EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/25/2008

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  ABA   


Alaska Dream Challenge Day 2 results - by Gianni Pascucci
The Maywood Buzz opened the Day 2 of the Alaska Tournment with a close win, 113-110, over the San Francisco Rumble, strongly willing to redeem themselves from Day 1 loss. It was a true dogfight almost all game long, but at the end the Buzz escaped with the win, led by Isaac Burton (6'3''-G-73, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Arizona St.), who poured in 33 points, rookie guard Wesley Stokes (6'0''-G-82, college: San Diego St.) added 23pts, and Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) added 11 pts. The game top scorer, however, was Rumble guard Derek Foster (6'0''-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz), who scored 37pts, and Dante Sawyer (6'5''-F-83, college: S.Idaho JC) shined he too, with 20 at the losing side. In the second game of the night, the Alaska Dream knocked off the Las Vegas Aces 147-104. The Dream attack was led this time by Jeremiah Ward (6'2''-G, college: Humboldt St.) with 29 points (in three quarters of action), Grayson Moyer (6'5''-G-86, college: Humboldt St.) drained 26 and five other players from Alaska scored in double digits. Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV) led Las Vegas with 29 points, but the Dream contained the forward after he racked up 17 points in the first quarter. Now, both Alaska and Maywood are on 2-0, and their showdown in Day 3 of the tournment will also serve as the Alaska Dream Challenge Championship Game.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Coach Zoran Sretenovic leaves Vojvodina Srbijagas - by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Zoran Sretenovic, decided to step down after the latest home defeat against Bosna ASA BHT in Adriatic league. Despite just one win in nine appearances, Sretenovic was supported by the management board to continue with his work. However, the coach announced that he feels moral obligation to leave.

'We already faced with few defeats this season, but it was the first time that I was totally disappointed with our performance. We didn't show willingness to fight, despite we played at the our home court in Novi Sad', said Sretenovic.

Zoran Sretenovic took over Vojvodina Srbijagas during the summer. For a very short time the Tulips faced with many problems. Financial ones for sure the most painful, but they managed to get over it creating decent rosters. Adriatic league started good for the Tulips as they outplayed Zagreb on the road. However, they suffered 8 consecutive defeats after that. Before Vojvodina, Sretenovic used to work in Bosnian team Igokea Partizan. He also has coaching experienced from Buducnost Podgorica. As a player, Sretenovic grabbed many titles. The most important ones are for sure two Gold medals from European Championship 1991 and 1995 with Yugoslavian National Team. He also was Euro Cup winner in 1991 with Split and with the same team he celebrated 3 times in Yugoslavian championship.

It is now known yet who will replace Sretenovic on Vojvodina's bench.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A round 2 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
game of the round:
ElNacional 91- Gimnasia 93: Great game between two of the surprises of the league. Gimnasia got a huge victory with an amazing game of Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.). because of that Gimnasia reach the second position. It was unexpected many weeks ago.

player of the round: Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) 33 pts( 5/7 3p) As the first round, Cedric was fantastic behind the arc and he was very important in the victory of independiente over Estudiantes.

Best 5:
Cedric Moodie of independiente
Anthony Glover (196-F-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: St.John's) of Olimpico
Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) of independiente
Edward Nelson (203-F-82, college: Connecticut) of estudiantes
Diego Romero of gimnasia

points:
Cedric Moodie 33
Brice Assie 25
Edward Nelson 25
Diego Romero 25
Anthony Glover 24

rebounds:
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) 13
Brice Assie 12
Martin Melo 12
Alejandro Reinick 12
Federico Kammerichs 11

Assists:
Hernando Salles (188-G-79) 9
Fernando Titarelli 6
Sebastian Acosta 6
Nicolas Aguirre 5
Pablo Gil 5


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Atenas 15-1 
 2. Libertad 10-6 
 3. Regatas C. 9-7 
 4. Cicl.Olimpico 8-8 
 5. Quimsa 7-9 
 6. Sionista 6-10 
 7. Obras 5-11 
 8. Ben Hur 4-12 
South
 1. Penarol 12-4 
 2. Gimn.CR 9-7 
 3. Independ.N. 9-7 
 4. Quilmes MP 9-7 
 5. Estudiantes 8-8 
 6. El Nacional 7-9 
 7. Boca Jrs 6-10 
 8. Lanus 4-12 


LigaA Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group North
Cicl.Olimpico - Libertad 74-59
Ciclista Olimpico was too strong for Libertad celebrating eighth victory this season. Anthony Glover had another magnificent game for his team collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Osborne contributed with 17 points and 7 boards in defeat. His Libertad now has 10-6.

Atenas - Quimsa 61-54
15th consecutive win for Atenas in Group North. On the other side Quimsa faced with defeat number 9 and it is currently on the fifth place. Djibril Kante shined for the winners netting 15 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Quimsa got 20 points from Julio Mazzaro.

Regatas C. - Sionista 68-65
Tiny home victory for Regatas, enough for third place and 9-7 record. Ramzee Stanton top-scored for the hosts with 18 points. Federico Kammerichs also was on a high level delivering 14 points and grabbing 11 boards. Chuck Robinson answered with 21 pts for Sionista (6-10).

Obras - Ben Hur 87-69
Comfortable and very important victory for Obras as both teams entered into this round with 4-11. Daniel Chaher was the key player for Obras draining 17 points for 29 minutes. Gabriel Cocha followed with 3 points less. Durele Brown stepped up in Ben Hur scoring 18 points.


Group South
Independ.N. - Estudiantes 90-80
In early game of Round 15, Independiente outsmarted Estudiantes thanks to fantastic Cedric Moodie and his 33 points (5 triples). Brice Assie also shined pouring in 25 points and grabbing 12 boards. Edward Nelson came up with 25 pts and 6 rebounds for Estu. Both teams had 8-7 before this game.

El Nacional - Gimn.CR 91-93
9-7 for Gimnasia CR and 7-9 for El Nacional after this round. Diego Romero was central figure of the game draining 25 points. German Sciutto had 16, while Gary Buchanan posted one point less for the winning squad. El Nacional got 18 points from Fabian Sahdi.

Lanus - Penarol 60-68
As it was expected, Penarol cruised past Lanus remaining on top of Group North with 12-4 record. The hosts are at the bottom of the standings registering only 4 wins in 16 appearances. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez stepped up for Penarol netting 21 points. Terrell Taylor delivered one point less, but for the loosing side.

Quilmes MP - Boca Jrs 98-82
Easy one for Quilmes MP, who improves on 9-7. Esteban Lopez and Maximiliano Maciel posted 19 points apiece for the winners. Carl Edwards recorded 18 pts and 6 boards, but his Boca Juniors needed a way more (6-10).


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  BAHRAIN   


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Kalev/Cramo handed ASK the 3rd loss in a row - by Janar Filippov

ASK Riga led for almost 35 minutes in Saku Suurhall, but it's the final figures that matter.

BC Kalev/Cramo made a 9:0 run in the middle of the 4th qrt and outscored the opponents 6:2 in last minute on their way to the vital victory in SEB BBL Elite Division. Kalev/Cramo has won 3 out of 7 games, ASK has 4 victories and 3 consecutive losses - 2 of them from Estonian games.

After Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) took the hosts ahead 3:0, ASK took the upper hand and led for the whole 2 quarters. The gigantic Bruno Sundov (218-C-80) made 2 three-pointers and scored 8 points in first 4 minutes, taking ASK ahead 4:10. Another triple from Gregor Arbet took Kalev within a single point - 9:10 - but Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) and Uvis Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) combined 10 points in next 2 minutes as ASK led 9:20, already! A buzzer-beater by Rait Keerles ended the 1st qrt 14:21.

Starting the 2nd qrt, John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence), Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) combined 12 points in 5 minutes whereas ASK made only 2/7 FG (one of them was another 3-pointer by Sundov!), as the hosts evened the game 26:26. ASK regained confidence as Uvis Helmanis, Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) and Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) scored, taking the guests ahead 33:39 before the half time break.

In 3rd, the hosts played a top-level defence as ASK made only 1/10 FG + 4 turnovers in 6 minutes. Kalev went ahead for the first time since 1st minute, 42:41. Since then, the teams were ahead by turns until a triple by Uvis Helmanis ended the 3rd qrt 46:48.

ASK started the 4th quarter better as the hosts made only 1/5 FG and with 6 minutes to go, ASK led 48:54. In next 4 minutes, Kalev outscored the opponents 9:0, going ahead 57:54. With 2.44 to go, Pace scored from a long range for 60:56 but Brewer's steal and Uvis Helmanis' free throws evened the game once again.

With less than a minute left, Kevin Lyde found Gregor Arbet under the basket and the latter scored for 62:60. Sundov missed, Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) was fouled and his free throws put Kalev up by 4. With 11 secs left, Valmo Kriisa
's (190-G-74) free throws made the final score.

Besides Gregor Arbet's 16 pts, John Linehan scored 13, Kristjan Kangur 12+7rbs and Pace 10. Sundov led ASK with 17, Uvis Helmanis added 15 and Ricardo Marsh 12 pts.



Kalev/Cramo handed ASK the 3rd loss in a row - by Janar Filippov


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  BARBADOS   


BCC stay in hunt for league title - by Justin Marville
REIGNING FIVE-TIME league champs Barbados Community College (BCC) kept their slim hopes for a sixth successive title alive when action in the United Insurance Schools Division 1 Basketball Tournament continued on Thursday.

Playing at home, the current title holders edged Combermere 74-65 behind 20-point performances from guards Akeem 'Supa' Williams and Mario Springer.

Jamario Grazette led the visitors' effort with 25 points, getting a further 21 from foward Ryan Austin. First-year swingman Manuel Alleng chipped in with 17 points to assist Williams and Springer.

The win keeps the defending champs in the title hunt despite trailing current league leaders Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic by four points.

But even if BCC win their remaining fixtures on the road - against Queen's College and Lodge - Polytechnic will be crowned the new league champions once they defeat Combermere at Waterford on Thursday.

In the day's other Division 1 game, Queen's College maintained their sights on a 'final four' berth after routing Lodge 65-35 at Husbands.

Shooting guard Troy Worrell led the hosts with a season high 22 points, while Antonio Sealy added 12. For the winless Lodge point guard Kevin Mason top scored with 18 points and Peter Lambert had ten points.

Over at Dayrells Road, dominant centre John Jones poured in a game high 31 points to lead the undefeated Garrison Secondary to a 76-46 rout of Ellerslie in the Division 2 competition.

Guards Justin Maloney and Jodi Williams chipped in with 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the win while Charles Greaves' 14 points was the top score for the visitors.

The win boosts Garrison's record to a perfect 11-0 record ahead of their all-important title clash against heated rivals and fellow unbeatens The St Michael School at Martindales Road today.


Inniss: "Be wary of offers" - by Justin Marville
WITH THE GROWING FOREIGN INTEREST in Barbados' young athletes, the country's top junior basketballers should be encouraged to seek out scholarship opportunities.

But they must be wary. Not every offer is in their best interest.

This warning comes from the president of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA), Terry Inniss, in light of the hike in scholarships to the sport's best juniors over the last three years.

'I don't want to stop anyone from getting an opportunity. However, we have to know that we have had situations in the past where people got scholarships and a couple months later you hear that they are working at McDonald's,' Inniss said.

In the last three months alone, ten young basketball players secured scholarships to colleges on the North American continent, setting a record for scholarship acquisitions in the sport over a one-year span.

With three other juniors already in their sophomore or junior years on previous scholarships, along with another Barbadian high school student recently gaining entry to a New Jersey prep school, the country currently boasts 14 players plying their trade while studying overseas.

'We have to be very careful of where they are going because a situation might look all good from the outset but I know of the challenges of our kids going to certain areas with big West Indian gatherings and getting led astray,' Inniss said.

'So I would rather see them in places where there isn't much to do besides going to school and playing basketball, so they will focus on what they are supposed to be doing.'

And the BABA director expressed an added concern in having 'would-be recruiters', who are not attached to any institutions, coming into Barbados and promising its players scholarships that they might not be able to make good on.

'When you have a recruiter who says he knows someone at a school, then there is a danger that the player might not always be in the right situation,' warned Inniss.

'That's why we try to contact coaches that are attached to schools, so that if there are any problems we know that our players are at a school.

'[But] of course people can still get into bad situations whether we talk to coaches or not, but the more likelihood of knowing where our juniors are is when we in the BABA have a direct contact with the coach.'


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  BELGIUM   


Drucker Back to Israel ? - by Peter Buyse


There are very strong rumours in Israel and even reports on several websites that have Base Oostende coach Sharon Drucker go back to Israel.
He would become assistant coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv who have just signed Pini Gershon as their new head-coach.

The signing of Gershon is made official today by Tel Aviv as well as the departure of their present head and assistant coach.
Maccabi has several players who have played in Belgium in the past such as D'or Fisher and Dror Hajaj and Gur Shelef serves as team manager.
An unofficial Maccabi fan site also reports the arrival of both coaches.

At present Maccabi is in 2nd place in the Israeli league but only has a 2-2 record in the Euroleague which Gershon has won 2 times in the past.

As this is a rumor neither Base Oostende nor Maccabi Tel Aviv have many any official announcements on the departure of Sharon Drucker.



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  BELIZE   


Results of ATLIB Southern Regional Basketball Tournament!!! - by David Magana
The ATLIB Southern Region held its basketball tournament on Saturday, 22 November 2008. Sacred Heart Junior College but because of rain the tournament had to be played at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan City.

The tournament was a round robin. The top two teams will advance to the ATLIB National Basketball Tournament to be held Saturday, 29 November, in San Ignacio Town. Galen University is the host school.

Male teams participating were: Sacred Heart Junior College, Ecumenical Junior College, the University of Belize, and Galen University

Female teams were: Sacred Heart Junior College, Ecumenical Junior College and the University of Belize.

Male Game Results:
Game 1: UB defeated SHJC 64 - 38
Top scorers:
UB:
Leroy Louriano 14 points
Winston Pratt 12 points 4 rebs 1 block
Farron Lauriano 11 points 5 rebs 3 blocks
Travis Lennon 11 points
SHJC: Jimmy Rudon 21 points
Jose Luis Pech 5 points 10 rebs

Game 2: EJC defeated Galen 27 - 13
Top scorers:

EJC: Apolonio Sheldon 13 points 7 rebs 1 block
Jamir Flores 11 points
Galen: Shane Rosalez 16 points

Game 3: SHJC defeated Galen 43 - 13
Top scorers:

SHJC: Shannon Guzman 15 points 4 rebs
Jose Luis Pech 9 points 11 rebs 2 blocks
Galen: Gary Francisco 6 points 4 rebs

Game 4: UB defeated EJC 30 - 17
Top scorers:

UB: Travis Lennon 11 points 3 rebs
Farron Lauriano 6 points 5 rebs 2 blocks
Galen: Shane Rosalez 11 points 1 block

Game 5: EJC defeated SHJC 25 - 23
Top scorers:
EJC: Gary Francisco 7 points
Apolonio Sheldon 5 points
SHJC: Jimmy Rudon 8 points


Game 6: UB defeated Galen 20 - 0

Female Game Results:
UB defeated SHJC 36 - 22
Scorers:

UB: Rosebelle Orgaldez 20 points
Kiana Martinez 8 points
SHJC: Carla Gentle 8 points

EJC defeated SHJC 30 - 24
Scorers:

EJC: s. Webster 18 points
J. Arzu 8 points
SHJC: E. Kuylen 7 points
Carla Gentle 6 Points

UB defeated EJC 20 - 0
Scorers:

UB: Rosebelle Orgaldez 10 points

Thus, out of the male teams, UB came first and EJC second; out of the female teams, UB came first and EJC second. These teams advance to the National Tournament. At that tournament, the match-ups will be as follow:

Males: Game 1 UB vs SJCJC Game 2 WJC vs EJC
Females: Game 1 UB vs WJC Game 2 SJCJC vs EJC


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Gershon back in Maccabi! - by Vladi Lazarova
One of the world greatest coaches in all time history Pini Gershon, is back at his home. The man, who led Israeli symbol of basketball greatness Maccabi TA to three European crowns, agreed terms with the club owners to take the team in his hands again. The contract is fact and the deal was closed less, than an hour ago. Pini, who qualified Bulgarian National team for Eurobasket 2009 and will lead the squad in Poland in September next year, signed for the next 3 years with Maccabi. He is still in Athens, but tomorrow is expected to arrive in Tel Aviv.
Gershon, who celebrated his 57th birthday on 11th November, is replacing on the wheel Effi Birenboim, who is had tough times in Maccabi in the last months.
It seems that the club officials did a great job, because there were couple of very interesting conditions to be met, before the end of this great basketball transfer.
According to Israeli daily 'Haaretz', Tel Aviv will have to compensate Gershon for the 25 percent tax gap between Israel and Greece, where he coached Olympiacos until this past February. If Gershon returns from Europe before completing three years abroad - which would be the summer of 2009 - he would have to pay full taxes on his Olympiacos salary. That could add up to hundreds of thousands of euros, the newspaper informed yesterday. The second obstacle is convincing Gershon to take a team he didn't build and won't be able to alter beyond a player or two.
Pini Gershon was the heart and soul of Maccabi from 1999 to 2006, when he decided to take a break, after losing Euroleague final game in 2006 from CSKA Moscow in Prague. Then he said yes to Greek Olympiacos (2006-February 2008). Gershon built the greatest team of Maccabi with Anthony Parker, Maceo Baston, Derick Sharp, Nikola Vujcic, who dominated, since Pini left Tel Aviv, searching for new challenges.


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shanxi Zh. - Xinjiang 79-105
Xinjiang improved to 4-0 record on top after confident 105:79 victory over Shanxi Zh. Mendez Juan and Mengke Bateer led the winners with 27 points each collecting also 28 rebounds together. Oyedeji Olumide ended up with 28 points and 17 boards for the home side.

Yunnan - Zhejiang G. 87-103
Yunnan lost to Zhejiang 87:103 as the latter had 29 points from Dixon Nigel. Powell Kasib posted 24 in a win, while Zhang Nan added 22. Muoneke Gabe produced 31 points in the losing effort.

Beijing - TianJin R. 98-84
Beijing overcame TianJin R. 98:84 as Harrison David led the way with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Jones Dontae collected 20 points and 16 boards, while Smith Theron notched 32 points in the losing effort.

Shaanxi - Guandong 86-103
Guandong shares a top with 4-0 record after 103:86 over Shaanxi. Five players scored in double digits as Zhu Fangyu led all of them with 17 points. Benson Lee had a great night in defeat with 30 points and 25 rebounds.

Jilin - Qingdao DS 116-83
Rodgers Leon paced Jilin with 38 points over Qingdao DS in a 116:83 victory. Lu Yan netted 13 and Wang Bo had 11. Lu Keming finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.

Fujian - Zhejiang C. 113-104
Fujian outscored Zhejiang 113:104 behind 27 points and 14 rebounds from Porter Chris. Freije Matt followed him with 25 points and Liu Yudong scored 18. Hoskin Sam and Snyder Kirk combined 68 points for the guests.

Bayi - DongGuan 88-100
DongGuan is the third team on top with 4-0 record. The favorites overcame Bayi 100:88 as Harris Michael paced all the winners with 27 points. Zhang Kai netted 23, while Sampson Jamal had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi ended up with 22 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Liaoning - Shandong 111-99
Liaoning beat Shandong 111:99 to post the initial victory in the league. Li Xiaoxu and Liu Xiangtao led the winners with 26 points each. Tuck Mack notched 34 points in defeat, while Lauderdale Priest scored 29.

Jiangsu - Shanghai 119-85
Jiangsu improved to 3-1 record in the fourth place after the win over Shanghai 119:85. Watkins Jameel and Harvey Donnell combined 50 points for the winners and made 27 rebounds together. Tate DaJuan notched 25 in defeat, while Peng Fei scored 20.



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  CYPRUS   


Week 5-Round up - by Michael Aristidou

The results of week 5 in Cyprus league were as follows. Keravnos Strovolou-Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 81-78 with Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) having 25(1), followed by LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: CAA Sports, college: Florida St.) 19(2). Behalf of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) had 18(2) and Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) 16(2). The quartres of the game were: 16-19,40-36,61-52,81-78.

Omonia Nicosia-Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 77-88, Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios top scorers were Domagoj Pinjuh (190-G-77) with 30(6) and Aleksandar Matic (203-F-76) with 20(1). From Omonia Nicosia Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 25(2). Quarters 21-16,37-38,55-55, 77-88.

Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou-InterCollege Etha Engomis 88-70.Another win for Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou who had Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) and Dion Harris (190-G-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Michigan) scoring from 20p. On the other hand Etha still looking for their first win in the league. Quarters 19-12,36-28,65-46,88-70.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon-B.M.C. AEK Larnacas 80-76. Apollon had Ernest Brown (213-C-79, college: Indian Hills CC) with 21 followed by Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, agency: Strategic Sports, college: New Orleans) with 20(1). Quarters 19-25,40-41,58-59,80-76.



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  DENMARK   


Canal Digital League Round 7. - by Thomas Soltau

Naestved VS Horsholm (89-80): What a game! The gym in Naestved was packed, and the game added a ton of excitement to a cold Thursday night.

Behind a terrific second quarter Naestved toke a commanding lead with them into the locker room. 46-30. The game seemed to be over, but Horsholm gathered themselves and rallied back.

Spectators were fired up and the tense and close game went into overtime, where Naestved pulled away as Horsholm ran out of gas.
Jimmy Binnie (201-F-86, college: Dayton) and Jerald Minnis (201-F/C-85, college: High Point) fought validly for the guests, with 27 and 20 point respectively, but the key for the game was Naestved's Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) and Martin Hoirup (192-F-82).

Dennis dominated with his great shooting, 28 points, 10 boards and 6 steals, and Hoirup with his hustle and never-quit attitude, along with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assist, 3 steals and 7 fouls drawn.


Amager VS Bakken (74-98): Amager opened the game well in the first quarter and toke the lead, but Bakken came back in the second and third quarter and secured a double digit lead.

Bakkens frontcourt of Clarke, Miskovic and Christoffersen combined for 53 points and as able to get Amager star Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) in foul trouble.

Justin James (199-F/C-82, college: La Palma) toke up the challenge against a much bigger Bakken team and with 28 points he was the leading scorer of the game.
This was a good win for Bakken, as they take a 2 game lead as the number one in the standings, and puts to rest a lot of the rumors about a 'less dominant' Bakken team.


Horsens VS SISU (90-105): The nightmare continues for Horsens. The team simply cannot get past bad starts and inconsistent play.

The Horsens defense allowed 65 point for SISU in the opening half!

Anders Katholm (202-F-77) had a good game for the home team with 26 points, 7 boards and 6 assists, but still it was not enough as SISU controlled the game.

Mychal Kearse (193-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had 31 point for SISU, while young Peter Dahl Knudsen (195-G/F-88) also played well with 12 points.


Roskilde VS Aabyhoj (101-84): For both teams this game was crucial, as both teams and trying to get away from the bottom of the standings.

After being down 7 at halftime, Roskilde sparked a great run to ensure the win. Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) lead the way with his great shooting , 6-8 from beyond the arc, and Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) showed how big of a force he can be on the boards, as he collected a nice double-double with 17 and 17.

Head coach Martin Hermansen was happy to see his team perform well. Roskilde shared the ball, 26 assists as a team, and got their second win in a row.



Colman heads to Finland. - by Thomas Soltau

Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) has played his last game for Roskilde BC this time around.

The talented Danish NT starter is heading to Finland, where he will join Lappeenranta NMKY.

Roskilde BC will miss his leadership. Colman played 6 games with averages of 22,6PPG, 4,1APG and 6,7RPG after returning from Isreal.

Colman played for the Finish team 3 seasons ago and was a key player in the teams Championship run.

The player has signed a short-term contract with Lappeenranta NMKY and will join the team within the next few days.



Bakken leave no chance for Amager - by Eurobasket News
The Bakken Bears remained on top shelf with a cruising 98:74 road win over Amager. The Danish powerhouse had to deal with a 4-point first term deficit but they did it smoothly. The Bears struck back in the second period outscoring the hosts 27:13 and piling up a 10-point halftime advantage. Bakken eased to the victory in the second half. Elliah Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul) nailed 22 points to pace Bakken. Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) was helpful with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Martin Thuesen (181-G-79) added 13 points in the win. Justin James (199-F/C-82, college: La Palma) replied with game-high 28 points for Amager. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) produced 11 points each in the loss.
In the meantime once dangerous SISU earned just the second win in the season. They managed to prevail against Horsens 105:90 away from home. The decisive first half saw SISU taking on aggressively to build a 22-point advantage at the interval. Horsens came back to life in the third quarter as they narrowed the gap to 8 points but failed to get things going in the final stanza. SISU withheld all the hosts efforts to recover late in the clash and secured the win. Mychal Lamont led all scorers with 31 points and 7 rebounds for SISU. Larus Johnson contributed 13 points for the winners. Anders Katholm (202-F-77) replied with 26 points, 7 boards and 6 assists for Horsens in the defeat that put them at 0-8 record.
Roskilde caught up with Aabyhoj in the standings after defeating them 101:84 at home. The hosts overcame a 7-point deficit at halftime to post the second victory in the season. Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) delivered 28 points and 13 caroms in the win. Keith Borgan (180-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 23 points, while Mario Brown (201-F-84, college: Jacksonville) tallied 17 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) responded with 33 points and 14 rebounds for Aabyhoj.


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Pre Season Results from Saturday Night - by Surujh Roopnarine
Colorado 14ers (120) at Austin Toros (104)
14ERS: Josh Davis (6'8''-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) (23pt+7rb), James Mays (16pt+7rb), Trey Gilder (15pt+8rb), Marlon Parmer (14pt)
TOROS: Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon) (20pt), Marcus Williams (16pt), Tack Minor (15pt), Ezra Williams (14pt)

Los Angeles D-Fenders (85) at Anaheim Arsenal (90)
D-FENDERS: Curtis Terry (6'5''-G/F-85) (13pt), Dwayne Mitchell (12pt+6rb), Jasper Johnson (12pt), Dominique Scales (10pt+6rb)
ARSENAL: Noel Felix (6'9''-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) (18pt+6rb), Mike Efevberha (17pt+9rb), TJ Cummings (13pt+7rb), Tierre Brown (10pt+6rb)

Dakota Wizards (99) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (103)
WIZARDS: Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, college: Fresno St.) (22pt+6rb), David Bell (13pt), Denham Brown (13pt), Maurice Baker (12pt+6rb)
SKYFORCE: Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia) (24pt), Chris Alexander (7pt+15rb+5as), Frank Williams (18pt), Michael Joiner (14pt)

Utah Flash (92) at Idaho Stampede (64)
FLASH: J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, college: N.Mexico) (16pt+5rb), Bill Walker (16pt), Bennet Davis (15pt+6rb), Gavin Grant (10pt+6rb)
STAMPEDE: Jamaal Tatum (6'2''-G-84, college: S.Illinois) (18pt+5to), Jermareo Davidson (9pt+9rb), Coby Karl (9pt), Lance Allred (6pt+5rb


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  EGYPT   


First round results for the Egyptian season 2009 - by Sherif Soliman

The Egypyian season started last night, This season will be totaly different, we can see Gezira with a new team with the age average of 20 years, Also we can find Ahly who made the best deals this season by signing ahmed Sakr,Mohamed Kerdany from Gezira and Samir Gouda from Zamalek,We can also expect a lot from Itthad, Somouha andSporting the tree Alxandrian teams they have all the reasons to win a chapion this season.However last night results cwascas follows:

Itthad 81 - 57 Olympi

Gezira 92- 64 Shams

Somouha 64- 53 Shorta

Zamalek 73 - 65 Geish

Sporting 99- 80 Shark insurance

Ahly 71- 64 Gasco



Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Zamalek 0-0 
 2. Ahly 0-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 4. Sporting 0-0 
 5. Gezira 0-0 
 6. Somouha 0-0 
Group B
 1. Shorta-Police 0-0 
 2. Gasco 0-0 
 3. Geish Army 0-0 
 4. Shams 0-0 


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Kalev/Cramo handed ASK the 3rd loss in a row - by Janar Filippov


Kalev/Cramo handed ASK the 3rd loss in a row - by Janar Filippov

ASK Riga led for almost 35 minutes in Saku Suurhall, but it's the final figures that matter.

BC Kalev/Cramo made a 9:0 run in the middle of the 4th qrt and outscored the opponents 6:2 in last minute on their way to the vital victory in SEB BBL Elite Division. Kalev/Cramo has won 3 out of 7 games, ASK has 4 victories and 3 consecutive losses - 2 of them from Estonian games.

After Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) took the hosts ahead 3:0, ASK took the upper hand and led for the whole 2 quarters. The gigantic Bruno Sundov (218-C-80) made 2 three-pointers and scored 8 points in first 4 minutes, taking ASK ahead 4:10. Another triple from Gregor Arbet took Kalev within a single point - 9:10 - but Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) and Uvis Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) combined 10 points in next 2 minutes as ASK led 9:20, already! A buzzer-beater by Rait Keerles ended the 1st qrt 14:21.

Starting the 2nd qrt, John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence), Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) combined 12 points in 5 minutes whereas ASK made only 2/7 FG (one of them was another 3-pointer by Sundov!), as the hosts evened the game 26:26. ASK regained confidence as Uvis Helmanis, Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU) and Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82) scored, taking the guests ahead 33:39 before the half time break.

In 3rd, the hosts played a top-level defence as ASK made only 1/10 FG + 4 turnovers in 6 minutes. Kalev went ahead for the first time since 1st minute, 42:41. Since then, the teams were ahead by turns until a triple by Uvis Helmanis ended the 3rd qrt 46:48.

ASK started the 4th quarter better as the hosts made only 1/5 FG and with 6 minutes to go, ASK led 48:54. In next 4 minutes, Kalev outscored the opponents 9:0, going ahead 57:54. With 2.44 to go, Pace scored from a long range for 60:56 but Brewer's steal and Uvis Helmanis' free throws evened the game once again.

With less than a minute left, Kevin Lyde found Gregor Arbet under the basket and the latter scored for 62:60. Sundov missed, Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) was fouled and his free throws put Kalev up by 4. With 11 secs left, Valmo Kriisa
's (190-G-74) free throws made the final score.

Besides Gregor Arbet's 16 pts, John Linehan scored 13, Kristjan Kangur 12+7rbs and Pace 10. Sundov led ASK with 17, Uvis Helmanis added 15 and Ricardo Marsh 12 pts.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Marcus Sloan back with Swiss Champs - by Alexander Davis
Swiss champs, Benetton Fribourg Olympic has made the biggest splash of the season br resigning one of the best players in recent years! Forward Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) has signed for the remainder of the season. Sloan was currently playing for the D League team Reno Bighorns, when his contract was bought out by his old team. He comes at a perfect time for Fribourg who currently is 2 games out of 1st place, and trying to advance in the EuroChallenge. Marcus will bring his intensity, defensive prowess, and overall game to a team that needs him badly! His first game may be Tuesday night against French opponent Cholet. Interviews with Sloan, and Fribourg GM Laurent Muewly will be sure to follow.

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Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 0-0 
 2. C.C. Marousi 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
 4. ASK Riga 0-0 
Group B
 1. Unics 0-0 
 2. Lukoil A. 0-0 
 3. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 4. Dynamo M. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Khimky 0-0 
 2. Le Havre 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
 4. Benetton 0-0 
Group D
 1. T.Telekom 0-0 
 2. Aris 0-0 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 0-0 
 4. Panellinios 0-0 
Group E
 1. Lietuvos 1-0 
 2. Azovmash 0-0 
 3. Kalise G.C. 0-0 
 4. ASVEL 0-1 
Group F
 1. Charleroi 0-0 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 3. Turow 0-0 
 4. Brose Baskets 0-0 
Group G
 1. Pamesa V. 0-0 
 2. Fortitudo 0-0 
 3. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 4. FMP 0-0 
Group H
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Hemofarm 0-0 
 3. Nymburk 0-0 
 4. Iurbentia B. 0-0 


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Olympiakos 3-1 
 2. Cibona 3-1 
 3. Unicaja 2-2 
 4. Maccabi T-A 2-2 
 5. Air AV 2-2 
 6. Le Mans 0-4 
Group B
 1. Regal Barca 3-1 
 2. Montepaschi 3-1 
 3. Panathinaikos 3-1 
 4. Prokom 2-2 
 5. Nancy 1-3 
 6. Zalgiris 0-4 
Group C
 1. Lottomatica 3-1 
 2. Fener.Ulker 3-1 
 3. Tau 3-1 
 4. ALBA 2-2 
 5. DKV Joven. 1-3 
 6. Olimpija 0-4 
Group D
 1. CSKA 4-0 
 2. Efes Pilsen 2-2 
 3. Real Madrid 2-2 
 4. Partizan 2-2 
 5. Panionios 2-2 
 6. Armani MI 0-4 


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KORISLIIGA: Honka missed NT players - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 14: One TV-game tonight. Honka (Espoo) hosting vs Korihait (Uusikaupunki) without two NT players Jukka Matinen and Kimmo Muurinen. Both Matinen
(back) and Muurinen (stomach upset) were on injured list and Korihait winning second time on the road this season: 59-70 (25-35). Quarters: 8-16, 17-19, 19-12, 15-23. Very seldom it's possible to win, when shooting treys 5,9% (1/17). But tonight that was the fact. Korihait didn't hit behind the arc, but made all 17 FTs. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida) led Korihait with 20 pts and 11 rbs. Mark Zoller (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) had also a double-double 17/11. Korihait (8-6) got two (2) pts from the bench. Ben Perkins (200-F-79, college: Mc Neese St.) led Honka with 19 pts. Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) and Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) scored both 14 pts. Honka (8-6) got five (5) pts from the bench.

Honka - Korihait 59-70 (25-35) (Ben Perkins 19, Monte Cummings 14, Akeem Scott 14 - Alain Laroche 20/11, Mark Zoller 17/11, Josh Gonner 16).



Team Componenta Karkkila sign Kenneth Henderson - by Eurobasket
Team Componenta Karkkila signed 26-year old American forward Kenneth Henderson (203-F-82, college: Texas Arlington). Henderson played most recently at Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend (Hungary). Kenneth played 36 games in Holland at Rotterdam Basketbal (Eredivisie) with an average of 2.9ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 52.6%, 3Pts: 31.0%

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AMAK SP beats MZT Skopje in derby game 83-75 - by Eurobasket News
AMAK SP - MZT Skopje 83-75

AMAK SP outplayed MZT Skopje in a derby game of Round 9 improving on almost perfect 8-1 record. On the other side, visitors dropped on 5-4. As a reminder, defending champion Feni Industri, as well as Fersped Rabotnicki, also celebrated against their rivals moving up on the same score as AMAK SP.
First half of Macedonian derby was almost leveled. Actually MZT had minimum lead after 20 minutes, 39-40. AMAK SP showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) was on fire, while Bogoev and Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) secured a great help. They led AMAK to 24 points in third quarter, while MZT scored 17. During the last stanza visitors tried to do something through Aleksandar Held (-81), but AMAK was strong enough to keep its advantage grabbing 8th win in 9 appearances. Vojdan Stojanovski was central figure of the game draining 28 points for 27 minutes. He had impressive 4/4 from beyond the arc. Riste Bogoev followed him with 17 points and 5 assists, while Miroslav Cubrilo collected 15 poinst and 8 boards. Slobodan Agoc (206-C-77, agency: 011 Sports) helped the winners with 13 points. Aleksandar Held was better than the others in MZT delivering 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Radulovik, Pejanovic and Stankovic contributed with 14 points apiece in defeat.

AMAK SP: Vojdan Stojanovski 28, Bogoev 17+5 as, Miroslav Cubrilo 15+8 boards, Slobodan Agoc 13
MZT Skopje: Aleksandar Held 16+5 boards, Radulovik 14, Pejanovic 14, Stankovic 14


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


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ProB Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
SU Braunsch. - Stahnsdorf 100-78
SU Braunschweig overcame Stahnsdorf 100:78 in Round 9 of Pro B to leave the last place in the standings. Jenkins Ivan top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Howard Ronald and Balga Stephan nailed 19 points each in defeat.

Hannover - B'guessbach 99-87
Hannover overcame B'guessbach 99:87 for 5-4 record. Douloudis Babis led the winners with 22 points, whilst Townsend Deandre and Prasuhn Jan-Peter netted 17 apiece. Land Erik finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort.

Telemotive - Franken Hexer 81-105
Franken Hexer had a road, 105:81 victory over Telemotive to join the group of teams with 4-5 record in the middle of the standings. Steer Ryan paced all the winners with 18 points. Stemler Lance posted 22 points for the home side.

Herten - proveo Merl. 80-76
Herten improved to 7-2 after the home win over proveo Merl. 80:76. Chones Kendall paced all the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Johnson Gary had 21 points and 11 boards. Griffin John shined for the guests with 32 points.

Freiburg - Speyer 94-84
Freiburg stun Speyer 94:84 for 4-5 record. Crawford Domonique poured in 33 points and made 7 rebounds for the winners. Harris Elias, Schmitz Simon and Krieger Julian combined 63 points for the guests.

Ehingen - Osnabrueck 94-85
Ehingen edged Osnabrueck 94:85 as Oppland Mike top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Standhardinger Christian netted 23 and Stuckey Maurice had 19. Boticki Daniel ended up with 18 points in defeat.

Rhoendorf - Landshut 109-88
Rhoendorf improved to 9-0 on the top defeating Landshut 109:88. Moore Gabriel top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 7 assists, while Montag Franz had 23 points. Wormely Horace produced 25 points in the losing effort.



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  GHANA   


MINIISTERY OF SPORTS NOT HELPING GHANA BASKETBALL - by Isaac kwapong
Recently the Government of Ghana pushed all minor sport offices to the Babayara sports stadium. The office of the Ghana Basketball Association was also moved from its previous office the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex to the OhenE Djan National Stadium in Accra. This relocation by government was to help minor sports in Ghana work more efficiently but unfortunately this has drawn the office of the Ghana Basketball Association backwards.
Before the relocation the GBBA had a whole office room including a fixed telephone line at the Azumah Nelson Sports complex which hosted meetings and run all office duties of the National Basketball Association. Currently the GBBA has been reduced to just a table and a seat at the Babayara Sports Stadium. With this relocation also came the changing of the Secretary General of the GBBA by the Sports Council. The change in leadership and office has rather halted the progress of the GBBA. The new Secretary General for the GBBA apparently also manages other minor sports; this has resulted in an empty GBBA office most of the time since he is always running around taking care of other sports asides basketball.
Currently there is no organization and administration by the GBBA; this is evident in the lack of information about Ghana basketball available to the everyday sports enthusiast. Hardly has there been a publication in any national news print concerning GBBA and Ghana basketball. This is one of the main reasons for the lack of growth and development of basketball in Ghana. The various national basketball stakeholders which includes players, coaches, officials, basketball clubs and organization in Ghana also need to step up to help and support the Ghana Basketball Association to grow and develop the sport of basketball in Ghana.


NATIONAL BASKETBALL TALENT HUNT PROGRAM - by Isaac kwapong
The National Sports Council embarked on a talent hunt program for all the sporting disciplines including basketball this past weekend. This talent hunt was aimed at putting together a national U18 team to represent Ghana for an U18 IOC event in 2010. The talent hunt was organized into a weekend sports festival which including basketball took place on the 1st of November-2nd November 2008. Prospective players were selected during the basketball competition from the various participating teams representing all the ten regions of Ghana who played in the competition. The regional teams were put together by the regional basketball associations. The whole concept by the National Sports Council is good but unfortunately has a couple of miscalculation that might hinder the main objectives from being realized. These miscalculations have to do with the organization of the program, the timing of the event and the target group.

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A2: Week 6 - Round Up - by Chris Mammides
Rethymno - Keravnos Aigiou 65-59
A difficult victory for the home team who saw the big deficit which was created in the first 28 minutes to vanish during the last quarter. Top scorer for the Creta team was Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76) with 19 points followed by Mirakovski with 14. From Coach Pavlou team once more the top scorer was the Spanish veteran center Albert with 17 followed by the other bosman Nistrom who scored 13.
Pagrati - KAOD 86-72
An easy win for Pagrati who had three wonderfull player, Costas Mahairas (205-C-85) (20 points), Damir Latovic (204-C-80) (20 points) and Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) (19), on the other hand KAOD received points from the natural quartet as Zeljko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver), Kortelo, Maslarinos and Rodostoglou scored the 60 points out of 72.
Olympiada Patras - Iraklis 68-83
A wonderfull road win was succeeded from the newcomer coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis who saw Savas Kamberidis (187-G-78) top performance (this seazon) with 20 points being very good followed by Radinovic and Bardas with 17 each. From the Patras team top scorer was Tosic with 17 points followed by Kosanovic 15 points.
Dafni - Panerythraikos 67-50
An easy win for Dafni which is heading all the way to A1. Coach Costas Sorotos team had in a good night Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) who ended the game with 19 points. From the visiting site of Coach Houhoulis, top scorer was Elias Tomaras (181-G-81) with 12 points.
Ermis Lagkada - Ilysiakos 66-81
An easy night for Ilysiakos who succeeded its second road win in the league. Top scorer was Grace with 17 points and Karydas with 15 points, on behalf of the home team top scorer was Dimitriadis with 22 points. Ermis Lagkada has many 'problems' with the men in gray - referees.
ICBS - Xanthi 71-58
ICBS succeeded its second victory in the league over the winless team of Xanthi, top scorer was the Cyprus international Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) with 16 points. From Xanthi top scorer was G. Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) with 14 points
Peristeri - Apollon Patras 90-53
Peristeri thrashed the poor team of Dimitris Papadopoulos with 37 points difference having as a top scorer Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84) and Lewis who scored 16 points each. From the Patras team top scorer was Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.) with 12 points.
Near East - MENT 81-71
The 'greek' team of Near East added another victory in its series and is all the way to the A1, Top scorer for Near East was Koutroulis with 23 followed by Michalos with 18. From MENT, top scorer was Thrasivoulos Sfeikos (195-G-85) with 15 points followed by Stamatis Benas (206-F-85) who scored 14.


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  INDIA   


Railways oust ONGC in Savio final - by Anil Kumar

Indian Railways shocked defending champions ONGC to become the new men's title winners in the savio Cup All India basketball tourney at Don bosco basketball Courts here at matunga yesterday.

Formidable Railways played to a plan that worked and dethroned the favourites 94-62 in a rather surprisingly one sided game especially in the second half.

Southern Railway defended women's title in the Savio Cup All India Basketball tournament, stunning Maharashtra 86-67 earlier in the women's final.

Powered by their star player Geetu Ana Jose's 31 points, Southern Railway didn't allow the hosts to capitalise on home advantages and stamped their authority from the beginning of the title-clash.

Railway cagers Renjini Peter accounted for 13 points, as Kokila and P Anita came up with a couple of three-pointers each to log 13 and 14 points respectively for their side.

Railway secured a 27-21 lead at the end of the opening quarter before Maharashtra fought back to narrow down the difference to three points (41-38) by the half time.

The Railway women surged to a 60-50 lead at the end of the third quarter and then increased the leeway further by the end of the tie.

Maharashtra players were kept in the hunt largely by Shiji Kurien's excellent long-range shots, which fetched 20 points, including six three-pointers.


Courtesy Mid-day & PTI


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  IRAN   


Hell to Heaven ... Guests Over Homes - by Mohammad Ahmadi
At the fifth week of Iran Basketball Superleague , All Guest Teams won their Home Teams. Saba won Zob Ahan, Petrochimi won Mahram, Ararat won Langeroud, BEEM won Kordestan, Shahrekord won Khorasan and Shiraz a.s Pipe won Gorgan.
In one of the most important matches of the week, Shiraz a.s Pipe was playing in Gorgan against them. The crowd of Gorgan make the gym like Hell for guest team and support their team as well as possible but Shiraz a.s Pipe players could do their best and played like winners and defeated Gorgan by 77-79 which was a strange score for crowd so they throwed some stones and seats into the court and the head of Hossein Heidari (200-F-86), one of Shiraz a.s Pipe players was broken by a stone.
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  IRELAND   


Kalise Gran Canaria loses away in spite of Jim Morans good performance - by Mariano Galindo
Yesterday in Madrid, Kalise Gran Canaria lost after seven followed games winning. Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) played a very good match, specially in the beginning, when he scored two three points throws. He finished with 12 points and 3 steals in 27 minutes. On fact, he was the man who played more minutes in his team. We know that Moran does a good job for Kalise and, his coach Salvador Maldonado always gives Moran an important role in the team. Against Real Madrid we could see it.

In spite of the defeat (95-80), Kalise Gran Canaria remains in the top of table with an extraordinary record of 7-2 that allows Jim Moran dream with play Spanish Cup and later Play Off.


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  ISRAEL   


Gershon is back in Tel-Aviv! - by Yehonatan Eliahu
After a three-years break, the great Pini Gershon is again Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv's coach. Due to a bad performance and a two consecutives losses by a large margin to Olympiacos and Hapoel Jerusalem Maccabi's managment decided to cut the ties with coach Effi Birnbaum and fired him. His replacment will be no other than Gershon, who leaded the club in it's glory days back in the years 2001-2006 and became a legend among Maccabi's fans. Under Gershon's guidance Maccabi won 3 Euroleague titles, becoming one of the very best European dynasties of all time. Gershon signed a three-years contract and will arrive at Israel tommorow. He will guide the team already this thursday against Unicaja. It is not clear yet whom will be Gershon's assistant, but it will probably be Oostende's coach Sharon Drucker according to the media.

Premier L. Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Givat Shmuel - Maccabi T-A 61-81
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv blasted Maccabi Givat Shmuel 81:61. Carlos Arroyo led the way with 19 points and Lior Eliyahu added 18 with 7 rebounds for Maccabi. Bradford Steffon posted 17 in defeat and Carr Corry scored 16.

Ironi Nahariya - Ramat Gan 79-64
Ironi Nahariya bested Ironi Ramat Gan 64:79 behind Aaron McGee’s 19 points and 11 rebounds. Limonad Raviv posted 17 and Ricci had 14. Carmelo Lee scored 16 for Ramat Gan in defeat.

Kiryat Ata - Bnei Hasharon 67-82
Bnei Hasharon remained perfect since coach Ariel Beit Halachmi took over. The team had a 82:67 home win over Ironi Kiryat Ata. Cookie Belcher led the scoring sheet with 16 points, followed by 15 from Ori Itchaki and 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks by Cisse. Berkovic paced Kiryat Ata with 17 points.

Rishon LZ - Ashkelon 88-80
Rishon Lezion earned its initial win of the season with an 80:88 road win at Ashkelon. A third-quarter run and a big night by Robert Conley with 32 points made the difference. James Hughes nailed 19 with 10 rebounds for the winners. Amit Tamir netted 21 for Ashkelon.

Jerusalem - Macc.Haifa 80-73
Jerusalem had a 73:80 road win at Haifa over the local Maccabi Heat. Sharon Shason was on fire with 7 three-pointers out on the way to a season-high 25 points. Doron Perkins scored 21 for the losing side.



Ironi Nahariya sign Philip Ricci - by Eurobasket

Ironi Nahariya signed 28-year old American forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.). Ricci played most recently at Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France) where he played 28 games in the French League and averaged: 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 69.1% and 14 games in Euroleague and averaged: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 64.4%




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  ITALY   


Week 7 review - by Stefano Pini

- Scavolini Pesaro played an impressive game against Lottomatica Roma, shooting very well, playing aggressive. Pesaro won 3 games in a row, after a bad start (1-2). Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) is playing the best basketball of his life. 19,8 points, 4,2 rebounds, 1,3 assists: a serious and talented player that deserves to stay at the top.

- La Fortezza Bologna is 2-0 with Boniciolli as head coach. The third quarter played yesterday against Cant was played at top level. Virtus Bologna played a great defense and found great solutions in offense. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) inspired his team with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, creating troubles to Cant from low post. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) showed his amazing offensive talent: 23 points and 3 assists. There are still 'work in progress' but the team has enough talent to dream something of big for this season.

- Italian Mvp of week 7 Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85). 25 points, 8 fouls won, no mistake from the line, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists. Teramo will fight for a playoff spot but it will be a long and dangerous road...

- Eldo Caserta won the 'former legadue teams derby', a revenge from last season dominated by Ferrara. This week Caserta should announce the substitute of Jamar Butler (185-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.). Also Fortitudo Bologna is on the market. Today they announced the sign of Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) that comes back to Fortitudo after 6 years.

Week 7 Top Team
Pg Giuseppe Poeta
Sg Earl Boykins
Sf Michael Hicks
Pf Marko Tusek (203-F-75)
C Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.)



Horace Jenkins is the new Eldo Caserta Playmaker - by Antonello Varallo
Juvecaserta announced the name of the new playmaker: Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Pater.). 34 years old, a long experience in Italian Leagues, Jenkins replaces Jamar Butler (185-G-85,college:OhioSt.), who was released after some awful games and a bad relationship with coach Fabrizio Frates. Many players had been linked with Caserta during last week, but Jenkins was the first choice. Last season Jenkins played with Fortitudo Bologna with an average of 14.8ppg, but in his long career he also played with Roma and Borgomanero (where he was the top scorer of Legadue) in Italy, Jerusalem in Israel, Efes Pilsen in Turkey and AEK Athens in Greece. He shortly played with Detroit Pistons in 2004-05. He didn't play during 1994-1998: he supported his family working as an electrician.

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Samuels makes auspicious debut for Louisville - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (11-24-2008): Freshman forward Samardo Samuels induction into NCAA Division One college basketball was the most anticipated of any player in years, and when it came this weekend, the league was hit with loud thud that was heard throughout all the conferences nationwide, but especially in the Big East conference. The University of Louisville capped a perfect opening weekend, defeating Morehouse State University 74-67 on Saturday night and South Alabama University 81-54 last night to open the season 2-0, thanks to their Jamaican sensation.

Impressive stats
Samuels averaged 21 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots over both games, leading the Cardinals in scoring both times. In his debut against Morehouse, he went 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line for a game-high 18 points, then stepped it up against South Alabama collecting a game-high 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. Samuels, who confessed to having some jitters on Saturday night, walked off to a standing ovation last night from the home fans at Freedom Hall after his stellar performance. Louisville next faces Western Kentucky University on Sunday, November 30th at home.


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JBL Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Toyota - Mitsubishi 89-78
Toyota improved its position in the standings after the second straight win over Mitsubishi 89:78. Takahashi Michael and O'Bannon Charles combined for the winners 58 points. Sato Takuya ended up with 23 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Panasonic - Toshiba 88-69
Panasonic grabbed the only win over Toshiba 88:69 in the second appearance and stays alone on top with 11-3 record. Custis Ace led the winners with 21 points, while Kinoshita Hiroyuki scored 18. Ishizaki Takumi notched 13 points for the guests.

Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido 93-82
Kawamura Takuya led Tochigi Brex over Hokkaido in a 93:82 victory. Orimo Takehiko finished the night with 21 points, while Newton Tyler posted 17 for the visitors.

Aishin - Hitachi S. 68-69
Aishin could not stay on top of the standings and lost to Hitachi 68:69 in the first appearance. Oya Shusaku paced all the winners with 20 points, while Rice Lamar added 15. Henderson-Sakuragi shined for the hosts with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Panasonic - Toshiba 72-73
Panasonic lost to Toshiba 72:73 but stayed on top of the league. Violette Cory was unstoppable for the guests with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ohno Atsushi led the way for his team with 14 points.

Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido 75-59
Tochigi Brex overcame Hokkaido 75:59 on November 23rd. Takeda Ken notched 21 points and made 8 rebounds as Kawamura Takuya followed him with 11 points. Newton Tyler produced 13 points in the losing effort.

Aishin - Hitachi S. 83-87
Aishin lost the second game to Hitachi 83:87 to drop at 10-4. Takeuchi Joji top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 8 boards, while Rice Lamar nailed 18. Henderson-Sakuragi shined again for the hosts with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Toyota - Mitsubishi 80-65
Toyota edged Mitsubishi 80:65 behind 22 points from Okada Yusuke. O'Bannon Charles netted 19 and Takahashi Michael scored 16. Parada Adam collected 25 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.



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The much anticipated season is on - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The much anticipated Season 2008-2009 is launched ,This season the excitement will be at its peak , all the teams started their preparations starting September due that the season will start in November 2008 for the first time since 4 years.

Riyadi Beirut Anibal Zahle : 109-82
Riyadi Beirut the champion for the pat 4 years who strengthen its roster this year by the addition of Fadi El Khatib , Mohamad Ibrahim , Nate Johnson started its conquest to retain the title against Anibal Zahle who added new players to its roster , Alvin Simms , Jihad El Murr .Riyadi dominated the game from its first minutes and created a comfortable margin throughout all the minutes of the game , and scored the first win of the season on the score of 109-82.

Best Scorers :
Riyadi Beirut : Fadi Khatib (29pts)
Anibal Zahle: Alvin Simms (36pts)



Antranik Beirut Sagesse Beirut: 66-81
The second game of the new season , saw in action Antranik Beirut to Sagesse Beirut, The game was full of excitement throughout the game. Sagesse took the lead in the second quarter till the end of the game , Antranik had a starong comeback in the second half and reduce the score but the big experience of Sagesse players prevailed in the end on the score 81-66.

Best Scorers :
Antranik Beirut: Micheal Fraser (28pts)
Sagesse Beirut: Sabah Khoury (26pts)


Moutahed Kahraba: 87-56
The last game on Sunday saw go in action Moutahed last year runner up against Kharaba whos back into the first division after many years of absence. Moutahed showed a very big level in this game and cruised into an easy win on the score of 87-56.

Best Scorers :
Moutahed: Anthony Williams (27pts)
Kahraba: Joseph Zaloum (11pts)


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Ratko Varda response to a previous article... - by Richard
This summer on August 19th I signed 2 year deal with B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas. I was very glad to wear jersey of such a legendary club. Serbian and Lithuanian basketball schools are considered for best and had tough rivalry on court but always with respect to each other.
I arrived to Club facility at 2nd of September, successfully passed Medical check and the season begun. All players on team were practicing and getting in shape, we went on tournament to Moscow were I led B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in all aspects of game. A lot of people were amazed by my performances. Meanwhile My first salary was already late but I did not make big issue of it and I did my job. People management of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas assured me that they have some temporary financial problems. I agreed with that and kept playing and practicing even when some of players used they right to go for strike.
First salary I received on 15th of October instead of 9th of September. By that time I found out that B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas almost bankrupted. That was only salary I received from B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas ever.
Meanwhile I played and practiced, for free; I got injured at Baltic League game against Barons/LMT Riga and reinjured in Euroleague Against De World Panathinaikos Athens. At one of the games I put my jersey on in order to prevent B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas disqualification due to lack of players in game. I was really doing my best to help this great basketball name to overcome this bad period. I jeopardized even my health playing already injured. I could go for strike and refuse to play as well.
After all what I've done for teams sake nobody from team management hasn't even called me or my agent Obrad Fimic (he called them all the time) to suggest how could we solve this in good manner an to say frankly what is the situation. I didn't expect such a completely reluctant attitude.
Therefore, I made decision to use my legal right and to terminate the contract about which my agent Obrad Fimic informed B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas management by sending termination letter to them on November 14th 2008.
After I left Lithuania I read at Eurobasket in Euroleague news that B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas made settlement with me? Nobody even called me? Additionally my statistics after I got injured were published in that article which created context that I was released because of bad performances, not maintaining the financial issue and not only in my case.
I feel sorry for this giant falling of European basketball which I always had sympathies for, and I must say that I did and would play with pleasure for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas again in different circumstances.
I have family and 3 kids to take care of and I have to think about them too. Hopefully I will get hired by new team soon.
Regards and thanks to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas fans.

Written by Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79)


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


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Soleuvre 6-0 
 2. BC Mess 5-1 
 3. Basket Esch 4-2 
 4. Pall Aren 3-3 
 5. BBC Nitia 3-3 
 6. Mondorf 2-4 
 7. Bascharage 1-5 
 8. Schieren 0-6 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Hall, Residence 34.2
2 Whitworth, T71 31.2
3 Brady, Racing 26.7
4 Delgado, Etzella 25.4
5 Smith, Sparta 26.1
6 Anderson, J Heff 24.5
7 McDaniel, B.Star 24.3
8 Kennedy, Etzella 22.7
9 Gary, Contern 19.8
10 Rajniak, T71 19.5


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


BC Niksic : Filip Barovic are second player ho go Arbitration against KK Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Agency announced that one of best young basketball player in Balkan region , Filip Barovic (206-F-90) send letter for Arbitration to Basketball Federation of Montenegro for breaking out contract whit Basketball Club Ibon Niksic .Barovic are second basketball player ho cast imputations upon Basketball Club Niksic for the reason of not pay monthly salaries more that 60 days .Filip Barovic in season 2007-2008 for Basketball Club Niksic in MNT1A ,MNT Super League, MNT Semi Final of Play-Off and MNT Cup play 33games : 7.6 ppg,3.8 rpg,1.6 apg,1.1 spg. Barovic play for NT of Montenegro U18 EC 2007 in Bulgaria and U28 EC 2008 in Hungary.

BC Niksic : Goran Gajovic go to Arbitration against BC Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Agency announced that basketball player Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) send letter for Arbitration to Basketball Federation of Montenegro for breaking out contract whit Basketball Club Ibon Niksic .Gajovic cast imputations upon Basketball Club Niksic for the reason of not pay monthly salaries more that 60 days .Goran Gajovic in season 2007-2008 for Basketball Club Niksic in MNT1A ,MNT Super League, MNT Semi Final of Play-Off and MNT Cup play 33games : 11.6 ppg,4.8 rpg,1.2 apg,1.2 spg. Gajovic play for NT of Montenegro U18 EC 2007 in Poland and U20 EC 2008 in Italy.

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News from Morocco D1 League - by Nour Amri
Day 2 Results: ASS-KAC : 83-52 / RCA-ASS : 61-78 / IRT-IRAN : 87-78 / CMC-ASE : 66-69 / FUS-WAC : 68-60

Day 3 Results: FUS-ASS : 62-53 / IRT-MAS : 92-81 / IRAN-WAC : 94-80 / RCA-ASE : 55-51 / KAC-CMC : 74-62

Day 4 Results: MAS-IRAN : 63-66 / ASE-WAC : 85-71 / CMC-FUS : 52-64 / RCA-KAC : 59-52 / ASS-IRT : Postponed

Very important road victories for the head coach Naoufal Uariachi and his team (especially their unexpectable win over ASS), making FUS becoming a serious candidate for the championship.
WAC is the last ranked team in the league with 4 straits defeats. Newcomers are doing very good this season. IRAN is making an excellent come back after their 2 losses, having succeeded to crush WAC (Day 3) and MAS (Day 4). Coach Said Bouzidi is doing a very successful job with his players as ASE did his best season start performance in the history (3-1).
Defending champions, IRT are reigning so far the league with 4 wins.


D1 Results - by Nour Amri
Day 2 Results: ASS-KAC : 83-52 / RCA-ASS : 61-78 / IRT-IRAN : 87-78 / CMC-ASE : 66-69 / FUS-WAC : 68-60

Day 3 Results: FUS-ASS : 62-53 / IRT-MAS : 92-81 / IRAN-WAC : 94-80 / RCA-ASE : 55-51 / KAC-CMC : 74-62

Day 4 Results: MAS-IRAN : 63-66 / ASE-WAC : 85-71 / CMC-FUS : 52-64 / RCA-KAC : 59-52 / ASS-IRT : Postponed

Very important road victories for the head coach Naoufal Uariachi and his team (especially their unexpectable win over ASS), making FUS becoming a serious candidate for the championship.
WAC is the last ranked team in the league with 4 straits defeats. Newcomers are doing very good this season. IRAN is making an excellent come back after their first 2 losses, having succeeded to crush WAC (Day 3) and MAS (Day 4). Coach Said Bouzidi is doing a very successful job with his players as ASE did his best season start performance in the history (3-1).
Defending champions, IRT are reigning so far the league with 4 wins.


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NBADRAFT.NET lists their top NBA Prospects from NAIA Basketball - by Lucius Jones
http://www.nbadraft.net lists their top nba draft prospects from all divisions below NCAA D1:

2) Jamarcus Ellis (6'5''-G/F-85) - Oklahoma City - 6'5 200 - NAIA -SG/SF: 41 FG% 26 3PT% 74 FT% 1.5 SPG 7.0 RPG 3.4 APG 6.8 PPG (Indiana)

Coming out of Chipola Junior College, Ellis was often regarded as the top rated player in the JUCO ranks. But at Indiana his presence was offset by freshman phenom Eric Gordon and the consistent DJ White, who both later became first round picks in the 2008 NBA Draft. Meanwhile, Ellis did a lot of the little things to ensure team success with his all around game. The dismissal of former Hoosier head coach Kelvin Sampson seemed to frustrate Ellis and several other Indiana basketball players to the point that the relationship between he and replacement head coach Dan Dakich was irrepairable, which ultimately led to Ellis' dismissal from the team. But with a fresh start at Oklahoma City his role will change from supporting player to the focus of his new team's offense. Perimeter shooting will hold the key for Ellis this season as opposing defenders would often challenge him to shoot rather than giving up room to allow him to create in the lane.

6) Deandre Thomas (6'8''-F-86) - Robert Morris (IL) - 6'8 295 - NAIA - PF: 47 FG% 52 FT% 0.4 SPG 1.8 RPG 0.5 APG 3.6 PPG (Indiana)

For the first time in quite a while, Thomas will not be playing alongside his high school, junior college, and Indiana Hoosier teammate, Jamarcus Ellis. After the fallout from the Kelvin Sampson turmoil, Thomas was dismissed from the team along with Ellis. Thomas was a little bit of a let down to most Indiana observers who felt that his feel for the game and unique talents in the low post could make him a star. For a post player he has it all - nice shooting touch, balance, footwork and upper body strength. But his lack of discipline and poor conditioning (weight) may prevent him from ever reaching his potential.

9) Jeral Davis - Talladega College - 7'1 220 - NAIA -C: 58 FG% 61 FT% 6.0 BPG 7.7 RPG 1.4 APG 11.4 PPG (Texas College)

Davis is a unique prospect who, back in 2006, committed to Marshall with some fanfare. After all it's not everyday that a 7-1, decently athletic and mobile player commits to your program. The Toledo native didn't play in high school or participate in AAU, but he did choose to play junior college ball at Daytona Beach for his freshman year. Entering sophomore year he transferred to St. Catharine in Kentucky where he put up impressive numbers. Davis' play and size in junior college has sparked some interest from NBA scouts. Many junior college observers labeled him the top shot blocker prospect in the nation. Unfortunately, after committing to Marshall he fell short academically. This took his career to Texas College where he made an immediate impact by backing up his shot blocker reputation as the nation's leader, averaging 6.0 blocks per game. Offensively, Davis is unpolished and must continue to work on his fundamentals in addition to a focus on gaining more upper body strength. Davis transferred to Talladega College this season to follow his coach, Matt Cross.


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Wizards Fire Eddie Jordan - by Bryan Floyd
Eddie Jordan was fired as coach of the Washington Wizards on Monday after opening the season 1-10 without injured starters Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood.The Wizards' record matches the worst start in franchise history; the only other time the team was 1-10 was in 1966, when it was called the Baltimore Bullets. The final straw for Jordan appears to have been a 122-117 loss Saturday night to the undermanned New York Knicks, who had only seven players available.Ed Tapscott, the Wizards' director of player development, will replace Jordan on an interim basis, running his first practice as the team's new head coach Monday morning, a team spokesman told The Associated Press.Tapscott never has been an NBA head coach, although he has plenty of front-office experience, including as president and chief operating officer of the Charlotte Bobcats and, before that, as vice president of player personnel and basketball operations for the Knicks in the 1990s.Assistant coach Mike O'Koren was also let go by the team.

NBA Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kings - Lakers 108-118
LA Lakers drained 118 points in Staples Center, what was more than enough for 11th win this season. Interesting is that the Lakers had 8 players with double digits in scoring. Actually, only Sasha Vujacic had less than 10. Kobe Bryant once again was the leading player in his team collecting 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. John Salmons delivered 24 points for the Kings (5-10).

Celtics - Raptors 118-103
Defending champion celebrated in Toronto improving on 13-2 record. Ray Allen had 21, while Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen helped the winners with 15 points apiece. Chris Bosh again shined for the Raptors adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. His team currently has 6-7.

Warriors - 76ers 81-89
Elton Brand paced Philadelphia to 7th victory this season registering double-double, 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kelenna Azubuike contributed with 16 points and 5 boards in defeat. The Warriors dropped on 5-8.

Timberwolves - Pistons 106-80
Minnesota Timberwolves grabbed a road win in Detroit jumping on 3-9. On the other side, the Pistons faced with 5th failure in 13 appearances. Randy Foye was a key player for the visiting team scoring 23 points and dishing out 14 assists. Ryan Gomes had 3 points less, including 7 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince answered with 20 points for the hosts.

Bulls - Nuggets 101-114
Kenyon Martin poured in 26 points for the Nuggets today, while Nene Hilario, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony followed with 21 points each. It means that these 4 players drained 90 points for their team, helping it to move up on 9-5. Ben Gordon was in a game mood on the other side stopping on 28 points. The Bulls are currently on 6-8.


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NBADRAFT.NET Provides the Top NBA Prospects of NCAA D2 Basketball! - by Lucius Jones
http://www.nbadraft.net lists their top 10 nba prospects in NCAA D2,D3, and NAIA D1 and D2. Here are the NCAA D2 players listed and their comments:

1) Garret Siler (6'11''-C-86) - Augusta State - 6'11 305 - DIV II - C : 76 FG% 58 FT% 2.6 BPG 7.8 RPG 1.2 APG 15.2 PPG

Perhaps no player on this list has more potential or physical gifts than Siler. This top prospect outside of Division One has soft hands, solid strength, and a vastly improving offensive game. One had to do nothing more than watch the NCAA Division II championship game in his match-up against Division II player of the year John Smith of Winona State to witness the dominance Siler is capable of. He was a raw 2 points per game, 360 pound project coming out of high school so it's easy to see why Siler had few suitors. But fast forward fours year and he could find himself in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft. On the downside Siler is still working on better conditioning and, more importantly, needs to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. Siler obviously has some things to work on, but his size and potential are golden for the center-deprived NBA.

3) Ted Scott (6'1''-G) - West Virginia State - 6'2 180 - DIV II - SG/PG : 50 FG% 54 3PT% 86 FT% 0.5 SPG 5.0 RPG 1.5 APG 29.0 PPG

Scott is less of a sleeper to the NBA scouting community thanks in large part to the work of legendary scout and NBA director of scoting Marty Blake. Scott's primary ability is scoring and few players are capable of putting the ball through the hoop with such variety. He's a tremendous shooter capable of creating off the dribble or pulling up from mid-range. Scott made improvements last season by focusing on catching and shooting, and by becoming a more consistent three point shooter. He demonstrates above average athleticism and is capable of driving the lane and finishing with a dunk or acrobatic lay-up thanks to his body control. Scott's biggest question marks are undoubtedly his average defense (which isn't unusual for big time scorers) and point guard skills. At 6-2 he will need to develop the mentality to set-up and run an offense. He had to redshirt last season after only two games when he suffered a right knee ACL injury. Early reports indicate that his surgically repaired knee is doing well. The biggest hurdle for Scott will be staying aggressive without being passive with his body. If the past is any indication, Ted Scott will more than likely find himself among the nation's top scorers in Division II basketball.

4) Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH)) - USC Aiken - 6'8 220 - DIV II - SF/PF: 54 FG% 38 3PT% 68 FT% 1.3 SPG 1.0 BPG 6.4 RPG 1.0 APG 21.8 PPG

Commons is the number one player on top team in the Division II ranks. He played his first two years of basketball at the University of Findlay where he was also the team's number one man. Unfortunately, off court problems led to an eight month jail stint after he pleaded no contest to armed robbery charges. This made life at Findlay rough. But after a fresh start Commons has made the most of his second chance and has been a model citizen on and off the court. His ability to play inside and out is what truly makes him unique in a Division II setting. At 6-8 he has no problem taking off the dribble or shooting over opposing defenders. To top it off Commons has a great work ethic and the hunger to improve. With his length and ability to create off the dribble he could find himself the object of a few NBA teams' affections.

5) Rashaad Singleton (7'0''-C-87) - Florida Southern - 7'0 280 - DIV II - C: 43 FG% 33FT % 1.7 BPG 3.3 RPG 0.4 APG 2.7 PPG (Georgia)

Singleton has yet to produce on the hardwood as his combination of height and athleticism would suggest, yet the fact that he has continues to makes strides really makes him a player of interest. Despite his lack of offensive moves, he is a solid shotblocker with a great deal of potential, especially considering his junior status. Up to this point in Singleton's career he has been a project who has relied on instincts rather than fundamentals. But with more instructional coaching, he can hopefully learn the nuances of back to the basket moves. Physically, he does a great job of running the court and moves very fluid for someone his size. Singleton's biggest issue this season will be staying away from quick fouls. In the past, his over-aggressiveness was often his downfall. Singleton did not exit Georgia because of off the court issues. Rather, it simply came down to playing time, which he will get plenty of the year.

7) Leslie Malone (6'7''-F) - Northern Kentucky - 6'7 195 - DIV II -PF/SF: 49 FG% 34 3pt% 61 FT% 2.1 BPG 2.0 SPG 10.7 RPG 2.3 APG 19.4 PPG

Malone is neither a protypical power forward nor a small forward. He is simply a basketball player who goes out and plays his best. From a professional basketball standpoint, he falls more toward the small forward mold, but a problem lays in the fact that both his ball handling and perimeter shooting are not up to those standards (although they show signs of coming along nicely). Defensively, he has the physical tools needed to be a standout with long arms, great leaping ability and intensity. Malone is a late bloomer who never played organized basketball until attending Merced Junior College in California. He's still a few years away from fully scratching his potential.

8) Anthony Hilliard (6'4''-G/F-86) - Elizabeth City St. - 6'4 205 - DIV II - SG/SF: 49 FG% 72 FT% 1.1 SPG 11.4 RPG 3.3 APG 19.7 PPG

Hilliard is neither a shock nor a surprise to NBA personnel. Many have known of him for quite some time as he has always been a model of consistency and excitement in CIAA tournaments. He's a top notch athlete with tremendous intensity and plays every game like it's his last. The problem is his lack of perimeter shooting that leaves quite a bit to be desired. Look no further than his 8% 3-point shooting. At 6-4, he must make the transition to shooting guard where ball handling skills and the ability to create off the dribble are necessities. But for all his knocks it's literally impossible to write him off as a player as he's averaged a double-double for the past two seasons. Hilliard's will is greater than any one skill he possesses.


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Bears Win at No. 2 Augustana Behind Kelly's Double-Double - by Moritz Korff
Junior Zach Kelly (6'7''-F) recorded his first-career double-double and had two key buckets in overtime as the No. 1 ranked and defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington University in St. Louis mens basketball team won at No. 2 Augustana College, 87-82, before a sellout crowd of 2,257 on Saturday night at the newly renovated Carver PE Center in Rock Island, Ill.

The start time was delayed 30 minutes after Augustanas Chandolor Collins broke a rim dunking in warm-ups.

Kelly, whos previous career-high was eight points against North Park University on Nov. 15, 2008, had 18 points and 10 rebounds and was 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line.

'I have been looking forward to this opportunity for two years and I had a lot of built up energy,' Kelly said. 'Augustana was a physical team and very athletic, and we had to battle in the post all night. But this game came down to team defense.'

Junior Aaron Thompson (6'4''-F-88) led the Bears with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while senior Tyler Nading added 19 points and six rebounds in his 88th career start. The victory was head coach Mark Edwards 480th of his career.

In the overtime period, Kelly scored two early buckets giving WU a 80-78 lead, and then Thompson canned a deep three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 84-80. The Vikings got as close at 84-82, but Thompson hit 1-of-2 free-throws and senior Sean Wallis (6'2''-G-86) added two foul shots with 1.1 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Thompson nailed back-to-back three-pointers for the Bears to jump ahead 11-7 early in the game, and a three by junior Cameron Smith from the corner pushed the advantage to 14-9. The Bears, who entered the contest shooting 54.1 percent form beyond the arc, hit their first four three-pointers of the contest.

Washington U. led 16-9 before Augustana answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 16-15. Matt Pelton (6'2''-G) picked Wallis pocket and went in for the lay-up to knot the score at 23-23 with 7:47 left in the first half. Pelton his first six shots of the game for 14 points after scoring just one point in the first two games of the season.

Thompson canned his third three-pointer of the game from 25-feet out to give Washington U. a 32-30 advantage, but two free-throws from Collins knotted the score for the fourth time at 32-32. Pelton hit his second three of the half with 50 seconds left, and then Collins drained a three-pointer from the corner with two seconds left to give Augie the 40-39 halftime advantage.

Both teams hit 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the field in the opening half, and the teams each had five three-point field goals. Washington U. forced 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and converted those into 12 points. Thompson was 5-of-8 in the opening half for 13 points to lead the Bears.

The Bears built a 51-48 advantage on a back-door lay-up from Wallis, but a hook shot by Kyle Nelson and a three-pointer by Pelton from up top game Augie the 53-51 lead with 14:24 remaining. Washington U. committed nine turnovers in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Two lay-ups by Bertrand and a deep three-pointer by Jordan Delp pushed Augies lead to 61-53, and then a dunk by Collins on a missed shot made it 63-55 with 8:41 left. Collins was issued with a technical foul for slapping the backboard, and the Bears responded with 10-consecutive free-throws to give Washington U. a 65-63 advantage with 7:28 left. A three-pointer in the corner and a lay-up by Thompson capped a 15-2 run to make it 70-65.

Bertrand scored on a lay-up with 21.3 seconds left to knot the score at 74-74, and a three-pointer by Nading was short and Smiths 10-footer at the buzzer was off the mark sending the game to overtime.

Wallis struggled throughout the game with Augustanas pressure defense and finished with eight points, six assists and four rebounds. He passed Kevin OConnell into fifth place all-time with 334 career assists. The Bears shot 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field, including 7-of-15 from three point. Washington U. outrebounded its third-straight opponent, 36-30, and committed a season-high 21 turnovers. The Bears also shot 76.9 percent (20-26) from the foul line, including 16-of-21 in the final 25 minutes.

Pelton led Augustana with 19 points, while Bertrand (16), Collins (12) and Delp (12) also scored in double figures. The Vikings shot 47.7 percent (31-65) from the field for the game.

Washington University (3-0), who won its ninth-straight game dating back to last season, returns to action on Friday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. (ET), against 2008 NCAA qualifier Aurora University at the Anderson University Tournament in Anderson, Ind.

Courtesy of http://bearsports.wustl.edu


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  NORWAY   


Fjellhamar Stallions - the new Pirates? - by Kaare Vangen
Fjellhamar Stallions seem to be cursed this season. On Sunday they lost - again. The team is now 0-9 this season. 3 minutes left and they led by 13 but Gimle got the edge and could celebrate a 101-98 win. Fjellhamar let the opponents score more than 100 points in average. So the cure should be simple (?) - defense.

No stats on the net so far but the following was posted on the Gimle web:

Gimle: Brede Ellingsen 25 poeng, Magne Fivelstad 17, Willie Dunn 16, Jarvis Bradley 14, Frederik Gnatt 12, Nikolas Skouen 8, Trond Furheim 5, Karl Otabor 4.


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Boricuas around the Globe - by Luis Ramirez
In Spain, Center Daniel Santiago playing against his former team Unicaja played 12 minutes and scored 4 points and captured 1 rebound as his team lost 82-71. Peter John Ramos scored 6 points and captured 1 rebound as his team Fuenlabrada lost against CB Granada 71-63. Power Forward Ricky Sanchez scored 21 points but his team fell to Gestiberica Vigo 88-86.

Over at Israel, Carlos Arroyo scored 19 points and 8 assists as his team Macabbi Tel Aviv defeated Givat Shmuel 81-61. In Poland, Kevin Hamilton scored 13 points and captured 5 rebounds while he also dished out 9 assists. He team Katowice Kolobrzed lost against Polpharma 91-68. In other Polish League results, Donald Copeland scored 7 points in a win over Gornik Walbrzych, Joel Jones scored 6 points as his team fell against BPS Basket, while Carlos Rivera scored 4 points grabbed 5 rebounds and had 5 assists as his team defeated Anwil Wloclawek.

Over in Germany, Filiberto Rivera scored 17 points captured 1 rebound and 2 assists as his team Brose Basket lost against Baskets Oldenburg76-73. In Slovenia, Miguel Berdiel scored 6 points, with 1 rebound and 5 assists as his team Zlatorg Lasko fell against Krka 82-75.

In Russia, Christian Dalmau playing 17 minutes scored 2 points, two rebound and 3 assists as Club Unics Kazan defeated Ural 88-75. At Ukraine, Andres Rodriguez scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists as his team BC Donetsk defeated BC Kyiv 87-68. Lastly, Alvin Cruz scored 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists but his team Soproni lost to Club Atomeromu 96-86.

Courtesy of El Nuevo Dia


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Div.A Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rapid B. - Timisoara 62-73
Timisoara opened Round 9 with a road 62:73 victory over Rapid. Velickovic Uros led the winners with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while Vasojevic Nikola netted 13. Bulancea Marius posted 23 points in the losing effort.

Dinamo B. - Oradea 107-49
Dinamo Bucuresti thrashed Oradea 107:49 for 2-6 record. Pavlovski Kiril paced all the winners with 21 points and Reaves Chris collected 20 points, 8 assists, 8 steals and 7 rebounds. Szijarto Lajos ended up with 14 points for the guests.

Rovinari - CSU Atlassib 75-70
Rovinari overcame CSU Atlassib 75:70 as Darby Louis poured in 18 points for the winners. Popescu Bogdan nailed 17, while Troupe Porter and Trim Kibwe added 14 each.

U.Mobitel.CN - Otopeni 79-77
U.Mobitelco survived against Otopeni in a 79:77 win. Gibson Matthew paced all the winners with 22 points, whilst Osby Bambale had 12. Popovic Slobodan top-scored in the game with 24 points for the visitors.

Targoviste - Mures 87-66
Targoviste edged Mures 87:66 to celebrate the second victory in the league. Nanev Ilko top-scored for the winners with 16 points, whilst Tasic Marjan netted 15. Hargrave Haron and Coombs Aaron finished the night with 13 points each for the guests.


CSU Atlassib Sibiu sign Earl Brown - by Eurobasket
CSU Atlassib Sibiu added to their roster 30-year old American guard Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola, IL). Brown played most recently at Sdent BBC Nyon (Switzerland). Earl shared his overseas basketball experience around Europe in Go-Pass Pepinster (Belgium), Start Lublin (Poland-EBL), Sdent BBC Nyon (SUI-LNA), Queluz Sintra Patrimonio Mundial (POR-TMN), Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski (Poland-DBL), and last season in Sdent BBC Nyon (SUI-LNA) where he played 21 games and average: 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 86.4%

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Serbian B league, round 8 - by Zoran Popovic
Superfund BP Beograd-Vojvodina 78-84 (14-27, 15-23, 16-14, 33-20)

Vojvodiana won the game as a guests in Belgrade against Superfund BP Beograd. Gusts from Novi Sad won first two quarters and have huge advantage of + 21 in the half time. Superfund made break in the fourth period of the match, but previous advantage of Vojvodina was to high. The most efficient for the winners was Andjusic who scored 21 points and for Supervund the most efficient was Ljubicic who scored 23 points.

Superfund BP Beograd: Markovic 8, Ljubicic 23, Radovanovic, Lesic 16, Malidzan 16, Popovic 1, Vejinovic 8, M.Kostic, V.Kostic 8, Petrovic 2, Matic.
Vojvodina: Todorovic, Dzeverdanovic 13, S.Knezevic 2, Nemanja Knezevic 8, Drakulic 6, Nebojsa Kezevic 3, Popovic, Kostic, Andjusic 21, Roncevic 9, Kitanovic 14.

OKK Vrbas Carnex-Maraton Atlantik Jagodina 97-91 (27-23, 22-23, 22-19, 26-26)

During the all game both teams were equal and withoud seriuos advantage. Vrbas made small advantage of +4 in the first quarter and add three more in the third quarter, which was enough to finished mach routinely. Great game showed Bajic from Vrbas with 36 points and for the guests the most efficient player was Gajovic who scored 25 points.

OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Perunovic 5, Bajic 36, Vojvodic, Popovic 4, Glusac 8, Zvijer, Novakovic, Pap, Markovic 16, M.Popovic 22, Vujicic 6.
Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 25, Arnaut 13, Petricevic, Kovacevic 10, Milojevic 2, Stevanovic, Arsic 11, Mladenovic, Vucicevic 12, Micovic 13, Milincic 5.

Mladost Cacak-KK Sloboda Uzice 91-78 (16-19, 28-26, 25-16, 22-17)

Mladost made and seventh consecutive won this season. During the first half Sloboda was equal rival and on the half time Mladost had only+1 advantage (44-45). Second half Mladost started more aggresive and leded by Gemaljevic (23 points) and Dukanac (18 points) made +10 at the end of third period and finaly +13 at the end of the match.

Mladost Cacak: Terzic 13, Azanjac 8, Vojinovic 12, Tresac 3, Marinkovic, Dukanac 18, Todorovic 2, Gemaljevic 23, Avramovic, Jakovljevic.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 8, Malesevic 9, Bodic, Obrenovic 6, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 10, Djokic, Panic 5, Bakralcic 22.


Coach Zoran Sretenovic leaves Vojvodina Srbijagas - by Dragan Jankovski
Head coach of Vojvodina Srbijagas, Zoran Sretenovic, decided to step down after the latest home defeat against Bosna ASA BHT in Adriatic league. Despite just one win in nine appearances, Sretenovic was supported by the management board to continue with his work. However, the coach announced that he feels moral obligation to leave.

'We already faced with few defeats this season, but it was the first time that I was totally disappointed with our performance. We didn't show willingness to fight, despite we played at the our home court in Novi Sad', said Sretenovic.

Zoran Sretenovic took over Vojvodina Srbijagas during the summer. For a very short time the Tulips faced with many problems. Financial ones for sure the most painful, but they managed to get over it creating decent rosters. Adriatic league started good for the Tulips as they outplayed Zagreb on the road. However, they suffered 8 consecutive defeats after that. Before Vojvodina, Sretenovic used to work in Bosnian team Igokea Partizan. He also has coaching experienced from Buducnost Podgorica. As a player, Sretenovic grabbed many titles. The most important ones are for sure two Gold medals from European Championship 1991 and 1995 with Yugoslavian National Team. He also was Euro Cup winner in 1991 with Split and with the same team he celebrated 3 times in Yugoslavian championship.

It is now known yet who will replace Sretenovic on Vojvodina's bench.


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Zdovc named head coach of Slovenian National Team - by Zeljko Zule

Jurij Zdovc has been named the new head coach of the Slovenian men's Nataional Team and his former teammate Marijan Kraljevic (212-C-70) has been named the new Technical Director, it was announced today.

Zdovc grew up with Konjice (ex Banex), he moved to Union Olimpija and after a brief stay at Virtus Bologna, helped Limoges to the 1993 Euroleague title in shocking fashion. He also helped the Yugoslavian national team to gold at the EuroBaskets 1989 and 1991 and at the 1990 World Championship. Zdovc also won two Slovenian league titles, three Slovenian Cups and the 2002 Adriatic League with Olimpija and French league crowns with Limoges in 1993 and Paris in 1997. He also played the 1997 All Star Euro Game.



Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kobale, Maribor 20.3
2 Horvat, Sencur 20.0
3 Sivka, Rogla 18.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Tusek, Hrastnik 8.4
2 Horvat, Sencur 8.1
3 Jakhel, Kraski 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Meden, Kraski Z. 3.7
2 Gorenec, Sencur 3.3
3 Blazevic, Rudar 3.3
Ranking
1 Sivka, Rogla 23.0
2 Horvat, Sencur 21.7
3 Rucugaj, Rudar 20.7


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KCC Egis sign Carl Mitchell - by Eurobasket

KCC Egis added to their roster 29-year old American forward Carl Mitchell (206-F-79, college: N.Kentucky). Mitchell played most recently at Pusan KTF Magic Wings (KBL). Carl is well known in Latin America, where he played at Pescadores de Sucre (VEN-LNB), Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN-LPB), Angeles de Puebla (Mexico-LNBP) and Constituyentes de San Cristobal (DOM-LIDOBA)

in 2006 he received Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2nd Team, Latinbasket.com Venezuelan LNB All-Imports Team when playing at Pescadores de Sucre (LNB)



Dongbu Promy and KT&G Kites Tops KBL - by Rick Ross
There is no clear leader in the Korea Basketball League (KBL)
amid still competition in the second round of fixtures
with top spot being shared by Dongbu Promy and KT&G Kites.
While defending champion Dongbu Promy lost two games against the
Samsung Thunders, the KT&G Kites - on a run of four straight win
shared first with the Promy with a 7-3 record in the standings.

The Promy, defeated 112-95 by the Thunders in a road game
Nov. 18, was seeking revenge at home, but lost 81-78.
Thunders import Terrence Leather dominated the court,
earning 32 points with 14 rebounds, with others supporting him by adding eight three-pointers.
Lee Kyu-sup, who led the Thunders to victory last
Tuesday scoring 24 points, again chipped in, this time with 15 points.

At 3:00 in the fourth quarter, the Thunders,
trailing the defending champion by 66-61, took a 72-66 lead via nine points from
Leather, while the Promy wasted three scoreless minutes.
Though Reggie Okosa racked up 13 points with 10 rebounds and five other Promy players
including last year's Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kim Joo-sung
earned more than 10 points, they couldn't retake the lead.
The Kites won on the road at SK Knights 79-77.
The Thunders share fourth with the KCC Egis and the
Daegu Orions, each with a 6-5 record.

Kites imports Calvin Warner and Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) combined to score 34 points with 22 rebounds,
and Joo Hee-jung produced 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.
It was thanks to Yang Hee-jong, who added two points by free-throw
10 seconds before the end of the buzzer, that the Kites managed to join Promy at the top.
Though Knight guard Kim Tae-sul came back from injury,
the team failed to get out of the swamp, losing three games in a row and standing last in the table with a 2-8 record.

Egis, the tallest team in the league, was also knocked off its perch
by losing against the KTF MagicWings 70-69 in Jeonju Sunday.
The Egis had a 69-67 lead with only nine seconds left in the fourth quarter,
but then contrived to concede two points to James Peters.
Peters and Steve Thomas of the MagicWings produced
30 points and 19 rebounds between them and Song Young-jin and
Park Sang-o scored 13 points each, to extend their team's winning streak to three.
The Egis' new import Carl Mitchell, who played last year with the MagicWings, was unimpressive.

Though Seo Jang-hoon and Lim Jae-hyun scored 18 points each,
they were not enough to give their team a seventh straight victory at home.
The Egis, which had already lost to the Ulsan Mobis Saturday,
dropped down the table in the wake of the result.
With three victories in a row, the MagicWings is close to the middle of the standings with a 4-7 record.
Speedy guard Kim Seung-hyun led the Orions to a 86-76 triumph over the LG Sakers at Daegu Sunday.
Kim, who played only a few minutes of the last two games,
produced 10 points with five assists during 33 minutes and
Orion's import Garnett Thompson recorded 22 points, six rebounds and four assists with three steals.

While the Ulsan Mobis is ranked third with a 6-4 record,
three teams are close behind with a 6-5. Two teams then follow on 4-6.
The middle of the table, with six teams closely tied on points,
is looking extremely competitive as the second round of fixtures continues to proceed.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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Cajasol Hire New Coach - by Paul Nilsen
Cajsol have charged 47 year old Barcelona native Pedro Martinez with the task of rescuing their season and hauling them away from the foot of the ACB table writes www.acb-basket.com. Not only that, but he also has the task of seeing Cajasol successfully through a European campaign in the Euro Challenge Cup and much of his experience of last year with Akasvayu Girona, a club that fell bankrupt will be vital since he guided the Catalan team to a ULEB final and a top 8 finish as well as a place in the Copa Del Rey. The play-caller has also been head coach of Estudiantes and Tau although this was not as successful as well as Gran Canaria where he made his debut as an ACB coach. Martinez replaces Manel Comas with immediate effect.

Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 8-1 
 2. Unicaja 8-2 
 3. G.Canaria 7-2 
 4. Barcelona 6-3 
 5. Pamesa 6-4 
 6. Joventut 6-4 
 7. Real 5-4 
 8. Ricoh Man. 5-5 
 9. Granada 5-5 
 10. Bilbao 4-5 
 11. Fuenlabrada 4-5 
 12. Zaragoza 4-5 
 13. Bruesa 3-6 
 14. Estudiant. 3-7 
 15. Murcia 3-7 
 16. Menorca 2-7 
 17. Cajasol 1-8 


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08 wins at the buzzer. - by Frankie Afzelius
To close out the weekend 08 Stockholm hosted Sodertlje Kings. This was expected to be a grind out full court defensive gave from the start and both team delivered. Sodertalje took a early lead in the fist quarter lead by Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) who had the hot hand going coast to coast and hitting threes. After two periods Sodertalje is up by 15 pts, and Thomas Massamba has posted 17 pts 4reb 3 ass for his team. Second half starts the same with the teams trading baskets until the home team starts taking control of the game in the late 3rd quarter. Lead by great shooting from Kassim Nagwere (186-G-90) who goes 5/6 from behind the arc 08 takes the lead in the 4th and is upp by as much as 6 pts with 40 sek to go. 08 Stockholm fails to convert its free trows to close the game out and Sodertalje's Dino Pita (188-G-88) managed to tie the game with a three at the buzzer. nobody takes control in overtime and the team keeps matching baskets. This time 08 get the last shot and Mikael Lindqvist hits a hard fade away at the buzzer to complete the comeback giving 08 Stockholm the win.

08 Stockholm: Kassim Nagwere 18, Rod Earls 16, Joakim Blom 15, Nashid Beard 6, Darly Massamba 6, Mikael Lindquist 6, Johan Westerlund 4, Yassin Merzoug 4.
Sdertlje: Thomas Massamba 23, Jarraun Burrows 14, Rickard Eriksson 11, Adnan Chuk 9, Dino Pita 8, Ted Skuchas 6, Tom Lidn 2.


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Basketligan Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Tyrone Levett 20.3
2 Andrew Mitchell 20.3
3 Jonathan Moore 19.6
4 Johan Akesson 19.1
5 Dennis Springs 18.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Ryan Mc Dade 13.7
2 Jonathan Moore 8.4
3 Danny Gathings 8.3
4 Joseph Taylor 8.0
5 Pedro Cipriano 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Michael Bree 6.6
2 Hakan Larsson 6.2
3 Thomas Massamb 5.8
4 Kenneth Grant 5.6
5 Thomas Jackson 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 Antonio Kellogg 3.3
2 Jermaine Flowers 3.1
3 Andrew Mitchell 2.8
4 Juha Sten 2.7
5 Thomas Jackson 2.5


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LNA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
MGS - Lausanne 59-80
Lausanne impoved at 5-3 record when they scored an 80:59 win over MGS away from home. Bilal Salaam knocked down 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Brendon Polyblank secured 12 points in the winning case. Douglas Scott replied with 19 points for MGS.

Nyon - Fribourg 81-90
Fribourg held off Byon 90:81 on the road to earn the sixth win in the season. Tresore Quidome nailed 22 points for the winners. Bruce Fields contributed 21 points for the Suiss defending champions. Jean-Baptiste Bah responded with 17 points for Nyon as they slipped at 4-4 record.

Herens - Vacallo 68-84
Vacallo cruised past Herens 84:68 for the eighth straight win in the championship. Nikola Dacevic scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the league leaders. Matt Schneidermann esnured 18 points in the winning case. Corey Muirhead replied with 29 points and 8 caroms in the loss.

Lugano Tigers - Monthey 97-76
Lugano Tigers shot down Monthey 97:76 for the fourth success. Isaac Wells dropped 30 points for the hosts. Josh Almanson tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Monthey replied with 24 points and 12 boards from Jean-Richard Volcy.

Starwings - Geneve 87-71
Starwings reached a 50% mark as they defeated Geneve 87:71 at home court. Raymond Hendrson fired 25 points to pace the Basel team. Amin Wright delivered 19 points in the win. Geneve remained at the bottom of the ladder despite 23 points from Mike Jefferson.



Marcus Sloan back with Swiss Champs - by Alexander Davis
Swiss champs, Benetton Fribourg Olympic has made the biggest splash of the season br resigning one of the best players in recent years! Forward Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) has signed for the remainder of the season. Sloan was currently playing for the D League team Reno Bighorns, when his contract was bought out by his old team. He comes at a perfect time for Fribourg who currently is 2 games out of 1st place, and trying to advance in the EuroChallenge. Marcus will bring his intensity, defensive prowess, and overall game to a team that needs him badly! His first game may be Tuesday night against French opponent Cholet. Interviews with Sloan, and Fribourg GM Laurent Muewly will be sure to follow.

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  TURKEY   


Turgay Demirel was elected as a president again. - by Baha Kurtulus
The election of Turkish Basketball Federation has been held today. Turgay Demirel who has been in charge for four years was selected once more. The other candidate, Selam Gokce got 51 votes while Turgay demirel got 85 votes of 136 delegates. Turgay demirel is the president of Turkish Basketbol Federation for the fifth times. After election, it is expected that the deficiency in infrastructure of the indoor facilities would be overcomed for European Championship which will be held in 2010.

TBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Antalya - Mersin 99-103
Mersin outsmarted Antalya on the road scoring impressive 103 points. Christopher Lofton stepped up with 25, while Lester McCalebb added 22 points for the winning squad. Kimani Ffriend helped with double-double, 15 points and 11 boards. Antalya got 25 points and 5 rebounds from Michael Green. Both teams are currently one the same 4-3 record.

Aliaga - Fener.Ulker 82-71
Aliaga surprised Fenerbahce Ulker thanks to Charles Davis, who drained 36 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Aubrey Reese also shined for the hosts with 22 points and 8 boards. Gasper Vidmar had 17 points, including 7 rebs, for the Turkish Euroleague representative. Aliaga 4-3, Fener 5-2.

Selcuk Uni. - TED Koleji 88-79
As it was expected, Selcuk was better than TED Koleji improving on 3-4 record in TBL. On the other side, visitors stay winless yet. Monty Mack top-scored for Selcuk with 16 points. At the same time he also had 6 more assists. Caner Oner was a way better than the others in TED Koleji delivering 24 points.

Galatasaray - Karsiyaka 71-55
Antonio Graves paced Galatasaray Cafe Crown to 6th victory this season draining 25 points and dishing out 6 assists for 27 minutes. Ralph Mims responded with 16 points and 4 boards, but his Karsiyaka faced with 4th failure in 7 appearances.

Darussafaka - Oyak Renault 70-58
Darussafaka had an easy job against Oyak Renault celebrating with plus 22. Emre Bayav was central figure of this game registering 17 points and 8 rebounds. Soner Senturk followed him with 14 points and 5 rebs. Alex Gordon contributed with 15 pts, 7 boards and 4 assists in defeat. Darussafaka jumped on 4-3, while Oyak Renault slipped on 3-4.

T.Telekom - Besiktas 87-83
Turk Telekom managed to beat Besiktas remaining the only undefeated team in the league after 7 rounds. This time Kennedy Winston led the scorers in Turk Telekom delivering 19 points. Tutku Acik had one point less than him, but including 6 assists. Cevher Ozer and Mire Chatman answered combining 45 points for Besiktas, but their team faced with another failure this season and it now has poor 1-6.

Erdemir - Efes Pilsen 61-85
Powerful Efes Pilsen didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Erdemir on the road 85-61. It means that Efes stays at the top part of the standings with almost perfect 6-1, while Erdemir joined Besiktas having 1-6. Charles Smith posted 18, while PG Milos Vujanic added 14 points for Efes. Peker, Kakouzis, Akyol and Shumpert helped with 10 points each. Erdemir got 20 points from Nathan Funk.

Banvit - Kepez Bld 102-84
5-2 for Banvit and 0-7 for Kepez after this game. Center Lance Williams dominated in the paint nailing 28 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for Banvit. Joseph Crispin also had pretty good game collecting 21 points and 6 assists. Bosnian big guy Edin Bavcic and Ali Kavaklioglu came up with 21 points apiece for the visiting team.


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Ivan Aska Earns OVC Co-Freshman Of The Week Honors - by David Edole
Murray States Ivan Aska (201-F) was named the Ohio Valley Conferences Co-Freshman Player of the Week after his performance in Racer games against Arkansas State and Western Kentucky.

Aska, a 6-7 forward, averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last week as MSU was 1-1 in a pair of games.

Hes confident and plays at a steady pace, MSU Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. Hes very persistent and just keeps playing hard even when he makes a mistake. You can coach him and he takes it very well.

Aska scored 20 points in an 89-61 home victory over rival Western Kentucky on Saturday, becoming the first MSU freshman to score 20 or more points in a game since Cuthbert Victor scored 27 against Tennessee State on Jan. 30, 2001.

He added 13 points in the Racers road 55-47 loss to Arkansas State on Wednesday.

For the week, Aska hit 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the field and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free throw line.

Aska shared the OVC honor with Jacksonville States Geddes Robinson.


Paradise Jam, Day 3 Results - by David Edole

Sunday, November 23

Game #6 Miami (63) vs. Connecticut (76)
The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Miami Hurricanes 76-63 in physical battle on the court in Saturday night's first semi-final match up. Hasheem Tabeeth led the Huskies with 19 points and 14 rebounds and his 7 blocked shots set a single game tournament record. The Husky's A.J. Price also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jack McClinton led the Hurricanes with 27 points.
PHOTOS

Game #7 San Diego (49) vs. Wisconsin (64)
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the San Diego Toreros 64-49 and reserved a spot in tomorrow evening's Paradise Jam championship game. Trevon Hughes had a team high 22 points for the Badgers, while Brandon Johnson led the Toreros with 19.
PHOTOS

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:
Monday, November 24, 2008
Consolation 7th/8th Place Game:
La Salle vs. Valparaiso
(2:00pm local time/1:00pm EST)

Consolation 4th/6th Place Game:
Southern Mississippi vs. Iona
(4:30pm local time/3:30pm EST)

Consolation 3rd/5th Place Game:
Miami vs. San Diego
(7:00pm local time/6:00pm EST) Broadcast live on Fox Sports

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Connecticut vs. Wisconsin
(9:30pm local time/8:30pm EST) Broadcast live on Fox Sports



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  UKRAINE   


SK Dnipro Azot Dnepropetrovsk sign Demetrius Graham - by Eurobasket
SK Dnipro Azot Dnepropetrovsk (UBL) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Demetrius Graham (165-G, college: Clarion). Graham played most recently at Clarion University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. Dimitius played 28 games in his last year of University and averaged: 7.4ppg 2.7rpg 4.2apg FRGP: 38.6% 3PT: 27.1% FT: 78.9%

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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Raiders Enjoy Great Weekend - by Andy Webb
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders enjoyed a successful weekend. Following up Saturdays key BBL Championship win over the Newcastle Eagles with a 73-80 first leg win over the Guildford Heat in the BBL Cup semi final clash.

The Raiders will take that seven-point lead into the second leg at the Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday night after they overturned a three-point half time deficit with a superb third quarter performance.

On Saturday night the Raiders narrowed the gap on the Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship after edging their title rivals by 88-85 at the Plymouth Pavilions. It was Plymouth's fifth consecutive win and it ended a four-game winless run against the Eagles that had stretched back more than a year.

It completed a mixed weekend for the Eagles who on Friday gained a speedy revenge for last weekends defeat against the Scottish Rocks with a 90-81 victory. After both sides traded baskets throughout the first half, the Eagles broke the game open with a 12-2 run to end the game and give the Eagles the victory.

The Rocks got back on track on Sunday with a hard fought 75-82 win at BiG Storage Cheshire Jets. Jets made the Rocks work hard for the win with the game finely poised until Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) hit back-to-back threes at the end of the third quarter to give his side the lead.

The previous day the Jets fell to a Jelson Homes Leicester Riders side who continued their sparkling home form, winning their fourth straight game at the John Sandford Centre 104-87. Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana) led their scoring as he made seven three- pointers on his way to 29 points. Three of those came in the first quarter, and it was a huge 16-0 surge over the first quarter break that set the Riders up for this win.

It was however also a split weekend for the Riders who on Friday lost to the Everton Tigers 101-86. Josh Gross (201-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) was the star man for the Tigers (30 points), who helped his side back in the game after they had trailed 19-28 after the opening period.

It was a disappointing weekend for the Sheffield Sharks as they slipped to back to back defeats. On Friday they succumbed to a late rally from the Guildford Heat to lose 66-75 and then followed that up with a defeat on the road against the Wolves. The Wolves scored over one hundred points for the fourth time in their last five games as Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) 's 39 points led them to a 109-100 win over the Sharks.

The Wolves were another team to split the weekend. On Friday the Marshall MK Lions came through in a hard-fought 110-102 victory over the Wolves at the Bletchley Leisure Centre. A 10-2 run midway through the final period took the score out to 97-92 in the Lions' favour, and the home side held on for the all-important victory.

Elsewhere the battle between the league's bottom two teams saw the Worthing Thunder score their best win of the season as they overcame the PAWS London Capital by 92-79 behind 23 points from Janis Ivanovskis (201-F-80, college: Cumberland).


Raiders Hold Advantage - by Andy Webb
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders coach Gary Stronach had praise for his team as they returned from the BBL Cup semi-final first leg with an 80-73 victory at Guildford Heat:

We had a nightmare getting there on the bus, and we only turned up 35 minutes before tip. So I was really pleased that we competed in the first half. We had an excellent third period defensively, we held them to 12 points and that was the building block for our victory.

The second leg takes place at Plymouth on Wednesday, and Heat coach Paul James still believes his team have a chance to reach the final: 'It could have been a lot worse but we had plenty of scoring opportunities. It's half-time now so we have another 40 minutes to get back into it.

Meanwhile, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro was delighted as his team continued their good home form with a 104-87 home victory against BiG Storage Cheshire Jets on Saturday:

Im happy with the performance. We controlled the game from start to finish. We changed some things around defensively, and the guys responded well to it. It was a comfortable win, and it was nice not to have to go to overtime. Im sure the crowd like the extra five minutes, but Ill take a 40 minute win any day.

Paternostro had praise for recent signing Bradd Wierzbicki: Bradd had a really good weekend, he scored 25 on Friday and 20 on Saturday and Im really happy with the new dimension hes given us. Ive got a nice rotation in the back court, now, and Isaac Westbrook also had a good weekend. He does a lot of things that dont show on the scoresheet, but he gives me the ability to tinker with the line-up.

It wasnt all good news for the Riders, as they went down 101-86 at Everton Tigers on Friday night, leaving Paternostro frustrated: We did well in the first period and built a nice lead, but we let them back in it in second quarter, they hit some threes on us, and we never recovered.


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 Semifinals - Matchday 3: Duros and Caciques sweep their way into the Finals - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara defeated Estudiantes de Guarico in Gameday 1 of the LNB 2008 Semifinals while playing at a temporary home, the UCLA dome. Meanwhile, Caciques de Trujillo surprised Centauros de Apure as visitors and took a huge first step towards advancing to their first ever LNB Finals.


SCOREBOARDS


SEMIFINALS (Duros won 3-0)


Duros de Lara 72 - Estudiantes de Guarico 65 (Tue)

Villa Olimpica Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico


Quarter by quarter

Unavailable


Scorers

DUR: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 21 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 21 points

EST: David Ruffin (193-G/F-84) 17 points, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 10 points

SEMIFINALS (Caciques won 3-0)


Caciques de Trujillo 88 - Centauros de Apure 77 (Tue)

Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo


Quarter by quarter

Unavailable


Scorers

CAC: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 23 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 22 points

APU: Rafael Perez (185-G-82) 23 points, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) 15 points



Venezuela is not included in ABASU, new South American Basketball Association - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB), led by Carmelo Cortez, was the only one not included in the new South American Basketball Association (ABASU), created by the presidents of the other nine South American basketball federations due to the lack of support by FIBA to the former South American Basketball Confederation (Consubasquet), which was also led by Cortez.

FIBA Americas recently decided to withdraw its recognition to Consubasquet and fine it with 50.000 dollars because of the use of a different ball than the one licensed by FIBA during a couple of South American tournaments in Ecuador and Venezuela. Cortez refused to withdraw from his position as president and also said that the fine and the sanction were not legal and the situation became kind a of 'desk war' in between countries which led to the creation of Abasu.

Venezuela would have to sign in if they want to be able to play the upcoming continental tournaments. Venezuela is currently one of the countries scheduled to play in the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy, to be played in Mexico. They finished at third place and earned the bronze medal in the 2008 South American Championship played in Puerto Montt, Chile.

The new president of Abasu is Brazilian Gerasime Bozikis. Vicepresident is Uruguayan Ney Castillo, while Paraguayan Marcelo Bedoya will handle the job as General Secretary, Argentinian German Vaccaro will handle Finances and Legal Affairs and Chilean Miguel Herrera will cover Marketing and Sponsorship.

They held a meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay, and have agreed to request FIBA Americas to upgrade the status of South American in terms of available positions for the World Cup and the Olympic Games from 3 to 4 places in all cathegories.

Solorzano evaluated
Meanwhile, head coach Nelson Solorzano is going to undergo a general evaluation by the authorities of the FVB, which could lead to a long term relationship with the Senior NT or a substitution in favor of another option. Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte has been mentioned a lot by national media as a possible candidate for the position. He's currently under a two-year contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo, a team he led to the Semifinals in the LPB 2008 season, prior to leading Argentina to the gold medal in the South American Championship and then joining Sergio Hernandez to work in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


Hector Romero underwent surgery, wants to come back soon - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Power forward Hector Romero (202-F-80) underwent surgery in his left hand to repair a finger, after injuring himself in a match of his team, Snaidero Udine, against Scavolini Spar Pesaro, in Italy's Lega A 2008-2009 season. The operation was successful and the player said through a personal site online that he's anxious to come back and eager to recover quickly.

Romero, 28 years old, scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in that match in which his team lost 83-79 to get down to 1-5 and continue in last place of the first division standings. Another Venezuelan, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76), netted 12 points with 7 rebounds while playing his 100th match in Italy, after which he suffered some pain in his leg muscles.

'The injury came in the last minute of the first quarter, when I attempted to grab an offensive rebound and hit the basket with my left hand's pinky finger. At first, I thought that I had only bent it, so I tried to go back on court', Romero said. 'The next morning, I was taken to the hospital for some exams and they discovered I had fractured my hand and my ligaments'

The intensity of the injury made him choose quickly. 'They told me they needed to operate or I'd loose movement in my finger. The surgery lasted for 35 minutes. They opened and tied up the tendon. They went through my finger with a metallic nail to keep it extended firmly while the tendon gets attached', he explained. Stitches will be removed in three weeks, after which he'll need to use protection in the area for at least three months.


Diego Guevara rejoined Duros to play the LNB Finals - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77) rejoined the practice sessions of Duros de Lara towards their participation in the LNB 2008 Finals against Caciques de Trujillo after a few days of rest, since he had come back from Colombia sustaining fatigue in his ciatic nerve that was producing pain in his lower back.


Guevara, a 31 year-old former member of Venezuela's Senior NT, played the first two games of the regular season with Duros and later traveled to Colombia to play for Arrieros de Antioquia, with whom he led the regular season of Copa Invitacional prior to being eliminated in seven games against Norte de Santander in the Semifinals. As he had promised, he returned to Barquisimeto to help Duros earn their first LNB title since 1992, in a series that will begin next Wednesday in Barquisimeto.


'I started working again with weight, though they had recommended me not to do it just yet, but I felt great. That's why I have the strong wish to play the Finals with Duros. It is a strong team that practically doesn't need me at all, but I'm playing because their general management has made an effort to bring me in and has insisted in their wish to add me to the roster', Guevara explained.


Playing for Duros is a comeback to the beginning of Guevara's pro career, since his first job was in 1992, when he was only 15 years old, as a member of the last team of Duros that was able to win the national trophy, starring former players Sam Shepherd (185-G-53), Tyrone Lee, Gustavo Borrome, Diego Vasquez and Silverio Leal, who is now the head coach of the red shirt team.


'It's very rare to find a team in which there are so many stellar players in the one and two positions. When we name Heissler Guillent (191-G-86), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) and Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), we're talking about three point guards that were recently working as members of Venezuela's Senior NT', said Guevara about his teammates.


'I'm going to have it easy in this team, cause with this kind of players around me, I don't need to play 30 or 40 minutes and I'll only need to stay calm and support the team with my effort so that we can win this tournament that hasn't been won since 1992, which I still remember', he added.





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Herzogenburg hold off Wels in Round 8 - by Eurobasket News
Herzogenburg finally surged to the second spot in the AWBL ladder. They needed to upset Wels away from home to leapfrog their opponents in the standings. Wels got to a surprisingly good start to the season and kept it atop the table for some time. However the defeats from Flying Foxes and Herzogenburg sent Wels to the third spot so far.
Wels jumped to an early lead yesterday. The hosts built an 18:14 advantage at the first intermission and maintained it throughout the second term. However UBBC managed to strike back after the long break. They limited their opponents to just 10 points in the third frame and entered the fourth quarter ahead by 3 points. It was just enough for Herzogenburg to craft an important win at the end. Monikka Anthony (188-C-85) scored 25 points to pace the winners. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) contributed 14 points for the winners. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) replied with 26 points for Wels. Odessa Williams (183-F-86, college: Longwood) had 14 points in the loss.
The defending champions Flying Foxes thumped Baden 92:35 away from home. The league leaders looked too good for the hosts. They piled up a massive 22-point advantage at the interval and never looked back en route to the seventh victory in the tournament. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) led all scorers with 29 points. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) produced 22 points in the win. Marlies Kiefer (158-G-83) and Michaela Thaler (172-F-89) responded with 7 points each in the loss.
Vienna 87 overcame Graz 76:70 at home court. Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79) stepped up for the home team with 25 points. Sophie Meisinger (183-F-89) delivered 18 points in the winning case. Elisabeth Lutter (173-F-86) was responsible for 22 points in the loss.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Dexia Namur is unstoppable in Division 1 - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Dexia Namur is totally unstoppable this season in Belgium. In Round 9 of D1, Dexia trashed Novia Munalux Namur 91-59. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) top-scored for the winning squad with 17 points, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also shined adding 15 points including 8 rebounds. On the other side, Novia Munalux Namur got 11 points from Fanny Tirtiaux (183-G/F-89) dropping on 3-5. Dexia is on top alone with perfect 8-0 record.

Second ranked St-Katelijne Waver outplayed DBC Houthalen on the road 74-48 improving its score on 8-1. Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) was central figure of the game collecting 24 points and 4 assists for 30 minutes. Emmelie Geraedts (188-F/C-85, college: California) contributed with 16 points and 4 rebounds in defeat. Her DBC Houthalen currently has poor 1-7.

Blue Cats Ieper faced with loss against BBC Boom 62-75, ninth consecutive in D1. BBC Boom jumped on decent 4-5. Corina Arts (184-C-76) and Virginie Michiels (180-F-87) combined 45 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning team. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) responded with 27 points and 7 boards for the hosts.

In the last game of Round 9, Declercq Stortbeton Waregem was too strong for Point Chaud Sprimont on the road 72-54 mostly owing to Nele Deyaert (186-F-79), who poured in 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) stepped up for the hosts delivering 22 points. Declercq Stortbeton Waregem now has 6-2, while Point Chaud Sprimont slipped on 3-5.


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  BELIZE - Women  


Results of ATLIB Northern Regional Basketball Tournament!!! - by David Magana
The ATLIB Northern Region held its basketball tournament on Saturday, 22 November 2008. Wesley Junior College was the host school. Games were played in the St. Johns College Gym.

The tournament was a round robin. The top two finishers will advance to the ATLIB National Basketball Tournament to be held Saturday, 29 November, in San Ignacio Town. Galen University is the host school.

Male teams came from Corozal Junior College, Muffles Junior College, St. Johns College Junior College, and Wesley Junior College

Female teams came from St. Johns College Junior College and Wesley Junior College.

Male Game Results:
Game 1: SJCJC defeated CJC 39-33
Top scorers:

SJCJC: Frederick Gabourel, 10 points
Ron Nicholson, 9 points
CJC: Oliver Solis, 14 points
Patrick Longsworth, 10 points

Game 2: MJC defeated WJC 54-47
Top scorers:

MJC: Carlston Barrera, 16 points
Tyrone Anthony, 12 points
Ahmad El-Amin 10 points
WJC: Wilfred Richards, 16 points
Duane Staine, 15 points
Kareem Elrington, 12 points

Game 3: WJC defeated SJCJC 38-37
Top scorers:

WJC: Wilfred Richards, 10 points
Devon Defour, 8 points
Duane Staine, 8 points
SJCJC: Edgar August, 14 points
Don Williams, 7 points

Game 4: CJC defeated MJC 46-44
Top scorers:

CJC: Marcell Richards, 17 points
Oliver Solis, 10 points
Patrick Longsworth, 7 points
MJC: David Burgos, 11 points
Tyrone Anthony, 9 points
Hansworth Gillett, 8 points

Game 5: SJCJC defeated MJC 47-45
Top scorers:

SJCJC: Don Williams, 13 points
Frederick Gabourel, 8 points
Ron Nicholson, 8 points
MJC: Felix Martinez, 14 points
Carlston Barrera, 13 points
Tyrone Anthony, 9 points

Game 6: WJC defeated CJC 44-42
Top scorers:

WJC: Duane Staine, 16 points
Wilfred Richards, 11 points
CJC: Marcell Richards, 25 points
Patrick Longsworth, 8 points


Female Game Results:
SJCJC defeated WJC 24-13
Scorers:

SJCJC: Kaya Cattouse, 10 points
Bianca McFadzean, 5 points
Michelle Andrews, 4 points
Kimani Williams, 4 points
Shantel Casimiro, 1 point
WJC: A. Gladden, 9 points
K. James, 4 points


Thus, out of the male teams, WJC came first and SJCJC second; out of the female teams, SJCJC came first and WJC second.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav Econt remains on top perfect - by Eurobasket News
Reigning Bulgarian champion Dunav Econt remained the only undefeated team in A1 after 8 rounds. This time Dunav trashed Beroe 2007 at home 94-47. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners collecting 22 points, including 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) followed her with 16 points. Beroe 2007 got 14 points from Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) dropping on 2-6.

Lukoil Neftochimik also had an easy job at home against Tony 07 celebrating with plus 38, 86-48. It means that Lukoil improved on 6-1 record while Tony faced with 6th defeat in 7 games. Danyel Crutcher (188-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Illinois) shined for the hosts registering double-double, 20 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) had 18, while Silvia Peeva (171-G-79) had anther double-double for the hosts, 11 points and 15 boards. Gergana Koleva (170-G-82) was way better than the others in Tony draining 27 points.

As it was expected, Minor destroyed NSA 105-60 jumping on 3-4. The hosts had five players in a game mood, but the best one for sure was Agnesa Doychinova-Petrova (188-F-73), who posted 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sara Marinova (176-G-90) contributed with 21 points in defeat. Her NSA stays at the bottom of the standings winless.

Montana 2003 took care for the only victory by the visiting teams in this round. Rilski Sportist couldn't handle it at home 59-84. Zhaneta Zhelyova (182-F-75) was on a high level collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning squad. Rilski had 4 players, which delivered 10 points apiece. Montana 6-1, Rilski 4-3.


Stats Leaders
Women First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dionne Brown 22.3
2 Agnesa Doychino 22.1
3 Gergana Koleva 22.1
4 Danyel Crutcher 19.4
5 Jeanetta Zhelyova 19.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stefka Miteva 11.7
2 Agnesa Doychino 8.9
3 Dionne Brown 8.8
4 Vera Perostiyska 8.6
5 Silvia Peeva 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Ivelina Vrancheva 5.6
2 Silvia Peeva 5.1
3 Teodora Petrova 4.8
4 Elena Yolovska 4.0
5 Veronika Bortelova 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Dionne Brown 3.5
2 Silvia Peeva 3.3
3 Gergana Koleva 3.0
4 Olena Samburska 3.0
5 Elena Yolovska 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Vera Perostiyska 3.6
2 Danielle Page 1.2
3 Stefka Miteva 1.0


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  DENMARK - Women  


Horsens IC sign Tena Matthews - by Eurobasket
Horsens IC added to their roster 23-year old American guard Tena Matthews (173-G-85, college: Northwestern St.). Matthews played most recently at Northwestern State University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. Tina played 29 games in her last year of University and averaged: 29 games: 15.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2.2spg, 0.3bpg, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 77.8%.

Horsholm stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm pulled away with a 79:54 win over Vaerlose to remain unbeaten at the top of the Dameligaen ladder. The 79ers piled up an unassailable 34-point lead before the fourth term and cruised to the win at the end. Kristine Jensen fired 20 points to lead the winners. Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) had 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Nicole Piggott (180-F-85, college: Oakland) added 15 points for Horsholm. Chelsea Lutha (-F) was the topscorer for Vaerlose with 18 points.
SISU stayed in the second spot as they improved at 7-1 record. SISU dealt with Falcon 73:54 in Round 8. SISU led at every change and deservedly posted a confident victory. Melissa Manzer (168-G-86, college: Siena) fired 22 points to lead the charge. Jackie Adamshick (183-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Villanova) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Anne Blyme responded with 11 points for Falcon as they dropped at 4-3 record.
Virum celebrated the initial win in the season as they defeated Lemvig 66:56 at home court. Stephanie Lovingood (185-F-86, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: W.Illinois) provided 24 points and 13 boards for the winning team. Trine Duelund (182-F-84) secured 20 points for the winners. Claudia Porras (188-F-84, college: UTEP) ensured 25 points for Lemvig in the loss.


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  ESTONIA - Women  


BC Star extend the leading margin - by Eurobasket News
BC Star made it six wins out of as many games in Meistriliiga. Recently the league leaders overcame Tartu 77:73 in Tallinn. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) tallied impressive 20 points, 12 boards, 8 steals and 5 assists for BC Star. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) added 20 points, while Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) contributed 16 points for the winners. Laina Mesila (182-G/F-87) replied with game-high 30 points for Tartu.
The visitors got to a better start and piled up a 22:18 lead at the first intermission. BC Star struggled to adjust in the second term and found themselves trailing by 7 points at halftime. But BC Star found second wind after the long break. Davineia Payne and Ashley Wallace took over and led the hosts to another victory. They narrowed the margin to 3 points before the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome late in the regulation. Tartu got 13 points from Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) in the defeat.
Tallinna Living breezed to the third win in the season. They held off Audentes 80:52 to stay in the second spot at 3-1 record. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) fired 17 points to pace the hosts. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) managed 12 points and 5 boards in the win. Marii Pilv (169-G-92) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Audentes. Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) dropped 12 points in the loss.


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. BC Star 6-0 
 2. Tall.Living 4-1 
 3. Tartu 2-3 
 4. Tallinna Kalev 1-4 
 5. Audentes 0-5 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Opladen 9-0 
 2. Jena 6-3 
 3. Quakenbrueck 6-3 
 4. Osnabrucker 6-3 
 5. Rist-Wedel 5-4 
 6. Bielefeld 5-4 
 7. Koeln 4-5 
 8. Berlin Baskets 4-5 
 9. Hagen SV 3-6 
 10. Hagen Phoe. 3-6 
 11. Bonn 2-7 
 12. Gotha 1-8 
South
 1. Leimen 9-0 
 2. Mainz 8-1 
 3. Wuerzburg 7-2 
 4. Rhein MB 7-2 
 5. Gruenberg 6-3 
 6. Herzogenaur. 4-5 
 7. Sandhausen 3-6 
 8. Ludwigsburg 3-6 
 9. Speyer 3-6 
 10. Keltern 2-7 
 11. SV Fellbach 1-8 
 12. Viernheim 1-8 


Hayes returns to Freiburg - by Cornelius Damm
In a tough situation it's always good to rely on a familiar face. As Eisvogel USC Freiburg which finished the past three seasons among the leagues top four teams dropped to the bottom of 1.DBBL after loosing seven games in a row and their import Guard Brittney Whiteside (172-G-85, college: Wright St.) is facing a heavy injury forcing her to be out some weeks, the South West German club found a helping hand in Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Brown). The Guard/Forward and graduate of Brown University spend the past two years with the 'Eisvogel', ending both seasons as the leagues fourth best team and advancing to the Cup Final Four in 2007/08. Hayes a hard nosed defender was always among the leagues top players in rebounds and steals in these years, adding an average of 15 PPG. In her first game after her return she contributed 23 points on a 8 of 17 shooting performance, grabbed 8 boards and stole the ball two times in a big win over Wolfenbuttel which helped Freiburg to leave the relegation zone. Hayes will stay until Christmas. Then the club will decide on how to proceed because now Freiburg has three imports in its roster but only two of them are allowed to play due to the DBBL regulations.

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  HOLLAND - Women  


Woonbron DAS topple ProBuild Lions in Round 7 - by Eurobasket News
ProBuild Lions were denied the 8th straight victory in the season. Woonbron DAS celebrated a 67:50 road win to snap the Lions winning streak. It was the first ever win over the Lions for Woonbron DAS. Theresa LeCuyer (182-F-78) fired 21 points to pace the visitors to a historic success. Reggie Maddox delivered 11 points in the winning case.
ProBuild Lions got to a slow start and Woonbron managed to pull ahead 27:24 at halftime. The hosts went without a field goal in the opening five minutes of the second half allowing Woonbron to aggravate the margin. The visitors enjoyed a 14-point advantage before the Lions came back to life. Jasmijn Overbeeke (188-C/F-84) broke the bad luck for the hosts ad ProBuild soon narrowed the gap to 6 points. However Theresa LeCuyer scored 7 points to ignite a 9:2 rally from the visitors midway through the fourth term. DAS Woobron built a 55:40 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Jasmijn Overbeeke tallied 22 points and 9 rebounds for ProBuild Lions in defeat.
Perik Jumpers overwhelmed Grasshoppers 91:58 at home court. It was the fourth win for the hosts in seven games played. Ashley Langen (188-C, college: N.Dakota) nailed 23 points and collected massive 22 boards. Myrthe Beld (180-G-89) added 16 points and 10 steals, while Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 16 points for the winners.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 6th results - by Gil Goshen



Electra Ramat Hasharon dominated the game in Ramla for nearly 40 minutes. The biggest lead was 22 and the final score, 75-67, doesn't tell the story. Raanana Hertzeliya handed Ashdod their first loss with a convincing 87-70 road win. Ramat Hen won 98-91 in Natanya, Bnei Yehuda with 2 foreigners scored 110 on Tel Kabir, Holon beat Hapoel.

Ramla 67 - Electra Ramat Hasharon 75
Say welcome to Ramat Hasharon. For the first time this season Ramat Hasharon displayed good team basketball, played with no pressure or fear and humiliated Ramla on their home floor. It ended an 8-point game but Ramla was never in it, they just didnt show up.

For Ramat Hasharon:
Erin Phillips 17 pts, 5 rebs, 4 ast
Liad Suez Karni 14 pts
Kiesha Brown 12 pts, 4 rebs, 3 ast, 8 tos
Nomi Kolodny 8 pts, 5 ast
Merav Dori 7 pts
Abiola Wabara 6 pts
Ayelet Cohen 5 pts
Ebony Hoffman 4 pts, 12 rebs
Jennifer Fleischer 2 pts

For Ramla:
Olena Ogorodnikova 19 pts, 11 rebs
Tan White 15 pts
Nicky Anosike 9 pts, 7 rebs
Inbal Mizrachi 6 pts
Ina Gourevitch, Ortal Oren, Annmarie Parau 5 pts each
Katia Abramzon 3 pts

Ashdod 70 Raanana Hertzeliya 87

First loss for Ashdod to the new and improved Raanana Hertzeliya who enjoyed a great day for Raanana Hertzeliya's Israelis led by Shimrit Gigi and Chen Nusel. Raanana Hertzeliya led by 16 at the half and was never in danger of losing as five players scored in double figures.

For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Shimrit Gigi 22 pts
Charde Houston 19 pts, 7 rebs
Kelly Shumacher 15 pts, 14 rebs
Temeka Johnson 14 pts
Chen Nusel 11 pts
Hadas Levi & Lena Mustafina 3 pts each

For Ashdod:
Sherill Baker 23 pts
Tamara Moore 21 pts
Jennifer Humphrey 14 pts, 12 rebs
Brasheeda Elohim 6 pts
Karin Agasi 3 pts
Bat El Lazmi 2 pts
Yael Aharonov 1 pt

Natanya 91 Ramat Hen 98

For Ramat Hen:
Matalya Belvin 28 pts, 9 tos
Tamara James 23 pts, 8 rebs
LaToya Pringle 20 pts, 16 rebs, 4 blks
Hila Izhar 9 pts
Michal Epstein 7 pts
Chen Shtain 5 pts
Shiri Sharon 3 pts, 6 ast, 6 tos
Noa Ganor 3 pts

For Natanya:
Erica White 27 pts, 7 ast, 7stls, 4 tos
Natasha Brackett 23 pts
Tamara Ransburg 20 pts, 10 rebs
Sarit Arbel 14 pts
Ornit Shwartz 5 pts
Ela Karni 2 pts

Bnei Yehuda110 Tel Kabir 91

Candace Futrell injrued her knee yesterday and her status is unknown. Bnei Yehuda came in with 2 foreigners against Tel Kabir who have 3, but Bnei Yehuda had Rivi Grinboym who scores like a foreigner. Tel Kabir had a new player, Brooke Reves, and she had a big debut game.

For Bnei Yehuda:
Rivi Grinboym 32 pts
Dionnah Jackson 30 pts, 14 rebs
Cori Chambers 29 pts
Shira Haelyon 10 pts
Maya Issarof 6 pts
Chen Segal 3 pts

For Tel Kabir:
Brooke Reves 31 pts
Dominique Carter 24 pts
Shannon Howell 24 pts

Holon 76 Hapoel Tel Aviv 59
Hapoel was without Liran Buchris who tore her meniscus a few days.

Tamara Moore (180-G-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisconsin)


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  ITALY - Women  


A1 Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Comense - Taranto 61-71
Cras Taranto surprised Comense on the road celebrating 10-point victory. It means that Taranto improved on 4-3 record, while Comense dropped on 5-2. Michelle Greco top-scored for the winning squad with 15 points. Megan Mahoney netted one point less than her. Melissa Fazio responded with 18 points for the hosts.

Faenza - Lavezzini PA 63-68
Excellent win for Lavezzini, who is currently at the top of the standings alone with almost perfect 6-1. Jennifer Screen was a key player for the visitors collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Francesca Zara followed with 14 pts and 6 assists. Maja Erkic delivered 16 poinst in defeat. Her Faenza dropped on 4-3.

Ribera - San Giovanni 69-91
San Giovanni registered comfortable victory against Ribera on the road moving up on 5-2. Clarisse Machanguana and Iciss Tillis combined 44 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Jami Montagnino contributed with 23 points in defeat. Ribera now has 2-5.

Priolo - Umbertide 64-59
3-4 for Priolo and 1-6 for Umbertide after this round. Adia Barnes drained 20 points for the winners. Doneeka Hodges answered with 21, but for the loosing side. Courtney Willis registered the only double-double in this game, 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Vomero NA - Umana Reyer 59-57
Vomero handed the second defeat to Umana Reyer in A1. Taru Tuukkannen shined for the hosts draining 18 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. On the other side Jenifer Nadalin and Mery Andrade had 12 points and 9 boards apiece. Vomero 3-4, Imana Reyer 5-2.

Livorno - Pozzuoli 83-84
Pozzuoli escaped with a tiny road victory against Livorno mostly owing to Natasa Andjelic, who collected 18 points and 7 rebounds. Zuleira Aties also was on a pretty high level scoring 14 points and grabbing the same number of rebounds. Chiara Pastore and Katryna Gaither delivered 18 points each for the hosts. Both teams had 2-4 before this game.

Viterbo - Familia Schio 38-67
Familia Schio demonstrated its power against Viterbo stopping it on just 38 points for the game. Masha Maiorano netted 14, while Nicole Antibe posted 13 points for Schio. Maria Marchesano scored almost half of the points for Viterbo, 16. Schio 5-2, Viterbo 1-6.



Standings A2 Women - by Carlo Grilli
A2 Standings
North
 1. Cavezzo 8-0 
 2. Marghera 7-1 
 3. Udine 7-1 
 4. Lucca 7-1 
 5. Reggio Emilia 5-3 
 6. Bologna 4-4 
 7. Cervia 4-4 
 8. Biassono 3-5 
 9. Montigarda 3-5 
 10. Broni 3-5 
 11. Bolzano 2-6 
 12. Crema 2-6 
 13. San Bonifacio 1-7 
 14. San Martino 0-8 
South
 1. Cagliari CUS 7-1 
 2. Pontedera 7-1 
 3. Pomezia 6-2 
 4. Cagliari Tr. 6-2 
 5. Chieti 5-3 
 6. Siena 4-4 
 7. Alcamo 4-4 
 8. S.Elpidio 4-4 
 9. Napoli 3-5 
 10. Ancona 3-5 
 11. Firenze 2-6 
 12. La Spezia 2-6 
 13. Rende 2-6 
 14. Alghero 1-7 


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Parma 5-1 
 2. Comense 5-2 
 3. Venezia 5-2 
 4. Schio 5-2 
 5. San Giovanni 5-2 
 6. Faenza 4-2 
 7. Taranto 4-3 
 8. Priolo 3-4 
 9. Vomero NA 3-4 
 10. Pozzuoli 3-4 
 11. Livorno 2-5 
 12. Ribera 2-5 
 13. Viterbo 1-6 
 14. Umbertide 1-6 


Serie A1 - day-7: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli
Acer Erg Priolo - Liomatic Umbertide 64 - 59
(16-17, 38-32, 57-46)
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 5 (1/5, 1/2), Bonfiglio S. 11 (4/7), Green D. 7 (2/11), Barnes A. 20 (9/15, 0/2), Milazzo O. (0/1), Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) 9 (4/5, 0/3), Rashidat S. (0/1), Seino T. dnp, Sciacca B. (0/1), Pascalau F. 12 (3/5). Coach Coppa Santino
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rossi C. 8 (4/5, 0/1), Battisodo V. (0/1), Giorgi S. (0/1), Gelfusa L. , Arcangeli A. (0/1), Bonaldo E. 6 (2/4), Callens E. (0/2), Hodges D. 21 (5/10, 2/6), Brown A. 8 (3/5), Willis C. 16 (5/12). Coach Serventi Lorenzo

ACP Livorno - G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli 83 - 84 ot
(20-12, 36-33, 55-55, 74-74)
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 5 (1/3, 1/4), Pastore C. 18 (4/10, 1/3), Pavicevic B. 3 (1/2), Buccianti E. 7 (3/3, 0/1), Mariani F. 2 (0/1, 0/3), Diene N. dnp, Gaither K. 18 (9/14), Bagnara B. 15 (4/5, 2/4), Balestri A. dnp, Ruzickova M. 15 (6/9, 1/3). Coach Papini Giovanni
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Zuleira Aties (190-F-80) 14 (6/8, 0/1), Favento S. 11 (1/2, 3/4), Andjelic N. 18 (3/4, 3/10), Aili F. 12 (4/8), Ferazzoli I. 4 (1/1, 0/1), Benko L. 2 (0/1), Minervino M. dnp, Danzi D. 7 (3/7), Grasso A. 6 (3/9), Dixon T. 10 (5/7). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Bracco Geas S.S.Giovanni 69 - 91
(15-20, 27-48, 44-63)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Colico R. 4 (2/3, 0/2), Bonafede M. (0/2), Creamer M. 7 (0/2, 1/6), Romagnoli A. 1 , Riccardi E. 7 (2/2, 1/3), Montagnino J. 23 (4/6, 4/9), Chones K. 16 (6/10), Moody M. 7 (1/2, 1/2), Perfetti C. 2 (1/3, 0/2), Page J. 2 (1/4). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
BRACCO GEAS S.S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. 3 , Tillis I. 20 (6/11, 2/3), Genta J. , Penicheiro T. 8 (3/6), Zanon M. 10 (3/6, 0/1), Calastri A. 1 (0/1), Twehues K. 10 (1/2, 2/4), Crippa M. 9 (2/4, 1/1), Michela Frantini (175-G-83) 6 (0/1, 2/3), Machanguana C. 24 (9/13). Coach Galli Roberto

Gescom MCI Viterbo - Famila Wber Schio 38 - 67
(10-14, 15-33, 24-49)
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 4 (2/5), Magaddino E. 2 , Maimone S. dnp, Petricca V. dnp, Franchetti M. 6 (0/2, 2/5), Piroli V. (0/1), Cusenza C. dnp, Bade K. 6 (0/4, 1/2), Marchesano M. 16 (3/6, 3/7), Butler J. 4 (2/8). Coach Agresti Claudio
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 13 (3/5, 0/1), Moro E. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Humphrey N. 7 (2/8, 0/1), Feaster A. 5 (1/1, 1/5), Pantani C. , Masciadri R. 6 (3/4, 0/3), Masha Maiorano (190-F-82) 14 (1/2, 4/4), Ress K. 6 (3/4), Ciampoli F. 6 (3/4), Macchi L. 8 (3/3, 0/2). Coach Orlando Sandro

Napoli Basket Vomero - Umana Venezia 59 - 57
(12-18, 24-29, 42-45)
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Taru Tuukkannen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) 18 (6/10, 0/3), Gatti G. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Mauriello P. 4 (2/4), Giauro S. , Paterna S. 1 (0/2, 0/1), Gentile I. 9 (2/2, 1/4), Laaksonen N. 2 (1/1), Dos Santos C. 12 (5/9), Robinson S. 10 (3/7, 1/5), Stamegna L. dnp. Coach Fossati Fabio
UMANA VENEZIA: Tognalini F. dnp, Sottana G. 2 (0/2, 0/1), Ballardini S. 7 (0/3, 2/4), Cirone M. 3 (1/2), Andrade M. 12 (6/9), Nadalin J. 12 (5/11), Giauro E. 1 , Jokic D. 9 (4/11, 0/1), Vujovic A. 5 (1/2, 1/4), Hayden V. 6 (3/4). Coach Riga Massimo

Pool Comense - Cras Basket Taranto 61 - 71
(21-18, 37-35, 48-54)
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. , Silva E. dnp, Hall V. 13 (5/8, 0/3), Invernizzi M. 3 (1/2), Slavcheva G. 6 (0/3, 2/4), Limoura L. 4 (2/5, 0/1), Smith B. 13 (6/9), Fazio M. 18 (6/12, 2/4), Donvito V. 1 (0/2, 0/1), Sarni S. 3 (1/3, 0/1). Coach Montini Walter
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) 14 (4/8, 1/4), Siccardi V. dnp, Bello M. (0/1), Zimerle A. 7 (3/6, 0/2), Sauret Gillespie A. 10 (2/4, 0/2), David I. 6 (2/3), Prado F. 2 (1/1), Godin E. 8 (3/6), Batkovic S. 9 (4/8, 0/1), Greco M. 15 (6/10, 1/2). Coach Ricchini Roberto

CA Pall. Faenza Lavezzini Parma scheduled later


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  LEBANON - Women  


Lebanese Basketball Federation New Board Committee - by Raffi Kassabian
The lebanese basketball federation's general assembly held on Friday 21st of November 2008 in the presence of 153 delegates of 167 clubs eligible to vote, and elected a new board committee consisting of Fadi Tabet (225 votes), Saba Makhlouf (174 votes), Ghassan Fares (170 votes), Pierre Kakhia (162 votes), Georges Barakat (159 votes), Hagop Terzian (149 votes), Mohamad Abou Bakr (149 votes), Tony Dib (145 votes), Fouad Nehme (144 votes), Vicken Tchertchian (144 votes), Jawdat Chaker (145 votes), Ali Fawaz (141 votes), Dr. Robert Abou Abdallah (135 votes).

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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK TOP Battle for Lotos PKO BP!! - by Maciej Schwarz

A lot of emotions, effective actions, many tensions till the end of the game, and many one on one situations-just great basketball. This is how it was on Sunday- Polish Women Basketball League. In that game, runners-up Lotos PKP BP Gdynia put up Polish Champion Wisla Can Pack Krakow. The final score was 72:63 for Lotos PKO BP Gdynia.
Wisla came to Gdynia without two main players Chamique Holdsclaw (188-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) and Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78). Because of the rule of Polish League two Polish players always have to be on the court, the head coach of Wisla Wojciech Downar-Zapolski had many difficulties with substitutions. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) and Dorota Gburczyk (188-F-79) played almost the entire game. The head coach of Wisla was forced to let to play young and inexperienced Aneta Kotnis (188-F-89).

The first quarter Wisla played well with great determinationsand high effectiveness. The main players who scored for Wisla were Marta Fernandez (178-F-81), Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama), Gburczy,Kobryn, and Maksimowic. For Lotos PKO BP, Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) was the one who scored the most (9 points). Besides Leciejewska, Paulina Pawlak (170-G-84) had 4 rebounds (3 in offense).First quarter Wisla won 16:15.
The beginning of the second quarter was very even; however, in 13th minute Lotos PKO BP started winning the game (22:21). The head coach of Lotos PKO BP Jacek Winnicki was forced to make some substitutions. Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) substituted Leciejewska (3 personal fouls), and Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) spent the entire quarter on the bench. An absence of the main post players of Lotos PKO BP allowed Ewelina Kobryn to score 10 points. As a result, Wisla won the second quarter 19:12 (half time) 35:27 for Wisla.
Third quarter Lotos PKO BP won 51:48; however, after great actions of Kobryn and Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) the beginning of fourth quarter was for Wisla (53:54). Following effective actions of Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) in the 37th minute, Lotos PKO BP was winning by 8 points and the difference was enough to win the entire game. The best player for Lotos PKO BP was Magdalena Leciejewska who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. The most valuable player for Wisla Can Pack Krakow was Ewelina Kobryn who had 24 points and 7 rebounds.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


A Superleague Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Spartak V MR 75-79
Diana Taurasi scored 24 points, grabbed 9 boards and issued 7 assists to lead Spartak Vidnoe past UMMC 79:75 on the road. UMMC led by as many as 11 points at halftime but a storming third quarter allowed Spartak to surge ahead. The visitors maintained the lead and celebrated the sixth straight win in the tournament. Sylvia Fowles produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Deanna Nolan scored 21 points for UMMC. Sandrine Gruda finished with 18 points in the loss.

Spartak SP - Dynamo M. 74-92
Spartak Saint Petersburg could not match Dynamo Moscow losing 74:92 at home court. It was the fifth loss for Spartak in the starting six games of the season. Dynamo in the meantime improved at 3-3 record. Belinda Snell scored 29 points to lead Dynamo. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota and Marina Kuzina had 21 points each for the winners. Olga Iakovleva knocked down 22 points for Spartak Saint Petersburg in the loss.

Spartak SP - Dynamo K. 63-68
Spartak Saint Petersburg continued losing in the season as they dropped the home game to Dynamo Kurks. Anastasia Bocharova scored 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Dynamo Kursk. Anastasia Fomina added 15 points as Dynamo celebrated the first win in the season. Olga Iakovleva nailed 18 points for Spartak.

CSKA - Nadezhda O. 84-69
CSKA grabbed the seventh win in the championship as they held off Nadezhda 84:69 at home court. Janel McCarville tallied 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Moscow team. Ann Wauters added 14 points in the win. Shameka Christon contributed 21 points for Nadezhda as they slipped at 3-3.

Chevakata - Slavyanka 88-70
Chevakata overcame Slavyanka 88:70 to improve on the fourth position with 4-2 record. Kharchenko Elena paced the winners with 19 points, while Sokolovskaya Irina netted 14. Romanova Irina ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.