EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/19/2008

Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site!
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the report, nor will you attempt to do so.
More info:www.eurobasket.com


Men News

*****************************************************
  ABA   


Three players added to South Texas Showboats - by Gianni Pascucci
The South Texas Showboats announce the addition of three frontcourt players to their growing roster: they are Gabriel Lee (6'9'-C-81), originally from Georgia, who played for the University of Massachusetts and lead the NCAA in blocked shots, Ryan Mueller (6'7''-F-86, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Carroll) and Jaimacan Cano Edwards (6'9'-F/C-83), out from the University of Texas-Pan American

*****************************************************
  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ben Hur - Quimsa 84 - 76
Ben Hur outplayed Quimsa at home improving its record on 2-3 in Group North. On the other side, it is the second defeat for Quimsa in 5 games. Ben Hur got the most from Sebastian Cabello, who added 20 points and 7 boards with pretty good shot percentage. Gabriel Mikulas also drained 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds but for the loosing side.

Libertad - Sionista 93 - 65
Libertad smashed Sionista jumping on 4-1 in Liga A. Bryant Markson paced the hosts to victory with 20 points and 5 boards for just 21 minutes. Juan Pablo Canter scored 19 points for Sionista, who slipped on 2-3.

Obras - Atenas 59 - 75
Obras once again disappointed its fans suffering fifth consecutive defeat. Atenas celebrated without any extra efforts staying on top of Group North together with Libertad, 4-1. Leonardo Gutierrez was the best in Atenas collecting 18 points and 5 rebounds. Obras had only one player with double digits in scoring and it was Lazaro Borell. He netted 17 points and at the same time had 8 more rebounds.

Cicl.Olimpico - Regatas C. 57 - 69
Regatas Corrientes made it on the road against Ciclista Olimpico registering the second victory this season. The hosts remained on three so far. Federico Kammerichs shined for the winners pouring in 24 points and grabbing 17 boards. Anthony Glover had 15 points for the hosts.

Penarol - Estudiantes 78 - 86
Estudiantes remained the only undefeated team in Group South, in fact in entire league, with perfect score 5-0. Juan Cangelosi demonstrated wonderful performance for the winning side netting 29 points, including 7 triples. David Jackson added 21 points for Penarol but his team dropped on 3-2.

Gimn.CR - Boca Jrs 80 - 64
Gimnasia CR took it easily against Boca Juniors at home, thus both teams have the same score now, 2-3. German Sciutto led the hosts to win scoring 19 points with 6 rebounds. Almost the same numbers had Anthony Johnson in Boca Juniors, 19 points and 5 boards.

Lanus - Independ.N. 101 - 103
Independiente celebrated in a high-scoring road game staying in the race for top with 4 wins and 1 defeat. Cedric Moodie nailed 29 points for visitors while Brice Assie also was great collecting 22 points and 12 boards. Lanus remains on 2 wins in 5 games despite 22 points and 4 assists by Ronald Ramon.

El Nacional - Quilmes MP 81 - 73
El Nacional finally made it in Group South. It was very important game for the hosts as now both teams have 1-4. Ralphy Holmes was totally the best player in the winning team nailing 26 points including 6 rebounds for 34 minutes. Quilmes got 14 points from Esteban Lopez as well as from Pablo Gil.



Liga B Starts!!! 1st Round - by Ana Soifer

Tonight took place the first round on the League B, thats will be complete on Sunday.


North Region

Northwest
Anzorena 83 - Facundo 73
Brown San Vicente 88 - Union Elctrica 83
Sargento Cabral 76 - Sp. 9 de Julio 86
Barrio Parque 76 - Banda Norte 91

Northeast
Alvear 94 - Colon 76
Tomas de Rocamora 94 - La Union de Colon 91
Sport Club 79 - Union y Fuerza 69

Estudiantes (C)- Almagro (E) (on sunday)

South Region

Center
Racing (G) 79 - GEBA 63
Nutico Hacoaj 98 - San Martn (J) 88
Rosario Central 99 - Banco Nacion 76
GEVP - Velez Sarsfield (on Saturday)

South
Ciudad de Puerto Madryn 90 - Ciudad de Bragado 83
Union Vecinal 77 - Huracan de Trelew 76
Independiente 81- Jorge Newbery 87
El Sureno 96 - Atletico Regina 93



Liga A round 5 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) of Independiente
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81) of Estudiantes
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) of Regatas
Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82) of Ben Hur
Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) of Independiente

Second Team:
German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances) of Gimnasia
Ralphy Holmes (192-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) of El Nacional
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Atenas
James Moore (203-C-82, agency: Duran International, college: N.Mexico St.) of El Nacional
Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) of Quimsa


points:
Juan Cangelosi 29
Cedric Moodie 29
Ralphy Holmes 26
Federico Kammerichs 24
Brice Assie 22

Rebounds:
Federico Kammerichs 17
Brice Assie 12
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) 12
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77) 8
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) 8

Assists:
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) 8
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 6
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82) 5
Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) 4
Patricio Rodriguez (193-F-84, agency: Players Group) 4


*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wildcats - Hawks 89-77
Perth Wildcats made it at Challenge Stadium in the opener of Round 5 improving on 4-5 in NBL. On the other side Wollongong Hawks suffered fourth defeat meaning that the team of head coach Eric Cooks currently has 2-4. Alex Loughton paced the Wildcats to victory collecting 21 points and 4 boards. Shawn Redhage also was great adding 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The loosing side got 24 points and 8 rebounds from Anthony Petrie.

Breakers - Blaze 120-108
New Zealand Breakers made it against Gold Coast Blaze, who suffered sixth consecutive defeat and still desperately looking for the first joy in NBL. The Breakers had pretty good last quarter 28-20 recording fourth victory in five games. Kirk Penney was the best in the wining team adding 29 points and 4 rebounds. Shane Heal had 23 points, 3 boards and 7 assists for GCB.

Hawks - 36ers 105-95
After defeat against Perth Wildcats two days ago, Wollongong Hawks managed to beat Adelaide 36ers jumping on 3-4. At the same time it is fourth defeat for 36ers, 2-4. Franklin Kavossy paced the Hawks to victory adding 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The 36ers got 18 points, 6 boards and 8 assists from Mark Tyndale.

Spirit - Dragons 101-106
Melbourne SD took this one mostly owing the Darden Tremell, who collected 22 points, 8 boards and 4 assists for 27 minutes. Thus the team of coach Brian Goorijan remained on top with score 5-2. Sydney Spirit dropped on 3-4 despite 32 points by Derrick Low.

Crocodiles - Wildcats 93-107
Perth Wildcats celebrated once again in just few days setting the score on 5-5. Ben Knight top-scored for the winners with 17 points. On the other hand, Townsville Crocodiles suffered third defeat in five games. Rosell Ellis registered double-double for the hosts - 21 points and 10 boards.

Dragons - Tigers 108-80
Melbourne South Dragons once again proved their quality trashing city rival Melbourne Tigers with plus 28. It is the second win for the Dragons in just two days thus they improved now on 6-2. Joe Ingles shined for the winners and was pretty close to register triple double. He spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The Tigers got 27 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Anstey, but despite his good game they dropped on 4-3.

Taipans - Blaze 102-87
Cairns Taipans took it easily against GBC, who sinks deeper and deeper this season. It is the second defeat for the Blaze in just few days. Larry Abney led the hosts to fourth win in NBL adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. Greg Vanderjagt was the best for GBC with 17 points and 8 boards.



*****************************************************
  AUSTRIA   


BasketClub Vienna - by Stefan Heinrich
#s#
#e#6


Rhodes


George


Dockner


O'Neal


Seel

The team of the Austrian capital faced a very hard summer, but the new management was able to create a new team for the 2008/09 season. The manager and coach is Charles Payton .

4 Lukas Laska (190-G-82)
5 Nicholas Rhodes (206-C-84)
6 Dominik Mullner (190-F-85)
7 Kristijan Bokanovic (200-F-84)
8 Mathias Gunka (204-F/C-91)
9 Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88)

10 Aleksandar Trivan (192-G/F-88)
11 Christoph Bock
12 Lukas Pinterits (193-G/F-86)
13 Philipp Seel (193-G/F-85)
14 Denis Soldo (198-F-85)
15 Matthias Dockner (204-F/C-84)
Ray George (193-G-83)


Coach: Charles Payton
Ass. Coach: Zoran Obradovic



Oberwart Gunners - by Stefan Heinrich
#s#
#e#6


Youngblood


Stout


Johnson


Moric


Artner

The vice-champion of the last season had a very difficult preseason due to a lot of injuries but they only changed 1 player during this summer. Byron Joynes (206-C-85) recieved a 1 month contract yesterday as reaction on the injury of captain Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) who will be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

4 Marcus Stout (193-G)
5
Jason Johnson (C)
6 Georg Florian (190-G-89)
7 Hannes Artner (185-G-84)
8
Marko Moric (207-F-81)

9 Paul Radakovics (188-G-88)
10 Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85)
11 Stefan Ulreich (184-G-85)
12 Milan Stegnjaic (205-F/C-82)
13 Jay Youngblood (196-G-84)
14 David Hasenburger (203-F-90)
15 Tomislav Gaspar (200-F-83)
Byron Joynes

Coach: Ante Perica
Ass. Coach:
Goran Patekar



*****************************************************
  BALTIC LEAGUE   


One win, one loss for Estonian teams - by Janar Filippov
Two Challenge Cup games were played in Estonia, today. In Group B, TTU hosted ASK/Buki in Tallinn and won 81:80 (17:22, 14:22, 23:13, 27:25) behind 25 points by Reimo Tamm (185-G-84). In group A, Valga Welg hosted group leaders VEF Riga and lost 67:75 ( 21-28 18-17 8-18 20-12). Evgeny Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) had 26 points.
Both winners, TTU and Vef are the leaders of their groups while ASK and Welg, stay at the bottom, respectively.

TTU struggled against ASK/Buki and trailed for most of the first three quarters as Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) and Uldis Rudzitis (192-G-78) made most of the damage. In the middle of 3rd quarter the gap was 13, already. Since then, TTU made a huge come-back, ending 3rd quarter with a 11:2 run in 4 minutes. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) made two three-pointers during the period. Another triple from Pilk took TTU ahead 60:58 with 7.39 to play. The hosts continued strongly, outscoring the opponents 10:1 in a three-minute period and with 2 minutes left, TTU led 74:63. Then ASK/Buki answered with an incredible comeback as they managed to make FIVE three-pointers in last 74 seconds of the game. But they were a bit late as TTU won the game even despite missing 6 free throws from 10 attempts during last minute.

Reimo Tamm led the scorers with 25 points, 7 rbs and 4ast. Illimar Pilk added 20 points + 8 rbs. Gabrans led ASK/Buki with 17 points that included 5 three-pointers.

In Valga, VEF Riga took the lead in 4th minute of the game and held it until the end. In last 12 seconds of 1st quarter, VEF managed to make TWO three-pointers and move up by 7. In 2nd, VEF went up by 10 points but Welg came back and the three-pointer by Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) narrowed the gap to 3 points, only.

3rd quarter started with back-to-back baskets from Evgeniy Kolesnikov who put VEF up by 11. The Russian scored 11 points in the quarter and his three-pointer ended the quarter with a 16-point lead of Latvian team. In last quarter, Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) put VEF up by 18, already but the hosts managed to put the pressure to the guests once more. A couple of three-pointers by Raido Roos (185-G-84) and suddenly, Welg trailed by 6 points with 4 minutes left. Then their luck changed as in last minute, Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) missed twice from behind the arc and a dunk by Juris Patmalnieks (201-F-85) decided the winner.

Evgeniy Kolesnikov ended the game with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Veljo Vares led Welg with 23 points.


Rock failed in a must-win game against Nevezis - by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock disappointed home fans with an awful shooting percentage and unexpected 76:80 loss at the hands of last season's Challenge Cup winner Nevezis Kedainiai. Until today, Nevezis had lost 3 out of 4 games in BBL and Lithuanian league this season.

The hosts started as expected, leading 5:0 with 2 minutes played. Since then, the hosts' must-win game changed into something embarrassing as Nevezis made a huge 2:20 run in 6 minutes. What's most interesting, Nevezis made nothing extraodrinary during the period, at least not in offence - scoring loss than 50% from the field.

The hosts, at the same time, missed 10 consecutive shots and made 5 turnovers, falling behind 7:20. A buzzer-beating three-pointer by Zydrunas Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) tore the gap to 14 points, already.

The 2nd quarter was totally contrary to the first. The hosts outscored the opponents 20:4 in 8 minutes and rallied from minus 14 into a 2-point lead. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 9 points during the stretch. 5 points in a row by Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Metro St.) gave the lead back to Nevezis and ended the first half 32:35.

The 3rd quarter was very close for 4 minutes. Janar Talts and Tanoka Beard were confident under the basket, combining 10 points in the period. A three-pointer by Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) started guests' 0:8 run that took them ahead by 10 -45:55. A first field goal by Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) ended the 3rd quarter 52:58.

In 4th, the game became very intriguing as the hosts nearly escaped the embarrassment. They came closer and closer but an unbelievable rain of three-pointers held Nevezis ahead. First Veikalas, then Leonavicius, finally Zydrunas Stankus - and with 5 minutes left, Nevezis was still 9 points ahead.

Then Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83), and a minute later Kullamae answered from behind the arc - with 1.17 left it was 72:75 and after '24-sec turnover', Rock had a chance to even the game. However, Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) missed. In the last 25 seconds, the guests had to stand 3 times behind the charity line and were confident - 5 out of 6 gave them the first victory of the season, also meaning that two estonian teams have fallen into the two last places in Elite Division standings.

Benas Veikalas scored his BBL career-high 21 points for the winners, making 2/3 three-pointers. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) was 3/3 from the arc and totalled 15 points. Valdas Dabkus (205-F-84) made a double-double - 13 points (despite 0/5 three-pointers) and 10 rebounds.

For the hosts, Tanoka Beard and Tsintsadze both scored 20 points, Beard also collected 11 rebounds but Tsintsadze was only 5/14 for two-pointers. Rock made only 23 out of 60 field shots and 23/34 free throws and lost the game despite the advantage in offensive rebounds (13 vs 10) and turnovers (11 vs 13).


Zalgiris bounce back with overtime win - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Zalgiris 99:102 (OT)

Zalgiris snapped their three-game losing skid with a hard-fought overtime victory over Ventspils. With the woes surrounding the Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris left it all outside the basketball court yesterday to throw all they had for the win. However Ventspils were the first to punch. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) and Jurevicius gave the hosts an early 11:4 lead. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) fired from downtown and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) came up with a couple of freebies as Zalgiris trimmed the deficit and stepped in front. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) capped the opening term with a jumper that put Zalgiris up 25:23. The teams traded baskets in the second frame and lead changed hands for several times. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) drained a late three-pointer and the hosts enjoyed a narrow 46:45 advantage at halftime. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) and Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) opened the third frame with two trebles that allowed Ventspils to stretch the gap to 5 points. After Kristaps Kanbergs three-pointer and a free throw from Georgios Tsiakos (205-F/C-82, agency: FCM) the Latvian team piled up a 13-point lead late in the quarter. Ventspils opened the fourth quarter with an 8:0 surge that seemed to have killed any hopes for the visitors. But Zalgiris refused to surrender. They went on a 15:1 rally and cut the distance to just 5 points. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) drained a triple and Dainius Salenga was accurate from the stripe for Zalgiris to come as close as 3 points with under 2 minutes remaining.
Jonas Maciulis and Dainius Salenga shaved the deficit to a single point with 23 seconds left before Ronalds Zakis hit one free throw to make 89:87 for Ventspils with 20 seconds on the clock. It was just enough for Masiulis to knock down a jump shot sending the game into extra period. Jonas Maciulis continued his excellent performance in overtime. He poured in consecutive treys for Zalgiris and they jumped to a 5-point advantage. Skirmants and Ronalds Zakis narrowed the gap but Jonas Maciulis and Dainius Salenga sealed the winning outcome for the visitors at the end.
Dainius Salenga nailed 27 points to pace Zalgiris. Jonas Maciulis finished with 20 points, while Willie Deane added 16 for the winners. Mareks Jurevicus answered with 23 points for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) also had 23 points to go with 8 assists and 5 boards in the loss.

Ventspils: Mareks Jurevicus 23, Janis Strelnieks 23
Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 27, Jonas Maciulis 20, Willie Deane 16


*****************************************************
  BOSNIA   


Thriller win for Zagreb CO in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT - Zagreb CO 69-71

Zagreb made it in Sarajevo against Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT registering the first win in Adriatic league. On the other side, the hosts suffered third consecutive defeat. Thus, both teams have the same score now 1-3. As a reminder, the only Bosna's joy this season was against Helios Domzale in the opening round.
Today's game was very exciting with lot of turns. Bosna had wonderful first quarter creating advantage of 9 points, 19-10. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) was in a game mood and mostly owing to him Bosna had plus 10 at the half time. However, their fans couldn't even dream what will happen during the next ten minutes. Bosna's defense totally went down, what Mario Dundovic (200-F/C-77, agency: Court Side), Petar Babic (190-G-85) and their teammates exploited to drain 32 points. The hosts succeeded to net just 13 meaning that Croatian team had 49-58 before the last frame. Bosna had a chance in the last 30 seconds. After Ikonic's triple and Stanley Burrell's (190-G-84) lay-up, the hosts came on 67-68. Simon made one for Zagreb after what experience Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored two FTs for Bosna tying the score on 69-69. In the last Zagreb's possession Petar Babic was unmistakable from the free throw line bringing the first win to his team. Mario Dundovic was the best scorer in Zagreb with 19 points. Petar Babic finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) had double-double, 11 points and 10 boards. Goran Ikonic was totally the best in Bosna ASA BHT with 26 points and 4 rebounds.

Bosna ASA BHT: Goran Ikonic 26+4 boards, Seid Hajric (203-F-83) 10+6 boards
Zagreb: Mario Dundovic 19, Petar Babic 12+6 boards+4 as, Ante Tomic 11+10 boards, Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) 11


*****************************************************
  COSTA RICA   


The Clausura Finals are 1-1 - by Gianni Pascucci
As it was easy to expect, CostaRican archirivals Barva and Liceo advanced to the Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS Clausura) Final Series, in which Liceo won Game 1 and Barva answered winning Game 2. The first match ended 78-75 for Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica. The clutch moment of the game was a 12-3 rally from Liceo during the third quarter, based on some minutes of great shooting accuracy, that broke the balance in the score. Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) was the game main performer with 34 points and some important rebounds grabbed, while Isaac St. Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown) and Amir Alvarado (198-G/F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) scored 17 pts each in losing effort. Three days after, Ferreteria Brenes Barva took its revenge, winning the second game 91-82 (42-39 at the halftime). Isaac St. Rose led again Barva, with 22 points, import Mark Carollo (196-F) added 18 points and a very good defense, Harold Mitchell (200-C-83) led Liceo with 20 points (11 of them in the first quarter). The decisive Game 3 will be played tomorrow night

*****************************************************
  CROATIA   


Kvarner surprises Cedevita in the Round 2 opener - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner - Cedevita 87-86

Kvarner took care for the surprise in the opening game of Round 2, Croatian A1 league. It was very exciting one until the very end. With 13 seconds to go Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) netted 2 free throws for Cedevita for 85-86. Kvarner had the last possession. Ex player of Cedevita, Josip Glavinic (193-G-82), grabbed the ball making a lay-up with just 3 seconds remaining. Actually, except of the basket, Glavinic was fouled but he missed the following free throw. However, there was not enough time for Cedevita to score thus it faced with first defeat in A1. The same score after 2 games also has Kvarner, 1-1. It is important to be mentioned that Ramel Bradley and his teammates had great second quarter ending it 16-24. It means that visitors had 3-point lead at the half time but during the following 10 minutes Kvarner succeeded to make a turn mostly owing to experienced Marijan Mance (197-G-78) and Marin Modic (197-F-85). At the end Mance finished the game as a top scorer of the winning team with 19 points. Modic had two points less while Murus Andelija (208-C/F-81) netted 15 including 5 rebounds. As it was during the pre-season, Ramel Bradley was better than the others in Cedevita collecting 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Milan Perezanovic (208-C-74) and Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) had 18 points apiece.

Kvarner: Marijan Mance 19, Marin Modic 17, Murus Andelija 15+5 rebs
Cedevita: Ramel Bradley 20+5 boards+ 4 as, Milan Parezanovic 18+8 boards, Ivan Novacic 18


Zadar great in Belgrade, defeated in over time - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Igokea - Zadar 83-80

Real thriller was seen today in Belgrade, where Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea outsmarted Croatian champ Zadar in over time. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) was MVP of the game with index value 29. He played almost the entire time collecting 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assist and 3 steals. Partizan opened the game strongly making plus 7 during the first ten minutes. Interesting but players of head coach Aleksandar Petrovic scored just 9 points in this period. Nothing has changed after that as Milenko Tepic and Gabonese Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) led their team to 41-29 at the half time. Croatian champion finally showed some attitude after the breather. Macedonian center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) made couple of baskets in the paint cutting the margin on 10 points. Last stanza totally belonged to Zadar. Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR), Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) and Dejan Ivanov (205-F-86) shined for visitors grabbing 2-point lead at the very end, 68-70. Stephane Lasme made two FTs after that for Partizan tying the score on 70-70. Zadar had a chance but Gecevski made a turnover (backcourt). Gabonese Lasme had a chance to become a match winner but he missed wide open triple. After 3-pointer by Gecevski at the middle of over time, Zadar once again had plus 3 but at the very end Tepic netted 5 consecutive points for the hosts taking this one for 4-0 in Adriatic league. Zadar dropped on 3-1. Except of Tepic, Stephane Lasme alos was good for Serbian team with 16 points and 7 boards. Malik Dixon top-scored in Zadar with 23 points. Todor Gecevski had 19 points and 5 rebounds while Rok Stipcevic stopped on 16 points.

Partizan: Milenko Tepic 20+8 boards+4 as+3 st, Stephane Lasme 16+7 boards, Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) 14+5 boards
Zadar: Malik Dixon 23, Todor Gecevski 19+5 boards, Rok Stipcevic 16


*****************************************************
  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Pardubice 79-78
USK Praha overcame Pardubice 79:78 in the opener of Round 4. Kotas Lukas and Hamm Lawrence paced the winners with 15 points apiece. Sanders Levell ended up with 22 points in defeat.

Kolin - Prostejov 55-60
Kolin lost to Prostejov 55:60 and fell at 0-3. Pruitt Shaun top-scored with 22 points and Ames Rashaan scored 15. Rogers Jon poured in 15 points for the home side.

Nymburk - Podebrady 118-75
Nymburk thrashed Podebrady 118:75 and improved to 4-0 on top. Lee Arthur was the best with 18 points. Benda Petr netted 15 and Schilb Blake scored 14.

Geofin - Liberec 96-78
Geofin is 3-1 in the standings after 96:78 over Liberec. Sarovic Robert top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Cernosek Jiri struggled for the guests with 24.

Opava - Ostrava 80-72
Opava outscored Ostrava 80:72 and left them winless. Carnecky Michal finished the night with 19 points and 9 assists. Bohacik Petr collected 18 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.



*****************************************************
  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers in NBA Pre-Season Action on Friday - by Surujh Roopnarine
New Orleans Hornets (102) at Washington Wizards (80)
HORNETS: Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) (9pt+6rb), Courtney Sims (2pt)
WIZARDS: Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) (11pt+5rb), Dermarr Johnson (2pt+3rb)

Memphis Grizzlies (86) at Indiana Pacers (112)
PACERS: Stephen Graham (6'6''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) (16pt+2rb+2as), Josh McRoberts (4pt)

New York Knicks (104) at Boston Celtics (97)
KNICKS: Anthony Roberson (6'1''-G-83, agency: CGL Sports, college: Florida) (4pt)
CELTICS: Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) (2pt+8rb+4bs), Gabe Pruitt (1rb+4as)

Phoenix Suns (91) at Denver Nuggets (94)
SUNS: Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) (13pt+4rb+5as), Robert Hite (12pt+2rb), Louis Amundson (7pt+7rb+2bs)
NUGGETS: Chris Anderson (6pt+7rb+3bs), Dahntay Jones (9pt+2rb), Mateen Cleaves (2rb+1as)

Utah Jazz (105) at Chicago Bulls (108)
JAZZ: C.J. C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) (5pt), Morris Almond (1pt+2rb), Kyrylo Fesenko (1pt+3rb+2bs)
BULLS: Roger Powell (6'6''-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) (4pt)

Sacramento Kings (90) at Houston Rockets (95)
KINGS: Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) (12pt+3rb),
ROCKETS: Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Oregon) (23pt+2rb+3as), Von Wafer (14pt), Chuck Hayes (1pt+5rb)

Milwaukee Bucks (108) at Golden State Warriors (109)
BUCKS: Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) (7pt+3rb+3as+5to)
WARRIORS: C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) (14pt+4rb+7as)


*****************************************************
  ESTONIA   


Rock failed in a must-win game against Nevezis - by Janar Filippov
TU/Rock disappointed home fans with an awful shooting percentage and unexpected 76:80 loss at the hands of last season's Challenge Cup winner Nevezis Kedainiai. Until today, Nevezis had lost 3 out of 4 games in BBL and Lithuanian league this season.

The hosts started as expected, leading 5:0 with 2 minutes played. Since then, the hosts' must-win game changed into something embarrassing as Nevezis made a huge 2:20 run in 6 minutes. What's most interesting, Nevezis made nothing extraodrinary during the period, at least not in offence - scoring loss than 50% from the field.

The hosts, at the same time, missed 10 consecutive shots and made 5 turnovers, falling behind 7:20. A buzzer-beating three-pointer by Zydrunas Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) tore the gap to 14 points, already.

The 2nd quarter was totally contrary to the first. The hosts outscored the opponents 20:4 in 8 minutes and rallied from minus 14 into a 2-point lead. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) scored 9 points during the stretch. 5 points in a row by Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Metro St.) gave the lead back to Nevezis and ended the first half 32:35.

The 3rd quarter was very close for 4 minutes. Janar Talts and Tanoka Beard were confident under the basket, combining 10 points in the period. A three-pointer by Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) started guests' 0:8 run that took them ahead by 10 -45:55. A first field goal by Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) ended the 3rd quarter 52:58.

In 4th, the game became very intriguing as the hosts nearly escaped the embarrassment. They came closer and closer but an unbelievable rain of three-pointers held Nevezis ahead. First Veikalas, then Leonavicius, finally Zydrunas Stankus - and with 5 minutes left, Nevezis was still 9 points ahead.

Then Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83), and a minute later Kullamae answered from behind the arc - with 1.17 left it was 72:75 and after '24-sec turnover', Rock had a chance to even the game. However, Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) missed. In the last 25 seconds, the guests had to stand 3 times behind the charity line and were confident - 5 out of 6 gave them the first victory of the season, also meaning that two estonian teams have fallen into the two last places in Elite Division standings.

Benas Veikalas scored his BBL career-high 21 points for the winners, making 2/3 three-pointers. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83) was 3/3 from the arc and totalled 15 points. Valdas Dabkus (205-F-84) made a double-double - 13 points (despite 0/5 three-pointers) and 10 rebounds.

For the hosts, Tanoka Beard and Tsintsadze both scored 20 points, Beard also collected 11 rebounds but Tsintsadze was only 5/14 for two-pointers. Rock made only 23 out of 60 field shots and 23/34 free throws and lost the game despite the advantage in offensive rebounds (13 vs 10) and turnovers (11 vs 13).


One win, one loss for Estonian teams - by Janar Filippov
Two Challenge Cup games were played in Estonia, today. In Group B, TTU hosted ASK/Buki in Tallinn and won 81:80 (17:22, 14:22, 23:13, 27:25) behind 25 points by Reimo Tamm (185-G-84). In group A, Valga Welg hosted group leaders VEF Riga and lost 67:75 ( 21-28 18-17 8-18 20-12). Evgeny Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) had 26 points.
Both winners, TTU and Vef are the leaders of their groups while ASK and Welg, stay at the bottom, respectively.

TTU struggled against ASK/Buki and trailed for most of the first three quarters as Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) and Uldis Rudzitis (192-G-78) made most of the damage. In the middle of 3rd quarter the gap was 13, already. Since then, TTU made a huge come-back, ending 3rd quarter with a 11:2 run in 4 minutes. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) made two three-pointers during the period. Another triple from Pilk took TTU ahead 60:58 with 7.39 to play. The hosts continued strongly, outscoring the opponents 10:1 in a three-minute period and with 2 minutes left, TTU led 74:63. Then ASK/Buki answered with an incredible comeback as they managed to make FIVE three-pointers in last 74 seconds of the game. But they were a bit late as TTU won the game even despite missing 6 free throws from 10 attempts during last minute.

Reimo Tamm led the scorers with 25 points, 7 rbs and 4ast. Illimar Pilk added 20 points + 8 rbs. Gabrans led ASK/Buki with 17 points that included 5 three-pointers.

In Valga, VEF Riga took the lead in 4th minute of the game and held it until the end. In last 12 seconds of 1st quarter, VEF managed to make TWO three-pointers and move up by 7. In 2nd, VEF went up by 10 points but Welg came back and the three-pointer by Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) narrowed the gap to 3 points, only.

3rd quarter started with back-to-back baskets from Evgeniy Kolesnikov who put VEF up by 11. The Russian scored 11 points in the quarter and his three-pointer ended the quarter with a 16-point lead of Latvian team. In last quarter, Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) put VEF up by 18, already but the hosts managed to put the pressure to the guests once more. A couple of three-pointers by Raido Roos (185-G-84) and suddenly, Welg trailed by 6 points with 4 minutes left. Then their luck changed as in last minute, Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) missed twice from behind the arc and a dunk by Juris Patmalnieks (201-F-85) decided the winner.

Evgeniy Kolesnikov ended the game with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Veljo Vares led Welg with 23 points.


KML: Kuremaa blasts Parnu - by Janar Filippov
In SEB KML, SK Kuremaa ripped KK Parnu 106:75. With 5 minutes played, Kuremaa led 17:2 and first quarter ended 30:9. Ardo Armpalu (207-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) had already more points (10) than whole opposing team. Three minutes into 2nd quarter, the numbers were 38:11 and, basically, there was nothing more to be proven.
Ardo Armpalu led the winners with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Martin Viiask added 18 pts. Raido Ringmets scored 19 for Parnu.


Kalev/Cramo open KML with victory - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo led right from the start and finalized a comfortable win over Tallinna Living in the Estonian League opener for both teams. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) led balanced offense with 14 points apiece to ensure a 93:71 win for Kalev/Cramo. John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) was solid with 11 points and 5 boards in the win. Andre Parn (200-F-77) replied with 14 points for Tallinna Living. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) fired 13 points in the loss. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded their cross town rivals 37:28, while both teams suffered 17 turnovers. Kalev/Cramo shot impressive 56% from the field.
The teams traded baskets in the first frame however Kalev/Cramo managed to clear off to a 7-point distance. The Estonian favorites surged ahead in the second term. They held their counterparts to 12 points and jumped to a 25-point buffer. Tallinna Kalev fought bravely in the second half but failed to seriously threaten the deficit.
Rakvere Tarvas toppled Parny 66:59 in another yesterdays game. Sven Pugonen (182-G-80) dropped 20 points to pace the hosts. Priit Silland (196-F-81) tallied 12 points and 12 caroms for the winners. Janar Soo (190-G/F-91) answered with 12 points for Parnu. The home team limited Parnu to only 32% from the field and forced those to 20 turnovers. Despite all the woes Parnu were in charge 34:26 at halftime. However a stifling defense helped Rakvere change the complexion of the game in the second half and they secured the winning outcome at the end.


*****************************************************
  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti and Kataja rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 4-5: Only four contests tonight. One victory at home and three wins on the road. Honka (Espoo) defeated Team Componenta (Karkkila)
75-61. Honka's all three American players in double figures. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) again in biggest (21) numbers. Also Team Componenta had three Americans in double figures.
FoKoPo (Forssa) trying an upset again at home, but visitor Kataja (Joensuu) and Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (29/13) were too strong. Tarmo (Porvoo) was led by Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) (29), but KTP (Kotka) was shooting better and by winning the rebounds 34-25, KTP won finally by five pts (86-91). Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) led KTP by 22 pts.
YMCA Lappeenranta was shooting treys 10,3% (3/29) and that helped YMCA Lahti to win at Lappeenranta 69-75. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) (LPR) led home team with 27 pts. Teemu Laine (190-G-77) (Lahti) led his Team with 18 pts. Melvin Tyler (206-F-84, college: St.John's) added 17 pts. Five players fouled out! Kataja and Lahti are on the top - undefeated.

Honka - Team Componenta 75-61 (38-29) (Akeem Scott 21, Ben Perkins 14, Monte Cummings 12 - Marcus Watts 15, Clifton Jones 14/19, Frank Richards 14).

FoKoPo - Kataja 81-90 (35-37) (Vincent Hunter 23, Latece Williams 22, Ray Cunningham 17/13 - Jeremiah Wood 29/13, Sami Lehtoranta 18, Ty Harrelson 17).).

Tarmo - KTP 86-91 (46-45) (Emmanuel Messy 29, Mikael Holme 16, Pasi Pekkola 16 - Durell Vinson 22, Damon Williams 21/10, Steve Smith 14/3).

YMCA Lappeenranta - YMCA Lahti 69-75 (28-36) (Jerel Blassingame 27, Viljami Vanjoki 13, HL Coleman 11/14 - Teemu Laine 18, Melvin Tyler 17, Ville Vesala 13).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Lahti 4-0 
 2. Kataja 4-0 
 3. KTP 3-1 
 4. Kouvot 3-2 
 5. Honka 2-1 
 6. LrNMKY 2-3 
 7. Korihait 2-3 
 8. FoKoPo 2-3 
 9. Pyrinto 1-3 
 10. ToPo 1-3 
 11. Componenta 1-3 
 12. Tarmo 1-4 


*****************************************************
  FRANCE   


ProA Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg - Le Mans 64-69
Le Mans grabbed extremely important road victory against Strasbourg remaining perfect after three rounds in Pro A. On the other hand, the hosts slipped on 1-2. Dewarick Spencer paced Le Mans to victory scoring 22 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Brion Rush of Strasbourg also had 22 points but with impressive 14 boards.

Orleans - Vichy 72-58
Entente Orleans 45 had an easy job against Vichy and it is, together with Le Mans, on top of Pro A with score 3-0. Ryvon Covile recorded double-double for the winning team, 17 points and 10 boards. David Melody had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in Vichy but his team will have to continue search for the first joy this season.

Le Havre - Pau 99-88
It was a game between two winless teams after two rounds. Le Havre managed to score great 99 points in this game, what was more than enough for 1-2. T.J. Thompson drained 25 points and dished out magnificent 13 assists for the winning side. Pau-Orthez got 28 points and 4 boards from Andre Emmett.

Nancy - Besancon 92-85
Nancy succeeded to crush until this round undefeated Besancon jumping on 2-1 in Pro B. Ricardo Greer shined for the hosts collecting 22 points and 4 rebounds. Tommy Gunn had almost the same digits but for the loosing team, 23 points and 3 boards.

Roanne - Hyeres-Toulon 82-68
Hyeres-Toulon is another team who faced with first defeat this season. Taj Gray and Marcellus Sommerville were the key players for Roanne pouring in 21 points apiece. Gray had 7 more rebounds while Sommerville grabbed two less than him. Vincent Masingue top-scored in Hyeres-Toulon with 19 points. Both teams now have 2-1.

Gravelines - ASVEL 77-70
Gravelines made it at home improving on 2-1. Tony Stanley was the leading scorer of his team with 18 points but he had only 4/14 from behind the arc. ASVEL suffered second defeat in Pro A despite fantastic Ali Traore, who delivered 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Rouen - Cholet 76-60
The team of head coach Erman Kunter demonstrated pretty good performance against Cholet celebrating the first win this season. Kevin Houston shined in Rouen collecting 18 points and 8 assists. Jonathan McClark was behind him with 16 points and 7 boards. Nando De Colo of Cholet once again was the best in his team adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists but it was not enough for the second joy.

Chalon - Dijon 96-70
And another easy win for the hosts. Both teams had 1-1 before this game but Chalon is now at the higher part of the standings. Philippe Braud paced Chalon to victory netting 24 points. Bosnian Damir Krupalija was great in Dijon with 27 points and 7 boards for 33 minutes.


ProB Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bourg - Evreux 78-65
Bourg easily celebrated against Evreux Basket at home staying on top of Pro B with perfect score 4-0. The same score has Paris-Levallois. Lalugba Boakai led Bourg to fourth win netting 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for 27 minutes. Evreux's top scorer was Nicholas Pope with 16 points but his team will have to look for another chance in order to improve its numbers, 2-2.

Clermont - Maurienne 84-63
Clermont outplayed Maurienne at home, thus both teams have 2-2 after four games. Erroyl Bing shined for the winners adding 19 points and 16 rebounds. Rashard Sullivan had 14 points and 9 rebounds in Maurienne.

St.Quentin - Nanterre 87-82
Saint-Quentin finally made it in Pro B. Shaun Fein, who collected 23 points and 8 assists, and Danny Horace, who poured in 21 points, led their team to fist victory this season, 1-3. On the other side, Nanterre got 18 points and 5 boards from Jermaine Dearman but unfortunately it was not enough for third win, 2-2.

Paris-Levall. - Le Portel 69-56
As it is mentioned above, Paris-Levallois and Bourg are currently the leading teams of Pro B with score 4-0. It could be Le Portel, who also was undefeated, but the hosts were much better in this game. Interesting is that Rodney Elliott, Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa and Nigel Wyatte scored 13 points apiece for the winning team. The same number had Willie Jankins in Le Portel.

Nantes - Poitiers 91-103
Nantes suffered very painful home defeat dripping on 2-2. Vernard Hollins drained 26 points and added 6 rebounds for the hosts. The key player of this game was fantastic Rasheed Wright, who delivered magnificent 41 points and grabbed 6 rebounds leading his team to 3-1.

Antibes - St.Vallier 71-74
Antibes and Quimper are the only winless teams after 4 rounds. Saint Vallier succeeded to take this tight one moving up on 2-2. Visitors got the most from Sean Barnetter, who recorded 21 points and 6 boards. Olimpique Antibes' best player was Gabriel Kennedy, who made double-double, 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Charleville - Quimper 80-67
As it is mentioned above, Quimper still desperately looks for the first win in Pro B. The team of head coach Nikola Antic didn't have to work very hard in order to take this one. Brice Vounang and Marshalle Phillips collected 31 points and 16 rebounds together for the hosts. Kelyn Block again top-scored in Quimper with 15 points.

Boulazac - St-Etienne 72-82
Saint-Etienne grabbed precious victory on the road against Boulazac, thus both teams now have the same score, 1-3. Terry Williams had 16 points in St. Etienne while Sambou Traore added 14 points for the loosing side.

Brest - Limoges 76-67
After this victory, Brest added its name very high on Pro B standings, 3-1. Limoges once again slipped and it has 2-2 now. Sherman Gay helped the wining team with 17 points and 5 boards. Aurelien Salmon had 13 points and 6 rebounds for Limoges.



*****************************************************
  GERMANY   


BG GOTTINGEN EDGE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 64 TO 61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BG GOTTINGEN EDGE THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 64 TO 61



THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are starting a ugly trend of letting games slip away in the fourth quarter as the aggressive defense stopped Frankfurt in Ulm and the big 14-6 run in the last five minutes took Gottingen past Frankfurt 64 to 61. Sooner or later the luck will have to run out for the opponents, because both coaches Mike Taylor last weekend and John Patrick commented after the game, we got lucky today. Sometimes having luck is better than having talent, added American Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). With the win, BG Gottingen go to 3-2 and stay at position nine, while Frankfurt fall to 2-3 and take position 11 in the BBL standings. Frankfurt controlled the game for long parts of the game, but when it really counted down the stretch, they could not score on a consistent level or withstand the fierce defense from GOttingen.They played good defense in the fourth quarter. They forced us to take tough shots and we also missed many easy shots in the paint, said American Skyliner Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL). BG Gottingen showed that a team can sometimes even win when shots arent falling. Its the team character and heart that sometimes prevails. We just played hard for 40 minutes and had the bigger heart, commented Kyle Bailey .


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were greeted by 4,400 hungry fans ready to see exciting Basketball and that is exactly what the fans got. Frankfurt started well taking a 3-0 lead on a Simmons three pointer. However, Frankfurt showed their lack of controlling offensive rebounds as Gottingen Mr everything Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) missed his second free throw, but danced to the boards got his own rebound and scored. American Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) continued his timely and successful shooting hitting an outside shot and just about erasing his shooting shyness that had troubled him in the early games. Bailey tied the score with a mid distance shot, but Frankfurt then pulled away on a six to zero run. In this run, Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) showed his all around and athletic play feeding Allen for two on the fast break and hitting a three pointer. In this phase, American Mr physical King showed his shot blocking magnitude with three blocks that might of impressed ex Skyliner Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.). Gottingen wasnt really getting much inside play as American Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) had to take a rest getting into early foul trouble. Gottingen could only shoot from outside and werent too successful. Clif Brown kept Gottingen from drowning with his scoring. Frankfurt led 19 to 13 after one quarter, but a new disease of failing to control offensive rebounds, which had started in Ulm was taking charge again. Gottingen had already grabbed seven offensive rebounds after one quarter, but their disastrous three point percentage of 22% probably was not making coach John Patrick s last meal any easier to digest.


Basketball is so often a game of runs and that is exactly how the second quarter started. After a few turnovers, BG Gottingen got off on the right foot going on a five to zero run on a hoop from Brown, who tipped in a rebound and American Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa) with an outside shot. Gottingen was back trailing only 19 to 18 and the nervousness could of arisen, but instead Frankfurt cruised out on a nine to zero run to lead 28 to 18. In this phase, Evtimov scored underneath on another quick Simmons pass, then scored a three pointer and Roller hit a three pointer.Frankfurt regained the momentum, but Gottingen did not lay down and die. They kept answering with points from inside or outside. American Rodrick Trice hit from outside and inside and Bailey continued to shoot his mid distance shot from the penetration. Frankfurt was still too strong in this part of the game never being stopped more than one time in a row. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) found a sprinting Simmons in the lane and finished strong with a two handed stuff and Frankfurt led 36 to 24. In the last minute, Brown hit a three pointer and German De Mello dazzled the crowd with a layup off the fast break from a Simmons pass. At halftime, Frankfurt led 39 to 28. Gttingen had 12 offensive rebounds at this point, but were shooting horribly from the field. Just when most thought that the third quarter weakness disease was cured after some positive games, it came back haunting Frankfurt in the second half.


The third quarter was dominated by BG Gottingen as Frankfurt simply allowed the opponent back into the game. American Jason Miller started the scoring with a three pointer, and Gottingen would slowly come back. Frankfurt had little going on offense as Simmons stole the ball and went coast to coast with a dunk and Allen hit an outside shot. Gottingen was having little success from outside, so they had to try to go inside more. They did this with hoops from Miller and a difficult off balance shot from Brown with his left hand. Miller snuck inside and tipped in a Gottingen miss and all of a sudden, Gttingen was down only 44 to 39. At this point, Frankfurt was looking for some daylight, but were often denied by the stingy Gottingen defense. American Roderick Trice also had some difficult tricks up his sleeve as he snuck towards the hoop from the wing and scored with an acrobatic shot with his left hand. Miller followed from outside and the score was tied 44 to 44. If the loss of American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) was not already a bad nightmare for coach Murat Didin , then this turn of event surely wasnt making life any easier for the Trkish man. It got worse as Gottingen took the lead on a Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell) dunk off the fast break. Frankfurt did not wait long to retaliate as Evtimov dug out a new masterpiece out of his shot wardrobe with a move and a finger tip role in. The score was tied again. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a nifty De Mello lay in off the fast break. Frankfurt led 49 to 46. Both teams were shooting below 40%. Gottingen was controlling the boards, while Frankfurt already had 15 turnovers. At some phases, the game looked more like streetball than Basketball. Gottingen was doing a great job making life uncomfortable for captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76), who couldnt show his usual strong playmaking skills as he was forced to turnovers.


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS started out well in the fourth quarter as they held the lead for some minutes. Frankfurt went on a six to three run. American Anthony King also displayed some offensive strength as he made a quick turn around jumper. Gottingen stayed tough on defense as Brown blocked De Mello, but Simmons scored from an Allen pass and Roller hit a mid distance jumper. Frankfurt led 55 to 49, but coach John Patrick reacted bringing back Bailey and Brown, who would lead their team to victory. Now Gottingen stole the momentum from Frankfurt and went on a six to zero run and would never trail again. After Ben Jacobson hit an outside jumper, Bailey hit two consecutive short range jumpers in the lane. Then Gottingen caught a break as Roderick Trice stood perfectly under the hoop caught Baileys airball and somehow found a way to score under two Skyliners. Gottingen led 60 to 55 and Frankfurt seemed to have lost some energy as well in this quarter. They looked a bit tired in the end. Not having Gordon in the game helped us, because he is a beast under the boards, said coach John Patrick . However, Frankfurt was not done yet as they had some power left as Simmons hit inside, plus a free throw. With under a minute to play, Brown hit two clutch free throws and Gottingen led 62 to 58. Evtimov hit a huge three pointer with 30 seconds to play and Frankfurt trailed only 62 to 61. Ben Jacobson, who is a 83% free throw shooter hit two free throws and Gottingen led 64 to 61. American Keith Simmons had an open three pointer, but was denied giving Gottingen a well deserved win on the road.


BG Gottingen was led by American Clif Brown with 22 points and ten rebounds. Kyle Bailey had ten points and nine rebounds.I really wasnt happy with my performance for three quarters, but in the last three minutes, I gave everything I had, said Kyle Bailey . Americans Jason Miller and Ben Jacobson chipped in with nine points a piece. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were led by Ilian Evtimov with 16 points. American Keith Simmons had another fine game scoring 15 points, grabbing six assists and dishing out seven assists. Anthony King ha d a fine debut scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and registering four blocked shots in twenty minutes. It was an ok game from me, but I could of played better. I just dont feel good, because we lost, explained Anthony King.


This was another game that THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS should of won, but a game of Basketball takes 40 minutes. Gottingen wanted it more in the last minutes, played a stronger defense and won with more heart. Gottingen picked up their field goal percentage in the last quarter and finished with 42%. Usually when we get 72 shots, we score somewhere near 90 points. I am always happy when we win after not shooting well, said coach John Patrick . Frankfurt was out rebounded again losing the war under the boards 48 to 39. Gottingen managed 22 offensive rebounds. American Lorenzo Gordon was missed, but Frankfurt still should of controlled the boards, but the rebound input was lacking from some Skyliner players. Soon Greg Jenkins will be playing to help fill the rebounding void left by Gordon. Frankfurt also had problems with the aggressive Gottingen defense, which led to 19 turnovers. Its still early in the season, but Frankfurt will need to win these close games in the future. The experience should of carried Frankfurt in the closing minutes, but Gottingen played cleverer down the stretch. The game was very similar to the Ulm game. Teams can make the same mistake two times, but rarely three times. Coach Murat Didin will have his team ready for the Paderborn Baskets next weekend. This was another tough loss for the club, but the team has so much talent that they just have to learn to win the close games and make the right decisions down the stretch. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS host MBC Nikolaev on Tuesday October 21st and Paderborn on Saturday October 25th.



*****************************************************
  GREECE   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 2-0 
 2. Olympiakos 2-0 
 3. AEL 1964 1-0 
 4. Panionios 1-0 
 5. AEK 1-1 
 6. Olimpia L. 1-1 
 7. Panellinios 1-1 
 8. Aris 1-1 
 9. Kavala/P. 0-0 
 10. Trikalla 0-1 
 11. Egaleo 0-1 
 12. PAOK 0-1 
 13. Marousi 0-1 
 14. VAP Kolossos 0-2 


Standings - B Division
B Standings
 1. Komotini 1-0 
 2. Ikaros K. 1-0 
 3. OFI 1-0 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 1-0 
 5. Arkadikos 1-0 
 6. Lavrio 1-0 
 7. AIAS Evosmou 1-0 
 8. Anagennisi 1-0 
 9. Sporting 0-1 
 10. Doukas 0-1 
 11. Periko-Arhelao 0-1 
 12. Apollon K. 0-1 
 13. Goumenissa 0-1 
 14. Halkida 0-1 
 15. Amyntas 0-1 
 16. P.Faliro 0-1 


*****************************************************
  HOLLAND   


Error in stats of Rotterdam -Z&Z Leiden game - by Terry Cooper
There was an error in statistics of the Rotterdam - Z&Z Leiden game that took place Thursday at VijfMei Hal. Z&Z took control of the tempo and strong inside play from Chiotti against Martin Iti of Rotterdam. Second quarter the Challengers got things together thanks to some exciting dunks by Iti and mid range shooting by B.A. Walker. Bubba Walther(15pts in the 1st half) kept Z&Z in the game completing a 4pt play with .6 seconds to tie the game at 36 at halftime. The 3rd Quarter was all Rotterdam as they went on a 14-0 run and never looked back. Although Z&Z cut the lead to 12, the Challengers was just too strong in the end. BA Walker led Rotterdam with 21 pts while Charles Richardson (178-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Nebraska) torched Z&Z with 19/8rebs and 10 assists. Martin Iti had 12/9rebs/2 blks and Phil Grant finished with 11/9rebs. JS Nash led Z&Z with 18pts while Walther and finished with Chiotti 15 apeice.

*****************************************************
  HUNGARY   


Pre-season games - by Tamas Deri
Falco-SZOVA KC Szombathely - Oberwart Gunners 93-83
(28-18, 24-20, 19-23, 22-22)
Szombathely, Att.: 400, Referees: Toth K. , Nemeth, Dokmanovic
Falco: Kalman 14/3, Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) 22/12, Andrija Ciric 18/12, Perincic 12, Horvath Z. 7/3, Lakatos 8, Feigl 7, Pankar, Vida 2, Horvth D. 3, Csiszar, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Oberwart Gunners: Yongblood 17, Artner 17/9


Albacomp - Soproni Sordogok 107-83
(30-22, 22-17, 33-26, 22-18)
Albacomp: Doyne 16, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 15/9, Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 19/6, Morrison 14, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 18/12, Simon 14/6, Soos, David 4, Gobi 4/3, Madar 3/3, Antal, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
Sopron: Cruz 12/3, Kortelyesi 10/3, P.J. Couisnard (193-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) 17/6, Boldizsar 7/3, Brooks 13/6, Halmai 3/3, Horanyi 3/3, Kovacs 7/3, Csorvasi 8, Vesztergom 3/3, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


Szolnoki Olaj KK - Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhza 78-73
(14-21, 18-13, 27-24, 19-15)
Szolnok, Att.: 600, Referees: Fodor, Racz
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Szabo 8/3, Peter Gaal (190-G-88) 17/3, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 20/6, Jurkunas 6/6, Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware) 13, Harazin 7, Cseh 4/3, Toth 3/3, Coach: Por Peter
Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhaza: Savic 5, Wehner 2, Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports) 24/18, Sitku 15/6, Jelesijevic 7/3, Lekli 13, Nagy 5/3, Farkas 2, Siska, Coach: Kmezic Zoran


*****************************************************
  LATVIA   


LBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ASK/Juniors - Keizarm.U21 96-75
ASK/Juniors overcame Keizarm.U21 96:75 on October 14th. Mediss Kristaps led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Kikuts Eduards ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Ventsp.Aug. - Liep.Papirs 70-64
Ventspils Aug. produced 70:64 over Liep.Papirs as Lejasmeiers Davis top-scored with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ate Artis finished the night with 17 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

LU/Ridzene - Kandava 86-80
In the only game of October 15th LU/Ridzene beat Kandava 86:80. Duselis Arturs top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Strelis Ivars added 26. Celms Girts had 19 points in defeat.

BA Riga - Valmiera U21 69-92
Valmiera U21 had a road win over BA Riga 69:92 on October 16th. Strelis Aigars led the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Dukulis Edmunds poured in 19 points and made 7 rebounds in defeat.

Cesis - Zemgale/Juniors 66-84
Zemgale/Juniors celebrated a road win over Cesis 66:84. Senkans Armands paced all the winners with 19 points. Tramdaks Edgars netted 18, while Krastins Davis scored 17 for the hosts.

Kandava - ASK/Juniors 68-111
Last night ASK/Juniors smashed Kandava away from home, 111:68. Laksa Martins shines with 28 points and 8 boards. Celms Girts top-scored fo the hosts with 22 points.

Jurmala - Saldus 76-81
Tonight Saldus stole a victory from Jermala 76:81. Zalkovskis Kaspars top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Ozols Atis nailed 22 points for Jurmala and made 9 rebounds.



Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi
 1. Salacgriva 2-0 
 2. Lielvarde 2-0 
 3. Jekabpils 1-1 
 4. Pargauja 1-1 
 5. Madona 1-1 
 6. DU/Hansabanka 1-1 
 7. Gulbene 0-2 
 8. Sigulda 0-2 
Centrs A
 1. Saulkrasti 2-0 
 2. Livu akvaparks 2-0 
 3. VIA Riga 1-0 
 4. Ridzene M. 1-1 
 5. LU 0-1 
 6. Ogre/Sonora 0-1 
 7. Ridzene 90 0-3 
Centrs B
 1. Turiba 4-0 
 2. Juramalas SS 3-1 
 3. Kursa/MRU 2-1 
 4. VEF Riga 2-1 
 5. BJSS 1-1 
 6. Ogre/LDz 1-2 
 7. 3.BJSS 1-2 
 8. DSN 0-3 
 9. Ridzene 91 0-3 
Rietumi
 1. Perkons 2-0 
 2. Dartija 2-0 
 3. Bauska 2-1 
 4. Elvi Kuldiga 1-1 
 5. Variants 1-1 
 6. Olaine 1-1 
 7. Talsi 1-1 
 8. Saldus-2 1-3 
 9. Tukums 0-3 


*****************************************************
  LEBANON   


Alvin Sims is waiting for the new season - by Mohammed Malas

Anibal's newest signing veteran Alvin Sims (193-G/F-74, college: Louisville) spoke to Asia-Basket on his brithday about his new team adding to some other issues...


1- Tell us more about yourself.
This will be my 11th season as a professional and I still have the passion to compete all except being away from my family. I only wish they could see me perform.

2- Whats your feeling when you see yourself in Lebanon again after playing here in the past?
I am very fortunate to come back and I am eagerly awaiting the new season.

3- How do you see the league this season?
It seems to be more competitive this season. Everyone are carefully preparing their rosters.

4- Do you think Anibal are good enough to do something?
Yes because I want to win and I will pass the winning spirit on to my teammates. This is one the one the reasons they brought here to be the team leader.

5- In which way the 2nd import who is supposed to be chosen soon will help you to acheive your goals?
I don't who it will be but I just want him to be willing to play at his best every game to have good achievements for this club.

6- Whats your 1st impression in your coach 'Rizkallah Zaloum'?
I think he is a great coach. He knows basketball.

7- What are your thoughts in your ex-club Sagesse? Do they have favorite to snatch the league title from Riyadi?
I don't know. Ryiadi is very very experience

8- How was your season in Austria last year?
I was there to help my friend the coach so I was a mentor more than a player.

9- What were your nicest memories during your 11 years of experience?
My first year in Greece. I was so hungry as a player and I played wonderful.

10- Who were the best players that you played against ?
Alfonso Ford, Tyus Edney, Manuel Ginoboli

11-Are you thinking of coaching role after your retirement in future?
Yes

12- How many years you still think you can give alot basketball as a player?
mentally I can go another 10 years but it depends on my body and also how much longer I can go without my family.

13- Who's your father in basketball?
Well I must say I have a couple of fatherly influences first was my hometown friend Maurice Garrard who instilled the killer instinct in my mind and he told me to always feel like nobody can stop me on the court and second Denny Crum University of Louisville coach who taught me the overall game.

14- Your ex-college teammates Samaki Walker and Nate Johnson are playing in Lebanon this year..Are you ready to bring back your memories with them?...Do you know any other imports in the country?
Yes of course. I have played against Nate several times as a professional in France and the middle east. Tony Williams is also my ex-teammate from college. We all played together. It's important to do well because of bragging rights at home. Me, Tony and Nate are all living in Kentucky so people will know, I also competed against Tony in Italy.

15- Last words to fans.
It seems the fans are always loyal to there clubs but I just want to say to the Sagesse fans thank you for all your support from the previous season and to my new team I will try to give them the satisfaction they have been waiting on.



*****************************************************
  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Valuckis, Pieno 20.8
2. Petraitis, ABRO 20.0
3. Vaskys, Naglis 19.3
4. Warren, Pieno 18.2
5. Golokvoscius, Alytus 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, Pieno 11.2
2. Jonelis, Naglis 10.3
3. Stasiulionis, Maista 9.5
4. Norkus, Mazeikiai 9.4
5. Slezas, Perlas 9.0
Assists Per Game
1. Kutra, Delikatesas 5.5
2. Kazukauskas, Bremena 5.4
3. Lencevicius, Maista 5.0
4. Pauliukenas, ABRO 5.0
5.Vaskys, Naglis 4.6


Zalgiris bounce back with overtime win - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Zalgiris 99:102 (OT)

Zalgiris snapped their three-game losing skid with a hard-fought overtime victory over Ventspils. With the woes surrounding the Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris left it all outside the basketball court yesterday to throw all they had for the win. However Ventspils were the first to punch. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) and Jurevicius gave the hosts an early 11:4 lead. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) fired from downtown and Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) came up with a couple of freebies as Zalgiris trimmed the deficit and stepped in front. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) capped the opening term with a jumper that put Zalgiris up 25:23. The teams traded baskets in the second frame and lead changed hands for several times. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) drained a late three-pointer and the hosts enjoyed a narrow 46:45 advantage at halftime. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) and Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) opened the third frame with two trebles that allowed Ventspils to stretch the gap to 5 points. After Kristaps Kanbergs three-pointer and a free throw from Georgios Tsiakos (205-F/C-82, agency: FCM) the Latvian team piled up a 13-point lead late in the quarter. Ventspils opened the fourth quarter with an 8:0 surge that seemed to have killed any hopes for the visitors. But Zalgiris refused to surrender. They went on a 15:1 rally and cut the distance to just 5 points. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) drained a triple and Dainius Salenga was accurate from the stripe for Zalgiris to come as close as 3 points with under 2 minutes remaining.
Jonas Maciulis and Dainius Salenga shaved the deficit to a single point with 23 seconds left before Ronalds Zakis hit one free throw to make 89:87 for Ventspils with 20 seconds on the clock. It was just enough for Masiulis to knock down a jump shot sending the game into extra period. Jonas Maciulis continued his excellent performance in overtime. He poured in consecutive treys for Zalgiris and they jumped to a 5-point advantage. Skirmants and Ronalds Zakis narrowed the gap but Jonas Maciulis and Dainius Salenga sealed the winning outcome for the visitors at the end.
Dainius Salenga nailed 27 points to pace Zalgiris. Jonas Maciulis finished with 20 points, while Willie Deane added 16 for the winners. Mareks Jurevicus answered with 23 points for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) also had 23 points to go with 8 assists and 5 boards in the loss.

Ventspils: Mareks Jurevicus 23, Janis Strelnieks 23
Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 27, Jonas Maciulis 20, Willie Deane 16


*****************************************************
  MEXICO   


Tecos and Soles at the helm in the North Conference - by Eurobasket News
The LNBP action enjoyed Round 13 with the leaders posting respective victories. Tecos held off Angeles 93:75 to improve to 11-2 record in the North Conference. Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) paced the winners with 25 points. Ruben Nembhard fired 20 points for Tecos. Clarence Parker replied with 27 points and 10 boards for Angeles. The visitors piled up a 42:40 advantage at halftime but Tecos recovered in the second half to storm to the winning outcome.
Soles secured the top spot in the North conference as they thumped visiting Leon 95:64. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) was responsible for 15 points in the win. Hector Hernandez and Greg Lewis added 13 points apiece for the winners. Adrian Sanchez (196-F-85) replied with 20 points for Leon. Harold Arceneaux fired 14 points in the loss. Soles de Mexicali ran away to a 15-point advantage at the interval and breezed to the win at the end.
Halcones Xalapa stayed perfect routing Lobos 98:80 for the 13th straight win. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) poured in 31 points to pace Xalapa. Victor Avila added 15 points, while Gustavo Ayon contributed 14 in the winning case. Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: S.Carolina) scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Lobos.
Barreteros climbed to 11-2 record as they overwhelmed Lobos UAC 85:73 away from home. Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) and James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) topscored for the victors with 21 points apiece. Timothy Jones added 11 points in the win. Gerald Williams (190-G-68, college: New Orleans) chipped in 17 points for Lobos UAC in defeat.


*****************************************************
  MONTENEGRO   


Cibona Zagreb too strong for Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Buducnost 84-73

Cibona was better than Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica, who suffered first defeat in Adriatic league this season. This time tough Montenegrins faced with Croatian Euroleague team, who desperately looked for this victory. They had many problems at the very beginning of the season trying to get into the right track and it happened against Buducnost. However, everything started good for Montenegrins. They entered into this game strongly making 18-25 after ten minutes. It was a signal for Croatians to wake up and very soon they managed to make a turn. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) and Davor Kus (192-G-78) shined while Robert Troha (194-G/F-77, agency: Court Side) was on fire and also made few nice lay-ups. Everything resulted with 45-37 for the hosts after 20 minutes. Same trend continued after the breather. Cibona was at the same level resolving question about the winner very soon. Robert Troha top-scored for the hosts netting 20 points. Nikola Prkacin was even better collecting 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (MVP of the game). Davor Kus followed him with 17 points and 4 assists. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) was better than the others in Buducnost. He spent almost 24 minutes on the court scoring 16 points and pulling down 8 boards. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 11 points. Cibona Zagreb currently has 2 wins and 2 defeats.

Cibona: Robert Troha 20, Nikola Prkacin 19+5 boards+4 as, Davor Kus 17+4 as
Buducnost: Nenad Misanovic 16+8 boards, Marko Simonovic 11


MNT1A : Primorje win in derby against Danilovgrad 87-86 - by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 1Round of Montenegrin 1A Opportunity League in City of Herceg Novi Basketball Club Primorje win against Basketball Club Danilovgrad 87-86 ( 20-22,22-27,20-18,24-21).In team of Basketball Club Primorje best player are Boris Lalovic ho score 21 points and 11 rebounds and Simon Najdenov ho score 21 points.In team of Basketball Club Danilovgrad good game play Radulovic Aleksandar with 22 points.

PRIMORJE DANILOVGRAD 87:86 ( 20:20; 22:27; 20:18; 25:21 )
Sport Center - Igalo - Spect: 350. Reff: Koljensic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic, Janjusevic (Niksic)

PRIMORJE: Arapovic, Najdenov 21, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 8, Miljanic, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) , Stevovic 2, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 7, Zambelic, Mihajlovic 12, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 16, Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 21.

DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, M. Staniic 2, Bogojevic 16, Radulovic 22, Pejovic 10, Simonovic 9, B. Stanisic, Vojvodic 6, Mijajlovic, Milatovic 21, Pavicevic, Djurovic

In other two games of 1 Round result are :

NIKSIC - ULCINJ 84-69 (25:22, 22:8, 30:18, 7:21 )
Niksic - Sports Center Niksic. Spect: 200. Reff: Sundic, Savovic (Podgorica), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje)
NIKSIC : Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 23 points , Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 20 points - ULCINJ : Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 17 points , Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86) 13 points

LOVNEN - JEDINSTVO 78:92 ( 23:20, 23:29, 14:20, 18:23 )
Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Spect: 200. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Dragojevic (Podgorica) i Popovic (Podgorica)
LOVCEN: Stojanovic Petar 6 (2-2), Marko Calic (197-F-86) 10, Jovanovic Ljubo 26 (3-4), Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 10. - JEDINSTVO: Omerovic 23 (7-7), Crauvel 25 (3-4), Ignjatovic 18 (2-2), Jekson 11 (2-4).


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Niksic 1-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 1-0 
 3. Primorje-M. 1-0 
 4. Mogren 0-0 
 5. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 6. Rudar 0-0 
 7. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 8. Ulcijn 0-1 
 9. Danilovgrad 0-1 
 10. Lovcen 0-1 


Standings - 1B
D2 Standings
 1. Niksic Bonus 1-0 
 2. Budva 1-0 
 3. Teodo Tivat 1-0 
 4. Un.Mediteran 1-0 
 5. Ljubovic 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Gorstak 0-1 
 8. Kotor 0-1 
 9. Zeta 0-1 
 10. Centar B.Polje 0-1 


*****************************************************
  NBA   


Washington lose again to New Orleans in Europe - by Eurobasket News
The scene moved to Barcelona but the outcome remained the same. The New Orleans followed their comfortable win over the Washington Wizards in Berlin with a 102:80 success in Barcelona. Melvin Ely (6'10''-C-78, college: Fresno St.) drained 19 points and grabbed 8 boards to lead the Hornets. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) finished with 10 points and 8 assists to knock off Arenas-less Washington. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88, college: Nevada) fired 15 points apiece for the Wizards in the defeat. Predrag Stojakovic netted 13 points for the winners. New Orleans built a 32:17 advantage after the starting period and never looked back en route to the 5th straight preseason win.
Robert Kurz (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) stepped up for the Golden State Warriors as he drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer to propel the Warriors to a 109:108 exhibition victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Beijing. Matt Frieje secured a 108:106 lead for the Bucks with 1.4 seconds to go in regulation. But it was just enough for Robert Kurz to drill a game-winning shot. He finished with 11 points for the Warriors. Stephen Jackson delivered 24 points for the winners. Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) answered with 26 points for the Bucks.
Chicago narrowly beat Utah 108:105 in Champaign, Illinois. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) fired 23 points and accounted for two free throws with 10 seconds left that win it for the Bulls. Andres Nocioni contributed 20 points for the winning team. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) replied with 21 points for the Jazz. Mehmet Okur had 17 points, while Millsap dropped 16 in the loss.
Indiana got 16 points from Stephen Graham (6'6''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) to overcome Memphis 112:86. Rookie Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) secured 17 points for the Pacers off the bench. Rudy Gay shot 19 points for the Grizzlies.
Allen Iverson returned to action for the Nuggets to pace them to a 94:91 preseason victory against the Phoenix Suns. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) poured in 19 points, while Carmelo Anthony added 14 in the win. Iverson tallied 4 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) produced 15 points for the Suns in defeat.


*****************************************************
  PALESTINE   


Day 2 witnessed two competative games in the first 'Ahd & Wafa' Tournament - by Tamara Awartani
Day 2 witnessed two competative games in the first 'Ahd & Wafa' Tournament, Orthodoxi Beit Sahour vs. Catholic Action and Ibdaa vs. De La Salle.

Orthoxi Beit Sahour vs. over Catholic Action 90 - 77

A game that had a high percentage of 3 points and closeness of playing level, Catholic Action lead the first quarter with 25-24, then unfortunately Catholic Action's great player Firas Freig got injured in the second quarter that forced him out of the game, Orthodoxi lead the rest of the quarters & won the game, results were 20-18, 16-10, 30-24.
Orthodoxi Beit Sahour best players were Paul, Samer Abu Aeita, Sami Ibrahim, Firas Hilal, Rami Salsa', Odai Hilal and Ihab Ishaq. As for Catholic Action best players, Scorer was Shadi Bahnan and Yassin Sharabati,




Ibdaa vs. De La Salle. 80- 67

One of the most competitive fun to watch games, it was a fast pace game with more focus to De La Salle in the 1st quarter & lead it 20/11 , but Ibdaa insisted on winning and fought till the last second, leading the rest of the game while De La Salle was giving them a hard time, 2nd quarter 21/15, 28/18 with six 3points in that 3rd quarter for Ibdaa, and the 4th quarter 20/14, giving Ibdaa the lead to win the game.
Ibdaa best players were Yehya AlKhatib, Iyad Abdullah, Nader Yousef, Khaled Khamis and Abdallah Jaber. As for De la Salle, Ammar Nofal (190-F-84), Tawfiq Richard Rafidi, Labib Faidi,Michael Li, and Murad Bakri were impressive.


Orthodoxi Bethlehem Wins the opening game of the first 'Ahd & Wafa' Tournament - by Tamara Awartani

Under the sponsorship of Jawwal and the organization of Orthodoxi Bethlehem, the first 'Al'Ahad & AlWafa'' tournament took place on the courts of the Catholic Action, Orthodoxi Behtlehem wins the opening game agaisnt Thaqafi Beit Sahour 71-61.

The opening witnessed a lot of significant people from the Basektball federation, ministry of Youth and Sports, Football Federation, representatives of the participating clubs and Jawwal representatives. It also included Ibdaa' Folkore Dance, which presented the palestinian folkore then Orthodoxi Scouts led the teams into the court.


Orhtodoxi Bethlehem vs. Thaqafi Beit Sahour 71-61

It was a very close game ,Orhtodoxi Bethlehem lead most of the time but Thaqafi Beit Sahour didnt give them an easy win , results were the following 19-14, 17-16, 18-20, 17-16.
Orthodoxi Bethlehem Best Players were Jared Soles who scored several 3points, Basheer Shatara who scored the first points for the game & played great defense, Bassem Freig, Khader Jakman, Osama Abu Jaber and Ibrahim Bandak were also brilliant. As for Thaqafi Beit Sahour, Husam Kokali, Majd Banoura and Mike Al'ma were the best players.


*****************************************************
  POLAND   


DBE Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bank BPS - Znicz J. 83-87
Znicz Jelenia Gora improved to 3-3 record in the ladder as they eked out a tough win against Bank BPS away from home. Tomasz Celej produced 20 points and 7 rebounds to pace Znicz. Kamil Nowak added 15 points for the winners. Weeden answered with 16 points fpr BPS Basket in defeat.

Sportino I. - Polonia 66-76
Polonia stayed on top of the DBE standings claiming the fourth win today. They prevailed against Sportino I. 76:66 to keep their record at 4-2. Greg Harrington knocked down 21 points to pace Polonia. Tommy Adams had 14 points in the win. Eddie Miller fired 26 points for Sportino Inowroclaw in the loss.

Prokom - Atlas Stal 90-86
Logan top-scored with 21 points for Prokom in a 90:86 win over Atlas Stal. Burrell netted 15, while Ewing scored 14. Okafor Patrick ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

En.Czarni - Turow 86-81
Turow lost at Czarni 81:86 and has 4-1 record now. Straight led the winners with 25 points, while Ingram netted 13. Copeland Donald produced 15 points in defeat.

AZS Koszalin - Anwil 79-64
AZS Koszalin overcame Anwil 79:64 behind 18 points from Mojica. Reese netted 17, while Swanson posted 16. Koszarek Lukasz ended up with 15 points for the visiting side.

Kotwica - PBG Basket 85-82
Kotwica edged PBG Basket 85:82 as Barrett Sefton led the winners with 21 points. Jones Joel top-scored for the losing side with 24 points.


Market news, Slask's bankruptcy - by Michal Falkowski
Mariusz Baluszynski, the president of multichampion team of Poland - Basco Slask Wroclaw - announced sport clubs bankruptcy. It means that the basketball club stops existing and is withdrawn from the league. It also means that all players and coaches of this club are free agents.
In this situation some players agreed to play in the Polish lowest division in the new club creation WKS Slask Wroclaw. Players like Kamil Chanas (188-G-85), Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) or Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87) are strongly emotionally bound up with the club in which they grew up. Moreover Piotr Halas (190-G-87), Radoslaw Hyzy (200-F-77), Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77, agency: AB Agency), Artur Mielczarek (195-F-83, agency: Promotex), Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83) are willing to play in a brand new basketball team.

Actually, one person of old Slask Wroclaw just left the team. Previous assistant coach of Slask, Andrzej Adamek will be a headcoach of Victoria Gornik Walbrzych. Adamek will replace Jerzy Chudeusz on this position. Before the promotion of Adamek, Chudeusz had handed in his resignation after the team defeated 5 games in a row.

Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84), one of three foreigners of Slask Wroclaw will surely change his team. Perhaps he will direct to one of Polish clubs like Anwil Wloclawek, Prokom Trefl Sopot or PGE Turow Zgorzelec, however he has also a lot of interesting offers from abroad.

Tony Weeden (186-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Chicago St.), the second foreigner of Slask has just chose his future. Until the end of this season he will be playing for Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn where he will meet with his past coach Adam Prabucki. Besides, the club said good bye to Greg Davis (186-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Troy) and Hubert Mazur (190-G-84, agency: Promotex) who are free agents from now on. The club inked a deal with a center David Dixon, who has been tested.

Sportino Inowroclaw is in the time of finishing its roster. The club fired Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) who disappointed so much. To replace him Sportino invited David Gomez (201-F-85, agency: CGL Sports) for try-out. If he passes, he will sign a deal until the end of this season. Moreover, Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) will not be a player of Inowroclaw team. This forward hasnt passed his tests.

Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, college: Kentucky) will not play in AZS Koszalin. American player has just been tested since last weekend but at the moment the club rather needs someone taller on position 4/5. Besides, Wojciech Barycz (208-C/F-84, agency: Interperformances) in no longer a member of AZS.


*****************************************************
  PUERTO RICO   


Mojica leading Polish League - by Luis Ramirez
Averaging 21ppg, Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) is currently the leading scorer in the Polish League. He is followed by Carlos Rivera with an 18.8 ppg. Joel Jones scored 24 points in his last game as his team PBG Basket lost against Kotwica 85-82. Jones shot 5 out of 7 from the field, made 4 out of 10 from 3 point range and made 2 out of 2 from the free throw line. There was another good performance from Carlos Rivera who scored 23 points for Atlas Stal but couldn't help his team win against Asseco Prokom 90-86. Rivera shot 7 out of 12 from the field, and also made 4 three pointers. He also shot 5 out of 7 from the free throw line. In Slovenia, Miguel Berdiel scored 20 points, captured 3 rebounds and made 3 assists as his team Zlatorog beat Luka Koper 89-52.

*****************************************************
  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Polakovic, Inter 29.0
2. Johnson, Hand 23.6
3. Hill, Nitra 23.0
4. Ingles, Poprad 22.3
5. Willams, Pezinok 21.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Pesta, Nova Ves 10.0
2. Szalay, Priev. 9.5
3. Klatik, Han 8.2
4. Klaric, Svit 8.0
5. Micuda, Pez 7.5
Assists Per Game
1. Willams, Pezinok 7.0
2. Johnson, Hand 6.6
3. Avalic, Nova Ves 6.0
4. Lawrence, Nitra 6.0
5. Micka, Inter 5.0
Steals Per Game
1. Kozlik, Pezinok 4.5
2. Barisic, Komarno 4.0
3. Golian, Han 3.0
2FGP
1. Micka, Inter 66.7
2. Zavodny, Komar. 60.0
3. Immink, Priez. 60.0
3FGP
1. Kozar, Nova Ves 85.7
2. Willams, Pezinok 71.4
3. Golian, Han 66.7
Free Throws
1. Barisic, Komarno 100
2. Willams, Pezinok 100
3. Misinsky, Nova Ves 100


*****************************************************
  SLOVENIA   


Liga UPC Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Epic Misel 72-63
As it was expected, Krka Novo Mesto celebrated against Epic Misel in the opener of Round 3. Richard Shields top-scored for the winning team with 17 points. Marko Rakocevic was behind him with 15 points but with 7 more rebounds. Tilen Zalar added 17 points and 4 rebounds for the loosing side. Krka remained undefeated jumping on 3-0 while Epic Misel is winless yet.

Elektra - Helios 51-90
Helios Domzale trashed Elektra Esotech on the road improving its score in UPC League on 2-1. On the other side, Elektra remains on one victory so far, 1-2. Alvin Snow was the best player in the winning team netting 19 points. Nicholas Jacobson had 4 points less than him. Dejan Cup delivered 22 points and he was the only one with double digits in scoring for Elektra.

Polzela - Slovan 74-75
Extremely tight victory for Slovan but enough for 2-1 in UPC league. Hopsi Polzela is on the same score. Zoran Dragic netted 14 points for the winners while Marko Samanic had 22 points in Polzela.

Zagorje - Nova Gorica 82-74
It was a game between two winless teams after two days. Zagorje took this one mostly owing to Gil Goodrich and his 24 points and 6 assists. Nova Gorica got 20 points and 5 boards from Marko Marcetic.

Alpos S. - TCG Mercator 84-88
Alpos Sentjur is another team on the bottom of the standings with score 0-3. At the same time TCG Mercator improved its score on 2-1. Dario Krejic shined for the winners draining impressive 31 points including 5 rebounds. Alpos Sentjur got 23 points from Dejan Dunovic.

Zlatorog - Luka Koper 89-52
Zlatorog Lasko recorded another devastating victory staying on top of UPC league. Ante Masic collected 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Drazen Bubnic had 14 points and 5 boards in Luka Koper, who slipped on 2-1.



Olimpija is victorious in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Union Olimpija 73-79

Olimpija outplayed Krka in Slovenian derby jumping on 2-2 in Adriatic league. On the other side, the host team slipped on 1-3. Slovenian champion demonstrated nice performance in first and third quarter, what at the end was enough for the win. Marko Milic (199-G-77) and his teammates ended opening ten minutes 17-23. Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) was the only one in Krka able to compete against tough visitors helping his team to tie the score until the half time. After the breather, Olimpija managed to creat double digit lead. At the middle of the last stanza Krka threatened coming on minus 2 but it was their maximum in this game. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) netted 14 points and dished out 7 assists for the winners. Damjan Rudez (207-F-86), Marko Milic and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) had 12 points each. Krka got 22 points and 8 rebounds from Richard Shields.

Krka: Richard Shields 22+8 boards, Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83) 10
Union Olimpija: Vlado Ilievski 14+7 as, Marko Milic 12+7 boards+4 as, Damjan Rudez 12, Saso Ozbolt 12



Helios - Hemofarm 62-63

Helios Domzale remained winless after four rounds in Adriatic league. The team of head coach Rade Mijanovic suffered defeat against last season's runner up Hemofarm Vrsac but Slovenians could make it this time as Nicholas Jacobson (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) missed 3-pointer in the last minute. They played pretty good during the first half but after it they somehow stopped. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm dominated in the paint and he is the main reason why Helios will have to look for another chance in order to celebrate the first one this season in Adriatic league. Above mentioned Vukosavljevic added 28 points and 4 rebounds including a winning lay-up at the very end. Ex player of Slovenian senior National Team Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points. A way better than the others in Helios was American Nicholas Jacobson pouring in 24 points. Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped on 12 points and 5 boards.

Helios Domzale: Nicholas Jacobson 24, Zeljko Zagorac 12+15 boards
Hemofarm: Vladan Vukosavljevic 28+4 boards, Nebojsa Joksimovic 13


*****************************************************
  SPAIN   


LEB Gold Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cl.Rincon - Gandia Basq. 80-92
Gandia Basquet outplayed Clinicas Rincon as a visitor recording the first win this season. Thus, there is no winless teams in LEB Gold any more. With this defeat Clinicas Rincon dropped on 3-2. Jason Robinson paced Gandia to first joy with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Michal Chylinski poured in 25 points for the hosts.

Mallorca - Burgos 82-85
Burgos celebrated tight but very important victory against Mallorca on the road improving its score in LEB Gold on 3-2. Diego Lo Grippo scored 16 while Raul Mena netted 15 points and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Mallorca remains on just one victory in five games. Its best player was Juan Riera, who added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists with not so brilliant shot percentage from behind the arc.

Los Barrios - Leon 63-61
Los Barrios finally made it in LEB Gold. After four consecutive defeats, the team of head coach Moncho Fernandez was better than Leon mostly owing to Ricardo Guillen, who poured in 21 points missing only one rebound for double-double. Leon got 17 points from Clarence Gilbert slipping on 3-2.

La Laguna - Valladolid 71-67
La Laguna was too strong for Valladolid at home improving on 3-2 in LEB Gold. Exactly the same score has CB Valladolid. Jason Detrick scored 13 points for the winning side while Jose Manuel Coego had one point less but with 7 rebounds. Robert Batle added 20 points plus 7 boards for CB Valladolid.

Plus Pujol - Tenerife 82-93
Tenerife jumped on 4-1 after great victory against Plus Pujol, who now has 2-3. Antwain Barbour paced Tenerife to win scoring 24 points. Troy DeVries was better than the others in Plus Pujol Lleida with 17 points.

La Palma - Rosalia 81-77
La Palma outsmarted Rosalia for third win in LEB Gold. Sebastian Arrocha top-scored for the hosts with 19 points. Nana Harding nailed 18 points for Rosalia, who now has 1-4.

Leche Rio - Melilla 57-65
Melilla cruised past Leche Rio Breogan on the road registering fourth victory this season, 4-1. Hector Garcia led Melilla in this game netting 21 points. It is interesting but he was the only one with double digits in scoring in both teams. After this defeat, the hosts dropped on 2-3.

Vic - Alicante 90-92
Alicante remained the only undefeated team in LEB Gold thanks to great last quarter against CB Vic, 21-31. Jose Urtasun once again shined for the winners adding 16 points. Kyle Hll had on point less. Mattew Kiefer was better than the others in CB Vic adding 20 points and 5 rebounds but his team went down on 2-3.

Caceres - Illescas 76-65
Caceres made it at home vs Illescas so both teams now have the same score 2-3. Michael English shined in Caceres collecting 18 points and 5 boards. Jose Alonso top-scored in Illescas with 15.



CD Villa de Los Barrios sign Marcus Campbell - by Eurobasket
CD Villa de Los Barrios (LEB Gold) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Marcus Campbell (214-C-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent). Campbell was trying recently to make it to Houston Rockets (NBA) roster, but was cut during pre-season. Last year he played for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA. But for two previous years he tried very hard to make it to the NBA, playing mostly for U.S.-based pro leagues D-League, USBL WBA and CBA. He also attended all NBA Summer Leagues and various pre-season NBA small camps.

*****************************************************
  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Anthony, Luzern 30.0
2. Chambers, VER 26.0
3. Dosic, KOR Z 23.0
4. McCormick, Pully 19.5
5. Tindom, Martigny 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Chambers, VER 13.0
2. McCormick, Pully 11.0
3. Toure, Bernex 11.0
4. Zidi, Chene 11.0
5. Albrecht, Zurich W 10.5
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 7.5
2. Currat, Villars 5.5
3. Anthony, Luzern 5.5
4. Johnson, Vevey 5.0
5. Barman, Chene 5.0
Ranking
1. Anthony, Luzern 32.5
2. Chambers, VER 30.0
3. Dosic, KOR Z 24.5
4. Albrecht, Zurich W 23.0
5. Toure, BER 23.0


*****************************************************
  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. FMV Isik 1-0 
 2. Vestel 1-0 
 3. Trabzonspor 1-0 
 4. Edirne Genclik 1-0 
 5. Bornova 0-0 
 6. Akcakoca P. 0-0 
 7. Bursa B-bol 0-0 
 8. Orman 0-0 
 9. Eyup 0-1 
 10. TED Istanbul 0-1 
 11. Pamukkale 0-1 
 12. Genc Telekom 0-1 
Group B
 1. Beykoz 1-0 
 2. Tofas 1-0 
 3. Yesilyurt 1-0 
 4. Canakkale 1-0 
 5. Genc Banvit. 0-0 
 6. Duzce Genclik 0-0 
 7. ITU 0-0 
 8. Pertevniyal 0-0 
 9. Gelisim 0-1 
 10. Ankara Basket 0-1 
 11. Usak 0-1 
 12. Mulkiye 0-1 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. T.Telekom 1-0 
 2. Fener.Ulker 1-0 
 3. Galatasaray 1-0 
 4. Besiktas 1-0 
 5. Oyak Renault 1-0 
 6. Antalya 1-0 
 7. Banvit 0-0 
 8. Aliaga 0-0 
 9. Efes Pilsen 0-0 
 10. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 11. Darussafaka 0-1 
 12. Erdemir 0-1 
 13. TED Koleji 0-1 
 14. Selcuk Uni. 0-1 
 15. Kepez Bld 0-1 
 16. Mersin 0-1 


*****************************************************
  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pulsar - Azovmash 66-79
The defending champions Azovmash claimed the third straight win as they overcame Pulsar in Rivne. Pulsar looked brave enough and managed to stay in front at the end of the first half. However Azovmash limited their opponents to 11 points and surged ahead for good. Dijon Thompson and Khalid El-Amin fired 17 points apiece for the winners. Dalibor Djapa answered with 16 points for Pulsar.

BC Donetsk - Mykolaiv 116-112
BC Donetsk finally delivered the victory in the Superleague action as they outgunned Mykolaiv 116:112 in the high-flying contest today. Chris Owens topscored with 29 points and 9 boards for Donetsk before fouling out in the final term. Anthony Tucker added 28 points for the ambitious newcomers. Michal Hlebowcki answered with 27 points for Mykolaiv as they remained winless at 0-3.

Sumykhimpr. - Poltava 99-97
Sumykhimprom survived over Poltava 99:97. Podorvannyy Yevgeniy led the winners with 16 points, while Lekavicius Linas nailed 15.

BC Kyiv - Khimik 90-62
BC Kyiv had no difficulties in the capital of the country beating Khimik 90:62. Bajramovic Kenan paced the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jeretin Goran netted 16, while Cakic Goran posted 12 for the guests.



*****************************************************
  UNITED KINGDOM   


Tigers 72 - 70 Leicester Riders - by George Manousidis
The Tigers maintained their 100% start to the new campaign with a last gasp 72-70 victory over the Plymouth Raiders at the Greenbank Academy.

There were home debuts handed out to Josh Gross (201-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) and Lekan Popoola (183-G-81) but fellow new boy Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) sat the game out cheering on his team mates from the sidelines.

The first quarter saw both sides try and stamp their authority on proceedings but it was the Raiders who settled the stronger to take a one point lead into the break. (13-14)

Coach Garbelottos men started the second period much brighter and as result got themselves in front but struggled to stay ahead of a persistent Plymouth outfit.

The men from the south coast edged closer to leveling the scores throughout the second stanza but the Tigers kept themselves in front thanks in no small part to the now trademark rebound capabilities of Andre Smith.

The Tigers held on to take a two point lead into the half time interval. (37-35)

The third quarter followed the same pattern as the opening stages with both sides failing to pull away when the momentum was with them.

It was the home sides who finished the stronger after some great work from under the basket from Marcus Bailey and Andre Smith and as a result were able to take a three point lead into the crucial final period. (57-54)

The game was on a knife throughout the final period with the lead regularly changing hands as the seconds were ticking down.

It was left to Richard Richard Midgley (191-G-83, college: California) to seal the points late in the day for the Tigers as he converted his second of his two free throw shots to give them a decisive two point lead with only seconds left on the clock. (72-70)

Everton Tigers 72 (13,37,57) (Richard Midgley 15, Bailey 14, Haslam 10)

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 70 (14,35,54) (Beckles 13, Durham 12, Lasker 12)


*****************************************************
  URUGUAY   


Bigua beat Olimpia for the 16th round - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, which will be playing the next South American Championship tournament, beat Olimpia 80-78 at the beggining of the 16th round of the Uruguayan League. For Bigua, Mauricio Aguiar scored 25 points, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) added 10 and grabbed 12 rebounds while Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80, college: Fordham) netted 8 and took 9 rebounds. For Olimpia, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 14 points ann grabbed 8 rebounds and Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) netted 11. Other results:
Paysandu 66 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 18 and 9, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 6 and 3
Union Atletica 61 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 9 and 13, Darryl Rufus 8 and 6
- - -
Atenas 89 - Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 29 points and 9 assists, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 13 points and 6 rebounds
Bohemios 81 - Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 24 and 4, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 8 and 4
- - -
Welcome 69 - Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) 10 and 7 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 4 points and 9 rebounds
Sayago 58 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 14 and 10, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 8 and 13
Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group)


New import players for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Three new import players are joinining the Uruguayan League it was annouced by the teams. In Malvin, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) will be replacing Anthony Washington (206-F/C-83, agency: Duran International, college: Portland St.), who leaves the LUB with 15 games, 5.6 ppg 7.9 rpg an 1.9 bpg. Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American joined Welcome replacing JR Morris who inked for a Chilean team. Morris scored 22.5 ppg in 15 games. Atenas is looking for a replacement for the injured Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) (15 games 12.9 ppg 6.4 rpg 1.6 apg.)

Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Atenas 13-3 
 2. Defensor 10-5 
 3. Hebraica 10-5 
 4. Tabare 10-6 
 5. Bigua 10-7 
 6. Malvin 9-6 
 7. Olimpia 9-7 
 8. Trouville 8-7 
 9. Bohemios 6-9 
 10. Paysandu 6-10 
 11. Sayago 5-10 
 12. Un.Atletica 5-11 
 13. Cordon 4-11 
 14. Welcome 4-12 




*****************************************************

Women News

*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Sydney Uni Flames snap Canberra winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Uni Flames overcame the Canberra Capitals 90:75 at home court to hand their opponents the first loss in the season. Canberra won the battle of the teams just a week ago but this time the Flames refused to surrender. Alicia Poto (166-G-78) led the action with 26 points and 6 assists for the Flames. Sally Potocki (178-G-89) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lindsey Pluimer (193-F-86, college: UCLA) was helpful with 22 points as Sydney improved to 2-2 record. Michelle Musselwhite (176-G/F-82) answered with 21 points for Canberra as they lost the first one after three straight wins. The Flames turned a 5-point early deficit into an 8-point advantage at the end of the period. The hosts controlled the tempo afterwards stretching the margin to as many as 25 points in the second half.
Bendigo forgot the bad start and posted the first win in the season. They narrowly defeated the Dandenong Rangers 82:81 at the Arena in Geelong. Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) orchestrated the win with a 34-point haul. Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84, college: Oregon) added 16 points and 11 boards, while Eleanor Haring finished with 11 points in the win. Jennifer Benningfield (190-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the Rangers. Nicole Hunt (167-G-88) had 20 points in the loss. Bendigo led right from the start and piled up an 8-point cushion before the second half. Dandenong showed some signs of recovery as they trimmed the distance to 5 points before the fourth term. The Rangers kept it close with the Spirit but Gabrielle Richards and Deanne Butler sealed the winning outcome for the hosts in the crunch time.


*****************************************************
  AUSTRIA - Women  


Wels jump on top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
Wels secured the second straight win in the AWBL season and grabbed the lead in the championship. Yesterday Wels overcame UBSC Graz 102:77 in the second round game. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) fired 36 points to pace the hosts as they cruised to the victory. Wels outscored the visitors 29:22 in the opening frame and maintained the gap throughout the second one. The margin grew to 10 points at halftime and Wels never slowed down after the break. Odessa Williams (183-F-86, college: Longwood) secured 17 points for the winners. Kurac answered with 22 points for Graz as they fell to 0-2 record.
In the meantime Klosternueburg ensured the win in the season opener. They narrowly defeated Vienna 87 on the road. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) netted 25 points to lift the Duchess to 76:74 victory. Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) and Kata Takacs (183-F-91) fired 13 points apiece for Klosterneuburg. Vienna 87 answered with 19 points from Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79). Vienna 87 led 18:12 after the starting frame but failed to hold on to the advantage. Klosternueburg denied the deficit in the second frame and surged ahead after the long intermission. The teams kept it close in the fourth stanza but the Duchess proved just stronger at the end. Vienna 87 fell to 1-1 record.


*****************************************************
  FINLAND - Women  


SM-SARJA: Top League newcomer on top! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 3-4: Top League newcomer Jymy (Orimattila) = S-Hameenmaa Team has started the season well. Today Hameenmaa caused Huima (Aanekoski)
the first loss by winning at home 74-72. By the same Team Hameenmaa is undefeated after three rounds. The only undefeated team right now. Like the figures show,
the game was close and tight. Jazz Covington (185-F-85, college: Louisville) was once again Team's leading scorer and rebounder: 21/12. Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) added 16 and Mari Puustinen (179-F/G-78) 15pts/11rbs. Erneisha Bailey (175-G-86) netted 18 pts for Huima. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) had a double-double (15/19) and Nita Lahtinen (179-F-86) was still in double figures (10).
Catz (Lappeenranta) crushed BC Nokia 96-41. Yelena Solovyeva (188-C-75) was (20 pts) in double figures as well as four other Catz players. BC Nokia had none over 10 pts. Annika Hennisuo led BC Nokia with nine (9) pts. Kristin Higy (185-F-85) DNP.

Hameenmaa - Huima 74-72 (32-38) (Jazz Covington 21/12, Kieraah Marlow 16, Mari Puustinen 15/11 - Erneisha Bailey 18, Kenya Robinson 15/19, Nita Lahtinen 10).

Catz - BC Nokia 96-41 (49-19) (Yelena Solovyeva 20, Rene Haynes 18, Joi Scott 14 - Annika Hennisuo 9).



*****************************************************
  HUNGARY - Women  


Uniqua NB1/A - Round 4 - by Patonay Adam
While MKB Euroleasing - still without Tijana Krivacevic who didn't get her license from her former club - beat alomost by 100 points Cegled, Pecs, BSE and Szeged won easily, Szolnok and Gyor made very important victory! Gyor won with their strong defens and 2 very important threes from Anna Vida (184-F-85), Szolnok with the extra-Djelmis!

Szeviep Szeged - Savaria BC Helios 112:54
Szeged: Zherzherunova O. 14, Tomova M. 22/6, Fresz E. 13, Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) 13/6, Viktoria Vincze (189-C-87) 13, Lengyel D. 12/3
Savaria: Sandor I. 11/6, Monika Szabadfi (-87) 16/6, Robinson R. 13/3

MKB Euroleasing Sopron - Cegledi EKK 147:50
Sopron: Holt A. 24/3, Milovanovic J. 14/6, Horti D. 19, Hadarics K. 12/6, Honti K. 14/3, MacLeod K. 21/6, Eordogh E. 16, Lilla Horvath (182-F-90) 13/3
Cegled: Tiba K. 9/3, Orban K. 9

BSE - BEAC Ujbuda 76:39
BSE: Maksimovic M. 18/6, Milkova L. 12, Hardy A. 13/6
BEAC: Melinda Bagi (190-F/C-86) 13, Szasz E. 12/6

Zala Volan ZTE - Seat Foton Gyor 42:58
Zala Volan: Varga Zs. 16/6
Gyor: Radunovic H. 15, Anna Vida 13/9

Szolnoki NKK - Atomeromu Szekszard 77:76
Szolnok: Angela Djelmis (176-G-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (176-G-75, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 32/18 (5 reb, 3 stl, 4 ass), Boskovic M. 14/3
Szekszard: Augustin T. 10/3, Reka Balint (181-F-91) 17/9, Ievthusenko A. 18

Mizo Pecs 2010 - Vasas Csata DSE 98:49
Pecs: Queenan B. 14, Meszaros K. 10/3, Vajda A. 15, Somogyi A. 12/6 (10 reb), Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) 13/3, Coelho G. 13
Vasas: Reka Fejes (186-F-87) 20/3


*****************************************************
  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Energa Torun - Utex Row 64-67
Utex Row closes the gap on the leaders with a hard-fought win over Energa Torun 67:64 on the road. Kasha Terry provided the visitors with 16 points and 6 boards in the win. Jia Perkins had 14 points for Utex Row as they improved to 4-4 record in the ladder. Sheena Moore answered with 15 points for Energa Torun as they fell to 3-4 record.

Lotos PKO BP - Cukierki 94-69
Lotos gained the 6th win in seven games as they held off Cukierki 94:69 in Gdynia. Alana Beard was impressive with 23 points for the hosts. Olivia Tomialowicz, Emilja Podrug and Ivana Matovic scored 15 points each in the win. Ofa Tulikihihifo answered with game-high 24 points for Cukierki as they slipped to 2-6.

CCC - Inea AZS P. 66-53
CCC Polkowice remained just step away from the leaders with a comfortable 66:53 victory over Inea AZS Poznan. An impressive defensive effort from Polkowice left no chance for the visitors. Daria Mieloszynska fired 19 points for CCC. Jillian Robbins added 14 points and 10 boards, while Amisha Carter produced 13 points and 15 boards for the winners. Monika Sibora replied with 14 points for Inea in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Duda Leszno 88-65
Wisla clinched the 5th win in the regular season as they pounded Duda Leszno 88:65 at home. Ewelina Kobryn came up with a pivotal performance of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Chamique Holdsclaw fired 16 points, while Marta Fernandez had 15 in the victory. Joanna Czarnecka responded with 16 points and 9 boards as Duda Leszno fell to 2-6 record.

AZS Gorzow - PTK Pabian. 77-56
Gorzow stayed atop of the standings with the seventh win in as many games. Katerina Zohnova nailed 20 points and Gorzow defeated PTK Pabianice 77:58 in the round. Lindsay Taylor, Justyna Zurowska and Anne Breitreiner all finished with 15 points apiece to pace the winners. Marzena Glaszcz answered with 11 points and 5 steals for PTK Pabianice.



*****************************************************
  SPAIN - Women  


LFB Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Olesa 88-71
In the opener and at the same time derby game of Round 4 between two undefeated teams, the hosts Rivas Ecopolis registered unexpectedly easy victory. The winning team had three players which scored more than 20 points, but the best one was Catherine Joens, who drained 29 and grabbed 6 more rebounds. Cristal Kelly had 12 points and 7 boards for Olesa.

Hondar.-Irun - Mann Filter 86-70
Hondarribia cruised past Mann Filter registering third win in LFB. At the same time it was third defeat for Mann Filter. Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert paced the host team to victory collecting 33 points and 8 rebounds. LaToya Thomas added 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the loosing side.

Extrugasa - EBE Ibiza-PDV 44-56
EBE Ibiza took it easily against Extrugasa on the road thus both teams now have the same score 2-2. Rima Margeviciute led EBE Ibiza in this game scoring 13 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Tamera Young had 10 points for Extrugasa.

Mariana - Estudiantes 71-58
As it was expected, Soller Joventud Mariana outplayed Estudiantes improving its score on 3-1. Licet Castillo collected 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Estudiantes got 17 points from Elin Eldebrink but her team will have to look for some other chance in order to register first win in LFB.

Cadi la Seu - Real C.Vigo 70-65
Interesting game and the second win for Cadi la Seu this season. As a reminder, both teams entered into this one with score 1-2. Kelly Da Silva added 12 points and 7 boards for Cadi le Seu while Agne Ciudariene had 16 points and 6 rebounds in Celta Vigo.

San Jose - Gran Canaria 64-74
Important road victory for Gran Canaria and at the same time the first one in LFB. The same score now also has San Jose. Adrijana Knezevic shined for the winning side with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Ines Kresovic also was good adding 21 points and 7 boards. San Jose got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Eshaya Murphy.

Halcon A.Per. - Ros Casares 91-86
Ros Casares didnít succeed to continue its winning streak. Perfumerias was better team mostly owing to Le'Coe Willingham and Anke De Mondt, which drained 18 points each helping their team to improve on 2-2. Erike De Souza shined in the team from Valencia with 24 points and impressive 16 rebounds.



*****************************************************
  SWEDEN - Women  


Solna Vikings post the third win - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings remained undefeated in the Swedish Damligan. Lately the Vikings trounced Visby 92:49 on the road. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) produced 18 points for the Vikings. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.), Michaela Livijn (184-C-81) and Erica Blomgren (179-F-83) contributed 14 points apiece for the winners. Elena Radenkovikj (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) answered with 15 points for Visby in defeat.
Solna got to a slow start to the game. The Ladies jumped to an 18:17 advantage after ten minutes of action but their lead was quickly abrupt by the Vikings. They outgunned the hosts 24:8 in the second frame and enjoyed a 41:26 buffer at halftime. The third quarter proved the strength of the visitors as they extended the margin to 29 points and never looked back at the end.
The Sundsvall Saints registered the second consecutive win at the tournament. They fired down the Umea Comets 76:55 on the road. The first frame turned out to be decisive with the Saints building a 15-point lead. The teams looked well-matched throughout the rest of the contest but the Comets were unable to overcome an early deficit. Stephanie Jones (188-F/C-80, college: Missouri Western) finished with 22 points for the Saints. Anna Hoglund (178-G-82) had 19 points, while Verica Janjic (178-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points for the winners. Anna Osterman answered with 14 points for the Comets.


*****************************************************
  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 30.0
2. Barnes, Pully 26.5
3. Brantlova, Fribourg 23.5
4. Soda, Fribourg 23.5
5. Knight, Riva 22.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Knight, Riva 16.0
2. Leres, Fribourg 12.0
3. Barnes, Pully 11.0
4. Moore, Riva 9.5
5. Crisman, BBC 9.0
Assists Per Game
1. Soda, Fribourg 9.0
2. Florence, Neuchatel 7.5
3. Brantlova, Fribourg 6.0
4. Villaroel, Sierre 5.5
5. Daniels, Nyon 4.5
Steals Per Game
1. Daniels, Nyon 6.0
2. Michaux, Nyon 5.5
3. McKenzie, Seirre 5.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Dietel, Sierre 2.5
2. Daniels, Nyon 2.0
3. Gueye, Nyon 2.0
2FGP
1. Florence, Neuchatel 80.0
2. Michaux, Nyon 75.0
3. Bovard, BBC 75.0
3FGP
1. Favre, Sierre 100
2. Vercauteren, Sierre 83.3
3. Cochand, Sierre 66.7
Free Throws
1. Volpe, BBC 100
2. Brantlova, Fribourg 100
3. Dealbi, Nyon 100
Ranking
1. Crisman, BBC 33.0
2. Brantlova, Fribourg 28.5
3. Knight, Riva 27.5