EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/20/2008

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  ALGERIA   


Results 6th round - by Carlos Pereira
And after 6th rounds CRM Birkhadem wins for the first time. They have beat O Batta in overtime by 77-68.

Results and Standing

Poule A
AU Annaba - GS Ptroliers 35- 80
WB An-Benian - CRB Tmouchent 79-64
WA Boufarik - AB Skikda (delaye)
USMM Hadjout - NB Staouli 68-90

Standing
Pts G
1 GS Ptrolier 10 5
2 WB An-Benian 08 4
- WA Boufarik 08 5
- AB Skikda 08 5
5 NB Staouli 08 5
- USMM Hadjout 07 6
- CRB Tmouchent 07 6
8. AU Annaba 07 6

Poule B
TRB Blida NA Hussein-Dey 71-80
CRM Birkhadem - O Batna 77- 68 (overtime)
ASPTT Alger - NRM Harrach 86-56
JSB Msila - CRB Dar-El-Beda 77-97

Standing
Pts G
1 ASPTT Alger 12 6
- CRB Dar-El-Beda 12 6
3NA Hussein-Dey 10 6
4 TRB Blida 09 6
5O Batna 08 6
- JSB Msila 08 6
7. CRM Birkhadem 07 6
8. NRM Harrach 06 6


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  BAHRAIN   


BBL imports - by Mohammed Malas

Below you can find the names of the imports in Bahraini Basketball League (BBL), If there are any corrections please send an e-mail to Mohammed_Malas@hotmail.com

- Al Manama:
Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian) 'USA'

- Al Ittihad:
Daymond Forney (205-F/C-76, college: Fresno St.) 'USA'

- Al Muharraq:
LaShawn Malloy (208-C-83, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans) 'USA'


- Nuwaidrat:
Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) 'USA'

- Bahrain Club:
Akin Akintunde (201-F-81, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Three Rivers CC) 'Nigiria'

- Al Hala:
Jonathan Hopkins (208-F/C-78, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) 'USA'

- Sitra:
Darius Cook (204-F/C-77, college: Florida Intern.) 'USA'

- Al Ahli:
Kenyon Booker (206-C, college: Shaw) 'USA'

- Al Najma:
Brian Beckford (198-F-86) 'USA'

- Issa City:
Jamilu Mohammed (205-F-87) 'Nigiria'



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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse


Several sources say that Base Oostende coach Vlada Vukoicic has been released from his contract. Despite the tie in Moscow for the Europcup this week, the loss on Saturday at Charleroi put the team at 0-3 to start the season and that seemed to have been the end of the his coaching career in Belgium.
Rumours are already going around about the return of Sharon Drucker but we stress that those are only rumours.
The team's website has not officially annonced the coaching change but Eurobasket learned from the Oostende management that Umberto Badioli is taken over the head-coaching job for the time being.



D1 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Gent 92-63
Belgacom Liege Basket trashed Optima Gent in the opener of Round 4 improving its score on 2-1. Justin Cage paced the hosts to victory collecting 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. On the other side, Optima Gent got the most from Graham Brown, who finished the game with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Visitors remain on just one win in four games.

Antwerp - M.Hainaut 93-89
Dexia Mons-Hainaut faced with first defeat this season in D1. After 3 consecutive wins, Antwerp Diamond Giants were better in over time thanks to Bryan Hopkins and Timothy Black, which collected magnificent 61 points together. Adam Hall was the best in Mons adding 17 points and 10 boards. Antwerp currently has 2-1.

Charleroi - Oostende 82-68
Spirou Basket Charleroi took this one mostly owing to impressive third quarter 30-10 as well as nice performance by Wes Wilkinson and Jerry Johnson, which ended this game scoring 16 points each. Matt Haryasz had 15 points and 6 rebounds for the visitors. Charleroi remained undefeated after three games while Oostende is still looking for the first win, 0-3.

Aalstar - Verviers-Pep. 100-69
Aalstar devastated Pepinster at home staying undefeated in D1, 3-0. The visiting team dropped even more, 1-3. Stephane Pelle shined in Aalstar adding 23 points and 7 boards. Pepinster got 15 points and 4 rebounds from Geoffrey Hockins.



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Rocks 69 - 88 Tigers - by David Edole
Scottish Rocks 69 (23,33,48) (Shelton 18, Yanders 17, George 14)
Everton Tigers 88 (24,54,71) (Smith 28, Midgley 20, Gross 17)

The league-leading Everton Tigers brushed aside the Scottish Rocks by 69-88 to reach the BBL Cup quarter-finals and set up a clash against the reigning champions, the Marshall MK Lions. The Rocks had previously made three finals and two semi-finals in the last five years and this is their first exit in the first round for six years.

Everton were led by 28 points and 15 rebounds from Andre Smith, whilst Richard Midgley had 20 points and 9 boards. Blake Shelton scored 18 for the Rocks.

The game, which pitted two of this season's form sides against one another, started closely as there were seven lead changes in the first quarter. The Rocks led 14-7 early on after 5 points from Gareth Murray and 3 from Blake Shelton, before the Tigers went on an 8-1 run and tied the game at 15 on a Gross free-throw. The Tigers then scored 6 straight points, including 4 from Andre Smith, to help them to a 23-34 first quarter lead.

The visitors broke the game open in the second stanza as a 9-2 run, with 5 points for Smith and 4 for Marcus Bailey, gave them a 27-33 lead, before they went on to outscore the Rocks by 21-6 in the remainder of the period. Richard Midgley had 11 points in that spell, including two triples and a buzzer-beating score.

The home team's woes continued into the third period as the Tigers scored the first 6 points through Smith (4) and Gross. They continued to push the lead out, seeing it peak at 38-69 after a James Jones three-pointer. The Rocks closed the quarter with a 10-2 run, including 8 points for Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.), to retain slim hopes of progression going into the fourth quarter at 48-71.

However, the Tigers didn't let the Rocks close in the fourth and, in fact, the closest that they could get was the final score at 69-88.


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak P. - Levski 96-89
Spartak Pleven grabbed the first win in NBL. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Yambol - ChernoMore 102-92
Yambol was better than Cherno More at home, thus both teams have the same score now, 1-1. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Rilski S-list - Lukoil A. 77-98
Reining champion Lukoil Akademik cruised past Rilski Sportist in its first official NBL game this season. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

CSKA - Sliven 86-66
CSKA cruised past Sliven at home mostly owing to Milos Sakota and his 27 points and 8 rebounds. Giannis Otontzidis added 17 points and 4 boards for the loosing side. It is the first victory for CSKA while at the same time it was Sliven's official debut in NBL.



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  CHILE   


Dimayor: weekend results - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion is the esclusive leader after weekend action. The team coached by Jorge Luis Alvarez won both games on the road against CD Puente Alto and Boston College. Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) was the offensive leader in both games scoring 25 and 21 points respectively. The second in the standings, Liceo Mixto won one and lost the other on the road against Universidad de Los Lagos and Provincial Llanquihue. On saturday night, an amazing last quarter (39-20) gave Llanquihue the victory against Liceo, with a great performance by Knox, Thomas and Ulloa. Deportes Castro (the third in the standings)lost against Valdivia on friday night and defeated Osorno on saturday, with Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) as the scoring leader with 25. These are the complete results of weekend action.

Tuesday (10/14)

Liceo Mixto 94 - Universidad Catolica 81
Lic: Brandon Lee 20 pts. Patricio Briones 20 pts.
Uc: Keddric Mays 24 pts. Felipe Contreras 13 pts.

Boston College 94 - Puente Alto CD 91
Bos: Eduardo Sepulveda 21 pts. B.J. Puckett 16 pts.
Pue: John Davis 23 pts. German Siegmund 20 pts.

Friday (10/17)

Boston College 72 - Espanol de Talca 75
Bos: B.J. Puckett 30 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 15 pts.
Esp: Alexander Blackwell 19 pts. Sebastian Saez 17 pts.

Puente Alto CD 80 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 91
Pue: Percy Werth 18 pts. German Siegmund 16 pts.
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 25 pts. Evandro Arteaga 22 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 70 - Deportes Castro 61
Val: Marcus Elliott 21 pts. Deshawn Danzey 17 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 19 pts. Jose Luis Campos 16 pts.

Provincial Osorno 106 - Deportes Ancud 87
Oso: Jermaine Robinson 28 pts. Cristian Perez 23 pts.
Anc: Federico Radavero 20 pts. Fernando Cavagna 24 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 103 - Universidad Catolica 117
Llan: John A. Thomas 36 pts. Anthony Knox 33 pts.
Uc: Keddric Mays 40 pts. Angelo Olivares 24 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 84 - Liceo Mixto 94
Ula: Tim Jennings 26 pts. Justin Leith 24 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 38 pts. Brandon Lee 20 pts.

Saturday (10/18)

Boston College 77 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 83
Bos: B.J. Puckett 29 pts. Felipe Ziegele 19 pts.
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 21 pts. Evandro Arteaga 15 pts.

Puente Alto CD 95 - Espanol de Talca 79
Pue: John Davis 20 pts. Percy Werth 17 pts.
Esp: Alexander Blackwell 28 pts. Javes Wiggins 18 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 85 - Deportes Ancud 83
Val: Marcus Elliott 27 pts. Deshawn Danzey 17 pts.
Anc: Fernando Cavagna 26 pts. Federico Radavero 22 pts.

Provincial Osorno 81 - Deportes Castro 93
Oso: Jermaine Robinson 23 pts. Cristian Perez 19 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 25 pts. Jose Luis Campos 23 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 103 - Liceo Mixto 90
Llan: Anthony Knox 25 pts. John A. Thomas 22 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 27 pts. Brandon Mason 24 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 66 - Universidad Catolica 76
Ula: Michael Pierrot 14 pts. Justin Leith 12 pts.
Uc: Aundra Williams 18 pts. Keddric Mays 16 pts.
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Dimayor: Llanquihue changes coach - by Daniel Valencia
The leaders of Provincial Llanquihue ended the contract with the argentinian coach Carlos Iglesias after round 12 of the national phase. During the zonal phase Llanquihue had a 3-7 record while in the national phase after round 12 the record was 2-10, with the team in the last place of the standings.

To replace Iglesias, Provincial Llanquihue signed the also argentinian Gustavo Noria . Noria was Osorno's coach during the zonal phase and was fired after the team had a 3-7 record and a low performance for a team built the first places of the standings.

Noria's first game with his new club was on friday night against Catolica (103-117). On saturday night the team recovered and defeated Liceo Mixto 103-90.


Dimayor: roster changes for Liceo, Llanquihue, Espanol and Ancud - by Daniel Valencia

Liceo Mixto

Liceo Mixto signed the american center Chris Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) Liceo will have four import players in the roster for a month. In the active roster they have Brandon Lee, Brandon Mason and Chris Garnett while Kevin Frey is sidelined due to an injury. When Frey gets recovered the coach Pablo Ares will have to decide which of the import players leaves the team.

Provincial Llanquihue

Provincial Llanquihue signed the american guard/forward JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall). Morris was playing in Uruguay (Welcome) where he was one of the scoring leaders of the league.


Morris is replacing Dominick Melton (198-F, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Wisc.-Parkside) who left the team due to family reasons. In 20 games Melton averaged 18.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.8 blocks in 35.3 minutes per game.

Espanol de Talca

Deportivo Espanol de Talca ended the contract with the american player Marques Hayden (201-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Kansas St.). In his second season with the team Hayden played 16 games with averages of 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1,2 assists and 0.7 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game.

As the replacement for Hayden, Espanol signed a contract with the veteran Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) Blackwell played one season in Chile (Ancud 2004) and after that he played in Brazil and Uruguay.

Deportes Ancud

After 16 games, the leaders of Deportes Ancud ended the contract with the american forward Malcolm Connor (198-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico). He averaged 18.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals in 36.9 minutes per game.

To replace Connor, Ancud signed the argentinian forward Fernando Cavagna (200-G/F-78). He has playing experiencie in Italy, Spain and Argentina.



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  DENMARK   


Canal Digital League Round 3. - by Thomas Soltau
Horsens VS Bakken (80-103): Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) led the way for the Bears with 25 points and 8 rebounds. In the absence of Spencer Ross (181-G-81, college: Queens (NC)) Horsens played a good first half, but was not able to keep up the pace, as a 29-10 3rd quarter sealed the win for Bakken. Darnell Kirkwood (196-G/F-85, college: Lynn) had 15 points for Horsens.

Naestved VS Svendborg (71-101): The Rabbits dominated the game from start to finish and won easily. Team FOG Naestved was without Sasha Djordjevic (190-G-85) (Suspension), Danilo Fatic (191-G-77) (Injured) and Adrian Gross (201-C-85, college: Co.Carolina) (Not yet received his work permission). Niels Degn-Andersen (185-G/F-80) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Promotex, college: Arkansas) showed the way for the Rabbits with 27 and 18 points respectively. In defeat Tomas Vilkius (199-F-81) had 24 points for Nstved.

Aabyhoj VS Horsholm (79-84): Shooting forward Jimmy Binnie (201-F-86, college: Dayton) showed the way for Horsholm 79ers 79ers making jumpers from all over the court. His 30 points and the solid Horsholm defense proved too hard to handle for the Aarhus team. Horsholm 79ers won the rebound battle 33-22, and in the end they secured the win, even though Aabyhoj IF came back from a dreadful first half performance. Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) scored 20 points for Aabyhoj IF as the Aarhus team fall to a 0-3 record.

SISU VS Amager (63-91): Already having a solid lead at halftime (43-29) BK Amager toke home the win in Kildeskovshallen today. Amager toke good care of the ball, committing only 8 turnovers compared to SISU's 16, and also made 13 three pointers, while SISU Copenhagen only managed to hit one. For Amager Joseph Smith (198-F-82, college: Hamilton) posted 22 points on 7-9 shooting.


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  EGYPT   


Joseph Garth signes for Gezira - by Sherif Soliman
Garth arrived to Cairo tow days ago coming from Dominica,Garth will be playing for Gezira this season to cover Sakr,Kerdany absense who singed for Ahly this season,He lives in Dominica with his wife and 2 kids,He loves his home and willing to support basketball with everythig possible to build the sport in his country.He was playing for Saba Battery (Iran) for the last three seasons.He likes Egypt history and looking forward to visit the Pyramids. Garth Joseph (217-C-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Rose (NY))


Mahmoud Ahmed Ali keeps his president chair - by Sherif Soliman
Egyptian Federation elections held on the 29th ,Mahmoud Ahmed Ali kept his chair for the next 4 years after a great victory over Adel Sabry 18-7.The current president found no resistance from his oponent who lost the elections for the 3rd time.The 5 board members, Ihab Mohsen(shams club)16 votes,Mohamed Abd El Motelb(Itthad)14 v,Hussin Morsy 14,Gaser Reyad(Gezira) 12v,Magdy Abo Ferekha( Alexandria0 11v,The big surprise was the big loss for Hany abd Monem & Sherif Elsanadeely who got only 6 votes each.

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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 2. Rakvere 1-0 
 3. Valga Welg 1-0 
 4. Kuremaa 1-1 
 5. TU/Rock 0-0 
 6. TTU KK 0-0 
 7. Kalev Tallinn 0-1 
 8. Parnu 0-2 


Stats Leaders
KML Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Armpalu, Kuremaa 28
2 Vares, Valga 25
3 Pugonen, Tarvas 20
4 Anderson, Valga 17
5 Tamsalu, Prnu 15
Rebounds Per Game
1 Silland, Rakvere 12
2 Ringmets, Prnu 11.5
3 Anderson, Valga 11
4 Villers, Rakvere 9
5 Tagamets, Kuremaa 7.5
4 Armpalu, Kuremaa 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Dorbek, Kuremaa 5.5
2 Pugonen, Rakvere 5
3 Roos, Valga 4
4 Kaljula, Kuremaa 4
5 Fox, Cramo 4
Steals Per Game
1 Arbet, Cramo 4
2 Anderson, Valga 3
3 Pace, Cramo 3
4 Pugonen, Rakvere 3
5 Ringmets, Prnu 3
Blocks Per Game
1 Tagamets, Kuremaa 1.5


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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PuHu - Honka 65-83
Honka celebrated the initial win in the league beating PuHu 65:83 away from home. M. Williams top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Richardson DeWayne posted 21 in defeat.

Ura Basket - Huima 95-85
Ura Basket edged Huima 95:85 also for the first victory in the league. Crayton Derrick had a great night with 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Ojanen Reijo netted 22 for the visitors.

Lapua - HNMKY 112-89
Bojang Baboucarr led Lapua with 21 points and 12 rebounds over HNMKY in a 112:89 win. Silvonen Sauli resisted with 33 points in the losing effort.

JKS - Salon Vilpas 81-79
JKS is 3-0 now after a thriller against Salon Vilpas, 81:79. Francis Kevin top-scored for the winners with 26 points and McNeil Magen collected 21 points and 14 rebounds. Conerly Aubrey nailed 28 in defeat, whilst Daanish Amani had 17 points and 19 boards.

BC Nokia - Kauhajoki 98-92
BC Nokia handed Kauhajoki the first loss in the league 98:92 and tied them at 2-1 record. Holmes Jason top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Dlouhy Matt had 21. Washington Eric finished the night with 23 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.



1.DIV.: BC Nokia upset Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 3: The biggest upset of today, when BC Nokia defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 98-92 (54-50). Both teams were shooting well behind the arc: BC Nokia
hit the treys 55,6% (15/27) and Kauhajoki 47,6% (10/21). Kauhajoki won the rbs 27-38, but 20 TOs was too much vs BC Nokia led by Jason Holmes (191-G-86, college: Le Moyne) (26) and Matt Dlouhy (198-F-83, college: Montana) (21). Even young Ville Tuominen (182-G-89) netted 20 pts. Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) led Kauhajoki with 23 pts/15 rbs. Brandon Polk (200-F-84, college: Butler) added 20/10. Roni Leimu DNP (fracture in knee). Lapua's first win came with big figures 112-89 vs YMCA Helsinki. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Illinois St.) had a double-double 21 pts/12 rbs. Sauli Silvonen netted 33 pts for YMCA Helsinki.
When UraBasket (Kaarina) beat Huima (Aanekoski) 95-85, Derrick Crayton (202-F-75, agency: Duran International, college: UALR) (UraBasket) was game MVP with 29 pts. Armondo Surratt (185-G-83, college: USF) added 21 pts and gave eight assists. PuHu (Vantaa) opened own season by losing at home 65-83 vs Honka (Tapiola). Matt Williams (Honka) scored game high 24 pts. And a real thriller took place in Jarvenpaa, where newcomer JKS stayed undefeated as Kevin Francis (203-F-84, college: Vincennes JC) scored at the buzzer: 81-79. Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) led Vilpas with 28 pts.

BC Nokia - Kauhajoki 98-92 (54-50) (Jason Holmes 26, Matt Dlouhy 21, Ville Tuominen 20 - Eric Washington 23/15, Brandon Polk 20/10, Kwamena Brace 17).

Lapua - YMCA Helsinki 112-89 (59-36) (Baboucarr Bojang 21/12, Jussi Turja 20, Ville Turja 19 - Sauli Silvonen 33, Teemu Siitonen 12, Ilkka Ekstrom 11).

Ura Basket - Huima 95-85 (47-47) (Derrick Crayton 29, Armondo Surratt 21/8a, Tero Koski 16 - Reijo Ojanen 22, Justice Graham 20, Sami Mantymaa 14).

PuHu - Honka, Tapiola 65-83 (43-43) (DeWayne Richardson 21, Anthony Davis 16, Sami Marouf 11 - Matt Williams 24, Antto Nikkarinen 15, Kimmo Kourunen 10).

JKS - Vilpas 81-79 (41-38) (Kevin Francis 26, Magen McNeil 21/14, Tomi Jarvinen 12 - Aubrey Conerly 28, Amani Daanish 17/19, Quennell Green 17).



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ProB Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SU Braunsch. - Freiburg 67-74
SU Braunschweig remain without wins in the ProB and lost to Freiburg 67:74 at home. Crawford Domonique led the winners with 22 points, while Jeka Lee scored 20. Wysocki Kevin produced the same number of points for the hosts.

Wolfenbuettel - B'guessbach 108-82
Wolfenbuettel jumped to 4-0 record after 108:82 over B'guessbach. Whitman Connor and Knopke Henje top-scored for the winners with 24 points, whilst Theis Frank scored 21. Tadda Karsten ended up with 16 points for the visitors.

Rhoendorf - Speyer 80-61
Rhoendorf is also 4-0 after 80:61 over Speyer. Five players reached double digits for the winning side including 18 points from Moore Gabriel. Leber Armin resisted with 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Landshut - proveo Merl. 88-96
proveo Merlins had a road 88:96 victory over Landshut to take 3-1 record. Griffin John was unstoppable with 36 points and 4 assists.

Telemotive - Ehingen 72-70
Telemotive outscored Ehingen 72:70 for 3-1 record in the League. Zazai Achmadschah led the winners with 18 points and 6 boards. Dials Nick finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort.

Mainz - Osnabrueck 82-94
Osnabrueck produced an initial victory over Mainz 82:94 away from home. Ahnsehl Sascha top-scored for the winners with 19 points, Wachalski Steve and Hebbelmann Uwe each had 15.

Franken Hexer - Hannover 88-64
Franken Hexer bettered Hannover 88:64 for the first victory in the league. Hauer Sajmen notched 21 points in the winning side. Townsend Deandre had 13 in defeat and Prasuhn, Jan-Peter collected 12 points and the same number of rebounds.



Bundesliga Game Day 5: Sunday OT games and ALBA Berlin bouncing back! - by Michael Taylor
Sunday October 19th action of Bundesliga Game Day 5 featured two exciting overtime games and ALBA Berlin bouncing back for a strong win and return to the top of the standings!

Sunday October 19th
ALBA Berlin 98 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 63
ALBA Berlin bounced back from their midweek road loss to reclaim first place in the Bundesliga standings with a convincing 98-63 home win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Sunday at O2 World Arena in Berlin. ALBA bolted to a 32-21 1Q and held a 52-35 halftime lead. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his team kept the pressure on in the 3rd leading 75-52 after three. Casey Jacobsen led five double digit Berliners with 19pt hitting 4 threes in the win. Ansu Sesay (16pt 4reb), Immanuel McElroy (14pt), Rashad Wright (11pt) and Adam Chubb (10pt 6reb) were also productive for ALBA which shot 57% from the floor, made 10 of 23 threes (47%) and buried 18 of 23 FT (78%). Big men Marcus Slaughter (19pt 9reb) and Yemi Nicholson (11pt) reached double figures for Bremerhaven who hit 40% from the floor but only 2 of 20 from three in the loss. ALBA outrebounded Bremerhaven 37-23. Now, 5-1 ALBA moves back to first place in the early season Bundesliga standings while Bremerhaven slipped to 1-4.

Artland Dragons 81 Koln 99ers 70
Artland Dragons evened their record at 3-3 this season with a solid 81-70 home win over Koln 99ers Sunday evening at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his Dragons raced to a 27-18 1Q and built a 41-33 halftime lead over the 99ers. Koln trimmed the deficit to 56-53 heading into the 4th but the Dragons finished the game strong leading to the 81-70 home win. Lamont McIntosh topscored with 20pt, Darren Fenn added 19pt 7reb 4ast, Adam Hess 16pt 4reb and Darius Hall 10 for Artland. Recently signed German PF Yassin Idbihi was in top form scoring a gamehigh 23pt 6reb while Robert Turner chipped in 12pt. Artland shot 50% from the floor but made only 2 of 14 from three (14%) and 14 of 19 FT (73%). Koln shot 42% from the floor and made 5 of 16 threes (31%) along with 16 for 23 (69%) from the foul line. The 99ers outrebounded the Dragons 34-31.

Nordlingen 82 brose Baskets Bamberg 75 OT
Nordlingen surprised another opponent with a terrific team effort in their 82-75 overtime road win over brose Baskets Bamberg Sunday evening at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. Trailing by 6pts in the final minutes of regulation, Nordlingen buried two clutch three point shots to send the game to OT. Poor FT shooting plagued Bamberg down the stretch and in the extra session. Bamberg held a 22-21 lead after 1Q and extended it to 42-39 at half. Head Coach Andreas Wagner and his Nordlingen team responded with a 19-11 3Q and held a 58-53 lead going into Q4. Bamberg put themselves in position to win leading by 6 but Nordlingen found a way to even the score at 71 forcing overtime. Omari Westley led Nordlingen with a terrific 26pt 5reb game hitting 10 of 14 shots. Danny Gibson added 14pt on 4 of 9 threes and Nordlingen got 10pt apiece from Osvaldo Jeanty and Avi Kazarnovski in the win. Nate Johnson posted a 20pt 10reb double double for Bamberg and Predrag Suput added 15pt 7reb. Filberto Rivera chipped in 12pt 7ast and Jared Newson 10pt. Nordlingen shot 44% from the floor and outrebounded Bamberg 40-36 in the win. Bamberg shot 46%. Nordlingen enjoyed advantages from beyond the three point line (nordlingen 10-24 41% ;Bamberg 7-21 33%) and at the foul line (nordlingen 10-17 58%; Bamberg 8-19 42%). Nordlingen is now 4-1 while Bamberg is 1-4.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 78 Paderborn Baskets 77 OT
Dustin Salisberry and Kyle Visser celebrated their birthdays in style with NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig exciting 78-77 overtime home win over Paderborn Baskets Sunday evening at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. A close game throughout, both teams had opportunities to earn the win. In the final seconds of OT, trailing by two, Paderborn's Lavelle Felton drove past Visser and finished an And1 baseline pullup evening the score at 77. Missing the FT, Paderborn's Marius Nolte was called for a foul reaching against Braunschweig's Jason Cain. With 3sec remaining, Cain missed his first but made his second FT attempt giving Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his team the hardfought win. Salisberry led the Phantoms with 20pt 8reb while Visser and Jonathan Levy scored 16pt apiece. Will Franklin added 11pt and Jason Cain 10pt 8reb in the win. Lavelle Felton paced Paderborn with 21pt while Steve Esterkamp scored 14pt and Chris Ensminger posted a strong 14pt 15reb double double. Stephen Wright added 13pt in his return to face his former team. Braunschweig upped their record to 2-3 while Paderborn fell to 1-4.


Bundesliga Game Day 5: Comebacks Highlight Saturday action! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 5 tipped off Saturday night with tight games, exciting comebacks and surprising results!!

Saturday October 18th
Giants Dusseldorf 85 EnBW Ludwigsburg 82
Brendan Winters buried the decisive basket leading Giants Dusseldorf to an 85-83 comeback win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Burg-Wachter-Costello Arena in Dusseldorf. Matt Lottich topscored with 19pt 3-4threes, Gordon Geib 16pt 4reb 5ast, Winters 12pt 5reb, Pete Campbell 11pt 4reb and Todd Hendley 10 in the team win. Dusseldorf started strong outscoring Ludwigsburg 19-14 in the 1Q before the guests rallied for a 30-15 2Q and a 44-34 halftime lead. An even 3Q sent action into the final 10min with Ludwigsburg leading 65-57. A terrific 4Q comeback from Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's men, who have been an excellent second half team this season, resulted in a 28-17 4Q and exciting win. Brandon Woudstra paced Ludwigsburg with 19pts 4reb 3-3 threes followed by 14pt4reb from Deangelo Alexander, 11pt 7ast from Brian Jones and 10pt 4reb 2-3 threes from Dane Watts. For the game, Dusseldorf shot 46% from the floor and from the thre point line (12-26) while sinking 17 of 20 FT (85%). Ludwigsburg also shot well making 50% from the floor and 10 for 18 from three (55%) but 14 of 21 FT (67%). Dusseldorf improved to 3-1 while Ludwigsburg slipped to 4-2.

BG74 Gottingen 64 Deutsche Bank Skyliners 61
Gottingen used a strong second half to take a tight 64-61 road win over Deutsche Bank Skyliners Saturday night at BallSporthalle in Frankfurt. Cliff Brown posted a 22pt 10reb double double and Kyle Bailey added 10pt 9reb in the win for Head Coach John Patrick's team. Skyliners built a 19-13 lead after 1Q which they developed into a 39-28 advantage at half. Gottingen turned the game in the third with an 18-10 quarter pulling within 49-46 heading to the 4th. An 18-12 4Q sealed the comeback win for Gottingen who shot 33% from the floor and outrebounded Frankfurt 47-40. Frankfurt was without big man Lorenzo Gordon who left the game due to what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Skyliners shot 35% from the floor and made 15 of 20 FT (75%). Ilian Evtimov led the Skyliners with 16pt while Keith Simmons added 15pt 6reb 7ast and Konrad Wysocki grabbed 11 rebounds. Gottingen upped their record to 3-2 while Frankfurt fell to 2-3. For more details please read the Eurobasket game report from Miles Schmidt-Scheuber.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 80 ratiopharm Ulm 75
Jason Gardner scored 5 of his team best 21pts in the last minute breaking a 75-75 tie leading Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an exciting 80-75 home win over ratiopharm Ulm Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Ulm opened strong behind Sean Finn's hot start helping the guests take a 17-13 lead after 1Q. Oldenburg answered in Q2 outscoring their guests 23-14 in taking a 36-31 halftime lead. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds extended their advantage to as many as 16 points in the 3Q outscoring Ulm 28-20 with transition baskets and 3pt shots. Ulm's rookie forward Dan Fitzgerald buried three straight threes pulling his team back to 64-51 after three. Storming back with a 4Q comeback, ratiopharm Ulm cut the deficit with big baskets from Sean Finn, Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce and free throws from Jeff Gibbs. Finally evening the score at 75 on a Sean Finn basket, the stage was set for Oldenburg's Jason Gardner. A strong driving finish down the lane resulted in a game-breaking three point play giving Oldenburg a 78-75 lead with 18sec to play. On Ulm's ensuing possession, an errant pass was tracked down by Gardner and officials whistled an intentional foul on Ulm's Lee Humphrey after the Oldenburg guard raced down the left sideline. Gardner's 2FT sealed the thrilling home win. Oldenburg's perimeter players keyed the win with Gardner producing 21pt 7reb 5ast, Rickey Paulding 16pt 4reb and Je'kel Foster 13pt for the Thunderbirds. Sean Finn led Ulm scoring with 21pt 6reb 2blks while Jeff Gibbs added 11pt 9reb. Forwards Romeo Travis and Dan Fitzgerald chipped in 11pt 4reb apiece. Oldenburg shot 50% from the floor and 8 of 24 (33%) from three and 14 of 26 FT (53%) while ratiopharm Ulm sank 47% from the floor, 4 of 13 (30%) from three and 17 of 28 FT (60%). Oldenburg improved to 3-2 while ratiopharm Ulm fell to 4-1.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 102 TBB Trier 100 OT
Walter Tigers Tubignen earned an exciting 102-100 double overtime road win over TBB Trier Saturday night at Trier Arena. F Michael Haynes (8reb) and C Rasko Katic (10reb) scored 21pt apiece while PG Jermaine Anderson added 20pt 4reb 5ast in the Tiger win. The fast paced game saw Tubingen take a 23-16 lead after 1Q before the hosts from Trier answered to even the game at 39 at half. Trier took a 59-58 lead into the 4th but Tubingen evened the score and the game went to overtime tied at 79. Jamal Shuler led all scorers with 29pt (10-15fgs 6-6ft) while Derek Raivio added 26pt 5-9 threes 5ast and Maksym Shtein 16pt 5reb in the tough home loss for Trier. Tubingen shot 54% while Trier hit 51% from the floor. Tigers made 10 of 27 threes (37%) and 16 of 21 FT (76%) while Trier made 40% of their threes (12-30) and 67%FT (20 of 30). Tubingen's hardwork on the boards helped them outrebound Trier 43-29. Head Coach Tolga Ongoren and his Tubingen team improved to 3-2 while Trier slipped to 3-2.

LTi Giessen 46ers 70 Telekom Baskets Bonn 67
Heiko Schaffartzik buried the game winning three giving LTi Giessen 46ers their first win of the season in a 70-67 upset over Telekom Baskets Bonn Saturday night in Giessen. Michael Umeh led the 46ers with 16pt 8reb followed by 13pt apiece from Schaffartzik and Maurice Jeffers (6reb) and 11pt 6reb from Robert Maras. EJ Rowland led Bonn with 19pt 5reb 3ast while Winsome Frazier added 17pt 6reb. Bonn opened a 21-12 lead after 1Q and took a 39-28 lead into the halftime break. Bonn maintained their advantage taking a 54-46 lead into the 4th. Giessen's comeback victory was powered by a 24-13 4Q from Head Coach Simon Cote's team. Giessen shot 37% from the floor, made 7 f 15 threes (46%) and 29 of 38 FT (76%) while Bonn made 35% of their shots, 6 of 24 threes (25%) and 21 of 31 FT (67%) in the game. The 46ers outrebounded Bonn 37-35. The 46ers improved to 1-4 while Bonn dropped to 2-3.

Sunday October 19th
ALBA Berlin v Eisbaren Bremerhaven 5pm tip

Artland Dragons v Koln 99ers 5pm tip

brose Baskets Bamberg v Nordlingen 5pm tip

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig v Paderborn Baskets 5pm tip BBL.TV (www.sportdigital.tv)


ProA Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Langen - Bremen 75-78
Bremen remained undefeated after 78:75 over Langen last night. Jeffers Kyle top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Benzing Robin posted 17. Roosters were led by Weddle Jeremy who nailed 21 points.

Jena - Bayreuth 59-84
Bayreuth increased the positive start to 4-0 after a road victory over Jena 59:84. Harris Jaivon led the winners with 21 points, while Hamilton Gary collected 18 points and 14 rebounds. Williamson Drew notched 14 points for Jena that is 1-3 in the standings.

Karlsruhe - Chemnitz 84-89
Chemnitz improved to 2-2 taking the victory from Karlsruhe 89:84. Khartchenkov Nikita was the best for his team with 18 points. Pfeifer Dustin netted 17 and two other players finish with 15. Elliott Al and Kazarnovski Anton posted 23 points each in defeat.

MBC - Hagen 83-70
The game between MBC and Hagen was the key one of the round as the teams had 3-0 before the appearance. MBC improved to 4-0 after 83:70 over the opponent as Burks Gregory top-scored with 18 points.

Schalke - B.Muenchen 88-81
Schalke beat B.Muenchen 88:81 last night. Hall Melvin shined with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Buse Michael nailed 22 in defeat, while Morris Tim had 21.

ETB Wohnbau - Cuxhaven 80-84
Cuxhaven remain without losses even after 84:80 over ETB Wohnbau. Watkins Brandon was unstoppable with 30 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Thomas Tayron and Schroter Sebastian combined for 45 points in defeat.

Lich - teckproBraves 101-94
Lich bettered teckproBraves 101:94 in one of the games on Sunday. Johannes Lischka was unstoppable with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Ruffin scored 23 points for the visitors.

Heidelberg - Kirchheim 77-97
Kirchheim celebrated the first victory in the league over Heidelberg 77:97 away from home. Scott Gordon and Baumann Adamshined for the winners combining 55 points. Adeberg Sebastian produced 18 points in the losing effort.



1.Bundesliga Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Michael Taylor
Duesseldorf - EnBW L'burg 85-82
Brendan Winters buried the decisive basket leading Giants Dusseldorf to an 85-83 comeback win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Burg-Wachter-Costello Arena in Dusseldorf. Matt Lottich topscored with 19pt 3-4threes, Gordon Geib 16pt 4reb 5ast, Winters 12pt 5reb, Pete Campbell 11pt 4reb and Todd Hendley 10 in the team win. Dusseldorf started strong outscoring Ludwigsburg 19-14 in the 1Q before the guests rallied for a 30-15 2Q and a 44-34 halftime lead. An even 3Q sent action into the final 10min with Ludwigsburg leading 65-57. A terrific 4Q comeback from Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's men, who have been an excellent second half team this season, resulted in a 28-17 4Q and exciting win. Brandon Woudstra paced Ludwigsburg with 19pts 4reb 3-3 threes followed by 14pt4reb from Deangelo Alexander, 11pt 7ast from Brian Jones and 10pt 4reb 2-3 threes from Dane Watts. For the game, Dusseldorf shot 46% from the floor and from the thre point line (12-26) while sinking 17 of 20 FT (85%). Ludwigsburg also shot well making 50% from the floor and 10 for 18 from three (55%) but 14 of 21 FT (67%). Dusseldorf improved to 3-1 while Ludwigsburg slipped to 4-2.

Dt.Bank SKY - Goettingen 61-64
Gottingen used a strong second half to take a tight 64-61 road win over Deutsche Bank Skyliners Saturday night at BallSporthalle in Frankfurt. Cliff Brown posted a 22pt 10reb double double and Kyle Bailey added 10pt 9reb in the win for Head Coach John Patrick's team. Skyliners built a 19-13 lead after 1Q which they developed into a 39-28 advantage at half. Gottingen turned the game in the third with an 18-10 quarter pulling within 49-46 heading to the 4th. An 18-12 4Q sealed the comeback win for Gottingen who shot 33% from the floor and outrebounded Frankfurt 47-40. Frankfurt was without big man Lorenzo Gordon who left the game due to what is believed to be a shoulder injury. Skyliners shot 35% from the floor and made 15 of 20 FT (75%). Ilian Evtimov led the Skyliners with 16pt while Keith Simmons added 15pt 6reb 7ast and Konrad Wysocki grabbed 11 rebounds. Gottingen upped their record to 3-2 while Frankfurt fell to 2-3. For more details please read the Eurobasket game report from Miles Schmidt-Scheuber.

EWE Baskets - ratiopharm 80-75
Jason Gardner scored 5 of his team best 21pts in the last minute breaking a 75-75 tie leading Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an exciting 80-75 home win over ratiopharm Ulm Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Ulm opened strong behind Sean Finn's hot start helping the guests take a 17-13 lead after 1Q. Oldenburg answered in Q2 outscoring their guests 23-14 in taking a 36-31 halftime lead. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds extended their advantage to as many as 16 points in the 3Q outscoring Ulm 28-20 with transition baskets and 3pt shots. Ulm's rookie forward Dan Fitzgerald buried three straight threes pulling his team back to 64-51 after three. Storming back with a 4Q comeback, ratiopharm Ulm cut the deficit with big baskets from Sean Finn, Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce and free throws from Jeff Gibbs. Finally evening the score at 75 on a Sean Finn basket, the stage was set for Oldenburg's Jason Gardner. A strong driving finish down the lane resulted in a game-breaking three point play giving Oldenburg a 78-75 lead with 18sec to play. On Ulm's ensuing possession, an errant pass was tracked down by Gardner and officials whistled an intentional foul on Ulm's Lee Humphrey after the Oldenburg guard raced down the left sideline. Gardner's 2FT sealed the thrilling home win. Oldenburg's perimeter players keyed the win with Gardner producing 21pt 7reb 5ast, Rickey Paulding 16pt 4reb and Je'kel Foster 13pt for the Thunderbirds. Sean Finn led Ulm scoring with 21pt 6reb 2blks while Jeff Gibbs added 11pt 9reb. Forwards Romeo Travis and Dan Fitzgerald chipped in 11pt 4reb apiece. Oldenburg shot 50% from the floor and 8 of 24 (33%) from three and 14 of 26 FT (53%) while ratiopharm Ulm sank 47% from the floor, 4 of 13 (30%) from three and 17 of 28 FT (60%). Oldenburg improved to 3-2 while ratiopharm Ulm fell to 4-1.

LTi 46ers - Telekom B. 70-67
Heiko Schaffartzik buried the game winning three giving LTi Giessen 46ers their first win of the season in a 70-67 upset over Telekom Baskets Bonn Saturday night in Giessen. Michael Umeh led the 46ers with 16pt 8reb followed by 13pt apiece from Schaffartzik and Maurice Jeffers (6reb) and 11pt 6reb from Robert Maras. EJ Rowland led Bonn with 19pt 5reb 3ast while Winsome Frazier added 17pt 6reb. Bonn opened a 21-12 lead after 1Q and took a 39-28 lead into the halftime break. Bonn maintained their advantage taking a 54-46 lead into the 4th. Giessen's comeback victory was powered by a 24-13 4Q from Head Coach Simon Cote's team. Giessen shot 37% from the floor, made 7 f 15 threes (46%) and 29 of 38 FT (76%) while Bonn made 35% of their shots, 6 of 24 threes (25%) and 21 of 31 FT (67%) in the game. The 46ers outrebounded Bonn 37-35. The 46ers improved to 1-4 while Bonn dropped to 2-3.

TBB Trier - Walter Tigers 100-102
Walter Tigers Tubignen earned an exciting 102-100 double overtime road win over TBB Trier Saturday night at Trier Arena. F Michael Haynes (8reb) and C Rasko Katic (10reb) scored 21pt apiece while PG Jermaine Anderson added 20pt 4reb 5ast in the Tiger win. The fast paced game saw Tubingen take a 23-16 lead after 1Q before the hosts from Trier answered to even the game at 39 at half. Trier took a 59-58 lead into the 4th but Tubingen evened the score and the game went to overtime tied at 79. Jamal Shuler led all scorers with 29pt (10-15fgs 6-6ft) while Derek Raivio added 26pt 5-9 threes 5ast and Maksym Shtein 16pt 5reb in the tough home loss for Trier. Tubingen shot 54% while Trier hit 51% from the floor. Tigers made 10 of 27 threes (37%) and 16 of 21 FT (76%) while Trier made 40% of their threes (12-30) and 67%FT (20 of 30). Tubingen's hardwork on the boards helped them outrebound Trier 43-29. Head Coach Tolga Ongoren and his Tubingen team improved to 3-2 while Trier slipped to 3-2.

ALBA - Bremerhaven 98-63
ALBA Berlin bounced back from their midweek road loss to reclaim first place in the Bundesliga standings with a convincing 98-63 home win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Sunday at O2 World Arena in Berlin. ALBA bolted to a 32-21 1Q and held a 52-35 halftime lead. Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his team kept the pressure on in the 3rd leading 75-52 after three. Casey Jacobsen led five double digit Berliners with 19pt hitting 4 threes in the win. Ansu Sesay (16pt 4reb), Immanuel McElroy (14pt), Rashad Wright (11pt) and Adam Chubb (10pt 6reb) were also productive for ALBA which shot 57% from the floor, made 10 of 23 threes (47%) and buried 18 of 23 FT (78%). Big men Marcus Slaughter (19pt 9reb) and Yemi Nicholson (11pt) reached double figures for Bremerhaven who hit 40% from the floor but only 2 of 20 from three in the loss. ALBA outrebounded Bremerhaven 37-23. Now, 5-1 ALBA moves back to first place in the early season Bundesliga standings while Bremerhaven slipped to 1-4.

Art.Dragons - Koeln 99ers 80-71
Artland Dragons evened their record at 3-3 this season with a solid 81-70 home win over Koln 99ers Sunday evening at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his Dragons raced to a 27-18 1Q and built a 41-33 halftime lead over the 99ers. Koln trimmed the deficit to 56-53 heading into the 4th but the Dragons finished the game strong leading to the 81-70 home win. Lamont McIntosh topscored with 20pt, Darren Fenn added 19pt 7reb 4ast, Adam Hess 16pt 4reb and Darius Hall 10 for Artland. Recently signed German PF Yassin Idbihi was in top form scoring a gamehigh 23pt 6reb while Robert Turner chipped in 12pt. Artland shot 50% from the floor but made only 2 of 14 from three (14%) and 14 of 19 FT (73%). Koln shot 42% from the floor and made 5 of 16 threes (31%) along with 16 for 23 (69%) from the foul line. The 99ers outrebounded the Dragons 34-31.

NY Phantoms - Pad.Baskets 78-77
Dustin Salisberry and Kyle Visser celebrated their birthdays in style with NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig exciting 78-77 overtime home win over Paderborn Baskets Sunday evening at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. A close game throughout, both teams had opportunities to earn the win. In the final seconds of OT, trailing by two, Paderborn's Lavelle Felton drove past Visser and finished an And1 baseline pullup evening the score at 77. Missing the FT, Paderborn's Marius Nolte was called for a foul reaching against Braunschweig's Jason Cain. With 3sec remaining, Cain missed his first but made his second FT attempt giving Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his team the hardfought win. Salisberry led the Phantoms with 20pt 8reb while Visser and Jonathan Levy scored 16pt apiece. Will Franklin added 11pt and Jason Cain 10pt 8reb in the win. Lavelle Felton paced Paderborn with 21pt while Steve Esterkamp scored 14pt and Chris Ensminger posted a strong 14pt 15reb double double. Stephen Wright added 13pt in his return to face his former team. Braunschweig upped their record to 2-3 while Paderborn fell to 1-4.

Brose Baskets - Noerdlingen 75-82
Nordlingen surprised another opponent with a terrific team effort in their 82-75 overtime road win over brose Baskets Bamberg Sunday evening at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. Trailing by 6pts in the final minutes of regulation, Nordlingen buried two clutch three point shots to send the game to OT. Poor FT shooting plagued Bamberg down the stretch and in the extra session. Bamberg held a 22-21 lead after 1Q and extended it to 42-39 at half. Head Coach Andreas Wagner and his Nordlingen team responded with a 19-11 3Q and held a 58-53 lead going into Q4. Bamberg put themselves in position to win leading by 6 but Nordlingen found a way to even the score at 71 forcing overtime. Omari Westley led Nordlingen with a terrific 26pt 5reb game hitting 10 of 14 shots. Danny Gibson added 14pt on 4 of 9 threes and Nordlingen got 10pt apiece from Osvaldo Jeanty and Avi Kazarnovski in the win. Nate Johnson posted a 20pt 10reb double double for Bamberg and Predrag Suput added 15pt 7reb. Filberto Rivera chipped in 12pt 7ast and Jared Newson 10pt. Nordlingen shot 44% from the floor and outrebounded Bamberg 40-36 in the win. Bamberg shot 46%. Nordlingen enjoyed advantages from beyond the three point line (nordlingen 10-24 41% ;Bamberg 7-21 33%) and at the foul line (nordlingen 10-17 58%; Bamberg 8-19 42%). Nordlingen is now 4-1 while Bamberg is 1-4.



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Stats Leaders - A1
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Gregory, PAOK 19.5
2.Childress,Olympiakos 17.5
3.Radenovic,Panellinios 17
4.Bogdanos, Trikala 16.5
6. Vasiliadis, PAOK 16
Rebounds Per Game
1.Bryant, AEK 9.5
2.Nelson, Aris 9
3.Fotsis, PAO 6.5
4.Tsartsaris,PAO 6.5
5.Massie, Trikala 6.5
Assists Per Game
1.Apostolidis, AEL 8 2.Papaloukas, Olympiakos 6
3.Avery,Trikala 5.5
4.Tompson,AEK 5
5.Grundy,Panellinios 4
Steals Per Game
1.Nelson, Aris 3
2.Iliadis, Aris 2.5
3.Massie, Trikala 2.5
4.Golemac,Panellinios 2
5.Smith, Kollosos 2
Blocks Per Game
1.Fotsis, PAO 2
2.Sekulic, Aris 1.5
3.Childress,Olympiakos 1.5
4.Massie, Trikala 1.5
2FGP
1.Schultze,Olympia100%2.Childress,Olympiakos 80%
3.Gregory, PAOK 75%4.Perperoglou,PAO 72%
5.Pekovic,PAO 72%
3FGP
1.Diarra, PAOK 100%2.Diamantidis,PAO 100%
3Pelekanos, Olympiakos 75%
4.Nemeth, AEK 72%
Free Throws
1.Batis, Olympia 100%
2.Kiritsis, PAOK 100%
3.Vasilievic, Kollosos 91%
4.Wesson,PAOK 90%
5.Hatzis,AEK 88%
Childress,Olympiakos 100%
4.Zoroski,Panionios 100%
5.Perperoglou,PAO 100%
6.Jasikeviciuc,PAO 100%
Ranking
1.Wesson, PAOK 1.013 2.Pelekanos,Olympiakos0.992
3.Massie, Trikala 0.921 4.Baxter,Panionios 0.915
5.Tsairelis,AEL 0.862


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FEB Results: West-Brabant Giants Win On Griffin Buzzer Beater Over BlueStream, Upstairs Weert Pull Out Close Win, Aris Friesland, Hanzevast Capitals Get Blowout Wins - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, West-Brabant Giants continue to progress after a rough start, thanks to a game-winning three-pointer from an unlikely source to break BlueStream's hearts, with Upstairs Weert doing enough to hold off Landstede Basketball, with Aris Friesland and Hanzevast Capitals winning in blowouts, Aris Friesland over Matrixx Magixx and Hanzevast over ZZ Leiden.

In Den Helder, a game-winning three-pointer by hero
Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) helped send BlueStream to another close loss in two days, helping West-Brabant Giants to its second straight win in a 103-100 thriller. Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) led the visitors with 25 pts., with Griffin adding 23 pts. and 10 rebounds, Dutch international Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) added 19. BlueStream, who shot the ball pretty well (68.3% FG, 10 three-pointers made, 14-14 from the free throw line), were led by Darnell Dialls (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) with 24 pts. and Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) added 22 pts. and pulled down 14 boards. The Giants were sizzling from the three-point line, making 15 of 25. West-Brabant Giants are now 2-3.


In Weert, Upstairs Weert, coming off a tough Thursday night home loss to Eiffel Towers, held off a strong Landstede Basketball challenge, prevailing by the score of 88-85. Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) led the way for the Limburgers with 24 pts., with Niels Vorenhout (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) adding 17. Landstede's Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) led all scorers with 27 pts. and 11 rebounds.


In the Martiniplaza, Hanzevast Capitals got themselves on track, getting off to a good start and dominating the second, taking no prisoners on ZZ Leiden with an 84-63 blowout win. Hanzevast dominated the glass with a 44-26 difference while holding the guests to 40% FG, while shooting themselves 56.1% from the field. Dutch international Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 17 pts. Hanzevast are now 2-2.


In Leeuwarden, Aris Friesland head coach Pete Miller gets his 1st win in good fashion, with Aris dominating the 1st half (47-31 halftime), and rolling to an 89-70 blowout win. The backcour tof Aris gave Matrixx fits, with Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) leading Aris with 23 pts., with 7 rebounds and 3 steals, Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) adding 22 pts., 8 assists and 3 steals. Eric Nelson (201-F/C-76, college: Vermont) led Matrixx with 17 pts.



Eredivisie Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Upstairs Weert - Landstede 88-85
Upstairs Weert celebrated tight victory against Landstede Zwolle mostly owing to Omni Smith, who collected 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Gerard Punch shined in Zwolle adding 27 points, 11 boards and 7 assists. He was very close to triple-double. Weert currently has 2-2 while Zwolle slipped on 2-3.

Hanzev.Cpt - ZZ Leiden 84-63
Hanzevast Capitals blasted ZZ Leiden at home improving its score in Eredivisie on 2-2. Rogier Jansen was the top scorer of the winning team with 17 points. Bubba Walther and Frank Schaftenaar netted 13 points each for ZZ Leiden but it was not enough for the second victory, 1-4.

Den Helder - West-Brabant 100-103
Game winning triple at the buzzer by Brandon Griffin helped West-Brabant Giants to move up on 2-3. Match hero Griffin ended this one with 23 points and 10 boards. Durelle Brown was even better adding 25 points, 8 boards and 4 assists. Den Helder stays on 1 win in 4 games. Darnell Dialls and Bradley Strickland had 46 points and 19 rebounds together for the hosts.

Aris Friesland - M.Magix 89-70
Aris Friesland registered victory number one in Eredivise thanks to well played first half 47-31. After 3-0, Matrixx Magix suffered second consecutive defeat. Matt Bauscher added 22 points, 7 boards and 8 assists for the winners while Tristan Blackwood was behind him with 22 points and 8 assists. Eric Nelson had 17 points and 5 rebounds for Nijmegen.

Eiff.Towers - Rotterdam 96-77
As it was expected, Eiffel Towers recorded easy home win for 5-0 in Eredivisie. Jerome Beasley led his team to victory delivering 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bobby Walker posted 17 points for Rotterdam, who after today's defeat has 2-2.


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Easy win for Kormend in the season-opener - by Tamas Deri
Last night the season 2008-09 started with the game Kormend against Enternet-Hegyvidek, the new first division team of our capital city, Budapest. As well known, the team of Hodmezovasarhely decided some weeks ago to leave the city and build up a new club in Budapest, which is the only one in the first division not employing any foreigner player.

Until the afternoon no one knew if there will be a season-opener in Kormend as the referees could not agree - until 4pm - about increasing their salaries and make some necessary changes to make some arenas more safe. So the season could start and Kormend had one easy victory before the rematch against the Eiffel Towers in Den Bosh next tuesday.

POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KORMEND - ENTERNET-NTE HEGYVIDEK 116-76
(33-6, 28-22, 36-21, 19-27)
Krmend, Att.: 1500, Referees: Szajer, Eperjessy
KORMEND: Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: NYIT) 17, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 10/3, Hegedus 9/3, Bialek 13/3, Toth 15, McCullogh 13/6, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/9, Kocsis 6/6, Keresztes 8, Banks 7, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 10/3, Pusks 4, Peter Farago (182-G-84) 11/3, Will 6/3, Fulop 9, Peter Likar (203-F/C-84) 11/3, Kovats 8, Beak, Lazar 3, Peter Hajmasy (194-F-88) 12/12, Baross 2, Coach: Kovats Laszlo


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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Harem SC - Umana Reyer 63-71
Umana Reyer Venezia celebrated the second win in the season as they knocked down Harem SC 71:63 on the road today. Five players scored in double figures for Venezia with Nathan Green leading his teammates with 12 points. Rodlfo Rombaldoni and Paolo Alberti added 11 points each in the win. Joel Salvi finished with 23 points and 11 boards for Harem as they fell to 1-2 record.

Trenkwalder - Vanoli SO 85-67
Trenkwalder also earned the second win in three games as they trounced Vanoli 85:67 at home court. Chris Heinrich fired 20 points and pulled down 10 boards to ensure the winning outcome for Reggio Emilia. Alvin Young added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Troy Bell answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Vanoli.

Banco Sard. - Prima VE 86-83
Banco Sardegna snatched a narrow 86:83 victory against Prima Veroli. Massimo Chessa came off the bench to pour in 20 points for the hosts bringing them to the second win in the season. Jason Rowe accounted for 15 points in the win. Kyle Hines replied with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Prima Veroli in the losing effort.

Carmatic PI - Cimberio VA 71-73
Cimberio remained atop of the Lega2 stangings after they eked out a 73:71 win over Carmatic. Randolph Childress came up with 17 points for Cimberio in the win. Kaniel Dickens was responsible for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Brent Darby netted 19 points for Carmatic as they slipped to 1-2 from the start of the season.

Basket RC - Edimes PV 99-70
Rimini Crabs cruised to a 99:70 home success over Edimes Pavia. Chris McCray nailed 21 points for Rimini Crabs as they claimed the opening win in the season. Giacomo Gurini chipped in 13 points off the bench. Jeffrey Viggiano answered with 18 points for Edimes Pavia.

Basket LI - Aget IM 83-75
Basket Livorno prevailed against Aget Imola 83:75 in tough battle today. Marcelus Kemp fired 26 points to lift Livorno to the second win in the season. Joseph Bunn answered with game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds for Aget Imola in defeat.

Pallacan.RO - Fastweb CM 75-66
Pallacanestro snapped their losing streak beating Fastweb Casale 75:66 in the third round. Sylvere Bryan dominated the scene as he topscored for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Zabian Dowdell replied with game-high 29 points for Casale.

Enel Brindisi - Fileni JE 85-93
Fileni Jesi needed an extra period to outscore pesky Enel Brindisi 93:85 today. Fileni thus secured their perfect record at the start of the championship. The league leaders trailed by as many as 7 points before the fourth term but managed to force overtime at the end of regulation. Michele Maggioli and Antonio Maestranzi then ensured the third straight win for the visitors. Maggioli led the charge with 23 points, while Maestranzi added 20 points in the win. Marcus Hatten and Marco Killingsworth responded with 26 points each for Enel Brindisi.



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  JAPAN   


JBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hitachi S. - Panasonic 59-76
Panasonic improved to 5-1 in the standings after a road win over Hitachi 56:79. Nagayama Makoto top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 3 rebounds. Takeuchi Joji collected 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 87-76
Tochigi Brex edged Mitsubishi 87:76 in the only game on October 18th. Kawamura Takuya shined with 27 points for the winning side. Parada Adam collected 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, while Sato Takuya had 13.

Hokkaido - Toyota 79-84
Toyota overcame Hokkaido 79:84 away from home on Sunday. O'Bannon Charles was unstoppable with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while his teammate Takahashi Michael posted 23 points and made 13 rebounds.

Toshiba - Aishin 70-85
Aishin improved to 4-2 after a road win over Toshiba 70:85. Selvy Daryan ended up with 20 points, whilst Takeuchi Kosuke had 19 points and 16 rebounds and Henderson-Sakuragi posted 19. Kikuchi Shohei nailed 21 points in the losing effort.



JBL2 Standings
JBL2 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 1-0 
 2. Toyoda Gosei 1-0 
 3. Hitachi C.B. 1-0 
 4. Toyota Tsusho 0-0 
 5. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 6. Ishikawa 0-1 
 7. Kuroda Electric 0-1 
 8. Kagoshima 0-1 


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  JORDAN   


JBF President: To be or not to be - by Mohammed Malas
In a long speech with Al Ghad local newspaper, The Jordanian Basketball Federation (JBF) president Tarek Zu'bi assured that the Jordanian Men National Team need a support from all the parties of the jordanian community in order to raise the challenge into worldwide level.

Eng. Zu'bi wonders: 'To where we're going to?, Do we want to qualify to World Cup Turkey 2010?, Are we qualified to make it?' If the answer is yes then we need a national decision which give us a support for our preperation for a better jordan and that needs a financoa; support from goverment, private sectors and from any other to prepare the team in proper way to see the dream come through' he added.

New decisions were announced through Eng. Zu'bi in the interview for a better basketball in jordan to acheive the putten goals:

1- Helping clubs in signing with qualified professional coaches in order to raise the abilities of the local players wehter they're in the NT or not.
2- Naturalizing a player to be a backup for Rasheim Wright to avoid problems in future 'So far he's Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire)'.
3- National Team head coach portuguese Mario Leonel Palma and his assistant Mario Gomes will take over champions Zain Club who consists of 9 players from the national pool squad for the upcoming season 2008-2009 to resume on the same plan of preperations.
4- Keep in touch with jordanian players abroad and involve them to the NT and clubs inside the countries 'Note: 7 thousand players are now registered in the federation comparing with one thousand only before 5 years only!'.
5- Ending the Jordanian Premier League (JPL) early 'Before the 31st of March 2009' to give the chance to the NT players to have some rest before going back to the NT trainings.
6- Establishing contacts before april 2009 to insure participation in Asian and Arab Clubs Championships under the name of Zain Club before camping in the USA and Spain to prepare for Asian Nations Championship 2009 in China.

# Jordan National Team titles in the last 2 years:
2006: Asian Games in Qatar - 4th place
2007: 29th William Jones Cup in Chinese Tipei - 1st place
2007: 24th Asian Nations Championship in Japan - 5th place
2007: 6th King Abdullah II Cup in Jordan - 1st place
2007: 17th Arab Nations Cup in Egypt - 1st place
2007: 11th Pan Arab Games in Egypt - 2nd place
2008: West Asian Nations Championship in Jordan - 2nd place
2008: 30th William Jones Cup in Chinese Tipei - 1st place
2008: 6th Qatar Invitational Tournament - 1st place
2008: 2nd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup - 1st place


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 2. Moutahed 0-0 
 3. Antranik 0-0 
 4. Sagesse 0-0 
 5. Anibal 0-0 
 6. Champville 0-0 
 7. Blue Stars 0-0 
 8. Feytroun 0-0 
 9. Tebnine 0-0 
 10. Kahraba 0-0 


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Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Etzella 3-0 
 2. Musel Pikes 3-0 
 3. Black Star 3-0 
 4. Sparta 2-1 
 5. Amicale 1-2 
 6. Racing 1-2 
 7. T71 1-2 
 8. Residence 1-2 
 9. Heffingen 0-3 
 10. Contern 0-3 


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  MONTENEGRO   


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).


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Day 1 Results - by Nour Amri
DAY 1 Results
Moroccos basketball season got underway last Saturday. A quick analysis of this Day 1 shows that most of the participants are still tuning their team as many of them refresh their rosters.
Newcomer Division 1 team IRAN Nador has made things very difficult to reigning Champions IRT who suffered and struggled to get his first win of the season (87-78). The other newcomer ASE Essaouira secured his first away win of the season over CMC Casablanca (66-69). A very good result for coach Bouzidi who will be travelling to Egypt next week as he will be coaching the U18 National Team in the African Championship Tournament.
No real surprise with the others results. FUS won a non ready WAC (68-60). MAS edge past KAC 63-70 and ASS won RCA crushed 59-78 a non existing RCA.


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Canterbury youngster Ben Constable playing college basketball for legendary coach Rollie Massimino - by Kahn Hart
Promising Canterbury junior Ben Constable (198-F) is currently attending Northwood in Palm Beach, Florida. Constable was recruited to play at Northwood by legendary coach Rollie Massimino who is best known for leading the unheralded Villanova Wildcats to the national title as an eighth seed back in 1985. The Northwood team who are known as the Seahawks have won back to back Florida Sun Conference titles and reached the NAIA national tournament in back to back years, most recently making it as far as the Elite Eight. Playing for such an accomplished coach in Massimino and for a solid Northwood team should help the 6 foot 7 Constable improve as a player, he led his high school team to the national high school basketball tournament on a number of occasions and played very well for Canterbury age group sides. Having players recieve scholarships to American colleges can only help to improve the standard of the game in New Zealand, so hopefully this trend continues and New Zealand's premier basketball talent keep crossing the Pacific Ocean to enhancing their basketball abilities.

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  NORWAY   


Eagles rob Aliens - by Kaare Vangen
Ulriken Eagles were down with 5 when one minute was left on the clock. But then Marco Elsafadi (193-G/F-76) buried a three and gave Eagles the hope they needed. After the match coach Audun Eskeland was not satisfied with the way the team played but was VERY satisfied with the win. Marco Elsafadi and Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) were the leading forces for Eagles. Aliens saw Ronny Karlsen (203-F-78, college: Independence CC) make his comeback after injury but had the loss anyway.

Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Froya 4-0 
 2. Sandvika 4-0 
 3. Centrum 3-1 
 4. Stavanger 2-0 
 5. NTNUI 2-1 
 6. OSI 1-3 
 7. Persbraaten 1-3 
 8. Langhus 1-3 
 9. Varden 1-3 
 10. Trondheim 1-4 
 11. Kristiansand 0-2 


Div1 Stats Leader
1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 T.Randolph,Langh.26.5
2 K.Krasniqi,Kr.s. 23.0
3 K.Osland,OSI 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 R.Beqiri, Kr.sand 16.0
2 H.Mostafa, Stav. 12.0
3 P.Sivertsen, Stav. 11.0
Assists Per Game
1 T.Tomic,Kr.sand 9.0
2 T.Randolph,Langh. 6.3
3 T.Mjos, Sandvika 5.0


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 5-0 
 2. Ulriken 4-1 
 3. Harstad 3-2 
 4. Asker 2-2 
 5. Ammerud 1-1 
 6. Gimle 1-4 
 7. 3B 1-5 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-2 


BLNO Stats Leaders
BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 A. Paunovic, Fj. 26.5
2 W.Sharma, Fjellh. 26.5
3 J.Rogers, Harstad 24.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 T.Finger, Tr. 15.2
2 P.Bullock, Ulriken 10.4
3 R.Karlsen, Asker 9.5
Assists Per Game
1 J.Rogers, Harstad 8.0
2 B.Elsafadi, Am. 6.5
3 H.Issalhi, Tromso. 5.8


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Arab Orthodox 1-0 
 2. Takafi 1-0 
 3. Bethlehem 1-0 
 4. Hawar 0-0 
 5. Hathen 0-0 
 6. Al Fara 0-0 
 7. Celisian 0-0 
 8. Orthodox 0-0 
 9. Aramax Serria 0-0 
 10. Ania or Wadi J. 0-0 
 11. Ebal 0-0 
 12. Oscar Camp 0-0 
 13. Islami 0-0 
 14. Balata 0-0 
 15. Jensafot 0-0 
 16. Terrasanta 0-0 
 17. Al Ahli 0-0 
 18. Al Bira 0-1 
 19. De La Salle 0-1 
 20. Catholic Action 0-2 


Day 3: Two exciting fun to watch games in the first "AlAhd & Wafa" Tournament - by Tamara Awartani
Qalandia vs. Catholic Action 73 - 70
The game was exciting and showed closeness of level. Qalandia started hard, playing an inside & outside game leading the first quarter 23-10 while Catholic action pulled themselves together to lead the second quarter 23-12 and the third 17-16, where both teams played great defense on both team key players. The fourth quarter was the most exciting with both teams needing to focus & playing hard to win, where Qalandia was able to take the lead back that resulted in winning the game, 22-20.
Qalandia best players were Moyad Matkh, Adham Ali, Ismael Hamad, Rami Bzei and Nizar Shihadeh. While Catholic Action best players were Shadi Bahnan, Yassin Sharabati,George Qanawati, Issa Qaraa, and Johnny Bikki.

Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs. Al Bireh 68 - 62
A fun to watch game that showed a lot of skill and nice moves. Orthodoxi Beit Jala lead most of the quarters, 21-19, 16-9, 15-11 showing skill in playing inside & outside scoring a number of 3 points.
AlBireh kept on fighting till the last second, leading the last quarter 23-16, not giving Orthodoxi Beit Jala an easy win.
Orthodoxi Beit Jala best players were Raed Abu Rumman, who stood out by scoring most of the points, assisting and rebounding, Kamal Mkarker the 3point shooter, Khalil Harb, Osama Abed Rabo, Rami Fleifel and Rimon Zreineh.
While AlBireh best players were Shadi Bajali, Mustafa Yasser, Ahmad Awadallah, Foad Jarrar and Mustafa Sandouka.


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  PANAMA   


Metrobasket 2008 is preparing to begin the season at end of October.- - by Eddie Munoz
The Metrobasket 2008 season is supposed to begin last week of October with the local players mainly with last CBS Championship who was won by Caimanes de Rio Abajo. The Last year Champions were Canguros de Parque Lefevre who are taking shape to repeat as Champions in 2008 some players of this same team in CBS are in touch with Coaches so they can fix a compettive group. Players like Randy Lay, Jorge Taton, Daniel Munoz, Jinmy Allen, Fabio Gomez , Ivan Picart are some players that probably have action this season.

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  PARAGUAY   


Sol wins Game 3 - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84), who poured in 33 points, Sol de America dominated Game 3 of the Top 5 Finals yesterday night, defeating Libertad 84-68. The aggregate result is now 2-1 for Libertad, and Sol has the opportunity to tie the series tomorrow, when willl be played Game 4. The other best performers were Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul), who scored 22 pts for Sol, Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) and Aldo Acosta (192-F-76), who led Libertad with 18 and 12 points. Imports Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) and Renaldo Johnson (201-F-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) (inujured at a foot) disappointed, combining for only 8 points...

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  POLAND   


1Liga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sudety JG - MMKS DG 59-69
MMKS Dabrowa secured the third spot in the ladder as they snatched a 69:59 road win over Sudety Jelenia Gora. Dabrowa thus improved to 4-2 record, while dropping Jelenia Gora to 3-3. Radoslaw Basinski paced the visitors with 19 points. Tomasz Deja tallied 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jakub Czech nailed 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Sudety in defeat.

Siarka T. - Prokom II 97-75
Siarka Tarnobrzeg got 23 points from Piot Mis and overcame Prokom II 97:75 in the sixth round. The win allowed Siarka to climb to 3-3 record in the ladder. Prokom II remained winless at 0-6 despite 15 points from Jakub Kietlinski.

Sokol L. - Resovia 71-32
Sokol stayed among the leaders with a stunning 71:32 win against Resovia. Lukasz Kwiatkowski nailed 15 points to lead the charge. Tomasz Pisarczyk contributed 11 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mirowlaw Babiarz was the best scorer for Resovia as he netted 7 points.

Zastal ZG - AZS Kalisz 57-44
Zastal Zielona Gora ensured the 4th success in the season as they toppled AZS Kalisz 57:44 in a low-scoring affair today. Pawel Wiekiera notched 16 points and 8 boards for Zastal. Rafal Rajewicz added 10 points in the win. Jaroslaw Kalinowski accounted for 12 points for Kalisz as they fell to 3-3.

LKS Lodz - Stal SW 84-69
Lodz were the winners in Round 6. They handled Stal Stalowa Wola 84:69 to improve to 4-2 record in the standings. Michal Saran poured in 19 points and collected 9 boards to lead the action. Tomasz Marculewicz added 16 points in the winning case. Rafal Partyka and Karol Szpyrka answered with 14 points each for Stal.

Zubry - Znicz Basket 91-69
Zubry took care of Znicz Basket 91:69 at home court. Andrzej Misiewicz knocked down 23 points and grabbed 10 caroms to propel the hosts to the victory. Rafal Kulikowski was helpful with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Jakub Dloniak answered with 24 points for Znicz in the loss.

Big Star - MOSiR Kr. 79-70
Big Star notched the 6th straight win in the season as they held off MOSiR Krosno 79:70 at home. The teams entered the game undefeated but Big Star used the home court advantage to pull away with a hard-fought win. Krzystof Mielczarek knocked down 19 points and collected 8 boards for the winners. Lukasz Frankowski nailed 17 points in the win. Piotr Pluta knocked down 17 points for MOSiR in the loss.



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  PORTUGAL   


Esgueira, Electrico and Queluz beat LPB teams - by Portugal Eurobasket
Day 4 of LPB brought again games between league teams and Proliga in which three from the lower division managed to win on the road. Esgueira won at Fisica, Electrica at Ginasio and finally on Sunday's mourning, Queluz beat neighbours Belenenses who still didn't win a single game so far. As for the leadership, Ovarense and CAB Madeira got expressive wins while Benfica sweat a lot against Sampaense, getting the win in the last shot of the game with a three-pointer by Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan). The trio leads with 4 wins in 4 games.

DAY 4

Belenenses-Queluz, 75-78
Vagos-AngraBasket, 102-64
Ovarense-Seixal, 101-53
CAB Madeira-Galitos, 70-54
Benfica-Sampaense, 78-75
Fisica-Esgueira, 82-86
Ginasio-Electrico, 89-94
FC Porto-Sangalhos, 83-68
Barreirense-Illiabum, 85-59
Academica-Barcelos, 71-60
Vitoria-Atletico, 83-64


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


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  QATAR   


Al-Arabi Sign Aaron Haynes - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Al Arabi Club have signed forward Aaron Haynes (202-F-81, college: Boise St.) for the 2008-09 season. Haynes has previously played in Finland, Sweden, the UAE and Lebanon, and has been dominant everywhere he has played. Last year in Lebanon, he had an outstanding season with Sporting Feytroun where he finished 2nd in scoring (24), 1st in rebounding (17.8 ), 5th in assists (5.8), 1st in blocked shots (2.2), and 1st in free-throw % (82.8). Basically, he can do it all on the court and at a very high level. It will be very exciting to watch him play this year, and I am sure that he will add something very special to the Qatari League.

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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Al Ittihad brings back Sealy - by Mohammed Malas
Al Ittihad club from Jeddah decided to bring back the american coach Felton Sealey to take over the 1st team...

Sealey coached Al Ittihad before in season 2003-2004 leading them to 4 titles (Nukhba Cup, League, Arab Clubs Championship & Prince Faisal Bin Fahed Cup), He was last season in UAE with Al Ahli club adding to a previous experience in Malaysia (Petronas Club for 4 seasons).


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  SCOTLAND   


CUMMINS IN A HURRY - by Sandy Sutherland
Irish international guard Paul Cummins made a sensational debut for Edinburgh Kings in

their 74-60 away Scottish League win over East Lothian Buccaneers at Musselburgh, scoring 32 points, eight of them three-pointers, in a performance which lifted the champions clear of their feisty local rivals.
After hitting from beyond the arc just before the end of the first quarter to make the

score 23-12 to the visitors, Cummins hit five more in the second quarter to take Kings to

46-26 at half-time and two more 'treys' in the second half were the icing on the cake.
A native of Kildare and a graduate in music and pyschology from Lafayette University, a US

division one NCAA college, Cummins is studying for a masters degree in sports pysychology

at Edinburgh University and will be a certainty for the Scottish Universities team to

contest the Home Nations title next April.
It remains to be seen if he will have as big an influence on the Kings as recently

departed Aussie Brett Jefferies, who finished his distinguished stint at the end of last

season by helping the capital outfit to a cup and league double, but the early signs are

good.
'He plays with the dynamism that creates so many scoring opportunities and he certainly

was hot this time - Paul offers us a huge addition to the armoury,' said a delighted Kings

coach Danny Costello.
Scottish caps Paddy Campbell added 20 and Simon Flockhart 10 for Kings, who dried up for

fully five minutes at the start of the second half as Buccs, with Swedish centre Rob Jansson fit to play against his old club despite a finger injury, took the fight to them.
America Dawawn Wells, in his last game for before starting a pro contract with Wrexham in

the English second division, had 17, Grant Gibson 14, Jansson 10 and Zimbabwean Simba

Mamboininga 10 for Buccs, who, with their full team available, could well have rattled the

champions.
St Mirren ended Falkirk Fury's unbeaten run and are now the only undefeated team in the

league after a 67-56 away win at the Mariner centre.
Polonia Phoenix went down to a surprise 65-61 home defeat Cumbernauld side St Maurice Lady

Gladiators at Wester Hailes EC yesterday, despite 14 from Lynsey Campbell for Phoenix.
Junior cap Erin McGarrachan had an outstanding 27 for the Gladiators.
Phoenix enjoyed a 83-44 win over Gladiators in the junior women's game.
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  SERBIA   


Serbian B league, round 3: Supefund lost from Mladost Cacak, Vojvodina Zlatiborac and Kikinda won at home - by Zoran Popovic
Superfund BP Beograd-Mladost Cacak 81-94 (15-25, 23-19, 19-20, 24-30)

Mladost Cacak players showed good game in Belgrade. From the begining of the match Mladost Cacak showed strong and agresive game. In some period of the match advantage was +10 for the guests from Cacak. In the third quarter Superfund made break and equlized result on 44-44, but they havent got enough strenght to turnover the result.

Superfund BP Beograd: Popovic, Ljubicic 11, Radovanovic 6, Lesic 27, Hukic, Malidzan 9, Barac, Vejinovic 12, Kankaras, Kostic 4, Petrovic 4, Matic 8.
Mladost Cacak: Rakovic, Papic 7, Terzic 23, Azanjac 3, Vojinovic 3, Tresac 3, Marinkovic, Dukanac 22, Todorovic, Gemeljanovic 25, Avramovic, Jakovljevic 8.

KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 111-103 (38-24, 32-21, 15-32, 26-26)

The match played in Novi Sad, KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad players won routinely. Both teams scored more than 100 points on the match and they didnt show strong defence. The most efficient player for domestic players was Roncevic who scored 22 points and for the guests from Belgrade Dragojevic scored 23 points.

KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad: Vukoje 16, Drobnjak, S.Knezevic 2, Nemanja Knezevic 8, Drakulic 6, Nebojsa Kezevic 21, Glisic 12, Kostic 8, Andjusic 14, Roncevic 22, Kitanovic 2.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 23, Cimbaljevic, Socanac 1, Knezevic 22, Jovanovic 7, Djakovic 16, Torlak 13, Kakuca, Bogdanovic, Matic 12, Aleksic, Bulatovic 9.

Kikinda-Sloboda 79-71 (22-19, 27-17, 20-19, 10-16)

After the two lost games Kikinda beats Sloboda in the third round. Domestic players made advantage in the first half, which was enough to the end of the game. Excellent role for Kikida showed Simic who scored 20 points and better than others in Sloboda was Malesevic with 16 points.

Kikinda: Mladenovic 5, Ilic 10, Bogdanovic 3, Cerina, Krajinovic 7, Vokic 7, Cvetkovic 15, Tesla, Trkulja, Simic 20, Zeljkovic 11, Mihajlovic 1.
Sloboda: Tasic, Malesevic 16, Bodic 15, Obrenovic 11, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 10, Djeric 2, Djokic 2, Panic 6, Stanic, Bakralcic 9.


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Stats Leaders - 1A
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.D.Krejic (TCG) 24,0
2.G.Goodrich (Zag) 21,7
3.S.King (Hop) 21,3
4.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 19,3
5.A.Masic (Zlat) 18,7
Rebounds Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 12,0
2.J.Johnson (Zag) 11,7
3.D.Drobnjak (Krka) 10,0
4.T.Brown (Alp) 9,5
5.S.Nuhanovic (Zlat) 8,3
Assists Per Game
1.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 7,3
2.M.Cmer (Kop) 5,0
B.Jovanovic (Epic) 5,0
4.D.Drobnjak (Krka) 4,5
5.G.Goodrich (Zag) 4,3
Steals Per Game
1.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 3,3
2.Dunovic (Alp) 2,7
3.D.Drobnjak (Krka) 2,5
K.Breze (Hop) 2,5
5.G.Goodrich (Zag) 2,3
Blocks Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 3,7
2.A.Sadibasic (Alp) 1,7
3.T.Brown (Alp) 1,5
4.T.Soda (Gor) 1,3
S.Nuhanovic (Zlat) 1,3
Ranking
1.S.King (Hop) 30,0
2.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 22,0
3.D.Krejic (TCG) 21,5
4.M.Marcetic (Gor) 21,3
5.A.Masic (Zlat) 21,0


Zlatorog crush Koper in the battle of unbeaten teams - by Zeljko Zule
UPC League - Round 3: Zlatorog-Luka Koper 89-52: In the battle of the unbeaten teams, it was no contest as Zlatorog crushed Koper by 37 points. Zlatorog, which never trailed, opened the game with a 6-0 run and pushed the lead to 13-4 after five minutes and used a run of 20 points spanning halftime to turn the game into a rout. Ante Masic (200-G/F-85) scored 32 points on shoting 10-of-11 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, Ali Berdiel 11 of his 20 points posted in last five minutes and Nejc Strnad added 15 points. Koper commited 23 turnovers and shot just 54 percent (20-of-37) from the free-throw line. Drazen Bubnic finished with 14 points and Emanuel Richter and Miha Cmer added 10 apiece.
Hopsi-Geoplin Slovan 74-75: Dejan Delic hit a game winning jumper with 4 seconds to play and Slovan handed Hopsi its first loss of the season. Zoran Dragic had 14 points, Delic 13 and Milan Klepo 11. Hopsi outrebounded its opponent by 38-27 but commited 20 turnovers. Shawn King finished with 17 points and 20 rebounds, Marko Samanic posted 22 points and Danijel Vujasinovic dished out 11 assists.
Alpos Sentjur-TCG Mercator 84-88: The guests was outrebounded 23-40 but Dario Krejic posted 31 points off the bench to led five scorers in double figures. Ljek Nicaj netted 14 points, Primoz Skok 13, Simon Finzgar 12 and Mensud Julevic 11. Alpos tied at 70 with six minutes left but Mercator responded with 9 consecutive points. Dean Dunovic posted 23 points, Armin Avdibegovic 21 and Takais Brown had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Zagorje-Nova Gorica 82-74: Import players led Zagorje to gain its first win of the season. Gilbert Goodrich collected 24 points and 6 assists, Josuhua Johnson registering a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Milos Svakovic grabbed 11 rebounds. Gorica fell to 0-3. Marko Marcetic netted 20 points and Dejan Cikic 17.


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ACB Action Round 4 - by Paul Nilsen


Round 4 of the ACB had some huge results for many teams, even early in the season while for others, it was confirmation of huge problems and not least in Seville writes www.acb-basket.com. Our game of the week featured Cajasol up against Bruesa GBC and as we predicted, the home team lost leaving Manel Comas with an 0-4 record and a trip to Vistalegre up next. It was an inspirational first quarter by the visitors from San Sebastian and they held the hosts to just one basket during the first 6 minutes as an awful Cajasol just continued with the car crash performance they put in during the previous game in Granada. In fact if it wasnt for the determination, inspiration and sheer will of Andrea Pecile, it could have been much worse as the Italian helped to drag Seville back into a game that looked over at 15-36 midway in the second quarter. The guard ended up with the highest valuation of Round 4 with 26 on his way to 21 points. Cajasol were beaten up inside when it come to scoring and their big men just missed too man y put backs and lay-ups while the Bruesa forwards were far more accurate with veteran duo Marconato and Roe making light work of 25 points between them, helping to stabilise Bruesa when the pressure arrived to secure a first and well deserved victory of the season.

Another team facing misery with an 0-4 record and their opponents celebrating team with a first win of the new campaign was ViveMenorca leaving Polaris World Murcia. The visitors started well but the home team rallied and Coach Hussein and his players secured a 78-70 success. It was a powerful performance from Murcia either side of the break that did the damage as they wrestled the initiative back from Menorca who had led 23-17. The hosts held the visitors to just 13 points in both the second and third periods as they took a 16 point lead into the last ten minutes. Casas will be disappointed with his team who have competed well in the first three losses and this time against a team low on confidence, they produced a poor display. Pooh Jeter did secure 23 points but just five team assists and a poor 17 turnovers was problematic. For Murcia, it was highly predictable that Taquan Dean and Chris Moss would do the damage - and they did. Dean finished with 23 points while Moss had 14 points and seven boards.

The only team unbeaten in the ACB after the loss of Barca earlier in the week is Tau Ceramica who completed a comfortable 8-68 victory over Granada on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd of 9400 in the Fernando Buesa. The Baskonia faithful were treated to a dominant display as their team controlled the game for the most part and have still to be beaten even though they have played the early part of the season without their star performer Tiago Splitter. Much of the inside work has been taken up by Pete Mickeal and Wil McDonald so far with Mickeal this time scoring 19 points. Igor Rakocevic was his usual high class self with another typical contribution of 18 but it was the defence of Tau that stood out. They forced the visitors into 20 turnovers with Bulgarian Filip Videnov top scoring for Granada with 15 points.

There was a nightmare for MMT Estudiantes at Pamesa Valencia as they crashed 96-73 after a horrific second quarter display as homeboy Victor Claver (204-F/C-88) produced a typically all action flying 23 points, 3 rebounds, two steals an assist and a couple of dunks. It was also a typically perimeter reliant display for Tarjona and this time the shots dropped as they made 13 triples in the game. There was no sign of the damage to come when Estu, buoyed by their first win of the season and battling performance at Badalona found themselves 24-25 behind after the opening period. However Pamesa then obliterated the visitors 30-11 to change the course of the game. 7500 fans watched in glee as the home team romped to success with Shammond Williams and Rafa Martinez all joining Claver with four triples each. Pancho Jasen top scored for Estudiantes with 14 points.

To make matters worse for Estu fans, their rivals from the capital Fuenlabrada picked up a fine 66-73 win in Zaragoza beating CAI thanks mainly to another fine performance from the red-hot Brad Oleson who bagged another 19 points including four of five from outside. Big man PJ Ramos meanwhile claimed 8 rebounds to go with 11 points as Fuenla turned in a superb second quarter display to wrestle the initiative away from CAI. However the game was then tied at 56-56 but the visitors pulled away in the last stages much to the disappointment of over 10,000 home fans who had only 14 points from Larry Lewis to cheer with their usual talisman Paulo Quinteros much quieter than usual.

On Saturday night Unicaja bounced back from their home defeat against Tau in Round 3 to pick up an impressive 61-72 win over Iurbentia Bilbao. As has seemed the case in almost every game during Round 4, it was the second quarter that proved pivotal in deciding the outcome of the game. Unicaja outscored the hosts 8-25 to take control of the contest - control they never surrendered as they moved to 3-1 for the new season. Both of the Carlos at Malaga scored 17 points each with Jiminez just outshining Cabezas as he claimed five rebounds to go with his tally. Boniface NDong also a beast on the boards with 9 rebounds in the game. For Bilbao it was another issue with offence and they look like they are going to lack firepower to compete with the bigger teams when defence isnt enough to get the job done. Javier Salgado dished up 6 assists but only two players scraped into double figures and Coach Vidorreta will have to find some new offence from somewhere - and soon.

Finally if ever there was a tale of two halves for one team it was in Round 4 for DKV Joventut and Ricoh Manresa. Eventually Penya came out on top in this Catalan derby but tried their hardest to throw away their stunning first half performance with a stinking second half display as Manresa did things the other way round. The hosts flew out of the blocks and in a high tempo first two quarters simply left their near neighbours trailing in their wake by powering their way to a 64-38 advantage at the break. After scoring that staggering 64, Joventut then managed only 19 points in the next 20 minutes. You had to hand it to Manresa for fighting back after their humiliation and they worked hard to slow the game down and continually chip away at the huge lead, even getting to within single figures and ultimately adding some respectability to the final score. Pops came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds while Simas Jasaitis top scored with 18 points. Manresa can look at a lack of defence and some dreadful outside shooting as reasons for the loss although Diego Sanchez had 10 points and 8 rebounds in the game and didnt deserve to be on the losing team.


ACB Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kalise G.C. - Regal Barca 68-57
In the opening game of round 4 Barca faced with first defeat this season in ACB. Granca had fantastic first half creating advantage of 10 points. Later, Barca threatened but the hosts succeeded to keep their lead and to improve on 2-1. James Augustine shined in Granca collecting 16 points and 5 boards. Carl English had 2 points and 2 rebounds less than him. Juan Carlos Navarro netted 20 points for Barca.

Tau - Granada 80-68
Tau Ceramica became the only undefeated team after 4 rounds as Barca failed against Granca earlier this week. The team of Dusko Ivanovic got 19 points and 4 rebounds from Pete Mickael. Igor Rakocevic had one point less than him. Bulgarian Filip Videnov drained 15 points for CB Granada, who dropped on 2-2.

Iurbentia B. - Unicaja 61-72
Unicaja Malaga cruised past Iurbentia Bilbao on the road mostly owing to Carlos Jimenez and Carlos Cabezas. Each of these two players netted 17 points, with pretty good shot percentage, helping Unicaja to register third win in ACB, 3-1. The hosts got 11 points and 4 rebounds from Marko Banic and they currently have 2 wins and 2 defeats.

Cajasol - Bruesa 71-77
Cajasol suffered fourth consecutive defeat in ACB staying on the bottom of the standings together with Vive Menorca. Bruesa improved its score on 1-2 mostly owing to Isaac Lopez, who scored 16 points including 4 triples, 4/10. Andrea Pecile shined in Cajasol with 21 points.

DKV Joven. - Ricoh Man. 83-74
DKV Joventut grabbed this one thanks to well played first half of the game 64-38. Thus, the hosts moved up on 3-1 while Manresa slipped on 2-2. Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis had 17 points and 4 rebounds for the winners. Josh Asselin top-scored in Manresa with 12 points.

CB Murcia - ViveMenorca 78-70
Extremely important win for CB Murcia. As a reminder, both teams entered into this one winless. Taquan Dean led Murcia to first joy delivering 23 points and 4 assists. Jeter Pooh also netted 23 but for the loosing side.

Pamesa V. - MMT Estudia. 96-73
Pamesa Valencia had magnificent second quarter 30-11 against Estu, which helped it to record third win in four games. On the other hand, visitors have 1-3. Victor Claver shined for the winners nailing 23 points. Pancho Jasen had 14 points in Estu.

CAI Zaragoza - A.G. Fuenla 66-73
Brad Oleson paced Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada to road victory pushing his team up on 2-2 in ACB. CAI Zaragoza, who got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Larry Lewis, remains on one win in three games.



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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


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Kigoma, Rukwa pull out of basketball tourney - by Carlos Pereira
By Onesmo Kapinga

Kigoma and Rukwa regions' basketball teams have withdrawn from the national basketball championship set to kick off at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam next week.

According to Tanzania Basketball Federation Chairman, Richard Kasesela, the two regions failed to meet the participation confirmation deadline and said they won't take part.
Kasesela also said that at last, Mtwara had confirmed participation though they had earlier complained of lack of sports equipment, as well as some players having said that they had opted to participate in the forthcoming Bandari Cup.
''I discussed the issue with Mtwara officials and we will decide how to proceed then the players arrive, '' he said.
Kasesela said that they are still awaiting word from Manyara, Singida, Mara and Lindi on whether or not they will participate in the tournament.
He said confirmations had been received from the two constituents of Zanzibar - Unguja and Pemba, adding that Mainland regions that had also submitted confirmations in both men's and women's leagues were reigning champs Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa, Kagera, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mwanza, Coast, Ruvuma, Shinyanga and Tanga.
Kasesela said that the tournament was scheduled to start today but the main sponsors had asked for a postponement to next week while sorting out some logistical issues.


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North Zone Round Up - by Don Farrell
DEFENCE FORCE bounced back against Detour Shak Attack by levelling the best-in-five-match series 1-1 on Friday night, as the mens finals in the First Division of the North Zone Basketball League continued at Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo.

After losing Game One on Monday 89-99, Defence Force came out hungry for victory and recorded a runaway win 91-68. At halftime it led 42-36.

Marvin Celestine and Steven Lighter Lewis spearheaded the soldiers attack, scoring 24 and 22 points respectively. Keivan Bacquain chipped in with 12.

For Shak Attack, Kurt Koto Christian topped the scoring with 18. Andrew Ifill, who starred in Game One, could only muster 12 points.

Laventille Celtics took control of the Second Division series by edging Macoya Forum 73-71. Celtics won Game One 65-59.

Orlando Mapp (19) and Ashton Antoine (17) were the chief scorers for Celtics while Akil Paynter (29) and Kwesi Alleyne (17) led the scoring for Forum.

Celtics could wrap up the series on Monday when Game Three of the Best-of-Five final is contested at the same venue, from 6.30 pm.

After the Celtics-Forum match, Defence Force and Shak Attack will square off in Game Three.


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


TB2L Stats Leaders
TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Caudle, Gelisim 31.0
2 Mahmutoglu, Pertevniyal 29,0
3 McDonald, Duzce 26,0
4 Uruk, Canakkale 24,0
5 Tasli, Eyp 24,0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Coskun, G. Telekom 16,0
2 Garrsion, Pamukkale 14,0
3 Sirin, Orman 12,0
4 Kirk, Beykoz 11,0
5 Ozseven, Vestel 11,0
Assists Per Game
1 Demirok, TED 7,0
2 Kirk, Beykoz 6,0
3 McDonald, Duzce 6,0
4 Tinay, Trabzon 6,0
5 Kan, FMV Isik 5,0
Blocks Per Game
1 Garrison, Pamukkale 5,0
2 Harvey, Usak 4,0
3 Oztas, Duzce 2,0
4 Batuk, Trabzon 2,0
5 Ozseven, Vestel 2,0


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


Stats Leaders - D1
TBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Crispin, Banvit 35,0
2 Mims, KSK 28,0
3 Ibekwe, Selcuk 27,0
4 Gordon, O. Renault 26,0
5 Green, Antalya 21,0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Thomas, Erdemir 13,0
2 Martin, Kepez 13,0
3 Dunn, Selcuk 12,0
4 Williams, KSK 12,0
5 Vidmar, F.Bahce 11,0
Assists Per Game
1 Crispin, Banvit 10,0
2 Green, Antalya 9,0
3 Buker, O. Renault 8,0
4 Koseoglu, KSK 7,0
5 Green, F.Bahce 7,0
Steals Per Game
1 Martin, Kepez 8,0
2 Smith, E. Pilsen 4,0
3 Green, Antalya 4,0
4 Senturk, D.Safaka 4,0
5 Prowell, TED 4,0
Blocks Per Game
1 Stiemsma, O. Renault 5,0
2 Hansen, TED 4,0
3 Wallace, Mersin 3,0
4 Ibekwe, Selcuk 3,0
5 Peker, E. Pilsen 3,0


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UBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU - Polit.Lviv 67-89
Politekhnika-Halychyna ensured the fourth win in the season as they overcame Ferro 89:67 on the road. Aliaksandr Pustahvar paced the visitors with 15 points. Yaroslav Zubrytskiy, Anton Ageev and Jovan Koprivica added 12 points each in the win. Ferro dropped to 3-2 record despite 21 points from Denis Ikovlev.

Dnipro - Hoverla 90-78
Dnipro is gradually finding their form as they posted a comfortable 90;78 win over Hoverla in Round 6. Darnell Lazare paced balanced offense with 18 points. Danis Ivanov added 17 points for the winners. Decker Tate knocked down game-high 26 points for Hoverla as they fell to 0-6 record at the bottom of the ladder.

Budivelnyk - Azoty 102-82
Budivelnyk posted the second win in the season as they thrashed Azoty 102:82. Derrick Zimmerman fired 21 points to lead the action. Brian Wethers provided sufficient help with 17 points. Richard Zhderel responded with 21 points for Ferro as they fell to 3-2 record.

BC Odessa - Gryfony 82-79
Odessa kept chasing the leaders with a difficult 82:79 win over visiting Gryfony. Vladyslav Podolyan and Wayne Wallace teamed up for 34 points in the win. Brian Tolbert netted 15 points and distributed 8 assists for the winners. Jane Petrovski was impressive with 26 points and 13 assists for the Symferopil outfit.

Cherkasy - Kryvbasbasket 76-74
Cherkasy remained undefeated as they earned a narrow 76:74 win against ambitious Kryvbasbasket. Jarrett Howell finished with 15 points for Cherkasy. Milos Pavlovic added 14 points in the victory. Aleksandr Shaposhnikov came up with 15 points for Kryvbasbasket as they occupy the third spot at 4-1 record.


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UBL imports - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the names of the imports in UAE Basketball league (UBL), If there are any corrections please send an e-mail to Mohammed_Malas@hotmail.com

- Al Shabab:
Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: UCLA) 'USA'
Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) 'USA'

- Al Sharjah:
Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) 'USA'
Marvin Black (201-F-80, agency: EM-PA, college: Marshall) 'USA'

- Al Wasl:
Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: China-Hoop, college: Rutgers) 'Ivory Coast'
Jayson Wells (202-F-76, agency: Passing Lane, college: Indiana St.) 'USA'

- Al Ahli:
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) 'USA'
Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 'USA'

- An Nasr:
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) 'USA'
Marquis Estill (206-F-81, college: Kentucky) 'USA'

- Ash Shaab:
Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) 'Tunisia'


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Everton T. 4-0 
 2. Newcastle E. 3-0 
 3. Plymouth R. 3-2 
 4. Cheshire J. 3-4 
 5. Scottish R. 2-0 
 6. MK Lions 2-2 
 7. Guildford H. 2-3 
 8. Sheffield S. 1-1 
 9. Leicester R. 1-2 
 10. Worthing T. 1-2 
 11. London C. 1-4 
 12. Worcester W. 0-3 


BBL Championship: Guildford Heat - BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 96-86 - by George Manousidis
Guildford Heat secured their second win of the season by putting together a superb 12-2 run in the closing minutes to see off BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at The Spectrum 96-86.

It had been a tight match all the way through as the lead switched back and forth between the two teams until Heat broke clear helped by three-pointers from Brad Jones and Keonta Howell.

The late surge thrilled Guildford head coach Paul James: 'It was a good win; I'm really pleased how we played. During our losses it has been during the last two or three minutes that has let us down. We did a great job at the defensive end tonight which enabled us to get some easy buckets.'

Heat had begun the match well as a 14-6 run put them in control. Jets responded with an 11-4 burst of their own, with 5-points from Chez Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.), to lead 27- 28 at the end of the first quarter.

Four free throws by Jets opened the second period and the visitors were in control until a 15-7 run by Heat, including two threes by Dean Williams, trimmed the gap to just one (48-49) at half time.

There was little to separate the sides throughout the third quarter, but a burst by Jets of 11-0 broke the match open. However, the hosts responded immediately with a 10-0 tear of their own, capped off by four Brad Jones free throws courtesy of a technical on Jets coach Paul Smith.

Again the result was in doubt during a tense final stanza before Heat's decisive run from 84-84.

Guildford Heat 96 (27,48,75) (Martin 22, Howell 20, James 19)
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 86 (28,49,73) (Chez Marks 30, Davis 18, Virgil 13)


BBL Cup:Leicester Riders - Worthing Thunder 99-75 - by George Manousidis

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders produced a three-point barrage to beat Worthing Thunder 99-75 and progress to the last eight of the BBL Cup.

Six three-pointers in the final five minutes turned a relatively tight match into a rout and left Riders coach Rob Paternostro delighted with his team's performance at both ends of the court. As a team Leicester were 15 of 24 from deep.

'We shot the ball really well but we played great defence and really locked them down. We have some great shooters here so it was only a matter of time before shots started to fall. The defence is key to it all though, and we were really good tonight.'

Riders were generally in control throughout the match as they turned a tight start into a 25-11 lead before Thunder closed back to 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Despite Leicester's dominance, Thunder reduced a 44-33 deficit to 44-43 with a 10-0 run late in the second period to go into the lockers rooms at the interval trailing by just one.

It was a similar story in the third quarter with Leicester pulling away to 62-50 before Thunder again responded. This time Ryan Patton's five-points inspired a 9-2 burst by the visitors as the stanza ended 64-59 in Riders' favour.

The fireworks began late in the fourth quarter as three threes from Mindaugas Janiska, two from Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana) and one from LaTaryl Williams took the match well beyond the reach of Worthing from 73-67 to 91-73.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 99 (27,44,64) (Martin 20, Swanson 17, Wellington 17)
Worthing Thunder 75 (17,43,59) (Bargeman 21, Patton 17, Ivanovskis 14)



CUMMINS IN A HURRY - by Sandy Sutherland
Irish international guard Paul Cummins made a sensational debut for Edinburgh Kings in

their 74-60 away Scottish League win over East Lothian Buccaneers at Musselburgh, scoring 32 points, eight of them three-pointers, in a performance which lifted the champions clear of their feisty local rivals.
After hitting from beyond the arc just before the end of the first quarter to make the

score 23-12 to the visitors, Cummins hit five more in the second quarter to take Kings to

46-26 at half-time and two more 'treys' in the second half were the icing on the cake.
A native of Kildare and a graduate in music and pyschology from Lafayette University, a US

division one NCAA college, Cummins is studying for a masters degree in sports pysychology

at Edinburgh University and will be a certainty for the Scottish Universities team to

contest the Home Nations title next April.
It remains to be seen if he will have as big an influence on the Kings as recently

departed Aussie Brett Jefferies, who finished his distinguished stint at the end of last

season by helping the capital outfit to a cup and league double, but the early signs are

good.
'He plays with the dynamism that creates so many scoring opportunities and he certainly

was hot this time - Paul offers us a huge addition to the armoury,' said a delighted Kings

coach Danny Costello.
Scottish caps Paddy Campbell added 20 and Simon Flockhart 10 for Kings, who dried up for

fully five minutes at the start of the second half as Buccs, with Swedish centre Rob Jansson fit to play against his old club despite a finger injury, took the fight to them.
America Dawawn Wells, in his last game for before starting a pro contract with Wrexham in

the English second division, had 17, Grant Gibson 14, Jansson 10 and Zimbabwean Simba

Mamboininga 10 for Buccs, who, with their full team available, could well have rattled the

champions.
St Mirren ended Falkirk Fury's unbeaten run and are now the only undefeated team in the

league after a 67-56 away win at the Mariner centre.
Polonia Phoenix went down to a surprise 65-61 home defeat Cumbernauld side St Maurice Lady

Gladiators at Wester Hailes EC yesterday, despite 14 from Lynsey Campbell for Phoenix.
Junior cap Erin McGarrachan had an outstanding 27 for the Gladiators.
Phoenix enjoyed a 83-44 win over Gladiators in the junior women's game.
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  URBL   


Universal City Lands Guard With Top Pick - by Mac Claire
San Antonio - Guard Curtis Scipio auditioned at Antioch Sports Arena for representatives of URBL teams and walked away at the end of the day as the first ever pick in the URBL Draft. Scipio hit on a number of long range shots and impressed with his quickness and his ball handling ability. Standing at only five feet, ten inches, he needs to be able to hit the jumper because good clubs won't let him penetrate the defense at will. Scipio also is a very spitirual man, and with the Universal City Day Star Warriors being a team owned by Pastor Cheryl Washington, that should be a match made in (pardon the pun) heaven.

The Converse Flight picked second and tabbed local area forward Danny Sommers. The six foot, five inch Sommers is an able body in in the paint and on the blocks, although he views himself as raw. 'I didn't play on a high school team,' he explained, 'but I heard that my college was holding tryouts and I made it as a walk-on.'

The personable 23 year old is studying for his CPA exam currently and also coaches CYO basketball.

Like Mac Claire, Yves Celestin is from The Bronx, NY. He will play with San Antonio in the back court. The five-ten guard will be a good match up for Scipio with his speed and quickness. He can hit the free throw and has many of the tributes that Scipio has.


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Defensor Sporting beat Cordon - by Hector Lopez
Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) added 27 when Defensor Sporting beat Cordon 91-83, to maintain the second spot in the LUB standings after 16 rounds.
For Cordon, Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) scored 22 and Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 20. Other results and main players, including import player:
Tabare 91 - Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 22 and Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 20
Trouville 91- Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 28 and 3 rebounds, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 22 and 5
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Malvin 102 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 28 points, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 20 and 9, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 0 and 3
Hebraica 88 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 25 and and 16, Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) 21 and 8


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


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Weekend Update - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans playing in foreign countries continued to have starring roles in their respective teams and saw some action in the last 48 hours around the world. Here's a short summary of their performances:

MEXICO (LNBP)
-Jorge Arrieta debuted as coach of Angeles de Puebla with a couple of defeats against Tecos de Guadalajara (93-75) and Potros de Ciudad Obregon (88-82).

-Juan Herrera (197-F-81) scored 4 points and grabbed 1 rebound in a defeat of Santos Reales de San Luis against Correcaminos de Victoria, 83-72.

-Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and added 4 assists in a defeat of Angeles de Puebla against Tecos de Guadalajara (93-75) and followed that with an effort of 8 points and 11 rebounds in another loss, this time against Potros de Ciudad Obregon, 88-82.

-Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) scored 13 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and blocked one shot for Angeles de Puebla in a defeat against Tecos de Guadalajara (93-75) and added another 7 points and 7 rebounds in a defeat against Potros de Ciudad Obregon, 88-82.

-Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) netted 9 points with 5 rebounds in a victory of Panteras de Aguascalientes against Algodoneros de Torreon, 96-90. In his next match, scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a defeat against Lobos de Saltillo, 85-75.


ARGENTINA (TNA)

-Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) was a starter for Union de Sunchales in Matchday 2 as his team defeated Alma Juniors, 71-68 in Group North. Sucre was the top scorer with 21 points.


COLOMBIA (Copa Invitacional)

-Cruz Salcedo (190-G-74) scored 20 points in a victory of Bucaros de Bucaramanga over Arrieros de Antioquia, 116-106 in Matchday 24

-Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) scored 13 points in a victory of Bucaros de Bucaramanga over Arrieros de Antioquia, 116-106 in Matchday 24

-Diego Guevara (184-G-77) netted 28 points in a defeat of Arrieros de Antioquia against Bucaros de Bucaramanga, 116-106 in Matchday 24


SPAIN (LEB Gold - EBA A)
-Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) was a starter for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo as they lost against Club Melilla Baloncesto, 65-57. He played 16 minutes and had 2 points, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls.

-Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) was a starter for Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo in EBA A, but his team lost against Ourense Termal, 78-69. He played 21 minutes and had 14 points, one rebound, 3 assists and a steal with one foul.


ITALY (LEGA A)

-Hector Romero (202-F-80) was a starter in Matchday 2 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, but his team lost against Premiata Montegranaro, 73-70. He played 23 minutes and finished up with 7 points, 7 rebounds, one block and one turnover.

-Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) was a starter in Matchday 2 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, defeated by Premiata Montegranaro, 73-70. Torres played 32 minutes, and ended up with 6 points, 5 rebounds, , one block, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.


FRANCE (PRO A)

-John Cox (195-G-81) and his team, Sluc Nancy Basket, won against Bensancon, 92-85, in Matchday 3 of the 2008-2009 season. Cox played 31 minutes and supported his team with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 3 fouls



Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Graneros 16-8 
 2. Trujillo 16-8 
 3. Duros 14-9 
 4. Cojedes 11-13 
 5. Centauros 10-13 
 6. Estudiantes 10-14 
 7. Falcon 10-14 
 8. Tiburones 8-16 


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  WCBL   


Breakers to China Report - 2 - by Gianni Pascucci
(by Coach Curt Pickering) - For most of the month of July, I dedicated it to being a proud Dad. My son Sage, age 11, competes with basketball for time with his dad during the heart of the basketball season (some would say that is January thru December). So, July began with a trip to Los Angeles for the Kobe Bryant Camp while Santa Barbaran's were consumed with the Gap Fire and its potential catastrophe. We had a great 5 days at the Loyola Marymount University Campus, making new friends and brushing up against Kobe occasionally. When that concluded, I attended a tryout camp for several Breaker players who were auditioning for a job with 2 professional teams in Japan. Then, I made my annual pilgrimmage to Las Vegas to the NBA Summer Pro League to both meet old friends in the NBA and recruit potential players for the China excursion. It was a great week of games and hanging out with past acquaintances. I also attended a tryout camp of 150 free agent players who were vying for jobs in Korea. The final days of July were spent traveling to the great state of Montana. Upon returning to Santa Barbara and prior to Old Spanish Days, I might add, guilt took over and I began the tedious task of processing Visa's and Passports for each player selected for the China tour. The hours led into days as I was required to receive 2 passport photo's from each player as well as their valid passports. This eventually led me to making two trips to Los Angeles to secure these items. It also necessitated learning how to meticulously fill out complicated Sports Business Visa's, unlike normal visa forms. It was now late August and with the exception of the Visas being approved, we were on course for setting sail September 16 from Los Angeles to Shanghai. During late August and into early September, I made several trips to Los Angeles to watch our players scrimmage, envisioning the chemistry necessary to unveil a successful team for China. On Monday, September 8, I was able to make payment for the Visas to the Chinese Consulate in downtown Los Angeles. We were now officially accepted for travel to the Republic of China. The final process before leaving the USA was to conduct some intense practices for the players and determine how the pieces all fit. Now it was just a matter of creating a set of offenses along with a variety of defenses: man to man; full and half court traps and zones to benefit and compliment the skills that we possessed both as a team and individually speaking. With the refined assistance of Priscilla, our team Photographer, the finishing touch was meeting briefly with our Mayor Marty Blum and the City Council Members as well as Police Chief Cam Sanchez. This journey to China was more than just basketball. We were representing the Great City of Santa Barbara. It was an honor to behold that responsibility. Thus, we were seeking their blessings in our travels to a foreign land.



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Women News

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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-SARJA: PeKa winning at Forssa - by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 4: The defending Finnish Champion PeKa (Kotka) did not have it easy even at Forssa. Alku was down by two (63-65), when the 4th quarter began, but finally PeKa started scoring and by winning the last quarter by 13 (12-25) PeKa won finally 75-90. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) led PeKa with 27 pts. Toniqua Frasier (180-G/F-86) netted 24 pts for FoA. BC Nokia is having a heavy and difficult season. This time BC Nokia was still in the game during the
half time (38-43), but visitor Espoo Team won by 27 pts (62-89). BC Nokia had only two players (Kristin Higy (185-F-85) and Annika Heinisuo (175-F-88)) over 10 points. Ashley Haynes (176-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) and Henna Salomaa (177-G/F-89) scored both 19 pts for Espoo Team. PuHu (Vantaa) scored only six pts during the opening quarter vs HoNsU (Jyvaskyla), but won the next three quarters and the game 75-53. PuHu was also stronger in rbs: 53-30. Heli Roukanoja (186-C-73) (22/19) and Rebekah Parker (180-G/F-85) were again PuHu's key players. Raquel Collier (178-G/F-86) led HoNsU with 19 pts.

PuHu - HoNsU 75-53 (30-31) (Heli Roukanoja 22/19, Rebekah Parker 16 - Raquel Collier 19, Amanda Decoud 14).

FoA - PeKa 75-90 (42-45) (Toniqua Frasier 24, Ashley Pellom 20, Alexis Castro 13 - Dionne Pounds 27, Sherida Triggs 25/15, Shanika Freeman 21/11).

BC Nokia - Espoo Team 62-89 (38-43) (Kristin Higy 20/14, Annika Heinisuo 12 - Ashley Haynes 19, Henna Salomaa 19, Whitney Allen 15).



D1 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Catz - BC Nokia 96-41
Catz smashed BC Nokia 96:41 to send them to 0-4 from the start. Solovyeva Yelena top-scored for the winners with 20 points and four more players reached double digits for her team. Heinisuo Annika scored only 9 in the losing effort.

S-Hameen. - Huima 74-72
The game between S-Hameenmaa and Huima was the key one in the round as S-Hameenmaa beat Huima 74:72. Jazz Covington was once again Team's leading scorer and rebounder ending up with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Erneisha Bailey netted 18 points for Huima.

BC Nokia - Espoo Team 62-89
BC Nokia fell at 0-5 tonight after the loss from Espoo Team 62:89. Higy Kristin's 20 points and 14 boards were not enough for the home team. Espoo Team was led by Salomaa Henna and Haynes Ashley who scored 19 points each.

FoA - PeKa 75-90
The defending Champion led 65:63 in the beginning of the fourth quarter over FoA, but managed to finish with 90:75 victory. Dionne Pounds led PeKa with 27 points. Toniqua Frasier netted 24 points in the losing effort.

PuHu - HoNsU 75-53
HoNsU lost the fourth from the start, while PuHu is 2-1 after 75:53 over them. Roukanoja Heli had tremendous 22 points and 19 points to lead all the winners. Collier Raquel scored 19 points for the visitors.



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


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Good beginning! - by George Manousidis
In the premiere of Greek A1 womens league the result of Panathinaikos Athens with Esperides / Glyfada has small importance after the episodes between the fans of Panathinaikos Athens with the Police Force. The game was interrupted two times, one before the end of first half time and in the 28 '. In the duration of fight launched various objects and chairs. After that the Police forced to make evacuation of the fans.

Police reports four police officers are wounded in the hospital.

For the history Esperides / Glyfada left from the court with the victory after they prevailed Panathinaikos Athens with 47-55.


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  ICELAND - Women  


Two wins for Hamar at the start - by Eurobasket News
Hamar opened the new season in Express League with two victories. First they defeated Snaefell 83:59 at home court. Hamar built a 26:17 lead after the opening term and remained in front throughout the rest of the contest. La Kiste Barkus (175-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Louisiana Tech) was outstanding with 35 points and 8 boards for Hamar. Julia Demirer (184-F, college: Emmanuel (MA)) added 15 points and 10 boards for the winners. Unnur Asgeirsdottir and Ellen Hognadottir answered with 15 points apiece for Snaefell.
Hamar extended the winning streak as they bruised the last years league finalist KR 76:65 away from home. La Kiste Barkus continued her impressive form with a 22 points and 10 boards to carry Hamar to the success. Julia Demirer added 20 points for the winning team. KR responded with 24 points and 13 boards from Hildur Sigurdardottir (170-G-81, agency: IceBasket). Hamar led by just two points at the interval but limited their opponents to just 28 points in the second half and pulled away with another victory.
The defending champions Keflavik suffered a major upset in the opener. They surrendered to Haukar 60:65 at home. It was a close battle from the start but Haukar survived tough dying minutes to secure an impressive victory. Slavica Dimovska (-85) fired 17 points for Haukar. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Svava Stefansdottir (177-F-84) replied with 15 points for Keflavik.


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Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Electra Ramat 1-0 
 2. Ramat Hen 1-0 
 3. M.Ashdod 1-0 
 4. Bnot Hash. 1-0 
 5. B.Yehuda 1-0 
 6. M.Tel Kabir 0-1 
 7. Elitzur Holon 0-1 
 8. Natanya 0-1 
 9. Elizur Ram. 0-1 
 10. Hap.T-A 0-1 


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Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Residence 3-0 
 2. Basket Esch 3-0 
 3. Etzella 3-0 
 4. T71 Dudelange 2-1 
 5. Musel Pikes 2-1 
 6. AB Contern 1-2 
 7. Amicale 1-2 
 8. Racing 0-3 
 9. Grengewald 0-3 
 10. Schieren 0-3 


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  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.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 26.0
2. C. Graham, STM 23.0
3. M. Urse, STM 21.0
4. C. Valentin, TRG 17.6
5. L. Toma, Targov. 16.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. L. Toma, Targov. 8.6
2. D. Varda, Targov. 7.0
3. J. Kajdacsi, Sf.Gh 6.6
4. A. Meszaros, Arad 6.3
5. I. Podrug, Craiova 5.0
Assists Per Game
1. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 10.0
2. C. Valentin, TRG 8.6
3. M. Boriga, Targov. 7.9
4. F. Diaconu, GOV 6.9
5. T. Brown, Arad 6.8


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  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