit a key jump shot with 17 seconds to go to secure the victory for Albuquerque. With the victory, the Thunderbirds improve to 9-12, while RGV now falls to 10-15 and are on a four game losing streak of their own. The Vipers could not maintain a lead as large as 15 at one point along with a strong performance from Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) (30 points) for the win. Ali Berdiel (6'6''-G-83, college: Valparaiso) led the way for Albuquerque with a team high 26 points on an impressive 10-13 shooting from the field.
VIPERS: Desmon Farmer (30p), Quin Humphrey (15p+10rb), Jesse Smith (14p+7rb), Trent Strickland (12p+9rb)
T-BIRDS: Ali Berdiel (26p+6rb+5as), Elijah Ingram (18p+6rb+6as), Cory Underwood (10p+5rb), Daniel Horton (11p)


Recent D-League Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine
NBA Player Assignments
The Milwaukee Bucks assigned second year guard/forward David Noel (6'6''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) to the Tulsa 66ers. Noel appeared in 68 games with the Bucks as a rookie out of North Carolina last season, averaging 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He has not appeared in any regular season games this season as he recovered from a wrist injury. While at North Carolina, the 6'6' Noel, earned All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Defensive Team honors as a senior and won the Slam Dunk Contest at 2006 NCAA Final Four

The Phoenix Suns re-called rookie forward Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) from the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. In his second go-round with the Thunderbirds after being assigned on Jan. 10, Tucker averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 40.0 minutes in six games. In 11 total games in Albuquerque this season, the Wisconsin product owns averages of 26.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Last Player Movement
Bakersfield
: Signed James Smith (7'0''-F/C, college: Marist) and waived Mustafa Al-Sayyad (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Fresno St.) due to injury.
Smith appeared in 11 games this season with Albuquerque, where he averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Anaheim: Signed Ejike Ugboaja (6'9''-F/C-85)


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EURO CUP

Two wins and two upsets in EuroCup for Russia -by Eurobasket News

Two wins and two upsets brought Russian teams in EuroCup last night.

In Group A of EuroCup CSK-VVS Samara defeated Tartu University Rock 77:65 to tie them at 4-1. Andrei Trushkin (207-C/F-81) scored 22 points and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) added 18. In the end of the game Tartu closed the gap to 61:55 but could not stay closer.
Two teams from different sides of the Group B met each other and Ural Great being the favorite with 4-0 record lost the game to Banvit that finally broke into the group win column. Christopher Hill had 17 points and 5 rebounds for Banvit.Alexander Bashminov top-scored with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Christopher Hill wa the one to score in the last minute for his team.
AEL beat Spartak of St. Petersburg 77:81 and qualified in the next round. Having a good advantage in the first three quarters, Spartak failed in the last with 14:28. It was a great chance for the team from Cyprus to catch up. Top scorers for the Limassol team were Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.) in his best game with AEL's jersey this season as scored 18 points followed by Aleksic with 16 and the newcomer Zavoriev with 15 points. Araujo and smith top-scored for Russian squad with 21 points each.
Lokomotiv Rostov overcame Cholet 84:64 to jump to 2-3 record. Nestoras Kommatos led the victors with 16 points. Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) paced Cholet with 13 points.



Trouble in AEL: Woodward and Randle about to leave! -by Eurobasket News
Even after the recent successes of AEL Limasol against top ranked teams in Greece, Russia and their own Cypriot league, breach of both Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) and Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.)'s contracts by AEL Limasol, has resulted in rumors that the two star players' departure from the Club is almost certain.

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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: KTP, Tarmo, TC and YMCA Lahti winning tonight -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 27-28: Three close games tonight, but KTP (Kotka) taking the very first victory over Kauhajoki by 22 pts margin. Kauhajoki had Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) first time on the roster. Washington helped a lot, but Kauhajoki 'D' is still so weak. KTP scored 108 pts with six players in double figures. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) led KTP with 24 pts. Team Componenta (Karkkila) took the first victory this year by beating Kataja (Joensuu) by four pts. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) lost again vs YMCA Lahti at home, and Tarmo (Porvoo) defeated first time this season Pyrinto (Tampere).

KTP - Kauhajoki 108-86 (51-36) (Steve Smith 24, Toni Ilmonen 22 - Darryl Hudson 24, Eric Washington 23/11).

Team Componenta - Kataja 92-88 (39-38) (Nick Wallery 32, Chris Hester 26/14 - Andre Foreman 34, Louis Hinnant 28/6a).

Korihait - YMCA Lahti 75-81 (42-44) (Jussi Kumpulainen 19/11, Darius Glover 16 - Davont Jackson 18, Ville Makalainen 16).

Tarmo - Pyrinto 88-82 (41-38) (Tony Bennett 32/7a/7s, Mark McCarroll 17/21 - Damion Dantzler 19/13, M.C.Mazique 18).



EUROCUP: PAOK BC upset TEAM LPR -by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroCup, Qualifying Round, Group A: PAOK BC, Thessaloniki, Greece - Team Lappeenranta, Finland 80-76 (46-49). Quarters: 23-32, 23-17, 23-13, 11-14.
Team Lappeenranta got a good start, but lost the close contest finally on FT line. PAOK had 26 FTs (made 21), Team LPR shooting 18 FTs (made 12).
Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) was once again game MVP: 22 pts - 9 rbs.
Tartu Rock, Estonia suffered the first loss, when visiting Samara, Russia on Tuesday. CSK-VVS Samara won at home 77-65 (51-43). The last games on

Jan 29: Tartu Rock - Team Lappeenranta, CSK-VVS Samara - PAOK BC Thessaloniki.

PAOK BC - TEAM LPR 80-76 (46-49) (Ibrahim Kutluay 15, Mamoutou Diarra 13 - Adrian Henning 22/9, Petri Virtanen 14, Ivan Harris 11, Aki Ulander 8/12).

CSK-VVS Samara - Tartu Rock 77-65 (51-43) (Andrey Trushkin 22/9, Marque Perry 18 - Janar Talts 15/9, Brian Cusworth 10/4).



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GERMANY

Q&A with Stacy Pearson-Taylor -by Moritz Korff
When Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) played for SC Rist Wedel in 2006-2007 he managed to score exactly 21 points per contest in the Regionalliga North. The versatile Forward from Miami, Florida seems to like this number. When making his comeback for the Risters on Saturday the fans' favorite led his team to victory by adding 21 points along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Eurobasket Germany had the chance for an interview with the former player of Bemidji State University.

Please talk about your first game of the year, a 92:75-win over Rostock on Saturday. How do you feel about your performance?
I felt like I was a bit rusty and could have shot a little better. One thing about me if something isn't working right in my game. I can do other things, such as rebound and drive to the basket. Enough of me I think my team played excellent defense and every individual gave 100% on the court. Also, I'm very comfortable on this for some reason, and I'm very confident about them as well. I think the rest of the season will only get better for us.

It's the second time that you are a member of SC Rist. How good is this years' team compared to the team of 2006-2007?
Like I said in the previous question. We thrive off defense and we understand that concept, that defense wins games. I feel that sets us apart for last years team, because we didn't enforce defense as much we do now. Thanks to coach Ozhan...

Which are your personal goals for the remainder of this season?
I will like to finish at least in the top four teams in our league. Secondly, to average a very promising double-double, that brings more attention to my name. I consider that as a small reward for the hard work that my team and I accomplish everyday. Last, make my team and my self better each time we step on the court.

Being a versatile player you are able to play several positions on the court, but which one do like best and why?
I think that may be to my advantage on some people, because there's no particular position I like more then the other one. I like them all the same, because I feel very confident and comfortable in each position.

What do you like better: Hitting a three-pointer or finishing with a slam dunk?
I've been slamming the ball all my life, so I fell in love with dunking before hitting the three-pointer. So I will have to go with my first love on this question, which is dunking the ball.

If you look back at your collegiate career: What has been the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment, would be my last collegiate home game. Where I broke the NSIC playoffs conference record and set a new one. I had a monster double-double 20 points and 20 rebounds. As you can see, I pretty much enjoy that feeling and we won.

If SC Rist or another team from the Regionalliga North would be a college-team in the USA. At which level would they be will able to compete?
I say about Division 3 and yeah they will be able to compete and come out with a winning season.

What is your prediction for Saturday's game against Itzehoe?
My prediction is that we will find a way to be victorious by the grace of god. I feel I will play good because I'm always anxious to play again better competition. Also, as a whole we will be successful, because of coach Ozhan, who has us mentally and physically ready for saturday's match.


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GREECE

Panionios added Capin in its roster -by Kostas Papadopoulos
Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) is the next solution for Panionios and its coach Nenad Markovic for the place of point guard. The player came to Greece on Monday, after breaking his contract with Cimberio Varese (Italy) and he signed his contract yesterday (he even watched the game of ULEB Cup against Ludwigsburg). He replaces Mateen Cleaves (188-G-77, college: Michigan St.),who had previously replaced Gerry McNamara (187-G-83, college: Syracuse), hoping that he will be the ideal player for coach Nenad Markovic for the place of point guard. Aleksandar Capin had also played in Greece two years ago, but for Panellinios that time.
In other news from the team, the future of Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) is doubtful, since people at the team from Nea Smirni are not satisfied with what the player has offered at the team until now.


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GUYANA

BASKETBALL COACHES TRAINED THROUGH REDS PERREIRA SPORT FOUNDATION -by Joe Chapman
NEWLY TRAINED COACHES TO BE UTILISED BY GABbF'S RURAL PROGRAMME
PRESIDENT of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) (Ret.) Col. Godwin McPherson disclosed that the newly trained coaches will be utilised in the Federation's planned rural development programme.
McPherson was speaking at the closing of the 10-day Coaches Clinic organised by the GABF in conjunction with the ‘Red' Perreira Sports Foundation and conducted by Grenadian Basketball Instructor Fitzgerald ‘Naka' Joseph at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
McPherson said that the Federation will be making arrangements for the coaches to visit Linden, Berbice, Essequibo and other areas on a regular basis in an effort to stimulate interest in those areas.
Joseph, who is the Technical Director of the Grenada Basketball Association, conducted sessions twice daily and held training programmes with several clubs in Georgetown during his stay in Guyana.
Joseph said that the coaches were very enthusiastic and expressed confidence that they have the ability to take basketball to a higher level.
According to Joseph the Federation's plans for training in rural communities would impact positively on the development of basketball in the country.
Troy Peters, Liaison Officer of the ‘Reds' Perreira Foundation said his organisation was pleased to be associated with the Clinic and expressed his gratitude to Joseph for coming to Guyana to impart his knowledge with the local coaches.
Peters called on the coaches to give back to the players the knowledge they acquired during the clinic.
Joseph has been the Technical Director of the Grenada Basketball Association for the past 20 years and heads the Naka Joseph Basketball School in St George's.
He has attended several clinics in the United States including the University of Idaho, University of Illinois, Duke University and University of North Carolina.
Joseph has also attended two certification programmes (NCCP) in Canada.
He left Guyana yesterday.

Courtesy of the Guyana Chronicle.


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HOLLAND

ULEB Cup Action: Both Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals End ULEB Cup Season On Down Note -by Sanders Jackson


Tuesday night in ULEB Cup action for Dutch representatives Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals, both made their swan songs to the 2007-08 season with both having road losses, Eiffel in Kazan, Russia to Unics Kazan, and Hanzevast in Charleroi, Belgium to TEC Spirou Charleroi.

Versus Unics Kazan, a bad 2nd quarter did Eiffel in, scoring only 5 total points in the 2nd quarter and eventually losing by the score of 68-50.
Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) led Eiffel with 14 pts. Eiffel finished 3-7 in Group C this season.


In Group C, Hanzevast had a difficult time slowing down Spirou's Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara), who scored a game-high 29 pts., with the Belgians breaking open the game in the 3rd quarter, eventually winning 85-76. Guido Gruenheid (206-F/C-82, agency: LimeLight) led Hanzevast with a double-double (22 pts., 11 rebounds), with Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) adding 19. Hanzevast's final record in Group C this season is 2-8.



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INDIA

NBA comes to India -by Santhosh Kumar
Chennai, Jan. 23: The National Basketball Association (NBA) will stage its first-ever event in India with ‘Basketball without Borders', the league's global basketball development and community outreach programme. A series of activities will be held in New Delhi from July 3 to 6, the NBA, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced on Wednesday.
The ‘Basketball without Borders' camp uses basketball to influence positive social change and features dozens of current and former NBA players and team personnel working as camp coaches. Top basketball players (ages 19 and under) from across Asia will come together in New Delhi to take part in a basketball clinic. They will also participate in motivational and life-skills seminars that promote education, leadership, character development and healthy living.
'We look forward to hosting this prestigious basketball camp,' said Harish Sharma, BFI secretary. 'This will be a great opportunity to work with both the NBA and Fiba and help promote the game in India.'
'The NBA is pleased to partner with BFI and Fiba to stage the league's inaugural camp in India,' said Heidi Ueberroth, NBA President, Global Marketing Partnerships and International Business Operations. 'We look forward to working together on the first of many activities to target basketball participation.'
The NBA's relationship with India dates back to 1993 when games were first broadcast on television. ESPN Star Sports, the NBA's television partner, will provide coverage of the camp and have unique and exclusive behind-the-scenes access of the event to create innovative programming for viewers across the country. The Basketball without Borders camp also currently features American Airlines, DHL, Nike and Spalding as official partners.
'We are delighted to be a part of this unique initiative and look forward to working along with BFI, FIBA and our long time partner, NBA,' said Manu Sawhney, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports. 'We firmly believe that such an activity will work towards building a healthy sporting culture among the Indian youth giving them an opportunity to get close to leading NBA players and coaches.'
Since the inaugural camp in 2001, Basketball without Borders has been staged in nine countries and territories on five continents. Last year, Basketball without Borders took place in Shanghai, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Johannesburg, South Africa.


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IRAN

Saba of Iran overcome Dubai's Al Ahli 97-80 -by Houman Bagheri

Courtesy Khaleej Times

DUBAI - Asia clubs champions Saba of Iran overcame first quarter lethargy to beat spirited Dubai's Al Ahli in their Group B match for a quarter-final berth in the 19th Dubai International Basketball Tournament at the Al Ahli sports hall Tuesday.

Saba, playing in the colours of Emirates Airlines trailed, 19-22 in the opening quarter. But the former two-time west Asia champions showed a remarkable recovery to take the next three quarters 27-14, 39-29, 53-51 to clinch victory.

Saba's Makan Dioumassi from France was the day's top scorer with 30 points for his side. Teammate Karam Ahmadiyan chipped in with 29. American William Pippen of Amlak Finance-sponsored Dubai's Al Ahli, scored 27 points followed by Mohammed Mubarak (17) and Modic Johnson (16).

The defeat was Al Ahli's third in succession in the tournament having lost to Dubailand and Steelfab. But Al Ahli's American coach Felton Sealey said: 'It was a good experience for the players. We came in as under dogs but I am pleased with the performance of the team. We do not have the same talent as the other teams.'

He explained that the tournament was to serve as preparations for the ongoing UAE National Basketball League. 'It was unfortunate we did not have one of our professional players. But all the same we competed well against the best teams in the region,' he added.

Al Ahli put up a brave performance against Saba with American William Pippen spearheading the early attacks. Though Hamed Ehdadi of Saba powered his side to a 7-5 lead, Al Ahli took up the challenge to draw level 7-7 and 9-9. Saba's Dioumassi scored two points from the free-throw line but Moosah Abdullah and American Modic Johnson hit back with three-pointers each to give Al Ahli a 15-11 lead.

Johnson was in irresistible form from there on and with the support of countryman William Pippen and Moosah Abdullah, gave Al Ahli 22-19 first quarter lead. Karam Ahmadiyan pulled Saba early into the match in the second quarter as he converted one free throw and scored two points a few seconds later to reduce the scores 24-23.

Al Ahli, however, started to lose ground three minutes from the end of the quarter, with many passes going astray. For more than a minute they could not find the basket as Saba shot past to take the quarter 39-36.

Saba's coach Mehran Shahintab admitted the first quarter was difficult for his side as their opponents shot from outside and it was difficult to stop them. 'We made a lot of mistakes also in the first quarter. But we have the experience and we managed to take control.'

With the quarter-final slot assured, Shahintab said their task now was to beat last year's finalists Al Jalaa, playing in the colours of Dubailand to be able to top Group B.

Results: Saba (Emirates Airlines) bt Dubai' Al Ahli (Amlak Finance) 97-80.

Monday's results: Mahram (Sama Emirates) bt Al Ittihad (Continental Real Estate) 90-84; Al Hikma (Plus Real Estate) bt Al Jazeira (Aramex) 71-66.


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ITALY

Lega2 - Market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
After agreed terms with Isaac Wells (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.), Fabriano announced the sign of Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina) from the D-League, while Alessandro Piazza (175-G-87) will be out for injurie for the next 45 days. Caserta is still looking to increase the potential of the team: rumours talk about Federico Lestini (203-F-83) and the center Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81, college: Missouri) could be changed.

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JORDAN

Zain to meet Sagesse in Quarter finals of Dubai -by Mohammed Malas
The 4th of Group B Zain of Jordan and 1st of Group A Sagesse from Lebanon will be face to face tomorrow in the quarter finals of 19th Dubai International Tournament following Zain's win over Al Ahli of UAE 93-77 and Sagesse's buzzer beating over Mahram 85-83 thanks to Sabah Khoury who scored the winning 3pts.

Back to Zain's win, Head coach Maz Trakh used 11 players in the game which was nearly one sided, Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) made 24 points, Nate Johnson and Michael Fey 13 points for each and Zaid Al Khas 11, While ex-Arena Amman William Pippen was chosen as the game's MVP after scoring 40 points for Al Ahli but that did'nt help to prevent the loss and the early quit from the tournament.


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KUWAIT

Results in Kuwait -by Ali Ahmed

First round in stage 2:

Result in kuwait:


Kuwait (96) - Al Yarmook (74)


Al Arabi (93) - Al Tadamon (82)

An Nasr (55) - Al Jahraa (80).

Standing:

1) Kuwait

2) Al Jahraa

3) Al Arabi

4) Al Qadsia



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LATVIA

Ventspils advance into the elimination round -by Eurobasket News
Ventspils sealed their ULEB Cup elimination round birth with a 77:64 home win over FMP. Ventspils improved to 6-4 record and occupied the 2nd spot in Group B to have a home-court advantage at the Top 32 stage. FMP fell to 3-7 record and missed the next round of action. Ventspils dominated throughout the game. The hosts claimed a 17:7 lead in the opening frame. However Dragan Labovic scored 6 straight points for FMP as they trimmed the difference to 4 points after 10 minutes. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) fired from beyond the arc early in the second quarter, while Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) delivered a jumper to make it a 38:25 advantage. Akin Akingbala and Jimmy Baxter teamed up again for another 7:0 run from Ventspils as Latvian team opened up a 45:25 at the start of the third stanza. Akin Akingbala sank another jump shot, while Aigars Vitols (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) drained a three-pointer to make it a 53:29 game. Ventspils controlled the tempo afterwards and led by 20 points after three quarters. FMP had little chances to erase the deficit in the fourth period and Ventspils easily ensured the winning outcome at the end. Jimmy Baxter topscored with 26 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala netted 23 points and grabbed 13 boards for the winners. Mladen Jeremic (197-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) scored 20 points for FMP in a loss.
Meanwhile ASK Riga did not make it to the elimination round of the tournament. They lost to Benetton 80:83 to fall to 3-7 record in the 5th spot in Group H. Benetton collected their 6th consecutive victory and claimed the top spot in the group. ASK Riga led 41:38 at halftime and extended the gap to 12 points in the third period. But Italian side cut the deficit and then surged ahead on an 18:3 run. Lucas drilled a triple to put the visitors up by 8 points. ASK Riga never recovered at the late stages. Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) knocked down 16 points for Benetton. Marco Mordente (192-G-79) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) poured in 15 points apiece for the winners. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) responded with 24 points for ASK Riga. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) finished with 17 points for the home team.


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LIGA AMERICAS

Penarol goes to Liga Americas Final Four -by Gianni Pascucci
As it was easy to forecast, Penarol Mar del Plata defeated again Defensor Sporting, this time 77-68, winning 2-1 its Liga de las Americas Quarterfinal, and advancing to the tournment Final Four. This time, the most outstanding players were all the domestic ones: Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) was the best in the first half with 15 points and ended the game with 16 pts and 6 rebs, Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) was the top scorer at 17. Marcos Mata (202-F-86) completed the 'Argentinean festival' with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 asisist. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) was the game top performer with 21 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists in Defensor Sporting, a team that leaves the competition head-high.

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LITHUANIA

Siauliai gets thumped by Joventut in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Joventut 51-89

Lithuanian Siauliai finished their ULEB Cup campaign with a massive loss to Joventut at home. Siauliai hoped for a positive result to advance to the next round but a stunning third frame saw the hopes of Lithuanians vanish. Joventut meanwhile secured their top spot in Group A and would have an advantage in the elimination round draw. Siauliai were surpassed by KK Bosna in the ladder and occupied the 4th spot in the group.
Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) scored 6 points early in the encounter as the hosts grabbed a 9:7 lead. But soon Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) replied with 5 straight points for the visitors as they claimed their first lead of the game at 16:14. The visiting side surged ahead 30:24 early in the second stanza. The gap grew deeper as Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) ensured a 14:4 run for Joventut and they held a 44:34 advantage at the interval. The third quarter put a huge exclamatory mark on Joventut's dominance. They scored 19 unanswered points to open the term and built a 63:34 lead. The home team sank only 3 points in the period and trailed by 28 points heading into the fourth quarter. The outcome was pretty decided but Siauliai worked hard for a chance to cut the gap. But Joventut already fleshed for blood and sealed the win in style. Demond Mallet scored 22 points to pace Joventut. Jan Jan-Hendrik Jagla secured 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) was the only player to score in double figures for the hosts as he dropped 13 points. Marius Prekevicius delivered 8 points in a losing effort. Siauliai were outnumbered in every facet of the game. Joventut shot 53% from the field and pulled down 36 rebounds. The elimination round draw will be held on January 28.

Siauliai: Antonio Grant 13, Marius Prekevicius 8
Joventut: Demond Mallet 22, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 20+13 boards, Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-C-83) 12


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NBA

Steve Nash scores season-high 37 points -by Eurobasket News
Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) came up with the season-high 37 points to go with 10 assists to carry the Suns past Milwaukee Bucks 114:105 away from home. The win marked a 30-12 record for the Suns in the season. The Bucks worked hard to limit the offensive presence of Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) but Steve Nash showed he can be versatile providing the main threat in attack. Amare Stoudemire also was not too quiet as he dropped 10 out of his 19 points in the fourth period when Phoenix took off for good. This became the fourth straight win for the Suns as they lead in the West. Steve Nash fed Amare Stoudemire for a basket which put the visitors in front 100:99 late in the game. Then Nash drained back-to-back three-pointers to seal the winning outcome for the Suns. Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) provided 28 points for the Bucks but was limited to just 2 points in the fourth term. Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) added 19 points and 13 boards in the 26th loss for the Bucks.
Sacramento easily dealt with the New Jersey Nets at the ARCO Arena yesterday. Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) scored 27 points in a 128:94 victory for the Kings. Sacramento finally started getting things together as both Ron Artest and Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) are now playing some basketball. Michael Bibby retuned to action after sitting out 36 games of the regular season due to a torn ligament. Ron Artest and Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) were also sidelined for substantial number of games. But with the trio on court Sacramento looked pretty unstoppable. The hosts never trailed in this one piling up a 29-point advantage early in the fourth period. Kevin Martin dropped 19 points and Michael Bibby added 15 points for the Kings to improve to 18-22 record. Amid a trade rumors sending either Ron Artest or Michael Bibby to different locations the Kings now clinched the 11th spot in the West and had strong chances of making it to the playoffs. Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) answered with 21 points for the Nets as they lost their 6th straight game.
The Atlanta Hawks announced the suspension of Zair Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) for today's game against the Denver Nuggets. The conduct detrimental was reported to be the reason for the decision. Zair Zaza Pachulia had a heated argument with the Hawks' head coach Mike Woodson during Monday's loss to Portland and was sent to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the game. The Hawks however noted that the suspension applies to just one game.


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PHILIPPINES

BAP-SBP gears up youth for 2012 Olympics -by Hector Santos
THE Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) is preparing for the 2010 Olympics like it is preparing its arsenals for war.

Last Tuesday night, the Nokia National Basketball Training Center was launched in the presence of BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio and program head Eric Altamirano and Visayas chief Mon Fernandez together with local leaders and stakeholders of the BAP-SBP.

'This is your service to the country. By the time you are in the right age for the PBA, you would already have served your nation well already,' Gregorio told the 38 players chosen for the program and their parents at the City Sports Club Cebu.

'We have chosen the best after a strenuous batteries of screening. But it is not over yet, we are only starting,' said NBTC program director Altamirano.

The program will serve as training ground for the players to improve and develop their skills until they are ripe to plunge into battle in Fiba-sanctioned international competitions, with the main goal being the 2010 Youth Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

'It has been a long time since we played in the Olympics and with this program, we can achieve that,' Altamirano added.

Altamirano also said the good thing with the program is that they no longer need to extract the kids from home.

'It's not like before that they have to leave for Manila to train because they will be training in areas close to home. That is usually the apprehension of parents, but be assured that this will not be a hindrance to schoolwork,' said Altamirano.

Gregorio, for his part, said it is with great pride that the BAP-SBP came up with this program.

'There is nothing like this in any other sports association in the country. This is a three-year, P80 million program. We are funding a program and not individuals so you will be assured that even if we are no longer around, the program will continue,' Gregorio said.

Gregorio said the last time the Philippines qualified for the Olympics was the 1972 Munich Olympics. 'With a world-class program like this and a budget like that, how could we go wrong?' Gregorio added.

As an example, Gregorio mentioned Iran, which, until last year, had never qualified for the Olympics before

'They gather their boys at a young age and by the time they play for the country, they would have been together for at least eight years already. This was their formula of success. Here, we tap players, who are already playing for the pros. We are trying to change that,' Gregorio said.

NBTC Cebu head Fernandez, who conducted a series of tryouts in two age groups, the 14-15 and 16-17 last month, introduced the lucky players, who made the cut alongside their proud parents.

Those who made it to the 16 to 17 bracket are John Abad, RG Rios, Eugene Viajedor, Chobby Dano and Aldwin Felisario from UV with UC's Leymund Babad, Alfred Codilla, Marty John Pearce, Pelayo Cabanero and Jeff Ryan Alviva.

Completing the group are University of San Carlos' John Delos Santos, Sam Hermosa, Nilton Otida and Robert Codilla, Philippine Christian Gospel School' Kingston Ang and Sacred Heart School-Jesuits' Elmer Cabahug.

Making it to the 14 to 15 age bracket are USC's Chino Uy, Kareem Alocillo, John Sepe, Sherwin Co, Quo Arong, James Sumayang, Kim Nuneza and Dominic Nazareno, USJ-R's Miko Marquez, Clint Munez and James Regalado and UV's Rhaffy Octobre and Edcor Marata with SHS-J' Justin dela Cruz, Jay dela Cruz, Jasper Diaz, Jerry Seno and Joseph Roma, and Sean Nicdao of Apas National High School. The alternates are Darryl Nazareno of USC and Zandro Palileo of UC.

Fernandez also introduced the six associate coaches, who will help him with the training. (MCB)


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QATAR

4 Teams Sit Atop The League Standings After the First Round -by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
The first half of the season came to an end with 4 teams, Al Arabi Club, As Sadd Sports Club, Al Rayyan and Al Jaysh Army SC, tied atop the league at 5-2, which will make for an exciting and very competitive second half. The final games of the first round began with Al Arabi Club and As Sadd Sports Club tied with 5-1 records; Al Rayyan and Al Jaysh Army SC came into their final matches with a 4-2 record. So, Al Arabi Club had to lose to rivals Al Rayyan, Al Gharrafah had to pull an upset over As Sadd Sports Club., and Al Jaysh Army SC had to beat lowly Al-Ahli. Well that is exactly what happened. Al Gharrafah, not only upset As Sadd Sports Club, they beat up on them, running away with it 76-55. Ousseynou Ndiaye (195-F) led Al Gharrafah with 23 points, while William chipped in 21. Tate had 16 points and 10 boards in a losing effort. Al Rayyan shook of a slow first half to beat Al Arabi Club 69-59. Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) had 22 points and was the difference in the game for Al Rayyan. Al Jaysh Army SC snuck by Al Ahli Sports Club after Dwayne Shackleford (178-G-81, college: USC) , Al-Ahli's point guard, fouled out with about 7 minutes left in the game and Al-Ahli up by 6. That hurt Al Ahli as Shackleford, who also sat for the 3rd quarter, was very creative on the court and was giving Al Jaysh Army SC match-up nightmares, as no player on the opposing team could match his lightning quick speed. In the other game of the round, Qatar beat Al-Wakra 64-55. Ishmael Joyce (190-G-81, college: Jackson St.) led all scores with 28 points in that game.

The second round will begin on the 29th of January.


HEADLINES:

Coach Eric Darrel , former Qatari National Team coach, has reached an agreement to take over the coaching duties of Qatar Club from the fired Vladimir Bosnjak . Bosnjak lasted only 7 games as coach of Qatar, but the writing was on the wall after only his 2nd game in charge. Good Luck, Coach Darrell!!!


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RUSSIA

Four Russian teams simultaneously enter Top 32 stage -by Eurobasket News
All four Russian representatives successfully completed the task of making it to the next round of ULEB Cup. Triumph and Dynamo Moscow grabbed the top spots in their respective groups. Triumph did it despite a 74:82 loss to the Antwerp Giants in the final round. Triumph finished the regular season at 8-2 record leaving Buducnost in the second spot. Russian team arrived in Belgium without Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA). However it never bothered Triumph early on as they grabbed a 16:11 lead 10 minutes into the game. But the hosts responded with a 23:6 rally to accumulate a 42:36 advantage at halftime. The game was pretty even in the second half as Triumph trailed by just a single point midway through the fourth period. But Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) and Sears fueled an 8:0 run for the home team and Antwerp pull away a victory. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) posted 19 points for Antwerp. Ian Hanavan produced 12 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored game-high 21 points for Triumph. Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) contributed 19 points in a losing clause.
Dynamo Moscow overcame Nymburk in Czech Republic to finish ULEB Cup regular season on a high note. Dynamo led 42:35 at halftime and never gave up the lead till the end of the game winning it 88:83. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) launched 26 points for Dynamo. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 21 points and 7 boards for Nymburk as the hosts also advanced to the next stage.
Khimky were unable to protect their top spot in Group D as they fell short to Pamesa 60:63. Khimky were dominant at early stages of the encounter and were up by 12 points after the starting frame. However Pamesa tightened up their defense in the third stanza and held the visitors to only 6 points in it. The hosts at the same time accounted for 25 points and built a 48:41 advantage heading into the fourth term. Khimky trimmed the difference to 5 points in the crunch time but could not deliver a decisive strike and lost the battle. Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 20 points and 8 boards for Pamesa. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds for Khimky.
Finally Unics Kazan also were victorious in the final round of action and occupied the third place in Group I. They hosted Eiffel Towers and secured a 68:50 win. Viktor Keiru (200-G-84, agency: Octagon) and Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) crafted 13 points apiece for the winners. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 9 points, 14 boards and 4 assists for Unics. Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) banked 14 points and 7 boards for Dutch side.


Two wins and two upsets in EuroCup for Russia -by Eurobasket News

Two wins and two upsets brought Russian teams in EuroCup last night.

In Group A of EuroCup CSK-VVS Samara defeated Tartu University Rock 77:65 to tie them at 4-1. Andrei Trushkin (207-C/F-81) scored 22 points and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) added 18. In the end of the game Tartu closed the gap to 61:55 but could not stay closer.
Two teams from different sides of the Group B met each other and Ural Great being the favorite with 4-0 record lost the game to Banvit that finally broke into the group win column. Christopher Hill had 17 points and 5 rebounds for Banvit.Alexander Bashminov top-scored with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Christopher Hill wa the one to score in the last minute for his team.
AEL beat Spartak of St. Petersburg 77:81 and qualified in the next round. Having a good advantage in the first three quarters, Spartak failed in the last with 14:28. It was a great chance for the team from Cyprus to catch up. Top scorers for the Limassol team were Duane Woodward (191-G-76, college: Boston Coll.) in his best game with AEL's jersey this season as scored 18 points followed by Aleksic with 16 and the newcomer Zavoriev with 15 points. Araujo and smith top-scored for Russian squad with 21 points each.
Lokomotiv Rostov overcame Cholet 84:64 to jump to 2-3 record. Nestoras Kommatos led the victors with 16 points. Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) paced Cholet with 13 points.



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SWITZERLAND

Fribourg loses in Round 10 of ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Fribourg - Galil Elyon 84:101

Benetton Fribourg wrapped up their ULEB Cup campaign yesterday. In the final game of the regular season Swiss outfit was sourly stung by Galil Elyon at home. The loss meant both Fribourg and Galil Elyon finished the action at the bottom of Group E knotted at 3-7 record. With no load of serious tasks hanging over them the teams played spectacular high-scoring basketball down the stretch. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) and Tresor Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) connected from afar to get the hosts going early in the encounter but Galil Elyon found the answer pretty soon. Jai Lewis (201-F-83, college: George Mason) scored a couple of buckets to give the visitors their first lead at 10:9. Later Gil Mosinzon (200-F/G-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) combined for 8 points for Galil Elyon and Israeli team were up by 3 points after 10 minutes 29:26. Eytan scored from downtown at the start of the second period and Israeli side held on to a 37:30 advantage. Galil Elyon headed into the second half having a 5-point cushion but Fribourg continued to fight as they cut the margin to one point after three frames 66:67. However Eytan and Aaron Nixon (188-G-83, college: Long Beach St.) converted back-to-back trebles for the visitors as they restored a 7-point distance early in the fourth period. Gil Mosinzon then came up with 8 points for Israeli team and they did not look back thereafter. Gil Mosinzon nailed 24 points and collected 9 boards for Fribourg. Aaron Nixon dropped 22 points for the winners. Dave Esterkamp contributed 23 points for Fribourg. Damon Thornton (202-F-77, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds in a losing case. Galil Elyon converted solid 57% from the field and outrebounded their opponents 34:31.

Fribourg: Dave Esterkamp 23, Damon Thornton 16
Galil Elyon: Gil Mosinzon 24, Aaron Nixon 22, Jai Lewis 14


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TURKEY

Darussafaka Ink Guinn and Johnson -by Serdar Ortakuyu
After announcing Halil Uner as its new head coach and appointing Yalcin Kucukozkan back to assistant position Darussafaka strenghtened its front court with R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) and Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV). Former UNLV big guy Johnson who's known as an athletic power forward, finished the last season at Ventspils averaging 9.9ppg and 4.6rpg in the Estonian club's ULEB Cup campaign. On the other hand high post shooter Guinn started the current season in Germany and produced 10.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the first half of Bundesliga for Bremerhaven before joining forces with the Greens.

Besiktas enters Top 32 stage perfect -by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Elan Chalon 78:55

Turkish Besiktas kept their record spotless with a win over visiting Elan Chalon in the last round of ULEB Cup regular season. They also wrote history to become the first team ever to finish the regular season unbeaten. Elan Chalon also booked their Top 32 ticket with a 5-5 record and as one of the best 4th ranked teams. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) hit three trebles in the opening frame to lift Besiktas up to 22:9 lead. However Elan Chalon used a couple of runs to trim the deficit to 3 points midway through the second term. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) then stepped up for the home team nailing 4 straight points and Besiktas retained a 10-point lead at halftime. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) connected from afar as Besiktas ran away to a 19-point distance. The hosts were piling up the advantage in the fourth stanza and finalized another comprehensive victory. Kaya Peker provided 19 points and 8 boards for Besiktas. Preston Shumpert contributed 16 points, while Christian Dalmau added 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) replied with 13 points for Elan Chalon. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Elan Chalon dominated the boards 34:31 but committed 26 turnovers down the stretch. Besiktas also converted 53% from the field, limiting their opponents to just 32% accuracy. Besiktas now ensured the home court advantage for at least the first two rounds of elimination stage of ULEB Cup.

Besiktas: Kaya Peker 19, Preston Shumpert 16, Christian Dalmau 15
Elan Chalon: Darrel Mitchell 13, Moussa Badiane 11


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U.KINGDOM

Guildford ends ULEB Cup campaign winless -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Guildford Heat 92:73

The Guildford Heat gained much experience in this year's ULEB Cup edition however the wins are yet to come. The English outfit suffered 10 straight losses and remained at the bottom of Group A. The last one came in Turkey where Guildford was rallied over by Turk Telekom. The hosts meanwhile improved to 9-1 record and ensured the second final spot in the group. Guildford never looked like underdogs early in the game. Michael Martin (200-F-74) and Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) to drive to a 22:20 lead after 10 minutes. Tony Dorsey paced his teammates after the first intermission and Turk Telekom struggled to deny the deficit. A couple of impressive plays late in the quarter allowed the Heat to maintain a 39:34 lead at the interval. The hosts could not live up with the situation like this and took over in the second half. Turk Telekom entered the third frame firing from all guns and soon gained a 49:41 advantage. Turkish team then shifted to a lower gear and cruised to an overall win at the late stages. Tutku Acik (193-G-80) provided 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Turk Telekom. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) scored 17 points apiece in a win. Michael Martin fired game-high 28 points for the Heat. Tony Dorsey produced 21 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in a loss. The hosts outrebounded Guildford 39:33 and shot 65% from close range. The Heat managed just 43% from the field.

Turk Telekom: Tutku Acik 20, Erwin Dudley 17, Chris Williams 17
Guildford: Michael Martin 28, Tony Dorsey 21


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

HS ABROAD/RANKINGS -by David Edole

St. Croix native Ivan Aska and Boyd Anderson made quick work of McArthur Highs School (10-12), 78 -51 Tuesday night. The 6-7, 220 pound forward, who committed to Murray State, played sparingly and finished with just nine points including two nasty dunks.
McArthur, coached by former St. Croix Central High School task master Ray Lockhart, kept his team in the game after the first frame, 19-15. Boyd Anderson exploded in the second period outscoring McArthur 20-7 en rout to the easy victory.
Boyd Anderson (20-1) is ranked No. 2 in 6A and will play Hallandale next week to conclude their regular season. Then it is on to the Big 8 tournament (the best four teams from Dade and Broward Country meet in a battle for Miami Supremacy).

ERC WILSON went to work
Wakefield (VA) raced out to an early lead and beat Quantico, 72-33, Tuesday night. The Owls were paced by Eric Wilson's 23 point and his continued to be a presence on the boards.
The boy's varsity basketball team dropped out of the Division III state rankings after their loss to Seton this weekend. The top 10 teams advance to the state tournament.
Wakefield is 4-0 in DAC play.
Wakefield will be on St. Thomas February 4-5, 2008 to play against host Antilles and a team to be announced.

XMAS IS HERE
We at Basketball Spotlight and HSSMTV pride ourselves on introducing the tri-state area to the newest talents and phenoms. With that said we would like to bring to you Rakeem Christmas. Christmas came on the scene a year ago as a 6'7 project with Team Kobe formerly Filly Sol Basketball Club. After some time of development Christmas made his presence felt this season playing on Team Kobe's 14U and 16U rosters. He's quickly becoming one of the top prospects in the area before playing a high school game. The 6'9 mammoth flexed his muscles at the 14 and Under Nationals displaying his prowess on defense, improved post moves and some thunderous dunks. 'The sky is the limit for Rakeem' said Team Kobe Coach Rodney Westscott. Rakeem is a freshman at North Catholic HS and should be certain to receive varsity minutes. Be on the lookout for Rakeem and remember where you heard it first. Basketball Spotlight and HSSMTV 'We Are Always Watching'.


Rankings of 1/23/2008
1. Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Charlotte Amalie won the Martin Luther King tournament in convincing fashion. They dominated every team faced and was led by MVP Ryan Mills. Dequan Byron also played well in the tourney. CAHS will put their undefeated record on the line when they travel to St. Croix for the Central High Invitational in about three weeks.

2. Eudroa Kean
Comment: The surprise of the tournament. Behind 25 points from Freshman Aubrey Daniel, the Devil Rays upset Educational Complex. They lost in the finals to Charlotte Amalie but opened eyes in the process.

3. Educational Complex
Comment: Dr. Jekyll and Hyde team. The team allowed Antilles to play them close due to the lack of outside shooting. Outside shooting plagued the team through the entire tourney. Teams started to follow the blue print by Antilles by playing a tight zone allowing Complex guards to stroke the outside shot. And it worked!

4. Central High
Comment: Central had their worst MLK tourney in years. Yes, they are adjusting to life without Craig Williams but did they forget about O'lani Vanterpool. He was on fire in the first half of the Complex game. For some reason the team did not go to him in the second half. The Caribs lost 46-45. Lamar Bough is missing in action.

5. Country Day
Comment: By default Country Day remains in the fifth spot. The team showed no effort in a loss to Eudora Kean and BVI. The two time runner up in the MLK did not make it out of Saturday play. Life without Stephen O'reilly is not what you taught it would be.

6. All Saints
Comment: Defeated Antilles in regular season play and nothing major in the MLK changed their value. Anwar Gregory has been a major surprise this season.

Out: Antilles

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT: To the British Virgin Islands High boy's basketball team. BVI HS played well in the tourney as they introduced 6-foot-6, 245 pounds Leslee Smith to the VI basketball world. Smith showed off his fancy footwork, ball handling and great inside play. The junior has the look of a mid-to-low NCAA DI player. BVI finished in third place losing only to Eudora Kean and eventual Champion Charlotte Amalie. They did manage to beat Country Day and Central High.


Next Rankings: After Central High Invitational February 14-16, 2008



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UAE

Day 6 of Dubai Int'l Tournament (18-26 January) -by Mohammed Malas
* Group B:

Zain (JOR) 93 - Al Ahli (UAE) 77
- MVP: William Pippen (Al Ahli)

Al Jalaa (SYR) 92 - Saba Battery (IRI) 80
- MVP: Samaki Walker (Al Jalaa)

* Group B:

Gezira (EGY) 74 - UAE NT 72
- MVP: Rashed Naser (UAE)

Sagesse (LEB) 85 - Mahram (IRI) 83
- MVP: Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (Sagesse) 'Buzzer 3pts beater in the last second'

# Quarter Finals games schedule UAE Time (+4 GMT):
- Thursday 24/1:
15:00 Mahram (IRI) - Saba Battery (IRI)
17:00 Zain (JOR) - Sagesse (LEB)
19:00 Al Riyadi (LEB) - UAE NT
21:00 Al Jalaa (SYR) - Gezira (EGY)


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ULEB CUP

Zadar beats Strasbourg to finish second in Group I of ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg - Zadar 74:83

Croatian Zadar just proved inevitability for Strasbourg beating them in France. Both teams already solved their regular season tasks before the game. Zadar sealed the second spot in Group I in the previous round and just added pain to Strasbourg. The French outfit had no chances of making it to the next round before the encounter and slipped to 3-7 record at the bottom of Group I. The hosts started the game quite aggressively and held on to the lead throughout the first quarter. Strasbourg were up by 5 points after the opening frame 20:15. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Elson Mendy (200-F-85) combined efforts to enlarge the lead to 9 points early in the second stanza. Strasbourg extended the gap to 10 points at the interval 41:31. But Zadar finally woke up at the start of the second half. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), Andrej Stimac (205-F/C-79) and Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) scored back-to-back buckets for the visitors as they surged ahead 44:43. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) hit a three-pointer to cap an 18:2 run for Zadar as they grabbed a 49:43 advantage. Zadar and Strasbourg traded baskets throughout the final period but Croatian team withstood any comeback efforts from the home side and celebrated their 6th win in the season.
Juby Johnson provided 26 points and 7 boards for Zadar. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points, while Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) contributed 14 points in a win. Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) replied with 18 points for Strasbourg. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 13 points for the losing side. Strasbourg dominated the boards 34:29 and shot 47% from the field. Zadar answered with 48% accuracy and committed only 11 turnovers down the stretch.

Strasbourg: Eddie Shannon 18, Derrick Obasohan 13
Zadar: Juby Johnson 26, Corey Brewer 15, Pankracije Barac 14


Four Russian teams simultaneously enter Top 32 stage -by Eurobasket News
All four Russian representatives successfully completed the task of making it to the next round of ULEB Cup. Triumph and Dynamo Moscow grabbed the top spots in their respective groups. Triumph did it despite a 74:82 loss to the Antwerp Giants in the final round. Triumph finished the regular season at 8-2 record leaving Buducnost in the second spot. Russian team arrived in Belgium without Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA). However it never bothered Triumph early on as they grabbed a 16:11 lead 10 minutes into the game. But the hosts responded with a 23:6 rally to accumulate a 42:36 advantage at halftime. The game was pretty even in the second half as Triumph trailed by just a single point midway through the fourth period. But Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) and Sears fueled an 8:0 run for the home team and Antwerp pull away a victory. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) posted 19 points for Antwerp. Ian Hanavan produced 12 points for the winners. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored game-high 21 points for Triumph. Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) contributed 19 points in a losing clause.
Dynamo Moscow overcame Nymburk in Czech Republic to finish ULEB Cup regular season on a high note. Dynamo led 42:35 at halftime and never gave up the lead till the end of the game winning it 88:83. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) launched 26 points for Dynamo. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) answered with 21 points and 7 boards for Nymburk as the hosts also advanced to the next stage.
Khimky were unable to protect their top spot in Group D as they fell short to Pamesa 60:63. Khimky were dominant at early stages of the encounter and were up by 12 points after the starting frame. However Pamesa tightened up their defense in the third stanza and held the visitors to only 6 points in it. The hosts at the same time accounted for 25 points and built a 48:41 advantage heading into the fourth term. Khimky trimmed the difference to 5 points in the crunch time but could not deliver a decisive strike and lost the battle. Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 20 points and 8 boards for Pamesa. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds for Khimky.
Finally Unics Kazan also were victorious in the final round of action and occupied the third place in Group I. They hosted Eiffel Towers and secured a 68:50 win. Viktor Keiru (200-G-84, agency: Octagon) and Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75) crafted 13 points apiece for the winners. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 9 points, 14 boards and 4 assists for Unics. Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) banked 14 points and 7 boards for Dutch side.


Fribourg loses in Round 10 of ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Fribourg - Galil Elyon 84:101

Benetton Fribourg wrapped up their ULEB Cup campaign yesterday. In the final game of the regular season Swiss outfit was sourly stung by Galil Elyon at home. The loss meant both Fribourg and Galil Elyon finished the action at the bottom of Group E knotted at 3-7 record. With no load of serious tasks hanging over them the teams played spectacular high-scoring basketball down the stretch. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78, college: Bowling Green) and Tresor Quidome (192-G-80, agency: Interperformances) connected from afar to get the hosts going early in the encounter but Galil Elyon found the answer pretty soon. Jai Lewis (201-F-83, college: George Mason) scored a couple of buckets to give the visitors their first lead at 10:9. Later Gil Mosinzon (200-F/G-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) combined for 8 points for Galil Elyon and Israeli team were up by 3 points after 10 minutes 29:26. Eytan scored from downtown at the start of the second period and Israeli side held on to a 37:30 advantage. Galil Elyon headed into the second half having a 5-point cushion but Fribourg continued to fight as they cut the margin to one point after three frames 66:67. However Eytan and Aaron Nixon (188-G-83, college: Long Beach St.) converted back-to-back trebles for the visitors as they restored a 7-point distance early in the fourth period. Gil Mosinzon then came up with 8 points for Israeli team and they did not look back thereafter. Gil Mosinzon nailed 24 points and collected 9 boards for Fribourg. Aaron Nixon dropped 22 points for the winners. Dave Esterkamp contributed 23 points for Fribourg. Damon Thornton (202-F-77, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds in a losing case. Galil Elyon converted solid 57% from the field and outrebounded their opponents 34:31.

Fribourg: Dave Esterkamp 23, Damon Thornton 16
Galil Elyon: Gil Mosinzon 24, Aaron Nixon 22, Jai Lewis 14


Besiktas enters Top 32 stage perfect -by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Elan Chalon 78:55

Turkish Besiktas kept their record spotless with a win over visiting Elan Chalon in the last round of ULEB Cup regular season. They also wrote history to become the first team ever to finish the regular season unbeaten. Elan Chalon also booked their Top 32 ticket with a 5-5 record and as one of the best 4th ranked teams. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) hit three trebles in the opening frame to lift Besiktas up to 22:9 lead. However Elan Chalon used a couple of runs to trim the deficit to 3 points midway through the second term. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) then stepped up for the home team nailing 4 straight points and Besiktas retained a 10-point lead at halftime. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Sinan Guler (192-G-83, college: Carroll (MT)) connected from afar as Besiktas ran away to a 19-point distance. The hosts were piling up the advantage in the fourth stanza and finalized another comprehensive victory. Kaya Peker provided 19 points and 8 boards for Besiktas. Preston Shumpert contributed 16 points, while Christian Dalmau added 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) replied with 13 points for Elan Chalon. Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Elan Chalon dominated the boards 34:31 but committed 26 turnovers down the stretch. Besiktas also converted 53% from the field, limiting their opponents to just 32% accuracy. Besiktas now ensured the home court advantage for at least the first two rounds of elimination stage of ULEB Cup.

Besiktas: Kaya Peker 19, Preston Shumpert 16, Christian Dalmau 15
Elan Chalon: Darrel Mitchell 13, Moussa Badiane 11


Ventspils advance into the elimination round -by Eurobasket News
Ventspils sealed their ULEB Cup elimination round birth with a 77:64 home win over FMP. Ventspils improved to 6-4 record and occupied the 2nd spot in Group B to have a home-court advantage at the Top 32 stage. FMP fell to 3-7 record and missed the next round of action. Ventspils dominated throughout the game. The hosts claimed a 17:7 lead in the opening frame. However Dragan Labovic scored 6 straight points for FMP as they trimmed the difference to 4 points after 10 minutes. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) fired from beyond the arc early in the second quarter, while Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) delivered a jumper to make it a 38:25 advantage. Akin Akingbala and Jimmy Baxter teamed up again for another 7:0 run from Ventspils as Latvian team opened up a 45:25 at the start of the third stanza. Akin Akingbala sank another jump shot, while Aigars Vitols (194-G-76, agency: Interperformances) drained a three-pointer to make it a 53:29 game. Ventspils controlled the tempo afterwards and led by 20 points after three quarters. FMP had little chances to erase the deficit in the fourth period and Ventspils easily ensured the winning outcome at the end. Jimmy Baxter topscored with 26 points for Ventspils. Akin Akingbala netted 23 points and grabbed 13 boards for the winners. Mladen Jeremic (197-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) scored 20 points for FMP in a loss.
Meanwhile ASK Riga did not make it to the elimination round of the tournament. They lost to Benetton 80:83 to fall to 3-7 record in the 5th spot in Group H. Benetton collected their 6th consecutive victory and claimed the top spot in the group. ASK Riga led 41:38 at halftime and extended the gap to 12 points in the third period. But Italian side cut the deficit and then surged ahead on an 18:3 run. Lucas drilled a triple to put the visitors up by 8 points. ASK Riga never recovered at the late stages. Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) knocked down 16 points for Benetton. Marco Mordente (192-G-79) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) poured in 15 points apiece for the winners. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) responded with 24 points for ASK Riga. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) finished with 17 points for the home team.


Guildford ends ULEB Cup campaign winless -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Guildford Heat 92:73

The Guildford Heat gained much experience in this year's ULEB Cup edition however the wins are yet to come. The English outfit suffered 10 straight losses and remained at the bottom of Group A. The last one came in Turkey where Guildford was rallied over by Turk Telekom. The hosts meanwhile improved to 9-1 record and ensured the second final spot in the group. Guildford never looked like underdogs early in the game. Michael Martin (200-F-74) and Tony Dorsey (200-F-70, college: N.Alabama) to drive to a 22:20 lead after 10 minutes. Tony Dorsey paced his teammates after the first intermission and Turk Telekom struggled to deny the deficit. A couple of impressive plays late in the quarter allowed the Heat to maintain a 39:34 lead at the interval. The hosts could not live up with the situation like this and took over in the second half. Turk Telekom entered the third frame firing from all guns and soon gained a 49:41 advantage. Turkish team then shifted to a lower gear and cruised to an overall win at the late stages. Tutku Acik (193-G-80) provided 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Turk Telekom. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) scored 17 points apiece in a win. Michael Martin fired game-high 28 points for the Heat. Tony Dorsey produced 21 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in a loss. The hosts outrebounded Guildford 39:33 and shot 65% from close range. The Heat managed just 43% from the field.

Turk Telekom: Tutku Acik 20, Erwin Dudley 17, Chris Williams 17
Guildford: Michael Martin 28, Tony Dorsey 21


Siauliai gets thumped by Joventut in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Joventut 51-89

Lithuanian Siauliai finished their ULEB Cup campaign with a massive loss to Joventut at home. Siauliai hoped for a positive result to advance to the next round but a stunning third frame saw the hopes of Lithuanians vanish. Joventut meanwhile secured their top spot in Group A and would have an advantage in the elimination round draw. Siauliai were surpassed by KK Bosna in the ladder and occupied the 4th spot in the group.
Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) scored 6 points early in the encounter as the hosts grabbed a 9:7 lead. But soon Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) replied with 5 straight points for the visitors as they claimed their first lead of the game at 16:14. The visiting side surged ahead 30:24 early in the second stanza. The gap grew deeper as Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) ensured a 14:4 run for Joventut and they held a 44:34 advantage at the interval. The third quarter put a huge exclamatory mark on Joventut's dominance. They scored 19 unanswered points to open the term and built a 63:34 lead. The home team sank only 3 points in the period and trailed by 28 points heading into the fourth quarter. The outcome was pretty decided but Siauliai worked hard for a chance to cut the gap. But Joventut already fleshed for blood and sealed the win in style. Demond Mallet scored 22 points to pace Joventut. Jan Jan-Hendrik Jagla secured 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) was the only player to score in double figures for the hosts as he dropped 13 points. Marius Prekevicius delivered 8 points in a losing effort. Siauliai were outnumbered in every facet of the game. Joventut shot 53% from the field and pulled down 36 rebounds. The elimination round draw will be held on January 28.

Siauliai: Antonio Grant 13, Marius Prekevicius 8
Joventut: Demond Mallet 22, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 20+13 boards, Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-C-83) 12


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URUGUAY

Wendel Gibson scored 25 for Atenas -by Hector Lopez
Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) scored 25 points and Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) added 21 leading Atenas to defeat 83-79, Welcome playing without import playesr and with nine under 23 players. Welcome is the only team of the eigth playing the second stage of the Uruguayan League , that can not advance to the semifinal playoffs.

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VENEZUELA

The Horse is a Marine -by Wolfgang Lucena

With professional skills to play basketball and his heart linked to his basketball fanatics, Alejandro Flores (201-F,college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) ('El Caballo') from The Dominican Republic is back to Venezuela for the 2008 Professional Basketball League.

His numbers in the Venezuela National League are 20.6 points pg, 8.6 rebounds pg, 1.3 Assist pg, 2.7steals pg, 1.3blocks pg, FGP: 59.5%, 3Pt: 37.1%, FT: 65.1%. After that, as a guest player with the Venezuelan Basketball Team, he made 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 75.0% in the South American Championships for Clubs (held in Brazil). Then he went back to Venezuela to reinforce the Pescadores de Sucre, helping them to get into the championship series (actual National League Champions). But he couldn't finish because of his obligations in New York City. This took him back to the Big Apple.

' I'm really glad to be a part of this great organization, the Marinos de Oriente. With them, I now have another opportunity to become champion of this big Nation…'





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Women News

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EUROLEAGUE (W) - Women

CSKA Moscow is the first to reach 10-0 record -by Eurobasket News

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

CSKA Moscow increased their record to 10-0 after a home win over MKB Euroleasing 82:61 and finished the group with a perfect record. The favorite controlled the game for the majority of time and did not take it too serious in the last quarter. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) paced the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) followed her with 15 points each. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) top-scored for the Hungarians with 13 points.
After a tight opening period, the home side enjoyed a 14-0 start to the end of the first quarter to take the score out to 24:10. They continued their onslaught, and another 20:16 eventually built a 44:26 cushion by half-time.
The second half saw CSKA Moscow continue to open out their lead, and enjoyed their lead at 70:42 through the third period. MKB Euroleasing tried to get themselves back into the game in the final quarter, but CSKA were able to hold on for the comfortable victory. The team from Moscow won 82:61 and remained undefeated.
That was the end of the group stage of Euroleague in Group A for both teams. If CSKA stayed perfect than the team from Hungary even with 5-5 record advanced to the next round.

The rest of the games are scheduled for tonight and in many places the spectators should enjoy the battles. CSKA will play their next game on February 5th with the fourth team of Group B.

CSKA Moscow: Maria Stepanova 16+11 rebs, Ann Wauters 15+7 rebs, Edwige Lawson 15
MKB Euroleasing: Katalin Honti 13, Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) 11



Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. CSKA 10-0
2. Fenerbahce 6-3
3. MKB Eur. 5-5
4. Villeneuve 3-6
5. TTT Riga 3-6
6. Napoli 1-8
Group B
1. UMMC 8-1
2. Wisla 5-4
3. Bourges 5-4
4. Halcon 4-5
5. Sibenik 3-6
6. USK Praha 2-7
Group C
1. Spartak MR 9-1
2. Gambrinus 7-2
3. USVO 4-6
4. Lotos 3-5
5. Kosit 2013 3-7
6. Dexia 1-8
Group D
1. Ros Casares 9-0
2. Pecsi 6-3
3. Dynamo M. 6-4
4. TEO Vilnius 3-7
5. Faenza 2-7
6. Mondeville 2-7


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: YMCA Helsinki defeated PuHu -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 21-22: YMCA Helsinki defeating PuHu (Vantaa) tonight 79-64 (39-40).
Home Team had four, visitor PuHu just two players in double figures. Mari Puustinen (179-F/G-78) led YMCA Helsinki with 18 pts.
There was also much difference on the FT line. YMCA Helsinki took 23 FTs (made 14), PuHu had only five FTs and
made four of them.

YMCA Helsinki - PuHu 79-64 (39-40) (Mari Puustinen 18, Niina Laaksonen 16/14 - Heli Roukanoja 18, Aneta Kausaite 14).



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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Statistical Leaders -by Moritz Korff
Points per Game:
1. Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.) - Leipzig: 22.5ppg
2. Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) - Goettingen: 21.8ppg
3. Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine) - Oberhausen: 19.5ppg
4. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) - Freiburg: 18.5ppg
5. Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) - Muenchen: 17.3ppg
6. Desire Almind (180-F-82, college: Bucknell) - Saarlouis: 16.9ppg
7. Katarina Flasarova (170-G-85) - Leipzig: 16.6ppg
8. Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) - Wasserburg: 16.3ppg
9. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) - Wasserburg: 16.0ppg
10. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) - Freiburg: 15.5ppg

Rebounds per Game:
1. Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) - Halle: 11.5rpg
2. Melissa Dennett - Freiburg: 11.2rpg
3. Ofa Tulikihihifo - Goettingen: 9.1rpg
4. Katja Zberch (189-C-78, agency: LBM Management) - Chemnitz: 8.5rpg
5. Anna-Christine Goerg (190-F-87) - Herne: 8.4rpg
6. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) - Wasserburg: 7.8rpg
7. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) - Saarlouis: 7.6rpg
8. Da'Love Woods - Leipzig: 7.5rpg
9. Faye Muller (191-F-84, college: UNLV) - Muenchen: 7.5rpg
10. Brittney Whiteside (175-G-85, college: Wright St.) - Halle: 7.0rpg

Assists per Game:
1. Da'Love Woods - Leipzig: 7.0apg
2. Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) - Wasserburg: 5.9apg
3. Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) - Oberhausen: 4.7apg
4. Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) - Saarlouis: 4.7apg
5. Lea Mersch (168-G-87) - Oberhausen: 4.3apg
6. Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) - Marburg: 3.5apg
7. Brittney Whiteside - Halle: 3.5apg
8. Dana Penno (173-G-85, college: UTEP) - Freiburg: 3.3apg
9. Michaela Abelova (176-G-85) - Goettingen: 3.1apg
10. Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) - Marburg: 3.0apg

Courtesy of http://www.dbbl.eu


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HUNGARY - Women

Unauthorized plays in Cegled? -by Tamas Palko
The directors of BEAC and Vasas-Csata make a complaint to the Basketball Federation about unauthorized play against Cegled. Cegled signs Coronado in November, and played 7 matches. But Cegled have two other non-EU players (Tiffani Williams and Marija Boskovic) playing in these games. According to the rules - (10.4.1 point) only two non-EU players can play in a match - it looks like that Cegled broke this. Cegled wins against BEAC and Vasas-Csata, and loses the other five matches (against Gyor, ZTE, Szeged, Szekszard, BSE).
Coronado is from Cuba, Williams is from Trinidad and Tobago and Boskovic is from Serbia.


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ISRAEL - Women

Round 14th first team -by Gil Goshen

Round 14 MVP - Edwina Brown
. Brown had 26 points on , 12 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.

Round 14 First Team
Armintie Price - GG basketball agency - Ramat Chen 26 points most coming in the paint and great defense on Brandi McCain. She added 7 rebounds and 3 steals.

Edwina Brown The MVP.

Sheir Sam - 32 points on 13 for 22 from the field, 8 rebounds and 4 steals.

Dionnah Jackson - Jackson 16 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.

Sugeiry Monsac - 33 points, 12 rb helped her team to win very important game vs. Hulon


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LEBANON - Women

Results - Round 10 of the Lebanese League -by Raffi Kassabian
Round 10 of the lebanese league saw a surprise win for Anibal Zahle against Champville with four points difference 58-54. In the second game Riyadi Beirut won their game against Homenetmen Antelias with the final score 58-47. A dissapointing performance from Homenetmen Antelias players infront of a huge crowd of Homenetmen fans surely the largest till this round in the lebanese league, allowed Riyadi to almost guarantee the second spot before the semi final round (Final 4). In the third game of the week, Antranik Beirut won a one sided game against Homenetmen Beirut with the score 97-33. Blue Stars didn't have a game to play in this round.

Results - Round 10

Anibal Zahle - Champville 58-54

Homenetmen Antelias - Riyadi Beirut 47-58
Homenetmen Antelias: Leila Fares 11, Sandra Najem (165-G-88) 9, Sanan Markarian 8, Nathalie Sevajian (170-G-88) 7, Alek Tabakian (175-G-85) 6, Tsoline Kazandjian 6.
Riyadi Beirut: Emma Eskidjian (-C-71) 21, Maya El Achkar (179-F-81) 20, Talar Margossian 7, Wadad Mougharbel 5, Natalie Jbeily 3, Sabine Fakhoury 2.

Antranik Beirut - Homenetmen Beirut 97-33


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RUSSIA - Women

CSKA Moscow is the first to reach 10-0 record -by Eurobasket News

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

CSKA Moscow increased their record to 10-0 after a home win over MKB Euroleasing 82:61 and finished the group with a perfect record. The favorite controlled the game for the majority of time and did not take it too serious in the last quarter. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) paced the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) followed her with 15 points each. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) top-scored for the Hungarians with 13 points.
After a tight opening period, the home side enjoyed a 14-0 start to the end of the first quarter to take the score out to 24:10. They continued their onslaught, and another 20:16 eventually built a 44:26 cushion by half-time.
The second half saw CSKA Moscow continue to open out their lead, and enjoyed their lead at 70:42 through the third period. MKB Euroleasing tried to get themselves back into the game in the final quarter, but CSKA were able to hold on for the comfortable victory. The team from Moscow won 82:61 and remained undefeated.
That was the end of the group stage of Euroleague in Group A for both teams. If CSKA stayed perfect than the team from Hungary even with 5-5 record advanced to the next round.

The rest of the games are scheduled for tonight and in many places the spectators should enjoy the battles. CSKA will play their next game on February 5th with the fourth team of Group B.

CSKA Moscow: Maria Stepanova 16+11 rebs, Ann Wauters 15+7 rebs, Edwige Lawson 15
MKB Euroleasing: Katalin Honti 13, Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) 11



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SPAIN - Women

Queen's Cup Sevilla'08:Ros Casares-Rivas Futura in quarterfinals -by Ivan Villar
Yesterday had been draw of next Queen's Cup of Sevilla.This tournament is for 8 first teams of regular season after 13 rounds.Nobody wanted Ros Casares in quarterfinals,but lucky wanted that 5th team,Rivas Futura was first stone on Ros's path.But others quarterfinals seems to be very equalized.Next February 17th we'll know winner of this great competition.

Quartersfinals (February,15th)

EBE Promociones Sta Eulalia - R.C. Celta Vigourban (12:00)

C. B. San Jose - Extrugasa (16:00)

Ros Casares Valencia - Rivas Futura (18:15)

Perfumerias Avenida - CB Olesa Espanyol (20:30)

Semifinals (February 16th)

Winner 1 - Winner 4 (16:00)
Winner 2 - Winner 3 (18:30) TV: (Teledeporte)

Final (Sunday 17th, 14:00 h) TV:La2


Manel Sanchez replaces Jon Txakartegui as coach of Hondarribia Irun -by Ivan Villar
Patience of vasc managers ended last round when home team lost againts last team of table after an overtime.Bad results of 'biggest' teams of competition during first months were definitive to fire Jon Txakartegui .Young coach had been decisive in climbing of Hondarribia so in Spain as in Europe.But this season his team won't play Queen's Cup and fell in last eliminatory of FIBA Eurocup.Club has moved quickly and announced that Manel Sanchez will be next coach of vasc team.He coached in Lugo (Yaya Maria Lugo) a few years ago and men teams as Estudiantes Lugo and Celtas Foz of EBA league.Manel Sanchez is known in spanish basketball because he played with national team and 243 games with ACB team of Breogan Lugo during most part of his career.

Bozena Erceg signs by Filter Mann Zaragoza -by Ivan Villar
Bozena Erceg (182-F-81) is one of diamonds of former teams from Croatia.She can play as 2,3 and 4 positions and comes to Zaragoza to help.Team coached by Cuadrat hopes to leave last positions of table.Croatian player specially is very good in defense and rebound.She came from Jolly Sibenik of Croatia but she knows Spain because she played in Barcelona two years ago.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Rankings, HS Abroa -by David Edole
1. Central High
Comment: With STAR Sherice Joseph nursing a foot injury, freshman guard Lanese Bough carried Central to a, 27-26, victory in the finals of the MLK tourney. For her efforts Bough was named MVP and helped Central High remain undefeated on the season. Bough was not the only Carib to play well as Shamyra Vanterpool had some of her best offensive games as a varsity player.

2. CAHS
Comment: The Chicken Hawks know exactly what Antilles feel like. Antilles beat Central once in three years and now CAHS has lost four straight to the Lady Caribs. Shayla Kelly, Makeva Aska and Lashonda Creque all played well at one point in the MLK. But all three has not played well together in one game. Can they beat Central at home?

3. Antilles
Comment: Came back from the mainland feeling good about their play and ran into Central and CAHS.

4. Private Schools
Comment: Have not played one game yet, but Country Day and Complex has shown little. The Pirates may be the defacto fourth best team in the territory. We will find out how good they are when regular season play begins.

Dropped out Educational Complex

SPECIAL SHOUTOUT : To BVI High girls basketball team. Like their male counterparts the team finished in fourth place. They lost to Charlotte Amalie twice. However, they did manage to defeat Country Day 53-36. BVI was led by twins Tamara and Tafara Phillips, both stand at 5-foot-11 and were playing despite already one year removed from high school. Both of these young ladies will make some college or university coach very happy.

Next Rankings: After Central High Invitational February 14-16, 2008

HS ABROAD
Akeema Richard and Western High (MD) made short work of Southwestern, 83-6, Tuesday night. Richards had 13 points, 6 boards, five assists and three steals in the Western High improves to 15-3.