EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/28/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Zadar stops Partizan, Zvezda and Hemofarm celebrates -by Dragan Jankovski
After fantastic victory against Bamberg and reaching Euroleague TOP 16, Partizan Igokea was not ready to play against Zadar on the road. Croatian team exploited tiredness of Partizan's players and beat them easily 70-54. Zadar stopped Partizan's streak of 15 consecutive wins while at the same time they grabbed 13th win in the row in Adriatic league so now Zadar has only one triumph less than reining Serbian and Adriatic league champ. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma), who scored 18 points, and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81), who added 14 points and 4 rebounds, were the best for the winners. Partizan got 16 points and 6 assists from UGA PG Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.).

Crvena Zvezda celebrated over Siroki Prima pivo in Pionir 96-90 much tougher than they expected. Siroki was equal rival until the end but they never had a lead last night. Clutch player of the game was Boris Bakic whose 3-pointer brought 89-83 for Zvezda two minutes before the end. Like usually Zvezda got the most from PF Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who added double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) followed him collecting 13 points and 4 assists while on the other side Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) had 21 points and 4 rebounds for Siroki. Zvezda currently has score 12-7 while Siroki dropped to 5-14.

Buducnost beat Vojvodina Srbijagas 73-54 and revenged them for defeat in Novi Sad. Vojvodina played nice first quarter while the hosts had a terrible shot percentage. The second half brought totally different picture on the court as Buducnost made run 20-4 in the third quarter making advantage of 13 points. The Tulips came closer on minus five but they did not have enough power for a turn. MVP of the game was Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), who finished it with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Vojvodina, whose players had embarrassing percentage from behind the arc (1 of 13).

Like Zvezda, Hemofarm STADA also had to work very hard in order to beat Split CO at home 83-78. Hero of the game was Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket), who drained 3-point shot 20 second remaining for the final score 83-78. Bozovic recorded season high collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) was unstoppable in Split netting 35 points. Hemofarm played this game without one of their best player Goran Jagodnik, who will have to undergo knee surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. With this win Hemofarm improved to score 12-7 while Split dropped to 8-11.


Zadar - Partizan Igokea 70-54
(28-16,15-11,9-13,18-14)

Zadar:
Brewer 18, Barac 14 (4 rebs), Gecevski 12 (8 rebs), Stimac 12 (7 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 16 (6 as), Velickovic 13


Crvena Zvezda - Siroki Prima pivo 96-90
(32-24,15-18,26-23,23-25)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 18 (11 rebs), Cook 13 (4 as), Bakic 12 (7 rebs), Kikanovic 12 (4 rebs)
Siroki Prima pivo: Stemberger 21 (4 rebs), Perincic 18 (5 rebs), Zimmerman 15 (6 as)


Hemofarm STADA - Split CO 83-78
(24-22,22-26,19-17,18-13)

Hemofarm STADA:
Bozovic 23 (10 rebs), Marshall 14, Borisov 12
Split CO: Garnett 35, Ivanov 20 (6 rebs)


Buducnost - Vojvodina Srbijagas 73-54
(20-19,7-11,22-12,24-12)

Buducnost:
Micov 13 (5 rebs), Dragojlovic 12 (8 rebs), Popovic 10
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Bojovic 14 (5 rebs), Ivanovic 12 (7 rebs)


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ALGERIA

12th day results M.C.ALGIERS dominates -by Foued Benhenni
here are the results of 12th day
NAR-CRBDB 70-106
JSBM-CRMB 75-70
CRBT-NAHD 49-80
WAB-AUA 69-49
ASPTTTTT-USMH 86-79
MCA-WBAB 80-60
NBS-OB 81-74

STANDING:
1/ MCA (mouloudia of algiers) 22 pts 11 games played
2/ASPTT (post office Algiers team) 21pts 12 games played
3/CRBDB (dar el beida) 19 pts 11 games played
4/ JSBM,USMMH and WAB 19 pts both 12 games played
5/ NAHD (husein dey) 18 pts 11 games played
6/ WBAB(ain benian) and OB(olympic boufarik) 17 pts and 11 games played
7/ NBS (staouelli) 15 pts 10 games played
8/CRBT 13 pts 11 games played
9/ CRMB 12pts 12 games played
10/ NAR (rouiba) 11 pts 11 games played
11/AUA 10pts 9 games played


ALGERIAN CUP SECOND ROUND -by Foued Benhenni
here are the Algerian cup second round schedule,the games wil be played on 7 and 8 th february
JS KABILIE-USMM HADJOUT
JSB M'SILA -IRM BEL-ABBES
AB SKIKDA-NA HUSSEIN DEY
WB AIN BENIAN-CR BENI-SAF
MS CHERCHELL-CRM BIRKHADEM
MB SAIDA-ASPTT ORAN
WA BOUFARIK-USB MEDEA
USM ALGIERS-ASPTTT ALGIERS
O BATNA-COBB ORAN
WS MILANA-NA ROUIBA
MC ALGIERS+CSB K'SEUR
SUD-CRB-DAR EL BEIDA
CRB TEMOUCHENT-MOO OUARGLA
ARBEE ALGIERS-TBBBlida
AU ANNABA-NRM HARRACH


YAICI AGAIN -by Foued Benhenni
a new great game for Boudji YAICI in FRENCH NATIONALE 1 with 15 points 5 rebounds 4 assists 3 steals in french nationale 1 regular seasongame between his team MULHOUSE and CHARLEVIL-MEZIERES yesterday (26 january),BOUDJI is improving ,he's averaging 8,5 points 4asists and 2 rebounds per gamesBoudjenaia Yaici (181-G-87, agency: Court Side)

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ARGENTINA

News in Ben Hur -by Facundo Iatzky

Ben Hur Rafaela decided cut Khayri Battle (12.5 pts 4.5 reb 1.9 as in 24 games) and signed David Harrison (191-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: Campbellsville) who comes to play in Mexico. the bad new for Ben Hur is the injury of Jonathan Machuca who will miss the rest of the season. For this reason they are testing the point guard Pablo Rocchia. the team also loaned Philip Lockett to Asosiacion Quimsa.

El Nacional Monte hermoso released Jamaal Williams (8.6 pts 3.7 reb in 14 games) and inked Mike Manciel (196-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Cent.Michigan) who played recently in Defensor Sporting in the Liga de Americas.

Libertad Sunchales released Ryan Carroll



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BRAZIL

FLAMENGO, UNIVATES and UBERLANDIA won in Nacional Masculino 2008.- -by Ed Goodman
Three games were played in Nacional Masculino Flamengo crashed Iguazu Basquete 122-57; Uberlandia won over Universo 78-76 and Univates / Bira defeated CISER/ Univille / Joinville 92-91. Monday 28 presents 1 game FTC EAD vs. Pitagoras Minas.

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CHINA

Liao Ning lost Jiang su -by Robert Wang
Jiang su beat Liao ning at 105: 93 home gme. Now, they are 1-1 at semifinals. While in the game, former NBA player Oyedeji Olumide fighted against Tang Zheng dong at the 2nd quator 1'24' left and the referees gave them both T foul. Their fight made TV life broadcast stop working 3 minutes which made bad effection. CBA might do something on this issue. Oyedeji got 18 points and 13 rebounds, Jamal Sampson got 15 points and 16 rebounds. Tang Zheng dong got 29 points and 12 rebounds. Liao ning made 22 turnovers and Jiang su got 14 turnovers.

JIANGSU TIE SERIES WHILE GUANDONG GO TWO UP! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Guandong cruised past DongGuan 125-106 to take a 2-0 lead in one of the semi-final games of the CBA playoffs this evening.Leading four players who scored in double digits for Guandong was Zhi Fangyu who scored 27pts while Chen Jianghua (188-G-89) Added 23pts.Du Feng (202-C/F-81) and Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: California) each scored 18 and 20pts respectively.For DongGuan,Qiu Biao (200-F-83) led scoring with 25pts,Zhang Kai (211-C-82) 18pts while imports Micheal Harris and Myles Anthony (206-F/C-82, college: Xavier) scored 23 and 20pts each. In the other series,Jiangsu beat Liaoning to tie it at one game apiece.in the second quarter,with less than two minutes to go,a mild drama erupted between Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) and Tang Zheng Dong and this held the game up for almost three minutes because both players had to be restrained by teammates.Both ended up with technical fouls.Tang emerged highest scorer with 29pts and 12 rebs.Hu Xuefeng (185-G-81) followed with 24pts while Yang Li (195-F/G-85) and Forehan-Kelly Ryan (197-F/G-80, college: California) scored 19 and 12pts respectively.For Liaoning,Oyedeji Olumide scored 18 pts and grabbed 13rebs while Sampson Jamal (211-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) and Zhang Qingpeng (190-G-85) each scored 15pts.Jamal also caught 16rebs.Games continue on wednesday as Jiangsu travel to Liaoning and Guandong head for DongGuan.

JIANGSU TIE SERIES WHILE GUANDONG GO TWO UP! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Guandong cruised past DongGuan 125-106 to take a 2-0 lead in one of the semi-final games of the CBA playoffs this evening.Leading four players who scored in double digits for Guandong was Zhi Fangyu who scored 27pts while Chen Jianghua Added 23pts.Du Feng and Lamond Murray each scored 18 and 20pts respectively.For DongGuan,Qiu Biao led scoring with 25pts,Zhang Kai 18pts while imports Micheal Harris and Anthony Myles scored 23 and 20pts each. In the other series,Jiangsu beat Liaoning to tie it at one game apiece.in the second quarter,with less than two minutes to go,a mild drama erupted between Olumide Oyedeji and Tang Zheng Dong and this held the game up for almost three minutes because both players had to be restrained by teammates.Both ended up with technical fouls.Tang emerged highest scorer with 29pts and 12 rebs.Hu Xuefeng followed with 24pts while Yang Li and Forehan-kelly scored 19 and 12pts respectively.For Liaoning,Olumide Oyedeji scored 18 pts and grabbed 13rebs while Jamal Sampson and Zhang Qingpeng each scored 15pts.Jamal also caught 16rebs.Games continue on wednesday as Jiangsu travel to Liaoning and Guandong head for DongGuan.

Guangdong Leads 2-0, Jiangsu Evens Series at 1-1 -by Arthur Volbert
Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) scored 27 points and Chen Jianghua scored 23 points in 21 minutes, hitting 8 of 11 shots, as Guangdong blasted Dongguan 125-106 to take a 2-0 lead in their semi-final series. Lamond Murray scored 20 points and Du Feng scored 18 in the Guangdong romp, fueled by a 34-20 third quarter advantage. Leading scorer Wang Shipeng did not play for Guangdong but the team did not skip a beat. Chen looks like he has a chance to make the Olympic team as instant offense off the bench. He would be a very small shooting guard but could play that role when Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian are both guarding the basket.

Qiu Biao scored 25 points to lead Dongguan. Mike Harris added 23 and Anthony Myles scored 20. Zhang Kai (211-C-82) scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zhang could make the Olympic team and see important minutes as he is a better rebounder than Wang Zhizhi.

Tang Zhengdong today held his own against Liaoning's import big men, scoring 29 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as Jiangsu defeated Liaoning 105-93 to even their series 1-1. Hu Xuefeng scored 24 points and Yang Li added 19. But the key to the victory was stifling Liaoning's veteran small forward Liu Xiangtao, who was held to 7 points on 2 of 15 shooting.

Olumide Oyedeji led Liaoning with 18 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes while Jamal Sampson had 15 points and 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90), class of 1990, had 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting, plus 11 rebounds, in 31 minutes. Li represents the new breed of young Chinese forwards, who have been much better trained in rebounding techniques. Expect China to produce more young players who can rebound like Li as time goes on. Li is currently not as proficient a rebounder as veterans Oyedeji and Sampson. But players tend to get stronger until their mid-twenties and, while Li may be older than 17, his body has still not yet fully matured.

Guangdong 26 34 34 31 125
Dongguan- 25 28 20 33 106

Guangdong 125
Zhu Fangyu 27p+7r+2a+2s+1bl, Ji Le 13p+9r+3a, Du Feng 18p+3r+3a+1bl, Lamond Murray 20p+10r+3a+3s+1bl, Liu Xiaoyu 2p+5r+6a+2s+5to, Zhou Peng 5p+4r+2a, Jason Dixon 20min+14p+5r+1a+4s+1bl+6fl, Chen Jianghua 23p(8/11)+3r+2a+3s+0to
Dongguan 106
Zhang Kai 18p+10r+1bl, Qiu Biao 25p+1r+1a+1s+5to, Wang Jing 8p+1a, Wang Nan2 0p+5r+3a+1s, Anthony Myles 20p+6r+2a+1s+5to, Li Guang 1p+3r+3a+1s, Yu Ning 9p+1s, Mike Harris 23p+10r

Jiangsu- 33 25 28 19 105
Liaoning 25 22 22 24 93

Jiangsu 105
Tang Zhengdong 29p+12r+1a, Hu Xuefeng 24p+5r+4a+3s+5to, Yi Li 15p+3r+4s, Yang Li 19p+6r+2a+2s, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 12p+3r+3a+2s, Jon Smith 5p+6r+1a
Liaoning 93
Bian Qiang 13p+2a+2s, Liu Xiangtao 7p(2/15)+1r+3s, Yang Ming 9p+3r+1a+3to, Li Xiaoxu 14p+11r+4s, Olumide Oyedeji 18p+13r+3a+5to, Zhang Qingpeng 41min+15p(5/16)+5r+2a+2s+3to+6fl, Jamal Sampson 15p+10r+1a


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CROATIA

Zadar stopped Partizan's streak in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Croatian Zadar stopped Partizan's streak that consisted of 15 consecutive wins. Moreover Zadar reached 13th win in the row and 16-3 in the league.
Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) top-scored with 18 points for the winners. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) added 14 points and 4 rebounds, while Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) got 16 points and 6 rebounds. Jere Macura and Jure Lalic did a great job defending Pekovic in the first quarter, when Zadar recorded as many as eight steals. Pankracije Barac drained two 3-pointers for a 43:27 Zadar lead heading into the second half.In the third quarter Serbian team reduced the gap a bit and won the quarter 9:13. A 18:14 in the last quarter let croatian team the success in the game.
Split CO lost to Hemofarm STADA 78:83. Milivoje Bozovic drained a three pointer for the final score. Bozovic recorded season high collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marlon Garnett was unstoppable in Split netting 35 points.
Zagreb lost on the road against Helios 78:71. In the second quarter Domen Zerak initiated hosts'8-0 run that provided Helios with double-digit lead tonight 32:22. Ingram finished the game with 20 points and Zerak had 15 points and eight rebounds. Vladovic had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Zagreb.
Cibona survived over Union Olimpija 82:80 as Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) nailed 37 points for the winners. Bailey posted 22 points in the losing effort.

Zadar - Partizan Igokea 70-54 (28-16,15-11,9-13,18-14)
Zadar: Corey Brewer 18, Pankracije Barac 14, Gecevski 12, Stimac 12
Partizan Igokea: Milton Palacio 16, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 13


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CYPRUS

Keravnos thrashed AEK and singed a new player! -by Chris Mammides

Proteas EKA AEL beat Omonia Nicosia 78-55 keeping the tradition of the last 11 years. The quarters of the game were: 14-11, 30-27, 59-35 and 78-55. Top scorers for the Limassol team were: Souchu 18, Radle 13 and Sudov 12 while from Omonia Nicosia top scorers were the American Arthur Davis (193-G-77, college: St.Joseph's) with 14points, the Serbian Mijalovic with 12 points while 10 points were added from the American center Marvin Stone. In the mean time, Radle and Woodward are members of AEL and with their participation in the game against Omonia tried to 'delete' the rumors. Eurobasket.com will be informing for any further news in regarsd to the specific matter.

Keravnos Strovolou beat BMC AEK Larnakas without facing any real problems. The top seated team of Keravnos begun the game with an aggressive mood finishing the first half with 23-18, the main reason that the visitors were close in the score was mainly Burton with Dunn, the two Americans were the only real trouble for Head Coach Frangias team. During the second half though things changed as Keravnos players with Smith's continuous good performances (he is the top scorer for Keravnos in nearly all the games played the last month), increase the deficit to 16 points ending the first half to 50-34. In the third quarter, the picture didn't change at all, on the contrary the Strovolos players with very strong offense and good shooting from the parameter (Smith three 3pointers, Giorgos Anastasiadis two 3 pointers) and in the paint (Damjanovic, Aleksandar Radojevic and Panagiotis Trisokkas were dominant over the 'lonely' Alen Trepalovac (215-C-85), the result by the end of the third quarter went up to 25 points, finishing to 69-44 and of made the fourth quarter just a typical procedure for Keravnos, the final score was 93-68 with top scorers from Keravnos, Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) 23 points, Panagiotis Trisokkas 14 points and 11 rebounds while Patrick Lee (187-G-75, college: Va Commonwealth) added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals while from BMC AEK Larnakas top scorers were the two Americans Isaac Burton (191-G-73, college: Arizona St.) and Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.) with 16 points each.

In the mean time, Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) who got injured 10 days ago operated successfully and is expected to join the Strovolos yellows by the beginning of next month, Keravnos though, in order to cover up the missing spot in the shooting guards agreed terms with Sasa Stefanovic (188-G-75), ex player of the French Limoges CSP Elite, the Serbian guard will be present in the next game of Keravnos which will take place next Friday.



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CZECH REP.

23rd round results -by Ondra Simecek
Geofin Novy Jicin waived two players on the try out this week and therefore could not come to Decin with a full roster. Decin took the oportunity and proved their power on the homecout by beating Geofin 91:73 led by Pavel Milos and Pavel Houska. Pardubice did not let the fans to see any suprise and won over Usti 81:57. Prostějov went to Kolin to get a victory after the last week loss in USK and succeed by winning 81:97. Brno won on the homecourt 99:66 against USK. Sadska is slowly coming to get the play off position and led by vet Jiri Trnka won over Liberec 89:86. Nymburk played their game in Ostrava and won 62:75 in last quarter by a good performace of Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts).

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DENMARK

The key game of the round -by Eurobasket News
The game between Bakken Bears and Svendborg brought more interest than any other games as both teams sty on top of the satndings. The defending champions were stronger 77:72 to improve at 14-2. Svendborg won the opening quarter 16:19, but then could not follow the favorite. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) led the winners with 21 points. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) netted 15 and Chris Christoffersen scored 14. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 20 points in defeat.
BK Amager is third in the league with 8-8 record. In the last game the team overcame Horsens IC 80:79.
Last night CSKA and Danish David Andersen (212-C-80) were hardly tamed by Unics in Kazan. Moscow outfit secured their 14th win in the season beating the hosts 75:63. CSKA had some delays arriving in Kazan and looked pretty weary down the stretch. However it never influenced the outcome. The visitors relied on a tight defense in the opening frame and limited the hosts to 11 points. It allowed CSKA to accumulate an 8-point advantage and continued to dominate after the intermission. Unics had a momentum late in the second quarter when they rebounded after a slow start and cut the deficit to 6 points. But CSKA quickly restored a safe distance and actually cruised to an overall win in the final minutes. Ramunas Siskauskas led CSKA with 20 points. David Andersen and Trajan Langdon provided 13 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Van Den Spiegel make his initial appearance for CSKA after his return to the team from Polish Prokom. He logged 17 minutes of action dropping 4 points and grabbing 2 boards. Darjus Lavrinovic responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Unics. Tariq Kirksay had 10 points in defeat. The home team played without Sergei Chikalkin.


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DOMINICAN REP.

Dominicans Abroad -by Kerwin Abreu
Ricky Soliver (191-G-84, college: Iona) was the best Dominican Abroad this weekend in the european basketball. Soliver had 20 points for the Nanterre in the Pro B League in France beating Limoges and Ivan Almonte (198-F-81, college: Florida Intern.) 79-64 and now they are 9-8. Soliver played in a total of 36 minutes, 10-6 from the field including 8-5 3Pts 5 Rebs and 3 Ast.

Another pair were the Greer Brothers. Ricky Greer had 16 points and Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) had 15 points helping Nancy still in the first, beating Paris-levallois 79-64. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) had 13 points 4 rebs 2 St. In the Ricoh Manresa victory over ACB Spain 96-102.

Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had 11 points and Edward Santana (203-F-80) had 15 rebs in the Caceres 2016 victory 83-66 over Palencia in the spanish league.


San Fco. Regional Sat Results -by Kerwin Abreu
San Fco. De Macoris: The first game of the Season was held between Juan Pablo Duarte and Santa Ana. Duarte beated Santa Ana 96-88. The Best man in the game were for the winners David Diaz (189-G-78) 31 points 6 rebs, 6 ast. Charlie Rodriguez (202-F/C-78) (202-F/C-78) 20 points 8 rebs. Gregory Ventura 15 points 7 rebs. In the lost cause Benyi Minaya (180-G) had 26 points 5 rebs. Jesus Martinez (195-F-73) 25 points 7 rebs, Luis Devarez had 13. Richard Ortega (188-G-82) finished with 13 ast.

Sundays Games:
San Martin vs Maximo Gomez
San Vicente vs Santa Ana


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FRANCE

Round 16 Player of the Week! Thomas Dubiez -by Sean Davis
Thomas Dubiez (195-G-80) of Gravelines is France A League's 'Player of the Week!'
Dubiez had a break out game and earned this honor by putting
Gravelines on his shoulders, leading his team to their first victory
since Round 9. Coming into Round 16 Dubiez had only scored 55pts in
15 games. He blew up scoring a career high 23pts and 5rebs while
shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

Honorable Mention

Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) was only averaging 8ppg but stepped up in Round 16
scoring 20pts 4ast and 3rebs to help Pau-Orthez to their 3rd victory
in their last 4 games.

Vincent Masingue (204-F/C-76) of Hyeres-Toulon had a great game in a losing effort.
Masinque scored 14pts and controlled the boards by ripping down a
week high 17rebs.


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GERMANY

Bundesliga Game Day 17: Weekend Results 25-26th! -by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 17 tipped off with exciting games all over Germany! ALBA Berlin earned a tough victory over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig to remain atop the standings and other important results made things interesting as we reach the midway point of the Bundesliga 34 game schedule.

Friday January 25th
Artland Dragons 80 L TI Giessen 46ers 69
PG John Goldsberry keyed the Artland win with a strong 16pt 5ast evening for Head Coach Chris Fleming and his team's 80-69 home win over Giessen friday night at Artland Arena. Dragons held a slim 16-15 lead after one before pushing to 33-29 at half. The 3Q was key for Artland as the Dragons outscored the 46ers 27-17 to break the game open. Along with Goldsberry, C Adam Chubb added 11pt 7reb and Lamont McIntosh chipped in 10. Artland shot 55% from the floor and outrebounded Giessen 27-23. Rouven Roussler led the 46ers effort with 22pt including 4 of 6 from three in his 8 of 11 shooting night. Youngster Johannes Lischka was also excellent adding 16pt on 7 for 9 from the floor. Artland improved to 13-4 while Giessen fell to 4-13.

Saturday January 26th
ALBA Berlin 75 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 72
Bobby Brown scored 24pt and Goran Nikolic added 18 as ALBA Berlin took control early and stood strong late in their 75-72 road win over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Saturday afternoon at Volkswagonhalle live on BBL.TV. Bursting to a 17-9 1Q lead, Head coach Luka Pavicevic and his team held a 33-29 advantage at half. Berlin extended the lead to 54-48 heading into the 4Q before holding off a late Braunschweig charge. John Allen topscored for the Phantoms with 17pt while Andrew Drevo added 14, Steven Wright 12, Kyle Visser 11 and Domonic Jones 10. ALBA shot 46% from the floor and 6-13 from three (46%) while the Phantoms totaled 42% from the floor and 8 of 23 (34%) from three. Berlin enjoyed an advantage at the foul line sinking 23 of 31 (74%) to Braunschweig's 12 of 19 (63%). ALBA remains atop the Bundesliga with a 14-3 record while Braunschweig dropped their 3rd straight falling to 9-8.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 72 TBB Trier 54
PG Pascal Roller buried 5 of 6 threes on his way to a team best 21pt 5ast performance that pushed Deutsche Bank Skyliners past TBB Trier 72-54 Saturday night at BallSporthalle in Frankfurt. Head Coach Murat Didin and his team jumped to a 23-14 lead after one and cruised the rest of the way holding a 39-26 halftime advantage and 10pt lead heading into the 4Q. Maksym Shtein came off the Skyliners bench for a strong 12pt 9reb night and Ilian Evtimov contributed 11pt 5reb to the Frankfurt win. Skyliners shot 47% from the floor and buried 10 of 22 threes (45%) while outrebounding Trier 36-24. Trier shot 36% from the field but managed only 4 of 21 threes (19%). In fact Daniel Cage made all 4 of Trier's threes going 4-10. Mike Benton paced Trier production with 16pt 8reb against his former Frankfurt team while Cage added 14pt. Skyliners improve to 9-8 while Trier falls to 3-14.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 82 ratiopharm Ulm 77
Jason Conley scored 19pt and John Bowler added 18pt 7reb as Telekom Baskets Bonn pushed their win streak to six straight in a hardfought, intense 82-77 victory against ratiopharm Ulm Saturday night at Carnival crazy Hardtberghalle in Bonn. Bonn started strong in the early 1Q before Ulm battled back to trim the deficit to 25-21 Bonn after 1. Behind a pressure defense and team play, Head Coach Michael Koch and Bonn held a 46-40 lead at half. Ulm charged back outscoring Bonn 21-17 in the 3Q and the exciting action went back and forth. Already without injured starting PG Kyle Bailey, Ulm's Dru Joyce was whislted for his second unsportsmanlike foul midway through the third quarter. Forced to vary their lineups, Ulm resorted to All Star power forward Jeff Gibbs to play some PG in the 4Q. However, Bonn picked up their defensive pressure on Ulm's point guard-less lineup. Trailing 76-72 Ulm's Bryan Lucas buried a three pulling Ulm within 1 76-75 with 224 remaining. Ulm defenders goal-tended a JJ Strasser shot giving Bonn a 78-75 lead. Both teams failed to convert on possessions before Konrad Wysocki drew a foul and made two clutch FT pulling Ulm within one 78-77 with 55sec. Bonn's All Star Conley tipped in a big bucket and Ulm trailed by three with 30sec left. An EJ Gallup corner three was offline and Strasser sealed the win with two big FT for Bonn. Bobb shot 46% from the floor and made 21 of 25 FT (84%) while Ulm sank 43% from the floor plus 25 of 34 FT (73%). Ulm made only 8 of 25 threes in the game but outrebounded Bonn 32-29. Despite the loss, the shorthanded Ulm team has much to build on from their effort. Bonn improves to 12-5 while Ulm slips to 9-7.

digibu Baskets Paderborn 84 Science City Jena 70
The terrific backcourt combination of All Star Tim Black and Malik Moore sparked Paderborn's grind-it-out 84-70 win Saturday over visiting Science City Jena. Moore hit 3 of 6 threes and 7 of 14 from the floor to finish with a team best 22pt closely followed by Black who buried 4 of 8 threes and 5 of 13 from the field for 20pt in the win. Jena started strong taking a 21-19 lead after 1Q and extending their advantage to 40-35 at the half. Paderborn fought back in the 3Q pulling within one 56-55 heading into the 4th. A 27-14 final Q sealed the hardfought home win for Paderborn. Brendan Plavich hit 4 of 10 threes to topscore with 16pt while Ajmal Basit added 15pt 9reb, Jason Milller 14pt and Mark Davis 11pt reb. Paderborn outrebounded Jena 38-32 and outshot their guests from the floor 46% to 41% and 9-26 (34%) 5-22 (22%) from three. Paderborn enjoyed a sizable advantage from the foul line 21-40 (52%) t Jena's 11-17 (64%). Head Coach Doug Spradley and his Paderborn team improve to 7-10 while Jena falls to 2-15.

Koln 99ers 92 WALTER Tigers Tubingen 65
Amidst adversity Head Coach Sasa Obradovic and his Koln team demonstrated championship heart as the 99ers topped Walter Tigers Tubingen 92-65 Saturday evening at Tubingen Arena. Despite distractions and stories swirling around the team regarding the Insolvency announcement earlier in the week, Koln earned their second important win after their midweek ULEB Cup win. After a tight 21-20 1Q which saw new Head Coach Tolga Ongoren make his debut in Tubingen, Koln doubled the Tigers 20-10 in the 2Q to take a 41-30 lead at half. The 99ers extended their margin to 64-47 after 3 before finishing the win with a 28-18 4Q. Koln shot 56% from the floor to Tubingen's 39% and drilled 10 of 23 threes (43%) to 4 of 17 (23%) for the Tigers. Toby Bailey was in fine form scoring 20pt 7reb 6ast with support from teammates Immanuel McElroy (12pt), Nedzad Sinanovic (12pt 6reb 5-6 shooting), Marko Keselj (12pt 6reb 2-3threes), Derek Raivio (12pt 3 of 5 threes) and Aleksandar Nadjfeji (11pt 5reb 5ast). Rasko Katic and Dee Andre Hulett shared topscoring honors for Tubingen with 15pt apiece while Bingo Merriex added 14pt 12reb on 4 for 5 floor shooting and 2 of 2 from three.

Sunday January 27th
Bayer Leverkusen v Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 3pm tip

EnBW Ludwigsburg v BG 74 Gottingen 6pm tip

March 12th brose baskets Bamberg v Eisbaren Bremerhaven 7:30pm tip


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 18 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern: 32 pts, 14/20 FG, 4/4 FT, 10 rbs, 3 st, 2 bs, 1 as

Points: Chris Oliver - Kaiserslautern: 32

Rebounds: Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) - Cuxhaven: 16

Assists: Al Elliott (188-G-79, college: Pace) - Bremen: 10

Steals: Terryl Woolery (195-F-76, college: Cal Poly Pomona) - Bremen: 5

Blocked Shots: Alonzo Hird (206-F-83, college: E.Kentucky) - Schalke: 3

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


2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 18 -by Moritz Korff

Play of the Day: David Bunts (189-G-79, college: Pacific) - Bielefeld: 37 pts, 11/16 FG, 5/10 3P, 10/10 FT, 7 rbs, 4 as


Points: Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) - Braunschweig: 42


Rebounds: Solomon Sheard (204-F/C-79, college: Paul Quinn) - Wolfenbuettel: 15


Assists: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) - Ansbach: 9


Steals: Jacob Ndi (185-G-82, agency: 7-Miracles Management) - Stahnsdorf: 5


Blocked Shots: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 4


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



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GREECE

B' Division : Match Day 16: Second Round's first game and Near East is leading. -by Chris Mammides
Doukas - Olympiakos Volou 87-83
Quarters: 21-18, 48-42, 74-66, 87-83
Doukas took an early lead and only in the fourth quarter faced some troubles from Coach Vlioras team.
Top scorers:
Doukas: Apostolos Matzioris (201-F-84) 24 points, Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) 23 points and Thanasis Kamariotis (201-F-77) with Tsohlas 9 points each
Olympiakos Volou: Tsolis 25 points, Tsourelis 20 points, Arnaoutakis 15 points and Nanis 12 points

Milonas - Ikaroi Serron 70-79
Quarters: 12-21, 28-41, 48-57, 70-79
Ikaroi Serron were much better in the game and took the initiative from the very beginning, Coach Kamarakis's team had four players with double digits
Top scorers:
Milonas: Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) 14 points, Efthyhios Kalaitzakis (195-G-83) 10 points and Ballas 10 points
Ikaroi Serron: Costas Sdrakas (188-G-72) 24 points, Pehlivanis 22 points and Topouzis 17 points

Makedonikos - Goumenisa 77-62
Quarters: 22-17, 34-28, 58-44, 77-62
Coach Giannouzakos team succeeded the second victory this season with Adonis Kogias (206-C-81) succeeding a career's high and Kostas Dalpas (200-F-84) following him from a close distance.
Top scorers: Kostas Dalpas and Karypidis14 points each, Tanakidis and Adonis Kogias 17 points each and Giorgos Samourellis (204-C-84) 16 points
Goumenisa: Bagi 16 points and Giannis Antoniadis (202-G-87) 10 points

Ikaroi Kallitheas - KAOD 78-53
Quarters: 14-20, 36-30, 57-38, 78-53.
Ikaros Kallitheas thrashed KAOD even though coach Grigoriadis team took by surprise the home team and for nearly 16 minutes were leading the game.
Top scorers:
Ikaros Kallitheas: Emmanouilidis 18 points, Karastamatis 14 points and Koukouras 11 points
KAOD: Kyriakos Papadopoulos (199-F-74) 13 points and Koukouravas 10 points

Aigio - Ermis Lagkada 88-67
Quarters: 18-9, 38-27, 61-45, 88-67
Aigio thrashed Ermis Lagkadas and kept his position in the second place with Prokos adding another 30 points in his large scoring career.
Top scorers:
Aigio: Prokos 30 points, Tirlas 18 points and Stavroulakis 13 points
Ermis: Troulialis 14 points, Papakonstantinou 12 points, Dimitriadis 10 points

Komotini - Anagennisi/ Floga 85-79
Quarters: 25-19, 49-41, 62-58, 85-79
A derby took place in Komotini where the home team took the victory at the end simply due to the amazing game of Yiorgos Koutsovasilis (199-F-75) and Mouzakitis. It is worth mentioned that Komotini had 6 players with double digits.
Top scorers:
Komotini: Yiorgos Koutsovasilis 19 points, Mouzakitis 17 points, Dinas 15 points and Veli with Souflias 14 points each.
Anagennisi/Floga: Kostas Pallis (190-G) 15 points, Moisiadis 10 points, Sidiropoulos and Zarogiannis 14 points each.

Amyntas - Lavrio 69-68
Quarters: 25-15, 36-32, 56-57, 69-68.
The greatest derby took place in Dafni, where Amyntas finally took the victory over the very good team of Lavrio in the last second of the game.
Top scorers:
Amyntas: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) 13 points, Samothrakis 14 points, Alexandr Moumouris (201-F/C-74) 15 points and Vogiatzis 11 points.
Lavrio: Giannakopoulos 18 points, Psileas 15 points and Rallis 11 points

Near East - Alimos 92 -62
Quarters: 23-15, 47-35, 66-50, 92-62
Near East thrashed Coach Armenis's Alimos with 30 points having in a great day Lykogiannis
Top scorers:
Near East: Lykogiannis 20 points, Papoulidis 14 points and Gavanopoulos 13 points.
Alimos: Tsolakis 22 points, Yfantis 10 points
Top scorers after 16 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 354 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 288 points (in 15 games)
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 285 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 278 points (in 15 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 261 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 252 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 236 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 236 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 235 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 226 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 233 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 217 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 211 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 178 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 178 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 173 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 170 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 174points
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 161 points
Nikos Kritsalos of Doukas 161 points


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HUNGARY

Round 16: saturday's games -by Tamas Deri

ALBACOMP - ATOMERŐMŰ SE 72-67
(24-15, 20-25, 12-17, 16-10)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2300, Referees: Vigh, Foldhazi, Hegedűs
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 15, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 20/12, Soos 7, McClendon 12, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 14, Boozer 4, Hanga, David, Coach: Goran Miljkovic
ATOMERŐMŰ: Meszaros 8/3, Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) 14/3, Kiss Zs., Horvath Z. 8, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 29/6, Toroman 7/3, Johnson, Csaplar-Nagy E. 1. , Coach: Sabali Balazs
Field goals: 28/59 (47%) - 24/56 (43%)

Free Throws: 12/17 (71%) - 14/22 (64%)

Rebounds: 26 - 30

Most rebounds: McClendon 9, Gulyas 14

Most assists: Simon and Bradford 4-4, Meszaros 8



ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY 72-76
(13-17, 20-19, 24-18, 15-22)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 3000, Referees: Hartyanyi, Bodnar, Makovszky
ZALAKERAMIA: Vladimir Miskovic (188-G-78) 12/3, Walters 9/3, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22/12, Hoffmann 7/3, Reggie Bassette (206-C-77, college: ODU) 12, Gaspar, Toth 2, Baki, Simon 8, Keresztes, Coach: Nikola Lazic
FALCO: Kalman 12/3, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 27/12, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 14/12, Borszeki 3/3, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 10, Kazlauskas 8/3, Feigl 2, Varadi, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Field goals: 27/58 (47%) - 23/57 (40%)

Free Throws: 11/14 (79%) - 20/25 (80%)

Rebounds: 24 - 35

Most rebounds: Kaman and Basette 6-6, Aliakseyeu 10

Most assists: Miskovic 5, Kalman 4


Matija Ceskovic had his debut with his new team. The 27 years old croatian-bosnian guard from Karlovac played already in Croatia, Bosnia, Poland and Greece. He step in the 7. minute on the court and had some nice moves, but not even him could help his team to win against Kormend.


KAPOSVARI KK - LAMI-VED-KÖRMEND 80-86
(26-23, 12-30, 27-13, 15-20)
Kaposvar, Att.: 1.200, Referees: Cziffra, Adam, Kiraly L.
KAPOSVAR: Ferenc Csirke (183-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 27/9, Szőke 2, Roland Hendlein (201-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18, Ceskovic 2, Vojvoda 3/3, Tomosvary, Coach: Horvath Imre
KÖRMEND: Fodor M. 4, Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/6, Trummer 11/6, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 20/9, Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80) 11, Jermaine Thomas (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) 4, Henderson 10, Fodor G. 8/3, McCants 8/6, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub

Mike English had a tripple-double again. American guard scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had also 11 assists, all together 42 IBM.


PLANET LEASING DOMBÓVAR KC - BODROGI-BAU VASARHELYI KS 97-91
(31-33, 18-17, 21-20, 27-21)
Dombovar, Att.: 1500, Referees: Palla, Torok, Fekete
DOMBÓVAR: Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 26, Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 22, Vas P., Molnar 2, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 24, Simon N. 6, Bodi 4, Deak 8/6, Wiley 5/3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
VASARHELY: Drahos 11/6, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 20/15, Kovats R. 6, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 28/9, Gemes 16/6, Babucz 10, Boszormenyi, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo

Thomas Kelley was the man of the game. The american point guard scored 37 points, shot 80 % from the field (12/15), and missed only one of his 12 free throws. He had a double-double, as he collected also 11 fouls against, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.


SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 93-105 after overtime
(25-35, 23-17, 24-16, 17-21, 4-16)
Sopron, Att.: 1200, Referees: Forrai, Kapitany, Marton
SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 18/6, Peter Lakatos (194-G-79) 8, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 22/3, Lesko 15, Frana 8, Pojbics, Zsolt Vesztergom (194-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8, Boldizsar 3/3, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/6, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 37/6, Cziczas 7/6, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 19/9, Donatas Sabaliauskas (200-F-75) 12/12, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 9/6, Harazin 4, Georgy Cseh (208-F-87) 4, Coach: Por Peter



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ICELAND

KFI looses two on the road -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KFI lost two games on the weekend.
First they lost to FSU 126 89 on friday evening. Matthew Hammer had 27 & Vesteinn Sveinsson 26 for FSU. Pance Ilievski 30 for KFI.
On saturday KFI lost to top seat team Breidablik 82-68. Breidablik now 12-0 in the league. Nemanja Sovic 22. Will Coley 18 + 15 rebs for Breidablik.


Iceland Express league results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Skallagrimur beat Tindastoll 90-81. Darrell Flake (193-F-80, agency: IceBasket, college: McKendree) 36. Hafthor Gunnarson 22. Allan Fall 18 for Skallagrimur.
Buitnett 26. Philip Perre 18 for Tindastoll.

Stjarnan 91. Grindavik 103. Pall A. Vilbergsson 24. Pall Kristinsson 18. Adame Darboe 17. Jonathan Griffin 19 for Grindavik. Dimitar Karadzovski 22. Jovan Zdravevski 22 for Stjarnan.

Keflavik lost at home tonight against Njardvik 88-75. Njardvik had 44 freethrow shots Keflavik 12. Njardvik made 37 of them 84%
Top scorers for Keflavik. Bobby Walker 21. Anthony Susnjara 14. For Njardvik Damon Bailey (197-F-80, agency: Icebasket. college: Missouri Western) 29 + 12 rebs. Brenton Birmingham 15


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ITALY

Serie A Week 21 -by Stefano Pini
After 2 games lost Siena came back to the victory. But it wasn't easy. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: Megasport, college: N.Carolina) did everything to make his former team worry, 22p. and 5st for him. Montepaschi has 4 players in double digit. Montegranaro had 5 players that scored more than 20p. against Scafati. And won the game. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, college: Clemson) is impressive in this moment: 17+18 with 4 blocks. Benetton Treviso dominated Capo D'Orlando at home shooting very well: 15/27 by 3p. (5/6 by Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier)) with a choking defense that kept Pierrel at 29/65 from the field. Armani Jeans Milano made pressure for all the game against Scavolini's frontline: Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) +Casey Shaw (208-C-75, college: Toledo) +Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) +Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) combined for 51 points while Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri) + Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) for 15 assists. It's easy to understand the key of the game... LaFortezza Bologna won after 4 games lost in a row. At home, against Cantu Bologna grabbed 24 offensive rebounds (Cantu 19 in defensive...) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) showed his talent. Solsonica Rieti overcame Varese after 2 OT. Solsonica in the toughest moment of his season obtained the 2nd victory in a row. Cimberio lost his 5th game in OT. From the beginning of the season Varese had 15 players that was included in the starting five... Until 2 weeks ago Napoli was a team that was fighting against relegation. Now is a team 2 victory far from playoff zone... But Eldo, even in his worst moment, was a team that always played basketball, trying to express a good organization. And now things are going better. Against Teramo 23 for Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington).

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JAPAN

Tochigi fit for a King -by J.D. Greene
The Tochigi Brex who currently rank 3rd in the JBL2, have released both foreign players (Dean Browne and Ryu Han) in a bold move to strengthen their roster in its first year as a team. It comes as a bit of a surprise being so late in the season and with Dean Browne's strong presence in JBL2. We may not have seen the last of him...
Tochigi hopes that the experience of Chris King (203-F-69, college: Wake Forest) and Fred Williams (203-F-74, agency: Tank Sports, college: UAB) will be able to help them win a championship and take them into the first division next season. Both players have played internationally; King has NBA experience with the Grizzlies and Jazz, and was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the second round. King and Williams are expected to make their debuts on February 3rd.

Other JBL2 news:
Michael Phillips was released by the Chiba Badgers, currently 2nd, due to an apparent medical condition


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MEXICO

Panteras Surprise Halcones in Game One, Game Two Tonight -by Justin Brink
The Panteras rolled into Xalapa, Veracruz last night with nothing to lose. A classic playoff scenario, a 1 versus an 8 seed, David vs Goliath. And while the Panteras, the eight seed, has yet to slay Goliath, they drew first blood in this best of five opening round LNBP Southern Division clash. Click here for more on the Panteras game one upset.

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MONTENEGRO

MNT1A : Mogren win in H.Novi against Primorje 68-63 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Moren Budva win in first game of MNT1A Opportunity Division in city of H.Novi against BC Primorje 68-61.In team of BC Mogren best play once again Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) with 23 points and 11 rebound.Good game play Tepavcevic Sinisa 13 points 7 rebound and Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) 9 points and 8 rebound.In team of BC Primorje good game play Aleksandar Raickovic with 12 points

MNT1B : New win for BC Budva vs S.Centar 65-53 -by Dragan Scepanovic
Lider of MNT1B Division Basketball Club Budva win in game of derby 12 Round of MNT1B Division against BC Studentski centar 65-53.In team of BC Budva best was Milosav Susic (202-F/C-68) with 18 points and 6 rebounds.Good game play Kunjic Igor with 16 points and Drazen Nikic with 13 points.In team of Studentski Centar good game play Djukanovic with 13 points and Koljevic with 12 points.BC Budva have score 12-0 in season 2007-2008.

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NBA

Damon Stoudamire agreed on the contract buyout -by Eurobasket News
The veteran point guard Damon Stoudamire (5'11''-G-73, college: Arizona) reached an agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies on a contract buyout. It means that the franchise will reportedly waive the 34-year-old guard on Monday and he will have 48 hours to sign a contract with a new team. There were already some rumors connecting the 1995 Rookie of the Year with either Boston or Toronto. The Celtics are in a big need of some back-up point guard for Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky). Meanwhile Damon Stoudamire has been claimed to have an interest in joining the franchise he had started his career with - the Raptors. Toronto also might have a strong interest with T.J. Ford (5'10''-G-83, college: Texas) sidelined indefinitely. Memphis were looking for some trade options concerning Damon Stoudamire. However it did not work out with a low rate of interest from the teams and the Grizzlies had to agree on terms of buyout.
Meanwhile the former New Orleans Hornets centre Chris Andersen (6'11''-C-78, college: Blinn JC) might have a chance to return to action. He was disqualified by the league for two years after testing positive for a prohibited substances such as amphitamines, cocaine and opiates and was handed a two-year ban to play in the NBA. But with his penalty term gone now he would be able to apply for reinstatement. If the league answer is positive on his application he can join the New Orleans Hornets as they would have an excusive option of offering a contract to him. If they do not, any other team can come up with their proposal. In five seasons with Denver and New Orleans Chris Andersen averaged 5.1 points, 4.8 boards and 1.4 blocks per game.
The Phoenix Suns mull over idea of playing one of their preseason games outdoors. The team's general manager Steve Kerr has already visited a possible venue. It could be the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which has a capacity of 16,000.


New Orleans post their 8th straight win -by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans were never tamed by the defending champions San Antonio Spurs en route to their 8th consecutive victory. David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) outplayed Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest), while Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) dominated the field to stun the Spurs 102:78 on the road. The win saw the Hornets grab the lead at the West with 31-12 record. Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77) converted 4 three-pointers while Chris Paul dished out 11 assists in the win for the visitors. The hosts played evenly in the first half and held on to a 59:58 advantage midway through the third period but New Orleans used a 14:5 rally to spur ahead and entered the fourth period with a 72:64 lead. The visitors quickly enlarged the margin to 20 points and completed the task beating demoralized San Antonio. David West scored 32 points, while Predrag Stojakovic added 22 points for the winners. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 17 points apiece in the 14th loss for the Spurs in the season.
The Miami Heat finally snapped their 15-game losing streak narrowly defeating the Indiana Pacers 98:96 at home court. It was never an easy one. The Heat led by 9 points with just over 4 minutes left in the fourth frame but the Pacers refused to surrender and responded with a 9:2 run to close the gap to only 2 points with over a minute left. But after a bunch of mistakes from both sides Andre Owens (6'4''-G-80, college: Houston) missed a desperate attempt to save the game and Miami celebrated a long-awaited victory. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) finished with 35 points for the Heat. Mark Blount (6'11''-C-75, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 19 points, while Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Mike Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) dropped 25 points for the Pacers. The Heat are still with the worst record in the East at 9-33.
The Memphis Grizzlies survived an overtime to upset the Los Angeles Clippers 125:120 yesterday. Playing without their leader Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) the Grizzlies relied mainly on Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) and he never let the hosts down. Rudy Gay stepped up with career-high 34 points to pace Memphis. Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) notched season-high 35 points in a loss. The Clippers played without their leading rebounder Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) who was sidelined with a left shin contusion.


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PBL

Weekend games results -by Gianni Pascucci
The Quad City Riverhawks felt to the Dallas Defenders 123-114 at Moline's Wharton Field House. Lonnie Randolph (6'1''-G-83, college: Drake) was the main factor in the Dallas win, scoring 26 points, 18 of them in the second-half comeback of his team, and dishing 9 assists. Ty Johnson (5'11''-G, college: SIU Edwardsville) led QC with game-highs in points (34), rebounds (10), assists (9) and steals (5). Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) added 23 pts, but it wasn' t enough. The Rochester Razorsharks kept alive their home winning sterak defeating Chicago 113-97. Chicago led 17-4 midway halfway through the 1st quarter, but the RazorSharks rallied to lead 41-36 at halftime. Vidal Massiah (6'6''-G/F-79, agency: China-Hoop, college: St.Bonaventure) scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the RazorSharks, now at ther 39th win at home. Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry) added 20 points and 7 rebounds, Michael O'Neal (6'0''-G, college: Central State) led all scorers with 28 points for Chicago. Rockford defeated Arkansas 112-110 in a game in which the impact of the Fury new players was pivotal. The Rockford Fury were thankful for Coleco Buie (6'4''-F-73, college: Missouri St.), who helped to ignite a third-quarter rally that wiped out a 17-point deficit and for Rashi Johnson (6'2''-G, college: Michigan St.), who controlled most of the final three minutes. The Impact was led by Jeremy Bell (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist), who scored 24 points and Tyrone Davis (6'6''-G/F-79, college: Coahoma CC), who added 23. The Wilmington Sea Dawgs remained atop the Premier Basketball League's East Division defeating Reading 102-98. Paced by six double-digit scorers, they built a 19-point lead and withstood a late Railers run that pulled Reading within two in the final 30 seconds. With 20 points, Bruce Brown (6'11''-C-83, college: Hampton) was the best in Sea Dawgs, Cedric McGinnis (6'9''-C-77, college: Georgia Southern) added 15 pts, while Kelvin Green (6'6''-F/G-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: California (PA)) scored 18 and Andre Sweet (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Seton Hall) 17 at the losing side. In another game of the weekend, the Jacksonville Jam prevailed over the Maryland Nighthawks 105-98, and the game between Maryland and Reading was postponed due to transportation problems experienced by the Railers late Saturday night. The game will be rescheduled, the new date will be communicated soon by the PBL.

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PORTUGAL

Pedroso goes to Spain -by Sergio Silva
Gestiberica Vigo of Spanish LEB Bronze signed the guard Nuno Pedroso (187-G-79) who was playing for Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves of Proliga. Pedroso was playing an excellent season with this former team averaging 10ppg as the team was second in the regular season. That will be an excellent oportunity to the carrer of another portuguese player. That proves also that the portuguese basketball is getting better and the european clubs are looking for. For the moment, it's not sure if Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves will sign another player to replace Nuno Pedroso.

CAB Madeira signs Summers -by Sergio Silva
The UZO Liga's team CAB Madeira has signed a new center to replace Rome Sanders who suffered a bad knee injury. The choosen player is Rob Summers (213-C-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: W.Virginia) who finished his college career in 2007 with West Virginia University and who did play after that in the NBA D-League for Iowa Energy team and also in the PBL League for Rockford Fury team. Summers has already played his first game with his new club this weekend in the defeat of CAB Madeira against Casino Figueira Ginasio. He scored 13 pts and grabbed 7 rbds in 21 minutes.

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PUERTO RICO

BSN Teams Select Community and First Time BSN Players -by Luis Ramirez

With a first time Community Player in its ranks the BSN teams selected their respective picks with some interesting draws. The final selections per team for the Community Players were:
1.Humacao - Ja Ja Richards, 2. Bayamon - Diego Guevarra, 3. Guaynabo - Kevin Sheppard, 4. Mayaguez - Carl Krauser, 5. Caguas - Antonio Garcia, 6. San German - Victor Avila, 7. Carolina - No Pick, 8. Ponce - Eddie Elisma, 9. Guayama - Amuary Filion, 10. Fajardo - Omar Quintero, 11. Arecibo - Karel Rosario, 12. Santurce - Victor Mariscal.
For first time BSN Players the team selection were as follows:

First Round
Team Player
1. Humacao Darnell Hinson
2. Humacao James Life
3. Bayamon Nathan Peavy
4. Caguas Cilk McSweeny
5. Caguas Angel Alamo
6. Ponce Jorge Lebron
7. Arecibo George Cotal
8. Guayama Tim Gittens
9. Fajardo Shelby Chaney
10. Arecibo Eric Arocho
11. San German Jose Andino
12. Santurce Eliezer Blass

Second Round
Team Player
1. Guaynabo Jose Lopez
2. Humacao Victor Rivera
3. Mayaguez Jefferey Acevedo
4 Guaynabo Sened Padilla
5. Caguas Xavier Santana
6. Bayamon Hector Gonzalez
7. San German Luis Acosta
8. Carolina No Pick
9. Ponce Ghandy Arias
10.Guayama Norberto Rivera
11.Fajardo Harry Ramirez
12.Humacao Yanni'el de Jesus
13.Santurce Carlos Berrocales

Third Round
Team Player
1. San German Tito Bautista
2. Mayaguez Mario Milhalik
3. Guaynabo Edgardo Garcia
4. Bayamon Christian Tirado
5. Caguas No Pick
6. San German No Pick
7. Carolina No Pick
8. Ponce Ferdinand Martinez
9. Guayama Roberto Casiano
10.Fajardo No Pick
11.Arecibo No Pick
12.Santurce No Pick


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RUSSIA

CSKA is too good for Unics -by Eurobasket News
CSKA were hardly tamed by Unics in Kazan. Moscow outfit secured their 14th win in the season beating the hosts 75:63. CSKA had some delays arriving in Kazan and looked pretty weary down the stretch. However it never influenced the outcome. The visitors relied on a tight defense in the opening frame and limited the hosts to 11 points. It allowed CSKA to accumulate an 8-point advantage and continued to dominate after the intermission. Unics had a momentum late in the second quarter when they rebounded after a slow start and cut the deficit to 6 points. But CSKA quickly restored a safe distance and actually cruised to an overall win in the final minutes. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) led CSKA with 20 points. David Andersen (212-C-80) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) provided 13 points apiece for the winners. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) make his initial appearance for CSKA after his return to the team from Polish Prokom. He logged 17 minutes of action dropping 4 points and grabbing 2 boards. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Unics. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 10 points in defeat. The home team played without Sergei Chikalkin (196-G-75).
Meanwhile Khimky lived up to the pace as they also clinched the 14th victory in the season. Khimky edged Lokomotiv Rostov 77:68 to keep it tied with CSKA at 14-1 record. Khimky claimed their dominance in the opening frame as the hosts built a 24:16 lead. Lokomotiv struggled to perform any sort of comeback and Khimky entered the fourth frame up by 15 points. Lokomotiv managed to outplay 6 points late in regulation but it was never enough to succeed. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) provided 19 points for Khimky. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) netted 14 points apiece for the winning side. Sergei Vorotnikov (196-G-78) and Shevchuk poured in 14 points in a loss.


JR Bremer due to leave Spartak-Primorie -by Marina Vyalova

In accordance with Higher Vision Sports - JR Bremer has decided to cancel the contract with Spartak-Primorie after the Club's recent financial trouble.

Bremer play in his final Russian League game out of respect for the coach versus Universitat Surgut before heading back to Vladivstok to depart to another Club.



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SERBIA

Goran Jagodnik suffers serious injury -by Dragan Jankovski
One of the best players of Hemofarm STADA, Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), suffered serious knee injury during the game of the previous round of Adriatic league against Siroki Prima pivo on the road. At the first point it seemed that injury is not so bad but the last diagnose brought new information. Jagodnik must undergo ACL surgery and he will be sidelined until the end of the season.

Zadar stops Partizan, Zvezda and Hemofarm celebrates -by Dragan Jankovski
After fantastic victory against Bamberg and reaching Euroleague TOP 16, Partizan Igokea was not ready to play against Zadar on the road. Croatian team exploited tiredness of Partizan's players and beat them easily 70-54. Zadar stopped Partizan's streak of 15 consecutive wins while at the same time they grabbed 13th win in the row in Adriatic league so now Zadar has only one triumph less than reining Serbian and Adriatic league champ. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma), who scored 18 points, and Pankracije Barac (196-G-81), who added 14 points and 4 rebounds, were the best for the winners. Partizan got 16 points and 6 assists from UGA PG Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.).

Crvena Zvezda celebrated over Siroki Prima pivo in Pionir 96-90 much tougher than they expected. Siroki was equal rival until the end but they never had a lead last night. Clutch player of the game was Boris Bakic whose 3-pointer brought 89-83 for Zvezda two minutes before the end. Like usually Zvezda got the most from PF Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who added double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds. Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) followed him collecting 13 points and 4 assists while on the other side Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) had 21 points and 4 rebounds for Siroki. Zvezda currently has score 12-7 while Siroki dropped to 5-14.

Buducnost beat Vojvodina Srbijagas 73-54 and revenged them for defeat in Novi Sad. Vojvodina played nice first quarter while the hosts had a terrible shot percentage. The second half brought totally different picture on the court as Buducnost made run 20-4 in the third quarter making advantage of 13 points. The Tulips came closer on minus five but they did not have enough power for a turn. MVP of the game was Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), who finished it with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Vojvodina, whose players had embarrassing percentage from behind the arc (1 of 13).

Like Zvezda, Hemofarm STADA also had to work very hard in order to beat Split CO at home 83-78. Hero of the game was Milivoje Bozovic (211-C-85, agency: Beo Basket), who drained 3-point shot 20 second remaining for the final score 83-78. Bozovic recorded season high collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) was unstoppable in Split netting 35 points. Hemofarm played this game without one of their best player Goran Jagodnik, who will have to undergo knee surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. With this win Hemofarm improved to score 12-7 while Split dropped to 8-11.


Zadar - Partizan Igokea 70-54
(28-16,15-11,9-13,18-14)

Zadar:
Brewer 18, Barac 14 (4 rebs), Gecevski 12 (8 rebs), Stimac 12 (7 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Palacio 16 (6 as), Velickovic 13


Crvena Zvezda - Siroki Prima pivo 96-90
(32-24,15-18,26-23,23-25)

Crvena Zvezda:
Dragicevic 18 (11 rebs), Cook 13 (4 as), Bakic 12 (7 rebs), Kikanovic 12 (4 rebs)
Siroki Prima pivo: Stemberger 21 (4 rebs), Perincic 18 (5 rebs), Zimmerman 15 (6 as)


Hemofarm STADA - Split CO 83-78
(24-22,22-26,19-17,18-13)

Hemofarm STADA:
Bozovic 23 (10 rebs), Marshall 14, Borisov 12
Split CO: Garnett 35, Ivanov 20 (6 rebs)


Buducnost - Vojvodina Srbijagas 73-54
(20-19,7-11,22-12,24-12)

Buducnost:
Micov 13 (5 rebs), Dragojlovic 12 (8 rebs), Popovic 10
Vojvodina Srbijagas: Bojovic 14 (5 rebs), Ivanovic 12 (7 rebs)


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SLOVAK REP.

Pezinok jumps on top -by Eurobasket News
Pezinok overcame Slavia TU Kosice 80:59 to stay alone on top. Three quarters were more than enough to prove the superiority against the guests. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) led the winners with 23 points. Brliť netted 11, while Snopko scored 9. Juraj Probala (185-G-79, agency: Promotex) ended up with 13 points for the visitors.
Inter Bratislava could have the same record 15-5 to lead the group but lost to MBK Rieker Komarno 85:94. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) paced all the winners with 26 points. Pivac nailed 21 and Fapso scored 16. Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex) replied with 24 points in the losing effort.
Lucenec lost in Handlova and also fell at 14-6. A 22:11 in the last quarter was fatal for the favorite. Milosevic paced the winners with 23 points. Vlaic poured in 17, while Klatik and Smacko added 10 each. Peter Praznovsky (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Tarleton St.) top-scored for the guests with 20 points.
Chemosvit Svit won their game to reach two other teams with 14-6 record. Chemosvit Svit had a road win over BK Dolny Kubin 76:92 as Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) nailed 26 points.

HBK Prievidza - BK CASTA SPU Nitra 77:70 (17:18, 23:20, 21:12, 16:20)
HBK Prievidza:Storcel 22, Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) 17, Immink 12
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Hill 22, Andrej Cervenka (198-G/F-84) 14, Seman 13

Slovintegra Levice - Nova Ves 84:80 (27:18, 22:10, 9:22, 26:30)
Slovintegra Levice: Lutovsky 23, Dragan Ristanovic (191-G-66) 23, Gambiroza 19
Nova Ves: Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) 22, Hovaňak 12, Ridzoň 11

Pezinok - Slavia TU Kosice 80:59 (17:15, 25:13, 25:15, 13:16)
Pezinok: Andrej Lukjanec 23, Brliť 11, Snopko 9
Slavia TU Kosice: Juraj Probala 13, Baťka 11, Stojanovic 10

BK Dolny Kubin - Chemosvit Svit 76:92 (29:28, 22:20, 15:19, 10:25)
BK Dolny Kubin: Mario Kurilic (180-G-88) 20, Filo 16, Findura 15
Chemosvit Svit: Peter Sedmak 26, Madzin 16, Laco 12

MBK Handlova - ESO CLUB Lucenec 78:73 (21:13, 22:25, 13:24, 22:11)
MBK Handlova: Milosevic 23, Vlaic 17, Klatik 10, Smacko 10
ESO CLUB Lucenec: Peter Praznovsky 20, Kovacevic 16, Bicvic 14

MBK Rieker Komarno - Inter Bratislava 94:85 (20:20, 17:15, 25:21, 32:29)
MBK Rieker Komarno: Igor Majoros 26, Pivac 21, Fapso 16
Inter Bratislava: Martin Micka 24, Novak 19, Pandula 15


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SLOVENIA

Helios Domzale adds Reggie Freeman -by Matej Bergant
Helios Domzale signed Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) untill the end of this season. Freeman started this season in Greece where he played for Ago Rethimno Almeco and averaged 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg in 6 games before he was cut due the bad shape late in January '08. He spent last season playing in Italy for Upea Capo D'Orlando where he averaged 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg in 25 games. During his career he played for a lot of European clubs such as ITU Istanbul, Cibona Zagreb, FMP Zeleznik Beograd, KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, BC Nis Vojvodina Novi Sad, B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, ASVEL, Roseto, Upea Capo D'Orlando and Ago Rethimno Almeco.

Candidates for Olympic Qualifying Torunament -by Zeljko Zule
NT head coach Ales Pipan has announced 25 candidates for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.
GUARDS: Sani Becirovic (Panathinaikos), Aleksandar Capin (Panionios), Goran Dragic (Union Olimpija), Jaka Klobucar (Geoplin Slovan), Nebojsa Joksimovic (Hemofarm), Jaka Lakovic (Barcelona), Domen Lorbek (Estudiantes), Jan Mocnik (Union Olimpija), Beno Udrih (Sacramento Kings), Samo Udrih (Granada).
FORWARDS: Sandi Cebular (Rosalia de Castro), Goran Jagodnik (Hemofarm), Marko Maravic (Kiev), Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets), Emir Preldzic (Fenerbahce Ülker).
CENTERS: Primoz Brezec (Detroit Pistons), Matej Krusic (Helios), Erazem Lorbek (Roma), Radosav Nesterovic (Toronto Raptors), Hasan Rizvic (Union Olimpija), Uros Slokar (Triumph Moscow), Matjaz Smodis (CSKA Moscow), Gasper Vidmar (Fenerbahce Ülker), Zeljko Zagorac (Anwil), Miha Zupan (Union Olimpija).


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SPAIN

Morley's buzzer beater to win the Prince's Cup -by Francisco Martinez
Leche Rio Breogan won the Prince's Cup, a torunament played in Zaragoza between the four best teams of LEB Gold after the first 17 games of the league.

In the first Semifinal Alicante defeated Bruesa GBC with the adding of Keith Waleskowski as main weapon. The team of Quim Costa was able to get a nice gap when they stopeed Bernard Hopkins (199-F-73, college: Va Commonwealth), the leader of Bruesa.

The second semifinal was a surprise because CAI, the host of the tournament, was defeated by Breogan in a fast game where the reds came back 14 points to die in the final play. The just arrived player Daniel Clark (210-C-88) was the main reason of Breogan's victory.

In the Final game, Roberto Morentin led Breogan against his former team, but Josh Fisher was very hot and scored 18 points in the first hald to give the lead to Alicante. The team of Quim Costa was about 7 points till the end of the game, when Ignacio Ordin (184-G-78) set the equality. With one second remaining everybody tought about the overtime, but in the last second Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) hit a triple and the title went to Lugo.


ACB Round 19 -by Paul Nilsen
The big Barcelona derby game between Barca and DKV Joventut was a strange affair in a game that saw swings for both sides. The home team eventually came out on top against their Badalona rivals with a strong finish to the game but not before two contrasting quarters either side of the half time break. After a tight opening quarter, Dusko Ivanovic and his players were delighted with a 31-17 second period that handed them a 12 point lead at the break.

Incredibly after scoring 31 points, they then scored just 4 points in the third quarter as Badalona dragged themselves back into the game although they only managed 12 points themselves. Consequently It gave the home team an opportunity to get back on the scoring tracuk and they did just that in the final ten minutes with 32 points to seal an 85-74 victory. It was a familiar story for Badalona with Rudy Fernandez in his usual scintillating form scoring 27 points but he had little help. Roger Grimau top scored for Barca with 23 but it was some dealy three-point shooting from Jaka Lakovic and Ginaluca Basile that6 proved pivotal in the contest.

Meanwhile in Andalucia, the bubble burst for the visiting Bilbao at Granada who destroyed the title chasers 97-81 dominating the game throughout. The win was all the more impressive for the hosts as it came without their talisman Curtis Borchardt with Argentinian born Juan Gutierrez taking over on the boards with 13 rebounds while Dylan Page was unstoppable again this week with 28 points. Bilbao relied heavily on the great form of point guard Marcelino Huertas who claimed 16 points and 8 assists.

Cajasol are breathing a huge sigh of relief after taking overtime to pick up a hugely important home 102-96 win over Ricoh Manresa. It was their first win for homecoming Coach Manel Comas. 18 points and 8 assists from new signing and veteran Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame) helped the Seville club over the line and his acquisition could mean the difference between ACB and LEB basketball next season. Over 6,000 fans watched their side take control after the first half with a 46-39 lead but Ricoh pulled level after the third quarter and it was still level after regulation. A high scoring period of overtime saw Seville take the extra period 18-12 with Andres Miso nailing six of nine three-pointers with Ricoh Manresa hamstrung by key players fouling out of the game.

Another struggling team ViveMenorca recorded a fine win against visiting Valladolid. Their 101-93 victory was made possible with a phenomenal final ten minutes when the home team went on a scoring frenzy to convert 42 points in ten minutes - something that infuriated Valladolid Coach Imbroda. 22 points from Mario Stojic were the highlight for the home team while frenchman Jospeh Gomis and Brian Boddicker combined for 49 of the away sides points.

The wins for Menorca and Cajasol pile the pressure on Estudiantes where alarm bells are ringing after they lost the big capital derby against Real. While they will be heartened by their performance in the 84-80 defeat, the facts are that they need to start winning games to get out of trouble before it is too late. Especially after the only side below then Grupo Begar Leon also won. 12400 spectators packed into Vistalegre to watch the Madrid clash and midway through the game it looked to be a familiar story for Estu who were trailing 53-37 and looked out of the game. They still trailed by 13 going into the final period but left themselves with too much of a mountain to climb. Papadopoulos had 9 points and 9 boards in a strong team performance by the home side while Larry Lewis had 25 points for Estudiantes who remain second from bottom.

Leon's fourth win of the season was a hard fought and tight game at home to Gran Canaria. A basket from Txemi Urtasun with 11 seconds remaining was the winning score while 29 points from Italian shooter Javier Bulfoni were vital as was the strong rebounding performance from the home team. Granca continue to struggle on the mainland.

Tau Ceramica moved up into third place after the losses of Bilbao and DKV Joventut after crushing Fuenlabrada 98-61 who after a mini-revival are back in trouble after successive losses. The Madrid team are now just third bottom of the standings above city rivals Estu. The game was up for Fuenlabrada after ten minutes when a terrible start to the game meant they were 33-12 behind as Tau begin to warm-up ahead of the Copa Del Rey at the Fernando Buesa. 8 assists from Pablo Prigioni and 20 points from Sergi Vidal were the picks for Tau while only one player in Salva Guardia managed to get into double figures for the away side who relied on their perimeter game but to ill effect as there shooting let them down badly.

One of the relative shocks of Round 19 was the hammering that Akasvayu Girona dished out to Pamesa on their home court in Valencia. The visitors claimed an impressive 90-71 win after taking advantage of a shocking third quarter for Valencia who came out cold from the half time break and were outscored 28-15 by their ULEB Cup rivals. Marc Gasol scoring one of the highest player valuations of the season with 44 as he claimed 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals while San Emeterio missed just one shot all night and finished with 23 points. Valencia were poor all game and suffered without Ruben Garces and Shammond Williams.

Finally, Unicaja pulled level with Pamesa Valencia after winning 73-70 at Polaris World Murcia. 24 points from Jiri Welsch helped Unicaja to their success as did a strong second quarter in a low scoring affair which they took 23-12 to give themselves the upper hand in the game. Jimmie Hunter scored 21 points for Murcia.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

UVI Schedule/Roster -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands has recently released their basketball schedule for the 2008 LAI (Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria) university league. LAI was established in 1929 and currently consist of the twenty U.S. accredited universities in the Caribbean - nineteen in Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands.
UVI men finished last season with an 6-8 record and the Lady Bucs had more success with a 9-5 finish.

DATE TEAMS TIME LOCATION
Feb. 1 UPR-Rio Piedras vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UPR-Rio Piedras vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb. 2 UPR-Bayamon vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UPR-Bayamon vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb. 8 UVI Lady Bucs vs. Caribbean University (w) 6:30 pm @ Caribbean
' UVI Bucs vs. Caribbean University (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 9 UVI Lady Bucs vs. Central Bayamon (w) 6:30 pm @ Bayamon
' UVI Bucs vs. Central Bayamon (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 15 UVI Lady Bucs vs. UPR-Carolina (w) 6:30 pm @ Carolina
' UVI Bucs vs. UPR-Carolina (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 16 UVI Lady Bucs vs. UPR-Humacao (w) 6:30 pm @ Humacao
' UVI Bucs vs. UPR-Humacao (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 22 Polytecnica vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' Polytecnica vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb 23 UMET vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UMET vs UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Mar. 1 American University vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' American University vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '

Mar. 3 Inter-Division Games TBA
Mar. 5 ' '
Mar. 7 ' '

Mar. 11 Inter-Division Games TBA
Mar. 13 ' '
Mar. 15 ' '

March 17, 19, 20 Quarter Finals
March 25, 27, 28 Semi Finals
March 31, April 2-3 Finals


2008 Buccaneers Roster
Kevin Abbott (196-G/F)
Alvaro deLugo
Marvin Didier
Robert Duck
Nashun Jeffers
Jahaua Joseph
Lesean Moses
Omar Olivacce
Evin Samuel
Ryan Skinner (188-G/F-83)


2008 Lady Bucs Roster
Tanicia Corke
Nicole B. Fleming
Afiya Fredericks
Teal Hetrick
Elisha Jno-Baptiste
Precious Laurent
Shanell Petersen
Angelina Prince
Tiffany Reddick


LAI - Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria
COSME BEITIA DIVISION


UPR - UNIVERSITY OF PR - RIO PIEDRAS
UPRB - UNIVERSITY OF PR - BAYAMON
UCB - UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL BAYAMON
UMET - METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY OF PR
POLY - POLITECHNICA COLLEGE
USC - SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
UPR-H - UNIVERSITY OF PR-HUMACAO
UPR-C - UNIVERSITY OF PR-CAROLINA
AUPR - AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
UVI - UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

RAFAEL MANGUAL DIVISION


UPR-M - UNIV. OF PR, MAYAGUEZ
UIP-I - INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
PUCPR - CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF PR
TURABO - TURABO UNIVERSITY
UPR-CAYEY - CAYEY UNIVERSITY OF PR
UPR-A - UNIVERSITY OF PR- ARECIBO
UPR-U - UNIVERSITY OF PR- UTUADO
UPR-A - UNIV. OF PR- AGUADILLA
UNE - EASTERN UNIVERSITY
UPR-P - UNIVERSITY OF PR-PONCE


Duncan's greatness is still not enough in race for MVP -by David Edole
At age 31, Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) has attained a status that is flattering in one way, but preposterous in another.

With the NBA at the halfway point, MVP discussions have begun and one name is rarely mentioned — Tim Duncan.

Kevin Garnett is the favorite. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are in the mix. Newcomers Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are on the periphery.

Steve Nash is a little like Duncan. Nash won two straight, and voters have now become accustomed to his brilliance. They expect it and are no longer dazzled by it.

Duncan won MVP trophies in 2001-02 and 2002-03, but since then, he has finished second, fourth, eighth and fourth, respectively, in MVP balloting. And during that stretch, the Spurs have won two titles.

So it's official. Tim Duncan is being taken for granted. And that is despite evidence that he is the greatest power forward in NBA history.

'I know Tim doesn't care about it,' teammate Brent Barry said. 'But again, it's a glaring example of Tim not having this spectacular above-the-rim game, or this incredible ballhandling ability or explosive dunks above the rim that draw a lot of attention. He just goes about his business and is steady.'

Duncan's MVP status is also affected by the continuing advances of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. It's not difficult to make the case that both are superstars. Parker was great in the Finals last year and was named MVP after the Spurs swept the Cavaliers. Ginobili is one of the league's best all-around players.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich compares Duncan's approach to David Robinson's when Duncan first joined the Spurs. Robinson had won an MVP award, was a member of the original Dream Team and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. But he deferred immediately to Duncan because he knew Duncan was a better player.

'[Duncan] did for them what David did for him,' Popovich said of Parker and Ginobili. 'David realized he was a heck of a player and [Duncan] realizes those two guys are players. People who are selfless, intelligent and care more about the team winning than anything else welcome that sort of thing.'

Each of the three stars is averaging about 19 points and, on occasion, Duncan has been no more than the third leading scorer on the team. It would be easy for him to average five or six more points a game, but he isn't concerned with that.

In terms of a selfless star, Duncan is in the Magic Johnson class. But in terms of dynamism, he's the opposite of Magic. Compared with, say, Robert Parish, Duncan is stoic.

Shaquille O'Neal had the all-time best description of Duncan — the Big Fundamental. Duncan is one of only two players in NBA history to win a championship with the same franchise and a completely different roster. None of Duncan's 11 teammates on last year's title team were on the 1999 champion.

The only other player to win a championship with the same team after complete turnover was Bill Russell.

Nothing against Garnett, because he is deserving of the MVP this season. So are all the others. But no one should be taking Duncan for granted. If I had to bet the ranch on winning a title this season, there is no one I'd rather have on my team than Tim Duncan.


By JAN HUBBARD


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URUGUAY

Trouville is in the second position -by Hector Lopez
Trouville maintained he second position for the LUB after beating Welcome 86-67. The best scorers for Trouville were Marcel Bouzout (206-C-71) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) scored 11 points grabbed 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) netted 8 points. For Welcome, without foreign players, Pedro Xavier (189-G-70) scored 17. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) was the main scorer for Defensor Sporting, with 20, when his team beat Malvin 75-68. Defesor Sporting is in the third position. Also for Defensor Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) netted 8 points and took 17 rebounds and made one block. For Malvin Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) scored 29 points, Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) 12 and took 6 rebounds, Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) netted 4 points and took 10 rebounds. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.)



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Women News

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AUSTRALIA - Women

Australians in Euroleague -by Eurobasket News
The Qualifying round ended up in Euroleague and it did not bother Australian players as all of them qualified with their teams.
Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80), Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) and Penny Taylor (185-F-81) advanced to 1/8 Finals and together with UMMC clinched the top spot in Group B with 9-1 record. UMMC outscored Perfumerias 96:76 on the road in the final game of the qualifying round. Perfumerias got to a better start and accumulated a 46:35 lead at halftime. But UMMC proved the difference after the break nailing 32 points in the third stanza and cruising to an overall win at the end. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 22 points to pace UMMC. Penny Taylor provided 18 points for the visitors. Alessandra Santos answered with 15 points and 9 boards as Perfumerias entered the next stage from the 4th spot in Group B.
Wisla Krakow clinched the third spot in Group B despite a 51:60 road loss to Bourges Basket in the final round. Bourges used a 32:20 rally midway through the encounter to built a decisive lead in this one. Sonja Kireta produced 12 points and 8 boards, while Emmeline Ndongue had 11 points and 8 rebounds for Bourges. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) advanced with the French team and scored 8 points and made 5 assists. Endene Miyem added 10 points as French team improved to 6-4 record and occupied the 2nd spot in the group. Anna DeForge issued 14 points and 6 boards for Wisla. Candice Dupree registered 9 points and 9 boards in a losing clause.
The defending champions Spartak Moscow Region finished atop of Group C with 9-1 record. They stormed past USVO 96:62 at home yesterday. All Spartak leaders showed they are in good form before the playoffs. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with 31 points and 6 boards, Sue Bird notched 16 points and Diana Taurasi fired 15 to ensure an easy victory of Spartak in Vidnoje. Emilie Gomis had 15 poitns, while Nicole Ohlde dropped 14 points for French team. USVO ended the group stage with 4-6 record and gained the right to play in the eighth-finals. So Spartak MR will take on TEO Vilnius in the eighth-finals with Game 1 scheduled for February 5.


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BARBADOS - Women

St. Michael flatten Alexandra to reach Girls' final -by Justin Marville
After watching patiently as rivals Garrison Secondary dispatched Queen's College in the first semi-final, St. Michael point guard Tamisha Flatts scored a game high 24 points, outscoring the entire opposition by herself, as the league leaders thrashed Alexandra 60-22 on Friday evening in the semi-finals of the WIBISCO Shirley Girls' School Basketball competition.

Playing at the Barbados Community College, the lesser experienced Alexandra lasses entered the contest as huge underdogs facing a St. Michael team that wields four players who compete in the local Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) Women's League, and this inexperience clearly showed from as early as the opening tip.

Employing early perimeter pressure at the top of their 2-3 zone defence, Flatts and the versatile Nadia Rose-Hinds jumped the passing lanes and created several turnovers which they converted into uncontested lay-ups in transition at the other end, leading to the top seeds opening the game by scoring ten unanswered points.

However, Alexandra shooting guard Rhea Holder would respond with a pair of long range bombs to help her side reduce the deficit to six points late in the first quarter as the opposition threatened to run away with the game early in the contest.

But with fellow backcourt mate Blondel Hurley having an off-game while the rest of her team-mates lacked the experience to match the depth of the St. Michael team Holder soon became aware of the futility of her efforts.

Leading 14-6 at the end of the first quarter the Martindale Road side's class began to shine through as their great half court defence would be too much to bear for the Alexandra team in the ensuing quarter, resulting in yet more forced turnovers which led to points in the open court once again from Flatts and Rose-Hinds.

Forward Joleil Greaves added a couple of mid-range baseline jumpers when the St. Michael squad was eventually slowed down into a half court offence while Hurley continued to struggle from the field as the rout was on with Alexandra being held scoreless for the entire duration of the second period until Holder hit another long three pointer to beat the half-time buzzer.

By that time the league leaders had already dropped 22 consecutive points in the quarter with Alexandra's lone field goal in the period preventing the opposition from extending their advantage to over twenty-five points.

The St. Peter based squad fared a lot better in the subsequent quarter, managing to keep Rose-Hinds and Flatts from getting out in transition for easy baskets while Hurley finally got on the board late in the third period to provide some sort of offensive help for Holder.

But the Alexandra duo would only find themselves trading baskets as St. Michael shooting guard Cheyenne Stuart picked up the slack once Flatts and Rose-Hinds were kept quite, maintaining St. Michael's substantial lead.

A couple quick baskets from Holder provided Alexandra with a brief run to start the fourth quarter but it would not be enough to prevent the number one seeds from extended their advantage past thirty points as Stewart made good on the open mid-range jumpers she was given while Flatts added a few more baskets in the open court to put the finishing touches on a clinical performance.

Stewart finished with 14 points, Rose-Hinds added a further 12 while Holder ended with a team high 18 points for Alexandra, who faces Queen's College in Wednesday's third place game at the same venue.

In the evening's first semi-final, two-time reigning MVP Tiffany Husbands scored a game high 22 points to lead an all-round performance from the defending champions Garrison as they routed Queen's College 63-27 to move on to their third successive league final.

Cherise Wilson chipped in with 16 points, Chantal Husbands added 12 while Richelle Farley was the lone QC player in double digits with 13 points.


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BELARUS - Women

BC Minsk is victorious, Berezina struggles hard -by Eurobasket News
In Grodno Arvi leapfrogged over Berezina into the second position in the BWBL. After a tight opening half, which saw the guests holding a slender two-point lead at 36:38, Lithuanian team broke the game open with a 17:8 burst towards the end of the last period. Bills paced the winners with 19 points. Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-F-76) and Briedytė supported her with 14 points each. Padabed poured in 17 points for Berezina which is 9-3 now.
BC Minsk-2006 smashed LTU j. team 112:51. Belorussian team easily reached 7-4 record with the win in all the quarters. The most problematic one for the guests was the last period when they were upset by 34:7. Hrauskaya led the winners with 20 points. Volha Tiamezhnikava (172-G-83) and Ramanava followed her with 16 points each. Sigita Galdikaite (183-F-90) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Russia CSKA gained 13th victory in the Superleague and tops the standings with 13-0 record. The win in all quarters against Nadezhda was not difficult and some top-scorers played the half of the game. Becky Hammon was the one to top the scoring list with 18 points. Ilona Korstine collected 17 points and 10 rebounds and Amaya Valdemoro added 16. Betty Lennox tried hard for the hosts nailing 28 points. Our Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.


Baltic League
BC Minsk-2006 -LTU j. team 112 : 51 ( 28 : 14, 24 : 10, 26 : 20, 34 : 7 )

BC Minsk-2006: Hrauskaya 20, Volha Tiamezhnikava 16, Ramanava 16
LTU j. team: Sigita Galdikaite 13, Autukaite 10, Zintikaite 9

Berezina-RCOR - Arvi 54 : 79 ( 22 : 19, 14 : 19, 10 : 24, 8 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 17, Yakoviz 15, Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) 11
Arvi: Bills 19, Vilma Tamuleviciute 14, Briedytė 14

Russia
Nadezhda (Orenburg) - CSKA (Moscow) 73 : 100 (17:21, 15:26, 23:34, 18:19)

Nadezhda:Betty Lennox 28, Victoria Shagan 11, Anastasiya Verameyenka 11+10 rebs
CSKA:Becky Hammon 18, Ilona Korstine 17+10 rebs, Amaya Valdemoro 16


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BWBL - Women

Saturday results and stats -by Eurobasket News
Saturday was rich for 6 games in Baltic League as Kiev, Grodno and Kaunas hosted two games each.
In Grodno Arvi leapfrogged over Berezina into the second position in the BWBL. After a tight opening half, which saw the guests holding a slender two-point lead at 36:38, Lithuanian team broke the game open with a 17:8 burst towards the end of the last period. Andrea Bills (188-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) paced the winners with 19 points. Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-F-76) and Briedytė supported her with 14 points each. Padabed poured in 17 points for Berezina which is 9-3 now.
BC Minsk-2006 smashed LTU j. team 112:51. Belorussian team easily reached 7-4 record with the win in all the quarters. The most problematic one for the guests was the last period when they were upset by 34:7. Hrauskaya led the winners with 20 points. Volha Tiamezhnikava (172-G-83) and Ramanava followed her with 16 points each. Sigita Galdikaite (183-F-90) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.
TIM-SCUF ended the first eleven games of the Baltic League with a 100% record after a comfortable 82:55 victory over TLU/VOLTA in Kiev. The hosts exploded out of the blocks, and opened up a 27:8 lead through the second period.TIM-SCUF continued their dominance of the game, and a 25:17 run in the third quarter to take the score out to 70:43. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Yegorova posted 15 and Dorogobuzova scored 14. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) resisted for the Estonian team with 21 points.
Olimp-NAEK went level with Tallinna Living for middle position in the league. The latter however improved to 5-4 due to 64:67 road win. With the game almost tied going into the final stanza, it was the visitors side who made the first break with an 8-2 start to the period to take the score out to 64:67. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) led the winners with 15 points. Raussberg netted 12 and Rebane scored 10. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) finished the night with 21 points in defeat.
Laisvė picked up their eighth victory of the League, and as a result, sent Avantis/Turiba out to 2-8 record. Both sides traded baskets from the outset, but it was Laisvė who gained the first advantage with a 33:11 tear. The second period saw the visitors step up their play at both ends, and outscored their opponents 14:30 in the second period to have 47:41 going in at the half. A 28:16 in the third saw the hosts trim the deficit to their advantage through the end. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) paced all the winners with 25 points. Brovkiene nailed 18 and Jutelytė added 16. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) ended up with 18 points for Avantis/Turiba.
Lemminkainen defeated RS TTT Rapa 113;58 and improved to 4-6. The home side smashed the visitors in the first three quarters and then relaxed a bit in the last. TTT Rapa enjoyed probably the only thing in the game, a 24:29 in the last quarter. Kristina Usaite (185-F-79) produced 21 points to lead all the winners. Zygelyte and Kontvainytė followed her with 17 points for the hosts. Ineta Klavina (180-F-88) finished the game with 15 points in defeat.

BC Minsk-2006 -LTU j. team 112 : 51 ( 28 : 14, 24 : 10, 26 : 20, 34 : 7 )
BC Minsk-2006: Hrauskaya 20, Volha Tiamezhnikava 16, Ramanava 16
LTU j. team: Sigita Galdikaite 13, Autukaite 10, Zintikaite 9

Berezina-RCOR - Arvi 54 : 79 ( 22 : 19, 14 : 19, 10 : 24, 8 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 17, Yakoviz 15, Dauharukava 11
Arvi: Andrea Bills 19, Vilma Tamuleviciute 14, Briedytė 14

TIM-SCUF- TLU/VOLTA 82 : 55 ( 18 : 18, 27 : 8, 25 : 17, 12 : 12 )
TIM-SCUF: Yelena Savina 24, Yegorova 15, Dorogobuzova 14
TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 21, Rosenfeldt 9, Zilmer 8

Olimp-NAEK - Tallinna Living 64 : 67 ( 12 : 19, 16 : 8, 18 : 18, 18 : 22 )
Olimp-NAEK: Maria Mykhailenko 21, Kryshtal 20, Buryak 6
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 15, Raussberg 12, Rebane 10

Laisvė- Avantis/Turiba 109 : 80 ( 33 : 11, 14 : 30, 28 : 16, 34 : 23 )
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 25, Brovkiene 18, Jutelytė 16
Avantis/Turiba: Anete Horelika 18, Eibele 14, Vorma 13

Lemminkainen- RS TTT Rapa 113 : 58 ( 29 : 10, 23 : 11, 37 : 8,24 : 29 )
Lemminkainen: Kristina Usaite 21, Zygelyte 17, Kontvainytė 17
TTT Rapa: Ineta Klavina 15, Arcimovicha 13, Pavarina 10


Standings
BWBL Standings
1. Tim-Scuf 11-0
2. Arvi 10-1
3. Berezina 9-2
4. Laisve 8-2
5. Cesis 7-4
6. RGUOR 7-4
7. Audentes 5-4
8. Lemmink. 4-6
9. Olimpia 4-7
10. TLU/AJ 3-6
11. Ol.-NAEK 2-5
12. Avantis T. 2-8
13. TTT/Rapa 1-9
14. Barsy Atyr. 1-9
15. Lintel 118 1-10


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ESTONIA - Women

Saturday brings a victory and a loss -by Eurobasket News
One win and one loss was achieved by Estonian teams in Kiev in Baltic League Saturday results. TLU/VOLTA lost to the favorite of the group stage,TIM-SCUF 55:82 in Kiev. The hosts exploded out of the blocks, and opened up a 27:8 lead through the second period.TIM-SCUF continued their dominance of the game, and a 25:17 run in the third quarter to take the score out to 70:43. Yelena Savina (186-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) posted 15 and Dorogobuzova scored 14. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) resisted for the Estonian team with 21 points.
Olimp-NAEK went level with Tallinna Living for middle position in the league. The latter however improved to 5-4 due to 64:67 road win. With the game almost tied going into the final stanza, it was the visitors side who made the first break with an 8-2 start to the period to take the score out to 64:67. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) led the winners with 15 points. Raussberg netted 12 and Rebane scored 10. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) finished the night with 21 points in defeat.
Today Tallinna Living will try to upset Tim-Scuf that remains undefeated in the league. TLU/VOLTA will play against Olimp-NAEK also in Kiev.

TIM-SCUF- TLU/VOLTA 82 : 55 ( 18 : 18, 27 : 8, 25 : 17, 12 : 12 )
TIM-SCUF: Yelena Savina 24, Inna Yegorova 15, Dorogobuzova 14
TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 21, Rosenfeldt 9, Zilmer 8

Olimp-NAEK- Tallinna Living 64 : 67 ( 12 : 19, 16 : 8, 18 : 18, 18 : 22 )
Olimp-NAEK: Maria Mykhailenko 21, Kryshtal 20, Buryak 6
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 15, Raussberg 12, Rebane 10




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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Third quarter 30-2! -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 21-22: Only one game tonight. Espoo Team visiting Airport City Vantaa and PuHu taking a 10-point-lead during the half time (41-31).
But what happened next? Visitor Espoo Team won the third quarter 30-2 and there was a new chapter. Espoo Team was again strongly back in the
game. The fourth quarter was again even (20-20) and Espoo won by 18 pts. The game MVP was Stephanie Higgs (177-G/F-85, college: Georgia Tech) (Espoo Team), who scored 27 pts
and didn't miss many shots: 1 - 4/4, 2 - 7/10, 3 - 3/3.

PuHu - Espoo Team 63-81 (41-31). Quarters: 23-13, 18-18, 2-30, 20-20. (Aneta Kausaite 17, Alli Arppe 14 - Stephanie Higgs 27, Yolanda Jones 16/10).



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GERMANY - Women

Round 13 results and stats -by Eurobasket News
TSV 1880 Wasserburg improved to 11-0 record and remains the only undefeated team. In Round 13 the favorite overcame evo New Basket Oberhausen 75:65 and send it to the third place. New Basket Oberhausen won the opening quarter 12:15 and had 2 points advantage before the last quarter. TSV 1880 Wasserburg woke up in the final stanza and created 28:16 to win the game. Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) led the winners with 16 points. Muller netted 15 and Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) scored 12. Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) chipped in 19 points in defeat.
TV 1872 Saarlouis Royals stays now alone on the second place after a road win over Munchen Basket. The latter also played on nerves in the first period winning 25:17. Moreover they stun a 18:17 second quarter to have 9 points at the half. TV 1872 Saarlouis Royals was stronger in the second half with 15:25 and 13:19 respectively. Desire Almind (180-F-82, college: Bucknell) paced the winners with 23 points. Page posted 18, while Baer netted 15. Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

Munchen Basket - TV 1872 Saarlouis Royals 71 : 78 (25:17, 18:17, 15:25, 13:19)
Munchen Basket: Sandra Carroll 24, Sterner 10
TV 1872 Saarlouis Royals:Desire Almind 23, Page 18, Baer 15

ChemCats Chemnitz - BBV Leipzig Eagles 88 : 100 (21:19; 29:24; 19:21; 19:36)
ChemCats Chemnitz:Katja Zberch (189-C-78, agency: LBM Management) 29, Tajkov 14, Drechsel 14
BBV Leipzig Eagles:Katarina Flasarova (170-G-85) 24, Woods 19, Odnovolenko 18

Herner TC - BC Pharmaserv Marburg 47 : 77 (7:15; 12:20; 15:25; 13:17)
Herner TC: Anna-Christine Gorg (190-F-87) 12, Stemmermann 10
BC Pharmaserv Marburg:Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) 21, Koop 18, Ozen 17

BG 74 Gottingen - SV Halle Lions 74 : 90 (17:21, 17:27, 18:20, 22:22)
BG 74 Gottingen: Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) 20, Abelova 19, Rajecka 13
SV Halle Lions: Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) 28, Dluzyk 19, Gavriloska 14, Gleinig 14

TSV 1880 Wasserburg - evo New Basket Oberhausen 75 : 65 (12:15, 19:14, 16:20, 28:16)
TSV 1880 Wasserburg:Katrina Hibbert 16, Muller 15, Amanda Lassiter 12
evo New Basket Oberhausen:Sarah Austmann 19, Barker 15


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HOLLAND - Women

Perik Jumpers is the only team to win at home -by Eurobasket News

Last four games of the Eredivisie brought mostly the victories for the guests. Only Perik Jumpers enjoyed the tough victory at home over BV Lely 79:76.
The game between Binnenland and Amazone was not predicted to be a tough one, but the hosts struggled hard. Amazone started well the home court team equaled the score at 31:31. Another spurt by the favorite brought 45:57 entering the last quarter. Renes started fast in the final quarter and reduced the gap to 52:57. In the end of the game Petra Rutgers (177-G/F-81) made the free throws to set up the final win.Tyler McIlwraith (185-G-85, college: St.Louis) and Judy Wright (172-G-84) top-scored with 20 points each. Petra Rutgers netted 12, while Marloes Renskers (170-G-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) added 9.
Yellow Bike didn't have any problems at Celeritas Donar 51:89. The victory allowed the leader to step on 11-1. Woonb./DAS overcame Grasshoppers on a road 60:71 and improved to 5-6 record.

USO Basket had no chance of reaching the eighth-finals of the EuroLeague Women but at least they exited the competition in impressive fashion by defeating Germano Zama Faenza 84:68 on Wednesday. Nieuwveen Marlous scored 6 points and made 4 rebounds for Italian team that did not advance to 1/8 Finals.



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HUNGARY - Women

Home wins -by Tamas Palko
BSE - Gyor 86-66 (26-16, 21-20, 21-15, 18-15)

BSE: Aties Zuleira 18/6, Licet Castillo 17/12, Diana Furesz 17/3, Anna Vida 16/3.
Gyor: Rita Varga 19, Toth 14/3, Borecka 12/6, Margeviciute 11.

2pointers: 23/23 68%; 22/45 49%.
3pointers: 8/24 33%; 3/16 19%.
Free throws: 16/25 64%; 13/20 65%.
Rebs: 20; 21.


Szeged - Szekszard 87-63 (21-16, 22-20, 23-11, 21-16)

Szeged: Vrantseva 17/15, Emoke Furesz 14, Milena Tomova 14 (13 rebs), Petra Russai 11/3, Judit Kajdacsi 10 (9 rebs).
Szekszard: Mina Maksimovic 18/6 (9 rebs), Danijela Varda 15 (10 rebs), Rita Tamas 13/9, Balint 10/3.

2 pointers: 24/49 49%;15/38 39%
3 pointers:9/31 29%; 7/24 29%
Free throws: 12/16 75%; 12/14 86%
Rebs: 45; 29.


Home win for Zalaegerszeg -by Tamas Palko
Zala Volan ZTE - Szolnoki NKK 66-54 (13-12, 24-12, 5-21, 24-9)

The first period was equal, but in the second Zalaegerszeg made a 12 point lead. But in the third they only can score 5 points, so Szolnok became the leader. In the fourth quarter, three 3pointers in a row get Zalaegerszeg a win, in an exciting match.

Zala Volan: Lidija Milkova 14, Molly Creamer (177-G-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) 15/3, Krisztina Pungor 12/6, Judit Szelesy 13/6.
Szolnok: Magdalena Kozdron 14/3, Angela Djelmis 13/6. Annamaria Keller 11.

2 pointers: 23/39 59%; 15/29 52%
3 pointers: 5/13 38%; 4/20 20%
Free throws: 5/6 83%; 12/16 75%
Rebs: 34; 17


750 matches of Laszlo Ratgeber -by Tamas Palko
Today was Laszlo Ratgeber 's 750th match with Pecs. He wins 79% of these matches, today's win was his 596th victory.
In the championship Pecs wins 87% of their matches, 410 of 473.
In the Euroleague 60% of the matches won by Ratgeber's Pecs.
The sum of the points is 58544-44763.
This season is the 15th season with Laszlo Ratgeber .


Huge win for Pecs -by Tamas Palko
Mizo Pecs 2010 - Cegledi EKK 109-33 (35-9, 23-10, 24-10, 27-4)

Pecs: Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) 21, Andrea Somogyi 18/6, Anna Vajda 18, Zsofia Fegyverneky 16, Coelho Graziane 10.
Cegled: Tiffany Williams 14, Coronado 10/6.

2 pointers: 26/49 53%; 7/37 19%.
3 pointers: 6/11 55%; 3/15 20%.
Free throws: 39/47 83%; 10/12 83%
Rebs: 41; 19.


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IRELAND - Women

Donoughmore tries on the Senior National Cup crown -by Eurobasket News
Donoughmore secured the Cup title as they beat St. Paul's in the Final game yesterday. The game was played at the National Basketball Arena at Tragadh. Donoughmore opened the game more aggressively taking a 10:3 lead. Lynn Jones and Muiriosa Galwey (176-G) scored consecutive baskets for St. Paul's as they trimmed the difference to just 2 points after 10 minutes. Muiriosa Galwey added another three-pointer to open the second stanza and the teams kept it close throughout the next minutes. But late baskets from Rachael Vanderwal (176-G-83) returned the lead to Donoughmore as they were up by 5 points at halftime 33:28. Rachael Vanderwal and O'Leary extended the gap to 9 points in the third stanza but St. Paul's refused to give up. Muiriosa Galwey scored some important buckets for the visitors as they squared things up at 42. Donoughmore however retained a minimum advantage after three quarters of action 48:47. But in spite of a fierce battle in the fourth term St. Paul's struggled to keep the pace and started to lag behind. Fiona Lynch dropped consecutive baskets for the hosts and soon Donoughmore built a safe lead that they would foster till the final buzzer. Rachael Vanderwal topscored for Donoughmore with 24 points. Fiona Lynch added 18 points, while Sinead Barry came up with 11 points for the winners. Muiriosa Galwey answered with game-high 30 points for St. Paul's. Mairead Finnegan (168-G) added 10 points in a losing case.

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LATVIA - Women

Avantis/Turiba and TTT Rapa lost in Kaunas -by Eurobasket News
Avantis/Turiba and TTT Rapa lost in Kaunas on Saturday, howev can revenge already tonight. Laisvė picked up their eighth victory of the League, and as a result, sent Avantis/Turiba out to 2-8 record. Both sides traded baskets from the outset, but it was Laisvė who gained the first advantage with a 33:11 tear. The second period saw the visitors step up their play at both ends, and outscored their opponents 14:30 in the second period to have 47:41 going in at the half. A 28:16 in the third saw the hosts trim the deficit to their advantage through the end. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) paced all the winners with 25 points. Brovkiene nailed 18 and Jutelytė added 16. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) ended up with 18 points for Avantis/Turiba.
Lemminkainen defeated RS TTT Rapa 113:58 and improved to 4-6. The home side smashed the visitors in the first three quarters and then relaxed a bit in the last. TTT Rapa enjoyed probably the only thing in the game, a 24:29 in the last quarter. Kristina Usaite (185-F-79) produced 21 points to lead all the winners. Zygelyte and Kontvainytė followed her with 17 points for the hosts. Ineta Klavina (180-F-88) finished the game with 15 points in defeat.
Today Avantis/Turiba will meet Lemminkainen, while Laisvė face RS TTT Rapa.

Laisvė- Avantis/Turiba 109 : 80 ( 33 : 11, 14 : 30, 28 : 16, 34 : 23 )
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 25, Brovkiene 18, Jutelytė 16
Avantis/Turiba: Anete Horelika 18, Eibele 14, Vorma 13

Lemminkainen- RS TTT Rapa 113 : 58 ( 29 : 10, 23 : 11, 37 : 8, 24 : 29 )
Lemminkainen: Kristina Usaite 21, Zygelyte 17, Kontvainytė 17
TTT Rapa: Ineta Klavina 15, Arcimovicha 13, Pavarina 10


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LEBANON - Women

Results - Round 11 of the Lebanese League -by Raffi Kassabian
Easy wins for Champville against Homenetmen Beirut (59-39), and Antranik Beirut against Blue Stars (77-53) is the summary of the round 11 of the lebanese league. The third game of the round scheduled on Friday 25/1/2008 between Riyadi Beirut and Anibal Zahle is postponed to another date to be set later by the Lebanese Basketball Federation. Homenetmen Antelias didn't have a game in this round.

Results - Round 11

Champville - Homenetmen Beirut 59-39
Riyadi Beirut - Anibal Zahle postponed
Blue Stars - Antranik Beirut 53-77


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LITHUANIA - Women

A piece from everywhere -by Eurobasket News

In Grodno Arvi leapfrogged over Berezina into the second position in the BWBL. After a tight opening half, which saw the guests holding a slender two-point lead at 36:38, Lithuanian team broke the game open with a 17:8 burst towards the end of the last period. Andrea Bills (188-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) paced the winners with 19 points. Tamuleviciute and Briedytė supported her with 14 points each. Padabed poured in 17 points for Berezina which is 9-3 now.
BC Minsk-2006 smashed LTU j. team 112:51. Belorussian team easily reached 7-4 record with the win in all the quarters. The most problematic one for the guests was the last period when they were upset by 34:7. Hrauskaya led the winners with 20 points. Tiamezhnikava and Ramanava followed her with 16 points each. Sigita Galdikaite (183-F-90) ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.

Laisvė picked up their eighth victory of the League, and as a result, sent Avantis/Turiba out to 2-8 record. Both sides traded baskets from the outset, but it was Laisvė who gained the first advantage with a 33:11 tear. The second period saw the visitors step up their play at both ends, and outscored their opponents 14:30 in the second period to have 47:41 going in at the half. A 28:16 in the third saw the hosts trim the deficit to their advantage through the end. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) paced all the winners with 25 points. Brovkiene nailed 18 and Jutelytė added 16. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) ended up with 18 points for Avantis/Turiba.
Lemminkainen defeated RS TTT Rapa 113;58 and improved to 4-6. The home side smashed the visitors in the first three quarters and then relaxed a bit in the last. TTT Rapa enjoyed probably the only thing in the game, a 24:29 in the last quarter. Kristina Usaite (185-F-79) produced 21 points to lead all the winners. Zygelyte and Kontvainytė followed her with 17 points for the hosts. Ineta Klavina (180-F-88) finished the game with 15 points in defeat.
In Sweden Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) remains on top with her Solna. In the last game Solna overcame Marbo Boras 90:65 as Lithuanian player top-scored in the game. Jurgita Kausaite brought her team 20 points.
In Italy Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) produced 15 points for Banco di Sicilia Ribera in a 59:54 loss from New Wash Montigarda.

Baltic League
BC Minsk-2006 -LTU j. team 112 : 51 ( 28 : 14, 24 : 10, 26 : 20, 34 : 7 )

BC Minsk-2006: Hrauskaya 20, Tiamezhnikava 16, Ramanava 16
LTU j. team: Sigita Galdikaite 13, Autukaite 10, Zintikaite 9

Berezina-RCOR - Arvi 54 : 79 ( 22 : 19, 14 : 19, 10 : 24, 8 : 17 )
Berezina-RCOR: Padabed 17, Yakoviz 15, Dauharukava 11
Arvi: Andrea Bills 19, Tamuleviciute 14, Briedytė 14


Laisvė- Avantis/Turiba 109 : 80 ( 33 : 11, 14 : 30, 28 : 16, 34 : 23 )
Laisvė: Jolanta Marmiene 25, Brovkiene 18, Jutelytė 16
Avantis/Turiba: Anete Horelika 18, Eibele 14, Vorma 13

Lemminkainen- RS TTT Rapa 113 : 58 ( 29 : 10, 23 : 11, 37 : 8,24 : 29 )
Lemminkainen: Kristina Usaite 21, Zygelyte 17, Kontvainytė 17
TTT Rapa: Ineta Klavina 15, Arcimovicha 13, Pavarina 10


Italy
New Wash Montigarda - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 59-54

NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. dnp, Colico R. (0/1), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 13 (6/17), Rossi 3 (-, 1/1), Smith D. 4 (1/1, 0/1), Dimitrova E. 6 (1/2, 1/2), Albertazzi S., Ruzickova M. 10 (5/10, 0/2), Erin Lawless 23 (10/13, 0/2). Coach Fossati Fabio
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. , Duffy M. 7 (1/1, 1/2), Favento S. 11 (4/6, 1/3), Bona G. dnp, Riccardi E. (0/1, 0/1), Montagnino J. 10 (3/6, 1/3), Perfetti C. 3 (1/1, 0/1), Pys'Mennik O. 6 (2/5, 0/2), Diana Razmaite15 (7/15), Morrison Jara Z. 2 (1/3). Coach Tripodi Giovanni

Sweden
Marbo Boras - Solna Vikings 65 - 90

Marbo Borĺs: Ashley Key 20, Lindsey Hicks 11, Johanna Kallman 10, Johanna Ericsson 9, Emma Nilsson 8, Caroline Danielsson 3, Lisa Knutsson 2, Maria Gustavsson 2.
Solna: Jurgita Kausaite 20, Michaela Livijn 19, Elisabet Egnell 19, Christy Bacon 14, Anna Hoglund 11, Helena Klackenberg 4, Maria Nasstrom 3.



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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Round 15 results and stats -by Eurobasket News
The defending champion of Slovak Republic KOSIT 2013 remains undefeaed and increased to 15-0 record so far. In the last game KOSIT 2013 had a road win over INPEK UKF Nitra 54:86. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) had a chance to top-score with 19 points. Cikosova posted 18 and McCarville added 15. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) resisted with 17 points in the losing effort.
MBK Ruzomberok did not have any difficulties versus BO TJ Spartak Myjava 101:61. The representative of EuroCup from our country improved to 12-3. Krumbergova led the winners with 17 points. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) and Chabatova followed her with 16 points each. Michaela Malinkova (170-F-85) finished the game with 17 points in defeat.
Cassovia Kosice beat Viktoria 75:63 and Poprad and Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica achieved the victories away from home. Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica overcame Rozňava 72:82 as Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) nailed 27 points. Poprad beat Slovan Bratislava 54:63 with 15 points from Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City).
The next round is scheduled for January 30st.

Slovan Bratislava - Poprad 54:63 (15:8, 9:12, 11:21, 19:22)
Slovan Bratislava:Renata Kozmonova (190-C-81) 19, Krizmova 12, Horonyova 8
Poprad: Sadio Sangare 15, Brezaniova 14, Gibbsova 12, Petrikova 11

INPEK UKF Nitra - KOSIT 2013 Kosice 54:86 (14:25, 15:19, 15:24, 10:18)
INPEK UKF Nitra: Edita Sujanova 17, Mracnova 13, Chlebovcova 8
KOSIT 2013: Ivana Jalcova 19, Cikosova 18, McCarvillova 15

AT GEMTEX Rozňava - Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica 72:82 (26:19, 15:22, 16:18, 15:23)
AT GEMTEX Rozňava:Eva Antalecova (180-F-66) 32, Csavasova 16
Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica: Andrea Oravcova 27, Lalovicova 16, Makova 12

MBK Ruzomberok - BO TJ Spartak Myjava 101:61 (24:13, 27:9, 28:17, 22:22)
MBK Ruzomberok: Krumbergova 17, Simona Podesvova 16, Chabatova 16
Spartak Myjava: Michaela Malinkova 17, Porubska 14, Zakova 10

Cassovia Kosice - Viktoria 75:63 (18:14, 21:14, 9:17, 27:18)
Cassovia Kosice: Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) 26, Mackova 14, Kolkusova 9, Beňuskova 9
Viktoria:Perostijska 17, Kovaľova 13, Pindrochova 11


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SPAIN - Women

Round 14:Oxygen for Arranz Burgos and Filter Mann -by Ivan Villar
Last results are very good for best and worst teams of table.San Jose Leon remains on top after winning Olesa.Ashley Battle wasn't playing so well as last season,but she scored 20 points and gained 5 rebounds showing that she had come back.Lecoe Willingham made another great game with 20 points and 15 rebounds,but this time revelation team Olesa couldn't win.Filter Mann Zaragoza won its second game in a row after beating Cadi La Seu d'Urgell in their court.Victor Lapena's team is going down to dangerous positions and Cuadrat's team begin to believe in salvation.Jael Freixanet played her best game of season with 16 points and 20 efficience.Hondarribia Irun had debut of his new coach Manel Sanchez against strong Ros Casares.Champion forgot its first defeating of season last weekend in Ibiza.Laia Palau (9 p-20 ef) and Elisa Aguilar (17 p.-16 ef) were best players of valencian team.Shameka Christon had great performance with 22 points and 5 steals but her team keeps on bad positions for team as Hondarribia.Probably PDV-Ibiza is best spanish team nowday.Good shape of team coached by Jordi Fernandez was showed against Rivas.Madrid's team was trashed by Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78, college: Michigan St.) (20 p-30 ef),Silvia Morales (17 p-6 a) and Sancho Lyttle (13 p-14 reb).Arantxa Gomez (11 p-6 steals) was only one resource of Nacho Fort's team.Arranz Burgos won a final against Extremadura Dato.Anna Cruz drove perfectly her team with 16 points and 17 efficience.Kelly Santos was best team of Badajoz' team scoring 25 points and gaining 12 rebounds.Bad derby in Vigo between galician teams.Celta Vigo played with more intensity against an unknown Extrugasa.Team coached by Miguel Mendez ordered playing for Mujanovic (14 p-12 reb) and Vilagarcia's team couldn't stop her.Marina Kress was only one player of Extrugasa who shone something (19 p-13 reb).Perfumerias Avenida continues near Ros and Leon after beating Gran Canaria easily.Anna Montanana leaded her team with 14 points,10 rebounds and 6 assits.Reeta Piipari (21 p) was best player of a team which begins to look down.

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U.KINGDOM - Women

The favorites are victorious -by Eurobasket News
Rhondda Rebels and City Of Sheffield Hatters reached another victories in EBL. both team remain undefeated in the league and stay on top of it.
Rhondda Rebels smashed London Towers 84:34 to take 8-0 record. With 22:11 in the opening quarter the hosts started to ruin the opponents and reached 38:15 at the half. A 50-points deficit in the end of the game showed 84:34. Quiana Copeland (188-F, college: Northeastern) led the winners with 22 points and Sally Kaznica (174-G-81) nailed 17. Drolaye finished the game with 16 points in defeat.
City Of Sheffield Hatters won over Sevenoaks Suns 90:61. Tha favotite also grabbed 25 points advantage at the half and then led the game to a slow current. Sarah Naylor (183-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 36 points. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) added 20, while Gandy produced 12. Lewis chipped in 19 points for the home side.
In another games Manchester beat Solent 88:81. The teams stayed close to each other in the third and the fourth quarters and had to continue the game in overtime as the board showed 69:69 after four quarters. After that Manchester found its game and won the campaign. Rehana Khalil (173-G-86) led the winners with 25 points. Jones scored 19 and Clayden netted 17. Joann Overstreet poured in 19 points in the losing effort. London HA lost to Nottingham 67:78 and UWIC Archers triumphed over Northumbria 105:78.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

UVI LADY BUCS, SCHEDULE -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands has recently released their basketball schedule for the 2008 LAI (Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria) university league. LAI was established in 1929 and currently consist of the twenty U.S. accredited universities in the Caribbean - nineteen in Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands.
UVI men finished last season with an 6-8 record and the Lady Bucs had more success with a 9-5 finish.

2008 Lady Bucs Roster
Tanicia Corke
Nicole B. Fleming
Afiya Fredericks
Teal Hetrick
Elisha Jno-Baptiste
Precious Laurent
Shanell Petersen
Angelina Prince
Tiffany Reddick

SCHEDULE

DATE TEAMS TIME LOCATION
Feb. 1 UPR-Rio Piedras vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UPR-Rio Piedras vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb. 2 UPR-Bayamon vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UPR-Bayamon vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb. 8 UVI Lady Bucs vs. Caribbean University (w) 6:30 pm @ Caribbean
' UVI Bucs vs. Caribbean University (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 9 UVI Lady Bucs vs. Central Bayamon (w) 6:30 pm @ Bayamon
' UVI Bucs vs. Central Bayamon (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 15 UVI Lady Bucs vs. UPR-Carolina (w) 6:30 pm @ Carolina
' UVI Bucs vs. UPR-Carolina (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 16 UVI Lady Bucs vs. UPR-Humacao (w) 6:30 pm @ Humacao
' UVI Bucs vs. UPR-Humacao (m) 8:30 pm '
Feb. 22 Polytecnica vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' Polytecnica vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Feb 23 UMET vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' UMET vs UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '
Mar. 1 American University vs. UVI Lady Bucs (w) 7:00 pm @ HOME
' American University vs. UVI Bucs (m) 9:00 pm '

Mar. 3 Inter-Division Games TBA
Mar. 5 ' '
Mar. 7 ' '

Mar. 11 Inter-Division Games TBA
Mar. 13 ' '
Mar. 15 ' '

March 17, 19, 20 Quarter Finals
March 25, 27, 28 Semi Finals
March 31, April 2-3 Finals

LAI - Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria
COSME BEITIA DIVISION

UPR - UNIVERSITY OF PR - RIO PIEDRAS
UPRB - UNIVERSITY OF PR - BAYAMON
UCB - UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL BAYAMON
UMET - METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY OF PR
POLY - POLITECHNICA COLLEGE
USC - SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
UPR-H - UNIVERSITY OF PR-HUMACAO
UPR-C - UNIVERSITY OF PR-CAROLINA
AUPR - AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
UVI - UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

RAFAEL MANGUAL DIVISION


UPR-M - UNIV. OF PR, MAYAGUEZ
UIP-I - INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
PUCPR - CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF PR
TURABO - TURABO UNIVERSITY
UPR-CAYEY - CAYEY UNIVERSITY OF PR
UPR-A - UNIVERSITY OF PR- ARECIBO
UPR-U - UNIVERSITY OF PR- UTUADO
UPR-A - UNIV. OF PR- AGUADILLA
UNE - EASTERN UNIVERSITY
UPR-P - UNIVERSITY OF PR-PONCE


Brookhaven stuns Murrah girls -by David Edole
The Brookhaven Lady Panthers knocked off top-ranked Murrah 44-42 Saturday in the Brookhaven Classic.

Murrah (21-1), entered the game ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 3 in the nation by USA Today.

Dandy Dozen forward Swayze Black, an LSU signee, scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers (22-3). Dandy Dozen teammate Nikki Byrd, an Ole Miss signee, chipped in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

'I think this is the first game that we played with that kind of intensity,' said Brookhaven coach Freda Craft. 'Nobody believed that we could win but us, and the girls played like it.'

Murrah, also ranked No. 1 in the South, was led by Dandy Dozen junior guard Tanecka Carey, who scored 13 points. Dandy Dozen forward LaSondra Barrett, an LSU signee, scored 12 points for the Lady Mustangs.

'We just came out with a lot of intensity and kept it going,' said Byrd.


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UKRAINE - Women

Tim-Scuf remains the only undefeated team in BWBL -by Eurobasket News
TIM-SCUF ended the first eleven games of the Baltic League with a 100% record after a comfortable 82:55 victory over TLU/VOLTA in Kiev. The hosts exploded out of the blocks, and opened up a 27:8 lead through the second period.TIM-SCUF continued their dominance of the game, and a 25:17 run in the third quarter to take the score out to 70:43. Savina top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Inna Yegorova (173-G-82) posted 15 and Dorogobuzova scored 14. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) resisted for the Estonian team with 21 points.
Olimp-NAEK went level with Tallinna Living for middle position in the league. The latter however improved to 5-4 due to 64:67 road win. With the game almost tied going into the final stanza, it was the visitors side who made the first break with an 8-2 start to the period to take the score out to 64:67. Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) led the winners with 15 points. Raussberg netted 12 and Rebane scored 10. Maria Mykhailenko (181-G-87) finished the night with 21 points in defeat.
Today Tim-Scuf is likely to reach 12-0 record as the team hosts Tallinna Living. Olimp-NAEK will try to win over TLU/VOLTA.

TIM-SCUF- TLU/VOLTA 82 : 55 ( 18 : 18, 27 : 8, 25 : 17, 12 : 12 )
TIM-SCUF: Savina 24, Inna Yegorova 15, Dorogobuzova 14
TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 21, Rosenfeldt 9, Zilmer 8

Olimp-NAEK- Tallinna Living 64 : 67 ( 12 : 19, 16 : 8, 18 : 18, 18 : 22 )
Olimp-NAEK: Maria Mykhailenko 21, Olga Kryshtal (175-G-86) 20, Buryak 6
Tallinna Living: Mari Saarniit 15, Raussberg 12, Rebane 10