EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/22/2008

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  ABA   


Sout Texas Showboats updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
The last weekend, the ABA South Texas Showboats announced that the new website is up, at www.saproball.com. The team also announced the additions of Keith Simpson (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: 22ft) and Al Strickland (6'8''-C-81) to the team. Unlucky, they added yesterday that Langston Grady (6'5''-F-82, college: Missouri Western), former player for John Jay High School, will be out up to two weeks and listed as day to day with a hamstring injury. The Showboats are disappointed that he will not be able to participate in this weekends I-10 showdown for their last pre-season game. The Showboats meet the Houston Takers and hope Grady is ready for the season opener on Saturday, December 6th in San Antonio, TX. The Showboats (3-0 in preseason) play in Houston in a benefit game to help with the Hurricane Ike victims. 'We have to know that he is in full strength and can participate in a full contact practice before he can be active,' said CEO/Coach Benjamin Mireles . 'He is a great asset to this team and brings a lot of leadership, intensity and energy to the floor and we know he can still bring it to the team during our games.'

Nashville Broncs take over #1 position in ABA ower rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The Nashville Broncs took over the number one position in the latest ABA Power Rankings replacing the San Diego Wildcats. 'The change was made based on two convincing wins over very good teams,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman. 'We know that San Diego will be formidable, but we're now beginning to get an idea of the teams based on regular season games, tournament and exhibition games. While all teams haven't played yet, we're making changes based on what we know. There was quite a bit of movement this week.

1. Nashville Broncs
2. San Diego Wildcats
3. Beijing Aoshen Olympian
4. San Francisco Rumble
5. Maywood Buzz
6. Jersey Express
7. Montreal Matrix
8. Winston-Salem Storm
9. Knoxville Thunderbolt
10. Houston Takers
11. South Texas Showboats
12. Southeast Texas Mustangs
13. Washington Raptors
14. Kentucky Bisons
15. West Virginia Blazers
16. Gallup Outlaws
17. Cleveland Rockers
18. Modesto Bearcats
19. Las Vegas Aces
20. Alaska Dream
21. West Texas Whirlwind
22. Arizona Rhinos
23. Georgia Gwizzlies
24. Mississippi Blues


Four more players for the Bahamas team - by Gianni Pascucci
The Bahama Pro Show team is proud to announce the addition of four new players to their roster for play in the ABA season 2008-09. The players are:
Zack Logan, G/F, out from Anderson University, Indiana who stands 6'7'
Michael Pryon, G, out from Tampa Tech, who stands 6'0'
Kedero Thompson, F, out from Success Training College, Nassau, Bahamas, who stands 6'4'
Kyheil Roberts, G, out from Success Training College, Nassau, Bahamas, who stands 6'3'
Head Coach Steven Culmer said he is very proud of the guys that we have recruited this year and once they go out there and play the game with all their talent, heart and the system I have been working on with them no problem, we should be good. Owner and General Manager Ricardo B. Smith said: I am also very pleased with these new guys that Coach 'Stretch' Culmer will be putting on the floor for us this year. I just wants to encourage the Bahamian fan base to get ready to see basketball at its best when we hit the floor. The ABA has put together something special this year in a group of owners and teams that are really committed to delivering for their fans. I just want our fans to show the rest of the world how we do it in the Bahamas we have the team to win it all, now its on our fans.'


Three Rebels go to Mexico - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team Fresno Rebels released the rights of Terrance Roberson (6'7''-F-76, college: Fresno St.), JaVance Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Fresno St.) and Rahsaan Smith (6'10''-C-73, college: Fresno St.), allowing them to play for the Tijuana Galgos, in Mexican LNBP for the remaining of the season. Owner Jeffrey Jensen of the Galgos is very excited to have 3 outstanding ex-Tarkanian players. ' It is a treat to get players of this caliber who have all played together under one of the best coaches of alltime'. We look foward to finishing strong and building a great relationship with the Fresno Rebels and Dominick Young. Young stated: ' I got a call in midnight about these 3 guys specifically from coach Ricky Benitez and he told me his son felt that they were being lied to by other managers and agents about players ability, so they wanted to reach out to an organization who breeds Tarkanian style players and the rest was airborn'.

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  ARGENTINA   


Round 7 - TNA - by Bruno Fontana
This day on Friday was disputed the seventh date of the TNA. The tilt shows two zones very different . In the North there are two teams that extracted differences (Union Sunchales and The Union Formosa), whereas in the South there is parity.

Games
NORTH
Obera vs. Echague
Union S. vs. Alma Jrs.
La Unin F. vs. Asociacion Italiana
Asociacion Espaola vs. San Martin C.

SOUTH
GELP vs. Pedro Echague
Ciclista 75 - 65 San Martin MJ
Belgrano vs. Firmat FC
Central Entrerriano vs. Argentino


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  BAHAMAS   


Four more players for the Bahamas team - by Gianni Pascucci
The Bahama Pro Show team is proud to announce the addition of four new players to their roster for play in the ABA season 2008-09. The players are:
Zack Logan, G/F, out from Anderson University, Indiana who stands 6'7'
Michael Pryon, G, out from Tampa Tech, who stands 6'0'
Kedero Thompson, F, out from Success Training College, Nassau, Bahamas, who stands 6'4'
Kyheil Roberts, G, out from Success Training College, Nassau, Bahamas, who stands 6'3'
Head Coach Steven Culmer said he is very proud of the guys that we have recruited this year and once they go out there and play the game with all their talent, heart and the system I have been working on with them no problem, we should be good. Owner and General Manager Ricardo B. Smith said: I am also very pleased with these new guys that Coach 'Stretch' Culmer will be putting on the floor for us this year. I just wants to encourage the Bahamian fan base to get ready to see basketball at its best when we hit the floor. The ABA has put together something special this year in a group of owners and teams that are really committed to delivering for their fans. I just want our fans to show the rest of the world how we do it in the Bahamas we have the team to win it all, now its on our fans.'


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Elite Group
Zalgiris - Nevezis 95-75
Zalgiris stun Nevezis 95:75 for a 4-4 record in the Elite Division. Maciulis Jonas paced all the winners with 19 points, while Jankunas Paulius collected 17 points and 11 boards. Veikalas Benas ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Group Elite Group
Kalev/Cramo - ASK Riga 66-62
Kalev/Cramo overcame ASK Riga 66:62 and handed them already the third loss. Arbet Gregor top-scored for the Estonian side with 16 points and Linehan John had 13. Sundov Bruno ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.

Group Elite Group
Nevezis - Barons/LMT 70-66
Nevezis beat Barons/LMT 70:66 on November 18th. Dabkus Valdas led the winners with 16 points, while Veikalas Benas netted 15. Alexander Darnell Demetrius posted 23 for Barons and Rhodes Charles had 21 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Group ChallengeCup
Keizarmezs - TTU KK 61-70
Keizarmezs lost to TTU KK 61:70 in the latest game of Challenge Cup. Pokla Joosep top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Toome Joosep added 19 points and 11 boards. Strupovics Reinis produced 20 points for the home side.



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


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  BELIZE   


Tiger Sharks and UB Black Jaguars Win in BBA Tournament!!! - by David Magana
Last Sunday at the UB Gymnasium, the Tiger Sharks (5-1) defeated the Perkup Hawks (0-4) by 78 69. The Hawks had a slow start and by the time they got on fire the time ran out giving them a another defeat. The Tiger Sharks were led by Ian Lennon with 20 pts, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) 19 pts, 1 block, Kurt Burgess (-F/C) 15 pts, 9 rebs and 1 block, Eugene Jex 12 pts and 1 block. In a losing effort, David Laing finished with 17 pts, Marcel Orozco (188-G/F) 13 pts, Jamir Enriquez and Harris Patten (188-F) 10 pts a piece.
In the second game, the UB Jaguars (4-1) defeated the Belmopan Energy (2-3) by 85 79. Travis Lennon led the Jaguars with 19 pts, 9 rebs, Winston Pratt 14 pts, Jorett Jones 13 pts and Lennox Bowman (180-G) with 10 pts. For the Energy, Jason Daly (183-G) scored 19 pts, Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) with 18 pts, Aubrey Lopez (188-G) with double figures, 17 pts, 12 rebs, and Jay Chavarria (191-F) with 11 pts.


Atlib Tournament Starts Tomorrow!!!! - by David Magana
The Atlib Basketball tournament will start tomorrow. The country has been divided into two regions. The Northern Region will see action between the colleges of Corozal Junior College, Muffles Junior College, St John's and Wesley Junior College. Games will be played in Belize city. For the Southern Region, games will be played in San Ignacio town and colleges participating are: UB, Galen Univeristy, Sacred Heart Junior College and Ecumenical Junior College.

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  CANADA   


Last tryout camp announced in Montreal - by Gianni Pascucci
The Montreal Sasquatch, PBL team sent to us the announcement of the last team tryout camp, to be held the next weekend in Montreal, as follows:

The Montreal SASQUATCH are inviting all prospects to show them what they have got at there 2008-2009 TRYOUT CAMPS over the weekends of :
- Saturday, November the 22nd and Sunday, November the 23rd, 2008
These TRYOUT CAMPS are being held at :
- cole Lucien Pag, 8200, St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal (Quebec) (Canada) H2P 2L8
The TRYOUT CAMP days, registration will begin at 09:00 and close
Camp begins at 10:00. The TRYOUT CAMPS will be two (2) days camps with the
schedule being as follows :
- 10:00 to 12:00 - PRACTICE
- 12:00 to 13:30 - LUNCH
- 13:30 to 15:30 - GAMES
Players are responsible for providing their own transportation, htel, meals while attending the camps. Players should wear appropriate shoes and clothing and come ready to compete.
Source : Premier Basketball League (PBL) quipe Montral Sasquatch, 775, avenue Murray, porte 314, Qubec (Qubec) G1S 4T2
For information : Pascal Fleury , General Manager, Montreal Sasquatch, 514 972-6765


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Rufus replace Morris - by Daniel Valencia
Provincial Llanquihue released the american guard JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) after ten games with the team. Morris played 10 games averaging 16.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.6 assist in 33.4 minutes per game.

To replace Morris, Llanquihue signed the american forward Daryl Rufus (207-C-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Fayetteville St.). Rufus played last season with Ancudaveraging 22.0 points and 10.1 rebounds. His last playing team was Union Atletica in Uruguay where he played 10 games averaging 16.5 rebounds and 7.2 rebounds. He will play his first game tonight against Liceo Mixto.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Arsenal Topple Jam in Preseason Action - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Anaheim Arsenal erased a 17 point first half lead by the visiting Bakersfield Jam to come away with a 102-100 victory last night in Anaheim. Mike Efevberha (6'5''-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) burried a game-winning jumper with 2.5 seconds left to seal the victory for the Arsenal. Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt), the Jams 2008 First Round Draft pick, along with former USC Trojan star Jeff Trepagnier paced Bakersfield with 15 points a piece. Former UCLA swingman Cedric Bozeman (6'6''-G-83, college: UCLA) led all scorers with 20 points of the bench to go along with game highs of nine rebounds and five assists.

JAM: Derrick Byars (15pt), Jeff Trepagnier (15pt), Terrance Thomas (14pt+6rb), DeMarcus Nelson (12pt)
ARSENAL: Cedric Bozeman (20pt+9rb+5as), Mike Efevberha (19pt+6rb), James White (18pt+6rb), T.J. Cummings (10pt)


Pair of Rookies Assigned to D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
The World Champion Boston Celtics have assigned Michael Beasleys partner in crime at Kansas State, Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87, college: Kansas St.), to the Utah Flash. Also, the Oklahoma City Thunder assigned 2006-07 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Steven Hill (7'0''-C-85, college: Arkansas) to the Tulsa 66ers.
Walker, has appeared in two games for the Celtics this season, scoring two points in six minutes of action. Originally selected in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, Walker was acquired by Boston on June 28, 2008. In two years at Kansas State, Walker averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 26.6 minutes earning Third Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches as a redshirt freshman in 2007-08.
Steven Hill, out of Arkansas, becomes the first ever player assigned to Tulsa since its acquisition by Oklahoma City as its sole D-League affiliate. A four-year contributor at Arkansas, Hill averaged 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks and 19.5 minutes while shooting .518 from the field. Hill was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 2.8 blocks for the Razorbacks.


Latest Roster Trimmings - by Surujh Roopnarine
November 20: ALBUQUERQUE
Waived F Lorenzo Davis, G Michael Strawberry, F Sidney Hooper, F Pierre Darden (6'10''-C-83, college: Cumberlands).

November 20: AUSTIN
Waived G Michael Sturns (6'5''-G-86, college: Holy Family), F Isaiah Fox (6'9''-C-83, college: Arizona), F Marshall Brown, F Andrew Francis. Waived F Mohammed Abukar (6'10''-F-85, college: San Diego St.) due to injury.

November 20: BAKERSFIELD
Waived F Demario Butler (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Azusa Pacific).

November 20: COLORADO
Waived G Julius Page (6'3''-G-82, college: Pittsburgh) due to injury.

November 20: ERIE
Waived G Vernon Hamilton (6'0''-G-84, college: Clemson), G Quinton Day, F Wesley Fluellen (6'5''-F/G-78, college: Robert Morris), G Xavier Whipple (6'2''-G-82). Waived F Brian Robinson and G Mike Cook (6'4''-G/F-84, college: E.Carolina) due to injury.

November 20: FORT WAYNE
Waived F Reggie Nelson (6'7''-F, college: Tennessee Tech), G Derrick Allen, G Isaiah Kottke, F Jerod Adler, G Ryan Bright (6'6''-F).

November 20: IOWA
Waived G Marcus Doss, G Chris Rodgers (6'4''-G-84, college: Arizona), F Jamaal Moore, F Chris Lawson, F Jermaine Green (6'8''-F-80, college: N.Texas).

November 20: IDAHO
Waived F Louis Levros (6'6''-F-83, college: Rhode Island), G Rashad West. Waived G Reggie Larry (6'6''-F, college: Boise St.) due to injury. Announced that G Ryan Appleby (6'2''-G-84) has left the team.

November 20: LOS ANGELES
Waived G Terrence Whitters, C Keith Butler (7'1''-C-83, college: De Paul)

November 20: RENO
Waived F Alex Bausley (6'7''-F-85), G Tony Gipson (6'1''-G-82, college: LSU), F Marcus Heard, F John Millsap (6'6''-F-82, college: UTSA), F Marcus Sloan (6'9''-F-82, college: TCU).

November 20: RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Waived G Jeffrey Day (6'9''-C-82, college: Creighton), C Boomer Herndon, F JR Harrison, F Lance Perique. Waived G Alpha Bangura (6'6''-F/G-80, college: St.John's) due to injury.

November 20: TULSA
Waived G Kejuan Johnson (6'4''-G-85, college: Long Beach St.), F Donny Beacham, F Dock Wrice.

November 20: UTAH
Waived F Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.), F Kris Clark, F Torrington Cox.

November 19: COLORADO
Waived G Shawn Davis (6'5''-F), G David Godbold.


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  EGYPT   


Amine Rezig opts for Egypt - by Kristian Santiago
Tunisian national team-member Amine Rezig (198-G/F-80) opted to sgin in Egypt instead of remaining with his old team Stade Nabeulien.
He joins Al Jaiech in Cairo, a team that had fellow Tunisian Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) on the roster, and will be facing Al Zamalek in his first game for his new side this Saturday.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Ratko Varda leaves Zalgiris - by Zoran Popovic
Managament of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas and Serbian power forward Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) made compromise and from today Varda is free player. Varda played for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas only two games in Euroleague this season (Panathinaikos and Nancy), scored 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds, but other two he missed because he got arm injury. In Baltic league Varda scored average on 5 games 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game, in Lithuanina League on 3 games scored average 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assistants per game. Ratko Varda started professional career in Partizan, passed all categories and played for them from 1993 till 2001, played for Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards in NBA league and in Europe for Olimpija Ljubljana 2003, Apollon Patras 2003-2004, Besiktas Istanbul 2004-2005, BC Kyiv 2005-2006, Real Madrid 2006-2007 and in Menorca from 2007 till he joined B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

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  FINLAND   


1.DIV.: Allen Morill coming to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Huima (Aanekoski) has decided to replace American C Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) (17,3 - 10,5), who is on injured list (ankle) untill Jan 5, 2009. The replacement would be American F Allen Morill (200-F-83, college: Arizona St.), whose arrival to Finland is supposed happen on Saturday, November 22. Morill would play his first game on this coming Sunday, November 23 (vs Honka, Tapiola) plus five more contests. Morill has played overseas in Europe already last season as he was playing on the second highest level in Portugal.

KORISLIIGA: KTP crushed ToPo 109-68 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 13: Only one contest tonight. KTP (Kotka) crushing visitor Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 109-68 (57-42). Quarters: 27-27, 30-15, 23-16, 29-10.
ToPo was in the game 10 minutes, then KTP started to defense and ToPo was unarmed. KTP (9-4) was ahead in everything. Shooting more and better, winning
rebounds (42-30), less turnovers, six players in double figures etc. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) led KTP with 24 pts. ToPo (3-10) shot 37,5% (6/16) from the charity stripe...that was telling much about ToPo's situation right now.

KTP - ToPo 109-68 (57-42) (Ville Makalainen 24, Damon Williams 16/10a, Steve Smith 14 - James Allen 16, Elias Kajander 15, Isaac Spencer 13).



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  FRANCE   


Pro A : Curtis Sumpter replaces Marcellus Sommerville in Roannne - by Aurelien Hipp
*Because of an injury at his left knee, Marcellus Sommerville will miss at least 45 days, giving his team of Roanne the opportunity to sign a medical back-up. His name is Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova), seen in Vichy last season.Sumpter is expected to land in Roanne today and will take part to Vichy's next game vs Riga. He posted 10ppg 4rpg 1bpg with Vichy last season. Sumpter is an offensive player, very athletic, who let a very positive impression for his first french experience. He's coming from the LA Cllippers pre-season roster.

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  GAMBIA   


Gambian College Player Update - by Rolando Delabarrera
Since my last report there has been some movement by Gambia players stateside. Dawda Njie did not enroll at Georgia Southern as previously reported and is suiting up for Armstrong Atlantic (NCAA 2) in Georgia. Dawda, has not appeared in the stat column yet but the season is young. Amadou Sambou, is not at Putnam Science Academy as previously reported and instead has surfaced at JUCO power Southeastern CC in Iowa. Amadou is averaging 1.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 5 games so far. Saihou Jassey was a USI-Edwardsville last year and might be injured this year, but he is not on the roster for 2008/2009 and appears as a player that was not returning in the preseason outlook. Again, this might be due to injury. Mohammed Conteh is on the roster at Western Michigan but has not played so far. This might be injury related or a redshirt situation. Tijan Jobe has not scored in 2 games for the Hoosiers so far, but again the season is young. Mahamoud Jabbi ,as reported ,transferred to Binghamton University this year and sitting out per transfer rule. As the season wears on, we will update their progress for the Gambian Basketball fans. Muhammed Conteh (201-F)

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  GERMANY   


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Konrad Wysocki Welcome The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig And Kevin Wysocki - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In American Football, you have the exciting brother duel of Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Eli Manning of the 2008 Superbowl champs New York Giants and in the German BBL, a new duel is about to start as Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners faces his five year younger brother Kevin Wysocki (198-F-87) of the New York Phantoms Braunschweig on Sunday November 23rd. Skyliner Ilian Evtimov is a player, who could write a book about brother jousts since he has an older brother Vasco. 'I am not sure how the relationship is between Konrad and Kevin, but my brother would always be trash talking with me on the court. I met Kevin in Antalya and he is a nice guy. He has a different personality than Konrad and it will be interesting to see how they play against each othe'r, explained Ilian Evtimov.


Even though it will be a highlight to see this brother clash, there is still a Basketball game to be played between Frankfurt and Braunschweig. Frankfurt has been playing great Basketball winning six of their seven last games in the BBL, Eurochallenge and Cup play, but for some reason arent higher than position ten. The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig have also been playing good ball in the last weeks after having a slow start losing three of their first four games. They had their four game winning streak halted last weekend as they had a bitter loss to Dsseldorf in the Volkswagon Halle in Braunschweig. However The Deutsche Bank Skyliners know that the biggest mistake is too take any opponent too lightly, were back at work 15 hours after the run of the mill win against Nrdlingen. 'We shot around and watched film. We were in a good mood. They are a dangerous team and we will have to be aware of them', stated Ilian Evtimov.


The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig are a team that hasnt given The Deutsche Bank Skyliners really any problems in the last three seasons. In this time, Frankfurt has won five of six games and all three games at home. The last two wins in the Ballsporthalle were by 10 and 13 points, only three years ago, could the fans experience an exciting finish as Frankfurt won 68 to 65.


The New York Phantoms Braunschweig have never been shy of promoting their youth program, but the program lacked two things. The young players hardly got playing time from coach Emir Mutapcic and a majority of the players after having sustained enough pain at the end of the bench with splinters in their back side decided to leave the club. Guys like Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side), and Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) were able to develop further in Bremerhaven and Artland and guys Like Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85), Jorge Schmidt (193-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86), Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) have all left dreaming of more success and playing time for other clubs. In 2.5 years, no German has been able to be a regular in the rotation. It is important in Braunschweig to educate young talent on the court, but if they make it into the playing rotation seems not to be the first preference. The most important thing is too win and to fill the arena.


Emir Mutapcic now has turned his back on eastern block players for the second year in a row, and put his total confidence on the US boys. However he did keep a healthy framework with Americans Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) and Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest). The team couldnt keep John Allen (196-F/G-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Seton Hall) and Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky), because they were too expensive. The team has a healthy nine man rotation that can mix it up from inside or outside and plays very athletic and likes the fast break. 'They have good inside play with Visser and Drevo. We will have to control the boards. Their guards also run well with the ball. We will have to stop their fast break', explained Illian Evtimov.
The New York Phantoms Braunschweig are led by American William Franklin (183-G-85, college: Bradley), who averages 12,2 points, 2,7 rebounds and 3,6 assists per game. He is a great point guard with a good assist /turnover ratio. He played together with American Jeremy Crouch (196-G-85, college: Bradley) at Bradley and reached the NCAA sweet 16 in 2006. American Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) is averaging 12,1 points 3,3 rebounds and 1,4 assists per game. He played at Temple University and was invited in 2007 to play at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational(Top American College players) together with ex BBL players Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) and Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton)(San Antonio Spurs). American Andrew Drevo is averaging 10,7 points and 7,0 rebounds per game. He is an all around fine player who can bang underneath and step outside and hit the jumper. He has experience having played in Sweden and France. American Jonathan Levy is averaging 10,0 points, 3,2 rebounds and 1,3 assists per game. He is a deadly shooting guard, who last played for Mike Taylor at Ulm. He was the MVP at the Austrian All Star game 2005. American Kyle Visser is averaging 8,1 points and 6,1 rebounds per game. He is still very young with a lot of potential. He played at Wake Forest reaching the Sweet 16 in 2004.


American Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) is an important role player from the bench and is averaging 7,4 points, 5,9 rebounds and 1,1 assists per game. This is his second season in the BBL after getting his Basketball learning at The University of Virginia. German Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10) is averaging 3,1 points and 1,4 rebounds. The ex Ludwigsburg player doesnt get many minutes, but when he is on the court, he gives 180% and can always score or make a big defensive play. American Jeremy Crouch is averaging 2,9 points and 2,3 rebounds per game. He has been a disappointment thus far, but he is a BBL rookie with a high Basketball IQ and makes his team mates better. American Michael Flowers (188-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Wisconsin) is averaging 2.7 points per game and also is still seeking his rhythm. He is from Chicago and also a BBL rookie having played at The University of Wisconsin.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still have injury woes as Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) are still out. However Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) and Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) may be in the lineup on Sunday. From the stats, both teams are nearly even with points and rebounds, but there is a huge and untypical high difference with the assists. Frankfurt is averaging 14,2 assists per game and Braunschweig only 9,8 assists per game. But that low assist rate of the Phantoms should not lessen the quality of the guard play. 'That assist stat isnt really so relevant. Sometimes I have noticed that not all assists are counted especially if the ball is passed to an open man. We have to be aware of their passing', warned Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Frankfurt will be looking for a big win, which will give them an extra portion self confidence for the start of the Eurochallenge on Tuesday in Estonia. 'Pascal Roller (180-G-76) will run the show as always and we will have to play smart. We have to make good plays and use our advantages in the match ups and just challenge them physically under the boards,' said Ilian Evtimov. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The New York Phnatoms Braunschweig on Sunday November 23rd at 15:00.

Jannik Freese


Bremerhaven pick Callahan, waive Pearson - by Moritz Korff
Both Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington) and Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) were working out with 1. Bundesliga club Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the past days, but only one of them was offered a contract after the tryout. Callahan will stay, he inked a contract for the remainder of this current season. The club-officials are hoping that the 27-year-old forward will provide some leadership and help the Polar Bears with his experience.

Hickman and Worthy undergo trials with Giessen 46ers - by Moritz Korff
The LTi Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga) have handed ten-day trials to Ricky Hickman (190-G-83, college: NC-Greensboro) and Brandon Worthy (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount). The Bundesliga side is in need of a back-up for the guard position. The club-officials will decide by the end of the tryout period whether to sign one of the two candidates.
Hickman averaged 19 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 11 games for the Romanian team CS Otopeno Bucuresti in this past season. Last weekend he played a single game for the second team of BG Goettingen in the 2. Regionalliga and contributed 20 points to a win over local rival ASC Goettingen.
Worthy completed his collegiate career at Loyola Marymount (NCAA1) in 2007. He tallied 18.5 points, 4.5 boards and 3.7 assists as a senior. He was recently drafted by NBA D-League's Los Angeles Defenders.


Germans playing college-basketball in 2008-09 - by Moritz Korff
The college season has gotten underway for some German basketball players who are spending the 2008-09 campaign abroad.

NCAA Division 1:
Vadim Fedotov (206-F/C-85) who was slowed down by a knee injury at the end of his junior year at University at Buffalo was a starter for the Bulls in the first two games of the season. He scored 2 points when Buffalo overcame Youngstown State and did the same in a win over Canisius.
Iowa State's Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) finally got his collegiate career started as he was not allowed to play as a freshman after being declared ineligible by the NCAA Amateur Certification Process. The German A2-international recently made his debut in a win over UC Davis and tallied 2 points and 1 rebound in 13 minutes. He remained scoreless in the following contest against Loyola-Marymount and shot 4/5 from three point-territory in 18 minutes of play against UW-Milwaukee in game three. Staiger finished his appearance with very solid numbers: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists.
Another German who did not see any game action in his first year overseas, former Bremen forward Benjamin Fumey (203-F-87), scored 13, 8 and 9 points coming off the bench in three exhibition games with Valparaiso University. Fumey will play the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands with Valpo this weekend.
Mike Dejworek (211-C-87) is a junior at Belmont University. The native of Ulm kicked off the 2008-09 campaign with a 9 points/5 rebounds-performance in an easy win over Sewanee and added two points when the Bruins defeated Samford in another exhibition game.
Dorian McDaniel (198-F-87) of Prairie View A&M University, whos mother is German, has spent close to 23 minutes a game on the hardwood in the first five encounters of the season, averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Panthers.
Sidiki Straub (201-C-86) has not yet scored for Mercer University after making the move from Cabrillo, a junior college in California, to the Bears this summer. Kristian Kuhn (208-C-87) of Northern Arizona has collected 3 points, all coming off free-throws, in three games for the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks so far this season. The big man spent his freshman campaign at Trinity Valley Community College.
Junior forward Richard Froehlich (205-F-86) is still waiting to wear the UTSA jersey for the first time in game action, also Fabian Boeke (211-F-86) has not played a single minute for Washington State yet.
Two other former Ehingen/Urspringschule players, Christopher Niemann (211-C-88) at Nebraska and Patrick Horstmann (199-F-87) who enrolled at New Jersey Institut of Technology will sit out their freshman season. As well as Maximilian Groebe (193-G-88) who transferred from UMass to Cornell. Winthrop senior-center Andy Buechert (206-C, college: Tallahasse CC), originally from Trier, received a medical redshirt year because of a knee injury and will have one season of eligibility remaining.

NCAA Division 2:
Big man Nick Schneiders (218-C-84) is continuing to develop into a key factor for USC Upstate. The Rietberg-native who has only a couple of years of organzied basketball under his belt saw major playing time in the first games of the season, when the Spartans fell to D1-schools Georgia and Notre Dame. Schneiders averaged 8.5 points as well as 8.5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in these two contests. Also Jannik Zimmer (192-G-86) seems to have landed a starting spot at St. Edward's. The former Koeln player spent more than 20 minutes in the two opening games of the season on the floor and tallied 8 points plus 3 assists per outing.
Tobias Jahn (206-F/C-86) opened his sophomore season at Cal Poly Pomona with a win over Vanguard. Stats are not available.The center comes from Babenhausen.
Sergej Baskow (203-F/C-86) has secured himself a spot in the starting line-up of Bemidji State. However, the forward/center from Ludwigsburg could not prevent that the Beavers opened this current campaign with two straight losses. In an exhibition game at NCAA DIvision One's University of Indiana Baskow netted 8 points, followed by a solid 10 points, 7 boards and 3 assists against Jamestown College.

NCAA Division 3:
Martin Esters (196-F-88) out of Toenisvort goes into his sophomore year at Ripon College. The German is expected to see plenty of starts on the wing this season and will have to help out in the post. The Red Hawks play their first game against Cornell College this weekend. Felix Friedt (200-F) and Andreas Samus (196-F-87) will spend their first year abroad at Whitworth University, while Hagen Hohlfeld (200-F) enrolled at the University of Dallas, after shooting hoops at Missouri Valley last season.
Andreas Mense (186-G) is another German competing in D3-hoops. The guard from Erlangen has joined the the Hornets of Kalamazoo College.

NAIA Division 1:
He used to be maybe the most talented player of his age in Germany. After two years playing for Central Hoops in his hometown Berlin, Edwin Ofori-Attah (193-G-85, college: William & Mary) took his game to the United States again to give college-basketball another chance. In 2004-05 he suited up for the College of William & Mary (NCAA1), for this current season Ofori-Attah enrolled at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. The Hawks are 3-2 after five games played, the German averaged 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds so far.
Meanwhile at Missouri Valley College Rouven Haenig (198-F) added 6.7 points and 7 rebounds per contest (3 games). The power forward from Bonn is currently in his third year playing for the Vikings. Four other Germans are members of the 2008-09 Missouri Valley junior varsity squad: Enrico Ahlendorf (200-C-88), Antonius Werhahn-Mees (183-G), Sven Walter (183-G) and Etjen Nako (191-G/F).
Center Jonas Boehm (206-C-88) has made the roster of Campbellsville University, but has not seen any action in this season yet.

NJCAA:
Alfred Dankwa (190-G/F-85) from Hamburg plays as a sophomore at Meridian Community College, also Nebojsa Zlatic (191-G/F) from Frankfurt is in his second season at Palm Beach Community College.


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New Entries in A1 - by Chris Mammides

Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) agreed financial terms with his ex club, AEL 1964. The experienced forward already played in the game of the sixth week of the A1 league and he show that he will be a serious help for the Larissa team and Head Coach Vangelis Alexandris .
Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) agreed financial terms with Marousi. The experienced guard is replacing the Russian Nikolai Pandius and he is expected to get some serious time in the court from the Greek Head Coach Soulis Markopoulos
Donnel Taylor agreed terms with Egaleo, the American player will be replacing his conpatriot Goldwire as Head Coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos was not very pleased with American guards presentation.

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



Roster Changes in Trikala - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The bad start in the league (0 win 5 defeats) is forcing Trikala to make changes in the current roster. The management talks with Brian Bracey (201-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon) (former player of Makedonikos) and they are close to settle a deal. The Bosman forward is available now, last season played in Chalon-Sur-Saone(26 games: 9.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg). Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) will be history soon and another inside player will replace him.

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FEB Results: Matrixx Magixx Win In OT, Hands Eclipse Jet/MyGuide 1st Loss - by Sanders Jackson


Thursday night in the Sporthallen-Zuid, Matrixx Magixx knocks defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide from the unbeaten ranks, overcoming a double digit halftime deficit to dominate in the second half, going on to win 88-85. Matrixx were down 45-32 at halftime, and at one point in the second half down 16 pts., but chipped away piece by piece to tie things up at 77-77 at the end of regulation. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide had the last shot attempt, with a
Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) falling short.


In overtime, Matrixx's Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) stepped up with some clutch scores, and Matrixx managed to hold the fort on the defensive end to preserve the win. Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) led the visitors with a game-high 24 pts. to lead five Matrixx players in double figures. Both Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) and CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led Eclipse Jet/MyGuide with 15 pts. each. Matrixx also forced 25 Eclipse Jet/MyGuide turnovers. Matrixx improves to 8-4, while Eclipse Jet/MyGuide falls to 9-1.



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Jerusalem handed Maccabi Tel Aviv the first loss - by Eurobasket News
The game between Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv was played last night, but was scheduled for Round 2 of Ligat Winner. It brought huge interest not only in the country but out of it as well. Hapoel Jerusalem overcame Maccabi Tel Aviv 91:77 to tie them at the standings. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) led the winners with 27 points and 5 assists. Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, college: Memphis) collected 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, while Watson scored 14. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) top-scored for the guests with 16 points, whilst Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points.
The hosts opened the game with 19:14 in the opening quarter to take control of the game. Carlos Arroyo scored from long range to reduced the gap in the beginning of the second period. Timothy Bowers led an 18-3 surge that shocked Maccabi later in the game. The teams went to the lockers for 51:30 as the hosts dominated the court after 32-16 in the period.
Hapoel Jerusalem made a 9-0 early in the third quarter and reached 60:30 on the board. Another 24-19 in the third period remained the advantage for the home side. Only in the last stanza Maccabi managed to wake up. The visitors closed the gap to 75:60, but Hapoel snapped back in time to secure the big win.


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Rogers double-double helps Valpo overcome UCF - by Leonard Whyte
Valparaiso, IN (11-21-2008): Sophomore guard Michael Rogers notched his second career double-double when he helped Valparaiso University defeat University of Central Florida 69-52 for Valpos second win in as many games. Roger, formerly of St. Georges College and Redemption Christian, finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The team now travels to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands where they will next face San Diego University in the opening game of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament.

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Masai Ujiri dreams NBA title with Raptors.speaks on Big-man, Top-50 camps - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Big-man and Top-50 camps have become an integral part of Nigerias basketball calendar, with kids looking forward to these camps every year with great passion.

The camps organized by Radaarhoops, but overseen by two former Nigerian international stars, Masai Ujiri and Godwin Owinje are fast gaining momentum as one of the best organized camps in Africa. In a chat with Hoops International Newspaper, the Assistant General Manager of The Toronto Raptors and chief director of these camps, Ujiri bears his mind on the journey so far. Happy reading:

The Top-50 camp and the Big-man camp

It all started about five years ago, we came up with a plan where we wanted to develop the kids in Nigeria and started the Top-50 in Zaria, we did the first edition in Zaria before shifting base to Lagos where we currently holds two camps every year with the Big-man camp in May and Top-50 in October and we are now in our fifth year and it has been great, we have sponsorship with Nestle Nigeria Plc, we have merchandize sponsorship from NIKE its been great support round the country for these events and we are very proud of what it has become and a lot of kids have developed to become good players for their clubs, schools and some have left for clubs in Europe while some are in various Universities in the United States of America.

Major Challenges

I think the major challenges we ever faced has to do with sponsorship for the Big-man camp are that we are always struggling with getting sponsors or how to pay bills of that one; organization has being much better the coaches in Nigeria who help out with these camps are doing a great job as we know, such people as Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd), Coaches Michael Akubor (Ahmadu Bello University), Emma Odah (Zuma Rocks Basketball Club), Peter Ahmedu and Adeka Dauda (Dodan Warriors Basketball Club) have been in control of things, running around to ensure that planning for the camps are usually hitch free but overall I am very happy with the turnout and the outcome that is the struggle. The main struggle or challenges have to do with sponsorship and organization.

Future expectations

Yes, we want to get bigger and I wish there are facilities where I can do like one hundred kids but for now I can only do fifty just because of the facility we have. The future of the camps is for other camps to come up for kids to be able to attend more camps and develop themselves with basic fundamentals and develop themselves as people and become useful human beings to themselves, their family and to the country. But above all the future is very bright in terms of all those things.

Message to young and aspiring players, Africa Basketball Federations and clubs

I think we have to keep working hard, also work on organization because it is not all the time that you need too much money to really achieve some goals. You dont need money to be organized; everybody thinks money is the root of everything, I think we have to get organized in order to attract sponsors into our programmes.

If there is a good system on ground sponsors would want to put their money into such so the first thing Africa federations should do is to get organized so that this sport can be taken to the highest level. I believe we can achieve it if we all desire it. Thats what we need to do get organized.

The clubs are doing what they think they can possibly do while the federations need to sit up. weve talked about this before they need to wake up and do a better job, hopefully if we continue to do our bit at the private level, do a lot of private function and events, a time will come when we may not need the federations maybe then they (federations) will sit up, but for now everybody should work on their own and be more organized.

About Masai Ujiri

Well, there is not much to say, Ive been working in the America National Basketball Association, NBA for five years now, and with Gods favour, diligent and hard work I was recently promoted to the post of Assistant General Manager (A.G.M) in my present place of employment The Toronto Raptors, thats been a huge blessing for me, at present this is the highest position held by any African in the NBA.

To me it is a huge achievement, an opportunity, I know God put me there for a purpose to come back and help my fellow human being back home in my country, Nigeria and the African continent. I will keep doing my job and my number one goal is to win the NBA championship with my team (Raptors) while my number-two goal is to help the growth and development of the game in the continent of Africa and my country Nigeria thats what I am doing for now and I will continue to help as much as possible with our national team or wherever I can contribute, we see where it goes.

Adapted from Hoops International Newspaper


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LBL D2 Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BA Riga - Jurmala 55-85
Jurmala celebrated the fourth straight win in the LBL Division II today. They breezed past BA Riga 85:55 and improved at 4-3 record. Atis Ozols knocked down 14 points for the winners. Janis Ramma and Rusmanis Oskars had 13 points apiece in the winning case. Sandis Silavs answered with 16 points for BA Riga in the loss.

Ventsp.Aug. - Saldus 49-59
Saldus outscored Ventspils Augstskola 59:49 on the road to clinch the fifth victory in the season. Janis Licitis secured 17 points for Saldus. Toms Celmins delivered 16 points, while Edgars Buikis added 10 points and 10 steals as the winners climbed at 5-1 record. Martins Alksnis and Mikus Sokolovs had 11 points each in defeat.

Zemgale/Juniors - Valmiera U21 86-63
Edgars Tramdaks scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace Zemgale past Valmiera U21 in the key game of Round 13. Zemgale fired down Valmiera 86:63 and came close to the their opponents in the ladder. Edgars Rekis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Oskars Virsis responded with 21 points and 6 caroms for Valmiera U21 as they suffered the second defeat in the season.

Keizarm.U21 - Kandava 89-83
Keizarmezs U21 outscored Kandava 89:83 to clear off from their opponents in the ladder. The teams are now separeted by one victory with Keizarmezs occupying the 8th spot at 4-5 record. Kalvis Sprude fired 34 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead the winners. Girts Celms answered with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Kandava in the loss.

LU/Ridzene - Liep.Papirs 96-68
LU/Ridzene improved to 4-3 record in the Division 2 standings after they dealt with Liepajas Papirs 96:68 at home court. Kristers Zeidaks knocked down 22 points and pulled down 11 boards for the winning team. Martins Kravcenko added 21 points for Ridzene. Liepajas Papirs answered with 25 points and 6 boards from Salvis Metra.



LBL D2 Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cesis - LU/Ridzene 75-59
Cesis earned the initial win in the Division 2 season outscoring LU/Ridzene 75:59 today. Maris Snikis tallied 18 points and 13 boards to pace Cesis. Davis Krastins added 17 points in the winning case. Arturs Duselis answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Ridzene as they slipped at 4-4 record.

Livani - Liep.Papirs 76-58
Livani improved at 6-3 record in the tournament as they breezed past Liepajas Papirs 76:58 today. Oskars Kalnins fired 20 points to lead Mareks Bajars team. Raimonds Feldmanis notched 15 points and 10 boards for the winning team. Salvis Metra responded with 15 points and 14 boards for Liepajas Papirs as they slipped at 2-6 record.

Saldus - Kandava 98-57
Saldus maintained the winning run as they thumped Kandava 98:57 at home court. Janis Licitis tallied 15 points and 16 boards for the winners. Davis Paberzs scored 16 points for the league leaders. Agris Briedis replied with 19 points for Kandava as they fell at 3-6 record.



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Three Rebels go to Mexico - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team Fresno Rebels released the rights of Terrance Roberson (6'7''-F-76, college: Fresno St.), JaVance Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Fresno St.) and Rahsaan Smith (6'10''-C-73, college: Fresno St.), allowing them to play for the Tijuana Galgos, in Mexican LNBP for the remaining of the season. Owner Jeffrey Jensen of the Galgos is very excited to have 3 outstanding ex-Tarkanian players. ' It is a treat to get players of this caliber who have all played together under one of the best coaches of alltime'. We look foward to finishing strong and building a great relationship with the Fresno Rebels and Dominick Young. Young stated: ' I got a call in midnight about these 3 guys specifically from coach Ricky Benitez and he told me his son felt that they were being lied to by other managers and agents about players ability, so they wanted to reach out to an organization who breeds Tarkanian style players and the rest was airborn'.

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  MONTENEGRO   


Lenhart Oldrich singed 4 year contract for BC Primorje - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Prijmorje from Herceg Novi and DELFI SMG Agency announced that ex basketball player of SKB Protron Zlin , member of Czech Republic 1 Liga , Oldrich Lenhart (210-C-87) singed 4 year contract whit Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi member of Montenegrin 1A Opportunity league. In same way management of Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi announced that club negotiate whit DELFI SMG Agency for transferring more 4 young basketball player to club

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


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NBA Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pistons - Celtics 80-98
The reigning champion had no mercy for Detroit Pistons at the TD Banknorth Garden jumping on 11-2 record. Rajon Rondo this time top-scored for the Celtics netting 18 points and dishing out 8 assists. Kevin Garnett added 15, while Tony Allen scored 13 points. AI delivered 16 points in defeat. Rasheed Walalce was behind him with 13 pts, including 6 rebounds. Their Pistons now have 8-4.

Lakers - Suns 105-92
LA Lakers outplayed Phoenix Suns on the road mostly owing to Kobe Bryant, who scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for 32 minutes. Serbian Vladimir Radmanovic was unmistakable from beyond the arc netting 15 points (5/5). Amare Stoudemire shined for the Suns adding 21 points and 8 boards. LA Lakers moved up on 9-1, while the Suns slipped on 8-5.



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The Breakers maintained the lead in NBL - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers grabbed the 11th victory in the Australian National Basketball League yesterday. They overcame the South Dragons 112:98 in Auckland to improve at 11-3 record on top of the ladder. The South Dragons remained one win shy of the leaders at the second spot.
The Breakers fans that gathered at the North Shore Events Centre saw their favorites cruising to a comfortable victory as it marked the fourth straight success for the Kiwi team.
CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) delivered 27 points and 6 assists to lead the charge. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was helpful with 20 points for the winners. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Adam Gibson (188-G-86) nailed 16 points apiece for the South Dragons.
The Breakers piled up a 29:21 lead at the first break with the team showing a balanced approach. The hosts maintained the lead and Kirk Penney capped the half with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to make it 55:45 for the Breakers. The South Dragons remained contestant as they cut the deficit to 5 points in the third frame. However Kirk Penney fired three treys and the New Zealand Breakers cleared off to an 11-point distance. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) drained a three-pointer and Dillon Boucher (196-G-75) came up with a jumper to give the home team a 91:73 lead at three-quarter time. The hosts stayed at a comfortable distance throughout the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
The Breakers will next host the Perth Wildcats on November 27.


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Masai Ujiri dreams NBA title with Raptors.speaks on Big-man, Top-50 camps - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Big-man and Top-50 camps have become an integral part of Nigerias basketball calendar, with kids looking forward to these camps every year with great passion.

The camps organized by Radaarhoops, but overseen by two former Nigerian international stars, Masai Ujiri and Godwin Owinje are fast gaining momentum as one of the best organized camps in Africa. In a chat with Hoops International Newspaper, the Assistant General Manager of The Toronto Raptors and chief director of these camps, Ujiri bears his mind on the journey so far. Happy reading:

The Top-50 camp and the Big-man camp

It all started about five years ago, we came up with a plan where we wanted to develop the kids in Nigeria and started the Top-50 in Zaria, we did the first edition in Zaria before shifting base to Lagos where we currently holds two camps every year with the Big-man camp in May and Top-50 in October and we are now in our fifth year and it has been great, we have sponsorship with Nestle Nigeria Plc, we have merchandize sponsorship from NIKE its been great support round the country for these events and we are very proud of what it has become and a lot of kids have developed to become good players for their clubs, schools and some have left for clubs in Europe while some are in various Universities in the United States of America.

Major Challenges

I think the major challenges we ever faced has to do with sponsorship for the Big-man camp are that we are always struggling with getting sponsors or how to pay bills of that one; organization has being much better the coaches in Nigeria who help out with these camps are doing a great job as we know, such people as Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd), Coaches Michael Akubor (Ahmadu Bello University), Emma Odah (Zuma Rocks Basketball Club), Peter Ahmedu and Adeka Dauda (Dodan Warriors Basketball Club) have been in control of things, running around to ensure that planning for the camps are usually hitch free but overall I am very happy with the turnout and the outcome that is the struggle. The main struggle or challenges have to do with sponsorship and organization.

Future expectations

Yes, we want to get bigger and I wish there are facilities where I can do like one hundred kids but for now I can only do fifty just because of the facility we have. The future of the camps is for other camps to come up for kids to be able to attend more camps and develop themselves with basic fundamentals and develop themselves as people and become useful human beings to themselves, their family and to the country. But above all the future is very bright in terms of all those things.

Message to young and aspiring players, Africa Basketball Federations and clubs

I think we have to keep working hard, also work on organization because it is not all the time that you need too much money to really achieve some goals. You dont need money to be organized; everybody thinks money is the root of everything, I think we have to get organized in order to attract sponsors into our programmes.

If there is a good system on ground sponsors would want to put their money into such so the first thing Africa federations should do is to get organized so that this sport can be taken to the highest level. I believe we can achieve it if we all desire it. Thats what we need to do get organized.

The clubs are doing what they think they can possibly do while the federations need to sit up. weve talked about this before they need to wake up and do a better job, hopefully if we continue to do our bit at the private level, do a lot of private function and events, a time will come when we may not need the federations maybe then they (federations) will sit up, but for now everybody should work on their own and be more organized.

About Masai Ujiri

Well, there is not much to say, Ive been working in the America National Basketball Association, NBA for five years now, and with Gods favour, diligent and hard work I was recently promoted to the post of Assistant General Manager (A.G.M) in my present place of employment The Toronto Raptors, thats been a huge blessing for me, at present this is the highest position held by any African in the NBA.

To me it is a huge achievement, an opportunity, I know God put me there for a purpose to come back and help my fellow human being back home in my country, Nigeria and the African continent. I will keep doing my job and my number one goal is to win the NBA championship with my team (Raptors) while my number-two goal is to help the growth and development of the game in the continent of Africa and my country Nigeria thats what I am doing for now and I will continue to help as much as possible with our national team or wherever I can contribute, we see where it goes.

Adapted from Hoops International Newspaper


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Last tryout camp announced in Montreal - by Gianni Pascucci
The Montreal Sasquatch, PBL team sent to us the announcement of the last team tryout camp, to be held the next weekend in Montreal, as follows:

The Montreal SASQUATCH are inviting all prospects to show them what they have got at there 2008-2009 TRYOUT CAMPS over the weekends of :
- Saturday, November the 22nd and Sunday, November the 23rd, 2008
These TRYOUT CAMPS are being held at :
- cole Lucien Pag, 8200, St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal (Quebec) (Canada) H2P 2L8
The TRYOUT CAMP days, registration will begin at 09:00 and close
Camp begins at 10:00. The TRYOUT CAMPS will be two (2) days camps with the
schedule being as follows :
- 10:00 to 12:00 - PRACTICE
- 12:00 to 13:30 - LUNCH
- 13:30 to 15:30 - GAMES
Players are responsible for providing their own transportation, htel, meals while attending the camps. Players should wear appropriate shoes and clothing and come ready to compete.
Source : Premier Basketball League (PBL) quipe Montral Sasquatch, 775, avenue Murray, porte 314, Qubec (Qubec) G1S 4T2
For information : Pascal Fleury , General Manager, Montreal Sasquatch, 514 972-6765


Frost Heaves add two new players - by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves announced the agreement with inside force Willie Shaw (6'7''-F/C-85) and combo guard Joe Nixon (6'5''-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: DePauw) to their 2008-09 roster

Millrats rally ties exhibition series - by Carl Berman
The Millrats welcomed the 2nd international team champion to New Hampshire this preseason, as the Capitanes Arecibo traveled this week from Puerto Rico to Manchester for two exhibition matches.
Arecibo captured the 2008 title this summer in the BSN - the professional basketball league in Puerto Rico. The Philippine league champions, the Sta Lucia Realtors, had come to Manchester back in September. 'It's a credit to our organization and our players that high level professional, championship caliber teams have sought out Manchester for international competition,' explained Millrats GM Iam McCarthy, 'we are proud to have close ties to the Realtors and now the Capitanes.'

In the first match, Arecibo claimed a 92-81 victory on Tuesday evening. The Millrats started strong, leading 41-29 in the second quarter, but the blazing hot Capitanes scorched the nets in the second half and managed to pull away. Arecibo shot 55% from three point range for the game, and were led by Erick Rodriguez with 20 points.

On Wednesday evening, the Manchester Millrats again found themselves down double digits to Arecibo, as the Capitanes offense again ran like a well oiled machine. This time, the Millrats dug down deep and rallied, behind an energized crowd of supporters at the Sportszone. They clawed back from the 17 point second quarter deficit, and ultimately prevailed, 113-110 , in overtime. 'This was a great win for a young team against a very good veteran team. Our guys showed alot of character by never giving up and engineering the comeback,' stated Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon. 'Different guys stepped up in different areas at key times, and that was huge.' Manchester was led by Scott Hazelton (6'8''-F-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island)'s 23 points and 8 rebounds, PJ Young with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Derek Coleman's 14 points and 7 assists. SNHU grad Sam Carey chipped in 10 points and 6 boards. For the Capitanes, David Cortez led all scorers with 25 points.

Game 1 Boxscore:
Capitanes: Erick Rodriguez 20, Rafael Cruz 0, David Cortez 15, Angel Buster Figueroa 13, Angel Rosa Clemente 15, Osiris Ricardo 2, Monty Wilson 15, Raul Rivera 0, Wilfredo Pagan 10, Christo Vega 2 TOTAL 92 55 FG%, 55 3FG%, 59 FT%, 40 rebounds, 17 assists, 10 steals, 1 block, 20 turnovers.
Millrats: Al Stewart 7, Alex Owumi 6, Scott Hazelton 7, John Oates 2, Brandon Cole 12, Marlowe Currie 15, Derek Coleman 0, PJ Young 4, Roosevelt Lee 10, Sam Carey 7, Charles Mason 11. TOTAL 81 34 FG%, 20 3FG%, 70 FT%, 44 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, 3 blocks, 13 turnovers.

Game 2 Boxscore:
Capitanes: Erick Rodriguez 3, Rafael Cruz 9, David Cortez 25, Angel Buster Figueroa 13, Osiris Ricardo 0, Monty Wilson 20, Raul Rivera 10, Wilfredo Pagan 15, Christo Vega 15 TOTAL 110 (OT) 51 FG%, 35 3FG%, 57 FT%, 39 rebounds, 17 assists, 9 steals, 1 block, 20 turnovers.
Millrats: Alex Owumi 7, Scott Hazelton 23, John Oates 1, Brandon Cole 11, Marlowe Currie 9, Derek Coleman 14, PJ Young 17, Roosevelt Lee 9, Sam Carey 10, Charles Mason 12. TOTAL 113 (OT) 47 FG%, 33 3FG%, 73 FT%, 47 rebounds, 25 assists, 10 steals, 1 block, 19 turnovers.

The Millrats will continue training camp for the next two weeks at the Sportszone in Derry, NH. Their first Premier Basketball League preseason games will be on December 5th and 6th at Quebec, and then they are back in New Hampshire for a home game at New Hampshire Tech on December 16th.

For more information please contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


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  PORTUGAL   


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1Jeffrey Cadore, Fisica 24
2 Madison, CAB 23.8
3 Smith, CAB 23.2
4 Williams, Academica 21
5 Brown, Ginasio 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Jeffrey Cadore,Fisica 14
2 Johnson, Academica 11
3 Coleman, Vagos 10.9
4 Brown, Ginasio 10.4
5 Kevin, Porto 10
Assists Per Game
1 Costa, Ginasio 5.3
2 Smith, CAB 4.7
3 Fernandes, Ovarense 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 4.3
5 Hill, Vagos 4


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  SERBIA   


Metalac inks Atanackovic and beats Radnicki Invest Inzenjering - by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A league, Metalac Valjevo, signed contract with Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84). 23-year old guard started the season in Vizura from Belgrade. He appeared only 3 times for Vizura averaging just 2.7 ppg for 18.3 minutes per game. A season before Atanackovic spent in Bosnian team Borac Nektar from Banja Luka. On season 05/06 he played for OKK Beograd, while from 04 to 06 he used to play for Sloga Kraljevo. Actually Atanackovic was a member of Sloga also on season 02/03, after what he played one year for Ergonom Nis.

Meanwhile, Metalac was better than Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 83-61 in the opening game of Round 10. The hosts had pretty good first quarter ending it 26-19. Hoewver, during the following 10 minutes Radnicki succeeded to cut the margin on 2 points. The players of head coach Vlado Djurovic intensified defense after the breather letting visitors to score just 24 points. On other side they netted 44 celebrating comfortable victory. As a remainder, Metalac suffered two defeats in the last two rounds. Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) scored 20 points for the hosts. Nikola Micevic (195-G-82) followed with 15 points. Radnicki got 15 points from Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket), while experienced Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) this time stopped on 14.


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


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 10-1 
 2. Solna 7-3 
 3. Uppsala 7-3 
 4. Sodertalje 6-4 
 5. Helsingborg 5-5 
 6. Plannja 5-5 
 7. 08 5-5 
 8. Sundsvall 3-7 
 9. Boras 3-7 
 10. Jamtland 3-8 
 11. Gothia Basket 2-8 


Plannja Basket and Norrkoping open Round 12 truthfully - by Eurobasket News

Plannja Basket and Norrkoping won their games to open Round 12 in Sweden.
Plannja Basket had a 101:69 road victory over Jamtland Basket for 5-5 record. A 27-19 from the start gave the guests a great opening as they never looked behind. Jamtland Basket could reduced the score at the end after 22-18 in the last period. Jim Enbom (195-F-76) led the winners with 26 points. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) netted 16, while Mark Kelley added 15. Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80, college: Alabama St.) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points.
Norrkoping Dolphins overcame Helsingborgs BK 83:71 at home. The productive first half was enough to seal the 10th victory in the league. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) and Kenneth Grant paced the winners with 17 points each. Mikko Riipinen, Andrew Pleick and Anton Saks posted 10. Mattias Goransson (198-G/F-83) and Alexis Tsasidis-Olsson ended up with 13 points each for the guests.

The rest of the games are scheduled November 22nd and 25th.

Jamtland Basket - Plannja Basket 69 - 101 (19 - 27, 17 - 30, 11 - 26, 22 - 18)
Jamtland: Tyrone Levett 20, Egal Saleman 16, Andrew Mitchell 12, Luka Marolt 9, Samuel Mukooza 5, Stefan Hellgren 3, Francis Odada 2, Bjorn Larsson-Hillgren 2.
Plannja: Jim Enbom 26, Christopher Ryan 16, Mark Kelley 15, Gerald Riley 13, Hakan Larsson 11, John Rosendahl 8, Adam Rnnqvist 5, David Hult 4, Mats Olsson 2, Erik Vestin.

Norrkoping Dolphins - Helsingborgs BK 83 - 71 (27 - 15, 27 - 22, 14 - 16, 15 - 18)
Norrkoping: Joakim Kjellbom 17, Kenneth Grant 17, Mikko Riipinen 10, Andrew Pleick 10, Anton Saks 10, Fred Drains 8, Pedro Cipriano 8, Joel McNaull 3.
Helsingborg: Mattias Goransson 13, Alexis Tsasidis-Olsson 13, Jens Stalhandske 12, Srdjan Vukovic (195-F-82) 9, Jonas Christensen 8, Johan Akesson 7, Odin Lindell 4, Jesper Andersson 3, Joe Leguia 2.



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JS Kairouan and Stade Nabeulien with wins on the first day - by Kristian Santiago
Champions Stade Nabeulien edged Club Africain Tunis 69-60 in a defensive minded-game behind some solid showing of the H'didane brothers.
In Group B, J.S.Kairouan prevailed over Etoile du Sahel 96-91, mainly due to U.S. import Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) ,who was nearly perfect from the free-throw line.
Check out the all the results here:


Group A
Stade Nabeulien - Club Africain Tunis 69-60
A.S. Hammamet - Ezzahra 68-74
JS Menazah - C.S.Cheminots Megrine 83-88

Group B
J.S.Kairouan - Etoile du Sahel 96-91
U.S.Monastir - Dalia Sport Grombalia 62-52
Ezzahra Sport Rades - SS Kasserine 95-47


Amine Rezig opts for Egypt - by Kristian Santiago
Tunisian national team-member Amine Rezig (198-G/F-80) opted to sgin in Egypt instead of remaining with his old team Stade Nabeulien.
He joins Al Jaiech in Cairo, a team that had fellow Tunisian Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) on the roster, and will be facing Al Zamalek in his first game for his new side this Saturday.


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JJ with a double double - by David Edole
Sophomore Jevon James (196-F) had a career-high 18 points and career-high 15 rebounds leading Coast Guard to a 75-59 win over New York Maritime in the first round of the Maritime Classic Basketball Tournament hosted by California Maritime.

The Bears took control of the game with a 13-0 second half run turning a 44-43 lead into a 57-43 lead with 6:19 left in the game. New York Maritimes Andre Cooper hit a shot making the score 44-43 with 12:22 left, but the Privateers were held without a field goal for over six minutes until 6:02 left.

The Bears will take on either Cal. Maritime or Maine Maritime in the championship game on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST. Coast Guard beat host New York Maritime 76-63 in the of championship game of the Maritime Tournament last season.

In the first half, freshman Theo Jensen hit a 3-pointer and was fouled, after he completed the four-point play, capping a 10-0 run, Coast Guard led 22-12 with 8:13 left.

Craig Johnson gave the Bears their largest lead of the half 32-20 on a basket with 3:49 left, but New York Maritime scored the final 10 points of the half to close to 32-30 at the break.

Paul Frazier, who led the Privateers with 27 points and 10 rebounds, had 17 first half points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Privateers while Johnson had 15 points at the half to lead the Bears. James had 10 rebounds at halftime to lead Coast Guard.

The Bears were 12 of 29 from the field in the first half and two of eight from 3-point range while New York Maritime (0-1) connected on 10 of 30 from the floor and four of 12 from 3-point range.

Coast Guard (2-1) shot 51.9 percent in the second half (14 of 27) and finished 26 of 56 from the floor and three of 13 from 3-point range.


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Inconsolable Kyambogo Warriors blame injuries for semi-final elimination - by Kristian Santiago
by Sande Bashaija

November 26
Warriors v UCU Canons
Livingstone v St. Michael
KIU Rangers v KCC

Warriors Kyambogo coach Peter Wandukwa has blamed injuries and questionable officiating for his teams failure to make the ongoing MTN-Fuba League final play-off series. Warriors, losing finalists last year, bowed out at the hands of Falcons at the penultimate stage.
Stephen Okias (193-C/F) and Brian Gumisiriza (196-F) were struggling with joint problems. And when two of your best players are injured, the team always falls short on confidence, Wandukwa said.
Okias, the teams leading scorer, sprained his right knee and ankle as Warriors went down 65-74 in game one of the best of three semifinals while Gumisiriza has been struggling with a knee injury throughout the season.

Though Okias, a three-time league top scorer, played a mediocre part, Warriors recovered to win game two 85-73 but ran out of steam in the decisive encounter last Sunday.
It was a loss with strings attached. The refereeing was very pathetic. Everyone at Lugogo witnessed that Falcons got away with many fouls, Wandukwa, who doubles as a referee stated.

Warriors stars Jude Ochen and Joshua Etalu (194-F) were ejected from the third game after accumulating five personal fouls, while Ronnie Kasewu (199-F), arguably the best guard in Uganda nearly came to blows with referee Hamza Nyabongo. Warriors will now face UCU Canons next week to decide who finishes third.


Power open defence against Falcons - by Kristian Santiago
By Charles Mutebi

WHEN the Mogas Falcons open their defence of the mens national basketball crown against Sadolin Power tonight, nearly all the attention will be on the stars out on the Lugogo centre court.

The trained eye will however devote nearly as much interest to the two opposing technical arms, charged with devising a victorious plan of engagement.
Smatts Olumbo, the vastly experienced Kenyan coach on the Falcons bench, will come up against Bernice Ankunda and Andrew Bazira. The two Power coaches are youngsters who have just recently stopped playing the sport and it would be comical comparing their coaching experiences to that of Olumbo.

Never has the phrase pitting their wits against each other been so inapplicable. Such is the humour of sport that Olumbo has to outsmart the two upstarts to avoid looking funny.
The Falcons captain Eric Malinga (186-G) says the presence of the Kenyan ladies national coach will be advantageous in the Best-of-5 playoffs finals.
Technically, he has been a big help, he said. We would still be competitive without him but it would be a bit different. I would say the fact that he has more experience than Powers coaches gives us an edge.

Malingas counterpart would not dismiss their rivals greater tactical resources but stressed that Power has the team to overcome anything.
With the squad we have, I think we can beat them even if they have a good coach, said Power skipper Isaac Afidra (193-G/F). For me its all about who wants to win the title more.
Power have met the Falcons twice in the finals before, in 2000 and 2002.
Power swept the first meeting 3-0 to claim their second and only title since but the Falcons won the 2002 meeting after coming from 2-0 down.

Malinga and Afidra are two of the five players who survive from the last finals battle. The others are Malingas brother Henry and Sam Obol (-F), and Powers Julius Wapera (-F/C).


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Superleague Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pulsar - Khimik 64-57
Pulsar outscored Khimik 64:57 to come up with a big-time surprise in Round 8 of the Ukrainian Superleague. Pavel Ulyanko notched 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Vladimir Belov knocked down 12 points for the winners. Marton Bader notched 16 points and 11 rebounds for Khimik. Andrei Korochkin delivered 11 points as Khimik suffered the 4-4 record in the ladder.

Poltava - Azovmash 77-102
Azovmash cruised past Poltava 102:77 in Round 8. It was the sixth win for the Mariupol outfit as they stayed in the second spot in the ladder. Khalid El-Amin netted 19 points for Azovmash. Tomas Delininkaitis scored 18 points for the winners. Gytis Sirutavicius responded with 22 points for Poltava as they slipped at 1-7 record.

BC Kyiv - BC Donetsk 68-87
Donetks upset BC Kyiv in the capital of Ukraine today. It was the first loss for the Superleague vice champions in the tournament. Haywood Owens secured 19 points for Donetsk. Anthony Tucker produced 18 points and 10 rebounds in the winning case. Artur Drozdov answered with 15 points for BC Kyiv as they stayed atop of the ladder despite the loss.

Mykolaiv - Sumykhimpr. 68-60
Mykolaiv shot down Sumykhimprom 68:60 at home court today. Veteran point guard Oleksandr Rayevskyy fired 23 points to pace Mykolaiv. Leonid Iailo and Sergiy Gladyr dropped 13 points apiece for the winners. Abdullahi Kuso answered with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Sumykhimprom. Brian Greene had 16 points and 13 boards as the visitors suffered the sixth defeat in the championship.



Erwin to Sumy / Montgomery can play in Mykolaiv - by Alexander Muzyka
- Sumykhimprom added Duane Erwin (206-F-82) from Verviers-Pepinster as a help for Abdullahi Kuso and Vadym Matiukevych under the rim. He scored 5,3 ppg, 3,8 rpg and 0,8 bpg in Belgium. Erwin spended a week fir try-outs and satisfied Sumy's team. Rumours say Jermaine Griffin has left the team.

- MBC Mykolaiv decided to call Jeremy Montgomery (193-G-82) from Keravnos for try-outs as a possible substitute after Anthony Wilkins parted ways with the team. 'Shippers' have inked Tyrelle Blair already and now they are looking for the good guard.


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  URUGUAY   


Juan Pablo Silveira was number 1 for the LUB draft - by Hector Lopez
Juan Pablo Silveira (191-G- 86) was choosen by Hebraica Macabi as Number 1 for the Uruguayan League draft, when the team can add two more players to their rosters for the second stahe of the championship. Hebraica also selected Mauricio Gonzalez. Silveira, who never played profesional basketball in Uruguay will return next December fromn Weber State University where he played for the last three years. Silveira was memebr of the Uruguayan NT winner of the bronze medal in the last Panamerican Games and runner up in the South American Championship.
Other new players for each team were:
Olimpia - Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85)
Trouville - Ignacio Borges (181-G-76)
Bohemiios - Sebastian Gonzalez (185-F-77), Philipp Holms
Malvin - Martin Suarez (198-F-77)
Bigua -Rodrigo Carvidon (190-F-84)
Atenas - Jose Federico Campora (193-F-82), Mariano Barrera (185-G-82)
Tabare - Demian Alvarez (192-F-84), Diego Olivera (197-G-84)
Defensor Sporting - Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72)


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Hetro Bullets tossed out - by Kristian Santiago
By Ignatius Mazeko

Ferroviaro Maputo 68 Hetro 41

ZAMBIAN club champions, Hetro Bullets were yesterday knocked out of the ongoing 2008 Africa Zone Six mens basketball by Mozambiques Ferroviaro Maputo after losing steam in a match they could have easily won.

The defeat came after the Lovemore Sikaale coached Kitwe-based Hetro suffered a 65-101 trouncing at the hands of Angolan side ASA in another Group A on Sunday night.

By Press time, the match involving the second Zambian Nkhosi Heroes and Raiders of Zimbabwe was delayed because of electricity blackout that hit the sports hall three minutes before the games could begin.

The power went out when the two sides had almost completed their warm ups and were just waiting to tip over the ball.

Against Maputo, Hetro started the match on a good note with good play by Webister Sikuka, Malindi Chipili (198-F-74), Francis Sinyinda and Sizi Kuntepa who knitted good moves that fruitfully resulted into valuable baskets.
However, their energy levels were seemingly sapped up after half time just when they forced a 43-34 deficit going into the change rooms.

The teams failure to convert obvious baskets under the ring and misplaced three pointers compounded by poor defence cost them victory from this evenly balanced contest.

They conceded six points from three turnovers within a space of 30 seconds in the closing two minutes of the match forcing Sikaale to call for time out one minute 13 seconds from full time.
The gesture had little impact to turn around the scoreline because Maputo had already killed off the game with a series three pointers from particularly Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) and Goveia Ivan who had a field day from just about every angle of the Hetro half.
One win and two defeats from three games is their record which is certainly not good enough for them to make the cut for tomorrows semi finals which will involve African champions Premeiro de Agosto of Angola.

Today is a rest day teams return to the court tomorrow for semis and plays-offs to determine the championship ratings.


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Raiderz, JBC Lose in Zambia - by Kristian Santiago
by Paul Munyuki

THE going proved too tough for Zimbabwe's representatives at the Zone VI Men's Club Championships after both Highdon Raiderz and JBC finished their group stages without a win.
Having lost their first two games, Highdon Raiderz were beaten 62-85 by Nkhosi Heroes of Zambia in their final Pool B match here yesterday.
JBC fell 43-72 to Atletico Sport Aviation Luanda of Angola.
The games were supposed to have been played on Monday night but the programme was disrupted by a power failure at Nasdec Sports Centre.
The two Zimbabwean teams finished bottom of their groups.
They will now take part in the positional playoffs with JBC dating Heroes Play of Zambia while Highdon Raiderz take on Hetro Bullets of Zambia.
Highdon Raiderz were missing the services of Duncan Shenje, who is down with malaria, in their match against Nkhosi Heroes.

Norest Shenje top-scored for Highdon Raiderz with 17 points, Tapiwa Mugunyana added 10 points while Clement Kufeketa weighed in with 10.
But the duo of John Waitolo and Ntsent Mwewa scored 15 points apiece and led the Zambians to victory.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Leuchanka wins the game over Tratsiak-Terglav - by Eurobasket News
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) together with her UMMC wins the game over Tratsiak-Terglav Natalia' s Jolly. UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. UMMC Ekaterinburg opened the game with eight consecutive points and proved the ambitions for the game. Nolan brought her team 28:8 with less than 3 minutes to go. By the time Maria Stepanova hit a jump shot to take her tally to nine, Ekaterinburg had a 35:18 stranglehold on the game and there were still three quarters to play. In the second period the hosts did not stop and extended the lead. Yelena Leuchanka made it 51:28 and then after Misura's shot the guests remained scoreless for more than 4 minutes in the period. UMMC closed the half with 9-0 run to take 60:29. The task for the second half was to reach the three digits on the board. The Russian squad lost however the third frame 17-20 for 77:49 after thirty minutes of the game. Even though Jolly JBS Sibenik played an equal game in the fourth they could not reduce the gap. Svetlana Abrosimova made it 100:68 and Kerri Gardin closed the game at 100:70. Yelena Leuchanka scored 7 points and made 6 rebounds, while Tratsiak-Terglav Natalia collected 2 points and 4 rebounds in defeat.
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. 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 winning effort. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) ended up with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
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. 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.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Ourihnos win thirteen straight in CNBF - by Eurobasket News
The CNBF reigning champions Ourihnos got to a sloppy start but gained speed pretty quickly to lead in the championship. After the starting loss to Unimed Urabatan Paccinis team won thirteen straight games and went back on top of the ladder. Lately Ourihnos avenged for the defeat in the opener cruising past Unimed 91:64 at home court. The hosts built a 16-point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the 13th success in the season. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) fired 18 points to lead the charge. Soeli Zakrzeski (187-C/F-77) added 16 points and 5 boards for the league leaders. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) responded with 16 points in the loss. Carina de Souza (185-C-79) had 14 points as Unimed suffered just the second defeat in the season and remained at the second spot at 13-2 record.
Catanduva stay in the third spot with 12-3 record. Recently the last seasons finalist held off Santo Andre 63:58. It was a tight clash with the outcome unknown till the final buzzer. Catanduva jumped to a 26:20 lead at the first break but failed to capitalize. Santo Andre bounced back cutting the deficit to a single point at halftime 38:39. A low-scoring second-half affair saw Catanduva pulling away with a narrow victory at the end. Palmira Marcal (178-G-84) finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead Catanduva. Isis Nascimento had 13 points for the winning side. Kattynha Pereira (180-F-79) answered with game-high 31 points for Santo Andre as they fell at 7-7 record.


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Mudju Ngoyisa top-scored abroad - by Eurobasket News
USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket with Congolese player in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4. Cash Swin top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Lindsay Whalen nailed 20 and Michaela Ferancikova notched 16. Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) finished the night with 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat, whilst Kathy Wambe added 10. Maltsi scored first four points for the winners as they never looked behind after. Bednarova closed the quarter from the arc for 24:10. The hosts looked as if it was going to stroll to victory when Lindsay Whalen buried a shot from the arc for a 41:21 advantage. Union Hainaut Basket did not give up and Mudju Ngoyisa, Fonseca, Palie and Kathy Wambe sparked a 13-0 run to leave Prague on top 41:34 at the break.In the third period the hosts remained in front and after 21-11 had 62:45 after 30 minutes of the game. Nnamaka reduced the gap for 62:48 entering the last frame. Lindsay Whalen made it 81:54 in the end of the period, but she was not the last to score. Fonseca with a jump-shot closed the game at 83:58. USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game at home.
Botas Spor surprised Dexia Namur 74:66 handing it the first loss in EuroCup, Group L. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) scored 18 and had 5 rebounds in defeat.


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Pavicevic and Vujovic struggles in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Bilijana Pavicevic (191-F-80, agency: LBM Management) continues her season for Italian Livorno. In the latest game Lavezzini escaped with a tiny home win against Livorno On the other side Livorno fell to 2-4. This time Laura Summerton was central figure of the game as she delivered 18 points including 6 rebounds. Bilijana Pavicevic had 3 points and 4 rebounds for the visitors.
Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) and her Italian 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. 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.
Before that Umana Reyer remained undefeated even after the game against CSKA. Italian team proved the ambition and upset one of the favorites of Euroleague 66:63.
When Sottana scored first four points for the hosts in the game CSKA did not panic too much and hoped for the victory. The Russian squad too control of the period and had 21:14 at the end as Ann Wauters made a jump-shot. Lisina made the guests to taste the biggest lead in the middle of the second period, 25:15. Andrade tied the game at 33:33 as Italian team found its game. Umana Reyer looked as if they were finally seizing command at the end of the third quarter when they went in front 52:45. Daliborka Jocic kept the Italian advantage to 61:55 with 4 minutes to play. CSKA battled and again close the gap to 65:63 with less than a minute. The Russian team had a chance but again Daliborka Jocic buried the guests from the free throw line for 66:63.


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Ros Casares closes Round 6 of Euroleague with a win in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Lotos-Ros Casares 59:85

Ros Casares used a second half surge to post a 85:59 win on the road at Lotos Gdynia. Delisha Milton-Jones led the visitors with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had five rebounds to go with her 17 points. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86)'s 14 points and seven rebounds were not enough for the home team.
The Polish side opened the game with 5-0 run as almost 2000 spectators were glad with the start. The guests however did not have difficulties to catch up and Vesela tied the game at 5:5. Lotos made some good baskets in the end of the period and had 22:14 after the first 10 minutes. The picture remained the same in the second quarter until the end of it. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave Ros Casares 33:32 lead and Amaya Valdemoro kept the visitors in front at 39:36.
From that time the Spanish team became the owner of the court. Tornikidou scored for 55:47 in the end of the third frame. Anna Montanana closed the period at 57:47, while Aguilar brought 68:51 later in the fourth. The guests continued to dominate and increased to 85:59 at the end of the game.

In another games played on Wednesday UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4.

Lotos: Magdalena Leciejewska 14, Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) 11
Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) 19+7 rebs, Amaya Valdemoro 17, Anna Montanana 12



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Penicheiro averages 11.8 points per game in top division - by Eurobasket News
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) and her Italian San Giovanni overcame Priolo 81:64 in Round 6 of Italian league. Ticha Penicheiro scored 13 points, made 5 rebounds and 4 assists as San Giovanni has 4-2 in Italian top division. Ticha Penicheiro averages 11.8 points per game, 6.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds.
Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) and her 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. Mery Andrade ended up with 12 points and 2 rebounds. 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.


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Konjice gets the initial win over Rogaska - by Eurobasket News
Konjice gets the initial win over Rogaska as both teams were winless before the game. Now Slovenian League has only one team without victories, Rogaska that dropped to 0-6. Konjice got the early, 25-14 lead and never looked behind after. Nastja Kvas (177-G-89) led the winners with 35 points and 11 rebounds in a 89:65 victory. Spela Javornik (178-F-85) nailed 18 and Ana Plibersek (164-G-89) had 12. Anja Lesjak (-84) finished the night with 19 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and her 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. Daliborka Jokic produced 11 points and 3 rebounds for the winners. 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.


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EBE Ibiza-PDV sign Shannon Johnson - by Eurobasket
EBE Ibiza-PDV added to their roster 34-year old American guard Shannon Johnson (169-G-74, college: USC). Johnson played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA) in the U.S., where she totaled 33 games with an average of 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 74.7%. Shanon is well known in WNBA where she played at Coonecticut, San Antonio, and Detroit Shock who where Eastern Conference Champions for 2007, as well as regular season champion for the same year, and got Second place in WNBA -07. She also shared her basketball experience in Russia, Spain, Tukey and Italy at Umana Reyer Venezia where she participated in Eurocup -08 palying 9 games and averaging 19.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.0apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 81.8%, and she received Eurobasket awards for playing in the Italian League as: Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Guard of the Year -08 and many others.

Ros Casares closes Round 6 of Euroleague with a win in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Lotos-Ros Casares 59:85

Ros Casares used a second half surge to post a 85:59 win on the road at Lotos Gdynia. Delisha Milton-Jones led the visitors with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had five rebounds to go with her 17 points. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86)'s 14 points and seven rebounds were not enough for the home team.
The Polish side opened the game with 5-0 run as almost 2000 spectators were glad with the start. The guests however did not have difficulties to catch up and Vesela tied the game at 5:5. Lotos made some good baskets in the end of the period and had 22:14 after the first 10 minutes. The picture remained the same in the second quarter until the end of it. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave Ros Casares 33:32 lead and Amaya Valdemoro kept the visitors in front at 39:36.
From that time the Spanish team became the owner of the court. Tornikidou scored for 55:47 in the end of the third frame. Anna Montanana closed the period at 57:47, while Aguilar brought 68:51 later in the fourth. The guests continued to dominate and increased to 85:59 at the end of the game.

In another games played on Wednesday UMMC Ekaterinburg deserved a 6-0 record in Euroleague Group C as the Russian team overcame Jolly JBS Sibenik from Croatia. An easy 35-18 start led to 100-70 at the end of the game. USK Prague tied Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts overcame French squad 83:58 as both sides are now 2-4.

Lotos: Magdalena Leciejewska 14, Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) 11
Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) 19+7 rebs, Amaya Valdemoro 17, Anna Montanana 12



EBE Ibiza-PDV sign Sancho Lyttle - by Eurobasket

EBE Ibiza-PDV strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Vincentian center Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston). Lyttle played most recently at Houston Comets (WNBA) in the U.S.

Sancho played at Houston Comets for 4 seasons, she also played in Spain at EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia where she was leading Scorer and Stealer and took Second Postiion Rebounder in -08 where her average, for 31 games played, is: Scores-1(13.4ppg), Reb-2(10.0rpg), 1.5apg, Steals-1(3.0spg), 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, FT: 80.0% and she received many Eurobasket awards such as Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 1st Team -08, Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team -08



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Victoria Hamilton signs with Radford University - by David Edole
First-year head coach Tajama Ngongba announced that four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play womens basketball at Radford University. DaNaria Erwin Spencer (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg), Victoria Hamilton (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands/Antilles School), Ariel Phelps (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and Sarah Tabb (Chesapeake, Va./Stone Bridge) are part of Ngongbas first signing class and will join the Highlanders for the 2009-10 season.

Victoria Hamilton
5-10 Guard/Forward
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands/Antilles School

Ngongba on Hamilton: Victoria is an all around player who is personally committed to being great! As a fellow Virgin Islander, I have very high expectations for her. Her potential is truly unlimited.

2007-08 Hurricane of the Year (Antilles School MVP) Two-time Big Baller of the Virgin Islands and No. 1 in the territory Several tournament MVP honors, including Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Country Day as a sophomore and junior Was No. 2 in the territory during her freshman campaign.


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Tim-Scuf and Kozachka take road wins - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf and Kozachka take road wins in Round 5 in Ukraine. The favorite Kozachka overcame Chaika 103:68 away from home. Trailing 17-19 after the opening quarter the leader of the standings produced 31-11 in the second to take control of the game. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) led the winners with 25 points, while Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79, agency: Promotex) scored 22. Irina Rastorgueva (180-F-76) netted 16 points in the losing effort. Tim-Scuf improved to 3-2 in the standings after 77:57 over Olimp-Naek.
Meanwhile Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86)'s CSKA improved to 4-2 record in Group B of Euroleague. Ann Wauters collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for 88:79 win over ESB Lille Metropole in France. 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 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. Olexandra Gorbunova collected 5 rebounds and made 2 assists for just 13 minutes in the court. CSKA improved to 4-2 record in Group B while ESB Lille Metropole fell at 1-5.


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Columbus Hidden Gems Sign First Player - by Willie McCray
Columbus Hidden Gems Sign First Player
11/21/08
Columbus, OH

Tyanda Hammock, (5'10 - Guard/Forward - Wright State University) is a versatile player we truly believe has slipped through the cracks of professional basketball abroad. Columbus Hidden Gems feels she should be an amazing asset to our organization and a great place to begin our search for a very competitive roster. She has played positions 1-3 (and even a little bit of 4) at the mid major D1 level and should do so for us as well. Tryout and other information should be coming soon.
- Coach Jones