EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/15/2008

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  ABA   


ABA Gwizzlies planning historic Presidential Inauguration Ballgame - by Richard

The American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies owner Embry Malone is implementing a plan to host the first annual Presidential Inauguration ABA Basketball game on January 20 in Washington D.C. or Georgia.Two Historical Black Colleges,Howard University and Dr. King alma mater,Morehouse college are the targeted venue site locations.The ABA League office will selected the Gwizzlies opponent.
For further information please go to www.gwizzliesbasketball.com or www.abalive.com

Courtesy of Georgia Gwizzlies



S.E.Texas Mustangs ink three Lamar players - by Gianni Pascucci
Three former Lamar standout players have signed contracts with the Southeast Texas Mustangs. Darren Hopkins (6'2''-G-86), Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: NW Mississippi CC) and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85) have inked contracts with new ABA professional basketball franchise for the upcoming 2008-09 basketball season. They will be three of eighteen players attending the Mustangs Veterans Training Camp later in November. Players report on November 23rd to compete for the twelve spots on the Mustangs Active Roster that will open up the season for the new professional basketball franchise in Beaumont.

ABA TO RETURN TO HAWAII IN 2009 - by Bruno Baltazar
(ABA) announced that it would return to Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2009 season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'Hawaii was one of the most popular cities ever in the ABA, the backing was tremendous, but we could not get over the hurdle of travel expenses. Thanks to LaShun McDaniel, part of the new ownership group, that problem has been solved and we will return next season. I know that our teams are excited about their trips this season to Alaska and the Bahamas - and they'll be equally excited about a winter stay in Hawaii. We are very pleased and proud.'

The team will be owned by A.M. and Associates, a group of investors, headed by well-known professional player and coach, LaShun McDaniel. McDaniel is also on the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup (www.worldbasketballcup), responsible for European development.

'We are extremely excited to be a part of the ABA. As part of the ever-growing ABA family, we are in the process of having a club to represent our community not just in Honolulu, but the entire state of Hawaii,' stated McDaniel. 'In the coming days, our web-site will be available to our family, friends and supporters. Our first priority will be to conduct a global search for a candidate to serve as our President of Basketball Operations. This candidate will oversee the operation of the team. For now, all emails should be directed to saintanthony21@hotmail.com.'

McDaniel is a former NBA Player (1990-1993) with Portland and Charlotte. He is currently the Head Basketball Coach European School Basketball Club Seniors Team in Brussels Belgium, a former Coach of the ABA Beijing Aoshen Olympian, CBA All Star who received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine College in Raleigh, NC. He is fluent in four languages, English, Italian, French and Spanish.


FORMER ODU STAR HUNTER TO DRIVE THE EXPRESS - by Bruno Baltazar
The ABA Jersey Express have signed former Old Dominion University star point guard Isaiah Hunter (6'2''-G-84, college: ODU) out of Charlotte, NC. Hunter, a 6'2 guard, born in Queens, NY, played college basketball for ODU from 2002-2006, where he was a second team All-CAA and All Tournament selection. he also ranked 11th in the CAA in scoring and three point field goal percentages and 10th in free throw percentage.

In his senior year, he was the team's leading scorer and scored a career high 29 points in the NIT quarterfinal game at Hofstra University and also poured in 28 in the NIT game vs. Colorado. Isaiah completed his college career with 1,425 points which ranks him 15th on ODU's all-time list.

'Isaiah is one of the most talented point guards that we've every signed,' said team President Marsha Blount. 'He is truly a floor general with great court vision and the ability to score. He's the complete package and Isaiah will attract a lot of attention with Coach Reynolds style of play. We believe Isaiah will be our first NBA call up.'

Opening night for the Express is Saturday, November 15th at 7pm when the Express take on division rival Westchester Phantoms. Tickets are available on line or at the box office on game day. For more information call 973 586 0006 or visit www.jerseyexpress.net or www.abalive.com.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zagreb inks new center - by Milan Jovanovic
After suffering from injuries the whole season, Zagreb decided to restrengthen their center position, getting Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) back from the loan he was on in Zabok.
Zoric was shining in Zabok, with amazing stats of 21.4points, 9.6 rebounds and 3blocks per game. Coach Pavlicevic expects a lot from Zoric, especially to help in the rebounding segment, which was by now the problem of Zagreb. The signing comes in the right moment too, since Zagreb's first center Ante Tomic is currently under virosis.


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  ARGENTINA   


Atenas keeps rolling - by Leonardo Contieri
Atenas defeated Regatas Corrientes away from home 82-77 for its 12th consecutive win. Bruno Labaque led Atenas with 18 points, Dijbril Kante added 13 and 7 rebounds, Leonardo Gutierrez had 17 and 6 and Andrew Laws added 11. Ramzee Stanton led Regatas with 16 points, Federico Kammerichs added 8 and 18 boards, Sebastian Acosta 13 and Cedric Patton and Alejandro Montecchia scored 12 each. Libertad got its ticket to Super 8 by defeating Ben Hur 87-65 thanks to a 33-12 third quarter effort. Sebastian Ginobili led Libertad with 20 points, Jason Osborne added 15 and 10 rebounds while Andres Pelussi finished with 10 and 13 boards. Mariano Castets scored 15 for Ben Hur and Durelle Brown added 13. Sionista got a 100-90 overtime victory over Quimsa as Juan Cantero scored 30 points and dished out 5 assists, also Clarence Robinson has a huge presence with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Maurice Spillers ended with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Julio Mazzaro led Quimsa with 27 points, Jonatan Treise scored 14 and had 12 assists. Olimpico beat Obras 76-68 with Anthony Glover's 19 points and James Williams' 10 and 11 rebounds. Angel Caballero scored 18 for Obras. Bahia Blanca Estudiantes got a huge victory away from home qualifying for Super 8, defeating Boca 79-77 with Edward Nelson scoring 21 points and having 8 rebounds and Jamal Levy's 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Juan Espil led Boca with 20 points and Mark Bortz had 11 points and 10 rebounds. El Nacional got over Lanus in a 90-84 overtimed match. as Fabian Sahdi scored 21 points, Dioniso Gomez had 19 and 8 rebounds and Facundo Venturini had 17. Nicolas Laprovitola led Lanus with 19 coming oof the bench and Terrel Taylor had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Finally, Quilmes defeated Independiente 75-68 with Jazz Cowan's 16 points and 16 rebounds and Juan Dixon's 19 points. Brice Assie led Independiente with 21 points and Cedric Moodie ended with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

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Baltic-League Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liepajas - Neptunas 62-71
Neptunas grabbed the fifth win in the Challenge Cup season as they pulled away with a 71:62 victory over Liepajas Lauvas on the road. Martynas Mazeika secured 12 points for Neptunas. Arvydas Vaitiekus added 9 points in the winning case. Arturs Stalbergs came up with 16 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Liepajas Lauvas in the loss.

Valga Welg - Techasas 71-64
Valga Welg scored a rare win this season as they outgunned visiting Techasas 71:64. The hosts thus improved to 2-6 record in the championship. Techasas suffered the 4th loss in 6 games. Veljo Vares secured 21 points for the winners. Richard Anderson delivered 17 points and 17 boards for Valga Welg. Phillip Williams answered with 17 points for Techasas.

Nevezis - Siauliai 72-84
Siauliai used a 23-point tally from Gintaras Kadziulis to prevail against Nevezis 84:72 on the road. Virginijus Praskevicius contributed 20 points for the winning team. Aidas Viskontas answered with 15 points for Nevezis as the home team slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the Elite Division standings.

Barons/LMT - Kalev/Cramo 83-60
Barons/LMT cruised past Kalev/Cramo 83:60 for the third win in the tournament. Demetrius Alexander stepped up with 24 points for the Latvian team. Armands Skele was solid with 18 points and 10 rebounds. John Linehan and Nate Fox had 12 points each for Kalev as they still looking for the right form in the Baltic League season.

Ventspils - Lietuvos 62-81
Lietuvos Rytas had little problems en route to an 81:62 road win over Ventspils. Chuck Eidson and Milko Bjelica delivered 13 points each to pace Lietuvos Rytas. Donatas Zavackas added 9 points and 12 boards as the Lithuanian powerhouse climbed at 5-2 record on top of the standings. Tyrone Brazelton responded with 15 points for Ventspils in the loss.

Valga Welg - Norrkoping 77-80
Norrkoping maintained the winning tempo as they rolled past Valga Welg 80:77 in Estonia. Joakim Kjellbom fired 23 points and collected 7 rebounds for the Swedish team. Kenny Grant had 15 points and 8 assists for the winners as they improved at 5-3 record. Richard Anderson exploded with 26 points and 10 boards for Valga Welg in defeat.

TTU KK - Kaunas Tr. 63-87
Vene Siim-Sander led Kaunas Triobet over TTU KK with 15 points for 87:63 road win. Pokla Joosep brought the hosts 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Keizarmezs - Suduva 74-67
Keizarmezs is slowly climbing up after beating Suduva 74:67. Strelnieks Arturs top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Lasmanis Janis brought 16. Sabaliauskas Donatas finished the night with 18 points for the visiotrs.

Tallinna Kalev - Sakalai 81-102
Sakalai improved to 5-1 after a road victory over Tallinna Kalev 81:102. Siksnius Arvydas shined with 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Labuckas Arnas followed him with 18 and Sarakauskas Vytautas added 11. Kivinukk Erki produced 22 points in the losing effort.

ASK/Buki - Aisciai 86-79
ASK/Buki won over Aisciai 86:79 to take the middle position. Brunins Arturs paced all the winners with 20 points and Rauza Gundars netted 13. Motiejunas Donatas ended up with 14 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Zemgale - Norrkoping 83-80
Zemgale edged Norrkoping 83:80 in a real thriller in Latvia. Berkis Martins finished the night with 23 points and Raiskums Kaspars collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Kjellbom Joakim and Grant Kenny scored 19 points each for the visitors.

VEF Riga - Alytus Alita 88-68
VEF Riga overcame Alytus Alita 88:68 on November 12th. Latvian favorite achieved 7-0 record in the Challenge Cup. Aleksejevs Jurijs was unstoppable with 33 points and 8 boards, while Kolesnikov Evgeniy netted 22. Tatarunas Vytautas posted 20 points in defeat.



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Maxi-Basket (O-35) games held on 02 November 2008. - by David Magana
Game 1
Old Technical 'Rebels' 54 Belmopan 44

Top Scorers
Rebels - Rico Black (180-G-75) 12 pts (4-3's) / 1 rebound / 2 assists / 2 steals
Douglas Penland (191-G/F-75) 10 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
Belmopan - Marlon Villanueva 12 pts / 4 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Austin Flores 10 pts / 7 rebounds / 3 assist / 2 steals

Game 2
Orange Walk 'Eagles' 61 Maria Chang 52 - In Overtime

Top Scorers
Orange Walk - Floyd Sutherland 18 pts / 9 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Allyson 'Hurricane' Laing 15 pts / 9 rebounds / 1 block / 1 steal
Maria Chang - Joseph 'Wrecking Joe' Martinez 12 pts / 11 rebounds
Peter 'Paco' Neal 10 pts / 3 rebounds / 5 assist / 1 block / 5 steals

Game 3
Old Cemetery 56 BWS 'Bulls' 53

Top Scorers
Old Cemetery - Kevin Siroki (178-G-70, college: Westminster) 15 pts / 5 rebounds / 3 assist / 6 steals
Leroy 'Fayah' Forbes 12 pts / 21 rebounds
Bulls - Omar 'Stitchy' Gordon 18 pts / 6 rebounds / 3 steals
Darren Bovell (193-F-70) 12 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 block

Game 4
Alberts 60 Classic Purex 45

Top Scorers
Alberts - Vince 'Post' Lamb 29 pts / 4 rebounds / 4 assist / 4 steals
Selwyn 'Macadoo' Mcdonald 10 pts / 1 steal
Classic Purex - Greg Williams 13 pts / 7 rebounds / 1 steal
Andrew 'Jewboy' Robateau 10 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 blocks / 1 steal

NEXT GAMES - Sunday 16 November 2008, 12:00 noon

Game 1 - Maria Chang vs Old Cemetery
Game 2 - Classic Purex vs Orange Walk Eagles
Game 3 - Old Technical 'Rebels' vs BWS 'Bulls'
Game 4 - Alberts vs Belmopan


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Levski ends two-year winning run by Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski shocked Bulgarian champions Lukoil Academik tonight, becoming the first team to beat them in domestic competition in over 2 years. The last time Lukoil had lost to another Bulgarian team was on 28 October 2006. But it was Levski who ended that run with an incredible 105-100 defeat.

Levski even led by as much as 25 points midway through the second quarter, threatening to completely humiliate the pre-match favorites. The Blues had used a 14 point run to build a substantial lead in the very first period, which had ended at 31-15. The Lukoil players seemed to have forgotten Levski was the only team in Bulgaria that took a game versus Lukoil to extra time last season, although they had eventually got away with that one. But not this time around. They were not concentrated enough during most of the first half and the 18-point deficit from it(64-46) proved too much for them to recover in the second.

The champs also suffered from the apparant lack of chemistry (yet) between their brand new point guard Kevin Kruger and his teammates of only 4 days. With the jetlag and all, it was no wonder he initially struggled to fit into the scheme and into the flow of the game. He actually never showed any significant quarterbacking skills (not in that particular game at least), but he made a great recovery from some turnovers in the opening minutes to score 5 three-pointers and finished with a game high total of 23 points.

It was mainly the efforts of Kruger and center Kenny Adeleke that brought Lukoil close to a complete come-back in the second half. After the third quarter they had trimmed Levski's lead down to 11 points - 81-70. Then in the fourth they brought it down to just 3 with under 4 minutes to go - 88-85. The champions were playing much better defensively throughout that second half, but compromised that with too many hasty long range efforts, most of which missed the target. With just a minute to go, Levski guard Marcus Hall drove to the basket for a lay-up to make it 95-88 and thus finally decide the outcome of the game. After that, the tactical fouls by Lukoil didn't bother Titi Papazov's players too much, as they hit most of their free throws to win by 5 points.

Hall and forward Stanislav Slaveykov had the most points for Levski's victory - 22 each. Substitute point guard Asen Velikov scored 19, including an incredible 3-point shot from his own half with the half-time buzzer.

Adeleke added 18 points to Kruger's 23 for Lukoil. The Nigerian-American big man also grabbed 14 rebounds.


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 4-1 
 2. Levski 4-2 
 3. Spartak P. 4-2 
 4. ChernoMore 3-2 
 5. Yambol 2-3 
 6. Rilski S-list 2-3 
 7. CSKA 2-4 
 8. Sliven 0-4 


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CIS Awards 2007-08 - by Richard
#s#
#e#6


Doornekamp


Morin


Steele


Saintil


Spagrud


Player of the year: Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) of Carleton University Ravens
Rookie of the year: Kale Harrison (183-F) of Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks
Defensive player of the year: Yul Michel (187-G-80, agency: Huss Sport Agency) of Brandon University Bobcats
Coach of the year: Mike Katz of University of Toronto Varsity Blues
Outstanding student-athlete: Matt Opalko (198-G) of University of Winnipeg Wesmen


First Team

Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) of Carleton University

Jean-Philippe Morin (201-F-83) of University of Laval
Alex Steele (186-G-84) of Edmonton Chill
Leonel Saintil (196-F) of Acadia University
Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) of University of Saskatchewan

Second Team

Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) - Windsor
Erfan Nasajpour (175-G-84) - Winnipeg
Damian Buckley (186-G) - Concordia
Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) - Cape Breton
Brad Rootes (178-G-84) - Brock

All-Rookie Team
Kale Harrison (183-F) - Wilfrid Laurier
Islam Toledo (201-F-87) - StFX
Tyler Fidler (206-G-89) - Calgary
Xavier Baribeau (175-G-87) - Laval
Ryan Mackinnon (193-G-89) - Victoria



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22 CBA Players Change Birth Years - by Arthur Volbert
The birth years of 22 CBA players changed between this year and last year. Jiangsu and Liaoning appear to have corrected the ages of a whole group of players, and in doing so called attention to three intriguing prospects.

For Jiangsu, Tang Zhengdong went from being born in 1984 to 1982, confirming longtime rumors than he was older than his listed age. Others who became older were Han Shuo, Yi Li, Hu Xuefeng, Meng Da and Fang Hui.

But we can now believe that young center Jiang Liyang (215-C-88) was born in 1988, as listed. Jiang is from a rural area, where basketball is not emphasized as it is in the cities. He joined the navy when he was 6-7 and was not considered a basketball prospect.

Being so tall he may have listed his age as being two years older than he actually was as he was originally listed as being born in 1986. A couple of years ago, Jiang won an award at a sneaker camp for his work ethic. Jiang came late to basketball but like Hakeem Olajuwon and Rik Smits, who also were late to the sport, his work ethic enables him to learn the game quickly.

He has the navy discipline of David Robinson, another late bloomer. Jiang should be watched closely this season.

For Liaoning, National Team member Zhang Qingpeng went from being born in 1985 to being born in 1981. Yang Ming, Gu Liye, Lu Wei and Liu Xiangtao also became older.

But Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) remained listed as being born in 1990. Since there is now additional reason to believe he is indeed 18, he becomes a true NBA prospect.

Li is 204 cm or 205 cm in his stocking feet, but his basketball height is more like 207 cm or 208 cm. He was listed as 210 cm at the Asian Junior championships and a team picture indicated he might even be that tall. He was taller and considerably wider than Dong Hanlin of Guangdong, who is listed as being 207 cm. Li is listed as being 94 kg, and Dong is listed as 95 kg, but the picture shows that Li must be considerably heavier than Dong.

Li does not currently have a three-point shot, but at his real height and weight he can play inside even at the NBA level and he does not need a great outside shot. Li is a player that the NBA should watch.

Another Liaoning player to closely watch is Han Dejun (215-C-89). Han is 7-1 and 320 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal's size. He is listed as being born in 1989 but when he attended the USBA camp in Oregon a couple of years ago he was listed as born in 1987.

Han is a late-developer who was only 208 cm in 2005. He was not tremendously promising as a basketball player a couple of years ago. So being a big kid, he likely lied that he was older to get something that was available to older kids but not to younger ones. People adjust their ages for all sorts of reasons in China as sloppy record-keeping makes this easy to do.

Since Han is a center who depends on strength rather than finesse he is very likely to improve as he gets older. Players can get significantly stronger through their early twenties, if they work at it. So Han too may some day play in the NBA.

For other teams, there are the normal ups and downs with ages that happens in China. Guangdong's Du Feng, a member of the National Team, went from being born in 1981 to being born in 1982. He keeps switching from one to the other and back, for some unfathomable reason.

Beijing's Zhang Yunsong, a former member of the National Team, went from being born in 1977 to being born in 1981. He too keeps switching back and forth between the two birth years. Again the logic of this is unknown.

Below is the name, club, old birth year and new birth year of the 22 players whose birth years changed.

1. Tang Zhengdong Jiangsu 1984 1982
2. Hu Xuefeng Jiangsu 1982 1980
3. Yi Li Jiangsu 1987 1985
4. Han Shuo Jiangsu 1989 1986
5. Fang Hui Jiangsu 1986 1982
6. Meng Da Jiangsu 1984 1982
7. Lu Wei Liaoning 1987 1985
8. Gu Liye Liaoning 1986 1985
9. Yang Ming Liaoning 1987 1985
10.Zhang Qingpeng Liaoning 1985 1981
11.Liu Xiangtao Liaoning 1983 1980
12.Xu Guochong Xinjiang 1983 1981
13.Mai Wulan Xinjiang 1983 1984
14.Lu Yan Jilin 1984 1981
15.Tian Yu Shaanxi 1980 1983
16.Yu Junkai Zhejiang Guangsha 1977 1976
17.Du Feng Guangdong 1981 1982
18.Zhang Bo Bayi 1986 1988
19.Men Wei Beijing 1987 1984
20.Zhang Yunsong Beijing 1977 1981
21.Ji Zhe Beijing 1986 1989
22.Li Yiding Qingdao 1984 1981


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb inks new center - by Milan Jovanovic
After suffering from injuries the whole season, Zagreb decided to restrengthen their center position, getting Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) back from the loan he was on in Zabok.
Zoric was shining in Zabok, with amazing stats of 21.4points, 9.6 rebounds and 3blocks per game. Coach Pavlicevic expects a lot from Zoric, especially to help in the rebounding segment, which was by now the problem of Zagreb. The signing comes in the right moment too, since Zagreb's first center Ante Tomic is currently under virosis.


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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus League-Day 4 - by Michael Aristidou
Keravnos Strovolou makes a crucial win over B.M.C. AEK Larnacas
Keravnos Strovolou won AEK 77-76 in Larnaca for the championship. The victory of Keravnos Strovolou team is evev more impressive when in half time the score was 51-33 for AEK. On the other hand AEK make an excellent performance in first half but they couldnt manage the score in the second so Keravnos Strovolou got back to the game. Third period Keravnos Strovolou started with a 22-6 and the period closed with an amazing 3 point shot by Anderson fron the center of the field. (65-59). Last period was very closed for the teams and finally Keraunos won by one (76-77). From Keravnos LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: CAA Sports, college: Florida St.) added another excellent performance with 25(2), followed by Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) with 20. From the defeated side Aleksander had 16(2) and Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Massachusetts) added another 13(3)


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  DENMARK   


Thomas Soltau remains a free-agent - by Thomas Quaade
Eurobasket recently reported that Danish player Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern) had signed with West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom for the 08/09 season.



However Thomas Soltau will not play in Holland after all. West-Brabant Giants Bergen op Zoom reported that both the Danish player and fellow US big-man Brandon Griffin are no longer part of the team.



Both players left the team a few days ago and are now searching the market for other opportunities.


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  D-LEAGUE   


The Majic is Back in the D' League - by Eurobasket
So, have you heard of the 'best point guard not in the NBA?' No? Well, let Nitro introduce you. His name is Daryl Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: S.Indiana) but you can shorten it to Majic, that's all you need to know, period. Oh, I forgot to mention he's serious to the tune of almost 12 thousand shots, nearly ten pounds of muscle gained, 4.4 forty speed in the last few months of this summer. All of which was accomplished under the tutelage of Jon Davis of Davis Training System in Orlando, Florida.

To put it plainly, the Majic one has simplified his approach (which is something we all could do) to include a heavy dose of hoops and a renewed focus on dedicating his 'life more to the lord' and his family. Super quick, passionate and with a basketball resume that screams 'I'm ready!!', it leaves one to wonder what's taking the NBA sooo long? Stan Van Gundy, are you listening?

He tore Florida a new....as a prep standout playing with NBA'ers Jarret Jack and Amar'e Stoudamire and averaging 35 and in one game dropping 72...72. Majic was the Florida JUCO player of the year in 2003 scoring billions, dropping dimes, leading the Florida JUCO ranks in scoring (28 per game) earning rank by the Sporting News as the best PG in the nation at that time. Slam Magazine also listed the Majic man as their best JUCO player of the same year. The All American is focussed and ready more than ever on taking the next step.

Since leaving the JUCO defenses in tatters he's been on quite an adventure as awaits his NBA turn. Not many folks in and out of pro sports can claim their own personal fan base but the Majic one has exactly that, a following of his own in the most unlikely of places, Mexico. He's torched the LNBP, Mexico's Premiere Division and one of the most competitive in all of the Americas, for the past few season's playing with the Maya's of Merida where he was the basketball mayor of Merida. (Check the video out here.) He averaged 34 in his first year with Merida and was showered with promises of big money to return south of the border. Dorsey was also more than just a blip on the European Hoops scene receiving offers in the 'mucho' dollars range. Majic said, 'Thanks but no gracias' to all the clubs in Mexico, Venezuela and Europe instead choosing to stay closer to the NBA circle of coaches, connections and his family. A smart choice.

Making Majic in Mexico was Doresey's speciality and it caught the eye of Phoenix's and L.A.'s D league squads where he had a chance to play and ultimately left his stamp on the D that season averaging 13 points and 5 dimes while shooting 87% from the line. Majic must have liked Latin American food because he moved further south to Venezuela's LBP after his D league stint where he averaged 28 and 7 before attracting even more D league attention This time it was the Phoenix Suns and their D league affiliate the Albuquerque Thunderbirds where he played 16 games as the point man leading the T-birds to a 10-6 record last season.

Dorsey's the only player in WBA history to be invited to the NBA Pre Draft Camp in '05 where he lead his team to a 4-0 record. He's done the And 1 thing, he's an ABA Rookie of the Year, a WBA Champion, a scoring leader, (JUCO and pro) he's got a copy written move called 'Da Majic Tornado' which is on some kids Play Station in Montana. The one thing missing on Majic's basketball adventure is of course a visit the NBA land, which if all goes well will happen in the very near future.

Majic is a patient and focussed man. I know this because his journey to the summit of the basketball world continues on, with his family and his faith as his co-pilot, despite a long wait and longer odds. He also waited, patiently, for more than a few days for EN FUEGO to get it's act together and get this article up, so thanks Majic and good luck. Dorsey should be in Albuquerque by now (he was supposed to ship out on the 9th) prepping for his D League season opener on currently in New Mexico prepping for the the D' League season opener with the Albuquerque T-Birds on November 28th against the Colorado 14ers.


Former D-Leaguers in Action during Euroleague Round 4 Action - by Surujh Roopnarine

Panionios On Telecoms (72) vs. Partizan (67)
PANIONIOS: Aaron Miles (6'1''-G-83, college: Kansas) (18pts+5rb+4as)
PARTIZAN: Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) (8pts+9rb+3st)

Alba Berlin (74) vs. DKV Joventut (72)
BERLIN: Ansu Sesay (6'9''-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) (15pts+4rb+5to)

Unicaja Malaga (77) vs. Cibona (67)
MALAGA: Omar Cook (6'1''-G-82, college: St.John's) (8pts+7as)
CIBONA: Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana) (11pts)

Olympiacos (84) vs. Maccabi Electra (65)
OLYMPIACOS: Lynn Greer (6'1''-G-79, college: Temple) (21pts)
MACCABI: D'or Fischer (6'11''-C-81, college: W.Virginia) (6pts+6rb)

Regal FC Barcelona (74) vs. Asseco Prokom (62)
BARCELONA: Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) (7pts+5rb), Andre Barrett (5pts+3st)
PROKOM: David Logan (6'1''-G-82, college: Indianapolis) (8pts+4st+5to)

Real Madrid (70) vs. AJ Milano (69)
MILANO: Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, college: George Washington) (21pts+9rb) - Week 4 MVP


Air Avellino (78) vs. Le Mans (73)
AVELLINO: Tamar Slay (6'9''-F-80, college: Marshall) (11pts)
LE MANS: Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) (10pts+4as)

CSKA Moscow (90) vs. Efes Pilsen (68)
CSKA: Terence Morris (6'9''-F-79, college: Maryland) (17pts+5rb)

SLUC Nacy (69) vs. Zalgiris (64)
NANCY: Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) (4pts+5rb)
ZALGIRIS: Loren Woods (7'0''-C-78, college: Arizona) (9pts+9rb+5to)

Tau Ceramica (90) vs. Lottomatica Roma (93)
TAU: Robert Hite (6'2''-G-84, college: Miami, FL) (6pts)



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Itthad became 4th in halab tornament and elimenates gaby - by Mohamed Hafez


Al Ittihad Alexandria team will return tommorow to alexandria after paricipating in halab tournament , ittihad qualified to the pre finals after being third in his group after Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut and Al Jalaa Aleppo , the Alexandrian team win over alwasl from uae to play in the semifinal where the team lost aginst Al Jalaa Aleppo and the team played today its last match against ittihad the syrian team where the team also lost 74-72 in a strong game , the final was between Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut and Al Jalaa Aleppo , the winer was Al Jalaa Aleppo

on another hand ittihad team eliminate his american player Gabriel Hughes (213-F/C-80, college: California) after not showing enough abilities and the player was nominated to play with one of the lebnanese league Anibal club , ittihad coach Amro Abu Al Khair had to choose another american center player to jooin the team before starting the league the next week 22 november



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Interview with Jackson Vroman - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) after playing for Iowa St.(NCAA) got drafted in 2004 by Phoenix Suns (NBA,2rd(31)).In his first season in the NBA after playing 10 games for Suns and averaging 1.6ppg, 1.3rpg got traded in Jan.'05 to New Orleans Hornets where he played some very good games finishing the season with 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg. In 2006 played again for New Orleans Hornets (41 games: 1.8ppg, 2.1rpg). In the 2006-07 season he started his European career singing in Gran Canaria(Spain ACB). He had some great games in the Uleb Cup (12.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg) and a good season in the strongest league in Europe giving him a better contract next year in Akasvayu Girona. He had again big games in Uleb Cup( 10 games: 15.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg) but the payment problems in Girona made him change team during the season. He went to play for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he had his first Euroleague games (6 games: 9.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2spg). Now he is in the market looking for his next job, surely one of the top inside players available right now. Jackson Vroman spoke to eurobasket.com

Eurobasket: After two years in the NBA, having good games in New Orleans Hornets, why you decided to come and play in Europe?
Jackson Vroman: I had a tough injury in a game with the Hornets. I received a pass from Chris Paul, dunked the ball and fell off the rim breaking my wrist. I had to have surgery and it ended my season. I was an injured free agent in the summer and decided to take an offer with Gran Canaria for more money than I had made the previous season with the Hornets.

Eurobasket: Tell us about your best game in your career till now and the moment you want to forget?
Jackson Vroman: I had 17 pts against Tim Duncan when I was a rookie with the Hornets but we lost by 20. I have had two good games against Hemofarm, for some reason I always get 6 or 7 dunks against them. Winning in Madrid was a big deal for our Gran Canaria team since no one else had beat them their all year. The worst moments have been my injuries. Especially last year in Lithuania.

Eurobasket: Which league do you believe fits you better?
Jackson Vroman: I like the Spanish league the best because you know you will have two good games a week most likely where as many other countries ony get one if that.

Eurobasket: How you are available this period? What offers you rejected?
Jackson Vroman: I wanted to make sure I was 100 percent healthy before accepting an offer and that took some time but I am feeling better than ever now and working out twice a day.I didnt even consider any offers until lately but I can think of a team in Germany and more recently Zagreb in Croatia made an offer i refused. They have a good team and good coach but not quite enough money

Eurobasket: Which are your criteria for your next team?
Jackson Vroman: I want to play in a good league primarily, with a reputable coach and a fair salary.

Eurobasket: What do you want to say to the coaches who look now for a quality inside player, why they should pick you?
Jackson Vroman: I have been working non-stop all summer and Im in better shape than the majority of big men that have been with teams all year. I have improved my shooting a lot which I feel will really help elevate my game. I am ready to step in and immediately help the right team.

Eurobasket: You played with success in Akasvayu Girona now the team plays in LEB Bronze due to debts, do you believe this decision from Spanish federation was harsh?
Jackson Vroman: I think all leagues should be harsh on teams that dont have enough money to pay the players what they promise. I have heard a lot of stories about players not being paid money they earned. Spain is the best country as far as honoring their payments and I think this is why they have the best players from top to bottom.

Eurobasket: Who was your best teammate and your worst opponent?
Jackson Vroman: I have had some really good teammates I could list off 20 great guys in Europe alone that I have been fortunate to play with, I lived in Europe 6 years as a kid and I get along with the European players just as well as the Americans. My worst opponent would have to be Joventut since I have lost to them more than any other team, but I like the way they play and could see myself playing well in that system.

Eurobasket: How do you like to spent your free time?
Jackson Vroman: I am working out twice a day in Atlanta Georgia with a trainer so I usually rest during my free time but I also picked up tennis and raquetball this summer to crosstrain before i was ready for contact on the court.

Good luck to your career and thank you for the interview.

You can view here some highlights for Jackson Vroman.


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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti and Lappeenranta winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 11: YMCA Lahti defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 88-81 (34-34) and YMCA Lappeenranta beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 95-86 (49-33) tonight.
Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) and Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Lafayette) arranged the victory to hosting YMCA Lahti quite at the end. The game was tied 74-74 with 3:43 to go, but Abdullah and Nixon scored needed points and now both YMCA Lahti and Kataja are on the top with record 8-3. Ray Nixon led Lahti with 23 pts. Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) netted game high 26 pts for Kataja. In Lappeenranta YMCA LPR crushed 24-0 over Tarmo in 5,5 minutes at the end of first quarter + beginning of the second quarter and the game was over. Demtrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) led YMCA LPR with 23 pts. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) gave 13 assists.

YMCA Lahti - Kataja 88-81 (34-34) (Ray Nixon 23, Ilkka Vuori 19, Bilal Abdullah 16 - Larry Blair 26, Sami Lehtoranta 21/11, Jeremiah Wood 17/15).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Tarmo 95-86 (49-33) (Demtrius Brown 23, Jerel Blassingame 19/13a, H.L.Coleman 19 - Steve Barnes 19, E.J.Drayton 18/14, Pasi Pekkola 15).



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Brandon Woudstra(ENBW Ludwigsburg) Interview Part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Hi Brandon Woudstra (191-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Northwestern (IA)), Thanks for taking some time for this interview. This is your second season with ENBW Ludwigsburg. How do you like it?

Germany is quite familiar to me now and I feel good about being back in Ludwigsburg.

Have you found any differences living up in Leverkusen/Cologne for two years compared to the countryside of Ludwigsburg?

There are differences and there are similarities. Both Ludwigsburg and Leverkusen are small cities next to big ones (Stuttgart/Cologne) so you have the benefit of big city access in both places. Here there are more hills and outdoor opportunities than in Leverkusen.

The team has had a nice start with 4-3. You had a sweet four game winning streak, but have lost the last two games. What things does the team still need to work on?

It has been a ok start. We have had some ups and downs already in short season, but I think that probably could be said for most teams. I think the biggest thing we need to work on is consistency and playing well for 40 minutes. Often games are decided in 5-8 minute segments and we have had some poor segments that have cost us.

The team let go of Nascimineto, but got a quality center with Thomas Nagy. Was he the final missing piece for the final product Ludwigsburg? What are his strengthes?

I think he will be crucial piece just like everybody else on this team. I think one of our strengths is that we are so balanced. With that said, he will definitely bring a presence inside with his strength and rebounding ability.

Ludwigsburg has a strong eight man rotation, plus Germans like David Mccray, Stefan Fahrad and Phillip Heyden who can contribute. How much potential does the team have and how is the team chemistry?

I think we have shown that we could be a very good team in this league. Our goal is to make the playoffs and be playing our best basketball at that time. The team chemistry has been good. We have a lot of experienced players and many players knew each other from playing with or against each other in the Bundesliga or elsewhere.

What is the philosphy of coach Rick Stafford? What type of Basketball is Ludwigsburg playing this season?

The main philosophy of Coach Stafford is to win games and compete. That includes playing great D and executing on offense and I would say those are two of our main emphasis this season. Of course, he is influenced by the coaches he has had, but I think he brings his own style to it as well.

With Nagys and Gibbs under the boards and help from Watts and Sanders and your rebounding skill, the team should be averaging more than 28 rebounds. Is rebounding a problem from your perspective?

I guess three things. One, we definitely need to rebound better as a team, we know that from watching tapes. Second, the percentage of rebounds you get is more telling than the actual number. 30 misses with 28 rebounds is great, but 28 with 50 is not as good, so that makes a difference. Third, I am never quite sure about the accuracy of stats, this year one teammate of mine had 3 tip ins and the stat sheet said one offensive rebound.

How is your relationship with coach Rick Stafford? Is their anything particular that you have learned from him so far this season?

It has been good from the first time we talked this summer. I think I have learned to be a more consistent team and individual defender.

You dont belong to the younger guys, but also not really to the oldest. But somehow, just with your presence on the court, you seem to communicate a lot of experience. Would define your role as one of the leaders especially with your BBL experience?

I think being the captain already carries some leadership responsibilities both on and off the court. We have quite a few BBL veterans on our team and I think all of our experience combined really helps.

How dissappointed were you losing in the cup final in Hamburg against the Artland Dragons? The team played with alot of heart, but what was missing most on that day?

It was very disappointing to lose that game. Our regular season had been less than what we wanted, so it would have been very satisfying to win the cup. I dont necessarily think anything was missing in terms of effort or preparation, it came down to a few of their shots going in and ours not.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners defense stifle TBB Trier 76 to 53 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS didnt let any of the last turbulent days concerning ex assistant coach Daphine Bouzikou interfere with their play as they outplayed TBB Trier in the last three quarters to easily beat Them 76 to 53. The game also marked the return of ex Skyliner Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: LimeLight), who looked less like the Ukrainain train of old that had been dominating early for Trier this season, but more like a helpless trolly trying to find daylight in the hostle Skyliner zone. It was the third win in a row for Frankfurt and they climbed back into the playoff zone to position five, while TBB Trier fell back to position 11. It didnt help Trier either that ex NBA player Norman Richardson (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra), who was averaging 11,1 points per game had to sit out because of a groin pull and the absence of big guy American George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason). 'Norman Richardson (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra) is a big part of our team, but we cant make any excuses that we lost because he didnt play. We just didnt play well as a team', said Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado). TBB Trier really looked helpless for three quarters, finding little room in the zone and usually taking wild shots, which were affected by the superior Frankfurt defense. 'This was one of the best defensive performances that we had this season. It shows when you play defense with effort, you can get good results. Now we just have to continue to play on a consistent level on defense', stressed Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). TBB Trier didnt do much good, except rebound. 'We shot really bad today. We usually shoot a lot better from outside. We also werent sharp enough on offense as a whole. We also could of played better team defense', said American Christopher Copeland .

It took a while before any team scored as the first few minutes saw some turnovers and the usual feeling out between teams. When the scoring did begin, it was started quickly by THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS. It seemed like possibly Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had watched some Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) videos early on as he looked like a scoring machine scoring the first seven Frankfurt points. American Derrick Allen scored some free throws and then gave ex teammate Maksym Shtein a nice welcome back as he drove by him making Maksym Shtein look like an old rusty George W Bush on the court and himself like a young, robust and energetic Barack Obama. However this lightening start by Derrick Allen and co didnt impress TBB TRier as American Chris Copeland demonstrated that he has a versatile game of not only making defenders look helpless inside, but that he has a smooth touch from outside. Maksym Shtein then took revenge of his defensive mishap by making a sweet left handed hook shot. TBB Trier tied the score twice at 10 and 12 all as Chris Copeland sunk free throws. TBB Trier managed their first lead 14 to 12 as Copeland scored again. Titus Ivory, who was top Skyliner scorer in Nordlingen and against Antalya was very quiet offensively as it almost looked like he was in hibernation on offense. Copeland then outmuscled Evtimov for an offensive rebound and lay in. TBB Trier led 16 to 15, but Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) free throws and fast break hoop by German Max Weber (201-G/F-85) off an Ilian Evtimov steal. Frankfurt led 19 to 16 after one quarter. The biggest hurdle for TBB Trier was the constant fierce defense by Frankfurt. TBB Trier had to work for each pass and they had a lot of difficulty getting any flow in their game. TBB Trier was shooting only 20% from three point land, and had already six turnovers, but had a curious high count of 12 rebounds.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS started to pull away from TBB Trier in the second quarter like a smooth boeing jet leaving the ground after a successful take off. Frankfurt simply had more offensive weapons led by Derrick Allen, who scored six points in this phase making a mini fade away shot, a lay up past two Trier defenders an a lay in off a De Mello no look pass. Frankfurt would maintain the lead into halftime as their defense kept playing havoc for TBB Trier and the offense was clicking. German Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) was not at his best, so Murat Didin didnt hesitate by inserting German Max Weber for long periods. American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) also started to give the fans a early introduction of what would come in the third quarter with solid work under the boards and a hoop in the zone. With little time remaining in the second quarter, Greg Jenkins stole the ball and fed Ilian Evtimov, who went coast to coast for a basket. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS led 38 to 26 at halftime, but no fans in the Ballsporthalle were bought yet, simply because no lead is secure in the Ballsporthalle until after 40 minutes have been played. TBB Trier continued to look like a disaster from outside shooting only 33% from three point land, turning the ball over 12 times, but only their rebounding seemed solid as they had a 22 to 10 advantage, which was difficult to believe since Frankfurt had all advantages under the boards.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS kept their solid play going in the third quarter, and coach Murat Didin had the luxury of going to his bench and even resting a Pascal Roller. Frankfurt went on a seven to three run as now Greg Jenkins really got involved in the offense snatching offensive rebounds and scoring in the paint. Nothing changed with the Frankfurt defense as steals continued to be on the menu. It took American Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) nearly 25 minutes before he finally got on the board. It was not a good day for Raivio, who wasnt hitting much and was not able to show the point guard playmaking skills that he had learned at Gonzaga University. Greg Jenkins continued to work hard getting by the young 18 year old German Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) (205-C-90) and dunking. Frankfurt now led 47 to 32. Down the stretch, Frankfurt continued to pressure TBB Trier on offense so hard that it seemed like no player really wanted to make that mistake, which would force coach Murat Didin to make the change. Greg Jenkins seemed to have Maik Zirbes all figured out as he swept by him again like a slick hungry Stallion. Frankfurt had extended their lead to 56 to 39 after there quarters. TBB Trier wasnt getting any better, while Frankfurt was ok on offense, but brilliant on defense. TBB Trier continued to be as cold as ice shooting only 22%. Their 16 turnovers was so frightening that at times it seemed like Derek Raivio was just as frightened about his problems with the Frankfurt defense that he was not allowing himself any smiles on this day. TBB Trier continued to control the boards 29 to 18, which kept being the big surprise of this extremely one dimensional game for TBB Trier.

TBB Trier had ten minutes to play, but instead of showing their urgency of coming back, instead it seemed like they had started to give up, as Frankfurt was able to extend their lead even more. The first two Skyliner hoops were scored by guards Adam Emmenecker and Domonik Bahiense De Mello who found a way to get into the zone and then Konrad Wysocki scored on a layup after a nice feed from Evtimov. Ilian Evtimov continued his showcase of passes, when he timed a perfect alleyop to Konrad Wysocki , which was perfect for the ESPN highlight show. 'We never practice allyops in practice, it is just one of those things that happen with the flow of the game. I have done maybe two or three allyop passes since I arrived in Frankfurt', described Iliain Evtimov. Evtimov then gave Derrick Allen a no look pass for two easy points. Frankfurt led 68 to 45 and the game was as good as decided. TBB Trier didnt show much, except for lots of Individual plays and totally neglecting team Basketball. As soon as captain Pascal Roller broke out with a huge wide grin at the foul line, an expression that is seldom seen from him, it was evident that nothing would go wrong in this game for Frankfurt. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS controlled the game for the last 30 minutes and deserved to win 76 to 53.
THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were led by American Derrick Allen with 18 points and six rebounds. American Greg Jenkins contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds. Captain Pascal Roller chipped in with ten points and one assist. TBB Trier only had their BBL top scorer Christopher Copeland in double figures as he managed 16 points and eight rebounds. The rest of the starting five of Trier managed only 19 points combined.

This was another very important win for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS as the team finally won a game again in very very comfortable fashion. The biggest asset on this day for Frankfurt was their never die defense that really gave TBB Trier numerous problems all night long. 'We had to stop them and it really showed as they had constant pressure with every pass. Max Weber did a fine job on Chris Copeland and Greg Jenkins also did a great job', commented Derrick Allen. TBB Trier shot only 36% from the field and their 17% three point shooting was just unacceptable. TBB Trier suffered 19 turnovers and only seven assists, which resulted from the exceptional defense on Derek Raivio , who for once looked and played like his young age. Frankfurt did a fine recovery job in the fourth quarter as TBB Trier only outrebounded Frankfurt 35 to 32. 'They are a quality team. They played very smart and were great on defense really doing a good job on rotating,' commented Christopher Copeland . THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS next play in the Euro challenge in Antalya on November ninth and then play in Bamberg on November 16th, when they meet Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) again.
Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga)


Chappell to Langen - by Moritz Korff
Brandon Chappell (183-G-83, college: Lamar) has been added to the roster of 2. Bundesliga Pro A team TV Langen. The 25-year-old graduate of Lamar University spent this past season at BBC Bayreuth and appeared 30 times in Pro A-action, averaging 7.7 points per contest. It remains to be seen if Chappell's arrival means that Ryan Lancaster (193-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Holy Family) has to leave the club. Lancaster didn't really break through in the first six games of the season. His averages (5.3rpg, 1.5rpg, 35.3% FG, 14.3% 3PT-FG) are not really what a team usually expects from an import player.

USC Freiburg hire Marin Petric - by Moritz Korff
Marin Petric (190-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services) has joined USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Petric started the 2007-08 season with Capone Duesseldorf and moved south later: He averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 boards and 2.9 assists through 12 games for C.B. Aridane Teneriffe (Spain, EBA), before joining LEB Bronze outfit C.B. Grupo Promobys Tijola in January 08. He saw action in 17 contests until the end of the season and posted 4.1 points a game.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners looks to Break Mini Bamberg curse Sunday Nov. 16th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are no where near the boundries of the expired curse of the Bambino, which plagued The Boston Red Sox and its fans through the second world war, Vietnam and the cold war, but their inability to defeat The Brose Baskets Bamberg the last years has been discouraging and annoying. The curse of the Bambino lasted 86 years, until The Boston Red Sox finally won another Baseball title in 2004, but Frankfurt is just looking to finally beat the Bavarian club Brose Baskets Bamberg after not having tasted victory in 41 months dating back to game four of the 2005 BBL finals. 'I dont believe in curses at all,' declared Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Since then the team has lost eight games in a row in all kinds of ways. Most were clear defeats, while there were two blowouts and one very close game last season. The Brose Baskets didnt start out well this season losing three of their first four games, but since then have slowly started to find their rhythm and the signing of American Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) ten days ago seems to have been the perfect catch as he combines leadership, experience and talent. 'I am really happy to be back in Germany. The organization has accepted me with open arms', declared American guard Michael Jordan. Frankfurt dont believe in curses and just want to get back on the winning track again against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. The game also will mark the meeting between Michael Jordan and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.), who won the BBL championship 2006 in Cologne. 'I am really excited to see Titus Ivory again. You never know what he is thinking or what he will do on the court', warned Michael Jordan. Titus Ivory is excited to see his ex teammate.' Michael is a fierce competitor. He plays very hard. We will beat up on each other through out the game, but in the end, we will still be friends'.


The Jako Arena in Brose Baskets Bamberg is as foreign to THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS in the last years as would be the view of Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer trading a Bayern Munich sport coat for the rival 1860 Munich sport coat. It has been 53 months since Frankfurt last tasted victory in the hostile Jako arena in game four of the 2004 BBl finals. Frankfurt has lost the last eight games in Brose Baskets Bamberg showing that there could be something mysterious in the air whenever Frankfurt steps onto the court. I dont believe in curses. If we believed all that, then we wouldnt have to play. We have to play Basketball and that is what counts, said American Titus Ivory. The city of the Brose Baskets Bamberg, which like Rome was built on seven hills and is sometimes called the Franken Rome defend their home arena against Frankfurt in the last years about as well as Rome did back in the day against enemies. The city of Rome was undefeated in war until 386 BC, until it was briefly occupied by the Gauls. Frankfurt wouldnt even need to occupy the Jako arena like the Gauls did Rome, but just leave the court as the proud winner after 40 minutes.


In the last three seasons, there have only been two of seven games which THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS lost by six or less points. . Who could forget the bitter 80 to 60 loss in the cup in the 2005-2006 season, where Skyliner center Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) would injure himself so bad, that he would never regain his old form to this day. In the 2006-2007 season, Frankfurt let The Brose Baskets Bamberg slip away with a 80 to 74 win in overtime, which Frankfurt should of won in the regular time. Their most bitter loss was the 81 to 48 trouncing in the Ballsporthalle in March 2007, which was also the end to the short Charles Barton era, who would be relieved of his duties a short time afterward. Last season, Frankfurt was crushed in Brose Baskets Bamberg 88 to 51, but played a very spirited game in the Ballsporthalle losing a close battle 57 to 54, which was the last appearance of coach Dirk Bauermann in the Ballsporthalle as head coach of The Brose Baskets Bamberg.


A Basketball era is never endless, but sometimes does break apart like the ground does during an earth quake. The tradition in Leverkusen ended last summer as the team moved to Dusseldorf, and in the late 90s the dominance of the Chicago Bulls became history as Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) retired and coach Phil Jackson left and soon would win three more NBA titles in Los Angles. The golden era in Brose Baskets Bamberg also ended this past summer after many important puzzles to the championship teams of 2005 and 2007 left. Coach Dirk Bauermann left to concentrate on the job with the German National team, fan favourite Steffen Hamann left to create havoc for opponents in the Berlin O2 Arena, and big man Chris Ensminger left Freak city for the calmer pastures of Paderborn. The only figure remaining from the 2005 championship Brose Baskets Bamberg team is assistant coach Volker Stix


New coach Chris Fleming surely does not have an easy job having to take over the eight year successful legacy of ex coach Dirk Bauermann n, who was able to win two BBL championships and play in many international competitions. Even though, The Brose Baskets Bamberg was successful the last years, their defensive play was not always appreciated by the neutral German Basketball fan. 'Chris Fleming has never been shy of experimenting with offensive Basketball, which will be a positive change in The Brose Baskets Bamberg this season. The teams of Chris Fleming have always been strong, but he has a keen sense of organization on offense and defense, which will help The Brose Baskets Bamberg this season', stated Pascal Roller.


The leading scorer of the Brose Baskets Bamberg is Puerto Rican native Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP), who played under Fleming in Quackenbrck. He is averaging 13,5 points, 2,5 rebounds and five assists per game. He is a classic point guard, who likes to pass first and then shoot. He can also score when called upon and should function well with an experienced guy like Jordan by his side. American Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) is averaging 12,0 points and 6,6 rebounds per game. He is a physical guy with 102 NBA games under his belt. This is the first destination in Europe for the Georgian native. American 2007 BBL slam dunk contest winner Jared Newson is averaging 11,9 points and 5, 3 rebounds per game. He made a name for himself with the Leverkusen Giants. He almost made the 2007-2008 Dallas Mavericks roster, but was the last cut. Last season he gathered further Basketball experience playing in Australia and Poland.


Croatian Predrag Suput is averaging 9,3 points, 4,8 rebounds and 1,4 assists per game. He is an all around good player being able to play the 2-4 positions. His only blemish is that he tends to have big games, but then again games where he is totally invisible. German National player Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) is averaging 8,4 points, 1,8 rebounds and 1,4 assists. He is very athletic with a dangerous shot. He started his career in Wrzburg, where he played with Dirk Nowitski and Robert Garrett. American Eric Taylor (201-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Francis,PA) is a work horse from the bench and is averaging 6,8 points, 4,7 rebounds and 1,0 assists per game. Even though he didnt have a successful goodbye from Leverkusen, The Brose Baskets Bamberg gave him a clean slate to begin from with his signing. German Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) is averaging 5,3 points and 3,4 rebounds per game. He is the biggest German talent at the moment with ex NBA player Alexander Johnson parked in front of him. However the 20 year old German can gain valuable experience learning from him. Michael Jordan had a fine debut in Dusseldorf with three points, four rebounds and nine assists and a solid game in the cup against Gottingen with 13 points and seven assists. Especially the German veterans have made Jordan feel at home. 'Demond Greene and Robert Garrett have been my biggest supporters. I know what they can do and they know what I can do. There is a mutual respect between us', explained Michael Jordan.


Both THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS and The Brose Baskets Bamberg Baskets are riding on a three game winning streak in the BBL, but Frankfurt rest at position five and The Brose Baskets Bamberg at position 10. This will be a very very interesting game not because both teams are undefeated since three weeks, but because The Brose Baskets Bamberg is starting to find their rhythm and have an extra weapon in Jordan. Frankfurt is playing very well, even without three top players. Their defense has been as fierce as a mother Lion protecting her babies the last games giving opponents nightmares. However The Brose Baskets Bamberg has a potent offense, which Frankfurt will need to annoy for 40 minutes. 'We cant let the fans influence the game and I am anticipating a strong game from center Greg Jenkins', added Pascal Roller. The duel Pascal Roller vs Michael Jordan will be worth the price of the ticket for any fan. 'I am looking forward to playing against Pascal Roller. My last memory was in Italy, where Pascal and Biella came back from 16 points and beat us(Cantu) with 1:30 minutes remaining. I hope that doesnt happen again', warned Michael Jordan. 'That comeback was a big highlight for me in Italy. We scored 46 points in that last quarter against Jordan and Cantu. Jordan knows the Bundesliga well and will be ready for us', warned Pascal Roller. Frankfurt wont only be extra motivated to win again in Brose Baskets Bamberg, but also will have a lot of added self confidence after the exciting win in Antalya.We know how good The Brose Baskets Bamberg has been the last years and respect that. 'It is always beneficial to stay close on the road. We will have to play tough and and just play our game and control the pace', warned Titus Ivory. 'We know that Frankfurt has a lot of weapons and our defense will have to play well. If we play hard, smart and together, then we will have good chances to win', said Michael Jordan. The Brose Baskets Bamberg host THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on Sunday November 16th at 17:00.


Jared Newson (196-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee-Martin)



Kedrick Brown - Now available - by Interperformances
NBA first round pick in the 2001draft (# 11 by Boston Celtics which is a guarantee) Kedrick Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) is now available to sign with a good European team. He is a very athletic small forward who will be playing more shooting guard in the future. Kedrick is endowed with unlimited athletic ability and has improved his outside shooting in the past years. He had a good season with Anaheim Arsenal in the D-League where he averaged 15,2 ppg and pulled down a very respectable 5,9 rpg for a small forward. He is ready to play.

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Interview with Jackson Vroman - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) after playing for Iowa St.(NCAA) got drafted in 2004 by Phoenix Suns (NBA,2rd(31)).In his first season in the NBA after playing 10 games for Suns and averaging 1.6ppg, 1.3rpg got traded in Jan.'05 to New Orleans Hornets where he played some very good games finishing the season with 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg. In 2006 played again for New Orleans Hornets (41 games: 1.8ppg, 2.1rpg). In the 2006-07 season he started his European career singing in Gran Canaria(Spain ACB). He had some great games in the Uleb Cup (12.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0spg) and a good season in the strongest league in Europe giving him a better contract next year in Akasvayu Girona. He had again big games in Uleb Cup( 10 games: 15.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6spg) but the payment problems in Girona made him change team during the season. He went to play for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he had his first Euroleague games (6 games: 9.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2spg). Now he is in the market looking for his next job, surely one of the top inside players available right now. Jackson Vroman spoke to eurobasket.com

Eurobasket: After two years in the NBA, having good games in New Orleans Hornets, why you decided to come and play in Europe?
Jackson Vroman: I had a tough injury in a game with the Hornets. I received a pass from Chris Paul, dunked the ball and fell off the rim breaking my wrist. I had to have surgery and it ended my season. I was an injured free agent in the summer and decided to take an offer with Gran Canaria for more money than I had made the previous season with the Hornets.

Eurobasket: Tell us about your best game in your career till now and the moment you want to forget?
Jackson Vroman: I had 17 pts against Tim Duncan when I was a rookie with the Hornets but we lost by 20. I have had two good games against Hemofarm, for some reason I always get 6 or 7 dunks against them. Winning in Madrid was a big deal for our Gran Canaria team since no one else had beat them their all year. The worst moments have been my injuries. Especially last year in Lithuania.

Eurobasket: Which league do you believe fits you better?
Jackson Vroman: I like the Spanish league the best because you know you will have two good games a week most likely where as many other countries ony get one if that.

Eurobasket: How you are available this period? What offers you rejected?
Jackson Vroman: I wanted to make sure I was 100 percent healthy before accepting an offer and that took some time but I am feeling better than ever now and working out twice a day.I didnt even consider any offers until lately but I can think of a team in Germany and more recently Zagreb in Croatia made an offer i refused. They have a good team and good coach but not quite enough money

Eurobasket: Which are your criteria for your next team?
Jackson Vroman: I want to play in a good league primarily, with a reputable coach and a fair salary.

Eurobasket: What do you want to say to the coaches who look now for a quality inside player, why they should pick you?
Jackson Vroman: I have been working non-stop all summer and Im in better shape than the majority of big men that have been with teams all year. I have improved my shooting a lot which I feel will really help elevate my game. I am ready to step in and immediately help the right team.

Eurobasket: You played with success in Akasvayu Girona now the team plays in LEB Bronze due to debts, do you believe this decision from Spanish federation was harsh?
Jackson Vroman: I think all leagues should be harsh on teams that dont have enough money to pay the players what they promise. I have heard a lot of stories about players not being paid money they earned. Spain is the best country as far as honoring their payments and I think this is why they have the best players from top to bottom.

Eurobasket: Who was your best teammate and your worst opponent?
Jackson Vroman: I have had some really good teammates I could list off 20 great guys in Europe alone that I have been fortunate to play with, I lived in Europe 6 years as a kid and I get along with the European players just as well as the Americans. My worst opponent would have to be Joventut since I have lost to them more than any other team, but I like the way they play and could see myself playing well in that system.

Eurobasket: How do you like to spent your free time?
Jackson Vroman: I am working out twice a day in Atlanta Georgia with a trainer so I usually rest during my free time but I also picked up tennis and raquetball this summer to crosstrain before i was ready for contact on the court.

Good luck to your career and thank you for the interview.

You can view here some highlights for Jackson Vroman.


Kedrick Brown - Now available - by Interperformances
NBA first round pick in the 2001draft (# 11 by Boston Celtics which is a guarantee) Kedrick Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC)own (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) is now available to sign with a good European team. He is a very athletic small forward who will be playing more shooting guard in the future. Kedrick is endowed with unlimited athletic ability and has improved his outside shooting in the past years. He had a good season with Anaheim Arsenal in the D-League where he averaged 15,2 ppg and pulled down a very respectable 5,9 rpg for a small forward. He is ready to play

Panathinaikos announced Giorgi Shermadini - by Alex Gianaris
Fresh off a big home win on Thursday, Panathinaikos Athens has registered one of the top young center prospects in the world, Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Todd Ramasar / Levan Mikeladze) for its Euroleague roster. Shermadini (216, 19) is now eligible to join the team for its next regular season game, at Asseco Prokom Sopot next week.
Giorgi Shermadini started playing basketball in January 2005, when he was 16 years old. Despite his brief playing experience, he became top international player in his age category, also ranked by DraftExpress.com in the summer of 2008. His stats on U20 European Championships 2008 all together appeared highest ever (21.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 3.7bpg, FGP 73.8%).
Shermadini has been a dominating force in his native Georgia, leading the domestic league there in points, rebounds and blocks while winning the Player of the Year award during the last three seasons. He averaged 33.5 points and 18.4 rebouns and 3.1 blocks in the Georgian League last season. He was in street clothes behind the bench on Thursday as Panathinaikos downed previously undefeated Montepaschi Siena to join a first-place tie in Group B.
'Panathinaikos is not a team that signs a player if they are not sure that he can play with them, so it's a big honor for me and also a great opportunity,' Shermadini said. 'Three years ago, when I started my career, I coudn't even imagine that I should be part of the best European team. I'll work hard to show my potential and have some playing time when coach Obradovic decides that I am ready to be on the court.'


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

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Frank Tolbert: "The fans are basically the fuel that fires us up when we need it." - by Fred Roggen
Eurobasket had the change to talk with the very talented Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) jr. This past season, he was one of the stars of the Auburn Tigers. After a somewhat hesitant start, he now begins to show his talents for the Magixx's.

You grew up in Alabama. What was your childhood like?
I had a pretty good childhood growing up. I was born in a small town called Andalusia and later moved to another small place in the country called River Falls. I was fortunate enough to have both of my parents around me that disciplined me well and taught me right from wrong. At a young age I was always walking around holding, dribbling, or playing with a basketball.

What brought you to basketball and when did you realize that this is what you want to do?
Well what brought me to basketball was my father. From what people have told me when I was growing up, he was a pretty good player in his time. So, basically I just tried to take after my father and try to be as good of a basketball player as he was. I realized that I wanted to play basketball at a very young age, like around 6 or 7. At that age, I was always trying to play with my father and the older kids whenever they played at my house, but they would always tell me that I was too small. So whenever they finished I would go out on the court and start playing by myself or with my dad.

You played college ball at Auburn University. What were your nicest memories on the Basketball court there?
Yea going to Auburn University was a real good experience and I enjoyed every minute of it from my coaches and my teammates I had the chance to get to know when I was there. But the nicest memory that I ever had at Auburn was when we beat our rival school the University of Alabama in their home gym. Before we played that game, we hadn't won in that place for long
time. I can't remember how long it had been but the feeling of going into your rivals gym and beating them on their home court is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

When did you decide that your best option was to play overseas?
I decided that it would be my best option to play overseas around the middle of June. Around that time, I had missed a lot of training time and workouts for NBA teams because I was still in school finishing up my degree. Which by the way, I do have my bachelors degree in Criminology. So at that point, I just made up my mind that I would try to play overseas and tryout for the NBA next year.

Before you arrived in Holland what was the idea of the country and about the league?
Before I arrived to Holland, I didn't know much about the country or the league. I was just excited and ready to experience something new and proud that I could continue to play ball at the professional level.

Are you pleased with the way things have gone for you and your development as a player with Matrixx Magixx this season?
I am very pleased how things are going for me as a member of the Matrixx Magixx. I think my development as a player is growing every day and every game. As I continue to work on my skills and learn from my veteran teammates I will definitely be a different and better player at the end of the season than when I first got here.

What parts of your game would you like to work on?
I work on all parts of my game so I can be a more complete player instead of being able to only do one or two things. I have been working hard on my defense and trying to become a better on the ball and off the ball defender. In college I played out of position so I was used to playing and guarding on the inside.

How does coach Schuurs tell you to go about playing the game? What does he ask from the players?
He let's me play the game like I would normally play, but if he sees me doing something wrong or there is something I need to improve on he lets me know immediately so that I can correct it. That helps for a guy like me that is new to this league and european basketball all together. As players, he just ask that we give him 100% in everything we do, whether we are practicing or if we are playing in the game.

Your recent team have devoted fans. Is their support important to you?
Their support is very important to me and I think it is for my teammates as well. When we are in a close game or we are not playing good the fans are the ones that give us the energy to want to do better because they are in the stands cheering their butts off. So, they are basically the fuel that fires us up when we need it.

You like Nijmegen?
In the beginning, I didn't because I was a little homesick and I had never been this far away from home before, but once I got over the homesickness Nijmegen is a really nice place to be in. The atmosphere is wonderful and the people here are very friendly. The weather so far hasn't been that bad but it's starting to get a little chilli so I'm going to have start wrapping up more before I go outside.

What are your goals for the season, both individually and for the team?
My main goal for this season individually is to just continue to improve every aspect of my game on offense and defense and if I were fortunate enough to get something at the end of the season I would be honored, but if not that would not determine if I have improved my game while I was over here playing. As far as the team goes, we haven't really discussed many team goals yet but I do know that everybody on our team wants to win and hopefully that will show every time we step out on the floor to play.

Thanks Frank for taking the time to do this interview and wish you all the best this season.


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KR still winning. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
KR is still winning but last night they had hard time to get the win. Too many players came to the game as it was already won but Stjarnan did play very well in beginning and had 5 point lead at half time 49-44. Stjarnan leading by 12 in late second quarter but good pressure defense and 2 steals from Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Birmingham Souther) and good baskets from Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Sigurdarson got them into the game before halftime.
Game was tight after third quarter 68-68 Two freethrows from Jon Stefansson and another two and a three pointer from Jakob Sigurdarson late in the game secure KR win.As in many games this season Stjarnan could not finish the game strong enough and final score was 90-81
Leading scorers for Stjarnan. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, agency: IceBasket) 25 + 13 rebs.
For KR. Jakob Sigurdarson 21. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) 16. Helgi Magnusson 16


FSU vs. Breidablik. Grindavik vs.Keflavik - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
7th round in Iceland Express League started last night with 3 games. After close first half 45-42 at halftime FSU got away from Breidablik and won 90-76
Saevar Sigmundsson scored 23 pts for FSU but player of the game was Bjorgvin Valentinusson (202-F/C-89) who had 22 pts in only 21 minute including 2/2 in 2-p and 6/9 in threes.
Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, agency: IceBasket, college: Pfeiffer) had 20 pts for Breidablik.
Grindavik where lucky to come out with a 80-79 win against Keflavik. After very good first quarter 23-8 team thought the game was over. But the game is 40 minutes.
Brenton Birmingham 19 + 13 rebs and Pall Kristinsson 17+ 10 rebs where the best players for Grindavik. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) 21 & Sverrir Sverrisson 17 for Keflavik.


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Riyadi 2-0 in the Hariri Tournament - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Day 3 of the 18th Hariri International Tournament saw 3 games , The first one joined Sila from Morocco against Al Riyadi from Jordan , the Moroccan team managed to impose its rhythm on the game from its first minutes and easily scored its first win in the Tournament on the score of 96-69 , on the other hand Al Riyadi from Jordan suffered its second consecutive loss after loosing in their first game against Blue Stars from Lebanon.
Hakim Zouyita led Sila with 18pts and Houssam Lotfi had 22 for Al Riyadi from Jordan .

In the second game Al Riyadi Beirut the champion of the past 4 years recorded its second win in the tournament , this time the victim was Antranik Beirut , Riyadi dominated from the first minute of the game and cruised to an easy win on the score of 108-86 . Antranik whos still testing Foreign player sto finalize its roster , had a new player in this game ,Fadi El Khatib led the scorers with 28points Mike Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) the post player of Antranik had a huge game with 27points and 24rebounds .

In the last game f the day Mouharaq from Bahrain won against Al Hilal from KSA , the two teams who lost their first games had a big motivation to score their first win , the first quarter saw an equal tempo , but starting the second quarter the team from Bahrain had a better rhythm on the court which gave them the lead till the end and managed them to have their first win on the score of 86-66.


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Transactions - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
Robertas Bitinas (184-G-84) has signed with Slovakian team Chemosvit. Last year he has played for the Harstad team in Norway. He was one of best players in his team with 17.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3PT-1(50.0%), FT-2(87.0%).
Former Lithuanian NT player Andrius Giedraitis (196-F-73) has signed for Lithuanian second division team Rudupis Prienu.
Former Lithunian U-20 NT Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87, agency: Interperformances) has signed for Lithuanian second division team Perlas Vilnius.


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The Majic is Back in the D' League - by Eurobasket
So, have you heard of the 'best point guard not in the NBA?' No? Well, let Nitro introduce you. His name is Daryl Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: S.Indiana) but you can shorten it to Majic, that's all you need to know, period. Oh, I forgot to mention he's serious to the tune of almost 12 thousand shots, nearly ten pounds of muscle gained, 4.4 forty speed in the last few months of this summer. All of which was accomplished under the tutelage of Jon Davis of Davis Training System in Orlando, Florida.

To put it plainly, the Majic one has simplified his approach (which is something we all could do) to include a heavy dose of hoops and a renewed focus on dedicating his 'life more to the lord' and his family. Super quick, passionate and with a basketball resume that screams 'I'm ready!!', it leaves one to wonder what's taking the NBA sooo long? Stan Van Gundy, are you listening?

He tore Florida a new....as a prep standout playing with NBA'ers Jarret Jack and Amar'e Stoudamire and averaging 35 and in one game dropping 72...72. Majic was the Florida JUCO player of the year in 2003 scoring billions, dropping dimes, leading the Florida JUCO ranks in scoring (28 per game) earning rank by the Sporting News as the best PG in the nation at that time. Slam Magazine also listed the Majic man as their best JUCO player of the same year. The All American is focussed and ready more than ever on taking the next step.

Since leaving the JUCO defenses in tatters he's been on quite an adventure as awaits his NBA turn. Not many folks in and out of pro sports can claim their own personal fan base but the Majic one has exactly that, a following of his own in the most unlikely of places, Mexico. He's torched the LNBP, Mexico's Premiere Division and one of the most competitive in all of the Americas, for the past few season's playing with the Maya's of Merida where he was the basketball mayor of Merida. (Check the video out here.) He averaged 34 in his first year with Merida and was showered with promises of big money to return south of the border. Dorsey was also more than just a blip on the European Hoops scene receiving offers in the 'mucho' dollars range. Majic said, 'Thanks but no gracias' to all the clubs in Mexico, Venezuela and Europe instead choosing to stay closer to the NBA circle of coaches, connections and his family. A smart choice.

Making Majic in Mexico was Doresey's speciality and it caught the eye of Phoenix's and L.A.'s D league squads where he had a chance to play and ultimately left his stamp on the D that season averaging 13 points and 5 dimes while shooting 87% from the line. Majic must have liked Latin American food because he moved further south to Venezuela's LBP after his D league stint where he averaged 28 and 7 before attracting even more D league attention This time it was the Phoenix Suns and their D league affiliate the Albuquerque Thunderbirds where he played 16 games as the point man leading the T-birds to a 10-6 record last season.

Dorsey's the only player in WBA history to be invited to the NBA Pre Draft Camp in '05 where he lead his team to a 4-0 record. He's done the And 1 thing, he's an ABA Rookie of the Year, a WBA Champion, a scoring leader, (JUCO and pro) he's got a copy written move called 'Da Majic Tornado' which is on some kids Play Station in Montana. The one thing missing on Majic's basketball adventure is of course a visit the NBA land, which if all goes well will happen in the very near future.

Majic is a patient and focussed man. I know this because his journey to the summit of the basketball world continues on, with his family and his faith as his co-pilot, despite a long wait and longer odds. He also waited, patiently, for more than a few days for EN FUEGO to get it's act together and get this article up, so thanks Majic and good luck. Dorsey should be in Albuquerque by now (he was supposed to ship out on the 9th) prepping for his D League season opener on currently in New Mexico prepping for the the D' League season opener with the Albuquerque T-Birds on November 28th against the Colorado 14ers.


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NBA Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mavericks - Bulls 91-98
Ben Gordon led Chicago Bulls to fourth victory of the season draining fantastic 35 points. Luol Deng also was great for the Bulls netting 20 points and grabbing 9 boards. Dallas Mavericks got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Josh Howard, dropping on 2-6.

Pistons - Warriors 107-102
Detroit Pistons made it in Oakland vs Golden State Warriors mostly owing to Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton, which combined 47 points, 11 boards and 16 assists. Rasheed Wallace followed them adding 19 points and 11 rebs. Andris Biedrins and C.J. Watson had 17 points each for the Warriors. Actually Biedrins grabbed 19 more rebounds tonight. The Pistons moved up on 6-2 while the Warriors slipped on 3-6.

Nuggets - Cavaliers 99-110
Cleveland Cavaliers was better than Denver Nuggets in Quicken Loans Arena jumping on 7-2 record. Maurice Williams scored 24 points and dished out 6 assists for the Cavs while LeBron James was really close to triple-double. He spent 38 minutes on the court collecting 22 points, 8 boards and 11 assists. Chauncey Billups had 26 points and 6 assists for the Nuggets, which now have 4-4.



NBA suspends Nash, Alston, Barnes for roles in scuffle and Barbosa leaves team after his mom dies - by Bruno Baltazar
The NBA has suspended Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) and Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) of Phoenix and Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) of Houston for their roles in a fight.
Alston and Barnes were suspended for two games without pay and Nash for one. The league also fined
Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) $35,000 and Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) $25,000 on Friday for their actions during the Rockets' 94-82 win in Phoenix on Wednesday.
The incident occurred with 27.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Barnes knocked back Alston with his shoulder late in the third quarter, and Alston charged him. Nash ran in and was pushed back by McGrady, who was shoved down by O'Neal.
Nash was cited for 'escalating the altercation.' He and Barnes will miss Friday's game at Sacramento, and Barnes will sit Sunday against Detroit. Alston will miss games Friday against San Antonio and Saturday against New Orleans.

And Phoenix Suns guard Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) returned to Brazil after his mother died. He flew to his hometown of Sao Paulo late Thursday after learning of the death of his mother, Ivete Barbosa. Team officials are not sure when Barbosa will return.
His mother had been ill, and he missed two weeks of training camp because she was hospitalized.


Bulls sign veteran guard Lindsey Hunter - by Bruno Baltazar
The Chicago Bulls signed veteran point guard Lindsey Hunter (6'2''-G-70, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.).
With a Bulls' backcourt thinned by injuries, the 37-year-old Hunter brings 15 years of experience to the team. He played 24 games for Detroit last season.
Guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) could be out for three months after thumb surgery.
Top draft pick Derrick Rose missed practice Wednesday because of back spasms but is expected to play against the Mavericks.
Hunter has averaged 8.8 points and 39-percent shooting in his career. He's also played with Milwaukee, Toronto and the Los Angeles Lakers.
He won NBA titles with the Pistons in 2004 and the Lakers in 2002.


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RP NATIONAL TEAM - by Benny Lirio

RP coach: Yeng Guiao


1. Ranidel de Ocampo 6'6 F TEAM - AIR 21
2. JayJay Helterbrand 6'0 G GINEBRA
3. Gabe Norwood 6'5 GF RAIN OR SHINE
4. Mick Pennisi, 6'9 FC SAN MIGUEL
5. Kerby Raymundo 6'6 F PUREFOODS
6. James Yap 6'2 F PUREFOODS
7. Asi Taulava. 6'10 C COCA COLA
8. Cyrus Baguio, 6'0 G RED BULL
9. Jared Dilinger, 6'5 G TALK N' TEXT
10. Arwind Santos 6'4 GF AIR 21
11. Ryan Reyes 6'0 G STA LUCIA
12. Sonny Thoss 6'8 CF ALASKA
13. Kelly Williams 6'6 GF STA LUCIA
14. Wilie Miller 6'0 G ALASKA
15. Japeth Aguilar (206-F/C)*** 6'10 F /Reserved - WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY USA



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American player Chad Barnes, formally of Gornik Walbryzych, gets a bad reputation without reason - by Eurobasket
As the financial situation for Polish basketball leagues is a growing problem, many teams have ended contracts with foreign players in an effort to save funds for this season.
Last week, Gornik Walbryzych had an amicable break with American player Chad Barnes (191-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: New Orleans) due to financial difficulties within the league. While many foreign players in Europe are dismissed for poor conduct such as not coming to practice, drinking, and poor performance etc. this was not the case with Chad Barnes. According to the teams general manager Barnes was always a respectful, diligent and talented player and an asset to the team. The problem was simply financial.
Now as Barnes looks for placement elsewhere, he is finding that he is being grouped with other foreign players who were fired for misconduct. A Romanian team, Bcmus Arges Pitesti, in Romania was set to bring Barnes in for a try-out in the next few days. An anonymous call to coach Kusmuk Bojan, with untrue negative rumors about Barnes caused Coach Kusmuk Bojan to retract his offer and look elsewhere for a guard.
A frustrated Barnes commented, I came here because I want to play basketball, and I want to win. There was an understanding between myself and Gornik that I was being let go for financial reasons and that I had done a good job while I was on the team. I dont know who is saying these negative comments or why, but I just want to play basketball, and win. Period.
The source of the untrue negative rumors is unknown, but its well understood in the league, that Barnes is a talented and respectful player and that basketball is his number one priority. The only question that remains is, was this a matter of discrimination of race, ethnicity, or for someone elses personal gain?

Posted by VZ Comunicaciones venecom@live.com


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  PORTUGAL   


Brown is the new add by Benfica - by Luis Rocha
After the depart of Louis Truscott (199-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston), Benfica needeed a tal guy to play inside the paint. They search the market and found Raheim Brown (208-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Atlantic).Brown is a grest power forward (4) has a lot of experience in other countries than the States. Hes a very inteligent guy, who passes the ball well, great worker, has tremendous athletic abilities, loves to slash between the defenders and finish with dunks, but can still improve some more in defense. Can be the guy Benfica is in need, and if hes adapatation to the country and team runs well, the club will be the stronger contender to the title.

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  RUSSIA   


Kedrick Brown - Now available - by Interperformances
NBA first round pick in the 2001draft (# 11 by Boston Celtics which is a guarantee) Kedrick Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) is now available to sign with a good European team. He is a very athletic small forward who will be playing more shooting guard in the future. Kedrick is endowed with unlimited athletic ability and has improved his outside shooting in the past years. He had a good season with Anaheim Arsenal in the D-League where he averaged 15,2 ppg and pulled down a very respectable 5,9 rpg for a small forward. He is ready to play.

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  SERBIA   


Slobodan Ljubotina in Vojvodina Srbijagas - by Zoran Popovic
Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) is new player of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. Ljubotina started this season in Base Oostende, but after bad results on the start of the season 0-3 and released head coach Vladimir Vukojicic, management of Base Oostende decided to release him to. For Oostende Ljubotina scored on the first three games average 5.3 points, 1.0 rebounds in Belgium national Championship. Before Base Oostende Slobodan Ljubotina played for PGE Turow Zgorzelec, Spartak Sinalko, Mega Ishrana and Olimpija Ljubljana.

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  SLOVENIA   


Zagorje inks Bajramlic, Markovic waived by Kolin - by Zeljko Zule

Zagorje inked their former member Sanel Bajramlic (198-F-85) ex Helios. He played just 1 game in UPC League (11 minutes, 6 points, 2P 0-1, 3P 2-4, 1 assist) and 1 game in NLB Adriatic League (3 minutes, 1 rebound).
Marko Markovic (197-G/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) was waived by Czech team Kolin. He averaged 8,2 points, 1,8 points (2P 2-5, 3P 0-1, FT 3-7), 0,5 rebounds, 0,5 assists and 0,5 blocks in just 4 gamed of Mattoni NBL League.

Aljaz Medved (-89) of Kraski zidar Jadran (B-1) will be sidelined at least two months due a knee injury.



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KBL Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - KT&G Kites 98-95
KCC Egis won the opener of Round 5 however had difficulties over KT&G Kites 98:95. Brand Micah collected massive 32 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists. Chandler Marquin posted 35 in defeat as Warner Calvin scored 26 points and made 13 boards.

Orions - KTF M.Wings 91-107
Orions sensationally lost to KTF M.Wings 91:107 as the latter registered the first win in the league. Six players reached double digits as Song Young-Jin paced all of them with 23 points. Daniels Chris ended up with 30 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Mobis Phoebus - Samsung Th. 80-73
Mobis Phoebus overcame Samsung 80:73 as Blankson Odartey top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Leather Terrence collected 30 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.

LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 72-90
White Wendell paced Dongbu Promy over LG Sakers with 20 points in a 90:72 win. Crump Brandon posted 17 for the hosts and Johnson Ivan nailed 12 points.

ET Land B.Sl. - SK Knights 99-92
Powell Carlos was unstoppable with 44 points and 8 rebounds for ET Land over SK Knights 99:92. Chyung Bong-Kun followed him with 18 points and Jung Young-Sam scored 15. Shannon Terrence ended up with 28 points in the losing effort.

Orions - Samsung Th. 93-89
Orions beat Samsung Thunders tonight 93:89. Leather Terrence top-scored for the winners with 36 points and 10 boards. Daniels Chris collected 21 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Mobis Phoebus - KT&G Kites 89-75
Mobis Phoebus handed KT&G Kites the third 89:75 loss and sent them ao 3-3 record. Blankson Odartey led the winners with 20 points and Dunston Bryant nailed 17. Chandler Marquin poured in 31 points for the guests.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Champion of Champions Tournament starts tomorrow - by Don Farrell

Reigning Men's and Women's champions Shak Attack and Courts Horizon will defend their titles this year in the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) Champion of Champions Tournament, which tips off tomorrow with a triple-header at Maloney.

But neither of these teams will kick-start the $300,000 competition, whose major sponsor is the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).

Action in the tournament gets underway from 2 p.m. when Star Seekers, Tobago zonal winners for the last five years, challenge Maloney Pacers, East Zone champions for the past five years, in Group A of the Women's draw, while STAFF, third in the East, will tackle Defence Force, who dethroned North Zone champions Horizons in the last competition in Group B.

And the first Men's match-up will be the highlight of tomorrow evening when Courts Hill Bouncers attempt to out-point Maloney Pacers, perennial East Zone champs, who will have home advantage.

Eight teams-the top two from the North, South and East zones, as well as the winning teams from the South West and Tobago-will play in two groups in the Men's competition, while the Women's category took the top two teams from the East, North and Tobago zones for a total of six.

Along with Shak Attack, Hill Bouncers and Pacers, the Men's competition will include 2006-2007 South Zone winners Petro Jazz, 2008 South Zone champs Marabella Raptors, 2008 East Zone champs Valencia Heat, South West table-toppers TRINMAR Marines and North Zone runners-up Defence Force.

Among the Women, Horizons, Star Seekers, Pacers, STAFF and Defence Force will be joined by Brian Chase Academy as they compete to become the country's best female squad.

And the prize money has increased this year.

The champion Men's squad will receive the winners' cheque of $30,000, up from $20,000, while the runners-up receive $20,000 and the third-placed team will be awarded $15,000.

On the Women's side, the winners walk away with $20,000, the second-placed team earn $15,000 and $10,000 for the third-place team.

Gordon Felix, head coach of Shak Attack, predicted his team would continue at the helm of the national competition.

'We are happy to be in front and we intend to stay in front,' he said.

NBFTT president Earl John said the sport was grateful for the subvention of SPORTT, but said his organisation was aware of the need to help themselves.

'SPORTT has provided the funding for this competition but we also need to become self-suffcicient, attract other sponsors and raise funds so our dependence on SPORTT becomes less,' said John.

The Champion of Champions Tournament will climax with a NBFTT gala dinner and awards ceremony on January 10.

John also stated that the core of the national senior team for next year's Caribbean Basketball Championships in July will be selected from the players in this tournament and there is a possibility that there will be an incentive for the winners of the competition to go on a tour of Venezuela to play their championship team.

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Market News in Turkish Basketball League (TBL) - by Baha Kurtulus

All the below info have now officially been announced by Besiktas Cola Turka and Mersin BSB.

Besiktas Cola Turka has also released Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) (2007-2008: Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 14.0ppg, 6.7rpg, Italian League: 34 games: 13.6ppg, 7.6rpg) after Jovo Stanocevic who moved to BC Kyiv.

Mersin Buyuk Sehir Belediyesi has released Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina) . Wallace was pick by the Boston Celtics during the 2007 NBA Draft and moved to Utah Flash (D-League): 6 games: 12.5ppg, 9.2rpg, January 2008 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League): 3 games: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg,and than Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League): 22 games: 7.9ppg, 6.4rpg.



Robert "Tractor" Traylor signed in Turkey - by Eurobasket
A real NBA talent and star Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, agency: EM-PA, college: Michigan) signed in Turkey for Kepez Belediyesi Spor Kulubu... Tractor played 438 official games in NBA and he may be the most games played player who comes to Turkey... Tractor's agent in Turkey, Mr. Murat Asik ( http://www.eurobasket.com/agent.asp?AgentName=Asik%20Murat ) told that Tractor has many offers from Europe but he prefers Turkey because Kepez Belediyesi is the most serious team who wants to sign with him... Tractor came to Turkey 2 weeks ago, he has still some more weights but he will become 100% in shape in 2 weeks... Mr. Murat Asik added also that if Tractor plays a full season in Turkey, many Euroleague and even NBA teams make huge offers for him... Tractor's family will come and visit Turkey in december as well... Tractor said that this is a new experience for him... There are many famous players in Turkey and it will be good to play against them...

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Peltier/Jackson in Juco action - by David Edole
The Vikings had no answer defensively for Missouri State-West Plains as it dropped its home opener.
The Grizzlies (3-3) got 18 points from Devon Peltier (178-G), one of five players in double figures.
CASC (1-2) was able to cut its deficit to 73-64 with just under 5 minutes left in the game, but West Plains Logan Nutt hit a 3-pointer just as the shot clock buzzer sounded to push the Grizzlies lead back to double digits.
We couldnt get a stop all day, CASC coach Mike St. John said. I thought a big point was when they hit the three as the shot clock was about to go and we had him guarded pretty well.
The Vikings were able to trim the West Plains lead to seven on three separate occasions in the second half but could not find an answer for post man Chris Williams. The 6-foot-7 freshman scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

JACKSON drops in 12
The Palm Beach Men's basketball team defeated Manatee Community College last evening in Elisabeth Erling gym 80-75. Jervan Jackson (196-F/G) came off the bench to collect 12 points. The win moves the PBCC Panthers record to 3-1 on the season. PBCC will next take on Florida Community College @ Jacksonville in a 4pm start on Saturday November 15 in Elisabeth Erling gymnasium.

MURRAY WINS EXHIBITION
The Murray State Racers tuned up for the 2008-09 season Tuesday with an 82-45 win over Bethel College at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky.
The Racers placed 11 different players in the scoring column led by 13 points and seven rebounds from Ivan Aska.
We had a solid performance and we played a lot of people, Murray State Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. I was pleased with the outcome, obviously we have some areas that we can improve in.
The exhibition contest leads the Racers into their season opener against Lyon College at the RSEC Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Racers started the contest on a 10-0 run in the first 5:30 of the game
Kennedy was pleased with the play of newcomers Ivan Aska, Jeffery McClain, and Isaac Miles.
I thought all three did something good, none of them played poorly, Kennedy said. Jeff did some good things once he settled down. Ivan rebounded well and was a threat around the basket, and Isacc played well after he figured out the pace of the game and hell shoot the ball better.


*** 2008 Paradise Jam *** SCHEDULE/ - by David Edole
*** 2008 Paradise Jam ***
(All Times Eastern)
Check out the daily video blogs from the Virgin Islands as we get ready to kickoff the '08-'09 NCAA basketball season with the Paradise Jam!

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From The Sports Network


Opening Round - Friday, November 21st
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Southern Miss vs. Miami-Florida, 3 p.m.

San Diego vs. Valparaiso, 5:30 p.m.

La Salle vs. Connecticut, 8 p.m.

Iona vs. Wisconsin, 10:30 p.m.

Semifinal Round - Saturday, November 22nd
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Southern Miss/Miami-Florida loser vs. LaSalle/Connecticut loser, 8 p.m.

San Diego/Valparaiso loser vs. Iona/Wisconsin loser, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 23rd
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Southern Miss/Miami-Florida winner vs. LaSalle/Connecticut winner, 8 p.m.

San Diego/Valparaiso winner vs. Iona/Wisconsin winner, 10:30 p.m.

Championship Round - Monday, November 24th
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7th/8th Place Game, 3 p.m.

4th/6th Place Game, 5:30 p.m.

3rd/5th Place Game, 8 p.m.

Championship Game, 10:30 p.m.

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Year Champion Runner-up Score MVP
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2007 Baylor Winthrop 62-54 Curtis Jerrells, Baylor
2006 Alabama Xavier 63-56 Alonzo Gee, Alabama
2005 Wisconsin Old Dominion 84-81 Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
2004 Arkansas Eastern Michigan 82-64 Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas
2003 Boston College Wichita State 84-81 Craig Smith, Boston College
2002 B-Y-U St. Bonaventure 66-57 Marques Green, St Bonnies
2001 Miami-Florida Clemson 67-65 John Salmons, Miami-Florida


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UBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy - BC Odessa 77-63
Cherkasy did not allow BC Odessa to tie them at the top and beat them 77:63. Dragoljovic Vladislav and Koljevic Ivan combined 46 points for the winners. Podolyan Vladyslav top-scored for Odessa with 15 points.

Budivelnyk - Gryfony 69-67
Budivelnyk sent Gryfony to 1-10 after 69:67 in Kiev. DeGroat John paced all the winners with 22 points and Zimmerman Derrick had 16. Petrovski Jane produced 19 points in the losing effort.

DniproAzot - Ferro-ZNTU 88-104
Ferro-ZNTU overcame DniproAzot in Round 13 of UBL away from home. Ikovlev Denis top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Balashov Stanislav and Fontenet Jason netted 19 each. Allen Jerel shined in defeat with 22 points.

Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro 71-77
Dnipro posted an improtant victory over Kryvbasbasket in Kryviy Rig. Beverley Patrick led the winners with 22 points, whilst Korablev Dmitri netted 13 in defeat. Both teams are now with 8-4 record sharing the second position with BC Odessa.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Heat Re-sign EJ - by Andy Webb
Guildford Heat are delighted to announce the return of double-winning point guard Elmer J. Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) (BBL Trophy and BBL Playoff Championship) ahead of the road game at Leicester Riders this Saturday and the two- leg BBL Cup semi-final against Plymouth Raiders later this month.

EJ will replace Brad Jones, who has left the Heat by mutual consent.

Harrison played a central role in securing the Heat's domestic success last season, capturing the coveted MVP award for his stunning performance in the BBL Trophy Final against Newcastle Eagles and featuring heavily in the team's victorious march to the BBL Playoff Championship crown.

The 6'1' point guard, who was born in Danbury, Connecticut on June 22, 1976, played at Western Connecticut State University for two seasons before transferring to UCONN, where he was a member of the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team that won the 1998-1999 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament, one of the biggest single game finals on the American sporting calendar and arguably the second biggest after the Super Bowl.

EJ will bring an element of experience to Paul James' young roster. The Danbury native first played in England in the 1999-2000 season with the Teeside Mohawks before returning to the US the following year. But the lure of the North-East was too strong to ignore, and Harrison was back with the Mohawks from 2001- 2004 before moving south to the Reading Rockets of the EBL 1 (2004-2006). EJ spent one final year with the Mohawks (now the Tees Valley Mohawks) in 2007 before signing with the Heat.

EJ's strong on court presence, his ability to lead from the front, and his excellent all-round vision will add firepower to the Surrey side as they attempt to move up the league table and vie with Plymouth Raiders for a spot in the prestigious BBL Cup Final against either Newcastle Eagles or Everton Tigers.

Commenting on the signing, Guildford Heat Head Coach, Paul James, said: 'whilst it's a shame we had to loose Brad Jones, I believe that getting EJ back controlling and running the show on court is a great boost for the team. EJ was fantastic for us last season and in the big games just immense. His leadership and all round quality is just what the team needs right now and it's great to have him back'.


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  VENEZUELA   


Coach Wolfgang Lucena with the new generations - by Carlos Santander

Coach Wolfgang Lucena has been dedicated countless hours to get improving the new generation of basketball players. In Venezuela, coach Lucena is part of few basketball organizations where he puts many hours along with other basketball coaches as Silverio Leal, Luis Teran, Giovanni Fraino, Johnny Rodriguez, Alberto Jimenez to have youth basketball players get better as students and athletes. In the United States of America, coach Lucena has the opportunity to help international and local players to joint high School, College and Universities because their sports skills.
2008-2009 NCAA and high School basketball season is about to start, many colleges, high school and universities should be grateful for Coach Wolfgang Lucena's help. Institutions as; Eastern Oklahoma State College, North Easter Oklahoma A&M College, Florida International University, Dowling College, Cisco College, New Mexico Junior College, Odessa College, Patterson School, St Benedict's Prep, Our Savior New American School, Miles Community College, are witness of this.
So far students-athletes as; Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina), David Cubillan (183-G-87), Mirna Araujo (183-F-87), Yesi Castillo (175-F, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Eilyn Flores (186-C-83), Gerardo Suero (Dominican Republic), Ranier Moquete (Dominican Republic), Tulio Cobos (197-C-86), Enrique Cova (190-G-88),Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Jorge Parra (206-C-84), Roselis Silva (-G-90), Heberto Guanipa (202-C-90), Elvis Baez, Gustavo Leon, Jonathan Sanchez, Christopher Torralva, Carlos Berroteran (202-C-89), Alejandro Flores (202-F-81college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Hector Aguilar, Jose Rafael Gonzalez, Rostin Gonzalez (-F-90), Angel Castro (Dominican Republic), Baron Perez (Dominican Republic/USA), Michelle Gonzalez (Puerto Rico), Maria Prochascua (Argentina) can see their dreams came true, thanks to coach Wolfgang Lucena.
This November of 2008, coach Wolfgang Lucena will be meeting at North Carolina with Julio Subero president of FIBA AMERICAS, Osiris Duquela (Dominican Republic Basketball), Pedro Pablo Perez (Dominican Republic and USA Basketball), and Gustavo Leon. All of them are coming along to USA to support coach Lucena to make his youth athletes helping activity stronger for the near future.

'Education is one of my strongest motivations to do what I do. To accomplish this, our young people must accept and enjoy the level of play of their current skills. They must love the game and want to work hard at practice and study more.' Coach Wolfgang Lucena



LNB 2008 Semifinals - Matchday 2: Duros and Caciques, one game shy of the Finals - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara defeated Estudiantes de Guarico in Gameday 1 of the LNB 2008 Semifinals while playing at a temporary home, the UCLA dome. Meanwhile, Caciques de Trujillo surprised Centauros de Apure as visitors and took a huge first step towards advancing to their first ever LNB Finals.


SCOREBOARDS


SEMIFINALS (Duros leads 2-0)


Duros de Lara 98 - Estudiantes de Guarico 72 (Thu)

UCLA Dome - Barquisimeto, Lara


Quarter by quarter

DUR: 20-28-21-29= 98

EST: 21-13-17-21= 72


Scorers

DUR: Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 17 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 13 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 11 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 10 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 9 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 9 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 9 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 8 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 5 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 3 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 2 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 2 points

EST: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 21 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 16 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 11 points, Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) 10 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 6 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 4 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 2 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 2 points, Carlos Guatache (192-G/F-85) 0 points, , Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 0 points, Vladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 0 points, Alejandro Omana (188-G-86) 0 points

SEMIFINALS (Caciques leads 2-0)


Caciques de Trujillo 91 - Centauros de Apure 86 (Thu)

Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure


Quarter by quarter

APU: 20-24-17-25= 86

CAC: 25-22-27-17= 91


Scorers

APU: Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 23 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 15 points

CAC: Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 19 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 17 points





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Women News

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  BOSNIA - Women  


Ravenna celebrate the third win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Ravenna - Zeljeznicar 94:51

Greek Ravenna claimed the third win in the EuroCup preliminary action yesterday. They defeated Zeljeznicar at home and stayed at the second spot in Group I. Zeljeznicar meanwhile remain winless at 0-4 record. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) secured 22 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the hosts. Jackie McFarland (191-F-85, college: Colorado) came up with 19 points in the win. Sasa Cado (170-G-89) responded with 12 points for the Bosnian team.
Ravenna got to an outstanding start as they fired 20 unanswered points at the beginning of the encounter. The hosts piled up a massive 33:12 advantage at the first break. The home team never stopped in the second frame and stretched the margin to 53:28 at halftime. Ravenna continued onslaught after the long break. They tipped off the third quarter on an 11:0 rally to deepen the margin. Ravenna entered the fourth quarter leading by insurmountable 46 points. They cruised to the third win in the tournament in the latter stages.
Ravenna will next play against Lavezzini in Italy. Zeljeznicar will try to post the initial win in the competition when they face Cesis at home court in the next round.

Ravenna: Dimitra Kalentzou 22, Jackie McFarland 19, Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) 12, Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) 12
Zeljeznicar: Sasa Cado 12, Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) 11


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Elitzur Ramla maintain perfect record in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Dunav 80:70

Elitzur Ramla stayed undefeated in the EuroCup preliminary round as they held off Dunav at home yesterday. It was the fourth straight win for Elitzur as they remained on top of Group C. Dunav continued their fall as they lost the fourth game in a row.
There were several lead changes early in the game before the hosts went on a 12:1 rally and piled up a 30:20 lead at the first break. Elitzur Ramla maintained the gap well and drove to a 47:36 advantage at halftime. Dunav did not threaten the margin in the third quarter and Elitzur Ramla entered the fourth term ahead by 15 points. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee), Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) and Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the fourth quarter and the hosts cruised to the win in the reminder of the contest.
Nicky Anosike scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Elitzur. Tan White contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) answered with 17 points for Dunav. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) finished with 14 points in the loss.
Elitzur Ramla outrebounded their opponents 50:37 and forced those to 22 turnovers. Both teams struggled from the field as the hosts sank 40%, while Dunav converted 39% of their attempts.
Ramla will next take on Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. Dunav will try to avoid the fifth straight loss in the game against Crvena Zvezda at home.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 27+11 boards, Tan White 15, Katya Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 12
Dunav: Zornitza Kostova 17, Danielle Page 14


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San Jose leave Ragusa winless - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Ragusa 71:66

Spanish San Jose earned the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday San Jose defeated Ragusa in Leon and improved at 3-1 record in Group E. The Croatian team was left winless at 0-4 record. San Jose had to overcome a sloppy start to deliver the winning result. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) answered with 18 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Matic and Jennifer Harris teamed up for 13 points in the opening period and Ragusa piled up a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Arguello nailed 5 points for San Jose early in the second quarter and then Eshaya Murphy contributed 4 more as the hosts came as close as 2 points from Ragusa. However Matic and Jennifer Harris remained on fire as they kept the visitors in the drivers seat. Matea Vrdoljak and Jennifer Harris closed the half with back-to-back baskets and Ragusa led 41:38 at the interval. The heated battle continued in the third quarter. The lead changed hands for a couple of times and Eshaya Murphy scored two free throws to crown the third frame with San Jose leading by 2 points 58:56. Eshaya Murphy and Maria Pina (187-F-87) extended the advantage to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. Perica and Dubelj answered for Ragusa to narrow the distance. But San Jose found the heroes in Neda Djuric (173-G-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island) and Lucila Pascua. They notched key three-pointers that gave the hosts a decisive 5-point lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Ragusa failed to answer and had to surrender at the end.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 20, Lucila Pascua 16, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) 9, Neda Djuric 9
Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 18, Jennifer Harris 14


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Taranto overwhelm AEL at home - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - AEL 77:60

Italian Taranto scored the third win in the EuroCup campaign. They defeated AEL in Taranto to climb at 3-1 record in Group F. AEL remained at the second spot despite loss as it was the second loss in four games for the outfit. AEL jumped ahead early in the game as Stoenescu and Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) combined for 9 points in the opening 4 minutes. But Taranto quickly rebounded and Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.), Michelle Greco (176-G-80) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) gave the hosts a 24:17 lead at the first break. Monica Bello (170-G-78) and Flavia Prado (192-C-79) stretched the margin to 12 points early in the second quarter. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame and rolled to a 37:28 advantage at halftime. AEL did not come any closer to the hosts in the third frame and trailed by 12 points before the fourth quarter. Michelle Greco, Elodie Godin, Megan Mahoney and Monica Bello all scored in a 10:2 run from the hosts at the start of the fourth quarter. The hosts piled up a 20-point lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable victory at the end.
Megan Mahoney finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Taranto. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Elodie Godin nailed 11 points in the win. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) and Azra Becirovic had 12 points each in the loss.
Taranto will next play against Gospic on the road. AEL will host Gran Canaria.

Taranto: Megan Mahoney 23, Suzy Batkovic 17, Elodie Godin 11
AEL: Jelena Velinovic 12, Azra Becirovic 12


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Trutnov upset Arvi in Marijampole - by Eurobasket News
Arvi - Trutnov 52:60

Trutnov shot down Arvi in Lithuania to grab the third win in their EuroCup campaign. It was important game for both teams as Arvi had a chance to catch up with Trutnov, while the Czech team looked to increase their lead over Arvi in Group H. Trutnov succeeded as Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Darina Misurova (163-G-81) contributed 13 points for the winning team. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) had 13 points and 12 boards for Arvi in the loss. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) delivered 11 points as Arvi fell at 1-3 record.
Rickeviciute, Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) put Arvi ahead by 9 points in the starting frame. Katerina Krizova capped the period with a jumper and Trutnov trailed 9:16 heading into the next frame. The hosts kept their opponents at arms length in the second term and accumulated a 30:22 lead at the interval. Darina Misurova stepped up for Trutnov with 8 points in the third stanza as the Czech team surged ahead. They closed the stanza on a 13:2 rally and enjoyed a 41:40 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) opened the final term with a three-pointer to enlarge the distance to 4 points. Nevertheless Arvi were not about to fold. They scored 6 points in a row and regained the lead at 46:44. The teams traded baskets for some time before Kamila Stepanova and Hindrakova netted 7 points for Trutnov and made it 56:49 for the visitors. Later Kamila Stepanova and Hindrakova were deadly from the free throw line and ensured the winning outcome for the Czech side.

Arvi: Laima Rickeviciute 13+12 boards, Tetyana Shchypakina 11
Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 15, Darina Misurova 13, Kamila Stepanova 11


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  FRANCE - Women  


UMMC is perfect with 5-0 after the trip to France - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut Basket-UMMC Ekaterinburg 65:85

UMMC Ekaterinburg forced the fifth victory in EuroLeague Women Group C on Thursday. Union Hainaut Basket tried hard in the first half but could do nothing in the second. UMMC Ekaterinburg produced 85:65 victory sending the hosts to 2-3 record. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 23 points. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) netted 14, while Jones and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) had 10 each. Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, while Sabrina Palie (177-G-81) added 14. New signing Maria Stepanova, Russia's most famous player joined last week from her long-time club CSKA Moscow.
UMMC scored first 9 points of the game as Gruda closed it for 9-0. The hosts did not panic and Mudju Ngoyisa tied the game at 17:17. In the second period the guests continued to dominate at first but then again Union pulled back to the minimum gap. Mudju Ngoyisa made it 35:39 at the halftime. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored a three-ball and then Jones scored for a 52:42 lead. Taylor's far shot brought the visitors 57:48 after thirty minutes of the game. UMMC pulled away for an 85:65 triumph to remain undefeated.

Union Hainaut Basket: Mudju Ngoyisa 17+8 rebs, Sabrina Palie 14
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 23, Svetlana Abrosimova 14, Jones 10, Maria Stepanova 10


Mondeville hold off Aris in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Mondeville 53:59

Mondeville posted the second win in the EuroCup tournament got back into the fight for top two spots in Pool G. Yesterday they visited Greece to take on the local favorites Aris. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: De Paul) scored 20 points and Mondeville handled the hosts catching up with them in the ladder. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record and share the second position in the standings. Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) secured 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Theoni Tzegiannaki (162-G-85) knocked down 14 points for Aris.
Aris opened the game with 5 straight points coming from Brooke Reves (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) and Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, agency: Merit Sports, college: Ball St.). But the French team answered with a 10:2 surge that propelled them to the lead soon. The exchange of the baskets led to Mondeville leading by a single point after ten minutes of action 15:14. The second quarter become a real nightmare for the hosts. They scored only 2 points in the stanza and found themselves trailing by as many as 16 points at halftime. Lenae Williams and Natasa Ivancevic (188-F-81) stretched the margin to 23 points at the start of the third frame before Aris finally came back to life. Theoni Tzegiannaki, Zoi Kechagia (170-G-80) and Tamara Bowie sweetened the pill as they dragged Aris back within 12 points from Mondeville. The task started to look quite possible as Theoni Tzegiannaki drained a three-pointer to tip off the fourth term. Zoi Kechagia and Brooke Reves cut the distance to only 2 points with 22 seconds remaining. But Clarisse Costaz drilled four freebies in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Mondeville.

Aris: Theoni Tzegiannaki 14, Zoi Kechagia 11
Mondeville: Lenae Williams 20, Clarisse Costaz 16, Natasa Ivancevic 11


Bnot Hasharon upset Challes in France - by Eurobasket News
Challes - Bnot Hasharon 66:72

Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Bnot Hasharon rolled past Challes for the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. The teams entered the game with completely different records as Challes were at the helm of Group B with 3-0 record, while Bnot Hasharon stayed at the bottom winless at 0-3. But the Israeli team refused to bow and pulled away with a tough and quite unexpected victory.
Bnot Hasharon used a 10:0 run in the opening frame to build a 16:6 lead. They maintained the cushion and entered the second quarter ahead by 8 points 22:14. The Israeli team looked solid and did not allow Challes to gain control in the second frame. Bnot Hasharon enjoyed a 39:30 advantage at halftime. Charde Houston scored 8 points in the third term and the visitors led 53:48 heading into the final period. But Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) and Carly Wilson (181-G-82) fired from downtown and the hosts narrowed the margin early in the fourth stanza. However once again it was Charde Houston who stepped up for the visiting team. She accounted for key buckets in the fourth quarter and Bnot Hasharon did not panic en route to a difficult win.
Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) came up with 11 points for Bnot Hasharon. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) added 10 points and 6 boards for the winners. Bedu answered with 18 points for Challes. Carly Wilson had 16 points in the loss.

Challes: Bedu 18, Carly Wilson 16
Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 31+10 boards, Jessica Dickson 11, Izabela Piekarska 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Coskun says farewell to Wolfenbuettel coaching job - by Moritz Korff

Halil Coskun has resigned as head coach of the Wolfenbuettel Wildcats (DBBL), effective immidiately, as the club announced in a press release. Coskun first took over the coaching job at the beginning of October, when Heiko Bischoff was sacked. About ten days later also Assistant Coach Christian Greve had to go.
As the Wildcats have to take on local rival Trinos Goettingen at home on Sunday, there was too little time for the club-officials to sign a new coach. That is why Mahmut Ataman of Herzoege Wolfenbuettel men's team (2. Bundesliga Pro B) will help out and do the coaching against his former employer.

The Wildcats are currently last in the table of the DBBL, still waiting for their first win of the season.



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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. Sporting 4-1 
 2. Amarillida 4-1 
 3. AE PAP 4-1 
 4. FEA Neas 4-1 
 5. Kronos AD 3-2 
 6. Aris T. 3-2 
 7. Paraskevis 3-2 
 8. Hania 3-2 
 9. Proteas V. 3-2 
 10. Panagitsas 2-3 
 11. Asteras 2-3 
 12. Eleutheria M. 1-4 
 13. Rethymnou 1-4 
 14. Argyroupolis 0-5 


Ravenna celebrate the third win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Ravenna - Zeljeznicar 94:51

Greek Ravenna claimed the third win in the EuroCup preliminary action yesterday. They defeated Zeljeznicar at home and stayed at the second spot in Group I. Zeljeznicar meanwhile remain winless at 0-4 record. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) secured 22 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the hosts. Jackie McFarland (191-F-85, college: Colorado) came up with 19 points in the win. Sasa Cado (170-G-89) responded with 12 points for the Bosnian team.
Ravenna got to an outstanding start as they fired 20 unanswered points at the beginning of the encounter. The hosts piled up a massive 33:12 advantage at the first break. The home team never stopped in the second frame and stretched the margin to 53:28 at halftime. Ravenna continued onslaught after the long break. They tipped off the third quarter on an 11:0 rally to deepen the margin. Ravenna entered the fourth quarter leading by insurmountable 46 points. They cruised to the third win in the tournament in the latter stages.
Ravenna will next play against Lavezzini in Italy. Zeljeznicar will try to post the initial win in the competition when they face Cesis at home court in the next round.

Ravenna: Dimitra Kalentzou 22, Jackie McFarland 19, Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) 12, Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) 12
Zeljeznicar: Sasa Cado 12, Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) 11


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Solna get beaten by Foton - by Eurobasket News
Foton - Solna 74:62

Foton celebrated the first victory in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they overcame Solna in Gyor to improve to 1-3 record in Group D. The Vikings suffered the third loss in the tournament.
The Swedish team entered the game aggressively and soon grabbed a 20:9 lead. But three-pointers from Krisztina Kovacs (185-F-80) and Anna Vida (184-F-85) allowed Foton to cut the gap to 3 points at the end of the first frame. Krisztina Kovacs and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) put the hosts in front early in the second quarter. Foton maintained the lead before the Vikings stepped up late in the period and posted a 9:2 run that put them up by 2 points at halftime 39:37.
Foton retained the lead when they exploded with an 18:2 rally in the third quarter and left the visitors behind. Krisztina Kovacs crowned the third frame with a jumper and Foton headed into the fourth quarter ahead by 11 points. Michaela Livijn (184-C-81) and Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) narrowed the deficit to 9 points but it was as close as the Vikings could get. Anna Vida and Krisztina Kovacs fired from beyond the arc and Foton rushed to the confident victory.
Krisztina Kovacs netted 19 points for Foton. Hajdana Radunovic added 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Anna Vida secured 14 points for the winners. Jurgita Kausaite answered with 16 points for Solna. Ida Andersson (191-C-83) had 11 points in the loss.

Foton: Krisztina Kovacs 19, Hajdana Radunovic 15, Anna Vida 14
Solna: Jurgita Kausaite 16, Ida Andersson 11


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla maintain perfect record in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Dunav 80:70

Elitzur Ramla stayed undefeated in the EuroCup preliminary round as they held off Dunav at home yesterday. It was the fourth straight win for Elitzur as they remained on top of Group C. Dunav continued their fall as they lost the fourth game in a row.
There were several lead changes early in the game before the hosts went on a 12:1 rally and piled up a 30:20 lead at the first break. Elitzur Ramla maintained the gap well and drove to a 47:36 advantage at halftime. Dunav did not threaten the margin in the third quarter and Elitzur Ramla entered the fourth term ahead by 15 points. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee), Ina Gourevitch (180-G-68) and Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) stretched the margin to 18 points midway through the fourth quarter and the hosts cruised to the win in the reminder of the contest.
Nicky Anosike scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Elitzur. Tan White contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) answered with 17 points for Dunav. Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) finished with 14 points in the loss.
Elitzur Ramla outrebounded their opponents 50:37 and forced those to 22 turnovers. Both teams struggled from the field as the hosts sank 40%, while Dunav converted 39% of their attempts.
Ramla will next take on Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. Dunav will try to avoid the fifth straight loss in the game against Crvena Zvezda at home.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 27+11 boards, Tan White 15, Katya Abramzon (186-F/C-87) 12
Dunav: Zornitza Kostova 17, Danielle Page 14


Bnot Hasharon upset Challes in France - by Eurobasket News
Challes - Bnot Hasharon 66:72

Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Bnot Hasharon rolled past Challes for the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. The teams entered the game with completely different records as Challes were at the helm of Group B with 3-0 record, while Bnot Hasharon stayed at the bottom winless at 0-3. But the Israeli team refused to bow and pulled away with a tough and quite unexpected victory.
Bnot Hasharon used a 10:0 run in the opening frame to build a 16:6 lead. They maintained the cushion and entered the second quarter ahead by 8 points 22:14. The Israeli team looked solid and did not allow Challes to gain control in the second frame. Bnot Hasharon enjoyed a 39:30 advantage at halftime. Charde Houston scored 8 points in the third term and the visitors led 53:48 heading into the final period. But Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) and Carly Wilson (181-G-82) fired from downtown and the hosts narrowed the margin early in the fourth stanza. However once again it was Charde Houston who stepped up for the visiting team. She accounted for key buckets in the fourth quarter and Bnot Hasharon did not panic en route to a difficult win.
Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) came up with 11 points for Bnot Hasharon. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) added 10 points and 6 boards for the winners. Bedu answered with 18 points for Challes. Carly Wilson had 16 points in the loss.

Challes: Bedu 18, Carly Wilson 16
Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 31+10 boards, Jessica Dickson 11, Izabela Piekarska 10


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  ITALY - Women  


Taranto overwhelm AEL at home - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - AEL 77:60

Italian Taranto scored the third win in the EuroCup campaign. They defeated AEL in Taranto to climb at 3-1 record in Group F. AEL remained at the second spot despite loss as it was the second loss in four games for the outfit. AEL jumped ahead early in the game as Stoenescu and Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) combined for 9 points in the opening 4 minutes. But Taranto quickly rebounded and Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.), Michelle Greco (176-G-80) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) gave the hosts a 24:17 lead at the first break. Monica Bello (170-G-78) and Flavia Prado (192-C-79) stretched the margin to 12 points early in the second quarter. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame and rolled to a 37:28 advantage at halftime. AEL did not come any closer to the hosts in the third frame and trailed by 12 points before the fourth quarter. Michelle Greco, Elodie Godin, Megan Mahoney and Monica Bello all scored in a 10:2 run from the hosts at the start of the fourth quarter. The hosts piled up a 20-point lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable victory at the end.
Megan Mahoney finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Taranto. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Elodie Godin nailed 11 points in the win. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) and Azra Becirovic had 12 points each in the loss.
Taranto will next play against Gospic on the road. AEL will host Gran Canaria.

Taranto: Megan Mahoney 23, Suzy Batkovic 17, Elodie Godin 11
AEL: Jelena Velinovic 12, Azra Becirovic 12


Jaklin Zlatanova paces Extrugasa past Ribera - by Eurobasket News
Ribera - Extrugasa 66:80

Extrugasa built an 11-point first-quarter lead and maintained it to secure a road win over Ribera in EuroCup action yesterday. It was the second victory for the Spanish team in the tournament and they consolidated their position in Group J. Extrugasa is now second in the pool at 2-2 record. Ribera fell to 1-3 record and stayed at the third place in the ladder.
Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) topscored for Extrugasa with 19 points. Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) contributed 16 points for the winners. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) was impressive for Ribera with 18 points and 16 boards in the loss. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 19 points for the hosts. Julie Anne Page scored the first four points of the game but Extrugasa quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 12:1 rally to jump ahead. The visitors confidently kept control over the game and built a 26:15 advantage after ten minutes. Extrugasa kept the hosts at safe distance in the second quarter and ensured a 40:34 lead at the interval. The complexion of the game did not change radically after the big break. Extrugasa stayed in charge and stretched the gap to 9 points heading into the fourth term. The intrigue was never brought back to life in the final stanza as the visitors cruised comfortably to the victory and did not allow Ribera to threaten the margin.
Ribera outrebounded their opponents 39:30 but could not overcome 21 turnovers.

Ribera: Julie Anne Page 19, Kaayla Chones 18+16 boards
Extrugasa: Jaklin Zlatanova 19, Katia Da Silva 16


Lavezzini snatch victory over Cesis - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Lavezzini 64:72

Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) scored 22 points and Lavezzini pulled away with a narrow victory over Cesis in the fourth round of EuroCup preliminary round. The victory saw Lavezzini improve at 3-1 record on top of Group I. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the winners. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) netted 11 points for Cesis in the loss. The Latvian team fell to 2-2 record in the third spot in the pool.
Simmonds and Ieva Tare (185-F-74) put Cesis ahead 5:0 at the start of the game. Dreimane then secured 8 points in the opening term and the hosts led 15:14 at the first intermission. However five points from Jennifer Screen early in the second term allowed Lavezzini to step in front. The visitors managed to capitalize and piled up a 39:35 advantage at halftime.
Laura Summerton (191-C-83) and Jennifer Screen stretched the margin to 8 points at the start of the third term. Porter and Daliborka Vilipic maintained the gap for Lavezzini throughout the quarter. Jennifer Screen capped the frame with 4 straight points and the Italian team entered the final quarter ahead by 11 points. Krastina and Babkina cut the deficit to 4 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. Babkina followed with a three-pointer as the distance read only a single point. But Daliborka Vilipic answered with 5 straight points for Lavezzini to restore a 6-point lead for the visitors with a minute left in the game. Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) missed her attempt and Jennifer Screen sealed the winning outcome for Lavezzini.

Cesis: Willnett Crockett 11, Sandra Dijon 10+8 boards
Lavezzini: Jennifer Screen 22, Daliborka Vilipic 17+14 boards, Francesca Zara (177-G-76) 10, Laura Summerton 10


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Lavezzini snatch victory over Cesis - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - Lavezzini 64:72

Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) scored 22 points and Lavezzini pulled away with a narrow victory over Cesis in the fourth round of EuroCup preliminary round. The victory saw Lavezzini improve at 3-1 record on top of Group I. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the winners. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) netted 11 points for Cesis in the loss. The Latvian team fell to 2-2 record in the third spot in the pool.
Simmonds and Ieva Tare (185-F-74) put Cesis ahead 5:0 at the start of the game. Dreimane then secured 8 points in the opening term and the hosts led 15:14 at the first intermission. However five points from Jennifer Screen early in the second term allowed Lavezzini to step in front. The visitors managed to capitalize and piled up a 39:35 advantage at halftime.
Laura Summerton (191-C-83) and Jennifer Screen stretched the margin to 8 points at the start of the third term. Porter and Daliborka Vilipic maintained the gap for Lavezzini throughout the quarter. Jennifer Screen capped the frame with 4 straight points and the Italian team entered the final quarter ahead by 11 points. Krastina and Babkina cut the deficit to 4 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. Babkina followed with a three-pointer as the distance read only a single point. But Daliborka Vilipic answered with 5 straight points for Lavezzini to restore a 6-point lead for the visitors with a minute left in the game. Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) missed her attempt and Jennifer Screen sealed the winning outcome for Lavezzini.

Cesis: Willnett Crockett 11, Sandra Dijon 10+8 boards
Lavezzini: Jennifer Screen 22, Daliborka Vilipic 17+14 boards, Francesca Zara (177-G-76) 10, Laura Summerton 10


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - Lemminkainen 93:39

Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Vologda saw a pleasant 93:39 victory as the visitors played one of the worst games in the international arena. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) nailed 15 and Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) posted 12. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) was the only one to resist for the guests scoring 12 points.
When Zygelyte scored for 3:2 nobody could think of such a final score. Nakia Sanford closed a 6-0 run for 9:2 and then Kharchenko made it 19:9. Pleshkova closed the first period at 23:9. In the second quarter the game lost the interest as the hosts produced 20-5 in the frame. Nakia Sanford nailed two at the end for 43:14 at the halftime. Another 20-10 in the third period were another shocking disaster for the guests. Kharchenko closed the third period at 63:24 and then offensive style of the last period brought the final score. Bokareva brought her team the fourth straight win as Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Lemminkainen dropped at 1-3 in the group and settled down on the third spot.

Chevakata: Evgenia Belyakova 21, Nakia Sanford 15, Anastasia Pimenova 12
Lemminkainen: Ausra Naideniene 12


Trutnov upset Arvi in Marijampole - by Eurobasket News
Arvi - Trutnov 52:60

Trutnov shot down Arvi in Lithuania to grab the third win in their EuroCup campaign. It was important game for both teams as Arvi had a chance to catch up with Trutnov, while the Czech team looked to increase their lead over Arvi in Group H. Trutnov succeeded as Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Darina Misurova (163-G-81) contributed 13 points for the winning team. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) had 13 points and 12 boards for Arvi in the loss. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) delivered 11 points as Arvi fell at 1-3 record.
Rickeviciute, Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) put Arvi ahead by 9 points in the starting frame. Katerina Krizova capped the period with a jumper and Trutnov trailed 9:16 heading into the next frame. The hosts kept their opponents at arms length in the second term and accumulated a 30:22 lead at the interval. Darina Misurova stepped up for Trutnov with 8 points in the third stanza as the Czech team surged ahead. They closed the stanza on a 13:2 rally and enjoyed a 41:40 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) opened the final term with a three-pointer to enlarge the distance to 4 points. Nevertheless Arvi were not about to fold. They scored 6 points in a row and regained the lead at 46:44. The teams traded baskets for some time before Kamila Stepanova and Hindrakova netted 7 points for Trutnov and made it 56:49 for the visitors. Later Kamila Stepanova and Hindrakova were deadly from the free throw line and ensured the winning outcome for the Czech side.

Arvi: Laima Rickeviciute 13+12 boards, Tetyana Shchypakina 11
Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 15, Darina Misurova 13, Kamila Stepanova 11


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ESSA changes foreign player - by Luis Rocha
Lina Brown (191-C, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Livingstone) wasnt able to come to ESSA , due to personal reasons. The board of ESSA tried to solve that matter, and started looking to a replacement. They close a deal with Nordia Henry (190-F/C-86, agency: Vision Sports Management, college: NC-Wilmington), a tall center that was playing in the Czech Republik. Shs got nice numbers from her college years, and can be the add that coach Nuno Manaia is looking to help in a decisive way its team. The roster was really in need of a big woman to play inside and help the team in points and rebounds.

Trailing 16-24 after the opening quarter Hemofarm Vrsac won the game in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Vagos - ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac 64:70

Trailing 16-24 after the opening quarter Hemofarm Vrsac bounced back and won the game in Portugal. Serbian team overcame Vagos70:64 for 3-1 record. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) nailed 15 and Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) had 13. Fernanda Neves Beling (180-F-82) ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) scored 19.
Although the guests scored first four points in the game Vagos dominated the first period. Domingues Seabra made it 24;16 for the local team at the end of the frame. In the second period the visitors started to reduce and Tamara Radocaj brought her team 36:32 at the halftime. Portuguese team still remained in front after thirty minutes of the game, 52;50, but lost the game. Serbian team produced 20-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
In another game of the group Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Vologda saw a pleasant 93:39 victory as the visitors played one of the worst games in the international arena. Evgenia Belyakova top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Lemminkainen dropped at 1-3 in the group and settled down on the third spot.

Vagos: Fernanda Neves Beling 21+10 rebs, Carla Nascimento 19
Hemofarm Vrsac: Dara Kovacevic 16+11 rebs, Tamara Radocaj 15, Biljana Stankovic 13


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Ibiza thump Arad at home court - by Eurobasket News
Ibiza - Arad 95:68

Ibiza got to a slow start but gained necessary speed in the latter stages to trounce visiting Arad in the EuroCup preliminary round action yesterday. With the win Ibiza secured a perfect record in Pool H. Arad in the meantime are yet to win the game in the tournament.
The teams looked quite well-matched in the starting period as they exchanged the baskets and Ibiza led by just 5 points at the end. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second quarter. They accounted for 27 points and piled up a crucial 21-point lead at halftime. Arad slowed down the home team in the third period but failed to come any closer. The Spanish team secured a 25-point advantage before the final quarter and drove to the victory in the final term. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) scored 18 points each to lead Ibiza. Regina Gomez (-82) delivered 17 points for the winners. Arad responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds from Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management). Andra Ionescu (190-C-88) secured 15 points and 9 caroms in the win. Ibiza sank solid 50% from the field and limited their opponents to 43% accuracy. Arad also suffered 20 turnovers in the loss.
Arad will play against Arvi at home next. Ibiza will travel to Czech Republic to take on Trutnov in the fifth round of action.

Ibiza: Sandra Pirsic 18, Silvia Morales 18, Regina Gomez 17
Arad: Suzana Milovanovic 24+10 boards, Andra Ionescu 15


Targoviste lose to Dynamo in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Dynamo Moscow 50:58

Romanian Targoviste failed to deliver at home game against Dynamo Moscow. The visitors sneaked past Targoviste to remain undefeated in Group A ladder. The hosts in the meantime fell to 2-2 record. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) knocked down 13 points apiece for Targoviste.
Targoviste got to a brave start as they were up by 8 points late in the first term before Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) knocked down a three-pointer and cut the deficit to 5 points. The home team maintained the lead throughout the second term and arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points 31:28. However Dynamo opened the second half with an 8:0 rally to surge in front. Targoviste failed to bounce back and Belinda Snell capped the third frame with a layup to give Dynamo a 42:39 advantage. Logunova, Zakalyuzhnaya and Marina Kuzina stretched the margin to 9 points. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) and Irina Crasnoscioc cut the distance to 2 points but it was as close as Targoviste could get. Dynamo sealed the winning outcome from the stripe and posted the fourth straight win in the tournament.
Targoviste will travel to Poland to take on Gorzow next. Dynamo will host MBK in Moscow.

Targoviste: Irina Crasnoscioc 13, Monika Boriga 13
Dynamo: Marina Kuzina 13, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Belinda Snell 11


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Targoviste lose to Dynamo in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste - Dynamo Moscow 50:58

Romanian Targoviste failed to deliver at home game against Dynamo Moscow. The visitors sneaked past Targoviste to remain undefeated in Group A ladder. The hosts in the meantime fell to 2-2 record. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) knocked down 13 points apiece for Targoviste.
Targoviste got to a brave start as they were up by 8 points late in the first term before Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) knocked down a three-pointer and cut the deficit to 5 points. The home team maintained the lead throughout the second term and arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points 31:28. However Dynamo opened the second half with an 8:0 rally to surge in front. Targoviste failed to bounce back and Belinda Snell capped the third frame with a layup to give Dynamo a 42:39 advantage. Logunova, Zakalyuzhnaya and Marina Kuzina stretched the margin to 9 points. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) and Irina Crasnoscioc cut the distance to 2 points but it was as close as Targoviste could get. Dynamo sealed the winning outcome from the stripe and posted the fourth straight win in the tournament.
Targoviste will travel to Poland to take on Gorzow next. Dynamo will host MBK in Moscow.

Targoviste: Irina Crasnoscioc 13, Monika Boriga 13
Dynamo: Marina Kuzina 13, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Belinda Snell 11


UMMC is perfect with 5-0 after the trip to France - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut Basket-UMMC Ekaterinburg 65:85

UMMC Ekaterinburg forced the fifth victory in EuroLeague Women Group C on Thursday. Union Hainaut Basket tried hard in the first half but could do nothing in the second. UMMC Ekaterinburg produced 85:65 victory sending the hosts to 2-3 record. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 23 points. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) netted 14, while Jones and Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) had 10 each. Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, while Sabrina Palie (177-G-81) added 14. New signing Maria Stepanova, Russia's most famous player joined last week from her long-time club CSKA Moscow.
UMMC scored first 9 points of the game as Gruda closed it for 9-0. The hosts did not panic and Mudju Ngoyisa tied the game at 17:17. In the second period the guests continued to dominate at first but then again Union pulled back to the minimum gap. Mudju Ngoyisa made it 35:39 at the halftime. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored a three-ball and then Jones scored for a 52:42 lead. Taylor's far shot brought the visitors 57:48 after thirty minutes of the game. UMMC pulled away for an 85:65 triumph to remain undefeated.

Union Hainaut Basket: Mudju Ngoyisa 17+8 rebs, Sabrina Palie 14
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 23, Svetlana Abrosimova 14, Jones 10, Maria Stepanova 10


Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - Lemminkainen 93:39

Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Vologda saw a pleasant 93:39 victory as the visitors played one of the worst games in the international arena. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76, college: Kansas) nailed 15 and Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) posted 12. Ausra Naideniene (182-F-73, agency: LBM Management) was the only one to resist for the guests scoring 12 points.
When Zygelyte scored for 3:2 nobody could think of such a final score. Nakia Sanford closed a 6-0 run for 9:2 and then Kharchenko made it 19:9. Pleshkova closed the first period at 23:9. In the second quarter the game lost the interest as the hosts produced 20-5 in the frame. Nakia Sanford nailed two at the end for 43:14 at the halftime. Another 20-10 in the third period were another shocking disaster for the guests. Kharchenko closed the third period at 63:24 and then offensive style of the last period brought the final score. Bokareva brought her team the fourth straight win as Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Lemminkainen dropped at 1-3 in the group and settled down on the third spot.

Chevakata: Evgenia Belyakova 21, Nakia Sanford 15, Anastasia Pimenova 12
Lemminkainen: Ausra Naideniene 12


Spartak Noginsk improves to 3-1 in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk -Botas Spor 92:84

Russian Spartak Noginsk continues to become a team with a loud name not only in the country. Spartak achieved 3-1 record in EuroCup after 92:84 over Turkish Botas. A 33-13 in the third quarter was too much for the guests that fell at 1-3. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) and Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) led the winners with 22 points apiece. Svetlana Khusainova (192-C-75) netted 17, while Milanovich posted 12. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) had a great night for the visitors providing 30 points.
Spartak Noginsk posted six consecutive points in the game as Khodzayan closed it at 6-0. Trailing in the whole quarter Botas Spor woke up at the end of it. Angela Tisdale brought the team back to 15:14 at the end of the first frame. Ivegin with a three tied the game at 17:17 and then Angela Tisdale gave the visitors the first lead at 19:20. Nelli Nevzorova however remained her team in front at 38:37 at the halftime.
Trailing 40:43 the hosts organized an 11-0 run for 51:43. A massive 33-13 in the third period lifted them up to 71:50 after three quarters. Botas Spor however was far to give up and played better at the end. With 34 points in the period the guests reached 84, but allowed the hosts to finish at 92.

Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 22, Svetlana Romanova 22, Svetlana Khusainova 17
Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 30, Walker 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


Rivas Ecopolis ease past Crvena Zvezda in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Rivas Ecopolis 51:80

RIvas Ecopolis ensured the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round yesterday. They overcame Crvena Zvezda on the road to strengthen their position in Group C. The Serbian team in the meantime fell at 1-3 record and remained in the third spot in the pool.
The hosts surged ahead early in the game through baskets from Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85, college: Richmond), Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) and Dunja Prcic (180-G-87). However Rivas Ecopolis capped the starting frame with a 12:2 rally to accumulate a 23:20 lead. The teams traded baskets for some time in the second term before Franciele Nascimiento (187-F/C-87) scored 10 straight points for Rivas Ecopolis and the Spanish side cleared off to a 12-point distance. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) and Franciele Nascimiento stretched the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) tipped off the second half with 5 points in a row and Rivas Ecopolis built a comfortable 21-point cushion. Crvena Zvezda never recovered and trailed by as many as 26 points at the start of the fourth quarter. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final stanza and improved to 3-1 record in the standings.
Franciele Nascimiento came up with 18 points and 10 boards for Rivas Ecopolis. Rankica Sarenac (202-C-74) added 16 points, while Jelena Dubljevic contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nina Bogicevic had 11 points for Crvena Zvezda. Dunja Prcic secured 10 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nina Bogicevic 11, Dunja Prcic 10
Rivas Ecopolis: Franciele Nascimiento 18+10 boards, Rankica Sarenac 16, Jelena Dubljevic 15


Trailing 16-24 after the opening quarter Hemofarm Vrsac won the game in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Vagos - ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac 64:70

Trailing 16-24 after the opening quarter Hemofarm Vrsac bounced back and won the game in Portugal. Serbian team overcame Vagos70:64 for 3-1 record. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) nailed 15 and Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) had 13. Fernanda Neves Beling (180-F-82) ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) scored 19.
Although the guests scored first four points in the game Vagos dominated the first period. Domingues Seabra made it 24;16 for the local team at the end of the frame. In the second period the visitors started to reduce and Tamara Radocaj brought her team 36:32 at the halftime. Portuguese team still remained in front after thirty minutes of the game, 52;50, but lost the game. Serbian team produced 20-12 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
In another game of the group Chevakata destroys Lemminkainen to remain undefeated in Group K of EuroCup. Vologda saw a pleasant 93:39 victory as the visitors played one of the worst games in the international arena. Evgenia Belyakova top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Lemminkainen dropped at 1-3 in the group and settled down on the third spot.

Vagos: Fernanda Neves Beling 21+10 rebs, Carla Nascimento 19
Hemofarm Vrsac: Dara Kovacevic 16+11 rebs, Tamara Radocaj 15, Biljana Stankovic 13


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Ibiza thump Arad at home court - by Eurobasket News
Ibiza - Arad 95:68

Ibiza got to a slow start but gained necessary speed in the latter stages to trounce visiting Arad in the EuroCup preliminary round action yesterday. With the win Ibiza secured a perfect record in Pool H. Arad in the meantime are yet to win the game in the tournament.
The teams looked quite well-matched in the starting period as they exchanged the baskets and Ibiza led by just 5 points at the end. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second quarter. They accounted for 27 points and piled up a crucial 21-point lead at halftime. Arad slowed down the home team in the third period but failed to come any closer. The Spanish team secured a 25-point advantage before the final quarter and drove to the victory in the final term. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) and Silvia Morales (170-G/F-79) scored 18 points each to lead Ibiza. Regina Gomez (-82) delivered 17 points for the winners. Arad responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds from Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management). Andra Ionescu (190-C-88) secured 15 points and 9 caroms in the win. Ibiza sank solid 50% from the field and limited their opponents to 43% accuracy. Arad also suffered 20 turnovers in the loss.
Arad will play against Arvi at home next. Ibiza will travel to Czech Republic to take on Trutnov in the fifth round of action.

Ibiza: Sandra Pirsic 18, Silvia Morales 18, Regina Gomez 17
Arad: Suzana Milovanovic 24+10 boards, Andra Ionescu 15


Jaklin Zlatanova paces Extrugasa past Ribera - by Eurobasket News
Ribera - Extrugasa 66:80

Extrugasa built an 11-point first-quarter lead and maintained it to secure a road win over Ribera in EuroCup action yesterday. It was the second victory for the Spanish team in the tournament and they consolidated their position in Group J. Extrugasa is now second in the pool at 2-2 record. Ribera fell to 1-3 record and stayed at the third place in the ladder.
Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) topscored for Extrugasa with 19 points. Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) contributed 16 points for the winners. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) was impressive for Ribera with 18 points and 16 boards in the loss. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 19 points for the hosts. Julie Anne Page scored the first four points of the game but Extrugasa quickly denied the deficit. They went on a 12:1 rally to jump ahead. The visitors confidently kept control over the game and built a 26:15 advantage after ten minutes. Extrugasa kept the hosts at safe distance in the second quarter and ensured a 40:34 lead at the interval. The complexion of the game did not change radically after the big break. Extrugasa stayed in charge and stretched the gap to 9 points heading into the fourth term. The intrigue was never brought back to life in the final stanza as the visitors cruised comfortably to the victory and did not allow Ribera to threaten the margin.
Ribera outrebounded their opponents 39:30 but could not overcome 21 turnovers.

Ribera: Julie Anne Page 19, Kaayla Chones 18+16 boards
Extrugasa: Jaklin Zlatanova 19, Katia Da Silva 16


Rivas Ecopolis ease past Crvena Zvezda in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Rivas Ecopolis 51:80

RIvas Ecopolis ensured the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round yesterday. They overcame Crvena Zvezda on the road to strengthen their position in Group C. The Serbian team in the meantime fell at 1-3 record and remained in the third spot in the pool.
The hosts surged ahead early in the game through baskets from Tanja Miranovic (173-G-85, college: Richmond), Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) and Dunja Prcic (180-G-87). However Rivas Ecopolis capped the starting frame with a 12:2 rally to accumulate a 23:20 lead. The teams traded baskets for some time in the second term before Franciele Nascimiento (187-F/C-87) scored 10 straight points for Rivas Ecopolis and the Spanish side cleared off to a 12-point distance. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) and Franciele Nascimiento stretched the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) tipped off the second half with 5 points in a row and Rivas Ecopolis built a comfortable 21-point cushion. Crvena Zvezda never recovered and trailed by as many as 26 points at the start of the fourth quarter. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final stanza and improved to 3-1 record in the standings.
Franciele Nascimiento came up with 18 points and 10 boards for Rivas Ecopolis. Rankica Sarenac (202-C-74) added 16 points, while Jelena Dubljevic contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Nina Bogicevic had 11 points for Crvena Zvezda. Dunja Prcic secured 10 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Nina Bogicevic 11, Dunja Prcic 10
Rivas Ecopolis: Franciele Nascimiento 18+10 boards, Rankica Sarenac 16, Jelena Dubljevic 15


San Jose leave Ragusa winless - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Ragusa 71:66

Spanish San Jose earned the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday San Jose defeated Ragusa in Leon and improved at 3-1 record in Group E. The Croatian team was left winless at 0-4 record. San Jose had to overcome a sloppy start to deliver the winning result. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) answered with 18 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Matic and Jennifer Harris teamed up for 13 points in the opening period and Ragusa piled up a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Arguello nailed 5 points for San Jose early in the second quarter and then Eshaya Murphy contributed 4 more as the hosts came as close as 2 points from Ragusa. However Matic and Jennifer Harris remained on fire as they kept the visitors in the drivers seat. Matea Vrdoljak and Jennifer Harris closed the half with back-to-back baskets and Ragusa led 41:38 at the interval. The heated battle continued in the third quarter. The lead changed hands for a couple of times and Eshaya Murphy scored two free throws to crown the third frame with San Jose leading by 2 points 58:56. Eshaya Murphy and Maria Pina (187-F-87) extended the advantage to 6 points early in the fourth quarter. Perica and Dubelj answered for Ragusa to narrow the distance. But San Jose found the heroes in Neda Djuric (173-G-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island) and Lucila Pascua. They notched key three-pointers that gave the hosts a decisive 5-point lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Ragusa failed to answer and had to surrender at the end.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 20, Lucila Pascua 16, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) 9, Neda Djuric 9
Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 18, Jennifer Harris 14


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Solna get beaten by Foton - by Eurobasket News
Foton - Solna 74:62

Foton celebrated the first victory in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they overcame Solna in Gyor to improve to 1-3 record in Group D. The Vikings suffered the third loss in the tournament.
The Swedish team entered the game aggressively and soon grabbed a 20:9 lead. But three-pointers from Krisztina Kovacs (185-F-80) and Anna Vida (184-F-85) allowed Foton to cut the gap to 3 points at the end of the first frame. Krisztina Kovacs and Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) put the hosts in front early in the second quarter. Foton maintained the lead before the Vikings stepped up late in the period and posted a 9:2 run that put them up by 2 points at halftime 39:37.
Foton retained the lead when they exploded with an 18:2 rally in the third quarter and left the visitors behind. Krisztina Kovacs crowned the third frame with a jumper and Foton headed into the fourth quarter ahead by 11 points. Michaela Livijn (184-C-81) and Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) narrowed the deficit to 9 points but it was as close as the Vikings could get. Anna Vida and Krisztina Kovacs fired from beyond the arc and Foton rushed to the confident victory.
Krisztina Kovacs netted 19 points for Foton. Hajdana Radunovic added 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Anna Vida secured 14 points for the winners. Jurgita Kausaite answered with 16 points for Solna. Ida Andersson (191-C-83) had 11 points in the loss.

Foton: Krisztina Kovacs 19, Hajdana Radunovic 15, Anna Vida 14
Solna: Jurgita Kausaite 16, Ida Andersson 11


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Asia Junior Women - Taiwan No.4 again - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Junior Women's NT lost to South Korea 94-73 in the bronze medal game of the 19th Asian Junior Women Championship in Medan, Indonesia on Nov. 8 and finished for the fourth place for the third straight time in the tournament. The story came too late, I know. And Im sorry for that.

For schedule, game results and reports please download the following files here.

Background report:

Six teams in fray for title, six more seek promotion

MEDAN, Indonesia (FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women): Twelve teams divided into two levels will be seen in action in the 19th FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women starting at the picturesque capital of North Sumatra on Sunday.

The top three finishers from the week-long championship will qualify for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, scheduled to be held in Thailand.

Six-time defending champions China, Korea the only other team to ever win the title last editions runners-up Japan, Chinese Taipei, India and Malaysia will contest in the elite Level I, which will decide the champions as well as the qualifiers for the World Championship.

Hosts Indonesia, making a comeback to the championship after a 16-year gap, are drawn with fellow South East Asian rivals Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, East Asias Hong Kong and Middle Asian nation Kazakhstan in Level II.

The top four finishers in Level I will be involved in a semifinal knockout.

The top two finishers from Level II will play off with the bottom two finishers of Level I for a place in the elite Level for the next edition.

Both levels will witness an all-play-all format for identifying the semifinalists and the play-off participants.

Big time basketball makes an appearance in Indonesia after quite a gap and the FIBA Asia top brass are quite excited about the championship providing a boost to the sport in this region.

Im sure Medan will rise to the occasion and give us a successful championship, FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock said.

We have had a very eventful year in FIBA Asia. Irans impressive showing at the Olympics, the successful resumption of the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup and the colorful start to the FIBA 33 competition in Bali last week, are some of the top successes for FIBA Asia this year, he said.

Not to forget Chinas excellent hosting of the Olympics.

Of course, we have conducted all our regular tournaments without any hitch and have raised the standards on that front too. Medans success will be the icing on the FIBA Asia cake, he added.

On the competition front though, the question that lingers in everyones mind is: Who will better the East Asian quartet?

China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei have held a stranglehold on the top four finishes in the championship for almost the last quarter of a century.

The last time any team outside this foursome made the semifinals was when Malaysia made the last four in the eighth edition of the championship at Seoul, Korea way back in 1984.

China, Korea and Japan finished as the top three in the last edition at Bangkok and duly qualified for the 2007 FIBA World U19 Championship at Slovakia.

Both China and Korea have brought one player each from the team that played in Slovakia to spearhead their campaign at Medan.

Point guard Hyejin Park, who averaged 6.8 PPG in Slovakia, will hope that her World Championship experience will help Korea regain the title, which they last won in the 12th edition of the championship in Beijing in 1992.

China will counter the Park threat with center Zheng Bowen, who as the youngest member of the team in Slovakia returned an average 5.9 PPG.

Korea had finished eighth and China 11th as Japan finished 13th at Slovakia.

India and Malaysia, both of whom were promoted from Level II at the last edition in Bangkok, thus have their task cut out to dent the might of the East Asian stranglehold. Should that happen it will be a fitting finale to this years FIBA Asia calendar.

Rankings at the 18th FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women

1. China
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Chinese Taipei
5. Singapore*
6. Thailand*
7. India**
8. Malaysia**
9. Kazakhstan
10. Hong Kong
11. Vietnam
12. Sri Lanka
Note: * denotes relegated to Level II. **denotes promoted to Level I.

S MageshwaranFIBA Asia


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  TURKEY - Women  


Spartak Noginsk improves to 3-1 in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk -Botas Spor 92:84

Russian Spartak Noginsk continues to become a team with a loud name not only in the country. Spartak achieved 3-1 record in EuroCup after 92:84 over Turkish Botas. A 33-13 in the third quarter was too much for the guests that fell at 1-3. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) and Svetlana Romanova (178-G-81) led the winners with 22 points apiece. Svetlana Khusainova (192-C-75) netted 17, while Milanovich posted 12. Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) had a great night for the visitors providing 30 points.
Spartak Noginsk posted six consecutive points in the game as Khodzayan closed it at 6-0. Trailing in the whole quarter Botas Spor woke up at the end of it. Angela Tisdale brought the team back to 15:14 at the end of the first frame. Ivegin with a three tied the game at 17:17 and then Angela Tisdale gave the visitors the first lead at 19:20. Nelli Nevzorova however remained her team in front at 38:37 at the halftime.
Trailing 40:43 the hosts organized an 11-0 run for 51:43. A massive 33-13 in the third period lifted them up to 71:50 after three quarters. Botas Spor however was far to give up and played better at the end. With 34 points in the period the guests reached 84, but allowed the hosts to finish at 92.

Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 22, Svetlana Romanova 22, Svetlana Khusainova 17
Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 30, Walker 11


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Kozachka remains without losses - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka improved to 4-0 from the start in Ukraine. In the latest game the team did not have difficulties over Olimp-Naek at home, 93:66. Rimarenko led the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79, agency: Promotex) nailed 20, while Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) posted 17. Zhirakova ended up with 16 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.
Tim-Skuf bettered their position after 84:69 over Chaika. Olga Krasnikova (182-F-84) poured in 26 points and Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) collected 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Meanwhile Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) struggles hard in Euroleague with Russian CSKA. Umana Reyer however remained undefeated even after the game against CSKA. Italian team proved the ambition and upset one of the favorites of Euroleague 66:63. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Giorgia Sottana netted 14, while Simona Ballardini and Daliborka Jocic had 9 each. Katie Douglas produced 23 points in defeat and Ann Wauters collected 18 points and 12 boards. Olexandra Gorbunova nailed 2 points showing 100% from the field. When Sottana scored first four points for the hosts in the game CSKA did not panic too much and hoped for the victory. The Russian squad too control of the period and had 21:14 at the end as Ann Wauters made a jump-shot. Lisina made the guests to taste the biggest lead in the middle of the second period, 25:15. Andrade tied the game at 33:33 as Italian team found its game. Umana Reyer looked as if they were finally seizing command at the end of the third quarter when they went in front 52:45. Daliborka Jocic kept the Italian advantage to 61:55 with 4 minutes to play. CSKA battled and again close the gap to 65:63 with less than a minute. The Russian team had a chance but again Daliborka Jocic buried the guests from the free throw line for 66:63.