EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/31/2008

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Reggie Freeman changes direction -by Dragan Jankovski
Slovenian champ Helios Domzale really doesn't have luck with a new players. Namely, forward Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas), who signed pre-contract with the team and suppose to be their leader until the end of the season, changed his mind at the last moment and left for Germany.

Their latest signing Michel de la Blanc did not satisfy club's expectations and was released so team from Domzale has to continue their search for the new player.


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AUSTRALIA

Ebi Ere returns to burn down the Tigers -by Eurobasket News
Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) returned from to the Bullets' lineup after the birth of his daughter that kept him out of action for a week. It worked straight away for the defending champions as they overcame their arch-rivals the Melbourne Tigers 112:92 on the road today. Ebi Ere added some more weighty arguments to his possible recognition as the season's MVP. He notched game-high 37 points to pace the Bullets to their 18th win in the season. They are now just one win shy of the second-ranked Tigers. Brisbane got to a better start as they led for some time early in the encounter. However the hosts quickly regrouped and answered with a 12:0 run to build a 34:27 advantage with 12 minutes gone in the game. Ebi Ere stepped up for the visitors in the second quarter nailing 12 points as Brisbane took charge with at 58:52 halftime lead. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the third frame before Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California) drained 6 straight points for the Tigers to pull them within one point from the home team at 76:77. It all went Melbourne's way early in the fourth period as they scored 4 points and grabbed an advantage. But Ebi Ere and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) sent Brisbane cruising igniting a 17:2 rally to waive bye to the Tigers. CJ Bruton added 20 points and 6 assists, while Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) came up with 19 points and 16 boards for the winners. Sean Lampley dropped 22 points for the Tigers. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) accounted for 16 points in defeat. Brisbane will next take on the Adelaide 36ers on Saturday, while Melbourne will play against Wollongong on Friday.
Meanwhile the Sydney Kings routed the Wollongong Hawks 105:86 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre today to comfortably seat atop of the NBL ladder. Dontaye Draper (180-G, college: Charleston) and Russell Hinder (208-F/C-79, college: Augusta St.) provided 17 points apiece for the Kings as they dominated the Hawks. Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75, college: Augusta St.) netted game-high 21 points for Wollongong in a loss. Sydney were beyond reach at halftime already leading by as many as 28 points. The Hawks managed to slow down the hosts a bit after the break but still had little chances of reviving any kind of intrigue. The Kings climbed to 22-3 record and would play against Perth on Saturday. The Hawks fell to 8-16 record.


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Elite Division and Challenge Cup latest results -by Eurobasket News
Baltic League wrote down five more games results in the archive of this year. One game in the elite Division and one game in Challenge cup were played last night.
Kalev/Cramo stole the victory from Neptunas 70:72 in the Elite Division. The win allowed the guests to increase to 4-7 record. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) led the winners with 17 points. Kriisa netted 14, while Frier scored 13. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) ended up with 12 points in defeat.
Challenge Cup had four games and sees now three teams with 5 losses only. In a match-up between two Latvian teams, Liepajas Lauvas turned out to be victorious against Bumerangs/ASK 96:58. The hosts controlled the whole game winning each of the quarters. Hamilton paced all the winners with 16 points. Jurevicus produced 14 and Citskovskis netted 13. Maris Snikis (207-C-75) chipped in 12 points for the visitors.
VEF Riga improved to 12-5 after beating Alytus 93:81.Alytus accumulated an advantage after the first half 34:42, but then latvian team came back to the game. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) drilled three consecutive looks from behind the arc. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) was the only players in the roster of the guests who tried repaint this picture. Edgars Jeromanovs top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Zydrunas Urbonas ended up with 17 in defeat.
Triobet/Dalkia overcame Aisciai/Atletas 69 : 65 as Sten Sokk (181-G-89) nailed 19 points. Sakalai smashed Fausto 86:132 on a road with 31 points from Justinas Sinica (203-F-85).

Elite Division
Neptunas -Kalev/Cramo 70 : 72 ( 19-23, 14-22, 16-11, 21-16 )

Neptunas:Marius Runkauskas 12, Pociuipa 11, Trakimas 11
Kalev/Cramo: Mateo Kedzo 17, Kriisa 14, Frier 13

Challenge Cup
Triobet/Dalkia -Aisciai/Atletas 69 : 65 ( 26-18, 9-16, 18-15, 16-16 )

Triobet/Dalkia:Sten Sokk 19, Makke 16, Kurbas 13
Aisciai/Atletas: Egidijus Dimsa (204-C-85) 17, Vasiliauskas

Fausto -Sakalai 86 : 132 ( 24-42, 12-29, 21-33, 29-28 )
Fausto:Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) 20, Gorobets 17
Sakalai:Justinas Sinica 31, Kurtinaitis 21, Niparavicius 19

Liepajas Lauvas - Bumerangs/ASK 96 : 58 ( 17-9, 30-20, 21-7, 28-22 )
Liepajas Lauvas:Hamilton 16, Jurevicus 14, Citskovskis 13
Bumerangs/ASK: Maris Snikis 12, Sokolovs 11

VEF Riga -Alytus 93 : 81 ( 21-16, 13-26, 30-21, 29-18 )
VEF Riga:Edgars Jeromanovs 27, Shelekto 16, Kolesnikov 15
Alytus:Zydrunas Urbonas 17, Aleksandrovas 13


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BELGIUM

Division II Results - Regular Season (Round 17) -by Bertrand Larsimont

Power Liefmans Wevelgem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 65-59
Steve Robeyst (190-F-76) was missing on Power's side. With a very young team led by Tom Van de Keere (average 18.7 points per game this season), the local team defeated second-ranked Sint-Jan. Power Liefmans Wevelgem currently seems to be the toughest team to beat in Division II.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 16-18, 30-24, 46-39 and 65-59.
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 6; T. Van de Keere 16; Delepeleire 2; S. Naudts 8; R. Naudts 7; Guillemyn 2; Jouret 8; Flanders 15.
Sint-Jan: Gorremans 13; Van Rillaer 15; Van Schil 8; Dekkers 2; T. Van de Vondel 11; Ceyssens 10.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden 55-76
Score at the half: 22-32.
Kangoeroes: Bocevski 3; De Wachter 5; Goormans 2; Lauwerijs 6; Roelandts 14, Casteels 15; Coulanges 10.
Sint-Truiden: P. Van Hoecke 20; Baert 9; Willegems 17; Souverijns 20; Pipeleers 4; Cuppens 7.

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 71-55
Again, a very surprising and nice win for Zwevezele led by an amazing Broderick Bobb (202-C-75, college: Abil.Christian) who scored 24 points in the first half and 7 in the second.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 18-18, 39-34, 66-43 and 71-55.
Zwevezele: Bourdeaux 18; Lombart 11; Desloovere 2; Bobb 31; Van Hulle 8; Mylleville 1.
Waregem: Steinbach 8; Cleymans 4; Bwatu 6; Dewilde 13; Verdickt 10; Vermeiren 8; Fiers 6.

CEP Fleurus vs. BC Ninane 77-82
CEP's President Giovanni Mureddu seemed disappointed after the game: 'We just cannot play a good game at home'. The other results of Round 17 show that there is no easy game in this competition. Despite the loss, CEP remains one of the top teams of Division II anyway. Nevertheless, the local team (without Stephen Tison, injured) never seemed able to set a simple play last Friday even when it was just three points behind BC Ninane with only 1:15 remaining in the game. British player Mark Hawley (200-F-74, college: St.Mary) had an excellent first half and the rest of the BC Ninane side finished the work by showing a great fighting spirit. The season is not over and, as emphasized by CEP's big boss Gio Mureddu, the talented CEP young players are still capable of winning great games before the end of the season. Why not next week in BS Waregem? BC Ninane will host Kangoeroes on February 2nd.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 24-19, 44-42, 64-65 and 77-82.
Fleurus: Tsasa 4; Vanesse 11; Penninck 4; Moris 12; Jadin 28; Rozewicz 6; Buja 2; Semijejero 4; Pourtoit 6.
Ninane: Lhote 10; Van Bergen 7; R. Delhaes 2; Offermann 17; Delsaute 18; Hawley 11, Muric 15.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. BBC Boom 88-57
Paul Bayer (192-G-70), injured, did not play for BBC Boom.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 25-16, 42-36, 71-42 and 88-57.
Hasselt: Jacobs 2; Ghijsen 16; Hendrix 18; Sterk 7; Van Poelgeest 4; Vanhove 24; Bijnens 9; Maes 4; Gijbels 4.
Boom: Druwez 2; Van Wert 13; Lambreghts 8; Salden 19; Leten 3; Kitieu 2; Van den Eynde 10.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. BBC Falco Ghent to be played on 2008-02-09


Falco News -by Peter Buyse


D2 team is negotiating with Kosovo guard Fahri Breca (190-G-85)to replace the departed Olivier Foucart.

They hope to reach an agreement soon for the rest of the season.
Breca played the last 3 seasons for Pristina in the Kosovar Superleague.
He is also a member of the Kosovo National team.



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BOSNIA

Cup BiH - Siroki better than Zrinjski -by Elvir Halilovic

Third member of Final Tournament of Cup BiH is Siroki. They beat Zrinjski Mik Company with 84:76.

Siroki's coach Sunara rest their best players (Spralja, Dijan and Fajardo) for saturdays game against Cibona. Best scorers in winners team was Zupic and Lever with 14 points, same like Mrsic and Sarenac from Zrinjski.
Last game of Quarter final, Grude - Igokea Partizan will playing at Sunday in Grude.



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BRAZIL

NJCAA Brasil: Mafra leading the canarinhos -by Gustavo Cardoso
Roberto Mafra is leading the Brazilian charge this year in the NJCAAs. As it was mentioned before by Rolando De La Barrera, in this same website, Mafra should be one of the top Brazilian recruits for 08/09 NCAA season. But let's take a look at what the other canarinhos have been doing this past week as well.

Southeastern Iowa Blackhawks

Iowa Western was a tough game to the Blackhawks who lost by 12 (57-69) last Saturday. Yesterday's game against Kankakee CC was cancelled. Mafra is the leading scorer for the Blackhawks with 15 points per game and also the main rebounder (6.5 per game) and top shot blocker with 3.2 rejections per game.

This Pernambuco kid is following the recent tradition of his state's counterparts JP Batista and Thiago Cordeiro who have also done well in the NJCAAs before heading to division programs in the NCAA and later to clubs in Europe, which is the case of Batista.

Iowa Preps has already listed Indiana State, Wichita State, Idaho State, and Murray State as NCAA programs interested by the heavy work performed by the Pernambucano.

South Plains Texans

The trio of Brazilian players in this Texas community college has been doing well, and so has the team. The Texans won two conference games this past week. A 108-106 win against Howard last Thursday, and a 21 game blowout against New Mexico on Tuesday (93-72). It's the third consecutive win for the Texans.

The game against Howard wasn't a good one for the Brazilians. Luciano De Souza (199-F-86) and Carlao scored 4 points each and Tiago Jabur dished 4 assists. Against New Mexico things picked up for the canarinhos as Carlos scored 12 points and 6 rebounds and Luciano had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tiago Jabur went scoreless playing only a little over 3 minutes. The Texans are 19-1 overall, and 7-1 in conference play.

Labette Cardinals

Things are not looking good to Labette. Last Wednesday the Cardinals lost to Fort Scott (71-90) and on Saturday to Kansas City (70-73). Ismar Neto (191-G-87), a 6'3 guard from Brasilia, is in his sophomore season at Labette and currently averages 11.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, and 2.4 steals per game for his team.

Arizona Western Matadors

Big men Rafael Crescencio and Marcelo da Silva are the Brazilian Matadors this season after Eddie Lima left to Fullerton and Zoppa went to a D2 school. It is also good to remember that this was Baby Araujo's school in the NJCAA, only the third one in school history to reach the NBA.

This past Saturday the Matadors wiped Pima Community College off the map in a conference game, winning by the score of 101 to 50. Crescencio is in his freshman season, but has already become the fourth top scorer averaging 11.1 points per contest. He grabs over 6 rebounds per contest as well.

Marcelo, on the other hand, is having a quiet sophomore season and averages 2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Barton Cougars

The Cougars beat Colby on an away game winning the contest by the score of 88 to 73. Wagner Bueno (201-F-85) went scoreless in just 6 minutes of play. The 6'7 Brazilian forward currently averages 2.9 points per game in the season.


Paulista League: Ulbra is in the final against Franca -by Gustavo Cardoso

Ulbra proved that its deeper bench was the key to this series and clinched the semi series against Assis in 3 to 1 in another victory tonight in Sao Bernardo, in the Sao Paulo metro area. Veteran combo guard Vanderlei Mazzuchini (198-F-72) finished the game with 27 points and was one of the key factors for Coach Jose Neto.

Assis started better and led by 7 with a few minutes into the game (6-13). The lead stayed at 7 after a couple of free throws by Jorge Seraphim (197-G/F-80, college: Furman) (10-17), but after that Vanderlei charged into the game and helped Ulbra go on a 10-0 run. He fueled the rise of his team with an and 1 play followed by an easy lay up on a fast break.

Diego tied the game at 17 after a crossover that took Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) off the play and got a bucket on a fade away jumper after the defender tried to regain position. A three pointer put Ulbra ahead by 3, but Jorge and Nezinho dos Santos hit it back to put the visitors ahead before the end of the first (20-22).

The second quarter was the most competitive in the game, but also filled with turnovers. Calderon was called with a technical and Nezinho dos Santos widened the gap on the scoreboard to 3 (22-25). Mineiro came into the game for Ulbra to replace the Argentine, but couldn't make an impact as Ricardo Probst (200-F/C-76) guarded him up close and forced more turnovers.

Both teams hit baskets back and forth and the largest lead in the period was 4 points (28-32) on a play by Ricardo Probst. Mineiro tied the game at 35 with a play underneath the basket and forced a timeout by Coach Aga who yelled at his players in disbelief during the break. A few bad words came out clear on ESPN Brasil's mics, and so did the coach's message: don't let Ulbra get easy plays down low.

Nezinho dos Santos fired a trey to put Assis ahead (38-35), but on defense, trying to avoid another easy basket in the paint, Assis' players forgot to guard Ulbra and the ball ended up on power forward Betao's hand who, at the top of the key, hit from beyond the arc and tied the game at 38.

Although there were no mics installed in Assis' locker during half time, from what happened in the beginning of the third, it was easy to conclude that either the message passed wasn't clear or the game strategy was not the correct one to choose. Assis was totally off on defense and Ulbra players hit inumerous shots wide open without any challenge on defense. Calderon hit a three pointer to put Ulbra up by 5 (49-44).

The home team went on a 12-2 run with the Argentine and Vanderlei leading the charge. The third quarter ended with a sellfish, but beautiful play by youngster point guard Marcel who, after being rejected, drove back into the lane against three of Ulbra's players, and forced an impossible play. Showing talent, and flexibility the diminutive guard hit a bank shot high on the backboard and got a trip to the charity line. Ulbra 61, Assis 48.

The last period started with the fourth foul called on Pedro Calderon (210-C-80). However, Ulbra, at this point, was not dependent on any specific player, and Neto, kept his main big men on the floor. David reduced the lead to 11 on a tip in after a trey by Jorginho. Marcel had a steal on Calderon to narrow to single digit (63-54), but Biro made sure Ulbra stayed under double digit comfort (65-54) with 7 minutes to go.

Danilo hit from beyond the arc at ease (68-54), and Nezinho dos Santos, in a childish play, fouled Vanderlei, got his fourth, with less than 6 to go. On the next play Marcel fouled Biro, also his fourth. The game was on Ulbra's hand and Calderon, once again from three sealed the game putting the home team ahead by 19 (73-54). Ulbra won the game by 15 points (82-67), and put the city of Sao Bernardo for the first time on a Paulista League final.

Franca and Ulbra will face each other after Carnival Holidays, which end on February 6th.


Top scorers:

ULBRA: Vanderlei Mazzuchini 27 pts, Pedro Calderon 14 pts, and 'Biro' Maistro (190-F-87) 13 pts

ASSIS: Nezinho dos Santos 22 pts, Jorge Seraphim 17 pts, and Ricardo Probst 12 pts



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CHINA

Liao ning beat Jiang su again -by Robert Wang
118:92, Liao Niung beat Jiangsu tonight and the garbage time went into from the 3rd quator and Jiang su gave up very early. Tang zheng dong only played 15 minutes, and sit down long time did not play at all.Liao ning got 47 rebounds but jiangsu only got 28 rebounds. Big lost! Jiang su will finished their season if they lost to liao ning again the day after tomorrow. Another game between dong guan and Guang dong just finished at 97:113, Jason dixon got 28 points and 11 rebounds, anthony Myles got 25 points and 8 rebunds. Dong Guang finished their season now. Guang dong will play against Liao ning at finals if Liao ning beat jinagsu again in 2 days.

Guangdong Sweeps Dongguan, Liaoning Leads Jiangsu -by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong swept its semi-final series with Guangdong with a 117-101 victory today. Dixon Jason (205-C-73, college: Liberty) led the way with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Guangdong took complete control of the game with a 30-16 edge in the second quarter, giving it a 58-40 halftime lead.

Zhu Fangyu scored 25 points for Guangdong and Du Feng scored 22. Chen Jianghua played 30 minutes at point guard compared to 18 for Liu Xiaoyu. Perhaps young Chen is maturing as a point guard, allowing his athleticism to work better in the service of the team. If this trend continues, it bodes well for China's Olympic hopes and perhaps Chen's playing in the NBA one day. Anthony Myles scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Dongguan. Zhang Kai scored 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds but also had 7 turnovers. Zhang is a rebounding specialist and could be a valuable role-player on the Olympic team.

Liaoning took a 2-1 lead over Jiangsu with a 118-82 thrashing. Once again the second quarter was decisive as Liaoning outscored Jiangsu 40-19 and led 69-42 at the half.

Li Xiaoxu led Liaoning with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Li may be battling Ding Jinhui of Zhejiang, his fellow member of the class of 1990, for a slot on the Olympic team. Both are 204 cm power forwards. But Ding is a good outside shooter who can also play some at small forward. Li rarely attempts a three-pointer but appears to be better inside. Liu Xiangtao added 18 points for Liaoning and Bian Qiang scored 16. Tang Zhengdong only played 15 minutes for Jiangsu and Hu Xuefeng played 14. Jiangsu appeared to be resting them for Friday's game at Liaoning, which Jiangsu must win to stay in the playoffs. Yang Li led Jiangsu with 17 points and Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 15.

Dongguan- 24 16 26 35 101
Guangdong 28 30 24 35 117

Guangdong 117
Zhu Fangyu 25p+6r+4a+3s, Liu Xiaoyu 7p+2r+1a+2to, Zhou Peng 8p+2r+1bl, Du Feng 22p+5r+2a+2s, Dixon Jason 28p+11r+1a+1s+1bl, Ji Le 4p+6r+2a+3s, Lamond Murray 10p+5r+4a+4s, Chen Jianghua 10p+2r+3a+3to, Wang Shipeng 12min+3p+1r+2a
Dongguan 101
Zhang Kai 17p+11r+1a+2bl+7to, Qiu Biao 30min+18p+3r+1a+2s+6fl, Wang Jing 6p+3r+2a, Mike Harris 11p+7r+4a+1bl, Li Guang 4p+3r+3a+1s, Yu Ning 9p+1a, Anthony Myles 29p+8r+1a+2s+1bl, Li Gangfeng 5p+3r+1a

Liaoning 29 40 26 23 118
Jiangsu- 23 19 24 26 92

Liaoning
Bian Qiang 16p+3r+5a+2s, Liu Xiangtao 18p+1r+2a+2s, Yang Ming 14p+5r+3a+1s+2to, Li Xiaoxu 20p+10r+2a+2s+1bl, Zhang Qingpeng 6p+1r+3a+1s, Jamal Sampson 14p+6r+2a+1s, Gu Liye 9p+6r+2bl, Lu Yao 7p+1a+1bl
Jiangsu
Tang Zhengdong 15min+4p, Hu Xuefeng 14min+10p+2r+1a+1s+1to, Yi Li 8p+4r+2a+2s+1bl, Yang Li 17p+2r+3a+3s, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 21min+6p+5r+1a+1s+6fl, Meng Da 14p+2r+4a+1s+2bl, Han Shuo 13p+4r+5a+2to, Jon Smith 15p+6r+1bl, Liu Yahui 5p+1a+1bl


GUANDONG SWEEP SERIES WHILE LIAONING JUMP AHEAD!!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Liaoning jumped to a 2-1 lead this evening as they beat Jiangsu 118-92. In a game in which Liaoning assumed control right from the tip-off,the Tigers zoomed to a 6pt lead in the first quarter and firmly stamped their authority by scoring a whopping 40pts in the second quarter while Jiangsu could only score 19pts. Scores at the half stood at 69-42. The 3rd and 4th quarters passed like a flash as the game had already been decided by the end of the 2nd quarter. Jiangsu were no longer playing like a team that was looking to comeback. Most of the starters were on the bench and big man,Tang Zheng Dong only played 15 minutes in the whole game. Topping the scorers chart for Liaoning was Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) with 20pts and 10rebs while Liu Xiangtao (202-F/C-80) followed closely with 18pts. Bian Qiang (192-G-79) scored 16pts while Yang Ming (193-G-87) and Sampson Jamal (209-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: California) each scored 14pts. Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) had 10pts and 9rebs. For Jiangsu,Yang Li (195-F/G-85) led with 17pts while teammates,Meng Da (196-F/G-84) and Han Shuo (197-G-89) scored 14 and 13pts respectively. Game 4 will be played on friday.
In the second semi-finals,Guangdong made a clean sweep of their series with a 117-101 defeat of DongGuan. Leading scorer for Guandong was Dixon Jason (205-C-73, college: Liberty) with 28pts while Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) and Du Feng (206-C/F-81) each scored 25 and 22pts respectively. For DongGuan,Myles Anthony (206-F/C-82, college: Xavier) led scoring with 29pts while Qiu Biao and Zhang Kai (211-C-82) had 18 and 17pts each.


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COSTA RICA

Heiner Quits! President of the Federation does not want to seek re election. -by Jason Markham
San Jose Costa Rica - Heiner Ulgade, announced in the La Nacion, the nation's largest daily newspaper, that he will not seek re election. Ulgade can look back at several accomplishments including, a higher level of play, a national television contract and the first ex NBA player, Khalid Reeves, to enter the league. Ulgade's critics included government officials, team presidents, the referee's association and some ex corporate partners of the league.

Ulgade resigned on his own and has made efforts to maintain good relationshipswith the basketball community. He regrets all of the unifinshed projects that he wanted to see to fruition. No replacement has been named, as the team presidents have actively begun the interview process.


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CROATIA

Zagreb outscores Olympia in decider -by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Olympia 63:58

Croatian Zagreb nipped Olympia Larissa at home in the decisive game in Group C of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game with a 3-2 record and had to win to qualify to the quarterfinal. Tsiaras opened the game with a three-pointer to put Olympia ahead. The visitors maintained the lead for some time early in the game before Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) netted 5 points and Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) nailed a triple to put Zagreb up. The teams then traded baskets and the first quarter ended with Zagreb leading by one 19:18. Marios Batis (188-G-80) fired from the outside to retain the lead for Olympia but not for long though. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Vedran Morovic (183-G-83, college: Olney CC) quickly grabbed the advantage back to the hosts. Zagreb worked hard to ensure the lead and foster a 32:29 cushion at halftime. Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) provided 6 points for Zagreb early in the third stanza as the home team cleared off to a 44:35 distance. The nervousness was in the air with both teams piling up fouls. Zagreb still held on to the lead and headed into the fourth term with a 54:47 advantage. Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points for Olympia at the start of the fourth quarter as Greek side trimmed the gap a bit. Stephen Arigbabu later added another 3 points and Marios Batis hit jumper as Olympia climbed within 2 points from the hosts. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) reacted immediately with a timeout and adjusted his team's defense. Petar Babic (191-G-85) connected from afar for Zagreb, while their defense limited Olympia to just 2 points in the final three minutes to seal the winning outcome for Zagreb. Ante Tomic accounted for 19 points, 9 boards and 4 assists for Zagreb. Petar Babic poured in 12 points as Zagreb advanced to the quarterfinal. Stephen Arigbabu replied with 19 points and 8 boards for Olympia. Marios Batis scored 17 points and pulled down 8 boards in a key loss for Olympia. Zagreb will now take on Barons in the quarterfinal best-of-three series.

Zagreb: Ante Tomic 19+9 boards, Petar Babic 12, Krunoslav Simon 7
Olympia: Stephen Arigbabu 19, Marios Batis 17


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CYPRUS

EuroCup: Dramatic victory in Limassol! -by Chris Mammides
Proteas EKA AEL beat for a second consecutive time the team of her ex coach (Miglineks) Spartak St. Petersburg C nuoa A A enoco 72-71 oc -ano Aaa onyec ae nnc ooci uic ooc o EuroCup. . With this victory, the Cyprus team finished this phase at the top of the Group which means that Coach Barton's yellows will have the home-advantage in the next round The match between the two teams had two different phases as the visitors were much better in the first half and they even took a lead of 15 points just before the end of the first half with Smith's amazing performance. At the end though and with Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) another amazing performance Proteas EKA AEL made the Basketball fans allover Cyprus proud one more time. With an amazing 9-24 balanced the result in the third quarter and finally beat Miglineks team. The quarters were: 19-30, 33-48, 57-57, 72-71. The scorers for the two teams were the following:
AEL: Alexis Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) 5, Souchu 3, Milutin Aleksic 21, Radle 13, Sudov 10, Ilunga 2, Zavoriev 10, Zianveni 6, Woodward 2.
Spartak: Rakovic 10, Nikolaev 4, Araoujo 9, Smith 22, Pavlov 2, Jundin 13, Sotinikov 6, Ivanov 5.

It is worth mentioned that Olympia Larissas didn't make it in the Top 16 as the Greek disqualified from the next round.


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ESTONIA

TU/Rock wins Group A of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - LrNMKY 78:72

Estonian TU/Rock successfully finished the qualifying round of EuroCup tournament and had their mission completed. They advanced to the quarterfinal stage from the top spot in Group A. TU/Rock wrapped up their group stage action in style edging Lappeenranta at home in the last round. The win saw them improve to 5-1 record and they surpassed Samara by the points difference in back-to-back games. Lappeenranta remained with a single win down the stretch. But with nothing to lose Finnish team fought bravely and were close to upsetting TU/Rock in Tartu. Virtanen and Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) fired from downtown to open the scoring tally for the Finnish side early in the game. The visitors kept in front throughout the opening stanza. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) teamed up for 5 straight points late in the frame to give Lappeenranta a 22:13 advantage after 10 minutes. Adrian Henning added 4 more points at the start of the second quarter to enlarge the margin to 15 points. Finally Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) sank a three-pointer to shake up the hosts. Talts, Gert Kullamae and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) trimmed the difference to 9 points but Lappeenranta responded with a trey from Adrian Henning. Nevertheless TU/Rock had the last say in the first half with Marek Doronin netting 6 consecutive points and cutting the gap to 6 points 35:41 at halftime.
Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) came up with 5 straight points to open up the third frame. Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) and Petri Virtanen kept the visitors up for some time but Marek Doronin's jumper tied it all up at 46 midway through the third quarter. Seconds later Tein connected from beyond the arc to put TU/Rock in front. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) and Gert Kullamae combined for 5 points in a row and the home team cleared off to a 6-point distance 57:51. Gert Kullamae capped the stanza with yet another jumper as Tartu outfit held on to a 62:55 lead. Ivan Harris and Pasi Riihela allowed Lappeenranta to climb within 2 points from the home team and later Petri Virtanen knocked down a triple to make it 67:68 with just under 2 minutes remaining. Brian Cusworth hit one free throw, while Sten dropped a jump shot to square things up at 69 with just over a minute left. Gert Kullamae and Ivan Harris traded trebles before Marek Doronin set it at 74:72 with 28 seconds to go. Pasi Riihela missed his shot and George Tsintsadze and Marek Doronin sealed the winning outcome for the visitors from charity stripe.
Marek Doronin nailed 21 points to lead the action. Gert Kullamae added 17 points, while George Tsintsadze secured 15 in a win. Adrian Henning paced Lappeenranta with 20 points and 5 boards. Pasi Riihela posted 13 points and 10 boards in a losing case. TU/Rock will now take on Ural Great in the quarterfinal best-of-three series. Game 1 is scheduled for February 19 in Estonia.

TU/Rock: Marek Doronin 21, Gert Kullamae 17, George Tsintsadze 15
LrNMKY: Adrian Henning 20, Pasi Riihela 13


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EURO CUP

Samara and Ural Great make it to quarterfinal of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
It was two out of four for Russia in the qualifying round of EuroCup. Samara and Ural Great completed their task and advanced to the next round of action. However Lokomotiv Rostov and Spartak Saint Petersburg were unable to succeed and got eliminated from the tournament.
Samara occupied the second spot in Group A claiming five wins in six games. In the final round Samara thumped visiting PAOK 80:61. Samara had an 11-point lead at the interval and gradually mounting the pressure secured the winning outcome at the end. Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) dropped 17 points for Samara. Sergei Demeshkin (200-F-76) and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) provided 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Giorgos Tsiakos (204-F-82, agency: FCM) dropped 16 points and collected 10 boards as PAOK ended with 1-5 record at the bottom of the ladder. Samara now awaits to open their quarterfinal series against Hainaut on February 19.
Ural Great also went through to the next round despite a thrashing loss to Dexia Hainaut in Belgium yesterday. Belgium side stunned Ural Great 81:60 in Mons and clinched the top spot in Group B. It never looked good for the visitors as they trailed by 16 points at the break. Perm outfit did not recover after the break and suffered their second loss at the competition. Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) drained 15 points for Dexia. Jim Potter (203-F-73, college: Idaho St.) provided 12 points, while Jim Cantamessa (202-F-78, college: Siena) added 11 as Hainaut improved to 4-2 record and occupied the top place. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) was the only player to score in double figures for the visitors as he nailed 14 points.
Lokomotiv Rostov needed to win in Ukraine to hope to qualify for the quarterfinal stage. Unfortunately for Rostov fans the task appeared to be too complicated for the Russian team. Khimik sealed a 78:62 victory to secure the second spot in Group D. A 22:6 rally from the hosts in the second quarter opened up a 14-point cushion for Khimik at halftime. The home team then wisely maintained the distance giving Lokomotiv no chance to erase it and spark any kind of intrigue. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) topscored for Khimik with 17 points. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) brought up another 13 for the winners. Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) and Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) sank 15 points apiece for Lokomotiv.
Finally Spartak Saint Petersburg had no views on the playoff stage before the final round of action. They travelled to Cyprus to fight for pride against Group C leaders AEL. And they were close of performing some kind of surprise leading by as many as 15 points at halftime. But Spartak managed to waste it all in the second half and lost the game by a single point 71:72. Aleksis accounted for 21 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) delivered 13 points for the winners. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) had 22 points and 6 boards for Spartak. Anton Yudin (193-G-72) contributed 13 points as Russian team fell to 1-5 record.


TU/Rock wins Group A of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - LrNMKY 78:72

Estonian TU/Rock successfully finished the qualifying round of EuroCup tournament and had their mission completed. They advanced to the quarterfinal stage from the top spot in Group A. TU/Rock wrapped up their group stage action in style edging Lappeenranta at home in the last round. The win saw them improve to 5-1 record and they surpassed Samara by the points difference in back-to-back games. Lappeenranta remained with a single win down the stretch. But with nothing to lose Finnish team fought bravely and were close to upsetting TU/Rock in Tartu. Virtanen and Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) fired from downtown to open the scoring tally for the Finnish side early in the game. The visitors kept in front throughout the opening stanza. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) teamed up for 5 straight points late in the frame to give Lappeenranta a 22:13 advantage after 10 minutes. Adrian Henning added 4 more points at the start of the second quarter to enlarge the margin to 15 points. Finally Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) sank a three-pointer to shake up the hosts. Talts, Gert Kullamae and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) trimmed the difference to 9 points but Lappeenranta responded with a trey from Adrian Henning. Nevertheless TU/Rock had the last say in the first half with Marek Doronin netting 6 consecutive points and cutting the gap to 6 points 35:41 at halftime.
Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) came up with 5 straight points to open up the third frame. Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) and Petri Virtanen kept the visitors up for some time but Marek Doronin's jumper tied it all up at 46 midway through the third quarter. Seconds later Tein connected from beyond the arc to put TU/Rock in front. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) and Gert Kullamae combined for 5 points in a row and the home team cleared off to a 6-point distance 57:51. Gert Kullamae capped the stanza with yet another jumper as Tartu outfit held on to a 62:55 lead. Ivan Harris and Pasi Riihela allowed Lappeenranta to climb within 2 points from the home team and later Petri Virtanen knocked down a triple to make it 67:68 with just under 2 minutes remaining. Brian Cusworth hit one free throw, while Sten dropped a jump shot to square things up at 69 with just over a minute left. Gert Kullamae and Ivan Harris traded trebles before Marek Doronin set it at 74:72 with 28 seconds to go. Pasi Riihela missed his shot and George Tsintsadze and Marek Doronin sealed the winning outcome for the visitors from charity stripe.
Marek Doronin nailed 21 points to lead the action. Gert Kullamae added 17 points, while George Tsintsadze secured 15 in a win. Adrian Henning paced Lappeenranta with 20 points and 5 boards. Pasi Riihela posted 13 points and 10 boards in a losing case. TU/Rock will now take on Ural Great in the quarterfinal best-of-three series. Game 1 is scheduled for February 19 in Estonia.

TU/Rock: Marek Doronin 21, Gert Kullamae 17, George Tsintsadze 15
LrNMKY: Adrian Henning 20, Pasi Riihela 13


Zagreb outscores Olympia in decider -by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Olympia 63:58

Croatian Zagreb nipped Olympia Larissa at home in the decisive game in Group C of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game with a 3-2 record and had to win to qualify to the quarterfinal. Tsiaras opened the game with a three-pointer to put Olympia ahead. The visitors maintained the lead for some time early in the game before Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) netted 5 points and Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) nailed a triple to put Zagreb up. The teams then traded baskets and the first quarter ended with Zagreb leading by one 19:18. Marios Batis (188-G-80) fired from the outside to retain the lead for Olympia but not for long though. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Vedran Morovic (183-G-83, college: Olney CC) quickly grabbed the advantage back to the hosts. Zagreb worked hard to ensure the lead and foster a 32:29 cushion at halftime. Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) provided 6 points for Zagreb early in the third stanza as the home team cleared off to a 44:35 distance. The nervousness was in the air with both teams piling up fouls. Zagreb still held on to the lead and headed into the fourth term with a 54:47 advantage. Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points for Olympia at the start of the fourth quarter as Greek side trimmed the gap a bit. Stephen Arigbabu later added another 3 points and Marios Batis hit jumper as Olympia climbed within 2 points from the hosts. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) reacted immediately with a timeout and adjusted his team's defense. Petar Babic (191-G-85) connected from afar for Zagreb, while their defense limited Olympia to just 2 points in the final three minutes to seal the winning outcome for Zagreb. Ante Tomic accounted for 19 points, 9 boards and 4 assists for Zagreb. Petar Babic poured in 12 points as Zagreb advanced to the quarterfinal. Stephen Arigbabu replied with 19 points and 8 boards for Olympia. Marios Batis scored 17 points and pulled down 8 boards in a key loss for Olympia. Zagreb will now take on Barons in the quarterfinal best-of-three series.

Zagreb: Ante Tomic 19+9 boards, Petar Babic 12, Krunoslav Simon 7
Olympia: Stephen Arigbabu 19, Marios Batis 17


Barons loses to Cholet in thriller -by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Barons 80:78

Latvian Barons secured their top spot in the EuroCup qualifying round in Group D. It came despite a road loss to Cholet in France in the final round of action. It never influenced the final outcome for the Latvian team as they headed into the quarterfinal stage. They will tip off the best-of-three series against Zagreb on February 19. Cholet finished the action at 2-4 record in the fourth place in Group D. Barons entered the game aggressively and built a 7:1 lead with just over 2 minutes into the game. Barons maintained the margin throughout the frame and they were up by 5 points after 10 minutes. Cholet woke up after the intermission as Nando De Colo (195-G-87) scored 10 points in a 12:0 run for the hosts as they grabbed 28:21 advantage. Soon Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF) tapped the ball in to open up a double-digit gap midway through the second frame. Armands Skele (192-G-83) scored 5 points and Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) added another 5 for Barons to cut the deficit to 3 points. Cholet had the last say in the first half as Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) knocked down a trey and made it 41:34 at halftime. Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) and Armands Skele combined for 9 points in an 11:0 rally for Barons to start the second half. Tony Dobbins fired from downtown and DeColo added two points as Cholet retained the lead. Nando De Colo completed the third quarter with a 13-point tally to keep Cholet in front 61:55. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drilled two long bombs for Barons early in the fourth period as Latvian outfit pulled ahead. Martins Kravcenko would not stop as he sank another trey midway through the frame to give Barons a 68:67 advantage. The lead changed hands for 7 times throughout the starting 6 minutes in the fourth term before Armands Skele and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) did not help the visitors to run away to a 78:71 distance with just under 3 minutes remaining. Nando De Colo refused to surrender as he dropped a treble and added two free throws to trim the deficit to 2 points. Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) came up with a bucket to tie things up at 78. Martins Kravcenko missed both attempts from charity stripe and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) hammered down a jump shot for Cholet. Demetrius Alexander tried a last-breath three-pointer but it went off mark to seal the win for Cholet.
Nando De Colo was impressive with game-high 37 points for Cholet. Claude Marquis contributed 15 points and 15 boards for French side. Armands Skele dropped 17 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.

Cholet: Nando De Colo 37, Claude Marquis 15+15 boards, Tony Dobbins 10
Barons: Armands Skele 17, Demetrius Alexander 14+10 boards, Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) 14


The end of the Qualifying Round -by Eurobasket News

Eight teams left in Fiba EuroCup for the title of the tournament. Yesterday the group game in the Qualifying Round were the last for eight other teams.


Estonian TU/Rock successfully finished the qualifying round of EuroCup tournament and had their mission completed. They advanced to the quarterfinal stage from the top spot in Group A. TU/Rock wrapped up their group stage action in style edging Lappeenranta at home in the last round. The win saw them improve to 5-1 record and they surpassed Samara by the points difference in back-to-back games. Lappeenranta remained with a single win down the stretch. But with nothing to lose Finnish team fought bravely and were close to upsetting TU/Rock in Tartu. Virtanen and Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) fired from downtown to open the scoring tally for the Finnish side early in the game. The visitors kept in front throughout the opening stanza. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) teamed up for 5 straight points late in the frame to give Lappeenranta a 22:13 advantage after 10 minutes. Adrian Henning added 4 more points at the start of the second quarter to enlarge the margin to 15 points. Finally Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) sank a three-pointer to shake up the hosts. Talts, Gert Kullamae and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) trimmed the difference to 9 points but Lappeenranta responded with a trey from Adrian Henning. Nevertheless TU/Rock had the last say in the first half with Marek Doronin netting 6 consecutive points and cutting the gap to 6 points 35:41 at halftime.
Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) came up with 5 straight points to open up the third frame. Ivan Harris (201-F-84, college: Ohio St.) and Petri Virtanen kept the visitors up for some time but Marek Doronin's jumper tied it all up at 46 midway through the third quarter. Seconds later Tein connected from beyond the arc to put TU/Rock in front. Brian Cusworth (213-C-84, college: Harvard) and Gert Kullamae combined for 5 points in a row and the home team cleared off to a 6-point distance 57:51. Gert Kullamae capped the stanza with yet another jumper as Tartu outfit held on to a 62:55 lead. Ivan Harris and Pasi Riihela allowed Lappeenranta to climb within 2 points from the home team and later Petri Virtanen knocked down a triple to make it 67:68 with just under 2 minutes remaining. Brian Cusworth hit one free throw, while Sten dropped a jump shot to square things up at 69 with just over a minute left. Gert Kullamae and Ivan Harris traded trebles before Marek Doronin set it at 74:72 with 28 seconds to go. Pasi Riihela missed his shot and George Tsintsadze and Marek Doronin sealed the winning outcome for the visitors from charity stripe.
Marek Doronin nailed 21 points to lead the action. Gert Kullamae added 17 points, while George Tsintsadze secured 15 in a win. Adrian Henning paced Lappeenranta with 20 points and 5 boards. Pasi Riihela posted 13 points and 10 boards in a losing case. TU/Rock will now take on Ural Great in the quarterfinal best-of-three series. Game 1 is scheduled for February 19 in Estonia.

Samara occupied the second spot in Group A claiming five wins in six games. In the final round Samara thumped visiting PAOK 80:61. Samara had an 11-point lead at the interval and gradually mounting the pressure secured the winning outcome at the end. Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) dropped 17 points for Samara. Sergei Demeshkin (200-F-76) and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) provided 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Giorgos Tsiakos (204-F-82, agency: FCM) dropped 16 points and collected 10 boards as PAOK ended with 1-5 record at the bottom of the ladder. Samara now awaits to open their quarterfinal series against Hainaut on February 19.



Ural Great also went through to the next round despite a thrashing loss to Dexia Hainaut in Belgium yesterday. Belgium side stunned Ural Great 81:60 in Mons and clinched the top spot in Group B. It never looked good for the visitors as they trailed by 16 points at the break. Perm outfit did not recover after the break and suffered their second loss at the competition. Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) drained 15 points for Dexia. Jim Potter (203-F-73, college: Idaho St.) provided 12 points, while Jim Cantamessa (202-F-78, college: Siena) added 11 as Hainaut improved to 4-2 record and occupied the top place. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) was the only player to score in double figures for the visitors as he nailed 14 points.

Cherkaski Mavpy had a bittersweet taste of victory on Tuesday when they won for the third time in six EuroCup Qualifying Round games by beating Banvit 87:81 but failed to progress to the next stage of the competition.


Croatian Zagreb nipped Olympia Larissa at home in the decisive game in Group C of EuroCup. Both teams entered the game with a 3-2 record and had to win to qualify to the quarterfinal. Tsiaras opened the game with a three-pointer to put Olympia ahead. The visitors maintained the lead for some time early in the game before Krunoslav Simon (198-G/F-85) netted 5 points and Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side) nailed a triple to put Zagreb up. The teams then traded baskets and the first quarter ended with Zagreb leading by one 19:18. Marios Batis (188-G-80) fired from the outside to retain the lead for Olympia but not for long though. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Vedran Morovic (183-G-83, college: Olney CC) quickly grabbed the advantage back to the hosts. Zagreb worked hard to ensure the lead and foster a 32:29 cushion at halftime. Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) provided 6 points for Zagreb early in the third stanza as the home team cleared off to a 44:35 distance. The nervousness was in the air with both teams piling up fouls. Zagreb still held on to the lead and headed into the fourth term with a 54:47 advantage. Stephen Arigbabu (205-C-72, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points for Olympia at the start of the fourth quarter as Greek side trimmed the gap a bit. Stephen Arigbabu later added another 3 points and Marios Batis hit jumper as Olympia climbed within 2 points from the hosts. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) reacted immediately with a timeout and adjusted his team's defense. Petar Babic (191-G-85) connected from afar for Zagreb, while their defense limited Olympia to just 2 points in the final three minutes to seal the winning outcome for Zagreb. Ante Tomic accounted for 19 points, 9 boards and 4 assists for Zagreb. Petar Babic poured in 12 points as Zagreb advanced to the quarterfinal. Stephen Arigbabu replied with 19 points and 8 boards for Olympia. Marios Batis scored 17 points and pulled down 8 boards in a key loss for Olympia. Zagreb will now take on Barons in the quarterfinal best-of-three series.

Spartak Saint Petersburg had no views on the playoff stage before the final round of action. They travelled to Cyprus to fight for pride against Group C leaders AEL. And they were close of performing some kind of surprise leading by as many as 15 points at halftime. But Spartak managed to waste it all in the second half and lost the game by a single point 71:72. Aleksis accounted for 21 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) delivered 13 points for the winners. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) had 22 points and 6 boards for Spartak. Anton Yudin (193-G-72) contributed 13 points as Russian team fell to 1-5 record.



Latvian Barons secured their top spot in the EuroCup qualifying round in Group D. It came despite a road loss to Cholet in France in the final round of action. It never influenced the final outcome for the Latvian team as they headed into the quarterfinal stage. They will tip off the best-of-three series against Zagreb on February 19. Cholet finished the action at 2-4 record in the fourth place in Group D. Barons entered the game aggressively and built a 7:1 lead with just over 2 minutes into the game. Barons maintained the margin throughout the frame and they were up by 5 points after 10 minutes. Cholet woke up after the intermission as Nando De Colo (195-G-87) scored 10 points in a 12:0 run for the hosts as they grabbed 28:21 advantage. Soon Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF) tapped the ball in to open up a double-digit gap midway through the second frame. Armands Skele (192-G-83) scored 5 points and Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) added another 5 for Barons to cut the deficit to 3 points. Cholet had the last say in the first half as Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) knocked down a trey and made it 41:34 at halftime. Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) and Armands Skele combined for 9 points in an 11:0 rally for Barons to start the second half. Tony Dobbins fired from downtown and DeColo added two points as Cholet retained the lead. Nando De Colo completed the third quarter with a 13-point tally to keep Cholet in front 61:55. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drilled two long bombs for Barons early in the fourth period as Latvian outfit pulled ahead. Martins Kravcenko would not stop as he sank another trey midway through the frame to give Barons a 68:67 advantage. The lead changed hands for 7 times throughout the starting 6 minutes in the fourth term before Armands Skele and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) did not help the visitors to run away to a 78:71 distance with just under 3 minutes remaining. Nando De Colo refused to surrender as he dropped a treble and added two free throws to trim the deficit to 2 points. Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) came up with a bucket to tie things up at 78. Martins Kravcenko missed both attempts from charity stripe and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) hammered down a jump shot for Cholet. Demetrius Alexander tried a last-breath three-pointer but it went off mark to seal the win for Cholet.
Nando De Colo was impressive with game-high 37 points for Cholet. Claude Marquis contributed 15 points and 15 boards for French side. Armands Skele dropped 17 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.

Lokomotiv Rostov needed to win in Ukraine to hope to qualify for the quarterfinal stage. Unfortunately for Rostov fans the task appeared to be too complicated for the Russian team. Khimik sealed a 78:62 victory to secure the second spot in Group D. A 22:6 rally from the hosts in the second quarter opened up a 14-point cushion for Khimik at halftime. The home team then wisely maintained the distance giving Lokomotiv no chance to erase it and spark any kind of intrigue. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) topscored for Khimik with 17 points. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) brought up another 13 for the winners. Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) and Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) sank 15 points apiece for Lokomotiv.




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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Dominique Coleman stays in Finland -by Rauno Hurmalainen
YMCA Lahti did not need American G Dominique Coleman (190-G-84, college: Colorado), but the Player will stay and play in Finland. Pantterit (Helsinki) one level lower (I-div.) needs Coleman services, because American players Adam Hanley and Jordan Feramisco have left Helsinki-Team.

KORISLIIGA: Kauhajoki winning again -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 28-29: After nine lost games in a row it was time for Kauhajoki to get a victory and win the second time on the road. This victory was very
important for Karhu (Kauhajoki), because they defeated Team Componenta at Karkkila. Those two teams have the weakest records right now, when
there are 13-14 rounds left out of the regular season games. Kouvot (Kouvola) improved their record into 19-9 by beating Pyrinto (Tampere) at home. Tarmo

(Porvoo) and YMCA Lahti had a close contest again. This time visitor YMCA Lahti won by five pts. KTP (Kotka) won the second half 23-49 in Uusikaupunki

and Korihait lost after a good start by 19 pts. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) crushed over Kataja (Joensuu) 101-67. ToPo had six players in double figures. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) led ToPo with 21 pts.

Team Componenta - Kauhajoki 90-101 (46-53) (Nick Wallery 25/11, Jussi Eskola 21 - Darryl Hudson 27, Eric Washington 26/12).

Kouvot - Pyrinto 80-63 (38-32) (Corey Smith 26, Peter Cipriano 15 - Damion Dantzler 19/19, Damon Williams 17).

Tarmo - YMCA Lahti 91-96 (41-45) (Esa Maki-Tulokas 25, Mark McCarroll 17 - Davont Jackson 20, Pierre Jallow 18).

Korihait - KTP 66-84 (43-35) (Glenn Stokes 19, Kyle Shiloh 14 - Steve Smith 28, Manny Dies 18/12).

Torpan Pojat - Kataja 101-67 (55-37) (Jerald Fields 21, Josh Gonner 20 - Terry Black 22/15, Andre Foreman 19).





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GERMANY

Goettingen: Guards on the move -by Moritz Korff
Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa) has agreed terms with BG 74 Goettingen (1. Bundesliga). The 24-year-old Guard played four games for Mitteldeutscher BC in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A at the end of 2007. The Violets decided to add Jacobson, because team captain Dwayne Kirkley (184-G-70, college: W.Washington) currently is unable to play due to a pelvis-injury. Meanwhile, Keoni Watson (178-G-84, college: Idaho) has left the team. He asked the management to cancel his contract and is going to move to Macedonia.

Gordon Scott to Kirchheim -by Moritz Korff
The Kirchheim Knights (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have added Gordon Scott (195-G/F-76, college: Idaho) to the roster. The 31-year-old veteran averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 41 apperances for Bundesliga-side EnBW Ludwigsburg during this past season. He will probably make his debut for the Knights on Saturday against Stahnsdorf.

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GREECE

Market news -by Chris Mammides

Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) and Panionios split ways, the veteran center/powerforward. Coach Nenad Markovic was not satisfied from the performance of the player so they split ways after only one month.
The power forward of PAOK, Dimitris Haritopoulos (207-F/C-83) has some offers from the Ukrainean leageu and he is thinking of possible transfer. The same goes for the power forward of Olympia Larissas Tsiaras with the only difference that the Spanish league (ACB) is calling him.

Lewis Sims. the ex Panellinios player agreed terms with Spartak St. Petersburg

Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) some hour after became a free agent (won the case over Apollon Patras) agreed terms with Olympia Larissas for the next two years

Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) agreed terms with the Spanish team Alimentos de Palencia for the next three years.

Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) and Marousi are abou to split ways, the American player didn't satisfied Head Coach Soulis Markopoulos with his performance in the Greek league

AEK Athens dismiss Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) and Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80)



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HOLLAND

Hanzevast Capitals Let Game Slip Away In 4th, Lose At Home To ZZ Leiden -by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in the Martiniplaza, Hanzevast Capitals appeared to being on their way to a 2nd win this week with a 61-55 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter vs. ZZ Leiden, but let their opponents off the hook, with ZZ seizing the win by the score of 79-73. ZZ doubled Hanzevast up in the last quarter with a 24-12 scoring difference, and forced Hanzevast into only 38.3% FG shooting. A part of that had to do with the imposing presence of ZZ center
Johan Kuiper (217-C-81), who was a human eraser (5 swatted shots), and the return of Americans J.S. Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.), Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) and Nick Curtis (202-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: USC) from injury. The trio combined to score 51 total points, with Curtis snatching down 15 rebounds, and Wilson with 5 steals. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) also pulled down 14 boards. ZZ also had a 31-22 bench scoring advantage, 17 second chance points, with also 17 pts. off turnovers. Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Hanzevast with 18 pts. ZZ are now 11-13, while Hanzevast falls to 12-10.


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HUNGARY

ZTE KK: new forward on tryout -by Tamas Deri
After the management of the team decided not to keep Sherman Gay (signed already with Brest in France, Pro B) - the team can have only 3 non-EU players on the roster - invited Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances) on a tryout. He arrived in Hungary and yesterday and will play tonight against Falco in tonight's Cup game.
Piplovic played already in Hungary for MAFC in 2001, but left after three games: he had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Since than he played in Croatia, Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Germany and this season he started to play for Enorgom NIs in Serbia.


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IBL

Holland Blast Announce Coach for 2008 -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com Tom Moore,general manager of the Holland Blast professional basketball team, announced today that Michael D Ahrens would return as head coach. 'I am delighted to make this announcement today said Moore.' 'Coach Ahrens and I go back to my beginings in sports and I have always admired him for his professionalism,his interpersonal skills,and his ability to build a winning team.

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IRAN

Saba stand third in Dubai's Int'l Tournament -by Houman Bagheri
Dubai - Lebanon's Riyadhi picked up their third title with a well-fought and pulsating 77-75 win over Jordan's Zain in the final of the 19th Dubai International Basketball Championship for the United Holdings Cup here late last night.

Trailing through the first three quarters, the Lebanese - champions here in 2005 and 2006 - upped the tempo in the fourth quarter to run away with the championship.

Shaikh Saeed Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented the winners' trophy in the presence of Esmail Al Gergawi, president of the UAE Basketball Association, and Dr Ahmad Sa'ad Al Sharif, general secretary of the Dubai Sports Council.

Hisham el Jaroudi, captain of the Al Riyadhi basketball club donated the trophy ( pictured) to the martyrs who were assassinated last Friday and to the Lebanese people . Jaroudi promised more trophies will follow

Nate Johnson poured in a couple of triples to help the Jordanians go clear 14-6 with barely four minutes into the opening quarter. Zain added 6 unanswered points for a 20-6 lead. Riyadhi tried to piece their game together, but only managed to stay in arrears by 7 points at 17-24 at the end of the quarter.

A couple of triples from Scottie Thurman, early into the second quarter, cut down the cushion only to see Rashim Right reply with two of his own to maintain a six-point lead (32-26) for the Jordanians.

In the third quarter, Riyadhi did just enough to draw closer every time they attempted this.

Final: Riyadhi (Lebanon) beat Zain (Jordan) 77-75.

Third place: Saba Batteries (Iran) beat Al Jallaa (Syria) 89-77.


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JAMAICA

Notre Dame extends winning streak to five games -by Leonard Whyte
Notre Dame, OH (1-30-2008) - Notre Dame College extended its season-high winning streak to five game with a close 69-64 victory over Washington & Jefferson College over the weekend. Karim McFarlane finished with 16 points and five blocks before fouling out. Notre Dame, 10-11 and 3-0 in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) North Division, goes in search of a team record six straight wins on Saturday at Malone College.

Jordan having breakout season for Tulsa -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (1-30-2008) - Even as Tulsa University sits near the bottom of the Conference USA standings, coach Doug Wojcik has something to look forward to in the form of 7-foot sophomore Jerome Jordan. So far, Jordan is averaging 8.9 points per game, but his defense is making others take notice. He has blocked 65 shots for a 3.8 average which ranks him seventh in the nation. Jordan tied a C-USA record recently with eight blocks against Tulane University.

Loyola catches Valparaiso at the wire -by Leonard Whyte
Valparaiso, IN (1-30-2008) - Michael Rogers, formerly of St. George's College in the ISSA/KFC High School Basketball League, helped spark a 13-0 run that gave Valparaiso University a 63-57 advantage with just 1:43 to play. This was not enough, however, as Valpo could not repel a late Loyola University charge and went down 65-63 in a Horizon League game over the weekend. Valparaiso who fell to 14-7 overall and 5-4 Horizon, will be featured in a nationally-televised contest on ESPN2 on Tuesday, February 5 against #14 Butler University.

Cedarville blows halftime lead but holds off Rio Grande -by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (1-30-2008) - NAIA Division II No. 22 Cedarville University blew a 41-27 halftime lead and just held off the University of Rio Grande 73-67 last night in an American Mideast Conference (AMC) South Division encounter. Two Jamaicans figured prominently down the stretch as with the lead down to just one point (59-58), forward Christopher Walker drilled a three-pointer to give Cedarville a little breathing room with just 3:45 to go. Later, forward Ricardo Alliman scored on a lay-up to extend the lead to 67-62 to help secure the win. Alliman finished with a game-high 15 rebounds as Cedarville improved to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in the AMC.

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JORDAN

Sam is OK -by Mohammed Malas
Zain club Jordan National Team's star Sam Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) left Amman to USA following his injury on his left ankle in semi-finals of Dubai International Tournament which ended before few days.

Sam Daghlas assured to Asia-Basket that he's fine now will meet a doctor next monday to know whats going and how long exactly he's going to be out for....We hope the best for Sam Sam Daghlas to be back to basketball courts as soon as possible.

Zain took 2nd of 19th Dubai International Tournament after loosing in the final by a buzzer 77-75 from Lebanese team Al Riyadi Beirut.


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JUCO

Cecil continues their dominance. -by Brandon Martin

Cecil continues their dominance. Cecil community college of North East Maryland is the #1 ranked D-II JUCO and has been atop of the NJCAA ranks for the past three years and are now working on their fourth. National Champions in 2006, have won the region XX championship five of the last nine years. While sending 30 players to division I school and many others to D-II and D-III school. Cecil has not lost a league game in the past three years, while competing in the highly competitive MDJUCO which consist of teams such as Allegany College (Steve Francis's school before Maryland), Hagerstown, and always tough Prince George's County and is undefeated once more this year in and out of conference. They have played six D-I JUCO and have bet the all handily. They have posted no less 31 win per season since the 04-05 season and look to be heading to another 30 plus win year, as they are 19-0, with their last win coming over Dundalk 99-72 on, January 26th. Antonio Haymon (6'5' SF) led the way with 23 point. Haymon is averaging 14 point and 7 rebound per game while shooting 65% from the field and 77% from the free throw line. Coach Bill Lewitt, will be looking to se if Haymon and the rest of his talented squad can head back to the national tournament and bring yet another title back to North East, Maryland.



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LATVIA

Barons loses to Cholet in thriller -by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Barons 80:78

Latvian Barons secured their top spot in the EuroCup qualifying round in Group D. It came despite a road loss to Cholet in France in the final round of action. It never influenced the final outcome for the Latvian team as they headed into the quarterfinal stage. They will tip off the best-of-three series against Zagreb on February 19. Cholet finished the action at 2-4 record in the fourth place in Group D. Barons entered the game aggressively and built a 7:1 lead with just over 2 minutes into the game. Barons maintained the margin throughout the frame and they were up by 5 points after 10 minutes. Cholet woke up after the intermission as Nando De Colo (195-G-87) scored 10 points in a 12:0 run for the hosts as they grabbed 28:21 advantage. Soon Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF) tapped the ball in to open up a double-digit gap midway through the second frame. Armands Skele (192-G-83) scored 5 points and Dainius Adomaitis (202-F-74) added another 5 for Barons to cut the deficit to 3 points. Cholet had the last say in the first half as Tony Dobbins (195-G-81, college: Richmond) knocked down a trey and made it 41:34 at halftime. Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) and Armands Skele combined for 9 points in an 11:0 rally for Barons to start the second half. Tony Dobbins fired from downtown and DeColo added two points as Cholet retained the lead. Nando De Colo completed the third quarter with a 13-point tally to keep Cholet in front 61:55. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drilled two long bombs for Barons early in the fourth period as Latvian outfit pulled ahead. Martins Kravcenko would not stop as he sank another trey midway through the frame to give Barons a 68:67 advantage. The lead changed hands for 7 times throughout the starting 6 minutes in the fourth term before Armands Skele and Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) did not help the visitors to run away to a 78:71 distance with just under 3 minutes remaining. Nando De Colo refused to surrender as he dropped a treble and added two free throws to trim the deficit to 2 points. Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) came up with a bucket to tie things up at 78. Martins Kravcenko missed both attempts from charity stripe and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) hammered down a jump shot for Cholet. Demetrius Alexander tried a last-breath three-pointer but it went off mark to seal the win for Cholet.
Nando De Colo was impressive with game-high 37 points for Cholet. Claude Marquis contributed 15 points and 15 boards for French side. Armands Skele dropped 17 points for Barons. Demetrius Alexander had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.

Cholet: Nando De Colo 37, Claude Marquis 15+15 boards, Tony Dobbins 10
Barons: Armands Skele 17, Demetrius Alexander 14+10 boards, Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) 14


VEF Riga shares the top -by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga shares the top place in Challenge Cup of Baltic league after another win last night. In a match-up between two Latvian teams, Liepajas Lauvas turned out to be victorious against Bumerangs/ASK.
VEF Riga improved to 12-5 after beating Alytus 93:81.Alytus accumulated an advantage after the first half 34:42, but then Latvian team came back to the game. Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) drilled three consecutive looks from behind the arc. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) was the only players in the roster of the guests who tried repaint this picture. Edgars Jeromanovs top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Shelekto nailed 16 and Kolesnikov followed them with 15 points. Zydrunas Urbonas ended up with 17 in defeat.
In a match-up between two Latvian teams, Liepajas Lauvas turned out to be victorious against Bumerangs/ASK 96:58. The hosts controlled the whole game winning each of the quarters. Hamilton paced all the winners with 16 points. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) produced 14 and Citskovskis netted 13. Maris Snikis (207-C-75) chipped in 12 points for the visitors. Liepajas Lauvas has 10-7 achievement, while Bumerangs/ASK fell at 1-15.

Liepajas Lauvas - Bumerangs/ASK 96 : 58 ( 17-9, 30-20, 21-7, 28-22 )
Liepajas Lauvas:Hamilton 16, Mareks Jurevicus 14, Citskovskis 13
Bumerangs/ASK: Maris Snikis 12, Sokolovs 11

VEF Riga -Alytus 93 : 81 ( 21-16, 13-26, 30-21, 29-18 )
VEF Riga:Edgars Jeromanovs 27, Shelekto 16, Kolesnikov 15
Alytus:Zydrunas Urbonas 17, Aleksandrovas 13


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris adds another Croatian -by Simas Baranauskas
Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) will join Zalgiris Kaunas untill the end of the season. The Croatian should arrive to Kaunas on Wednesday. Damir Markota avareged 11 points and 5.3 boards in the Russian league and 11.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in FIBA Europe Cup for St. Peterburg Spartak earlier this season.
It is said, that Markota chose Kaunas over other European teams like Benetton Treviso and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.


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MEXICO

Soles Advance, Panteras Fall Again -by Justin Brink
Mexicali took one step closer to defending their LNBP crown with a 76-65 game four win over the Dorados. The victory closed out the series in which the Soles closed out 3-1 over the expansion Dorados. In the LNBP's Souther Division, the Halcones of Xalapa stormed to 99-80 game three win over the Panteras. Xalapa holds a 2-1 advantage in that best of five series. Click here for more LNBP playoff news and results.

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NBA

Seattle gets a rare win -by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Supersonics finally came out of their losing slumber to upset the defending champions San Antonio Spurs at home court yesterday. The Supersonics were not that super during the team-record 14-game losing streak foregoing the game against the Spurs. But the misery should have ended one day so why not yesterday. Kurt Thomas (6'9''-F-72, college: TCU) gave the hosts a lead with 90 seconds remaining. Later Emanuel Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) produced 4 points for the Spurs to put the visitors in front. But Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) sank a go-ahead jumper, while Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon) sealed the win with a free throw to the delight of the roaring crowd in the Key Arena. Seattle improved to 10-35 record, while the Spurs suffered the third straight loss and slipped to 28-16 record. They were without services of Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) as he was sidelined by Gregg Popovic hours before the game. The Spurs' coach made a decision to keep French point guard aside till he gets his heel fully recovered. Kevin Durant finished with 26 points, while Chris Wilcox (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) added 16 points and 10 boards in a winning case.
Meanwhile the absence of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett was never a problem for the Celtics en route to a stunning road win over the Miami Heat yesterday. Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California) poured in career-high 25 points for the Celtics as they victimized the Heat 117:87. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) dropped 23 points and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) notched team-high 20 points for the winners. Kevin Garnett strained his abdominal muscle, while Ray Allen was sidelined with flu to get Boston undermanned for this one. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored just 7 points and walked off the action in the third stanza with flu-like symptoms. He is doubtful for the next game. The Heat also lost Udonis Haslem when he sprained left ankle in the second quarter. Miami shot woeful 2/23 FG in the opening stanza to trail by 17 points twelve minutes into the game. The hosts never recovered and lost the 34th game in the season.


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NEW ZEALAND

Easy LPG Bay Hawks sign Kevin Smith -by Eurobasket News
The NBL side Easy LPG Bay Hawks decided to fill one of their import spots with Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee). The 28-year-old forward played for the Waikato Pistons in the last season. There he averaged 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Kevin Smith was named among 7 most productive players of the season in the NBL. He graduated from Lee College. He was named to the NAIA D1 All-America First Team in 2006. Later he had stints with Icelandic Haukar.
Meanwhile Tall Black veteran point guard Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV) changed team. He part ways with German Bamberg and moved to Turkey. From now on he will don Mutlu Aku Selcuk University jersey. It will be the fourth journey to Turkish League for the 31-year-old guard. He previously played twice for Fenerbahce and Erdemirspor. Mark Dickel averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 assists in the current season with Bamberg. The move was mainly provoked by the arrival of Mithat Demirel (181-G-78) to Bamberg. With the possibility of even less time on court Mark Dickel decided to move on and receive more playing time to get ready to the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Athens later this year.


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PARAGUAY

1 de Mayo defeats America -by Gianni Pascucci
1 de Mayo defeated Amrica Pilar 84-81 in the Pilar League supplemenray game, keeping the second place in the talbe. The Quadrangolar started yesterday night, with these initial standings:
1. Deportivo Obrero 1 point bonus
2. 1 de Mayo 0,75 pt bonus
3. America 0,50 pt bonus
4. Crucecita 0,25 pt bonus
The first two rounds of Quadrangolar are as follows:
January, Tue 29 Sport Crucecita - Dep. Obrero and Amrica - 1 de Mayo
February, Fri 1 Sport Crucecita - 1 de Mayo and Amrica - Dep. Obrero


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POLAND

Polonia 2011 Warszawa sign Dardan Berisha -by Eurobasket
Polonia 2011 Warszawa (1Liga) agreed terms with 20-year old Kosova guard Dardan Berisha (193-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Berisha played most recently at Trujillo Destino Turistico is Spanish EBA (5th division). He actually started the season at Caceres 2016 C.B. (LEB Silver) in Spanish 4th division, but was sent to lower league. He was the member of Kosovo Selected Team (Kosovo cannot have their national team due to being officially part of Serbia) and last year helped BC Peje to make it to Kosovo League Semifinals, where he averaged 15ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.7apg.

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PUERTO RICO

Rivera in Carolina, Diaz in Zagreb and El Jefe in Santurce? -by Alessandro Fontana
Los Gigantes de Carolina are very interested in Filiberto Rivera, play-shooting guard who played this season in Italy with Napoli and in Greece with Aek Athens. Carolina was very active in the BSN Trades. They signed two Carolina-natives, Alejandro Carmona and Alvin Cruz . Also Filiberto Rivera comes from Carolina and This powerful play-guard would be a perfect player for the ambitious Carolina who wants to build a Carolina-native team with players who are ready to fight with the heart for their own team.
'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso comes back in Puerto Rico. In these days He should arrive in Puerto Rico and He should be available for the trainings of Cangrejeros de Santurce. Cibona, the Jefe's last team, is now interested in another 'boricua', Guillermo Diaz who is playing now in NBA for Los Angeles Clippers and before in D-League with Arsenal Arnheim. it is just a rumor but if Diaz can not find spaces in his NBA team He can really consider to go to Croatia in one of the strongest teams of the Adriatic League.
In BSN Grises de Humacao signed Sadell Ayala an interesting young guard who played last season in America for Iowa Western (Juco). He is a good defender, great handballer and He can also score. A good trade for Humacao.
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

CS Otopeni Bucuresti sign Sinisa Avramovski -by Eurobasket
CS Otopeni Bucuresti agreed terms with 23-year old FYR Macedonian center Sinisa Avramovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Avramovski played most recently at Pizza Express Primetel Apollon (Cyprus), where he left in December. Last season he played for CSKA and Cherno More in Bulgarian League. Especially his Cherno More stint was very successful, where he averaged in 22 games 11.2ppg and 5.7rpg. He is a member of Macedonian National Team since 2003.

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RUSSIA

Samara and Ural Great make it to quarterfinal of EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
It was two out of four for Russia in the qualifying round of EuroCup. Samara and Ural Great completed their task and advanced to the next round of action. However Lokomotiv Rostov and Spartak Saint Petersburg were unable to succeed and got eliminated from the tournament.
Samara occupied the second spot in Group A claiming five wins in six games. In the final round Samara thumped visiting PAOK 80:61. Samara had an 11-point lead at the interval and gradually mounting the pressure secured the winning outcome at the end. Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) dropped 17 points for Samara. Sergei Demeshkin (200-F-76) and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: St.Louis) provided 16 and 15 points respectively for the winners. Giorgos Tsiakos (204-F-82, agency: FCM) dropped 16 points and collected 10 boards as PAOK ended with 1-5 record at the bottom of the ladder. Samara now awaits to open their quarterfinal series against Hainaut on February 19.
Ural Great also went through to the next round despite a thrashing loss to Dexia Hainaut in Belgium yesterday. Belgium side stunned Ural Great 81:60 in Mons and clinched the top spot in Group B. It never looked good for the visitors as they trailed by 16 points at the break. Perm outfit did not recover after the break and suffered their second loss at the competition. Mike Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) drained 15 points for Dexia. Jim Potter (203-F-73, college: Idaho St.) provided 12 points, while Jim Cantamessa (202-F-78, college: Siena) added 11 as Hainaut improved to 4-2 record and occupied the top place. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) was the only player to score in double figures for the visitors as he nailed 14 points.
Lokomotiv Rostov needed to win in Ukraine to hope to qualify for the quarterfinal stage. Unfortunately for Rostov fans the task appeared to be too complicated for the Russian team. Khimik sealed a 78:62 victory to secure the second spot in Group D. A 22:6 rally from the hosts in the second quarter opened up a 14-point cushion for Khimik at halftime. The home team then wisely maintained the distance giving Lokomotiv no chance to erase it and spark any kind of intrigue. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) topscored for Khimik with 17 points. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) brought up another 13 for the winners. Thomas Gardner (195-G-85, agency: Octagon, college: Missouri) and Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) sank 15 points apiece for Lokomotiv.
Finally Spartak Saint Petersburg had no views on the playoff stage before the final round of action. They travelled to Cyprus to fight for pride against Group C leaders AEL. And they were close of performing some kind of surprise leading by as many as 15 points at halftime. But Spartak managed to waste it all in the second half and lost the game by a single point 71:72. Aleksis accounted for 21 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland) delivered 13 points for the winners. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) had 22 points and 6 boards for Spartak. Anton Yudin (193-G-72) contributed 13 points as Russian team fell to 1-5 record.


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SAUDI ARABIA

Al Wahda sign Luqman Jaaber -by Eurobasket
Al Wahda strengthened their roster with addition (come back) of 25-year old American guard Luqman Jaaber (178-G-83, college: Virginia Union). Jaaber played last season at Norfolk Ballerz (ABA) in the U.S. and in February last year already joined Al Wahda, so it will be his second time in Saudi Arabia. Jaabar was twice drafted by semi-pro leagues (WBA and PBL) in the U.S. He tried also last season to make one of teams in Finland, but ti failed.

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SERBIA

Zdravlje Actavis will participate on Radivoj Korac Cup -by Nenad Ilijev
Zdravlje Actavis is the last participant of Serbian National Cup which will be held in Nis (February 7-10th). Led by Slavisa Bogavac (200-G-80) who scored 20 points, Zdravlje defeated Borac Cacak 64-54. Jovanovic scored 13 points for home side while Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) was best scorer for guests with 14 points.
On first day of Radivoj Korac Cup, Zdravlje Actavis will play against Hemofarm Stada while Red Star will play versus Borac Cacak.


Marko Popadic in Mornar Bar, Zdravlje qualifies for the Final 8 of National Cup -by Dragan Jankovski
Young point guard Marko Popadic (190-G-89) moved from Crvena Zvezda to Mornar Bar from Montenegro. On 2005 Popadic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team.


Zdravlje Actavis celebrated against Borac Cacak 64:54 (17:10,17:19,20:13,10:12) so the team from Leskovac is the last team who qualified for the Final 8 tournament of National Cup 'Radivoj Korac', which will take a place in Nis from 7th to 10th February.

Rivals in the quarterfinals are:
Game 1: Crvena Zvezda - Borac
Game 2: Hemofarm STADA - Zdravlje Actavis
Game 3: FMP - Vojvodina Srbijagas
Game 4: Partizan Igokea - Swisslions Takovo

The defending champion is FMP from Zeleznik, who was better than Crvena Zvezda (semifinals) and Partizan (final) last year.


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SLOVENIA

Saso Ozbolt signed with Olimpija untill end of season -by Matej Bergant
Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Union Olimpija management finally agreed on signing the contract untill end of 2007/2008 season. Saso Ozbolt didn't have a signed contract with Union Olimpija untill now and was Free Agent, because they decided to part ways in the summer '07 due his injury status. Ozbolt had a lot of problems with his knee during last three seasons and underwent several knee surgeries. He should return to courts some day in March '08.

Euroleague: Union Olimpija ends their season in Euroleague -by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija ended their 2007/2008 season of Euroleague by losing on road vs. Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot by 68:79. Union Olimpija's only double digits players were Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) with 16 points and Boris Gorenc (195-G-73) with 10. As for Prokom Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) had 22 points, Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 16, Donatas Slanina (192-G-77) 18 and Jovo Stanojevic (207-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) 12. Both teams finished Group A tied for the sixth place (Olimpija is sixth due to due to its tie-break advantage) with a 4-10 record and out of the TOP16 of Euroleague.

Prokom Trefl Sopot : Union Olimpija 79:68 (59:50, 38:32, 15:17)
Prokom Trefl Sopot: Roszyk 4, Masiulis 2, Dylewicz 2, Harissis 3, Jovo Stanojevic 12, Donatas Slanina 18, Pape Sow 16, Milan Gurovic 22.
Union Olimpija: Doncic 5, Dragic 7, Gorenc 10, Rizvic 2, Milic 8, Hukic 16, Begic 8, Bailey 6, Zupan 6.


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SPAIN

Costa Urbana Playas de Santa Pola sign David Moro -by Eurobasket
Costa Urbana Playas de Santa Pola (LEB) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Slovenian guard David Moro (199-G-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Moro played most recently at Helios Domzale (Slovenia), where he averaged 8.0ppg and 1.0rpg. He participated last summer at Snaidero Draft free agent camp in Italy trying to attract foreign scouts. But had to come back to Slovenia, where started the season at Helios Domzale. He left it at the beginning of this month.

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TAIWAN

Week 8 BOW: Chien Jia-hong -by Chris Wang
Pure Youth forward/center Chien Jia-hong, who averaged 34 points and 6.5 rebounds in the past week, was named Week 8 Baller of the Week. PY beat Dacin and Taiwan Beer during the week.

Chien is now averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds for the season.

Voting results (points):
Chien Jia-hong(PY) 38
Ouyang Jin-hen(dmedia) 27
Zuo Tsun-kai(PY) 4
J. Sanders(dmedia) 2
Wang Chih-chun(Dacin) 1

2007-08 Baller of the Week:
Week 8: Chien Jia-hong (PY)
Week 7: Chang Bo-sheng (BOT)
Week 6: Lin Chih-jay (TB)
Week 5: Jonathan Sanders (dmedia)
Week 4: Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)
Week 3: Jonathan Sanders (dmedia)
Week 2: Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)
Week 1: Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)


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TURKEY

Gelisim Koleji sign Wesley Wilson -by Eurobasket
Gelisim Koleji (TB2L) signed 28-year old American power forward Wesley Wilson (211-C/F-80, college: Georgetown). Wilson played most recently at Fujian SBS XunXin (China), which he left in November. Last season he played in professional league in Korea and D-League in the States. He has already some more experience in pro basketball playing in CBA, ABA, Philippines, Germany and Puerto Rico. He actually started his pro career in Turkey, so it's not a new league for him. He played in 2003-204 at Besiktas Jimnastik ve Spor Kulubu.

Carlisle at Pinar KSK -by Sinan Can
It's been rumoured that Pinar Karsiyaka signed with experienced combo guard Geno Carlisle (190-G-76, college: California) for the remainder of the season. Turkish club who had great productivity from three American players; Gary Neal, Quinton Hosley and Sean Marshall since the beginning of the season decided to bring Calisle to add depth to their roster. Due to the agreement between the Izmir club and Turkish Basketball Federation, only three Americans will be able to have a place in the game roster as after Carlisle's arrival, one of the four will watch the game with the audience.

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URUGUAY

Bigua-Malvin was stopped when fans had a quarrel with the Police -by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the LUB leader, was defeating Malvin 57-51, with still 9.22 minutes to play, when the game was stopped by the referees when the Police had a quarrel with Malvin fans. When the game was stopped, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) had netted 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) had 7 and 6 for Bigua.. For Malvin Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) scored 4 points and took 10 rebunds and Kim Adams (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) had 7 and 9.
Union Atletica beat Hebraica 87-79. Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-77, agency: Duran International) scored 25 points for Union and took 13 rebounds, while Mark Flavin (211-F/C-82, college: Maine) netted 13 and tpook 7 rebounds. For Hebraica Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) scored 28 and took 11 rebounds and Kofi Danquah (204-C-81, college: W.Chester) had 8 and 5. Defensor Sporting defeated Welcome 96-56. For Defensor David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) scored 20 and Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 13 and 7 rebounds. Welcome is playing without import players.




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Women News

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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: PeKa won after OT -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 22: PeKa (Kotka) needed an OT on Tuesday night, before the winner was clear, when meeting Espoo Team in Kotka.
PeKa won 100-96 (87) (46-33). PeKa was in foul troubles during the second half. Laura Lehtoranta (172-G-84) saved then PeKa during the OT
by scoring eight (3+3+2) pts. Ashley Haynes (176-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) led PeKa with 25 pts and 15 rbs. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) netted 28 pts and took 14 rbs for Espoo Team.

PeKa - Espoo Team OT 100-96 (87) (46-33) (Ashley Haynes 25/15, Shanika Freeman 25, Laura Lehtoranta 21 (treys 4/8) - Yolanda Jones 28/14, Siiri Nuutinen 17, Stephanie Higgs 16).



SM-SARJA: Espoo Team again in action -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 23: Espoo Team again in action. Four games in five days! This time there was no need for OT, as Espoo Team won the fourth
quarter vs YMCA Helsinki 21-7 and the contest 86-69. Stephanie Higgs (177-G/F-85, college: Georgia Tech) led agin Espoo Team in pts (24) and Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) added 20 pts - 19 rbs.

Espoo Team - YMCA Helsinki 86-69 (47-42) (Stephanie Higgs 24, Yolanda Jones 20/19 - Niina Laaksonen 19/16, Henna Salomaa 16).



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HUNGARY - Women

No decision in the Cegled-case -by Tamas Palko
Yesterday the Hungarian Basketball Federation delayed making the decision in the Cegled-case (as we write earlier, there were unauthorized plays in Cegled), because the new constitution says that in that case another Office have to make the decision. They have now fifteen days, to do it.

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SERBIA - Women

Crvena Zvezda signed American player -by Dragana Vukovic
The management of Crvena Zvezda Beograd announced that they signed American point guard Alexis Kendrick (170-G-84, college: Georgia).Last night she played the first game against ZKK Kraljevo and scored 8 points.The management is planning to sign one more American player on the post position.

Jedinstvo changed coach -by Dragana Vukovic
The National Team assistant coach Sladjan Ivic broke his contract with KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje.Vojvodina Nis Gas Novi Sad beat KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje unexpetedlly in the last round of WABA League.He will be replaced by Stojna Vangelovska.