EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/2/2008

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  ABA   


Takers roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci

Larry Leonard , owner of the ABA team Houston Takers, gently sent to Usbasket.com the list of the first nine players signed for the 2008-09 season.

The players are:
23 Jai Pradia (6'6''-F-79, college: Pittsburg St.)
4 Josh Jones (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Dillard)
5 Randy Dwellingham (6'3''-G/F-81, college: Kilgore JC)
25 Jeffrey Addai (6'2''-G, college: Texas A&M)
10 Mohammad 'Mo' Kamara (6'1''-G-74, college: W.Texas A&M)
7 Mark Friscone (6'5''-F/C-84, college: Barton (NC))
8 Roy Smallwood (6'7''-F-81, college: UTEP)
1 Chris Green (6'4''-G/F, college: Langston)
35 Session Marcus (6'6''-G/F-81, college: St.Mary's (TX))



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Atenas 56-69
Atenas cruised past Quimsa on the road jumping on 8-1 in Group North. Andre Laws was the key player in the winning team netting 19 points. Quimsa, who dropped on 5-4, got 13 points from Jon Smith. Actually Smith was the only one with double digits in scoring for the hosts.

Sionista - Regatas C. 72-76
Another victory by the visiting team. This time it was Regatas, who outsmarted Sionista improving its record on 5-4. On the other side, Sionista slipped for the sixth time this season. Federico Kammerichs shined for the winners collecting 23 points and 9 rebounds for 32 minutes. Eduardo Villares and Chuck Robinson combined 46 points for Sionista.

Ben Hur - Obras 82-83
Obras celebrated in thriller against Ben Hur on the road, thus both teams have the same record now, 2-7. Gabriel Cocha top-scored for Obras with 18 points. Two points less than him had Patricio Rodriguez and Mariano Castets but in Ben Hur.

Estudiantes - Independ.N. 90-72
7-3 for Estudiantes and 5-4 for Independiente in Group South. Brice Assie drained 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the winners while Edward Nelson added 24 points and 13 boards for the loosing side.

Gimn.CR - El Nacional 76-85
Extremely important road victory for El Nacional as it has the same score as Gimnasia CR now, 3-6. Ralphy Holmes shined for the visitors nailing 19 points and puling down 7 boards. The hosts got 14 points from Diego Romero.

Penarol - Lanus 82-64
Penarol didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Lanus at home. It means that the hosts remained on top of Group South with 8 wins and 2 defeats. Visitors dropped on 3-6. David Jackson and Roman Gonzales netted 16 points apiece for the winners. Terrell Taylor had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Lanus.

*The game between Libertad and Cicl. Olimpico is scheduled for November 5.

*The game between Boca Juniors and Quilmes MP is scheduled for November 11.


Latest Transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
- Regatas Corrientes released Ryan Carroll due to low performance (2.7 pts 1.6 reb 1.6 as in 9 games) and signed former Quimsa Cedric Patton (201-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.) who comes from Mexico.
-Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88) agreed in terms with Gimnasia Comodoro for the rest of the season. De los Santos played with CB Granada of Spain during the preseason, but he had to play as foreigner. That is why he could not stay in the team.
- Ben Hur signed brazilian Tiago Souza (187-G-83, college: South Plains JC)


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  BAHRAIN   


Sitra score over Najma - by Walter Neto
SITRA continued their impressive comeback in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League with an emphatic 81-50 victory over Al Najma yesterday at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Hall. Coached by Najah Isa, it was the second successive win for last year's semi-finalists Sitra who had a disastrous start to the season.

They lost their first three matches to Al Ittihad, Nuwaidrat and Al Ahli before picking up their maiden victory last week against Bahrain Club. With this win, Sitra now have seven points from five matches and are sharing second place with Manama, Al Ahli and Al Hala who have one match each in hand. Under their Brazilian coach Walter Carvalo, Al Najma were handed their third straight defeat and remain sixth overall with six points from five matches. Source: GDN


Muharraq too Hot for Al Hala - by Walter Neto
DEFENDING champions Muharraq powered to an 84-70 win over Al Hala last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League, played at the Um Al Hassam sports complex. The victors were led by star players Mohammed Hassan, Mohammed Abdulmajeed, and American professional Rah-Shaun Roberts. In yesterday's other game, Al Ahli defeated Isa Town 83-73.

Meanwhile, Zain Bahrain has signed up to sponsor this year's league with a BD80,000 deal. The signing ceremony was attended by Zain Bahrain general manager Mohammed Zainalabedin, Bahrain Basketball Association president Adel Al Assoumi, and other officials. Source: GDN


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 5-0 
 2. Al Ahli 4-1 
 3. Al Manama 4-1 
 4. Nuwaidrat 4-1 
 5. Al Hala 3-2 
 6. Sitra 2-3 
 7. Al Najma 1-4 
 8. Issa Town 1-4 
 9. Al Ittihad 1-4 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-5 


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  BELARUS   


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pyntsikau, Minsk 21.0
1 Scripcaru, Sozh 21.0
3 Dadikin, Vitalyur 19.5
3 Lavrinenko, Temp 19.5
5 Zaitsev, Vitalyur 16.5
5 Yafremau, Vitalyur 16.5
5 Mishukov, Grodno 16.5
8 Shilovich, Minsk 15.5
9 Aheunin, BNTU 15.0
9 Konuyshenko, Lok 15.0
9 Maksimov, OZAA 15.0


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Vitalyur 0-0 
 2. Temp-OSHVSM 0-0 
 3. Grodno-93 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. OZAA Osip. 0-0 
 6. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 7. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 8. BNTU 0-0 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Oostende 82-63
Belgacom Liege Basket had an easy job against Base Oostende improving its record on 3-2. On the other side Oostende still desperately looks for the first joy, but it will be totally different team from the next Monday because of couple of signings completed during the week. Christopher Hill paced the host to victory scoring 23 points and dished out 4 assists. Justin Cage was behind him with 18 points and 5 boards. Oostende got 19 points from Jimmy Baxter.

Charleroi - M.Hainaut 63-60
Spirou Basket Charleroi escaped with a tiny home victory against Dexia Mons-Hainaut remaining the only undefeated team in D1 so far. Jerry Johnson was the leading player for the hosts in this game netting 18 points, but with not so good shot percentage. Jonathan Tabu was behind him with 14 points. The team of head coach Chris Finch got the most from Julian Sensley, 14 points and 8 boards.

Aalstar - Antwerp 93-78
Easy one for Generali Okapi Aalstar. Damina Cantrell registered double-double for the hosts, 20 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Lojeski also shined scoring 18 points and missing only one board for another double-double in Aalstar. Christophe Beghin contributed 18 points and 8 rebounds for Antwerp. Both teams entered into this game with 3-1.

Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 87-70
Another comfortable victory by the host team. This time it was Spotter Leuven, who was better than VOO Verviers-Pepinster jumping on 2-3 in D1. DeMario Anderson netted 18 points for the winning side while James J.J. Miller had 3 points less than him. Maxime De Zeeuw added 16 points for Pepinster but it was not enough for the second joy.


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Spartak Pleven won easily versus Sliven - by Valentin Anguelov

Spartak Pleven hosted Sliven in the first game of today and recorded third straight win after which the team went on top of the standings but only for a few hours. The game in Balkanstroy Hall was viewed by 300 spectators and they got it clear who the winner would be from the first minute. Even without its captain Spartak managed to win 95-51 and how has 7 points from 4 games. Next week in Pravets the people will have the chance to watch the derby match between the two top placed teams Lukoil Academic and Spartak Pleven.


The visitors from Sliven who played today without Andrean Ilchev and Jeremiah Boswell didn't have big chances for surprise. In general the team of Sabin Marinov will find it very hard to compete in NBL and as soon the players manage to believe more in themselves and play with more confidence against their opponents we will witness better games from the team. Sliven was never in front in this game as the biggest lead for Spartak was 47 points.


Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) again showed his good form and finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds despite playing only 13 minutes. Sasha Topchov added 16 and 8 while Vladimir Marinov scored 13.


For the visitors Otontsidis and Sharett scored 11 points apiece while Milen Dimitrov made the only double-double in the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


FULL STATS OF THE SPARTAK PLEVEN - SLIVEN GAME



NBL Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Levski - ChernoMore 89-90
Cherno More grabbed very important victory in Sofia, thus both teams have the same record in NBL now, 2-2. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Yambol - Lukoil A. 62-93
Reigning champion Lukoil Akademik trashed Tundja in Yambol remaining perfect in NBL after 4 games. Tundja is on 2-2. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Spartak P. - Sliven 95-51
Spartak Pleven had an easy job against Sliven at home. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news

Rilski S-list - CSKA 93-81
Rilski Sportist was better than CSKA in Samokov moving up in NBL on 2-2. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news


First home win for Rilski Sportist in National League - by Valentin Anguelov

Rilski Sportist put an end to their 2 game losing streak in the National Basketball League (NBL) and expectedly beat CSKA at home 93-81.

The players of Macedonian coach Aleksandar Todorov had started off with a win away in Pleven, but had lost treir next two games (with Lukoil Academic and Levski). But today they faced CSKA and didn't miss the opportunity to achieve their second victory. The 2-2 record means Rilski Sportist is now tied for 3-rd place with another 3 teams (Euroins Cherno More, Levski and Yambol), just behind the two leading teams - Lukoil Academic (4-0) and Spartak Pleven (3-1).

Ivan Lilov had a fantastic game tonight. It was definitely his best performance since he joined the team from Samokov just before the start of the season. He hit 5 three pointers for a total of 25 points, and showed his versatility as well, adding 5 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds. The two Serbs on the home team's roster - Branko Mirkovic and Dragoslav Papic - scored 15 points each, while veteran Leven Belberov notched up 11 off the bench.

The home team started strongly and even led by double digits after the very first quarter - 28-18. During most of the second period they were still dominant, but then failed to score anything in the last 3 minutes before half-time, so CSKA cut their advantage to just a single point 45-44. The third quarter saw the decisive break by Rilski Sportist, who built an advantage again and kept it for the rest of the game. In the last 10 minutes the visitors did their best to stay in the game, but it proved too much for them.

The players of Rilski Sportist had a great night of long distance shooting - 11 for 20 three-pointers (44.0 %). That was enough to make amends for the poor free throw percentage - just 55.6 % (10 for 18).

For the team from Sofia center Krum Doychinov had a good come-back, after missing CSKA's previous game (away at Lukoil Academic) because of an injury. Tonight he had his second double double of the season - 15 pts and 12 rbs. But it was Bulgarian national team guard Jordan Bozov that lead the scoring for the visitors with his 21 points. Milos Sakota was the third 'double digit Serb' of the game with 19. Sergey Tsvetkov once again justified coach Rosen Barchovski's confidence in him - he had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. All of that proved insufficient to beat Rilski Sportist though, especially in front of the home supporters in Samokov.

Next Friday CSKA host the team of Yambol in a must win game. Rilski Sportist are going to Varna to play Euroins Cherno More on Saturday, but only after their very interesting home game in Group B of the Balkan League versus Levski on Wednesday.

FULL STATS OF THE RILSKI SPORTIST - CSKA GAME



Lukoil Academic beat Yambol by 31 points - by Valentin Anguelov

In front of 1300 spectators in Diana Hall in Yambol the hosts lost to Lukoil Academic 62-93. This was second defeat for Ivan Cholakov's team from four games while the students are on top of the standings with four wins from four games.


Despite going out on the court ready to play well Yambol organized the attack very difficult in the first minutes. The players of Lukoil Academic took full advantage from that and quickly managed to take a good advantage of 10 points. At the end of the quarter the margin was cut to 6 after two three pointers.


In the second quarter the players of Yambol played very well and were close to their opponents as after 15 minutes of play they were down only by 2 points. In the next five minutes the visitors played extremely well and scored 25 points against 4 for the hosts and took 21 point lead at the break and actually the game was over at that moment. After the break nothing interesting happened as the visitors were playing with confidence and managed to win by 31 points at the end.


For Yambol top scorer was Stanislav Govedarov with 16 while O'Galagher added 13.

For Lukoil Academic Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) scored 28 while Kenny Adeleke managed double-double with 15 points and incredible 18 rebounds. Todor Stoykov and Chavdar Kostov both added 14 points.


FULL STATS OF THE YAMBOL - LUKOIL ACADEMIC GAME



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus League-Day 2 - by Michael Aristidou
B.M.C. AEK Larnacas and Proteas EKA AEL Limassol were the winners of the last night matches. B.M.C. AEK Larnacas won Seastar Apoel Nicosia 76-72 in Larnaca. The game was prety closed fron the beggining and the two teams were close to the score. Hlaf time score was 40-41 for Seastar Apoel Nicosia. AEK had an excellent fourth period, (score 24-11), and manage to take their second win in two games. First scorer for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas was Dusan Milicic (201-G/F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) with 16 (3). Close to his teammate was also Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82) with 15 (3). From Seastar Apoel Nicosia first scorer was Cooper Lonnie with 21(5). In Limassol ex-champions Proteas EKA AEL Limassol won Intercollege ETHA by 96-69. That was the first game for AEL for the new championship. On the other hand ETHA lost their second game in a row. First scorer for AEL was Taylor Quincy with 25(4), followed by Dozet Milan with 18(1). For Intercollege ETHA Eddy Barlow (185-G-81, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 18(2).

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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Jeremiah Wood the Player of October - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Basketball Association has named American F Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kataja, Joensuu) the Player of the month October. Kataja played six games in October winning four of them. Jeremiah Wood has started well his international basketball career. Wood is the leading scorer (23,8 ppg) and
rebounder (13,2) right now in Top League. Wood has also given 3,5 apg and 2,0 spg. Wood has been shooting 1 - 46,0%, 2 - 52,6% and 3 - 47,1% by now.


KORISLIIGA: Darrell Waters still going strong - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 8: Three games tonight. In Karkkila local Team Componenta needed an OT and then winning over YMCA Lahti 94-83 (77) (34-42).
TC never gave up even being under already by 19 pts (10-29, 20-39) during the first half. Darrell Waters (192-G-74, college: Texas A&M) (a try out player) led TC with 35 pts! Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Lafayette) was the leading scorer for Lahti: 23 pts. PG Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) was left without points!
Kataja (Joensuu) was playing the 500th game on top level ever. And did it so well, that visitor Honka had to leave back to Espoo without points: 89-80 (39-41).
Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side), The Player of October, led Kataja in pts and rbs: 28/14. Anssi Kinnaslampi (191-G-82) added 20 and newcomer Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) 16 pts. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) led Honka with 22 pts.
Tarmo (Porvoo) was too small vs Pyrinto, Tampere. Pyrinto was led by NT C Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso), who scored 29 pts and grabbed 10 boards. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) (20), Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) (17) and Olli Ahvenniemi (207-C-83, college: Maine) (11) were also in double figures. Newcomer E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) netted 20 pts in his first game in Finland.

Team Componenta - YMCA Lahti OT 94-83 (77) (34-42) (Darrell Waters 35, Sami Syrjala 19, Frank Richards 15 - Bilal Abdullah 23, Ray Nixon 19, Sami Pekkola 16).

Kataja - Honka 89-80 (39-41) (Jeremiah Wood 28/14, Anssi Kinnaslampi 20, Larry Blair 16 - Kimmo Muurinen 22, Akeem Scott 16, Monte Cummings 14/15).

Tarmo - Pyrinto 87-102 (36-48) (E.J.Drayton 20, Mani Messy 13, Mikael Holme 11 - Antti Nikkila 29/10, Chris Hester 20, Kurtis Rice 17).



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  FRANCE   


ProB Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bourg - Charleville 78-76
Bourg escaped with a tiny home victory becoming the only undefeated team in Pro B. Justin Ingram was the best scorer for the winning team netting 19 points but with not so brilliant shot percentage. Terrance Johnson was behind him with 16 points. The team of head coach Nikola Antic got 18 points and 7 boards from Marshalle Phillips dropping on 4-3.

St-Etienne - Antibes 93-83
Both teams entered into this game with the same record 1-5. Nate Carter and Guillaume Pons led Saint-Etiene to win netting 19 points apiece. The same number of points also had John McCord but in Olimpique Antibes.

Poitiers - Paris-Levall. 82-63
Poitiers succeeded to crush Paris-Levallois, who experienced the first failure this season. Actually the team of head coach Rudy Nelhomme was a way better and mostly owing to Rasheed Wright, who scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists, improved on 5-2. Paris-Levallois got 16 points and 4 rebounds from Rodney Elliot.

Nantes - Boulazac 77-70
Chris Pearson and Vernard Hollins combined 45 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for Nantes helping it to move up on 3-4. Boulazac remains on just one victory despite double-double by Sambou Traore, 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Evreux - Limoges 73-62
Evreux celebrated fifth win this season thanks to pretty good performance by Nicholas Pope and Lamar Karim. Pope collected 20 points and 4 assists while Karim was even better adding 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Andrew Lavender top-scored in Limoges but his team slipped one more time this season having not so good 3-4.

Le Portel - Brest 68-48
Le Portel didn't have any troubles against Brest moving up on 6-1. Coach Noam Rudman and his players slipped on 4-3. Zach Gourde netted 12 points for the hosts while Jose Oliver had one point less. Cecil Brown shined in Brest with 16 points.

St.Vallier - Clermont 80-75
Dramane Diarra paced Saint-Vallier to victory against Clermont so both teams are on 4-3 now. Sean Barnette helped the winners with 19 points. Clermont also got 19 points but from Erroyl Bing.

Nanterre - Maurienne 72-84
After this wonderful road win, Maurienne jumped on 3-4. Exactly the same score has Nantere. Yannick Gailou drained 21 points for the winning side while Sourata Cisse added two points less but for Nanterre.

Quimper - St.Quentin 79-91
Saint-Quentin scored 91 points vs Quimper, what was more than enough for the second victory this season. The hosts still desperately look for the first one remaining the only winless team in the league. Shaun Fein was totally the best player in Saint-Quentin netting 28 points, including 6 triples. Jean-Michel Mipoka had 16 points in Quimper.



ProA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vichy - Dijon 66-80
Dijon cruised past Vichy on the road registering the second win in Pro A this season. On the other side, the hosts are still winless and they are together with Pau-Orthez on the bottom of the standings. Zeb Cope top-scored for the winning team with 19 points. William Gradit had 15 points and 6 boards in Vichy.

Le Mans - Hyeres-Toulon 85-67
As it was expected, Le Mans outplayed Hyeres-Toulon remaining the only undefeated team in the league. Brian Chase collected 16 points, 5 boards and 7 assists for the hosts while Alain Kofi helped with 15 points, 6 rebs and 4 assists. Hyeres-Toulon, who currently has 2-3, got 24 points from Austin Nichols.

Nancy - Le Havre 86-69
SLUC Nancy recorded comfortable victory vs Le Havre improving its score on 4-1. Visitors have the same digits but with different order, 1-4. Steed Tchicamboud and Lamayne Wilson drained 15 points apiece for the hosts. Jeff Greer netted one point less. T.J. Thompson scored 16 for Le Havre.

Roanne - Pau 74-56
Another comfortable victory by the host teams in this round. Roanne was a way better than Pau-Orthez mostly owing to Marcellus Sommerville, who poured in 22 points for 34 minutes. Ludovic Vaty shined adding 20 points and 11 boards for Pau-Orthez. Roanne currently has 4-1 while visitors still desperately look for the first joy.

Rouen - ASVEL 70-72
Extremely important road victory for ASVEL, who moved up on 3-2. Amara Sy demonstrated the best performance for the winners delivering 17 points including 5 boards. Benjamin Dewar also was good with 14 points and 5 assists. Rouen got 20 points from Ronald Dorsey staying on just one win so far.

Gravelines - Besancon 86-68
Gravelines registered easy home victory against Besancon jumping on 4-1 in Pro A. Tony Skinn was totally the best player for the hosts collecting 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for 30 minutes. Besancon, who got 20 points from Justin Doeliman, dropped on 2-3.

Chalon - Orleans 65-59
Chalon succeeded to hand the first loss of the season to Entente Orleans 45. Experienced Stephane Risacher paced the host team to victory draining 17 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Anthony Dobbins and Cedrick Banks scored 14 points each for the loosing side. Chalon currently has 3-2.

Strasbourg - Cholet 102-87
Easy one for Strasbourg, who now has 3-2. Cholet slipped on 2-3. Brion Rush was central figure of the game netting 29 points and dishing out 7 assists. Alan Wiggins was better than the others in Cholet with 16 points and 6 boards.



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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ratiopharm - LTi 46ers 88-83
ratiopharm overcame LTI 88:83 to earn the 5th win in the season. The hosts eked out a tough victory to remain at the second spot in the ladder. Romeo Travis led the charge with 18 points for Ulm. Jeff Gibbs secured 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Heiko Schaffartzik answered with 17 points for the 46ers.

Walter Tigers - Koeln 99ers 71-65
Tuebingen celebrated the fourth win in Bundesliga as they toppled visiting Koeln 71:65. The Tigers got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Michael Haynes and outscored the 99ers. Jermaine Anderson secured 12 points and 7 assists in the win. The 99ers fell to 2-6 record despite 19 points from Yassin Idbihi.

Noerdlingen - Dt.Bank SKY 85-89
Frankfurt stayed among the leaders as they ensured a difficult 89:85 win over Noerdlingen. Titus Ivory was responsible for 19 points from the hosts. Pascal Roller contributed 18 points, while Ilian Evtimov had 14 points for the winners. Omari Westley answered with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Noerdlingen.

Pad.Baskets - EWE Baskets 69-82
Oldenburg continued to run for the top spot in the Bndesliga standings. In Round 8 they overcame Paderborn Baskets 82:69 on the road. Jasmin Perkovic stepped up with 15 points for Oldenburg. Jason Gardner and Rickey Paulding fired 15 points apiece for the winning team. Stefano Garris and Marius Nolte dropped 13 points each for Paderborn in defeat.

TBB Trier - Duesseldorf 77-57
Trier got to 50%-mark in the table as they shot down Duesseldorf 77:57 at home court. Derek Raivio paced Trier with 20 points. Christopher Copeland provided 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The Giants replied with 18 points from Brant Bailey.

Goettingen - Art.Dragons 83-72
The first game of Round 8 was played almost a month ago when Goettinghen held off Artland Dragons 83:72. Kyle Bailey knocked down 19 points and dished out 7 assists to pace Goettingen. Clif Brown added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Darren Fenn and Darius Hall responded with 13 points each in defeat.

EnBW L'burg - ALBA 65-58
The league leaders ALBA suffered the first defeat in the season as they were bruised by Ludwigsburg 58:65 on October 15. De'Angelo Alezander secured 12 points, while Brian Jones contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. ALBA answered with 14 points from Immanuel McElroy.



Bundesliga Game Day 8: Weekend Results October 31-November 2nd! - by Michael Taylor
Exciting weekend action from Game Day 8

Friday October 31st
ratiopharm Ulm 88 LTi Giessen 46ers 83
All five starters reached double figures for ratiopharm Ulm and the team received strong bench play in an 88-83 home win over LTi Giessen 46ers Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. Romeo Travis paced Ulm production with 18pt 3reb on 8 of 10 shooting while Jeff Gibbs added 15pt 9reb, Sean Finn 13pt 8reb, Dru Joyce 12pt 4reb 7ast and Lee Humphrey 10pt in the win. Humphrey buried back to back threes and Ulm burst to a 10-0 lead before Giessen settled in and the 1Q ended even at 22. The exciting action continued as Ulm Romeo Travis and Jeff Gibbs helped Ulm take a 46-44 lead into half. Sean Finn enjoyed a strong 3Q as Ulm took command with a 30-19 frame giving the hosts a 76-63 lead going into the 4th. The 46ers fought back cutting the deficit under double digits before Ulm earned the win. It was strong 2nd half play from Ulm's Dan Fitzgerald, Sebastian Betz and Per Gunther who sparked the teams run. Heiko Schaffartzik led Giessen with 17pt while Florian Hartenstein and Michael Umeh added 14pt apiece. Ulm shot a sizzling 61% from the floor making 7 of 19 threes (37%) and 9 of 14 FT (64%). Giessen shot 48% from the floor and made 6 of 19 threes (32%) with 13 of 16 FT (81%). ratiopharm Ulm improved to 5-2 on the season while Giessen slipped to 2-6.

Saturday November 1st
Walter Tigers Tubingen 71 Koln 99ers 65
Walter Tigers Tubingen topped Koln 99ers 71-65 Saturday afternoon at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. The Tigers led 19-16 after 1Q and 38-37 at half. Tubingen controlled the game through the 3Q and took a 55-51 lead into the 4th. Koln came back with big baskets from Jeremy Hunt and Zarryon Fereti but Fereti's right wing three to tie the score rimmed out. Although Tubingen missed several FT down the stretch, a Yassin Idbihi loose ball foul on the missed-FT-rebound gave the Tigers their chance to seal the win. The Tiger frontcourt was strong in the victory with Michael Haynes topscoring with 18pt 8reb, Rasko Katic 10pt 8reb and Richard Chaney adding 9pt 12reb. PG Jermaine Anderson totaled 12pt 7ast for Tubingen. Yassin Idbihi led the 99ers with 19pt and Julian Terrell posted an 11pt 10reb double double. Tubingen shot 36% from the floor and made 8 of 33 threes (24%) with 19 of 29 FT (65%) while Koln hit 41% from the floor but only 3 of 19 threes (15%). The 99ers sank 16 of 22 FT (72%). Tigers won the battle on the boards 43-36. Head Coach Tolga Ongoran and his Tubingen team improved to 4-4 while Koln dropped to 2-6.

Deutsch Bank Skyliners 89 Nordlingen 85 (OT)
Pascal Roller buried a clutch corner three with 11 seconds to go in overtime and Derrick Allen sealed the comeback win with a run-out three point play with 1sec on the clock as Deutsche Bank Skyliners earned a hardfought 89-85 road win over Nordlingen Saturday on BBL.TV. Roller drilled the game-tying three sending the game to overtime where Nordlingen took the lead and seemed to have the game in control. After a tight 1Q, Nordlingen held a 19-17 lead. Frankfurt fought back to take a 41-32 advantage into halftime and maintained a 57-49 lead after three. Nordlingen's strong 4Q helped them take a late lead down the stretch with big shots from Omari Westley, Monta McGee and Danny Gibson. Roller's late 3 gave the Skyliners new life and Nordlingen's last second attempt was short. In OT, Nordlingen kept their slim lead before a deep three from Dominik Bahiense de Mello set up Roller's clutch 3 saving the game for the Skyliners. Titus Ivory topscored for Frankfurt with 19pt before fouling out in regulation. Pascal Roller added a cool 18pt including 4 of 9 threes while Ilian Evtimov chipped in 14pt 5reb and Konrad Wysocki 13pt 6boards to the win. Frankfurt shot 47% from the floor and 40% from three making 11 of 27 in the win. The Skyliners also shot 16 of 23 FT (69%). Omari Westley was in top form for Nordlingen posting 26pt 10reb in the loss while Danny Gibson added 18pt, Osvaldo Jeanty 17pt and Monta McGee 16pt 6reb 4ast. Nordlingen shot 48% and outrebounded Frankfurt 34-32 but suffered 22 turnovers. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliner team improved to 4-3 while Nordlingen evened at 4-4.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 82 Paderborn Baskets 69
Jasmin Perkovic led a balanced Oldenburg attack with 16pt 6reb as Ewe Baskets Oldenburg earned their 4th straight win in Saturday's 82-69 road win over Paderborn Baskets at Sportszentrum Maspernplatz in Paderborn. Jason Gardner added 15pt 6reb 4ast and Rickey Paulding chipped in 15pt to the win. Je'kel Foster drilled 3 of 6 threes to total 12pt 6reb for the Thunderbirds. Oldenburg ran to an early lead and a 24-14 lead after 1Q in their strong start on the road. The Thunderbirds maintained their advantage taking a 46-32 lead at half. Paderborn worked to rally in the 3rd but Oldenburg held a 66-52 lead going into the 4th. Oldenburg finished off their fine evening with the solid road win. Steffano Garris and Marius Nolte topscored for Paderborn with 13pt apiece. Oldenburg shot 50% from the floor and made 11 of 24 threes (45%) along with 21 of 28FT (75%). Paderborn hit 42% of their shots but only 2 of 13 threes (15%) and 17 of 23 from the foul line (73%). Oldenburg outrebounded Paderborn 34-32. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds improved their record to 5-2 while Paderborn slipped to 2-6.

TBB Trier 77 Dusseldorf Giants 57
PG Derek Raivio sank 6 of 9 threes to score 20pt leading TBB Trier to a 77-57 home win over Dusseldorf Giants Saturday at Trier Arena. Trier outscored Dusseldorf 14-7 in a low scoring 1Q before the hosts took a 28-18 lead into halftime. After the slow scoring pace in the first half, the game opened up in the 3rd with Trier outscoring Dusseldorf 26-23. Trier held a 54-41 lead after three and coasted to the 77-57 home win. Chris Copeland added 12pt 8reb for Trier while Tyrone Riley and James Gillingham chipped in 11pt apiece. Brant Bailey paced Dusseldorf with 18pt and Logan Kosmalski added 14pt 5reb in the loss. Trier shot 46% from the floor including 10 for 29 (34%) from three but only 3 of 10 FT (30%). Dusseldorf hit 35% from the floor with 4 of 17 threes (23%) and 13 of 19 FT (68%). Head coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team evened their record at 4-4 while Dusseldorf fell to 4-3.

Sunday November 2nd
ALBA Berlin @ ratiopharm Ulm 3pm tip BBL.TV

Telekom Baskets Bonn @ Eisbaren Bremerhaven 4pm tip


DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS ESCAPE NORDLINGEN WITH VICTORY IN OT 89 TO 85 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It took THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS 44 minutes and 59 seconds of very hard work, before they finally knew that all the effort had paid off as they surprised The Nordlingen Giants in overtime 89 to 85. Frankfurt wanted to hit Nordlingen with a bang like a second meteor, but instead were greeted with a lot resistance from the home team as they simply couldnt put away Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) and co. It wasnt until the last minute of overtime, where Frankfurt was trailing by three, that they finally showed nerves of steel and suddenly pounced on their prey with incredible offensive and defensive force like the way hungry piranha do with their victims.'This was one of the craziest games that I ever played in. I am just happy that we stayed strong at the end even if we did have some luck', commented American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). With the win, Frankfurt slide up to position nine, and with the loss, Nordlingen fall to position 12. The quick energetic start of 3-0 for Nordlingen has taken a vicious U-turn as the team has lost four of its last five games and now the team will have to continue to fight for every loose ball for 40 minutes as they next play top BBL teams Oldenburg and Alba Berlin. American Omari Mr Nrdlingen Westley had a super game, but that wasnt showing after the game as he was as low as you can get extremely unhappy with the loss. 'This was a hard fought game and could of gone either way. The key at end was that they played harder and hit their shots'.


The game marked the debut of American Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.), who after one game already proved manager Gunnar Wobke a genius for signing him. He was not only top scorer of the game, but he showed quickly how important he could get, if he continues to play like that. 'I am happy we won. I felt I had too many turnovers and could of shot better. But in the long run, I feel I can give this team a lot of leadership', said American Titus Ivory . The game started with a desert offering as Titus Ivory made a perfect alleyop pass to Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) for the lead. Ivory followed with a steal and bucket and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) with a three pointer. Frankfurt led quickly seven to three and Nordlingen still looked like they still had a foot in the locker room. The key phrase in Basketball is, Basketball is a game of runs and that is exactly what Nordlingen started. The momentum changes back and forth can happen as frequently as Paris Hilton exchanges her lovers. Nordlingen went on a nine to zero run. Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) scored on a shot while falling and he would have quite a few spectacular more shots like this. Omari Westley also showed his presence in the zone. Nordlingen led 12 to7 and Frankfurt seemed a step behind. Murat Didin brought in American Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake), who was able to halt the Nordlingen momentum with his overall intelligent and energetic play. He hit from outside, in the lane, and made a real smart play tipping an offensive rebound to De Mello who iced a three pointer. Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) made a thjree pointer and Konrad Wysocki a hoop in the zone. After one quarter, Nordlingen led only 19 to 17. Nordlingen was shooting great with 56%, but their eight turnovers was simply too much.


In the second quarter, the game remained quick paced and Frankfurt played small ball at times with three guards and it seemed to pay dividends as Frankfurt was working for a lead. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) got into form hitting a mid distance jumper and played some catch and pop, which gave Frankfurt the 26 to 25 lead. After a Roller free throw, big man Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) fed Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) with a crafty back door that would of even had Wilt Chamberlin rubbing his eyebrows with satisfaction. King then stole the ball and Titus Ivory went coast to coast and scored with his left hand. Frankfurt continued their efficient offense as Roller hit a three pointer from the Nordlingen parking lot, Evtimov hit with his new love, the running hook shot and Roller again from outside. German Konrad Wysocki then stole the ball and De Mello went coast to coast, but missed the layup, but a quick thinking Wysocki followed the play and finished off for two points. The halftime score of 41 to 32 lead for Frankfurt could have been more had Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) not scored at the end of the quarter. Frankfurt was still shooting better at 52% and Nordlingen had increased their turnovers to 12. Frankfurt was playing a very solid defense, and new Skyliner Titus Ivory was defending Danny Gibson very tough.


Last season, THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS had problems starting the third quarter and that sickness was coming back, as Nordlingen stormed out of the gates going on a 13-4 run and soon the game was tied at 45 a piece. This run was bringing out a lot of emotion in Nordlingen as Monta McGhee and American Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) let out some screams of satisfaction in this comeback. Frankfurt was doing a fine job closing the zone, but Nordlingen was starting to get on fire from outside. Osvaldo Jeanty hit two three pointers, Omari Westley a three pointer and Danny Gibson and Monta McGhee outside shots. Even if American Titus Ivory was not happy with his shooting, he made timely shots leading Frankfurt on a nine to zero run. Ivory scored off balance, then a layup off a Anthony King steal and Konrad the professor Wysocki a three pointer. Now Frankfurt led 55 to 45, and it was Nordlingens turn again to come back. Monta Mr Spectacular Mcghee hit another shot while falling away from the hoop. Ilian Evtimov closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a fade away jumper. Frankfurt led 57 to 49 after three quarters. Frankfurt was showing discipline from three point land shooting 50%, while Nrdlingen was shooting a dismal 35% from there.


The biggest problem for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS had down the stretch was simply that they could not put away the Nordlingen Giants. Frankfurt was scoring, but they could not make defensive stops on a regular basis. Nordlingen kept showing the heart of a Lion and Frankfurt had some defensive lapses in the first few minutes as the Frankfurt zone became more of a playground for Nordlingen than a No Trespassing zone. Omari Westley scored in the zone beating Derrick Allen cleanly. The zone barrage continued as Danny Gibson snuck behind the Frankfurt defense and scored an easy layup and Monta McGhee followed strolling into the lane as if he was on a Sunday afternoon walk with his grandma. Frankfurt still led 61 to 57, but Monta McGhee still had some tricks up his sleeve as he scored on a half floater/runner in the lane. Frankfurt now experienced their absolute low point of the game under the basket as Nordlingen retrieved four offensive rebounds and Westley finally scored. This scene easily might have led coach Murat Didin to think, am I in a real bad movie? Now Nrdlingen was pressing and tied the score twice with hoops from Osvaldo Jeanty and Omari Westley. Mcghee gave Nordlingen the lead again after a long while 72 to 70 and Danny Gibson followed with only one free throw. Nordlingen led 73 to 70 and it looked like Frankfurt would go home empty handed, but when games come down to this, you give Pascal Mr dependable Roller the ball and he usually comes through. He got free from his defender and launched a three pointer sending the game into overtime.


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS had to play catch up ball all through out overtime, as Nordlingen showed incredible poise and coolness in the first four minutes. Osvaldo Jeanty opened the scoring with a three poiner. Konrad Wysocki brought Frankfurt back to 76 to 75. No matter what Nordlingen did, Frankfurt always had an answer. As Frankfurt was trailing 80 to 75, Domonik Bahiesne De Mello hit a clutch three pointer bringing the team back to 80 to 78. After Avi Kazarnovski (209-C-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) hit two important free throws, it was Pascal Roller again, who dazzled the arena with a beautiful penetration move and finishing with his left hand. Gibson hit a free throw and then De Mello hit one free throw. Danny Gibson then hit two free throws and Nordlingen led 85 to 81. At this point, the game was as good as decided with a minute to play, but now Frankfurt saved their best for last and just totally shocked Nordlingen with eight points to win the game 89 to 85. Derrick Allen scored in the zone and Frankfurt trailed only 85 to 83. Frankfurt got a stop and captain Pascal MR FrankfurtRoller showed again why he is irreplaceable scoring a huge three pointer giving Frankfurt the lead back to 86 to 85. With 14 seconds to play guard Domonik Bahiense De Mello made a huge steal under the Frankfurt basket fed Evtimov, who launced a semi touchdown pass to Derrick Allen who scored under the basket.'We did have some luck in the last minute, as they had a big defensive mistake leaving Pascal Roller open for the three pointer', explained Derrick Allen. 'Frankfurt made tough shots at the end and we couldnt make the stops', commented Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were led by American Titus Ivory with 19 points. Pascal Roller contributed 18 points. Ilian Evtimov chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Konrad Wysocki had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Nrdlingen Giants were led by Omari Westley with 26 points and ten rebounds. Danny Gibson poured in 18 points. Osvaldo Jeanty added 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. American Monta McGhee had a fine game making 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.


This was the biggest win of the young season for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS. Life wasnt made easy by Nordlingen, but when it mattered most in crunch time in the fourth quarter and overtime, Frankfurt didnt let any thing unravel them as they showed that they can win the really tough games. The end statistics from the field and rebounding are almost identical, only Nordlingen had four turnovers more. This was a game, where really the last minute decided the game and it was clear to see that the experience of Frankfurt helped them win the game in the end. Even though Nordlingen was very disappointed, they have absolutely no reason to hang their heads. 'We played really tough and together and we defended well, but they were just a bit better when it counted most,' commented Osvaldo Jeanty. The Titus Ivory pickup was huge and after only 48 hours in Frankfurt, he already plays and speaks like a seasoned Frankfurt veteran.'This was a huge learning experience for the team. We now have to play so teams cant come back into the game after we have a good lead', stated Titus Ivory . The DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS want to extend their BBL winning streak to three games with a win next weekend at home against TBB Trier. The next game for Frankfurt is in the Euro Challenge on Tuesday against Antalya.



ProA and ProB Player of the Month - by Manuel Schust
The AG 2. Bundesliga honoured the best players so far.

Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Oregon St.) received the Player of the month award in ProA. The 23-year old american had an outstanding season so far averaging 15.3 points and 11 Rebounds. He leads the league in the efficency ranking with 22.4. His best performance was against Krichheim Knights when he produced 24 points and 17 rebounds.

ProB player of the month October is veteran Christopher Rojik (200-F-74, college: Holy Cross). The american has already proven that he can still be a dominant force. He contributed 18.4 points and 10.2 rebounds for undefeated ProB leader SOBA Dragons Rhndorf. His best game was against Osnabrueck when he scored 31 points and made 12 of 18 shots.

Besides the Player of the month also the Youngster of the month was honoured.

19-year old Ziyed Chennoufi (202-F-88) is ProA Youngster of the month. The Small Forward, who joined Kichheim Knights this season after some years in Hagen, is the third best german scorer so far and had some promising performances. Chennoufi also has a licence to play with EnBW Ludwigsburg in BBL.

In ProB german youngster Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) was last month's best youngster. The 19-year old Shooting Guard is clearly the leader of his team TSV Breitengbach and is not only the best german scorer but topscorer of the whole league. He averages 19.4 points per game and an outstanding 2.2 steals per game.


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Round 3 - by Tamas Deri
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK - Enternet NTE Hegyvidek 116-86
(35-15, 28-29, 23-19, 30-23)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 800, Referees: Marton L., Szab, Gelencser
ZTE KK: Hinnant 11/6, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 20/3, Kaman 10/6, Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) 19, Helbich 17, Trepak 11/6, Gaspar 9/3, Simon L. 10/6, Baki 2, Toth 7, Coach: Volgyi Peter
Hegyvidek: Will 13/6, Farago 12/9, Rujak, Peter Likar (205-F/C-84) 23/15, Fulop 7, Hajmasi 15/6, Beak 3/3, Kovats R. 8, Lazar 4, Coach: Kovacs Laszlo


Debreceni Egyetem - Univer-Kecskemet 68-86
(12-26, 19-23, 21-14, 16-23)
Debrecen, Att.: 500, Referees: Hartyani, Gorka, Jakab
DEKE: Erdei 4/3, Kutasi 2, Toth 10/3, Takacs 4, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 20/3, Varro 2, Szabo 6, Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 15/3, Balogh, Kovacs 5/3, Coach: Walke Karoly
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 14, Horvath 6, Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 15/3, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Klaiber 10, Horti 4, Toth 11, Tornoczky, Simpson 9, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KORMEND - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 83-69
(13-19, 28-9, 17-18, 25-23)
Kormend, Att.: 2000, Referees: Forrai, Torok, Makovsky
KORMEND: Auriantal 16/3, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 6, Hegedus 3/3, Bialek 11, Toth, Fodor M. 4, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 29/3, McCullogh 10, Keresztes, Kocsis 4/3, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
SOPRON: Cruz 12/3, Brooks 6, P.J. Couisnard (193-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) 15, Kortelyesi 10, Ferenc Boldizsar (201-C/F-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/9, Csorvasi 10, Vesztergom 2, Halmai 2, Kovats, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY - KAPOSVARI KK 98-78
(30-21, 22-15, 25-22, 21-20)
Szombathely, Att.: 2300, Referees: Bodnar, Gal, Fodor
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/6, Pankar 9/9, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 19/12, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 18/3, Horvath Z. 12, Stanley OCITTI 8/3, Harrelson 3/3, Lakatos 7/3, Vida 1, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 37/21, Vojvoda 4, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 21/3, Hoffmann 5, Orosz 9, Kovacs D., Markus 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav


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Fortitudo becomes GMAC Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna officially announced that its new main sponsor is American company GMAC, a world known firm in financial and insurance services, based in Detroit, Michigan. The GMAC (General Motors Acceptance Corporation) company agreed to back Fortitudo with a multi-year agreement and will also cooperate with the team ownership in ''Parco delle Stelle'' project, to build a brand new 15,000 seats arena near to Bologna that could become the best basketball court in Italy.

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Hitachi edges out Toshiba - by J.D. Greene
The Hitachi Sunrockers were able to claim a victory against Toshiba on Saturday, after a close game that came down to the last minute in regulation. After trailing by 8 points to start the 4th quarter, the Brave Thunders fought back and tied the game with 1:34 remaining. However, Hitachi was able to out-rebound their opponents and made some key free throws to regain the lead and grab a win. For now, Hitachi has moved up to third place in JBL ranking. Joji Takeuchi (205-C-85) led all points and rebounds with 17 and 15, respectively.

Notes: This week, teams will play only once. On Sunday, Panasonic will host Aisin, and Mitsubishi will have home court advantage facing Rera Kamuy. On Monday, Link Tochigi Brex will face off against the Toyota Alvark.


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Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Musel Pikes 4-0 
 2. Black Star 4-1 
 3. Sparta 4-1 
 4. Etzella 3-2 
 5. T71 3-2 
 6. Amicale 2-2 
 7. Racing 1-2 
 8. Contern 1-3 
 9. Residence 1-4 
 10. Heffingen 0-5 


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Partizan too strong for Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Buducnost 85-71

Defending champion Partizan Belgrade outplayed Montenegrin champ at home staying the only perfect team in Adriatic league with score 6-0. On the other side, Buducnost Podgorica faced with second failure this season. The hosts had great beginning. After ten minuets they already created 24-11. Interesting is that ex player of Buducnost, Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84), was pretty good tonight. However, Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and his teammates woke up in the second quarter. They intensified defense alsomaking couple of jumpers at the offensive end. Everything resulted with 16-30 for Montenegrins meaning that they have plus 1 at the half time. Third frame was totally leveled 18-18. Last stanza was the crucial one as Partizan totally took control on its opponent. Buducnost was out of concentration at the defensive end, what was enough for powerful Partizan to net 27 points. The visiting team had only 12. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) top-scored for the winners adding 18 points and also grabbing 8 boards. Zarko Rakocevic nailed 15 while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 12 points including 4 boards and 5 assists. Buducnost got 18 points from Vladimir Micov. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) contributed 14.

Partizan: Stephane Lasme 18+8 boards, Zarko Rakocevic 15, Milenko Tepic 12+4 boards+5 as
Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 18, Nemanja Gordic 14


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NCAA D2 Vital Information on Regional Alignment! - by Lucius Jones
I was disappointed that most sites fail to understand that the NCAA has renamed and in some cases redesigned the NCAA D2 regions and that it went into effect on 7/14/08. For example, this is how the Super 16 list should look:

Super 16

Atlantic Region
Anthony Hilliard (6'4''-G/F-86), Elizabeth City State
Ted Scott (6'1''-G) West Virginia State

Midwest Region
Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87), Findlay*
Brandon Dagans (6'1''-G), Lewis

East Region
Jason Westrol (6'3''-G-88), Bentley
Jonathan Schmidt (6'0''-G), C.W. Post

Central Region
Kevin Ratzsch (6'5''-F), Northern State
Drake Beranek (6'4''-F), Nebraska-Kearney

South Region
Rob Eldridge (6'2''-G-87, college: Wright St.), Florida Southern
Nick Kohs (6'8''-C-87), Christian Brothers

Southeast Region

Kendrick Easley (6'1''-G), Mount Olive
Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH)), South Carolina-Aiken

South Central Region
Matt Rogers (6'10''-C), Southwest Baptist
Dejan Sencanski (6'6''-F-84, college: Black Hawk CC), Abilene Christian

West Region
Larry Gordon (6'5''-F), Cal Poly-Pomona
Lucas Alves, Brigham Young-Hawaii

*-preseason player of the year

http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/governance/division_II/Hot_Issues/S17_Regional_Map_2_15_06.pdf

<<>><<>>Larry Gordon (6'5''-F)


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Day 7 - 18th Arab Cup - by Mohammed Malas
* Friday 31/10:

Syria 72 - Algeria 71
Jordan 71 - Saudi Arabia 53

# Standings:
-Group A:
Syria 1-0
Algeria 0-1
Egypt 0-0
- Group B:
Jordan 1-0
Saudi Arabia 0-1
Tunisia 0-0

# Day 8 - 18th Arab Cup:
- Saturday 1/11:
Egypt X Syria
Tunisia X Saudi Arabia


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Roosevelt Bouie joins the Buffalo Stampede - by Gianni Pascucci
The Buffalo Stampede of the Premier Basketball League announced that former Syracuse University All-American Roosevelt Bouie is joining the organization as an assistant coach. Bouie, now 50, who starred at Syracuse from 1976-80, will also work as the teams color commentator and handle the franchises corporate sponsorship sales. He hails from Kendall, NY where he owns and operates 'US Lega Basket', an international sport management firm specializing in professional basketball development. After a high successful pro playing career Bouie has become a household name in Italy, where he played for 16 years. He runs international exposure camps for players, coaches and agents throughout the year placing numerous players, coaches and sport management staff in positions worldwide. Last summer, Roosevelt was responsible coordinating an American Basketball Tour for Italy's Under-22 National Team.

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LPB day 6 - by Portugal Eurobasket
Benfica and CAB Madeira put pressure on Ovarense at the top of the table by winning their matches in another round between LPB and Proliga teams. As there are still 3 games scheduled for today for now no Proliga teams made surprises although Galitos and Maia Basket almost did it against FC Porto and Fisica. For FC Porto the comeback of Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) was the main news of the week as Julio Matos' squad struggle to find the way of winning against LPB teams as their 3 wins came against Proliga teams. For Fisica it was their first win of the season after the team winning Proliga last season. Today Ovarense travels to Queluz in a re-match of 2005 LCB Finals, while Ginasio visits Sampaense and Vitoria travels to BC Barcelos.

Atletico-Barreirense, 57-102
Maia-Fisica, 67-69
Seixal-Benfica, 62-84
Illiabum-Vagos, 64-83
Galitos-FC Porto, 82-84
Angra-Academica, 75-93
Sangalhos-CAB Madeira, 43-80


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 6-0 
 2. CAB 6-0 
 3. Ovarense 5-0 
 4. Academica 5-1 
 5. AD Vagos 4-2 
 6. Barreirense 4-2 
 7. Porto Ferpinta 3-2 
 8. VSC Guimar. 3-2 
 9. Fisica 1-4 
 10. Ginasio 1-5 


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A Superleague Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Univ.Surgut - Spartak SP 82-89
Spartak Saint Peterburg recovered from a slow start to earn the initial win in the season. Today they overcame Universitet-Surgut 89:82 on the road. Yegor Meshcharakou was pivotal for Spartak with 18 points. Milovan Rakovic produced 17 points in the win. Surgut answered with game-high 23 points from Nikola Lepojevic.

CSK VVS - Dynamo M. 66-99
Dynamo Moscow cruised past CSK VVS 99:66 in Samara. Bostjan Nachbar was impressive with 31 points and 13 boards for the Moscow outfit. Travis hansen and Robertas Javtokas nailed 12 points each for the winners. Mladen Sljivancanin replied with 23 points for the hosts as they fell to 1-2 record.

Unics - Khimky 69-75
Khimky remained undefeated in the Superleague after they dealt with Unics 75:69 in Kazan. Both teams entered the game with no losses but the visitors proved just stronger at the end. Kelly McCarty nailed 17 points and collected 6 rebounds for the visitors. Maciej Lampe had 16 points for the winning side. Dmitri Sokolov answered with 15 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday knocked down 14 points in the first defeat for the Kazan team.

CSKA - Triumph 69-64
CSKA held off Triumph 69:64 in the key clash of the round. Zoran Planicic stepped up for CSKA in the absence of J.R. Holden to lead the Russian regining champions to a hard-fought victory. Croatian scored 16 points, while Trajan Langdon also added 16 to lift CSKA to the third straight win in the chanpionship. Erazem Lorbek dropped 15 points for CSKA. Alan Anderson answered with 18 points for Triumph.

Spartak-P. - Lok.Rostov 63-89
Lokomotiv Rostov improved to 2-2 record in the ladder after they ovwerhelmed Spartak Primorie 89:63 in Vladivostok. Szymon Szewczyk tallied 22 points and 5 boards for the winners. DeJuan Collins added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Lokomotiv. The hosts answered with 14 points from Ermin Jazvin and Maurice Bailey.



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  SERBIA   


Borac outsmarts Mega HL despite great Stefan Stojacic - by Dragan Jankovski
Mega Hypo Leasing suffered home defeat against Borac 80-82 in the opening game of Round 6. It means that Mega HL plays in series. Namely, after two defeats the young Belgrade's team registered two victories. Now, they once again faced with two failures. On the other side Borac stays on top of A league with score 6-0.

It was a game between two young teams with couple of hot prospects. The biggest one for sure is shooting guard Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89), who netted 29 points having wonderful 6 of 8 for 3-pts. Interesting is that this 19-year old player averaged 20.6 ppg so far in A league. Another hot prospect Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) also shined collecting 21 points and 4 assists for 31 minutes. Their team made two mistakes at the very end, what Borac knew how to exploit. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) was the best player in Borac collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nenad Stefanovic (193-G-85, agency: Interperformances) is another player who demonstrated wonderful performance in this game. He stopped on 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. In the next round Borac will host Novi Sad while Mega HL will take on Radnicki Invest Inzenjering.


Mega Hypo Leasing - Borac 80-82
(22:19, 20:18, 20:25, 18:20)

Mega HL:
Stojacic 29, Katnic 21 (4 as), Nikolic 14 (8 rebs)
Borac: Dramicanin 23 (10 rebs), Stefanovic 22 (8 rebs, 8 as), Radetic 12 (6 rebs)


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Strnad scores 39 against Gorica - by Zeljko Zule
UPC League - Round 5: Zlatorog-CPG Nova Gorica 97-59: Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: VTBM/SRBM) had 39 points (14-of-16 shooting from the field) and 4 assist in win over winless newcomer. Uros Lucic finished with 21 points, Ante Masic 13 of his 16 points scored before the half and Luka Dimec netted all 11 points in the second half. Zlatorog shot 61 percent (38-of-62) from the field while Gorica commited 24 turnovers. Habib Ademi posted 15 points, Dejan Cikic added 11 and Marko Marcetic and Marko Likar 10 apice.
Luka Koper-TCG Mercator 89-70. The home team opened the game with a 13-2 run and lead at half as many as 19 points. Ales Kunc finished with 15 points, Drazen Bubnic registering a double-double with 10 points adn 10 rebounds, Jernej Mihalic had 14 points and 9 rebounds and Miha Cmer collected 11 points and 9 assist. TCG Mercator was outrebounded by 21-37- Dario Krejic netted 20 points and Mensud Julevic added 19.
Alpos Sentjur-Geoplin Slovan 72-81: The guests scored 10 straight points in the third quarter to led 57-45. Dejan Cigoja finshed with 25 points on shooting 9-of-13, Marko Lekic posted 16 points before he fouled out and Zoran Dragic added 14. Alpos is still winless at home. Dean Dunovic 14 of his 23 points scored in first quarter and Takais Brown collected 17 points and 9 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - 1A
1A UPC Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.D.Krejic (TCG) 22,5
2.King (Hop) 22,0
3.G.Goodrich (Zag) 20,2
4.N.Strnad (Zlat) 18,8
5.N.Ivanovic (Elek) 17,6
Rebounds Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 13,6
2.J.Johnson (Zag) 10,6
3.T.Brown (Alp) 9,8
4.D.Grkovic (Slov) 7,0
Z.Zagorac (Hel) 7,0
Assists Per Game
1.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 6,4
M.Cmer (Kop) 6,4
3.B.Jovanovic (Epic) 4,4
4.N.Ivanovic (Elek) 4,2
5.P.Skok (TCG) 3,8
Steals Per Game
1.A.Snow (Hel) 2,8
2.A.Berdiel (Zlat) 2,6
3.D.Vujasinovic (Hop) 2,4
G.Goodrich (Zag) 2,4
T.Horvat (Elek) 2,4
Blocks Per Game
1.S.King (Hop) 2,8
2.T.Brown (Alp) 1,5
3.J.Johnson (Zag) 1,4
4.A.Sadibasic (Alp) 1,2
5.D.Cikic (Gor) 1,0
Ranking
1.S.King (Hop) 33,4
2.D.Krejic (TCG) 22,8
3.A.Masic (Zlat) 20,6
4.D.Marcelic (Krka) 18,0
5.M.Cmer (Kop) 17,6


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LEB Gold Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Caceres - Cl.Rincon 86-94
Caceres and Clinicas Rincon entered into this round with the same record 3-3. Michael Willians and Paulo Prestes shined for the visiting team combining 47 points and 18 rebounds. Caceres got 20 points from Brown Lelton.

Mallorca - Illescas 90-78
Mallorca took this one mostly owing to Blair Jason, who drained 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds for 27 minutes. Blanch Marc was behind him with 20 points. Lyons Dexter and Virgil Duane netted 18 points apiece for Illescas. Both teams have 3-4 in LEB Gold.

Los Barrios - Gandia Basq. 86-80
Guillen Ricardo paced Los Barrios to very important victory against Gandia Basket. He spent 36 minutes on the court draining 31 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Zagorac Sasa was better than the others is Gandia with 26 points. Los Barrios improved on 2-5 while the team from Valencia remains on just 1 win in 7 games.

La Laguna - Burgos 71-87
Easy road win for Burgos, who now has 5-2. On the other hand La Laguna faced with 4th defeat this season. Lorant Peter collected 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning team. La Laguna got 17 points and 7 boards from Donaldson Jakim.

Plus Pujol - Leon 82-71
After this game Plus Pujol and Leon are on the same record 4-3. Colom Joaquim had 12 points and 7 assists for the hosts while Gilbert Clarence added 14 points for Leon.

La Palma - Melilla 74-85
Melilla grabbed road victory against La Palma jumping on 6-1. Garcia Hector and Waleskowski Keith added 13 points each for the winners. Victor Cuthbert registered double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds. La Palma, who got 15 points from Arrocha Sebastian, slipped on 3-4.

Rosalia - Alicante 62-79
Alicante continued its domination in LEB Gold outplaying Rosalia as a visitor. Garcia Jorge scored 18 while Hill Kyle had 15 points for the winners. Ramsdell Charles netted 14 points for the hosts. Alicante remained the only undefeated team after 7 rounds while Rosalia stays on just 1 win.

Leche Rio - Valladolid 61-78
Great road victory of Valladolid mostly owning to fantastic Robert Battle, who netted 25 points and pulled down 10 boards. Leche Rio got 13 points and 8 rebounds from Joao Gomes. Both teams had 3-3 before this game.

Vic - Tenerife 85-92
In the last game of Round 7 Tenerife celebrated on the road against Vic 92-85. It means that the team of head coach Rafael Sanz jumped on 5-2 while Vic is on 2-5. Francisco Sanchez and Antwain Barbour scored 18 points each for the winners. Mattew Kiefer had 21 points and 11 boards in Vic.


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Al Jalaa snaps Araujo and Williams deals - by Mohammed Malas
Al Jalaa sports club management succeeded in snapping up the deals of the syrian origin player Eder Araujo (213-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Walsh (OH)) and the american forward Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.)...

Araujo is a brazilian based player who was greaduated from Walsh University in Ohio (US NAIA), He played for a short time in Mexico before heading to Syria, The toehr brazilian based player Marcelo Correa is playing with the team as well.

About Williams, He was the syrian league MVP last season with Army Club, He played professionally before in Venezuela, Mexico, Ireland and Domenican Republic.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


NCAA: Fantastic 4 - by David Edole

ST. CROIX Four Virgin Islanders are scheduled to participate in NCAA Division I basketball this upcoming season.I call them the fantastic 4 after marvel comic action heroes. The four core individuals traditionally associated with the Fantastic Four are Mr. Fantastic (played by Craig Williams (203-F-90)).The Invisible Man (Kaylen Gregory (191-G/F-85)), The Human Torch (Ivan Aska) and Thing (Phil Jones (208-C-85)).I think the guys share some of the charecteritics of their comic counterparts.
Starting at the top, Mr. Fantastic knows as the Big Smooth is a scientific genius and can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes. It is quite obvious Craig Williams cant controt his body but the big man will see significant playtime this season. The 6-9 post saw action in six games for the Temple Owls. He recorded two points and a rebound in his debut versus Tennessee (11/19/07).
Williams does share the genius part with mr. Fantastic, he is a honor student.
After winning the Atlantic 10 Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, the Temple men's basketball team has been picked to finish second by the coaches.
The 2008-09 season tips off for Temple on Nov. 14 against East Tennessee State at the Charleston Classic.


Kaylen Gregory ( The Invisible Man) was invisible for most of last season. He appeared in only five games after appearing in 25 games during his sophomore campaing. Out with old and in with the new as Chuck Martin is given the reign of coach at Marist Univeristy.
Gregory will be looking to capitalize on his opportunity to finally crack the lineup after waiting for four seasons.
'I hope it's my call and it should be a good opportunity because we're depleted in guys but not in talent,' Gregory said in the Marist Circle.
Gregory is excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Martin in a system geared towards his game.
'That style of play fits my caliber very well,' Gregory said. 'The upbeat, fast, running and jumping type play. If he can recruit the right guys for this program, it'll be even more exciting to watch than what we've been doing here the past four years and should top it.'
The Red Foxes open their season on Nov. 14 at Rutgers. Their home opener will take place on Nov. 17 against St. Bonaventure.

The Human Torch (Ivan Aska) can generate flames, surround himself with them and fly. Aska cant generate flams but the freshman can fly. The 6-foot-7, 230 pounds power forward will show off his 35 inch vertical leap at Murray State University.
Aska was named 4A-5A-6A player of the year by the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel Newspapers. The ruffian averaged15- points and 12 boards in his senior year.
Murray State Mens Basketball team was selected first in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll that was conducted by the leagues head coaches and sports information directors.
Murray State opens the 2008-09 season with an exhibition game at the Regional Special Events Center Nov. 11 against Bethel. The regular season opener is at the RSEC Nov. 15 against Lyon.
MSU has won the OVC regular season title 20 times, and the OVC Tournament 13 times. The Racers won the regular season and tournament championship in 2005-06.

The final member is the monstrous Thing (Phil Jones); he is grumpy but benevolent friend, who possesses superhuman strength and endurance. Jones is strong but not so much on the endurance part.
Jones lived in the Virgin Islands while growing up, returned to St. Thomas during the 2007 Paradise Jam. Word spread all over that a local was participating in NCAA tournament that was held on St. Thomas. Although, Charlotte didnt win the tourney, Jones had the faithful talking about him.
The 6-foot-10, 275-pounder spent the summer with teammates on a trip to Canada and has begun to show promise. Jones scored 15 points with 10 rebounds in a win over Sheridan College and had 12 points and 11 boards in win over York.
The Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team was picked to place fifth in the Atlantic 10 in a preseason poll of the league's coaches' and media. The 49ers placed tied for 4th last season and reached the A-10 semifinals
'We have a lot of experience from last year,' said head coach Bobby Lutz. 'The experience we gained last year will be instrumental to our success. The strengths of our team are depth and athletic ability. We plan on playing all 10 (scholar shipped) guys in every game. This year we have a number of guys that can lead us in scoring on a given night. We hope we can develop a lot of different options. I really like the depth of our team. We can play big but we can play small and quick. We want our pressure to dictate the tempo offensively and defensively. That's the style we want to play.'



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sumykhimpr. - Azovmash 68-90
Azovmash did not even think about letting anyone snap their winning streak when they visited Sumy today. Azovmash grabbed a 90:68 win and secured the fifth victory in the row. Sergei Lischuk produced 15 points for Azovamash. Khalid El-Amin, Tomas Delinikaitis and Dijon Thompson had 14 points apiece for the winners. Yevgeniy Podorvannyy answered with 12 points for Sumykhimprom in the loss.

Mykolaiv - Khimik 97-93
Mykolaiv secured the first win in the season as they upset Khimik 97:93 on home court. Khimik that started the championship with two straight victories suffered the third loss in the row. Oleksandr Rayevskyy dropped 23 points to lead Mykoliav. Ivan Gylyevych chipped 20 points for the winners. Jarrius Jackson was the topscorer in Khimik as he fired 21 points.

BC Kyiv - Pulsar 73-53
BC Kyiv had little en route to the fifth consecutive victory in the tournament. Today they held off Pulsar 73:53 to maintain their perfect record and the position atop the standings. Manuchar Markoishvili had 18 points to lead BC Kyiv. Jovo Stanojevic dropped 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Dmitri Briantsev had 13 points for Pulsar as they fell to 2-3 record.

BC Donetsk - Poltava 80-85
Poltava finally posted the first win in Superleague as they surprised BC Donetsk 85:80 on the road today. Anthony Tucker nailed 23 points but it was never enough for ambitious Donetsk to beat Poltava in the battle of ambitious newcomers. Richard Guinn tallied 22 points and 8 rebounds for Poltava. Rolandad Jarutis had 21 points for the winning team. Dmytro Zabirchenko chipped in 16 points for BC Donetsk.



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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 Thirds of Finals - Matchday 1: Caciques, Apure and Duros get ahead - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Caciques de Trujillo, Centauros de Apure and Duros de Lara took the league in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's 2008 Thirds of Finals, first step of the playoffs. Caciques had no problems to defeat Estudiantes de Guarico as hosts, and so did Duros against Centauros de Cojedes. Meanwhile, Centauros de Apure surprised Graneros de Portuguesa at their own court.



SCOREBOARDS


SERIES A (CAC leads 1-0)


Caciques de Trujillo 97 - Estudiantes de Guarico 80 (Fri)

Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo


Quarter by quarter

CAC: 23-17-32-25= 97

EST: 20-22-17-21= 80


Scorers

CAC: Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 23 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 20 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 15 points and 12 rebounds, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 12 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 12 points

EST: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 19 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 18 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 11 points



SERIES B (APU leads 1-0)


Centauros de Apure 85 - Graneros de Portuguesa 80 (Fri)

Lara Figueroa Arena - Guanare, Portuguesa


Quarter by quarter

GRA: 24-16-21-19= 80

APU: 16-30-21-18= 85


Scorers

GRA: Henry Paez (184-G-70) 17 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 16 points

APU: Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) 16 points, Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 14 points



SERIES C (DUR leads 1-0)


Duros de Lara 100 - Centauros de Cojedes 83 (Fri)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara


Quarter by quarter

DUR: 23-25-27-25= 100

COJ: 21-17-22-23= 83


Scorers

DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 19 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 15 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 13 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 10 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 10 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 9 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 8 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 8 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 8 points and 3 blocks, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 0 points

COJ: Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 26 points, Roberto Basanta (192-F) 19 points, Luis Ibarra 10 points, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 9 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 7 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 5 points, Wilmer Luna (176-G-83) 3 points, Sonny Reyes (181-G-86) 2 points, Jose Manaure 2 points, Hendrick Rios (192-G) 0 points, Luis Parra 0 points



Tony Ruiz will coach Guaros in 2009 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz will come back to Venezuela and Guaros de Lara for the 2009 edition of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, after he agreed to terms with the general management of the teams and confirmed the information from Mexico, where he is currently working for Dorados de Chihuahua, in a short phone interview.

Ruiz coached Guaros during the second half of the 2008 regular season as the replacement of Gustavo Garcia, but he was not able to lift the team from the elimination zone and later left the team to Silverio Leal , his assistant coach, to return to Puerto Rico.

He had coached Dorados in Mexico's LNBP to a 27-16 record and their first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years, but the general management of Dorados still opted to go with another coach for the beginning of the 2008 season. However, a 4-10 start made them contact Ruiz again, and he has since been able to get his team to play for a 2-2 record and shorten their average of points received from 93 to 73.

Glad
Ruiz answered the phone call in english, but quickly replied back with an 'epa, como estas?' after he heard the Venezuelan accent. He couldn't hide his excitement about coming back to Guaros for a full season in the country. 'I'm very glad and happy because now I can start from zero, build my work and the dimension of it in my own way and not as a substitute'.

His experience in 2008 left him with good conclusions. 'It was a beautiful experience and I had a great time. I was well treated by the organization, the players and the people in the city of Barquisimeto. It was all excellent and that's why I just couldn't say no to an offer from Guaros', he explained. 'Now I can build that building my own way, take control from the beginning, plan who my players will be and which imported players I'll hire, so that I can have a better vision of my staff'.

He knows that the people of Barquisimeto will be expecting an improvement after failing to reach the playoffs following a three-year winning streak, including two LPB Finals. 'What's the past, it's in the past. Now I'm very anxious to do positive things and put back this team in the winning route. I'm going to give one hundred percent for that to happen and to get those victories that the people there is used to'.

Ruiz announced that he'll be arriving in the last two weeks of January to begin preseason. 'Now we're living the moment, you know?. But I have already started talking to players, watching guys and making contacts with some of the guys I've seen here in Mexico. After I talk to Carlos Garcia again, I'll know better about our need and we'll work them out'.

Guillent on sight
Ruiz hasn't forgotten about one of his favorite players while he was here, and that was LPB's 2008 Rookie of the Year, guard Heissler Guillent (191-G-86). He wants to get Guillent to play in Mexico, but passport issues have prevented the player from making the trip yet. 'His passport is no longer valid and he's got to renew it. I'm just hoping he can solve that paperwork thing because I want to get him here. I need a point guard as talented and skilled as he is'.

He was reluctant to save any flattering commentaries about Guillent. 'The sky is the limit for him and it would be great for him to go play overseas and measure his talent against the talent of international players that are as good as him or even better. That will surely develop him a lot more as a player. That's why I hope he works things out there so he can come', he concluded.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 2. Berezina 0-0 
 3. Olimpia 0-0 
 4. Gomel 0-0 
 5. Mogilevchanka 0-0 
 6. Vitebsk Reg. 0-0 
 7. Victoria 0-0 
 8. BrGU 0-0 


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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown and Murphy stats - by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown and Murphy Lizanne tried hard abroad for their teams. Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record in Group D. Lauren Jackson returned to the roster after playing 12 minutes with TEO last game and top-scored with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win, while Tatiana Shchegoleva added 17. Tammy Sutton-Brown top-scored with 15 points in the losing effort and Nicole Powell scored 14.
Fenerbahce did not mind taking 5-0 from the start to win the opening tip of the game. Spartak went in front for good on a basket from Sue Bird to make it 12:10. Osipova's layup extended the advantage to 15:10 after the first 10 minutes. Lauren Jackson made it 24:15 later in the second and Taurasi shined for 43:24.
With 28-16 in the third Spartak improved to plus 31 entering the last period. Gomis was the one to reduce for 71:40 after 30 minutes played. Even though Spartak Moscow Region booked a victory long time ago, the team continued to dominate the court. Karsli opened the last period with a three and Lauren Jackson then followed her from the same distance. Gomis closed the game at 95:52 as Spartak Moscow Region beat Fenerbahce 95:52 in Russia for 2-1 record.
Murphy Lizanne collected 5 points and 4 rebounds for her Arvi against Arad from Romania. Lithuanian Arvi shook off the starting loss to roll to a confident win over visiting Arad in the second round of EuroCup preliminary round action. The hosts jumped ahead 6:0 early in the game but Arad quickly recovered and answered with a 7:0 rally to take the advantage. The lead changed hands for a couple of times in the period before Paugaite tied the score at 17 apiece. Arvi used an 8:0 run midway through the second period to build a 25:19 lead. The hosts maintained the distance and arrived at halftime ahead by 7 points. Ligita Kinkeviciene scored 10 points in the third term as Arvi stretched the buffer to 15 points before the fourth quarter. Ligita Kinkeviciene opened the fourth term with a three-pointer and Arvi cruised on throughout the reminder of the contest. Arvi outrebounded Arad 48:33 and sank 46% from the field. Arad managed just 34% of field goals in the loss. The Lithuanian team will next take Ibiza at home court, while Arad will look for the first win when they take on Kara Trutnov in the third round.



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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round 6 (Regular Season - by Esko Saarinen
Espoo wins the high match in nekoski against Huima 76-89 on 1st of November. High scores were Megan Griffith 20 and Ashley Haynes 19, who took the most rebounds 15. Espoo made the difference on second ten which finished 12-25. Best score in this match was Huima's Erneisha Bailey with 28 points. Defending champion PeKa (Kotka) won at home easily 75 - 57 against Nokia and decided the match on second ten's.Best scores with 14 points were Laura Lehtoranta and Dionne Pounds. Only two players of Nokio were in the same level with the winners. Calisha Yates 15 and Kristin Higy 14 points. Best players in rebounds were PeKa's Shanika Freeman 13 and Nokia's Yates 15. PuHu (Vantaa) visited succesfully in Orimattila taking points againts S-Team with 64-67. S-Team try very hard before the finish, but the time weas on PuHu's side. Best players were S-Team's Kieraah Marlow 32 points and 14 rebounds and Puhu*s Rebekah Parker 23 points and 13 rebounds.


Esko Saarinen


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  MOLDOVA - Women  


Crasnoscioc leads her team in EuroCup campaign - by Eurobasket News
Targoviste eked out a narrow win against Gorzow in Romania to claim the first victory in EuroCup Group A. Both teams now appeared tied at 1-1 record. Irina Crasnoscioc (190-F-81, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga had 18 points apiece for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner had 14 points, while Taylor secured 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Valentin drained a three-pointer with just over 4 minutes remaining in the fourth term to stretch the hosts lead to 6 points. Taylor cut the distance to 4 points one minute later but Turoczi scored a jumper and Targoviste did not gave up the win at the end. Targoviste looked better in the first frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance at the first break. Anne Breitreiner and Katerina Zohnova knotted things up at 29 midway through the second frame however Gabriela Toma fueled an 8:0 rally that gave the home team some breathing space. Targoviste enjoyed a 43:35 advantage at the sides change. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third quarter but Gorzow stayed within striking distance to set up a thrilling denouement. Targoviste will play against MBK Ruzomberok in the third round.
Olga Cazac (190-C-74) and her Romanian Sf. Gheorghe secured the first win in the EuroCup preliminary round. Yesterday they defeated visiting Bnot Hasharon 83:73 and improved to 1-1 record in Group B. Olga Cazac posted 3 points and made 1 steal for 10 minutes of the game. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the opening frame as the teams kept it close. But Ambrus and Ildiko Vass nailed 4 points late in the stanza and the hosts entered the second term ahead by 6 points. Ambrus capped the first half with 4 straight points and Sf. Gheorghe led 36:28 at halftime. Ildiko Vass, Ambrus and Diatta kept the home team ahead early in the third stanza. Hasharon failed to score in the final two minutes of the period and Sf. Gheorghe led 54:43 at that point. The Romanian team looked to be well in control as they led 74:61 with just over a minute left in the game. But then Jessica Dickson and Alzenshtat exploded with 8 straight points for the visitors and they trimmed the deficit to 5 points. Sf. Gheorghe did not panic as Sharnee Zoll, Ambrus and Diatta were deadly from the charity stripe and sealed the win for the home side.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


CAB waive Ebony Twiggs - by Bruno Baltazar
CAB Madeira waived/cut their american center Ebony Twiggs (191-C-83, college: Cheyney),shes 6'3 and was refered as one of the stronger inside players in this league.
The 25 years old player decided to cut the contract that conected her to the team due to personal reasons and inadptation to the island,not a new factor.
She played in 2006-2007: Cheyney University (NCAA): 9.0ppg, 8.9rpg showing good hustle in the inside game.
CAB will try to sign another inside player when they have a oportunity to do so.


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Valentin reaches a narrow win abroad - by Eurobasket News
Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) and her Targoviste eked out a narrow win against Gorzow in Romania to claim the first victory in EuroCup Group A. Both teams now appeared tied at 1-1 record. Irina Crasnoscioc and Monika Boriga had 18 points apiece for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Gorzow. Cynthia Valentin collected 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Anne Breitreiner had 14 points, while Taylor secured 13 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Cynthia Valentin drained a three-pointer with just over 4 minutes remaining in the fourth term to stretch the hosts lead to 6 points. Taylor cut the distance to 4 points one minute later but Turoczi scored a jumper and Targoviste did not gave up the win at the end. Targoviste looked better in the first frame as they cleared off to a 10-point distance at the first break. Anne Breitreiner and Katerina Zohnova knotted things up at 29 midway through the second frame however Gabriela Toma fueled an 8:0 rally that gave the home team some breathing space. Targoviste enjoyed a 43:35 advantage at the sides change. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third quarter but Gorzow stayed within striking distance to set up a thrilling denouement. Targoviste will play against MBK Ruzomberok in the third round.


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The season has started! - by Eurobasket News

Ukrainian League will have four teams this upcoming season, but it is expected real battles in every game. The proof of it was the first round, where Chaika beat Tim-Skuf at home.
Tim-Skuf did not expect such a tough game in the opener and lost to Chaika in Berdyansk 71:69. The team from Kiev had 9 points at the halftime but could not keep the lead. Viktoria Shmatova (171-G-87) led the winners with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) top-scored for the visitors with 26 points and 8 boards.
In another opener Kozachka overcame Olimp-Naek 80:66. The decisive moment of the game was done for the winners in the third period when they won 28-10. In the last frame Olimp-Naek tried to recover but could reduce only to 66:80. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) paced all the winners with 18 points and 8 assists. Mihaylenko top-scored for the hosts with 17 points.

Round 2 is scheduled for the second day of November. Tim-Skuf and Olimp-Naek will play for the first win, while Kozachka will face Chaika for the top position of the League.