EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/26/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Crvena Zvez. 5-0 
 2. Partizan 5-0 
 3. Zadar 4-1 
 4. Buducnost 4-1 
 5. Hemofarm 3-2 
 6. Olimpija 2-2 
 7. Cibona 2-3 
 8. KK Split 2-3 
 9. Krka 2-3 
 10. FMP 2-3 
 11. Vojvodina 1-3 
 12. KK Zagreb 1-4 
 13. Bosna S. 1-4 
 14. Helios 0-5 


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Ben Hur 94-65
Quimsa trashed Ben Hur at home improving its score in Group North on 5-2. Herbert Courtney netted 20 points for the winners. On other other side Mariano Castets added 15 points, but his Ben Hur dropped on 2-5.

Sionista - Libertad 56-78
Another easy victory, but for the visiting side now. Libertad took this one mostly owing Jason Osborne and his 19 points. Sionista got 14 points from Juan Pablo Cantero. Libertad currently have 6-1 while Sionista is on 2-5.

Atenas - Obras 88-76
Atenas is together with Libertad on top of Group North with almost perfect score 6-1. Djibril Kante paced the hosts to victory collecting 19 points and 6 boards. Obras remains winless yet despite 25 points and 6 rebounds by Lazaro Borrell.

Regatas C. - Cicl.Olimpico 82-69
Sebastian Acosta led Regatas to third victory in Liga A draining 22 points against Ciclista Olimpico. The loosing side got the same number of points by Anthony Glover slipping on 4-3.

Boca Jrs - Gimn.CR 81-73
Boca Juniors was better than Gimnasia CR, thus both teams have the same score now, 3-4. Gabriel Fernandez was totally the best player in the winning team draining 28 points and pulling down 10 boards. German Sciutto had 22 points for the visitors.

Independ.N. - Lanus 80-78
Independiente grabbed thriller win against Lanus moving up in Group South on 5-2. Cedric Moodie top-scored for the hosts with 15 points. Jervaughn Scales had two points less. Ronald Ramon shined in Lanus netting 26 but it was not enough for his team, 3-4.

Quilmes MP - El Nacional 84-69
Easy 15-point win for Quilmes MP, who now has the same score as El Nacional 2-5. Pablo Gil helped the hosts with 18 points. Dionisio Camarago Gomez added 16 points and 8 rebounds for El Nacional.

*The last game of Round 7 between Estudiantes and Penarol is scheduled for October 28th.


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Ahli US Player Shines on Important Win - by Walter Neto
AL AHLI came away with a well-deserved 94-83 victory over Sitra last night in the Bahrain Basketball League, played at the Um Al Hassam sports complex.

Konyon Boker put in a dominant performance in the win. The towering professional scored 31 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in controlling the shaded area. He also registered two blocked shots in the contest. Meanwhile, defending champions Muharraq defeated Al Najma 100-76 in yesterday's other game.

Ahli used a strong second quarter performance to seize control from Sitra in their hard-fought affair. They turned a 20-21 deficit at the end of the first period to a 49-40 lead at the interval. The former champions continued their solid showing to begin the second half, as they extended their advantage to 12 points, 72-60. They then almost matched Sitra basket for basket in the final quarter en route to securing the 11-point triumph.

Hussain Shaker was Ahli's top Bahraini performer. He scored 27 points in the game, and also dished out three assists. Also playing key roles in the win were Nedhal Abbas, Hisham Jassem, Abdulla Al Khaja, and Maytham Jameel. Younes Qaed had 29 points and seven rebounds to pace Sitra in the loss.
Source: GDN


Sitra Eye First Win - Tonight! - by Walter Neto
SITRA face Bahrain Club today in the Bahrain Basketball League. The tie, which is the lone game on schedule, will tip off at 7.30pm and will be played at the Um Al Hassam sports complex. Sitra will be favoured to claim the victory, although both teams started the season winless after three games.

Tomorrow, two games are on the card. Defending league champions Muharraq go head to head with Al Ettihad at 5.30pm, followed by strong title-contenders Al Hala taking on Al Najma at 7.30pm. Both games will be played at the same venue. Muharraq currently top the league with Al Ahli. Both teams have three wins from as many games.
Source:GDN


Muharraq Outplay IsaTown - by Walter Neto
REIGNING champions Muharraq extended their winning steak in the Bahrain Basketball League, beating Isa Town 74-42 at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Gym. It was the second successive victory for Muharraq, coached by Wayne Mendez, having won their opener against Bahrain Club.

Muharraq dominated the match from start to finish, taking the lead of 15-11 in the first quarter before sealing a 16-point lead of 34-18 at half-time. The victors maintained their momentum in the third set at the end of which they widened up their lead to 19 points and marched on in the fourth and final quarter to seal a 32-point win.

Bahrain's national team players Mohammed Hassan and Mohammed Abdulmajid were the top scorers for Muharraq with 15 points each. Isa Town conceded their second consecutive defeat after losing last week to 15-time champions Manama. Isa Town's best player was Ahmed Qahiri who was also the top scorer of the match with 17 points.
Source: GDN


Al Najma Post First Victory - by Walter Neto
AL NAJMA picked up their maiden victory in the Bahrain Basketball League, beating Bahrain Club 86-79 last night at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex. In the second match, Nuwaidrat extended their amazing run in the league, defeating Sitra with ease 79-55.

It was the first victory for Nuwaidrat, coached by Ahmed Salman, whose side lost 73-74 to Al Hala in a dramatic opener match last week. Sitra, under coach Najah Isa, suffered their first defeat in the competition, having beaten Al Najma in the first game.

Having lost their opening match against 2006/07 champions Al Ahli, Al Najma showed a better performance yesterday and clinched a deserving win. Bahrain Club, coached by Rayan Hussain, suffered their second straight defeat, having lost their opener last week to defending champions Muharraq.

Two matches are scheduled for today in the second week, starting at 5.30pm when Al Ittihad face Manama, to be followed by an interesting match between Al Ahli and Al Hala.A total of 10 clubs are taking part in this year's championship, being organised by the Bahrain Basketball Association and features double round robin format matches.

Muharraq won last year's title for the first time after edging favourites Manama in a best-of-three final.
Source: GDN


Manama Ease Past Etihad - by Walter Neto
MANAMA extended their winning run in the Bahrain Basketball League, beating Al Ittihad 96-84 last night at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex. Coached by Salman Ramadan, Manama put up a spirited show and bagged their second successive win in the season to claim top spot.

For Al Ittihad, under their coach Aqeel Milad, suffered their first defeat. Al Ittihad won their opening match last week against Sitra. Manama now have four points from two matches and share the lead with Al Ahli who followed suit with an 88-76 win over Al Hala later last night.

It was the second consecutive victory for Al Ahli who kicked off their campaign last week with a comfortable win over Al Najma. Al Hala, who registered a last-gap win over Nuwaidrat last week, were handed their maiden defeat after a brave performance.

One match is scheduled for tonight at 7.30pm when defending champions Muharraq, who won their opener against Bahrain Club, will be looking to maintain their momentum as they clash with Isa Town who went down to Manama in their first match of the season.
Source: GDN


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Ahli 3-0 
 2. Muharraq 3-0 
 3. Al Hala 2-1 
 4. Nuwaidrat 2-1 
 5. Al Manama 2-1 
 6. Al Najma 1-2 
 7. Issa Town 1-2 
 8. Al Ittihad 1-2 
 9. Sitra 0-3 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-3 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
M.Hainaut - Aalstar 82-75
Easy home victory for Dexia Mons-Hainaut, who improved its score on 4-1. Kelvin Torbert shined for the winners draining 20 points. Matt Lojeski had 26 points in Generali Okapi Aalstar but his team faced with first defeat this season.

Antwerp - Verviers-Pep. 81-75
Antwerp Diamond Giants grabbed this one mostly owing to well played first half of the game. Bryan Hopkins and Brandon Gay paced the host team to victory netting 21 points apiece. Adrian Banks also had 21 but for the loosing side while Marcus Dove collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Antwerp jumped on 3-1 while Pepinster slipped on 1-4.

Leuven - Liege 88-76
Spotter Leuven took care for the first joy this season. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood but the best one was James J.J. Miller, who delivered 17 points and 11 assists. Belgacom Liege Basket got 19 points and 5 boards from Christopher Hill. Jamar Wilson also was good with 18 points and 7 assists. As it is mentioned above, Leuven currently has 1-3 while Liege is on 2-2.

Gent - Charleroi 70-81
The team of head coach Drazen Anzulovic stays on top of D1 with perfect score 4-0. This time Spirou Basket Charleroi got the most from Jerry Johnson and Andre Riddick, which scored 15 points each. Optima Gent suffered 4th defeat in 5 games despite 21 points and 11 rebounds by Kevin Melson.



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  BOSNIA   


Buducnost easily beats Bosna ASA BHT for 4-1 - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Bosna ASA BHT 85-68

Reigning Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica outplayed Bosnian champ Bosna ASA BHT with plus 17. It is the fourth win for Montenegrins in five games. On the other hand, Bosna still has only one from the opening round. It seems coach Alen Abaz and his players are facing with a really tough days.
Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) shined for the winning team netting 19 points. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) was on his level pouring in 14 poinst missing only one board for double-double. At the same time he had 5 more steals. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) also had 14 points but with 4 rebounds. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) registered double-double for Bosnians, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stanley Burrell (190-G-84) stopped on 12 points. He was the last one with double digits in scoring for the loosing side.
Buducnost had excellent beginning creating 10-point already in the first quarter. Bosna improved its game little bit during the next period but it was enough only for minus 9 at the half time. Montenegrins resolved question about the winner after the breather. They scored 24 points in third stanza stopping Bosna on 18. At that point of game the only question was how big difference it will be at the very end.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 19, Vladimir Dasic 14+9 boards+5 st, Nenad Misanovic 14+4 boards
Bosna ASA BHT: Seid Hajric 18+11 boards, Stanley Burrell 12


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  BULGARIA   


Levski beat Rilski sportist in high scoring game - by Valentin Anguelov
In an interesting and high scoring game the team of Levski defeated at home Rilski Sportist 124-103 securing second win in three games in the championship.

The game started very interesting as both teams were scoring and actually were not playing defense at all. The players were scoring almost on every possession and were entertaining the people in the gym. Levski took a 30-27 advantage after the first quarter, as youngster Pavel Ivanov scored four 3-pointers. In the second quarter Branko Mirkovic came in very well from the bench that helped the visitors to take the lead. To the end of the half the game continued to be even but in the final seconds the visitors scored a 3-pointer and took a three point lead.

The second half started with slight advantage for the hosts who took the lead and were up by 4-6 points in the first minutes. Then Gruev and Lilov were substituted and after that the visitors made a few mistakes that allowed the hosts to take a big lead of 20 points after the quarter. So in the last quarter all that was left was the score to be settled and Levski made another good ten minutes to close out the game in good fashion.

After bad first half Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) came back strong in the second and finished with 27 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Vasil Evtimov also had a good game finishing with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a match where six Levski players scored in double digits.

For Rilski Sportist the top scorer was Branko Mirkovic with 22 points as Travis Peterson added 21. A total of seven players scored in double digits but the poor play in defense for the hosts didn't allow them to have any chance of winning at the end.


NBL Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sliven - Yambol 81-118
Yambol crushed Sliven 118-81 as a visitor improving its score on 2-1. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Lukoil A. - CSKA 128-87
Devastating win by the reigning champion Lukoil Akademik, who of course stays perfect in NBL, 2-0. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

ChernoMore - Spartak P. 85-90
Spartak Pleven outsmarted Euroins Cherno More on the road registering the second victory in NBL, 2-1. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Levski - Rilski S-list 124-103
Levski was too strong for Rilski Sportist in a high scoring game 124-103. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news


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  COLOMBIA   


Federation cup 2008 Playoffs Arrieros and Bucaros Hit first. - by Victor Garcia

Arrieros won a very hard game against Norte in Itagui, Nortes coach Julio Toro sent a four guards line up to the court and give many defensive problems to Arrieros, Monty Wilson found many open shots and leaded all the scorers with 21 points, Arrieros had a good perfomance of at least six of his players , but was Diego Guevara who at the end of the game made the difference and drive Arrieros to the victory.
But Norte look really dangerous now with Wilson and Rogers

Arrieros 84 - N. Aragon 27 pts.
Norte de Santander 81 - M. Wilson 27.
ARRIEROS LEADS 1-0

Bucaros Freskaleche won the first game of the series leaded by Adan Reyes who score 28 points in his birthday, the game was very close until the third quarter, in the fourth Bucaros had a better defense, Alejandro Flores lead Islanders but had good help pf Joe Manuel with 23 pts. Washington and Flemming also score in double figures.

Bucaros Freskaleche 95 - D. Reyes 28 pts, r. Washington 27 pts, M. Flemming 20 pts, C. Salcedo 12 pts, M. Marriaga 6 pts, R. Sanz 2 pts
Islanders Sopesa 87 - A. Flores 27 pts, J. Manuel 23pts, K. Sowell 16pts, S. Ortiz 12pts, L. Julio 10pts, F. Forbes 1.
BUCAROS LEADS 1-0



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  CROATIA   


1-3 by Croatian teams in Adriatic league, Round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Reigning Croatian champion Zadar was better than Helios Domzale at home 73-67. Bulgarian Dejan Ivanov (205-F-86) paced Zadar to fourth win in regional championship collecting 19 points and 7 boards. Macedonian center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) also was good helping his team with 15 points and 9 boards. Helios got 16 points from Nicholas Jacobson (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) while Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped on 12 points and 5 boards. Slovenians team remained on the bottom of the standings winless.

Defending champion Partizan Igokea grabbed thriller victory against Zagreb CO on the road 92-91. Game is decided in over time, which Partizan ended 13-14. Gabonese Stephane Lasme made one free throw at the very end, enough for Partizan to escape with slim victory, fifth consecutive in Adriatic league. Zagreb stays on just one. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) top-scored for Partizan with 20 points while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) also shined adding 17 points including 4 steals. Zagreb got the most from Ante Tomic (217-C-87), who finished the game with 23 points and 14 boards.

FMP outplayed Cibona in Zeleznik 85-76 thus both teams have 2-3 in Adriatic league now. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) was better than the others in FMP delivering 20 points. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) was the central figure in Cibona recording 26 points and 6 boards.

Crvena Zvezda succeeded to remain on top of Adriatic league together with Partizan Igokea, 5-0. This time, players of head coach Svetislav Pesic cruised past Split CO 83-71. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) led Crvena Zvezda to win scoring 23 points including 7 boards. Bosnian prospect, center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket), helped with 10 points and 5 boards. Mario Delas (210-C-90) registered 25 points in Split CO missing only one rebound for double-double. His team currently has 2-3.


A1 Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dubrovnik - Kvarner NR 90-91
Kvarner Novi Resort celebrated in thriller against very dangerous Dubrovnik. Both teams entered into this round with the same record 1-1. Experienced Marijan Mance was totally the best player of this game draining 34 points with excellent shot percentage. Dubrovnik got 21 points and 10 boards from Ante Vranjes.

Sibenka - Trogir 98-77
Sibenka had an easy job at home moving up on 2-1. On the other side, newcomer Trogir dropped on 1-2. Ivan Mimica shined for the hosts scoring 31 points. Jozo Brkic collected 22 points and 9 boards for the loosing side.

Cedevita - Svjetlost 92-67
After surprising defeat in the last round, Cedevita devastated Svjetlost at home with plus 25. Vladimir Kuljanin and Tomislav Petrovic combined 30 points and 19 rebounds for their team. Ramel Bradley stopped on 14 points as well as Hrvoje Kovacevic. Krunoslav Rimac netted 16 points for the visitors. Cedevita has 2-1 while Svjetlost is on 1-2.

Dubrava - Borik 90-63
Dubrava took care for the first victory in A1 so thee is no more winless teams. As a reminder, Dubrava fired head coach Tonci Masina at the beginning of the week. Petar Cosic top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Marino Sarlija also had 14 but in Borik. Both teams have 1-2.

Alkar Sinj - Zabok 75-69
After two wins, Zabok faced with first failure and there is not any team with perfect score in Croatian top division. Josip Dapo paced Alkar to second victory delivering 20 points. Luka Zoric once again was great in Zabok collecting 23 points and 15 boards.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BC Kolin sign Andrius Lepinaitis - by Eurobasket
BC Kolin agreed terms with 27-year old Lithuanian guard Andrius Lepinaitis (184-G-81). Lepinaitis played most recently at Sumykhimprom Sumy (Ukraine), where in 17 games averaged 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. It was his third year in Ukraine after he signed at Khimki-OPZ Yuzny in 2004 and two years later at MBC Odessa. He played also for two years in Poland and one season in Germany. He helped last season for a team from Sumy to make it to Ukrainian Cup Semifinals.

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  DENMARK   


Colman settles with Hapoel Holon and becomes a FREE AGENT. - by Thomas Soltau
The starting guard for the Danish National Team, Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) reached a settlement with his club team Hapoel Holon this past Thursday.

The parties decided to part ways in mutual agreement, which as of today makes the point guard a free agent.

The Dane, who holds an Israelian passport, came to Holon this past off-season, after campaigns with Eldan Ashkelon and Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, where he averaged 8,4ppg and 9,3ppg, while proving his ability to play both guard spots equally well.

Rumored to already have several other offers on the table, Colman will return to Denmark for a short stay, while considering his future.


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 disbelief.

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 (17rpg).


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  EGYPT   


Rasheim Wright getting very close to Zamalek - by Sherif Soliman
Rasheim wright is getting close to sign for Zamalek this season,If Zamalek wins this guy they will be very close to win the league this season.Gezira also made a new deal when they got Mostafa Mashal from Shams club for 120k USD to cover the abcense of Sakr and el Kerdany who left to play with Ahly. Ahly kept wining deals from Zamalk,Gezira when they won Samir Gouda to sign for 100k usd for tow years.Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.)

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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - KTP 79-69
KTP improved to 4-2 after the road win over Honka 76:69 in the opener of Round 7. Williams Damon led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Makalainen Ville and Awuah Addae Nanayaw added 12 each. Perkins Ben finished the night with 28 points in defeat.

FoKoPo - Tarmo 88-69
FoKoPo overcame Tarmo in the first game of Saturday games 88:69. Cunningham Ray collected massive 20 points and 19 rebounds and Jalonen Mikko scored 18. Maki-Tulokas Esa and Messy Emmanuel posted 13 each for the guests.

LrNMKY - Componenta 79-84
Componenta is climbing up after 84:79 over LrNMKY. Richards Frank top-scored in the game with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Watts Marcus netted 18 and Coleman HL led the hosts with 22 points.

Namika Lahti - Korihait 80-77
Namika Lahti enjoys the top with 6-1 record surviving against Korihait 80:77. Pekkola Sami paced the favorites with 24 points and 6 boards. Laroche Alain ended up with 22 points in defeat as his team dropped to 3-4.

Pyrinto - Kataja 118-79
Pyrinto sensationally thrashed Kataja 118:79 behind 30 points from Hester Chris. Rice Kurtis nailed 24 and Lehto Antero brought 21. Lehtoranta Sami poured in 22 points and made 10 rebounds for the guests.

Kouvot - ToPo 92-62
LeMelle Ronny led Kouvot over ToPo 92:62 with 26 points. Swift, Brian followed him with 16 and Iisalo Tuomas scored 15. Majala Panu notched 14 points for the visitors.



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto crushed Kataja 118-79! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 7: Kataja (Joensuu), one of the favourite teams this season, is in troubles right now. After winning four games in a row Team Kataja
lost American F Quinnell Brown for weeks on injured list (sprained ankle) and about the same time Team fired American G Ty Harrelson. Kataja lost last
Wednesday at home vs Tarmo (Porvoo), and tonight Pyrinto crushed Kataja at Tampere 118-79 (57-31)! Brown is still on injured list and Larry Blair, who will
replace Harrelson, was not allowed to play because of the lackness of the international license. Kataja lost the boards 47-30 and was shooting treys 8,7%
(2/23)! Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Pyrinto with 30 pts (26 during the first quarter) and nine rbs.
Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated ToPo (Helsinki) by 30 pts 92-62 (41-28)! Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) led Kouvot with 26 pts. ToPo this time got only 10 pts from team's American players.
James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) scored those 10 pts, Isaac Spencer had zero (0) pts and Robert Epps is still on injured list. Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) (FoKoPo, Forssa) was the game MVP, when hosting FoKoPo beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 88-69 (42-37). Cunningham tallied 20 pts and grabbed 19 rbs. Finnish guards Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) and Teemu Heiskanen (188-G-84) combined 29 pts. YMCA Lahti won over Korihait Uusikaupunki by three (80-77) and YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs Team Componenta (Karkkila) by five (79-84).

Pyrinto - Kataja 118-79 (57-31) (Chris Hester 30, Kurtis Rice 24, Antero Lehto 21 - Sami Lehtoranta 22/10, Jeremiah Wood 17, Petri Virtanen 14).

Kouvot - ToPo 92-62 (41-28) (Ronny LeMelle 26, Brian Swift 16, Tuomas Iisalo 15 - Panu Majala 14, James Allen 10).

FoKoPo - Tarmo 88-69 (42-37) (Ray Cunningham 20/19, Mikko Jalonen 18, Teemu Heiskanen 14 - Emmanuel Messy 13, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13, Mikael Holme 11).

YMCA Lahti - Korihait 80-77 (38-28) (Sami Pekkola 24, Ilkka Vuori 18, Melvin Tyler 16/11 - Alain Laroche 22, Heikki Saaristo 11, Josh Gonner 11).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Team Componenta 79-84 (43-39) (HL Coleman 22, Jerel Blassingame 14/11a, Demtrius Brown 14 - Frank Richards 19, Marcus Watts 18, Clifton Jones 16/12).


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  FRANCE   


ProB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nantes - Evreux 83-87
Nantes suffered another defeat in Pro B, this time against Evreux at home. It is the fourth one for the hosts in 6 games. At the same time it is the fourth victory for Evreux, 4-2. Lamar Karim top-scored for the winners netting 17 points. James Mathis also shined adding 15 points and 9 boards. Vernard Hollins netted 22 points for Nantes.

Clermont - Nanterre 97-76
Clermont had an easy job against Nanterre mostly owing to fantastic Errick Craven, who poured in 33 points and dished 7 assists. Erroyl Bing also was great collecting 25 points and 6 boards. Jermaine Dearman and Ivan Almonte scored 19 points apiece for the loosing side. Clermont currently has 4-2 while Nanterre is on 3-3.

Maurienne - Limoges 74-83
Limoges recovered from the home defeat in Round 5, grabbing third win in Pro B against very dangerous Maurienne. Point guard Dragan Lukovski led Limoges to victory netting 18 points. Alhaji Mohammed delivered one point less. Georgi Joseph and Jean-Philippe Tailleman posted 19 points each for Maurienne, who stays on 2 wins in 6 games.

Paris-Levall. - St-Etienne 89-74
As it was expected, Paris-Levallois outplayed Saint-Etienne staying perfect in Pro B with 6-0. On the other hand, visitors remain on just one joy so far. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa had 21 points for the hosts while Rodney Elliot helped with 20, including 8 boards. Saint-Etienne got 24 points and 9 rebounds from Georges Phillips.

Antibes - Quimper 96-62
Antibes trashed Quimper at home with plus 34. As a reminder, both teams were winless before this round. John McCord led the hosts to first joy this season adding 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Moses Sonko registered double-double in Quimper, 19 points and 10 boards.

St.Quentin - Le Portel 73-79
Le Portel grabbed important road victory against Saint-Quentin mostly owing to Jose Olivero and his 26 points. Joah Tucker and Shaun Fein combined 44 points for the hosts. Le Portel currently has 5-1 while Saint-Quentin remains on just one win in 6 games.

Boulazac - Bourg 66-79
Bourg cruised past Boulazac as a visitor keeping perfect score 6-0 as well as top of Pro B (Paris-Levallois has the same record). Justin Ingram once again shined for the winners delivering 23 points including 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sambou Traore had 18 points in Boulazac, who is fourth team in the league with 1-5.

Charleville - Poitiers 70-56
Easy win for Charleville so both teams head into the next round with 4-2. Brice Vounang scored 16 points and pulled down impressive 17 boards for the hosts. Rasheed Wright netted 14 in Poitiers.

Brest - St.Vallier 101-92
Tuukka Kotti, Corneillus Richardson, Cecil Brown and Sherman Gay led Brest to fourth win in Pro B combining 79 points all together. It is interesting but Callistus Eziukwu, Cadric Melicie, Sean Barnette and Benjamin Thomas had pretty close number together in Saint-Vallier, 70. Their team dropped on 3-3.



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DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS SNAP TWO GAME BBL LOSING STREAK AND RUIN NINO GARRIS RETURN WITH 61 TO 56 WIN VS PADERBORN - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Four years ago, it would have been unimaginable to think how The Skyliners would have played without 2/3rds of their feared Bermuda triangle without Americans Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia), and a similar scenario surfaced against The Paderborn Baskets as top players Gordon and Simmons and 27 points and 13 rebounds were missing. However THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were in control of the game throughout and dispatched Doug Spradleys team despite some problems at the end 61 to 56 in front off 3,920 fans in the Ballsporthalle. The scenario with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) back in 2004 without Ellis and Williams and today without Gordon and Simmons was as if Lukas Podolski played without Luca Toni and Miro Klose at Bayern Munich. However even without these two important players, Frankfurt was able to win and were a bit lucky that The Paderborn Baskets had a real miserable day shooting the ball. We had good looks shooting the ball, but nothing went in. The defense was good, but we should of made more shots, explained an unhappy Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky). After two disappointing loses in the BBL, Frankfurt finally found themselves back in the win column even if there is still a lot of work to be done.This was a big win for us. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) was great from inside and out, Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) was a big help. We played good defense, but now we have to learn to play consistent for forty minutes and keep working on our defense, said German Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton).


Both teams started off very nervous as no points were scored in the first two minutes. Frankfurt took a strong four to zero lead with hoops from King on a dunk after a sweet Roller pass and Wysocki barrelling into the zone and scoring. American Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, college: Valparaiso) showed quickly that he wanted the ball and that he knew what to do with it as he tied the score at four inside. After Evtimov made a running hook shot in the lane, Ensminger tied the score one more time with a mini hook shot. Captain Pascal Roller gave Frankfurt the 8-6 lead after a smart pass from Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and the Skyliners would never look back. The Paderborn Baskets were extremely cold from outside and had no other offensive option except to Ensminger. Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 12-6 with hoops from Wysocki off the fast break and American Anthony King after a big heads up play from Adam Emmenecker who tipped ball away from Ensminger. After one quarter, Frankfurt had a slight lead 14 to 9. Paderborn was shooting only 18% from the field, a stat that can give a coach endless sleepless nights. Frankfurt also hadnt found their rhythm either shooting only 35% and Paderborn was controlling the action underneath with a 13 to 11 rebound edge. The six offensive rebounds by Paderborn was a lingering thorn in Frankfurts backside something that just doesnt seem to go away.


American Derrick Allen started the second quarter scoring with an outside shot. Paderborn reacted quickly with a 4-0 run with hoops from Chris Ensminger inside and Lavelle Felton (193-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Louisiana Tech) with a runner in the lane. Frankfurt only led 16 to 13, but Frankfurt always had an answer with offensive power. German Konrad the professor Wysocki nailed a three pointer. After five misses, American Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio) finally hit his first bucket bringing Paderborn back to 20 to 15. After Derrick Allen scored inside and Lavelle Felton with a fadeaway jumper, captain Pascal Roller launched a huge rainbow jumper with extreme height that easily could of reached the Feldberg in the Taunus had he been aiming in that direction. Frankfurt led 25 to 17. The Paderborn Baskets were doing little inside, so coach Doug Spradley reacted taking out Ensminger who was in foul trouble and inserting little used big man Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.), who was back up to NBA superstar in the making Greg Oden (213-C-88, college: Ohio St.) at Ohio State two years ago. He has a standard answer to the standard question. Do you get that question a lot about what it was like backing up Greg Oden? I am used to hearing that question, said Terwilliger. After Nolte made a blue collar shot over two Skyliners, Terwilliger followed with an open outside jumper. Paderborn trailed only 25 to 21. However Frankfurt still with no real lapses on offense had an answer as Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) made a catch and pop jumper with a dangling Paderborn hand in his face. Frankfurt didnt learn from their first mistake, and left Terwilliger open again and be buried another jumper from outside. Frankfurt still led 29 to 23, but their overall inside play was stronger and more efficient than against Gottingen. It seemed like Frankfurt was playing with a rage as Frankfurt constantly whipped the ball inside. Derrick Allen scored inside and then Wysocki made a hoop after a wicked no look pass by De Mello. At halftime, Frankfurt led 34 to 24. Frankfurt improved their shooting at 48%, while Paderborn was 0/9 from three point land, but Frankfurt was still a liability under the hoops as Paderborn led that department 25 to 17.


In the first few minutes of the third quarter, the game looked less like the two teams, but more like the Derrick Allen vs Chris Ensminger show as they scored combined the first five baskets of the quarter. Even though Allen showed his inside/out game against Paderborn, in this phase he scored three times from outside and it looked like his new love affair with his outside shot was still going strong. Ensminger scored twice from inside and it was easy to see that Frankfurt had no resistance against the two time BBL champ with Bamberg. Paderborn still trailed 40 to 28. It is always nice when a team has that extra ace in the pocket with Pascal Roller, who hit twice from outside. Frankfurt led 46 to 30. After going 0/12 from three point land, The Paderborn Baskets finally made their first three pointer half way through the third quarter from Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, college: Ohio).I have seen slumps like this before. Maybe a 1/13 start from the field, but never an 0/12 start. We simply had no luck today, expressed American Steven Esterkamp. Down the stretch of the third quarter, Derrick Allen took a very short walk away from outside and scored twice inside showing that he is so versatile.I was really happy with my inside/out game today. I think I was very helpful to the team and I am most effective this way, added Derrick Allen. Frankfurt led comfortably 52 to 38 after three quarters. Frankfurt continued to be shooting quite well at 48%, while Paderborn was still struggling from three point land at 14%, but kept the upperhand with the rebounds with 36-26. Paderborn had 14 offensive rebounds, which was simply too much from Frankfurts standpoint.


Last season, it was the third quarter, which seemed to be the sore spot for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS, but this season it seems like the fourth quarter is giving the team a lot of problems. The Paderborn Baskets started red hot going on a 4-0 run with hoops from Esterkamp and Nolte in the zone off a miss from Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79). Konrad Wysocki scored with his left hand in the zone. Wysocki made new strides not totally abandoning his outside shot, but retrieving his love for the zone, which he had had in Ulm and producing with a lot emotion as if he was still a little kid exploring a candy shop. Esterkamp scored from outside and American Steven Wright nailed a three pointer bringing Paderborn back to 55 to 47. It seemed at times like Derrick Allen was playing with a blindfold, because it was never clear where he would score from. He stepped outside again and Frankfurt led strongly 57 to 47. Now all of a sudden a strange and uncommon nervousness came a poun Frankfurt. Wright hit again from outside, and Marius Nolte (206-C-81) banged inside following up on his own miss. Frankfurt only led 57 to 53, and the comeback was bringing back eerie memories to the Ulm and Gottingen games. Murat Didins mind must have been going crazy, but a third loss in a row just wasnt going to happen. Paderborn had two chances, but Frankfurt held them scoreless.These two defensive stops were key for the win, analysed Derrick Allen. Chris Ensminger tried a off balance shot in lane and missed and Wright followed with a wild three pointer. Allen scored in the zone and Frankfurt led 61 to 53. The game was decided and even the buzzer beater by Esterkamp couldnt change anything. The biggest problem besides our inability to hit shots, was simply that we let our heads down after missed shots, which effected our defense which wasnt as aggressive and strong, said Steven Esterkamp. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS stayed in 13th place with a 3-3 record, and Paderborn remain in 16th place with a 2-5 record.


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were led by Derrick Allen, who looked his old self again scoring 25 points, grabbing six boards and dishing out four assists. German Pascal Roller scored 15 points and handed out five assists and had some more daylight again creating in the zone. German Konrad Wysocki showed a lot of heart adding 11 points and keeps fighting his way back to his Ulm form from last season. The Paderborn Baskets were led by American Steven Esterkamp with 16 points, even though it was a shooting day he would like to forget. American Chris Ensminger had a spirited game with 12 points and 12 rebounds thus showing his team how valuable he is. The heart and soul of team German Marius Nolte scored 11 points and added six assists.


Despite the injuries to Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross), THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS can be very happy with their 3-3 record. This was no pretty game and who knows what the result would have been if Paderborn had hit better. The defense was solid and the flow of the offense was good only with a few lapses in the game. The only major concern at the moment is the rebounding. New center Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) still wasnt 10% physically ready and that showed with the three minutes time he got. Anthony King played well against Gottingen and Nikolaev and should of seen more time against Paderborn. Frankfurt has the potential to rebound well, but just need more input from some guys. It is obvious that the more Derrick Allen shoots from outside, the less rebounds he will be able to get. The win was extremely important for the self confidence and the team will just have to fight the next weeks until Gordon and Simmons are healthy. Guard Adam Emmenecker led the team with nine rebounds, showing that the guard position is trying to help. The rebound help from the guards was a big plus today and it will have to continue in the future, warned Derrick Allen. The Nordlingen Giants host THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on Saturday November 1st at 19:30.



De Michael to Jena - by Moritz Korff
As the website of the 2. Bundesliga tells, veteran Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) has joined Science City Jena of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. De Michael, 31 years of age, wore the Tuebingen jersey 24 times in this past Bundesliga-season, producing averages of 5.5 points and 3 rebounds per contest. The 2004 Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Center of the Year previously played for Sechtem, Lich and Nuernberg in Germany.

Stahnsdorf add Howard to roster - by Moritz Korff
Ronald Howard (178-G-84, Mayville St.) has been added to the roster of RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 23-year-old Point Guard spent his collegiate career at Cuesta JC, San Bernardo Valley JC and Mayville State. For the NAIA Division II-powerhouse Howard averaged 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists a senior in 2006-07, leading the Comets to the 2007 NAIA Division II-championship game.
The Stahnsdorf team already have two imports in Jonathan Clark (209-C-83, college: Rhode Island) and Dmitry Vizersky (190-G-83) on the squad, so time will tell which of these two players will have to make room for newly added Howard. Vizersky is currently suffering from problems with his back, so it could be him.


1.Bundesliga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pad.Baskets - Duesseldorf 91-74
Paderborn Baskets overcame Duesseldorf 91:74 in the opener of Round 6 Esterkamp Steven top-scored for the winners with 30 points. Campbell Pete, Lottich Matt and Winters Brendan posted 14 each on defeat.

Bremerhaven - Art.Dragons 76-80
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. Chad Prewitt led a balanced attack with 14 points and Darius Hall and Darren Fenn added 13 apiece.

Noerdlingen - NY Phantoms 63-69
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig edged early season surprise Nordlingen 69:63 away from home. Taking a 50-48 lead into the fourth, Braunschweig outscored Nordlingen 19-14 in the last quarter. Kyle Visser netted 18 points and Dustin Salisberry added 16 points.

TBB Trier - Brose Baskets 68-79
Brose Baskets Bamberg celebrated a 79:68 road win over TBB Trier at Trier Arena. Bamberg took control early pushing to a 19-9 lead after the opening quarter and holding a 39-31 halftime lead. Filberto Rivera top-scored for the winners with 22 points.

Koeln 99ers - LTi 46ers 86-81
Koln 99ers produced an exciting 86:81 home win over the LTi Giessen 46ers at Rheinenergie Dome. Jeremy Hunt recorded 27 points, while Yassin Idbihi added 21 points. Koln improved their record to 2-4 while Giessen slipped to 1-5.

Walter Tigers - Telekom B. 74-75
Bowman buried the big bucket at the buzzer giving Telekom Baskets Bonn a tight 75:74 road win over Walter Tigers Tubingen at Tubingen Arena. He led his team with 21 points and 8 rebounds to 3-3 record in the league. Rasko Katic collected 18 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.



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Aris bagged their 2nd win against Egaleo with 75-57 - by Simon Varvakis
The team of Aris Thessaloniki won their 2nd victory in the league and the 2nd consecutive win at home agains ESTIA Egaleo. The final score was 75-57 in a game that hosted more than 3500 fans of Aris Thessaloniki and the atmosphere was once again great.

The game started with Aris Thessaloniki in the lead although Egaleo opened the scoring with Patterson, the players Andrea Mazzon responded with a 13-0 streak, and then preceded to 17-4 with 6 'and 22-14 in ten minutes. The guests, however, did not quit and managed to reduce to 24-22 at the 13th minute. Aris Thessaloniki managed to take the lead with 32-22 at the 15th minute. The score of the half time was 45-33 and that was formed by 2 free throws from youngster Skordilis.

At the start of the third quarter Sekoulic increased the lead to 14 points (47-33), but at Egaleo managed to reduce to 24 at 49-44. Two consecutive baskets made by Sekoulic and Clark helped Aris Thessaloniki to increase the lead again with 53-44 at 25' ,but 7 consecutive points by Mangounis brought the lead down to just one point (53-52) at 28' The 3rd quarter ended at 57-52.

During the 4th quarter Aris Thessaloniki decided to stop fooling around and they increased the lead over and over with decisive baskets until it actually hit 20 points (75-55) and the game finally ended at 75-57.

The quarters: 22-14, 45-33, 57-52, 75-57.

ARIS (Matson): Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 12 (2), Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 17 (2), Tsaldaris 7 (1), Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 12, Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) 14, Argyropoulos 2, Eliades 6, Gavel, Skordilis 2, Papanikolaou, Agadakos 3, Barlos.

Egaleo (Skourtopoulos): Krstic, Soulis, Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) 18 (4), Koupidis 7 (2), Patterson 6, Hochler, Spiros Magounis (200-G-85) 17 (3), Nikos Angelopoulos, Bracey 1, Avra Kallinikidis (197-F-77) 8 (1), Gizogiannis


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Eredivisie Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Eiff.Towers - Hanzev.Cpt 99-85
Eiffel Towers outplayed Hanzevast Capitals in Den Bosch remaining on top of Eredivisie with score 6-0. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Rotterdam - Landstede 59-67
Landstede Zwolle grabbed this one mostly owing to great last quarter 9-20 as well as 22 points and 10 rebounds by Gerad Punch. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Den Helder - Upstairs Weert 79-92
Upstairs Weert cruised past Den Helder on the road jumping on 3-2. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

West-Brabant - M.Magix 99-87
West-Brabant Giants celebrated against Matrixx Magix at home, thus both teams now have the same score in Eredivisie 3-3. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news


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KR mount the ladder - by Eurobasket News
KR celebrated the third straight win in the season and occupied the top spot in the Express League standings. In Round 3 KR overcame Breidablik 108:72 on the road. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) knocked down 22 points to lead the winners. Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-G-78, agency: IceBasket) fired 15 points, while Ellert Amarson and Ingasson added 13 points apiece for KR. Breidablik responded with 16 points from Kristjan Sigurdsson (188-G-86).
KR looked aggressive right from the start as they scored 35 points in the opening frame and built a 16-point advantage. The onslaught continued in the second period as the visitors stretched the gap to massive 37 points. The hosts never came back to life as KR cruised to the win in the second half.
Meanwhile Snaefell improved to 2-1 record in the ladder as they held off Thor AK 88:71 at home court. Snaefell piled up an 8-point cushion after ten minutes of action and maintained the advantage throughout the rest of the contest. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80, agency: IceBasket) poured in 28 points and collected 6 rebounds for the home team. Jon O. Jonsson (199-F-81) contributed 24 points for the winners. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) replied with 29 points and 6 steals for Thor AK as they slipped to 1-2 record.
Keflavik occupied the fourth spot in the ladder after they dealt with IR 93:69 at home. Trailing 11:20 at the first break Keflavik exploded with 35:6 second term to surge ahead 46:26 at halftime. IR were not about to give up just yet and trimmed the distance to 11 points before the fourth quarter. However a strong attacking approach allowed Keflavik to earn a hard win at the end. Gunnar Einarsson (190-G-77) led the winners with 25 points. Omar Saevarsson (198-F-82) and Sveinbjom Claessen replied with 16 points each in the loss.


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D1 Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Z.S.Shahroud 2-0 
 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 0-2 
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. Tarbiat B.Q. 2-0 
 2. A.A.Hamedan 2-0 
 3. Omidiyeh 1-1 
 4. Pasargat 1-1 
 5. Tarbiyat Gilan 0-2 
 6. I.N.Gonbad 0-2 


Shocking News : Saba Battery is being Canceled and Disbanded !!! - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Saba Battery Basketball Club, which is the WABA Cup Finalist -05,
Asian Club Championships -07 (Champion), 08 (Champion) and WABA Club Championships -08 (Finalist), is being disbanded by Saba Battery Company. If they couldnt find any other sponsor for club, this team can not participate this season and one of the most glorious Iranian basketball team will be finished and the coaches and their great players doesnt know what to do for this season because all of other teams have taken their players.


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. The reason of other matches being cencelled was that Azad University Team is not completed yet, Zob Ahan had some players in Iran University Basketball Team and they just arrived in middle of the week. And Saba Battery has no sponser for being in competition. The other team named Shiraz a.s Pipe had rest for first week.
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


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Galil-Gilboa sign Aloysius Anagonye - by Netanel Dahan
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa,sign Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, college: Michigan St.)Anagonye is a Nigerian Forward and he is the fifth(and last) forign player of the team.

Aloysius Anagonye began his pro career on Michigan St,at his last season at the college he averaged 7.4ppg,and 5.3 rpg,since then he was on Olimpija Ljubljana(Slovania), Livorno Basket (Italy-SerieA) there he finish third at the league on blokes,Joventut Badalona,he aslo choosen on the D-league draft on the 18 place,after he named on the draft he played on Los Angeles D-Fenders(from the D-league),then he came back to Italy,and and the last season he played at Entente Orleans 45 (FRA-ProA),there he averaged 9.9 ppg,5.6 rpg.

Aloysius Anagonye is aslo a national team player of Nigeria,and on the African Championships in Angola he averaged 12.5ppg,and 6.2 rpg.


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Ferrara takes the first win in Serie A - by Gianni Pascucci

Defeating yesterday night Benetton Treviso 88-73 in front of more than 3000 enthusiastic fans, Carife Ferrara took the first win in Serie of of his history. Scoring 29 points with the addition of 2 rebs, 1 assist and 3 steals, little big man Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) was the game MVP, Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) shined he too, with 17 pts and 8 rebs in only 22 minutes for Ferrara. Considering the very good game played last sunday in Siena, Treviso has to consider the game of yesterday a step behind, even because point guard Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) disappointed. The best performers among the greens were Steven Markovic (190-G-85), who led his team in scoring at 13 points, Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) and Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton), who scored 12 pts each.
See complete boxscore at www.legabasket.it



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BJ League Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Grouses - Broncos 58-61
Grouses lost to Broncos 58:61 in the opener of Round 3 in Japan BJ League. Warren, Reginald led the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Webb Rodney and Camara Babacar poured in 16 points each in the losing effort.

Heat Devils - Five Arrows 82-99
Five Arrows had a road victory over Heat Devils 82:99 on the same date. James Gordon erupted with 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead all the winners win the game. Wilkinson James ended up with 16 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Phoenix - 89ers 85-86
Phoenix and 89ers struggled until the end as the latter grabbed 85:86 victory. St.Preux Bobby led the winners with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Tucker Rashad had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Gardener Michael finished the night with 26 points for the home side.

Rizing - Heat Devils 59-73
Heat Devils won the first game over Rizing 73:59 on Friday. Price Jefferey produced massive 24 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Parker Michael was almost the same for the hosts with 23 points and 18 rebounds.

Rizing - Heat Devils 93-59
Rizing revenged last night over Heat Devils for 93:59 victory. Parker Michael was a hero in the game with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Reichel Dave ended up with 14 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.



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Murray signs for Al Arabi - by Ali Ahmed
Al Arabi basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Justin Murray (198-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) to play for them this season 2008/2009


An all-around, versatile player who can score, rebound, pass, and defend at a high level… solid ball handler… versatile enough to play 2, 3, or 4 position… unselfish player… will get teammates involved… likes to slash to the basket… runs the floor well and likes to finish on the break… has a solid midrange game … has three point range on his shot… can post up smaller players and take taller players on the perimeter …solid rebounder… uses body for position…excellent defender… works hard on the defensive end… can defend multiple positions on the court… high energy and effort player… shows high basketball IQ… displays high character and will be a great player to have on any team.


Awards/Achievements:
Elite Professional Basketball Showcase All-Star Team -03, 04
ABA Quarterfinals -05
IBL West Conference Regular Season Champion -05
Nominated for IBL All-star Team -06
IBL All-Star Game -07
Everett Explosion Team MVP -07


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LBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Keizarmezs - Zemgale 74-80
Zemgale left Keizarmezs without victories beating them 80:74 for 2-4 record. Berkis Martins led the winners with 17 points, while Bambis Janis added 14. Berzins Arturs had an outstanding game for the hosts collecting 34 points and 8 boards.

Liepajas - ASK Riga 68-92
ASK Riga jumped to 3-1 after a road victory over Liepajas 68:92. Aleksic Milutin top-scored for the favorites with 23 points and Marsh Ricardo had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Livani - Cesis 82-67
Livani overcame Cesis 82:67 for 2-1 in the standings. Gargazins Gatis paced all the winners with 14 points, whilst Feldmanis Raimonds added 13. Puce Ivo erupted for the visitors with 16 points.

Barons/LMT - ASK/Buki 114-77
Barons/LMT destoyed ASK/Buki 114:77 as six players reached double digits in the game for the winners. Gustas Giedrius led all of them with 22 points and Skele Armands scored 20. Brunins Arturs ended up wih 21 points in the losing effort.

VEF Riga - Valmiera 93-89
VEF Riga and Valmiera showed a great game to close Saturday as the hosts produced 93:89. Gulbis Maris top-scored for the winners with 22 points, Jeromanovs Edgars netted 19. Lloyd Jarryd chipped in 20 points in defeat.



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BC Kolin sign Andrius Lepinaitis - by Eurobasket
BC Kolin agreed terms with 27-year old Lithuanian guard Andrius Lepinaitis (184-G-81). Lepinaitis played most recently at Sumykhimprom Sumy (Ukraine), where in 17 games averaged 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. It was his third year in Ukraine after he signed at Khimki-OPZ Yuzny in 2004 and two years later at MBC Odessa. He played also for two years in Poland and one season in Germany. He helped last season for a team from Sumy to make it to Ukrainian Cup Semifinals.

LKL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nevezis - Kaunas Tr. 81-70
Nevezis caught up with Kaunas Triobet in the standings as they held them off at home in the fourth round. Valdas Dabkus scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to pace Nevezis to an 81:70 victory. Povilas Sakinis contributed 17 points for the winners. Adas Juskevicius answered with 21 points for Kaunas Triobet and now both teams are tied at 2-2 record.

Sakalai - Suduva 70-68
Sakalai narrowly defeated Suduva 70:68 to improve to 2-1 record in the LKL ladder. Suduva remained winless at 0-3 record. Vilmantas Dilys tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace balanced Sakalai offense. Arvydas Siksnius dropped 10 points in the winning case. Marius Runkauskas fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Suduva in defeat.

Aisciai - Techasas 97-82
Donatas Motiejunas exploded with 25 points and 16 rebounds for Aisciai as they rolled past Techasas 97:82. Tautvydas Barstys delivered 22 points for the Kaunas outfit as they climbed to 2-2 record. J.J. Tauai dropped 24 points for Techasas as they suffered the third straight loss.

Aisciai - Alytus Alita 101-104
Aisciai failed to keep up the winning pace in the Round as they dropped the game Alytus 101:104 after their win over Techasas. Donatas Motiejunas scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Aisciai but it was not enough at the end. Nerijus Varnelis had 25 points and 7 rebounds for Alytus as they piled up the second win in the season.



Arturas Masiulis back in Lithuania - by Eurobasket
BC Siauliai added to their roster 28-year old domestic center Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances). Masiulis supposed to start the season at BC Kyiv (Ukraine)., but is back in Lithuania. He played already last season in Siauliai making it on and off starting five. He helped Siauliai to make it to LKL Semifinals, Cup Semifinals and Baltic League Quarterfinals. He already tried few times to play abroad spending some time in Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Russia.

Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Valuckis, Pieno 20.8
2. Petraitis, ABRO 20.0
3. Vaskys, Naglis 19.3
4. Padegimas, KKM 19.2
5. Golokvoscius, Alytus 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, Pieno 11.5
2. Slezas, Perlas 9.7
3. Kalvaitis, Juventus 9.5
4. Norkus, Mazeikiai 9.1
5. Jonelis, Naglis 8.2
Assists Per Game
1. Kutra, Delikatesas 6.1
2. Balciunas, Meresta 6.0
3. Raziulis, Juventus 4.7
4. Lencevicius, Maista 4.6
5.Vaskys, Naglis 4.6


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Buducnost easily beats Bosna ASA BHT for 4-1 - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Bosna ASA BHT 85-68

Reigning Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica outplayed Bosnian champ Bosna ASA BHT with plus 17. It is the fourth win for Montenegrins in five games. On the other hand, Bosna still has only one from the opening round. It seems coach Alen Abaz and his players are facing with a really tough days.
Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) shined for the winning team netting 19 points. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) was on his level pouring in 14 poinst missing only one board for double-double. At the same time he had 5 more steals. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) also had 14 points but with 4 rebounds. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) registered double-double for Bosnians, 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stanley Burrell (190-G-84) stopped on 12 points. He was the last one with double digits in scoring for the loosing side.
Buducnost had excellent beginning creating 10-point already in the first quarter. Bosna improved its game little bit during the next period but it was enough only for minus 9 at the half time. Montenegrins resolved question about the winner after the breather. They scored 24 points in third stanza stopping Bosna on 18. At that point of game the only question was how big difference it will be at the very end.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 19, Vladimir Dasic 14+9 boards+5 st, Nenad Misanovic 14+4 boards
Bosna ASA BHT: Seid Hajric 18+11 boards, Stanley Burrell 12


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  NBA   


Chicago win preseason overtime marathon against Milwaukee - by Eurobasket News
The Bulls overcame the Bucks 112:104 in the overtime battle as both teams wrapped up their preseason campaigns. Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79) came up with 9 points in the extra period and the Bulls got away with a narrow victory. The Argentinean forward finished the game with 26 points, while Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) added 25 points as Chicago improved to 4-4 record in the preseason action. The hosts led by as many as 19 points at halftime however the Bucks recovered in the final period. They went on a 20:4 rally to surge in front. Joakim Noah then tied the game at 95 apiece and sent it to the overtime.
The Bulls played without Ben Gordon, Larry Hughes and Loul Deng who were sidelined by injuries. Derrick Rose left the court in the first frame because of a strained right hip.
Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) paced the Bucks with 21 points as they dropped the 7th preseason game.
Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) nailed 20 points and the New Jersey Nets snatched a 111:110 victory over New York. Devin Harris and Bobby Simmons had 16 points apiece for the winners. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) replied with 30 points for the Knicks as they slipped to 3-4 record in the fit-up period.
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 26 points, 6 assists and 5 boards to lift the Cavs to an impressive 107:80 win over Washington. Maurice Wlliams was helpful with 15 points for Cleveland as they improved to 3-5 record. Antawn Jamison and Antonio Daniels replied with 13 points each in the loss.
The Miami Heat used a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86, college: Kansas) to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 96:93 yesterday. Chalmers finished with 11 points, while Michael Beasley led the charge with 19. Udonis Haslem secured 18 points in the win. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) answered with 16 points for the Spurs.


Bulls pick up options on Thomas, Sefolosha, Noah - by Bruno Baltazar
The Chicago Bulls exercised contract options for the 2009-10 season on forward Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU), guard Thabo Sefolosha (6'5''-G-84, agency: ACMT) and center Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida).
Thomas has averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in two seasons. The fourth overall pick by Portland in 2006, he was acquired in a trade for the draft rights to LaMarcus Aldridge.
Sefolosha has averaged 5.1 points in two years, but could make a bigger impact in the backcourt after showing some promising glimpses last season.
Noah, the ninth pick in the 2007 draft, averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds as a rookie.


Nets waive Van Horn, three others - by Bruno Baltazar
Keith Van Horn (6'10''-F-75, college: Utah), who had not appeared in an NBA game since the 2005-06 season, was among four players the New Jersey Nets waived in reducing their roster to the 15-man limit.
Guards
Eddie Gill (6'0''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) and Julius Hodge and forward Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) were also released.
Van Horn was acquired in the eight-player trade that sent Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks in February.
Gill appeared in six games during the preseason, averaging 4.5 points and one assist. The five-year NBA veteran has averaged 3.1 points and 1.1 assists in 181 career games with New Jersey, Memphis, Portland and Indiana and seemed he could actually do something because he had the experience in a young team and had a good defensive skills.
Hamilton had one point and five rebounds in three preseason games.
Hodge averaged of 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in four preseason games. In two NBA seasons with Denver and Milwaukee, Hodge appeared in 23 games, averaging 1.2 points.


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The Breakers fall to Taipans, rebound against Gold Coast - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers had a slow start to the weeks action as they were beaten by the Cairns Taipans 92:101 in overtime. The Breakers trailed 45:50 at halftime at the Cairns Convention Centre. Nevertheless the visitors drew things level early in the fourth period as CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) dropped consecutive bombs from beyond the arc. The teams traded baskets throughout the rest of the stanza and finished regulation all square at 89. However the Taipans allowed New Zealand to just 3 points in the extra frame and toiled a difficult victory at the end. Ian Crosswhite (212-F-82, college: Oregon) scored 19 points 18 of them coming after the long break to lead the hosts. David Thomas and Martin Cattallini contributed 17 points each for the winners. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) answered with 23 points for the Breakers. CJ Bruton dropped 15 in the loss.
However the weeks ending added some positive emotions for the Breakers as they outscored the Gold Coast Blaze 116:113 in thriller. The Breakers led throughout the whole game but the winless Blaze threw everything they got on the scale to knot things up late in the game. Pero Cameron was responsible for crucial five points that lit up hope for the Blaze. Tony Ronaldson drained a three-pointer that put the Breakers back in charge and then Shane Heal missed a potential tying treble to give the win to the visitors. Kirk Penney finished the game with 30 points. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) provided 24 points, while Phill Jones had 18 as the Breakers improved to 5-2 record. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) nailed 30 points for the Blaze as they slipped to 0-9.


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


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


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


Day 7: Orthodoxi Beit Sahour to the 2nd round and Ibdaa win again - by Tamara Awartani
Orthodoxi Beit Sahour vs. Qalandia 78 vs. 65
A balanced game for both teams, Orthodoxi Beit Sahour lead the 1st quarter 22-10, specializing in 3points through Paul Garrora & Maher Qassis. while Qalanida had unfocused shots. Orthodoxi continued to lead in the 2nd quarter 17-12 playing good offense. Qalandia had a good come back in the 3rd quarter leading it 23-20 while Orthodoxi got their focus back & played hard to tie the 4th quarter 19-19.
Orthodoxi Beit Sahour best players were Paul Garrora, Maher Qassis, Nizar Jeineh, Majd Abu Eitah
Qalandia Nizar Shehadeh, Fakher abu Halaweh, Hisham Awad, Iyad Mateh, Ismael Hamed


Ibdaa vs. Catholic Action 88 vs 85
A close competitive game, Ibdaa were missing 4 of their main players, while Catholic Action played their game and gained experience. A lot of 3points for this quarter which Ibdaa lead 29-21, a, Shadi Bahnan Catholic Action was top scorer with 13points. Ibdaa team lost focus, no defense, which Catholic action players took advantage of leading the 2nd quarter 21-8. The 3rd quarter changed back again to Ibdaas advantage, leading 32-16. However the 4th quarter was fast, exciting, fun to watch, where Catholic Action took the lead again 27-19 playing strong & fast to the basket.
Ibdaa best players were Abdallah Jaber, Khaled Khamis, Thaer Jaffal, Hosam Obeid, Bilal HajMeer, Samer Lutfi, Shadi Shalan.
Catholic Action best players were Shadi Bahnan, Joudeh Salibi, Johnny Bikki, George Qanawati, Riccardo


Day 8: Orthodoxi Bethlehem to the 2nd Round, De La Salle wins a game - by Tamara Awartani
De La Salle vs. Qalandai 77-71
A game where each quarter was lead by one team, De La Salle lead the 1st quarter 19-11 playing good offense, Qalandia raised their level of playing tying the 2nd quarter 14-14. De La Salle lost their focus in the 3rd quarter, taking quick shots while Qalandia stayed in the game, leading 28-18. De La Salle played better defense & taking good shots in the 4th leading 26-18 , while Qalandias level of playing went down.
De La Salles best players were Johnny Ishaq, Michael Li, Labib Faidi, Sari Amer, Thaer Qawasmeh
Qalandias best players were Adham AlHamzawi, Nizar Shehadeh, Mohammed Aziz, Hazem Khatab

Orthodoxi Bethlehem vs. Orthodoxi Beit Jala 116 vs. 70
A competitive strong decisive game, 1st Quarter started with Bethlehem leading 24 - 12, focused 3points shots, while Beit Jala missed most of their shots. Bethlehem raised their level of playing in the 2nd quarter while Beit Jala tried to keep up but with no luck, 30-16. The 3rd quarter witnessed a good come back from Beit Jala but Bethlehem shots were unstoppable, leading 30-27. Beit Jala have given up, with their key players fouled out and the lack of defense didnt come to their benefit, Bethlehem lead the 4th quarter 42-25.
Orthodoxi Bethlehem best players were Jared Soles - scorer, who stood out with 3point shooting, Ibrahim Bandak (post moves & rebounding), Osama Abu Jaber, Basem Freig, Awd AlHreimi, Basheer Shatara.
Orthodoxi Beit Jala best players were
Raed Abu Rumman (188-F-81) who stood out with great moves under basket & rebounding, Kamal Mkarker (3pointer), Osama Abd Rabo (3pointer), Khalil Harb, Hanna Makhlouf.


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DBE Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kotwica - Bank BPS 75-69
Kotwica secured the sixth win in the season and remained on top of the DBE standings. Today they held off Bank BPS 75:69 behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Julien Mills. Drew Naymick finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the league top team. BPS answered with game-high 24 points from Tony Weeden. Dixon dropped 19 points and collected 9 boards in his debut for BPS.

Anwil - PBG Basket 93-64
Anwil improved to 3-3 record as they cruised past PBG Basket 93:64 in Wloclawek tonight. Gerrod Henderson came up with 22 points for Anwil. Lukasz Koszarek and Paul Miller knocked down 19 points each in the win. Wojcik replied with 22 points for PBG Bakset in defeat.

Turow - Sportino I. 94-53
Turow stayed in the leaders’ mix with a 94:53 victory over Sportino in Round 7. John Turek and Darian Townes had 12 points each for the winners. Gorjan Radonjic delivered 11 points for Turow as they improved to 5-1 record. Gomez responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Sportino Inowroclaw.

Gornik W. - AZS Koszalin 101-83
Gornik celebrated the initial win in the season as they outscored visiting Koszalin 101:83. Gornik entered the game with 5 straight losses but beefed up by some newcomers got the win at the end. Stefanski scored 21 points to lead the charge. Adam Waczynski added 19 points for the winning team. Dante Swanson replied with 22 points for Koszalin.

Atlas Stal - En.Czarni 73-85
Energa Czarni upset Atlas Stal 85:73 on the road. Jack Ingram fired 22 points and collected 7 caroms as Energa climbed to 4-2 record. Mantas Cesnauskis dropped 16 points for the winners. Nikola Jovanovic finished the game with 17 points for the hosts as they fell to 3-3.

Polpharma - Prokom 80-81
Prokom stole a narrow 81:80 victory against Polpharma away from home. Ronnie Burrell dropped 20 points for the reigning champions. Pat Burke added 18 points for the winners. Mujo Tulijkovic had 16 points for Polpharma in the loss. Prokom led by 7 points before the fourth term but nearly wasted all of the advantage before pulling away with a hard-fought win.



Damjanovic left Anwil - by Michal Falkowski
After releasing a headcoach Zmago Sagadin, the management of Anwil Wloclawek decided to hire Igor Griszczuk. First new coach's decision was to say goodbye to previous assistant coach Dalibor Damjanovic.
Damjanovic has been coaching Anwil for two and a half years. In that time he contributed to some clubs successes like winning the Cup and SuperCup in 2007. Damjanovic's decision was determined by the last situation in Anwil - it means the termination deal with coach Sagadin. Damjanovic stated that 'The cooperation with coach Sagadin had been very important to me, so when the club had released him, I had been waiting. Next it had turned out that new coach would be Igor Griszczuk. He had said to me there was no place for me in the coaching staff anymore.'
Actually, Damjanovic had no problems with the acceptance of such situation. He added that 'I understood Griszczuk's plans and vision. I was very happy he said it to me face to face.' Moreover, Damjanovic said that the period he spent in Wloclawek was a great experience thanks to he could learn a lot.


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Partizan Igokea and Crvena Zvezda stay perfect - by Dragan Jankovski

Reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea celebrated thriller victory against Zagreb CO on the road 92-91. Game is decided in over time, which Partizan ended 13-14. Gabonese Stephane Lasme made one free throw at the very end, enough for Partizan to escape with slim victory, fifth consecutive in Adriatic league. Zagreb stays on just one. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) top-scored for Partizan with 20 points while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) also shined adding 17 points including 4 steals. Zagreb got the most from Ante Tomic (217-C-87), who finished the game with 23 points and 14 boards. In the next round Partizan will host Buducnost, who has 4-1 for far. Zagreb will play against Helios on the road.

FMP outplayed Cibona in Zeleznik 85-76 thus both teams have 2-3 in Adriatic league now. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) was better than the others in FMP delivering 20 points. Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) was the central figure in Cibona recording 26 points and 6 boards. As a reminder, Croatian team surprised big Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Euroleague opening round. FMP also did a good job against Dutch Amsterdam reaching the second qualification round in EuroCup.

Hemfoarm STADA suffered very inconvenient home defeat against Krka Novo Mesto 73-75. Head coach Stevan Karadzic and his team currently have 3-2 in regional championship. They for sure didn't count on this failure. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was MVP of the game collecting 21 points and 8 rebounds but it seems he didn't get a proper help from his teammates. The only one who was close to his level was Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points. Experienced Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) scored 21 points for the winners making 5 triples. Simon Petrov (191-G-76) netted 19 points including two clutch free throws at the very end. In the next round Krka waits Vojvodina while Hemofarm will take on Zadar, also at home.

Crvena Zvezda succeeded to remain on top of Adriatic league together with Partizan Igokea, 5-0. This time, players of head coach Svetislav Pesic cruised past Split CO 83-71. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) led Crvena Zvezda to win scoring 23 points including 7 boards. Bosnian prospect, center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket), helped with 10 points and 5 boards. Mario Delas (210-C-90) registered 25 points in Split CO missing only one rebound for double-double. His team currently has 2-3.



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Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Ingles, Poprad 23.3
2. Milosevic, Levice 23.3
3. Johnson, MBK 22.8
4. Hill, Nitra 21.6
5. Bicvic, Handlova 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Skara Bystrica 10.33
2. Szalay Prievidza 9.00
3. Micuda Pezinok 8.75
4. Pesta SNV 8.40
5. Whisby Pezinok 8.33
Assists Per Game
1. Williams Pezinok6.25
2. Johnson Handlova6.20
3. Lawrence Nitra 5.80
4. Immink Prievidza 5.00
5. Avalic SNV 5.00
Steals Per Game
1 Kozlik, Pezinok 3.0
2 Lawrence, Nitra 2.8
3 Storcel, Prievidza 2.75
2FGP
1.Hovanak Bystrica66.7
2. Micka Inter 66.7
3. Kozar SNV 66.7


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Liga UPC Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Helios - Polzela 100-71
Helios Domzale didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Hopsi Polzela in the early Round 4 opener. Alvin Snow and Ivan Todorovic netted 15 points each for the winners. Jure Mocnik had 2 points less. Hopsi Polzela got 24 points and impressive 15 rebounds from Shawn King. Both teams entered into this game with score 2-1.

Elektra - Krka 74-88
Krka had wonderful first half against Elektra on the round and mostly owing to it the team from Novo Mesto remained perfect in UPC League with score 4-0. Smiljan Pavic paced Krka to win adding 21 points and 5 boards. Veteran Davor Marcelic followed him with 17 points. Elektra, who currently has 1-3, got 19 points and 13 boards from Dejan Cup.

Nova Gorica - Alpos S. 72-79
It was a game between two winless teams before this round. Alpos Sentjur was the one who succeeded to grab the first victory thanks to Takais Brown and his 21 points and 11 boards. Armin Avdibegovic helped the winners with 18 points and 4 assists. Nova Gorica got 24 points and 7 rebounds from Dalibor Petrovic.

Epic Misel - Luka Koper 60-78
Luka Koper cruised past Epic Misel on the road jumping on 3-1 in UPC League. Drazen Bubnic and Miha Markic scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Antonio Zizic had 14 points and 8 boards in Epic Misel, who remains the only winless team in the league.

TCG Mercator - Zlatorog 80-73
TCG Mercator succeeded to crush Zlatorog Lasko, thus Krka Novo Mesto became the only undefeated team in elite division. TCG Mercator and Zlatorog now have the same record 3-1. Dario Krejic was the key player of the game as he collected 22 points and 5 rebounds. Mensud Julevic also shined with 20 points. Ante Masic was the best in Ales Pipan's team registering 14 points and 11 boards.

Slovan - Zagorje 82-61
No problem for Geoplin Slovan to register third win this season. Milan Klepo was central figure of the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Marko Lekic also was good adding 18 points and 6 boards for Slovan. Gil Goodrich netted 23 for Zagorje, who now has 1-3.



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Autocid Ford Burgos sign Cameron Bennerman - by Eurobasket
Autocid Ford Burgos (LEB Gold) signed 24-year old American guard Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.). Bennerman played last year at two other LEB Gold teams: Alicante Costablanca and Huelva Baloncesto. He helped Huelva end regular season as LEB Gold Runner-Up and then go to the semifinals. It was a very successful season for him when he was ranked 5th best scorer in the league with 16.1ppg. He arrived to Italy after spending 06-07 season in Italy at Junior Casale Monferrato (17.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg). He tried to make it to the NBA twice: to Miami Heat in 2006 and to Phoenix in 2007.

Beirasar Rosalia sign Carl Ona Embo - by Eurobasket
Beirasar Rosalia (LEB Gold) added to their roster 19-year old French guard Carl Ona Embo (185-G-89). Ona Embo was tried last season at Angelico Biella in Italian Serie A. He originally grew at Cholet where he started his career. His best season was two years ago when he was French Nationale 1 revelation playing for CFBB (federation team) and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.2apg in 17 games. He was selected Newcomer of the Year in the league. But last season occured to be too big jump for a player and he spent almost entire season on the bench in Italian league. Getting some experience in lower league should be a good move for a player. This past summer he played for French team in European Championships U18 in Madrid. In 8 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg.

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


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


TBL second week started with 5 matches - by Furkan Yunkul

CASA TED Kolejliler - Aliaga Petkim: 57-68

CASA TED Ankara Kolejliler (57): Ozgur Adiguzel 7 (4 reb, 4 ass), Polat Kaya 7 (6 reb, 2 ass), Caner Oner 0, Ziya Yarkan 0, Cevat Alper Ozcan 0, Caner Erdeniz 0, Onder Kulcebas 3 (3 reb), Kevin Bell 10 (3 reb, 5 ass), LaQuan Prowell 17 (6 reb, 2 ass) Erek Hansen 13 (7 reb)

Aliaga Petkim (68): Aubrey Reese 33 (8 reb, 5 ass), Charles Davis 14 (3 reb, 3 ass), Levent Demirci 3 (4 reb), Reha Oz 9 (6 reb), Fatih Solak 7 (10 reb), Eren Beyaz 0, Hakan Yapar 0 (3 reb), Ceyhun Altay 2 (1 reb), Efe Kizilkaya 0, Aerick Sanders 0 (2 reb), Bora Sancar 0


Efes Pilsen - Oyak Renault: 95-57

Efes Pilsen (95): Charles Smith 16 (6 reb, 2 ass), Preston Shumpert 0, Mustafa Abi 0, Booty Thornton 10 (3 reb, 3 ass), Kerem Gonlum 14 (12 reb), Milos Vujanic 14 (3 reb, 3 ass), Kaya Peker 12 (6 reb, 3 ass), Michail Kakiouzis 15 (6 reb, 1 ass), Engin Atsur 6 (1 reb, 3 ass), Sinan Guler 5 (1 reb), Ender Arslan 0 (1 ass), Cenk Akyol 3 (1 reb, 1 ass)

Oyak Renault (57): Evren Buker 17 (5 reb, 5 ass), Alex Gordon 8 (1 reb, 2 ass), Serhat Buker 4 (2 reb, 1 ass), Nedim Dal 8 (4 reb, 2 ass), Alper Saruhan 0, Tufan Onen 4 (1 reb), Gregory Stiemsma 4 (3 reb), Joseph Jones 8 (4 reb, 1 ass), Oguz Erdogan 2 (1 reb, 1 ass), Ugur Yilmaz 0, Harun Erkok 0, Ahmet Ali Erdogan 2 (2 reb, 1 ass)

Galatasaray Cafe Crown - Antalya BSB: 92-68

Galatasaray CC (92): Erdem Turetken 14 (3 reb), Marshall Strickland 0 (2 reb, 2 ass), Andrija Zizic 7 (2 reb), Polat Kocaoglu 0, Cuneyt Erden 1 (2 reb, 7 ass), Dejan Milojevic 9 (13 reb, 6 ass), Milan Gurovic 20 (3 reb), Antonio Graves 26 (4 reb, 2 ass), Alican Guney 0, Cemal Nalga 6 (5 reb), Huseyin Besok 7 (6 reb, 1 ass), Altay Ozurganci 2 (1 reb)

Antalya BSB (68): Yunus Akcay 0, Nedim Yucel 6 (5 reb), Cemal Bayraktar 4 (1 reb), Hadi Dogan 9 (4 reb), Mustafa Kemal Bitim 1 (1 reb, 2 ass), Umit Turkoglu 5 (1 reb), Marcus Douthit 7 (5 reb, 3 ass), Michael Green 12 (5 reb, 6 ass), Bernard King 16 (3 reb, 4 ass), Marcus Melvin 8 (3 reb), Can Yalman 0,Tugberk Sozmener 0


Mersin BSB - Besiktas CT: 89-83

Mersin BSB (89): Christopher Franklin Lofton 23 (5 reb, 4 ass), Lester Mc Calebb 18 (1 reb, 4 ass), Ulug Kacaniku 0, Altan Erol 5 (5 reb, 4 ass), Umit Sonkol 7 (7 reb, 3 ass), Inanc Koc 3 (3 reb, 3 ass), Kimani Ffriend 17 (6 reb), Onur Aydin 12 (4 reb, 1 ass), Fahri Kaan Uner 0

Besiktas CT (83): Mehmet Yagmur 11 (3 reb, 4 ass), Muratcan Guler 4 (5 reb, 4 ass), Haluk Yildirim 13 (2 reb, 1 ass), Adem Oren 8 (3 reb), Marcus Faison 16 (6 reb, 2 ass), Mire Chatman 0, Mario Austin 20 (8 reb, 1 ass), Cevher Ozer 2 (1 reb), Arin sogancioglu 0, Omer Unver 9 (1 ass)


Mutlu Aku Selcuk Unv. - Banvit: 84-82

Mutlu Aku Selcuk Unv (84): Ilker Turel 8 (1 reb, 2 ass), Monty Mack 22 (3 reb, 4 ass), Ahmet Yolcu 0 (2 ass), Ibrahim Ozturk 3, Ufuk Kacar 22 (1 reb, 4 ass), Berkay Sahillioglu 0, Alex Dunn 4 (6 reb), Edmund Saunders 8 (14 reb, 2 ass), Brian Ibekwe 17 (8 reb, 3 ass), Ismail Cevik 0 (1 reb),

Banvit (82): Joe Crispin 27 (4 reb, 4 ass), Erkan Veyseloglu 0 (1 reb), Mutlu Demir 0, Lance Williams 21 (12 reb, 3 ass), Caner Topaloglu 4 (1 reb, 2 ass), Yigitcan Turna 0 (1 reb), Lamar Johnson 12 (2 reb), Antoine Agudio 6 (1 reb), Umut Yenice 2 (2 reb, 1 ass), Oktay Yilmaz 0 (1 reb), Yunus Cankaya 10 (6 reb, 3 ass), Ibrahim Yildirim 0



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Mykolaiv 91-73
Dijon Thompson and Uche Nsonwu scored 15 points apiece to lead balanced Azovmash to the fourth straight win in the season. Today the Superleague defending champions toppled Mykolaiv 91:73 to stay on top of the ladder. Marc Salyers came up with 14 points for the winners. Michal Hlebowcki paced the visitors with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Pulsar - Sumykhimpr. 100-98
Pulsar trailed by 8 points before the fourth term but managed to snatch a narrow 100:98 win over visiting Sumkhimprom today. Pavel Ulyanko was outstanding with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Anatoli Dubnyuk finished with 18 points, while Dalibor Djapa dropped 21 points as Pulsar climbed to 2-2 record. Sumykhimprom got 22 points and 10 rebounds for Brian Greene. Yevgeniy Podorvannyy and Artem Bytskyy had 21 points each in the loss.

Khimik - BC Donetsk 80-95
BC Donetsk proved their ambitions today as they beat one of the season favorites Khimik in Yuzhnyi 95:80 today. Anthony Tucker lifted Donetsk to the victory with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Igor Jokic delivered 16 points, while Andres Rodriguez had 14 points and 12 assists for the visitors. Sasa Bratic replied with 20 points for Khimik. Andriy Agafonov tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Poltava - BC Kyiv 60-77
BC Kiev grabbed the fourth straight win in Superleague as they defeated BC Poltava 77:60 away from home today. Kenan Bajramovic scored 18 points to lead the charge. Brent Wright finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Oleg Saltovets dropped 10 points for the winners. Rolandas Jarutis and Gytis Sirutavicius answered with 16 points each as the newcomers remained winless.



BC Kyiv sign Alex Scales - by Eurobasket
BC Kyiv signed 30-year old American guard Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon). Scales played most recently at CSK VVS Samara (Russia), where he was the 4th best scorer (17.4ppg) and 3rd (2.1spg) on the list of steals leaders in EuroCup. The Russian league limits did not allow him to play in domestic league, but it did not stop him to be the best team's player in Eurocup. He helped the team from Samara to make it to FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals. He was also called for FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game and selected to Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Eurocup Honorable Mention team. He has quite impressive experience playing pro basketball on 4 continents in countries like Argentina, China, Greece, Italy, Korea, Russia, Spain and of course USA.

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Friday 24 October 2008 - Top Two Lose - by Andy Webb
The form book was turned upside down in the BBL on Friday as the two remaining unbeaten sides both lost at home.

The biggest upset of the night came on Merseyside with bottom of the table Worcester Wolves shocking the league leading Everton Tigers 101-106. Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin), who has settled in nicely since returning to the Wolves, led all scorers with 31-points.

Worcester trailed by six heading into the final quarter but a 13-0 burst by the visitors handed them the lead for good, which was sealed from the foul line. The win takes Wolves out of last place.

Co-leaders Newcastle Eagles missed out on Everton's defeat by losing for the first time this season against the in-form Sheffield Sharks 81-86.

The Sharks resurrected memories of their famed bomb squads of seasons past by hitting 10 of 19 three-pointers. Top scorers Chris Sanders (202-F-82, college: Master's) (22-points) and Mathew Gorman (203-C-84, college: Syracuse) (19-points) were both perfect from beyond the arc with four and two three pointers respectively.

Perry Lawson (188-G-82, college: S.Georgia Tech CC) on his return to Tyneside scored 17, including three from four treys, as the Sharks made it three consecutives wins in all competitions since losing in their first match against Everton.

Newcastle Eagles 81 (26,44,68) (Moore 24, Stewart 16, Jackson/Defoe 12)
Sheffield Sharks 86 (26,49,70) (Sanders 22, Gorman 19, Lawson 17)

Newcastle Eagles missed out on the chance to go clear at the top of the BBL as they lost for the first time this season against the in-form Sheffield Sharks 81- 86.

The Sharks resurrected memories of their famed bomb squads of seasons past by hitting 10 of 19 three-pointers. Top scorers Chris Sanders (22-points) and Matt Gorman (19-points) were both perfect from beyond the arc with four and two three-pointers respectively.

Perry Lawson, on his return to Tyneside, scored 17, including three from four treys, as the Sharks made it three consecutives wins in all competitions since losing in their first match against Everton Tigers.

Sharks opened the match with a three-point shot from Gorman and that set the tone for the match. After splitting the first quarter 26-26 Sharks made a late surge to close the half 44-49 in front.

And they maintained an advantage throughout the third period, stretching away to 57-67 before an Eagles fightback led by Lynard Stewart and Trey Moore saw the hosts lead by one until a Chris Sanders three restored Sheffield's lead at 68- 70.

The final quarter swung both ways with Eagles leading 78-77 when two Matt Gorman free throws handed the Sharks the lead for good.

Sheffield player-coach Atiba Lyons was delighted with his team's performance and thought it helped that many of his players are new to the league: 'At the moment we're just playing each team as a team rather than on the history of what they've done before.

'We're making big steps every match but we're still gelling so there is more to come. Shooting like we did tonight certainly makes the offence a lot easier.'

Everton Tigers 101 (26,49,80) (Smith 32, Midgley 21, Gross 20)
Worcester Wolves 106 (24,54,74) (Paez 31, Uzkuraitis 21, Harker 17)

Worcester Wolves produced the shock of the season so far with a 101-106 victory at league leading Everton Tigers. It was Wolves' first win of the campaign and Tigers' first defeat.

Anthony Paez, who has settled in nicely since returning to Worcester, led all Wolves scorers with 31- points while Everton's Andre Smith continued his own impressive form posting a game-high 32.

Worcester trailed by six heading into the final quarter but a 13-0 burst by the visitors handed them the lead for good, which was sealed from the foul line. The win takes Wolves out of last place.

The match was tight throughout with only three late three-pointers by Tigers breaking a 17-17 tie to give the home side a 26-24 end of first quarter lead. It was Wolves who had the late fireworks in the second quarter as Harry Disy scored all the points in a 9-3 run to end the half 49-54 in the favour of the visitors.

Andre Smith was the star of the third quarter. His 14- points helped Tigers to come back from an eight point deficit (51-59) to lead 80-74 with ten minutes remaining.

An 11-4 start to the final stanza by Wolves handed them the lead for good at 84-85 and they stretched away helped by two three-pointers from Vidmantas Uzkuraitis.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


European start - by Eurobasket News
Eight players started the Eurocup campaign from Australia.
Samantha Richards (167-G-83) and her Gorzow overcame Ruzomberok in the opening round of EuroCup preliminary round in Group A. Gorzow were unstoppable in the starting frame as they outscored MBK 29:11 and piled up a decisive lead. Ruzomberok recovered in the latter stages of the game as they won three next quarters but failed to overcome a massive first-frame deficit. The teams traded baskets throughout the first three minutes of the encounter before Lindsay Taylor nailed 5 straight points to put Gorzow in charge. Samantha Richards and Justyna Zurowska stretched the lead to 11 points and Gorzow then breezed to a 29:11 advantage at the first break. Breitreiner, Samantha Richards and Kaczmarczyk extended the lead to massive 27 points midway through the second term however Ruzomberok did not collapse. Lucia Kupcikova, Monika Chabadova and Tye'sha Fluker cut the distance to 14 points at halftime. The visitors stayed contestant in the third frame as they narrowed the gap to just 7 points at one point. Megan Duffy nailed 5 straight points for the visitors to spark the hope in the middle of the final period. Lucia Kupcikova and Podesova followed with two free throws and Ruzomberok trailed by 4 points with under 4 minutes to go in the game. However Justyna Zurowska scored two crucial buckets and Breitreiner fired from downtown to seal the win for Gorzow at the end. Samantha Richards ended up with 6 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) 's 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. Davineia Payne and Ashley Wallace gave an early 5:0 lead for BC Star and they maintained it throughout the first stanza. Davineia Payne scored 11 points in the starting period and BC Star were up 22:14 ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets in the second frame but the visitors used an 11:2 rally late in the frame to surge ahead 35:32 at halftime. Olesya Malashenko scored 7 points in an 11:1 run from Dexia to open the second half. The Belgian team took over at the moment and gradually began running away. Szymanska-Lara capped the third term with a three-pointer that gave Dexia a 59:42 advantage before the fourth quarter. BC Star collapsed defensively in the fourth stanza as Dexia accounted for 29 points leaving not a single chance for success for the hosts.
Jennifer Screen (180-G-82), Laura Summerton (191-C-83) and Natalie Porter (185-F-80) togehter with Lavezzini Basket destroyed 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 led all the winners with 26 points. Daliborka Vilipic and Jennifer Screen followed her with 10 points each for 1-0 record in the group. Natalie Porter collected 5 points and 4 rebounds. 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 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.
Belinda Snell (181-F-81)'s 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 led the winners with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Jannell Burse collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Belinda Snell each had 12. 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.
Carly Wilson (181-G-82) and 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 netted 18, while Laina Badiane posted 13. 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.
K.V. Imperial AEL beat Cras Basket Taranto with Monica Bello (170-G-78) 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. Monica Bello collected 3 points and 4 rebounds. 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.


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Kozachka-Zalk registered their first win in Baltic League - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka-Zalk registered their first win in Baltic League and enjoyed the start in a new tournament for the team. Kozachka-Zalk overcame Olimp/NAEK 78:90 away from home. The winners produced an offensive 37:21 in the opening quarter to seal the initial win. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 30 points. Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79, agency: Promotex) nailed 21 and Rymarenko scored 19. Alexandra Kurbatova (170-G-78) and Buryak posted 14 apiece in the losing effort.
Lithuanian teams host the squads from Belarus in Klaipeda. Last night Berezina-RCOR remained undefeated to improve at 3-0 after the victory over Laisve 73:80. The latter however won the first period, 22:15 and even had 5 points advantage at the halftime. Berezina-RCOR erupted with 30-15 in the third period and benefit from the game. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) led the winners with 22 points. Tiamezhnikava poured in 17 and Dureika added 13. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) finished the game with 19 points for the home side.
Lemminkainen brought the victory fro Lithuania over BC Minsk 2006 68:59. The team from Belarus won the opening quarter 14-13, but lost the second and the third frames of the game. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 17 points to 2-1 record. Milieskiene posted 16, whilst Pikciute netted 7. Ramanava top-scored for the visitors with 14 points.
On October 22nd Kazakhstan NT finished tour in Belarus of Baltic league competition. The National team is coming back with 2-2 record.
In their third game Kazakhstan NT beat Viktoria 69:58 in Grodno. The visitors opened the game with 22:13, but then Belarus team bounced back with 15-9 in the second quarter. Kazakhstan NT won the third and the fourth periods to seal the second victory. Baidussenova top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Lioudmila Sedova (187-F/C-79) nailed 12 and Natalia Kuzmicheva added 8. Zybrytskaya produced 15 points and Adamik added 13.
Olimpia-Grodno overcame Kazakhstan NT 81:54 last night. In a defensive style of the opening quarter the teams finished with 10:8. Olimpia-Grodno pushed the tempo later and reached 2-0 record in BWBL. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tatsiana Usovich netted 21 and Kozun added 12. Natalia Kuzmicheva shined for the guests with 27 points.

Tomorrow Klaipeda will see Arvi - BC Minsk 2006 and Lemminkainen - Berezina-RCOR. Grodno will invite Estonian teams as Viktorija host BC Star - TLU and Olimpia-Grodno faces Tallinna/Living.

Olimp/NAEK - Kozachka-Zalk 78 : 90 ( 21 : 37, 19 : 22, 22 : 18, 16 : 13 )
Olimp/NAEK: Alexandra Kurbatova 14, Buryak 14, Mykhailenko 12
Kozachka-Zalk: Iryna Biryuk 30, Natalia Isachenko 21, Rymarenko 19

Lemminkainen -BC Minsk 2006 68 : 59 ( 13 : 14, 15 : 9, 21 : 17, 19 : 19 )
Lemminkainen: Ausra Naideniene 17, Milieskiene 16, Pikciute 7
BC Minsk 2006: Ramanava 14, Nadzezhka 9, Tarasova 9

Laisve- Berezina-RCOR 73 : 80 ( 22 : 15, 15 : 17, 15 : 30, 21 : 18 )
Laisve: Irma Raugaite 19, Marmiene 13, Cizauskiene 13
Berezina-RCOR: Aksana Dauharukava 22, Tiamezhnikava 17, Dureika 13

Olimpia-Grodno - Kazakhstan NT 81 : 54 ( 10 : 8, 19 : 13, 22 : 14, 30 : 19 )
Olimpia-Grodno: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 25, Tatsiana Usovich 21, Kozun 12
Kazakhstan NT: Natalia Kuzmicheva 27, Dots 7, Lioudmila Sedova 6

Viktoria - Kazakhstan NT 58 : 69 ( 13 : 22, 15 : 9, 13 : 19, 17 : 19 )
Viktoria: Zybrytskaya 15, Adamik 13, Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) 10
Kazakhstan NT: Baidussenova 20, Lioudmila Sedova 12, Natalia Kuzmicheva 8


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
ZBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Maltsi 20.40
2. Hariss Rebecca 20.00
3. Horakova Hana 19.20
4. Reisingerov 19.00
5. Novakova 17.50
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cash Swin 12.00
2. Novakova 10.50
3. Hartigova 8.83
4. Reisingerova 8.60
5. Beres Timea 7.67
Assists Per Game
1. Zirkova Zuzana 5.50
2. Whalen Lindsay 4.25
3. Bartonova 3.50
4. Hrabakova 3.40
5. Horakova Hana 3.20
2FGP
1. Rosenbaumova 77.7
2. Maltsi Evanthia 72.9
3. Hartigova 69.2
3FGP
1. Hartigova 100.0
2. Morka 100.0
3. Vteckova Eva 75.0


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Pauline Nsimbo came up with a pivotal performance in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) and her 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 (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) came up with a pivotal performance for Belgian powerhouse as she tallied 26 points and 21 rebounds. Olesya Malashenko added 19 points and 12 boards for the winners. Davineia Payne and Ashley Wallace gave an early 5:0 lead for BC Star and they maintained it throughout the first stanza. Davineia Payne scored 11 points in the starting period and BC Star were up 22:14 ten minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets in the second frame but the visitors used an 11:2 rally late in the frame to surge ahead 35:32 at halftime. Olesya Malashenko scored 7 points in an 11:1 run from Dexia to open the second half. The Belgian team took over at the moment and gradually began running away. Szymanska-Lara capped the third term with a three-pointer that gave Dexia a 59:42 advantage before the fourth quarter. BC Star collapsed defensively in the fourth stanza as Dexia accounted for 29 points leaving not a single chance for success for the hosts. Marjorie Carpreaux finished with 12 points and 6 steals for the winners. Davineia Payne answered with 14 points and 8 boards for BC Star. Jana Rannaveski dropped 13 points for BC Star in the loss. BC Star will next take on Spartak Noginks, while Dexia will host Botas Spor.

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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. AZS Gorzow 1-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 1-0 
 3. MBK Ruz. 0-1 
 4. Targoviste 0-1 
Group B
 1. Dynamo K. 1-0 
 2. Challes 1-0 
 3. Bnot Hash. 0-1 
 4. Sf.Gheorghe 0-1 
Group C
 1. Ramla 1-0 
 2. Rivas Ecopolis 1-0 
 3. Crvena Zv. 0-1 
 4. Dunav 0-1 
Group D
 1. Solna Vikings 1-0 
 2. Szeged 1-0 
 3. Foton 0-1 
 4. U.Neuchatel 0-1 
Group E
 1. Athinaikos 1-0 
 2. San Jose 1-0 
 3. Ragusa 0-1 
 4. Panionios 0-1 
Group F
 1. AEL 1-0 
 2. Gospic 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Taranto 0-1 
Group G
 1. Galatasaray 1-0 
 2. Aris H. 1-0 
 3. Mondeville 0-1 
 4. Buducnost 0-1 
Group H
 1. EBE Ibiza-PDV 1-0 
 2. Trutnov 1-0 
 3. ICIM Arad 0-1 
 4. Arvi 0-1 
Group I
 1. Lavezzini PA 1-0 
 2. Esperides 1-0 
 3. Cesis 0-1 
 4. Zeljeznicar 0-1 
Group J
 1. Tarbes 1-0 
 2. Extrugasa 1-0 
 3. Ribera 0-1 
 4. Olivais 0-1 
Group K
 1. Chevakata 1-0 
 2. Hemofarm 1-0 
 3. Lemminkain. 0-1 
 4. AD Vagos 0-1 
Group L
 1. Dexia 1-0 
 2. Spartak N. 1-0 
 3. BC Star 0-0 
 4. Botas 0-1 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Ujhelyi is victorious is Spain, Bukovszki and Benczurne lose in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) and her Rivas Ecopolis secured the initial win in the EuroCup preliminary round as they overcame Crvena Zvezda at home court. The Spanish team earned the top spot in Group C now. Catherine Joens led the charge with 26 points. Petra Ujhelyi added 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Jelena Dubljevic had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the win.
The hosts opened the game with 7 unanswered points and soon piled up a 20:7 lead. Musovic scored 4 points and Nascimiento added two more as the second quarter began with a 6:0 rally from Rivas Ecopolis and they built a 28:9 advantage. Crvena Zvezda cut the distance a little bit due to long-range artillery from Jelena Maksimovic and Iva Prcic. The scoreboard read 42:28 for the home team at the sides change. Rivas Ecopolis maintained the distance throughout the third quarter and enjoyed a 12-point cushion before the final stanza. Ana Puric cut the deficit to 10 points but the hopes evaporated quickly for Crvena Zvezda. Catherine Joens exploded with 11 points for the hosts and they cleared off to a comfortable 23-point distance to never look back again. The hosts outrebounded their opponents 32:19 and sank impressive 57% from the field, including 52% from downtown.
Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) and Nikolett Benczurne Turoczi (187-F/C-80) started for Municipal Targoviste in Romania. Dynamo Moscow however 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. MaCynthia 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. Nikolett Benczurne Turoczi ended up with 6 points and 4 rebounds.


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  MOLDOVA - Women  


Crasnoscioc and Cazac open the seasons in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) started the EuroCup campaign with Romanian Municipal Targoviste. Dynamo Moscow however 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. Irina Crasnoscioc started in the first five and finished the game with 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
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.
Olga Cazac (190-C-74) netted 3 points and made 1 rebound for Sf.Gheorghe in EuroCup as well. Russian Dynamo Kursk got to a winning start of their EuroCup campaign as they held off Sf. Gheorghe at home. Thus the winners occupied the top spot in preliminary Group B. More than 1000 spectators came to witness their favorites tallying a hard-fought win over Romanian vice champions. Salimata Diatta opened the scoring for the visitors however the hosts soon took over. Nikita Bell and Maria Nikitina knocked down 5 straight points for Dynamo Kursk as they built a 15:9 advantage late in the first frame. Salimata Diatta and Irena Matovic however finalized the first stanza at 13:15. Back-to-back trebles from Varvara Psareva and Anastasia Bocharova allowed Dynamo to clear off to a 12-point distance at the start of the second term. The home team controlled the tempo and built a 38:32 lead at the interval. Sf. Gheorghe opened the second half aggressively as they posted a 9:2 rally and surged ahead. Not for long though. Irena Vizbariene came up with timely five points for Dynamo as they went on a 15:4 run to regain the advantage. Maria Nikitina and Nikita Bell made it 61:49 for Dynamo at the end of the third frame. Erzsebet Ambrus and Zoll sparked the hope for the visitors in the fourth term as their three-pointers pulled Sf. Gheorghe as close as 7 points. But it was as close as Sf. Gheorghe could get. Treys from Anastasia Bocharova and Marija Eric silenced the visiting team and Dynamo eased to the victory at the end.


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  POLAND - Women  


PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno sign two new American players - by Eurobasket
PKM Duda Super Pol Leszno is very active on the transaction market signing three import players in last 10 days. After Edniesha Curry who was signed last week decided to go back to Israeli league, the team management decided to change also the other American player: center Jamie Cavey. They agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Ashley Shields (178-G-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) and 35-year old American forward Latasha Byears (184-F-73, college: De Paul). Shields played most recently at WNBA champion Detroit Shock. She averaged 2.4ppg in 10 games of regular season and then just 0.7ppg in 3 games of the play-offs. She had way better last season playing shortly for a Greek team Mask Cosmopel Kastoria, where in 3 games she averaged 25.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.7spg. She was drafted by Houston Comets in 2007 in 1st round (8 overall). Byers played this summer at Houston Comets. She was injured early in the season, but then came cack to the team averaging 1.6ppg, 1.1rpg in 11 games. She had a very good season 06-07 playing for CSKA-AD Sofia in Bulgaria, when she helped them to win all titles they could that season: Bulgarian championship title, cup, and Adriatic League championship. She was voted that year Eurobasket.com All-WABA Player of the Year.

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Diatta Salimata opens the international season - by Eurobasket News
Salimata Diatta (178-F/G-81) started in the first five for her Romanian Sf.Gheorghe. Russian Dynamo Kursk however got to a winning start of their EuroCup campaign as they held off Sf. Gheorghe at home. Thus the winners occupied the top spot in preliminary Group B. More than 1000 spectators came to witness their favorites tallying a hard-fought win over Romanian vice champions. Salimata Diatta opened the scoring for the visitors however the hosts soon took over. Nikita Bell and Maria Nikitina knocked down 5 straight points for Dynamo Kursk as they built a 15:9 advantage late in the first frame. Salimata Diatta and Irena Matovic however finalized the first stanza at 13:15. Back-to-back trebles from Varvara Psareva and Anastasia Bocharova allowed Dynamo to clear off to a 12-point distance at the start of the second term. The home team controlled the tempo and built a 38:32 lead at the interval. Sf. Gheorghe opened the second half aggressively as they posted a 9:2 rally and surged ahead. Not for long though. Irena Vizbariene came up with timely five points for Dynamo as they went on a 15:4 run to regain the advantage. Maria Nikitina and Nikita Bell made it 61:49 for Dynamo at the end of the third frame. Erzsebet Ambrus and Zoll sparked the hope for the visitors in the fourth term as their three-pointers pulled Sf. Gheorghe as close as 7 points. But it was as close as Sf. Gheorghe could get. Treys from Anastasia Bocharova and Marija Eric silenced the visiting team and Dynamo eased to the victory at the end. Marija Eric finished with 20 points for Dynamo. Varvara Psareva added 14 points, while Anastasia Bocharova and Irena Vizbariene had 13 points apiece for the winners. Irena Matovic answered with 15 points for Sf. Gheorghe. Erzsebet Ambrus netted 14 points in defeat. Salimata Diatta produced 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

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  TURKEY - Women  


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


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Kozachka-Zalk registered their first win in Baltic League - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka-Zalk registered their first win in Baltic League and enjoyed the start in a new tournament for the team. Kozachka-Zalk overcame Olimp/NAEK 78:90 away from home. The winners produced an offensive 37:21 in the opening quarter to seal the initial win. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 30 points. Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79, agency: Promotex) nailed 21 and Rymarenko scored 19. Alexandra Kurbatova (170-G-78) and Buryak posted 14 apiece in the losing effort.
Lithuanian teams host the squads from Belarus in Klaipeda. Last night Berezina-RCOR remained undefeated to improve at 3-0 after the victory over Laisve 73:80. The latter however won the first period, 22:15 and even had 5 points advantage at the halftime. Berezina-RCOR erupted with 30-15 in the third period and benefit from the game. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) led the winners with 22 points. Tiamezhnikava poured in 17 and Dureika added 13. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) finished the game with 19 points for the home side.
Lemminkainen brought the victory fro Lithuania over BC Minsk 2006 68:59. The team from Belarus won the opening quarter 14-13, but lost the second and the third frames of the game. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 17 points to 2-1 record. Milieskiene posted 16, whilst Pikciute netted 7. Ramanava top-scored for the visitors with 14 points.
On October 22nd Kazakhstan NT finished tour in Belarus of Baltic league competition. The National team is coming back with 2-2 record.
In their third game Kazakhstan NT beat Viktoria 69:58 in Grodno. The visitors opened the game with 22:13, but then Belarus team bounced back with 15-9 in the second quarter. Kazakhstan NT won the third and the fourth periods to seal the second victory. Baidussenova top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Lioudmila Sedova (187-F/C-79) nailed 12 and Natalia Kuzmicheva added 8. Zybrytskaya produced 15 points and Adamik added 13.
Olimpia-Grodno overcame Kazakhstan NT 81:54 last night. In a defensive style of the opening quarter the teams finished with 10:8. Olimpia-Grodno pushed the tempo later and reached 2-0 record in BWBL. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Tatsiana Usovich netted 21 and Kozun added 12. Natalia Kuzmicheva shined for the guests with 27 points.

Tomorrow Klaipeda will see Arvi - BC Minsk 2006 and Lemminkainen - Berezina-RCOR. Grodno will invite Estonian teams as Viktorija host BC Star - TLU and Olimpia-Grodno faces Tallinna/Living.

Olimp/NAEK - Kozachka-Zalk 78 : 90 ( 21 : 37, 19 : 22, 22 : 18, 16 : 13 )
Olimp/NAEK: Alexandra Kurbatova 14, Buryak 14, Mykhailenko 12
Kozachka-Zalk: Iryna Biryuk 30, Natalia Isachenko 21, Rymarenko 19

Lemminkainen -BC Minsk 2006 68 : 59 ( 13 : 14, 15 : 9, 21 : 17, 19 : 19 )
Lemminkainen: Ausra Naideniene 17, Milieskiene 16, Pikciute 7
BC Minsk 2006: Ramanava 14, Nadzezhka 9, Tarasova 9

Laisve- Berezina-RCOR 73 : 80 ( 22 : 15, 15 : 17, 15 : 30, 21 : 18 )
Laisve: Irma Raugaite 19, Marmiene 13, Cizauskiene 13
Berezina-RCOR: Aksana Dauharukava 22, Tiamezhnikava 17, Dureika 13

Olimpia-Grodno - Kazakhstan NT 81 : 54 ( 10 : 8, 19 : 13, 22 : 14, 30 : 19 )
Olimpia-Grodno: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 25, Tatsiana Usovich 21, Kozun 12
Kazakhstan NT: Natalia Kuzmicheva 27, Dots 7, Lioudmila Sedova 6

Viktoria - Kazakhstan NT 58 : 69 ( 13 : 22, 15 : 9, 13 : 19, 17 : 19 )
Viktoria: Zybrytskaya 15, Adamik 13, Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) 10
Kazakhstan NT: Baidussenova 20, Lioudmila Sedova 12, Natalia Kuzmicheva 8


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Rh.Rebels 1-0 
 2. Sheffield H. 1-0 
 3. London HA 1-0 
 4. Manchester M. 1-0 
 5. Northumbria 1-0 
 6. UWIC Archers 0-0 
 7. Leeds C. 0-1 
 8. Sevenoaks S. 0-1 
 9. London M. 0-1 
 10. Solent S. 0-1 
 11. Nottingham W. 0-1 


News from abroad - by Eurobasket News
Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and 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 top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kimberly Butler netted 10 in a win, while Rosa Perez Caparros added 9. Jennifer Harris ended up with 13 points in defeat, Razija Mujanovic 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.
Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) lost the opener with Italian team. 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. TameJami Montagnino and Megan Moody top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort. Julie Anne Page collected 9 points and 3 rebounds starting the game in the first five.
Julie Anne 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.