EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/16/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Argentino - Ciclista 77-53
Argentino didnít have to work very hard in order to beat Ciclista at home 77-53. Jamahr Warren shined for the winners adding 18 points and 4 rebounds. Hakeem Rollins of Ciclista also had 18 pts but with 10 boards. The hosts currently have 5-2 while visitors are on 4-3.

C.Entrerriano - GimnasiaLP 67-86
3-4 for Gmnasia LP while Enterriano stays on just 1 win after this round. Cedric McGuinnis paced Gimnasia to victory posting 20 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. The hosts got 17 points from Ryan Carroll.

Obera TC - San Mart.C. 63-51
Obera TC was too strong for San Martin C. grabbing the second win this season. Interesting is that the hosts had three players which scored 11 points apiece. Mariano Ceruti netted 23 for the loosing team, who now has 4-3.

Alma Juniors - Atl.Echague 68-73
Atletico Echague finally made the first win in Group North. It happened vs Alma Juniors on the road mostly owing to Gabriel Dominguez and his 19 points. Alma Juniors got 21 points from Matias Tomatis dropping on 3-4.

A.Italiana - A.Espanola 89-97
Asociacion Espanola also celebrated as a visitors against Asociacion Italiana, thus both teams have the same score now 3-4. Mauro Rotschy poured in 23 points for the winners. Gustavo Bianco scored 18 in defeat.

La Union - Union 91-81
There is no more undefeated teams in Group North as La Union crushed Union with plus 10. Both squads are on top of the standing with 6-1 record. Ariel Pau was a key player for the hosts delivering 20 points. Enzo Ruiz of Union scored 23.

Belgrano SN - San Mart.MJ 80-77
It was another easy win by the visiting teams in this round. Ije Nwankwo and Facundo Ortega scored 9 points apiece for the winners. Jamal Johnson was totally the best in Belgrano as he collected 27 points and impressive 16 rebounds. Both teams had 3-3 before this game.

P.Echague - Firmat SF 73-68
Williard Ford and Diego Eiguren drained 16 points apiece for Pedro Echague, helping it to beat Firmat SF at home. Martin Ghirardi shined for the visitors delivering 21 points. Both squads now have 4-3 in Group South.



Liga A round 13 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
best 5:
Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82) of sionista
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) of Libertad
Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) of sionista
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) of Estudiantes
Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) of sionista

points:
Juan Pablo Cantero 30
Chuck Robinson 28
Julio Mazzaro 27
Jimmy Boston 22
David Jackson 22

rebounds:
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) 18
Jazwin Cowan 16
Andres Pelussi 13
Roberto Lopez 12
Maurice Spillers 12

Assists:
Jonathan Treise (186-G-85) 12
Eduardo Villares 7
Jamaal Levy 6
Juan Pablo Cantero 5
Alejandro Montecchia 5


LigaA Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Regatas C. - Atenas 77-82
Atenas grabbed a road victory against Regatas staying on top of Group North with 12 wins and just 1 defeat. On the other side the hosts dropped on 7-6. Bruno Labaque top-scored in Atenas with 18 points. Regatas got 16 from Ramzee Stanton.

Gimn.CR - Penarol 80-73
Sixth win for Gimnasia CR in Group South mostly owing to Jimmy Boston, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. David Jackson netted 22 points for Penarol, who stays on top of the standings despite this defeat (9-4).

Boca Jrs - Estudiantes 77-79
Estudiantes registered tiny road victory vs Boca Juniors moving up in Group South on 8-5. The hosts slipped on 5-8. Edward Nelson collected 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side while Juan Espil scored 20 points in defeat.

El Nacional - Lanus 90-84
El Nacional outsmarted Lanus at home registering the 7th win this season. Fabian Sahdi netted 21 while Camargo Dionisio Gomez added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Nicolas Laprovittola had 19 points in Lanus, who now has 4-9.

Quilmes MP - Independ.N. 75-68
In the last game of Group South Quilmes MP was better than Independiente thanks to Jazwin Cowan, who nailed 16 points and pulled down the same number of rebounds. Carlos Dixon top-scored for teh winners with 19 points. Independiente got 16 points and 7 rebs from Cedric Moodie. Both teams entered into this round with 6-6 record.

Libertad - Ben Hur 87-65
8-5 for Libertad and 3-10 for Ben Hur after this game. Sebastian Ginobili paced the hosts to victory draining 20 points. Mariano Castets had 15 points in defeat.

Sionista - Quimsa 100-90
Sionista celebrated in a high-scoring game against Quimsa jumping on 5-8. Juan Pablo Cantero and Chuck Robinson combined 58 points and 13 rebounds together for the winners. Quimsa fell on 7-6 despite 27 points by Julio Mazzaro.

Cicl.Olimpico - Obras 76-68
Anthony Glover had another great game for Ciclista Olimpico leading it to 6th win in Group North. He spent 24 minutes on the court collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Obras got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Angel Caballero, dropping on 4-9.



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Baltic-League Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Barons/LMT - ASK Riga 90-68
Barons/LMT defeated ASK Riga 90:68 in a Latvian battle of Baltic League. The battle was not tough for the hosts as Skele Armands led the winners with 20 points and 6 boards. Helmanis Uvis brought 14 points in the losing effort.

Siauliai - Kalev/Cramo 68-82
Kalev/Cramo cruised over Siauliai on the road 82:68.The score was jumping in favor of both teams throughout the first quarter. John Linehan, Arbet and Kristjan Kangur paced the winners with 14 points. Kadziulis once again carried Siauliai with 16, Andrius Slezas added 15.

TU/Rock - Ventspils 63-64
TU/Rock could not keep the lead as they had almost entire game against Ventspils. Latvian team stole 64:63 win from Estonia. Berzins led Ventspils with his season-high 16 points. Strelnieks added 13 and Jurevicius 12. Beard and Tsintsadze led the hosts with 16 points each.

Zalgiris - Lietuvos 68-70
The game between Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and Zalgiris was expected long time ago. November 15th saw Lietuvos Rytas's 70:68 victory on the road. After a three-pointer by Martynas Gecevicius the guests increased their advantage to 6 points 70:64, but Zalgiris managed to cut the deficit just to 68:70. Milisavljevic scored 14 points for the winners, while Eidson added 13 along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Deane top-scored for the hosts with 18 points and 5 boards.

Keizarmezs - Neptunas 77-75
Keizarmezs beat Neptunas 77:75 as Strupovics Reinis shined with 27 points. Vasylius Valdas collected 25 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.



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Gent Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Optima Gent has signed former player of the year Roel Moors (188-G-78) for the rest of 2008. He was added to the roster to replace the injured Jesse Kimbrough who is on the injured list between 3 weeks and a month. His current contract will run between Nov 17 and Dec 20th the last game before the Xmas break.
Kimbrough was operated on his ankle on Friday. Roel Moors is the starting guard for the Belgian National team and a former 2 time PoY.

Moors previously played for Bree, Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi and Leuven in the Belgium league. Also played briefly for Villeurbanne in the French ProA league.



Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

VOO Verviers-Pepinster has announced that they have added American center Menelik Barbary (206-C-83, college: San Jose St.) to their roster to replace the departed Duane Irwin.
Barbary played for NCAA 1 team San Jose State between 2005 and 2007. His senior year he averaged 12.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
After his 2 years at SJS he moved to Europe to play in Romania for CSU Altassib Sibiu where in 20 games he had averages of 13.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
He started this season in Austria playing for the Furstenfeld Panthers but requested his release from the team after 4 games in which he scored 5.3 ppg and grabbed 4.3 rpg.


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  BOSNIA   


Sensational Krupalija decides thriller in France - by Nedzad Kladusak
Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) has not been part of the crew that failed to qualify directly to the EC in Poland.
Despite he is the All-Bosman player of the french Pro A league, Mensur Bajramovic decided to replace him by Edin Bavcic.
Yesterday Krupalija became the hero of the match when he scored 6 of 13 points in the overtime.
He recorded a sounding double-double and was only 4 assists short to get a triple-double. Even 45 points (10 threepointers out of 14 attempts) of Nicholas Austin have not been enough to overcome Krupalija and his team. Maybe Mensur Bajramovic will follow his games while coaching the syrian champ and invite him to join the NT campaign 2009.

Dijon Hyeres Toulon 98-97
D.Krupalija, 37 min, 15 points (FG 6/10), 14 rebs, 6 ass


Jazvin good in defeat against CSKA, Bremer lost at home against Khimki - by Nedzad Kladusak
Two bosnian players have been in action in the russian Superliga.

Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) played at home against the Euroleague champion 2007/2008 CSKA Moscow.
He played a pretty tough defense limiting Savrasenko and Khryapa to 12 points.
Spartak Primorje - CSKA Moscow 73-77
Ermin Jazvin: 25min, 10points (FG 5/8), 6rebs, 3 TO, 2 stl

J.R.Bremer played against superstrong Khimki featuring Delfino,Garbajosa, Lampe...
Triumph-Khimki 65-72
Bremer: 33min, 8points (FG 3/10), 5 assists, 4rebs


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak P. - CSKA 106-86
Spartak didn't have to work very hard in order to beat CSKA at home improving on 4-2 record in NBL. Rob Preston top-scored in Spartak with 26 points. At the same time he grabbed 10 more rebounds. Hrisimir Dimitrov followed delevering 21 pts. Milos Sakota was totally the best in CSKA pouring in 30 points, but his team slipped on 2-4.

ChernoMore - Sliven 96-76
Cherno More easily outplayed Sliven 96-76 for 4-2 in NBL. Aleksandar Yanev had a great game pouring in 32 points for 31 minutes, with pretty good shot percentage. Todor Tenev recorded double-double in Sliven, 17 points and 11 boards. His team still looks for the first joy this season.

Rilski S-list - Yambol 93-74
As Cherno More and Spartak Pleven, Rilski Sportist also celebrated comfortable home victory in this round. Dragoslav Papic was the key player for the hosts adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. Scott O'Gallagher delivered 23 points in defeat. Both teams had 2-3 before this game.

Levski - Lukoil A. 105-100
Levski took care for a great surprise crushing the reigning champion Lukoil Akademik 105-100. The players of head coach Konstantin Papazov had high-scoring first half 64-46, after what visitors woke up starting to play much better. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent


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  CHINA   


Is the CBA Divided Into North and South Divisions? - by Arthur Volbert
Is the CBA divided into North and South Divisions? Yes and no.

The league standings on Chinese sites list the league as one entity. They do not divide the league into North and South divisions as far as standings are concerned. This is because the Chinese want to seed the playoffs strictly on the records of the teams, not on how the teams placed within their division. So the eight teams with the best records will make the playoffs, regardless of which division they are in.

However the league does play an unbalanced schedule, with each club playing four games against the teams in its own division and two games against teams in the other division. This is so there can be 50 games in total, and an equal number of home and road games between each club.

Why does the CBA do things this way? We must always remember that this is China.


North
1. Shanxi Zhongyu
2. Jilin
3. TianJin
4. Shaanxi
5. Xinjiang
6. Liaoning
7. Shangdong
8. Beijing
9. Qingdao
South
1. Zhejiang Guangsha
2. Guandong
3. Zhejiang
4. Shanghai
5. Jiangsu
6. Bayi
7. Fujian
8. DongGuan
9. Yunnan


1st Game Result - by Robert Wang
CBA new season started tonight. The first game between Dong guan and Jiang Su just finished and the result is 107:101. Jiang su lost because they had 1 deadly turnover at the overtime and missed the free throws. They tied the score at 94 and then they played overtime and Yi Li made the first 2 points at the overtime for Jiang su then the turnover came up then. the 2 teams had too many turnovers. Jiang Su had 22 and Dong guan had 24. the free throw killed Jiang Su tonight, their free throw is only 43% while dong guan had 75%. Other stats are almost same like rebound (51 rebounds)and 2-points (50%), etc...We will see the next games from other teams tomorrow night.

Dongguan Opens Season With OT Win Over Jiangsu - by Arthur Volbert

Dongguan defeated Jiangsu in overtime 107-101 behind 39 points and 23 rebounds from Mike Harris. Zhang Kai only played 16 minutes for Dongguan and committed 5 fouls.

As predicted, some players on my list of imports were changed before the opening bell. Malick Badiane has joined Dongguan and had 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Donnell Harvey led Jiangsu with 27 points and 21 rebounds. Yi Li had 19 points and Hu Xuefeng scored 17. Tang Zhengdong did not play.

The columns on the box score below are name, number, minutes, starter, 2pt fg-fga, 3pt fg-fga, ft-fta, off reb, def reb, assists, fouls, steals, turnovers, blocks, fast breaks/fast breaks attempted, dunks, times fouled, points


Box Score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=2876

Dongguan- 24 22 28 20 13 107
Jiangsu-- 25 27 14 28 7 101

Dongguan 107
Malick Badiane 11p+8r+1a, Mike Harris 39p+23r+5a, Qiu Biao 13p+3r+1a+4s, Meng Duo 14p+2r+1a, Wang Jing 19p+2r+1a, Zhang Kai 16min+7p+6r+1a+5fl, Wang Yong 4p+2r+2a+3s
Jiangsu 101
Hu Xuefeng 17p+5r+6a+6s+7to, Yi Li 19p+6r+1a, Donnell Harvey 27p+21r+1a+3s, Brian Butch 9p+7r+6fl, Liu Yahui 7p+6r, Meng Da 16p+1r



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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Trogir - Kvarner NR 99-74
Trogir registered comfortable victory against Kvarner NR mostly owing to Toni Bizaca, who netted 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Experienced Marijan Mance contributed with 18 points and 6 boards in defeat. Both teams have 3-3 after 6 games.

Sibenka - Dubrovnik 102-78
Sibenka smashed Dubrovnik at home jumping on 4-2 record in A1 league. On the other side, Dubrovnik dropped on 2-4. Luka Petkovic shined for the winners scoring 27 points and dishing out 12 assists. Ivan Mimica and Miro Bilan followed him with 21 points apiece. Visitors got 15 points from Marko Radic.

Alkar Sinj - Cedevita 81-92
Cedevita cruised past Alkar on the road celebrating fifth victory this season. This time Ivan Novacic was a key player for Cedevita collecting 23 points and 5 boards. Alkar dropped on 2-4, despite 43 points combined by Josip Blajic and Nikola Gaurina.

Svjetlost - Borik 83-72
Svjetlost and Borik are another two teams with 3-3 record after this round. Nenad Delic paced the hosts to third joy pouring in 23 points. Paolo Ticina helped with 18 pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists. Roko Ciklic scored 20 while Mate Mrva had 2 points less in defeat.

Zabok - Dubrava 76-68
Zabok was better than Dubrava thanks to Robert Lez and Ive Ivanov. Lez netted 22 while Ivanov stopped on 16 points plus 10 rebounds. Ivan Krolo and Tomislav Culjak scored 13 points each for the loosing side. Both teams had 2-3 before this round.



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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 4-0 
 2. AEL 3-0 
 3. Apollon 2-1 
 4. Achilleas K. 2-1 
 5. AEK 2-2 
 6. APOEL 1-2 
 7. Omonia 1-2 
 8. Etha 0-2 
 9. ENAD 0-3 


A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 89
2 Zujovic, Achilleas 67
3 Anderson, AEK 66
4 Smith, Omonia 54
5 Bradford, Achilleas 53
6 Mijovic, Omonia 50
5 Bradford,Achilleas 37
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trisokas, Kerav. 35
2 Radunovic, Apoel 27
3 Grgat, Achilleas 22
4 McClendon, Achil. 22
5 Neofitou, Omonoia 21
Assists Per Game
1 Foreman, ENAD 20
2 Smith, Omonia 19
3 Cooper, Apoel 14
4 Greer, Keravnos 10
5 Mayfield, Etha 9
Steals Per Game
1 Taylor, AEL 10
2 Formenan, ENAD 9
3 Dujovic, AEK
4 Sims, Apollon 6
5 Neofitou, Omonia 6
Blocks Per Game
1 Davis, AEK 7
2 Van De Harre, AEK 5
3 Buckman, Keravnos 3
4 Kaskiris, ENAD 3
5 Mc Clendon, Achill 3
2FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 75%
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
3 Radunovic, Apoel 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
3FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
Free Throws
1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0
2 Sims, Apollon 80
2 Radunovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radunovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
3 Zujovic, Achilleas
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


Injury blow for Darell Mitchell - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol guard Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) got an injury after his team game agains Banvit for Eurochallenge. American player had a fracture during the game, just before half-time. After the first examinations Darell will be out for aproximately three weeks time. In other news AEL is looking to make another win over Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou for the championship. AEL team has also out for this game Michalis Kounounis (194-F-81, agency: Interperformances) and Marios Palalas (189-G-91) besides Mitchell. On the other Hand Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou has no injury problems and coach Nikolas Papadopoulos added that they will try thir best against Proteas EKA AEL Limassol.

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First NBA to D-League Player Assignments - by Surujh Roopnarine
With the 2008-09 NBA D-League season fast approaching NBA teams have started to assign first and second year players to the D-League. Some players like Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) (second year) of the San Antonio Spurs will be sent to Autin for additional rehab from an ankle injury, while rookies like DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85, college: Duke) who has started a few games for Golden State this year will go down to hone his point guard skills in Bakersfield.

San Antonio: Assigns second year forward/center Ian Mahinmi to the Austin Toros. Mahinmi is currently recovering from a sprained right ankle. He will use this assignment to the Toros as an opportunity to get back into basketball shape and complete his rehabilitation. Mahinmi was named to the 2008 All-NBA Development League First Team. In 46 games with the Toros, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.70 blocks in 29.6 minutes while shooting .615 (276-449) from the field and .766 (219-286) from the line.

Golden State: Assigns rookies Richard Hendrix (6'8''-F-86) and DeMarcus Nelson to Bakersfield. Hendrix has not appeard in any games for Golden State this season. Nelson, an undrafted free agent out of Duke has appeared in eight games this season (five starts), averaging 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.6 minutes per contest. The 6-4 guard became the first undrafted rookie to appear in the starting lineup on Opening Night for the Warriors since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962.

Boston: Assigned rookie J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) to the Utah Flash. Giddens averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes during preseason and has been on the inactive list for the Celtics in each of their first 10 games during the 2008-09 regular season. The former New Mexico Lobo was selected by the Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Giddens is the first 2008 1st Round NBA Draft Pick to be assigned to the D-League this season.


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  EUROCUP   


8 teams qualified for the new season of Eurocup - by Andrej Ljajic

Ater two qualification rounds, 8 teams qualified for the new Eurocup season.The added teams to the group-fase will be: FMP, ASK ASK Riga, Unics Kazan, Panellinios Athens, STB Le Havre, Buducnost, Red Star and Gran Canaria. The group-fase will begin on 20th november. And this are the definetly groups for the 2008/2009 season.

REGULAR SEASON (November 25, 2008 to January 13, 2009)

GROUP A

Chorale Roanne, Zadar, Maroussi, ASK Riga

GROUP B

Dynamo Moscow, Lukoil Akademik, Barons/LMT, Unics Kazan

GROUP C

Besiktas Cola Turka, BC Khimki, Benetton Treviso, Le Havre

GROUP D

Aris BSA, Turk Telekom, Bnei Hasharon, Panellinios

GROUP E

Lietuvos Rytas, Asvel Basket, BC Azovmash, Gran Canaria

GROUP F

Brose Baskets, Turow, Spirou Basket, Red Star

GROUP G

Pamesa Valencia, Artland Dragons, Fortitudo, BC FMP

GROUP H

Bilbao Basket, KK Hemofarm, CEZ Nymburk, Buducnost



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Panathinaikos adds young center to Euroleague roster - by Andrej Ljajic
Panathinaikos Athens added one of the biggest prospects in the world ,Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports), on the center position. The 19-years old Giorgi Shermadini is eligible to participate in the next round of the Euroleague in the match against Prokom Sopot. He leaded the domestic league in points, rebounds and blocks.He won the player of the year award the last three seasons. He averaged 33.5 points and 18.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in the Georgian League last season, although his team, Maccabi Brinkford Tbilisi, finished last at 6-24. The young center arrived in Athens 3 weeks ago and has been trying out for Panathinaikos.

Shermadini said: 'Panathinaikos is not a team that sings 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, 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.'


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Componenta - ToPo 93-69
Team Componenta eased past ToPo 93:69 to post the 5th win in the Korisliiga. Frank Richards was outstanding with 26 points and 10 boards for the winners. Darrell Waters contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Isaac Spencer and Robert Epps answered with 16 points each for ToPo in defeat.

LrNMKY - Tarmo 95-86
Lappeenranta celebrated the fourth victory as they overwhelmed Tarmo 95:86 in an exciting home battle. Demetrius Brown secured 23 points for the hosts. HL Coleman and Jerel Blassingame added 19 points apiece for the winners. Steve Barnes scored 19 points for Tarmo but it was not enough to prevent the visitors from falling short in the eighth game in the season.

Namika Lahti - Kataja 88-81
Ray Nixon paced Lahti with 23 poitns and 6 boards as they defeated Kataja 88:81 at home today. Ilkka Vuori added 19 points for the winning team as they robbed Kataja of the top spot in the ladder at 8-3 record. Larry Blair responded with 26 points for Kataja. Sami Lehtoranta had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Honka - FoKoPo 68-75
FoKoPo ensured the 5th win in the championship as they eked out a 75:68 victory over Honka on the road. Ray Cunningham was simply unstoppable for the winners with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Vincent Hunter delivered 17 points and 9 rebounds for FoKoPo. Monte Cummings scored 24 points for Honka in the loss.

Korihait - KTP 73-74
Nanayaw Awauh Addae nailed two free throws with 8 seconds left in regulation to lift KTP past Korihait 74:73. Durrell Vinson scored 19 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead KTP to the win. Steve Smith added 18 points for the visitors as they improved at 7-4 record. Josh Gonner answered with 23 points for Korihait as the team suffered the 6th defeat.



KORISLIIGA: Korihait lost the thriller 73-74 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 11: Monday night's TV-game (Kouvot - Pyrinto) and the first quarter (11 rounds) of the regular season is over. Tonight Korihait (27th season
on top level) was playing game # 1000 vs KTP (Kotka) and this special contest became a real thriller. Teams were tied 11 times and there were 16 lead changes.
Korihait American G Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) lay up took hosting Korihait ahead by one (73-72) with 29 seconds to go, but PG Nanyaw Awuah Addae (175-G-84) (KTP), after missing a lay up, but taking the offensive rebound, was fouled by Gonner and Awuah Addae was awarded two FTs with eight seconds to go. Awuah Addae made both FTs (his only points in 24:25 minutes of the game!) and KTP was winning by one 73-74. Korihait got 60 pts from three American players and KTP 49 pts from Team's three Americans. Team Componenta (Karkkila) crushed ToPo (Helsinki) 93-69 as ToPo was on the road without Eero Lehtinen, Elias Kajander and Panu Majala. Honka (Espoo) was playing without NT players Jukka Matinen and Kimmo Muurinen. Result: Honka lost first time this season at home and FoKoPo (Forssa) was winning first time on the road (68-75). Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) (FoKoPo) was the game MVP: 27 pts/14 rbs.

Korihait - KTP 73-74 (40-40) (Josh Gonner 23, Mark Zoller 19, Alain Laroche 18 - Durell Vinson 19, Steve Smith 18, Damon Williams 12).

Team Componenta - ToPo 93-69 (46-40) (Frank Richards 26/10/6a, Darrell Waters 17, Martti Kuisma 15 - Isaac Spencer 16, Robert Epps 16, James Allen 13).

Honka - FoKoPo 68-75 (31-34) (Monte Cummings 24, Akeem Scott 13, Ben Perkins 12 - Ray Cunningham 27/14, Vincent Hunter 17, Charles Thomas 13).



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  FRANCE   


ProB Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
St.Vallier - Limoges 66-76
Limoges made it on the road against Saint-Valier mostly owing to Alhaji Mohammed, who scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Adam Harrington also shined for the winners with 17 points. Cedric Melicie registered double-double, 24 points and 13 boards, but it was not enough for the hosts. Both teams entered into this round with 4-4.

Poitiers - St.Quentin 88-47
Poitiers totally smashed Saint-Quentin at home improving on 6-3 record. On the other side, visitors stay on just 2 wins in 9 appearances. Rasheed Wright top-scored in Poitiers with 18 points. Saint-Quentin got 13 points and 8 rebounds from Joah Tucker.

Bourg - Antibes 75-92
Antibes surprised Bourg as a visitor handing it the second loss this season. Vaidotas Peciukas demonstrated pretty good performance for Antibes draining 18 points for 24 minutes. Jeff Horner had one point less than him helping his team to jump on 3-6. Bourg once again got the most from Justin Ingram 22 points, 4 rebs and 5 assists.

Evreux - Nanterre 69-84
Jermaine Dearman and Antawn Doble combined 38 points for Nanterre leading it to 4th win of the season. Interesting is that both players came of the bench. James Mathis registered double-double for the hosts 26 points and 11 rebounds. His team dropped on 5-4.

Boulazac - Charleville 77-81
The team of head coach Nikola Antic was better than Boulazac on the road registering 6th win in Pro B this season. Chris Davis was central figure of the game netting 25 points and adding 7 rebounds. Marshalle Phillips was behind him with 16 points and 6 rebs. Sambou Traore contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. His team currently has 2-7.

St-Etienne - Brest 100-87
It was a game between two teams with 4-4 record after 8 rounds. Saint-Etienne grabbed this one thanks to Eric Joldersma, Nate Carter and Georges Phillips, which combined 70 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Sherman Gay shined for the loosing side with 23 points.

Nantes - Paris-Levall. 73-78
Paris-Levallois managed to stay on top of Pro B with just one defeat after tough road game vs Nantes. Jimmal Ball was a key player for the winning team draining 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Nantes got 23 points and 7 boards from Mehdi Labeyrie, dropping on 3-6.

Quimper - Clermont 56-75
Quimper faced with 9th consecutive failure since the beginning of the season staying the only winless team in Pro B. On the other side Clermont moved up one 6-3 thanks to Errick Craven and his 22 points. Erroyl Bing also was good adding 19 points and 9 boards. Moses Sonko had 15 pts and 7 rebs in defeat.

Le Portel - Maurienne 71-62
Easy win for Le Portel, who now has pretty good 7-2. Jose Olivero had a great evening pouring in 28 points. Rashard Sullivan collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, but his Maurienne slipped on 4-5.



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Deutsche Bank Skyliners Look East in Eurochallenge - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can start to unleash their heavy winter coats, because they were handed teams in Russia, Estonia and the Ukraine for the group play in the Eurochallenge.I got to get me a nice big Nike jacket, because it will be cold there, said Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). Their were many attractive teams still remaining and The Deutsche Bank Skyliner organization and fans can be very very content that they will see top class teams like BC Kiev, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and BC Kalev Cramo. The top two teams in this group will advance to the top 16. Frankfurt have their first game on the road in Tallin at Kalev on November 25 and first home game on December 2nd against BC Triumph Lyubertsy.I am really excited about these teams. I am sure I will be able to play in December, explained Jimmy McKinney.
The most dangerous team that Frankfurt will face is BC Kiev, who are still undefeated in the Ukraine Superleague with a record of 6-0. The team has many familiar ex BBL faces. The most recognizable has to be coach Sasa Obradovic , who cant be missed in a bunch of players, because his bald head is his trademark. As a player, he won it all including the European championship 1995 and 1997 and World Championship 1998 with Yugoslavia. He also showed his winning ways in the BBL winning the cup as a player in 2004 and 2005 with Cologne and as a coach 2006 leading Cologne to the BBL title. The team has many superstars including American James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) who reached the NCAA final four with Ohio State in 1999 together with ex Skyliners Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) and George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Ohio St.). Even though he was drafted 2000 in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks, he never made the NBA, but has had a fine European career playing for top notch teams like Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and Efes Pilsen. I am looking forward to playing against him. He has a lot of experience and was great in college and is playing well in Europe, stated American Jimmy McKinney.
American Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) was near the NBA entrance, but never was let in, but he also found his nishe in Europe. He played for top teams Real Madrid and Aris Thessaloniki the last years. Last season, he played for CSK VVS Samara and was the fourth best scorer in the F.I.B.A Eurocup with 17,4 points per game. This is a team that can score and they were further helped by the signing of American Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee), who played for Siviglia Wear Teramo (Italy-SerieA) last season and led the league in scoring with 21,0 points per game. He can do it all from the guard position and could give the Skyliners immense problems with his wheeling and dealing in the zone. After a strong college career at Florida where he won 89 games and reached the NCAA final in 2000, he has had a very successful career winning league titles in Sweden, Lativa, Belgium, and Croatia. American Ryan Stack (212-F/C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Carolina) does the dirty work under the boards and has been a top center in Europe for years. He played in Greece from 2002-2007 with Aris Thessaloniki and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. After being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1998, he played two seasons in the NBA, before he was released for serious physical problems including a glandular imbalance. If that wasnt enough star power, the team has ex Alba Berlin big man Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) he won the BBL title in 2003 and cups 2003 and 2006. He played in Berlin from 2002-2007 and was in this time one of best and most elegant centers in the BBL.
BC Triumph Lyubertsy is the other huge hurdle that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have to leap over in order to reach the last 16. They havent started out so well in the Superleague with a 1-2 record, but this is a team that has an arsenal of basketball weapons that would please any coach in the world. The most recognizable name is Serb Nenad Krstic (214-C-83), who spent the last four seasons in the NBA for The New Jersey Nets. He played 226 games in the NBA establishing himself as a solid center. In his first two seasons, he averaged 10,0 and 13,5 points, but was then stalled by injuries the last two years. In his third season he had a torn knee ligament and was never able to recover again missing 89 games his last two seasons. He is still young at 25 and is looking to conquer Europe. Skyliner fans will remember American Marcus Goree (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) with a lot of joy. He played only one season in Frankfurt in 2001-2002, but his stats were incredible as he averaged 19.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg, 1.0spg points per game. He had some fine seasons with Benetton Treviso winning the Italian championship 2006 with ex Sklyiner American Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri).

American Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) is the top scorer currently for BC Triumph averaging 17,0 points, 4,0 rebounds and 1,5 assists per game. He played at Michigan State reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2003. He played in the NBA for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2005-2006 and split time in the D-league and Charlotte in 2006-2007. Last season he showed his skills in Italy at Bologna averaging 29 games: 14.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, per game.I remember Alan from college. He is a great shooter, warned Jimmy McKinney. Another great shooter is American Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure), who as a rookie played 68 gamers for the Boston Celtics and averaged 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg per game. The next season, he fell off the NBA bandwagon getting a few ten day contracts with the Golden State Warriors, but not much more. He then went overseas and played in Spain, Italy and Greece. Last season, he played for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (RUS-A Superleague) and was the fourth best scorer in the Superleague with 16,4 points and top assist man in the league with 5,7 per game. The team also has one of the top Turkish players Kerem Tunceri, who has won more than ten Basketball titles in his career.

The weakest opponent for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners is BC Kalev Cramo from Estonia. They are leading the EMKL standings in Estonia at 5-0, but dont have the experience or quality of players that the other two opponents have. The most known name is American Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine), who is averaging 10,2 points and 5,4 rebounds per game this season. He made a name for himself in Germany playing for parts of four seasons with Bayer Giants Leverkusen. His best season was 2005-2006, where he averaged 15,2 points and 9,5 rebounds per game. He was also having a good season last year, and if it hadnt been for his worldwide suspension for seven and a half months in March 2008 because of drug use, then The Bayer Giants Leverkusen could of possibly gone even farther in the playoffs. Top scorer of the team is 30 year old American John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence), who started his basketball career at Providence and after a short stint with the Worlds most famous Basketball team Harlem Globetrotters in 2004, he made a name for himself in the French league playing two years for Racing Paris and two years with Sluc Nancy. He could have an interesting duel with feisty Sklyiner defender Adam Emmenecker, because he is a Tough, tenacious defender who drives opposing point guards crazy with his non-stop pressure and hustle.

A pure scorer for BC Kalev Cramo is American Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse), who already reached a milestone at the age of 2000 winning the NCAA title in 2003 with Syracuse. After dominating in Finnland and New Zealand, he went back to the States last season and led the CBA league in scoring with 23.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.4apg per game. Big man American Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) is the 206m, 122 Kilo monster under the boards having played in Argentina, Poland, NBDL league and D-league. Last season, he averaged 12,3 points and 7,8 rebounds for the Dakota Wizards in the D-league. He is very physical under the hoop and has a nice touch around the rim. Estonian Kristijan Kangur might also ring a bell for some BBL die hard followers, because he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen from 2004 to 2006.
This is a very interesting group, and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need luck and good play to advance. BC Kalev Cramo is the long shot, while BC Kiev, and BC Triumph Lyubertsy are the favourites. Frankfurt will need to find a way to get past one of these two teams in order to advance to the final round of 16. In the past, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have been unsuccessful in international competition losing 20 games in a row in the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 seasons. However this season, they have a fantastic 3-0-1 record, but against lesser talent. Now with this group, Frankfurt will have the ultimate test, if they can advance. Of course, it would be useful, to get guys like Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Jimmy McKinney back as soon as possible. NBA legend Pat Riley always said that defense wins titles and in the last weeks, Frankfurt has been showing, that they can win with a strong and forceful defense. Frankfurt allows the least points in the BBL and this can only be beneficial for the difficult future Eurochallenge games. American Skyliner Jimmy McKinney has a positive outlook to the Eurochallenge. We have good chances to advance. We are playing very well now and if we play strong defense, then we can beat anyone.


Danny Lewis and Giessen 46ers go separate ways - by Manuel Schust
LTi Giessen 46ers and Point Guard Danny Lewis (185-G-70, college: Wayne St., MI) agreed to part ways. The 38-year old veteran was not content with his role on the team and after several talks both partys decided to cancel his contract.
Lewis, who was the oldest BBL player, joined Giessen in February 2008 and finished the 07/08 campaign with 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
This season Lewis produced 4.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists and had his best game against reigning champion Alba Berlin scoring 14 points.
The 46ers are looking for a replacement now.


Adam Hepker shines in debut for Coocoon Baskets Weiden - by Moritz Korff
Adam Hepker (185-G, college: MidAmerica Nazarene) didn't take long to adjust to the European game. The former NAIA Division 2 All-American produced an outstanding performance in his first game for the Coocoon Baskets Weiden (Regionalliga South-East) in Saturday's match at HSB Landsberg. Hepker, who won the NAIA Division 2 championship with the MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2007, scored 47 points in his debut, including 13 out of 15 shot from the charity stripe and two threes. However, the new man who was hired after Weiden's leading scorer Stephen Cramer (188-G-84, college: Hope (MI)) had left the team last week to sign with Inter Bratislava from the Slovakian Extraliga, could not avoid the loss. Hosting Landsberg came away with a 118:99 win. Robert Apelt (200-F-75) led the Landsberg offense with 31 points, Andrais Thornton (203-C-85, college: NW Missouri St.) added 30 and Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) finished the game with 22 points.

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Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Koutroulias, N. East 111
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 99
3.Godopoulos, Ermis 93
3.Michalos, Near East 93
4.Koronidis, Apollon 92
5.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 71
Rebounds Per Game
1.Latovic, Pagrati 64
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 43
3.Dimitriadis, Ermis L. 38
4.Kartelo, KAOD 37
5.Papanikolaou Ilys. 37
Assists Per Game
1.Koronidis,Apollon 38
2.Michalos, N. East 27
3.Karidas, Ilisiakos 23
4.Koukas, Pagrati 22
5.Panagiotop. Reth. 21
Steals Per Game
1.Lewis, Peristeri 13
2.Kounas, ICBS 11
3.Siristatidis, Pagrati 9
Blocks Per Game
1.Kartelo, KAOD 6
2.Psathas, Paner. 5
3.Amato, Aigio 4
3.Deligiannis, Peristeri 4
3.Loupos, Paner. 4
3.Grundberg, ICBS 4 3.Kakaroudis, Reth. 4
2FGP
1.Koutroulias, N. East 68%
2.Kartelo, KAOD 65%
3.Kakiouzis, Dafni 64%4.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 62%
5.Ceskovic, ICBS 59%
3FGP
1.Greis, Ilisiakos 60%2.Paritsis, Ermis L. 57%
3.Koutroulias, N.East 57%
4.Moshovitis, Perist. 56%
5.Mitsakis, Xanthi 53%
5.Dimitriadis, Ermis L. 53%
Free Throws
1.Kefalas, Aigio 88%
2. Fogel, Ment 87%
3.Kounas, ICBS 85%
4.Liakopoulos,Iraklis 80%
Ranking
1.Henjak, Rethymno 0.719
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 0.705
3.Koutroulias, N. East 0.698
4.Latovic, Pagrati 0.697
5.Papanikolaou, Ilisiakos 0.645


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Dafni 5-0 
 2. Ilysiakos 5-0 
 3. Rethymno 5-0 
 4. Ermis L. 5-0 
 5. DASH Perist. 4-1 
 6. Near East 3-2 
 7. Iraklis 2-3 
 8. Apollon 2-3 
 9. Panerythrai. 2-3 
 10. Olimpias 2-3 
 11. ICBS 1-4 
 12. Keravnos Aigio 1-4 
 13. HSBC Pagrati 1-4 
 14. KAOD 1-4 
 15. MENT 1-4 
 16. Xanthi 0-5 


A2: Result of the sixth round - by George Manousidis
DROP Ermis Lagkada. continue the unbeaten record, this time prevailed Panerythraikos AS. Dafni overcame Iraklis Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki. Apollon P. did not avoid the defeat from A.G.O Rethymno Aegean.

The A2 results in the sixth round are:
Apollon Patras. - A.G.O Rethymno Aegean 72-76
Keravnos Aigio Helesi - HSBC HSBC Pagrati Athens Athens 77-68
KAO Dramas - AEP Olimpias Patron 65-57
Iraklis Thessaloniki - Dafni Athens 56-59
Panerythraikos AS - DROP Ermis Lagkada. 63-64
Ilysiakos Athens - I.C.B.S. 73-65
MENT Vassilakis - DASH Peristeri Athens 75-79
Xanthi BF Fashion - Near East 79-81


ARIS - PAOK 87-76 - by George Manousidis
Thanks to the excellent appearance of 'Kiki' Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) in the last ten minutes Aris managed to overcome PAOK in the packed 'Alexandreion' with 87-76.
The American play maker ended the match with 23 points and 5 / 7 from 6,25m, most of in the last period. From the guests Vasiliadis with 16 points and Diara with 16 points, were not enough to give the victory to PAOK. Both teams get in the game with a good defence and better offence but either of the two groups cannot escape the scoring, although the PAOK had a slight superiority. In the three fisrt quarters we watch a great game with the maximum difrence in box score 5 points. In the last period, the Aris managed to get the upper hand as it missed twice difference with 10 points thanks to the great relevance that had Keydren Clark and Marshall from 6.25. Diarra and Vasiliadis tried to reduce the diffrence but the deffence o Aris was great. The final 87-76 gave the opportunity to Aris to remain unbeaten at home.

The quarters: 18-18, 44-41, 63-59, 87-76
ARIS: Keydren Clark 23 (5), Marshall 17 (2)
PAOK: Vasiliadis 16 (4), Diarra 16(1)


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Division 1 results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Three games last night in division 1.
Haukar beat Armann in overtime 77-74. Haukar share the top seat with Hamar with no loss so far. Armann only won one game this season
Top scorers for Haukar. Sveinn Sveinsson 22. Kristinn Jnasson 16. For Armann Saemundur Oddson 21 Gunnlaugur Elsuson 14.
Another close game was between KFI and Laugdaelir where KFI won 73-70
Scorers for KFI Daniel Kalov 21. Craig Schoen 15. Birgir Petursson 11+ 11 rebs. For Laugdaelir. Petur Mar Sigurdsson 25. Vidar Hafsteinsson 17
UMFH upset Valur who had not lost game until last night. Final score 115-11
Caleb Holmes. ( Agency Icebasket) with great performance 40 pts. 8 rebs & 7 assist. B. Eiriksson 21 Karl Hannibalsson 17. Atli Gunnarsson 13 for UMFH.
Rob Hodgson 32 Jason Harden 21. Hjalti Fridriksson 17 for VAlur.



Division 1 results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Three games last night in division 1.
Haukar beat Armann in overtime 77-74. Haukar share the top seat with Hamar with no loss so far. Armann only won one game this season
Top scorers for Haukar. Sveinn Sveinsson 22. Kristinn Jnasson 16. For Armann Saemundur Oddson 21 Gunnlaugur Elsuson 14.
Another close game was between KFI and Laugdaelir where KFI won 73-70
Scorers for KFI Daniel Kalov 21. Craig Schoen 15. Birgir Petursson 11+ 11 rebs. For Laugdaelir. Petur Mar Sigurdsson 25. Vidar Hafsteinsson 17
UMFH upset Valur who had not lost game until last night. Final score 115-11
Caleb Holmes (198-G/F-85). ( Agency Icebasket) with great performance 40 pts. 8 rebs & 7 assist. B. Eiriksson 21 Karl Hannibalsson 17. Atli Gunnarsson 13 for UMFH.
Rob Hodgson 32 Jason Harden 21. Hjalti Fridriksson 17 for Valur.



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Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 O'Reilly Demons 26.2
2 Reed Hoops 24.0
3 Bentley Ulster 22.57
4 Hamblet Demo 20.83
5 Ryan Marian 20.67
Rebounds Per Game
1 Nagel Ulster 15.57
2 Deas Hoops 13.86
3 Trimmer Saints 12.29
4 Millard Neptune 12.0
5 Smallwood Tigers 11.5
Assists Per Game
1 Kinevane Lions 8.43
2 Reed Hoops 7.29
3 Donnelly Saints 4.71
4 Bentley Ulster 4.29
5 Donnelly Saints 4.29
Steals Per Game
1 Kelly Killester 3.0
2 Hadley Tigers 2.86
3 McGinn Neptune 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Trimmer Saints 3.86
2 Deas Hoops 2.86
3 Millard Neptune 2.5


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Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Vaskys, Naglis 19.3
2. Stankevicius, Delikatesas 18.2
3. Danys, LKKA 18.1
4. Valuckis, Pieno 17.5
5. Golokvoscius, Alytus 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, Pieno 10.7
2. Slezas, Perlas 9.5
3. Danys, LKKA 8.7
4. Jocys, Naglis 8.5
5. Kalvaitis, Juventus 7.6
Assists Per Game
1. Balciunas, Meresta 6.0
2. Kutra, Delikatesas 6.0
3. Raziulis, Juventus 4.8
4. Kazukauskas, Bremena 4.8
5. Vaskys, Naglis 4.6


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Nuggets' Hunter has knee surgery - by Bruno Baltazar
Denver Nuggets center Steve Hunter (7'0''-C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) is expected to be sidelined at least 12 weeks(3 months) after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday. The Denver Nuggets seem to be a team that usually always struggles with injuries on their centers after Nene Hilario injuries and sirguies in the past seasons.
Hunter had the surgery at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail.
Hunter has had a chronic knee problem that was aggravated in training camp.
The Nuggets acquired Hunter from Philadelphia last season in a trade that sent forward Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) to the 76ers.


NBA Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Thunder - Knicks 106-116
New York Knicks had another high scoring game jumping on 6-3. Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford drained 29 points each for the hosts. Actually, Randolph grabbed impressive 19 rebounds beside that. Kevin Durant contributed with 23 points in defeat. His Thunder remains on just one win so far (1-8).

Nuggets - Celtics 94-85
The Nuggets crushed reining champion at the TD Banknorth Garden handing it the second defeat this season (2-8). The team of head coach George Karl moved up on 5-4. Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups poured in 18 points apiece. Ray Allen notched 26 points for the current NBA champ.

Bucks - Grizzlies 101-96
Richard Jefferson and his Milwaukee Bucks were better than Memphis Grizzlies registering the fifth victory this season (5-5). Jefferson was the key player for the visitors as he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ramon Sessions helped him with 20 points and 6 rebs. The Grizzlies slipped on 3-7, despite 49 points combined by O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.

Trail Blazers - Hornets 82-87
New Orleans Hornets demonstrated pretty good performance vs Trail Blazers, thus they now have 5-3 record. David West netted 18 while Chris Paul stopped on one point less. Paul also added 6 more rebounds and 9 assists. Brandon Roy had 21 points and 6 assists for the Trail Blazers (5-4).

Magic - Mavericks 102-100
6-3 for Orlando and 2-7 for Dallas after this extremely exciting game. Rashard Lewis registered 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Magic, while Mickael Pietrus had 20 and also 9 rebs. Josh Howard top-scored in Dallas with 25 points.

Rockets - Spurs 75-77
Tim Duncan had another good performance leading his team to 3-5. On the other side Houston faced with 4th defeat in 9 appearances. Duncan finished the game with 22 points and 5 rebounds. George Hill helped adding 17 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists. The Rockets got 18 points from Ron Artest.

Suns - Kings 97-95
Phoenix Suns grabbed this one mostly owing to Shaquille O'Neal, who collected 29 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Grant Hill also was great scoring 22 points missing only one board for double-double. Brad Miller made it in Sacramento, 20 points and 11 rebs. He also dished out 7 assists. The Suns now have 7-3 while the Kings are on 4-6.

Pistons - Lakers 106-95
LAL faced with a first defeat this season (7-1). Detroit was the team who made at the Staples Center moving up on 7-2. Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace combined 50 points and 17 boards for the Pistons. Kobe was on his level in Lakers recording 29 points, 5 rebs and 6 assists.

Jazz - Bobcats 96-104
The Bobcats made it at home vs Utah Jazz improving their record on 3-5. Raymond Felton netted 23 points and dished out 6 assists for the winners while Gerald Wallace also was great collecting 22 points and 9 boards. The team of head coach Jerry Sloan got 26 points and 15 rebs from Carlos Boozer dropping on 6-3.

76ers - Pacers 94-92
Philadelphia grabbed tiny road victory in Indianapolis mostly owing to Thaddeus Young, who nailed 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Andre Miller helped the winners with 19 pts. The hosts got double-double from Marquis Daniels, 17 points and 10 rebs. The 76ers now have 4-5 while Indiana is on 4-4 record.

Wizards - Heat 77-97
Easy win for the Heat, the fifth one this season (5-4). Dwayne Wade was the leading scorer in his team with 24 points. Antawn Jamison contributed with 15 points and 10 boards. His Wizards stays on just one win in 7 games.

Hawks - Nets 108-115
Devin Harris, Vince Carter and Brook Lopez paced New Jersey to 3rd victory in 8 appearances. They combined fantastic 81 points, 23 rebounds and 17 assists. Joe Johnson was hot on the other side finishing the game with 32 points (5 triples), 9 rebs and 5 assists. The Hawks faced with second failure this season and now they have 6-2.



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Oregon escapes with 66-64 win - by Carl Berman
Oregon needed a missed free throw and a last second rebound to defeat Northern Colorado at home tonight 66-64. With 20.8 seconds remaining Northern Colorado had the ball down by three points. They missed a three pointer but got the rebound and Yahosh Bonner was fouled on a desperation three point attempt with 1.8 seconds left. He made the first shot but missed the second forcing him to miss the third shot on purpose. Michael Dunigan grabbed the rebound to end the game for Oregon. It was clearly an unimpressive victory for the Ducks against a mediocre team picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference. Oregon had a 30-28 lead at halftime and led by 9 midway through the second half before allowing the Bears back in the game. The smaller Bears battled the Ducks even on the boards.

UO coach Ernie Kent termed his team 'a work in progress' and that 'we're going to be that way for a while'. Michael Dunigan was impressive scoring 13 points to go along with seven rebounds while battling foul trouble. Josh Crittle the other big freshman looked good with 6 points and 7 rebounds. The most impressive Duck was swingman Lekendric Longmire (6'5''-G) who scored 15 points to go along with 4 steals before exiting the game with severe cramps in both legs. The two returning starters Tajuan Porter and Joevan Catron both had poor offensive games shooting a combined 1-17.

The Ducks will return to action on Monday night at home against Oakland, a team that beat them on the road last year. The Ducks will need to play better to win against a better team..


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Grinnell College men's basketball team looks for big season - by Moritz Korff
With three of the top players in the Midwest Conference returning, coach David Arseneault is expecting his high-flying Grinnell College men's basketball team to have a successful campaign in 2008-09.

The list of accolades by John Grotberg (6'2''-G-87) '09, Dave Arseneault (6'2''-G-86) '09 and Bobby Long '09 doesn't seem to end. Grotberg, a 6-foot-2 guard, went over the 2,000-point mark last season while Arseneault, also a 6-2 guard, and Long, a 6-0 guard, both went over 1,000.

Arseneault, who has led the nation in assists each of the last three seasons and set an NCAA record with 34 in a game last December, is likely to be a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award finalist for the third straight season. He averaged a double-double of 16.8 points and 10.4 assists per game Grotberg finished first in Division III in both points per game (28.1) and 3-pointers per game (5.8). Long averaged 22 points a game and helped spark a defense that led the nation with 16 steals per game. The trio is quite likely to become the first in college basketball history to account for 6,500 points as members of the same team.

Coach Arseneault said all three bring solid, yet different, attributes to the Pioneers. 'David's got such good command of where other people are on the floor, plus he's a great passer and makes good decisions,' he said. 'He's our most versatile player. He has shown he can score and would have more points if he wasn't a pass-first type of point guard.'

'John has always had the outside game, but the question was when he went to the hole he had a tendency not to always finish strong,' the coach added. 'But he's changed that this summer. He's become a beast going to the basket and now has become a well-rounded offensive player as opposed to just a shooter. He should really threaten Steve Dieckmann's school record of 37.1 points per game.'

'In the past, Bobby Long could shoot well from the outside but when somebody got physical with him he had a tendency to shy away,' Arseneault continued. 'It took him a while to get over that hurdle, and weight training has been the final piece. Now we just can't find anybody to stop him in practice. If John is going to lead the country in scoring, Bobby could easily be second.'

The team's other seniors are 6-1 guard Ahmed Idrissa (6.0 ppg) and 6-0 guard R.J. Roewe (5.4 ppg). 'Both of them have found their niche, and each one is comfortable making open shots,' said Arseneault. 'They don't need to have the ball in their hands to be effective and you can't leave them to double team since they're so high percentage.'

The two inside men with the most experience are 6-5 forward P.J. Mahaffey '11 (5.3 ppg, 3.4 rebounds per game) and 6-7 center Kale Knisley '11 (3.0 rpg). 'P.J. is still a year away from real stardom simply because he won't get the requisite touches with the big three on the court,' said Arseneault. 'But he can't be a forgotten man this year, either. He'll be in double figures. Kale put on an extra 12 pounds over the past year and that will bode well for what he'll do around the basket. He'll be able to handle the inside rigors.'

Another returnee who will contribute is 5-11 guard Scott Kaitz '11. 'Scott has always had a great work ethic, but now with a year under his belt he's more confident,' said the coach. 'His shot is better and he also has the energy to create havoc defensively.'

Newcomers who should contribute immediately, according to the coach, are 6-4 forward Matt Skelly '12, 6-2 guard Xander Strek '12 and 6-1 guard Matt Chalupa '12. 'Matt Skelly could be very, very good,' said the coach. 'He's 6-4 and athletic. For Xander and Matt Chalupa, it's just a matter of time. They have to get a little bit of seasoning but have big potential.'

With the graduation of big-man Keith Chamberlain, Arseneault said the Pioneers will have a bit different look this season. 'We're going a little bit differently in terms of defensive pressure,' he said. 'We're experimenting with bigger players up front and putting quickness on the back side so we can be more aggressive. It'll be a quicker game this year and we'll average more points.'

Arseneault said one thing that will aid the quickness aspect is a wealth of depth. 'From eight to 15, we're better than we've ever been,' he said. 'That will be critical for us. One area of concern is clearly, at the top end, we have to avoid the injury bug. David, John and Bobby are so critical to what we do. We'll also have some groups on the floor that will have trouble rebounding with the opponent. We'll have to be quick to the ball because we're not going to out-jump people.'

Grinnell went 16-8 overall last season and 11-5 in the Midwest Conference, a record that was on track to be better before the Pioneers suffered injuries to key personnel. Arseneault said defending league champ Lawrence University will again be the preseason MWC favorite, but also noted he hasn't set any specific goal for the Pioneers in terms of wins and losses or placing in the league. 'If Lawrence isn't the unanimous favorite to win the conference, they should be,' he said. 'They're loaded and well-coached, and they're used to winning. As for us, this group is more inclined to wanting to have fun and see where that takes us. Rather than being hung up on won-loss record, they want to just go out and do what they do and see what happens.'

Among the interesting games for the Pioneers will be hosting non-conference foe Wheaton College on Jan. 3 and playing a contest at Wells-Fargo Arena in Des Moines later that month against Monmouth College. The latter contest will precede a game featuring the Iowa Energy, a member of the NBA Developmental League.

'Wheaton is a great team, but with our system we always hope to bring better teams down to our level,' said Arseneault. 'I'm curious to see how things work out. The game at Wells Fargo is a nice new wrinkle for each team. We're looking forward to it, plus it will be a chance to play before a NDL team.'

Courtesy of http://www.grinnell.edu/athletics/mbasketball/


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  POLAND   


Spectacular changes in PLK - by Filip Stanczyk
After three Polish League players tested positive for a banned substance, changes were made immediately. The test was made after match between Anwil Wloclawek and PBG Basket Poznan (Anwil won 93:64) and shown, that Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech), Damian Janiak (191-G-89) and David Bailey (173-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Loyola, IL) have used forbidden drugs. Bailey case couldn't really interest the fans, because he has left Poznan before the anti-doping test effects were made public, but Henderson was still the leader of Anwil. Their top playmaker have been suspensed from playing in Polish League and just after then, he was dismissed from Anwil with no excuses.

This risky change have forced Igor Griszczuk to look for replacement on the PG position. It's very likely that Anwil's new playmaker will be Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.), who was earlier tested by Sportino Inowroclaw, but failed to sign a contract due to difficult financial status of Sportino. Brown, playing last season in Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, recorded an average of 10,7 points, over 4 rebounds and over 3 assists per match. Now, before the signup, Brown will come through medical tests and trial time. According to PLK news, he surely won't play in the next match against Energa Czarni Slupsk.


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  RUSSIA   


A Superleague Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lok.Rostov - Dynamo M. 66-75
Dynamo Moscow improved to 4-1 after a road win over Lokomotiv Rostov, 66:75. Hansen Travis led the winners with 21 points, while Nachbar Bostjan and Lavrinovic Darjus posted 11 each. Vorotnikov Sergei ended up with 20 points for the hosts.

Triumph - Khimky 65-72
Khimky led the standings with 6-0 now after 72:65 over Triumph. Lampe Maciej top-scored for the winners with 22 points and McCarty Kelly added 15. Panin Vadim was the only one to reach double dogots for the hosts, nailing 11 points.

Krasnoyarsk - Univ.Surgut 78-76
Krasnoyarsk leaves University Surgut without wins beating them at home 78:76. Beljaev Denis paced all the winners with 21 points, whilst Fletcher Kevin and Warrick Fred added 16 apiece. Chalmers Lionel brought 18 points for the guests.

Ural Great - Spartak SP 70-71
Yudin Anton and Kurbanov Nikita poured in 15 points each to lead Spartak SP over Ural Great 71:70. Jones Jumaine ended up with 18 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

CSK VVS - Unics 69-63
CSK VVS overcame Unics 69:63 in Samara. Perry Marque was unstoppable with 27 points and 4 assists. Agapov Pavel followed him with 13 and Stanescu Virgil posted 11. Loncar Kresimir finished the night with 20 points in defeat.

Spartak-P. - CSKA 73-77
CSKA remained undefeated after a tough trip against Spartak Primorye. Siskauskas Ramunas led the favorites to 77:73 win with 18 points. Trushkin Andrei produced the same number of points in the losing effort.



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Lower leagues - results - by Nenad Ilijev
Second Serbian League - North
Round 6


Crvenka - Backa Palanka 95-87 (Perunovic 30, Popovic 25 - Bajic 27, Jerkov 25)
Roling - LSK 127-74 (Lisica 22, Kojic 18 - Stracenski 20, Mirceta 14)
Proleter Naftagas MT - Hajduk 98-77 (Krstic 24, Davidovac 19 - Zekovic 23, Jurisic 16)
Radnicki Adinol - Top 81-75 (Micanovic 24, Bobic 16 - Ivelja 25, Jocic 16)
Hemofarm Stada MT - Odzaci 86-59 (Obrenovic 25, Knezevic 19 - Golubovic 17, Japundzic 15)
Apatin - Stara Pazova 81-88 (Jovanovic 17, Knezevic 15 - Bursac 30, Kalik 16)
Dinamo - Vojvodina 99-78 (Babic 25, Stanojevic 20 - Rauski 33, Marinkovic 10)



Second Serbian League - Center
Round 4


Djirasol Basket - Best 98 76-73 (Bulatovic 26, Kosovic 12 - Maricic 18, Kovrlija 12)
Rakovica Basket - Kasta 97-102 (Zivkovic 23, Kecman 18 - Damjanovic D. 34, Zujovic 23)
Pro Sport - Astra 95-67 (Svjetinovic 18, Nikolic 17 - Milosevic 16, Rusovac 8)
Stari DIF - Superfund BP MT 77-81 (Sostaric 22, Anastasovic 18 - Perovic 18, Marin 16)
Union - Mladenovac 77-74 (Lazic 20, Drakulic 16 - Stosic 28, Jevtic 25)


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  SLOVENIA   


Hopsi finally gets first home win - by Zeljko Zule

UPC League - Round 7: Hopsi won its first home game in a season. A stretch of almost nine minutes where Elektra didn't score, helped Zagorje scored 14 straight points and build an 83-76 win. Slovan shot amazing 80 percent (31-of-39) for two points and just 2-of-23 from the downtown. Five double-digits scorers lead TCG Mercator past Gorica.

Hopsi-Epic Misel 93-72: For the first time this season, Hopsi was able to send fans home with a victory. Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) scored 31 points on shooting 13-of-16, grabbed 15 rebounds and had 3 blocks for an index rating of 48. Terrence Hundley posted 16 points including four 3-pointers and Danijel Vujasinovic handed out 10 assists. The game was tied just twice in the opening minutes and Epic Misel trailed as many as 29 points. Bojan Jovanovic and Miha Kobe netted 14 points apiece.

Zagorje-Elektra Esotech 83-76: The home team trailed 69-76 with 8:35 remaining before outscoring Elektra 14-0 by the end of the game. Gilbert Goodrich 20 of his 25 points netted before the half, David Paris in his debut had 19 points and 9 rebounds and Ales Primc scored 18 points. Elektra shot just 10-of-19 from the free throw line. Nikola Ivanovic collected 18 points and 9 rebounds and Tadej Horvat and Ernest Novak scored 16 points apiece.

TCG Mercator-CPG Nova Gorica 71-63: The game saw as many as 14 lead changes before TCG went on a 20-6 run which saw them a largest lead, 59-47. Primoz Skok and Dario Krejic finished with 17 points apiece, Simon Finzgar scored 12 and Edo Muric and Mensud Julevic 11 apice while Vlado Pasalic had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the guests.

Luka Koper-Geoplin Slovan 79-85: Slovan used a 22-8 run spanning the second and third quarters to pull away from the home team. Dejan Delic, Zoran Dragic and Marko Lekic scored 16 points apiece. Ales Kunc had 19 points for Kope while, Ivan Simunic and Ivan Drzic finished with 11 points apiece.



Liga UPC Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
TCG Mercator - Nova Gorica 71-63
TCG Mercator was too strong for Nova Gorica improving on 4-3 record. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent

Alpos S. - Krka 67-81
As it was expected, Krka cruised past Alpos Sentjur on the road remaining the only undefeated team in UPC league after 7 rounds. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent

Zlatorog - Helios 63-49
Zlatorog Lasko defeated Helios Domzale letting it to score only 49 points in total. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent

Zagorje - Elektra 83-76
Zagorje outplayed Elektra at home mostly owing to Gil Goodrich, who drained 25 points and dished out 6 assists. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent

Polzela - Epic Misel 93-72

Hopsi Polzela finally grabbed victory at the front of its fans moving up on 4-3. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent

Koper - Geoplin Slovan 79-85
The box-score will be available soon. Koper 4-3, Slovan 6-1.


Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 7-0 
 2. Slovan 6-1 
 3. Helios 5-2 
 4. Zlatorog 5-2 
 5. Luka Koper 4-3 
 6. Polzela 4-3 
 7. TCG Mercator 4-3 
 8. Elektra 2-5 
 9. Zagorje 2-5 
 10. Nova Gorica 1-6 
 11. Alpos S. 1-6 
 12. Postojna 1-6 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Olimpija


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  TAIWAN   


New -- and the only -- import player in 08-09 SBL season - by Chris Wang
Once again, sorry for the late posting. I have been extremely busy in the past month. Anyway, if the China Times story is correct, 6-6 forward Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) will become the only import player in the SBL next season.

Dacin Tigers is expected to sign the 30-years-old former Salukis, who played in Turkey, France and Australia, China Times reported, saying that Roberts will be the only import in the league as no other teams plan to hire import players due to limited budget. Roberts is expected to get monthly salary of close to US$ 10,000, the newspaper reported.

Roberts has a personal website at http://www.rolanroberts.tv

At the same time, Jonathan Sanders, who have been in the Taiwanese league for two years, announced in his personal blog that he has decided to retire from basketball at an young age of 27. Sanders said Dacin Tigers has negotiated with him for a contract in the upcoming season but the deal did not go through.

The 6-6 forward was named to All-SBL team twice in two years -- 2006-07 with Videoland Hunters and 2007-08 with Dmedia Numens. In both seasons Sanders posted monster numbers, led his teams to the playoffs and was hot MVP candidates. However, he failed to win the prestigious award both times, which in my views was ridiculous and reflected the injustice among Taiwanese media voters.

Sanders averaged 23.5 points and 16.3 rebounds in 2006-07 and turned in 21.3 points, 16.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in 2007-08. And those numbers were not enough to get him a MVP. Wow.

I have repeated many times here about the crazy system the SBL has implemented here. The rule allowed only non-playoff teams to hire imports. The hiring is not mandatory though. Non-playoff teams can decide whether they're interested in signing imports.

The crazy thing here is that import players who play hard for his team and lead his team to the playoffs will lose his job the following season! Sanders is both the perfect example and biggest victim of this crazy system.

That said, I hope the experience does not leave Sanders with a bad taste in his mouth. Hopefully the playing experience in Taiwan will be a memorable one for him. Check out Sanders' blog here at http://jonsanders32.blogspot.com/


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  TURKEY   


Besiktas: "The trouble is on" - by Sinan Can
Besiktas is trying to keep hidden its decision to withhold players salaries to invest in other areas of their business. Two players have already left due to non-payment in Jovo Stanocevic and Mario Austin. Now a third player the most important piece Besiktas leader Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) who is having a fantastic season is considering leaving as well. 'I really don't want to go. I like everybody here and especially our coach but they are leaving me and my agent no choice.' Chatman and the other players have been waiting patiently for two months for payment with little to no communication from the team other than threats if they decide to not play for no pay. Several teams around europe are having financial difficulty and we have a reputation to work positively even during trying times but the issue needs communication. Besiktas is failing to communicate in a positive way so we will see what happens, said Craig McKenzie the player's agent.

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


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


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

All the below info has 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 picked 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.



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv - Azovmash 84-76
BC Kyiv stayed undefeated in the Superleague as they held off Azovmash 84:76 in they key matchup of Round 7. Alex Scales nailed 21 points for BC Kyiv. James Penn added 16 points for the winners. Dijon Thompson and Tomas Delininkaitis answered with 17 points apiece for Azovmash in the loss. The reigning champions slipped at 5-2 record.

Khimik - Poltava 78-71
Khimik were on the verge of losing but recovered late in the game to force overtime and then pull away with a 78:71 win over BC Poltava at home court today. Marton Bader scored 23 points and pulled down 10 boards for the winners. Sasa Bratic and Olu Famutimi had 12 points apiece as Khimik improved at 4-3 record. Poltava answered with 16 points from Maxim Ivshin and Gytis Syrutavicius.

BC Donetsk - Sumykhimpr. 88-74
Donetsk toppled Sumykhimprom 88:74 for the fourth win in the season. Anthony Tucker nailed 25 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 5 assists to pace ambitious newcomers. Haywood Owens added 22 points for the winners. Artem Bytskyy replied with 20 points for Sumy in defeat.

Mykolaiv - Pulsar 75-66
Sergiy Gladyr nailed 24 points and Mykolaiv dealt with Pulsar 75:66 at home court. Oleksandr Rayevskyy provided 23 points and 6 assists for the winners as they earned the third win in the Superleague season. Pavel Ulyanko replied with 19 points and 11 boards for Pulsar as they fell to 2-5 record.



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Three teams joined the Top 10 - by Hector Lopez
Trouville, Bohemios and Paysandu joined last night to the Top 10 teams to play the second stage for the Uruguayan League. The other teams were Bigua, tha last champions, Defensor Sporting, Hebraica Macabi, Atenas, Tabare, and Olimpia. Results for the 25 th round with one more still to be played (includign impotr players)
:
Malvin 84 - Jarrett Stpehens 13 points and 8 rebounds, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 4 and 6
Union Atletica 73 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 22 and 5, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 19 and 6
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Defensor 76 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 18 and 12, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 20 and 10
Olimpia 70 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10 and 5, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 4 and 4
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Sayago 71 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 15 and 8, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 15 and 14
Atenas 70 - Jackie Rogers (203-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 89 and 5, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 8 and 12
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Tabare 88 - Clarence Matthews 11 and 4, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 17 and 19
Cordon 86 - Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) 21 and 4, Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 11 and 7
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Bohemios 86 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 14 and 7, Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 11 and 3
Welcome 82 - Jason McCoy (208-F/C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 25 and 10, Brandon Morris (186-G, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 25 and 5
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Bigua 90 - Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 16 and 11, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 5 and 4
Hebraica 70 - Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 5 and 1
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Paysandu 86 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 23 and 4, Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 10 and 6
Trouville 85 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 25 and 2, Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 23 and 5


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 17-8 
 2. Bigua 17-8 
 3. Malvin 17-8 
 4. Atenas 16-9 
 5. Tabare 15-10 
 6. Olimpia 14-11 
 7. Hebraica 14-11 
 8. Trouville 11-14 
 9. Bohemios 11-14 
 10. Paysandu 11-14 
 11. Cordon 9-16 
 12. Un.Atletica 7-18 
 13. Sayago 7-18 
 14. Welcome 5-20 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australians in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
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 scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the winners. Willnett Crockett 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 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 missed her attempt and Jennifer Screen sealed the winning outcome for Lavezzini. Laura Summerton ended up with 10 points and 5 boards, while another Australian Natalie Porter (185-F-80) collected 9 points and 8 rebounds.
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 scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga 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 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 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.
Charde Houston 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 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 came up with 11 points for Bnot Hasharon. Izabela Piekarska added 10 points and 6 boards for the winners. Bedu answered with 18 points for Challes. Carly Wilson had 16 points in the loss.
Monica Bello (170-G-78) and her 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 combined for 9 points in the opening 4 minutes. But Taranto quickly rebounded and Megan Mahoney, Michelle Greco and Elodie Godin gave the hosts a 24:17 lead at the first break. Monica Bello and Flavia Prado 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 added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Elodie Godin nailed 11 points in the win. Monica Bello scored 8 points and made 2 rebounds. Jelena Velinovic and Azra Becirovic had 12 points each in the loss. Taranto will next play against Gospic on the road. AEL will host Gran Canaria.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Veremeenko exploded with 28 points and massive 20 rebounds, while Kress collects 22 points and 14 boards - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Cola Turka overcame Nadezhda 89:81 in the fifth game in the of EuroLeague Qualifying Round. Trailing by 13 points early in the second quarter the hosts stormed back and beat Russian team. Milica Dabovic paced all the winners with 21 points. Laura Harper and Alexis Hornbuckle followed her with 19 points each as Besiktas Cola Turka improved to 2-3. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) exploded with 28 points and massive 20 rebounds for the guests, whilst Shameka Christon and Olga Ovcharenko had 17 apiece. Milica Dabovic nailed first points from the arc and Alexis Hornbuckle gave the hosts 5:0. Nadezhda however replied immediately and played better in the opening quarter. After 23:18 Nadezhda finished the first frame with 5-0 run for 28:18. Tamane brought the visitors the biggest, 33:20 lead, but then the visitors had difficulties staying on race. Zanze and Besiktas went on a 14-1 run to tie the game at 34:34. Alexis Hornbuckle sent the teams to the lockers for 50:50.A great defense and good offensive skills gave Besiktas Cola Turka 23-11 in the third that led to 73:61 at the end of the period. The advantage ballooned to 84:64 midway through the fourth quarter, but Nadezhda was managed to reduce a bit. Laura Harper stopped the game at 89:81 as Besiktas Cola Turka overcame Nadezhda in the of EuroLeague Qualifying Round.
Galatasaray trashed ZKK Buducnost at home staying perfect after 4 games in Group G. Montenegrin representative will have to look for some other chance in order to celebrate the first win. The hosts controlled rhythm of the game from the early beginning. Actually, Buducnost managed to stay close in the first quarter (23-19) but during the next one Galatasaray demonstrated its real power. Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) was unstoppable at the offensive end leading her team to plus 15 at the half time. Nothing has changed after that. Galatasaray's defense once again was on a pretty good level resulting with just 10 points by the visiting team in third quarter. Marina Kress and her teammates drained 20 entering into the last 10 minutes with huge lead, 63-38. The rest of the game was just a formality. Marina Kress was central figure of this match as she played 34 minutes pouring in 22 points and grabbing 14 boards. At the same time Kress dished out 6 assists. Yasemen Saylar also was on a decent level collecting 16 points and 5 assists. Korel Engin helped the winners with 14 pts plus 8 boards. ZKK Buducnost got 18 points from Maja Milutinovic and she was the only one with double digits in scoring for Montenegrin representative.
Alla Murauskaya (185-F-85) 's Arvi lost to Trutnov that shot down 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. Rickeviciute, Milda Sauliute and Lizanne Murphy 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 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.


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Three teams share the lead in the D1 standings - by Eurobasket News
KK Neimarstvo Trebinje, KK Brotnjo 94 and KK Sloboda Novi Grad have 3-0 records on top of D1 standings. all the teams are getting ready for Round 4 that will start tonight. 5. KK Zeljeznicar and KK Jedinstvo follow them with 2-0 record and also remain undefeated.
Meanwhile Rankica Sarenac (202-C-74) together with Rivas Ecopolis ensured the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. 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, Nina Bogicevic and Dunja Prcic. 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 scored 10 straight points for Rivas Ecopolis and the Spanish side cleared off to a 12-point distance. Petra Ujhelyi and Franciele Nascimiento stretched the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Jelena Dubljevic and Catherine Joens 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 added 16 points, while Jelena Dubljevic contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Petra Ujhelyi scored 5 points, made 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nina Bogicevic had 11 points for Crvena Zvezda and Dunja Prcic secured 10 points in the loss.
Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) with her Romanian team traveled to Spain as 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 and Silvia Morales scored 18 points each to lead Ibiza. Regina Gomez delivered 17 points for the winners. Arad responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds from Suzana Milovanovic. Andra Ionescu secured 15 points and 9 caroms in the win. Dragana Zoric had 2 rebounds and 3 assists for the guests. 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.


Stats Leaders - Women
A1 division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Papcevic (Spa) 22,8
2.Davis (Zelj) 21,3
3.Stojanovska (Spa) 19,8
4.Lokmic (Bro) 18,2
5.Markovic (Ban) 17,5
6.Prskalo (Bro) 16,8
7.Gambiraza (Zelj) 15,9
8.Curovic (Zri) 14,6
9.Besic (Jed) 14,6
10.Mikic (Zelj) 13,8
Rebounds Per Game
1.Djinic (Jed) 8,1
2.Davis (Zelj) 7,4
3.Petrovic (Jed) 6,6
4.Pavlovic (Jab) 5,9
5.Hamsic (Zelj) 5,8
Assists Per Game
1.Grgin BRO 10,0
2.Zabic JED 5,0
3.Kovacevic JED 4,0
4.Iriskis JED 3,5
5.Slisko BAN 3,5
Steals Per Game
1.Carapina (Bro) 6,1
2.Pavlovic (Jab) 4,8
3.Lokmic (Bro) 4,6
Blocks Per Game
1.Smajic (Cel) 2,3
2.Petrovic (Jed) 2,1
3.Carapina (Bro) 1,8
2FGP
1.Stojanovska (Spa) 9,6
2.Prskalo (Bro) 8,2
3.Papcevic (Spa) 7,1
3FGP
1.Strikic (Mla) 3,8
2.Gambiraza (Zelj) 3,6
3.Gagic (Cel) 2,8
Free Throws
1.Markovic (Ban) 7,1
2.Music (Cel) 5,8
3.Carapina (Bro) 4,9
Ranking
1.Papcevic (Spa)
2.Stojanovska (Spa)
3.Carapina (Bro)
4.Davis (Zelj)
5.Besic (Jed)


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Nascimiento and Fernanda Neves Beling top-score abroad - by Eurobasket News
Franciele Nascimiento (187-F/C-87) and her Rivas Ecopolis ensured the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. 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, Nina Bogicevic and Dunja Prcic. 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 scored 10 straight points for Rivas Ecopolis and the Spanish side cleared off to a 12-point distance. Petra Ujhelyi and Franciele Nascimiento stretched the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Jelena Dubljevic and Catherine Joens 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 added 16 points, while Jelena Dubljevic contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Petra Ujhelyi scored 5 points, made 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nina Bogicevic had 11 points for Crvena Zvezda and Dunja Prcic secured 10 points in the loss.
Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) and her 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 combined for 9 points in the opening 4 minutes. But Taranto quickly rebounded and Megan Mahoney, Michelle Greco and Elodie Godin gave the hosts a 24:17 lead at the first break. Bello Monica and Flavia Prado 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 Bello Monica 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 added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Elodie Godin nailed 11 points in the win. Ilisaine David scored 2 points and made 4 rebounds. Jelena Velinovic and Azra Becirovic had 12 points each in the loss. Taranto will next play against Gospic on the road. AEL will host Gran Canaria.
Trailing 16-24 after the opening quarter Hemofarm Vrsac bounced back and won the game in Portugal. Serbian team overcame Vagos 70:64 for 3-1 record. Dara Kovacevic led the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tamara Radocaj nailed 15 and Biljana Stankovic had 13. Brazilian Fernanda Neves Beling (180-F-82) ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Carla Nascimento 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.


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Murphy top-scores abroad - by Eurobasket News
Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and her Lithuanian Arvi reached 6-1 record after 102:34 over Alytus. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) led six players who reached double digits for the winners with 24 points and Muravskaya posted 22.
Two days ago 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 came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Darina Misurova contributed 13 points for the winning team. Laima Rickeviciute had 13 points and 12 boards for Arvi in the loss. Tetyana Shchypakina delivered 11 points as Arvi fell at 1-3 record. Rickeviciute, Milda Sauliute and Lizanne Murphy 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 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.
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and Fenerbahce clinched their third success of the EuroLeague Women in Italy. The Turkish team overcame Beretta Famila in Schio 68:73. Esmeral Tuncluer led Fener in their road triumph with 20 points. Nevriye Yilmaz and Melike Bakircioglu both added 10 for 3-2 record. Nicole Antibe finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.
Laura Macchi gave the hosts an early lead and Martinez kept Italians in front, 9:4. The game was even throughout the first half as Laura Macchi scored for 32:31 at the halftime. Beretta Famila played better in the third and had 57:49 at the end of the frame. Tammy Sutton-Brown tied the game with a jump shot with a minute remaining and France international Emilie Gomis followed with a jumper to put Fener in front for good. Tammy Sutton-Brown ended up with 5 points and 6 rebounds.


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EBT leads in championship - by Esko Saarinen
EBT (Espoo) won away match in Orimattila and stay the leading team n Finnish championships. Also top team Huima (Aanekoski) and PeKa (Kotka won their matches.
EBT won Team S-Hamaanmaa 79-87 taking the lead in first quarter and keeping the lerad in around ten points through the match. Henna Salomaa was top scorer in 19 points Ashley Haynes had 18 points and Michelle Griffith 13. Jazz Covigton, last mouths player in Finland, was best of home team players making 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kieraah Marlow 27 points and ari Puustinen 16 points were also in good shape. PeKa (Kotka) won away-match against HoNsU 52-60. First ten was home-teams but then PeKa took lead and kept it. Shanika Freeman 20/7 and Sherida Triggs 13/9 were best. Also Dionne Pounds distinguish. Raguel Collier 14/7 and Vanessa Gidden 11/19 were best in HoNsU team. In third match Huima (Aanekoski) won at home BC Nokia 78 - 59. Only third quarter was evel the others Huima won clearly. Sanna Jamsen was the leader in home team by 23 points and 10 rebounds. In the same role in Nokia team was Calisha Yates with 20/10.


Vanessa Gidden to Jyvaskyla - by Esko Saarinen
Women's championships league team HoNsU (Jyvaskyla) had a new player in the match against PeKa (Kotka) on saturday. Vanessa Gidden (191 - C - 23) joined the team repay Elise Morrison (USA) in the team. In first match Gidden made 11 points and took 19 rebounds. She was in the starting line. Vanessa Gidden is born in Jamaica and played last year in Turkey I division. She had in Turkey the 20,5/15 ave. Last year in HoNsU played Lizanne Murpghy, who helped the team to find Gidden. They have both played in the same team in USA, Hofstra university. In that team Gidden was the best in points and blocks. She was also in WNBA team Connecticut Sun summer camp and has played international matches in Jamaican team in Pan-American games.

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Eurocup achievement - by Eurobasket News
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) nailed 15 points and made 2 assists for Polish Gorzov in EuroCup. MBK Ruzomberok however beat the Polish team 91:81. MBK Ruzomberok opened this game with the strong willingness to resolve question about the winner as soon as possible. Tye'sha Fluker was in a game mood and it resulted with great 29-13 already in the first quarter. AZS Gorzow didn't want to give up creating 16-25 during the following ten minutes. Last ten minutes ended 19-19 meaning that Ruza celebrated decent 10-point win. Both teams have the same score now 1-3.
Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) netted 6 points and made 6 rebounds for Turkish Botas. Russian Spartak Noginsk however 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. 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.


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A1 Womens Stats Leaders
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 QUAYIE (Aias) 20.3
2 REEVES (Meg) 18.1
2 MURPHY(Apolon) 18.1
3 DAVIS (Apolon) 17.1
5 TIERNY (Sport) 16.8
6 QUIGLEY (Siem) 15.86
7 QUEENAN (Pan) 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 TIERNY SPO 81
2 REEVES ALE 69
3 CHRISTOFORAKI 59
4 CARVER AST 58
5 DAVIS APO 58
Assists Per Game
1 GOUZINI ATH 38
2 WILLIAMS ALE 34
3 KARABATZAKI 24
4 KALENTZOU 24
5 DELI PANIONIOS 22
Steals Per Game
1 WILLIAMS Kim 28
2 HAGIYA IRAKLIS 19
3 QUAYE AIAS 18
4 MURPHY APO 17
5 PAPADIMOU 14
Blocks Per Game
1 BIBIRI IRAKLIS 10
2 NERO ATHINAIKOS 6
3 KATOPODI IRAKLIS 5
4 NIKOLAIDOU PAN 5
5 KERR ARIS 4
2FGP
1 QUIGLEY SIE 41
2 NERO ATH 40
3 REEVES ALE 37
3FGP
1 KOCH SPORTING 19
2 SCOTT ESP 17
3 DELI PANIONIOS 15
4 MURPHY APOLLON 14
Free Throws
1 THORN PANION 95%
2 KALENTZOU ESP 89%
3 KALTSIDOU ESP 89%


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Kajdacsi exploded with 12 points and 23 rebounds - by Eurobasket News
Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) together with Rivas Ecopolis ensured the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. 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, Nina Bogicevic and Dunja Prcic. 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 scored 10 straight points for Rivas Ecopolis and the Spanish side cleared off to a 12-point distance. Petra Ujhelyi and Franciele Nascimiento stretched the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Jelena Dubljevic and Catherine Joens 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 added 16 points, while Jelena Dubljevic contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Petra Ujhelyi scored 5 points, made 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nina Bogicevic had 11 points for Crvena Zvezda and Dunja Prcic secured 10 points in the loss.
Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) exploded with 12 points and 23 rebounds as Sf. Gheorghe was better than Dynamo Kursk 70:64 at home thus both teams are on 2-2 now. After 24-23 in the first quarter, Sf. Gheorghe put into the fifth gear during the next period 22-13. The hosts succeeded to set the margin on 12 points at the end of third quarter but they somehow stopped after that. Dynamo intensified defense letting Sf. Gheorghe to score just 5 points in the last frame. However, visitors also weren't so productive in offense stopping on 11 points, what was not enough for any closer than 6 points.
Nikolett Benczurne Turoczi (187-F/C-80) and her 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 scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga knocked down 13 points apiece for Targoviste. Nikolett Benczurne Turoczi started in the first five, collected 3 rebounds and made a steal. Targoviste got to a brave start as they were up by 8 points late in the first term before Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 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 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.


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  IRELAND - Women  


Hotel Cork and Mercy conquer Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Hotel Cork and Mercy are 5-0 in the Superleague standings and show outstanding results. In the latest games Mercy survived over LeisureWorld Churchfield Iona. DCU bagged the vital basket through Mary Fox which put them one-point ahead. Susanne Maguire (183-G-75) led the winners with 23 points, while Jill Martin (185-F-85) had 15 and Lyndsy Peate posted 14. LeisureWorld Churchfield Iona got 29 points from DeVonda Williams.
Hotel Cork staormed past Killester 78:31 to reach 5-0 record. Even with a 21 point cushion Mark Scannell did not allow his players to relax in the second quarter and they played their usual intense defense. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) top-scored for the winners with 15 points.
Meanwhile De Ciman Margaret and her 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 and Silvia Morales scored 18 points each to lead Ibiza. Regina Gomez delivered 17 points for the winners. Arad responded with 24 points and 10 rebounds from Suzana Milovanovic. Andra Ionescu secured 15 points and 9 caroms in the win. De Ciman Margaret had 6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds for the winners. 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.


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Thomas Wildc 29.33
2 Vanderwal Iona 25.4
3 O'Brien Meteors 23.0
4 Aspell Wildcats 22.6
5 Dwyer Cork 20.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Williams Iona 13.4
2 Niland Tolka 12.0
3 Kavanagh Wildca 10.4
4 Strong Cork 9.5
5 Fox Mercy 8.6
Assists Per Game
1 Thomas Wildcats 4.67
2 Walsh Cork 4.0
3 Vanderwal Iona 4.0
4 Aspell Wildcats 3.8
5 Deegan Wildcats 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Cunningham Tolka 3.4
2 Truncale Killester 3.0
3 Dwyer Cork 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Truncale Killester 3.0
2 Fahy Cork 1.5
3 Strong Cork 1.5


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Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 21.3
2 Steinberga Jun 19.9
3 Troina TTT Riga 17.7
4 Kublina TTT Riga 16.0
5 Dijon SK Cesis 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 11.1
2 Steinberga Juni 10.7
3 Vitola SK Riga 10.4
4 Dijon SK Cesis 8.9
5 Eglite RTU 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 Burian TTT Riga 5.7
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.4
3 Tare SK Cesis 4.0
4 Karklina SK Cesis 3.9
5 Klintsone RTU 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Karklina SK Cesis 4.5
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.3
3 Krumberga TTT 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Vitola SK Riga 2.4
2 Borodavko DU 1.6
3 Gailite RTU 1.5
Ranking
1 Niedola Liepajas 26.3
2 Kublina TTT Riga 21.3
3 Dijon SK Cesis 20.9
4 Troina TTT Riga 20.6
5 Kityzina TTT Riga 18.7


TTT Riga is perfect, while Cesis climbs to 6-1 - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga remains perfect with 7-0 record in LSBL, while Cesis climbs to 6-1 after a win over SK Riga 120:42. Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) led the winners with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) and Karline Nimane (188-F-90) followed her with 4 points apiece. TTT Juniors are 5-2 after 75:51 over DU.
Meanwhile 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 scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga 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 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.
Anda Eibele (170-G-84) posted 3 points and made 3 rebounds for Gospic but Gran Canaria narrowly defeated Gospic at home court to celebrate the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Thus Gran Canaria improved at 1-3 record in Pool F, while sending their opponents to 2-2 record. The first term proved to be decisive in the encounter as the hosts managed to limit Gospic to only 8 points and built a 7-point lead. Gran Canaria opened the game with 10:0 run and secured a 15:8 advantage after ten minutes of action. Adrijana Knezevic and Tiina Sten teamed up for 14 points in the second quarter and Gran Canaria stretched the margin to 9 points at halftime. However the game was far from being done. Marija Vrsaljko and Jelena Ivezic dragged Gospic back into the contest. They cut the distance to 4 points and then Anda Eibele and Jelena Ivezic capped the frame with 5 points to make it just 46:48 for the hosts. Back-to-back trebles from Jelena Ivezic allowed Gospic to draw things level at 52 early in the fourth quarter. Eva Montesdeoca, Adrijana Knezevic and Tiina Sten pulled Gran Canaria back in charge 64:59 with just over a minute remaining. Jelena Ivezic did not surrender and scored 4 straight points for the visitors to reignite the intrigue. But Adrijana Knezevic silenced Gospic with accurate freebies.


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TEO improves to 5-0 to lead LMKL - by Eurobasket News
TEO smashed Egle today 107:30 for 5-0 record in LMKL. A 32-4 in the opening quarter was the result of an easy win. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) led the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Rinkeviciute added 17. Simona Martinkute (187-C/F-86) posted 9 points in the losing effort.
Arvi reached 6-1 record after 102:34 over Alytus. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) led six players who reached double digits for the winners with 24 points and Muravskaya posted 22.
Meanwhile Foton celebrated the first victory in the EuroCup preliminary round. They overcame Solna with Lithuanian Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) 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 and Anna Vida allowed Foton to cut the gap to 3 points at the end of the first frame. Krisztina Kovacs and Hajdana Radunovic 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 and Jurgita Kausaite 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 had 11 points in the loss.
Sf. Gheorghe was better than Dynamo Kursk 70:64 at home thus both teams are on 2-2 now. After 24-23 in the first quarter, Sf. Gheorghe put into the fifth gear during the next period 22-13. The hosts succeeded to set the margin on 12 points at the end of third quarter but they somehow stopped after that. Dynamo intensified defense letting Sf. Gheorghe to score just 5 points in the last frame. However, visitors also weren't so productive in offense stopping on 11 points, what was not enough for any closer than 6 points. Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) netted 13 points and made 9 boards for the visitors.


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Petronyte TEO 23.0
2. Aglinskaite Ru 21.0
3. Balciunaite Aist 16.5
4. Galdikaite Alyt 16.2
5. Zygelyte Lemm 14.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Galdikaite Alyt 12.2
2. Balciunaite Ais 9.83
3. Langhorne TEO 9.0
4. Aleksaite Egle 8.80
5. Alminaite Lais 7.80
Assists Per Game
1. Wilson TEO 6.80
2. Rinkeviciute TEO 3.8
3. Gutkauskaite 3.67
4. Zygelyte Lem 3.40
5. Sauliute Arvi 3.14
2FGP
1. Langhorne, TEO 66.6
2. Petronyte TEO 64.8
3. Pacauskiene, Arvi 59.5
3FGP
1 Kvederaviciute 66.6
2 Sauliute Arvi 53.8
3 Dominauskaite 48.1
Free Throws
1. Milieskiene, LEM 100
2. Streimikyte, TEO 100
3. Petronyte TEO 88.9


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Crasnoscioc and Cazac deliver for the Romanian squads - by Eurobasket News
Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and her 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 scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga 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 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 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.
Olga Cazac (190-C-74) and Sf. Gheorghe was better than Dynamo Kursk 70:64 at home thus both teams are on 2-2 now. After 24-23 in the first quarter, Sf. Gheorghe put into the fifth gear during the next period 22-13. The hosts succeeded to set the margin on 12 points at the end of third quarter but they somehow stopped after that. Dynamo intensified defense letting Sf. Gheorghe to score just 5 points in the last frame. However, visitors also weren't so productive in offense stopping on 11 points, what was not enough for any closer than 6 points. Olga Cazac nailed 7 points and made 4 rebounds.


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Valentin tries hard abroad - by Eurobasket News
Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) and 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 scored 13 points to lead Dynamo. Belinda Snell contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga knocked down 13 points apiece for Targoviste. Cynthia Valentin posted 8 points and made 5 rebounds. Targoviste got to a brave start as they were up by 8 points late in the first term before Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 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 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.

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Round 10 in Slovak League will be divided into 2 days - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 in Slovak League will be divided into 2 days today and tomorrow. The defending champions will not play in the round and will have more time to prepare for the next EuroLeague game and national league.
Meanwhile Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) and Dagmar Imbergerova (188-C-76) contributed for Hungarian Foton celebrated the first victory in the EuroCup preliminary round. They overcame Solna with Lithuanian Jurgita Kausaite 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 and Anna Vida allowed Foton to cut the gap to 3 points at the end of the first frame. Krisztina Kovacs and Hajdana Radunovic 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 and Jurgita Kausaite 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. Dagmar Imbergerova posted 11 points and Bronislava Borovickova added 5. Jurgita Kausaite answered with 16 points for Solna.
Michaela Ivanova (180-F-84) made 6 points and grabbed 2 boards as her 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 came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Darina Misurova contributed 13 points for the winning team. Laima Rickeviciute had 13 points and 12 boards for Arvi in the loss. Tetyana Shchypakina delivered 11 points as Arvi fell at 1-3 record. Rickeviciute, Milda Sauliute and Lizanne Murphy 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 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.


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Stats Leaders - Women
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Sanders, HIT Kr. 22.0
2.T. Oblak, Odeja 21.6
3.Vargas, HIT Kr. 18.7
4. Tisler, Maribor 18.0
5.Baric, Celje 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1.Sanders, HIT Kr. 12.7
2.Brown, Celje 10.5
3. Vargas, HIT Kr. 10.2
4. Furman, AJM 9.6
5. Skof, Domzale 8.6
Assists Per Game
1. Ciglar, Celje 3.6
2. Panic, Jezica 3.6
3. Oliveira, HIT Kr. 3.5
4. Felc, HIT Kr. 3.0
5. Zdolsek, Triglav 3.0
Ranking
1.Sanders, HIT Kr. 28.6
2.Tisler, Maribor 23.7
3.T. Oblak, Odeja 23.0
4.Vargas, HIT Kr. 23.0
5.Baric, Celje 18.2


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LFB Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa - Olesa 48-65
Olesa had an easy job against Extrugasa on the road improving its score on 6-2. Olga Podkovalnikova shined for the winners draining 18 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Mandisa Stevenson collected 13 points and 8 boards for Extrugasa, who now has 2-6.

Mariana - Hondar.-Irun 63-53
Mariana was better than Hondarribia-Irun at home mostly owing to Armintie Price and her 22 points. At the same time Price grabbed 8 more rebounds. Linda Page was behind her with 15 points and impressive 14 rebs. Their team is currently on 6-2. Visitors slipped on 4-4, despite 23 points and 12 rebs by Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert.

Cadi la Seu - Rivas Ecopolis 65-67
Rivas Ecopolis escaped with a tiny road victory vs Cadi La Seu remaining the only perfect team in LFB after 8 rounds. Catherine Joens scored 15 while Petra Ujhelyi and Clara Bermejo stopped on 12 points piece. Sonia Reis registered double-double for Cadi La Seu, 16 points and 12 rebs. Her team has 3-5.

San Jose - Mann Filter 92-64
San Jose trashed Mann Filter at home, thus both teams are on the same record now 3-5. Eshaya Murphy top-scored for the hosts with 24 points. Man Filter got 11 pts from LaToya Thomas.

Halcon A.Per. - EBE Ibiza-PDV 84-59
Another comfortable victory by the hosts in this round. Le'Coe Willingham helped her team to reach sixth win scoring 16 points. Gunta Basko had 2 points less. Silvia Morales posted 15 points in defeat (2-6).

Estudiantes - Ros Casares 55-90
Powerful Ros Casares cruised past Estudiantes on the road thanks to fantastic Amaya Valdemoro, who collected 25 points and 6 rebounds. The hosts had only one player with double digits in scoring. It was Leah Rush, who posted 15. Ros Casares currently has 7-1 while Estu stays on just 2 wins so far.

Gran Canaria - Real C.Vigo 59-77
Granca suffered home defeat vs Celta Vigo staying at the bottom of the standings with poor 1-7. Visitors moved up on 3-5. Blanca Marcos and Agne Ciudariene combined 40 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Adrijana Knezevic netted 13 for the hosts.



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  TURKEY - Women  


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


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Sheffield H. 4-0 
 2. Northumbria 4-1 
 3. UWIC Archers 3-0 
 4. Rh.Rebels 2-1 
 5. London HA 2-2 
 6. London M. 2-2 
 7. Manchester M. 1-2 
 8. Nottingham W. 1-2 
 9. Solent S. 1-3 
 10. Leeds C. 0-3 
 11. Sevenoaks S. 0-4 


Butler and her Spanish team earned the third win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and Spanish San Jose earned the third win in the EuroCup preliminary round. 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 stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Lucila Pascua delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Matea Vrdoljak answered with 18 points for Ragusa. Jennifer Harris 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 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 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. Kimberly Butler posted 9 points and made 9 boards for the winners.
Extrugasa built an 11-point first-quarter lead and maintained it to secure a road 66:80 win over Ribera in EuroCup action. 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 topscored for Extrugasa with 19 points. Katia Da Silva contributed 16 points for the winners. Kaayla Chones 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 and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) collected 2 points and 3 rebounds. 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.