EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/20/2008

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  ABA   


Salt Lake City Saints Announce Head Coach - by Gianni Pascucci
Kenny Wamsley , owner of the Salt Lake City Saints, announced that Lossie Mitchell (6'3''-G-70), who had attended the first team tryout camp as player, has been named the Saints head basketball coach. Wamsley said 'Mr. Mitchel convinced me over the last month that he was indeed the right man for the job.' Mitchel played point guard for San Jose State as well as in South America, and eventually served as Coach Assistant for his alma mater. He will take 15 players into training camp beginning next week in preparation for the teams' season. The Saints regular season begins December 7th and 8th in Modesto, California against the Modesto Bears. The teams' home opener will be December 19th and 20th against 2007 ABA Finalists San Diego Wildcats. Wamsley also added that 'more announcements will be made this week on player signings and training camp, plus the staffing. We have 5 players that we know will make the team and should be announcing a major player signing later this week that will make the Saints a feature ballclub in the ABA and in the Salt Lake City market'

Triumph of Alexandria in the ABA-EBA meeting - by Gianni Pascucci

On the past Saturday night, the ABA Jersey Express met the EBA team Alexandria Avengers at Drew University Gym, in a game that served also to 'test waters' between the two leagues. In a disappointing end, the Express blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 89-88 to the Avengers. Express head coach Jerry Reynolds said the team kept giving up second-chance points. 'We need to work on some new plays and work on defense,' Reynolds said. Trailing 42-41 at halftime, the Express put up a 74-60 lead during the third quarter, pointing on a full-court press. Led by their veterans, among them Daryl Owens (6'2''-G-76, college: Nova CC) and Tyree Harris (6'1''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer), the Avengers reeled off a 23-8 run that put them up 87-80 with 3:41 left to play. A comeback of the Express in the last minutes wasn't succesful, and Alexandria triumphed in the first ABA-EBA inter-league game of the history. The best performers in Jersey were Isaiah Hunter (6'2''-G-84, college: ODU), who ended the game at 19 pts, 6 rebs and two steals, Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), who scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and Jamal Webb (6'5''-G-85, agency: Rice and Rice, college: SUNY Maritime), who scored 9 points. The top scorers for the Avengers were Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) with 21pts and Harris, with 15. The next Express game is their ABA home opener, on Nov. 29, against the Westchester Phantoms.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Top five players of Round 8: Dejan Borovnjak MVP - by Dragan Jankovski
There is no more undefeated teams in Adriatic league as Crvena Zvezda outsmarted Partizan Igkoea in eternal Serbian derby. These two squads are on top now with score 7-1.

Top five players of Round 8
The MVP is ex Partizan's player Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86), who during the summer agreed terms with Vojvodina Srbijagas. The Tulips suffered defeat against Croatian Eurolegaue team Cibona in Zagreb 99-75, but Broovnjak was totally the best player in his team. He spent 30 minutes on the court scoring 32 points with almost perfect shot percentage (12/14 FG2, 1/2 3-pts, 5/5 FTs). At the same time he grabbed 6 more rebounds reching index value 34.

Second MVP of Round 8 is Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) of Bosna ASA BHT. Current Bosnian champion succeeded to beat Slovenian champ Union Olimpija in Sarajevo 94-85. Ivanovic was a key player in his team with 28 points and 7 rebounds (index value 29).

Position number 3 belongs to Nicholas Jacobson (194-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Utah) of Helios Domzale. Slovenian team celebrated against FMP at home 96-82. Jacobson netted 30 points and dished out 3 assists (index value 26).

Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) of Crvena Zvezda is at the position number 4 scoring 19 points (index value 26).

The fifth place is reserved for Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR) of Zadar. He had 16 points and 10 assists helping Zadar to beat Zagreb 110-75 (index value 26).


Scandal in Domzale - by Milan Jovanovic
Looking at the final result - 96-82 for Helios, hardly anyone could believe that this was anybodies game in 39th minute. FMP was 3 points down with the ball, and then - a total chaos.
FMP management couldn't stand referees injustice (in their opinion) anymore, the complete team have left the court, and only after president Covic asked them, Klipa returned his youngsters to finish the game.
Referees then appointed 8 FTs to Helios due to 3 technical fouls and expulsion whistled on FMP, and game was ended.
As a consequence, FMP filed a complaint on refs Muhvic and Pehar, who are accused for being biased, whistling favorable for hosts, even not reacting on nationalistic behavour towards Israeli Guy Pnini.
Referees themselves filed a report on FMP management, and yet to see how's the official body to react on all those happenings.


Jurkovic lands in Olimpija to replace injured Milic - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian double champion Union Olimpija have found its replacement for injured captain Marko Milic (199-G-77). Olimpija inked their former member Ivica Jurkovic (206-C/F-73) for at least one month with the option to extend it for additional one or more months. Jurkovic played four seasons for Union Olimpija (96-99 & 06/07) and won three Slovenian Championships and Cup tiltles. Last season he spent few weeks in Iran (Kaveh Tehran) and rest of the season in Turkey (Turk Telekom).

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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8 first round announced - by Leonardo Contieri
The league announced today the first round of Super 8 tournament, which winner will play in the 2009 South American League. On Wednesday 26, Libertad will play against Gimnasia and Obras will play against El Nacional. The quarterfinals will continue on tuesday the 27th with Atenas playing against Quimsa and Bahia Blanca Estudiantes facing Regatas. Semifinals are scheduled for Friday the 28th and the finals are going to be played on Saturday 29.

Second stage begins - by Leonardo Contieri
Independiente Neuquen defeated Bahia Blanca Estudiantes 87-74 away from home in the opening game of second stage. Brice Assie scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Independiente, Cedric Moodie added 27 points, Nathan Mielke scored four points but grabbed ten rebounds, Federico Marin totaled 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assits and Jervaughn Scales added 11 for the winning cause. Ed Nelson recorded ye another double double for Estudiantes with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Tarrie Monroe makes his debut for Bahia Blanca with 15 points and 9 rebounds but shot 5/14 from the field, Juan Manuel Rivero scored 12 points and Pedro Franco added 10.

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Balkan-League Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Feni Indistrija - Swiss.Lions 70-75
Swisslion Takovo cruised past Macedonian champion Feni industri in Kavadarci remaining undefeated in Group A with 3-0 record. At the same time it is the first failure for Feni, who is currently on the second place with 2-1. The same numbers also has Euroins Cherno More. Milos Marjanovic led the scorers in Swisslion with 18 points. Sasa Ocokoljic netted 15, while Radovan Markovic delivered 11 points. Taliek Brown posted 12, while Gjorgi Cekovski contributed with 10 points in defeat.

Levski - F.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 shined for the winners collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Dime Tasovski and Ognen Stojanovski followed him adding 17 points apiece. Marcus Hall once again was better than the others in Levski draining 22 points. Asen Velikov had 15, while Stefan Georgiev contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Mega HL - Rilski S-list 84-85
Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing really don't have luck against Bulgarian Rilski Sportist this season. In their first match in Samokov (the season opener), Bulgarians were better by one single point. That game was decided in overtime, actually in the last second, when Aleksandar Gruev drained a long range triple for a big joy of Rilski's fans. Today Rilski succeeded to grab another extremely tiny victory thanks to Leven Belberov, who made a basket with 1.7 seconds to go. With this win Bulgarian team improved on 3-1, while Serbians slipped on 3-2. Travis Peterson shined for the winners registering 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Branko Mirkovic netted 17 points and dished out 6 assists, while Bogdan Boev stopped on 15 points. Mega Hypo Leasing got 17 points from young prospect Aleksandar Mitrovic. American Christopher Schlatter posted 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, while Igor Mijajlovic added 10.

ChernoMore - CSU Brasov 104-96
Another victory by the Bulgarian teams in BIBL today. Euroins Cherno More succeeded to score 104 points against Romanian CSU Cuadripol at home, what was more than enough for the second win in Group A (2-1). Corey McIntosh was a key player of the game for Cherno More draining 30 points and dishing out 7 assists. Three points less than him had Zeljko Bojovic, while Atila Santos finished the game with double-double, 21 points and 11 boards. Romanian representative got 31 points and 5 rebounds from Enes Hadjibulic. Alex Hartman had 19, while Ionut Dragusin added 16 points and 14 rebs. CSU Cuadripol currently has 1-3.


Standings
BIBL Standings
Group A
 1. Swiss.Lions 3-0 
 2. ChernoMore 2-1 
 3. Feni Indistrija 2-1 
 4. CSU Brasov 1-3 
 5. Radnicki 034 0-3 
Group B
 1. Rilski S-list 3-1 
 2. Mega HL 3-2 
 3. F.Rabotnicki 2-1 
 4. Dinamo B. 1-2 
 5. Levski 0-3 


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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 56:76
Siroki Eronet - Vitez 104:75
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


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 5-2 
 6. Siroki Eronet 4-3 
 7. Slavija 3-3 
 8. Posusje 3-5 
 9. Mladost MG 3-5 
 10. Grude 2-5 
 11. Hercegovac 2-5 
 12. Vitez 1-6 
 13. Novi Grad 0-8 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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Cherno More grabs it against CSU Cuadripol in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Euroins Cherno More - CSU Cuadripol 104-96

Another victory by the Bulgarian teams in BIBL today. Euroins Cherno More succeeded to score 104 points against Romanian CSU Cuadripol at home, what was more than enough for the second win in Group A (2-1). Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) was a key player of the game for Cherno More draining 30 points and dishing out 7 assists. Three points less than him had Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81), while Atila Santos (208-C-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) finished the game with double-double, 21 points and 11 boards. Romanian representative got 31 points and 5 rebounds from Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Alex Hartman (201-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)) had 19, while Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) added 16 points and 14 rebs. CSU Cuadripol currently has 1-3.
It was totally leveled game until the end of regular time. Bulgarians had plus one in the first, while CSU Cuadripol ended 39-40 the second half. During the extra five minutes Romanians somehow stopped. Corey McIntosh and his teammates intensified defense letting their rivals to score just 9 points. On the other hand they drained pretty good 17, celebrating almost double-digit victory at the end. One of the main reasons of this win for sure was 10/20 for 3-pts by the hosts. CSU Cuadripol had only 5 of 24.

Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 30+7 as, Zeljko Bojovic 27, Atila Santos 21+11 boards
CSU Cuadripol: Enes Hadjibulic 31+5 boards, Alex Hartman 19, Ionut Dragusin 16+14 boards


Rilski Sportist celebrates in another thriller vs Mega Hypo Leasing - by Eurobasket News
Mega Hypo Leasing - Rilski Sportist 84-85

Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing really don't have luck against Bulgarian Rilski Sportist this season. In their first match in Samokov (the season opener), Bulgarians were better by one single point. That game was decided in overtime, actually in the last second, when Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) drained a long range triple for a big joy of Rilski's fans. Today Rilski succeeded to grab another extremely tiny victory thanks to Leven Belberov (199-F-74), who made a basket with 1.7 seconds to go. With this win Bulgarian team improved on 3-1, while Serbians slipped on 3-2. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) shined for the winners registering 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 17 points and dished out 6 assists, while Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) stopped on 15 points. Mega Hypo Leasing got 17 points from young prospect Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90). American Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) posted 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, while Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 10.
First half of the game belonged to Mega HL 47-43. However, Rilski shined after the breather heading into the last ten minutes with plus 1. Thanks to above mentioned Aleksandar Gruev and Leven Belberov, Rilski escaped with two wins against Mega, and it could be very important at the end of the regular season. The hosts had poor 6 of 25 from beyond the arc (24%). Rilski was slightly better in that element netting 8 of 22 attempts. In the next round Rilski will host Fersped Rabotnicki, while Mega HL is free.

Mega HL: Aleksandar Mitrovic 17, Christopher Schlatter 16+4 boards, Igor Mijajlovic 10
Rilski: Travis Peterson 25+9 boards+4 as, Branko Mirkovic 17+6 as, Bogdan Boev 15+4 as


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: U. Concepcion won the regular season - by Daniel Valencia

With Only two pending games of the regular season (Liceo Mixto v/s Ancud and Castro) the final standings are almost ready to define the matchups for the
playoffs first round.First of all, in the weekend action, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated Provincial Llanquihue and Universidad de Los Lagos to secure the first place in the standings with 16-6 record and 47.0 points. The second place will be defined next tuesday when Liceo Mixto will travel to Castro to face the host, Deportes Castro. The winner of that game will get the second position and a ticket to the quarterfinals. Boston College finished the regular season with a great run but an unexpected defeat against Ancud on saturday night avoid them to reach a better spot in the standings.

Friday

Liceo Mixto 107 - Deportivo Valdivia 101

Lic: Patrick Saez 22 pts.
Val: Marcus Elliott 37 pts.

Universidad Catolica 94 - Provincial Osorno 93
Uc: Andre Williams 20 pts.

Deportes Ancud 67 - CD Puente Alto 78
Anc: Fernando Cavagna 25 pts.
Pue: John Davis 35 pts.

Deportes Castro 88 - Boston College 93
Cas: P.J. Mills 38 pts.
Bos: Joe Chapman 25 pts.

Saturday

Liceo Mixto 103 - Provincial Osorno 95

Lic: Brandon Mason 27 pts.
Oso: Jermaine Robinson 27 pts.

Universidad Catolica 84 - Deportivo Valdivia 87
Uc: Felipe Contreras 23 pts.
Val: Deshawn Danzey 22 pts.

Deportivo Espanol 74 - Universidad de Los Lagos 67
Esp: Pablo Ayala 21 pts.
Ula: Justin Leith 30 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 81 - Provincial Llanquihue 53
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 27 pts.
Llan: JR Morris 18 pts.

Deportes Ancud 83 - Boston College 81
Anc: Fernando Cavagna 30 pts.
Bos: B.J. Puckett 21 pts.

Deportes Castro 91 - CD Puente Alto 79
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 22 pts.
Pue: Bryson McKenzie 18 pts.

Sunday

Deportivo Espanol 81 - Provincial Llanquihue 87
Esp: Javes Wiggins 22 pts.
Llan: John A. Thomas 31 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 93 - Universidad de Los Lagos 78
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 29 pts.
Ula: Justin Leith 26 pts.

Standings

1. Concepcion 16-6 (47.0)
2. Castro 14-7 (44.0) *
3. Boston 14.8 (43.0)
4. Liceo 14-6 (42.5) **
5. Valdivia 12-10 (42.5)
6. Puente Alto 12-10 (42.0)
7. Catolica 10-12 (39.0)
8. Osorno 10-12 (38.5)
9. ULA 8-14 (36.5)
10. Espanol 9-13 (36.5)
11. Llanquihue 5-17 (33.5)
12. Ancud 6-15 (33.0) *

* one pending game
** two pending games

With this results, CD Universidad de Concepcion is already qualified to the quarterfinals while Castro and Liceo will decide who joins Concepcion in the next
round. The playoffs begins the next saturday and this will be the first round series (best of three games).

(3) Deportes Castro or Liceo Mixto v/s (12) Provincial Llanquihue

(4) Boston College v/s (11) Deportes Ancud

(5) Deportivo Valdivia v/s (10) Deportivo Espanol

(6) CD Puente Alto v/s (9) Universidad de Los Lagos


(7) Universidad Catolica v/s (8) Provincial Osorno




Dimayor: Castro to the quartefinals - by Daniel Valencia
Deportes Castro defeated Liceo Mixto 92-90 on tuesday night and secured the second place in the regular season. With this, Castro qualified to the quarterfinals while Liceo Mixto will have to face Provincial Llanquihue in the first round of the playoffs. The guard Roy Morris (188-G, college: San Diego) was the offensive leader for the winners with 28 points.

Deportes Castro 92 - Liceo Mixto 90
Cas: Roy Morris 28 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 22 pts. P.J. Mills 20 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 20 pts. Brandon Mason 17 pts. Kevin Frey 14 pts.

The first round of the playffs tip off this weekend with the series between:

(3) Liceo Mixto - (12) Provincial Llanquihue

(4) Boston College - (11) Deportes Ancud

(5) Deportivo Valdivia - (10) Espanol de Talca

(6) CD Puente Alto - (9) Universidad de Los Lagos

(7) Universidad Catolica - (8) Provincial Osorno


Dimayor: Lee left Liceo Mixto - by Daniel Valencia
After fourteen games with the team, Liceo Mixto waived the american guard Brandon Lee (188-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.). After a slow start Lee become one of the most important offensive players for the team (18-20-15-20-20 in the last five games) but Pablo Ares was looking for more help in the paint for Briones and Garnett so they decided to end the contract with the guard. He averaged 12.3 points, 1.9 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 20.3 minutes per game.

The foreing players that Liceo Mixto will have in the active roster for the playoffs are: Brandon Mason, Kevin Frey and Christopher Garnett.


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 08/09 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Leith, ULA 26.4
2. Elliot, Val 25.5
3. Thomas, Llan 24.5
4. Puckett, Bos 23.1
5. Mills, Cas 22.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Wiggins, Esp 13.4
2. Zimmerman, Oso 13.3
3. Mills, Cas 12.5
4. Mckenzie, Pue 11.7
5. Agba, Ucon 10.8
Assists Per Game
1. Hernandez, Ucon 7.1
2. Werth, Pue 6.0
3. Jennings, Ula 5.5
4. Robinson, Oso 4.9
5. Saez, Lic 4.3
Steals Per Game
1. Jennings, Ula 3.2
2. Costa, Bos 2.6
3. Zimmermanm, Oso 2.4
4. Briones, Lic 2.3
5. Morris, cas 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Williams, Uc 3.4
2. Mckenzie, Pue 1.8
3. Puckett, Bos 1.3
4. Mills, Cas 1.1
5. Hardwick, Ucon 1.0
2FGP
1. Puckett, Bos 72.6
2. Mills, Cas 65.7
3. Agba, ucon 63.9
4. Briones, Lic 63.8
5. Danzey, Val 56.7
3FGP
1. Mays, Uc 44.4
2. Velasquez. Cas 41.0
3. Perez, Oso 38.9
Ranking
1. Zimmerman, Oso 0.94
2. Briones, Lic 0.91
3. Puckett, Bos 0.91
4. Agba, Ucon 0.88
5. Mills, Cas 0.85


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  CHINA   


Wang Zhizhi Again Scores 33 as CBA Plays Second Round - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong slaughtered Yunnan 123-73 yesterday in the second round of the CBA season. Wang Shipeng scored 19 points and Chen Jianghua scored 17 to lead Guangdong. Guangdong again won comfortably despite playing its imports only about 20 minutes apiece. Yunnan used its imports almost 40 minutes apiece to no avail. Gabe Muoneke scored 34 for Yunnan and grabbed 6 rebounds. 7-3 Keith Closs had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Xinkai led Yunnan's native players with 8 points. Wang Zheng had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes and Su Wei had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes, as its two young seven-footers more than held their own with the imports. Yunnan led 30-28 after the first quarter. Guangdong outscored Yunnan 95-43 the remainder of the game.

Xinjiang edged Jilin 108-103. Juan Mendez led Xinjiang with 33 points and Myron Allen scored 30. Xu Guochong added 20 and Mengke Bateer had 14 points and 13 rebounds. The only other player to score for Xinjiang was Makan, listed as born in 1992, who had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals before fouling out in 32 minutes. Leon Rogers led Jilin with 36 points. Soumaila Soumake had 24 points and 17 rebounds. Lu Yan had 19 points and Wang Bo had 12 points and 11 assists. Yang Yuming also had 12 points. These were the only Jilin players who scored.

Shandong blasted Beijing 116-89 as Priest Lauderdale had 41 points, 21 rebounds and 5 blocks. Mack Tuck added 20 points. Wang Gang had 17 points and Sun Jie had 12. David Harrison had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Beijing. Chen Lei added 23 points. Dontae Jones had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Xie Libin, who was rookie of the year two years ago, had only 7 points and does not appear to be developing the way we once thought he would.

Shaanxi swamped Liaoning 113-87. Lee Benson led Shaanxi with 35 points and 18 rebounds. Chen Bao had 33 points and 8 rebounds. Chen, listed as born in 1983, is new to the league and this his second-straight game scoring over 20 points. Zhang Wei had 20 points and 6 steals. Yang Wenbo, listed as born in 1990, had 11 points. While Benson was the only import used by Shaanxi, Liaoning's two imports vastly underperformed once again. Awvee Storey had 17 points and 6 rebounds but shot only 7 for 19. Tommy Smith was scoreless with 2 rebounds. 7-1 320 pound Han Dejun had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, and truly showed that he should be watched. Li Xiaoxu had 6 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Ming added 16 points.

Tianjin drubbed Qingdao 95-70 in a battle of league newcomers. Darryl Watkins led Tianjin with 34 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Xu Guijun had 17 points and Theron Smith had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Liu Hao added 13 points. Frans Steyn had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Qingdao and Amal McCaskill had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Sun Shengyue was the only other Qingdao player in double figures with 10 points.

Bayi edged Shanxi Zhongyu 116-110. Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) led Bayi with his second straight 33 point game. He also had 9 rebounds. Li Nan added 31 points and Wang Lei scored 20. Hu Ke had 13 points. Mo Ke had 1 point and 5 fouls in 20 minutes. Young center Xu Zhonghao only played 2 minutes. Donta Smith and Yu Tao each had 24 points for Shanxi. Olumide Oyedeji had 18 points and 10 rebounds. The imports played the 60-minute maximum they are allowed against Bayi. Zhai Jinshuai added 15 points and Wei Mingliang added 11.

Dongguan defeated Fujian 121-109, rallying to outscore Fujian 32-19 in the fourth quarter. Dongguan outrebounded Fujian 55-29. Michael Harris had 33 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Kai added 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Qiu Baio scored 18 points and Meng Duo, a promising young guard, had 14 points and 4 assists. Jamal Sampson, Dongguan's new import who led Liaoning to the CBA finals last year, had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Chris Porter and Gong Songlin each had 23 points for Fujian. Porter added 10 rebounds. Matt Frieje had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Yang Chao had 14 points and young Feng Tian had 11.

Jiangsu defeated Zhejiang Guangsha 100-94. Donnell Harvey had 33 points and 17 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 17 points and 7 assists. A player listed as Brian Butch, but whom we have listed as having been replaced, had 14 points and 9 rebounds and fouled out in 25 minutes. Yi Li had 10 points. Tang Zhengdong again did not play. Kasib Powell had 36 points and 12 rebounds for Guangsha. Nigel Dixon had 27 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Nan added 21 points.

Zhejiang defeated Shanghai 112-89. Samuel Hoskin had 30 points and 16 rebounds and Kirk Snyder added 28 points. Ding Jinhui had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Young 7-footer Zhang Dayu had 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 8 rebounds and continues to be a player to watch. DaJuan Tate had 23 points and 7 rebounds for Shanghai. Li Gen added 15 points. Wang Yong had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Liu Wei had 8 points and 6 assists. Luo Xudong had 11 points. Shanghai outscored Zhejiang 24-10 in the fourth quarter to make the game seem closer than it actually was. Shanghai suffers from having only one import.


Imports Replacement - by Robert Wang

CBA first round just finished and most teams had tested their imports already. Some teams are very happy with their imports like Myron Allen, Lee Benson, etc..but some teams were decided to replace their US players now like Brian Butch from Jiang su team. Jiang Su team decided to change him and had signed the new player JAMEEL WATKINS who played in China twice in China (Bei Jing team and Fu Jian team). While team did not sign the big NBA player and put the wish on JAMEEL WATKINS since he played in China already and could make the team and CBA fast and team knew him already. Jameel will play his first game tomorrow. Hope he can help Jiang Su ! Good luck!

Another news said that Dong guan team cut current center Badiane Malick and they had signed former NBA big guy Jamal Sampson as their imports. Jamal played in China last season and showed good performance and many teams wanted to sign him this year and he will play his first game next game for dong guan team.



CBA Season Begins with a BANG - by Alex Yam
The new CBA season is just one game old, and plenty of changes including Jiangsus, who swapped University of Wisconsin standout Butch Brian (211-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), for Jameel Watkins, whom suddenly became avaialble after their 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.


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Ante Bubalo in Real Madrid - by Marin Stipanic
Few months ago, Ante Bubalo was just intresting guy from your neibourghood who was trying on his practices in basketball team called Bosco. Strange club, strange information? But Ante with his 205cm and 17 years is big potential, which was recognized by managers Pero Dujmovic and Robert Muselimovic. Thanks to his managers he went on try out in Madrid and never (for now) didnt come back. While coaches in RM were still stunned with his potential, he had though period in his life in reason of not knowing spanish langauge and bigger; first seperation of his family. Now, contract is signed, critical period is behind him and Ante is working hard on practices with B-team of Real Madrid and hoping one day he will continue what his idol Drazen Petrovic started.

Rudolf Jugo goes to Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Another Croatian player will continue basketball career in Slovakia. It is 24-year old Rudolf Jugo (180-G-84), who spent last season in Svjetlost Slavonski Bord and Kostrena. Jugo agreed terms with Svetlost during the summer last year appearing 9 times in A1. His average digits were 4.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.2 spg. After that he joined A2 team Kostrena. Few days ago Jugo got an offer from Dolny Kubin, deciding to accept it very soon. Interesting is that Slovakian team already has Croatians Dominik Stefanac (209-C-82) and Ognjen Petrovic (189-G-77) in its roster. Rudolf Jugo already has experience from Slovakian Extraliga as a member of BK Levice, season 06/07. He played 32 games for Levice adding 13.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 3.8 apg. He was third best stealer of the league with 3.7 spg. Before Levice, Jugo used to play for another A1 team Kraljevica. Last week-end 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.

In the meantime, Ivan Skara (204-F-82, college: Cleveland St. CC) had wonderful performance in the last round of Slovakian Extraliga. Skara's SKP Banska Bystrica was better than Inter Bratislava 86-84 mostly owing to him and Vladimir Hovanak, which delivered 20 points each. Bystrica currently has 8 wins and 4 defeats.


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Keravnos vs AEL, like old times! - by Nasios Orinos
Best teams so far will battle for the first place. Keravnos will try to throw another thunder and AEL will try to turn off that thunder, on Friday night the 21st of November, at 19:30 at Strovolos.

With their victories over AEK and Achilleas, Keravnos and AEL have advanced to 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. Technically, AEL is a very good team with many quality players, but in case Darrel Michel is out, might face difficulties. AEL has a very good front line with many players who can shoot from the perimeter. At the same time, with Alekxandar Radojevic being an impact player, it can deliver easier than Keravnos from the 5-position. If Keravnos manages to create foul problems to Radojevic, might turn things to its favor easier than expected. AEL's captain, GEORGE PALALAS, has stated at Eurobasket.com the following: 'we know that Keravnos has not played well in previous games, but we expect the team to be improved in this game. We know that is not easy to be beaten at Strovolos so we have scouted the team well and we are prepared. We wish to win the game since this will be a huge step for us towards the title'.

On the other hand, Keravnos is stronger than AEL in the 4-position since the team has 4 different players who can play there. This allows the team to play stronger and pull down quite enough rebounds, being also able to rotate these players in case they foul trouble. In this game though, Marianovic will be absent due to injury, but the team has already replaced him with another power-forward player who is expected to be on the bench on Friday. Additionally, Keravnos can be also dangerous from the perimeter in its own court. As deep as the team is in talent this season, it still looks to Greer when things get rough. Greer has been drugging the team to victory so far with his 30-point delivery in the first games, but in this game this wont be enough. Keravnos will have to find other means to put the ball in the basket. Assistant coach PANAYIOTIS GIANNARAS, has stated to us the following: 'we respect AEL, but we have scouted and analyzed the team in detail. We will play to win. For us this game is extremely important since the team that wins will stay on top. We wish to win so that we step into European games in a good psychological mind'.

It is expected that both teams will use the same formula to win the game, Good Defense!. Keravnos has not played excellent basketball so far, but still manages to find its way to the victory with one way or another. The team has not lost a single game in its court last year and is unbeaten so far, so we dare to say that AEL will not make it to the victory in Strovolos.

Like old times, a game like this will definitely offer thrilled moments.


Marjanovic Ninoslav injury blow - by Michael Aristidou
Keravnos Strovolou player Ninoslav Marjanovic (205-F-77) got a serious injury during training last Monday. The injury was a shock for everyone in the team while he had recovered recently from another injury. The Bosnian player will be out of action for the rest of the seazon. Keravnos Strovolou team is now looking for a new forward to replace the injured Marjanovic. Marjanovic sign in Keravnos Strovolou this year and he had played in Greece last year for ESTIA Aigaleo.

B.M.C. AEK Larnacas sign Ronald Alexander - by Eurobasket
B.M.C. AEK Larnacas signed 24-year old American power forward Ronald Alexander (213-F/C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.). Alexander played last season at Anibal Zahle (Lebanon). He was second on the list of rebounds with 14.6rpg and second best blocker in the league with 2.7bpg. He also scored 17.8ppg in 13 games. He spent his first pro season (06-07) in the States playing in semi-pro league PBL. In his first game in Cypriot league (AEK was edged by Keravnos 77-76) Alexander scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He will replace in the roster his countryman Kyle Davis.

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Coaching change in Horsens - by Thomas Soltau
After the worst start in club history, the former Danish basketball power Horsens IC, is looking for new guidance.

Important off-season signings sparked predictions, where Horsens IC was ranked as high as 4th -6th place.

The team is 0-7 so far and in last place of the Canal Digital League.

As a result of this lack of performance on the court, management has now decided to relief head coach Henrik Niebuhr of his duties.

The replacement is former head coach Carsten Quiding.


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Hawks, Horford suffer painful loss - by Jordan Olivo
Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) limped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle with 5:12 to play in the first quarter Tuesday night.

After his injury, Horford limped to the locker room and never returned, staying in the locker room to soak his ankle in ice. He walked out of the locker room on his own after the game and said he would begin treatment Wednesday morning with the hope of playing against the Wizards.

X-rays came back negative.


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Triumph of Alexandria in the ABA-EBA meeting - by Gianni Pascucci

On the past Saturday night, the ABA Jersey Express met the EBA team Alexandria Avengers at Drew University Gym, in a game that served also to 'test waters' between the two leagues. In a disappointing end, the Express blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 89-88 to the Avengers. Express head coach Jerry Reynolds said the team kept giving up second-chance points. 'We need to work on some new plays and work on defense,' Reynolds said. Trailing 42-41 at halftime, the Express put up a 74-60 lead during the third quarter, pointing on a full-court press. Led by their veterans, among them Daryl Owens (6'2''-G-76, college: Nova CC) and Tyree Harris (6'1''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer), the Avengers reeled off a 23-8 run that put them up 87-80 with 3:41 left to play. A comeback of the Express in the last minutes wasn't succesful, and Alexandria triumphed in the first ABA-EBA inter-league game of the history. The best performers in Jersey were Isaiah Hunter (6'2''-G-84, college: ODU), who ended the game at 19 pts, 6 rebs and two steals, Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), who scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and Jamal Webb (6'5''-G-85, agency: Rice and Rice, college: SUNY Maritime), who scored 9 points. The top scorers for the Avengers were Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) with 21pts and Harris, with 15. The next Express game is their ABA home opener, on Nov. 29, against the Westchester Phantoms.



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STB Le Havre inks Marcus Slaughter - by Eurobasket News
STB Le Havre announced signing of big guy Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) from Eisbaren Bremerhaven. Slaughter had wonderful beginning of the season in German Bundesleague. In 8 games he averaged 18.8 ppg, 10 rpg and 1.3 bpg. His shot percentage was on a high level (59.8%). Slaughter supposes to replace Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: LSU).

Marcus Slaughter played second half of the last season in Pro A, as a member of Gravelines. He appeared 15 times in French top division adding 9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg. He started 07/08 in Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. In 5 ULEB Cup games he averaged 5.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.8 apg. Slaughter also has experience from Turley, as a player of Pinar Karsiyaka. He ended the season as a third best rebounder with 10.2 rpg. At the same time he had 13.3 ppg and 1.3 apg in 29 games. He was named 'Eurobasket.com Turkish League 2nd Team -07'. Marcus Slaughter graduated at the San Diego State University in 2006. He had couple of attempts to get into the NBA mix, but unsuccessful.


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Ratko Varda leaves Zalgiris - by Zoran Popovic
Managament of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas and Serbian power forward Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) made compromise and from today Varda is free player. Varda played for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas only two games in Euroleague this season (Panathinaikos and Nancy), scored 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds, but other two he missed because he got arm injury. Ratko Varda started professional career in Partizan, passed all categories and played for them from 1993 till 2001, played for Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards in NBA league and in Europe for Olimpija Ljubljana 2003, Apollon Patras 2003-2004, Besiktas Istanbul 2004-2005, BC Kyiv 2005-2006, Real Madrid 2006-2007 and in Menorca from 2007 till he joined B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

Jurkovic lands in Olimpija to replace injured Milic - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenian double champion Union Olimpija have found its replacement for injured captain Marko Milic (199-G-77). Olimpija inked their former member Ivica Jurkovic (206-C/F-73) for at least one month with the option to extend it for additional one or more months. Jurkovic played four seasons for Union Olimpija (96-99 & 06/07) and won three Slovenian Championships and Cup tiltles. Last season he spent few weeks in Iran (Kaveh Tehran) and rest of the season in Turkey (Turk Telekom).



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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti on the top - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 12: The second quarter of the regular season got started tonight. YMCA Lahti (9-3) is now alone on the top as they won at Porvoo
51-77 over hosting Tarmo and Kataja (Joensuu, now 8-4) lost at the same time at Uusikaupunki vs Korihait 89-79. Honka (Espoo) had two key players
(Jukka Matinen and Monte Cummings) on injured list and they lost at Kouvola vs local Kouvot 84-71. Team Componenta (Karkkila) lost at home vs visitor
KTP (Kotka) 72-81. Right now there are two teams very satified with their American players. When FoKoPo (Forssa) visited Helsinki and crushed Torpan
Pojat 58-95, FoKoPo got 58 pts (as many pts as ToPo!) from trio Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) - Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) - Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas). Even more happy is YMCA Lappeenranta. This time YMCA LPR defeated Pyrinto (Tampere) 89-77 and American players Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) - HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) - Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) combined 74 pts!

Tarmo - YMCA Lahti 51-77 (28-42) (Steve Barnes 16, E.J.Drayton 14/10, Emmanuel Messy 13 - Ilkka Vuori 16, Ville Vesala 13/11, Sami Pekkola 13).

Korihait - Kataja 89-79 (46-51) (Alain Laroche 20, Mark Zoller 18, Bojan Sarcevic 17 - Larry Blair 27, Jeremiah Wood 18, Sami Lehtoranta 11).

Kouvot - Honka 84-71 (47-42) (Calvin Walls 21, Roope Suonio 13, Jukka Kataja 12 - Ben Perkins 19, Akeem Scott 16, Kimmo Muurinen 16).

Team Componenta - KTP 72-81 (38-38) (Frank Richards 20, Darrell Waters 19/10, Martti Kuisma 13 - Damon Williams 17/11, Ville Makalainen 17, Durell Vinson 14).

ToPo - FoKoPo 58-95 (26-48) (Timo Heinonen 13, Roope Ahonen 11 - Charles Thomas 22, Ray Cunningham 20/13, Vincent Hunter 16).

YMCA Lappeenranta - Pyrinto 89-77 (42-39) (Demetrius Brown 26/12, H.L.Coleman 25, Jerel Blassingame 23/6a - Antero Lehto 17/7a, Antti Nikkila 15/11, Kurtis Rice 12).



Korisliiga Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kouvot - Honka 84-71
Kouvot improved to 8-4 defeating Honka 84:71 in Round 12 in Korisliiga. Walls Calvin led the winners with 21 points and Suonio Roope added 13. Perkins Ben ended up with 19 points in defeat.

ToPo - FoKoPo 58-95
ToPo remained on the bottom after the home loss from FoKoPo 58:95. Thomas Charles led the winners with 22 points, while Cunningham Ray collected 20 points and 13 boards. Heinonen Timo scored 13 points for the home side.

LrNMKY - Pyrinto 89-77
Brown Demetrius and Coleman combined 51 points for LrNMKY over Pyrinto, 89:77. Blassingame Jerel followed them with 23 points and 6 assists. Lehto Antero notched 17 points for the guests.

Tarmo - Namika Lahti 51-77
Namika Lahti leads the standings with 9-3 record after a road victory over Tarmo, 51:77. Vuori Ilkka top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Barnes Steve finished the night with 16 points in defeat.

Korihait - Kataja 89-79
Korihait edged Kataja 89:79 as Laroche Alain led the winners with 20 points and 8 boards. Zoller Mark posted 18 and Sarcevic Bojan added 17. Blair Larry had a good game for the visitors with 27 points.

Componenta - KTP 72-81
KTP had a road 72:81 victory over Componenta tonight. Williams Damon and Makalainen Ville paced the winners with 17 points each. Richards Frank nailed 20 points in the losing effort.



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STB Le Havre inks Marcus Slaughter - by Eurobasket News
STB Le Havre announced signing of big guy Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) from Eisbaren Bremerhaven. Slaughter had wonderful beginning of the season in German Bundesleague. In 8 games he averaged 18.8 ppg, 10 rpg and 1.3 bpg. His shot percentage was on a high level (59.8%). Slaughter supposes to replace Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: LSU).

Marcus Slaughter played second half of the last season in Pro A, as a member of Gravelines. He appeared 15 times in French top division adding 9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 spg. He started 07/08 in Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. In 5 ULEB Cup games he averaged 5.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.8 apg. Slaughter also has experience from Turley, as a player of Pinar Karsiyaka. He ended the season as a third best rebounder with 10.2 rpg. At the same time he had 13.3 ppg and 1.3 apg in 29 games. He was named 'Eurobasket.com Turkish League 2nd Team -07'. Marcus Slaughter graduated at the San Diego State University in 2006. He had couple of attempts to get into the NBA mix, but unsuccessful.


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Swisslion Takovo stays undefeated in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri - Swisslions Takovo 70-75

Swisslion Takovo cruised past Macedonian champion Feni industri in Kavadarci remaining undefeated in Group A with 3-0 record. At the same time it is the first failure for Feni, who is currently on the second place with 2-1. The same numbers also has Euroins Cherno More.
Everything started good for the hosts as they created 23-19 during the opening 10 minutes. Serbian team woke up after that scoring 24 points in the second quarter. Except of Taliek Brown (186-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: Connecticut) and Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Feni didn't have any other player in a game mood, but anyway they managed to score 20 in this period. It means that the teams were totally equalized at the half time. Both struggled with the long range stroke, but Swisslion was a way better inside. The same trend continued in third stanza, but after it the teams were leveled again. Experienced visitors played patiently last ten minutes, while Feni faced with a troubles at the offensive end. They needed a way more than 12 points in this quarter in order to stay undefeated.
Milos Marjanovic (207-C-81) led the scorers in Swisslion with 18 points. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15, while Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) delivered 11 points. Taliek Brown posted 12, while Gjorgi Cekovski contributed with 10 points in defeat.

Feni Industri: Taliek Brown 12, Gjorgi Cekovski 10
Swisslions Takovo: Milos Marjanovic 18, Sasa Ocokoljic 15, Radovan Markovic 11


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. F.Rabotnicki 7-1 
 2. Feni Indistrija 7-1 
 3. AMMAK SP 6-1 
 4. MZT Skopje 5-3 
 5. Swisslion P. 5-3 
 6. K.Sokoli 3-5 
 7. Ovce Pole 3-5 
 8. Torus 2-6 
 9. Pop Sport 1-7 
 10. Vardar 0-7 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Plejmejker K. 6-0 
 2. Vardar O. 6-0 
 3. Teteks 5-1 
 4. Negotino 4-2 
 5. ABA 3-3 
 6. V.Lisici 2-4 
 7. Kozuv 2-4 
 8. Goce Delchev 1-4 
 9. Vardar Centar 1-5 
 10. Angeli Sk. 0-6 


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Anthony King(Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Interview part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
HI Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), thanks for talking to www.eurobasket.com. You came to THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS on a try out. Did you get any other offers from teams?

Not that I know of.

After two months in Frankfurt, what is your impression of the Skyliner organization?

A good organization that is in order and seems to know what direction that they are going and want to go in.

How do you like the city Frankfurt?

So far so good. This is my first time out of the States so I didnt know what to expect so I just take things as they come

Have you found a nice place yet in the city to relax or do you just stay in the Nordwest center?

I pretty must just stay in the center.


With what players do you hang out the most and what do you do together?


Mostly Lorenzo, Jimmy and Derek. We really dont do anything just joke around and go out to eat.

Before the injury to Lorenzo Gordon, you didnt play much. How difficult was it to practice hard each day, but never get the chance to show what you can do in games?

Very difficult, because I have never sat behind anyone. And in the summer I was even playing in the NBA summer league so it kind of sent me in a loop and made me second guess myself.

You can play center or power forward. What position do you rather play?

I would rather play power forward


Do you have a special relationship with one of the two assistant coaches, who help you with your game?

Nope not really. All the coaches treat me the same with no type of special treatment.


Is Murat Didin such a strict coach like many say? How is your relationship to him?

I think he is just like any coach. I have had worse.



Coach Murat Didin is known to have funny responses to questions. Is there something funny that he has said that has stuck in your mind since you have been here?

Nothing that I can think of


As Lorenzo Gordon got injured, you got the start against BG Gttingen. Were you nervous before the game. How do you block out nervousness?

I am nervous before every game. But it is not so much as being nervous but just being excited.


You had a great start against BG Gttingen with five points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Your still young though. What things do you want to improve in your game?


My legs, mainly my quads. And just making sure I stay aggressive on the offensive end.

In the second game against MBC Nikolaev, you had great stats with 10 points, five rebounds in twenty minutes. You showed that you can be a monster inside. My nickname for you is Mr Physical. Is that a nickname that you can live with?

Not really no one has ever called me that. I think I will stick with my last name for now.


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS got help under the boards with Greg Jenkins. Are you disappointed, because now you might get reduced minutes again?

No that is a good thing. The only thing that this move will do is make the team better and make me even more motivated to prove myself.


Even though the team started 2-3, how good is the team chemistry so far?

The team chemistry is just fine no one is down on themselves we know the mistakes we made and know what we have to do to fix those mistakes.


What Skyliner do you respect for their play on the court and proper behaviour off the court?

Pascal and Derek. They are very professional in every phase of their career.


Mangold from FC Bayern to Telemotive Muenchen - by Moritz Korff
Andrej Mangold (190-G-87, agency: CAA Sports) has returned to his former club Telemotive Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The German A2-international comes off a short stint with local rival FC Bayern Muenchen. Mangold did not play a single league-game for FCB and left at the end of October. In this past season he averaged 8.8 points as well as 3.7 rebounds in 29 games of the Pro B and also led Muenchen in assists per contest (3.7apg).

Marcus Slaughter Q & A - by Manuel Schust
Statistically he has been the most dominant player in the german league and was definitely a player to watch: Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) not only led his team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in every category, but was among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals.

Surprisingly he played his last game for Bremerhaven on the 5th of november without any further informations from the club. Later the club announced that the player had suffered a knee injury.
On german basketball forums rumours were spread that Slaughter was not injured, but ate fries and Curry Wurst (typical german fast food) just half an hour before the game and got suspended.

Last weekend the 23-year old american had an appearance at an ice hockey game and looked as if he was in good shape as he was even skating on the ice. On Monday STB Le Havre announced the signing of Marcus Slaughter. The athletic Forward took some time to talk about his departure from Bremerhaven and also wanted to take this opportunity to say good-bye to the fans.


1) Marcus, it was a sudden departure from Bremerhaven. There were several rumours in the german basketball community about it and we want to giveyou the opportunity to tell what happened from your point of view.
Were you really injured as the club announced or what happened to you?


Well I just found out about the rumours but no I am not hurt, I am 100 percent and ready to play here in Le Havre and everyone knows there are two sides to a story. But I dont want to make anyone look like a bad guy, I dont do that.

2) On certain web forums rumours were spread thatyou had some fries and 'Curry Wurst' (sausage with curry sauce) justhalf an hour before the cup game in Duesseldorf. Is that true?
And how did that behaviour affect your relationship with discipline-focused Sakalauskas?


Yes, I had some food two hours before the game. There were no rules against this, but I am sorry if I offended anyone. But my attitude with the coach didnot change on my side.

3) You had a surprising appearance at an icehockey match last week-end. Was that your way of saying good-bye to the fans? And how did that happen?

I did go to the hockey because its one of my favourite sports to watch and they are in the city so I wanted to support the team. I did not know the team didnt like that I just enjoy the sport and the fans there showed me so much love, I had a great time.

4) General manager Jan Rathjen called thatappearance an act of provocation and was not happy about it. It looks like youand the Bremerhaven management did not part on good terms. What are your feelings about your time with Bremerhaven?

I had a good time! I thought it could have got better but I wasnt there very long.

5) Eisbaeren Bremerhaven did not give you the opportunity to say good-bye to the fans. Feel free to use this interview for a farewell.

Everywhere I have played I have had great fan support and nothing changed in Bremerhaven. The fans were great to me. Thank you to all who supported the team and myself I wish I could have done more for them. They deserve it!

6) Bremerhaven made it to the play-offs in the last 4 years. After a win against New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on Game Day 1 they lot the last 10 games in a row. What are the reasons for that? And do you think the team is strong enough to start winning and turn things around?

I wish I had the answers to the losing. We were all trying to find out what it was.
I do think the team can turn it around with a few changes they are a good enough team.

7) Some fans doubt that head coach Sarunas Sakalauskas is still the right one to coach the team. What do you think about that? And how was your relationship to him?

Well the coach has been there for many years and has been successful so I think he knows what his doing.
And my relationship with him was good. I did what he wanted me to do and thats all a coach can ask for.

8) You signed a contract with french team STB Le Havre now. They also had to deal with a tough start and are currently on 15th position. What werethe reasons to join that team? And did you get offers from other BBL clubs?

I played here in France before, so I know the league here. And also the team is a EuroCup team and we play very good teams. I think the team is good here and better than the record, so I wanted to help.
Yes, I got offers from some BBL teams but the rumours made me look like a very bad guy which is not true! Just ask all my teammates I have played with.

9) You started your international career in Turkey and played in Israel and France before joining Bremerhaven. What do you think of the german league overall?

The german league is very competitive and I had fun playing in the league and maybe one day I will play there again!

10) Did you expect to be such a dominant player in the german league?

Well I know my capabilities as a player and I feel anywhere I play I can be very successful when given the chance. And Bremerhaven gave me a chance to do so and I thank them for that.

11) You led and still lead the league in scoring (18.7), grabbed the second most rebounds (10.0), you are listed 3rd in blocks (1.8) and also showed quick hands with 2.6 steals per game. What aspects of your game do you want to improve?

I want to be a winner and help a team win a championship!

12) You're just 23-years old and already played the last 3 years for NBA Summer League Teams. When will we see you in the NBA?

You will see me in the NBA when god says its my time. Until then I will aim to be the best player I can be anywhere I am at.

Thanks Marcus for taking some time to chat with eurobasket.com and we wish you all the best for your future.


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LINDEN SENIOR CLUB BASKETBALL C/SHIP - by Joe Chapman
PATRIOTS AND ROYALS RECORD WINS

Patriots romped past Glands Trucking Service Bulls 65-54 while Victory Valley Royals put away New Ballers 77-56 when the Linden Amateur basketball Associations Senior Club basketball championship continued at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court Saturdaynight.
The Patriots barely made it before time had expired for them to field a team, and they surprised the Bulls with their display from the opening whistle. The Patriots were up 18-11 after the first quarter and led by Neil Marks were able to maintain that grip 35-27 at half time. The Patriots had a big third quarter and outscored the Bulls 19-4 to hold a 55-31 lead after three quarters which laid the platform for their eventual winning score 65-54,
Marks was their leader with 23 points as Julius Carter supported with 19 and Trevor added 15. The Bulls best players were Mark Rose with a game high 28 points while Ruel McKinnon had 17.
The second match of the evening brought together Roaysl and Ballers and from the opening stanza the Royals took a 15-7 lead and while the Ballers pulled things around using a bare five and outscoring the Royals by ten points 28-18, for a 35-33 score at half time, the Royals were never to be denied this win.
The Royals stepped up their game and in the next period of play they produced a brilliant performance by outplaying the Ballers 23-14 and 21-7 in the third and fourth quarters to secure a comfortable 77-56 win.
Dwayne Roberts was their main pivot with a 24 point game as Orlando Glasgow with 16 and Anson Durant 15 steadied their charge. For the Ballers who were hoping to outshoot their opponents with long range shots Eon Reddock had 16 points, Ivor Blair 14 and Rondell Grant 13 were their best shoots.


LABA SECRETAY REPLIES TO BANKS DIH LIMITED DENIAL OF COMMITTING TO SPONSOR BASKETBALL - by Joe Chapman

LABA SECRETARY REPLIES TO BANKS DIH DENIAL OF PROMISIE TO SPONSOR LINDEN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
After due consideration and in light of denial by the beverage giants Banks DIH Limited that it never committed itself to sponsor the LABAS 2008 First Division basketball championship, I feel compelled as Secretary to respond..
It is a pity that the Communications Manager of Banks DIH Mr. Troy Peters has come forward to state Banks DIH Limited wishes to state that there was no commitment, verbal or written to sponsor the LABA tournament, as his colleagues should have advised him on this matter.
This of course was in reference to president of LABA Uborn Smith, that Banks DIH Limited had withdrawn from a commitment made previously.
I wish to recall that in November last year we made a request and furnished your company with a budget for this proposed championship, as our intention then was to have this tournament played in the first quarter of 2008.
However, just before the 2008 Linden Town Week, at Aprils month end, we realised that we had not heard from Banks DIH. Incidentally, we saw Mr. Carlton Jao and Mr. Mortimer Stewart in Linden and enquired of Mr. Jao about the state of our request. Mr. Jao then asked for a copy of the correspondence and we promptly secured one, and met in the office of the Linden Branch Manager Ms Shaundell Easton.
At this meeting in the Linden Office were the Linden Manager Ms Easton, Mr Stewart, Mr. Jao, Mr. Uborn Smith, Second Vice President Bryan Lewis and myself.
There, Mr. Carlton Jao went through the budget with us and said he had no problem with the request but asked that there be additionally, a provision for advertising costs inclusive for television and banners.
Mr. Jao then declared that this will be known as the Sprite First Division Basketball championship. We interpret that as a commitment.
Subsequently, as was requested, the LABA sent a revised budget under the caption of the Sprite /LABA basketball championship.
After that meeting we made several checks at the Linden Office and were told that there was no word yet on this Sprite/ LABA championship. Then we were told that Banks DIH will meet with us after Carifesta.
On checking after Carifesta, the Linden Office informed us that there were some other internal matters being addressed, so we could not be entertained. To this date we are unsure of what really is the position with this budget which we feel was committed to by Banks DIH.
We are still awaiting word on the real position, as in all that we have written and spoken to as a follow-up Banks DIH Limited has not seen it fit to reply officially to our request.
At this juncture one would want to know if the release by Mr. Peters is a final decision taken by Banks DIH Limited. Or that the LABA should await an official position from the beverage giants.
Why are being treated like this? As we refer to this Guyanese company proudly as is we own.

Joseph Chapman, Secretary, LABA



LABA'S SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - by Joe Chapman
KINGS PULL OUT, PISTONS BEAT RAIDERS 71-51.IN OPENER.
Play in the Linden Amateur Basketball Associations Senior Inter Club championship to determine the club champions saw the national champions Wismar Pistons winning their opening match against Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders by twenty points, 71-51, but there was a no-show of pone of the favourites the Kashif and Shanghai Kings.
The tournament ahs attracted the eight first division clubs in Linden namely the Pistons, Kings, Raiders, Patriots, New Ballers, Victory Valley Royals, Amelias Ward Jets and Glands Trucking Service Bulls.
The Kashif and Shanghai Kings who were to play new balers in the first game of the tournament, have withdrawn from the tournament saying they were not satisfied with the arrangements surrounding the prizes on offer in the championship and that the life of the tournament may expire before the competition ends.
In the lone game Sundaynight the Pistons accelerated in the final strait to stave off the Raiders who were in with a chance midway into the fourth period when at one stage a point separated the teams.
The Raiders were down at half time 30-36 and trailed by three, 45-48 at the end of the third quarter but could not keep up with the pace of the Pistons towards the end of the game to lose by 20 points.
The Pistons were led to their win through guards Nevin Grenville and Wendell Warrick each with 13 points and forward Stryon Obermuller with 12, while the raiders best shoots were forward Louis James with a game high 15 points, guards Dauwin Llovell and Mark Peters had 13 and nine points respectively..
The tournament is to continue on Friday at the same venue. The LABA was expected to meet for its monthly statutory Meeting last night at the MSC Lounge where among the matters in the agenda would have been the pulling out of the tournament by the Kings.
Commenting on the decision not to contest the tournament which basically will be used to determine the senior champions in linden and the classification of teams an official for the association said the Kings sent a letter on Saturday last, outlining their concerns following a club briefing last Wednesday.
The association reportedly replied on Sunday morning addressing those concerns raised by the Kings. The official said that the Kings, however, indicated their position not to play in the tournament still stands and as such failed to turn up for the game Sundaynight.


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FEB Results: West-Brabant Giants Take Out Eiffel Towers On Road - by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in the Maaspoort, a good 1st quarter start and strong play on the glass by West-Brabant Giants versus nemesis Eiffel Towers gave them the dosis it needed, helping West-Brabant Giants win convincingly 91-79. West-Brabant Giants, who have dealt with some recent adversity due to a lack of social ettiquette by two former American players, resulting in their abrupt dismissals, dominated Eiffel on the glass by a whopping 52-33 margin, including 18 on the offensive end. West-Brabant Giants PG
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) was unstoppable, scoring a game and season-high 31 pts. with also 10 dimes. Pope has been on a recent tear during the West-Brabant Giants resurgence, averaging over the eight-game stretch 23.3 ppg. and 5.8 apg. Ditto for Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.), who chipped in with 21 pts. Blue has also been partly responsible for the surge, averaging 19.1 ppg., including six 20+ pt. scoring outings. Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico) controlled the glass, swiping away 18 rebounds. David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) led Eiffel with 21 pts. The Giants improve to 7-4, one game behind Eiffel, who fell to 8-3.


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Andre Haris moves from Hapoel Afula to Hapoel Kiryat Tivon - by Eurobasket
Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (National League) signed 23-year old American power forward Andre Haris (201-F/C-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson). Haris started this season at Hapoel Afula (National League), where played first five games. He averaged 22.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6spg. He started his professional career last season when he played for West-Brabant Giants in Holland. His stats were 14.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg in 40 games. He helped his team to make it to Dutch Eredivisie Semifinals.

Hapoel Afula sign Dennis Carr - by Eurobasket

Hapoel Afula (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Dennis Carr (201-F-81, agency: Ronsport, college: Embry Riddle). Carr was tested before the season by Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Premier L.), but not signed. He is well-known player in National League playing here for last two seasons, first at Hapoel Yokneam/Megido and then at Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin. He was even selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team in 2007. Carr played also in Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia. He will replace Andre Haris, who moved to Hapoel Tivon.



National League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Afula - Natzrath Elite 99-81
Hapoel Afula got a 3-3 record after defeating Natzrath Elite 99:81. Nenikashvili Ilan led his team with 22 points and 14 rebounds in Round 6. Digmel Ofer finished the game with 16 points in defeat.

Hap.Tivon - Kohav Yair 94-64
Hapoel Tivon stun Kohav Yair 94:64 at home in Round 6. Haris was unstoppable for the winners with 34 points and 8 rebounds, while Ben Hemo Oren netted 17. Morgan Stacey collected 21 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.

Hap.Beeri - Megido/Yok. 88-84
Jackson, Cedric became the top-scorer not only for Beeri, but in the round as well. His massive 44 points and 18 boards weer enough to seal 88:84 victroy over Megido. Williams Jamal produced 30 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Elitzur Yavne - Lev Hashar. 70-80
Elitzur Yavne lost to Lev Hasharon 70:80 as Auter Adrian posted 25 points and made 19 rebounds. Ron Or nailed 17 and Stolero Nir had 15. Ben Goren Or produced 17 points for the home side.

Elitzur Ramla - Bar.Netanya 67-94
Elitzur Ramla hosted Netanya in the key game of the round. Two undefeated teams struggled hard but only Netanya remained unbeaten after 67:94 road win. Gueta Eliran top-scored for the winners with 18 points.

Macc.Ashdod - Benyamina 112-88
Maccabi Ashdod overcame Benyamina 112:88 with six players reaching the double digits. Brewington Dwight paced all of them with 23 points, while Dotan Asaf scored 17. Shmidt Omer and Ben-Eliyaho Hen produced 24 points each in the losing effort.



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Edimes Pavia replace coach Salieri with Walter De Raffaele - by Antonello Varallo
Walter De Raffaele is the new head coach of Edimes Pavia. He replaces Stefano Salieri, who has been sacked after the tremendous lost against Casale Monferrato and a record of 1 win and 6 lost. De Raffaele, 40 years old, coached Livorno during the season 2003/4 (6 win, 10 lost) and 2004/5 (14W 20L), Reggio Calabria during 2005/6 (3W 9L) and Casalpusterlengo during last two seasons. He also is the Italian Under 22 National Team coach.

Eldo Caserta released Jamar Butler - by Antonello Varallo
Eldo Caserta announced the end of working relationship with Jamar Butler (185-G-85,college:Ohio St.,agency:540 Sports). After a suffered cohabitation with coach Fabrizio Frates, Butler was left out during last two games. He had a good college career with Ohio St. and in June he was tested before last draft by Sacramento Kings after Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (where he was the MVP),but not signed. With Eldo Caserta, he had an average of only 7.3 points.

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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Champions Club Qualifiers for Men: Swallows pick third spot beat ASPAC - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Togolese champion, Swallows basketball club Monday won the third place game of the FIBA Africa Zone-3 Champions Cup qualifiers with a 84-58 points victory over ASPAC of Benin Republic.

The Togolese side began the losers final on a slow pace losing the first quarter by 09-15 points but came back with a bang in the second quarter by opening up a five points gap winning by 28-17 points to end the first half 37-32 points.

Determined to pick the third spot behind Nigeria duo of Kano Pillars and Union Bank basketball clubs, Swallows continued its onslaught against the Cotonou-based ASPAC with a 23-08 and 24-18 points victories in the third and fourth quarters.


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Kiganya outstanding in Paraguay - by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) confirmed to be one of the best Kenyan basketball players ever, after completing another succesful season in Paraguayan league. Thanks to his hustle and great effectiveness under the boards, Kiganya has just been named the Best Import Player in Paraguayan League 2008. He played all season long for Sol de America Asuncion

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Jeremy Byrd Signs with (Kuwait-D1) Al Jahraa Sports Club - by Corey Washington

USC Upstate's Defensive Stud Jeremy Byrd (180-G-85) (180-G-85) (180-G-85) signs with (Kuwait-D1) Al Jahraa Sports Club for a two month try-out. recording 22ppg, 8.2 apg, 4rpg, and 7.4 spg in his first two games since college. He is sure to cause problems defensively for opposing teams. With a quick first step and explosive quickness, jeremey can do some things to electrify a crowd. The best way to describe him is as a hard-nosed Winner.


UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE- HOLD ALL-TIME STEAL RECORD WITH 350
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- LED CONFERENCE ALL FOUR YEARS WITH 90+ STEALS EACH YEAR
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2005, 06 RANKED 5TH OVERALL WITH 4.7 ASSISTS PER GAME
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2005, 06 RANKED 4TH OVERALL WITH 1.64 ASSIST TO TURN OVER RATIO
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2005, 06 LED TEAM TO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2006, 07 RANKED 3RD OVERALL WITH 4.8 ASSISTS PER GAME
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2006, 07 RANKED 1ST OVERALL WITH 3.6 STEALS PER GAME
PEACH BELT CONFERENCE- 2007, 08 RANKED 1ST OVERALL WITH 3.4 STEALS PER GAME
NATIONAL RANKING- 2006. 07 RANKED 2ND OVERALL STEALS PER GAME
Jeremy Byrd



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LBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Zemgale - Valmiera 82-73
Zemgale earned an 82:73 win over Valmiera in the only game of the round in LBL. Thus Zemgale narrowed the gap to Valmiera in the ladder improving to 4-5 record. Martins Berkis finished with 20 points for Zemgale. Edgars Krumins added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ronald Clark paced Valmiera with 25 points and 10 boards in the loss.



LBL standings
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 6-1 
 2. Liepaja 6-3 
 3. Valmiera 5-3 
 4. ASK Riga 3-1 
 5. Barons/LMT 3-2 
 6. VEF Riga 3-4 
 7. Zemgale 3-5 
 8. ASK/Buki 2-6 
 9. Keizarmezs 1-7 


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LKL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sakalai - Siauliai 74-80
Siauliai overcame Sakalai 80:74 away from home in the latest games of LKL. Praskevicius Virginijus led the winners with 20 points, while Vileita Gintautas netted 15. Shukhovtsov Grigori top-scored for the home side with 17 points.

Zalgiris - Kaunas Tr. 84-77
Zalgiris edged Kaunas Triobet as the latter however showed good game, 84:77. Deane Willie led the winners with 18 points, while Maciulis Jonas, Jankunas Paulius and Kalnietis Mantas netted 14 points each. Vasiliauskas Sarunas produced 19 points for the visitors.

Alytus Alita - Techasas 80-93
Alytus Alita lost at home to Techasas 80:93 on November 19th to close the round. Bolds Demarius led the winners with 18 points, while Williams Phillip and Hill Chris netted 13 each. Adomavicius Rytis posted 19 points and made 11 boards in defeat.



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Xavier men beat Philander Smith, move to 5-0 - by Richard

Xavier (LA) men beat Philander Smith, move to 5-0 November 17, 2008 NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Harvey came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points Monday and lead Xavier (LA) University of Louisiana to a 70-54 men's basketball victory over Philander Smith at The Barn.
The Gold Rush -- which climbed four spots Monday to No. 14 in Victory Sports Network's NAIA Division I rankings -- is 5-0 for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in six seasons.
Harvey, a sophomore guard from Amite, La., was 6-of-9 from the floor in 10 minutes and made a pair of 3-pointers. It the first time in 16 collegiate games that he scored in double figures.
Olumide Olafioye (6'4''-G) was 4-of-4 from 3-point range and scored 12 points for Xavier (LA), and reserve guard Harold Cleveland scored a season-high 11. Twelve of Xavier (LA)'s 14 players scored, and nine of them assisted on baskets.
Gavin Jones scored 15 points, Tommy Bozeman 12 and Stephen Murdock 10 for Philander Smith (0-6). Bozeman, Murdock and Ivory Warmack grabbed seven rebounds apiece, and the Panthers outrebounded the Rush 39-28. But that was one of Philander Smith's few statistical advantages.
Xavier (LA) limited the Panthers to 31.9 percent from the floor and gained 25 turnovers. Shaun Dumas of the Rush collected a season-best six steals to move his four-year career total to 298.
Philander Smith spent about a minute with the lead before Ryan DeRousselle's 3-pointer two minutes into the game put Xavier (LA) ahead to stay at 4-2. The Rush led 39-23 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 64-35, on a pair of Landon Bussie free throws with 8:38 remaining.
Philander Smith entered the game averaging 70.6 points. The Panthers' 54 points were a season low, and they suffered their largest loss of the season. Xavier (LA) leads the series 4-0, and all the margins are in double digits.
It was the 120th victory in Dannton Jackson's six seasons as Xavier (LA)'s head coach, and 63 of them -- more than half -- are by 10 or more points.
Xavier (LA) will play its alumni homecoming game at noon Saturday against Texas College at The Barn. Philander Smith will remain in New Orleans and play Loyola at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Courtesy of Xavier (LA)



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NBA Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mavericks - Bobcats 100-83
Dirk Nowitzki and his teammates cruised past Charlotte Bobcats on the road jumping on 4-7 record. German superstar paced his team to victory scoring 32 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for 36 minutes. Josh Howard also was good with 21 points. The Bobcats got also 21 from D.J. Augustin dropping on 3-7.

Hawks - Pacers 96-113
Indiana Pacers had an easy job vs Atlanta Hawks in Conseco Fieldhouse mostly owing to Danny Granger, who drained 34 points. Radoslav Nesterovic had 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Troy Murphy helped the hosts with 10 points and impressive 19 rebounds. Joe Johnson contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Indiana 5-5, Atlanta 6-4

Raptors - Magic 90-103
8-3 for Orlando and 5-5 for the Raptors after this game. Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Hidayet Turkoglu delivered 22 points apiece for the winners. Chris Bosh of Toronto Raptors stopped on amazing 40 points and 18 boards.

Heat - Wizards 94-87
Washington Wizards faced with another defeat, the 7th one this seasons. Miami Heat was better 94-87 improving its score on 6-5. Dwayne Wade once again was the best in Miami Heat getting pretty close to triple double. For 35 minutes he had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Antawn Jamison collected 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.

Knicks - Celtics 101-110
Reigning champion was too strong for New York Knicks thanks to Paul Pierce, who registered 22 points and 8 rebounds. Wilson Chandler added 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Knicks.

Cavaliers - Nets 106-82
Amazing LeBron James paced his team to another victory. This time it was against the Nets on the road. James added 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his team now has 9-2. The Nets fell on 4-6 despite 23 points by Devin Harris.

Kings - Grizzlies 94-109
Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick combined 43 points for the Grizzlies leading it to 4th victory in 11 appearances. John Salmons delivered 18 for the Kings (4-8).

Bucks - Nuggets 105-114
Great afternoon for Lithuanian Linas Kleiza, who poured in 25 points for the Nuggets, helping it to move up on 7-4. Charlie Bell netted the same number for the Bucks, but his team needed a way more in this game (5-7).

Trail Blazers - Warriors 106-111
Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette and Anthony Morrow delivered 65 points together for the Warriors in this game. Andris Biedrins had 17, while Kelenna Azubuike followed with 2 points less. On the other side, Greg Oden demonstrated great performance stopping on 22 points and 10 boards. Brandon Roy also added 22 points, but including 9 assists. Warriors 5-6, Trail Blazers 6-5.

Bulls - Lakers 109-116
LA Lakers drained 116 points vs Chicago Bulls in Staples Center, what was more than enough for 8th victory (8-1). Pau Gasol nailed 34 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the winners. Derrick Rose had 25 points and 9 assists for the Bulls (5-6).



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Oklahoma outlasts Curry, Wildcats - by Kevin Cochran

Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88) scored a career-high 44 points, but the No. 21 Davidson basketball team fell 82-78 at No, 12 Oklahoma Tuesday night in the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.

Curry was 12-of-29 from the field, 6-of-15 from 3-point range and 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. Andrew Lovedale (6'8''-F-85) added 10 points for the Wildcats (2-1).

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F) led the Sooners (3-0) with 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, while Willie Warren (6'4''-G) scored 20 points, and Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86) added 16.

The Wildcats are back in action Fridy when they host Winthrop at John M. Belk Arena.


Courtesy: davidsonwildcats.com



Tar Heels topple Wildcats - by Kevin Cochran

Deon Thompson (6'8''-F-88) scored a career-high 20 points to help top-ranked North Carolina beat Kentucky 77-58 on Tuesday night despite playing yet again without national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85).

Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87) had 16 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who led by double figures barely 4 minutes into the game and never looked back in a matchup of the winningest programs in men's college basketball.

Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89) had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (0-2), who finished with 28 turnovers in their second straight mistake-prone performance.

North Carolina didn't really need Hansbrough, who has missed almost three weeks of practice with a shin injury. Hansbrough sat out Saturday's opening win against Pennsylvania. It was the first game the senior had missed in his career.

And just as against the Quakers, Thompson provided the frontline scoring punch that's missing with Hansbrough's absence.

After matching his previous high with 17 points in the opener, Thompson was 10-of-16 from the field and had nine rebounds. He left the game to a standing ovation with 2:45 left and fans chanting his name.

The Tar Heels got a scare late in the game when freshman 7-footer Tyler Zeller took a hard foul by Ramon Harris on a dunk attempt in transition after yet another Kentucky turnover. Zeller fell to the ground under the basket and got up holding his left wrist before heading to the locker room with 1:26 left.

Coach Roy Williams said Zeller was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Zeller has started for Hansbrough in the first two games.

Kentucky was coming off a 111-103 loss to VMI, the Wildcats' second stunning early season home loss in as many seasons. And considering how the Keydets' run-and-gun style frustrated the Wildcats, it was understandable why coach Billy Gillispie was so concerned about the Tar Heels' fast-paced offense - with or without Hansbrough.

North Carolina got off to exactly the kind of start Gillispie had worried about.

Its trapping defense caused all kinds of problems for Kentucky early, speeding up the Wildcats and keeping them from getting the ball inside to Patterson - the matchup that most concerned Williams with Hansbrough sidelined. Instead, the Wildcats committed six turnovers in the first 5 1/2 minutes to help the Tar Heels run out in transition to a 15-2 lead.

The Tar Heels quickly increased the margin, converting a backcourt turnover into a 3-pointer from Ellington then forced another one that led to an alley-oop pass from Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) to Ellington for a dunk and a 25-6 lead midway through the half.

Kentucky never had an answer. The Wildcats got no closer than 11 points, fell behind by 16 at halftime and trailed by as many as 21, at 52-31 on Thompson's jumper with 13:34 to play.

The game drew actress and noted Kentucky fan Ashley Judd, who made good on a pledge to attend the game during a campaign stop in Chapel Hill last month to support President-elect Barack Obama. Judd had promised to sit among the light blue-clad students for the game if the state - which hadn't cast its electoral votes for a Democrat since 1976 - voted for Obama.

Courtesy: ukathletics.com/AP



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KIWIS STATESIDE - by Kahn Hart
From BBNZ website:
New Zealand under-18 rep James Holland continued to rack up big offensive numbers in Kentucky high school play last week.

Holland has averaged 24.4 points per game in his last five games as his Bethel Christian Academy varsity team has started the season 7-0. Holland had 26 points (9/18 FG, 2/4 3pt, 6/6 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, a steal and block in an 80-58 win over Trinity in the final of the KCAA Tip-Off Tournament.

With four 20+ point games, Holland scored a season-high 32 points (10/19 FG, 5/9 3pt, 7/7 FT), with nine assists, three rebounds, a steal and block in an 83-45 win over MICAH Christian on Tuesday.

Emerging Tall Blacks guard Zane Meehl (190-G-86) provided three points (1/1 FG, 1/1 3pt) and three assists in 18 minutes as Azusa Pacific fell 74-70 to Cal.St.-San Bernar. on Thursday in NAIA action.

Harbour product Ryan Beesley (193-G) had six points (2/3 FG, 2/2 FT), four assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes in defending NAIA division two national champion Oregon Tech's 86-63 win over Simpson (CA) in Redding, California, on Saturday. The Hustlin Owls have started their title defence 4-0.

Mada Abdelhamid (198-C) posted four points (2/4 FG, 0/1 3pt) with a rebound and assist in 12 minutes in Cumberland's 69-58 win over Oakwood on Sunday, lifting the Bulldogs to 5-1.

Former Canterbury coach Caleb Harrison , an assistant coach, saw his Lambuth Eagles fall to 2-2 with a 66-62 loss to William Carey.

Former Junior Tall Black Rory Fannon (206-C-87) saw a minute of action in Utah Valley St.'s 68-62 home win over N.Arizona, while Canterburys Ben Constable (198-F) got three minutes court-time in each of Northwood's pair of home wins last week in West Palm Beach, Florida, collecting a rebound and assist in a 101-86 rout of Southeastern on Saturday.


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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Champions Club Qualifiers for Men: Swallows pick third spot beat ASPAC - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Togolese champion, Swallows basketball club Monday won the third place game of the FIBA Africa Zone-3 Champions Cup qualifiers with a 84-58 points victory over ASPAC of Benin Republic.

The Togolese side began the losers final on a slow pace losing the first quarter by 09-15 points but came back with a bang in the second quarter by opening up a five points gap winning by 28-17 points to end the first half 37-32 points.

Determined to pick the third spot behind Nigeria duo of Kano Pillars and Union Bank basketball clubs, Swallows continued its onslaught against the Cotonou-based ASPAC with a 23-08 and 24-18 points victories in the third and fourth quarters.


Pillars leads Union Bank to Tunisia 87-76 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria premier league champion, Kano Pillars basketball club Monday night displayed champion stuff for the second time running to go past Union Bank basketball club, Nigeria second representative in the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers for men.

The Pillars from Kano won in all four quarters of (21-20, 22-21, 17-15 and 27-20) for a cumulative scoreline of 87-76 points

The explosive match test the preparedness of both sides for the final round of the 23rd FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men coming up in Tunisia next month.

The classic game proved once again the superiority of the Coach Sanni Ahmed tutored Pillars over Union Bank basketball club whom the Pillars beat to the Nigeria premier league title earlier this month at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha stadium, Kofar mata, Kano.


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Josimar Ayarza signs with Southern Miss - by Rolando Delabarrera
Panamanian product , Josimar Ayraza, has signed a letter of intent to play for Larry Eustachy and Southern Miss. The 6'8'' forward is presently averaging 21.5 ppg and 10 rpg for Cuesta College of California. Ayarza averaged 18.7 ppg and 8.2 rpg during his freshman year at Cuesta. He is presently ranked # 48 Junior College player in the US by Brett Swanson of JucoJunction.com. In a recent local interview Coach Eustachy had this to say ' I really think Josimar is as good a front line player as we have signed since I have been here becasue of his versatility.'Josimar Ayarza (204-F-87)

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Paraguayan Season Awards given - by Gianni Pascucci
Just after the end of the SuperCup Game 7, the Paraguayan Basketball Confederation (CPB) officials gave the best players with the individual Awards, as follows:
Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) (Sol de America) - Best Import Player in Paraguayan League 2008.
Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) (Libertad) - Best Domestic Player in Paraguayan League 2008
Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) (Libertad) - SuperCup Series Mos Valuable Player 2008


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Phil. basketball has eyes on two foreigners - by Hector Santos
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has started assessing prospective foreign players who may be granted citizenship to reinforce a Philippine basketball team for international competitions.

The team will be under the supervision of Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman who has been hired to develop an RP team that can match up to the best in Asia and maybe get a team ready for the 2012 London Olympics, should the country be lucky to qualify.

The Olympic qualifying is the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship and the SBP already informed the world governing body FIBA of its intention to host the event.

SBP Executive Director Noli Eala said yesterday that they are now looking at two candidates for naturalization.

'Actually were tracking two players who are high on the list,' Eala said.

Eala said that he already has spoken with one of the prospects, Terrence Gamble (211-C-83, college: Tarleton St.), a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center who played college ball at the Tarleton State University in Texas. He is set to play with the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Development League (D-League).

'Weve talked to him (Gamble), but nothings definite,' Eala said. 'Hes up for evaluation by Jim Kelly and coach Toroman.'

According to Eala, Kelly, despite his current position as the Senior Director for Player Personnel of the Toronto Raptors in the NBA, has been helping the SBP find prospects for naturalization and Fil-Ams.

Kelly, together with Caloy Allado, the US-based father of PBA player Don, and Larry Albano are helping the federation find players, either for naturalization or Fil-Am aspirants for the national team.

Eala said that the SBP plans to conduct a tryout in key areas in the United States like Detroit, Chicago or Las Vegas on Easter Sunday weekend next year.

The SBP has also invited Rey Parks, the son of former PBA seven-time best import winner Bobby Parks, to tryout for the national team.

The 15-year-old Parks, who is 6-foot-4, currently plays high school basketball at the Ridgeway Middle School in Memphis.

Other US-based players invited by the SBP are 6-foot-7 Gain Chiu (Oberlin College) and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar (Western Kentucky University).

Manila Bulletin Report


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McMillan new center for Ovarense - by Luis Rocha
Ovarense decided to go to the market and sign center Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC). With Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) injured, and with Marc Mazur (210-C-79, agency: Duran International, college: Detroit Mercy) playing above expectations, Ovarense saw the performances of the team getting a bit out of the expected, and didnt lost any time trying to improve the roster. McMillan is a very strong inside player, who covered a lot of ground when it comes to play abroad. He can rebound, he can scored points playing back to the board, is a tough defender, it seems that Ovarense has found a nice player to even things up with the other contenders to the championship.

Did Vitoria sign 2 USA players ? - by Portugal Eurobasket
After to releasead Willie Taylor and Harvey Thomas for bad professial behavior and actitude, its seems that Vitoria already find 2 new players to replaced them.
Last night Vitoria beat Universidade de Aveiro for the Portuguese Cup 101 x 70 and next coming week end they will play Acadmica de Coimbra, that doesnt count with Karlton Mims out for 1 month with a injury. Vitoria will anounced the names of the players at any time.


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Cherno More grabs it against CSU Cuadripol in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Euroins Cherno More - CSU Cuadripol 104-96

Another victory by the Bulgarian teams in BIBL today. Euroins Cherno More succeeded to score 104 points against Romanian CSU Cuadripol at home, what was more than enough for the second win in Group A (2-1). Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) was a key player of the game for Cherno More draining 30 points and dishing out 7 assists. Three points less than him had Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81), while Atila Santos (208-C-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) finished the game with double-double, 21 points and 11 boards. Romanian representative got 31 points and 5 rebounds from Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Alex Hartman (201-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)) had 19, while Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) added 16 points and 14 rebs. CSU Cuadripol currently has 1-3.
It was totally leveled game until the end of regular time. Bulgarians had plus one in the first, while CSU Cuadripol ended 39-40 the second half. During the extra five minutes Romanians somehow stopped. Corey McIntosh and his teammates intensified defense letting their rivals to score just 9 points. On the other hand they drained pretty good 17, celebrating almost double-digit victory at the end. One of the main reasons of this win for sure was 10/20 for 3-pts by the hosts. CSU Cuadripol had only 5 of 24.

Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 30+7 as, Zeljko Bojovic 27, Atila Santos 21+11 boards
CSU Cuadripol: Enes Hadjibulic 31+5 boards, Alex Hartman 19, Ionut Dragusin 16+14 boards


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  RUSSIA   


A Superleague Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Lok.Rostov 81-66
Spartak SP improved to a positive 3-2 record beating Lok.Rostov 81:66 at home. Kurbanov Nikita paced all the winners with 22 points and Meshcharakou Yegor added 15. Morgunov Nikita scored 15 points in the losing effort.

CSK VVS - Triumph 76-108
CSK VVS was smashed by Triumph 76:108 at home on November 19th. Seven players reached double digits for the winners as Bremer Ernest led all of them with 18 points. Perry Marque notched 15 points in defeat.

Dynamo M. - Khimky 82-67
Dynamo Moscow handed Khimky their first 82:67 loss and reached them on the second spot with the number of losses. Nachbar Bostjan led the winners with 26 points, while Pargo Jannero added 22. Garbajosa Jorge produced 13 points in defeat.

Krasnoyarsk - CSKA 42-89
CSKA claimed the fifth straight win in the Russian Superleague. They thrashed Krasnoyarsk 89:42 on the road and closed the gap on the league leading Khimky. Trajan Langdon and Ramunas Siskauskas scored 15 points each to lead the charge. Andrey Vorontsevich added 14 points off the bench for CSKA. Pavel Krykov replied with 8 points for Enisey as they slipped at 2-4 record.

Ural Great - Unics 75-88
Ural Great lost to Unics 75:88 on November 18th. Zamanskiy Igor top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Veremeenko Vladzimir posted 16. Surovtsev Aleksei and Likholitov Fedor notched 16 points apiece for the hosts.



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Scandal in Domzale - by Milan Jovanovic
Looking at the final result - 96-82 for Helios, hardly anyone could believe that this was anybodies game in 39th minute. FMP was 3 points down with the ball, and then - a total chaos.
FMP management couldn't stand referees injustice (in their opinion) anymore, the complete team have left the court, and only after president Covic asked them, Klipa returned his youngsters to finish the game.
Referees then appointed 8 FTs to Helios due to 3 technical fouls and expulsion whistled on FMP, and game was ended.
As a consequence, FMP filed a complaint on refs Muhvic and Pehar, who are accused for being biased, whistling favorable for hosts, even not reacting on nationalistic behavour towards Israeli Guy Pnini.
Referees themselves filed a report on FMP management, and yet to see how's the official body to react on all those happenings.


Ratko Varda leaves Zalgiris - by Zoran Popovic
Managament of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas and Serbian power forward Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) made compromise and from today Varda is free player. Varda played for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas only two games in Euroleague this season (Panathinaikos and Nancy), scored 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds, but other two he missed because he got arm injury. Ratko Varda started professional career in Partizan, passed all categories and played for them from 1993 till 2001, played for Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards in NBA league and in Europe for Olimpija Ljubljana 2003, Apollon Patras 2003-2004, Besiktas Istanbul 2004-2005, BC Kyiv 2005-2006, Real Madrid 2006-2007 and in Menorca from 2007 till he joined B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

Rilski Sportist celebrates in another thriller vs Mega Hypo Leasing - by Eurobasket News
Mega Hypo Leasing - Rilski Sportist 84-85

Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing really don't have luck against Bulgarian Rilski Sportist this season. In their first match in Samokov (the season opener), Bulgarians were better by one single point. That game was decided in overtime, actually in the last second, when Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) drained a long range triple for a big joy of Rilski's fans. Today Rilski succeeded to grab another extremely tiny victory thanks to Leven Belberov (199-F-74), who made a basket with 1.7 seconds to go. With this win Bulgarian team improved on 3-1, while Serbians slipped on 3-2. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) shined for the winners registering 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) netted 17 points and dished out 6 assists, while Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) stopped on 15 points. Mega Hypo Leasing got 17 points from young prospect Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90). American Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) posted 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, while Igor Mijajlovic (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 10.
First half of the game belonged to Mega HL 47-43. However, Rilski shined after the breather heading into the last ten minutes with plus 1. Thanks to above mentioned Aleksandar Gruev and Leven Belberov, Rilski escaped with two wins against Mega, and it could be very important at the end of the regular season. The hosts had poor 6 of 25 from beyond the arc (24%). Rilski was slightly better in that element netting 8 of 22 attempts. In the next round Rilski will host Fersped Rabotnicki, while Mega HL is free.

Mega HL: Aleksandar Mitrovic 17, Christopher Schlatter 16+4 boards, Igor Mijajlovic 10
Rilski: Travis Peterson 25+9 boards+4 as, Branko Mirkovic 17+6 as, Bogdan Boev 15+4 as


Swisslion Takovo stays undefeated in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri - Swisslions Takovo 70-75

Swisslion Takovo cruised past Macedonian champion Feni industri in Kavadarci remaining undefeated in Group A with 3-0 record. At the same time it is the first failure for Feni, who is currently on the second place with 2-1. The same numbers also has Euroins Cherno More.
Everything started good for the hosts as they created 23-19 during the opening 10 minutes. Serbian team woke up after that scoring 24 points in the second quarter. Except of Taliek Brown (186-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: Connecticut) and Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Feni didn't have any other player in a game mood, but anyway they managed to score 20 in this period. It means that the teams were totally equalized at the half time. Both struggled with the long range stroke, but Swisslion was a way better inside. The same trend continued in third stanza, but after it the teams were leveled again. Experienced visitors played patiently last ten minutes, while Feni faced with a troubles at the offensive end. They needed a way more than 12 points in this quarter in order to stay undefeated.
Milos Marjanovic (207-C-81) led the scorers in Swisslion with 18 points. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15, while Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) delivered 11 points. Taliek Brown posted 12, while Gjorgi Cekovski contributed with 10 points in defeat.

Feni Industri: Taliek Brown 12, Gjorgi Cekovski 10
Swisslions Takovo: Milos Marjanovic 18, Sasa Ocokoljic 15, Radovan Markovic 11


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Antonijevic joins Gorica until end of the year - by Zeljko Zule
Marko Antonijevic (190-G-81) has joined CPG Nova Gorica on a deal until end of the year with the option to leave earlier on an import transfer before the end of the contract. He will be replacing American guard LaMarcus Keith (195-G-82, college: La-Monroe), who has left the club after just four games.
Former U-20 and U-22 Slovenian NT player has played for nine teams, including two seperate stints with Helios. Antonijevic looking for a new team since January when he left Ukrainian team Azowmash. He won the 2006 Slovenian Championship and Cup with Union Olimpija.


Strnad's 38 not enough as Krka top Zlatorog (Liga UPC - Round 8 - by Zeljko Zule
Helios easily defeated Luka Koper while Krka rallied from a 11-point first-half deficit to beat injury riddled Zlatorog.
Helios-Luka Koper 94-82: The home team opened the game with 13 unanswered points and had their largest lead at 80-55. Alexei Lashkevich posted 21 points to lead five scorers in double digits. Aljaz Janza netted 20 points, Jure Mocnik had 13 points and 8 assists, Matej Krusic posted 12 points and Domen Zerak collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Koper has lost three straight to fall 4-4. Ivan Simunic and Drazen Bubnic 19 scored points apiece.
Krka-Zlatorog 82-75: Krka is still the only unbeaten team thaks to Smiljan Pavic who pulled down 17 rebounds and 13 of his 25 points scored in last quarter. Simon Petrov netted 20 points and handed out 7 assists. Zlatorog commited a season-low four turnovers but was outrebounded by 27-46 and played without injured starting center Salih Nuhanovic. Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: VTBM/SRBM) chipped in 38 points including six 3-pointers and promised Luka Dimec added 13 points.


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


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Norrkoping hold off Uppsala for the tenth win - by Eurobasket News
The Norrkoping Dolphins remained atop of Basketligan as they posted the tenth win in the season in the last round. The Dolphins overcame Uppsala 96:83 due to 27 points from Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson). The league leaders got to a better start to the game as they led by 10 points at halftime. The hosts stepped on the gas in the third frame and cleared off to a 25-point distance. Upssala had little to answer with in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Joe McNaull (208-C-72, agency: SportsTalent, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 18 points, while Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) contributed 15 points in the winning case. Danny Gathings (193-F-80, college: High Point) answered with 18 points for the visitors as they slipped at 7-3 record.
Solna used the loss of Uppsala to occupy the second spot in the ladder. The Vikings pulled away with a 76:69 victory over Jamtland on the road claiming the 7th win in the season. Solna built a crucial lead in the starting frame. They held the hosts to just 10 points and piled a 12-point cushion. And though the teams looked well-matched throughout the rest of the contest Solna managed to succeed at the end. Jonte Flowers (196-G, agency: CAA Sports) had 19 points to pace the Vikings. Juha Sten (191-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 17 points in the win. Andrew Mitchell (180-G-79, college: Kent St.) answered with 18 points for Jamtland.


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Bernex is back on winning track - by Eurobasket News
Bernex suffered the first defeat in the LNB season in Round 6 however they did not wait for too long before bouncing back and retaining the sole lead in the championship. Claude Ciani's team handled Vernier 72:62 at home court to improve at 6-1 record. The game was an evenly matched battle in the starting period as Bernex led by a single point 15:14 however the hosts took over completely in the second term. They outscored the visitors 23:10 and entered the second half with a comfortable 14-point advantage. The complexion of the encounter did not change after the break as Bernex eased to the win. Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) came up with another impressive performance as he tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds for Bernex. Christopher Ekwa (196-G/F-85) added 14 points for the winners. Christopher Blachut responded with 14 points and 12 caroms in defeat.
Luzern remained just one win shy of the league leaders. In round 7 Luzern cruised past Villars 99:73 on the road. The Lions led at every change and secured the fifth success in the season. Danijel Eric (193-F-81) stepped up with 23 points for Luzern. Sami Rugova (169-G-81) finished with 16 points in the winning case. JoJo Chambers (198-F-73, college: Christopher Newport) answered with 35 points and 7 rebounds for Villars in the loss.
Neuchatel celebrated the fourth win as they pounded Korac Zurich 98:83 away from home. Neuchatel led by just one point before the fourth quarter but stormed to the victory in the fourth term. Thomas Kaiser (185-G-84) topscored for the visitors with 34 points. Thomas Studer (198-F-84) added 13 points in the win. Nenad Dosic (199-F-75) notched 24 points and 12 boards for Korac Zurich.


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Chambers, VER 27.0
2. Dosic, KOR Z 23.9
3. McCormick, Pully 23.4
4. Anthony, Luzern 22.7
5. Toure, Bernex 20.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Johnson, Vevey 13.0
2. Toure, Bernex 12.3
3. Chambers, VER 11.4
4. McCormick, Pully 10.6
5. Zidi, Chene 9.4
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 6.7
2. Johnson, Vevey 5.4
3. Grandjean, VER 4.6
4. Anthony, Luzern 4.3
5. Mayor, VER 4.2
Ranking
1. Chambers, VER 29.6
2. Dosic, KOR Z 26.3
3. Toure, Bernex 25.6
4. McCormick, Pully 23.1
5. Zimnickas, FRI 22.4


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Dacin did not sign Roberts - by Chris Wang
Kudos to the anonymous who left a comment on my previous post and reminded me that Dacin did not sign Rolan Roberts. My bad. After checking up the news, I found out that the anonymous was correct. Dacin released Roberts after a three-day workout, saying that the 30-year-old forward did not meet the teams defense-first priority.

Dacin head coach Chiu Da-tsun said that the team will keep looking for import player.


Chang sparks BYUH in upset win over defending NCAA Div-II champ - by Chris Wang
Tsun Hsien Chang (190-F) did not start in his first college game, but he made sure he made a difference every time he stepped on the court all through out his basketball career. The 6-3 freshman came off the bench and scored 10 first-half points to spark BYU-Hawaii to a upset win over Winona State, the defending NCAA Div-II champion.

Read the game report from BYUH website: Seasiders Open with Win Over Defending Champs


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Tunisia National Team 2007-08 - by Richard
#s#
#e#6


Lahmar


Ezzahi


Braa


Manai


Maoua
Amine Rezig (198-G/F-80) of Stade Nabeulien
Bechir Hdidane (201-C-84) of Stade Nabeulien
Mohamed Hdidane (205-F-86) of Stade Nabeulien
Nizar Knioua (189-G-83) of Stade Nabeulien
Marouane Lahmar (179-G-82) of Club Africain Tunis
Hichem Ezzahi (200-F-81) of Club Africain Tunis
Omar Mouhli (190-G-86) of Etoile du Sahel
Hamdi Braa (208-C-86) of Etoile du Sahel
Djamel Benramdane (193-F-82) of Sapela Basket 13 (FRA)
Walid Manai (-80) of U.S.Monastir
Atef Maoua (198-F-81) of J.S.Kairouan
Marouan Laghnej (190-G-86) of J.S.Kairouan
Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) of Ezzahra Sport Rades
Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) of J.S.Kairouan
Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) of Club Africain Tunis


Pillars leads Union Bank to Tunisia 87-76 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria premier league champion, Kano Pillars basketball club Monday night displayed champion stuff for the second time running to go past Union Bank basketball club, Nigeria second representative in the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualifiers for men.

The Pillars from Kano won in all four quarters of (21-20, 22-21, 17-15 and 27-20) for a cumulative scoreline of 87-76 points

The explosive match test the preparedness of both sides for the final round of the 23rd FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men coming up in Tunisia next month.

The classic game proved once again the superiority of the Coach Sanni Ahmed tutored Pillars over Union Bank basketball club whom the Pillars beat to the Nigeria premier league title earlier this month at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha stadium, Kofar mata, Kano.


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


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FIBA Americas - The Value of Teaching and Training - by David Edole
BASKETBALL ACADEMY OF THE AMERICAS

FIBA-AMERICAS

THE VALUE OF TEACHING AND TRAINING


When there is some one willing to learn there should be some one that knows how to teach, A. Garcia

When parents send one of their children to a basketball program to learn how to play, they do so with the conviction that they will be taken cared off and taught by a professional learned on the subject.

There is much concern as to what children are actually receiving as their fundamental education; when they come in contact with the sport of basketball. We have come to the conclusion that, for the most part, the vast majority are not clear on what and how must be taught as the fundaments to a young student. Many a coach is not aware that he is failing to meet the most basic objectives of his teachings to their young students.

These are the things that fail to promote a desire in children to stay and learn the sport. When they realize that they have not been taught or that they are not given a chance to participate or whats expected from them is just beyond their normal skills, parent and coach pressure, they eventually abandon the sport and move on to search for a much more comfortable alternative; where they feel more readily accepted

When the only goal and motivation of the coach and the league administrators is to win, then the most important aspect of the relationship, the development of the student is lost or, at best, given little attention. Teaching the fundaments of the game, developed under a well defined plan and well organized practice sessions. This must be the logical goal for success of any player.

The data collected points out that there is lack of planning by trainers/coaches for their teachings. When you dont plan, you dont have a teaching guide for the training session that may provide boundaries, guidelines, that will enable you to direct effectively your teaching efforts, thus leaving you with a single tool, improvisation based only on whatever you learned when you were a player.

This only contributes the development of bad habits and promotes an environment of insecurity, promoting loss of interest and motivation from the young player. This is the driving force behind the FIBA Americas Basketball Academy. It was necessary to introduce and to continue promoting and imparting quality education, based on a levels system, geared towards coaches. Planning previous to teaching is a fundamental step by the coach in the direction of reaching the goals of a given practice session.

If we want to teach objectively and a global mindset with the idea to develop good players and better citizens, it is fundamental to train and equip coaches with the tools needed to handle the physical and emotional needs of young players in addition to also meet with the needs of the future of basketball.

Practice cannot be undertaken before a young player has been through a basic learning process. This must be the first step of a childs basketball development. It is imperative that parents understand this.

The future and development of basketball is mainly supported by the participation undertaken by young players and young adult players in tournaments, leagues and clubs. But the most important thing is to educate and develop coaches effectively in order to end with the net result of positive learning experience for these potential new players.

Administrators and Coaches must possess the knowledge that will show them the steps to follow in order to produce the correct teaching methodology:
1- First Step: Good training in every technical and educational aspect of the game for new and old coaches.
2- Second Step: There must be fundamental game education geared towards the ages and skills of the intended potential players.
3- Third Step: There must be previous planning in order to define specific objectives that will produce an adequate learning experience.
4- Establish an adequate and well organized tournament that meets specific and general.
5- Establish an evaluation, motivational and stimulating process in order to keep young players involved with the sport of basketball.

Within the teaching methodology we must be able to identify the following steps:
1- Who will teach?
2- What will be taught?
3- Who will be taught?
4- When will be taught?
5- Where will the teaching be done?

It is highly recommended that a coach needs to develop and implement a different teaching and training plan for each age category. Children between the ages of 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to 12 need different types of teaching methodologies and exercises. Because of this it is fundamental for a coach to plan and design his training sessions before hand, taking care to identify the needs and physical strain placed upon each young player.

Whenever there are unclear learning goals, there is neither a clear path to follow nor a clear destiny for you as a coach. We, as trainers and coaches, have to understand that learning goals are the basis to the good player development you are trying to instill and guide in the young players that you are training.

Type of Practice and Competition:
Acknowledge that the practice and teaching methods used are essential to the development of our young players. Every one of these that does not receive a positive instruction will, with all probability, have a slow and boring development.

Practice:
These are designed with a practical and attainable goal in line with the players ages and skills based on your earlier personal evaluation. For example: Never ask for physical exercises that would go beyond the natural abilities. Second example: If the player shoots at the basket and never actually manages to reach it, lower the basket.

Practice sessions should always be well planned, short and motivating. Never teach something that you do not understand or that in which you do not hold a good proficiency.

The best way to teach is by example. Show, repeat, correct and feedback on the subject at hand always produces the best results on the students. Try to encourage and motivate by recognizing students achievements.

The Competition:
A competition must be well structured and organized, with specific player development objectives, where they are allowed to play in sufficient games to be able to pinpoint their potential and weaknesses. It should be an environment where players will be able to further their skills in a well balanced competition. Both players and teams evolve through teaching and the quality of the competition and not by the amount of games in which they participate.

It is highly advisable that circuits or basketball programs have follow up plans. This basically means that players always play under a single game philosophy, with the same coach for long periods of time, several practice sessions, a minimum of 2 to 3 sessions, before each the next weekend game. Practice is essential and the first alternative to use. Under such a system, player learning and teaching are the primary objective where the necessary controls for participation, supervision and evaluation are set.

A coach that does not establish nor has training and learning plans as the basis for his efforts, the development and evolution of young players will continue to trail behind and slow at best and certainly will not encourage natural talent to flourish.

Moving away from the traditional and the improvisation will put to us in an atmosphere of vanguard, establishing a high level of institutional respect, created and developed, using the educative process. We must promote socialization and communication between the technical bodies and help organizations, leagues, clubs, and schools interact positively. This is the way to help develop the sport of basketball, under a single unifying vision, and should be our mission with the main goal of protecting our national basketball.

To understand the results with more certainty and value the different competition levels implies that coaches, as a whole, evolve to a much more advanced training level, above and beyond the simple coaching of a game. You must foment the analysis and scientific research process of teaching methodology to come up with novel training ideas, using all the newest technology at your disposal in order get in line with the globalization of the sport of basketball.

By: Victor Vitito Ojeda, Coach


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  UKRAINE   


BC Kyiv and Mykolaiv secure victories in the Ukrainian Cup - by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv overcame BC Donetsk 75:63 to claim the win in the first leg of the third round of the Ukrainian Cup. The game was played in Donetsk and was quite anticipated by the fans. The Superleague newcomers BC Donetsk proved they are ready for the biggest challenges this season and were ready to oppose one of the leagues best squads. The first frame of the encounter once again showed Donetsk are dangerous opponents. They outgunned the visitors and led 19:18. But full-court press allowed BC Kyiv to gradually took over in this one. They held Donetsk to 9 points in the second quarter and piled up a 36:28 lead at the interval. Donetsk cut the deficit to 3 points before the final term but BC Kyiv managed to pull away. James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.) and Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) opened the fourth quarter with 8 straight points and BC Kyiv cruised to the victory at the end.
James Penn nailed 16 points to pace BC Kyiv. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team. Anthony Tucker (196-F-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Texas) responded with 17 points for Donetsk. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Mykolaiv toppled Khimyk 77:72 at home court yesterday. The hosts led right from the start and ensured a well-deserved success at the end. Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) fired 22 points and pulled down 7 caroms for the victors. Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) knocked down 19 points for Mykolaiv. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 21 points and 14 board for Khimyk in defeat.
The return leg of the matchups is scheduled for November 30.




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


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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  CROATIA - Women  


Bibrzycka and Stepanova carry UMMC over Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Jolly JBS Sibenik 100:70

UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 18 points, while Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) netted 16. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 9 each for the hosts. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort.
UMMC Ekaterinburg opened the game with eight consecutive points and proved the ambitions for the game. Nolan brought her team 28:8 with less than 3 minutes to go. By the time Maria Stepanova hit a jump shot to take her tally to nine, Ekaterinburg had a 35:18 stranglehold on the game and there were still three quarters to play. In the second period the hosts did not stop and extended the lead. Leuchanka made it 51:28 and then after Misura's shot the guests remained scoreless for more than 4 minutes in the period. UMMC closed the half with 9-0 run to take 60:29.
The task for the second half was to reach the three digits on the board. The Russian squad lost however the third frame 17-20 for 77:49 after thirty minutes of the game. Even though Jolly JBS Sibenik played an equal game in the fourth they could not reduce the gap. Svetlana Abrosimova made it 100:68 and Kerri Gardin closed the game at 100:70.

UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 18, Maria Stepanova 16, Svetlana Abrosimova 9, Cappie Pondexter 9
Jolly JBS Sibenik: Kerri Gardin 12, Constance Jinks 12


Athinaikos remains perfect in Group E, Ragusa winless - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - Athnaikos BC 61-81

As it was expected, Athinaikos didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Ragusa on the road. It means that the Greek representative remains prefect in Group E with 5-0 record, while Ragusa is winless yet. Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) demonstrated great performance for the winning side collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) helped draining 18 points apiece. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) and Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) scored 12 points each for the loosing side. Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) succeeded to register double-double, 10 points and 14 boards.
Greek team took control on the hosts from the beginning. Actually in the first quarter Ragusa somehow managed to resist ending it with just minus 3. However, during the following ten minutes Polymnia Sarekgou and her teammates were on fire extending lead to 9 points until the half time. Ragusa wasn't able to improve its game after the breather scoring just 11 points for 10 minutes. On the other side, Athinaikos drained 21 resolving question about the winner. Last ten minutes of the game were just the formality. Athinaikos finished this match with pretty good 27/44 for FG2. Ragusa had only 18 of 45. Both teams had almost equal shot percentages for 3-pts and from the FT line.

Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 12+4 boards, Ivona Matic 12, Emina Demirovic 10+14 boards
Athinaikos: Polymnia Sarekgou 19+8 boards, LaToya Davis 18+4 boards, Katie Gearlds 18


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Prague ties French squad in Group C - by Eurobasket News
USK Prague -Union Hainaut Basket 83:58

USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) nailed 20 and Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) notched 16. Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) finished the night with 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 10.
Maltsi scored first four points for the winners as they never looked behind after. Bednarova closed the quarter from the arc for 24:10. The hosts looked as if it was going to stroll to victory when Lindsay Whalen buried a shot from the arc for a 41:21 advantage. Union Hainaut Basket did not give up and Mudju Ngoyisa, Fonseca, Palie and Kathy Wambe sparked a 13-0 run to leave Prague on top 41:34 at the break.
In the third period the hosts remained in front and after 21-11 had 62:45 after 30 minutes of the game. Nnamaka reduced the gap for 62:48 entering the last frame. Lindsay Whalen made it 81:54 in the end of the period, but she was not the last to score. Fonseca with a jump-shot closed the game at 83:58. USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game at home.

USK Prague: Cash Swin 27, Lindsay Whalen 20, Michaela Ferancikova 16
Union Hainaut Basket: Mudju Ngoyisa 20+8 rebs, Kathy Wambe 10


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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 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round: 6 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
Besiktas - Bourges 56-60
Bourges came back on track after two losses in EuroLeague Women Group A stealing a road 56:60 victory from Besiktas. Dumerc made one of two at the line to finish the scoring. Santos Alessandra paced the winners with 15 points. Lelas Ana collected 13 points and 10 boards, while Dumerc Celine added 11. Doron Shay led the hosts with 30 points and 4 rebounds.

Halcon A.Per. - MiZo Pecs 83-60
Halcon Avenida enjoys the top of Group A EuroLeague Women campaign after a home win over MiZo Pecs 83:60. Trailing 16-19 the Spanish squad won the fifth game in the group to improve at 5-1. Snow, Michelle top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sanchez Isabel nailed 16 and Willingham Le'Coe collected 15 points and 11 boards. Vajda Anna ended up with 15 points in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Nadezhda O. 91-70
Wisla Can-Pack struggled a lot against Nadezhda in Poland, but managed to win 91:70. The second quarter was decisive in the game when the hosts dominated the court. Maksimovic Sladana and Fernandez Marta led the winners with 23 points each. Kobryn Ewelina posted 12, whilst Skerovic Jelena and Canty Dominique scored 11 apiece. Ovcharenko Olga poured in 20 points for the visitors.

Group Group B
ESB Villeneu. - CSKA 79-88
Wauters Ann led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B over ESB Lille Metropole in France. Belgian International collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for 88:79 win. Khammon Rebecca followed her with 18, while Douglas Katie and McCarville Janel scored 16 each. Castro Iziane shined for the hosts with 25 points.

Umana Reyer - Gambrinus 82-73
Umana Reyer continues to domiate Group B in Euroleague and after the win over Gambrinus 82:73 improved to 6-0 record. Trailing 58:60 the hosts sparked a 15-0 run that put the Italian team in control for good. Ballardini Simona top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Sottana Giorgia netted 13, while Hayden-Johnson Vanessa collected 9 points and 21 rebounds. Whitmore Tamika produced 15 points in the losing effort.

MKB Eurol. - TTT Riga 69-59
MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga 69:59 on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary. Krivacevic Tijana and Holt Amber paced all the winners with 14 points each. Horti Dora notched 13 and Milovanovic Jelena had 11. Troina Tatyana top-scored for the visitors with 19 points.

Group Group C
UMMC - Sibenik 100-70
UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. Agnieszka Bibrzycka led the winners with 18 points, while Maria Stepanova netted 16. Svetlana Abrosimova and Cappie Pondexter had 9 each for the hosts. Kerri Gardin and Constance Jinks finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort.

USK Praha - Union Hainaut 83-58
USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4. Cash Swin top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Lindsay Whalen nailed 20 and Michaela Ferancikova notched 16. Mudju Ngoyisa finished the night with 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kathy Wambe added 10.

Group Group D
Familia Schio - Spartak V MR 62-70
Spartak Moscow Region remained alone on top of Group D in the EuroLeague Women after the trip to Italy. Russian team improved to 5-1 record beating Beretta Famila 70:62. Fowles Sylvia paced all the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Australian Jackson Lauren scored 14 and Miller Kelly brought 13. Masciadri Raffaella produced 15 points in the losing effort.

M.Broker - Montpellier 76-57
Broker Kosice finally came back on track and won over Lattes Montpellier 76:57. Kosice won for the fourth time in six games in Group D while strugglers Montpellier crashed to their sixth successive defeat. Frohlich Linda was unstoppable with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer Sidney nailed 21 and Kraayeveld Cathrine had 13. Krawczyk Pauline top-scored for the guests with 16 points.

TEO Vilnius - Fenerbahce 56-64
TEO Vilnius lost at home to Fenerbahce and dropped to the second position in Group D of the EuroLeague Women. Yilmaz Nevriye led Turkish side to 64:56 victory nailing 20 points and making 11 rebounds. Ajavon followed her with 12 points and Tuncluer Esmeral scored 11. Staugaitiene Daina and Quinn Noelle brought 13 points apiece for the Baltic state.



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  FRANCE - Women  


Galatasaray celebrates vs USO Mondeville in France - by Eurobasket News
USO Mondeville - Galatasaray Cafe Crown 61-79

Galatasaray Cafe Crown demonstrated its power against USO Mondeville in France. Since the very beginning it was clear that the Turkish team has strong willingness to remain undefeated in Group G after 5 rounds. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) was center figure of this game. She spent 31 minutes on the court draining 25 points with nice shot percentage (11/16 FG2, 3/5 FT). She also succeeded to pull down 12 rebounds registering double-double. Bahar Ciglar followed her adding 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) posted 14 points. French team slipped on 2-3 and if Aris celebrate against Buducnost tomorrow, Mondeville goes to the last round from third place. Natasa Ivancevic (188-F-81) was better than the others for the hosts collecting 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: De Paul) contributed with 12 points and 4 rebs.
Galatasaray did a great job under the basket in this game. Beside that, visitors had 13 offensive rebounds, which allowed them to take many second chances for a basket. Question about the winner is definitely resolved in the last quarter, which Galata ended 11-21 already sealing a spot for the 1/16 finals. In the last round Tay McWilliams and her teammates will host Aris at home. USO Mondeville will take on Buducnost Podgorica.

USO Mondeville: Natasa Ivancevic 15+6 boards, Lenae Williams 12+4 boards
Galatasaray: Tay McWilliams 25+12 boards, Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) 15+7 boards, Esra Sencebe 14+4 boards


USK Prague ties French squad in Group C - by Eurobasket News
USK Prague -Union Hainaut Basket 83:58

USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) nailed 20 and Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) notched 16. Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) finished the night with 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 10.
Maltsi scored first four points for the winners as they never looked behind after. Bednarova closed the quarter from the arc for 24:10. The hosts looked as if it was going to stroll to victory when Lindsay Whalen buried a shot from the arc for a 41:21 advantage. Union Hainaut Basket did not give up and Mudju Ngoyisa, Fonseca, Palie and Kathy Wambe sparked a 13-0 run to leave Prague on top 41:34 at the break.
In the third period the hosts remained in front and after 21-11 had 62:45 after 30 minutes of the game. Nnamaka reduced the gap for 62:48 entering the last frame. Lindsay Whalen made it 81:54 in the end of the period, but she was not the last to score. Fonseca with a jump-shot closed the game at 83:58. USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game at home.

USK Prague: Cash Swin 27, Lindsay Whalen 20, Michaela Ferancikova 16
Union Hainaut Basket: Mudju Ngoyisa 20+8 rebs, Kathy Wambe 10


Dynamo Kursk too strong for Challes in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Challes 69-54

Dynamo Kursk was better than Challes in the opening game of Round 5, thus both teams are on the same 3-2 record in Group B. Anastasia Bocharova (180-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Maria Garifullina (196-C-84) also was good adding two points less, but including 5 rebounds. French representative got 17 points from Sylvia Janostinova (193-F/C-78). The last player with double digits in scoring for Challes was Aida Fall (192-C-86), who netted exactly 10. Visitors had big problems with their stroke from beyond the arc. Namely, Challes made just 2 of 18 attempts, while the hosts were much better adding 5 of 15. Interesting is that both squads finished the game with the same number of rebounds, 38. Dynamo Kursk did pretty good job in the first half. They ended opening quarter 18-14 and the next one 22-16. Third frame was extremely low-scoring one as both teams had together 19 points (9-10). When it was expected that Challes at least treat in the last stanza, that didn't happen. Dynamo's players were strong enough to keep their lead celebrating third win in this European competition. In the last round Challes will host Sf. Gheorghe, while Dynamo will take on Bnot Hasharon.

Dynamo Kursk: Anastasia Bocharova 15, Maria Garifullina 13+5 boards
Challes: Sylvia Janostinova 17, Aida Fall (192-C-86) 10+4 boards


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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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  GREECE - Women  


Athinaikos remains perfect in Group E, Ragusa winless - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa - Athnaikos BC 61-81

As it was expected, Athinaikos didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Ragusa on the road. It means that the Greek representative remains prefect in Group E with 5-0 record, while Ragusa is winless yet. Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) demonstrated great performance for the winning side collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) and Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) helped draining 18 points apiece. Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) and Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) scored 12 points each for the loosing side. Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) succeeded to register double-double, 10 points and 14 boards.
Greek team took control on the hosts from the beginning. Actually in the first quarter Ragusa somehow managed to resist ending it with just minus 3. However, during the following ten minutes Polymnia Sarekgou and her teammates were on fire extending lead to 9 points until the half time. Ragusa wasn't able to improve its game after the breather scoring just 11 points for 10 minutes. On the other side, Athinaikos drained 21 resolving question about the winner. Last ten minutes of the game were just the formality. Athinaikos finished this match with pretty good 27/44 for FG2. Ragusa had only 18 of 45. Both teams had almost equal shot percentages for 3-pts and from the FT line.

Ragusa: Matea Vrdoljak 12+4 boards, Ivona Matic 12, Emina Demirovic 10+14 boards
Athinaikos: Polymnia Sarekgou 19+8 boards, LaToya Davis 18+4 boards, Katie Gearlds 18


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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland Express league results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last monday the two teams not won game so far in this season Fjolnir & Snaefel met. After close first half 435 Fjolnir run away and won 84-65
Ashley Bowman (165-G-85, college: Norfolk St.) ( Agent Icebasket) had a great game with 33 pts for Fjolnir. Detra Ashley 17 + 17 rebs for Snaefell.
Two days later Snaefell had another game, now against Grindavik. This time Young Snaefell team was ready and won all quarters and the game 85-71. Great win for the rookie team in the league.
Detra Ashley who is leaving the team for personal reason had a huge game 27 pts & 22 rebs. Berglind Gunnarsdottir had 16 pts. For Grindavik Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) 25 pts.

Keflavik is on a good run these days and beat Valur 91- 69. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) 24. Svava Stefansdottir 18. Ingibjorg Elva Vilbergsdottir 15 for Keflavik. For Valur only Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) had a very good game 27 + 22 rebs + 6 blocks.

Haukar took the top seat by winning Hamar 76-73. Hamar leading 73-70 and 20 second left but a three pointer from Hilma Holm and a steal and three pointer on a buzzer from Slavica Dimovska (-85) ( Agent Icebasket) secure the win. Top scorers for Haukar. Slavica Dimovska 38 . Ragna Margret Brynjarsdottir 10 + 13.
For Hamar. LaKiste La Kiste Barkus (175-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Louisiana Tech) 20 Julia Demirer 19 + 14


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla beats Rivas Ecopolis for 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Elitzur Ramla 61-73

Elitzur Ramla outplayed Rival Ecopolis remaining perfect after 5 appearances in EuroCup, Group C. It was expected that Rivas Ecopolis maybe take this one against powerful Ramla, but that didn't happen. Israeli representative demonstrated high basketball level celebrating with plus 12. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) was the best scorer in Elitzur Ramla with 19 points. At the same time she also had 4 boards and 4 assists. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) made double-double, 17 points plus 12 rebounds, while Ana Agabnikva (186-F-81) helped with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Rivas Ecopolis had only one player in a game mood today. It was Catherine Joens (180-G-82), who netted 24 points. Second scorer for the Spanish team was Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) with 9 points. Rivas Ecopolis currently has 3-2 in Group C. The good thing for both teams is that they already qualified for the 1/16 finals.
The hosts had better first half, especially the second quarter ending it 18-11. However, their joy didn't last long as after 34-31 at the half time, Elitzur Ramla had impressive third frame 12-20. During the last ten minutes visitors also were great celebrating comfortable win at the end.

Rivas Ecopolis: Catherine Joens 24, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) 9+6 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Tan White 19+4 boards+4 as, Nicky Anosike 17+12 boads, Ana Agabnikva 17+7 boards


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  


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



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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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  RUSSIA - Women  


Bibrzycka and Stepanova carry UMMC over Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Jolly JBS Sibenik 100:70

UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 18 points, while Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) netted 16. Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 9 each for the hosts. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort.
UMMC Ekaterinburg opened the game with eight consecutive points and proved the ambitions for the game. Nolan brought her team 28:8 with less than 3 minutes to go. By the time Maria Stepanova hit a jump shot to take her tally to nine, Ekaterinburg had a 35:18 stranglehold on the game and there were still three quarters to play. In the second period the hosts did not stop and extended the lead. Leuchanka made it 51:28 and then after Misura's shot the guests remained scoreless for more than 4 minutes in the period. UMMC closed the half with 9-0 run to take 60:29.
The task for the second half was to reach the three digits on the board. The Russian squad lost however the third frame 17-20 for 77:49 after thirty minutes of the game. Even though Jolly JBS Sibenik played an equal game in the fourth they could not reduce the gap. Svetlana Abrosimova made it 100:68 and Kerri Gardin closed the game at 100:70.

UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 18, Maria Stepanova 16, Svetlana Abrosimova 9, Cappie Pondexter 9
Jolly JBS Sibenik: Kerri Gardin 12, Constance Jinks 12


Dynamo Kursk too strong for Challes in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Challes 69-54

Dynamo Kursk was better than Challes in the opening game of Round 5, thus both teams are on the same 3-2 record in Group B. Anastasia Bocharova (180-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Maria Garifullina (196-C-84) also was good adding two points less, but including 5 rebounds. French representative got 17 points from Sylvia Janostinova (193-F/C-78). The last player with double digits in scoring for Challes was Aida Fall (192-C-86), who netted exactly 10. Visitors had big problems with their stroke from beyond the arc. Namely, Challes made just 2 of 18 attempts, while the hosts were much better adding 5 of 15. Interesting is that both squads finished the game with the same number of rebounds, 38. Dynamo Kursk did pretty good job in the first half. They ended opening quarter 18-14 and the next one 22-16. Third frame was extremely low-scoring one as both teams had together 19 points (9-10). When it was expected that Challes at least treat in the last stanza, that didn't happen. Dynamo's players were strong enough to keep their lead celebrating third win in this European competition. In the last round Challes will host Sf. Gheorghe, while Dynamo will take on Bnot Hasharon.

Dynamo Kursk: Anastasia Bocharova 15, Maria Garifullina 13+5 boards
Challes: Sylvia Janostinova 17, Aida Fall (192-C-86) 10+4 boards


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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.

Elitzur Ramla beats Rivas Ecopolis for 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Elitzur Ramla 61-73

Elitzur Ramla outplayed Rival Ecopolis remaining perfect after 5 appearances in EuroCup, Group C. It was expected that Rivas Ecopolis maybe take this one against powerful Ramla, but that didn't happen. Israeli representative demonstrated high basketball level celebrating with plus 12. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) was the best scorer in Elitzur Ramla with 19 points. At the same time she also had 4 boards and 4 assists. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) made double-double, 17 points plus 12 rebounds, while Ana Agabnikva (186-F-81) helped with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Rivas Ecopolis had only one player in a game mood today. It was Catherine Joens (180-G-82), who netted 24 points. Second scorer for the Spanish team was Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) with 9 points. Rivas Ecopolis currently has 3-2 in Group C. The good thing for both teams is that they already qualified for the 1/16 finals.
The hosts had better first half, especially the second quarter ending it 18-11. However, their joy didn't last long as after 34-31 at the half time, Elitzur Ramla had impressive third frame 12-20. During the last ten minutes visitors also were great celebrating comfortable win at the end.

Rivas Ecopolis: Catherine Joens 24, Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) 9+6 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Tan White 19+4 boards+4 as, Nicky Anosike 17+12 boads, Ana Agabnikva 17+7 boards


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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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  TUNISIA - Women  


After 4th rounds.. - by Carlos Pereira


After 4th rounds.. - by Carlos Pereira


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  TURKEY - Women  


Matee Ajavon signs at Fenerbahce Istanbul - by Eurobasket
Fenerbahce Istanbul signed 22-year old American guard Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers). Ajavon played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA). She just graduated the college and was drafted in first round (No 5 overall) by Houston Comets (WNBA). In her first pro season in WNBA Ajavon averaged 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg in 34 games. She was also selected to WNBA All-Rookie Team. She represented last year (2007) USA in Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Americasn won gold.

Galatasaray celebrates vs USO Mondeville in France - by Eurobasket News
USO Mondeville - Galatasaray Cafe Crown 61-79

Galatasaray Cafe Crown demonstrated its power against USO Mondeville in France. Since the very beginning it was clear that the Turkish team has strong willingness to remain undefeated in Group G after 5 rounds. Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) was center figure of this game. She spent 31 minutes on the court draining 25 points with nice shot percentage (11/16 FG2, 3/5 FT). She also succeeded to pull down 12 rebounds registering double-double. Bahar Ciglar followed her adding 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) posted 14 points. French team slipped on 2-3 and if Aris celebrate against Buducnost tomorrow, Mondeville goes to the last round from third place. Natasa Ivancevic (188-F-81) was better than the others for the hosts collecting 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: De Paul) contributed with 12 points and 4 rebs.
Galatasaray did a great job under the basket in this game. Beside that, visitors had 13 offensive rebounds, which allowed them to take many second chances for a basket. Question about the winner is definitely resolved in the last quarter, which Galata ended 11-21 already sealing a spot for the 1/16 finals. In the last round Tay McWilliams and her teammates will host Aris at home. USO Mondeville will take on Buducnost Podgorica.

USO Mondeville: Natasa Ivancevic 15+6 boards, Lenae Williams 12+4 boards
Galatasaray: Tay McWilliams 25+12 boards, Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) 15+7 boards, Esra Sencebe 14+4 boards


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Maria Villarroel remains the leader of Sdent Sierre - by Eurobasket News
Sdent Sierre sent a strong message across the league as they defeated the defending champions Neuchatel 77:67 in Round 7. The win allowed the brave newcomers improve at 6-1 record and catch up with Neuchatel in the ladder. Sdent Sierre used an aggressive start to the game to stun their opponents. The hosts led by 11 points at the first intermission and later stretched the margin to as many as 18 points. However Neuchatel were not done just yet. Nina Crelot fueled a comeback effort in the third stanza as the visitors cut the distance to 12 points. However Sdent Sierre remained in charge in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Maria Villarroel (174-G/F-78, college: Oklahoma) knocked down 25 points and dished out 6 assists for Sdent Sierre. Ela Briedyte added 16 points for the winners. Nina Crelot answered with 17 points for Neuchatel. Katalin Kurtosi had 14 points in the loss.
Earlier Sdent Sierre overcame Nyon 77:58 in a home encounter. Maria Villarroel provided 21 points to pace the home team. Katrien Vercauteren knocked down 16 points in the win. Sakellie Daniels notched 23 points for Nyon in defeat. Leading comfortably 21:12 after the starting frame Sdent Sierre successfully wasted the bigger part of the advantage and were in front by just two points at halftime. But a storming 27:11 third frame put Sierre back in the driving seat and they never looked back en route to the third win in the season.


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  WNBA - Women  


Matee Ajavon signs at Fenerbahce Istanbul - by Eurobasket
Fenerbahce Istanbul signed 22-year old American guard Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers). Ajavon played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA). She just graduated the college and was drafted in first round (No 5 overall) by Houston Comets (WNBA). In her first pro season in WNBA Ajavon averaged 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg in 34 games. She was also selected to WNBA All-Rookie Team. She represented last year (2007) USA in Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Americasn won gold.