EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/29/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Market News - by Raul Ruscitti
Olimpico adds new foreigner
Almost three weeks after waiving Harry Good (208-C-81, college: Fresno St.), Olimpico de la Banda finally decided for a replacement. The team opted to sign American center James Williams (206-C-78, college: Long Beach St.) to a contract. With this addition Olimpico completes the maximum of three foreign players per team. Williams, who is expected to arrive on Tuesday, comes from playing in Kuwait last season and also registers stops in countries like Israel and Mexico.

Smith for Johnson in Quimsa
The team coached by Fernando Duro agreed to sign Jon Smith (203-F-82, college: Bowie St.), a 25 years-old power forward out of Maryland as a replacement to DeMarco Johnson (204-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Charlotte). Smith played collegiality in Virginia Tech where he spent three seasons before transferring to Bowie State in the NCAA Division II. His last team was Mayaguez in Puerto Rico where he averaged 17.8 ppg. and 8.7 rpg.

Ben Hur still undecided
Despite the rumors of the possible addition of Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) and Brazilian swingman Thiago da Silva (192-F-82), Ben Hur has not confirmed yet who will be the players that will take the places left by the departures of Cedric McGuinnis and James Life. Both foreigners were released two weeks ago for not playing the way they were expected to do.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Luke Schenscher wins weekly award - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has named Adelaide 36ers giant rookie centre Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) as the 'Player of the Week for Round Six' for putting up an amazing performance in his teams 104-93 loss to the Perth Wildcats at the Distinctive Homes Dome on Saturday night.

The 216cm Schenscher, who is the tallest player in the NBL, scored a game-high 33 points and added an incredible 20 rebounds against Perth. That effort saw him become the first Adelaide player to record at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Mark Bradtke way back in 1992.

Eighteen of Schenschers points were scored in the third quarter along with 10 of his rebounds, as he helped the 36ers recover from a poor start and kept them in the game. He also had two assist and one block for the match, shooting the ball at an efficient 11-of-17 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line.

After trailing by as much as 23 points early in the third term, the redheaded South Australian led his team to within eight points in the final quarter, but ultimately even his Herculean effort could not stop the Wildcats from claiming the victory.

Perth Wildcats star Shawn Redhage, who had 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the same game, was also a leading contender for the NBLs weekly honour in Round Six, as was teammate Darnell Hinson (21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals).

Others in consideration for Player of the Week included Ebi Ere of the Melbourne Tigers, who had 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and one steal against the Townsville Crocodiles at the State Netball Hockey Centre on Saturday night and Corey Homicide Williams of the Townsville Crocodiles who averaged 28 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2.0 steals for the week in two games against the Sydney Spirit and Melbourne Tigers. Kirk Penney (New Zealand Breakers) also was in the running after averaging 25.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in games against the Cairns Taipans and Gold Coast Blaze.

Others in consideration for Player of the Week included Chris Anstey (Melbourne), Derrick Low (Sydney), Liam Rush (Sydney), Dusty Rychart (Wollongong), Kavossy Franklin (Wollongong), Larry Abney (Cairns), Matt Burston (South), James Harvey (Gold Coast), Shane Heal (Gold Coast), Russell Hinder (Townsville), and Oscar Forman (New Zealand)


NBL Championship Player of the Week 2008/09
Round 1 Kirk Penney (New Zealand)
Round 2 Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 3 Mark Worthington (South)
Round 4 Darnell Mee (Cairns)
Round 5 - Joe Ingles (South)
Round 6 Luke Schenscher

Courtesy of http://www.nbl.com.au


Brad Newley shines in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Member of Australian National Team, Brad Newley (199-G-85), demonstrated wonderful performance in the last round of Greek A1 league. His team Panelinios Athens met PAOK on the road celebrating 74-60. Newley was totally the best player of his team. He spent 36 minutes on court draining 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. His shot percentage also was pretty good 6/6 FG2, 1/4 from behind the arc and 5/7 FTs. Anthony Grundy was behind him helping Panelionios with 18 points and 6 assists. PAOK got 16 points from K'Zell Wesson, who also grabbed 9 boards. Both teams entered into this round with the same record 1-1.
It was third game for Brad Newley in Greek A1 this season. In the first one he also shined scoring 15 points against Aris. In round number 2, Newley had only 3 points for 19 minutes. However, his average digits in A1 are more than solid 12.7 ppg and 5 rpg.
Panelinios also played two games in EuroCup this season. Actually it was the first qualifying round, where the Greek team cruised past German Telekom Basket Bonn twice. Bradley and his teammates aggregated plus 30 in these two matches. In the first one Australian guard had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. In game number 2, he was even better adding 13 points and 7 boards for 22 minutes.


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
Group Middle East
 1. WAT Wieden 0-0 
 2. Mistelbach 0-0 
 3. UBBC Wien 0-0 
 4. Basket 2000 0-0 
 5. LZ NO Sud 0-0 
 6. Amstetten F. 0-0 
Group South
 1. Mattersb.R. 0-0 
 2. ATSE Graz 0-0 
 3. UBBC Enns 0-0 
 4. ASKO S. Feld. 0-0 
 5. Klagenfurt 0-0 
 6. Villach 0-0 
 7. UBSC Graz 2 0-0 
Group West
 1. Salzburg 0-0 
 2. SVO/BRG 0-0 
 3. Feldkirch 0-0 
 4. Dornbirn 0-0 
 5. Schwaz 0-0 


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  BAHRAIN   


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


Muharraq regain basketball lead - by Walter Neto

REIGNING champions Muharraq defeated Al Ittihad 71-66 and regained the lead in the Bahrain Basketball League being held at Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex, reports Rami Hulayyel. It was Muharraq's fourth successive victory and the star of the day was La Shawn of the US who top scored with 24 points. Mohammed Hassan (19 points) also made useful contributions.

For Al Ittihad, coached by Aqeel Milad, American professional Daymond Forhey made the bulk of scoring with 23 points. Jalal Akbar (20) and Sayed Mohammed Sharaf (12) were the other contributors. In another match, Al Hala lived up to expectations beating Al Najma 104-74. Ahmed Mirza scored 38 points in Al Hala's emphatic victory.

It was the second consecutive win for Al Hala under their Bahraini coach Saleh Al Haddad whose side moved up to second place, just a point behind Muharraq. Al Najma were handed their third defeat and are presently sharing fourth place with Manama, Nuwaidrat, Sitra and Al Ittihad. Source:GDN


Manama down Al Ahli - by Walter Neto
MANAMA regained their winning form in the Bahrain Basketball League, beating arch rivals Al Ahli 102-90 last night at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex.

Salman Ramadan's squad overcame an early deficit in the first quarter to post a crucial victory in their bid to regain the title they last won three years ago. Al Ahli, coached by Erik Tyrone of the US, started the match on a high note, taking a 23-22 lead in the first quarter but Manama made a strong comeback in the second quarter which ended in their favour 42-38. Manama, who have record of league 15 titles, maintained their momentum in third set where they stretched their lead to 70-63.

Manama had a strong start in the fourth and last quarter where they took an 11-point lead but Al Ahli gradually came back and managed to reduce the deficit to two points with over two minutes remaining. However, it was Manama who had the final laughs, thanks to their rising star Mohammed Hussain who scored crucial points in the closing stages to give his side 12-point victory.

Jarrd David of the US made the bulk of scoring for the winners with 39 points, including 18 in the third quarter. Other who made further key contributions to Manama's triumph were Mahmood Ghuloom 'Mash' (27 points), Ahmed Aziz (13), Mohammed Hussain, Hassan Habib, Omran Abdulreda, Mahdi Hassan, Hani Alam Abdulmajeed Ali 'Shahram'.

It was the first defeat for Al Ahli after three straight wins over Al Najma, Al Hala and Sitra. Al Ahli's best player yesterday was Sayed Hashim Habib who scored 18 points. Hussain Shaker and Ahmefd Mallal (17 each), Konyon Boker (16) of the US, Abdulla Al Khaja, Maytham Jameel, Abdulrahman Tareq, Hisham Jassim and Nedal Abbas also spearheaded Al Ahli, whose last title was won in 2006/07 season when they edged out Manama in a best-of-three playoff.

The win helped Manama reach their seventh point after four matches, just one point behind defending champions and Muharraq who are still unbeaten after four matches. Manama share second place with Al Ahli, Al Hala and Nuwaidrat who bagged their third successive victory in the competition, defeating Isa Town 71-55 earlier yesterday.

Having lost their opener to Al Hala, Ahmed Salman's side continued their winning streak yesterday against a low-form Isa Town who were handed their third defeat in four matches. Ibrahim Al Derazi was Nuwaidrat's top scorer with 14 points. He was assisted by Jamal Holden (13 points). For Isa Town, their most prominent players of the match were Jehad Ahmed and Ahmed Qahiri who scored 14 points each. Source:GDN


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


ASK Riga deserves fourth straight - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League was reached for four games over the night. TU/Rock and ASK Riga won in the Elite Division, while Sakalai and Suduva reached the victories in the Challenge Cup.
TU/Rock overcame Barons 90:81 tonight in Estonia. Rock took advantage of the fact that Latvian NT stars Kristaps Janicenoks and Kaspars Berzins had to miss today's game. Latvian team played better in the first ten minutes of the game taking the last 23:21 lead at the end of it. Rock ended the quarter with 8:2 run in to finish the half at 44:36. In the third period the hosts produced another 10-0 run to fell more comfortable in the game. Tanoka Beard led the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Tsintsadze added 20 points, whilst Talts collected 13 points and 8 boards. Skele top-scored with 22 points for the visitors and Alexander had 21 points and 13 boards.
ASK Riga deserved the fourth straight win beating Siauliai 91:86 on the road. The latter started the game with 6:0 run, but ASK Riga had a similar answer and after a basket by Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) it was tied at 6:6. Latvian powerhouse was up by 14 points at the halftime, 48:34 and remained in front after third for 76:64. Ricardo Marsh and Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) both top-scored with 17 points in the win. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) was unstoppable in Siauliai squad with 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Gintaras Kadziulis added 22 points.
In the Challenge Cup Suduva Marijampole achieved their third victory beating TTU Tallinn 91:90. It was a very equal game, where the winner was solved in the overtime. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) went to the free throw line with his team trailing 89:90. The player made two out of two and his Suduva celebrated victory 91:90. Marius Runkauskas was unstoppable tonight, he scored 37 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis added 20. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) produced 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.
Sakalai Vilnius also beat Dolphins from Sweden 80:78. Grigori Shukhovtsov (211-C-83) led the winners with 16 points and 11 boards.


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  BELGIUM   


Div 2 News - by Peter Buyse


Earlier this week the news from D2 team Boom was the arrival of center Stephane Moris.


Today the team has found a new coach to replace the departing Ronny Bayer .
His replacement is Eddy Van Loon the former St Jan Antwerp coach where he coached the past 3 seasons.
The team was looking at differnet options to replace Ronny Bayer a former mamber of the Belgian NT and former player of the Year and came up with Eddy Van Loon .

Van Loon already coached Boom in the past.



Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Oostende announced that they reached an agreement with Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) to replace the released Slobodan Ljubotina as of Saturday.
Fazekas had an outstanding college career at Nevada. Averaged more than 20 ppg and close to 10 rpg over his last 3 college seasons.
Had averages of 20.4 ppg and 11.1 rpg in his senior year (2006-2007). He was voted Western Athletic Player of the Year 3 times.
He also earned 1st team All American Honors during his senior year.
Fazekas ended his career as Nevada's all time leading scorer and 2nd all time leading rebounder as well as the leading career shot blocker. He helped Nevada to a 106-27 record during his 4 year at the school.

Fazekas was a 2nd round pick by the Dallas Mavericks during the 2007 NBA Draft.

Played 26 games in the NBA during the past season , 22 for the Clippers where he averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg and 4 games for the Mavs.

Also played 28 games for the Tulsa 66ers in the D-league with averages of 19.2 ppg and 9.9 rpg.

He most recently played for the Denver Nuggets during the 2008-2009 NBA pre-season but was cut on Oct 23rd.



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  CANADA   


Carl English again great in Spain, Volcy shined in Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) continued with great performance in Spanish ACB league. His team Galise Kran Canaria took care for another impressive victory, this time against MMT Estudiantes on the road 66-88. As a reminder, in the last round English and his teammates crushed big Regal Barcelona 68-57 handing it first loss of the season. Carl English got 28 minutes against MMT Estudiantes draining 21 points. At the same time he had 7 more rebounds and 3 assists. He missed only few times during the game 3/4 FG2, 4/7 from behind the arc and 3/4 FTs. Granca currently has 3-1 while Estu remains on just 1 win in 5 games.

Meanwhile, Jean-Richard Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) also had another great game but in Switzerland. His team BBC Monthey trashed SAM Massagno Basket at home improving on 3-1 in LNA. Volcy got 32 minutes pouring in 28 points and grabbing 9 boards. He appeared 4 times in LNA so far averaging 24.5 pg and 7.3 rpg. His competition high was against Boncourt, when Volcy netted 34 points. It was the second round of Swiss elite competition. In the other two games Canadian forward had 17+6 and 21+5 (points+boards).


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  CBA   


Miners sign former EKU Colonel Alonzo Hird - by Eurobasket News
The East Kentucky Miners professional basketball organization has signed the second Eastern Kentucky University Colonel in team history. Forward Alonzo Hird (6'9''-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Kentucky) (6-9) has signed to play for the Miners during the 2008-09 season.

An accomplished player with international experience, Hird played overseas in Germany in the ProA league during his most recent international stint. In 30 games for Schalke during the 2007-08 season, Hird averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds. He shot a blistering 67.5-percent from the floor. Hird is recognized as an excellent post defender and an athletic player who is a solid rebounder.

'Hird will give us a stronger presence on the blocks this season,' said East Kentucky Coach Kevin Keathley. 'He's a rebounder and shot blocker who can beat his man down the floor. Last season, we lacked a player who could defend at a very high level. In Hird, I think we have found an important part to this year's team.'

Former EKU guard Jason McLeish played for the Miners during the team's debut season.

McLeish has re-signed for a second season with the Miners. Hird and McLeish will be able to reunite as members of the Miners team.

Hird came to EKU following a successful stint at Sante Fe Junior College. He averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game for Sante Fe during the 2003-04 season.

Hird claimed All-Area and All-Conference honors during the junior college portion of his career.

During the 2004-05 season - his first in an EKU uniform - Hird averaged 9.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. In the 2005-06 season, Hird averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Colonels.

During his stint at EKU, Hird helped the Colonels to the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championship.

'Former EKU coach Travis Ford has said that Hird is the best defensive post player he has ever coached,' Keathley added. 'That says a lot about Hird's ability.'

Fresh out of college, Hird signed to play in the Slovakian League during the 2006-07 season. As a member of his team's starting five, Hird played in 22 games, averaging 7.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

East Kentucky continues to prepare for the 2008-09 season after reaching the CBA Playoffs in its debut season.

Courtesy of The East Kentucky Miners


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  COLOMBIA   


Norte and Isladers won the third game of the semifinals Federation Cup 2008 - by Victor Garcia

NORTE VS ARRIEROS GAME 3
Norte defeated Arrieros in the third game with controversy included after several problems at the end of the second quarter that finished with 5 technical fouls called to Arrieros and the ejection of Humberto Soler who hit Alvaro Contreras after some words.
Norte began the game trying to support his ofensive finding the mistmatch of Eduardo Torres over Enielsen Guevara, Arrieros in the other side put the ball in the paint to Hebert Bayona who had a good begining, but Norte accuracy give them a 14 pts lead and Arrieros began to speech the referees asking for some personal fouls, Arrieros guard Diego Guevara was very upset and talk hard to the refs; at the end of the first half and after the technical fouls Norte finished 23 pts ahead.
In the second half both teams played relaxed, Arrieros cut the gap to 12 pts with Jermaine Walker 6 straight pts, but then again had problems with the refs and Norte scoring rise thanks to Eleuterio Renteria until a 33 pts lead, enough to win, in Norte Alvaro Contreras also had a very good game and in Arrieros Divier Perez show his skills.
Norte de Santander 93 - M. Wilson 17pts, E. Renteria 16pts, E. Moreno 15pts, A. Contreras 15pts, E. Torres 13pts, C.Rogers 8pts, J. Hernandez 6pts, J. Baquero 2pts, J. Lopez 1pt
Arrieros 60 - H. Bayona 14pts+12 rebs, E. Guevara 14pts, J. Walker 11pts, D. Guevara 8pts, D. Perez 7pts+9rebs, A. Arcila 6pts, N. Aragon 6pts

ARRIEROS LEADS 2-1


ISLANDERS VS BUCAROS GAME 3
Islanders need the overtime to defeat Bucaros in the Island, a very close game from the begin to the end, in the first half Bucaros perimeter was Sharp but Islanders took good rebunds and run well the floor, at the end of the first half Bucaros leaded by 2.
In the second half the game did not change, Sanz and Salcedo made the game for Bucaros while Islanders Alejandro Flores was the owner of the paint, Bucaros accuracy give the a 5 points lead with less than 2 minutes remaining in the regulation, and San Andres effort sent the game to overtime, Bucaros lost R. Washington for the overtime, and San Andres energy allowed them to outscore Bucaros 17-4 and won the game.
Islanders Sopesa 100- A. Flores 32pts+15rebs
Bucaros Freskaleche 87 - M. Marriaga 19pts.

ISLANDERS LEADS 2-1



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  CYPRUS   


Eazy win for SEA STAR APOEL - by Michael Aristidou
Seastar Apoel NicosiaL achieved his first victory for the new championship against Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios on the last game for day1 in the competition. Final score was 86-74 for Seastar Apoel NicosiaL with the half time score being 40-24. Seastar Apoel NicosiaL never gave up leading with the maximum diference to be at 26 (66-40) a minute before third period. Last signing of Seastar Apoel NicosiaL Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) scored 21 points and lead his team. Behalf on ENAD first scorer was Domagoj Pinjuh (190-G-77) with 16 (3).

Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 1-0 
 2. AEK 1-0 
 3. Keravnos 1-0 
 4. Omonia 1-0 
 5. AEL 0-0 
 6. Etha 0-1 
 7. Achilleas K. 0-1 
 8. ENAD 0-1 
 9. Apollon 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. 10
1 Damjanovic, Kerav 10
2 Van De Hare,AEK 9
2 Sims, Apollon 9
3 Radulovic, Apoel 8
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%
3 Radulovic, Apoel 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
2 Radulovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radulovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


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  DENMARK   


Interview with Chris Gilliam - by Richard

So how has the transition been from playing college ball in the states to playing in Europe?
I think the game over here is a faster pace than in college because of the 24 second shot clock. Also, the game is a little more physical over here because the referees here dont call a lot of the fouls that American referees would usually call. My role hasnt changed that much from college because I was a scorer and thats what I was brought to Denmark to do.

What is it like living in (country)?
I really enjoy living in Denmark. It is real laid back and everyone is very nice. Everyone is willing to help you out with whatever it is you may need. But it is a little different because I am used to driving a car in America and over here everyone either rides a bike or uses public transportation.

Have there been any barriers to your success so far. Such as language, culture or even the food that you are eating?
No, because everyone here can speak English pretty good. The food isnt that much different than what I am used to with the exception of McDonalds and Burger King. The portions are much smaller than I am used to and they dont have a dollar menu here. Its much more expensive here than in America.

How have your new teammates adjusted to your arrival?
I think my teammates have adjusted to the way I play since I arrived. They know when and where to give me the ball so I can score easily. They are very unselfish and thats what makes it fun to play with them.

Overall how would you rate your experience playing for (your club) and living in (your country)?
My experience so far has been great playing with Aabyhoj. Everyone in the organization is great and is willing to do whatever you need them to do. I am glad I started my career here and I wouldnt change anything. Denmark has been very good to me and I am glad that the coaches and my teammates gave me the opportunity to continue my career here.


Courtesy of Jay Baptiste



One step at a time - Interview with Danish FIBA referee Rune Larsen. - by Thomas Soltau

Rune Larsen - the introduction:


Rune Larsen is well known to spectators of Danish and Swedish basketball, as an animated referee with a highly serious approach to the game.

Always striving towards a higher level of excellence, Rune Larsens professional demeanor, along with his calm court awareness and experience, over 2000 called games, makes him a favorite amongst most players.

As one of the two currant Danish FIBA referees Rune Larsen not only officiate in the Danish league, but also regularly in the Swedish League and in International competition.

Internationally Larsen is making steps up the ladder as well, calling National Team competitions and games in the Euroleague for women.

This past Tuesday yet another International season started for Larsen, as he was flown to Italy to call the womens Euroleague game Beretta Famila VS Lattes Montpellier.

Eurobasket Denmark was able to correspond with Rune Larsen after the game.


Rune Larsen the interview.


Eurobasket: Hi Rune, you have just called your first Euroleague game for women in the new season, what was this experience like?

It was great. It was a close game, with two exited teams, Schio from Italy and Montpellier from France. Both really wanted to win, and Famila Schio had some very good fans.

Eurobasket: It must be exciting getting to call a game of such a great importance, how do you handle the pressure?

It is always great to get the chance to officiate a game on the highest level of basketball. For women there is the WNBA and then the FIBA Euroleague. The thing is, not to get too excited - a little bit is ok, but you need to stay calm. Experience and having good teachers is the answer to that.

Eurobasket: You have been calling games since a very young age, what makes refereeing fun for you?

As a referee there is always room to develop and improve. It is like an education. The day I put down my whistle, is the day, I feel I cannot improve anymore, and that is what makes it fun the challenge to continue to get better.

Also having great colleagues all over Europe is another thing that keeps me going.

Eurobasket: Are there any bad sides to your job?

The worst thing is, when you make a wrong call, and it decides a lot. Referees are faced with having to make difficult calls every game, and unfortunately we also make mistakes from time to time. Besides misinterpreting a play that potentially could decide the outcome of the game, the worst thing is when we see great athletes getting hurt.

Eurobasket: To spectators it sometimes seems like referees have the most ungrateful job in the world the referee can never make all parties in the game happy how do you deal with that?

Well, my job is not to make everybody happy. More important is that I act in a fair and correct manner, treat everybody equal and that the game follows the essential rules of basketball.

It can be ungrateful, and therefore you need to possess a strong character as a referee, so that you do not take the negative things with you, when you leave the court. A referee must not dwell on his mistakes, but learn from them.

Eurobasket: What is your worst experience with refereeing?

In general, the worst thing is seeing players getting hurt. As a former player, serious injury is hard to witness, because I know how painful it can be.

Therefore it is also very important that referees conduct themselves in a manner, where they bear in mind a strong sense of ethics, in order to protect the players. Especially on the international level, as referees are always seen as 'conductors' of the game and role models for everyone.

Eurobasket: What is your best experience with refereeing?

There are so many, but surely every time the referee-team collectively has a good game. It is a great feeling to referee in competitive games, where the atmosphere is difficult, but I am very much a team-oriented-guy. It is all about teamwork, which it also why I prefer being three referees on the floor, opposed to only two.

Also, at the moment, I really enjoy being allowed to officiate in both the Danish and Swedish league, as well as the FIBA competitions, because I feel it is really developing for me.

Eurobasket: I know you are a very ambitious person, so what are your goals when it comes to your refereeing career?

I think it is difficult to put up specific goals like say: I wish to officiate in one particular final etc. That is not what it is about for me. I want to do so well, that I can measure myself with the best, and in Europe that means the mens Euroleague competition.

But hey, as Michael Jordan said: if you can dream it, you can do it, so why not the NBA? I know I can dream a lot :-)



- Thomas Soltau (c)



The first one to leave is Jamar Nutter. - by Thomas Soltau
Bakken Bears had a rude awakening in the last game, as the uninspired team toke the home-court against Team FOG Naestved, and saw themselves being outplayed, by a much lower ranked team.

This year the Aarhus team had signed two US player, for the first time, but it has not been a success to fare.

First the teams early out in the EuroChanllange, and then a series of shaky performances in the Canal Digital League, started giving ways rumors about Bakken Bears needing to make changes.

It happened today.

Bakken Bears officially announced that they have parted ways with shooting guard Jamar Nutter. (188-G-84, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Seton Hall) The player averaged 7,2ppg in the CDL.

But both US players have had to take mayor criticism, the other player being Elliah Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul).

The imports, so fare, did not show signs of the same dominance, which past Bakken imports have always been praised for.


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Utah develops talent in D-League - by Eurobasket News
Even if his days playing for the Baltimore Bullets were more than four decades ago, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan 's experiences as a frustrated rookie helped shape his view of the NBA Development League today.

'I would have loved to have played in a league like that my first year, because I didn't get to play,' Sloan said. 'And I'd go home every night with a headache as big as a balloon. It felt like I'd been run over by a truck.'

For the second consecutive season, the Jazz will be affiliated with the D-League's Utah Flash and have the ability to send their rookies and second-year players - Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice), Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Kosta Koufos (7'0''-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.) - to play in Orem.

The Jazz made extensive use of the Flash last season, assigning Almond and Fesenko the maximum three times each. They played in a combined 71 games with the Flash; Almond both matched (51 points) and broke (53) the D-League's single-game scoring record.

With Matt Harpring (6'7''-F-76, college: Georgia Tech), Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) and Jarron Collins (6'10''-F-78, college: Stanford) all potentially starting the season injured, Almond, Fesenko and/or Koufos could be on the active roster for the Jazz's opener Wednesday against Denver.

But the Jazz plan to continue building on their partnership with the Flash. Sloan bought season tickets and attended five or six games by his count. Flash coach Brad Jones was an assistant on the Jazz's summer-league team and helped out at training camp in Boise,
Idaho.

Sloan's opinion of the D-League might have been cemented after a game last November. With Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer injured, the Jazz recalled Fesenko and used the boost he provided off the bench (six points, seven rebounds) to beat the L.A. Lakers.

'We won a couple of those games we probably wouldn't have been able to win if we had just brought another guy in on a 10-day contract or whatever,' Sloan said. 'They have some idea what you're doing.'

The biggest question - literally - this season is whether the Jazz would send 7-footers Fesenko and Koufos to the Flash at the same time. The team believes that even if the two centers split minutes, they would be better served than languishing on the NBA's inactive list.

Jones said one could play at power forward and the other at center, similar to what the Jazz did during the Rocky Mountain Revue. He also relished the possibility of having both playing for the Flash while competing to impress the Jazz.

'It'd almost be like a battle royale in practice every day,' Jones said. 'If it wasn't, I'd be disappointed.'

Koufos would almost seem the poster child for the D-League, a 19-year-old rookie who played only one season at Ohio State before declaring for the NBA Draft. If he does spend time in Orem, Koufos said he would do so willingly.

'I'm just going to work hard, get better as a player,' Koufos said. 'I'm young, I'm having fun, I'm enjoying this experience.'
Fesenko also spoke positively about his experience in the D-League: 'I really like it because I practice here, but I don't play, so I don't have like game experience. With the Flash, I have a lot of game time and it helps me adjust to American basketball.'

The Jazz most enjoyed the proximity of having their D-League affiliate down Interstate 15 last season. Almond and Fesenko worked out before Jazz games at EnergySolutions Arena and the Jazz were able to scout every Flash game in person.

With the Flash already running the Jazz's offense, Jones said last season's biggest lesson was the need to spend even more time on skill development and film work.

'When we did the extra work with [Fesenko], he played better,' Jones said. 'When we'd go on a road trip and sort of get into game-mode, we wouldn't do it as much, and he kind of hit the wall a little bit.'

Jones also would welcome the chance to continue working with Fesenko, joking that he was the Ukrainian center's biggest fan 'other than his momma.'

'I see a whole lot there for Fes,' Jones added. 'I think last year was part of the process for him. He had some good moments, he had some bad moments, and a lot of ups and downs. I think it'd be a fun and challenging experience to help get him to the next level.'

Jazz notes: Harpring (ankle infection) and Collins (right triceps tendinitis) both practiced in full Saturday for the first time this preseason. Harpring is still doubtful to play in the opener. . . . The Jazz waived former Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara. They went into training camp with the maximum 15 players already under contract.

Courtesy of http://www.sltrib.com


Another Vipers alum gets call to NBA - by Eurobasket News
During the 2007-08 NBA Development League season, Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) proved he had an NBA-ready game by averaging 24.7 points per game and throwing in shots from 25 feet and beyond. Like any D-League player, all he needed was the opportunity to prove he belonged. The San Antonio Spurs gave Farmer that chance by inviting him to training camp, and now he's in the NBA.

Farmer, 27, is the latest D-League alum to make it to the NBA as the former Rio Grande Valley Vipers shooting guard is on the Spurs' opening-day roster as the season tips off tonight.

Farmer was the Spurs' fourth-leading scorer during the preseason with 8.1 points per game and shot 46.4 percent on 3-point attempts.

Farmer's status could change once Manu Ginobili (ankle) returns from the injured list, but for the time being the Vipers will make plans to not have Farmer, despite holding out hope of keeping a spot for the 6-foot-5 Southern Cal product.

'(For the Spurs) it came down to (Farmer) and Malik Harrison. I talked to his agent (Monday), and at least for the short term until Ginobili comes back (he'll be there),' Vipers coach Clay Moser said. 'It really goes back to the conversation we had when I had to send in my protected list, when I had to pick him or Jesse Smith to protect. I thought Desmon was worth the gamble. It didn't pay off but it'll help us attract guys in the future.'

Farmer is the second Vipers player to be signed by the NBA. Guard C.J. Watson was claimed by the Golden State Warriors last year and was slated to be their starting point guard before suffering an elbow injury during the preseason. He is on Golden State's injured list. Smith, meanwhile, was chosen by Reno in the D-League expansion draft.

Return of Muoneke?

Gabe Muoneke was released by the Utah Jazz last week, and he could be considering a return to the Vipers. Muoneke was on the Vipers' opening day roster last season and starred for the team before leaving to play for a team in Spain. Moser said Muoneke is considering his options and says the door is open for a return to the Valley.

'I talked to him the day that he was released to do nothing more than to tell him that I was sorry. Not to ask him about his plans,' Moser said. 'I believe there has to be a cooling off period for those guys. He told me he'd get back to me. At the moment he has not made that decision.'

Dates to circle

The Vipers' season doesn't start until Nov. 28, but the composition of the team will be decided in the coming weeks. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

>> Nov. 5

The D-League will decide who will be available to the Vipers via regional and free agent allocations. Players from the 2007-08 season who wish to return will also have to have signed a contract by this date. All players eligible for the Nov. 7 D-League draft will be determined on this day.

>> Nov. 7

The Vipers will participate in the NBA Development League Draft. The Vipers have the No. 12 overall selection in the selection process that begins at 6 p.m. The organization will be hosting a draft part at Rodz Grill & Bar in Edinburg.

>> Nov. 16

The Vipers will open training camp at the Summit Sports Club in Pharr.

>> Nov. 28

The Vipers open the regular season when they play host to the Tulsa 66ers at Dodge Arena in Hidalgo.

Courtesy of http://www.themonitor.com


Newest Batch of D-Leaguers on Opening Night NBA Rosters - by Surujh Roopnarine
As another NBA season ticks towards tip-off, the NBA D-League has once again proved to be the unanimous choice for the development of future NBA contributors. Among the 60 D-League alum on opening night NBA rosters you will find numerous youngsters who were formerly assigned to the D-League (Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC), Daequan Cook, Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87), etc), grizzled veterans who worked their way into solid NBA role players (Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA), Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA), Matt Carroll, Anthony Johnson, etc..) and then the group we will list here, the fresh-faces. These are players who have never been on an NBA roster during the regular season or had limited to no playing time in their previous stints. Players like Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Anthony Roberson (6'1''-G-83, college: Florida) will look to make a contribution on their second go-rounds in the NBA, while former North Carolina Tar Heel Jawad Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) must prove that his strong summer league and pre-season play can translate into becoming a productive player off the bench.

Player / NBA Team / Last D-League Team / Pos. / Ht. / Wt. / College

Andre Brown / Charlotte Bobcats / Sioux Falls (06-07) / F / 6-9 / 245 / DePaul
Jawad Williams / Cleveland Cavaliers / Anaheim (06-07) / F / 6-9 / 220 / North Carolina
Dahntay Jones / Denver Nuggets / Fort Wayne (07-08) / G/F / 6-6 / 210 / Duke
Will Bynum / Detroit Pistons / Roanoke (06-07) / G / 6-0 / 185 / Georgia Tech
C.J. Watson / Golden State Warriors / Rio Grande Valley (07-08) / G / 6-2 / 175 / Tennessee
Von Wafer / Houston Rockets / Colorado (06-07) / G / 6-5 / 210 / Florida State
Stephen Graham / Indiana Pacers / Sioux Falls (06-07) / F / 6-6 / 215 / Oklahoma State
Mike Taylor / Los Angeles Clippers / Idaho (07-08) / G / 6-2 / 166 / Iowa State
Anthony Roberson / New York Knicks / Arkansas (06-07) / G / 6-2 / 195 / Florida
John Lucas / Oklahoma City Thunder / Tulsa (05-06) / G / 5-11 / 165 / Oklahoma State
Jeremy Richardson / Orlando Magic / Fort Wayne (07-08) / G / 6-7 / 195 / Delta State
Mike Wilks / Orlando Magic / Huntsville (02-03) / G / 5-10 / 180 / Rice
Louis Amundson / Phoenix Suns / Colorado (06-07) / F / 6-9 / 238 / UNLV
Desmon Farmer / San Antonio Spurs / Rio Grande Valley (07-08) / G / 6-5 / 220 / USC
Anthony Tolliver / San Antonio Spurs / Iowa (07-08) / C / 6-8 / 240 / Creighton


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Virginia Wolverines TRYOUTS - by EBA Media
What: Open tryouts for a new Semi-Pro basketball team in this area.

Who: The Virginia Wolverines of the Eastern Basketball Alliance

Where: West Point High School, West Point VA

When: November 9th from 1-5pm

Cost: $50.00 Non-refundable tryout fee

Visit: easternbasketballalliance.com or call Coach Rudy Frazier at (804) 693-6204 for more information.

**Be sure to bring a white t-shirt and a dark colored t-shirt when you come on the 9th**

See You There!!


WEBA for 2009 - by EBA Media
The Mid-Atlantics only womens minor basketball league (WEBA) will swing into action for its 7th season on January 3rd 2009.

League tryouts will be held on Sunday, November 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in Harrisburg, PA. Visit our league website easternbasketballalliance.com for more information.

New teams joining the WEBA league for 2009 are Maryland Lady Suns, NJ Thunder, Lancaster Lady Cougars, Philadelphia Flames and Virginia Lady Stallions.


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Egypt crushes Syria in Tunisia - by Sherif Soliman
Egypt 67-53 Sayria,last night egypt made a great win over sayria in the Arab basketball championship held in Tunisia,the Egyptians started the game with a 10 points lead 28-18,kerdany and Ramy played a great game last night also wael badr was very suppotive to his team mates with a lot of assists,the first round showed three big teams jordan ,Tunisia,egypt, who almost booked their places in the semi final.Egypt group icludes Morroco,Sudan,Sayria,Jordan.The Egyptians will play a very easy game tonight against the sudanies team.Ramy Gunady (185-G-81)


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Beard leads TU/Rock in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Tonight TU/Rock and won in the Elite Division, while TTU Tallinn tried hard in the Challenge Cup.
TU/Rock overcame Barons 90:81 tonight in Estonia. Rock took advantage of the fact that Latvian NT stars Kristaps Janicenoks and Kaspars Berzins had to miss today's game. Latvian team played better in the first ten minutes of the game taking the last 23:21 lead at the end of it. Rock ended the quarter with 8:2 run in to finish the half at 44:36. In the third period the hosts produced another 10-0 run to fell more comfortable in the game. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) led the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) added 20 points, whilst Janar Talts (205-C-83) collected 13 points and 8 boards. Skele top-scored with 22 points for the visitors and Alexander had 21 points and 13 boards.
In the Challenge Cup Suduva Marijampole achieved their third victory beating TTU Tallinn 91:90. It was a very equal game, where the winner was solved in the overtime. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) went to the free throw line with his team trailing 89:90. The player made two out of two and his Suduva celebrated victory 91:90. Marius Runkauskas was unstoppable tonight, he scored 37 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis added 20. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) produced 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.


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Ural Great lands Darius Washington - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great Perm announced signing of American guard Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) for the rest of the season. 23-year old player is coming to Russian team just in time for the EuroCup second qualification round and the games against FMP Zeleznik.

Washington arrives to Ural Great from Greek Aris Thessaloniki. He started last season in San Antonio Spurs but after 18 games he moved to D-league team Austing Toros. For those 18 NBA games Washington had 2.9 ppg and 1.1 rpg. His final destination last season was Aris, where he landed in January this year. He appeared in 9 Euroleague games averaging 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.1 apg. Washington also played 14 games in Greek A1 regular season adding 9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. His digits in 3 play-off games were even better but Aris couldn't book a spot for Euroelague 08/09. In 2007 Darius Washington won two trophies with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (domestic league and National Cup). He helped his team with 12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.1 apg for 26 games in just few months as he joined Nymburk in March 2007. Until that time he played for PAOK. Washington came out from University of Memphis in 2006. In January this year he received Macedonian citizenship (FYROM).


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Macedonians abroad - by Eurobasket News
Macedonians players had pretty successful week-end abroad. Coach Saso Filipovski and Slobodan Mitev celebrated with PGE Turow while Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) won in Romania.

Polish team PGE Turow succeeded to return into the right track smashing Sportino at home 94-53. With this win Turow once again jumped on DBE standings to score 5-1. The same one also have Polpharma and Prokom. Kotwica is on 6-1.

Enes Hadjibulic and his CSU Brasov were better than Rapid Bucharest on the road 104-58. Experienced Macedonian played 13 minutes adding 14 points and 1 rebound. Kiril Pavlovski also was victorious in Romania. His Dynamo Bucharest outgunned Targoviste 67-53.

NT center Pero Antik (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) was pretty good in Lokomotiv Rostov but his team suffered defeat against powerful Khimky 58-66. Antic collected 18 points and 9 rebounds for 37 minutes.

Head coach Aleksandar Todorov is defeated in Bulgaria with Rilski Sportist. Levski Sophia was better scoring fantastic 124 points, 124-103.

Rethimno recorded tight victory against Near East 91-90 but Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stayed without any points.


Feni Industri and MZT victorious in domestic championship - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri celebrated in domestic championship against newcomer Ovce Pole 95-75. Reigning Macedonian champion had to work very hard 30 minutes despite it was expected much easier win. Ovce Pole was pretty good in the first half having surprising 1-point lead, 39-40. Actually Feni created 19-12 with two minutes remaining in the first frame but visitors answered with 7-0 run tying the score immediately. At the middle of second stanza Ovce Pole had 23-34 and it seemed it will be exciting game until the very end. However, Feni resolved question about the winner with impressive third quarter 32-13. Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75), Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Goran Samardziev (188-G-81) were on fire, especially from behind the arc, what was enough for comfortable victory at the end. Feni played this game without Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) an Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services).

MZT Skopje also celebrated in the last round of Mac championship. MZT trashed Torus 86-67 thanks to well played first and third stanza (28-14, 25-16). Aleksandar Held (-81) was key player for the winning team. He spent 37 minutes on court pouring in 35 points including 9 rebounds. Young players of MZT Skopje, Aleksandar Gorcevski and Goran Mirkovski, managed to score their first points in senior competitions. Gorcevski had 6 while Mirkovski stooped on 2 points.


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Regionalliga News - by Kristian Santiago
Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) moved to play for MTV Stuttgart after an unsuccesful try-out with the VfL Kirchheim Knights.
Eugene Wright (176-G-76, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) came back to Southern Germany, this time to join SSC Karlsruhe in the 2.Regionalliga Southwest-South while Bruce Zabukovec (209-C-75, college: Seattle Pacific) left SV03 Tuebingen 2nd team in the same league and returned to his old team SV Boeblingen.
Maximilian Wendt who played previously for USC Freiburg in the Pro B is now off to help TuS Makkabi Frankfurt on the perimeter.
And finally, former Regionalliga-players Jurica Puljic (190-G-75), David Bouwmeester (202-F-78), Radovan Cavlin (193-G-85) and Michael Diemer (200-F-84) as well as American guard Nate Jean-Baptiste (173-G-83, college: Concordia (NY)) all signed to play for TSG Schwaebisch Hall in the Landesliga Neckar/Rems.


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A2 - Week 2 : Results and scorers - by Chris Mammides

The most amazing league ever , seems to be this seazons A2 league, with lots of passion, very good players, many good foreigners and many Greek talents, and this is only the second week!
This week we had some really very good results with two road wins, a game with two extra timeas, 4 games ending to the point and two games ending in a bit less than 200 points. The results and the scorers with a bit more analysis were as follows:
Rethymno - Near East 91-90

The quarters were: 20-20, 45-42, 65-67, 91-90.

A great derby among two equivalent teams, Coach Takianos team win the game at the end mostly due to the scoring abilites of Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) and Mantzanas the two experienced players scored 37 points together while from Coach Karnesis team Michalos and Koutroulias added 27 points each but they were all alone as players such us Papantoniou and Papoulidis didn't help as much as they could to do the road win.

Top scorers:

Rethymno: Kostas Kakaroudis 21, Mantzanas 16 and Vardavas 14.

Near East: Michalos 27 and Koutroulias 27
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Pagrati - Xanthi 64-63

The quarters were: 10-19, 28-28, 35-48, 64-63.
Xanthi was able to succeed the road win but Syristatidis and Latovic at the last seconds of the game gave the victory to Coach Liogas team

The top scorers:

Pagrati: Syristatidis 16, Latovic 11

Xanthi: Jelenic 20, Anagnostopoulos 13

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Olympiada Patras - MENT 67-59

The quarters were: 19-18, 37-27, 51-43, 67-59.
An easy afternoon for Coach Ekonomou's team. Kosanovis was the MVP and top scorer with 20 points while from MENT only Fogel tried but he was all alone

Top scorers:

Olympiada: Kosanovic 20, Tosic 14

MENT: Fogel 14, Mandic 10

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Ermis Lagkada Keravnos Aigiou 74-69

Quarters: 20-14, 36-34, 51-53, 74-69.

Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) killed his ex team with his 28 points while Nikoloudis was also amazing finsihing the game with 18

Top scorers:

Ermis: Antonis Godopoulos 28, Nikoloudis 18, Nistiotis 15

Keravnos: Orfanos 12, Albert 10, Amato 16

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Panerythraikos - Iraklis 93-94 (after two over times)

Quarters: 17-20, 32-33, 57-49, 72-72 (1 OT), 83-83 (2 OT), 93-94.

Panerythraikos lost the chance to gain the game in the regular time when the score was +8 five minutes before the end of the game.

Top scorers:

Panerythraikos: Tomaras 29, Hopson 15, Loupos 11, Sofogiannis 11.

Iraklis: Christou 33, Liakopoulos 19, Totsios 11

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ICBS - Peristeri 67-68

Quarters: 18-20, 36-33, 50-53, 67-68

A difficult game took place in Thessaloniki with Peristeri succeeding its first road win on a very difficul home court

Top scorers:

ICBS: Kourtis 13, Kounas 13, Neofytidis 12.

Peristeri: Lewis 20, Koumoulos 15.

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Dafni - Apollon Patras 76-57
Quarters: 18-19, 34-30, 52-45, 76-57.
Dafni: Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) 34, Sioutis 12.

Apolon Patras: Maglos Georgitsis and Koronidis 12 each, Vardianos 11.

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Ilysiakos - KAOD 62-54

Quartres: 13-18, 22-29, 44-42, 62-54.
Ilysiakos: Mali 14, Grays 10

KAOD: Sdrakas 13, Kartelo 18, Zupic 10.



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


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Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
 1. Elite Sport 11-0 
 2. Markvision 10-1 
 3. R L 9-2 
 4. Estudiantes 8-3 
 5. Lemans 7-4 
 6. Corpoevisa 6-5 
 7. USAC 3-8 
 8. SLT 3-8 
 9. Zencas 2-9 
 10. URL 0-0 
 11. Leones de Marte 0-0 
 12. Millonarios 0-0 


Clausura Playoff at the start - by Gianni Pascucci

After the end of the Regular Season, the best eight teams of Liga Metropolitana will compete in the Playoff series, best of 3 games, starting with Quarterfinals, whose pairings are as follows:
# 1 Elite Sport - # 8 USAC

# 4 Estudiantes - # 5 LeMans
# 3 RL - # 6 Corpoevisa
# 2 SAT Markvision - # 7 SLT Compusys
Game 1 of the quarterfinals will be played on next weekend



Elite Sport ends Regular season with a perfect record - by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating USAC in the last game, Elite Sport ended the Liga Metropolitana-Clausura regular season undefeated, with a 11-0 record and 22 points in teh table. The game vs. USAC ended 82-58 (partial scores 18-11, 35-16 and 56-27) and Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) confirmed his great shape, leading all the scorers at 26 ponts. Paulo Castillo (199-C-78) added 20 points at the Elite Sport side, while Walter Orellana (-G) was the best in USAC, with 17 pts. The tableheaders of Elite Sport will now meet again USAC in the first leg of the playoffs.

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6TH SUPLIGEN ALL STAR WEEKEND - by Joe Chapman
LINDEN SWEEP 6TH SUPLIGEN ALL STAR WEEKEND
seniors stop Georgetown 58-30, Ravens' Hamid cops second Mr Dunk title, King's Rose captures 3-point crown..

Georgetown
:-LINDEN Seniors showed their win last year was no fluke when they crushed their Georgetown opponents 58-30, to add to the their Juniors victory over the City opponents the night before; as the 6th edition of the Beepat Scorpions Supligen All Star Weekend, organised by Wild Fire Productions concluded Sunday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
At the same time Trinidad and Tobagos guest player with the Linden Seniors Stephen Lighter Lewis was named the Most Valuable Player in a tussle with another player from the winning team Dwayne Roberts.
The match result was never in doubt as Linden executed to near perfection throughout the encounter against a flat running Georgetown unit.
Earlier in the evening, Ravens teenaged dunker Tyrone Hamid added another slam dunk crown, having won the senior title Saturday night, by out-classing his opponents to win the Junior Mr Dunk contest.
The historic performance by Hamid saw the judges get up without scoring his final dunk, which was awesome and without question, too spectacular to really ask for scores, as a perfect 10 was written all over the wind-jamming, flawless execution.
And befiore Hamid won his second Mr Dunk title, another teenager Kashif and Shanghai King's Orin Rose (Jr.) easily destroyed hois oppponents to regain the Junior Mr 3-Point shoot-out title.
In the process Hamid became the first player to capture both the Junior and Senior Mr Dunk titles in the same year.
Linden dominated their clash with arch rivals Georgetown, taking an early 11-4 lead after a 7-0 run in the first quarter.
In the second quarter it was Linden by ten, 14-4, and a Ryan Stephney dunk saw the City team to trail 7-14, but the mining town lads were able to open up for a 29-10 advantage by halftime.
Stephan Gillis, fresh from his third successive 3-point title the previous night, knocked down one as the third quarter began and two subsequent free throws, sunk by the energetic Royston Siland, brought some hope and apparent relief, for the home side.
But that was all as Lighter Lewis, was stamping his authority on the game and Linden to a 35-15 lead with 5:00 mins remaining, before the ganglmg Miguel Williams woke his Georgetown supporters up with a fine dunk.
However, Linden were coasting 44-26 when the third period concluded.
Lighter Lewis was by now pouring in heavy artillery, netting back-to-back shots from behind the arc for a 51-36 score, and when Anson Durant drove the baseline it was a 55-35 score for the bauxite mining town side before the game ended 58-30. Lewis had a game-high 19 points with three blocked shots, two assists and two rebounds in an all-round performance which earned him the MVP award, ahead of teammate Dwayne Brown Sugar Roberts, who was sweet in getting 10 points and eight rebounds for the winners.
Gillis was the best shoot for a disappointing performance by Georgetown with eight points to his name while the next best score was six by Siland.


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Eredivisie Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Amsterdam - Eiff.Towers 84-73
Amsterdam crushed Eiffel Towers thanks to nice played third quarter 26-15. With this victory Amsterdam became the only undefeated team in FEB with score 5-0. On the other side, Eiffel Towers slipped on 6-1. Orien Green top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Teddy Gipson followed him netting 2 points less. Jerome Beasley once again shined in Eiffel Towers collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Aris Friesland - ZZ Leiden 72-67
Both teams entered into this round with just one win in 5 games. Matt Bauscher paced Aris Friesland to second joy draining 25 points and dishing out 8 assists. ZZ Leiden got 21 points from JS Nash.

Rotterdam - Den Helder 81-63
Easy one for Rotterdam, who improved on 3-3 in FEB. Bobby Walker was totally the best player of this game pouring in 36 points including 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bradley Strickland had 13 points and 7 boards in Den Helder, but his team is together with ZZ Leiden on the bottom of the standing with score 1-5.

Upstairs Weert - West-Brabant 73-93
Surprisingly easy win for West-Brabant Giants. The main reason for that is for sure wonderful performance by Patrick Pope, who poured in 29 points and also had 7 more rebounds and 4 assists for 36 minutes. Steve Ross shined in Upstairs Weert adding 26 points. The winning team currently has 4-3 while Weert is on 3-3.

Hanzev.Cpt - Landstede 84-61
Hanzevast Capitals blasted Landstede at home mostly owing to big guy Zoran Krstanovic, who registered double-double, 23 points and 11 boards. Gerad Punch shined in Landstede with 26 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts moved up on 3-3 while Landstede has 3-4.



Maurice ' Mo' Govers (45) deceased - by Fred Roggen

Today reaches us the tragic news of the death of Maurice Govers . Maurice 'Mo' Govers died in the night from Saturday to Sunday in a hospital in Den Bosch. He became only 45 years.
'Mo' Govers played in the eighties and nineties for Nashua Den Bosch. Govers became four times Dutch champion with Nashua Den Bosch in 1981, 1987, 1988, and 1993. Govers is also the first player who has been given a place on the 'wall of fame' in the Maaspoort.

We wish his wife and daughter a lot of strength in the processing of this sad loss.



PromotieDivisie Scores Week 6: Red Giants get first win of the season! - by Terry Cooper
Week 6 of the Promotie was a celebration for a few teams and a heartbreak for others. As the season gets into a smooth flow, some teams are falling behind the pack fast. Red Giants celebrated their first win in the league by winning 82-74 over BV Rooi while MyGuide2 won over the winless Cangaroes (what's going on over there?) 86-76. Intial High Five loses for the first time in the season to VBC Akrides 72-66 at home while GOBA won over the Pigeons 88-78. De Groene Uilen defeated Punch 65-62 while Landstede2 beat EBBC 77-71 at home. Finally, MSV recovered from last weeks loss to win convincely over Z&Z Leiden2 79-60 in a crosstown match that has all fans around to watch the game. MSV had 5 players in double figures Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T)18/5, van Leeuwen (194-F-76) 15, Leon 14/8, Martis 10/11 and Vader (205-C-80)11/3. Leading scorers for Z&Z 2 was Kevin Tjin-A-Koeng (186-G-87) with 16 and Joey Schelvis (180-G-89) added 15. So far 4 teams are fighting for the top spot in the league as the journey continues til the playoffs. Some teams must get things together soon before the race to the playoffs become only a dream. Stay tuned.

Week 6 Scores:

Red Giants - BV Rooi 84 - 72
Cangeroes - MyGuide2 76 - 86
Pigeons - Goba 78 - 88
Punch - De Groene Uilen 62 - 65
High Five - VBC Akrides 66 - 72
Landstede2 - EBBC2 77 - 71
MSV - BS Leiden2 79 - 60


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Ashante Johnson will be tested by ASE - by Tamas Deri
Mateo Kedzo left Paks, as management allowed him to get out from his contract if they find a right replacement for him. American power forward, Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) will arrive on wednesday to Hungary. The 203 cm tall big man graduated on Kansas University and played his first european season for Tampere - Finland - in 2002. After his rookie year on our continent he spent three seasons with Nymburk in Czech Republic. He spent 33 minutes on the court and averaged 24.6 points and 9.6 rebounds, also got voted twice to MVP of the league. He played one season in Japan and Portugal, than he signed with Iscar Nahariya in Israel and had a great season in the israeli first division with 13.2 points per game. The management of ASE will have one week for the final decision about keeping him on the roster.

Debreceni inks Steve Dagostino - by Interperformances
The Italo-American 6'1' point guard Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)), after having been compelled to leave his previous team Keflavik, due to the financial crunch that affected the country, has been placed by Interperformances, this time in the Hungarian Division A team Debreceni Egyetem KE. Keflavik, the national league champion 2008, is one of the six Icelandic teams that released their players for the economic collapse.

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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 1-0 
 2. Ararat 1-0 
 3. Shahrekord 1-0 
 4. Saba 0-0 
 5. Kordestan 0-0 
 6. Langeroud 0-0 
 7. a.s Pipe 0-0 
 8. Zob Ahan 0-0 
 9. Petrochimi 0-0 
 10. Azad 0-0 
 11. Gorgan 0-1 
 12. Khorasan 0-1 
 13. BEEM 0-1 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Reed, Hoops 25.5
2. OReilly, UCC 24.6
3. Bentley, Elks 24.5
4. Hadley, Tigers 22.5
5. Hamblet, UCC 22.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Nagel, Elks 15.7
2. Deas, Hoops 13.2
3. Donaghy, Tigers 12.0
4. Ighorado, Star 10.3
5. Bentley, Elks 10.2
Assists Per Game
1. Kinevane, Limerick 7.8
2. Reed, Hoops 6.7
3. Bentley, Elks 5.2
4. Hadley, Tigers 5.0
5. Donnelly, DCU 4.6
Steals Per Game
1. Donaghy, Tigers 4.0
2. Bonaparte, Killester 3.5
3. Summersgill, Belfast 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1. James, Neptune 3.0
2. Trimmer, DCU 2.6
3. Provizors, DCU 2.6


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National League Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Hap.Afula 80-78
Elitzur Ramla kept their perfect record with a narrow win against Hapoel Afula 80:78 today. Lior Rubinstein converted a rare four-point play late in the game to put Ramla up for good. Yoav Alter produced 20 points for the winners. Ahiad Bukra had 13 points and 11 boards for the winners. Andre Haris answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Afula.

Macc.Ashdod - Elitzur Yavne 105-90
Maccabi Ashdod secured the second win in the season as they cruised past Elitzur Yavne 105:90 at home. Dori Assaf and Dwight Brewington were impessive for the hosts with 30 points apiece. Gal Eytan provided 24 points in the win. Armond Williams answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Yavne.

Lev Hashar. - Ironi N-Ziona 77-74
Hasharon improved to 2-1 record as they held off Ironi Ziona 77:74. Adrian Auter was responsible for 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winning team. Nir Stolero contributed 12 points for Lev Hasharon. Eilon Zagury tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ziona as they fell to 1-2 record.

Megido/Yok. - Natzrath Elite 94-90
Megido stayed among the leaders as they eked out a tough 94:90 victory against hapoel Natzrath. Jamal Williams was unstoppable with 30 points and 14 boards for the winners. Ido Stolero contributed 26 points for Megido. Ziv Tavor responded with 29 points for the visitors as they fell at 1-2.

Kohav Yair - Hod Hasharon 65-58
Kohav Yair earned the first victory in the season as they overwhelmed visiting Maccabi Hasharon 68:58 today. Aviram Zelkovicth and Stacey Morgan teamed up for 45 points to pace the hosts. Shai Nahum answered with 15 points off the bench for Hasharon.

Benyamina - Hap.Beeri 77-76
Eyal Shulman knocked down a go-ahead free throw to win an overtime thriller for Benyamina as they faced Hapoel Beeri tonight. Hen Ben-Eliyaho fired 17 points to lead Benyamina to a 77:76 victory. Cedric Jackson had 28 points and 22 boards for Beeri in the loss.

Bar.Netanya - Hap.Tivon 98-71
Netanya secured the top spot in the standings with a comprehensive 98:71 win over Tivon. Eliran Gueta knocked down 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Shawn Weinstein contributed 18 points for the league leaders. Tivon answered with 21 points from Alphonso Pugh.



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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Lottomatica 3-0 
 2. Montepaschi 3-0 
 3. La Fortezza 3-0 
 4. Solsonica 2-1 
 5. Banca Tercas 2-1 
 6. Air AV 2-1 
 7. Premiata 2-1 
 8. Carife FE 1-2 
 9. Armani MI 1-2 
 10. NGC Cantu 1-2 
 11. Benetton 1-2 
 12. Scavolini 1-2 
 13. Eldo Caserta 1-2 
 14. Upim BO 1-2 
 15. Snaidero 0-3 
 16. Angelico BI 0-3 


Air Avellino won at Cantu - by Stefano Pini
Air Avellino gained an important victory on the road at Cantu. Avellino demostrated to be a team that can suffer. Cantu is a dangerous team when they can run and the main target of Zare Markovski was to avoid their open court solutions. Avellino reached to control the ryhtm of the game giving the ball inside to Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) that was the ex-factor with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Cantu arrived at -2 at 38' pushed by an unleashed Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) that had 20 points an 11 rebounds, but Avellino reached to control the final. Just a stats curiosity: Cantu had a better evaluation than Avellino 75-60. Avellino was more cynical. As a top team has to be.

Market News and Rumors - by Stefano Pini
Enel Brindisi inked Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB), that began the season at Caserta. Caserta should change also the pointguard. In first row at the moment, Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri) and Tyus Edney (178-G-73, college: UCLA). Also Veroli needs to replace the injured Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island). Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania) should be the right man for Andrea Trinchieri . As we anticipated last week, Premiata Montegranaro officialized Gianmaria Vacirca as general manager.

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Rising young Latvian star - by Interperformances
6'8 'forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Interperformances), born in 1985, is one of the best Latvian players and will surely have a future at the highest level and should soon play with a Euroleague team. He was the MVP of the game VEF Riga won against SK Valmiera 93-89, scoring 22 points with 4-6 from the 2 and 4-8 from the 3. The Riga star made 29 points in the game before against Ventispils. He has played all his career in VEF Riga.

ASK Riga is victorious again in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League brought another victory for ASK Riga, while Rock did not allow Barons to celebrate in Estonia.
ASK Riga deserved the fourth straight win beating Siauliai 91:86 on the road. The latter started the game with 6:0 run, but ASK Riga had a similar answer and after a basket by Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) it was tied at 6:6. Latvian powerhouse was up by 14 points at the halftime, 48:34 and remained in front after third for 76:64. Ricardo Marsh and Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) both top-scored with 17 points in the win. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) was unstoppable in Siauliai squad with 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Gintaras Kadziulis added 22 points.
TU/Rock overcame Barons 90:81 tonight in Estonia. Rock took advantage of the fact that Latvian NT stars Kristaps Janicenoks and Kaspars Berzins had to miss today's game. Latvian team played better in the first ten minutes of the game taking the last 23:21 lead at the end of it. Rock ended the quarter with 8:2 run in to finish the half at 44:36. In the third period the hosts produced another 10-0 run to fell more comfortable in the game. Tanoka Beard led the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Tsintsadze added 20 points, whilst Talts collected 13 points and 8 boards. Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) top-scored with 22 points for the visitors and Darnell Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) had 21 points and 13 boards.


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NBL Standings
NBL Standings
1. Lerotholi P. 1-0
2. Bashana-Baeso 1-0
3. Rovers 1-1
4. S.M Tech 0-0
5. Rangers 0-0
6. Lialuma 0-0
7. Killa Beez 0-0
8. Limkwokwing University 0-0
9. Leseli 0-1


NBL 2008/2009 League - by Sekhoane Moshabesha

NBL 2008/2009

The 2008/2009 NBL league first round kicked off over the weekend. This year saw the registration of one new team in the male category; Limkwonkwing University. There are still three teams in the female section.

The results of the games that were played are as follows:

Lerotholi Polytechnic Vs Limkwokwing (Male)
49 14

Leseli Vs Rovers (Male)
26 28

Lerotholi Polytechnic Vs Rovers (Female)
33 24

Bashana-Baeso Vs Rovers (Male)
50 46

The second week of the first round will be played in Butha Buthe on the 1st Nov 2008. And the schedule is yet to be released.



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ANBC day 3 Libya - Tunisia - by Anas Seddigh
The Libyan National team suffered their second loss against the home team Tunisia 39-91 ,Tunisia controlled the game from the begining and gave no chance to the libyan team who fell short to more experienced and well prepared tunisian team.

the quarters results :

1st quarter 24 - 10
2nd quarter 46 - 22
3rd quarter 68 - 31
4th quarter 91 - 39

the next game will be against Iraq the libyan national team will but the last two games behind and try their best to win this game.


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M.Runkauskas buried estonians in BBL - by Lukas Zajancauskas
Suduva Marijampole achieved their third victory in BBL Challenge cup, this time against TTU Tallinn.

It was a very equal game, where the winner was solved in the overtime. 7 seconds were remaining, the result was 89:90 and Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) went to the free throw line, he hited both shots and Suduva celebrated victory - 91:90. Marius Runkauskas was unstoppable tonight, he scored 37 points, 10/19 field goals, 12/13 free throws. Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) added 20 and Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) 15 points. Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) was the leader of TTU Tallinn - 28 points, 9 rebs, 5 assists.

Sakalai Vilnius also achieved victory versus visitors from Sweden. They won against Dolphins Norchoping 80:78. The hosts played well in the third quater, they won it 23:12 and Dolphins didn't manage to delete this deficite. Grigori Shukhovtsov (211-C-83) was the leader of Sakalai, he netted 16 points and 11 boards.


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Angeles de Puebla sign Kellen Milliner - by Eurobasket
Angeles de Puebla (LNBP) signed 25-year old American guard Kellen Milliner (193-G-83, college: Creighton, agency: Dynasty Sports). Milliner played most recently at Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela).

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Ainge given contract extension and promotion by Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has been given a contract extension and promotion by the NBA team.

Ainge, 49, is credited with making the moves that helped the Celtics acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen prior to last season. Those roster additions were considered key in Boston going from an Eastern Division-worst 24-58 record in 2006-07 to an NBA-best 66-16 last season, which ended with the Celtics winning their 17th NBA title.

'Danny was visionary as he assembled the players who brought home our 17th banner,' Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said. 'His work ethic, character and insight earned him 'executive of the year' (accolades) and earned us a world title.'

While details on Ainge's new contract with the Celtics weren't released, he was given the title of president of Basketball Operations. Ainge was named executive director of Basketball Operations after the 2002-03 season.

Boston won two NBA championships while Ainge, who played 14 years in the NBA, was a player with the Celtics.

Courtesy of http://www.upi.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 1-0 
 2. Nets 0-0 
 3. Knicks 0-0 
 4. 76ers 0-0 
 5. Raptors 0-0 
Central Div.
 1. Bulls 1-0 
 2. Pacers 0-0 
 3. Pistons 0-0 
 4. Bucks 0-1 
 5. Cavaliers 0-1 
Southeast Div.
 1. Hawks 0-0 
 2. Heat 0-0 
 3. Wizards 0-0 
 4. Magic 0-0 
 5. Bobcats 0-0 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Thunder 0-0 
 2. Timberwolves 0-0 
 3. Jazz 0-0 
 4. Nuggets 0-0 
 5. Trail Blazers 0-1 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 1-0 
 2. Suns 0-0 
 3. Clippers 0-0 
 4. Kings 0-0 
 5. Warriors 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 0-0 
 2. Grizzlies 0-0 
 3. Rockets 0-0 
 4. Hornets 0-0 
 5. Mavericks 0-0 


Celtics open title defense Vs. LeBron and the Cavs - by Eurobasket News
The NBA champion Boston Celtics tip-off the 2008-09 season Tuesday when they welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James to TD Banknorth Garden.

The game is a rematch of an exciting seven game Eastern Conference semifinal set last season where the Celtics outlasted the Cavs en route to capturing the club's record 17th NBA title and first since 1986.

James scored 45 points in the decisive Game 7 but Boston's Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) took over the game down the stretch and finished with 41 points in the Celtics 97-92 victory.

Boston then went on to get the best of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games to win the NBA Finals.

The victory capped an amazing turnaround for the franchise. Just a year earlier, Boston, which finished 2007-08 with a 66-16 mark, looked like a moribund club, winning just 24 games. The 42-game regular season improvement set a new standard for the best single-season turnaround in NBA history.

The 'Boston Three Party' of Pierce, the most unselfish superstar in the game, Kevin Garnett, and the sweet-shooting Ray Allen are still the heart and soul of Doc Rivers' team.

Pierce, who took home MVP honors in the finals, led the club in scoring (19.6 ppg) last year, while Allen averaged 17.4 points in 73 games during the regular season and Garnett posted 18.8 points and a team-best 9.2 rebounds per game.

Of course the veterans were supposed to produce. It was the Celtics role players that put them over the top.

Center Kendrick Perkins and point guard Rajon Rondo proved they fit perfectly with the big three in the starting lineup, while Glen Davis, James Posey, Leon Powe and Tony Allen all had their moments and played key roles in Boston's championship run. Veterans P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell also contributed mightily at times.

All will be back with the exception of the valuable Posey, who signed with New Orleans, and the aged Brown.

Meanwhile in Cleveland, it's the same old story. James needs more help if he is going to lead the Cavs to the top of the NBA mountain.

The 23-year-old James led the Cavaliers, who split the regular season series with Boston last year, in scoring (30.0 ppg) and assists (7.2 apg) last year and is now engaged in an annual battle with Bryant for the right to be called the NBA's best player.

But, Cleveland's 'Batman' has never had a 'Robin' and general manager Danny Ferry's annual attempt to garner the key complimentary piece has now led to former Milwaukee Bucks point guard Maurice Williams.

Williams, who was acquired in a three-team trade this offseason, instantly becomes the No. 2 option for head coach Mike Brown and the Cavs after averaging a solid 17.2 points and 6.3 assists for the Bucks last season. In the season before that, Williams tallied 17.3 points and 6.1 assists, numbers that trump any of James' teammates over the same period.

Veteran center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who averaged a team-best 9.3 rebounds last season, joins Daniel Gibson, Sasha Pavlovic, Wally Szczerbiak, Anderson Varejao, Ben Wallace and Delonte West to make up a solid supporting cast in Cleveland.

The Cavs haven't had much luck in Boston recently, however. Including the playoffs, Mike Brown's club finished 0-6 there last season and averaged just 80.5 points per game against the defensive-minded Celtics, who finished 35-6 at home during the regular season and an astounding 13-1 during the playoffs.

Courtesy of The Sports Network


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  NCAA1   


Tyler Tiedeman stars in Spain - by Interperformances
Former Boise State player Tyler Tiedeman (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) is having his first international experience with Aguas de Velencia Grandia Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold League,and is now coming into his own. In the last game against Mallorca the 6'7' forward scored 25 points with 6-7 from the 2 and 3-6 from the 3. He played his college career at Boise State (NCAA) where he averaged 13,9 ppg, 3,4 apg and 3,1apg his senior year.

Bill Barton promoted to Associate Head Coach at Duquesne - by Eurobasket News
Duquesne University head men's basketball coach Ron Everhart announced today that second-year assistant Bill Barton has been elevated to associate head coach.

'I'm very pleased to name Bill associate head coach,' said Everhart. 'In just a short period of time, he has established himself as one of the top recruiters in the East, and he's done it through hard work. In addition to recruiting, Bill has been invaluable behind the scenes with his combination of knowledge and experience. The Duquesne basketball program is fortunate to have a coach with Bill's loyalty, experience and dedication on its staff.'

Barton, who came to Duquesne following an extremely successful stint as head coach at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., was responsible for the recruitment 2007-08 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member Damian Saunders. The Boston native was also instrumental in Duquesne landing a 2008-09 eight-man recruiting class ranked No. 26 in the country by Hoop Scoop.

'It is an honor and a privilege to work for Ron Everhart and Duquesne University,' said Barton. 'I am happy to be a part of the rebuilding of the basketball program and I hope to be here as Ron leads it to unprecedented heights over the next several years.'

Last year, Duquesne jumped out to its best start in 27 years on the way to posting the school's first winning season since 1993-94 with a 17-13 record. The '08 Dukes' final RPI improved to 130.

Duquesne opens the 2008-09 season on Nov. 14 at home against High Point.

Courtesy of http://www.goduquesne.com


Cleveland State, Gary Waters agree to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
Gary Waters has a vision and Cleveland State feels it is a clear one. The university signed the men's basketball coach to a five-year 'rollover' contract extension on Monday, the new deal eliminating the final three years of Waters' current contract. The agreement means Waters is signed through 2012-13 and will automatically receive a five-year extension at the end of every season.

'The way it is termed, I can remain here until the end of my career, if done properly on my end,' said Waters, beginning his third CSU season. 'It's important for recruits to know I'm going to be here. ... That's what it's about.'

Waters, 57, said the extension had been in the works since the spring, with various details being worked out in the interim. Neither the coach nor CSU Athletic Director Lee Reed wanted to reveal financial terms.

When Waters signed with CSU in April 2006, he received a base salary of $225,000. It also included a shoe contract, summer camp, university automobile and won-loss incentives.

While not naming schools, Reed said other institutions had shown interest in Waters.

'There have been rumors and I know this is a business,' said Reed. 'Based on what Gary has done here, we could see that the program has changed because of him and the good people he surrounds himself with. I know where Gary's heart is and we wanted to keep him as long as we can.'

The Vikings went 10-21 his first season before going 21-13 last year to finish second in the Horizon League. They lost in the title game of the conference tournament to Butler.

CSU went on to play in the NIT, losing to Dayton in the first round. It was CSU's first postseason appearance in 20 years.

In 12 years as a head coach, with previous five-year tenures at Kent State and Rutgers, Waters has a 202-169 record.

The Vikings return four starters and eight lettermen. They were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League. CSU gave women's basketball coach Kate Peterson Abiad a five-year extension last week.

Game change: CSU's game at Youngstown State will be played on Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. It was moved up one day as part of the Horizon League's partnership with ESPNU to televise a weekly game on Friday nights.

CSU's home game against Butler on Thursday, Dec. 4, will also be shown on ESPNU.

Courtesy of http://www.cleveland.com


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Neptunes basketball sign American import - by Moritz Korff

Neptunes coach Mark Spatcher says new American signing Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (5'11''-G-86, agency: Passing Lane, college: Wentworth Tech) cannot get to Northampton soon enough.


Spatcher was speaking after the team's poor start to the season continued on Saturday after going down to the newly-promoted Leeds Met, 107 - 91.
An understrength Neptunes side lost their opening league game of the season in Yorkshire.
The Neptunes earlier in the week released American import player Myke Lyons (6'3''-G/F-82) following poor performances in the National Patrons Cup pool stage.
Northampton were always going to find it tough against Leeds without a point guard.
The good news for the Neptunes is that they should only have to play one more game without a natural point guard after the club made the new and exciting signing of American point guard Prezzie-Blue.
It is hoped that Sherrad will be joining up with the squad in the next week following paper work and registration of the player.
Spatcher said: 'Sherrad can't get here soon enough, the team has been struggling from the point position and with myself and Francis both playing out of position we've then struggled in other spots, it's just had a knock-on affect.
'Sherrad has a wealth of playing experience from a good university in the States so I'm pretty positive we'll be a different proposition for other teams in the coming weeks.'
The Neptunes got off to a steady start in the high scoring first quarter Tebo, Spatcher and Reynoso all got quick scores. Neptunes' new centre Nathan Wilson also made a promising start to the game as he pulled down several rebounds.
The quarter came to an end with the Neptunes trailing 25-20.
Offensively, the Neptunes struggled in the second quarter and only manage 12 points as the lead grew for the northern side. The Neptunes finally went into the break 52-32 down.
In the second half, the Neptunes came out and began to execute the team's game plan.
The Neptunes quickly cut the lead to 13 points, before two poor decisions lead to fast break scores for the home side. Leeds had built a cushion that Neptunes could not overturn.
The score was pushed up in the final two minutes after the referees lost control of the game and proceeded to call four consectuive technical fouls, three on Tebo and one on Reynoso as the scores finished 107-71.

Courtesy of http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk



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  NIGERIA   


Police Games: FHQ, Zone-12 in crunch battle ... match decide group-B leader - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The basketball event of the 2008 Nigeria Police Games gets tougher as the search for the leadership of group-B of the Games is intensified with Force Headquarters and Zone-12 locked in a crunchy duel Wednesday.

Both formations have maintained a hundred percent record with victories in their first two matches played so far, the reason why Wednesday pairing must be not be treated with kid glove as the loser will meet group-A leader, Zone-2 in the first semi-finals Thursday.

FHQ whose performance Tuesday against Zone-5 was not too impressive will have an uphill task against the Men from Zone-12 who put up a five-star performance same day to dislodge Zone-7 in a keenly contested game.

Other matches on the bill in the men category of the Games will see Zone-1 battling Zone-9 for the second spot in group-A while Zone-7 and Zone-5 will fight it out in group-B.

In Wome cadre, Zone-5 search for a semi-finals ticket will continue when they confront an equally determined Zone-7 as whoever emerge winner from the game will join Force Headquarters in the semi-finals train as the FHQ ladies battles Zone-8 in a formalty match as it has already booked a semi-final ticket having won her two games played in the group.

Tuesday Results:

Women
:

Zone-2 (36-07) Zone-1

Zone-5 (23-12) Zone-8

Zone-6 (20-0) Zone-11 W/O

FHQ (42-29) Zone-7

Men:

FHQ (26-15) Zone-5

Zone-2 (62-31) Zone-9

Zone-1 (28-27) Zone-11

Zone-12 (37-35) Zone-7

Wednesday Games - Women

Zone-5 Vs Zone-7

Zone-2 Vs Zone-11

FHQ Vs Zone-8

Men

FHQ Vs Zone-12

Zone-1 Vs Zone-9

Zone-7 Vs Zone-5



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  PALESTINE   


Round 2: Ibdaa & Orthodoxi Bethlehem win their 1st game - by Tamara Awartani
Ibda Dheisheh vs. Thaqafi Beit Sahour 103 57
Ibda players experience played a big role in this game to win with a big difference while Thaqafi Beit Sahour young players gained experience in this game who have a promising basketball future ahead.1st quarter was a good quarter for both teams, which Ibdaa lead 17-14, while the 2nd quarter was better for Ibdaa, who were playing their game, leading 27-11 while Thaqafi were unfocused but tried to get back in the game in the 3rd quarter which Ibdaa lead 28-17, Ibdaa kept going on strong in the 4th quarter leading 31-15 while Thaqafi were trying to make the best of it & gain the experience.
Ibdaa best players were Yahia Al Khatib (202-C-77) who stood out in the game with his skills, moves & shots, Iyad Yousef Abdalla (205-C-80), Abdallah Jaber, Nader Yousef, Kamal AlAzraq
Thaqafi Beit Sahour best players were Fadi Khoury, Ilyas Kokali, Jack Sabat, Ammar Khair, Hana Manoli

Orthodoxi Bethlehem vs Orthodoxi Beit Sahour 90 85
A breathtaking game where both teams were playing on the same level, close scores throughout the game. Both teams played hard & strong in the 1st quarter, strong defense on key players tying 15-15. In the 2nd quarter, Bethlehem had great players saved to go even stronger leading it 25-22. While the 3rd quarter was nerve killing, kind of a 3point competition Jared (Bethlehem) from one end then Paul (Beit Sahour) from the other end who had 5 in that quarter alone, tying 21-21. The 4th quarter was exciting fun to watch, showed skill & experience in playing, that finished with Bethlehem leading 29-27.
Bethlehem best players were Jared Soles, Osama Abu Jaber, Khader Jackman, Ibrahim Bandak, Basheer Shatara, Basem Freij
Beit Sahour best players were Paul Garrora, Maher Qassis, Samer Abu Aitah, Sami Ibrahim, Fuad Hazineh, Nizar Jaineh.


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Bethlehem 4-0 
 2. Ibdaa 4-0 
 3. Orthodoxi B.S. 2-2 
 4. Thaqafi B.S. 2-2 
 5. Qalandia 1-2 
 6. De La Salle 1-2 
 7. Arab O. 1-2 
 8. Orthodox 0-0 
 9. Hathen 0-0 
 10. Al Fara 0-0 
 11. Takafi 0-0 
 12. Hawar 0-0 
 13. Aramax S. 0-0 
 14. Ebal 0-0 
 15. Oscar Camp 0-0 
 16. Balata 0-0 
 17. Jensafot 0-0 
 18. Terrasanta 0-0 
 19. Al Ahli 0-0 
 20. Al Bira 0-3 
 21. Catholic A. 0-3 


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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


Day 3 - 18th Arab Cup - by Mohammed Malas
* Monday 27/10:

Egypt 67 - Syria 53 (Qs: 21-17, 46-34, 52-43 & 67-53)

Tunisia 95 - Libya 45 (Qs: 21-9, 44-21, 62-31 & 95-45)

Jordan 121 - Sudan 42 (42-5, 73-19, 102-31 & 121-42)

# Standings:
- Group A:
Jordan 2-0
Syria 1-2
Morocco 1-2
Egypt 1-0
Sudan 0-2
- Group B:
Tunisia 3-0
Algeria 1-1
Saudi Arabia 1-1
Libya 0-2
Iraq 0-1

# Day 4 - 18th Arab Cup:
Tuesday 28/10:
Sudan X Syria
Libya X Iraq
Jordan X Morocco


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  PARAGUAY   


Libertad wins SuperCup opening game - by Gianni Pascucci
Despite a very good start of Sol de America, that ended the first quarter ahead 24-7, Libertad managed to came back, taking the first win in the SuperCup series, that will name the Paragauayan absolute champion team for 2008. The final score was 80-78, and another time more, Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) led the attack of Libertad, scoring 23 points, and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) added 20 pts at the winning side. With 22 points, Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul) was the best in Sol de America, but this team suffered the absence of Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84), who is injured and underwent a surgical treatment. Game 2 of teh SuperCup series will be played onThrsday night.

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  POLAND   


Riley will be tested by Atlas Stal - by Michal Falkowski
27-year-old American small forward Gerald Riley (198-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Georgetown) will be tested by Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski. Last three years he spent in Sweden BBK Akropol, where he was a key player in that team's tactics averaging 24,6 ppg. (second in the league), 6,9 rpg. and 1,9 apg last season. Before that he had played in Quimper UJAP in France, however current season he started in French ProB also - in the team of JL Bourg Basket but he was fired some weeks ago. He arrives to Ostrow on Thursday, 30th.

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  RUSSIA   


Ural Great lands Darius Washington - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great Perm announced signing of American guard Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) for the rest of the season. 23-year old player is coming to Russian team just in time for the EuroCup second qualification round and the games against FMP Zeleznik.

Washington arrives to Ural Great from Greek Aris Thessaloniki. He started last season in San Antonio Spurs but after 18 games he moved to D-league team Austing Toros. For those 18 NBA games Washington had 2.9 ppg and 1.1 rpg. His final destination last season was Aris, where he landed in January this year. He appeared in 9 Euroleague games averaging 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.1 apg. Washington also played 14 games in Greek A1 regular season adding 9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.3 apg. His digits in 3 play-off games were even better but Aris couldn't book a spot for Euroelague 08/09. In 2007 Darius Washington won two trophies with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (domestic league and National Cup). He helped his team with 12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.1 apg for 26 games in just few months as he joined Nymburk in March 2007. Until that time he played for PAOK. Washington came out from University of Memphis in 2006. In January this year he received Macedonian citizenship (FYROM).


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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija transfer news - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija signed JaJuan Smith (188-G-85) who comes from Tennessee (NCAA) where he averaged 14.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg in 36 games in his last season. He was also named to SEC All-Defensive Team and All-SEC 2nd Team.

Union Olimpija is having on try-out Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) from California State Fullerton (NCAA). Robinson averaged 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg in 32 games in previous season.


Hohler leaves Egaleo - by Zeljko Zule

Greek team Egaleo have fired Slovenian Dejan Hohler (188-G-86) due a bad performance. He played just 2 games and had 9 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

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  SOUTH KOREA   


New KBL Season to Tip Off Friday - by Rick Ross

The Korean Basketball League (KBL) tips off Thursday with the defending champion Dongbu Promy facing the KT&G Kites.

Thanks to a deep draft, which produced immediate threats, such as former NBA player Ha Seung-jin of the
KCC Egis and Kyunghee University standout Kim Min-soo, selected as the second pick by the
SK Knights, this season is expected to provide excitement.
Ha, who stands 2.21 meters tall, teams up with 2.07-meter Seo Jang-hoon,
who is looking to reach the 10,000-point mark for his career, to form a strong inside tandem.
Kim adds speed and height to the Knights, a Seoul-based team which lost scorer
Bang Sung-yoon to the NBA Development League (D-League).
In addition to those two high draft picks, Promy forward Yoon Ho-young, labeled as the ''next Kim Joo-sung,''
and ET Land BlackSlammers towering guard Kang Byung-hyun, both from
Chung-Ang University which is known for its prestigious basketball program, are also competitive young players.

Promy Still Top Contender
The reigning champion, which has an advantage in height over the league's other teams,

is gunning for its fourth KBL title.
Forward Kim Joo-sung, selected as last season's MVP for the regular season,
championship series and All-Star Game, is still in his prime and Nigerian-born center Reggie Okosa remains in the post.
Better, the addition of 1.98-meter rookie Yoon has solidified the frontcourt.
The Egis, also three-time champions, are considered the rival with the
best chance of stopping the Promy because of their No. 1 draft pick, Ha.

Ha, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers for two years, played in a preseason game against the
KTF MagicWings and took advantage of his height to produce 13 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.
In addition, the Jeonju-based team added 2.07-meter Micah Brand and 2.03-meter
Brian Harper, so it can boast a lineup with four starters taller than 2 meters.

Powell Leads Foreign Group
BlackSlammer forward Ricardo Powell has taken center stage among imported players.
The 25-year-old, who graduated from the University of South Carolina,
was a leading scorer in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia in the 2006-2007 season.
Terrence Shannon, the reigning foreign player MVP, moved to the Knights,
and Brandon Crump, who played for the Egis last season, will play for the LG Sakers.
Steve Thomas, picked by the MagicWings, is a former leading rebounder in
the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in the United States.

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter
ksw@koreatimes.co.kr



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  SPAIN   


Tyler Tiedeman 25 points - by Interperformances
Rookie Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) struggled at the start of his first international experience with Aguas de Velencia Grandia Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold League, but now is coming into his own. In the last game against Mallorca the 6'7' forward scored 25 points with 6-7 from the 2 and 3-6 from the 3. He played his college career at Boise State (NCAA), where he averaged 13,9 ppg, 3,4 apg and 3,1apg his senior year.

Tskitishvili to Fuenlabrada - by Robert Mayor
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) has agreed terms with Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada and has signed a three months deal with Spanish club. Tskitishvili returns to ACB after one season in Teramo averaging more than 10 points and 4 rebounds per game. In 2006/07 season, Georgian forward signed with spaniard team Caja San Fernando where completed an irregular year scoring 7 points and grabbin' 3 rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

Tskitishvili arrives to Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada in order to sustitute injured Rafael Vidaurreta (205-F-77, college: Wake Forest).


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  TURKEY   


ITU signed Ibrahim Kutluay - by Furkan Yunkul
Turkish veteran player Ibrahim Kutluay (198-F/G-74), played for PAOK last year, decided to join TB2L side ITU. After he had been vetoed by Fenerbahce Ulker Head Coach Bogdan Tanjevic, some Turkish teams wanted him but he rejected all this offers. After a long time of thinking, finally he signed with ITU. He played for Top Turkish teams as Fenerbahce Ulker, Efes Pilsen, Ulkerspor and Greek teams Panathinaikos and AEK. He also played in NBA for a short time. He is a great scorer with killing 3 point shoots.

Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. T.Telekom 2-0 
 2. Fener.Ulker 2-0 
 3. Galatasaray 2-0 
 4. Efes Pilsen 1-1 
 5. Karsiyaka 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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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Luol Deng the main man for Chicago Bulls - by Eurobasket News
Having successfully steered the emerging GB squad into next year's European finals, Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) starts the NBA season as the man now charged with leading the Chicago Bulls back to their former glories.

After four years on their roster Chicago have identified Deng as the player and leader of men to accomplish that task and in July shelled out a further 46 million to secure his services over the next six years.

'It's a big task because there is no bigger team in basketball than the Bulls but we have to keep things simple,' Deng said ahead of Tuesday's season opener against Milwaukee.

'The first thing is to come together as a team and aim for a winning regular season. Last season we were 33-49 which just wasn't good enough. It can be a very long season indeed when things are going wrong, so our initial aim must be to get a few early wins and build momentum.

'My summer with Great Britain has been a real help. The intensity of our qualifying matches really sharpened me up. I arrived back in Chicago very motivated and fit and can't wait to start.

'People keep telling me there is a lot of pressure on my shoulders - the GB crusade and the Chicago cause - but the bottom line is all I have to do every other night is go on court and play ball for the evening, a game I love and enjoy. I don't call that stress.'

Chicago's cause was boosted in the summer by No 1 draft choice, raised point guard Derrick Rose. In Ben Gordon - who is poised to make his GB debut next summer - and Argentina's 2004 Olympic gold medal star Andres Nocioni the Bulls also possess two of the best impact players off the bench in the NBA. Not for the first time though, much will depend on Deng.

Courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk


Week 5 - Team of the Week - by Andy Webb
Twenty-eight points and four assists in Scottish Rocks 99-82 victory at PAWS London Capital helped point guard Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) gain a place in the fifth BBL team of the week.

Yanders drained three of his five three-point attempts as the Rocks continued their unbeaten start to the BBL Championship season, on Sunday. Rocks longest serving player also scored 15 points and dished out five assists in their 85-77 victory at Worthing Thunder the previous evening.

The other guard spot goes to Airwaves Plymouth Raiders Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) for his performance in the 99-75 victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup quarter-final. Lasker finished with 22 points and eight rebounds for Gary Stronachs team, and drained four of his five shots from the Land of Plenty. Lasker also added 17 points in the Raiders 83-79 home victory against Guildford Heat on Saturday evening.

After rejoining Worcester Wolves a fortnight ago, Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) gained his first team of the week honours as Skouson Harkers team recorded a shock 106-101 win at previously unbeaten Everton Tigers. Forward Paez finished with 31 points and six rebounds, and sunk 11 of his 12 shots from the free-throw line as he played all 40 minutes. Paez also poured in 30 points in another 40-minute performance the following night, but he couldnt prevent Wolves losing 108-88 at home against Newcastle Eagles.

Worthing Thunder forward Janis Ivanovskis (201-F-80, college: Cumberland) gained his second weekly honour this season with 22 points and 18 boards in their surprise 88-85 victory at Sheffield Sharks. The Lithuania forward also posted 24 points and ten rebounds in their 85-77 home loss against Scottish Rocks.

This weeks team is completed by Worcester Wolves centre Justin Brown (213-C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Connecticut) who finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocks in Wolves defeat to Newcastle.


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  URUGUAY   


Atenas maintained the lead - by Hector Lopez
Atenas, with 20 points and 13 rebounds by Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB), beat Trouville on the road 89-72 during the 19th round for the Uruguayan league, to maintain atwo points lead.. Jack Rogers, also for Atenas, netted 5. For Trouville Leviu Stukes and Ollie Bailey both scored 17 points. Other results and numbers for import players:
Defensor Sporting 72 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 11 points and 12 rebounds, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 22 points
Bohemios 58 - Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 10 points, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 13 points
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Cordon 91 - Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) scored 37 and Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 27 plus 16 rebounds
Olimpia 82 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 23 and 15, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 7 and 5
- - -
Paysandu 79 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 28, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 13 points and 12 rebounds
Hebraioca Macabi 71 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) 4 points
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Malvin 98 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 15 and 8, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 8 and 6
Welcome 54 - Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) 5 points, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 4 and 2
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Union Atletica 74 - John Ruffus 26 points and 13 rebounds
Sayago 63 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 8 and 10,
Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 8 and 6


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Atenas 15-4 
 2. Malvin 13-6 
 3. Defensor 12-7 
 4. Hebraica 12-7 
 5. Tabare 12-7 
 6. Bigua 11-8 
 7. Olimpia 11-8 
 8. Trouville 9-10 
 9. Bohemios 8-11 
 10. Paysandu 8-11 
 11. Un.Atletica 7-13 
 12. Cordon 6-13 
 13. Sayago 5-14 
 14. Welcome 4-15 


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 - Week 10: Duros and Cojedes clinch playoff spots - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara clinched the third spot for the LNB 2008 playoffs with a sweep over Tiburones de Vargas as hosts, while Centauros de Cojedes took a decisive step by surprising Graneros de Portuguesa at their own court with a sweep. Caciques de Trujillo split their series against Estudiantes de Guarico and the struggling Petroleros de Falcon kept their hopes with a split series against Centauros de Apure.



SCOREBOARDS

Duros de Lara 82 - Tiburones de Vargas 80 (Tue)
Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 25-16-24-17= 82

TIB: 28-21-16-15= 80

Scorers
DUR: Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 19 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 17 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 13 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 8 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 6 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 6 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 6 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 5 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points, Gerardo Chourio (193-F-87) 0 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 0 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points

TIB: Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 20 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 18 points, Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 12 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 11 points, William Labrador (201-F-80) 7 points, Jesus Orono 5 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 4 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) 3 points, Enyer Guerra (190-F-84) 0 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 0 points, Ruben Contreras (196-F-87) 0 points

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Duros de Lara 94 - Tiburones de Vargas 87 (Wed)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 35-20-17-22= 94

TIB: 12-26-32-17= 87


Scorers
DUR: Lawrence Wallace 20 points, Heissler Guillent 18 points, Kenji Urdaneta 13 points, Jesus Centeno 10 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 10 points, Francisco Centeno 9 points, Francisco Sanabria 7 points, Keving Palacios 5 points, Jackson Zapata 2 points, Boris Urbina 0 points, Carlos Quintero 0 points, Gerardo Chourio 0 points

TIB: Cesar Silva 19 points, Peter Kvietek 17 points, Douglas Rodriguez 11 points, Kyle Cuffe 11 points, William Labrador 10 points, Ruben Contreras 9 points, Enyer Guerra 5 points, Yonaiker Ecker 5 points, Alejandro Otaiza 0 points, Leonardo Berroteran 0 points, Jesus Orono 0 points

Caciques de Trujillo 104 - Estudiantes de Guarico 97 (Tue)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 22-25-29-28= 104

EST: 20-24-30-23= 97


Scorers
CAC: Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 22 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 18 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 16 points

EST: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 25 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 20 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 15 points



Estudiantes de Guarico 92 - Caciques de Trujillo 81 (Wed)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
CAC: Manuel Berroteran 24 points, Michael Flores 14 points

EST: David Ruffin 21 points, Victor David Diaz 21 points



Centauros de Cojedes 91 - Graneros de Portuguesa 87 (Tue)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter

GRA: 21-31-19-16= 87

COJ: 26-17-29-19= 91


Scorers
GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 17 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 16 points

COJ: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 20 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 20 points


Centauros de Cojedes 100 - Graneros de Portuguesa 98 (Wed)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
GRA: Amber Marin (208-C-81) 31 points, Jhon Romero 14 points

COJ: Darwin Jaramillo 31 points, Luis Bethelmy 19 points



Petroleros de Falcon 94 - Centauros de Apure 84 (Tue)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
PET: 24-16-19-35= 94

APU: 15-19-18-32= 84


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 26 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 19 points

APU: Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 20 points, Daniel Dominguez (183-G-71) 12 points



Centauros de Apure 94 - Petroleros de Falcon 82 (Wed)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
PET: 26-15-21-20= 82

APU: 22-18-25-29= 94


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas 24 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 15 points

APU: Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 15 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 15 points



Dalmau to coach Gaiteros in 2009, Guaros completes two trades - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia, runner ups in the LPB 2008 season under command of head coach Jorge Arrieta , will be coached by Puerto Rican Raymond Dalmau in 2009. Dalmau has come before to work for this team in 1999, 2001 and 2004 and has a broad experience in his country's Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). Gaiteros announced that Dalmau will arrive to Venezuela on January 15th, 2009, to begin preseason workouts.

Meanwhile, Guaros de Lara completed two trades on the same day, as they handed star guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) to Marinos de Anzoategui in exchange for guard Erick Herrera (184-F-80) and power forward and center Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78), as well as an undisclosed amount of money. In another move, they acquired former Venezuela's NT member, forward Carlos Morris (194-G-75), from Deportivo Tachira, and gave away shooting guard Johan Pinero (183-G-76) and small forward Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78).


Luis Julio left Petroleros and joined San Andres in Colombia - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Power forward and center Luis Julio (199-F-80) was contacted by the San Andres Islanders, qualified for the playoffs in Colombia's Copa Invitacional, and he decided to end his participation in Venezuela's Liga Nacional with Petroleros de Falcon to join the team right before their semifinal series starts against Bucaros de Bucaramanga, the 2006 and 2007 champions.

Julio, who plays for Venezuela' Senior NT but was born in Cartagena, Colombia, played in this country last season with Arrieros de Antioquia. Meanwhile, Venezuelan small forward Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) was released by Norte de Santander after completing the regular season matches, to be replaced by former NBA power forward Carlos Rogers (211-F/C-71) as imported player.


LNB 2008 - Week 10: Apure and Estudiantes complete playoff berths, regular season ends - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure swept the eliminated Tiburones de Vargas to get the fifth spot towards the LNB 2008 playoffs, while Estudiantes de Guarico completed a series split and gained a crucial 20-point victory in the last day to crush Petroleros de Falcon by points of difference in the decisive standings. Duros de Lara split their series as visitors against Centauros de Cojedes and so did Caciques de Trujillo and Graneros de Portuguesa.



SCOREBOARDS

Centauros de Cojedes 77 - Duros de Lara 72 (Sat)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
COJ: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 24 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 14 points

DUR: Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 15 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 14 points

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Duros de Lara 95 - Centauros de Cojedes 68 (Sun)

Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
COJ: Luis Bethelmy 29 points, Luis Ibarra 15 points

DUR: Kenji Urdaneta 17 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 16 points

Centauros de Apure 91 - Tiburones de Vargas 85 (Sat)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
TIB: 22-16-23-24= 85

APU: 15-25-30-21= 91


Scorers
TIB: Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 26 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 19 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 11 points

APU: Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 19 points, Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 17 points, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) 15 points and 10 assists, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 12 points



Centauros de Apure 79 - Tiburones de Vargas 68 (Sun)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia La Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
TIB: Peter Kvietek 19 points, Cesar Silva 14 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 8 points

APU: Elvis Montero 20 points, Rafael Perez 18 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 17 points



Petroleros de Falcon 91 - Estudiantes de Guarico 81 (Sat)
Villa Olimpica Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter

EST: 22-22-17-20= 81

PET: 19-15-27-30= 91


Scorers
EST: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 20 points, Vladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 17 points

PET: Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 19 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 18 points


Estudiantes de Guarico 118 - Petroleros de Falcon 98 (Sun)
Villa Olimpica Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
EST: Victor David Diaz 39 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 22 points

PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 31 points, Jose Yovera 17 points



Graneros de Portuguesa 91 - Caciques de Trujillo 88 (Sat)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
GRA: Amber Marin (208-C-81) 36 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 20 points

CAC: Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 20 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 18 points



Caciques de Trujillo 83 - Graneros de Portuguesa 78 (Sun)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 16 points, Amber Marin 16 points

CAC: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 24 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 18 points



Greivis Vasquez begins trainings in Maryland (NCAA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87), a member of Venezuela's Senior NT, began practices for what will be his third full season as a starter for the Maryland Terrapins in the United States NCAA's first division basketball, after a succesful second season in which he topped his own stats and became the most experienced player and the go to guy for head coach Gary Williams .

Vasquez came back to Maryland after spending a few days at home in Caracas to be with his father, who got ill. 'I had to go down there last week because my father was very sick. He had internal bleeding and was in the hospital. It is tough for me to be here knowing he's there ill and that's why I went back there to help him out. Now, he's much more stable and happy because nothing bad happened', he said to the official website of his team.

'We've got two new players and having Sean Mosley is excellent. He's going to bring toughness to the paint and that will help us a lot. Many people thinks we're not good enough, but the way we've been working and the way we understand each other, is going to make us a better team that many believe', he added.

'I have to change a lot of things about my game. I've got to calm down more and I've already worked on some stuff during the offseason. I've got to prove myself in every step I walk on court. I've got to lead this team in a different way than I did last year. It's going to be a year of big challenges for me in different senses', said Vasquez.

Coach Gary Williams also mentioned him during his encounter with the media. 'I'd like to see him take better shots at times and not to force himself so much. There's a thin line that we can't cross when we ask for this, cause you can't take away a player's natural aggresiveness. Greivis got blamed for a lot of things that he had to do last year, but I think that, if I could, I'd have him in any of my teams all the time'.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Sibenik 3-0 
 2. Ragusa 3-0 
 3. Jedinstvo 1-1 
 4. Medvescak 1-1 
 5. Buducnost 1-1 
 6. Vojvodina 1-1 
 7. Gospic 1-2 
 8. Merkur Celje 0-2 
 9. M.Kraj. BL 0-2 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - WNBL
WNBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Cox, TOW 26.3
2 Smith, PER 25.0
3 Poto, SYD 21.8
4 Foley, ADE 19.2
5 Cambage, AIS 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Crouse, TOW 14.0
2 Bishop, CAN 13.0
3 Francis, ADE 10.2
4 RIchards, BEN 9.8
5 Hammonds, BUL 8.75
Assists Per Game
1 Smith, PER 7.3
2 Harrower, BEN 7.0
3 Milner, BUL 6.5
4 Marsh, PER 5.6
5 Veal, LOG 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 Poto, SYD 2.8
2 Cox, TOW 2.7
3 Milner, BUL 2.3
4 Veal, LOG 2.3
5 Smith, PER 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Crouse, TOW 2.3
2 Payne, ADE 2.0
3 Francis, ADE 1.8
4 Cambage, AIS 1.6
5 Beatty, CAN 1.4


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Wels 3-0 
 2. Fl.Foxes 3-0 
 3. UBBC 2-1 
 4. Jocher's D. 2-1 
 5. Graz 1-3 
 6. Vienna 87 1-3 
 7. Baden 0-4 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Unlucky round for Belarusian teams in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Lemminkainen secured the third success in the season as they shot down Berezina 89:54. The teams met in Klaipeda and the visitors looked better in the opening frame. They jumped to a 19:17 lead after ten minutes but Lemminkainen managed to draw things level at 32 at halftime.
Lemminkainen stormed in front in the third frame as they outscored Berezina 27:12 and built a comfortable lead. The intrigue was not revived in the fourth period as Lemminkainen eased to the victory. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) fired 17 points to pace the hosts. Anna Piltyaeva (190-C-88) added 17 points, while Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Berezina.
Arvi kept their record spotless with a 73:64 win over Minsk 2006 in Klaipeda. The teams looked evenly matched in the first half and were tied at 38 after twenty minutes. But a stifling defense allowed the Lithuanian team to eke out a hard victory at the end. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 11 points for Arvi. Ramanava answered with 24 points for Minsk 2006 as they slipped to 0-5 record.
Viktoria were unable to tame BC Star in Grodno. Trailing by 19 points before the fourth term Victoria came just short of a miraculous comeback as they trimmed the distance to minimum. But the Estonian team withstood tough closing moments and pulled away with a 56:51 victory. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) provided 15 points for the winners. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) added 14 points, while Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) posted 11 points and 17 rebounds. Veranika Valeuskaya (169-G-91) and Zybrytskaya answered with 14 points apiece for Viktoria.
Olimpia Grodno was the only victorious team in the round. They held off Tallinna Living 80:72 at home. Tallinna Living dominated throughout three quarters but failed to capitalize on a 5-point buffer heading into the final stanza. The hosts bounced back and scored 30 points in the term to earn an impressive win. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) topscored for Olimpia with 26 points. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) added 19 points for the winners. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) had 25 points for Tallinna Living.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Unlucky round for Belarusian teams in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Lemminkainen secured the third success in the season as they shot down Berezina 89:54. The teams met in Klaipeda and the visitors looked better in the opening frame. They jumped to a 19:17 lead after ten minutes but Lemminkainen managed to draw things level at 32 at halftime.
Lemminkainen stormed in front in the third frame as they outscored Berezina 27:12 and built a comfortable lead. The intrigue was not revived in the fourth period as Lemminkainen eased to the victory. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) fired 17 points to pace the hosts. Anna Piltyaeva (190-C-88) added 17 points, while Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Berezina.
Arvi kept their record spotless with a 73:64 win over Minsk 2006 in Klaipeda. The teams looked evenly matched in the first half and were tied at 38 after twenty minutes. But a stifling defense allowed the Lithuanian team to eke out a hard victory at the end. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 11 points for Arvi. Ramanava answered with 24 points for Minsk 2006 as they slipped to 0-5 record.
Viktoria were unable to tame BC Star in Grodno. Trailing by 19 points before the fourth term Victoria came just short of a miraculous comeback as they trimmed the distance to minimum. But the Estonian team withstood tough closing moments and pulled away with a 56:51 victory. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) provided 15 points for the winners. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) added 14 points, while Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) posted 11 points and 17 rebounds. Veranika Valeuskaya (169-G-91) and Zybrytskaya answered with 14 points apiece for Viktoria.
Olimpia Grodno was the only victorious team in the round. They held off Tallinna Living 80:72 at home. Tallinna Living dominated throughout three quarters but failed to capitalize on a 5-point buffer heading into the final stanza. The hosts bounced back and scored 30 points in the term to earn an impressive win. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) topscored for Olimpia with 26 points. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) added 19 points for the winners. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) had 25 points for Tallinna Living.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 (Round 4): Dexia remains on top - by Eurobasket News
Round 4 in Belgian D1 was played this week-end. As it was expected, Dexia Namur victimized DBC Houthalen at home 95-43 staying perfect with score 4-0. At the same time, Dexia is the only undefeated team in Belgian elite competition. Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was behind her with 15 points but also including impressive 13 rebounds. DBC Houthalen got 12 points and 9 boards from Hilde Kremers.

Spirou Monceau also was victorious at home outplaying Point Chaud Sprimont 67-60. It means that the hosts jumped on 1-3 while Chaud stays on just 1 win in 4 games. Krystel Ballau (168-G-84, agency: LBM Management) and Ophelie Thibaut (168-g-82) shined for Spirou Monceau netting 14 points apiece. Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) drained 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Point Chaud Sprimont.

St-Katelijne Waver is another home team which improved its record in D1 last week-end. St-Katelijne escaped with tiny victory vs BBC Boom 65-62. Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) paced the hosts to fourth joy this season collecting 20 points and magnificent 16 boards. Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) also helped the wining team with 20 points. BBC Boom got 15 points and 15 rebounds from Corina Arts (184-C-76), but it dropped on 1-3.

In the last game for Round 4, Blue Cats Ieper faced with home defeat against Declercq Stortbeton Waregem 50-75 remaining the only winless team in D1. Waregem has 2-1.


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Ragusa smashes Mladi Krajisnik in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - Mladi Krajisnik 74-37

Ragusa blasted Bosnian team Mladi Krajisnik in third round of regional championship jumping on 3-0. Bosnians will have to look for some other chance in order to register first win this season. Slovenian team Merkur Celje is together with Mladi Krajisnik on the bottom of the standings with 0-2.
Almost all players in Ragusa were in a game mood against Mladi Krajisnik. Everyone except of Roje succeeded to add their name to the list of scorers. The best one for sure was Anica Tesic (180-F-81), who poured in 15 points. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) followed her with 12 while veteran Razija Mujanovic (202-C-67) stopped on 11 points. Benic was the last one with doule digits in scoring for the hosts with exactly 10 points. Mladi Krajisnik got 13 points from Aida Pilav (187-C-87).
Bosnians managed to resist during the first ten minutes. However, Anica Tesic and her teammates intensified defense letting its opponent to score just 8 points in the second stanza. At the middle of it Ragusa grabed double digit and later continued with extending it until the end. Interesting is that Mladi Krajisnik was not able to make more than 10 points per quarter. At the end they stopped on poor 37. Bosnians aggregated -58 in two games while Ragusa has +57.

Ragusa: Anica Tesic 15, Matea Vrdoljak 12, Razija Mujanovic 11
Mladi Krajisnik: Aida Pilav 13, Olja Stupar (187-C-87) 8


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav celebrates in Pernik, Dionne Brown MVP of the Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Reigning champion Dunav Ekont outplayed Minor 67-56 in the last game of Round 4. The match was held at Minor's home court in Pernik, whose fans still desperately wait for the first win. Minor is currently on the bottom of the standings together with NSA. On the other side, Dunav Ekont remained unbeaten sharing the top with Lukoil Neftochimik. Dunav Ekont had pretty good second half, especially at the defensive end, letting Minor to score only 25 points for 20 minutes. It was key of their win in Pernik. Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) shined in Dunav collecting 19 points and missing only one board for double-double. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) followed her netting 14 points apiece. Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73) was great for the hosts. She spent 27 minutes on the court pouring in 26 points against the reining champion. She also had 5 more rebounds getting the MVP award for this game, index value 26.

However, award for MVP of Round 4 belongs to Dionne Brown (188-F/C-82, college: Baylor), who reached index value 30. It is her first MVP award for the entire round since the beginning of the season. At the the first point it was Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: Florida Intern.) and after that twice Danielle Page. Dionne Brown played 37 minutes helping Lukoil Neftochimik to beat Rilski Sportist 89-60. She finished the game with 23 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot.


Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dionne Brown 22.3
2 Olena Samburska 21.3
3 Gergana Koleva 21.0
4 Danielle Page 20.7
5 Hristina Ivanova 18.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Danielle Page 11.0
2 Stefka Miteva 9.7
3 Agnesa Doychinova 8.3
4 Kremena Hristova 8.0
5 Dionne Brown 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Ivelina Vrancheva 5.3
2 Elena Yolovska 5.0
3 Teodora Petrova 4.8
4 Silvia Peeva 4.5
5 Veronika Bortelova 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Delyana Koeva 3.7
2 Gergana Koleva 3.7
3 Dionne Brown 3.0
4 Olena Samburska 2.8
5 Silvia Peeva 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Vera Perostiyska 4.0
2 Danielle Page 1.3
3 Stefka Nikolova 1.3
4 Stefka Miteva 1.0
5 Delyana Koeva 0.7


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  CROATIA - Women  


Jolly JBS celebrates vs Gospic CO in Croatian derby - by Eurobasket News
Jolly JBS - Gospic CO 59-56

Very exciting game was played in Sibenik, where Jolly JBS managed to beat Gospic CO remaining on top of Adriatic league with score 3-0. Interesting is that the host team succeeded to score just 59 points in this game while on Wednesday they needed only 20 minutes to drain 60 against Union Hainaut in Euroleague.
Gospic CO entered into this game with impressive 8-0 run. Jolly JBS got the first points in 5th minute from the American Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV). The hosts faced with many problems in the first half, which Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) and her teammates knew how to exploit. Thanks to Vrsaljko, as well as Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) and Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87), Gospic CO reached 27-12 in the second frame. Until the end of the half time Jolly JBS succeeded to cut the margin on 10. Same picture on the court was seen in third frame as the hosts continued with missing the shots helping Gospic CO to keep its 10-point lead easily. The crucial moment of the game was introducing of Dutch player Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) by the head coach Stipe Bralic. As soon as she came in Kooij drained a long range stroke also doing a great job in defense. She gave power to her teammates to fight and it resulted with 52-52 with 3 minutes to go. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) and Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) was concentrated at the very end (basket and free throw) helping Jolly JBS to stay on top of regional championship. Constance Jinks top-scored for the hosts with 14 points. Martina Gambiraza and Marija Vrsaljko had 12 points each for Gospic CO.

Jolly JBS: Constance Jinks 14
Gospic CO: Martina Gambiraza 12, Marija Vrsaljko 12


Jedinstvo too strong for Medvescak - by Eurobasket News
Jedinstvo - Medvescak 60-42

One of the Montenegrin representatives in Adriatic league, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, took care for the second win this season. At the same time it is the second defeat for Croatian Medvescak. After three rounds, Ragusa and Jolly JBS are on top with prefect record.
Opening ten minutes of the game in Bijelo Polje were totally leveled, 12-12. After that Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) and her teammates started to play much better demonstrating pretty good performance at the offensive end. Jedinstvo had Slavica Jeknic (187-F/G-83) and Ruzic in a game mood while Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) was only one in Medvescak who was able to compete against the tough hosts. Everything resulted with plus 7 for Jedinstvo at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Medvescak had many troubles with running the plays, thanks to very aggressive defense by the hosts. They were very motivated to take this one stopping Croatian team on just 19 points in the second half. With that kind of performance Medvescak couldn't expect anything better than to get frozen on minus 18. Jasmina Bigovic was the best player for the winning team draining 22 points. Slavica Jeknic helped with 12 while Ruzic added one less. Mirna Mazic scored 14 points for Medvescak. Marina Mazic stopped on 8 points.

Jedinstvo: Jasmina Bigovic 22, Slavica Jeknic 12, Ruzic 11
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 14, Marina Mazic (190-C-80) 8


Ragusa smashes Mladi Krajisnik in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - Mladi Krajisnik 74-37

Ragusa blasted Bosnian team Mladi Krajisnik in third round of regional championship jumping on 3-0. Bosnians will have to look for some other chance in order to register first win this season. Slovenian team Merkur Celje is together with Mladi Krajisnik on the bottom of the standings with 0-2.
Almost all players in Ragusa were in a game mood against Mladi Krajisnik. Everyone except of Roje succeeded to add their name to the list of scorers. The best one for sure was Anica Tesic (180-F-81), who poured in 15 points. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) followed her with 12 while veteran Razija Mujanovic (202-C-67) stopped on 11 points. Benic was the last one with doule digits in scoring for the hosts with exactly 10 points. Mladi Krajisnik got 13 points from Aida Pilav (187-C-87).
Bosnians managed to resist during the first ten minutes. However, Anica Tesic and her teammates intensified defense letting its opponent to score just 8 points in the second stanza. At the middle of it Ragusa grabed double digit and later continued with extending it until the end. Interesting is that Mladi Krajisnik was not able to make more than 10 points per quarter. At the end they stopped on poor 37. Bosnians aggregated -58 in two games while Ragusa has +57.

Ragusa: Anica Tesic 15, Matea Vrdoljak 12, Razija Mujanovic 11
Mladi Krajisnik: Aida Pilav 13, Olja Stupar (187-C-87) 8


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  DENMARK - Women  


Vaerlose, Aabyhoj and SISU in the steps of Horsholm - by Eurobasket News
Three teams grabbed the third victories in the last round of Danish Dameligaen. They are all now just one step behind the league leading Horsholm.
Vaerlose travelled to Horsens to take on the local Pirates. The hosts got to a better start as they jumped to a 15:11 lead after the opening frame. Horsens kept on controlling the situation in the second frame and stretched the margin to 6 points at halftime. Tena Matthews (173-G-85) led the charge for the Pirates. However Vaerlose revived in the second half. They finally adjusted offense and quickly denied the deficit. The tight final seconds saw Vaerlose snatching a narrow 57:53 win at the end. Chelsea Lutha (-F) had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Trine Duelund (182-F-84) knocked down 10 points in the win. Tena Matthews replied with 17 points and 12 boards for Horsens.
Aabyhoj recovered from a 6-point deficit before the fourth term to knock down Virum in the fourth round. Anne Kristensen fired 15 points to pace Aabyhoj to the third win in the season. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) secured 14 points for the winning team. Stephanie Lovingood (185-F-86, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: W.Illinois) answered with 30 points for Virum as they fell to 0-3 record.
SISU sent Lemvig to the fourth straight loss as they prevailed 81:65 on the road. SISU never trailed en route to the impressive victory. Jackie Adamschik exploded with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lift SISU. Melissa Manzer (168-G-86, college: Siena) dropped 18 points in the victory. Ashley Wettengel (178-F, college: John Brown) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for Lemvig as they remained at the bottom of the ladder.


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jensen, Horsholm 22.6
2 Adamschik, SISU 21.7
3 Luhta, Vaerlose 21.2
4 Lampe, Lemvig 20.3
5 Piggott, Horsholm 18.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 10.0
2 Jensen, Horsholm 9.0
3 Adamschik, SISU 7.7
4 Lovingood, Virum 6.6
5 Olden, Falcon 6.2
Assists Per Game
1 Kostic, Virum 7.6
2 Thorius, Horsholm 6.0
3 Larsen, SISU 3.0
4 Manzer, SISU 3.0
5 Eskholm. Horsens 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 2.0
2 Jensen, Horsholm 1.3
3. Duelund, Vaerlose 1.0


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  EBA - Women  


WEBA for 2009 - by EBA Media
The Mid-Atlantics only womens minor basketball league (WEBA) will swing into action for its 7th season on January 3rd 2009.

League tryouts will be held on Sunday, November 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in Harrisburg, PA. Visit our league website easternbasketballalliance.com for more information.

New teams joining the WEBA league for 2009 are Maryland Lady Suns, NJ Thunder, Lancaster Lady Cougars, Philadelphia Flames and Virginia Lady Stallions.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Uniqua NB1/A - Round 5 - by Patonay Adam
Sopron and Gyor had easy win on this round again, Savaria played really well againt Mizo Pecs - without Mazzante, Queenen and Torok - on the first half, but Pecs decided the game easily on the second. BSE and Szeged made very important victory on road, Allyson Hardy (170-G-83, college: Bowie St.) started to play really well while the centers of Szeged dominated in Zala. The very young and sympatic Csata played and fight well but Szekaszard won the game on home court.

Zala Volan ZTE - Szeviep Szeged 62:84
Zala Volan: Gavrilovska M. 13, Szalay V. 9/3
Szeged: Zherzherunova O. 18 (9 reb), Tomova M. 23/3, Nemeth B. 12/3, Furesz E. 16/6 (6 reb, 5 ass)

BEAC Ujbuda - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 62:91
BEAC: Szasz E. 15/9, Melinda Bagi 15 (6 reb)
Sopron: Horti D. 18, Horvath Zs. 13/3, Honti K. 10, MacLeod K. 15/9, Holt A. 22/9

Atomeromu Szekszard - Vasas Csata 70:67
Szekszard: Whilhelmina W. 13 (11 reb), Ievtushenko A. 15
Csata: Lakloth A. 15/3, Czank T. 14, Mansare F. 22/3 (13 reb)

Savaria BC Helios - Mizo Pecs 2010 68:106
Savaria: Szabadfi M. 11/3, Sandor I. 14/6, Robinson R. 31/9, (13 reb), Gardner A. 10
Pecs: Raksanyi K. 15/9, Coelho G. 17 (12 reb), Vajda A. 21, Ivanyi D. 10/6, Meszaros K. 12/3, Ruppert N. 14

Szolnoki NKK - BSE 55:70
Szolnok: Djelmis A. 14/3, Hegedus R. 12
BSE: Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) 17 (10 reb), Allyson Hardy 25/9

Seat Foton Gyor - Cegledi EKK 102:48
Gyor: Furesz D. 11/9, Keller A. 17 (9 reb), Varga R. 18, Adel Antolovics (193-F/C-80) 22
Cegled: Serban A. 11 (9 reb), Tiba K. 12/6, Hegedus M. 10


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Aspell, Wildcats 23.0
2 OBrien, Meteors 23.0
3 Fox, Mercy 18.3
4 Dwyer, Hotel Cork 18.0
5 Martin, Mercy 17.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niland, Tolka 15.5
2 Kavanagh, Wildcats 12.0
3 Fahy, Hotel Cork 10.5
4 Fox, Mercy 9.0
5 Troy, Killester 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Aspell, Wildcats 4.5
2 Cunningham, Tolka 4.0
3 Walsh, Hotel Cork 3.5
4 Buckley, Hotel Cork 3.0
5 Deegan, Wildcats 2.5
Steals Per Game
1 Scully, Meteors 5.0
2 Cunningham, Tolka 4.5
3 Gray, Killester 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Truncale, Killester 2.5
2 Kavanagh, Wildcats 1.5
3 Fahy, Hotel Cork 1.5


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  ISRAEL - Women  


The Second round Results - by Gil Goshen

1st Loss for Ramat Hasharon, 1st Win for Ramla

Bnot Hsharon got a big dramatic road win at Ramat Hasharon, 74 73, thanks to Shona Thorburn's - GG basketball free throws with 12 seconds to play. In other games Ramla wasn't brilliant but beat Holon, Ashdod kept its momentum going with an important win at Bnei Yehuda with Tamara Moore - agency GG basketball ( almost triple double !!! ), Ramat Hen struggled with Hapoel and Natanya abused Tel Kabir again.

Electra Ramat Hasharon 73 Bnoth Hsharon 74
Raanana Hertzeliya dominated the 1st half but Ramat Hasharon came back in the 3rd to force a tight finish. Shona Thorburn drew a foul and made both free throws with 12 seconds to go, 74-73, and a great steal by Shona Thorburn signed the first lose of Ramat Hsharon..

ForBnoth Hsharon
Jessica Dickson 23 pts
Charde Houston 20 pts
Katia Levitsky 10 pts
Lena Mustafina 9 pts
Shona Thorburn 4 points , 7 rb, 3 ast.

For Ramat Hasharon:
Kiesha Brown 18 pts, 12 rebs
Nomi Kolodny & Erin Philips 13 pts each
Liad Suez Karni 12 pts
Ebony Hoffman 10 pts
Merav Dori 5 pts
Abiola Wabara 2 pts

Elizur Ramla 71 Elizur Holon 62

For Ramla:
Olena Ogorodnikova 20 pts
Annmarie Parau 15 pts
Ina Gourevitch 8 pts
Ortal Oren & Tan White 7 pts each
Nicky Anosike 6 pts, 17 rebs

For Holon:
Edwina Brown 23 pts
Ayana Walker 14 pts, 8 rebs
Edniesha Curry 09 pts
Adi Lux 6 pts


Bnei Yehuda 70 Maccabi Ashdod 77

With 3:30 minutes to go it seemed as though Bnei Yehuda is on the right track for a victory as they led by seven but Ashdod didn't break, Tamara Moore took charge and led a 13-2 run over 3 minutes to lift Ashdod to an important win. Big game for Jennifer Humphry with 27 points.

For Ashdod:
Jennifer Humphry 27 pts, 12 rebs
Tamara Moore 18 pts, 12 ast, 6 rebs
Brasheeda Elohim 13 pts, 7 rebs
Karin Agassi 8 pts
Sherill Baker 6 pts, 7 rebs, 7 tos
Bat El Lazmi 5 pts

For Bnei Yehuda:
Candace Futrell 27 pts
Sugiery Monsac 16 pts, 14 rebs
Chen Segal 11 pts
Dionnah Jackson 8 pts, 5 ast
Rivi Grinboym 6 pts, 10 rebs
Shira Haelyon 2 pts


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Serie A1 day-3: stats and results - by Carlo Grilli

Acer Erg Priolo - Famila Wber Schio 64 - 59
(16-12, 33-27, 48-44)
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 11 (0/3, 2/4), Bonfiglio S. 5 (2/3), Danielle Green (173-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) 5 (2/3, 0/2), Barnes A. (0/1), Milazzo O. 6 (1/2, 1/1), Cirov T. 14 (1/2, 3/6), Cesnaviciute K. dnp, Seino T. 8 (4/6, 0/2), Sciacca B. 5 (1/4), Pascalau F. 10 (4/10). Coach Coppa Santino
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 11 (4/7), Moro E. 12 (2/3, 1/6), Feaster A. 2 (0/2), Pantani C. , Masciadri R. 10 (0/1, 2/3), De Pretto V. dnp, Maiorano M. (0/1, 0/2), Ress K. 6 (1/4, 1/1), Ciampoli F. 4 (2/4), Macchi L. 14 (6/10, 0/1). Coach Orlando Sandro

ACP Livorno - Club Atletico Faenza 48 - 68
(14-21, 22-35, 36-51)
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. (0/2, 0/1), Pastore C. 10 (0/6, 1/2), Pavicevic B. 3 (1/7), Hairston K. 10 (2/9, 1/5), Buccianti E. (0/1, 0/2), Mariani F. 1 (0/2), Gaither K. 10 (5/9, 0/1), Bagnara B. 10 (2/2, 2/5), Montagna S. dnp, Ruzickova M. 4 (2/4, 0/1). Coach Papini Giovanni
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises P. 13 (2/5, 3/7), Erkic M. 11 (3/7, 1/3), Ramon E. 3 (1/3, 0/1), Modica F. 13 (1/3, 3/8), Mendes Da Silva T. 6 (1/1, 1/1), Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85) 4 (2/7, 0/1), Bandini E. , Bjelica M. 6 (2/8, 0/2), Zampella A. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Alexander M. 8 (3/4). Coach Rossi Paolo

Cras Basket Taranto - Bracco Geas Sesto S.Giovanni 60 - 73
(16-22, 30-40, 49-57)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Mahoney M. 11 (1/7, 2/5), Siccardi V. dnp, Bello M. 6 (2/5), Zimerle A. 2 (1/3, 0/2), Sauret Gillespie A. (0/5), David I. 12 (6/9), Prado F. 2 (1/2), Godin E. 6 (3/6), Batkovic S. 9 (3/7, 1/4), Greco M. 12 (2/8, 2/4). Coach Ricchini Roberto
BRACCO GEAS SESTO S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. (0/3), Tillis I. 22 (7/10, 2/3), Genta J. dnp, Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) 10 (4/8, 0/1), Zanon M. 3 (0/3, 1/2), Calastri A. dnp, Twehues K. 11 (1/3, 3/7), Crippa M. 11 (2/2, 2/3), Frantini M. 7 (2/3, 1/1), Machanguana C. 9 (4/5). Coach Galli Roberto

G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli - Umana Venezia 74 - 70
(11-10, 30-28, 49-45)
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 2 (1/1), Aties Isaac Z. 7 (3/7, 0/2), Favento S. dnp, Andjelic N. 20 (3/4, 4/7), Aili F. 10 (3/5, 0/1), Benko L. 9 (3/5, 0/1), Minervino M. 4 (1/1), Danzi D. 2 (1/3), Adriana Grasso (188-C-74) 9 (4/8), Dixon T. 11 (4/15, 0/1). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
UMANA VENEZIA: Corradini L. , Sottana G. 3 (1/4, 0/2), Ballardini S. 10 (2/6, 2/3), Cirone M. 9 (2/2, 0/1), Andrade M. 8 (3/5, 0/1), Nadalin J. 10 (4/7, 0/1), Giauro E. 5 (2/4), Jokic D. 12 (4/8), Vujovic A. 2 (0/2, 0/1), Hayden V. 11 (3/10). Coach Riga Massimo

Gescom MCI Viterbo - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 56 - 44
(15-9, 33-20, 48-28)
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 8 (1/5, 2/4), Magaddino E. 5 (2/2, 0/2), Nicolini E. , Petricca V. , Franchetti M. 11 (3/6, 1/1), Brown A. 18 (9/10), Valentina Piroli (188-F/C-82) 4 (2/3), Bade K. 6 (3/4), De Simone J. 1 (0/1), Marchesano M. 3 (1/3). Coach Agresti Claudio
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Falauto Perez S. dnp, Colico R. 2 (1/3), Creamer M. 8 (1/2, 2/9), Romagnoli A. , Riccardi E. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Montagnino J. 14 (1/2, 3/11), Chones K. 6 (2/8), Moody M. 7 (2/5, 1/1), Perfetti C. 2 (1/1, 0/2), Page J. 3 (1/2). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco

Liomatic Umbertide - Lavezzini Parma 67 - 68
(15-21, 37-34, 56-55)
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rubino J. 7 (2/7, 1/6), Rossi C. 12 (3/5, 2/5), Battisodo V. 2 (1/1), Giorgi S. (0/1), Gelfusa L. dnp, Bonaldo E. (0/1), Callens E. 14 (5/9, 1/3), Perovanovic I. 11 (5/8), Hodges D. 13 (3/7, 1/3), Willis C. 5 (2/6). Coach Serventi Lorenzo
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Stabile S. , Pieropan I. dnp, Paparazzo E. 3 (1/2), Zanoni I. 17 (5/10, 1/2), Zara F. 4 (2/4), Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) 7 (3/6), Summerton L. 26 (11/16, 1/2), Porter N. 3 (0/5, 1/1), Screen J. 8 (1/1, 1/5), Manzini L. dnp. Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Pool Comense - Napoli Basket Vomero 68 - 61

(27-18, 35-30, 51-49)
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. 4 (2/2, 0/1), Silva E. , Hall V. 11 (3/6, 1/2), Invernizzi M. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Slavcheva G. 17 (1/3, 5/9), Limoura L. 4 (2/3, 0/2), Brooke Smith 16 (6/6), Donvito V. 5 (1/2), Fazio M. 9 (3/6), Sarni S. (0/1). Coach Montini Walter
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Tuukkannen T. 6 (3/4), Gatti G. 2 (1/3, 0/3), Mauriello P. 11 (3/5, 1/2), Giauro S. 10 (4/6), Paterna S. 4 (1/4, 0/1), Gentile I. 5 (1/3, 1/2), Laaksonen N. 7 (3/7), Robinson S. 12 (3/8, 0/2), Stamegna L. dnp, Dos Santos C. 4 (1/2), Coach Fossati Fabio



Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Comense 3-0 
 2. Faenza 2-1 
 3. Schio 2-1 
 4. Parma 2-1 
 5. Venezia 2-1 
 6. Ribera 2-1 
 7. San Giovanni 2-1 
 8. Umbertide 1-2 
 9. Pozzuoli 1-2 
 10. Livorno 1-2 
 11. Vomero NA 1-2 
 12. Viterbo 1-2 
 13. Priolo 1-2 
 14. Taranto 0-3 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian teams victorious in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Three Lithuanian teams posted victories in the last round of action in BWBL. Lemminkainen secured the third success in the season as they shot down Berezina 89:54. The teams met in Klaipeda and the visitors looked better in the opening frame. They jumped to a 19:17 lead after ten minutes but Lemminkainen managed to draw things level at 32 at halftime.
Lemminkainen stormed in front in the third frame as they outscored Berezina 27:12 and built a comfortable lead. The intrigue was not revived in the fourth period as Lemminkainen eased to the victory. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) fired 17 points to pace the hosts. Anna Piltyaeva (190-C-88) added 17 points, while Naidieniene had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Berezina.
Arvi kept their record spotless with a 73:64 win over Minsk 2006 in Klaipeda. The teams looked evenly matched in the first half and were tied at 38 after twenty minutes. But a stifling defense allowed the Lithuanian team to eke out a hard victory at the end. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 11 points for Arvi. Ramanava answered with 24 points for Minsk 2006 as they slipped to 0-5 record.
Cesis stole a 57:55 victory from Spartak Saint Petersburg in the opener for both teams. It was a close battle from the start till the end but the hosts were just luckier in the final seconds. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) led the charge with 16 points. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) notched 10 points in the winning case. Irina Ryukhina (175-G-86) dropped 12 points for Spartak. Olga Gritsaeva (193-F-85, college: S.Carolina) finished with 11 points in the loss.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Jedinstvo too strong for Medvescak - by Eurobasket News
Jedinstvo - Medvescak 60-42

One of the Montenegrin representatives in Adriatic league, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, took care for the second win this season. At the same time it is the second defeat for Croatian Medvescak. After three rounds, Ragusa and Jolly JBS are on top with prefect record.
Opening ten minutes of the game in Bijelo Polje were totally leveled, 12-12. After that Jasmina Bigovic (176-G-79) and her teammates started to play much better demonstrating pretty good performance at the offensive end. Jedinstvo had Slavica Jeknic (187-F/G-83) and Ruzic in a game mood while Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) was only one in Medvescak who was able to compete against the tough hosts. Everything resulted with plus 7 for Jedinstvo at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Medvescak had many troubles with running the plays, thanks to very aggressive defense by the hosts. They were very motivated to take this one stopping Croatian team on just 19 points in the second half. With that kind of performance Medvescak couldn't expect anything better than to get frozen on minus 18. Jasmina Bigovic was the best player for the winning team draining 22 points. Slavica Jeknic helped with 12 while Ruzic added one less. Mirna Mazic scored 14 points for Medvescak. Marina Mazic stopped on 8 points.

Jedinstvo: Jasmina Bigovic 22, Slavica Jeknic 12, Ruzic 11
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 14, Marina Mazic (190-C-80) 8


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USF Women's Basketball Ranked 4th In NAIA Poll - by Eurobasket News
The University of Saint Francis women's basketball team will start out its 34th season on Friday as the No. 4 team in the 2008-09 NAIA Division II Top 25 preseason ratings released on Monday.

USF has been in the NAIA Top 10 for 28 of the last 29 ratings dating back to Jan. 18, 2006. USF opens its 2008-09 season on Friday against Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI) at 6 p.m. in the Fort Wayne Ortho / Clarion Fort Wayne Inn Tip-Off Classic at Hutzell Athletic Center. USF plays IU-Southeast on Saturday at 4 p.m. Gary Andrews returns for his eighth season as head coach of the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars may be playing their most difficult schedule in the history of the program with 15 of their 30 games will be against teams ranked in the preseason Top 30 and including single games against No. 5 Shawnee State (OH), No. 6 Cornerstone (MI), No. 15 Davenport (MI), No. 21 Notre Dame (OH), No. 24 Aquinas (MI), No. 27 Cedarville (OH) and No. 30 Rio Grande (OH). USF will play No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 16 Taylor, No. 23 Huntington, No. 26 Bethel and No. 38 Marian twice in Mid-Central College Conference competition. MCC coaches have picked the Lady Cougars to win the 2008-09 title.

Courtesy of http://www.wane.com


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  NCAA1 - Women  


NCAA officials tour Dallas, which is bidding to host the Women's Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Members of the NCAA Division I women's basketball committee toured Dallas, one of eight finalist cities vying to host the Women's Final Four from 2012-16.

The other finalists are Denver, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio.

'We've been here only a short time so far, but certainly Dallas is a dynamic city that has a lot to offer to an event of this stature,' said Sue Donohoe, vice president for Division I women's basketball.

The 10-member committee will remain in Dallas until lunchtime today. Officials from each of the eight finalist cities will then travel to Indianapolis to make final presentations Nov. 11-12, and a decision will be announced in late November.

Numerous factors go into the decision-making process, including airport and hotel accommodations, competition venues and previous experience by the host conference in running similar events. Community involvement and support is also critical, Donohoe said.

The Womens Final Four has sold out for 16 consecutive years, and has extended beyond the three games to include outdoor concerts, fan festivals and a popular 4K run that benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

'It's more than just the three games, it's about the involvement of the community, the folks in Dallas,' said Jacki Silar, associate athletic director at Duke.

Silar noted Victory Plaza, which is just south of American Airlines Center, and said a similar area was located just outside the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, which hosted the 2008 Womens Final Four. A party was held outside for fans to watch the mens title game.

'Something like this is really a great gathering place for fans,' she said.

The Womens Final Four attempts to reach out to the community each year.

One plus for Dallas, Donohoe said, is the talent level and popularity of high school girls basketball in the Metroplex and throughout Texas.

'If you look at the strong high school and summer programs here in the state, that would be a group of young women wed want to have an impact on,' Donohoe said.

Courtesy of http://www.star-telegram.com


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Targoviste handle reigning champions - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste showed they are ready for more this year as they beat the defending champions Arad 72:59 on the road. Targoviste thus extended their winning streak to 4 games and consolidated their position atop the ladder. The visitors were quick off the blocks as they built a 19:9 lead after the opening frame. Targoviste never allowed the hosts came back to life in the second term and stretched the margin to 15 points at halftime. But Arad were not about to fold. Cheering up by a near 1000-crowd of supporters they rushed back into contest. A massive 25:13 rally in the third frame saw the deficit go thin before the fourth quarter. However the home side quickly ran out of steam and Targoviste took over again in the final minutes of the clash. Led by Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) and Chrissy Givens (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) Targoviste secured the winning outcome at the end. Gabriela Toma, Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) and Chrissy Givens scored 19 points each in the win. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) secured 11 points for Targoviste. Dalila Eshe (191-F-84, college: Florida) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Arad. Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) tallied 15 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Alexandria also kept their record spotless after they dealt with Rapid Bucuresti 79:55 at home. Baglu put Rapid in front early in the game but it was the last time Rapid led in this one. Alexandria surged ahead and never looked back again en route to the fourth consecutive success. Tiffany Porter-Talbert (170-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) fired 18 points and collected 13 rebounds to lead all scorers. Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) provided 13 points and 11 boards for Alexandria. Laura Nacu (187-F/C-82) answered with 16 points for Rapid as they slipped to 2-2 record.
Cluj-Napoca stayed among the leaders as they thrashed Iulia 111:54 away from home. Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) notched 24 points and 10 assists to lead the winners. Nura Imamovic (197-C-74) added 20 points and 7 rebounds for Cluj. Crecan topscored for the hosts with 22 points and 11 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - Women
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Florina Diacona, GOV 24.0
2. E. Crecan, Alba I. 18.2
3. C. Graham, STM 17.7
4. T. Lungu, Sp. St. 17.5
5. L. Toma, Targov. 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. F. Muller, Oradea 12.0
2. C. Morosan, UCL 12.0
3. C. Cutas, Craiova 10.5
4. D. Eshe, Arad 10.3
5. E. Crecan, Alba I. 8.2
Assists Per Game
1. Svetlana Dragusin, UCL 5.6
2. C. Graham, STM 5.0
3. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 5.0
4. M. Boriga, Targov. 4.5
5. T. Porter, Alexan. 3.7
2FGP
1. Tiffany Porter-Talbert, Alexan. 87.1
2. L. Toma, Targov. 75.0
3. C. Negru, Alba I. 73.9
4. V. Rus, Alexan. 66.6
5. D. Zoric, Arad 66.6
Ranking
1. Tiffany Porter-Talbert, Alexan. 26.7
2. C. Givens, Targov 22.6
3. A. Denson, Alex. 21.5
4. L. Toma, Targov. 21.3
5. S. Dragusin, UCL 21.3


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  SERBIA - Women  


Monika Veslovsky signed for Sibenik Jolly JBS - by Dragana Vukovic


Vojvodina and Crvena Zvezda improve on 3-0 - by Dragan Jankovski
Vojvodina NIS and Crvena Zvezda outplayed their rivals in Round 3 keeping perfect score. Hemofarm STADA, who has 2-0, did not play its Round 3 game yet.

Vojvodina NIS was better than Loznica on the road 70-61. Crucial period of the game was third quarter, which the Tulips ended 22-8. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) paced Vojvodina to win scoring 23 points and dishing out 8 assists. Minja Siljegovic (188-F-80) was behind her with 11 points. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) and Mirjana Markovic (170-C-84) netted 20 points each for Loznica, who remains winless.

Crvena Zvezda grabbed thriller win in Kraljevo 69-67, who also still looks for the first joy. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) was the key player for Belgrade's team adding 17 points and 7 boards. Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) had 15 plus 6 rebounds. Ivana Todorovic (187-C-73) was better than the others in Kraljevo with 20 points.

Kovin easily beat Proleter at home 65-49, thus both teams have the same score now 2-1. Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) shined for the winners draining 21 points. Proleter got 12 from Jela Vidacic (190-C-85) as well as Nina Varagic (191-F/C-81).

For victory number four by the visiting teams took care Radivoj Korac, who outsmarted Celarevo 80-75 jumping on 2-1. Newcomer Celarevo is another team with 0-3. Jelena Jovanovic (184-F-90) had 24 points for Radivoj Korac. The hosts got 27 points and 7 rebounds from Maja Skoric (184-F-89).

Partizan smashed Usce as a visitor 98-43. Stats is not available yet.


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Team Northumbria take the lead - by Eurobasket News
Team Northumbria celebrated the third straight win at the start of the new season and occupied the top place in the standings. Lately Northumbria were victorious against the Leeds Carnegie and the Sevenoaks suns.
The leagues newcomers Leeds challenged one of the seasons favorites. Team Northumbria got to a confident start to the game as they were in front 26:17 at the first intermission. However the Carnegie gradually slowed their opponents down and stayed at the striking distance at halftime 37:43. But experienced Team Northumbria squad never allowed the hosts to bounce in the second half. Ellen Hall (183-F-84, college: Duquesne) fired unbelievable 40 points for for Team Northumbria to pace them to a 89:78 victory. Rice added 24 points in the win. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) had 22 points for Leeds.
Team Northumbria then took on the Sevenoaks Suns and came out as winners. Ellen Hall dropped 21 points to lead the charge once again. Wright contributed 16 points for the perfect Northumbria at the end. Arek Deng (191-C-83, college: Delaware) knocked down 22 points in the loss.
Rhondda Rebels meanwhile earned the second win in the season as they held off the London Mets 78:74 at the Barking Academy. The league favorites needed overtime to break down the Mets. Harriett Yea (180-G-89) nailed 27 points to lead Rebels in the thriller. Salmon added 14 points for the winning team. Sparsowska replied with 23 points for the Mets.