EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/21/2008

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  ABA   


Turcotte added to Saints coaching staff - by Gianni Pascucci
The Salt Lake City Saints announced David Turcotte, as the team's assistant coach. Turcotte, 43, was born in Ottawa, Quebec, and played point guard for Colorado State University in the eighties as well as being a two time (1988 and 1992) member of the Canadian Olympic Basketball teams, including the squad that played the Dream Team with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. He will help coach Lossie Mitchell to prepare 15 players at training camp beginning next week in preparation for the teams' season.

TEXAS CITY RANGERS TO PLAY IN ABA THIS SEASON - by Bruno Baltazar
ABA announced that the Texas City Rangers, originally scheduled to play this season but moved recently to 2009 because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike to this great Texas community, will in fact play this season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'Markeith Brown had everything set for a great season until Hurricane Ike. The damage was severe and the thought was that it would be impossible to put things back together. But the people of Texas City (the entire East Texas area in fact), are very tough, very resilient and very eager to return to normal life as quickly as possible. Markeith has stepped up and put things back together - and will play. We are very pleased and also very supportive. The community really deserves high quality sports and entertainment at affordable prices - and the Texas City Rangers will supply that and much more.'

'We are thankful to the other teams in the division for their willingness to change around their schedules so that we can have this opportunity,' added Brown. 'I know that it was difficult for them as the season is almost upon us. But they've made our staff and players very happy and have given our community something really good to look forward to. Thanks to all of you. We won't let you down.' For more information, visit www.texascityrangers.com or email markeithb@gmail.com.


ABA ADDS YOUNGSTOWN, OH TO 2009 ROSTER OF EXPANSION TEAMS - by Bruno Baltazar
ABA announced that it has added Youngstown, Ohio to its growing list of teams that will begin play in December, 2009. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'Youngstown is a great city and it certainly fits well into our North Central division. I can imagine that the Cleveland Rockers and Youngstown will have quite a rivalry. And we have an excellent, experienced owner in David Stambul. We're very pleased.'

The YOUNGSTOWN SWISH will be owned and operated by the Commissioner of LCAA Sports, an organization that promotes both youth and adult sports leagues as well as sports fundraisers in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Stambul is a former member of the Youngstown State University's men's basketball team and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management in 1999. From 2005-2007, Stambul assistant coached the men's basketball team at Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania. Since 2001, Stambul has operated LCAA Sports and has organized basketball fundraisers with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Quicken Loans Arena.

'We are very excited to be a part of the ABA,' stated Stambul. 'I feel there is a passion for basketball in the Youngstown area and with the help of the ABA and the Swish, I believe that passion can be developed to serve, not only the players, but also the community of Youngstown. Currently, we are working on building our website (www.youngstownswish.com) and plan to have it available to the public in the coming days. At this time, any inquiries about the team can be emailed to youngstownswish@yahoo.com or call 330 774 5845 .


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  BAHAMAS   


Stingrays Win Marlins Pre-Season Basketball Tournament - by Anthony Kennedy

The CV Bethel Stingrays senior boys basketball team sent a strong message to the rest of the high school basketball teams in the country that they are back and will be in the mix for the title hunt at the 2009 Hugh Campbell Tournament.
The Stingrays were a formidable force in high school basketball just three years ago, but after several key players graduated coach Thurman Johnson was hard pressed to replace the lost talent.

On Thursday his team beat perennial powerhouse CI Gibson Rattlers and their coach Kevin Johnson 69-55 in the championship game of the 3rd annual Doris Johnson Marlins pre-season tournament.

On the way to the title victory in the four-day tournament the Stingrays defeated an all-star team from South Andros/Mangrove Cay on Monday. In their second game on Monday the Stingrays beat Nassau Christian Academy 35-19.

In their third game on Wednesday they toyed with St. Annes and beat them 32-8. On Thursday morning as the weaker teams began to be weeded out the Stingrays faced a tougher challenge from Teleos Academy but still walked away with the 29-26 victory.

While the Stingrays beat the host Doris Johnson 22-15 in the semi-final, the Rattlers eliminated the Government High School Magic 30-21.

In the final the Stingrays were led by #8 Patrico Leadon with 16 points, #13 Rio Johnson had 10 points and #4 Kendall Fowler also finished with 10 points for the Stingrays.

For the Rattlers #7 Junior Dennis had 19 points, #13 Derinardo Mott scored 12 points and #31 David Stuil finished with 11 points



Colonels top Beck's in Hall of Fame game - by Anthony Kennedy
Courtesy of The Nassau Guardian Sports Wire

It was a long awaited return of one of the most storied rivalries in local basketball, and in the end, the Kentucky Colonels got by the Beck's Cougars, 34-25 in the National Sports Hall of Fame game on Saturday night at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
After the completion of the first quarter, the score was tied at four points apiece. From this point forward, however, the Colonels took and maintained full control of the game.
They outscored the Cougars 9-1 in the second quarter to lead 13-5 by half-time. After the break, the Cougars offense turned around with leadership from Henry Johnson in the paint and good defense from Allan Ingraham.
Johnson shot well from the free throw line as he went 4-for-4 and also netted a three pointer in the second quarter. In the third, the Cougars outscored the Colonels 13-9 but still trailed 22-18, the closest scoring margin of the game since the first quarter. In the final quarter, stiff defense from Keith 'Belzie' Smith and Sterling Quant shut down the Cougars' scoring surge. This caused the Cougars to desperately launch three pointers which weren't falling. Steals and fast breaks made by the Colonels kept their lead out of reach down the stretch.
Leading in the victory was Michael Hall who scored 10 points while Burke Williams and Chris Deleveaux finished with six and five points respectively. On the Cougars' side, Peter Gilcud and Steven Culmer had five points apiece and Henry Johnson had four.
Williams noted after the game: 'Even if we had lost the game, it was a privilege being out there amongst all of the legends. When I was younger I got a chance to play against some of the Hall of Famers such as Quant and Sharon (Storr). However, I went into the league two years before most of them retired from competitive basketball.'
Quant said after the game: 'I had a very good time tonight. The game was somewhat tiring especially trying to play ball with these young guys. The highlight of the game for me was making a blocked shot.'
Winning coach and Ministry of Sports Director Martin Lundy was satisfied with the winning effort, however expressed disappointment about the turnout.
'A win over the Cougars is worth 10 wins over any other team, so it was a very sweet win. We managed to maintain the lead by using superior strategy. This made the difference in the game. Concerning attendance, if there was more marketing done the results would have been better,' explained Lundy.
Players on the winning Colonels' side included Marche Armbrister, Burke Williams, Sterling Quant, Bradley Bain, Sharon Storr, Billy Austin, Michael Hall, Keith Smith, Eddie Ford, Richard Brown and Chris Deleveaux.
Those making up the Cougars' team were John Todd, Steven Culmer, Michael Major, Dudley Seifert, Henry Johnson, Stencil Ferguson, Fred Laing, Peter Gilcud, Allan Ingraham and Fred 'Papa' Smith.


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  BELIZE   


The Belize Bank Bulldogs Pounce Back!!! - by David Magana
Last Thursday night at the UB Gym, the Bulldogs (2-1) in a very exciting game defeated the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (4-1) by a score of 112 109. The game had to be settled after two overtimes were played. For the winning Bulldogs, Darwin Leslie (191-F/G-81) had a wonderful night scoring 30 pts, 16 rebs, followed by Ty Bradley (183-G-85) with double figures also, 20 pts, 10 rebs, Kevin Domingo (193-C) 15 pts, 2 blocks and Rupert Brown (170-G) with 10 pts. In a losing effort Lester Cadle (188-G-80) settled with 31 pts, Kelvin Gillett (170-G) 22 pts, Kurt Burgess (-F/C) with double figures, 16 pts, 25 rebs, 1 block, Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) also in double figures, 13 pts, 12 rebs, 4 blocks, Eugene Jex 11 pts and Linden Galvez (183-G) with 10 pts.
In another game, BNE (2-2) improved their record after bombing the Eagles (0-3) 108 55. For BNE, Aubrey Lopez (188-G) scored 28 pts, Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 14 pts, Lloyd Leslie (186-G) with double figures, 14 pts 13 rebs and Jason Daly 12 pts. For the Eagles, Mark Gentle scored 16 pts and Arton Hanson 14 pts


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepc. 16-6 
 2. Liceo Mixto 14-6 
 3. Dep.Castro 14-7 
 4. Boston Coll. 14-8 
 5. Puente Alto 12-10 
 6. Dep.Valdiva 12-10 
 7. U.Catolica 10-12 
 8. Prov.Osorno 10-12 
 9. Dep.Espanol 9-13 
 10. UDE Temuco 8-14 
 11. Dep.Ancud 6-15 
 12. Prov.Llanq. 5-17 


Dimayor last news - by Cristian Quiroga
In the last game of regular season, Liceo Mixto was defeated 78-71 by Deportes Ancud playing in Chiloe Island city. Los Andes team showed more than one absence, Pablo Ares gave a rest to his figures Patrick Saez and Patricio Briones, giving a little of advantage to the local team. Nevertheless Ancud played with only two import players and one of them, Fernando Cavagna was expelled from the game during the first quarter.
Yesterday was announced the arrival of Daryl Rufus (207-C-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Fayetteville St.) to Provincial Llanquihue. American forward comes to replace JR Morris. Decision was taken by coach Gustavo Noria and Llanquihue's leadership in order to reinforce internal game, work in which Rufus will be couple of Anthony Knox.
Llanquihue will start first round of playoffs playing against current champion Liceo Mixto.


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  CYPRUS   


Krasic in, Marjanovic out - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou and Paris Papaellinas management decided to add in the current roster the bosma player Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) in the position of the power forward/cetner Marjanovic due to the serious injury of the Bosman player. Krasic will actually play in the most crucial game of the regular seazon against Dragan Raca's team Proteas EKA AEL. So Keravnos Strovolou will play against the strongest team of the league (until now) with a new adding which could be the 'secret ace' in the Strovolos Head Coach sleeve.
For more news in a while and after the end of the game tonight.


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NBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pardubice - Opava 88-97
Opava cleared off from Pardubice in the ladder as David Klapetek team celebrated a 97:88 road win over their opponents. Ondrej Soska tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds for Opava. Marek Stec added 21 points for the winners. David Steffel was impressive for Pardubice with 35 points and 16 boards in the loss.

Geofin - Nymburk 68-98
The key matchup of the round turned out to be another display of Nymburk's dominance. The long time champions left not a single chance to Geofin winning 98:68 on the road. Six players delivered in double figures with Blake Schilb leading the charge with 21 points. Petr Benda and Goran Jagodnik added 17 points apiece for the winners. Kenny Walker replied with 11 points and 12 boards for Geofin as they slipped at 10-2 record. Nymburk remained perfect at 12-0.

Liberec - USK Praha 86-81
Liberec slowed down USK Praha rolling to a 86:81 home victory. Jiri Cernosek nailed 26 points for Kondori. Maurice Hampton delivered 19 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Roderick Platt had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the fourth loss for USK Praha in the tournament.

Ostrava - Prostejov 74-60
Ostrava registered just the third win in the season as they held off Prostejov 74:60. Shawan Robinson had 21 points for the winners. Marcus Arnold produced 15 points for the home team. Hurl Beechum managed 15 points for Prostejov as they suffered the 6th loss in the season.

Podebrady - Decin 99-88
Decin suffered the third straight loss as they fell to Podebrady 88:99 on the road. Seven Podebrady players nailed more than 10 points in the victory. Lubos Stria netted 20 points in the win. Pavel Benes contributed 15 points for Podebrady as they improved at 4-8 record. William Hatcher responded with 19 points for Decin.



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Pair of Former D-Leaguers Waived by NBA Clubs - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran forward Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) and second year sharp shooter Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) have been released by the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls respectively. Brown, who appeared in eight games with Sioux Falls during the 2006-07 season, had played sparingly in four games this year with Charlotte after signing with them in the offseason. The former DePaul big man has spent parts of the last three NBA seasons with Seattle, Memphis and Charlotte, appearing in 75 career games and averaging 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds. Nichols, the 53rd selection of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers appeared in two games prior to being released by Chicago on Monday. The former Syracuse Orange star was assigned to the Iowa Energy during his rookie campaign last year. In his brief career, he has spent time with New York (pre-season), Cleveland and Chicago.

Rio Grande Valley Takes Down Austin in Pre-Season Opener - by Surujh Roopnarine
The D-League pre-season slate tipped off last night as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Austin Toros hooked up in Austin.
The Toros kept it close throughout the first half, which featured eight ties and lead changes, but went into halftime trailing 41-36.
Rio Grande Valley built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Austin cut the deficit to six on an Andrew Francis shot with 2:53 remaining. The Toros were unable to close the gap any further despite five points from Carldell 'Squeaky' Johnson in the final three minutes.


Rio Grande Valley Vipers (77) vs. Austin Toros (70)
VIPERS: Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee) (13pt+5rb), Kendall Dartez (10p+10rb), Alton Ford (9pt+7rb+5to)
TOROS: Kris Collins (6'2''-G-83, college: N.Mexico) (12pt), Ian Mahinmi (9pt+9rb), Marcus Williams (12pt)


First Roster Cuts - by Surujh Roopnarine
Anaheim Arsenal: Released Jason Harris (6'4''-G-83, college: Sacramento St.), Chester Mason (6'4''-G-81, college: Miami, OH), Theo Little (6'10''-C-84, college: Arkansas St.) and Roy Bright (6'6''-F-86, college: Delaware St.)
Los Angeles D-Fenders: Released Seth Robinson (6'6''-F, agency: Court Side), Brandon Worthy (6'2''-G-84) and John White
Colorado 14ers: Released Eric Parker (6'10''-C) and Tony Champion (6'10''-C-80, college: Sacramento St.)
Bakersfield Jam: Released Justin Bellegarde (6'9''-F-81, college: Washington St.), Joey Britto (6'6''-G-83, college: Mass.-Dartmouth), Jejuan Plair (6'1''-G-85) and Mike Hart
Utah Flash: Released Casey Love (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Robert Morris)
Dakota Wizards: Released Tony Murphy (6'4''-G-86, college: Norfolk St.), Darius Mattear (6'6''-F-81, college: UTEP), Tim Drisdom (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah) and Tim Blackwell (6'4''-G-84)


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Liga Premier 2008 ends Regular Season - by Jaime Arevalo
San Marcos-2 and Cosmos-2 ended with the same record the Liga Premier regular season, but the first place went to San Marcos-2, thanks to a better point average. The final standings are as follows:
TEAMS JJ JG JP PA PE AVERAGE PTS
1. SAN MARCOS 16 14 2 1305 998 307 30
2. COSMOS 16 14 2 1185 971 214 30 2
3. UFG 16 13 3 1289 1090 199 29 3
4. DENVER 16 9 7 1191 1168 23 25 4
5. FELINOS 16 4 12 1 1092 1233 -141 21 5
6. ITCA 16 4 12 1 1110 1266 -156 21 6
7. SANTA TECLA 16 4 12 1135 1328 -193 20 7
8. UTEC 16 2 14 -1 923 1133 -210 17 8

All the teams advance to the playoff, and the quartefinal pairings are as follows:
1 vrs 8 SAN MARCOS VRS UTEC
2 vrs 7 COSMOS VRS SANTA TECLA
3 vrs 6 UFG VRS ITCA
4 vrs 5 DENVER VRS FELINOS


Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 3-0 
 2. Denver 1-1 
 3. Cosmos 1-1 
 4. San Marcos 1-2 
 5. UTEC 0-2 


LSB Round 2 and 3 - by Jaime Arevalo
The Favourite team ExSal won again in the second Day of the LSB league, defeating 103-85 Cosmos, while San Marcos felto to Denver 73-83. In Day 3, Denver started well its game vs. ExSal, winning the first quarter 16-13, but the comeback of ExSal was very strong (32-11 at the halftime) and this team won its third game in a row, 94-71, led bu Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) and Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84). In the other game of the third round, San Marcos prevailed over UTEC 76-71. Sergio Zetino (173-G-87) and Cesar Garay (185-G/F-85) led the San Marcos attack, being the main factors in the first win of the season.

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Besiktas signs Jimmy Baxter - by Andrej Ljajic

Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida), who was signed today by Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul, started the 2008/2009 season with Base Oostende averaging 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 4 Belgian League games this season. He was released from the Base Oostende roster together with coach Vukoicic after 4 defeats in the Belgian League. Jimmy Baxter shined with BK Ventspils last season, averaging 19.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 ULEB Cup games, becoming the fifth top scorer in the competition. He has also played for Edimes Pavia and Reggio Emilia in Italy, Dijon in France, the Southern Crescent Lightning in the WBA and Oliveirense in Portugal. Jimmy Baxter won the 2006 French Cup title with Dijon. He already played against Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul in the ULEB Cup last season, averaging 17 points on 5-for-7 three-pointers. Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul is hoping to recover all financial problmens and to hold on to all the players on the roster.



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  GERMANY   


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Give Captain Pascal Roller A Birthday Win Over The Nordlingen Giants In Cup Play 74 To 64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber




Even though the 32nd birthday of Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was filled with many cakes, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt come to eat, but play against The Nordlingen Giants and escape with a humbling 74 to 64 win in cup action. I had enough cake today. We had three cakes at lunch and I am filled right now, joked Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) after the game in the tunnel of the Ballsporthalle. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners last reached the Top four in 2005 and are as hungry as a baby kitten yearning for its mothers milk to finally reach the last four again. It was not a pretty win, but sometimes just winning is soothing no matter how one played. We controlled the game and at the end were just a bit more clever and didnt let them bring us out of our rhythm and we got some good calls at the end, stated Skyliner captain Pascal Roller. One could of almost felt sorry for the Nordlingen Giants, with Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) and Loderick Stewart having too depart the team weeks ago and getting bitter injuries to big men Avi Kazarnovski and Ty Shaw, the team played with a lot of heart and showed that they had extreme fighting qualities. We played really hard, but once again it wasnt enough. We really got beat up under the boards too. We made some mental mistakes down the stretch, which cost us the game, explained Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement).


The beginning looked anything like a cup atmosphere and instead of seeing a tight defensive game, the fans were offered a high paced and quick scoring game. After Domonik Bahiense De Mello opened the scoring with a three pointer, both teams traded 5-0 runs. Canadian Osvaldo Jeanty showed his versatile play by burying a three pointer and then gliding into the zone with a hoop. Frankfurt responded with outside shots from Ilian Evtimov and Pascal Roller. Hardly two minutes had been played, and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led 8-5. April fools is still five months away, but coach Murat Didin wasnt fooling anyone as he started with out Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL). Nordlingen German center Josef Eichler (200-F-87) found an opening in the zone and finished with a two handed dunk. The Frankfurt defense was still getting used to the fast Nordlingen tempo as American Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) spun around Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) giving Nordlingen the lead back to 9-8.


In the next few minutes, Frankfurt showed how dangerous they can be when their offensive machine is on full throttle as they rushed out on a 14-2 run. Frankfurt scored in the zone with Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), connected from outside from Evtimov, De Mello and Roller and De Mello again on the fast break. Frankfurt led 22 to 11 as Nordlingen had fallen into a small offense and defensive hole. However, Nordlingen crawled out of their cavity like a cheerful groundhog and answered with a 7-0 run to climb back to 22-18. Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) and Osvaldo Jeanty did the damage. Frankfurt led 25 to 18 after one quarter. The two stats that made the difference were the Frankfurt three point supremacy of 56% to 27% and the seven assists spoke for their concentrated organization.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed a lot of poise and patience with the Nordlingen run and gun offense and started with a 6-1 run to extend their lead to 31 to 20. Pascal Roller hit from outside, then Anthony King made his first appearance and rammed his way to the basket and layed it in softly like a tame Lion. Pascal Roller showed his athletic beauty as he scored a lay up while falling. German Konrad Wysocki scored the next three baskets and Frankfurt led 38 to 26. On the third bucket, he was open so long behind the three point line, that he could of easily drawn rough preliminary plans for his dream house. Ilian Evtimov followed with a three pointer. Frankfurt led 41 to 26, but instead of taking a comfortable 15 point lead into halftime, Frankfurt lost a bit of concentration as Nordlingen scored five unanswered points. Omari Westley could easily audition for the beast in beauty and the beast, as he controlled an offensive rebound and drove by two Skyliners. He then drowned a buzzer beater at halftime. The three point percentage of Nordlingen remained a disaster as they were shooting only 25%. But the most surprising stat was that both teams had made 14 points in the paint and that Frankfurt had held back making more points down low.


The first few minutes of the third quarter looked less like BBL Basketball, but more like a pick up basketball game with numerous mistakes. Basketball can sometimes look a work of art, but this was as distant of the Mona Lisa as could only be. The game now was taking more cup atmosphere as each team was fighting to win, but Frankfurt remained with more options on offense. The first four hoops were made by Osvaldo Jeanty and Ilian Evtimov with two hoops a piece. Even though Frankfurt still led 48 to 42, Nordlingen was dominating the quarter and continuing to show their fighting spirits. Frankfurt simply couldnt shake Nordlingen as they were like hungry pit bulls never letting loose. After three quarters, Frankfurt led 55 to 44 and it wasnt only Nordlingen(29%) that had a poor three point percentage, but Frankfurt was lousy at 36%. Frankfurt had taken control of the rebounding duel 31 to 28.


Both teams saved some fire power for the last quarter as Nordlingen got started sooner going on a 5-0 run with hoops from German Carl Mbassa (194-G/F-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and American Omari Westley in the zone. However Nordlingen simply couldnt get any closer and Frankfurt always had an answer. It didnt matter where Konrad Wysocki was on the floor, on this day the opponents end was his own big living room. He scored from the wing with a penetration move and then from outside. Frankfurt led again with breathing room 61 to 51. Of course the starters of Nordlingen were logging many minutes and they werent finding any place to fill up their gas tanks down the stretch. It is tough to win games, when your tired, said Osvaldo Jeanty. Frankfurt then showed some of their nicest passing combinations of the night as De Mello made a quick pas to Allen underneath. Then it was time for ex Skyliner Carl Mbassa to have his short time in the Basketball spotlight as he scored five points including a three pointer and a lay up off a fast break. Omari Westley did some more dirty work in the zone scoring off a nice feed from Monta McGhee. Frankfurt only led 63 to 58. Nordlingen stopped Frankfurt on offense, but Omari Westley then got stuck with a traveling call. That was the turning point of the game. The Westley turnover and then the three pointer by Pascal Roller. We then held the ball for a minute got a few offensive rebounds that hurt them, said Ilian Evtimov. After an Allen bucket and two free throws for Pascal Roller, Frankfurt led 71 to 58 and gave the team a first signal that Hamburg is getting closer and closer. After the turnover by Westley, we had a mental breakdown. Roller then hit a three pointer. We had mental fatigue and we simply were back too much to come back, commented Osvaldo Jeanty.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Konrad Wysocki with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ilian Evtimov chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Birthday boy Pascal Roller added 14 points and four assists. American Derrick Allen contributed 13 points. The Nordlingen Giants were led by American Omari Westley with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Osvaldo Jeanty added 16 points.


Cup games where one team is the big favourite can sometimes be very dangerous games, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed down the stretch, that there was a difference from a first and second class team. Both teams didnt shoot well, and Frankfurt controlled the boards 43 to 36. At the end, Nordlingen couldnt compensate their injuries on the court with the needed baskets in the fourth quarter. The experience and deeper bench also helped Frankfurt pull out the win. Even though it wasnt a pretty win, Ilian Evtimov was very happy by the performance of his team. We ran the court well and rebounded well. We also had good defense on their guards and the triangle defense worked. We also did a good job stopping their fast break. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host the New York Phantom Braunschweig on Sunday November 23 at 15:00.



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. 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 you and 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.


Wolfenbuettel try out British guard - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B-club Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will have a look at British point guard Michael Gayle (175-G-84) the next two weeks ahead of a possible move. The 24-year-old has already joined the teams practice and could make his debut against Mainz on Saturday, if the papers will be ready in time. Gayle spent the past two years in the British Basketball League with the Worcester Wolves. During 2007-08 he saw action in 31 games and averaged 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per outing.
Meanwhile, Nils Staebe (201-F-88) has set a stop to his basketball career with immediate effect. The 20-year-old player, a member of the German U16-National Team in 2003-04, is suffering from heavy back problems since summer. Medical attendance and physiotherapy did not result in healing so far.


SUM Baskets Braunschweig add Ivan Jenkins - by Moritz Korff
Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, college: Lambuth) has joined the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig from the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. He will be the second import player on the roster. Jenkins played for the Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga North) in this past season and scored 23.3 points per contest in 10 RLN-games. In 2006-07, his senior-year in college, Jenkins suited up for Lambuth University (31 games: 18.7ppg, 3.6apg, 2.6rpg, 2.0spg) and was named to the 2007 All-NAIA Division One All-America Second Team.

Steeples get two fresh faces - by Moritz Korff
Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have added some size to its squad by bringing in Michael Oppland (204-F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Calumet) and Cleve Woodfork (206-C/F-83, college: Tennessee-Martin).
Woodfork comes off a season with Worthing Thunder in the British second division, EBL. He led the team to the final of the EBL Trophy. Before moving abroad, Woodfork spent four years of college basketball at NCAA Division One's University of Tennessee at Martin. In his final season (2006-07) he tallied 10.5 points and 5 rebounds per contest (31 games).
Oppland, whos twin brother Dan is a member of BBC Bayreuth, started this past season in Finland and agreed to terms with the Kaiserslautern Braves in November 2007. He appeared in 23 games of the Pro A and averaged 8.7 points plus 4.2 boards a game.


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Costa Cafe Marousi sign Giorgos Diamantopoulos - by Eurobasket
Costa Cafe Marousi agreed terms with 28-year old domestic forward Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80, agency: Interperformances). Diamantopoulos played most recently at Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine).

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Hanzevast Capitals Extend Contract of Dutch NT-player Rogier Jansen - by Fred Roggen
Hanzevast Capitals announced today that they have extended the contract of Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side). The guard signed Thursday a contract with Hanzevast Capitals until the 2011-2012 season. Jansen: 'This contract tells me that Hanzevast Capitals is very satisfied and I am tremendously happy at the club'. Groningen is by far the best basketball city of Holland. According to coach Marco van den Berg, 'Jansen is the best Dutch one-on-one player in the league'.

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ZTE could win against Kormend on the western derby - by Balazs Radics
ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK - LAMI-VED-KORMEND 90-84 (24-28, 21-26, 25-17, 20-13)
Zalaegerszeg, 3000 att. Ref: Szabo G., Mar, Domonkos
ZTE: HINNANT 20/3, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 29/9, Kaman 10/6, Jones 3, Helbich 4. Sub: TREPAK 11/3, Gaspar 9/6, TOTH A. 4, Simon. Head Coach: Volgyi Peter
KORMEND: Ferencz 12/6, Fodor G. 3/3, Fodor M. 7/3, BIALEK 25/9, Banks 6. Sub: Keresztes 8, AURIANTAL 16/6, Trummer 6/6, Kocsis, Hegedus 1. Head Coach: Krivacsevics Dragoljub


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 4-0 
 2. Saba 4-0 
 3. Mahram 4-1 
 4. Ararat 3-2 
 5. Kordestan 2-1 
 6. a.s Pipe 2-2 
 7. Zob Ahan 2-2 
 8. BEEM 2-3 
 9. Shahrekord 2-3 
 10. Langeroud 1-2 
 11. Gorgan 1-4 
 12. Azad 0-3 
 13. Khorasan 0-4 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you some contacts with teams?

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

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

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

For more information about other forms of income contact bennett_davison@hotmail.com



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KBDL players hit the boards for another Kentucky team - by Thom McQueen

Players from the KBDL now grace the roster of a new ABA team, the Kentucky Bisons. LaMar Owen (6'5''-F-83, college: S.Illinois), Boris Siakam (6'7''-F-85, college: W.Kentucky), Brandon Stockton (5'9''-G-84, college: Kentucky) and Jamie Jackson (6'5''-F-86, college: Bellarmine), and Aubrey White (6'3''-G-85) have all signed to play professional basketball for the Boson. All four have shown their talents in the KBDL. 'Well, you know that they will have a good team and will give the fans a great show', said KBDL VP Kevin Listerman.
The KBDL signed over 20 players from the 2008 season. 'Brandon is one of my favorite players, he's just a great guy', said Thom McQueen, 'I certainly hope he does well with them.'

Good luck to the Bison from all of the KBDL.



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Standings - LBAL
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera-2 6-1 
 2. Saldus 6-1 
 3. ASK/Juniors 6-2 
 4. RNS-D/Livani 5-3 
 5. Zemgale/Juniors 5-3 
 6. Ridzene/Barons 4-3 
 7. Jurmala 4-3 
 8. Keizarmezs-2 4-5 
 9. Kandava 3-5 
 10. Ventspils au. 3-6 
 11. Liepajas Papirs 2-5 
 12. BA Riga 1-7 
 13. SK Cesis 0-5 


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


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Varda leaves Zalgiris - by Simas Baranauskas
Zalgiris continues to face bad luck - the Serbian center Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) left the club. The player hasn't received a salary from Zalgiris for two of the three months he had spent in Kaunas. This was another result of the financial crisis in the team - Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) had left the team earlier in the season, also because of an unpaid salary. Ratko Varda mentioned that if he got paid, he would be more than glad to return to Zalgiris, but this seems more than unlikely. It has also been said that another center Loren Woods left the club, but only temporarily after doctors advised his wife not to travel back home to the USA alone because of her medical condition.Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona)


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Contern wins 3 in a row!! Heffingen hits rock bottom with 0-7 record! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Heffingen 56 - Contern 76

Heffignen, Luxembourg
Heffingen is still looking for its first win and as it appears, it may be a while before they find one with T71(4-3), Amicale(5-2), Black Star(4-3), and Etzella(4-3) on the progroam for the next several weeeks. Contern's 4th period defense stifled Heffingen last Saturday evening holding the home team to only 9 points to win by 20. Going into the 4th, Heffingen was hanging in there, down by only 6, still with hope of pulling out a first win. Heffingen's Camille Feltes was unable to play because of knee problems and other than Manou Scholtus(11 points, 8 rebs), American Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) didn't get much help from the young squad. Anderson took 8 rebounds as well, scored 24 points and blocked 4 shots. Contern's Eric Jeitz topped all scorers with 30 followed by Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) with 12. Nearly all the other Contern players scored with a team effort offensively and shot well from 2 point range (60%) while limiting Heffingen to less than 37% with another great defensive effort. Contern, of the DBBL's hottest teams for the time being, will host Etzella next on Saturday night, November 22. Heffingen must travel to Dudelange and face a tough T71 squad that is coming off a 10 point win over Racing.

Heffingen: 21 field goals, 6 three pointers, 8 for 16 free throws, 28 rebounds 18 fouls and 15 turnovers
Zender 4, Anderson 24, Scholtus 11, Hetto 7, J. Thesen 2, also Schumacher, C. Weyrich 2 and K. Thesen 6
Contern: 29 field goals, 2 three pointers, 16 for 22 free throws, 28 rebounds, 17 fouls and 12 trunovers
Jeitz 30, Becker 7, Fasbender 4, Diederich 8, Gary 12, also Braun 7, Torres 1, Majerus and Bissener 7

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 20-21, Halftime 33-36, 3rd Q 47-53, Final 56-76
140 Spectators



Amicale upends defending Champions Sparta! De Pree with 21 rebounds & 7 assists! - by Alex Meyers
November 15, 2008

Amicale 89 - Sparta 78

Steinsel, Luxembourg
Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) of Amicale scored only 16 points last Saturday night in Steinsel, but he did so much more to help his team to their biggest win of the season. DePree had 3 steals, 7 assists and 21 huge rebounds to lead Amicale to 5-2 and to 2nd place in the DBBL, which sets up the big showdown with Musel Pikes(6-1) on Sunday, November 23rd in Remich. The game was very close with Sparta going up by as many as 10 in the middle of the 2nd period. Amicale fought back and took a 1 point lead just before the half. The second half belonged mostly to Amicale, where they went up by as many as 13 points on several occasions finally winning by 11. The match's end was marred by technical fouls and unsportsmanlike technical fouls from Sparta's coach Philippe Giberti and its captain Chris Wulff and center Pit Hoffmann. Sparta's Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) was hot early, scoring 18 of his team's 25 first quarter points. Smith wound up with 36 points. Christian Wulff and Julien Hublart added 14 and 12 points respectively. De Pree, on the other hand, had plenty of help from starters as well as from the bench. Four others reached double figures in scoring for the winners. Christopher Jones with 16, Luc Kartheiser 15, Chris Scholtes 13 and Christian Schartz added 10 points before fouling out with 4 minutes to go. Two key factors contributing to Amicalewin: 1)Sparta was out-rebounded 32-21, 2) Sparta shot poorly(9/19) from the free throw line. Sparta will host Racing and most likely improve to 6-2 on Friday, November 21st in Bertrange. Amicale will play in the game of the weekend in Remich vs. Musel Pikes to see who will remain or take over the top DBBL spot with just one more game left in the first half of the qualification round of the DBBL.

Amicale: 33 field goals, 7 three pointers, 16 for 22 free throws, 32 rebounds, 24 fouls and 10 turnovers
Schartz 10, Scholtes 13, De Pree 16, Jones 16, Haan 5, also Ney 7, Birenbaum 7 ,Rausch and Kartheiser 15
Sparta: 29 field goals, 11 three pointers, 9 for 19 free throws, 21 rebounds, 22 fouls and 14 turnovers
Smith 36, Wulff 14, Hublart 12, Engel 3, Hoffmann 2, also Palumbo, Klein 5 and Nittler 6

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 18-25, Halftime 46-45, 3rd Q 71-63, Final 89-78
435 Spectators


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  NBA   


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 10-2 
 2. Knicks 6-5 
 3. Raptors 6-5 
 4. 76ers 5-6 
 5. Nets 4-6 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 9-3 
 2. Pistons 8-3 
 3. Pacers 5-5 
 4. Bulls 5-7 
 5. Bucks 5-8 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 8-3 
 2. Hawks 7-4 
 3. Heat 6-6 
 4. Bobcats 3-7 
 5. Wizards 1-8 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Jazz 8-4 
 2. Nuggets 8-4 
 3. Trail Blazers 7-5 
 4. Timberwolves 2-8 
 5. Thunder 1-11 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 8-1 
 2. Suns 8-4 
 3. Warriors 5-6 
 4. Kings 5-8 
 5. Clippers 2-9 
Southwest Div.
 1. Rockets 7-5 
 2. Hornets 5-5 
 3. Spurs 5-6 
 4. Mavericks 5-7 
 5. Grizzlies 4-7 


NBA Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wizards - Hawks 87-91
Atlanta Hawks celebrated against Washington Wizards at home jumping on 7-4 record. Michael Bibby scored 25 points and dished out 6 assists, while Marvin WIlliams registered double-double, 21 points and 14 boards. Joe Johnson was close to triple-double stopping on 19 points, 8 boards and 8 assists. The Wizards got 32 points and 8 rebounds from Caron Butler staying on one win so far (1-8).

Cavaliers - Pistons 89-96
Allen Iverson netted 23, while Rasheed Wallace helped the Pistons to improve its record on 8-3 with 21 points and 15 rebounds. LeBron James and Maurice Williams contributed with 25 points each in defeat. Actually James had 6 more rebounds and 6 assists, but it was not enough for his team (9-3).

Raptors - Heat 101-95
The Raptors grabbed it in American Airlines Arena mostly owing to Andrea Bargnani and his 25 points. Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and impressive 17 rebounds. Dwayne Wade had wonderful game for the Heat collecting 40 points and 11 assists. Toronto 6-5, Miami 6-6.

Mavericks - Rockets 96-86
Road win for the Mavs, thanks to Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki, which combined 55 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists (5-7). Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston netted 16 points apiece for the hosts (7-5)

76ers - Timberwolves 96-102
Minnesota succeeded to grab the second win this season (2-8). On the other side, the 76ers slipped on 5-6. Al Jefferson drained 25 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Andre Miller posted 20 pts and dished out 6 assists in Philadelphia.

Kings - Hornets 105-96
John Salmons shined for the Kings leading it to fifth victory this season (5-8). He spent 40 minutes on the court recording 29 points and 6 assists. Chris Paul was totally the best for the Hornets adding 20 points and 15 assists. His team now has 5-5.

Clippers - Thunder 108-88
Unexpectedly easy road victory for the Clippers, which now have 2-9. The hosts remained on just one win in 12 games. Chris Kaman stepped up for the Clippers with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Kevin Durant delivered 18 points for the loosing side.

Nuggets - Spurs 91-81
San Antonio Spurs faced with another failure, this time at home against Denver Nuggets. Chauncey Billups scored 22, while Carmelo Anthony added 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Nuggets (8-4). George Hill netted 20 points for the Spurs.

Bucks - Jazz 94-105
The team of head coach Jerry Sloan was too strong for Milwaukee Bucks, thus the hosts now have 5-8. C.J. Miles top-scored for the Jazz with 25 points. The Bucks also got 25 points including 5 rebounds from Richard Jefferson (5-8).

Bulls - Trail Blazers 74-116
The Trail Blazers smashed Chicago Bulls in Portland improving on 7-5. Brandon Roy scored 20 points having 5 more rebounds for the winning side. Argentinean Andres Nocioni was better than the others in Chicago Bulls with 13 points (5-7).



Bobcats waive pair of little-used forwards and sign Dwayne Jones - by Bruno Baltazar
The Charlotte Bobcats waived little-used forwards Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) and Linton Johnson (6'8''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) and were on the verge of signing center Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) on Wednesday.
The Bobcats were also one of several teams pursuing forward Antonio McDyess as the Bobcats look for ways to boost a thin front line.

General manager Rod Higgins said the 6-foot-11 Jones would likely sign on Thursday. The former Saint Joseph's big man has played 74 games for Cleveland and Boston, and had been playing overseas.
Higgins said he has been in contact with McDyess' agent, but that nothing is imminent with the free agent, who was waived by Denver last week.

Coach Larry Brown has continually lamented his frontcourt depth, and the Bobcats have been consistently out-rebounded in their 3-7 start.

Andre Brown was signed before training camp and played in four games, scoring four points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Johnson was signed just before the start of the regular season. He appeared in two games and did not score or get a rebound.

Signing Jones would leave the Bobcats with 14 players, one shy of the league limit.

That would leave room for McDyess, if he decides he wants to be reunited with Brown, his former coach in Detroit.
Several teams have contacted McDyess, who also could end up returning to the Pistons.
'In Detroit they used to call him my second son,' Brown said. 'The last thing I want to do is pressure him. ... But he would be perfect for this team.'


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Western Washington Dominates - by Sanjey Noriega

Box Score

http://wwuvikings.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2008-2009/game01.html

From wwuvikings.cstv.com
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Ira Graham (6'1''-G) (Sr., Fontana, CA) scored a game-high 20 points to lead six Vikings in double-figure scoring as Western Washington University opened its season with a 109-69 victory over Cascade College in men's basketball action Monday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

Guard Morris Anderson (Jr., Federal Way) was just short of a triple-double for NCAA Division II Western with 12 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Center David Brittinen (Sr., Hoquiam) added 16 points off the bench, hitting all seven of his shots from the field.

Cascade, a NAIA school, fell to 4-1. Forward Jared Mace and guard Ben Pawlak each had 14 points for the Thunderbirds.

Cascade held a 9-5 lead a little over three minutes into the game, but Western ran off the next 10 points to go in front 15-9 and led the rest of the way. The Vikings closed the first half with a 12-3 run and led 59-33 at halftime.

Western's biggest lead was 49 points, 107-58, with 4:34 to play.

The Vikings shot 54.9 percent (45-of-82) from the field, and had a 53-30 advantage in rebounds. Forward Michael Duty (Jr., Seattle/O'Dea) had 14 points, and forward Steve Alford (Sr., Bakersfield, CA/South) added 13, and forward Calin Schell (Sr., Chelan) contributed 12.



Alaska Fairbanks With Tough Loss-Drops to 0-3 - by Sanjey Noriega
From alaskananooks.com
The Nanooks were this close to beating Cal State Monterey Bay, but saw their first victory of the season fade away while the Otters sealed the game at the free throw line in overtime, 90-86.

The Blue and Gold erased a 13 point first half deficit, but could not hold on to a narrow lead in the second half, with a game that featured 11 ties, and seven ties.

With the Nanooks leading by two, the Otters Dante Green stepped to the free throw line with 42 seconds left in regulation and made both. On Alaska's next possession with a chance to take the lead for good, center Kyle Risch (Norwalk, CT) committed a turnover with 26 seconds to go. The Nanooks dodged a bullet as Otters Jose Sanchez (6'4''-G) missed a jumper with four seconds left and the teams would play an extra five minutes.

In overtime, with Monterey Bay holding onto a slight lead, the Nanooks were forced to foul and put the Otters on the line. However, Monterey Bay iced the game as they made their final eight shots from the charity stripe and would not give the Blue and Gold an opportunity to tie the game, and escaped with a four point victory.

Alaska was once again paced by junior Jon Moe (Granite Falls, WA), who scored a game high 29 points. Moe has led the Nanooks in scoring in the first three games. Emmanuel Jenkins (Tacoma, WA) had his best game of the season as he poured in 25 points on 9-25 shooting from the field.

Nashorn Maynard recorded his second double-double in as many games with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Maynard continues to play very consistent for Coach Johnson and the Nanooks.

Alaska will return home from California winless at 0-3. There first two games were against teams picked to finish first and second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Monterey Bay was their best opportunity for a win, and this one will hurt the most out of the three.

The winless Nanooks must re-group before heading to Hawaii for another three game road trip. Their next game is Dec. 3 at Hawaii-Pacific.

Box Score
http://alaskananooks.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2008-2009/csumb01.html


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Rainmen roster is almost set - by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen announced two more signings, to reach the number of 11 players, one short of a full 12-man roster for their January debut in the Premier Basketball League. The newcomers are Jabulah Murray (6'3''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers) of Toronto, who attended various colleges in the USA, and swingman Rodney Mayes (6'6''-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia Tech). Both the players are good products of NCAA Division II schools. Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said the Rainmen now have two starting fives, with one more two-guard to sign. He said getting the players to buy in to team concepts will be a key.

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DBE Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma - Znicz J. 91-65
Polpharma jumped on top of the standings as they thumped Znicz 91:65 at home court. Six players scored in double figures in the win. Eric Coleman knocked down 16 points to pace Polpharma. Courtney Eldridge added 15 points for the hosts. Grady Reynolds fired 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Znicz as they slipped at 3-8 record.

Atlas Stal - Kotwica 86-94
Kotwica upset Atlas Stal 94:86 away from home to earn the seventh win in the season. The Kolobrzeg team got 24 points and 8 rebounds from Julien Mills. Kevin Hamilton dropped 16 points and dished out 7 assists for the winners. Krzystof Szubarga replied with 15 points and 6 assists for Atlas Stal.

En.Czarni - Gornik W. 96-60
Czarni Slupsk cruised past Gornik 96:60 behind 21 points from Marcin Sroka. Pawel Loenczyk contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds for Czarni as they clinched the 7th win in the season. Damien Argrett answered with 10 points for Gornik.

Prokom - Polonia 64-72
Polonia deafeted Prokom in the key matchup of the round. The Warsaw outfit built a 10-point lead at halftime and secured a 72:64 win at the end. Kevin Johnson ensured 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Michael Ansley added 13 points for Polonia. Filip Dylewicz and Koko Archibong netted 11 points each for Prokom. Both teams are now tied at 7-3 record.

Bank BPS - AZS Koszalin 84-95
Koszalin grabbed the sixth win in the championship as they punished Bank BPS 95:84 on the road. Javier Mojica scored 25 points, while George Reece added 24 points as Koszalin climbed at 6-5 record. Tony Weeden topscored for Bank BPS with 20 points.

Sportino I. - PBG Basket 74-63
Sportino Inowraclaw fired down PBG Basket 74:63. Eddie Miller dropped 20 points for Sportino. Lukasz Zytko added 16 points, while Kyle Landry notched 14 points and 12 board for the winners. Adam Wojcik posted 23 points and 7 rebounds for PBG Basket.



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Vitoria gets Graham - by Luis Rocha
After the forced departure of Willie Taylor (197-G-80, college: Va Commonwealth) and Harvey Thomas (204-F-82, college: Baylor), Vitoria sign another foreign player, Louis Graham (203-F-84). Graham has played for Georgia Southern in his college years and in the beggining of this season was in Israel, playing for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Grham is a power forward, that is very quick, and can slash between the defenders while attacking th ebasket. Is a good rebounder, but can still improve on his defense. Vitoria might sign another player, because the roster need to be balanced.

Results of the last 32 of portuguese cup - by Bruno Baltazar
Sixteen teams advanced to thenext round,last 16 of the portuguese cup after the yesterday games and no major surprises .
Highlights of the the round to Ginasio that beated Fisica in a close game as at the end of the 3rd quarter Fisica was leading but Jose Costa (187-G-73) with his 31 points,6 assists and 4 steals changed everything and gave Ginasio the win,Electrico also won against Sangalhos and expressive wins for Benfica ,Ovarense and CAB,also Porto won against Academica with Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) doing 37 points.

Complete list of results:
CD Pvoa/Monte Adriano-Samapense/Tecoimbra, 63-75
Elctrico FC-Aliana/Sangalhos, 74-66
Beira Mar-Queluz, 58-70
ACR Vale de Cambra-Ovarense Dolce Vita, 57-102
Galitos FC/Tley-FC Barreirense, 69-91
FC Porto Ferpinta-Academica, 86-77
Esgueira OLI-Basquete Barcelos, 70-54
Fsica Torres Vedras-Casino Ginasio, 66-75
Santarem Basket Clube-Maia Basket, 58-91
Academia do Lumiar-CAB Madeira, 68-103
Angra/Palmeiraspark-Benfica, 62-102
Universidade de Aveiro-V. Guimares, 71-110
BC Valenca-Seixal/SLIMCEI, 82-79
Vagos Norbain Lusovouga-Atletico/SLIMCEI, 104-64
Illiabum and Montijo advanced without playing a game.


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Arecibo stopped by Manchester in Overtime - by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains gave up a 17 point lead to Manchester Millrats, as Manchester came from behind to force an overtime period and dominate the Captains 113-110. The Captains had to play the game without the Power Forward Angel Rosa Clemente who had to return to Puerto Rico due to a tragic fatal accident in which his father was involved. Scott Hazelton scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while PJ Young scored 17 points with 7 rebounds to lead the Millrats. For Arecibo it was David Cortes who led the Captains with 25 points, followed by Monty Wilson with 20 points and 11 rebounds. This game was the second match between these two teams, the first game was won by Arecibo 92-81, these game are tune-up games for Arecibo who is looking forward to their participation in December in the Fiba America League.

Courtesy of BSN/El Nuevo Da
Angel Rosa (206-F/C-84, college: Brescia (KY))


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Div.A Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ploiesti - Targoviste 99-76
Ploiesti claimed the sixth win in the season as they stormed past Targoviste 99:76 in Round 8. Catalin Burlacu came up with an impressive game as he nailed 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for Ploiesti. Darius Hargrove added 19 points for the winners. Arthur Davis answered with 23 points for Targoviste as they slipped at 1-6 record.

Timisoara - Gaz Metan 92-74
Timisoara maintained their solid run in the Division A as they held off Gaz Metan 92:74 at home. Rade Dzambic had 26 points, 6 boards, 5 steals and 5 assists for the winning team. Nenad Markovic had 19 points in the win. Gaz Metan responded with 23 points from Zeljko Bubanja.

Mures - U.Mobitel.CN 69-89
U Mobitelco bounced back from the loss in the previous round and thrashed Tirgu Mures 89:69 on the road. Matthew Gibson was responsible for 22 points for the winners. Bambale Osby delivered 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Sean Knitter paced Mures with 15 points.

Pitesti - Rovinari 63-58
Pitesti improved to 5-3 record in the ladder after they toppled Rovinari 63:58 in a tough home game. Pitesti built a 9-point lead at the first break but successfully wasted the bigger part of it entering the fourth term ahead by just two points. However the hosts stayed cool and pulled away with a narrow win at the end. Uchechukwu Iheadindu nailed 17 points to lead Pitesti. Zoran Milovic had 15 points in the win. Rovinaru answered with 19 points from Louis Darby.

Craiova - Dinamo B. 76-72
Craiova scored just the third victory in the season as they shot down Dinamo Bucuresti 76:72. Branislav Tomic orchestrated the success as he tallied 20 points and 10 boards. Sydney Holmes added 16 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mihail-Octavian Paul knocked down 25 points and issued 7 assists for Dinamo in the loss.



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Prievidza shoot down Levice in Round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza stayed in the leading position in Slovakian Extraliga as they overcame Levice 91:76 yesterday. Greg Immink (178-G-83, college: Hope (MI)) scored 31 points to lead Prievidza to the 11th win in the season. Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winning team. Ladislav Lutovsky (200-F-75) had 24 points for Levice. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) added 14 points in the loss.
Prievidza led right from the start as they piled up a 52:37 advantage at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the second half however Prievidza did not allow to threaten the lead and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Levice thus fell at 9-4 record in the third spot in Extraliga.
Pezinok gained the tenth victory in the season as they held off Chemosvit 99:92 yesterday. Chemosvit got to a better start to the game and built a 31:23 lead at the first intermission. However Pezinok was not taken aback. They bounced back in the second period as the hosts trimmed the deficit to a single point at the interval. Pezinok then surged ahead in the third term and never looked back again in the dying minutes. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) scored 28 points for Pezinok. Jozef Bucak (207-C-81, agency: LBM Management) secured 19 points for the winners. Zachary Ingles (188-G-83, college: E.Kentucky) responded with 26 points for Poprad as they slipped at 5-8 record.


Stats Leaders - D1
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Polakovic, Inter 26.0
2. Ingles, Poprad 23.4
3 Majoros, Komarno 21.3
4. Lukjanec, Pezinok 20.3
5. Batka, Kosice 20.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Skara Bystrica 7.8
2. Whisby, Pezinok 7.6
3. Batka, Kosice 7.4
4. Pesta SNV 7.4
5. Micuda, Pezinok 7.3
Assists Per Game
1. Lawrence Nitra 7.5
2. Williams,Pezinok 7.1
3. Milosevic, Levice 7.0
4. Micka, Inter 5.5
5. Johnson, Handlova 4.6
2FGP
1. Lozancic, SNV 60.0
2. Votroubek, Nitra 60.0
3. Storcel, Prievidza 57.9
3FGP
1. Halmes, Levice 58.3
2. Hill Nitra 56.7
3. Snopko, Pezinok 50.0
Free Throws
1. Misinsky, SNV 96.9
2. Milosevic, Levice 89.2
3. Samanovic, Levice 88.9


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 6-2 
 2. KCC Egis 6-3 
 3. KT&G Kites 5-3 
 4. Orions 5-4 
 5. Mobis Phoebus 5-4 
 6. Samsung Th. 5-4 
 7. LG Sakers 4-4 
 8. ET Land B.Sl. 3-6 
 9. SK Knights 2-6 
 10. KTF M.Wings 2-7 


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Cajasol Sack Comas - by Paul Nilsen
The one thing about the inevitable is of course it always happens, hence the meaning of the word itself writes acb-basket.com. But if ever you wanted a basketball example of inevitable then the sacking of Manel Comas by Cajasol is it. The only question about his dismissal is why it took quite so long after a car-crash of a season so far including seven domestic defeats, two European losses and a rash of those being humilating blow-outs. The dreams of Seville fans about a really positive season are shattered so soon and even if a new coach can turn things round, they have lost so much ground that mid-table is all they can possibly hope for. News on a successor to follow. The loss to fellow relegation battlers Murcia last night the final straw.

ACB Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
DKV Joven. - Tau 83-97
Tau Ceramica demonstrated nice performance in Badalona netting 97 points against DKV Joventut. It means that Tau remains on top of ACB together with Kalise Granca, who also has 7-1 record. Igor Rakocevic once again top-scored for the team of head coach Dusko Ivanovic with 24 points. Tiago Splitter helped with double-double, 21 points and 12 boards. Bracey Wright drained 22 points and dished out 4 assists for the loosing side. DKV Joventut is currently on the 6th place with 5 wins and 4 defeats.

CB Murcia - Cajasol 85-75
CB Murcia celebrated 10-point win against Cajasol Sevilla improving on 3-6 record. Taquan Dean shined for the winners scoring 20 points. Chris Moss had 16 points and 6 boards, while Chris Thomas helped with 15 points and 7 assists. Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic delivered 20 points for Cajasol with pretty good shot percentage. His team remains on just one win so far (1-7).

Pamesa V. - Real Madrid 82-66
The team of head coach Neven Spahija registered unexpectedly easy victory against Real Madrid in Valencia. Shammond Williams top-scored for Pamesa with 17 points, while big guy Kosta Perovic nailed two points less, including 5 rebounds. Albert Miralles added 14 points and 8 boards. Real got 23 points from Louis Bullock and 12 from Felipe Reyes. Pamesa 5-4, Real Madrid 4-4.

Kalise G.C. - Bruesa 96-92
Another excellent victory for Granca, this time in overtime against Bruesa (19-15 OT). Joel Freeland delivered 20 points and registered 8 more rebounds for the hosts. Marcus Norris had 17, while Sitapha Savane scored 16 points. Canadian Carl English stopped on one point less in win. Andy Panko was better than the others in Bruesa with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Granca 7-1, Bruesa 2-6.

CAI Zaragoza - Granada 80-65
Larry Lewis paced CAI Zaragoza to fourth win in ACB netting 22 points for 23 minutes. Taurean Green followed with 14 points. Vlado Scepanovic posted 16 for the loosing side (4-5).

A.G. Fuenla - Unicaja 83-89
Road victory by Unicaja for 7-2. Fuenlabrada dropped on 4-4. Marcus Haislip once again was a key player for the winning squad draining 22 points. Boniface Ndong and Jiri Welsch scored 13 points apiece. Fuenla got 18 points from Saul Blanco and 17 from Brad Oleson.

Regal Barca - Ricoh Man. 70-57
Regal Barcelona succeeded to forget home defeat vs Estu in Round 7 outplaying Ricoh Manresa 70-57. Juan Carlos Navarro scored 13, while Ersan Ilyasova netted 12 points for Barca. Ilyasova also had 9 more rebounds. Fran Vasquez registered double-double for the hosts, 11 points and 13 boards. Josh Asselin was a way better than the others in Manresa collecting 18 points and 5 rebounds. Regal Barca 6-2, Manresa 4-5.

MMT Estudia. - ViveMenorca 71-61
Extrmely important victory for MMT Estudiantes as both teams had not so good 2-6 before this game. Pancho Jasen netted 16 points for the hosts. Tom WIdeman also stepped up adding 13 points. Marino Bazdaric drained 18 for ViveMenorca.



Illescas CM Urban signs Jan Martin - by Natxo Mendaza
LEB Gold member Illescas CM Urban announced on tuesday the addition of Jan Martin (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side), son of Spanish legend Fernando Martin. The new player of Illescas have been practicing with his new team for the last two weeks and will replace Reggie Moore, who is expected to leave soon because of financial reasons. Martin, who spent the last two seasons in Real Madrid farm team, assured that he is really 'happy to be here. The atmosphere in this team is fantastic and there are very good players. If team keeps working as hard as it's doing right now, we will avoid relegation for sure'.

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TB2L Stats Leaders
TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Mahmutoglu, Pertev. 22,0
2 Kutluay, ITU 21,7
3 Gursu, G.Banvit. 21,6
4 Gordon, Olin Edirne 20,8
5 Garrison, Pamukkale 20,8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Parham, Akcakoca 13,3
2 Garrison, Pamukkale 11,0
3 Harvey, Usak 10,4
4 Boswell, Trabzon 10,4
5 Caudle, Gelisim 10,4
Assists Per Game
1 Demirok, TED 6,4
2 Seyit Ay, Bursa 6,0
3 Bayrak, ITU 5,6
4 Gacemer, Gelisim 5,2
5 Eryuz, Vestel 4,8
Steals Per Game
1 Karabulut, Orman 3,8
2 Celebioglu, G.Banvit 3,2
3 Gursu, G.Banvit. 3,2
4 Kocamis, Gelisim 2,8
5 Akyildiz, Ankara B. 2,6
Blocks Per Game
1 Harvey, Usak 3,2
2 Garrison, Pamukkale 2,8
3 Adual, ITU 2,2
4 Boswell, Trabzon 2,0
5 Johnson, Orman 1,6


Baxter for Eagles! - by Sinan Can
After the departure of Jovo Stanojevic, Mario Austin, Besiktas trying to hold on back with a solid roster as Istanbul team announced the signing of Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida). American forward has played for Ventspils last season as he averaged 19.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 games in ULEB Cup. The club's financial situation rumoured as 'still in doubt' but Baxter's signing looks like a decent addition to the team. Also, there had been some rumours that Besiktas is negotiating with American center Jelani McCoy (208-F/C-77, college: UCLA) too.

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 


TBL Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Fener.Ulker 69-63
In derby game of Round 6 between two Euroleague teams, Efes Pilsen celebrated against Fenerbahce Ulker handing it the first defeat in TBL. Marvis Thornton and Charles Smith scored 14 points each for the winners. Devin Smith contributed with 15 points for the loosing side. Both teams are now on 5-1 record.

Besiktas - Aliaga 73-76
Besiktas disappointed its fans once again this season suffering home defeat vs Aliaga. Reha Oz shined for the visitors with 21 points. Aubrey Reese followed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Cevher Ozer and Muratcan Guler combined 32 points and 22 boards for the hosts. Aliaga improved on 3-3, while Besiktas dropped on 1-5.

Oyak Renault - T.Telekom 70-76
Turk Telekom was better than Oyak Renault on the road remaining the only undefeated team in TBL after 6 rounds. Micahel Wright this time was the leading player in Besiktas collecting 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kristofer Land helped with 13 points. Evren Buker top-scored for the hosts with 16 points (3-3).

Erdemir - Galatasaray 53-63
5-1 for Galatasaray Cafe Crown and 1-5 for Erdemir after this round. Croatian center Andrija Zizic nailed 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Galata. Erdemir got 11 points from Erdal Bibo.

Mersin - Darussafaka 86-74
Inanc Koc paced Mersin to home win against Darussafaka scoring 20 points for 34 minutes (3/3 from beynd the arc). Sean Banks once again shined in Darussafaka draining 21 points. These two teams are one the same record now, 3-3.

TED Koleji - Banvit 68-78
As it was expected, Banvit was too much for TED Koleji moving up in TBL on 4-2. On the other hand, the hosts are winless yet (0-6). Joseph Crispin poured in 22 points for the winnings squad, while Lance Williams also stepped up with 19 points and 10 boards. Adnan Kulcebas contributed with 19 points in defeat.

Kepez Bld - Antalya 88-89
Tiny road victory for Antalya, meaning that Kepez Bld stays at the bottom of the standings, together with TED Koleji. Antalya jumped on 4-2. Marcus Melvin and Michael Green combined 41 points for the team of head coach Orhun Ene. Robert Traylor delivered 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Kepez.

Karsiyaka - Selcuk Uni. 93-92
Both teams entered into this round with 2 wins and 3 defeats. Karsiyaka grabbed it mostly owing to Ralph Mims, who demonstrated fantastic performance. He played almost the entire time netting 29 points and missing only one board for double-double. Ekenechukwu Ibekwe was great in Selcuk adding 31 points and 9 rebounds.





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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Botas Spor hands the first EuroCup loss to Dexia Namur - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Dexia Namur 74-66

Botas Spor surprised Dexia Namur handing it the first loss in EuroCup, Group L. Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) demonstrated wonderful performance for the Turkish team. She got 35 minutes draining 29 points and pulling down impressive 16 rebounds. Her shot percentage was on a high level (10/12 FG2, 9/15 FTs). Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) netted 18, while Durdane Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) helped the winners with 12 points. Their team currently has 2-3 in Group L. Until today undefeated Dexia Namur got 18 points and 7 assists from Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69). Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) also scored 18, but with 5 rebounds.
First quarter was totally leveled 19-19. Botas Spor intensified its defense in the next one letting Dexia to score only 11 points. The hosts netted 18 creating decent plus 7 at the half time. Marcedes Walker was totally unstoppable today, and mostly owing to her Botas Spor succeeded to stop Dexia on its way in third quarter, 19-23. Actually, visitors made turn 46-48 but Walker led 10-5 run for her team heading into the last frame with 56-53. In just 5 minutes Botas Spor made 13-4 run for unreachable 69-57.

Botas Spor: Marcedes Walker 29+16 boards, Angela Tisdale 18+4 as, Durdane Gulsah Gumusay 12
Dexia Namur: Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 18+7 as, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 18+5 boards


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Cesis blasts Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
KK Zeljeznicar - Cesis 63-84 (EuroCup)

Cesis destroyed KK Zeljeznicar at their home court in Sarajevo 84-63. It was maybe the last chance for the Bosnian team to register victory in Group I, but that didn't happen. In the last round Zeljeznicar will meet Lavezzini in Italy, while Cesis goes to Greece for a match against Esperides. As usually, Ieva Tare (185-F-74) shined for Cesis recording double-double, 18 points and 10 boards including 6 assists. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) scored 17, while Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) added one point less for the winners. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) was a way better than the others in Zeljeznicar finishing the game with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) and Samra Omerbasic (190-C-90) posted 10 points apiece.
Visitors were great from behind the arc in this game. They drained 10 triples from 24 attempts. On the other hand Zeljeznicar had just 2. Cesis managed to score impressive 33 points in the first quarter and after that 23 in the second one. It is 56 points in the first half time, and no reason for Zeljeznicar to expect something good for the rest of the time. At the middle of third quarter it was 43-62 for Cesis. The hosts came on minus 14 at the beginning of the last frame, but they needed a way more against very motivated Cesis today. Willnett Crockett made the last jump shot for the visitors setting the score on 63-84.

KK Zeljeznicar: Natasa Mikic 25+7 boards, Elisa Bue 10+12 boards+4 as, Samra Omerbasic 10+7 boards
Cesis: Ieva Tare 18+10 boards+6 as, Willnett Crockett 17+7 boards, Santa Dreimane 16


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Dunav Econt better than Crvena Zvezda in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt - Crvena Zvezda 56-44 (EuroCup)

Bulgarian Dunav Econt succeeded to beat Serbian representative Crvena Zvezda at home celebrating the first win in Group C. Visitors are on the same record now. In the first game between these two teams the score was 70-52 for Zvezda. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) top-scored for the winning squad with 13 points. She also had 5 more rebounds for 33 minutes. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) and Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) added 10 points each. Visiting team didn't have any player with double digits in scoring. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) was the best one with 9, but including impressive 15 rebounds. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) stopped on 8 plus 8. Interesting is that Serbian team outjumped Dunav having 8 rebounds more at the end. However, Zvezda's biggest problem was shot percentage as they had only 17/43 for FG2 and 1/14 from beyond the arc. It is very important to be mentioned that Crvena Zvezda scored just 15 points for the entire second half. Third quarter was extremely low-scoring one and Zvezda was better despite only 9 pts (6-9). Anyway, Dunav finally improved its stroke during the last ten minutes pouring in 22 points. It was a way more than enough for the first victory.

Dunav Econt: Zornitza Kostova 13+5 boards, Anna Rimpova 10+4 boards, Natalia Topalova-Shopova 10
Crvena Zvezda: Iva Roglic 9+15 boards, Jelena Maksimovic 8+8 boards


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Cras Taranto victorious in Croatia against Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Cras Basket Taranto 59-82 (EuroCup)

Cras Basket Taranto didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Gospic in Croatia 82-59. It is the fourth victory by the Italian team in Group F. At the same time Gospic faced with third defeat (2-3). As usually, Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) was on her level draining 19 points for just 18 minutes. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) scored 12, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) helped the winners with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) was the only player with more than ten points in Gospic, 14 pts and 5 rebounds. Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) posted 9 points apiece.
Gospic was not capable to compete against powerful Taranto in this game. It became clear during the first 20 minutes, which visitors finished 36-48. Marija Vrsaljko and her teammates woke up after the breather starting to play slightly better. It resulted with 45-51 in 25th minute. However, Gospic's bright moments didn't last long as Taranto very quick answered with 16-5 run. At that point of game the winner was already known. The hosts registered only 16 rebounds for the entire game, what was their main problem. Taranto grabbed 25.

Gospic: Marija Vrsaljko 14+5 boards, Emanuela Salopek 9, Jelena Ivezic 9
Cras Basket Taranto: Suzy Batkovic 19, Michelle Greco 12, Megan Mahoney 11+7 boards


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  CYPRUS - Women  


AEL outplays Gran Canaria in Limassol - by Eurobasket News
KV Imperial AEL - Gran Canaria 71-59 (EuroCup)

KV Imperial AEL outplayed Gran Canaria in Limassol jumping on 3-2 in Group F. On the other hand Granca dropped on 1-4 staying without any chances for the 1/16 finals. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) finished the game with double-double for the winning team, 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bosnian Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) had 14, while Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) scored 12 points. Elena Alamo (170-G-81) was the best scorer in Granca with 14 points. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) netted 11 but including 15 rebounds, while Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) posted 10 pts.
It is interesting, but the hosts had biggest advantage during the first ten minutes. AEL opened the game with furious 8-0 and later another 8-2 run. Until the end of the first period they succeeded to extend their lead even more, 26-10. Elena Alamo and her teammates somehow recovered from this early shock managing to come on 35-27 until the half time. During the first 7-8 minutes of third frame it was plus 8-12 for AEL. After that moment Elena Alamo and Adrijana Knezevic shined for San Jose cutting the margin on 5 points, 52-47. However, until the end of the game they succeeded to touch minus 5 just one more time. It was a signal for AEL, who immediately answered and through Shyra Ely resolved question about the winner.

AEL: Shyra Ely 21+10 boards, Azra Becirovic 14+5 boards+ 4 as, Biljana Pesovic 12
Gran Canaria: Elena Alamo 14+4 boards, Iva Perovanovic 11+15 boards, Tiina Sten 10


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Ibiza cruises past Kara Trutnov for 5-0 in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov - Ibiza-PDV 71-83 (EuroCup)

Ibiza-PDV had pretty good game against Kara Trutnov on the road keeping the perfect 5-0 record in Group H. The hosts slipped on 3-2. The other two participants in the same pool, Arvi Marijampole and ICIM Arad, have 1-4. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up for her team pouring in 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Alicia Lopez (182-G/F-76) also was on a high level adding 20 points. Shannon Johnson (173-G-86) followed these two players with 11 pts. Kara Trutnov got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Katerina Krizova (184-F-80). Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) had 14, while Michaela Ivanova (180-F-84) stopped on 10 points.
Ibiza-PDV's players were much stronger in the paint. They finished this game collecting 35 rebounds, while the hosts grabbed only 24. Ibiza also had pretty decent 26/46 for FG2. Game is decided already in the first half as visitors earned 36-45. At the beginning of third quarter Kara Trutnov succeeded to get closer on 41-45, but it was their maximum today. Very soon it was 48-59 for Ibiza. Last ten minutes were just the formality as visitors kept their lead without any extra efforts.

Kara Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 18+5 boards, Katerina Hindrakova 14+4 boards, Michaela Ivanova 10
Ibiza-PDV: Sancho Lyttle 27+12 boards, Alicia Lopez 20+4 boards, Shannon Johnson 11


Umana Reyer sparked a 15-0 run to stun Gambrinus - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer -Gambrinus 82:73

Umana Reyer continues to dominate 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. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) netted 13, while Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) collected 9 points and 21 rebounds. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
Gambrinus managed to start with 7-0 run to show their ambitions for the game. The favorite of the group trailed in the majority of the first period and tied the game only by the end. Hayden-Johnson made a free throw for 19:19 and then Italian team had 23:22 at the end of the first. With 23-20 the hosts extended to 46:42 as the teams went to the lockers.
Gambrinus hoped for the win and remained tough in the third period. Zirkova gave her team 55:54 and Fegyverneky closed the frame at 60:58. Trailing 2 points in the last period the hosts sparked a 15-0 run that put the Italian team in control for good. The final 82:73 score remains them on top of the group and one of two undefeated teams in Euroleague this season.
In another games Wauters Ann led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B over ESB Lille Metropole in France. MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga 69:59 on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary.

Umana Reyer: Simona Ballardini 20 points, Giorgia Sottana 13, Vanessa Hayden-Johnson 9 points 21 rebounds
Gambrinus: Tamika Whitmore 15, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) 12


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BC Star surprises Spartak Noginsk in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
BC Star - Spartak Noginsk 67-52 (EuroCup)

Surprisingly easy victory for BC Star, the first one in Group L. Despite the hosts do not have any chance to reach 1/16 finals, they played tough handing Spartak Noginsk the second defeat, 3-2. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) paced BS Star to victory collecting 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) added 13 points missing one board for double-double, while Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) also had 13 pts. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) had 15 points and 9 boards in defeat. Svetlana Khusainova (192-C-75) scored 11.
BC Star was on a great level at the beginning of the game. After opening 11-11, the hosts created wonderful 12-0 run. At the middle of the second stanza Nelli Nevzorova netted a jump shot for Spartak brining her team on 24-20. Davineia Payne and her teammates immediately answered and until the half time it again was plus 8 for the hosts, 32-24. BC Star played mature after the breather succeeded to keep their lead in style. Actually, the extended it even more before the last 10 minutes, 46-32. Spartak Noginsk woke up after that trying at least to treat, but BC Star was too strong in this game. At the end it was comfortable 15-point win, but unfortunately it came too late for the 1/16 finals.

BC Star: Davineia Payne 20+8 boards+7 as, Ashley Wallace 13+9 boards, Gerly Kostla 13+4 as
Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 15+9 boards, Svetlana Khusainova 11


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Eurocup Round: 5 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Dynamo M. - MBK Ruz. 88-41
The team of Slovakian head coach Natalia Hejkova had no mercy for Slovakian representative MBK Ruzomberok blasting it with plus 47. It is fifth consecutive victory for Dynamo Moscow, who already secured a spot for the 1/16 finals a week ago. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, who scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists. Actually, Marina Kuzina also can the same 'award' as she collected 15 points and 7 boards for just 17 minutes. Belinda Snell helped Dynamo with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ruza struggled a lot at the offensive end, which resulted without any player with double digits in scoring. Simona Podesvova posted 9, while Lucia Kupcikova scored one points less.

AZS Gorzow - Targoviste 77-74
Polish Gorzow secured the second win in the EuroCup season as they held off Targoviste at home court. The win allowed the hosts to catch up with the Romanian team in the ladder of Group A. The sides are now tied at 2-3 record in the second spot. Justyna Zurowska came up with 16 points to pace Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner added 15 points, while Lindsay Taylor and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk had 11 points apiece in the win. Monika Boriga fired 21 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma tallied 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.


Group B
Bnot Hash. - Sf.Gheorghe 81-91
Sf. Gheorghe grabbed extremely important road victory against Bnot Hasharon moving up in Group B on 3-2. The same record also have Dynamo Kursk and Challes. Israeli representative slipped on 1-4, having just theoretically chances for the 1/16 finals. Ildiko Vass was a key player for Sf. Gheorghe registering double-double, 25 points and 10 rebounds. Olga Cazac also stepped up for her team with 21 points, while Judit Kajdacsi added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Charde Houston of Bnot Hasharon was totally the best player in this game. She spent almost the entire time on the court draining 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Temeka Johnson contributed with 15 points and 8 assists in defeat.

Dynamo K. - Challes 69-54
Anastasia Bocharova scored 15 points and Dynamo Kursk held off Challes in the battle of EuroCup Group B leaders in Russia. Maria Garifullina added 13 points and 5 rebounds as Kursk leapfrogged Challes on top of the pool. The hosts looked better throughout the encounter and deservedly posted the third win in the tournament. The French side were not rescued by 17 points from Sylvia Janostinova. Aida Fall added 10 points in the loss.


Group C
Dunav - Crvena Zv. 56-44
Bulgarian Dunav Econt succeeded to beat Serbian representative Crvena Zvezda at home celebrating the first win in Group C. Visitors are on the same record now. In the first game between these two teams the score was 70-52 for Zvezda. Zornitza Kostova top-scored for the winning squad with 13 points. She also had 5 more rebounds for 33 minutes. Anna Rimpova and Natalia Topalova-Shopova added 10 points each. Visiting team didn't have any player with double digits in scoring. Iva Roglic was the best one with 9, but including impressive 15 rebounds. Jelena Maksimovic stopped on 8 plus 8.

Rivas Ecopolis - 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 was the best scorer in Elitzur Ramla with 19 points. At the same time she also had 4 boards and 4 assists. Nicky Anosike made double-double, 17 points plus 12 rebounds, while Ana Agabnikva helped with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Rivas Ecopolis had only one player in a game mood today. It was Catherine Joens, who netted 24 points. Second scorer for the Spanish team was Jelena Dubljevic 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.


Group D
Solna Vikings - U.Neuchatel 75-73
Extremely important home win for the Swedish Solna Vikings as both teams are tied now in Group D with 2-3 score. Game is decided at the very end, actually with 6 seconds to go when A'Quonesia Franklin scored one free throw for the hosts. Visitors didn't have enough time to set up their offense as Franklin missed the second one. Jurgita Kausaite was the best player of Solna collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ida Andersson posted 13 plus 5 boards, while Christy Bacon netted 1 point less, but also with 5 rebounds. BC Neuchatel got the most from Sophie Charlier, who registered 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cameo Hicks contributed with 20 pts and 5 rebounds. Katalin Kurtosi had 18 points plus 6 boards.

Szeged - Foton 70-66
Szeged handed Foton the second loss in as many games in EuroCup preliminary round in Group D. The Hungarian teams got into the same pool and Szeged proved strength in both outings. The victory also allowed Szeged to stay untamed on top of the ladder. Olena Zherzherunova came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace Szeged. Desire Almind secured 14 points in the winning case. Hajdana Radunovic answered with game-high 20 points and 8 rebounds for Foton. Furesz knocked down 15 points in defeat. It was the fourth loss in five games for Foton.


Group E
Panionios - San Jose 61-70
Second Greek representative in Group F, Panionios GSS, faced with a home defeat against Spanish San Jose. As a reminder, Athinaikos yesterday celebrated against Ragusa 81-61. With this victory San Jose already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals with score 4-1. Eshaya Murphy was the leading player in San Jose registering 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cindy Lima was behind her with 12 points and 7 rebs. Patricia Arguello was the last one with double digits in scoring for the visitors, 10 points. Panionios got the most from Lori Nero, who added 15 points and 7 rebs. Sheri Lynette Sam scored 14 and 3 points less than her had Aikaterina Deli.

Ragusa - Athinaikos 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 demonstrated great performance for the winning side collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. LaToya Davis and Katie Gearlds helped draining 18 points apiece. Matea Vrdoljak and Ivona Matic scored 12 points each for the loosing side. Emina Demirovic succeeded to register double-double, 10 points and 14 boards.


Group F
Gospic - Taranto 59-82
Cras Basket Taranto didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Gospic in Croatia 82-59. It is the fourth victory by the Italian team in Group F. At the same time Gospic faced with third defeat (2-3). As usually, Suzy Batkovic was on her level draining 19 points for just 18 minutes. Michelle Greco scored 12, while Megan Mahoney helped the winners with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko was the only player with more than ten points in Gospic, 14 pts and 5 rebounds. Emanuela Salopek and Jelena Ivezic posted 9 points apiece.

AEL - Gran Canaria 71-59
KV Imperial AEL outplayed Gran Canaria in Limassol jumping on 3-2 in Group F. On the other hand Granca dropped on 1-4 staying without any chances for the 1/16 finals. Shyra Ely finished the game with double-double for the winning team, 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bosnian Azra Becirovic had 14, while Biljana Pesovic scored 12 points. Elena Alamo was the best scorer in Granca with 14 points. Iva Perovanovic netted 11 but including 15 rebounds, while Tiina Sten posted 10 pts.


Group G
Buducnost - Aris H. 84-70
ZKK Buducnost finally grabbed the first win in Group G. The Montenegrin champion was too strong for Greek Aris Holargos mostly owing to Lady Comfort, who notched 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic also helped the hosts a lot in this game posting 18 points including 6 rebounds. Nikolina Popovic added 17 points and 8 boards. Zoi Kechagia collected 18 points and 9 rebounds for Aris, while Aristea Magklara and Sofia Kyriakopoulou contributed with 17 points apiece.

Mondeville - Galatasaray 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 was center figure of this game. She spent 31 minutes on the court draining 25 points with nice shot percentage. She also succeeded to pull down 12 rebounds registering double-double. Bahar Ciglar followed her adding 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Esra Sencebe 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 was better than the others for the hosts collecting 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lenae Williams contributed with 12 points and 4 rebs.


Group H
Trutnov - EBE Ibiza-PDV 71-83
Ibiza-PDV had pretty good game against Kara Trutnov on the road keeping the perfect 5-0 record in Group H. The hosts slipped on 3-2. The other two participants in the same pool, Arvi Marijampole and ICIM Arad, have 1-4. Sancho Lyttle stepped up for her team pouring in 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Alicia Lopez also was on a high level adding 20 points. Shannon Johnson followed these two players with 11 pts. Kara Trutnov got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Katerina Krizova. Katerina Hindrakova had 14, while Michaela Ivanova stopped on 10 points.

ICIM Arad - Arvi 79-57
Romanian Baschet ICIM gave a real basketball lesson to Arvi Marijampole in Round 5 of EuroCup. It is the first victory for the hosts in Group H, and the same score now also has Arvi. In the last round will be decided will any of these two teams succeed to reach 1/16 finals. Ibiza and Trutnov already booked a spot for it. Suzana Milovanovic stepped up for the winning squad registering double-double. For 32 minutes she collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tiffany Brown also drained 19, while Dragana Zoric had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy and Alla Murauskaya scored 9 points each for the loosing side.


Group I
Zeljeznicar - Cesis 63-84
Cesis destroyed KK Zeljeznicar at their home court in Sarajevo 84-63. It was maybe the last chance for the Bosnian team to register victory in Group I, but that didn't happen. In the last round Zeljeznicar will meet Lavezzini in Italy, while Cesis goes to Greece for a match against Esperides. As usually, Ieva Tare shined for Cesis recording double-double, 18 points and 10 boards including 6 assists. Willnett Crockett scored 17, while Santa Dreimane added one point less for the winners. Natasa Mikic was a way better than the others in Zeljeznicar finishing the game with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Elisa Bue and Samra Omerbasic posted 10 points apiece.

Lavezzini PA - Esperides 78-68
Fourth victory for Lavezzini Basket this season and at the same time the second defeat for Greek Ravenna Esperides. Italian representative already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals, while Esperides will most probably do the same. Daliborka Vilipic was central figure of the game draining 21 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Italian team also got 17 points from Jennifer Screen and 11 from Laura Summerton. Stella Kaltsidou was good in Esperides scoring 23 points. Aggeliki Tserou added 12, while Maria Roza Boni contributed with 8 points in defeat.


Group J
Extrugasa - Tarbes 51-56
Tarbes GB outsmarted Extrugasa in Vilagarcia de Arousa remaining undefeated in Group J after 5 games. With this victory Tarbes just sealed a place for the 1/16 finals, while Extrugasa has a chance to do the same in the last round. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui registered double-double for the winning squad, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ndeye Ndiaye was pretty close to do the same as she drained 13 points with 9 rebounds. Extrugasa got 12 points and 12 boards from Tamera Young. Jaklin Zlatanova also had 12, while Katia Da Silva added one point less but including 8 rebs.

Olivais - Ribera 80-63
It was very important game for both teams as they had not so good 1-3 before it. Olivais Coimbra registered this comfortable 17-point win mostly owing to Ambrosia Anderson, who poured in fantastic 30 points having 12 more rebounds beside that. The hosts also got a big help from Aja Parham as she was so close to double-double, 23 points and 8 rebs. Ana Santos and Filipa de Freitas also had important role in this win adding 10 points apiece. Kaayla Chones was on a high level in defeat collecting 17 points and 16 rebounds. Julie Anne Page had 12, while Jami Montagnino stopped on 11 points.


Group K
Hemofarm - Chevakata 75-67
Reigning Serbian champion was extremely motivated to take this one and to seal a spot for the 1/16 finals. The orange team also wanted to hand the first defeat to Chevakata in Group K. Both squads are on 4-1 record now and both go to the next stage. Center Dara Kovacevic had another great game in Hemofarm's jersey. This time she notched 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for 29 minutes. Zorica Mitov added 13 and Tamara Radocaj scored 2 points less for the hosts. Irina Sokolovskaya and Loree Moore had exactly the same numbers in defeat, 13 points and 4 boards.

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Group L
BC Star - Spartak N. 67-52
Surprisingly easy victory for BC Star, the first one in Group L. Despite the hosts do not have any chance to reach 1/16 finals, they played tough handing Spartak Noginsk the second defeat, 3-2. Davineia Payne paced BS Star to victory collecting 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ashley Wallace added 13 points missing one board for double-double, while Gerly Kostla also had 13 pts. Nelli Nevzorova had 15 points and 9 boards in defeat. Svetlana Khusainova scored 11.

Botas - Dexia 74-66
Botas Spor surprised Dexia Namur handing it the first loss in EuroCup, Group L. Marcedes Walker demonstrated wonderful performance for the Turkish team. She got 35 minutes draining 29 points and pulling down impressive 16 rebounds. Her shot percentage was on a high level (10/12 FG2, 9/15 FTs). Angela Tisdale netted 18, while Durdane Gulsah Gumusay helped the winners with 12 points. Their team currently has 2-3 in Group L. Until today undefeated Dexia Namur got 18 points and 7 assists from Krystyna Szymanska-Lara. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo also scored 18, but with 5 rebounds.


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Dynamo M. 5-0 
 2. AZS Gorzow 2-3 
 3. Targoviste 2-3 
 4. MBK Ruz. 1-4 
Group B
 1. Challes 3-2 
 2. Dynamo K. 3-2 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 3-2 
 4. Bnot Hash. 1-4 
Group C
 1. Ramla 5-0 
 2. Rivas Ecopolis 3-2 
 3. Crvena Zv. 1-4 
 4. Dunav 1-4 
Group D
 1. Szeged 5-0 
 2. Solna Vikings 2-3 
 3. U.Neuchatel 2-3 
 4. Foton 1-4 
Group E
 1. Athinaikos 5-0 
 2. San Jose 4-1 
 3. Panionios 1-4 
 4. Ragusa 0-5 
Group F
 1. Taranto 4-1 
 2. AEL 3-2 
 3. Gospic 2-3 
 4. Gran Canaria 1-4 
Group G
 1. Galatasaray 5-0 
 2. Mondeville 2-3 
 3. Aris H. 2-3 
 4. Buducnost 1-4 
Group H
 1. EBE Ibiza-PDV 5-0 
 2. Trutnov 3-2 
 3. ICIM Arad 1-4 
 4. Arvi 1-4 
Group I
 1. Lavezzini PA 4-1 
 2. Cesis 3-2 
 3. Esperides 3-2 
 4. Zeljeznicar 0-5 
Group J
 1. Tarbes 5-0 
 2. Extrugasa 2-3 
 3. Ribera 1-3 
 4. Olivais 1-3 
Group K
 1. Chevakata 4-1 
 2. Hemofarm 4-1 
 3. Lemminkain. 1-3 
 4. AD Vagos 0-4 
Group L
 1. Dexia 4-1 
 2. Spartak N. 3-2 
 3. Botas 2-3 
 4. BC Star 1-4 


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Bourges came back on track after two losses - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Cola Turka - Bourges Basket 56:60

Bourges came back on track after two losses in EuroLeague Women Group A stealing a road 56:60 victory from Besiktas. Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) made one of two at the line to finish the scoring. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) paced the winners with 15 points. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) collected 13 points and 10 boards, while Celine Dumerc added 11. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the hosts with 30 points and 4 rebounds.
Lelas opened the game from the arc, but the hosts replied with seven consecutive points for 7-3. Alessandra Santos tied the game at 11:11 and Shay Doron gave the Turkish side 18:12 after the first quarter. It was her again for the biggest lead at 21:12 in the beginning of the second period. Then, however the hosts remained scoreless for about 7 minutes as Celine Dumerc reduced to 21:20. Ivegin sent the teams to the lockers for 27:22.
In the third period the guests had 24-13 to stay in front of the encounter. Alessandra Santos brought her team 46:40 closing the third period. Shay Doron reduced at 55:59 with a minute to go, but Celine Dumerc made one of two at the line to finish the scoring. Besiktas fell at 2-4 in Group A.

Besiktas Cola Turka: Alessandra Santos 15, Ana Lelas 13 points and 10 boards, Celine Dumerc 11
Bourges Basket: Shay Doron 30 points and 4 rebounds, Harper 10


Wauters led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
ESB Lille Metropole -CSKA Moscow 79:88

Ann Wauters (194-C-80) 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. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) followed her with 18, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 16 each. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) shined for the hosts with 25 points.

Brazilian Iziane Castro scored first four points in the game for the hosts as they enjoyed 4:2 lead. ESB Lille Metropole was in front in the whole first period and had 3 points advantage at the end of it. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) with a jump-shot made it 24:21 after the first 10 minutes. Robert brought the hosts the biggest, 39:27 lead in the middle of the second. The French side looked much better and had 47:41 at the halftime. Iziane Castro made it 60:50 but that was all for the hosts in the game. Janel McCarville reduced to 62:60 and Korstin scored for 64:62 at the end of the third. It was her again to tie at 68:68 and then Douglas gave the guests 73:70. CSKA Moscow escaped from the French side and won 89:79. CSKA improved to 4-2 record in Group B while ESB Lille Metropole fell at 1-5.

ESB Lille Metropole:Ann Wauters 23 points and 11 rebounds, Rebecca Khammon 18, Katie Douglas 16, Janel McCarville 16
CSKA Moscow: Iziane Castro 25, Ljubica Drljaca 20


Dynamo Kursk overcome Challe in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Challes 69:54

Anastasia Bocharova (180-F-77) scored 15 points and Dynamo Kurks held off Challes in the battle of EuroCup Group B leaders in Russia. Maria Garifullina (196-C-84) added 13 points and 5 rebounds as Kursk leapfrogged Challes on top of the pool. The hosts looked better throughout the encounter and deservedly posted the third win in the tournament. The French side were not rescued by 17 points from Sylvia Janostinova (193-F/C-78). Aida Fall (192-C-86) added 10 points in the loss.
Dynamo surged ahead midway through the opening term and built an 18:14 lead at halftime. Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management), Anastasia Bocharova and Maria Garifullina kept the hosts in charge during the second frame as Dynamo piled up a 40:30 advantage at the interval. Bedu and Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) cut the distance to 7 points midway through the third quarter but Dynamo persisted. Ksenia Lapteva (183-G-83) capped the stanza with three free throws and the Russian outfit maintained a 9-point cushion before the fourth term. Duvivier tipped off the final quarter with a three-pointer to set Challes behind by 6 points. Later Gyurcsi dropped a jumper to drag Challes within four points 49:53. However it was as close as the visitors could get. Anastasia Bocharova and Svetlana Maksimenko fired from downtown and Kursk never looked back en route to the victory.
Challes will next host Sf. Gheorghe. Dynamo will take on Bnot Hasharon at home to wrap up the preliminary round campaign.

Dynamo Kursk: Anastasia Bocharova 15, Maria Garifullina 13, Svetlana Maksimenko 9, Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) 9
Challes: Sylvia Janostinova 17, Aida Fall 10


Tarbes stays perfect in Group J after road game vs Extrugasa - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa - Tarbes GB 51-56 (EuroCup)

Tarbes GB outsmarted Extrugasa in Vilagarcia de Arousa remaining undefeated in Group J after 5 games. With this victory Tarbes just sealed a place for the 1/16 finals, while Extrugasa has a chance to do the same in the last round. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) registered double-double for the winning squad, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) was pretty close to do the same as she drained 13 points with 9 rebounds. Extrugasa got 12 points and 12 boards from Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU). Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) also had 12, while Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) added one point less but including 8 rebs.
Crucial period of the game was first frame, which Tarbes ended with fantastic 9-21. It seemed that later French team played as much as it was necessary for the victory. The hosts had only 23 points in the first half. At the half way of third stanza Extrugasa finally threatened. After successful jump shot by Katia Da Silva it was 32-38. However, until the end of the period Tarbes grabbed back 9-point lead, 39-48. At the beginning of the last stanza Extrugasa once again touched minus 4 and the same happened with 37 seconds remaining. Frida Eldebrink then stepped up for Tarbes with 2 FTs brining her team the fifth consecutive victory in Group J.

Extugasa: Tamera Young 12+12 boards, Jaklin Zlatanova 12, Katia Da Silva 11+8 boards
Tarbes GB: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14+12 boards, Ndeye Ndiaye 13+9 boards


Broker Kosice finally came back on track - by Eurobasket News
Broker Kosice - Lattes 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. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) was unstoppable with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) nailed 21 and Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) had 13. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) top-scored for the guests with 16 points.
Broker Kosice desired to prove that the team is ready for a comeback and ready to battle for the top in Group D. Lattes Montpellier had another task-to taste the initial win and now struggles hard in every game. The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and then had 16:9 in the middle of the first. Lattes Montpellier woke up immediately and replied with 10-1 record to close the opening quarter. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) made a jump-shot for 19:17 margin. The picture remained the same in the second period and French side had 37:34 entering the second half. Right after that Broker Kosice pushed the tempo for good. The team produced 18-4 in the frame to take 52:41 as Linda Frohlich closed the period. In the last period the top-scorer remained hot and led her team to the fourth win. Bertal was the last to score in the game for 76:57.

Broker Kosice: Linda Frohlich 28 points and 14 rebounds, Sidney Spencer 21, Cathrine Kraayeveld 13.
Lattes Montpellier: Pauline Krawczyk 16, Sheana Mosch 15


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  GERMANY - Women  


Violets land Danish guard/forward - by Moritz Korff
Julie Kongeskov (175-G, college: Valdosta St.) has signed a contract with Trinos Goettingen (DBBL). The 25-year-old guard/forward from Denmark spent the past two years at Valdosta State University (NCAA2). In 2007-08 she averaged 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 32 games for the Lady Blazers. Previously in her career Kongeskov received some caps for the Danish U20-National Team. She is orginally from Copenhagen. Her debut on the Violets' team is set for Sunday against Chemnitz.

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  GREECE - Women  


Feve San Jose celebrates in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panionios GSS - CB Feve San Jose 61-70 (EuroCup)

Second Greek representative in Group F, Panionios GSS, faced with a home defeat against Spanish San Jose. As a reminder, Athinaikos yesterday celebrated against Ragusa 81-61. With this victory San Jose already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals with score 4-1. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) was the leading player in San Jose registering 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) was behind her with 12 points and 7 rebs. Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) was the last one with double digits in scoring for the visitors, 10 points. Panionios got the most from Lori Nero (188-F/C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Louisville), who added 15 points and 7 rebs. Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: Vanderbilt) scored 14 and 3 points less than her had Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75).
Greek team had plus 1 at the half time, but after that its player somehow stopped. Lori Nero and her teammates scored just 10 points in third frame, which experienced San Jose knew how to exploit. Eshaya Murphy was good at the offensive end helping her team to reach 18 points in this period. It means that San Jose entered into the last ten minutes with decent 44-52. After triple by Lori Nero, Panionios cut the margin on minus 8, but it wasn't able to come any closer until the end. In just few moments San Jose answered extending lead on 50-62.

Panionios GSS: Lori Nero 15+7 boards, Sheri Lynette Sam 14+6 boards, Aikaterina Deli 11+4 boards+ 6 as
San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 17+7 boards+4 as, Cindy Lima 12+7 boards, Patricia Arguello 10


Buducnost edges Aris Holargos for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
ZKK Buducnost - Aris Holargos 84-70 (EuroCup)

ZKK Buducnost finally grabbed the first win in Group G. The Montenegrin champion was too strong today for Greek Aris Holargos mostly owing to Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple), who notched 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) also helped the hosts a lot in this game posting 18 points including 6 rebounds. Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) added 17 points and 8 boards. Aris was not a such good level in this game. Its players struggled a lot with their stroke making just 18 of 51 attempts for FG2. It was the main problem for the team of head coach Aris Mavridis. His players had not so bad 7 of 20 for 3-pts grabbing 38 rebounds in total. On the other side, Buducnost had 3 more but with much better FG2 percentage 26/51 as well as 6/13 from beyond the arc. The hosts had wonderful first half creating advantage of 16 points. After mini 4-4 run after the breather, Buducnost touched plus 20. It was a clear signal that this game is already over for Aris. Minus 12 was maximum of the Greek team until the end. Zoi Kechagia (170-G-80) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds for Aris, while Aristea Magklara (168-G-83) and Sofia Kyriakopoulou (185-F-81) contributed with 17 points apiece. In the next round Buducnost will meet Galatasaray. Aris will take on Mondeville in France.

ZKK Buducnost: Lady Comfort 22+11 boards, Milica Jovanovic 18+6 boards+ 4 as, Nikolina Popovic 17+8 boards+ 4 as
Aris Holargos: Zoi Kechagia 18+9 boards, Aristea Magklara 17+4 boards, Sofia Kyriakopoulou 17


Lavezzini Basket takes it against Esperides for 4-1 - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket - Ravenna Esperides 78-68 (EuroCup)

Fourth victory for Lavezzini Basket this season and at the same time the second defeat for Greek Ravenna Esperides. Italian representative already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals, while Esperides will most probably do the same. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) was central figure of the game draining 21 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Italian team also got 17 points from Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) and 11 from Laura Summerton (191-C-83). Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) was good in Esperides scoring 23 points. Aggeliki Tserou (185-C-74) added 12, while Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) contributed with 8 points in defeat.
Ravenna Esperides had big troubles with rebounding in this game. Lavezzini grabbed 6+20, while visitors had just 5+12. The hosts also had a pretty good stroke from beyond the arc making 8 of 14 attempts. Crucial period of the game was the second frame. Actually, during the opening quarter Lavezzini made plus 7, but that lead became a way bigger very soon. Esperides succeeded to score just 7 points during the following ten minutes, giving a great chance to Lavezzini to jump even higher. Daliborka Vilipic and her teammates did that in style grabbing unreachable 40-20. Lavezzini will host Zeljeznicar in the last round. Esperides will meet Cesis, also at home.

Lavezzini Basket: Daliborka Vilipic 21+9 boards, Jennifer Screen 17, Laura Summerton 11+5 boards
Ravenna Esperides: Stella Kaltsidou 23, Aggeliki Tserou 12, Maria Roza Boni 8


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Szeged topple Foton in Hungarian derby in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Foton 70:66

Szeged handed Foton the second loss in as many games in EuroCup preliminary round in Group D. The Hungarian teams got into the same pool and Szeged proved strength in both outings. The victory also allowed Szeged to stay untamed on top of the ladder. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace Szeged. Desire Almind (180-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Bucknell) secured 14 points in the winning case. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) answered with game-high 20 points and 8 rebounds for Foton. Furesz knocked down 15 points in defeat. It was the fourth loss in five games for Foton.
The visitors used the baskets from Hajdana Radunovic and Kovacs to surge in front 17:12 midway through the opening stanza. But the hosts finished the quarter strong and led 26:23 at the intermission. The teams exchanged the baskets early in the second frame before Nemeth, Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) and Desire Almind put Szeged in charge 45:37 at halftime. Foton however were far from being done. They tipped off the second half on a 9:0 run to put their noses in front 46:45. The visitors maintained the lead well and headed into the fourth term ahead by 3 points 58:55. Szeged needed all of their skills and some luck to pull away at the end. Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) and Olena Zherzherunova nailed 5 straight points for Szeged late in regulation to put the hosts up 68:65. Nemeth later added two more freebies to seal the victory for the home team.

Szeged: Olena Zherzherunova 17, Desire Almind 14, Emoke Furesz 11, Ildiko Szakacs 11
Foton: Hajdana Radunovic 20, Diana Furesz (174-G-84) 15


Halcon Avenida enjoys the top of Group A - by Eurobasket News

Halcon Avenida - MiZo Pecs 2010 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. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) nailed 16 and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) collected 15 points and 11 boards. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) ended up with 15 points in defeat.
Vajda closed the 7-0 from the guests that came to Spain for the real battle. Trailing in the whole period Halcon Avenida could reduce to 16:19 finishing the opening quarter. Stampalija already brought the hosts, the first 23:22 lead and then Halcon Avenida never looked behind. Basko was the last to score at the half for 42:31 advantage. In the third period the Spanish squad had a good defense and left the visitors at 9 points. Sanchez brought her team 61:40 at the end of the third frame. In the last quarter Halcon Avenida held plus 20 and enjoyed 70:50 in the middle of it. De Mondt closed the game from the free throw line for 83:60 win.

In another games of the group Bourges came back on track after two losses in EuroLeague Women Group A stealing a road 56:60 victory from Besiktas. Wisla Can-Pack struggled a lot against Nadezhda in Poland, but managed to win 91:70.


Halcon Avenida: Michelle Snow 22 points and 8 rebounds, Isabel Sanchez 16, Le'Coe Willingham 15 points and 11 boards
MiZo Pecs 2010: Anna Vajda 15, Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) 12+12 rebs



MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - TTT Riga 69:59

MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga 69:59 on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary. With 16-10 in the last frame the hosts closed the winning account at home. Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) and Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) paced all the winners with 14 points each. Dora Horti (195-C-87) notched 13 and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 11. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the visitors with 19 points.
Kityzina brought the Latvian side the first points, while MKB Euroleasing replied for 7:2. In a back-to-back first period Horvath gave the hosts 22:22 at the end of it. Krivacevic posted two for 30:26 and Horti held the hosts in front, 36:32. The teams went to the lockers when Holt made a lay-up in the end of the first half.
Although Jelena Milovanovic scored for 46:36 TTT Riga remained alive. Krumberga's three was the last in the third period for 53:49. Kityzina reduced to 55:53 but that was ll for the guests in the game. MKB Euroleasing pushed the tempo at the end and won the game. Holt brought the last points for the Hungarian side at 69:57 and Tatyana Troina made the final, 69:59 score.

MKB Euroleasing: Tijana Krivacevic 14, Amber Holt 14, Dora Horti 13, Jelena Milovanovic 11
TTT Riga: Tatyana Troina 19, Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) 11, Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) 11


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Ildiko Vass paces Sf. Gheorghe to win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hasharon - Sf. Gheorghe 81-91 (EuroCup)

Sf. Gheorghe grabbed extremely important road victory against Bnot Hasharon moving up in Group B on 3-2. The same record also have Dynamo Kursk and Challes. Israeli representative slipped on 1-4, having just theoretically chances for the 1/16 finals. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) was a key player for Sf. Gheorghe registering double-double, 25 points and 10 rebounds. Olga Cazac (190-C-74) also stepped up for her team with 21 points, while Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) of Bnot Hasharon was totally the best player in this game. She spent almost the entire time on the court draining 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists in defeat.
Visitors opened the game better making 19-24 after 10 minutes. Charde Houston very soon stepped up for her team cutting the margin on just 1 point until the half time. At the middle of third frame Sf. Gheorghe once again touched plus 7, 47-54. It happened after jump shot by Judit Kajdacsi. However, the hosts made 8-1 run and the score was tied again. Last 3 minutes of third quarter were crucial as Ildiko Vass and Olga Cazac led their team to 60-67. During the entire last quarter Bnot Hasharon succeeded to come on minus 3, but nothing more than that.

Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 35+11 boards, Temeka Johnson 15+8 as
Sf. Gheorghe: Ildiko Vass 25+10 boards+4 as, Olga Cazac 21+5 boards, Judit Kajdacsi 16+11 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Cras Taranto victorious in Croatia against Gospic - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Cras Basket Taranto 59-82 (EuroCup)

Cras Basket Taranto didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Gospic in Croatia 82-59. It is the fourth victory by the Italian team in Group F. At the same time Gospic faced with third defeat (2-3). As usually, Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) was on her level draining 19 points for just 18 minutes. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) scored 12, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) helped the winners with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) was the only player with more than ten points in Gospic, 14 pts and 5 rebounds. Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) posted 9 points apiece.
Gospic was not capable to compete against powerful Taranto in this game. It became clear during the first 20 minutes, which visitors finished 36-48. Marija Vrsaljko and her teammates woke up after the breather starting to play slightly better. It resulted with 45-51 in 25th minute. However, Gospic's bright moments didn't last long as Taranto very quick answered with 16-5 run. At that point of game the winner was already known. The hosts registered only 16 rebounds for the entire game, what was their main problem. Taranto grabbed 25.

Gospic: Marija Vrsaljko 14+5 boards, Emanuela Salopek 9, Jelena Ivezic 9
Cras Basket Taranto: Suzy Batkovic 19, Michelle Greco 12, Megan Mahoney 11+7 boards


Lavezzini Basket takes it against Esperides for 4-1 - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket - Ravenna Esperides 78-68 (EuroCup)

Fourth victory for Lavezzini Basket this season and at the same time the second defeat for Greek Ravenna Esperides. Italian representative already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals, while Esperides will most probably do the same. Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) was central figure of the game draining 21 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Italian team also got 17 points from Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) and 11 from Laura Summerton (191-C-83). Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) was good in Esperides scoring 23 points. Aggeliki Tserou (185-C-74) added 12, while Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) contributed with 8 points in defeat.
Ravenna Esperides had big troubles with rebounding in this game. Lavezzini grabbed 6+20, while visitors had just 5+12. The hosts also had a pretty good stroke from beyond the arc making 8 of 14 attempts. Crucial period of the game was the second frame. Actually, during the opening quarter Lavezzini made plus 7, but that lead became a way bigger very soon. Esperides succeeded to score just 7 points during the following ten minutes, giving a great chance to Lavezzini to jump even higher. Daliborka Vilipic and her teammates did that in style grabbing unreachable 40-20. Lavezzini will host Zeljeznicar in the last round. Esperides will meet Cesis, also at home.

Lavezzini Basket: Daliborka Vilipic 21+9 boards, Jennifer Screen 17, Laura Summerton 11+5 boards
Ravenna Esperides: Stella Kaltsidou 23, Aggeliki Tserou 12, Maria Roza Boni 8


Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Beretta Famila -Spartak Moscow Region 62:70

Spartak Moscow Region left 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. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) paced all the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 14 and Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) brought 13. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
Spartak Moscow Region took the lead from the very beginning and enjoyed 10-3 lead in the opening tip of the game. Trailing 11-15, Italian side however produced 7-2 run to take 18:17 after the first frame. Taurasi tied the game at 20:20 and then Tasha Humphrey (191-F-85, college: Georgia) made the same for the hosts at 27:27. The defending champions created a 7-0 run for 34:27 later in the period. Lauren Jackson closed the half for 40:36 for the guests.
Spartak Moscow Region led in the whole third period and after 22-19 had 62:55 at the end. Beretta Famila could not catch up as the visitors paid too much attention to defense and finished the last period with 10-9 score. As a result Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D in the EuroLeague Women beating Beretta Famila 70:62.

Beretta Famila: Raffaella Masciadri 15, Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) 10, Tasha Humphrey 10
Spartak Moscow Region: Sylvia Fowles 19 points, 12 rebounds, Lauren Jackson 14 and Kelly Miller 13


Umana Reyer sparked a 15-0 run to stun Gambrinus - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer -Gambrinus 82:73

Umana Reyer continues to dominate 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. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) netted 13, while Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) collected 9 points and 21 rebounds. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
Gambrinus managed to start with 7-0 run to show their ambitions for the game. The favorite of the group trailed in the majority of the first period and tied the game only by the end. Hayden-Johnson made a free throw for 19:19 and then Italian team had 23:22 at the end of the first. With 23-20 the hosts extended to 46:42 as the teams went to the lockers.
Gambrinus hoped for the win and remained tough in the third period. Zirkova gave her team 55:54 and Fegyverneky closed the frame at 60:58. Trailing 2 points in the last period the hosts sparked a 15-0 run that put the Italian team in control for good. The final 82:73 score remains them on top of the group and one of two undefeated teams in Euroleague this season.
In another games Wauters Ann led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B over ESB Lille Metropole in France. MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga 69:59 on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary.

Umana Reyer: Simona Ballardini 20 points, Giorgia Sottana 13, Vanessa Hayden-Johnson 9 points 21 rebounds
Gambrinus: Tamika Whitmore 15, Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) 12


Olivais Coimbra outguns Ribera at home - by Eurobasket News
Olivais Coimbra - Ribera 80-63 (EuroCup, Group J)

It was very important game for both teams as they had not so good 1-3 before it. Olivais Coimbra registered this comfortable 17-point win mostly owing to Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU), who poured in fantastic 30 points having 12 more rebounds beside that. The hosts also got a big help from Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) as she was so close to double-double, 23 points and 8 rebs. Ana Santos (-86) and Filipa de Freitas (165-G) also had important role in this win adding 10 points apiece. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) was on a high level in defeat collecting 17 points and 16 rebounds. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 12, while Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) stopped on 11 points.
Beginning of the game sent a clear signal what to expect until the end. Olivais Coimbra had impressive start grabbing 15-5 after 5 minutes. It didn't take too long for Ribera to answer creating 10-5 run until the end of the first frame. After free throw by Ambrosia Anderson in 18th minute, the hosts once again were on plus 10, 37-27. Nothing has changed after the breather as Olivais Coimbra kept 6-10 point lead without any problems. If anyone had doubt who could be the winner of this game, 10-0 run at the beginning of the last stanza led by Ambrosia Anderson resolved everything. It was 75-55 with 6:13 to go, what was a way too much for Ribera. In the last round Olivais will take on Extrugasa. Ribera goes in France for a game against Tarbes.

Olivais Coimbra: Ambrosia Anderson 30+12 boards, Aja Parham 23+8 boards, Ana Santos 10, Filipa de Freitas 10
Ribera: Kaayla Chones 17+16 boards, Julie Anne Page 12+5 boards, Jami Montagnino 11


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  LATVIA - Women  


Cesis blasts Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
KK Zeljeznicar - Cesis 63-84 (EuroCup)

Cesis destroyed KK Zeljeznicar at their home court in Sarajevo 84-63. It was maybe the last chance for the Bosnian team to register victory in Group I, but that didn't happen. In the last round Zeljeznicar will meet Lavezzini in Italy, while Cesis goes to Greece for a match against Esperides. As usually, Ieva Tare (185-F-74) shined for Cesis recording double-double, 18 points and 10 boards including 6 assists. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) scored 17, while Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) added one point less for the winners. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) was a way better than the others in Zeljeznicar finishing the game with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.) and Samra Omerbasic (190-C-90) posted 10 points apiece.
Visitors were great from behind the arc in this game. They drained 10 triples from 24 attempts. On the other hand Zeljeznicar had just 2. Cesis managed to score impressive 33 points in the first quarter and after that 23 in the second one. It is 56 points in the first half time, and no reason for Zeljeznicar to expect something good for the rest of the time. At the middle of third quarter it was 43-62 for Cesis. The hosts came on minus 14 at the beginning of the last frame, but they needed a way more against very motivated Cesis today. Willnett Crockett made the last jump shot for the visitors setting the score on 63-84.

KK Zeljeznicar: Natasa Mikic 25+7 boards, Elisa Bue 10+12 boards+4 as, Samra Omerbasic 10+7 boards
Cesis: Ieva Tare 18+10 boards+6 as, Willnett Crockett 17+7 boards, Santa Dreimane 16


MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - TTT Riga 69:59

MKB Euroleasing Sopron overcame Latvian TTT Riga 69:59 on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary. With 16-10 in the last frame the hosts closed the winning account at home. Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) and Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) paced all the winners with 14 points each. Dora Horti (195-C-87) notched 13 and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 11. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the visitors with 19 points.
Kityzina brought the Latvian side the first points, while MKB Euroleasing replied for 7:2. In a back-to-back first period Horvath gave the hosts 22:22 at the end of it. Krivacevic posted two for 30:26 and Horti held the hosts in front, 36:32. The teams went to the lockers when Holt made a lay-up in the end of the first half.
Although Jelena Milovanovic scored for 46:36 TTT Riga remained alive. Krumberga's three was the last in the third period for 53:49. Kityzina reduced to 55:53 but that was ll for the guests in the game. MKB Euroleasing pushed the tempo at the end and won the game. Holt brought the last points for the Hungarian side at 69:57 and Tatyana Troina made the final, 69:59 score.

MKB Euroleasing: Tijana Krivacevic 14, Amber Holt 14, Dora Horti 13, Jelena Milovanovic 11
TTT Riga: Tatyana Troina 19, Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) 11, Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) 11


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


A newcomer Ajavon helps Yilmaz to beat TEO - by Eurobasket News
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. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led Turkish side to 64:56 victory nailing 20 points and making 11 rebounds. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) followed her with 12 points and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) scored 11. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) and Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) brought 13 points apiece for the Baltic state.
Matee Matee Ajavon played in her first EuroLeague game for the Turkish club. Even though it was the first game, the experienced player showed great effort and felt in the right court. She made her first points givisng the guests 7-6 lead. Tuncluer closed the opening quarter at 16:14. TEO however bounced back in the second period and produced 17-14 in it. Due to that Langhorne sent the teams to the lockers for 31:30 home lead. TEO had another great period in the third as they had 20-11 in it. Lithuanian team controlled the game up to 51:41. Fenerbahce waited for their moment and opened the last stanza with 8-0 run. After 23-5 in the period Fenerbahce tied TEO at the standings with 4-2 record.
In another games 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. Broker Kosice finally came back on track and won over Lattes Montpellier 76:57.

TEO Vilnius: Daina Staugaitiene 13, Noelle Quinn 13
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 20 points, 11 rebounds, Matee Ajavon 12 points, Esmeral Tuncluer 11


Baschet ICIM smashes Arvi Marijampole for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
Baschet ICIM - Arvi Marijampole 79-57

Romanian Baschet ICIM gave a real basketball lesson to Arvi Marijampole in Round 5 of EuroCup. It is the first victory for the hosts in Group H, and the same score now also has Arvi. In the last round will be decided will any of these two teams succeed to reach 1/16 finals. Ibiza and Trutnov already booked a spot for it. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for the winning squad registering double-double. For 32 minutes she collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern) also drained 19, while Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and Alla Murauskaya (185-F-85) scored 9 points each for the loosing side.
Baschet ICIM demonstrated nice performance from the early beginning. Its players desperately wanted to grab the first win so they ended first quarter 18-11. Until the half time Baschet ICIM already created plus 10. The same picture on the court was seen after the breather. The hosts continued their domination celebrating more than comfortable victory at the end. It is important to be mentioned that they finished this game having 11 more rebounds than Arvi.

Baschet ICIM: Suzana Milovanovic 19+10 boards+4 as, Tiffany Brown 19, Dragana Zoric 12+11 boards
Arvi Marijampole: Lizanne Murphy 9+5 boards, Alla Murauskaya 9+4 boards


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Buducnost edges Aris Holargos for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
ZKK Buducnost - Aris Holargos 84-70 (EuroCup)

ZKK Buducnost finally grabbed the first win in Group G. The Montenegrin champion was too strong today for Greek Aris Holargos mostly owing to Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple), who notched 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) also helped the hosts a lot in this game posting 18 points including 6 rebounds. Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) added 17 points and 8 boards. Aris was not a such good level in this game. Its players struggled a lot with their stroke making just 18 of 51 attempts for FG2. It was the main problem for the team of head coach Aris Mavridis. His players had not so bad 7 of 20 for 3-pts grabbing 38 rebounds in total. On the other side, Buducnost had 3 more but with much better FG2 percentage 26/51 as well as 6/13 from beyond the arc. The hosts had wonderful first half creating advantage of 16 points. After mini 4-4 run after the breather, Buducnost touched plus 20. It was a clear signal that this game is already over for Aris. Minus 12 was maximum of the Greek team until the end. Zoi Kechagia (170-G-80) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds for Aris, while Aristea Magklara (168-G-83) and Sofia Kyriakopoulou (185-F-81) contributed with 17 points apiece. In the next round Buducnost will meet Galatasaray. Aris will take on Mondeville in France.

ZKK Buducnost: Lady Comfort 22+11 boards, Milica Jovanovic 18+6 boards+ 4 as, Nikolina Popovic 17+8 boards+ 4 as
Aris Holargos: Zoi Kechagia 18+9 boards, Aristea Magklara 17+4 boards, Sofia Kyriakopoulou 17


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Gorzow go level with Targoviste in EuroCup Group A - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Targoviste 77:74

Polish Gorzow secured the second win in the EuroCup season as they held off Targoviste at home court. The win allowed the hosts to catch up with the Romanian team in the ladder of Group A. The sides are now tied at 2-3 record in the second spot. Gorzow found themselves trailing by 9 points late in the first frame. But Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81, college: UCSB), Kaczmarcyk and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) secured 6 points for Gorzow as they cut the deficit to 5 points at the first intermission. Gorzow opened the second quarter with a 13:1 rally to jump in front. Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) converted three-pointers late in the period to give Targoviste a 39:37 advantage but Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84, agency: Promotex) had the answer. She drained a buzzer-beating trey to make it 40:39 for Gorzow at halftime.
The hosts used a 7:0 run late in the third quarter to clear off as they headed into the final stanza ahead by 5 points. Targoviste kept at a striking distance as they trailed by just 2 points with 56 seconds left. Katerina Zohnova knocked down two freebies to stretch the gap to 4 points however Olga Masilionene answered a three-pointer to narrow the distance to a single point with 17 seconds remaining. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) was cool from the stripe, while Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) missed a potentially tying trey to seal the winning outcome for Gorzow.
Justyna Zurowska came up with 16 points to pace Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner added 15 points, while Lindsay Taylor and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) had 11 points apiece in the win. Monika Boriga fired 21 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) tallied 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Gorzow: Justyna Zurowska 16, Anne Breitreiner 15, Lindsay Taylor 11, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 11
Targoviste: Monika Boriga 21, Cynthia Valentin 13


Wisla Can-Pack is victorious at home - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack -Nadezhda 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. Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) led the winners with 23 points each. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) posted 12, whilst Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) scored 11 apiece. Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) poured in 20 points for the visitors.
Wisla Can-Pack posted the first 8 points in the game to take 8-0 lead. Olga Ovcharenko tied the game at 14:14 in the middle of period. Tamane closed the first period at 17:16. Nadezhda opened the second quarter with 10-0 run to take the control of the first half. Leading 39:36 at the break, the visitors from Russia extended the advantage to 46:38 shortly after the restart.
With 28-15 the hosts bounced back and dominated the third period of the game. Sladana Maksimovic made it 64:54 after three quarters played. In the last frame the Polish team did not slow down and led the game to the inning effort.

Wisla Can-Pack: Sladana Maksimovic 23, Marta Fernandez 23, Ewelina Kobryn 12, Jelena Skerovic 11, Dominique Canty 11
Nadezhda: Olga Ovcharenko 20, Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) 16


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Olivais Coimbra outguns Ribera at home - by Eurobasket News
Olivais Coimbra - Ribera 80-63 (EuroCup, Group J)

It was very important game for both teams as they had not so good 1-3 before it. Olivais Coimbra registered this comfortable 17-point win mostly owing to Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU), who poured in fantastic 30 points having 12 more rebounds beside that. The hosts also got a big help from Aja Parham (183-G/F-84, college: Boston Coll.) as she was so close to double-double, 23 points and 8 rebs. Ana Santos (-86) and Filipa de Freitas (165-G) also had important role in this win adding 10 points apiece. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) was on a high level in defeat collecting 17 points and 16 rebounds. Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) had 12, while Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) stopped on 11 points.
Beginning of the game sent a clear signal what to expect until the end. Olivais Coimbra had impressive start grabbing 15-5 after 5 minutes. It didn't take too long for Ribera to answer creating 10-5 run until the end of the first frame. After free throw by Ambrosia Anderson in 18th minute, the hosts once again were on plus 10, 37-27. Nothing has changed after the breather as Olivais Coimbra kept 6-10 point lead without any problems. If anyone had doubt who could be the winner of this game, 10-0 run at the beginning of the last stanza led by Ambrosia Anderson resolved everything. It was 75-55 with 6:13 to go, what was a way too much for Ribera. In the last round Olivais will take on Extrugasa. Ribera goes in France for a game against Tarbes.

Olivais Coimbra: Ambrosia Anderson 30+12 boards, Aja Parham 23+8 boards, Ana Santos 10, Filipa de Freitas 10
Ribera: Kaayla Chones 17+16 boards, Julie Anne Page 12+5 boards, Jami Montagnino 11


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Baschet ICIM smashes Arvi Marijampole for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
Baschet ICIM - Arvi Marijampole 79-57

Romanian Baschet ICIM gave a real basketball lesson to Arvi Marijampole in Round 5 of EuroCup. It is the first victory for the hosts in Group H, and the same score now also has Arvi. In the last round will be decided will any of these two teams succeed to reach 1/16 finals. Ibiza and Trutnov already booked a spot for it. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for the winning squad registering double-double. For 32 minutes she collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern) also drained 19, while Dragana Zoric (178-F-78, agency: LBM Management) had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and Alla Murauskaya (185-F-85) scored 9 points each for the loosing side.
Baschet ICIM demonstrated nice performance from the early beginning. Its players desperately wanted to grab the first win so they ended first quarter 18-11. Until the half time Baschet ICIM already created plus 10. The same picture on the court was seen after the breather. The hosts continued their domination celebrating more than comfortable victory at the end. It is important to be mentioned that they finished this game having 11 more rebounds than Arvi.

Baschet ICIM: Suzana Milovanovic 19+10 boards+4 as, Tiffany Brown 19, Dragana Zoric 12+11 boards
Arvi Marijampole: Lizanne Murphy 9+5 boards, Alla Murauskaya 9+4 boards


Gorzow go level with Targoviste in EuroCup Group A - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Targoviste 77:74

Polish Gorzow secured the second win in the EuroCup season as they held off Targoviste at home court. The win allowed the hosts to catch up with the Romanian team in the ladder of Group A. The sides are now tied at 2-3 record in the second spot. Gorzow found themselves trailing by 9 points late in the first frame. But Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81, college: UCSB), Kaczmarcyk and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) secured 6 points for Gorzow as they cut the deficit to 5 points at the first intermission. Gorzow opened the second quarter with a 13:1 rally to jump in front. Olga Masilionene (181-F-80, agency: LBM Management) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) converted three-pointers late in the period to give Targoviste a 39:37 advantage but Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84, agency: Promotex) had the answer. She drained a buzzer-beating trey to make it 40:39 for Gorzow at halftime.
The hosts used a 7:0 run late in the third quarter to clear off as they headed into the final stanza ahead by 5 points. Targoviste kept at a striking distance as they trailed by just 2 points with 56 seconds left. Katerina Zohnova knocked down two freebies to stretch the gap to 4 points however Olga Masilionene answered a three-pointer to narrow the distance to a single point with 17 seconds remaining. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) was cool from the stripe, while Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) missed a potentially tying trey to seal the winning outcome for Gorzow.
Justyna Zurowska came up with 16 points to pace Gorzow. Anne Breitreiner added 15 points, while Lindsay Taylor and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (187-F/C-89) had 11 points apiece in the win. Monika Boriga fired 21 points for Targoviste. Gabriela Toma (190-C-74) tallied 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Gorzow: Justyna Zurowska 16, Anne Breitreiner 15, Lindsay Taylor 11, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 11
Targoviste: Monika Boriga 21, Cynthia Valentin 13


Ildiko Vass paces Sf. Gheorghe to win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hasharon - Sf. Gheorghe 81-91 (EuroCup)

Sf. Gheorghe grabbed extremely important road victory against Bnot Hasharon moving up in Group B on 3-2. The same record also have Dynamo Kursk and Challes. Israeli representative slipped on 1-4, having just theoretically chances for the 1/16 finals. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) was a key player for Sf. Gheorghe registering double-double, 25 points and 10 rebounds. Olga Cazac (190-C-74) also stepped up for her team with 21 points, while Judit Kajdacsi (191-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) of Bnot Hasharon was totally the best player in this game. She spent almost the entire time on the court draining 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists in defeat.
Visitors opened the game better making 19-24 after 10 minutes. Charde Houston very soon stepped up for her team cutting the margin on just 1 point until the half time. At the middle of third frame Sf. Gheorghe once again touched plus 7, 47-54. It happened after jump shot by Judit Kajdacsi. However, the hosts made 8-1 run and the score was tied again. Last 3 minutes of third quarter were crucial as Ildiko Vass and Olga Cazac led their team to 60-67. During the entire last quarter Bnot Hasharon succeeded to come on minus 3, but nothing more than that.

Bnot Hasharon: Charde Houston 35+11 boards, Temeka Johnson 15+8 as
Sf. Gheorghe: Ildiko Vass 25+10 boards+4 as, Olga Cazac 21+5 boards, Judit Kajdacsi 16+11 boards


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Wisla Can-Pack is victorious at home - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack -Nadezhda 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. Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) led the winners with 23 points each. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) posted 12, whilst Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) scored 11 apiece. Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) poured in 20 points for the visitors.
Wisla Can-Pack posted the first 8 points in the game to take 8-0 lead. Olga Ovcharenko tied the game at 14:14 in the middle of period. Tamane closed the first period at 17:16. Nadezhda opened the second quarter with 10-0 run to take the control of the first half. Leading 39:36 at the break, the visitors from Russia extended the advantage to 46:38 shortly after the restart.
With 28-15 the hosts bounced back and dominated the third period of the game. Sladana Maksimovic made it 64:54 after three quarters played. In the last frame the Polish team did not slow down and led the game to the inning effort.

Wisla Can-Pack: Sladana Maksimovic 23, Marta Fernandez 23, Ewelina Kobryn 12, Jelena Skerovic 11, Dominique Canty 11
Nadezhda: Olga Ovcharenko 20, Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) 16


Wauters led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
ESB Lille Metropole -CSKA Moscow 79:88

Ann Wauters (194-C-80) 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. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) followed her with 18, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 16 each. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) shined for the hosts with 25 points.

Brazilian Iziane Castro scored first four points in the game for the hosts as they enjoyed 4:2 lead. ESB Lille Metropole was in front in the whole first period and had 3 points advantage at the end of it. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) with a jump-shot made it 24:21 after the first 10 minutes. Robert brought the hosts the biggest, 39:27 lead in the middle of the second. The French side looked much better and had 47:41 at the halftime. Iziane Castro made it 60:50 but that was all for the hosts in the game. Janel McCarville reduced to 62:60 and Korstin scored for 64:62 at the end of the third. It was her again to tie at 68:68 and then Douglas gave the guests 73:70. CSKA Moscow escaped from the French side and won 89:79. CSKA improved to 4-2 record in Group B while ESB Lille Metropole fell at 1-5.

ESB Lille Metropole:Ann Wauters 23 points and 11 rebounds, Rebecca Khammon 18, Katie Douglas 16, Janel McCarville 16
CSKA Moscow: Iziane Castro 25, Ljubica Drljaca 20


Dynamo Kursk overcome Challe in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Challes 69:54

Anastasia Bocharova (180-F-77) scored 15 points and Dynamo Kurks held off Challes in the battle of EuroCup Group B leaders in Russia. Maria Garifullina (196-C-84) added 13 points and 5 rebounds as Kursk leapfrogged Challes on top of the pool. The hosts looked better throughout the encounter and deservedly posted the third win in the tournament. The French side were not rescued by 17 points from Sylvia Janostinova (193-F/C-78). Aida Fall (192-C-86) added 10 points in the loss.
Dynamo surged ahead midway through the opening term and built an 18:14 lead at halftime. Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management), Anastasia Bocharova and Maria Garifullina kept the hosts in charge during the second frame as Dynamo piled up a 40:30 advantage at the interval. Bedu and Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) cut the distance to 7 points midway through the third quarter but Dynamo persisted. Ksenia Lapteva (183-G-83) capped the stanza with three free throws and the Russian outfit maintained a 9-point cushion before the fourth term. Duvivier tipped off the final quarter with a three-pointer to set Challes behind by 6 points. Later Gyurcsi dropped a jumper to drag Challes within four points 49:53. However it was as close as the visitors could get. Anastasia Bocharova and Svetlana Maksimenko fired from downtown and Kursk never looked back en route to the victory.
Challes will next host Sf. Gheorghe. Dynamo will take on Bnot Hasharon at home to wrap up the preliminary round campaign.

Dynamo Kursk: Anastasia Bocharova 15, Maria Garifullina 13, Svetlana Maksimenko 9, Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) 9
Challes: Sylvia Janostinova 17, Aida Fall 10


Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Beretta Famila -Spartak Moscow Region 62:70

Spartak Moscow Region left 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. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) paced all the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 14 and Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) brought 13. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) produced 15 points in the losing effort.
Spartak Moscow Region took the lead from the very beginning and enjoyed 10-3 lead in the opening tip of the game. Trailing 11-15, Italian side however produced 7-2 run to take 18:17 after the first frame. Taurasi tied the game at 20:20 and then Tasha Humphrey (191-F-85, college: Georgia) made the same for the hosts at 27:27. The defending champions created a 7-0 run for 34:27 later in the period. Lauren Jackson closed the half for 40:36 for the guests.
Spartak Moscow Region led in the whole third period and after 22-19 had 62:55 at the end. Beretta Famila could not catch up as the visitors paid too much attention to defense and finished the last period with 10-9 score. As a result Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D in the EuroLeague Women beating Beretta Famila 70:62.

Beretta Famila: Raffaella Masciadri 15, Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) 10, Tasha Humphrey 10
Spartak Moscow Region: Sylvia Fowles 19 points, 12 rebounds, Lauren Jackson 14 and Kelly Miller 13


Dynamo Moscow destroys MBK Ruzomberok 88-41 - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow - MBK Ruzomberok 88-41

The team of Slovakian head coach Natalia Hejkova had no mercy for Slovakian representative MBK Ruzomberok blasting it with plus 47. It is fifth consecutive victory for Dynamo Moscow, who already secured a spot for the 1/16 finals a week ago. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), who scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists. Actually, Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) also can the same 'award' as she collected 15 points and 7 boards for just 17 minutes. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) helped Dynamo with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ruza struggled a lot at the offensive end, which resulted without any player with double digits in scoring. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) posted 9, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) scored one points less.
Dynamo Moscow was better than Ruza in all basketball elements. They totally outrebounded Slovakians grabbing 43 rebounds matched with just 22. The hosts dished out 21 assists in total while Ruzomberok had 6. After 20 minutes of the game Dynamo frizzed its opponent on minus 19. It was not the end as the hosts finished third quarter 19-3. The question about the winner was already decided, but Dynamo's players didn't want to stop. They let Ruza to score only 3 points for the entire last quarter. On the other side, they drained 25 for the final 88-41.

Dynamo Moscow: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 17+5 as, Marina Kuzina 15+7 boards, Belinda Snell 11+6 boards+4 as
MBK Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 9+5 boards, Lucia Kupcikova 8


BC Star surprises Spartak Noginsk in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
BC Star - Spartak Noginsk 67-52 (EuroCup)

Surprisingly easy victory for BC Star, the first one in Group L. Despite the hosts do not have any chance to reach 1/16 finals, they played tough handing Spartak Noginsk the second defeat, 3-2. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) paced BS Star to victory collecting 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) added 13 points missing one board for double-double, while Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) also had 13 pts. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) had 15 points and 9 boards in defeat. Svetlana Khusainova (192-C-75) scored 11.
BC Star was on a great level at the beginning of the game. After opening 11-11, the hosts created wonderful 12-0 run. At the middle of the second stanza Nelli Nevzorova netted a jump shot for Spartak brining her team on 24-20. Davineia Payne and her teammates immediately answered and until the half time it again was plus 8 for the hosts, 32-24. BC Star played mature after the breather succeeded to keep their lead in style. Actually, the extended it even more before the last 10 minutes, 46-32. Spartak Noginsk woke up after that trying at least to treat, but BC Star was too strong in this game. At the end it was comfortable 15-point win, but unfortunately it came too late for the 1/16 finals.

BC Star: Davineia Payne 20+8 boards+7 as, Ashley Wallace 13+9 boards, Gerly Kostla 13+4 as
Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 15+9 boards, Svetlana Khusainova 11


Hemofarm beats Chevkata, both teams in 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Chevakata 75-67

Reigning Serbian champion was extremely motivated to take this one and to seal a spot for the 1/16 finals. The orange team also wanted to hand the first defeat to Chevakata in Group K. Both squads are on 4-1 record now and both go to the next stage. Center Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had another great game in Hemofarm's jersey. This time she notched 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for 29 minutes. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 13 and Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) scored 2 points less for the hosts. Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) and Loree Moore (176-G-83, college: Tennessee) had exactly the same numbers in defeat, 13 points and 4 boards.
Chevakata outjumped Hemofarm in this game having 5 rebounds more. Turnovers and not so good shot percentage could be the main reasons for this 8-point defeat. Hemfoarm's defense was on a good level in the first quarter as Chevakata scored just 12 points. Thanks to triple by Zorica Mitov at the Hemofarm's last possession in the first half, the score was set on 36-30. Chevakata played patiently in third frame. Its players waited for a chance and they finally made 7-0 run with one minute remaining in third quarter. It was 48-48. Danijela Rizvic brought plus 2 to Hemofarm in the last offense. Few minutes at the middle of last stanza were crucial as Hemofarm created 8-0 run for unreachable 64-56.

Hemofarm: Dara Kovacevic 25+5 boards, Zorica Mitov 13+4 boards, Tamara Radocaj 11
Chevakata: Irina Sokolovskaya 13+4 boards, Loree Moore 13+4 boards


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Hemofarm beats Chevkata, both teams in 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Chevakata 75-67

Reigning Serbian champion was extremely motivated to take this one and to seal a spot for the 1/16 finals. The orange team also wanted to hand the first defeat to Chevakata in Group K. Both squads are on 4-1 record now and both go to the next stage. Center Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had another great game in Hemofarm's jersey. This time she notched 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for 29 minutes. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) added 13 and Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) scored 2 points less for the hosts. Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) and Loree Moore (176-G-83, college: Tennessee) had exactly the same numbers in defeat, 13 points and 4 boards.
Chevakata outjumped Hemofarm in this game having 5 rebounds more. Turnovers and not so good shot percentage could be the main reasons for this 8-point defeat. Hemfoarm's defense was on a good level in the first quarter as Chevakata scored just 12 points. Thanks to triple by Zorica Mitov at the Hemofarm's last possession in the first half, the score was set on 36-30. Chevakata played patiently in third frame. Its players waited for a chance and they finally made 7-0 run with one minute remaining in third quarter. It was 48-48. Danijela Rizvic brought plus 2 to Hemofarm in the last offense. Few minutes at the middle of last stanza were crucial as Hemofarm created 8-0 run for unreachable 64-56.

Hemofarm: Dara Kovacevic 25+5 boards, Zorica Mitov 13+4 boards, Tamara Radocaj 11
Chevakata: Irina Sokolovskaya 13+4 boards, Loree Moore 13+4 boards


Dunav Econt better than Crvena Zvezda in a low-scoring game - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt - Crvena Zvezda 56-44 (EuroCup)

Bulgarian Dunav Econt succeeded to beat Serbian representative Crvena Zvezda at home celebrating the first win in Group C. Visitors are on the same record now. In the first game between these two teams the score was 70-52 for Zvezda. Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) top-scored for the winning squad with 13 points. She also had 5 more rebounds for 33 minutes. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) and Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) added 10 points each. Visiting team didn't have any player with double digits in scoring. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) was the best one with 9, but including impressive 15 rebounds. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) stopped on 8 plus 8. Interesting is that Serbian team outjumped Dunav having 8 rebounds more at the end. However, Zvezda's biggest problem was shot percentage as they had only 17/43 for FG2 and 1/14 from beyond the arc. It is very important to be mentioned that Crvena Zvezda scored just 15 points for the entire second half. Third quarter was extremely low-scoring one and Zvezda was better despite only 9 pts (6-9). Anyway, Dunav finally improved its stroke during the last ten minutes pouring in 22 points. It was a way more than enough for the first victory.

Dunav Econt: Zornitza Kostova 13+5 boards, Anna Rimpova 10+4 boards, Natalia Topalova-Shopova 10
Crvena Zvezda: Iva Roglic 9+15 boards, Jelena Maksimovic 8+8 boards


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Broker Kosice finally came back on track - by Eurobasket News
Broker Kosice - Lattes 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. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) was unstoppable with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee) nailed 21 and Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) had 13. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) top-scored for the guests with 16 points.
Broker Kosice desired to prove that the team is ready for a comeback and ready to battle for the top in Group D. Lattes Montpellier had another task-to taste the initial win and now struggles hard in every game. The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and then had 16:9 in the middle of the first. Lattes Montpellier woke up immediately and replied with 10-1 record to close the opening quarter. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) made a jump-shot for 19:17 margin. The picture remained the same in the second period and French side had 37:34 entering the second half. Right after that Broker Kosice pushed the tempo for good. The team produced 18-4 in the frame to take 52:41 as Linda Frohlich closed the period. In the last period the top-scorer remained hot and led her team to the fourth win. Bertal was the last to score in the game for 76:57.

Broker Kosice: Linda Frohlich 28 points and 14 rebounds, Sidney Spencer 21, Cathrine Kraayeveld 13.
Lattes Montpellier: Pauline Krawczyk 16, Sheana Mosch 15


Dynamo Moscow destroys MBK Ruzomberok 88-41 - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow - MBK Ruzomberok 88-41

The team of Slovakian head coach Natalia Hejkova had no mercy for Slovakian representative MBK Ruzomberok blasting it with plus 47. It is fifth consecutive victory for Dynamo Moscow, who already secured a spot for the 1/16 finals a week ago. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), who scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists. Actually, Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) also can the same 'award' as she collected 15 points and 7 boards for just 17 minutes. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) helped Dynamo with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Ruza struggled a lot at the offensive end, which resulted without any player with double digits in scoring. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) posted 9, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) scored one points less.
Dynamo Moscow was better than Ruza in all basketball elements. They totally outrebounded Slovakians grabbing 43 rebounds matched with just 22. The hosts dished out 21 assists in total while Ruzomberok had 6. After 20 minutes of the game Dynamo frizzed its opponent on minus 19. It was not the end as the hosts finished third quarter 19-3. The question about the winner was already decided, but Dynamo's players didn't want to stop. They let Ruza to score only 3 points for the entire last quarter. On the other side, they drained 25 for the final 88-41.

Dynamo Moscow: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 17+5 as, Marina Kuzina 15+7 boards, Belinda Snell 11+6 boards+4 as
MBK Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 9+5 boards, Lucia Kupcikova 8


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Feve San Jose celebrates in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panionios GSS - CB Feve San Jose 61-70 (EuroCup)

Second Greek representative in Group F, Panionios GSS, faced with a home defeat against Spanish San Jose. As a reminder, Athinaikos yesterday celebrated against Ragusa 81-61. With this victory San Jose already booked a spot for the 1/16 finals with score 4-1. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) was the leading player in San Jose registering 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) was behind her with 12 points and 7 rebs. Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) was the last one with double digits in scoring for the visitors, 10 points. Panionios got the most from Lori Nero (188-F/C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Louisville), who added 15 points and 7 rebs. Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: Vanderbilt) scored 14 and 3 points less than her had Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75).
Greek team had plus 1 at the half time, but after that its player somehow stopped. Lori Nero and her teammates scored just 10 points in third frame, which experienced San Jose knew how to exploit. Eshaya Murphy was good at the offensive end helping her team to reach 18 points in this period. It means that San Jose entered into the last ten minutes with decent 44-52. After triple by Lori Nero, Panionios cut the margin on minus 8, but it wasn't able to come any closer until the end. In just few moments San Jose answered extending lead on 50-62.

Panionios GSS: Lori Nero 15+7 boards, Sheri Lynette Sam 14+6 boards, Aikaterina Deli 11+4 boards+ 6 as
San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 17+7 boards+4 as, Cindy Lima 12+7 boards, Patricia Arguello 10


AEL outplays Gran Canaria in Limassol - by Eurobasket News
KV Imperial AEL - Gran Canaria 71-59 (EuroCup)

KV Imperial AEL outplayed Gran Canaria in Limassol jumping on 3-2 in Group F. On the other hand Granca dropped on 1-4 staying without any chances for the 1/16 finals. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) finished the game with double-double for the winning team, 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bosnian Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) had 14, while Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) scored 12 points. Elena Alamo (170-G-81) was the best scorer in Granca with 14 points. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) netted 11 but including 15 rebounds, while Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) posted 10 pts.
It is interesting, but the hosts had biggest advantage during the first ten minutes. AEL opened the game with furious 8-0 and later another 8-2 run. Until the end of the first period they succeeded to extend their lead even more, 26-10. Elena Alamo and her teammates somehow recovered from this early shock managing to come on 35-27 until the half time. During the first 7-8 minutes of third frame it was plus 8-12 for AEL. After that moment Elena Alamo and Adrijana Knezevic shined for San Jose cutting the margin on 5 points, 52-47. However, until the end of the game they succeeded to touch minus 5 just one more time. It was a signal for AEL, who immediately answered and through Shyra Ely resolved question about the winner.

AEL: Shyra Ely 21+10 boards, Azra Becirovic 14+5 boards+ 4 as, Biljana Pesovic 12
Gran Canaria: Elena Alamo 14+4 boards, Iva Perovanovic 11+15 boards, Tiina Sten 10


Ibiza cruises past Kara Trutnov for 5-0 in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov - Ibiza-PDV 71-83 (EuroCup)

Ibiza-PDV had pretty good game against Kara Trutnov on the road keeping the perfect 5-0 record in Group H. The hosts slipped on 3-2. The other two participants in the same pool, Arvi Marijampole and ICIM Arad, have 1-4. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up for her team pouring in 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Alicia Lopez (182-G/F-76) also was on a high level adding 20 points. Shannon Johnson (173-G-86) followed these two players with 11 pts. Kara Trutnov got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Katerina Krizova (184-F-80). Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88) had 14, while Michaela Ivanova (180-F-84) stopped on 10 points.
Ibiza-PDV's players were much stronger in the paint. They finished this game collecting 35 rebounds, while the hosts grabbed only 24. Ibiza also had pretty decent 26/46 for FG2. Game is decided already in the first half as visitors earned 36-45. At the beginning of third quarter Kara Trutnov succeeded to get closer on 41-45, but it was their maximum today. Very soon it was 48-59 for Ibiza. Last ten minutes were just the formality as visitors kept their lead without any extra efforts.

Kara Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 18+5 boards, Katerina Hindrakova 14+4 boards, Michaela Ivanova 10
Ibiza-PDV: Sancho Lyttle 27+12 boards, Alicia Lopez 20+4 boards, Shannon Johnson 11


Tarbes stays perfect in Group J after road game vs Extrugasa - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa - Tarbes GB 51-56 (EuroCup)

Tarbes GB outsmarted Extrugasa in Vilagarcia de Arousa remaining undefeated in Group J after 5 games. With this victory Tarbes just sealed a place for the 1/16 finals, while Extrugasa has a chance to do the same in the last round. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) registered double-double for the winning squad, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) was pretty close to do the same as she drained 13 points with 9 rebounds. Extrugasa got 12 points and 12 boards from Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU). Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) also had 12, while Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) added one point less but including 8 rebs.
Crucial period of the game was first frame, which Tarbes ended with fantastic 9-21. It seemed that later French team played as much as it was necessary for the victory. The hosts had only 23 points in the first half. At the half way of third stanza Extrugasa finally threatened. After successful jump shot by Katia Da Silva it was 32-38. However, until the end of the period Tarbes grabbed back 9-point lead, 39-48. At the beginning of the last stanza Extrugasa once again touched minus 4 and the same happened with 37 seconds remaining. Frida Eldebrink then stepped up for Tarbes with 2 FTs brining her team the fifth consecutive victory in Group J.

Extugasa: Tamera Young 12+12 boards, Jaklin Zlatanova 12, Katia Da Silva 11+8 boards
Tarbes GB: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 14+12 boards, Ndeye Ndiaye 13+9 boards


Halcon Avenida enjoys the top of Group A - by Eurobasket News

Halcon Avenida - MiZo Pecs 2010 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. Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Isabel Sanchez (178-G-76) nailed 16 and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) collected 15 points and 11 boards. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) ended up with 15 points in defeat.
Vajda closed the 7-0 from the guests that came to Spain for the real battle. Trailing in the whole period Halcon Avenida could reduce to 16:19 finishing the opening quarter. Stampalija already brought the hosts, the first 23:22 lead and then Halcon Avenida never looked behind. Basko was the last to score at the half for 42:31 advantage. In the third period the Spanish squad had a good defense and left the visitors at 9 points. Sanchez brought her team 61:40 at the end of the third frame. In the last quarter Halcon Avenida held plus 20 and enjoyed 70:50 in the middle of it. De Mondt closed the game from the free throw line for 83:60 win.

In another games of the group Bourges came back on track after two losses in EuroLeague Women Group A stealing a road 56:60 victory from Besiktas. Wisla Can-Pack struggled a lot against Nadezhda in Poland, but managed to win 91:70.


Halcon Avenida: Michelle Snow 22 points and 8 rebounds, Isabel Sanchez 16, Le'Coe Willingham 15 points and 11 boards
MiZo Pecs 2010: Anna Vajda 15, Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) 12+12 rebs



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Thriller win for Solna Vikings vs Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings - BC Neuchatel 75-73 (EuroCup)

Extremely important home win for the Swedish Solna Vikings as both teams are now tied in Group D with 2-3 score. Game is decided at the very end, actually with 6 seconds to go when A'Quonesia Franklin (160-G-85, college: Texas A&M) scored one free throw for the hosts. Visitors didn't have enough time to set up their offense as Franklin missed the second one. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) was the best player of Solna collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ida Andersson (191-C-83) posted 13 plus 5 boards, while Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) netted 1 point less, but also with 5 rebounds. BC Neuchatel got the most from Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management), who registered 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) contributed with 20 pts and 5 rebounds. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) had 18 points plus 6 boards.
Solna Vikings had decent 8-point lead with almost 5 minutes remaining. However, in just 18 seconds Nauchatel made great 10-2 run tying the score on 70-70 with 1:46 to go. Solna made 4 FTs after that while Neuchatel missed a triple. With less than 10 seconds Sophie Charlier made a 3-pointer for Neuchatel and it was 74-73. They had to commit a foul, after what A'Quonesia Franklin made one free throw. In the next round Solna Vikings will meet Szeged. BC Neuchatel waits Foton.

Solna Vikings: Jurgita Kausaite 17+8 boards+5 as, Ida Andersson 13+5 boards, Christy Bacon 12+5 boards
BC Neuchatel: Sophie Charlier 21+6 boards+7 as, Cameo Hicks 20+5 boards, Katalin Kurtosi 18+6 boards


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Thriller win for Solna Vikings vs Neuchatel - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings - BC Neuchatel 75-73 (EuroCup)

Extremely important home win for the Swedish Solna Vikings as both teams are now tied in Group D with 2-3 score. Game is decided at the very end, actually with 6 seconds to go when A'Quonesia Franklin (160-G-85, college: Texas A&M) scored one free throw for the hosts. Visitors didn't have enough time to set up their offense as Franklin missed the second one. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) was the best player of Solna collecting 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ida Andersson (191-C-83) posted 13 plus 5 boards, while Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) netted 1 point less, but also with 5 rebounds. BC Neuchatel got the most from Sophie Charlier (180-G-82, agency: LBM Management), who registered 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) contributed with 20 pts and 5 rebounds. Katalin Kurtosi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: St.John's) had 18 points plus 6 boards.
Solna Vikings had decent 8-point lead with almost 5 minutes remaining. However, in just 18 seconds Nauchatel made great 10-2 run tying the score on 70-70 with 1:46 to go. Solna made 4 FTs after that while Neuchatel missed a triple. With less than 10 seconds Sophie Charlier made a 3-pointer for Neuchatel and it was 74-73. They had to commit a foul, after what A'Quonesia Franklin made one free throw. In the next round Solna Vikings will meet Szeged. BC Neuchatel waits Foton.

Solna Vikings: Jurgita Kausaite 17+8 boards+5 as, Ida Andersson 13+5 boards, Christy Bacon 12+5 boards
BC Neuchatel: Sophie Charlier 21+6 boards+7 as, Cameo Hicks 20+5 boards, Katalin Kurtosi 18+6 boards


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A newcomer Ajavon helps Yilmaz to beat TEO - by Eurobasket News
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. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led Turkish side to 64:56 victory nailing 20 points and making 11 rebounds. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) followed her with 12 points and Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) scored 11. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) and Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) brought 13 points apiece for the Baltic state.
Matee Matee Ajavon played in her first EuroLeague game for the Turkish club. Even though it was the first game, the experienced player showed great effort and felt in the right court. She made her first points givisng the guests 7-6 lead. Tuncluer closed the opening quarter at 16:14. TEO however bounced back in the second period and produced 17-14 in it. Due to that Langhorne sent the teams to the lockers for 31:30 home lead. TEO had another great period in the third as they had 20-11 in it. Lithuanian team controlled the game up to 51:41. Fenerbahce waited for their moment and opened the last stanza with 8-0 run. After 23-5 in the period Fenerbahce tied TEO at the standings with 4-2 record.
In another games 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. Broker Kosice finally came back on track and won over Lattes Montpellier 76:57.

TEO Vilnius: Daina Staugaitiene 13, Noelle Quinn 13
Fenerbahce: Nevriye Yilmaz 20 points, 11 rebounds, Matee Ajavon 12 points, Esmeral Tuncluer 11


Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ivory Latta, Ceyhan 26
2 Penn, Burhaniye 26
3 Harper, Besiktas 22
4 Mc Bride, Samsun 19.5
5 Tisdale, Botas 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Larkins, Samsun 14.3
2 Harper, Besiktas 12.8
3 Vulic, Cankaya 12
4 Walker, Botas 11
5 Penn, Burhaniye 10.8
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit, TED İst. 7.5
2 Bobbitt, 6.8
3 Tuncluer, Fener. 6.2
4 Hornbuckle, Besik. 4.8
5 Bristol, Burhaniye 4.0
Steals Per Game
1 Alben, Galatasaray 4.8
2 Hornbuckle, Besik. 4.3
3 Bristol, Burhaniye 3.4
4 Yigit, TED İst. 2.8
5 Penn, Burhaniye 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Tolliver, Burhaniye 2
2 Harper, Besiktas 2
3 Bales, Samsun 1.8
4 S.Brown, F.Bahce 1.5
5 Bavendam, Botas 1.4


Bourges came back on track after two losses - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Cola Turka - Bourges Basket 56:60

Bourges came back on track after two losses in EuroLeague Women Group A stealing a road 56:60 victory from Besiktas. Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) made one of two at the line to finish the scoring. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) paced the winners with 15 points. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) collected 13 points and 10 boards, while Celine Dumerc added 11. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the hosts with 30 points and 4 rebounds.
Lelas opened the game from the arc, but the hosts replied with seven consecutive points for 7-3. Alessandra Santos tied the game at 11:11 and Shay Doron gave the Turkish side 18:12 after the first quarter. It was her again for the biggest lead at 21:12 in the beginning of the second period. Then, however the hosts remained scoreless for about 7 minutes as Celine Dumerc reduced to 21:20. Ivegin sent the teams to the lockers for 27:22.
In the third period the guests had 24-13 to stay in front of the encounter. Alessandra Santos brought her team 46:40 closing the third period. Shay Doron reduced at 55:59 with a minute to go, but Celine Dumerc made one of two at the line to finish the scoring. Besiktas fell at 2-4 in Group A.

Besiktas Cola Turka: Alessandra Santos 15, Ana Lelas 13 points and 10 boards, Celine Dumerc 11
Bourges Basket: Shay Doron 30 points and 4 rebounds, Harper 10


Botas Spor hands the first EuroCup loss to Dexia Namur - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - Dexia Namur 74-66

Botas Spor surprised Dexia Namur handing it the first loss in EuroCup, Group L. Marcedes Walker (191-C-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Pittsburgh) demonstrated wonderful performance for the Turkish team. She got 35 minutes draining 29 points and pulling down impressive 16 rebounds. Her shot percentage was on a high level (10/12 FG2, 9/15 FTs). Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor) netted 18, while Durdane Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) helped the winners with 12 points. Their team currently has 2-3 in Group L. Until today undefeated Dexia Namur got 18 points and 7 assists from Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69). Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) also scored 18, but with 5 rebounds.
First quarter was totally leveled 19-19. Botas Spor intensified its defense in the next one letting Dexia to score only 11 points. The hosts netted 18 creating decent plus 7 at the half time. Marcedes Walker was totally unstoppable today, and mostly owing to her Botas Spor succeeded to stop Dexia on its way in third quarter, 19-23. Actually, visitors made turn 46-48 but Walker led 10-5 run for her team heading into the last frame with 56-53. In just 5 minutes Botas Spor made 13-4 run for unreachable 69-57.

Botas Spor: Marcedes Walker 29+16 boards, Angela Tisdale 18+4 as, Durdane Gulsah Gumusay 12
Dexia Namur: Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 18+7 as, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 18+5 boards


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Baylor Retires Sophia Youngs Jersey - by Bruno Baltazar
Baylor University retired San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) jersey during halftime of Sundays game between the Lady Bears and Stanford.
The most highly decorated player in Baylor womens basketball history, Young was a two-time consensus All-American for the Lady Bears. She earned Most Outstanding Player honors during the 2005 Final Four after guiding Baylor to its first National Championship. The 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year, Young finished her collegiate career as the top all-time scorer in Big 12 history (2,480 career points). She averaged 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game at Baylor and was the only active player named to the Big 12 10th Anniversary Team in 2006.

The San Antonio Silver Stars drafted Young fourth overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. A two-time WNBA all-star, Young earned first team All-WNBA and All-Defensive team honors following the 2008 season after helping the San Antonio squad to its best record in franchise history and a Western Conference title.


CAROL ROSS NAMED NEW DREAM ASSISTANT COACH - by Bruno Baltazar
Atlanta Dream announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Carol Ross . Ross brings over 20 years of recruiting and collegiate coaching experience to the Dream, most recently as the head coach of her alma mater, the University of Mississippi.

I am extremely happy about Carols decision to join our staff, Dream Head Coach & General Manager Marynell Meadors said. She is a proven winner. She brings a competitive nature to the game and has been successful with many current WNBA players. I look forward to working with her to establish the Atlanta Dream as a powerhouse.

In Ross, the Dream acquires a coach with a history of turning programs around. Ross spent her first 12 seasons as a head coach with the University of Florida, where she turned the Gators program into a powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference. The winningest coach in University of Florida history (247-121), Ross earned the 1994 SEC Coach of the Year award and was a finalist for the 2001 and 2002 Naismith National Coach of the Year award.

After revitalizing the Florida program, Ross returned to Ole Miss where she led the Rebels to postseason play in each of her four seasons at the helm. Her 2006-07 squad finished with its first 20 win season in over a decade en route to an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Ross was a four-year starter at Ole Miss (1978-81) under Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor and was inducted into the schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In sixteen seasons as a head coach, Ross has coached in 12 NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs. She has posted 20+ win seasons eight times and earned numerous accolades. Ross has also developed some of the WNBAs best talent, including 2007 Rookie of the Year Armintie Price and Olympian DeLisha Milton-Jones. Other notables she has coached include Merlakia Jones, Muriel Page and Sophia Witherspoon.

Ross and Meadors will be sharing the bench for the first time after years of facing off against each other in the collegiate ranks. Meadors was the coach at Florida State University at the same time Ross was at the University of Florida.

Im really looking forward to working with Coach Meadors and the entire Atlanta Dream staff, Ross said. I think there is a lot of opportunity for growth and success with this organization. I dream big and that seems to be the slogan and the philosophy of this franchise.

Ross will join fellow assistant coaches Fred Williams and Sue Panek on Meadors staff this season. The Dream did not renew the contract of former Assistant Coach Katy Steding.


Lynx Hire Jim Petersen as Assistant Coach - by Bruno Baltazar
Minnesota Lynx announced the team has hired Jim Petersen as an assistant coach. Petersen will join assistant coaches Jennifer Gillom and Ed Prohofsky on head coach Don Zierden's staff.
Petersen currently serves as the Minnesota Timberwolves' television analyst, teaming up with Tom Hanneman on KSTC.TV Ch. 45 and FSN broadcasts. Petersen has been a part of the Wolves' broadcast team for the past 11 seasons. The 2009 WNBA season will be his first behind the bench professionally.

'This is a dream come true for me,'' said Petersen. 'I've always had a great deal of respect for coaching and have spent my whole life around coaches and the game of basketball. Im really excited about the talent Roger Griffith and Coach Zierden have put together and cannot wait to get started working with our world-class players. I cant thank the Lynx organization enough for giving me this opportunity.' With the Lynx, Petersen will be responsible for the teams scouting efforts, talent evaluation, and player development with a focus on the post players.

'I am really excited to have Jim join our coaching staff,' said Lynx Chief Operating Officer Roger Griffith. 'He had a great opportunity to get to know our team and the WNBA last year when he worked as an analyst on our broadcasts. I have had the chance to hear him talk about basketball and the Lynx and I am excited about the improvements he can bring to our team. He has a tremendous amount of experience as an NBA player and television analyst and I know he can make a difference. I am really excited about what this coaching staff can do as they work together to build a championship caliber team.' Petersen spent his eight-year NBA career (1984-92) with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. Petersen finished with career averages of 6.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 491 games, 208 starts.

'I cannot wait to get started working with Jim Pete,' said Lynx head coach Don Zierden. 'Jim brings years and years of NBA experience with him to the bench and we believe the time is right for him to come in and teach our world-class athletes. We're all very excited to see how our up-and-coming post players' talents and abilities will develop under Jim's direction.' A native of Minneapolis, Petersen won the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award as a high school senior in 1980. Prior to his NBA playing and broadcasting careers, Petersen played four seasons for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, winning the Big Ten Championship in 1982.