EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/31/2008

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  ABA   


Alaska to host 1st annual "Dare to Dream" Tournament - by Gianni Pascucci

The new ABA Alaska Dream expansion team getting set to begin its inaugural season in December will host the 1st Annual 'Dare to Dream' Tournament from November 21-23 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The tournament was created to fill a community void left by the NCAA tournament, the BP Top of the World Classic. (The tournament was canceled in July after a ten year run in Fairbanks). According to Trey Davis , team owner, 'Our goal is to make this tournament an annual tournament for many years to come.' The four teams participating are the host Alaska Dream, the Maywood Buzz, the Las Vegas Aces and the San Francisco Rumble. The three day round robin tournament will bring the excitement of the ABA to the state of Alaska for the first time in history. 'We are very pleased and proud that Trey and the Alaska Dream are hosting this pre-season tournament,' stated Quentin Townsend, ABA President. 'I think the fans in Alaska will be very impressed with the quality of ABA players, the excitement of the games, and of course, the affordability. Trey has put together a very good team of local players and we believe they'll acquit themselves well against three of the ABA best squads. It should be quite an event.' For more information, email trey@thealaskadream.com or call 907 250 8369 or visit www.thealaskadream.com or www.abalive.com.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Dalmatian friendly ends in stiches and expulsion - by Milan Jovanovic
Split hosted Zadar in a friendly game on Wednesday, using the empty mid-week schedule for a training match before the next Adriatic round.
In what was supposed to be a not-heated affair, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) managed to get expulsion, after first being awarded a technical foul due to an argument with referees, after which he proved to be to nervous to get silenced.
Another negative highlight from the match is an injury of Mario Delas (210-C-90), who had to undergo a stiching after getting his lip banged.
As for the game - few very good news for Zadar, besides they got back after being down for 3 quarters, even -15 at times, the brightest surprise was the outstanding performance of Macura who was injured for quite some time, and also the first real showdown of Garnett, in a performance resembling his last season's ones when playing in yellow shirt of yesterday's opponent Split.
Good news for Split is the first solid performance of Stephen Brun (202-F-80), whose qualities are latelly being put under serious doubts.


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
A.Espanola - Obera TC 80-70
Asociacion Espanola celebrated against Obera TC at home improving its record in Group North on 2-2. Juan Manuel Ruiz was a key player for the winners draining 24 points for 22 minutes. Jose Fabio top-scored in Obera TC with 17 points but his team remains on just one win in four games.

Atl.Echague - Union 67-74
Union once again proved its quality outsmarting Atletico Echague as a visitor 74-67. It means that Union remains the only undefeated team in TNA after 4 rounds. Enzo Ruiz and Gaston Luchino shined for the winners netting 19 points each. Atletico Echague got the most from Sebastian Porta and Scott Cutley, which combined 39 points and 23 boards. However, it was not enough for the first joy of their team.

San Mart.C. - La Union 63-81
Both teams entered into this round with the same record 2-1. La Union registered comfortable victory mostly owing to Pablo Fernandez, who collected 17 points and 4 rebounds. Ariel Zago and Nathaniel Green followed him with 14 points apiece. Alex Carcamo had 20 points and 8 rebounds in San Martin Corrientes.

Alma Juniors - A.Italiana 87-80
Matias Tomatis paced Alma Juniors to second victory this season pouring in 28 points against Asociacion Italiana. Derrick Miller recorded 16 points and 6 boards for the visitors. Both teams are one 2-2 now.

Ciclista - Belgrano SN 75-63
Ciclista Juninense and Belgrano SN had strong willingness to take this one and to jump on top with score 3-1. Hakeem Rollins was the clutch player of the game for the hosts pushing them up in Group South. He played the entire time collecting 25 points and 13 boards. Belgrano SN got 13 points and 14 rebounds from Diego Ferrero.

Firmat SF - GimnasiaLP 82-60
Easy one for Firmat SF against winless Gimnasia LP. Martin Ghirardi led the hosts to third win in TNA scoring 28 points, with pretty good shot percentage. Cedric McGuinnis contributed 14 points and 5 boards for Gimnasia LP.

San Mart.MJ - C.Entrerriano 68-63
San Martin MJ became another team in Group South with 3 wins and 1 defeat. Central Entrerriano is at the same time the second one, which still desperately looks for the first joy. Nwankwo Francis helped the hosts with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Sebastian Farias added 19 points and 6 boards for C.Entrerriano.

P.Echague - Argentino 70-75
Excellent road win for Argentino. Jamahr Warren was totally the best player in his team netting 23 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Diego Eiguren scored 14 for Pedro Echague. Both teams had 2-1 before this game.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Barons/LMT 90-81
TU/Rock caught up Barons/LMT in the ladder beating the Latvian team 90:81 at home. Tanoka Beard tallied 26 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Giorgi Tsintsadze added 20 points as TU/Rock drew level with Barons at 2-2. Armands Skele answered with 22 points for Barons.

Nevezis - Lietuvos 62-83
Lietuvos Rytas produced the third win in the season as they cruised past Nevezis 82:63 away from home. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Marijonas Petravicius chipped in 17 points apiece for the Lithuanian powerhouse. Povilas Sakinis answered with 18 points for Nevezis as they slipped to 1-2 record.

VEF Riga - Zemgale 85-81
VEF Riga held off Zemgale at home to post the fifth straight win in the Challenge Cup. Maris Gulbis scored 25 points for VEF Riga off the bench. Rolands Freimanis added 17 points for the winners. Ilmars Bergmanis accounted for 18 points for Zemgale in defeat.

Sakalai - Norrkoping 80-78
Sakalai eked out a narrow 80:78 win over Norrkoping at home court. Grigori Shukhovtsov tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners as they improved to 3-1 record. The Dolphins replied with 15 points from Kenny Grant.

Suduva - TTU KK 91-90
Suduva reached TTU KK in the Challenge Cup ladder. Suduva overcame their Estonian opponents 91:90 at home and both teams now share 3-2 record. Maruis Runkauskas exploded with 37 points to pace Suduva. Giedrius Kurtinaitis fired 20 points in the win. Joosep Pokla nailed 28 points and grabbed 9 boards for TTU KK.

Techasas - Norrkoping 65-78
Norrkoping bounced back after the loss to Sakalai as they handled Techasas 78:65 on the road. The Dolphins overcame the absence of Gee Gervin to grab the third win in the season. Andrew George Pleick stepped up for the Swedish team with 19 points. Joakim Kjellbom contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning team. Paulius Staskunas answered with 14 points for Techasas.

Neptunas - ASK/Buki 97-61
Neptunas breezed past ASK/BUki 97:61 to earn the fourth win in the tournament. Osvaldas Kurauskas poured in 22 points for the Klaipeda outfit. Martynas Mazeika and Arvydas Eitutavicius had 15 points each in the win. Edmunds Gabrans secured 18 points as ASK/Buki fell to 1-4 record.

Alytus Alita - Tallinna Kalev 111-82
Alytus Alita shoot down Tallinna Kalev in Round 5. Marius Janisius tallied 31 points and 11 rebounds for Alita. Andrius Aleksandrovas contributed 17 points in the win. Johnny Gray topscored with 12 points for Tallinna Kalev.

Liepajas - Kaunas Tr. 79-85
Kaunas Triobet jumped to a 4-1 record as they prevailed against Liepajas Lauvas 85:79 on the road. Arturas Milaknis and Vytenis Jasikevicius knocked down 21 points apiece for Kaunas. Arturs Stalbergs answered with 27 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Aisciai - Keizarmezs 76-68
Aisciai overcame Keizarmezs 76:68 for the third victory in the Challenge Cup. Donatas Motiejunas had 18 points and 8 boards, while Ernestas Ezerskis added 12 points for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks scored game-high 26 points for the Riga team as they dropped to 1-3 record.

Siauliai - ASK Riga 86-91
ASK Riga remained on top of the Elite Division as they registered the fourth straight win. Sandis Valters and Ricardo Marsh fired 17 points each for ASK Riga as they outscored Siauliai 91:86. Uvis Helmanis contributed 16 points in the win. Andrius Slezas responded with 31 points and 8 caroms for Siauliai.



Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. ASK Riga 4-0 
 2. Lietuvos 3-2 
 3. TU/Rock 2-2 
 4. Valmiera 2-2 
 5. Barons/LMT 2-2 
 6. Ventspils 2-2 
 7. Siauliai 2-2 
 8. Zalgiris 2-3 
 9. Nevezis 1-2 
 10. Kalev/Cramo 0-3 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. VEF Riga 5-0 
 2. Sakalai 4-1 
 3. Norrkoping 3-2 
 4. Techasas 2-2 
 5. Tallinna Kalev 2-2 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-3 
 7. Zemgale 1-4 
 8. Valga Welg 0-5 
Group B
 1. Kaunas Tr. 4-1 
 2. Neptunas 4-1 
 3. Suduva 3-2 
 4. Aisciai 3-2 
 5. TTU KK 3-2 
 6. Keizarmezs 1-4 
 7. Liepajas 1-4 
 8. ASK/Buki 1-4 


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  BELGIUM   


Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Oostende is working hard to get the team out of the bottom of the standings, after the announced arrival of Nick Fazekas, Eurobasket has received very reliable information that Sharon Drucker is returning as head-coach of Base Oostende. Coach Drucker took over the Oostende coaching reigns for the first time in November 2006 and led the team to the Championship that year already.
This past season his second with the team he won the Belgian Cup as well as place second in its Uleb Cup poule with a 6-4 record.

In the past Drucker also won the Uleb Cup with Jerusalem.



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  CBA   


Standings
CBA Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.Sill 0-0 
 2. Albany P. 0-0 
 3. Minot S. 0-0 
 4. Pittsburgh X. 0-0 
 5. E.Kentucky 0-0 


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  CHINA   


Ex-Pack star Snyder signs with team in China - by Mohammed Malas
Former Nevada shooting guard Kirk Snyder (198-F-83, college: Nevada) will play basketball this season in China, his agent Chris Emens confirmed via e-mail Monday.

Emens could not disclose terms of the contract and it was not immediately known which team Snyder would play for.

China has two top-tier professional basketball leagues, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Chinese Basketball League (CBL), which is a Division II minor league. The CBA began play in 1995 and CBL was born in 2004.

The CBA includes players like Brian Butch of Wisconsin and Chris Porter of Auburn and ex-NBA coaches Bob Hill and Bob Weiss. Rockets All-Star Yao Ming also played in the league before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft.

Source: RGJ.com


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  COLOMBIA   


Guillermo Lopez quits as Islanders Coach - by Victor Garcia
After a succesfull season that means include the Islanders among the top three teams of the Cup, 8 games win streak and a very good semifinal playoff performance Guillermo Lopez quits as his head coach duties in San Andrs.
Lopez had some difFerences with the team management about the handling of the players, and some situations in thelast week made him quit, Islanders is already playing a very tight playoff against Bucaros and is 2-3, the next game will be in Bucaramanga.


Semifinal playoffs Norte and Bucaros take the lead. - by Victor Garcia
NORTE VS ARRIEROS
Norte de Santander took the lead of its series against Arrieros after the victory in the fifth game , another slow game with hard defenses and many mistakes finished with Norte winning 66-51, Norte limited Arrieros big trio to 22 points to far from the 63 points that them averaged in the preliminary round.
Arrieros controled the firs half, thanks specially to a very good night of Enielsen Guevara, but the fouls limited Enielsen time on the court, and the time of Carlos Rogers come, Rogers neted 18 pts, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for Norte, Arrieros Jermaine Walker continued with basket closed, while Edgar Moreno leaded Norte with 22 points.
The playoff will continue this weekend in Medellin for the games 6 and 7 (if necesary).
Norte de Santander 66 - E. Moreno 22pts, C. Rogers 18pts + 16 rebs, E. Torres 11pts
Arrieros 51- E. Guevara 21pts , D. Guevara 10pts, N. Aragon 8pts
NORTE LEADS 3-2

ISLANDERS VS BUCAROS
Islanders without coach fall in San Andres against Bucaros, the Bucaros had in Marcus Fleming his best performer with 28 points, the comeback of Rogers Washington was very important.
Islanders finished the quarter ahead by 6, but then Bucaros ofense get hot and took the control to win the game, now the serie will move to Bucaros for the final two games.
Islanders Sopesa 83
Bucaros Freskaleche 85 - M. Fleming 28pts
BUCAROS LEADS 3-2


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  CROATIA   


Cibona victorious in France for 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Cibona 54-58

Cibona grabbed extremely important road win against Le Mans remaining perfect in Group A after two games. In the first one, players of head coach Velimir Perasovic surprised Maccabi Electra in Zagreb. Le Mans is defeated for the second time and it is hard to say will it have a chance to celebrate in the next round against Maccabi in Tel-Aviv. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) shined for the wining team tonight scoring 19 points. At the same time he had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. MVP of the game is center Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75), who nailed 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The thing is that he had 8/8 for FG2. Hero from the first game in Zagreb, Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland), this time counted until 11. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) was the only player with double digits in scoring for the hosts, 21 points. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) was the second best with 9 points.
Cibona grabbed this one mostly owing to great first half. It is interesting but the host succeeded to score just 6 points during the entire first quarter. In the next one they stopped on 12, helping Cibona to create 18-29 at the half time. After 15-12 in third quarter Le Mans get closer but at the beginning of the last one the French team seriously threatened. It came on minus 6 but Cibona answered very quick taking back 12-point lead, 39-51 with 5 minutes to go. Mostly owing to Joao Paulo Batista, Le Mans completed 13-0 run for the first lead in this game, 52-51 with 1:23 remaining. Le Mans had a chance at the very end but its players were totally out of concentration. On the other side Earl Calloway was unmistakable from the free throw line resolving question about the winner.

Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 21+6 boards, Dewarick Spencer 9
Cibona: Earl Calloway 19+6 boards+5 as, Nikola Prkacin 17+4 boards, Rawle Marshall 11+7 boards


Dalmatian friendly ends in stiches and expulsion - by Milan Jovanovic
Split hosted Zadar in a friendly game on Wednesday, using the empty mid-week schedule for a training match before the next Adriatic round.
In what was supposed to be a not-heated affair, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) managed to get expulsion, after first being awarded a technical foul due to an argument with referees, after which he proved to be to nervous to get silenced.
Another negative highlight from the match is an injury of Mario Delas (210-C-90), who had to undergo a stiching after getting his lip banged.
As for the game - few very good news for Zadar, besides they got back after being down for 3 quarters, even -15 at times, the brightest surprise was the outstanding performance of Macura who was injured for quite some time, and also the first real showdown of Garnett, in a performance resembling his last season's ones when playing in yellow shirt of yesterday's opponent Split.
Good news for Split is the first solid performance of Stephen Brun (202-F-80), whose qualities are latelly being put under serious doubts.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Basket Podebrady has a new coach! - by David Dousa
Karel Forejt leaves the club, where he spent 2 succesfull seasons. Saving the team from relegation in the first year and nearly bringing it to the play-offs in the last year. Several tight losses and record 1-6 in the current season finally led the management of the club to replace Karel Forejt with Stanislav Petr . Stanislav Petr was currently coaching a ladies 2nd division team in Olomouc. Last time he sat on the bench in Mattoni NBL was in last season with Pardubice, where he was replaced, after an unsuccesfull entree to the last season by Ivan Vojtko.

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  EGYPT   


Egypt to 2nd round of Arab nations in Tunisia - by Sherif Soliman
Egypt reached the second round of the Arab nations chapionship in Tunisia,Three Consecetive wins over Syria,Sudan and last night over morroco 73-60.The last night game was not that easy as the morrocon players struggled till the last 3 min when the score was tide at 58-58.The Egyptians showed thier experince of the last minites when Wael Badr the man of the match started driving to the rim scoring easy lay ups.Three teams from each gruop will go to the second round.Wael Badr (193-G-78)


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KORISLIIGA: Ray Nixon coming to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
YMCA Lahti has informed, that American F Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) will replace Melvin Tyler asap. Nixon should arrive to Finland on Saturday and possibly play during the same day on YMCA Lahti roster. Nixon has played earlier two seasons (2006-08) on top level in Germany (Tuebingen) under Head Coach Aaron McCarthy averaging 7,8 ppg and 3,3 rpg.
Tarmo (Porvoo) is testing a new American F E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte), who is replacing Jessan Gray already this Saturday. Drayton, who will be on Tarmo roster for the time being, started his international basketball career last (2007-08) season in Portugal (Barreirense), where he was the leading scorer (20,2 ppg) and one of the leading rebounders (8,3 rpg) of the top league.


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  FRANCE   


Cibona victorious in France for 2-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Cibona 54-58

Cibona grabbed extremely important road win against Le Mans remaining perfect in Group A after two games. In the first one, players of head coach Velimir Perasovic surprised Maccabi Electra in Zagreb. Le Mans is defeated for the second time and it is hard to say will it have a chance to celebrate in the next round against Maccabi in Tel-Aviv. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) shined for the wining team tonight scoring 19 points. At the same time he had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. MVP of the game is center Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75), who nailed 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The thing is that he had 8/8 for FG2. Hero from the first game in Zagreb, Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland), this time counted until 11. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) was the only player with double digits in scoring for the hosts, 21 points. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) was the second best with 9 points.
Cibona grabbed this one mostly owing to great first half. It is interesting but the host succeeded to score just 6 points during the entire first quarter. In the next one they stopped on 12, helping Cibona to create 18-29 at the half time. After 15-12 in third quarter Le Mans get closer but at the beginning of the last one the French team seriously threatened. It came on minus 6 but Cibona answered very quick taking back 12-point lead, 39-51 with 5 minutes to go. Mostly owing to Joao Paulo Batista, Le Mans completed 13-0 run for the first lead in this game, 52-51 with 1:23 remaining. Le Mans had a chance at the very end but its players were totally out of concentration. On the other side Earl Calloway was unmistakable from the free throw line resolving question about the winner.

Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 21+6 boards, Dewarick Spencer 9
Cibona: Earl Calloway 19+6 boards+5 as, Nikola Prkacin 17+4 boards, Rawle Marshall 11+7 boards


Vichy signs kareem REID - by Gregory Caru
It's very difficult to succeed jimmal Ball left to Paris Levallois after 2 seasons in Vichy.Shaun Fountain (5ppg 1,3apg 23%)must think it;he has been cut by his new team after 4 games,and in order to replace him,Vichy has signed the guard Kareem Reid.He is well known in France because he played last year in Bourg(pro b)for 11,7ppg 8,5apg with participation in Play Offs.Reid is a good guard ,seen on Playground in New York,who can drive his team,help his partners to give the best of their capacities.Now,Vichy hopes to escape relegation with this choice,but another US player is near to be cut,David Teague, if he doesn't progress.Kareem Reid (178-G-75, college: Arkansas)

PRO B market news - by Gregory Caru
After 6 games in pro B,its time to change players because of results or injuries.
*QUIMPER has signed Rick Cornett,power Forward or center,in order to replace Major Wingate(6,6ppg 2,6rpg)disappointing.Last year,Cornett has been Champion in NM1 with Antibes and before(2006-2007)he played in Boulazac(pro b)for 9,9ppg 5,6rpg in 33 games.
*LIMOGES has signed Drew Lavender,guard,in order to pressure Kevin Oleksiak,not really good since he is arrived(5ppg 0,8rpg in 5 games).Coach Daniel Cousin will choice on friday who will be starter against Evreux for week 7.
*SAINT QUENTIN has signed Christophe Humbert,power forward or center in order to replace Moustapha N'Diaye injured for 5-6 months.Humbert knows very well pro b,since the beginning of the season he played in Limoges(6,2ppg 6,2rpg)substitute for John Passave injured.
*NANTES has signed a short contract(1month)with rookie Boris Nemo,formed in Le Havre and Davidson(NCAA)in order to replace John Williamson injured.
Rick Cornett (206-F-83, college: Notre Dame)Drew Lavender (170-G-84, college: Xavier)Christophe Humbert (202-F-79, college: Florida Southern)<<>><<>>


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  GERMANY   


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS SEEK TO CREATE HAVOC IN NORDLINGEN LIKE A NEW METEOR ON SATURDAY November 1ST - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After their non satisfying victory against The Paderborn Baskets, THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS want to their register their second win in a row in the BBL. The Nordlingen Giants have been the big surprise team in the BBL so far and the comparisons to the big Fussball Bundesliga astonishment 1899 Hoffenheim arent so distant with two similarities and one big difference. Both teams play in very tiny towns and have been playing excellent. However the giant difference are the budgets, which can be like day or night or as if Sylvester Stallone was put into the boxing ring against Danny Devito. The game to game excitement just isnt going away for Frankfurt. Last weeks pre game headline was the return of Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) and this weeks headline could also read as, CAN THE SMALL TOWN GIANTS TAME THE BIG CITY SKYLINERS? The Nordlingen Giants have been playing with such cleverness and no sense of trepidation that it surprises no one that they are very poised even in areas of improvement. We need a team effort to control the boards. I am very confident that we will do a lot better job rebounding against Frankfurt, said American Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). Frankfurt have been struck with untimely injuries the last weeks and finally got active on the transfer market acquiring the American guard Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.).' I am really happy to be in Frankfurt. It will be an honour to play with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and I simply just want to win', 'said Titus Ivory . He had years experience playing in Italy, winning the 2006 BBL title in Cologne, 2007 Belgian league title and 2008 cup with Base Oostende. 'Ivory is a team player. He has great court vision. He plays good help defense, stressed coach Murat Didin . Ivory had been without a team and working out on his own. I dont know why he didnt have a team, but I am glad he was without a team, otherwise we couldnt of got him', joked Murat Didin .


It has been 35 years since The Nordlingen Giants last breathed BBL air and the small town BBL clubs are increasing. In 2003 the 12,000 mini village Qackenbrck(Artland Dragons) entered the BBL and in only five years has established itself as one of the top teams in the league. Nordlingen is a bit bigger with a population of 19,223 people and a small euphoria has began in a location that is not only known for their city wall. Of course THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS want to make an impact and depart with a bang. The biggest bang in Nordlingen happened 15 million years ago as a meteor crater crashed at a speed of 70,000 Km in Nordlingen. The crater still exists and is the best kept and most researched crater in the world. The crater was even visited by members of Apollo 14 and 17 in 1970 for a special training because the crater was so similiar to what was on the moon. The crater has left a lasting impression for the longest time and Frankfurt hopes they can leave their own lasting impression for at least a few days with a win.


The Nordlingen Giants have played very respectable Basketball so far resting at 6th place and many critics didnt pick them to do any serious damage in the 2007-2008 PRO A season. However the team surprised everyone by pulling off 17 wins in a row and sneaking into the BBL for the first time since the 1972-1973 season. The team has the youngest coach in the BBL with Andreas Wagner , who is 32 years old. The team started off with a never die mentality and won their first three games and had most critics wondering if this team was for real? However since the lightening start, the team has struggled a bit losing three of their last four games. However they have also displayed nerves of steel winning against Bamberg in the always uncomfortable and loud Jako Arena and beating Paderborn on the road in overtime. The team has a record of 2-2 at home. The team likes to play run and gun and likes to step it up on defense.They are more than just a run and gun team, but have structure in their game, commented captain Pascal Roller.


The team is led by American Omari Westley, who is averaging 16,3 points and 6,3 rebounds per game. He has the all around package and has a lot of experience having played in Iceland, Finnland and Holland.'He is very athletic, long and simply a good player. I am looking forward to playing against him under the boards', stated American forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has surprised many with his consistent production averaging 13,3 points, 3,0 rebounds and 1,9 assists per game. He dominated at Carleton University and had a brilliant season in 2007-2008 with Nordlingen. This season the combo guard is proving that making the transition from PRO A to BBL is a piece of cake. He is a hard worker, who can defend the bigger guards. American Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) is averaging 12,6 points, 2,1 rebounds and 3,0 assists per game. He is a solid point guard, who started his career at Monchengladbach just like 2007-2008 BBL top scorer American Tim Black If Gibson can follow in the foot steps of Black is the question, but he has already learned to play with a positive attitude and respect opposing players. 'I have been following Derrick Allens career for years and really respect his never ending work ethic'.


American Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) has been an explosive scorer everywhere in his career and seems to be the workhorse under the boards. He is averaging10,6 points and 8,7 rebounds per game. He has had a slow from the field only shooting 33%, but he will surely get stronger as the season progresses. Westley, Jeanty, Gibson and Mcghee average 52 of Nrdlingens 71 point game average. The question is can the team compensate an off night by one of these players and can the bench step up?' We should be able to score even more. Once we really start to score, then we will be even more unpredictable. The bench will get a lot of minutes on Saturday and can step up. We can find our winning ways again', commented Omari Westley. American Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) is averaging 7,3 points, 5,1 rebounds and 1,6 assists per game. He has played in France, Austria and Spain and was brought in to help in the paint. Avi Kazarnovski (209-C-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is from Israel and is averaging 6,6 points and 3,7 rebounds per game. He can be a go to guy if he needs to be. He has proven it in his career and will have to get even more involved in the offense down the road. Ex TV Langen player Ty Shaw is averaging 2,7 points and 2,0 rebounds per game. He is a very experienced player, who played in England and he can contribute on both ends of the floor.


There are no boring matchups in the BBL ever and the Nordlingen-Frankfurt could offer a very interesting duel. Nordlingen is new, fresh and hungry, while THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are plagued by key injuries, but their experience is far greater and in comparison like a jet airplane to a model plane. Nordlingen scores seven points more and two rebounds more per game, but they have a high turnover average of 18 per game. 'We have to practice more with pressure like game situations. If we can show more intensity than we will be allright, stressed American Omari Westley. The confidence of Nordlingen is skyhigh and their knowledge of how to win isnt lacking either.We have to contain their inside players and play tough defense,' stressed American Danny Gibson. Even though, Frankfurt is without Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), they have enough bodies to do damage. 'This is an important game for us. We have five games in the next two weeks. We have a lot of respect for them and take them very seriously. We have to control the tempo of game from the start and not let their fans into the game,' said German Pascal Roller. Frankfurt is currently at position 11 and are looking to get back into the playoff zone. Even though Murat Didin never heard of the Nordlingen meteor crash, he was able to give a funny and witty explanation of how history could effect Nordlingen Basketball. 'After the meteor crash in Nordlingen many years ago, there has been another crash with Nordlingen Basketball that hit the arena and is trying to hit the BBL. The first crater was unexpected and maybe Nordlingen Basketball will have more unexpected success? Now we know where all this power came from. We will have to be double careful on Saturday'. The Nordlingen Baskets host THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on Saturday November 1st at 19:30.



Quakenbrueck land Will Blalock - by Moritz Korff
The Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1. Bundesliga) have made an agreement with Will Blalock (183-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) for the remainder of this current season. The 25-year-old point guard was selected by the Detroit Pistons (2nd round, 60th) in the 2006 NBA Draft and started the following season with the Pistons (14 games: 1.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.2apg). In February 07 he joined Sioux Falls Skyforce and averaged 8.9 points, 4.3 boards as well as 6.3 assists in 12 contests of the NBA D-League. In this past campaign Blalock had a short stint at Hapoel Jerusalem (2 games: 1 ppg, 1.5apg in the ULEB-Cup), but moved back to the US in December. He landed a spot on the roster Anaheim Arsenal (NBA D-League) and appeared in 41 games until the end of the season, averaging 12.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest.

Fenerbahce Ulker better than ALBA Berlin 82-73 - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - ALBA Berlin 82-73

Great game by Fenerbahce Ulker and the first joy in Euroleague this season. Both teams now have the same score in Group C, 1-1.
Fenerbahce Ulker had impressive first quarter. After 11-11, Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple starting 12-4 run for his team. However, totally different picture was seen on the court during the following 6-7 minutes. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern), Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up for ALBA Berlin leading it to 25-27. Until the end of the second frame Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) and Damir Mrsic (188-G-70) netted couple of consecutive points, including 2 triples, setting the margin on 4 at the half time, 41-37. After the breather, the hosts touched plus 6 but they couldn't keep it until the end of third period. Damir Mrsic shined once again as he netted two triples in the last quarter helping Fener to grab 66-59. Later, after basket by Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia), the hosts extended it on 71-63. Mirsad Turkcan resolved question about the winner with a long range triple after what ALBA Berlin could not get any closer than seven points. Mirsad Turkcan finished the game with 25 points and 9 boards. Damir Mrsic had 17 points and 4 assists while Oguz Savas (208-C-87) helped Fener with 12 points. Julius Jenkins was on fire in ALBA Berlin scoring 26 points. Immanuel McElroy poured in 15 missing only one board for double-double.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 25+9 boards, Damir Mrsic 17+4 as, Oguz Savas 12
ALBA Berlin: Julius Jenkins 26, Immanuel McElroy 15+9 boards


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Olympiakos outplays Unicaja for 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 83-72

Olympiakos celebrated against Unicaja at home jumping on 2-0 in Group A. Both teams were victorious in the opening day. Greek giant was better than Air Avelino on the road while Unicaja outsmarted Le Mans in Malaga. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) was the key player for the Reds in this game. He spent 19 minutes on the court nailing 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He missed only 4 shots during the entire time reaching index value 32. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) helped Olympiakos with 15 points and 4 boards while Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) stopped on 12 points. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) shined in Spanish team collecting 17 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) contributed 15 points.
Unicaja had brave beginning in the front of 11.420 Olympiakos' fans in 'Peace and Friendship Stadium'. After ten minutes of the game 'Spaniards' reached 14-20. However, it was kind of a signal for the hosts, which immediately woke up taking total control on their opponent. It was clear that Giannis Bourousis is in the right mood. Despite he got less than 20 minutes, Bourousis was central figure of this game ending it with 5/7 FG2, 2/2 from behind the arc and 4/6 from the FT line. Olympiakos managed to score 25 points in the second frame grabbing 1-point lead at the half time, 39-38. Greek team totally smashed Unicaja after the breather. The Reds intensified defense letting Robert Jr. Archibald and his teammates to score only 10 points in third stanza. On the other side, Olympiakos drained 21 heading into the last ten minutes with comfortable plus 12. Nothing has changed until the end as the hosts played as much as they needed for 2-0 in Group A. In the next round Olympiakos will meet Cibona in Zagreb. Unicaja will play another road game, this time against Air Avelino.

Olympiakos: Giannis Bourousis 20+13 boards, Josh Childress 15+4 boards, Giorgos Printezis 12
Unicaja: Robert Jr. Archibald 17+7 boards, Thomas Kelati 15, Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) 11+5 boards


Barcelona devastates Panathinaikos in 'Palau Blaugrana' - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona - Panathinaikos 90-66

For sure the most surprising result of the day. Someone maybe expected victory of Regal FC Barcelona but for sure no one couldn't even dream that Barca will smash big PAO touching plus 32 at the one point of game. After this impressive win, Barca remained undefeated in Group B while PAO slipped on 1-1. Ex NBAer Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was MVP of the game as he poured in 21 points including 4 rebounds for 27 minutes. Barca also got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) while Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) registered 12 points plus 7 boards. Barca had great start creating 11-7 and later 16-9 after just few minutes. The Spaniards ended first stanza with plus 11, 26-15. During the second quarter Barca jumped on magnificent 40-23, mostly owing to 'La Bomba'. The hosts didn't stop after that. Despite it was expected that big PAO wake up and to start playing much better, that didn't happen. Ersan Ilyasova and Fran Vazquez made few baskets and together with Juan Carlos Navarro set the margin on 27 points, 67-40 and later 72-45. It was not the end. At the beginning of the last stanza Barca jumped on plus 32, 80-48. PAO showed its real face only in the last few minutes closing the gap on still huge 24 points. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored in PAO with 15 points. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 14 while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) contributed 10 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. In the next round Barca will meet Montepaschi in Italy while Panathinaikos will take on SLUC Nancy.

Regal FC Barcelona: Juan Carlos Navarro 21+4 as, Ersan Ilyasova 14+6 boards, Fran Vazquez 12+7 boards
PAO: Nikola Pekovic 15, Mike Batiste 14+4 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 10+5 boards+4 as


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Chaz McCrommon out for at least six weeks - by Fred Roggen
Hanzevast Capitals forward Chaz McCrommon (197-F/G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Robert Morris) who has not been able to play the game against Landstede Zwolle last Tuesday, has a stress fracture in his clod-bone and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
The 26-year-old forward is one of the newcomers of the Capitals. He previously played for Cape Holland Den Helder and Upstairs Weert.
This season he played 5 games till his injury and averaged 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8spg.


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Ty Harrelson signed with Falco KC - by Tamas Deri
American guard signed for one month with the champion team of Hungary and will help the team as long Darryl Hudson will be out because of his injury.
Ty Harrelson (193-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Wayland Baptist) played in the season 2000-01 for the University of Cameron (NCAA 2) and averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game. He got transferred to the University Wayland Baptist (NAIA) and had a great senior season with 20.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. He started his European carreer in the Italian second division with Bignami Castelmaggiore and put up solid numbers: 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds.
In the season 2005-06 he played for two teams in Germany: Bayern Munich and TV Langen. Next season he signed a two-years deal with 2nd division team BBC Bayreuth and got a key player of the team. This season he started with Kataja in Finland and played four games the last on the 18th of October with averages of 15,0 ppg, 2,5 rpg, 1,8 apg.


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From Lisbon to Ashkelon - Truscott comes to Israel - by Tamar Goldman
Only a few days after Sport Lisboa Benfica waived forward Louis Truscott (199-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) .The 29years old American of 2,01m signed with Ironi Ashkelon for one month. Truscott will be taking Rahshon Turner spot due to the fact the player is still suffering from an injury. If Truscott is to impress the coaching staff during this month he might stay till the end of the year. Truscott played in four league games with Lisbon where he did 39 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the total of those games.

Maccabi Electra too strong for Air Avelino - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Air Avelino 90-83

Maccabi grabbed the first win in Euroleague this season. After failure in the opening game in Zagreb, Maccabi succeeded to beat Air Avelino in 'Nokia Arena' for 1-1 in Group A. The team of head coach Zare Markovski will have to look for some other opportunity in order to take the first. Israeli giant celebrated tonight thanks to great played third quarter 28-15 as well as wonderful performance by Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), who collected 20 points, 5 boards and 8 assists. Interesting is that Maccabi entered into the second half with amazing 17-0 run. As Arroyo, Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) also was on a good level adding 15 points including 4 rebounds. He had 7/7 FG2 and 1/2 from the free throw line. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) also netted 15 points for just 17 minutes. He started above mentioned run with back-to-back three pointers. After that the score for 62-39 for the hosts and every hope for Italian team has already gone. At the beginning of the last stanza Maccabi touched the sky in this game. After one more triple by Marcus Brown, the hosts closed 10-0 series for 81-54, what was their biggest lead tonight. However, Marko Tusek (203-F-75) and Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) were successful from downtown leading 2-16 run for Air Avelino. Visitors came on minus 12 but it was too late for any serious treat. Air Avelino one more time got the most from Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina), who this time stopped on 20 points. Marko Tusek and Drake DIllenere scored 13 points apiece. Maccabi Electra totally outrebounded its rival today, 32-25.

Maccabi Electra: Carlos Arroyo 20+5 boards+8 as, Lior Eliyahu 15+4 boards, Marcus Brown 15
Air Avelino: Chris Warren 20, Marko Tusek 13+6 boards, Drake Diener 13


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Maccabi Electra too strong for Air Avelino - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Air Avelino 90-83

Maccabi grabbed the first win in Euroleague this season. After failure in the opening game in Zagreb, Maccabi succeeded to beat Air Avelino in 'Nokia Arena' for 1-1 in Group A. The team of head coach Zare Markovski will have to look for some other opportunity in order to take the first. Israeli giant celebrated tonight thanks to great played third quarter 28-15 as well as wonderful performance by Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.), who collected 20 points, 5 boards and 8 assists. Interesting is that Maccabi entered into the second half with amazing 17-0 run. As Arroyo, Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) also was on a good level adding 15 points including 4 rebounds. He had 7/7 FG2 and 1/2 from the free throw line. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) also netted 15 points for just 17 minutes. He started above mentioned run with back-to-back three pointers. After that the score for 62-39 for the hosts and every hope for Italian team has already gone. At the beginning of the last stanza Maccabi touched the sky in this game. After one more triple by Marcus Brown, the hosts closed 10-0 series for 81-54, what was their biggest lead tonight. However, Marko Tusek (203-F-75) and Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) were successful from downtown leading 2-16 run for Air Avelino. Visitors came on minus 12 but it was too late for any serious treat. Air Avelino one more time got the most from Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina), who this time stopped on 20 points. Marko Tusek and Drake DIllenere scored 13 points apiece. Maccabi Electra totally outrebounded its rival today, 32-25.

Maccabi Electra: Carlos Arroyo 20+5 boards+8 as, Lior Eliyahu 15+4 boards, Marcus Brown 15
Air Avelino: Chris Warren 20, Marko Tusek 13+6 boards, Drake Diener 13


Lottomatica Roma grabs the first victory in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma - DKV Joventut 85-71

Lottomatica Roma had magnificent third quarter today against DKV Joventut, what was a way more than enough for the first joy in Group C. Seven days ago Lottomatica suffered 5-point defeat in Berlin. DKV Joventut was victorious in the opening round thus both teams have the same score now, 1-1.
Roma grabbed 10-0 early lead against sleepy DKV Joventut. After few minutes it was 15-5 but Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) stepped up for his team immediately leading 2-13 run for 17-18 after 10 minutes. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) made it three times from behind the arc setting the score on 30-35 for Joventut. Until the half time Roma succeeded to close the gap on two points, 37-39. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the key player for Lottomatica after the breather. Mostly owing to his seven points the hosts created great 17-0 run. It was 59-45 for Italians after what DKV Joventut wasn't able to come any closer than 7 points. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) top-scored in Lottomatica with 17 points. Slovenian Sani Becirovic, who netted 15 points including 4 rebounds for 23 minutes, was the most valuable player in his team today. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) registered double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds. Pops Mensah-Bonsu was great for the loosing side adding 13 points and 14 boards. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) had 14 while Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca (212-C-83) delivered 11 points.


Lottomatica Roma: Ibrahim Jaaber 17, Sani Becirovic 15+4 boards, Andre Hutson 10+11 boards
DKV Joventut: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 23+14 boards, Bracey Wright 14, Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca 11+4 boards


Kakuenas paces Montepaschi to win Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Montepaschi 67-93

Reigning Italian champion Montepaschi Siena blasted Lithuanian champ Zalgiris in Kaunas 67-93 registering the second win in Group B. In the first round Montepaschi outgunned Asseco Prokom 80-71. Zalgiris faced with second defeat as in the first game Lithuanians were trashed in Athens by Panathinaikos. It means that in two games Lithuanian champ has minus 53. It is important to be mentioned that Zalgiris played this game without the leading scorer of Lithuanian championship so far, center Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79).
The hosts were on a pretty good level in the first half, having 3-point lead after it. The bad thing for them was a fact that Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) was on fire. He made 9 of 11 attempts for FG2 and 3 of 7 for 3-pts. Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier), as well as Ksistof Lavrinovic and Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), shined in third frame setting the score on 57-67. Romain Sato opened the last ten minutes in style netting 5 consecutive points after what Terrell McIntyre made it from the fastbreak. Very soon Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) join his teammates and after his basket Montepaschi created unreachable 67-89. Rimantas Kaukenas top scored for the winning team with 27 points. Romain Sato netted 18 while Ksistof Lavrinovic helped with 15 points and 5 boards. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Zlagiris while Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) had one point less, including 8 rebounds. Montepaschi's next rival is Regal Barca. Zalgiris goes to Poland.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 16+4 boards, Loren Woods 15+8 boards
Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 27, Romain Sato 18, Lavrinovic Ksistof 15+4 boards


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LBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ventsp.Aug. - Kandava 57-59
Kandava grabbed the second win in the LBL Division II. They defeated Ventspils Augustskola 59:57 in Round 8. Girts Celms secured 16 points for Kandava. Antons Vilcins secured 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Martins Auns answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Ventspils Aug. in the loss.

Valmiera - Ventspils 67-66
Vamiera stopped Ventspils in the LBL. Ainars Bagatskis team held off the previously undefeated league leaders 67:66 to post the 4th win in the championship. Ivan Elliott tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Ronald Clark added 16 points for Valmiera. Tyrone Brazelton had 12 points for Ventspils. Ronalds Zakis finished with 14 points in the loss.

Valmiera U21 - Liep.Papirs 72-63
Valmiera U21 earned the third win in the Division II season. They prevailed against Liepajas Papirs 72:63 to improve to 3-1 record. Aigars Strelis knocked down 21 points to pace the winners. Einars Tukiss added 17 points for Valmiera U21. Liepajas Papirs answered with 14 points from Artis Ate.

Jurmala - LU/Ridzene 81-76
Jurmala shot down LU/Ridzene 81:76 to climb at 2-2 record. Oskars Rusmanis was responsible for 20 points for Jurmala. Atis Ozols and Einars Bucs had 13 points apiece in the win. Kristers Zeidaks, Arturs Duselis and Ivars Strelis had 13 points each in defeat.

BA Riga - Keizarm.U21 62-76
Keizarmezs U21 eked out a 76:62 victory against BA Riga away from home. Oskars Ernsteins exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds for Keizarmezs. Eduards Kikuts chipped in 15 points as the winners improved to 2-3 record. Edmunds Dukulis fired 21 points and collected 10 rebounds for BA Riga as they slipped to 0-4 record.

Zemgale/Juniors - Saldus 73-82
Saldus kept their record perfect as they brought an 82:73 victory from the clash with Zemgale/Juniors on the road. Janis Licitis had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Saldus as they climbed to 3-0 record. Edgars Buikis and Toms Celmins contributed 15 points each in the win. Kalvis Krumins provided 18 points for Zemgale/Juniors.



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Kakuenas paces Montepaschi to win Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Montepaschi 67-93

Reigning Italian champion Montepaschi Siena blasted Lithuanian champ Zalgiris in Kaunas 67-93 registering the second win in Group B. In the first round Montepaschi outgunned Asseco Prokom 80-71. Zalgiris faced with second defeat as in the first game Lithuanians were trashed in Athens by Panathinaikos. It means that in two games Lithuanian champ has minus 53. It is important to be mentioned that Zalgiris played this game without the leading scorer of Lithuanian championship so far, center Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79).
The hosts were on a pretty good level in the first half, having 3-point lead after it. The bad thing for them was a fact that Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) was on fire. He made 9 of 11 attempts for FG2 and 3 of 7 for 3-pts. Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier), as well as Ksistof Lavrinovic and Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), shined in third frame setting the score on 57-67. Romain Sato opened the last ten minutes in style netting 5 consecutive points after what Terrell McIntyre made it from the fastbreak. Very soon Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) join his teammates and after his basket Montepaschi created unreachable 67-89. Rimantas Kaukenas top scored for the winning team with 27 points. Romain Sato netted 18 while Ksistof Lavrinovic helped with 15 points and 5 boards. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points for Zlagiris while Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) had one point less, including 8 rebounds. Montepaschi's next rival is Regal Barca. Zalgiris goes to Poland.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 16+4 boards, Loren Woods 15+8 boards
Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 27, Romain Sato 18, Lavrinovic Ksistof 15+4 boards


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Residence loses match and its Coach Kevin Magdowski(D) - by Alex Meyers

Residence 72 - Amicale 76

Walferdange, Luxembourg

Residence lost at home to Amicale because of a poor start. They had a hard time buying even a bucket in the first quarter but played Amicale fairly even the rest of the way, losing by only 4 in the end. With the loss, Residence dropped to 1-3 in the DBBL and the club decided after to part ways with its coach Kevin Magdowski . As it seems, their 28 year old American player, William Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany), ihas injured his knee and cannot play. He will take over as interim head coach. Pit Koster led Residence with 21 points. In his final game as player, Brand scored 15 points, followed by Thierry Abdiu and Frank Mangen with 12 points each. Christopher Jones led Amicale with 21 points, followed by Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Christian Schartz added 15 points and Olivier Haan 10. Sam Ney played for less than 9 minutes and did not contribute in scoring or rebounding. Residence will face T71 on Friday in Dudelange and Amicale(2-2) will go to Luxembourg City Saturday night where they will face Racing Luxembourg. Residence has found a replacement player in 24 year old, American Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding). Hall played recently for Zwickau in the German Regionallliga.

Residence:28 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 11 free throws, 27 rebounds, 19 fouls and 15 turnovers
Koster 21, F. Mangen 12, Brand 15, Juilen, Abdiu 12, also Leschek 8, Felten 4 and Hemmen
Amicale: 30 field goals, 6 three pointers, 10 for 13 free throws, 24 rebounds, 18 fouls and 10 turnovers
Jones 19, Schartz, DePree 17, Haan 10, Scholtes 4, also Ney, Kartheiser 6, Rausch 5 and Birenbaum

Score by quarters: 1st Q 9-14, Halftime 29-33, 3rd Q 50-55, Final 72-76
280 Spectators



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NBA season day 2 recap - by Bruno Baltazar
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 27 points and 11 rebounds to helpthe Toronto Raptors beating Sixers 95-84 .Jermaine ONeal added 17 and Jason Kapono (6'7''-F-81, college: UCLA) had 15 for the Raptors, who finished 41-41 last season.

Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 25 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to help the Atlanta Hawks hold off a late Orlando rally for a 99-85 win.
Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Magic. Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) added 20 points.Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) chipped in 17 for the Hawks.

Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 21 points to lead New Jersey Nets to a 95-85 victory over Washington Wizards .Six Wizards scored in double-figures.

Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 29 points, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 20, and the Knicks beat the Miami Heat 120-115.Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) had 17 points and nine rebounds, and David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) and Quentin Richardson (6'5''-F-80, college: De Paul) each scored 16 points for New York. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds .Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) added 23 points and 10 rebounds .

Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) scored 19 points as part of a balanced attack that gave the Curry-led Pistons a 100-94 win over the Indiana Pacers.Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) led the new-look Pacers with 33 points.

Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) made an impressive debut with 12 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes and Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Timberwolves to a 98-96 victory over Sacramento.
John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and rookie Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rider) had 18 points and 10 boards for the Kings.

Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva each scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Oklahoma City Thunder's debut with a 98-87 win.

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 22 points and four other Phoenix players scored in double figures to help the Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-98 .Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 32 points for the Spurs.

Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Artest added 16 in his Houston debut, and the Rockets overcame poor shooting to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 82-71.

Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points in his new reserve role and the Utah Jazz opened the season with a 98-94 win over the Denver Nuggets .

Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) drove for the go-ahead layup with 19.4 seconds left and finished with 21 points and 11 assists in the New Orleans Hornets' perilous 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had 16 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) added 12 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers spoiled the Clippers with a 117-79 win.


Greg Oden will miss 2-4 weeks due to another injury - by Bruno Baltazar
After missing all of last season because of knee surgery, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) injured his foot in his first regular-season NBA game and will be sidelined two to four weeks.
The team said Wednesday that MRI and computerized axial tomography scans confirmed Oden has a mid-lateral foot sprain.
Oden was injured in the first quarter of the Blazers' 96-76 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Lakers .

'I was trying to go get a rebound, and kind of came down on Derek Fisher's foot on like the third play of the game. I kind of fell and didn't think twice about it,' he said after the game.
Oden missed four field goals and two free throws in 13 minutes of play. So he is still searching for his first NBA point.
The 7-foot center was the top pick in the 2007 draft, but before his rookie season started, it was postponed by microfracture surgery on his right knee.
Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan had not yet heard of the MRI results when he addressed reporters Wednesday at the team's practice facility in Tualatin, Ore.

'You don't want injuries, and he's worked so hard throughout this summer to get himself back,' McMillan said. 'And we tried to do everything we could to get him ready for the season and the opener, and he steps on a guy's foot.'

Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who also spoke before the tests were complete, said the team will prepare to move forward without Oden for Friday night's home opener against San Antonio.

'I feel bad for him,' Roy said. 'I know this is a big year for him and he had a lot on his shoulders.'

The Trail Blazers also said in a release that Oden's MRI revealed a couple of avulsions, or fractures, that 'are not believed serious and do not require surgery.'
His first game was highly anticipated by Blazers fans, who had to wait to see the top draft pick. The team had not had a No. 1 pick since 1978, when it chose center Mychal Thompson of Minnesota.
After he was held out last season, Oden rolled his ankle in the first practice of the fall. That injury wasn't serious, however, and he played during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 23.7 minutes in six games.

Joel Przybilla will start for the Blazers at center against San Antonio.
Oden's injury in the second to befall the Blazers' starting lineup this season. Small forward Martell Webster had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot in the preseason.
Oden was expected to miss between six and 14 games.
In one season at Ohio State, Oden averaged 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds, but he struggled with a wrist injury. He led the Buckeyes to the national championship game, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the loss to Florida.


Warriors sign coach Nelson to contract extension - by Bruno Baltazar
The Golden State Warriors signed Don Nelson to a contract extension Wednesday, hours before the veteran coach opened his 30th NBA season against New Orleans.
The club refused to divulge terms of the deal, but Nelson said last weekend he had all but agreed to a two-year extension to his current deal, which expires this season. Nelson also said the financial terms were roughly the same as those in his first contract.

'We're elated that Don has elected to sign an extension,' Warriors president Robert Rowell said. 'He has proven to be one of the most successful and innovative coaches in the history of our game, and his continued presence on the sidelines is certainly a prominent asset for our team and organization. Our fans and players enjoy his entertaining style, and we all look forward to the day he establishes the NBA's all-time wins record for a coach.'

The 68-year-old coach is 1,280-954, trailing only Lenny Wilkens in career victories. After stints with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas, he rejoined the Warriors in 2006 and immediately led the club to its first playoff appearance in 13 years and a first-round upset of the Mavericks.

Nelson followed with a 48-win season last spring, Golden State's best record since 1994 and the NBA's best record for a non-playoff team in 25 years.


Bynum and Lakers Agree on New Deal. - by Bryan Floyd
The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension with center Andrew Bynum worth about $58 million, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources familiar with the negotiations. The deal would keep Bynum under contract with the Lakers through the 2012-13 season, according to the report. The first three years of the deal are reportedly worth nearly $42 million, with a team option fourth year for about $16 million. Bynum, who will earn $2.8 million this season, showed significant improvement for the Lakers in 2007-08 before being lost for about half of the season and the playoffs to an injury. His healthy return is one reason many observers are touting the Lakers as a favorite to return to the NBA Finals and win the championship.

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SMSU Adds Top Talents - by Josh VanKlompenburg
Via MinnesotaPreps.com: Southwest Minnesota State took a big step forward this weekend when they received the commitments of two top 30 prospects in the state of Minnesota. Both were recently on campus and had been offered scholarships and both of these south metro players accepted the offers on Sunday.

'Six-foot-10 Prior Lake post Deryck Ludwig and 6-foot-2 Shakopee guard Matt Zager were both offered full ride scholarships and both gave verbal commitments to SW Minnesota St. this past weekend and will sign during the early signing period in November,' said Ludwig's father.

'Deryck had some division one interest and lots of division two schools talking with him but Southwest just felt right. The school, the coaches, and the players were all great. Deryck will most likely red shirt his first year and will major in criminal justice.
Matt also had lots of schools with interest but it came down to Augustana (SD) and Southwest and he chose the Mustangs.'

Ludwig had a conference-leading 79 blocks last year at Prior Lake and he earned All-Conference honors. 'Ludwig has gotten taller and stronger since last year, when he finished as the Lakers second-leading scorer (scoring almost ten points a game while shooting 54 percent from the field) and top rebounder (six per game),' said coach Dave Samuelson. 'Ludwig played with Net Gain Sports this summer gaining valuable experience. He was the team's best interior defender and he competed against some of the best bigs in the nation all summer long.'

As a junior Zager averaged 19.4 points and 6.4 rebounds while leading his team to 24-5 record and coach Bruce Kugath had nothing but good things to say about his current star.

'Matt is a scorer,' said coach Kugath. 'He is streaky from the three point area. I have seen him make four or five in a row in some games. He is very tough in the post for a 6-foot-2 player and has a quick first step to the basket.

'Last year Matt led the team in scoring and rebounding. He is a hard worker and a tough competitor who loves the game. As most players, he has eliminated mistakes each year and has become stronger and more mature in his decision


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Day 5 - 18th Arab Cup - by Mohammed Malas
* Wednesday 29/10

Egypt 73 - Morocco 60

Libya 65 - Saudi Arabia 60

Algeria 84 - Iraq 38

Syria 89 - Sudan 52

# Standings:
- Group A:
Jordan 3-0
Egypt 3-0
Syria 2-2
Morroco 1-3
Sudan 0-4
- Group B:
Tunisia 3-0
Libya 2-2
Algeria 2-1
Saudi Arabia 1-2
Iraq 0-3

# Day 6 - 18th Arab Cup:
Thursday 30/10:
Saudi Arabia X Iraq
Tunisia X Algeria
Jordan X Egypt


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Another player signed by Manchester - by Gianni Pascucci
The Manchester Millrats announced the signing of Marlowe Currie (6'7''-F-78, college: S.Indiana), pending league approval. The 6'7' veteran has previously played for the Millrats Head Coach, Rob Spon , as a member of the Gary Steelheads in the USBL and IBL. Manchester is looking to build on its inaugural 28-win season, as the second year franchise enters its first year in the Premier Basketball League. The Millrats have almost completed their roster, having yet announced the signing of 6'7' Desmond Ferguson, 5'10' Al Stewart, 6'6' P.J. Young, 6'8' Scott Hazelton, 6'4' Alex Owumi, 6'10' John Oates, 6'8' Charles Mason, 6'5' Tyrone Anderson, and 5'11' Derek Coleman.

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Stevic signs at Anwil - by Filip Gracek
After the announcement of BASCO Slask Wroclaw's bankruptcy, Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) became a free agent player. Reportedly he received some offers from Asseco Prokom Sopot, PGE Turow Zgorzelec, a leading Turkish team and Anwil Wloclawek. On todays morning it was precised that he affiliated till the end of this season with the last club. But the player's contract is a record about the possibility of moving away from the team with an effect on January, 1st 2009.

Three years ago Stevic involved in a long-term contract with Slask Wroclaw. He was playing better and better and quickly became a team leader. In the previous season he averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 asists per game.


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Lower leagues - results - by Nenad Ilijev
Second Serbian League - North
Round 4


Backa Palanka - Hajduk 101-82 (Jerkov 22, Zdero 18 - Skrbic 20, Descesen 18)
Hemofarm Stada MT - Vojvodina 94-74 (Knezevic 23, Lekic 15 - Toroman R. 23, Marinkovic 17)
Roling - Top 106-50 (Grabovicki 26, Milosavljevic 19 - Nogavica 20, Jocic 13)
Radnicki Adinol - Stara Pazova 84-77 (Micanovic 18, Nikolic 18 - Ivanis 20, Kalik 14)
Apatin - Dinamo 97-87 (Knezevic 25, Jovic 25 - Radenkovic 22, Doskovic 18)
Proleter Naftagas MT - Odzaci 94-87 (Krstic 23, Pekovic 17 - Cvetanovic 21, Golubovic 15)
Crvenka - LSK 115-74



Second Serbian League - Center
Round 2


Best 98 - Astra 67-59 (Maricic 17, Tadic 13 - Rusovac 18, Marovic 16)
Pro Sport - Mladenovac 85-82 (Nikolic 26, Djurdjic 13 - Jevtic 27, Stosic 20)
Stari DIF - Union 84-64 (Sostaric 24, Kovacevic L. 15 - Damjanovic 25, Cvijetic 11)
Rakovica Basket - Superfund BP MT 84-107 (Petrovic 18, Kecman 17 = Marin 19, Perovic 16


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Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Polakovic, Inter 27.1
2. Johnson, Handlova 25.2
3. Ingles, Poprad 23.3
4. Hill, Nitra 21.7
5. Batka, Kosice 21.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Skara Bystrica 9.7
2. Pesta SNV 9.4
3. Klatik, Handlova 8.7
4. Micuda Pezinok 8.6
5. Stefanac, Dolny 7.0
Assists Per Game
1. Lawrence Nitra 7.0
2. Williams, Pezinok 6.0
3. Immink Prievidza 4.7
4. Milosevic, Levice 4.7
5. Micka, Inter 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Kozlik, Pezinok 3.0
2 Lawrence, Nitra 2.8
3 Storcel, Prievidza 2.75


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Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kobale, Maribor 20.4
2 Pungartnik, Rogas 19.3
3 Gacnik, Konjice 19.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Horvat, Sencur 9.4
2 Tusek, Hrastnik 7.6
3 Korosec, Rogla 7.4
Assists Per Game
1 Meden, Kraski Z. 3.6
2 Pusic, Parklji 3.4
3 Buncic, Gradisce 3.2
Ranking
1 Pungartnik, Rogas 24.0
2 Horvat, Sencur 22.0
3 Dominko, Radens 20.6


Lenassi steps down as Epic Misel coach - by Zeljko Zule

Ales Lenassi resigned from his position as coach of Epic Misel after the 46-87 loss to Elektra Esotech. Nikola Ivanovic led the winners with 23 points including five 3-pointers, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Dejan Cup had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Tadej Horvat posted15 points. Epic Misel commited 24 turnovers and had just one player in double figures. Vjeran Soldo scored 13 points.
Helios outscored Zagorje 73-53. Ivan Todorovic finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Ziga Zagorc and Alwin Snow netted 13 points apiece. Zagorje shot just 1-of-12 behind the arc. Gilbert Goodrich had 13 points om shooting 5-of-15 and Milan Savkovic posted 12 points on shooting 5-of-16.

Krka in last quarter scored 8 straight points as defeated Hopsi 79-73. Davor Marcelic netted 20 points, Simon Petrov 15, Jure Balazic 12 and Smiljan Pavic 11. Shawn King of Hopssi collected a double-double in the first half on his way to 22 points and 17 rebounds and Klemen Lorbek posted 20 points.



Teletovic and Splitter pace Tau to thriller win in 'Tivoli' - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Tau Ceramica 90-91

Tau Ceramica celebrated in thriller against Union Olimpija in 'Tivoli' thanks to great Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), who scored a winning lay-up with 2.7 seconds remaining. With this extremely important victory Tau stays on top of Group C with 2-0. On the other hand, head coach Aleksandar Dzikic and his players are still winless, despite great last 15 minutes of today's game. After almost equalized first quarter 22-23, reigning Spanish champion demonstrated its power. Mirza Teletovic was on fire while Will McDonald (196-F) and Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) were there to help him. After Teletovic's triple from the corner, Tau grabbed 10-point lead, 39-49. Until the half time visitors created mini 4-2 run for comfortable 41-53. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) shined for Tau in third frame helping it to reach huge 49-70. However, Marko Milic (199-G-77) and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up for Olimpija closing the gap on 66-76. The hosts had wonderful last quarter and after triple by Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown) finaly made a turn, 90-89 with 24.6 seconds to go. As it is mentioned above, Teletovic missed from behind the arc but Tiago Splitter grabbed the ball making a lay-up for 90-91. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) attempted at the buzzer from very difficult situation but as it was expected he missed that off-balance jumper. Mirza Teletovic top-scored in Tau with 18 points. Tiago Splitter was behind him with 2 points less. Igor Rakocevic this time stopped on 13 points. Olimpija got 18 points from Saso Ozbolt. Marko Milic collected 16 points and 5 boards while Mirza Begic (218-C-85) and Vlado Ilievski netted 15 points apiece.

Union Olimpija: Saso Ozbolt 18, Marko Milic 16+5 boards, Mirza Begic 15+7 boards, Vlado Ilievski 15+4 as
Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 18+4 boards, Tiago Splitter 16+4 boards, Igor Rakocevic 13


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Basketball SA Board as Elected on 26th October 2008 at the Olympic House - by Tshepo Ditshego

Mr. Malesela Maleka, President, Cell :082 226 1802 , Email : Malesela.maleka@gmail.com
Dr. Malumbete Ralethe, 1st Vice President, Cell : 084 464 9717, Email : malumbete@yahoo.co.uk
Ms. Ntombizanele Papa, 2nd Vice President, Cell : 082 328 5747, Email: zanele.papa@sita.co.za
Mr. Zanele Ngwenya, Treasure General, Cell : 082 335 7694, Email : zanele.ngwenya@barloworldmotor.com
Ms. Gezephi Mbatha, SASB Representative, Cell: 076 832 4363, Email : gezephi.mbatha@gauteng.gov.za
Ms. Xoliswa Ntombela, USSA Basketball Representative, Cell : 073 5214596, Email : ntombelaCX@tut.ac.za / cytro@webmail.co.za
Mr. Willie Riechert, WBSA Representative, Cell : 082 340 3011, Email: wriechert@mweb.co.za
Mr. Caby Cabanelas, PBL Representative, Cell : 082 802 5824, Email : caby.cabanelas@za.nestle.com
Mr. Dumisani Tuka, Board Member, Cell : 072 536 5595, Email : dumi@galmail.com
Mr. Dali Dzingwa, Board Member, Tel : 011 974 1999, Cell: 079 0911 652, Email: sheldond@transnet.co.za
Mr. Joe Machaba, Board Member, Cell : 073 187 8944, Email : Pauline@monyet.co.za
Mr. Monwabisi Planga, Board Member, Cell : 072 509 8291, Email: monwabisi@yahoo.com
Mr. Mosotho Kgaka, Board Member, Cell : 082 464 1178, Email : mosothok@yahoo.com
Mr. Tsepo Nyewe, National Administrator, Cell: 082 358 6952, Email : tnyewe@gmail.com
EX Officio Member, Fax : 086 696 2969, Email : tnyewe@gmail.com



Wembley Sports Complex, 106 Turfontein Road, Turfontein
PO Box 57025, Springfield, 2137, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: 27 11 683 3824 Fax: 27 86 696 2969 Email: basketballsa@gmail.com



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Barcelona devastates Panathinaikos in 'Palau Blaugrana' - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC Barcelona - Panathinaikos 90-66

For sure the most surprising result of the day. Someone maybe expected victory of Regal FC Barcelona but for sure no one couldn't even dream that Barca will smash big PAO touching plus 32 at the one point of game. After this impressive win, Barca remained undefeated in Group B while PAO slipped on 1-1. Ex NBAer Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was MVP of the game as he poured in 21 points including 4 rebounds for 27 minutes. Barca also got 14 points and 6 rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) while Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) registered 12 points plus 7 boards. Barca had great start creating 11-7 and later 16-9 after just few minutes. The Spaniards ended first stanza with plus 11, 26-15. During the second quarter Barca jumped on magnificent 40-23, mostly owing to 'La Bomba'. The hosts didn't stop after that. Despite it was expected that big PAO wake up and to start playing much better, that didn't happen. Ersan Ilyasova and Fran Vazquez made few baskets and together with Juan Carlos Navarro set the margin on 27 points, 67-40 and later 72-45. It was not the end. At the beginning of the last stanza Barca jumped on plus 32, 80-48. PAO showed its real face only in the last few minutes closing the gap on still huge 24 points. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored in PAO with 15 points. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 14 while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) contributed 10 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. In the next round Barca will meet Montepaschi in Italy while Panathinaikos will take on SLUC Nancy.

Regal FC Barcelona: Juan Carlos Navarro 21+4 as, Ersan Ilyasova 14+6 boards, Fran Vazquez 12+7 boards
PAO: Nikola Pekovic 15, Mike Batiste 14+4 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 10+5 boards+4 as


Lottomatica Roma grabs the first victory in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma - DKV Joventut 85-71

Lottomatica Roma had magnificent third quarter today against DKV Joventut, what was a way more than enough for the first joy in Group C. Seven days ago Lottomatica suffered 5-point defeat in Berlin. DKV Joventut was victorious in the opening round thus both teams have the same score now, 1-1.
Roma grabbed 10-0 early lead against sleepy DKV Joventut. After few minutes it was 15-5 but Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) stepped up for his team immediately leading 2-13 run for 17-18 after 10 minutes. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) made it three times from behind the arc setting the score on 30-35 for Joventut. Until the half time Roma succeeded to close the gap on two points, 37-39. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the key player for Lottomatica after the breather. Mostly owing to his seven points the hosts created great 17-0 run. It was 59-45 for Italians after what DKV Joventut wasn't able to come any closer than 7 points. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) top-scored in Lottomatica with 17 points. Slovenian Sani Becirovic, who netted 15 points including 4 rebounds for 23 minutes, was the most valuable player in his team today. Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) registered double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds. Pops Mensah-Bonsu was great for the loosing side adding 13 points and 14 boards. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) had 14 while Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca (212-C-83) delivered 11 points.


Lottomatica Roma: Ibrahim Jaaber 17, Sani Becirovic 15+4 boards, Andre Hutson 10+11 boards
DKV Joventut: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 23+14 boards, Bracey Wright 14, Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca 11+4 boards


Teletovic and Splitter pace Tau to thriller win in 'Tivoli' - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Tau Ceramica 90-91

Tau Ceramica celebrated in thriller against Union Olimpija in 'Tivoli' thanks to great Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) as well as Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), who scored a winning lay-up with 2.7 seconds remaining. With this extremely important victory Tau stays on top of Group C with 2-0. On the other hand, head coach Aleksandar Dzikic and his players are still winless, despite great last 15 minutes of today's game. After almost equalized first quarter 22-23, reigning Spanish champion demonstrated its power. Mirza Teletovic was on fire while Will McDonald (196-F) and Mustafa Shakur (190-G-84, college: Arizona) were there to help him. After Teletovic's triple from the corner, Tau grabbed 10-point lead, 39-49. Until the half time visitors created mini 4-2 run for comfortable 41-53. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) shined for Tau in third frame helping it to reach huge 49-70. However, Marko Milic (199-G-77) and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up for Olimpija closing the gap on 66-76. The hosts had wonderful last quarter and after triple by Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown) finaly made a turn, 90-89 with 24.6 seconds to go. As it is mentioned above, Teletovic missed from behind the arc but Tiago Splitter grabbed the ball making a lay-up for 90-91. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) attempted at the buzzer from very difficult situation but as it was expected he missed that off-balance jumper. Mirza Teletovic top-scored in Tau with 18 points. Tiago Splitter was behind him with 2 points less. Igor Rakocevic this time stopped on 13 points. Olimpija got 18 points from Saso Ozbolt. Marko Milic collected 16 points and 5 boards while Mirza Begic (218-C-85) and Vlado Ilievski netted 15 points apiece.

Union Olimpija: Saso Ozbolt 18, Marko Milic 16+5 boards, Mirza Begic 15+7 boards, Vlado Ilievski 15+4 as
Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 18+4 boards, Tiago Splitter 16+4 boards, Igor Rakocevic 13


Olympiakos outplays Unicaja for 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 83-72

Olympiakos celebrated against Unicaja at home jumping on 2-0 in Group A. Both teams were victorious in the opening day. Greek giant was better than Air Avelino on the road while Unicaja outsmarted Le Mans in Malaga. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) was the key player for the Reds in this game. He spent 19 minutes on the court nailing 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He missed only 4 shots during the entire time reaching index value 32. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) helped Olympiakos with 15 points and 4 boards while Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) stopped on 12 points. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) shined in Spanish team collecting 17 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) contributed 15 points.
Unicaja had brave beginning in the front of 11.420 Olympiakos' fans in 'Peace and Friendship Stadium'. After ten minutes of the game 'Spaniards' reached 14-20. However, it was kind of a signal for the hosts, which immediately woke up taking total control on their opponent. It was clear that Giannis Bourousis is in the right mood. Despite he got less than 20 minutes, Bourousis was central figure of this game ending it with 5/7 FG2, 2/2 from behind the arc and 4/6 from the FT line. Olympiakos managed to score 25 points in the second frame grabbing 1-point lead at the half time, 39-38. Greek team totally smashed Unicaja after the breather. The Reds intensified defense letting Robert Jr. Archibald and his teammates to score only 10 points in third stanza. On the other side, Olympiakos drained 21 heading into the last ten minutes with comfortable plus 12. Nothing has changed until the end as the hosts played as much as they needed for 2-0 in Group A. In the next round Olympiakos will meet Cibona in Zagreb. Unicaja will play another road game, this time against Air Avelino.

Olympiakos: Giannis Bourousis 20+13 boards, Josh Childress 15+4 boards, Giorgos Printezis 12
Unicaja: Robert Jr. Archibald 17+7 boards, Thomas Kelati 15, Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) 11+5 boards


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Fenerbahce Ulker better than ALBA Berlin 82-73 - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - ALBA Berlin 82-73

Great game by Fenerbahce Ulker and the first joy in Euroleague this season. Both teams now have the same score in Group C, 1-1.
Fenerbahce Ulker had impressive first quarter. After 11-11, Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple starting 12-4 run for his team. However, totally different picture was seen on the court during the following 6-7 minutes. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern), Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) stepped up for ALBA Berlin leading it to 25-27. Until the end of the second frame Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) and Damir Mrsic (188-G-70) netted couple of consecutive points, including 2 triples, setting the margin on 4 at the half time, 41-37. After the breather, the hosts touched plus 6 but they couldn't keep it until the end of third period. Damir Mrsic shined once again as he netted two triples in the last quarter helping Fener to grab 66-59. Later, after basket by Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia), the hosts extended it on 71-63. Mirsad Turkcan resolved question about the winner with a long range triple after what ALBA Berlin could not get any closer than seven points. Mirsad Turkcan finished the game with 25 points and 9 boards. Damir Mrsic had 17 points and 4 assists while Oguz Savas (208-C-87) helped Fener with 12 points. Julius Jenkins was on fire in ALBA Berlin scoring 26 points. Immanuel McElroy poured in 15 missing only one board for double-double.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 25+9 boards, Damir Mrsic 17+4 as, Oguz Savas 12
ALBA Berlin: Julius Jenkins 26, Immanuel McElroy 15+9 boards


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. Erdemir 1-1 
 9. Antalya 1-1 
 10. Banvit 1-1 
 11. Mersin 1-1 
 12. Aliaga 1-1 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 1-1 
 14. Kepez Bld 0-2 
 15. Darussafaka 0-2 
 16. TED Koleji 0-2 


Efes signed Jones - by Sinan Can
Efes Pilsen who had been in the market to replace Mario Kasun who will be out of action for 3-4 months, signed US center Dwayne Jones (211-C-83, college: St.Joseph's). Big man Jones who has spent some time in the NBA and D-League as his last team was Hedo Turkoglu's Orlando Magic. Ex-St.Joseph's center very well know with his athletic abilities, rebounding and shot blocking. There was no statement if Jones signed for Kasun's recovery period or rest of the season.

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Weekend Preview - BBL Cup - by Andy Webb
Marshall MK Lions coach Vince Macaulay cannot wait for his team to start their defence of the BBL Cup when they host Everton Tigers on Sunday.

Lions won the Cup with a 69-66 victory against Newcastle Eagles at the NIA in January, and having seen his side lift their first championship in their 21-year history Macauley is keen for his club to keep the silverware at Bletchley: The fact it is a Cup game makes every difference to us, we know how hard we worked to win the Cup including players that are not here anymore, particularly Griffin, Windless and Jamison, however we all know that that placed MK on the basketball map and we intend to stay there.

Macauleys Everton counterpart Tony Garbelotto also understands the importance of the game: Were taking it one game at a time. We want to be up there challenging for honours, but we have to get through Lions before we worry about anything else. We will probably play Newcastle in a two-leg semi-final if we win on Sunday, and that would be two big games for us, but well worry about Sunday first.

With Airwaves Plymouth Raiders and Guildford Heat already through to the last four, last seasons runners-up Eagles open their BBL Cup campaign on Friday with a home game against BiG Cheshire Jets.

Player-coach Fabulous Flournoy is aware of the threat that Jets pose: Theyre filled with a lot of experience and talent, and we dont know who will turn up in form on the day. Its hard to prepare for them, because they are capable of doing a lot of different things. They have built a team that will be there or thereabouts in the league, but theyre a team put together for one-off situations like this.

Jets coach Paul Smith rates the Eagles as the best club in the BBL: We know they will be very tough. They are the best run club in the country and that is matched by the quality of the team they are putting on the floor. We know most of their players and how they like to play but that will actually count for nothing if we are not prepared for the toughest game of the season.


Wed 29th Oct 2008 - by Andy Webb
Guildford Heat are the second team through to the BBL semi-finals as they saw off Sheffield Sharks 78- 74 in Surrey.

Heat nearly blew a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter before a 7-2 finish to the game earned Paul James team a chance to play for a trip to the final in January.

Heat managed to open a small lead in the third period. A 9-5 burst, with three from Martin, gave them a 59-55 margin with 10 minutes remaining.

The match was far from over though as Sharks took a timeout and fought back from 71-64 down to take the lead on the back of an 8-0 run. The dominant Michael Martin (200-F-74) scored the go ahead bucket though and Williams sealed the match from the line.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders moved into fourth position in the BBL, just two points off the top of table, after a hard fought 77-69 win over Marshall MK Lions at a sold-out Pavilions.

Two Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) lay-ups gave Raiders a 71-64 lead and Gaylon Moore kept Lions at bay with two free throws to make it 73-67. The match was sealed from the line as Dru Spinks was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Anthony Martin made no mistake.

BBL Championship
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 77 (25,37,59) (Martin 19, Moore 14, Lasker/Beasley 12)
Marshall MK Lions 69 (25,43,55) (Youngblood 13, Eddie 13, New 12)


Airwaves Plymouth Raiders moved into fourth position in the BBL, just two points off the top of table, after a hard fought 77-69 win over Marshall MK Lions at a sold-out Pavilions.

A see-saw first quarter ended even at 25-25 before both defences tightened up during the second period. Lions had the better of the action before half time as Robert Youngblood drained a couple of threes to give the visitors a 37-43 lead.

Raiders began the third quarter with a 10-2 run and buckets by DeAntoine Beasley and Drew Lasker ensured Plymouth headed into the final stanza on top (59-55).

Two Lasker lay-ups gave Raiders a 71-64 lead and Gaylon Moore kept Lions at bay with two free throws to make it 73-67. The match was sealed from the line as Dru Spinks was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Anthony Martin made no mistake.

Raiders coach Gary Stronach said he was pleased that his team was able to overcome another half-time deficit:

'I thought it was a repeat of Sunday in the first half and I wasn't happy, but our defence stepped it up in the second half and that was instrumental for us winning the match.'

BBL Cup
Guildford Heat 78 (22,38,59) (Martin 28, Metcalfe 18, Williams 16)
Sheffield Sharks 74 (18,38,55) (Gorman 22, Sanders 20, Rivers 12)

Guildford Heat booked their place in the BBL Cup semi-finals with a hard fought 78-74 win over Sheffield Sharks at The Spectrum.

Heat nearly blew a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter before a 7-2 finish to the game earned Paul James team a chance to play for a trip to the final in January.

It was a tight squeeze for the Heat, and James admitted he was pleased to just get the win: 'A win is a win no matter how it comes about,' he said. 'It wasn't a pretty game but we came through in the end with Dean Williams making five of six from the line.'

Williams may have sealed the win but it was Michael Martin's 28-points that paced Heat to the victory.

After 22-18 first quarter to the Heat a 15-5 Sharks run to open the second put the visitors in charge with threes from Sherman Rivers, Matt Gorman and Joel Burns. But an 8-2 close to the half, with six from Martin, ensured the teams went in at half time level at 38-38.

Heat managed to open a small lead in the third period. A 9-5 burst, with three from Martin, gave them a 59-55 margin with 10 minutes remaining.

The match was far from over though as Sharks took a timeout and fought back from 71-64 down to take the lead on the back of an 8-0 run. The dominant Martin scored the go ahead bucket though and Williams sealed the match from the line.


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Matthews scored a 43 points record - by Hector Lopez
Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) netted a 43 points record for the Uruguayan League 2008, and grabbed 17 rebounds playing 31 minutes, when Tabare beat Welcome 92-87. Also for Tabare Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) added 11 points. For Welcome, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) scored 8 and took 6 rebounds, while Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) netted 12. The results for the 20th round were:
Trouville 99 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 29 points, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 20 and 10
Sayago 95 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 20 and 9, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 6 and 7
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Olimpia 92 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 24 and 13, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 14 and 4
Bohemios 77 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 15 and 12, Gelsinho de Jesus 13 and 2
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Defensor Sporting 89 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 25 and 15, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 25 and 3
Hebraica Macabi 85 - Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 24 and 8, Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 22 and 14
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Atenas 90 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 18 and 11, Jackie Rogers (203-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 8
Paysandu 76 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 20 and 6, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 2 and 2
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Cordon 75 - Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) 28 and 4, Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 8 and 4
Malvin 73 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 17 and 14, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 4 and 6


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Atenas 16-4 
 2. Malvin 13-7 
 3. Defensor 13-7 
 4. Tabare 13-7 
 5. Hebraica 12-8 
 6. Olimpia 12-8 
 7. Bigua 11-8 
 8. Trouville 10-10 
 9. Bohemios 8-12 
 10. Paysandu 8-12 
 11. Un.Atletica 7-13 
 12. Cordon 7-13 
 13. Sayago 5-15 
 14. Welcome 4-16 


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Breakers to China Report - 6 - by Gianni Pascucci
(by Coach Curt Pickering ) - Our day was treated with a flight out of the gorgeous Beijing Airport, not to mention the players lustful sprint to the infamous Burger King. The Chinese government obviously wanted to impress the world as fans and athletes made their way into the country for the 2008 Olympics held in August. They did not disappoint anyone. We enjoyed visiting shops during the two hour wait and eventually boarded a plane for Bauto, Mongolia. Once we arrived to the hotel, it was 3 hours of internet e-mailing and watching Crocodile Dundee on HBO before calling it a day. September 30: When we arrived at the arena for our shootaround, I immediately thought of the movie 'Hoosiers' with star Gene Hackman. This ancient museum was something out of pre-caveman days. Obviously, the citys budget, up to this point, had not made sports top priority. Never judge a book by its cover, right? A formal luncheon was scheduled so we hustled back to the hotel and we made our way into the dining room. Nineteen to twenty dignitaries along with media were present. What preceded was an awesome bonding of conversation, food, picture taking and about 9-10 shots of their finest alcohol. In the midst of the two hour meal, each participant was asked to give their comments about this new relationship of Santa Barbara Breakers basketball and the city of Bauto. Each comment was followed by another round of 'toasts'. Did I say 9-10 rounds? I lost count at about 8 so don't quote me on the final tally. When it came my turn, I shared with them about my experiences coaching and traveling abroad and the wonderful people I have met along the way. It caused me to give thanks not only to the Bauto Sports Ministry, the mayor and our promoters but to Dr. James Naismith who invented the wonderful game of basketball. When all was said and done, the 20-some members in the room declared that we coin this new relationship, 'No Borders, No Politics, Just Basketball and Friendship.' Not to show any signs of inconsistency, we toasted to that as well. Later that evening, we put on a great show winning our game 84-73. It was our most spirited game thus far. The fans and media surrounded us after the game for autographs and I gave away multitudes of Breaker basketball cards. Bauto, known for its steel mills and with the similar look of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had won us over. Our next two days was another enjoyable dose of Shanghai. We located Friday's restaurant and rejoiced on BBQ ribs and mashed potatoes and later found a Sports Bar where they took us in like family and even gave us an original Chinese Basketball to take home. The vendors were at all street locations 24-7 so it was another two day periodical shopping spree. It was back to business as we traveled to Shangdong and played before a full capacity 8,000 fans. I swore the same 3 zebra's (referee's) were on the court that had served up 'home cooking' when we were in Fuxin. Maybe they were China's first laboratory clones. We got shellacked 74-71. The score was close but every time we made a run to tie the score, a whistle blew. Get the picture? We did have a chance to tie it on a 3 point attempt with 12 seconds left but it fell short, as did the final score. The following night in Zibol, we played the same Shangdong Golden Club but different results transpired, thanks to a newly implemented full-court press that the Dragons could not counter. We were up by 31 points and for once, the referee's were demonstrating some competency. We closed them out 77-53.



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Athinaikos outscore Ragusa in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos - Ragusa 84:59

Athinaikos posted the second win in the EuroCup season. Yesterday Athinaikos toppled Ragusa to occupy the top spot in Group E ladder. Ragusa in the meantime suffered the second straight loss. Ragusa stayed contestant in the first period and surged ahead after baskets from Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn). Matic and Matea Vrdoljak ensured a 22:18 lead for Ragusa at the first intermission. The situation never changed in the second period. Ragusa maintained the lead and made it 38:34 at halftime. Vasileia Gkouzini (175-G-75) and Sarekgou put the hosts in front midway through the third quarter. Athinaikos capped the first half with a 6:0 run and piled up a 64:53 lead. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and Sarekgou stretched the buffer to 17 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Ragusa never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) dropped 20 points to lead Athinaikos. Vasileia Gkouzini had 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for Athinaikos. LaToya Davis tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Matea Vrdoljak answered with 23 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris added 14 points, 8 assists, 7 caroms and 6 steals in defeat.

Athinaikos: Katie Gearlds 20, Vasileia Gkouzini 17, LaToya Davis 12+10 boards
Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 23, Jennifer Harris 14


Taranto shoot down Gospic in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Gospic 71:58

Taranto secured the first victory in the EuroCup season as they held off Gospic at home yesterday. The victory allowed Taranto to climb to 1-1 record in the standings, while Gopsic fell at 1-1. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Taranto. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) secured 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) topscored for Gospic with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
The visitors got to a braver start as they jumped ahead 7:2 with less than a minute gone. Taranto soon used a 12:2 rally to surge ahead 19:14 late in the period. Megan Mahoney singlehandedly organized a 7:0 run for the hosts midway through the second frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance. Elbele and Lamisha Augustine managed to cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 29:37. But the hosts took over in the third stanza. David stepped up with 6 points for Taranto and they built a 14-point cushion before the fourth period. Marija Vrsaljko seemed to reignite the intrigue as her 5 points early in the quarter shaved the difference to 11 points. But Suzy Batkovic and Zimerie accounted for crucial buckets and Taranto silenced their opponents.
Taranto had an overwhelming advantage on the glass 51:30 and though they sank just 39% from the field it was just enough for the win.
Taranto will face Gran Canaria, while Gospic will play versus AEL in the third round.

Taranto: Megan Mahoney 20, Suzy Batkovic 18, Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 10, Elodie Godin (190-C-85) 10
Gospic: Lamisha Augustine 16, Marija Vrsaljko 14


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KV Imperial AEL to face Gran Canaria tonight in Spain - by Nemanja Bjedov
The Cypriot champions take on Gran Canaria in the second game of the FIBA EuroCup Women Preliminary Round Group F this evening at the Pabellon Polideportivo La Paterna with the tip-off scheduled at 19:30 CET.

Linos Gavriel's ladies beat the Italian team Cras Basket Taranto 70-53 in the first game at the Melford Arena in Limassol, while the Spanish team lost away to Gospic Croatia Osiguranje 76-64.

Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) leads KV Imperial AEL with 17.0 points per game in EuroCup, while Shyra-Quontae Ely averages 10.0 rebounds per game. The Serbian international Adrijana Knezevic scores 15.7 points per game for Gran Canaria, while Flvia Luiza De Souza dos Santos hauls down 8.3 boards per game.

Last night Cras Basket Taranto beat the Croatians 71-58 with Megan Mahoney leading the way for the Italians with 20 points, while Suzy Batkovic added 18.

Lamisha Augustine and Marija Vrsaljko had 16 and 14 points for Gospic Croatia Osiguranje respectively.

Source: www.cybasketball.com


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Spartak Noginsk account for another victim - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - BC Star 80:62

Spartak Noginsk registered the second consecutive win in EuroCup preliminary round Group L. They breezed past BC Star at home to strengthen their leading positions in the pool. BC Star meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record.
Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) was impressive with 27 points and 10 rebounds but it was not enough for BC Star to prevail at the end. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) paced well-balanced Spartak offense with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tatiana Sergeeva (198-C-82) and Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) added 14 points each for the winners. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Spartak got to a strong start to the game as they outgunned the visitors 20:11 in the first ten minutes. Irina Tsekhmeyster (-87), Nelli Nevzorova and Yulia Khodzayan (173-G-84) stretched the margin to as many as 16 point midway through the second quarter. But BC Star bounced back straight away. Rannaveski and Gregor fired from downtown to fuel a 19:6 run from BC Star that put them behind by just 3 points at halftime.
Tatiana Sergeeva and Yulia Khodzayan allowed Spartak to fight back some breathing space at the start of the third term. The hosts maintained the distance throughout the quarter and secured a 59:53 lead at the final break. But what seemed to be an intense battle in the crunch time turned out to be a one-sided traffic. Spartak easily cleared off to a 14-point distance and never looked back en route to the win.
Spartak will play against Dexia at home next. BC Star will look for the first win against Botas Spor at home on November 6.

Spartak: Nelli Nevzorova 15, Tatiana Sergeeva 14, Svetlana Romanova 14
BC Star: Ashley Wallace 27+10 boards, Davineia Payne 11+10 boards


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Preliminary Round. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News

Group A

MBK Ruzomberok - Dynamo Moscow 44:104
Dynamo Moscow secured the second straight victory in the EuroCup preliminary round competition in Pool A. Today they thrashed MBK Ruzomberok 104:44 in Slovakia. Seven Dynamo players scored in double figures en route to the stunning win.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) fired 23 points for the ambitious Moscow outfit. Anda Jelavic (175-G-80) and Jannell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) had 14 points each in the victory. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) contributed 13 points apiece for MBK.
Dynamo used a three-pointer from Kuzina and a three-point play from
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota to jump to an early 6:0 lead. Latvian player secured 12 points in the first period and Dynamo piled up a 27:13 advantage. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota secured 7 more points early in the second period as the visitors stretched the gap to 25 points. Dynamo maintained the lead and was up 50:25 at halftime.
Jannell Burse, Kuzina and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota lifted the visiting team to a 61:31 lead at the start of the third stanza and the game was pretty much over for Ruzomberok. The hosts entered the final period down by as many as 37 points and had no chances to save this one.
Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points for the winners. Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, college: Tennessee) had 10 points and 11 boards for MBK in defeat. Dynamo outrebounded their opponents 43:34 and held them to miserable 25% from the field.
MBK Ruzomberok will next take on Municipal Targoviste in Romania. Dynamo will face Gorzow on the road on November 5.

MBK:
Simona Podesvova 13, Klaudia Lukacovicova 13
Dynamo Moscow:
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 23, Anda Jelavic 14, Jannell Burse 14


Group B

Sf. Gheorghe - Bnot Hasharon 83:73
Romanian Sf. Gheorghe secured the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they defeated visiting Bnot Hasharon 83:73 and improved to 1-1 record in Group B.
Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) scored 19 points to pace Sf. Gheorghe. Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning team. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) answered with game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for Bnot Hasharon as they slipped to 0-2 record.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the opening frame as the teams kept it close. But Ambrus and
Ildiko Vass nailed 4 points late in the stanza and the hosts entered the second term ahead by 6 points. Ambrus capped the first half with 4 straight points and Sf. Gheorghe led 36:28 at halftime.
Ildiko Vass, Ambrus and Diatta kept the home team ahead early in the third stanza. Hasharon failed to score in the final two minutes of the period and Sf. Gheorghe led 54:43 at that point. The Romanian team looked to be well in control as they led 74:61 with just over a minute left in the game. But then Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) and Alzenshtat exploded with 8 straight points for the visitors and they trimmed the deficit to 5 points. Sf. Gheorghe did not panic as Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86, college: Virginia), Ambrus and Diatta were deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the win for the home side.
Sf. Gheorghe will next take on Challes at home, while Bnot Hasharon will host Dynamo Kursk.

Sf. Gheorghe:
Ildiko Vass 19, Judit Kajdacsi 18+14 boards, Sharnee Zoll 14
Bnot Hasharon:
Charde Houston 24+16 boards, Jessica Dickson 15, Alzenshtat 15


Challes - Dynamo Kursk 73:68
Challes used a 10-point lead after the starting frame to finally prevail against visiting Dynamo Kursk in the EuroCup group stage. It was the second straight win for the French outfit and they occupied the top spot in Group B.
Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 27 points to lead Challes. Gyurcsi contributed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Dynamo Kursk answered with 15 points from Varvara Psareva (194-C-85). Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) produced 14 points in the loss.
Valuzyte and
Irena Vizbariene put the visitors ahead 4:0 early in the game and Dynamo controlled the tempo at the moment. However the hosts went on a 13:2 rally late in the frame to build a 20:10 lead at the first break. Bedu opened the second period with two free throws to give the home team a 22:10 advantage. The hosts maintained the lead and were up by 8 points at the interval. Irena Vizbariene and Lapteva cut the distance to just three points midway through the third frame but Challes reacted immediately. They exploded with 9:2 surge that restored a 10-point cushion. The game remained extra close with Dynamo staying at the striking distance. Bocharova shaved the deficit to 2 points with 3 minutes left in regulation. Later she drew things level at 68 before Gyurcsi knocked down 3 freebies to make it 71:68 for the hosts. Eric missed a three-pointer and Kirby Copeland won the game for Challes converting both free throws.

Challes:
Kirby Copeland 27, Gyurcsi 24, Bedu 8+10 boards
Dynamo Kursk:
Varvara Psareva 15, Irena Vizbariene 14


Group D

Neuchatel - Solna 68:66
Neuchatel produced the first win in the EuroCup Group D as they overcame Solna 68:66 in thriller. The Swiss team entered the game with the loss in the starting game but managed to withheld the Vikings and caught up with them in the ladder.
Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) provided 17 points each to pace the hosts. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) contributed 10 points for the winners. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Solna. A'Quonesia Franklin (160-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dropped 13 points for the Vikings in defeat.
The hosts looked better in the first half and piled up a 4-point lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame but Neuchatel succeeded in extending the margin to 5 points before the fourth term. Solna refused to fold that early and led by Lithuanian import Jurgita
Jurgita Kausaite closed the gap. But Neuchatel stayed calm and pulled away with a narrow last second win at the end.
The home team lost the battle on the boards 25:28 and suffered 17 turnovers. At the same time Neuchatel shot solid 46% from the field, while limiting the Vikings to 40% accuracy.
Neuchatel will take on Foton Gyor at home next. Solna will play against Szeviep at home on November 6.

Neuchatel:
Sophie Charlier 17, Cameo Hicks 17, Katalin Kurtosi 10
Solna:
Jurgita Kausaite 23, A'Quonesia Franklin 13


Group E

San Jose - Panionios 70:57
San Jose made another step towards advancing from EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they handled visiting Panionios and improved to 2-0 record to share the lead in Group E with Athinaikos.
Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) scored 14 points to pace San Jose to the win against Panionios. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 11 points, while Aguilera produced 10 points in the win. Lori Nero (188-F/C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Louisville) dropped 17 points and collected 8 rebounds for Panionios. Anastasia Gkotzi (170-G-87) secured 14 points as the Greek team suffered the second straight defeat.
San Jose dominated right from the start and drove to a 32:24 lead at halftime. San Jose continued to mount the pressure on the visitors and stretched the gap to massive 16 points before the fourth term. Panionios refused to surrender and fought bravely in the closing stages. However the lead was well secured by the home team and San Jose celebrated victory at the end.
San Jose outrebounded the visitors 24:21 and committed just 12 turnovers down the stretch. The hosts also shot impressive 50% from the field.
San Jose will next take on Athinaikos in the battle of undefeated in Group E. Panionios will look for the first win in the EuroCup as they travel to Croatia to take on Ragusa.

San Jose:
Eshaya Murphy 14, Kimberly Butler 11, Aguilera 10
Panionios:
Lori Nero 17, Anastasia Gkotzi 14
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Athinaikos - Ragusa 84:59
Athinaikos posted the second win in the EuroCup season. Yesterday Athinaikos toppled Ragusa to occupy the top spot in Group E ladder. Ragusa in the meantime suffered the second straight loss. Ragusa stayed contestant in the first period and surged ahead after baskets from
Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn). Matic and Matea Vrdoljak ensured a 22:18 lead for Ragusa at the first intermission. The situation never changed in the second period. Ragusa maintained the lead and made it 38:34 at halftime. Vasileia Gkouzini (175-G-75) and Sarekgou put the hosts in front midway through the third quarter. Athinaikos capped the first half with a 6:0 run and piled up a 64:53 lead. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and Sarekgou stretched the buffer to 17 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Ragusa never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) dropped 20 points to lead Athinaikos. Vasileia Gkouzini had 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for Athinaikos. LaToya Davis tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Matea Vrdoljak answered with 23 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris added 14 points, 8 assists, 7 caroms and 6 steals in defeat.

Athinaikos:
Katie Gearlds 20, Vasileia Gkouzini 17, LaToya Davis 12+10 boards
Ragusa:
Matea Vrdoljak 23, Jennifer Harris 14
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Group F
Taranto - Gospic 71:58
Taranto secured the first victory in the EuroCup season as they held off Gospic at home yesterday. The victory allowed Taranto to climb to 1-1 record in the standings, while Gopsic fell at 1-1.
Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Taranto. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) secured 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) topscored for Gospic with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
The visitors got to a braver start as they jumped ahead 7:2 with less than a minute gone. Taranto soon used a 12:2 rally to surge ahead 19:14 late in the period.
Megan Mahoney singlehandedly organized a 7:0 run for the hosts midway through the second frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance. Elbele and Lamisha Augustine managed to cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 29:37. But the hosts took over in the third stanza. David stepped up with 6 points for Taranto and they built a 14-point cushion before the fourth period. Marija Vrsaljko seemed to reignite the intrigue as her 5 points early in the quarter shaved the difference to 11 points. But Suzy Batkovic and Zimerie accounted for crucial buckets and Taranto silenced their opponents.
Taranto had an overwhelming advantage on the glass 51:30 and though they sank just 39% from the field it was just enough for the win.
Taranto will face Gran Canaria, while Gospic will play versus AEL in the third round.

Taranto:
Megan Mahoney 20, Suzy Batkovic 18, Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 10, Elodie Godin (190-C-85) 10
Gospic:
Lamisha Augustine 16, Marija Vrsaljko 14
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Group J
Tarbes - Extrugasa 83:52
French Tarbes cruised past Extrugasa 83:52 at home to consolidate their top position in Group J. The dominance of Tarbes was pretty obvious down the stretch as they led at every break and deservedly registered yet another win in the competition. Six Tarbes players scored in double figures.
Beatrice Castets (178-F-80) led the charge with 16 points. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) and Polina Tzekova (195-F-68) provided 13 points each in the win. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) answered with 12 points apiece for Extrugasa. Zlatanova chipped in 11 points in defeat.
The lead changed for several times in the opening term before
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui and Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) sealed the outcome at 16:13 for the home team. Tarbes went on a 9:0 run midway through the second term and accumulated a 10-point advantage. Sara Gomez (168-G-86) scored the final basket of the first half and Extrugasa trailed by 8 points 29:37 at the interval.
The hosts maintained a comfortable distance throughout the third frame and entered the final period ahead by 12 points. Tarbes never allowed Extrugasa to come closer than 12 points in the fourth term and secured an easy victory at the end.
Tarbes outrebounded Extrugasa 41:19 and limited the Spanish team to just 37% from the field. The French powerhouse will take on Pallancanestro Ribera on the road Extrugasa will face Coimbra away from home next.

Tarbes:
Beatrice Castets 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Polina Tzekova 13
Extrugasa:
Tamera Young 12, Katia Da Silva 12
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Group L
Spartak Noginsk - BC Star 80:62
Spartak Noginsk registered the second consecutive win in EuroCup preliminary round Group L. They breezed past BC Star at home to strengthen their leading positions in the pool. BC Star meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record.
Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) was impressive with 27 points and 10 rebounds but it was not enough for BC Star to prevail at the end. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) paced well-balanced Spartak offense with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tatiana Sergeeva (198-C-82) and Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) added 14 points each for the winners. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Spartak got to a strong start to the game as they outgunned the visitors 20:11 in the first ten minutes.
Irina Tsekhmeyster (-87), Nelli Nevzorova and Yulia Khodzayan (173-G-84) stretched the margin to as many as 16 point midway through the second quarter. But BC Star bounced back straight away. Rannaveski and Gregor fired from downtown to fuel a 19:6 run from BC Star that put them behind by just 3 points at halftime.
Tatiana Sergeeva and Yulia Khodzayan allowed Spartak to fight back some breathing space at the start of the third term. The hosts maintained the distance throughout the quarter and secured a 59:53 lead at the final break. But what seemed to be an intense battle in the crunch time turned out to be a one-sided traffic. Spartak easily cleared off to a 14-point distance and never looked back en route to the win.
Spartak will play against Dexia at home next. BC Star will look for the first win against Botas Spor at home on November 6.

Spartak:
Nelli Nevzorova 15, Tatiana Sergeeva 14, Svetlana Romanova 14
BC Star:
Ashley Wallace 27+10 boards, Davineia Payne 11+10 boards


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Tarbes post second win in a row in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Extrugasa 83:52

French Tarbes cruised past Extrugasa 83:52 at home to consolidate their top position in Group J. The dominance of Tarbes was pretty obvious down the stretch as they led at every break and deservedly registered yet another win in the competition. Six Tarbes players scored in double figures. Beatrice Castets (178-F-80) led the charge with 16 points. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) and Polina Tzekova (195-F-68) provided 13 points each in the win. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) answered with 12 points apiece for Extrugasa. Zlatanova chipped in 11 points in defeat.
The lead changed for several times in the opening term before Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui and Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) sealed the outcome at 16:13 for the home team. Tarbes went on a 9:0 run midway through the second term and accumulated a 10-point advantage. Sara Gomez (168-G-86) scored the final basket of the first half and Extrugasa trailed by 8 points 29:37 at the interval.
The hosts maintained a comfortable distance throughout the third frame and entered the final period ahead by 12 points. Tarbes never allowed Extrugasa to come closer than 12 points in the fourth term and secured an easy victory at the end.
Tarbes outrebounded Extrugasa 41:19 and limited the Spanish team to just 37% from the field. The French powerhouse will take on Pallancanestro Ribera on the road Extrugasa will face Coimbra away from home next.

Tarbes: Beatrice Castets 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Polina Tzekova 13
Extrugasa: Tamera Young 12, Katia Da Silva 12


Challes hold off Dynamo Kursk for second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Challes - Dynamo Kursk 73:68

Challes used a 10-point lead after the starting frame to finally prevail against visiting Dynamo Kursk in the EuroCup group stage. It was the second straight win for the French outfit and they occupied the top spot in Group B.
Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 27 points to lead Challes. Gyurcsi contributed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Dynamo Kursk answered with 15 points from Varvara Psareva (194-C-85). Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) produced 14 points in the loss.
Valuzyte and Irena Vizbariene put the visitors ahead 4:0 early in the game and Dynamo controlled the tempo at the moment. However the hosts went on a 13:2 rally late in the frame to build a 20:10 lead at the first break. Bedu opened the second period with two free throws to give the home team a 22:10 advantage. The hosts maintained the lead and were up by 8 points at the interval. Irena Vizbariene and Lapteva cut the distance to just three points midway through the third frame but Challes reacted immediately. They exploded with 9:2 surge that restored a 10-point cushion. The game remained extra close with Dynamo staying at the striking distance. Bocharova shaved the deficit to 2 points with 3 minutes left in regulation. Later she drew things level at 68 before Gyurcsi knocked down 3 freebies to make it 71:68 for the hosts. Eric missed a three-pointer and Kirby Copeland won the game for Challes converting both free throws.

Challes: Kirby Copeland 27, Gyurcsi 24, Bedu 8+10 boards
Dynamo Kursk: Varvara Psareva 15, Irena Vizbariene 14


Trailing 22 points Union Hainaut Basket beat Lotos - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut Basket - Lotos 85:82

Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech), Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) and Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored 16.
That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up.
In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game.

Union Hainaut Basket: Sabrina Reghaissia 21, Chioma Nnamaka 13, Kathy Wambe 13, Mudju Ngoyisa 13
Lotos: Emilja Podrug 19, Ivana Matovic 16, Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) 14


TEO Vilnius inspires another victory - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpellier -TEO Vilnius 67:78

TEO Vilnius won the second game in Group D of Euroleague beating Lattes Montpellier away from home. French team saw 67:78 loss due to the last period. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) led the winners with 18 points to 2-1 record.
Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) nailed 14, while Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) posted 12. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) netted 19 in defeat and Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) had 18. Montpellier dropped to 0-3 on the season in Group D while TEO are now 2-1.
Followed up their home triumph over two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region TEO became the favorite of the game. Crystal Langhorne scored for the guests for 24:22 after the first period. TEO controlled the whole second period and never looked behind in it. Jurgita Streimikyte's lay up sent the teams to the lockers for 41:34.
Gintare Petronyte brought the visitors plus 10 in the beginning of the first period. Lattes Montpellier however dominated the rest of the period and after some baskets tied the game at 57:57. The French team appeared as if they might spring an upset after going on top at 58:57 at the start of the fourth quarter. That was however their last lead in the game as TEO sourted to another win. French team saw 67:78 loss due to 10:21 in the last period.

Lattes Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 19, Khadijah Whittington 18
TEO Vilnius: Jurgita Streimikyte 18, Crystal Langhorne 14, Gintare Petronyte 12


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  GERMANY - Women  


Packer returns home to the U.S. - by Cornelius Damm

After six league games WNBA drafted and U21 world champion Marscilla Packer (175-G-86, college: Ohio St.) is leaving 1.DBBL fifth seeded Herner TC in order to return home to the U.S. The reason for this unexpected development remains uncertain. According to a press release of the club Packer felt homesick. Furthermore this move was explained with missing chemistry between her and the team. Her side of the story sounds a little different as her agent Cliff Smith from DC Sports, Inc. names 'breakdowns in communication with the management' and 'unsatisfactory living arrangements' as the major problems that caused this situation. 'Her apartment was poor and uncomfortable and did not have all the amenities that were required by the contract'. Not a good situation to bring on your best game.


Packer still tried her best. She was the leagues top three point shooter as she converted 18 out of 34 shots from behind the arc (52 %) in her six encounters. She also averaged 16.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.0 APG in 26 minutes per game on the court.
Packer herself declares: 'Though my stay was short, the experience was important to me. I learned a lot from the coaches and teammates about the style of basketball played overseas. I came away a stronger player and I look forward to next year.'

Her agent can be contact at cjsmith@dcsportsinc.com.



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  GREECE - Women  


San Jose roll past Panionios - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Panionios 70:57

San Jose made another step towards advancing from EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they handled visiting Panionios and improved to 2-0 record to share the lead in Group E with Athinaikos.
Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) scored 14 points to pace San Jose to the win against Panionios. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 11 points, while Aguilera produced 10 points in the win. Lori Nero (188-F/C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Louisville) dropped 17 points and collected 8 rebounds for Panionios. Anastasia Gkotzi (170-G-87) secured 14 points as the Greek team suffered the second straight defeat.
San Jose dominated right from the start and drove to a 32:24 lead at halftime. San Jose continued to mount the pressure on the visitors and stretched the gap to massive 16 points before the fourth term. Panionios refused to surrender and fought bravely in the closing stages. However the lead was well secured by the home team and San Jose celebrated victory at the end.
San Jose outrebounded the visitors 24:21 and committed just 12 turnovers down the stretch. The hosts also shot impressive 50% from the field.
San Jose will next take on Athinaikos in the battle of undefeated in Group E. Panionios will look for the first win in the EuroCup as they travel to Croatia to take on Ragusa.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 14, Kimberly Butler 11, Aguilera 10
Panionios: Lori Nero 17, Anastasia Gkotzi 14


Athinaikos outscore Ragusa in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos - Ragusa 84:59

Athinaikos posted the second win in the EuroCup season. Yesterday Athinaikos toppled Ragusa to occupy the top spot in Group E ladder. Ragusa in the meantime suffered the second straight loss. Ragusa stayed contestant in the first period and surged ahead after baskets from Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn). Matic and Matea Vrdoljak ensured a 22:18 lead for Ragusa at the first intermission. The situation never changed in the second period. Ragusa maintained the lead and made it 38:34 at halftime. Vasileia Gkouzini (175-G-75) and Sarekgou put the hosts in front midway through the third quarter. Athinaikos capped the first half with a 6:0 run and piled up a 64:53 lead. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and Sarekgou stretched the buffer to 17 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Ragusa never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) dropped 20 points to lead Athinaikos. Vasileia Gkouzini had 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for Athinaikos. LaToya Davis tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Matea Vrdoljak answered with 23 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris added 14 points, 8 assists, 7 caroms and 6 steals in defeat.

Athinaikos: Katie Gearlds 20, Vasileia Gkouzini 17, LaToya Davis 12+10 boards
Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 23, Jennifer Harris 14


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack survives in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs 2010 - Wisla Can-Pack 65:66

Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010 in Euroleague Women Group A. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) tried to save the game for the hosts, but scored only one free throw for the second loss from her team. Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) led the winners with 22 points and 11 boards. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) netted 19, while Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) added 10. Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) ended up with 17 points and Dalma Ivanyi posted 15.
Wisla Can-Pack scored first six points in the game as Chamique Holdsclaw closed the first run of the guests. Polish side won the opening quarter 18:15 and looked forward for the second. They pulled the margin to the bigger advantage and imptoved to 9 points after 23-17 in the quarter. Marta Fernandez made a lay-up for 41:32 at the halftime.
Andrea Somogyi and her team saw the first lead at 50:49 but then Wilsa ended up the period with 6-0 run. Wielebnowska with a lay-up made it 55:50. Chamique Holdsclaw put Wisla up 63:60 with three minutes to go. Marta Fernandez extended the lead to three points from the free throw line and Jelena Skerovic made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010.

MiZo Pecs 2010: Andrea Somogyi 17, Dalma Ivanyi 15
Wisla Can-Pack: Chamique Holdsclaw 22+11 rebs, Marta Fernandez 19, Ewelina Kobryn 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Sf. Gheorghe earn the first win - by Eurobasket News
Sf. Gheorghe - Bnot Hasharon 83:73

Romanian Sf. Gheorghe secured the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they defeated visiting Bnot Hasharon 83:73 and improved to 1-1 record in Group B. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) scored 19 points to pace Sf. Gheorghe. Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning team. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) answered with game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for Bnot Hasharon as they slipped to 0-2 record.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the opening frame as the teams kept it close. But Ambrus and Ildiko Vass nailed 4 points late in the stanza and the hosts entered the second term ahead by 6 points. Ambrus capped the first half with 4 straight points and Sf. Gheorghe led 36:28 at halftime.
Ildiko Vass, Ambrus and Diatta kept the home team ahead early in the third stanza. Hasharon failed to score in the final two minutes of the period and Sf. Gheorghe led 54:43 at that point. The Romanian team looked to be well in control as they led 74:61 with just over a minute left in the game. But then Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) and Alzenshtat exploded with 8 straight points for the visitors and they trimmed the deficit to 5 points. Sf. Gheorghe did not panic as Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86, college: Virginia), Ambrus and Diatta were deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the win for the home side.
Sf. Gheorghe will next take on Challes at home, while Bnot Hasharon will host Dynamo Kursk.

Sf. Gheorghe: Ildiko Vass 19, Judit Kajdacsi 18+14 boards, Sharnee Zoll 14
Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 24+16 boards, Jessica Dickson 15, Alzenshtat 15


Liron Cohen in Maxima Broker Kosice - by Gil Goshen


On the 3rd Euroleague round Maxima Broker Kosice won very important game vs. Beretta Famila ( away ) 76:60.
Maxima is still leading Group D with 3 wins out of 3 games !!!!

Sidney Spencer tore apart the Schio team with 25 points and Liron Cohen agency GG basketball weighed in with 18 points 5rb. 2 st..
Germany international Linda Frohlich contributed 11 points and seven boards for Kosice.
Schio led 28-21 midway through the second quarter but the Slovakian team stormed back with two Frohlich free throws sparking an 11-0 run.

The home side was dazed, and though they briefly reclaimed the lead at the start of the second half, Kosice were far more impressive and outscored them 22-9 in the third quarter to take command for good.

Laura Macchi had 17 points for Beretta Famila, who were out-rebounded 43-34.

The visitors were 10 of 24 (41.6%) from long range compared to five of 17 (29.4%) for the Italians.

Next week Maxima will meet Spartak ( home ).

Liron Cohen (174-G-82)


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Broker Kosice defeats another victim - by Eurobasket News
Beretta Famila - Broker Kosice 60:76

Broker Kosice is the only undefeated team in Group D. In their latest game of Euroleague Slovakian team overcame Beretta Famila 60:76 in Italy. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 7 boards. Liron Cohen (174-G-82) netted 18 and Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) scored 11. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 17 points in the losing effort.
Maxima Broker Kosice won for the third time to continue their unbeaten start to the EuroLeague Women. Italians however started better in the game and had 7-0 run as Antibe closed it in the opening tip. Maxima Broker Kosice woke up immediately in the first period and Liron Cohen made 21:19 after 10 minutes. Schio led 28:21 midway through the second quarter but the Slovakian team stormed back with two Linda Frohlich free throws sparking an 11-0 run. Liron Cohen again as the last to score in the period and sent the team to the lockers for 38:40.
The third quarter became the disaster for the hosts that missed a 9-22 in it. Kraayeveld with a far shot made the score 47:62 at the end of the frame. Maxima Broker Kosice controlled the rest of the game and led to the third straight victory.

Beretta Famila: Laura Macchi 17, Elisabetta Moro (174-G-75) 10
Broker Kosice: Sidney Spencer 25 points and 7 boards, Liron Cohen 18, Linda Frohlich 11


Taranto shoot down Gospic in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Gospic 71:58

Taranto secured the first victory in the EuroCup season as they held off Gospic at home yesterday. The victory allowed Taranto to climb to 1-1 record in the standings, while Gopsic fell at 1-1. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Taranto. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) secured 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning team. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) topscored for Gospic with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
The visitors got to a braver start as they jumped ahead 7:2 with less than a minute gone. Taranto soon used a 12:2 rally to surge ahead 19:14 late in the period. Megan Mahoney singlehandedly organized a 7:0 run for the hosts midway through the second frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance. Elbele and Lamisha Augustine managed to cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime 29:37. But the hosts took over in the third stanza. David stepped up with 6 points for Taranto and they built a 14-point cushion before the fourth period. Marija Vrsaljko seemed to reignite the intrigue as her 5 points early in the quarter shaved the difference to 11 points. But Suzy Batkovic and Zimerie accounted for crucial buckets and Taranto silenced their opponents.
Taranto had an overwhelming advantage on the glass 51:30 and though they sank just 39% from the field it was just enough for the win.
Taranto will face Gran Canaria, while Gospic will play versus AEL in the third round.

Taranto: Megan Mahoney 20, Suzy Batkovic 18, Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 10, Elodie Godin (190-C-85) 10
Gospic: Lamisha Augustine 16, Marija Vrsaljko 14


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


TEO Vilnius inspires another victory - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpellier -TEO Vilnius 67:78

TEO Vilnius won the second game in Group D of Euroleague beating Lattes Montpellier away from home. French team saw 67:78 loss due to the last period. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) led the winners with 18 points to 2-1 record.
Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) nailed 14, while Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) posted 12. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) netted 19 in defeat and Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) had 18. Montpellier dropped to 0-3 on the season in Group D while TEO are now 2-1.
Followed up their home triumph over two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region TEO became the favorite of the game. Crystal Langhorne scored for the guests for 24:22 after the first period. TEO controlled the whole second period and never looked behind in it. Jurgita Streimikyte's lay up sent the teams to the lockers for 41:34.
Gintare Petronyte brought the visitors plus 10 in the beginning of the first period. Lattes Montpellier however dominated the rest of the period and after some baskets tied the game at 57:57. The French team appeared as if they might spring an upset after going on top at 58:57 at the start of the fourth quarter. That was however their last lead in the game as TEO sourted to another win. French team saw 67:78 loss due to 10:21 in the last period.

Lattes Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 19, Khadijah Whittington 18
TEO Vilnius: Jurgita Streimikyte 18, Crystal Langhorne 14, Gintare Petronyte 12


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  POLAND - Women  


Targoviste prevail against Gorzow - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Gorzow 70:67

Targoviste eked out a narrow win against Gorzow in Romania to claim the first victory in EuroCup Group A. Both teams now appeared tied at 1-1 record. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) had 18 points apiece for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84, agency: Promotex) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) had 14 points, while Taylor secured 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Valentin drained a three-pointer with just over 4 minutes remaining in the fourth term to stretch the hosts lead to 6 points. Taylor cut the distance to 4 points one minute later but Turoczi scored a jumper and Targoviste did not gave up the win at the end.
Targoviste looked better in the first frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance at the first break. Anne Breitreiner and Katerina Zohnova knotted things up at 29 midway through the second frame however Gabriela Toma fueled an 8:0 rally that gave the home team some breathing space. Targoviste enjoyed a 43:35 advantage at the sides change. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third quarter but Gorzow stayed within striking distance to set up a thrilling denouement.
Targoviste will play against MBK Ruzomberok in the third round. Gorzow will face Dynamo Moscow next.

Targoviste: Irina Crasnoscioc 18, Monika Boriga 18, Gabriela Toma 11
Gorzow: Katerina Zohnova 16, Anne Breitreiner 14


Trailing 22 points Union Hainaut Basket beat Lotos - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut Basket - Lotos 85:82

Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83) paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech), Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) and Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored 16.
That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up.
In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game.

Union Hainaut Basket: Sabrina Reghaissia 21, Chioma Nnamaka 13, Kathy Wambe 13, Mudju Ngoyisa 13
Lotos: Emilja Podrug 19, Ivana Matovic 16, Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) 14


Wisla Can-Pack survives in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs 2010 - Wisla Can-Pack 65:66

Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010 in Euroleague Women Group A. Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) tried to save the game for the hosts, but scored only one free throw for the second loss from her team. Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) led the winners with 22 points and 11 boards. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) netted 19, while Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) added 10. Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) ended up with 17 points and Dalma Ivanyi posted 15.
Wisla Can-Pack scored first six points in the game as Chamique Holdsclaw closed the first run of the guests. Polish side won the opening quarter 18:15 and looked forward for the second. They pulled the margin to the bigger advantage and imptoved to 9 points after 23-17 in the quarter. Marta Fernandez made a lay-up for 41:32 at the halftime.
Andrea Somogyi and her team saw the first lead at 50:49 but then Wilsa ended up the period with 6-0 run. Wielebnowska with a lay-up made it 55:50. Chamique Holdsclaw put Wisla up 63:60 with three minutes to go. Marta Fernandez extended the lead to three points from the free throw line and Jelena Skerovic made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010.

MiZo Pecs 2010: Andrea Somogyi 17, Dalma Ivanyi 15
Wisla Can-Pack: Chamique Holdsclaw 22+11 rebs, Marta Fernandez 19, Ewelina Kobryn 10


Lotos PKO BP goes to France for 1st win - by Maciej Schwarz
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia has got only one target for tonight's Euroleague evening- TO WIN. Polish team went to France last night to challenge Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut. In comparission to last season, Union Hainut (ex. Olympic Valenciennes) changed all the roster but forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-F-83). New comers, however, like Kathy Wambe (173-G-81), Tiffany Stansbury (191-F/C-83, college: N.Carolina St.) or Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (188-F-75) are ready to show their value to the new club and its fans. Theoretically, Lotos PKO BP roster consists of better players, but the Valenciennes Hall, with its great fans, always give opponents hard time to secure the win. Therefore, the magnifient show is expected as both teams need a winning game to think about playoffs. Lotos PKO BP coach Jacek Winnicki said: 'Our performance is constantly increasing, and I would say- we go for 1st win to France. If we lose, our situation will become very complicated. After analizing the Union Hainaut games, we know that the team likes to play tight in the key, press for turnovers and run after steal. We will try to play against their strong sides, and show their weaknesses.'

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Andrade is perfect abroad - by Eurobasket News
Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) and her Umana Reyer Venezia is 3-0 in Euroleague start. Italian team won the opener of EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. Gambrinus Sika Brno tried to recover after 16-24 in the opening quarter but allowed Italian team to celebrate 77:68 win. Mery Andrade scored 5 points, made 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Giorgia Sottana opened the game for the visitors as they started to take control of the game. Jokic made it 16:9 and then Jenifer Nadalin closed the first at 24:16. The hosts did not panic and took the lead in the second quarter. Eva Viteckova nailed a three for 31:29 while Horakova added two more for the run. Simona Ballardini tied the game before the teams went to the lockers for 38:38. Umana Reyer Venezia trailed 40:38 a minute into the second half but outscored their hosts 19-6 over the next nine minutes for a 57:46 lead. Kulichova finished the third period at 48:57 with a jump-shot. Fegyverneky brought the hosts back to the game at 66:69 with 2 minutes to go and kept their chances alive. Umana Reyer Venezia however finished the night with 8-2 run to seal the win in the opener.
Umana Reyer edged MKB Euroleasing 70:59 in Venice to reach 2-0 record in the Qualifying Round of Euroleague.Kathleen Macleod did not mind to score first for the guests that came to Italy for the win. MKB Euroleasing controlled the first period and won it 19:16. Ballardini and her Italian team had another opinion as for the winner and tied the game at 24:24. Honti however led her team to the lockers for 35:41. Umana Reyer came back from the lockers being another team. At first the hosts produced 17-9 in the third period for 52:50 advantage. Kathleen Macleod's basket cut Umana Reyer's lead to 60:59 proved to be the last points of the game for the Hungarian side. Umana Reyer outscored them 10-0 the rest of the way, keeping the opponents scoreless. Sottana made a free throw for 70:59 at the end of the game. Umana Reyer edged MKB Euroleasing 70:59 to reach 2-0 record and sent them at 1-1. Mery Andrade posted 2 points, made 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
Italian Umana Reyer became a leader of Group B after a home win over TTT Riga in Venice. Umana Reyer improved to 3-0 after 74:65 over the Latvian team in Round 3. TTT Riga did not taste the victory so far but started with four consecutive points in the game. Tatyana Troina made it 12:3 as her team won the opening tip of the game. Essence Carson with a jump shot brought her team 25:20 after the opening quarter. Italian Umana Reyer created an 8-0 run to have 28:25 in the beginning of the second. Latvian side however remained in front in the end of the second period as they finished with 5-0 run. Kublina sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.The third period was decisive in the game as the hosts looked very good. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson tied the game first at 44:44 and then 13-0 run lifted them up to 57:44. Essence Carson closed the period at 57:50 at the end of the third stanza. It was her again to reduce to 57:55 but then the hosts took a control of the remainder. Mery Andrade recorded 9 points, collected 4 rebounds and 1 steal.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Targoviste prevail against Gorzow - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Gorzow 70:67

Targoviste eked out a narrow win against Gorzow in Romania to claim the first victory in EuroCup Group A. Both teams now appeared tied at 1-1 record. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) had 18 points apiece for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84, agency: Promotex) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) had 14 points, while Taylor secured 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Valentin drained a three-pointer with just over 4 minutes remaining in the fourth term to stretch the hosts lead to 6 points. Taylor cut the distance to 4 points one minute later but Turoczi scored a jumper and Targoviste did not gave up the win at the end.
Targoviste looked better in the first frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance at the first break. Anne Breitreiner and Katerina Zohnova knotted things up at 29 midway through the second frame however Gabriela Toma fueled an 8:0 rally that gave the home team some breathing space. Targoviste enjoyed a 43:35 advantage at the sides change. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third quarter but Gorzow stayed within striking distance to set up a thrilling denouement.
Targoviste will play against MBK Ruzomberok in the third round. Gorzow will face Dynamo Moscow next.

Targoviste: Irina Crasnoscioc 18, Monika Boriga 18, Gabriela Toma 11
Gorzow: Katerina Zohnova 16, Anne Breitreiner 14


Sf. Gheorghe earn the first win - by Eurobasket News
Sf. Gheorghe - Bnot Hasharon 83:73

Romanian Sf. Gheorghe secured the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they defeated visiting Bnot Hasharon 83:73 and improved to 1-1 record in Group B. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) scored 19 points to pace Sf. Gheorghe. Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning team. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) answered with game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for Bnot Hasharon as they slipped to 0-2 record.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the opening frame as the teams kept it close. But Ambrus and Ildiko Vass nailed 4 points late in the stanza and the hosts entered the second term ahead by 6 points. Ambrus capped the first half with 4 straight points and Sf. Gheorghe led 36:28 at halftime.
Ildiko Vass, Ambrus and Diatta kept the home team ahead early in the third stanza. Hasharon failed to score in the final two minutes of the period and Sf. Gheorghe led 54:43 at that point. The Romanian team looked to be well in control as they led 74:61 with just over a minute left in the game. But then Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) and Alzenshtat exploded with 8 straight points for the visitors and they trimmed the deficit to 5 points. Sf. Gheorghe did not panic as Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86, college: Virginia), Ambrus and Diatta were deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the win for the home side.
Sf. Gheorghe will next take on Challes at home, while Bnot Hasharon will host Dynamo Kursk.

Sf. Gheorghe: Ildiko Vass 19, Judit Kajdacsi 18+14 boards, Sharnee Zoll 14
Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 24+16 boards, Jessica Dickson 15, Alzenshtat 15


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Jackson defends the champions - by Eurobasket News
Spartak -Fenerbahce 95:52

Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record in Group D. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) returned to the roster after playing 12 minutes with TEO last game and top-scored with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win, while Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F/C-82) added 17. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) scored 14.
Fenerbahce did not mind taking 5-0 from the start to win the opening tip of the game. Spartak went in front for good on a basket from Sue Bird to make it 12:10. Osipova's layup extended the advantage to 15:10 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson made it 24:15 later in the second and Taurasi shined for 43:24.
With 28-16 in the third Spartak improved to plus 31 entering the last period. Gomis was the one to reduce for 71:40 after 30 minutes played. Even though Spartak Moscow Region booked a victory long time ago, the team continued to dominate the court. Karsli opened the last period with a three and Lauren Jackson then followed her from the same distance. Gomis closed the game at 95:52 as Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record.

Spartak: Lauren Jackson 19+7 rebs, Sylvia Fowles 18+11 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 17
Fenerbahce: Tammy Sutton-Brown 15, Nicole Powell 14


Challes hold off Dynamo Kursk for second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Challes - Dynamo Kursk 73:68

Challes used a 10-point lead after the starting frame to finally prevail against visiting Dynamo Kursk in the EuroCup group stage. It was the second straight win for the French outfit and they occupied the top spot in Group B.
Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 27 points to lead Challes. Gyurcsi contributed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Dynamo Kursk answered with 15 points from Varvara Psareva (194-C-85). Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) produced 14 points in the loss.
Valuzyte and Irena Vizbariene put the visitors ahead 4:0 early in the game and Dynamo controlled the tempo at the moment. However the hosts went on a 13:2 rally late in the frame to build a 20:10 lead at the first break. Bedu opened the second period with two free throws to give the home team a 22:10 advantage. The hosts maintained the lead and were up by 8 points at the interval. Irena Vizbariene and Lapteva cut the distance to just three points midway through the third frame but Challes reacted immediately. They exploded with 9:2 surge that restored a 10-point cushion. The game remained extra close with Dynamo staying at the striking distance. Bocharova shaved the deficit to 2 points with 3 minutes left in regulation. Later she drew things level at 68 before Gyurcsi knocked down 3 freebies to make it 71:68 for the hosts. Eric missed a three-pointer and Kirby Copeland won the game for Challes converting both free throws.

Challes: Kirby Copeland 27, Gyurcsi 24, Bedu 8+10 boards
Dynamo Kursk: Varvara Psareva 15, Irena Vizbariene 14


Spartak Noginsk account for another victim - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - BC Star 80:62

Spartak Noginsk registered the second consecutive win in EuroCup preliminary round Group L. They breezed past BC Star at home to strengthen their leading positions in the pool. BC Star meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record.
Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) was impressive with 27 points and 10 rebounds but it was not enough for BC Star to prevail at the end. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) paced well-balanced Spartak offense with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tatiana Sergeeva (198-C-82) and Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) added 14 points each for the winners. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Spartak got to a strong start to the game as they outgunned the visitors 20:11 in the first ten minutes. Irina Tsekhmeyster (-87), Nelli Nevzorova and Yulia Khodzayan (173-G-84) stretched the margin to as many as 16 point midway through the second quarter. But BC Star bounced back straight away. Rannaveski and Gregor fired from downtown to fuel a 19:6 run from BC Star that put them behind by just 3 points at halftime.
Tatiana Sergeeva and Yulia Khodzayan allowed Spartak to fight back some breathing space at the start of the third term. The hosts maintained the distance throughout the quarter and secured a 59:53 lead at the final break. But what seemed to be an intense battle in the crunch time turned out to be a one-sided traffic. Spartak easily cleared off to a 14-point distance and never looked back en route to the win.
Spartak will play against Dexia at home next. BC Star will look for the first win against Botas Spor at home on November 6.

Spartak: Nelli Nevzorova 15, Tatiana Sergeeva 14, Svetlana Romanova 14
BC Star: Ashley Wallace 27+10 boards, Davineia Payne 11+10 boards


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Monika Veslovsky signed for Sibenik Jolly JBS - by Dragana Vukovic
Monika Veselovsky (183-F-77) signed contract with Croatian champion ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS.She will have an opportunity to play in Women EuroLeague and try to help the team to pass in the top 16 and also she will play in WABA League where the team will try to defend title.Last season she was playing in Spanish team Hondarribia-Irun,averaging 9.6ppg,2.9rpg and 2.3apg in Fiba Cup and 7.5ppg,2.2rpg and 1.5 apg in Spanish League.

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Broker Kosice defeats another victim - by Eurobasket News
Beretta Famila - Broker Kosice 60:76

Broker Kosice is the only undefeated team in Group D. In their latest game of Euroleague Slovakian team overcame Beretta Famila 60:76 in Italy. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 7 boards. Liron Cohen (174-G-82) netted 18 and Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) scored 11. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) produced 17 points in the losing effort.
Maxima Broker Kosice won for the third time to continue their unbeaten start to the EuroLeague Women. Italians however started better in the game and had 7-0 run as Antibe closed it in the opening tip. Maxima Broker Kosice woke up immediately in the first period and Liron Cohen made 21:19 after 10 minutes. Schio led 28:21 midway through the second quarter but the Slovakian team stormed back with two Linda Frohlich free throws sparking an 11-0 run. Liron Cohen again as the last to score in the period and sent the team to the lockers for 38:40.
The third quarter became the disaster for the hosts that missed a 9-22 in it. Kraayeveld with a far shot made the score 47:62 at the end of the frame. Maxima Broker Kosice controlled the rest of the game and led to the third straight victory.

Beretta Famila: Laura Macchi 17, Elisabetta Moro (174-G-75) 10
Broker Kosice: Sidney Spencer 25 points and 7 boards, Liron Cohen 18, Linda Frohlich 11


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Jokic is victorious with Umana, while Evtoukhovitch looks for the win with Lille - by Eurobasket News
Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and her Umana Reyer Venezia is 3-0 in Euroleague start. Italian team won the opener of EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. Gambrinus Sika Brno tried to recover after 16-24 in the opening quarter but allowed Italian team to celebrate 77:68 win. Daliborka Jokic scored 10 points and made 4 rebounds. Giorgia Sottana opened the game for the visitors as they started to take control of the game. Jokic made it 16:9 and then Jenifer Nadalin closed the first at 24:16. The hosts did not panic and took the lead in the second quarter. Eva Viteckova nailed a three for 31:29 while Horakova added two more for the run. Simona Ballardini tied the game before the teams went to the lockers for 38:38. Umana Reyer Venezia trailed 40:38 a minute into the second half but outscored their hosts 19-6 over the next nine minutes for a 57:46 lead. Kulichova finished the third period at 48:57 with a jump-shot. Fegyverneky brought the hosts back to the game at 66:69 with 2 minutes to go and kept their chances alive. Umana Reyer Venezia however finished the night with 8-2 run to seal the win in the opener.
Umana Reyer edged MKB Euroleasing 70:59 in Venice to reach 2-0 record in the Qualifying Round of Euroleague.Kathleen Macleod did not mind to score first for the guests that came to Italy for the win. MKB Euroleasing controlled the first period and won it 19:16. Ballardini and her Italian team had another opinion as for the winner and tied the game at 24:24. Honti however led her team to the lockers for 35:41. Umana Reyer came back from the lockers being another team. At first the hosts produced 17-9 in the third period for 52:50 advantage. Kathleen Macleod's basket cut Umana Reyer's lead to 60:59 proved to be the last points of the game for the Hungarian side. Umana Reyer outscored them 10-0 the rest of the way, keeping the opponents scoreless. Sottana made a free throw for 70:59 at the end of the game. Umana Reyer edged MKB Euroleasing 70:59 to reach 2-0 record and sent them at 1-1. Daliborka Jokic posted 7 points, made 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Italian Umana Reyer became a leader of Group B after a home win over TTT Riga in Venice. Umana Reyer improved to 3-0 after 74:65 over the Latvian team in Round 3. TTT Riga did not taste the victory so far but started with four consecutive points in the game. Tatyana Troina made it 12:3 as her team won the opening tip of the game. Essence Carson with a jump shot brought her team 25:20 after the opening quarter. Italian Umana Reyer created an 8-0 run to have 28:25 in the beginning of the second. Latvian side however remained in front in the end of the second period as they finished with 5-0 run. Kublina sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.The third period was decisive in the game as the hosts looked very good. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson tied the game first at 44:44 and then 13-0 run lifted them up to 57:44. Essence Carson closed the period at 57:50 at the end of the third stanza. It was her again to reduce to 57:55 but then the hosts took a control of the remainder. Daliborka Jokic recorded 12 points, collected 6 rebounds and made 1 block-shot.

Milijana Evtoukhovitch (191-C-81) and her ESB Lille Metropole is still winless in Euroleague. MKB Euroleasing joined the leaders in Group B of Euroleague. The team from Hungary beat ESB Lille Metropole 81:57 for 2-1 record. Milijana Evtoukhovitch collected 9 points and 5 rebounds. MKB Euroleasing went on an 8-0 run in the beginning of the opening quarter. The visitors resisted a lot and Rejchova closed the first period at 17:14. The French team battled back to draw level at 29:29 but Dora Horti sparked a 9-0 spurt with a jumper that the visitors never recovered from. It was her to close the first half at 41:30 for the favorites. An 18-13 in the third period lifted the hosts to 59:43 entering the last stanza. Evtoukhovitch opened it with a lay-up for 59:45 but Dora Horti made it 61:45 immediately in the beginning of the last. Amber Holt made two free throws at the end to seal the second victory for MKB Euroleasing.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Tarbes post second win in a row in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Extrugasa 83:52

French Tarbes cruised past Extrugasa 83:52 at home to consolidate their top position in Group J. The dominance of Tarbes was pretty obvious down the stretch as they led at every break and deservedly registered yet another win in the competition. Six Tarbes players scored in double figures. Beatrice Castets (178-F-80) led the charge with 16 points. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) and Polina Tzekova (195-F-68) provided 13 points each in the win. Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) answered with 12 points apiece for Extrugasa. Zlatanova chipped in 11 points in defeat.
The lead changed for several times in the opening term before Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui and Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) sealed the outcome at 16:13 for the home team. Tarbes went on a 9:0 run midway through the second term and accumulated a 10-point advantage. Sara Gomez (168-G-86) scored the final basket of the first half and Extrugasa trailed by 8 points 29:37 at the interval.
The hosts maintained a comfortable distance throughout the third frame and entered the final period ahead by 12 points. Tarbes never allowed Extrugasa to come closer than 12 points in the fourth term and secured an easy victory at the end.
Tarbes outrebounded Extrugasa 41:19 and limited the Spanish team to just 37% from the field. The French powerhouse will take on Pallancanestro Ribera on the road Extrugasa will face Coimbra away from home next.

Tarbes: Beatrice Castets 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Polina Tzekova 13
Extrugasa: Tamera Young 12, Katia Da Silva 12


San Jose roll past Panionios - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Panionios 70:57

San Jose made another step towards advancing from EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they handled visiting Panionios and improved to 2-0 record to share the lead in Group E with Athinaikos.
Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) scored 14 points to pace San Jose to the win against Panionios. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) finished the game with 11 points, while Aguilera produced 10 points in the win. Lori Nero (188-F/C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Louisville) dropped 17 points and collected 8 rebounds for Panionios. Anastasia Gkotzi (170-G-87) secured 14 points as the Greek team suffered the second straight defeat.
San Jose dominated right from the start and drove to a 32:24 lead at halftime. San Jose continued to mount the pressure on the visitors and stretched the gap to massive 16 points before the fourth term. Panionios refused to surrender and fought bravely in the closing stages. However the lead was well secured by the home team and San Jose celebrated victory at the end.
San Jose outrebounded the visitors 24:21 and committed just 12 turnovers down the stretch. The hosts also shot impressive 50% from the field.
San Jose will next take on Athinaikos in the battle of undefeated in Group E. Panionios will look for the first win in the EuroCup as they travel to Croatia to take on Ragusa.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 14, Kimberly Butler 11, Aguilera 10
Panionios: Lori Nero 17, Anastasia Gkotzi 14


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Neuchatel ensure the initial win in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel - Solna 68:66

Neuchatel produced the first win in the EuroCup Group D as they overcame Solna 68:66 in thriller. The Swiss team entered the game with the loss in the starting game but managed to withheld the Vikings and caught up with them in the ladder. Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) provided 17 points each to pace the hosts. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) contributed 10 points for the winners. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Solna. A'Quonesia Franklin (160-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dropped 13 points for the Vikings in defeat.
The hosts looked better in the first half and piled up a 4-point lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame but Neuchatel succeeded in extending the margin to 5 points before the fourth term. Solna refused to fold that early and led by Lithuanian import Jurgita Jurgita Kausaite closed the gap. But Neuchatel stayed calm and pulled away with a narrow last second win at the end.
The home team lost the battle on the boards 25:28 and suffered 17 turnovers. At the same time Neuchatel shot solid 46% from the field, while limiting the Vikings to 40% accuracy.
Neuchatel will take on Foton Gyor at home next. Solna will play against Szeviep at home on November 6.

Neuchatel: Sophie Charlier 17, Cameo Hicks 17, Katalin Kurtosi 10
Solna: Jurgita Kausaite 23, A'Quonesia Franklin 13


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Neuchatel ensure the initial win in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel - Solna 68:66

Neuchatel produced the first win in the EuroCup Group D as they overcame Solna 68:66 in thriller. The Swiss team entered the game with the loss in the starting game but managed to withheld the Vikings and caught up with them in the ladder. Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management) and Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) provided 17 points each to pace the hosts. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) contributed 10 points for the winners. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Solna. A'Quonesia Franklin (160-G-85, college: Texas A&M) dropped 13 points for the Vikings in defeat.
The hosts looked better in the first half and piled up a 4-point lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame but Neuchatel succeeded in extending the margin to 5 points before the fourth term. Solna refused to fold that early and led by Lithuanian import Jurgita Jurgita Kausaite closed the gap. But Neuchatel stayed calm and pulled away with a narrow last second win at the end.
The home team lost the battle on the boards 25:28 and suffered 17 turnovers. At the same time Neuchatel shot solid 46% from the field, while limiting the Vikings to 40% accuracy.
Neuchatel will take on Foton Gyor at home next. Solna will play against Szeviep at home on November 6.

Neuchatel: Sophie Charlier 17, Cameo Hicks 17, Katalin Kurtosi 10
Solna: Jurgita Kausaite 23, A'Quonesia Franklin 13


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  TURKEY - Women  


Jackson defends the champions - by Eurobasket News
Spartak -Fenerbahce 95:52

Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record in Group D. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) returned to the roster after playing 12 minutes with TEO last game and top-scored with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win, while Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F/C-82) added 17. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) scored 14.
Fenerbahce did not mind taking 5-0 from the start to win the opening tip of the game. Spartak went in front for good on a basket from Sue Bird to make it 12:10. Osipova's layup extended the advantage to 15:10 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson made it 24:15 later in the second and Taurasi shined for 43:24.
With 28-16 in the third Spartak improved to plus 31 entering the last period. Gomis was the one to reduce for 71:40 after 30 minutes played. Even though Spartak Moscow Region booked a victory long time ago, the team continued to dominate the court. Karsli opened the last period with a three and Lauren Jackson then followed her from the same distance. Gomis closed the game at 95:52 as Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record.

Spartak: Lauren Jackson 19+7 rebs, Sylvia Fowles 18+11 rebs, Tatiana Shchegoleva 17
Fenerbahce: Tammy Sutton-Brown 15, Nicole Powell 14


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The new Generation - by Yelitza La Torre
Venezuela women's basketball is pointing to the new generation. Players as Eilyn Flores (186-C-83), Yesi Castillo (175-F, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Ivaney Marquez (-83), Mirna Araujo (183-F-87), are about to get done with their college or university careers. The Venezuela National Team should be yet an option for them to stay active.
Roselis Silva (-G-90) and Cleider Blanco (-C-90) are taking over representing the new women's basketball generation playing in USA. In Venezuela there are so many more girls dreaming to go to USA to study and play basketball; Yosimar Corrales (-G-90), Kiancy Barragan (-F-90), Endrina Bolivar (-F-90), Lilibeth Frontado, Miryelis Salas, Rosmy Leal, etc are some of them. Let's encourage the new generation to get ready for the next level. Looks beautiful, but isn't easy