EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/13/2008

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  ABA   


ABA INTRODUCES NEW RE-DESIGNED WEBSITE AT WWW.ABALIVE.COM - by Bruno Baltazar
The American Basketball Association (ABA) has introduced its new re-designed website at www.abalive.com. According to ABA President Quentin Townsend, 'We are very proud of the work done by Infinity Pro Sports in re-designing our website. It contains many new features and will be much more interactive for our fans. Of particular note, the standings and stats for the upcoming season have been integrated into the website so that fans will be able to follow their favorite teams and players quickly and easily.'

'I do want to emphasize,' added Townsend, 'that the new website is a work in progress and that we are making changes, updates and improvements virtually everyday, but we wanted to get it going now so that everything would be in place when the season begins in early December. We would appreciate hearing comments and suggestions from fans. Please email info@abalive.com. For more information, visit www.abalive.com.


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  ALGERIA   


Without problems to the favors - by Carlos Pereira
After the 4th round the favors are in the top of the standings in the 2 groups.

Results
Poule A
USMM Hadjout AB Skikda 69-73
WB An-Benian AU Annaba 76-55
NB Staouli CRB
Tmouchent 70-58
WA Boufarik GS Ptroliers 53-67

Standing Pts J
1.GS Ptroliers 08 4
2 WB A- Benian 06 3
- WA Boufarik 06 4
- AB Skikda 06 4
5. NB Staouli 05 3
- USMM Hadjout 05 4
- CRB Tmouchent 05 4
8. AU Annaba 04 4

Poule B
JSB Msila NRM Harrach 63-54
CRM Birkhadem TRB Blida 61-65
CRB Dar-El-Beda O Batna 92-65
ASPTT Alger NA Hussein- Dey 106-71

Standing Pts J
1. ASPTT Alger 08 4
-CRB Dar-El-Beda 08 4
3.NA Hussein-Dey 06 4
- O Batna 06 4
- JSB Msila 06 4
- TRB Blida 06 4
7. NRM Harrach 04 4
- CRM Birkhadem 04 4


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  ARGENTINA   


Market and Injury Report Updates - by Raul Ruscitti
Gibson out for a month
Lanus big man Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) will be out of action for at least a month with a sprain left knee. Even though the team had no plans of releasing him, theyve already hired a temporary replacement, bringing former Belgrano and Regatas player, Sylbrin Robinson (201-F-80, college: Northeastern).

El Nacional bring Holmes for Wadley
After performing a MRI, teams doctor determined that starting shooting guard Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) will not be able to play at least this weekend because an injury in his right knee. In order to cover his absence, the team decided to add former Libertad Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) as a temporary replacement. Holmes was recently waived by the team of Sunchales after playing only two games.

Quimsa to play without Mazzaro and Cajal
Last year runner up, Quimsa from Santiago del Estero will not count this weekend with the services of starting sharpshooter Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79) and Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80). Mazzaro, who could not finish last week game against Olimpico will be out approximately three weeks with a leg injury while Cajal is expected to miss about a month. Coach Fernando Duro is exploring his options and thinking about the possibility of bringing Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) as a replacement

Cilclista Olimpico waived Good
American big man Harry Good (208-C-81, college: Fresno St.) became a new record-man for the Argentinian basketball. In his two games in Olimpico, Good played a total of 1:40 minutes and did not score a single point breaking a record as the less productive import player in the history of the Liga Nacional.


Liga A and TNA 2008/09 official foreigners - by Facundo Iatzky
Liga A:
El Nacional: Camargo Dionisio Gomez (203-F-80, college: Arkansas), Donzell Rush (207-C-74, college: S.Florida), Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)
Regatas: Ramzee Stanton (193-F-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Chester), Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79, college: TCU)
Quimsa: Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), Herbert Courtney (201-F-84, agency: CAA Sports)
Ben Hur: Cedric McGuinnis (206-C-77, college: Georgia Southern), James Life (194-G-83, college: Massachusetts)
Olimpico: Charles Jones (191-G-75, college: LIU Brooklyn), Anthony Glover (196-F-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: St.John's)
Obras: Angel Caballero (192-G-70, agency: Paris Global Sports), Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances)
Libertad: Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville), Bryant Markson (198-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Utah)
Atenas: Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego), Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.)
Sionista: Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina), Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.)
Penarol: David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.), Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey)
BB Estudiantes: Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), Edward Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut)
Quilmes: Tyras Wade (200-F-81, college: La-Lafayette), Jazwin Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton)
Lanus: Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech), Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh), Sylbrin Robinson (201-F-80, college: Northeastern)
Gimnasia: Gary Buchanan (191-G-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Villanova), Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)
Independiente: Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut), Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis), Nathan Mielke (210-F-81, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)
Boca jrs: Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette), Mark Alan Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Buffalo)

TNA:
Obera TC: Jhon Whorton (205-C-78, college: Kent St.)
La Union Formosa: Nathaniel Green (198-F-79, college: Dayton)
Alma Juniors: Emmanuel Cliffton (198-F-81, college: Washburn)
Asoc Espanola: Zach Williams (201-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Wright St.)
Asoc Italiana: Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY)
Atl Echague Parana: Scott Cutley (196-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)
San Martin Corrientes: Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: E.Washington)
Union Sunchales: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78)
Argentino Junin: Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.)
Belgrano San Nicolas: Tang Hamilton (201-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mississippi St.)
Central Entrerriano: Perrin Johnson (196-G-84, college: Louisville)
Ciclista Juninense: Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington)
Firmat FC: Daaron Brown (206-F/C-84, college: Wyoming)
Gimnasia La Plata: Eddie Washington (201-C/F-75, college: New Orleans)
Pedro Echague: Willard Ford (201-F-72, college: Ill.-Chicago)
San Martin Marcos Juarez: Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.)


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Atenas 2-1 
 2. Libertad 2-1 
 3. Sionista 2-1 
 4. Quimsa 2-1 
 5. Cicl.Olimpico 2-1 
 6. Regatas C. 1-2 
 7. Ben Hur 1-2 
 8. Obras 0-3 
South
 1. Estudiantes 3-0 
 2. Penarol 2-1 
 3. Independ.N. 2-1 
 4. Boca Jrs 2-1 
 5. Quilmes MP 1-2 
 6. Lanus 1-2 
 7. Gimn.CR 1-2 
 8. El Nacional 0-3 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. La Union 1-0 
 2. Alma Juniors 1-0 
 3. Union 1-0 
 4. San Mart.C. 1-0 
 5. Obera TC 0-1 
 6. A.Italiana 0-1 
 7. A.Espanola 0-1 
 8. Atl.Echague 0-1 
South
 1. Ciclista 1-0 
 2. Argentino 1-0 
 3. Firmat SF 1-0 
 4. Belgrano SN 1-0 
 5. San Mart.MJ 0-1 
 6. P.Echague 0-1 
 7. C.Entrerriano 0-1 
 8. GimnasiaLP 0-1 


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  BELGIUM   


Gent News - by Peter Buyse


Optima Gent is looking forward on Wednesday to the arrival of another player who will get a month long tryout.
Former Loyola of Chicago forward Tracy Robinson (201-F) is getting a chance to make the team after the not so succesfull trial period of Todd Babbington.
Robinson played 31 games for Loyola this past season and averaged 9.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg. He also made 30 of 92 3pt shots.

Hans Van Langenhove missed this weekend's game at Antwerp after he suffered a toe injury the days preceding the game.

Coach Rogiers hopes to have him and Jesse Kimbrough back for the midweek game vs Aalst. Kimbrough will be evaluated before Wednesday's game at which point a decision will be made on his return.



D1 Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
M.Hainaut - Leuven 94-77
Dexia Mons-Hainaut registered easy victory against Spotter Leuven remaining perfect after 2 rounds. Elton Nesbitt was the top scorer for the winners with 20 points. Julian Sensley also shined adding one point less but grabbing 9 more rebounds. Leuven got 20 points from James J.J. Miller but it was not enough for the first joy.

Charleroi - Liege 68-61
First win for Spirou Basket Charleroi in D1, As a reminder, the team of head coach Drazen Anzulovic was free in the opening round. Jerry Johnson paced his team to win draining 21 points. On the other side, Will Thomas was pretty good collecting 21 points and 7 boards for Belgacom Liege Basket. Unfortunately his team dropped on 1-1.

Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 65-63
Both teams entered into this round with 0-1. The host team, VOO Verviers-Pepinster, grabbed tight victory mostly owing to Adrian Banks and his 19 points. Sasa Mucic was the second scorer in his team with 14 points. Veselin Petrovic recorded 16 points and 8 boards for Base Oostende, which has to look for another chance in order to win the first.

Antwerp - Gent 71-58
Antwerp Diamond Giants outplayed Optima Gent at home improving its score to 1-1. Nick Oudendag had 18 points and 4 rebounds for the winning team spending 20 minutes on the court. Gent also has 1-1 after this round. Its best player was Randle Monwell, who stopped on 14 points and 10 boards.



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  BOSNIA   


First round of Liga 13 - Demic scores 36! - by Nedzad Kladusak

Slavija - Posusje 88-78


Slavija: Vukelic 6, Jojic 19, Tomasevic, Prasovic 6, Janjic, Damjanovic, Zelenovic, Ratkovic 7, Bozic 3, Kalanj 11, Hodzic, Sindis Demic (190-G-83) 36
Posusje: Vladovic , Rezo 11, Cutura 11, Ramljak I. 10, Susak , Zaper 9, Galic 14, Mustapic T. 19, Ramljak M. , Djerek 2, Mustapic K., Planincic 2

Hercegovac - Sloboda Dita 74-82


Hercegovac: Vukajlovic 5, Micic, Kapor, M. Vukovic 5, Goranovic 8, Grdinic 13, Krstic 5, Kuljic, Delic, S. Vukovic 30, Savic, Crnobrnja 8
Sloboda Dita: Jakubovic, Jovanovic 21, Halilovic 8, Velimirovic 17, Hrncic 6, Halilbegovic 8, Albijanic 7, Persic 13, Leric 2, Alibasic, Besovic, Golijanin



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  BULGARIA   


Hard win for Cherno More against CSKA - by Valentin Anguelov

Euroins Cherno More won on the start of the NBL. Earlier today the sailors overcame CSKA with 11 points of difference - 83-72, but this success wasn't easy.

The Reds from Sofia were able to hold on to 69-69, but in the last 3 minutes of the game they scored only 3 points against 14 for Cherno More. The main reason for Varna's win was Julian Yulian Radionov (188-G-79), who for just 14 minutes of play scored 3 times from beyond the arc and was able to guard CSKA's best player Jordan Bozov.

Krum Doychinov scored the first basket for the new season after just 18 seconds of play. In the first quarter the two teams switched the lead a few times, but the home side was ahead 27-24 after 10 minutes.

The difference was up to +9 in the 13th minute (35-26), but then came the time for CSKA to show, that they aren't this bad at all. They made a 13-2 run and got ahead with 37-39 a minute and 50 seconds before halftime. Surprisingly, CSKA had the lead at halftime - 42-45.

Euroins Cherno More started the second half with more activity, and they were back ahead in the middle of the third quarter, after a 14-3 run. CSKA didn't have any intensions of giving up, and brought down the margin to just 1 point - 63-62.

The guests were standing good until 4.46 before the end of regular time, when Zivko Stoyanov tied the score at 69-69. 3.03 before the buzzer Jelko Bojovic gave Varna a 71-9 lead, and just after that Yulian Radionov scored 2 consecutive three-pointers, with a basket from Nikos Borohidis in between. In the next offense there was another basket by the former Levski player, which made the score 79-71. That was the first win for Daniel Dimitrov in an official game as head coach of Cherno More.

Bojovic scored 23 points for the home side (5 threes), and McIntosh added 17 along with 4 assists. Yanev and Yulian Radionov had 11 points each.

For CSKA Bozov didn't score a single three-pointer, but he was the high-point man in Hristo Borisov Hall with 28 points. Krum Doychinov had a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards, and Stoyanov and Bohoridis added 10 points a piece.

by Aleksandar Sotirov - BulgarianBasket.com



Levski back to winning way, top the Bulgarian league - by Valentin Anguelov

Levski started off the season in NBL with a huge win against Yambol. The blues smashed their guests with 25 poitns of difference - 100-75 in front of national coach Pini Gershon, the president of BFB Mihail Mihov and the whole Lukoil Academic squad.

On Thursday Levski lost dramatically against Mega in the BIBL, but today the team played in a totally different way, besides Yambol's bigger ambitions this year. Levski is going to be one of Lukoil Academic's main rivals this season.

Great debut for Levski made Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville). The 37-year old vet is wearing the blue jersey for the second time in his career. He finished with 23 points, 8 boards and 3 rejections in 29 minutes of play.


The other American - Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) played his best game for Levski so far. He scored 34 points (4 treys) and he had 4 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Asen Velikov was also very strong in front court today, as besides his 16 points he dished out 6 assists and added 5 boards and 5 steals. Maybe Pini was asking himself: 'Where were you in the summer?'

The only starter for Levski who didn't score a basket was Stefan Georgiev. He left the game after a collision with Byron Sanders and spent only 11 minutes on the floor.

The only thing Yambol will be remembered for in today's game will be the good play in the first quarter (25-21), and with the amazing blocked shots by youngster Pavel Marinov in the second half. In the other time they didn't impress with anything the 600 spectators in Hristo Botev hall.

Sanders had a double-double with 20 points and 18 boards, but he also rejected 4 shots for an efficiency of 31

The other yankee in the team - Scott O'Gallagher started off real strong and he kept the fire on in the first quarter. Everything turned around after he sat on the bench. Until the end Cholakov put him in a couple of times, but that didn't really help. He added 14 points. Kirilo Skumatov scored 12 points.

The happiest person in the hall probably was the commissioner Vasil Gadev. Simply because for this game only two of the refs showed up, and the final score showed that this was enough. There wasn't a third referee needed.



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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Total
1 Kristian Jakobsen 45
2 William Carl 32
3 Mychal Lamont 30
4 Dean Thibodeau 30
5 Keith Borgan 29
Rebounds Per Game
Total
1 Bonell Colas 13
2 Ivan Hoger 9
3 Bonell Colas 9
4 William Carl Pharis 8
5 Peter Johansen 8
Assists Per Game
Total
1 Peter Johansen 9
2 Johnell Smith 7
3 Troels Nielsen 6
4 Anders Hejgaard 6
5 William Carl Pharis 5
Blocks Per Game
Total
1 Joseph Smith 4
2 Ivan Miskovic 3
3 Bonell Colas 3


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Salon Vilpas 2-0 
 2. Huima 2-0 
 3. Kauhajoki 2-0 
 4. JKS 2-0 
 5. BC Nokia 1-1 
 6. Jyvaskyla 1-1 
 7. PuHu 0-0 
 8. Honka 0-1 
 9. HNMKY 0-1 
 10. LoKoKo 0-2 
 11. Ura Basket 0-2 
 12. Lapua 0-2 


1st Division Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Huima - Lapua 95-87
Aanekosken Huima overcame Lapuan Korikobrat 95:87 early in the week. Ojanen Reijo led the winners with 25 points and Hartford Jason collected 20 points and 17 boards. Carhart Kyle posted 24 points in the losing effort.

HNMKY - Jyvaskyla 92-98
BC Jyvaskyla had a road win over Helsingin NMKY 92:98. Collins Johann and Jackson Joe were too much for the hosts in the game combining 52 points. Silvonen Sauli produced 22 points in the losing effort.

LoKoKo - JKS 88-94
Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura had a road victory over Loimaan Korikonkarit 88:94. McNeil Magen recorded with 39 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Heard Jonathan top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Salon Vilpas - BC Nokia 77-62
Salon Vilpas produced 77:62 over BC Nokia tonight. Conerly Aubrey paced all the winners with 22 points. Cooper Matt scored the same number of points in defeat.



1.DIV.: YMCA Helsinki lost after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 2: YMCA Helsinki had a 'safe' lead during the half time (50-35) vs BC Jyvaskyla, but everything seems to be possible in basketball.
BC JKL won the fourth quarter 18-31 and tied the game 85-85. OT was needed and visitor BC JKL won it 7-13 and the contest 92-98. Johann Collins (211-C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Presbyterian) led BC JKL with 27 pts and 10 rbs. Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) added 25 pts. Newcomer JKS (Jarvenpaa) is now 2-0 after winning today a close game at Loimaa. Hosting LoKoKo lost the contest to JKS by six points margin 88-94. The game MVP was Magen McNeil (198-F-83) (JKS) who scored 39 pts and grabbed 13 rbs. Vilpas (Salo) defeated BC Nokia 77-62 and Karhu (Kauhajoki) crushed Ura Basket (Kaarina) 91-57.

YMCA Helsinki - BC JKL OT 92-98 (85)(50-35) (Sauli Silvonen 22, Eetu Nieminen 21 - Johann Collins 27/10, Joe Jackson 25).

LoKoKo - JKS 88-94 (45-46) (Jonathan Heard 25/13, Eryk Thomas 23 - Magen McNeil 39/13, Matias Ojala 14).

Vilpas - BC Nokia 77-62 (35-31) (Aubrey Conerly 22, Amani Daanish 19/16 - Matt Cooper 22, Jason Holmes 19).

Kauhajoki - Ura Basket 91-57 (43-28) (Eric Washington 23, Brandon Polk 18/12 - Armondo Surratt 24/10, Derrick Crayton 10/11).



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  GEORGIA   


Standings - Higher League
Highest League Standings
 1. Dinamo T. 0-0 
 2. Energy 0-0 
 3. TSU 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T. 0-0 
 5. Avia 0-0 
 6. NTD T. 0-0 
 7. GSAU T. 0-0 


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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ratiopharm - Dt.Bank SKY 66-63
ratiopharm Ulm beat the Deutsche Bank Skyliners 66:63 at home. Romeo Travis topscored with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeff Gibbs added 13 points. Ulm improves to 4-0 on the young season while Frankfurt evens at 2-2.

Telekom B. - Art.Dragons 71-77
Dragons had a road 71:77 victory over Telekom. Lamont McIntosh scored 21 points to lead Artland Dragons at Telekom Dome in Bonn. Artland upped their record to 2-3 while Bonn slipped to 2-2.

Noerdlingen - TBB Trier 68-74
TBB Trier had a 74:68 road win over surprising Nordlingen. Derek Raivio scored 21 points, while Maksym Shtein added 16.Nordlingen shot 41% and 26% (5 for 19) from three.Trier and Nordlingen are both 3-1.

Pad.Baskets - Brose Baskets 77-84
Baskets Bamberg team earned their first win of the season with a tough 84:77 road victory over Paderborn Baskets. Jared Newson led the winners with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Steve Esterkamp led Paderborn with a nice 16 points peformance Bamberg outrebounded Paderborn 36-25.

Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers 78-67
Walter Tigers powered their way to a 78:67 home win over visiting LTi Giessen 46ers. Richard Chaney led the way with 17 points and 5 rebounds. For the 46ers, Heiko Schaffartzik scored 17 points, whilst Michael Umeh added 15.

Bremerhaven - EWE Baskets 75-89
EWE Baskets had a road victory over Bremerhaven 75:89. Foster Je'Kel paced all the winners with 23 points and Paulding Rickey scored 18. Slaughter Marcus collected 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

EnBW L'burg - NY Phantoms 62-61
EnBW Ludwigsburg survived over NY Phantoms 62:61 at home. Watts Dane top-scored for the hosts with 15 points. Drevo Andrew ended up for the visitors with 20 points.

Koeln 99ers - ALBA 58-79
ALBA remained hot after the road victory over Koeln 99ers 58:79. Nadjfeji Aleksandar led his team to 4-0 record with 15 points. Fereti Zarryon was the only one to reach double digits for the hosts, nailing 10 points.



Bundesliga Game Day 4: Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 4 tipped off with several exciting matchups. In Saturday night action, ratiopharm Ulm edged Frankfurt to improve to 4-0 while Nordlingen fell to Trier in a tight game. Artland earned a hardfought win in Bonn while Bamberg picked up their first victory at Paderborn and Tubingen took care of business against Giessen.

Saturday October 11th
ratiopharm Ulm 66 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 63
ratiopharm Ulm edged the Deutsche Bank Skyliners for an exciting 66-63 home win Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. Romeo Travis topscored with a strong 15pt 11reb night, Jeff Gibbs added a 13pt 12reb and Dru Joyce chipped in 12pt 4ast in the comeback win. Ulm opened with a 21-20 lead after 1Q before the Skyliners triangle and two defense slowed the Ulmer attack. Frankfurt surged ahead in the 2Q behind former Ulm forward Konrad Wysocki and talented PF Derrick Allen. The Skyliners outscored Ulm 15-7 in the 2nd to take a 35-28 lead into half. Playing with a small lineup including both PG's Dru Joyce and Per Gunther, Ulm trimmed the deficit in the 3Q. Heading into the 4th, Skyliners held a 55-52 lead. Ulm's Keith Triplett's fantastic defensive effort charged the comeback and big baskets from Gibbs, Joyce and Lee Humphrey helped Ulm take the lead. Pascal Roller's game-tying attempt rimmed out and Jeff Gibbs sealed the win with a clutch defensive rebound. Ulm outscored Frankfurt 16-8 in the 4th and shot 42% from the floor including 28% (7-25) from three. Skyliners sank 45% of their shots and 7 of 19 (36%) from three. Ulm outrebounded Frankfurt 36-25 and held a slight advantage at the foul line making 9 of 16 (56%) FT compared to Frankfurt's 6 of 13 (46%). Ulm improves to 4-0 on the young season while Frankfurt evens at 2-2. Please see the game report from Miles Schmidt-Schueber for more details of this game

Artland Dragons 77 Telekom Baskets Bonn 71
Lamont McIntosh scored 21pt with 5reb on 3 of 4 three point shooting to lead Artland Dragons to a hardfought 77-71 road win over Telekom Baskets Bonn Saturday night at Telekom Dome in Bonn. Darren Fenn posted a 16pt 14reb double double and Adam Hess contributed 11pt 7reb. Artland started strong with a 25-15 1Q before Bonn cut the margin to 41-37 at half. Head Coach Thorsten Leibenath and his Artland team finished the game strong to seal the win. Playing against his former team, Bonn PG EJ Rowland topscored with 12pt in the loss. JJ Strasser came off the Bonn bench to drill 3 of 4 threes for 11pt while Brandon Bowman and Ken Johnson also added 11pt apiece. For the game Artland shot 37% from the floor, made 7 of 20 (35%) from three and sank 30 of 40 FT (75%). Bonn made 44% of their shots including 6 of 16 from three for 37%. Bonn made 17 of 28 (60%) from the foul line. Artland upped their record to 2-3 while Bonn slipped to 2-2.

brose Baskets Bamberg 84 Paderborn Baskets 77
Head Coach Chris Fleming and his brose Baskets Bamberg team earned their first win of the season with a tough 84-77 road victory over Paderborn Baskets Saturday night at Sportszentrum Maspernplatz in Paderborn. The front court led production for Bamberg in the win as Jared Newson (14pt 4reb), Eric Taylor (13pt 3reb), Nate Johnson (12pt 7reb) and Predrag Suput (12pt 8reb) all enjoyed solid games. A 29-19 2Q keyed the Bamberg win giving the guests a 46-37 halftime advantage. Paderborn responded with a strong 3rd but Bamberg eventually earned the win. Steve Esterkamp led Paderborn with a nice 16pt 4reb 5ast peformance followed by Marius Nolte with 15pt 5reb. Bamberg shot a sizzling 58% from the floor and made 9 of 18 threes. Paderborn sank 46% and converted 5 of 15 threes (33%). Bamberg enjoyed an advantage from the foul line making 27 of 36 FT (75%) compared to Paderborns 16 of 27 FT (59%). Bamberg outrebounded Paderborn 36-25. teams are now 1-3 on the early year.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 78 LTi Giessen 46ers 67
The Tubingen frontcourt powered their way to a 78-67 home win over visiting LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. Richard Chaney led the way with a strong 17pt 5reb 3stl night. Rasko Katic (14pt 9reb), Michael Haynes (14pt 6reb 4 for 6 threes) and Kenny Williams (10pt 11reb) were also in top form. Tubingen used a 22-11 2Q to build a 40-33 halftime lead. The Tigers extended their margin to 61-52 heading into the 4th before maintaining for the win. The Tigers shot 50% from the floor and made 8 of 15 (58%) from three while also outrebounding Giessen 36-31 in the win. For the 46ers, Heiko Schaffartzik scored 17pt while Michael Umeh added 15pt and Maurice Jeffers 13pt. Giessen shot 38% from the floor and 32% (8 for 25) from three point land. Head Coach Tolga Ongoren and his team evened at 2-2 while Giessen fell to 0-4.

TBB Trier 74 Nordlingen 68
Derek Raivio scored 21pt 5reb and Maksym Shtein added 16pt 5reb in leading TBB Trier to a tight 74-68 road win over surprising Nordlingen. Unbeaten through their first three Bundesliga games, Nordlingen battled throughout the exciting game. Even at 22 after 1Q, Trier edged ahead 40-37 at half. Head Coach Yves Defraigne and his team maintained their slim lead 59-55 moving into the 4th and held off a Nordlingen comeback for the exciting road victory. Chris Copeland was also solid for Trier chipping in 14pt 4reb. Trier made 46% from the floor.6 for 21 from three (28%) and 14 for 19 FT (73%). Nordlingen shot 41% and 26% (5 for 19) from three. Nordlingen outrebounded Trier 36-28 in the loss. Monta McGee led Nordlingen with 16pt 9reb while Osvaldo Jeanty added 15pt and Carl Mbassa and Danny Gibson 10pt apiece. Trier and Nordlingen are both 3-1.

Sunday October 12th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg v Eisbaren Bremerhaven in Bremen 4pm tip BBL.TV

ALBA Berlin @ Koln 99ers 5pm

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig @ EnBW Ludwigsburg 5pm


ProA Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cuxhaven - Heidelberg 86-77
Cuxhaven enlarged their winning streak to 3 games with an 86:77 win over Heidelberg. Brandon Watkins fired 22 points to lead the hosts. Frank Kelsi Bennett secured 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners as they stayed perfect at the start. Ben Beran dropped 25 points and grabbed 9 boards for Heidelberg as they slipped to 0-2 record.

B.Muenchen - Karlsruhe 77-86
Karlsruhe secured the initial win in the ProA season as they overcame Bayern Muenchen 87:77 away from home. Justin Howard tallied massive double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds for Karlsruhe. Al Elliott netted 20 points and issued 7 assists for the winners. Tim Morris responded with 19 points for Bayern as they dropped to 1-2 in the ladder.

Kirchheim - Langen 81-91
Kyle Jeffers was impressive with 24 points and 17 rebounds for langen as they toppled Kirchheim 91:81 on the road. Robin Benzing produced 20 points in the first victory for Langen in the season. Adam Baumann chipped in 22 points and collected 11 rebounds for the Knights in the loss.

teckproBraves - Schalke 91-79
teckproBraves improved to 1-1 record in the ProA action after they trounced Schalke 91:79 at home. Brice Brooks nailed 20 points coming off the bench to pace the winners. Melvin Hall had game-high 21 points for Schalke 04 in defeat.

Chemnitz - MBC 76-79
MBC remained among the top teams in the standings as they sneaked a 79:76 win against Chemnitz. It was the second straight success for MBC. Wayne Bernard fired 21 points for MBC. Sascha Leutloff had 15 points in the victory. Dustin Pfeifer contributed 24 points for Chemnitz as they fell to 1-1 record.



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Aris beat Panellinios 70-64 in the opening of the A1 championship - by Simon Varvakis
With defense as their primary weapon, which will be the trademark of team of Aris this year, and also combined with the passion of their players, the team of Aris managed to subdue the team of Panellinios Athens in the opening of the A1 championship for 2008-2009. The fans of Aris filled the Alexandreion Melathron and numbered in roughly 5,000.

Both teams started strong on the court and it was a fast-paced offensive game for both teams(10-12 at 5'). From this point onwards however, the team of Aris intensified their defensive efforts, stole balls, ran the fast-break and opened up the lead(25-14) getting the crowd even more excited and loud! Panellinios Athens didn't manage to score a single point in the last 4.5 minutes of the 1st quarter.

The great defense continued in the 2nd quarter as well and it ended at 38-27 with a lead of 11 points for Aris.

The game didn't develop exactly like that in the 3nd quarter though. The team of Panellinios Athens played some good defense and manage to get the lead of Aris down from 44-29 to 55-49 at the end of the 3rd quarter where tiredness started taking hold of the team.

At the 4th quarter both teams were somewhat tired and that showed as Aris couldn't get a large headstart and Panellinios Athens never really managed to take hold of the game. The game reached breaking point at 37' where the score was 58-56 in favor of Aris. Savas Eliadis managed to redeem himself for bad plays during the game and came to the rescue of his team with a cold-blooded 3-pointer and shattered the hopes of Panellinios Athens. During the last minutes Aris played good defense and the anxious players of Panellinios Athens only managed to score a few points towards the final result of 70-64.

Aris (Mazzon): Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 8 (2), Marshall 2, Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) 21 (5), Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 5, Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82) 13 (1), Argyropoulos 3, Eliades 7 (1), Gavel 3, Agadakos 6 Barlos 2.

Panellinios Athens (Zouros): Ostoic, Papamakarios 3, Kalaitzidis 2, Kalaitzis 5 (1), Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, college: N.Carolina St.) 11 (1), Brad Newley (199-G-85) 15 (1), Nadjfej 4, Golemac 7, Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) 17 (1).


B' Division: Day 1 - Results and Top scorers - by Chris Mammides
P. Faliro Ikaroi Serron 54 - 112
Quarters: 10-25, 25-51, 38-87, 54-112.
P. Faliro: Monemvasitis 16, Kiparissous 11.
Ikaroi Serron: Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 22, Thanasis Topouzis (205-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) 15.

Sporting - AIAS Evosmou 48-58
Quarters: 12-20, 26-37, 37-43, 48-58.
Sporting: Elias Tsopis (203-F/C-75) 13, Stelios Vrynas (195-F-88) 13.
AIAS Evosmou: Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) 19, Souflias 17.

Apollon Kalamarias Ikaros Kallitheas 71-73
Quarters: 19-20, 42-33, 54-48, 71-73
Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 21, Papadopoulos 15.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Emmanouilidis 16, Melas 13.

Amyntas - OFI 47-58
Quarters: 12-21, 14-36, 30-51, 47-58
Amyntas: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) 18, Moumouris 10.
OFI: Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 18, Tselios 10.

Anagennisi/Floga - Doukas 70- 65
Quarters: 17-12, 43-20, 55-38, 70-65
Anagennisi/Flogas: Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 18, Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) 17.
Doukas: Christos Gavanopoulos (198-G-85) 18, Papargiropoulos 15, Zakinthinos 13.

Komotini - Goumenisa 87-77
Quarters: 22-20, 45-40, 67-58, 87-77
Komotini: Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) 25, Stafanidis 15, Lehoudis 10.
Goumenisa: Apostolos Pantsios (188-G-84) 18, Delibaltidis 16 and Gymnopoulos 17.

Arkadikos Pierikos Arhelaos 83-76
Quarters: 26-21, 43-39, 56-57, 83-76
Arkadikos: Manos 26, Elias Mutran (199-F-80) 21, Tsolakis 13.
Pierikos Arhelaos: Giorgos Chrisanthopoulos (203-G-73) 20, Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 19, Raptis 11.

Lavrio - Halkida 77-76
Quarters: 19-23, 43-32, 60-54, 77-76
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 19, Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) 16, Agapitos 11.
Halkida: Georgios Passalidis (200-G-87) 18, Pappas 16, Milan Sagias (208-C-77) 14, Traianos 12


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Eredivisie Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hanzev.Cpt - M.Magix 76-81
Matrixx Magix remains perfect after 3 rounds in Eredivisie. Raoul Heinen led his team in Groningen with 17 points and 6 rebounds. The host team has 1-2 after this defeat, despite 18 points by Rogier Jansen.

Upstairs Weert - ZZ Leiden 95-79
First victory in Eredivise for Upstair Weert. Niels Vorenhout had 20 while Omni Smith had one point less for the winning team. Actually Smith had 6 more rebounds and impressive 10 assists. Leiden got 25 points and 4 rebounds from J.S. Nash but it remains on one win so far, 1-2.

Den Helder - Eiff.Towers 89-96
Eiffel Towers once again demonstrated its power staying perfect after 3 games. Jerome Beasley shined for the winners collecting 28 points and 11 boards. Bradley Strickland had 18 points and 8 rebounds in Den Helder, which has 1-1.

Amsterdam - Aris Friesland 79-65
Defending Dutch champion ABC Eclipse Jet/MyGuide registered comfortable home victory against Aris Friesland also improving on 3-0. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

West-Brabant - Landstede 60-77
Both teams had 0-2 before this game. Landstede Zwolle took it easily for the first joy in 08/09. Robby Bostain paced his team to win scoring 18 points and dishing out 7 assists. Tim Blue had 15 points and 9 rebounds in West-Brabant Giants.


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Olaj KK Cup,Szolnok - by Tamas Deri

Thursday, 9th of October

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Velpak Sarajevo 105-52
(27-13, 27-6, 25-17, 26-16)
OLAJ: Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) 14/12, Wilson 9, Cziczas 8, Harazin 12, Jurkunas 2, Varadi 8/3, Cseh 12/6, Szab 6, Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware) 16, Toth 6/6, Gaal 9/3, Kovacs D. 3, Coach: Por Peter
SARAJEVO: Cejvan 4, Buljubasic 9/9, Camdzic 18/9, Majstrovic 15/3, Aljovic 2., Asceric, Klinec 4, Andelic

DEKE - Univer-Kecskemet 72-94
(23-24, 12-25, 22-23, 15-22)
DEKE: Varro 9/3, Gaynor 7/3, Gergely Kutasi (190-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8/6, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 16, Szabo 2, Kaluha 10, Balogh -, Erdei 3/3, Takacs 2, Kovacs 15/15, Coach: Walke Karoly
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: Haynes 10, Toth 4, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 22/9, Klaiber 13/3, Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) 17/6, Horti 2, Kovacs 2, Molnar 11/3, Tornoczky -, Dale 13/3, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


Friday, 10th of October

DEKE - Szolnoki Olaj KK 53-74
(23-21, 9-15, 9-14, 12-24)
OLAJ: Coleman 7/3, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 19/3, Cziczs 3/3, Harazin 6, Jurkunas 5/3, Basit 7, Varadi 9/3, Gaal 2, Georgy Cseh (208-F-87) 16/12, Toth V., Szabo, Coach: Por Peter
DEKE: Gaynor 12/6, Gergely Kutasi 3/3, Varro 12/6, Kovacs 5/3, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 19, Balogh, Erdei 2, Szabo T., Coach: Walke Karoly


Univer-Kecskemet Velpak Sarajevo 111-74
(34-12, 22-22, 26-19, 29-21)
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 21/15, Molnar 9, Horvath 14, Klaiber 16/3, Danielson 14/3, Horti 4, Tth 4, Tornoczky 4/3, Dale 20/3, Coach: Zsoldos Andras

Saturday, 11th of October


Velpak Sarajevo - DEKE 56-94
(16-22, 10-27, 20-18, 10-27)
DEKE: Gaynor 2, Gergely Kutasi 23/15, Varro 16/3, Kennerly 19, Szabo T. 9., Kaluha 2, Balogh A. 11/3, Erdei 5/3, Kovacs I. 7/3, Coach: Walke Karoly


Szolnoki Olaj KK - Univer KSE 78-86
(22-30, 16-19, 21-13, 19-24)
Olaj: Varadi 13/12, Cziczas, Donald Wilson 31/3, Harazin, Jurkunas 14/12, Basit 14, Cseh 3, Gaal 3/3, Szabo P., Toth V., Coach: Por Peter
Univer: DeAndre Haynes 24/6, Horvath 15/9, Molnar 1, Klaiber 11/9, Danielson 15/3, Dale 13, Toth P. 3, Horti 2, Coach: Walke Karoly


1. Univer-Kecskemet
2. Szolnoki Olaj KK
3. Debreceni Egyetem KE
4. Velpak Sarajevo

MVP: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) (Univer KSE)

Best scorer of the tournament: Donald Wilson



Kornel David announced his retirement - by Balazs Radics
Kornel David (207-F-71) the only hungarian ever played in the NBA announced his retirement. He had been considered this for a while but now it is official. The former Hungarian international formerly played for Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavs & Toronto Raptors, will stay in the world of basketball as he will work for NBA side Cleveland Cavaliers as a scout. Kornel rejected several offers from Spain to switch for this new challenge. Eurobasket Hungary wishes him good luck!

INTERSPORT-CUP, Szekesfehervar - by Tamas Deri

Thursday, 9th of October

Albacomp - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 97-85
(28-30, 26-20, 18-25, 25-10)
Albacomp: Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 17/9, Jara Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 21, Radovic 13/3, Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 21/3, Morrison 19, Soos 2, Gobi 4, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
ZTE: Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 26/6, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 31/9, Kaman 5/3, Jones 8, Helbich 11/3, Trepak, Gaspar, Baki, Toth 4., Simon, Coach: Volgyi Peter


Atomeromu SE - Orangeways Dombovar KC 79-78
(20-25, 13-8, 34-28, 12-17)
Atomeromu SE: Meszaros 2, Williams 12/6, Kiss 5/3, Fajardo 6, Csaplar-Nagy 15/3, Panta, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 22/12, Medve, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 17, Coach: Sabali Balazs
Dombovar: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 18/9, Dr. Deak 14/6, Szoke 10/6, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 19/6, Clark 14, Vas, Balogh, Klir, Molnar 3, Coach: Peter Stahl


Friday, 10th of October

ASE - Albacomp 66-104
(19-33, 16-18, 16-27, 15-26)
Albacomp: Adam Hanga 10, Jara Doyne 24/15, Radovic 14/6, Rashad Bell 24/6, Morrison 11, Soos 9/9, David 2, Gobi 5/3, Madar 3/3, Keller 2, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
ASE: Meszaros 5/3, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 19/6, Gosa 11/3, Fajardo 15/3, Gulyas 6, Panta 2, Medve 4, Csaplar-Nagy 1, Kiss 3/3, Coach: Sabali Balazs

Orangeways Dombovar KC - Zalakeramia ZTE KK 92-64
(21-26, 17-20, 24-10, 30-8)
Dombovar: Jerome LaGrange 9, Ivory Clark (198-F-85) 16, Dr. Deak 8/6, Ferenc Bodi 18/6, Moore 4, Simon 4, Vas 5, Szoke 10, Balogh 6/3, Molnar 12/6, Coach: Peter Stahl
ZTE: Hinnant 8/6, Watson 8, Kaman 2, Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) 22/6, Helbich 11, Simon, Trepak 2, Gaspar 11/9, Baki, Toth, Coach: Volgyi Peter

Saturday, 11th of October

Albacomp - Dombovarr KC 81-71
(28-7, 25-18, 16-20, 12-26)
Albacomp: Jara Doyne 23/3, Adam Hanga 9/3, Bell 12/9, Morrison 5, Radovic 17/9, Soos 10/6, David, Gobi 1, Keller 4, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
Dombovar: Jerome LaGrange 5/3, Clark 16/6, Deak 7/3, Ferenc Bodi 2, Moore 4, Simon 4, Szoke 4, Balogh, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 11, Molnar 18/12, Coach: Peter Stahl


Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Atomeromu SE 109 - 74
(26-19, 22-12, 34-24, 27-19)
ZTE KK: Hinnant 12/6, Watson 15, Kmn 11/3, Jones 8/6, Helbich 23, Trepak 9/9, Gaspar 14/9, Baki, Simon 9/3, Toth 8, Starics, Coach: Volgyi Peter



Krasznai Cup, Sopron - by Tamas Deri

Thursday, 9th of October

Kaposvari KK - Klosterneuburg (austrian) 95-89
(18-28, 25-11, 28-18, 24-32)
Kaposvari KK: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 25/6, Vojvoda 4/3, Welton 11/3, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 20/6, Orosz 10, Corey Minnifield (202-F-81, college: Loyola (LA)) (202-F-81, college: Loyola (LA)) (202-F-81, college: Loyola (LA)) (202-F-81, college: Loyola (LA)) 16/6, Kiss K. 2, Csirke 7/3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Klosterneuburg: Helbich 22, Nagler 19/3, Stuppacher 15/9, Diwalo 14/12


SOPRONI SORDOGOK - SMAFC 94-64
(25-16, 20-17, 31-13, 18-18)
Best scorers: Cousinard 23/6, Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 20/6, Brooks 14/3 - Csaplar-Nagy 21, Balogh G. 13/3, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 10/6


Friday, 10th of October

SMAFC - Kaposvari KK 77-104
(22-30, 16-27, 16-18, 23-29)
Kaposvari KK: Kestutis Marciulionis 6, Vojvoda 13, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 21/3, Hoffmann 17/3, Orosz 15, Corey Minnifield 20/15, Kiss K., Csirke 10/6, Kovacs D. 2, Takacs G., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
SMAFC: Gombas 15/3, Szabolcs Pojbics 14/9, Bausz 10/6, Balogh 11/3., Csaplar-Nagy 10

Soproni Sordogok - Klosterneuburg (austrian) 87-69
(34-12, 21-23, 21-15, 11-19).
Sopron: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 15/6, Brooks 11/3, COUSINARD 14/6, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/9, Ferenc Boldizsar (201-C/F-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/12, Csorvasi 5, Halmai 3, Vesztergom 6, Kovats, Horanyi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert.
Best scorers, Klosterneuburg: Nagler 15/9, Helbich 14, Woods 10


Saturday, 11th of October

SMAFC - KLOSTERNEUBURG (austrian) 59-79
(16-23, 13-17, 12-21, 18-18)
Best scorers: Szabolcs Pojbics 26/18, Csaplar-Nagy 10 - Diwallo 18/12, Nagler 15, Woods 14


Soproni Sordogok - Kaposvari KK 104-94
(33-20, 29-29, 12-25, 30-20)
Kaposvari KK: Kestutis Marciulionis 16/3, Vojvoda 10/6, Welton 18/6, Hoffmann, Orosz 7, Corey Minnifield 27/9, Kiss K. 6/6, Csirke 10/6, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Sopron: David Brooks 28/9, Kortelyesi 25/12, Cousinard 17/9, Cruz 12/6


Best scorer of the tournament: Corey Minnifield

MVP: David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara)



Succesfull test game before Eurochallenge - by Tamas Deri
On friday the team of Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend had one easy victory against austrian first division team Gussing Knights.

The home team played without injured hungarian NT member Csaba Ferencz, who hurt his ancle in a practice last week. The best scorer of the home team was american big man George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP), who showed his excellent offensive skills again. Even Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) had a great game with 17 points, but also polish forward Zbigniew Zbigniew Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) scored 13 points (made 3 of his 5 threes!). Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) was the best domestic player with 12 points.

Polaroid - Lami-Ved Kormend - Gussing Knights 92:67
(21:23, 26:9, 21:13, 24:22)
Kormend, Att.: 500, Referees: Nemeth, Szalai
Kormend: Fodor M. 7/3, Bryan McCullough 17/6, Gergely Fodor 12/3, George Banks 22/6, Vavra 3, Auriantal -, Kocsis 7/3, Trummer -, Zbigniew Bialek 13/9, Toth G. 3, Keresztes 1, Hegedus 7, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
Best scorers, Gussing: Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa) 12, Chappell 12


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Gvi'a "Winner" first round results - by Netanel Dahan
Todey started the first official tournament in Israel that called 'Gvi'a Winner' here the results of the first round at this tournament:

Maccabi Haifa-Kiryat Ata 75-53 to Haifa(it was a demonstration game).
Haifa showed that she is going to be one of the strongest team in Israel this year.
Box score:
To Haifa:
Ido Kozikaro 23 points+11 rebounds,Doron Perkins,and BJ McKie 11 points each,Brooks Sales 10 points,Ben Strong 7 points,Moshe Mizrachi,Amit Ben David 4 points,Gur Porat and Jefferson 2 pts.

The top scores to Ata:Terrence Roberts 14 rebounds,and Brandon McKnight 16 points each,Draelon Burns 10 points,Berkovitz and Ermichin 7 points.

Ironi Nahariya-Ironi Ramat Gan 90-77 to Ironi Nahariya.
Nahariya built a very nice team and get back Raviv Limond the expectation from this team is the top 6,and after this game it is possible that she will get up to the Finel Four.
Box score:
To Ironi Nahariya:
Ron Lewis 21 points,Raviv Limond 18 points,Greg Brunner 15 points,Washam 13 points,McGhee 10 points,Yogev Ohayon 9 points,Yaakusi 4 points.

The top scores to Ramat Gan:Carmelo Lee 21 points,Josh Gomes 16 points,Jones 14 points.

Bnei Hasharon-Hapoel Holon-82-62 to Bnei Hasahron.

Box score:
To Bnei Hasharon:Roby 27 points,Quaintance 14 points,Ben Ries 10 points,James 8 points(4 blockes),Munson5 points,Meir Tapiro 4 points,Hofman and Katz 3 points.

Holon's to scores:Washington 23 points,Watson Flores and Orland 10 points each.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv-Gaili-Gilboa 79-77 to Galil.
Galil controled in every part of the game Maccabi shrinked the advantage close to the end.

Box score:
Galil's to scores:Roberts 24 points,Izraeli 15 points,Nixon 14 points,Yavzuri 8 points.

To Maccabi:
Arroyo 15 points,Hagag 9 points(all his points he scored at the fourth quarter),Williams and Eliyahu 8 points each,Fischer 7 points,Sharp,Casspi and Batista 6 points each,Simmons and Burstein 5 points,and green 2 points.

Hapoel Jerusalem-Ashkelon 87-81 to Jerusalem.
Box score:
Jerusalem's to scores:Bowers 24 points,Haluska 18 points,Markovic 12 points,Shason 11 points,and Sneed 10 points.
Ashkelon's to scores:Burtt 27 points,Eddy Fobbs 21 points,Ben-Chimol 15 points,Tamir 13 points.

At the last demonstration game Rishon beat Givat Shmuel 109-91.
Givat top scores: Ross 23 points,Nir and Hall 19 points each.
Rishon's to scores:Hughes 20 points,Tutt 19 points,and Conley 17 points.


The Semi-Finel Games(15.10.08):
Galil Gilboa-Ironi Nahariya.
Jerusalem-Bnei Hasharon.


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Lottomatica 1-0 
 2. Benetton 1-0 
 3. Upim 1-0 
 4. Armani 1-0 
 5. Solsonica 1-0 
 6. Banca Tercas 1-0 
 7. La Fortezza 1-0 
 8. Pall.Cantu 0-0 
 9. Montepaschi 0-0 
 10. Carife 0-1 
 11. Snaidero 0-1 
 12. Scavolini 0-1 
 13. Eldo 0-1 
 14. Angelico 0-1 
 15. Air AV 0-1 
 16. Premiata 0-1 


Lega 2 Day 2: Only Jesi and Varese at the top - by Gianni Pascucci
(with the help of Antonello Varallo)
Cimberio Varese - Livorno Basket 77-72
Varese won his first home match after the narrow win against Roseto. Veteran Giacomo Galanda (211-F\C-75, agency:Biasin Marco) led his team with 19 pts and 15 rebs. Randy Childress (1.90-G-72, college:Wake Forest) added 10 points and 6 assists. For Livorno, Marcelus Kemp (186-G-84, college:Nevada, agency:Sports Talent) was the best scorer with 20 points, while Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, college: Weber St, agency: Sports Talent) added 17 points.
Fileni Jesi - Carmatic Pistoia 76-69
A great performance from Michele Maggioli (212-C-77, agency:Side by Side) helped Fileni Jesi to win against Carmatic Pistoia, keeping the top of the table together with Varese. The center scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college:Middle Tenn.St., agency:Worldwide Hoops) was the best scorer of the match with 24 points. For Pistoia, Brent Lamar Darby (185-G-81, college:Ohio St., agency:Dutt Sport Services) did well scoring 17 points, while Elton Tyler (205-F\C-79, college: Miami, Agency: Interperformance) scored 15 points with 10 defensive rebounds.
Umana Venezia - Enel Brindisi79-72
Venezia won the challenge between newcomers with 23 points of Otis George(205-C-82, college:Louisville agency:Beo Basket). For Brindisi, another solid performance from Marcus Hatten, (186-G-80, college:St.John's)who scored 20 points with 3 assists, and from dominant center Marco Killingsworth (203-F\C-82, college:Indiana, agency:Bell Management) who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Vanoli Soresina - Pallacanestro Roseto 89-84
Two of the best players of the league, Quadre Lollis (200 -F\C-73, college: Montana St., agency:Zucker International) and Troy Bell (186-G-80, college:Boston College agency:BDA Sports), gifted another win to Soresina. Lollis scored 19 points, Bell 23. The best scorers of Roseto were Danilo Pinnock Jr (196-G-83, college:George Washington, agency:Pro One Sports) with 17 points and Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen) with 16 points.
Fastweb Casale Monferrato - Basket Rimini Crabs 89-82
Marco Crespi's team earned a narrow win thanks to a solid performance of all players. Italian hope Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency:Players Group) shined with 16 points, while Zabian Dowdell (191-G-84, college:Virginia Tech) added 19 points and 4 assists. For Rimini, Phil Goss (186-G-83, college:Drexler, agency: Lanshire Group)'s 26 points were not enough to avoid the loss.
Edimes Pavia - Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia 94-83
An easy win for Pavia thanks to Paul Lester Marigney (192-G-82, college:St Mary's CA agency:BDA Sports), who was the best scorer with 24 points, and Thomas Mobley,(195-F-81, college:Charleston, agency: ASM sports) who added other 20 points. For Franco Marcelletti's team, veteran star Alvin Young (191-F-75, college:Niagara, agency:Sports Talent)scored 16 points.
Aget Imola - Banco di Sardegna Sassari 85-81
Joseph Bunn (198-F-75) proved himself an excellent scorer with 21 points while Gennaro Sorrentino did a perfect match with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, showing his great offensive skills. Peter Ezugwu (203-C-76,college:E.Michigan, agency: World Sport Agency) led Sassari in losing effort with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college:Loyola MD, agency:Two Points) did not perform as in the previous game.
Prima Veroli - Harem Scafati 66-57
Kyle Hines (198-F-86, college NC Greensboro, agency: Octagon) led his team with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Veroli obtained his first win against Scafati, where Ronald Davis (190-G-82) scored 24 points and Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college:E.Tenn.St.) did not repeat his last amazing performance


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Can Knights continue their dominance? - by Leonard Whyte
The 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs are set to begin on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at the National Stadium courts. The big question is, can Urban Knights be stopped? The defending champions, and Midsseason champions, went 22-0 during the regular season and is looking to complete the first perfect season in Jamaican basketball history. Still, the 22 wins now become secondary. It is what happens from here onwards that matters. Being the no.1 seed, Knights will open up against no.8 Runnin' Rebels, a team they beat twice during the season, but by a total of only five points. The champions won the first encounter 72-69 and the second 74-72.

Newcomers Port Royal Bulls is the no.2 seed. They will face former champions St. Georges Slayers, the no.7 seed. Bulls won their first meeting 71-61 but Slayers gained revenge in the second with a 89-82 victory. Tivoli Wizards enter the playoffs as the no.3 seed and will match-up against no.6. Portmore Flames. Wizards easily swept both games against their opponents this season, triumphing 75-65 & 70-62. The final series will see no.4 seed Majestic Gardens tackling no.5 Arnett Gardens Rockers. Both teams staged two classic encounters during the season when Arnett fell 70-69 in the first clash but bounced back to take game two 86-81.

It is very difficult to predict the winner of these series, but one thing is certain, all eyes will be on Knights to see if they can close the deal. History awaits them, and if they can get by a feisty Rebels team, they could well be on their way to an unforgettable season.

Playoff schedule:
Tue, Oct. 14
Port Royal Bulls vs. St. George's Slayers
Tivoli Wizards vs. Portmore Flames

Thu, Oct. 16
Majesty Gardens vs Arnett Gardens Rockers
Urban Knights vs. Runnin' Rebels

Sat, Oct. 18
Portmore Flames vs. Tivoli Wizards
St. George's Slayers vs. Port Royal Bulls

Sun, Oct. 19
Runnin' Rebels vs. Urban Knights
Arnett Gardens Rockers vs. Majesty Gardens

Tue, Oct. 21 (if necessary)
Port Royal Bulls vs. St. George's Slayers
Tivoli Wizards vs. Portmore Flames

Thu, Oct. 23 (if necessary)
Majesty Gardens vs Arnett Gardens Rockers
Urban Knights vs. Runnin' Rebels


Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Urban K. 22-0 
 2. Port Royal 17-5 
 3. Tivoli Wizards 14-8 
 4. Majestic G. 12-9 
 5. Arnett GR 12-10 
 6. Slayers 11-11 
 7. Portmore F. 11-11 
 8. Runnin' R. 11-11 
 9. JDF 10-12 
 10. Blazing P. 7-15 
 11. Catherine AS. 3-18 
 12. Linkup All-S. 1-21 


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 4-1 
 2. Hitachi S. 3-1 
 3. Toyota 3-2 
 4. Aishin 3-2 
 5. Mitsubishi 2-3 
 6. Toshiba 2-3 
 7. Hokkaido 2-3 
 8. Tochigi Brex 0-4 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Broncos 0-0 
 2. Phoenix 0-0 
 3. Albirex 0-0 
 4. 89ers 0-0 
 5. Apache 0-0 
 6. Grouses 0-0 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 2-0 
 2. Evessa 2-0 
 3. Heat Devils 0-0 
 4. Five Arrows 0-0 
 5. Lakestars 0-2 
 6. Fukuoka 0-2 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
JBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
O'Bannon, TOYOTA 22.00
Kawamura, TOCHIGI 20.50
Takeuchi, HITACHI 18.75
Sakuragi, AISIN 18.20
Violette, TOSHIBA 17.00
Rebounds Per Game
Takeuchi, AISIN 12.20
Violette, TOSHIBA 11.60
Takeuchi, HITACHI 9.50
Honeycutt, PAN 9.20
Parada, MIT 9.00
Assists Per Game
Sakurai, HOKKAIDO 4.60
Tabuse, TOCHIGI 4.50
Kashiwakura, MIT 4.33
Kinoshita, PAN 4.20
Kashiwagi, AISIN 3.80
Steals Per Game
Hawkins OSG 2.29
Honeycutt MIT 2.26
Kashiwagi AIS 2.21
Custis PAN 2.09
O'Bannon TOY 1.57
Blocks Per Game
Kashiwagi, AISIN 3.40
Tabuse, TOCHIGI 2.25
Kinoshita, PAN 2.00
Custis, PAN 2.00
Violette, TOSHIBA 1.80
2FGP
Newton, HOKKAIDO .704
Ito, TOCHIGI .592
Ueyama, HITACHI .588
O'Bannon, TOYOTA .573
Sakurai, HOKKAIDO .561
3FGP
O'Bannon, TOYOTA .583
Ueyama, HITACHI .571
Okada, TOYOTA .545
Ohno, PANASONIC .545
Uzawa, MITSUBISHI .538
Free Throws
Takeuchi, HITACHI .937
Ishizaki, TOSHIBA .923
Selvy, AISIN .875
Takeda, TOCHIGI .857
Campbell, TOYOTA .846


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RadaarHoops Top 50 Camp Begins - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 2008 edition of the RadarHoop Top-50 Camp organised by Masai Ujiri and Godwin Owinje will begin today through Tuesday at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium with players drawn from across the country.

The 50 young players assembled from across Nigeria will work with about 8 foreign coaches from the United States and Europe who will work along side their 12 Nigerian counterpart. The camp run by the former Nigerian internationals is holding in the fourth year.

This year we expect the camp to be more exciting as the programme has not only come of age but one of our sponsors Nestle Milo will be celebrating their 10th anniversary for the secondary schools competition. And so we sincerely hope that things will work out well for the kids and all of us involved with the camp. As a body of talent, we expect players, as demonstrated in the past to be quite eager to play and compete, and ready to learn, Masai said.

The first day of the camp will start with an evaluation process, and then players will be put into teams by the coordinator. These teams will spend the remaining part of the day and the following two days working together in games and stations.

The third-day of the camp will highlight an all-star game between the Top-10 players of the camp and the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) players. The BWB Players were in South Africa last month and were adjudged by the camp experts to have done excellently well in the programme organised by the American NBA and FIBA.


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Day 3: 2nd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup - by Mohammed Malas
* Saturday 12/10:

Jordan 83 - Qatar 78

KUWAIT (FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup): Khalid Abdi scored eight points, out of his total 13 for the game, in the second quarter to provide Qatar the much needed impetus in their game against Jordan in the second FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup on Saturday.

But with about two minutes left in the first half, the seasoned guard suffered an injury, twisting his ankle while landing from an offensive rebound attempt. And there went Qatars hopes of a turn-around victory.

Jordan, who had struggled to stave off Abdis spree, thus won the game 83-78, for their second win from as many games.

Jordan, now take on Kazakhstan, who have a similar record, on Sunday.

For, Qatar this was their third defeat from as many outings.

Zeid Abbas (203-F-83), who played a stellar role in Jordans win over India on Friday led his teams charge in the early phases as the Mario Palma-trained squad seized control for a 25-13 lead in the first quarter.

But a sudden dip in their scoring form with a three pointer each from Wesam Sous (181-G-83), Ayman Idais and Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) were the only scoring successes for Jordan in the second quarter saw Jordan struggle to maintain the momentum.

Qatar, meanwhile seemed to come to terms with the game. Mansour Elhadary showed glimpses of prodigious point-guard potential splitting open the rival zone defense time and again.

Abdi proved a thorn in Jordans side till he suffered the injury. Baker Mohammads success from behind the arc gave Qatar the lead for the first time in the game and Elhadarys free-throw took them into the changing rooms 37-34 ahead.

On resumption, Jordan fought back with vengeance.

Al-Sous scored back-to-back three pointers and succeeded in the paint as Wrights drive through in the lane capped a 10-0 run for Jordan in the first two minutes of the second half.

From then on, it was a matter of holding on to the lead, which Jordan did with commendable gusto.

Wright finished as the MVP.

It wasnt easy after we lost out Abdi, said Qatar coach Kent Davison.

But Im very proud of this team, which fought tooth and nail despite not playing in full strength, he said.

Thats the greatest return for us in this tournament.

Qatar close their engagements against India on Sunday.

Scores

Jordan 83 (Wesam Sous 22, Rasheim Wright 20, Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) 14)
Qatar 78 (Khalid Abdi 13, Ali Turki (202-F-82) 12).

Quarterwise Scores: 25-13, 34-37, 58-54.

S Mageshwaran
Courtesy of FIBA Asia

Kazakhstan 85 - Kuwait 82

KUWAIT (FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup): Leading contenders Kazakhstan needed the Overtime to beat hosts Kuwait 85-82 in the second FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup on Saturday.

Hosts Kuwait did rather well to lead for the most part of their game, but fumbled in the dying moments to hand over the initiative to their rivals.

Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88) leveled the scores for Kazakhstan at 73, but failed to complete the three-point play.

And when they played the ball into play, Kuwaits Ahmad Almutairi saw his attempt off a lay-up bounce off the rim to force the Overtime.

Rustam Yargaliev took charge of the scoring in the extended period for Kazakhstan, converting five free-throws to help the Middle Asia nation to their second win from as many games.

Kazakhstan take on Jordan, on Sunday, while Kuwait take the day off.

Fortunes swung like the proverbial pendulum for a better part of the game in the regulation time.

Kazakhstan called the shots initially and nudged ahead in the first half.

But Ahmad Almutairi and Abdulaziz Mohammad combined well to help Kuwait on a 9-0 run and put the hosts 51-43 ahead midway through the third quarter.

A lead they managed to maintain till Ponomarev equaled the scores in the final minutes.

Playing against Kuwait at home, we knew would always be tough, said Kazakhstan coach Vitaly Strebkov.

But Im glad we worked well together as a team, he said.

Four Kazakh players finished in double figures and MVP of the game Alexander Tyutyunik finished with nine.

Scores

Kazakhstan 85 (Anton Ponomarev 17, Vsevolod Fadeikin 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 15, Maxim Voyeikov 14)
Kuwait 82 (Abdulaziz Mohammad 21, Abdullah Alsarraf 19, Ahmad Almutairi 15).

Quartewise Scores: 19-18, 41-37, 56-57, 73-73.

S Mageshwaran
Courtesy of FIBA Asia


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Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
 1. Roja 0-0 
 2. Ezerzeme 0-0 
 3. Maksis/LTI 0-0 
 4. ASK Kadeti 0-0 
 5. I.O.S. 0-0 
 6. LNSF 0-0 
 7. ASK Kadeti-2 0-0 
 8. Preili 0-0 
 9. Baldone 0-0 
Austrumi
 1. Lielvarde 2-0 
 2. Salacgriva 1-0 
 3. Madona 1-0 
 4. DU/Hansabanka 1-1 
 5. Jekabpils 1-1 
 6. Cesu SS 1-1 
 7. Sigulda 0-2 
 8. Gulbene 0-2 
Centrs A
 1. Livu akvaparks 1-0 
 2. VIA Riga 1-0 
 3. Saulkrasti 1-0 
 4. Fonds 0-0 
 5. Ogre/Sonora 0-0 
 6. LU 0-1 
 7. Ridzene M. 0-1 
 8. Ridzene 90 0-1 
Centrs B
 1. Turiba 3-0 
 2. 3.BJSS 1-0 
 3. VEF Riga 1-1 
 4. Juramalas SS 1-1 
 5. BJSS 1-1 
 6. Ogre/LDz 1-1 
 7. Kursa/MRU 0-1 
 8. DSN 0-1 
 9. Ridzene 91 0-2 
Rietumi
 1. Olaine 2-0 
 2. Bauska 2-0 
 3. Elvi Kuldiga 1-0 
 4. Perkons 1-0 
 5. Dartija 1-1 
 6. Variants 1-1 
 7. Talsi 0-1 
 8. Tukums 0-2 
 9. Saldus-2 0-3 


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Latest Foreign Players Transactions - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Clubs are strengthen their rosters with the Foreign players for the waited exciting season .This season the clubs will have deadline for the signatures of the Local players till the 15th of October 2008.As for the foreign players the image is not final yet due that some teams are still testing some players :

Riyadi : Resigned Ismail ABED El Menhem for the 5th consecutive season , signed Nate Johnson.
Moutahed ; Resigned Darren Kelly , signed Tony Williams .
Sagesse : Signed Samaki Walker , Tested but not signed Trent Strickland
Blue Stars : Signed William Byrd , Tested but not signed Larry Cox & Marcus Sloan
Champville : Testing Harris Collins , Tested but not signed Mike Christensen
Tebnine : Signed Chudney Gray , Tested but not signed Jason Mccoy
Anibal Zahle : Signed Alvin Simms & Chris Powell
Kahraba : Signed Larry cox
Antranik : Didnt reveal its foreign players names
Feytroun : Didnt reveal its foreign players names

The teams are still looking and testing the Foreign players for the upcoming 208-2009 season which is expected to start early November .


Harris Arrived in Beirut - by Mohammed Malas
Collins Harris (196-F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency) arrived in Lebanon October 10, 2008. A few hours later, he joined Champville at their evening practice.

The 22-year-old American forward is best known for his athleticism and versatility. His strong body enables him to play and guard the 2, 3 and 4 positions.

He can drive and finish with ease. Harris is also a tough defender and can guard players bigger than him.

The 66 physical forward attended Drury University from 2004 to 2008, averaging 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg over four years.

At Drury, Harris won several conference honors, including All-GLVC First Team for three years, All-GLVC Tournament MVP and Champion in 2008.

Source: Pro Management Agency


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Black Star(2-0) upsets Amicale with big defensive effort!!! T71 bounces back and destroys Contern! Rajniak scores 30!! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, October 11, 2008

Black Star 60 - Amicale 50

The biggest surprise of the weekend in the DBBL came last Saturday night in Mersch as the home team, Black Star, held Amicale to only 50 points and won its second in a row to start the season in a very strong way!!! My prediction was wrong. I thought Black Star had no chance, but they proved me wrong. The next three games will be the test to see if Black Star is for real. With T71, Etzella and Sparta all on the horizon, Black Star will be put quickly to the test to see what they are made of. If they can get two of the the next three games, we can be convinced that they will contend and maybe they will serve the role of dark horse for the top spot in the DBBL for 2008-09.

Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) led all scorers again for Black Star with 28 points. He also dominated the boards with 17 rebounds, had 3 steals and a blocked shot. Yannick Tuffel and Patrick Arbaut also added 12 points each. Black Star, playing without Dan Norell, grabbed 40 rebounds in the match, 16 more than Amicale. They also out-shot Amicale from inside the 3 pt. line with 20/36 for 56% as compared to Amicale's 15/35 for 43%. Amicale was more careful with the ball than Black Star, committing only 3 turnovers according to the stats on the flbb website and also according to the stats, Amicale was held scorelss during the 3rd quarter. Is this possible? ...or are the stats incorrect. 2-0 for Black Star in ten minutes of play? hmmm.? we will see in the next days as i will do my research to find out the facts.

Amicale did struggle in scoring with not one player reaching double figures. Chris Scholtes and Christipher Jones led with 9 points each. American Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) was held to 8 although he ripped down 11 rebounds. Christian Schartz and Olivier Haan were also held to 8 points each. Whether or not the stats are correct, Back Star won with defense and limiting their visitors to one shot on most possessions. Amicale will host next weekend undefeated Etzella and Black Star must face another difficult oponent in T71 on the road.

Black Star: 22 field goals, 2 three pointers, 14/18 free throws, 40 rebounds, 13 fouls and 9 turnovers
McDaniel 28, Pat. Arbaut 12, Yan. Arbaut 3, Becker 4, Tuffel 12, also Phil. Arbaut, Weckering and Hoffmann 2.
Amicale: 19 field goals, 4 three pointers, 8/12 free throws, 24 rebounds, 15 fouls and 3 turnovers
Scholtes 9, Schartz 8, DePree 8, Jones 9, Ney 5, also Rausch, Kartheiser, Haan 8 and Birenbaum 3

Score by quarters: 16-21, 23-16, 2-0, 19-13



Contern 63 - T71 89

T71 dominated the entire match in Contern finally blowing out the home squad by 26 points in the end. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) led the way for T71 with 30 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) also scored big for T71 with 24. Point guard Gilles Ruffato added 15. For Contern, three players also reached double figures in scoring. Yves Braun 18, Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) 16 and Eric Jeitz 13. Ken Diederich had only 2 points and Gilles Becker 5. Coach Enjebo was very satisfied with his team's defensive efforts and now T71 sits pretty with a 1-1 record with Black Star next at home on the schedule. Contern (0-2)must visit Sparta next weekend. Sparta is going to be coming off a tough loss to Musel Pikes so Contern could be in big trouble.

Contern: 24 field goals, 3 three pointers, 12/16 free throws, 32 rebounds, 20 fouls and 14 turnovers.
Gary 16, Braun 18, Jeitz 13, Becker 5, Bissener 4, also Diederich 4, Fasbender 3, Torres 3, Gindt and Florentin
T71: Whitworth 24, Rajniak 30, Ruffato 15, Klein 5, Kieffer 2, also Siebenbour 4, Kostur 6, Hoffmann, Bemtgen and
Abreu

Score by quarters: 18-25, 14-22, 14-17, 17-25


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Mexicali prevails, Xalapa extends streak - by Carlos Chapa
The actions took place in Tijuana, to celebrate one more edition of the Baja California Derby. Both teams had a chance to win, but at the end Soles de Mexicali showed to be a better team on the clutch. In the final part of the game Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) was fouled and nailed the two free-throws to seal the game 81-85, in the very last play Tijuana Galgos player Rommel Marentez (178-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) lost the ball on a De Juan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) steal.
Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) scored 20 for Mexicali, Hector Hernandez finished with 7 rebounds.
Christian Lopez (183-G/F) made 27 points and 5 boards to be the best scorer.

In other result Halcones UV Xalapa extended their streak to 12 games undefeated, after winning a game against an Halcones UV Cordoba team that could well take the win. Since the 1st frame the locals took control (24-22) led by Josh Pittman (197-F-76, college: NC-Asheville). The 2nd quarter was a different story, with tough defense by Xalapa and 12 points by Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana). In the 3rd period the actions seemed to favor Cordoba, opening their biggest lead of 7 (69-65). At the end of the game Cordobas game vanished and the reigning champions confirmed why they are the strongest team in the LNBP.
Final result: 86-94
Joshua Abdul finished with 26 points for the locals, Michael Smith had 12 boards.
For Xalapa, Sam Bowie made 29 points, the leader in rebounds was Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.), with 8.


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  NBA   


Warriors Suspend Guard Monta Ellis for 30 games - by Bruno Baltazar
The Golden State Warriors have suspended guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) for 30 games for violating Paragraph 12 of the Uniform Player Contract. The suspension will take effect immediately and will extend through the teams December 17th contest against the Indiana Pacers.
The cooperation that we received from Jeff Fried (Montas representative) enabled us to be very diligent in collecting all of the facts surrounding the incident, Rowell said. This 30-game suspension is a result of that. From this point forward, it is the complete focus of everyone involved to provide Monta with all the support he needs to have a successful rehabilitation, and to get him back on the court as an integral part of this team.


Marco Belinelli paces the Warriors to preseason win - by Eurobasket News
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) fired 22 points and dished out 6 assists to propel the Golden State Warriors to the second win in the preseason yesterday. The Warriors overcame the Oakland Thunder 122:102 to send their opponents to 0-3 preseason record. DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85, college: Duke) contributed 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Kevin Durant replied with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder as they dropped the third straight. Damien Wilkins (6'7''-G/F-80, college: Georgia) finished with 23 points in the loss. Meanwhile the Warriors announced they had suspended Monta Ellis for 30 games for violating new contract. Ellis got into a moped accident in August and injured his ankle. The guard will not be paid for this time and will be able to return to court after December 17.
The Boston Celtics secured the second win in the preseason as they dealt with the Houston Rockets 90:89 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) was responsible for a jumper with 6.6 seconds left to put the defending champions up for good. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) produced 15 points for the Celtics. Glen Davis had 12 points in the win. Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) answered with 16 points for the Rockets. Luis Scola contributed 14 points, while Ron Artest provided 13 in defeat.
Detroit remained perfect in their preseason campaign as they traumatized the Milwaukee Bucks 111:99 in Milwaukee. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) nailed game-high 28 points for the winners. Rodney Stuckey had 15 points as the Pistons improved to 4-0 record. The Bucks on the other hand stayed winless losing the fourth in a row. Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) dropped 26 points for the Bucks.
The Denver Nuggets prevailed against the Phoenix Suns 77:72 in the rare outdoor game. The teams met at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the Nuggets proved the stronger team. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Mateen Cleaves (6'2''-G-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) dropped 12 points apiece to lead the charge. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) replied with 16 points for the Suns.


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  NCAA1   


Barnes gets Legends of Coaching award - by Kevin Cochran
Texas head men's basketball coach Rick Barnes will receive the John R. Wooden Award's 'Legends of Coaching' honor this year, Award Chairman Duke Llewellyn announced Wednesday. Barnes will be honored along with the 2009 Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All-American teams at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in April of 2009.

The 'Legends of Coaching' award was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999, with the first honor going to Dean Smith of North Carolina.

'I'm humbled to receive this honor,' Barnes said. 'I was seriously shocked when Duke Llewellyn called me to inform me about the award. As I've tried to explain to our players who have made the trip to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award event in the past, to be associated with Coach Wooden is truly a special honor. This award should be shared by all the players, coaches and administrators who I have been fortunate to work with over the years.'

In a career that includes four years at Clemson, six years at Providence and one season at George Mason, Barnes boasts a 449-227 (.664) career record in 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He has led teams to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, tied for the third-longest string nationally among active coaches, and trailing only former Wooden Legends honorees Lute Olson (23) and Roy Williams (19).

In his first 10 years at the helm of the Longhorns, the 54-year-old Barnes has guided Texas to a school-record 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-best nine straight 20-win seasons entering the 2008-09 campaign. Barnes became the all-time winningest coach in Texas history during the 2006-07 season. The Horns have registered a 247-93 (.726) mark in Barnes' 10 seasons, an average of nearly 25 victories per year. UT is one of just eight programs to have advanced to each of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, joining Arizona, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan St. and Wisconsin.

In the last seven seasons, Barnes has moved the Texas program into one of the nation's elite. UT is one of only three programs to have advanced to at least the 'Sweet 16' of the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven seasons, joining Duke and Kansas. Included in this seven-year stretch was a trip to the 2003 Final Four, marking the third time in school history and first since 1947 (a span of 56 years) that UT had advanced to the Final Four. Texas advanced to the 'Elite Eight' in 2006 and 2008 and the 'Sweet 16' in 2002 and 2004.

Texas has produced 10 NBA picks under Barnes, including 2008 Wooden Award All-American D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87), 2007 Wooden Award winner Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88) and 2003 Wooden Award winner T.J. Ford (5'10''-G-83). Texas is the only school in the nation with two Wooden Award winners in the last six years.

Courtesy: texassports.com


Arrest made in Santa Clara star's stabbing - by Kevin Cochran

An arrest has been made in connection to last month's stabbing of Santa Clara basketball player John Bryant (6'10''-C).

Jose Domingo Segovia was arraigned this week on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree robbery after being arrested during a separate incident that has him accused of playing a role in the robbery of four Santa Clara students. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the 18-year-old of Santa Clara (who is not a student) is scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday.


Meantime, Bryant was back on the basketball court this week doing cardio work and shooting.

The senior center averaged 18.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season.

He is still recovering from three stab wounds, but is expected to be ready for the official start of practice next week.

Courtesy: www.sportsline.com



Hilltopppers dismiss Frazier - by Kevin Cochran

Western Kentucky has released sophomore forward B.J. Frazier (6'7''-F) from the team, head coach Ken McDonald announced. Frazier played in 17 games in 2007-08 as a freshman averaging 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.0 minutes per game.

'B.J. Frazier has failed to live up to the standards of the WKU basketball program,' said McDonald. 'We will help B.J. to find another program and we wish him the best with his future endeavors.'

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native scored a season-best three points in a December 5 win over Nebraska and logged a season-high 13 minutes against
N.C.Central on December 18.

Courtesy: www.wkusports.com



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RadaarHoops Top 50 Camp Begins - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 2008 edition of the RadarHoop Top-50 Camp organised by Masai Ujiri and Godwin Owinje will begin today through Tuesday at the sports hall of the Lagos National Stadium with players drawn from across the country.

The 50 young players assembled from across Nigeria will work with about 8 foreign coaches from the United States and Europe who will work along side their 12 Nigerian counterpart. The camp run by the former Nigerian internationals is holding in the fourth year.

This year we expect the camp to be more exciting as the programme has not only come of age but one of our sponsors Nestle Milo will be celebrating their 10th anniversary for the secondary schools competition. And so we sincerely hope that things will work out well for the kids and all of us involved with the camp. As a body of talent, we expect players, as demonstrated in the past to be quite eager to play and compete, and ready to learn, Masai said.

The first day of the camp will start with an evaluation process, and then players will be put into teams by the coordinator. These teams will spend the remaining part of the day and the following two days working together in games and stations.

The third-day of the camp will highlight an all-star game between the Top-10 players of the camp and the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) players. The BWB Players were in South Africa last month and were adjudged by the camp experts to have done excellently well in the programme organised by the American NBA and FIBA.


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Changes in AZS - by Michal Falkowski
Igor Milicic (194-G-76) and Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, college: Kentucky) are two new faces in AZS Koszalin. In the same time, the board of this club fired Steffon Bradford (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: Nebraska) and Ramar Smith.
Milicic is well-known player in Poland. He had already played in Cersanit Nomi Kielce in late 90's and in Polonia Warsaw and Prokom Trefl Sopot at the beginning of XXI century. Morevoer, he won a golden medal of 2002/2003 season with Anwil Wloclawek. Despite he joined the team in the middle of that season, after some weeks he became a very important part of that team. Besides, he was a member of champion equippe of Prokom Trefl once again.
When it comes to Hawkins. This American point guard will replace Ramar Smith who has been fired. He is graduated from Kentucky. He spent some seasons in Italy, France and Croatia. Last season he played in Japan in the team of OSG Phoenix. He was averaging about 23 ppg. and 8 apg.
It is worth adding that Dariusz Szczubial had tendered his resignation which following has been accepted by the board. Jeff Nordgaard (200-F-73, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) (previous player of AZS) is the person who will replace him. When it comes to this American with Polish passport - it should be pinpointed he hasn't got any coach license because. In this case Leszek Dolinski , assistant of Szczubial, was nominated to be a headcoach officially.


DBE Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma - Bank BPS 81-75
Polpharma won the 5th straight win at the start of the DBE championship. They toppled Bank BPS 81:75 to remain on top of the standings. Mujo Tuljkovic tallied 15 points and 10 boards to pace league leaders. Michael Hicks added 13 points for the winners. David Dixon secured 17 points and 13 boards for Bank BPS in the loss.

PBG Basket - Znicz J. 96-68
PBG Basket finally snapped their losing skid and scored a comfortable win over Znicz 96:68 at home court. Wojcieh Szawarski knocked down 19 points to lead the winners. Alex McLean produced 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Rafal Bigus added 11 points and 15 rebounds for PBG Basket. Marek Miszczuk was the topscorer for Znicz with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Kotwica - AZS Koszalin 61-73
Kotwica suddenly was denied the fifth straight win as they dropped the game to Koszalin 61:73 at home. Koszalin entered the encounter without a single success but managed to upset the hosts. Javier Mojica posted 20 points for the visitors. George Reece had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Julien Mills dropped 15 points in the loss.

En.Czarni - Sportino I. 87-91
Energa Czarni failed to get the third win in the season when they took on Sportino I. at home. The visitors eked out a 91:87 win to draw the record level with the hosts at 2-2. Eddie Miller led Sportino with 25 points. Kyle Landry and Tony Lee provided 15 points apiece for the winning side. Energa Czarni responded with 23 points from Jason Straight.

Turow - Prokom 80-59
Turow avenged Prokom of the last seasonís loss in the Final beating them 80:59 at home in the round. Donald Copeland was responsible for the major damage as he finished with 21 points for Turow. John Turek added 10 points for the winners. David Logan was the best scorer for Prokom as he nailed 14 points. Ronnie Burrell contributed 13 points and 6 caroms in defeat.

Gornik W. - Polonia 64-65
Polonia snatched a narrow 65:64 win over Gornik. The Warsaw outfit got 18 points from Greg Harrington in the victory and improved to 3-2 record in the ladder. Michael Ansley was helpful with 16 points and 10 boards. Maciej Raczynski had 12 points for Gornik as they remained winless.



1Liga Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sudety JG - Zastal ZG 77-71
Sudety caught up with Zastal in the ladder as they toppled them 77:71 in Round 5. Jakub Czech was impressive with 20 points to pace Sudety. Tomasz Wojdyla added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lukasz Wisniewski and Pawel Wiekiera dropped 14 points each in the loss. Both teams are now knotted at 3-2 record.

Resovia - Siarka T. 70-82
Siarka improved their position in the table as they pulled away with an 82:70 win over Resovia. Kacper Mlynarski led his team with 17 points, while Pawel Rynkiewicz added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Resovia dropped the fifth game in a row despite 23 points from Michal Baran.

Znicz Basket - AZS Kalisz 77-81
Kalisz posted the third win in the season when they proved strength against Znicz Basket on the road. Jaroslaw Kalinowski registered 26 points and 8 assists as Kalisz secured an 81:77 victory. Jakub Dloniak answered with game-high 32 points for Znicz as they dropped to 2-3 record.

Sokol L. - Stal SW 69-63
Sokol used a 69:63 win over Stal to leapfrog them in the standings. Tomasz Pisarczyk tallied 18 points and 11 boards for the winners. Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski had 19 points in the balanced effort from Sokol. Adrian Czerwonka replied with 25 points for Stal Stalowa Wola.

Prokom II - Big Star 63-83
Big Star extended the winning streak to five games as they dealt with Prokom II 83:63 on the road. Krzysztof Mielczarek led the visitors with 25 points and 7 boards. Damian Kulig had 20 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Przemyslaw Hrycanuik netted 23 points for Prokom II.

MOSiR Kr. - Zubry 69-64
Mosir Krosno grabbed the 5th consecutive win as they held off Zubry 69:64. Lukasz Puscizna came up with 12 points off the bench to pace the league leaders. Piotr Pluta dropped 11 points in the winning case. Andrzej Misiewicz accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for Zubry as they fell to 3-2 record.



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LPB day 2 - by Portugal Eurobasket

Ovarense, CAB Madeira, Vitoria and Benfica all got their second win in a row in LPB, while Belenenses and Fisica still don't know the meaning of winning. LCB 3-time champions Ovarense beat Academica, CAB traveled to Fisica to win, as Vitoria and Benfica also won on the road, in Ginasio and Belenenses with Vitoria's Willie Taylor (194-G-81, college: Va Commonwealth) recording 33 points. As for Barreirense, they beat Vagos to record their first victory in the campaign. Today is played day 3 of the competition. Check all the boxscores.

DAY 2


Ovarense-Academica, 79-69
Fisica-CAB Madeira, 69-95
Ginasio-Vitoria, 93-109
Belenenses-Benfica, 64-80
Barreirense-Vagos, 87-81
Bye: FC Porto



LPB day 3 - by Portugal Eurobasket

Academica-FC Porto was delayed to next wednesday as Coimbra team, due to Lusitania exclusion, faces always the team that doesn't play in the previous round. So they ask Porto team to delay the game which request was accepted. Elsewhere, Vagos hosts Ovarense in the main game of the day, while Benfica hosts Ginasio, in-form CAB Madeira plays against Belenenses on the road, Vitoria receives Barreirense and Fisica has a bye.

DAY 3

17h Vitoria-Barreirense

17h30 Benfica-Ginasio
18h Belenenses-CAB Madeira
18h30 Vagos-Ovarense
21h Academica-FC Porto (Wed, October 15th)



LPB - Day 3 - by Portugal Eurobasket
Ovarense, CAB Madeira and Benfica made 3 wins out of 3 in the third day of Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB), while FC Porto has also 100 por cent record but only 1 match played. Benfica won at home against Ginasio by a 49+point margin while Ovarense and CAB Madeira did the same on the road, facing Vagos and Belenenses. But the big surprise of the day came from Guimaraes where Barreirense outscored Vitoria and matched their opponent's record so far: 2 wins, 1 loss. Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) was the top scorer on this Sunday's round with 27 points. On Wednesday, Academica hosts FC Porto.

DAY 3

Vagos-Ovarense, 59-69
Benfica-Ginasio, 105-56
Belenenses-CAB Madeira, 61-93
Vitoria-Barreirense, 57-88


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 3-0 
 2. Ovarense 3-0 
 3. CAB 3-0 
 4. Barreirense 2-1 
 5. Guimaraes 2-1 
 6. Porto Ferpinta 1-0 
 7. Academica 1-1 
 8. Ginasio 1-2 
 9. Vagos 1-2 
 10. Lusitania 0-0 
 11. Fisica 0-2 
 12. Belenenses 0-3 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Drayton, Barr. 20.2
2 Daniels, Ginasio 19.8
3 Marcal, FC Porto 18.8
4 Harris, Barr. 18.5
5 Smith, Barr. 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1Harris, Barr. 13.0
2 Nwankwo, Bele. 8.9
3 Peterkin, Lusitania 8.8
4 Terrell, FC Porto 8.5
5 Labbate, Ginasio 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Carreira, Bele. 5.3
2 Costa, CAB 5.1
3 Figueiredo, FCPorto 4.9
4 Henry, Ovarense 4.2
5 Reveles, Ginasio 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Manuel, CAB 2.7
2 Alexander, Barr. 2.2
3 Daniels, Ginasio 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Harris, Barr. 2.1
2 Peterkin, Lusitania 1.5
3 Labbate, Ginasio 1.3
2FGP
1 Miranda, Ovarense 64.4
2 Brown, Ovarense 63.1
3 Drayton, Barr. 61.5
3FGP
1 Nuno, Vagos 46.5
2 Rodrigues, Vagos 45.5
3 Scott, CAB 45.5
Free Throws
1 Salvador, Lusitania 91.3
2 Vik, Lusitania 89.7
3 Rodrigues, Vagos 88.9


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Dalmau makes his debut in Russia - by Luis Ramirez
With 19 points and 8 assist Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) made his debut with his team Ural Great in the Russian Leagues they beat CSK 84-83. He was crucial down the stretch as he scored 5 points in the last 47 seconds of the game. Dalmau made 4 out of 7 from the field and 2 out of 4 from three point range. He also was perfect from the free throw line as he made 5 out of 5. His next game will be on 18th of October when his team faces CSJA Moscow.

In other news, Javier Mojica scored 20 points and captured 6 rebounds as AZS beat Katowice 73-61. Mojica continues to be the leading scorer in the tournament with 21.6 ppg average.

Other BSN players having good performances were Joel Jones with 14 point in a win with team PBG Basket against Znicz 96-68. Over in Slovenia, Miguel Ali Berdiel scored 17 points and captured 5 rebounds in 29 minutes he played; he also had 3 assists as his team Zlatorog beat Epic Misel 98-59.


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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Sibiu 1-0 
 2. C.Napoca 1-0 
 3. Pitesti 1-0 
 4. Gaz Metan 1-0 
 5. Rovinari 1-0 
 6. Otopeni 1-0 
 7. Timisoara 1-0 
 8. Dinamo B. 0-0 
 9. Rm Valcea 0-0 
 10. Targoviste 0-1 
 11. Craiova 0-1 
 12. Brasov 0-1 
 13. Oradea 0-1 
 14. Rapid B. 0-1 
 15. Mures 0-1 
 16. Ploiesti 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Men
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Griffith, Ploiesti, 25
2. Gibson, U-Cluj, 24
3. Rice, Sibiu, 24
4. Lawrence, PIT, 23
5. Harrison, Sibiu, 22
Rebounds Per Game
1. Darby, Rovinari, 12.0
2. Lazar, Oradea, 12.0
3. Harrison, Sibiu, 11.0
4. Trim, Rovinari, 11.0
5. Lawrence, PIT, 11.0
Assists Per Game
1. Radmanovac MED 8.0
2. Szijarto, U-Cluj, 6.0
3. Marjanovic, MED, 6.0
4. Gibson, U-Cluj, 5.0
5. Lazic, Targoviste, 5.0
2FGP
1. Henry, U-Cluj, 100.00
2. Gibson, U-Cluj, 85.71
3. Lawrence, PIT, 85.71
4. Rice, Sibiu, 83.33
5. Darby, Rovinari, 80.00


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Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smilyanich SAR 25.0
2 Stepanenko RYA 23.0
3 Mateyunas SAR 19.8
4 Gladishev NAL 17.8
5 Bazhenov SEV 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Karaulov NOV 11.5
2 Ekimov REV 10.2
3 Lanchakov IRK 9.6
4 Kalashnikov KUR 9.3
5 Manihin MAG 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Glazunov MAG 8.2
2 Igumnov KUR 7.3
3 Mateyunas SAR 6.3
4 Golovin REV 5.8
5 Shama NAL 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Peresipkin SAR 3.0
2 Fabrichnikov KUB 3.0
3 Morozenko NOV 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Yakovenko SAR 3.0
2 Feryabnikov MAG 2.5
3 Karaulov NOV 1.8


Khimki and Spartak Primorie achieve first victories - by Eurobasket News
Two more games closed the first round of the Russian Superleague over the weekend. Khimki edged Spartak St. Petersburg 72:70 at home on Saturday. It was a hard game for both teams and two of them desired to win the opener. The hosts led in the majority of the game, but Spartak St. Petersburg produced 22-10 in the last frame to bring intrigue until the last seconds. Spartak managed to get within 68-67 but Lampe, Teemu Rannikko and Garbajosa sealed the outcome from the foul line. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) led the winners with 23 points. Vitaliy Fridzon added 14 while Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) had 12 for Khimki.
One of the strongest team rosters Dynamo Moscow lost the opener in Primorie. Spartak produced 72:68 to take the initial win in the Superleague. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) led Primorie with 17 points. Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) had 24 points for Dynamo while Robertas Javtokas added 11.
Enisey starts the season on October 15th in the game versus Dynamo. CSKA is in the USA and will play the opener on the October 18th. The defending champions will start the campaign against Ural Great.


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Serbian B league: OKK Beograd to strong for Vojvodina Zlatiborac, Superfund and Crnokosa won as guests - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd-KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad 95-67 (22-5, 29-21, 18-14, 26-27)

OKK Beograd made easy won against young team of KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad. Domestic players won the first quarter with 17 points advantage and in that period Vojvodina scored only 5 points. During the most of the match OKK Beograd had 20 points advantage. The best role for domestic team showed Kruscic who scored 28 points and Mitrovic with 25 points. For the guests Nemanja Knezevic scored 18 points, Drakulic and Neb.Knezesevic scored per 12 points.

OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 25, Kruscic 28, Krneta, Dimitrijevic, Korac 13 Simic 8, Andjic 11, Milovanovic, Suzic 8, Djurica 2, Maksimovic.
KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad: Vukoje 1, Gak, S.Knezevic, Nem.Knezevic 18, Drakulic 12, Neb.Knezevic 12, Glisic 5, Kostic 5, Todorovic, Andjusic 2, Djuric 8, Roncevic 2.

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd-Superfund BP Beograd 76-90 (24-32, 21-21, 20-19, 11-18)

In Belgrade derby Supefund won as a guest KK Beovuk 72 Beograd. During the first three quarters of the match both teams were equal, but Superfund made break in the last quarter and won the match with 14 points plus. Better then others in KK Beovuk 72 Beograd were Apic who scored 19 points and for the guests Ljubicic with 22 points and Lesic who scored 24 points.

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 10, Riboskic 12, Socanac, Knezevic 10, Jovanovic 2, Dzakovic 10, Torlak 2, Apic 19, Bogdanovic, Matic 6, Aleksic, Bulatovic 5.
Superfund BP Beograd: Kostic, Ljubicic 22, Radovanovic 15, Lesic 24, Kankaras, Malidzan 6, Barac 2, Veinovic 7, Perovic, Kostic 4, Petrovic 4, Matic 6.


Sloboda-KK Crnokosa Kosjeric 69-80 (13-20, 19-19, 18-22, 19-19)

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric took and second win, this time as a guest against KK Sloboda Uzice Cajetina. KK Crnokosa Kosjeric led during the all match and in some period of the match had advantage of 15 points. The best role on the match showed player of KK Crnokosa Kosjeric Puzic who scored 27 points.

Sloboda: Tasic 3, Malesevic 26, Bodic 6, Obrenovic 13, Vasiljevic, Majstorovic 6, Petronijevic 2, Djeric, Djokic 2, Panic 7, Bukvic, Bakralcic 14.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 9, Nikic, Obradovic, Puzic 27, Djurovic, Vasiljevic, Vukosavljevic 13, Bogojevic 3, Karaklajic, Kovac 14, Vasovic, Mirkovic 14.


A league: No mercy for visitors in round 3, just one win - by Dragan Jankovski
Metalac won another game in A1 league staying on top with score 3-0. This time the team from Valjevo had to work very hard in order to beat Novi Sad 101-96. Game is decided in over time, which Metalac ended scoring impressive 20 points, 20-15. Nikola Micevic (195-G-82), who had 25 points and 11 rebounds, as well as Jovan Teodosic (190-G-84), who collected 23 points and 5 assists, were the leading players in Metalac. Goran Martinic (186-G-87) netted 32 points for Novi Sad, which now has 1-2.

After thriller win in Balkan league, Mega Hypo Leasing took care for another one outsmarting Ergonom as a visitor 92-91. Actually it is the first joy of Mega HL in A league this season. Young Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) paced Belgrade's team to victory draining 25 points and grabbing 5 boards. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) was behind him with 17 points. Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80) was the best in Ergonom scoring 33 points including 5 rebounds. The team from Nis slipped on 2-1.

Napredak Rubin celebrated at home against Zdravlje Actavis 97-76 jumping on 3-0. Experienced Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) once again led his team to win adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Zdravlje got 21 points and 5 boards from Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) slipping on 0-3.

Borac registered comfortable victory against Vizura 89-67 improving to 3-0. Miljan Radisavljevic (185-G-88) had 20 points for the winners. The most pleasant surprise form the last season Vizura is winless yet. Milos Avlijas (196-F-87) helped it with 17 points but it was not enough for young Belgrade's team.

Another exciting game in round 3. Radnicki Invest Inzenjering beat Sloga 87-86 mostly owing to veteran Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) and his 22 points. Milan Trtic (200-F-86) had 28 points and 6 rebounds in Sloga. The team from Novi Sad improved to 2-1 while Sloga is on the bottom yet with 0-3.

In the last game of third round, Swisslions Takovo was better than newcomer Tamis Petrohemija 71-61. The host team had advantage of 13 points at the half time but Tamis seriously threatened during the following 10 minutes. Anyway, experienced players of Swisslions Takovo managed to end this game without any troubles. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) was the best for the winners collecting 21 points and 14 boards. Hero from the first game of Swislions in BIBL, Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), also was good with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson JC) had 19 poinst and 6 rebounds in Tamis, which remains winless yet.


A League Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Masinac - Radnicki 034 80-72
Masinac Kraljevo celebrated in the opener of round 3 against dangerous Radnicki 034 Group. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Metalac - Novi Sad 101-96
Newcomer to A league Metalac Valjevo remains undefeated after 3 rounds. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Ergonom - Mega HL 91-92
After thriller win in Balkan league, Mega Hypo Leasing took care for another one. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Napredak - Zdravlje 97-76
Zdravlje faced with big troubles at the very beginning, 0-3. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Swiss.Lions - Tamis 71-61
In the last game of third round, Swisslions Takovo was better than newcomer Tamis Petrohemija. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Borac - Vizura 89-67
Borac registered comfortable victory against Vizura at home jumping on 3-0. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Radnicki I. - Sloga 87-86
Another exciting game in round 3. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news



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Pezinok, Levice and Bystrica take 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Three teams took 2-0 record after the second round in Slovak Republic. Pezinok, Levice and Bystrica enjoy the top positions in Extraliga.
Bystrica beat MBK Handlova 93:83 with 23-12 in the second period. It was a hard win but it lifted them on top for 2-0 record. Bosko Skara (202-C-81) led the winners with 29 points, while Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) nailed 20. Stefanik ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
AB Cosmetics Pezinok survived against Chemosvit Poprad 88:90 away from home. The guests opened the game with 29:21, but then the hosts climbed back for the lead. With 24-23 in the last period the favorites improved to 2-0. Williams paced all the winners with 30 points. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) netted 24, while Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) scored 13. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points as they fell at 0-2.
Astrum Levice struggled a lot with HBK Prievidza 69:66. The hosts grabbed the lead from the very beginning and won the first half at 47:43. Later on they managed to hold the margin and won the second straight game. Milosevic nailed 17 points, while Klein scored 14 for the winners.Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75) posted 16 points in the losing effort.
In another games BK AX SPU Nitra produced 93:84 over Nova Ves. BK Dolny Kubin lost at home to Slavia TU Kosice 79:81. MBK Rieker Komarno defeated Inter Bratislava 91:81 as Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) top-scored with 17 points.


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Zlatorog wins by 39, Koper's huge first quarter (Round 2) - by Zeljko Zule
Luka Koper-Alpos Sentjur 79-64: Koper opened the game with 19 straight points and had five scorers in double figures. Miha Cmer (182-G-77, agency: AB Agency) collected 13 points and 9 assists in just 17 minutes, Ales Kunc, Drazen Bubnic and Denis Toroman added 12 points and Ivan Drzic 11. Sentjur shot just 39 percent from the free throw line and 22 percent behind the arc. Luka Lapornik netted 17 points and promised Anze Pelc posted 10 points.
Geoplin Slovan-Elektra Esotech 82-71: Slovan outrebounded its opponent by 27-15. Dejan Delic 11 od his 17 points scored in third period and Marko Lekic 12 of his 20 points posted in last quarter and were the only Slovan's scorers in double figures while Nikola Ivanovic posted 27 points for Elektra.
Epic Misel-Zlatorog 59-98: Zlatorog had all starters in double figures. Ante Masic and Uros Lucic scored 19 points, Ali Berdiel added 17 before he sprained his right ankle and Nejc Strnad and Salih Nuhanovic posted 13 points apiece. Zlatorog opened second quarter with a 13-3 run and in third period made a 15-1 run. Epic Misel commited 23 turnovers. Tilen Zalar finished with 15 points and Miha Kobe and Vjeran Soldo netted 10 points apiece.
Nova Gorica-Hopsi 69-82: Shawn King collected 27 points on shooting 12-of-17, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as Hopsi defeated newcomer. Marko Marcetic led newcomer in A-1 League with 18 points and 8 rebounds while
TCG Mercator-Zagorje 76-58: Ljek Nicaj scored 21 points and Dario Krejic in his debut hit for 7 points for the home team who led as many as 14 points in first quarter. Zagorje shot just 13 percent (2-of-13) behind the arc. Gilbert Goodrich posted 12 points and Ales Primc and Milos Savkovic scored 11 points.


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ACB Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Pamesa V. 74-58
Both teams entered into this game undefeated. Regal Barcelona proved its quality and ambitions in ACB celebrating easy win. Gianluca Basile led his team to 3-0 scoring 21 points and dishing out 4 assists for 29 minutes. Ruben Douglas, who added 11 points and 5 rebounds, was the best scorer in Pamesa but with not so good shot percentage.

MMT Estudia. - CB Murcia 93-66
This time it was a game between two winless teams. MMT Estudiantes took it style for the first joy in ACB. Iker Iturbe scored 18 points for the winners (6 triples). At the same time he had 5 more rebounds for 18 minutes. Dean Taquan and Chris Moss also had 18 points apiece but in Polaris World Murcia.

A.G. Fuenla - Kalise G.C. 75-86
Granca made it on the road against Fuenlabrada improving to 1-1 in ACB. On the other side, Fuenla suffered second defeat in three games remaining at the second part of the standings. Carl English and Sitapha Savane netted 18 points each for Granca. The team of head coach Luis Guil got 20 points from Brad Oleson.

ViveMenorca - DKV Joven. 73-75
DKV Joventut celebrated tight victory leaving ViveMenorca winless in ACB yet. Bracey Wright netted 26 points and grabbed 4 rebounds leading Joventut to 2-1. Croatian Marino Bazdaric had 22 points and 7 boards for the hosts.

Granada - Cajasol 79-59
Granada had an easy job against Cajasol Sevilla jumping on 2-1. Cajasol had many problems in this game and it will have to wait for another chance in order to take the first in ACB. Pablo Aguilar paced Granada to win posting 17 points including 4 rebounds. Michal Ignerski, Warren Carter and Tyrone Ellis had 12 points apiece for the loosing side.

Bruesa - Real Madrid 78-94
Real Madrid cruised past Bruesa on the road thanks to well played first half as well as center Felipe Reyes, who nailed 29 points and grabbed 13 boards. Bernard Hopkins had 18 points and 4 rebounds for Bruesa. Thus after this game, Real Madrid improved on 2-1 while Bruesa has 0-2.

Ricoh Man. - Iurbentia B. 75-55
Ricoh Manresa outplayed Iubentia Bilbao at home without any extra efforts jumping on 2-1 in ACB. On the other side, it is fist failure of the visiting team. Josh Asselin had 12 points, 5 points and 5 assists in Manresa while Bilbao got 13 points and 4 rebounds from Drago Pasalic.

Unicaja - Tau 69-75
In the most interesting game of round 3, Tau Ceramica managed to beat Unicaja in Malaga. As a reminder, both teams had 2-0 before this game. Igor Rakocevic once again shined in Tau scoring 20 points. Marcus Haislip had 17 points and 4 boards in Unicaja.



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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Azoty - Gryfony 72-63
Azoty defeated Gryfony 72:63 for 2-1 record in the standings. Cesnavicius Justas led the winners with 21 points, while Zhderel Richard had 14. Vukas Sasa had a good night in defeat with 28 points.

Kryvbasbasket - BC Odessa 100-78
Kryvbasbasket stun BC Odessa 100:78 at home to remain undefeated. Howell Jarrett paced all the winners with 17 points. Tolbert, Brian resisted with 25 points and Hill Otis posted 16.

Goverla - Budivelnyk 64-84
Budivelnyk had a road victory over Goverla 64:84. Zimmerman Derrick shined with 18 points and Wethers Brian scored 17. Lebedev Andrei top-scored in defeat with 18 points.

Polit.Lviv - Cherkasy 76-82
Cherkasy is on top with 4-0 record after a road win over Politehnika Lviv on October 10th. Dragoljovic Vladislav led the winners to 82:76 with 25 points. Kudrautsau Alexander nailed 20 points in the losing effort.

Ferro-ZNTU - Dnipro 83-76
Ferro-ZNTU edged Dnipro 83:76 in Zaporozhye. Fontenet, Jason top-scored for the winners with 31 points, whilst Ikovlev Denis added 11. Anderson Luke finished the night with 22 points in defeat.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Saturday 11 October 2008 - by Andy Webb
Two games on Saturday evening saw the Everton Tigers move level with the Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship table, and PAWS London Capital move off of the bottom of it with victories over the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Guildford Heat respectively.

Everton Tigers needed overtime to eventually overturn the Riders 73-78 at the John Sanford Centre on Saturday night. The Riders led 66-61 with less than 2 minutes remaining, but a three-pointer from Marcus Bailey (196-G/F-81, college: Wyoming) with 30 seconds remaining tied the scores at 67-67. Tony Windless (196-F-70, college: Sam Houston St.) had a chance to win the game for the Riders in regulation, but his shot was off target.

In the extra period, Windless scored two free-throws early on, but the Tigers rattled off the next seven points to secure the victory. Andre Smith capped off an excellent weekend from a personal perspective to lead all scorers in the game with 26 points for the Tigers.

In the other BBL Championship game of the night, London Capital picked up their first win of the season thanks to a 92-87 victory over the Guildford Heat at the Capital City Academy on Saturday night.

The home side lead 85-84 with 1:20 remaining before free-throws from Chad McKnight (201-F-84, college: Morehead St.) (1) and Brad Jones (185-G-85, college: Wyoming) (2) gave the Heat the lead at 85-87. However it was left to Kaleston Wood to net the next seven points for London to see them home to their first victory of the season.

BBL Championship
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 73 (16,37,54) (Swanson 25, Wellington 11, Missere 10)
Everton Tigers 78 (20,31,49) (Smith 26, Midgley 20, Bailey 11)

Everton Tigers moved themselves level with Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to a 73-78 overtime success over the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at the John Sanford Centre on Saturday evening. The Riders led 64-58 with 3:11 remaining in the game, but an Andre Smith three-pointer for the Tigers got the score back to 64-61. Free-throws from Tommy Swanson (2 from 4) and Matt Martin (1 from 2) took the score out to 67-64 with 51 seconds left. A three-pointer from Marcus Bailey with 32 seconds left tied the game at 67-67, but Leicester had the opportunity to win the game in regulation, however Tony Windless' shot rimmed out in the dying seconds, and the game went to overtime. In the extra period, Windless made two free-throws early on to give the Riders a 69-67 lead. This was the last time the home side would lead as the visitors rattled off the next seven points to lead 69-74. Swanson again bought the Riders to within a point at 73-74, but Bailey's three-pointer in the dying seconds of overtime secured the victory for the Tigers. Earlier in the game, the Riders had enjoyed a 15-4 tear in the second quarter to go into the locker rooms 37-31 to the good. They also enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 54-43 midway through the third period, before all the fireworks of the final minutes and overtime began. Swanson led the Riders scoring with 25 points personal, while Smith led all scorers in the game netting 26 points for the Tigers.

BBL Championship
PAWS London Capital 92 (23,45,66) (Wood 26, Adelaja 20, McCallums 14)
Guildford Heat 87 (20,44,66) (McKnight 20, Howell 18, Metcalfe 17)


PAWS London Capital picked up their first victory of the season thanks to a 92-87 victory over the Guildford Heat at the Capital City Academy on Saturday evening. In a close game throughout, the scores were level at 66-66 going into the final stanza. In the final period, both sides continued to trade baskets, and with 1:20 remaining, London led 85-84. Free-throws from Chad McKnight (1 from 2) and Brad Jones (2 from 2) gave the visitors a slender two-point advantage at 85-87. London responded immediately, and Kaleston Wood netted the next seven points for the Capital as they ran out eventual winners. Earlier in the game, both sides had traded baskets throughout the first half and it was the home side that held a single-point lead at 45-44 going into the locker rooms at half time. In the second half, both teams kept up the defensive pressure on one another, but the visitors clawed their way back into the game and tied it all up at 66-66 going into the final stanza before the Capital's defensive pressure won through in the end. Wood led all scorers with 26 points for the Capital, while Chad McKnight led the Heat scoring with 20. Capital Head Coach Milek Jivens commented at the end of the game; 'Today's game was very tactical and both teams didn't want to give it up' 'It feels great to get that first win under our belts, and I am happy that the team are believing in the strategy that we are trying to play with.' 'Am especially happy to get the win after losing by 20 points yesterday, and makes it even more special to beat an established team like Guildford.'




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Dexia thrash Blue Cats leper to open regular season - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur took another shot at the Belgian title as they started the new season with an overwhelming victory over Blue Cats leper 106:57. Last year Dexia were stopped just one step away from the title as they lost to Waregem in the final. This year could be different. At least Dexia looked impressive in the starting game. They outgunned their opponents 35:4 in the first period to take an unassailable lead. leper never recovered and suffered a stunning defeat at the end. Pauline Akonga paced Dexia with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) knocked down 22 points, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) answered with 10 points for Blue Cats leper.
Spirou Monceau fired down Houthalen 72:69 in the opener. The teams traded baskets in the starting period before Monceau managed to pull away in the second frame. The hosts built a 9-point cushion at halftime and held off in the second half despite Houthalen cutting the distance to minimum at the late stages. Sophie Tirtiaux (182-F/C-82) and Valerie Kara (173-F-88) produced 16 points each to pace Monceau. Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) had 10 points for the winners. Karen Bartholomeus (183-F-81) knocked down 17 points for Houthalen.
St. Kateljine Waver eased past Point Chaud Sprimont 77:50 at home court. Piling up a 17-point advantage at the interval St. Kateljine never gave up an inch of their advantage and rolled to the impressive victory at the end. Renee Hendrickx (172-F-88) and Marie-An Caers (180-F-76) finished with 19 points apiece for St. Kateljine. Decroos added 9 points for the winning side. Sprimont answered with 19 points from Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management).
Finally BBC Boom secured a road 72:67 victory over Novia Namur. Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) had 22 points for BBC Boom. Virginie Michiels (180-F-87), Antoinette Upshaw (193-C-85) and Corina Arts (184-C-76) chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Lauweres secured 20 points for Novia Namur.


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Tatham Tamara shines in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) and her SV Halle Lions became the first team to take 4-0 record after a home win over WWK Donau-Ries 72:60. The hosts opened the game with 21:14 in the first period and stayed in front later in the game. Even after 14-15 in the second the favorites produced 22-18 in the third and 15-13 in the last. Tamara Tatham paced all the winners with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Biemer Susanne ended up with 15 points and Protzig Nadja scored 10. Vogel Megan top-scored for the visitors with 18 points.
In Round 3 SV Halle Lions overcame BC Pharmaserv Marburg 69:57 away from home. Tamara Tatham was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners. Amanda Rego nailed 13 and Kammer posted 11. Weber produced 17 points in the losing effort. In another games Herner beat Wolfenbuttel 81:76, while Donau-Ries won over Wasserburg 66:53. Goettingen at home celebrated 71:53 victory over Freiburg.
In Round 2 Halle Lions looked dominant and thumped Chemcats Chemnitz 82:46 at home court. The hosts built a massive 18-point lead at halftime and never slowed down after the long break. Ana-Maria Kammer paced the Lions to an impressive win at the end. She finished with 17 points. Tamara Tatham added 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Andrea Krug delivered 9 points in the win. Corrie Fertitta knocked down 22 points for Chemnitz.
In the opener SV Halle Lions beat BC Wolfenbuttel Wildcats 69:63. The teams played a good basketball in the opener and the Lions were glad to take to 1-0 record. Tamara Tatham led all the winners with 14 points. Nadja Protzig and Jitka Peterkova posted 12 each, while Rego scored 9.


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Diaz Elena starts for Leipzig - by Eurobasket News
Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) and her German Leipzig is 3-1 after 61:82 first loss from Wasserburg in DBBL. The favorites opened the game with 22-14 in the first period, but then Basketballverein Leipzig Eagles managed to close the half at 30-32. Only with 23-16 in the third and 27-15 in the last Wasserburg wont the game. Thoresen Rebecca paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 steals. Kuhn Katharina collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Berger Corry netted 12. Elena Diaz top-scored with 23 points in the losing effort.
In Round 3 Leipzig Eagles defeated evo New Basket Oberhausen 82:74. The hosts started with 25:16 in the opening tip and increased the lead to 11 points at the halftime. Sterner top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Annika Danckert scored 16 and Diaz Lopez posted 14. Austmann finished the night with 13 points in defeat.
In Round 2 the Leipzig Eagles came from behind in the fourth term to prevail against Freiburg 79:71 on the road. Leading by 4 points at halftime the Eagles allowed their opponents to deny the deficit in the third frame. Freiburg surged ahead but Leipzig did not panic and proved strength at the end. Annika Danckert and Jetta McIntyre provided 20 points each for the Eagles. Elena Diaz had 17 points for the winners. Freiburg was led by 18 points and 8 rebounds for Mirna Paunovic.
Leipzig was stronger than Gottingen 73:64 in the opener of the League. The latter however started with 15:13 in the first quarter and did not mind playing away from home. Leipzig woke up later in the second and went to the lockers with 30:24 advantage. The game remained interesting until the end of it and the hosts were happy to garb the first victory. Jetta McIntyre led the winners with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Elena Diaz had 10 points and made 5 rebounds for the winners. Annika Danckert collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Caroline Sterner netted 14.


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Round 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus Sika Brno and ZVVZ USK Praha achieved the fourth victories after the four games played. If ZVVZ USK Praha destroyed the opponent at home, then Gambrinus Sika Brnohad some struggle in Trutnov.
ZVVZ USK Praha smashed Hradec Kralove 113:64 at home last night. A 32-19 was a good start in order to control the whole game. Matic led the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) produced 22, whilst Feranckova netted 21. Iveta Urbanova (173-G-83) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.
Kara Trutnov suggested Gambrinus Sika Brno a tough game and struggled until the end. The defending champions however could not slow down and won 88:109 away from home. Michaela Horakova (177-F-92) led the winners with 24 points and 4 rebounds for 4-0 record. Ivkovicne Beres netted 18, while Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) produced 15 each. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
In another games Valosun Brno beat BK Tabor 80:67, while Loko K. Vary overcame Sparta Praha 77:65. The game between Basket Slovanka and BK Strakonice is scheduled for tonight.


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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-SARJA: Huima on the top - by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 3: Huima (Aanekoski) is on the top of Finnish Top League after three rounds. Today Huima defeated at home Alku (Forssa) 86-77(46-35).
Erneisha Bailey (175-G-86) (25) and Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) (21) were again Huima's key players. Ashley Pellom (170-G-86, agency: Vision Sports Management) netted 20 pts for FoA. PuHu (Vantaa) visited at Nokia and crushed BC Nokia 47-84. PuHu won also the rebounds: 29-40. Rebekah Parker (180-G/F-85) and Heli Roukanoja (186-C-73) scored 20 pts both for PuHu. PuHu made the treys 60,0% (9/15). Newcomer Jymy (Orimattila=Team S-Hameenmaa) is still undefeated. This time HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) had a slight lead (37-34) during the half time, but Jazz Covington (185-F-85, college: Louisville) (22/16), Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) (18) and Mari Puustinen (179-F/G-78) came strong during the second half and took the 72-82 victory to Orimattila. PeKa started
the season by winning over Catz (Lappeenranta), but who can remember PeKa losing two games in a row during one weekend? This took place this weekend, when PeKa lost on Saturday at Aanekoski and today at home vs Espoo Team! PeKa had again one poor quarter and it was too much for themselves and enough for Espoo Team to win at Kotka 69-80. During the second quarter PeKa scored eight (8) pts and Espoo 29 pts. Espoo had five players in double (10-16 pts) figures. Henna Salomaa (177-G/F-89) led ET with 16 pts.

Huima - FoA 86-77 (46-35) (Erneisha Bailey 25, Kenya Robinson 21, Sanna Jamsen 14 - Ashley Pellom 20, Juta Jahilo 16, Alexis Castro 11).

BC Nokia - PuHu 47-84 (31-42) (Tiia Huuhka 11, Kristin Higy 11, Calisha Yates 10 - Rebekah Parker 20, Heli Roukanoja 20/11).

HoNsU - S-Hameenmaa 72-82 (37-34) (Raquel Collier 19, Pia Salminen 15, Amanda Decoud 14 - Jazz Covington 22/16, Kieraah Marlow 18, Mari Puustinen 14).

PeKa - Espoo Team 69-80 (27-49) (Shanika Freeman 21, Dionne Pounds 14, Laura Lehtoranta 11 - Henna Salomaa 16, Whitney Allen 15, Ashley Haynes 14/10).



Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Huima 3-0 
 2. S-Hameen. 2-0 
 3. Espoo Team 2-1 
 4. FoA 2-1 
 5. Catz 1-1 
 6. PuHu 1-1 
 7. PeKa 1-2 
 8. HoNsU 0-3 
 9. BC Nokia 0-3 


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Four games opened Round 4 in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Four games opened Round 4 in Germany. SV Halle Lions became the first team to take 4-0 record after a home win over WWK Donau-Ries 72:60. The hosts opened the game with 21:14 in the first period and stayed in front later in the game. Even after 14-15 in the second the favorites produced 22-18 in the third and 15-13 in the last. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) paced all the winners with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Susanne Biemer (175-G/F-78) ended up with 15 points and Nadja Protzig (179-F-89) scored 10. Vogel Megan top-scored for the visitors with 18 points.
Wasserburg improved to 3-1 record after 61:82 road victory over Leipzig. The favorites opened the game with 22-14 in the first period, but then Basketballverein Leipzig Eagles managed to close the half at 30-32. Only with 23-16 in the third and 27-15 in the last Wasserburg wont the game. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 steals. Katharina Kuhn (193-C-80) collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Berger Corry netted 12. Diaz Lopez Elena Maria top-scored with 23 points in the losing effort.
Herner stole a victory from Freiburg 78:81 away from home to improve to 3-1. Oberhausen won over Goettingen 75:59 to tie at 2-2. Bracey Barker (186-F-85, college: Maine) produced 13 points for the winners, while Austmann Sarah had 11. Michaela Abelova (185-G-85) finished the game with 17 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.


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Maltsi, the leader of her team abroad - by Eurobasket News
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and her ZVVZ USK Praha in Czech Republic achieved the fourth victory after the four games played. ZVVZ USK Praha smashed Hradec Kralove 113:64 at home last night. A 32-19 was a good start in order to control the whole game. Matic led the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi produced 22, whilst Feranckova netted 21. Urbanova finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.
In Round 3 ZVVZ USK Praha struggled in the first quarter against BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary but then had a massive 96:56 victory. Greek Evanthia Maltsi exploded with 29 points for the winners. Feranckova netted 16, whilst Katerina Elhotova had 11. Irena Borecka produced 14 points in the losing effort.
Round 2 saw ZVVZ USK Praha smashng Valosun Brno 93:58 in the capital of the country. The favorites did not leave any chances for the opponents throughout the game. Michaela Ferancikova led the winners with 19 points. Matic followed her with 16, while Evanthia Maltsi collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Veronika Vlkova ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
USK Praha opened the regular season on October 3rd. The team smashed Basket Slovanka 111:53 with an easy win in all the quarters. USK Praha opened the game with 26-6 and followed with 23-14 in the halftime. After the third period that the hosts won 21-10 the task was to reach three digits and the second team of the league last year made it brilliantly. Evanthia Maltsi led the winners with 22 points and 4 rebounds. Tereza Peckova and Feranckova scored 17, while Katerina Elhotova netted 16. Petra Pospisilova had 18 points in the losing effort.


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Tamane's squad beat Jekabsone-Zogota's Dynamo - by Eurobasket News
Zane Teilane-Tamane (194-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 's Orenburg beat Dynamo Moscow in a key game of the first round in Russia. An updated roster of Dynamo in comparison with the previous year did not work well from the start. Orenburg opened the game with 21-17 in the opening quarter, but the Dynamo managed to win the second. The hosts held the guests to 20 points in the third and the last periods, while they produced 26 and 23 respectively. Orenburg wins the opener and proves the ambitions for the upcoming season. Olga Ovcharenko led the winners with 20 points and 3 rebounds. Tamane had 18 and Verameyenka collected 17 points and 16 rebounds. Belinda Snell resisted for the visitors with 28 points, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (176-F-83) nailed 16 in defeat.

In Czech Republic Kara Trutnov suggested Gambrinus Sika Brno a tough game and struggled until the end. The defending champions however could not slow down and won 88:109 away from home. Michaela Horakova led the winners with 24 points and 4 rebounds for 4-0 record. Ivkovicne Beres netted 18, while Petra Kulichova and Zuzana Zirkova produced 15 each. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) had 14, while Michaela Hartigova ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Gambrinus improved to 3-0 record after Round 3 in Czech Republic. Gambrinus Sika Brno overcame Sparta Praha 86:68 to reach that record. The hosts opened the game with 24-14 an then had 47:24 at the end of the first half. Sparta Praha recovered a bit in the third period for 60:46 but then Gambrinus led to 86:68. Liene Jansone paced all the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Michaela Horakova netted 13 and Petra Kulichova posted 11. Hariss finished the night with 25 points against the defending champions.
In Round 2 The defending champions of the league Gambrinus overwhelmed BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary away from home. The visitors were stronger in all the aspects and solved their task reaching three digits in the end. Gambrinus celebrated 106:57 victory and left BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary winless at 0-2 record. Michaela Horakova led the winners with 21 points and 2 rebounds. Liene Jansone nailed 20, whilst Zirkova posted 18. Sedlackova finished the game with 13 points in the losing effort.
Gambrinus SikaBrno opened the season 2008/2009 with a massive win. It was the only game in the first round and belonged to the defending champions of the previous years. The rest of the games will be played tonight, while the game between ZVVZ USK Praha and Basket Slovanka is planned for October 3rd.
Gambrinus SikaBrno had a road win over BK Strakonice 41:86. The start of the game did not depict the whole picture of the game. The hosts stayed alive and trailed only 16:22 after the first ten minutes. The defending champions pushed the tempo in the second stanza when they outscored BK Strakonice 23-7. As a result the both squads went to the lockers with 45:23 for Gambrinus SikaBrno. The guests continued to dominate the court and were too strong in the second half. With 21:12 and 20:6 they finished the third and the last quarters respectively and won the opener of the League. Romana Hejdova top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Horakova nailed 16, while Liene Jansone posted 13. Alena Podskalska ended up with 9 points in defeat, while Jana Stejskalova added 8.


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Thoresen top-scores abroad - by Eurobasket News
When Malta triumphed in European Championship Division C last summer, it was Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) that was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds in the Final game. Her German Wasserburg improved to 3-1 record after 61:82 road victory over Leipzig in DBBL. The favorites opened the game with 22-14 in the first period, but then Basketballverein Leipzig Eagles managed to close the half at 30-32. Only with 23-16 in the third and 27-15 in the last Wasserburg wont the game. Thoresen Rebecca paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 steals. Kuhn Katharina collected 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Berger Corry netted 12. Diaz Lopez Elena Maria top-scored with 23 points in the losing effort.
In Round 3 Donau-Ries defeated Wasserburg 66:53. Rebecca Thoresen top-scored for the guests with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
In Round 2 Wasserburg held off Marburg 84:76 for the second straight win. The hosts led by just a single point before the fourth quarter but managed to limit Marburg to just 12 points in the final period and secured a tough victory at the end. Carlene Hightower was impressive with 30 points and 5 boards for Wasserburg. Rebecca Thoresen added 24 points in the win. Sandra Weber answered with 20 points for Marburg.
Rebecca Thoresen opened the regular season with 12 points and 8 rebounds over Chemnitz in 55:69 road victory.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


ANC U18 Women: Its Tunisia, Mali for finals ..As Nigeria, Mozambique battle for 3rd place - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Curtain will fall on the 10th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Women today in Tunis, Tunisia as defending champion, Mali and host Tunisia battle for the coveted trophy.

Mali who has shown promises that she is capable of ruling the continent again rode rough shod over hapless Mozambique in the second semi-finals on Saturday by 62-28 points while Tunisia manage a one point win over Nigeria in the first semi-finals winning the charged match by 65-64 points.

The young Malian ladies who have promised to follow in the foot-step of their senior national team who won the senior title last year beating host Senegal in the final have asked Tunisia to forget any ambition of winning the African title on home soil.

Before the grand finale between Mali and Tunisia semi-finals losers, Nigeria and Mozambique will take to the floor for the third place game.

2006 runner-up Cote dIvoire will battle Guinea in the fifth and sixth position classification game while Kenya and Benin Republic will slug it out for the seventh and eighth position classification match.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 1-0 
 2. Arad 1-0 
 3. Govora 1-0 
 4. Alexandria 1-0 
 5. Sf.Gheorghe 1-0 
 6. Satu Mare 1-0 
 7. Iasi 0-0 
 8. Rapid 0-0 
 9. Craiova 0-1 
 10. Alba Iulia 0-1 
 11. Oradea 0-1 
 12. S.Studentesc 0-1 
 13. Olimpia 0-1 
 14. Cluj Napoca 0-1 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - 1A women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Vidacic J. 26
2.Jankovic B. 26
3.Radocaj T. 25
4.Stankovic B. 24
5.Skoric M. 23
Rebounds Per Game
1.Velisavljevic M. 18
2.Vidacic J. 12
3.Stjepanovic B. 11
4.Radic J. 10
5.Gobeljic D. 9
Assists Per Game
1.Caran M. 8
2.Krnjetin N. 7
3.Stankovic B. 7
4.Beronja M. 6
5.Vuckovic L. 6
Blocks Per Game
1.Skoric M. 3
2.Jovanovic T. 2
3.Todorovic I. 2
4.Ilic M. 2
5.Vukovic D. 1
Ranking
1.Vidacic J. 36
2.Stankovic B. 30
3.Radic J. 30
4.Skoric M. 29
5.Moraca M. 25


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Ruzomberok and Maxima Broker stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok thumped Cassovia Kosice 112:46 in the 5th round of action in Slovakian league. Ruzomberok thus remained unbeaten at the helm of the standings. The Slovakian powerhouse opened the game with a stunning 33:10 rally. Cassovia Kosice came back to life late in the second quarter when they managed to slow their opponents down and cut the distance to 21 points at halftime. However the hosts quickly took over again and cruised to the victory in the second half. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, college: Tennessee) led the action with 22 points. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) added 20 points for the winners. Gissendannerova responded with 14 points for Cassovia Kosice in defeat.
Maxima Broker Kosice also kept their winning pace. They overcame Presov 89:50 to stay undefeated. Maxima Broker led right from the start and cleared off to a 29:19 distance at the first break. Presov failed to bounce back in the second quarter and trailed by as many as 14 points at the interval. The complexion of the game never changed after the big break and Maxima Broker eased to the victory at the end. Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) drained 20 points for the winning team. Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) added 15 points for the winners. Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) replied with 16 points for Presov.
Slovan Bratislava used 21 points from Talajkova to prevail against Roznava 73:65 away from home. Alexandra Riecka (170-G-78) ensured 19 points for the winners. Katarina Polakova (178-F-79) had 16 points for Roznava.
Nitra eked out a 63:61 victory against Poprad. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) topscored with 19 points for Nitra.


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Olesa - Perfumerias 71-65
Olesa Espanyol remains perfect after three rounds in Spanish top division. The hosts took this one mostly owing to Noemi Jordana and Tracy Raid, which scored 15 points apiece. Actually, Reid registered 10 more rebounds to her name. Perfumerias got 17 points and 11 boards from Michelle Snow but it was not enough for the second win.

Ros Casares - San Jose 95-45
Ros Casares totally destroyed San Jose in Valencia with plus 50 improving its score to 3-0. Erika De Souza top-scored for the winning team with 17 points. She also grabbed 7 rebounds for 21 minutes. The same number of points had Eshaya Murphy but in San Jose, which now has 1-2.

Gran Canaria - Cadi la Seu 57-66
Both teams entered into this game winless. Kelly Da Silva paced Cadi la Seu to first victory adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. Adrijana Knezevic was better than the others in Granca collecting 16 points and 6 boards but unfortunately her team slipped on 0-3.

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Hondar.-Irun 68-61
After two rounds EBE Ibiza and Hondarribia had 1-1. Today's game brought the second victory to the host team, which got 27 points and 9 rebounds from Sandra Pirsic. Jovana Rad shined in Hondarribia with 19 points and 6 boards.

Mann Filter - Rivas Ecopolis 49-57
Rivas Ecopolis is third team with perfect score in LFB. This time Rivas was too strong for Mann Filter on the road. Interesting is that Clara Bermejo, who scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 8 assists, was the only one with more than 9 pts in the wining team. Laura Antoja added 13 points for Mann Filter, which dropped on 1-2.

Real C.Vigo - Mariana 63-65
Soller Joventud Mariana grabbed extremely tight victory against Celta Vigo thanks to wonderful third quarter 10-20. Armintie Price had 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners while Gisela Vega had one point less. Celta Vigo's best player was Blanca Marcos, who scored 15 points. Mariana currently has 2-1 while Celta is on 1-2.

Estudiantes - Extrugasa 70-76
Estudiantes remains winless after three rounds in LFB. Extrugasa jumped on 2-1 thanks to Tamera Young, who collected 22 points and 5 rebounds. Visitors had great last 10 minutes finishing it 10-21. Leah Rush was the best in Estudiantes with 19 points and 9 boards.


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  TUNISIA - Women  


ANC U18 Women: Its Tunisia, Mali for finals ..As Nigeria, Mozambique battle for 3rd place - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Curtain will fall on the 10th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Women today in Tunis, Tunisia as defending champion, Mali and host Tunisia battle for the coveted trophy.

Mali who has shown promises that she is capable of ruling the continent again rode rough shod over hapless Mozambique in the second semi-finals on Saturday by 62-28 points while Tunisia manage a one point win over Nigeria in the first semi-finals winning the charged match by 65-64 points.

The young Malian ladies who have promised to follow in the foot-step of their senior national team who won the senior title last year beating host Senegal in the final have asked Tunisia to forget any ambition of winning the African title on home soil.

Before the grand finale between Mali and Tunisia semi-finals losers, Nigeria and Mozambique will take to the floor for the third place game.

2006 runner-up Cote dIvoire will battle Guinea in the fifth and sixth position classification game while Kenya and Benin Republic will slug it out for the seventh and eighth position classification match.


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA offseason market news - by Bruno Baltazar
The WNBA ofseason is here but teams are now looking to add some players and some options for next season to ty to take Detroit ring away from there.

The Washington Mystics signed Coco Miller to a two-year extension.
The Seattle Storm signed Kimberly Beck (5'8''-G-85, college: George Washington) (5'8''-G-85, college: George Washington).
San Antonio Silver Stars signed Adrianne Ross (5'8''-G-84, college: TCU) and Brittany Wilkins (6'3''-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa St.) after Valeriya Berezhynska's seven-day contract expired,the tryout period is here and in practises they will show what they can do.
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