EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/10/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Zanella Ben Hur Rafaela sign Durelle Brown - by Eurobasket
Zanella Ben Hur Rafaela strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Durelle Brown (202-F-79, college: Manhattan, agency: Interperformances). Brown started this season at West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom (Holland), but left earlier this month. It will be actually his come back to Ben Hur after he played here last season. In 42 games he averaged 17.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Brown is well-known here as he played previously at Club River Plate, Belgrano San Nicolas and Andino La Rioja. He played also in Spain, Venezuela, Brazil and Chile.

Discipline board will analyze Olavarria incidents - by Leonardo Contieri
The Mar del Plata derby had to be moved to the city of Olavarra as the Mar del Plata stadium is bieng reformed for the Davis Cup final. After Quilmes defeated Penarol 102-95 there were a serious brawl between fans for both teams, with several players being involuntarily involved. Quilmes guard Pablo Gil was hit in the face and had to go to a dentist to repair a copule teeth. The board of discipline called both teams for a meeting this thursday to analyze the incidents. If any or both teams is penalized with losing one or more points, it could severely affect thir chances to reach the super 8, to be played by the end of the month.

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  CANADA   


Vancouver BC Titans announce Chambers as Head Coach and announce tryout - by Gianni Pascucci

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2008 CONTACT: IBL Commissioner (ph) 866-IBL-GAME
The Vancouver Titans today announced that the organization has signed Rich Chambers as the teams first Head Coach. Chambers, the current National Womens Junior Team Head Coach and long-time Head Coach at Terry Fox High School in Coquitlam is well respected throughout the B.C. basketball community, and brings considerable energy, experience, and enthusiasm to the expansion Titans of the IBL. Chambers has also coached at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Titans General Manager David Petroziello is satisfied that the Titans hiring search returned the right man for the job in Chambers; Petroziello: his experience and qualities as a coach were exactly what I was hoping to find in our Head Coach. Rich Chambers : I am very excited to be a part of this new professional sport organizationas it is time professional basketball returned to British Columbia. I know that the Titans organization will do a wonderful job developing a competitive team and creating an exciting basketball atmosphere.
GM Petroziello says that he shares a vision with Chambers to fill their roster with young, Canadian talentgiven our organizations commitment to offering the best Canadian talent a domestic professional outlet, I felt it was vital that we find a coach who is familiar with the best and brightest athletes in B.C. and as wellthe rest of Canada with over 30 years of coaching experience behind him, (head coach) Richs contacts and knowledge of the game are second to none; he is definitely the coach we need as we build our organization.
Also, Vancouver Titans General Manager and Director of Basketball Operations David Petroziello announced that the Titansan expansion team in the International Basketball Leaguewill hold a free agent camp at the end of November as part of their player identification process. The camp will give prospective Titans players their first crack at impressing the Titans new Head Coach and General Manager. Recently hired Head Coach Rich Chambers will be present. Said Head Coach Rich Chambers : We are very excited to see and evaluate the caliber of athletes that are interested in pursuing a pro career with the Vancouver Titans. GM Petroziello expects there to be a good turnout at the camp.we have received an impressive number of inquiries over the past few months regarding our upcoming season, and I expect there to be a good number of athletes at the camp. Petroziello insists that the 2009 Titans roster will not be filled after November 23rd, but rather that this camp is one step in an ongoing player identification processthis camp is an opportunity for local guys who think they can play at this level to come out and show us what they have to offer; if we can identify a handful of players from this camp, I will consider it a success. The day-long camp will be held on Sunday November 23rd at Simon Fraser University (west gym). Registration will open at 10:30am, with on court activities running from 11:30 until 4:30pm. Players are encouraged to pre-register for the camp by contacting GM David Petroziello. Cost is $40. For more information please contact: David Petroziello at david@vancouvertitans.com
or 604-314-6012 or contact Head Coach Rich Chambers at rich@vancouvertitans.com


About the IBL: the International Basketball League; the IBL is a fifth year minor league that will play from mid April 2009 through July 3rd, 2009. The IBL has two unique features: 1) a game with only 1 timeout per quarter and as a result, a fast and fun game for fans (teams average 127 points per game in under 2 hours of play) and 2) an efficient business model for owners (owners only fly one time) to where they can survive and eventually thrive. As for type of players107 players went on to play overseas after the 2007 IBL season establishing the IBL as a great place for overseas players to come back and play (after their overseas program ends) and/or a great place for new basketball professionals to get their start. The IBL league web site is www.IBLhoopsOnline.com



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  CHILE   


Dimayor week results - by Cristian Quiroga
From thursday to sunday were played important rounds to define regular season standings of Dimayor.
Results are:
Thursday
Universidad Catolica 80 - Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 90

UC: Keddric Mays (183-G) 30, Aundra Willliams 22
LM: Kevin Frey 20, Patricio Briones 18

Friday
Boston College 98 - Deportivo Valdivia 95

BOS: Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) 23, BJ Pucket 19
CDV: Deshawn Danzey (198-F, college: Alabama So. CC) 30, Willie Davis 25

Puente Alto C.D. 106 - Provincial Osorno 68
PAL: Percy Werth 31, John Davis 31
OSO: Rodrigo Zuniga 19, Emilio Paris 19

Provincial Llanquihue 89 - Deportes Ancud 77
LLA: Anthony Knox (202-F/C-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Pikeville) 26, John A. Thomas 21
ANC: Federico Radavero 24, Fernando Cavagna 23

Universidad de Los Lagos 116 - Deportes Castro 117
(four OT)
ULA: Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) 57, Timothy Jennnings 26
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 36, PJ Mills 34

Saturday
Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 96 - Deportivo Espanol 82

LM: Chris Garnett 20, Brandon Mason 19
ESP: Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) 31, Javes Wiggins 11

Universidad Catolica 89 - CD UdeConce 81
UC: Keddric Mays 30, Aundra Williams 17
UDC: Andr Hardwick 13, Jeff Agba 12

Boston College 101 - Provincial Osorno 96
BOS: BJ Pucket 28, Lucas Costa 20
OSO: Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) 39, Jermaine Robinson 21

Puente Alto C.D. 88 - Deportivo Valdivia 75
PAL: John Davis 28, Mauricio Cisternas 17
CDV: Marcus Elliot 24, Deshawn Danzey 20

Provincial Llanquihue 90 - Deportes Castro 97
LLA: Anthony Knox 33, JR Morris 20
CAS: PJ Mills 33, Gonzalo Velasquez 23

Universidad de Los Lagos 87 - Deportes Ancud 84
ULA: Justin Leith 27, Timothy Jennings 16
ANC: Federico Radavero 31, Fernando Cavagna 25

Sunday
Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 82 - CD UdeConce 83

LM: Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71) 29, Kevin Frey 19
UDC: Eduardo Marechal 23, Evandro Arteaga 17

Universidad Catolica 73 - Deportivo Espanol 67
UC: Keddric Mays 25, Aundra Willliams 13
ESP: Alexander Blackwell 19, Javes Wiggins 15


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  CHINA   


Will We See Young 7-Footers This Season? - by Arthur Volbert
With the 2008-2009 CBA season ready to begin next Saturday, current rosters for the CBA teams still have not been posted.

Imports appear to have been secured for all teams, but we are still waiting to see which young native players will be brought up.

We hope to see budding seven-footers such as 213 cm Zhang Dayu of Zhejiang, 216 cm Wang Zheng of Guangdong, 218 cm Zhang Jiadi of the Zhejiang Lions, and 220 cm Sun Zhe (220-C-90) of Dongguan.

This season we will be able to see two imports at a time for the entire game, except for games played by Bayi. This should improve the level of competition. With two additional teams in the league there will be sufficient opportunity for talented Chinese players to see action.

Hopefully I will have rosters available very shortly.


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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Borik - Kvarner NR 97-94
Borik Puntamika outsmarted Kvarner NR at home thanks to Roko Ciklic and his 28 points. Josip Glavinic and Marijan Mance combined 45 points for Kvarner. Both teams currently have 3-2.

Dubrava - Svjetlost 70-63
Dubrava managed to beat Svjetlost at home improving its record in A1 league on 2-3. Visitors are also at the same one after this failure. Zeljko Sakic collected 25 points and 11 boards for the winners. Veljko Budimir scored 12 points in defeat.

Cedevita - Sibenka 113-100
As it was expected, Cedevita proved its quality outplaying Sibenka in Zagreb. It means that Cedevita is currently on the top of the standings with 4 wins and 1 defeat. Ramel Bradley netted 30 while Frano Colak helped the hosts with 20 points. Ivan Mimica shined in Sibenka with 31 points but his team will have to look for some other chance in order to register 4th win this season.

Dubrovnik - Zabok 76-62
Dubrovnik took it easily against Zabok, thus these two teams are on the same score now 2-3. Mislav Peric led the hosts with 20 points. Robert Lez also had 20 but for the loosing side.

Alkar Sinj - Trogir 81-89
The box-score will be available soon. These two teams also have 2-3.


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A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 64
2 Zujovic, Achilleas 48
3 Smith, Omonia 54
4 Mijovic, Omonia 50
4 Anderson, AEK 36
5 Bradford,Achilleas 37
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trisokas, Kerav. 27
2 Radunovic, Apoel 20
3 Van De Hare,AEK 19
3 Sims, Apollon 19
4 Damjanovic, Kerav 16
4 Trepalovac, ETHA 12
5 Grgac, Achilleas 12
Assists Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 5
2 Mijovic, Omonia 5
3 Collins, Etha 3
4 Hart, Keravnos 3
5 Neofitou, Omonia 3
Steals Per Game
1 Panteli, AEK 3
2 Greer, Keravnos 3
3 Sims, Apollon 3
4 Anderson, AEK 2
5 Collins, Etha 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Trepalovac, Etha 2
2 Damjanovic, Keravno 1
3 Van De Hare, AEK 1
4 Grgac, Achilleas 1
5 Sims, Apollon 1
2FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 75%
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
3 Radunovic, Apoel 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
3FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
Free Throws
1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0
2 Sims, Apollon 80
2 Radunovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radunovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
3 Zujovic, Achilleas
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. Digenis 3-0 
 2. A.Yermasogias 2-0 
 3. Achilleas Agrou 2-0 
 4. Paralimni 1-0 
 5. Olympos A. 1-0 
 6. Asteras 1-1 
 7. Doxa 1-1 
 8. Philips Coll. 1-1 
 9. Alki 0-0 
 10. Athanasiou 0-0 
 11. Onisilos 0-1 
 12. Enosis K. 0-2 
 13. APOP Paphou 0-2 
 14. Argonaftes 0-2 


Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 16
Ioannidis (Digenis) 15
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 15
Hristodoulou (Anagen) 15
Kyle (Digenis) 14
Antoniou (APOP) 14
Georgiadis (Philips) 13
Grigoriou (Anagen) 13
Papadopoulos(Paral)13
Rebounds Per Game
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 8
Papadopoulos (Paral) 7
Alexandrou (Anagen) 7
Hristodoulou (Anagen) 7
Grigoriou (Digenis) 6
Assists Per Game
Prokopiou (Anagen) 3
Georgiadis (Philips) 3
Hatzifedonos (Olym) 2
Daniel (APOP) 2
Ioannidis (Anagen) 2
Steals Per Game
Hristodoulou (Anag) 2
Alexandrou (Digenis) 2
Kyle (Digen) 2
Achilleos (Agros) 2
Blocks Per Game
Christodoulou (Anagen) 2
Papadopoulos (Paral) 1
Hatzifedonos (Olymp) 1
Hristodoulou (Anagen) 1
Koutsoloukas (Philips) 1
Zagorov (Philips) 1
2FGP
Kyle (Digenis) 65%


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NBL Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kolin - Nymburk 74-86
Nymburk posted the 9th straight win in the NBL as they defeated Kolin 86:74 on the road. Goran Jagodnik led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Blake Schilb dropped 15 points for the defending champions. Jon Rogers nailed 16 points for Kolin in the loss.

USK Praha - Opava 85-88
Opava denied an 8-point fourth-quarter deficit to narrowly beat USK Praha 88:85 on the road. Marek Stec and Pavel Purmpla nailed the last two baskets in the game and won the thriller for the visitors. Tomas Hruby paced the winners with 17 points. Lawrence Hamm answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for USK Praha.

Liberec - Decin 68-81
Decin secured the third spot in the standings with an 81:68 victory over Liberec. William Hatcher came up with 20 points for the winners. John Ofoegbu added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. Maurice Hampton led Liberec with 18 points.

Geofin - Prostejov 94-59
Geofin posted the eighth win in the season as they toppled Prostejov 94:59 at home court. Robert Sarovic proved his status of the best scorer in the league as he finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Lavor Postell added 20 points for ambitious Geofin. Shaun Pruitt answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Prostejov as they slipped at 5-4 record.

Podebrady - Ostrava 98-87
Podebrady ensured the third win in the championship as they overwhelmed Ostrava 98:87. Pavel Benes lifted Podebrady to the success scoring 26 points. Steve Castleberry contributed 22 points in the winning case. Shawan Robinson contributed 21 points for Ostrava.



BK Nova Hut Ostrava sign Shawan Robinson - by Eurobasket

BK Nova Hut Ostrava signed 25-year old American guard Shawan Robinson (187-G-83, college: Clemson). Robinson played most recently at Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany), but left last month. He spent last season at LTi Giessen 46ers also in Germany, where his stats were not such impressive, just 3.1ppg, 0.9rpg, 0.8apg. Also the team from Frankfurt was not amazed with his performance as this season he scored just 2 points in 5 league games, spending most of time on a deep bench. His first pro season (06-07) was his best so far when at British Newcastle Eagles he averaged 15.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg, leading his team to league championship and cup semifinals. In his first game for NH Ostrava he found easily his tempo scoring 21 points in 35 minutes.



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  EGYPT   


Tunisia are the new Arab Champions - by Sherif Soliman
Tunisia climbs to the top after 25 years.The Tunisain crushed Jordan in the final 83-76.They were the only undefeted team in the tournement showing great level of Basketball.Everyone in Tunisia should be proud of their new born national team expecting more and more for the next coming future.However,the Egyptian team went 3rd after wining over sayria by 14 points.The Egyptians lost the semi final game against Jordan by 13 po. showing a very bad performance with the absense of Ramy Gunedy and Tarek ElGhanam.The new elected federation should do something to save this team who seemed to be colapsing.Tarek El Ghanam (211-C-78)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Warsaw names EuroBasket 2009 groups - by Eurobasket News

Last night the capital of Poland hosted the draw of EuroBasket 2009. Fifteen teams already qualified for EuroBasket 2009 and the one to be determined team to come from the Additional Qualifying Round were drawn into four groups of four.
Poznan will host Group A with FYR of Macedonia, Croatia, Israel and Greece. Russia, Germany, Latvia and the winner of the Additional Qualifying Round will play in Group B in Gdansk. The capital of the country will see Great Britain, Serbia, Spain and Slovenia in Group C. Group D in Wroclaw will consist of Poland, Turkey, Lithuania and Bulgaria.
The Additional Qualifying Round will give only one ticket to Group B as six teams were divided into two groups. The final spot at EuroBasket 2009 will be earned by the winner of the Additional Qualifying Round. Group A will have Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belgium, while Group B will consist of Italy, France and Finland.

In 2007 final of Eurobasket 2007 Russia beat Spain 60:59. The hero of the game was definitely J.R. Holden, who's 2-pointer jump just 2.1 second before the end of the game save the game for Russians. Pau Gasol still could switch the victory towards host team, but his buzzer shot went in ...and out. That way Spain got their 6th silver medal at Eurobasket.The MVP of the tournament went to Russian Andrei Kirilenko, who was the leader of his team thru all competition games including the final one, where he got 17 points and 5 rebounds.



Group A
FYR of Macedonia
Croatia
Israel
Greece

Group B
Russia
Qualifier
Germany
Latvia

Group C
Great Britain
Serbia
Spain
Slovenia

Group D
Poland
Turkey
LithuaniaBulgaria



A very hard job for team Italy.. - by Eurobasket
The Additional Qualification Round draw held yesterday at the Capitol Theatre of Warsaw was the... worse as possible for the Azzurri, who fould in their Group B one of the teams defeating them in August, Finland, and the other top team forced to play in the Additional Round, France. And the game schedule is not good too, with the first game vs. France at home, otherwise than hoped by coach Carlo Recalcati , who admitted that his Team Italy will face a very hard job next summer. . In the other group of the Additional Qualification Round will compete Bosnia Herzegovina, Portugal and Belgium.
The one down is the complete schedule of Group B
August 5 Italy-France
August 8 France-Finland
August 11 Finland-Italy
August 14 France-Italy
August 17 Finland-France
August 20 Italy-Finland
Final Games: Group A winner vs. Group B winner on August 27 and 30
The 2009 edition of European Championship will be played in Poland, from September 7 to 20, and the Additional Qualification Round winner team will play in the Group B, in Gdanz, together with Russia, Germany and Latvia


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Croatia0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. FYR Macedon.0-0
Group B
1. Germany0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. Russia0-0
Group C
1. U.Kingdom0-0
2. Spain0-0
3. Slovenia0-0
4. Serbia0-0
Group D
1. Bulgaria0-0
2. Lithuania0-0
3. Poland0-0
4. Turkey0-0


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  FINLAND   


1.DIV.: Maurice Horton scored 28 pts - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 5: Karhu, Kauhajoki has taken own spot and is on the top after five rounds. There are no undefeated teams anymore and Loimaa is the only
team without a victory. Today Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive) was the MVP as Kauhajoki defeated PuHu (Vantaa) 79-61. Horton scored game high 28 pts. PuHu got 46 pts from Team's foreigner players, but the rest of the team netted only 15 pts. DeWayne Richardson (202-F-77, college: Fairmont St.) (PuHu) grabbed 21 rbs, but even that didn't help enough at Kauhajoki. The other winners were Vilpas (Salo), Korikobrat (Lapua), BC Nokia and YMCA Helsinki.

Kauhajoki - PuHu 79-61 (37-34) (Maurice Horton 28, Brandon Polk 14 - Marko Piplovic 16, Anthony Davis 16).

Lapua - Ura Basket 73-53 (37-23) (Toni Raiski 18, Henry Umoru 17 - Sakari Salminen 12/12, Tomi Rokala 10).

Vilpas - Honka, Tapiola 62-51 (25-24) (Aubrey Conerly 25, Quinnell Green 11/16 - Olli Nikitin 26/11, Antti Raami 11).

BC JKL - BC Nokia 85-93 (42-50) (Johan Collins 25, Joe Jackson 18 - Matt Dlouhy 28/12, Jason Holmes 24/10).

YMCA Helsinki - JKS 80-77 (44-44) (LaTrice Little 20/11, Sauli Silvonen 16 - Kevin Francis 18/12, Magen McNeil 17).



KORISLIIGA: Honka stronger at the end - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 10: Pyrinto (Tampere) had a 10-point-lead (40-30) during the half time, but visitor Honka (Espoo) won the second half 36-59 and the contest
by 13 pts 76-89. Honka had again three American players and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) in double figures. Muurinen was the game MVP with 23 pts and 18 rbs. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) added 23 pts. Honka didn't shoot very well (1 - 57,1%, 3 - 25,7%), but defense and rebounding (36-41 in Honka's favor) was strong enough for rolling into the seventh victory (7-3) of the season. Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) (Pyrinto) is in good condition. This time Nikkila had a double-double 23/12 and Finnish NT C is still ready to play professionally in central or Southern Europe if there only is any kind of interest in him.

Pyrinto - Honka 76-89 (40-30) (Antti Nikkila 23/12, Chris Hester 15, Jesse Niemi 10 - Kimmo Muurinen 23/18, Akeem Scott 23, Ben Perkins 19).



1st Division Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
HNMKY - JKS 80-77
NMKY Helsinki shot down JKS 80:77 and closed the distance to their opponents in the standings. NMKY are now at 3-2 record just one win shy of JKS. La Trice Little paced the winners with 20 points and 11 boards. Sauli Silvonen added 16 points for the winners. JKS answered with 17 points from Magen McNeil.

Jyvaskyla - BC Nokia 85-93
BC Nokia ensured the third victory in the season as they held off Jyvaskala 93:85 on the road. Matt Dlouhy came up with a sizzling performance for Nokia as he tallied 28 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Cooper fired 17 points in the win. Johann Collins netted 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for Jyvaskyla.

Kauhajoki - PuHu 79-61
Kauhajoki stayed on top of the standings as they overwhelmed PuHu 79:61 at home court. The league leaders dominated throughout the game and deservedly posted the 5th win in the tournament. Maurice Horton dropped 28 points for the winners. DeWayne Richardson was impressive for PuHu with 14 points and 21 rebounds.

Lapua - Ura Basket 73-53
Lapuan celebrated the third win as they routed Ura Basket 73:53. Henry Umoru notched 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Toni Raiski led the case with 18 points and 8 boards. Sakari Salminen replied with 12 points and 12 boards for Ura Basket as they slipped at 2-5 record.

Salon Vilpas - Honka 62-51
Salon Vilpas kept close to the league leading Kauhajoki as they rolled past Honka 62:51 today. Aubrey Conerly finished with 25 points for the Vikings. Quennell Green secured 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Olli Nikitin was dominant for Honka with 26 points and 11 rebounds.



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 4-1 
 2. JKS 4-2 
 3. Huima 3-2 
 4. HNMKY 3-2 
 5. Salon Vilpas 3-2 
 6. BC Nokia 3-3 
 7. PuHu 2-2 
 8. Honka 2-2 
 9. Lapua 2-3 
 10. Jyvaskyla 2-3 
 11. Ura Basket 2-4 
 12. LoKoKo 0-4 


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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - EnBW L'burg 81-54
Artland Dragons posted the sixth win as they roared past Ludwigsburg 81:54. Adam Hess nailed 24 points for the Dragons. Lamont McIntosh and Chad Prewitt scored 12 points each for the winners. Domonic Jones replied with 18 points for Ludwigsburg as they suffered the fourth loss in the season.

LTi 46ers - Goettingen 86-92
Goettingen secured the fourth win in the season as they rolled past LTi 46ers 92:86 on the road. Kyle Bailey knocked down 25 points for the visitors. Roderick Trice added 23 points in the win. The Giessen outfit answered with 19 points from Heiko Schaffartzik.

Duesseldorf - Brose Baskets 83-94
Bamberg overcame Duesseldorf 94:83 to reach their opponents in the ladder. Both teams are now tied at 4-4 record. Predrag Suput had 17 points for Brose Basket. Jared Newson and Alexander Johnson added 16 points each for the winners. Logan Kosmalski and Pete Campbell fired 17 points apiece for the Giants.

Koeln 99ers - Bremerhaven 100-71
Koeln grabbed a rare win in the season as they cruised past Bremerhaven 100:71 at home court. Yassin Ibdihi netted 17 points for the 99ers. Julian Terrell dropped 16 points for the winners. Jeb Ivey replied with 15 points and 7 assists for Bremerhaven.

Dt.Bank SKY - TBB Trier 76-53
Skyliners shot down Trier 76:53 and improved to 5-3 record in the standings. Derrick Allen was responsible for 18 points for Frankfurt. Greg Jenkins secured 13 points in the winning case. Christopher Copeland answered with 16 points for Trier as they slipped at 4-5 record.

NY Phantoms - Walter Tigers 73-56
Braunschweig eased past Walter Tigers for the fifth win in the championship. The Phantoms got 20 points from Jonathan Levy. Nils Mittmann added 13 points in the victory. Rasko Katic delivered 16 points and 7 rebounds for Tuebingen in defeat.

Telekom B. - ratiopharm 94-66
Bonn maintained their spot among the league leaders as they held off Ratiopharm 94:66 today. Brandon Bowman was pivotal for Bonn with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Moussa Diagne contributed 13 points for the winning team. Joff Gibbs registered 15 points and 11 caroms for Ulm.

EWE Baskets - Noerdlingen 85-78
Oldenburg stayed at the helm of the ladder as they toppled Noerdlingen 85:78 in a hard-fought battle today. Rickey Paulding poured in 16 points to lead Oldenburg. Jason Gardner ensured 15 points for the league leaders. Noerdlingen answered with 26 points from Omari Westley.



Bundesliga Game Day 9: Weekend Results November 8th and 9th! - by Michael Taylor
Game Day 9 in the 2008-2009 German Bundesliga season saw home teams Frankfurt, Bonn, Braunschweig, Artland and Koln earn convicing wins.

Saturday November 8th
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 76 TBB Trier 53
Derrick Allen totaled 18pt 6reb leading the Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a solid 76-53 home win over Trier Saturday night at Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. Holding a 19-16 lead after 1Q, Frankfurt expanded their advantage to 38-26 at half. The SKyliners outscored Trier 18-13 in the 3Q and 20-14 in the 4Q to earn the win. Along with Allen, Frankfurt production came from Greg Jenkins (13pt 6reb) and Pascal Roller (10pt). Chris Copeland was the lone double digit scorer for Trier with a 16pt 8reb night. Frankfurt shot 48% from the floor while limiting Trier to 36% and the Skyliners outrebounded Trier 32-29 while forcing 17 Trier turnovers. Head coach Murat Didin and the Skyliners are now 5-3 while Trier falls to 4-5.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 94 ratiopharm Ulm 66
Telekom Baskets Bonn jumped to an early 10-3 lead and never looked back as they snuffed the Ulm attack with their pressure defense in a convincing 94-66 home win over ratiopharm Ulm Saturday night at Telekom Dome in Bonn. Brandon Bowman was in top form scoring 23pt with 9reb and 3 of 4 three point shooting leading the Bonn attack. Also enjoying strong games for Bonn were Moussa Diagne (13pt 3 for 4 threes), EJ Rowland (12pt 5ast) and Vincent Yarbrough (10pt). Jeff Gibbs paced Ulm with a 15pt 11reb double-double with help from Dru Joyce (12pt 6ast) and Dan Fitzgerald (11pt). Bonn shot 51% while limiting Ulm to 38% from the floor and Ulm matched it from the foul line making only 8 of 21 FT in the loss. Head coach Michael Koch and Bonn improves to 6-3 while Ulm slips to 5-4.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 73 Walter Tigers Tubingen 56
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig used a 25-8 3Q to reverse a 31-29 halftime deficit in Saturday nights 73-56 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschwieg. Jonathan Levy starred for the Phantoms sinking 4 of 5 threes to score 20pt in the win. Nils Mittmann also buried 3 of 3 from three to add 13pt while Jeremy Crouch chipped in 11pt 4reb for Braunschweig. Rasko Katic led the Tigers with a 16pt 7reb game followed by AJ Moye's 11pt 5reb and Jermaine Anderson's 10pt 5reb. Braunschweig shot 48% to the Tigers 37% and the Phantoms made 11 of 28 threes (39%). Rebounds were even at 33 but Tubingen suffered 23turnovers and hit only 1 of 14 threes (7%) in the loss. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms improved to 5-3 while Tubingen is now 4-5.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 85 Nordlingen 78
Rickey Paulding scored 16pt and Jason Gardner added 15pt as Ewe Baskets Oldenburg earned a hardfought 85-78 home win over Nordlingen Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. After holding a tight 21-20 lead after 1Q, Oldenburg used a 31-21 2Q to build a 52-41 halftime advantage and hold off the Nordlingen comeback effort for the win. Key to Oldenburg's victory was bench production as Miladin Pekovic hit 4 of 7 threes for 13pt and Marco Scekic chipped in 10pt. The team effort from Nordlingen put 5 players in double figures as Omari Westly topscored with 26pt 4reb, Danny Gibson added 17pt Osvaldo Jeanty 11pt and 10pt apiece from Monta McGee and Ty Shaw (10reb). Oldenburg made 12 of 28 threes (42%) compared with Nordlingen's 5 for 15 (33%). Head coach Predrag Krunic and Oldenburg improve to 6-2 while Nordlingen drops to 4-5.

Artland Dragons 81 EnBW Ludwigsburg 54
Adam Hess scored 24pt and the Artland Dragons used a terrific second half to earn an 81-54 home win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Saturday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Along with Hess's good game, Artland received 12pt apiece from Lamont McIntosh and Chad Prewitt while Darren Fenn chipped in an 11pt 10reb double double. The Dragons outrebounded Ludwigsburg 40-31 and held an advantage from the foul line sinking 25 of 37 (67%) to Ludwigsburgs 12 of 20 (60%). Ludwigsburg was strong early outscoring Artland 17-16 after 1Q and holding a 38-33 halftime lead. Artland's 3Q keyed the victory as the Dragons responded with a 27-6 third to earn a 60-44 cushion heading into the 4th. Topscoring for Ludwigsburg, Domonic Jones finished with 18pt while Tomas Nagys added 14pt 6reb. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and Artland is now 6-3 while Ludwigsburg is even at 4-4.

BG74 Gottingen 92 LTi Giessen 46ers 86
Kyle Bailey scored 25pt and Rocky Trice added 23pt 5stl in leading BG74 Gottingen to a 92-86 road win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night. Charles Lee added 14pt and Chris Oliver 13pt in the victory. Gottingen built a 21-18 lead after a tight 1Q and held a 41-36 halftime advantage. Giessen responded in the third trimming the margin to 61-60 going into the 4th. But it was Gottingen who made the big plays to earn the exciting win. Heiko Schaffartzik paced Giessen production with 19pt 6ast while Maurice Jeffers added 17pt and Corey Rouse 16pt in the loss. Giessen shot 57% from the floor and made 52% (9 of 17) of their threes but suffered 21turnovers in the loss. Gottingen outrebounded the 46ers 32-27 and made 19 of 21 FT (90%). Head Coach John Patrick and Gottingen improved to 4-2 while Giessen slipped to 2-7.

Sunday November 9th
brose Baskets Bamberg 94 Dusseldorf Giants 83
Predrag Suput led 5 Bamberg double digit scorers with 17pt in Sunday's 94-83 road win over Dusseldorf Giants at Burg-Wachter-Costello. Dusseldorf powered to a 23-20 lead after 1Q behind their hot outside shooting, but Bamberg answered in the 2nd to take a 46-38 halftime lead. Bamberg's defense and depth helped them to a 70-59 lead after three before holding off a late rally from the Giants in the 4th for the win. Nate Johnson and Jared Newson finished with 16pt apiece while Robert Garrett and Filberto Rivera added 11pt in the win. Pete Campbell hit 5 of 7 threes to score 17pt and Logan Kosmalski totaled 17pt 8reb in the loss. Head Coach Chris Fleming and Bamberg earned their third win in a row improving to even their record at 4-4 while Dusseldorf dropped to 4-4.

Koln 99ers 100 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 71
Yassin Idbihi scored 17pt and Julian Terrell added 16pt 6ast as the Koln 99ers beat Eisbaren Bremerhaven 100-71 Sunday at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Jeremy Hunt and newly signed Jamon Gordon finished with 14pt apiece in the solid victory. The 99ers built a 21-10 advantage after 1Q and 52-33 halftime lead and never looked back in the convincing home win. The 99ers shot 54% from the floor and outrebounded Bremerhaven 39-22 in the win. Koln sank 22 of 25FT (88%). Jeb Ivey led Bremerhaven with 15pt 7ast followed by 14pt from Frank Elegar and 12pt from Giordan Watson. Head Coach Drasko Prodanovic and his 99ers upped their record to 3-6 while Bremerhaven fell to 1-8.


ProB Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hannover - Wolfenbuettel 82-77
Hannover upset Wolfenbuettel 82:77 at home. It was the third win for the Tigers in the tournament. Babis Douloudis knocked down 21 points for Hannover. Deandre Townsend secured 14 points in the win. Frank Theis secured 17 points and 8 rebounds for Wolfenbuettel.

Freiburg - Stahnsdorf 76-90
Stahnsdorf earned the second victory as they held off Freiburg 90:76 on the road. Stephan Balga scored 23 points for the winners. Steve Krajewski contributed 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Freiburg responded with 22 points and 6 steals from Phillip Sellers.

Herten - Mainz 72-67
Herten maintained their winning pace with a 72:67 victory over Mainz. Jasper Knoch fired 22 points and 7 rebounds as Hertener improved to 6-1 record. Kendall Chones and Gary Johnson had 18 points apiece for the winners. Mike Zuiderveen answered with 18 points for Mainz in the loss.

proveo Merl. - Rhoendorf 76-100
Christopher Rojik drained 31 points and collected 8 rebounds as Rhoendorf rolled past proveo Merlins 100:76. The victory marked a 7-0 record for the league leaders. Gabriel Moore netted 20 points for the Dragons. Daniel Dorr knocke down 24 points and 7 rebounds for proveo Merlins as they slipped at 5-2 record.

Osnabrueck - Telemotive 88-101
Telemotive held off Osnabrueck 101:88 on the road and climbed to 5-2 record. Johnnie Bryant was unstoppable with 34 points for the Muenchen outfit. Johannes Gotzler scored 23 points for the winning team. Sascha Ahnsehl dropped 23 points for the Osnabrueck.

B'guessbach - Landshut 81-80
Breitenguessbach scored a narrow 81:80 wwin over Landshut today. Karsten Tadda dropped 25 points to lead the charge. Isaak Stafford netted 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in the win. Horace Wormely answered with 19 points in the losing effort.

Ehingen - SU Braunsch. 62-44
Ehingen ensured the third victory in the season as they handled Braunschweig 62:44. Ralph Junge's team was led by 21 points and 10 rebounds from Christian Stahdardinger. Maurice Stuckey netted 11 points in the winning effort. Davon Roberts fired 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Braunschweig.

Speyer - Franken Hexer 86-66
Speyer grabbed an 86:66 victory over Hexer. Armin Leber nailed 23 points for Speyer. Elias Harris tallied 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Hexer responded with 12 points from Dominik Schneider.



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Aris got their first away victory - Marousi easy win over AEL - by Simon Varvakis
Aris Thessaloniki went through Olympia Larissa with the momentum gained from the previous successful results and prevailed by 55-73 thus reaching their first away victory in the league and remains firmly at the 3rd place.

Aris Thessaloniki played hard nose defense once more and although they showed that they can take a lead when they want to but also allowed Olympia to come back into the game on a few occasions. Nelson started the scoring and 2 consecutive 3-points from Olympia followed. Marshall took the initiative and Aris Thessaloniki took the lead again with 8-9. A few baskets in the fast break and the 1st quarter ended with 14-21 for Aris Thessaloniki.

It was Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side)'s time to help Olympia now and score went to 22-24 but the entry of Savvas Eliadis in the game gave new momentum to Aris Thessaloniki that took the lead with 22-31. Olympia found some cracks in the defense of Aris Thessaloniki though and half-time ended at 33-34.

But the game took a turn for Aris Thessaloniki again in the 3rd quarter where Olympia started running out of solutions in scoring and they weren't making proper decisions in their passing game and shooting and Aris Thessaloniki started a new lead at the 3rd quarter with 42-49. The game was one-sided from there and ended with Aris Thessaloniki building up an impressive lead and the final score was 55-73.

Quarters: 14-21, 33-34, 42-49, 55-73.

Olympia Larissa (Bartzokas): Castle , Michael King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) 11 (1), Sven Schultze 15 (4), Spanos 3 (1), Sigkounas 5, Thomas 9 (1), Arigbabu 3 (1), Kurtovic 7 (1), Papaioakeim 2.

ARIS (Matson): Clark 5 (1), Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) (3), Tsaldaris 5 (1), Nelson 4, Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82) 12, Argiropoulos 12 (2), Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) 12 (1), Gavel, Skordilis, Papanikolaou, Agadakos 2 Barlos 7 (1).



Costa Cafe Marousi got an easy victory over AEL 1964 Larissa who didn't stand a chance against them. The difference between the 2 teams was evident from the 1st quarter where Costa Cafe Marousi got 14 point lead with 28-16 and it was all over. AEL 1964 Larissa never really got back in the game and in the 3rd quarter they completely gave up that ended with 72-45. Both coaches had an opportunity to give playing time to all their players so one could say that was more like a preparation game. The final score was 87-69.


Quarters: 28-16, 46-33, 72-45, 87-69

The scorer of two groups:

Costa Cafe Marousi (Markopoulos): Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) 14 (4), Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) 20 (5), Haralambidis 9 (1), Papantoniou 1, Koumpouras 2, Huff 5 (1), Tountziarakis 2, Mavroidis 10, Mavrokefalidis 3 (1), Calathes 5 ( 1), Glyniadakis 4, Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) 12 (2)

AEL (Alexandris): Matalon 4, Mechia 10, Brozos 2, Karadolamis 4, Apostolidis 4 (1), Manolopoulos 5 (1), Papanikolaou 8 (1), Papakostas 4, Tsairelis 4, Karavanas, Lappas 2, Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) 22 (1 )



**On a sidenote Soulis Markopoulos in his statements said that Maroussi will be waiving Nikolay Padius (197-G-80) but they still don't have a replacement for him.


Panathinaikos beat Trikalla - by Alex Gianaris
Of course Panathinaikos is a favorite against the teams like Trikalla but game started with a lot of turn overs and missed outside shots by GREENS and Trikalla was not letting Panathinaikos going ahead by a lot of points until the second half. The game in the 3rd quarter was already boring because of a low pace. First 6 minutes of the match was started by Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) in the starting five of Panathinaikos but later on Dimitris Diamantidis never appeared on the court. Instead Vassilis Spanoulis (who was recently recovered by injury on his heel) lead his team. Trikalla small forward Tassos Harismidis (203-F-81) made two amazing dunks in the second period. William Avery (188-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Duke) was trying his best as well in the offense but Panathinaikos defense is too top for a single American guard in one team. Finally as expected Panathinaikos beat Trikalla at OAKA 81-62 but coaches of Panathinaikos was not satisfied still with a game.

A1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AEK - Panellinios 59-72
Panelinios cruised past AEK on the road jumping on 4-1. Anthony Grundy was a key player for the winners as he drained 21 points. AEK got 15 points and 5 boards from Trevon Bryant dropping on 2-3.

Kavala/P. - Olympiakos 51-82
Olympiakos blasted Kavala as a visitor staying undefeated after 5 appearances. Giorgos Printezis had 12 while Giannis Borousis and Josh Childress scored 11 points each for the Reds. Will Daniels added 19 points for Kavala, but his team remains winless, 0-2.

PAOK - ESTIA Egaleo 88-65
PAOK grabbed this one in style mostly owing to Costas Vasiliadis, who delivered 24 points including 6 rebounds. Raimonds Gabras scored 17 points in defeat. Both teams entered with 1-3 into this round.

Olimpia L. - Aris 55-73
4-1 for Aris and 2-3 for Olimpia after this game. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

C.C. Marousi - AEL 1964 87-69
Marousi took this one without any extra efforts. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

VAP Kolossos - Panionios 88-71
VAP Kolossos surprised Panionions moving up in A1 on 2-3. On the other side, the team of head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic slipped on 2-2. Lans Harris registered double-double for the hosts, 19 points and 10 rebounds. Steven Smith stopped on 17 points. Giannis Kalambokis once again top-scored in Panionios, this time with 16 points.

Panathinaikos - Trikalla 81-62
Green PAO easily beat Trikalla staying on the top of the standings together with Olympiakos, 5-0. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent


Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Koutroulias, N. East 95
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 80
3.Koronidis, Apollon 77
4.Godopoulos, Ermis 79
5.Michalos, Near East 71
5.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 71
Rebounds Per Game
1.Latovic, Pagrati 39
2.Koutroulias, N. East 26
3.Buci, Peristeri 26
4.Kakaroudis, Rethym 25
5.Papanikolaou Ilys. 23
Assists Per Game
1.Koronidis,Apollon 25
2.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 17
3.Michalos, N. East 16
4.Panagiotop. Reth. 16
5.Behlivanis Rethymn 16
Steals Per Game
1. Tsiotras, Pagrati 8
2. Orfanos, Keravn 6
3. Maslarinos, KAOD 6
4. Fogel, MENT 4
5. Siristatidis, Pagrat. 6
Blocks Per Game
1.Deligiannis, Peristeri 4
2.Loupos, Paner. 4
3.Kartelo, KAOD 3
4.Psathas, Paner. 3
5.Kakiouzis, Dafni 3
2FGP
1.Kartelo, KAOD 100%
2.Totsios, Iraklis 100%
3.Nikou, N.East 83%
4.Athanasoulas,Ilis. 83%
3FGP
1.Apostolopoulos, Panerythraikos 100%
2.Kadic, Xanthi 100%
3.Bucci, DASH 100%
Free Throws
1.Deligiannis, DASH 100%
2.Godop. ,Ermis L. 100%
3.Kitsoulis, KAOD 100%
Ranking
1.Margaritis, Perist. 0.759
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 0.754
3.Latovic, Pagrati 0.751
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Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 5-0 
 2. Olympiakos 5-0 
 3. Aris 4-1 
 4. Panellinios 4-1 
 5. Panionios 2-2 
 6. AEK 2-3 
 7. C.C. Marousi 2-3 
 8. VAP Kolossos 2-3 
 9. Olimpia L. 2-3 
 10. PAOK 2-3 
 11. AEL 1964 1-3 
 12. ESTIA Egaleo 1-4 
 13. Kavala/P. 0-2 
 14. Trikalla 0-4 


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FEB Results: Round 10 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, Eiffel Towers had their work cut out for them on the road versus ZZ Leiden, Matrixx Magixx wins its second game this week, with a big 2nd half the factor in its home win over BlueStream Den Helder, and Upstairs Weert escape in Leeuwarden with a road win over Aris Friesland.

In Leiden, in the Eiffel Towers-ZZ Leiden matchup, it was neck-and-neck throughout the first three quarters, but thanks to Eiffel sharpshooter
Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side), Eiffel Towers prevailed in the end, ending ZZ's upset hopes and to their 8th straight loss, winning 83-77. Akerboom led all scorers with 26 pts., including a perfect 6-6 from the three-point line. Akerboom was aided by Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech), who added 21 pts. ZZ, who did a good job of containing Eiffel top scorer Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) (10 pts., 8 turnovers), were led by David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) with 23 pts. and 9 rebounds. Eiffel now moves its record to 8-2, while ZZ falls to 1-8.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx found themselves behind 49-41 at halftime vs. BlueStream Seals, but dominated the second half by a 48-26 margin, coasting to an 89-75 win. Gerrit Brigitha (204-F/C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) had his best game of the season, with a double-double of scoring 29 pts on 11-15 FG (3 of 6 three-pointers) and 10 rebounds. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) added 22 pts. and Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) had 19. BlueStream Seals, which on Thursday ended a four-game losing streak with its home win over Aris Friesland, were led by

James Duffey (202-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) with 14 pts. Matrixx now moves to 6-4, while BlueStream Seals fall to 2-8.


In Leeuwarden, Aris Friesland had the last shot of the game to pull off a thrilling win, but it was not meant to be, as a Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) three-point attempt rimmed out, helping Upstairs Weert escape with a 106-104 thriller. Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) was the Man of the Match, scoring a league-high 40 pts., including making 8 three-pointers. Stapleton also dished out 7 assists. His wing mate

Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) added 27 pts., with 'Windex Man' Marcus Jackson (202-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Marquette) cleaning the glass with 18 boards, including 8 on the offensive glass. Jackson also added 5 assists. The 'Killer B's', Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) combined to score 45 pts. with 14 assists, with Bauscher scoring 27 pts. to lead Aris. Aris also got double-doubles from Jayme Miller (205-F-85, agency: Passing Lane) (21 pts., 10 rebounds) and Keith Spencer (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) (16 pts., 10 rebounds). Upstairs moves to 4-6, with Aris suffering its second straight close defeat this week, dropping also to 4-6.


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 8: - by Terry Cooper
Week 8 in the Promotie provided some key wins for teams to create some space in the standings early in the season. While most teams are still gelling and getting the feel of one another, others are making a statement early and sealing wins that will be valuable as the season progress. MyGuide2 cruised to a 88-57 win over Punch while VBC Akrides punished newcomer Red Giants on the road 94-54. EBBC2 defeated the Cangeroes 63-75 while Leiden2 won a nail bitter over de Pigeons 88-86. Inital High Five won over GOBA 64-59 while BV Rooi edged De Groene Uilen 82-75. MSV Log in won convincinly over Landstede2 89-53 thanks to a great TEAM performance and hard work MSV started an 11-0 run and never looked back. Next week is Beker Cup week which some teams in the Promotie will clash to see who will advance to the next round. For teams that are playing good luck and for those that are eliminated, it gives you a week of rest and preparation when competition resumes.

Week 8 Scores:

Punch - MyGuide2 57-88
Red Giants - VBC Akrides 54-94
Cangeroes - EBBC2 63-75
Pigeons - Leiden2 86-88
High Five - Goba 64-59
MSV Log in - Landstede2 89-53
BV Rooi - Groene Uilen 82-75


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


Eredivisie Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ZZ Leiden - Eiff.Towers 77-83
Eiffel Towers didn't have to work very hard in order to beat ZZ Leiden on the road. It is the eighth win for Eiffel in 10 appearances, while on the other side ZZ Leiden faced with another failure, 1-8. The team of head coach Randy Wiel once again got the most from Kees Akerboom, who nailed 26 points. Devonne Giles followed him with 21 points and 7 boards. David Chiotti contributed with 23 pts and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Hanzev.Cpt - West-Brabant 97-96
In the last game of Round 11 Hanzevast Capitals outsmarted West Brabant Giants 97-96. Torey Thomas top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Zoran Krstanovic stopped on 2 points less but including 10 rebounds. Patrick Pope and Tim Blue combined 52 points for the West-Brabant Giants. Both teams had 6-3 before this game.

M.Magix - Den Helder 89-75
6-4 for Matrixx Magix and 2-8 for Den Helder after this game. Gerrit Brigitha shined for the winners adding 29 points and 10 boards. Darnell Wilson also was great helping his team with 22 points and 6 boards. Den Helder got 14 points and 10 rebs from Darnell Dialls.

Aris Friesland - Upstairs Weert 106-108
Upstairs Weert celebrated in a high-scoring road game vs Aris Friesland jumping on 4-6. Nick Stapleton was totally the best player in Weert as he drained impressive 40 points. Matt Bauscher had 27 points in defeat. His team also has 4 wins in 10 games.



GasTerra, new main sponsor Capitals. - by Fred Roggen

As of the season 2009-2010 Hanzevast Capitals Groningen will go further under the name GasTerra Flames. The club and the new main sponsor GasTerra agreed to a contract in line for three seasons.
Chairman Rob Schuur of the Capitals is very pleased with the new main sponsor. 'After a cooperation of ten years with Hanzevast Capitals, we have again found a main sponsor who wants to bind itself for a long period to the club.'



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Albacomp eliminated Szolnok in a TV-game - by Tamas Deri
Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) was unstopable today and lead his team Albacomp to one easy victory against Szolnok! The 198 cm tall american forward scored amazing 35 points (5/7 2's, 6/12 3's, 7/9 FT's) in 31 minutes on the court.

Albacomp - Szolnoki Olaj KK 104-74
(28-15, 23-15, 33-27, 20-17)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2300, Referees: Dr. Pali, Szabo, Domokos
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 10/3, Hanga 9/3, Bell 35/18, Morrison 7, Radovic 11/3, Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) 16/6, David 6, Gob 4, Mada, Antal 2, Keller 4, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
Szolnok: Cziczas 3/3, Basit 5, Jerome Coleman 18/6, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 18/6, Jurkunas 5/3, Cseh 2, Gaal 12/3, Toth, Coach: Por Peter


Round 5, saturday's games - by Tamas Deri
ATOMEROMU SE - ENTERNET-NTE HEGYVIDEK 100-63
(29-19, 22-13, 20-10, 29-21)
Paks, Att.: 800, Referees: Domokos, Maar, Gyurka
ASE: Darris Nichols (188-G-86, college: W.Virginia) 16/3, Williams 10/3, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 23/3, Johnson 10/6, Csaplar-Nagy E. 10, Meszaros Z. 1, Mate Medve (197-G-89) 10, KISS 8/6, Panta, Ferdinand Morgen (203-F/C-90) 10/3, Kiricsi 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 9/3, Krasznai 3/3, Beak, Krisztian Lazar (205-C-87) 14, Fulop 10, Kovats R. 6, Hajmasy 1, Farago 5/3, Likar, Tamas Will (196-G/F-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Coach: Kovats Laszlo


KAPOSVARI KK - NYIREGYHAZI KE 105-97
(31-19, 28-26, 18-22, 28-30)
Kaposvar, Att.: 600, Referees: Pali, Teczely, Sagi
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 13/3, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 28/9, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 28, Markus 3/3, Kiss K. 3, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
NYIREGYHAZA: SAVIC 17/3, Booker 14, Siska 9/6, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 36/15, Jelesijevic 10/6, Lekli, Trivunovic 11/9, Wehner, Nagy K., Coach: Kmezic Zoran


ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 78-79
(22-17, 16-16, 23-24, 17-22)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 2000, Referees: Vetek, Szabo G.
ZALAEGERSZEG: Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 20/3, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 17/6, Kaman 10/3, Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) 15/6, Helbich 6, Trepak 2, Gaspar 6/6, Simon L., Baki 2, Coach: Volgyi Peter
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 23/3, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 16/6, Couisnard 8, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Dies 4, Boldizsar 4, Csorvasi 6, Kovats V., Vesztergom 2, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


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Vancouver BC Titans announce Chambers as Head Coach and announce tryout - by Trask Frost

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2008 CONTACT: IBL Commissioner (ph) 866-IBL-GAME
The Vancouver Titans today announced that the organization has signed Rich Chambers as the teams first Head Coach. Chambers, the current National Womens Junior Team Head Coach and long-time Head Coach at Terry Fox High School in Coquitlam is well respected throughout the B.C. basketball community, and brings considerable energy, experience, and enthusiasm to the expansion Titans of the IBL. Chambers has also coached at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Titans General Manager David Petroziello is satisfied that the Titans hiring search returned the right man for the job in Chambers; Petroziello: his experience and qualities as a coach were exactly what I was hoping to find in our Head Coach. Rich Chambers : I am very excited to be a part of this new professional sport organizationas it is time professional basketball returned to British Columbia. I know that the Titans organization will do a wonderful job developing a competitive team and creating an exciting basketball atmosphere.
GM Petroziello says that he shares a vision with Chambers to fill their roster with young, Canadian talentgiven our organizations commitment to offering the best Canadian talent a domestic professional outlet, I felt it was vital that we find a coach who is familiar with the best and brightest athletes in B.C. and as wellthe rest of Canada with over 30 years of coaching experience behind him, (head coach) Richs contacts and knowledge of the game are second to none; he is definitely the coach we need as we build our organization.
Also, Vancouver Titans General Manager and Director of Basketball Operations David Petroziello announced that the Titansan expansion team in the International Basketball Leaguewill hold a free agent camp at the end of November as part of their player identification process. The camp will give prospective Titans players their first crack at impressing the Titans new Head Coach and General Manager. Recently hired Head Coach Rich Chambers will be present. Said Head Coach Rich Chambers : We are very excited to see and evaluate the caliber of athletes that are interested in pursuing a pro career with the Vancouver Titans. GM Petroziello expects there to be a good turnout at the camp.we have received an impressive number of inquiries over the past few months regarding our upcoming season, and I expect there to be a good number of athletes at the camp. Petroziello insists that the 2009 Titans roster will not be filled after November 23rd, but rather that this camp is one step in an ongoing player identification processthis camp is an opportunity for local guys who think they can play at this level to come out and show us what they have to offer; if we can identify a handful of players from this camp, I will consider it a success. The day-long camp will be held on Sunday November 23rd at Simon Fraser University (west gym). Registration will open at 10:30am, with on court activities running from 11:30 until 4:30pm. Players are encouraged to pre-register for the camp by contacting GM David Petroziello. Cost is $40. For more information please contact: David Petroziello at david@vancouvertitans.com
or 604-314-6012 or contact Head Coach Rich Chambers at rich@vancouvertitans.com


About the IBL: the International Basketball League; the IBL is a fifth year minor league that will play from mid April 2009 through July 3rd, 2009. The IBL has two unique features: 1) a game with only 1 timeout per quarter and as a result, a fast and fun game for fans (teams average 127 points per game in under 2 hours of play) and 2) an efficient business model for owners (owners only fly one time) to where they can survive and eventually thrive. As for type of players107 players went on to play overseas after the 2007 IBL season establishing the IBL as a great place for overseas players to come back and play (after their overseas program ends) and/or a great place for new basketball professionals to get their start. The IBL league web site is www.IBLhoopsOnline.com



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NBA Hoops School begins - by Anil Kumar
Four-time NBA championship winner and former Boston Celtics great Robert Parish launched the league's flagship Junior Hoop School programme for Indian children.
It's not everyday that kids in India get to learn the nuances of basketball from someone who has played 21 seasons in the NBA, more than any other player in history and Parish seems to have a roadmap in mind for India.

'We are teaching them to play the right way. This way you are going to develop love and passion for any sport. if you learn to play the right way and thats the fundamentals and principles that goes into any sport,' says Parish.

The five-week programme will involve more than 600 schools and it has been specially designed and customised for India.

'I don't know about long term attaching an individual player but we will continue to bring in NBA legends as well as current players to India to be able to generate awareness for the game,' explains Akash Jain, Director, International Development, NBA.

'The basic problem we are facing in India is that coaches are not as familiar with the game as people from America. So NBA is helping us train the coaches. This will help improve basketball at the grassroots level,' adds BFA chief Harish Sharma.

The NBA is doing its bit in India through programmes like 'Basketball without Borders' and 'Hoop', with legends like Parish showing an interest in coaching assignments, things can only get better for Indian basketball in future.

Courtesy CNN-IBN


NBA Hoop School begins - by Anil Kumar
Four-time NBA championship winner and former Boston Celtics great Robert Parish launched the league's flagship Junior Hoop School programme for Indian children.
It's not everyday that kids in India get to learn the nuances of basketball from someone who has played 21 seasons in the NBA, more than any other player in history and Parish seems to have a roadmap in mind for India.

'We are teaching them to play the right way. This way you are going to develop love and passion for any sport. if you learn to play the right way and thats the fundamentals and principles that goes into any sport,' says Parish.

The five-week programme will involve more than 600 schools and it has been specially designed and customised for India.

'I don't know about long term attaching an individual player but we will continue to bring in NBA legends as well as current players to India to be able to generate awareness for the game,' explains Akash Jain, Director, International Development, NBA.

'The basic problem we are facing in India is that coaches are not as familiar with the game as people from America. So NBA is helping us train the coaches. This will help improve basketball at the grassroots level,' adds BFA chief Harish Sharma.

The NBA is doing its bit in India through programmes like 'Basketball without Borders' and 'Hoop', with legends like Parish showing an interest in coaching assignments, things can only get better for Indian basketball in future.

Courtesy CNN-IBN


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Lottomatica suffers the first defeat - by Gianni Pascucci
Snaidero Udine took an unexpected win yesterday night, in the anticipated game of the Serie A Round 5, defeating tableheader Lottomatica Roma at home, 104-100. Despite the host team dominating the boards, Udine shot very well all game long, keeping the 69% in 3 pointers (!!), led by Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut), who scored 37 points with 7/8 in 3pts shots. The first half ended 50-48 for Udine, Lottomatica managed to keep the lead during the third quarter (78-69), but Snaidero came back and won the first game of the season. Anderson was teh night MVP, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) added 20 pts and 5 rebs in Udine, Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) led Roma in losing effort with 19 pts and 2 rebs.

SerieA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Snaidero - Lottomatica 104-100
Snaidero celebrated the initial win in the season beating Lottomatica 104:100 in style. Rashad Anderson exploded with 37 points sinking 7/8 from beyond the arc. Oscar Torres added 20 points for the Udine team. Lottomatica on the other hand suffered the first defeat in the tournament. Sani Becirovic had 19 points in the losing effort.

Montepaschi - Fortitudo 109-82
Montepaschi delivered the fith straight win in the Seria A as they dealt with Fortitudo 109:82 at home. Rimantas Kaukenas scored 19 points for the Siena outfit, which refuses to lose in Italy as well as in Europe. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the league leaders. Fortitudo answered with 19 points from Qyntel Woods.

Premiata - Angelico BI 70-66
Premiata outscored Angelico Biella 70:66 and remained in the third place in the standings. Bryce Taylor scored 19 points to pace the hosts. Kiwane Garris netted 15 points for Premiata as they climbed at 4-1 record. Reece Gaines answered with 17 points for Angelico Biella.

NGC Cantu - Banca Tercas 91-88
Cantu eked out a 91:88 victory over Banca Tercas today. It was the third success for Cantu in the season. Barry Elder came up with 18 points for Cantu. Sundiata Gaines and Herve Toure delivered 15 points apiece for the winners. Jaycee Carroll replied with game-high 33 points as Banca Tercas suffered the third defeat.

Solsonica - Benetton 65-66
Gary Neal nailed a late three-pointer to lift Benetton to a 66:65 victory over Solsonica. Neal finished the clash with 21 points for Benetton. Bobby Dixon contributed 17 points for the Treviso team. Solsonica answered with 20 points from Patricio Prato. Folarin Campbell dropped 18 points in the loss.

Carife FE - Armani MI 61-63
Carife led by one point with less than a minute left in the regualtion but still lost the game to Armani Jeans in the round. Mike Hall buried a late go-ahead treble to win the game for Armani Heans. Jobey Thomas stepped up with 17 points for the winning team. Mike Hall had 16 points and 9 boards for Armani Jeans as they improved to 2-3 record. Harold Jamison responded with 15 points and 12 caroms for Carife in defeat.


A very hard job for team Italy.. - by Gianni Pascucci
The Additional Qualification Round draw held yesterday at the Capitol Theatre of Warsaw was the... worse as possible for the Azzurri, who fould in their Group B one of the teams defeating them in August, Finland, and the other top team forced to play in the Additional Round, France. And the game schedule is not good too, with the first game vs. France at home, otherwise than hoped by coach Carlo Recalcati , who admitted that his Team Italy will face a very hard job next summer. . In the other group of the Additional Qualification Round will compete Bosnia Herzegovina, Portugal and Belgium.
The one down is the complete schedule of Group B
August 5 Italy-France
August 8 France-Finland
August 11 Finland-Italy
August 14 France-Italy
August 17 Finland-France
August 20 Italy-Finland
Final Games: Group A winner vs. Group B winner on August 27 and 30
The 2009 edition of European Championship will be played in Poland, from September 7 to 20, and the Additional Qualification Round winner team will play in the Group B, in Gdanz, together with Russia, Germany and Latvia


Lega2 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Edimes PV - Aget IM 83-91
Joseph Bunn nailed 20 points and collected 9 rebounds and Aget Imola secured a 91:83 win over Edimes Pavia. Federico Pugi and Isaiah Swann delivered 18 points each as Aget posted the third win in the season. Edimes answered with 21 points from Jeffrey Viggiano.

Pallacan.RO - Basket LI 82-77
Pallacanestro overcame Basket Livorno 82:77 today and drew level with their opponents in the ladder. They teams are now knotted at 3-3 record. Danilo Pinnock fired 22 points for Pallacanestro. Fulvio de Assis and Fabio Ruini added 12 points each in the win. Marcelus Kemp led all scorers with 25 points for Livorno.

Umana Reyer - Cimberio VA 70-71
Cimberio Varese got away with a narrow 71:70 win over Umana Reyer. Guido Meini and Massimo Farioli knocked down 11 points each for Umana Venezia. Nathan Green and Manuel Carrizo added 10 points each in the loss. Randolph Childress and Kaniel Dickens ensured 14 points each for Cimberio as they climbed at 5-1 record on top of the standings.

Harem SC - Carmatic PI 96-80
Harem earned the fourth victory in the league action as they cruised past Carmatic 96:80. Ronald Davis orchestrated the win with 31 points. Joel Salvi was helpful with 28 points for Scafati. Elton Tyler had 18 points and 7 rebounds for Carmatic as they lost the third game in the championship.

Fileni JE - Banco Sard. 84-70
Fileni maintained their top position in Lega Due. Today they fired down Banco Sardegna 84:70 at home court. Fileni were led by 26 points and 9 boards from Michele Maggioli. Ruben Boykin netted 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the win. Luigi Dordei answered with 16 points for the visitors.

Enel Brindisi - Vanoli SO 87-81
Enel Brindisi toppled Vanoli 87:81 in this round. Marcus Hatten topscored for Brindisi with 34 points. Marco Killingsworth added 19 points and 10 caroms for the winners. Rudy Mbemba had 15 points and 8 steals for Vanoli.

Fastweb CM - Prima VE 65-63
Casele narrowly defeated Prima Veroli and strengthened their positions among the league leaders. Jamar Smith fired 14 points to lead Fastweb to a 65:63 victory. Simone Pierich had 12 points in the winning effort. Prima Veroli replied with 18 points from Jerome Allen.

Basket RC - Trenkwalder 70-75
Trenkwalder bruised Basket Rimini Crabs 75:70 away from home. Marco Carra stepped up with 20 points for the visitors. Bryant Smith and Nicolo Melli added 12 points each in the win. German Scarone was the best for Rimini Crabs with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists.


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BJ League Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lakestars - Heat Devils 65-66
Heat Devils opened Round 8 with a road victory over Lakestars 65:66. Sato Kimitake led the winners with 18 points and Reichel Dave added 16. Price Jefferey collected 13 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Nash Bobby top-scored in defeat with 21 points.

Evessa - Rizing 95-84
Washington Lynn nailed 30 points, made 9 boards and 7 assists as his Evessa outscored Rizing 95:84. Parker Michael posted 22 and Sturns, Michael scored 21.

89ers - Broncos 64-63
Broncos suffered another loss, 63:64 from 89ers. St.Preux Bobby led the winners with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Warren Reginald edned up with 19 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Albirex - Phoenix 99-90
Albirex overcame Phoenix 99:90 to tie them at 4-3 record. Akingbade Dokun was unstoppable with 30 points and massive 19 boards. Takeno Akitomo nailed 23 and Chitwood Calvin notched 18. Gardener Michael had 24 points and 12 assists for the visitors.

Five Arrows - Golden Kings 87-88
Golden Kings survived to stay undefeated after 88:87 over Five Arrows. Newton Jeff led the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds. McHenry Anthony poured in 19 points, while Kinjo Shigeyuki added 16. Leach George nailed 21 points in the losing effort and James Gordon grabbed 20 points and 17 boards.



Panasonic earns another win - by J.D. Greene
The Panasonic Trians proved they like sitting at the top of the standings as they grabbed a victory on the road against the Tochigi Brex in Gunma on Saturday. They didn't appear to be phased playing in front of a sold-out arena holding over 5,400 fans, as the Triads showed control, leading most of the game. A valiant effort from the Brex helped them tie the game with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Trians couldn't be stopped as they made some key shots and free throws, winning the game 82-74.
For Panasonic, Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) led with 24 points and Hiroyuki Kinoshita contributed 7 assists. Yuta Tabuse and Ken Tanaka led the Brex with 14 points each. Panasonic and Aisin remain remain tied for first place with 8-2 records.


JBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tochigi Brex - Panasonic 74-82
Panasonic opened Round 7 in the game versus Tochigi Brex and beat them 82:74. Custis, Ace led the winners with 24 points, while Honeycutt Jerald and Ohno Atsushi added 12 each. Tanaka Ken and Tabuse Yuta posted 14 points apiece for the hosts.

Aishin - Toyota 112-75
Aishin thrashed Toyota 112:75 for 8-2 record on top. Takeuchi Kosuke top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Young David netted 21, while Henderson-Sakuragi and Amino Tomoo added 18 each. Takahashi Michael ended up with 17 points in defeat.

Toshiba - Hokkaido 70-64
Violette Cory led Toshiba over Hokkaido in a 70:64 win with 21 points. Newton Tyler posted 16 in defeat and Yamada Daiji had 13 points and 11 boards.

Hitachi S. - Mitsubishi 73-50
Hitachi overcame Mitsubishi 73:50 as Takeuchi Joji paced all the winners with 18 points. Parada Adam was the only one to reach double digits for the visitors nailing 10 points.



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KBL Market News - by Mohammed Malas
- Al Tadhamon Club is waiting for the arrival of the american center John Francis Smith (203-F/C-81, college: Staten Island) to join the team for the news season...

Smith will add Kuwait to his career which contains England, Luxmebourg, Denemark and Macedonia.

- Jeryl Sasser (198-G-79, college: SMU) will be back to Al Arabi club to replace Justin Murray who got an hard injury which will force to be out of the season.

Sasser led Al Arabi for league title last season, He played before in Israel, France and some leagues inside the US.


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Market News - by Mohammed Malas

- Champville club head coach Ghassan Sarkis decided to have the american pair William Pippen (203-F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Chris Charles (213-F/C-81, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Villanova) with him for the news season 2008-2009.

Pippen was chosen before as Jordanian Premier League MVP in season 2006-2007 with Arena Amman, He played also in Japan, Mexico, Luxembourg and UAE last season, While Charles starred in the Serbian league before heading for a new experience in Lebanon.

- McCiskill to Kahraba:
Source: Pro Management Agency

Jerron McCiskill Signed with Karhraba to provide experience, height and versatility.

The former Blue Stars player will join newcomers Kahraba, who are once again in the top division, after being away for a few years. He is a multi-faceted athlete on the floor. With the ability to play both guard and forward, McCiskill will add athleticism to Kahraba's lineup.


- Feytroun sign Joesph and Culver:
Source: Pro Management Agency

Jay Joseph (193-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: NC-Greensboro) joined the team after a successful season with Al Ittihad Aleppo of Syria.

Joseph, a 6'4' guard is best known for his long-range shooting and passing.

Meanwhile, Patrick Culver (208-C-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Texas A&M) joined the team to add height and defense to the league sophomores.



Antranik inks Fraser - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

Antranik Beirut inked a post player Mike Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who played last season in Austria with the champion team BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers , Fraser is a very athletic player who will bring a good presence for Antranik in the paint despite hi height which is 68 .

Fraser was the MVP of the All Star game in Austria last season , best Field Goals % and one of the best rebounder of the league.
Antraniks management this year has a plan to have better results from the past years and to create a continuity for good results for this season and the seasons to come.



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MNT1A 4 Round : Boris Lalovic too strong for Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 4 Round of ontenegrin 1A Opportunity league in city of Niksic Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi win against Basketball Club Niksic 78-65 ( 27:15, 18:13, 19:30, 14:7 ).IN team of Basketball Club Primorje best player was Boris lalovic ho score 32 pioints and have +47 index points.Good game play Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) (203-F-77) (203-F-77) with 10 points and 8 rebounds.


NIKSIC - PRIMORJE H.Novi 65:78 ( 15:27, 13:18, 30:19, 7:14 )

Niksic Sport Center. Spect 300. Reff: Dragojevic, Jokic, Popovicc (Podgorica)
NIKSIC: Samardic, Nikola Djokovic (191-G-89) 9, Filip Barovic (206-F-90), Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 19, Ma. Kuveljic 12, Mi. Kuveljic, Djurkovic 2, Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) 5, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 10, Medenica 2, Sturanovic 6, Dubljevic
PRIMORJE : Arapovic, Najdenov 3, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 5, Miljanic 5, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83), Stevovic 7, Goran Pejovic (203-F/C-77) 10, Zambelic, Mihailovic 8,Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 8, Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 32.

RUDAR Pljevlja - LOVCEN Cetinje 47:114 ( 18:29,12:26,11:33, 6:26 )

Pljevlja - SC ''Ada''. Spest : 100. Reff : Raicevic (Podgorica), Kajevic (Bijelo Polje), Scekic (Podgorica)
RUDAR: Abaspahic 16, Knezevic 6, Dzakovic , Jankovic, Bajrovic, Markovic, Vukovic 1, Cartal 5, Spajic, Dzogaz 9, Dragas 8, Gomilanoviz 2.
LOVCEN: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 9,Marko Calic (197-F-86) 7, Savovic 5, Milosevic 12, Ivanovic 16, Djukanovic 7, Kascelan, Lutersek 9, Lopicic 4, Lalic 5, Jovanovic 27, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87),


ULCINJ - DANILOVGRAD 74:68 ( 11:21, 25.21, 18.18, 20:8 )

Ulcinj - School center Marshal Tito. spect: 800. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Koljensic (Podgorica), Sundic (Podgorica)
ULCINJ : Lakovic, Stanic 9, Jankovic 11, Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86) 2, Micetic, Paunovic 5, Cetkovic, Malovic 13, Elmir Forto (206-C, college: Auburn-Montgomery) 2, Ivanovic 9, Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 7, Djordjevic 16.
DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, Staniic, Bogojevic 14, Radulovic 10, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 4, Simonovic 17, Staniic 12, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 6, Mijajlovic, Milatovic 5, Djurovic, Vujisic.


ABS PRIMORJE H,Novi - JEDINSTVO B.Polje 92:89 ( 26:15, 23:25, 20:25, 23:24 )

Herceg Novi - SC Igalo. Spect: 200. Reff: Ruteic, Kaludjerovic, Janjusevic ( Niksic)
ABS PRIMORJE: Bulatovic 3, Radovanovic 9, Boricic 17, Djecevic 2, Pajevic 6, Ilic 20, Djuricic, Bacovic, Vujovic 8,Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 15, Mandic 13, Medic
JEDINSTVO: Rabrenovic 7, Musovic 7, Vucetic 2, Miljic, Popovic 6, Omerovic 2, Babaca 23, Crovel 4, Ignjatovic 21, Jekson 17.


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Tony Parker expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to injury ,same with Josh Smith - by Bruno Baltazar
The San Antonio Spurs canceled practice Saturday, a day after All-Star guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) sprained his left ankle and was expected to miss at least two weeks.
Parker was injured during a 99-83 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday, two nights after scoring a career-high 55 points against the Timberwolves. He was expected to have an MRI examination on Saturday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Friday that he expected Parker to miss two to four weeks. X-rays taken Friday were negative, but Popovich said Parker's ankle showed plenty of swelling.
The Spurs are 1-4 and off to their worst start since going 1-5 in 1996. They play Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks.
Parker will be replaced in the lineup by either rookie George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) or 12th-year veteran Jacques Vaughan. Hill took Parker's place after the injury.
The 33-year-old Vaughan was inactive, though no injury was listed. He dressed but did not play Wednesday at Minnesota. He averaged 10 minutes in the Spurs' first four games this season.
Hill has played 35 minutes as a pro. Hard times for the Spurs.

The Hawks lost starting power forward Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) with a sprained left ankle with 56.1 seconds to play in the first quarter of Fridays game against Toronto at Philips Arena.
Smith is expected to be out two to four weeks with a high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury trying to block a shot. When he came down he landed on Zaza Pachulias foot and fell to the ground. He got up and limped off the floor, eventually making it to the locker room where the Hawks team doctors examined him.


NBA Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nets - Pacers 80-98
Indiana Pacers outplayed New Jersey Nets thanks to Danny Granger and his 23 points. He had just 1 of 9 from beyond the arc but despite it he was the top scorer in his team. New Jersey Nets got 31 points from Vince Carter. Both teams currently have 2-3.

Wizards - Magic 81-106
Orlando Magic improved on 4-2 while the Wizards are winless yet 0-5. Nick Young top-scored for the Magic with 20 points. Washington got 31 points and 16 boards from Dwight Howard.

Heat - Hornets 89-100
Chris Paul and David West shined for the Hornets helping it to reach 4th win in 6 appearances. Each of these two players drained 21 points. Dwayne Wade once again was great for the Heat adding 30 points and 10 assists but his team dropped on 3-3.

Cavaliers - Bulls 106-97
Cleveland continued with nice performance this season. Fantastic LeBron James this time stopped on 41 points and 13 rebounds leading the Cavs to 5-2. Chicago got 29 points from Ben Gordon, 3-4.

Suns - Bucks 104-96
5-2 for the Suns and 3-4 for the Bucks after this game. Shaquille O'Neal nailed 29 points and grabbed 11 points for the winners while Amare Stoudemire stopped on 24 pts. Ramon Sessions demonstrated pretty good performance for the loosing team contributing with 23 points and 6 assists.

Timberwolves - Trail Blazers 93-97
The Trail Blazers outsmarted Minnesota jumping on 3-3. Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge netted 24 points each for Portland. Al Jefferson scored 27 for the Timberwolves, which stays on just 1 win in 6 games.



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Oregon Coasts in Second Exhibition Tuneup - by Carl Berman
The University of Oregon coasted to a 116-71 victory over Southern Oregon University this afternoon. Coach Ernie Kent utilized all his available freshmen more and the freshmen all looked more comfortable and effective today. Center Michael Dunigan led the Ducks with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in 22 minutes of action against the smaller Raiders. Freshman point guard Garrett Sim showed his athleticism in scoring 15 points while Drew Wiley scored 13 on 3-5 three point shooting. The other big freshman, 6-8 Josh Crittle scored 11 to go along with 6 rebounds while Matt Humphrey scored 11 on 2-3 three pointers. Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88) was impressive today running the point scoring 14 points to go along with 4 assists and no turnovers. Starting center Franz Dorsainvil was held out due to a thigh briuse and freshman Teondre Williams did not suit up. The Ducks open the regular season on Friday night against Northern Colorado. It will be interesting to see how this freshman class jells as the season progresses.

Paulus eager to bring March success back to Duke - by Rick Ross
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -Greg Paulus has become the Duke player that opposing fans love to hate.
It's a role passed down through the years - from Laettner to Hurley to Redick.

Paulus greets it with his familiar, knowing smirk. He's ready for that relentless,
never-ending cascade of boos that always rains down on whomever the
masses anoint as the lightning rod in coach Mike Krzyzewski's lineup.

Duke's senior point guard loves being that player.

'It makes you concentrate harder, it makes you focus harder,
it makes you want to keep them quiet,'' Paulus said.
'I know that whenever you win on an opposing team's court,
it's a pretty good feeling when you go in the locker room and you're
celebrating with the guys and you know that you just accomplished that.''

That's a feeling seemingly everyone in Duke's program has learned to share,
ever since Krzyzewski established his standard of excellence with
10 Final Fours and three national titles in nearly three decades at the school.

But after two straight earlier-than-usual exits from the NCAA tournament,
that swagger has taken a hit - and now it's Paulus' job to help recapture that March mojo.

'We understand what it's like - we've been going through this for quite some time now,
Paulus said. 'That's part of why we wanted to come here. We wanted to be a part of the program.
We wanted to add to it, and we understand that if you don't play well in March,
this is what's going to be said, written or described your season as.

'We understand that we had a pretty good season last year in the regular season,
but we did not play the way we wanted to or fulfill what we wanted to, as far as our standards.
Not other people's - ours. We judge that by ourselves.''

These Blue Devils, ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25,
appear better built to maintain a high level of play and make the kind of
deep tournament run that's become commonplace over the years.

Nine of the top 11 scorers are back from a team that rose to No. 2 nationally,
beat rival North Carolina on its home court in a 2-vs.-3 matchup and claimed the
No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

They wore down late and finished 28-6 after losing three of their last five,
capped by a 73-67 setback to West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

'We had a hell of a year, and I need to make sure that we have a hell of a year the whole year,
'' Krzyzewski said. 'That doesn't mean we're going to win the NCAA, but we could.
Last year, the way we were, we couldn't.''

This year's team is better for several reasons - most importantly, experience.

After having just one scholarship senior in the past two seasons - DeMarcus Nelson -
this team has two (Paulus and swingman David McClure). There's also a fourth-
year junior (guard Marty Pocius, back from a knee injury)
and two third-year players who have two years of starting experience, guards
Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer. And ACC rookie of the year Kyle Singler
joins sophomore guard Nolan Smith in hoping to benefit from their first year in the ACC's grind.

Krzyzewski hopes a team that could go 12 deep will have more of an interior presence,
with 7-foot-1 center Brian Zoubek finally healthy after a nagging foot injury,
and with a pair of freshmen - 6-7 Olek Czyz and 6-10 Miles Plumlee -
adding additional bulk to a lineup that was criticized last year for
being too small and too dependent on its perimeter game.

'You can't understate the importance of a big guy to play with and complement the other players,
Zoubek said.

The Blue Devils hope that blend of size and talent can help them erase
the scars of previous NCAA tournament failures - quite literally,
in Scheyer's case. The junior guard still sports a lasting abrasion
under his left eye from one of the program's recent low points,
that opening-round loss two seasons ago to Virginia Commonwealth.

'The biggest thing for us is, we're a different team this year,
he said. 'Last year and the year before, we're going to use those as learning experiences.
But for us, this is a new team, new guys and we're going into it fresh with a lot of confidence.
I'm not taking any scars with me this year.''


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Bears Win at Division II UMSL, 91-90, in Double OT - by Moritz Korff
Senior Tyler Nadings put-back with 11 seconds remaining gave the NCAA Division III defending champion Washington University in St. Louis mens basketball team a 91-90 double overtime victory at Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday night at the Mark Twain Building in Washington U.s lone exhibition game of the 2008-09 season.

Nading, who finished the contest with 18 points and six rebounds, was left unmarked after junior Aaron Thompsons three-pointer from the corner was off the mark. Thompson led the Bears with 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting, including 9-of-17 from three points range.

Thompson scored 19 first half points on 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range as the top-ranked team in Division III built a 43-40 halftime advantage.
The Bears jumped out quickly in the game as Thompson had 11 points in the first eight minutes giving WU a 16-8 advantage. Nathan Whittaker drained of his five three-pointers to give UMSL a 33-31 lead, but sophomore Caleb Knepper came off the bench for a three-point play to put WU up 34-33.

Thompson gave Washington U. a 66-53 second half lead with a three-pointer, and then Knepper drained another deep three giving Washington U. its largest lead at 71-58 with 9:27 to play.

The Bears went cold from the field and UMSL responded as Whittaker hit a three-pointer to trim the advantage to 73-67. Head coach Mark Edwards was called for a technical foul with 2:46 remaining, and UMSL made three of four free-throws to trim the lead to 76-72. A steal and lay-up by Beaumont Beasley cut the lead to 76-74, and then Jason Black sent the game to the first overtime with a driving lay-up.

Two free-throws by Alex Jackson gave UMSL an 83-77 lead with 3:08 left in the first overtime, but a three-pointer from Thompson and a three from the top of the key from Nading tied it at 83-83 to send the game into a second overtime. Back-and-forth it went in the second extra period, and two Ryan Lawrence free-throws gave UMSL the 90-89 lead before Nadings heroics.

Washington U. shot 52.4 percent (33-63) from the field for the game, and hit 14-of-30 from three-point range. The Bears outrebounded UMSL, 36-34, and recorded 25 assists and had 14 steals. Senior Sean Wallis had five points and a game-high 10 assists in his first action since suffering a season-ending injury against Maryville University on Nov. 20, 2007. Junior Cameron Smith added 13 points and seven rebounds in 43 minutes of action.

The Bears exhibition contest on Saturday is Washington U.s second in the last three seasons. In 2006, Washington U. suffered a 59-28 loss at Division I Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Washington U. opens regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 15, against North Park University in the Colorado College Tip-Off Classic. The opening tip is at 1 p.m. (MT) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Courtesy of http://bearsports.wustl.edu/releases/mbk11-8-08.html


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Joao Guerreiro Barreirense player,more and more a young surprise - by Bruno Baltazar
Joao Guerreiro (209-F-90) last weekend for Barreirense/Unilogos scored 19 points in 20 minuts against Atletico in their win and he is just 18 years old,international for the portuguese national team,the forward told us a bit more about that.
He come from Algarve to the city of Berreiro 4 years ago leaving his friends and family,from the understanding of his family to the friendly persons in Barreiro that he now considers family ,saying it was hard times ,all for the dream of play basketball,he decided to play for this team because it was a well known formation team in the portuguese basket and he dont regreat doing that choice.
But not everything was perfect during his stay ,he had bad moments such as when he broke his wrist and did a operation and was out of playing basketball ,he feared things could have been worse but now he is here again to play,and this season he is playing with the senior team and he has a great joy because of that,the help from teamates and everyone been tremendous he say,playing against americans is not easy and in practises he has to work more harder now.
In his view everyone needs to work more and other persons need to paying more atention to basket in Portugal so this can be a bigger sport and achieve bigger things in the future,in the personal level he want to develop his game and help his team to win games.
His dream is to play in a great european league for a good team but for now he says he is focus in Barreirense.


Reactions to Portugal oponents - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal will play for the last spot in the European 2009 against Bosnia and Belgium and here are some of the reactions.
Moncho Lopez the Portugal head coach said he is really happy with the oponents he will face ,avoiding France and Italy for now its important,its a equilibrated group we will face ,we wont travel that far,we will start and end this qualification at home ,important as well,he hopes no injuries will happen and he is also happy that he will have a long time to preprare the last home game.
Potuguese point guard Jose Costa (187-G-73) said it would have been perfect for us if we faced Finland but that wont happen and its great that we wont play against France,he not scared of the oponents and say they perfectly can win the group ,we played against Bosnia 2 years ago in the road to the sucessfull European 07(lost at home and win away),regarding Belgium he says they have more and more quality as they years goes but we can win he adds.


Road to the European 09 ,Portugal faces Bosnia and Belgium - by Bruno Baltazar
After all Portugal can have a bit chances to try to qualifie and get the last spot to compete in the European 2009 to be held in Poland because they wont play in the first round against the european titans such as Italy and France.
Portugal knows now they will be in Group A ,facing Bosnia and Belgium,in the other group a great battle between France and Italy with Finland trying to make a surprise in Group B.
Dates of Portugal games:

05 of August: PORTUGAL-Bosnia Hezegovine
11 of August: Belgium-PORTUGAL
14 of August: Bosnia Herzegovine-PORTUGAL
20 of August: PORTUGAL-Belgium

The winner of each group will play against the other winner and they will play at home and away ,2 games to define who grabs the last spot.
And who ever qualifies will be in the group B facing Russia ,Germany and Latvia.

Grup A: Macedonia, Croatia, Israel and Greece
Grup B: Russia, last team to qualifie, Germany and Latvia
Grup C: Great Britain, Serbia, Spain and Slovenia
Grup D: Poland, Turkey, Lituania and Bulgary


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Ayuso picked up by Iowa - by Luis Ramirez
Shooting Guard Larry Ayuso was selected by Iowa in a second round selection of the NBA D-League. Iowa is a affiliate of the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns. Action starts later this month, on November 28th. Ayuso will make his first appearance against Sioux Falls. Ayuso is hopeful that his talent will earn him a call from a regular NBA team, where he has been to training camps previously but up to now has not had the opportunity to strut his stuff. Ayuso is a deadly 3 point shooter when he is in his zone and is a hard nose player; he has been representing the Puerto Rico National team for some years now and is still looking for his big opportunity in the NBA.

In other BSN news the Bayamon Cowboys now have a new owner, boxing promoter Peter Rivera is said to have bought the franchise from current owner Francisco Padilla. Rivera who has been a successful boxing entrepreneur will not try to revive this franchise which is considered one with a lot of tradition in the League. There had been some talk of the Cowboys taking a recess this year and this has now been put to rest with the team sale to Rivera.
Elias Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC)


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Hargrow signs for Qatar - by Ali Ahmed
Qatar Club basketball team management agreed terms with the American Guard Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) to play for them this season 2008/2009.


An outstanding athlete who has great quickness and can explode to the goal also a good on-the-ball defender.


Awards/Achievements:
NIT Semifinals -03
Big 10 Conf. Honorable Mention -03
Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -07 (Slam Dunk Contest Winner)
Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals -07
Qatar Emir Cup Finalist -08
Luxembourg League Semifinals -08


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SBL Market News - by Mohammed Malas

- The american point guard Rashad Phillips (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) will be the new face in Al Ansar's roster in the new season...

Phillips has big career esspecially in Europe where he played in Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Latvia and Portugal.


- Ohod club decided to benifit fro mthe services the senegalese center Ndongo N'diaye (214-C-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Delaware) and the american point guard Brian Waters (188-G-85, agency: Pro Management Agency)...


N'Diaye is very familiar with Ohod as he played with them before in season 2003-2004 adding to his career in Lebanon (3 seasons), Japan, Angola, France and Tunisia, While Waters is a newly graduated player from Elon University (US-NCAA1).



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A League Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Borac - Novi Sad 76-71
Borac celebrated against Novi Sad in the opening game of Round 7 staying perfect in A league. Nenad Stefanovic top-scored for the hosts with 23 points. Goran Pobric had 17 points and 8 rebounds in Novi Sad, who suffered 6th defeat in 7 appearances.

Ergonom - Radnicki 034 77-84
Third win for Radnicki 034 Group and at the same time the second failure for Ergonom. Danilo Draskovic was a key player for the visitors registering 27 points and 10 rebounds. Aleksandar Mladenovic and Slavisa Bogavac combined 48 points for the hosts.

Napredak - Metalac 84-88
Metalac outsmarted Napredak in Krusevac and together with Borac and Swisslions stayed at the top of the standings undefeated. Center Radomir Marojevic nailed 21 points for the winners. Experienced Dragan Markovic delivered 19 for Napredak, who now has 5-2.

Swiss.Lions - Masinac 76-70
7-0 for Swisslions and 2-5 for Masinac after this round. Vladimir Vlaskovic added 18 points and 7 boards for the hosts while Vladimir Popovic helped with 2 points less. Slaven Cupkovic and Uros Mirkovic nailed 17 points each for the loosing side.

Radnicki I. - Mega HL 79-88
Extremely important win for Mega Hypo Leasing as the both teams are on the same record now 3-4. Talented Aleksandar Mitrovic shined for the visitors scoring 17 points. Chris Schlatter also was great adding 16 points and 8 boards, while young Stefan Stojacic followed with 14 points. Stefan Fekete was better than the other in Radnicki netting 25 points.

Sloga - Zdravlje 85-64
The first win for Sloga this season, mostly owing to Sasa Stefanovic and his 26 points. Marko Janjusevic and Vladica Jovanovic combined 43 for Zdravlje. These two teams are together with Novi Sad at the bottom of the standings with 1-6.

Vizura - Tamis 71-79
Tamis surprised Vizura on the road and these two teams are also on the same record after 7 rounds, 2-5. Dejan Djokic collected 19 points and 13 rebounds for Tamis while Vizura got the most from Marko Djurkovic, 25 points and 5 rebs.



Serbian B league, round 6 - by Zoran Popovic

FMP II Beograd-Maraton Atlantik Jagodina 99-75 (29-10, 26-18, 22-19, 22-28)

Young FMP players started the match in high rhythm and strong defence. They finished first half with +19 advantage and continued in the second and third period of the match. Last quarter of the game guests from Jagodina won, but that wasnt enough to return in the match. The most efficient for FMP II Beograd was Smiljanic who scored 28 points and Musli who add 23. For the guests Micovic showed standard good game and scored 26 points,

FMP II Beograd: Milutinovic 9, Djokic 5, Zivanovic 4, Subotic, Lukovic 17, Markovic 7, Zaric 4, Stamenkovic, Smiljanic 28, Stojadinovic, Vukasovic 2, Musli 23.
Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Radivojcevic, Gajovic 9, Arnaut 19, Petricevic, Kovacevic, Milojevic 2, Stevanovic 3, Arsic 9, Djuric, Mladenovic, Micovic 26, Milincic 7.

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd-Kikinda 70-62 (23-14, 17-18, 15-17, 15-19)

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd won second match this season, but that wasnt so easy. Guests from Kikinda showed good game and had their chances during the match. Beovuk made +8 advantage in the first quarter and during the second advantage was in one moment +15. In the third period of the match guests from Kikinda turn back in the match with three scored three points shot for only one minute and half. Beovuk saved advantage from the first and second period and won the match. However, guests form Kikinda had chance to won the match, but they missed three points shot 6 seconds before the end.

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 11, Cimbaljevic, Socanac 13, Knezevic 11, Dondur, Dzakovic 10, Kakuca, Stankovic 10, Bogdanovic, Matic 2, Aleksic, Bulatovic 13.
Kikinda: Mladenovic 13, Ilic 10, Bogdanovic 2, Cerina 2, Krajnovic 4, Vokic 14, Cvetkovic 12, Tesla, Trkulja, Cazic, Zeljkovic 8, Mihajlovic 3

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin-KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad 87-75 (25-20, 22-21, 21-17, 19-17)

All four quarters Proleter players won and there was no doubt who will won this match. Proleter was better in all elements of the game. Lot of offensive and defensive rebounds, stronger defence and routine of the veterans was to much for young Vojvodina team. The most efficient for Proleter was Becin with 24 points and Stanojevic who add 20 points and for the guests Andjusic scored 20 points.

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Djordjevic 4, Pekovic, Vulin 8, Kravic 6, Cuc, Becin 26, Stanojevic 20, Rajkovic 13, Sevic, Zarkovic 7, Barac, Vukosavljevic 3.
KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad: Vukoje 6, Tomic. S.Knezevic 1. N.Knezevic 11, Drakulic 11, N. Knezevic 8, Glisovic 11, Kostic 3, Andjusic 20, Roncevic 2, Kitanovic 3.



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Stats Leaders - 1A
1A UPC Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.King (Hopsi) 21,0
G.Goodrich (Zagor) 21,0
3.N.Strnad (Zlator) 20,3
4.D.Krejic (TCG) 19,0
5.N.Ivanovic (Elek) 18,1
6.A.Masic (Zlatorog) 16,5
7.U.Lucic (Zlatorog)15,9
8.D.Bubnic (Koper) 15,0
D.Dunovic (Alpos) 15,0
10.I.Todorovic (Hel) 15,0
Rebounds Per Game
1.S.King (Hopsi) 13,9
2.J.Johnson (Zagor) 11,5
3.T.Brown (Alpos) 8,6
4.D.Cup (Elektra) 6,8
A.Masic (Zlatorog) 6,8
6.U.Lucic (Zlatorog) 6,5
7.A.Lashkevic (Hel) 6,2
8.M.Klepo (Slovan) 6,0
S.Pavic (Helios) 6,0
M.Markic (Koper) 6,0
Assists Per Game
1.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 6,0
2.M.Cmer (Kop) 5,7
3.B.Jovanovic (Epic) 4,0
N.Ivanovic (Elek) 4,0
5.L.Lapornik (Alpos) 3,5
J.Mocnik (Helios) 3,5
Z.Zagorc (Helios) 3,5
P.Skok (TCG) 3,5
9.M.Marcetic (Gorica) 3,3
G.Goodrich (Zagorje) 3,3
Steals Per Game
1.A.Snow (Helios) 2,5
T.Horvat (Elektra) 2,5
N.Strnad (Zlatorog) 2,5
4.G.Goodrich (Zagor) 2,3
M.Markic (Koper) 2,3
6.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 2,2
M.Berdiel (Zlatorog) 2,2
8.B.Price (Krka) 2,0
T.Mezek (TCG) 2,0
10.Z.Dragic (Slovan) 1,8
Blocks Per Game
1.S.King (Hopsi) 2,8
2.I.Todorovic (Helios) 2,0
3.T.Brown (Alpos) 1,4
4.D.Cikic (Gorica) 1,3
5.J.Johnson (Zagorje) 1,2
A.Sadibasic (Alpos) 1,2
7.J.Petrovcic (Gorica) 1,0
S.Nuhanovic (Zlator) 1,0
M.Klepo (Slovan) 1,0
T.Soda (Gorica) 1,0
Ranking
1.S.King (Hopsi) 33,7
2.A.Masic (Zlatorog) 18,8
3.M.Marcetic (Gori) 18,3
4.D.Krejic (TCG) 18,2
5.G.Goodrich (Zag) 18,0
6.J.Johnson (Zagor) 16,8
7.I.Todorovic (Hel) 16,7
8.J.Balazic (Krka) 16,3
N.Strnad (Zlatorog) 16,3
Z.Zagorac (Helios) 16,3


First wins for Gorica and Epic Misel - by Zeljko Zule
UPC League - Round 6: Predrag Milovic had a successful debut as the Epic Misel coach, newcommer Nova Gorica celebrated their first wins, Geoplin Slovan extended their winning streak to five games and Hopsi grabbed their third road win.
Epic Misel-TCG Mercator 63-62: Bojan Jovanovic scored 19 points, Tilen Zalar added 11 including a game-winning jumer with 17 seconds left, and Epic Misel beat TCG Mercator in their first game under coach Milovic. The home team led 54-39 early in last quarter before TCG Mercator pulled ahead with a 21-2 run. Simon Finzgar had 16 points for the guests who missed its final three shots.
CPG Nova Gorica-Luka Koper 71-70 OT: Dejan Cikic blocked the potential game-winning shot of Drazen Bubnic before the final horn to give Gorica historical overtime win. Marko Marcetic (186-G-79) had 25 points, including a lay-up that tied with 14 seconds left in regulation. Dalibor Petrovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds and Vlado Pasalic in his debut had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Gorica shot just 19-of-34 from the free throw line but outrebounded their opponent by 48-38. Drazen Bubnic led Koper with 15 points, Grega Nachbar added 11.
Geoplin Slovan-Zlatorog 81-76 OT: Slovan's reserves outscored Zlatorog's bench 39-7. Zoran Dragic netted 16 points and Milan Klepo had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Foul trouble became an issue as four Slovan's players fouled out in regulation but the home team never trailed in overtime. Dejan Delic posted 19 points. Zlatorog shot 22-of-59 from the field. Nejc Strnad scored a game-high 28 points on shooting 10-of-21 and had 6 steals, Ante Masic added 13 points on shooting just 3-of-12 and Milos Miljkovic 11 of his 13 points netted from the free throw line.
Elektra Esotech-Hopsi 76-80: Hopsi never trailed in second half- Shawn King led te way the way by recording his fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds, Marko Samanic and Terence Hundley in his debut posted 17 points apiece. Elektra lost at home for the third time in a season. Nikola Ivanovic scored 21 points, Dejan Cup 15 and Tadej Horvat 12.


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KBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KT&G Kites - Samsung Th. 113-77
KT&G Kites thrashed Samsung Thunders 113:77 on Saturday. Eight players reached double digits for the winners as Warner Calvin paced all of them with 20 points. Leather Terrence collected 22 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

ET Land B.Sl. - Mobis Phoebus 88-94
Mobis Phoebus had a road victory over ET Land 88:94. Dunston Bryant led the winners with 25 points, whilst Kim Hyo-Bum added 17. Powell Carlos had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the losing effort.

Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 78-86
Kim Julian and Shannon Terrence shined for the Knights with 24 and 23 points respectively over Mobis Phoebus 86:78. Dunston Bryant top-scored for the home side with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

Orions - Dongbu Promy 75-106
Dongbu Promy improved to 4-1 record to share the top after 106:75 over Orions. White Wendell exploded with 34 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Daniels Chris produced 22 points in defeat and Thompson Garnett scored 15.

Samsung Th. - KTF M.Wings 89-86
Samsung Thunders beat KTF M.Wings 89:86 to recover from the loss the day before. Leather Terrence was unstoppable with 34 points and 10 rebounds, while Brock Evan nailed 16. Peters James ended up with 23 points in defeat and Thomas Steve netted 20.

KCC Egis - ET Land B.Sl. 78-72
KCC Egis defeated ET Land 78:72 in their latest game in the league. The team improved to 4-1 record as Ha Seung-Jin top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Little Donald had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 block-shots in the losing effort.

KCC Egis - SK Knights 91-67
Two days before their fourth win KCC Egis overcame SK Knights 91:67. Seo Jang-Hoon paced all the winners with 18 points, while Brand Micah and Lim Jae-Hyun added 16 each. Shannon Terrence notched 19 points and made 12 boards in defeat.

KTF M.Wings - Dongbu Promy 80-88
Dongbu Promy overcame KTF M.Wings 88:80 on November 7th. White Wendell top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Peters James led the hosts with 26 points, while Shin Ki-Sung added 19.

LG Sakers - Orions 93-80
Johnson Ivan led LG Sakers with 33 points and 13 rebounds over Orions in a 93:80 win. Thompson Garnett top-scored for the visitors with 23 points, while Daniels Chris collected 17 points and 12 boards.



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ACB Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
DKV Joven. - Real Madrid 68-79
Real Madrid made it in Badalona improving its score in ACB on 3-3. Louis Bullock shined for the winners draining 19 points. Felipe Reyes also was great registering double-double, 11 points and 11 boards. DKV Joventut got 24 points from Demond Mallet but it was not enough for the fifth win this season, 4-3.

CB Murcia - Bruesa 104-95
Murcia outsmarted Bruesa at home mostly owing to trio Taquan Dean, Chris Thomas and Diego Fajardo, which combined 55 points. Lou Roe scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in Bruesa. The hosts now have 2-5 while Bruesa is on 2-4.

Pamesa V. - Granada 83-66
With a new head coach Neven Spahija on the bench, Pamesa trashed Granada in Valencia mostly owing to Ruben Douglas and his 23 points. Serbian big guy Kosta Perovic also was good adding 19 points and 4 boards. Vlado Scepanovic had 17 points in Granada while Jimmie Hunter contributed one point less. Both teams entered into this round with 3-3.

Kalise G.C. - Unicaja 74-68
Carl English poured in 22 points for Granca helping it to reach the fifth win in ACB. It means that Granca is currently on top of the standings, together with Tau Ceramica 5-1. Unicaja faced with second defeat so far despite 19 points and 6 boards by Marcus Haislip.

CAI Zaragoza - Ricoh Man. 78-61
Easy win for ZAI Zaragoza, who now has 3-3. On the other side, after great victory in Valencia, Ricoh Manresa slipped on 4-3. Paolo Quinteros netted 20 points for the hosts while Josh Asselin once again shined in Manresa with 16 points and 8 boards.

A.G. Fuenla - ViveMenorca 91-80
3-3 for Fuenla and 1-6 for Menorca after this round. Saul Blanco and Brad Oleson netted 22 points for the winners. Pooh Jeter added 20 points in defeat.

Regal Barca - MMT Estudia. 71-72
MMT Estudiantes surprised Regal Barca in Palau Blaugrana registering the second win in ACB. At the same time it was the second defeat for Barca. Pancho Jasen top-scored for Estu with 19 points. JC Navarro had 22 for the loosing side.

Iurbentia B. - Cajasol 70-65
Javier Salgado, who drained 20 points, paced Bilbao to 4-3 while Cajasol remains on just one win (against Real in Madrid). Michal Ignerski recorded double-double for Cajasol, 21 points and 11 boards.



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


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Coffelt walks on Rice University/ Paradise Jam is almost here - by David Edole
St. Thomas native Zac Coffelt is a walk-on to Rice University men's basketball team after preseason practice. In the past, Coffelt has played with the Rice women's scout team. Coffelt is a graduate ofAntilles School and was named to the Sunstroke All-Virgin Islands Team. The 6-foot senior guard averaged 15 points in his senior year at Antilles.
The Rice men's 15-game home schedule includes contests against both Oklahoma and Texas A&M in late December as well as Houston during Conference USA play. The season begins Nov. 15 when Rice plays host to Portland State in newly renovated Tudor Fieldhouse.

Paradise Jam, Nov. 21-24, St. Thomas, V.I. (Connecticut, Iona, La Salle, Miami, San Diego, Southern Miss, Valparaiso, Wisconsin)
UConn is the obvious favorite, but upsetting the Huskies in November -- before they add Stanley Robinson and Ater Majok to bulk up their frontcourt -- will be easier than upsetting them in March. Miami, which has two sweet-shooting guards in Jack McClinton and James Dews, might be the best candidate to do it ... but San Diego, which upset UConn in the first round of the '08 NCAA tournament, probably has a decent blueprint as well.
Projected winner: UConn. Freshman point guard Kemba Walker, whom the Huskies could have used against the Toreros last time, will make the difference.


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UBL Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kryvbasbasket - Hoverla 88-78
Kryvbasbasket improved to 8-3 record after 88:78 over Hoverla. Pavlovic Milos led the winners with 20 points, while Howell Jarrett nailed 14. Kinloch Damien produced 19 points in defeat and Decker Tate added 18.

DniproAzot - Polit.Lviv 58-83
Politehnika Lviv had a road 58:83 win over DniproAzot. Gurtovoy Volodymyr paced all the winners with 19 points and Koprivica Jovan added 17. Allen Jerel top-scored for the hosts with 15 points.

Budivelnyk - Cherkasy 90-86
Budivelnyk upset Cherkasy 90:86 in a key game of the round. Zimmerman Derrick top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 7 assists. Koljevic Ivan netted 24 in the losing effort making 10/10 free throws.

Gryfony - Ferro-ZNTU 89-98
Ferro-ZNTU stole a victory from Gryfony 89:98 as Fontenet Jason led the winners with 26 points. Petrovski Jane produced 24 points and 9 assists in the losing effort.

BC Odessa - Dnipro 89-80
BC Odessa overcame at home Dnipro 89:80. Hill Otis posted 21 points to lead all the winners, while Love Justin nailed 20. Beverley Patrick ended up with 18 points in defeat.



Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye sign Ronell Wooten - by Eurobasket
Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (UBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Ronell Wooten (193-G-85, college: Kennesaw St.). Wooten played last summer at Cartersville Baseline Warriors (SEBL) in the U.S. It's actually his first year in professional basketball. He had a very successful senior season in the college, when he averaged 16.8ppg and 4.9rpg. His last team was in semi-pro American league SEBL. It's a big question how the player will adjust to European style of game. In his first game for Ferro-ZNTU Wooten scored 5 points and grabbed two rebounds in 15 minutes on the court.

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  URBL   


Flight Sign Pair - by Mac Claire
Converse - The signings continue for the URBL's Converse Flight. They have signed 6-5 forward James Ellison and 6-1 guard Jason Macias to URBL contracts.
Though somewhat undersized to play the position, Ellison is expected to spend time at the power forward spot. 'With the (South Texas) Showboats I played at the five (center) alot,' he said.
The Showboats who are supposed to play this winter in the ABA released Ellison recently but Ellison feels that it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. When CEO Mac Claire was explaining during a meeting to both Ellison and Macia how the URBL and in particuloar, the Converse Flight works, Ellison to Macias, 'I like him already.' This was a direct response to Claire's insistance that the league as a whole will always take a 'family first' approach when there are conflicts regarding family obligations including regular everyday jobs. 'Players have to still work in this league and they are told that coming in,' Claire pointed out. 'Owners and coaches understand that we have to make concessions and try to set workouts so that the schedules fit at least most of the players' schedule.'
Macias is a strong guard who can stroke the jumper and at times can offer relief at the point guard spot, 'but I would be surprised if we had to utilize him in that way,' Claire said. 'We have a pair of point guards in Dexter Edmonds and Zeke Fisher, and we also have a hybrid in Edward Williams.' Edmonds and Fisher are both under six feet, so someone like Macias may come in handy.


Geoff Harner Leaves Flight for Korsovo - by Mac Claire
Converse - League Commissioner and Converse Flight owner Mac Claire is deleighted that guard Geoff Harner has signed a contract to play overseas in Korsovo. According to Claire, Harner has worked hard to improve his game and is now reaping the benefits of his hard work. 'He deserves this opportunity,' Claire said. Harner has been a favorite of Claire's from when Claire first founded the UBL and owned the San Marcos Knights. 'The guy was always respectful of authority, showed up for practices, games, and community events.
'Geoff Harner never gave me once ounce of trouble. I hope and I fully expect that he will do well.'
Geoff gets high praise from Claire for being a standup, classy individual. 'When he called to give me the news, he thanked me for everything I had done for him,' claire explained. 'In all honesty, Geoff is the one who has put himself in a good position. My part in this is minimal. Besides, Brandon recommended him.'
'Brandon' is Brandon Gatlin, another former Knight who is playing overseas. Brandon and Harner have been friends for a long time and they are back together again.
Harner has been given final instructions from Claire. 'Email me when you have time. I want to know that you're doing alright over there.' Harner replied, 'I promise you I will.'


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the LUB 23rd round - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting maintained the second position after the 23rd round for the LUb championship after beating Sayago 89-88. For Defensor Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) netted 27 points and Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) added 25 poinst and 23 rebounds. For Sayago Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) added 13 points. Other results and main import players:
Cordon 89 - Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) 31, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 32 points and 8 rebounds
Welcome 73 - Brandon Morris (186-G, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 21 and 6, Jason McCoy (208-F/C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 20 and 5
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Bigua 72 - Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 17, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 12
Bohemios 58 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 13 and 6, Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 8 and 7
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Hebraica 92 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 34 and 15, Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 23 and 7
Trouville 74 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 27 and 2, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 25 and 4
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Paysandu 76 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 22 and 9, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 17 and 12
Olimpia 69 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 27 and 12, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 7 and 3
The games Union Atletica-Atenas and Tabare-Malvin were postponed due to problmes with the backboards.


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Atenas 17-5 
 2. Defensor 16-7 
 3. Malvin 15-7 
 4. Bigua 15-8 
 5. Tabare 14-8 
 6. Olimpia 14-9 
 7. Hebraica 14-9 
 8. Trouville 10-13 
 9. Cordon 9-14 
 10. Bohemios 9-14 
 11. Paysandu 9-14 
 12. Un.Atletica 8-14 
 13. Sayago 5-18 
 14. Welcome 4-18 




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Women News

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  FINLAND - Women  


Catz left PeKa back - by Esko Saarinen
Eight games are now played in womens championship and EBT (Espoo) is leaging the table. In last games Catz (last ears silver medalist from Lappeenranta) took the second place befire PeKa (Kotka, last year's champion). PeKa lost away-match against PuHu (Vantaa) 83-76 and Catz won awaymatch against Alku (Forssa) 89-96. On saturday EBT had a difficult home-match against Alku but won 64-62, allthough Alku had last ten 4-14. EBT best player was Ashley Haynes, 22 points and 12 rebounds.Megan Griffith and Siiri Nuutinen were also in good shape. Asley Pellon 18/12 was best of team Alku. Pellom contnued on sunday against Catz scoring 24, She had a lttle help from Juta Jahilo and Alexis Castro, but not enough. Jelena Solovjeva (RUS) was Catz est in points and rebounfds 25/10, Jana Reshetko was also in good shape. PuHU's best player against PeKa was Rebekah Parker 29 /7. She and Heli Roukanoja were like a new born since a week ago match in PeKa's home place. PeKa's Sherida Triggs is doing all the time better and better and scpored now 17 with 16 rebounds. In the bottom of table Nokia bet twice this week HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) and both matches were won after exta time by HoNsU. On saturday the match finish 66-75 in Nokia and extra time went to away team 4-13. Raquel Collier scored 24 points and Tiia Hietanen 11 rebounds.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Opladen 7-0 
 2. Jena 6-1 
 3. Osnabrucker 5-2 
 4. Bielefeld 5-2 
 5. Berlin Baskets 4-3 
 6. Quakenbrueck 4-3 
 7. Rist-Wedel 3-4 
 8. Koeln 3-4 
 9. Hagen SV 2-5 
 10. Bonn 1-6 
 11. Hagen Phoe. 1-6 
 12. Gotha 1-6 
South
 1. Leimen 7-0 
 2. Mainz 6-1 
 3. Wuerzburg 6-1 
 4. Rhein MB 5-2 
 5. Gruenberg 4-3 
 6. Herzogenaur. 4-3 
 7. Ludwigsburg 3-4 
 8. Sandhausen 2-5 
 9. Speyer 2-5 
 10. SV Fellbach 1-6 
 11. Viernheim 1-6 
 12. Keltern 1-6 


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Inea AZS P. - AZS Gorzow 63-70
AZS Gorzow reached 10-0 record on top after 63:70 road win over Inea in Round 11. Zurowska Justyna led the winners with 17 points and Zohnova Katerina added 16. Idczak Weronika ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.

AZS J.Gora - Wisla Can-Pak 50-57
Holdsclaw Chamique led Wisla over AZS J.Gora in a 57:50 with 18 points. Kobryn Ewelina collected 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Canty Dominique posted 11. Coleman Ryan nailed 19 points for the home side.

Duda Leszno - MUKS Pozn. 78-71
Duda Leszno won over MUKS Poznan 78:71 as Shields Ashley exploded with 35 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Sissoko Djenebou collected 20 points and 10 boards in defeat and Rushing Jennifer added 15.

Utex Row - LKS 76-73
Utex Row overcame LKS 76:73 to improve to 6-4 record. Atkinson La'Tangela and Miedzik Elzbieta paced all the winners with 17 points each. Perlinska Alicja ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.

Cukierki - Energa Torun 58-77
Energa Torun stun Cukierki 77:58 for a 6-4 record. Wilk Agnieszka top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Gulak Patrycja nailed 15. Petillon Amber collected 15 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.



Lotos with new player beats CCC on the road - by Maciej Schwarz
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia won their game against CCC Polkowice tonight 70-85. After loosing to Jelenia Gora one week ago, Lotos needed to win in away game. Polkowice team leaded by ex Lotos coach Krzysztof Koziorowicz was staying behind for almost all game and couldn't find the way to slow down Lotos. In Jacek Winnicki's side new player showed up: Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke), who was signed this week. Nevertheless, she played only three minutes scoring 3 points, but her teammate from Washington - Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) was the absolute leader tonight, with 27 points (9/15 from the field). Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) added 20 points to secure Lotos win.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Divizia A, round 6 - by Nagy Szilveszter
LMK Sepsi BC Sf. Gheorghe-Olimpia Bucuresti 84-67
-referees: Catalin Manu and Adrian Habor
-comissioner: Radu Draganescu

This game was a test game before a very important EuroCup match againts Dynamo Kursk. The most important players in this match: Irena Matovic (186-F-88), Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86, college: Virginia) and Ildiko Nagy (187-F-84).

CSS LMK Sfantu Gheorghe

player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 E. Albu (Kovesdi) 04:38 0/0 0 0/2 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -3 0
5 * S. Zoll 36:54 2/3 66.7 0/4 0 2/2 100 1 4 5 9 2 3 2 0 14 6
6 * I. Vass 29:40 5/7 71.4 3/6 50 1/2 50 1 5 6 2 4 3 1 1 21 20
7 E. Ambrus DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 E. Sandor 11:38 0/0 0 1/2 50 0/0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 5 3
9 * S. Diatta 10:00 1/2 50 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 5 2
10 I. Matovic 24:46 1/5 20 2/7 28.6 1/2 50 1 2 3 5 1 1 2 0 8 9
11 * I. Nagy 38:41 8/17 47.1 0/2 0 4/7 57.1 10 2 12 0 4 2 2 0 18 20
12 E. Tatarinova DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 J. Kajdacsi DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 N. Bordas 03:43 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
15 * O. Cazac 40:00 8/14 57.1 2/6 33.3 2/2 100 3 9 12 2 3 2 3 2 31 24
Total 200:00 25/48 52.1 8/29 27.6 10/15 66.7 17 29 46 22 16 15 13 3 104 84
Coach: Deri Csaba


player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * G. Cursaru 38:45 0/6 0 4/14 28.6 2/2 100 1 3 4 5 1 6 1 0 2 14
5 R. Filip 34:46 4/8 50 2/4 50 0/0 0 0 11 11 4 3 2 2 2 25 14
7 * I. Pop 31:53 5/7 71.4 0/2 0 8/8 100 3 4 7 1 3 3 0 0 19 18
8 I. Balanca 01:54 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 -1 0
9 * G. Munteanu 16:06 1/3 33.3 1/1 100 3/4 75 2 2 4 0 5 1 0 0 8 8
11 * A. Cutas 05:31 0/1 0 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 -4 0
12 * M. Chelariu 14:04 0/2 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
13 A. Florea 06:08 0/2 0 1/1 100 0/0 0 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 3
15 F. Plinge 09:08 0/2 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 -1 0
16 S. Rotarescu 11:57 1/5 20 0/0 0 0/0 0 3 2 5 0 0 2 2 0 3 2
17 C. Bigica 29:48 1/3 33.3 2/5 40 0/1 0 2 1 3 3 1 0 2 0 10 8
20 L. Radu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200:00 12/39 30.8 10/28 35.7 13/15 86.7 17 28 45 13 16 23 7 2 64 67
Coach: Cristea Romela


BC Teleorman Alexandria-CSM U Craiova 85-66
-referees: Vlad Ghizdareanu and Serban Rasoga
-comissioner: Bogdan Badila

BC Teleorman Alexandria

player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * B. Savic 31:43 8/15 53.3 1/2 50 2/2 100 0 8 8 3 2 3 5 0 26 21
5 * A. Sipos 25:06 5/7 71.4 3/6 50 2/2 100 0 0 0 5 0 2 4 0 23 21
6 M. Nicolaescu 22:10 0/2 0 0/1 0 1/2 50 1 1 2 6 1 1 5 0 9 1
7 * A. Chivu 13:11 1/4 25 0/3 0 0/0 0 0 3 3 0 3 2 0 0 -3 2
8 * T. Porter Talbert 25:47 2/7 28.6 0/0 0 0/1 0 6 5 11 4 1 3 2 0 12 4
10 D. Epure 06:56 0/0 0 1/2 50 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 3
11 B. Barbu 10:48 0/0 0 0/2 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 -1 0
12 C. Teodorescu 07:11 0/1 0 0/2 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 -3 0
13 M. Mihai 10:07 2/2 100 0/4 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
14 G. Rus 05:28 0/2 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 2 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
15 * A. Denson 37:38 11/14 78.6 0/2 0 7/7 100 7 6 13 3 2 5 0 0 35 29
16 A. Stramaturaru 03:55 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 29/54 53.7 5/24 20.8 12/14 85.7 18 27 45 22 24 17 17 0 106 85
Coach: Madalin Piperea


player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 I. Selisteanu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 A. Stefan 15:28 3/3 100 0/1 0 1/1 100 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 10 7
6 A. Jojica 06:20 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
7 A. Funieru 02:41 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8 * A. Haas 32:25 4/8 50 1/1 100 2/2 100 0 3 3 3 1 6 2 0 11 13
9 * J. Maltez 22:50 1/2 50 0/1 0 4/8 50 3 4 7 2 0 3 0 0 6 6
10 * C. Cutas 40:00 4/13 30.8 5/10 50 4/10 40 1 5 6 3 3 6 0 1 11 27
11 L. Lungu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 A. Gliga 07:35 0/0 0 0/0 0 1/4 25 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 -1 1
13 C. Bonciog DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 * I. Podrug 37:19 4/10 40 0/0 0 1/2 50 3 7 10 2 2 4 0 0 10 9
19 * A. Pinter 35:22 0/0 0 1/1 100 0/0 0 0 3 3 1 4 5 1 0 3 3
Total 200:00 16/36 44.4 7/14 50 13/27 48.1 7 27 34 13 13 26 3 1 50 66
Coach: Liviu Manea

BC ICIM Arad-Rapid Bucuresti 90-54
-referees: Sorin Drugau and Alin Dragos
-comissioner: Aurelian Niculescu

CSM Satu Mare-MC Targoviste 69-81
-referees: Alin Rosu and Bogdan Podar
-comissioner: Radu Bucerzan


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
EBE Ibiza-PDV - San Jose 66-69
San Jose celebrated against Ibiza on the road, thus both teams have the same score now 2-5. Eshaya Murphy shined for the winners registering double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds. Lucila Pascua also was good adding 18 points plus 6 boards. Ibiza got 22 points from Silvia Morales.

Mann Filter - Cadi la Seu 77-57
Mann Filter didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Cadi le Seu at home. LaToya Thomas paced the hosts to victory collecting 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kelly Da Silva contributed with 20 points in defeat. Both teams are on 3-4.

Hondar.-Irun - Extrugasa 83-82
4-3 for Hondarribia-Irun and 2-5 for Extrugasa after this round. Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert posted 18 points including 6 rebounds for the winning team, while Toronnie Gortman followed her with 16 points and 12 boards. Mandisa Stevenson and Katia Da Silva delivered 17 points apiece in Extrugasa.

Rivas Ecopolis - Mariana 65-52
As it was expected, Rivas Ecopolis outplayed Mariana at home remaining on top of LFB with the perfect score 7-0. Petra Ujhelyi notched 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the hosts. Gisela Vega and Maria Llamas netted 10 points each for Mariana, 2-5.

Olesa - Gran Canaria 95-79
Anna Cruz, who collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, led Olesa to fifth win this season. Granca stays on just one joy so far, despite Ines Kresovic and Tiina Sten combined 40 points in this game.

Real C.Vigo - Ros Casares 50-74
Ros Casares trashed Celta Vigo on the road mostly owing to Delisha Milton-Jones and her 19 points. Alba Torrens had 16 plus 5 boards for the loosing side. Ros Casares now has 6-1 while Celta Vigo faced with 5th defeat in 7 appearances.

Estudiantes - Halcon A.Per. 50-72
Easy one for Perfumerias, the fifth this season. Anke De Mondt was its best player as she drained 22 points for 26 minutes. Leah Rush was better than the others in Estudiantes with 11 points and 7 boards, but her team dropped on 2-5.


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  TURKEY - Women  


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


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Sunsational Tournament: NCAA DIII - by David Edole
ST. CROIX Several Division III schools will be making the annual trek to the Virgin Islands for the Sunsational games that will be held at Charlotte Amalie High School. The teams scheduled for late December trip are Randolph-Macon College, Mary Washington, Cabrini College, Montclair State University and Elizabethtown College. R-MC visits the island ranked 22nd in the DIII poll. Mary Washington is the defending Capital Athletic Conference-champion and also advanced to last seasons Sweet Sixteen, while Cabrini won the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and lost to eventual national runnerup Messiah in the NCAA Tournament. Montclair State will be making their first appearance on St. Thomas while Elizabethtown will be making their second visit.

Team Overview
Randolph Macon College
R-MCs womens basketball team is ranked 22nd in the nation by Womens DIII News, a leading college basketball publication. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 22-5 last season, stand as the only ODAC team ranked in the national poll.
Molly Ariail headlines the list of three returning All-ODAC selections for R-MC. The center will look to build on a memorable season in which she was named ODAC Player of the Year, First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State by VASID, First Team All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as well as Third Team All-Region by D3hoops.com.
Lindsay Riesbeck and Amanda Hiltunen join Ariail as R-MCs returning All-Conference performers. Riesbeck was a First Team selection and earned spots on the VASID All-State and Academic All-ODAC teams. Hiltunen was tabbed as the Farm Bureau / ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned Second Team All-Conference honors.

Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington continued to excel as one of the premier womens basketball programs in the nation in 2007-08, finishing with a 28-3 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Eagles achieved another first last winter when they spent the first two months of the season ranked first in the nation.
The Eagles opened the season with eight straight wins. UMW won the season-opening Virginia Wesleyan College tournament with a 74-46 win over Ursinus College and a 75-51 win over the host Marlins. All-region forward Ashton Mitchell, and tournament most valuable player Katy Larson showed a flash of things to come by being named to the all-tournament team.
Mitchell turned in a breakout season by earning all-conference and all-region honors after averaging 13.2 points and 6.6 boards. Larsen came off the bench and spotted norms of 10.3 ppg and was deadly from three-point range (43-93) 46%. Larsen also dished out a team high 104 assists. Senior Katie Clarkin also returns, the guard dished out 64 assists and shipped in with 6.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Mary Washington is a great passing team. They dished out 540 assists total with nine players having 22 assists or more.
Mary Washington also comes in with the most decorated coach as Applebury, the 2007 WBCA National Coach of the Year, won the CAC Coach of the Year award for the fourth straight season.

Cabrini College
First-year head coach Bernadette Laukaitis inherits a veteran-laden team in 2008-09, returning 14 letterwinners and welcoming eight seniors. Cabrnini College returns their top scorer, rebounder and assist player. Senior Kayleen Smith was the team's top scorer last season, averaging 10.5 points per game. Brittany McLeod, a 5-11 senior forward, averaged 6.5 boards. Point guard Deana DiAmico dished out a whopping 137 helpers. Alyssa Brady, a 5-8, junior guard, was an PAC honorable mention.
The Cabrini women's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) in a preseason vote conducted by the head coaches in the league. The Cavaliers captured the 2007-08 conference championship, finishing the season with a 21-7 overall record.

Montclair State University
Karin Harvey, a former assistant with the Red Hawks for two seasons, spent the past year as the interim head coach, comes into the seaon with the interim tag removed. Harvey led Montclair State to a 19-11 mark this past season, the second highest win total by a first-year coach in program history, and the ECAC Division III Metro Championship Game. The Red Hawks finished second in the New Jersey Athletic Conferences North Division and placed two players on the All-NJAC squad.
Montclair returns three starters Catherine Cristino, Marianned McGovern and Jackie Berry. Cristino, a junior forward averaged a team best 12.5 ppg. McGovern, a senior guard put up 8.9ppg and 2.0 rpg while Berry did a little bit of everything. The junior guard averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals
Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku(6.7 points, 5.0 rebounds) and sophomore guard Jamilee Plfung (5.3 points, 84% at charity stripe) will add support.

Elizabethtown College
Head coach Yvonne Kauffman begins her 39th season on the Blue Jay bench with 640 victories to rank third all-time among NCAA Division III coaches and 20th overall among coaches at all three levels of the NCAA.
The Blue Jays, who finished 11-14overall and 2-8 in the Commonwealth conference a year ago, return to the Virgin Islands for the second time.
In the backcourt, senior Megan Quinn averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Blue Jays while starting all 25 games.
Quinn also led the Blue Jays with 33 three-pointers and 42 steals. Senior guard Megan Romano started every game at the point and led the Blue Jays with 65 assists while chipping in 6.2 points per game.
Off the bench, junior guard Courtney Kofeldt is a three-point threat after connecting on 26 threes last season. Junior guard Ashley Toczylowski and junior forward Ali Jury rounds out the players with experience. Toczylowski started seven games and Jury played in ten contests.


SCHEDULE @ CHARLOTTE AMALIE
December 29, 2008
6:00 pm Montclair State vs. Elizabethtown
8:00 pm Mary Washington vs. Randolph Macon College

December 30, 2008
6:00 PM Cabrini College vs. Randolph Macon College
8:00 pm Montclair State vs. Mary Washington

December 31, 2008
1:00 pm Elizabethtown vs. Cabrini College


Suit up for Paradise Jam 2008 - by David Edole

Get out the jerseys and dust them off; its time for the Paradise Jam 2008 Basketball Tournament at the University of the Virgin Islands. The event incorporates a mens and womens division both taking place in November. The womens division for Paradise Jam 2008 will take place November 27-29. The following schools from around the country will compete in the Paradise Jam 2008 tournament:
Paradise Jam 2008 Womens Division DRAW: Island Bracket, Reef Bracket
Baylor University
University of California
University of Central Florida

University of Iowa
University of South Florida

Texas Tech
Villanova University

University of Wisconsin

Paradise Jam Basketball Hotel

One of the Paradise Jam basketball hotel sponsors this year is Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort located in the St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The hotel offers its guests its own private beach, snorkeling, Scuba diving and a magnificent view of ocean and mountains. And the best part: no passport is required for US citizens!

This Paradise Jam basketball hotel also has its award-winning Journeys Spa for guests to relax during their luxurious vacation. The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort is the perfect way to experience both the Paradise Jam 2008 tournament and the wonders of the Caribbean.

For more information on this Paradise Jam basketball hotel and for room bookings, please visit http://www.WyndhamSugarBay.com.



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  WNBA - Women  


JULIE PLANK NAMED MYSTICS HEAD COACH - by Bruno Baltazar
Washington Mystics General Manager Angela Taylor announced that Julie Plank has been named the teams Head Coach.

Plank brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Mystics. She spent the 2008 season with the Minnesota Lynx where she helped coach Olympian Seimone Augustus and the 2008 Sixth Player/Woman of the Year, Candice Wiggins. Prior to joining the Lynx, Plank spent eight years with the Indiana Fever as an assistant coach and the teams director of scouting. There she helped lead the team to four playoff appearances including the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

'Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Washington Mystics organization. Her extensive resume includes coaching elite players at the highest levels of women's basketball during her 20 plus years as an assistant coach, said Taylor. Respected by her peers as being an excellent player developer, she is a phenomenal teacher of the game who brings an intensity, strong work ethic, and winning attitude to this organization. Julie's passion and commitment to excellence will be evident as we continue to lay the groundwork for building a championship organization.'

Planks coaching career includes spending 10 years (1986-95) alongside Tara VanDerveer at Stanford University where she assisted the Cardinal to eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments (1988-1995), four Final Four appearances (1990-92, 1995) and two NCAA championships (1990, 1992). Plank also served as the lead assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 1997-99 and oversaw the schools recruiting and scouting efforts. In 1998, she was ranked the fifth-best NCAA Division 1 assistant coach in the nation by Womens Basketball Journal.

Plank began her coaching career in 1984 at Capital University in Ohio. She spent two years as an assistant coach, helping Capital to a 39-8 record (.809). Overall, she has helped three different NCAA womens basketball programs to a 343-104 record (.767).

Julie brings a winning resume and attitude to the Mystics family, Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb stated. Along with Angela Taylor, Im confident we have the leadership in place to start moving our basketball team forward. Im excited about the direction of our organization as well as our future on the basketball court.

Plank served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Womens National Team from 1999 through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and helped lead the U.S. to gold medal victories in the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup and the 2000 Olympics.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Plank attended Ohio State University where she was a three-year starter at point guard and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 23-5 record and the Universitys first Big Ten Conference womens basketball title in 1983.

I am extremely excited to be named the new Washington Mystics Head Coach, said Plank. I share in the commitment and enthusiasm of Sheila Johnson, Ted Leonsis, Greg Bibb and Angela Taylor and look forward to building a winning tradition with this first class organization.