EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/11/2008

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  ABA   


Georgia Gwizzlies issue a statement regarding ABA League - by Richard

I ,Embry Malone owner of the American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies and our Boardmembers, stand firm, solid supportive of Mr. Joe Newman and Mr.Tinkham as owners of our league.As the League move foward toward our 2008-09 season,we in our organization commend Mr.Newman effort to allow women,minorities a chance of ownership in professional sports.Sometimes in life the wrong,unqualified person or persons are appointed to lead.
Many are called but few are choosen? Our organization and we know the ABA league will separate ourselves from any appearance of evil or a wolf in sheep clothing. We know through the consistent leadership of Newman and the ferverent prayers of the 'righteous we will have a great pro basketball season.

Embry Malone owner/Head Coach

Courtesy of Georgia Gwizzlies



Fresno Rebels win close exhibition game - by Gianni Pascucci

The 2009 ABA Fresno Rebels won a very close exhibition game over the #3 ranked San Francisco Rumble on Saturday night, 105-109. 'We were very impressed with the team that the Rebels have put together,' stated Rumble owner Damone Hale . 'We have no doubt they are going to be very competitive when they begin play next year. Meantime, it really gave us a chance to look at our full roster of players under game conditions and came away very pleased with many of the performances. I would like to add that I was also very impressed with the way the Rebels packed a 1500 seat gym. The people of Fresno appear to be very supportive and Diego Redd , Dominick Young and the rest of the organization has to feel very proud today. Legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian was courtside the some well-known ex-Fresno State players. Ex NBA player Terrance Roberson (6'7''-F-76, college: Fresno St.) led the Rebels with 33 points, 10 rebounds. Demetrius Porter (6'0''-G-78, college: Fresno St.) had 27 points, JaVance Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Fresno St.) 19 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Mustafa Al-Sayyad (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Fresno St.) had 20 rebounds and 20 points while Shannon Swillis (6'7''-F-78, college: Fresno St.) contributed 11 assists and 12 points. Dante Sawyer (6'5''-F-83, college: S.Idaho JC) of the Rumble led the team with 35 points. The game was held at Memorial High School where Coach Tarkanian started. Diego Redd , one of the Rebels owners stated, 'This is just the beginning. While the school was great, we think we'll be playing in Selland Arena if the crowd is any indication of the support we'll be getting.' It is a pity that such a team won' t compete in the ABA starting from this year !!!! For more information, email fresnorebels@gmail.com or visit www.fresnorebels@aol.com



Mississippi Blues start training camp - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Mississippi Blues enter into training camp today, November 10th at the MBA and are excited about the upcoming season. Owner Daniel Price will be going into training camp with 15 plyers that he feels will win a title. He looks to veteran point guard Jarell Jones (6'0''-G, college: Pikeville) to lead the Blues as the floor general. 'Jarell is a game changing point guard with his quickness, three point shooting and floor vision,' stated Price. 'He is capable of finding shooters along the perimeter and knocking down the three pointer consistently. I look for Jarell to be an extension of me as a coach.' The season begins December 6th in Houston TX vs the Houston Takers, a veteran ABA team. Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, contact Daniel Price at 601 951 5045 or email dprice@msblueshoops.com or visit www.msblueshoops.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A round 12 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
Best 5:
Fabian Sahdi (189-G-89) of el nacional
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) of Estudiantes
Anthony Glover (196-F-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: St.John's) of Olimpico
Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) of Lanus
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) of Obras

Points:
Tyler Field 26
Durelle Brown 24
Terrell Taylor 23
Anthony Glover 22
Jamaal Levy 22

rebounds:
Edward Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut) 15
Jimmy Boston 12
Terrell Taylor 12
Federico Kammerichs 11
Brice Assie 10

Assists:
Fabian Sahdi 6
Ronald Ramon 5
Patricio Rodriguez 5
Fernando Titarelli 5
Jonathan Treise 5


last market news - by Facundo Iatzky
El Nacional MH released Ralph Holmes who returned to his country due to personal reasons. Holmes had a good performance in 8 games with 15.6 pts and 4.4 rebs. His replacement is Paul McPherson (193-G-78, college: De Paul), a former NBA player who comes from Georgia. Paul is already in Argentina. He arrived yesterday and he will make his debut on the next round.

Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) returned to play in Lanus after his injury. For this reason, his temporally replacement, Sylbrin Robinson left the team.


TNA:
San Nicolas Belgrano cut Tang Hamilton who showed a low performance with 11.6 pts and 4.2 rebs and signed Jamal Johnson (201-C-81, college: Clayton St.)

Central Entrerriano released Perrin Johnson(13 pts 4.2 reb) and agreed terms with Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79, college: TCU)


LigaA Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Obras - Sionista 79-67
Obras celebrated against Sionista at home mostly owing to Tyler Field and his 26 points. Chuck Robinson contributed with 18 points in defeat. Both teams currently have the same record in Group North 4-8.

Atenas - Libertad 64-59
Atenas was better than Libertad in derby game staying on top of Group North with almost perfect 11-1. Libertad dropped on 7-4. Bruno Labaque top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Marcos Saglietti scored 16 pts for the loosing side.

Estudiantes - El Nacional 81-84
El Nacional grabbed extremely important road victory vs Estudiantes thanks to Fabian Sahdi, who drained 21 points and dished out 6 assists. Jamaal Levy added 22 points for the hosts. Both teams entered into this round with 6-5.

Lanus - Boca Jrs 69-87
5-6 for Boca Juniors and 4-8 for Lanus after this round. Nicolas Aguirre delivered 20 points for the winners. Terrell Taylor registered double-double in Lanus, 23 points and 12 boards.

Independ.N. - Gimn.CR 64-69
Gimnasia CR surprised Independiente as a visitor jumping on 5-7 in Group South. The hosts dropped on 6-6 despite 19 points and 6 boards by Cedric Moodie.

Ben Hur - Regatas C. 80-79
Ben Hur recorded tiny home victory against Regatas, the third one this season 3-9. Durelle Brown notched 24 points for the hosts, which are despite this win still at the bottom of the standings. Sebastian Acosta netted 21 points for Regatas, 7-5.

Quimsa - Cicl.Olimpico 91-71
Easy one for Quimsa, who now has 7-5. Ciclista Olimpico slipped 7th time in 11 appearances. Julio Mazzaro was better than the others in the winning team collecting 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Exactly the same number of points also had Anthony Glover, but in Ciclista Olimpico.

Penarol - Quilmes MP 95-102
The box-score will be available soon. Penarol 9-3, Quimles 5-6 in Group South.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Gold Coast Blaze sign Justin Bowen - by Eurobasket

Gold Coast Blaze added to their roster 25-year old American forward Justin Bowen (200-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago). Bowen played most recently at Austin Toros (D-League) in the U.S. where last season he averaged 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg in 46 games. He helped the Toros to win Southwest Division Championship and then make it to the league finals. It will be his first overseas season after he spent last two seasons playing in D-League trying to make it to the NBA.



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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Sesar, ZRI 23.4
2 Kastratovic, HER 22.7
3 Demic, SLA 19.6
4 Jovanovic, SLO 19.5
5 Djerasimovic, IGO 19.0
6 Garma, BOR 18.2
7 Bakovic, VIT 17.8
8 Vuckovic, ZRI 17.6
9 Jelcic, GRU 17.0
10 Siriscevic, SIR 17.0


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Bulgaria with Lithuania, Turkey and Poland at Eurobasket 2009 - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian National team will be in the tough company at Eurobasket 2009 finals next autumn in Poland. The squad of the main reason why our country is back among the best basketball countries at the continent - Pini Gershon, will face Lithuania, Turkey and not at the last place - the host selection of Poland. The games from our Group D will be played in the city of Wroclaw.
'Draw like a draw. It could be better, it could be worse. What I can say is that nobody from our opponents will have an easy time against us on the court. We will fight and well give our best to qualify. To make this happen, we need one victory and probably we must win it at the start of the championship. It will be very hard, because we start the tournament against the host team of Poland, which will be full of ambitions in front of the host fans', said Gershon for Bulgarian press after the draw.
Eurobasket 2009 draw was held at The Capitol Theatre in Warsaw. 15 teams already qualified for the continental championship next September.

Group A in Poznan: Macedonia, Croatia, Israel and Greece.
Group B in Gdansk: Russia, Germany, Latvia and qualifier.
Group C in Warsaw: Great Britain, Spain, Slovenia and Serbia.
Group D in Wroclaw: Lithuania, Poland, BULGARIA and Turkey.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the Qualifying Round. Teams from Groups A and B will play their Qualifying Round games in Bydgoszcz while the six teams advancing from Groups C and D will play in Lodz. The Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and Finals will be played in Katowice.
The final spot at EuroBasket 2009 will be earned by the winner of the Additional Qualifying Round. The six teams participating were drawn into two groups of three with the winners of each group playing each other home and away for the final ticket to Poland. Here they are:
Group A: Portugal, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Belgium.
Group B: Italy, France, Finland



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LATINBASKET.COM FEDERATION CUP 2008 AWARDS - by Victor Garcia

BEST PLAYER OF THE CUP: Edgar Moreno Norte
COACH OF THE YEAR: Julio Toro - Norte

ALL FEDERATION CUP 2008 TEAM
Edgar Moreno - Norte
Norbey Aragon - Arrieros
Rogers Washington - Bucaros
Alejandro Flores - Islanders
Carlos Rogers - Norte

FEDERATION CUP 2008 TEAM - ALL IMPORTS BEST TEAM.
Diego Guevara - Arrieros
Kevin Sowell - Islanders
Rogers Washington - Bucaros
Marcus Fleming - Bucaros
Carlos Rogers - Norte

FEDERATION CUP 2008 - ALL DOMESTIC PLAYERS BEST TEAM
Edgar Moreno - Norte
Norbey Aragon - Arrieros
Eduardo Torres - Norte
Enielsen Guevara - Norte
Miguel Marriaga - Bucaros

BEST YOUNG PLAYER: Divier Perez - Arrieros

Latinbasket.com, also wants to congratulate the following players for his good performance: , Jermaine Walker - Arrieros , David Reyes - Bucaros, Monty Wilson - Norte, Joe Manuel- Islanders, Cesar Cortez and Dajuan Gouard- Indervalle, Jorge Diaz - Patriotas, Joey Spiegel- Ovni, John Perez - Piratas.



NORTE IS THE CHAMPION OF THE 2008 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Edgar Moreno did a little bit of everything leading Norte with 32 pts to win the game five of 2008 Federation Cup finals.
Bucaros played a good first half but the fuel was not enough to challenge Norte in the second, Monty Wilson who was cold in the first half went on fire in the second , while Bucaros Miguel Marriaga had a dark night in the ofensive side.
Again Carlos Rogers was the master of the paint , the veteran player was carefull avoiding fall in foul problems and in the second half with his rebounding and hustling made the diference for Norte among the big men.
Bucaros Rogers Washington and Marcus Fleming took the team wight on the ofensive side, but Flemings defensive night was not the best, Fleming leaded Bucaros with 26pts including 6 three pointers.
At the end the diference for Norte was on the small things that togoether makes the hustling, i mean defensive effort with lots of help, good boxouts in the rebounds and great execution of the ofensive moves.
Norte is the first fourth seeded that finishes wining the Cup, Norte defeatd the first seeded Arrieros in seven games on the semifinals and Bucaros the second seeded in five games on the finals.
Julio Toro coaching made a great diference, its team had two main key facts on the season, the first one was the conditioning, its players was always ready to run on defense and on ofense making a very good transition, and made few turnovers always runing the ofensive to find the weak point of the defense and the open man, Toro show great confidence in his bench players, making Alvaro Contreras and John Hernandez specially solid contributors, Toro also found in Edgar Moreno a world class point guard.
Congratulations to the Norte de Santander team, all its players , coaching staff and directives.

Norte de Santander 83 - E. Moreno 32pts

Bucaros Freskaleche 65 - M. Fleming 26pts




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Iversen helps Imola to important win. - by Thomas Soltau
The Danish NT small forward Niccolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) contributed 13 points and 2 rebounds in Imola's important win over Pavia. The player was a key factor in the victory, and his team is now 3-3.

Playing in the strong Italien LegaDue, Iversen played a good all-around game, shooting 5-8 FG, along with having one assist, one steal and one block, in his 24 minutes of playing time.

Iversen is averaging 6ppg and 3,2rpg so far this season.


Canal Digital League Round 6. - by Thomas Soltau
Svendborg VS Amager (96-94): In a highly anticipated match, two of the Canal Digital League's best teams squared off. The game was close the entire way, and had to go to overtime, before a winner was found. Svendborg's Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) gave his Rabbits the lead 96-94 in the final seconds of overtime. Amager had one chance to turn it around, but Peter Johansen's three hit the front of the rim and Svendborg secured the rebound and the win.
For Amager Peter Johansen had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans) and Gregor Belina (196-G/F-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 26 and 22 for Svendborg.

Aabyhoj VS SISU (89-86): Aabyhoj was looking for their second win of the season, and at home they got it. Aabyhoj moved the ball really well and combined for 28 assists as a team.
For the winners Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) topscored with 30 points, and for SISU Mychal Kearse (193-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had 33 points, while Henrik Thomsen (203-G/F-84, college: Cal-Riverside) contributed with 13 points in only ten minutes of playing time.

Randers VS Horsholm (61-78): Randers was unbeaten going into the game, but Horsholm's US imports Jimmy Binnie (201-F-86, college: Dayton) and Jerald Minnis (201-F/C-85, college: High Point) changed that. Together they had 47 points, and their team toke a commanding lead in the game and glided to victory. Randers struggled with their shooting percentages. Horsholm did a good job holding CDL-Star Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) to 'only' 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Naestved VS Horsens (81-64): Naestved is on the roll. Head coach Geoff Kotila's team is playing very good team-basketball. Kotila's hard work with the team is starting to pay off as they have won 4 in a row. At the same time Horsens is one big disappointment this season. The team is 0-6, which is one of the worst starts in team history.
26 assists and 17 offensive rebounds was the stat-line for Naestved after the game, as Team FOG saw important contributions from 9 different players.
Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) and Sasha Djordjevic (190-G-85) scored 21 and 20 points.

Roskilde VS Bakken (80-88): Roskilde is the second team with 0-6 start to the season, however this is more expected. The newcomer to the CDL is still waiting for License to clear for Mario Brown. Roskilde played yet another close game against last years champions Bakken, but again could just not seal the deal, after being up 55-43 at halftime.
Bakken was lead by young Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) with 17 points and Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


Standings - Basketligaen
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 5-0 
 2. Bakken 5-1 
 3. Randers 5-1 
 4. Horsholm 4-2 
 5. Amager BK 4-2 
 6. Naestved 4-3 
 7. Aabyhoj 2-4 
 8. SISU 1-5 
 9. Horsens IC 0-6 
 10. Roskilde 0-6 


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  EBA   


Lady Horizon Names New Coach - by EBA Media
A former Harrisburg Lady Horizon player and two-time WEBA MVP has been named coach of the team.

Hilary Waltman, who was a member of the Lady Horizon from its beginning in 2003 through the 2006 season, will take over the reigns of the team immediately.

Hilary was a 4-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and all-time scoring leader while playing at St. Bonaventure. During her last full season with the Horizon (2005), she lead the league in scoring with a 27.3 ppg average.

Currently, Waltman coaches the girls basketball team at Lancaster Country Day School.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Thriller on TV-Game - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 10: One TV-game tonight and a real thriller one! Hosting FoKoPo (Forssa) was stopped by Team Componenta (Karkkila) zone defense. Visitor
TC won the fourth quarter 7-16, came back to the game and took the contest into OT. OT was then a shooting contest between Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) and Martti Kuisma (205-C/F-70, college: Florida) both making two treys in a row, before Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) made both FTs (81-83), Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) blocked Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) lay up and Darrell Waters (192-G-74, college: Texas A&M) made his both FTs (81-85). Mikko Jalonen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but TC had won 84-85 (44-33). Quarters: 25-18, 19-15, 17-19, 7-16 and 16-17.

TC Head Coach Bernard Harris was proud of his players: 'We never gave up and now you saw the value of Martti Kuisma. He knows how to put the ball in the

basket'! Kuisma led Team Componenta with 21 pts (treys 4/4). PG Frank Richards netted 21 pts as well and gave eight assists. Darrell Waters had three fouls

during the first quarter, but none after that. Anyway Waters tallied 17 pts and grabbed 14 rbs. Home Team's Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) scored 20 pts but had nine TOs. Mikko Jalonen added 17 pts. Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) made FoKoPo's all seven pts during the fourth quarter. Vincent Hunter had 14 pts and six shots blocked. FoKoPo made FTs just 56,5% (13/23), Team Componenta 82,6% (19/23).

FoKoPo - Team Componenta OT 84-85 (68) (44-33) (Charles Thomas 20, Mikko Jalonen 17/5a, Ray Cunningham 15/12, Vincent Hunter 14/6b - Frank Richards 21/8a, Martti Kuisma 21, Darrell Waters 17/14, Sami Syrjala 10).



Korisliiga Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KTP - Namika Lahti 73-59
KTP slowed down Namika Lahti beating them 73:59 at home court. It was just the third loss for Lahti in the season. Steve Smith, Durell Vinson and Pasi Heinonen contributed 15 points each for KTP as they improved to 6-4 record. Vesa Makalainen and Sami Pekkola replied with 12 points apiece for Lahti in defeat.

Tarmo - Kouvot 81-72
Tarmo celebrated only the third win in the tournament as they held off Kouvot 81:72. Steve Barnes maintained the winning attitude with 22 points for Tarmo. E.J. Drayton finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Kouvot responded with 15 points from Calvin Walls. Roope Suonio contributed 13 points in defeat.

Kataja - LrNMKY 92-83
Kataja outscored Lappeenranta 92:83 to remain in the leading position in Korisliiga. It was the 8th win for Kataja in the season. Jeremiah Wood secured impressive double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds for Kataja. Anssi Kinnaslampi contributed 20 points for the winners. Lappeenranta were not helped even by solid 28-point and 7-assist tally from Jerel Blassingame.

ToPo - Korihait 75-74
Timo Heinonen drained a three-pointer and secured a come-from-behind victory for ToPo against Korihait 75:74. The victory marked a 3-7 record for ToPo. Elias Kajander managed 21 points and 7 rebounds for ToPo. Timo Heinonen added 13 points in the winning case. Mark Zoller responded with 23 points and 10 boards for Korihait.

Pyrinto - Honka 76-89
Honka stayed in the second spot in the ladder posting the 7th victory at the weekend. This time Honka fired down Pyrinto 89:76 on the road. Kimmo Muurinen was unstoppable with 23 points and 18 boards. Akeem Scott added 23 points, while Ben Perkins finished with 19 points for the victors. Antti Nikkila replied with 23 points and 12 caroms for Pyrinto.

FoKoPo - Componenta 84-85
Team Componenta came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to stun FoKoPo 85:84 on the road today. Clifton Jones scored a late bucket in regualtion to send the game into overtime. There Martti Kusima stepped up for the visitors nailing 7 points and bringing Team Componenta to the 4th win in the season. Martti Kusima and Frank Richard finished with 21 points each for the winners. Charles Thomas answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Koripojat.



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


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  FRANCE   


PRO B Market - by Gregory Caru
A lot of teams are trying to change their players because of results,injuries or poor statistics.This is the case of 3 clubs in this week.
*In Antibes(2-6)Herman Favors 9,6ppg 2,7apg has been cut,he is replaced by another Guard,Jeff Horner.Last year he played in Iowa Energy(D-League) for 11,5ppg 6,3apg after have been tested by Paris-Levallois in pre'season.At the beginning of this season he played in Bree(BEL)but he left the club because of financials difficulties.Antibes hopes to stay in pro b with him.
*In Nanterre(3-5)the club has cut Daniel Cage and Adam Walekowski,and he has signed Antawn Dobie,a pure point guard with good hands,excellent feel for the game.Last year he played in kolejiler Ankara(TUR)for 13,7ppg 4,9apg 1,5spg.Normally a good choice for this team who wanted to play Play Offs this season.
*In Clermont(5-3)Monpegnou is injured for 2-3 months but the club has signed for the rest of the season Jermaine Bucknor,a strong Forward,good defender,who knows very well the pro b championship because he played last year in Le Portel for 12,2ppg 5,7rpg and before in Limoges(2006-2007).But When Monpegnou will come back,he will be obliged to play with him.
Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Richmond)Antawn Dobie (183-G-78, college: LIU Brooklyn)Jeff Horner (191-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Iowa)


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  GERMANY   


Derrick Allen(DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS) Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Hi Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), thanks for taking some time to speak to www.eurobasket.com. This is your second season with THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS. Last season, the team was a shot away from reaching the final. What are the goals of the team this season and can the team reach the final?

I think our team is still upset that we didnt make it too the finals last season. So our goals for the season are you make the playoff, and then make a run for the championship... I think if we can stay healthy, we will have a great chance at winning the German league.

The main goal for any player is to win, but what are your personal goals for the team this season?

My personal goal is just to stay consistent, and try to play like I have been playing the last four years I have been in Germany. And just try to show people that I, have gotten better every year. And the biggest thing is too win the championship of course..

Currently the team is 11th with a 3-3 record. Besides the untimely injuries, what are the main problems of the team and how can they be corrected?


We are 4-3, after a tough road win at Nordlingen. I think we could easily be at the top of the league. But we have to erase the mental mistakes, that we have during times in the game. Coach always talks to us about being smart during the games.. So I would say thats the biggest thing. Just playing smarter.

It seems like since the 2005-2006, the team just cant shake not getting injuries. Every team gets injuries but Frankfurt seems to be at the top. How annoying are the injuries to Lorenzo Gordon and Keith Simmons?

I dont know what too say about it. I think, that its just a case of bad luck for us. But thats why you have 12 players on your roster.And when we have two, of our main players go down. Everyone has to step up, and pick up the slack for those who are injured.. But I feel, that we are talented enough too still win games, until those guys get back.

How tough is it for a team, to regroup and keep playing well when injuries occur? New guys come in and systems might have to be changed. Who has the tougher job the players or the coaches in this situation?


I think everyone has a tougher job, because we are all one team.The coaches, have to work harder and also the players have to take more of the load to help this team win games.

What is the most important thing that THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS will have to do without these key players in order to be successful on the court

Just too play harder, make plays and like I said, its time for other players too step up now. I think we are ready for the challenge, and guys will be ready to help us win games. As long as we win, everything else will be fine.

You were a scorer in Iceland, Karlsruhe, Leverkusen and Frankfurt last season. However this season you get Lorenzo Gordon parked in front of you. Your stats have been going down. You are 100% professional and your strong character speaks for itself, but honestly you cant be happy with that situation. Were you cooking inside and how are you able to cope with that?

It was something that was not easy to take at first, not in a selfish way. Just in a way, of that I feel like that I prepare myself as a professional and work harder than any player in Europe. But sometimes we have to take a step back, and be for the team. And I am more than willing to do that, and as long as we win. Everything will be fine, and I am handling the situation fine. But I am ready always when my time comes in the game. So I will remain confident in myself, and my abilities as a basketball player. So just because we have a new, go-to player doesnt mean that I cant continue to help this team win games...


With Leverkusen and Frankfurt, your scoring stats went down to 12 points in the playoffs. Does it bother you when critics say that in the regular season, he is a monster, but in the post season he is more of a creature.

Yeah, a little bit it does. But I am my biggest critic, so I am more harder on myself than any reporter could be. But I am fully aware, that I havent had been as productive in the playoffs. As I have in the regular season. And when I get that opportunity again, I will be ready. Thats a promise, that I have with myself and too show all of the critics, that I am more than just a regular season player.

Against Paderborn, you showed the old D.A that everybody knows and loves. Will you continue to be the #1 option in the next weeks?

Hmmmm, thats a good question that honestly I cant answer. It just depends on match-ups on the game. I know that I will be ready, when my number is called though. But I will be more of an option for the next couple of weeks.

Last season, you dazzled the league with your fancy ballerina moves, but after a while you started to strengthen your love affair with the outside shot. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being versatile, but why are you shooting more from outside and not scoring inside?

Well this year, I am playing more the four spot. But its something coach talked to me about in the preseason.. With taking the high post jumpshot, making the high-low pass under the basket. So I would just say, it has a lot to do with the new role that I have with the team this season.. But I have my chances for post-up plays also. I think it will help my game, so I am not worried about it.

If there is anything to criticise than your defense. How are you working on this part of your game to improve?

Yeah, a lot of people always say that. I feel, I have become a better defensive player this year. Just getting stronger in the weight room, and not letting guys get the ball easily are my two biggest things, so I can become a better defender.


How important was the signing of Titus Ivory. He is always good for 10 points and his strong help defense could be key in winning some close games down the stretch this season.

I think it was a great signing by our club. Titus is a winner, and he is a great asset for our team. He helps us on the guard spot, with his scoring and defense. That is something we will miss with Keith Simmons out.

You played center last season, but prefer the power forward position. American Anthony King could profit with the injury to Gordon. Have you been giving him tips in practice? Could he learn those ballerina moves to some extent?

Anthony King, is a talented player. He works hard everyday in practice, and yes I show him a couple of things that he can do in the game. With his post-ups, and things like that. He will help us this season.


How is your relationship to coach Murat Didin. Did he directly tell you at the start of season that you werent the go to guy anymore?

My relationship with Coach is cool, we had a sit down in the preseason. And he said, I didnt have to worry about being the top scorer of the league this season. That we have a more balanced team this year. He wants me too become more of a natural power foward, so he told me that he wanted me to do other things than just score this season. The thing about being the go-to-guy, was something I didnt understand. But its over with, and I just want to have a great year with this team. But too answer your question, yes me and coach Didin get along good.

You grew up in Alabama. What was your childhood like?

Alabama, is a football state, so Basketball is 2nd there, and I didnt start playing organized basketball until I was 15years old. But my childhood was great, I have a lot of great memories as a child growing up.

You have a strong work ethic and great character. From whom did you get this from?

I got my work ethic, and character from my mom. She's the hardest working person, that I know. She did so much for me, and my little brother. Too provide for us, and show us how to work hard in this world. My mom always told me and my brother that if your gonna do something in life, you have work hard at it. And give it your all while your doing it. So that is the person I get my work ethic and character from..

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Michael Jordan of course, Magic Johnson, Shawn Kemp, but my favorite big man, was Hakeem Olajuwon, because I would study his post moves a lot.

Your from Alabama, but went to Mississippi to play college ball. Was that difficult to do playing at the rival state?

Yeah, I went too Ole Miss from 2000-2003. It was a great experience there, but no it wasnt a difficult decision for me to go play against home state school like Auburn and Alabama. I think going to Ole Miss was a great decision for me.


What were your nicest basketball memories at Mississippi?

I would say in 2001, when we won the SEC Western Division. And also the same year, we made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.


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

I would say, Tayshaun Price, Udonis Haslem, Matt Bonner, David Lee, Jarvis Hays.. Those are the guys I would say. From Europe, I would say. Shammond Williams (Pamesa Valencia), Daniel Ewing (Prokom).


You tore up the league in Iceland in your rookie season averaging 23,4 points and 10, 5 rebounds. How would you describe the league there? How big were the arenas?

Its a small league there, with about 12 teams. I think it was a place for me to go, and get a chance to play and get better as a player, and we won the championship there. We also played Euro Challenge there as well so it was a great opportunity for me. I would say the league is solid, with some good players there. The Gyms there are small, they hold about two thousand people.

How was it living in Iceland for a southern boy?

It was tough at first.. But I got used too it pretty quick. I never seen that much snow in my life, but I had a great time, my one year in Iceland.

You played two seasons for a poor Karlsruhe team, but you played together with Narcisse Ewodo and Rouven Roessler. How was it playing with those guys?

It was fun playing with those guys. Both of those guys were, and are very good players.


You played a season in Leverkusen. Were you there long enough to notice the great Basketball tradition and feel sad when you heard the team had to move to Dsseldorf?

I didnt know about the tradition about Leverkusen, until I played there. But they had a great run in the Bundesliga. And yeah, it was a funny feeling that I had to put my team out for their last game in that city, but I felt bad for the people there, because they really love basketball. But I think the fans of Leverkusen will follow to the team too Dusseldorf..


How strong is your relationship to Dragon Lamont Mcintosh? I am sure playing on the same team would be a thrill?

Me and mac's relationship is very strong. We are like family man, we talk to each other like everyday. Whether its online, or on the telephone. We check up on each other on the weekends, after the games. We give one another words of encouragement, when things are going well for our respected team. Or if we arent playing the way, that we would like too. Yeah, it would be cool to play with Lamont, wherever that would be. We know each others game well, because we workout in the summers together. So maybe one day that would happen. Who knows.

What would you like to do after the Basketball career?

I think I would like to continue to work, basketball wise. Meaning coaching high school, or college basketball.

You hit 17 free throws against Ludwigsburg last season. Off the top of your head, how many consecutive free throws do you think that you have hit in any practice?

I made 25 in a row once before.

If you had a one on one match with Ilian Evtimov, who do you think would win?

haha. Funny enough, me and Evti play against each other everyday in practice. So we know each others moves pretty well, but I would win.

What music do you hear before games to get into game mood?

Basically a lot of rap music. I always got Young Jeezy playing before the game.

You have been learning German and can speak it. Give an example of what you know.

Miles, Vielen dank fur das interview. Hallo, ich bin Derrick Allen.. Spieler fur die Deutsche Bank Skyliners Spieler nummer funfzehn mit die Skyliners.


Steeples without Best and Dials - by Moritz Korff
Both import players have left Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) a couple of days ago. Center Tyler Best (206-F/C-83, college: IPFW) is gone as well as Nick Dials (185-G-84, college: Akron) who is trying to land a spot on a team of a higher league. He played 6 games for Ehingen in this current season and averaged close to 22 points per contest. Best saw action in only two encounters. He scored a total of 10 points in these two outings.
Even without Best and Dials the Steeples captured their third win of the season Sunday, overcoming Braunschweig 62:44.


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PromotieDivisie News: Rani Chaiou from MSV Log in to VBC Akrides? - by Terry Cooper
Rumors from around the league are stating that MVP of the PromotieDivisie Final Four Rani Chaoui (186-G-84, college: Antelope Valley CC) has moved from MSV Log in to rival VBC Akrides for the remaining of the season. Chaoui and MSV decided to part ways after some dissagreements with playing time. This high energy player should add some depth and experience to Cees Armana's experienced team and help Akrides get to the PromotieDivisie playoffs if a top team in Europe does not request for his services in the near future.

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Round 5: Falco won, Dombovar is still unbeaten - by Tamas Deri
FALCO SZOVA KC SZOMBATHELY - UNIVER KSE KECSKEMET 112-89
(30-19, 24-21, 32-23, 26-26)
Szombathely, Att.: 2500, Referees: Teczeli, Maar, Stickel
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 31/15, Pankar 6/6, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 26/15, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 19/3, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Harrerson 2, Ocitti 6, Lakatos 5, Feigl 2, Vida, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
KECSKEMET: Haynes 10, Horvath A. 6, Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 16, Klaiber 14/9, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/6, Toth P. 12/3, Simpson 12, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND - PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC 67-70
(16-19, 20-17, 12-15, 19-19)
KOrmend, Att.: 2200, Referees: Pali, Szabo G., Domokos
KORMEND: Auriantal 11/3, Ferencz 3/3, Hegedus G. 8/3, Banks 13/3, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) 18/3, McCullough 2, Kocsis T. 2, Keresztes 3, Trummer 3/3, Gergely FODOR 4, Coach: Dragoljub Krivacevic
DOMBOVAR: Lagrange 8, Clark 10, Molnar M. 2, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 13/3, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 17, Simon N. 5, Balazs Szoke (200-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Balogh L., Deak, Coach: Peter STahl


PVSK won in Debrecen - by Tamas Deri
The home team could win the 2nd and the 4th quarter but it was not enough for the first victory of the newcomers!

DEKE PVSK Panthers 84-93
(20-35, 18-12, 10-25, 36-21)
DEKE: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 28/12, Kutasi 6/6, Toth. 13/6, Kovacs I. 5/3, Kennerly 11, Kaluha, Varro, Szabo T. 2, Erdei 6/6, Daniel Takacs (198-F-86) 13, Coach: Walke Karoly
PVSK: Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 13/9, Kelley 15/9, Gabor Denes (197-F-82) 12/6, Grebenar 9/3, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 20, Kovacs P., Hosszu G. 3/3, Aleksic 7/3, Toth N. 12/3, Lepsenyi 2, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Atomeromu 4-0 
 2. Dombovar 4-0 
 3. Falco 4-1 
 4. Albacomp 4-1 
 5. Soproni 3-2 
 6. PVSK Panth. 2-2 
 7. Kormend 2-2 
 8. ZTE KK 2-2 
 9. Kaposvari 2-3 
 10. Univer KSE 2-3 
 11. Szolnok 1-2 
 12. Marso-Vagep 1-4 
 13. Debreceni 0-4 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-5 


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KR unbeaten after 6 rounds - by Einar Johannsson

After 6 rounds KR are leading in Iceland Express, after they beat Grindavik in the fight for the top spot 82-80 at home on thursday night.

KR - Grindavik
Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) with big game for the hometeam scoring 25 pts and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) playing great D on Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) who has been unstoppable so far. Dourisseau also adding 17 pts and 10 reb. For Grindavik Thorleifur Olafsson (192-G/F-84) with big performance scoring 26 pts, Brenton Birmingham (195-G-73, college: Manhattan) with 19 and Pall Axel Vilbergsson with 12.

Keflavik - FSu
Strong win for Keflavik in OT. FSu leading by 3 at halftime but Keflavik very strong second half and should have finished the game in regular time. Hordul Vilhjalmsson (-G-88) and Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) best players for the hometeam but for visitors Thomas Viglianco (206-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Birmingham Souther), Arni Ragnarsson and Tyler Dunaway (188-G-85, college: Al.-Huntsville) were the leaders, Dunaway tied the game with 1 sec left in regular time.

Thor Ak - Stjarnan
Crazy game up north. Stjarnan leading by 5 with less then 2 minutes left but Thor came up with a big run, outscoring Stjarnan 15-0 and winning the game by 10 pts. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) with big game (32 pts, 11 reb and 13 assists) - Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, agency: IceBasket) 23 pts for Stjarnan and Justin Shouse (180-G-81, agency: IceBasket, college: Mercyhurst) 18 pts and 16 assists.

Skallagrimur - UMFN Njardvik
Skallagrimur still struggling, but very good first half for them as Njardvik was leading by only 2 pts. Visitors came out strong second half and took a save win home. Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81, agency: CAA Sports) with 29 pts for Njardvik and Magnus Gunnarsson (184-G-81) had 19. Sveinn Davidsson (-86) had 17 for Skallagrimur and young Sigurdur Thorarinsson had 11 pts and 9 reb.

IR - Tindastoll
Finally IR came up with a win and that a great one. All icelandic IR team got Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-F-82) back from injury/sickness and great team performance gave them a 19 pts win against strong Tindastoll team who had only lost one game so far. Eirikur Onundarson (186-G-74) (22 pts) playing great as Omar Saevarsson (198-F-82) (21 pts, 13 reb) and Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-G-86) (20 pts) and team got confidence back with Hreggvidur Magnusson (11 pts) on the floor again. Darrell Flake (193-F-80, agency: IceBasket, college: McKendree) best player for Tindastoll, scoring 24 pts and grabbing 13 reb.

Breidablik - Snaefell
Huge game for both teams, as Breidablik had won two in a row with 3-2 record but Snaefell looking for getting back on track with record 2-3. Snaefell started strong and leading by 11 at halftime but great 3rd quarter for Breidablik (28-14) gave them the lead. Breidablik leading until the end when Snaefell tied the game with 4 sec left and last second shot for Breidablik pretty close but did not want in. Snaefell were the stronger team in OT giving them a 3-3 record so both teams with 6 pts after 6 rounds.
Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80, agency: IceBasket) (19 pts, 14 reb), Jon O. Jonsson (199-F-81) (17 pts) and Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82, agency: IceBasket) (11 pts, 14 reb) key players for Snaefell, but Runar Erlingsson (184-G-89) had very solid performance for hometeam, scoring 19 pts, grabbing 7 reb and 9 assists. Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, agency: IceBasket, college: Pfeiffer) had 17 pts.


Round 7 starts on thursday.



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Premier L. Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rishon LZ - Givat Shmuel 76-87
Givat Shmuel beat Rishon LZ 87:76 awy from home for 2-1 record in the league. Carr Corry and Hall Jermaine combined 51 points for the winners. Tutt Ken posted 18 in defeat and Shaashua Oded scored 16.

Galil Gilboa - Ramat Gan 81-72
Galil Gilboa outscored Ramat Gan 81:72 as Roberts Brian shined with 22 points for the winners. Kadir Elishay added 18, whilst Mike Helms produced the same number of points in the losing effort.

Bnei Hasharon - Jerusalem 77-73
Bnei Hasharon tasted the first victory after beating Jerusalem 77:73. Onyekwe Ugonna was unstoppabel for the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Belcher Segado netted 17, while Tapiro Meir and Cisse Ousmane had 12 each. Bowers Timothy brought Jerusalem 21 points.

Kiryat Ata - Ashkelon 74-96
Kiryat Ata lost to Ashkelon 74:96 as Burtt Steve paced the winners with 29 points. Eitan Or notched 20 and Tamir Amit scored 13. Burns Draelon ended up with 26 points in the losing effort.

Hapoel Holon - Macc.Haifa 71-90
Maccabi Haifa remained the only undefeated team and improved to 3-0 record after 90:71 over Hapoel Holon. Six players reached double digits for the favorites as Perkins Doron led all of them with 17 points. Hapoel Holon got 25 points from Flores Luis.

Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi T-A 78-84
Maccabi Tel-Aviv won the last game of the round beating Ironi 78:84 away from home. Casspi Omri led the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Lewis Ron and McGhee Aaron posted 21 points each in defeat.



Ironi Nahariya sign Robert Rothbart - by Eurobasket

Ironi Nahariya added to their roster 22-year old Serbian center Robert Rothbart (216-C-86). Rothbart played most recently at Borac Nektar Banja Luka (Bosnia), wheer he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention and All-Defensive Team. Rothbart has also Israeli and American nationality. He tried also in french ProA three years ago, but without any success. He is trying to make it already second time to Israeli League after he played here for Hapoel Galil Elyon two years ago.



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Italian Legadue. Round 6. Italian Players Review - by Antonello Varallo
Italian players are showing their skills game by game. After six rounds, Jesi's Michele Maggioli (212-C-77, agency:Side by
Side) is the best scorer with an average of 20.83 points. He is leading one of the best team of the league and maybe he is
regretting lost opportunities of his youth. Federico Pugi (206-F-85,agency:DoubleB) made it well scoring 18 points in Aget
Imola's important win against Pavia. Last weeks his teammates Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) and Matteo Canavesi (204-F\C-86)
were decisive: with these young talented players, Imola will surely be visited by italian coach Carlo Recalcati. Cimberio
Varese's Marco Passera (180-G-82) made an excellent game helping his team in a difficult win against a brave Umana Venezia.
He has the ability to redeem last awful season. Roseto gained a crucial win against Livorno thanks to Stefano Borsato
(190-G-86) and Marco Pazzi (203-C-79), two players who last seasons played in lower divisions. They can be important also in
Leagadue. German Scarone (190-G-75,agency:Sigma) tried to drag his team to win but his 18 points were not enough. Tommaso
Rinaldi(204-F-85) did not repeat the amazing performance of last week while teenager Reggio Emilia's Nicol Melli (205-F-91)
scored 12 points with 9 boards, proving himself as one of the best italian hot prospects. Carmatic Pistoia's Riccardo
Santolamazza (195-G-83) and Guido Rosselli (196-G-83,agency:Biasin Marco) played one more time in starting five, but couldn't
avoid the lost against Scafati after a good first half and the good performances of Alessandro Infanti (191-G-85) and Stefano
Rabaglietti (190-G-83,agency:TwoPoints)


Serie A - Week 5 review - by Stefano Pini

- After the game lost at home against Avellino, the ambitious La Fortezza Bologna fired coach Renato Pasquali . Virtus has still a positive record (3-2), but last results weren't up to expectations. The new coach will be probabily Matteo Boniciolli , coach of the year 2008. He will have to bring defensive mentality and adjust offensive organizations to a team reach of talent.

- Top performer of round 5 was Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). 37 points with 7/8 from 3p. But even the rookie Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports), with 32 points and 8 rebounds was impressive.
In this season Jaycee Carroll is shooting 14/22 from the distance.

- Against Milano Carife Ferrara grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. Milano won the game, but will have to take important decisions about his frontline. Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) injury seems very serious. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) is playing with a big knee problem.

- Montepaschi Siena had 5 players with at least 15 points for Siena against Fortitudo Bologna.
Simone Pianigiani reached Carlo Recalcati for game won for a Siena's Head Coach.
Pianigiani's record is 85-9.
And counting...

- Italian basketball is crying for the tragedy happened to Eldo Caserta. Yesterday mourning a player of U-15 team, Paolo Marcaldo, his father Luigi, the assistant coach of the team Gianluca Noia and the team manager Emanuela Gallicola died in a car incident. For this reason Caserta and Pesaro didn't play yesterday



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Bulls even series with Knights and force game 3 - by Leonard Whyte

Newcomers Port Royal Bulls are determined to reign on Urban Knights' victory parade after they bounced back from a demoralizing overtime loss to the defending champions in game 1 to seized game 2 last night, as action continued in the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) playoffs at the National Stadium courts. With the series now even 1-1, game 3, to be played on Wednesday night, will be a winner-take-all affair.

Could have been

Bulls are feeling unlucky as they were just 17 seconds away from taking game 1 before Knights scored to forced overtime. Last night's 60-56 victory could have been a celebration but they will get another shot at the champions on Wednesday. Knights, on the other hand, have been dodging bullets ever since they finished the regular season unbeaten as continue to ride behind the 'Destiny' banner. Last night they fell behind 18-11 after one quarter and 31-24 at halftime before rallying to even the score 45-45 at the end of the third quarter. They were, however, outscored 15-11 in the final quarter. Dovian Wade provided 17 points, followed by Damion Young with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks, and Paul Oliphant added 11 points. The high scorers for Knights were Andy Smith with a team-high 12 points, Andrew Whilby with 11 points, and Omar Barnes added 10 points.



Knights prevail in OT lead series - by Leonard Whyte
The 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) finals started with a bang last Thursday night at the National Stadium courts when it took overtime to separate defending champions Urban Knights and newcomers Port Royal Bulls. When the dust was settled, Knights had prevailed 84-78 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, thanks to Omar Barnes and Javon Bailey who scored 22 and 20 points respectively. Oneil Mundle added a double-double (13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds) to be third double-figure scorer for Knights. Davion Wade (18 points) and Paul Oliphant (14 points) led Bulls.

Lost opportunity
Bulls looked poised for the game 1 upset as they held a 69-97 advantage with only 17.6 seconds left in regulation. Knights then went inside on their final possession to center Andrew Whilby who delivered a clutch basket to force OT. Knights then went on to dominate the overtime, as a dejected Bulls team was unable to refocus. Clutch free throws down the stretch helded Knights seal the victory and dodge a major bullet.


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Mitsuhiko Kato out as head coach of Tochigi Brex - by Kenny
In a surprising move, head coach Mitsuhiko Kato has been dismissed by the Link Tochigi Brex of the JBL after only 10 games. The Brex announced the move on their website today (Nov. 10th), citing the need for new direction for the future of the team. The team decided on the change on Sunday (Nov. 9th) and went public with their decision the next day. The 46-year old Kato had no previous coaching experience in the professional ranks until this season, but was well-known in Japan for guiding high school powerhouse Noshiro Kogyo (Tech) to countless championships, including 9 titles in all 3 years that schoolboy legend Yuta Tabuse played for him. Tabuse was lured back to Japan from the U.S. this season by Kato to play for Tochigi, although how much influence Kato had in Tabuse's decision to come back remains murky.

The Brex, who currently stand at 3-7 in the JBL, will face the Toshiba Brave Thunders this weekend on Friday (the 14th) and Saturday (the 15th).


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LKL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Alytus Alita - Suduva 75-76
Suduva stole a 76:75 win over Alita to post the initial success in the LKL season. Maruis Runkauskas converted a layup with 13 seconds left in regulation to win it for Suduva. He finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Mindaugas Kalvelis added 15 points for Suduva as they climbed at 1-5 record. Nerijus Varnelis answered with 26 points for Alita.

Siauliai - Zalgiris 66-76
Zalgiris delivered the fifth victory in the championship as they prevailed against Siauliai 76:66 in a tough battle at the Siauliai Arena. Jonas Maciulis came up with 17 points for Zalgiris. Dainius Salenga added 16 points for the winners. Virginijus Prasakevicius and Vitalijus Stanevicius answered with 13 points each in the loss.

Lietuvos - Aisciai 108-50
Lietuvos Rytas remained untamed as they stormed past Aisciai 108:50 in Vilnius. Martynas Gecevicius and Steponas Babrauskas posted 16 ponts apiece to pace balanced Lietuvos Rytas offense. Donatas Zavackas had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Donatas Motiejunas secured 16 points for Aisciai.

Zalgiris - Nevezis 90-75
Zalgiris caught up with Lietuvos Rytas in the ladder as they registered the 6th win in a row in the tournament. Paulius Jankunas contributed 20 points and 10 boards and Zalgiris drove to a 90:75 win over Nevezis. Tadas Klimavicius had 19 points and 12 boards for the Kaunas outfit. Benas Veikals ensured 23 points for Nevezis as they lost the fourth game in the season.



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Racing(2-4) gives Heffingen their 6th loss. Amicale sneeks past T71 despite Whitworth's 38 point performance! Musel Pikes handles Residence! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, November 8, 2008

Heffingen 58 - Racing 82

Heffingen, Luxembourg
Heffingen dropped to dead last place in the DBBL at 0-6 at the hands of coach Toni Ostojic and his Racing team. The first three quarters were dominated by Racing last Saturday night in Heffingen. Racing's Jordan Brady (198-F-83) was the scoring leader with 28 points. He also grabbed 18 rebounds, added 2 steals and 2 assists. Three other Racing players reached double figures: Dave Schroeder 18, Jol Pires 13, and Vincent Wynandt had 10. Racing was hot from the field shooting 28 for 44 which is 64% but need to improve at the free throw line where they struggled at 8 for 18(45%). Racing is still missing Steve Klose and Eric Grand. Heffingen's players are struggling in scoring with American import Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) the only one to reach double figures while taking 11 rebounds. Chris Zender played his best match of the young season for Heffingen scoring 8 points while taking 10 rebounds in less than 26 minutes. Heffingen, who was playing without Daniel Weyrich, will play host to Contern, and T71 will visit Racing this Saturday, November 8th.

Heffingen: 22 field goals, 6three pointers, 8 for 17 free throws, 31 rebounds, 18 fouls and 13 turnovers
J. Thesen 6, Anderson 18, Scholtus 6, Hetto, C. Weyrich 8, also Zender 8, Feltes 7, Schumacher 3 and K. Thesen 2
Scholtus 38' fouled out.
Racing: 34 field goals, 6 three pointers, 8 for 18 free throws, 41 rebounds, 15 fouls and 11 turnovers
Weynandt 10, Schroeder 18, Brady 26, Pires 13, Haas 3, also Weber, Schmit 8, Hochmuth 2, Groos and Rodenbourg

Score by quarters: 1st Q 14-23, Halftime 28-44, 3rd Q 38-66, Final 58-82
60 Spectators


Amicale 80 - T71 78

Steinsel, Luxembourg
Amicale needed the home win over visiting T71 to remain tied for third place in the DBBL with Black Star sharing equal 4-2 win/loss records. T71's first five minutes cost them the match as they were held to only 8 points. The vistors came back and cut the lead to only 1 point by the quarter's end. T71 had a few bad spells leading to Amicale's momenttum swings in the 2nd period as the home team was able to go into half still up by 8. The 3rd and 4th stanzas belonged to T71, but they ran out of time, cutting the lead to only 2 points at the end of the match. Coach Johnny Griffin had three players step it up in scoring with Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) leading the way with 22 points and 18 big rebounds. DePree added 3 assists, 4 steals and a blocked shots. Chris Scholtes added 17, and Christian Schartz 10(6 assists). Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) was phenominal for the visitors leading all DBBL scorers for the weekend with 38 points. Martin Rajniak had 16. The rest of T71's squad did not produce much. T71 will go to Racing and Amicale must host Sparta on Saturday, November 15th.

Amicale: 31 field goals, 5 three pointers, 13 for 15 free throws, 35 rebounds, 17 fouls and 11 turnovers
Haan 9, DePree 22, Schartz 10, Scholtes 17, Ney 9, Jones 7, also Haan 9, Birenbaum 6, Gillardin, Rausch and Kartheiser
Unsportsmanlike foul 40' Scholtes
T71: 31 field goals, 5 three pointers, 11 for 13 free throws, 23 rebounds, 15 fouls and 10 turnovers
Whitworth 38, Ruffato 9, Kieffer 4, Rajniak 16, siebenbour 2, also Kostur, Keller 4, Bemtgen 5 and Abreu

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 22-21, Halftime 47-39, 3rd Q 64-55, Final 80-78
406 spectators


Residence 67 - Musel Pikes 81

Walferdange, Luxembourg
Residence lost at home to Musel Pikes, who regain the first place in the DBBL tied with Sparta with identical 5-1 records.
Three of Coach Frank Baum's players had huge nights offensively. Laurent Schwartz scored 23, Guy Scmit and Samy Picard 21 points each and Christopher Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) 10 points and 14 rebounds. Residence dug itself into a huge hole in the first period giving up 33 points. During the middle two quarters, Residence played better. Matthew Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) scored 32 points and Pit Koster 11 for Residence. Musel Pikes went on a few good runs in the fourth to gain momentum and the eventual 14 point victory. Unfortunately for Residence, they must face Etzella on the road Sunday, November 16th. Etzella is coming off a loss to Sparta and will be fine tuned ot get back on the winning track next week. Musel Pikes will face Black Star in the DBBL game of the week in Mersch on saturday, November 8th.

Residence: 25 field goals, 8 three pointers, 9 for 13 free throws, 28 rebounds, 18 fouls and 9 turnovers
F. Mangen 4, Hall 32, Koster 11, Abdiu 6, Leschek, also Julien 1, S. Mangen 3, Kayser, Hemmen 3 and Felten 7
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 10 three pointers, 8 for 21 free throws, 33 rebounds, 13 fouls and 7 turnovers
Schwartz 23, G. Scmit 21, Braier 10, Picard 21, Schmitz 4, also C. Schmit 2 and Dentzer


score by Quarters: 1st Q 19-33, Halftime 36-44, 3rd Q 54-61, Final 67-81
200 Spectators


Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Sparta 5-1 
 2. Musel Pikes 5-1 
 3. Black Star 4-2 
 4. Amicale 4-2 
 5. Etzella 3-3 
 6. T71 3-3 
 7. Contern 3-3 
 8. Racing 2-4 
 9. Residence 1-5 
 10. Heffingen 0-6 


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Soleuvre 4-0 
 2. BC Mess 3-0 
 3. Pall Aren 2-1 
 4. Basket Esch 2-2 
 5. BBC Nitia 2-2 
 6. Bascharage 1-3 
 7. Mondorf 1-3 
 8. Schieren 0-4 


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Okoroha's double-double helps Xavier beat Huston-Tillotson 74-67 - by Richard
Okoroha's double-double helps Xavier (LA) beat Huston-Tillotson 74-67 November 7, 2008 NEW ORLEANS -- Senior forward Kelechi Okoroha (6'4''-G-86) collected 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds Friday to lead Xavier (LA) University of Louisiana to a 74-67 men's basketball victory over Huston-Tillotson at The Barn.
The Gold Rush is 3-0 for the seventh conseutive season and 4-0 against Huston-Tillotson over the past three seasons. It was the Rams' opener.
Okoroha, who recorded the third double-double of his career, scored four points and assisted on a basket during a 15-3 run which turned a tie at 50 into a 65-53 Xavier (LA) lead with 4:47 remaining.
Huston-Tillotson cut the Rush lead to 68-64 on Robert Hartfield (6'4''-G/F) 3-pointer at 1:57 but drew no closer.
Devin Andrew and Dannie Woods added 10 points apiece for Xavier (LA). Okoroha grabbed 10 second-half rebounds.
Hartfield and Gabe Haskins scored 19 points apiece for the Rams, and James Black scored 12. Hartfield scored 13 in the first half.
A Haskins basket at 10:28 of the first half capped a 12-2 HTU run and gave the Rams their biggest lead, 25-16. But Olumide Olafioye (6'4''-G) scored seven points in the final 3 minutes to rally Xavier (LA) to a 40-36 halftime lead. HTU never led in the second half.
Xavier (LA) outshot the Rams 48 to 37 percent from the floor -- 48 to 29 percent in the second half -- and outrebounded them 37-34. The Rush committed 21 turnovers -- the third straight game Xavier (LA) had 20 or more -- but gained 26.
Xavier (LA)'s next game will be a 7 p.m. Tuesday exhibition against Southern University at Baton Rouge, La. Huston-Tillotson will remain in New Orleans and play Loyola at 4 p.m. Sunday


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NBA Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nets - Heat 94-99
Miami Heat made it in American Airlines Arena jumping on 4-3. Dwayne Wade once again was central figure of the game collecting 33 points and 5 assists. Jianlian Yi contributed with 24 points and 10 boards in defeat. His team currently has 2-4.

Grizzlies - Suns 102-107
Phoenix outsmarted Memphis at home meaning that the Suns reached sixth win in eight games. Brazilian Leandrinho Barbosa was a key player for the hosts netting 27 points. O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay combined 53 points for the Grizzlies (3-5).

Thunder - Pacers 99-107
3-3 for Indiana Pacers and 1-6 for the Thunder after this game. T.J. Ford top-scored for the Pacers with 24 points. He also dished out 10 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds for 39 minutes. Oklahoma got 37 points and 8 boards from Kevin Durant.

Trail Blazers - Magic 106-99
The Portland Trail Blazers celebrated at Amway Arena moving up on 4-3. Exactly the same digits has Orlando Magic. Brandon Roy shined for the winners delivering 27 points. The hosts got 35 from Hidayet Turkoglu.

Raptors - Celtics 87-94
Another victory for the reigning champion mostly owing to fantastic Paul Pierce, who scored 36 points and pulled down 9 boards (7-1). At the same time Pierce had 9 more rebounds. Toronto Raptors dropped on 4-3, despite 23 points and 11 rebs by Jermaine O'Neal.



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From Oxy to the Pros: Whitman Making a Name in Germany - by Moritz Korff
For four years Connor Whitman (6'1''-G-85) played basketball in Rush Gymnasium as part of a program that won back-to-back SCIAC Championships and earned three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. During that time he grew both physically and mentally and developed into one of the most well-rounded players that has graced the court at Occidental College. His senior year he was recognized as the 2007-08 West Region Player of the Year, SCIAC Player of the Year and d3basketball.com All-American. Since his graduation in May he has elevated his game to yet another level as he is currently a member of the Wolfenbuettel Dukes, a professional team in Germany, following in the footsteps of 14 Tigers who have gone on to play overseas.

With an eight-tier system of professional basketball in Germany, Whitman landed on the Dukes, a member of the third level (Pro B) located in the Northern middle part of the country. The league is comprised of 16 teams with athletes coming together from all areas of the world.

As one of two Americans on the 10-man squad there have been plenty of challenges for Whitman early in his professional career. The culture and language are obviously different despite the game being the same.

One of the biggest differences that Whitman and fellow American, and roommate, Solomon Sherad, a 29-year old from New Jersey, have faced is the every-day life.

When Whitman decided to embark on this journey he expected to be able to enjoy some of his favorite things, but has found that life in Germany is quite different than it is in the US.

I thought that there would be similar foods in the grocery stores and I would at least be able to catch some NBA or NFL games on television, but about the only thing similar in the grocery stores here are Pringles and there are no American sports televised.

They have quickly learned that soccer is about the only thing on TV and while the food is not what they are accustomed to, they have found some new favorite meals already.

Whitman and Sherad share a flat with the only other English speaking team-member, B.J. Anthony who hails from New Zealand. The language at home is not n issue, but once the Dukes hit the court, it is a challenge for Whitman.

The hardest thing for me is trying to organize and set up an offense with a group of guys who I just met and mainly speak English as a second language, Whitman shared. Although it is difficult at times it seems as if I have been successful so far.

The beginning of the seven-month season, which will allow the Dukes to travel all around Germany, has started well for Whitman and the Dukes. With the team notching three wins in their first three regular season games, things look bright. Even more impressive is Whitmans 23.5 points per game which currently ranks him fifth among all players.

Although the players are generally taller than anyone Whitman played against regularly during his collegiate career, he still has his speed.

I am quicker than most of the players we face, but usually there is an American guard on the opposing team who challenges me.

One advantage that Whitman has early on is that the opposition doesnt know who he is, at least not yet.

I am able to get more shots off, especially early in games, because I am not being hugged like I was when I played at Occidental.

As the season progresses teams will learn who Whitman is and what he can do, but for now, unlike in the SCIAC where teams scout each other, in Germany the teams just play.

The best statistical performance of Whitmans career came during a pre-season game against the BC Energie Zwickau in the championship game of the Sandersdorf BSW SIXERS Tournament. He used an 11-for-14 three-point shooting performance to post 46 points in the Dukes 92-89 victory.

Since arriving in mid-August, Whitman has adapted to the environment quickly. Although initially he was slightly uneasy about his move to the international basketball scene, all that anxiety flew out the window as Whitman has started hot.

I was nervous that as I came out here I might not fit in or be ready to play at this level, but luckily Oxy prepared me very well and taught me enough skills to play the one or the two position.

Another major difference that Whitman has faced is his role on the team. He came into and left college as a shooting threat, but has quickly transitioned into a dangerous point guard for the Dukes.

At Oxy, I was never an every day point guard, but luckily the coaching staff there demanded that all guards practice and work on ball handling skills, so I have adjusted well in that area.

The people in Germany love basketball and while they are very friendly, they will get on you if you are not playing well.

Americans out here are expected to lead their team and have big impacts in each and every game. I have already seen some Americans go home because they were not ready for that task.

Whitman credits his achievements and ability to adapt to the differences he faces to the Occidental coaching staff that he worked with throughout college.

I owe a great deal of my success so far to the environment at Occidental and the way the coaches ran the program, which prepared me to handle difficulties both on and off the court.

The opportunities that Whitman has been presented and the success he has already achieved are not something he will soon forget.

So far my experience in Germany has been extremely gratifying. It has definitely made all the hard work and sweat that I put in throughout the years entirely worth it. Not only in terms of basketball either, because this has also been an amazing educational experience that I am sure I will remember forever.

Courtesy of http://www.oxyathletics.com


Pioneers pull Division I surprise - by Moritz Korff
Prior to Sunday's exhibition game, Coach Paul Combs surprised his University of Wisconsin-Platteville team with new uniforms in the locker room. Then he watched his Pioneers surprise NCAA Division I Bradley with an 84-79 win.

The Pioneers, clad in royal blue uniforms with orange and white trim, led the Braves 46-37 at the half and never trailed again before a stunned Peoria Civic Center crowd of 8,294.

'We talked about this since the end of last year when we got beat by Eau Claire in the conference playoffs,' All-American center Jeff Skemp (6'10''-C) said. 'It started then. Charlie (Lohoff) kept the newspaper clipping in his locker, and we've used that as motivation all year. We talked this morning about do you want to play in big games or do you want to win them. That was a big thing.'

UWP, ranked seventh in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, took its first lead at 14-13 when Nick Allen made a three-pointer from the top of the key on an in-bounds play.

Skemp, named an NCAA III All-American Friday by D3hoops.com, made his first four shots and had nine points, but sat out the final eight minutes of the first half with two fouls and the game tied 25-25. Allen and Eric Wall scored inside hoops for a 29-25 lead, and Charlie Lohoff's three-pointer made it 32-27. Two more Wall free throws gave the Pioneers a 34-27. Curt Hanson's three-pointer and two Lohoff free shots put the Pioneers up 39-29 and put a shock in the Civic Center crowd. The Braves went on a 7-0 run, but the Pioneers took a 46-37 halftime lead on Hanson's two free throws with 1.2 left.

The Pioneers made 12-23 from the field and all 17 of their free throws in the first half.

The Braves cut the deficit to 55-52 but Hanson hit a three-point shot from way past the new line when Bradley went to a zone, Skemp scored inside, and Hanson made another three-pointer from the left corner for a 66-55 lead. UWP's largest lead came at 76-63, but eight straight Braves' points cut the lead to five with under four minutes to play. Skemp's layin stopped the run, as UWP went up 78-71 with 3:01 remaining. Allen drew a huge charge in the lane with 1:37 remaining, and the Pioneers up 78-73, and Lohoff drew another with 1:11 left. Mike Shaw's three-point basket at 39 seconds left gave the Pioneers an 81-73 advantage.

Bradley's David Collins made a rebound shot with 35 ticks left, making the count 81-75, but Shaw answered with one of two free throws at 29.1. Sam Moniscalo made an inside shot but missed the free throw, and Lohoff hit a pair of free shots for an 84-77 lead with 9.6 seconds left. Bradley's Dodie Dunson scored in the final seconds for the 84-79 final.

Hanson led the Pioneers with 24 points, Skemp had 20, Shaw 15 and Lohoff 10 for the Pioneers, who shot 53.5 percent from the field.

Collins had 21 points for the Braves, who lost an exhibition game against a college team for the first time in 19 tries.

The Pioneers open the regular season Saturday by hosting Viterbo at 7 p.m. The Braves, after hosting Illinois-Chicago Friday, play at Florida Sunday.

Courtesy of http://www.uwplatt.edu/athletics/basketball/mens/0809/bradley.html


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FUTA, Bello and AAUA Iritei emerged MVPs - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) playmaker and captain, Fisayo Bello and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba were adjudged the most valuable players of the First Deepwater Ondo/Ekiti Intercollegiate Championship.

Bello who led his team to the championship crown was rewarded with a cash prize of N75, 000 by the sponsor just as Iritei team, AAUA lost in the final to FUTA ladies went away with a cash prize of N50, 000.

Both players were full appreciation to the sponsor and pledge to make a career out of the slamming and dunking game.


First Deepwater penciled down 36 players screening - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Management of First Deepwater basketball club at the weekend penciled down the name of thirty-six players (20-men and 16-women) for screening exercise.

The players who were spotted by a team put together by the Lagos-based Oil and Gas firm during the just concluded First Deepwater Ondo/Ekiti Intercollegiate Championship host and won by the Federal University of Technology, Akure will be called to a two weeks screening exercise in the first week in December this year.

Management of the modest basketball club who is among the new entrant to the Nigeria league led by the managing director of the Oil firm, Engineer Babatunde Babalola says the players will be given a fair trial by a crack of tested coaches.

The club the Oil mogul says will be trail blazers in many front as it consider the welfare of the players as priority.

'We shall do our best in contributing the lifting the image of Nigeria basketball on all front, aside taking part in the Nigeria premier league which we bidding for, we shall continue to do what we are doing in the area of sponsorship of competitions to further develop Nigeria basketball.

'In our club the player is king (queen) and shall be so treated, because they (players) are treated they will in turn give their best and be committed to the club.

'We believe the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF cannot do it alone and we are prepared to offer a helping hands with the continuous sponsorship of our various competitions vis--vis Battle for Supremacy which involves the Top-4 teams in the men and women categories, the Intercollegiate Championship between higher institutions in Ondo and Ekiti states among other competitions.

Five players each were penciled down from Federal University of Technology, Akure and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo while Federal College of Agriculture, Akure and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba has four each with two from Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti for the men club.

Six players are on standby from Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, five from FUTA, four from AAUA with Federal College of Agriculture, Akure having one player called up for the women team.


First Deepwater penciled down 36 players screening - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Management of First Deepwater basketball club at the weekend penciled down the name of thirty-six players (20-men and 16-women) for screening exercise.

The players who were spotted by a team put together by the Lagos-based Oil and Gas firm during the just concluded First Deepwater Ondo/Ekiti Intercollegiate Championship host and won by the Federal University of Technology, Akure will be called to a two weeks screening exercise in the first week in December this year.

Management of the modest basketball club who is among the new entrant to the Nigeria league led by the managing director of the Oil firm, Engineer Babatunde Babalola says the players will be given a fair trial by a crack of tested coaches.

The club the Oil mogul says will be trail blazers in many front as it consider the welfare of the players as priority.

We shall do our best in contributing the lifting the image of Nigeria basketball on all front, aside taking part in the Nigeria premier league which we bidding for, we shall continue to do what we are doing in the area of sponsorship of competitions to further develop Nigeria basketball.

In our club the player is king (queen) and shall be so treated, because they (players) are treated they will in turn give their best and be committed to the club.

We believe the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF cannot do it alone and we are prepared to offer a helping hands with the continuous sponsorship of our various competitions vis--vis Battle for Supremacy which involves the Top-4 teams in the men and women categories, the Intercollegiate Championship between higher institutions in Ondo and Ekiti states among other competitions.

Five players each were penciled down from Federal University of Technology, Akure and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo while Federal College of Agriculture, Akure and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba has four each with two from Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti for the men club.

Six players are on standby from Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, five from FUTA, four from AAUA with Federal College of Agriculture, Akure having one player called up for the women team.


FUTA win First Deepwater Intercollegiate tourney - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) at the weekend won the maiden edition of the First Deepwater Ondo/Ekiti Intercollegiate Basketball Championship held at the Babatunde Babalola Basketball Court, Akure.

The Nigeria foremost technology institution won both the men and women category of the championship sponsored by its former alumnus, Engineer Babatunde Babalola whose company First Deepwater Discovery Limited bankrolled the championship which was first of its kinds in the history of basketball competition in Nigeria tertiary institution.

The FUTA ladies defeated Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba by 21-06 points to cart away the winner-take-all prize money of N250, 000 while the FUTA men defeated Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo by 42-30 points in a thrilling encounter to win the first prize of N500, 000, Adeyemi College of Education pocketed N300, 000 for its effort while Federal College of Agriculture, Akure defeated Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti in the losers final to was rewarded with a cash prize of N150, 000.

To get to the finals, FUTA ladies defeated Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti by 25-14 points in the first semi-finals last Friday while Adekunle Ajasin University; Akungba whitewashed Federal College of Agriculture, Akure by 28-07 points.

The men semi-finals was a battle of sort with FUTA handling down a 29-12 points defeat of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti while Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo played the game of its live to defeat Federal College of Agriculture, Akure by 22-20 points.

The next edition of the championship has been awarded the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti with a promise by the sponsor to upgrade the facility in the institution before the championship date next year.

Eight schools feature in the mens game while six battle for the top slot in the women category.


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LPB round 7 - by Luis Rocha
Porto was the big weekend winner by getting a victory away over Ovarense (73-67). The team from Ovar played without Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo), and although thye played with a lot of heart, and put up a good fight, they felt too much the absence of him. Porto saw a great performance from Nuno Marcal (205-F-75), and took good care of the ball in the hotest moments of the game, wich Ovarense didnt. Benfica hosted Barreirense and won 87-79. They didnt played as well as expected, but did enough to assure the win, and kept their victory sheet clean, so far 6 wins on 6 games. CAB also won his match at home against Vitoria by 91-70. Vitoria is not the same team of last year, good players but bad chemistry, things keep on going the wrong way, time to coach Fernando Sa work hard and find the solution to a bad start. Vagos hosted Fisica and won 92-87. It was a very close match, Fisica that won is first game last friday, is getting up and their performances seemed a little bit more close to the expected from a champion. Vagos was strong inside with Dan Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) leading the team to a nice victory. The MVP of the round was CABs Bobby Madison (198-F-82, agency: Duran International, college: W.Michigan) , he scored 28 points, get 11 rebounds and achieved 3 steals. A nice player, that is helping a team that seems a lot stronger this season.

Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 6-0 
 2. CAB 6-0 
 3. Ovarense 6-1 
 4. Academica 5-2 
 5. AD Vagos 5-2 
 6. Porto Ferpinta 4-2 
 7. Barreirense 4-3 
 8. VSC Guimar. 4-3 
 9. Ginasio 2-5 
 10. Fisica 1-5 


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Ex-Ponce Franchise Owner will be National Team General Director - by Luis Ramirez
Agustin Diaz who was one of the most successful franchise owners in the BSN when he was at the helm of the Ponce Lions in the 90s will be the new National Team General Director. It took some convincing but Diaz was honored to be asked to head the team's operations. Currently the National Team is having some financial problems and Diaz is confident that the financial problems will be overcome. In addition Diaz is apparently intent in bringing the 2009 World qualifier to Puerto Rico, it seems that some have mentioned Mexico as a likely scenario for this tournament but Diaz and Ruben Nigaglioni who is currently heading the Puerto Rico National Basketball Federation is also in agreement in trying to secure this tournament in Puerto Rico. Diaz had also been mentioned by some BSN franchise owners as a possible replacement for departing BSN President Felix Rivera.

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Div.A Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Timisoara - Pitesti 76-72
Timisoara remained to share the top with 5-1 record after Round 6 win over Pitesti 76:72. Markovic Nenad led the winners with 21 points, while Dzambic Rade posted 16. Iheadindu Uchechukwu ended up with 19 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Mures - Dinamo B. 74-69
Mures overcame Dinamo 74:69 on November 10th to close the round. Cooley JuJuan led the winners with 16 points and Hargrave Haron added 13. Reaves Chris produced 18 points for the visiotrs.

CSU Atlassib - Targoviste 86-74
CSU Atlassib overcame Targoviste 86:74 to take 4-1 record. Calota Octavian nailed 26 points and Matthews Bryant posted 24. Samailovic Srboljub finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.

Otopeni - Rapid B. 87-62
Markovic Predrag kept Otopeni on top with 5-1 record with 23 points after 87:62 over Rapid B. Capusan Andrei netted 20, whilst Belanovic Aleksandar collected 15 points and 11 boards. Vlaicu Catalin ended up with 15 points for the visitors.

Craiova - Gaz Metan 61-79
Gaz Metan had a road victory over Craiova 61:79 as Radmanovac Vladimir shined with 18 points, 8 boards and 6 assists. Mitchell Tyrone top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Oradea - Rovinari 57-96
Rovinari smashed Oradea 57:96 away from home for 4-2 record. Five players reached double digits for the winners as Trim Kibwe led all of them with 20 points. Hora Horia notched 14 in defeat, whilst Torok Rolland nailed 12.



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Serbian B league, round 6: OKK Beograd outplay Sloboda, Superfund surprise Vrbas, Mladost to strong for Crnokosa - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd-KK Sloboda Uzice 93-54 (27-16, 27-10, 19-11, 20-17)

Belgrade team won the fourth match this season. From the begining of the match domestic players played more aggresive in defence and organized. After four minutes OKK Beograd had +12 points advantage. In the third quarter advantage was +20 and in the fourth and maximum +42 points advantage for Belgrade team. The most efficient for the winners was Vukadinov with 19 points and Andjic with 18 points. For the guests Malesevic, Panic and Stanic scored per 10 points.

OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 12, Kruscic 2, Vukadinov 19, Korac 5, Simic 11, Andjic 18, Dimitrijevic, Vasic 3, Suzic 7, Stojancev 3, Sekulic 7.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 7, Malesevic 10, Bodic 2, Obrenovic, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 5, Djeric 4, Djokic 1, Panic 10, Stanic 10, Bakralcic 4.

OKK Vrbas Carnex-Superfund BP Beograd 83-100 (23-23, 22-27, 19-21, 19-29)

After the first quarter and equal result Superfund players won other three quarters and finaly won the match against OKK Vrbas Carnex. Domestic players missed lot of three points shot and during the match generaly had low percent of shot. Guests from Belgrade played with more patient and materialize all mistakes of Vrbas. Sasa Lesic led Superfund to the fourth win this season with 26 scored points and Ljubicic and Vejinovic scored per 16 points. Better then others in Vrbas was Markovic with 20 points and Bajic who scored 19.

OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Peunovic 6, Bajic 19, Vojvodic, M.L.Popovic 10, Glusac 5, Matic 7, M.D.Popovic 2, Pap 15, Markovic 20, Novakovic, Vujicic 2.
Superfund BP Beograd: Popovic 12, Ljubicic 16, Radovanovic 13, Lesic 26, Popovic 3, Malidzan 10, V.Kostic 1, Vejinovic 16, Kankaras, M.Kostic 2, Petrovic , Matic 7.

Mladost Cacak-KK Crnokosa Kosjeric 83-69 (17-20, 28-15, 21-13, 17-21)

Mladost Cacak players won and fifth match this season and with FMP II are on the top of Serbian B league with scored 5-1. Guests from Kosjeric were equal only in the first and cople of minuts of second quarter, when Mladost Cacak players made break and finished half time with +10 advantage. In the third period of the match advantage for Mladost Cacak continued to increase. In the last period KK Crnokosa Kosjeric try to minimize high advantage of domestic players, but that wasnt enough to make surprise. Gemaljevic (20 points) and Dukanac (19 points) led Mladost Cacak to the win. Kovac (21 points) and Vukosavljevic (17 points) was the most efficient in KK Crnokosa Kosjeric.

Mladost Cacak Cacak: Terzic 18, Azanjac 8, Vojinovic 8, Tresac 3, Marinkovic, Dukanac 19, Todorovic, Gemaljevic 20, Rakovic 2, Papic 6, Jakovljevic 8, Grcic, Grujanicic, Trsac.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 12, Djurovic 3, Vasovic, Puzic 6, Vasiljevic, Petronijevic 2, Vukosaljevic 17, Bogojevic 2, Bircevic 5, Kovac 21, Belic, Mirkovic 8, Pavlovic, Karaklajic.


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Egis, Promy Stay on Top - by Rick Ross
As many experts had predicted, the Dongbu Promy and the KCC Egis have claimed the ascendancy,
leading the Korea Basketball League (KBL) with a 4-1.
After losing the opening game of the season, Egis, the tallest team and boasting two Korean giants in
Seo Jang-hoon and Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85), has turned the corner and is now dominating on court, winning four games straight.

Ha Seung-Jin, the only Korean National Basketball Association (NBA),
player has quickly proved his talent after adapting to the KBL.
The 222-centimeter player recorded a double-double by scoring 21
points with 18 rebounds. Ha also kept the rim with three block shots against the
Etland BlackSlammer in Jeonju Sunday.
The most steady player in the KBL, Choo Seung-gyun, also aided his team's
78-72 victory over BlackSlammer, adding 16 points with eight assists.

Defending champion Dongbu Promy has established a similarly
impressive winning run over the last three games.
Kim Joo-sung, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) last season,
and Wendell White scored a combined 54 points as
Promy defeated the Daegu Orions 106-75 in Daegu Sunday.
White, Promy's new foreign player, shot inside as well as outside and scored 34 points.
Egis and Promy go head-to-head for the first team in the 2008-2009 season Saturday.

Last week, The Daegu Orions appeared to be reeling from the absence of
number one guard Kim Seung-hyun. The Orions,
until that point on a three-game winning run ?
including an opening day victory over Egis ? lost the last two on the bounce without the injured Kim.
Fortunately for The Orions, his thigh injury is not thought to be too serious,
and it is expected that Kim will be back on court against the
KTF MagicWings Wednesday or the Samsung Thunders Friday.

Kim, the fastest guard, has led the Orions by scoring 12 points with 11 assists in three appearances.
While the SK Knights earned a first victory over Mobis Phoebus,
the KTF MagicWings seem to be stuck in the swamp, having lost all five games.
'Argentine specialist' Kim Min-soo helped his team to a
86-78 victory, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, the MagicWings ? with foreign players
James Peters and Steve Thomas struggling in the KBL ?
have yet to record a win.
But, for now, manager Choo Il-seung is refusing to alter personnel.
'The reason they didn't play well is their mind. They are too kind.
But their abilities is already proved in other leagues,' Choo said.

The Knights, last year's runner-up but who have recorded the
most errors with 100 during the last five games,
added another triumph over MagicWings to share fourth in the KBL standings.
The KBL's most popular player, Lee Sang-min, scored 15 points and 12 assists

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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LNA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Monthey - Vacallo 76-83
Vacallo refused to slow down as they posted the sixth straight win in the LNA. They defeated Monthey 83:76 on the road to remain on the peak of the standings. Nikola Dacevic, Matt Schneidermann and Andrija Smiljanic fired 15 points each for the winners. Jean-Richard Volcy answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Monthey in defeat.

Fribourg - MGS 86-56
Fribourg demlished NGS 86:56 to stay in the second spot in the ladder. Ramel Allen led the reigning champions with 15 points and 12 boards. Tresore Quidome added 16 points in the winning case. MGS fell to 1-5 record despite 19 points from Douglas Scott.

Lugano Tigers - Herens 89-76
Lugano earned the third victory as they prevailed against visiting Herens 89:76. Josh Almanson led the Tigers with 24 points. Kameron Gray delivered 22 points, while Isaac Wells was impressive with 20 points and 13 boards for the winners. Hatila Passos replied with 21 points, 9 boards and 8 assists for Herens in the loss.

Starwings - SAM Massa. 101-56
Six players scored in double digits and the Starwings cruised to a 101:56 victory over SAM Massagno. Tony McCroy scored 19 points to lead the hosts. Mike Coffin and Raymond Henderson added 18 points apiece for the Basel outfit. Chris Grimm fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for SAM Massagno.

Nyon - Boncourt 88-65
Ivan McFarlin tallied 20 points and 11 boards and Nyon overcame Boncourt 88:65 for the third win in the season. Yuanta Holland added 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jeff Fahnbulleh responded with 26 points and 9 caroms for Boncourt in the loss.



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TeamUnity Tour in Syria ends Successfully - by Mohammed Malas

The team had a very successful tour where they played 8 games with teams from Syria and Lebanon and Jordan.

The tour ended when the team participated in the Homs International tournament and won first place. Wayne Oliver (201-F/C-80, college: W.Hills JC) was named the MVP of this tournament.

Coach Gary Kloppenburg Led the team with great efficiency and professionalism with his assistant coach Bobby Rouse , and with the help of Coach Marwan Khalil from Lebanon where they got a high review from all the media and.

Players from the group were signed with teams in the area, we congratulate them and we will continue the effort for all our TeamUnity members.

TeamUnity Management thanks all the players and coaches who participated in this tour and proved to be first class:

Coach Gary Kloppenburg , coach Bobby Rouse , Coach Marwan Khalil

Jeremy Law (196-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.), Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) 'Signed with Yarmouk (SYR)', Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith), Nathanael Reed (191-G-80, college: Bethune-Cookman) ,Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) 'Signed with Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY)'
, Peter Mulligan (197-F/G-82, college: Manhattan), Wayne Oliver 'Signed with Hurriyah (SYR)', William Pippen (203-F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 'Signed with Champville (LEB)', and Eric Vierneisel (201-F-85, college: California)

TeamUnity are now starting to prepare for the next season tour.

Source: TeamUnity.Org



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TB2L Stats Leaders
TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Garrison, Pamukkale 22.5
2 Mahmutoglu, Pertev. 22,0
3 Gordon, Olin Edirne 21,7
4 Sevinc, Eyup 21,5
5 Parham, Akcakoca 20,3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Parham, Akcakoca 15,0
2 Garrison, Pamukkale 12,0
3 Philips, Yesilyurt 11,3
4 Harvey, Usak 10,3
5 Tokatli, FMV Isik 9,3
Assists Per Game
1 Demirok, TED 7,8
2 Yannier, ITU 5,8
3 Seyit Ay, Bursa 5,8
4 Gacamer, Gelisim 5,5
5 Eryuz, Vestel 5,3
Steals Per Game
1 Karabulut, Orman 3,7
2 Kocamis, Gelisim 3,3
3 Celebioglu, G.Banvit 3,3
4 Gursu, G.Banvit. 3,3
5 Haciyeva, Pertev. 3
Blocks Per Game
1 Harvey, Usak 3,3
2 Adual, ITU 2,5
3 Garrison, Pamukkale 2,5
4 Johnson, Orman 2,0
5 Boswell, Trabzon 1,8


TBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kepez Bld - T.Telekom 58-82
As it was expected, Turk Telekom cruised past Kepez Bld as a visitor remaining on top of TBL with perfect record 4-0. Fenerbahce Ulker and Galatasaray Cafe Crown have the same digits. Serkan Erdogan top-scored for the winners with 21 points. At the same time he registered 5 more rebounds. Torrell Martin shined in Kepez adding 19 points and 14 boards, but his team will have to look for some other chance in order to grab the first win this season.

Oyak Renault - Fener.Ulker 71-73
The team of head coach Bogdan Tanjevic escaped with a tiny road victory against Oyak Renault. Mirsad Turkcan was the central figure of this game as he finished it with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Alex Gordon was better than the others in the team from Bursa netting 23 points. Fenerbahce has 4-0 while the hosts are on 2-2.

Karsiyaka - Antalya 73-64
Leon Williams led Karsiyaka to victory against Antalya collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ralph Mims also was great adding 17 points and also 8 boards. Exactly the same numbers had Victor King but for the loosing side. Both teams are on 2-2 now.

Galatasaray - Selcuk Uni. 76-70
Easy one for Galatasaray, who jumped on 4-0. Antonio Graves was a key player for the hosts draining 25 points for 31 minutes. Selcuk had 3 players with 11 points staying on just 1 win in 4 appearances.

TED Koleji - Darussafaka 69-80
TED Koleji faced with 4th consecutive defeat this season while at the same time it was the second victory for Darussafaka. Sean Banks had 16 points and 7 boards for the winners while Clifford Hammond helped adding 15 pts and 5 rebs. LaQuan Prowell contributed with 17 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Erdemir - Banvit 58-59
Both teams entered into this round with 1 win and 2 defeats. Banvit managed to grabbed the tiny second one mostly owing to big guy Lance Williams, who nailed 12 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Sean Colson had 19 points for the hosts.

Mersin - Aliaga 88-84
Mercin was better than Aliaga at home and both teams currently have 2 wins and 2 defeats. Lester McCalebb led the hosts with 21 points and 6 assists while Aliaga got 26 points from Aubrey Reese.

Efes Pilsen - Besiktas 71-53
Efes Pilsen outplayed Besiktas Cola Turka in a derby game moving up on 3-1. Besiktas is still a far away from the right shape slipping on 1-3. Charles Smith this time was the leading player in Efes pouring in 19 points including 5 rebounds. Kaya Peker also shined with 15 points and 10 boards. Besiktas had only one player with double digits in scoring and it was Mire Chatman, 13 pts. He also registered 9 more rebounds.



Erdemirspor Belediyesi sign Chris Burgess - by Eurobasket
Erdemirspor Belediyesi added to their roster 29-year old American center Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah). Burgess played most recently at BC Donetsk (Ukraine). He is a well-known player in Turkish league as last season he played here for TTNET Beykozspor (29 games: 16.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg) and in 2002-2003 for Galatasaray (Turkish Cup Final Four). He is quite experienced center playing previously in leagues in Philippines, Poland, Australia, Puerto Rico and Korea.

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Raiders Move Level On Points At The Top - by Andy Webb
After a frantic evening in the BBL Championship, the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets and the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders emerged victorious from the respective match-ups on Sunday evening.

The Raiders moved themselves level on points with the Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to a 65-74 victory over the Marshall MK Lions at the Bletchley Leisure Centre. After the Raiders had been restricted to just 6 points in the second period, the visitors needed all of the grit and determination to overturn the deficit, and did so by netting 17 of the last 19 points in the game to run out victorious.

The Riders kept their strong start to the season and inflicted the first Championship defeat of the season on the Scottish Rocks by a score of 84-93 at Kelvin Hall. After a strong start by the Riders, the Rocks came back in the second half, and lead 68- 61 going into the final quarter. The Rocks were unable to hold off a strong finish by the Riders as they enjoyed a 10-0 tear to take the score out to 72-77 and run out eventual winners.

The Jets leapfrogged over the Sheffield Sharks into sixth place with their 86-82 victory over the Sharks at the Northgate Arena. The game was tied 77-77 with 2:41 remaining, before a flurry of free-throws for both teams gave the Jets a slender 82-81 lead with 20 seconds left. Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) held his nerve from the line, and secured the victory for the Jets.

BBL Championship
Marshall MK Lions 65 (15,36,55) (Williams 15, Spinks/Morrison 10)
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 74 (26,32,46) (Lasker 15, Beasley/Moore 14)


Airwaves Plymouth Raiders moved themselves level on points with the Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to a 65-74 victory over the Marshall MK Lions at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon. The visitors started the stronger and opened up an early 8-12 advantage before the Lions closed to within a point at 12-13 midway through the opening period. The Raiders began to pull away from their hosts as the quarter drew to a close, and a 13-3 tear to close out the opening period saw Plymouth leading 15-26. A 16-2 start to the second quarter for the Lions gave them a slender three-point advantage at 31-28. The Lions continued to pressure the Raiders with some strong defense, and restricted the visitors to just six points in the second quarter to lead 36-32 going in at the half. The second half saw both sides trying to get the better of the other, and the Lions were able to extend their lead out to as many as thirteen points at 55-42, but a 13-2 burst across the final quarter break bought the Raiders right back into the game trailing 57-55. The Lions took the score out to 63-57 with four minutes remaining in the game, but the Raiders broke the game open in the final minutes, and a 17-2 finish to the game for the Plymouth side gave them the victory 65-74. Yorrick Williams led the Lions scoring with 15 points, while Andrew Lasker led the scoring for the Raiders with 15 points also.

BBL Championship
Scottish Rocks 84 (17,37,68) (Yanders 25, Shelton 22, Davis 9)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 93 (29,46,61) (Martin 28, Windless 17, Swanson 15)


Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders inflicted the first BBL Championship defeat of the season upon the Scottish Rocks thanks to an 84-93 victory at Kelvin Hall on Sunday evening. The Rocks started strongly and opened up an early 10-4 lead before the Riders netted the next seventeen points to lead 10-21 midway through the first quarter. The second quarter saw both sides trading baskets throughout the period, but it was the Riders who took a 37-46 lead into the locker rooms at the half. The second half started in much the same way as the first with the Rocks exploding out of the blocks with a 14-2 burst to re-take the lead at 51-48. The lead changed hands a number of times throughout the quarter, but it was the home side who enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 68-61 going into the final stanza. In the final stanza, the Rocks maintained their slender lead at 72-67 with 7:49 remaining in the game. The Riders bought themselves back into the contest thanks to Matt Martin who netted five points, including an 'and-1' from a three-pointer to give them the lead at 72-73, in a 10-0 run to take the score out to 72-77. The Rocks valiantly tried to get themselves back into the game, but they could get no closer than five points as the Riders sealed the victory from the foul-line in the closing stages. Martin led all scorers in the game with 28 points for the Riders, while Rob Yanders led the Rocks scoring with 25 points personal.

BBL Championship
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 86 (22,46,67) (Marks 19, Davis 16, Perre 15)
Sheffield Sharks 82 (22,35,63) (Sanders 26, Lyons 15, Whyte 14)


BiG Storage Cheshire Jets leapfrogged over the Sheffield Sharks into sixth position in the BBL Championship table thanks to a hard-fought 86-82 victory over the Sharks at the Northgate Arena on Sunday evening. In the opening period, the Jets started strongly opening up an early 9- 2 lead, but the Sharks responded well and managed to get themselves back into the game and tie the game at 22-22 going into the second quarter. The second period saw both sides trading baskets in the early going with the Sharks holding a slender 31-33 lead midway through the period. The Jets closed out the first half the stronger netting fifteen of the next seventeen points to take the score out to 46-35 at the half. In the second half, the Sharks pulled themselves back into it with a 10-4 start to the third period to get to within five points at 50-45. Both teams continued to trade baskets throughout the majority of the quarter, but it was the Jets who lead 67-63 going into the final stanza. In the final stanza, the Sharks took the lead at 69-72 off the back of a 9-2 to start the fourth quarter. The visitors could not pull themselves away from the Jets, and with 2:41 remaining, the game was tied at 77-77. A succession of free-throws for the Jets from Phillip Perre and Calvin Davis gave the lead back to the Jets at 81-77. The Sharks got to within a point at 82-81 with 20 seconds remaining, but Chez Marks held his cool from the foul-line, and from the field as time expired, to give the Jets the all- important victory. Marks led the Jets scoring with 19 points, but it was Chris Sanders who led all scorers with 26 points for the Sharks.


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 Thirds of Finals - Matchday 5: Caciques wins series A, will face Apure, Estudiantes will face Duros - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Caciques de Trujillo won Game 5 of Series A in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's Thirds of Finals, so they will have to face Centauros de Apure in the Semifinals, while Estudiantes de Guarico became the team that advanced as 'lucky looser' of the round and will now play against Duros de Lara in the next round.



SCOREBOARDS


SERIES A (Series tied 2-2)


Caciques de Trujillo 84 - Estudiantes de Guarico 65 (Sat)

Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo


Quarter by quarter

CAC: 23-18-16-27= 84

EST: 13-18-17-17= 65


Scorers

CAC: Hector Alfaro 17 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 16 points

EST: Alejandro Omana (188-G-86) 12 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 10 points





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes post the 5th straight win - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes earned the fifth straight win in the Austrian WBL. Lately they held off their last seasons key opponents Herzogenburg 85:64 at home court. The defending champions got to a better start to the game and led by 13 points after the starting frame. Herzogenburg slowed down the hosts a bit in the next period but failed to come any closer. Flying Foxes entered the second half ahead by 18 points and never looked back en route to the fifth straight win. Adrianne Ross (173-G-84, college: TCU) led the charge with 27 points. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) scored 21 points for the winners. Monikka Anthony (188-C-85) and Lisa Richard (172-G-90) answered with 12 points each for Herzogenburg.
Wels kept it close to the league leaders Flying Foxes as they outscored Klosterneuburg 93:67 for the fourth success in the competition. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) topscored with 26 points for Wels. Odessa Williams (183-F-86, college: Longwood) contributed 17 points in the winning case.
Vienna 87 improved to 3-3 record after they handled Lady Jacks Baden 62:52 at home court. Baden were up 10:9 after ten minutes of action however Vienna soon recovered and went to the locker rooms ahead by 7 points. The hosts managed to maintain the winning cushion and grabbed an important victory at the end. Radka Hulkova (180-G-85) scored 13 points for the hosts. Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79) added 12 points for Vienna 87. Marlies Kiefer (158-G-83) responded with 14 points for Baden as they slipped at 0-5 record.


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Lady Horizon Names New Coach - by EBA Media
A former Harrisburg Lady Horizon player and two-time WEBA MVP has been named coach of the team.

Hilary Waltman, who was a member of the Lady Horizon from its beginning in 2003 through the 2006 season, will take over the reigns of the team immediately.

Hilary was a 4-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and all-time scoring leader while playing at St. Bonaventure. During her last full season with the Horizon (2005), she lead the league in scoring with a 27.3 ppg average.

Currently, Waltman coaches the girls basketball team at Lancaster Country Day School.


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D1 Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Catz - S-Hameen. 64-51
Catz earned the fifth win as they rallied past Team S-Hameenmaa 64:51 at home court. Rene Haynes secured 15 points for the winning team. Joi Scott contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hanna Vapamaa answered with 14 points for the visitors in defeat.

Espoo Team - FoA 64-62
Espoo Team held off Forssan Alku 64:62 to remain their leading position in the championship. Ashley Haynes scored 22 points and collected 12 boards to lead Espoo to the 7th win. Megan Griffith added 10 points in the win. Ashley Pellom answered with 18 points and 12 boards for Forssan as they slipped at 3-6 record.

BC Nokia - HoNsU 66-75
HoNSu pulled away with a rare win as they defeated Nokia 75:66 on the road. Raquel Collier nailed 24 points as HoNSu improved to 2-6 record. Tiia Hietanen added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Calisha Yates replied with 15 points and 22 boards for Nokia as they suffered the 8th straight defeat.

FoA - Catz 89-96
Catz maintained their winning attitude as they overwhelmed Forssan 96:89. Yelena Solovyeva knocked down 25 points and collected 10 rebounds for Catz as they remained in the second spot in the standings. Elena Reshetko had 22 points in the win. Ashley Pellom replied with 24 points for Forssan.

PuHu - PeKa 83-76
PuHu celebrated the fourth victory in the season as they held off PeKA 83:76 at home. Rebekah Parker topscored with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for PuHu. Heli Roukanoja added 16 points and 12 boards for Mikko Kurki's team. Dionne Pounds led the visitors with 14 points.

HoNsU - BC Nokia 70-67
HoNSu upset Nokia for the second time in as many days snatching a 70:67 victory. Raquel Collier was reponsible for 26 points in the win. Calisha Yates was solid for winless Nokia with 23 points and 18 rebounds.



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LFB Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Reims - Montpellier 62-67
Pauline Krawczyk paced Montpellier to road victory against Reims draining 23 points and pulling down 9 rebounds for 34 minutes. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop shined for the hosts with 16 points and 5 boards. Both teams entered into this round with 4-4.

Landes - Nantes 59-49
Landes was better than Nantes at home improving its score on 2-7. On the other side, Nantes remained the only winless team in the league. Bineta Diouf collected 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Visitors got 16 points plus 5 rebs from Michele Van Gorp.

COB Calais - Clermont 87-75
COB Calais didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Clermont at home, 5-4. Olayinka Sanni was totally the best player of this game as she poured in 29 points missing only one board for double-double. Emma Randall and Claudia Das Neves combined 40 points in defeat, 3-6.

Bourges - Aix-en-Prov. 75-47
Bourges trashed Aix-en-Provence staying on top of LFB with perfect record 9-0. The same one also has Tarbes. Endene Miyem shined for the hosts netting 18 points. Hollie Grima contributed with 17 points and 11 boards but her team dropped on 5-4.

Arras - Union Hainaut 62-61
Tiny home victory for Arras, thus both teams have the same record now 5-4. Mia Fisher top-scored for the winning team with 15 points. Kathy Wambe collected 18 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assist for the loosing side.

Challes - ESB Villeneu. 70-64
Two teams entered into this game with 4-4 but Challes grabbed it mostly owing to Martina Luptakova and her 19 points. Carly Wilson helped the hosts with one point less. Geraldine Robert was better than the others in Villeneuve.

Tarbes - Mondeville 73-69
Ninth consecutive victory for Tarbes, meaning that it remains on top of LFB together with Bourges. Tanisha Wright was a key player for Tarbes as she poured in 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mondeville slipped on 2-7 despite pretty good performance by Lenae Williams, 23 points.



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Recap of DBBL Round 8 - by Moritz Korff
Herne - Marburg 86:84
Herner TC earned its 5th win of the season by holding off the Blue Dolphins from Marburg. Nadzeya Drozd (168-G-83, agency: LBM Management) was unstoppable, she scored 29 points in the win and also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85) followed with 19 points, while Anna Szycko (173-G-78) shot a perfect 3/3 from beyond the arc and finished the contest with 16 points. The Marburg offense was paced by Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) and Sandra Weber (183-G/F-85) who netted 16 points apiece, Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 15.

Oberhausen - Wasserburg 79:85
The defending champs from Wasserburg captured an away win at Oberhausen to secure the third place in the DBBL ladder. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) who produced 19 points and pulled down 9 boards was one of 4 Wasserburg players in double-figure scoring. Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) added 18 points, Yolanda Paige (168-G-83, college: W.Virginia) and Magdalena von Geyr (180-F-84) each tallied 13. Oberhausen's Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mandy Haenel (170-G-86) drained 4 treys and had 14 points totally.

Leipzig - Wolfenbuettel 85:69
Kyle DeHaven (175-G-84, college: Delaware), the new playmaker of the Leipzig Eagles, had a good start in Germany, as she led her new side to success with 8 points, 10 assists and 8 steals. Her teammate Annika Danckert (182-F-81) led all scores with 29 points (including 4/6 from three-point land) and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added 19 points. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are still waiting for their first victory of this current season. Nica Gemo (196-C-82, college: San Jose St.) showed an impressive individual performance (29 points, 11 rebounds) in defeat, the same did Anita Teilane (196-C-85) who was only 1 blocked shot away from a trible-double (20 points, 15 rebounds, 9 blocks).

Donau-Ries - Chemnitz 80:59
DBBL-newcomer WWK Donau-Ries handed the ChemCats another loss. The Chemnitz defense was unable to stop Megan Vogel (180-G/F-85, college: S.Dakota St.) who earned 27 points and 14 rebounds for WWK, Tanya Broering (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) followed with 13 points and 10 boards. On the other end of the court Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) put in 16 points for Chemnitz. She also grabbed 9 rebounds.

Goettingen - Saarlouis 53:67
The Royals defeated Goettingen on the road to stay on top of the league. Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) led her team with 14 points and 9 assists, Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points and Romy Baer (188-F-87) had 14. Goettingen's recently signed forward Jaysle Chambers (188-F, college: Ill.-Chicago) finished her first game as a Violet with 9 points, Dasa Rajecka (189-C-87) netted 11 points in the loss.

Freiburg - Halle 75:82
The Lions continued their winning streak by overcoming Freiburg. With 7 straight wins the team of coach Peter Kortmann is still undefeated this season. His team got 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 steals from Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) against USC, Ana-Maria Kammer (179-F/C-86) added 15 points, Amanda Rego (170-G-86, college: San Diego) had 12 points and dished out 10 assists. Freiburg's point-production was led by a former Halle player, Brittney Whiteside (172-G-85, college: Wright St.), who tallied 18 points, Sabrina Moller (174-F-88) finished the match with 17 points and 8 boards.


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Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. M.Ashdod 4-0 
 2. Ramat Hen 4-0 
 3. Elizur Ram. 3-1 
 4. Electra Ramat 3-1 
 5. Bnot Hash. 2-2 
 6. B.Yehuda 1-3 
 7. Hap.T-A 1-3 
 8. Elitzur Holon 1-3 
 9. Natanya 1-3 
 10. M.Tel Kabir 0-4 


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Standings A2 Women - by Carlo Grilli
A2 Standings
North
 1. Cavezzo 6-0 
 2. Marghera 6-0 
 3. Lucca 6-0 
 4. Udine 5-1 
 5. Reggio Emilia 4-2 
 6. Montigarda 3-3 
 7. Cervia 3-3 
 8. Bologna 2-4 
 9. Broni 2-4 
 10. Bolzano 2-4 
 11. San Bonifacio 1-5 
 12. Crema 1-5 
 13. Biassono 1-5 
 14. San Martino 0-6 
South
 1. Pontedera 6-0 
 2. Cagliari CUS 5-1 
 3. Siena 4-2 
 4. Pomezia 4-2 
 5. Cagliari Tr. 4-2 
 6. Chieti 3-3 
 7. Ancona 3-3 
 8. Alcamo 3-3 
 9. S.Elpidio 3-3 
 10. Napoli 2-4 
 11. La Spezia 2-4 
 12. Alghero 1-5 
 13. Rende 1-5 
 14. Firenze 1-5 


A1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Umbertide - San Giovanni 51-69
San Giovanni had an easy job against Umbertide improving its score on 3-2. Ticha Penicheiro was on her level collecting 16 points and 7 boards. Iciss Tillis also shined adding 13 points as well as 13 rebs. Doneeka Hodges and Jenna Rubino had 11 points each for Umbertide, who stays on 1 win in 5 games.

Faenza - Ribera 76-45
Fourth win for Faenza this season mostly owing to Adriana Moises Pinto and her 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ribera dropped on 2-3 having only Jami Montagnino with double figures, 10 points.

Comense - Pozzuoli 81-68
4-1 for Comense and 1-4 for Pozzuoli after this game. Brooke Smith delivered 20 points and grabbed 11 boards for the hosts while Vicky Hall was behind her with one point less. Tamecka Dixon drained 33 pts in Pozzuoli.

Priolo - Taranto 60-72
Taranto grabbed very important victory vs Priolo on the road. Suzy Batkovic top-scored for the winners with 19 points. She also had 7 rebounds for 28 minutes. Priolo got 16 points and 8 boards from Florina Pascalau. Both teams have 2-3 now.

Vomero NA - Lavezzini PA 70-61
Vomero handed the first loss to Lavezzini this season jumping on 2-3. Paola Mauriello shined for the hosts netting 17 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Francesca Zare also ahd 17 points but for the team from Parma.

Livorno - Familia Schio 63-55
Livorno outsmarted Schio at home thanks to Marie Ruzickova, who drained 17 points missing only one board for double-double. Nicole Antibe contributed with the same number of points but for the loosing side. Livorno now has 2-3 while Schio dropped on 3-2.

Viterbo - Umana Reyer 43-57
Umana Reyer became the fourth team in the league with 4 wins and just 1 defeat. Viterbo is the third one with 1-4. Jenifer Nadalin had 14 points and 6 rebs while Aleksandra Vujovic helped the winners with one point less. The hosts got 11 points plus 6 rebounds from Milica Micovic.



Serie A1 - day-5: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli
Gescom MCI Viterbo - Umana Venezia 43 - 57
(15-13, 25-25, 31-39)
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 11 (4/9, 0/4), Magaddino E. (0/2, 0/1), Maimone S. dnp, Petricca V. dnp, Franchetti M. 10 (2/4, 2/3), Piroli V. 10 (4/7), Cusenza C. dnp, Bade K. 6 (2/6), Marchesano M. 6 (2/7). Coach Agresti Claudio
UMANA VENEZIA: Tognalini F. dnp, Sottana G. 2 (1/5, 0/4), Ballardini S. 10 (2/4, 2/4), Cirone M. 4 (1/3), Andrade M. 7 (3/3), Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) 14 (7/9, 0/1), Giauro E. dnp, Jokic D. 7 (3/7), Vujovic A. 13 (2/6, 3/5), Hayden V. (0/3). Coach Riga Massimo

ACP Livorno - Famila Wber Schio 63 - 55 ot
(17-19, 30-33, 44-45, 53-53)
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 5 (2/5, 0/2), Pastore C. 9 (2/7), Pavicevic B. 4 (1/6), Buccianti E. 2 (1/1), Mariani F. 2 (0/3), Gaither K. 11 (4/8), Bagnara B. 13 (0/6, 2/4), Balestri A. dnp, Montagna S. dnp, Marie Ruzickova (189-C-86, agency: LBM Management) 17 (8/14, 0/1). Coach Papini Giovanni
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 17 (4/7), Moro E. (0/1, 0/4), Feaster A. 5 (1/2, 1/7), Martinez Prat N. (0/1), Pantani C. 2 (1/2), Masciadri R. 6 (1/4, 1/5), Maiorano M. (0/3), Ress K. 12 (4/7), Ciampoli F. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Macchi L. 11 (4/6, 1/4). Coach Orlando Sandro

Liomatic Umbertide - Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni 51 - 69
(22-20, 30-39, 34-59)
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rubino J. 11 (4/6, 1/4), Rossi C. 6 (0/4, 2/3), Battisodo V. (0/1, 0/2), Giorgi S. dnp, Gelfusa L. , Bonaldo E. 4 (2/4, 0/2), Callens E. 8 (2/7, 1/2), Hodges D. 11 (3/12, 1/5), Brown A. 9 (3/5), Willis C. 2 (1/6, 0/2). Coach Serventi Lorenzo
BRACCO GEAS SESTO S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. 1 (0/1), Tillis I. 13 (3/9, 1/3), Genta J. , Penicheiro T. 16 (5/7), Zanon M. 13 (3/7, 1/2), Calastri A. , Twehues K. 12 (3/3, 2/6), Crippa M. 3 (0/1, 1/1), Frantini M. 4 (2/6, 0/1), Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, college: ODU) 7 (3/7). Coach Galli Roberto

Napoli Basket Vomero - Lavezzini Parma 70 - 61
(20-12, 34-28, 48-46)
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Tuukkannen T. 9 (2/7, 0/1), Gatti G. 13 (3/5, 1/2), Mauriello P. 17 (7/11, 1/4), Giauro S. (0/1), Paterna S. 2 (1/1), Gentile I. 2 (0/2, 0/1), Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) 2 (1/2), Dos Santos C. 11 (5/8), Robinson S. 14 (7/12), Stamegna L. dnp, Coach Fossati Fabio
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Pieropan I. dnp, Paparazzo E. 4 (2/5), Zanoni I. 4 (2/5, 0/3), Zara F. 17 (6/8, 1/6), Vilipic D. 9 (3/4), Summerton L. 14 (6/12), Porter N. 6 (0/1, 1/4), Screen J. 7 (1/2, 1/3), Pozzati A. dnp, Manzini L. dnp. Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Pool Comense - G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli 81 - 68
(20-14, 39-32, 59-54)
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. (0/2), Bestagno E. dnp, Silva E. dnp, Hall V. 19 (7/11, 1/4), Invernizzi M. (0/2), Slavcheva G. 12 (3/4, 0/3), Limoura L. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Smith B. 20 (8/10), Valentina Donvito (170-G-78) 16 (6/6, 1/3), Fazio M. 10 (2/5, 1/4). Coach Montini Walter
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. dnp, Aties Isaac Z. 9 (3/6), Andjelic N. 8 (1/2, 2/5), Ferazzoli I. 2 (1/1, 0/3), Goryanova N. 5 (1/2, 1/2), Benko L. 3 (1/3), Minervino M. (0/1), Danzi D. 6 (3/5), Grasso A. 2 (1/4), Dixon T. 33 (13/19, 1/3). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

C.A. Atletico Faenza Banco di Sicilia Ribera 76-45
(22-7, 36-24, 47-34)
C.A. Atletico Faenza: Moises 17, Erkic 8, Ramon, Francesca Modica (175-G-81) 14, Sulciute 6, Mendes, Santucci 5, Bjelica 13, Zampella 5, Alexander 8. Coach Rossi Paolo
Pallacanestro Ribera: Falauto, n.e. Colico 4, Creamer 3, Romagnoli, Riccardi 6, Montagnino 10, Chones 8, Moody 6, Perfetti 2, Page 6. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco

Acer Priolo - Cras Taranto to be played later


Pallacanestro Pozzuoli sign Diana Goryanova - by Eurobasket
Pallacanestro Pozzuoli signed 35-year old Bulgarian guard Diana Goryanova (171-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Goryanova played last year at Dunav Econt Rouse (Bulgaria), where she was one of the top player in the league. In 36 games she averaged 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3spg and was the second best passer in the league with 3.5apg. She was also selected as Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Guard of the Year and 1-st team. She also plays for Bulgarian National Team. She is a very experienced player as she already played in quite few professional leagues in Europe: Macedonian, Hungarian, Croatian and of course Bulgarian one.

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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Petronyte TEO 22.6
2. Aglinskaite Rut 22.2
3. Galdikaite, Alytus 18.6
4. Balciunaite, Aist 15.0
5. Zygelyte, Lemmi 14.4
Rebounds Per Game
1.Galdikaite, Alytus 14.3
2. Aleksaite, Egle 10.0
3. Balciunaite Atletas 9.8
4. Langhorne, TEO 9.7
5. Alminaite, Laisve 7.8
Assists Per Game
1. Wilson, TEO 5.0
2. Gatkauskaite, Ruta 4.2
3. Rinkeviciute, TEO 3.5
4. Zygelyte, Lemmi 3.4
5. Sauliute Arvi 3.1
2FGP
1. Langhorne, TEO 66.6
2. Petronyte TEO 64.8
3. Pacauskiene, Arvi 59.5
3FGP
1 Kvederaviciute, Laisve 66.6
2 Sauliute Arvi 53.8
3 Dominauskaite, Ruta 48.1
Free Throws
1. Milieskiene, LEM 100
2. Streimikyte, TEO 100
3. Petronyte TEO 90.9


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  POLAND - Women  


First round day 6:Memar Reggio Emilia 83 - Cantina Sociale Broni 69 - by Jordan Losi
The game played in Reggio Emilia on saturday saw the team of coach Giancarlo Giroldi won in very hard game with the result of Memar Reggio Emilia 83 - Cantina Sociale Cantina Sociale Broni 69.
The game always was under control of home team (24-19;39-33;69-52) except the begginning of game when the resul was 2-7.After this,Alessia Scopigno (175-G-84) (19 points),Elena Strada (186-F-81) (9 points and 6 rebounds) but most of all Magdalena Kozdron (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) with 24 points 3-5 2p, 5-7 3p, 3-4 1p, 2or, 8dr, 2 assist,5lost, 5steal and 32 of val in 35 minutes, took Memar Reggio Emilia to win this important game.
On other side super game of Katarina Fikiel !she scored 30 points with 4-5 2p, 5-6 3p, 7-7 1p, 9dr, 4lost, 1 steal and 39 val in 38 minutes.
The game can seems like between the 2 polish player Kozdron and Fikiel but in real other player were important for each team.Like Martina Sandri (186-F/C-88) and Gloria Vian (189-C-89):in couple they produced 16points and 10 rebounds.while for Cantina Sociale Broni Chiara Coppola (170-G-91), Pellegrino and Sara Farris (167-G-85) scored in three 26points but with 12 lost ball.
Next game for both team will be at home,against Libertas Sporting Udine for Memar Reggio Emilia and against Lenzi Profexional Bolzano for Cantina Sociale Broni.


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A Superleague Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda O. - Dynamo N. 82-67
The newcomer of EuroLeague from Ruissia, Nadezhda beat Dynamo Novosibirsk 82:67. Veremeenko Anastasiya shined for the winners with 19 points and 19 boards, while Christon Shamekam added 17. Alikina Kristina top-scored for the guests with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Slavyanka - Spartak SP 57-75
Spartak SP had a road victory over Slavyanka in Cheliabinsk 57:75. Iakovleva Olga paced the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kiseleva Yuliya ended up with 19 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

Dynamo M. - Spartak V MR 71-104
Dynamo Moscow hoped to give a real battle to the defending champion but was thrashed 71:104 at home. Bird Sue shined for the winners with 25 points and 9 assists, while Taurasi Diana nailed 21. Kuzina Marina produced 21 points for the home side.

Dynamo K. - UMMC 71-81
UMMC improved to 5-0 record after a success in Kursk over Dynamo 71:81. Five players reached double digits for the winners as Pondexter Cappie paced all of them with 16 points. Psareva Varvara, Vizbariene Irena and Fomina Anastasia netted 12 each in defeat.

CSKA - Chevakata 93-69
CSKA is on top with 6-0 record after 93:69 over Chevakata. Khammon Rebecca led the winners with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sokolovskaya Irina collected 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Extrugasa Vilagarcia sign Mandisa Stevenson - by Eurobasket
Extrugasa Vilagarcia added to their roster 26-year old American center Mandisa Stevenson (191-C-82, college: Auburn). Stevenson played most recently at Extremadura Dato Badajoz (LF2). That former WNBA (San Antonio and Phoenix) player tried already pro basketball in France and Israel. Last season she played in 21 Badajoz game when she averaged 9.6ppg and 7.2rpg. She suffered an injury in April, which delayed her comeback on the court this season.

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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 28.6
2. Barnes, Pully 28.4
3. Knight, Riva 21.5
4. Villarroel, Sierre 21.4
5. Soda, Fribourg 20.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 12.2
2. McKenzie, Seirre 10.6
3. Knight, Riva 10.5
4. Griffith, Helios 10.4
5. Barnes, Pully 10.2
Assists Per Game
1. Vercauteren, Sierre 7.0
2. Daniels, Nyon 6.0
3. Charlier, Neuchatel 5.6
4. Soda, Fribourg 4.8
5. Villarroel, Sierre 4.6
Steals Per Game
1. Daniels, Nyon 6.6
2. Crisman, BBC 4.4
3. McKenzie, Seirre 3.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Moore, Riva 1.4
2. Griffith, Helios 1.4
3. Gueye, Nyon 1.3
2FGP
1. Mayombo, Neuchatel 87.5
2. Villarroel, Sierre 70.5
3. Briedyte, Sierre 68.4
3FGP
1. Cho, Pully 59.1
2. Jakab, Riva 50.0
3. Barnes, Pully 48.3
Free Throws
1. Griffith, Helios 91.7
2. Soda, Fribourg 89.7
3. Gumy, Helios 88.9
Ranking
1. Crisman, BBC 33.2
2. Daniels, Nyon 29.8
3. Barnes, Pully 23.8


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  TURKEY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ivory Latta, Ceyhan 26
2 Harper, Besiktas 23.3
3 Penn, Burhaniye 23.3
4 Mc Bride, Samsun 19,7
5 Quingley, Mersin 18,5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Larkins, Samsun 15
2 Penn, Burhaniye 12
3 Harper, Besiktas 12
4 Vulic, Cankaya 11
5 Campbell, Ceyhan 10,8
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit, TED İst. 6,7
2 Bobbitt, 6.7
3 Tuncluer, Fener. 6,5
4 Hornbuckle, Besik. 4,7
5 Alben, Galat. 4,3
Steals Per Game
1 Alben, Galatasaray 5.7
2 Hornbuckle, Besik. 3.3
3 Yigit, TED İst. 3,3
4 J.Brown, Tarsus 3,3
5 Bristol, Burhaniye 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Tolliver, Burhaniye 2,3
2 Bavendam, Botas 1,8
3 Hornbuckle, Besik. 1,7
4 Bales, Samsun 1,7
5 Harper, Besiktas 1,7