EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/27/2008

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Crocodiles - Spirit 103-101
Tight win for the Crocs but enough for 4-2 in NBL. On the other side Sydney Spirit dropped on 3-5. Corey Williams paced the hosts to victory draining magnificent 35 points including 7 assists. Derrick Low and Julian Khazzouh scored 18 points each for the loosing side.

Taipans - Breakers 101-92
Another thriller game and another victory by the host team. Cairns Taipans celebrated in over time jumping on 5-2. Ian Crosswhite collected 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team. Kirk Penney had 21 points but his New Zealand Breakers slipped on 4-2.

Hawks - Blaze 98-96
Wollongong Hawks survived against GBC escaping with slim victory 98-96. Kavossy Franklin was the key player in the winning team netting 26 points and dishing out 9 assists. Cameron Tragardh added 22 while Dusty Rychart also shined with 21 points and 13 boards. Greg Vanderjagt had 23 points including 12 rebounds for GBC. The Hawks currently have 4-4 while GBC remaines winless, 0-8.

36ers - Wildcats 93-104
Perth Wildcats outplayed Adelaide 36ers on the road registering sixth win in 11 games. The hosts stayed on just 2 wins in 7 matches. Shawn Redhage poured in 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winning team. Luke Schenscher drained 33 points for the hosts including magnificent 20 rebounds (8+12).

Dragons - Taipans 94-65
The team of head coach Brian Goorjian devastated Cairns Taipans at home. Tremmell Darden top-scored for the South Dragons with 19 points. Larry Abney had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors. The South Dragons remain on top of NBL with score 7-2 while Cairns Taipans after this round dropped on 5-3.

Blaze - Breakers 113-116
Kirk Penney led New Zealand Breakers to fifth win this season registering 30 points and 7 boards. GCB lost another one (0-9) despite 30 points and 6 rebounds by James Harvey.

Spirit - Hawks 99-86
Sydney Spirit overcame the Wollongong Hawks 99-86 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre mostly owing to Derrick Low and Liam Rush, which combined 46 points and 10 boards. Dusty Rychart had 22 poinst and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Both teams registsred 1-1 this week.

Tigers - Crocodiles 110-97
5-3 for the Tigers and 4-3 for the Crocodiles. Chris Anstey was on his level for the hosts adding 29 points and 16 rebounds. John Rillie had 18 points for the loosing side.



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  AUSTRIA   


BasketClubs Vienna sign Nicholas Rhodes - by Eurobasket
BasketClubs Vienna added to their roster 24-year old American center Nicholas Rhodes (206-C-84, college: Idaho St., agency: Heinrich Sports). Rhodes played last season at UBSC Graz (A Bundesliga) and was best rebounder in the league with 11.7rpg. He also had 10.1ppg, 1.6apg, 1.0bpg and 1.1spg. It will be his second year in professional basketball. In the first game for BC Vienna he had 9 points and ...14 rebounds (!!!). It seems he is on a straight way to get anotyher title of the best player on the boards in the league.

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  BOSNIA   


Roster changes in Igokea - by Nedzad Kladusak
Igokea has waved another player. After the departure of coach Badnjarevic and import players Lucas and Mason,
the team of Milorad Dodik decided to replace Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) with Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78), who has been the star of Sloboda Dita.
Dimitrije Matic was very close to sign with a polish top team. After this deal has not been sealed Matic was offered by Sloboda to return.
He didn t refuse neither accepted that offer and Sloboda released him.


Carlos Morban moves from Vardar 2000 to Siroki Eronet - by Eurobasket
KK Siroki Eronet strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Dominican Rep. guard Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza). Morban started this season at Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje (FYR Macedonia). But he had an open contract, which allowed him to move to another team, whenever he gets better contract. Morban is wekk-known in Europe as he played already for few years in different leagues like Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia and Romania. But every summer he comes back to his home leagues (they have few professional ones) in Dominican Rep. It allows him to stay ina good shape the whole year round. Just last summer he played at Marineros de Puerto Plata where he averaged 18.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.2apg. Also his last year stats playing in Romanian league for Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti were quite strong: 13.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg and 2.4spg. He is a member of Dominican Rep. National Team, and played this summer at Centrobasket in Quintana-Roo in Mexico.

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  COLOMBIA   


Federation Cup Semifinals, Arrieros won the second and Islanders tied the serie - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros had to sweat to defeat Norte in the second game of the Federation Cup semifinals, Norte defense confused Arrieros and in the first half just the talente of Jermaine Walker keep him close in the game, but closing the second quarter Norte arrived to a 18 pts lead, the largest in the game. In the halftime Arrieros coach Hernan Giraldo change the ofensive of his team, asking to his guards to began the ofensive with the post up players and then the Arrieros began its comeback, in Norte Monty Wilson and Carlos Rogers had a very good game, but Rogers left the game with 4 minutes remianing for fouls limit, Diego Guevara took control of the game and drived its team to a 3 poits lead enough to win the game, Norte had the chance of a last posesin with 9 seconds left, but Edgar Moreno sliped in the floor and miss the ball.
Arrieros 87 - J. Walker 29pts, D. Guevara 19pts
Norte de Santander 84 - M. Wilson 23pts, C. Rogers 21pts
ARRIEROS LEADS 2-0

Islanders won a great game in Bucaramanga playing at his best style a storm of baskets, Bucaros leaded all the three quarters and part of the last but give the ball back to Islanders with 10 seconds left in the clock after a free throw missed by Adan Reyes, in the last posesin Sowell was fouled and with two free throws stole a great victory in Bucaros house.
Bucaros Freskaleche 99
Islanders Sopesa 100
SERIES TIED 1-1


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Liceo heading to Liga de las Americas - by Gianni Pascucci
Rodolfo Fonseca , coach of Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica, did not stop working after the defeat in Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS) from Barva. In fact, his team will compete in the 2008 edition of Liga de las Americas, and the reds with restart practicing tomorrow, monday 27. Liceo enters in the competition as the reigning champion of LIga Centroamericana, after upsetting at home Pioneros de Cancun in the Final of the 2007 edition of that tournment. This is why coach Fonseca and Team President Randall Porras are yet fully concentrated on the players market, to build another winning team. The first addition, however, will be a comeback: import Aaron Sawyer (204-F/C-85, college: Northwest), who should quickly recover from a fracure suffered two moths ago, that prevented him to play in LSB playoffs. Together with him, we can expect two other import players in Liceo, according with the 3 imports quota per team allowed by FIBA-America.

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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEK 1-0 
 2. Keravnos 1-0 
 3. Omonia 1-0 
 4. APOEL 0-0 
 5. Apollon 0-0 
 6. AEL 0-0 
 7. Achilleas K. 0-1 
 8. ENAD 0-1 
 9. Etha 0-1 


A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 29
2 Mijovic, Omonia 26
3 Smith, Omonia 26
4 Anderson, AEK 25
5 Bradford,Achilleas 25
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trisokkas, Kerav. 9
2 Van De Hare,AEK 9
2 Sims, Apollon 9
4 Trepalovac, ETHA 7
5 Grgac, Achilleas 7
Assists Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 5
2 Mijovic, Omonia 5
3 Collins, Etha 3
4 Hart, Keravnos 3
5 Neofitou, Omonia 3
Steals Per Game
1 Panteli, AEK 3
2 Greer, Keravnos 3
3 Sims, Apollon 3
4 Anderson, AEK 2
5 Collins, Etha 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Trepalovac, Etha 2
2 Damjanovic, Keravno 1
3 Van De Hare, AEK 1
4 Grgac, Achilleas 1
5 Sims, Apollon 1
2FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 75%
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
3FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
Free Throws
1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0
2 Sims, Apollon 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
3 Anderson, AEK
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Ostrava 99-82
USK Praha beat Ostrava 99:82 in the opener of Round 7. Four players reached double digits for the winners as Vocetka Michal led them with 22 points. Platt Roderick posted 20 and Kotas Lukas added 15.

Kolin - Decin 79-67
Kolin celebrated the initial win in the league outscoring Decin 79:67. Brown Jonas top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Kandic Damjan added 16. Milos Pavel produced 14 points in the losing effort.

Liberec - Podebrady 102-79
Liberec edged Podebrady 102:79 for 3-3 record in the standings. Blazek Jakub top-scored not only for his team but in Round 7 as well. He poured in 38 points and made 8 boards. Benes Pavel had 19 in defeat and Castleberry Steve scored 15.

Geofin - Pardubice 100-75
Geofin improved to 5-1 record defeating Pardubice 100:75 at home. Seven players scored more than 10 points for the winners as Sarovic Robert led all of them with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Pelikan Rostislav posted 16 and Reinberger Stepan added 15. Sanders Levell shined with 24 points in the losing effort.

Opava - Prostejov 83-68
Opava overcame Prostejov 83:68 behind 26 points from Pumprla Pavel. Soska Ondrej notched 18 and Stec Marek had 15. Pruitt Shaun ended up with 15 points and 11 boards for the visitors.



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Canal Digital League Round 4. - by Thomas Soltau

Roskilde VS Randers (82-90): There were two stories to this game: The first was that Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) played his first game for Roskilde, while awaiting foreign contract negotiations. The second was the outstanding play of Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida). Roskilde is counting the days, until newly signed forward Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) will be cleared to play, because Colas was just scary. 35 points and 24 rebounds, and Randers seemed to be in control the entire game. Dean Thibodeau (204-C-70, college: Dalhousie) had 21 and 10 for the losers.

Svendborg VS Aabyhoj (98-87): Playing without William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Promotex, college: Arkansas), the Rabbits toke home the win behind a terrific Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans). 37point, 10 rebound and 7 assist. Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also put his stamp on the game adding 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Aabyhoj was aggressive drawing 26 fouls, but clearly lost the rebounding-battle. The team is still struggling to get their first win and falls to 0-4. Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) 's 32 points did not help.

Amager VS Horsens (90-88): A very close and dramatic game. It came down to the wire. With the game tied with less than a second on the clock Horsens fouls Kristian Norsgaard (190-G-79), who sinks both free throws and wins the game for Amager.

Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 24 for Amager, and Darnell Kirkwood (196-G/F-85, college: Lynn) scored 25 for Horsens.

Randers VS SISU (71-66): SISU fought hard and saw good contributions from nine different players. But on this night, there again was no answer to be found for Bonell Colas. 23 point, 25 rebounds and 8 insane blocks!
Anders Petersen hit the big three-pointer to give Randers the decisive lead in the final minute. Randers improves to 4-0.

Roskilde VS Horsholm (67-69): Roskilde could not get it going and settled for jump-shots for most parts of the game. Horsholm played good offence in the first half, and got the ball close to the basket. The result was a 43-29 halftime lead. Horsholm played better team-basketball.

The game was supposed to be over, but Roskilde then slowly started chipping away at the lead. Behind 30 points from Chanan Colman, Roskilde rallied an amazing comeback. A comeback that was nearly perfect, but then failed at the very end. Horsholm won a thriller of a game, led by James Binnie and his 19 points.
For Roskilde, Dean Thibodeau (204-C-70, college: Dalhousie) also had 19 and 21 rebounds, as the only real support for Colman.

Bakken VS Naestved (76-90): The young Canal Digital League's first major upset. The champions played poorly at home, and Naestved was red hot.
Naestved toke the lead from the first quarter and held it the entire game. Head Coach Geoff Kotila did a fine job against his old team Bakken.

Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the uninspired Bears, while five players scored in double figures for Naestved. Leading scorer of the game was Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) with 25.



Naestved upset Champions Bakken! - by Thomas Soltau
Big surprise upset for the winless Team FOG Naestved in Aarhus tonight. Danskbasket.dk had predicted Bakken Bears to win this game by as much as 22 points, but Naestved did not feel like going out without a fight.

Team FOG handled Bakken Bears press-defense well the entire game and was able to take the lead early on.

After this they never looked back.

Despite committing 21 turnovers, Naestved held on to the lead and pulled away at the end for a 90-76 victory.

Bakken played without veteran Jens Jensen (195-G/F-75, college: Cal-Irvine), but the Aarhus-teams main problem was the pour contributions they got from their American players. The US imports only combined for 10 points on 4-13 shooting.

Meanwhile Naestved's hot shooting-night was the key for them. 61 percent overall, including 52 percent from three-point-land.

Head coach Geoff Kotila's players shared the ball, 22 assists as a team, and came at Bakken with a very balanced attack.

Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) led the way with 25, while Tomas Vilkius (199-F-81) had 15, and both Hojrup-brothers also contributed in double digits.

Adrian Gross (201-C-85, college: Co.Carolina) made his debut tonight, after getting finally getting his work-permission cleared, and showed a good feel for the game, as Gross was responsible for half of the teams assists.

Geoff Kotila also got some unexpected help from his young guard Rasmus Wurr (190-G-88). The player put together 11 points on 4-6 shooting, making the absence of starting guard Sasha Djordjevic (190-G-85) (Suspension) less painful.

Congratulations to Team FOG Naestved, who just proved to everyone, that the Champions are not unbeatable.


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 26.0
2. Smith, Svendborg 24.6
3. Gilliam, Aabyhoj 24.0
4. Pharis, Svendborg 23.0
5. Binnie, 79ers 22.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 19.0
2. Thibodeau, Roskilde 9.5
3. Lamont, SISU 8.7
4. Benjamin, Aabyhoj 8.2
5. Pharis, Svendborg 8.0
Assists Per Game
1.Smith, Svendborg 8.6
2. Johansen, Amager 4.7
3. Borgan, Roskilde 4.0
4. Nielsen, Svendborg 4.0
5. Hejgaard, Aabyhoj 3.7
Blocks Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 3.2
2. Christoffersen, Bakken 2.0
3.Thibodeau, Roskilde 1.5


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  EGYPT   


Egypt vs Angola in the African championship U18 Final - by Sherif Soliman
Egypt 75--62 Senegal last night the Under 18 team crushed the Senegal team in the semifinal game of African championship U18 held in Alexandria.It was a very tough game full of agression from the senegal fans who show a lot of violence and damage when they start to feel that they will lose the game.The final game will be held tonight between Egypt vs Angola.Angola won over Niegeria last night to reach the final and catch up with the Egyptian team to newzeland.Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.)

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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
HNMKY - Ura Basket 77-55
HNMKY celebrated the initial win in the league after 77:55 over Ura Basket. Silvonen Sauli led the team from the capital with 18 points. Surratt Armondo produced the same number of points in the losing effort.

Huima - BC Nokia 108-92
Huima improved to 3-1 record after the win over BC Nokia 108:92. Hartford Jason was unstoppable with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Cooper Matt posted 23 for Nokia and Holmes Jason added 19.

Jyvaskyla - Lapua 108-88
Jyvaskyla edged Lapua 108:88 in the opener of the round on October 23rd. Jackson Joe paced all the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Carhart Kyle and Raiski Toni finished the night with 21 points in defeat.

PuHu - LoKoKo 87-68
PuHu won the first game in the league after defeating LoKoKo 87:68 at home. Piplovic Marko and Richardson DeWayne led the winners with 17 points. Heard Jonathan ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

JKS - Kauhajoki 80-104
The key game of the round was played between JKS and Kauhajoki. The latter handed the hosts the first loss 104:80 and tied them at the standings for 3-1 record. Three players scored more than 20 points as Horton Maurice led them with 25. Francis Kevin posted 23 points for the hosts, while Viertola Tuomas scored 19.



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  FRANCE   


ProA Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Besancon - Roanne 80-96
Roanne celebrated in Round 4 opener improving its score in Pro A on 3-1. Chris Monroe and Aaron Harper drained 21 points each for the winning team. On the other side, Besancon dropped on 2-2 despite 26 points and 8 boards from John Ford.

Le Mans - Vichy 70-42
Le Mans devastated Vichy keeping the top of Pro A together with Orleans, 4-0. Brian Chase collected 15 points and 5 assists for the hosts. David Bluthenthal was behind him adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Last ranked Vichy, with score 0-4, got 10 points and 9 rebounds from Zach Moss.

Dijon - Strasbourg 83-93
Both teams entered into this game with the same score 1-2. Brion Rush once again shined for Strasbourg draining 20 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Rob Lewin had 2 points less than him but including magnificent 19 boards (8+11). Abdoulaye Mbaye, Damir Krupalija and Eric Chatfield combined 60 points in Dijon.

Orleans - Rouen 79-64
5-point win for Orleans, enough for top of the standings, together with Le Mans, 4-0. Cedric Banks led Orleans to another victory pouring in 31 points for 31 minutes. Cheikhou Thioune had 13 points and 7 rebounds for Rouen but his team dropped on 1-3.

Cholet - Chalon 76-68
Cholet took it at home against Chalon and now both teams have the same score 2-2. Alan Wiggins was the key player for the hosts recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Chalon got the most from Brian Boddicker 13 points, 10 boards and 4 assists.

Hyeres-Toulon - Gravelines 62-64
Gravelines and Hyeres-Toulon started Pro A with 2 wins and 1 defeat. Tony Skinn led Gravelines to third joy collecting 14 points and 4 rebounds. It is interesting that he was the only one with double digits in scoring for the winners despite 45 minutes were played (1 over time). Austin Nichols was a way better than the others in Hyeres-Toulon with 27 points, 8 boards and 6 assists.

ASVEL - Le Havre 78-59
Easy second victory for ASVEL in Pro A. Chevon Troutman had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team while Eric Campbell followed him with 16 points and 9 boards. Le Havre slipped third time this season despite 15 points and 4 assists by Croatian Slaven Rimac.

Pau - Nancy 59-89
Pau-Orthez suffered huge home defeat vs Nancy remaining on the bottom of Pro A together with also winless Vichy. Nancy improved its record on 3-1. Ricardo Greer netted 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Nancy. Andre Emmett was better than the others in Pau-Orthez adding 18 points and 10 boards.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Carlos Morban moves from Vardar 2000 to Siroki Eronet - by Eurobasket
KK Siroki Eronet strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Dominican Rep. guard Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza). Morban started this season at Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje (FYR Macedonia). But he had an open contract, which allowed him to move to another team, whenever he gets better contract. Morban is wekk-known in Europe as he played already for few years in different leagues like Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia and Romania. But every summer he comes back to his home leagues (they have few professional ones) in Dominican Rep. It allows him to stay ina good shape the whole year round. Just last summer he played at Marineros de Puerto Plata where he averaged 18.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.2apg. Also his last year stats playing in Romanian league for Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti were quite strong: 13.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg and 2.4spg. He is a member of Dominican Rep. National Team, and played this summer at Centrobasket in Quintana-Roo in Mexico.

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  GERMANY   


ProB Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hannover - SU Braunsch. 70-88
Braunschweig secured the first win in the season as they rolled past Hannover 88:70. Davon Roberts was pivotal with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Claude-Didier Njoya Nken added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals for Braunschweig. Casey Holt knocked down 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Tigers in defeat.

Osnabrueck - Landshut 93-71
Osnabrueck improved to 2-2 record in the ladder aftey they cruised to 93:71 win against Landshut. Dimitry McDuffie scored 22 points and Kevin Hopkins nailed 21 to pace Osnabrueck. Tom Lipke finished with 20 points for Landshut as they fell to 1-4 record.

Speyer - Telemotive 74-77
Telemotive ensured the fourth win in five games as they eked out a tough 77:74 win over Speyer. Lance Stemler knocked down 23 points and collected 8 rebounds for the Muenchen side. Johnnie Bryant had 14 points for the winners. Nick Larsen drained 19 points for Speyer.

Freiburg - Franken Hexer 79-70
Freiburg consolidated their position in the standings as they defeated Hexer 79:70. Domonique Crawford canned game-high 32 points for the Markus Zilch team. Lee Jeka added 20 points in the winning clause. Sajmen Hauer delivered 17 points for Hexer as they slipped at 1-4.

Herten - Wolfenbuettel 84-69
Herten kept their position among the leaders as they breezed past Wolfenbuettel 84:69. Gary Johnson was unstoppable for the Loewen team with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Dario Fiorentino and Kendall Chones added 11 points each for the winners. Frank Theis shot 16 points for Wolfenbuettel.

proveo Merl. - Mainz 86-71
Proveo Merlins marked the fourth victory in the season as they held off Mainz 86:71. Johann Olafsson was impressive with 31 points for the Merlins. John Griffin added 17 points for the winning side. Mike Zuiderveen replied with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Mainz.

B'guessbach - Stahnsdorf 98-80
Breitenguessbach secured the third win in the tournament as they outscored Stahnsdorf 98:80. Karsten Tadda came up with 30 points for the hosts. Erik Land notched 15 points for the winners. Stephan Balga topscored with 23 points for Stahnsdorf.

Ehingen - Rhoendorf 52-80
Rhoendorf piled up the fifth straight win to remain at the helm of the standings. Today they victimized Ehingen 80:52 on the road. Jurgen Malbeck finished with 19 points for the Dragons. Christopher Rojik nailed 13 points in the win. Nick Dials answered with 14 points for Ehingen.



ProA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
teckproBraves - Langen 82-76
Langen extended their losing skid to four games as they lost to teckproBraves 76:82 away from home. Kaiserslautern got 16 points from daniel Ruffin. Pele Paeley added 15 points for the winners. Kyle Jeffers, Kai Barth and Sebastian Barth netted 14 points each for Langen in defeat.

Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 87-98
Karlsruhe sent Cuxhaven to the first loss in the season. Al Elliott fired 24 points to lead Karlsruhe to a 98:87 victory. Justin Howard came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Brandon Watkins was impressive for Cuxhaven with game-high 28 points.

B.Muenchen - Jena 67-84
Jena showed some signs of recovery as they defeated Bayern 84:67 away from home. Alexander Seggelke secured 19 points, while Drew Williamson added 18 points as Jena improved to 2-3 record. Kelvin Parker answered with 15 points for Bayern as they fell to 1-4.

Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 80-66
Chemnitz grabbed the third win beating ETB Wohnbau 80:66. Dustin Pfeifer registered 18 points for the hosts. Nate Gerwig was helpful with a massive double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds as Chemnitz climbed to 3-2 record. The Essen outfit responded with 21 points from Richmond Pittman.

Kirchheim - MBC 96-92
Kirchheim ensured MBC lost their first game in the season. The Knights toppled their opponents 96:92 to earn the second victory. Adam Baumann poured in 27 points and pulled down 13 caroms for the winners. Clifford Crawford added 22 points and 11 assists for Kirchheim. MBC replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds from Johnnie Gilbert.

Bayreuth - Schalke 90-73
Bayreuth remained unbeaten in the championship after they eased to a 90:73 win over Schalke. Jermain Raffington dropped 20 points for Bayreuth. Dan Oppland added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning team. Brady Brink secured 20 points for Schalke in the loss.

Bremen - Lich 79-64
Bremen gained the fifth win in as many games when they shot down Lich 79:64 today. Acha Njei looked solid for the winners with 18 points. Jordan Sabourin added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Roosters. Jesse Bunckley responded with game-high 27 points for Lich.

Hagen - Heidelberg 113-82
Hagen remained at the third spot in the table after a comfrotable 113:82 win over Heidelberg. Zach Freeman notched 20 points to lead the hosts. Chase Griffin added 17 points and 12 assists in the winning case. Ben Beran ensured 20 points and 10 rebounds for Heidelberg in the loss.



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  GREECE   


A1: Week 3 Panellinios succeeded a road win in Pylaia - by Chris Mammides
Panellinios Athens added a great road win last night. The players of Coach Elias Zouros beat PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki and Coach Argiris Pedoulakis in Pylaia with 60-74 and they really prove that they are more serious than ever. Panellinios Athens played simple Basketball following Elias Zouros s strategy. On the other hand, PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki had no beginning and no end, the players seem to be in anarchy, they were shooting with terrible stats, 20% from the arc and 30% insight shots, and they couldnt do any serious step towards an opponent who came in Thessalonica with one and only target. Coach Argiris Pedoulakis 's players seem to be not very focused and not concentrated while the coaching team was not able to do a lot of things. The difference went quite early up to 24 points; while the key players of PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki like Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) were in a not so good day due to the fact that the overall team was not in its best shape, he couldnt help a lot. From PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki only K'Zell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) and Harissis tried to defense their home court by scoring 16 and 12 respectively while from Panellinios Athens, Brad Newley (199-G-85) and Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, college: N.Carolina St.) were the top scorers and top players with 20 and 18 respectively. The quarters were: 18-23, 33-36, 44-62, and 60-74.
In the other games we had the following results:
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Panathinaikos AEL 1964 102-58
There are not many to say upon a game that the victorious team is winning by 50 points difference. Coach Obradovics Greens were magnificent for another game. The successful coach use all twelve players and for another game the Monte Negro center, Nikola Pekovic was the top scorer and MVP of the game with his 20 points and 7 rebounds in less than 19 minutes. Coach Vangelis Alexandris realize from the early beginning the future of the game so he also use all his players and he gave many minutes to his Greek players who are countable for the rest of the season. Perperoglou and Fotsis added another one good game in their career as with their 18 and 14 points helped the Greens to finish the game earlier. From AEL 1964, top scorer was Giorgios Apostolidis (199-G-84) with 17 points. It is worth mentioning the rebounds and the assist of the two teams with Panathinaikos having 38 rebounds over 28 of AEL while in the assists; the Greens had the amazing number of 21 over 2 of AEL! The quarters were: 23-10, 44-30, 67-41, and 102-58
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In the other game of Thessalonica, Aris beat quite easy the last weeks surprise, team of Egaleo with 75-57. Top scorer and MVP of the game was Marshal with his 17 points and 5 rebounds while from Egaleo two players tried their best with Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) scoring 18 and Magounis (in his best game with Egaleos jersey) scoring 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in less than 18 minutes. The quarters were: 22-14, 45-33, 57-52, and 75-57
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In the last game of Saturday (two games will be played on Sunday) Marousi came back to the positive results after winning Kolossos Rodou (Rodos team has three negative results over three games and is currently in the last position of the league). The score was 82-67 with Kostas Kaimakoglou being the top scorer with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and with Kostas Haralambidis helping his team in the last period upon Kolossoss comeback, with his experience and his 14 points and 7 winning fouls helped Coach Soulis Markopoulos team to add his first win in the league this season. On behalf of Coach Sferopoulos team, top scorer was Steven Smith with 21 points.


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MSV 5-1 
 2. Landstede 2 5-1 
 3. MyGuide 2 5-1 
 4. Initial H5 5-1 
 5. Gorinchem 4-2 
 6. Akrides 4-2 
 7. Punch 3-3 
 8. EBBC 2-4 
 9. BV Rooi 2-4 
 10. Groene 2-4 
 11. Leiden 2 2-4 
 12. Pigeons 1-5 
 13. Red Giants 1-5 
 14. Cangeroes 0-6 


FEB Results: ABC Eclipse Jet/MyGuide Wins Over Eiffel Towers; Aris Friesland Downs ZZ Leiden - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in round 7 of the FEB competition, in a marquee matchup between the 2008 Dutch finalists, defending Dutch champions ABC Eclipse Jet/MyGuide picked up where they left off in the springtime, knocking Eiffel Towers from the unbeaten ranks and winning 84-73. After a tight 1st half, the defending FEB champs made their move in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Eiffel 26-15 in the quarter, keeping things even in the 4th quarter. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide shot 65% from the field and had good balanced scoring, led by
Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) with 18 pts. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) had a double-double of 19 pts. and 10 rebounds to lead Eiffel. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide remain as the only unbeaten team in the FEB at 5-0, while Eiffel falls to 6-1.


In Leeuwarden, Aris Friesland continue to progress, while helping ZZ Leiden to regress, winning in a 72-67 thriller. Aris overcame an 18-4 3rd quarter run and 55-47 deficit at the end of the 3rd quarter by not trying to rush things, chipping away at ZZ's lead piece-by-piece. Aris forward Keith Spencer (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) was also a difference-maker on the defensive end, helping to bottle up ZZ forward Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.). The opening for Aris came on a Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) steal, in which he was on the ensuing play flagrantly fouled by ZZ PG Vincent Krieger (184-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Asheville). Two free throws and a score by Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) gave Aris a 68-65 lead and the lead for good. Later when ZZ were forced to foul, van der Kamp would make two more free throws to seal the deal for Aris. Bauscher led all scorers with 25 pts. Aris are now 2-4, while ZZ fell to 1-5 with its fifth straight loss.



Chaz Briggs returns to Rotterdam Challengers - by Fred Roggen
Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) returns to the Rotterdam Challengers. The American forward played last season for the Rotterdam Challengers with whom he reached the semifinals in the Dutch Cup but was still without a team this season. Last season Briggs played 33 games and averaged 11.8ppg,Reb-3(9.5rpg), 3.1apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3(1.3bpg), FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 38.7%. Briggs played in 2004/2005 for Myleasecar Bergen op Zoom.

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Round 2, saturday's games - by Tamas Deri
KAPOSVARI KK - DEBRECENI EGYETEM KE 85-54
(21-15, 24-12, 21-15, 19-12)
Kaposvar, Att.: 600, Referees: Forrai, Kiss L., Vtek
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 12, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 28/6, Hoffmann 5, Orosz 7, Kornel Kiss (187-G-87) 12/6, Csirke 7/3, Markus 3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
DEBRECEN: Adam Erdei (180-G-86) 14/9, Kutasi 6/6, Toth G. 6/6, Kovacs I. 6/6, Kennerly 17, Takacs D. 3/3, Varro, Balogh A., Szabo T. 2, Coach: Walke Karoly


MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZA KK - PLANET LEASING-DOMBOVARI KC 81-85
(21-22, 17-20, 26-22, 17-21)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1200, Referees: Bodnar, Pozsonyi, Gal
NYIREGYHAZA: Savic 10/6, Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77, agency: 011 Sports) 15/9, Nagy K. 3/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/6, Jelesijevic 17, Booker 12, Siska, Lekli, Wehner 7/6, Coach: Kmezic Zoran
DOMBOVAR: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 31/15, Clark 8, Molnar M. 2, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 16/3, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 22/3, Deak 3/3, Szoke 2, Balogh L. 1, Vass, Simon, Coach: Peter Stahl


FALCO SZOVA KC SZOMBATHELY - ENTERNET-NTE HEGYVIDEK 97-64
(24-17, 26-16, 21-17, 26-14)
Szombathely, Att: 2200, Referees: Palla, Makovszky, Fekete
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 25/9, Pankar 2, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 23/12, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 19/9, Horvath Z. 12/6, Lakatos P. 5, Ocitti 3, Vida 6, Feigl, Csiszar 2, Horvath D., Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 3, Hajmasy 14/6, Farago 8, Likar 5/3, Gabor Fulop (206-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 9, Puskas 10, Kovats R., Will 4/3, Deak 9/6, Lazar 2, Coach: Kovats Laszlo


PVSK-PANTHERS - ATOMEROMU SE 80-89
(16-25, 21-18, 15-17, 28-29)
Pecs, Att: 3000, Referees: Hartyani, Benczur, Szabo G.
PVSK: Kelley 12/6, Spivey 8/3, Denes 3/3, Grebenar 10/6, Czigler 1, Aleksic 9, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 20, Wittman 6/6, Toth 11/3, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
ASE: Nichols 5, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 22/15, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 27/6, Kedzo 6/3, Gulyas 9, Kiss 13/9, Meszaros 3, Csaplar-Nagy 4, Panta, Coach: Sabali Balazs


Patrick Simpson signed with Univer - by Tamas Deri
Because of the injury of american big man, Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) the management of Univer was looking for a player, who can replace him. Simpson Patrick (206-F-83, college: SMU) signed for 6 weeks with the team and will arrive tomorrow to Kecskemet. The 206 cm tall american player did not play in Europe before. He graduated in 2005 on SMU (NCAA) and averaged 13.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3Pts: 30% in 26 games. His pro season he spent with Dakota in CBA after that he played two season in China with Liaoning Panpan Hunters. Last season he averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game .

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Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 1-0 
 2. Jerusalem 1-0 
 3. Ironi Nahariya 1-0 
 4. Macc.Haifa 1-0 
 5. Kiryat Ata 1-0 
 6. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 7. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 8. Ramat Gan 0-1 
 9. Rishon LZ 0-1 
 10. Galil Gilboa 0-1 
 11. Givat Shmuel 0-1 
 12. Ashkelon 0-1 


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Lega2 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio VA - Basket RC 61-47
Cimberio VA keeps the top of the League at 4-0 after the win over Basket RC 61:47. Galanda Giacomo was the only one to reach double digits for the winners, but his 17 points were enough for the winners. Goss Phil posted 12 points for Rimini.

Fileni JE - Pallacan.RO 94-68
Fileni JE is another team to remain undefeated with 4-0 after the win over Roseto 94:68. Maggioli Michele led the winners with 23 points, while Ryan Damien scored 21. Pinnock Danilo edned up with 16 points in defeat.

Banco Sard. - Harem SC 67-69
Banco Sardegna lost to Harem SC 67:69 in a home thriller. Lenzly Michael produced 17 points to lead all the winners. Rowe Jason top-scored in the game and for the hosts with 20 points and 7 assists.

Fastweb CM - Basket LI 86-80
Fastweb CM overcame Basket Livorno 86:80 for 2-2 record in the standings. Pierich Simone top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Smith Jamar collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kemp Marcelus poured in 24 points in defeat.

Edimes PV - Enel Brindisi 91-92
Enel Brindisi had a road win over Edimes PV 91:92 due to the last seconds of the game. Hatten Marcus and Killingsworth Marco combined 58 points for the winners. Mobley Thomas produced 23 points in the losing effort.

Prima VE - Trenkwalder 79-68
Prima VE edged Trenkwalder 79:68 for 2-2 record behind 24 points from Young Alvin. Hines Kyle nailed 22 in defeat and Nissim Afik added 19.

Aget IM - Carmatic PI 85-102
Darby Brent led Carmatic PI with 24 points over Aget IM for 102:85. Bunn Joseph top-scored not only for the hosts, but in Round 4 as well scoring 39 points.

Umana Reyer - Vanoli SO 80-90
Umana Reyer lost to Vanoli SO 80:90 as Lollis Quadre top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Carrizo Manuel ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.



SerieA Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Carife FE - Benetton 88-73
Carife grabbed the first win in the season as they bruised Benetton 88:73 at home court. Andre Collins paced the hosts with 29 points. Ebi Ndudi came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Carife. Steven Markovic scored 13 points, while Judson Wallace added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Benetton.

Premiata - Upim BO 91-89
Ricky Minard netted 19 points and Premiata secured the second win in the season. Brandon Hunter and Bryce Taylor had 17 points apiece as the winners overcame Upim Bologna 91:89. Stefano Mancinelli answered with 24 points for Upim.

Banca Tercas - Montepaschi 81-82
Montepaschi eked out an 82:81 win over Banca Tercas to stay undefeated in the championship. Rimantas Kaukenas stepped up with an impressive performance for the Siena team as he drained 28 points. Terell McIntyre added 15 points and 6 assists for the winner. Valerio Amoroso and Giuseppe Poeta dropped 20 points apiece in defeat.

Angelico BI - Lottomatica 85-94
Lottomatica Roma stayed on top of the standings as they returned from a 94:85 victory over Angelico Biella. Primoz Brezec accounted for 17 points for Lottomatica. Rodrigo De La Fuente contributed 14 points in the win. Biella lost despite 31 points from Joe Smith.

Solsonica - Scavolini 61-59
Solsonica eked out a 61:59 win against Scavolini. Folarin Campbell had 14 points and 7 rebounds for Solsonica. Pervis Pasco delivered 11 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Ramel Curry and Michael Hicks answered with 16 points each in the loss.

La Fortezza - Snaidero 91-74
La Fortezza made it three wins in a row at the start of season as they cruised past Snaidero 91:74. Jamie Arnold led balanced charge with 16 points and 10 boards. Earl Boykins added 15 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Oscar Torres scored 23 points for Snaidero as they lost the third consecutive battle.

Eldo Caserta - Armani MI 70-68
Eldo Caserta celebrated the first win in the season as they defeated Armani Jeans Milano 70:68 at home today. Guillermo Diaz buried 21 points for Caserta in the win. Ronald Slay was responsible for 17 points and 9 rebounds as the hosts improved to 1-2 record and caught up with Armani Jeans in the standings. Jobey Thomas fired 16 points for Milano.



Serie A, week 3. Siena, at OT, Virtus Bologna e Roma - by Martino Verbena
Carife Ferrara Benetton Treviso 88-73
Carife celebrated against Benetton them first win in Serie A in team history. Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) lead his teammates with 29 points, 7/15 on three-points FG. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) helped the newcomer with 17 points and 8 boards. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) was the top scorer in Treviso with 13.

Eldo Caserta Amani Jeans Milano 70-68
A tap-in by Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) when left only 2 seconds in the clock guarantees the first win for Caserta. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) was the Casertas top scorer with 21, Slay nailed 17 and 9 boards. About the guests Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) netted 16 and Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 14. David Hawkins had a bad game with 2/9 in FG and 2/6 in FT.

Premiata Montegranaro Fortitudo Bologna 91-89
In the second quarter Montegranaro is ahead by 10, when Forutitudo start a big run, finished on 63-70 at 29th minute. After them great balanced game, resolved with an from the line from Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio), Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) missed the winning-shot by three-point. MVP is Brandon Hunter: 17+14 for a 38 ranking. Ricky Minard is the host top scorer with 19, Bryce Taylor netted 17 and Kiwane Garris 15. About Bologna Stefano Mancinelli scored 24, Qyntel Wood 23 and Matteo Malaventura 17.

Banca Tercas Teramo Montepaschi Siena 81-82 OT
Teramo losed its first game of 2008/09 season after an overtime against Siena. Siena is ahead by 7 at the of first and third quarter, but Teramo, after an from the line by Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall), catch the OT with a two point by Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85). In the OT Siena lead by 2, 77-79, when Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) nailed a three-points basket. Jacob Jaacks made by the line, but committed foul on Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) by three-point shot. Stonerook score 3/3 from the line for the final 81-82. Jaycee Carroll missed the winning shot.

Angelico Biella Lottomatica Roma 85-94
The Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), with 17 points, and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), with 14, and a 64% by two-point FG, allowed the winning by Roma in Biella, at the second home lose in row. Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 31, Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) added 11 and the newcomer Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) scored 10. Roma had 5 players in double figure.

Solsonica Rieti Scavolini-Spar Pesaro 61-59
Another thrilling finals in this 3rd week in Serie A. Rieti start very well and at the end of first quarter is ahead 21-9. Pesaro recover in the second and third quarter, when Rieti lead 52-50. in the final minute Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) made from the line before that Carlton Myers (192-G-71, agency: World Sport Agency) nailed a trhee-point shot for the 60-59. Another from the line by Campbell ended the game. Myers missed the final three-point shot at the buzzer.

La Fortezza Bologna Snaidero Udine 91-74
Virtus Bologna is 3-0 in the season after the win against Udine. Six men in double figure for Bologna, with Jamie Arnold (203-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Wichita St.) top scorer at 16+10 boards. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) nailed 15 with 7 assist. Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) have 26 in ranking with 11+12 and 4 blocks. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 23 points, Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) 14+13 boars, 9 offensive. 8 assist for Jermaine Jackson (195-G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy). Bologna every time ahead in the match.


Tomorrow NGC Cantu Air Avellino.


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BJ League Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
89ers - Grouses 82-70
89ers overcame Grouses 82:70 last night in the opener. St.Preux Bobby and Tucker Rashad led the winners with 19 points each. Webb Rodney produced the same number of points and added massive 18 rebounds.

Phoenix - Apache 96-61
Phoenix did not have any difficulties over Apache 96:61. Zahn Adam paced all the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Peppers Josh netted 18, while Gardener Michael and Sun Ming Ming had 15 each. Humphrey John finished the game with 17 points in defeat.

Broncos - Albirex 97-80
Broncos had a confident win over Albirex 97:80. Kitamuki Yuki top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Akingbade Dokun shined for the visitors with 26 points and 16 boards.

Evessa - Golden Kings 89-90
Golden Kings stole an important 89:90 victory from Evessa. Newton Jeff was unstoppable with 30 points and 12 boards. Washington Lynn collected massive 22 points and 17 rebounds for the home side.

Five Arrows - Lakestars 91-90
Five Arrows survived over Lakestars 91:90 at home. Leach George paced all the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Rourke Ryan ended up with 29 points in the losing effort.



JBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Tochigi Brex 94-69
Aishin overcame Tochigi Brex 94:69 in their first appearance. Takeuchi Kosuke led the winners with 24 points and Young David added 18. Kawamura Takuya top-scored for the guests with 20 points.

Toyota - Panasonic 60-89
Panasonic improved the position on top after the first victory over Toyota 89:60. Kinoshita Hiroyuki top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Custis Ace collected massive 18 points and 24 rebounds. Takahashi Michael poured in 20 points in defeat.

Toshiba - Mitsubishi 70-58
Toshiba beat Mitsubishi 70:58 on Saturday. Ishizaki Takumi paced all the winners with 22 points, whilst Sou Enkin and Kuwahara Yoshifumi added 11 each. Thomas Carl produced 18 points in the losing effort.

Hokkaido - Hitachi S. 76-82
Hokkaido and Hitachi were the only teams to exchange victories. In the first game Hitachi had a road 76:82 victory. Takeuchi Joji nailed 24 for the winners and Rice Lamar shined with 23. Sakurai Ryota finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Aishin - Tochigi Brex 96-78
The second game of the teams looked almost the same as the first one and even the result looked similar, 96:78. Amino Tomoo and Henderson-Sakuragi J.R. ruled the game with 21 points apiece. Orr Randy ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.

Toyota - Panasonic 69-97
Panasonic improved to 7-1 in the standings after the second game over Toyota. The visitors won 97:69 sending the hosts to 4-4 record. Custis Ace led the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Toshiba - Mitsubishi 70-65
Toshiba and Mitsubishi produced another tough game against each other as the host had another 70:65 win. Ishizaki Takumi notched 20 points and Kuwahara Yoshifumi followed him with 17. Sato Takuya scored the same number of points in the losing effort.

Hokkaido - Hitachi S. 68-50
In Game 2 between the teams Hokkaido revenged for the first loss and won over Hitachi 68:50. Newton Tyler top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Kan Yuichi was one of two to reach double digits for the visitors scoring 14 points.



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Liceo heading to Liga de las Americas - by Gianni Pascucci
Rodolfo Fonseca , coach of Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica, did not stop working after the defeat in Liga de Baloncesto Superior (LBS) from Barva. In fact, his team will compete in the 2008 edition of Liga de las Americas, and the reds with restart practicing tomorrow, monday 27. Liceo enters in the competition as the reigning champion of LIga Centroamericana, after upsetting at home Pioneros de Cancun in the Final of the 2007 edition of that tournment. This is why coach Fonseca and Team President Randall Porras are yet fully concentrated on the players market, to build another winning team. The first addition, however, will be a comeback: import Aaron Sawyer (204-F/C-85, college: Northwest), who should quickly recover from a fracure suffered two moths ago, that prevented him to play in LSB playoffs. Together with him, we can expect two other import players in Liceo, according with the 3 imports quota per team allowed by FIBA-America.

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LKL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos - Techasas 109-72
Lietuvos Rytas earned the third win in the season as they dealt with Techasas 109:72. Chuck Eidson nailed 19 points to lead the charge. Marijonas Petravicius added 16 points for the league leaders. Chris Hill answered with 20 points for Techasas as they still looking for the right form.

Neptunas - Sakalai 94-79
Neptunas overwhelmed Sakalai 94:79 at home court. Valdas Vasylius knocked down 19 points to pace the victors. Arvydas Siksnius answered with 14 points for Sakalai as they fell to 2-2 record.

Suduva - Zalgiris 64-76
Zalgiris stayed undefeated with a 76:64 road win over Suduva. Paulius Jankunas maintained the winning tempo of his team with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Will Deane added 17 points in the victory. Marius Runkauskas answered with 32 points for Suduva Arvi.

Siauliai - Nevezis 97-83
Siauliai stayed in the third position in the table after they fired down Nevezis 97:83. Saulius Kuzminskas came up with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Gediminas Maceina netted 14 points each for Siauliai. Nevezis had 15 points from Valdas Dabkus.

Lietuvos - Alytus Alita 134-76
Nine players scored in double digits and Lietuvos Rytas secured the fourth straight win in the season as they crushed Alytus 134:76 at the Vilnius Arena today. Mindaugas Lukauskis led the action with 16 points. Michailas Anisimovas and Chuck Eidson secured 15 points each in the win. Alytus replied with 17 points from Andrius Aleksandrovas.

Neptunas - Zalgiris 80-88
Zalgiris posted the fourth consecutive win beating Neptunas 88:80 today. The victory allowed the reigning LKL champions to stay in the second spot. Will Deane led all scorers with 28 points. Dainius Salenga had 16 points for the Lithuanian powerhouse. Martynas Mazeika replied with 17 points for Neptunas in defeat.



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MNT1A 2 Round: ABS win in derby against Primorje 95-94 after ET - by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of Montenegrin 1A Opportunity League in city of Herceg Novi Basketball Club ABS Primorje win against Basketball Club Primorje 95-94 (27:23, 23:17, 15:29, 16:12, 14:13) after EX.In team of Basketball Club ABS Primorje best was Vladimir Radovanovic with 29 points.Good game play Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) ho score 22 points.In team of Basketball Club Primorje once again best was Boris lalovic with 28 points,good game play Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) with 20 points and Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) sore 12 points

ABS Primorje - Primorje 95:94 (27:23, 23:17, 15:29, 16:12, 14:13)

Herceg Novi - Sport Center Igalo. Spect.: 600. reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Dragojevic and Koljesnic (Podgorica).
ABS Primorje: Lucic, Radovanovic 29 (11-8), Boricic 12, Djecevic, Pajevic 8, Ilic 4, Vidojevic, Bacovic, Vujovic 14, Vasilije Seferovic 22 (10-7), Mandic 6, (2-1), Medic.
Primorje: Arapovic, Najdenov 9 (4-3), Sinisa Tepavcevic 12, Miljanic, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 7 (1-0), Stevovic, Goran Pejovic 20 (10-8), Zambelic, Mihailovic 7 (2-2), Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 9 (2-1), Kovacevic 2, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 28 (10-9).

In other tree game of 2 Round in MNT1A Opportunity League result are :
NIKSIC 63 vs MOGREN 81 ( 17:21, 22:19, 10:31, 14:10 )
Niksic Sport Center. Spec: 200. Reff: Sundic, Savovic, Popovic (Podgorica).
Niksic: Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 9, Marko Kuveljic 15, Boban Medenica 13- Mogren: Boban Stojakovic 17, Novak Popovic 15

DANILOVGRAD - LOVNEN 81:72 ( 24:17, 19:21, 17:22, 21:12 )
Danilovgrad - City sport center. Spec: 500. Reff: Kicovic (Bar), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Sanjevic (Podgorica).
Danilovgrad: Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 24, Simonovic 17, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 10 - Lovcen: Marko Calic 2, Zoran Kacelan 22, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 12.

ULCINJ - JEDINSTVO 88:78 ( 28:11, 19:23, 19:15, 22:29 )
Ulcinj - School Center 'Marshal Tito'. Spec: 200. Reff: Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Janjusevic (Niksic) i Muhadinovic (Cetinje).
Ulcinj: Jankovic 20, Ivanovic 20, Djordjevic 21 - Jedinstvo: Miljic 11,Ignjatovic 22, Dekson 14


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


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


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  MOROCCO   


Arab Championship - Morocco roster - by Carlos Pereira
Rosters from Morocco to the Arab Championship:

-Mohamed MOUAK
-Amine BARZI
-Mustapha KHALFI
-Hicham ABDELMALEK
-Mourad FENJAOUI
-Mounir BOUHLAL
-Abderrahim NAJAH
-Walid DAHMANI
-Bassim Fadlallah HOUARI
-Omar BAKKAS
-Zouheir BOUROUIS
-Zakaria MESBAHI
-Abdelhakim ZOUITA
- --Coach : Ali AT OUALI
-2 coach: Mohamed Nizar MESBAHI

First round- Results
Morocco-Syria : 67-88
Tunisia-Iraq : 95-51


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  NIGERIA   


At last final-8 dunks-off in Kanoas Customs replaces Ebun Comets - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The champion of the Nigeria men league The Premier league will emerge as the final-8 playoffs dunks-off at the ancient city of Kano Tuesday with Nigeria Customs Service men basketball club who did not make the cut from the Atlantic conference took the place of former champion, Ebun Comets basketball club of Lagos who withdrew its participation from the championship.

The playoffs apart from producing the champion of the Nigeria domestic league for the 2007/2008 season will also produce Nigeria representative at the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers to be staged by Union Bank basketball between November 11 and 18 in Lagos.

The final-8 playoffs which was postponed due to Nigeria U18 national team participation at the 16th FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Men which was rounded off last Sunday in Alexandra, Egypt.

Eight teams are already in Kano with the Customs as the last team to arrival for the championship which pitched four qualifiers each from the Atlantic and Savannah conference of the Premier League.

The teams that are battling for the soul of the Nigerian league includes from the Atlantic conference Union Bank, Dodan Warriors, Islanders and Customs and carrying the challenge from the Savannah conference are Niger Potters, Kano Pillars, Plateau Peaks and AHIP basketball clubs.

The winner will be decided through points accumulation as the playoffs will go through a round-robin process with all eight teams having the opportunity to play one another.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


FUTA agog for First Deepwater In-collegiate Championship - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) has become a Mecca of sort since the announcement by the organizing committee for the first edition of the First Deepwater Intercollegiate Basketball Championship involving higher institutions in Ondo and Ekiti States.

The championship which is the first of its kind in the history of basketball competition among Nigeria tertiary institutions is being sponsored by First Deepwater Discovery Limited an Oil and Gas outfit based in Lagos, Nigeria.

According to the Managing Director of the sponsoring company who was a former student of the host university, FUTA, Engineer Babatunde Babalola that old students should strive to contribute to the continuous development of sports in their alma-Mata.

The Three-Day championship is billed for November 5 to 8 with November 4 as arrival date for all the competitors.

Coach Andrew Isokpehi a member of the Local Organizing Committee, LOC says eight schools will vie for honours in the men category while four schools will battle for the women title.

The Nigeria Women national U18 head coach gave the names of the schools as FUTA (men and women); University of Ado-Ekiti (men and women); Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (men and women); Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (men and women); Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (men); Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State (men); College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State (men) and School of Agriculture, Ondo (men).

The Intercollegiate championship is the latest intervention by First Deepwater Discovery Limited at fulfilling one of its set objectives at having people in mind in the discharge of its social responsibility to the Nigeria state.

Various prizes are said to be up for grab as Engr. Babalola has pledge to make the championship an annual event.


Zone-2 target gold as Police Games begins - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Players of Zone-2 formation of the Nigeria Police has set a target for themselves just as the basketball event of the Nigeria Police Games tagged Eko 2008 tipped-off last Sunday at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos and that is to win the event gold medal in the men and women category.

The formation whose men team is made-up largely of the bulk of the Nigeria Police Men basketball team The Police Bombers will be out to out-do other formation from across the country.

The last group matches of the Games basketball event comes up today while the semi-finals and third place and final matches are schedule for Thursday and Friday at the new look basketball court of the Police College.

Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Police Basketball Association David J. Etim a Chief Superintendent of Police says the force will use the Games to pick its team ahead the all Nigeria Uniform Games billed for December this year in Kaduna.

Our chairman, Mohammed D. Abubakar, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG is committed to this Games and event and we are not leaving any stone unturned in a bid to raise a formidable squad for the Uniform Games coming up later this year.

To prove that they meant the zone coached by Meibaka Clinton over-ran Zone-11 in its group-A opening game Sunday by 59-25 points to send warning signal to other zones in the Games.

In the first women game decided Sunday zone-6 defeated zone-1 by 30-17 points in a group-B game.

Eight games are on the bill in Day-2 of the basketball event of the Games (four each in the men and women) pairing.

In the women game, Zone-5 will take on Force Headquarters in group-A, Zone-11 will battle Zone-1 in group-B, Zone-7 will confront Zone-8 in a group-A game while group-A leader, Zone-6 takes on Zone-2 in a game of wit.

Force Headquarters will lead the charge in the mens game when they take on Zone-7 in a group-B game, Zone-9 and Zone-11 will treat the fans to the beauty of basketball game in a group-A match, Zone-12 will battle Zone-5 in group-B while group-A leader Zone-2 will take to the floor against Zone-1


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 6-0 
 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 0-5 


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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


Day 1: 18th Arab Cup - by Mohammed Malas
* Saturday 25/10:

Syria 88 - Morocco 67 (20-20, 42-44, 56-51 & 88-67)

Tunisia 95 - Iraq 51 (Qs: 23-5, 49-17, 68-29 & 95-51)

Saudi Arabia 57 - Algeria 55 (Qs: 26-17, 36-33, 43-46 & 57-55)

# Day 2 - 18th Arab Cup :
Sunday 26/10:
Jordan X Syria
Morocco X Sudan
Saudi Arabia X Tunisia
Algeria X Libya


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  PBL   


Millrats ink Tyrone Anderson - by Gianni Pascucci
The Manchester Millrats announced the signing of Tyrone Anderson (6'4''-G-84, college: Concord), pending league approval. He played his first professional season last year with the Pittsburgh Xplosion, of the CBA, putting up impressive numbers to the tune of 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game with them. Those statistics led him to a spot on the CBA All-Rookie team. He also played for Millrats Head Coach, Rob Spon , last spring with the Gary Steelheads in the IBL. Manchester is scheduled to begin training camp on November 17th.

PBL season to start on January 2, 2009 - by Gianni Pascucci

Some days ago, the Premier Basketball League released the 2009 schedule, featuring its thirteen teams playing 130 games over three months. Three games on Friday January 2, 2009, will start the season. The first tip-off will take place in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the Battle Creek Knights host the Chicago Throwbacks at 7:00 p.m. at Kellogg Arena. The days two other contests will take place in Canada, as the Quebec City Kebekwa welcome the Halifax Rainmen, and the Montreal Sasquatch opens their season at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre against the Manchester Millrats. The 2008 Premier Basketball League champion Rochester RazorSharks will defend their title on the road, visiting the Augusta Groove on Saturday, January 3. The Sharks will return to their home court one week later, as they welcome the Buffalo Stampede to the Blue Cross Arena on January 10. Of the 130 games scheduled this season, over 110 of the contests will be weekend affairs, with games played on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday.
The Premier Leagues teams will play in one of three divisions - the Atlantic Division will consist of the Halifax Rainmen, Manchester Millrats, Vermont Frost Heaves, Montreal Sasquatch and Quebec Kebs The Eastern Division will be home to the Rochester RazorSharks, Buffalo Stampede, Augusta Groove and Wilmington Sea Dawgs. The third division, the Central Division, will have the Chicago Throwbacks, Detroit Panthers, Mid-Michigan Destroyers and Battle Creek Knights.
Further detailed information on the postseason playoffs will be released shortly. For additional information contact the Premier Basketball League Chicago, IL office at (773) 844-7251 or info@pblproball.com
. For further league information visit www.pblproball.com



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  POLAND   


1Liga Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Prokom II - Sokol L. 87-81
Prokom II earned the first win in the season as they upset Sokol 87:81. Mateusz Kostrzewski scored 22 points for Prokom II. Slawomir Sikora was responsible for 21 points and 8 boards in the initial success for the Sopot outfit. Lukasz Kwiatkowski answered with game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for Sokol Lancut as they fell to 4-3 record.

MMKS DG - Zastal ZG 61-55
MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza leapfrogged Zastal Zielona Gora in the ladder as they prevailed 61:55 in the teamsí clash today. Tomasz Deja paced the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tomasz Milweski dropped 10 points for MMKS. Zastal had 18 points and 10 rebounds from Marcin Chodkiewicz.

MOSiR Kr. - Siarka T. 73-59
Mosir stayed among the leaders as they sealed the sixth win in the season. They defeated visiting Siarka 73:59 at home court to improve to 6-1 record. Dariusz Oczkowicz fired 28 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the winners. Krzysztof Zych nailed 17 points for Siarka as they slipped to 3-4 record.

AZS AWF K-ce - Sudety JG 80-75
AZS AWF Katowice registered the second win in the season as they overcame Sudety 80:75. Artur Donigiewicz poured in 24 points for Katowice. Lukasz Celinski added 18 points in the winning case. Jakub Czech had 22 points and 9 rebounds for Sudety in defeat.

Znicz Basket - Big Star 80-76
Znicz came up with the biggest surprise of the round as they held off previously undefeated Big Star 80:76 at home court. Jakub Dloniak came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tomasz Briegmann added 15 points in the win. Lukasz Pacocha answered with 21 points for Big Star as they remained atop the ladder despite the loss.

Stal SW - Polonia 2011 57-67
Polonia 2011 posted the fourth victory in the season as they pulled away with a road 67:57 success against Stal. Mateusz Bartosz and Leszek Karwowski netted 13 points apiece for Polonia. Bartlomiej Szczepaniak responded with 18 points for Stal Stalowa Wola.

AZS Kalisz - Zubry 50-62
Zubry ocuupied the 4th spot in the standings after they dealt with Kalisz 62:50 on the road. Andrzej Misiewicz knocked down 19 points for the Bialystok outfit. Tomasz Kujawa added 9 points in the win. Jaroslaw Kalinowski contributed 17 points and 6 steals for Kalisz.

Resovia - LKS Lodz 26-103
Lodz earned the fifth win in the season and that was a big one. Earlier today they stormed past Resovia 103:26 to improve to 5-2 record. Tomasz Nogalski netted 19 points for Lodz. Tomasz Prostak came up with 13 points for the winners. Grzegorz Malecki and Zbigniew Dolinski were the best scorers for Resovia with 6 points each.



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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 5-0 
 2. Ovarense 5-0 
 3. CAB 5-0 
 4. Academica 4-1 
 5. VSC Guimar. 3-2 
 6. AD Vagos 3-2 
 7. Barreirense 3-2 
 8. Porto Ferpinta 2-2 
 9. Ginasio 1-5 
 10. Fisica 0-4 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. CSU Atlassib 2-0 
 2. U.Mobitel. CN 2-0 
 3. CSU Brasov 2-1 
 4. Pitesti 2-1 
 5. Rovinari 2-1 
 6. Otopeni 2-1 
 7. Ploiesti 2-1 
 8. Timisoara 2-1 
 9. Dinamo B. 1-1 
 10. Mures 1-2 
 11. Gaz Metan 1-2 
 12. Craiova 1-2 
 13. Targoviste 1-2 
 14. Oradea 0-3 
 15. Rapid B. 0-3 


Div.A Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oradea - CSU Atlassib 60-101
CSU Atlassib thrashed Oradea 101:60 for a perfect 2-0 record. Rice Denarryl led the winners with 21 points, while Calota Octavian netted 20. Lazar Laszlo grabbed 20 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.

Timisoara - Craiova 73-69
Timisoara overcame Craiova 73:69 for the second win in the standings. Pesic Milos top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Velickovic Uros netted 15. Holmes Sydney collected 18 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Pitesti - Otopeni 81-75
Pitesti handed Otopeni the first 81:75 loss. Lawrence David shoned with 23 points, while Pantelic Djordje added 21. Obradovic Bojan ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Rovinari - Mures 93-81
Rovinari celebrated the home win over Mures 93:81. Three players scored more than 20 points for the winners as Troupe Porter led all of them with 22. McKenna Luke produced 16 points in defeat.

Gaz Metan - Ploiesti 58-74
Gaz Metan lost Ploiesti 58:74 in the last game of the round. Burlacu Catalin and Cepulis Arvydas paced the winners with 14 points apiece. Radmanovac Vladimir produced the same number of points for Gaz Metan.

Rapid B. - CSU Brasov 58-104
CSU Brasov left Rapid B winless after 58:104 road victory. Seven players reached double digits for the winners and Dragusin Ionut paced them with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bogdan Sandu collected 20 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Dinamo B. - Targoviste 67-53
Dinamo B. celebrated the initial win in the league beating Targoviste 67:53. Mocanu Viorel paced all the winners with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tasic Marjan ended up with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Targoviste.



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  RUSSIA   


A Superleague Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Univ.Surgut 78-52
Unics got the second straight win in the Superleague beating Univ.Surgut 78:52 at home. Loncar Kresimir led the winners with 17 points and Zamanskiy Igor netted 14. Chalmers Lionel was the only one to score double digits for the guests finishing the night with 17.

Spartak SP - CSKA 73-81
CSKA also grabbed 2-0 record from the start after a road victory over Spartak SP 73:81. Morris Terence top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Wisniewski Andrew had a great night for the home side nailing 28 points.

CSK VVS - Spartak-P. 81-73
CSK VVS beat Spartak-P. 81:73 in Samara. Perry Marque paced all the winners with 21 points and Sullivan Andrew scored 20. Trushkin Andrei ended up with 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Dynamo M. - Ural Great 80-62
Dynamo Moscow improved to a positive 2-1 record after the win over Ural Great 80:62. NBA star Pargo Jannero top-scored for the hosts with 20 points and 9 assists. Surovtsev Aleksei and Bashminov Aleksander posted 13 each in defeat.

Khimky - Lok.Rostov 66-58
Khimky edged Lok.Rostov 66:58 to remain on top with 4-0 record. Lampe Maciej led the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while McCarty Kelly collected 17 points and 10 boards. Antik Pero resisted with 18 points for the visiting team.

Krasnoyarsk - Triumph 77-76
The game between Krasnoyarsk and Triumph was played tonight and the home team survived at 77:76. That was the first victory for the team from Krasnoyarsk behind 19 points from Millage Curtis. Askrabic Ognjen poured in 14 points for the visitors.



Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smilyanich SAR 25.0
2 Oveshkov, MAG 18.0
3 Mateyunas SAR 16.6
4 Nazarov, IRK 16.3
5 Ekimov REV 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ekimov REV 9.9
2 Lanchakov IRK 9.0
3 Karaulov NOV 7.8
4 Kalashnikov KUR 7.8
5 Novikov, KUR 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Glazunov MAG 7.9
2 Mateyunas SAR 6.8
3 Igumnov KUR 5.8
4 Bazhenov SEV 5.3
5 Golovin REV 4.9
Steals Per Game
1 Peresipkin SAR 3.0
2 Gladyshev, NAL 2.6
3 Fabrichnikov KUB 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Feryabnikov MAG 2.5
2 Yakovenko SAR 2.3
3 Karaulov NOV 1.9


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  SERBIA   


Serbian B league. Round 4: Leaders continue with winning - by Zoran Popovic
Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin-OKK Vrbas Carnex 107-94 (15-20, 26,22, 36-23, 30-29)

Players of OKK Vrbas Carnex were equal rival during the first two quarters, but in the third and fourth period Vid Zarkovic (185-G-75) and Dejan Becin (207-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) led Proleter to the fourth win this season. The most efficient in Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin also were Zarkovic who scored 29 points and Becin who scored 41 points. Better then others in Vrbas Karnes was Bajic with 24 points and Kovacevic who added 21 points.

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Djordjevic, Pekovic, Vulin 6, Kravic 1, Cuc, Becin 41, Stanojevic 9, Rajkovic 19, Sevic, Zarkovic 29, Barac, Vukosavljevic.
OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Zvijer, Bajic 24, Vojvodic, Popovic, Glusac, Matic 14, Kovacevic 21, Pap 15, Markovic 18, Novakovic, Vujacic 3.

Radnicki Obrenovac-Kikinda 90-73 (31-17, 19-17, 24-17, 16-22)

Radnicki made easy win at home, this time against Kikinda. During the all match Radnicki had secured advantage and after the first quarter there was no doubt who will win the match. Excellent role for the winner showed Radojicic who scored 23 points and Jevtic who added 25 points.

Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 5, Radojicic 23, Natic 4, Koprivica 6, Boricic 14, Colic 2, Stankovic, Huskic, Kolasinac, Jovanovic 11, Jadranin, Jevtic 25.
Kikinda: Mladenovic 8, Ilic 6, Krajnovic 4, Vokic 6, Simic 18, Bogdanovic, Cerina 3, Cvetkovic 21, Tesla, Trkulja 1, Zeljkovic 2, Mihajlovic 4.

OKK Beograd-KK Crnokosa Kosjeric 99-85 (20-20, 31-27, 20-22, 28-16)

Both teams were equal in the first three period of the match. In the last five minutes of the fourth quarter OKK Beograd players made break and with aggressive and strong defense secured third win this season. For OKK Beograd Dragan Mitrovic (192-G-85) scored 25 points, Dragan Kruscic added 23 points and for the guests from Kosjeric Vukosavljevic scored 20 points and Kostic scored 25 points.

OKK Beograd: Dragan Mitrovic 25, Dragan Kruscic 22, Sekulic 2, Dimitrijevic, Korac 16, Simic 7, Andjic 15, Milovanovic 2, Vasic, Suzic 10, Djurica, Maksimovic.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 4, Vasovic, Vasiljevic, Kuzic 10, Djurovic 7, Petronijeivc, Vukosavljevic 20, Bogojevic 6, Karaklajic, Kostic 25, Belic, Mirkovic 13.
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A League Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki I. - Tamis 78-77
Extremely tight victory for Radnicki Invest Inzenjering but enough for 3-2 in A league. Experienced Zlatko Bolic once again was clutch player of the game pouring in 27 points with 5 boards. Tamis Petrohemija is winless yet, despite 31 points and 6 rebounds by Davor Perak.

Metalac - Radnicki 034 93-79
Metalac Valjevo stays perfect in A league after home victory against Radnicki 034 Group, who slipped once again having not so good 2-3. Nikola Micevic led the hosts to win scoring 29 points. Radnicki got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Rajko Kljajevic.

Ergonom - Masinac 87-79
Ergonom continued with nice performance this season beating Masinac at home and moving up on 4-1. Nemanja Maric was the best scorer in Ergonom with 21 points. Aleksandar Mladenovic helped with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Uros Mirkovic had 23 points and 11 boards in Masinac but his team is defeated third time in 5 games.

Swiss.Lions - Mega HL 89-47
Swisslions Vrsac crushed Mega Hypo Leasing staying on top of A league with score 5-0. On the other side, Mega HL, who recorded two consecutive wins, now dropped on 2-3. Dusan Knezevic top-scored for the winners with 21 points including 9 rebounds. Radovan Markovic helped Swisslions with 18 points. Uros Nikolic collected 19 points and 8 boards for Mega HL, who played this game without its best player so far Stefan Stojacic.

Borac - Zdravlje 78-66
As it was expected, Borac outplayed Zdravlje for the fifth win this season. On the other side, Zdravlje is winless yet. Rastko Dramicanin poured in 21 points for the winning team. Ivan Zigeranovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Perica Mitic posted 16 for Zdravlje.

Sloga - Vizura 90-98
Head coach Oliver Popovic recorded second consecutive win with his Vizura since he took it over two weeks ago, 2-3. Sloga is in big troubles with 0-5. Marko Djurkovic was the best in Belgrade's team with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Sloga got 21 points and 5 boards from Milan Trtic.


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
1A UPC Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.D.Krejic (TCG) 22,0
King (Hop) 22,0
G.Goodrich (Zag) 22,7
4.A.Masic (Zlat) 17,5
5.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 17,3
Rebounds Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 12,8
2.J.Johnson (Zag) 11,0
3.T.Brown (Alp) 10,0
D.Drobnjak (Krka) 10,0*
5.A.Masic (Zlat) 7,3
Assists Per Game
1.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 6,8
2.M.Cmer (Kop) 5,8
3.B.Jovanovic (Epic) 4,5
4.Drobnjak (Krka) 4,5*
5.J.Mocnik (Hel) 4,3
Steals Per Game
1.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 3,0
2.G.Goodrich (Zag) 2,8
A.Snow (Hel) 2,8
4.D.Drobnjak (Krka) 2,5
M.Markic (Kop) 2,3
5.G.Goodrich (Zag) 2,3
Blocks Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 3,0
2.T.Brown (Alp) 1,7
3.A.Sadibasic (Alp) 1,3
J.Johnson (Zag) 1,3
M.Sebic (Alp) 1,0
Ranking
1.S.King (Hop) 31,3
2.D.Krejic (TCG) 22,3
3.A.Masic (Zlat) 21,3
4.D.Drobnjak (Krka) 19,5*
5.S.Pavic (Krka) 18,7


Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kobale, Maribor 21.5
2 Gacnik, Konjice 19
3 Bratina, Radenska 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Horvat, Sencur 9.5
2 Tusek, Hrastnik 7.8
3 Korosec, Triglav 7.0
Assists Per Game
1 Meden, Kraski Z. 4.3
2 Pusic, Parklji 3.8
3 Novak, Konjice 3.3
Ranking
1 Pungartnik, Rogas 21.3
2 Kobale, Meribor 20.8
3 Horvat, Sencur 19.8


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  SPAIN   


LEB Gold Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rosalia - Caceres 66-70
Tight road victory but very important one for Caceres, who jumped on 3-3 in LEB Gold. Rosalia remains on just one win in six games. Wayne Simien and Lelton Brown drained 15 points each for the winners. Nana Harding had 14 points and 10 boards for the hosts.

Melilla - Vic 72-71
Melilla grabbed fifth win this season thanks to wonderful last quarter against Vic 22-13. Victor Cuthbert shined in Melilla scoring 14 points and missing only one board for double-double. Hector Garcia also had 14 points but shooting just 1 of 4 from behind the arc. Jose Miguel Garcia and Matthew Kiefer netted 16 points apiece in Vic, who slipped on 2-4.

Tenerife - Leche Rio 77-82
Leche Rio trashed Tenerife during the opening ten minutes 31-14 managing to keep its lead until the end. Alberto Corbacho top-scored for the visiting team with 17 points. The same number also had Lamont Hamilton but in Tenerife. The hosts currently have 2-4 while Leche Rio moved up on 3-3.

Burgos - Los Barrios 98-72
Burgos took it easily against Los Barrios registering fourth win in LEB Gold, 4-2. At the same time it was fifth defeat for the visiting team, 1-5. Diego Lo Grippo paced Burgos to win pouring in 22 points and grabbing 8 boards. Ricardo Gullen collected one point less including 10 rebounds for Los Barrios.

Valladolid - Plus Pujol 87-90
Very important victory for Plus Pujol as both teams now have the same record 3-3. Troy DeVries shined for the winners netting 25 points. Francesc Puyada and Battle Robert had 15 points apiece in CB Valladolid. Battle had 10 more rebounds.

Leon - La Laguna 88-59
Devastating win for Leon, who moved up on 4-2. La Laguna faced with third defeat in six games. Eulis Baez top-scored for the hosts with 21 points including 5 rebounds. Jakim Donaldson was better than the others in La Laguna collecting 17 points and 11 boards.

Gandia Basq. - Mallorca 91-100
Gandia and Mallorca entered into the sixth round with 1-4. Tyler Tiedeman and Juan Riera combined 49 points for Mallorca leading it to second victory in LEB Gold. Jason Robinson and Matias Ibarra scored 18 points each for the loosing side.

Illescas - Cl.Rincon 85-81
Over time victory for Illescas, who jumped on 3-3. Exactly the same record also has defeated Cl.Rincon. Jose Alonso was great for the hosts adding 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Jonathan Skoldebrand posted 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the visitors.

Alicante - La Palma 74-59
Jose Urtasun led his team to 6th consecutive win in LEB Gold. This time Alicante outplayed La Palma mostly owing to Urtasuns' 17 points for 23 minutes. Francis Koffi had 21 points and 8 rebounds in La Palma, who dropped on 3-3.



ACB Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
MMT Estudia. - Kalise G.C. 66-88
Granca cruised past Estudiantes on the road mostly owing to wonderful second quarter 12-26 as well as great Carl English, who drained 21 points and dished out 7 assists for 28 minutes. Estu got 14 points from big guy Petar Popovic. Gran Canaria currently has 3-1 while Estudiantes remains on just 1 win in 5 games.

Unicaja - DKV Joven. 76-66
Unicaja Malaga had impressive last ten minutes against DKV Joventut 25-12, what was more than enough for 4-1 in ACB. Thomas Kelati and Marcus Haislip netted 14 points apiece for the hosts. Carlos Jimenez also was pretty good adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lithuanian scoring machine Simas Jasaitis poured in 21 points for Joventut but his team faced with second failure, 3-2.

Granada - Iurbentia B. 74-71
CB Granada outsmarts Iurbentia Bilbao registering third victory in ACB, 3-2. On the other side Bilbao slipped once again, 2-3. Jimmie Hunter delivered 16 points including 4 assists for Trifon Poch's team. Marko Banic had double-double in Bilbao, 20 points and 10 boards.

Regal Barca - CAI Zaragoza 89-73
As it was expected, Regal Barcelona was better than CAI Zaragoza sealing the victory in the last ten minutes 29-15. David Andersen shined in Barca netting 20 points. Ersan Ilyasova continued where he stopped in Euroleague earlier this week collecting 18 points and impressive 15 rebounds. Paolo Quinteros also had 18 points but for the loosing side. Barca moved up on 4-1 while CAI Zaragoza has 1-3.

ViveMenorca - Pamesa V. 70-62
Head coach Fotsis Katsikaris and his players for sure didn't count on failure against at that time winless ViveMenorca, but it was kind of Ricard Casas' revenge to his ex team. Croatian Mario Stojic led ViveMenorca to fist joy in ACB pouring in 19 points. Albert Oliver was the only one with double digits in scoring for Pamesa, 11 points. The team from Valencia dropped on 3-2.

Bruesa - Tau 75-62
Bruesa surprised reigning champion Tau Ceramica thanks to pretty good first half, 43-26. It means that Tau faced with first defeat in ACB since the beginning of the season. Bruesa jumped on 2-2. Andy Panko was the key player for the hosts adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Tau got 16 points from Igor Rakocevic. Pete Mickael followed with 15 points and 7 boards.

Real Madrid - Cajasol 109-116
Cajasol Sevilla surprised Real in Madrid registering first victory in ACB this season. It was extremely exciting game, decided in over time 10-17. Andrea Pecile shined for Cajasol scoring 23 points. Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic also was great adding 19 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Louis Bullock and Felipe Reyes combined 50 points in Real, who now has 2-2.

Ricoh Man. - CB Murcia 78-72
Josh Asselin paced Ricoh Manresa to third win in Spanish top division draining 21 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Lamont Barnes top-scored in Murcia with 15 points including 8 boards. The hosts have 3-2 while CB Murcia stays on 1 win in 5 games.


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  SYRIA   


Bajramovic takes over Al Jalaa - by Mohammed Malas
Al Jalaa club management announced the signature of the Bosnian National Team head coach Mensur Bajramovic to replace serbian Georgi Petrovic as head coach of the 1st team in the club, The new coach arrived to Aleppo yesterday ad started preparing the team for the new season.

Bajramovic has a good coaching career as he spent 5 seasons coaching teams in the Bosnian Division 1 and a coach of the Bosnian National Team from 2004 until now.


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  TURKEY   


The match between Erdemir and Darussafaka has been postponed in TBL - by Baha Kurtulus
Turkish Basketball League Round 2 : The match between Erdemir and Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul, the new team rose this year to TBL, has been waiting with a great curiosity. 'While the match was 43-40 leaded by Erdemir at 6 min 56 sec of the third period, it has been interrupted due to technical problems in timing equipments.
Referees, tecnical officers and both of the directors of the teams were agreed upon the cancellation of the match. Board of Turkish Basketball Federation will decide later about this.


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


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


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  UKRAINE   


BS Odessa sign Ali Thomas - by Eurobasket
BS Odessa (UBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF). Thomas played most recently at GV Waltrop in German Regionalliga (4th division). Thomas spent last seven years playing in various German teams in Regionalliga and 2.Bundesliga. This year he started at Waltrop, but got a chance to get much better contract and play on higher level in Ukrainian UBL. He had a very good last season when he was selected to Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team.

Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1 BC Kyiv 4-0
2 Azovmash 4-0
3 BC-93 Pulsar 2-2
4 Khimik 2-2
5 Sumykhimprom 2-2
6 BC Donetsk 2-2
7 MBC Mykolaiv 0-4
8 BC Poltava 0-4


UBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kryvbasbasket - Ferro-ZNTU 86-85
Kryvbasbasket defeated Ferro-ZNTU 86:85 to improve its second position. Howell Jarrett led the winners with 17 points and 7 assists. Fontenet Jason finished the night with 18 points for the visitors.

Dnipro - Azoty 81-74
Dnipro overcame Azoty 81:74 and improved to 4-3 record. Lazare Darnell paced the winners with 24 points and Beverley Patrick added 19. Zhderel Richard produced 17 points in the losing effort.

Hoverla - Polit.Lviv 92-80
Hoverla added some players for the roster to celebrate the first victory in the league. The home side won over Polit.Lviv 92:80 to take 1-6 record. Decker Tate shined with 25 points and Sparks Patrick Grant had 21.

BC Odessa - Budivelnyk 94-83
BC Odessa outscored Budivelnyk 94:83 for 5-2 record to share the spot with Kryvbasbasket. Love Justin netted 21, while Hill Otis scored 21. DeGroat John and Chappell Michael posted 17 points each in defeat.



Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk sign Patrick Sparks - by Eurobasket
Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (UBL) signed 25-year old American guard Patrick Sparks (184-G-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). Sparks played most recently at Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany), where in 18 Bumdesliga games averaged 7.7ppg and was 5th best scorer in the league with 2.5apg. He played also in Russian and Portugal in 2006-07 season. It will be his third season in professional basketball.

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Saturday 25 Oct 2008 - Eagles Take Top Spot - by Andy Webb
The Newcastle Eagles put Friday's first defeat of the season behind them as they overpowered the Worcester Wolves by 88-108 in the Midlands to move clear at the top of the BBL Championship table.

The Eagles have now won seven of the eight BBL meetings between the teams, and all of those have been by double figures.

Seven of the Eagles' players had double figure hauls, led by Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) 17 points, 16 for Trey Moore, and 15 from Lynard Stewart. Most of the damage was done in the first quarter as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-18 lead and posted an 8-2 burst to finish the first period that gave them a 19-33 lead that the Wolves struggled to narrow.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Rocks are the only team to have maintained an unbeaten start to the BBL Championship campaign as they improved their record to 3-0 after a 77-85 defeat of the Worthing Thunder in the first ever game between the sides.

Rob Yanders led the way with 17 points, whilst Scotland's international captain Gareth Murray scored 16.

Murray netted 14 of those points in a first half which the Rocks dominated. They led from tip-to-buzzer on the south coast and their 26-49 half time lead proved to be insurmountable as the closest that the Thunder got was the final score.

Sterling Davis commented in the aftermath,

'We had a good first half, I'm disappointed with the second half performance but we'll take it as a win is a win. We need to understand as a team what it takes to win games and that means playing for forty minutes.'

Elsewhere, rivals the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders and the Guildford Heat, who clashed in last season's BBL Championship Playoff semi-finals, played out the closest game of the night as the Raiders prevailed 83- 79 at the Plymouth Pavilions.

It was their first home win of the season, after their almost one year long undefeated home record had been tainted by two defeats early in this campaign. They were led by 17 points from Drew Lasker, whilst Gavin Love scored 12 in the second quarter before having to leave the game with a worrying ankle injury.

The teams remained close throughout the game before the Raiders held their visitors scoreless for the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter. They got themselves in the ascendancy after three consecutive fast-break lay-ups from Anthony Martin made the score 74-66, but some poor foul shooting allowed the Heat back into the game. With 15 seconds remaining, former Raider Dean Williams hit a three-pointer that made it a one possession game at 80-77 before Martin and Allister Gall managed to hold their nerve at the foul line to see the game out.

Plymouth Head Coach Gary Stronach said,

'I'm very pleased to get the first home win of the season that we have all been longing for. Our defensive intensity won it for us. Now we need to build on this, starting tomorrow.'

BBL Championship

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 83 (20,41,62) (Lasker 17, Moore 14, Martin 13)
Guildford Heat 79 (20,43,66) (Howell 23, Martin 20, Jones 13)


Rivals Guildford Heat and Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, who met in last season's BBL Championship Playoff semi-finals, clashed in the BBL Championship at the Plymouth Pavilions, with the Raiders emerging victorious by 83-79.

In front of a capacity crowd, it was the Raiders' first home win of the season after their almost one year long undefeated home record had been tainted by two defeats early in this campaign. They move up to third place in the league.

Drew Lasker led their scoring with 17 points, supported by 14 from Gaylon Moore and 13 from Anthony Martin. Keonta Howell led all scorers with 23 for the Heat.

The tone was set for the game in a tight first quarter that finished with the teams tied on 20. After early foul trouble for Alan Metcalfe (Heat) and DeAntoine Beasley (Raiders), it was the hosts that held the slight edge on the back of 8 points from Lasker. However, Howell made an abnormal three-pointer off the top corner of the backboard with the final play of the quarter to tie the game.

Gavin Love came into the match in the second stanza and it was he that separated the teams as he rattled off a quick 12 points, to make the score 36-27, before suffering an ankle injury that meant he had to leave the action. The Heat game straight back with 7 unanswered points, before a Metcalfe triple tied the game once more at 37 and a Mike Martin lay-up saw the Heat take the lead at 39-41 - the Heat's captain had 13 first half points.

The Raiders managed to edge in front in the third period, but were pegged back when Beasley picked up his fourth foul from which Howell made a three- point play for a score of 60-59. When Howell made 2/2 from the line to close the third quarter, his team were 62-66 in front.

However, Plymouth's stifling defence won the game for them as, amazingly, they held the Heat scoreless for the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter. Three consecutive fast-break lay-ups from Anthony Martin saw the hosts take a 74-66 lead mid-way through the fourth before a pair of free-throws from Howell finally got the Heat going once more. It could have been more comfortable for the Raiders but for some poor foul shooting, and the Heat were allowed a final chance when former Raider Dean Williams hit a three- pointer with 15 seconds to go to make it a one possession game at 80-77. However, Allister Gall scored a free-throw before Williams failed to connect from long range in the closing seconds.

Plymouth Head Coach Gary Stronach said,

'I'm very pleased to get the first home win of the season that we have all been longing for. Our defensive intensity won it for us. Now we need to build on this, starting tomorrow.'

Worcester Wolves 88 (19,39,61) (Paez 30, Brown 22, Disy/Funn 10)
Newcastle Eagles 108 (33,59,83) (Smith 17, Moore 16, Stewart 15)


The Newcastle Eagles moved clear at the top of the BBL Championship table as they beat the Worcester Wolves 88-108. The Eagles have now won seven of the eight BBL meetings between these teams, with all of those being by double figures, and avenged last season's defeat in the Midlands.

The Eagles had seven players who scored in double figures, led by Charles Smith 17 points and 16 from Trey Moore, whilst the Wolves had to rely on Anthony Paez's second straight 30+ game and 22 points with 18 rebounds from Justin Brown.

Newcastle had the better of a high-scoring first quarter as they raced out to a 5-18 lead after 5 early points from Moore, and 4 each for big-men Stewart and Defoe. Anthony Paez kept the Wolves within touching distance as he had 10 early points, including a three- pointer that narrowed the gap to 17-25. However, an 8- 2 finish to the quarter, including 4 points for player- coach Fab Flournoy, saw the Eagles 19-33 up after the opening ten minutes.

The hosts failed to make much progress in the second stanza as the Eagles opened with a 10-2 burst that included a three-pointer for Charles Smith and was capped with a Tafari Toney score. Skouson Harker scored back-to-back baskets as the Wolves came back with a 7-2 run, only for the Eagles to score the next 6 points to take a 28-51 lead on a Stewart score as their big-men continued to succeed inside - Defoe also had 6 points in the quarter. The teams traded baskets up to half-time, and Trey Moore scored with their final possession to make the lead twenty points at 39-59.

Justin Brown opened the third quarter with a dunk, only for the Eagles to make a 6-2 run to push the score out to 43-65. The teams traded baskets and it was Brown that kept the Wolves ticking over as he scored 8 straight points for his team, but an Andrew Bridge triple maintained the lead at 53-77 for the Eagles. Harker fouled out towards the end of the third, and his team still trailed by more than twenty points at 61-83 going into the decisive stanza.

The Wolves came out firing in the fourth quarter as Paez hit five quick points, but the Eagles maintained their lead from the free-throw line and another Smith triple restored the twenty point advantage. With six minutes to go the Wolves made a late effort to get back in the game with an 8-2 tear that made the score 77-93, but five more made free-throws and a three- pointer from Flournoy saw the Eagles pass the 100 mark and they saw the last two minutes out, having made 15 foul shots in the quarter.

Worthing Thunder 77 (11,26,52) (Ivanovskis 24, Bargeman 16, Woods 15)
Scottish Rocks 85 (22,49,67) (Yanders 17, Davis 16, Murray 16)

The first BBL meeting between the Worthing Thunder and the Scottish Rocks saw the Glasgow outfit depart the south coast with a 77-85 victory that improved their league record to a perfect 3-0, and propelled them to third in the BBL Championship table.

The Rocks were led by point guard Rob Yanders, who had 17, whilst player-coach Sterling Davis scored 16 points and Scotland's international captain Gareth Murray matched him. Thunder's big-man Janis Ivanovskis led all scorers with 24 points.

The visitors led from tip to buzzer as the forwards led the way in the first stanza. Helped by some strong defence, Murray had 7 points, Davis 6, and Chi Lewis- Parry 4 as the Rocks jumped out to an 11-22 first quarter lead.

They piled on the misery for the hosts in the second period as a further 7 points from Murray and 5 for Yanders helped them to outscore Worthing by 12 points and take a 26-49 lead into the locker room at the break.

The hosts narrowed the gap in the third period as a 9- 0 burst sent them into the fourth quarter trailing 52-67 and with hope of reversing their fortunes as they looked to score their first home win in the BBL. However, the Rocks kept them at arm's length and the closest they could get was the final score despite 18 second half points from Ivanovskis.


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua defeated Defensor for the 18th round - by Hector Lopez
Bigua defeated Defensor Sporting 92-86 for the 18th round of the Uruguayan League and next week will be travelling to Guayaquil where will be held the South American Champions tournament. For Bigua, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 37 points, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80, college: Fordham) netted 7 points and took 6 rebounds. For Defensor Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 33 poins and 17 rebounds and Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 20 and 6.
Other results were:
Cordon 82 - Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 18 and 9, Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) 32 and 4
Sayago 77 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 18 and 16, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 14 and 11
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Malvin 74 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 18 and 8, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 7 and 8
Paysandu 61 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 14 and 2, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 10 and 6
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Olimpia 88 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 14 and 12, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 13 and 9
Welcome 68 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 18 and 12, Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) 11 and 5
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Atenas 82 - Jackie Rogers (203-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 8 and 5
Tabare 79- Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 18 and 11, Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 25 and 10
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Hebraica 83 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 21
Bohemios 66 - Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 16 Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 9
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UnioN Atletica 89 Darryl Ruffus 22, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 10
Trouville 76 Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 21, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 15


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


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  WCBL   


Breakers to China Report - 5 - by Gianni Pascucci
(by Coach Curt Pickering) - Twelve days prior to departing for China, Mr. Han, our Basketball sponsor, had emailed me and asked if we wanted to spend 3 days in Beijing and see all the landmark sights. I emailed and called the players and they immediately said yes. So, our next trip from Fuxin was the beautiful city of Beijing, where the 2008 Olympics had just been completed. Over the next 3 days, we spent a half day at the Great Wall of China, walking up the vast steps for a good 2 hours and then returning down to the parking lot in cable cars. Later that afternoon, we visited the Summer Palace along with a boat ride on a large lake that adjoined the great museum. The following day, it was raining so we declared this 'Black Market Day'. There was every item imaginable at rock bottom prices at the downtown shopping center. But, like a Tijuana swap meet, you had to negotiate and in most cases the clerks would triple-team you, trying to persuade you to pay a much higher price than you intended to. Players made off like bandits, purchasing DVD's, IPods, cameras, video cams, Tommy Bahama clothes, purses, watches, luggage. This is why I had explicitly told them to travel light on the flight to China. There were several American restaurants to choose from in the area. Several players went to Outback, Hooters, Chili's, McDonald's, Subway and yes, KFC. Another option was players ordering room service and watching HBO or going on their laptops to communicate back home. On Day Three, we visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The players thought they had the day off from basketball conditioning. Wrong they were. We spent from noon until 5pm, walking through these two majestic land treasures. We were all unanimously fatigued as we reached the bus to go to dinner. Was that the end of the day? No. After dining at an authentic Chinese restaurant, which again offered some very peculiar meat dishes and then taking turns calling home on the restaurant phone the players all voted to give the 'Black Market Extravaganza' one more shot. God only knows how much more the players spent and if they would actually be able to squeeze all these items into their two allotted luggage bags on the return flight home to Los Angeles. But hey, that was still another two weeks away Thursday, September 25: After a delicious breakfast, we boarded the bus for our next 'Rock Star' tour of duty. The bus dropped us off at the Beijing train station where we began the rigorous task of dragging our luggage both up and down long flights of stairs to the train. Sparks were flying and a few wheels literally fell off the luggage containers as we made our way to the 'High-speed Train', as our translator, Mr. Lee called it. A four hour journey in the full-capacity capsule led us to Chaoyang, another 4 million plus populated city. It is here, at the Yuhan International Hotel that we could settle in for 4 nights stay, a record at this point, for longest duration of time in one city. No complaints, just keeping score. At Friday mornings breakfast, I reminded the players that, 'Oh, by the way, we're playing basketball for the next 3 days'. They were eager to get back on the floor and display their skills. So, we conducted a 1 and a half hour practice, which provided great conditioning, sharpening the shooting touch and a refresher course on our offense and defensive plays. The practice was held at a school gymnasium and the question was brought up, 'How long do you think it has been since the janitor got fired or quit?' There was quite a stench coming from several doors leading to the court but we didn't ask any questions. When we drove up to the Arena to play our game at 7:30pm, we were exceptionally impressed. Coined, 'The Spaceship or The UFO' by the local media, we were met by a mob of 800-900 fans in the parking lot, which forced the bus driver to pull up close to the front doors. When we walked inside the Arena, we were even more impressed. It had the makings of an NBA Arena and once again, this city too had requested that we, the Santa Barbara Breakers play the first game ever in its new beautiful facility. We were honored and overwhelmed by the respect acknowledging us. The Jilin Tigers jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead and was flushing jumpshots from three point land. We eventually cut the lead to 37-29 at halftime and then the trio of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6'6''-F/G-76, college: W.Kentucky), Justin Johnson (6'0''-G-83, college: Mississippi) and Mark Dawson (6'8''-C, college: Long Beach St.) turned the game around at both ends of the floor and the Breakers squeaked out a 91-89 victory. We were now 2-0 in christening new Arenas in China. We were getting to like these First-time parties. Saturday, September 27: It was the usual breakfast, relax, lunch, massage, relax and ride the bus to the 'Spaceship/UFO' routine. Only this time, we were facing the Liaoning Dragons who were considered one of the top two professional teams in the CBA-China Basketball Association. I knew I forgot something before I left Santa Barbara on September 16th. Oh yeah, 3 honest, capable, competent referees. We sure could have used them on this night. At the end of the first quarter, we were whistled for 10 fouls. How many did the Dragons commit? One. So said Moe, Curly and Larry. It didn't get any better as we trailed by 18 point in the second quarter but you know that old saying, (which can be paraphrased in several various ways) 'What the Heck'? Well, we just kind of took it personal and started getting very physical. If we were going to foul out with 5 personal fouls, we might as well earn them. But more importantly, as a team we just sucked it up and gained greater focus on the task and with 4:30 left in the game, we had ourselves a 63-60 lead. Just when we dug ourselves out of a deep hole, the sand caved in; the Dragons finished the game on a 13-3 run and we lost another heartbreaker, 73-67. We all learned a lot that night. Never give up and it takes 40 minutes of play in FIBA basketball to win a game, not 30 or 35 minutes of quality play. Sunday, September 28: In our final game at the Spaceship/UFO, the Korean SkyHawks jumped out on us early, similar to the previous evening. Down by 20 points, the Breakers made another courageous comeback and closed the gap to 92-91 with 51 seconds to play. Korean teams, internationally known for being small, quick and phenomenal three point shooters, did not disappoint their traditional reputation. They buried two more treys in the final seconds to secure a 99-95 win.



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Women News

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  CYPRUS - Women  


Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL 0-0 
 2. Apoel 0-0 
 3. Achilleas 0-0 
 4. Keravnos 0-0 
 5. ENAD 0-0 
 6. Anagennises 0-0 
 7. Etha 0-0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Huima - PuHu 82-73
Huima won the opener of Round 5 beating PuHu 82:73 on October 25th. Bacon Carrie paced all the winners with 23 points, while Bailey Erneisha netted 20. Roukanoja Heli and Parker Rebekah posted 22 points each in defeat.

FoA - S-Hameen. 74-80
S-Hameenmaa remained undefeated after the game against FoA and won 74:80 away from home. Marlow Kieraah was unstoppable with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Pellom Ashley had 28 points and 8 rebounds for the home side.

HoNsU - Catz 50-94
Catz improved first to 3-1 after the victory over HoNsU 90:54 on October 25th. Haynes Rene top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Scott Joi netted 22. DeCoud Amanda and Summala Katja posted 10 points each for the hosts.

Catz - Huima 75-42
Catz overcame Huima 75:42 on Sunday to reach the top with 4-1 record. Haynes Rene and Scott Joi led the winners with 15 points. Jamsen Sanna was the only one to reach double digits for the guests, scoring 13 points.

Espoo Team - HoNsU 87-44
Espoo Team is also on top with 4-1 record after an easy win over HoNsU 87:44. Haynes Ashley collected massive 21 points and 15 boards. Collier Raquel finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort.

S-Hameen. - PeKa 73-81
S-Hameenmaa lost the first game in the League and fell at 4-1. PeKa surprised the hosts with 73:81 away from home to improve at 3-2. Pounds Dionne paced all the winners with 26 points while Freeman Shanika collected 18 points and 12 boards. Covington Jazz had 26 points and 11 rebounds for S-Hameenmaa.

PuHu - FoA 76-78
FoA had a road victory over PuHu 76:78 on Sunday. Castro Alexis netted 21 points to lead all the winners. Parker Rebekah had a great night for the hosts with 31 points and 10 rebounds.



Espoo Team sign Megan Griffith - by Eurobasket
Espoo Team signed 23-year old American guard Megan Griffith (168-G-85, college: Columbia). Griffith played last season at Forssan Alku, so it will be her second season in Finland. Last year she played in 32 games averaging 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, and being 5th best passer in the league with 2.3apg. She graduated Columbia University in prestiguous Ivy League, where she was selected to All-Ivy League 2nd Team for two years in a row.

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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AZS J.Gora - CCC 52-70
CCC Polkowice overcame Jelenia Gora in the ninth round of action. Daria Mieloszynska scored 17 points to pace CCC to the sixth win in the season. Amisha Carter added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ryan Coleman answered with 13 points for Jelenia Gora as they dropped the 4th one.

PTK Pabian. - Energa Torun 58-66
Energa Torun send PTK Pabianice to a 1-8 start of the season as they outscored them 66:58 on the road. Torun meanwhile improved to 4-4 record in the ladder. Monika Krawiec scored 15 points for the winners. Jacqueline Moore added 11 points for Energa Torun. Leona Jankowska answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Pabianice in the loss.

Inea AZS P. - Lotos PKO BP 75-84
Energa Torun send PTK Pabianice to a 1-8 start of the season as they outscored them 66:58 on the road. Torun meanwhile improved to 4-4 record in the ladder. Monika Krawiec scored 15 points for the winners. Jacqueline Moore added 11 points for Energa Torun. Leona Jankowska answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Pabianice in the loss.

Utex Row - MUKS Pozn. 69-58
Utex Row made it 5 wins in 9 games as they toppled MUKS Poznan 69:58 at home. Elzbieta Miedzik knocked down 18 points for the hosts. Jia Perkins ensured a 17-point tally for the winners. Poznan suffered the third loss despite game-high 25 points from Jennifer Rushing.

Duda Leszno - AZS Gorzow 58-75
Gorzow extended their outstanding start to the season as they registered the eighth straight win. In Round 9 they cruised past Leszno 75:58 on the road. Anne Breitreiner was pivotal with 21 points. Katerina Zohnova knocked down 13 points in the win. Ashley Shields came up with 21 points, 10 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists for Leszno as they dropped to 2-6 record.

Cukierki - Wisla Can-Pak 63-75
Wisla secured the seventh win at the start of the season as they beat Cukierki 75:63. Six Wisla players scored in double digits with Ewelina Kobryn and Marta Fernandez coming up with 13 points apiece. Chamique Holdsclaw and Anna Wielebnowska added 12 points each in the win. Eliza Golumbiewska answered with 15 points for Cukierki in the loss.



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Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. CAB Madeira 0-0 
 2. AD Vagos 0-0 
 3. Esgueira 0-0 
 4. B.Viagem 0-0 
 5. CD Povoa 0-0 
 6. Barreiro 0-0 
 7. Olivais 0-0 
 8. Alges 0-0 
 9. Santarem 0-0 
 10. Uniao Mad. 0-0 
 11. BCBarcelos 0-0 


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


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Stats Leaders - Women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.T. Oblak, Odeja 25.0
2.Skof, Domzale 21.0
3.Tisler, Maribor 21.0
4.Sanders, HIT Kr. 20.3
5.Gortnar, Triglav 19.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.Sanders, HIT Kr. 13.6
2.Skof, Domzale 13.5
3.Brown, Celje 12.0
4.Tisler, Maribor 11.0
5.Furman, AJM 9.3
Assists Per Game
1. Duric, Triglav 6.0
2. Ciglar, Celje 4.3
3. Markovic, Triglav 4.0
4.Panic, Jezica 3.6
5.Kropivsek, Triglav 3.5
Ranking
1.T. Oblak, Odeja 33.0
2.Tisler, Maribor 31.0
3.Sanders, HIT Kr. 28.0
4.Gortnar, Triglav 24.5
5.Skof, Domzale 23.5


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LFB Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Olesa - Ros Casares 72-74
Ros Casares registered tight road victory against Olesa improving its score in LFB on 4-1. On the other side Olesa dropped on 3-2. Anna Montanana and Amaya Valdemoro drained 20 points each for the winners. Cristal Kally had 21 points and 13 boards in Olesa.

Gran Canaria - Halcon A.Per. 53-76
Perfumerias took it easily vs Gran Canaria mostly owing to Anke De Mondt and her 22 points and 4 boards. Ines Kresovic shined in Granca, but her team needed a way more. Perfumerias currently has 3 wins and 2 defeats while Granca is on 1-4.

Estudiantes - Cadi la Seu 71-65
Finally first victory by Estudiantes in LFB. Sandra Ygueravide and Elin Eldebrink drained 18 points each for the hosts. Kelly Da Silva had 15 points and 6 rebounds in Cadi la Seu, who currently has 2-3.

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Mariana 65-78
Another victory by the visiting teams in Round 5. This time Mariana outplayed EBE Ibiza-PDV jumping on 4-1. Armintie Price paced her team to win collecting 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ibiza got 13 apiece from Silvia Morales and Sandra Pirsic but it was not enough for third joy, 2-3.

Mann Filter - Extrugasa 80-66
Mann Filter was too strong for Extrugasa, thus both teams have the same score now 2-3. LaToya Thomas was great for Mann Filter in this game pouring in 29 points including 7 boards. Tamera Young netted 14 in Extrugasa.

Rivas Ecopolis - Hondar.-Irun 94-76
As it was expected, Rivas Ecopolis smashed Hondarribia-Irun remaining the only perfect team in LFB with 5-0. Catherine Joens was the best scorer in the winning team 19 points. Jelena Dubljevic was maybe the bets player collecting 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Jovana Rad drained 21 points for her team, who now has 3-2.

Real C.Vigo - San Jose 81-63
Real Celta Vigo and San Jose had only 1 win and 3 defeats before this round. Alba Torrens shined for Celta Vigo adding 20 points and 7 boards. Eshaya Murphy netted 22 including 6 boards in San Jose.



Baloncesto Feve San Jose Leon sign Neda Djuric - by Eurobasket
Baloncesto Feve San Jose Leon agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian guard Neda Djuric (173-G-80, college: Rhode Island, agency: Merit Sports). Djuric played most recently at Bnot Raanana Hasharon (Israel) where last season she averaged 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg and 3.1spg, leading the team all way to the league final. After she left Novi Sad 10 years ago to study in the States, then she never made it back to Serbia playing pro basketball in various countries. She started with Ohrid in Macedonia (averaged 24.3ppg), Halle in Germany (20.0ppg), Haifa/Motzkin in Israel (7.8ppg), Ruzomberok in Slovakia (5.9ppg) and back in Israel with Hasharon (8.2ppg). She was selected twice to Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Bosmans Team in 2006 and last season.

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