EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/18/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A round 14 highlights11/17/2008 9:34:56 AM - by Facundo Iatzky
End of the first stage:
The first stage has finished and now all the teams will be united in an only group. The second stage will start next weekend. The eight teams qualifed to 'Super 8 tournament' are: Atenas, Regatas, Quimsa, Libertad, BB Estudiantes, Gimnasia CR, El Nacional, Obras S.

MVP of the round: Jazwin Cowan (205-F-83, college: Hampton) 26 pts 15 reb 2 bl

game of the round: Quilmes 106- BB Estudiantes 98 (2 OT): Impressive game in Mar del plata with two overtimes between two of the team that showed a good performance in this first stage. Quilmes came better to the second overtime and could win with an amazing game of Jaz Cowan who improves his performance game by game.

Best 5:
Jazwin Cowan of quilmes
Anthony Glover (196-F-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: St.John's) of Olimpico
Edward Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut) of estudiantes
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) of estudiantes
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency) of penarol

second team:
Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina) of sionista
Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) of independiente
Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) of independiente
Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances) of boca
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) of regatas

points:
Cedric Moodie 29
Edward Nelson 28
Jazwin Cowan 26
Jamaal Levy 26
Roman Gonzalez 25

rebounds:
Jazwin Cowan 15
Edward Nelson 13
Tyler Field 12
Mark Bortz 11
Erron Maxey 11

assists:
Hernando Salles (188-G-79) 13
Luis Cequeira 9
Leonardo La Bella 7
Pedro franco 5
Charles Jones 5


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 5 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 3:56:25 PM - by Eurobasket News
Kapfenberg - Gussing 75-68
Kapfenberg Bulls was too strong for Gussing at home jumping on 4-1 record in A Bundesliga. Wayne Arnold was a key player for the hosts netting 23 points, including 5 triples (5 of 9). Experienced Ramiz Suljanovic helped with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jermaine Thomas had 24 points and 6 assists for Gussing, who dropped on 3-2.

UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 71-95
Furstenfeld cruised past UBSC Graz on the road mostly owing to Bryan Lucas and Shawn Ray, which combined 43 points and 11 rebounds. Their team currently has 4-1. Julian Mascoll contributed with 22 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in defeat. His Graz stays on just 1 win in 5 appearances.

Vienna - Oberwart 64-75
As it was expected, Oberwart visited Vienna returning home with victory, the 4th one this season. On the other side, the hosts remained at the bottom of the standings winless. Milan Stenjagic and Marcus Stout scored 16 points each for the Gunners. Jasmon Youngblood had one point less. Ravone George shined in Vienna with 29 points.

Klosterneub. - Worthersee 74-62
Klosterneuburg grabbed the first victory this season thanks to Cristoph Nagler, who nailed 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Visitors got 21 points from Erik Rhinehart. Klosterneuburg improved on 1-4, while Worthersee slipped on 2-3.

Gmunden - St.Polten 87-59
Gmunden trashed St. Polten without any extra efforts. Deteri Mayes paced Gmunden to third victory draining 23 points for 27 minutes (4 triples). Martin Spieser had 17 points and 5 boards in defeat. His St. Polten is together with Vienna on the bottom with no win, 0-5.

Arkadia - Wels 91-81
In the last game of round five Arkadia handed the first defeat to Wels, thus both teams are currently on the same score (4-1). Dragan Zekovic and Deven Mitchell demonstrated wonderful performance for the hosts delivering 28 points apiece. Tilo Klette scored 18 in loss.



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  BAHRAIN   


Manama ease past Sitra11/17/2008 6:39:25 AM - by Walter Neto
JARR David scored 31 points and guided Manama to a crucial 86-64 victory over Sitra in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League match last night at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex. The 15-time league champions, coached by Salman Ramadan, proved too strong for their opponents in an action-packed match which was attended by a big crowd. Both Omran Abdulreda and Mahmood Ghuloom 'Mash' were also in top form for Manama, scoring 17 points each. Other players who made crucial contributions for the winners were Mohammed Hussain, who scored 11 points, besides Abdulmajeed Ali 'Shahram' and rising players - Ahmed Aziz, Mahdi Hassan, Hani Alam, Hassan Habib and Ayoob Najaf.

It was the seventh win in eight matches for Manama who now regained their lead in the 10-team round robin championship with 15 points from eight matches. They are one point ahead of second-placers Nuwaidrat and two on top of defending champions Muharraq who have 13 points. Muharraq also have a match in hand against Al Ahli on Friday.

On the other hand, Sitra's fifth defeat saw them share sixth position with Al Ittihad and Isa Town with 11 points each from eight matches. Sitra's top player yesterday was Edei Boni of Nigeroa who made the bulk of scoring with 23 points.

In another match, Al Hala recovered from their disastrous defeat to Manama last week with a tough 86-79 victory over Isa Town.Jonathan Hopkins masterminded Al Hala's fourth win by scoring 30 points. Saleh Al Haddad-coached Al Hala now moved up to fifth place with 12 points.For Isa Town, their best player was veteran Ahmed Qahiri who scored 31 points. Hoping to continue their recent good run in the league and move up in the table, Isa Town suffered their fifth defeat in eight matches and are presently eighth with 11 points. Source GDN- R. Hulayyel.


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  BELIZE   


Tigersharks Were Victorious Over the UB Jaguars!!!11/17/2008 4:30:22 PM - by David Magana
Last Sunday evening the BBA tournament continued its regular season with two games. In the first match, the Belmopan Energy (1-2) bombed the Perk Up Hawks (0-3) by a score of 80 62. Probably what the Hawks are lacking is miscibility among their players and a bench that can contribute with points. BNE so far has not shown to be the team we know characterizes them, a team that puts up a fight especially when they are down and their love for the shirt. In the end, Aubrey Lopez (188-G) led his team with 27 pts, 6 rebs, Mark Wagner 12 pts, Jason Daly (183-G) and Lloyd Leslie (186-G) both with 10 pts a piece. In a losing effort, Marcel Orozco (188-G/F) had double figures, 12 pts, 10 rebs, Jamir Enriquez 15 pts, 7 rebs and David Laing 11 pts.
In the second game, the UB Jaguars (3-1) were put to a halt after there three game winning streak by the San Pedro Tigersharks (4-0). The game was close from the beginning up to the third quarter. In the last quarter the young men lost focus losing the game to a much experience Tigersharks. In the end, the Tigersharks took the game by a score of 82 -72. Kurt Burgess (-F/C) had another great night with 20 pts, 22 rebs, and 4 blocks, Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) 19 pts, 8 rebs, Kelvin Gillett (170-G) 14 pts, 7 rebs and Eugene Jex 14 pts, 6 rebs. In a losing effort Lennox Bowman (180-G) finished with 23 pts, Winston Pratt 17 pts, 9 rebs and Travis Lennon 12 pts, 8 rebs.


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  BULGARIA   


Pini Gershon started with lessons for young talents in Bulgaria11/17/2008 5:14:43 PM - by Valentin Anguelov
Today in 'Vasil Levski' hall the coach of national team of Bulgaria Pini Gershon started his practices from the two day camp with some of our most talented young players. 20 players, born in 1993 and in 1994 from different Bulgarian teams were strictly doing everything the Israelian specialist tried to show them in the first of his four training sessions. Gershon was explaining the boys some fundamental technices of dribbling and shooting and next to him was also the trainer of the national team Avi Kovalski. In the session took part also the young coach of Overgas academy Hristo Tsenov who was translating every word of Gershon.
The training sessions will continue tomorrow when Pini will work twice with the juniors born 1991 and 1992.

A total of 40 youngsters were selected earlier this year by the development manager of the federation Georgi Gloushkov and they already had two camps under the guidance of Georgi Dimitrov and Ivaylo Ravutsov.

Pini Gershon will not only have the chance to show part of his knowledge to our young players and coaches but also to have an idea what kind of potential the Bulgarian basketball is having.

The sessions are open for all of our coaches who have the desire to get in touch with the style of working of the Israelian specialist. Today in the gym were young specialists like Boris Borisov, Ivan Kotsev, Decho Koeshinov, Ivaylo Stoimenov, Yavor Asparuhov, Eduard Valchev, Borislav Trifonov and also few other young coaches alongside more known like Rumen Trendafilov, Hristo Doychinov and even Vladimir Tsvetkov from NSA. The interess though should be a lot more given the fact those lessons are free and also priceless for every single coach in Bulgaria.


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen11/17/2008 1:28:00 PM
Basketligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 6-1 
 2. Svendborg 5-1 
 3. Horsholm 5-2 
 4. Randers 5-2 
 5. Amager BK 5-2 
 6. Naestved 4-3 
 7. Aabyhoj 2-5 
 8. SISU 1-5 
 9. Roskilde 1-6 
 10. Horsens IC 0-7 


Canal Digital League Round 7.11/17/2008 10:30:44 AM - by Thomas Soltau

Bakken VS Randers (98-81): On a rare poor-shooting-night from Randers star Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida), a well playing Bakken team disrupted both the offence and defensive rhythm of the visitors. With Colas in foul-trouble for parts of the game, Bakken simply overpowered the Randers team.
Bakken was the better team in all aspects of the game. This allowing them to rest a lot of their main players, as it was clear early on that Randers was not going to stand much chance of winning the game.
For Bakken Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) had impressive 19 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of floor time, while young Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) provided a nice shooting touch and finished with 22 points in 21 minutes.

Aabyhoj VS Amager (72-89): There was no surprise in this game, as Amager came out ready to play. In the first half Aabyhoj saw the visitors build a solid 14-point-lead. 47-33 was the score at the halfway mark.
Amager dominated the boards and also presented a much more balanced attack and shared the ball. Justin James (199-F/C-82, college: La Palma) who had been struggling to find his role within the team had blossomed lately. 23 points and 9 rebounds, on 10-13 field goals, but most importantly he limited his personal fouls to just 3.
Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) is continuously fighting hard to try to put his team in position to win, but he needs help if Aabyhoj is to improve. The player is leading the CDL in Scoring at the moment, and had 25 points in this game.

Horsholm VS Svendborg (73-64): Horsholm became the first team to take a Svendborg scalp. The home team set the tone with a great first quarter, holding the Rabbits to just 13 points. Hrsholm carried that 12 point lead throughout the game, securing a really important win.
Jerald Minnis (201-F/C-85, college: High Point) had a strong game with 18 points and 8 rebounds on a good shooting night.

Horsens VS Roskilde (86-101): The two winless teams faced off in Horsens. Roskilde pulled away quickly, after a great first quarter. The game also gave debut to Roskildes new US player forward Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville). The athletic player played 29 minutes in his first CDL game and had 10 points and 5 boards.
The Horsens defense have seen better days, as Roskilde scored at will and shot great percentages from all over the court. For Roskilde Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) lead the way with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
In defeat Anders Katholm (202-F-77) had the only Horsens player with an overall good game, being 6-7 from the floor, grabbing 6 rebounds while scoring 20 points.
Horsens will need to make changes, because the former power in Danish basketball have never played this poorly. The team is now 0-7.


SISU VS Naestved: Due to changes in the TV-game-schedule this game was played two weeks ago.
Naestved won. The result was 86-98.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers in NBA Action on Sunday Night11/17/2008 10:08:49 AM - by Surujh Roopnarine
Miami Heat (96) at Toronto Raptors (107)
HEAT: Daequan Cook (6'5''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) (16pt+4rb+3as), Joel Anthony (2pt+4rb)
RAPTORS: Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) (8pt+5rb+4as)

Orlando Magic (90) at Charlotte Bobcats (85)
MAGIC: Anthony Johnson (6'3''-G-74, college: Charleston) (0pt+2rb)
BOBCATS: Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) (6pt+3rb), Shannon Brown (2pt)

Dallas Mavericks (124) at New York Knicks (114) OT
MAVS: Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) (12pt+7rb), Jose Juan Barea (7pt+4as)

Minnesota Timberwolves (84) at Denver Nuggets (90)
NUGGETS: Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, college: Duke) (2pt+1rb+1as)

Detroit Pistons (86) at Phoenix Suns (104)
PISTONS: Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech) (6pt+2st), Amir Johnson (1pt+6rb)
SUNS: Louis Amundson (6'9''-F-82, college: UNLV) (5pt+3rb+3bs)

San Antonio Spurs (90) at Sacramento Kings (88)
SPURS: Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) (2pt+1rb+1as)
KINGS: Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, college: Nebraska) (2pt+8rb)


Spurs Sign former D-League Rookie of the Year Blake Ahearn11/17/2008 10:09:44 AM - by Surujh Roopnarine
The San Antonio Spurs, looking for added point guard depth, signed former NBA Development League Rookie of the Year and Miami Heat guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.). Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) was waived to clear a roster space. Ahearn is the first player called up from the D-League in the 2008-09 season. He was in Minnesotas 2008 training camp where he averaged 7.8 points and 1.2 assists in five games. After being waived by the Timberwolves he joined the Dakota Wizards. Ahearn was in camp with the Wizards prior to signing with the Spurs. During the 2007-08 season the 6-2, 190-pound, Ahearn appeared in 41 games for the Wizards. He averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game. He shot .486 (239-492) from the field, .439 (108-246) from three-point land and .960 (192-200) from the line. Ahearn was signed by the Miami Heat on 3/21/08. He spent the remainder of the 2007-08 season with Miami. In 12 games with the Heat he averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds.
Farmer was signed by the Spurs as a free agent on 9/17/08. He appeared in three games for San Antonio, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.0 minutes.


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML11/17/2008 1:30:49 PM
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 8-0 
 2. Kalev Tallinn 4-1 
 3. TTU KK 4-1 
 4. TU/Rock 3-0 
 5. Kuremaa 2-6 
 6. Valga Welg 1-5 
 7. Rakvere 1-5 
 8. Parnu 0-5 


TOUGH DRAW FOR THE EUROCHALLENGE CUP!11/17/2008 3:02:39 PM - by Ozell Wells
2 strongest teams Tartu Ulikool/Rock and BC BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Tallinn found out today their oponents this year euroseries.
Tartu Ulikool/Rock drew lots in EuroChallenge series in to G.-subgroup with Italian La Fortezza Bologna, Russian CSK VVS Samara and Belgian team Base Oostende.
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn is in the same series in H-group with Russian Triumph Lyubertsy, german Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt and Ukrainian BC Kyiv.
Tartu Ulikool/Rocks first game is 25. nov. abroad with Samaara, BC BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn plays same day at home with the Skyliners.
Total in Eurochallenge series 32 teams.


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings11/17/2008 4:11:37 AM
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. En.Czarni 0-0 
 2. Cajasol 0-0 
 3. Ventspils 0-0 
 4. Liege 0-0 
Group B
 1. Ural Great 0-0 
 2. Telekom B. 0-0 
 3. Keravnos 0-0 
 4. Hyeres-Toulon 0-0 
Group C
 1. Cholet 0-0 
 2. Fribourg 0-0 
 3. Sumykhimpr. 0-0 
 4. Lok.Rostov 0-0 
Group D
 1. Gmunden 0-0 
 2. Siauliai 0-0 
 3. AEL 0-0 
 4. Eiff.Towers 0-0 
Group E
 1. Olimpia L. 0-0 
 2. Jerusalem 0-0 
 3. Amsterdam 0-0 
 4. EWE Baskets 0-0 
Group F
 1. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 2. Galatasaray 0-0 
 3. Khimik 0-0 
 4. M.Hainaut 0-0 
Group G
 1. La Fortezza 0-0 
 2. Oostende 0-0 
 3. CSK VVS 0-0 
 4. TU/Rock 0-0 
Group H
 1. BC Kyiv 0-0 
 2. Triumph 0-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 4. Dt.Bank SKY 0-0 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings11/17/2008 4:11:17 AM
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 0-0 
 2. C.C. Marousi 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
 4. ASK Riga 0-0 
Group B
 1. Unics 0-0 
 2. Lukoil A. 0-0 
 3. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 4. Dynamo M. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Khimky 0-0 
 2. Le Havre 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
 4. Benetton 0-0 
Group D
 1. T.Telekom 0-0 
 2. Aris 0-0 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 4. Panellinios 0-0 
Group E
 1. Lietuvos 0-0 
 2. Azovmash 0-0 
 3. ASVEL 0-0 
 4. Kalise G.C. 0-0 
Group F
 1. Charleroi 0-0 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 3. Turow 0-0 
 4. Brose Baskets 0-0 
Group G
 1. Pamesa V. 0-0 
 2. Fortitudo 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 4. FMP 0-0 
Group H
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Hemofarm 0-0 
 3. Nymburk 0-0 
 4. Iurbentia B. 0-0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Milic will undergo knee surgery11/17/2008 6:52:32 AM - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija's captain Marko Milic (199-G-77) will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn meniscus during Euroleague's game against Tau Ceramica in October, 30. The 21-year-old Milic is expected to be out for five weeks. Milic averaging 23 minutes, 11,8 points, 4,3 rebounds, and 2,0 assists in Euroleague and 24,5 minutes, 11,7 points, 5,7 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,1 steals in NLB Adriatic League.

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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot crushed Pyrinto11/17/2008 2:27:03 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 11: One (TV)game tonight. Kouvot (Kouvola) crushed visitor Pyrinto (Tampere) by 47 pts 112-65 (52-30). Quarters: 23-15, 29-15, 30-14, 30-21.
Kouvot 'D'efense was poison for all Pyrinto players. Pyrinto was not quite awake and Kouvot aggressive full court press made Pyrinto performance seem pathetic.
Head Coach Pieti Poikola (Pyrinto) got tired even towards Team's American players and so such an odd scene was seen; there were long moments only Finnish
players on the court! Kouvot had six players in double figures and home team was enjoying by shooting 39 treys making 18 of them (46,2%). Roope Suonio (176-G-82) led Kouvot with 17 pts, Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) added 16 (personal record on top level) and Samu Kaaresvirta (192-F-81) 16 pts as well. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) (13) and Aleksi Huuskonen (187-G-88) (11) were the only Pyrinto players over 10 pts. The first quarter of the regular season is now over. YMCA Lahti (8-3) and Kataja (Joensuu) (8-3) are on the top,
ToPo (Helsinki) (3-8) and Tarmo (Porvoo) (3-8) on the bottom.

Kouvot - Pyrinto 112-65 (52-30) (Roope Suonio 17, Antti Kanervo 16, Samu Kaaresvirta 16 - Chris Hester 13, Aleksi Huuskonen 11).



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto crushed Kataja 118-79!11/17/2008 1:46:39 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 7: Kataja (Joensuu), one of the favourite teams this season, is in troubles right now. After winning four games in a row Team Kataja
lost American F Quinnell Brown for weeks on injured list (sprained ankle) and about the same time Team fired American G Ty Harrelson. Kataja lost last
Wednesday at home vs Tarmo (Porvoo), and tonight Pyrinto crushed Kataja at Tampere 118-79 (57-31)! Brown is still on injured list and Larry Blair, who will
replace Harrelson, was not allowed to play because of the lackness of the international license. Kataja lost the boards 47-30 and was shooting treys 8,7%
(2/23)! Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) led Pyrinto with 30 pts (26 during the first quarter) and nine rbs.
Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated ToPo (Helsinki) by 30 pts 92-62 (41-28)! Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) led Kouvot with 26 pts. ToPo this time got only 10 pts from team's American players.
James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) scored those 10 pts, Isaac Spencer had zero (0) pts and Robert Epps is still on injured list. Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) (FoKoPo, Forssa) was the game MVP, when hosting FoKoPo beat Tarmo (Porvoo) 88-69 (42-37). Cunningham tallied 20 pts and grabbed 19 rbs. Finnish guards Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) and Teemu Heiskanen (188-G-84) combined 29 pts. YMCA Lahti won over Korihait Uusikaupunki by three (80-77) and YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs Team Componenta (Karkkila) by five (79-84).

Pyrinto - Kataja 118-79 (57-31) (Chris Hester 30, Kurtis Rice 24, Antero Lehto 21 - Sami Lehtoranta 22/10, Jeremiah Wood 17, Petri Virtanen 14).

Kouvot - ToPo 92-62 (41-28) (Ronny LeMelle 26, Brian Swift 16, Tuomas Iisalo 15 - Panu Majala 14, James Allen 10).

FoKoPo - Tarmo 88-69 (42-37) (Ray Cunningham 20/19, Mikko Jalonen 18, Teemu Heiskanen 14 - Emmanuel Messy 13, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13, Mikael Holme 11).

YMCA Lahti - Korihait 80-77 (38-28) (Sami Pekkola 24, Ilkka Vuori 18, Melvin Tyler 16/11 - Alain Laroche 22, Heikki Saaristo 11, Josh Gonner 11).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Team Componenta 79-84 (43-39) (HL Coleman 22, Jerel Blassingame 14/11a, Demetrius Brown 14 - Frank Richards 19, Marcus Watts 18, Clifton Jones 16/12).


KORISLIIGA: The last 5 minutes 19-0!11/17/2008 1:43:40 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 10: Sometimes players forget, that basketball games are lasting at least 40 minutes, not 35 minutes. Tonight YMCA Lappeenranta had
a 73-83 lead at Joensuu vs hosting Kataja, but Kataja won the last 5 minutes 19-0 and the contest 92-83! Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Kataja with 20 pts and 17 rbs. Anssi Kinnaslampi (191-G-82) added 20 pts. Kataja's all starters were in double figures. Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) led YMCA LPR with game high 28 pts and seven assists.
In Helsinki local ToPo was down by five vs Korihait, Uusikaupunki (69-74) one minute to go, but ToPo's Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) made two treys (0:49 and 0:08 seconds to go) and ToPo won by one 75-74! Elias Kajander (196-F-80) netted 21 pts for ToPo. Mark Zoller (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) (Korihait) had a double-double 23/10. In Porvoo Tarmo had a 75-54 lead vs Kouvot (Kouvola), visitors won the last five minutes 6-18, but Tarmo upset Kouvot 81-72. Tarmo's three foreigner players Steve Barnes (178-G-82, college: S.Utah) - E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte)-Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) combined 61 pts.

Kataja - YMCA Lappeenranta 92-83 (44-47) (Jeremiah Wood 20/17, Anssi Kinnaslampi 20, Larry Blair 17/6a - Jerel Blassingame 28/7a, H.L.Coleman 21, Demetrius Brown 10/10).

ToPo - Korihait 75-74 (45-31) (Elias Kajander 21, Timo Heinonen 13, Robert Epps 12 - Mark Zoller 23/10, Josh Gonner 18, Alain Laroche 14).

Tarmo - Kouvot 81-72 (39-34) (Steve Barnes 22, E.J.Drayton 21/15, Emmanuel Messy 18/11 - Calvin Walls 15, Roope Suonio 13, Tuomas Iisalo 11).



KORISLIIGA: Tarmo upset Kataja in Joensuu11/17/2008 1:45:34 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 6: There are no undefeated teams anymore on Top Level in Finland. The last one Kataja (Joensuu) with record 4-0 playing at home tonight
vs visitor Tarmo (Porvoo) (1-4). Kataja had American F Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) on injured list (ankle) and American G Ty Harrelson (193-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Wayland Baptist) at the end of the bench but not playing (just got fired), and that was too much odds for Tarmo. Tarmo won the second time ever in Joensuu and first time at new Joensuu Arena 77-83 (35-38). Quarters: 16-26, 19-12, 25-18, 17-27. Tarmo had four players in double figures and was led by Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) (21/9) and Steve Barnes (178-G-82, college: S.Utah) 17/7/6a. Kataja's Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) scored 21 pts - grabbed 11 rbs - and gave seven assists.

There were several close and interesting games on Round 6. In Helsinki ToPo beat Honka (Espoo) 76-73 (35-34). James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) scored game high 23 pts for ToPo. In Uusikaupunki hosting Korihait defeated YMCA Lappeenranta also by three 91-88 (42-45). Alain Laroche netted his season high 32 pts. In Kotka local KTP won over Pyrinto (Tampere) 98-91 (53-53). Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) and Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) combined 24+24 pts = 48 pts for KTP. In Lahti visitor FoKoPo (Forssa) won the rebounds 25-41, but lost the contest 83-75 (40-37). Ilkka Vuori led Lahti with 22 pts. And in Karkkila Team Componenta lost vs Kouvot (Kouvola) 84-91 (28-54). Marcus Watts (201-F-86, college: Chattanooga) (TC) tallied 31 pts. Kouvot had six players in double figures. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) led Kouvot with 15 pts. Three players had 14 pts.

Kataja - Tarmo 77-83 (35-38) (Petri Virtanen 22/5a, Jeremiah Wood 21/11/7a, Sami Lehtoranta 13 - Emmanuel Messy 21, Steve Barnes 17/6a, Mikael Holme 15).

ToPo - Honka 76-73 (35-34) (James Allen 23, Isaac Spencer 18, Eero Lehtinen 13 - Kimmo Muurinen 18, Akeem Scott 17/5a, Ben Perkins 16).

YMCA Lahti - FoKoPo 83-75 (40-37) Ilkka Vuori 22, Ville Vesala 19, Bilal Abdullah 18 - Vincent Hunter 17, Mikko Jalonen 14, Latece William 12/12).

Korihait - YMCA Lappeenranta 91-88 (42-45) (Alain Laroche 32, Mark Zoller 18/12, Bojan Sarvevic 16 - Jerel Blassingame 30/6a, HL Coleman 23/11, Demetrius Brown 15).

Team Componenta - Kouvot 84-91 (28-54) (Marcus Watts 31, Frank Richards 19, Martti Kuisma 10 - Matti Nuutinen 15, Calvin Walls 14, Brian Swift 14).

KTP - Pyrinto 98-91 (53-53) (Ville Makalainen 24, Steve Smith 24, Toni Ilmonen 16 - Joni Harjula 20, Kurtis Rice, Antti Nikkila 18/12).




FINNISH CUP: Jerel Blassingame had a triple-double11/17/2008 1:41:33 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

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

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



KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti and Lappeenranta winning11/17/2008 1:40:28 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

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

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

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



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Danny STRONG comes back in Le Havre11/17/2008 9:50:05 AM - by Gregory Caru
After a tragic start(1-8)Le Havre is trying to react!Coach Sousa has decided to release Kentrell Gransberry,Center(7,9ppg 7,1rpg signed by Nordlingen GER)and the club has engaged Danny Strong,Forward.This player loves France because he has already played 5 seasons in Gravelines(pro a)and one season in Le Havre in this time in pro b(22,4ppg 6,3rpg in 1999-2000)with his new coach.This is a good player who can play for his team,not a'mad shooter',but his last season hasn't been very good with Leon(SPA) 1,7ppg in 10 games.Le Havre should search another player because Brian Laing(7,1ppg 2rpg)doesn't play very well since the beginning of the season like the rest of his team,but this is a US player,he is more easy to cut!Danny Strong (199-F-74, college: N.Carolina St.)

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ProA Round: 8 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 3:18:04 AM - by Eurobasket News
ETB Wohnbau - teckproBraves 72-66
ETB Wohnbau bettered their positions after defeating teckproBraves 72:66 in Round 8 of Pro A. Thomas Tayron paced all the winners with 24 points and Lincoln Brandon netted 16. Zyskunov Alexander posted 19 points for the visitors.

Jena - Hagen 83-86
Hagen survived over Jena in a 83:86 road win to improve to 7-1 record. Freeman Zach led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Seggelke Alexander struggled hard for the hosts providing 35 points and 8 rebounds.

Lich - Cuxhaven 75-92
Watkins Brandon was unstoppable for Cuxhaven in a road win over Lich with 35 points. His team celebrated 92:75 victory as Seward Edward collected 17 points and 14 boards. Lischka Johannes finished the night with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Heidelberg - B.Muenchen 97-102
Heidelberg was defeated at home by Muenchen 97:102 as six players reached double digits for the winners. Parker Kelvin led all of them with 23 points and Brooks Cedric netted 22. Komarek Oliver top-scored with 27 points for the home side.

MBC - Bayreuth 58-87
Bayreuth improved on top with 7-1 record after 87:58 over MBC. Sheffield LaShon paced all the winners with 19 points, while Oppland Dan netted 17. Gilbert Johnnie produced 14 points in the losing effort.

Schalke - Kirchheim 85-89
Kirchheim stole a 89:85 victory from Schalke as Baumann Adam exploded with 31 points and 15 caroms. Crawford Clifford followed him with 20 points and Scott, Gordon added 13. Hall Melvin and Abercrombie Cory combined 53 points in defeat.

Langen - Chemnitz 89-79
Jeffers Kyle top-scored for Langen with 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 89:79 win over Chemnitz. Barth Sebastian and Benzing Robin nailed 19 points apiece as the winners improve to 2-6. Pfeifer Dustin ended up with 18 points for the guests.



Anthony King has a double-double11/17/2008 11:39:39 AM - by Interperformances
6'9' power forward /center Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) has not always had a lot of playing time in his first year in Europe, but has worked hard gaining the respect from coach Murat Didin of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt in the tough Bundesliga. In the game against Brose Baskets Anthony played 30 minutes scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He went to the University of Miami where he had a curious stat in his junior year: he averaged more rebounds (9,3) than points ( 7,9).

Giessen stuck in traffic jam!11/17/2008 3:56:17 AM - by Manuel Schust
EnBW Ludwigsburg vs. LTi Giessen 46ers 1-0. ?
Thats what the figures say. And even though this clearly looks like a score from soccer, the figures really dont lie.
Saturdays game was scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. At 3 pm the 46ers team left the city of Giessen. But 50 kilometers away from the destination Ludwigsburg the teambus was stuck in traffic on the highway. With time running out the 46ers asked for a one-hour delay. But Ludwigsburgs agreement for that would have been necessary. As expected Ludwigsburg refused to begin the game later.
According to 20 and 21 of BBL regulations Ludwigsburg wins this game because of Giessens absence 1-0.
After being informed about Ludwigsburgs declining, the 46ers decided to not even show up and take the next exit on the highway to drive home.
Embarrassing for Giessen and a huge disappointment for all fans that came to Ludwigsburg's Rundsporthalle.

The 46ers also have to face another punishment: As a result of not making it to Ludwigsburg the team will lose every direct comparison to opponents with the same record.
For a team like Giessen that has to fight against relegation this could turn out to be a very tough penalty.


Brandon Woudstra(ENBW Ludwigsburg) Interview Part 211/17/2008 6:39:32 PM - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Woudstra (191-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Northwestern (IA)),You grew up in Iowa. What was your childhood like?

I had a great childhood in small town. My dad was and is a college basketball coach so many hours were spent in the gym. I went to a small Christian high school so I was able to play four sports and I enjoyed them all.


Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

My favorite pros were Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Craig Douma was a player on our local college team I really looked up to.


Iowa has a lot of land and not many people. Since their might have been so little to do, did that give you more incentive to play Basketball in your free time?

I think it was more of my familys involvement in basketball than being in Iowa.


You hold the scoring and assist career record at Northwestern. What were your fondest memories on the court and off?

On the court it was winning in the NAIA national championship in 2001 and 2003. Off the court was spending time with guys on the team who are still many of my best friends today.


Who was the best player that you played agaisnt at college, who might be in NBA or playing in Europe now?

Probably Nick Collison and Kirk Heinrich from high school.


You played your first professional season in Iceland and averaged 24,9 points and 6,4 rebounds. What kind of experience was that for you and what lovely new things did you learn in Iceland?

Iceland was a great place to live and the people there are wonderful. Its really a beautiful place. Iceland was a good opportunity for me to get my feet wet playing pro, as many teams at the time werent very interested in an NAIA player.

Then you went to Holland and played ar Aris and led league in scoring, but also had an average of five assists per game. In a clsoe game situation do rather take the shot or make the extra pass for the win?

Whichever one scores.


You then played two successful years in Leverkusen. Your first season you led team in scoring with 17,4 points per game and in second year, you led team to semi finals of playoffs. What arey our nicest memories of your time there?

I think my best memories were the winning streaks we went on in both seasons. Both season started quite roughly, but we stuck together as a team and had two great streaks to finish both seasons. I think that was a testament to the players we had and the coaching staff who kept us together.


your ex teammate there Derrick Allen now plays for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS. Is their a more dedicated and hard working guy like him in the BBL?

Derrick does everything with energy. His motor never stops and he definitely has worked hard to be the player he is in this league. I knew him from when we played against each other in Iceland and he gets better every year.


This is your fourth season in Germany. How is your German coming along?

Its ok and I get by. I wouldnt say I am fluent by any means, and it would be hard to get there when almost everyone here speaks some English and especially within the team.


What would you like to do after Basketball career. You hvae been known to conduct practices. Maybe if Rick Stafford is sick one day, you can do practice?lol

I dont think I would ever want to be a head coach, but I can see myself working with younger players, as I do now in the summers. Its hard to say where the Lord leads after basketball is over.


You won the three point shooting contest at the Dutch Allstar game in 2005. What is the most three pointers that you hav e hit in practie in a row?

I am not even sure. Probably something in the 20s.


I wanna see you play against Ilian Evtimov for the three point thrown, but I guess he has to get his 3pt% up abit for the Allstar game

Three point contests are a fun thing, I am not even sure who or how they pick them here, but I would always be up for it.

What are your hobbies?

Spending time with my family, keeping in touch with friends on the net, fishing, and watching sports.


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Problem for AEK11/17/2008 1:50:09 PM - by Serafim Karaiskakis
AEK owns 102.400 euro to Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and they have deadline till 21 of November to pay that money so they will not have participation problem in the league. The new administration of AEK waits the new boss of PAOK (D.Drosos) to pay this debt as he promised. Fiba decided to forbid transfers for AEK until this issue is settled,

AEK wanted to sign one playmaker but because of Smiljan Pavic case, they will stay for the next games with the same roster.


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Greene arrested for driving under influence11/17/2008 5:29:58 PM - by Fred Roggen
Last week, Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) was arrested for driving under the influence. He was apprehended with his teammates Carvalho and Thomas by the police. Orien Greene, a former NBA player, appeared to have drunk too much and had to spend the night in prison. Eclipsejet-Amsterdam Head-coach Arek Shivek wanted no substantive discussion of the incident. Shivek believes that such problems should remain internally.


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Premier L. Round: 4 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 3:36:01 AM - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Kiryat Ata 88-56
Maccabi T-A remained undefeated in Ligat Winner after beating Kiryat Ata 88:56. Simmons Chester led the winners with 13 points to 3-0 record. Fischer D'or netted 12, while Arroyo Carlos missed a triple-double having 11 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Kohansky Erez produced 18 points in defeat.

Ashkelon - Givat Shmuel 70-76
Givat Shmuel posted 76:70 road victory over Ashkelon for 3-1 record. Hall Jermaine collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Bradford Steffon followed him with 15 points. Burtt Steve notched 18 points for the home side.

Hapoel Holon - Rishon LZ 79-71
Hapoel Holon slao grabbed 3-1 record outscoring Rishon LZ 79:71 on Sunday. Withers Curtis paced all the winners with 14 points and Flores Luis scored 13. Mossinzon Gil brought 21 points for the visitors.

Bnei Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 67-65
Bnei Hasharon outscored Ironi Nahariya 67:65 in the last game of Round 4. Tha game was played on November 17th and Bnei Hasharon was gald to tie at 2-2 record. Belcher Segado led the winners with 17 points, whilst Lewis Ron had 18 in defeat.

Macc.Haifa - Galil Gilboa 83-88
Galil Gilboa enjoys 3-1 record defeating Maccabi Haifa Heat and handing them the first loss in the league. Roberts Brian top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Randle Brain added 17. Perkins Doron nailed 23 points in the losing effort.

Ramat Gan - Jerusalem 90-105
Ramat Gan lost to Jerusalem 90:105 as six players scored double digits for the winners. Shason Sharon led all of them with 20 points and Watson Travis netted 18. Lee Carmelo ended up with 29 points and 7 boards for the hosts.



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Cedarville wins Shawnee State Classic11/17/2008 11:08:32 AM - by Leonard Whyte
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (11/17/2008): The Jamaican trio of Christopher Walker, Ricardo Alliman, and Daniel Rose, led NAIA Division II No. 7 Cedarville University to two victories over the weekend, as the Yellow Jackets captured the Shawnee State Classic in Portsmouth, Ohio. On Friday night Walker scored 15 points and dished out five assists as Cedarville knocked off No.5 Ozark College 67-50. Rose came off the bench to contribute 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots, and Alliman posted his third straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

On Saturday night the Yellow Jackets returned in the championship game and dismissed Madonna College 81-65 for the title. Walker and Rose finished with 11 points and eight rebounds each, while Alliman added nine points and eight rebounds. Cedarville is now 4-0 to start the season and now prepare to host the 31st annual Cedarville Invitational tournament next weekend.


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BJ League Round: 11 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 3:45:35 PM - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix - Grouses 103-80
Phoenix beat Grouses 103:80 to revenge for the first loss a day before. Ellis Andy paced all the winners with 22 points and Zahn Adam netted 21. Webb Rodney produced 24 points for the visitors.

89ers - Albirex 75-66
89ers share the top on East after beating Albirex 75:66. St.Preux Bobby top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Holm Chris collected massive 12 points and 18 boards. Ikeda Yuichi posted 24 points in defeat.

Broncos - Apache 80-83
Apache stole a road 80:83 victory over Broncos for 5-3 record. Joho Masashi paced all the winners with 22 points, while Davis Nick had 15 points and 17 boards. Warren Reginald poured in 25 points and 14 caroms in the losing effort.

Rizing - Five Arrows 83-99
Okada Yu scored 27 points and James Gordon added 21 as Five Arrows overcame Rizing 99:83. Parker Michael produced 29 points and 16 rebounds in the losiung effort.

Heat Devils - Evessa 84-102
Heat Devils fell at 2-8 after 84:102 from Evessa. The latter was led by Washington Lynn who poured in 28 points and made 6 rebounds. Murry Nile netted 19, whilst Nakamura Naoto scored 16. Wilkinson James ended up with 24 points for the hosts.

Lakestars - Golden Kings 81-75
Lakestars yriumphed over Golden Kings 81:75 and handed them the first loss in Round 11. It was a great game and the winners were glad to be the only team to upset the favorites. Rourke Ryan top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Nash Bobby netted 15. Takushi Naoto finished the night with 20 points for the visitors.



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Official: Najjar joins Zain 11/17/2008 10:31:01 AM - by Mohammed Malas
After long negotaions, Jordan National Team and Orthodox's promising youngester Fadel Najjar (194-G-85) signed officially with Zain Club, The player inked on the regestration paper in the Jordanian Basketball Federation offices..

Najjar is currently injured and will need around a month and ahalf to be back to trainings with the Jordanian Champions.


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Delegation of FIBA in the match of K.B.Trepca - K.B.Peja 11/17/2008 7:38:48 PM - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
On the 20th and 21st of November 2009 two member of the delegation of FIBA will be on a official visit, including two members Lubomir Kotleba the athletic director of FIBA and Kosta Ilijev athletic director of FIBA Europe.
During this visit in seperate meetings, the high guests will meet with the Minister of Sport, Mr. Valton Beqiri with the Board of FBK, the proffesional Coucil of the FBK and they will visit a Sports Gym.
In the first day of the visit Kotleba and Ilijev will watch the Match of the ninth week of the Super League, Trepa - Peja.
In the end of the visit a press conferencce will be organised.


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LBL Round: 12 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 4:16:13 PM - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera - ASK/Buki 73-68
Valmiera climbed to 5-3 after a home win over ASK/Buki 73:68. Clark Ronald top-scored in Round 12 for the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bankevics Ingus netted 12 and Sirsnins Rinalds scored 11. Jansons Andrejs ended up with 21 points for the guests.

Liepajas - Zemgale 81-68
Liepajas outscored Zemgale 81:68 for 6-3 record. Vilums Ugis paced all the winners with 24 points, 7 boards and 7 assists. Kosuskins Jevgenijs collected 15 points and 11 boards, while Bergmanis Ilmars brought 21 points for the visiotrs.

VEF Riga - Keizarmezs 67-71
Keizarmezs beat VEF Riga 71:67 to celebrate the initial victory in LBL. Blaus Lauris posted 19 points in such an honorable day for the winners. Aleksejevs Jurijs ended up with 22 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.



LBL D2 Round: 12 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 4:57:18 PM - by Eurobasket News
Kandava - Liep.Papirs 77-71
Kandava overcame Liepajas Papirs 77:71 in the latest round of LBL D2. Celms Girts paced all the winners with 21 points and Kilps Elgars netted 14. Fridenbergs Kristaps finished the night with 21 points in defeat.

Livani - BA Riga 91-54
Livani did not have any problems at home over BA Riga outscoring them 91:54. Melnbardis Kristaps top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Feldmanis Raimonds nailed 16. Dukulis Edmunds scored 14 points for the guests.

LU/Ridzene - Saldus 71-85
Saldus stole a victory from LU/Ridzene 85:71 to take 5-1 record. Buikis, Edgars notched 21 points for the winners and Licitis Janis collected 18 points and 10 boards. Zeidaks Kristers had a great night for the hosts with 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Valmiera U21 - Livani 74-65
Valmiera U21 stun Livani 74:65 on November 17th to close the round. Ziedins Maris and Virsis Oskars combined 41 points for the winners. Feldmanis Raimonds posted 20 points in the losing effort.



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CIBACOPA Holds Owners Meeting11/17/2008 9:59:17 AM - by Alejandro Martinez

Cibacopa board of Directors met at Culiacan Sinaloa this past Monday November 10 to hold their second meeting in preparation for the upcoming 2009 season. The season is set to begin on February 27th 2009 with ten confirmed teams:

NORTHERN DIVISION
Fuerza Guinda Nogales
Mineros de Cananea
Hermosillo (Name TBD)*NEW TEAM
Ostioneros de Guaymas*NEW TEAM
Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Pioneros Los Mochis
Frayles de Guasave
Caballeros de Culiacan
Lobos UAD Mazatlan
Coras de Nayarit *NEW TEAM

The league will conduct their third meeting in the month of December.



Standings - CIBACOPA11/17/2008 10:12:57 AM
CIBACOPA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Trigueros 0-0 
 2. Fuerza Guinda 0-0 
 3. Mineros 0-0 
 4. Hermosillo 0-0 
 5. Ostioneros 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. Caballeros 0-0 
 2. Coras 0-0 
 3. Frayles 0-0 
 4. Pioneros 0-0 
 5. Lobos UAD 0-0 


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Standings - 1A11/17/2008 5:38:37 AM
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 5-0 
 2. Primorje-M. 4-1 
 3. Danilovgrad 3-2 
 4. ABS Primorje 3-2 
 5. Ulcijn 3-2 
 6. Jedinstvo 2-3 
 7. Mogren 2-3 
 8. Lovcen 2-3 
 9. Niksic 1-4 
 10. Rudar 0-5 


Standings - 1B11/17/2008 5:40:22 AM
1B Standings
 1. Un.Mediteran 5-0 
 2. Ljubovic 4-1 
 3. Teodo Tivat 4-1 
 4. Gorstak 3-1 
 5. Niksic Bonus 3-2 
 6. Mornar Bar 2-2 
 7. S.Centar 2-3 
 8. Centar B.Polje 1-4 
 9. Kotor 0-5 
 10. Zeta 0-5 


MNT1A 5 Round : Important win for Mornar and Primorje11/17/2008 5:36:58 AM - by Dragan Scepanovic

In last two games of 5 Round of Montenegrin 1A Opportunity league Basketball Club Mornar from Bar in city of Bar win against Basketball Club Ulcinj 103-77 and Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi win in city og Herceg Novi against Basketball Club Mogren from Budva 84-79

MORNAR - ULCINJ 103:77 ( 37:24, 28:25, 15:14, 23:14 )

MVP player of game : Igor Bjelic 25 points and 14 rebounds ( BC Mornar )

Bar - School Center Jugoslavija. Spest: 400. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Jokic (Podgorica), Sundic (Podgorica).
MORNAR Bar : Saphatovic 6, Djurisic 31, Djeljosevic 7, Mihajlovic 2, Damjanovic 2, Radovic 3, Milosevic 16, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 25 points and 14rebounds , Dobrovic, Sekulovic 2, Vujosevic 3, Savic 6.
ULCINJ : Latkovic 3, Stanic 13, Jankovic 6, Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86) 4, Kalezic 3, Paunovic 11, Cetkovic, Malovic, Elmir Forto (206-C, college: Auburn-Montgomery), Ivanovic 15, Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 3, Djordjevic 19.


PRIMORJE MOGREN 84:79 ( 24:17, 21:19, 23:19, 16:27 )

MVP players of game : Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 21 points and 10 rebounds and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 2o points and 10 rebounds ( BC Primorje )

Herceg Novi - SC Igalo.Spect : 200. Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), R. Vojinovic (Niksic), G. Vojinovic (Pljevlja)
PRIMORJE: Arapovic, Najdenov 16, Siinisa Tepavcevic, Miljanic, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83), Stevovic 2,Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 21 points and 10 rebounds , Zambelic, Mihajlovic 9,Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 11, Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic 20 pionts and 10 rebounds.
MOGREN : Stojakovic 2, Jovanovic 5, Kunjic 3, Stevovoic 17, Popovic 17, Komatina 14, Milosev, Boskovic, Milovic,Zeljko Maricic, Zivkovic , Vukajlovic 16.



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Xavier men beat Wiley in overtime, 82-7911/17/2008 11:17:39 AM - by Richard

Xavier (LA) men beat Wiley in overtime, 82-79 November 14, 2008 NEW ORLEANS -- Dannie Woods (6'7''-F-87) scored a layup with 23 seconds remaining in overtime Friday to rally Xavier (LA) University of New Orleans to an 82-79 men's basketball victory over Wiley at The Barn.
The Gold Rush, ranked 18th in NAIA Division I by Victory Sports Network, outscored the Wildcats 9-3 in the final 94 seconds to erase a 76-73 deficit and give Wiley its third consecutive loss and second in as many nights.
Shaun Dumas (5'11''-G-85) passed to Woods for a basket and an 80-79 Xavier (LA) lead, then Dumas made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
Olumide Olafioye scored a season-high 22 points for Xavier (LA), which is 4-0 for the sixth consecutive season, and Ryan DeRousselle had 16 points and four 3-point field goals, both career highs. Shaun Dumas scored a season-high 15 points, and Woods and Kelechi Okoroha (6'4''-G-86) had 12 apiece.
LaMario Kersee scored 24 points for Wiley (2-4), and Darnell Adams had 16. Jordan Alexander and Ronald Tolbert scored 11 apiece.
Wiley got 12 points from Adams, 11 from Kersee and shot 62 percent from the floor to build a 34-29 halftime lead. The Wildcats extended their advantage to 42-31 with 17:18 remaining.
But Xavier (LA) rallied, and there were seven lead changes and four ties during the final 12 minutes of regulation. Jordan Alexander's 3-pointer for Wiley with six seconds remaining tied the score at 70 and forced overtime.
The Gold Rush missed 17 free throws in the game but shot 65 percent from the floor after halftime to finish at 56.5 percent.
Okoroha grabbed 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, but Wiley had a 34-29 rebound advantage.
Xavier (LA) is 4-0 in overtime since the start of the 2006-07 season.
The Gold Rush will play Philander Smith at 6 p.m. Monday at The Barn. Wiley will stay in town and play Dillard at 7 p.m. Saturday.

courtesy of Xavier



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NBA Round: 20 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 12:48:28 AM - by Eurobasket News
Magic - Bobcats 90-85
Orlando Magic outsmarted Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena mostly owing to Turkish superstar Hydaet Turkoglu, who delivered 20 points. Mickael Pietrus had another good game scoring 18 points for 20 minutes, while Rashard Lewis stopped on 17 points and 6 boards. Gerald Wallace netted 19 for the hosts missing only one rebound for double-double. Orlando currently has 7-3, while the Bobcats dropped on 3-6.

Mavericks - Knicks 124-114
Dallas Mavericks scored 124 points in Madison Square Garden tonight, what was more than enough for third win this season (3-7). Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard had wonderful performance combining 70 points and 29 rebounds. Jason Terry also shined with 20 points. The Nicks had Zach Randolph on a great level with 27 points and 18 boards (6-4).

Timberwolves - Nuggets 84-90
Chauncey Billups poured in 26 points leading Denver to another victory, the 6th one this season. His Nuggets were better than Minnesota, who faced with 8th defeat in 9 appearances. The Timberwolves got 20 points and 14 rebounds from Al Jefferson.

Pistons - Suns 86-104
Phoenix Suns had pretty decent first half creating 15-point lead, what later turned out as unreachable for the Pistons. Amare Stoudemire top-scored for the winning squad posting 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Richard Hamilton contributed with 19 points in defeat.

Spurs - Kings 90-88
In the last game of the evening San Antiono Spurs escaped with a tiny victory vs Sacramento. Tim Duncan missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining, but Quincy Douby wasn't successful for 3-pts after that. Michael Finley scored 21 while Tim Duncan stopped on 20 points including 10 rebounds for the Spurs (4-5). John Salmons nailed 31 for the Kings (4-7).

Heat - Raptors 96-107
5-4 for Toronto and 5-5 for the Heat after this game. Toronto's top star Chris Bosh scored 27 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for his team. Scoring machine Dwayne Wade once again was extremely productive dropping 29 points including 8 assists.



Ewing Wanted Back in Orlando.11/17/2008 10:15:33 AM - by Bryan Floyd
Magic general manager Otis Smith wants Patrick Ewing back as an assistant coach next season in order to help mentor Dwight Howard.'We'd like Patrick to come back -- no question,' Smith said. 'We like not just what he does with Dwight, but what he does for all of our guys.'Ewing is in the final year of his contract, and hopes to one day be a head coach. Ewing was a big help to Yao Ming's progression in Houston and Ewing still has a strong passion to coach.

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Alaska Fairbanks Starts Fast but Cannot Hold On11/17/2008 8:47:30 PM - by Sanjey Noriega

From alaskananooks.com

The Nanooks let one slip away at Cal State San Bernardino, as they could not hold a second half lead, and lose to the Coyotes by 22, 87-65.

The Blue and Gold got off to a fast start behind guard Jon Moe (Granite Falls, WA) who poured in 13 of his team high 20 points in the first half. The Nanooks ran out to a 23-9 lead out of the gates and would have a six point advantage at halftime, 41-35.

The second half would be a different story. Alaska would struggle from the field, and San Bernardino would heat up, especially from behind the arc. The Coyotes Ryan Kinney (6'6''-F) had 21 points in the game on seven three pointers. Kinney would hit five of those seven threes in the second half for the surging coyotes.

It was a different story for the Alaska from three-point land. Moe was just 4-12 from three point land, while his teammates didnt hit any of their threes as they shot just 21% (4-19).

Trailing by just two with 8:07 left in half two, the Coyotes would finish the game on a 29-9 run, and hand the Nanooks their second loss of the season.

Sophomore Nashorn Maynard (6'6''-F-86) (Saint Paul, Saint Kitts) was a force on both ends for the Nanooks in the loss finishing with a double-double of 16 points (7-10 FG) and 12 rebounds.



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Standings11/17/2008 1:41:36 PM
PBL Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Quebec Kebs 0-0 
 2. Vermont FH 0-0 
 3. Halifax R. 0-0 
 4. Manchester 0-0 
 5. Montreal S. 0-0 
Central Division
 1. M. Michigan 0-0 
 2. Chicago T. 0-0 
 3. Detroit P. 0-0 
 4. Battle Creek K. 0-0 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 0-0 
 2. Augusta G. 0-0 
 3. Wilmington SD 0-0 
 4. Buffalo S. 0-0 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Maryland N. 0-0 


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Day 8 - LPB teams record 100% wins11/17/2008 7:38:12 AM - by Portugal Eurobasket
The 10 teams from LPB gave no chance to Proliga teams this time and all won for bigger margins, except Casino Figueira Ginasio which defeated BC Barcelos 76-68 and Barreirense that won against Electrico 91-82. As a result of these scores, nothing changed in the standings with Ovarense leading while CAB Madeira and Benfica remaining as the only unbeaten teams. This round started friday night with FC Porto trashing Maia BC 118-84 in Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) birthday and ended this Sunday with Academica hosting Galitos and winning 83-70. Next weekend there's a big game in Lisbon, with Benfica hosting CAB Madeira in a double round which will have only 7 matches as Ginasio already beat Academica 73-67 last week.

DAY 8

FC Porto-Maia BC, 118-84
CAB Madeira-Esgueira, 82-66
Benfica-AngraBasket, 100-65
Ginasio-BC Barcelos, 76-68
Fisica-Seixal, 81-65
Ovarense-Illiabum, 92-77
Vitoria-Sangalhos, 87-66
Barreirense-Electrico, 91-82
Vagos-Atletico, 102-80
Academica-Galitos, 83-70


Standings - LPB11/17/2008 7:38:51 AM
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 7-0 
 2. CAB 7-0 
 3. Ovarense 7-1 
 4. Academica 6-2 
 5. AD Vagos 6-2 
 6. Porto Ferpinta 5-2 
 7. Barreirense 5-3 
 8. VSC Guimar. 5-3 
 9. Ginasio 3-5 
 10. Fisica 2-5 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague B11/17/2008 8:32:54 AM
Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nazarov, IRK 19.0
2 Lunev, MAG 16.6
3 Kuznetsov, SAR 16.3
4 Zvonov, NOV 15.6
5 Mateyunas AVT 14.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lanchakov IRK 10.2
2 Ekimov REV 9.3
3 Stepanenkov, RJA 8.5
4 Awojobi, AVT 8.4
5 Karaulov, NOV 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Glazunov MAG 6.8
2 Mateyunas SAR 5.6
3 Igumnov KUR 5.3
4 Bazhenov SEV 5.3
5 Golovin REV 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 Peresipkin SAR 3.0
2 Gladyshev, NAL 2.6
3 Bartunov, REV 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Ekimov REV 1.9
2 Yakovenko SAR 1.6
3 Belov, KUR 1.5


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Elmedin Kikanovic and Crvena Zvezda crush Partizan Igokea 11/17/2008 1:30:07 AM - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda finally succeeded to crush current Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea after 7 consecutive defeats, 81-80. Both teams now are on the same 7-1 record in regional championship. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) dominated in the paint and was central figure of this eternal Serbian derby. He spent 28 minutes on the court nailing 22 points (6/10 FG2, 1/1 3-pts, 7/9 FTs). Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) helped Zvezda with 13 points and 5 steals while the captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Black-and-whites got 15 points from Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84). Gabonese Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) and Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 12 points each.
Reigning champion had plus 12 during the game, 44-32. After Zvezda's head coach Svetislav Pesic was sent away buy the referees due to technical fouls, its seemed that Partizan will succeed to stay undefeated, 62-52. It was kind of a signal for Elmedin Kikanovic and his teammates to start playing more aggressively. Bosnian big guy was totally unstoppable and together with Tadija Dragicevic and Marko Marinovic led his team to magnificent 20-3 run until the middle of the last quarter, 77-81. At the very end both teams registered few missed shots, what was enough for Zvezda to keep minimum lead. It s interesting that Partizan had 14 turnovers durigng the game matched with just 8 by Zvezda. In the next round red-and-white team will host Helios, while Partizan goes to Ljubljana.


Partizan Igokea - Crvena Zvezda 80-81
(26-20, 23-22, 13-19, 18-24)

Partizan:
Rakocevic 15, Lasme 12 (4 rebs), Rasic 12
Crvena Zvezda: Kikanovic 22, Marinovic 13 (5 st), Dragicevic 13 (4 rebs)


Serbian B league, round 711/17/2008 5:09:38 AM - by Zoran Popovic
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric-FMP II Beograd 80-91 (22-12, 18-22, 16-29, 24-28)

During the first and second quarter KK Crnokosa Kosjeric players were better then guests from Zeleznik. First period domestic players finished with +10 and half time with +6, but in the third period FMP played much organized, with stronger defence. In the fourth quarter FMP II Beograd saved previous advantage and routinely won the match. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) led FMP II Beograd with scored 30 points. The best role in KK Crnokosa Kosjeric showed Kovac with 24 points.

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 2, Nikic, Vasovic, Puzic 11, Vasiljevic, Petronijevic 8, Vukosaljevic 13, Kovac 24, Belic 5, Mirkovic 10, Pavlovic, Karaklajic.
FMP II Beograd Dimic, Djokic 5, Milutinovic 10, P.Stamenkovic 8 , Lukovic 2, Markovic 12, Vukasovic, S.Stamenkovic 7, Smiljanic 12, Stojadinovic, Stamenkovic, Musli 30.

Radnicki Obrenovac-OKK Beograd 78-82 (25-21, 21-19, 14-25, 18-17)

Radnicki showed much organizied game in the first half of the match. In the third period OKK Beograd made break and finished third quarter with +5 points advantage (60-65). In the fourth quarter OKK Beograd players punish mistakes of domestic players and won the match. The most efficiend in Radnicki was Radojicic with 20 points and for OKK Beograd Vukadinov scord 25 points, Andjic add 18 points.

Radnicki Obrenovac Ljubas 8, Radojicic 20, Colic 10, G.Huskic, Nastic 4, Jevtic 13, I.Huskic, Koprivica 12, Boricic 4, Kolasinac, Jovanovic 7, Stankovic.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 15, Kruscic 15, Vukadinov 25, Korac 4, Simic, Andjic 18, Dragovic 2, Vasic 1, Suzic 2, Krneta, Sekulic .

KK Sloboda Uzice-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 96-87 (19-25, 33-20, 24-29, 20-13)

Belegrade team started match with +6 points advantage in the first quarter, but in the second period KK Sloboda Uzice players in serie of +12 made break and won second quarter with +7 points advantage (52-45). Beovuk won the third quarter, but that wasnt enough to made final break. KK Sloboda Uzice dominate in the last period of the match and won their second match this season. Obrenovic with 25 points and Malesevic who add 22 points was the best in KK Sloboda Uzice. The most efficient for the guests was Dragojevic with 17 points and Bulatovic with 14.

KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 9, Malesevic 22, Bodic 4, Obrenovic 25, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 11, Perisic 13, Djeric 2, Djokic 2, Panic , Bukvic, Bakralcic 13.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 17, Pantelic, Djakovic 14, Knezevic , Jovanovic 12, Socanac 6, Torlak 10, Aleksic, Bogdanovic 2, Matic 5, Bulatovic 15.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina-Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin 76-101 (20-24, 14-22, 20-25, 22-30)

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin made fifth won this season, this time as a guest in Jagodina. Maraton Atlantik Jagodina players havent got strenght to made surprise and won first match this season. Proleter was superior during the all match. Better then others in Maraton was Gajovic (20 points), Micovic (17 points) and Arnaut (14 points). Rajkovic with 22 scored points and Becin who add 20 points led Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 20, Arnaut 14, Radivojcevic, Kovacevic 5, Milojevic 6, Stevanovic, Arsic 9, Djuric, Mladenovic, Micovic 17, Milincic 5.
Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Pekovic 3, Vulin 12, Kravic 12, Bozovic 1, Becin 20, Stanojevic 10, Rajkovic 22, Zarkovic 12, Barac 2, Vukosavljevic 7.


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Milic will undergo knee surgery, Modric out three weeks11/17/2008 6:57:17 AM - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija's captain Marko Milic (199-G-77) will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn meniscus during Euroleague's game against Tau Ceramica in October, 30. The 21-year-old Milic is expected to be out for five weeks. Milic averaging 23 minutes, 11,8 points, 4,3 rebounds, and 2,0 assists in Euroleague and 24,5 minutes, 11,7 points, 5,7 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,1 steals in NLB Adriatic League.

Polish team Anwil lost Stipe Modric (206-F-79) for three weeks after former member of Slovenian NT injured his knee.



Stats Leaders - 1B11/17/2008 4:32:26 PM
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kobale, Maribor 20.3
2 Horvat, Sencur 19.6
3 Sivka, Rogla 19.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Tusek, Hrastnik 8.8
2 Horvat, Sencur 8.3
3 Cresnar, Sencur 7.6
Assists Per Game
1 Meden, Kraski Z. 4.0
2 Blazevic, Rudar 3.3
3 Rizman, Rudar 3.1
Ranking
1 Sivka, Rogla 23.3
2 Horvat, Sencur 22.0
3 Tusek, Hrastnik 21.5


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KBL Round: 6 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 4:04:48 AM - by Eurobasket News
Mobis Phoebus - KCC Egis 90-84
Mobis Phoebus tied KCC Egis at 5-3 record after 90:84 between these two teams on November 16th. Blankson Odartey was unstoppable with 28 points and Kim Hyo-Bum added 20. Choo Seung-Kyun produced 27 points in the losing effort.

SK Knights - KTF M.Wings 69-61
SK Knights are now 2-5 after defeating KTF M.Wings 69:61 at home. Shannon, Terrence led the winners with 23 points and 12 boards. Peters James finished the game with 24 points and Song Young-Jin nailed 15 in defeat.

Dongbu Promy - KCC Egis 79-56
Dongbu Promy atop the standings with 6-1 record after a win over KCC Egis 79:56. Kim Joo-Sung paced the winnners with 17 points, whilst White Wendell and Kang Dae-Hyup followed him with 13 each. Harper Brian collected 19 points and 10 caroms for the visitors.

LG Sakers - ET Land B.Sl. 99-90
LG Sakers first overcame ET Land B.Sl. 99:90 on November 15th as Johnson Ivan netted 23 points to lead all the winners. Hyun Joo-Yup notched 18 and Crump Brandon posted 17. Powell Carlos poured in 33 points for the visitors.

KTF M.Wings - LG Sakers 83-86
Right after that on November 16th LG Sakers had a road 86:83 victory over KTF M.Wings. Johnson Ivan again was on top with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Hu Hyo-Jin finished the night with 20 points, while Peters James top-scored with 22 points for the hosts.

KT&G Kites - Orions 87-81
KT&G Kites flew to 4-3 record after outscoring Orions 87:81. Chandler Marquin had a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Daniels Chris notched 21 points in defeat and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kim Young-Soo scored 15 points.

ET Land B.Sl. - Samsung Th. 68-91
Leather Terrence led his Samsung Thunders with 30 points over ET Land in a 91:68 road victory. Lee Kyu-Sup socred 15, whilst Brock Evan collected 13 points and 12 boards. Kang Byung-Hyun produced 21 points for the visitors.



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Cajasol replace Bennett with Edney11/17/2008 3:31:05 PM - by Paul Nilsen
ACB basement club Cajasol have moved to replace experienced point guard Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame) with American Tyus Edney (178-G-73, college: UCLA) writes acb-basket.com The experience of Bennett has been replaced with another batch of experience since Edney who is 35 has enjoyed a successful career in Europe having played for Zalgris in Eurolegue. The graduate of UCLA has an Italian passport through marriage and has enjoyed spells in Italy with Benetton Treviso, Lottomatica Roma and Fortitudo Bologna. He has also tasted life with Olympiakos in the Greek league but most notably he also played in the NBA earlier in his career.

A quick player with an ability to score, Edney played in the Ukraine last year with Azovmash alongside Unicaja big man Robert Archibald where he averaged over 10 points per game both domestically and in the ULEB Cup.


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan11/17/2008 5:03:21 PM
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Andrew Mitchell 21.4
2 Johan Akesson 21.4
3 Tyrone Levett 21.0
4 Jonathan Moore 20.6
5 John Rosendahl 18.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ryan Mc Dade 13.3
2 Doug Thomas 10.0
3 Jarraun Burrows 9.5
4 Johan Akesson 9.1
5 Danny Gathings 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Michael Bree 7.1
2 Hakan Larsson 6.4
3 Thomas Massamba 5.6
4 Dennis Springs 5.4
5 Kenneth Grant 5.1
Steals Per Game
1 Andrew Mitchell 3.3
2 Antonio Kellogg 3.3
3 Jermaine Flowers 3.1
4 Juha Sten 2.9
5 Thomas Jackson 2.4


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LNA Round: 7 (Regular Season)11/17/2008 9:08:54 AM - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - Herens 64-74
Herens stayed among the leaders as they celebrated the fifth win in the season in the round. This time Andrea Petitpierre team overcame Boncourt 74:64 on the road. Corey Muirhead finished with 17 points for the winners. Hatila Passos added 14 points and 11 boards for Herens. Jason Siggers paced Boncourt with 26 points in defeat.

Monthey - Starwings 82-75
Monthey had to play extra five minutes to finally post an 82:75 win over Starwings. Herman Alston stepped up for Monthey with 24 points. Jean-Richard Volcy added 20 points and 13 boards as Monthey improved to 5-2 record. Sheray Thomas answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Starwings as they slipped at 3-4.

Lausanne - Lugano Tigers 101-74
Lausanne cruised past Lugano 101:74 for the fourth win in the season. Tony Brown was unstoppable with 34 points for the hosts. Bilal Salaam had 20 points, 9 boards and 6 assists for Lausanne in the win. Kameron Gray responded with 16 points for the Tigers as they dropped the fourth game in the championship.

SAM Massa. - Fribourg 79-88
The league reigning champions Fribourg held off SAM Massagno 88:79 on the road and climbed at 5-2 record. Tresore Quidome nailed 25 points for Fribourg. Dennis Harrison contributed 16 points and 12 boards in the victory. Brody Angley secured 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Massagno as they lost the 6th game in the season.

Vacallo - MGS 84-72
Vacallo maintained their perfect record with an 84:72 win over MGS. Dejan Lukovic scored 22 points to lead Vacallo to the 7th straight win. Slaven Smiljanic added 18 points, while Matt Schneidermann delivered 17 points for the winners. Douglas Scott answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for MGS. Chris Jordan netted 15 points in the loss.

Geneve - Nyon 68-93
Nyon visited Geneve and earned a comfortable 93:68 victory at the end. Ivan McFarlin netted 21 points and grabbed 10 caroms for the winners. Yuanta Holland produced 18 points for the winners. Paulius Packevicius responded with 12 points for the Devils.



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Shak Attack start strong in club champs11/17/2008 9:57:08 PM - by Don Farrell

Action in the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) National Club Championships (NCC) will continue today at Jean Pierre Complex with two matches at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena.

Defending champions Detour Shak Attack will be seeking their second win in as many outings in Group One, when they take on Tobago outfit Courts Hill Bouncers from 5.30pm, while the first women's game of the championships between Brian Chase Academy of the East and North Zone powerhouses and former champs Defence Force will begin at 8pm.

Last weekend however, Shak Attack and title aspirants Defence Force enjoyed stroll-on-the-court wins over Marabella Raptors and Valencia Heat, respectively.

Playing the last fixture on the opening day's programme, forward Andrew Ifill hit a game-high 21 points and had nine rebounds for Shak Attack, who rallied back from a one-point (35-34) deficit at the break to win comfortably, 76-64.

Other notable contributors for Shak Attack, who won the title in 2005 and 2006 before the competition took a break in 2007, were former UTC Maloney Pacer Kenyatta Alfred, with 17, including three three-pointers from four attempts and Kenneth Roberts, who had a pair out of threes. Alfred also had eight rebounds.

Ako Pascal led two others into double figures as the boys from the southland were outscored 39 to 29 by their counterparts from the North.

Pascal had 17 points and two steals. K Alfred added 15 and had a rebound and steal each. Kern Asivero also had a good game for the losers, grabbing a game-high ten rebounds, while scoring four points

In the opening match of the championships, 2003 champs Defence Force marched past East Zone champions Valencia Heat 83-61 in Group Two. The soldiers won after trailing 21-17 after the first quarter and 38-36 at the half-way stage.

They also achieved victory without their stars player Steven 'Lighter' Lewis, who arrived late at the venue and without his team's uniform.

In his absence, his namesake Peter Lewis led the 'Army' offence with a team-best 20 points.

Kevian Bacquain-the best centre went the last competition was held-had a big night when he registered the first double-double of the new campaign, pulling down ten rebounds and scoring 11 points. He also contributed seven steals. Gerard Toney had 14 well-earned points for Defence Force, who finished runners-up in the North Zone this season.

Valencia had three players scoring in double digits. Wayne Richard netted a game-high 21 to go with his eight boards and four steals.

Kevin Green drained 15 and had a dozen rebounds, and Stefan Davis provided 12 points, half-dozen off the glass plus a couple of steals.

The top two clubs from the two groups will move on to the semi-finals and best-of-three playoffs.

The two winners will play in the final, while the losers play for third place.


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Standings - Superleague11/17/2008 4:25:57 PM
Superleague Standings
1 BC Kyiv 7-0
2 Azovmash 5-2
3 Khimik 4-3
4 BC Donetsk 4-3
5 MBC Mykolaiv 3-4
6 Sumykhimprom 2-5
7 BC-93 Pulsar 2-5
8 BC Poltava 1-6


Stats Leaders - Men11/17/2008 4:49:27 PM
Superleague (Round 1-3) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 22.6
2 Kenan Bajramovic
(BC Kyiv) 16.4
3 Chris Owens
(BC Donetsk) 15.7
4 Gitis Seratavicius
(BC Poltava) 15.3
5 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 15.3
6 Tomas Delininkaitis
(Azovmash) 14.8
7 Rolandas Jarutis
(BC Poltava) 14.7
8 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 14.7
9 Serhii Gladyr
(MBC Mykolaiv) 14.7
10 Jovo Stanojevic
(BC Kyiv) 14.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Abdullahi Nuhu Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 9.0
2 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 7.7
3 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 7.0
4 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 6.4
5 Kenan Bajramovic
(BC Kyiv) 6.2
6 Anatolii Dubniuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 6.2
7 Andrii Ahafonov
(Khimik) 6.2
8 Michal Hlebowicki
(MBC Mykoaliv) 6.0
9 Chistopher Owens
(BC Donetsk) 6.0
10 T. van den Spiegel
(Azovmash) 6.0
Assists Per Game
1 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 6.9
2 Khalid el-Amin
(Azovmash) 5.3
3 Wykeen Kelly
(Khimik) 4.7
4 Illia Shemosiuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 2.9
5 Rolandas Yarutis
(BC Poltava) 2.9
6 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 2.7
7 James Donell Penn
(BC Kyiv) 2.7
8 Oleksandr Raievskyi
(MBC Mykolaiv) 2.6
9 Pavel Ulyanko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 2.5
10 Artem Butskyi
(Sumykhimprom) 2.5
Steals Per Game
1 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 3.3
2 Artur Drozdov
(BC Kyiv) 2.2
3 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 2.1
4 Dijon Thompson
(Azovmash) 1.7
5 Dmytro Zabirchenko
(BC Donetsk) 1.6
6 Olumuyiwa Famutimi
(Khimik) 1.6
6 Ilia Shemosiuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.6
8 Linas Lekavicuis
(Sumykhimprom) 1.6
9 Manuchar Markoishvili
(BC Kyiv) 1.6
10 Oleksii Onufriev
(MBC Mykoaliv) 1.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Tyrelle Blair
(BC-93 Pulsar) 5.0
2 Andrii Agafonov
(Khimik) 1.7
3 Michal Hlebowicki
(MBC Mykolaiv) 1.3
4 Serhii Lischuk
(Azovmash) 1.2
5 Pavel Ulianko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.0
6 Richard Thomas Guinn
(BC Poltava) 1.0
4 Roman Gumeniuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.0
8 Jovo Stanojevic
(BC Kyiv) 1.0
9 T. van den Spiegel
(Azovmash) 1.0
10 Abdullahi Nuhu Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 0.9


MBC Mykolaiv sign Tyrelle Blair11/17/2008 1:51:04 AM - by Eurobasket

Ukrainian clubs after splitting into two leagues, do not hesitate to sign import players. This time MBC Mykolaiv added to their roster 23-year old American center Tyrelle Blair (211-C-85, college: Boston Coll.). Blair just graduated Boston College (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. This summer he participated in few pre-draft try-outs with NBA teams. However he did not make any of the rosters and he decided to try overseas. Last season Blair was selected to ACC All-Defensive Team, while averaging 5.0ppg, 4.8rpg, and impressive 3.4bpg (!!!). In his forst game in Ukraine (Mykolaiv beat Pulsar) he scored 6 points, got 6 rebounds and collected shocking 6 blocks. It only confirms blocks are his specialty.



Standings - Higher League11/17/2008 4:28:59 PM
Higher League Standings
1 Kremin-Pol. 9-1
2 Vinnytski Zubry 7-1
3 Koksokhim-Stal 7-3
4 Domograd 4-4
5 KTU 3-5
6 Avantazh-Pol. 2-6
7 BC Ternopil 1-7
8 Khimik-2 1-7


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Rocks Beat Eagles11/17/2008 5:49:00 AM - by Andy Webb
The Scottish Rocks are now joint third in the BBL Championship table after an 89-74 win in one of the league's biggest grudge matches against their northernmost rivals, the Newcastle Eagles. It is the third time in the last year that the Rocks have beaten the reigning league champions by double-figures.

Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) led the way with 24 points, whilst the Scottish national team captain, Gareth Murray, hit four three-pointers on his way to 21 points.

The game was tight through the first three quarters and, at the end of a second period in which there was nine lead changes, Blake Shelton scored 9 straight points for the Rocks to give them a 45-41 half-time edge that set them up for the second half.

The game was won in the fourth quarter when the Rocks hit three consecutive three-pointers - from Yanders, Murray, and Marc Pratt - in a little over a minute to take an unassailable 79-61 lead.

Meanwhile, the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets jumped up to sixth in the BBL Championship table as they beat the PAWS London Capital by 69-106 after one of the best individual performances in recent memory.

American guard Chez Marks hit 39 points after scoring 5/6 three-pointers, 4/6 from inside the arc, and 16/18 free-throws.

The win was Cheshire's biggest ever against the Capital and their sixth biggest win of all time in the BBL Championship.

After trailing early on, the game was won in the second stanza as they held their hosts to just 8 points, whilst scoring 30 of their own, to take a commanding 25-42 half-time lead.

The heavy defeat compounded London's recent misery. It was their sixth loss in a row and leaves them rooted to the foot of the table after they committed 34 turnovers in the game.

BBL Championship

PAWS London Capital 69 (17,25,45) (James 18, Deng 12, Gariba 11)
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 106 (12,42,70) (Marks 39, Davis 19, Myers 11)


The BiG Storage Cheshire Jets defeated the PAWS London Capital for the second time in the last month with a 69-106 victory that saw them jump into sixth place in the BBL Championship and left their victims rooted to the foot of the table.

It was their biggest ever win against the Capital, their second largest win in the last three-and-a-half years and their sixth biggest BBL Championship win of all time. The Jets also remain unbeaten against the Capital in London and have recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since the start of October. For the Capital, it is their sixth straight defeat, a run that started with an 88-73 loss against the Jets on October 19th.

The game also produced one of the best individual performances in recent memory as Chez Marks hit 39 points. The American guard shot 5/6 three-pointers, 4/6 from inside the arc, and 16/18 from the free-throw line. He was backed up by 19 from Calvin Davis and 11 from Shawn Myers. Shawn James led the hosts with 18 points, but a massive 34 turnovers in the game tells the story of where it went wrong for them.

The first quarter provided no hints for what was to come as the Capital held an early 17-12 lead. The game was broken open in the second stanza as the Jets restricted their hosts to just 8 points, whilst scoring 30 of their own to hold a commanding 25-42 lead at the interval.

The advantage grew in the third period, before another massive fourth, in which the Jets scored 36 points, compounded the misery for the Londoners.

Scottish Rocks 89 (22,45,61) (Yanders 24, Murray 21, Shelton 18)
Newcastle Eagles 74 (23,41,56) (Moore 23, Stewart 21, Jackson 11)


The Scottish Rocks prevailed in one of the BBL's biggest grudge matches, to move up to third place in the BBL Championship, as they beat the league- leading Newcastle Eagles by 89-74 in Glasgow.

It is the third time in the last 12 months that the Rocks have beaten the Eagles by double-figures, and they have won the last three home games against their northernmost rivals.

Robert Yanders led the way with 24 points, with Gareth Murray scoring 21 and Blake Shelton contributing 18 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Moore led the Eagles with 23.

The game started in typically tight fashion, although back-to-back Yanders baskets put the Rocks 8-4 up and he hit a three-pointer soon afterwards for a 15-7 lead. However, that was as good as it got for the Rocks in the early stages as the visitors responded with a 12-3 burst, which included 7 straight points from Lynard Stewart that gave his team an 18-19 lead. Reggie Jackson connected from long-range, before Blake Shelton's basket with 12 seconds remaining made it a one-point game at 22-23 after the opening ten minutes. Yanders and Stewart - former team- mates and league, Playoff, and Cup winners at the Sheffield Sharks - dominated the first quarter as the former had 10 points and the latter 14.

The Rocks turned the game around in a second stanza that saw nine lead changes. They immediately went ahead when Gareth Murray opened the period with a three-pointer. Jackson made consecutive baskets to give the Eagles a 25-29 edge before another Murray triple sparked a 7-2 run for the hosts, which Scotland's international captain also capped, for a 32-31 lead. Another lead change ensued, before the Rocks closed the half with a 9-2 tear, all of which were scored by Shelton, for a 45-41 advantage.

The lead was maintained in the third stanza, which included two major runs. The Rocks' lead peaked at 61-50 after another 9-2 push. However, the Eagles scored six points in the last minute, and when Moore made a lay-up on the buzzer they had narrowed the deficit to 61-56.

The Rocks stayed strong in the fourth period as Murray once more hit an early triple. The game was settled as they hit three consecutive three-pointers - from Murray, Yanders, and Marc Pratt - in just over a minute for a 79-61 lead. With a little over three minutes remaining, the Eagles could get no closer than the final score as they suffered their second defeat of the season.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Jolly JBS stays undefeated in Adriatic league after 5 rounds - by Eurobasket News
Jolly JBS outplayed Ragusa in Adriatic league 95-71. It means that the team from Sibenik stays on top of the standings with 5-0. At the same time it was the second defeat for Ragusa in five appearances. Visitors were able to compete against Jolly JBS only in the first quarter. During the following ten minutes Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) and her teammates trashed Ragusa grabbing comfortable 15-point lead. After that moment, the rest of the game was just formality. Luca Ivankovic was totally the best player for the hosts in this Croatian derby draining 33 points. She also he pretty good shot percentage making 14 of 18 attempts. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) also was good for the winners adding 16 points and 16 rebounds. Ragusa got the most from Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85), who collected 20 points and 5 boards. Tina Perisa (170-G-84) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) contributed with 16 points each in loss.

Medvescak faced with road defeat against Slovenian representative Merkur Celje 58-69. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) shined for Merkur netting 22 poinst and pulling down 5 assists. At the same time Ciglar did pretty good job at the defensive end stopping Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) on just 12 points.

Gospic was free in this round.


Gospic blasts Vojvodina in Adriatic league (Round 6) - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Vojvodina 91-54

Croatian representative Gospic CO succeeded to beat Vojvodina in Round 6 of Adriatic league, meaning that the both teams are currently on the same record now (3-2). Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) was a key player for the hosts pouring in 29 points. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) shined adding 20. Interesting is that these two players scored almost the same number of points than all Vojvodina's players together. Except of Ivezic and Vrsaljko, Ana Stilinovic (178-F-82) also had important role for the winnings side adding 11 points. Minja Siljegovic (188-F-80) was better than the others in defeat netting 19 points. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) was behind her with 12.
Vojvodina was in a great shape before this game registering few consecutive wins. However, Gospic CO started it very strong finishing the first quarter 24-19. Until the half time Gospic succeeded to set the margin on 9 points. Question about the winner is resolved after the breather. The hosts put into the fifth gear, and mostly owing to above mentioned Ivezic and Vrsaljko ended third frame 21-10. It was expected that Vojvodina finally show some of its qualities, but unfortunately to Serbian team that didn't happen. Gospic continued in the same rhythm totally blasting Vojvodina until the end with 29-10. In the next round Gospic will take on Buducnost, while Vojvodina will host Medvescak.

Gospic CO: Jelena Ivezic 29, Marija Vrsaljko 20, Ana Stilinovic 11
Vojvodina: Minja Siljegovic 19, Maja Scekic 12


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Sibenik 5-0 
 2. Jedinstvo 4-1 
 3. Vojvodina 3-2 
 4. Ragusa 3-2 
 5. Gospic 3-2 
 6. Buducnost 2-3 
 7. Merkur Celje 1-3 
 8. Medvescak 1-4 
 9. M.Kraj. BL 0-5 


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Stats Leaders - WNBL
WNBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Cox, Townsville 22.9
2 Foley, Adelaide 18.5
3 Poto, Sydney 19.9
4 Bishop, Canberra 14.8
5 Hammonds, Bulle 14.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bishop, Canberra 12.4
2 Francis, Adelaide 11.4
3 Crouse, Townsville 11.0
4 Hammonds, Bulle 10.0
5 Gahan, Adelaide 8.5
Assists Per Game
1 Smith, Perth 6.6
2 Marsh, Perth 5.4
3 Milner, Bulleen 5.0
4 Veal, Logan 5.0
5 Poto, Sydney 4.7


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Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dionne Brown 22.3
2 Agnesa Doychino 21.8
3 Gergana Koleva 21.3
4 Olena Samburska 19.7
5 Danyel Crutcher 19.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stefka Miteva 12.3
2 Agnesa Doychinova 9.5
3 Danielle Page 8.8
4 Dionne Brown 8.8
5 Vera Perostiyska 8.5
Assists Per Game
1 Ivelina Vrancheva 5.8
2 Silvia Peeva 5.0
3 Teodora Petrova 4.8
4 Veronika Bortelova 4.2
5 Elena Yolovska 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Dionne Brown 3.5
2 Gergana Koleva 3.5
3 Silvia Peeva 2.8
4 Delyana Koeva 2.5
5 Elena Yolovska 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Vera Perostiyska 3.8
2 Stefka Miteva 1.2
3 Danielle Page 1.0


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Jolly JBS stays undefeated in Adriatic league after 5 rounds - by Eurobasket News
Jolly JBS outplayed Ragusa in Adriatic league 95-71. It means that the team from Sibenik stays on top of the standings with 5-0. At the same time it was the second defeat for Ragusa in five appearances. Visitors were able to compete against Jolly JBS only in the first quarter. During the following ten minutes Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) and her teammates trashed Ragusa grabbing comfortable 15-point lead. After that moment, the rest of the game was just formality. Luca Ivankovic was totally the best player for the hosts in this Croatian derby draining 33 points. She also he pretty good shot percentage making 14 of 18 attempts. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) also was good for the winners adding 16 points and 16 rebounds. Ragusa got the most from Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85), who collected 20 points and 5 boards. Tina Perisa (170-G-84) and Jennifer Harris (178-G-84, college: Washburn) contributed with 16 points each in loss.

Medvescak faced with road defeat against Slovenian representative Merkur Celje 58-69. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) shined for Merkur netting 22 poinst and pulling down 5 assists. At the same time Ciglar did pretty good job at the defensive end stopping Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) on just 12 points.

Gospic was free in this round.


Croatia 2006 and Studenac remain on top perfect - by Eurobasket News
Round 6 of Croatian A1 league didn't bring any surprises. Croatia 2006 and Studenec succeeded to beat their rivals staying on top undefeated.

Croatia 2006 was better than Plamen Pozega at home 82-71. Third quarter was crucial period of the game as the hosts ended it 31-15. Mada top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Lelas added one point less. Kristina Semeredi (185-G-77) shined for the loosing side with 25. Kristina Soldo (177-G-88) also was good stopping on 22 points in defeat. Plamen Pozega currently has 2-4.

Studenac Omis cruised past Zadar on the road 88-70. Vicitors took control on their opponent from the early beginning makig plus 21 until the half time. Bura was a key player for Studenac in this game netting 21 points. Maja Javorcic (-83) had 18. Zadar got 15 points from Rados dropping on 2-4.

Agram celebrated against Pula 91-77 mostly owing to Petra Radakovic (182-F-83), who drained 25 points. Ramljak scored 19, while Bilic added 17 points in defeat. Both teams had 3-2 before this game.

Mursa took care for another easy victory by the host teams beating Novi Zagreb 67-47. Ivana Zulj (179-G-80) paced Mursa to first win of the season posting 18 points. Flistina scored 17, but her Novi Zagreb became the only winless team in the league.


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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lampe Lemvig 20.2
2 Luhta Vaerlose 20.2
3 Adamschik Sisu 19.6
4 Jensen 79ers 19.6
5 Piggott 79ers 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 13.8
2 Matthews Hors 12.3
3 Adamschik Sisu 11.8
4 Jensen, Horsholm 10.6
5 Piggott 79ers 9.8
Assists Per Game
1 Kostic, Virum 7.6
2 Thorius, Horsholm 4.7
3 Ostergaard Virum 4.6
4 Manzer, SISU 3.0
5 Jorgensen, SISU 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Lampe, Lemvig 3.0
2 Lovinghood, Virum 2.2
3. Ostergaard Virum 1.3


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Horsholm 6-0 
 2. SISU 6-1 
 3. Falcon 4-2 
 4. Aabyhoj 4-3 
 5. Amager 3-3 
 6. Vaerlose 3-3 
 7. Lemvig 1-4 
 8. Lemvig 0-0 
 9. Horsens 0-5 
 10. Virum 0-6 


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BC Star-TLU leads with 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News
BC Star-TLU leads Estonian Meistriliiga with 5-0 record. In their latest game the favorites overcame Tallinna Kalev 45:87 away from home. BC Star-TLU produced massive 28-4 in the opening quarter and then added 20-5 in the second. With 16-15 and 23-21 respectively in the last periods the guests gabbed the fifth straight win. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) collected 16 points and 12 boards, while Gerly Kostla netted 14. Jekaterina Tsotsa (171-G-93) ended up with 14 points for the hosts and Aleksandra Skorohhodova had 13 points and 11 boards.
Tallinna Living holds the second position with 3-1 record. Tartu Ulikool could not upset the latter and lost 49:77 at home. Triin Teppo (185-C-90) paced all the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Kerli Haas (179-F-90) netted 14 as well as Kerttu Jallai. Kadri Tein top-scored for the hosts with 17 points. Tartu Ulikool is third with 2-2 record, while Tallinna Kalev has 1-4 on the fourth. Audentes remains winless after four games played.


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A Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Cegledi EKK 80-59
Szolnok had an easy job against Cegledi EKK at home mostly owing to Marija Boskovic and Angela Djelmis, which combined 46 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Their team currently has 4-5. Anett Serban shined in defeat with 20 points and 13 boards, hut her Cegledi faced with 8th defeat in 9 games.

Atomeromu - BEAC 73-54
Important victory for Atomeromu, who now has 3-6 in Hungarian top division. Alisa Ievtushenko was a key player for the hosts draining 21 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Dorottya Tamis followed her adding 14 points. BEAC got 13 points from Melinda Bagi dropping on poor 1-7.

Savaria - Foton 74-89
As it was expected, Foton didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Savaria on the road, especially after pretty decent evening by Diana Furesz, who netted 23 points and dished out 5 assists. Rachill Robinson was on extremely high level in Savaria delivering 33 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Unfortunately to her, the host squad remains winless after 9 appearances.

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Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eurol. 8-0 
 2. Pecsi 8-0 
 3. Szeged 7-0 
 4. BSE 7-1 
 5. Foton 6-3 
 6. Szolnok 4-5 
 7. ZTE 3-5 
 8. Atomeromu 3-6 
 9. Vasas-Csata 2-6 
 10. BEAC 1-7 
 11. Cegledi EKK 1-8 
 12. Savaria 0-9 


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D1 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel T-A - M.Ashdod 67-69
Maccabi Ashdod denied a 7-point halftime deficit to eke out a narrow 69:67 win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv today. Tamara Moore and Brashida Elohim converted vital free throws late in the regualtion to seal the victory for Maccabi Ashdod. Tamara Moore came up with 22 points and 11 boards for the winners. Brashida Elohim added 17 points and 10 boards as Ashdod improved at 5-0 record. Diamond Rogers answered with 33 points and 15 boards for Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Bnot Hash. - B.Yehuda 91-68
Bnot Hasharon celebrated the third win in the season today. They prevailed against Bnei Yehuda 91:68 at home court and improved at 3-2 record. Charde Houston fired 25 points, grabbed 13 boards and dished out 6 assists to lead Hasharon. Shimrit Gigi had 16 points for the winners. Dionnah Jackson and Cori Chambers knocked down 15 points apiece for Bnei Yehuda in the loss.

Electra Ramat - Ramat Hen 71-76
Ramat Hen trailed by 11 points at the interval but survived a tough test to secure the fifth straight win in the season tonight. They recovered and held off Electra Ramat 76:71. Tamara James poured in 24 points and grabbed 14 boards for Ramat Hen. Matalya Belvin added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ramat Electra answered with 20 points from Ebony Hoffman.

Maclar.Holon - Elit.Netanya 70-51
Elitzur Holon earned the second victory as they pounded Natanya 70:51 today. Edniesha Curry led the victors with 20 points. Ayana Walker contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for Elitzur Holon in the winning effort. Tamara Ransburg responded with 16 points and 18 rebounds for Natanya in the loss.



Erica White joins Elizur Maccabi Natanya - by Eurobasket
Elizur Maccabi Natanya added to their roster 22-year old American guard Erica White (160-G-86, college: LSU). White played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA) in the U.S. where in 34 games averaged 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. Last year she graduated Louisiana State University, where White helped them to end season as league runner-up and make it to SEC Topurnament Finals. She was also selected to All-SEC 2nd Team with solid stats: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.9spg in 36 games. In her first game in Israel (Natanya lost to Holon) White scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes.

Temeka Johnson and kelly Schumacher move to Israeli league - by Eurobasket
Israeli team Bnot Raanana Hasharon strengthened their roster with addition of two Americans: 26-year old guard Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, college: LSU, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) and 31-year old center Kelly Schumacher (195-C-77, college: Connecticut). Johnson played most recently at Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), where she helped her team to make it to WNBA Semifinals. Johnson averaged 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg in 23 games of regular season and was even better during the play-offs with 8.0ppg and 3.5apg. She tried last season in Italian league, but left just before the season started. It's her second time in Israel as she already played here at Bnei Yehuda in 05-06 before moving to Lotos Gdynia in Poland. In her first game in Israel this season Johnson scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 7 passes. Schumacher arrived as a big celebrity after a very successful season in WNBA, where she won the national championship with Detroit Shock. It was actually her second WNBA title in a row after she also won it with Phoenix Mercury in 2007. She is quite experienced player. Shumacher already played in Korea, China, Russia and Spain. It will be her first year in Israeli league. In her first game for Bnot, she scored 16 points and had 4 rebounds.

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


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A1 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Ribera 80-40
Familia Schio destroyed Ribera at home with impressive plus 40. It means that Schio improved on 4-2 record, while Ribera dropped on 2-4. Laura Macchi shined for the hosts collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Raffaella Masciadri helped with 15 points. It is interesting but Ribera didn't have any player with double digits in scoring.

Taranto - Vomero NA 70-38
Taranto blasted Vomera NA at home letting it to score just 38 points for the game. Megan Mahoney had double-double for the host squad collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds. Elodie Godin and Michelle Greco netted 12 points apiece. No one in Napoli reached ten points. Actually, Scholanda Robinson was the leading scorer with just 8. Both teams had 2-3 before this game.

Umana Reyer - Faenza 78-67
Very important victory for Umana Reyer as both squads had just one defeat after five rounds. Aleksandra Vujovic top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Simona Ballardini had 2 points less but including 5 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto contributed with 16 points in defeat.

Umbertide - Comense 62-69
Comense continued with nice performance this season cruising past Umbertide on the road for 5-1 record. Visitors had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Brooke Smith, who drained 18 points missing only one board for double-double. Evalien Callens delivered 16 points with 5 rebounds, but her Umbertide faced with 5th failure in 6 appearances.

San Giovanni - Priolo 81-64
Easy one for San Giovanni and 4-2 in Italian top division. Iciss Tillis was totally the best player for the winning side nailing 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Martina Crippa also was good adding 18 pts. Priolo got the same number from Tanja Cirov slipping on 2-4.

Lavezzini PA - Livorno 61-59
Lavezzini escaped with a tiny home win vs Livorno staying on top of the standings together with Comense and Venezia (5-1). On the other side Livorno fell to 2-4. This time Laura Summerton was central figure of the game as she delivered 18 points including 6 rebounds. Daliborka Vilipic helped with 12 points and 11 rebs for 22 minutes. Benedetta Bagnara had 12 in defeat.

Pozzuoli - Viterbo 48-45
Pozzuoli was better than Viterbo in a low-scoring game. It was extremely important one for both teams as they had poor 1-4 before it. Tamecka Dixon collected 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts, while Natasa Andjelic followed with 12 points and 6 boards. Krissy Bade netted 10 pts and grabbed 10 boards for Viterbo.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Luxembourg Women Basketball Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Donovan, Etz 29.0
2. Sweere, Greng 26.7
3. Lea, Rac 26.6
4. Stowe, Con 25.4
5. Lee, Ami 23.6
6. Fisher, Mus 23.4
7. Scanlon, Res 22.2
8. Dennett, T71 22.2
9. Gladden, Esch 22.2
10. Walton, Sch 20.7


Musel Pikes defeat Basket Esch in Round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes celebrated the fourth win in the season as they held off the reigning champions Basket Esch 63:54 on the road. It was the third straight loss for Basket Esch as they slipped at 4-3 record. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) secured 21 points and 8 boards for Musel Pikes. Christine Fisher tallied 15 points and 17 boards for the winning team. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Florida St.) answered with 30 points and 16 boards for Basket Esch. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) had 14 points and 10 boards in the loss. Musel Pikes built a 30:20 lead at halftime and never allowed the hosts to change the complexion of the game after the long break.
Etzella suffered the first defeat in the season as they were narrowly beaten by Residence 79:77 at home court. Trailing by as many as 19 points at three-quarter time Etzella fired back and almost denied the deficit. However Residence proved cool in the dying seconds and pulled away with a difficult victory. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) nailed 25 points to lead Residence. Kaatje Claes (182-C-81) added 21 points for the winners. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) answered with 20 points for Etzella. Joelle Agnes (182-F/C-88) added 18 points in the loss.
T71 Dudelange capitalized on Etzellas loss and narrowed the gap to the league leaders. T71 overcame Racing 81:63 on the road and improved at 5-2 record. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) came up with 21 points and 9 boards for T71. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) netted 15 points in the victory. Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: NC-Wilmington) was impressive with 30 points and 10 boards for Racing in defeat.


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  NIGERIA - Women  


14th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women: First Bank list Udoka for Africa Champions Club, jet out to Kenya - by Olusegun Ikuesan


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  SERBIA - Women  


Gospic blasts Vojvodina in Adriatic league (Round 6) - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Vojvodina 91-54

Croatian representative Gospic CO succeeded to beat Vojvodina in Round 6 of Adriatic league, meaning that the both teams are currently on the same record now (3-2). Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) was a key player for the hosts pouring in 29 points. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) shined adding 20. Interesting is that these two players scored almost the same number of points than all Vojvodina's players together. Except of Ivezic and Vrsaljko, Ana Stilinovic (178-F-82) also had important role for the winnings side adding 11 points. Minja Siljegovic (188-F-80) was better than the others in defeat netting 19 points. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) was behind her with 12.
Vojvodina was in a great shape before this game registering few consecutive wins. However, Gospic CO started it very strong finishing the first quarter 24-19. Until the half time Gospic succeeded to set the margin on 9 points. Question about the winner is resolved after the breather. The hosts put into the fifth gear, and mostly owing to above mentioned Ivezic and Vrsaljko ended third frame 21-10. It was expected that Vojvodina finally show some of its qualities, but unfortunately to Serbian team that didn't happen. Gospic continued in the same rhythm totally blasting Vojvodina until the end with 29-10. In the next round Gospic will take on Buducnost, while Vojvodina will host Medvescak.

Gospic CO: Jelena Ivezic 29, Marija Vrsaljko 20, Ana Stilinovic 11
Vojvodina: Minja Siljegovic 19, Maja Scekic 12


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S-Birds improve to 11-1 - by Eurobasket News

S-Birds improved to 11-1 record in WKBL. In the latest game the favorite overcame Woori Hansae 80:71. S-Birds opened the game with 29-22 in the opening quarter and never looked behind later in the game. In the third and the last periods the winners produced 16 points in each period to seal the win.
Bichumi celebrated two wins in the latest two games and improved to 9-4 record. Redwings lost one and win one to drop at 8-5 record and now is third in the standings. In the game over Cool Cats the team had 70:66 victory. The victories in the first three quarters were enough to win the game.

Cool Cats improved their position as the team won over KB Savers that reamins in front of them. Cool Cats had 70:63 victory with 18:14 in the first and the second frames. KB Savers tied the third period at 17:17 and won the last period 18:17, but could not celebrate the victory. Cool Cats jumped to 4-9 after 13 games played. KB Savers remains 4th in the standings with 5-9 record. Woori Hansae covers the bottom with 2-11 record.



Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 11-1 
 2. Bichumi 9-4 
 3. Redwings 8-5 
 4. KB Savers 5-9 
 5. Cool Cats 4-9 
 6. Woori Hansae 2-11 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 28.9
2. Barnes, Pully 24.4
3. Knight, Riva 22.2
4. Villarroel, Sierre 21.7
5. Cho, Pully 20.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 12.6
2. McKenzie, Seirre 12.0
3. Griffith, Helios 10.6
4. Barnes, Pully 10.3
5. Moore, Riva 10.0
Assists Per Game
1. Vercauteren, Sierre 6.4
2. Daniels, Nyon 6.0
3. Charlier, Neuchatel 5.1
4. Villarroel, Sierre 4.9
5. Brantlova, Fribourg 4.6
Steals Per Game
1. Daniels, Nyon 5.4
2. Crisman, BBC 4.3
3. Moix, BBC 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Maclot, Pully 1.9
2. Gueye, Nyon 1.8
3. Griffith, Helios 1.7
2FGP
1. Villarroel, Sierre 72.6
2. Briedyte, Sierre 66.7
3. Vercauteren, Sierre 61.5
3FGP
1. Cho, Pully 59.1
2. Moix, BBC 48.1
3. Brantlova, Fribourg 48.0
Free Throws
1. Villarroel, Sierre 90.9
2. Knight, Riva 90.6
3. Gumy, Helios 88.9
Ranking
1. Crisman, BBC 32.9
2. Daniels, Nyon 27.4
3. Villarroel, Sierre 25.6


Sdent Sierre knock down Neuchatel in Round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre sent a strong message across the league as they defeated the defending champions Neuchatel 77:67 in Round 7. The win allowed the brave newcomers improve at 6-1 record and catch up with Neuchatel in the ladder. Sdent Sierre used an aggressive start to the game to stun their opponents. The hosts led by 11 points at the first intermission and later stretched the margin to as many as 18 points. However Neuchatel were not done just yet. Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) fueled a comeback effort in the third stanza as the visitors cut the distance to 12 points. However Sdent Sierre remained in charge in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Maria Villarroel (174-G/F-78, college: Oklahoma) knocked down 25 points and dished out 6 assists for Sdent Sierre. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) added 16 points for the winners. Nina Crelot answered with 17 points for Neuchatel. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) had 14 points in the loss.
BBC also claimed the sixth win in the season as they held off Helios Basket 81:57 at home court. The hosts built a 13-point advantage at the first break and maintained it well throughout the reminder of the contest. Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82, college: W.Michigan) tallied 25 points and 13 boards for BBC. Sarah Kershaw (180-F/C-85) notched 18 points in the winning case. Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) answered with 21 points and 11 boards for Helios.
Riva Basket earned the fourth victory as they scored a 62:59 win over Pully on the road. Pully opened the encounter with a 28:9 first frame but Riva Basket bounced back in the second term. They limited the home team to 4 points and cut the distance to 9 points. Riva Basket went on a decisive rally in the fourth quarter when they shot down the home team 19:7 and pulled away with a hard-fought victory. Leslie Knight (185-F-86) finished with 25 points and 11 boards for Riva. Polona Oberc (173-G/F-80, college: LIU Brooklyn) secured 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Joanna Barnes (180-F-83, college: American) had 23 points, 10 boards and 6 assists for Pully in defeat.


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  WNBA - Women  


Erica White joins Elizur Maccabi Natanya - by Eurobasket
Elizur Maccabi Natanya added to their roster 22-year old American guard Erica White (160-G-86, college: LSU). White played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA) in the U.S. where in 34 games averaged 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. Last year she graduated Louisiana State University, where White helped them to end season as league runner-up and make it to SEC Topurnament Finals. She was also selected to All-SEC 2nd Team with solid stats: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.9spg in 36 games. In her first game in Israel (Natanya lost to Holon) White scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 24 minutes.

Temeka Johnson and kelly Schumacher move to Israeli league - by Eurobasket
Israeli team Bnot Raanana Hasharon strengthened their roster with addition of two Americans: 26-year old guard Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, college: LSU, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) and 31-year old center Kelly Schumacher (195-C-77, college: Connecticut). Johnson played most recently at Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), where she helped her team to make it to WNBA Semifinals. Johnson averaged 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg in 23 games of regular season and was even better during the play-offs with 8.0ppg and 3.5apg. She tried last season in Italian league, but left just before the season started. It's her second time in Israel as she already played here at Bnei Yehuda in 05-06 before moving to Lotos Gdynia in Poland. In her first game in Israel this season Johnson scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 7 passes. Schumacher arrived as a big celebrity after a very successful season in WNBA, where she won the national championship with Detroit Shock. It was actually her second WNBA title in a row after she also won it with Phoenix Mercury in 2007. She is quite experienced player. Shumacher already played in Korea, China, Russia and Spain. It will be her first year in Israeli league. In her first game for Bnot, she scored 16 points and had 4 rebounds.