EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/23/2008

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  ABA   


Broncs improve to 3-0 on season - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Nashville Broncs defeated the Knoxville Thunderbolts 98-88 last night in a hard-fought game in Nashville, improving to 3-0 on the season. The Broncs are #1 in the ABA Power Rankings out of 37 teams. 'It's good to get a win when you don't play as well as you want to,' said Broncs Head Coach Jan Van Breda Kolff . 'You can learn from games like this.' The Broncs led the game for the first three quarters and had a six-point lead at halftime. But the Thunderbolts came back and took the lead with 6:40 left in the game. The game continued to change sides until two minutes left in the game when the Broncs got the lead for good. Adam Sonn (6'7''-F-80, college: Belmont) led all scorers with 25 points. The Broncs' Jemere Hendrix (6'8''-F-83, college: Tennessee) had 22 and Josh Cooperwood (6'4''-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.) had 17. For the Bolts, Damon Johnson (6'5''-F-74, college: Tennessee) led with 20 points; Scott Williams (6'2''-G, college: Carson-Newman) had 17 and Dane Bradshaw (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) 14. The Broncs travel this weekend to Winston-Salem to play two games against the Winston-Salem Storm. The games are Friday night and Saturday night at 730pm.

Maywood Buzz to take on Las Vegas Aces in Alaska - by Gianni Pascucci

The Maywood Buzz who are from sunny Southern California stepped on the plane last night and first thought was 'Toto we aren't in Kansas anymore'. Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska where the weather during landing was -22 degrees and back at home when the Buzz arrived at LAX it was a whopping 75 degrees and sunny. 'This really new to me, I mean I been to Quebec and Halifa Canada in winter, but neither can match what it feels like outside' stated Buzz Head Coach Burrell Lee. Ice scrapers, pulling the van into an electrical outlet overnight is all new to the Buzz, but when 8:30pm comes around tonight the Maywood Buzz will be very familiar with the game and task at hand. 'We played 3 really good games last weekend in the Buzz Shoot-Out, but now we have the chance to play 3 more teams and see where we are going into our season opener next weekend at home' added Lee. The Buzz roster for the Alaska Dream Challenge is as follows:
0 Marcel Jackson 6'10 Long Beach State
1 Kenny Wright 6'3 Long Beach City College
2 Michael Scott 6'8 Jarvis Christian
3 Joey Saavedra 6'2 Los Angeles Harbor CC
5 Keion Kindred 6'5 Missouri Western
7 Wendell Robinson 6'9 UC Irvine
9 Donald Jones 6'9 Jarvis Christian
10 Jamar Cramer 6'4 Los Angeles Trade Tech
21 Wesley Stokes 6'1 San Diego State
24 Isaac Burton 6'5 Arizona State University
33 David Galley 6'7 Ball State

If things continue as it was last weekend, the Buzz plan to melt the snow and cold away with the hot shooting of Isaac Burton, Joey Saavedra, Jamar Cramer and Wesley Stokes. They would like to come back to Maywood 3-0 in this the event and move up a little more in the ABA Power Rankings before kicking off their season next week Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 7:30pm at the Maywood Activity Center against the Los Angeles Slam.



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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Olimpija part ways with Wallace - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija parted ways with Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown). American failled to impress coach Aleksandar Dzikic this season. He averaged 19,5 minutes, 6,3 points (2P 4-6, 3P 5-12, FT 2-2), 1,3 rebounds, 1,3 assists and 0,3 steals in four Euroleague's games and 16,5 minutes, 4,4 points (2P 8-17, 3P 5-15, FT 4-4), 1,3 rebounds, 0,6 assists and 0,4 steals in 8 games of NLB Adriatic League.



Adriatic-League Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Zadar 85-75
Current Montenegrin champion grabbed very important home victory against Croatian champ Zadar mostly owing to point guard Nikola Otasevic, who collected fantastic 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for 26 minutes. Milos Bojovic was the top scorer for the hosts with 19 points. Macedonian center Todor Gecevski added 18 points and 9 boards for the loosing side. Both teams currently have 6-3 in regional championship.

KK Zagreb - Krka 94-70
Zagreb made it for the second time this season. As a reminder, Croatian team played this game without head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, who stepped down last week. Andrej Stimac scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winning squad. Smiljan Pavic of Krka responded with 21 points. His team now has 3-6.

FMP - Hemofarm 85-87
Hemofarm outsmarted FMP on the road jumping on pretty good 7-2 record. On the other hand, FMP dropped on 2-7. Giant Boban Marjanovic nailed 15 points and pulled down 5 rebounds for the winners. Miljan Pavkvoic followed him with 12 points. FMP got the most from Dragan Labovic, 18 points.

Crvena Zvez. - Helios 69-58
After wonderful victory against Partizan Igkoea, Crvena Zvezda was better than Helios Domzale remaining on top of the standings with 7-1 (same as Partizan). Marko Marinovic added 13 points and 6 rebounds for CZ. Alvin Snow had the same number of points in Helios (2-7).

U.Olimpija - Partizan 61-66
In the game between two Euroleague teams Partizan celebrated 66-61 staying on top of the league, together with Crvena Zvezda. Novica Velickovic had double-double for Serbian champion, 18 points and 10 rebounds. Saso Ozbolt contributed with 14 points in defeat. His team now has 3-6.

Vojvodina - Bosna S. 64-89
The team of head coach Vlada Vukoicic registered another great victory, this time against Vojvodina on the road. Stanley Burrell top-scored in Bosna with 23 points, including 5 assists. Center Goran Bajic had 14 points in Vojvodina. Bosna 4-5, Vojvodina 1-8.

KK Split - Cibona 69-84
As it was expected, Cibona outgunned Split as a visitor with plus 15. Davor Kus poured in 17 points in Cibona, while Marin Rozic had 2 points less. Antonio Grant came up with 26 points for Split. Cibona 6-3, Split 5-4.



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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group North
La Union - A.Italiana 82-65
La Union was better than Asociacion Italiana improving on 7-1 record in Group North. Leandro Portillo paced La Union to victory draining 18 points. Oscar Heis scored 13, but his A. Italiana dropped on 3-5.

Obera TC - Atl.Echague 72-64
Obera outplayed Atl. Echague at home mostly owing to Pablo Rotta and his 19 points. Scott Cutley contributed with 14 points in defeat. Obera 3-5, Atl. Echague 1-7.

A.Espanola - San Mart.C. 81-92
5-3 for San Martin C and 3-5 for Asociacion Espanola after this game. Mariano Ceruti collected 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners, while Zach Williams delivered 14 and grabbed 10 boards for the hosts.

Union - Alma Juniors 88-78
10-point win for Union, who is together with La Union currently on top of Group North with 7-1. Alma Juniors remains on 3 wins so far. Axiers Sucre collected 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winnings side, while Sylbrin Robinson contributed with 28 points and 10 rebs in defeat.


Group South
Belgrano SN - Firmat SF 79-75
Tight victory for Belgrano SN, thus both teams now have 4-4 record in Group South. Jamal Johnson led the scorers in Belgrano with 22 points. He also pulled down 14 rebounds. Daaron Brown added 18 pts and 8 boards in Firmat.

Ciclista - San Mart.MJ 75-65
Both teams entered into this round with 4 wins and 3 defeats. Ciclista grabbed it thanks to Federico Arce, who netted 21 points for 22 minutes. San Martin MJ got 17 points from Diego Belvedere.

GimnasiaLP - P.Echague 72-81
Gimnasia LP moved up on 5-3, while Pedro Echague slipped on 3-5 after this round. Cedric McGuinnis shined for the hosts with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Visitors got 21 points and 5 assists from Diego Eiguren.

C.Entrerriano - Argentino 75-73
Second victory for Central Enterriano and at the same time third defeat for Argentino. Ryan Carroll scored 17 for the hosts, while Leonardo Peralta had 20 pts and 7 boards in Argentino.


Liga A round 1 - by Facundo Iatzky
Game of the round:
Quimsa 76- Atenas 91
in the debut of Daniel Jaule as head coach of Quimsa, atenas showed a very solid performance again and defeated easily Quimsa to remains in the first position.

player of the round: Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) 27pts (5/7 3p) the shooting guard of Independiente was unstoppable and he was the most important player in the victory of his team.

Best 5:
Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82) of sionista
Cedric Moodie of independiente
Fernando Funes (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) of lanus
Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) of Sionista
Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) of atenas

Points:
Cedric Moodie 27
Edward Nelson 23
Carl Edwards 22
Brice Assie 21
Fernando Funes 21

Rebounds:
Maurice Spillers 15
Brice Assie 13
Tyler Field 13
byron Johnson 11
Walter Storani 11

assists:
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) 6
Alejandro Montecchia 6
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 6
Julio Mazzaro 5
Hernando Salles 5


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  BELARUS   


Players abroad - by Eurobasket News
Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) and his Ukrainian BC Donetsk upset BC Kyiv 87:68 in the capital of Ukraine. 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.
BC Kyiv however overcame BC Donetsk 75:63 to claim the win in the first leg of the third round of the Ukrainian Cup. The game was played in Donetsk and was quite anticipated by the fans. The Superleague newcomers BC Donetsk proved they are ready for the biggest challenges this season and were ready to oppose one of the leagues best squads. The first frame of the encounter once again showed Donetsk are dangerous opponents. They outgunned the visitors and led 19:18. But full-court press allowed BC Kyiv to gradually took over in this one. They held Donetsk to 9 points in the second quarter and piled up a 36:28 lead at the interval. Donetsk cut the deficit to 3 points before the final term but BC Kyiv managed to pull away. James Penn and Alex Scales opened the fourth quarter with 8 straight points and BC Kyiv cruised to the victory at the end. James Penn nailed 16 points to pace BC Kyiv. Brent Wright had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team. Anthony Tucker responded with 17 points for Donetsk. Haywood Owens tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Aleh Kojenets had 12 points.
In Russia Spartak SP improved to a positive 3-2 record beating Lok.Rostov 81:66 at home. Kurbanov Nikita paced all the winners with 22 points and Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) added 15. Morgunov Nikita scored 15 points in the losing effort.
Ural Great lost to Unics 75:88 on November 18th. Zamanskiy Igor top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Vladzimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) posted 16. Surovtsev Aleksei and Likholitov Fedor notched 16 points apiece for the hosts.


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic survived at home versus Cherno More - by Valentin Anguelov
After second win in Eurohold Balkan League bulgarian Euroins Cherno More scared the champion of the country Lukoil Academic on their own court. A the end they lost by 83-92 but it was much closer than the final score was. Less than 2 minutes to go Euroins Cherno More cut the lead to only 5 points (83-88) and put lot of pressure on home side. However they made few costly turnovers that prevent Lukoil Academic of losing second straight loss after two years.

Games started greatt for the visitors which scored four 3-pointer shots in the first three minutes of the game and grabbed the early lead. Three times in row Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81) managed to score while once Simeon Tsenov had a success from long distance. Lukoil Academic came back at the end of first quarter to get the first lead with 52 seconds to go after new guard Kevin Kruger scored two points. However after forst quarter we had tied game at 28 apiece.

Despite the fact in the second minute of second quarter one of the best players of Euroins Cherno More Corey McIntosh received his third foul and had to be benched, team from Varna ddnt stop to play even with the favorite in this game. At the half time break Lukoil Academic had 5 points advantage mostly thanks to the very good play of Kruger (13 points and 3 assists) and their captain Todor Stoykov (10 points).

Lukoil Academic had only one turnover in the first 20 minutes but in the same time Euroins Cherno More scored 7 times behind the arc. Bojovic had 5 three pointers and at the break was with game high 17 points. Similar to the last game from Bulgarian league Lukoil Academic didnt play well in defense and received 47 first half points.

Lukoil Academic started better the second half and in minute 26 extended their lead to 14 points (68-54) but 8-0 run by the visitors cut the distance to only 6. Both teams entered the last quarter with Lukoil Academic up by 8 points.

In the beginning of last 10 minutes of the game Bojovic scored his seventh trey to cut it to only 5 (73-68). Lukoil Academic answered with 7 consecutive points to get double digit once again (80-68). With four minutes to go in the game thanks to another 3-pointer shot (this time by Radionov) the score was 86-80. 1.49 before the final buzzer McIntosh even cut the lead to 88-83 after two succesfull free throws. However those were the last points by Euroins Cherno More in this game. With Nenad Canak and Stoykov scoring twice Lukoil Academic escaped with 92-83 victory.

Americans Kruger and Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) scored 21 points apiece for Lukoil Academic while Bojovic managed game high 26 for the visitors. McIntosh and their big guy Atila Santos added 18 points each.

The game was last test for Lukoil Academic before their first game in Eurocup against russian Unics Kazan next Tuesday. Next weekend Euroins Cherno More play another game away from Varna, this time at the court of CSKA in bulgarian capital.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Victories for Espanol and Boston in Game 1 - by Daniel Valencia

Espanol de Talca was the only home team that won game 1 of the first round of playoffs. On saturday night they defeated Deportivo Valdivia 81-74, with Javes Wiggins (201-F-80, college: Md-Eastern Shore) and Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, agency: Duran International, college: Monmouth) combined for 42 points on the night. In Ancud, led by the huge performance by B.J. Puckett (205-F-83, agency: AMI, college: Clayton St.) (51 points), Boston College defeated Deportes Ancud in overtime, 107-103. These are the complete results of saturday night.

Game 1

Espanol de Talca 81 - Deportivo Valdivia 74
Esp: Javes Wiggins 22 pts. Alexander Blackwell 20 pts. Marcus Jacobs 11 pts.
Val: Marcus Elliott 27 pts. Willie Davis 20 pts. Francisco Bravo 12 pts.

Deportes Ancud 103 - Boston College 107 OT
Anc: Marcos Hubner 29 pts. Federico Radavero 27 pts. Fernando Cavagna 21 pts.
Bos: B.J. Puckett 51 pts. Joe Chapman 25 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 11 pts.

Game two of both series will be played on tuesday night in Valdivia and Santiago respectively.


Series


Liceo Mixto 1 - Provincial Llanquihue 0


Boston College 1 - Deportes Ancud 0

Deportivo Valdivia 0 - Espanol de Talca 1

CD Puente Alto 1 - Universidad de Los Lagos 0

Universidad Catolica 1 - Provincial Osorno 0






Dimayor: Liceo, Catolica and Puente take the lead in the playoffs - by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto, Universidad Catolica, and CD Puente Alto, all visitors, won game one of the first round of playoffs. Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) was the leader for Liceo in the victory over Llanquihue (62-78) with 22 points. In Osorno, the guard Keddric Mays (183-G) led all scorers with 38 points in the victory over Osorno (88-101). Finally in Puerto Montt, CD Puente Alto defeated the host Universidad de Los Lagos 73-91 with John Davis (201-F-84, agency: AMI, college: Tarleton St.) scoring 25 points in the night. These are the complete results.

Game 1

Provincial Osorno 88 - Universidad Catolica 101
Oso: Thurman Zimmerman 30 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 20 pts. Emilio Paris 12 pts.
Uc: Keddric Mays 38 pts. Mike Elliot 25 pts. Andre Williams 10 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 62 - Liceo Mixto 78
Llan: John A. Thomas 19 pts. Daryl Rufus 17 pts. Anthony Knox 16 pts.
Lic: Rodrigo Espinoza 22 pts. Patricio Briones 18 pts. Christopher Garnett 13 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 73 - CD Puente Alto 91
Ula: Leonel Mendez 22 pts. Tim Jennings 15 pts. Haralt Funk 10 pts.
Pue: John Davis 25 pts. Bryson McKenzie 22 pts. German Siegmund 19 pts.


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jiangsu - Zhejiang C. 102-91
Jiangsu overcame Zhejiang Cyclones 102:91 in Round 3 of the Regular season. Six players score double digits for the winners as Harvey Donnell led all of them with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Snyder Kirk and Hoskin Sam posted 31 points apiece in the losing effort.

Shanghai - TianJin R. 101-104
Shanghai lost to TianJin 101:104 in a great thriller from both teams. Smith Theron was unstoppable with 28 points and massive 21 rebounds. Watkins Darryl collected 23 points and 19 rebounds, while Xu Guijun scored 23. Liu Wei produced 25 points for the home side.

Shanxi Zh. - Shaanxi 111-98
Shanxi Zhongyu beat Shaanxi 111:98 as Smith Donta missed 2 rebounds for triple-double in his outstanding night. He poured in 38 points, made 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Li Minggang nailed 20 points, while Oyedeji Olumide collected 19 points and 12 boards. Benson Lee ended up with 34 points and 19 rebounds in the losing effort.

Fujian - Zhejiang G. 101-87
Fujian won the initial game beating Zhejiang Lions 101:87. Porter Chris top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Gong Songlin posted 22. Powell Kasib ended up with 28 points and 15 rebounds for the visiotrs.

DongGuan - Yunnan 125-101
DongGuan improved to 3-0 record after 125:101 over Yunnan. The Leopards were led by Meng Duo who netted 22 points. Zhang Kai added 20 and Qiu Biao scored 17. Muoneke Gabe had a wonderful night in defeat with 48 points.

Qingdao DS - Beijing 108-100
Qingdao DS won the first game in the league after outscoring Beijing 108:100. McCaskill Amal was unstoppable with 38 points and 13 rebounds, while Steyn Frans collected 19 points and 16 boards. Harrison David finished the night with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Guandong - Bayi 105-81
Guandong is on top with 3-0 record after the win over Bayi 105:81. Zhu Fangyu top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Du Feng added 18. Li Ke produced 21 points for the visiting team.

Jilin - Shandong 87-79
Rodgers Leon led Jilin over Shandong 87:79 with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Samake Soumaila poured in 19 points and made 17 boards, while Wang Bo netted 17. Lauderdale Priest and Tuck Mack had 20 points each in defeat.

Xinjiang - Liaoning 83-60
Xinjiang remained undefeated beating Liaoning 83:60 at home. Mendez Juan paced all the winners with 26 points 14 boards. Zhang Qingpeng ended up with 15 points in defeat and Liu Xiangtao had 10.



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos beats AEL in a close game!! 81-78 - by Nasios Orinos

The 'geniuses' of eurobasket.com, as they were characterized by Keravnosbc.com, have clearly predicted two days ago, that Keravnos would have won this game. Keravnos could not afford to lose, as this would mean the end of the season.


Teams had 2 quarters each, with AEL getting the 1st and the 4th, and Keravnos the 2nd and the 3rd. AEL got off on a strong start and was ahead on the score in the 1st quarter by 3 (16-19). At the 2nd quarter, and specifically on the 13, Alekxandar Radojevic was sent on the bench for getting a technical (said something to the referees) allowing its opponent to partying under the basket with Buckman getting the ball inside and delivering without difficulty.
Keravnos was ahead to the score, leading even by 12, (58-46) and finishing the 3rd period with 61-52. AEL stepped in determined in the 4th period and with good defence on Greer, managed on the 35 to sank a couple of 3-pointers, cut the lead to 6 and slowly advanced to a 2 point lead, 67-69.
The last 2 minutes was indeed magnificent. Keravnos kept a 4 point lead but AEL's Mitchell and Taylor, insisted sanking 3-pointers, showing how badly wanted this game. During those minutes Keravnos pulled down 3 crucial offensive rebounds, managing to win the game, 81-78.


Statistically speaking, Keravnos pulled down a total of 29 rebounds with AEL getting 25. As already said, offensive rebounds for Keravnos were +3 (Keravnos pulled a total of 9 offensive Rebounds, AEL pulled 6 offensive rebounds), and those were the ones that have given it the victory.
Worth mentioning for both teams is the fact that Keravnos had 7 more steals than AEL in the 2nd half (in the 1st half steals were 4-3 respectively) but AEL had 11 more assists than Keravnos in the 2nd half (in the 1st half assists were 5-4 respectively). On total Keravnos went to the fee throw line 23 times, with 17 being successful, whereas AEL hit 7 out 12.

Generally speaking, Keravnos had indeed guts and passion and proved that it cannot be beated in its court. The team has slowly started to find its way and people in the club are confident for even better days.

In regards to AEL's defeat, has definitely contributed the fact that Radojevic had deliberately stayed out long and was not there to pull down rebounds especially at the fourth period. More over we believe that Dragan and his players have given too much attention to the referees instead of concentrating on the game, managing to get 3-technicals giving their opponent 6 easy points.

AEL has proved that it is a great team and will be a great contender. No other team would stand so well and fight the game until the end across Keravnos in Strovolos. Add to that, the fact that it had played for 27 minutes without its building block.

Dragan Raca has proven once more that has not accidentally holding the best coaching record in Cyprus. He dared to sit Radojevic on the bench for 27 minutes and still fought the game. Dragan surely has guts and he certainly made his point. He well communicated to him that discipline in the team is of high importance and that if he wants to play he has to be a professional. This should be a lesson for all coaches!


Quarters: 1st=16-19, 2nd=40-36, 3rd=61-52, 4th=81-78



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Geofin 71-66
USK Praha extended Geofin losing skid handng them a 71:66 loss today. Roderick Platt came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to lift USK Praha to the 8th win in the season. Lukas Kotas was solid with 14 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Stepan Reinberg responded with responded with 14 points for Geofin as they fell at 10-3 record.

Pardubice - Nymburk 49-71
Nymburk earned the 13th straight win as they cruised past Pardubice 71:49 on the road. Arthur Lee paced balanced offense with 13 points. Petr Benda added 12 points, while Michal Kremen had 11 for the winners. David Sheffel responded with 14 points and 10 boards for Pardubice.

Opava - Podebrady 88-87
Opava came back from an 11-point deficit in the opening stanza to defeat Podebrady 88:87 in the round. Ondrej Soska accounted for 23 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Marek Stec and Pavel Pumprla secured 21 points each for the winning team. Pavel Benes answered with 24 points for Podebrady in the loss.

Decin - Ostrava 102-77
Decin secured the 7th win in the championship as they thumped Ostrava 102:77 at home court. Pavel Milos was responsible for 25 points in the victory. Pavel Houska added 16 points, while William Hatcher had 12 points and 11 assists for the hosts. Marcus Arnold answered with 20 points for Ostrava as they slipped at 3-9 record at the bottom of the ladder.

Liberec - Kolin 80-97
Kolin stepped up with a surprisingly impressive performance against Liberec on the road today. Jiri Novotny knocked down 29 points and Kolin ensured a 97:80 victory at the end. Jiri Sebek contributed 16 points in the winning effort. Jakub Blazek delivered 19 points for Liberec in defeat.



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  EL SALVADOR   


LBS Round 4 - by Jaime Arevalo
On last tuesday, San Marcos suffered a large loss, 57-116, from Cosmos, led by Jonathan King (191-G-90), who was the game top scorer at 30 points. In the other game of the night, Denver prevailed over UTEC 77-68 after a very close game, whose result was decised only in the last quarter. Thanks to these reults, Denver and Cosmos make a pace ahead in the table, while UTEC is th eonly team yet without any win in the season.

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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Olimpija part ways with Wallace - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija parted ways with Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86, college: Georgetown). American failed to impress coach Aleksandar Dzikic this season. He averaged 19,5 minutes, 6,3 points (2P 4-6, 3P 5-12, FT 2-2), 1,3 rebounds, 1,3 assists and 0,3 steals in four Euroleague's games and 16,5 minutes, 4,4 points (2P 8-17, 3P 5-15, FT 4-4), 1,3 rebounds, 0,6 assists and 0,4 steals in 8 games of NLB Adriatic League.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto vs YMCA Lahti 75-77 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 13: Top League Top Team YMCA Lahti had to work hard untill the end of the contest before it was clear, that they won on the road tonight
in Tampere. Local Pyrinto was leading the game for long moments, but visitor Lahti was more lucky at the end and won by two 75-77. YMCA Lahti's two
American players Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Lafayette) and Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) combined 44 pts. Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) led Pyrinto with 20 pts. In Porvoo local Tarmo got defeated by Korihait (Uusikaupunki)
75-86. Korihait won first time this season on the road. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida) led Korihait with 21 pts. Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) led Tarmo with double-double 29 pts and 10 rbs.
In Espoo Honka scored first time this season over 100 pts. Honka had six players in double figures. Opponent YMCA Lappeenranta had 81 pts. Visitor's PG
Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: UNLV) played his last game on YMCA LPR roster. Blassingame was 12/13 times in double figures in Finland being at the same time # 4 in scoring stats (19,5 ppg) and the leading player in assists (6,5 apg). Blassingame will be replaced by Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) from Denmark. Colman has played also earlier (2004-06) in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 75-77 (36-37) (Kurtis Rice 20, Chris Hester 18, Antti Nikkila 11 - Bilal Abdullah 23, Ray Nixon 21, Ilkka vuori 12/5a).

Tarmo - Korihait 75-86 (32-31) (Emmanuel Messy 29/10, E.J.Drayton 22/11, Kasimir Hytonen 10 - Alain Laroche 21, Bojan Sarcevic 19/5a, Mark Zoller 18).

Honka - YMCA Lappeenranta 100-81 (54-40) (Sasu Salin 17, Monte Cummings 17, Ben Perkins 16 - Demetrius Brown 20/10, Viljami Vanjoki 18, Jerel Blassingame 17).



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ProA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pau - Chalon 57-88
Another disappointment for Pau-Otrhez's fans this season. It was 8th consecutive defeat for the hosts, who remained the only winless team in the league so far. On the other side, Chalon improved on 5-3 record. Darnell Harris stepped up for the winners collecting 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Antoine Mendy contributed with 15 points in defeat.

Nancy - Gravelines 100-76
Nancy demonstrated great performance against Gravelines celebrating with plus 24. Lamayne Wilson top-scored for the hosts with 18 points. At the same time he had 9 more rebounds and 5 assists. Rashaun Freeman drained 20 points for Gravelines and grabbed 5 boards. Both teams entered into this game with almost perfect 6-1.

Orleans - Dijon 88-78
6-2 for Orleans and 4-4 for Dijon after this game. Cedrick Banks came up with 20 points for the winning squad, while Anthony Dobbins helped adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. Abdoulaye Mbaye was better than the others in Dijon pouring in 22 points. Eric Chatfield stopped on 3 points less.

Cholet - Le Mans 56-80
Devastating road victory for Le Mans, the 6th one this season. Joao Paulo Batista nailed 20 points and pulled down 5 rebounds for the team of coach J.D. Jackson. Brian Chase followed him with 19 points. Nando De Colo contributed with 13 points in defeat, but he and his Cholet faced with 6th defeat in 8 appearances.

Hyeres-Toulon - Vichy 67-81
Extremely important road win for Vichy as both teams now have the same score in Pro A, 3-5. Zach Moss shined in Vichy draining 18 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. David Teague also was good netting 17 pts. Darrell Tucker almost had double-double for Hyeres-Toulon, 22 points and 9 rebs.

Le Havre - Strasbourg 73-83
Another joy for the visiting teams in Round 8. This time it was Strasbourg, who moved up in Pro A on decent 4-4. Derrick Obasohan was a key player in Strasbourg collecting 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Le Havre got 17 points and impressive 16 glasses from Bingo Merriex (1-7).

ASVEL - Roanne 94-69
Comfortable 25-point victory for ASVEL, mostly owing to experienced Laurent Foirest, who came up with 19 points. Eric Campbell and Amara Sy had 17 points each. Taj Gray was on a high level in Roanne adding 28 points and 6 rebounds. ASVEL and Roanne had 5-2 before this game.

Besancon - Rouen 91-85
Besancon jumped on 4-4 after this round, while Rouen slipped on 2-6. Justin Hawkins of Besancon was central figure of the game as he drained fantastic 38 points, including 7 triples. Kevin Houston and Ronald Dorsey scored 18 points apiece for the loosing side.



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  GEORGIA   


Markoishvili is on top with BC Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) and his BC Kyiv overcame BC Donetsk 75:63 to claim the win in the first leg of the third round of the Ukrainian Cup. The game was played in Donetsk and was quite anticipated by the fans. The Superleague newcomers BC Donetsk proved they are ready for the biggest challenges this season and were ready to oppose one of the leagues best squads. The first frame of the encounter once again showed Donetsk are dangerous opponents. They outgunned the visitors and led 19:18. But full-court press allowed BC Kyiv to gradually took over in this one. They held Donetsk to 9 points in the second quarter and piled up a 36:28 lead at the interval. Donetsk cut the deficit to 3 points before the final term but BC Kyiv managed to pull away. James Penn and Alex Scales opened the fourth quarter with 8 straight points and BC Kyiv cruised to the victory at the end. James Penn nailed 16 points to pace BC Kyiv. Brent Wright had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team. Anthony Tucker responded with 17 points for Donetsk. Haywood Owens tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Donetks however 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. Manuchar Markoishvili ended up with 9 points and 3 rebounds.


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  GREECE   


PAOK-Olympia : Live from PAOK Sports Arena - by George Manousidis
PAOK start the game with Harissis, Vasileiadis, Gregory, Tsiaras and Wesson.
Olympia start with Castle, King, Schultze, Belser and Papaioakim.
The first quarter start with a very good PAOK 9-0, but after that Olympia came back with 16-17. From that point the game goes point to point for each team. The final score of the first quarter was 24-24.
In the second quarter Olympia came with confident and start to built difference (24-29) and (34-42). The final of the second quarter (37 42) looks who was the boss of the game.
PAOK: Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) with 10 points and 1 rebound, Harissis with 8 points (2/2 from 3),2 assists and 1 steal was the best.
Olympia: Schultze with 10 points, 2 assists and 1 steal , Belser with 8 points (2/2 from 3) was the best.


PAOK-Olympia : Live from PAOK Sports Arena (second half) - by George Manousidis
PAOK start the third quarter with very good defense and change the game. The third quarter has score 23-9. Kiritsis play very good defense in King and Demertzis make Batis invisible. At the same time Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Diarra was the offense leader from PAOK.
The fourth quarter makes protagonist the referees. Wrong decisions for both teams make nervous all the players. Papaioakim and Belser went out with 5 fouls. The 77-70 reflects the image of the final match. MVP of the game is Costas Vasiliadis with 25 points (7/7 FT, 6/8 2PG, 2/4 3PG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals

The quarters: 24-24, 13-20, 23-9, 17-17

PAOK: Costas Vasiliadis 25, Diarra 14, Harissis 13, Kiritsis 7, Wesson 5, Tomasevic 4, Tsiaras 3, Mulaomerovic 3, Gregory 2, Simtsak 1, Demertzis, Marmarinos
Olympia: King 16, Schultze 10, Papaioakim 10, Kolokas 10, Belser 9, Batis 9, Castle 4, Arigbabu 2, Kurtovic, Spanos, Giannoulakos.


Panionios beat Marousi away - by Alex Gianaris

First half of the game was very tensed and score was pretty pensive as well. 38-38 in the begining of 3rd period. Seemed like Marousi players were not letting Panionios defeat themself in the home court but after Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) 3 point shot about 1 minute before end of the game, Marousi realized that they lost. Nice performance of Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) was not enough for Soulis Markopoulos team to beat Panionios even at home. Looks like all the players imported in Marousi this season were in bad shape except Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who made 11 points and 3 steals this evening.

Trifunovic's team was lead by Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) 16 points and one of the top PG in current season Aaron Miles who captured 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals.


Final score was 70:78 on behalf of Panionios.



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  GUATEMALA   


Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
 1. Elite Sport 11-0 
 2. R L 9-2 
 3. Estudiantes 8-3 
 4. Le Mans 7-4 
 5. Corpoevisa 6-5 
 6. USAC 3-8 
 7. SLT 3-8 
 8. Zencas 2-9 
 9. SAT 0-0 
 10. URL 0-0 
 11. Leones de Marte 0-0 
 12. Millonarios 0-0 


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  HUNGARY   


Market movements - by Tamas Deri
American wing man, Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) left Kormend and signed with Dombovar, where he will be on a tryout for the next 4 games. The 198 cm tall player had two great season with Tirgu Mures in Romania and signed a 1+1 year deal with Kormend. The management was expecting from him to be a key player of the team, however he did not find his right position on the roster. He played 5 games with the team and averaged 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in only 16 minutes per game. Players agents and the management could agree about the breach of his contract on Tuesday, and player arrived already on Thursday with his new team in Dombovar.

Dombovar got a new opening, as american big man, Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) left Hungary after spending one week with the team. He played only one game and helped his team with 16 points against Enternet-Hegyvidek last Saturday. Jones got a very nice offer from a team in South-Korea and asked the team to release him.

Even the management of Kormend found the replacement for Bryan McCullough. Tezale Archie (186-G-77, college: Pepperdine) arrived on Thursday to Kormend and will play his first game tonight. Archie played already for the team in 2005-06 and was a key player of coach Sabalis team with 15.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. After his great debut in our country he signed with Univer KSE but left in December because of one bad Achilles-injury. He spent the last season in Poland and played 27 games for JKKS Gornik Walbrzych: 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 86.1%.


ASE won in Sopron - by Tamas Deri
All foreigners of the guests could score in double figures, and even Csaplar-Nagy came from the bench - missed only two of his shoots and had a season high 19 points last night. The home team was lead by Cruz, the puerto-rican point guard was the best scorer of the game with 25 points.

SOPRONI SORDOGOK - ATOMEROMU SE 86-96
(17-23, 26-29, 19-23, 24-21)
Sopron, Att.: 1000, Referees: Bognar, Farkas G., Kapitany
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 25/15, D. Brooks 6, P.J. Couisnard (193-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) 16/9, Kortelyesi 6, Dies 11, Csorvasi 6, Halmai, Vesztergom 2, Ferenc Boldizsar (201-C/F-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
ASE: Darris Nichols (188-G-86, college: W.Virginia) 10, Williams 12/3, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 22/3, Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) 17, Gulyas 6, Meszaros Z. 10, Ervin Csaplar-Nagy (211-C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/6, Kiss, Coach: Sabali Balazs


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  IBL   


GARY STEELHEADS TO SIT OUT 2009 IBL SEASON - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Gary Steelheads have decided to take the 2009 IBL season off acording to team spokesman Jewell Harris JR. ' We just felt that in a bad ecnomy,the timing wasnt right to field a team for 2009.' 'We will use the year off to line up sponsors and ticket holders.' Mikaal duilo,commissionor of the league,said that Harris is doing what the league wants him to do when times are down,that being shut down and attempt to reorganize. Duilo stated that the league will likely operate with eighteen teams in 2009.

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Subway Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from few games in first round of Subway Cup.

Armann 61 Grindavik 114. Niels Dungal & Gunnlaugur Elsuson 17 pts each for Armann. Gudlaugur Eyjolfsson (187-G-79) 28 for Grindavik
KFI 87 Tindastoll 92. Craig Schoen (178-G-83, college: Georgetown, KY) 32 for KFI. Soren Flaeng 26. Svavar Birgisson (201-F-80) 24 for Tindastoll.
Hamar 83. Fjolnir 85. Jason Pryor (188-G-79, college: Longwood) 26 Marvin Valdimarsson 23 for Hamar. Haukur Palsson (197-F-92) 22 for Fjolnir
FSU 55 Thor 63. Saevar Sigmundsson 16 + 16 for FSU. Cedric Isom 30 + 17 rebs for Thor.

The big game in this round was between Snaefell last years Cup winner and the top team in Iceland Express league KR.Tight game from beginning KR leading by 6 at halftime thanks to 18 points from Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther). KR still leading by 4 after three quarters and final score was 73-79 for KR. Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80) had good game for snaefell with 26 pts. Hlynur Baeringsson 14 + 14.
For KR Jakob Sigurdarson 29 Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) who had good second half 22 pts


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  JAPAN   


Hitachi sneaks one by Aisin - by J.D. Greene
Fans were on the edge of their seats Saturday afternoon as Hitachi and Aisin battled it out in a match that went down to the last shot, a familiar situtation for the Sun Rockers. Although Hitachi led going into the second half, Aisin showed they wouldn't go down without a fight, coming back late in the fourth quarter to regain the lead. But a last-second 3-point shot by Lamar Rice (201-F-82, college: Georgetown, KY) gave Hitachi the win, 69-68. Shusaku Oya led Hitachi with 20 points, while J.R. Sakuragi contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds for Aisin. Aisin will have a chance for revenge in their second meeting on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the JBL on Saturday, Link Tochigi Brex showed some team chemistry at home grabbing their first win with their new coach, beating Hokkaido 93-82. Takuya Kawamura led the Brex with 19 points while Randy Orr (207-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both players were 3 for 4 from 3-point land. Yuta Tabuse also collected 17 points and 4 assists. The Brex and Rera Kamuy will meet again on Sunday.

Toyota claimed a victory over Mitsubishi, 89-78 with help from Michael Takahashi 's 31points and 4 assists and Charles O'Bannon's 27 points and 9 rebounds. The Alvark also took home a win against Mitsubishi Friday night, 80-65.

Panasonic beat Toshiba 88-69. Ace Custis helped out the Trians with 21 points and 4 assists in the first meeting of two this weekend.


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Vaskys, Naglis 19.3
2. Danys, LKKA 18.1
3. Gorskovas, Punt. 17.8
4. Golokvoscius, Alytus 17.3
5. Slivka, Meresta 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, Pieno 10.0
2. Slezas, Perlas 9.0
3. Danys, LKKA 8.7
4. Jocys, Naglis 8.6
5. Stasiulionis, Maista 7.5
Assists Per Game
1. Balciunas, Meresta 6.0
2. Kutra, Delikatesas 5.7
3. Zymantas, Nafta 5.2
4. Stasys, LKKA 5.1
5. Raziulis, Juventus 4.7


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 25 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Magic - Pacers 100-98
An over time victory for the Magic at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It means that Orlando improved on 9-3 record, while the Pacers dropped on 5-6. Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis combined 69 points for the winning squad. It is important to mention that Howard grabbed 17 more rebounds by himself. On the other side, Danny Granger, Marquis Daniels and T.J. added 68 points together.

Clippers - 76ers 88-89
Philadelphia escaped with a tiny home victory vs LA Clippers jumping on 6-6. Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand drained 17 points apiece. Al Thronton scored 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in defeat. His Clippers now have 2-10.

Nets - Raptors 129-127
Another over time victory in day 25. It was New Jersey, who otsmarted Toronto Raptors in a high-scoring game. Vince Carter collected 39 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners, while Devin Harris also was great adding 30 points and 5 assists. Chris Bosh nailed amazing 42 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Raptors. New Jersey Nets 5-6, Toronto Raptors 6-6.

Rockets - Wizards 103-91
Tracy McGrady paced Houston Rockets to 8th win scoring 20 points (4 triples). Carl Laundry had 17, while Aaron Brooks and Ming Yao stopped on 18 points apiece. The Wizards got 27 points and 10 boards from Antawn Jamison staying on just 1 win in 10 appearances.

Bobcats - Hawks 83-88
Atlanta Hawks edged Charlotte Bobcats mostly owing to Joe Johnson, who registered 30 points and 8 assists. The team of head coach Larry Brown got 26 pts from D.J. Augustin. Hawks 8-4, Bobcats 3-8.

Celtics - Timberwolves 95-78
Reigning champion was too strong for Minnesota 95-78 moving up on 12-2. Kevin Garnett top-scored for the reigning champion with 17 points. Al Jefferson shined once again for the Timberwolves netting 23 points (2-9).

Grizzlies - Mavericks 76-91
Easy win for the Mavs, the 6th one this season (6-7). German superstar Dirk Nowitzki stepped up for the hosts collecting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Terry followed him with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. O.J. Mayo delivered 19 points for the Grizzlies, which currently have (4-8).

Knicks - Bucks 87-104
Milwaukee Bucks didn't have to work very hard in order to beat New York Knicks 104-87. Charlie Villanueva came off the bench netting 20 points and pulling down 6 rebounds for the winning squad (6-8). Nate Robinson was better than the others for NYK adding 19 points and 10 boards(6-6).

Jazz - Spurs 94-119
The team of head coach Gregg Popovich outplayed Utah Jazz at home with plus 25. Roger Mason shined for the hosts delivering 29 points for 30 minutes. Ronnie Brewer had 17 points in loss, while C.J. Miles stopped on one points less but with 10 boards. Spurs 6-6, Jazz 8-5.

Hornets - Thunder 105-80
Another disappointing performance by the Thunder this season (1-12). David West was a key player for New Orleans registering 19 points and 8 rebounds. His team is now on 6-5 record. Kevin Durant scored 17 pts for the Thunder.

Trail Blazers - Kings 117-96
8-5 for Portland and 5-9 for Sacramento after this game. Steve Blake netted 20, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 pts plus 6 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. The Kings got double-double from Jason Thompson, 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Bulls - Warriors 115-110
Derrick Rose and Larry Hughes combined 51 points for Chicago Bulls leading it to 6th win this season (6-7). Stephen Jacskon was on a high level in Golden State Warriors draining 32 points, but it was not enough for his team (5-7).

Nuggets - Lakers 90-104
LA Lakers celebrated 10th win in 11 appearances thanks to Kobe Bryant and his 29 points. Nene Hilario and J.R. Smith posted 18 points each. Their Nuggets faced with 5th defeat in 13 games.



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  NCAA2   


#1 in the Nation Findlay defeats Northwestern 80-59! - by Lucius Jones
The 59 game regular season home winning streak Findlay came into this game with was extended to 60 versus Northwestern, Ohio in a solid performance by the Oilers. The 80-59 win was actually a closer game than the final score suggests early on as the majority of the game was played around the 8-10point differiential area.

Northwestern was led by Josh Vorst and his 19 points on 7-15FG. Josh Vorst also added 3rebs 2asts and 2stls in his 33mins of play. Kyle Gillette scored 11points on 5-7FG and added 4rebs of 23mins of action. Kyle Gillette has all the tools to be a force in the paint for the rest of his career. The twosome could form a Kobe/Shaq tandem for Northwestern to build upon in future years of this newly founded program.

Findlay was led by pre-season NCAA D2 POY Josh Bostic (6'5''-G/F-87) and his 23points on 6-11FG, 2-5 3pt, 9-10FT, 4rebs, 1ast, 2stls all in 28mins. The 2008 1st team All American scored 19 of his points during the Oilers biggest run of the game.

Another All American candidate Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87) had an amazing all around game in which he scored 14points on 6-10FG, 2-3 3pt, 8rebs(3off), 1ast, and 4stls in only 23mins of play.

The trademark balance of Findlay showed in the performances of the rest of the starting lineup. Lee Roberts (6'7''-F/C-87), who is the Findlay Oilers All Time FG% leader added 11points on 5-6FG and also contributed 8rebs(5off) and 2asts in 23mins. Marcus Parker (5'9''-G-87) had an all around performance as well with 11points, 6asts, 4rebs, 2stls, and 2blks. Sharpshooter Tyler Evans (6'2''-G-86) added 9pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 2stls as well.

The Oilers bench was led by Nathan Hyde (6'3''-G) and his 8points.


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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ginasio - Academica 73-67
Ginasio upset Academica in the opening game of Round 6 that was played on November 9. It was just the third success for Sergio Salvador team. Jose Costa paced the winners with 23 points and 7 assists. Dustin Brown added 20 points and 12 boards in the winning case. Academica suffered the second loss in the season despite 18 points from Anthony Williams.

Benfica - CAB 84-61
Benfica maintained their perfect record as they cruised past CAB Madeira 84:61 today. Sergio Ramos nailed 25 points in the 8th straight win for Benfica. Seth Doliboa contributed 19 points in the winning case. Bobby Madison secured 23 points for CAB Madeira in the loss.

Fisica - Ovarense 72-78
Ovarense stayed just one step behind Benfica in the ladder with a difficult 78:72 victory over Fisica. John Waller and Rui Mota notched 15 points apiece for Ovarense. Miguel Miranda chipped in 11 points in the win. Jeffrey Ferguson responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Fisica in the 6th defeat for the team.

Barreirense - Porto Ferpinta 88-85
Barreirense tallied a narrow 88:85 victory over Porto Ferpinta. Tyreus Bowman fired 32 points to lead the action. Bruce Brown had 24 points and 6 boards for the winners. Porto responded with 25 points from Christian Burns and Kevin Martin. Augusto Sobrihno nailed 16 points for the visitors.



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  SLOVENIA   


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


King has double-double by halftime (Liga UPC - Round 8) - by Zeljko Zule

UPC League Round 8: Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) already had a double-double before the halftime with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Zagorje's bench players scored just 1 point. Epic Misel had seven scorers in double figures. Elektra Esotech ended a three-game home losing streak. Geoplin Slovan shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point range.
Epic Misel-CPG Nova Gorica 93-76: The home team never trailed, lead as many as 24 points and had seven scorers in double figures, including all starters. Antonio Zizic posted 15 points, Tilen Zalar and Bojan Jovanovic 14 apiece, David Moro and Klemen Muha 12 apiece and Miha Kobe and Vjeran Soldo finished with 11 points.

Dalibor Petrovic led the guests with game-high 18 points.
Hopsi-Zagorje 79-69: Zagorje trailed just 68-69 with 4:19 remaining, but the home team scored 10 straight points to put the game out of reach. Marko Samanic collected 18 points and 5 assists and Shawn King had 17 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zagorje's bench players scored just 1 point. Gilbert Goodrich posted 33 points on shooting 14-of-26, Ales Primc added 19 and Joshua Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Geoplin Slovan-TCG Mercator 91-87: Slovan commited 19 turnovers (TCG Mercator 10) but outrebounded their opponent by 34-21. Dejan Delic finished with 28 points, hitting 6-of-8 beyond the arc, and Marko Lekic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. TCG Mercator held the lead just once, at 30-28. Mensud Julevic collected 27 points and 8 rebounds, Primoz Skok and Dario Krejic scored 17 points apiece.
Elektra Esotech-Alpos Sentjur 74-71: Dean Dunovic hit a 3-pointer with 0:34 remaining to cut Alpos' deficit to 71-72. Nikola Ivanovic made two of four free throws in the final 16 seconds before Luka Lapornik missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. Tadej Horvat and Nikola Ivanovic scored 16 points apiece for Elektra while Armin Avdibegovic had 15 and Dean Dunovic 14 points for the guests.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Seo First Korean to Score 10,000 KBL Career Points - by Rick Ross
Powerful Korean center Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) of the KCC Egis became the
first player to score 10,000 points in
Korean Basketball League (KBL) history at Jeonju stadium Wednesday.

It came in Seo's 462nd match since he debuted in the KBL
Nov. 14, 1998, against the Daegu Dongyang Orions,
a predecessor of the Daegu Orions. And he scored his
landmark point with the clock timed 48 seconds in the
first quarter against the LG Sakers, with the final
score going 98-89 in the Egis' favor.

Seo has won the championship twice, equaling that achievement
by also grabbing the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award twice.

The basket that took Seo beyond the 10,000-point mark was
scored near the rim, just in front of the LG Sakers forward
Hyun Joo-yup. The entire crowd inside the arena - and even the
Sakers players - gave Seo a standing ovation to mark the tremendous record.

''I was really touched when all the people gave me a
hand for my 10,000th point,'' Seo said.

During his career he has recorded a 54.3 percent two-point success rate,
36 percent at three-point and 76.6 percent for free throw. Even though
Seo's position is center, his record is as accurate as a shooting guard.

His personal record of scoring the most points in a game, 44,
came against the Incheon Daewoo - a predecessor of the
ET Land Black Slamer - Feb 7. 1999.

''If players score 13 or 14 points every game during 10 years,
everyone can earn more than 10,000 point,' said Seo.

''But getting 5,000 rebounds is the hardest record.
My next goal is getting my 5,000th rebound.
I really want to make it before retirement.'

Seo remains a little short of that target,
with 903 needed to get there.

During the Sakers match, Seo produced six points to
take his total to 10,004. Ha Seung-jin also helped
propel the team to victory with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Though two Sakers foreign players - Brandon Crump and Ivan Johnson
produced 28 points with seven rebounds and 22 points with eight rebounds,
respectively, their star showings were overshadowed by defeat.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


KBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KTF M.Wings - Mobis Phoebus 76-69
KTF M.Wings opened Round 7 with a win over Mobis Phoebus 76:69. Thomas Steve led the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Dunston Bryant ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 75-63
Dongbu Promy improved the leading positions to 8-2 after beating SK Knights 75:63. White Wendell paced all the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Shannon Terrence finisehd the night with 20 points in defeat.

LG Sakers - KT&G Kites 84-86
LG Sakers allowed KT&G Kites to stay on the second place after 84:86 at home. Chandler Marquin top-scored for the winners with 29 points and 6 rebounds, while Warner Calvin netted 20. Johnson Ivan produced 19 points for the home side.

Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy 112-95
On November 18th Samsung Thunders overcame Dongbu Promy 112:95. Leather Terrence was unstoppable for the winners with 34 points and 6 assists. White Wendell finished the night with 31 points in the losing effort.

SK Knights - KT&G Kites 65-73
SK Knights lost to KT&G Kites 65:73 on November 19th. Warner Calvin poured in 25 points for the winners, whilst Joo Hee-Jung scored 16. Kim Julian ended up with 23 points for the home side.

KCC Egis - LG Sakers 98-89
KCC Egis celebrated the victory over LG Sakers 98:89 as Brand Micah top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 boards. Ha Seung-Jin posted 17, while Crump Brandon nailed 28 points in defeat.

ET Land B.Sl. - Orions 79-94
ET Land B tried hard but lost to Orions 79:94 at home. Daniels Chris led the way with 20 points and Thompson Garnett collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Powell Carlos produced 31 points for the hosts.



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


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


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Bornova 5-0 
 2. Trabzonspor 5-1 
 3. Edirne Genclik 4-1 
 4. Pamukkale 3-3 
 5. Genc Telekom 3-3 
 6. FMV Isik 3-3 
 7. Vestel 3-3 
 8. Akcakoca P. 3-3 
 9. Eyup 2-4 
 10. Orman 2-4 
 11. Bursa B-bol 2-4 
 12. TED Istanbul 0-6 
Group B
 1. Tofas 6-0 
 2. ITU 5-1 
 3. Beykoz 4-2 
 4. Gelisim 3-2 
 5. Yesilyurt 3-3 
 6. Canakkale 3-3 
 7. Genc Banvit. 3-3 
 8. Usak 2-3 
 9. Duzce Genclik 2-3 
 10. Ankara Basket 2-4 
 11. Pertevniyal 1-4 
 12. Mulkiye 0-6 


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Paradise Jam Day 1 Results - by David Edole

Friday, November 21

GAME #1 Southern Mississippi (60) vs. Miami (70)
In the first game of the Paradise Jam Mens Basketball Tournament the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 70-60. It started out as a tight game until Miami pulled away at the end of the first half finishing it off with a buzzer-beating three pointer by Lance Hurdle. Jeremy Wise of Southern Miss led all scorers with 21 points. Dwayne Collins led Miami with 14 points.

PHOTOS

Game #2 San Diego (73) vs. Valpraiso (66)
The San Diego Toreros defeated the Valparaiso Crusaders 73-66 in a hard fought battle that went down to the wire. Gyno Pomare of the Toreros led all scorers with 17 points, and he added 12 rebounds to post the tournament's first double-double. Erik Buggs of the Crusaders added 16 points himself knocking down 3 of 4 three pointers.

PHOTOS

GAME #3 La Salle (81) vs. Connecticut (89)
The UConn Huskies defeated the LaSalle Explorers 89-81 in the most exciting game of the Paradise Jam tournament thus far. The Huskies registered four players in double figures with Kemba Walker leading the team with 23 points. The Explorers also had four players in double figures with Rodney Green leading the squad with 25 points. A terrific match up is scheduled Sunday evening at 7PM between the Huskies and the Miami Hurricanes.

GAME #4 Iona Gaels (58) vs. Wisconsin (60)
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Iona Gaels 60-58 in an overtime thriller. Wisconsin faced two potential game-winning shots in the final 16 seconds, but the Badgers were fortunate enough to prevail. Trevon Hughes led the Badgers with 21 points while Jason Bohannon chipped in 13. Jonathan Huffman led the Gaels with 15 points.

PHOTOS

Second round divisional games:
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Game 5:
Southern Miss. vs. La Salle
(7:00pm local time/6:00pm EST)

Game 6:
Valparaiso vs. Iona
(9:30pm local time/8:30pm EST)



Paradise Jam, Day 2 Results - by David Edole

Saturday, November 22

Game #5 Southern Mississippi (76) vs. La Salle (72) - OT
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the LaSalle Explorers 76-72 in an overtime thriller after trailing most of the game. The game was tied at 65 with 1.8 seconds remaining when Vernon Goodridge of La Salle was unable to convert on either of his two free throws to take the lead. Jeremy Wise of Southern Miss was then able to penetrate the lane and hoist a floater over the Golden Eagles tenacious defense, but it rolled in and out as the horn for regulation sounded. Wise led the Golden Eagles with 25 points while Rodney Green led the Explorers with 22 points.

PHOTOS

Game #6 Valparaiso (55) vs. Iona (75)
The Iona Gaels defeated the Valparaiso Crusaders 75-55 in Saturday nights last Quarter-Final game. It was an impressive showing from the Gaels with three players scoring in double figures. Milan Prodanovic led the squad with 19 points shooting 5 for 7 behind the arc. DeAndre Haskins also led his team with 19 points for the Crusaders.
PHOTOS


Third round divisional games:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Game 7:
Miami vs. Connecticut
(7:00pm local time/6:00pm EST)

Game 8:
San Diego vs. Wisconsin
(9:30pm local time/8:30pm EST)



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UBL Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Ferro-ZNTU 76-60
Hoverla overcame Ferro-ZNTU 76:60 in the start of Round 15 of UBL. Lebedev Andrei and Kinloch Damien led the winners with 13 points each. Ikovlev Denis and Chemyakin Artem finished the night with 14 points each for the visitors.

Polit.Lviv - Dnipro 94-82
Politehnika Lviv edged Dnipro 94:82 for 9-4 record. Gurtovoy Volodymyr shined with 22 points and 4 rebounds for the winners. Kuzmin Dmitri nailed 13 and Kudrautsau Alexander added 12. Anderson Luke top-scored for the visitors with 21 points.

DniproAzot - Cherkasy 81-93 OT
Cherkasy remained on top after an overtime thriller over DniproAzot away from home. Koljevic Ivan led the winners with 20 points to 93:81 win. Cesnavicius Justas posted 25 for the hosts and Sokur Stanislav added 20.

Kryvbasbasket - Budivelnyk 93-63
Kryvbasbasket destroyed Budivelnyk at home 93:63. Pavlovic Milos led the winners with 16 points and Howell Jarrett posted 15. Zimmerman Derrick ended up with 20 points for the team from the capital.



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Bigu and Defensor will play for one spot in the Liga de las Americas - by Hector Lopez
Bigua and Defensor Sporting will play the final game for the Super 4 tournament to classify one Uruguay tean to the Liga de las Americas
In the semifinal games Bigua beat Malvin 76-66 and Defensor Sporting crushed Tabare 96-63.
Defensor Sporting 96 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 31 points, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 18 points and 9 rebounds and Martin Lasarga (186-G-84) 16 points
Tabare 63 - Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 26 points and 9 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 9 and 13
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Bigua 76 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) 23 points , incluiding 5/9 three-point shots, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Young 7 and 4
Malvin 66 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79, agency: Interperformances) 21 points, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 6 points and 12 rebounds, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 7 and 8.




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Women News

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Jackson and Macleod get another victories - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D in the EuroLeague Women after the trip to Italy. Russian team improved to 5-1 record beating Beretta Famila 70:62. Sylvia Fowles paced all the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Australian Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 14 and Kelly Miller brought 13. Raffaella Masciadri produced 15 points in the losing effort.Spartak Moscow Region took the lead from the very beginning and enjoyed 10-3 lead in the opening tip of the game. Trailing 11-15, Italian side however produced 7-2 run to take 18:17 after the first frame. Taurasi tied the game at 20:20 and then Tasha Humphrey made the same for the hosts at 27:27. The defending champions created a 7-0 run for 34:27 later in the period. Lauren Jackson closed the half for 40:36 for the guests. Spartak Moscow Region led in the whole third period and after 22-19 had 62:55 at the end. Beretta Famila could not catch up as the visitors paid too much attention to defense and finished the last period with 10-9 score. As a result Spartak Moscow Region left alone on top of Group D in the EuroLeague Women beating Beretta Famila 70:62.
Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) and her 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. 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 gue


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D1 Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Huima - HoNsU 70-69
Huima withheld a fierce comeback effort from Honsu to pull away with a narrow 70:69 victory. The win marked a 6-3 record for Huima in the ladder. Carrie Bacon notched 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Erneisha Bailey and Sanna Jamsen knocked down 16 points apiece for Huima. Vanessa Gidden tallied 22 points and 14 boards for Honsu.

Espoo Team - Catz 52-64
Catz celebrated the ninth win in ten games in the championship. Today the league leaders upset Espoo Team 64:52 on the road. Joi Scott tallied 14 points and 15 boards to pace Catz. Yelena Solovyeva added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Whitney Haynes responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Espoo in the loss.

PeKa - Huima 93-86
PeKa held off Huima in the key battle in the middle of the standings. The teams entered the game with Huima ahead by one win. However the victory allowed PeKa to leapfrog their opponents for the third spot. Shanika Freeman came up with 31 points and 12 boards for PeKa. Dionne Pounds scored 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Carrie Bacon and Erneisha Bailey secured 17 points each for Huima in the loss.

BC Nokia - S-Hameen. 73-78
Nokia suffered the eleventh straight loss in the season as they fell short against S-Hameenmaa 73:78 today. Kieraah Marlow led all scorers with 38 points for the winners. Calisha Yates responded with 23 points and 10 boards for Nokia.

PuHu - Espoo Team 71-70
PuHu handed Espoo the third loss in the season outscoring one of the league leaders 71:70 at home court. Heli Roukanoja nailed a jumper with 3 seconds remaining to win it for PuHu. Rebekah Parker fired 27 points to pace PuHu. Heli Roukanoja added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Henna Salomaa delivered 21 points and 7 rebounds for Espoo. Ashley Haynes contributed 13 points and 14 boards in the loss.



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Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Fenerbahce 5-0 
 2. Besiktas 4-0 
 3. Samsun 3-1 
 4. Galatasaray 3-2 
 5. TED Kayseri 3-2 
 6. Mersin 3-2 
 7. Botas 2-2 
 8. Tarsus Bld 2-3 
 9. Ceyhan 1-3 
 10. Cankaya 1-5 
 11. Burhaniye bld. 0-6