EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/1/2008

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  ABA   


Format change announced for the World Basketball Cup Tournament - by Gianni Pascucci

The World Basketball Cup (www.worldbasketballcup.com) today announced a format change for the professional basketball tournament scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia in July/August 2010. According to Joe Newman, ABA/WBC CEO, 'After extensive contacts with organizations, leagues and teams worldwide, we found that the qualifying tournament format would not work due to prior commitments, league play and other factors. So, the decision was made to do away with the qualifying tournaments and to have teams worldwide enter the single elimination tournament in Atlanta instead. The goal is to have 64 professional teams competing with a format similar to the NCAA Tournament. With the new format, the response from Asia, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East has been excellent and we hope to fill the 64 slots quickly.' 'Another consideration for the change,' added ABA/WBC COO Quentin Townsend, 'is so that more than one team from a country can participate in the tournament. The earlier a team enters, the sooner it can begin promoting its participation and begin to maximize the potential of sponsorships, media, merchandising and other things. Entering the WBC should give a team great prestige and awareness and we will begin to announce participating teams shortly. One final note, the WBC will be open to teams from other professional leagues in the US in addition to the ABA entries.' Another interesting new is that experienced coach LaShun McDaniel has been added to the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup. According to Joe Newman, WBC CEO (and CEO of the American Basketball Association), 'Shawn has the background and credentials needed to help maximize the potential of this extraordinary event scheduled for Atlanta in July/August 2010. His international qualifications as a player and a coach are tremendous; his knowledge of basketball in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia is extensive. He will be working closely with our other European Executive Committee member, Tom Ellingsen. We hope to announce the first European entries into the WBC very shortly.'
For more information and entry details, contact Joe Newman at conniejoenewman@aol.com, Quentin Townsend at qtownsend@abalive.com or the following WBC Executive Committee Members:
Asia, Paul Monozca, pr@parmon.com

Middle East, Anil Kumar, sportzindia@gmail.com

Europe, Tom Ellingsen at tom@polar.no
or LaShun McDaniel at lashunmcdaniel@hotmail.com

South America, Robert Lynch, robertlynchmgmt@aol.com



Rebels announce exhibition game vs. the Rumble - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Fresno Rebels, run by Dominick Young (5'10''-G-74, college: Fresno St.), scheduled to begin play in the league in 2009, will hold their first Exhibition Game with former UNLV/Fresno State Head Coach, as the Coach on Saturday, November 8th at San Joaquin High School with the San Francisco Rumble, one of the top teams in the ABA. The Fresno Rebels will be a squad of Ex-Fresno State players who Coach Tarkanian once coached. It's a 'Meet the Rebels' game. There will be a pre-game Tailgate Luncheon honoring Coach Jerry Tarkanian at San Joaquin Memorial in the Cafeteria beginning at 4pm. For more information, call Dominick Young at 559 389 4777 or email fresnorebels@gmail.com or visit www.myspace.com/fresnorebels



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  ARGENTINA   


SouthAmerican Championship: Libertad Couldnt with Bigua - by Ana Soifer
Libertad couldnt with Bigua of Uruguay in the over time and fell down defeated by 90 - 89. For the winner Garcia Morales surprised marking 44 points. Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) was the figure for Argentineans with 22. Libertad stayed in the second placement and they remain complicated in the career towards the South American reign.

Libertad started better under the basket with the strong game of Moldu and Osborne. Bigua never remained behind and answered with the points of Young (4) and the terrible capacity of score of Garcia Morales (10) from the 6,25 to take the leadership of the game with something of tranquility.

By the end of the first half both teams exchanged score, Moldu (11) proved to be very active for The Tigers, as Markson and Bigua took advantage of the speed of their players perimetrales ended the first time 42-40

On the last quarter, the game shows a great level, where both teams give a good show of basketball and no one give up.

The last minute Sebastian Ginobili miss his second shoots on the line and took his team on the over time.

Bigua took advantege in the 5 minutes with triples from Garcia Morales, but Libertad replay with Ginobili and Osborne points. With 20 seconds left Uruguay team lost the ball but Andres Pelussi missed his shoot... Bigua took the victory.

Libertad: 89 (80) - Sebastian Ginobili 22, Bryant Markson 22, Pablo Moldu 14, Andres Pelussi 13, Jason Osborne 8 (FI), Marcos Saglietti 2, Alejandro Zilli 7 y Juan Pablo Sartorelli 1. DT: Julio Lamas.

Bigua: 90 (80) Martin Osimani 9, Leandro Garcia Morales 44, Joaquin Osimani 3, Kevin Young 14, Duquense Freeman 5 (FI), Juan Rovira 3, Juan Cambon 0 y Gonzalo Meira 12. DT: Nestor Garca.


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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Vitalyur 0-0 
 2. Temp-OSHVSM 0-0 
 3. Grodno-93 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. OZAA Osip. 0-0 
 6. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 7. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 8. BNTU 0-0 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pyntsikau, Minsk 21.0
1 Scripcaru, Sozh 21.0
3 Dadikin, Vitalyur 19.5
3 Lavrinenko, Temp 19.5
5 Zaitsev, Vitalyur 16.5
5 Yafremau, Vitalyur 16.5
5 Mishukov, Grodno 16.5
8 Shilovich, Minsk 15.5
9 Aheunin, BNTU 15.0
9 Konuyshenko, Lok 15.0
9 Maksimov, OZAA 15.0


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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse


One of the leading newspapers in Belgium has announced that Base Oostende is close to adding Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton) to its roster.
Green just finished playing for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008-2009 NBA pre-season.
He already played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2005-2006 season.

Played 30 games for Koln in the German Bundesliga during the 06-07 season and had averages of 10.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

Green started the past season in the D-League for the LA Defenders before moving to Italy where he played for Teramo.

At Teramo he played 11 games and averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

Had some good everall stats in the D-League, in 06-07 he played 14 games with averages of 19.3ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.9 apg.

Stats for his 24 games for the LA Defenders this past season are 16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 4.2 apg.

This news has not been made official as of friday by Base Oostende.



Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


All the below info has now officially been announced by Base Ooostende. From the return of Sharon Drucker to the arrival of Devin Green.
The signing of Fazekas had already been made official by Oostende earlier in the week.
Present head-coach Umberto Badiolo will coach the team tonight at Liege and hand over the reigns to Drucker as of Sunday when he is scheduled to arrive in Belgium.
His first game will be the 2nd qualifying round for the Euro Cup game in Le Havre on Tuesday.

Oostende upset Russian powerhouse Triumph Moscow in the first round.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Basketball Tournament to Ignite Sports Complex Against Violence - by David Edole
For three nights in mid-November, the Multipurpose Sports Complex will jump to life as players converge for the inaugural annual Stop the Violence 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament which will feature a quantum of teams comprising players from age nine to adults 45 and over.

In an effort to combat the increasing crime wave sweeping the Territory, the newly formed Virgin Islands Basketball Associations (VIBA) tournament which has been sanctioned by the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF), commences on Friday, November 14th and continues through to November 16.

Registration forms are already available at the leading supermarkets on Tortola, the StandPoint Office at Qwomar Trading Complex (2) and Bucks Supermarket on Virgin Gorda. Registration deadline is Saturday November 8.

President of VIBA, Elton Callwood said that the idea of hosting a fast-paced 3 on 3 competition, which will give players an opportunity to showcase more of their skills in half-court, had been studied for several months.

This is an idea that was being discussed with several key persons in the basketball fraternity for several months and after much input we decided to press ahead. But, as a non-profit orgainsation, we are also concerned about the upward swing in violence and with so many youth involved in the game, we decided that bringing them together for clean healthy fun would be ideal in achieving our organisations goal of alleviating crime in these beautiful Virgin Islands, Callwood stated.

He added that with little or no excitement at this time of the year, it is VIBAs goal to provide meaningful entertainment while raising money to assist in the alleviation of crime.

According to Callwood, proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) and the Social Development Department, Big Brother Mentorship Programme.

We can no longer afford to sit and be observers, but we must try to identify ways where we can assist the society to be a better place. These programmes that we have selected are playing a meaningful role in society and we must join to assist them, Callwood pointed out.

He stated that sponsorship has already been sought and the response thus far has been fair, noting that many companies are enthusiastic about the idea.

The tournament is open to both male and female of all ages and players will be placed in the junior, intermediate, senior, old school, female and masters division. Trophies will be distributed to the winners along with cash prizes for the winner in each division.

Commenting on the inclusion of senior and female players in the tournament, Callwood stated that too often these players are overlooked.

We dont have a league for our female players and there are many who would like to play so this is an opportunity for them to get themselves into a team and come out. We are also looking to attract the greats of the local game the over 40s who would have hung up their sneakers years ago. Of course many of our youths dont know that some of our adults may still have their skills. I anticipate a weekend of clean, pure wholesome entertainment for the family, Callwood alluded.

For more information about the tournament, feel free to contact Elton Callwood on 542-0121 or Gordon French on 441-7779.

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  BULGARIA   


Euroins Cherno More surprised Levski in Sofia - by Valentin Anguelov
In the derby match of this round of NBL the team of Euroins Cherno More defeated Levski 90-89 in Sofia and went to the top on equal points with Lukoil Academic and with game more.

The visitors were in front for most of the game but never with big advantage and the turnaround from Levski was close.

The only quarter the hosts were not behind was the first which they won 23-22. Nikolay Kolev scored 13 of the points the visitors had in those minutes. In the next three quarters decisive was Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) and his team almost never lost the lead after they went ahead in the second quarter and had a 50-47 lead at the break.

The deciding moment was with 1.30 to go when McIntosh scored to make it 77-84. Then two quick baskets for the hosts made it 81-84 and from then on they kept fouling the visitors.

The most fouled player was Mcintosh who almost never missed from the line. Once he missed both free throws but then grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one shot to make it 87-90 with 4 seconds to go. Evtimov got the rebound and went to the line but hit both shots despite he tried to miss the second and by this Euroins Cherno More took this important win for them.

Evtimov was the best player for his team with his 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. This unfortunately for his team wasn't enough and they lost for first time at home.

Marcus Hall added 20 points but wasn't at his best. Dwayne Morton added 13 points and 5 rebounds.

For the visitors from Varna Corey McIntosh went 18 times to the free throw line and scored 14 to finish with a total of 24 points adding also 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The youngster Nikolay Kolev played good finishing with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Atila dos Santos made a double-double with 16 and 14.


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  CHILE   


SouthAmerican Championship: Liceo almost gives the surprise - by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto lost a 12 points margin against the brazilian team Joinville and was defeated in overtime 92-85. After Liceo led the whole game the brazilians reacted in the fourth and took the lead with two minutes left but a three point shot by Franco Lara (189-G-77) at the end of regulation send the game to overtime. In the extra time Joinville was more effective and won the game after fighting 45 minutes against the chilean champion. Shilton dos Santos (199-F/C-82) and Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) were the offensive leaders for Joinville with 19 points each. For Liceo, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and gave 6 assists.

Day 3

Liceo Mixto 85 - Joinville 92 OT
Lic: Patricio Briones 23 pts. Christopher Garnett 18 pts. Franco Lara 12 pts
Joi: Shilton dos Santos 19 pts. Andre Luiz Brugger 19 pts. Antwine Williams 18 pts.

In day of the tournament 4 Liceo Mixto will face Minas Tenis (Bra).


SouthAmerican Championship: Libertad was too much for Liceo - by Daniel Valencia
In the second night of the SouthAmerican championship for clubs, Liceo Mixto was defeated easily by the argentinian champion Libertad de Sunchales 90-55. At the end of the second quarter Libertad took a 42-26 lead and it was impossible for Liceo to react against a solid team like the one coached by Lamas. Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) and Bryant Markson (198-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Utah) were the offensive leaders for Libertad with 22 and 21 points respectively. For Liceo, the scoring leader was the american center Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) with 14 points.

Day 2

Libertad de Sunchales (Arg) 90 - Liceo Mixto (Chi) 55
Lib: Gustavo Orona 22 pts. Bryant Markson 21 pts. Andres Pelussi 11 pts.
Lic: Christopher Garnett 14 pts. Rodrigo Espinoza 8 pts. Oliver Hermosilla 8 pts.

In day 3 of the SouthAmerican championship Liceo Mixto will play against the brazilian team Joinville.


Dimayor: roster changes for Castro and Valdivia - by Daniel Valencia

Deportes Castro


Deportes Castro agreed terms with the american Ben Sullivan (208-C-84). The center from Portland University averaged 7.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in his NCAA carrer. He also played in Germany at the beggining of 2008. He will be in the active roster for the games against Ancud and Catolica this weekend.


Deportivo Valdivia


The american forward Michael Wilds (203-F-82, college: Louisiana Tech) left Deportivo Valdivia due to family reasons. In his ten games he averaged 11.3 points. To replace Wilds Valdivia signed Willie Davis (198-G/F-78, college: SMU). The forward already played with Deportivo Valdivia in the 2005 season when he averaged 19.7 points per game. He will be ready to play this weekend against Espanol and Universidad de Concepcion.



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  CHINA   


Rodney White nack to China - by Ke Wang
Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) may be on his way back to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions American Forward Rodney White may be on his way back to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions Lions.White is currently under contract with Israeli side Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv but according to reports in Zhejiang the player is on his way back to China after he didn't acclimate in Israel and didn't even played one official game for the team, White was the MPV of the team in the 2007-2008 season after he signed in Novermber 2007 and avreged 30.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.According to his agent in China Rodney White could be a Zhejiang player in a fortnight

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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner NR - Dubrava 96-94
Kvarner NR escaped with a tiny victory against Dubrava at home moving up in A1 league on 3-1. Experienced Marijan Mance once again shined for the hosts adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. Petar Cosic netted 30 points in Dubrava, but his team remains on just 1 win so far.

Trogir - Borik 70-79
Ante Devic paced Borik Puntamika to second joy this season collecting 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists against newcomer Trogir on the road. The team of head coach Boris Kurtovic got 32 points from Toni Bizaca, but it was not enough for 2-2.

Sibenka - Alkar Sinj 94-62
Sibenka devastated Alkar Sinj at home with plus 32. Ivan Mimica shined for the winners scoring 21 points while Luka Petkovic stopped on 15. Josip Dapo contributed 22 points and 6 boards in Alkar. Both teams entered into this round with 2-1.

Zabok - Cedevita 57-64
After two consecutive wins at the beginning of A1 league, Zabok faced with two failures. This time Cedevita was too strong for them mostly owing to Ramel Bradley and his 24 points. As usually, Luka Zoric was the best in Zabok adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. Cedevita now has 3-1.

Svjetlost - Dubrovnik 117-96
Svjetlost celebrated against Dubrovnik in a high-scoring game registering the second win this season. Krunoslav Rimac led the scorers in the host team with 21 points while Nenad Delic had one points les, but including 10 rebounds. Ante Vranjes drained impressive 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Dubrovnik, who stays on 1 win in 4 appearances.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Nova Hut Ostrava sign Kordian Korytek - by Eurobasket
BK Nova Hut Ostrava strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Polish former international center Kordian Korytek (212-C-75). Korytek played most recently in 2006-07 at Viking Gdynia (Poland), while he had one-year break in pro basketball last season. He started 2006-07 season playing for Prostejov, where he averaged 6.8ppg and 4.3rpg in 16 games. He used to play for Polish national team as recently as 2006.

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  DENMARK   


4.th round of the 1. division - by Thomas Quaade

Last weekend the 1. division was back after fall vacation. That meant a full program. There we're no real upsets.

The biggest games was when BK Skjold/Stevnsgade beat Hobas and when Aalborg BK beat Herlev Basket. Now they are the only two undefeated teams left in the 1. division.

This weekend also provided wins for the two bottom teams Vaerlose BBK and Jonstrup, which now means that all teams in the 1. division has atleast one win.

Here are the results of the 4.th round:

Fjordager BK Odense - ALBA 79-61


Lemvig BK - Aarhus BF 83-96


Jonstrup - Virum 81-65


Aalborg BK - Herlev Basket 77-65


Falcon - Vaerlose BBK 67-73


BK Skjold/Stevnsgade - Hobas 99-80



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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers Now Appearing in the Euroleague - by Surujh Roopnarine
As the D-League draft nears (November 7th) and the tip off of the ninth season in the Leagues history we look abroad to find graduates from the League which has revolutionized the landscape of minor league basketball in the United States. Former collegiate stars and small school dynamos alike have had the opportunity to hone their skills in the D-League before leaving for lucrative deals overseas or into careers in other US leagues and if lucky enough, the NBA. With out a doubt, the second best league in the world and quickly scaling the ladders to near NBA levels, the Euroleague is where we will look to find some of the former greats of the D-League who are now making considerable (and sometimes not so considerable) contributions to the crme de le crme of European basketball.
Armani Jeans Milano
Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, college: George Washington): Comfortable launching three pointers in a drive and dish offense
Pape Sow (6'10''-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton): Fully recovered from past injury problems?
Alba Berlin
Ansu Sesay (6'9''-C/F-76, college: Mississippi): Veteran forward not afraid to do dirty work
Asseco Prokom
David Logan (6'1''-G-82, college: Indianapolis): Slick scoring guard
Air Avellino
Tamar Slay (6'9''-F-80, college: Marshall): Swing man has carved out a nice career after unsuccessful stint in NBA
Cibona
Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana): Fantastic 2007-08 D-League season; ready for big stage?
CSKA Moscow
Terence Morris (6'9''-F-79, college: Maryland): Top 5 big man in all of Europe
DKV Joventut
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, college: George Washington): Emerging star on international level, dominant for Britain at Eurobasket qualifying
Regal FC Barcelona
Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall): Diminutive stature should not as much a hindrance in Euroleague as it was in NBA.
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87): Future star of Turkey National Team
Le Mans
Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech): Steady, productive and not afraid to take the big shot
Maccabi Electra
Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.): Sought Euroleague stardom rather that NBA mediocrity
D'or Fischer (6'11''-C-81, college: W.Virginia): Raw big man from West Virginia
SLUC Nancy
Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California): Can he get his offense to match his immense rebounding/defensive abilities?
Olympiacos
Lynn Greer (6'1''-G-79, college: Temple): Flat out scorer, one of the best in the world.
Panionios
Aaron Miles (6'1''-G-83, college: Kansas): Floor general in the truest senseshould be in the NBA
Partizan
Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts): Undersized pwer forward with incredible shot blocking abilities.
Unicaja
Omar Cook (6'1''-G-82, college: St.John's): On the biggest stage of his career after ill-fated early departure from St. Johns
Zalgiris
Loren Woods (7'0''-C-78, college: Arizona): Can he be relied upon game in and game out? If so, will be a big help.


Former D-Leaguers in NBA Action on Day 3 of the Regular Season - by Surujh Roopnarine
Charlotte Bobcats (79) at Cleveland Cavaliers (96)
BOBCATS: Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) (2as, 0-2 FG)

Houston Rockets (112) at Dallas Mavericks (102)
ROCKETS: Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) (14pt+3rb+5as, 5-12 FG), Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) (3pt+5as, 1-6 FG), Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky) (7rb, 0-1 FG)
MAVS: Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) (9pt+6rb+2st, 4-11 FG)

New Orleans Hornets (108) at Phoenix Suns (95)
HORNETS: Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) (1rb)
SUNS: Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) (8pt, 3-6 FG), Louis Amundson (2rb)


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo got a slow start - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 8: Two close contests on Friday night. In Uusikaupunki local Korihait beat FoKoPo (Forssa) by one 77-76 (41-32). Quarters: 30-10, 11-22, 17-22, 19-22. FoKoPo got a very slow start and Korihait was 20 pts ahead after the first quarter/10 minutes (30-10). FoKoPo won the next three quarters and the rebounds 23-40, but the game victory stayed in Uusikaupunki. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) led the hosts with 21 pts and six assists. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida) added 20 pts and Mark Zoller (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) 12 pts, though he was fouled out in 23 minutes. U. of Arkansas 'boys' Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) and Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) combined 42 pts for FoKoPo.
In Kotka there was another close game. KTP had an excellent second quarter (18-6) and first half (39-32), winning the rebounds 48-27, but visitor Kouvot (Kouvola)
defeated KTP after all 71-75 (39-32). Quarters: 21-26, 18-6, 20-24, 12-19. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) led KTP with 17 pts. Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 13 pts and grabbed 18 boards.
Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) scored 21 pts for Kouvot. Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) added 17 and Calvin Walls (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) 11 pts.

Korihait - FoKoPo 77-76 (41-32) (Bojan Sarcevic 21/6a, Alain Laroche 20, Mark Zoller 12 - Charles Thomas 23/14, Vincent Hunter 19, Mikko Jalonen 11).

KTP - Kouvot 71-75 (39-32) (Steve Smith 17, Damon Williams 13/18, Ville Makalainen 13 - Brian Swift 21, Ronny LeMelle 17, Calvin Walls 11).



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  GERMANY   


Market News - by Moritz Korff
Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake), Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and coach assistant Engin Gencoglu have received two-months contract-extensions at Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (1. Bundesliga). Meanwhile, Shawan Robinson (187-G-83, college: Clemson) has to leave as his contract ended October 31 and was not renewed. The new playmaker Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) has passed the medicials this week and will make his debut for the Frankfurt team Saturday, when the Skyliners take on Noerdlingen.

The Giants Noerdlingen (1. Bundesliga) released Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO), effective immediately. The club-officials did not come up with any explanation, why they took this step. In his final game for the Bundesliga-newcomer, a 60:79 loss against Duesseldorf on Sunday, Dennis scored 9 points and pulled down 5 rebounds.


Danny Gibson(Nordlingen Giants) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Hi Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana), thanks for speaking to www. eurobasket. com. You played in Cuxhaven last year and this season your playing in Nordlingen. Why did you chose to come here?

I came to Nordlingen to be able to compete and expose my skills in one of the top leagues in Europe.

You came to Nordlingen with your friend and Cuxhaven teammate Monta Mcghee. How important was him coming to Nordlingen in your decision to leave Cuxhaven?

I made the decision to come to Nordlingen before Monta made his. We talked about the possibility of him coming. It made the transition easier when Monta decided to come to Nordlingen.

How tight is your relationship with Monta Mcghee? What have you learned from him?

Monta and I have a really close relationship. We even hung out over the summer. Ive learned the ends and outs of being a professional basketball player overseas, due to his years of experience. We have a special chemistry on the court.

Nordlingen waited 35 years to enter the BBL. How intense is the excitement in the town?

The excitement is very intense. The fans are crazy about basketball.

You guys started out well winning the first three games, but have lost three of your last four games. What have been the main problems in this phase?

We need to work out some minor phases in the offense, so it will run smoother. We also need to step up our defense.

The team is focused on offensive input from yourself, Monta Mcghee, Osvaldo Jeanty and Omari Westley. You guys average 52 of the 71 Nordlingen points per game. How dangerous is this luxury and do you think opponents are starting to focus more on stopping the big four?

This is a very dangerous luxury. Anytime you have four guys scoring that many points, it makes it really hard for the opponents because any of the four could step up on any given night.

How would you describe the playing style of Nordlingen?

Thats for other teams to figure out.

What are the strengths of team?

Outside shooting, rebounding, and defense.

Who is the leader of the team in the early going and how has he made you better?

I feel like our team is filled with many leaders. Everyone brings something special to the table.

You guys won in impressive fashion in Bamberg. What kind of feeling was it beating the two time BBL champion on their own court?

It was great to win for the fans and the community of Nordlingen. As a team, we took the game as just another team in our way.

You have rebounding power in team, but at the time it seems like you are playing without a classic center. How important will it be down the road to get Avi Kazarnovski more involved under the boards? It seems like you could be even stronger with him.

I think its very important that he has more involvement. I also think, down the road we will see him step up and have some very big nights.

Andreas Wagner is the youngest coach in the BBL. How has he helped you develop as a Basketball player this season?

He has helped me tremendously and makes me work hard every single day.

What is your impression of the Frankfurt Deutsche Bank Skyliners? Which player in that team do you respect the most?

I think they have potential to be a really good team. The player I respect the most is Derek Allen because he has been consistent-year in and year out.

How has the change from Cuxhaven to Nordlingen been for you? Both towns are small. Nordlingen must remind you of back home Indiana?

The only comparison is the size. Other than that, the towns are completely different.

The fans in Cuxhaven are very loyal. How have the fans in Nordlingen been. Do they let you know when they are unhappy with the play of team?

The fans seem to come and cheer loudly for us, regardless of the game. We really appreciate that.

You are from Indiana. How was your childhood?

My childhood was good. I was all about sports growing up. I was involved with as many sports as possible. Other than that, it was a normal childhood.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Michael Jordan

You surely must know which famous NBA legend comes from French Lick Indiana? How did you like him as a player and have you visited his hometown?

Yeah, Larry Bird is one of the greatest players of all time. Yes, I have been to French Lick before.

What were your nicest memories from the Southern Indiana University?

Winning our conference tourney championship. Also, making it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA.

Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or playing in Europe?

Too many to name.

Some years ago, you had your start at Monchengladbach and had fine stats. This was the first team that Tim Black also played for as a pro. He became a legend in Paderborn and BBL scoring champion last season. You are still young and could follow in his footsteps. What are your Basketball goals down the road?

My goals are eventually to play in the top levels of Europe.

Last season you had won the PRO A north league with Cuxhaven. Were you sad that with all the success you achieved up north, that the team could not go into the BBL because of financial reasons?

I was sad for the Cuxhaven fans because I know they really wanted a BBL team, but everything happens for a reason. I feel that I am in a great situation now.

What were your nicest memories on and off the court in Cuxhaven?

Just getting to play with the four other guys that I got to play with- Jean Francois, Monta Mcghee, Marlan Pomphey, and Rocky Trice. I also really appreciated the continuous support from the fans, on and off the court.

What would you like to do after the Basketball career?

I would like to pursue a coaching career.

Monta Mcghee has the size and you the speed. Who would win a one on one game?

I would definitely win a one-on-one game. Monta knows whats going on.

What are your hobbies?

Basketball, playing PS3, and table tennis.

Thanks Danny for the chat. Good luck this season the rest of the way.


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Eredivisie Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Landstede - Amsterdam 71-88
Easy one for Amsterdam, who remains undefeated in Eredivisie with record 6-0. This time Victor Thomas was a key player for the winning team netting 21 points and grabbing 5 rebounds for 20 minutes. Robby Bostain had 16 points, 8 boards and 5 assists in Landstede but his team faced with fifth defeat in eight games.

Den Helder - Hanzev.Cpt 80-97
Another comfortable victory by the visiting team. Head coach Marco van den Berg and his players cruised past Den Helder jumping on 4-3. The hosts dropped on 1-6. WIll Whittington shined for the winning side pouring in 24 points, including 6 triples. Den Helder got 18 points and 7 boards from Bradley Strickland.

Rotterdam - Upstairs Weert 92-56
Devastating victory by Rotterdam. Bobby Walker was totally the best player of this game scoring 30 points with pretty good shot percentage. Martin Iti and Charles Richardson were far away behind him adding 10 points apiece. Omni Smith was better than the others in Weert contributing 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

ZZ Leiden - M.Magix 61-65
Matrixx Magix succeeded to grab a road victory against ZZ Leiden improving its record on 4-3. On the other side, the hosts stay on just one win in seven games. Raoul Heinen scored 12 while Eric Nelson, Ryan Sears and Frank Tolbert had 10 points apiece for the team from Nijmegen. David Chiotti recorded 15 points and 11 boards in ZZ Leiden.

Eiff.Towers - Aris Friesland 72-73
Aris Friesland surprised Eiffel Towers in Den Bosch thanks to great played last quarter 13-22. It means that visitors improved the record in Eredivisie on 3-4 while coach Randy Wiel and his team faced with second consecutive defeat. Matt Bauscher was unstoppable in Aris Friesland netting 28 points. Jerome Beasley and Taron Downey scored 20 points apiece for the hosts.


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  IRAN   


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


Second week of Iran SuperLeague... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Last night, 10 teams of Iran Basketball Superleague played in 5 cities of Iran and One match will be on Tuesday... The results are :

( Kordestan 90 - a.s Pipe 86 [after extra time] ) -
( ZobAhan 93 - Ararat 67) -
( Langeroud 49 - Mahram 87) -
( BEEM 69 - Petrochimi 75) -
( Gorgan 85 - Shahrekord 84 [after extra time] )

The last match of second week will be on Saturday between Saba battery and Azad University in Azadi Basketball Hall.


Division 1 - Third Week Results - by Mohammad Ahmadi
16 Teams in 8 cities played third week of Iran Basketball Division 1 yesterday. The results were as below :

( Shahroud 90 - Kermanshah 60 ) -
( Malavan Bandar Anzali 65 - Aluminium Arak 73 ) -
( Pouya Tehran 62
- Melli Haffari Ahvaz 53 ) -
( Payam Zanjan 81 - Urmia 71 ) -
( Kerman 71 - Tozin Electric Tehran 80 ) -
( Pasargad 73 - Naft Omidiyeh 87 ) -
( Qom 111
- Asadabad Hamedan 69 ) -
( Tarbiyat Gilan 90 - Gonbad 88 ) -

After these games, Shahroud, Qom and Tozin Electric stood on first place of three groups.


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. Z.S.Shahroud 3-0 
 2. A. Arak 2-0 
 3. Pouya 2-1 
 4. Qazvin 1-1 
 5. M.H.Ahvaz 1-2 
 6. Kermanshah 0-2 
 7. M.B. Anzali 0-3 
Group B
 1. T.E.Tehran 3-0 
 2. Payam Z. 2-1 
 3. S.Kordestan 1-1 
 4. Urmia 1-2 
 5. Petroshimi 0-1 
 6. Kerman 0-2 
Group C
 1. Tarbiat B.Q. 3-0 
 2. Omidiyeh 2-1 
 3. A.A.Hamedan 2-1 
 4. Pasargat 1-2 
 5. Tarbiyat Gilan 1-2 
 6. I.N.Gonbad 0-3 


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  IRELAND   


DISMAL START TO THE SEASON FOR ULSTER! - by Ozell Wells

With a disappointing start to the season the Elks are always looking to secure that first elusive win to try and help dispel the current second season voodoo on them.
No one could fault the effort in the first two quarters from any of the Elks players, holding their own in all areas they won the first quarter by 1 point, 24 23. The second quarter continued in a similar vein with Hoops managing to pull back the 1 point deficit to draw the game 42 42 going into the break.
The third quarter saw the start of the turnaround, from leading the first quarter by the merest margins the Elks now found themselves down by 2 points. Going into the final quarter they would have felt the game was there to be won.
Though this wasnt to be, as has happened far too often this season luck and effort seemed to leave the Elks. With main threat Matt Betley (193-G, college: Lafayette) shooting 1 for 9 from the floor, and missing all 7 3 point attempts , the lack of offensive production was to cost the home team dearly. Going down by 13 points at the end of the game, 75 88, the visitors walked away with their second win over the Elks this season.
While the Elks seemed to struggle in the latter stages of the game, Hoops had far greater fortune with 3 players, Phil Taylor (178-F) (24), Jonathan Reed (183-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Clayton St.) (22) and Robert Grant (188-G) (22), managing to score over 20 points.
With a current record of 0 5 the Elks will need to pick themselves up quickly for the weekend game away in Limerick to the Limerick Lions. Looking still for the first win, knowing that it has the potential to make a dramatic change to their fortunes for the rest of the season.

courtesy of basketballireland



Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
Conference A
 1. Killester 5-0 
 2. UCD Marian 3-1 
 3. DCU Saints 2-3 
 4. Belfast Star 0-3 
 5. Ulster Elks 0-5 
Conference B
 1. UCC Demons 4-0 
 2. Hoops 3-2 
 3. Limerick 2-3 
 4. Neptune 1-1 
 5. Tigers 1-3 


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  ITALY   


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


Lega 2 last signings - by Gianni Pascucci
Prima Veroli announced the agreement with Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania), who inked a contract till the end of the season. Enel Brindisi added to the roster USA-ITA Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB)

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  JAMAICA   


Majestic stuns Knights to stay alive - by Leonard Whyte
Playing without their injured star, Mcleish Kemar, Majestic Gardens did the impossible by upstaging overwhelming favorites Urban Knights 70-58 on Tuesday night to even the best-of-three series 1-1 as the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) continued on Tuesday night at the National Stadium courts.

Victory never in doubt
The story of this game is not that Majestic won, but how they accomplished it. They led wire-to-wire and at no stage were they in danger of being caught. Majestic took the wind out of the defending champions sails from the tip and set a local record by becoming the first team to hold an opponent scoreless in the first quarter of a playoff game. Shutout 13-0 after the first, things got progressively worse for Knights who soon found themselves down by 17 points (50-33) going into the fourth quarter. In the absence of McLeish, Baldon Todd took command and dropped 25 points to go with 13 rebounds, while Barrington Berry added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Knights, who were losing only their second game of the season (28-2), will try to get back on track this evening when they face their rivals in the deciding game 3 beginning at 7:00 pm at the National Stadium courts. If not, their much heralded season will be over.


Bulls first to NBL finals - by Leonard Whyte

Newcomers, Port Royal Bulls, continued their forward march to the top of the basketball world in Jamaica as they became the first team to reach the finals of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs on Tuesday night by edging Tivoli Wizards 64-61 to sweep their best-of-three series 2-0. They now await the winner of the Urban Knights and Majestic Gardens series which is presently tied at 1-1.

Snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Bulls found themselves down 56-61 with just under two minutes to go, but back-to-back three-pointers from Paul Oliphant turned the five-point deficit into a one-point advantage (62-61), and Bulls then sealed the deal by making their free throws down the stretch. Damion Young (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Leighton Meeks (13 points) led the winners, while Dwayne Harris (13 points and 14 rebounds) and Anthony Farquharson (12 points and 13 rebounds) led Wizards. Bulls should know the identity of their opponents in the finals tonight as game 3 between Knights and Majestic will be played beginning at 7:00 pm.



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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi
 1. Lielvarde 4-0 
 2. Pargauja 3-1 
 3. Salacgriva 3-1 
 4. DU/Swedbank 2-2 
 5. Madona 2-2 
 6. Jekabpils 1-3 
 7. Sigulda 1-3 
 8. Gulbene 0-4 
Centrs A
 1. Livu akvaparks 5-0 
 2. Saulkrasti 3-1 
 3. Ogre/Sonora 1-1 
 4. Ridzene M. 1-2 
 5. LU 1-2 
 6. VIA Riga 1-3 
 7. Ridzene 90 0-3 
Centrs B
 1. Turiba 4-1 
 2. BJSS Keizar. 4-1 
 3. Juramalas SS 3-1 
 4. VEF Riga 3-3 
 5. Kursa/MRU 2-1 
 6. Ogre/LDz 2-2 
 7. Ridzene 91 1-3 
 8. 3.BJSS 1-4 
 9. DSN 0-4 
Rietumi
 1. Perkons 3-0 
 2. Dartija 3-0 
 3. Bauska 3-2 
 4. Variants 2-1 
 5. Olaine 2-3 
 6. Saldus-2 2-3 
 7. Talsi 1-1 
 8. Kuldiga 1-3 
 9. Tukums 0-4 


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  LITHUANIA   


Willie Deane Breaks Nose In Euroleague Game - by Lukas Zajancauskas
Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) (Higher Vision Sports) suffered a broken nose which required surgery after only 14 minutes of play against Euroleague Final four particpant Montepashi Siena. Deane rallied his team to have a small lead before his departure. After he left the arena the Club was not able to handle the tough Italian Squad and loss by big numbers. The Player will wear a protective mask and try to play by the next euroleague game.

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Contern earned its first victory with defense and scoring balance! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Contern 72 - Racing 56

Contern, Luxembourg
Contern held Racing to only 56 points last Saturday night in Contern. Good thing for Contern(1-3) that their defense was good, especially in the first half where their import Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) was held scoreless. Eventually, Gary found the basket ending up with 11 points on the night, but it was Gilles Becker 15, Yves Braun 14, Ken Diederich 14 and Eric Jeitz 11 who each reached double figures in scoring to pick up the slack, boosting their team for their first win of the 08-09 campaign.

Contern had a huge fourth quarter scoring 27 while holding Racing to only 13 points. Jordan Brady (198-F-83) led all scorers with 24 points for Racing(1-3). He didn't get much help from his teammates in that category. Contern will go to Remich where they must face undefeated Musel Pikes on Sunday, November 2 and Racing hosts Amicale on Saturday, November 1st.

Contern: Becker 15, Fasbender 2, Jeitz 11, Diederich 14, Gary 11, also Braun 14, Torres, Bissener 5 and Florentin
31 field goals, 8 three pointers, 18 for 27 free throws and 17 fouls
Racing: 25 field goals, 3 three pointers, 9 for 13 free throws and 21 fouls
Brady 24, Pires 4, Haas 7, Weynandt 4, Schroeder 9, also Klose 8, Ural, Schmit
Eric Grand did not play.

Score by quarters: 1st Q 6-9, Halftime 25-25, 3rd Q 45-38, Final 72-5
250 Spectators



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  NCAA1   


Oregon Ducks Unveil New Big Men - by Carl Berman
The University of Oregon lost three key starters from last year's team and are picked seventh in the Pac-10 in the pre-season media poll. The rating is probably accurate at this point as the Ducks will be incorporating many new pieces into their rotation, but the future is very promising. Last night at Mac Court, in front of about 500 spectators, Oregon played a full intra-squad scrimmage. While play was generally ragged, as expected this early in the season, what caught my eye was the incredible potential of the Ducks freshmen class, particularly their big men. Michael Dunigan and Josh Crittle, both from Chicago, dominated the scrimmage. Dunigan, a 6-10 center, was ranked in the top 5 centers coming out of high school this past season. Crittle was not highly rated and only averaged a little over 10 ppg last season. However Crittle showed a wide range of skills, solid block passing, strong rebounding and good finishing about the hoop. Crittle will be a surprise to Pac-10 opponents this year. The two big men played against each other and both logged 38 minutes. Dunigan scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds while Crittle matched him with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The rest of the freshmen play was inconsistent but you could see the potential there. Matt Humphrey, a 6-5 shooter from Chicago and Drew Wiley, a 6-7 wing can shoot the 3, Teondre Williams, a 6-5 leaper from Georgia adds athleticism and Garrett Sim will be a nice point guard down the road. The Ducks may get off to a rough start in the conference but will get stronger as the season progresses and upset a few strong teams at home. But a year or two from now, the future will be very bright.

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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


Day 6 - 18th Arab Cup - by Mohammed Malas

* Thursday 30/10:

Saudi Arabia 65 - Iraq 62
Tunisia 90 -
Algeria 62
Egypt 71 - Jordan 62

# Standings:

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

# Round 2 Groups:
- Group A:
Egypt
Algeria
Syria
- Group B:
Tunisia
Jordan
Saudi Arabia



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  PARAGUAY   


Sol de America wins Game 2 - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82), whio scored 22 points, Sol de America took a clear win, 95-87 over Libertad in Game 2 of the SuperCup series. The other best performers were Jamal Nichols (206-F-83, college: De Paul) and Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian), who scored 17 pts each, while Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) and Renaldo Johnson (201-F-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 18 points each in Libertad, limied by the absence of Brian Craig and Elias Sosa, both injured. Game 3 will be played tomorrow night

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  PBL   


Edgerson signs with Vermont - by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves announced the signing of Rodney Edgerson for the upcoming 2008/2009 Season. Rodney is a 65, 194 pound guard who played for Kentucky Wesleyan last year and help lead them to a co-championship in the GLVC East Division.


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  POLAND   


BK Nova Hut Ostrava sign Kordian Korytek - by Eurobasket
BK Nova Hut Ostrava strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Polish former international center Kordian Korytek (212-C-75). Korytek played most recently in 2006-07 at Viking Gdynia (Poland), while he had one-year break in pro basketball last season. He started 2006-07 season playing for Prostejov, where he averaged 6.8ppg and 4.3rpg in 16 games. He used to play for Polish national team as recently as 2006.

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  PORTUGAL   


Interview with Jason Smith - by Bruno Baltazar
Eurobasket had the chance to speak with Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville),CAB Madeira guard ,he is leading the league in most points per game and leading his team to a fantastic start in LPB of 5-0.
Heres what he had to tell us:

Bruno Baltazar-You been playing tremendously good for CAB Madeira, your team has a current record of 5-0, you averaging 29.4ppg, 4.4apg and 2.8 rpg and shooting the 2pointers with 70% and the 3pointers with 55%, can you explain us the success of those numbers so far ?
Jason Smith-Well, my coach is working us hard and has me in the best shape of my life. I had a great summer of workouts with my personal trainer and older brother and the support of my teammates and the coaching staff of CAB are also a really big reason for me playing well.


Bruno Baltazar-What you like more to do? Score, assist, reboundtell us more about your style of game?
Jason Smith-I like to do whatever helps my team win. So far this season it has been doing a lot of scoring. But later it may turn into something else. But whatever helps my team win is what I try and do.

Bruno Baltazar-Before you arrived in Portugal what was the idea of the country and about the league?
And after 5 games what you think of our league?
Jason Smith-I didnt know much about Portugal before I came. But now after being here I have learned a lot about Portugal, and love it. And I knew this was a good league to play in and after the first 5 games I have the same feelings.

Bruno Baltazar-What do you expect for this season at the personal and at the team level?
Jason Smith-At the personal level I just hope to play the best I can and be a good team leader and most of all do whatever I can to help my team win. And as my goals for the team win win win and win. Championships


Bruno Baltazar-What do you think are the biggest opponents to CAB this season?
Jason Smith-Every team we play is a big opponent for us this season. We take one game at a time and whoever our next game is, is our biggest opponent.


Bruno Baltazar-You played in Ukraine and Czech Republic last season, this brings you lots of experience already to CAB?
Jason Smith-I wouldnt say a lot of experience haha, but both those places were good for me to learn and grow as a player. And this season is the same, we have a great coach and he is constantly teaching me things to prepare to have a great professional basketball career. I am a student of the game, and always willing and ready to learn new things.


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  SEYCHELLES   


Hawks steamroller Anse Etoile to reach final - by Carlos Pereira
PLS HAWKS are in the final of the mens Sanken Basketball Cup. On Wednesday at Victoria Gymnasium they steamrollered second divisioners Anse Etoile 116-62.

The Hawks lost the first quarter 23-27 but made their experience tell as the match progressed.
Coach Tony Juliettes star-studded team went on the rampage in the last three quarters to outscore Anse Etoile 37-5, 29-15 and 27-15.
Seychelles centre Rodney Loz led all scores with 32 points and he was helped in offence by Daniel Victor with 29 points, including four 3-pointers. Captain Jim Domingue and Heribert Derjacques combined for 23 points.
Christian Toulon had the hot hands for Anse Etoile with 23 points, while Luciano Moumou, who had a short stint with the Hawks, added 21 including three baskets from downtown.
Defending champs Hawks, who trounced Division Two winners Mont Fleuri Dawgz 89-30 and former league and cup winners Premium Cobras 89-78 in the previous rounds, were to know their final opponents yesterday as Mens Division One league champions Baya were to play MBU Rockers in the second semifinal.
The first match of the best-of-three final is on Sunday at 4.30pm at the Palais des Sports.

G. G. from nation.sc


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  SLOVENIA   


Gorica fired Keith, target Pasalic, Krka waived Price - by Zeljko Zule

CPG Nova Gorica fired American LaMarcus Keith (195-G-82, college: La-Monroe) due a bad perfomance. He averaged 21,5 minutes, 5,0 points (2P 2-11, 3P 3-5, FT 2-2), 1,3 rebounds, 0,3 assists, 0,3 steals and 0,7 turnovers in 3 games of UPC League. The team is negotiating with Vlado Pasalic (207-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances) of Cedevita.

Krka released Bruce Price (191-G-83, college: Tennessee St.). He averaged 16,2 minutes, 2,3 points (2P 1-7, 3P 0-5, FT 7-20), 2,0 rebounds, 2,3 assists, 2,0 steals and 2,0 turnovers in 4 games of UPC League and 16,2 minutes, 4,4 points (2P 5-14, 3P 2-8, FT 6-8), 2,2 rebounds, 0,8 assists, 0,6 steals, and 2,2 turnovers in 5 games of NLB Adriatic League.



Liga UPC Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Zagorje - Helios 53-73
Ivan Todorovic paced Helios Domzale to fourth win in UPC League collecting 21 points and 8 rebounds for 28 minutes. Alvin Snow and Ziga Zagorc were behind him scoring 13 points each. Zagorje also got 13 points but from Gil Goodrich and it currently has 1-4.

Elektra - Epic Misel 87-46
More than comfortable victory for Elektra Esotech. Nikola Ivanovic and Dejan Cup combined 43 points, 17 boards and 8 assists for the hosts, which now have 2-3 in UPC League. Epic Misel Postojna faced with fifth consecutive failure. Vjeran Soldo was its best player in this game contributing 13 points and 7 boards.

Zlatorog - Nova Gorica 97-59
As it was expected, Zlatorog Lasko blasted CPG Nova Gorica registering fourth win in UPC League. Nejc Strnad demonstrated wonderful performance in this game pouring in 39 points including 5 triple and 9/10 for FG2. Habib Ademi had 15 points and 6 rebounds in Nova Gorica, but his team still looks for the first joy this season.

Alpos S. - Slovan 72-81
Dejan Cigoja paced Geoplin Slovan to road victory against Alpos Sentjur draining 25 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Dejan Dunovic scored 23 points for the host team. Geoplin Slovan has 4-1 while Alpos Sentjur is on 1-4.

Luka Koper - TCG Mercator 89-70
Luka Koper didn't have to work very hard in order to beat TCG Merkator at home. Ales Kunc helped the hosts with 15 points and 7 boards while Jernej Mihalic scored one point less but with 9 rebounds. TCG Merkator got 20 points from Dario Krejic and 19 from Mensud Julevic. Both teams entered into this round with 3-1.

Polzela - Krka 73-79
Krka Novo Mesto took care for the fifth consecutive victory in Slovenian top division. Experienced Davor Marcelic once again shined for his team adding 20 points and 5 boards with pretty good shot percentage. Simon Petrov helped Krka with 15 points and also 5 rebounds. Shawn King was great in Hopsi Polzela, but despite his 22 points and 17 boards Polzela dropped on 2-3.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Standings
8 Standings
 1. Bigua 3-0 
 2. Joinville 2-1 
 3. Libertad 2-1 
 4. Minas 1-2 
 5. Liceo Mixto 1-2 
 6. Barcelona 0-3 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Dongbu Opens Up With A Bang - by Rick Ross
Defending Champs Explode in the second half 60-36
To Defeat KT&G 94-80, KT&G led the 1st Qrt 21-19
And 2nd Qrt 23-15 looking to open the season with a Victory over the 2007
KBL Champions Dongbu Promy, but late in the 2nd qrt Dongbu made a push and ran off
31 pts holding Kt&g to a low 16 pts, the 4th Qrt was basically the same
As Dongbu closed out the 1st regular season,s opener the same way they ended
with a Win,

Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) led all scores with 25 pts and Reggie Okosa added 24pts
Marquin Chandler 18pts KT&G


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  TANZANIA   


Hosts through to quarters - by Carlos Pereira
By Malyo Njedengwa

Dar es Salaam basketball teams yesterday qualified for the Taifa Cup quarterfinal matches to be played at the Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam today.
Dar es Salaam men's beat Mtwara 64-43 with George Tarimo and Mohamed Yusuphy scoring 10 and eight points respectively for the winners.
Emmanuel Mwikola and Musho Mully scored 15 and four points, respectively for Mtwara.
Dar es Salaam ladies' defeated Mbeya 74-30. The winners led 26-14 until half time. Neema Emmanuel scored 11 points and Grace Daud nine to steer the home side into victory.
Top scorers for Mbeya were Asha Mkwawa (8) and Paullina Tomasha (9).
Their opponents were expected to be known after yesterday games.


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TPBL ALL STARS TO TAKE ON CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY - by Chris Cardenas


AUSTIN, TX - Will be the site for next weekends(NOV. 8 AT 7:00 PM) exhibition between coach Stan Bonowitz' Concordia university team and the TPBL ALL STARS. The All Stars will feature many scoring threats which will include the 6'0 hard nosed point guard CHARLES TATUM (Arkansas U)and 6'5 guard/forward CHAUNCEY EPHRAIM(UTPB) both of the Midland Heat. Three players from the San Angelo Chaparrals will also be playing which include 5'11 guard CHRIS CARDENAS,6'6 guard/forward QUINN BARFIELD, and 6'7 forward MARLOW ROCKWELL all of (ANGELO STATE U). The TPBL'S season doesnt start until January 9th , but the TPBL's players are just wanting to get in some extra game time until their season tips off.

TPBL ALL STARS VS. CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
SAT. NOV. 8 7:00PM
AUSTIN , TX

F.M.I. CONTACT : 325-763-6630


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  TURKEY   


Two games opened Round 3 in Turkish Basketball League - by Baha Kurtulus

Galatasaray stole a victory from Banvit 86-95 away from home to improve to 3-0.
Five players scored in double digits. Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) had a great night with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lance Williams finished the night with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Banvit (86): Joe Crispin 17 (4 reb, 4 as), Lance Williams 18 (8 reb, 1 as), Antoine Agudio 4 (3 as), Lamar Johnson 12 (5 reb, 2 as), Caner Topaloglu 10 (2 reb, 1 as), Erkan Veyseloglu 8, Umut Yenice 2 (1 as), Oktay Yilmaz 6, Yunus Cankaya 9 (2 reb, 3 as)
Galatasaray (95): Antonio Graves 17 (2 reb, 2 as), Erdem Turetken 6 (2 ribaun, 2 as), Marshall Strickland (1 reb, 1 as), Andrija Zizic 22 (8 reb, 2 as), Cuneyt Erden 13 (4 reb, 4 as), Huseyin Besok 2 (4 reb, 1 as), Dejan Milojevic 11 (7 reb, 1 as), Milan Gurovic 16 (6 reb, 2 as), Cemal Nalga 8 (6 reb)

Another victory by the visiting team from Besiktas too 77-79.
Gregory Stiemsma 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Mario Austin 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat

Besiktas Cola Turka ( 77 ) : Mehmet Yagmur 4 ( 4 reb, 3 as), Muratcan Guler 9 (13 reb, 1 as), Haluk Yildirim (2 reb), Omer Unver ( 1 reb) Adem Oren 8 (4 reb, 2 as ), Marcus Faison 11 (1 reb, 4 as ), Mire Chatman 20 (3 reb, 9 as), Mario Austin 20 (11 reb), Reginald James Butler 5 (2 reb)
Oyak Renault (79 ): Evren Buker 14 (3 reb, 1 as), Ahmet Ali Erdogan 8 ( 1 reb, 3 as), Alex Gordon 18 (2 reb, 7 as), Serhat Buker 2 (3 reb), Nedim Dal 4 (1 as), Alper Saruhan 11 (3 reb, 2 as), Tufan Onen 2 (2 reb), Joseph Jones 8 ( 4 reb, 2 as) Gregory Stiemsma 12 (10 reb)



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


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


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  UKRAINE   


BS Odessa sign two new players - by Eurobasket
BS Odessa (UBL) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Coco Cofield (184-G-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Dakota St.) and 22-year old forward Igor Krivtsov (202-F-86). Cofield played second part of last season at USC Freiburg (Germany), where he averaged in 7 games: 23.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg. He played also in various pro leagues in the States thru his career. Krivtsov supposed to continue this season at MBC Mykolaiv, where he played (was actually on the deep bench) last season. but tough competition for the spot in the team at Mykolaiv caused him to look for a new club.

UBL Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - DniproAzot 79-84
Hoverla could not celebrate the second win even after signing some other players. The team lost to DniproAzot 79:84 at home. Allen Jerel led the winners with 20 points, while Decker Tate scored the same number of points in defeat.

Polit.Lviv - Kryvbasbasket 94-86
Politehnika Lviv beat Kryvbasbasket 94:86 to tie them at 5-3 record. Kudrautsau Alexander paced the winners with 17 points and Gurtovoy Volodymyr posted 15. Shaposhnikov Aleksandr ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

Ferro-ZNTU - BC Odessa 80-87
Love Justin top-scored with 29 points for BC Odessa in a 87:80 over Ferro-ZNTU. Tolbert Brian nailed 18, while Ikovlev Denis posted 27 for the home side.

Dnipro - Gryfony 89-53
Dnipro overcame Gryfony 89:53 to improved to 5-3 record. Korniyenko Maxym and Lazare Darnell led the way with 17 points each. Slack Anthony finished the game with 14 points for the visitors.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Championship - Weekend Preview - by Andy Webb
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro is expecting a tough game when his side entertain Sheffield Sharks in a BBL Championship game, on Saturday.

'We know the Sheffield game is going to be difficult he said. Every night in this league you better come to play or you will be in trouble.

Ive been impressed by the way Sheffields big guys have shot the ball. Sanders and Gorman are unique in a sense that they have good size and they can step out and hit the three.

Sharks player coach Atiba Lyons also expects a close game on Saturday evening: I know Rob has them playing tough basketball and it is always a dog-fight in their gym. They have had some good wins and some tough losses but if they get hot they can beat anyone in this league.

Two teams who know plenty about each other meet at Guildford Spectrum on Sunday as Heat host BiG Cheshire Jets. The teams have already met twice this season, splitting the games as home advantage as proved crucial.

Paul James, the Heat coach, appreciates the importance of the game: This is our third and final meeting in the league season already and in saying that, this game has massive importance as whoever wins gets the head to head which the way things seem to be shaping up in the championship, well it could be vital.

Chez Marks has been solid for the Jets this season and limiting his contribution is one of the keys to stopping the Jets.

Jets coach Paul Smith sees former England international Mike Martin as Heats key man: Keonte Howells has caused us lots of problems in both games but Mike Martin is very active and plays with so much energy.

The weekends BBL Championship games are completed at Worthing where Thunder host Worcester Wolves.

Thunder coach Gary Smith is looking for a good start against the Wolves: It is important we start strongly against Worcester on Sunday. Although I havent had a chance to see them, Ive been told some things about them and the way they play, so we will be working on those things this week.


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Wolkowyski signed with Bigua - by Hector Lopez
The Argentine Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) signed a two years contract with Bigua the las LUB champions, it was announced by the team. He will replace Duke Freeman. Wolkowyski will arrive today to Montevideo, while the team is playing the South American Champions tournament, in Guayaquil, with a 3-0 record. The Argentine can leave the team at any time if he receives a better offer, according to local sources, Other players announced were for Trouville Marquise Gainous (206-F-76, agency: EM-PA, college: TCU) replacing Ollie Bailey, and for Welcome Brandon Morris (186-G, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) and Jason McCoy (208-F/C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replacing Brad Kanis and Glenn Stokes.

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LNB teams picked reinforcement players for the playoffs - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The teams that advanced to Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's playoffs exercised their right to select a player from the eliminated teams to be their reinforcement players for the remainder of the season, though not in every case they were able to get the player they originally wanted.

Caciques de Trujillo picked first and selected guard Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) of Petroleros de Falcon, but according to an FVB press release, he asked for too much money to play for Trujillo. The team decided to negotiate with his teammate Jorge Leon (186-G-79) instead.

Meanwhile, Graneros de Portuguesa chose center Roque Osorio (206-C-76) from Tiburones de Vargas, Duros de Lara went with center Peter Kvietek (203-C-77), also from Tiburones de Vargas, Centauros de Cojedes picked shooting guard Sonny Reyes (181-G-86) from Petroleros de Falcon and Estudiantes de Guarico selected youngster Sonny Reyes (181-G-86) from Petroleros de Falcon.

In coaching moves, Estudiantes de Guarico reinstated Julio Morillo as head coach to replace Gilberto Monzon . Meanwhile, Duros de Lara has decided to maintain Silverio Leal as head coach and Carl Herrera (206-C-66) as assistant coach after the departure of head coach Ivan Garcia and assistant coach Daniel Seoane .


Juan Manaure wants to play for Guaros in 2009 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Juan Manaure (188-G-79), enjoying an impressive season in Venezuela's LNB as a member of Centauros de Cojedes, after spending the first half of the season in Colombia playing for Norte de Santander, declared that he hopes to be taken into account by Guaros de Lara's general management for the 2009 edition of LPB, after he was loaned to Gatos de Monagas in the past season.

The 29 year-old player, who began his career in Cocodrilos de Caracas and played in the United Stated for Indian Hills Community College, did not get as many minutes as he expected in LPB 2008, despites the fact that he finally left his long time injuries behind him. Then, he traveled to Colombia and worked for Puerto Ricans Julio Toro and Ramon Melendez before he was contacted by Centauros to help them get to the playoffs, alongside Venezuela's Senior NT member, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86).

Manaure sustained a patella injury that sidelined him for a long time. 'I worked for Toro in Colombia and it was intensive workout. He got me into shape. I lost about 10 kilos there. I feel like I'm over one hundred percent thanks to that. I feel like I owe a lot to the fans of Guaros de Lara and that's why I'd like to go back there', he said.

'A couple of days ago I had a conversation with the president of Guaros, Carlos Garcia, and he asked about me and how I'm doing with Cojedes. Now I feel better than ever and I'd like to stay with Guaros, though the general management of Gatos (now Toros) has been following me as well, watching my games and trying to make a trade. I appreciate that but I wouldn't want to be traded', he added.

The recent departure of Diego Guevara (184-G-77) to Marinos leaves Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) and Erick Herrera (184-F-80) as the only natural game makers, but Manaure's performance in LNB would insert him into that equation.


Carmelo Lee can't come to Guaros in 2009 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Puerto Rican player Carmelo Lee (201-F-77) wrote to Latinbasket.com from Israel that, though he appreciates the interest of Guaros de Lara in pursuing his services for the 2009 edition of LPB, he isn't going to be able to come cause his contract with Ironi Ramat-Gan lasts till May and then he's expected to report to Conquistadores de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN).

Lee, a 31 year-old member of Puerto Rico's Senior NT and Panamerican champion in the 2007 Panamerican Games of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has already begun playing in Israel and scored 11 points in his first league match, while scoring 21 with 10 rebounds in the Winner's Cup team debut. He played for Guaros de Lara back in 2007 and then went on to play in Mexico and South Korea.

'I loved playing for Guaros. I had a nice time there and the fans were great and I will love to play there again. My contract in Israel ends in May. So I will be here till then. Then season in Puerto Rico starts at the end of April so i report there late and the season might end in July or August so I don't know if I will be able to come this year or not. But hopefully one day I can come back and play in Barquisimeto I enjoy the fans and the staff. Tell everyone I said hello and hope to see them one day in the future', said Lee through an e-mail message.

The general management of Guaros was planning to be in touch with him in a trip to Puerto Rico, but will now have to turn their heads to other players while they negotiate with coach Tony Ruiz to bring him back as well.


Carlos Morris is still a member of Tachira - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Despites the fact that Guaros de Lara had officially issued a statement in which they declared shooting guard Carlos Morris (194-G-75) as member of Guaros de Lara, Deportivo Tachira's general management has declared that the player still belongs to them and that the negotiations have not reached a final point yet.

'I don't know why they said that it was official there, because we're still negotiating and that's not a final fact, it's not a done deal yet. Neither is Carlos Morris a player of Guaros, nor are Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) and Johan Pinero (183-G-76) players of Deportivo Tachira right now', said Carlos Boza in a short phone contact. Morris is currently playing in Mexico for Venados de Nuevo Laredo.

This leaves the status of Guaros unclear, since they had already moved Diego Guevara (184-G-77) to Marinos de Anzoategui for guard Erick Herrera (184-F-80) and power forward and center Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) in another transaction. The arrival of Morris would have at least covered a little bit of what's gone now as far as leadership and offensive is worth. For now, the main Venezuelan players in the roster are Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), Pablo Machado (207-C-77) and Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78).

Guaros president, Carlos Garcia, is currently close to reaching an agreement with Puerto Rican head coach Tony Ruiz so that he can come back for Venezuela and work a full season. Ruiz replaced Gustavo Garcia in the second half of LPB 2008 and later on left the team to assistant coach Silverio Leal for the last matches.

League visits Vargas
LPB's executive president, Rolando Urdaneta, and some of the team owners that had been assigned to visit Jose Maria Vargas Sports Complex in La Guaira, visited the place to evaluate if it's going to be able to harbor Deportivo Tachira, the team that has requested to move to Vargas state quoting lack of fan support and enough conditions in San Cristobal.

'We decided to take advantage of the fact that our meeting had finished early and that most of us had night flights to go and check out the place', said Urdaneta through a statement issued by press manager, Luis Vargas. 'We made the inspection and we hope to get together again with the authorities of this state so that then we can issue an official report for the main board, which will then make the final decision regarding this issue', he added.

Team owners will meet again next Wednesday and Thursday in Caracas for the final revision of the LPB's set of game rules and they have already approved changes in subjects such as security and flagrant fouls, now more adequated to the international FIBA Rules that were used during the recent Olympic Games. There will also be a new dressing code for players and coaches.




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Jackson returns the power - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record in Group D. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) returned to the roster after playing 12 minutes with TEO last game and top-scored with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win, while Tatiana Shchegoleva added 17. Tammy Sutton-Brown top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort and Nicole Powell scored 14. Fenerbahce did not mind taking 5-0 from the start to win the opening tip of the game. Spartak went in front for good on a basket from Sue Bird to make it 12:10. Osipova's layup extended the advantage to 15:10 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson made it 24:15 later in the second and Taurasi shined for 43:24. With 28-16 in the third Spartak improved to plus 31 entering the last period. Gomis was the one to reduce for 71:40 after 30 minutes played. Even though Spartak Moscow Region booked a victory long time ago, the team continued to dominate the court. Karsli opened the last period with a three and Lauren Jackson then followed her from the same distance. Gomis closed the game at 95:52 as Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record.
Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) had 7 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds for MKB Euroleasing that joined the leaders in Group B of Euroleague. The team from Hungary beat ESB Lille Metropole 81:57 for 2-1 record. The Hungarian outfit left ESB Lille Metropole winless in Group B. MKB Euroleasing went on an 8-0 run in the beginning of the opening quarter. The visitors resisted a lot and Rejchova closed the first period at 17:14. The French team battled back to draw level at 29:29 but Dora Horti sparked a 9-0 spurt with a jumper that the visitors never recovered from. It was her to close the first half at 41:30 for the favorites. An 18-13 in the third period lifted the hosts to 59:43 entering the last stanza. Evtoukhovitch opened it with a lay-up for 59:45 but Dora Horti made it 61:45 immediately in the beginning of the last. Amber Holt made two free throws at the end to seal the second victory for MKB Euroleasing.


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Euroleague news - by Eurobasket News
Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) and Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) lead the top positions for their Polish team. French Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat their Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka, Kathy Wambe and Mudju Ngoyisa posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic scored 16.That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up. In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game. Natalia Marchanka nailed 13 points and and Ekaterina Snytsina posted 12.

Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) collected 15 points and 3 rebounds for Latvian TTT Riga. Italian Umana Reyer became however a leader of Group B after a home win over TTT Riga in Venice. Umana Reyer improved to 3-0 after 74:65 over the Latvian team in Round 3. TTT Riga did not taste the victory so far but started with four consecutive points in the game. Tatyana Troina made it 12:3 as her team won the opening tip of the game. Essence Carson with a jump shot brought her team 25:20 after the opening quarter. Italian Umana Reyer created an 8-0 run to have 28:25 in the beginning of the second. Latvian side however remained in front in the end of the second period as they finished with 5-0 run. Kublina sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.The third period was decisive in the game as the hosts looked very good. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson tied the game first at 44:44 and then 13-0 run lifted them up to 57:44. Essence Carson closed the period at 57:50 at the end of the third stanza. It was her again to reduce to 57:55 but then the hosts took a control of the remainder.

Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) made 2 points and 2 assists for Ekaterinburg as the latter enjoyed an overtime thriller of their local team UMMC that beat Spanish Ros Casares in Round 3. Russian titan overcame Ros Casares 89:81 in overtime for 3-0 record. Cappie Pondexter paced all the winners with 23 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka netted 22, while Sandrine Gruda added 13. Amaya Valdemoro posted 22 in the losing effort and De Souza had 16 points and 15 boards.
Ros Casares looked impressive in the start of the game and won the opening quarter 20-12. The Valencia outfit led 43-28 at half-time and did not think of any other result than a win. They were however pegged back in the third quarter when Ekaterinburg outscored them 24-9 to leave the game knotted at 52:52. In the last period the teams stayed close and finished the fourth period at 76:76. Amaya Valdemoro was the last to score in the period. In overtime Russian team looked better outscoring the opponents 13-5. Ros however out-rebounded Ekaterinburg 40-30 while the Russians shot the ball better from long range. Ekaterinburg improved to 3-0 while Ros Casares fell at 1-2.

Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) 's Jolly JBS Sibenik beat ZVVZ USK Prague 76:70 for the second win in Group C of Euroleague campaign. A 21-15 in the last period was decisive in the game as Croatian side grabbed the win. Jolly JBS Sibenik improved to 2-1 record sending ZVVZ USK Prague to 1-2. Le Drean opened the game for the guests and then Greek international Maltsi made it 5:1. The hosts woke up immediately and won the opening quarter 24:17 as Constance Jinks made a jump-shot in the end. Trailing in the majority of the second period ZVVZ USK Prague tied the game at the end for 37:37. Again Constance Jinks was the last to send the teams for the second half. The picture did not change in the third period as the teams stayed even at the end of the period. Matic posted a free throw for 55:55 after thirty minutes. Prague were on top 66:62 but weren't able to press home the advantage. Constance Jinks drilled a three-pointer to put Jolly JBS into a 67:66 lead. Lindsay Whalen went in for a lay-up to knot the game at 68:68. Maltsi reduced the deficit to 72:70 but Constance Jinks and Veselovski made a pair of free throws to ice the win.


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 2. Berezina 0-0 
 3. Olimpia 0-0 
 4. Gomel 0-0 
 5. Mogilevchanka 0-0 
 6. Vitebsk Reg. 0-0 
 7. Victoria 0-0 
 8. BrGU 0-0 


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Belgian legion in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) and her French Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat their Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka, Kathy Wambe and Mudju Ngoyisa posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic scored 16.That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up. In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game.
Gambrinus overcame CSKA Moscow with Ann Wauters (194-C-80) in Round 3 of Euroleague in Czech Republic. The hosts were too good in the first half and celebrated 70:65 victory. Timea Beres led the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ann Wauters scored 11 for the Russian team. Katie Douglas opened the scoring account for the guests giving them 2-0 from the start. Rebecca Khammon later could only tie for 17:17, while Gambrinus got four more points in the period. Timea Beres gave her team 21:17 after the first ten minutes. Horakova brought the hosts 30:18 in the middle of the second. Petra Kulichova sent the teams to the lockers for 39:31 advantage. Ann Wauters poured in five straight points in the third quarter and Rebecca Khammon drilled a three as CSKA knotted the game at 39:39 finishing 8-0 run. Timea Beres buried back-to-back jump shots for a 45:39 lead. Stepanova closed the third period at 53:47 for Gambrinus. CSKA tied the game again at 57:57 but missed a 7-0 run from the hosts. Zuzana Zirkova brought her team a great 70:65 victory for 2-1 record.
De Mondt Anke and her Halcon Avenida had a tough but productive road victory over Besiktas Cola Turka in Turkey. Round 3 of Euroleague saw the Spanish side taking 61:67 victory due to the last period. De Mondt Anke collected 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Le'Coe Willingham and Silvia Dominguez gave the visitors the first lead in the game for 4:0. The latter scored the last points also in the period for 14:12 for the guests. Besiktas Cola Turka opened the second quarter with 7-0 run for 19:14. Turkish side played better and after 18-14 the score was 30:28 for the hosts.
The game remained tough in the second half and brought 1 points advantage for the guests after three quarters. Silvia Dominguez made a jump-shot for 47:46 lead. Korana Zanze gave her team the last lead in the beginning of the last period at 48:47 with 8.23 to go. De Mondt Anke nailed a three and then her Halcon Avenida kept the score for good until the end. Silvia Dominguez closed the game at 67:61 for Halcon Avenida that improved to 2-1 in Group A.


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Ieva Tare lifts Cesis over Zeljeznicar - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Zeljeznicar 88:66

Ieva Tare (185-F-74) tallied 22 points and 12 boards to pace Cesis past Zeljeznicar in the second round of EuroCup preliminary round. Cesis thus secured the first victory in the tournament, while Zeljeznicar fell to 0-2 record in Group I.
Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Elina Babkina (172-G-89) delivered 13 points in the win. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Zeljeznicar. Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Cesis got to a better start to the game as they accounted for 9 unanswered points to tip off the clash. Cesis dominated the tempo in the opening frame and piled up a 17:12 advantage at the first intermission. Sandra Dijon scored 6 points early in the second quarter to stretch the gap to 7 points. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81), Sasa Cado (180-G-89) and Natasa Mikic drained trebles to bounce back for Zeljeznicar. The visitors surged ahead but Tare and Crockett ensured a 38:34 advantage for Cesis at halftime.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the third quarter before Ieva Tare and Dreimane gave the hosts an 8-point buffer late in the frame. Sandra Dijon opened the final quarter with a three-pointer and the Latvian team extended the margin to 10 points. Nimane, Ieva Tare and Krastina made it 77:61 for Cesis with under 3 minutes remaining. Zeljeznicar had no chance to save the game in the final minutes and Cesis sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Cesis will next take on Ravenna, while Zeljeznicar will play against Lavezzini at home in the third round.

Cesis: Ieva Tare 22+12 boards, Sandra Dijon 16+10 boards, Elina Babkina 13
Zeljeznicar: Natasa Mikic 25, Elisa Bue 13


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Santos remains undefeated with Bourges - by Eurobasket News
Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) had 9 points and 5 boards as her Bourges Basket tested the Russian newcomers in Euroleague for an easy 79:45 win. A 24-5 in the second period shocked the guests that never recovered in the game. Ndongue closed a 6-0 run from the very beginning when the favorites proved their ambitions. Garcia reduced to 10:7 for the guests but then French champion produced another 7-0 run for 17:10. Burik made a lay-up for 27:15 when the teams finished first period of the game. Bourges Basket looked great in the second quarter as they stun the opponents 24-5 in the second quarter. Ana Lelas made it 51:20 at the halftime. The tempo fell down in the third period as the teams were killing the time. The result was known already in the first half and Bourges Basket was just controlling the game. Melain brought 62:27 after three quarters played. In the last period Nadezhda managed to score some good baskets and even won the period 18-17. Prozorova set up the final 79:45 score as the tams left the court.
Erika De Souza (197-C-82) Erika fell in Ekaterinburg as the latter enjoyed an overtime thriller of their local team UMMC that beat Spanish Ros Casares in Round 3. Russian titan overcame Ros Casares 89:81 in overtime for 3-0 record. Cappie Pondexter paced all the winners with 23 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka netted 22, while Sandrine Gruda added 13. Amaya Valdemoro posted 22 in the losing effort and Erika De Souza had 16 points and 15 boards. Ros Casares looked impressive in the start of the game and won the opening quarter 20-12. The Valencia outfit led 43-28 at half-time and did not think of any other result than a win. They were however pegged back in the third quarter when Ekaterinburg outscored them 24-9 to leave the game knotted at 52:52. In the last period the teams stayed close and finished the fourth period at 76:76. Amaya Valdemoro was the last to score in the period. In overtime Russian team looked better outscoring the opponents 13-5. Ros however out-rebounded Ekaterinburg 40-30 while the Russians shot the ball better from long range. Ekaterinburg improved to 3-0 while Ros Casares fell at 1-2.
Italian Umana Reyer is a leader of Group B after a home win over TTT Riga with Marek Burian (196-G-90) in Venice. Umana Reyer improved to 3-0 after 74:65 over the Latvian team in Round 3. TTT Riga did not taste the victory so far but started with four consecutive points in the game. Tatyana Troina made it 12:3 as her team won the opening tip of the game. Essence Carson with a jump shot brought her team 25:20 after the opening quarter. Italian Umana Reyer created an 8-0 run to have 28:25 in the beginning of the second. Latvian side however remained in front in the end of the second period as they finished with 5-0 run. Kublina sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.The third period was decisive in the game as the hosts looked very good. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson tied the game first at 44:44 and then 13-0 run lifted them up to 57:44. Essence Carson closed the period at 57:50 at the end of the third stanza. It was her again to reduce to 57:55 but then the hosts took a control of the remainder. Marek Burian had 5 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Jelena Skerovic made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010 in Euroleague Women Group A. Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) started in the first five for the winners and netted 13 points plus grabbed 6 rebounds. Wisla Can-Pack scored first six points in the game as Chamique Holdsclaw closed the first run of the guests. Polish side won the opening quarter 18:15 and looked forward for the second. They pulled the margin to the bigger advantage and improved to 9 points after 23-17 in the quarter. Marta Fernandez made a lay-up for 41:32 at the halftime. Andrea Somogyi and her team saw the first lead at 50:49 but then Wilsa ended up the period with 6-0 run. Wielebnowska with a lay-up made it 55:50. Chamique Holdsclaw put Wisla up 63:60 with three minutes to go. Marta Fernandez extended the lead to three points from the free throw line and Jelena Skerovic made the second free throw to bring Wisla Can-Pack 66:65 win over MiZo Pecs 2010.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Crvena Zvezda send Dunav to second straight loss in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Dunav 70:52

Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda secured the first win in EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they held off Dunav Econt to improve to 1-1 record in Group C. The hosts led at every change and secured a comprehensive victory at the end. Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85, college: Richmond), Iva Prcic (177-G-87) and Iva Roglic (189-F-88) came up with 7 points late in the close first period to give the hosts a 29:25 advantage. Crvena Zvezda went on a 9:0 run midway through the second period and sealed the first half outcome at 42:33. Iva Roglic and Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) teamed up for all 15 Crvena Zvezda points in the third term and the home team extended the margin to 13 points. The deficit proved insurmountable for Dunav as they suffered the second straight loss at the tournament.
Jelena Maksimovic came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Iva Prcic and Tanja Miranovic had 13 points each in the win. Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) answered with 13 points for Dunav. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) had 9 points in the loss. Crvena Zvezda outrebounded the visitors 34:24 and forced Dunav to 21 turnovers. The hosts also sank solid 47% from beyond the arc. Dunav were also impressive converting 46% from the field.
Dunav will play against Elitzur Ramla next. Dunav will take on Rivas Ecopolis on November 6.

Crvena Zvezda: Jelena Maksimovic 22, Iva Prcic 13, Tanja Miranovic 13
Dunav: Natalia Topalova-Shopova 13, Zornitza Kostova 9


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  CYPRUS - Women  


AEL take lead in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - AEL 63:69

Cypriot AEL got to a strong start and held off Gran Canaria late in the game to post the second win in the EuroCup preliminary round. The victory allowed AEL to remain on top of the ladder in Pool F. Gran Canaria slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, college: UTEP) scored 13 points to lead AEL. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) came up with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team. Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) answered with 18 points for Gran Canaria. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) dropped 15 points in defeat.
The teams traded baskets in the opening frame before Kochubei converted a three-point play to put AEL ahead 18:15 entering the second stanza. AEL stayed in front in the second term and secured a 40:32 lead at halftime. Alamo and Sten cut the distance to 3 points at the start of the third quarter but points from Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80), Shyra Ely and Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) allowed AEL to have some breathing space during the rest of the term. Natasha Lacy, Biljana Pesovic and Shyra Ely stretched the gap to as many as 15 points midway through the final quarter and AEL then cruised to the victory at the end.
AEL dominated the boards 40:28 and escaped the loss even committing 21 turnovers. The visitors shot 47% from the field, while limiting Gran Canaria to 35%.
Gran Canaria will take on Taranto at home, while AEL will play versus Gospic in the next round.

Gran Canaria: Ines Kresovic 18, Adrijana Knezevic 15
AEL: Natasha Lacy 13, Shyra Ely 12+13 boards, Biljana Pesovic 11, Ancuta Stoenescu 11


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  D.R. CONGO - Women  


Ngoyisa and Nsimbo shine abroad - by Eurobasket News
Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) 's French Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat their Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka, Kathy Wambe and Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic scored 16.That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up. In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game.
Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) was the star of the show as Dexia Namur improved to 2-0 in Group L with an 84:58 demolition of Botas Spor. Nsimbo poured in 25 points, making 11 of 17 (65%) from the field.


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  EUROCUP - Women  


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


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  FRANCE - Women  


Galatasaray consolidate position in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Mondeville 73:53

Galatasaray grabbed the second consecutive win in the EuroCup preliminary round. They toppled Mondeville in Istanbul and strengthened their leading positions in Group G. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) produced 24 points for the winning team. Isil Alben (170-G-86) added 14 points for Galatasaray. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) scored 12 points for Mondeville. Nyree Roberts (192-C/F-76, college: ODU) knocked down 11 points and collected 10 boards for the French side.
The lead changed hands for several times in the opening term and Galatasaray ensured a one-point lead at the first break. Sencebe fired a three-pointer to ignite a 10:0 run that put Galatasaray ahead by 11 points in the second period. But Mondeville tried to stay in the race as Jennifer Digbeu and Costaz made it 28:33 at halftime.
Seimone Augustus, Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) and Isil Alben stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the third quarter and the hosts cruised at the moment. The visitors failed to recover at the final stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Galatasaray outrebounded their opponents 35:30 and forced Mondeville to 16 turnovers. The home team sank 48% from the field, while Mondeville managed only 40% of their field goals.
Galatasaray travel to Greece to take on Aris, while Mondeville will play against Buducnost in Montenegro.

Galatasaray: Seimone Augustus 24, Isil Alben 14, Tay McWilliams 8
Mondeville: Jennifer Digbeu 12, Nyree Roberts 11+10 boards


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  GREECE - Women  


Aris make it two wins in a row in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Buducnost 82:71

Aris secured the second consecutive win in EuroCup season as they prevailed against Buducnost in Holargos. Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) was unstoppable for the hosts as they remained atop of Group G. She nailed 31 points, collected 8 rebounds and added 6 steals to pace Aris. Brooke Reves (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) was helpful with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Buducnost. Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) and Marija Jovanovic (175-G-88) had 12 points each in the loss.
Buducnost however never looked like underdog in the opening frame. They quickly forgot a 0:6 start to the game and led 19:17 on Mihailovic layup late in the period. Tzegiannaki capped the frame with a layup to knot things up at 19. Brooke Reves and Tamara Bowie fueled a 9:0 run to open the second term and Aris grabbed the lead. Buducnost kept it close but Zoi Kechagia (170-G-80) drained a big three late in the first half and Aris entered the second half leading by 7 points. Tamara Bowie was sizzling in the third frame as he poured in 18 points and lifted the hosts to a 75:53 advantage. Nikolina Popovic, Milutinovic and Culafic tipped off the fourth term by 7 unanswered points to revive the intrigue but back-to-back baskets from Kyriakopoulou silenced the visitors. Aris controlled the situation and sealed the winning outcome at the end.

Aris: Tamara Bowie 31, Brooke Reves 26, Zoi Kechagia 8
Buducnost: Lady Comfort 26, Nikolina Popovic 12, Marija Jovanovic 12


Ravenna grab the second consecutive win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Ravenna - Lavezzini 69:64

Greek Ravenna Esperides held off Lavezzini at home court to post the second win in a row at Eurocup preliminary round. Ravenna secured the top spot in Group I after this round. Lavezzini meanwhile slipped to 1-1 record. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) notched 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Aikaterina Sotiriou (187-F-83) added 13 points, while Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Ravenna. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) provided 13 points for Lavezzini in the loss.
The teams kept it close in the first term before Dimitra Kalentzou and Jackie McFarland (191-F-85, college: Colorado) ensured a 16:10 advantage for Ravenna in the first intermission. The hosts gradually mounted the pressure and led by as many as 11 points at some point in the second quarter. However Laura Summerton (191-C-83) and Natalie Porter scored 5 points to cap the first half and Lavezzini trimmed the distance to 6 points. Dimitra Kalentzou and Erica Davis teamed up for 13 points as Ravenna kept their opponents at distance throughout the third stanza. The home team entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points, while Aikaterina Sotiriou and Dimitra Kalentzou stretched the gap to 14 points in less than 2 starting minutes of the fourth frame. But Lavezzini were not done just yet. Francesca Zara (177-G-76) drained a three-pointer to fuel an impressive 17:2 rally from the visitors. Lavezzini grabbed a 63:62 advantage with under 3 minutes left in regulation. Jackie McFarland answered with 3 freebies for Ravenna to put them back in charge. Natalie Porter shaved the distance to a single point however Aikaterina Sotiriou was deadly from the stripe to stretch the margin to 3 points. Francesca Zara missed a jumper and Dimitra Kalentzou sealed the winning outcome with two free throws.

Ravenna: Dimitra Kalentzou 18, Aikaterina Sotiriou 13, Erica Davis 12+10 boards
Lavezzini: Natalie Porter 13, Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) 12, Francesca Zara 12, Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) 12


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Szeviep topple Foton in EuroCup Hungarian derby - by Eurobasket News
Foton - Szeviep 58:78

Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) scored 21 points and Szeviep rolled to a 78:58 victory over Foton in Hungarian derby in EuroCup Group D. Szeviep entered the game with one win in store and stretched their winning run. Szeged built a comfortable 18-point halftime lead and never looked back in the second half.
Fotom opened the game with 6 straight points but then conceded 13 points in a row to trail late in the first frame. Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) and Bernadett Nemeth finalized the first quarter at 23:16 for Szeviep. Bernadett Nemeth scored 11 points in the second term and piled up a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Szeged kept the hosts at arms length throughout the third stanza and entered the final quarter leading by 22 points. Szeviep eased to the victory in the final minutes and secured the second straight success at the tournament.
Milena Tomova (191-F/C-82, college: Florida Intern.) nailed 13 points for Szeviep. Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) and Desire Almind fired 11 points each for the winners. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) contributed 15 points for Foton. Krisztina Kovacs (185-F-80) had 12 points in the loss. Szeviep converted 46% from the field, including 50% from beyond the arc. The visitors also forced Foton to 18 turnovers.
Foton will play against Neuchatel, while Szeviep will face Solna in the third round.

Foton: Hajdana Radunovic 15, Krisztina Kovacs 12
Szeviep: Bernadett Nemeth 21, Milena Tomova 13, Ildiko Szakacs 11, Desire Almind 11


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla snatch win against Rivasecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Rivasecopolis 74:72

Elitzur Ramla built a decisive lead at halftime and then fight bravely to withheld visiting Rivasecopolis for the second straight win in EuroCup preliminary round. Elitzur Ramla thus grabbed the top spot in Group C. Rivasecopolis dropped to 1-1 record and fell to the second place.
Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) was pivotal for Elitzur Ramla as she finished with 22 points and 13 boards. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 18 points, while Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) and AnneMarie Parau (174-G-84) had 11 points each in the win. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) dropped 20 points for Rivasecopolis in defeat. She however missed 2 jumpers in the final two minutes of the battle leaving Rivasecopolis without the win in the game.
Ramla dominated the game from the start as they piled up a 22:15 advantage after the first period. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina), Tamara Abalde (192-G-89) and Catherine Joens cut the deficit to minimal early in the second period but Nicky Anosike and Ogorodnikova secured a 41:31 advantage for the hosts at halftime.
Ramla cleared off to a 15-point distance midway through the third term but Rivasecopolis found the way to reignite the intrigue in this one. Catherine Joens and Camps fired from downtown and the visitors trailed by just 5 points heading into the fourth stanza. Camps, Petra Ujhelyi and Musovic even put Rivasecopolis in front 63:61 at the start of the fourth quarter but Ramla quickly regained the lead. They led by 2 points with under 2 minutes remaining in the game but Tan White came up with a key treble that erased any doubts about the outcome.
Ramla will face Crvena Zvezda, while Rivasecopolis will take on Dunav Econt away from home next.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 22+13 boards, Tan White 18, Ina Gourevitch 11, AnneMarie Parau 11
Rivasecopolis: Catherine Joens 20, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) 17


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  ITALY - Women  


Ravenna grab the second consecutive win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Ravenna - Lavezzini 69:64

Greek Ravenna Esperides held off Lavezzini at home court to post the second win in a row at Eurocup preliminary round. Ravenna secured the top spot in Group I after this round. Lavezzini meanwhile slipped to 1-1 record. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) notched 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Aikaterina Sotiriou (187-F-83) added 13 points, while Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Ravenna. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) provided 13 points for Lavezzini in the loss.
The teams kept it close in the first term before Dimitra Kalentzou and Jackie McFarland (191-F-85, college: Colorado) ensured a 16:10 advantage for Ravenna in the first intermission. The hosts gradually mounted the pressure and led by as many as 11 points at some point in the second quarter. However Laura Summerton (191-C-83) and Natalie Porter scored 5 points to cap the first half and Lavezzini trimmed the distance to 6 points. Dimitra Kalentzou and Erica Davis teamed up for 13 points as Ravenna kept their opponents at distance throughout the third stanza. The home team entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points, while Aikaterina Sotiriou and Dimitra Kalentzou stretched the gap to 14 points in less than 2 starting minutes of the fourth frame. But Lavezzini were not done just yet. Francesca Zara (177-G-76) drained a three-pointer to fuel an impressive 17:2 rally from the visitors. Lavezzini grabbed a 63:62 advantage with under 3 minutes left in regulation. Jackie McFarland answered with 3 freebies for Ravenna to put them back in charge. Natalie Porter shaved the distance to a single point however Aikaterina Sotiriou was deadly from the stripe to stretch the margin to 3 points. Francesca Zara missed a jumper and Dimitra Kalentzou sealed the winning outcome with two free throws.

Ravenna: Dimitra Kalentzou 18, Aikaterina Sotiriou 13, Erica Davis 12+10 boards
Lavezzini: Natalie Porter 13, Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) 12, Francesca Zara 12, Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) 12


Ribera shoot down Coimbra - by Eurobasket News
Ribera - Coimbra 75:59

Ribera overcame a sloppy start to knock down visiting Coimbra in EuroCup preliminary round. The victory helped Ribera to strengthen their position in Pool J, while sending Coimbra to 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) tallied 25 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for Ribera. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) produced 22 points and 10 caroms for Coimbra. Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) nailed 13 points in defeat. The teams traded baskets early in the game but Ambrosia Anderson and Aja Parham ensured a 20:19 lead for the visitors at the first break. Ribera recovered late in the second term. The hosts went on a 12:2 surge to cap the half and piled up a 39:27 advantage at halftime.
Ribera kept their opponents at arms length during the third quarter and when Molly Creamer (177-G-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) closed it with a three-pointer the Italian team enjoyed a 55:42 advantage. The visitors ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and Ribera breezed to the victory at the end.
Ribera outrebounded Coimbra 46:30 and won despite committing 26 turnovers. The hosts converted 50% from the field, while Coimbra responded with just 36% accuracy.
Ribera will play versus Tarbes in Italy, while Coimbra will host Extrugasa in the third round.

Ribera: Kaayla Chones 25+18 boards, Megan Moody 22, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) 7
Coimbra: Ambrosia Anderson 22+10 boards, Aja Parham 13


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  LATVIA - Women  


Ieva Tare lifts Cesis over Zeljeznicar - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Zeljeznicar 88:66

Ieva Tare (185-F-74) tallied 22 points and 12 boards to pace Cesis past Zeljeznicar in the second round of EuroCup preliminary round. Cesis thus secured the first victory in the tournament, while Zeljeznicar fell to 0-2 record in Group I.
Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Elina Babkina (172-G-89) delivered 13 points in the win. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Zeljeznicar. Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Cesis got to a better start to the game as they accounted for 9 unanswered points to tip off the clash. Cesis dominated the tempo in the opening frame and piled up a 17:12 advantage at the first intermission. Sandra Dijon scored 6 points early in the second quarter to stretch the gap to 7 points. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81), Sasa Cado (180-G-89) and Natasa Mikic drained trebles to bounce back for Zeljeznicar. The visitors surged ahead but Tare and Crockett ensured a 38:34 advantage for Cesis at halftime.
The lead changed hands for several times early in the third quarter before Ieva Tare and Dreimane gave the hosts an 8-point buffer late in the frame. Sandra Dijon opened the final quarter with a three-pointer and the Latvian team extended the margin to 10 points. Nimane, Ieva Tare and Krastina made it 77:61 for Cesis with under 3 minutes remaining. Zeljeznicar had no chance to save the game in the final minutes and Cesis sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Cesis will next take on Ravenna, while Zeljeznicar will play against Lavezzini at home in the third round.

Cesis: Ieva Tare 22+12 boards, Sandra Dijon 16+10 boards, Elina Babkina 13
Zeljeznicar: Natasa Mikic 25, Elisa Bue 13


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Arvi celebrate the first win in EuroCup preliminary round - by Eurobasket News
Arvi - Arad 84:65

Lithuanian Arvi shook off the starting loss to roll to a confident win over visiting Arad in the second round of EuroCup preliminary round action. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) secured game-high 33 points to pace Arvi. Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81, agency: LBM Management) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Arad answered with 19 points from Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern). Dalila Eshe (191-F-84, college: Florida) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) knocked down 12 points apiece as Arad slipped to 0-2 record in Group H.
The hosts jumped ahead 6:0 early in the game but Arad quickly recovered and answered with a 7:0 rally to take the advantage. The lead changed hands for a couple of times in the period before Paugaite tied the score at 17 apiece. Arvi used an 8:0 run midway through the second period to build a 25:19 lead. The hosts maintained the distance and arrived at halftime ahead by 7 points. Ligita Kinkeviciene scored 10 points in the third term as Arvi stretched the buffer to 15 points before the fourth quarter. Ligita Kinkeviciene opened the fourth term with a three-pointer and Arvi cruised on throughout the reminder of the contest.
Arvi outrebounded Arad 48:33 and sank 46% from the field. Arad managed just 34% of field goals in the loss.
The Lithuanian team will next take Ibiza at home court, while Arad will look for the first win when they take on Kara Trutnov in the third round.

Arvi: Ligita Kinkeviciene 33, Lyubov Alyoshkina 14+10 boards, Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) 9
Arad: Tiffany Brown 19, Dalila Eshe 12, Anita Meszaros 12


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Aris make it two wins in a row in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Buducnost 82:71

Aris secured the second consecutive win in EuroCup season as they prevailed against Buducnost in Holargos. Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.) was unstoppable for the hosts as they remained atop of Group G. She nailed 31 points, collected 8 rebounds and added 6 steals to pace Aris. Brooke Reves (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) was helpful with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Buducnost. Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) and Marija Jovanovic (175-G-88) had 12 points each in the loss.
Buducnost however never looked like underdog in the opening frame. They quickly forgot a 0:6 start to the game and led 19:17 on Mihailovic layup late in the period. Tzegiannaki capped the frame with a layup to knot things up at 19. Brooke Reves and Tamara Bowie fueled a 9:0 run to open the second term and Aris grabbed the lead. Buducnost kept it close but Zoi Kechagia (170-G-80) drained a big three late in the first half and Aris entered the second half leading by 7 points. Tamara Bowie was sizzling in the third frame as he poured in 18 points and lifted the hosts to a 75:53 advantage. Nikolina Popovic, Milutinovic and Culafic tipped off the fourth term by 7 unanswered points to revive the intrigue but back-to-back baskets from Kyriakopoulou silenced the visitors. Aris controlled the situation and sealed the winning outcome at the end.

Aris: Tamara Bowie 31, Brooke Reves 26, Zoi Kechagia 8
Buducnost: Lady Comfort 26, Nikolina Popovic 12, Marija Jovanovic 12


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  NORWAY - Women  


Stats Leaders
Kvinneligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 M.Hella Gimle 24.0
2 N.K.Sand A/BVIF 22.3
3 T.Ytrehus Ullern 20.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 T.Ytrehus Ullern 11.0
2 B.Huuse Nords.10.0
3 N.K.Sand A/BVIF 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 R.Tyssoy Hop 5.0
2 H.J.Blikra Ullern 3.0
3 I.Paur Ullern 3.0


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Ribera shoot down Coimbra - by Eurobasket News
Ribera - Coimbra 75:59

Ribera overcame a sloppy start to knock down visiting Coimbra in EuroCup preliminary round. The victory helped Ribera to strengthen their position in Pool J, while sending Coimbra to 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) tallied 25 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for Ribera. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) produced 22 points and 10 caroms for Coimbra. Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) nailed 13 points in defeat. The teams traded baskets early in the game but Ambrosia Anderson and Aja Parham ensured a 20:19 lead for the visitors at the first break. Ribera recovered late in the second term. The hosts went on a 12:2 surge to cap the half and piled up a 39:27 advantage at halftime.
Ribera kept their opponents at arms length during the third quarter and when Molly Creamer (177-G-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) closed it with a three-pointer the Italian team enjoyed a 55:42 advantage. The visitors ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and Ribera breezed to the victory at the end.
Ribera outrebounded Coimbra 46:30 and won despite committing 26 turnovers. The hosts converted 50% from the field, while Coimbra responded with just 36% accuracy.
Ribera will play versus Tarbes in Italy, while Coimbra will host Extrugasa in the third round.

Ribera: Kaayla Chones 25+18 boards, Megan Moody 22, Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) 7
Coimbra: Ambrosia Anderson 22+10 boards, Aja Parham 13


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Arvi celebrate the first win in EuroCup preliminary round - by Eurobasket News
Arvi - Arad 84:65

Lithuanian Arvi shook off the starting loss to roll to a confident win over visiting Arad in the second round of EuroCup preliminary round action. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) secured game-high 33 points to pace Arvi. Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81, agency: LBM Management) produced 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Arad answered with 19 points from Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern). Dalila Eshe (191-F-84, college: Florida) and Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) knocked down 12 points apiece as Arad slipped to 0-2 record in Group H.
The hosts jumped ahead 6:0 early in the game but Arad quickly recovered and answered with a 7:0 rally to take the advantage. The lead changed hands for a couple of times in the period before Paugaite tied the score at 17 apiece. Arvi used an 8:0 run midway through the second period to build a 25:19 lead. The hosts maintained the distance and arrived at halftime ahead by 7 points. Ligita Kinkeviciene scored 10 points in the third term as Arvi stretched the buffer to 15 points before the fourth quarter. Ligita Kinkeviciene opened the fourth term with a three-pointer and Arvi cruised on throughout the reminder of the contest.
Arvi outrebounded Arad 48:33 and sank 46% from the field. Arad managed just 34% of field goals in the loss.
The Lithuanian team will next take Ibiza at home court, while Arad will look for the first win when they take on Kara Trutnov in the third round.

Arvi: Ligita Kinkeviciene 33, Lyubov Alyoshkina 14+10 boards, Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) 9
Arad: Tiffany Brown 19, Dalila Eshe 12, Anita Meszaros 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


Crvena Zvezda send Dunav to second straight loss in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Dunav 70:52

Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda secured the first win in EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they held off Dunav Econt to improve to 1-1 record in Group C. The hosts led at every change and secured a comprehensive victory at the end. Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85, college: Richmond), Iva Prcic (177-G-87) and Iva Roglic (189-F-88) came up with 7 points late in the close first period to give the hosts a 29:25 advantage. Crvena Zvezda went on a 9:0 run midway through the second period and sealed the first half outcome at 42:33. Iva Roglic and Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) teamed up for all 15 Crvena Zvezda points in the third term and the home team extended the margin to 13 points. The deficit proved insurmountable for Dunav as they suffered the second straight loss at the tournament.
Jelena Maksimovic came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Iva Prcic and Tanja Miranovic had 13 points each in the win. Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) answered with 13 points for Dunav. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) had 9 points in the loss. Crvena Zvezda outrebounded the visitors 34:24 and forced Dunav to 21 turnovers. The hosts also sank solid 47% from beyond the arc. Dunav were also impressive converting 46% from the field.
Dunav will play against Elitzur Ramla next. Dunav will take on Rivas Ecopolis on November 6.

Crvena Zvezda: Jelena Maksimovic 22, Iva Prcic 13, Tanja Miranovic 13
Dunav: Natalia Topalova-Shopova 13, Zornitza Kostova 9


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  SPAIN - Women  


AEL take lead in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - AEL 63:69

Cypriot AEL got to a strong start and held off Gran Canaria late in the game to post the second win in the EuroCup preliminary round. The victory allowed AEL to remain on top of the ladder in Pool F. Gran Canaria slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, college: UTEP) scored 13 points to lead AEL. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) came up with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team. Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) answered with 18 points for Gran Canaria. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) dropped 15 points in defeat.
The teams traded baskets in the opening frame before Kochubei converted a three-point play to put AEL ahead 18:15 entering the second stanza. AEL stayed in front in the second term and secured a 40:32 lead at halftime. Alamo and Sten cut the distance to 3 points at the start of the third quarter but points from Ancuta Stoenescu (171-G-80), Shyra Ely and Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) allowed AEL to have some breathing space during the rest of the term. Natasha Lacy, Biljana Pesovic and Shyra Ely stretched the gap to as many as 15 points midway through the final quarter and AEL then cruised to the victory at the end.
AEL dominated the boards 40:28 and escaped the loss even committing 21 turnovers. The visitors shot 47% from the field, while limiting Gran Canaria to 35%.
Gran Canaria will take on Taranto at home, while AEL will play versus Gospic in the next round.

Gran Canaria: Ines Kresovic 18, Adrijana Knezevic 15
AEL: Natasha Lacy 13, Shyra Ely 12+13 boards, Biljana Pesovic 11, Ancuta Stoenescu 11


Elitzur Ramla snatch win against Rivasecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Rivasecopolis 74:72

Elitzur Ramla built a decisive lead at halftime and then fight bravely to withheld visiting Rivasecopolis for the second straight win in EuroCup preliminary round. Elitzur Ramla thus grabbed the top spot in Group C. Rivasecopolis dropped to 1-1 record and fell to the second place.
Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) was pivotal for Elitzur Ramla as she finished with 22 points and 13 boards. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 18 points, while Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) and AnneMarie Parau (174-G-84) had 11 points each in the win. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) dropped 20 points for Rivasecopolis in defeat. She however missed 2 jumpers in the final two minutes of the battle leaving Rivasecopolis without the win in the game.
Ramla dominated the game from the start as they piled up a 22:15 advantage after the first period. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina), Tamara Abalde (192-G-89) and Catherine Joens cut the deficit to minimal early in the second period but Nicky Anosike and Ogorodnikova secured a 41:31 advantage for the hosts at halftime.
Ramla cleared off to a 15-point distance midway through the third term but Rivasecopolis found the way to reignite the intrigue in this one. Catherine Joens and Camps fired from downtown and the visitors trailed by just 5 points heading into the fourth stanza. Camps, Petra Ujhelyi and Musovic even put Rivasecopolis in front 63:61 at the start of the fourth quarter but Ramla quickly regained the lead. They led by 2 points with under 2 minutes remaining in the game but Tan White came up with a key treble that erased any doubts about the outcome.
Ramla will face Crvena Zvezda, while Rivasecopolis will take on Dunav Econt away from home next.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 22+13 boards, Tan White 18, Ina Gourevitch 11, AnneMarie Parau 11
Rivasecopolis: Catherine Joens 20, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) 17


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Nnamaka and Eldebrink contribute for the French teams - by Eurobasket News
Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) 's French Union Hainaut Basket trailed 16-35 after the opening quarter but beat their Lotos 85:82 in Euroleague campaign. Sabrina Reghaissia paced all the winners with 21 points. Chioma Nnamaka, Kathy Wambe and Mudju Ngoyisa posted 13 points each. Emilja Podrug finished the game with 19 points for the guests and Ivana Matovic scored 16.That was a great end of the third round of Euroleague campaign. Polish Lotos had a fabulous opening quarter and had 35:16 after it. Marchanka with a three closed the period from the arc as the nightmare was finished the the hosts. A 12-0 run closed the gap to 52:39 at the half as Union started to wake up. In the third period there was only one team, the French one. They dominated the court and tied the score. Sabrina Reghaissia made it 61:61 in the end of the third frame. Dieme was the last to score in the period for 65:62. The game was tied again at 71:71 and then the French side never looked behind. Beikes brought them 85:82 that became the last points in the game.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) with French Tarbes cruised past Extrugasa 83:52 at home to consolidate their top position in Group J. The dominance of Tarbes was pretty obvious down the stretch as they led at every break and deservedly registered yet another win in the competition. Six Tarbes players scored in double figures.
The lead changed for several times in the opening term before Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui and Tanisha Wright sealed the outcome at 16:13 for the home team. Tarbes went on a 9:0 run midway through the second term and accumulated a 10-point advantage. Sara Gomez (168-G-86) scored the final basket of the first half and Extrugasa trailed by 8 points 29:37 at the interval. The hosts maintained a comfortable distance throughout the third frame and entered the final period ahead by 12 points. Tarbes never allowed Extrugasa to come closer than 12 points in the fourth term and secured an easy victory at the end. Frida Eldebrink collected 11 points, made 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Tarbes outrebounded Extrugasa 41:19 and limited the Spanish team to just 37% from the field. The French powerhouse will take on Pallancanestro Ribera on the road Extrugasa will face Coimbra away from home next.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Galatasaray consolidate position in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Mondeville 73:53

Galatasaray grabbed the second consecutive win in the EuroCup preliminary round. They toppled Mondeville in Istanbul and strengthened their leading positions in Group G. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) produced 24 points for the winning team. Isil Alben (170-G-86) added 14 points for Galatasaray. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) scored 12 points for Mondeville. Nyree Roberts (192-C/F-76, college: ODU) knocked down 11 points and collected 10 boards for the French side.
The lead changed hands for several times in the opening term and Galatasaray ensured a one-point lead at the first break. Sencebe fired a three-pointer to ignite a 10:0 run that put Galatasaray ahead by 11 points in the second period. But Mondeville tried to stay in the race as Jennifer Digbeu and Costaz made it 28:33 at halftime.
Seimone Augustus, Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) and Isil Alben stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the third quarter and the hosts cruised at the moment. The visitors failed to recover at the final stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Galatasaray outrebounded their opponents 35:30 and forced Mondeville to 16 turnovers. The home team sank 48% from the field, while Mondeville managed only 40% of their field goals.
Galatasaray travel to Greece to take on Aris, while Mondeville will play against Buducnost in Montenegro.

Galatasaray: Seimone Augustus 24, Isil Alben 14, Tay McWilliams 8
Mondeville: Jennifer Digbeu 12, Nyree Roberts 11+10 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Higher League Standings
 1. Kozachka 0-0 
 2. Tim-Scuf 0-0 
 3. Ol.-NAEK 0-0 
 4. Chaika 0-0