EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/25/2008

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  ABA   


Behdad Sami and the Georgia Gwizzlies are ready for action - by Eurobasket
The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are geared up and excited about the upcoming season. Rejoining the Gwizzlies is worldwide star point guard Behdad Sami (180-G-86, college: Linn Benton CC). Last season, Behdad became the first Iranian in US history to play professional basketball. He was also featured in the September issue of SLAM Magazine. In 2007-2008, he averaged 17 points and 6 assists with the Gwizzlies before returning to play overseas.
'The 5'11' Sami is coming back to the ABA and the Gwizzlies stronger and better than ever. He is currently an NBDL and NBA prospect, according to team owner Embry Malone . 'Whether its his 45' vertical helping him do 360's, his amazing quickness and speed or just his overall solid basketball skills, this kid will be doing big things in whatever league he plays.'
The Gwizzlies are looking like a solid team this year with key signings and a couple of returning vets. Sami, plus Ron Jackson (197-G-84, college: Emmanuel (GA)), James Webb (201-F) and Kevin Reinhardt (196-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY) will look to be the go-to guys and team leaders. This highly athletic and talented skilled team will be making a huge impact in the league and look to be in the playoffs this year. This is the Gwizzlie season you don't want to miss.


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  AUSTRIA   


Bryan Lucas back in Furstenfeld - by Cueneyt Tuerk
BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers has completed its roster for this season by inking their former power forward Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas). Lucas (203, 30) arrives from BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac where he played the past two league games and left the team. Lucas will ad experience and size to coach Aaron Mitchell 's squad. He spent the past two seasons in Germany (1.Bundesliga) playing for ratiopharm Ulm and apperad in 30 games, putting up 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FG: 55,4%, 3PT: 37,4%, FT: 73,6%. Lucas has already spent two years in Austria playing for the panthers in 2004-05 and 2006-07 for Woerthersee Pirates.

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  BOSNIA   


Sadibasic & Avdibegovic lead Alpos to a road win - by Sead Buljina
Our players Asmir Sadibasic (204-PF-82) and Armin Avdibegovic (185-PG-84) led Alpos Sentjur in a win vs. Nova Gorica 79:72 tonight in the 4th round of Slovenian D1 league. In a close game Alpos held a lead almost whole game. However, hosts kept close range and fought hard till the end. That is, until Asmir Sadibasic took over the game. In the last 3:54 minutes Sadibasic scored 11 points, had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Avdibegovic calmly drained 4 free throws and dished out 1 assist in the crunch time. Asmir Sadibasic finished the game with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal while shooting 5/5 free throws. Armin Avdibegovic had 18 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in a must-win game. Takais Brown also carried the load for Alpos especially in the first half when he scored most of his 21 points. Brown pulled down 11 rebounds, blocked 2 shots and added 1 assist. Luka Lapornik had 11 points, 2 rbs and 5 assists. On the other end Dalibor Petrovic played very well scoring 24 points to go along with 7 rbs. Likar scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half. After 4 rounds of Slovenian championship, Avdibegovic is Alpos' best scorer with 15.3 pts, 2.5 assists, 2 rebs and 1.5 stls in 33 minutes per game. Sadibasic has averages of 10.5 pts, 3.5 rebs, 1.3 blk, 0.5 ast in 23 minutes of playing time.

Bosna backs Abaz and young players, Igokea sweeps coaches and 2 players - by Nedzad Kladusak
Alen Abaz the young, bosnian coaching prospect has taken the heritage of slovenian legend Jure Zdovc after the administration of KK Bosna refused to
define a development plan for the next three years.There have been some reports that the financial situation is very difficult
and that Bosna will have to cut down its objectives.The management has been deeply convinced
that KK Bosna will be granted with a wild card again after the good results in 2007/2008
However ULEB made some organisational changes in its mode of competition after
its reconciliation and showed KK Bosnathat Bosnia-Hercegovina and Eurocup-winner KK Bosna are not playing in Basketball Europe.
The management even didn t thought about it to apply for the FIBA Europe competitions.
Bosna lost most of its key players keeping only NT shooting guard Goran Ikonic
and Seid Hajric.Bosna aquired Ivan Ivanovic, a PF from Vojvodina and his teammate
Dusan Djordevic. Bosna also brought The import spots have been filled by Stanley Burrell (190-G-84) and Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona).
Both of them are described to be typical combo-guards. Burrell a Xavier-graduated is the first
time in Europe while Rodgers has been described to be talented but not very coachable.
After three rounds we must say that Bosna has never had the intention to achieve its objectives.
The strategy of coach Abaz, based on very strong and aggressive guards with persistent long-range shooting ended up in desasters.
Only the inside players Hajric and Ivanovic and the the captain of KK Bosna are offensive threats.
However everyone knows that stopping the slow and technically not very sound PG stops the offensive actions of KK Bosna.
Zimic and Suljagic provide some deterrence against incoming guards but have virtually barely a chance against strong
big men like Vukosavljevic who made reminiscence of Shaquille o Neal 25 years old.
Pasalic obviously doesn t feel comfortable at the PG position since he knows that he has not the ballhandling skills and the quickness
to bring the ball easily. Rodgers has been dismissed after only 8 minutes of action. Obviouslyits been enough for Abaz to see that this guy is not serious.
The official and president of the main sponsor ASA,Nihad Imamovic expressed his dissappointment that Bosna
has so much problems this year despite having the larger funds than last year!?!
A session at the beginning of the week decided to give a chance to younger players no matter what it costs. The center position will not be reinforced
while the board announced the possibility that the PG position will be reinforced.
The board decided to pursue this policy even if sponsors, medias and fans disfavour that policy.
This is the right of the board to determine the strategy. The only thing that makes it taste bitter like fraud is that most sponsors and the fans
paid in advance thinking that it is understood that Bosna is ambitious.It has to be asked once again why none of the young players
have not excelled in A1 competition. it should be reward for a player to play for KK Bosna.
Like this it is a range to get playing experience and Bosna is paying this experience with being the laughter of NLB andmaybe even Liga 8.
In the second around Igokea lost against Sloboda Dita. Milorad Dodik the president of Igokea
didn t show any mercy for his import players and waved Mason, Lucas and coach Badnjarevic.
He brought Kenny Taylor (191-G-82, college: Texas) and is negotiating with former KK Bosna player Aleksandar Gajic and one of the best PF in the bosnian league Dimitrije Matic.


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic smashed CSKA - by Valentin Anguelov
CSKA's young and talented team got smacked by the reigning champ Lukoil Academic today. Actually the Students devastated Sterianopolous' team, scoring 100 points after just 28 minutes of play. Instead of going for 140, Academic satisfied themselves with only a 128-87 win.

It was a really high scoring contest with a lot of attractive plays, but actually Bulgarian basketball doesn't need shows like this from now on. The attraction today was a result of CSKA not having a minimal opportunity to outcome even a bit their opponent. The slightly more experienced Sakota (24 years) and Bozov (29 years) were giving everything they had for at least not such big blowout loss.

After the first quarter it was clear what the spectators will be seeing today (including those on TV). After 10 minutes of play Lukoil had already filled CSKA's basket with 28 points, against only 19. Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) was 'killing' the reds in the first, and before the second period he already had 4/4 from 3 point land and 15 points.

Along with Tim's show, the fans in Pravec saw The Show of Hristo Nikolov. He made fun of the team he grew up in, as he tried too many ways to dunk the ball in CSKA's basket.

For CSKA it was good that in the closing quarter the home side played just for fun. Lukoil's players also totally forgot about playing defense. Barchovski's team took the last period 22:27, and they were close to taking the difference under 40 points.

Tim Pickett scored 27 points(5 three pointers), 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Nikolov added 21 points (2 threes plus a lot of dunks), 5 boards and 5 steals. Dimitar Angelov finished with 18, Vesko Veselinov added 12, and Kenny Adeleke stringed in 16.

For CSKA Sakota scored 20 points. Bozov was the most valuable for his team with 19 points plus 5 boards and 4 assists. The other players in the team must forget fast today's game and look ahead, and the spectators must hope for less games like this one in the near future.


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  COLOMBIA   


Semifinal playoffs in National TV - by Victor Garcia

The games 1 and 2 of the Arrieros vs Norte playoff will be nationally broadcasted by the regional tv stations, the game is schedulled to 8PM and will go on live by Teleantioquia and will be repeated later in the night by TRO, Telepacifico, Telecaribe , Teleislas and Canal Capital.
The games 3, 4 and 5 of the Bucaros vs Islanders playoff will be also live on Teleislas and Tro (Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday if necesary).



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  CROATIA   


Third round of A1 league tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Third round of Croatian A1 league is scheduled for tomorrow. Curently the leading team of the championship, and the only one perfect with score 2-0, Zabok will play its first road game this season. Interesting is that none of the visiting teams celebrated in the first 10 games.

Zabok entered into this season with a main goal to reach one of the first four places. The team will take on Alkar on the road tomorrow at 19:30h. Alkar had 1 win and 1 defeat in the first 2 games. Head coach of Zabok, Dragutin Crnjevic, stated he is aware that Alkar is one of the most dangerous teams in A1 league at its home court in Sinj. However, according to him Zabok goes to Sinj in order to remain on top with 3-0.

For sure the most quality team of the league Cedevita, who slipped in the last round against Kvarner, will host Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. Cedevita chances to take this one are big, but Svletlost showed in the last round against Alkar that it can be tough rival.

In the other games, Dubrovnik will meet Kvarner while Sibenka waits Trogir. Dubrava will try to record the first victory in A1 against Borik Puntmika at home. As a reminder, Toni Masina is no more head coach of Dubrava. He was released at the beginning of the week.


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  DENMARK   


Bonell Colas - a special player. - by Thomas Soltau
When Randers Cimbria Basketball signed Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) last season, it was a scoop for the team and the Canal Digital League. When they re-signed him this year, a lot of people shook their heads in disbelieve.

How did they do that?

The lanky, but highly athletic and skilled big-man was a freak of nature in the Canal Digital League last year. Putting up 22ppg and pulling down 11,7rpg (keeping in mind the many errors of last year's Danish stats-system, which pulled down many players secondary stats.)

This year he is back and putting up equally good numbers.

Randers played newcomers Roskilde in a close game on Thursday, and here Bonell Colas was just showing off.

35 points and 24 rebounds!

Colas could not be stopped, as he pulled down every rebound near him, fiercely attacked the basket and made free throws and outside shots.

In the first three games Randers Cimbria Basketball in undefeated and Colas is leading the league in points (27ppg) and rebounds (13rpg).


Colman to the rescue. - by Thomas Soltau
After sending home Luke Granato (198-G/F-83, college: Sacred Heart), and still waiting for papers to clear for Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville), Roskilde BC looked a bit outnumbered going into tonight's game against Randers. The team has lost both of their first two games in the years Canal Digital League, while Randers was still undefeated.

But spectators and media were in for a surprise. There was a new number 13 in the Roskilde BC line-up.

A few hours after returning home from Israel, Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) was on the court again. Yes, Colman was that special newcomer. So new to the team in fact, that Roskilde had not had time to re-edit and add his name to the fan-program.

Head coach Martin Hermansen had been able to convince Colman to suit up for his team, while the player in waiting the outcome of his agent's negotiations with a number of foreign teams.

Colman played a solid game in his first outing. Scoring 17 point, grabbing 4 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists, but it was not enough to stop a well playing Randers team from taken home the win.

Look for Roskilde to implement Colman a lot more in the next couple of games. The player is still nowhere near familiarized with the systems and his new temporary team.


Impressive start in Spain for Adama Darbo. - by Thomas Soltau
Huelva Baloncesto of the LEB Bronze made a terrific signing this summer, when the added one of the Danish National Teams young point guards.

Adama Darbo (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) came to Spain from two good seasons in the Icelandic League with U.M.F. Grindavik Two seasons that saw Darbo mature into a much tougher point man and become a real floorleader. He was among the top assists leaders with 6apg and 5,5apg.

Huelva Baloncesto is happy to see Darbo bring the same kind of productivity to their team. In the first three games Darbo is averaging 11ppg, 6,3apg and 5,3rpg in 26 minutes per game.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


2 wins - 1 defeat for the Greek teams this week at Euroleague. The press conferences. - by Kostas Papadopoulos
2 wins - 1 defeat for the Greek teams this week at Euroleague. Not bad since Panionios was playing against Real Madrid at Spain. But how did the coaches and the players of the Greek teams show the appearances of their teams?
Air Avelino - Olympiacos 69-83
Panagiotis Yannakis : 'I knew it could be a very difficult game against a team debuting in the competition. Avelino played with great enthusiasm and it was a difficult start also because we missed a lot of open shots. At that time, though, the depth in our roster and the experience we have were important weapons to take the lead and maintain it. I'm happy because we played like a team never forcing solutions. We're just at the beginning of the season, we still have big improvements to make, but I'm satisfied with this first match'.
Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford): It was a tough debut, like I expected. It was a close game until the end and I had to use all of my brain to stay in the match. It's a great experience for me, I think I have a lot of things to learn from players like Papaloukas and Vujcic. They will help me to grow up both as a player and as a man'.

Panathinaikos - Zalgiris 78-51
Zeljko Obradovic : Its very important that we won our first Euroleague game. I am satisfied with the way we entered the game. Until the 14th minute we rarely lost our composure and we were very effective. However, there was a time we faced some difficulties, and that was in the final minutes of the first half, when we let them grab a lot of offensive rebounds and we failed to execute on half-court sets. On the contrary, in the second half, and especially in the 3rd period, we played great against their zone defense. Overall, we might have lost the battle of rebounds, but our game today was very aggressive. We forced them to commit 22 turnovers, while Zalgiris stole the ball only 5 times. Congratulations to my players and of course to the fans who created, as always, such a great atmosphere.
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81): At the beginning of the game we played very good basketball and managed to build a big difference. Then, for a while, we relaxed a bit and allowed Zalgiris to recover. We should have in mind that whenever we forge a big lead, we should keep it and never let our opponent reduce the difference. The fans gave us a lot of boost tonight and I hope that theyll keep supporting us with such as a passion as the season goes on.

Real Madrid - Panionios 87-66
Aleksandar Trifunovic : 'First of all, I want to congratulate Real Madrid for this win. They deserve it. We intend to use this loss as a lesson that will allow us to reach higher at the Euroleague. I hoped my team to play a little bit better that we missed our injured players. We did not play well in the transition and committed too many turnovers. We were not focused in the second half, allowing Real to seal the outcome'.
Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh): 'It was a good game. We did a good work in the first half but I think that physically we did not play at the same rhythm after the break. They managed to run the break and it is true that they have a really deep roster. It is tough to beat Real in its home court. We committed some key turnovers. Even with that, I think this has been a good lesson for us, but we have to carry on working to face our other opponents in this group.'


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Transfer news - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga: Three Top League Teams are making changes on their roster. Kataja (Joensuu) has informed today, that American G Ty Harrelson (193-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Wayland Baptist) (15,0 ppg - 2,5 rpg - 1,8 apg) has been replaced by American sharpshooter Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty). Blair played last season on top level in Hungary (Kecskemeti Univer KSE), where he averaged 21,8 (2.) ppg - 4,7 rpg - 2,2 apg.
UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has fired American F Dale Lamberth (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) (6,0 ppg - 2,0 rpg) and Lamberth will be replaced by G Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina), who played last season already in Finland (ToPo, Helsinki) averaging 18,3 ppg - 4,7 rpg.
And FoKoPo (Forssa) is replacing American F Latece Williams (203-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) (12,2 ppg - 5,2 rpg) by F Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas), who started 2008-09 season in Uruguay (Atletico Bigua), but wanted to leave for Europe/Finland. Thomas played last Wednesday his first game on FoKoPo roster in Lahti scoring 12 pts and grabbing 12 boards.


KORISLIIGA: Honka defeated KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 7: Honka (Espoo) played the fourth game in seven days and defeated at home KTP (Kotka) by 10 pts 79-69 (42-37). Quarters:
17-20, 25-17, 13-21, 24-11. (5min 8-14, 10min 17-20, 15min 29-28, 20min 42-37, 25min 51-47, 30min 55-58, 35min 70-64 and 40min 79-69).
Honka's three decent American players (Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.), Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point), Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) played 113/120 minutes and scored 62/79 pts! Jukka Matinen DNP. KTP was in the game still in the beginning of the 4th quarter, but got into foul troubles and probably a bit tired? Visitor KTP had five players in double (10-16 pts) figures.

Honka - KTP 79-69 (42-37) (Ben Perkins 28, Akeem Scott 25/7s, Monte Cummings 12 - Damon Williams 16, Steve Smith 12, Ville Makalainen 12).



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  FRANCE   


HERMINIER SIGNS TO SPO ROUEN - by Gregory Caru
In order to replace Darnell Williams injured,SPO Rouen has signed the Power Forward Sebastian Hermenier until January.He is well known in France because he has already played for Cholet(pro a) and Saint Etienne(14ppg 5,6rpg in pro b in 7 games))before Besancon last year.Its good defender,a strong man who can play 4-5,with Besancon(2007-2008) he has played and win the Play Offs in second division,during the regular season,he posted 7,1ppg 3,5rpg 1,5to.He arrives in Rouen in order to prove that he can play in the high level,and help his team to stay in the first division.Normally he would be qualified for the game against Orlans. Sebastian Hermenier (198-F-82, college: Binghamton)


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Jeremiah Massey celebrates in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonia has three representatives in Euroleague 07/08: Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.), Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and coach Zare Markovski.

Jeremiah Massey and his Real Madrid had an easy job against Greek Panionios Athens 87-66. Since the very beginning Real took control on the Greeks. However, everything was open until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game as Real touched 63-47, what was too much for Panionios for the rest of it. Massey spent 20 minutes on the court netting 10 points. He had pretty good 4/5 for FG2 and 2/2 from the free throw line. In the next round Spanish giant will meet Partizan in Belgrade.

Union Olimpija suffered defeat against Joventud in Badalona 81-64. Interesting is that Olimpija finished the game having 42 rebounds while the hosts stopped on 34. However, the main problem for the visiting team in this game were turnovers, as they committed 20. Vlado Ilievski got 35 minutes from the head coach Aleksandar Dzikic (the most in his team) draining 15 points. His shot percentage could be better 3/6 FG2 and 3/8 3-pts. Olimpija will host powerful Tau Ceramica in the next round.

Air Avelino, whose head coach in Zare Markovski , couldn't handle Greek Olympiakos at home in Group A 69-83. Despite the hosts had wonderful beginning, Josh Childress and his teammates managed to take control on them and to celebrate comfortable victory at the end.


Fersped Rabotnicki parts ways with Ronnie Ross - by Eurobasket News
Fersped Rabotnicki announced that American guard Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St.) is no longer member of the team. Wednesday's game against MZT Skopje was the last one for Ross in Rabotnicki's jersey. Macedonian derby was a chance for Ross to prove his qualities but unfortunately the team thanked him for his service after he stayed without any point. Ross played two games for Rabotnicki in Balkan league adding 2.5 ppg and 1 apg for 16.5 minutes per game. In the first round of domestic championship, which Rabotnicki played against Mac-champion Feni Industri, Ross' name once again was not on the list of scorers. He attempted 4 times but unsuccessful.
Ronnie Ross joined Fresped Rabotniki in October. He satisfied during the try-out period after what he signed contract with the team. Ross spent last season in Bosnian Sloboda Dita. His team was one of the most pleasant surprises in Bosnian championship reaching the play-off semifinals. Before Sloboda, Ross used to play in American Basketball League (ABA) and Kosovo. He graduated at Utah State University with average digits 5.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.8 apg in his senior year. At the same one his school was BWC Tournament Champion. In 2000 he was named 'JUCO Freshman of the Year in the Collegiate Conference of Central' as a player of John Wood Community College.


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  GERMANY   


Bundesliga Game Day 6: More exciting Bundesliga Results from October 23rd and 24th! - by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Game Day 6 games saw Artland win their third straight game while Bamberg and Braunschweig captured impressive road wins. However, the highlight of Friday night was certainly Bonn's one point win on Brandon Bowman's buzzer-beater in Tubingen.

Thursday October 23rd
Artland Dragons 80 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 76
Chad Prewitt led a balanced attack with 14pt while Darius Hall and Darren Fenn added 13pt apiece as the Artland Dragons beat northern rival Eisbaren Bremerhaven 80-76 Thursday night at Stadthalle Bremerhaven. Artland powered their way to a 23-14 lead after 1Q and held a 41-28 lead at half. The Dragons continued their strong play and took a 65-48 lead into the 4th. Bremerhaven stormed back in the 4Q with several exciting transition alley oop slams completed by Frank Elegar (9pt) and Marcus Slaughter (29pt 12reb). PG Giordan Watson added 21pt 4ast for Bremerhaven in the loss. Artland shot 44% from the floor, made 7 of 19 threes (36%) and 21 of 26 (80%) while Bremerhaven hit 45% of their shots, made 5 of 16 from three (31%) and sank 19 of 26 FT (73%). Head coach Thorsten Leibenath and his Dragons are heating up winning their 3rd game in a row improving their record to 4-3. Bremerhaven lost their 5th straight falling to 1-5.

Friday October 24th
Koln 99ers 86 LTi Giessen 46ers 81
Jeremy Hunt drilled 5 of 10 threes on his way to a game best 27pt in leading Koln 99ers to an exciting 86-81 home win over the LTi Giessen 46ers Friday night at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Hardworking F Yassin Idbihi added 21pt 5reb and Jasmin Catovic chipped in 13pt on 3 of 4 threes to the Koln win. The 46ers started strong earning a 20-16 lead after 1Q, but Head Coach Drasko Prodanovic and his 99er team turned the game around with a 29-23 2Q to take a 45-43 halftime lead. After an even 3Q where both teams scored 22pt apiece, Koln's early 4Q run broke the game open and the 99ers held off the late Giessen rally. Heiko Schaffartzik hit 5 of 6 threes to topscore with 21pt for the 46ers while Robert Maras added 12pt 11reb in the loss. Koln shot 46% from the floor and made 10 of 24 threes (41%) in the win. Giessen hit 53% from the floor, made 11 of 19 threes (57%) out outrebounded the 99ers 34-32. But the 46ers suffered 19 turnovers and made only 14 of 26FT (53%). Koln improved their record to 2-4 while Giessen slipped to 1-5.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 69 Nordlingen 63

Kyle Visser posted 18pt 7reb and Dustin Salisberry added 16pt 6 boards as NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig edged early season surprise team Nordlingen 69-63 Friday night in Nordlingen. A 16-9 3Q for the Phantoms changed the game. Nordlingen owned leads of 24-22 after 1Q and 40-34 at half, saw their lead vanish as the Phantoms made their run. Taking a 50-48 lead into the 4th, Braunschweig outscored Nordlingen 19-14 in the 4Q to earn the hardfought road win. Danny Gibson hit 4 of 5 threes to lead Nordlingen with a terrific 18pt 6ast night while Omari Westley added 16pt 11reb in the loss. Braunschweig shot 42% from the floor but made only 3 of 17 threes (17%) and 14 of 24 FT (58%). Nordlingen shot 40% from the floor, made 10 of 21 (47%) threes and 9 of 17 FT (52%). Nordlingen outrebounded the Phantoms 35-34 but suffered 18 turnovers in the loss. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms evened their record at 3-3 while Nordlingen slipped to 4-2.

Brose Baskets Bamberg 79 TBB Trier 68
PG Filberto Rivera scored 22pt with 6ast in leading Brose Baskets Bamberg to a solid 79-68 road win over TBB Trier Friday night at Trier Arena. While Rivera set the tempo, athletic wing Jared Newson chipped in 12pt and crafty post man Predrag Suput contributed 11pt 6reb to the win. Chris Copeland led Trier with 25pt while PG Derek Raivio added 15pt 4reb 4ast in the loss. Bamberg took control early pushing to a 19-9 lead after 1Q and holding a 39-31 halftime lead. Trier rallied out of the halftime lockerroom for a strong 3rd and evened the game at 51 heading into the 4th. Bamberg's strong 4th sealed the road victory. Bamberg shot 50% from the floor and made 7 of 19 threes (36%) while Trier hit 44% and made 10 of 28 threes (35%). Both teams were perfect from the foul line with Bamberg sinking a outstanding 18 of 18 FT while Trier converted 6 for 6. Bamberg also outrebounded Trier 32-22. Head Coach Chris Fleming and his Bamberg team improved to 2-4 while Trier evened at 3-3.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 75 Walter Tigers Tubingen 74
Brandon Bowman buried the big bucket at the buzzer giving Telekom Baskets Bonn a tight 75-74 road win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Friday night at Tubingen Arena. Bonn raced to a 26-17 lead after 1Q and held a 49-39 halftime advantage. Tubingen responded in the 3rd trimming the deficit to 62-56 after three. Along with Bowman's excellent 21pt 8reb night, Bonn enjoyed a terrific game from their backcourt as Winsome Frazier scored 12pt and EJ Rowland 11pt in the win. Tubingen received excellent production from Rasko Katic (18pt 5reb), Daniel Fountain (5 for 9 threes 17pt), Richard Chaney (16pt 9reb) and Michael Haynes (16pt 6reb). Bonn shot 48% from the floor, made 9 of 22 threes (40%) and sank 6 of 13 FT (46%). Tubingen hit 43% from the floor and 8 of 19 threes (42%) along with 12 of 16 FT (75%). Rebounds were even at 37. Head Coach Michael Koch and his team evened their record at 3-3 while Tubingen also evened out at 3-3.



Mike Taylor(Ratiopharm Ulm) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Mike Taylor ,thanks for talking to www.eurobasket.com. You guys had a great start to the 2008-2009 season going 4-1. Are you surprised by the super start?

Thank you Miles. We are very happy with our start and I am proud of our team. It's great to see our plans come together. Talking with our GM Thomas Stoll, over the summer we wanted to improve our team in certain areas and I feel like we have made strides with our new team. Our first win over Bamberg gave our young team a lot of confidence and our team has been very together since. We are playing with a lot of confidence and that is great to see. We believe in our guys and we love the challenges of the Bundesliga. I am having fun working with our players because they are hungry to succeed and want to improve. Our plan is to be successful so I am not surprised we have started strong but I am pleasantly surprised at how well our new players have responded to Bundesliga challenges.

Last weekend, you suffered a close 80 to 75 loss in Oldenburg. What were the main reasons for the loss?

The main reason is that Oldenburg is an excellent team. Jason Gardner, Je'kel Foster and Rickey Paudling are a terrific triple threat on the perimeter and their front court has size, skill and depth. Predrag Krunic put together a good game plan. We fell behind in the third but I was VERY pleased with our teams spirit and effort to comeback. We tied the game at 74 in the final minute and on that day, Oldenburg made the big plays. It was an excellent early season game. The result didnt go our way, but we can take a lot of positives from the game and will work on what we need to work on to improve.

You have extra days to rest before the next game in Quackenbrck, because the Alba Berlin game has been moved. How will the team prepare for the Artland Dragons, who are always tough at home?

We will prepare for Artland like we do for every opponent. We will put together a good game plan, practice hard to master it and then go into the Artland Arena with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Playing in Artland is a great challenge and I believe our guys will be up for it and give a great effort.

Then you have two home games within three days against Giessen and Berlin. You beat Berlin last season at home. How excited are you about possibly beating them again in the Kuhberghalle?

We are excited about every game in Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Personally, I love it there and love the tradition in the gym. We believe it is a great home court advantage because of our excellent fans who really get into the game. Kuhberg is old and outdated and not very nice when comparing it to modern arenas, but it's our home and we take pride in it. Every game there is special to us. We will take those games against Giessen and ALBA one at a time and focus on them when it's time. Our upsets of ALBA Berlin were fantastic last season but this year Luka Pavicevic and the ALBA management have put together an All-Star team. We will not sneak up on them this year. What I love is the amazing basketball weekend in Ulm with two home games for our fans and city to enjoy! I love it and that is a lot to be thankful for!

When most are taking a break during the summer, you keep on working spending time in USA visiting all the camps looking for new players. How much work is it for you each summer planning the new team for the new season?


Honestly I do not consider that work. I love the process of coaching and have so much fun travelling around and being around the game. Summers for me in the USA are working-vacations and I make sure to have fun where ever the game takes me. This past summer I was all over the USA from Washington DC to New York to Boston to Florida to Columbus Ohio to LA and Las Vegas to name a few. I spent two weeks in Vegas at the NBA summer league and various showcase camps there. Obviously its fun to be at the basketball events but Las Vegas is kind of fun too. It is a lot of work but there is nothing else I want to be doing.

You spent five days in Florida trying to convince sniper Lee Humphrey to come to Ulm. How did you manage to do that?

Recruiting is no secret, it is a lot about relationships. I did not know Lee prior to our contact this summer so I wanted to go spend some time with him and get to know him. Lee Humphrey is really one of the best people I know in the game. He is a fantastic Christian kid and I was sold the second I spent time with him at Florida. I love to have quality people on our team and players who have won. He fit the profile perfectly. Once we spent some time together and he got to know where I was coming from and I got to know what an impressive person he is, it was pretty simple from there. Of course we dont have the most money in Ulm so our recruiting goes a little different than some of the bigger market/bigger money teams. Lee is a guy who makes coaching fun and I absolutely love working with him every day. I would spend 500 days in Florida if that is what it took to get him to Ulm!

You also added American Dan Fitzgerald. What else will he add to the Ulm game beside his dangerous outside game?

Dan Fitzgerald is really an underrated player who has much potential. He is a diamond in the rough. I actually coached him at the Eurobasket camp in Las Vegas this summer so he was on my team there. I was immediately impressed with Dan and felt he was exactly what we needed to complete our team for the upcoming season in Ulm. He played so well at the Eurobasket camp and we spent some time together in Vegas. While there, Dan's excellent summer continued and he made the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer league team. I was already there to support our current guys Dru Joyce and Romeo Travis while they played with the Cleveland Cavaliers team so I went to every Cavs and Twolves Summer league game. Dan is a 6'9 perimeter skilled player who will develop into a terrific inside-outside threat. He has a bright future ahead of him and it's great to help him develop here in Ulm!

In the past, Ulm was not known for their defense, but that has changed. The Ulm defense has goten very strong. What adjustments have you made besides adding American Keith Tripplet that has changed the defense?

After last season we wanted to improve our team in several areas and defense was the main focus. We felt we could adjust our defense by changing our defensive tactics, improving our defensive habits and improving our defensive personnel. Throughout the preseason we emphasized specific defensive techniques and added a couple defensive drills to reinforce our habits. But all the coaching and game plans are not as important as having the players buy in and believe defense is important. Our point guard Dru Joyce has been a terrific leader in that regard. I am so happy to work with our guys because defense has become important to them. A guy like Keith Triplett is also a major impact on our improvement. He is hands down the best defensive player we have had in my time in Ulm. He has a special feel for the game and I love to turn him loose out there! Finally, one underrated aspect of an improved defense is simply size. A coaching friend of mine told me he was so happy to see us add Michael Schroeder to go along with Sean Finn. Our team depth and size has also been a plus. Overall, with all this said, I would like to make sure the credit goes to our players for their blue-collar work ethic and commitment to defend.

Romeo Travis had done affine job in the early going taking over for the departed Konrad Wysocki. Travis is averaging 9,4 points and 6,6 rebounds per game. Could he possibly become the ex factor of the team?

Romeo IS an X-factor for our team. Romeo is very versatile and has helped us improve defensively. Romeo Travis is just a flat-out baller. What I love about both Romeo and Dru Joyce is how important basketball is to them. I feel like I understand them because they LOVE basketball. It's more than a game to them. I love guys like that. Romeo played exclusively in the post in college and is making an excellent transition to the three spot as a pro. He is also fantastic for team chemistry because he has a great personality and always has a joke. Sometimes he will make us laugh so hard it's ridiculous. As a coach, it is a lot of fun to work with guys who love the game and want to improve. I am proud guys like Rome and Dru represent our Ratiopharm Ulm team.

How have you been following the development of your ex player Konrad Wysocki? He is having a tough time in Frankfurt. He was a brusier against Gottingen getting 11 rebounds, but scoring only one point. He is shooting more from outside. Can you understand why he is not getting more points inside a strength he was able to use with Ulm?

Yes, a lot of Ulmers follow Konrad. We like him very much and are very happy for him after his great success here with our team and then in the summer with the German National team at the Bejing Olympics. Konrad played well here in Ulm when the Skyliners came to play us a couple weeks ago. Our fans were very happy to see him. I believe in Konrad as a player and as a person. It's really simple as to the changes in his game --- Ulm and Frankfurt are two different teams with different playing styles and different philosophy. Its not right or wrong, its just different. Where we asked Konrad to do certain things, the Skyliners ask him to do different things. It is still very early in the season and I am 100% positive everything will work out. Konrad is talented, intelligent and a real team guy so it will all workout in time.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have started slow at 2-3. What do you think are the biggest problems of the team and what can they achieve this season?

Again, it is very early in the season and the Skyliners have a terrific team. Former Skyliner Head Coach Gordie Herbert was very good to me when I first came overseas so I am a fan of their team and think over time they will make a big run up the standings. A basketball season is not a sprint, it's a marathon and the Bundesliga is extremely competitive. Sometimes it just takes time. In my opinion, Frankfurt is a sure bet playoff team and will get better and better and better as the season goes on.

Jeff Gibbs is the silent leader of the team. Can he also get vocal in the lockerroom?

Every player is different and I believe everyone should be themselves. Jeff Gibbs is our 'franchise player' and means everything to our team. He has always been a great leader by example. I think over his time with us he has gotten more and more comfortable with being vocal and a vocal leader. But overall, I think Jeff is a fantastic team-guy that I would consider a quiet superstar. Again, everyone should be who they are and I think Jeff Gibbs is a great character guy and leads in his own way. Vocal or quiet, Jeff is definitely someone I want to represent our team.

In my opinion, Jeff Gibbs is the top player in the league. I cant see any player other than Julius Jenkins last season, who is as valuable to their team the way he is. Besides what we see on the court, what other important qualities does he have, which one might not see in the stats?

Jeff Gibbs is a fantastic team player and is extremely unselfish. In my 4 plus years coaching him, I have never had to yell at him once. There is no one more coachable. Jeff is truly a special player who doesnt take anything for granted. He is very humble and always willing to help teammates, coaches or anyone. I cant tell you how many times Jeff Gibbs is the one passing out game jerseys to teammates in the lockerroom. Bottom line, Jeff Gibbs is winner. I think he is an incredible basketball player and a first class family man. He deserves all the success he earns.

You and John Patrick coach of Gottingen are a few of the few coaches in the league that play the whole roster. Do you need to have a special or different kind of confidence that other coaches dont share?

I will not speak for any other teams, but I can speak for our team in Ulm. We are a small market/small budget team and development is very important to us. Every player on our roster can contribute to our success and I take it as my challenge to find times where each guy can help our team win. I love to work with basketball players and help players get better. I am a very positive and optimistic person by nature and I believe in our guys and want to help them have fun with the game. I think its important to give everyone opportunities at the right time. To me, its nothing special, thats the job --- coach everyone up!

How do you see the development of German Per Gunther? What makes him special and will he be the new point guard of the German National team down the road?

After working with him for two months, Per Gunther has completely impressed me. Per is a natural point guard with great quickness and tremendous desire. As a 20year old rookie, Per filled in for our injured starter Dru Joyce and played 30 plus minutes leading our team to two wins in Bamberg and at home against Braunschweig. Fans see his defensive intensity or exciting drives to the basket, but what fans dont see is his ability to pick up our complex offensive system like a polished veteran. Per gets it. And he's got it. There is something special inside him --- the drive to be the best. With hardwork and commitment, I see Per developing step by step over the next seasons and I believe he will take his place as the point guard of the future for the German National team.

What were the main reasons why you became coach?

I became a basketball coach because that is what I have always wanted to be. I grew up around the game and my dad's teams. He is my role model and I am thankful for everything he has taught me. We would talk basketball all the time and he would take me to scout opponents and let me come to practices or road games. My earliest memories are when my dad was an assistant with the New York Knicks in the late 70's. I remember seeing Dr J at the Garden and going to the Knicks training camp in New Jersey when I was six or seven. After Willis Reed was fired and my dad finished out his contract as a scout, I remember going to Madison Square Garden to scout the Golden State Warriors with him. I didnt understand why he was around us more but then he coached my youth team and I thought that was the best thing in the world. We were around the team at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska in 1981 when Willis Reed hired my dad as an assistant there. When he was a college coach at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, I was a ball-boy for his teams and would sit at the end of the bench and eat popcorn. Later, he spent a lot of time coaching my brother and me as we played at Clarion High School. He is my example. He showed me what to do. When my dad would scout games on TV, I started to do the same thing...breaking down the Atlanta Hawks offense --- when I was 10. Pretty funny. He used to have folders with offenses of all the NBA teams from the 1977-1978 and 1978-1979 seasons. I would love to look at them --- Jack Ramsey's Portland Trailblazer sideline break. I always wanted to be a basketball coach. My dad keeps a paper I wrote for school in 5th grade that explains I want to be a basketball coach when I grow up. The main reason I became a basketball coach is because that is what my dad did and he showed me how much fun it can be. I am very thankful for these experiences and my career path.

What coaches do you respect the most?

I respect every coach who has a passion for the game. That could be great hall of fame NBA coaches or a hard-working high school coach somewhere out there. There are too many individually to name. I love to watch basketball games and see what other coaches are doing with their teams. I am a big fan of Mike Krzyzewski and Billy Donovan for example. Chuck Daly has also been very good to me, he started his coaching career at Punxsutawney High School where my family lived for 17 years. I think listening to Hubie Brown talk basketball is like being in school. I love to learn new things about coaching and basketball and I read a lot about coaches from different sports trying to pick up philosophical points or ideas. What I like is a coach with their own unique coaching-style. There are many ways to be successful but the only way is to be yourself.

How does a typical Mike Taylor working day look like?

Mike Taylor 's days are filled with fun and excitement! I enjoy coaching and living in Ulm and love the lifestyle of coaching in Europe! I am a big routine guy and try to create routine for our team. Each week day is different but in the plan of game-preparation, guys know what is coming. My day is centered around our practices. I love to workout too and make sure I get something done. Sundays I make sure I get to Catholic Mass and then get to work. Sundays are my weekly preparation day working on scouting reports and video for upcoming opponents and planning the week of practices. Tuesday is my German class at Berlitz. Wednesday is the most important practice day for us where we put the game plan in. Thursday is our weekly press conference. Friday is morning free and time to relax. Saturday is usually game day and there is nothing better than working the sidelines at Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Each day is different but they are all good when you are living the dream!

Your dad Dick Taylor is also a coach. He was assistant coach for the New York Knicks and also for the legendary Bobby Knight at Army. What were the most important things that you have learned from him as a coach and person?

My dad challenged me to develop my own philosophy about how the game should be played. He coached with great integrity and I use him as my role model. My dad showed me how to be very organized as a coach and challenged me to develop a complete 'coaching game' (to be good in all areas of coaching). Maybe the most important thing he taught me was to always make the work fun and enjoy the process of coaching. I honestly feel like I have an advantage because I was able to learn from him. Basketball and coaching is now something special we share as father and son. Being away from my mom and dad and brother makes me appreciate things like that a lot.

Bobby Knight was known for having a very eccentric way of coaching. He liked to throw chairs at people. Did your father ever tell a funny story about Bobby Knight that we can print?

First, I have spent time around Coach Knight at his clinics and camps and he is one of the greatest coaches of all time. He has always been good to me and has been extremely loyal because of my dad. I really look up to him. Second, Coach Knight basically took defensive basketball to a new level by combining man to man with zone principles and I am not sure if there has ever been a greater 'teacher' in the game. Everyone sees all the wild stuff and makes a big deal out of it, but people who know Coach Knight know what he stands for. He didnt throw the chair AT anyone, he threw it across the court for effect. Third, What is really important is that he is a coach of great integrity. He never cheated and stood for all the right things in terms of graduating and running a program the right way. Think about it, coach Knight was a winner for decades. Over that time, kids in the USA changed. Fewer and fewer want the 'military style' coaching. Remember, Coach Knight started his coaching career at West Point and his approach to coaching has a lot to of US Military Academy in it. Coach Knight is extremely intelligent (I think he is a basketball-genius) and always wants people to be under pressure. He never wants anyone to relax or get comfortable. My dad has some stories but each one of them has meaning and everything was done with purpose. There was no one who had more influence over my dads coaching career than Coach Knight and I am very proud of that influential affect on me.

In the 2001-2002 season, you led Chemnitz into the second league. That was a while ago. How have you developed as a coach and what are your biggest attributes as a coach?

My time in Chemnitz was a great learning experience. On the court, we struggled to Christmas at 7-4 and then with some changes won 11 straight games including the big showdown with current Bundesliga cinderalla story Nordlingen. My guy Sly McIntosh over there making it happen . That was a lot of fun. Off the floor, I learned a lot living outside of the USA for the first time and became accustomed to life in Europe. The next season I went to London and coached the Leopards. That was also a good learning experience. Unfortunately, our team folded. In 2003-2004 I landed in Ulm. My coaching career has been solid, step by step and I would like to think I have learned a lot and improved over my 8 years in Europe while having a lot of fun. My biggest attribute as a coach is my passion for the game along with my enthusiasm. I think I am able to help players have fun while being successful. I am realistic and understand that in coaching, I am young and have a lot of fun ahead of me.

You also coached a year in London, England for the Essex Leopards. What kind of experience was that for you?What were your nicest memories of this time there?

London was a lot of fun and the city is fantastic. I still have a lot of friends there and love to return for a visit when I can. A few friends have even made an annual trip to Ulm from London every year. The British Basketball League was a terrific next step for me after coaching in the 3rd division in Chemnitz. I loved the lifestyle in London and it was very comfortable there for an American but there were a lot of challenges off the floor with basketball in England. I enjoyed travelling around the UK coaching games in Birmingham, Newcastle, Brighton and Glasgow, Scotland. My favorite memories were the rivalry games between London Towers and our Leopards team. I loved our time at the Reebok Sports Club in London too. Overall, though, I am very thankful to be in coaching basketball in Germany.

What goals do you still have as a coach? You are young and I am sure that you must have ambitions of coaching in NBA or at a top college Basketball program?

I love coaching basketball and am open to where the game takes me. Right now my focus is 100% on helping Ratiopharm Ulm make the next steps and I am very proud of our sustained success over my 5 years here. Ulm has really been a fantastic place to work and coach and I am very happy here. I would love to win a Bundesliga championship and Cup someday! Those are my dream goals. My main goal is that I want to grow as a basketball coach and improve and continue to develop in all areas. If I am coaching in Europe, the NBA or college, what matters to me is that I am happy coaching. I have Faith the right doors open at the right time.

How are you as a Basketball player? How many free throws out of ten can you make on a regular basis?

I played division 2 basketball at IUP and we had very good teams. I was a three year captain there and loved my college basketball experience. I was a real program guy, not a great player, and have always been a better coach. My college coach Kurt Kanaskie (now at Penn State) has been a terrific influence on me too. I still play a lot of pick-up basketball as much as I can in the summer and absolutely love the game. I am out there doing work at NOON BALL! I would say my strength is shooting so my free throws are pretty consistent. I would give myself a 9 out of 10 (but some of our players might say 8 or less). I will say this, I am a streaky shooter and all it takes is one!

Is it possible for you to go 24 hours without internet and Basketball?

Yes. But I enjoy basketball so much that I don't want to do that.

What hobbies do you have?

Personally, I love to exercise and workout. I am a big workout guy so I hit the weights and run and swim. I enjoy working on my website www.taylorhoops.com I also love to draw cartoons. I follow American sports especially the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania teams: Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL and Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball. I like to travel. But most of my time is spent doing something basketball-related because that is my interest and makes me happy.


Is there a place in Ulm where you like to be where no can disturb you and you can just sit back and relax or plan your next basketball ideas with Ulm?

I enjoy running along the Donau river or stopping by Bad Blau to swim. Honestly, a lot of my best basketball thinking is done shooting baskets alone at Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Staying true to the game, a little shoot around has always helped me come up with good ideas.

Thank you Mike for the chat and good luck the rest of the way this season with Ulm.

Thank you Miles and keep up the great work you are doing with basketball in Germany!


Landshut give trials to Lipke and Woamey - by Moritz Korff
Two fresh faces are expected to give TG Renesas Landshut (2. Bundesliga Pro B) a boost in Saturdays game against Osnabrueck. The league-newcomer has handed trials to Tom Lipke (194-G-86, agency: Court Side) and Marco Woamey (183-G-82, agency: Prossin Sports, college: West Plains JC). If the pair of new players will get signed for the remainder of the season, remains to be seen. A decision will be made later on.
Lipke comes off a season with Pro A-side BG Karlsruhe. He saw action in 29 games of this past season and averaged 4.4 points as well as 2.7 rebounds per outing. The 22-year-old former German junior-international should help Landshut in the backcourt and on the wing , while Woamey who suited up for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf during 2008-09 will probably serve as a back-up to newly added import Horace Wormely (168-G-83, college: Vanguard) who spent 39 minutes on the hardwood in his debut last weekend. Woamey has quite some routine under his belt, playing for several different teams in the past, including Weiden, Kaiserslautern, Grevenbroich and Bernau. He also spent some time overseas, gaining international experience at West Plains Junior College. In this past season he scored 10 points per contest for Stahnsdorf.


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2 wins - 1 defeat for the Greek teams this week at Euroleague. The press conferences. - by Kostas Papadopoulos
2 wins - 1 defeat for the Greek teams this week at Euroleague. Not bad since Panionios was playing against Real Madrid at Spain. But how did the coaches and the players of the Greek teams show the appearances of their teams?
Air Avelino - Olympiacos 69-83
Panagiotis Yannakis : 'I knew it could be a very difficult game against a team debuting in the competition. Avelino played with great enthusiasm and it was a difficult start also because we missed a lot of open shots. At that time, though, the depth in our roster and the experience we have were important weapons to take the lead and maintain it. I'm happy because we played like a team never forcing solutions. We're just at the beginning of the season, we still have big improvements to make, but I'm satisfied with this first match'.
Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford): It was a tough debut, like I expected. It was a close game until the end and I had to use all of my brain to stay in the match. It's a great experience for me, I think I have a lot of things to learn from players like Papaloukas and Vujcic. They will help me to grow up both as a player and as a man'.

Panathinaikos - Zalgiris 78-51
Zeljko Obradovic : Its very important that we won our first Euroleague game. I am satisfied with the way we entered the game. Until the 14th minute we rarely lost our composure and we were very effective. However, there was a time we faced some difficulties, and that was in the final minutes of the first half, when we let them grab a lot of offensive rebounds and we failed to execute on half-court sets. On the contrary, in the second half, and especially in the 3rd period, we played great against their zone defense. Overall, we might have lost the battle of rebounds, but our game today was very aggressive. We forced them to commit 22 turnovers, while Zalgiris stole the ball only 5 times. Congratulations to my players and of course to the fans who created, as always, such a great atmosphere.
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81): At the beginning of the game we played very good basketball and managed to build a big difference. Then, for a while, we relaxed a bit and allowed Zalgiris to recover. We should have in mind that whenever we forge a big lead, we should keep it and never let our opponent reduce the difference. The fans gave us a lot of boost tonight and I hope that theyll keep supporting us with such as a passion as the season goes on.

Real Madrid - Panionios 87-66
Aleksandar Trifunovic : 'First of all, I want to congratulate Real Madrid for this win. They deserve it. We intend to use this loss as a lesson that will allow us to reach higher at the Euroleague. I hoped my team to play a little bit better that we missed our injured players. We did not play well in the transition and committed too many turnovers. We were not focused in the second half, allowing Real to seal the outcome'.
Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh): 'It was a good game. We did a good work in the first half but I think that physically we did not play at the same rhythm after the break. They managed to run the break and it is true that they have a really deep roster. It is tough to beat Real in its home court. We committed some key turnovers. Even with that, I think this has been a good lesson for us, but we have to carry on working to face our other opponents in this group.'


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FEB Results: Landstede Basketball, Upstairs Weert Win Impressively On Road; Eiffel Towers Remain Undefeated; West-Brabant Giants Send Matrixx Magixx To 3rd Consecutive Loss - by Sanders Jackson


On Thursday night in round 6 of the FEB competition, both Landstede Basketball and Upstairs Weert made their return bus trips a little shorter, with Landstede's defense holding the fort in the last quarter and managing to win without their top scorer, and Upstairs' strong perimeter play made a big difference in winning over BlueStream Den Helder. Meanwhile Eiffel Towers still remain unbeaten in the FEB, winning over Hanzevast Capitals, and West-Brabant Giants wins its 3rd straight, while sending Matrixx Magixx to its 3rd straight loss.

In Rotterdam, Landstede Basketball, without top scorer
Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) for the second straight game, put the clamps on the Rotterdammers in the 4th quarter, holding them to only 9 pts. in winning 67-59. Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) continued his recent strong overall play with a double-double of 22 pts. and 10 rebounds, with Alexandre Sa (184-G-83) adding 17 pts. and 6 assists. Landstede moves to 3-3 while the Rotterdammers fall to 2-3.


In Den Helder, the perimeter trio of Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.), Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) and Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) kept the pressure on BlueStream Seals Den Helder, with the Limburgers winning convincingly 92-79. Upstairs shot overall 64.9% FG and held BlueStream to only 3 of 19 from the three-point line, including 1 for 12 in the second half. Both Stapelton and Ross scored 19 apiece for Upstairs, with Smith adding a double-double of 17 pts. and 10 rebounds. BlueStream's Bradley Strickland (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) led all scorers with 22 pts.


In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers remained untouched in the FEB standings, having a good part of the second half with their hands full vs. Hanzevast Capitals, but managing to pulling away in crunch time thanks to clutch three-point shooting in a 99-85 win. Eiffel came out smoking the 1st quarter, leading 28-12 at the end of the 1st quarter, but Donar did not go away, closing to 46-41 at halftime. Hanzevast remained within striking distance with scores of 51-50, 61-59, 72-70 and 87-84, but three-pointers by David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon), including one in the last minute that was the nail in the coffin for Eiffel. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) dominated inside to the tune of 24 pts. (11-15 FG) and snatching down 13 rebounds, with Jackson adding 23, including 7 three-pointers. Eiffel leads the FEB with a 6-0 record.


In Bergen-op-Zoom , a good start by West-Brabant Giants kept the pressure on reeling Matrixx Magixx, with the Giants remaining in charge of the game and tempo, winning 99-87. West-Brabant Giants shot 66.7% from the field and forced Matrixx to cough up the ball 24 times. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 24 pts. to lead the Giants, with Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) adding a double-double of 18 pts. and 10 assists. Matrixx's Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) led all scorers with 24 pts. Both teams are now 3-3.



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Round 1, best five - by Tamas Deri
Point guard: Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers), 25 points (5/10 2pts, 5/13 3pts), 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, 2 fouls against, 38 minutes
Shooting guard: Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi), 25 points (6/7 2pts, 2/5 3pts, 7/8 FTs), 6 fouls against, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 33 minutes
Small forward: Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports) 29 points (6/9 2pts, 4/9 3pts, 5/6 FTs), 7 fouls against, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 36 minutes
Power forward: Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos), 30 points (13/14 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 1/3 FTs), 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 fouls against, 1 block, 1 assist, 38 minutes
Center: Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware), 20 points (9/11 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 2/4 FTs), 11 rebounds, 6 fouls against, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 block, 28 minutes,


Ocitti is back to Hungary - by Tamas Deri
Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) arrived yesterday to Szombathely and signed his contract until the 30th of November 2008 with FALCO KC which will get valid after a sucessfull 3-days tryout.
Ocitti played on the University of Connecticut for two years before he got transfered to Binghamton University.
The dutch-american big man started his professional carreer in Holland with Den Helder and played also for the dutch national team. In 2004-05 he averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as member of norvegian team Asker Aliens, got also voted into the All-Star game. In 2005-06 he played his first season in our country for Dombovar and put up great numbers in 26 games: 14.4 points, 6.8 rebounds. The 2006-07 season he spent with Basket Clubs Vienna in Austria 11.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and returned to Hungary for the last season. As a key player of Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend he helped the team to get into the Finals and into the Final Four of the hungarian cup. His stats were close to a double-double: 12.0 points and 8.29 rebounds per game.


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The League just started - by Mohammad Ahmadi
The professional league in Iran just started. It's a very big controversy in 08-09 season as teh main candidate for championship title - Saba Battery - lost their main sponsor and may be out of the competition.
It's very strange that three games of the first round were already cancelled. So instead of 6 games, there were only half of them played. Hopefully the teams will be able to just postpone these games and play them on later date.
Last season champion Mahram had unexpectedly tough game against newcomer Aboomoslem. But 76-71 gave them already leadership position at the beginning of the season.
Without Kaveh and eventually Saba (both made Final Four last year) there may be completely different league this season.

Round 1 results:
Mahram - Aboomoslem 76-71
Ararat - Gorgan 94-92
Shahrekord - BEEM 84-79


Behdad Sami and the Georgia Gwizzlies are ready for action - by Houman Bagheri
The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are geared up and excited about the upcoming season. Rejoining the Gwizzlies is worldwide star point guard Behdad Sami (180-G-86, college: Linn Benton CC). Last season, Behdad became the first Iranian in US history to play professional basketball. He was also featured in the September issue of SLAM Magazine. In 2007-2008, he averaged 17 points and 6 assists with the Gwizzlies before returning to play overseas.
'The 5'11' Sami is coming back to the ABA and the Gwizzlies stronger and better than ever. He is currently an NBDL and NBA prospect, according to team owner Embry Malone . 'Whether its his 45' vertical helping him do 360's, his amazing quickness and speed or just his overall solid basketball skills, this kid will be doing big things in whatever league he plays.'
The Gwizzlies are looking like a solid team this year with key signings and a couple of returning vets. Sami, plus Ron Jackson (197-G-84, college: Emmanuel (GA)), James Webb (201-F) and Kevin Reinhardt (196-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY) will look to be the go-to guys and team leaders. This highly athletic and talented skilled team will be making a huge impact in the league and look to be in the playoffs this year. This is the Gwizzlie season you don't want to miss.


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Z.S.Shahroud 1-0 
 2. A. Arak 1-0 
 3. Qazvin 1-1 
 4. M.H.Ahvaz 1-1 
 5. Pouya 1-1 
 6. Kermanshah 0-1 
 7. M.B. Anzali 0-1 
Group B
 1. T.E.Tehran 2-0 
 2. S.Kordestan 1-1 
 3. Urmia 1-1 
 4. Payam Z. 1-1 
 5. Kerman 0-1 
 6. Petroshimi 0-1 
Group C
 1. A.A.Hamedan 2-0 
 2. Tarbiat B.Q. 1-0 
 3. Pasargat 1-1 
 4. Omidiyeh 1-1 
 5. Tarbiyat Gilan 0-1 
 6. I.N.Gonbad 0-2 


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Jai Lewis set to join Rera Kamuy Hokkaido - by Kenny
The Rera Kamuy Hokkaido of the JBL announced today (Oct. 24th) on their website that they have come to terms with 25-year old F Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason). The 6-7 Lewis is best remembered for leading the upstart George Mason Patriots to a surprising Final Four appearance in 2006. The burly Lewis, who once had a tryout in the NFL with the New York Giants, will wear #55 for the 2-4 Rera Kamuy Hokkaido and will replace the recently released Mohamed Woni on the roster.

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Official: Christensen signs for Zain - by Mohammed Malas

After several days of disappointments, difficulties and other challenges, Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) can finally let out a sigh of relief.

Yeah, absolutely! Mike agreed. It was tough being away from the States, and living from a hotel room made things even more difficult, but it was all worth it.

The young player from the University of New Hampshire underwent testing periods, crossed borders, practiced, and waited, but finally found the right job.

Honestly, the basketball was fine, the 68 guard explained. After the first day, I played well and was able to get contracts from the top team in Lebanon and Jordan, but most of the difficulties came outside of basketball.

After one week in Lebanon, things didnt go as planned for the 23-year-old player. There was something better, however, waiting for him in Jordan.

Christensen made it to the Hashemite kingdom to sign a much-anticipated naturalization deal.

Now officially a Jordanian, Mike will represent the Jordan National Team in its future accomplishments, and will play professionally for Zain, one of the top teams in the country.

I feel relieved and excited to start the season. I think its a wonderful opportunity and can't wait to get started.

Thinking back about the difficult days he faced earlier in October, Christensen admitted he wasnt expecting matters to be like they were.

It is a competitive business, but I thought things would go smoother.

Now that Mike has learned how to smooth things over for himself, he is ready to start the season for Zain.

Source: Pro Management Agency


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* Note: Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) will stay the main part of the NT, Christensen will be a plan for the future as FIBA allows for only one naturalized player to be in the NT roster



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Delgado, Etzella 31.0
2 McDaniel, B.Star 29.0
3 Anderson, Heffin. 28.7
4 Smith, Sparta 26.7
5 Brady, Racing 26.3
6 Rajniak, T71 22.3
7 Gary, Contern 21.7
8 Kennedy, Etzella 21.3
9 Whitworth, T71 21.3
10 Brand, Rsidence 19.7


Coupe de Luxembourg: 1/16 finals Racing out! DBBL's T71 and Heffingen advance! - by Alex Meyers

During the week, the 1/16th final of the Cup of Luxembourg was played. Arantia of Larochette of Luxembourg's National 3 surprised visiting Mondorf of National 2. DBBL's Racing Luxembourg(Coach Toni Ostojic ) was ousted by National 2 team Basket Esch and N3's Red Miners of Red Miners Kayl slipped past BBC Nitia of Bettembourg. In other action, Heffingen crushed BC Mess as expected and T 71 destroyed Preizerdaul. Coach Goran Lukic, Sean Black (199-G/F-75, college: Florida A&M) and company of Bascharage(N2) advanced past Black Frogs(N3) which features none other than the 1967 born Derek Wilson (200-F/C-67, college: Co.Carolina). Elsewhere, in a battle of 2 N3 teams Petange romped over Mamer and Arlon held off coach Tom Kries' pesky Grengewald squad to win by a point.

Tuesday October 21, 2008

Mamer(N3) - Petange(N3) 69:102
Arantia(+10)(N3) - Mondorf(N2) 87:56

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

BC Mess(N2)(+10) - Heffingen(DBBL) 71-106
Preizerdaul(N3)(+20) - T 71 (DBBL) 63-90
Red Miners(N3)(+10) - BBC Nitia(N2) 83-80
Black Frogs(N2) - Bascharage(N2) 61-71
Basket Esch(+10) (N2) - Racing(DBBL) 93-73

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Grengewald (N3)(+10) - Arlon(N2) 73-74

Several teams got a bye until the 1/8th final round: Black Star, Soleuvre, Sparta, Musel Pikes, Amicale, Etzella, Rsidence and Contern



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  NBA   


NBA to allow expanded use of instant replay - by Bruno Baltazar
The NBAs Board of Governors has approved the expanded use of instant replay for this season.
Referees will be allowed to review video to determine if a field goal was a 2- or 3-point attempt, or to decide if a shooting foul was committed behind the arc and warrants three shots instead of two.
I can see at the end of the game thats a really important aspect, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Thursday night before an exhibition game against Charlotte.
Weve been playing with the 3-point line, what, 30 years? There are mistakes that happen, and there are 2-pointers that are missed. But thats also part of the game. Guys step on the out of bounds line, guys are in the 3-second lane too long, guys hang on the rimthere are a lot of things like that.
At their meeting Thursday, owners also approved the use of replay if the game clock malfunctions in the final seconds of a quarter of overtime, helping the officials better determine how much time should have come off the clock or if the period should have ended.
Now, refs must reconstruct the play and make that determination without videoa rule that was criticized following a clock problem during an Orlando-Detroit playoff game last season.
The mechanics of it is always interesting, how thats going to work out, Jackson said. I think footballs been caught in a dilemma where they end up having situations that have extended their games perhaps 15 extra minutes. Im sure ours is going to be fraught with typical details.
The wording itself is kind of interesting. A special guy has to sit there now whos provided by the club. Hes going to call back to the truck and he has to announce whats happening. The referee has to have a signal, and then they have to be able to do it during a timeout situation.


Bobcats waive Williams and Spurs waive three, still need to cut one more - by Bruno Baltazar
The Charlotte Bobcats have waived forward Justin Williams (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) to leave the team with the regular-season limit of 15 players.
Williams was let go Thursday, hours before Charlotte's last exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bobcats signed Williams to a non-guaranteed deal last week, following his release by Golden State.
The 6-foot-10 Williams played in three preseason games, averaging 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds.

The Spurs waived guards Devin Green (6'7''-G-82, college: Hampton) and Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) and center Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C, agency: Priority Sports, college: Syracuse) .
Green averaged 7.0 points and 22 minutes in four preseason games, while Stoudamire averaged 5.5 points in two games. Watkins played in five preseason games, averaging 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
The moves leave the Spurs with 16 players on their roster, one over the regular-season maximum.


Knicks waive Houston, ending comeback and many other teams waive players - by Bruno Baltazar
Allan Houston's latest attempt at a comeback with the New York Knicks ended today when he was waived by the NBA club.
Houston was forced to retire in October 2005 because of chronic knee pain, and has attempted a comeback in each of the last two preseasons. However, he was never able to get into a game this time because of a sore right quadriceps.
Still, the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history has begun discussions with the team about a role within the organization and could stick around in some capacity working under team president Donnie Walsh.

Mavericks waive McLeod, reduce roster to 14
The Dallas Mavericks waived point guard Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green) , reducing their roster to 14 players.
McLeod, a fourth-year player from Bowling Green, signed as a free agent on July 11 after playing in Italy last season. He was unable to play during the preseason because of a right hamstring strain.
McLeod has played for Minnesota, Utah, Indiana and Golden State during his NBA career, averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 assists in 200 games.
Dallas is one under the 15-man limit, and coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavericks will consider signing a player.


Clippers waive Jelani McCoy (6'10''-F/C-77, college: UCLA)
The Clippers waived forward Jelani McCoy , trimming their roster to 14 players.
The 30-year-old center from UCLA signed with the Clippers on Sept. 23 and averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in six preseason games. He has played for Seattle, the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto, Cleveland, Atlanta and Denver.

Timberwolves waive Richard, Ahearn and Harrison
The Minnesota Timberwolves waived forward Chris Richard (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Florida), guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.) and center David Harrison (7'0''-C-82, college: Colorado).
Richard, the team's second round pick in 2007, appeared in 52 games last season and averaged 11.6 minutes. Richard and current Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer helped lead the Florida Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2005-06 and '06-07.
Ahearn lost a battle for the team's final guard spot to Kevin Ollie, and Harrison missed all of the preseason with a calf injury.

Blazers waive F Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon), C Steven Hill (7'0''-C-85, college: Arkansas)
The Portland Trail Blazers waived forward Luke Jackson and center Steven Hill , trimming their roster to 15 players.
Jackson appeared in three preseason games, averaging 5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Hill, a 7-foot rookie out of Arkansas, saw limited time in three preseason games.
The Blazers, who close out the preseason at Utah on Thursday night, open the regular season against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Suns exercise option on Tucker, waive Hite
The Phoenix Suns picked up their option on swingman Alando Tucker for the 2009-2010 season and waived guard Robert Hite .
Tucker, the Suns' first-round draft pick in 2007, split time as a rookie between the Suns and Albuquerque of the NBA Development League. He averaged 27.7 points and six rebounds in 21 games with Albuquerque.
The 6-foot-6 Tucker, the 29th pick overall, played collegiately at Wisconsin.
Hite averaged 7.7 points in six preseason games for Phoenix.

Pacers waive forwards Austin Croshere (6'9''-F-75, college: Providence), Josh Davis
The Indiana Pacers waived veteran forwards Austin Croshere and Josh Davis , cutting their roster to 15 players.
Croshere, a first-round draft pick by Indiana in 1997, played nine seasons for the Pacers and averaged 7.5 points a game. He was traded to Dallas in 2006 for Marquis Daniels and played for Golden State last season.
Davis is a three-year journeyman who has averaged 2.5 points for Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Houston and Phoenix.

NBA vets Parker, Patterson among Nuggets' five cuts
The Denver Nuggets have waived five players, trimming their roster to 14.
The players waived Thursday are guards Mateen Cleaves (6'2''-G-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) and Smush Parker and forwards Nick Fazekas, James Mays and Ruben Patterson.
Parker averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 assists in four preseason games, and Patterson averaged 7.3 points in six games.

Bobcats trim roster to 15
The Charlotte Bobcats have waived forward Justin Williams (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) to leave the team with the regular-season limit of 15 players.
Williams was let go Thursday, hours before Charlotte's last exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bobcats signed Williams to a non-guaranteed deal last week, following his release by Golden State.
The 6-foot-10 Williams played in three preseason games, averaging 0.7 points and 1.3 rebounds.


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  NCAA1   


Stanford's Dawkins Ready To Be Head Coach - by Rick Ross
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Johnny Dawkins is keeping Mike Krzyzewski on speed dial this season,
certain they will speak regularly during Dawkins' rookie year as Stanford's coach.

Not that Dawkins isn't ready for his first stint in the hot seat.
He spent the past nine years as the top assistant at Duke under
Coach K and they worked together in August to lead the Americans to basketball gold in the Beijing Olympics.

'I wake up every morning excited I'm the head coach at Stanford,'' Dawkins said, sitting in his office one recent afternoon. '
There's nobody happier than I am to be a head coach, especially at this university. The biggest change is I'm no longer making suggestions,
I have to make the decisions. Everything stops with me. That's the biggest adjustment for me.
That 18 inches over (on the bench) changes everything.

'I may now be aging in dog years.''

Since he was hired in the spring, Dawkins had spent much of his time on the road recruiting,
and getting ready for and attending the Olympics in China, so it's been a whirlwind finally settling in at Stanford.
He's relieved to be in town for a while now and working daily with his new team.

'That's a little bit refreshing,'' Dawkins said. '
We're able to spend time with our guys because we're not on the road as much and we're in one place,
so we can get to know the team and cultivate those relationships being that we have a lot of new players and new staff.''

In Dawkins, Stanford found someone from another storied program to lead the Cardinal,
who will look to stay near the top of the talented Pac-10 despite losing twin 7-foot centers
Brook and Robin Lopez to early departures for the NBA.

The 45-year-old Dawkins was an All-American at Duke and had been on the coaching staff there since the 1997-98 season.
He's played for a national championship and won it all as a coach.

'It'll be different,'' Krzyzewski said of not having Dawkins beside him.
'Johnny was ready, and has been ready to be a head coach for a while.
I've had a great staff, have a great staff, but I like the fact of some change.''

That long-tenured Duke experience is part of what impressed Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby,
who hired Dawkins in April to replace Pac-10 Coach of the Year Trent Johnson, who left for LSU in a surprising move.

Dawkins' track record speaks for itself - and from Day 1 his players accepted the new man in charge.

One of the most decorated players in Duke history,
Dawkins' 2,556 career points stood for 20 years as the Blue Devils' scoring record, only being surpassed in 2006 by J.J. Redick.

Dawkins' No. 24 was retired at Duke and he also played nine seasons in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs,
Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. He was selected 10th overall in the 1986 draft by San Antonio.

Like Duke, Stanford will play an up-tempo style, and Dawkins knows Coach K will provide some guidance whenever needed.

'I told him I plan on utilizing it,'' Dawkins said of calling his longtime boss.
'I know the way I want to play, the way we want to play. We don't want to play a half-court game,
but that doesn't mean we're running breakneck speed down court. We want to be in control.''

Guards Mitch Johnson and Anthony Goods are Dawkins' co-captains and top returners along with senior Lawrence Hill.

The Cardinal reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2001,
losing to Texas. They went 28-8 and finished second in the Pac-10.

Stanford's players are already on board with their new staff,
and trying to survive the grueling practices Dawkins demands to get his team in shape to run the floor.

'It's night and day,'' Goods said of the difference in the pace of practice. 'I definitely think it's the right fit.
He's very businesslike. He's not a yeller and a screamer, but he'll let you know when you're doing something wrong.
He's very hands on. In practice, he expects perfection and he stops to show us what we have to do.

'You can't tell he's been an assistant coach for all these years. He definitely came in and took things by the horn.
He knows more about basketball than any of us out there on the floor. He was definitely ready for this and all the players respect him.''

Dawkins wants the Cardinal to set their own expectations and not be concerned with what outsiders say.
Many figure the team will be down after losing the Lopez twins - and Dawkins understands that.

'Those kids are terrific players. They're lottery picks. You don't just step up and replace those guys,
'' he said. 'But we do have a good nucleus of guys returning. We have some experience returning.
We know who we are. We know what we want to do. Let's make sure we stay true to that.

'There's an adjustment. The young men who were recruited here were recruited to play a different system than we're playing.
But our guys have bought in. They want to do it and be good at it.''

Dawkins has plenty of family support. He and his wife, Tracy,
have four teenage children - and three of them moved West to Stanford.
Their oldest is finishing high school in North Carolina and living with Tracy's parents.

When Dawkins left Duke, Krzyzewski said there had been no one else in his 28 years
at the school who did more to build the program - as a player or coach.
That's one of the best compliments Dawkins could get.

'I've been involved in the game all my life. This is a great way for me to give back to it,
'' he said. 'The game has been good to me, before I ever came here.
There's a lot about success and chasing it. That's what you try to attain in your life.
At some point in time it's about substance. For me, this is about substance here.
It's an opportunity to go on this journey with a group of guys I want to be with. Let's see what we can do.''

AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Durham, N.C., contributed to this story.


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  NCAA3   


Fliegel Signed by Hapoel Jerusalem of Israeli League - by Moritz Korff
Former Bowdoin College men's basketball standout Jordan Fliegel (6'6''-F/C, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Bowdoin) '08 has signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier Division and EuroCup League. A squad that features several NBA-level and national-team players, Hapoel Jerusalem plays a full slate of games throughout Europe.

Fliegel helped lead the Polar Bears to their most successful season in school history in 2007-08, accumulating 22 wins, the team's first-ever NESCAC Championship game appearance and the team's first NCAA Tournament bid in a decade. Fliegel finished the season with 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and closed out his career with the second-most games played in program history. For his efforts, he collected All-Maine, All-NESCAC and All-Academic Team honors.

Fliegel, 22, went to Israel at the end of August hoping to catch on with a Division 2 team. Instead, he had the tryouts of his life, catching the attention of Hapoel. They took him on a week-long exhibition tour in Belgium, signing him on their return.

'I was going to be an investment banker, but I got a call from an American agent, Marc Simon from Astor Sports Management and he told me he could place me in Israel on a second or third division team,' according to Fliegel. 'I got on a plane, flew to Israel with no money, no contract, stayed in a hostel for $7.50 a night, and through my agent's Israeli partner Gross Zeev, I tried out for about seven teams. The Jerusalem team liked how I played over a week of tryouts and they signed me.'

He is the first American Division III college player they have offered a contract to. Hapoel plays a 60 game schedule over a 9-month season, divided between play in Israel and Europe.

Courtesy of http://athletics.bowdoin.edu


NCAA Division III pre-season poll by D3hoops.com - by Moritz Korff
D3hoops.com, the No. 1 source for Division III basketball information, released its preseason men's basketball Top 25 poll today. The votes are made by coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members. D3hoops.com has the defending champion Washington University-St. Louis (though the Bears lost their star Troy Ruths (6'6''-F-85)) on the top of its list, followed by Augustana, Wheaton and UW-Whitewater. Check out the complete poll: click

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Day 6: Thaqafi Beit Sahour surprises Orthodoxi Beit Jala, Ibdaa 1st in their group - by Tamara Awartani
Thaqafi Beit Sahour vs. Orthdoxi Beit Jala 80 vs. 68
From the first minute of the game, it showed determination from Thaqafi Beit Sahour to win the game to go to the 2nd round. 1st quarter started off on a focused fast pace & 3point shots from Thaqafis side surprising Orthodoxi Beit Jala to lead by 22-11. 2nd quarter showed better level of playing on orthodoxi's side but not enough to lead the quarter which finished 21-19. In the 3rd quarter, Orthodoxi missed a lot of shots which gave Thaqafi more fastbreaks, since Height played a big role in rebounding which Orthodoxi was lacking. Orthodoxi played their game in the 4th quarter, great moves, great dunks from
Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) with wonderful assists from Kamal Mkarker, good shots from Khalil Harb & press defense leading the quarter 27-23 but not enough to win the game.
Thaqafi Beit Sahour best players were Elias Kokali, Husam Kokali, Mike AlAma, Majd Abu Sadi & Majd Banoura.
Orthodoxi Beit Jala best players were
Raed Abu Rumman, Kamal Mkarker, Khalil Harb, Osama Abd Rabo, Joudeh AlHusseini.

Ibdaa vs. Orthodoxi Beit Sahour 105 vs. 72
Ibdaa are coming back strong showing their skill, moves and qualifying for the 2nd round as 1st in their group.
Ibdaa lead the 1st quarter, 23-18, a balanced quarter that showed post skills & rebounding from Iyad Abdallah while Paul Garrora from Orthodoxi was impressive in 3points shooting. 2nd quarter Ibdaa played great offensively, passing & assists leading by 16points difference while Orthodoxi Beit Sahour lost their focus, experience played a role for Ibdaa, double teaming key players of Orthodoxi Beit Sahour leading the 3rd quarter 23-14. Orthodoxi Beit Sahour kept on fighting & had a great come back in the 4th quarter but not enough to win the game, Ibdaa lead 33-30.
Ibdaa best players were
Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80), Abdallah Jaber, Kamal AlAzraq,Nader Yousef, Yahia Al Khatib (202-C-77)
Orthodoxi Beit Sahour best players were Paul Garrora, Odai Hilal, Maher Kassis , Samer Abu Eitah


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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


18th Arab Cup for NTs Info. - by Mohammed Malas
- Tournament: 18th Arab Cup for NTs
- Place: '7th of November Basketball Court' in Nabel City, Tunisia
- Dates: October 25th - November 7
- TV Coverage: Arab Radio & Television (ART)

- Groups:
Group A:
Jordan 'Titleholders'
Egypt
Sudan
Morocco
Syria
Group B:
Tunisia 'Hosts'
Saudi Arabia
Algeria
Libya
Iraq

- Tournament Schedule (1st Round):
Saturday 25/10:
Morocco X Syria
Iraq X Tunisia
Sunday 26/10:
Jordan X Syria
Morocco X Sudan
Saudi Arabia X Tunisia
Algeria X Libya
Monday 27/10:
Jordan X Sudan
Syria X Egypt
Tunisia X Libya
Tuesday 28/10:
Sudan X Syria
Libya X Iraq
Jordan X Morocco
Wednesday 29/10:
Sudan X Syria
Egypt X Morocco
Libya X Saudi Arabia
Iraq X Algeria
Thursday 30/10:
Saudi Arabia X Iraq
Tunisia X Algeria
Jordan X Egypt


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Rochester inks Fred Durr - by Gianni Pascucci
The Rochester RazorSharks announced the signing of Fred Durr (6'7''-F-85) for the 2009 season. Durr, a forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, played college ball at Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he averaged 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last year. RazorSharks Head Coach, Rod Baker watched Durr play while he participated in various off-season workouts and says, 'As far as we are concerned he was one of the best young talents we saw this summer. He falls right into how we want to play.'

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  PORTUGAL   


Miguel Graca returns to competition - by Bruno Baltazar
After several months without playing for Barreirense/Unilogos due to a injury the portuguese player is ready to comeback to the compeition ,Miguel Graca (186-G-87) in the first person.

You almost ready to return to competition after the injury you suffered at the end of the past season,how it was this recovery time been to you?
Miguel Graca-Not easy,a injury is never a good thing to a player but i would like to thank to alot of people that helped me to recover this hard time i had.

What are your goals to this season in personal and team levels?
Miguel Graca-
At the personal level all i want is to get back at the shape i was before i got injured ,i had 6-7months without playing the sport i love and i want to recover the time i lost ,phisical and tatchical level.
At the team level i think this year we have what in previous seasons we didnt had,capacity to compete for the first places of league,i will try to help the team with everything i can.

So far Barreirense/Unilogos have a record in 4 games of 3-1 ,how do you analise this great start for your team?What was the biggest differences so far to these results?
Miguel Graca-
We at a excelent level ,we won the last 3 games we had,we showing a good basketball,with the help of our crowd we hope we can keep winning.
We want and demand to be respected because we might have a young team but we already have some experience and we dont want people to call us nomore the Barreiro kids that win everything at the youth levels but when you get at the pro level we win nothing,thats not what the Barreirense mistik shows and is all about.
We have a more competitive team and inside our team we discussed and reflected from the previous to this season what we could improve and the results so far are here.

You think Barreirense betting in young players and in the formation is giving fruits?
Miguel Graca-I think so,we bet alot in the formation,and thats a great way to develp the portuguese basket,the jump from the youth teams to pros is not easy,the game style is completly different from the game we used to play in the youth levels but we have so many examples of great players that Barreirense produced already like Sico said the past week.

Whats been lacking in the previous years to Barreirense/Unilogos win more games?
Miguel Graca-We been doing good games against top teams and then we had awfull games against teams similiar like us,we need to be more regulars.

What advice you give to youth players that want to achieve the senior team?
Miguel Graca-Keep working,believe in yourself and never give up even when you hear bad critics and bad judgments.


Belenenses will not compete more this season - by Bruno Baltazar
And here it is ,the second team in the portuguese league that will not compete more this season ,after Lusitania its now Belenenses Hyundai Lusifor turn ,a historical of the portuguese basketball will not compete more due to lack of money.
In a press release sent to the media they say they dont have money to compete more this season and have their basketball section,due to alot of struggle they placed a team for this season but now and after the economical crise with the bad results( 4games and 4loses in the league and the last place)showed they wouldnt be competitive,Belenenses Hyundai Lusifor say thanks to their players,coaches and dirigents but its impossible at this time keep playing so that way and with imideate place ,they wont compete more this season.
Its with alot of sadness that we keep looking more and more to alot of struggles with the portuguese teams.
Lets see and hope the future might be less darker then it is right now.


Benfica waives Louis Truscott - by Bruno Baltazar
Benfica waived forward Louis Truscott (199-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) ,the 29years old ,american of 2,01m ,did not showed to the coaching staff what they really wanted and now seems they looking at a pure center.
He played in four league games and did 39 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the total of those games.
Tomorrow Benfica will play against Vitoria in the LPB league looking forward to a win against a difficult oponent.


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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.

Qatar and Egypt Post Wins on First Day of Qatar Friendship Games - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

Qatar overcame a sloppy start, where they just couldn't put the ball in the basket in the first qarter (15-25), to defeat Magnolia Beverage Masters of the Philippines 71-62. Qatar were lead by Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Mansour El Hadary (178-G-90) who had 9 assists to go along with 9 points. Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77), who scored 18 of his team's first 21 points and finished with a game high of 24, led Magnolia Beverage Masters.

In the night's earlier game, Egypt defeated local Qatari club As Sadd Sports Club 84-52. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) paced Egypt with 12 points, while Mohamed Said (205-C-80), and Wael Badr (193-G-78) added 9 points each for the Pharos. Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City), without much assistance from his teammates, shot 70 % (7-10) from 3 pts, and finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds for As Sadd Sports Club.
Attendance was estimated to be approximately 6000

Tonights games:
Qatar vs. Egypt - 20:30
As Sadd Sports Club vs. Magnolia Beverage Masters, Philippines - 22:00

All times are Qatari local time



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  SENEGAL   


Boniface Ndong shines in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Senegalese big guy Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) demonstrated wonderful performance in the first round of the most prestigious European competition for the clubs. His Unicaja Malaga celebrated against French Le Mans at home 84-79. Both teams are placed into Group A together with Olympiakos, Cibona, Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Air Avelino. Except of Unicaja, Greek giant and Cibona also were victorious.
Unicaja and Le Mans played extremely exciting game with lot of turns. Boniface Ndong and his teammates were better during the first ten minutes ending it 38-33. However, Le Mans succeeded to make a turn thanks to Dewarick Spencer. The hosts had only few minutes until the half time but they managed to take back their lead. It was plus 5 for Ndong's team after 20 minutes. Le Mans once again threatened in third frame but 'Spaniards' responded with 9-2 run for 55-49. Game is decided with less than 5 minutes to go as Unicaja reached 73-63 after basket Robert Jr. Archibald. Le Mans came on minus 5 until the end but it was its maximum.
Boniface Ndong spent 17 minutes on the court draining 14 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. His shot percentage was nice 4/9 FG2 and 6/6 FTs. At the end he reached the biggest index value in this game taking the first MVP award of the season.


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No more undefeated teams in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Handlova succeeded to crush reigning champion Pezinok 89-84, meaning that visitors suffered first defeat from the beginning of the season. At the same time, it is the second victory for the hosts in 5 games. Handlova had pretty good last quarter finishing it 26-19. Dominitrix Johnson (183-G) demonstrated great performance for the winners adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) followed him with 18 points. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) was totally the best in Pezinok finishing the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Banska Bystrica also faced with first defeat this season loosing against Prievdza on the road 77-86. Both teams are currently at the same score 4-1. Stats for this game is not available yet.

Levice trashed Inter Bratislava at home 101-73 improving its score in Extraliga on almost perfect 4-1. On the other side Inter dropped on 1-4. Levice created 53-33 in the first 20 minutes after what the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) paced Levice to victory collecting 23 points, 7 boards and 4 assists. Ladislav Lutovsky (200-F-75) also shined with 15 points and 7 boards. Inter got 29 points from Martin Micka (180-G-81, agency: Promotex).

Spisska Nova Ves was better than Dolny Kubin 85-77 jumping on 2-3. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Jacksonville) had 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Miroslav Zilik (197-G/F-89) scored 18 points for Dolny Kubin but his team remained winless in Extraliga, 0-5.


Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Johnson, Handlov 22.8
2 Ingles, Chemosvit 22.6
3 Hill, Nitra 21.6
4 Bicvic, Handlova 21.0
5 Snopko, Pezinok 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Skara, Bystrica 10.3
2 Szalay, Prievidza 9.0
3 Pesta, SNV 8.8
4 Micuda, Pezinok 8.8
5 Whisby, Pezinok 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 William, Pezinok 6.3
2 Johnson, Handlova 6.2
3 Lawrence, Nitra 5.8
4 Immink, Prievidza 5.0
5 Hovanak, Bystrica 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Kozlik, Pezinok 3.0
2 Lawrence, Nitra 2.8
3 Storcel, Prievidza 2.8
4 Barisic, Komarno 2.6
5 Johnson, Handlova 2.6


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  SWEDEN   


KFUM Jamtland Basket sign Luka Marolt - by Eurobasket

KFUM Jamtland Basket signed 23-year old Slovenian forward Luka Marolt (202-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Marolt played most recently at Thor AK (Iceland), where last season averaged 18.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in 22 games. He was selected to Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Bosmans Team. Marolt came from very erputable Union Olimpija Ljubljana basketball program, ahere he started his career. He played also one year in Spain at C.B. L'Hospitalet in second division (LEB).



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The election of Turkish Basketball Federation has been postponed - by Baha Kurtulus

It was acknowledged before that the election has been performed today, however with the decision of an arbitration board, it was cancelled due to failing to comply with the criteria of the selection of representatives.

Now the elections will be performing on 24 th November, 2008 and it is expecting that Selam Gokce will be proposing as a candidate against Turgay Demirel who has been in charge for 17 years.



Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. FMV Isik 2-0 
 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. Eyup 0-1 
 9. Bursa B-bol 0-1 
 10. Orman 0-1 
 11. TED Istanbul 0-1 
 12. Genc Telekom 0-2 
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 


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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa - Cherkasy 89-72
BC Odessa earned the fourth win in the UBL season. Today they defeated Cherkasy 89:72 in the key matchup of Round 7. Otis Hill and Brian Tolbert managed 17 points apiece for Odessa in the win. Justin Love and Vladyslav Podolyan added 16 points each in the winning case. Cherkasy newcomer Ivan Koljevic started to deliver straight away as he dropped 23 points in the loss. Vladislav Dragoljovic knocked down 20 points in the first loss for Cherkasy in the season.

Azoty - Ferro-ZNTU 71-91
Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the fourth victory in the season as they thumped Azoty 91:71 today. Jason Fontenet nailed 23 points for the winners. Georgiy Kondrusevich secured 16 points for the ambitious Zaporizhia outfit. Justas Cesnavicius replied with 19 points for Azoty as they suffered the fourth defeat.

Dnipro - Kryvbasbasket 68-62
Dnipro Dnepropetrovks got 24 points from Patrick Beverley secured 24 points, 6 blocks, 5 assists and 4 steals and prevailed against Kryvbasbasket 68:62 at home. Grigori Khizhnyak nailed 14 points for the winners. Viktor Kondratovets finished with 14 points for Kryvbasbasket. Jarrett Howell dropped 13 points as the visitors slipped to 4-2 record. Dnipro in the meantime climbed to 3-3 record.



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Weekend Preview - by Andy Webb
Guildford Heat make the trip to the West Country to face Airwaves Plymouth Raiders on Saturday evening, and coach Paul James is expecting a difficult game for his team: 'Plymouth have improved year on year and are now a very tough team to beat and especially on their floor. They have the majority of their team return and that makes them very dangerous. Lasker, Beasley, Durham have all been really good players in the BBL so we will need to try limit their production.'

Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy is looking for his team to avoid a repeat of the shock loss they suffered at Worcester Wolves when the sides meet at the Univresity of Worcester, on Saturday: 'They made huge strides last year in their second season in the BBL. [Skouson] Harker's done a fantastic job to make his team competitive, and now he's re-signed [Anthony] Paez we know it will be a battle. It's the one that we lost last year, and I think that game showed that they'd arrived, so we want to make sure there isn't a repeat. We want to make sure there isn't a repeat, they'll be ready, they are a tough team at home and they're always up for it.'

Another coach who expects a tough game is Worthing Thunder's Gary Smith as his team host Scottish Rocks on Saturday: 'We know they will come down ready to play, and what they lack in numbers they make up for with their ability. Rob Yanders is one of the toughest guards in this league, and is capable of burning us if we don't take care of him.

Rocks are also in action at London Capital on Sunday, and Rocks' player-coach Sterling Davis is expecting a scrap at Capital City Academy: 'They are a team with a lot of heart just as they were last year. What has always impressed me about London is how hard they play the game. I'm sure they will surprise some people just as they did last year. With London you never know who will be that guy on the night. They are all so athletic you have to be ready to defend at all positions.'

Sunday's other game sees Sheffield Sharks and BBL newcomers Worthing Thunder meeting for the first time at the EIS in Sheffield.




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Summary of Round 3 - by Eurobasket News
Dexia remained the only prefect team in Belgian D1 after 3 rounds. Report on the game between Dexia and St-Katelijne Waver 91-62 is already posted in the previous news.

In the other games of Round 3, Novia Munalux Namur celebrated against DBC Houthalen on the road 64-58 moving up on 2-1. The host team, who played only two games so far, remained winless. Simona Nicolae (188-C-74) paced Novia Munalux Namur to victory collecting 14 points and 6 boards. Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) and Ellen Lauwers (182-F-87) had 11 points each. Emmelie Geraedts (188-F/C-85, college: California) was the only one with double digits in scoring for the hosts netting 16 points.

Waregem easily beat Spirou Monceau 78-60, mostly owing to 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals by Irina Medvedeva (190-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management). Krystel Ballau (168-G-84, agency: LBM Management) had 18 points for the loosing side. It was the first victory for Waregem this season, who currently has 1-1, while at the same time it was the first defeat for Spirou Monceau, 2-1.

In the battle between two winless teams after rounds, Point Chaud Sprimont celebrated against Blue Cats Ieper 81-72. Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) was totally the best player of this game collecting 29 points and 7 points for the winning side. Blue Cats Ieper got 25 points from Julie Vanloo (174-G-93).

In the last yesterday's game St-Katelijne Waver outsmarts BBC Boom 65-62. Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) and Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) netted 20 points each for the winners. Corina Arts (184-C-76) registered double-double for BBC Boom - 15 points and 15 rebounds. The hosts jumped on 3-1 while BBC Boom has 1-2.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


LaTanya White pulls Elitzur Ramla in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt Rousse -Elitzur Ramla 73:89

Elitzur Ramla grabs the first win at the start of the EuroCup preliminary round. Last night the team overcame Bulgarian Dunav Econt Rousse 73:89 away from home. A 28-16 in the last quarter plus a great game from LaTanya Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) were too much for the hosts in the game. Tan White was unstoppable with 32 points and 6 rebounds. Ogorodnikova nailed 21, while Katya Abramzon (186-F/C-87) scored 11. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) erupted with 27 points for the hosts and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) added 16.
Anosike made a lay-up in the very beginning to open the scoring account in the game. The score was tied five times in the period and the teams finished the frame at 25:25. The picture remained the same in the second period and at that time the squads were even four times. Tan White however sent the teams to the lockers for 43:41 advantage.
In the third period Israeli team played better and Gourevitch made it 54:45 in the middle of it. Trailing 50:61 Dunav Econt Rousse produced a 7-0 run to close the third period at 57:61. There was no answer for 16-28 in the last period for the hosts. Tan White nailed two more three-pointers at the end of the game for a final 89:73 win.

Dunav Econt Rousse: Danielle Page 27, Veronika Bortelova 16
Elitzur Ramla: Tan White 32+6 rebs, Ogorodnikova 21, Katya Abramzon 11


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  CROATIA - Women  


San Jose is victorious in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - CB Feve San Jose 51:71

CB Feve San Jose used its array of talents to overcome a potential case of jet lag and blow out hosts Ragusa in the opener of EuroCup. Spanish team overcame Ragusa in Croatia 51:71. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) netted 10 in a win, while Rosa Perez (169-G-81) Caparros added 9. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) ended up with 13 points in defeat, Razija Mujanovic (202-C-67) collected 11 points and 18 rebounds, while Matic scored 10.
Perisa enjoyed the first points in the game as Ragusa went on an early lead. CB Feve San Jose did not mind waiting for some time and bounced back later to win the opening quarter at 19:15. Ragusa trailed in the second period and Rosa Perez Caparros made it 30:25 at the halftime.
CB Feve San Jose spent no time at all after the break in reestablishing double-digit dominance in the third period. Rosa Perez scored for 52:34 at the end of the third period. Benic reduced the gap a it at the last period making it 49:64. The fans in Dubrovnik certainly were treated to some stellar basketball in their city's first game, even though it was the visiting team who put on the show. CB Feve San Jose won the game 71:51 to take 1-0 record in Group E. Spanish side joined Greek Athinaikos on top of the group.

Ragusa: Jennifer Harris 13, Razija Mujanovic 11+18 rebs, Matic 10
CB Feve San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 23+10 rebs, Kimberly Butler 10, Rosa Perez 9


Gospic outscores Gran Canaria in EuroCup opener - by Eurobasket News

Gospic-Gran Canaria 76:64

Gospic secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they beat Gran Canaria. Croatian team overcame the opponent 76:64 to open a successful start in the international arena. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) led the winners with 19 points. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) nailed 17, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) scored 14. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) poured in 24 points and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) netted 14.
The Spanish squad opened the game with 5 consecutive points but Gospic replied with 7-0. Marija Vrsaljko closed the opening quarter at 27:18. Salopek made it 33:22 with 7.22 in the second. Even thought the hosts reached almost plus 20, Adrijana Knezevic reduced for the visitors at 48:37.
For more than two minutes the teams remained silent in the third period and only Ines Kresovic broke it for 48:39. The quarter was more defensive feedback as the teams finished it at 9-9. It gave Gospic 57:46 advantage entering the last period. Croatian side never looked behind in that frame and led the game to the initial win in EuroCup.

In another game of the group K.V. Imperial AEL beat Cras Basket Taranto 70:53. Vukicevic paced all the winners with 17 points. Ely collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Stoenescu added 13. Godin and Mahoney top-scored for Cras Basket Taranto with 12 points each.

Gospic: Jelena Ivezic 19, Anda Eibele 17, Marija Vrsaljko 14
Gran Canaria: Adrijana Knezevic 24, Ines Kresovic 14



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Foreign legion leads KV Imperial AEL to an impressive win - by Nemanja Bjedov
Serbian center Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) scored 17 points, while American forward Shyra-Quontae Ely added 15 points and hauled down 10 rebounds as K.V. Imperial AEL beat the last year's regular season leaders in Italy Cras Basket Taranto 70-53 in the preliminary round of the FIBA EuroCup Women Group F on Thursday night at the Melford Arena in Limassol.

After a low scoring first quarter the hosts held a four point lead at 13-9, but the Italians reduced their deficit to only one point at 29-28 as the teams headed to the half time break. In the third period Linos Gavriels ladies managed to extend their lead to nine points and then in the final ten minutes held the visitors on nine points while scoring 17 in the process to seal a convincing victory.

The Romanian guard Ancuta Stoenescu scored 13 points for KV Imperial AEL, while Natasha Lacy chipped in with 12. Elodie Godin and Megan Mahoney had 12 points apiece for Cras Basket Taranto.

In another game of Group F Gospic Croatia Osiguranje defeated Gran Canaria of Spain 76-64. The Spanish team is the next opponent for the Cypriot champions in a weeks time at the Pabellon Polideportivo La Paterna in Las Palmas.


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Trailing 17 points Kara Trutnov wins the opener - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov -Arvi Marijampole 79:73

Kara Trutnov overcame Arvi Marijampole in the first game of EuroCup camapign. The team from Czech Republic trailed 10 points at the half but won 79:73. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Darina Misurova (163-G-81) and Michaela Ivanova (180-F-84) added 17 points each. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) posted 17, while Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) added 15 in defeat.
Trutnov supported by 1000 fans scored first five points in the game. The Baltic side needed not more than five minutes and went on a 9:8 lead after Tetyana Shchypakina scored two. Both squads finished the opening quarter at 17:17. Having 22:17 advantage Kara Trutnov lost control of the game and was beaten by the halftime. Milda Sauliute made an alley-oop for 46:36 Lithuanian lead. Pacauskiene made it plus 17, 53:36 but Arvi Marijampole lost anyway. Michaela Hartigova closed 13-2 run when the hosts reduced to 57:59 entering the last period. Even though Lithuanian team still was in front Michaela Ivanova's three made it 73:72 with 2 minutes to go. It was her to score the last in the game for 79:73.

In another game Ibiza made it loud in Arad as they overcame local powerhouse Baschet ICIM at the start of the EuroCup. Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) knocked down 17 points to pace Ibiza to the win. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points for Arad in defeat.

Kara Trutnov: Michaela Hartigova 19, Darina Misurova 17, Michaela Ivanova 17
Arvi Marijampole: Tetyana Shchypakina 17, Milda Sauliute 15



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  FRANCE - Women  


Challes-Les-Eaux Basket wins the opener of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hasharon - Challes-Les-Eaux Basket 69:81

Challes-Les-Eaux Basket secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they overcame Bnot Hasharon in Israel. The French side won the opener 81:69 mostly due to the first half. Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) paced all the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Carly Wilson (181-G-82) netted 18, while Laina Badiane (180-F-85) posted 13. Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Leor Nusel (173-G-89) and Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) each had 12.
Charde Houston opened the game with a jump-shot as Bnot Hasharon enjoyed the only lead in the game. Laina Badiane made a lay-up for the guests at 4:2 and then Copeland closed the first quarter at 24:15. Martina Luptakova pulled her team to 29:15 and then to 31:18. After 15-12 in the second period Laina Badiane closed the half for 39:27 advantage.
Carly Wilson with a three made the gap plus 24 for the French side in the middle of the third. Martina Luptakova set up 61:38 after thirty minutes of the game. Bnot Hasharon tried really hard in the last quarter and scored 31 points in that frame. As a total it still gave Challes-Les-Eaux Basket 81:69 victory in EuroCup Preliminary round.

Bnot Hasharon: Jessica Dickson 16, Leor Nusel 12, Charde Houston 12
Challes-Les-Eaux Basket: Martina Luptakova 19+6 rebs, Carly Wilson 18, Laina Badiane 13


Tarbes GB feels the difference - by Eurobasket News
Olivais Coimbra -Tarbes GB 59:102

Tarbes GB won the first game of EuroCup group round thrashing Olivais Coimbra from Portugal. The French squad reached 102:59 in the easy start of the campaign. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) paced all the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) netted 18, while Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) added 15. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) top-scored for the home side with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
The first minutes of the game did not show the whole picture of what was happening in the court. Ambrosia Anderson scored five out of seven points from her team for 7:6 lead. It was her again to nail three for 10:8 in the beginning of the opening quarter. A 22-0 run however put a full stop in the game. Tarbes GB led 32:16 entering the second period and did not slow down in the second. Eldebrink made the score 62:36 to go on the big break.
French squad remained hot and did not stop in the second half. With 21-14 in the third quarter they made it 83:50. The task for the last stanza was to reach 100 and Taisiia Bovykina made it with less than two minutes to go. Moreover Castets chipped in for 102:59 as Tarbes GB won the first game of EuroCup group round.

Olivais Coimbra: Ambrosia Anderson 24+10 rebs, Santos 11, Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) 11
Tarbes GB: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 24+11 rebs, Taisiia Bovykina 18, Ndeye Ndiaye 15


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  GERMANY - Women  


Goettingen waive Mullerova - by Moritz Korff
Trinos Goettingen have parted with Lucie Mullerova (188-F-88), effective immediately. The Czech U20-international did not live up to the expectations of the club-officials and thus has to leave the team. Mullerova, who played for the Slovakian Extraliga-outfit Cityfarma Spartak Myjava during this past season, only scored a total four points in the first five games of this current campaign. The Violets are now looking for a new player.

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  GREECE - Women  


Standings -A2 Women - by Richard
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Komotini 2-0 
 2. Aris Thessal. 2-0 
 3. Aias Evosmou 2-0 
 4. AO Serron 1-0 
 5. PAOK 1-0 
 6. Apollon K. 1-0 
 7. Artemis Volou 1-0 
 8. Pylaia 1-0 
 9. Panathlitikos 1-0 
 10. Titanes Dramas 1-0 
 11. Veroias 0-0 
 12. Velvento 0-0 
 13. Enosi Kavalas 0-0 
 14. Iraklis 0-0 
Group South
 1. Paraskevis 2-0 
 2. FEA Neas 2-0 
 3. AE PAP 2-0 
 4. Amarillida 2-0 
 5. Proteas V. 1-0 
 6. Sporting 1-0 
 7. Hania 1-0 
 8. Panagitsas 1-0 
 9. Aris T. 1-0 
 10. Asteras 0-0 
 11. Eleutheria M. 0-0 
 12. Kronos AD 0-0 
 13. Argyroupolis 0-0 
 14. Rethymnou 0-0 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. ProBuild Lions 4-0 
 2. HLB Account. 3-0 
 3. Perik Jumpers 2-1 
 4. Woonb./DAS 2-1 
 5. AutoCAD Am. 2-1 
 6. Wereldtick. 2-2 
 7. BV Lely 1-2 
 8. Celeritas-D. 1-3 
 9. CSR Binnenl. 0-3 
 10. Grasshoppers 0-4 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Swedish success over Foton - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings-Seat Foton Gyor 75:71

Solna Vikings got to a winning start of their EuroCup campaign as they held off Seat Foton Gyor in Sweden. Solna Vikings celebrated 75:71 victory to take 1-0 record in Group D. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) paced all the winners with 17 points. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13. Diana Furesz (174-G-84) chipped in 13 points in defeat, whilst Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 12 apiece.
Hajdana Radunovic did not mind scoring for the guests as they went on a first lead. Solna Vikings seemed to recover fast and went in front after the opening quarter. The Swedish team had 21:16 leading the game into the second frame. Olheim gave the biggest lead for her team at 33:21, but Seat Foton Gyor found its game. A 14-0 at the end of the second period allowed them to take 35:33 at the halftime. They did not look behind in the third quarter and control the period leading to 56:50. Franklin tied the game only with two minutes to go for the hosts. Bronislava Borovickova made it 72:71 but those points were the last for the visitors. Franklin made four free throws for 75:71 victory.

Solna Vikings: Jurgita Kausaite 17, Christy Bacon 15+12 rebs, Elisabeth Egnell 13
Seat Foton Gyor: Diana Furesz 13, Bronislava Borovickova 12, Hajdana Radunovic 12


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Challes-Les-Eaux Basket wins the opener of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hasharon - Challes-Les-Eaux Basket 69:81

Challes-Les-Eaux Basket secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they overcame Bnot Hasharon in Israel. The French side won the opener 81:69 mostly due to the first half. Martina Luptakova (184-F-77) paced all the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Carly Wilson (181-G-82) netted 18, while Laina Badiane (180-F-85) posted 13. Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Leor Nusel (173-G-89) and Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) each had 12.
Charde Houston opened the game with a jump-shot as Bnot Hasharon enjoyed the only lead in the game. Laina Badiane made a lay-up for the guests at 4:2 and then Copeland closed the first quarter at 24:15. Martina Luptakova pulled her team to 29:15 and then to 31:18. After 15-12 in the second period Laina Badiane closed the half for 39:27 advantage.
Carly Wilson with a three made the gap plus 24 for the French side in the middle of the third. Martina Luptakova set up 61:38 after thirty minutes of the game. Bnot Hasharon tried really hard in the last quarter and scored 31 points in that frame. As a total it still gave Challes-Les-Eaux Basket 81:69 victory in EuroCup Preliminary round.

Bnot Hasharon: Jessica Dickson 16, Leor Nusel 12, Charde Houston 12
Challes-Les-Eaux Basket: Martina Luptakova 19+6 rebs, Carly Wilson 18, Laina Badiane 13


LaTanya White pulls Elitzur Ramla in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt Rousse -Elitzur Ramla 73:89

Elitzur Ramla grabs the first win at the start of the EuroCup preliminary round. Last night the team overcame Bulgarian Dunav Econt Rousse 73:89 away from home. A 28-16 in the last quarter plus a great game from LaTanya Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) were too much for the hosts in the game. Tan White was unstoppable with 32 points and 6 rebounds. Ogorodnikova nailed 21, while Katya Abramzon (186-F/C-87) scored 11. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) erupted with 27 points for the hosts and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) added 16.
Anosike made a lay-up in the very beginning to open the scoring account in the game. The score was tied five times in the period and the teams finished the frame at 25:25. The picture remained the same in the second period and at that time the squads were even four times. Tan White however sent the teams to the lockers for 43:41 advantage.
In the third period Israeli team played better and Gourevitch made it 54:45 in the middle of it. Trailing 50:61 Dunav Econt Rousse produced a 7-0 run to close the third period at 57:61. There was no answer for 16-28 in the last period for the hosts. Tan White nailed two more three-pointers at the end of the game for a final 89:73 win.

Dunav Econt Rousse: Danielle Page 27, Veronika Bortelova 16
Elitzur Ramla: Tan White 32+6 rebs, Ogorodnikova 21, Katya Abramzon 11


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  ITALY - Women  


Extrugasa secured the initial win in the EuroCup over Italians - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa -Pallacanestro Ribera 81:67


Extrugasa secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they beat Pallacanestro Ribera at home. Spanish team was better in all the components of the game for 81:67 victory. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) led the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Gomez posted 21, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) and Da Silva brought 11 each. Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort.
Page gave Italian side the first lead and then Creamer made two threes in the very beginning of the game. Extrugasa did not panic and answered with 18:15 at the end of the first. The home side started to extend the lead early in the second and reached 10-points deficit at the halftime when Jaklin Zlatanova made a jump-shot. The same difference saw both teams in the end of the third for 56:46. With 25-21 Extrugasa won the fourth period and the opener of Eurocup.
In another game of the group Tarbes GB won the first game of EuroCup group round thrashing Olivais Coimbra from Portugal. The French squad reached 102:59 in the easy start of the campaign. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) paced all the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) netted 18, while Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) added 15. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) top-scored for the home side with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Extrugasa: Tamera Young 26+5 rebs, Gomez 21, Jaklin Zlatanova 11, Da Silva 11
Pallacanestro Ribera: Jami Montagnino 15, Megan Moody 15


Cras Basket Taranto fail in the opener - by Eurobasket News

K.V. Imperial AEL - Cras Basket Taranto 70:53

K.V. Imperial AEL beat Cras Basket Taranto 70:53 in the Preliminary round of the FIBA EuroCup Women Group F. A massive second half did not leave any chances for the Italian team in Cyprus. Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) paced all the winners with 17 points. Ely collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80) added 13. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) and Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for Cras Basket Taranto with 12 points each.
After a low scoring first quarter the hosts held a four point lead at 13-9, but the Italians reduced their deficit to only one point at 29:28 as the teams headed to the half time break. Milena Vukicevic made a lay-up to send the teams to the lockers at the halftime.
In the third period Linos Gavriels ladies managed to extend their lead to nine points. Zaryts'ka made a lay-up for 53:44 at the end of the frame. The last quarter was a disaster of the guests that could not stay in race. Megan Mahoney was the last to score in the game but K.V. Imperial AEL enjoyed 70:53 victory.

Gospic secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they beat Gran Canaria in another game of Group F. Croatian team overcame the opponent 76:64 to open a successful start in the international arena. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) led the winners with 19 points. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) nailed 17, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) scored 14. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) poured in 24 points and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) netted 14.

K.V. Imperial AEL: Milena Vukicevic 17, Ely 15+10 rebs, Ancuta Stoenescu 13
Cras Basket Taranto: Elodie Godin 12, Megan Mahoney 12



Lavezzini Basket destroys SK Cesis - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket -SK Cesis 79:43

Lavezzini Basket destroys SK Cesis at the start of the EuroCup preliminary round in Group I. Italian team did not have any difficulties over the Baltic representative. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) led all the winners with 26 points. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) and Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) followed her with 10 points each for 1-0 record in the group. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) was the only one to reach double digits for the guest nailing 15 points.
That was for sure the best game of the Italian team this season. Even though it has just started in two places for Lavezzini Basket the team looks very well. An opening quarter closed the doors for the teams when Italian side had already 25:9. Laura Summerton finished another 6-0 run for 31:9 in the beginning of the second quarter. Zara sent the squads to the lockers for 38:21 making a jump-shot for her team.
Again the hosts started with 6-0 run and took 44:21 in the start of the third. Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) made a jump-shot in the end of the frame for 65:33 advantage. In the last period the teams were just killing time as the winners was known long time ago. With 14-10 Lavezzini Basket finished the last period and won the encounter of the opener. Elina Babkina made a jump-shot as the board showed 79:43 for Lavezzini Basket.

Lavezzini Basket: Laura Summerton 26, Daliborka Vilipic 10, Jennifer Screen 10
SK Cesis: Elina Babkina 15


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  LATVIA - Women  


Lavezzini Basket destroys SK Cesis - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket -SK Cesis 79:43

Lavezzini Basket destroys SK Cesis at the start of the EuroCup preliminary round in Group I. Italian team did not have any difficulties over the Baltic representative. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) led all the winners with 26 points. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) and Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) followed her with 10 points each for 1-0 record in the group. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) was the only one to reach double digits for the guest nailing 15 points.
That was for sure the best game of the Italian team this season. Even though it has just started in two places for Lavezzini Basket the team looks very well. An opening quarter closed the doors for the teams when Italian side had already 25:9. Laura Summerton finished another 6-0 run for 31:9 in the beginning of the second quarter. Zara sent the squads to the lockers for 38:21 making a jump-shot for her team.
Again the hosts started with 6-0 run and took 44:21 in the start of the third. Susanna Stabile (178-G-80) made a jump-shot in the end of the frame for 65:33 advantage. In the last period the teams were just killing time as the winners was known long time ago. With 14-10 Lavezzini Basket finished the last period and won the encounter of the opener. Elina Babkina made a jump-shot as the board showed 79:43 for Lavezzini Basket.

Lavezzini Basket: Laura Summerton 26, Daliborka Vilipic 10, Jennifer Screen 10
SK Cesis: Elina Babkina 15


Cesis keep winning tempo - by Eurobasket News
Cesis earned the third win in the season and remained just one victory shy of the leading TTT Riga in the ladder. Lately Cesis overcame Turiba 79:50 to remain undefeated. The teams got to a cautious start trading baskets in the first stanza. Cesis led by just two points at the first break 17:15. However the things changed in the second frame. Cesis raised the pace drastically and ran away to an 18-point distance at halftime. The situation stayed the same in the second half. The hosts kept Turiba at bay and cruised to the soid victory. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) finished the clash with 23 points for Cesis. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) added 19 points, while Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) had 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) answered with 16 points for Turiba. Dace Pokzane contributed 10 points as the visitors fell to 1-3 record in the standings.
RTU/Merks improved to 2-3 record in the ladder after holding off SK riga 61:46 yesterday. Dace Bicane (179-F-90) came up with 12 points to lead balanced RTU/Merks offense. SK Riga were the better team in the first half as they built a 28:23 advantage at halftime. However RTU/Merks managed to recover after the long break. They netted 21 points in the third term to deny the deficit and then performed a near-perfect defensive effort in the fourth quarter limiting their opponents to 6 points and pulling away with a tough win at the end. Ieva Malkevica (174-F-87) and Dace Krumina (187-F-69) nailed 9 points each in the win. Linda Rubene (186-F-91) and Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) answered with 10 points apiece for SK Riga.


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Trailing 17 points Kara Trutnov wins the opener - by Eurobasket News

Kara Trutnov -Arvi Marijampole 79:73

Kara Trutnov overcame Arvi Marijampole in the first game of EuroCup camapign. The team from Czech Republic trailed 10 points at the half but won 79:73. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Darina Misurova (163-G-81) and Michaela Ivanova (180-F-84) added 17 points each. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) posted 17, while Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) added 15 in defeat.
Trutnov supported by 1000 fans scored first five points in the game. The Baltic side needed not more than five minutes and went on a 9:8 lead after Tetyana Shchypakina scored two. Both squads finished the opening quarter at 17:17. Having 22:17 advantage Kara Trutnov lost control of the game and was beaten by the halftime. Milda Sauliute made an alley-oop for 46:36 Lithuanian lead. Pacauskiene made it plus 17, 53:36 but Arvi Marijampole lost anyway. Michaela Hartigova closed 13-2 run when the hosts reduced to 57:59 entering the last period. Even though Lithuanian team still was in front Michaela Ivanova's three made it 73:72 with 2 minutes to go. It was her to score the last in the game for 79:73.

In another game Ibiza made it loud in Arad as they overcame local powerhouse Baschet ICIM at the start of the EuroCup. Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) knocked down 17 points to pace Ibiza to the win. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) had 13 points and 13 boards for the winners. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) answered with 22 points for Arad in defeat.

Kara Trutnov: Michaela Hartigova 19, Darina Misurova 17, Michaela Ivanova 17
Arvi Marijampole: Tetyana Shchypakina 17, Milda Sauliute 15



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


MNT1A : BC Herceg Novi win against Roling 107-84 - by Dragan Scepanovic
In first game of 2 Round of Montenegrin 1A woman league Basketball Club Herceg Novi win in derby game in city of Herceg Novi aginst Basketball Club Roling from Niksic 107-84 ( 31-15,28-13,20-25,28-31 ).In team of Basketball Club Herceg Novi best players was Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) with 37 points and Jovana Pasic with 38 points.In tema of Basketball Club Roling form Niksic once again best was Neda Nikolic wich score 36 points

BC Herceg Novi : Marijanovic , Pasic 38(2-1), Vucetic 8, Djuratovic ,Sabanovic, S.Kuzelj 10, Lazarevic, Mirkov 12(5-4), M. Kuzelj, Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) 37(8-7), Miovic 2

BC Roling : Miskovic 2, Vucic 13(4-1), Baletic 1(1-1) ,Stanisic 13, Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) 10(4-1), Neda Nikolic (178-F/C-91) 36(4-4), Jovanovic, Obradovic, Andjela Djurovic (188-F/C-90) 9 (1-1)


Standings - Women League
1A Standings
 1. BC H.Novi 2-0 
 2. Roling Niksic 1-1 
 3. Rudar 0-1 
 4. BC Kastel 0-1 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Jedinstvo


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  POLAND - Women  


UMMC became the only leader in Group C of Euroleague campaign - by Eurobasket News
Lotos-UMMC 71:82

UMMC became the only leader in Group C of Euroleague campaign last night. Russian team had a road win over Lotos in Gdynia 71:82. The first half decisive in the game and allowed the visitors controlled the rest of the game. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) netted 18, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) added 15. Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) and Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) collected each 21 points for the home side.
french Sandrine Gruda opened the game with a tip-in but Lotos also tasted the lead. Podrug scored for 10:9 in the middle of the opening quarter but as it became clear that was the only one. Agnieszka Bibrzycka closed the opening quarter at 18:23 for the guests. With a 12-0 run UMMC started the second quarter and never looked behind later in the game. Taylor's three closed a perfect run for 35:18. Baranova's jump-shot sent the team to the lockers for 46:30.
Lotos PKO BP gave themselves a shot at pulling off an unlikely comeback with a 12-2 run to finish the third quarter to trail 68:57. It happened after the hosts produced 27-22 in the frame. Lotos PKO BP again reduced the deficit to seven with just under three minutes remaining with a shot from Emilija Podrug. Sandrine Gruda, Pondexter and Jones however brought the victory for the visitors scoring the last baskets in the game.

Lotos:Alana Beard 21, Emilja Podrug 21+10 rebs, Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) 12
UMMC: Deanna Nolan 19, Sandrine Gruda 18, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 15


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portuguese teams in Eurocup - by Bruno Baltazar
And here it is ,before the portuguese league started the international compeitions were here first and Vagos and Olivais played the 1st game this week.
Vagos played against ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac in Serbia and lost 100-52 ,a no history game that shows the portuguese teams need alot of work if they even want to discuss games against the powerfull teams , Amanda Carver scored 16 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal; and Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) did 13 pts, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
In the same group Lemminkainen lost at home against the russian team of Chevakata 72-94. In the next round,this month ,day 30 the portuguese team will recieve Lemminkainen.

Olivais got the same luck ,played at home against Tarbes GB in France 102-59,the portuguese team had 8 minuts without scoring a point and the national league champs had their biggest scorer in the american Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) 24 pts 10 rebounds and 2 assists.
In the other game the spanish side of Extrugasa won against the italians of Pallacanestro Riera 81-67. In the next round Olivais will face in Italy Pallacanestro Ribera.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Dynamo stun Municipal Targoviste in the capital - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow-Municipal Targoviste 95:59

Dynamo Moscow stun Municipal Targoviste in the opener of EuroCup Women Preliminary Round. Russian team was too good in all the aspects of the game taking 95:56 victory. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) led the winners with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) each had 12. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) top-scored with 16 points in defeat and Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 14.
Cynthia Valentin scored 5 out of 7 first points for her team as Municipal Targoviste shocked Dynamo for 7-0 run. Dynamo woke up immediately and Belinda Snell tied the score at 10:10. In a back-to-back period the Russian squad managed to win the opener, 23:21. The second quarter was a decisive in the game as the hosts overwhelmed Romanian team 27-9. Cynthia Valentin was the last to score in the first half for 50:30.
With 22-13 in the third period Dynamo did not worry about the last stanza. Selwyn made it 72:43 sending the teams to the last period. Belinda Snell made a three for 89:57 and Zakalyuzhnaya closed the game at 95:59. Dynamo, now led by the Slovakian coaching great Natalia Hejkova, out-rebounded their opponents 43-26.

Dynamo Moscow: Marina Kuzina 29+8 rebs, Jannell Burse 18+15 rebs, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Belinda Snell 12
Municipal Targoviste: Cynthia Valentin 16, Chrissy Givens 14


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Dynamo stun Municipal Targoviste in the capital - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow-Municipal Targoviste 95:59

Dynamo Moscow stun Municipal Targoviste in the opener of EuroCup Women Preliminary Round. Russian team was too good in all the aspects of the game taking 95:56 victory. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) led the winners with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) each had 12. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) top-scored with 16 points in defeat and Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 14.
Cynthia Valentin scored 5 out of 7 first points for her team as Municipal Targoviste shocked Dynamo for 7-0 run. Dynamo woke up immediately and Belinda Snell tied the score at 10:10. In a back-to-back period the Russian squad managed to win the opener, 23:21. The second quarter was a decisive in the game as the hosts overwhelmed Romanian team 27-9. Cynthia Valentin was the last to score in the first half for 50:30.
With 22-13 in the third period Dynamo did not worry about the last stanza. Selwyn made it 72:43 sending the teams to the last period. Belinda Snell made a three for 89:57 and Zakalyuzhnaya closed the game at 95:59. Dynamo, now led by the Slovakian coaching great Natalia Hejkova, out-rebounded their opponents 43-26.

Dynamo Moscow: Marina Kuzina 29+8 rebs, Jannell Burse 18+15 rebs, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Belinda Snell 12
Municipal Targoviste: Cynthia Valentin 16, Chrissy Givens 14


UMMC became the only leader in Group C of Euroleague campaign - by Eurobasket News
Lotos-UMMC 71:82

UMMC became the only leader in Group C of Euroleague campaign last night. Russian team had a road win over Lotos in Gdynia 71:82. The first half decisive in the game and allowed the visitors controlled the rest of the game. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) netted 18, while Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) added 15. Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) and Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) collected each 21 points for the home side.
french Sandrine Gruda opened the game with a tip-in but Lotos also tasted the lead. Podrug scored for 10:9 in the middle of the opening quarter but as it became clear that was the only one. Agnieszka Bibrzycka closed the opening quarter at 18:23 for the guests. With a 12-0 run UMMC started the second quarter and never looked behind later in the game. Taylor's three closed a perfect run for 35:18. Baranova's jump-shot sent the team to the lockers for 46:30.
Lotos PKO BP gave themselves a shot at pulling off an unlikely comeback with a 12-2 run to finish the third quarter to trail 68:57. It happened after the hosts produced 27-22 in the frame. Lotos PKO BP again reduced the deficit to seven with just under three minutes remaining with a shot from Emilija Podrug. Sandrine Gruda, Pondexter and Jones however brought the victory for the visitors scoring the last baskets in the game.

Lotos:Alana Beard 21, Emilja Podrug 21+10 rebs, Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) 12
UMMC: Deanna Nolan 19, Sandrine Gruda 18, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 15


Nevzorova and Miller too much for Botas - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Spartak Noginsk 74:77

Spartak Noginsk made another loud ambition after 77:74 over Botas Spor at the start of EuroCup. Russian squad looked great in the game and deserved the win truthfully. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) and Coleen Miller (175-G-78, college: Georgia) top-score for the winners with 23 points. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) posted 17, whilst Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
Coleen Miller brought the first points for EuroCup newcomer in the game. Nelli Nevzorova made it 19:8, but Boras closed the opening quarter with 6-0 run for 14:19. In the second period the visitors held 5-7 points and Nelli Nevzorova scored for 36:26. Tsekhmeyster was the last to score at the half at 40:35 for the guests. It was her again to close the third perod at 61:53. Botas caught up the Russian team early in the fourth and Marcedes Walker tie the game at 64:64. Sandallioglu brought the hosts 73:68 with 5 minutes in the game. In the rest of the game Turkish side scored only one point, while Spartak Noginsk led the game to 77.
In another game Dexia Namur got to a perfect start of their EuroCup campaign as they thrashed BC Star in Tallinn. The teams opened the action in Group L and Dexia jumped on top of the ladder. Pauline Nsimbo came up with a pivotal performance for Belgian powerhouse as she tallied 26 points and 21 rebounds.

Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 17, Marcedes Walker 14+13 rebs
Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 23, Coleen Miller 23


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  SERBIA - Women  


ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac thrashes Portuguese team - by Eurobasket News

ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac -A.D.Vagos 100:52

ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac overcame A.D.Vagos at the EuroCup Preliminary round opener. The victory in all the quarters lifted the Serbian side to the top of the group due to the diffrence in the baskets. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) nailed 16, whilst Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) scored 14. Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) poured in 16 in defeat and Carver added 13.
Kovacevic opened the game for the hosts, but A.D.Vagos could also try the taste of a lead, 2:3. That was the only spurt of the visitors that trailed in the rest of the game. Ivana Dojcinovic posted two in the end of the first for 29:13. After 20-14 in the second stanza Serbian team enjoyed 49:27 at the halftime.
Carver reduced to minus 20, 51:31 but Stojanka Ostojic made it 63:33 later in the third. Ivana Dojcinovic close the third period at 75:33 for ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac. In the last period the intrigue remained until the last seconds as the hosts hunted for the third digit. Tamara Radocaj solved the task with her team for 100:52 victory.

Chevakata overcame Lemminkainen in another game of the group to claim the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. A solid 94:72 victory allowed Russian side to earn the top spot in Group K.

ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac: Tamara Radocaj 21, Ivana Dojcinovic 16, Stojanka Ostojic 14
A.D.Vagos: Carla Nascimento 16, Carver 13



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  SPAIN - Women  


Extrugasa secured the initial win in the EuroCup over Italians - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa -Pallacanestro Ribera 81:67


Extrugasa secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they beat Pallacanestro Ribera at home. Spanish team was better in all the components of the game for 81:67 victory. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) led the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Gomez posted 21, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) and Da Silva brought 11 each. Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort.
Page gave Italian side the first lead and then Creamer made two threes in the very beginning of the game. Extrugasa did not panic and answered with 18:15 at the end of the first. The home side started to extend the lead early in the second and reached 10-points deficit at the halftime when Jaklin Zlatanova made a jump-shot. The same difference saw both teams in the end of the third for 56:46. With 25-21 Extrugasa won the fourth period and the opener of Eurocup.
In another game of the group Tarbes GB won the first game of EuroCup group round thrashing Olivais Coimbra from Portugal. The French squad reached 102:59 in the easy start of the campaign. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) paced all the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) netted 18, while Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) added 15. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) top-scored for the home side with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Extrugasa: Tamera Young 26+5 rebs, Gomez 21, Jaklin Zlatanova 11, Da Silva 11
Pallacanestro Ribera: Jami Montagnino 15, Megan Moody 15


Womens National Team Back To Go For It All At EuroBasket 2009 - by Ivan Villar
The national Spanish team, which already has seen four consecutive visits to the podium at the European Championship tournament, will head to this Baltic country with the same high hopes one year after finishing a historic 5th at the Olympics.

Yet again, the girls who will be led by Evaristo Prez for the third year, will face off against Russia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, and, on this occasion, the host team, who are all major rivals in the battle for a medal.

WOMENS 2009 EUROBASKET DRAWING

Group A: SPAIN, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the team that qualifies among the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Germany.
Group B: Latvia, Poland, Greece, and Hungary
Group C: Russia, Turkey, Lithuania and Serbia
Group D: Belarus, France, Israel and the team that qualifies among Italy, Belgium, and Croatia.


Gospic outscores Gran Canaria in EuroCup opener - by Eurobasket News

Gospic-Gran Canaria 76:64

Gospic secured the initial win in the EuroCup Preliminary round as they beat Gran Canaria. Croatian team overcame the opponent 76:64 to open a successful start in the international arena. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) led the winners with 19 points. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) nailed 17, while Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) scored 14. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) poured in 24 points and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) netted 14.
The Spanish squad opened the game with 5 consecutive points but Gospic replied with 7-0. Marija Vrsaljko closed the opening quarter at 27:18. Salopek made it 33:22 with 7.22 in the second. Even thought the hosts reached almost plus 20, Adrijana Knezevic reduced for the visitors at 48:37.
For more than two minutes the teams remained silent in the third period and only Ines Kresovic broke it for 48:39. The quarter was more defensive feedback as the teams finished it at 9-9. It gave Gospic 57:46 advantage entering the last period. Croatian side never looked behind in that frame and led the game to the initial win in EuroCup.

In another game of the group K.V. Imperial AEL beat Cras Basket Taranto 70:53. Vukicevic paced all the winners with 17 points. Ely collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Stoenescu added 13. Godin and Mahoney top-scored for Cras Basket Taranto with 12 points each.

Gospic: Jelena Ivezic 19, Anda Eibele 17, Marija Vrsaljko 14
Gran Canaria: Adrijana Knezevic 24, Ines Kresovic 14



Extrugasa got first win in FIBA Eurocup - by Ivan Villar
Extrugasa Vilagarcia-Pallacanestro Ribera 81:67

European competition came back to Galicia by the hand of Extrugasa Vilagarcia.Team coached by Isaac Fernandez faced italian team of Sicilia,Pallacanestro.They have similar level but Extrugasa was better than visitors.Extrugasa was ahead in score during most part of game.But only in last quarter got the difference to win the game.Home hero was Sara Gomez (168-G-86) (168-G-86),who scored 3 points shoots in a row.Montagnino and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) were killers from the line of 6,25 m. but it wasn't quite.Kaayla Chones couldn't shine because made a lot of faults soon.Next round Extrugasa will play in France,against Tarbes.

Extrugasa Vilagarcia: Sara Gomez 21+3 steals Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) 26+5 reb
Pallacanestro Ribera: J.Montagnino 15 Megan Moody 15+3 steals


San Jose is victorious in Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - CB Feve San Jose 51:71

CB Feve San Jose used its array of talents to overcome a potential case of jet lag and blow out hosts Ragusa in the opener of EuroCup. Spanish team overcame Ragusa in Croatia 51:71. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) netted 10 in a win, while Rosa Perez (169-G-81) Caparros added 9. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) ended up with 13 points in defeat, Razija Mujanovic (202-C-67) collected 11 points and 18 rebounds, while Matic scored 10.
Perisa enjoyed the first points in the game as Ragusa went on an early lead. CB Feve San Jose did not mind waiting for some time and bounced back later to win the opening quarter at 19:15. Ragusa trailed in the second period and Rosa Perez Caparros made it 30:25 at the halftime.
CB Feve San Jose spent no time at all after the break in reestablishing double-digit dominance in the third period. Rosa Perez scored for 52:34 at the end of the third period. Benic reduced the gap a it at the last period making it 49:64. The fans in Dubrovnik certainly were treated to some stellar basketball in their city's first game, even though it was the visiting team who put on the show. CB Feve San Jose won the game 71:51 to take 1-0 record in Group E. Spanish side joined Greek Athinaikos on top of the group.

Ragusa: Jennifer Harris 13, Razija Mujanovic 11+18 rebs, Matic 10
CB Feve San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 23+10 rebs, Kimberly Butler 10, Rosa Perez 9


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Swedish success over Foton - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings-Seat Foton Gyor 75:71

Solna Vikings got to a winning start of their EuroCup campaign as they held off Seat Foton Gyor in Sweden. Solna Vikings celebrated 75:71 victory to take 1-0 record in Group D. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) paced all the winners with 17 points. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) scored 13. Diana Furesz (174-G-84) chipped in 13 points in defeat, whilst Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 12 apiece.
Hajdana Radunovic did not mind scoring for the guests as they went on a first lead. Solna Vikings seemed to recover fast and went in front after the opening quarter. The Swedish team had 21:16 leading the game into the second frame. Olheim gave the biggest lead for her team at 33:21, but Seat Foton Gyor found its game. A 14-0 at the end of the second period allowed them to take 35:33 at the halftime. They did not look behind in the third quarter and control the period leading to 56:50. Franklin tied the game only with two minutes to go for the hosts. Bronislava Borovickova made it 72:71 but those points were the last for the visitors. Franklin made four free throws for 75:71 victory.

Solna Vikings: Jurgita Kausaite 17, Christy Bacon 15+12 rebs, Elisabeth Egnell 13
Seat Foton Gyor: Diana Furesz 13, Bronislava Borovickova 12, Hajdana Radunovic 12


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Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Besiktas 2-0 
 2. Fenerbahce 1-0 
 3. Ceyhan 1-0 
 4. Tarsus Bld 1-0 
 5. Samsun 1-1 
 6. Cankaya 1-1 
 7. TED Kayseri 0-0 
 8. Galatasaray 0-1 
 9. Mersin 0-1 
 10. Botas 0-1 
 11. Burhaniye bld. 0-2 


Nevzorova and Miller too much for Botas - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Spartak Noginsk 74:77

Spartak Noginsk made another loud ambition after 77:74 over Botas Spor at the start of EuroCup. Russian squad looked great in the game and deserved the win truthfully. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) and Coleen Miller (175-G-78, college: Georgia) top-score for the winners with 23 points. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) posted 17, whilst Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) collected 14 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
Coleen Miller brought the first points for EuroCup newcomer in the game. Nelli Nevzorova made it 19:8, but Boras closed the opening quarter with 6-0 run for 14:19. In the second period the visitors held 5-7 points and Nelli Nevzorova scored for 36:26. Tsekhmeyster was the last to score at the half at 40:35 for the guests. It was her again to close the third perod at 61:53. Botas caught up the Russian team early in the fourth and Marcedes Walker tie the game at 64:64. Sandallioglu brought the hosts 73:68 with 5 minutes in the game. In the rest of the game Turkish side scored only one point, while Spartak Noginsk led the game to 77.
In another game Dexia Namur got to a perfect start of their EuroCup campaign as they thrashed BC Star in Tallinn. The teams opened the action in Group L and Dexia jumped on top of the ladder. Pauline Nsimbo came up with a pivotal performance for Belgian powerhouse as she tallied 26 points and 21 rebounds.

Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 17, Marcedes Walker 14+13 rebs
Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 23, Coleen Miller 23


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Rhondda Rebels win the opener in Division One - by Eurobasket News
The defending champions Rhondda Rebels secured a 64:53 road win over Sevenoaks Suns in the championship opener for both teams. Harriett Yea (180-G-89) knocked down 23 points to pace the Rebels to the win. Rene Johnson-Allen (170-G-90) came up with 13 points for the visitors. Arek Deng (191-C-83, college: Delaware) nailed game-high 24 points for the Suns.
The Rebels held the hosts to just 8 points in the first frame and pulled ahead by 9 points. The visitors stretched the margin to 14 points at halftime and seemed en route to a stunning win. However Sevenoaks Suns scored 24 points in the third period and shaved the distance to a single point before the fourth quarter. Rhondda needed all their experience to clear off in the crucial moments as they earned a tough win.
The Sheffield Hatters meanwhile thrashed the league newcomers Leeds 88:40 at home court. Sarah Naylor (183-F-83) and Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) scored 26 points each for the winners. Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) contributed 12 points for the Hatters. Belkie replied with 12 points for the Carnegie.
Building a massive 52:18 lead at the interval the Hatters allowed themselves to slow down in the second half with the win in their hands.
The Manchester Mystics secured a narrow 50:48 win against the London Mets away from home. Leading for the bigger part of the game the Mystics had to deal with some tense moments late in the encounter as the Mets had a chance to snatch victory. The Mystics withstood at the end and posted the initial victory. Caitlin Flood (180-F-86, agency: LBM Management) notched 12 points for the winners. Mia Spasowska (186-C) answered with 10 points for the Mets.