EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/12/2008

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  ABA   


ABA alumnus running Pro-Am league in Cleveland - by Gianni Pascucci
Last June, former Cleveland Rockers pont guard Vance Marbury (6'1''-G, college: Ohio St.) started the Cleveland Summer Am-Pro Basketball League, to give elite college and professional basketball athletes the opportunity to compete in a good basketball league during the summer season in Cleveland, Ohio. The league will create a positive social environment for the Cleveland community. Young student athletes will also have the opportunity to see elite basketball action up close and in person for free. Some well-known players like Jnathan Bullock (6'4''-F-87), Cedric Jackson (6'2''-G-86) and Al Fisher (6'1''-G-86, college: Redlands CC) outstood in the 2008 edition. Also, a team formed of players from this Am-Pro league succesfully competed at the last edition of the Hoops Kentucky Pro-Am Basketball Tournament. The league is again expanding and the level of players is expected to dramatically soar up in its 2009 edition. For more information, check http://clevelandampro.com

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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes and Olimpico won on postponed matches - by Leonardo Contieri
Quilmes defeated Boca 82-75 away from home and moves closer to Super 8. The game featured the return to national league of Juan Alberto Espil, the league all time second leading scorer who played for more than a decade in Europe. Pablo Gil led Quilmes with 17 points, Jaz Cowan added 15, Pedro Calderon 14 and Bruno Romano 12 for Quilmes Mark Bortz posetd 24 points and 11 boards for Boca and Gabril Fernndez added 15. Espil finished with 7.
In La Banda, Olimpico defeated Libertad 84-79 outscoring the league champions 30-10 in the final quarter, taking advantage of the lack of stamina of Libertad which played three games in five days after playing in the South American Championship, where they finished in second place. Diego Cavaco scored 22 points for Olimpico, Leonel Schattman added 15 and Anthony Glover 14. Jason Osborne, Pablo Mold and Andrs Pelussi scored 14 each for Libertad.
Boca cut power forward Alejandro Alloatti to make room on its roster Juan Espil.


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  BELARUS   


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Scripcaru, Sozh 22.5
2 Dadikin, Vitalyur 19.5
3 Yakovitskiy, Temp 18.0
4 Lavrinenko, Temp 17.5
5 Zaitsev, Vitalyur 16.5
5 Yafremau,Vitalyur 16.5
5 Mishukov, Grodno 16.5
8 Shilovich, Minsk 15.5
9 Aheunin, BNTU 15.0
9 Konuyshenko, Lok 15.0
9 Maksimov, OZAA 15.0


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Div. II Regular Season - Round 9 - by Bertrand Larsimont
Sint-Jan Basket vs. De West Hoek Zevezele 82-67
Guard Amaury Tandt and center Tom Dekkers were injured and did not play on De West Hoek's side.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-22, 39-38, 58-50 and 82-67.
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 3; W. Lemaire 9; W. Van Schil 16; L. Tielens 14; T. Van De Vondel 29; Verbeeck 4; S. Tielens 2; J. Ceyssens 3; Van Roey 2.
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 14; J. Bourdeaux 5; B. Verdickt 13; B. Bobb 16; B. Deceuninck 15; L. L'Hote 4.

Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. BBC Boom 85-84
Pitzemburg: Vanbreedam 3; D. Billet 2; Swaeb 20; M. Van Gelder 28; Veldeman 12; Corthals 3; Pottiez 6; Vandenbrande 5; Maris 6.
Boom: Van Wert 5; Lambreghts 20; S. Salden 28; P. Van Hoecke 8; S. Moris 15; Vermeiren 2; Druwez 6.

CEP Fleurus vs. Falco Ghent 100-70
Fleurus: Waterval 4; Poulain 8; J. Vanesse 28; S. Tison 9; L. Pourtoit 16; A. Jadin 13; T. Rozewicz 4; B. Penninck 13; S. Semijejero 5.
Falco: F. Bwatu 16; Huyghe 16; J. Selhorst 9; J. Van De Vondel 7; Brysse 6; Van den Brandt 4; Segers 4; Vanderkimpen 4; Loontiens 2; De Schepper 2.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. BC Ninane 77-78
Nivelles: Karavokyros 7; M. Pirlot 11; Seny 12; F. Muylaert 5; El Mouttabi 26; Van Den Eynde 10; S. Buja 6.
Ninane: Hubert 2; Klimanek 4; Tihon 4; Offermann 6; F. Delsaute 32; Hawley 2; Kalut 22; Lebecque 4; Van Bergen 2.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Essor Charleroi 76-78
Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 11; Follens 11; Roelandts 20; Casteels 8; Kalonji 7; D'Haens 7; T. Van De Keere 6; De Wachter 6.
Charleroi: Leclercqs 18; E. Mampuya 25; Frippiat 3; Gevaert 5; Stache 12; Pellisier 6; M. Sperolini 5; S. Vermeulen 4.

BCO Carnieres vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 75-89
Carnieres: Romyns 8; Ballau 8; Poppe 7; Jonniaux 20; Lena 5; Goethals 14; Muric 13.
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 25; Vanhove 22; Hendrix 11; Baert 10; Van Poelgeest 8; Smolders 4; Clemente 4; Jacobs 3; Reynders 2.

The game Basket Bree vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 93-55 was already played on Oct. 5th, 2008. Following Don Beck 's exclusion after two technical fouls during the Belgian Cup game against Union Mons-Hainaut played on Oct. 22nd (78-107 for Mons, first leg of Eighth Finals), the Basket Bree's Head Coach is suspended for three games, two of them are a probationary/conditional sentence and one is directly applied (Bree vs. Hasselt on Nov. 22nd).

Bye: BT Power Wevelgem


EuroBasket 2009: Lions to face Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Portugal next August - by Bertrand Larsimont

The final spot at EuroBasket 2009 to be held in Poland will be earned by the winner of an Additional Qualifying Round. On Nov. 8th, the six participating teams 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.

Additional Qualifying Round Groups

Group A
Portugal
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium

Group B
Italy
France
Finland

In August 2009, the Belgian Lions of Coach Eddy Casteels will thus play against Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Portugal. A chance for Belgian supporters to see former BC Oostende's star Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Bosnia, now playing for Tau Ceramica Vitoria, again in action. Valiant Portugal did not advance to the quarter-finals at the last 2007 EuroBasket held in Spain but played well in the competition and reached great performance throughout the tournament (even defeating Israel 94-85).

Here is the Belgian Lions' program:

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Belgium on Aug. 8th, 2009
Belgium vs. Portugal on Aug. 11th, 2009
Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina on Aug. 17th, 2009
Portugal vs. Belgium on Aug. 20th, 2009



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Welcome to EuroChallenge, BC Sumykhimprom - by Eurobasket News

BC Sumykhimprom - CBC Siroki 91:82

BC Sumykhimprom advanced to the EuroChallenge regular season defeating Bosnian CBC Siroki 91:82. It was the second game of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 2 and Ukrainian side looked better at home. Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) nailed 18 and Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) posted 14. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) ended up with 21 points in defeat, while Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. BC Sumykhimprom wins 164-155 on aggregate.
Ukrainian side scored first 4 points in the game and after the draw in Bosnia went on a total lead. Podorvannyy kept the hosts in front at the end of the opening quarter, 21:19. Josipovic gave the visitors 36:33 in the second frame, but BC Sumykhimprom created an 8-2 run to finish the first half. Ukrainian team won the first 41:38 as Artem Butskyy and Josipovic exchanged threes. A 27-16 in the third quarter was a result of a good rest during the break and louder support of the fans. Sumykhimprom took a 68:54 lead to the final period and held on for a comfortable triumph. The hosts held 10 points in the last period and had even plus 14, when Brian Greene made 86:72. Carlos Morban closed the game at 91:82 as BC Sumykhimprom advanced to the EuroChallenge regular season.

BC Sumykhimprom: Brian Greene 23+10 rebs, Artem Butskyy 18, Osvaldas Macernis 14
CBC Siroki: Carlos Morban
21, Ivan Siriscevic 18+10 rebs



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  CANADA   


Rainmen add three other players - by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen annonced the addition of swingman Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC). Jeanty was an ABA all-star with the Montreal Royal last season, netting a team-high 22 points per game. The Toronto native averaged more than 25 points and 13 rebounds in his games against Halifax. He was also an all-star in 2006-07 with the Quebec Kebs. Jeanty is the lone Canadian on the Rainmen roster to date as former Acadia standout Walter Moyse (6'10''-F/C-81) will not be joining the team after all, the team also announced Monday. it seems that the two sides could not agree on a contract. The Rainmen also inked young seven-footer Tyronne Mcneal (7'0''-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) and backcourt player Kevin Hammack (6'1''-G-84, agency: Promotex).

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Freddy Asprilla good debut with FIU at NCAA - by Victor Garcia
Freddy Asprilla, the Colombian top prospect already played its first game with the FIU Golden Panters at NCAA Div1 in USA, Asprilla who is already a 2.08 monster played 19 minutes in the game coming from the bench and scored 11 points in a 3 of 4 from the field, Asprilla also catched 4 rebounds.
But Asprilla finishes with 5 of 11 from the free throw line, wich shows how defense was played over him and also shows the big upside he still have.
The Golden Panthers won the game 62 - 59 and are still waiting the debut of the other Colombian prospect Jean Carlos Otero who is recovering from an injury.
Fredy Asprilla (206-C-87)


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Achilleas hand AEK their first defeat of the season - by Nemanja Bjedov
Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) and Vladimir Zujovic (201-F/G-80, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lock Haven) had 19 points apiece lifting Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou to a 97-87 win over BMC AEK in the third round of the national basketball championship on Sunday evening at the Palouriotissas Gymnasium in Nicosia.

After trading baskets for much of the opening quarter, the hosts took a seven-point lead at the end of the second outscoring the Larnaca team 24-16 in this period. They then maintained the distance in the third and arrived to the final ten minutes leading by eight at 67-59. The visitors tried to get back in the game in the last period, but Nikolas Papadopoulos men produced their best quarter offensively with a 30-point outburst which was more than enough to secure an important victory.

Apart from 19 points McClendon hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds, while Zujovic scored 11 out of his total 19 points from the charity stripe. Cory Bradford and Ivan Grgat had each 16 points for Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou with Bradford having an off night from behind the arc, shooting 1-for-9.

Anthony Anderson led BMC AEK and all the scorers with 32 points on 11-for-17 shooting, while Marko Kandic chipped in with 20. Dusan Milicic finished the game with 11 points.

With this win the Kaimakliou team is off to a 2-1 record to begin the season, while BMC AEK drop to 2-1 overall.

Source: www.cybasketball.com


Stylianides takes over APOEL! - by Nasios Orinos

In an expected for many basketball experts move, APOEL has agreed terms with coach Christos Stylianides . Stylianides takes over APOEL in a crucial period since the team has run 1 and 2 in just 3 games.

Since his retirement, Stylianides has coached Enad-Agios Dometios quite successfully, having a not so fruitful period as a coach in the Cyprus National Team.

People in APOEL expect that he will blow a fresh air in the team and make it play good basketball.


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Prostejov tries Kaspars Cipruss out - by David Dousa
The Eagles from Prostejov are trying out Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) to fill in the gap they have after Richard Lesko got injured last month. Kaspars Cipruss is practicing with the team of last years' bronze medalist from Thursday last week. He is supposed to play on Thursday in the homegame against Pardubice. Kaspars is in 26 years of age already very experienced player. He already played in Slovenia, for Euroleague team Union Olimpija, or later threeyears in ACB team Caja San Fernando Seville. He started his last season in ULEB Cup Ventspils in his home country in Latvia, later, in January was released and joined another Latvian team Liepajas Lauvas.

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6th round of 1. division and one major surprise - by Thomas Quaade
In the Danish 1. division this weekend the favorites all did well except for Herlev Basket, who lost to Falcon away in an exciting game that ended with a circus shot of an offensive rebound in the last second. Herlev Basket came into the game as big favorites and are considered one of the very best teams in the league. Only Aalborg BK BK and BK Skjold/Stevnsgade has better records than Herlev Basket, but Falcon, with their new head coach Endre Takacs (203-C-80) came away with the big win. This was Falcons second win of the season and though it's always great to win, this game was even sweater when it came on the behalf of a great team like Herlev Basket. Final score was 84-83 and it was Sandy Lundberg (180-G-82), who scored the final bucket.

In Allerod, ALBA played a good defensive game against Lemvig BK. But they had trouble scoring and finding an answer to Lemvig BKs two foreign players Mike Haiduc (203-C, college: Dominican (IL)) (16 points) and Kinsey Durgin (180-G, college: Rhode Island) (10 points). ALBA started with a small lineup to be able to play faster and it worked well for them but Lemvig BK was better when it counted and won 49-59 in this seasons lowest scoring game.

In a crazy shooting game Fjordager BK Odense made 16 of 32 3s but still lost to the experienced Hobas team. It was a final run of 2-16 to Hobas the last 4 minutes of the game that gave Hobas the win. For sure Fjordager BK Odense must feel very bad about this loss since they played so good for 36 minutes. Final score was 89-94 - Jacob Friis (190-G-77) (one of Hobas youngest players at 30 years old) finished with 30 points to match his age.

Vaerlose BBK showed they are a much better team than the standings suggests. They won at home with great defense against Aarhus BF in an exciting game. Niels Bjerregaard (205-C/F-70, college: Chaminade) had 17 points and Nate Warner had 15 points for the home team whereas Jakob Wang (190-F-90) lead all scores with 19 points for the visiting Aarhus BF. Final score was 80-70.

In Virum the hometeam played their best game of the season and almost beat BK Skjold/Stevnsgade. But a final run from BK Skjold/Stevnsgade was too dificult to stop for the young Virum team. But they should have great pride and confidence after this game. Final score 69-74.

Last game this round was in Aalborg BK BK where Jonstrup came with only 7 players. This was not enough and Aalborg BK won easily 96-45.


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 


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gilliam, Aabyhoj 25.8
2. Lamont, SISU 25.0
3. Smith, Svendborg 25.0
4. Dennis, Naestved 22.0
5. Colas Randers 21.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 12.5
2. Thibodeau,Roskild 7.4
3. Binnie, Horsholm 6.8
4. Pharis, Svendborg 6.5
5. Hoger, Svendborg 6.4
Assists Per Game
1.Smith, Svendborg 7.7
2. Gross, Naestved 5.0
3. Fatic, Naestved 4.7
4. Borgan Roskilde 4.0
5. Nielsen, Svendborg 4.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 3.3
2. Hoger, Svendborg 2.0
3. Gross, Naestved 1.7


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FINNISH CUP: Jerel Blassingame had a triple-double - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Finnish Cup, Semi-Final: YMCA Lappeenranta - Honka (Espoo) OT 89-76 (70) (38-30). Quarters: 22-15, 16-15, 16-25, 16-15 and 19-6.
YMCA LPR made it again to the Finnish Cup Final. Finnish Cup winner 2005, 2006 and 2007 will be fighting for the Finnish Cup victory also on December 14, 2008,
when the final game will be at Vantaa Energy Arena. YMCA LPR will then meet Team Componenta (Karkkila) or ToPo (Helsinki). TC and ToPo will meet eachother
on Wednesday, November 12. Tonight YMCA Lappeenranta got 74/89 pts from Team's three American players. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led hosting Team with 29 pts. PG Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) had a triple double when scoring 25 pts, grabbing 11 rbs and giving 11 assists. There was also a fourth double for Blassingame: 10 TOs. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) led again Honka with 21 pts and 12 rbs. Another NT player Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) played 44 minutes, but missed all 10 shots and taking only one rebound.

YMCA Lappeenranta - Honka OT 89-76 (70) (38-30) (HL Coleman 29/8, Jerel Blassingame 25/11/11, Demtrius Brown 20/11 - Kimmo Muurinen 21/12, Ben Perkins 18/11, Akeem Scott 17/5).



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  GERMANY   


Idbihi heads to France - by Moritz Korff
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) leaves the Bundesliga and will continue the season with the French second-division club CSP Limoges. The 25-year-old power forward appeared in six games for the Koeln 99ers since joining back the team after an injury. He scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his last game for Koeln against Bremerhaven on Sunday. At CSP Limoges - the club dominated French basketball in the 1980s and early 1990s, but had to withdraw from the first league due to finanical problems in 2004 - he will be a teammate of former Paderborn player Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville). Limoges is currently 9th in the Pro B-standings.
Meanwhile, another forward with a German passport, Adam Waleskowski (203-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.), was just released by JSF Nanterre, that is playing in the same league. Waleskowski lined up for the Ehingen Steeples from 2005 until January 2007.


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A2 Round 4: Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
Pagrati Apollon Patras 65-66
Apollon Patras succeeded its first road win this season due to the two free throws made by the Cyprus International Aristides Koronides 10 seconds before the end of the game. Apollon got 52 points from three players as Georgitsis scored 20, Lianos 17 and the hero of the game Koronides 15. From Pagrati only Latovic tried to change the situation but he was all alone. The quarters were: 16-19, 35-33, 51-48, 65-66.

Peristeri Xanthi 80-59
Peristeri made another easy win over Xanthi which seems to be among the weakest teams in the league and most probably among the top favorites for the relegation. Peristeri got 15 points, 8 boards and 3 steals from Despos, the Greek center made his best game since he arrived in Peristeri. From Xanthi only Anagnostopoulos survived with his 18 points. The quarters were: 19-15, 38-38, 62-48, and 80-59.

Ilysiakos Panerythraikos 77-58
Ilysiakos blasted Panerythraikos and stayed undefeated for a fourth straight week. Ilysiakos which last season stayed in the division only at the end of the league shoed that is not kidding at all this season and that is among the top favourite teams for the promotion. Grace with 19 points and 10 boards together with Nikos Papanikolaou with 13 points and 9 boards were the top performers for the Ilysia team while from Panerythraikos who suffered its second loss in four games, top performer was Grimbaviotis with 17 points and 4 boards. The quarters were: 7-10, 27-19, 53-36, 77-58.

Rethymno - MENT 70-55
Rethymno grabbed this game with very good strategy out of Coach Takianos, especially in the fourth and most crucial quarter where it outcomes its opponents by 24-14 and finished the game in style. Mirkofski was great with his 17 points 4 rebounds and 5 assists. On behalf of MENT only Fogel had double digits as his 22 points were not enough for Coach koukoulekidis team. The quarters were:15-16, 33-28, 46-41, 70-55.

Dafni - KAOD 77-51
Coach Sorotos team after the final decision that his team will stay in the A2 is more focused than ever, Dafni with Kakiouzis, Sourlis and Petrodimopoulos scoring exactly the same points as the overall team of KAOD, beat the newcomers from Drama with 26 points difference. Top scorer from KAOD was Kitsioulis with 15 points while the quarters were: 20-17, 39-33, 57-43, 77-51.

Olympiada Patras Keravnos Aigio 81-69
The newcomer Head Coach Nikos Pavlou who replaced earlier Giorgos Chrysanthakopoulos in the position of the head coach couldnt do a lot in just three days so his team lost another game and with a record of 0-4 is now ready to do more jobs in the roster by sending off some people and probably hiring some others. The top performer on behalf of Olympiada was Spanoulis with 23 points followed by Simeonidis with 17 whilefrom Keravnos Albert scored 20 points. The quarters of the game were: 19-13, 40-29, 62-46, 81-69.

Ermis Lagkada Iraklis 77-74
Coach Baxevanis team stayed undefeted after this fourth game and is proving to be more ready thn ever to make the big jump, of course one of the major reasons is the performance of the great player called Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81), the talented athlete was the top scorer in the three out of the four games of his team, last night scored 28 points followed by Dimitridiss 19. From Iraklis, Liakopoulos scored 29 points. The quarters were: 2013, 34-37, 57-54, and 77-74.

ICBS Near East 79-73
Near East suffered its first loss in the season while ICBS succeeded its first win of the season. The Cypriot Internationals Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) and Antreas Sizopoulos were the top performers as with their 34 points and 6 assists together with the 18 points from Ceskovic helped the college to succeed this positive result. From Near East , Koutrouias scored 25 points. The quarters were: 16-16, 36-36, 60-51, 79-73.


Grundy: the MVP of the 5th day - by Kostas Papadopoulos
With a difference of two points in a hard battle, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) was the one that gained the title of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 5th day of the A1 Greek Championship. The American player of Panellinios was the key player in the valuable victory of his team against AEK and the leader in the astonishing break 23-0 that the team from Kipseli did in the last 7 minutes of the game at the Sporting hall, which made the big inversion from 59-49 to 59-72.
At the draw, in which took part 42 journalists from all over Greece, Anthony Grundy gathered 81 points, against 79 of Lans Harris (196-G-84, college: Kansas St.), whose appearance was very good in the victory of Kolossos against Panionios. At the third place, but far from the other two was Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) of PAOK.
The results:
1. Anthony Grundy (Panellinios) 81
2. Lans Harris (VAP Kolossos) 79
3. Costas Vasiliadis (PAOK) 31
4. Nikos Argiropoulos (188-G-78) (Aris) 18
5. Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) (C.C. Marousi) 8
6. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) (Panellinios) 8
7. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) (VAP Kolossos) 8
8. Spiros Panteliadis (191-G-77) (VAP Kolossos) 3
9. Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) (Aris) 2
10. Brad Newley (199-G-85) (Panellinios) 2
11. Bagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) (Aris) 1
12. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) (Panathinaikos) 1
13. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) (Aris) 1

After learning the news about the title he gained, and on the road to Kiev for the game against BC Kiyv for Eurocup, Anthony Grundy stated that he is very happy for being the MVP for this day; however, he admitted that the prize does not belong only to him but to all his team and his teammates since the victory was the result of a team work and if it was not for his teammates he would not have been awarded. 'The most important of all was the teams victory which was the primary goal', he added.


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Semifinal pairings are ready - by Gianni Pascucci
The other quarterfinal Games of the Clausura playoff in Liga Metro ended as follows: Elite Sport-Pollo Rey destroyed URL 112-34, Le Mans defeated Estudiantes 63-62 and RL prevailed over Corpoevisa at the and of another close game with only 4 points of diference. In consequence, the semifinal pairings are:
Elite Sport - LeMans
Sat-Markvision - RL


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  IRELAND   


HOOPS WIN THREE IN A ROW!!! - by Ozell Wells
8th Nov 2008
Shamrock Rovers Hoops made it three wins in a row with a 75-69 win away to Belfast Star and had to achieve it after coming back from an 11 point deficit at half time.
Hoops managed to thwart the threat of Dion Sherrell (194-G-83, agency: IceBasket, college: Wyoming) after the interval and restrict the star to just six points after he struck 18 in a hugely productive first half.
The run has kickstarted Shamrock Rovers Hoops season with three successive wins, all coming in away fixtures to Ulster Elks, Abrakebabra Tralee Tigers with their latest success coming against Star.
Its a fantastic run, beamed Hoops Head Coach Ahmad Smith . We still have things to work but we are finishing games very well.
Its great that the three games were away from home, it shows what we are about. We come back in a lot of games but I want us to start taking the lead a bit earlier from here on. Phil Taylor (178-F) played well in Belfast but our bench played extremely well with Joey Haastrup and Mark Reynolds all contributing in the win.
Courtesy of Basketball Ireland


UCD DROPS ULSTER - by Ozell Wells
UCD-Marian V Ulster Elks @ Belfield Sunday 9th November.
Another big crowd witnessed another excellent team performance from a UCD team that is going from strength to strength with each game of the season.
The first quarter saw both sides trading baskets and finished 17 - 16 for the home side. At the start of the second quarter, UCD upped the pace, ran their fast break and pushed out to a twelve point lead which they maintained until half time.
Leading 46 - 34 at the break, UCD-Marian maintained their poise, tempo and teamwork and won the third quarter by a further ten points which allowed them to play out the final quarter for a comfortable win on a 98 - 74 scoreline.
Five UCD players made double figures (Dave Ryan - 26, Michael Parker 19, Luke McCrone 12, Conor Meany 10 & Conor James 10) and young Conor James also had an outstanding defensive display in helping to keep Elks hotshot, Ian O'Boyle, to just 6 points in the game.
For Elks, their American duo of Matt Betley (26 points) and Clint Nagel (15 points) were their main offensive threat but their work was curtailed by foul trouble by the start of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Gareth Maguire with three three-pointers in the second half, continues to provide a powerful threat as the veteran on the team.
Courtesy of BASkETBALL IRELAND



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Tolbert joins Holon, Jones leaves Ramat Gan - by Yarone Arbel
Hapoel Holon has finally found the guard they were looking for since the summer started. Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: E.Michigan) signed with Holon until the end of the season, and will bring lots of experience and scoring abilities to the re-built team of the champs. Tolbert played already several seasons in Israel, but started this season in Ukraine. After a short romance with Odessa he left the team and now is back in Israel. Last season, with Ironi Ramat Gan, Tolbert was one of the top gunners in the league, when he wrote down 16.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 4.3 apg.

Ironi Ramat Gan and Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) agreed to part ways. According to the club, Jones asked to be released due to his limited playing time, and the club agreed to cut the agreement already after a couple of games. Jones arrived to Israel after spending the last season in Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. His Middle-East tour, after the episode in Ramat Gan, is almost complete now.


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Coach Boniciolli is back in Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
It is official now: Matteo Boniciolli will coach again in Bologna, but not at the same side ot the previous time he was there. Yesterday afternoon, he was announced as the new coach of La Fortezza Virtus Bologna, after that team owner Cladio Sabatini had fired Renato Pasquali few hours before. Even in his new adventure in Bologna, Boniciolli opted to bring with him veteran coach Antonio Zorzi as his First Assistant. The other two Assistants of La Fortezza, Christian Fedrigo and Philip Melillo , willl stay they too.

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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
89ers - Broncos 75-68
Sendai 89ers celebrated the win in Round 9 over the leader in the Eastern Division, Broncos 75:68. St.Preux Bobby was unstoppable with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Horne Steve resisted with 27 points in defeat, while Warren Reginald collected 17 points and 11 boards.

Albirex - Phoenix 70-91
Phoenix was managed to tie Broncos at 5-3 after a road win over Albirex 70:91. Peppers Josh top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 9 rebounds. MacLeod Calum led five players who reached double digits for the hosts with 14 points and 7 boards.

Lakestars - Heat Devils 82-73
Lakestars stun Heat Devils 82:73 as Billbe Brayden exploded with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Nash Bobby supported him with 26 points and 8 boards for the winners. Wilkinson James collected 22 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Evessa - Rizing 94-99
Washington Lynn led Rizing over Evessa in a 99:94 win away from home. Murry Nile followed him with 25 points, whilst DeWitz Nick netted 19. King Jessie ended up with 29 points in the losing effort.

Five Arrows - Golden Kings 74-75
Unbelievable trip of Golden Kings to Five Arrows keep them undefeated. After 1-point win in the first game Golden Kings won another 75:74 to take 8-0 record. Newton Jeff top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 13 rebounds. James Gordon nailed 17 points and made 15 boards in the losing effort.



Me Wise Magic - by Kenny
According to league sources, the Link Tochigi Brex will name American coach Tom Wiseman as their new head coach to replace the recently ousted Mitsuhiko Kato. The 59-year old Wiseman is a veteran of Japanese basketball as he served as an assistant coach for a number of years in the late '90s to the early 2000s for the now defunct Isuzu GigaCats. After Isuzu folded in 2002, Wiseman spent time as an advisor/assistant with the Jomo Sunflowers team in the WJBL.

Wiseman, who is married to a Japanese national and spends most of his time in Japan, will inherit a talented team whose 3-7 record belies their talent level. Led by PG Yuta Tabuse, SG Takuya Kawamura, PF/C Shunsuke Ito, and the emerging C James Cripe, Tochigi will be looking to make a push for the playoffs with new head coach Wiseman. With 25 regular season games remaining this season, Wiseman will have ample opportunity to show what he can do.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Nebojsa Bogavac temporarily in Lovcen Cetinje - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) signed temporarily contract with Lovcen Cetinje. In the past he already played for Lovcen many years and now he returned but with option that he can leave in case of good offer from abroad. Bogavac spent last two seasons with French Le Mans Sarthe Basket. The team was Eurleague participant both years where Bogavac averaged 7.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.2 apg in 22 games in total. He also played 57 games in Pro A registering better digits. Before Le Mans, Bogavac was a member of Spanish Leche Rio Breogan as well as Hemofarm Vrsac (4 seasons). With Serbian team Bogavac won the title in Adriatic league 04/05. He joined Hemofarm from Lovcen Cetinje in 2001.

KK Buducnost qualifies to the regular season of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
KK Buducnost -Galatasaray Cafe Crown 93:62

KK Buducnost qualifies to the regular season of EuroCup as the team from Montenegro did not have any difficulties at home over Galatasaray Cafe Crown. After 83:85 in Turkey last week KK Buducnost stormed into the regular season with 93:62 win. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 17 points. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) followed him with 16 points each as KK Buducnost wins 176-147 as a total of two games. Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) nailed 18 in defeat and Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14.
Galatasaray Cafe Crown overcame KK Buducnost in the first leg of the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup but knew about a tough road to Montenegro for Game 2. Dejan Milojevic quickly brought the lead for the Turkish side and then Erden closed the opening quarter at 19:15. In the second period the court was dominated only by one team and city Podgorica was satisfied with it. Simonovic tied the game at 24:24 and after that KK Buducnost never looked behind. Otasevic made the score 48:31 as the teams went to the lockers. With another 24-19 the home side had plus 22 in Game 2. Vladimir Dasic with a lay-up led to 72:50 entering the final stanza. Galatasaray Cafe Crown realized that they could not catch up with the opponent and failed at the end. A 21-12 in the last frame gave the hosts 93:62 and the ticket to the regular season of EuroCup.

KK Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 17, Vladimir Dasic 16, Nemanja Gordic 16
Galatasaray Cafe Crown: Andrija Zizic 18, Dejan Milojevic 14


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KIWIS IN COLLEGE - by Kahn Hart
From basketball.org.nz:
Former Tall Black Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: San Diego Chr.) produced two double-figure point games as the Alaska-Anch. fell to three close losses at Disneys Division Two West Coast Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim.

Trueman had 11 points (2/8 FG, 7/9 FT), five rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes in their opening 60-55 loss to SW Minnesota St. on Friday, then four points (1/6 FG, 2/2 FT), three rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes in a 66-62 loss to Fort Lewis on Saturday, and 16 points (4/6 FG, 8/8 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes in an 83-81 overtime loss to Humboldt St..

Tall Blacks back-up centre Alex Pledger (216-C-87) saw his first college action for the season, scoring 10 points and pulling down seven boards in Belm.Abbeys 55-41 exhibition win over Prime Time Players last week.

A solid 14 points (3/6 FG, 1/2 3pt, 7/8 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes from Emerging Tall Black Zane Meehl (190-G-86) helped guide Azusa Pacific to a 77-69 win over Montana-Western at the NAIA Westminster Classic in Utah. Meehl produced four points (1/2 FG, 2/2 FT), a rebound and steal in 13 minutes as the Cougars fell 83-69 to hosts Westminster on Saturday.

Junior Tall Black Dion Prewster (196-G/F-91) began his college life, scoring 14 points in his debut for San Jacinto CC, a junior college outside of Houston, in a 113-60 blow-out of Houston Gladiators. The Ravens have started 3-0, winning the Sam Cassell Classic in their home gym.

Ryan Beesley (193-G) and Oregon Tech remained unbeaten at 3-0 after two wins on a California road trip last week. Beesley had 10 points (3/4 FG, 2/2 3pt, 2/2 FT), a rebound, assist and steal in 19 minutes of an 82-74 win over Dominican on Saturday and five points (2/4 FG, 1/3 FT) and five rebounds in 19 minutes in a 93-77 win over Pacific Union on Sunday.

In Tennessee, former Emerging Tall Black Mada Abdelhamid (198-C) had two points (2/2 FT) in two minutes in Cumberlands 64-62 loss to Oakwood on Tuesday, then scored three points (1/3 FG, 1/2 FT), two rebounds, two assists, a block and steal in 16 minutes in a 78-67 win over St.Catherines CC on Wednesday.

Caleb Harrison , assistant coach at Lambuth in Jackson, TN, saw his squad split their games at the FHU Classic, losing a 75-70 game to Berry and beating Concordia College Selma 73-57.

Harbour product Rory Fannon (206-C-87) managed two points (1/2 FG, 0/1 FT) and two rebounds in 10 minutes in Utah Valley St.s 95-77 exhibition win over Mesa St. at home in Orem, UT, on Thursday.

James Holland had eight assists to go with seven points (3/6 FG, 1/2 FT) and two rebounds as he helped Bethel Christian Academy (Ky) in a 96-18 spree over LaRue County Baptist in Kentucky on Tuesday, keeping the Blue Flames unbeaten.


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Champlain Cup series announced - by Gianni Pascucci

The 2008-2009 Champlain Cup series between the Manchester Millrats, Montreal Sasquatch, Quebec City Kebekwa, and the Vermont Frost Heaves is a season long competition celebrating the 400th anniversary of both Lake Champlain and the great city of Quebec City. All games are intra-league games between the 4 participating teams and each team will play the other 3 teams in one home and one away game over the course of the 2008-2009 PBL season. Points will be awarded as part of each game played in the series, and the team with the most points will be awarded the Champlain Cup in honor of their achievement.

Points are awarded as follows:
One point for leading at the end of a quarter (possible four points per game)
Two points for leading at the half
Five points for winning the game
The team with the most points at the end of the season will win the Cup. Statistics will be kept separately from the regular season.
'We look forward to being a part of the Champlain Cup series stated GM Michael Healey of the Fropst Heaves. It is a great way to get our fans involved and help celebrate two great resources that the whole world shares in, Quebec City and Lake Champlain'. Manchester Owner Jason Briggs on the series: 'The Champlain Cup series is a great way to energize the region and reinforce the budding rivalries that we are building with our nearest opponents.' 'We are proud to be part of this great challenge!! We look forward to bringing the Champlain Cup to Quebec City in Honour of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of our city 400 years ago' stated Quebec Kebs owner Vincent Bernier . Montreal owner Real Bourassa also added: 'To seize this opportunity to create bonds of friendship and competition is the most important aspect. To win or lose does not have importance.' For additional information please contact Millrats' GM, Ian McCarthy , at millrats@gmail.com
or feel free to visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com



Rainmen add three other players - by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen annonced the addition of swingman Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC). Jeanty was an ABA all-star with the Montreal Royal last season, netting a team-high 22 points per game. The Toronto native averaged more than 25 points and 13 rebounds in his games against Halifax. He was also an all-star in 2006-07 with the Quebec Kebs. Jeanty is the lone Canadian on the Rainmen roster to date as former Acadia standout Walter Moyse (6'10''-F/C-81) will not be joining the team after all, the team also announced Monday. it seems that the two sides could not agree on a contract. The Rainmen also inked young seven-footer Tyronne Mcneal (7'0''-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC) and backcourt player Kevin Hammack (6'1''-G-84, agency: Promotex).

Former Battle Creek Knights Point Guard, Vance Marbury and his Cleveland Am Pro Summer League Information and Site! - by Lucius Jones

Former Battle Creek Knights, Cleveland Rockers, Brooklyn Kings, and Ohio St. point guard, Vance Marbury (6'1''-G, college: Ohio St.) is currently attempting to build up a top quality league in Cleveland that he started up last year called the Cleveland Summer Am-Pro League. The league is based in Cleveland and gives top tier basketball players from all over a great chance to test their respective skills versus a versatile crop of players from all levels of play in both college and professional leagues in the U.S. and abroad as well. This semi pro summer lg provides an amazing opportunity for upcoming players to either compete versus proven talent and also allows the Cleveland community to first hand witness awesome competition at no cost at all in a quality facility. The Mellie-Mel perennial powerhouse of the famed Hoops Kentucky Pro-Am Basketball Tournament was actually made up of select players from this very league. Players such as Jnathan Bullock (6'4''-F-87), Cedric Jackson (6'2''-G-86), Al Fisher (6'1''-G-86, college: Redlands CC), Carlos English (5'9''-G-84), Breyohn Watson (6'2''-G-85), Matt Marinchick (6'10''-C-81, college: Ohio St.) Anthony Wilson (6'3''-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Jacksonville St.), Eric McPhearson, Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, college: Vincennes JC) , Larry Drake (6'5''-G, college: Miami, OH), Ronnel Isom, Daundray Brown (6'4''-G), Norris Cole (6'1''-G), Daitwan Eppinger (6'6''-F), Antonio Simpson (6'5''-G/F-84), Joe Latas (6'11''-C), and many many more. The Cleveland Am Pro Summer League is currently expanding and taking teams for early registration and in 2009, the league will feature more teams and even more high level talent. For more detailed information on the league as a whole or more specifically for team registration, please feel free to visit:

http://www.clevelandampro.com !



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Prabucki left Basket Kwidzyn - by Filip Gracek
The Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn's management decided that they resolved the contract with coach Adam Prabucki. They were not happy about what team played in PLK. Basket has lost eight matches and now it is occupying last place in the league table. Three days ago Prabucki and his team lost aganist Victoria Gornik Walbrzych 67:76.

Prabucki is 51 year-old and he lead Wybrzeze Gdansk, Fota Dajan Gdynia (women's basketball) and Viking Gdynia. In the last season with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. he dropped from league.


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LPB Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AD Vagos - Fisica 92-87
AD Vagos sent Fisica to 1-5 after a home win 92:87. Coleman Dan led the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Santos Joao posted 20. Davis Jason ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

CAB - VSC Guimar. 91-70
CAB Madeira improved to 6-0 on top after 91:70 over Guimares. Madison Bobby was unstoppable with 28 points and 11 boards. Smith Jason netted 24 and Gomes David had 15. Minter Donte resisted with 29 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Ovarense - Porto Ferpinta 67-73
Ovarense saw the first loss of the league after 67:73 from Porto Ferpinta. Marcal Nuno led the winners with 31 points and Burns Christian posted 15. Waller John finished the night with 15 points for the hosts.

Benfica - Barreirense 87-79
Benfica improved to 6-0 record after defeating Barreirense 87:79. Santos Joao top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 11 boards, whilst Doliboa Seth notched 17. Bowman Tyreus, McKenzie Chadwick and Pires Antonio had 14 points each for the guests.



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FMP Zeleznik steps into EuroCup Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - BC FMP Zeleznik 57:69

FMP Zeleznik steps into EuroCup Regular Season showing their superiority over Ural Great from Russia. Perm and 4500 saw another loss of the Russian team 57:69 this time at home as BC FMP Zeleznik wins 138-118 in two games. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Filip Covic (180-G-89) nailed 9, while Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Washington posted 17 for the hosts and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) added 11.
BC FMP Zeleznik will start the EuroCup Regular Season, while Ural Great will have to concentrate on the National Superleague. Ural Great never got on track in this tie. Even thought Fedor Likholitov scored first two for the hosts BC FMP Zeleznik bounced back immediately. Moreover Nemanja Protic closed the opening quarter at 17:13 for the guests. With 20-19 the Serbian team improved to 5 points at the end of the first half. Raduljica sent the teams to the lockers for 37:32. The game lost the intrigue at the end of the third quarter when BC FMP Zeleznik built 13 points deficit. Dragan Labovic closed the period at 59:46 with a jump-shot. In a defensive style Serbian side led to the second straight win and got the ticket to EuroCup Regular Season. Dragan Labovic made it 69:57 as the buzzer separated the teams.

Ural Great: Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) 17, Fedor Likholitov 11
BC FMP Zeleznik: Dragan Labovic 19, Nemanja Protic 19, Filip Covic 9, Predrag Samardziski 8+10 rebs


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CUMMINS STRONG FOR KINGS - by Sandy Sutherland

Irish hot shot Paul Cummins bagged an amazing 44 points for Edinburgh Kings in their 98-68

home win over Glasgow Storm at Portobello High School on November 8, easily the highest

individual tally in the Scottish League this season.
The Irish international guard, who nearly signed for Newcastle Eagles at the start of the

season, is pursuing a masters degree in sports psychology at Edinburgh University and he

showed he is a master of the three-point shot, hitting nine from beyond the arc.
Some of them were so far outside the line that he revived memories of the shooting of

former Harlem Globetrotter and MIM star Lewis Young, who topped the Scottish scorers 27

years ago this month with an average of over 33 a game.
If Cummins continues his current streak he could well threaten that mark.
He was well supported by Stirling University student Garreth Lodge, skipper in the absence

of Paddy Campbell, who had three 'treys' in his 16 point tally and 16-year-old Lee Reilly

who had two in his 10.

But Storm hit back especially in the final quarter when Ross Rankin scored 17 of his 22

points including four threes.
Kings led 24-11 after the first quarter but only 44-30 at half-time with the subs unable

to keep up the momentum.
Another 27-15 burst in the third took the champions clear and allowed coach Danny Costello

to run his bench.
The anticipated fireworks along the road at Musselburgh were sadly not from the home side

East Lothian Buccaneers but from Falkirk Fury who mauled them 105-55 with former Rocks

sharp-shooter and Scotland captain Keith Bunyan nearly back to his vintage best with 32,

including six three-pointers.
Junior Ali Fraser added 23, Daniel Donnelly 14 and another junior Jonny Bunyan 13

including three more 'treys'.
'It just didn't work out,' said a deeply disappointed Buccs skipper Grant Gibson.
'How can we beat Troon one week and play like that the next?'


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MMT Estudiantes extend contract with Petar Popovic - by Zoran Popovic
After temporary contract with Petar Popovic (211-C-79), management of MMT Estudiantes Madrid decided to extend contract with him to the end of the season. In September 2008. Popovic came in Estudiantes to replace injured Martin Rancik. On the first seven matches Popovic average scored 8.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Before MMT Estudiantes Madrid Popovic played for Spartak Subotica, Crvena Zvezda, Hemofarm, Benetton Treviso and DKV Jouventut Badalona. In season 2007-2008 Popovic scored for DKV Jouventut Badalona on 11 games in ULEB Cup average 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, on 28 games in ACB league average 4.8 points, 1.4 rebounds.

Maccabi check on Labovic - by Zoran Klansic
Israeli Powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv is intersted in signing FMP prospect Center Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) according to reports in Belgrade.the 21 years old center is tagged as one of the moset exciting prospects in Serbian Basketball and already attracted the intention of NBA and European scouts.
According to reports.a representative of Maccabi was in Belgrade and already had a chat with FMP General Manager - Goran Nesovic and Ratko Radovanovic .


Crvena Zvezda in EuroCup: Crvena Zvezda - Allianz Swans Gmunden 96-81 - by Zoran Popovic
In the second match of qualification for EuroCup KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd was better then Austiran team Allianz Swans Gmunden 96-81 (24:24, 27:18, 23:15, 22:24). Both teams were equal in the first quarter of the match, but in the second quarter KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd played much better in defence and in the finish of the second quarter had advantage of +10 points (49-39). KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd had maximum advantage of +17 in the third minute of second half (61-44) and at the end of the third quarter of the match (74-57). Guests from Austria made break in the last quarter and decrease result on only +8 for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (74-66), but led by captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd routinely finished match. In KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd Dragicevic was the most efficient and collected 21 points, Owens add 14 points and Marinovic 13. In Gmunden Palmer and Mayes scored per 25 points.

Crvena zvezda: Keselj 8, Lawrence 6, Kikanovic 6, Stevan Milosevic, Marinovic 13, Dragicevic 21, Milan Milosevic 6, Owens 14, Sepa, Stimac 5, Bakic 10, Bjelica 7.
Gmunden: Murati 2, Kinesberger, Huffman, Janisch, Schoninger 3, Hutter 14, Splajt, Fisher 7, Mayer 5, Mayes 25, Stelzer, Palmer 25.


FMP Zeleznik steps into EuroCup Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - BC FMP Zeleznik 57:69

FMP Zeleznik steps into EuroCup Regular Season showing their superiority over Ural Great from Russia. Perm and 4500 saw another loss of the Russian team 57:69 this time at home as BC FMP Zeleznik wins 138-118 in two games. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Filip Covic (180-G-89) nailed 9, while Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Washington posted 17 for the hosts and Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) added 11.
BC FMP Zeleznik will start the EuroCup Regular Season, while Ural Great will have to concentrate on the National Superleague. Ural Great never got on track in this tie. Even thought Fedor Likholitov scored first two for the hosts BC FMP Zeleznik bounced back immediately. Moreover Nemanja Protic closed the opening quarter at 17:13 for the guests. With 20-19 the Serbian team improved to 5 points at the end of the first half. Raduljica sent the teams to the lockers for 37:32. The game lost the intrigue at the end of the third quarter when BC FMP Zeleznik built 13 points deficit. Dragan Labovic closed the period at 59:46 with a jump-shot. In a defensive style Serbian side led to the second straight win and got the ticket to EuroCup Regular Season. Dragan Labovic made it 69:57 as the buzzer separated the teams.

Ural Great: Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) 17, Fedor Likholitov 11
BC FMP Zeleznik: Dragan Labovic 19, Nemanja Protic 19, Filip Covic 9, Predrag Samardziski 8+10 rebs


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Elektra adds Hall, Gorica waive Soda, Rogla cut Brcina, Maribor inks Skornik - by Zeljko Zule

Elektra Esotech inked Larry Larry Hall (188-G, college: W.Oregon) ex Honka.

CPG Nova Gorica waived Croatian Toni Soda (212-C-88). He averaged 16,5 minutes, 3,3 points (2P 6-12, FT 1-3), 3,3 rebounds, 0,3 assists, 0,3 steals and 1,0 blocks in 4 games of UPC League.

Rogla (B-1) parted ways with former U-20 NT member Drago Brcina (203-F/C-87). He averaged 12 minutes, 2,6 points (2P 3-10, 3P 1-6, FT 4-4), 2,2 rebounds, 0,2 assists and 0,2 steals in 5 games of B-1 League.
Maribor (D2) inked former U-20 European Champion Davorin Skornik (211-C-81, college: Bucknell) ex Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (Italy-Lega 2).



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Market & Disciplinary News - by Paul Nilsen
Its all kicking off in the ACB right now as Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) one of the early stars of the ACB season is now subject of disciplinary action by his club writes www.acb-basket.com. Pops who has been out injured and bizarrely in the States recieving medical attention has failed to arrive back in Spain in time as agreed with his club. Consequently the club is taking action against the British forward with people criticising him for a lack of prefessionalism.

Elsewhere more madness as Greek forward Dimos Dikoudis is AWOL at Pamesa, not cut but without a date for return after an internal matter that the clubs hierarchy refused to discuss further with the press. All this hardly ideal on a day when new Pamesa coach Neven Spahija had joined Tarjona !

MMT Estudiantes meanwhile have followed up their superb win at Palau Blaugrana by extending the loan period of Petar Popovic for one further month


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The guests win all the games in Round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Round 9 in Swedish league was a special one as all the visiting teams celebrated the victories. Uppsala Basket was the last to close the round away from home beating Gothia Basket 110:79. The visitors went on an early 28-19 lead and improved to 14 more points at the halftime. It was not a big deal to take 6-2 record keeping the score for good at the end. Danny Gathings (193-F-80, college: High Point) led the winners with 19 points. Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) and Mindaugas Budzinauskas followed him with 18 apiece, while Jeff Horowitz (206-C/F-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 15. Gothia got 23 points from Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.C.Central).
The game between 08 Stockholm Human Rights and Norrkoping Dolphins became the key game of the round. The favorite of the league improved to 7-1 record stealing 84:93 away from home. 08 Stockholm Human Rights started with 28-18 in the opening quarter but could not stay on race later in the game. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) paced all the winners with 24 points. Andrew Pleick netted 15, while David Bergstrom (185-G-75) added 12. Mikael Lindquist produced 15 points in defeat and Nils Hedstrom (189-G-83) had 14.
In another games Plannja lost at home to Solna 57:88. Sundsvall was beaten by Sodertalje 69:79, while Boras was defeated at home by Helsingborg 76:77.


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Changes in MGS Grand-Saconnex - by Alexander Davis
Julian Senderos (Julien's father) joins the comitee he will be a kind of sport manager and support for the players. Fabien Fond will concentrate on his role of player so he leaves his task of assistant. Even if MGS won against Geneva Dulaine Harris is dismissed of his functions. The new head coach is Mark Bernsen. Last year he had a really good season with Abrakebrababra Tigers where he won the Irish championship and he received the honors of being awarded 'Coach of the year'. In MGS he will work with Pete Strobl who was one of his players last season. Chris Jordan (193cm, 1982, 2-3) replaces Kewain Gant. Last year Chris was one of Mark Bernsen's players at Tralee and he averaged 24.1 ppg, 7 rpg and 3.3 apg.

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TBL: Round 4 - by Furkan Yunkul

Efes Pilsen - Besiktas Cola Turka : 71-53
Efes Pilsen (71): Charles Smith 19 (5 reb,2 ass), Preston Shumpert 10 (2 reb,1 ass), Marvis Thornton 0 (4 reb,2 ass), Kerem Gnlm 11 (12 reb,2 ass), Milos Vujanic 4 (4 reb,4 ass), Kaya Peker 15 (10 reb), Michal Kakouzis 4 (6 reb,1 ass), Engin Atsur 5 (2 reb,2 ass), Sinan Gler 0 (3 reb), Cenk Akyol 3 (1 reb,1 ass)


Besiktas Cola Turka (53): Mehmet Yagmur 4 (2 reb,1 ass), Muratcan Guler 7 (3 reb), Haluk Yildirim 2 (4 reb,2 ass), Adem Oren 2 (4 reb), Marcus Faison 5 (4 reb,1 ass), Mire Chatman 13 (9 reb,3 ass), Mario Austin 7 (8 reb), Cevher Ozer 3 (1 reb), Omer Unver 3, Reginald Butler 7 (2 reb)


Erdemirspor - Banvit : 58-59
Erdemirspor (58): Nathan Adam Funk 8 (2 reb), Sean Colson 19 (1 reb,1 ass), Erdal Bibo 2 (3 reb,2 ass), Mithat Demirel 8 (1 reb, 2 ass), Ozgur Biyik 0 (1 reb), James Thomas 7 (12 reb,3 ass), Alper Yilmaz 7 (6 reb,1 ass), Chris Burgess 7 (5 reb,2 ass), Emre Ekim 0 (1 ass)


Banvit (59): Joe Crispin 6 (2 reb, 5 ass), Erkan Veyseloglu 6 (7 reb), Lance Williams 12 (6 reb), Caner Topaloglu 0, Yigitcan Turna 2 (3 reb), Lamar Johnson 11 (1 reb), Antoine Agudio 6 (5 reb,1 ass), Umut Yenice 11 (2 reb), Yunus Cankaya 5 (3 reb,2 ass)


Galatasaray Cafe Crown - Mutlu Aku Selcuk unv. : 76-70
Galatasaray Cafe Crown (76): Erdem Turetken 8 (8 reb,2 ass), Marshall Strickland 2 (1 reb,2 ass), Andrija Zizic 11 (3 reb, 1 ass), Cuneyt Erden 2 (2 reb,3 ass), Huseyin Besok 3 (2 reb), Dejan Milojevic 13 (13 reb,2 ass), Altay Ozurganci 2, Milan Gurovic 5 (1 reb,1 ass), Antonio Graves 25 (3 reb,2 ass), Alican Guney 0, Cemal Nalga 5 (9 reb)


Mutlu Aku Selcuk Unv. (70): Ilker Turel 11 (1 reb,1 ass), Monty Mack 11 (2 reb,1 ass), Ahmet Yolcu 6 (1 ass), Ibrahim Ozturk 0 (3 reb), Ufuk Kacar 10 (6 reb,4 ass), Berkay Sahillioglu 0, Alex Dunn 9 (7 reb,1 ass), Edmund Saunders 11 (8 reb), Emre Boztepe 0, Brian Ibekwe 10 (3 reb,1 ass), Ismail Cevik 2 (1 reb,2 ass)


Mersin Buyuksehir Bld. - Aliaga Petkim : 88-84
Mersin Buyuksehir Bld. (88): Christopher Franklin Lofton 16 (2 reb,1 ass), Lester Mc Calebb 21 (2 reb,6 ass), Altan Erol 0 (2 reb), Inanc Koc 9 (9 reb,3 ass), Edward Basden 8 (1 reb,2 ass), Kimani Ffriend 19 (11 reb,2 ass), Onur Aydin 15 (4 reb), Gurol Karamahmut 0


Aliaga Petkim (84): Aubrey Reese 26 (1 reb,2 ass), Charles Davis 19 (9 reb,2 ass), Reha Oz 15 (10 reb), Fatih Solak 2 (2 reb), Eren Beyaz 0 (3 reb,2 ass), Hakan Yapar 4 (2 reb), Roderick Wilmont 9 (5 reb, 1 ass), Baris Guney 9 (1 reb,2 ass), Bora Sancar 0


Pinar Karsiyaka - Antalya Buyuksehir Bld. : 73-64
Pinar Karsiyaka (73): Gokper Gen 0 (1 ass), Leon Williams 19 (8 reb), Hakan Koseoglu 9 (3 reb,6 ass), Omer Kahyaoglu 3, Berk Cagliyan 2, Furkan Aldemir 0 (1 reb), Valentin Pastal 7 (3 reb,1 ass), Ralph Mims 17 (8 reb,3 ass), Gerald Brown 4 (1 reb), Michael Benton 12 (1 reb)


Antalya BSB (64): Nedim Yucel 2 (1 reb), Cemal Bayraktar 0 (2 reb), Hadi Dogan 2 (2 reb,1 ass), Mustafa Kemal Bitim 6 (3 reb), Umit Turkoglu 4 (6 reb), Marcus Douthit 5 (10 reb,1 ass), Michael Green 12 (3 reb,2 ass), Bernard King 17 (8 reb,3 ass), Marcus Melvin 16 (3 reb,1 ass)


Kepez Belediye - Turk Telekom : 58-82
Kepez Belediye (58) : Melih Yavsaner 0 (1 reb), Mesut Ademoglu 11 (3 reb), Arda Urcu 0 (1 reb,1 ass), Edin Bavcic 4 (4 reb), Levent Bilgin 0 (2 reb), Serkan Inan 0 (2 reb), Torrelll Martin 19 (14 reb, 1 ass), Berent Kavaklioglu 2 (2 ass), Hakan Erol 7 (3 reb), Kammron Taylor 3 (1 ass), Robert Traylor 12 (6 reb,1 ass)


Turk Telekom (82) : Roderick Blankney 8 (4 reb,1 ass), Serkan Erdogan 21 (6 reb,3 ass), Baris Ermis 5 (1 reb,2 ass), Michael Wright 10 (3 reb), Bekir Yaragume 5 (2 reb), Baris Ozcan 3, Tutku Acik 0 (4 reb,6 ass), Mutlu Akpinar 3 (2 reb,1 ass), Erwin Dudley 9 (6 reb,4 ass), Kris Lang 8 (3 reb), Asim Pars 10 (5 reb,2 ass)


CASA TED Kolejliler - Darussafaka Cooper Tires : 69-80
CASA TED Kolejliler (69) : Ozgur Adiguzel 11 (8 reb,5 ass), Polat Kaya 19 (2 reb), Caner Oner 3 (3 reb,1 ass), Ziya Yarkan 0, Alper Ozcan 0, Caner Erdeniz 3 (2 reb), Onder Kulcebas 4 (1 reb), Kevin Bell 5 (3 reb,4 ass), Laquan Prowell 17 (5 reb,1 ass), Erek Hansen 7 (16 reb,4 ass)


Darussafaka Cooper Tires (80) : Soner Senturk 10 (4 reb,4 ass), Maarten Leunen 8 (9 reb), Bora Pacun 10 (6 reb), Emre Bayav 5 (3 reb,2 ass), Melih Mahmutoglu 11 (2 reb), Sahin Ekmen 0, Clifford Hammonds 15 (5 reb,4 ass), Sean Banks 16 (7 reb,1 ass), Kadir Cipa 5 (2 reb)


Oyak Renault - Fenerbahce Ulker : 71-73
Oyak Renault (71) : Evren Buker 10 (5 reb,6 ass), Ali Erdogan 0, Alex Gordon 23 (4 reb,2 ass), Serhat Buker 2 (4 reb,3 ass), Nedim Dal 5 (3 reb), Alper Saruhan 2 (1 reb,1 ass), Tufan Onen 0 (1 reb), Joseph Jones 18 (7 reb), Gregory Stiemsma 11 (9 reb)


Fenerbahce Ulker (73) : Marques Green 5 (3 reb,3 ass), Mirsad Turkcan 20 (8 reb,1 ass), Rasim Basak 6 (3 reb), Damir Mrsic 2, Gasper Vidmar 8 (3 reb), Hakan Demirel 0 (1 reb,1 ass), Enes Kanter 0 (2 reb), Oguz Savas 14 (1 ass), Devin Smith 14 (6 reb,3 ass), Emir Preldzic 4 (1 reb, 7 ass)



KK Buducnost qualifies to the regular season of EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
KK Buducnost -Galatasaray Cafe Crown 93:62

KK Buducnost qualifies to the regular season of EuroCup as the team from Montenegro did not have any difficulties at home over Galatasaray Cafe Crown. After 83:85 in Turkey last week KK Buducnost stormed into the regular season with 93:62 win. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 17 points. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) followed him with 16 points each as KK Buducnost wins 176-147 as a total of two games. Andrija Zizic (207-F/C-80, agency: FCM) nailed 18 in defeat and Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14.
Galatasaray Cafe Crown overcame KK Buducnost in the first leg of the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup but knew about a tough road to Montenegro for Game 2. Dejan Milojevic quickly brought the lead for the Turkish side and then Erden closed the opening quarter at 19:15. In the second period the court was dominated only by one team and city Podgorica was satisfied with it. Simonovic tied the game at 24:24 and after that KK Buducnost never looked behind. Otasevic made the score 48:31 as the teams went to the lockers. With another 24-19 the home side had plus 22 in Game 2. Vladimir Dasic with a lay-up led to 72:50 entering the final stanza. Galatasaray Cafe Crown realized that they could not catch up with the opponent and failed at the end. A 21-12 in the last frame gave the hosts 93:62 and the ticket to the regular season of EuroCup.

KK Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 17, Vladimir Dasic 16, Nemanja Gordic 16
Galatasaray Cafe Crown: Andrija Zizic 18, Dejan Milojevic 14


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PRO REPORT - by David Edole
ASIA
Point guard duo of Kevin Sheppard and Carl Krauser have called the Middle East home this season in their pro careers. Sheppard is suiting up for Shiraz a.s Pipe (1-1) in the Iranian Premier League. Sheppard was hurt in the first game of the season, a lost by A.S. Pipe. However, he and the team bounced back and secured a win over Tehran Azad University, 79-65.
Krauser is expected to arrive in Suadi Arabia this week and join Al Hilal sports club for the upcoming season. Krauser who was reported to be in the NBLD draft appears to have opted out of the draft for a better offer.
Krauser is a member in the US Virgin Islands National Team and has a big career tht contains big countries such as Germany and Puerto Rico.

JAPAN
Hitachi Sunrockers were too much for Carl Thomas and the Mitsubishi Dolphins Mitsubishi, 73-50, Sunday night in Japan Basketball League (JNL). Thomas had only three points in the contest as Mitsubishi fell to 3-7.

IN EUROPA

ESPANA
As it was expected, Cuthbert Victor and Melilla Baloncesto outplayed Rosalia, 73-62, at home in Spanish Basketball League (LEB) Gold Division. Victor again was the center of attention, when he netted 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Mellila record currently stands at 7-1.

GERMANY
Koln 99ers outlasted Frank Elegar and Eisbaren Bremerhaven, 100-71, Sunday at Rheinenergie Dome in Bundisliga action... The 99ers built a 21-10 advantage after first frame and 52-33 by halftime and never looked back. The 99ers shot 54% from the floor and outrebounded Bremerhaven 39-22 in the win. Elegar had 14 points in the loss as Bremerhaven fell to 1-8.

UKRAINE
Kitwana Rhymer and Kryvbasbasket improved to 8-3 record after an 88:78 win over Hoverla in UBL action. Rhymer made a splash on the boards when he tallied 10 boards and chipped in with five points.

FRANCE
St.Quentin - St-Etienne 65-72
In a game between two teams with 2 wins and 5 defeats after 7 rounds. Josiah James and Saint-Etienne held off St. Quentin, 72-65, to improve to 3-5 on the season.
James had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 1-of-1 at the charity stripe. The 6-8 forward also tallied six boards.

BOSNIA
Omari Peterkin and Borac Nektar defeated SL IAT Leotar on Sunday in Division I play.
Borac Nektaris in second place in the standings with a 6-1 record.

IN THE AMERICAS
MEXICO
Ja Ja Richards is drinking something from a high priestess because he is at it again. The 6-11 center grabbed 22 rebounds and scored 22 points to lead Barreteros de Zacatecas to convincing win over Correcaminos UAT Victoria, 81-69 Thursday night. Richards was10 of 15 from the field and 2-of-7 at the free-throw line. Richards followed up that effort with a 12 rebounds effort as the Barreteros held off Fuerza Regia de Monterrey, 109-100, Saturday night. The big man also chipped in with six points and three assists. With the two wins Barretetos record improves to 15-7, which is good, enough for 4th place overall and second place in the south division in the LNBP.
Jason Edwin and Pioneeros de Quintana Roo also pulled out two wins last week. Edwin had five points and two assists as the Pioneeros edged Lobos de la Uadec, 87-83, Thursday night. Pioneeros then defeated Algodoneros de la Comarca de Torreon, 85-79 on Sunday. With the wins the Pioneeros improve to 8-13, which is good for 8th place in the south standings.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Potros de La Matica defeated Darnell Miller and Enriquillo, 78 for 76 in the XV Tournament of Superior Basketball where the Orange Cup is being disputed. .
The Matica dominated the first half 41 for 34, but in the second half Enriquillo responded but ran out of time. Miller finished the game with 23 points and 8 assists.


Jeff McDonald: 'Losing doesn't feel good,' Duncan says - by David Edole
Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest), the only member of the Spurs' 'Big Three' able to stand on two healthy ankles, addressed the media after practice Monday morning. Here is a Q & A glance at what he said:

Q: How does the team's mindset change with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili out of the lineup?
A: Obviously, the mindset changes a bit, the rotation changes a bit. We're going to lean on a lot of young guys to step up and play a lot of minutes for us.

There's no time to sit and sulk about it. You have to try to turn it around as much as possible. We've kind of dug ourselves in a hole, and every game counts right now. Losing the way we have doesn't feel good. We're going to try to turn things around. We'll bide our time until Manu and Tony get back.

Q: Sam Smith wrote a piece today on bulls.com intimating that maybe a lot of teams around the league are happy at the bad luck that has befallen the Spurs. Are you surprised nobody's feeling sorry for you?
A: They never will. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us, and we're not either. We're just going to have to play through it.

Q: George Hill, the rookie point guard, is going to have to a carry a larger load with Parker out. What advice have you given him?
A: (It's) just being comfortable out there and not trying to press things. Maybe you make a mistake or two ... (it's) letting the mistakes go, moving on to the next play and not dwelling on what's happened already.

Q: How important is it going to be to have a veteran like Jacque Vaughn at that position, too?
A: He's going to be huge for us. He's going to have to be a mentor to George, as well as being a point guard out there running our team. He knows everything that we do, and how to do it the right way. He's going to have to pick up a lot of the slack.

Q: There's been some talk that maybe Gregg Popovich's new beard is the source of your team's bad karma. Any thoughts on that?
A: I thought it was my beard, that's why I shaved. We'll start there.

Q: And if the losing continues, will you take a razor to Pop's follicles?
A: That will be the next step.


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Welcome to EuroChallenge, BC Sumykhimprom - by Eurobasket News

BC Sumykhimprom - CBC Siroki 91:82

BC Sumykhimprom advanced to the EuroChallenge regular season defeating Bosnian CBC Siroki 91:82. It was the second game of the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 2 and Ukrainian side looked better at home. Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) nailed 18 and Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) posted 14. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) ended up with 21 points in defeat, while Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. BC Sumykhimprom wins 164-155 on aggregate.
Ukrainian side scored first 4 points in the game and after the draw in Bosnia went on a total lead. Podorvannyy kept the hosts in front at the end of the opening quarter, 21:19. Josipovic gave the visitors 36:33 in the second frame, but BC Sumykhimprom created an 8-2 run to finish the first half. Ukrainian team won the first 41:38 as Artem Butskyy and Josipovic exchanged threes. A 27-16 in the third quarter was a result of a good rest during the break and louder support of the fans. Sumykhimprom took a 68:54 lead to the final period and held on for a comfortable triumph. The hosts held 10 points in the last period and had even plus 14, when Brian Greene made 86:72. Carlos Morban closed the game at 91:82 as BC Sumykhimprom advanced to the EuroChallenge regular season.

BC Sumykhimprom: Brian Greene 23+10 rebs, Artem Butskyy 18, Osvaldas Macernis 14
CBC Siroki: Carlos Morban
21, Ivan Siriscevic 18+10 rebs



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Flournoy Delighted With Thunder Win - by George Manousidis
Newcastle Eagles coach Fabulous Flournoy was a happy man after seeing his side remain top of the BBL Championship table with a 101-80 victory against Worthing Thunder on Friday.

'We played well, it wasn't out best or worst game of the season. They had a few players missing, and our depth really helped us win it. It gave the opportunity to play some of the young guys, and give them quality minutes.

'It was a good game over-all, and will be good preparation for our two games this weekend. They had good runs at the end of the first three quarters, and they played until the final seconds so I'm pleased with the result.'

Eagles now face a tough weekend which sees them entertain in-form Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Friday evening before visiting old rivals Scottish Rocks on Sunday. Meanwhile, Thunder will look for a second victory of the season against Sheffield Sharks when Atiba Lyons and his team visit the south coast on Saturday evening.

Lyons will be looking for his side to bounce back after they lost at BiG Storage Cheshire Jets on Sunday. It was a game that the Sharks player-coach felt his side could have won: 'The Cheshire game was an extremely tough fought game on both sides. They came out very well but we were able to withstand their initial push and stay even in the first quarter. We fought back in and took a slight lead in the fourth, but we missed too many free throws in the clutch and a few open looks from three didn't drop for us. It was essentially a one possession game and we could have won but it didn't fall for us. We missed our free- throws and they made theirs.'

That result saw Sharks slip down to seventh in the BBL Championship table, while Cheshire moved up to sixth spot - although they have played the most games in competition. They will look to pick up their fifth league win of the campaign on Sunday when they travel to PAWS London Capital.


CUMMINS STRONG FOR KINGS - by Sandy Sutherland

Irish hot shot Paul Cummins bagged an amazing 44 points for Edinburgh Kings in their 98-68

home win over Glasgow Storm at Portobello High School on November 8, easily the highest

individual tally in the Scottish League this season.
The Irish international guard, who nearly signed for Newcastle Eagles at the start of the

season, is pursuing a masters degree in sports psychology at Edinburgh University and he

showed he is a master of the three-point shot, hitting nine from beyond the arc.
Some of them were so far outside the line that he revived memories of the shooting of

former Harlem Globetrotter and MIM star Lewis Young, who topped the Scottish scorers 27

years ago this month with an average of over 33 a game.
If Cummins continues his current streak he could well threaten that mark.
He was well supported by Stirling University student Garreth Lodge, skipper in the absence

of Paddy Campbell, who had three 'treys' in his 16 point tally and 16-year-old Lee Reilly

who had two in his 10.

But Storm hit back especially in the final quarter when Ross Rankin scored 17 of his 22

points including four threes.
Kings led 24-11 after the first quarter but only 44-30 at half-time with the subs unable

to keep up the momentum.
Another 27-15 burst in the third took the champions clear and allowed coach Danny Costello

to run his bench.
The anticipated fireworks along the road at Musselburgh were sadly not from the home side

East Lothian Buccaneers but from Falkirk Fury who mauled them 105-55 with former Rocks

sharp-shooter and Scotland captain Keith Bunyan nearly back to his vintage best with 32,

including six three-pointers.
Junior Ali Fraser added 23, Daniel Donnelly 14 and another junior Jonny Bunyan 13

including three more 'treys'.
'It just didn't work out,' said a deeply disappointed Buccs skipper Grant Gibson.
'How can we beat Troon one week and play like that the next?'


BBL Team of the Week - Week 7 - by Andy Webb
Two Sheffield Sharks players gained their first nomination for BBL Team of the Week after a mixed weekend for the Yorkshire side.

Centre Mathew Gorman (203-C-84, college: Syracuse) finished with 22 points and eight rebounds for Atiba Lyons team as they comfortably beat PAWS London Capital 87-69 at the English Institute of Sport on Friday night.

He is joined in the side by team-mate Chris Sanders (202-F-82, college: Master's) who poured in 26 points and pulled down 11 boards on Sunday, but it wasnt a winning weekend for the Sharks who lost 86-82 at BiG Storage Cheshire Jets. Sanders his 11 of his 12 free-throws and completed a fine shooting night with seven of his eight two-point efforts dropping.

Coach Lyons had praise for his players: Matt had 22 points in 19 minutes against London which is a great days work while Chris had a great game on Sunday. He led all scorers and came up with the ball when we needed a rebound.

Worthing Thunder may have lost at Newcastle Eagles on Friday evening, but it didnt stop forward Janis Ivanovskis (201-F-80, college: Cumberland) claiming another spot on the Team of the Week. Ivanovskis, who is in his second spell with Gary Smiths team, scored 25 points and collected eight boards in 35 minutes.

Both the guards in the team played in the same game this week Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 93-84 victory at Scottish Rocks on Sunday, which ended the leagues only unbeaten record.

Riders Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana) continued his fine start to life in the BBL as he drained five three pointers in his 28 point haul. Martin also dished out three assists in 31 minutes of action.

Veteran point guard Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) joined him in the side with a performance that saw his finish with 25 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds in 38 minutes.




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Women News

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  CHINA - Women  


Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Liaoning 0-0 
 2. Shenyang ar. 0-0 
 3. Bayi 0-0 
 4. Hayao Group 0-0 
 5. Jiangsu 0-0 
 6. Beijing 0-0 
 7. Henan 0-0 
 8. Guangdong 0-0 
 9. Shandong 0-0 
 10. Shanghai 0-0 
 11. Zhejiang 0-0 
 12. Qujing Yunn. 0-0 


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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL 1-0 
 2. Anagennises 1-0 
 3. Achilleas 0-0 
 4. Keravnos 0-0 
 5. Etha 0-1 


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Stats Leaders - Women
ZBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Hariss, Sparta 25.0
2. Maltsi, USK 20.71
3. Reisingerova, St 19.1
4. Vlkova, Valosun 17.75
5. Hartigova, Trut 16.38
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cash, USK 9.75
2. Reisingerova, 9.57
3. Hartigova, Trutnov 8.8
4. Miller, Valosun 8.25
5. Novakova, Hrad. 8.0
Assists Per Game
1. Zirkova, Gamb. 4.62
2. Nezdarilova, Slov. 4.0
3. Whalen, USK 3.67
4. Hrabakova, Sparta 3.2
5. Bartonova Praha 3.2
2FGP
1. Hartigova, Trutn 70.1
2. Horakova, Gamb. 60.8
3. Miller, Valosun 59.7
3FGP
1. Viteckova, Gamb. 64.7
2. Bednarova, USK 59.0
3. Zrustova, Valosun 57.1


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Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lampe Lemvig 20.2
2 Luhta Vaerlose 20.2
3 Adamschik Sisu 19.6
4 Jensen 79ers 19.6
5 Piggott 79ers 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 13.8
2 Matthews Hors 12.3
3 Adamschik Sisu 10.6
4 Jensen, Horsholm 10.6
5 Piggott 79ers 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Kostic, Virum 7.6
2 Thorius, Horsholm 4.7
3 Ostergaard Virum 4.6
4 Manzer, SISU 3.0
5 Jorgensen, SISU 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 3.0
2 Lovinghood, Virum 2.2
3. Ostergaard Virum 1.3


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Standings -A2 Women - by George Manousidis
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Komotini 5-0 
 2. Aris Thessal. 5-0 
 3. Artemis Volou 4-1 
 4. Pylaia 3-2 
 5. Aias Evosmou 3-2 
 6. PAOK 3-2 
 7. Panathlitikos 3-2 
 8. Apollon K. 2-3 
 9. AO Serron 2-3 
 10. Iraklis 2-3 
 11. Titanes Dramas 1-4 
 12. Veroias 1-4 
 13. Enosi Kavalas 1-4 
 14. Velvento 0-5 
Group South
 1. Amarillida 4-0 
 2. Paraskevis 4-0 
 3. FEA Neas 3-1 
 4. Sporting 3-1 
 5. AE PAP 3-1 
 6. Hania 3-1 
 7. Proteas V. 2-2 
 8. Kronos AD 2-2 
 9. Aris T. 2-2 
 10. Asteras 1-3 
 11. Panagitsas 1-3 
 12. Argyroupolis 0-0 
 13. Eleutheria M. 0-4 
 14. Rethymnou 0-4 


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Apollon P. 4-0 
 2. Athinaikos 4-0 
 3. Apollon K. 3-1 
 4. Esperides 3-1 
 5. Aris H. 2-2 
 6. Ano Liosa 2-2 
 7. Siemens 2-2 
 8. Panathinaikos 2-2 
 9. Panionios 2-2 
 10. Olympiada L. 2-2 
 11. P.Faliro 2-2 
 12. Paghiakos 0-4 
 13. M.Aleksandros 0-4 
 14. Kastoria 0-4 


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ProBuild Lions and HLB Accountants remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions and HLB Accountants remain unbeaten in the Dutch league. Both teams show great basketball and expect the thriller versus each other.
ProBuild Lions improved to 7-0 after 68:57 over Lely Amsterdam. After the first period the Lions led with a minimal margin, 15:16, but the guests pulled the game under their control later in the game. Ilana Vergunst (169-G-87) hit two 3-pointers and Nadine Boesaart drained one to help the Lions pulling to a 20:36 lead at halftime. Marie Hoogstraten (175-F-88) scored 16 points to lead ProBuild Lions. Ilana Vergunst contributed 15 points and Jasmijn Overbeeke (188-C/F-84) added 13.
HLB Accountants beat Perik Jumpers 74:61 to take 6-0 record. The game was almost even throughout the first half as the hosts had 31:27 advantage. After thirty minutes of the game they improved to 55:45 and then held the score for good. Marloes Roetgerink (189-C-77) was unstoppable with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) netted 19, while Maaike Klein (177-G-90) posted 11 points and dished 7 assists.
In another games CSR Binnenl. won over Celeritas-D. 61:52. Woonb./DAS had 80:52 over Wereldtick. while Grasshoppers survived over AutoCAD 61:60.


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A Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vasas-Csata - BEAC 67-45
Comfortable victory by Vasas-Csata, the second one this season. Judit Fritz top-scored for the winners with 21 points for 25 minutes. Reka Fejes also was great collecting 16 points and 12 boards. Emese Szasz netted 13 for BEAC, but her team stays on just one joy so far.

MKB Eurol. - Szolnok 84-63
MKB Euroleasing didn't have to work hard in order to beat Szolnok at home remaining perfect in A league, 8-0. The same record also has MiZo Pecs. Amber Holt this time was the leading player in MKB delivering 16 points including 8 boards. Szolnok got 14 pts from Rita Hegedus slipping on 3-5.

BSE - Atomeromu 92-65
BSE trashed Atomeromu jumping on almost perfect 7-1. On the other side, visitors dropped on 2-6. Lidiya Milkova shined for the hosts adding 15 points and 7 boards. Wilhelmina Wilson was better than the others in Atomeromu with 18 points and 6 rebs.

Szeged - Foton 71-66
Great 7-0 for Szeged and decent 5-3 for Foton after this round. Milena Tomova demonstrated wonderful performance for the winning side netting 18 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Experienced Hajdana Radunovic notched 19 points in Foton.

Cegledi EKK - Savaria 65-60
It was a game between the only two winless teams in the league. Cegledi EKK managed to grab it mostly owing to Anett Serban, who drained 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Rachill Robinson shined for the loosing side with impressive 29 points and 10 boards.

MiZo Pecs - ZTE 87-59
Another easy win for MiZo, who stays on top of the league together with MKB Euroleasing (8-0). Anna Vajda was totally unstoppable in this game pouring in 25 points. At the same time she grabbed 5 more rebounds. Virag Szalay scored 13 points for ZTE (2-5).



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D1 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
B.Yehuda - Hapoel T-A 85-86
Hapoel T-A celebrated 86:85 victory over B.Yehuda. Anderson Alex shined with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Rogers Diamond netted 23, while Wilson Tierre posted 21. Chambers Cori ended up with 20 points in defeat.

Ramla - Bnot Hash. 84-77
Ramla improved to 3-1 record after 84:77 over Bnot Hasharon. Five players reached double digits as White Tan paced all of them with 19 points. Houston Charde had a great night for the losing team providing 36 points.

Elit.Netanya - Electra Ramat 71-80
Electra Ramat overcame Natanya 80:71 as Philips Erin exploded with 20 points, 5 steals and 3 boards. Ransburg Tamara brought 20 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Ramat Hen - M.Tel Kabir 111-52
Raman Hen is on top with 4-0 after 111:52 smash over Tel Kabir. Seven players scored more than ten points for the winners as Shtain Chen led them with 25 points. Carter Dominique produced 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

M.Ashdod - Maclar.Holon 71-70
Ashdod is also on top with 4-0 record as the team survived over Maclaren Holon 71:70. Humphrey, Jennifer top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Baker Sherill netted 15. Walker Ayana finished the night with 24 points for the visitors.



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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Parma 4-1 
 2. Comense 4-1 
 3. Faenza 4-1 
 4. Venezia 4-1 
 5. Schio 3-2 
 6. San Giovanni 3-2 
 7. Vomero NA 2-3 
 8. Livorno 2-3 
 9. Priolo 2-3 
 10. Ribera 2-3 
 11. Taranto 2-3 
 12. Viterbo 1-4 
 13. Umbertide 1-4 
 14. Pozzuoli 1-4 


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 60-72

(11-24, 26-39, 46-61)

ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla, Green 9, Seino 2, Cirov 10, Pascalau 16, Bonfiglio 7, Barnes 9, Sciacca 5, Milazzo 2, Cesnaviciute. Coach Coppa Santino

CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Zimerle 13, Mahoney 11, Sauret-Gillespie 11, David 9, Batkovic 19, Bello, Greco ne, Valentina Siccardi (182-G/F-82) 3, Godin 6, Prado. Coach Ricchini Roberto



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TEO hold off Arvi in the battle of LMKL leaders - by Eurobasket News
The LMKL archrivals TEO Vilnius and Arvi clashed in Round 5 of the LMKL action. TEO kept their record perfect with a 85:64 victory in Marjamplole. The visitors led 18:15 after ten minutes of the game but it was just the beginning. TEO stretched the margin to 9 points at halftime and did not allow the hosts to bounce back after the long break. The Vilnius outfit outscored their opponents 26:11 in the third frame and never looked back in the reminder of the contest. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for TEO. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) responded with game-high 19 points for Arvi. Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) came up with 10 points apiece for the hosts in defeat.
Arvi however quickly forgot about the loss and toppled Lemminkainen 66:57 to earn the fifth victory in the season. Trailing by 4 points after the opening term Arvi managed to strike back and built a 6-point advantage at halftime. Vaida Pacauskiene (176-G-79) notched 13 points for Arvi. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) and Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points each in the win. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) knocked down 16 points for Lemminkainen as they slipped at 3-2 record.
Ruta posted the second win in the season as they outgunned Egle 71:57 on the road. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) tallied 21 points and 12 boards to pace the winners. Birute Dominauskaite (185-F-73) had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Simona Martinkute (187-C/F-86) responded with 21 points and 7 steals for Egle as they suffered the fifth straight loss.


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Cassovia recorded a brilliant win - by Eurobasket News
Cassovia Kosice recorded a brilliant win in the latest round of the Slovakian league. The team handed the defending champions Maxima Broker Kosice 74:69 loss. The underdogs opened the game with 21-14 in the first quarter but the favorite replied with 17-9 in the second. With 20-20 the teams moved into the last stanza where the Euroleague representative was shocked by the hosts. Erika Quigley (188-C-84, college: St.Cloud St.) and Sujova led the winners with 16 points apiece. Cannonova added 15 and Lenka Kolkusova (189-F-87) posted 9. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort as the defending champions fell at 7-1.
MBK Ruzomberok tied the record at 7-1 with Maxima Broker after 88:60 over Whirlpool Poprad. Trailing 19-20 after the opening quarter the home side answered with 28-13 in the second. Podesvova and Megan Duffy (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Notre Dame) paced all the winners with 13 points each.
In another games AT Gemtex MBK Roznava lost at home to BSS Kosice 56:89. Aubryova top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) netted 18. Slovan Bratislava was beaten by Inpek UKF Nitra 59:75. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) led the way with 19 points.


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S-Birds are conquering the top - by Eurobasket News
Shinhan Bank S-Birds enjoy the top position in WKBL Standings. After 11 games played the favorites are 10-1. In the latest games the team beat Woori Hansae 66:56 with a defensive second period when they had 9-6. Recently the team overcame KB Savers 64:54. The game remained interesting until the last period. Both squads had 43:43 entering the final stanza and only after the favorites grabbed the important win.
Redwings and Bichumi are second with 7-4 record. Redwings suffered two losses in the last three games. The team was defeated by Cool Cats 67:73 and KB Savers 61:82. Woori Hansae could not stop the Redwings and lost 51:71 with the losses in all the quarters.
Bichumi won all the games in November to reach the second spot. The team survived over KB Savers 61:58 away from home and beat Woori Hansae 76:62.
KB Savers is 4th with 4-7 record, while Cool Cats are 5th with 2-8. Woori Hansae is on the bottom with 2-9 but tries hard to improve their positions.


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 10-1 
 2. Redwings 7-4 
 3. Bichumi 7-4 
 4. KB Savers 4-7 
 5. Cool Cats 3-8 
 6. Woori Hansae 2-9 
 7. Falcons 0-0 


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Anna Cruz got MVP tittle of last round - by Ivan Villar
Anna Cruz (175-G-86) is making a great season with her new team, Olesa Espanyol. Last game she scored 19 points and gained 10 boards. Also catalan player gave 7 assists making a total efficience of 33 points. Good new for spanish basketball because she is the first national player who gets this tittle. Next victim of shooting guard is Extrugasa Vilagarcia. Olesa will try to keep on good way after first months of competition.

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Neuchatel grab the sixth win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel remained undefeated in the LNF action as they held off Nyon in the sixth round. Building a 31:17 lead at halftime Neuchatel cruised to the victory in the second half. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) notched 15 points for the winners. Fanny Eppner (175-F-88) delivered 11 points, while Alexia Rol (170-G-82) contributed 10 points in the winning case. Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84, college: Charlotte) answered with 18 points and 14 boards in defeat. Ndack Gueye (186-F/C-73) had 15 points and 18 boards for Nyon as they fell to 2-4 record.
BBC stayed just one win shy of the league leading Neuchatel as they defeated Pully 82:64 for the fifth success in the season. BBC led at every break to seal a comprehensive victory at the end. Egle Moix (170-G-79) stepped up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) topscored with 34 points and 14 boards for BBC. Dana Jones (199-F-72, college: Pepperdine) replied with 23 points and 8 caroms for Pully in the loss.
Sdent Sierre also improved to 5-1 record. They knocked down Riva Basket 68:45 behind 20 points from Maria Villarroel (174-G/F-78, college: Oklahoma). Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84, agency: LBM Management) contributed 17 points in the winning case. Leslie Knight (185-F-86) dropped 22 points in the losing effort.