EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/7/2008

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  ABA   


Mustangs to host tryout camp - by Eurobasket News
The Southeast Texas Mustangs will hold its first Free-Agent Tryout Camp on Saturday and Sunday; October 25-26, 2008 at the Milton YMCA at 3455 Sarah Street in Beaumont, TX 77705.

This camp will give players an opportunity to show their stuff (so to speak) to the Mustangs Coaching Staff. Players are encouraged to showcase their skills at this camp.

Registration/Check-in will be from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM. The Camp will consist of two sessions on Saturday with Session 1 being from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and Session 2 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Sunday will consist of one session from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. ALL the camp sessions are open to the public and media.

The cost for the Tryout Camp will be $125.00 if you pay in advance or $150.00 if you pay the day of the camp. Cash or Money Orders will only be accepted for payment (no personal checks accepted).

Mustangs General Manager and Head Coach Steve Tucker sees these camps as being a valuable tool in putting a team together. 'Over the years I've found numerous players in these types of camps. We are serious about giving players a legitimate opportunity to showcase their skills. In some cases players are just not good enough to play on this level and have a false illusion that they are that good, but in other cases players have the talent and skill level, and need a platform to showcase their skills on. That is why we hold these camps to hopefully find those kinds of players. In 2004 when I was with the Texas Tycoons in Fort Worth, TX we had seven players make our final roster that we found in tryout camps that we put on. I think that says we're really serious about giving players a chance to play on this level!'

For further information on the SETX Mustangs Free-Agent Tryout Camp contact Coach Johnny Tyson at #409/591-5503 or the Mustangs Office at #409/951-5500.

Southeast Texas Mustangs SEASON TICKETS will go ON SALE in mid-October. For further information on the SETX MUSTANGS call #409/951-5500 or go online to www.setxmustangs.com or www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of The Southeast Texas Mustangs


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA: Pedro Echague complete the team - by Ana Soifer
Pedro Echague confirmed Sherell Ford (201-F-72, college: Ill.-Chicago) as their american for this coming season.
The player is well known in the country with experience around the world and in the beginning of his carear in NBA (was selected in first round) for Seattle Supersonics in the season 1995/96, played there 28 games, and then played in different teams in the CBA. Ford also has experience in Grecce, Russia, Italy, israel, Qatar among other.
In Argentina played for Pearol 2004/2005 where had the best season, 52 games, average 21 ppg, 6,4 rpg and the MVP for the season, after that played in Boca, Obras, central and Regatas from San Nicolas.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


The show begins tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL) starts tomorrow. In historical opener Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist will meet Serbian Mega Hypo Leasing. The game will be played at 17:30h in Samokov. Bulgarians demonstrated pretty good performance during the pre-season. On the other hand Mega HL also was good but it suffered two surprising defeats at the beginning of Serbian A1 league. Tomorrow's game supposes to be the interesting one and for sure it will attract big number of various media. It is important to be mentioned that it is not a regular game of the first round. It is re-scheduled match of the round number nine.

Both games of Group A are scheduled for Wednesday. In the first one Romanian CSU Cuadripol will meet Swisslions Takovo. Serbians are perfect in domestic championship after two rounds. In game number two another Serbian team Radnicki 034 Group will take on Macedonian champion Feni Industri. Third Bulgarian team Cherno More is free in the first round.

On Wednesday, Macedonian Fersped Rabotnicki will host Dinamo Bucharesti in Skopje. The other first round game of Group B will be played on Thursday between Levski Sophia and Mega Hypo Leasing.

After many speculations and withdrawals it seems that BIBL is ready to start in style.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Surprising Sunday - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera -Zalgiris 90:82

Latvian Valmiera overcame Zalgiris 90:82 last night to hand the favorites the first loss in the Elite Division of Baltic League. The hosts looked much better throughout the encounter and deserved the important victory.
Ronald Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) led the winners with 24 points. Rinalds Sirsnins (187-G-85, agency: Promotex) netted 21, while Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) posted 18. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) provided 15.
Cavars opened the game for the hosts and after four and half minutes of playing it was 12:12. Latvian squad rushed to 26:23 as the teams finished the first period.
Ingus Bankevics with a three-pointer increased Valmieras lead to 8 points 31:23 at the beginning of the second quarter. The hosts took a control of the game and after 20-11 in the frame had 46:34 entering the second half. Brown realized a jumper with a foul and it was 50:44 for the hosts. Deane, Loren Woods and Brown pulled their team back in the game as the third quarter finished with the result 66:62. Paulius Jankunas reduced to a minimum, 66:64 as the teams started the last period, but then Valmiera had 9-2 to go on another big lead. Poznaks made a jump-shot for 81:71 with 4 minutes remaining. Rinalds Sirsnins was the last to score in the game making the final 90:82 score.

Valmiera:
Ronald Clark 24, Rinalds Sirsnins 21, Ingus Bankevics 18
Zalgiris:
Loren Woods 16+13 rebs, Paulius Jankunas 15



TU Rock -Lietuvos Rytas 79:66

TU Rock handed Lietuvos Rytas the first loss in the Baltic League, Elite Division. The Estonian team proved the ambitions for the upcoming season with a 79:66 victory. First three quarters were enough for the total win in the game.
Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) netted 15, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) scored 14 each. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nielsen posted 12.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with 5 consecutive points in the game and started as if the favorite had to. Rock took the lead with three minutes played in the first quarter and never gave Rytas a chance. Estonian side won the opening quarter 19:15 and then increased to 39:30 at the halftime.
The third period was a nightmare for the guests that trailed 14:24 in it.
Branko Milisavljevic only could reduce to 63:44 after the end of the third frame. Tanoka Beard made it 70:49 at the beginning of the fourth and it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Lukauskis closed the game at 79:66 as Rytas lost the first game in the Elite Division. Rock improved to 1-1 and settled down in the middle of the standings.

TU Rock:
Tanoka Beard 17+12 rebs, Giorgi Tsintsadze 15, Viktor Sanikidze 14, Janar Talts 14
Lietuvos Rytas:
Branko Milisavljevic 14, Nielsen 12



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  BARBADOS   


Schools Division 1 preview - by Justin Marville
UNCHARTED TERRITORY isn't something usually associated with reigning five-time league champions.

But that is what today's start of the United Insurance Senior Basketball Tournament will feel like for defending champs Barbados Community College (BCC) as they begin pursuit of an unprecedented sixth successive league title.

For the first time in six years, the Eyrie Eagles won't open the season as undisputed favourites to win it all, having lost several key players to either ineligibility or outright absence.

That pre-season favourite status now lies with perennial title contenders Harrison College, who have all of their key players from last year, when they came third.

Led by Clapham Bulls' floor general Rahiim Gibbons, the Crumpton Street squad figures as the most balanced unit in the six-team field.

They have young forwards Aamir Morris and the improving Christian Annel in the front court, while Daniel Burke and Kevin Puckerin provide the side with athletic swingmen on either wing.

But reigning champs BCC should prove to be no pushovers despite being in full rebuilding mode, with holdovers Akeem 'Supa' Williams, Sean Parris and Akeem Bourne returning for one more bite at the cherry.

They will be boosted by the arrival of City United's all-purpose small forward Manuel Alleng, a proven scorer and rugged rebounder who should complement Parris' low-post game and the deft passing ability of Williams.

Last season's losing finalists, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), also find themselves on the wrong end of the progression scale this season, with most of their star players moving on from the Pine-based institution.

However, the addition of the dynamic Warriors duo of Tremaine Shaw and Remar Smith along with the Lakers Mark Bridgeman will help with their rebuilding process and allow City United guard Shane Rock to have an easier transition as he figures to take a greater role in the Polytechnic's offence.

With all the changes set to take place this season, none will be bigger than Combermere's status shift from perennial underachievers to potential title contenders.

A lot will hinge on the success of centre Kregg Jones and the arrival of Lakers teammate Jemario Grazette, who should ease the loss of the naturally gifted swingman Marlon Bascombe.

But they will find that making the post-season is not an automatic right and is indeed a privilege in this league, as they will have to fight with SJPP and rivals Queen's College (QC) for one of the final two play-off spots.

Impressive young centre Antonio Sealy heads a QC squad that is boosted by the returning Kristen Deane, Jeremy Bovell and Troy Worrell, and boasts former Under-16 stars Kemar Jones and Dario Ward.

Marshalled by head coach Ryan Holford, the side from Husbands, St James, will have to play to their full potential if they are to stay in contention for the post-season and avoid the bottom of the table with the improving Lodge team.


BCC hold off QC in Division 1 home opener - by Justin Marville
AS REIGNING FIVE-TIME league champs, the Barbados Community College (BCC) have found several ways to escape from tight situations during their dynasty.

They found another one on Thursday.

First-year swingman Manuel Alleng scored a near impossible lay-up in the game's waning moments and then came up with a critical steal on the next possession as the defending champs nipped rivals Queen's College 73-67 in their home opener of the United Insurance Senior Basketball Division 1 Tournament.

After going scoreless during a four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter, the 'Eyrie Eagles' were in danger of dropping their first home game in the last three seasons after QC erased a nine-point deficit to lock the scores at 66-66 with 1:41 to play.

Centre Shawn Parris temporarily halted the slide by sinking a pair of free-throws before BCC point guard Akeem 'Supa' Williams hit a clutch three-pointer to give the hosts a slim four-point lead inside the final minute.

But it was Alleng's late game heroics that essentially sealed the thrilling encounter between the two rivals, as QC still threatened despite the deficit.

Following a crucial free-throw from opposing 6'6' centre Antonio Sealy, Alleng challenged the 'big man' at the opposite ring, sinking a spectacular lay-up with his back parallel to the gym floor while being pulled out of the air.

After missing the ensuing free-throw attempt, the wily swingman then hustled back at the other end of the floor, stripping Troy Worrell to put an end to Queen's College's hopes of an upset.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, the defending champs threatened to run away with the contest after opening up a nine-point lead (66-57) behind the inside-outside play of Parris and Williams.

But the squad from Husbands, St James, never flinched throughout BCC's run, showing the resolve of a veteran side by quickly countering with a stifling brand of half-court defence while getting the performance of a lifetime from one of their youngest members.

Promising 15-year-old swingman Kemar Jones came up with stuff that dreams are made of, overcoming a hip injury to lift his team's teetering offensive despite some hostile BCC crowd support.

Jones erupted for an impressive 11 fourth quarter points overall, pairing with Worrell on the perimeter to tie the game (66-66) with less than two minutes to play.

Williams led all scorers with 20 points, Alleng finished with 18, while Parris added 12. For Queen's College, Sealy led the way with 19 points while Jones scored 17 and Worrell 11.

In the day's other game, outstanding junior point guard Tremaine Shaw scored 25 points as the league-leading Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) defeated Combermere 70-58 for their second successive victory.

Forward Mark Bridgeman added 13 points, while Shane Rock chipped in with a further 11 points for SJPP in their first match at home. For Combermere, Jamario Grazette scored a game-high 27 points while Che Warner had 12.


Schools Division 2 review - by Justin Marville
TWO'S COMPANY, but three's a crowd.

And it can't get any more crowded than the top of the United Insurance Schools Basketball Division 2.

What was expected to be a two-man race between former champs Start De Town St Michael School and long-time rivals Garrison School has quickly transformed into a three-way battle in the space of a week with the sudden emergence of Lester Vaughan.

Led by rangy swingman Ashley Smith, the lads from Cane Garden have burst onto the scene with three successive victories, joining perennial title contenders Garrison and St Michael as the league's lone unbeaten squads through the first week of the season.

Their Cinderella season unfolded with an efficient dismantling of defending champions Coleridge and Parry (CP) in their opener, then hastily advanced with two successive routs in a three-day span.

Playing at home, Lester Vaughan made light work of the improved Alleyne School with a 59-30 whipping, before drubbing St James Secondary 67-9 on the road to come away with the season's fourth-largest margin of victory.

But that fairy tale beginning might take a tragic turn when the Cane Garden side travel to Dayrells Road on Wednesday to face a Garrison team who have a tendency to be unkind to visiting opponents.

CP can attest to that southern hospitality after encountering a hostile John Jones in an 81-42 pounding.

The Garrison centre followed up his 24-point performance against CP by scoring 22 points in his side's comfortable 82-50 triumph over Alleyne.

And it hasn't been all about the Joneses for Garrison, as they boast arguably the league's best backcourt combination in Justin Maloney and Jodi Williams.

The duo has provided Jones with the perfect foils on the perimeter and especially in the open court where they tend to do most of their damage.

Subsequently, the road doesn't get any easier for the upstart Lester Vaughan boys who play hosts to title favourites St Michael on the following Monday.

With prolific forward Darren Hunte averaging a heady 34 points per contest, the former champs have been quite severe in dealing with their outmatched foes, and indeed, no team has got within 68 points of the team from Martindale's Road.


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Div. II Regular Season - Round 4 - by Bertrand Larsimont

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 79-92
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 25; Geysen 2; Hendrix 6; R. Van Poelgeest 6; Vanhove 18; Smolders 6; Clemente 3; H. Baert 13.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 22; J. Steinbach 16; A. Steinbach 3; S. Robeyst 14; Bogaert 7; W. De Wilde 14; B. Cleymans 14; Raes 2.

BCO Carnieres vs. Falco Ghent 68-72
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-20, 37-30, 56-46 and 68-72.
Lena, Poppe and Romeyns were injured and replaced bu two Junior players (Parfondry and Libert).
Carnieres: Thelen 11; Ballau 2; Dekaise 3; K. Jonniaux 16; M. Libert 5; D. Goethals 9; Parfondry 1; L. De Campos 14; S. Muric 7.
Falco: J. Van Haevermaet 23; J. De Schepper 17; F. Bwatu 8; A. Huyghe 7; J. Van De Vondel 7; J. Selhorst 3; T. De Backer 3; S. D'Hondt 2; F. Vanderkimpen 2.

BT Power Wevelgem vs. CEP Fleurus 66-71
CEP guard Tison got injured in the second quarter (knee). Fleurus will host BC Oostende in Belgian Cup eighth finals (first leg) on Tuesday Oct. 7th at 20:00 in Bonsecours.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 9-20, 29-33, 43-52 and 66-71.
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 15; Samson 2; S. Naudts 4; Guillemyn 14; Jouret 4; Lebon 3; Flanders 14; Fiers 10.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 18; S. Tison 1; L. Pourtoit 9; A. Jadin 28; T. Rozewicz 2; B. Penninck 9, S. Semijejero 4.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. BBC Boom 88-70
Kangoeroes: Roelandts 18; Casteels 12; Van De Keere 9; D'Haens 11; Kalonji 3; Gorremans 8; B. Follens 21; De Soir 3; De Wachter 3.
Boom: Druwez 10; Van Wert 8; P. Bayer 5; Lambreghts 10; Salden 21; Leten 4; Van Hoecke 12.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 80-62
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 5; W. Lemaire 12; W. Van Schil 10; L. Tielens 22; T. Van De Vondel 15; V. Verbeeck 6; S. Tielens 6; J. Ceyssens 4.
Nivelles: Karavokyros 2; J. Defosse 2; Muylaert 13; Seny 6; El Moutallibi 18; Van Den Eynde 13; Buja 8.

Essor Charleroi vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 68-71
Charleroi: Leclercqs 16; Mampuya 15; Frippiat 2; Stache 8; Pellisier 8; Sperolini 19.
Zwewezele: W. Dobbelaere 26; Bourdeaux 6; Verdickt 7; B. Bobb 13, B. Deceuninck 5; L. Lhote 11; Dekkers 3.

JAKO Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. BC Ninane 71-58
Pitzemburg: Veldeman 7; Pottiez 7; D. Van den Brande 15; Van Breedam 9; D. Billet 8; Swaeb 14; Vangelder 11.
Ninane: Klimatek 2; Tihon 3; Offermann 5; Delsaute 9; Lhoest 22; Kalut 16; Van Bergen 1.

Bye: BBC Bree

Round 9 (played in advance):

BBC Bree vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 93-55
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-11, 43-22, 65-33 and 93-55.
Most Bree players attended the BC Liege vs. Giants Antwerp and supported their former mate Brian Lynch (198-G/F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Villanova) on Saturday night. This Round 9 game was played in advance under common agreement from both teams.
Bree: O. Hodge 8; K. Reed 12; E. Norvell 10; H. Orsulic 7; M. Meeks 13; R. McCollum 18; R. Moss 4; J. Vucica 16; T. Van Camp 5.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 8; J. Steinbach 4; A. Steinbach 3; Raes 7; S. Robeyst 1; W. De Wilde 10; B. Cleymans 14; Bogaert 8.




Division II: BBC Bree and CEP Fleurus lose after fed decision - by Bertrand Larsimont

On Friday Oct. 3rd, 2008, Basket Bree received a written confirmation from the Belgian Federation mentioning that the games previously played away in Pitzemburg (won 78-97 by Bree) and home against Wevelgem (77-69 for BBC Bree) will be registered with a 'forfait' score of 20-0 for Bree's opponents. One player, Josip Vucica (194-G/F-84), has played for BBC Bree in both games but, according to the federation, was not officially registered and did not have any Belgian licence to play in the Belgian Division II competition. The club is looking for a solution in this matter and might appeal against the decision.

CEP Fleurus has also been advised by the federation that the first game of the competition against visiting team BC Carnieres will be registered under a 0-20 score (forfait) for the visitors although CEP had won the match 67-54. CEP Fleurus played with Olivier Kalambayi (205-C-86) who was not yet registered as foreign player on the federation lists.



Dexia Mons-Hainaut earn overtime win over Oostende - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Dexia Mons-Hainaut 70:71 (OT)

The Belgian Division I first round was completed yesterday. In the key matchup Oostende were unable to deliver in front of the home fans falling short against ambitious Dexia Mons-Hainaut in overtime.
The visitors bravely entered the encounter and led 12:7 early on. Oostende cut the deficit at 15:15. The hosts then closed the frame with a 6:0 rally to accumulate a 21:15 lead. Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Hawaii) paced Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the second quarter as the visitors drew thins level at 35. But Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) crowned the first half with a three-pointer and Oostende led 38:35.
Mons-Hainaut recovered in the third frame as intense defense allowed them to slow the home team down. Oostende managed only 14 points in the third frame and Dexia pulled ahead. The teams played cautiously in the fourth term and finally appeared knotted up at 64 at the end of regulation. The baskets exchange continued in the extra period before Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) accounted for the key attempt bringing the visitors to the victory. He knocked down 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Mons-Hainaut. Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Michigan St.) secured 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 16 points for Oostende. Jimmy Baxter delivered 15 points in the loss.

Oostende: Rashid Atkins 16, Jimmy Baxter 15
Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Caleb Green 20, Kelvin Torbert 17


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
1. K. Willebroek 4-0
2. CEP Fleurus 3-1
3. Sint-Jan Antw. 3-1
4. Hasselt 3-1
5. Pitzemburg 2-2
6. De West Hoek 2-2
7. Carnieres 2-2
8. Waregem 2-2
9. Bree 2-2
10. Wevelgem 2-2
11. Essor Charleroi 1-2
12. Boom 1-2
13. Falco Ghent 1-3
14. Ninane 1-3
15. Nivelles 0-4


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  BELIZE   


Dates are set for ATLIB's Tournaments!!! - by David Magana
The Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) has announced dates for their male and female 2008 basketball tournaments. The country of Belize has been divided into two zones, North and South. Each zone will have their regional tournament and the top two seeds will represent the region in a national tournament. Regionals are scheduled for November 8 and nationals for November 22.
The Northern Division will be comprised of six colleges; Wesley Junior College, St John's College Junior College, Muffles Junior College, Escuela Mexico Junior College and Corozal Junior College. While the South is made up of Sacred Heart Junior College, Independence Junior College, Ecumenical Junior College, Galen University and the Central American University champ; the University of Belize.
Last year, the University of Belize was the ATLIB champs in both male and female category and St Johns sub-champs in both category.


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  BOSNIA   


Borac Nektar outplays Mladost MG in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Borac Nektar played a friendly game last night against Mladost Mrkonjic Grad. The team from Banja Luka had to work very hard in order to beat its opponent 78-73. To its credit goes a fact that American point guard Donta Richardson (188-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) wasn't able to help his teammates due to influence. Borac was slightly better team during the entire time. Players of head coach Milos Pejic weren't on a great level but quite enough for the victory. Center Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.) dominated under the basket while Bojan Milinovic (185-G-85) also demonstrated nice performance. During the last quarter Borac had bigger lead but Mladost managed to get closer until the end. The bad thing for Borac is that Nikola Djurasovic (200-F-83) sprained his ankle in third frame. Most probably he won't be ready for the first game of Bosnian D1 against local rival Igokea. Anyway, US Virgin Islands' big guy Omari Peterkin was totally the best in Borac nailing 23 points. Bojan Milinovic netted 13 while Janjusevic had one point less. Actually these three players were the only ones in Borac with double digits. Mladost Mrkonjic Grad got 17 points from Palalic. Djuranovic was behind him with 16 points. Mladost MG will host Zrinjski MC in D1 next Saturday.

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Levski split two games with Apollon Limassol - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski lost their second friendly game against Apolon Limassol, which was played earlier today in Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia. After their win with 2 overtime last night (114-111), today the Blues were ahead most of the time, but some experiments by coach Titi Papazov in the closing minutes let the cypriot team to take a lucky win - 87-84.

After 30 minutes of play Levski had a comfortable 12-point lead (70-58), and at this point Papazov took out 2 of his key players - Marcus Hall and Stefan Georgiev. This decision immediately made a difference, and Levski didn't score for almost 5 minutes, which allowed Apolon to tie the score - 70-70.

Levski entered the last minute with 5 points advantage - 84-79, but the guest team got back in the game with a 3-pointer from Mike Robinson who tied it at 84-84. Levski was in possesion with 10 seconds left, but after a time out, former Lukoil player Petroslav Zafirov (203-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mountain St.) made a bad pass to Stanislav Slaveykov, and the cypriot team had the ball. Mike Robinson sealed the win with a buzzer beating three pointer.

Vasil Evtimov didn't play again. Petroslav Zafirov scored 22 points, and Stefan Georgiev added 17.


Yambol in Turkey, Rilski Sportist tomorrow in Balkan league opener - by Eurobasket News
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tundja Yambol will play its last two friendly games before the official beginning of Bulgarian championship. Both games will be played in Odrin against local team Olin Edrine. Tundja Yambol will playe these two without Kyrylo Skumatov (205-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Stoyo Cholakov (190-G-87), due to administration problems (first) and personal reasons (second). It is almost sue that Stoyan Petkov (195-F-85) will get a way more minutes against Olin Edrie due to missing of two above mentioned players. In the first round of NBL Tundja Yambol will take on Levski in Sophia.

In the meantime Rilski Sportist is getting ready for the tomorrow's opening game of Balkan league (BIBL). In the first match, tomorrow at 17:30h in Samokov, Rilski will host Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing. Before this game, there will be played one between junior teams of Rilski Sportist and Levski Sophia. Serbian team Mega HL is not in a good shape as it lost the opening two games in Serbian championship. On the other side, Rilski Sportist demonstrated pretty good level during the pre-season. On Thursday, another Bulgarian team will host Mega HL. Third Bulgarian team Cherno More is free in the opening round. On October 15th it will meet Radnicki 034 Group at home.
Cherno More is placed in Group A together with CSU Cuadripol, Swisslions Takovo, Feni Industri and Radnicki 034 Group. Participant of Group B are Fresped Rabotnicki, Dinamo Bucharest, Mega Hypo Leasing, Levski and Rilski Sportist.


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  CANADA   


Mitchell excited about Raptors' depth up front - by Eurobasket News
There are a few telltale signs that it is still basketball pre-season around these parts, other than the fact some trees still have leaves on them.

There are players and coaches alike spouting optimism as if it were going out of style. There are players admitting that they are still not in peak shape. And there are players earning 'M-V-P' chants, with a healthy dose of irony, from fans.

During Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Carleton University, wrapping up the five-day training camp, forward Kris Humphries (205-F-85, college: Minnesota) was that player.

Oh, and here is one more sign: The usually jocular Humphries passed up an opportunity to wise crack on those chants, while the normally solemn Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) cracked a grin.

'He's a very nice athlete. He can shoot, too,' Bargnani said, before unleashing a wide smile. 'He's a great player.'

Just call him Chuckles.

In all seriousness, though, Humphries and Bargnani have been the most impressive players in camp so far. And during Saturday's 40-minute scrimmage, they were the two best players on the floor.

Humphries had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Bargnani shot 8-for-10 from the field for 17 points. And most importantly, he scored in a variety of ways.

If the pair can keep it up heading into the regular season - admittedly, a monumentally sized if - the Raptors will have four dependable big men.

Coach Sam Mitchell is already thinking about the combinations, when taking presumptive starters Chris Bosh (211-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Jermaine O'Neal (211-F-78) into account.

'The perfect world would be having Chris and Andrea out there at different times on the court, because both of those guys can go outside, and (Humphries) and Jermaine can go inside,' Mitchell said on potential combinations of the big men. 'But do you know what? Hump and Andrea (could play) together, and I think there's going to be nights where we play Hump and Jermaine together.'

Mitchell will have ample time to mix and match, assuming the four players avoid injuries.

The Raptors have seven pre-season games in 15 days, the first of which goes Tuesday night in Cleveland.

'You've got (Bosh), all-star; Jermaine, all star; Andrea, shooting the ball real well, improved skills around the basket and all that; and then me, improving as well,' Humphries said. 'I feel like when me and Andrea come into the game we have a whole other element to bring as far as getting out, running, Andrea being able to shoot the three, me being able to get out on the floor and beat people to the basket. It should be a lot of fun this year.'

The question then becomes whether Mitchell can accommodate all four in terms of minutes.

Bosh played more than 36 minutes per game last year, his lowest average since his rookie season. It is unlikely to think he will slip much below that. O'Neal played almost 29 minutes per game last year, and if he is healthy, that number should inch up a few minutes this season.

That leaves approximately 30 minutes for Bargnani and Humphries to split, unless Mitchell opts to use Bargnani at the small forward spot, something that did not work spectacularly in the playoffs last year.

'Hopefully, this year, (playing time) isn't going to be an issue,' Humphries said. 'We'll all be able to play enough minutes and get a chance to (give) what we have got from there.'

That will be worked out when the games start for real. At that point, Humphries and Bargnani will probably revert to their regular media personas, too.

Humphries is already getting back to his regular personality, laughing off a pair of dunks Bosh and O'Neal had near the end of the scrimmage, with him on the receiving end.

'It was just fun to get out in front of the fans and let J.O. and C.B. get a couple dunks so they get going,' Humphries said. 'Give the fans something.'

Courtesy of http://www.nationalpost.com


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  CBA   


Schedule announced for CBA's 63rd season - by Eurobasket News
The oldest professional basketball league in the world will begin its 63rd consecutive season on Friday, December 12, as the Continental Basketball Association tips off the 2008-09 campaign with four games scheduled for opening weekend.

The five-team league will consist of one conference and made up of the following teams: Albany Patroons, East Kentucky Miners, Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, Minot Skyrockets, and Pittsburgh Xplosion. The teams will play a total of 80 regular season games this season. The 14-week season concludes on Sunday, March 15, and the CBA Playoffs commence on Wednesday, March 18.

'When faced with the building of the schedule each year, the CBA tries to do several things to insure success for out member teams, 'said Commissioner Dennis Truax. 'We look to maximize weekend dates for our franchises and to keep travel costs to a minimum. I feel we have been able to do that this season with 63 out of the 80 games on Thursday through Sunday with 54 of those games from Friday through Sunday. I think the fans will be happy with this schedule and the teams will be able to market very effectively this year.'

The season officially launches when the CBA Champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry travel to Albany to face the Patroons on Friday, December 12. Also opening the same night in Pittsburgh is the Xplosion hosting the East Kentucky Miners. The Minot Skyrockets open their season on Sunday, December 15 when they travel to East Kentucky.

On February 10, the Pittsburgh will host the 25th CBA All-Star Classic in the modern era, which features the Long Distance Shootout, the Slam Dunk Competition, and the CBA All-Star Game.

Due to the overwhelming success of last year's Christmas-night game, the Albany Patroons will again play on Christmas against the East Kentucky Miners this season. Other games of interest include a Valentines Day contest in East Kentucky against the Patroons. The Cavalry visit the place where they won the 2008 CBA Championship for the first time when the travel to face the Skyrockets on January 21.

Following is a complete regular season schedule by date, which can also be accessed at www.cbahoopsonline.com.



2008-09 CBA SCHEDULE

(All times local)


DATE GAME TIME NUM.

Fri. Dec. 12 Lawton-Fort-Sill at Albany 7:35 1

East Kentucky at Pittsburgh 7:05 2

Sat. Dec. 13 Lawton-Fort Sill at Albany 7:35 3

Sun. Dec. 14 Minot at East Kentucky 4:05 4

Mon. Dec. 15 Minot at East Kentucky 7:05 5

Wed. Dec. 17 Pittsburgh at East Kentucky 7:35 6

Albany at Minot 7:05 7

Thu. Dec. 18 Albany at Minot 7:05 8

Sat. Dec. 20 Minot at East Kentucky 7:05 9

Pittsburgh at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 10

Sun. Dec. 21 Minot at East Kentucky 4:05 11

Pittsburgh at Lawton-Fort Sill 2:05 12

Tue. Dec. 23 Albany at Pittsburgh 7:05 13

Thu. Dec. 25 East Kentucky at Albany 7:35 14

Fri. Dec. 26 East Kentucky at Albany 7:35 15

Lawton-Fort Sill at Minot 7:05 16

Sat. Dec. 27 Lawton-Fort Sill at Minot 7:05 17

Sun. Dec. 28 East Kentucky at Pittsburgh 7:05 18

Mon. Dec. 29 East Kentucky at Pittsburgh 7:05 19

Fri. Jan. 2 Albany at East Kentucky 7:35 20

Pittsburgh at Minot 7:05 21

Sat. Jan. 3 Pittsburgh at Minot 7:05 22

Sun. Jan. 4 Albany at East Kentucky 4:05 23

Tue. Jan. 6 Albany at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 24

Wed. Jan. 7 Albany at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 25

Thu. Jan. 8 Minot at Pittsburgh 7:05 26

Fri. Jan. 9 Minot at Pittsburgh 7:05 27

East Kentucky at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 28

Sat. Jan. 10 East Kentucky at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 29

Sun. Jan. 11 Minot at Albany 7:35 30

Mon. Jan. 12 Minot at Albany 7:35 31

Wed. Jan. 14 Lawton-Fort Sill at Albany 7:35 32

Thu. Jan. 15 Lawton-Fort Sill at Albany 7:35 33

Sat. Jan. 17 Pittsburgh at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 34

Sun. Jan. 18 East Kentucky at Minot 2:05 35

Mon. Jan. 19 East Kentucky at Minot 7:05 36

Wed. Jan. 21 Lawton-Fort Sill at Minot 7:05 37

Thu. Jan. 22 Lawton-Fort Sill at Minot 7:05 38

Albany at Pittsburgh 7:05 39

Fri. Jan. 23 Albany at Pittsburgh 7:05 40

Sat. Jan. 24 Lawton-Fort Sill at East Kentucky 7:35 41

Sun. Jan. 25 Lawton-Fort Sill at East Kentucky 7:35 42

Pittsburgh at Minot 2:05 43

Mon. Jan. 26 Pittsburgh at Minot 2:05 44

Wed. Jan. 28 Minot at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 45

Fri. Jan. 30 East Kentucky at Albany 7:35 46

Sat. Jan. 31 Minot at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 47

East Kentucky at Albany 7:35 48

Thu. Feb. 5 Pittsburgh at East Kentucky 7:05 49

Fri. Feb. 6 Albany at Minot 7:05 50

Sat. Feb. 7 Albany at Minot 7:05 51

Lawton-Fort Sill at Pittsburgh 7:05 52

Sun. Feb. 8 Lawton-Fort Sill at Pittsburgh 7:05 53

TUE. FEB. 10 CBA ALL-STAR GAME at PITTSBURGH 7:35

Thu. Feb. 12 Minot at Pittsburgh 7:05 54

Fri. Feb. 13 Minot at Pittsburgh 7:05 55

Albany at East Kentucky 7:05 56

Sat. Feb. 14 Albany at East Kentucky 7:05 57

Thu. Feb. 19 Pittsburgh at Albany 7:35 58

Fri. Feb. 20 Pittsburgh at Albany 7:35 59

Minot at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 60

Sat. Feb. 21 Minot at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 61

Sun. Feb. 22 East Kentucky at Pittsburgh 7:05 62

Tue. Feb. 24 Lawton-Fort Sill at Pittsburgh 7:05 63

Wed. Feb. 25 Lawton-Fort Sill at Pittsburgh 7:05 64

Fri. Feb. 27 Pittsburgh at East Kentucky 7:05 65

Albany at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 66

Sat. Feb. 28 Albany at Lawton-Fort Sill 7:05 67

Pittsburgh at East Kentucky 7:05 68

Thu. Mar. 5 East Kentucky at Minot 7:35 69

Albany at Pittsburgh 7:05 70

Fri. Mar. 6 East Kentucky at Minot 7:35 71

Sun. Mar. 8 East Kentucky at Lawton-Fort Sill 2:05 72

Mon. Mar. 9 East Kentucky at Lawton-Fort Sill 2:05 73

Tue. Mar. 10 Pittsburgh at Albany 7:35 74

Thu. Mar. 12 Pittsburgh at Albany 7:35 75

Lawton-Fort Sill at East Kentucky 7:35 76

Fri. Mar. 13 Lawton-Fort Sill at East Kentucky 7:35 77

Sat. Mar. 14 Minot at Albany 7:35 78

Sun. Mar. 15 Minot at Albany 7:35 79

Pittsburgh at Lawton-Fort Sill 2:05 80

Courtesy of CBA


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  COLOMBIA   


Islander added new guard - by Victor Garcia
Islanders Sopesa, added Colombian - Venezuelan guard Fernando Lucena, coach Guillermo Lopez was searching to make deep his point guard departament, and Lucena is the bet to do it.
Islanders are climbing in the Federation Cup after its two victories over Arrieros at home.
islanders will face Norte the Santander today and tomorrow trying to get the second place in the standings, Norte is coming from two defeats in Cali


A Colombian talent in the UK, the history of Sandro Mosquera - by Victor Garcia

Colombian talent looks to be spreaded all over the world, www.latinbasket.com knew in London the interesting history of Sandro Mosquera, a Colombian that had lived in the UK the biggest part of his life and is a real Basketball Talent.

Mosquera who born in Buga a town close to Cali in the west of Colombia, move very young to London where he grew up, studied and played Basketball.
At College in London Sandro studied and played in the West London Institute, and was the best player of the team, then he was recruited for the coaching staff of the profesional team Thames Valley Tigers in wich Sandro played his pro-years as an athletic shooting guard, Sandro played 5 seasons in the National England League of Basketball, in both divisions 1st and 2nd, all them with the Thames Valley Tigers.
Entering the sixth year Sandro choose to leave the profesional Basketball and get into bussines, but he does not leave the Basketball at all, Sandro keep playing and promoting amateur Basketball among the Latin people of London, and has been members of several amateurs clubs like the Demons Basketball Club and the Latinos Basketball club, all them part of a very interisting Latin Basketball activity in London.
Already Sandro is promoting another Basketball Club : The Windsor Warrios Basketball Team, mainly with people of the UK, but also keep recruting people from other countries, you can visit the Warriors at www.warriorsbball.net

Latinbasket will keep searching for Colombian people that promote and play Basketball overseas



Juan Tello Palacios becoming in key player of the VIC - by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Juan Diego Tello Palacios is becoming game by game in one of the most important players of the VIC, his team in the Spains leb gold, Tello Palacios had scored 9 and 18 points in the last two victories of the VIC, in the second game of the season finished with 9 points in 3 of 3 from the three point arc, playing just 12 minutes, on Saturdays game, Tello scored 18 points in just 25 minutescoming from the bench, also added 3 rebounds, with 6 of 14 from the field , including 2 of 4 beyond the arc, also 4 of 5 from the freethrow line.
VIC defeated La Palma 92 - 63.


Delvin Thomas new import of Norte de Santander - by Victor Garcia
After four games playing with just one import, Norte de Santander inked American forward Delvin Thomas, Thomas is a 62' power forward with previous experience in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, lately was playing in Taiwan league.
With Thomas Norte wants to strenght its game in the paint, that has been its weakness in the last games, Norte is already tied in the second place with Islanders of San Andres
Thomas Delvin (201-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Bethune-Cookman)


Federation Cup 2008, Octuber 3 and 4, days 17 and 18 results. - by Victor Garcia
Arrieros fall twice in San Andrs against the Islanders, on Friday game Islanders had a 25 14 fourth quarter to past Arrieros who, the return of Stalin Ortiz was fundamental for the Islanders victory, Arrieros miss Norbey Aragon in the last two quarters for an Injury
Octuber 3 result.
Islanders Sopesa 84
Arrieros 69

On Saturday game Islanders defeated again Arrieros, Ortiz again leaded the Island team with 29 pts, while Aragn back in action had 18 for the Arrieros, it was the third lost of Arrieros, and two key victories for Islanders that put them close to get the ticket to the semifinals.
Octuber 4 result.
Isladers Sopesa 96 S. Ortiz 29 pts
Arrieros 77 N. Aragn 18 pts.

Bucaros with a very good performance of Rogers Washingto defeated Piratas in Bogot, Bucaros took control of the game since the begining, and just let Piratas cut the gap in the the third quarter, but the ejection of Vince Camper helped Bucaros to pasto ver Piratas at the end of the game.
Octuber 3 result
Piratas 83
Bucaros Freskaleche 90

In the Saturdays game Bucaros had more problems but defeated Piratas again, Piratas playing just with one import did a good defensive job in the first half, putting pressure over Bucaros and forcing turnovers, Piratas leaded at the half and at the end of the third quarter, but in the last quarter Bucaros use its experience to overcome in the game, despite loss Flemming and Marriaga with fouls problems, Washington again was the leader of Bucaros
Octuber 4 result
Piratas 90
Bucaros Freskaleche 94

Indervalle use two overtimes to defeat Norte de Santander in Cali, the game was the contest of two veteran and savior coaches, Guillermo Moreno and Julio Toro, Norte controled the game during the first three quarters, and finished tied to force the overtime, Alvaro Teheran leded the Indervalle team and Edgar Moreno Norte.
Octuber 3 result
Indervalle 112 A. Teheran 29 pts.
Norte de Santander 110 E. Moreno 30 pts

Indervalle again defeated Norte on Saturday , Indervalle had a bad begining, but a very good last quarter, Norte looks tired at the end of the game and lost control on defense.
Octuber 4 result
Indervalle 91
Norte de Santander 84

Patiotas defeated Ovni in Tenjo , Jorge Diaz leaded Patriotas.
Octuber 3 result
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 66
Patriotas Proactiva 81

Ovni took revenge of the Fridays lost and defeated Ovni on Saturday.
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 74
Patriotas Proactiva 67


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Arrieros 15-3 
 2. Bucaros 11-7 
 3. Canoneros 11-7 
 4. Islanders 11-7 
 5. InderValle 9-9 
 6. Condores 6-12 
 7. Alcaldia 5-13 
 8. Piratas 4-14 


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  CROATIA   


Zadar lands veteran Marlon Garnett - by Eurobasket News
Current Croatian champion Zadar, which had fantastic last quarter against Split CO in Adriatic league opener, announced signing of Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara).

33-year old American is aware of basketball level and Croatia as well as in Adriatic league as he had impressive last season in Split CO. Marlon Garnett appeared 24 times in regional championship ending it as a second best scorer with 19.2 ppg. At the same time he had 3 rpg and 1.7 apg. In Croatian A1 league had he was the fourth scorer with 18.1 ppg. His Split reached the play-off final, where Zadar outsmarted it. Before Split, Garnett used to play for the Spanish Students, MMT Estudiantes. He had 14 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 15 games in FIBA EuroCup. Season 05/06 he spent in Whirpool Varese, Italian Serie A. His team won Italian National Cup as well as SuperCup. In Euroleague Varese managed to reach quarterfinals. Except of the above mentioned teams, Marlon Garnett also played for Olimpia Milano, San Diego WildFire (ABA) and Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA). On season 98/99 he had 24 NBA appearances in jersey of Boston Celtis adding 2.1 ppg.

As a reminder, Zadar does not count any more on Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV), who had serious conflict with head coach Aleksandar Petrovic. His status is still under the question mark as Zadar looks for opportunity to send him on loan.


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  DENMARK   


One truly Great Dane Michael Andersen signs with AEK Athens. - by Thomas Soltau
Michael Andersen (213-C-74, college: Rhode Island) is highly regarded as the most successful Danish player in history and amazingly he is still making his way in the top European leagues.

A prosperous professional career is now in a way coming full circle, as Michael Andersen has just recently signed with AEK Athens.

Rumors have long been saying that Michael Andersen was thinking about calling it quits, and so it can only be with a joyful feeling that he now returns to the city of Athens, to once more put on that special AEK Athens jersey.

Eleven seasons ago the powerful Dane finished out a productive college career at Rhode Island and set off to begin an adventure in the top ranks of professional basketball in Europe.

Back then the first stop on his journey was the Greek capital and home of powerhouse AEK Athens, where Michael Andersen played two seasons and reached the Euroleague Finals in 1998.

The success in Greece was followed by three strong years in the Italian SerieA with Basket Napoli. Here Michael Andersen rose to become an absolute fan favorite, often introduced before games as simply 'Big Mike', his number 18 always stood for toughness and desire to win.

After saying goodbye to Italy, the hunt for a championship brought Michael Andersen to Poland, where he won two league titles in 06 and 07 with Asseco Prokom Sopot.

Big-Mike is simply a winner, both as a player and as a person, and there is no doubt that new AEK head coach and Swedish NT coach Kostas Flevarakis , is happy to have him.
Michael Andersen should bring a great deal of inside presence and experience to the AEK frontline. He has reportedly signed a one year deal.

Eurobasket Denmark wishes this Great Dane nothing but the best.


2. round of the 1. division - by Thomas Quaade

One surprise

In the 2. round of the 1. division this weekend there was only one surprise. Vaerlose BBK went the long journey to Lemvig BK on the far westside of Jutland. Maybe it was the long trip or that fact that they only came with 8 players, that they lost a thrilling game against a very good home team, who had their strongest team on the floor. Thomas Kjaergaard (179-G-79) and Ditlev Geertsen played a very good game while Mike Haiduc (203-C, college: Dominican (IL)) and Kinsey Durgin (180-G, college: Rhode Island), Lemvig BKs two foreign players, scored 24 and 12 points each. Niels Bjerregaard (205-C/F-70, college: Chaminade) from Vaerlose BBK got in foultrouple in the 3rd quarter and that was when Lemvig BK took a 14 point lead. Vaerlose BBK fought back through fullcourt defense in the 4th, but it was too late and the final score was 72-63.

Nothing like home
In Hobas - ALBA, Fjordager BK Odense - Virum and in Herlev Basket - Aarhus BF the home teams won fairly easy games. Herlev Basket dominated the young bears (Bakken Bears farmer team Aarhus BF) but Aarhus BF would not give up and keept fighting throughout the game. Final score was 85-72.

Aalborg BK in 1st place
In Falcon, the visiting Aalborg BK won a surprisingly big win of 61-92 over the traditional Falcon club, who could celebrate their 50 years aniversary. Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81), the German player from Falcon lead the home team with 17 points. He will leave Falcon at Christmas time, when his studies finishes. For Aalborg BK Jeppe Kristiansen (196-G-87) played a good game but it was once again Dreshawn Vance (203-F-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) with 25 points and Christian Thomsen (199-F-84) with 16 points, who lead the 1. place team Aalborg BK in scoring.

BK Skjold/Stevnsgades defense looks very strong
In Jonstrup, the 1. division favorites BK Skjold/Stevnsgade won big with a 61-84 win. The game was close until the 4th quarter when BK Skjold/Stevnsgade pushed the pedal and cruised to the 23 point win.

All results of the 2. round
Lemvig BK - Vaerlose BBK 72-63


Hobas - ALBA 85-69


Fjordager BK Odense - Virum 71-64


Herlev Basket - Aarhus BF 85-72


Falcon - Aalborg BK 61-92


Jonstrup - BK Skjold/Stevnsgade 61-84



Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Skjold 2-0 
 2. Aalborg 2-0 
 3. Herlev 2-0 
 4. Hobas 2-0 
 5. Aarhus BF 1-1 
 6. Odense 1-1 
 7. Lemvig 1-1 
 8. ALBA 1-1 
 9. Jonstrup 0-2 
 10. Falcon 0-2 
 11. Virum 0-2 
 12. Vaerlose 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bonell Colas 29
2 Christopher Gilliam 25
3 Mychal Kearse 24
4 Joseph Donnell 20
5 Christopher Gilliam 18
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bonell Colas 9
2 Ivan Miskovic 8
3 Joseph Donnell 7
4 Ronny Laier 5
5 Joseph Donnell 5
Assists Per Game
1 Anders Hejgaard 6
2 Jamar Nutter 5
3 Anders Hejgaard 5
4 Andreas Jakobsen 5
5 Mads Sorensen 4


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  ESTONIA   


TU Rock handed Lietuvos Rytas the first loss - by Eurobasket News
TU Rock -Lietuvos Rytas 79:66

TU Rock handed Lietuvos Rytas the first loss in the Baltic League, Elite Division. The Estonian team proved the ambitions for the upcoming season with a 79:66 victory. First three quarters were enough for the total win in the game. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) netted 15, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) scored 14 each. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nielsen posted 12.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with 5 consecutive points in the game and started as if the favorite had to. Rock took the lead with three minutes played in the first quarter and never gave Rytas a chance. Estonian side won the opening quarter 19:15 and then increased to 39:30 at the halftime.
The third period was a nightmare for the guests that trailed 14:24 in it. Branko Milisavljevic only could reduce to 63:44 after the end of the third frame. Tanoka Beard made it 70:49 at the beginning of the fourth and it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Lukauskis closed the game at 79:66 as Rytas lost the first game in the Elite Division. Rock improved to 1-1 and settled down in the middle of the standings.

TU Rock: Tanoka Beard 17+12 rebs, Giorgi Tsintsadze 15, Viktor Sanikidze 14, Janar Talts 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 14, Nielsen 12


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Two wins for the Reds this weekend at Israel's friendlies - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos won twice at its friendlies at Israel this weekend, while the other two Greek teams, playing at Euroleague this season, achieved one win and one defeat at their relative games.
Here are the results:
Maccabi ELECTRA TEL-AVIV - Olympiacos 77-80 [Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) 12, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) 14, Jason Williams (196-G/F-83, college: UTEP) 11, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) 10, D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) 12 - Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 14, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 12, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 11, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 11]

Maccabi Rishon - Olympiacos 72-103 [Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) 15, Gil Mossinzon (200-F/G-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) 10, James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Illinois) 21 - Josh Childress 16, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 15, Zoran Erceg 22, Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 6]

Efes Pilsen - Panathinaikos 77-69 [Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) 25, Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) 12, Ender Arslan (190-G-83) 7 - Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) 17, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) 13, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) 8, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 7]

Panionios - Khimky 96-90


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ToPo - KTP 64-68
KTP improved to 2-0 after a road 64-68 victory over ToPo. Williams Damon led the winners with 16 points, while Waters Darrell scored 13. Allen James ended up with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Korihait - Tarmo 89-67
Korihait celebrated the first 89-67 victory over Tarmo at home. Laroche Alain top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Maki-Tulokas netted 16 points and made 5 boards for the guests, while Holme Mikael nailed 11.

Namika Lahti - Pyrinto 79-77
Namika Lahti survived for the second win and grabbed 79-77 over Pyrinto. Pekkola Sami produced for the winners 20 points and 8 rebounds. Rice Kurtis top-scored in the game with 21 points for the guests.

Kouvot - FoKoPo 93-59
Kouvot stun FoKoPo 93-59 to celebrate the first win in the league. LeMelle Ronny had massive 24 points and 11 rebounds. Cunningham Ray and Williams Latece netted 12 each in defeat.

Componenta - Kataja 59-90
Componenta lost at home to Kataja 59-90 and sent them to 2-0 record. Wood Jeremiah shined for the winners with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Brown Quinnel ended up with 20 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Harrelson Ty scored 19. Richards Frank produced 25 points in the losing effort.

LrNMKY - Honka 82-85
Honka is 2-0 after a road win over LrNMKY on Monday. Scott Akeem was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners in 85-82 win. Coleman HL made 23 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.



KORISLIIGA: YMCA LPR vs Honka, an interesting TV-game - by Rauno Hurmalainen

The defending Finnish Champion Honka (Espoo) had to work hard to win the Monday night's TV-game in Lappeenranta. Hosting YMCA LPR was playing well and only certain player's foul troubles hurt that much, that Honka stayed undefeated after two rounds. Honka won by three 82-85 (42-44). Quarters: 23-21, 19-23, 22-22, 18-19. American G Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) led again Honka. This time Scott scored 31 pts and is the leading scorer in Top League. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) added 16 pts. Must wonder how quickly YMCA Lappeenranta and the new Head Coach Jarmo Laitinen has rebuilt the new roster/team, which can win any game and opponent this season. There are three excellent American players (HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming), Demtrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) and Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV)) who will make also the bunch of young Finnish players better during the season. And there is Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) with a lot of experience. A dangerous team altogether.

YMCA Lappeenranta - Honka 82-85 (42-44) (HL Coleman 23/11, Jerel Blassingame 21, Demtrius Brown 17 - Akeem Scott 31, Jukka Matinen 16, Monte Cummings 12).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Lahti 2-0 
 2. KTP 2-0 
 3. Kataja 2-0 
 4. LrNMKY 1-0 
 5. Honka 1-0 
 6. FoKoPo 1-1 
 7. Kouvot 1-1 
 8. Korihait 1-1 
 9. Pyrinto 0-2 
 10. Tarmo 0-2 
 11. Componenta 0-2 
 12. ToPo 0-2 


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  FRANCE   


ProB Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket
Poitiers - Evreux 70-68
Poitiers grabbed tight home victory remaining undefeated after two rounds in Pro B. Kenny Younger shined for the winners adding 15 points and 7 boards. Evreux, which dropped on 1-1, got 14 points from DeRon Hayes.

Nantes - Quimper 87-68
Nantes took it easily against Quimper recording first win in Pro B this season. On the other side Quimper is winless yet with score 0-2. Vernard Hollins paced Nantes to victory collecting 20 points, 3 boards and 6 assists. Moses Sonko was better than the others in Quimper registering 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Bourg - St-Etienne 76-69
Bourg celebrated against St-Etienne mostly owing to nice performance by Gary Chathuant, who scored 18 points and grabbed 11 boards. Thus Bourg improved its score to 2-0 while St-Etienne, which got 19 points and 5 assists from Terry Williams, dropped on 0-2.

Antibes - Limoges 60-69
After defeat in the first round, Limoges won on the road against Antibes thanks to great tandem Alhaji Mohammed - Scott Emerson. These two players combined 45 points and 9 boards leading their team to first win, 1-1. Antibes suffered second defeat despite 22 points and 12 boards by Gabriel Kennedy.

Charleville - St.Vallier 81-66
Charleville outplayed St. Vallier at home thus both teams have 1-1 now. Brice Vounang and Marshalle Phillips netted 18 points each for the winners while Frederic Minet had two points less. Sean Barnette top-scored in St. Vallier with 13 points.

St.Quentin - Maurienne 96-98
Maurienne recorded precious 2-point road win remaining undefeated after 2 rounds. Yannick Gaillou was the key player for Maurienne scoring 22 points with almost perfect shot percentage (8/10 FG2, 6/6 FTs). Shaun Fein drained 31 points for St. Quentin but not enough for the first win.

Paris-Levall. - Nanterre 81-75
Another team with perfect score after two rounds is Paris-Levallois, which took this one mostly owing to Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa and his impressive 26 points. Souarata Cisse had 20 in the first defeat of his Nanterre.

Boulazac - Le Portel 65-72
Le Portel managed to stay unbeaten after road game against Boulazac. Jose Olivero, who delivered 19 points, is the main reason why his team has such a good start. On the other hand, team of head coach Philippe Ruivet had only Sambou Traore in a game mood dropping on 0-2. He added 22 points and 9 boards.

Brest - Clermont 101-84
Brest registered comfortable victory against Clermont. Actually it was the first one for Brest and at the same time first defeat for its opponent. Cecil Brown shined for the winning team draining 33 points for 30 minutes while Erroyl Bing had 20 points and 6 boards in Clermont.



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Feni Industri and Fersped Rabotnicki are getting ready for BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan International Basketball League is ready to start. The opening game is scheduled for tomorrow at 17:30h in Samokov, where Bulgarian Rilski Sportist will host Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing. It is the game of ninth round, which is re-scheduled for tomorrow.

Both Macedonian representatives will play their games on Wednesday. Mac-champion Feni Industri will play on the road against Serbian team Radnicki 034 Group. The game is scheduled for 19:30h in Kragujevac. The team of head coach Emil Rajkovic got few nice acquisitions during the summer. Feni is for sure the main candidate for the title in Macedonian championship. It will also have a chance in BIBL to fight for one of the first places in Group A but after opening few rounds quality level of the teams-participants will be clear. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) and experienced Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75) demonstrated maybe the best performance for Feni during the pre-season. These two players, together with Lawrence McKenzie (188-G-85, college: Minnesota), Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) and their teammates, will try to open BIBL grabbing a road victory. Fersped Rabotnicki will have opportunity to play in the front of its fans. Rabotnicki's rival in round one will be Romanian Dinamo Bucharesti.

Participants of Group A: Cherno More, CSU Cuadripol, Swisslions Takovo, Feni Industri and Radnicki 034 Group. Participant of Group B: Fresped Rabotnicki, Dinamo Bucharest, Mega Hypo Leasing, Levski and Rilski Sportist.


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Regionalliga Notes - by Moritz Korff
North:
Oldenburger TB climbed to the top of the RLN by defeating Itzehoe 86:70 at home. Till Wargala (200-F/C-80) was one of four OTB-players who finished the game in double-figure scoring. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83, college: Lee) produced 19 points and 19 rebounds in the losing effort, newly added Brian Henderson (193-G-85, college: ODU) scored 12 points in his first game for the Eagles. Also Rasta Vechta remained unbeaten. The newcomer edged past Magdeburg 75:71. Lithuanian guard Gintaras Grigisas (187-G-83) and Marek Pazur (188-G-83) chipped in 18 points apiece in the win, Magdeburg was paced by Volodymyr Ivanov (198-F-80) who dropped 24 points. SSV Lok Bernau won its season opener and downed SC Rist Wedel 93:84. Ryan Williams (191-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Pace) was unstoppable as he led all scores with 37 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds, Wedel's Florian Moysich (183-G-80) had 18 points in defeat. Newcomer Bramfelder SV escaped with a 87:85-overtime victory at SG Wolfenbuettel. Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) produced 20 points on the night fro Bramfeld, Jakob Klimek (195-F-83) had 17 for the host. As the third RLN-side the BSW Sixers have started the season 2:0. 5 threes and 21 points from Elton Coffield (193-G, college: Mount Olive) helped the Sixers to overcome ALBA Berlin II 71:63.

West:
BSV Wulfen continued its winning streak and improved to a 5:0-record by holding off TSVE Bielefeld 79:74. Once again Wulfen's Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) was unstoppable. He scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. On the other end of the court, Bielefeld's big man Nickolas Michael (208-C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Elmhurst) nailed 7 out of 7 from beyond the arc and finished the contest with a game-high 31 points. Schwelm earned its 4th victory in a row: The men of coach Raphael Wilder cruised to a 99:69-win over Dortmund. Benjamin Rust (199-F-79) contributed to success scoring 19 points, while the Stephan Bolt (198-F, college: Lewis) led the 49ers with 15 points and 20 boards. Only two days later Dortmund also fall in its second match of the weekend, being defeated by Moenchengladbach 80:84. Bolt scored 29 in game two, Jason Price (184-G-77, college: Iowa) had 22 points. The Iserlohn Kangaroos improved to a 4:1-record by overpowering BG Hagen 77:68. Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) posted a double-double (26 pts, 12 rbs) for Iserlohn.
Bayer Uerdingen dropped its 4th game and were defeated by BBV Hagen 98:78. Chris Harris (203-C-79, college: Calgary) and Andrew Olson (178-G-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) each scored 18 points for Hagen, Olson also handed out 9 assists. After waiving Matthew Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron) and Tezarray Banks (203-F-82, college: Boise St.) in this past week, GV Waltrop had signed Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF) and Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) instead. Thomas had 24 points, Brown 10 in their first game for Waltrop, a 82:91-defeat against Bochum. Drew Shubik (193-G, college: Sacred Heart) paced the Bochum attack with 24 points.

South-West:
BC Weissenhorn clinched its second win of the season and overcame the PSK City Baskets Karlsruhe 113:82 on the road. Mario Simic (198-F-83) was only one of 6 Bears in double-figure scoring. He had 34 points. Also Konstanz racked up another big win. 24 points from Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia (OR)) helped to down Goeppingen 92:64. Also MTV Kronberg sealed its 2nd straight win. Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) chipped in 20 points as his team outlasted SG Heidelberg/Kirchheim 86:72. After suffering defeat on the opening day, the Schwenningen Panthers returned to success with 94:76 over TV Saarlouis. Marco Schlafke (185-G-82) led all scores with 26 points, Brandon Adair (196-F-85, college: Va.Wesleyan) added 19 points, while 34 points from Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) were not enough for Saarlouis.
Jordan Buller (183-G-83, college: Goshen) scored 17 points as his BSG Ludwigsburg team edged past DJK/MJC Trier 76:74. Jens Holzhauser (184-G-84) made 5 treys and 24 points totally in the losing effort.

Souh-East:
Lucian Kieser (203-F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services) had 20 points and Hanno Freimuth (194-F-88) 22 as USC Leipzig beat Ansbach 95:85 on Sunday to remain undefeated. Ansbach's offense was led by Nico Probst (188-G-81) who scored 21. Also BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen ran its record to 3:0, earning a 76:70-win over Baunach. Kyle Luke Kunkel (201-F/C-81, college: Rocky Mountain) finished the game with 21 points for the Red Kangaroos, Bernd Endres (203-C-78) had 23 points in defeat. As a third team BC Energie Zwickau stays unbeaten. Zwickau added a 83:81-victory to its resume. Gene Hagner (190-G-83) was the leading scorer in the win, he had 18 points, while Dachau's Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) finished the contest with 37 points. Finally, the Wuerzbug Baskets stayed unbeaten by overcoming Rattelsdorf 115:79. Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) led Wuerzburg's point-production with 31. Also the Coocoon Baskets Weiden put more than 100 points on the scoreboard in their 112:99-win over Breitenguessbach II. The guests were unable to control Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)) and Marcus Vanderheide (201-F, college: Hope (MI)) who combined for 80 points! Vanderheide had 42 points plus 13 rebounds, Cramer tallied 38 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The Gotha Rockets handed the Dresden Titans their 3rd loss. Recently signed Terrell Towns (194-G-79, college: SE Oklahoma) had 23 points for the Rockets in a 100:90-victory, while Larry Johnson (191-G-79, college: Niagara) netted 27 points for Dresden.


1.Bundesliga Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dt.Bank SKY - Bremerhaven 65-55
Dt.Bank SKY won the first game of Round 3 with 65-55 over Bremerhaven. Gordon Lorenzo paced all the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Simmons Keith added 13, while Slaughter Marcus had the same number of points in defeat.

NY Phantoms - Goettingen 56-49
NY Phantoms overcame Goettingen 56:49 in a defensive battle of the teams. Franklin William led the winners with 16 points and 3 assists. Miller Jason collected 12 points and 10 boards for the guests, while Bailey Kyle scored 9.

Art.Dragons - LTi 46ers 69-68
Art.Dragons celebrated the initial win in Round 3 beating LTi 46ers 69-68. Fenn Darren and McIntosh Lamont top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Terdenge Gerrit posted 14 points and made 6 boards for the guests.

TBB Trier - Pad.Baskets 85-67
TBB Trier stun Pad.Baskets 85-67 in Octobet 4th. Copeland Christopher was unstoppable with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Raivio Derek followed him with 21 and Ensminger Chris scored 15 in defeat.

Duesseldorf - ratiopharm 71-72
Duesseldorf lost one point 71-72 to ratiopharm at home to leave them undefeated. Gibbs Jeff collected massive 18 points and 20 rebounds. Humphrey Lee scored 17 and Finn Sean had 9.

Noerdlingen - Walter Tigers 76-73
Noerdlingen survived over Walter Tigers 76-73 for 3-0 record. Westley Omari led the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Fountain Daniel ended up with 18 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.

EWE Baskets - Koeln 99ers 73-75
EWE Baskets was defeated by Koeln 99ers 73-75 on October 4th. Turner Robert produced 21 points for the winners, whilst Fereti Zarryon added 20. Foster Je'Kel, Gardner Jason and Paulding, Rickey all scored 15 for the hosts.

ALBA - Telekom B. 91-84
ALBA remained unbeaten after 91-84 over Telekom B. on October 5th. Sesay Ansu top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Frazier Winsome and Bowman Brandon scored the same number of points in defeat.

Brose Baskets - EnBW L'burg 61-69
Brose Baskets lost to EnBW Lburg 61:69 as Jones Brian top-scored with 19 points. Woudstra netted 14 and Jones Domonic scored 13. Rivera Filiberto nailed 15 points in the losing effort.



Pro B season underway - by Moritz Korff
The 2. Bundesliga Pro B started the 2008-09 season with a doubleheader this past weekend. Four clubs stayed perfect and kicked off the season with two straight wins: Ehingen, Wolfenbuettel, Muenchen and Rhoendorf. Meanwhile, Landshut, Freiburg and Franken Hexer suffered two defeats each on the first two match days.

Newcomer Osnabrueck opened the season with a home game against Braunschweig Friday. However, the action didn't last more than about 32 minutes. In the fourth quarter Osnabrueck's Dimitry McDuffie (198-F-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) destroyed the backboard with a slam dunk. Already during the warm-up half an hour before tip-off the glass had to be replaced. A third new board was not available in the gym, so the game had to be broken up with 7:28 minutes left and Osnabrueck being ahead 60:59. It remains to be seen how the league will decided in this matter.
The most impressive individual performance of the opening day could be witnessed in Herten, where Johnnie Bryant (183-G-85, college: Utah) led his Muenchen team to a 87:70 away-win. He drained 9 of his 12 shots from beyond the arc and finished the contest with 38 points. In another game on Friday, newcomer Mainz captured its first victory of the season and overcame hosting USC Freiburg 90:80. Mainz import Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) led all scores with 31 points, his teammate Mike Zuiderveen (206-C-84, college: Saginaw Valley) had 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Ilija Ickert (201-C-81) tallied 16 points and 12 boards.
Connor Whitman (186-G-85, college: Occidental) went 5 out of 10 from three-point land (25 pts totally) to guide Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to 89:74-win at Speyer. Johann Olafsson (195-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) and John Griffin (183-G-85, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Bucknell) combined for 52 points to help Crailsheim to a 79:61 over Franken Hexer on Friday.

On game day 2 Sunday Rhoendorf's veteran Christopher Rojik (200-F-74, college: Holy Cross) continued where he had stopped on Friday and tallied 31 points as well as 10 boards in a 101:99-overtime thriller against Osnabrueck. Friday Rojik had scored 21 versus Breitenguessbach. Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) netted 23 points, Nick Dials (185-G-84, college: Akron) had 21 and Jamaal Brown (201-F-83, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 19 when the Ehingen Steeples racked up their second win of the season Sunday in Nuernberg. 27 points from Nick Larsen (188-G-83) helped Speyer back on track on Sunday after falling on Friday: The BIS Baskets defeated Braunschweig 80:77.

Check out all stats and scores on the website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Fred Peete(Dusseldorf Giants) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Hi Fred, Thanks for talking to www.eurobasket.com. You are a BBL rookie playing your first season in Germany with the Dsseldorf Giants. What were the main reasons why you decided to come to Dsseldorf?

Because the team was very interested in me and from past experiences with other players under my agency the team was a good starting point for me just being out of college, that the team was just missing a player that would put everything together, and the coaching staff and management was great. So that's what help my decision to come to Dusseldorf.

Was it a difficult process coming out from University and finding a team in Europe? Did you have a lot of offers?

I'll say the distance is the really difficult part for me, just being away from my family and friends. But the style of play and everything is fine with me, love the competition. I had a bunch from Turkey, Sweden and others but I just choose to come here.

How do you like Dsseldorf? It is one of the few big cities in Germany other than Berlin and Frankfurt that has a Basketball team?

I like Dusseldorf a lot. The people are very nice to me and our fans are amazing couldn't ask for a better start for myself. There's a lot for me to do in the town besides Basketball, so I try and keep myself busy if not in the gym working on my game just taking in the sites of the city and Germany.

Have you found a quiet special place in Dsseldorf just to get away from everything and just relax and reflect on life?
Yeah that place is called my house downtown, get all the piece and quiet I ever need.lol

Did someone like Gordon Geib clear you up that Dsseldorf used to be the Leverksen Giants last season, a team filled with tradition that won 14 German league championships?

No he hasnt cleared that up with me, but trust me I didn't come here to lose or be 2nd best to no team in Germany that's just me and I think that I bring that mindset to my team on a daily bases. I'm a winner and every program or team I've been associated with we've won and did big things, so I don't expect it to stop now that I've became a pro player.


The team started off good with a 2-1 record. There was a total of seven points difference in the first three games. The BBL is very exciting! Did you expect this coming to the team and what is your impression of the German league?

Well I expected for us to be good, but the past couple of games we've shown our mental toughness as a team on the court, so I am every excited about the rest of our season. With the players I heard that have been in this league and that are in this league, I expected this and I expect for it to get even better as the season progresses.

Last weekend, you lost a heartbreaker at home to ULM 73 to 72. What were the biggest problems in this game for you besides the monster game by little center Jeff Gibbs 18 point, 20 rebound game

The first half is what really killed us, because they didn't do nothing we weren't prepared for, and we came in the game with a game plan and we just didn't come in the first half and execute the plan so that gave us a big hole to get out of and no matter how good you are as a team you can't keep coming back from big leads like that with experienced teams. That wont work in this league.


Did you ever see such a short but strong guy grab so many rebounds?

Yeah I have. Played against Paul Milsap who led the NCAA in rebounds every year and he is now playing for the Utah Jazz.


Do you guys have a problem inside? You have a relative small team. Could this be a problem when you play bigger teams?

No we don't have a problem inside. Our big guys are just fine and they hold there own against whoever we face. We've played two teams already with bigger players and people have seen the outcome of that. So I think we'll make a few corrections in practice and continue to get wins in the league.


You guys have a lot of point guards with yourself, Carter, Geib and Lottich. Obviously some of you play the shooting guard position. But how exactly is the team playing with this rotation?



We know our roles on the team and we all bring something special to the table so that is why there is miscommunication on the floor between us. And there are just 3 point guards with me, Lottich, and Geib.

What is your exact role in team? And what are your strengths as a player?

To do me basically, I'm a complete player so I can pass, shoot, play defense, rebound, and score in bunches, so I'm a complete package. My strengths would have to be my basketball I.Q. On the floor as a player, I can fill a stat sheet up with positive production.

What is your impression of coach Achim Kuczmann? What have you learned from him?
He's a cool coach, lets us play our game, but is not afraid to let us loose at times to just get out and run. I've learned from him that it is a long season and no matter how much your down or how much your up you can still be knocked off because if you don't play a full forty minutes then it's going to be a dog fight trying to win.


You were born and grew up in Memphis, Tenn. What was your childhood like and what do you miss the most from there?

My childhood was cool, wouldn't complain. Grew up in the projects of Memphis so you are taught to work hard or go home mind set no matter what you are doing or in to. Give 120%, and be the best at whatever you do. But I'd have to say I miss the most is Memphis overall, just the atmosphere, the people, the surroundings, everything.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Micheal Jordan, Anfernee Penny Hardaway, and my family.


Everybody knows that the king of Rock & Roll Elvis Pressley lived in Memphis. What else does Memphis have to offer?
We have the best BBQ on the face of the earth, we are the home of Rhythm and Blues, we have the Memphis Grizzlies, and we have some of the top ballers in the country.

You played high school ball in Washington and at three different colleges. Why did you move around so much?
Well I went to Washington, because I wanted to see something knew and different and see if the saying was true, that you can be a big fish in a small pond and get just the local attention or be a big fish in a big pond and get national attention. And my first college I went to was a Junior College, so I just had to do one year there, because I had the grades to get in a 4 year institution, so I just used that for better recruiting that's all. And I left Kansas State, because the program was going to be very good, and I was the only top score on the team coming back and we weren't bringing in no big men to help continue the winning season we had that year and I also wanted to play point guard full time so, I transferred to New Mexico State and won every year I was there, had a great NBA coach Reggie Theus, and set records at point guard at New Mexico State.


What was the most important things you learned while playing Basketball in so many different places?
The importance of film and breaking down a game and a team just by watching film and having film sessions. Not just watch yourself, but watch your team mates your opponents, the overall game.

Last season you played at N. Mexico State. What were your nicest memories you had playing college ball?
My triple double, I had on senior night, which was my second career, the Wac title we won, the Wac regular season title we won, becoming defensive player two years straight, meeting the love of my life at New Mexico State, and my teammates. We were a real family like brothers and we still keep in contact and check up on one another now. Also going to the NCAA Tournament.


Who were the best players that you played against in college?
Kevin Durant, Paul Milsap, D.J Augustin, Joey Graham, the list could go on for days if I wanted it to. To many to name.lol

You have a degree in Business Administration. You have a long Basketball career ahead of you, but have you made any thoughts about what you might like to do after your Basketball career?
Yeah I plan on owning my on real estate company. Actually I've started it up when I first got out of school so this is the first year out of the gates. But I like being my own boss and wouldn't have it no other way.

What are your hobbies?
Playing ball, playing with my kids, listening to music, and just chilling at the house, or hanging with my boys back home.

Who would win a one on one duel Fred Peete vs Marc Carter? How would you beat him?
Me and I'd just play my game nothing special or no hidden secrets or tricks just do me. But I'm pretty sure it would go down to the last shot or last series between us, because we are both competitors.

How many consecutive free throws have you hit from the free throw line?
In practice would have to be 50, game would have to be 10.

Thanks for the chat Fred. Good luck this season!










Fred Peete (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: N.Mexico St.)


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Two wins for the Reds this weekend at Israel's friendlies - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos won twice at its friendlies at Israel this weekend, while the other two Greek teams, playing at Euroleague this season, achieved one win and one defeat at their relative games.
Here are the results:
Maccabi ELECTRA TEL-AVIV - Olympiacos 77-80 [Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) 12, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) 14, Jason Williams (196-G/F-83, college: UTEP) 11, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) 10, D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) 12 - Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) 14, Sofoklis Schortsianitis (206-C-85) 12, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 11, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 11]

Maccabi Rishon - Olympiacos 72-103 [Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) 15, Gil Mossinzon (200-F/G-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) 10, James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Illinois) 21 - Josh Childress 16, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 15, Zoran Erceg 22, Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 6]

Efes Pilsen - Panathinaikos 77-69 [Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) 25, Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) 12, Ender Arslan (190-G-83) 7 - Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) 17, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) 13, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) 8, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 7]

Panionios - Khimky 96-90


Other friendlies' results - by Kostas Papadopoulos
At friendly games held that weekend, the results were:
Aris - Panorama/Kavala 71-57 [Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 13, Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) 11, Lazaros Agadakos (208-C-80, agency: FCM) 9 - Alain Digbeu (195-F-75) 11, Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) 11, Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) 16]

Trikala - VAP Kolossos 49-48 [for Kolossos: Spiros Panteliadis (191-G-77) 10, Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 6, Lance Harris (196-G-84, college: Kansas St.) 9]

Costa Café Marousi - Eldan Ashkelon 87-71 [Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) 10, Konstantinos Haralabidis (189-G-76) 16, Dimitris Mavroeidis (208-C-85) 11, Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 13, Andreas Gliniadakis (215-C-81) 10 - Or Eitan (198-G-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) 12, Amit Tamir (210-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) 16, Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) 15]

APOEL - Costa Café Marousi 72-86 [Stefhon Hannah (185-G, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) 17, Michael Tuck (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola, MD) 4 - Konstantinos Haralabidis 10, Nikolai Padius (197-G-80) 10, Pat Calathes 12, Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) 9]

HSBC Pagrati - AEL 71-73

Egaleo - PAOK 62-90 [Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, college: Charlotte) 10, Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) 12, Andrae Patterson (204-F/C-75, college: Indiana) 11 - Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) 15, Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) 10, Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) 11, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) 14, Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket) 14]

AEK - Egaleo 72-65

Panellinios - Khimky 76-77 [Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 12, Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) 21, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 25 - Vitali Fridzon (195-G-85) 11, Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) 20, Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) 14]


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Elite Sport yet undefeated - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of of the Liga Metro-Clausura, Elite Sport took another win, this time over Estudiantes, 99-52 at the Gimnasio de la Universidad Popular. The partial scores were 21-12, 44-24, 73--35. Thanks to this win, Elite Sport keeps its first place undefeated, with 10 wins and 0 losses. The main game performers were Jose Luis Burbano (186-G/F-85) with 19 points and Jorge Arias (183-G/F-78) with 18 (four 3 pointers) in Elite Sport, Alexis Mazariegos with 13 in Estudiantes. In the other games of the day, USAC defeated Compusys, RL Creaciones prevailed over Corpoevisa and # 2 ranked SAT Markvision defeated Le Mans.

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


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 4: Landstede2 & MSV Log in remain undefeated - by Terry Cooper
Week 4 in the Promotie began the separation process for some teams as they establish being the real deal in the league. Inital High Five is displaying a strong beginning this season as they trounced newcomers Red Giants 109-71 while MSV Log in pulled away in the 4th quarter to defeat a tough GOBA club 85-69. De Groene Uilen bounced back from last week defeat to cruise past a dissappointing Cangeroes team 87-65 while VBC Akrides won 81-71 over de Pigeons. Punch won a close match against BV Rooi 62-58 at home while Landstede2 defeated MyGuide2 in Zwolle 86-79. Finally EBBC2 got their first win of the season as they won 84-72 to finish week 4 of competition. Next week is a bye week for all clubs as they begin Beker Cup Compeititon. This will give some teams a chance to re-evaluate their present playing status and get things together now for the long journey to the first year of PromotieDivisie Playoffs.

Week 4 Scores:

EBBC2 - Leiden2 84-72
Landstede2 - MyGuide2 89-79
Punch - BV Rooi 62-58
Red Giants - High Five 71-109
Pigeons - VBC Akrides 71-81
Cangeroes - De Groene Uilen 67-85
MSV Login - Goba 85-69


PromotieDivisie News: Rani Chaoui leaves MSV Log in. - by Terry Cooper
MSV Log in playmaker Rani Chaoui (186-G-84, college: Antelope Valley CC) leaves the club after a dissagreement with coaching staff about playing time. During blowouts in games, coach Rick Driessen would play younger players to gain experience in the league and rest his veteran players to avoid injury. The talented guard has played previously for Omniworld 2 and was the most outstanding player of the Final Four as he propelled the much talented Noordwijk team to win the PromotieDivisie Championship. We wish him well in his future endeavors and finding a new club.

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Legadue: Round 1 (Regular season) - by Stefano Benny
Banco di Sardegna Sassari - Edimes Pavia 90-83
Sassari won easily against Sassari. Great performance for Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD), who collecting 22 points and 4 assists, and Trent Whiting, who added 19 points and 6 rebounds. For Pavia, Bernd Volcic registered 16 points and 11 rebounds, 15 points for Jeffrey Viggiano and the rookie Andrea Cinciarini.

Crabs Rimini - Fileni Jesi 90-95
After an overtime won on the road against Rimini. Anthony Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois) lead the team with 22 points, 8 assists and good percentage from outside (4/7 FG3), and American forward Ruben Boykin helped him with 19 points and 10 rebounds. For Rimini, Chris McCray scored 25 points, but it's not enough.

Pallacanestro Roseto - Cimberio Varese 78-80
With a great recovery, Varese avoided an incredible defeat. Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) got 23 points and 7 assists. Roseto, ahead for more than 30 minutes, had 19 points and 9 rebounds from Dominican center Sylvere Bryan.

Harem Scafati - Aget Imola 73-70
Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) was dominant in the paint and his 32 points with 13 rebounds helped Scafati to earned a tight home vitory against Andrea Costa Imola, that got 18 points from Joseph Bunn and 14 from Iacopo Valentini.

Carmatic Pistoia - Prima Veroli 71-67
Pistoia recorded first win in the championship thanks to a good performance by Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), who scored 25 points and grab 14 rebounds. On the other hand, team of head coach Andrea Trinchieri had only Afik Nissim in a game: he added 22 points and 9 boards.

Livorno - Vanoli Soresina 87-76
With high percentage from the field, Livorno grabbed a victory against Soresina thanks to great tandem Jermaine Boyette - Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada). These two players combined 46 points and leading their team to first win. For Soresina, Troy Bell scored 23 points, Quadre Lollis added 17 points and 8 rebounds, but it's not enough.

Enel Brindisi - Fastweb Casale Monferrato 67-65
Brindis obtained the first victoy in Legadue in a thrilling game. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) lead the team of coach Giovanni Perdichizzi, by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. For Casale Monferrato, the better is Zabian Dowdell, who scored 18 points.

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia - Umana Venezia 84-67
A large victory for Reggio Emilia, leaded by Luca Infante (204-F/C-82), who scored 16 points and grab 10 rebounds and handled the game with no difficult. For the other side, Nate Green scored 24 points.


Serie A News - by Stefano Pini
Capo D'Orlando, as Napoli, is definetely out from Serie A. Coni Council rejected the recourse of the team. Tomorrow we'll have a new Serie A schedule with 16 teams.
And, with Capo D'Orlando out, market is started again.
Air Avellino signed Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) to replace Tamar Slay (204-G-80, college: Marshall).
Also Simone Flamini (204-G/F-82) has several market requests, from Serie A and Legadue.
Premiata Montegranaro will probabily substitute Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) with Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) or Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington).
Benetton Treviso is looking for substitute for DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.), injured for two months. The main name is Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, college: Troy).


Great start for Interperformances players - by Interperformances
It has been a great opening round for Interperformances players in the first day of the Italian Legadue regular season. 60 point guard Fulvio de Assis (185-G-81, agency: Interperformances), who also plays in the Brazilian national team, scored 15 points and served 6 assists for his team Roseto in the opening game against Varese. His teammate Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) scored 19 points, grabbing 9 rebounds.
Another Interperformances player, Elton Tyler (205-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), has been named best player of the day and best rebounder, signing 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for Carimatic Pistoia which won against Prima Veroli.


Bagaric back to Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna announced the agreement with Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80), who will be back in the team for the 2008/09 season. Bagaric landed to Bologna yesterday night and should replace in roster the injured Earl Barron (213-C-81, college: Memphis)

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Standings
NBL Standings
 1. Urban K. 22-0 
 2. Port Royal 16-5 
 3. Tivoli Wizards 14-8 
 4. Majestic G. 12-9 
 5. Arnett GR 12-10 
 6. Slayers 11-11 
 7. Portmore F. 11-11 
 8. Runnin' R. 10-11 
 9. JDF 10-12 
 10. Blazing P. 7-15 
 11. Catherine AS. 3-16 
 12. Linkup All-S. 1-21 


Slayers let Knights off the hook - by Leonard Whyte
Former champions, St. Georges Slayers, had defending champions, Urban Knights, up against the ropes, but let their guard down and were eventually knocked out by Knights 88-85 in an overtime thriller at the National Stadium courts last Thursday night. Before a raucous capacity crowd, Knights ended the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball league (NBL) with a perfect 22-0 record, a feat never before accomplished in the NBL. The champions can now turn their focus to defending their crown once the playoffs begin.

Slayers entered the game with an 11-10 record, but as local basketball fans know, when these two teams face off, records and past results go out the window. On paper it looked like a sure win for the champions, but in reality they had to fight to the end. If it was not for Slayers losing their composure in the crucial stages of the game, who knows what the final results would be. With the score tied 85-85, and just under a minute to go in overtime, shooting guard Michael Jackson, reacting to a foul against his team on point guard Javon Bailey, was called for a technical foul. This was preceded by a technical on his bench, resulting in six free throws for Knights. Bailey missed both foul shots, and Omar Barnes sank just two of the four technical shots to leave Slayers with a glimmer of hope.

A desperate three-pointer from Troy Constantine as time expired missed the mark, and with that Knights had set the record as the first NBL team to finish the regular season unbeaten. Slayers, even after the defeat, clinched the seventh playoff spot. Bailey, with 19 points and 12 rebounds, led Knights, followed by Oneil Mundle with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Barnes with 18 points. Howard Daley led Slayers with a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Jackson with 18 points, and Marlon Mills with 14 points.


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JBL2 Standings
JBL2 Standings
 1. Ishikawa 0-0 
 2. Hitachi C.B. 0-0 
 3. Toyota Tsusho 0-0 
 4. Aisin AW 0-0 
 5. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
 6. Kuroda Electric 0-0 
 7. Kagoshima 0-0 
 8. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 


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Jordan in 2nd Asia Stankovic Cup - by Mohammed Malas
The Fajhan Hilal Al Mutairi basketball court will host the 2nd edition of the Asian Stankovic Cup which will begin on the 9th of october until the 13th of the same month under the participation of 5 teams and they're: Qatar, India, Kazakhstan, hosts Kuwait and Jordan.

Jordan national team will leave tomorrow to Kuwait city, Mario Leonel Palma assured to the media that he's ready to be the favorite for the title of the tourney, Rahseim Wright will play his 1st tournament after his recovery from injury adding to Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) who was banned from representing Jordan for a year due to some problems happeed during in the Premier League (JPL) last season.

- Jordan National Team roster for 2nd Stankovic Cup:
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) of Zain 'Team Captain'
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) of Zain
Moussa Al Awadi of Zain
Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83) of Zain
Francis Ireifej (186-G-82, college: Point Loma) of Zain
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) of Zain
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) of Zain
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) of ASU Sports Club
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) of ASU Sports Club
Mahmoud Abdeen (186-G-87) of Orthodox
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Orthodox
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) of Al Riyadi Amman

- Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma
- Assistant: Mario Gomes
- Assistant: Mo'tasem Salameh
- Physio: Dr.Johnny Ibrahim


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Valmiera brings a sensation - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera -Zalgiris 90:82

Latvian Valmiera overcame Zalgiris 90:82 last night to hand the favorites the first loss in the Elite Division of Baltic League. The hosts looked much better throughout the encounter and deserved the important victory. Ronald Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) led the winners with 24 points. Rinalds Sirsnins (187-G-85, agency: Promotex) netted 21, while Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) posted 18. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) provided 15.
Cavars opened the game for the hosts and after four and half minutes of playing it was 12:12. Latvian squad rushed to 26:23 as the teams finished the first period. Ingus Bankevics with a three-pointer increased Valmieras lead to 8 points 31:23 at the beginning of the second quarter. The hosts took a control of the game and after 20-11 in the frame had 46:34 entering the second half. Brown realized a jumper with a foul and it was 50:44 for the hosts. Deane, Loren Woods and Brown pulled their team back in the game as the third quarter finished with the result 66:62. Paulius Jankunas reduced to a minimum, 66:64 as the teams started the last period, but then Valmiera had 9-2 to go on another big lead. Poznaks made a jump-shot for 81:71 with 4 minutes remaining. Rinalds Sirsnins was the last to score in the game making the final 90:82 score.

Valmiera: Ronald Clark 24, Rinalds Sirsnins 21, Ingus Bankevics 18
Zalgiris:Loren Woods 16+13 rebs, Paulius Jankunas 15


BK VEF Riga sign Girts Magone - by Eurobasket
BK VEF Riga (LBAL) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old domestic forward Girts Magone (196-F-87). Magone played most recently at BK Liepajas Papirs (LBL).

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TU Rock handed Lietuvos Rytas the first loss - by Eurobasket News
TU Rock -Lietuvos Rytas 79:66

TU Rock handed Lietuvos Rytas the first loss in the Baltic League, Elite Division. The Estonian team proved the ambitions for the upcoming season with a 79:66 victory. First three quarters were enough for the total win in the game. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) netted 15, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) scored 14 each. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Nielsen posted 12.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with 5 consecutive points in the game and started as if the favorite had to. Rock took the lead with three minutes played in the first quarter and never gave Rytas a chance. Estonian side won the opening quarter 19:15 and then increased to 39:30 at the halftime.
The third period was a nightmare for the guests that trailed 14:24 in it. Branko Milisavljevic only could reduce to 63:44 after the end of the third frame. Tanoka Beard made it 70:49 at the beginning of the fourth and it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Lukauskis closed the game at 79:66 as Rytas lost the first game in the Elite Division. Rock improved to 1-1 and settled down in the middle of the standings.

TU Rock: Tanoka Beard 17+12 rebs, Giorgi Tsintsadze 15, Viktor Sanikidze 14, Janar Talts 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 14, Nielsen 12


Valmiera brings a sensation - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera -Zalgiris 90:82

Latvian Valmiera overcame Zalgiris 90:82 last night to hand the favorites the first loss in the Elite Division of Baltic League. The hosts looked much better throughout the encounter and deserved the important victory. Ronald Clark (196-G-81, college: Colorado St.) led the winners with 24 points. Rinalds Sirsnins (187-G-85, agency: Promotex) netted 21, while Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) posted 18. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) provided 15.
Cavars opened the game for the hosts and after four and half minutes of playing it was 12:12. Latvian squad rushed to 26:23 as the teams finished the first period. Ingus Bankevics with a three-pointer increased Valmieras lead to 8 points 31:23 at the beginning of the second quarter. The hosts took a control of the game and after 20-11 in the frame had 46:34 entering the second half. Brown realized a jumper with a foul and it was 50:44 for the hosts. Deane, Loren Woods and Brown pulled their team back in the game as the third quarter finished with the result 66:62. Paulius Jankunas reduced to a minimum, 66:64 as the teams started the last period, but then Valmiera had 9-2 to go on another big lead. Poznaks made a jump-shot for 81:71 with 4 minutes remaining. Rinalds Sirsnins was the last to score in the game making the final 90:82 score.

Valmiera: Ronald Clark 24, Rinalds Sirsnins 21, Ingus Bankevics 18
Zalgiris:Loren Woods 16+13 rebs, Paulius Jankunas 15


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Etzella opens DBBL season with an easy road victory! Nelson DelGado scores 41!!! - by Alex Meyers


Racing 69 - Etzella 93

Etzella's Nelson DelGado busted Racing Luxembourg for 41 points last night in the season opener. Not only did DelGado shoot the lights out with 14/22 field goals inside three point range, but he managed to grab 10 rebounds, while adding 4 steals and 2 assists. The 28 year old DelGado is apparently 'feelin' it' and was in perfect early season form last night. Marcus Kennedy was no slouch dropping 29 points and nearly got the double-double with 9 rebounds. Tim Giver added 12 points.

Racing came out in the first playing very well ending the quarter up by 1. Turnovers plagued the home team the rest of the way. Etzella tallied 17 total steals which led to too many easy fast break buckets. Jordan Brady showed promise with 33 points and tore Etzella apart on the boards grabbing a game high total of 21 rebounds before fouling out. Dave Schroeder played well against his former teammates notching a double-double as well with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Schroeder also led the match in the assist category with 5. Etzella dominated in the second half scoring 56 points.

Racing must travel to Walferdange next weekend to face Residence where its going to be difficult. Etzella will host and should defeat Heffingen with no problem.

Racing: 27 field goals, 6 three pointers, 9/17 free throws, 46 rebounds 26 fouls, 32 turnovers
Brady 33(21 rebs, 4 st, 7 to, 1 bs), Schroeder 10(10 rebs, 5 as), Haas 7, Weynandt 2 and Pires 3, also Ural 4, Schmit 1, Garcia 6 and Klose 3

Technical Fouls: 34' Brady, 39 Brady; Fouled out: 40' Weynandt

Etzella: 31 field goals, 6 three pointers, 25/38 free throws, 37 rebounds, 16 fouls and 16 turnovers
N. DelGado 44(10 rebs, 4 st); Kennedy 27(9 rebs 4 st); Giver 12(4 st), Albaladejo 4(11 rebs), Kerger, also Benseghir 1, E. Ferreira 3, S. Ferreira, Ittenbach 5, Wiesenbach, Pravisani and Jacoby


Score by quarters: 16-15, 17-22, 16-29, 20-27

250 Spectators



Sparta wins opener with big 2nd quarter! Smith drops 30! Amicale, Black Star and Musel Pikes also win!! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Amicale 67 - Contern 63

Steinsel and their new coach John Griffin barely pulled off the season and home opening victory after letting Contern back in the game after leading by 22 ponts in the middle of the 3rd quarter. The visitors made too many costly turnovers and shot poorly from beyond the arc but you've got to give Contern credit for not giving up and letting themselves get blown out, rallying to outplay Amicale 12-20 in the final stanza. New import Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) led all scorers in the game for Contern with 23 points. Eric Jeitz scored 17 and Ken Diederich 12. Coach Marco Amelow didn't get much help offensively from the rest of his squad as Gilles Becker(4) and Yves Braun(1) were shut down by Amicale's defensive efforts. Amicale had nice balance on attack with four starters reaching double figures. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) led with 16, followed by Chris Scholtes and Sam Ney with 15 each and Christian Schartz scored 10. De Pree's stats were impressive with an amazing 7 assists, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Christopher Jones was in foul trouble and spent more minutes than usual on the bench ending up with only 7 points. Next up for Amicale will be an interesting matchup at Black Star on Saturday, October 11th. Contern will host T71 the same evening.

Amicale: 24 field goals, 3 three pointers, 16 for 29 free throws, 23 rebounds, 19 fouls and 10 turnovers
Scholtes 15, Schartz 10, Ney 15, De Pree 16, Jones 7, also Rausch, Molitor, Kartheiser, Birenbaum 4 and Haan
Contern: 18 field goals, 3 three pointers, 24 for 27 free throws, 31 free throws, 21 fouls and 20 turnovers.
Becker 4, Gary 23, Florentin 0, Fasbender 4, Jeitz 17, also Bissener, Torres, Braun 1 and Diederich 12

Score by quarters: 20-12, 16-14, 17-15, 12-20
400 Spectators


Heffingen 69 - Black Star 74

Black Star gets important road win in season opener. Heffingen lacks experience, size and bench and will struggle in DBBL. Pride, intensity, desire and effort will always be there for Heffingen, but that can't always make up for lack of size and experience. Black Star rose to the occasion starting the game strong ending a great 1st quarter up by 11. Heffingen played better in the 2nd. Heffingen also showed they are capable of playing some defense holding Black Star to only 10 3rd quarter points. American Billy McDaniel 's (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) 33 points 13 rebounds and blocked shots was too much for Heffignen to handle. New Black Star coach Rainer Kloss also got 16 points from veteran Dan Norell coming from the bench. Patrick Arbaut added 10. Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) started his career in Luxembourg with a nice double-double for Heffingen with 26 and 11 respectively. Veteran Camille Feltes came from the bench and scored 15 and Manou Scholtus added 14 for new coach Mika Turunen .

Heffingen is in trouble next weekend on Sunday, October 12th in Ettelbruck as they have to face Etzella and their former playmaker Tim Giver, Nelson DelGado and Co. Black Star will play host to and most likely suffer their first loss to Amicale on Saturday, October 11th.

Heffingen: 2 field goals, 8 three pointers, 15 for 20 free throws, 2c. 3 rebounds, 15 fouls and 9 turnovers
J. Thesen 4, Scholtus 14, Zender 4, D. Weyrich 3, Anderson 26, also C. Weyrich 3, K. Thesen 0, Hetto 0 and Feltes 15
Black Star: 32 field goals, 2 three pointers, 8 for 13 free throws, 32 rebounds, 19 fouls and 13 turnovers
Tuffel, McDaniel 33, P. Arbaut 10, Becker 2, DiBartholomeo 4, also Norell 16, Y. Arbaut 3 and Hoffmann

Score by quarters 15-26, 20-19, 18-10, 16-19
200 Spectators


T71 75 - Musel Pikes 85

Musel Pikes started the game well going up by as many as 12 points early. The middle of the 1st quarter through the middle of the 2nd quarter belonged to T71. Actually T71 had great momentum going on a 24 - 7 run during that span. It looked like it could be a blowout but T71 was only up by no more than 8. Musel Pikes remained steady and calmed the home crowd crawling back into the game and took the lead early in the 3rd quarter. With Laurent Schwartz leading the way with their drive and kick style of play. Musel Pikes controlled most of the second half. Schwartz scored 18 second half points and American Chris Braier had one of his best games in Luxembourg scoring 28. Samy Picard and Raoul Dentzer pitched in 11 a peice. Veteran guard Guy Schmit also hit double figures in scoring with 10. For T71, American sharp shooter Tim Whitworth led with 22 followed by Martin Rajniak with 14. Gilles Klein added 11.

T71 will travel to Contern next on Saturday, the 11th of October and for Musel Pikes its home against Sparta in the game of the week on Sunday, October 12th.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sparta 78 - Residence 71

Defending DBBL Champion Sparta Bertrange played well enough in the 2nd period to win against coach Kevin Magdowski 's Residence team. The visitors played Sparta even in the 1st and 4th quarters and even out-played them in the 3rd. It was the let down they experienced in the 2nd, which cost them the game. Residence jumped out to a an early 7 point lead in the match. Sparta responded and took control of the game all the way to halftime. Residence won the second half 30-34. Sparta cruised to victory behind Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Coach Philippe Giberti 's new guard Julien Hublart shone as expected with 18 points, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Fabio Palumbo added 10. Residence's Pit Koster led in scoring with 19 points followed by Will iam Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) who had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Next weekend could be more difficult for Sparta as they play at Musel Pikes. Residence will host Racing in their home opener. Both games are to be held on Sunday, October 12th.

Sparta: 32 field goals, 4 three pointers, 10 for 20 free throws, 38 rebounds, 18 turnovers
Wulff 6, De Marchi 0, Hublart 18, Smith 30, Palumbo 10, also Engel 2, Evans, Hoffmann 6 and Nittler 6
Residence: 25 field goals, 5 three pointers, 16 for 30 free throws, 38 rebounds, 18 turnovers
Koster 19, F. Mangen 6, Brand 18, Felten 4, Leschek 8, also Hemmen 7, Abdiu 9, Kayser and Julien

Score by quarters: 23-23, 25-14, 17-21, 13-13
243 spectators


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Halcones Xalapa remain the only undefeated team - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa stretched their winning record to 10 games as they posted two victories in the recent rounds. In round 9 the LNBP leaders stamped Loros 104:72. Building an unassailable 53:30 lead at halftime Xalapa eased to the 9th straight success after the long break. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) and Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) provided 16 points apiece for the winners. Abdul Mills (191-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha) and Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) had 15 points to their tally. Leroy Davis (194-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Loros.
In Round 10 Halcones Xalapa took on Lechugueros. Once again the league favorites were better at the start as they piled up a 28:20 advantage after the opening stanza. The visitors managed to slow the game down and kept it at a striking distance throughout the second frame. However Halcones pulled away in the third. They outgunned their opponents 28:20 and sealed the winning outcome in the final quarter. Sam Bowie led the charge with 29 points. LeRoy Hickerson was there to help with 20 points. The Leon outfit answered with 21 points from Spencer Foster (199-F-84, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Biola (CA)) and Adrian Sanchez (196-F-85) respectively.
Meanwhile Soles suffered their first defeat in the season as they came up short against Lob Grises on the road. Despite a 9-point lead after the first term Soles failed to secure the 10th consecutive victory. Lobos Grises denied the deficit and scored an impressive 101:97 win at the end. Ron Selleaze (197-F-76, college: CSU Bakersfield) masterminded the success with 30 points for the hosts. Antoine Tisby (203-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: S.Carolina) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) responded with 24 points for Soles.


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
Northern Division
 1. Soles 9-1 
 2. Bravos 8-2 
 3. Tecos UAG 8-2 
 4. Algodoneros 6-4 
 5. Corr.Victoria 5-5 
 6. Fuerza R. 5-5 
 7. Lobos Grises 5-5 
 8. Galgos T. 4-6 
 9. Dorados 4-6 
 10. Lobos UAC 3-7 
 11. Venados 2-8 
 12. Potros 1-9 
Southern Division
 1. Halc. Xalpa 10-0 
 2. Barreteros 8-2 
 3. Bucaneros 7-3 
 4. Panteras 6-4 
 5. Santos 6-4 
 6. Halc. Cordoba 5-4 
 7. Halc. Rojos 5-5 
 8. Lechugueros 4-5 
 9. Angeles 3-7 
 10. Pioneros 3-7 
 11. Loros C. 2-8 
 12. Estrellas 0-10 


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Philadelphia cuts three players - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers made first cuts. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Octagon, college: Texas Tech), Maureece Rice (6'1''-G-84, agency: CAA Sports, college: George Washington) and Cory Underwood (6'10''-F/C-80, agency: David Lee services, college: SUNO) are no more members of the team.

Andre Emmett spent last season in Belgacom Liege Basket averaging 23.9 ppg in Belgian D1. A season before he played for Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas and later Los Angeles D-Fenders of D-league. He was originally selected as 35th overall pick on 2004 NBA Draft by Settle. On season 04/05 he appeared 8 times for the Memphis Grizzlies averaging less than a point. He played four years for Texas Tech finishing career as the team's all-time leader in scoring (2,256 points in total).

Maureece Rice came out this year from George Washington. Last season he had 9.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.7 apg in 22 games. In 2006 he was 'All-Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year -06'. Rice was not selected on NBA Draft this past summer.

Cory Underwood started last season with CBA team Atlanta Krunk Wolverines but in December moved to Pittsburgh Xplosion, also CBA. His final destination was Albuquerque Thunderbirds of D-League where Underwood had 6 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 36 games. In the past he used to play in ABA, USBL, Poland and Brasil. In 2006 he won CBA championship with Yakama Sun Kings. In the past he spent some time with New York Knick but he never got a contract. In 2003 Underwood was named 'NAIA All-American Honorable Mention -03'.


More cuts by NBA teams - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets decided to waive Awvee Storey (6'6''-G/F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.). 31-year old shooting guard / small forward appeared 26 times for the Bucks in regular season averaging 3.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg. It was his first one with the Bucks, where he arrived during the summer 2007 from Germany. He started 06/07 in Washington but very soon he moved to New Jersey. The Nets released him in October after what he joined New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. For 16 games in 1.Bundesliga Storey had 10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.1 apg. Interesting is that on season 04/05 he played 9 games for the Nets having just 0.9 ppg.

Atlanta Hawks released Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji (6'10''-C/F-81), who changed three team last season. His first destination was Chinese Chougang Beijing Ducks. In January he joined Liaoning Panpan Hunters thus for 43 games in total he recorded 18 ppg and 15.2 rpg. In April he signed short term deal with Spanish CB Granada. Interesting is that Oyedeji also has experience from Korea, Kuwait, Puerto Rico but as well as from NBA. In the past he was a member of Seattle and Orlando.

Miami announced Matt Walsh (6'6''-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) is no longer player of the Heat. Walsh arrived to Miami from Belgian Charleroi, where he had 12.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 14 games. He spent first half of the last season in Spain as a player of Ricoh Manresa. Walsh also used to play in Greece and D-League. In 05/06 he had 2 games for Miami after what the team waived him.


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Groton, USD star to play basketball in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Former University of South Dakota guard and Groton High School basketball star Shannon Daly (5'4''-G) will play professional ball in Sweden.

Daly has signed a contract to join the Umea Comets.

She played for two years at USD, averaging 8.7 points and 2.9 assists per game. She also played college ball at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn.

Daly is the second former Coyote to sign with a professional team in Europe. Earlier, Jeana Hoffman of Mitchell joined a pro team in Holland.

Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com


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  NCAA3   


Longtime Albion basketball coach Turner retires - by Eurobasket News
Mike Turner is retiring after 34 seasons as men's basketball coach at Albion.

The college said Monday he will be replaced assistant Jody May.

Turner ranks 10th among active NCAA Division III coaches in career victories. He became head coach at Albion in 1974. During his career Turner had record of 527-319 with the Britons.

May has been Turners assistant since 1997. He played on the 1993 Division III championship squad at Ohio Northern.


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Atlanta Hawks waives Olumide Oyedeji - by Eurobasket News
NBA team Atlanta Hawks decided to cut Nigerian player Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81). Experienced center couldn't get through the pre-season training camp with the Hawks, which after just couple of days thanked Nigerian for his service. Oyedeji arrived to Atlanta from Spanish team CB Granada, where he spent a short time at the end of the season. He started 07/08 in Chinese Shougang Beijing Ducks while in January he moved to another Chinese team Liaoning Panpan Hunters. Oyedeji had 43 appearances in CBA in total averaging 18 ppg and impressive 15.2 rpg. Season 06/07 Nigerian played in Korea and later in Kuwait. He also has experience from Puerto Rico, Slovenia and Greece. Oyedeji spent few seasons in NBA as a member of Orlando Magic and Seattle. During 02/03 he recorded 1 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 27 NBA games with the Magic. In 2000 Olumide Oyedeji signed two-years deal with Seattle. In his rookie season he had 1.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 30 games. Almost the same digits Oyedeji had on 01/02 for 36 games. He was originally selected by Seattle as 42nd overall pick in 2000 NBA Draft. In the past he also played for Dynamo Moscow, Hapoel Tel-Aviv and DJK Wurzburg.

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Asker among leaders after Round 3 - by Eurobasket News
Asker celebrated their second straight win in BLNO Grunnserie and occupied the top spot in the ladder. Yesterday the Aliens visited winless 3B/Baerums Verk. Asker marked their advantage straight away jumping to a 24:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80, agency: EM-PA) and Frank Nyborg (195-F-83) were consistent offensively and secured a 49:30 lead for the visitors at the interval. The game did not change after the break with Baerums Verk struggling to perform any sort of comeback. The Aliens breezed to the win and improved to 2-0 record. Mustafa Mahnin tallied 24 points, 9 boards and 6 assists for Asker. Frank Nyborg had 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Stian Mjos (182-G-89), Anders Stien (196-G-90) and Hakon Skuggedal dropped 10 points apiece for the winners. Thor Afam Hagen (197-F-80) replied with 15 points and 10 boards for 3B. Muhamed Muminovic finished with 12 points and 7 boards as the home team slipped to 0-4 record.
Ammerud opened their season with a 91:85 road win over Fjellhamar. Trailing by 6 points at the first intermission Ammerud stepped on the gas in the second stanza to surge in front. The teams played a high-scoring aggressive basketball in the second half with Ammerud succeeding at the end. Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) notched 26 points to pace the winning side. Fitim Troni (182-G-80) added 21 points for Ammerud.
The Ulriken Eagles prevailed against the Harstad Vikings 77:64 at home. Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) dropped 19 points and Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) came up with 15 points and 11 caroms to lead the Eagles to the second victory in the season. The Vikings in the meantime fell to 2-2 record despite 30 points from Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky).


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San Jose upsets Sol - by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo San Jose defeated Sol de America 91-79 in the third game of the of the addditional series to Quadrangolar yesterday night in Asuncion, forcing Sol to play another game. Despite a great game played by Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul), who scored 29 points in losing effort, San Jose took the lead during the second quarter and never looked behind, led by Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) (20 pts), Roberto Laratro (198-C-82, college: Gettysburg) (16) and Marcus Watts (204-F/C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) (15). Game 4 will be played on thursday night.

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Happy ending for Ateneo and Complete Protectors - by Eurobasket News
After a no-show in the Philippine Basketball League Rookie Draft, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champion Ateneo de Manila University will play for Hapee Toothpaste.

'Dr. Cecilio Pedro told me that he had already talked to the management of Ateneo basketball team and its supporters and everything is now OK', said team manager Bernard Yang.

Pedro, a long-time Ateneo supporter, Yang and the coaching staff, headed by Gee Abanilla, were shocked and disappointed by the boycott of Ateneo players during the PBL Rookie Draft on September 30.

It was learned that Ateneo withdrew UAAP Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Finals MVP Nonoy Baclao, Eric Salamat, Jeffrey Long, Raymond Austria, Christopher Sumalinog, Jobe Nkemakolam, Jai Reyes and King Eagle Chris Tiu from the Hapee because of the players tight academic schedule.

Yang said he would know on Monday from Ateneos Ricky Palou who among the Eagles would play for the Complete Protectors.

Yang indicated that Al-Hussaini, Baclao, Salamat and Reyes could be lined-up for Hapee but he was not certain if whether Tiu, the countrys most popular collegiate player, would suit up for the team.

Abanilla, for his part, is excited to see twin towers Al-Hussaini and former UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) play together in the team.

'Its going to be a deadly force. But right now, my concern now is to form the team as soon as possible, said Abanilla.

Courtesy of http://www.manilatimes.net


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Ramos and Santiago with great debut in Spain - by Luis Ramirez
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 11 points and captured 3 rebounds along with 2 assists when his team Regal Barcelona won against DKV Juventut 95-77. Santiago shot 3 of 3 from the field and made 5 out of 6 from the free throw line. Meanwhile Peter John Ramos scored 16 points and captured 8 rebounds as Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada beat CB Murcia 97-81. Ramos shot 6 out of 9 from the field and made 4 out of 5 from the free point line.

In other BSN news, Javier Mojica had a good performance despite his team losing it 3rd straight game. Mojica scored 17 points and captured 8 rebounds as Polpharma beat AZS 74-54. Mojica has averaged 18.3 in these 3 games.

Courtesy of BSN


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Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Group A
 1. Timba Timis. 0-0 
 2. Corona Bra. 0-0 
 3. Tg Secuiesc 0-0 
 4. Magic Sibiu 0-0 
 5. CSU Sibiu II 0-0 
 6. Sf Gheorghe 0-0 
 7. CSU Ploiesti 0-0 
 8. Baia Mare 0-0 
 9. Brasovia 0-0 
 10. Gladiator CN 0-0 
 11. C.Napoca 2 0-0 
 12. TG. Mures 0-0 
 13. Timisoara 0-0 
Group B
 1. Baschet Time 0-0 
 2. Municipal 0-0 
 3. Rapid II Buc. 0-0 
 4. CS P.Galati 0-0 
 5. CSU Giurgiu 0-0 
 6. Arges Pitesti 0-0 
 7. Focsani 0-0 
 8. Granitul Buc. 0-0 
 9. Steaua 0-0 
 10. CSU Galati 0-0 
 11. Metropola B. 0-0 
 12. Poli Iasi 0-0 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Dinamo B. 0-0 
 2. Sibiu 0-0 
 3. Oradea 0-0 
 4. Rapid B. 0-0 
 5. Mures 0-0 
 6. Ploiesti 0-0 
 7. C.Napoca 0-0 
 8. Brasov 0-0 
 9. Pitesti 0-0 
 10. Gaz Metan 0-0 
 11. Craiova 0-0 
 12. Rm Valcea 0-0 
 13. Rovinari 0-0 
 14. Otopeni 0-0 
 15. Targoviste 0-0 
 16. Timisoara 0-0 


Dinamo Bucharest and CSU Cuadripol in BIBL on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Two Romanian teams, Dinamo Bucharest and CSU Cuadripol, are ready for the first games of Balkan International Basketball League (BIBL). Historical league opener will be held tomorrow at 17:30h in Samokov. In the front of its fans Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist will take on Serbian Mega Hypo Leasing. That match for sure will be broadcasted on many TV stations as the first Balkan league game ever.

Romanian representatives will meet their rivals on Wednesday.
CSU Cuadripol is placed into Group A together with Cherno More, Swisslions Takovo, Feni Industri and Radnicki 034 Group. It is the tough group as there is Feni Industri, which is reining Macedonian champion. There is also powerful Serbian team Swisslions Takovo, which won A1 league last season. This one Swisslions started with perfect score 2-0. Radnicki 034 Group also possesses nice qualities so CSU Cuadripol won't have an easy job to fight for one of the top places. In the first round CSU Cuadripol will host Swisslions Takovo.
Second Romanian team in BIBL Dinamo Bucharest is placed in Group B together with Fersped Rabotnicki, Mega Hypo Leasing, Levski and Rilski Sportist. In the opening round Dinamo will meet Macedonian Ferpsed Rabotnicki in Skopje. There was some unofficial talks that A group is maybe stronger than this one but everything will be clear after opening few rounds.


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Serbian B league: Supefund won in Belgrade derby, Sloboda won as a guest in Jagodina, Vrbas won routinely - by Zoran Popovic
Superfund BP Beograd-OKK Beograd 78-69 (20-21, 22-19, 24-16, 12-13)

In derby of Serbian B league Superfund BP Beograd beats OKK Beograd in the match with a lot of result turn overs. OKK Beograd won first quater with minimum advantage, but in the second domestic players made small break and finished half time with 2 points advantage (42-40). Second half Superfund BP Beograd started more agresive and in the midle of the third period result was 66-49. In the last period of the match OKK Beograd players were close to make surprise, they minimized Superfund BP Beograd advantage on 4 points, but that wasnt enough to win the game.

Superfund BP Beograd: Kolarevic, Ljubicic 16, Radovanovic 12, Lesic 13, Kankaras, Malidyan 13, Popovic, Vejinovic 11, Perovic, Kostic 8, Petrovic 2, Matic 3.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 19, Kruscic 17, Krneta, Dimitrijevic, Korac 8, Simic 7, Andjic 1, Vasic 2, Suzic 11, Djurica 4, Maksimovic.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina-KK Sloboda Uzice 71-81 (22-18, 22-15, 15-20, 12-28)

KK Sloboda Uzice Uzice won first match in the season as a guest in Jagodina. Maraton Atlantik Jagodina had 11 points plus in the first half, but guests from Uzice overtook result in the fourth quarter and won the match. The most efficient players in Maraton Atlantik Jagodina were Gajovic who scored 21 points and Petrovic 18 points. For the winners Malesevic scored 20 and Bakralcic 23 points.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic, Arnaut, Radivojevic, Kovacevic 2, Milojevic 6, Stevanovic, Arsic 16, Petrovic 18, Milutinovic 1, Pavlovic, Milincic.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 8, Malesevic 20, Jankovic, Obrenovic 14, Vasiljevic, Majstorovic, Petronijievic 5, Djeric, Djokic 6, Panic 4, Stanic 1, Nikola Bakraclic 23.

OKK Vrbas-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 108-97 (34-25, 30-17, 21-27, 23-28)

Vrbas made easy win against KK Beovuk 72 Beograd in their first match in the season. After the first half Vrbas made huge advantage which was to much for young Beovuk team (64-42). To the end of the match Vrbas kept up result and routinely finished match.

OKK Vrbas: Doknic, Perunovic 3, Bajic 28, Hromis, Popovic 6, Glusac 12, Matic 6, Kovacevic 21, Pap 14, Markovic 9, Novakovic, Vujicic 9.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 18, Riboskic, Cimbaljevic, Knezevic 10, Jovanovic 9, Socanac, Torlak 12, Apic 20, Bogdanovic 2, Matic 11, Kakuca 2, Bulatovic 13.


FMP wins strong 'Belgrade's trophy' for juniors - by Dragan Jankovski
FMP junior team is the winner of strong international 'Belgrade's trophy'. In the final day FMP juniors were better than Crvena Zvezda 79-74. Maybe the most important period of the game was third quarter, which FMP ended 17-13. During the last ten minutes young panthers succeeded to keep their lead steady celebrating on this interesting tournament. Aleksandar Ponjavic (196-G-91) with 27 points was the best scorer for FMP in this final. However, Branislav Djekic (205-F/C-91), who netted 24 points against Zvezda, is named MVP of 'Belgrade's trophy'. Radosavljevic and Djordjevic had 16 points in Crvena Zvezda.

In the battle for third place Zemun Lasta outsmarted Buducnost Podgorica 76-74. Nikolic paced Zemun Lasta to win scoring 31 points. Buducnost got 36 points from Milorad Sutulovic. Young Montenegrin player is the best scorer of 'Belgrade's trophy' with 94 points in total.

Game for fifth place belonged to Benetton. The team from Treviso had an easy job against ALBA Berlin 76-59. Benetton resolved question about the winner already in the first half creating plus 20, 43-23. Tseynor netted 12 points for the wining team. Ventsel had 16 points for the Germans.'


A1 league: Metalac beats Mega HL, Ergonom wins in Leskovac - by Dragan Jankovski
Mega Hypo Leasing suffered second defeat in A1 league dropping on score 0-2. On the other side newcomer Metalac Valjevo, which delayed the first round game, entered into this championship grabbing a road victory 80-87. Visitors opened this game better creating plus 7 after ten minutes. Youngsters from Mega Hypo Leasing tried to get closer and they finally done it at the middle of the last frame, 64-66. Then Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Metalac drained two triples making the crucial lead for his team. Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) was the best in Metalac adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Branko Jereminov (187-G-87), Jovan Teodosic (190-G-84) and Vuksan Gagovic netted 13 points each. Mega HL got 13 points from Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89). Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) had the same digit while Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90) scored one point less.


Mega Hypo Leasing - Metalac 80-87
(13:20, 28:26, 17:16 , 22:25 )

Mega HL:
Stojacic 13, Mijajlovic 13, Mitrovic 12, Katnic 11
Metalac: Ljubojevic 15 (6 rebs), Jereminov 13 (4 rebs, 5 as), Teodosic 13 (5 as), Gagovic 13
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Ergonom made surprisingly good start in A1. After win over Tamis Petrohemija, this time Zdravlje Acatvis suffered home defeat against the team from Nis 93-99. As a reminder last season Ergonom was the last ranked team but it succeeded to avoid relegation due to increasing number of teams in A1 by SBF. As it was in the game Mega HL - Metalac, this one is also decided in the last quarter. Ex player of Hemofarm STADA Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), together with Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80), led Ergonom to unreachable 75-84 in 34th minute. Mladenovic was the MVP of the game collecting 28 points and 5 rebounds. Slavisa Bogavac was behind him with 19 points and 12 boards. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) was better than the others in Zdravlje scoring 22 points. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) had 21.


Zdravlje Actavis Ergonom 93-99
(29:25, 20:22, 20:27, 24:25)

Zdravlje:
Janjusevic 22, Mitic 21, Mikic 19
Ergonom: Mladenovic 28 (5 rebs), Bogavac 19 (12 rebs), Majstorovic 17 (8 rebs)


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Polzela wrap up Round One with victory - by Eurobasket News
Polzela celebrated a difficult 79:64 win over TCG Mercator to complete the first round schedule in Slovenian UPC Liga. The teams looked evenly matched in the first half winning one quarter each. TCG Mercator enjoyed a narrow 33:30 lead at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter with neither team able to succeed. The hosts maintained the gap and entered the fourth term in front. But the complexion of the game changed drastically in the final quarter. Polzela looked better in every aspect of the game as Mercator collapsed both offensively and defensively. Polzela outscored their opponents 30:12 and ensured an outstanding win at the end. Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) paced the victors with 20 points. Marko Samanic (208-F/C-74) finished with 16 points, while Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88) had 14 for the winning side. Leko Nicaj (212-C-87) replied with 20 points for TCG Mercator. Mensud Julevic (200-F/C-85) delivered 18 points and 9 caroms in the loss.
Zlatagor crushed Alpos 78:65 on the road. Zlatagor looked consistent throughout the game and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Alpos managed to cut the first-term deficit to 3 points at halftime but the visitors quickly restored a safe distance and cruised to the win at the end. Uros Lucic (207-C-83) and Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) nailed 21 points each for Zlatogor. Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: VTBM/SRBM) posted 15 points for the winning team. Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 22 points for Alpos.


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ACB Action : Round 1 - by Paul Nilsen
Unicaja showed that they will be a force this season by crushing Real Madrid to inflict more misery on Joan Plaza and the Whites with the Martin Carpena a true graveyard for the capital team. Aito and the Malaga players were pumped from the start and swept aside their fellow Euroleague charges 82-66 dominating from tip to buzzer writes www.acb-basket.com. Cabexas and Haislip were the stars but the whole team played well to heap pressure on a beleagured looking Plaza who will know that his team cant afford too many humiliating performances like this and especially not revealing their obvious shortcoming to the entire nation on TVE2. Unicaja raced into an early 24-11 lead and they continued to hold control up until half time when they led 46-35. As you would expect, Real fought back and did have a run to close to 54-51 but the local team held their nerve and cruised away again in the final period outscoring Real 22-11 much to the delight of 10,000 jubilant and noisy fans inside the Arena. Haislip finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Cabezas scored 14. Joseph Gomis also impressed on his debut after arriving late into the team. He knows how to get it done in the ACB and it could be a great pick up for Unicaja as he weighed in with 12 points off the bench. As for Real, only the reliable Reyes got into double figures and offensively they were woeful. No cohesion and a lack of desire offensively proved costly with Malaga getting to the hoop far too easily and not having outside shots contested. We await with interest the reaction of Real and their stars.

In Granada on opening night there was a thrilling start to the season, leaving off from the last campign that ended in drama. The home team picked up an invaluable first win picking up a narrow 83-79 win over newly promoted Bruesa GBC. Entirely preditcable was the fact that the win came via the stellar performances of Jimmie Hunter and Curtis Borchadt. Hunter chalked up 28 points while the big man pulled down 13 boards to go with his 10 points for what is likely to be a customary double-double if he manages to stay healthy for more than a couple of weeks. There was little between the teams throughout the game in a tight affair sealed by free throws from the home team although Bruesa will know that there best chance will be to win their home games and to compete like this in every road trip. They had Lou Roe back for 10 points but it was Isaac Lopez and Andy Panko that impressed with 19 and 17 points respectively.

Another team promoted for this season is of course CAI Zaragoza and in front of their usual great crowd of over 10,000 it looked for three quarters of the game like they would pick up a valuable first win against Pamesa Valencia. However their perimeter defence went awol in the final quarter as Tarjona picked up their outside game to outscore the hosts by 30-14 to pick up an 82-72 success. Victor Claver produced a terrific display for Pamesa and was absolutely perfect in his shooting performance on his way to 20 points. Even better with a valuation of 29 was Shammond Williams with the ex-NBA player recording 25 points with a stunning seven of nine from three point range. Zaragoza had raced into a 27-14 lead but then scored just 8 points in the second quarter. After leading 33-19, a 22-2 run to Valencia put them ahead at 41-35. However Zaragoza then regained their composure and looked to be back in for a first win at 60-52 in front but completely fell to pieces in the closing stages. Paulo Quinteros had a game high 26 points for Zaragoza but only Larry Lewis with 13 points supported the captain and consequently the home team ended their first game back in the top flight hugely disappointed.

One team tipped to struggle by just about everyone this season is ViveMenorca but they put up an unbelievable fight at home to Tau Ceramica before losing a real heartbreaker by 77-79 in front of a full house of fans. Ricard Casas and the supporters will be gutted to have lost this nail biting contest but also heartened that this type of fight means they will have an excellent chance of survival. Questions have been asked about guard Pooh Jeter in pre-season but he replied with a 20 point performance while Bud Eley and captain Mario Stojic both weighed in with 11 points each. Ultimately it wasnt enough as Tau managed to cling on to victory despite what was a patchy and very ordinary looking display by Dusko Ivanovic and his players. Trailing by 15-10 at the end of the first and 35-31 at the break, they finally put something together in the last two periods and sunk the necessary free-thriws in thre last 90 seconds to take the win. Igor Rakocevic with 21 points and 5 assists while Mirza Teletovic also scored 20 points including a typical haul of four three-pointers.

Another team tipped to struggle are Polaris World Murcia and their opening day performance at Fuenlabrada did little to convince the doubters that they could be wrong. Murcia turned in a terrible display much to the delight of the Oranges who celebrated a fine 97-81 success. The combination of Brad Oleson and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) so effective in pre-season again proving fruitful with the former claiming 21 points and the latter 23 in a stunning showing as he claimed a valuation of 33 to become the first player of the week. It was a stellar shooting performance by Fuenla all round as they stamped their authority on the contest from the second quarter onwards. Big man PJ Ramos was also instrumental in a 23-5 run that ended Murcia hopes and handed Coach Guil his first ACB win. The Fuenla win was tough on Chris Thomas who was outstanding for the visitors with 18 points and 8 assists for a valuation of 30.

The Barcelona derby between DKV Joventut and Regal Barcelona was an intense affair despite the absence of arguably the biggest stars of both teams with Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro both missing the season opener due to injury. In a frenetic game played at high tempo, both teams relied on offensive prowess rather than defence in a free and open first half with the home team just shading it 47-45. It wasnt until the third and fourth periods that the deepness of the Barca roster started to show as they weared down a valiant Joventut who had kept pace for large parts of the game. However with every player apart from Rey getting onto the score sheet and with Daniel Santiago having a strong debut game with 11 points and a valuation of 21, the home team always looked more likely to come out on top. Roger Grimau led the way as captain with 15 points and 6 assists although Barca did have to fight off resistance from two Badalona new boys. Both Bracey Wright and in particular British star Pops Mensah-Bonsu both made great debuts for their team. Wright scored 20 points while Mensah-Bonsu scored 16, pulled down 7 rebounds but also produced a spectacular display of athleticism with three alley-oop and dunk combinations.

MMT Estudiantes went into their game with Iurbentia Bilbao in high spirits after a great pre-season and that showed when they made a good start to the game at their new home of Vistalegre in front of a 7,000 strong crowd. Estu led 16-14 after the first period but without the likes of Udrih due to injury it became apparent that their six of seven pre-season wins wouldnt count for anything as Bilbao took control. The Basque side led by 39-32 at the break and extended their lead to 17 points going into the final period. Just when it looked like the home team might complete an incredible fight back having narrowed to 70-71 with a stunning run. Despite having scored only 4 points in over eight minutes after some much needed Estu defence, Bilbao clung on in the last minute of the game to score the last 5 points and pick up a perhaps unexpected victory. It was a real team performance by Vidorettas team and nobody stood out particularly although Janis Blums did enough on debut to suggest he has at least the potential to replace the hugely popular Huertas while Estu and Luis Casimiro can at least see the future of the club much brighter in the hands of young Jayson Granger who scored 11 points.

In the final game of the weekend, Ricoh Manresa hosted Cajasol and it was an absolute thriller with Jorid Grimau scoring a superbly well worked basket in the last second of the game to secure a 68-67 victory for Manresa and spark jubilant scenes on the buzzer. Josh Asselin fired 20 points for the Catalan team while Tuky Bulfoni chipped in with 11 and Serge Ibaka scored 8 points off the bench on his ACB debut. Manresa had been in charge for three quarters of the game leading after each of the first three quarters and up by 13 going into the last ten minutes. However a great comeback by Seville threatened to take the victory away and when veteran Elmer Bennett scored a basket in the dying seconds to give the visitors a lead it looked like the home team had blown it. However they kept their composure with a sweet series of passes to the hoop for Grimau to seal the win. Ellis and Ignerski combined for 32 points for Cajasol.


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  SWEDEN   


First round finishes - by Frankie Afzelius


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Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats ink two players, Richecoeur in Boncourt - by Eurobasket News
Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats announced two signings for the upcoming season.
The first one ins shooting guard / small forward Jason Perry. 25-player old player graduated at William Penn College in 2007. He has decent digits for his team in NAIA collecting 9.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg. He did not play professionally last season.
The other player is 20-year old Stefan Herden. Young point guard arrived to the Wildcats from Holland. In the past he was a member of Dutch U16 National Team.
The Wildcats suffered defeat in the opening game of LNB against Pully on the road 70-53. In the second round, actually on Sunday, they will host Vernier. As a reminder, Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats already agreed terms with Michael Jacobsen (197-G/F-88) and Matija Petrovic (202-F-82).

In the meantime Reto Schwaiger (190-G/F-87) suffered injury during the tournament in Luxemburg two weeks ago. After detailed medical examinations it is announced Schwaiger won't be able to help his teammates until November. His team BC Boncourt immediately reacted by calling another player to join the roster. It is Matthieu Richecoeur (182-G-88), who spent last season in Paris-Levallois.


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Mucurapo, Trailblazers win Super 10 b-ball titles - by Don Farrell

Mucurapo Secondary School and Trailblazers Youths are the Under-18 and Under-15 champions of the 2008 Super 10 Junior Basketball League.
Following Thursdays programme played at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, Mucurapo Youths stopped Trailblazers from completing the double with a 53-42 win in the Boys 18 & Under division.
Kemrick Julien starred for the Mucurapo team with 28 points. Next best was Stephen Taylor with 21.
Three players got into double figures for Trailblazers. They were Austin Ralph (25), Jamal Hill (15) and Jaedon Bobb (14).


Team Super 10 Camp, runners-up in the 15 & Under division. As a result of the defeat, Super 10 Camp emerged runners-up because they were beaten 69-67 by Mucurapo in the round-robin play which decided the final placings of the teams. Both teams finished with 3-1 record. The teams comprised boys and girls.
Trailblazers younger players tasted success by defeating the Super 10 Camp team 33-30 to secure the 15 & Under title from their three-match schedule.
The 2008 League and Camp were supported by Gold medal Sports Company, Carib Brewery Limited, Toyota T&T Limited, NLCB, Republic Bank Limited, TCL and HCL and had over 125 boys and girls participated.

Results of the past three days:
U-15 Division
TRAILBLAZERS 44 (Shaquille Julien 15, Jalimar Joseph 13) v DIEGO MARTIN ALL STARS 33 (Darian Gonzales 16, Shereon Mitchell 12).
MUCURAPO YTHS 61 (Kenrick Julien 31, Takaya George 9) v SANGRE GRANDE YOUNG STARS 69 (Rondell Winters 20, Michael Saunders 19, Occie Pierre 12).
TRAILBLAZERS 33 (Shaquille Julien 22; Jalimar Joseph 9) v SUPER 10 CAMP 30 (Nathyoio Lewis 17; Tamica Hayes 9).

U-18 Division
SANGRE GRANDE YOUNG STARS 58 (Rondel Winters 17, Kerrem Davis 14, Michael Saunders 13) v SUPER 10 CAMP 61 (Ashton De Murrell 30, Kayon Joseph 15, Nicholas Pierre 10). Quarters 17-21, 30-37, 43-44.
TRAILBLAZERS 42 (Austin Ralph 25, Jamal Hill 15; Jaedon Bobb 14) v MUCURAPO YTHS 53 (Kemrick Julien 28; Stephen Taylor 21). Quarters 10-22; 28-39, 53-42.



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Reese and Dudley lead their teams to the Turkish Cup Final Eight - by Interperformances
Aliaga Belediyesi qualified to Turkish Cup Final Eight and Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) was the key player of this success. Aubrey scored 28 against Turk Telekom, 24 against his ex-Club Mersin and 21 against Karsiyaka while he made 4 apg and shoot over 57% from 3pts line. Turk Telekom also qualified to Final Eight thanks to Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) who averaged 16 ppg and 10,3 rpg in 3 qualification games.

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PRO REPORT - by David Edole

Virgin Islanders continue to shine overseas and this past weekend one shined a little bit more brightly than the rest.
Cuthbert Victor did something he only done one time in college. The swingman scored a whopping 30 points but his team Melilla Baloncesto dropped their fist contest of the year to La Laguna, 77-75. Victor was 12-of-18 from the field and two-of-four from down own. The swingman also tallied eight boards and picked up two steals. Melilla record dips to 2-1 in the LEB (Spanish Basketball League) Gold Division.

BOSNIA
Omari Peterkin dominated in the paint to lead Borac Nektar to a friendly win over Mladost Mrkonjic Grad, 78-73. Peterkin was a total BEAST down low nailing 23 points. The team from Banja Luka is scheduled to play their opening game this upcoming weekend.

GERMANY
Frank Elegar played his worst game as a professional as Eisbaren Bremerhaven fell to Deutsche Bank Skyliners, 65-55, Thursday night in German Bond League.
Frankfurt put four players in double figures in their solid win at Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. Elegar played in foul trouble for most of the night and tallied four points and five boards. The 6-9 post is averaging 8.3 points, 6.7 boards in three games played. Bremerhaven slipped to 1-2.

FRANCE
Josiah James had a good game but it was not enough as St. Etienne lost to Bourg 76-69, in PRO B play. James had nine points, eight boards and three blocked shots as St. Etienne dropped on 0-2.

MEXICO
Who spiked Ja Ja Richards drink? The 6-11 center had found the fountain of youth, which explains the recent rebounding numbers. Richards had eight points and hauled down an impressive 14 rebounds as Barreteros de Zacatecas defeated Panteras de Aguascalientes, 94-64. Richards opened the season three weeks ago with 17 rebounds. The Crucian is presently 3rd in Mexicos National Basketball League (LNBP) in rebounding with an average of 9.25 per game.

Jason Edwin traveled with the Virgin Islands mens senior national team to Mexico this past summer, won a silver medal and decided to stay. Edwin had 13 points, four boards ant two assists t as Pioneros de Quintana Roo dropped a close game to Santos de San Luis Potosi, 99-95. Pioneros record dips to 3-7. 13 points, four rebounds and two assists

JAPAN
Carl Thomas had a double double as Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins fell to Toyota Alvark 75-67 on Sunday. Thomas finished with 14 pts and 10 boards in the loss. Mitsubishi now stands at 1-2 in the Japan Basketball League. The JBL initiated a policy that each team is allowed two imports per team but only allowed to play one import at a time.


American minor league PBL
The Manchester Millrats that is partially owned by Virgin Islander David Cooper has joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL) for the upcoming season. The Millrats will be participating in the 2009 PBL Draft that will be held on October 16, 2008, at the ESPN Zone in downtown Chicago.



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Cherkasy and Odessa grab the lead - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy and Odessa kept the wining pace to come out on top of the UBL ladder after the second round of action. Kryvbasbasket opened their season with a confident win over Azot.
Cherkasy sent a strong message about their ambitions for the season thrashing ambitious Dnipro 98:57 at home. These two teams were widely considered as main favorites for the new season but Cherkasy showed they had been the better team at the moment. Cherkasy dominated from the start in this one as Dnipro looked too raw in the game. A quick and aggressive game from the hosts struck Dnipro as they struggled to find the proper answers. Cherkasy built a 47:35 lead at halftime and then exploded with a 27:6 rally in the third quarter. The outcome was pretty clear and Jovica Arsic allowed young players to log some minutes in the final period. Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79, agency: World Sport Agency) led the charge with 19 points. Bobby Dixon produced 13 points, while Yuriy Lokhmanchuk added 12 points for the winners. Luke Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) was held to 13 points in the loss.
Odessa eked out a narrow 83:82 win over Politekhnika Lviv. The Lviv outfit got to a better start and led 18:15 after one quarter of action. Politekhnika continued to pile up the lead and stretched the gap to as many as 13 points at the interval. But Odessa was a different team coming off the locker room. Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) orchestrated a comeback effort that allowed Odessa to cut the distance. Odessa drew things level late in the game and finally Wayne Wallace (206-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia Union) accounted for a go-ahead bucket with just 2 seconds remaining. Kuzmin had a chance to save the game but his desperate try rimmed out. Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) paced the hosts with 23 points. Otis Hill produced 17 points and 12 boards, while Justin Love provided 22 points in the win. Yaroslav Zubrytskyi (202-F-74) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lviv.
Ferro surprised Budivelnik on home soil. Ferro used the strong second half performance to send one of the leagues favorites to an upsetting 0-2 record at the start. Stanislav Balashov (209-C-79) poured in 24 points and collected 13 caroms to lead Ferro. Kondrusevich had 20 points for the winning side. Scott Merritt (208-F-82, college: Marquette) answered with 22 points and 8 boards in the loss.
Kryvbasbasket got 16 points from Dmitri Korablev (199-F-77) to topple Azot 98:81 in the seasons opener. Ihor Zaytsev (212-F/C-89) netted 13 points in the win. Azot answered with 17 points from Justas Cesnavicius (211-C-79).


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Week 2 - Round Up - by Andy Webb
A significant weekend in the formative stages of the BBL Championship concluded with four of the early pace-setters squaring off, and the Scottish Rocks and BiG Storage Cheshire Jets completed successful weekends as they each notched their second win in successive days, with the Jets taking over at the top of the table.

After a Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia) basket gave them a one-point road win in Leicester on Saturday, the Jets hosted the Guildford Heat and overcame last season's double winners for the first time in nine meetings between the sides, a winless run that dated back to April 2006.

The game finished 75-71 as Calvin Davis and Shawn Myers each scored 17 points for the victors. Mike Martin led all scorers with 18 points for the Heat.

On the south coast, the Rocks maintained their undefeated start to the season as they inflicted a first defeat on the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in what was the Raiders' heaviest defeat since February 2007 and also their first home defeat since 14th October 2007.

A day earlier the Rocks had got their BBL Championship campaign off to a winning start with a 92-77 victory over the Worcester Wolves. The Wolves closed to within a single point at 38-39 at the start of the third period, but a 21-3 burst from the Rocks took the score out to 41-60 to break the game open.

It was better news for Heat and Raiders on Saturday. The Heat got past the early Championship pacesetters, Marshall MK Lions, 81-76 in a nip and tuck encounter. Meanwhile, the Raiders registered a come-from-behind 86-82 victory at PAWS London Capital - a 20-6 Raiders burst in the third quarter took the score out to 56-65, and the visitors made sure of the victory from the free-throw line.

Elsewhere on Saturday the Newcastle Eagles recorded a 98-84 victory over the BBL newcomers Worthing Thunder. The Eagles showed their experience in the BBL as they went from trailing 22-21 after the first period, to leading by 20 points at 36-56 at the half, mainly thanks to 11-0 and 15-0 runs in the quarter.

In the final game of the weekend on Friday night, the Everton Tigers began their league campaign in style with a comprehensive 61-80 win at Sheffield Sharks. Both sides were making their debuts in the BBL Championship this season and it was the Tigers who gelled best with close season signings Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) (29 points) and Marcus Bailey (196-G/F-81, college: Wyoming) (19 points) marking their first appearances with excellent performances.


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LNB 2008 - Week 7: Duros and Caciques remain at the lead, Estudiantes raised chances - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara and Caciques de Trujillo gained series splits against Petroleros de Falcon and Centauros de Cojedes, but that still didn't jeopardize their condition as leaders of the LNB 2008 standings. Graneros de Portuguesa had its chance at home, but they were unable to sweep Centauros de Apure, while Estudiantes de Guarico raised its chances of making it to the playoffs with a vital sweep against Tiburones de Vargas.



SCOREBOARDS

Petroleros de Falcon 89 - Duros de Lara 83 (Fri)
Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 17-24-23-19= 83

PET: 17-25-25-22= 89

Scorers
DUR: Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 20 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 16 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 13 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 11 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 10 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 5 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 4 points, Boris Urbina (195-G/F-84) 2 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) 0 points, Gerardo Chourio (193-F-87) 0 points

PET: Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 20 points, Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) 19 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 14 points, Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 12 points, Jonathan Linares 8 points, Dean Palacios (196-F-81) 6 points, Omar Mejias (175-G-80) 5 points, Antonio Sucre (193-F-83) 3 points, Sonny Reyes (181-G-86) 2 points, Fernando Ortega (196-F-86) 0 points

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Duros de Lara 103 - Petroleros de Falcon 75 (Sat)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 27-40-23-13= 103

PET: 12-21-18-24= 75


Scorers
DUR: Lawrence Wallace 27 points, Kenji Urdaneta 21 points, Francisco Centeno 14 points, Keving Palacios 10 points, Jesus Centeno 7 points, Jackson Zapata 6 points, Graddy Osorio 5 points, Heissler Guillent 4 points, Gerardo Chourio 4 points, Derson Santos 3 points, Carlos Quintero 2 points, Boris Urbina 0 points

PET: Andrew Hunter 16 points, Jose Yovera 12 points, Gregory Vargas 12 points, Jorge Leon 11 points, Omar Mejias 8 points, Fernando Ortega 5 points, Antonio Sucre 4 points, Jonathan Linares 4 points, Sonny Reyes 2 points, Dean Palacios 1 point



Graneros de Portuguesa 107 - Centauros de Apure 85 (Fri)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 27-26-25-29= 107

APU: 29-24-17-15= 85


Scorers
GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 24 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 22 points

APU: Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 25 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 20 points



Centauros de Apure 88 - Graneros de Portuguesa 84 (Sat)
Ciudad de Guanare Colisseum - Guanare, Portuguesa

Quarter by quarter
GRA: 20-24-23-17= 84

APU: 19-18-23-28= 88


Scorers
GRA: John Jackson (201-F-74) 19 points, Henry Paez 18 points, Pedro Cubillan 17 points

APU: Alex Quiroz (185-G-75) 21 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 14 points, Martin Correa (198-F-78) 14 points, Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73) 14 points



Centauros de Cojedes 108 - Caciques de Trujillo 102 ET (Fri)
Villa Olimpica Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
COJ: 24-25-21-23-14= 108

CAC: 35-19-22-19-8= 102


Scorers
COJ: Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 32 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 25 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 20 points

CAC: Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 21 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 18 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 17 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 16 points



Caciques de Trujillo 98 - Centauros de Cojedes 86 (Sat)
Villa Olimpica Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
COJ: 21-20-15-20= 86

CAC: 23-28-19-28= 98


Scorers
COJ: Luis Bethelmy 19 points

CAC: Unavailable



Estudiantes de Guarico 86 - Tiburones de Vargas 77 (Fri)
Ciudad Deportiva Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
EST: Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 15 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 15 points

TIB: Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 16 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 15 points



Estudiantes de Guarico 99 - Tiburones de Vargas 85 (Sat)
Ciudad Deportiva Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
EST: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 27 points, Raul Orta (196-G-85) 20 points

TIB: Roque Osorio 17 points, Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 13 points



Venezuelans Abroad - Weekend Update - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans playing in foreign countries continued to have starring roles in their respective teams and saw some action in the last 48 hours around the world. Here's a short summary of their performances:

MEXICO (LNBP)
-Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) played 38 minutes and finished up with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, one block and one turnover to help Angeles de Puebla end a six-game loosing streak against Halcones de Cordoba, 84-77

-Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) played 31 minutes and contributed with 2 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls in the victory of Angeles de Puebla over Halcones de Cordoba, 84-77

-Juan Herrera (197-F-81) was vital with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls, as Santos Reales de San Luis defeated Pioneros de Quintana Roo, 99-95

-Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) scored 15 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, gave 3 assists, stole 3 balls but was fouled out of the game, as his Fuerza Regia Monterrey lost versus Bravos de Piedras Negras, 102-91

-Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) netted 7 points and added 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in 31 minutes during the match that Fuerza Regia Monterrey lost against Bravos de Piedras Negras, 102-91.

-Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) played 28 minutes and finished up with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers and 5 fouls, but Panteras de Aguascalientes lost against Barreteros de Zacatecas, 94-64.


PARAGUAY (TOP 5)
-Carlos Morris (194-G-75) came off the bench this time and was limited to 3 points, as Deportivo San Jose lost Game 2 against Sol de America, 87-81, and now needs to win three consecutive matches to advance to the 2008 Finals against Libertad.


SPAIN (LEB Gold - EBA A)
-Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) was a starter for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo as they defeated Beirasar Rosalia, 85-83. He scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and added a steal, a turnover, a block, an assists and 4 fouls in 32 minutes of action.

-Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) started for Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo in a defeat against Grupo Inec Zamora, 75-70. He played 36 minutes and ended up with 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls


ITALY (LEGA A)

-Hector Romero (202-F-80) scored 6 points in a friendly match in which Snaidero Udine was defeated by Benetton Treviso, 79-58

-Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) did not play because of pain in his knee. Team doctors are supposed to evaluate him to see if he's in risk of missing the first official game of the 2008-2009 regular season


FRANCE (PRO A)

-John Cox (195-G-81) was stellar in Matchday 1 of the 2008-2009 season, as his team, Sluc Nancy Basket, won against Asvel Lyon Villeurbane, 76-73. Cox played 36 minutes and supported his team with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 fouls, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers and a block





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 0-0 
 2. Townsville F. 0-0 
 3. Bulleen B. 0-0 
 4. Sydney UF 0-0 
 5. Dandenong R. 0-0 
 6. Canberra C. 0-0 
 7. AIS 0-0 
 8. Perth L. 0-0 
 9. Bendigo S. 0-0 
 10. Logan Thunder 0-0 


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Gospic CO wins regional 'Vojko Herksel Cup' - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Jolly JBS 77-74

Gospic CO succeeded to grab the first trophy this season. In the final game of regional 'Vojko Herksel Cup', Gospic CO outsmarted Adriatic league champion Jolly JBS 77-74. The game was exciting until the very end as both teams were on a pretty good level. Gospic CO had slightly better first quarter finishing it with plus 4, 20-16. Gospic continued in the same rhythm during the following ten minutes but Jurcevic and Cakic were in a game mood cutting the margin on 2 points until the half time. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) shined for Gospic after the breather. She, together with Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84), led her team to 23 points in third frame. On the other side Jolly JBS also was good but not enough thus Gospic entered into the crucial period with 5-point lead. It is interesting but 19-year old Marija Vrsaljko was the clutch player of the game. She played mature when it was the most important keeping advantage of her team until the very end. Vrsaljko was the top scorer of this pre-season final scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 boards (MVP). Jelena Ivezic also shined for the winners delivering 19 points. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) scored 11 while Augistine was the last one with double digits in Gospic CO, 10 points. Jolly JBS got 22 points from Jurcevic while Cakic had two points less.

Gospic CO: Marija Vrsaljko 23+8 boards, Jelena Ivezic 19, Anda Eibele 11, Augustine 10
Jolly JBS: Jurcevic 22, Cakic 20, Jinks 9


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Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Aabyhoj 1-0 
 2. Amager 1-0 
 3. Falcon 0-0 
 4. Horsholm 0-0 
 5. Virum 0-0 
 6. SISU 0-0 
 7. Horsens 0-0 
 8. Lemvig 0-0 
 9. Lemvig 0-0 
 10. Vaerlose 0-1 


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Bourges, Tarbes and Union Hainaut enjoy 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Three teams stay on top of French League after the first three rounds. Bourges, Tarbes and Union Hainaut enjoy 3-0 record, being the only undefeated teams left.
Tarbes defeated Basket Landes 52:41 at home in Round 3. The game had more defensive style than offensive but the hosts remained hot. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) led the winners with 13 points, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) produced 10. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) posted 11 and Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) ended up with 10 points in defeat.
The defending champions Bourges had a road win over Calais 43:73 and truthfully stay on top. Union Hainaut won over Reze Basket 73:57 to take 3-0 record as well. In that game the victory was achieved due to the great defense from the hosts.
Villeneuve overcame Arras 60:75 away from home. Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) was unstoppable with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) netted 12, while Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) and Florence Lepron (183-G-85) had 10 each. Montpellier also celebrated the victory away from home beating Mondeville 54:70. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) paced all the winners with 17 points. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) and Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) netted 12 apiece for 2-1 record. Naura El Gargati (192-F-80) scored 11 points and made 10 boards in the losing effort. Last night Reims win over Clermont 81:74.


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Saarlouis, Leipzig and Halle take 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
Three teams remained on top of the DBBL after the third round. Saarlouis, Leipzig and Halle took 3-0 record to be the only undefeated teams in the League.
TV Saarlouis Royals had a road win over Chemcats Chemnitz 62:83. The guests opened with 17:13 lead, but then Chemcats Chemnitz bounced back with 20-13 in the second. Anyway the favorite benefit from the game after the confident wins in the third and last frames. Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bar and Trahan-Davis followed her with 16 points apiece for 3-0 record.Martina Bozikov (188-F-84) led the hosts with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Keith collected 13 points and 16 rebounds, while Fertitta and Rosenfeldt had 10 each.
Leipzig Eagles defeated evo New Basket Oberhausen 82:74. The hosts started with 25:16 in the opening tip and increased the lead to 11 points at the halftime. Sterner top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Annika Danckert (182-F-81) scored 16 and Diaz Lopez posted 14. Austmann finished the night with 13 points in defeat.
SV Halle Lions overcame BC Pharmaserv Marburg 69:57 away from home. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners. Amanda Rego (170-G-86, college: San Diego) nailed 13 and Kammer posted 11. Weber produced 17 points in the losing effort. In another games Herner beat Wolfenbuttel 81:76, while Donau-Ries won over Wasserburg 66:53. Goettingen at home celebrated 71:53 victory over Freiburg.


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UNIQUA NB1/A - Round 2 - by Patonay Adam
Mizo Pecs 2010 - Seat Foton Gyor 83:62
Pecs: Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) (191-F/C-84) 32/6 (10 reb)
Gyor: Imbergerova D. 15/6, Radunovic H. 10/3

MKB Euroleasing Sopron - Atomeromu Szekszard 104:55
Sopron: MacLeod K. 15/3, Eordogh E. 15/9, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 22/3, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 23
Szekszard: Wilson 12

Szolnoki NKK - Savaria BC Helios 97:52
Szolnok: Zita Sonyak (180-G-85) 17/9, Djelmis A. 10/9, Szabo V. 11/9, Hegedus R. 16, Rubold E. 1/3, Zele D. 15/3
Savaria: Robinson R. 25/3

Zala Volan ZTE - BEAC Ujbuda 85:60
Zala Volan: Pungor K. 10/6, Horvath Zs. 14, Varga Zs. 14, Virag Szalay (172-G-84) 11, Gavrilovska M. 14
BEAC: Zsamar 14/3, Ruttner Zs. 10

Szeviep Szeged - Cegledi EKK 109:54
Szeged: Edit Laczi (181-G/F-88) 12, Szakacs I. 12/6, Zherzherunova O. 15, Tomova M. 22/3, Lengyel 12/3, Vincze V. 8
Cegled: Halmi 10/6, Hegedus M. 23

BSE - Vasas Csata DSE 73:54
BSE: Szlimak H. 15/6, Milkova L. 15, Maksimovic M. 18/6
Csata: Lakloth A. 15, Szondi D. 11


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SN Trust takes honours - by Eurobasket News
THRISSUR: SN Trust, Kollam won the title in the women's section of the 3rd Geonair all-India basketball tournament here on Sunday.

SN Trust scored an easy 47-17 win over St. Marys College, Thrissur and finished unbeaten in the four-team league. Host Kerala Varma College along with Mar Ivanios College (Thiruvananthapuram), Sathyabhama University (Chennai) and MCC (Kozhikode) qualified for the semifinals in the mens section.


The results:

Men:
Group A: Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram 74 (Albin Baby 21, K.R. Nikhil 15) bt Karunya University, Coimbatore 59 (E.S. Dibumon 21, Subin 13); MCC, Kozhikode 64 (Robin James 26, Bony Mathew 23) bt SKR Engineering College, Chennai 51 (Sathish Kumar 11, Mohan Kumar 11)
Group B: Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur 74 (Eudrick Peirera 20, Amal James14, P.S. Jiju 12) bt SB College, Changanacherry 59 (Nirmal K. Mathews 30, Anu Mohandas 12); Sathtyabhama University, Chennai 59(S. Hakkem 20, R.G. Venkatesh 13) bt SIT. Madurai 43 (Padmagirish 10); Sathtyabhama University, Chennai 72(S. Hakkem 19, M. Dinesh Babu 13, R.G. Venkatesh 11) bt SB College, Changanacherry 61 (Siju Kuriakose 28, Nirmal K. Mathews 23)

Women (league): SN College, Kollam 49 (P. Smija 13,V.K. Priyanka 12,) bt St. Marys College, Thrissur 17 (Simi Jacob 10); S.N. College, Kollam 59 (P. Lijimol 21, P. Smija 21) bt Assumption College Changanachery 47 (Anu Mathew 15, Anju Mohan 11); S.N. College Kollam 59 (P. Smija 19,Veena Ravi Mathew16, P. Lijimol 14) bt St. Xaviers College, Aluva 54 (M. Linta 19, Lisha 16). Swimming championship

The Mahatma Gandhi University inter-Collegiate swimming championship begins at the St. Thomas College in Pala on Monday. Around 100 swimmers will figure in the two-day event. St, Thomas College men and Alphonsa College women, also from Pala, won the team titles last year.

Courtesy of http://www.hindu.com


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  ITALY - Women  


Como won the Pallavicino Tournament. Napoli signed Scholanda Robinson - by Carlo Grilli
Como (Vicky Hall 19) won the Pallavicino Tournament in Parma, beating the hosts (Francesca Zara 13) 73-59; in the 3rd place final, Faenza (Milka Bjelica 27) beat Livorno (Chiara Pastore 19).
Other friendly matches: home-based Taranto (Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 24) beat Napoli (Stefania Paterna 12) 52-49 in the final of PalaMazzola Tournament; the previous day Napoli overcame Pozzuoli 59-54 and Taranto Viterbo (56-65).
Napoli announced yesterday its last acquisition: Scholanda Robinson (178-G-83, college: LSU) from Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA).


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Jackson and Sanford signings in Alges - by Luis Rocha
Alges has two new foreign players. they went for a guard (can be very effective as SG) and a power forward. Amanda Jackson (175-G-85) is the guard, she plays for Miami University, she possesses 3-point range as well as an exciting array of moves to get to the basket ... also an aggressive defender with quick hands . Doonisha 'Cocoa' Sanford (1,80, 24 years old) is the power forward, She's got great athletic ability, she's extremely quick and jumps very well. She played in Arizona State,most of her scoring is going to come off offensive rebounds. She has the speed and quickness to defend perimeter players if needeed, and thet being, Algs will major from that, because she will be quickier than opponents that play in the same spot for other teams. Jacson finished last season in Miami with 21,6 ppg, 4,4 rpg and 3,1 apg, shes a scorer, and can lead the team in tough moments. Both seem nice adds to the roster, Ana Sofia Granadeiro (-G/F-81) is also in this season after being out for the last. <<>><<>>

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  SPAIN - Women  


Liga Femenina 2 enjoys early action - by Eurobasket News
Two rounds have been played in Liga Femenina 2 in Spain. The teams are divided into Group A and B and nine of them kept it perfect at the start.
Moguerza Real Canoe, Jopisa Burgos, Extramadura and Pio XII opened the season with straight wins in Group A.
Real Canoe thrashed Universitario De Ferrol 76:32 in the opener. Christina Quaye (185-F-85, college: Marquette) was responsible for 24 points for Real Canoe. Laura Garcia (175-G-81) added 16 points for the winners. In the second round Real Canoe prevailed against Aros 74:59 on the road. Christina Quaye had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Laura Garcia added 13 points for Moguerza. Ana Fernandez netted 13 points for Aros.
Pio XII held off C.R.E.F. iHola 81:68 on Saturday to record the second win. Charlene Smith (-81) poured in 28 points for Pio XII. Ana Roman (190-C-82) dropped 11 points in the winning case. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) nailed 16 points in the loss.
Jopisa Burgos thumped Conquero 89:55 on the road. Anna Barthold (185-F/C-80, college: St.Peter's) was impressive with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Burgos. Emily Heikes (183-C-83, college: Purdue) added 15 points for the winners. Maria Bolonio (-85) posted 16 points.
Extramadura overcame Duran Maquinaria Ensino 82:54 at home court. Itziar German (185-F/C-86) poured in 19 points for Extramadura. Valentina Aragonese (170-F-79) had 18 points in the win. Michelle Woods (188-C-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Rice) led Maquinaria with 19 points and 13 boards in defeat.
Hochland Viladecans looked solid in Group B. They bruised Femeni Sant Adria 78:56 on the weekend. Patricia Valiente (-84) managed 21 points for the winning side. Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) chipped in 12 points for Adria.
Aguere fired down Segle XXI 73:52 to stay in the second spot in the Group. Laine Kurpniece (188-C-86, college: Binghamton) led the charge with 26 points and 11 boards.


Ros Casares open title defense with victory - by Eurobasket News
The LFB regular season tipped off over the weekend. The reigning champions Ros Casares took another shot at the title as they overcame Soller Joventut Mariana 99:62 at home. The champs showed their dominance in the first half jumping to a 49:33 lead at halftime. Joventut never recovered after the break and Ros Casares cruised to the impressive win at the end. Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) paced balanced offense with 18 points and 6 boards. Erika De Souza (197-C-82) added 17 points and 14 boards, while Amaya Valdemoro dropped 16 points in the win. Gisella Vega (188-C-82) answered with 16 points for Joventut.
Rivas Ecopolis occupied the second spot after the starting round with an 80:50 rout of Estudiantes. Rivas Ecipolis held their opponents to miserable 2 points in the starting quarter and built a decisive 24-point lead. Estudiantes looked better throughout the rest of the contest but failed to bounce back. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) provided 18 points for the winners. Miljana Musovic secured 16 points for Rivas. Andrea Csaszar (200-C-82, college: Kent St.) produced 14 points for Estudiantes.
Perfumerias Avenida pounded Cadi La Seu 92:64 in the opener. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) drained 17 points to lead six players to score in double figures for the winners. Anke de Mondt and Gunta Basko came up with 14 points each for the winners. Kelly Santos replied with 17 points and 8 boards for Cadi Le Seu.
Hondarribia-Irun was the better side when they took on Celta Idepo on the road. Stacey Lynn Lovelace (193-F-74, college: Purdue) was pivotal with 22 points in a 71:65 victory. Helen Santos added 19 points for the winning team. Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) tallied 16 points for Celta.
Extrugaza snatched a 65:63 victory against Gran Canaria. Trailing by 3 points after the first frame Extrugaza headed into the fourth stanza up by 3 points. They held off the hosts and registered the first win in the season. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) chipped in 14 points and 8 caroms for Extrugaza. Tamera Young knocked down 12 points for the winners. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) finished with 21 points for Gran Canaria.


Spanish games on Youtube channel after agreement with spanish federation - by Ivan Villar
Spanish federation continues developing through internet.This time FEB has signed a contract with Youtube channel.So people can watch in this web different games of women leagues.At this moment,it had been uploaded last game of Supercup 2008 between Ros Casares and San Jose Leon.Spanish federation hopes to have around 1,500,000 videos in youtube channel.Also there will be games of LEB leagues of men teams.

You Can Now Make a Cyber Womens League 2008-09 Team - by Ivan Villar
The Spanish Basketball Federation, in collaboration with the www.basketme.com web site, are kicking off a new edition of the Cyber Womens League game, in which web surfers will be able to make their teams for the womens league, and battle it out to be the champion of the game, and win a day at a practice session with the players of the national womens team as they prepare for the 2009 Womens European Championship tournament.

The Spanish Basketball Federation, along with basketme.com, are putting the game, which is based on the scores and stats of the womens league players, back on the internet. It works in a simple and fun way: you create a team with 6 players (1 guard, 2 forwards and 2 centers, plus a 6th player which can play at any position), with a budget of 4 million euros. During each game, players get the same amount of points that they scored, plus a 20% bonus if their teams win, and they can make 3 changes, keeping in mind that the players value changes as the season goes on, according to their stats.

The top-placing player after regular season play will be awarded a day spent with the Spanish womens national team as they prepare for the 2009 European Championship tournament in Latvia. In order to participate you just need to sign up (its free) at the www.feb.es web site in the cyber games section or directly at: http://www.basketme.com/cyberlf.

You can now participate and play, so make your teams. Best of luck and have fun!