EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/19/2008

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  ABA   


California fires shorten Maywood Tournament - by Gianni Pascucci

The California forest fires shortened the tremendous round robin basketball tournament held over the weekend in Maywood, California. According to Burrel Lee, Coach of the ABA Maywood Buzz, 'Damone Hale's San Francisco Rumble and the Buzz were headed for a showdown in the finals on Sunday. But we had to hold off on playing the Championship game because we were eager for San Francisco to get out before they closed the roads. However, we'll be meeting them shortly in the regular season and perhaps we'll call that the Championship game.' The six team Shootout included three ABA teams, the Arizona Rhinos, the San Francisco Rumble and the Maywood Buzz plus three strong SoCal pro-am teams. The Buzz and the Rumble finished at 3-0 while the Rhinos ended up 0-3 losing three very close tightly contested games. All three teams should move up in the ABA Power Rankings this week based on their strong performances. For more information, visit www.buzzbasketball.com



Weekend games results - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Winston-Salem Storm was defeated 118-105 in the Nashville Broncs home opener on Friday night before a crowd of 1900 people in the Nashville Memorial Auditorium. Former Tennessee State standout Josh Cooperwood (6'4''-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) led the Broncs with 25 points. Former DCA and Belmont post player Adam Sonn (6'7''-F-80, college: Belmont) finished with 23 points. Former Vanderbilt star Ronnie McMahan (6'5''-F-72, college: Vanderbilt) got hot in the second half and finished with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. The night after, the Storm took their revenge, defeating the Knoxville Thunderbolts, 111-108. The game was not decided until the final moments. But then, the Thunderbolts picked up the first win in franchise history on Sunday, with a 109-101 victory over the same Winston-Salem at Grace Christian Academy. Michael Blue (6'5''-F-85) was decisive in the win, scoring 14 points, six coming in the last three minutes of the third quarter. Kevin McDonald (6'7''-F/G-82, college: Kennesaw St.) helped the Bolts with eight points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

ABA Gwizzlies Mock Draft Tryout to be held - by Richard
November 29th the American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies will hold an open tryout in Atlanta and every ballplayer that participate name will be placed in a draft free agency pool. Each ballplayer brief profile and contact information will be posted on www.usbasketball.com and www.oursportscentral.com. League teams can then contact and sign these free agent ballplayers for one day or rest of the season.The CBA, NBA-D league already have a player pool system. For further infro go to www.gwizzliesbasketball.com www.abalive.com

Standings
ABA Standings
Northeast Div.
 1. Montreal M. 0-0 
 2. Jersey Expr. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 4. Westchester P. 0-0 
 5. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 6. S.Chicago BS 0-0 
 7. W. Virginia B. 0-0 
 8. W. Virginia O. 0-0 
 9. Aurora Force 0-0 
 10. New York I. 0-0 
Northwest Div.
 1. Modesto B. 0-0 
 2. Washington R. 0-0 
 3. Alaska Dream 0-0 
 4. S.Francisco R. 0-0 
 5. LA Push 0-0 
 6. Salt Lake S. 0-0 
 7. Beijing O. 0-0 
 8. San Diego W 0-0 
 9. Maywood B. 0-0 
Southeast Div.
 1. Nashville B. 2-0 
 2. Winston-Salem 1-2 
 3. Knoxville T. 1-2 
 4. Kentucky W. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 8. Bahama PS 0-0 
 9. Kansas City 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. Mississippi B. 0-0 
 2. Arizona R. 0-0 
 3. South Texas 0-0 
 4. Fury 0-0 
 5. Houston T. 0-0 
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-0 
 7. Texas M. 0-0 
 8. W.Texas W. 0-0 
 9. Gallup T. 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Olimpija backs under-fire coach Dzikic - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija today expressed its confidence in Serbian coach Aleksandar Dzikic despite a string of recent defeats for the Euroleagea and NLB Adriatic League.
Top Slovenian team have suffered several recent defeats in all competitions, and are currently still winless in Euroleague and just eighth in NLB Adriatic Leageu, four wins behind leaders Partizan and Crvena zvezda The poor performances have led to press reports that Dzikic, who joined Union Olimpija in January 2008, had lost the respect of the dressing room and could be replaced.
'The standing of the coach has not changed since the start of the season. We continue to be happy with the coach,' said president Dusan Mitic.


News from Zagreb: Coach Zeljko Pavlicevic steppes down - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Pavlicevic is no longer a head coach of Zagreb. Experienced Pavlicevic decided to resign after seven consecutive defeats in eight Adriatic league games this season. The last one was very painful as Zagreb was frizzed in Zadar on minus 35. Pavlicevic showed up on yesterday's practice to inform players about his decision.

Member of Zagreb's management board, Darko Petricevic, announced that Denis Bajramovic and Mladen Erjavec will take over the team. However, according to Petricevic it is just temporary solution until they find the appropriate replacement for Pavlicevic, who will be able to meet all of the club's expectations.

Zeljko Pavlicevic agreed terms with Zagreb in December last year. Before that he used to work in Crvena Zvezda, Split, Taugres, El Ferol and Cibona. He also was a head coach of Japanese senior National Team from 2004 to 2006. With Team Japan Pavlicevic participated on Asian Championship in Doha 2005 as well as on the World Championship in Japan a year later. He succeeded to win Croatian Cup Kresimir Cosic this year with Zagreb, later reaching play-off semifinals. As it is mentioned above, Zagreb is currently at the bottom of the standings in regional championship with just 1 win in 8 appearances. It happened against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in Round 4. The team suffered tight home defeats vs Cibona and Partizan. The most painful ones for sure are against Zadar, Helios and Vojvodina.


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  AUSTRIA   


Dragan Zekovic is a promising NBA Draft pick - by Interperformances
21 years old Serbian Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) should be a lottery pick when he will decide to enter the the NBA Draft. He is 6'11' tall and plays small forward, but can also play power forward. Dragan is a deadly outside shooter, averaging 68.4% from behind the three point line (13 for19) and 85.7% from the charity stripe, with a 23 ppg average. He scored 28 points to help Arkadia Ttaiskirchen Lions win over Wels 91-81 in the Austrian league. He shot 6 for 7 from behind the three point arc. This is his third season with the Lions.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Rabotnicki surprises Levski in Sophia - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Fersped Rabotnicki 74-83

Fersped Rabotnicki surprised Levski on the road improving on 2-1 record in Group B. On the other hand, Bulgarian representative remains winless yet. As a reminder, Levski shocked reigning Bulgarian champion Lukoil Akademik in the last round of domestic championship becoming the first team who succeeded to do it since October 26th, 2006. However, Macedonians were on a pretty high level today, while Levski clearly wasn't ready to compete against them, at least in the first half. Toni Simic (210-C-76, agency: Interperformances) shined for the winners collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) followed him adding 17 points apiece. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) once again was better than the others in Levski draining 22 points. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) had 15, while Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Fersped Rabotnicki controlled rhythm of the game form the early beginning. During the opening ten minutes they succeeded to stop Levski on just 10 points, 10-16. Second quarter was even better for Macedonians. Toni Simic was in a game mood leading his team to huge plus 17 until the half time, 26-43. The players of head coach Konstantin Papazov woke up after that having wonderful third frame, 24-11. However, when it was expected that Levski will go even stronger in the last 10 minutes, that didn't happen. Macedonians were good enough to end it with plus 5 celebrating the second victory this season.

Levski: Marcus Hall 22, Asen Velikov 15, Stefan Georgiev 14+7 boards
Fersped Rabotnicki: Toni Simic 23+6 boards+4 as, Dime Tasovski 17+6 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 17



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
1. Lietuvos 6-2
2. ASK Riga 4-2
3. TU/Rock 4-3
4. Barons/LMT 4-3
5. Ventspils 4-4
6. Siauliai 4-4
7. Zalgiris 3-4
8. Kalev/Cramo 2-4
9. Valmiera 2-4
10.Nevezis 1-4
Challenge Cup
Group A
1. VEF Riga 5-0
2. Sakalai 4-1
3. Norrkoping 3-2
4. Techasas 2-2
5. Tallinna Kalev 2-2
6. Alytus Alita 2-3
7. Zemgale 1-4
8. Valga Welg 0-5
Group B
1. Kaunas Tr. 4-1
2. Neptunas 4-1
3. Suduva 3-2
4. Aisciai 3-2
5. TTU KK 3-2
6. Keizarmezs 1-4
7. Liepajas 1-4
8. ASK/Buki 1-4


Gert Dorbek to Ukraine - by Janar Filippov
national team player gert dorbek has signed ukrainian ubl team ferro-zntu zaporozje.
dorbek started the season in dalkia/nybit but after the team announced the resignation from meistriliiga, dorbek played for tallinna kalev.
he averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 5 games of estonian meistriliiga and 14.7 ppg + 4.7 rpg in 6 games of baltic league challenge cup. in september, he played 5 games for estonian nt in eurobasket 2009 qualifications, averaging 4.2 ppg.


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  BELGIUM   


Div. II Regular Season - Rounds 7 and 8 - by Bertrand Larsimont

During the last weeks, a few relevant moves and events took place in Division II. Former Aalstar and CEP Fleurus center Stefan Moris is back in Belgium after a short stay in Osnabrueck, in the German Pro B competition. He will play for BBC Boom. Also in Boom, coach Ronny Bayer resigned after a poor 1-5 record and is replaced by former Sint-Jan coach Eddy Van Loon. They were both a boost for their team as BBC Boom defeated Falco Ghent in Round 8.
In Belgian Cup Eighth Final's first leg, BBC Bree (+ 5) welcomed Union Mons-Hainaut and lost 78-107. The return game (second leg) will be played in Mons on November 18th.
In Wevelgem, BCO Carnieres only scored 38 points. The visitors lost the third quarter 32-6! BCO Carnieres will host Division II leader Jaga Radiators Hasselt on the next round.

Round 7

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BBC Bree 68-77
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 10; Bourdeaux 9; B. Verdickt 10; B. Bobb 7; Deceuninck 14; L'Hote 18.
Bree: Horner 11; E. Norvell 13; Orsulic 11; Meeks 14; R. McCollum 17; R. Moss 6; Vucica 3; Van Camp 2.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. BCO Carnieres 79-54
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 6; S. Robeyst 22; De Leersnyder 6; Bogaert 4; B. Cleymans 20; Raes 19; Delmulle 2.
Carnieres: Romyns 2; Thelen 3; Ballau 11; Dekaise 8; K. Jonniaux 20; Lena 8; De Campos 2.

BBC Boom vs. Essor Charleroi 70-75
Boom: Druwez 4; Van Wert 9; P. Bayer 6; Y. Lambreghts 16; S. Salden 16; Leten 2; P. Van Hoecke 15; Vermeiren 2.
Charleroi: E. Mampuya 24; L. Bearzotti 18; R. Leclercqs 13; Frippiat 12; Maren 6; Pellisier 5.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. BBC Kangoeroes 83-76
Kangoeroes: Gorremans 7; Follens 2; Roelandts 11; Casteels 8; Kalonji 14; D'Haens 12; T. Van de Keere 19; De Wachter 3.
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 33; H. Baert 4; Hendrix 11; Geysen 5; Clemente 8; R. Van Poelgeest 6; Vanhove 16.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 61-80
Nivelles: Karavokyros 3; J. Defosse 2; M. Pirlot 5; Seny 11; F. Muylaert 13; El Mouttalibi 8; Van den Eynde 16.
Pitzemburg: Veldeman 12; Billet 10; Vandenbrande 9; Swaeb 16; M. Van Gelder 21; Pottiez 4; Maris 3; Corthals 6.

BC Ninane vs. CEP Fleurus 84-71
Ninane: --

Fleurus: Poulain 4; J. Vanesse 14; S. Tison 2; L. Pourtoit 7; A. Jadin 14; T. Rozewicz 6; B. Penninck 10; S. Semijejero 14.

Falco Ghent vs. BT Power Wevelgem 78-61
Falco: J. Van De Vondel 21; F. Bwatu 11; J. Selhorst 10; Van Haevermaet 10; De Schepper 9; Huyghe 7; De Backer 5; Vanderkimpen 5.
Wevelgem: B. Guillemyn 2; Samson 4; Delepeleire 5; S. Naudts 16; R. Naudts 7; Lebon 6; A. Flanders 14; Fiers 7.

Bye: Sint-Jan Antwerp

Round 8

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BBC Bree 88-73
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 6; W. Lemaire 8; W. Van Schil 21; L. Tielens 24; T. Van De Vondel 15; Verbeeck 11; S. Tielens 3.
Bree: O. Hodge 12; J. Horner 10; E. Norvell 9; Orsulic 8; Meeks 12. R. McCollum 9; R. Moss 8; Vucica 5.

BT Power Wevelgem vs. BCO Carnieres 88-38
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 11; Samson 5; S. Naudts 11; R. Naudts 4; B. Guillemyn 20; Lebon 7; A. Flanders 19; J. Fiers 6.
Carnieres: Ballu 6; S. Poppe 4; Dekaise 2; K. Jonniaux 5; Lena 4; Libert 4; D. Goethals 4; L. De Campos 2; S. Muric 6.

Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 74-59
Pitzemburg: Veldeman 15; Swaeb 15; Corthals 1; Pottiez 8; Vandenbrande 10; Vanbreedam 2; M. Van Gelder 19; Maris 4.
Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 2; Follens 4; K. Roelandts 17; Casteels 6; Kalonji 3; D'Haens 17; T. Van de Keere 6; De Wachter 4.

CEP Fleurus vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 68-74
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 18; B. Penninck 16; S. Tison 7; L. Pourtoit 6; T. Rozewicz 4; S. Semijejero 9; A. Jadin 8.
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 23; H. Baert 14; Hendrix 12; Vanhove 12; R. Van Poelgeest 10; Clemente 2; Geysen 1.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. Essor Charleroi 72-87
Nivelles: Van den Eynde 19; Seny 18; El Mouttalibi 13; Hoornaert 9; M. Pirlot 6; Karavokyros 3; M. Renard 3; J. Renard 1.
Essor: E. Mampuya 26; Sperolini 12; Leclercqs 12; Stache 12; Pellisier 9; L. Bearzotti 8; Frippiat 7; Vermeulen 4; Maren 2.

BC Ninane vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 72-80
Ninane: Hubert 1; Klimanek 5; Tihon 14; Bontemps 5; Offerman 6; Delsaute 9; M. Hawley 5; D. Kalut 22; Vanbergen 5.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 12; A. Steinbach 8; S. Robeyst 23; De Leersnyder 6; Bogaert 9; B. Cleymans 16; Raes 5; Delmulle 1.

Falco Ghent vs. BBC Boom 68-80
Falco: J. Van De Vondel 21; De Schepper 12; Van Haevermaet 10; Selhorst 8; F. Bwatu 7; Brysse 4; Huyghe 4; Vanderkimpen 2.
Boom: V. Haerbos 6; Van Wert 9; Y. Lambreghts 11; S. Salden 20; Leten 2; S. Moris 23; P. Van Hoecke 4; Vermeiren 5.

Bye: De West Hoek Zwevezele



D1 Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Verviers-Pep. 91-52
Belgacom Liege Basket had an easy job against VOO Verviers-Pepinster at home jumping on 4-3 in D1. Justin Cage once again demonstrated wonderful performance for the winners netting 24 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Adrian Banks scored 14 points in defeat. His Pepinster stays on just 1 win in 8 appearances.

Leuven - Antwerp 69-49
Spotter Leuven outplayed Antwerp Diamond Giants without ant extra efforts. DeMario Anderson posted 14 while Chris Young had one point less than him. Actually Young pulled down 8 more rebounds for 27 minutes. Antwerp got 18 points from Timothy Black. The hosts moved up on 4-3 while Antwerp has 3-3.

Gent - Oostende 72-69
Despite many changes, Base BC Oostende faced with another defeat this season. It is the 6th one in Belgian top division (0-6). On the other side, the hosts improved on 2-5. Brandon Freeman was central figure of the game as he poured in 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rashid Atkins contributed with 13 points and 6 assists in defeat.

Charleroi - Aalstar 87-50
Spirou Basket Charleroi trashed Generali Okapi Aalstar in the last game of Round 8 with plus 37. Jerry Johnson was a top scorer in the team of head coach Drazen Anzulovic with 16 points. Justin Hamilton helped with one point less. Matt Lojeski was a way better than the others in Aalstar delivering 20 points. Charleroi remained the only undefeated team in the league with 7-0, while Aalstar slipped on 5-2.


Div. II Regular Season - Rounds 10 and 11 - by Bertrand Larsimont
Round 10 (played on 2008-11-11)

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 67-72
Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 4; Follens 6; K. Roelandts 5; Casteels 7; Kalonji 9; D. D'Haens 8; T. Van De Keere 13; De Wachter 15.
Sint-Jan: W. Van Schil 22; T. Van De Vondel 12; V. Verbeeck 10; J. Ceyssens 12; Goethaert 2; Van Rillaer 7; L. Tielens 7.

BCO Carnieres vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 60-57
Great success for the hometeam, led by former Belgian Lion Daniel Goethals (11 rebounds) and former BC Liege player Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83, 8 rebounds) at rebounding.
Carnieres: Romyns 6; Ballau 6; S. Poppe 6; K. Jonniaux 16; Lena 5; D. Goethals 14; L. De Campos 4; S. Muric 4.
Pitzemburg: Swaeb 2; Vangelder 3; D. Billet 9; Veldeman 21; Pottiez 11; Vanbreedam 3; Maris 6; Corthals 2.

Basket Bree vs. CEP Fleurus 91-62
Former Division I vice-champions of Bree left no chance to last year's Division II champions in the second half.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 19-14, 33-30, 61-43 and 91-62.
Bree: O. Hodge 4; E. Norvell 17; Orsulic 8; Meeks 12; R. McCollum 23; R. Moss 4; J. Vucica 16; Van Camp 6.
Fleurus: Bastien 2; Poulain 5; J. Vanesse 6; L. Pourtoit 22; A. Jadin 10; B. Penninck 4; S. Semijejero 20.

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. Falco Ghent 69-71
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 21; J. Bourdeaux 11; B. Verdickt 5; B. Deceuninck 4; L. Lhote 15; M. De Ceuninck 11.
Falco: J. De Schepper 22; J. Van de Vondel 15; A. Huyghe 13; J. Selhorst 12; F. Bwatu 5; Loontjens 2; J. Van Haevermaet 2.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 94-73
Waregem's hardworking player B. Bogaert grabbed 11 rebounds in this game.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 19; A. Steinbach 17; S. De Leersnyder 8; B. Bogaert 14; B. Cleymans 9; Raes 14; Colpaert 11; M. De Leersnyder 22.
Nivelles: Karavokyros 6; J. Defosse 7; M. Pirlot 7; Seny 8; F. Muylaert 11; El Mouttalibi 9; Van Den Eynde 15; Buja 10.

BBC Boom vs. BC Ninane 90-68
Boom: Haerbos 3; Druwez 11; Van Wert 9; Lambreghts 17; Salden 7; Leeten 6; S. Moris 20; P. Van Hoecke 17.
Ninane: Hubert 1; Klimanek 4; Tihon 8; Offerman 5; Delsaute 12; M. Hawley 4; D. Kalut 16; Lebecque 7; Van Bergen 11.

Essor Charleroi vs. BT Power Wevelgem 60-71
On the Essor's side, Frippiat will be back only in January while Chris Demoulin recovers from injury and has been jogging and practicing lately.
Charleroi: Leclercqs 7; L. Bearzotti 6; E. Mampuya 17; Gevaert 10; Stache 10; Pellisier 3; S. Vermeulen 7.
Wevelgem: Samson 2; Vandenberghe 6; G. Delepeleire 4; S. Naudts 15; B. Guillemyn 21; A. Flanders 17; J. Fiers 6.

Bye: Jaga Radiators Hasselt

Round 11 (played on 2008-11-15 and 16)

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. CEP Fleurus 72-78
Boris Penninck had 13 rebounds and Sam Semijejero grabbed 20 rebounds for the visitors. CEP's scorer Jeremy Vanesse was missing. In the last quarter, the visiting squad even reached +20 but the men of Tom Poppe came back and almost filled the gap. De West Hoek Zwevezele finished close but CEP reacted well in the last seconds.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 21-21, 38-38, 51-63 and 72-78.
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 14; J. Bourdeaux 12; B. Verdickt 3; B. Bobb 20; Deceuninck 2; L. Lhote 21.
Fleurus: Poulain 2; S. Tison 14; L. Pourtoit 13; A. Jadin 24; T. Rozewicz 2; B. Penninck 8; S. Semijejero 15.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. BT Power Wevelgem 71-84
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 16; A. Steinbach 16; S. De Leersnyder 5; B. Bogaert 9; B. Cleymans 10; Raes 13; Colpaert 2.
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 2; Samson 8; Delepeleire 4; S. Naudts 21; R. Naudts 2; B. Guillemyn 15; Castelein 1; Lebon 4; A. Flanders 22; J. Fiers 5.

BBC Boom vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 66-74
Boom: Haerbos 2; Druwez 9; Van Wert 8; Lambreghts 13; Salden 9; S. Moris 13; P. Van Hoecke 8; Vermeiren 4.
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 6; W. Lemaire 5; W. Van Schil 9; L. Tielens 14; T. Van De Vondel 21; V. Verbeeck 8; J. Ceyssens 11.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 100-74
Dieter Souveryns (195-G-83) is the Division II top-scorer of the week with 41 points.
Hasselt: Jacobs 4; D. Souveryns 41; Geysen 4; Hendrix 21; Westphalen 2; R. Van Poelgeest 5; Haling 1; Vanhove 12; Reynders 2; Clemente 2; Baert 6.
Pitzemburg: Vanbreedam 2; Vangelder 5; Swaeb 22; Claes 5; Corthals 3; Maris 6; Pottiez 6; Veldeman 15; Vandenbrande 10.

Essor Charleroi vs. BCO Carnieres 63-52
Special mention to Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81) who grabbed 9 rebounds.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-15, 26-25, 45-41 and 63-52.
Charleroi: S. Vermeulen 15; R. Leclercqs 12; Sperolini 12; E. Mampuya 10; Stache 10; Gevaert 4.
Carnieres: Ballau 15; S. Poppe 2; Dekaise 2; K. Jonniaux 18; Lena 2; D. Goethals 5; S. Muric 8.

BC Ninane vs. Basket Bree 70-95
Ninane: Hubert 6; Klimanek 9; Tihon 11; Offerman 6; Delsaute 9; M. Hawley 6; D. Kalut 20; Vanbergen 3.
Bree: O. Hodge 13; E. Norvell 13; Orsulic 7; Meeks 8; R. McCollum 13; R. Moss 15; J. Vucica 23; Van Camp 3.

Falco Ghent vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 84-81
Important win for Falco despite a good game by the visitors led by Julien Defosse who hit 6 three-pointers.
Falco: J. Van De Vondel 31; F. Bwatu 12; Brysse 9; J. De Schepper 9; Vanderkimpen 9; J. Selhorst 6; Van Haevermaet 5; Huyghe 3.
Nivelles: J. Defosse 23; M. Pirlot 2; Seny 10; F. Muylaert 4; El Mouttalibi 11; Van Den Eynde 21; Buja 10.

Bye: Kangoeroes Willebroek


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  BELIZE   


Belize Prepares U-12 National Team for Guatemala Tournament!!!! - by David Magana
Over the past two weeks, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) has been holding tryouts to select Under 12 male players to represent Belize in a regional tournament to be held in December in Guatemala.
Over 50 players from across the country have attended workout sessions and the final team will be selected by early next week to continue preparation.
Belize has not participated in regional or international basketball competition at this youth level in many years and the BBF is excited at the prospects for this tournament. Youth development through the sport of basketball is at the cornerstone of the BBFs strategic vision and a structured youth system for male and female players will be launched early next year.
The BBF would like to thank parents, some of whom travel from the districts to support participation, the primary schools which assisted with recruitment and dissemination of information, and the sponsors who have already committed to the project.
There is still more work to be done to make the project a reality and the BBF will keep the public updated over the next few weeks.

Press Release BBF


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian League 13 - Win for Zrinski in Tuzla - by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Sloboda Dita - Zrinjski HT Mostar 80:85
Hercegovac - Novi Grad Atal 97:70
Igokea Partizan - Mladost 93:59
Posusje SL IAT Leotar (Wednesday)
Siroki Eronet Vitez (Wednesday)
Slavija - Grude (canceled)
Borac Nektar free

Igokea Partizan - Mladost 93:59
(23:21, 25:17, 32:9, 13:12)
Aleksandrovac - SC Nenad Bastinac; Att.: 1300; Ref.: Babic, Lakic, Petkovic
IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Topolovic, Vuksanovic 13, Bocka 11, Djerasimovic 12, Djurica 13, Bilanovic, Taylor 20, Radic, Mirkovic 13, Kovacevic 7, Matic 4. Coach: Dragan Bajic
MLADOST: Pantic, Sladojevic, Malesevic, Adamovic 11, Cigale 4, Bilbija 5, Blanusa 9, Djuranovic 4, Kezic 2, Golubovic 3, Palalic 21, Markovic. Coach: Zoran Spiric


KK Slavija Success through patience - by Nedzad Kladusak
Sarajevo is not only the capital of BIH but is also the home of many basketball teams. But most basketball fans in former Yugoslavia and Europe know only KK Bosna a team that became European club champion 30 years ago. But today mostly the smaller teams produce high-profile players. One of them is KK Slavija a team that has shook the league last year. Coached by Goran Sehovac, maybe one of the greatest young coaching prospects in Bosnia-Hercegovina they reached the play-offs. Without having large funds KK Slavija relied on patient work with second-tier players of bigger teams and only a couple of experienced players like Aleksandar Damjanovic. Today coach Bogdan Stanojevic and Damir Zeljkovic rally very young players like NT player Darko Damjanovic (203-F/C-91), adriatic league-experienced Sindis Demic (190-G-83) of KK Bosna, projects in work like Elnis Elnis Prasovic (204-F-84) and Sabahudin Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC) or veterans like Vladimir Vladimir Jojic (185-G-75). The results so far indicate that KK Slavija established itself as a permanent Liga 8 participant. Some of its players like Sindis Demic and Elnis Elnis Prasovic are even among the best players in the bosnian league on their position. Other players like Sabahudin Sabahudin Hodzic, a talented lefthanded center, came from USA in a very poor physical condition after he spent one year playing for a community college. Now, after three months of intense works 7-2 center Sabahudin Hodzic weighs only 130kg he is expected to become one of the most dominating inside players of the league.
Last weekend they trashed Novi Grad by 110-84 and it is characteristic that the team compensated a poor day of its PG Vladimir Vladimir Jojic through the variety of offensive options.Veteran Mladen Gambiroza (206-C-75, agency: 011 Sports) scored 24 points, former KK Bosna SG Sindis Demic had 19 points while Elnis Prasovic and Sabahudin Hodzic recorded both 12 points and 7 rebs.


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Zrinjski MC 7-0 
 2. Igokea 6-1 
 3. Sloboda Dita 6-2 
 4. BoracNektar 5-2 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 4-2 
 6. Slavija 3-3 
 7. Siroki Eronet 3-3 
 8. Posusje 3-4 
 9. Mladost MG 3-5 
 10. Grude 2-5 
 11. Hercegovac 2-5 
 12. Vitez 1-5 
 13. Novi Grad 0-8 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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Rabotnicki surprises Levski in Sophia - by Eurobasket News
Levski - Fersped Rabotnicki 74-83

Fersped Rabotnicki surprised Levski on the road improving on 2-1 record in Group B. On the other hand, Bulgarian representative remains winless yet. As a reminder, Levski shocked reigning Bulgarian champion Lukoil Akademik in the last round of domestic championship becoming the first team who succeeded to do it since October 26th, 2006. However, Macedonians were on a pretty high level today, while Levski clearly wasn't ready to compete against them, at least in the first half. Toni Simic (210-C-76, agency: Interperformances) shined for the winners collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) followed him adding 17 points apiece. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) once again was better than the others in Levski draining 22 points. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) had 15, while Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Fersped Rabotnicki controlled rhythm of the game form the early beginning. During the opening ten minutes they succeeded to stop Levski on just 10 points, 10-16. Second quarter was even better for Macedonians. Toni Simic was in a game mood leading his team to huge plus 17 until the half time, 26-43. The players of head coach Konstantin Papazov woke up after that having wonderful third frame, 24-11. However, when it was expected that Levski will go even stronger in the last 10 minutes, that didn't happen. Macedonians were good enough to end it with plus 5 celebrating the second victory this season.

Levski: Marcus Hall 22, Asen Velikov 15, Stefan Georgiev 14+7 boards
Fersped Rabotnicki: Toni Simic 23+6 boards+4 as, Dime Tasovski 17+6 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 17


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  CANADA   


Kebs announce tryrout camp for the next weekend. - by Gianni Pascucci

The Quebec City Kebs will hold open tryouts on November 22-23 in order to evaluate players who feel that they can play at the professional level. The tryouts will be held from 12pm 2 pm and 6pm 8pm (both days) at their practice facility, St.Patricks High School, in downtown Quebec City. Registration will start at 11:15am Saturday morning. Players who make the cut will be then brought to training camp, as the Kebs play their first exhibition game on Dec. 5, when they host the Manchester Millrats. For additional info, please contact the Kebs front office at vbernier@kebs.ca or 418-780-4850, or visit www.kebsdequebec.com



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  CHINA   


CBA Season Begins with a BANG - by Alex Yam
The new CBA season is just one game old, and plenty of changes including Jiangsus displeasure with University of Wisconsin standout Butch Brian (211-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), who has been sent home after the opening loss vs Dongguan.
The surprise of the season thus far, is the stellar play of the lesser known players, such as Muoneke Gabe (200-F-78, college: Texas), Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) and Allen Myron (180-G-79, college: Lee JC), who are all in the top 5 in scoring.
Games continue tonight. This has already been an exciting season, with the influx of former NBA stars, Coaches and a worldwide fanbase.


Asia-Basket Now Provides English-Language CBA Box Scores - by Arthur Volbert
Asia-Baket now provides you with full English-language box scores for all CBA games, through the magic of computer automation. You merely need to click on the scores of each game, which appear at the top of the page, to display the full box scores.

No longer will you have to depend on the partial box scores that I have been providing for you. And I can concentrate on analyzing the games rather than on laboriously and incompletely transcribing the box scores.



Sixty-"TATE" and counting..... - by Alex Yam
One of last years darlings in the CBA was little known Tate DaJuan (196-G/F-81, college: Mountain St.) who scored a jaw dropping 68 pts, which accounted for the 2nd highest individual scoring total in CBA history, a mark he could have easily surpassed. He led his team, Jilin NorthEastern Tigers, in virtually every statistical category, and was one of the few highlights for a disappointing team.

Tate who hails from Ohio, a state that produced some guy named LeBron James (203-F-84). The game comes easy for players such as Tate, who made scoring 68pts, look as easy as breathing. His skills, and athleticism are unmatched in the CBA, and in most other leagues he participates in.

This summer, the Denver Nuggets took notice of this high flier, and held a private workout with him and their draft pick Sonny Weems, in Las Vegas before the start of the NBA Summer league. Tate, who battled with Weems, really displayed his potential in front of NBA Scouts, and Management.

This season, Tate signed with the Shanghai Sharks instead of his former team, to be able to live in a more westernized city, and garner better exposure for his game, and accolades. Perhaps, this season Tate DaJuan will dazzle the fans of Shanghai and the world with another explosive performance. The world is watching Mr.Tate.


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News from Zagreb: Coach Zeljko Pavlicevic steppes down - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Pavlicevic is no longer a head coach of Zagreb. Experienced Pavlicevic decided to resign after seven consecutive defeats in eight Adriatic league games this season. The last one was very painful as Zagreb was frizzed in Zadar on minus 35. Pavlicevic showed up on yesterday's practice to inform players about his decision.

Member of Zagreb's management board, Darko Petricevic, announced that Denis Bajramovic and Mladen Erjavec will take over the team. However, according to Petricevic it is just temporary solution until they find the appropriate replacement for Pavlicevic, who will be able to meet all of the club's expectations.

Zeljko Pavlicevic agreed terms with Zagreb in December last year. Before that he used to work in Crvena Zvezda, Split, Taugres, El Ferol and Cibona. He also was a head coach of Japanese senior National Team from 2004 to 2006. With Team Japan Pavlicevic participated on Asian Championship in Doha 2005 as well as on the World Championship in Japan a year later. He succeeded to win Croatian Cup Kresimir Cosic this year with Zagreb, later reaching play-off semifinals. As it is mentioned above, Zagreb is currently at the bottom of the standings in regional championship with just 1 win in 8 appearances. It happened against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo in Round 4. The team suffered tight home defeats vs Cibona and Partizan. The most painful ones for sure are against Zadar, Helios and Vojvodina.


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Keravnos and AEL handed difficult tasks in EuroChallenge - by Nemanja Bjedov
The best two Cypriot teams, Keravnos Strovolos and Proteas EKA AEL, will face a difficult test in the FIBA EuroChallenge Regular Season after the draw that was held in Munich, Germany over the weekend.

The ruling champions of Cyprus were drawn in the Group B together with Telekom Baskets of Germany, the French side SAOS Hyeres and one of the best Russian teams Ural Great. On the other hand, Proteas EKA AEL, drew the somewhat less challenging Group D alongside Allianz Swans Gmunden of Austria, EiffelTowers Den Bosch of Holland and the Lithuanian team BC Siauliai.

FIBA Secretary General Nar Zanolin presided over the draw: So far the first year of EuroChallenge has been a great success.

'I think the integration of the European competitions has benefited everyone and we're getting a lot of positive feedback from clubs and fans,' Zanolin added.

The FIBA EuroChallenge Regular Season will begin on November 25 and will wrap up in early January after a short holiday break with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the Top 16.

The national cup holders, Proteas EKA AEL, will host BC Siauliai in the first round on November 25 at the Melford Arena with the tip-off scheduled for 20:00, while Keravnos Strovolos travels to Germany a day later to face Telekom Baskets in Bonn.

SOURCE: www.cybasketball.com


Seastar APOEL edge past Intercollege/ETHA in Eleftheria - by Nemanja Bjedov
Jo Jo Garcia scored 19 points to lift Seastar APOEL over Intercollege/ETHA 59-58 in the last game of the fourth round of the national basketball championship on Monday night at the Eleftheria Athletic Center in Nicosia.

The visitors took off to a flying start as Garcia went four for six from field to propel his team to a 20-9 first quarter lead and everything indicated that Christos Stylianidis would have a convincing debut as a head coach of Seastar APOEL. However, led by the newcomer, Croatian guard Marko Car (188-G/F-85) who scored 16 out of his total 18 points in the second period the hosts reduced their deficit to only three points at 31-28 at the half time. Kyriakos Adamous men then took control of the game in the third leading by as many as eight points at 44-36 towards the end of the period, but Seastar APOEL closed out the quarter with an 8-1 run to trail 45-44 with ten minutes to play. In the final period tables turned and it was the visitors who held a seven point lead at 55-48 with just over three minutes left on the clock. The Engomi team closed the gap with a 7-0 run to 55-55 but then Rasheed Brokenborough made two shots, and Garcia had a lay-up to seal the victory for Stylianides on his debut.

Car led Intercollege/ETHA with 18 points, while Eddy Barlow had 12 points and nine defensive rebounds. Jordan Collins had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Apart from scoring 19 points Garcia hauled down 11 rebounds, while Brokenborough chipped in with 12 points. Gerben Van Dorpe scored six points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

On a humorous note, outside the facility, police stood guard, preventing anyone who looked like an APOEL fan from entering the Eleftheria Stadim. This was a result of the disturbances APOEL fans caused in the last two rounds of the championship. Among those who were not permitted to enter were mostly basketball players from the other first division teams, including Andreas Pilavas and Jarrett Hart of Keravnos Strovolos, Aleksandar Matic and Dwayne Foreman of Ydra Asphalistiki ENAD, Vladimir Zaric of Omonoia, and many more people including some women and children.

SOURCE: www.cybasketball.com


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gilliam, Aabyhoj 25.8
2. Kearse, SISU 25.0
3. Smith, Svendbo. 25.0
4. Dennis, Naestved 22.0
5. Colas Randers 21.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 16.2
2. Gross, Naestved 9.7
3. Thibodeau,Roskild 9.5
4. Lamont, SISU 8.5
5. Christoffer., Bakken 8.4
Assists Per Game
1.Smith, Svendborg 7.7
2. Gross, Naestved 5.0
3. Fatic, Naestved 4.7
4. Borgan Roskilde 4.0
5. Nielsen, Svendbo. 4.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 3.3
2. Hoger, Svendborg 2.0
3. Gross, Naestved 1.7


7th round of the 1. division - Aalborg BK only undefeated left - by Thomas Quaade
In Norrebro in Copenhagen the hometeam BK Skjold/Stevnsgade took an early lead against the other undefeated team in the 1. division Aalborg BK. Leading after the 1. quarter through great offense from Quentin Terry (198-F-82, college: Lock Haven) (finished with 24 points) and Todd Anthony (199-F-68) (finished with 18 points) BK Skjold/Stevnsgade was dominant in the early stages. But Aalborg BK would not give up and it came down to the wire in an exciting game, where Aalborg BK went ahead for good with 6 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. It's was great play from Dreshawn Vance (203-F-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) with 23 points and his monster traffic dunk to give the visitors a late 7 point lead, that almost put the game away. But BK Skjold/Stevnsgade fought back one last time but it's was to late and Aalborg BK is now the only undefeated team left in the 1. division. Aalborg also got a great game from french player Florian Houguet, who finished with 16 points. Final score 76-77.

In Allerod, the visiting Vaerlose BBK showed again that they are getting better and better. They won easily 68-87 against the bottom team ALBA, that once again suffered a defeat. Their 6th in a row. Herlev Basket also had a strong game. After two losses in a row they won big and got some needed confidence back against Virum at home - winning 100-65. In Jonstrup the home team bounced back after a bad game in Aalborg to win a good game through good defense against a depleted Fjordager BK Odense team, that could not make a shot in this crucial game. Daniel Pierre (-F/C) had a solid game for Jonstrup with 14 points and the final score was 66-60. In Falcon there are now new positive things going on. With the new coach and much better leadership from Mikael Nielsen (177-G-90) the ball seems to go to Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81) and Darko Jukic much better now. The young NT member Darko had amazing 35 points. Falcon beats Lemvig BK 95-85 in a high-octane game.

The final game this round was in Aarhus BF where Hobas was visiting. It was to be a clash between the youngest team in the 1. division and the oldest team. Normally experience wins but the legs must be getting old because Hobas could not stay with Aarhus BF in all 40 minutes and lost 88-69 in a entertaining game. Jakob Wang (190-F-90) scores 24 points for Aarhus BF while Jacob Friis (190-G-77) scores 30 points for Hobas.


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Francisco Garcia 2 More Weeks - by Kerwin Abreu
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) from the Dominican Republic will be out at least 2 more weeks before playing for the first time this season. Garcia who signed a great contract in the preseason hasn't play this year and now Sacramento Kings has Kevin Martin (201-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) out also. Coach Reggie Theus is hoping to get Francisco Garcia and Kevin Martin to the court soon.

Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) Milwakee Bucks PF has missed 2 games now with a Left Hamstring Strain in his place Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has play more minutes and is doing great. Even when Charlie get back he will be playing less minutes with this great show from Moute.


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Gert Dorbek to Ukraine - by Janar Filippov


Gert Dorbek to Ukraine - by Janar Filippov
national team player gert dorbek has signed ukrainian ubl team ferro-zntu zaporozje.
dorbek started the season in dalkia/nybit but after the team announced the resignation from meistriliiga, dorbek played for tallinna kalev.
he averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 5 games of estonian meistriliiga and 14.7 ppg + 4.7 rpg in 6 games of baltic league challenge cup. in september, he played 5 games for estonian nt in eurobasket 2009 qualifications, averaging 4.2 ppg.


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Olimpija backs under-fire coach Dzikic - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija today expressed its confidence in Serbian coach Aleksandar Dzikic despite a string of recent defeats for the Euroleagea and NLB Adriatic League.
Top Slovenian team have suffered several recent defeats in all competitions, and are currently still winless in Euroleague and just eighth in NLB Adriatic Leageu, four wins behind leaders Partizan and Crvena zvezda The poor performances have led to press reports that Dzikic, who joined Union Olimpija in January 2008, had lost the respect of the dressing room and could be replaced.
'The standing of the coach has not changed since the start of the season. We continue to be happy with the coach,' said president Dusan Mitic.


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Rabotnicki surprises Levski in Sophia - by Eurobasket News
Levski - Fersped Rabotnicki 74-83

Fersped Rabotnicki surprised Levski on the road improving on 2-1 record in Group B. On the other hand, Bulgarian representative remains winless yet. As a reminder, Levski shocked reigning Bulgarian champion Lukoil Akademik in the last round of domestic championship becoming the first team who succeeded to do it since October 26th, 2006. However, Macedonians were on a pretty high level today, while Levski clearly wasn't ready to compete against them, at least in the first half. Toni Simic (210-C-76, agency: Interperformances) shined for the winners collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) followed him adding 17 points apiece. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) once again was better than the others in Levski draining 22 points. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) had 15, while Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Fersped Rabotnicki controlled rhythm of the game form the early beginning. During the opening ten minutes they succeeded to stop Levski on just 10 points, 10-16. Second quarter was even better for Macedonians. Toni Simic was in a game mood leading his team to huge plus 17 until the half time, 26-43. The players of head coach Konstantin Papazov woke up after that having wonderful third frame, 24-11. However, when it was expected that Levski will go even stronger in the last 10 minutes, that didn't happen. Macedonians were good enough to end it with plus 5 celebrating the second victory this season.

Levski: Marcus Hall 22, Asen Velikov 15, Stefan Georgiev 14+7 boards
Fersped Rabotnicki: Toni Simic 23+6 boards+4 as, Dime Tasovski 17+6 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 17


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  GERMANY   


Topscorer Slaughter leaves Bremerhaven - by Manuel Schust
French ProA team STB Le Havre announced the signing of BBL's topscorer Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) today.
There were several rumours in the german basketball community that Slaughter got suspended by his former club Eisbaeren Bremerhaven after eating some fries and a sausage half an hour before the cup game against Duesseldorf.
Nevertheless officially the club said that Slaughter had suffered a knee injury. But last week-end Slaughter showed up during a ice hockey match of the Fischtown Pinguins, got fully dressed and was ice skating. He clearly looked like he was in good shape. Eisbaeren-Manager Jan Rathjen said to a local newspaper that this looks like a provocation to him and that Slaughter will receive no more money.
Bremerhaven is in a difficult situation right now. After having lost the last 10 games (including one cup game) they now also lost their topscorer. Slaughter averaged a league high 18.7 points, 10 rebounds (2nd best in BBL), 1.3 blocks (3rd best in the league) and 2.6 steals (2nd best numbers in the league).


TBB Trier signs Kevin Houston - by Manuel Schust
After Norman Richardson's (196-F/G-77, college: Hofstra) injury TBB Trier announced to sign a replacement. Now the new player got signed and he is a familiar face for coach Yves Defraigne and Center George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason). Kevin Houston (193-G/F-76, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Bonaventure), who played two seasons with Defraigne's and Evan's former club Dexia Mons-Hainaut, will join TBB Trier and signed a contract that is valid until christmas.
The 31-year old american is true veteran, who proved that he is a decent scorer. In 2004/05 he was the topscorer in the Belgium League averaging 22.3 points for Vastiau Basket Groot Leuven. He also managed to produce some nice numbers in the european competion as he averaged 18.1 points (shooting 55% from 3 point range!) for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the 2006/07 Uleb Cup campaign.
He spent last season with Strasbourg IG and had to deal with an injury that forced him to sit out until december 2007. After that period he had some difficulties to find his rhythm and his numbers decreased, producing just 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. But now reunited with his friend George Evans and his former coach Yves Defraigne Kevin Houston is ready to get back in good shape.


Jason Boucher: "I want the fans to enjoy the game as much as I do" - by Moritz Korff
Eurobasket Germany caught up with Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.), point guard of Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg, to talk about this current season in the Regionalliga South-East and about being the fans' favorite.

You played against your former club Weiden on Saturday. Was it a special game for you?
The game on saturday meant a little more to me than any other game because like you said it was against Weiden the team I played for before. It was nice to see my old teammates again but once the ball was in play I was ready to play just like everyother game. It went well for us as we won the game 118-99.

With seven games played now: How do you think your team has started this season?
Well through 7 games we are 3-4 but really we are 4-3, we won our first game but had to forfeit it because come to find out one of our players didnt have is player pass, or somethiing like that. I think we started off real strong the first two games and then we let our guard down a little bit and dropped a few in a row. It a long season and we can still make a run to the top.

How far can your team go this season?
I think if we stay together as a team and the guys on our team know there role and work on doing what they do best I think we have a shot to make it back up to the top 2-3 teams in the league.

It looks like you and Andrais Thornton are carrying Landsberg in offense. You are both averaging about 25 points per contest. Do you wish yourself a little bit more support from your teammates sometimes?
Yeah right now through 7 games Dre and I are doing the majority of the scoring but in the last couple of games I personally am feeling more confident in my other teammates. We are getting more scoring from Robert Apelt, Lars Ulrich and Flo Pejchar now than in the early part of the season. It's obvious that teams key on Dre and I, but I know I am up for the challenge and ready to do anything and everything I need to do to win basketball games!

Some people compare the level of competition in the German Regionalliga to NCAA Division 3 basketball. What would you say?
he competition in the regionalliga is prolly like division III I would say. I am not sure truthfully what division I would classify it as! All I know is every game night I have to come ready to play no matter who we are playing or where we are playing. If we are playing the last place team or the 1st place team I have to play with everything I got and that is what I do.

It looks like you are a fans' favorite wherever you play. Do you have any explanation for that?
I love being a fan favorite, I want the fans to enjoy the game as much as I do, I want them to feel like they are a part of the game as well. I get the fans involved I give fives to the kids in the front row, I dive for loose balls into the stands or score table. I get the crowd pumped up after we score or need a stop on defense. I also have bleach blonde hair most of the time and I dont look like ur average professional basketball player. I love the game and want people to enjoy watching me play!

Please talk a little bit about yourself as a basketball player. What are the best parts of your game and what would you like to achieve in the years to come?
Explain me as a basketball player, well I don't like blowing my own horn but here goes, I am competitor in every sense of the word, I am a point guard that can be a true point guard or a scoring point guard what ever the team needs me to do I can do. I am a very coachable player, I am only 5'10' but people tell me I play a lot bigger. My strengths are I am a team player first of all, I am an excellent 3 point shooter and can pass reall well. I dont turn the ball over much and that is good because I usually have the ball in my hand most of the game. I have played in the CBA in the states and the IBL and I think I can play at any level anywhere. What I would like to achieve in the years to come, I would love to move up leagues in Germany (Pro A, even the BBL) or even go to different country in the top league. I love the game of basketball and want to continue to learn and get better!!!


The Nordlingen Giants Seek Revenge And The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Want To Give Captain Pascal Roller A Special Birthday Gift with a win In Cup Play Nov 20th. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After more than three years of not reaching the German BBL cup top four, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners feel like they have been dragging along helplessly in the desert and are thirsty to reach the last four again this season. The team hasnt played particulary well in cup play the last years and need only two wins to reach Hamburg. However The Nordlingen Giants have other ideas and want to set up a roadblock and leave the bank city with a victory. Nordlingen is burning with desire to steal a win in the Ballsporthalle, after Frankfurt stormed into Nordlingen some weeks ago and pulled out a spectacular win in overtime that left Nordlingen stunned and helpless.We are out for revenge. We should of won that game in Nordlingen against Frankfurt. They made the big shots at the end. We are coming to Frankfurt looking for a big win, warned American Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis). Even though Frankfurt lost in Bamberg, they have been playing good Basketball the last weeks and are the big favourite in this game.Nordlingen will be very motivated to beat us. They are very dangerous, have a good point guard and have four very dangerous scorers. We will have to continue to play good defense, stated Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.).

The Nordlingen Giants started out the 2008-2009 BBL season in flying colors surprising the whole league winning four of their first five games and demonstrating that a small town with cows and pretty pastures can compete with a cosmopolitan city like Berlin for the top position in the BBL standings. The good start was extremely beneficial for Nordlingen, because it will need every point down the stretch to stay in the league. However ever since their amazing upset in Bamberg 82-75 in mid October, their luck has gone 180 degrees in the other direction and turned into misfortune. Since the win, they have gone on a five game losing streak in the BBL and slipped back to 14th place. They were able to win a nail bitter against pro A team Freiburg on the road with one point in cup play. They reached absolute rock bottom last weekend getting squashed by eight time BBL champ ALBA Berlin. The difference in this game was like day and night as ALBA Berlin played like men and Nordlingen like bashful and frightened boys. They are simply a way better and more complete team than we are. They have a huge budget. We were hurt and as soon as we are healthy again than I feel like we can compete again with anybody, described Monta McGhee.

It seems like it took the rest of the league a while to figure out how to play Nordlingen. The team is led with the bulk of the scoring by four guys Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.)(17,8 points and 6,5 rebounds), Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement)(13,0 points, 3,0 rebounds and 1,7 assists), American Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana)(12,6 points, 2,6 rebounds, 2,6 assists) and American Monta McGhee(10,5 points, 8,3 rebounds, 2,1 assists), who make 52 of the team average 62 points per game. If one of these guys has an off day, then the team has extreme difficulties to win and the opponents have realized this. Of course it didnt help the team either that they lost Americans Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO), who was fired for disciplinary reasons and Loderick Stewart, who fled for personal reasons. These two players averaged eight points combined and these points are missing now.

The next blow was the injury to Avi Kazarnovski (209-C-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), who will be lost until January. That Injury to Avi really hurt us. But the whole team knows that we have to step up even more and somehow take it to the next level, said Monta McGhee. Ex Langen player Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) and German Josef Eichler (200-F-87) have been put into major overtime duty at center. At times, Shaw feels to be overburdened in the zone and even though Eichler knocked down 10 rebounds against Berlin, he is no natural scorer. The bench is their biggest weak point as they have had to play young players Julius Haag (195-G-90) and 17 year old Florian Borstler (185-G-91), who first had to get used to the fact that they were really on the court playing against Ex NBA players Casey Jacobson and Ansay Sesay and not in some Basketball paradise that suddenly ends when mommy wakes them up. Germans Joe Tesfaldet (186-G-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and ex Skyliner Carl Mbassa (194-G/F-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) also have logged extra time doing the best they could, but not necessarily being enough against top BBl teams.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on the other hand have been unlucky the last years always playing on the road in cup action. Their last home cup game was in 2004 and this will be a very special game since it will mark the 32nd birthday of captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). The last years have been nightmares for Frankfurt as they made a habit to lose more than to win. Three years ago, they were outplayed 80 to 60 in Bamberg and losing Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) on the way for the season due to injury. In the 2006-2007 season, the team was almost embarrassed in Heidelberg, but somehow found a way to win 77 to74. In the next round, they were destroyed 83 to 49 in Berlin, which was just one of many bitter loses near the end of the Charles Barton era. Last season, after travelling to Bremerhaven and winning 85 to 76 in BBL play, they had to return a month later for cup action, but lost easily 81 to 66.

The long running disease of injuries continues to hurt the team. Americans Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) are still out. American Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) has a pulled stomach muscle and hopefully will be fit to play against The New York Phantoms Braunschweig on Sunday. German Max Weber (201-G/F-85) has problems with his knee and Ilian Evtimov with his back, but both seem probable for the cup game. With his short term contract running out, it seemed like American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) might have been the odd man out after the great performance by Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) in Bamberg, but due to the many injuries, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took no risks and decided to extend his contract to December 21.

On paper, this is a game that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners should not lose, but some years ago, it seemed the same against USC Heidelberg and Frankfurt was lucky to escape with a tight victory. Frankfurt has the best defense in the BBL and will make it uneasy for the Nordlingen offense that is prone to turning over the ball a lot with their game average of 18. Nordlingen gets more rebounds, but Frankfurt will not make the same mistake like in Nordlingen and should focus on Mcghee and Westley, because they are the crashers under the boards. If Frankfurt takes Nrdlingen too lightly, then a miracle may happen in the Ballsporthalle, but Murat Didin knows exactly how to get his guys focused. We know that if we can contain two of their four top scorers, then it will be easier to win. They have a weak bench and if we can play defense the way we have the last weeks, then we should win, stated Ilian Evtimov. The Nordlingen Giants have nothing to lose and will fight until the end. We know Frankfurt is tough and its always fun to play against Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), but were coming to win. We feel no pressure and know we have to fight hard for 40 minutes. Every guy on the team has to give a little extra to win, expressed Monta McGhee. This is no BBL game, but a cup game and everybody involved knows its a do or die game, which just might bring out the best in everyone on the court. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Nordlingen Giants on Thursday November 20th at 19:30.


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New Entries in A1 - by Chris Mammides

Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) agreed financial terms with his ex club, AEL 1964. The experienced forward already played in the game of the sixth week of the A1 league and he show that he will be a serious help for the Larissa team and Head Coach Vangelis Alexandris .
Giorgos Diamantopoulos agreed financial terms with Marousi. The experienced guard is replacing the Russian Nikolai Pandius and he is expected to get some serious time in the court from the Greek Head Coach Soulis Markopoulos
Donnel Taylor agreed terms with Egaleo, the American player will be replacing his conpatriot Goldwire as Head Coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos was not very pleased with American guards presentation.

Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) agreed financial terms with Trikala 2000. The experienced greek guard is an extra adding to Coach Giannis Christopoulos troop in order to help the Trikala's roster after the dismissal of the American Jelani Gardner (198-G-75, college: Pepperdine)



Jeremiah Massey - In my heart I will always be Aris! - by Simon Varvakis
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) was kind enough to give us a short interview about his life in the city of Madrid, as a player of Real Madrid and his thoughts about the great number of fans he still has back in Greece and of course his former team, Aris.


Hi Jeremiah,

thanks for doing this interview for eurobasket.com, I'm sure basketball fans in Spain, Greece and all around Europe are excited to hear from you.


Simon: It was a big step for you to sign with a historic team like Real Madrid and continue to play at the highest level in Europe. You've been living in Greece for 3 years, so how do you find life in Spain right now?

Jeremiah Massey: Right now its still a little different for me. Madrid is a big city and its easy to get lost so Im still trying to get a feel for my new city.


Simon: The ACB Spanish league is considered to be the best national league in Europe. As far as basketball goes what do you think are the main differences between the Greek and Spanish league?

Jeremiah Massey: In my eyes theres not too much of a difference. Both leagues have great players and both leagues compete at a high level. The one thing that would be different is any team can win on any night!


Simon: The media in Spain are saying that you are settling well in Real although the team is not as dependent on you as it was last year you were playing for Aris. How was it adjusting to a different role in the team?

Jeremiah Massey: Its easy for me because I dont have any pressure. I get in the game and
Im expected to play good defense and bring high energy into the game. I know I can do a lot more but its the role that the coach gave me and that's what I'll do.


Simon: Coach Joan Plaza told the spanish media that you have a great attitude during the training sessions and that also shows off during the games. Do you have any comments on that?

Jeremiah Massey: Well, Im a guy that gets along good with my teammates and its easy when youre put in such a good situation. We have great players and coaches that believe in us so its easy for me to get along with everyone I just try to have fun.


Simon: What would you say is the strongest element of your game?

Jeremiah Massey: Well, I take pride in my rebounding skills! This season I have not really been doing it as much as usual but Im getting more comfortable everyday so it will show as the season goes on.


Simon: Back in Greece you still have many many fans that are following your progress and are very happy to see that you're doing well. As a player of Aris you played both for coach Andrea Mazzon and also Gordon Herbert. What do you think were their differences and if you have a favorite between the two of them, who would it be?

Jeremiah Massey: They were two totally different coaches. Coach Mazzon is more of an animated coach that likes to get into the games and run up and down the sideline, while coach Herbert was more of the laid back coach during the games. And as for a favorite.. coach Mazzon is the man that brought me from a small club and made me the player that I am today and coach Herbert let me show Europe that I am a great player by letting me play the way I know I can. So, no favorites I think they re both great coaches.



Simon: And now for a different type of a question. How did you get into playing basketball and was there an NBA star that you particularly admired when you were a kid or perhaps even a role model?

Jeremiah Massey: My mom got me started at an early age, running around, taking me to different gyms to play with different teams and that just stuck with me and made me want to keep doing it. I was a Jordan fan but he was not in any way my role model. My motivation was my mother, I wanted to do everything for her!


Simon: We will be looking forward to see you playing in Greece again against the
team of Panionios in December. Any final words for your friends and fans in Greece?

Jeremiah Massey: In my heart I will always be Aris, probably because I feel like I left too soon but the fans should know Im one of them now. Just another fan wanting to see his team do well (Arianara)!!!!!!!!

Many thanks Jeremiah, for taking the time to do this interview and I wish you all the best in the Spanish league and the Euroleague in the upcoming season.


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The Final will be Elite Sport - Sat - by Gianni Pascucci
Elite Sport defeated Le Mans 80-42, advancing to the Final Series for the fourth time in a row. As it was expected, Elite Sport will meet in Finals Sat-Markvision, winnoer over RL in the other semifinal. The best in Game 2 was Paulo Castillo (199-C-78), who dominated the boards with 21 pts and lots of rebounds. Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88) added 19 pts at the winning side, Juan Bollat (-G) led Le Mans with 10 pts

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Ivo Boom Relieved of Duties as Coach of ZZ Leiden - by Fred Roggen
Ivo Boom is no longer head coach of ZZ Leiden. The board of ZZ Leiden decided to relieve head coach Ivo Boom of his duties due to a lack of results, nine consecutive defeats in ten league games this season. Boom had a contract until the end of this season.
Assistant Coach Richard den Os will take over the head coaching duties until a new head coach is appointed
The board of ZZ Leiden is currently deliberating on a successor for Boom.


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Szolnok stoped ASE - by Tamas Deri
Tonight the team of Szolnok could beat the first time the team of ASE in this season, so there is no more unbeaten team in the league.
It was a close game, but the guests could not score in the last minute and the home team made all the free throws and won the game by 3 points. American guard Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) scored 18 points and had also 9 assists, big man Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware) had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Player of the game was american forward Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK- ATOMEROMU SE 73-70
(16-21, 19-22, 21-19, 17-8)
Szolnok, Att.: 2.200, Referees: Pali, Teczely, Vetek
OLAJ KK: COLEMAN 18/9, Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79) 10/6, Wilson 5, Jurkunas 5/3, BASIT 12 , Harazin 5, Gaal, Szabo 9/6, Cseh Gy. 9/3, Coah: Por Peter
ASE: Nichols 1, Williams 2, GOSA 28/18, Johnson 10/3, Csaplar-Nagy E., Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 17/9, Zalan Meszaros (190-G-74) 12/6, Kiss Zs., Medve, Coach: Sabali Balazs


Round 6, Pecs beat Kaposvar - by Tamas Deri
The team of Pecs could win in the own arena against Kaposvar on sunday in the last game of the round 6.

PVSK-Panthers - Kaposvari KK 81-68
(23-14, 30-16, 10-25, 18-13)
Pecs, Att.: 2500, Referees: Szabo G., Maar, Domokos
PVSK-Panthers: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) (21/3), Wittmann (9/3), Denes (5/3), Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) (15), Bencze Z. (13), Aleksic (11/3), Toth N. (7), Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Kaposvari KK: Marciulionis (7/3), David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (21/6), Welton (14/6), Hoffmann (7/3), Orosz (14), Kiss K. (5/3), Coach: Dzunic Branislav


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Big wins in last games in round 8 - by Einar Johannsson

Last three games of round 8 were played last night and they all ended in very big wins.

KR beat Njardvik 103-48 in a game where Njardvik never had a chance. Biggest loss for the club in history in top division. KR getting good performance from all players; Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) scoring 18 pts in less then 15 minutes played and Darri Hilmarsson (191-F/G-87) adding 17 pts. Fridrik Stefansson (204-F/C-76, college: Jacksonville) had 16 pts, 14 reb but 7 TO for Njardvik.
KR are now 8-0 and looking very strong but Njardvik are 4-4, fighting for getting in top 4 for homecourt advantage in playoffs.


Keflavik played great game at home against Stjarnan, final score 93-59. Gunnar Einarsson (190-G-77) came back from injury and he was all over the floor along with Sverir Sverrisson (186-G-75) and Keflavik never gave Stjarnan a chance to get in to the game. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) also very strong for hometeam, grabbing 19 rebounds and scoring 22 pts.
Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80, agency: IceBasket) and Olafur Sigurdsson (180-G-82) had best game for Stjarnan, Jovan scoring 15 pts and Olafur 14.
Keflavik are now 5-3 in 4th place while Stjarnan are 11th with record 2-6.


IR are on a good run, getting 3rd win in a row last night at home against Skallagrimur.IR won 93-58 after leading 51-30 at halftime. Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-F-82) is coming back from injury and was outstanding, scoring 20 pts first half, 30 pts total. Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-G-86) added 20 pts. Igor Beljanski (201-C-78, college: Chaminade) had 19 pts for the visitors.
IR are now in 6 pts as 3 other teams but Skallagrimur are still looking for that first win.

Next round will be played 30th of nov and 1st of dec, but this weekend first round in Subway Cup will be played.


League standings



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Ata part ways with Roberts - by Yarone Arbel
Ironi Qiryat Ata announced forward Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Syracuse) will part ways with the club. Roberts arrived to Israel from Greece, and didn't fit well with the newcomers from the north. In the first three games of the season he averaged 9 ppg and 7 rpg to reach an index rating of 11.3 ppg while in the last game, a blowout home loss to Maccabi, he didn't play at all. Ata will look for a new forward in hope to stop the three games losing streak the team is facing, after the buzzer-beater triumph in the first week of action.

Dorsman new Rishon's coach, Galil extend Tischer - by Yehonatan Eliahu
- Big changes in Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Ziv Erez stepped down from his position as the team's coach after a four losses streak and a very dissappointed performance at the beginning of the season. A few hours later Rishon's managment unveiled the new head coach- it is Miki Dorsman , who have made history last season winning the Israeli championship with Hapoel Holon. Dorsman will take over Rishon's bench until the end of the season.

- Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa extended Brazilian Center Lucas Tischer (208-C-83) on a 3-years term. After being tried out for more than a month now, Galil were very satisfied with the player's character and attitude and decided to keep him as they believe Tischer can develope into a fine Center in the next few years. After four games Tischer is averaging 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.


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Bennett Davison, I'll back in Italy - by Martino Verbena

Today we have an exclusive with Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona). He was born in 21th November 1975, few days hell be 33, 1997 NCAA champion with Arizona Wildcats under legendary coach Lute Olson.

I was just down in Tucson a few weeks ago and had lunch with Lute. A few other players and I all had lunch with him and he was happy to be around everyone. I guess he had a small stroke and for medical reasons the doctors told him he should retire. He put Tucson and the University of Arizona on the map and is an icon in the world of basketball, I am very grateful to have played and won a championship with him.

Bennett, we havent heard your news in last season, when you were in Rethymno, in Greece, where you were used in the center position, out of your natural position. How are you today?

I am doing great. I am feeling better than I have in the last few years. When I was playing in Bologna and Milan 2 years ago, I was playing with a bone chip in my ankle. I went to 3 doctors in Italy and they all said there was nothing wrong, they couldn't find anything. I came back and the Sacramento Kings foot doctor found out it was small bone chip. It was a short 30 min surgery and a few weeks of recovery, and i was back in action. I just played last season in Greece and I helped the team recover from a losing record in the first half of their season, to a winning record in the second half of their season, but that wasnt enough to avoid the team deregulation.

Have you worked in the post season? Are you ready to play?

In the off season's in Sacramento I have been playing open gym with the Sacramento State college team and the local Sacramento Kings players, like Matt Barnes of the Phoenix Suns, Bobby Jackson of the Kings, Mike Bibby of the Hawks, and Kevin Martin of the Kings. Recently I have been working with Kenny Thomas of the Kings and his one on one skills. This is how I stay in shape in the off season.

You had four season in Italian teams, how do you feel when you was in Italy?

I had some good years playing in Italy from Naples to Milan. Things like winning a Championship in A2 with Virtus Bologna, but I also remember not having such a good season last time I was in Bologna. I was playing with a bone chip in my ankle and it was a guard style team, with not a lot of chances for the big men to score. I am not upset, ask any player some seasons are better than others. I am just ready to get things going again back in the best organized basketball league in Europe. It is where I have played the most season's and have made the best connections. There are families and players from Naples to Milan that we still keep in contact with.

Have you some contacts with teams?

So I will be coming out to Milan on the 20th just before they start to make some cuts on November 24th, to let teams know that I am ready to play. Until now i have had a few offers but i also know that teams don't like to interupt there team chemistry during the season. So I am coming out to let them know that I more then ready, I'm hungry to play good Italian basketball again.

Reading your website, I have found that you have created a new business, helping the American players who go to play overseas. Can you explain this idea?

I also have another purpose for coming out to Milan, and it has to do with American's and our lifestyles playing overseas. In certain parts it can also help European players. It has to do with all experiences that we deal with on a year to year basis, living in Europe and in the States. We as basketball players want to live a nice lifestyle but why should it cost so much to our pocketbooks. www.EUhooplife.com is a website that has to do with House's, Car's, Tax information, back in the states. Lists of books to read to prepare their mindsets for when they are done playing. It is a fact that 65% of pro athletes will file for bankruptcy within 5 years of their careers finishing. All because they don't have any residual income. I personally have fully licensed and certified with the US government, business plans for these Americans ball players overseas to make residual incomes while finishing there basketball careers, so that they can maintain and expand their style of living. Everything in my website will have to do with their financial education and preparation for their futures. I hope to come out and accomplish both of my goals. thank you



New entries for Cantu and Pavia - by Antonello Varallo
NGC Cantu announced the agreement for a fixed-term contract with playmaker Anthony Michael Binetti (186-G-83,college:Seattle Pacific,agency: Sports Management Wrld).Binetti was signed by Upea Capo d'Orlando at the beginning of this season, but the club folded leaving him as a free agent. He already played in Italy in 2006/7 with Castelletto Ticino, and for 5 games with Fortitudo Bologna in May'06, while last year he was in Spain with Beirasar Rosalia.
Instead, Alessandro Bencaster (193-G-80,agency:Players Group) agreed financial terms with Edimes Pavia. Last season he played with Carmatic Pistoia.


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Notre Dame off to a 3-0 start - by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (11-17-2008): Notre Dame College ran their early season record to 3-0 after winning the NDC Tip-Off Tournament with 99-59 victory over Ohio State University Lima on Sunday night. The game was highlighted by an ally-hoop slam from sophomore forward Paul Spencer, formerly of KFC/NBL champions, Urban Knights. The Falcons beat Rochester College earlier 72-63, behind 15 points from junior center, Karim McFarlane, formerly of St. Georges College and Urban Knights also.

Tulsa solid in home opener - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK, (11-17-2008): The University of Tulsa scored a 50-43 victory over cross-town rival Oral Roberts University to win their season opener on Sunday in front of their home fans. Junior center Jerome Jordan, formerly of Jamaica College, missed most of the second half due to a leg injury, but still managed to score eight points and grab 11 rebounds before he left for good. Jordan scored the first basket for Tulsa in the new season then connected on a dunk shortly after.

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Latest results from JBL2 - by Kenny
In JBL2 play this past weekend, the Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles beat the Hitachi Cable Bulldogs by a score of 79-70 on Saturday. F/C Andrew Feeley had 17 pts in 20 minutes while F/C Darrell Wonge contributed with 10 points. Yuta Tanaka poured in 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3pt-range in 17 minutes to contribute to the Eagles' victory. In Sunday's games, Ishikawa beat Kuroda Electric 82-72 while Toyoda Gosei beat Big Blue Tokyo 82-72. In the 3rd game on Sunday, Aisin AW beat Kagoshima 73-67.

Blog 5 (American in Japan) - by Eurobasket
Japan is amazingly organized in so many ways. Take the train system, for example. Basically flawless. It seems like a new one comes every 12 seconds. So, if you missed the previous one, go buy a drink from one of the 80 million vending machines which is located only 2 steps from where you stand anywhere in the country, and your next train will be pulling up before you take your first sip.

Side Note: I swear there are 10 vending machines per person here. If I don't buy a Krispy Kreme franchise, I'm investing in pop machines. And I never see just one by itself. They're like wolves and travel in packs. I regularly see 5, 6, or even 7 vending machines all lined up along a side street or on a corner. In the US, I rarely buy drinks from vending machines. Here, they team up on me and I succumb to the pressure. Maybe people are really thirsty from running to catch trains all the time. I dont know.

Once you are actually aboard the train, there is one BIG rule that you cannot break. If you violate this code, oh the beatings.

#1 Rule: NO TALKING ON THE PHONE!

There are signs forbidding phone conversation in English, Japanese and even announcements over the loudspeakers. Everyone sits quietly with their phone in hand. But, nobody is talking. They are texting or playing games or watching live TV (yes, on their phones).
I confess I have broken the rule. But, when you are lost on a train in Japan, you do what you gotta do. And truthfully, it is a much more peaceful ride with this rule in place rather than 300 of your new closest friends smashed against each other chatting away.

Our team keeps moving forward as we have won 3 of our last 4 games. We gave up a 20-point lead in the 2nd half last weekend to Toyota as they caught fire and hit some big shots and sent the game to OT. Fortunately, we kept our composure and were able to pull it out in the end to split the weekend series with them 1-1. Dont let their current record fool you as they are such a dangerous team with loads of experience in guys like Charles O'Bannon (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA), Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo), Michael Takahashi (198-F-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge), and crew.
Our guys continue to step up when needed which is an encouraging sign.
Lamar, Kei, and Joji are really terrific players. Other guys who might not get the big publicity are playing their roles very well like Yama, Kan, Toshi, Taiji, and Oya. The key to any strong team is having players willing to do their job for the sake of the group. I believe we have that type of unselfishness that can help make our team one of the best in the league.
It is still a long season with 23 games to play. Its not getting any easier. But, we are getting better. So that is a good sign. Just dont forget to turn your phone off while traveling on the tracks.


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LBAL Standings
LBAL Standings
Austrumi
 1. Lielvarde 6-0 
 2. Salacgriva 6-1 
 3. Pargauja 5-1 
 4. Jekabpils 3-4 
 5. DU/Swedbank 3-4 
 6. Madona 3-4 
 7. Sigulda 1-6 
 8. Gulbene 0-7 
Centrs A
 1. Livu akvaparks 7-0 
 2. Ogre/Sonora 4-1 
 3. Saulkrasti 3-2 
 4. LU 3-2 
 5. Ridzene M. 1-4 
 6. VIA Riga 1-4 
 7. Ridzene 90 0-6 
Centrs B
 1. BJSS Keizar. 7-1 
 2. Turiba 6-1 
 3. Ogre/LDz 4-2 
 4. Kursa/MRU 4-2 
 5. VEF Riga 4-3 
 6. Juramalas SS 4-4 
 7. Ridzene 91 2-6 
 8. 3.BJSS 1-7 
 9. DSN 0-6 
Rietumi
 1. Perkons 6-1 
 2. Dartija 5-1 
 3. Variants 5-1 
 4. Talsi 4-3 
 5. Bauska 4-3 
 6. Olaine 3-4 
 7. Saldus-2 2-6 
 8. Kuldiga 1-5 
 9. Tukums 0-6 


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Al-Riyadi smashes Al Ahli Egypt by a historical 50 pts difference (110-60) and strengthens its lead in the group - by Hassan Thini
No one was expecting that the result of the game between Al Ahli Egypt and the Lebanese Al Riyadi will end to the latter by 50 pts! The Champions of Lebanon continued their complete dominance of all basketball games in Housameddine Hariri tournament without any obstacles -- knocking out one team after the other. This time it was for Egyptian Al Ahli to be sacrificed on court.



19 three pts for the winning team, outstanding plays from all players, especially Fadi AL Khatib with his 10 assists in the game, and Ismail Ahmad with his rebounds and Nate Johnson with his killing 24 pts --- those were way more than what Riyadi needed to claim an easy and merciful historical victory of 50 pts. Riyadi lead in all the quarters as follows (23-15), (58-36), (86-48), and (110-60).


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Libyan League week 1 - by Anas Seddigh
The libyan basketball league tipped off with the participation of 8 teams and from the begining it was exciting , as the champions Ittihad face the cup runners up Ahli Benghazi and Naser 2007 champions face last year's second place Ahli Tripoli , in other games Madina played Moroj and Hilal against last year's cup winners Shabab.

Ittihad played Ahli Benghazi as both teams suffered from the abcense of some players due to injury, Ahli Benghazi managed to take the lead scoring 5 cosecutive points ending the first quarter 16-12 .

in the second quarter Ittihad took the lead and managed to hold on to it to end the first half 35-28.

Ittihad extended their lead in the third quarter to 18 points 62-44 kept their lead in the forth quarter to end the game 89-64 for Ittihad .

Mohammed Zaied from Ittihad was the top scorer with 20 points including 5 from 10 from the 3pts line ,his teammate Alamin Yakoub was the rebounds and the Assissts leader with 10 rebounds including 6 offensive rebounds and 4 assissts.

in the other games Madina beat Moroj 60-59 , Naser crushed Ahli Tripoli 95-45 and Hilal won 20-0 after Shabab failed to be on time in court to play the game immediatley Hilal were announced as the winners.


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 1-0 
 2. Madina 1-0 
 3. Hilal 1-0 
 4. Nasr 1-0 
 5. Ahli 0-1 
 6. Ahli Benghazi 0-1 
 7. Morog 0-1 
 8. Shabab 0-1 


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Black Star drop 3 of last 4 after 3-0 start! Musel Pikes(6-1) alone atop DBBL! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, November 19, 2008


Black Star - Musel Pikes 45 - 77

Mersch, Luxembourg

Musel Pikes' defense embarrassed Black Star in the second half where they held the home team to only 12 points. The visitors played with precision offensively, committing only 3 turnovers during the entire match, while holding their opponent to 45 total points on the night. All five of Musel Pikes' starters reached double figures in the scoring category. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) scored only 11 points for Pikes, but took 13 rebounds and held Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) to only 14 points, ten below his average of 24 per game. This was a huge key for the victory for Musel Pikes. Samy Picard led all scorers on the night with 21 and grabbed 10 big rebounds himself for the double-double. Laurent Schwartz and Guy Schmit also stepped up as they have quite often as of late with 17 and 16 points. Pivot player Tom Schmitz added 10 points. Patrick Arbaut continued his recent scoring slump as he was held to 6 points and committed 5 turnovers. Billy McDaniel was the only Black Star player to manage double figures and took only 6 rebounds. Sacha Muepu stepped up his inside game grabbing 14 rebounds but scored only 3 points in 30 minutes of play. Musel Pikes played without Dan Norell. Musel Pikes will entertain Amicale in the game of the week on Sunday, November 23rd in Remich. Black Star will play host to struggling Residence on Saturday, November 22nd.

Black Star: 18 field goals, 3 three pointers, 6 for 9 free throws, 32 rebounds, 13 fouls and 9 turnovers.
Pa. Arbaut 6, McDaniel 14, Becker 4, Y. Arbaut 8, Tuffel 4, also Ph. Arbaut, DiBartholomeo 3, Weckering, Hoffman, Fichels 3 and Muepu 3
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 10 free throws, 28 rebounds, 13 fouls and 3 trunovers.
Braier 11, Schwartz 17, Schmitz 10, G. Schmit 17, Picard 21, also Altman 2, C. Dentzer, R. Dentzer, Kox, Muller and C. Schmit

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 18-25, Halftime 33-46, 3rd Q 36-67, Final 45-77
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Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Soleuvre 5-0 
 2. BC Mess 5-0 
 3. Basket Esch 3-2 
 4. Pall Aren 3-2 
 5. BBC Nitia 2-3 
 6. Bascharage 1-4 
 7. Mondorf 1-4 
 8. Schieren 0-5 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Hall, Residence 35.3
2 Whitworth, T71 28.6
3 Brady, Racing 28.4
4 Delgado, Etzella 27.3
5 Smith, Sparta 26.1
6 Anderson, J Heff 24.2
7 McDaniel, B.Star 24.0
8 Kennedy, Etzella 23.8
9 Rajniak, T71 20.5
10 Jeitz, Contern 19.2


Musel Pikes stay on top - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes cruised to a 77:45 win over Black Star and claimed the sixth win in seven starting games. An excellent defensive performance from Musel Pikes allowed them to clear off in the second half and finalize a comprehensive success. Black Star scored just 12 points in the second half and had to surrender at the end. Samy Picard (195-F-88) stepped up for Musel Pikes with 21 points and 10 boards. Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) added 17 points in the winning case. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) replied with 14 points for Black Star as they suffered the third defeat in the season.
Amicale surprised the defending champions Sparta 89:78 at home court. Trailing by 7 points at the first intermission Amicale managed to recover and surged ahead coming off the dressing room. They accounted for 28 points in the third frame and built an 8-point lead before the fourth term. The hosts managed to withstand all the efforts from Sparta to change the complexion of the battle and earned a tough win at the end. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) and Christopher Jones (184-F-90) nailed 16 points apiece for the winners. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) answered with game-high 36 points for the visitors.
Etzella snapped a three-game losing streak and overwhelmed Residence 100:72. Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) catalyzed the victory as he drained 34 points for the Ettelbruck outfit. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) was helpful with 25 points and 20 boards for the winners. Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) responded with 42 points and 11 boards for Residence in the loss.


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Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Un.Mediteran 5-0 
 2. Ljubovic 4-1 
 3. Teodo Tivat 4-1 
 4. Gorstak 3-1 
 5. Niksic II 3-2 
 6. Mornar II 2-2 
 7. S.Centar 2-3 
 8. Centar BP 1-4 
 9. Kotor 0-5 
 10. Zeta 0-5 


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Dragan Zekovic is a promising NBA Draft pick - by Interperformances
21 years old Serbian Dragan Zekovic (6'11''-F-87, agency: Interperformances) should be a lottery pick when he will decide to enter the the NBA Draft. He is 6'11' tall and plays small forward, but can also play power forward. Dragan is a deadly outside shooter, averaging 68.4% from behind the three point line(13 for19) and 85.7% from the charity stripe, with a 23 ppg average. He scored 28 points to help Arkadia Ttaiskirchen Lions win over Wels 91-81 in the Austrian league. He shot 6 for 7 from behind the three point arc. This is his third season with the Lions.

NBA Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rockets - Thunder 100-89
Oklahoma City Thunder faced with another defeat, the tenth one this season. Houston was better tonight in Ford Center mostly owing to Argentinean Luis Scola, who nailed 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Ming Yao and Ron Artest also were pretty good registering double-double. Yao had 19 points and 12 boards while Artest stopped on 17 points and 11 rebs. Kevin Durant added 29 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Suns - Jazz 97-109
Utah Jazz drained 109 points vs Phoenix, what was more than enough for the 7th victory (7-4). Carlos Boozer was totally the best player for the winning squad collecting 21 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes. C.J. Miles also had 21, while Andrei Kirilenko delivered 2 points less, but including 7 boards. The Suns got 30 points and 8 rebounds from Amare Stoudemire dropping on 8-4.

Spurs - Clippers 86-83
San Antonio celebrated in LA against the Clippers improving on 5-5 record. Roger Mason top-scored for the Spurs with 21 points, while totally the best player was Tim Duncan, who collected 20 points and grabbed 15 boards. Michael Finley helped netting 19 points. Mobley Cuttino scored 18, while Chris Kaman stopped on 17 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts (1-9).



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Oakland upsets Oregon in OT - by Carl Berman
The Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University defeated the University of Oregon for the second straight year with an 82-79 victory in overtime at MacArthur Court tonight. Oakland was led by Jonathon Jones, a 5-11 shooting point guard, with 32 points including 10 in overtime. Tajuan Porter of Oregon tied the game at 68 with three free throws with six seconds left to force the overtime. Jones was unstoppable in overtime and hit the clinching shot, a 17 footer over 6-7 Drew Wiley the give Oakland a five point lead with eight seconds left.

Oregon took a 46-41 halftime lead behind Lekendric Longmire's 18 first half points. Longmire showed excellent range with 3 three pointers and played strong defense when he was matched up on Jones. However, Longmire cramped up for the second straight game and did not score for the rest of the game. Oakland came out in the second half and crossed up the Ducks with a box and one defense on Tajuan Porter. That helped keep Oregon scoreless for an eight minute stretch and held Oregon to only 22 second half points. The game seesawed in the second half with with Oakland scoring nine straight points to take a 61-57 lead with 5 minutes left followed by the Ducks scoring 8 straight to take a 65-61 lead with 1:24 left. Erik Kangas of Oakland was fouled on a 3 pointer and made all the foul shots to give Oakland a one point lead, they followed that with 2 more foul shots before Porter tied the game. Oakland took a quick five point lead in overtime and did not look back.

Erik Kangas scored 18 for Oakland and Longmire's 18 led the Ducks. Oregon freshman Michael Dunigan scored 15 to go along with 10 rebounds. Both teams are now 1-1.


Dewitt commits to Tigers - by Kevin Cochran
Missouri Basketball has added to its class of 2009 , as 6-foot-10 forward Keith Dewitt (High Point, N.C. / Charis Prep) signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Head Coach Mike Anderson and the Tigers.

Dewitt joins Lee's Summit West point guard Mike Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo. / West) in the Tigers' class of 2009. Dixon signed with Missouri on the opening day of the early signing period on Nov. 12.

A talented and highly-coveted post player, Dewitt played just one season of high school basketball at Andrews High School in High Point, N.C. before transferring to Charis Prep in Goldsboro, N.C. Dewitt has played two seasons at Charis Prep (pronounced cuh-RIZ) under Head Coach Carlos Peralta and has been a star for the Crimson Tide, helping them start the season 11-0, including a tournament title at the West Johnson Classic.

'We are certainly excited about Keith joining our program,' Head Coach Mike Anderson said. 'Keith gives us a guy of size and great athletic ability. He's an instinctive, skilled forward and he plays the game with a lot of passion and energy. He fills an important need for us with both DeMarre (Carroll) and Leo (Lyons) graduating after this season, so we feel like he'll be able to help us in a lot of areas.'

Dewitt is coming off an excellent 2007-08 campaign where he earned team MVP accolades after averaging 16.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a contest. He was named Most Valuable at the Bull City Classic, a national tournament the Crimson Tide won last season.

'Missouri is getting a very good player and a young man that has come a long way in life in a short amount of time,' Charis Prep Head Coach Carlos Peralta said. 'In my estimation, Keith's main strength is his feel for the game. He can do a lot of things at 6-foot-10 that you see in a guard. He knows when to pass and when to shoot. He's a competitor. He has a fire that burns deep within him and he hates to lose. I am really thrilled and proud that Keith has chosen to continue his academic and playing career under Coach Anderson at the University of Missouri.'

Dewitt will be the third Charis Prep School standout on the Missouri roster. Junior guard Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86) played his prep basketball at the Goldsboro, N.C., school, as did current Tiger sophomore Justin Safford (6'8''-F).

Dewitt selected Missouri over offers from Florida St., Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Nebraska, West Virginia, North Carolina St. and Miami, FL.

Courtesy: mutigers.com


Davidson dominates in NIT - by Kevin Cochran
Davidson guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) (6'3''-G-88) tallied 33 points, nine assists and four steals, and the Wildcats held James Madison to 35 percent shooting from the field in a 99-64 victory in the opening round of the Dicks Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at the Lloyd Noble Center Monday night.

The Wildcats (2-0) will face Oklahoma at 9:30 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, and the contest will be televised live on ESPN2.

Curry was one of five Cats scoring in double figures as Bryant Barr (6'4''-G) netted 12 points, while Steve Rossiter (6'7''-F), Andrew Lovedale (6'8''-F-85) and Brendan McKillop (6'0''-G) each had 10. Lovedale added 11 rebounds for his third career double-double, and Max Paulhus Gosselin (6'6''-G-85) recorded nine points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Julius Wells scored 21 points off the bench for the Dukes (0-1), and Juwann James (6'6''-F) posted 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Swanston (6'7''-F) scored 12 on 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats shot 58.5 percent from the floor, and canned 10-of-25 3-pointers, but it was their defense that set the tone early. After Lovedale hit a jumper on the Cats first trip down the floor, JMU had to call a timeout 23 seconds into the game because the Dukes could not get the ball inbounds.

The play helped spark a 20-2 Davidson scoring run, capped by a pair of Lovedale free throws, to start the game. The margin grew to as many as 23 points following a Curry jumper, but Swanston hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, making the margin 50-30 at the half.

Davidson kept the defensive pressure on, holding the Dukes to 35.5 percent from the field in the first half and 34.5 percent in the second frame. The Wildcats had 10 steals in the game and forced 18 turnovers.

Leading 75-53 with 7:32 to play, Davidson put together a 14-2 run to open a 34-point cushion. Curry had 11 of the 14 points with Ben Allison chipping in a conventional 3-point play.

Game Notes: It was the first Davidson victory in the 24-year history of the NIT Season Tip-Off; the Wildcats are now 1-2 in the tournament It was Curry's 49th game with 20 or more points and his 16th with 30 or more. Curry moved into fifth on the Davidson career scoring list. It was the first time Davidson had five scorers in double figures since their 90-58 victory over North Carolina Central last season.

Courtesy: davidsonwildcats.com


Pete Newell, Basketball Coach and Innovator, Dies at 93 - by Rick Ross
Pete Newell, one of the most influential coaches in the history of basketball,
who won a national championship at the University of California in 1959,
an Olympic championship in 1960, and whose camp became a required
seminar in low-post play for generations of professional stars,
died Monday in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., near San Diego. He was 93.

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Pete Newell in 2005.
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Newell coached California to the 1959 N.C.A.A. championship.
Earl Schultz, a friend and caretaker who had been one of Newells former players at Cal,
confirmed the death to The Associated Press, saying Newell had had smoking-related lung problems.

Like Hank Iba and Clair Bee, two other legends of college coaching at a time when the college game was far more popular than the professional game, Newell was a thoroughgoing master of basketball rudiments, a stickler if not a scientist regarding the fundamentals, a preacher of discipline on offense and tenacity on defense.

He was an innovator as well; according to Bill Fitch, a former coach of four N.B.A. teams, Newell was the first to use the over-the-top pass as an alternative to the bounce pass, and he found uses for the crosscourt pass, something conventional wisdom eschewed because of its risk of being intercepted. His stall strategy, called three out, two in, to protect a lead, predated the similar four corners technique popularized by Dean Smith at North Carolina.

Unlike Iba and Bee, however, Newell who coached at Michigan State and the University of
San Francisco as well as the University of California at Berkeley
wielded lasting influence with older players as well. His 1960 Olympic team was led by Jerry West and
Oscar Robertson, who became two of the greatest guards in N.B.A. history.

Newell also held several executive positions in the N.B.A.; in 1975, as the general manager of the
Los Angeles Lakers, he brought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the team in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

There is no way you can measure Petes impact on the game, West, who starred for the Lakers,
told The New York Times in the early 1990s.

Peter Francis Newell Jr. was born on Aug. 31, 1915, in Vancouver, British Columbia,
the youngest of eight children, and he grew up in Los Angeles. His father was a quiet man,
a carpenter and a devout Catholic, but his mother, Alice, led a lively social life and
had dreams of her children becoming movie stars. Young Pete appeared in small roles in several movies
he claimed Eric von Stroheim once called him a dumkopf for ruining a scene
and said Jackie Coogan was chosen ahead of him for the title role in the Charlie Chaplin film
The Kid. But he was happier on his own, off screen, fending for himself.

By the time he was 10 years old, Pete Newell was a crack poker player, a dedicated coffee drinker and a retired
Hollywood actor, wrote Bruce Jenkins, the author of a 1999 biography of Newell, A Good Man.

Newell went to Loyola University in Los Angeles (now called Loyola Marymount), and after serving in the
Navy during World War II, he became the head basketball coach at the University of San Francisco
(where he also coached baseball, golf and tennis). In 1949, his team won the
National Invitation Tournament, at a time when it was the premier college basketball event.
He coached at Michigan State from 1950 to 1954 and at Cal from 1954 through 1960.
After winning the N.C.A.A. national championship in 1959, Cal returned to the finals the next year,
losing to an Ohio State team that featured John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas and Bob Knight.
His overall record for 14 seasons was 234-123, a winning percentage of .655.

Newells wife, Florence, died in 1984. He is survived by four sons.

Always an intense man who relied on coffee and cigarettes,
Newell retired from coaching after his Olympic victory in 1960, when doctors warned that further stress would kill him.

From 1960 to 1968, he was the athletic director at Cal. In 1976, he began his
big man camp with a single player, Kermit Washington. Last August,
the 32nd session was held in Los Angeles. Besides Jabbar, its alumni have included
Shaquille ONeal, Bill Walton, Hakeem Olajuwon, James Worthy, Bernard King and dozens of other pros.

One famous holdout was Patrick Ewing, and some think his absence helped explain his
significant weakness on the court, his inability to get close to the basket. Newell specialized in footwork.

By BRUCE WEBER
Published: November 17, 2008


Henry chooses Memphis - by Kevin Cochran
John Calipari became Memphis' all-time winningest coach early Tuesday.

Few hours after that, he won again.

'Next year I'm going to take my game to Memphis,' Xavier Henry said at a morning press conference that was broadcast live on national television.

Henry is the nation's top-ranked shooting guard, a 6-foot-6 specimen who chose Memphis over Kansas to end a lengthy recruiting battle between the two schools that played for the national title last season. His pledge gives the Tigers a centerpiece to what is now a four-man recruiting class, and it'll allow Calipari to turn all of his attention towards John Wall (nation's top-ranked point guard) and Dominic Cheek (nation's third-ranked small forward), both of whom visited Memphis this past weekend and left many close to the program with the feeling that the Tigers might be on the verge of securing a class that could rank as the nation's best.

Courtesy: www.sportsline.com


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Tromso cruise past Fjellhamar for the 9th win - by Eurobasket News
Tromso earned the ninth win in the championship as they thrashed Fjellhamar 109:87 on the road. The Storm remained atop of the ladder with just one loss in ten games. Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) was unstoppable with 48 points for Tromso. Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) nailed 18 points in the winning case. Aleksandar Paunovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) secured 35 points and 9 rebounds for the Stallions in defeat. The visitors surged ahead 29:12 at the end of the first frame. The Stallions refused to fold and struck back with a 31:20 second quarter to trail by just 6 points at the interval. But Tromso outclassed their opponents in the second half. The offense worked hard and the Storm sealed the winning outcome at the end. Willy Sharma (183-G-82, college: BYU-Hawaii) managed 14 points for Fjellhamar as they slipped at 0-8 record at the bottom of the standings.
Gimle celebrated just the second win in the season as they fired down Ammerud 86:80 at home court. Ammerud led by a single point at halftime but Gimle took a decisive lead in the third stanza. They piled up a 7-point buffer that proved unassailable for the visitors. Willie Dunn (198-F-83, college: Georgia Southern) stepped up with 24 points for the winners. Jarvis Bradley (199-F-82, agency: KMG Sports Management) knocked down 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) answered with 22 points for Ammerud.


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Libertad is the Paraguayan Champion 2008 - by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating Sol de America 94-73 in Game 7 of the SuperCup Series, Libertad became the 2008 Paraguayan Champion. The game was very close till the third quarter, when a partial score of 27-12 of Libertad closed the game. Domestic star Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) was the game best performer, scoring 25 points for Libertad, well assisted by Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82), who added 19. The game top scorer was Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82), who poured in 26 points for Sol de America. This results confirms the supremacy of Libertad, winner 11 times in the 16 meetings with Sol de America in 2008 season. This is the ninth title for Libertad, winnner of the previous editions in 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2005.

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Kebs announce tryrout camp for the next weekend. - by Gianni Pascucci

The Quebec City Kebs will hold open tryouts on November 22-23 in order to evaluate players who feel that they can play at the professional level. The tryouts will be held from 12pm 2 pm and 6pm 8pm (both days) at their practice facility, St.Patricks High School, in downtown Quebec City. Registration will start at 11:15am Saturday morning. Players who make the cut will be then brought to training camp, as the Kebs play their first exhibition game on Dec. 5, when they host the Manchester Millrats. For additional info, please contact the Kebs front office at vbernier@kebs.ca or 418-780-4850, or visit www.kebsdequebec.com



Last PBL signings - by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves announce the signing of John Williams (6'0''-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Bryant), who most recently played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne in France, during the 2007/08 season where he averaged 13 points per game and shot 43 percent from the 3 point line. Coach Voigt was impressed with Johns recent workout in Vermont. After all, he finished his career as Bryant's all-time career three-point field goals leader with 323 and was the co-Player of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference in 2006. Williams scored 1,754 career points, fourth-best in school history. When asked about joining the Frost Heaves, Williams had this to say: I am glad to be a part of the frost heaves this upcoming season. I feel its a good move for my career as a basketball player. The Frost Heaves do a great job in developing players and I feel I will benefit greatly from this opportunity. They have a winning tradition and I hope I can continue that tradition along with becoming the best basketball player I can be. At the other side of the Northern border, the Halifax Rainmen welcomed Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.), who will come back to the team for the 2009 PBL season, and added to their roster young inside player Jason McGriff (6'9''-C-84, college: Mountain St.) too.

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Scores from the 3rd round of the Qatari D1 - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Scores from the 3rd round of the Qatari D1

Al Jaysh Army SC 77 (39 - 24) Al Ahli Sports Club 58
As Sadd Sports Club 73 (34-28) Al Gharrafah 55
Al Rayyan 92 (40-36) Al Arabi Club 77
Qatar Club 74 (30-33) Al Wakrah 64

Week 3 Leaders

Scoring
Curtis Haywood - 39 (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) (As Sadd)
Aaron Haynes - 32 (202-F-81, college: Boise St.) (Al Arabi)
Adel - 28 (Qatar Sports Club)
Boney Watson - 27 (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) (Al Rayyan)
William Clay - 25 (188-G-78, college: Texas) (Ahli)
Rebounds
Curtis Haywood - 16
Aaron Haynes - 13
Michael Okoro - 11 (206-F-89) (Al Gharrafah)
Onye Ibekwe - 11 (203-F-83, college: Long Beach St.) (As Sadd)
Mousa - 10 (Qatar Sports Club)
Assists
Boney Watson - 8 (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) (Al Rayyan)
Fadi Hani - 7
Zayne Gawanab - 4 (188-G-82) (Al Wakrah)
El Hadji Abdou Corea Sow - 4 (Al Wakrah)
Maurice Hargrow - 4 (195-G-83, college: Minnesota)
Steals
Boney Watson 5
Fadi Hani 5
Doudou - 4
Baker 4
Zayne Gawanab - 3 (188-G-82)
Blocks
Michael Okoro - 1
Cheikh Sall (208-C-84) - 1 (208-C-84) (Jaysh)
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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 3-0 
 2. Al Jaysh 3-0 
 3. Al Arabi 2-1 
 4. Qatar 2-1 
 5. As Sadd 1-2 
 6. Al Ahli 1-2 
 7. Al Gharrafah 0-3 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-3 


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Dragan Zekovic is a promising NBA Draft pick - by Interperformances
21 years old Serbian Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) should be a lottery pick when he will decide to enter the the NBA Draft. He is 6'11' tall and plays small forward, but can also play power forward. Dragan is a deadly outside shooter, averaging 68.4% from behind the three point line (13 for19) and 85.7% from the charity stripe, with a 23 ppg average. He scored 28 points to help Arkadia Ttaiskirchen Lions win over Wels 91-81 in the Austrian league. He shot 6 for 7 from behind the three point arc. This is his third season with the Lions.

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HBK Prievidza alone on top after 12 rounds - by Eurobasket News
HBK Prievidza outplayed SPU Nitra 74-71 in the opening game of Round 12 jumping on great 10-2. It means that HBK Prievidza will stay on top of the league for at least 3 days. Lubos Strocel (193-G-81) top-scored for the winning side draining 25 points. Dametri Hill (203-C-74, college: Florida) and Eugene Lawrence (185-G-86, college: St.John's) contributed with 12 points apiece in defeat. It is important to be mentioned that HBK Prievidza grabbed this one thanks to wonderful last quarter 22-11.

Astrum Levice faced with home defeat against Chemosvit 87-88 slipping on 9-3. On the other hand, visitors improved on 5-3 record. Martin Bilik (194-F-87) shined in Chemosvit scoring 24 points. Ingles had 2 less than him, while Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) stopped on 21 points. Levice got 26 points from Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83).

AB Cosmetics Pezinok outsmarted MBK Rieker Komarno on the road 98-96 (overtime) becoming the second team with 9 wins and 3 defeats in Extraliga. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) led Pezinok scoring 23 points, while Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) added 18. Igor Majoros (200-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: SW Baptist) and Marek Jurik (191-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) combined 47 points, but their Komarno fell on 6-6.

SKP Banska Bystrica was better than Inter Bratislava 86-84 mostly owing to Ivan Skara (204-F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) and Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82), which delivered 20 points each. Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84, college: USF) was on fire in Inter with 29 points. Bystrica 8-4, Inter 3-9.

Dolny Kubin suffered 11th defeat, this time against MBK Handlova at home 63-75. Marko Vlaic (206-C-81) scored 21 points for the winners, while Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) had 19. Danilo Savovic (194-F-86) posted 18 in Dolny Dubin. Handlova now has 4-8.

SNV had pretty decent first and the last quarter vs Slavia TU Kosice celebrating at the end 79-66. Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, agency: 011 Sports, college: Jacksonville) nailed 18 points fr SNV. David Demecko (192-G/F-81) of Slavia led all scorers with 20 points. SNV 7-5, Kosice 2-10.


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  SLOVENIA   


Market News from Division II - by Zeljko Zule

Gregor Lazar stepped down as head coach of Portoroz, making the announcement after suffering his second loss of the season. Klemen Kladnik beeing immediately instaled as his replacement.
Radovljica have appointed Gregor Pokleka as their coach, replacing Tomo Oresnik, who stepped down last week. Pokleka, the former U-20 Slovenian NT assistant coach, last season won B-1 League Championship.

Bojan Luthar hase been fired as the head coach of Terme Olimia, and his assistant Beno Lipnik has been hired as replacement coach on an interim bases.

Ajdovscina have inked Ales Lenassi (185-G-75), who two weeks ago stepped down as head coach of Epic Misel.



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SBL Imports (Updated) - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the names of the imports in Syria, Some teams did'nt sign with any yet, Please send to me an e-mail to mohammed_malas@hotmail.com if you find any wrong info or missings.

- Al Wehda Damascus:
Ryan Edwards (196-F-83, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Missouri Baptist)

- Kasyoon:
Christopher Moore (205-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union)

- Yarmouk:
Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord)

- Al Hurriyah:
Wayne Oliver (201-F/C-80, college: W.Hills JC)

- Al Jaish:
Marvin Black (201-F-80, agency: EM-PA, college: Marshall)
Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston)

- Al Talee'a:
Kristophor Gibbs-Smith (197-G/F-83, college: Plattsburgh St.)

- Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Tuskegee)
Ishmael Joyce (190-G-81, college: Jackson St.) 'Still on tryouts'
Shaun Stegall (201-F-85, college: Kennesaw St.) 'Still on tryouts'

- Al Jalaa Aleppo:
Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.)
Gabriel Hughes (213-F/C-80, college: California)

- Al Wathba:
Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith)


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Jet Chang to make U.S. college debut - by Chris Wang
Tsun Hsien Chang (190-F), one of the most physically gifted Taiwanese players in years, is scheduled to play his first game in the U.S. NCAA. The 6-3 Chang, nicknamed 'Jet', is currently a freshman guard in BYU-Hawaii.

BYU-Hawaii will open the regular season on November 18th in Laie against defending NCAA II champion Winona State at 7:30 pm. The same two teams will meet two nights later at the same time and place for a second game. The Seasiders made it to the 'Sweet Sixteen' last season while Winona State has won two of the last three NCAA II titles and finished second in between the two crowns.

Following high school graduation, Chang briefly played for German team BG Goettingen II in 2007 before moving to North America this year.

Chang followed the footstep of Wu Tai-hao, who played for the Seasiders from 2005-07. The 6-9 forward-center helped BYUH to a 20-8 record in the 2006-07 season and an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance. Wu averaged 10.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in 2006-07, his sophomore season, up from 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 2005-06 when he was named Freshman of the Year in the Pacific West Conference (PWC).

Wu left BYUH after his sophomore season and returned to Taiwan to play for ETSN Antelopes. One year later he signed with Taiwan Beer and led the team to the SBL title.

BYUH has been known for recruiting Asian players. Former Phoenix Sun Yuta Tabuse, a Japanese guard, also played for the school before Wu.

Check out BYHU Men's Basketball website at http://sports.byuh.edu/Mens_Basketball


Solid showing for Yang Yu-ming in Chinese league debut - by Chris Wang
Yang Yuming (180-G-79) had 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in his debut with CBA's Jilin Northeast Tigers, a 23-point loss to Shanxi, and made a rare start at point guard in his first game in the Chinese League, China Times reported.

Yang, who played 39 minutes Monday night, is one of three Taiwanese players -- all of them are expected to play as point guards -- playing in China this season. Wang Shin-kai, who played for Yunnan last year, is back with the team again and Sun Hwan-bo plays for the expansion team Shaanxi.

Sun had 2 points and 2 steals in 6 minutes as the third point guard while Wang went scoreless in 17 minutes.

Yang spent last season with Dacin Tigers of Taiwan's Super Basketball League but decided to try his luck in China as the former NT shooter lost his starting role on the team and played mostly as a substitute.

Wang joined Taiwan Beer late last season and helped TB to win its second straight SBL title in May.


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  TURKEY   


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


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BBL Trophy Final - Tickets On Sale - by Simon Varvakis
The British Basketball League (BBL) is delighted to announce that tickets for the 2008/09 BBL Trophy Final are now on sale. The event is to be staged on Sunday 15th March 2009 at Guildford Spectrum.

Guildford won the right to host the event after the Guildford Heat lifted the BBL Trophy last season, defeating the Newcastle Eagles 86-79 in the final.

Guildford has become a hotbed for basketball since the Heat joined the BBL in 2005/06 and have quickly risen to prominence amongst Britain's elite. The hosting of such a significant national event confirms their place on the basketball map and will make it the centre of attention in the British basketball world on Trophy Final day.

In a new addition to the event this season, the BBL Three Point Shoot-out champion will be crowned as the sharpest shooters from around the league converge on Guildford for the final of the competition.

Andy Webb, the British Basketball League's Chief Operations Officer, made the following comments,

'The BBL is delighted to be bringing the BBL Trophy Final to Guildford. Guildford Spectrum has shown over the years that it is one of the best venues for basketball in this country and the venue has played a crucial part in the Heats' rise to prominence in the BBL. We are looking forward to this showpiece event and, with the support of the venue and the Heat, are confident that this will be a BBL Trophy Final to remember.'

Rob Price, Marketing Manager at Guildford Spectrum added,

'We have a great tradition of hosting major basketball events from England Internationals to ULEB Cup games and we are delighted to have been chosen to stage one of the biggest BBL competition finals this season. Whoever is successful in reaching the final can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome and as anyone who has watched a game here at Spectrum will know, an electrifying atmosphere!'

The BBL Trophy has an illustrious twenty-one year history and has been contested ever since the BBL's inception in 1987. The competition sees the BBL's twelve clubs split into four groups. They play one another home and away within those groups and the teams that finish atop each progress to the semi- finals. This event is the culmination of that journey for the two most successful clubs and allows them a shot at the BBL Trophy.

In order to defend their crown, the hometown Heat will have to progress from Trophy Group 3 by overcoming the PAWS London Capital and Marshall MK Lions. The Newcastle Eagles also have pedigree in the competition as they have won it twice - in 2004/05 and 2005/06; prior to that the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets won it on four consecutive occasions.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced at 15 for adults and 10 for children. Tickets are available from Guildford Spectrum Box Office on 01483 44 33 33 or online by clicking here (booking fee may apply).

Further information on the event and the progress of the BBL Trophy competition can be obtained at www.bbl.org.uk


Contact Information
email: press@bbl.org.uk
phone: 0870 445 0606
website: http://www.bbl.org.uk


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
1. Defensor 18-8
2. Bigua 18-8
3. Malvin 17-9
4. Tabare 16-10
5. Atenas 16-10
6. Olimpia 15-11
7. Hebraica 14-12
8. Trouville 12-14
9. Paysandu 12-14
10. Bohemios 11-14
11. Cordon 9-17
12. Un.Atletica 8-18
13. Sayago 7-19
14. Welcome 5-21


Defensor Sporting won the first stage - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting won the first stage of the Uruguayan league, after beating Atenas 103-94, and will have number 1 for the Top 4 tournament to be played during the week end. The Top 4, a tournament to classify one team for the next Liga de las Americas, will be also played by Bigua (2), Malvin (3) and Tabare 4. The results for the last round of the first stage of the LUB were as follows (incluidng main import players):
Defensor Sporting 103 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 22 points 11 rebounds, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 17 and 10
Atenas 94 - Jackie Rogers (203-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 10 and 8, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 13 and 4
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Tabare 82 - Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 16 and 4
Hebraica 81 - Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 18 and 9
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Olimpia 81 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 17 and 12, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 15 and 6
Malvin 74 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 14 and 5, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 2 and 5
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Trouville 92 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 14 and 1 Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 11 and 5
Bohemios81 - Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) 12 and 1, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 10 and 4
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Bigua 92 - Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 24 and 10, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 12 and 6
Sayago - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 11 and 4, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 2 points
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The games Paysandu-Welcome and Union Atletica-Cordon were canceled.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


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 


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


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.


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Flying Foxes prevail against Wels - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes proved their status of the Austrian basketball leaders as they topped ambitious Wels 72:64 on the road. It was the sixth straight win for the defending champions as they remained atop of the ladder. Wels however fired from all the guns in this one. They entered the game aggressively and managed to pile up a 22:19 lead at the first break. But a sizzling performance from Adrianne Ross (173-G-84, college: TCU) kept Flying Foxes rolling. They denied the deficit in the second quarter and surged ahead to a 3-point distance at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame before Flying Foxes tightened up defense and ensured a difficult win at the end. Adrianne Ross scored game-high 32 points for the winners. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) came up with 15 points for Flying Foxes. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) replied with 18 points for Wels. Barenyova scored 15 points as the hosts fell at 4-2 record in the second place.
UBBC showed they are on the way to recovery after a sloppy start in the championship. The last seasons finalist shot down Graz 91:57 and caught up with Wels in the ladder. Graz trailed by just a single point after a low scoring first stanza but Herzogenburg spurred ahead in the second period. They accounted for 29 points and stretched the margin to massive 19 points at halftime. The visitors then breezed to the fourth win in the tournament. Martina Riel (175-F-82) nailed 18 points to lead UBBC. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) had 13 points for the winners. Marianna Kuras (182-F-81) responded with 14 points for Graz in defeat.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Lukoil and Montana 2003 victorious in Round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Two wins for the hosts and two by the visitors in A league, Round 7. Currently the leading team with perfect 6-0 record, Dunav Econt, was free this week-end.

Lukoil Neftochimik grabbed very important road victory against Beroe 88-77 moving up on almost perfect 5-1. Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) top-scored in Lukoil with 30 points. At the same time she also pulled down 12 rebounds. Olena Samburska (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) followed with 20 points, while Elena Yolovska (183-F-74) also was great adding 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) registered 22 points and 6 rebounds for Beroe, who dropped on 2-5.

Montana 2003 had an easy job vs Minor at home 93-75 also improving on 5-1. On the other hand, newcomer Minor stays on 2 wins in 6 appearances. Ivelina Vrancheva (175-G-82, agency: Ronsport), Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) and Rumiana Nikolovska (182-F-77) combined 67 points for the hosts. Mihalkova had 24 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Rilski Sportist totally destroyed Tony 7 on the road 103-60 thanks to Stefka Miteva (190-C-89), who collected 24 points and impressive 21 rebounds. Gergana Koleva (170-G-82) contributed with 28 points and 8 assists in loss. Rilski 4-2, Tony 1-5.

NSA wasn't able to make it at home, facing with 6 consecutive defeat since the beginning of the season. This time Slavia was better than NSA 67-50. Tsvetelina Nikolova (191-C-88) led her team delivering 22 points and pulling down 11 boards. NSA got 15 points from Katerina Rudeva (167-G-86).


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  CROATIA - Women  


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.


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.


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. BC Star 5-0 
 2. Tall.Living 3-1 
 3. Tartu 2-2 
 4. Tallinna Kalev 1-4 
 5. Audentes 0-4 


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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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Biljana 5-0 
 2. Vigor Skopje 4-0 
 3. Mladinec 3-3 
 4. Kumanovo 2-4 
 5. Student S. 2-4 
 6. Narkonon 0-5 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Wildcats name Nakase interim coach - by Moritz Korff
Natalie Nakase (158-G-80, college: UCLA) has arrived to Germany to take over as the coach of the Wolfenbuettel Wildcats on an interim basis as newsclick.de reports today. The 28-year-old American, a graduate of UCLA, played for Herner TC in this past season. On some occasions she has been characterized as a coach on the floor. Over and above Nakase has proved to be able to stand at the helm of a basketball team. She has served as head coach at West L.A. College for half of the 2006-07 season, having served as assistant coach the previous season. She also has some years experience as a high-school coach and worked at basketball camps and taught at youth clinics. According to newsclick.de however, she will stay with the Wildcats for a trial at first. The club-officials will make a decision in two to four weeks if Nakase or another coach will succeed Halil Coskun who stepped back last week.

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Round 5th first team - by Gil Goshen


Tamara James picked up her 2nd round MVP honors of the season following Ramat Hen's win at Ramat Hasharon. Joining her on the 1st Team are two Ashdod players, one more from Ramat Hen and the round's top scorer from Hapoel. In 'After Shock', Safsal wonders what's going on in Ramat Hasharon, reflects on Ramat Hen's system and tries to cool down the two leaders.

Round 5 MVP Tamara James

IT was hard to choose one player from Ramat Hen who used a total team effort on both ends of the court to win but James was still above the rest with 24 points and 14 rebounds. James was the lone player for Ramat Hen who was actually good in the 1st half too, when they trailed by 11, and she was very good in the clutch with a 3pt play, big assist for a 3 and the biggest rebound of the game with 30 seconds to play and her team up 3.

Round 5 First Team
Tamara Moore ( 4th time ) !!!! agency - GG basketball agency - Ashdod's leader scored six out of her 22 points in the final 90 seconds of the game to lead her team to a tight win over Hapoel Tel Aviv. She added 11 rebounds and 5 assists in another great all-around game.

Diamond Rogers - Say hello to the league's 2nd best scorer with 23.4 points per game. Rogers is also 2nd in the efficiency ranking and against Ashdod she was unstoppable with 33 points (including 4/6 from 3) and 16 rebounds.

Tamara James - James finished a productive night with 24 points and 14 boards, attacked the basket for 40 minutes and led Ramat Hen to a win.

Brasheeda Elohim - Ashdod's X-Factor recorded two season highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds and her team needed each and every one of them to win.

LaToya Pringle - 14 points and 10 rebounds is nothing out of the ordinary for Pringle but she was excellent defensively and drew a lot of fouls and attention from Ramat Hasharon in Ramat Hen's win.


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  ITALY - Women  


Serie A1 - day 6: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli
Bracco Geas Sesto S.Giovanni - Acer Erg Priolo 81 - 64
(17-24, 35-42, 57-57)
BRACCO GEAS SESTO S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. 5 (2/3, 0/1), Tillis I. 27 (7/14, 3/6), Genta J. (0/1), Penicheiro T. 13 (2/3, 3/5), Zanon M. 2 (0/4, 0/5), Calastri A. dnp, Twehues K. (0/1), Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) 18 (3/6, 4/10), Frantini M. 3 (0/1, 1/4), Machanguana C. 13 (5/8). Coach Galli Roberto
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 15 (3/4, 1/3), Bonfiglio S. (0/1), Green D. 9 (4/6, 0/3), Barnes A. 8 (3/12, 0/1), Milazzo O. (0/1), Cirov T. 18 (3/5, 4/5), Cesnaviciute K. dnp, Seino T. (0/1), Sciacca B. (0/1, 0/2), Pascalau F. 14 (4/10, 1/1). Coach Coppa Santino

Cras Basket Taranto - Napoli Basket Vomero 70 - 38
(14-20, 32-28, 50-32)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) 15 (6/11, 1/2), Siccardi V. , Bello M. 8 (1/1, 2/2), Zimerle A. 3 (1/3, 0/1), Sauret Gillespie A. 4 (1/2), David I. 3 (1/4), Prado F. 4 (2/2), Godin E. 12 (5/8), Batkovic S. 9 (1/8, 2/2), Greco M. 12 (6/7). Coach Ricchini Roberto
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Tuukkannen T. 5 (2/4, 0/3), Gatti G. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Mauriello P. 4 (2/7, 0/3), Giauro S. 6 (3/5), Paterna S. 7 (2/5, 1/3), Gentile I. 2 (0/2, 0/6), Laaksonen N. 2 (1/2), Robinson S. 8 (2/8, 1/4), Stamegna L. dnp, Dos Santos C. 2. Coach Fossati Fabio

Famila Wuber Schio - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 80 - 40
(23-9, 37-19, 59-29)
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 12 (3/7, 1/1), Moro E. 5 (1/3, 1/3), Humphrey N. 9 (3/5, 1/2), Feaster A. 9 (0/1, 3/5), Martinez Prat N. (0/1, 0/4), Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) 15 (3/3, 2/2), Maiorano M. (0/2), Ress K. 6 (1/4, 1/1), Ciampoli F. 6 (3/4, 0/1), Macchi L. 18 (2/4, 3/4). Coach Orlando Sandro
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Colico R. 4 (1/1), Bonafede M. (0/1), Creamer M. 2 (1/1, 0/5), Romagnoli A. (0/1), Riccardi E. 6 (2/2, 0/2), Montagnino J. 3 (1/6, 0/3), Chones K. 7 (2/8), Moody M. 8 (2/6, 1/3), Perfetti C. 5 (0/2, 1/5), Page J. 5 (2/4). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco

G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli - Gescom MCI Viterbo 48 - 45
(7-8, 16-20, 35-32)
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. , Aties Isaac Z. 8 (3/7), Favento S. 5 (0/2, 1/4), Andjelic N. 12 (1/3, 3/9), Ferazzoli I. (0/1), Diana Goryanova (171-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 2 (1/2), Benko L. 4 (2/3, 0/2), Minervino M. (0/1), Grasso A. 2 (1/3), Dixon T. 15 (7/14, 0/3). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 6 (3/6, 0/1), Magaddino E. 5 (1/4, 1/5), Nicolini E. dnp, Petricca V. dnp, Franchetti M. 8 (1/3, 2/6), Piroli V. 6 (1/5), Bade K. 10 (2/8, 0/2), Di Simone J. dnp, Marchesano M. 6 (2/4), Butler J. 4 (2/8). Coach Agresti Claudio

Lavezzini Parma - ACP Livorno 61 - 59
(15-12, 28-30, 44-47)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Pieropan I. dnp, Elena Paparazzo (193-C-73) 6 (3/8), Zanoni I. (0/2, 0/2), Zara F. 9 (2/4, 1/3), Vilipic D. 12 (5/14), Summerton L. 18 (9/15), Porter N. 5 (1/3, 1/3), Screen J. 11 (1/3, 3/5), Pozzati A. dnp, Manzini L.. Coach Scanzani Maurizio
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 4 (2/5, 0/4), Pastore C. 10 (1/6, 1/4), Pavicevic B. 3 (1/3), Buccianti E. (0/1), Mariani F. 2 (1/1, 0/2), Gaither K. 11 (5/11, 0/1), Bagnara B. 12 (2/5, 2/5), Balestri A. dnp, Montagna S. dnp, Ruzickova M. 17 (8/15, 0/1). Coach Papini Giovanni

Umana Venezia - Club Atletico Faenza 78 - 67
(19-18, 42-31, 52-49)
UMANA VENEZIA: Federica Tognalini (183-F-91), Sottana G. 5 (2/5, 0/1), Ballardini S. 12 (4/6, 0/2), Cirone M. 5 (2/2), Andrade M. 11 (2/4), Nadalin J. 11 (5/6), Giauro E. 2 (1/1), Jokic D. 8 (4/7, 0/1), Vujovic A. 14 (3/4, 2/4), Hayden V. 10 (3/10). Coach Riga Massimo
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises P. 17 (4/6, 1/5), Erkic M. 8 (3/6), Ramon E. 4 (2/4, 0/1), Modica F. 7 (2/9, 0/1), Stakneviciene E. 16 (1/3, 1/1), Mendes Da Silva T. , Santucci L. 2 (1/1, 0/2), Bandini E. , Bjelica M. 4 (2/6, 0/2), Alexander M. 9 (2/2, 1/2). Coach Rossi Paolo

Liomatic Umbertide - Pool Comense 62 - 69

(14-23, 32-39, 42-51)
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rubino J. dnp, Rossi C. 4 (0/2, 1/4), Battisodo V. 6 (3/6, 0/1), Giorgi S. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Gelfusa L. dnp, Bonaldo E. (0/1), Callens E. 16 (4/7, 2/4), Hodges D. 10 (3/10, 1/4), Brown A. 14 (6/9), Willis C. 10 (5/12). Coach Serventi Lorenzo
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. (0/1), Silva E. (0/1), Hall V. 15 (7/12, 0/1), Invernizzi M. (0/1, 0/1), Slavcheva G. 14 (2/4, 3/4), Limoura L. 2 (1/2), Smith B. 18 (9/13), Donvito V. 8 (3/6, 0/1), Melissa Fazio (182-F-79, college: St.Bonaventure) 12 (5/10, 0/1), Sarni S. (0/2). Coach Montini Walter



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


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  KENYA - Women  


14th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women: First Bank list Udoka for Africa Champions Club - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria women league champion, First Bank basketball club Tuesday jet out to Nairobi, Kenya aboard a Kenya Airways flight for the final round of the 14th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women.

The Nigerian side, champion in 2003 is optimistic of a good outing in Kenya.

The team, which is made up of 12 players including Nigeria and one of the continents most versatile female players, Mfon Udoka who is expected to bring her experience to bear on the team that also has Funmilayo Ojelabi, Ezinne James, Oluchi Nzekwu, Chioma Udeaja, Adenike Daudu among other players.

Team coach, Adewumi Aderemi told www.fiba-afrique.org that the team has learnt from the mistake of 2007 edition of the championship which saw her finishing seventh and would not underrate any team this time, the 2008 edition of the champions cup will run between November 20 and 29 at the Nyayo national gymnasium, Nairobi, Kenya.

We are going to Kenya to be among the contender and not to make up the number of teams out there and I believe that my players are in the best frame of mind for this championship.

We know is going to be tough but we have done all that should be done to earn good results and possibly repeat our 2003 performance when we won the title in far away Mozambique.

Meanwhile the continental ruling body, FIBA Africa Monday gave a wild card entry to Nigerias Dolphins basketball club for the Africa Champions Cup battle.

In a letter communicated to the management of the Nigeria modest female outfit, the club is expected to take up the last slot for the twelve-team finals.
Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


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  NIGERIA - Women  


14th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women: First Bank list Udoka for Africa Champions Club - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria women league champion, First Bank basketball club Tuesday jet out to Nairobi, Kenya aboard a Kenya Airways flight for the final round of the 14th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women.

The Nigerian side, champion in 2003 is optimistic of a good outing in Kenya.

The team, which is made up of 12 players including Nigeria and one of the continents most versatile female players, Mfon Udoka who is expected to bring her experience to bear on the team that also has Funmilayo Ojelabi, Ezinne James, Oluchi Nzekwu, Chioma Udeaja, Adenike Daudu among other players.

Team coach, Adewumi Aderemi told www.fiba-afrique.org that the team has learnt from the mistake of 2007 edition of the championship which saw her finishing seventh and would not underrate any team this time, the 2008 edition of the champions cup will run between November 20 and 29 at the Nyayo national gymnasium, Nairobi, Kenya.

We are going to Kenya to be among the contender and not to make up the number of teams out there and I believe that my players are in the best frame of mind for this championship.

We know is going to be tough but we have done all that should be done to earn good results and possibly repeat our 2003 performance when we won the title in far away Mozambique.

Meanwhile the continental ruling body, FIBA Africa Monday gave a wild card entry to Nigerias Dolphins basketball club for the Africa Champions Cup battle.

In a letter communicated to the management of the Nigeria modest female outfit, the club is expected to take up the last slot for the twelve-team finals.
Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


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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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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok jumps on 8-1 in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
In Round 10 of Slovakian Extraliga, MBK Ruzomberok was too strong for PU Presov 86-61 remaining on top with 8 wins and 1 defeat. Maxima Broker, who was free in this round, also has just one defeat but in eight appearances. Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) paced Ruza to this victory netting 16 points apiece. Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, college: Tennessee) followed with 11. Mincikova drained 21 points in defeat, but her Presov dropped on 2-7.

Slovan Bratislava outplayed BSS Kosice at home 74-63 mostly owing to Renata Talajkova-Kozmonova (190-C-81), who poured in 19 points. Kosice got impressive 28 points from Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) (3 triples). Slovan 4-5, BSS Kosice 5-4.

MKB Roznava faced with a home loss against ZBK Whirpool Poprad 66-73. It means that visitors improved on 4-5, while Roznava remained the only winless team in the league. Martina Gandzalova (179-G/F-78, college: Missouri Baptist) had 17, while Ashley Graham (169-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Santa Clara) stopped on 2 points less for the winners. Diana Benuskova (167-G-89) added 18 points for the loosing side.

In the last game of Round 10, Inpek UKF Nitra cruised past Cassovie Kosice on the road with plus 14, 47-61. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) paced Nitra to seventh win this season posting 16 points. The hosts got 11 from Svetlana Odnovolenko (188-C-87).


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


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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  SPAIN - Women  


Rankica Sarenac changes Rivas Futura by USO Mondeville - by Ivan Villar
Rankica Sarenac (202-C-74) will leave spanish league this week.She came to Rivas 3 years ago when team moved up to Liga Femenina.In spite of her injuries she was decisive player as center of team during last seasons.But nowday she only averaged 7 minutes per game because Petra Uhjely is making great performances and team is leader of division after 8 rounds.Sarenac will play in french team of Mondeville until end of season.Managers of Rivas announced to be proud of Sarenac along this years.

Giuliana Mendiola leaves San Jose Leon - by Ivan Villar


Giuliana Mendiola leaves San Jose Leon - by Ivan Villar
American guard Giuliana Mendiola (182-G-81, college: Washington) left Leon last weekend. In spite of she spoke spanish because has latin family, she didn't show her real level in spanish league until the moment. She was a personal bet of his coach Miguel Angel Estrada because he knew her a few years ago. Giuliana Mendiola improved year to year in european leagues, shining in Greece specially last year. Managers decided to fire her and she didn't play last game. San Jose Leon expects to change the way and go up positions in table next weeks.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


Solna and Telge keep perfect - by Eurobasket News
Solna and Telge secured the fifth straight wins in the Damligan and remained on top of the ladder. The Solna Vikings dealt with Marbo Basket 79:60 at home court. The defending champions dominated right from the start. They outgunned the visitors 22:15 in the opening quarter and stretched the margin to 43:27 at halftime. Marbo Basket never recovered in the second half and lost the battle. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) stepped up with 17 points for the Vikings. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) had 13 points in the winning case. Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81, college: Purdue) answered with 21 points for Marbo.
Telge Energi faced a tougher opponents as they hosted Sundsvall. The Saints got to a better start and led by 7 points at the first intermission. Telge struggled offensively and found themselves trailing by as many as 10 points at the interval. Nevertheless Telge found the way back into the contest. They fired down the visitors 17:7 in the third quarter and finished the job in the fourth term earning the fifth win in a row. Hanna Bouldwin nailed 21 points for Telge. Sandra Jansson (-84) knocked down 13 points in the win. Stephanie Jones (188-F/C-80, college: Missouri Western) secured 16 points for Sudnsvall in the loss.


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  WBCBL - Women  


Open enrollment for 2009 - by Willie McCray
Open enrollment for New Teams

11/18/08
Dallas, TX

Although the special offer has expired, teams can still join the WBCBL for the 2009 season.

The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League has expanded accross North America to offer a variety of opportunities for Players, Coaches, and Fans.

Please visit www.WBCBL.com to find a team near you!

Open enrollment ends January 31st.

For more information or to request an application for your team, please send a email request to: INFO@WBCBL.com