EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/26/2008

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  ABA   


Alaska Dream Challenge Final Day: the home team triumphs - by Gianni Pascucci

The 1st Annual Dare to Dream Tournament ended with an intense performance by the Alaska Dream and the Maywood Buzz. Both teams were 2-0 for the tournament and played to have a clear cut winner. The Dream led at halftime, 61-45, but the Buzz made a strong run to get the game back in reach. The Buzz was led by Wesley Stokes (6'0''-G-82, college: San Diego St.) who finished the game with 36 points, but that was not good enough to 'put the Dream to sleep.' The Dream fell behind early in the fourth quarter, but were saved by a three pointer from Marques Echols (6'2''-G, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) and a 3-point play by Andrew Smith (6'8''-F-83, college: Alaska-Fairb.). Smith led the Dream in scoring with 19 points followed by Echols 16 and Antonio Wyche (5'11''-G) and Timmy Crowell (6'1''-G, college: Fort Lewis) both with 14. With a final score of 111-109, the Dream start their first year in the ABA with a 3-0 record and hope to continue the streak into the regular season. Earlier in the evening, the San Francisco Rumble topped the Las Vegas Aces 139-130 to take third place in the tournament. The Alaska Dream will have its first home game December 15th at Sullivan Arena when they play against the Washington Raptors. For more information, contact Trey Davis at 907 250 8369 or email info@thealaskadream.com or visit www.thealaskadream.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic league fines FMP and referee Drazen Pehar - by Dragan Jankovski
Adriatic league announced its decision regarding the game Helios Domzale - FMP (Round 8, November 15). As a reminder, with less than 2 minutes remaining FMP's management decided pull-off their team from the floor as they were totally disappointed with decisions of referees Pehar and Muhvic. It was 3-point game at that moment for Helios and FMP had possession. President of FMP, Nebojsa Covic, changed his mind very soon returning his team on the court. Everything resulted with 3 technical fouls and expulsion, after what Helios had 8 free throws. Of course, it automatically meant that the winner of this game is already known. After it FMP officially complained on Muhvic and Pehar stating that referees whistled favorable for the host team and even not reacted on humiliating and nationalistic behavior towards their player Guy Pnini.

Final epilogue of this story is fine for FMP, as well as for referee Drazen Muhvic. FMP will have to pay 8.200 euros in total, while at the same time its Sports Director Ratko Radovanovic got one game suspension. Referee Drazen Pehar won't be selected to the following two cycles. It means that he will most probably miss 8 games of regional championship.

FMP is facing with the poorest start in Adriatic league ever. Two-time champion has only 2 wins in 9 appearances so far. Next game will be extremely tough as FMP will take on Croatian champion Zadar on the road.


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wels - Kapfenberg 77-83
Kapfenberg grabbed very important road victory against Wels mostly owing to Ramiz Suljanovic, who drained 25 pints and pulled down 7 rebounds. Jeremy Fears also shined for the winning squad netting 17 points and dishing out 7 assists. Brandon Thomas contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Both teams entered into this round with 4-1 record.

St.Polten - UBSC Graz 83-70
UBSC Graz celebrated the first win this season and it happened at the right time as both teams now have 1-5 in A Bundesliga. Bryan Grier was a key player for the visitors collecting 16 points and 7 rebounds. Alexander Lanegger followed him scoring one point less. Thomas Schreiner was better than the others in St. Polten adding 21 points and 6 boards.

Furstenfeld - Vienna 100-93
As it was expected, Furstenfeld was too strong for Vienna, despite 93 points by the visiting team. Bryan Lucas demonstrated pretty good performance for the winners registering 22 points and 7 rebounds. Samo Grum also was on fire netting 20, including 5 assists. Ravone George and Mathias Dockner combined 41 points in loss. Furstenfeld 5-1, Vienna 0-6.

Worthersee - Arkadia 67-80
Comfortable 13-point win for Arkadia, who jumped on almost perfect 5-1. On the other side, Worthersee dropped on 2-4. Fabricio Vay top-scored for the Lions with 21 points. At the same time he grabbed 9 more rebounds. Tim Burnette responded with 18 points, 7 rebs and 7 assists for the hosts.

Gussing - Gmunden 73-74
Tiny but extremely important win for Gmunden as both teams had 3-2 before this game. Anthony Fisher delivered 24 points in victory, while Deteri Mayes helped with 18. Gussing got double-double from Jason Chappell, 18 points and 12 boards.

Oberwart - Klosterneub. 83-61
Easy one for Obewart thanks to Marko Moric and Jasmon Youngblood, which combined 41 points and 11 rebounds. Melvin Creddle posted 23 points for the loosing side. Oberwart 5-1, Klosterneuburg 1-5.



New Center for St. Plten - by Stefan Heinrich
St. Plten added the 6'11 Center Igor Bakovic (211-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to their roster to improve their Inside game. Bakovic played 4 years at the Ryerson College in Canada and he started this season in the 2nd league in Greece for Apollon Patras. He made his debut for St. Polten this weekend and in 21 minues he helped his new team to the first season victory with 2 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. During his college time he was one of the best Centers in Canadian college basketball and he averaged 12.1ppg and 10.1rpg during his senior season.

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  BAHRAIN   


Bahrain National Team News - by Walter Neto
The Bahrain National Team will begin its practice sessions to prepare for the upcoming GCC CUP in Oman on Wednesday, November 26th at 6:00 PM at Um Al Hassam Gym. Bahrain's National team will be headcoached by Brazilian Coach Walter Pereira and assisted by Coaches Talal, Al Al Ahli Club, and Coach Angie, Manama Club. Practice sessions will be held on a daily basis through December 19th when the team, composing of 14 players, will depart to Turkey for a 'team Camp' period of 10 days including practice sessions and 6 games against local clubs in Istanbul. The GCC Cup is set to begin on January 3rd in Muscat, Oman. The 2008 Bahrain National team consists of the following players:
Guards - Hussein Schalqr (ahli), A. Majeed (Muharraq), Ahmed Azis (Manama), Kempes (Manama), Matham (Ahli)
Wings - Mohd Hassan (Muharraq), Yasser Bonafor (Hala), Ahmed Mirza (Hala), Sadiq (Nuwaidrat), Khadem (Ettihad0, Mohad Hassan (Sitra), Mash (Manama)
Posts - Ahmed Malala (Ahli), Esa Ebrahim (Muharraq), Omram (Manama), Adbularman (Ahli), Ahmed Muttawa (Kuwait club), Bruno (Ahli)


Muharraq Edge Manama - by Walter Neto
DEFENDING champions Muharraq escaped with a dramatic 84-78 victory over Manama last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. American professional Rah-Shaun Robert made a key three-point play with three minutes left on the game clock to give Muharraq the lead for good, 78-75.

The towering centre then sank a free-throw and had a breakaway tomahawk slam dunk in the dying moments to peg the final score at the final buzzer and send his team to the top of the league table. 'It was a great win,' said Muharraq head coach Wayne Mendez, who is from the US. 'A problem we have with our team is that we tend to lose focus; but when we lock in and concentrate on the task at hand, we're pretty good. We showed that tonight.'

The victors started the game strong and controlled much of the first half to take a commanding 45-34 lead into the locker rooms. But in usual Manama fashion, the kingdom's most-followed basketball team fought their way back. They trimmed the lead to single digits in the third quarter and then finally forged a deadlock at 66-apiece with just seven minutes to play in the fourth.

Robert later gave his team a 75-72 lead with baskets on successive possessions, but Manama stayed resilient and kept it close. The reigning Cup holders tied the game once more at 75-all after guard Mohammed Hussain made one of two free-throws. Hussain's basket paved the way for Robert's game-changing three-point play, however, and Muharraq Mohammed Abdulmajeed followed one great play with another, crossing over his defender to find a gap in Manama's porous defence and score on an uncontested lay-up.

Veteran Abdulmajeed Shahram then sank an off-balance triple that cut the lead once more to just two. But Robert and Muharraq sharp-shooter Mohammed Hassan helped their team survive the pressure-packed ending with a free-throw each, leading to Robert's end-game dunk.

Robert and Hassan shared team-high honours with 24 points apiece, while Abdulmajeed contributed 16 markers. Hassan sank four triples in the contest and Abdulmajeed two. Essa Ebrahim and Ahmed Al Doy also came up big in Muharraq's win, which was their league-leading eighth in nine games. Manama import Jarred David led all scorers with 33 points in the losing effort. Shahram, who also had four three-pointers, added 14 for Salman Ramadhan's side, who suffered only their second defeat. They are now tied on the standings with Nuwaidrat and Al Ahli on seven wins.

In yesterday's other game, Ahli eased to a 110-61 pounding of Bahrain Club. Recently signed professional player Johnny Antonio had a team-high 21 points for the winners, who also received 19 from top Bahraini guard Hussain Shaker.

Mohammed Nabeel poured in 31 points for Bahrain Club. Ahli stayed in reach of the leaders, while Bahrain remained winless after the same nine tries.

This year's league champions will receive BD6,000 in prize money, as per the league's sponsorship deal with telecommunication giants Zain Bahrain. The runners-up will get BD2,000, while BD1,000 will be awarded to third and BD500 to fourth. Each league game also offers BD100 for the winning club and BD50 for the losers.

Action resumes in the 2nd week of January after the national team's participation in the 19th Gulf Cup, which will be held in Oman. Source: GDN


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 8-1 
 2. Al Ahli 7-2 
 3. Al Manama 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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  BELGIUM   


Khimik topped Dexia in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Khimik -Dexia 95:90 OT

Khimik needed an overtime to rout Dexia in the opener of EuroChallenge regular season. A 15-10 in the extra time gave the hosts 95:90 home win. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) paced all the winners with 23 points. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) notched 18 and Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) netted 17. Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Michigan St.) produced 26 points for the visitors, while Green and Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Hawaii) added 19.
Kelvin Torbert brought his team first points from the arc and Ebong held the guests in front for 9:7. Agafonov tied it first at 11:11 and then Nesbitt made it 18:18. A back-to-back quarter was finished at 21:21 as Wykeen Kelly made a three-pointer. With 19-15 in the second Dexia had 40:36 at the halftime.
Khimik bounced back in the third frame and after 26-20 took 62:60 after thrity minutes. At the end of the fourth period the score was even several times as well and Jarrius Jackson sent the teams to overtime with 35 seconds in the period. Kelvin Torbert scored for 92:90 in overtime as for his team those points were the last. Wykeen Kelly made two free throws for 95:90 at the end. Khimik rout Dexia in the opener of EuroChallenge regular season 95:90.

Khimik: Jarrius Jackson 23, Marton Bader 18, Wykeen Kelly 17
Dexia: Kelvin Torbert 26, Green 19, Julian Sensley 19


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. An inside sources told Eurobasket that it is the wish of Maccabi Tel Aviv to get the coaches duo of Gershon and Sharon.

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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  BOSNIA   


Mirza Teletovic shines in Spanish champion Tau Ceramica - by Eurobasket News
Member of Bosnian National Team Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrates wonderful performance with Tau Ceramica this season. The current month was especially good for him, as well as for his Tau. The team of head coach Dusko Ivanovic is on top of ACB league with almost perfect 8-1 record, while in Euroleague Tau keeps the top of Group C, together with Lottomatica Roma and Fenerbahce Ulker (3-1).
At the last day of October, Mirza Teletovic was clutch player against Unon Olimpija in Ljubljana scoring the winning basket at the buzzer. He ended that game with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Seven days later Teletovic had 14 points and 4 boards against ALBA Berlin. In the latest Euroleague game of his Tau, Bosnian star drained 15 points, including 4 rebounds against Italian Lottomatica.
Teletovic registered season-high in ACB league 10 days ago against Cajasol Sevilla. He spent 20 minutes on the court netting 22 points (4/5 FG2, 4/6 3-pts, 2/2 FG). His average digits are 12.1 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 9 games. In four Euroeague appearances Teletovic was even better adding 13 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
In the next round of European elite competition Tau Ceramica will meet DKV Joventut in Badalona. The game is scheduled for Thursday. In ACB league Tau's next rival will be Pamesa Valencia.


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 J. Sesar, ZRI 22.0
2 Z.Jovanovic, SLO 21.5
3 I. Bakovic, VIT 20.1
4 S. Demic, SLA 19.7
5 Z. Vuckovic, ZRI 19.5
6 L. Zitko GRU 18.6
7. B. Price SIR 17.6
8 J.Garma, BOR 17.5
8 Djerasimovic, IGO 17.5
10 G. Jelcic, GRU 17.0


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Zrinjski MC 8-0 
 2. Igokea 7-1 
 3. Sloboda Dita 7-2 
 4. BoracNektar 5-3 
 5. Siroki Eronet 5-3 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 5-3 
 7. Slavija 3-4 
 8. Mladost MG 3-5 
 9. Grude 3-5 
 10. Posusje 3-6 
 11. Vitez 2-6 
 12. Hercegovac 2-6 
 13. Novi Grad 0-9 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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  BULGARIA   


Popovic seals his team victory over Lukoil Academic - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic - Unics Kazan 79:80

Unics Kazan notched the opening win in the EuroCup regular season as the team overcame Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria. The guests started very well but then could hardly clinched 80:79 road win.
Terrell Lyday led the winners with 23 points. Tariq Kirksay collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kuzyakin Artem posted 11. Riste Stefanov top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, Todor Stoykov had 17 and Kevin Kruger added 16.
The Russian team opened the game very organized and took 14:4 in the opening tip.
Terrell Lyday made it 17:8, while Tariq Kirksay posted for 21:10. Having 21:12 Unics closed the first quarter with 6-0 run for 27:12 at the end of it. Lukoil Academic woke up in the second period and reduced the gap a bit. Trailing 15:32 the hosts produced 14-0 run for 31:32. Kuzyakin Artem remained his team in front at 43:37 halftime score.
The game was very interesting in the third period as the hosts tried to catch up with the opponent.
Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) made it 54:55 and Terrell Lyday closed the third period at 54:56. Todor Stoykov gave Bulgarians the first lead with three minutes to at 70:69. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) sealed a three pointer for 80:79 road win.


Lukoil Academic: Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) 18, Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 17, Kevin Kruger (188-G-83, college: UNLV) 16
Unics Kazan:
Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) 23, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 17+10 rebs, Kuzyakin Artem 11



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  CBA   


Albany Patroons - by Jay Gadsden
According to a source in the Albany Patroons organization, the team is looking to add depth in their front court, and bring on some much needed size as they gear up for the 2008-2009 CBA campaign. According to sources, David Lee Johnson (-80) and Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84, college: Miss.Valley St.) are on the Patroons' short list of players. The organization is looking to finalize their front court presence in advance of next month's opener against Lawton-Fort Sill.

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  CHINA   


Three's a crowd - by Alex Yam
CBA Round 5 continues tonight



One of the 3 remaining undefeated teams will be guaranteed a loss, as perennial champions Guangdong play host to the other undefeated team, Dongguan. The team that boasts last years slam dunk champion Mike Harris and NBA big man Jamal Sampson.

The other unbeaten team, Xinjiang has a easier task as they play Shaanxi on the road. The season has already been full of excitement and new faces a top the statistical leader boards, as Gabe Mouneke leads all players in scoring avg 41 pts a game.


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  CROATIA   


Zadar is victorious over Maroussi at home - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - Maroussi Costa Coffee 87:79

Zadar overcame Maroussi Costa Coffee in the start of Group A Eurocup regular season. Croatian side enjoyed 30-20 in the third period to seal the initial victory. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) led the winners with 23 points. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) nailed 18, whilst Dejan Ivanov (205-F-86) produced 17. Loukas Mavrokefalides had 20 in defeat and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) posted 16.
Croatian team flew to score in the opening quarter having 18:10 in the middle of it. Maroussi Costa Coffee had however their weapon and was luckier at the end. Glyniadakis completed the comeback for the visitors with a three-point basket-plus-free throw to make it 21:19. After 15-15 in the second period the hosts trailed 34:36 at the halftime.
Maroussi was in front at 43:46 but then the hosts found its game. Zadar produced a 10-0 run and was up 64:56 after 30 minutes. Maroussi however mounted a 3-10 run to get within 74:68. Th visitors tried hard but could not match the hosts at the end. Zadar overcame Maroussi Costa Coffee 87:79 in the start of Group A.

Zadar: Marlon Garnett 23 points, Hrvoje Peric 18, Dejan Ivanov 17
Maroussi Costa Coffee: Loukas Mavrokefalides 20, Jarod Stevenson 16


Jurica Zuza signs in Ukraine, Kedzo moves to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian team Poltava announced signing of Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-C-78, agency: Interperformances). Experienced Zuza started last season in Greek A1 team Rethimno averaging 6.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 games. In December last year Rethimno decided to release him after what Zuza immediately agreed terms with Cedevita Zagreb. He appeared 23 times in Croatian A1 adding 11.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.3 apg. From 2005 to 2007 Jurica Zuza was a member of Cibona. He changed many teams in the past. Some of those are Zadar, Slavonski Brod, Karlovac, Iraklio, PAO, Ionikos and Rimini. Zuza won Greek championship as well as National Cup with Panathinaikos in 2003. A year after that he was called for Croatian National Team. In 2006 and 2007 his Cibona was domestic league champion.

Another Croatian big guy signed contract until the end of the season. It is Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84), who joined Polish team Energa Czarni. He already had debut in his new team collecting 15 points 4 rebounds against Polonia in Varsava. Kedzo played last season in Estonian team Kalev/Cramo Tallinn. Before Kalev, was a member of Split many years. In 2003 his Split was Croatian league champion, while a year later they won National Cup.


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CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season with a victory over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - KK Buducnost 75:70

CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season at home with a 75:70 victory over Buducnost. Pardubice saw a strong first half of the local team as the Czech Republic is 1-0 in Group H. Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) led the winners with 22 points. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) collected 13 and 9 assists, while Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) had 12 points. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the visiotrs with 16 points, Ivan Maras (208-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) added 11.
CEZ Nymburk opened the game with a 6-0 run and then improved to 10:6. KK Buducnost was far away to give up and tied the agme at 16:16. Gray and Lee combined for 9 points in an 13-0 Nymburk run that Sokolovsky capped with a floating layup to give the hosts a 31:18 margin. KK Buducnost pulled back again and cut it to 37:31 at the halftime.
In the third frame the game remained tough but with the hosts in front. Sokolovsky nailed back-to-back triples for a 54:48 Nymburk margin after 30 minutes. The hosts even had 10 points advantage throughout the last period but Gordic brought the guests within 72:70. Luckily for the hosts the guests did not score anymore. Blake Schilb sealed the win for the home side as CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season at home with a 75:70 victory.

CEZ Nymburk: Justin Gray 22 points, Arthur Lee 13 points and 9 assists, Blake Schilb 12
KK Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 16 points, Ivan Maras 14, Nemanja Gordic 11, Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) 10


Hanavan and Skibniewski in Prostejov - by David Dousa
Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville) and Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) are two new aquisitions of BK Prostejov.

28 years old American Ian Hanavan comes to Prostejov from Belgian ULEB Cup team Antwerp Diamond Giants. In last season he was achieving more than 10 points, 5 rebounds and evaluation 14 in the second best European club competition. He already has 4 years of Euro experience from top Dutch and Belgian leagues. He always used to be a leader in any team he played on.

Polish guard Robert Skibniewski came to Prostejov from a famous Polish team Slask Wroclaw. Slask bankrupted and withdrew from Polish league 1 month ago. Robert has played all his career in Poland. He should revive Prostejovs' perimeter play, and bring new speed and energy to the team.


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  EGYPT   


Surprises in the 2nd round of the league - by Mohamed Hafez

As expected the second round in the league finished today with more than unexpected game result Al Ahly , Al Gezira and Sporting one of the three strongest teams lost today also Somouha won after extra time with his new team and him famous coach Sherif Azmy

Matches Score :

Insurance vs Al Ittihad Alexandria 60 / 75 for Ittihad

Al Geish Army vs Al Ahly 64 / 61 for AlGeish
Al Zamalek vs Al Gezira 84 / 67 for AlZamalek
Shams vs Somouha 81 / 85 for Somouha after extra quarter
Gasco Vs Sporting 79 / 77 for Gasco
Shorta-Police vs Olympic 87 / 78 for Shorta



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  ESTONIA   


A 21-8 in the last frame brings the 66:58 victory for Tartu Rock - by Eurobasket News
CSK-VVS Samara-Tartu Rock 58:66

Tartu Rock opened the EuroChallenge Regular Season with a road win over CSK-VVS Samara. The latter controlled the game in the third period but missed a 8-21 in the last frame and lost 58:66. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) led the winners with 19 points. Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) nailed 12, while Janar Talts (205-C-83) posted 11. Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) ended up with 21 points, whilst Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) added 12.
The team that reached the EuroCup Final Four last season was not however a favorite in the game as Samara is tough at home. In a back-to-back period the guests grabbed 20:19 lead and looked forward for the rest of the game. The Estonian team even pushed the tempo and had 19-14 in the second period. Tartu improved to 39:33 at the halftime as the teams left the court for the break.
In the third period the Russian team showed the game the spectators used to see and produced 17-6 in the frame. Tartu' outfit turned on the style over the last ten minutes, though. They outscored CSK-VVS 21-8 to claim an impressive win on the road. In the next game of the group Virtus Bologna will face Base Oostende tomorrow.

CSK-VVS Samara: Marque Perry 21, Virgil Stanescu 12
Tartu Rock: Tanoka Beard 19, Gert Kullamae 12, Janar Talts 11


BC Kalev Cramo topped Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
BC Kalev Cramo -Bank Skyliners 77:75

BC Kalev Cramo topped Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Estonia in EuroChallenge Group H. First game for both teams in the tournament brought an exciting end of the game when Tanel Sokk (183-G-85) hit a jump shot to give his team a 77:75 home win. Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) paced all the winners with 16 points. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) nailed 15, while Tanel Sokk posted 14. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) notched 17.
Estonian team opened the game with four consecutive points to take 4-0 and then extended the lead to 18:11. Kevin Lyde brought 27:18 at the end of the first period. After 13-16 in the second Estonian side held however 40:34 advantage.
Kalev played really well in the third frame and Kristjan Kangur gave his team 55:41 in the middle of it. The hosts appeared to be in command with less than 2 minutes remaining after a Tanel Sokk lay-up gave 75:68 lead. Deutsche Bank Skyliners knotted the game at 75:75 but then Tanel Sokk hit a jump shot to give his team a 77:75 home win.
In another game of the group BC Triumph Lyubertsy held on for a 67:64 victory in Russia over BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Krstic paced all the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bremer nailed 13 and Anderson had 11. Scales finished the night with 13 points, whilst Bajramovic collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

BC Kalev Cramo: Kevin Lyde 16, Kristjan Kangur 15, Tanel Sokk 14
Bank Skyliners: Derrick Allen 23, Titus Ivory 17


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group B
Hyeres-Toulon - Ural Great 94-83
Hyeres-Toulon opened the EuroChallenge Regular season with a home win over Ural Great. The team from France won all the quarters of the game to seal 94:83 victory. Nichols Austin led the winners with 28 points. Draper Dontaye netted 26 and Tucker Darrell followed them with 22. Plisnic Vanja top-scored for the Russian team with 21 points.

Group Group C
Fribourg - Cholet 63-82
Cholet cruised to an 82:63 win over Benetton Olympic in Switzerland. De Colo Nando top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Larrouquis Thomas had 13. Mokongo Michael ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.

Lok.Rostov - Sumykhimpr. 99-72
Lokomotiv Rostov won the opening game of EuroChallenge Regular season at home. The Russian team overcame BC Sumykhimprom from Ukraine with a massive 28-13 start. House top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Szewczyk notched 17 and Antik had 13. Lekavicius ended up with 17 points in defeat, as Kuso had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Matyukevych netted 11.

Group Group E
EWE Baskets - Olimpia L. 76-73
EWE Baskets Oldenburg debuted in EuroChallenge Regular Season and won the opener against the Greek side. The German newcomer overcame Olympia 76:73 in Group E of the tournament. Foster led the winners with 18 points. Paulding nailed 15, while Boumtje Boumtje scored 14. Castle ended up with 20 points, while Batis added 10.

Group Group F
Khimik - M.Hainaut 95-90
Khimik needed an overtime to rout Dexia in the opener of EuroChallenge regular season. A 15-10 in the extra time gave the hosts 95:90 home win. Jarrius Jackson paced all the winners with 23 points. Marton Bader notched 18 and Wykeen Kelly netted 17. Kelvin Torbert produced 26 points for the visitors, while Green and Julian Sensley added 19.

Group Group G
CSK VVS - TU/Rock 58-66
Tartu Rock opened the EuroChallenge Regular Season with a road win over CSK-VVS Samara. The latter controlled the game in the third period but missed a 8-21 in the last frame and lost 58:66. Tanoka Beard led the winners with 19 points. Gert Kullamae nailed 12, while Janar Talts posted 11. Marque Perry ended up with 21 points, whilst Virgil Stanescu added 12.

Group Group H
Kalev/Cramo - Dt.Bank SKY 77-75
BC Kalev Cramo topped Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Estonia in EuroChallenge Group H. First game for both teams in the tournament brought an exciting end of the game when Tanel Sokk hit a jump shot to give his team a 77:75 home win. Kevin Lyde paced all the winners with 16 points. Kristjan Kangur nailed 15, while Tanel Sokk posted 14. Derrick Allen ended up with 23 points in defeat and Titus Ivory notched 17.

Triumph - BC Kyiv 67-64
Two teams that deserved to play in EuroCup Regular season battled in the opener of EuroChallenge Regular Season. BC Triumph Lyubertsy held on for a 67:64 victory in Russia over BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Krstic paced all the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bremer nailed 13 and Anderson had 11. Scales finished the night with 13 points, whilst Bajramovic collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.



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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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ProB Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Maurienne - Quimper 86-74
As it was expected, Maurienne outplayed Quimper at home jumping on 5-5 record in Pro B. Yannick Gaillou scored 20, while Chris Dunn helped the winners with 2 points less but including 8 assists. Kelyn Block and Rick Cornett contributed with 17 points apiece in defeat. Their Quimper remains the only winless team in the league after 10 rounds.

Antibes - Nantes 77-74
Important victory for Antibes as both teams entered into this round with not so brilliant 3-6. John McCord shined for the winning squad registering double-double, 20 points and 10 assists. Mehdi Labeyrie was better than the others in Nantes draining 20 pts.

Nanterre - St.Vallier 95-91
Nanterre made it at home mostly owing to Ivan Almonte, who delivered 26 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Benjamin Thomas, Sean Barnette and Cedric Melicie scored 19 points each for the loosing side. Both teams had 4 wins and 5 defeats before this round.

Charleville - Evreux 73-68
7-3 for Charleville and 5-5 for Evreux after this game. Brice Vounang was a key player for the hosts scoring 20 points and pulling down 14 rebounds for 33 minutes. James Mathis responded with 22 points and 9 boards, but his team needed just little bit more.

Limoges - Le Portel 75-68
Limoges outsmarted Le Portel moving up on 6-4 in Pro B. Adam Harrington scored 18 points, while Scott Emerson was totally best player of this game. He spent 31 minutes on the floor collecting 16 points and 17 boards. Jose Olivero and Jean-Philippe Ludon answered with 20 points each for Le Portel (7-3).

St.Quentin - Bourg 71-79
Another road victory for Bourg and this time thanks to Gary Chathuant, who nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Shaun Fein delivered 18 for the hosts. Bourg 8-2, Saint-Quentin 2-8.

Brest - Poitiers 69-80
11-point road win for Poitiers, who now has pretty decent 7-3 in Pro B. The winning team had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Kenny Younger, who collected 16 points, 3 rebs and 3 assists. Sherman Gay once again shined for Brest netting 24 points, including 5 rebounds. His team is on tied 5-5 record now.

Paris-Levall. - Boulazac 88-73
Paris-Levallois didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Boulazac at home and to remain on top on Pro B with almost perfect 9-1 record. Rodney Elliot demonstrated great performance for the hosts posting 22 points and pulling down 11 boards. Sambou Traore had 20 points and 6 boards in Boulazac(2-8).

Clermont - St-Etienne 74-60
Errick Craven, who finished the game with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, paced Clermont to comfortable home win against Saint-Etienne. Nate Carter and Guillaume Pons scored 14 poinst each in defeat. Celrmont improved on 7-3, while Saint-Etienne slipped on 4-6.



Ex-NBAer Delfino shines for Khimki over STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Khimki Moscow - STB Le Havre 79:55

Russian Khimki Moscow posted 79:55 at home in the start of Eurocup regular season Group C campaign. Ex-NBAer Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) was unstoppable in the opener as he brought 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists for Khimki Moscow. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) finished the night with 15 points and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fabien Causeur ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) collected 11 points and 14 rebounds.
STB Le Havre played on the hosts' nerves in the opening quarter and proved that the team came to Russia for the win. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) gave the visitors led 10:14 after one period. In the second quarter the court was dominated only by one team. The hosts ripped off the next 10 points to jump ahead 20:16. Another 18-0 run closed the second quarter, giving the favorites 38:18 at the break.
In the third period Khimki Moscow controlled the game and had 52:29 midway through the third period. Thompson's triple trimmed the deficit to 59:34 after three quarters. At the end of the game STB Le Havre could only win the last frame 21-20 that gave Russian Khimki Moscow 79:55 at home in the start of Eurocup regular season Group C campaign.

Khimki Moscow: Carlos Delfino 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, Maciej Lampe 15, Jorge Garbajosa 13 points, 6 rebounds
STB Le Havre: Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) 14, Marcus Slaughter 11 points and 14 rebounds


Lietuvos Rytas cruise past Asvel in EuroCup regular season opener - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Asvel 95:74

The Lithuanian favorites Lietuvos Rytas held off visiting Asvel to notch the opening win in the EuroCup regular season yesterday. The team was held in front of a supportive crowd of almost 10000 fans at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius. The win allowed Lietuvos Rytas to jump to the top spot in Group E. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) scored 23 points to pace the home team. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) responded with 17 points for Asvel. Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) finished the game with 16 points for the French outfit.
Lietuvos Rytas sent a strong message to the visitors building a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Asvel opened the second period with an 8:3 rally to cut the deficit but not for long though. Mindaugas Lukauskis came up with some big time buckets to extend the margin to 16 points at halftime. Chuck Eidson fired from downtown to stretch the margin to as many as 19 points in the third frame. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) allowed Asvel to trail by 14 points heading into the fourth term. However Mindaugas Lukauskis and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) drained three-pointers early in the fourth term to silence the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas then easily sealed the winning outcome and celebrated the initial win in the tournament.
Asvel will next take on Azovmash at home court. Lietuvos Rytas will look for the second victory as they face Gran Canaria on the road next.

Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 23, Milko Bjelica 16, Chuck Eidson 16
Asvel: J.R. Reynolds 17, Ali Traore 16


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EWE Baskets truthfully debuted in EuroChallenge Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg -Olympia 76:73

EWE Baskets Oldenburg debuted in EuroChallenge Regular Season and won the opener against the Greek side. The German newcomer overcame Olympia 76:73 in Group E of the tournament. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) led the winners with 18 points. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 15, while Boumtje Boumtje scored 14. Terrell Castle (182-G-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) ended up with 20 points, while Marios Batis (188-G-80) added 10.
Boumtje Boumtje brought the first points for the home side as 1600 spectators greeted him loudly. Je'Kel Foster made it 17:9 and Rickey Paulding closed the opening quarter at 26:14. In the second period the hosts held ten points advantage and a s a result the quarter finished at 41:31. Pekovic made a jump-shot to send the teams to the lockers.
Even thought the lead reached plus 13, the guests were far to give up. Terrell Castle scored for 61:55 at the end of the third period. In the last one Marios Batis pulled his team to 74:71 with 12 seconds to go. The game was still long enough as the fouls made the players to score only from the free throw line. Perkovic made it 76:71 and Terrell Castle set up the final, 76:73 result.

EWE Baskets: Je'Kel Foster 18, Rickey Paulding 15, Boumtje Boumtje 14
Olympia: Terrell Castle 20, Marios Batis 10


Stacy Pearson-Taylor is a free agent - by Moritz Korff
If you are talking about versatility in basketball, Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) should be your role model.
The forward from Miami, Florida is able to fill almost every position on the court successfully. After he had finished the 2007-08 with SC Rist Wedel the fans' favorite moved on to the Dominican Republic and suited up for first league-club San Lazaro in spring. In his second season in German basketball Pearson-Taylor (he joined SC Rist after the christmas break) picked up where he left off the year before: He averaged 23.7 points per contest and grabbed ten or more rebounds in almost every game. If coach Gurel needed a work horse in the paint, the graduate of Bemidji State University stepped inside to get this job done, if Gurel needed somebody to hit the three he also relied on Stacy's skills. That he feels comfortable on the wing as well as under the basket, makes him very difficult to guard. What the fans in Wedel liked even more about his game were his spectacular blocks, his tireless hustle and of course his powerful dunks on the other end of the hardwood.
Pearson-Taylor is now available and looking for a place to play. He can be contacted at suave0033@gmail.com or phone 786 356 3367
To take a look at his game, check out two full games of the 07-08 season online: click


BC Kalev Cramo topped Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
BC Kalev Cramo -Bank Skyliners 77:75

BC Kalev Cramo topped Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Estonia in EuroChallenge Group H. First game for both teams in the tournament brought an exciting end of the game when Tanel Sokk (183-G-85) hit a jump shot to give his team a 77:75 home win. Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) paced all the winners with 16 points. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) nailed 15, while Tanel Sokk posted 14. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) notched 17.
Estonian team opened the game with four consecutive points to take 4-0 and then extended the lead to 18:11. Kevin Lyde brought 27:18 at the end of the first period. After 13-16 in the second Estonian side held however 40:34 advantage.
Kalev played really well in the third frame and Kristjan Kangur gave his team 55:41 in the middle of it. The hosts appeared to be in command with less than 2 minutes remaining after a Tanel Sokk lay-up gave 75:68 lead. Deutsche Bank Skyliners knotted the game at 75:75 but then Tanel Sokk hit a jump shot to give his team a 77:75 home win.
In another game of the group BC Triumph Lyubertsy held on for a 67:64 victory in Russia over BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Krstic paced all the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bremer nailed 13 and Anderson had 11. Scales finished the night with 13 points, whilst Bajramovic collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

BC Kalev Cramo: Kevin Lyde 16, Kristjan Kangur 15, Tanel Sokk 14
Bank Skyliners: Derrick Allen 23, Titus Ivory 17


Anthony King(Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Interview Part 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), Your from North Carolina. How was your childhood?

My childhood wasnt the best as most people would think when they think of the state of North Carolina. My community is not a good community to live in.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Micheal Jordan as everyone would of guessed, but I also like watching Kevin Garnett and the way he plays.

You played at The University of Miami. In your last season, most predicted the team to finish last, but you surprised everyone by starting 12-0 and finishing the season at 23-11. You reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. What made this team so special and why were you so successful?

Leadership. I was the leader of that team. Even though I dont say much it is the way that I did things and how I commanded everyones respect and attention.

How important was coach Frank Haith in your development as a college Basketball player?

He was very important, because he let me know that there is no way that I should be labeld one dimension because I can do so many things on the court.

You played your last two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Miami. Is this conference more difficult than the Big East?

It was the last 4. Not much difference the conferences are both tough from top to bottom. The big east though was more physical.

I almost went to The University of Miami, but didnt because of the distractions with the beach, girls and parties. But really how difficult is it to play ball and study in an environment like Miami?

It really wasnt hard at all. It is all on how you manage your time.

The University Of Miami is known first for their Football program with four titles and also with Baseball. Basketball comes third. How difficult was it being less popular than Football and Basketball?

It was hard at first, but now the basketball program along with other programs are on the up and coming.

Were you also a Football fan there? Did you go to Miami games?

I only went to about 3 games the whole 5 years I was there. I would rather watch it on t.TV, because you can see more that way.

Who were the best players that you played against at Miami, who might be in the NBA or in college now?

I played in the big east and ACC so from 2003 till 2008 you can imagine how many NBA guys I have had my battles with.

You have a degree in Sociology from Miami. What was the most difficult thing with getting this degree?

Nothing really because I was so determined in getting my degree.

It is a fact that you would like to eat with Alicia Keys. If you could only ask her one question what would it be?

Something simple like, would she be mine and only mine.

What hobbies do you have besides Music and internet?

Obviously basketball, but besides those things that is about it.

Who would win a one on one duel between Shaquille O Neal and Dwight Howard?

I dont know maybe Shaq, because he still has some tricks up his sleeves.

What do you want to do after the Basketball career?

Maybe go into coaching or be a motivational speaker.

Thanks Anthony for the chat. Good luck for the season?


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Zadar is victorious over Maroussi at home - by Eurobasket News
Zadar - Maroussi Costa Coffee 87:79

Zadar overcame Maroussi Costa Coffee in the start of Group A Eurocup regular season. Croatian side enjoyed 30-20 in the third period to seal the initial victory. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) led the winners with 23 points. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) nailed 18, whilst Dejan Ivanov (205-F-86) produced 17. Loukas Mavrokefalides had 20 in defeat and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) posted 16.
Croatian team flew to score in the opening quarter having 18:10 in the middle of it. Maroussi Costa Coffee had however their weapon and was luckier at the end. Glyniadakis completed the comeback for the visitors with a three-point basket-plus-free throw to make it 21:19. After 15-15 in the second period the hosts trailed 34:36 at the halftime.
Maroussi was in front at 43:46 but then the hosts found its game. Zadar produced a 10-0 run and was up 64:56 after 30 minutes. Maroussi however mounted a 3-10 run to get within 74:68. Th visitors tried hard but could not match the hosts at the end. Zadar overcame Maroussi Costa Coffee 87:79 in the start of Group A.

Zadar: Marlon Garnett 23 points, Hrvoje Peric 18, Dejan Ivanov 17
Maroussi Costa Coffee: Loukas Mavrokefalides 20, Jarod Stevenson 16


B Division Week 7: Round Up - by Chris Mammides
The seventh week of the Second divisions league was meant to be the most crucial for Komotini as it suffered its first lost in the league. Top scorer of the league (averaging 26.8ppg), veteran player Giannis Manos (186-G-71) scored 32 points and Arkadikos was the first team to win Komotini.
All the results were as follows:
Halkida - Goumenisa 76-77
This game was the last game of the Head Coach Christos Miriounis as he quit after the negative results and the series of 1-6 for his team these seven weeks.
The quarters were: 26-24, 40-36, 55-54, and 76-77
The Top scorers: Andreas Psaropoulos (205-F-86) 19, Paris Katsimpas (183-G-83, college: Park) 17 and Giorgos Karipidis (197-F-85) and Apostolos Pantsios (188-G-84) 20 each.
Arkadikos - Komotini 103-90
The quarters were: 22-22, 50-39, 69-63, 103-90
Top scorers: Giannis Manos 32, Elias Mutran (199-F-80) 20 and Giannis Stefanidis (196-F/G-82) 23, Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage) 16
Anagennisi/Floga Ikaroi Serron 73-81
The quarters were: 22-17, 44-42, 54-60, 73-81
Top scorers: Zarogiannis 25 and Asimakis 22, Topouzis 19.
Lavrio AIAS Evosmou 72-57
The quarters were: 15-14, 37-23, 55-53, and 72-57
Top scorers: Giannakopoulos 22, Tsolatos 19 and Souflias 17
Amyntas - Sporting 87-70
The quarters were: 25-9, 45-38, 70-51, and 87-70
Top scorers: Zoupas and Samothrakis 19 each and Houmas 20
Apollon Kalamarias P. Faliro 84-41
The quarters were: 23-8, 43-20, 60-32, and 84-41
Top scorers: Kostas Mesaikos (182-G-88) 13 and George Konomis (190-G-84) 14
Doukas Ikaros Kallitheas 91-79
The quarters were: 20-14, 37-29, 58-58, and 91-79
Top scorers: Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86) 27, Gavanopoulos 22 and Koukouras 14.
OFI Pierikos Arhelaos 87-62
The quarters were: 28-14, 42-35, 65-50, and 87-62
Top scorers were: Costas Tselios (199-G/F-77) 26, Tsakiridis 16 and Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 14


EWE Baskets truthfully debuted in EuroChallenge Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg -Olympia 76:73

EWE Baskets Oldenburg debuted in EuroChallenge Regular Season and won the opener against the Greek side. The German newcomer overcame Olympia 76:73 in Group E of the tournament. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) led the winners with 18 points. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) nailed 15, while Boumtje Boumtje scored 14. Terrell Castle (182-G-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St.) ended up with 20 points, while Marios Batis (188-G-80) added 10.
Boumtje Boumtje brought the first points for the home side as 1600 spectators greeted him loudly. Je'Kel Foster made it 17:9 and Rickey Paulding closed the opening quarter at 26:14. In the second period the hosts held ten points advantage and a s a result the quarter finished at 41:31. Pekovic made a jump-shot to send the teams to the lockers.
Even thought the lead reached plus 13, the guests were far to give up. Terrell Castle scored for 61:55 at the end of the third period. In the last one Marios Batis pulled his team to 74:71 with 12 seconds to go. The game was still long enough as the fouls made the players to score only from the free throw line. Perkovic made it 76:71 and Terrell Castle set up the final, 76:73 result.

EWE Baskets: Je'Kel Foster 18, Rickey Paulding 15, Boumtje Boumtje 14
Olympia: Terrell Castle 20, Marios Batis 10


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Memphis' Haddadi Assigned to NBA D-League Affiliate Dakota Wizards - by Houman Bagheri
NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2008 - Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, the first Iranian player to earn a spot on an NBA roster, was assigned to the Dakota Wizards, the Grizzlies' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today by Memphis general manager Chris Wallace.
'The Dakota Wizards are a tremendous organization which the Grizzlies are fortunate to have as our affiliate,' Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace said. 'We are eager to watch Hamed's development under coach Duane Ticknor's tutelage. This assignment will be a positive experience for Hamed.'

Haddadi, 7-2, who signed as a rookie free agent with the Grizzlies on Aug. 28 appeared in six preseason games, averaging 1.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes. Haddadi made his U.S. debut as a member of the Iranian National Team at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City where he played two games and averaged 14.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.5 minutes.

The Ahvaz, Iran native represented his country at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. During the games, Haddadi averaged 16.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in five Olympic competitions for his national team.

Haddadi, the seventh NBA player to be assigned to the NBA D-League this season, will arrive in Bismark today and wear number 50.

Courtesy OSC (Our Sports Central)


Iranian Skyscraper Hamed Haddadi Change the Gear in NBA - by Houman Bagheri
BISMARCK, ND, November 25, 2008 - The NBA Development League Central Division Champion Dakota Wizards received word today that the Memphis Grizzlies, the Wizards' NBA parent club have assigned center Hamed Haddadi to the Wizards. Haddadi will arrive in Bismarck today in time for the team's home opener on Saturday November 29th.

'We have had a great relationship with our affiliates, so it's good to see it pay off for the fans now and see some of the Grizzlies talent', said Wizards Head Coach Duane Ticknor. 'Hamed is going to be a great addition to our team, I am looking forward to seeing him in game speed, he's a big guy that knows how to get rebounds and block shots'.


Signed as a rookie free agent on Aug. 28, Haddadi averaged 1.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes in six preseason games with the Grizzlies. The 7-2, 280-pound center has yet to make his NBA regular season debut.


A native of Ahvaz, Iran, Haddadi represented his country last summer in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where he averaged a double-double (16.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks) in Olympic competition, playing five games for the Iranian National Team.


The 23-year-old also posted 14.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.5 minutes in two contests for the Iranian National Team at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2008.


Slated to become the first Iranian to ever play in the NBA, Haddadi is the Grizzlies' first assignee to the NBA D-League since the club assigned Alexander Johnson to the Arkansas RimRockers on March 1, 2007. He is the seventh NBA player (sixth rookie) to be assigned to the Development League in 2008-09.


For the Wizards, this assignment will mark their second in their short three years in the NBA D-League with the first coming from the Chicago Bulls during the 2006-07 season. Dakota will host their regular season opener vs. the Iowa Energy on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.


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

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Udine sacked Caja. Romeo Sacchetti is the new coach. - by Antonello Varallo
After seven defeats in eight games, Snaidero Udine decided to sack coach Attilio Caja. Former Capo d'Orlando coach Romeo Sacchetti has been hired to replace him. Udine gave him the task of rescuing their season. Last year Sacchetti, 55 years old, drived Capo d'Orlando to the post - season, while in 2004 he was named as Serie B coach of the year training Castelletto Ticino. As a player, he won several caps with Italian National Team, achieving a Gold Medal at the 1983 European Championships (Nantes) and two Silver Medals at the 1980 Olympics (Moscow) and at the 1985 European Championships (Stuttgard).

A 15-0 run in the second period did not save Besiktas against Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Cola Turka - Benetton 72:77

Italian Benetton wins the opener of Eurocup regular season in Group C in Istanbul, Turkey. Besiktas JK Cola Turka tried hard but had to admit 72:77 loss as Jimmy Baxter and Ozer tried hard in the remaining seconds to revive their team. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 19 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) supported him with 14 each and Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) posted 13. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points, whilst Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) had 16.
Benetton did not mind playing away from home and took an early lead in the game. Nicevic and Dixon paired up to give Benetton a 6:11 lead after 5 minutes. The Italian squad held 15:12 after the opening quarter of the thriller. In the second period the spectators saw two runs, two that belonged to the hosts. First, the home team made an 8-0 run to gain the lead again, 25:23. The second one shocked the guests with 15-0 thanks to 3 triples from Oren. By that point, Besiktas had 40:27 advantage to the locker room.
Benetton climbed back with 21-12 in the third period to 52:48 at the end of the period. Benetton produced an 8-0 run and then Gary Neal's jump shot boosted Benetton's advantage to 7 points. Italian side wins the opener of Eurocup regular season in Group C 77:72.

Besiktas Cola Turka: Cevher Ozer 23, Adem Oren 16
Benetton: Sandro Nicevic 19, Domen Lorbek 14, Radoslav Rancik 14, Gary Neal 13


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 11-1 
 2. Peja 11-1 
 3. Bashkimi 8-4 
 4. Drita 8-5 
 5. Bambi Mitr. 6-6 
 6. Coll.Eurosport 6-7 
 7. Trepca Mitrov. 6-7 
 8. SHB 12 4-8 
 9. Kastrioti 1-11 
 10. Kosova V. 1-12 


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 2-0 
 2. Nasr 2-0 
 3. Ahli Benghazi 1-1 
 4. Madina 1-1 
 5. Shabab 1-1 
 6. Hilal 1-1 
 7. Morog 0-2 
 8. Ahli 0-2 


Libyan League week 2 - by Anas Seddigh
the second week of the libyan basketball league had two important games Ittihad plays against Madina and Shabab faces Ahli Tripoli .

the first game was not as expected , Ittihad dominated the game from the begining ending the first quarter 21-4.
Ittihad continued their good performance in the second quarter although Madina managed to reduce the difference to end the second quarter 44-20.
Madina improved in the third quarter tried to put pressure on Ittihad players but they missed many good opportunities to score as the third quarter ended 60-31 for Ittihad.
Madina continued their pressure in the forth quarter while Ittihad stayed calm tried to make advantage from the 24 seconds , game ended 81-52 for Ittihad.

top scorer was Mohammed Diop from Ittihad with 24 points , Alamin Yakoub shares the top rebounder with Mohammed Zaied with 10 rebounds , Rashid Sayed with 3 assissts.

the second game between shabab and Ahli Tripoli was more anticipating , Shabab begun the game perfectly as they scored 4 consecutive 3 points to take advantage 12-4 but ahli managed to come back scoring 10 consecutive points ending the first quarter 18-16 for Ahli.
the second quarter was almost equal between the two teams Shabab gained a slight advantage in the end , first half ends 32-29 for Shabab.
in the third quarter Ahli bounced back applying pressure on Shabab players who missed many open shots as they struggle from the 2 point range but they kept their lead 41-40.
Shabab took early lead in the forth quarter as they continue to shoot smoothley from the 3 point line while Ahli managed to score only 6 points in this quarter, game ended for Shabab 60-46.

Mohammed Issa was the top scorer from Shabab with 33 points , Babaker Wad the top rebounder with 13 rebounds , Nader Maremi with 5 assissts.

in the other games Ahli Benghazi defeats Moroj 59-54 , Nasr beat Hilal 76-61.


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Lietuvos Rytas cruise past Asvel in EuroCup regular season opener - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Asvel 95:74

The Lithuanian favorites Lietuvos Rytas held off visiting Asvel to notch the opening win in the EuroCup regular season yesterday. The team was held in front of a supportive crowd of almost 10000 fans at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius. The win allowed Lietuvos Rytas to jump to the top spot in Group E. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) scored 23 points to pace the home team. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) responded with 17 points for Asvel. Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) finished the game with 16 points for the French outfit.
Lietuvos Rytas sent a strong message to the visitors building a 24:13 lead at the first intermission. Asvel opened the second period with an 8:3 rally to cut the deficit but not for long though. Mindaugas Lukauskis came up with some big time buckets to extend the margin to 16 points at halftime. Chuck Eidson fired from downtown to stretch the margin to as many as 19 points in the third frame. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) allowed Asvel to trail by 14 points heading into the fourth term. However Mindaugas Lukauskis and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) drained three-pointers early in the fourth term to silence the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas then easily sealed the winning outcome and celebrated the initial win in the tournament.
Asvel will next take on Azovmash at home court. Lietuvos Rytas will look for the second victory as they face Gran Canaria on the road next.

Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 23, Milko Bjelica 16, Chuck Eidson 16
Asvel: J.R. Reynolds 17, Ali Traore 16


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Black Star drop 3 of last 4 after 3-0 start! Musel Pikes(6-1) alone atop DBBL! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, November 19, 2008


Black Star - Musel Pikes 45 - 77

Mersch, Luxembourg

Musel Pikes' defense embarrassed Black Star in the second half where they held the home team to only 12 points. The visitors played with precision offensively, committing only 3 turnovers during the entire match, while holding their opponent to 45 total points on the night. All five of Musel Pikes' starters reached double figures in the scoring category. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) scored only 11 points for Pikes, but took 13 rebounds and held Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) to only 14 points, ten below his average of 24 per game. This was a huge key for the victory for Musel Pikes. Samy Picard led all scorers on the night with 21 and grabbed 10 big rebounds himself for the double-double. Laurent Schwartz and Guy Schmit also stepped up as they have quite often as of late with 17 and 16 points. Pivot player Tom Schmitz added 10 points. Patrick Arbaut continued his recent scoring slump as he was held to 6 points and committed 5 turnovers. Billy McDaniel was the only Black Star player to manage double figures and took only 6 rebounds. Sacha Muepu stepped up his inside game grabbing 14 rebounds but scored only 3 points in 30 minutes of play. Musel Pikes played without Dan Norell. Musel Pikes will entertain Amicale in the game of the week on Sunday, November 23rd in Remich. Black Star will play host to struggling Residence on Saturday, November 22nd.

Black Star: 18 field goals, 3 three pointers, 6 for 9 free throws, 32 rebounds, 13 fouls and 9 turnovers.
Pa. Arbaut 6, McDaniel 14, Becker 4, Y. Arbaut 8, Tuffel 4, also Ph. Arbaut, DiBartholomeo 3, Weckering, Hoffman, Fichels 3 and Muepu 3
Musel Pikes: 31 field goals, 8 three pointers, 7 for 10 free throws, 28 rebounds, 13 fouls and 3 trunovers.
Braier 11, Schwartz 17, Schmitz 10, G. Schmit 17, Picard 21, also Altman 2, C. Dentzer, R. Dentzer, Kox, Muller and C. Schmit

Score by Quarters: 1st Q 18-25, Halftime 33-46, 3rd Q 36-67, Final 45-77
215 Spectators



T71's Whitworth scores 48 against Heffingen(0-8)!!! Arbaut and Tuffel step it up to help Black Star to 5th win!!! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, November22, 2008

T71 89 - Heffingen 73

Heffingen, Luxembourg
America sharpshooter Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) lifted his points per game average by knocking down shot after shot throughout ending up with a game and season high 48 points in Heffingen. With the win, T71 improved its w/l record to 5-3 with Soleuvre next on the program in the 1/8th final of Luxembourg Cup on Thursday night in Soleuvre. Martin Rajniak added 12 and Gilles Ruffato 10. Heffingen's Jay Anderson (206-F-81, college: Oregon) score 26 followed by Manou Scholtus with 14. Joel Thesen and Chris Zender scored 10 each. Heffingen is still trying to get a win, but most likely won't get one this weekend as they must travel to Steinsel to face Amicale which is 6-2 and in first place in the DBBL. T71 plays host to Sparta in the game of the weekend. Both matches are scheduled for Saturday, November 29th. No Stats were available for the game.

T71: 37 field goals, 6 three pointers, 9 for 12 free throws, 19 fouls
Whitworth 48, Rajniak 12, Ruffato 10, Hoffmann, Siebenbour 2, also Bemtgen, Steinmetz 4, Kostur 8, Abreu 3,Hermann 2, Laures and Klein
Heffingen: 25 field goals, 7 three pointers, 16 for 23 free throws, 17 fouls
Hetto 3, J. Thesen 10, Scholtus 14, Zender 10, Anderson 26, also D. Weyrich 2, C. Weyrich 4, M. Weyrich 2, Kauffmann and Feltes 2

Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-15, Halftime 48-27, 3rd Q 66-48, Final 89-73
125 Spectators

Black Star 92 - Residence 82

Mersch, Luxembourg
Patrick Arbaut came out of his slump and dropped 25 points, grabbed 7 rebs and dished for 5 assists last Saturday night in Mersch giving his team a lift as they defeated Residence(1-7) 92-82. With the win, Black Star(5-2) hangs in there for a good shot at making the top 6 with one game left in the first round of qualification. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) led Black Star with 27 points 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Jannik Tuffel had one of his better games as well with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Black Star made up for its poor free throw shooting by taking good care of the basketball comitting only 6 turnovers. Residence's Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) had 31 followed by Pitt Koster with 19. Residence lost the war on the boards 38-27. Residence will host Contern on Saturday, the 29th and Black Star will face Contern in the Cup on Wednesday night, the 26th and will travel to Luxembourg City to face Racing on Saturday, the 29th.

Black Star: 36 field goals, 5 three pointers, 15 for 26 free throws, 38 rebounds, 20 fouls and 6 turnovers (Muepu 37' fouled out)
Muepu 6, Di Bartholomeo 2, Pa. Arbaut 25, McDaniel 27, Y. Arbaut 6, also Tuffel 22, Hoffmann, and Becker 4
Residence: 30 field goals, 4 three pointers, 18 for 27 free throws, 27 rebounds, 21 fouls and 5 tunovers
Koster 19, Hall 31, F. Mangen 4, Hemmen 4, Leschek 4, S. Mangen 9, also Kayser, Julien 7, Felten and Abdiu 4

Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-18, Halftime 43-37, 3rd Q 59-56, Final 92-82
100 spectators


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Angeles add a veteran player - by Gianni Pascucci
Angeles de Puebla strengthened their roster agreeing to terms with veteran, USA-MEX player Timmy Gibbs (191-G-67, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Weber St.), who inked a contract till the end of the 2008-09 season. He will wear the shirt #5 and should make his debut over the weekend.

Bucaneros add Session to their roster - by Gianni Pascucci
LNBP team Bucaneros de Campeche agreed to terms with Houston Takers, ABA player Marcus Session (198-G/F-81, college: St.Mary's (TX)). He will leave Texas tomorrow to join the Bucaneros, and should make his debut during the weekend game.

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MNT1B 6 Round : in derby game University Mediteran win against Ljubovic - by Dragan Scepanovic
In derby game of 6 Round of Montenegrin 1A Opportunity League Basketball Club University Mediteran from Podgorica win in very important game against Basketball Club Ljubovic from Podgorica 92=88 ( 21-17, 27-22, 15-22. 29=27 ).Best payer of the game was Spasoje Palameta ho score 22 points and 6 rebounds ( BC University mediteran).In team of Ljubovic best palyer was Ilija Popovic (200-F-86) whit 26 points and 6 rebounds.For team of Basketball Club University of Mediteran and head coach Zdenko Grbavcevic this is 6 win in 6 games

CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season with a victory over Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - KK Buducnost 75:70

CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season at home with a 75:70 victory over Buducnost. Pardubice saw a strong first half of the local team as the Czech Republic is 1-0 in Group H. Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) led the winners with 22 points. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) collected 13 and 9 assists, while Blake Schilb (201-G-83, college: Loyola, IL) had 12 points. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the visiotrs with 16 points, Ivan Maras (208-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) added 11.
CEZ Nymburk opened the game with a 6-0 run and then improved to 10:6. KK Buducnost was far away to give up and tied the agme at 16:16. Gray and Lee combined for 9 points in an 13-0 Nymburk run that Sokolovsky capped with a floating layup to give the hosts a 31:18 margin. KK Buducnost pulled back again and cut it to 37:31 at the halftime.
In the third frame the game remained tough but with the hosts in front. Sokolovsky nailed back-to-back triples for a 54:48 Nymburk margin after 30 minutes. The hosts even had 10 points advantage throughout the last period but Gordic brought the guests within 72:70. Luckily for the hosts the guests did not score anymore. Blake Schilb sealed the win for the home side as CEZ Nymburk started Eurocup season at home with a 75:70 victory.

CEZ Nymburk: Justin Gray 22 points, Arthur Lee 13 points and 9 assists, Blake Schilb 12
KK Buducnost: Vladimir Micov 16 points, Ivan Maras 14, Nemanja Gordic 11, Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) 10


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 6-0 
 2. Danilovgrad 4-2 
 3. Ulcijn 4-2 
 4. Primorje-M. 4-2 
 5. ABS Primorje 3-3 
 6. Mogren 3-3 
 7. Lovcen 2-4 
 8. Niksic 2-4 
 9. Jedinstvo 2-4 
 10. Rudar 0-6 


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NBA Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bucks - Magic 101-108
Orlando Magic made it at the Amway Arena against Milwaukee Bucks mostly owing to Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hidayet Turkoglu, which combined 68 points. Richard Jefferson answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the Bucks. Magic 10-4, Bucks 7-9.

76ers - Bobcats 84-93
Charlotte Bobcats outplayed Philadelphia 76ers jumping on 4-9 record. D.J. Augustin registered double-double for the hosts, 25 points and 11 assists, while Raymond Felton helped with two points less. The 76ers got 18 points and 9 rebounds from Elton Brand dropping on 7-7.

Rockets - Heat 107-98
10-5 for Houston Rockets and 7-7 for Miami Heat after this game. Ming Yao shined for the visiting team nailing 28 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Ron Artest was behind him adding 20 points. Mario Chalmers and Dwayne Wade delivered 23 points apiece for the loosing side.

Spurs - Grizzlies 94-81
George Hill paced San Antonio Spurs to 7th victory this season draining 20 points for 28 minutes. Roger Mason also was good netting 18. As usually, O.J. May was better than the others for the Grizzlies posting 26 points. His team now has 4-10.

Bulls - Jazz 101-100
Rookie Derrick Rose tied his season/career high with nine assists setting up Larry Hughes' game-winning shot. Beside that Rose drained 25 points helping Bulls to reach 7-8 record and to hand sixth defeat to Utah Jazz (9-6). Mehmet Okur contributed with 26 points and 9 boards in loss.

Kings - Trail Blazers 90-91
Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a tiny home victory against Sacramento Kings moving up on 9-6. Brandon Roy stepped up for the winning squad pouring in 28 points. John Salmons delivered 20 for the Kings, which slipped on 5-11.

Hornets - Clippers 99-87
Defeat number 12 for the Clippers this season. On the other hand, New Orleans Hornets registered 8th win in 13 appearances. David West came up with 27, while Chris Paul this time stopped on 14 points and 10 boards for the Hornets. Eric Gordon was totally the best player for the hosts adding 25 points (4 triples).



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#2 Huskies bounce Badgers; win Paradise Jam - by Kevin Cochran

Junior Jerome Dyson (6'4''-G-87) scored 21 points to lead the No. 2 ranked Connecticut men's basketball team to a 76-57 win over No. 19 Wisconsin in the championship game of the 2008 Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.

Junior Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after a dominating defensive performance over the three games. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Dyson, UConn freshman Kemba Walker, Jack McClinton of Miami, Trevon Hughes of Wisconsin and Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi.

Joining Dyson in double figures for the Huskies in the contest was senior Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86) with 14 points and eight boards and Walker, who totaled 12 points and eight boards on the night.

UConn forced 22 Wisconsin turnovers, including three ten-second violations, and held a 31-14 advantage on points off turnovers.

The Huskies led by nine, 56-47, with less than nine to play when Dyson sliced to the bucket for a layup and was fouled. He missed the layup, but Thabeet was fouled on the rebound and went to the line for two shots. He made one of two and the lead was 12 points, 59-47, with 8:41 to play, the biggest of the game to that point. Wisconsin would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Wisconsin had closed within two points in the early part of the second half, but UConn was able to restore the advantage back to seven with less than 11 minutes to play. Thabeet then made both ends of a one-and-one to make the score 52-43 with 10:38 to play. After a Badger bucket, Thabeet fed Gavin Edwards for a layup to make it 54-45. Wisconsin responded with a pair of free throws and Walker came back to the other end and made both ends of a one-and-one to make it 56-47 with less than nine minutes to go in the game.

The Badgers opened the second half with a 15-7 run over seven minutes to cut a ten-point deficit to two, 45-43, with less 13 minutes left to play in regulation. Jeff Adrien helped stem the tide, following a Walker miss and converting a conventional three-point play to get the Husky lead back to five, 48-43. The teams traded turnovers on the next several possessions, culminating in a Dyson steal and emphatic dunk with 11:52 to play to make it 50-43 and then the Huskies forced a ten-second violation on the ensuing Wisconsin trip.

The Huskies finished the first half on a 19-4 run to take a 38-28 advantage into the break. Wisconsin made its first five three-point attempts in the game and jumped out to a five-point advantage, the last of which was 24-19 with 8:21 to play in the first. UConn tied the score at 24-24 on a Thabeet follow of a Dyson missed free throw with 7:45 to go and then took its first lead since the 14:40 mark when Price hit a three from the wing on a pass from Dyson with 4:27 left in the half. UConn scored the final seven points of the half to open the double digit bulge, getting a three from A.J. Price on a nifty feed from Walker, a Dyson floater in the lane and an Craig Austrie steal and layup all in the final 1:32 to make the count 38-28.

UConn returns to action on Saturday, November 30 with a 1:00 p.m. contest at the XL Center in Hartford against the Bulldogs of Bryant University. The game will be televised by WCTX-TV, MyTV9 and broadcast across the UConn Radio Network on WTIC-AM 1080.

Courtesy: UConnhuskies.com



Top Ten teams meet in Maui - by Kevin Cochran
The Maui Invitational will showcase the first top ten matchup of the season tonight following impressive wins by #7 Texas and #8 Notre Dame on the tournament's opening day.

Keyed by a strong defensive effort, the Longhorns topped St Joseph's 68-50. A.J. Abrams, moving to point guard after playing on the wing last season, led the Horns with 17 points and made 4 of 6 from three point range. Gary Johnson and Damion James each added 14 points with Johnson grabbing 10 rebounds. The Hawks were led by Ahmad Nivins, who recorded his 3rd double-double of the young season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The battle of Indiana ended up not being a battle at all, as Notre Dame routed Indiana 88-50. The Irish made 50 percent of their shots, and had five players in double figures, led by Tory Jackson with 21 points. Kyle McAlarney made six three pointers to finish with 18 for the Irish, and Big East Player of the Year Luke Harangody added 14. The outmanned Hoosiers were led by freshman Tom Pritchard with14 points. 'Obviously this is a learning process for us and we learned a lot today,' said first-year Indiana coach Tom Crean . 'Everything is correctable and we have to continue to grow. We're the youngest team in the country and they're one of the oldest and they played like it.'

In the night session, #1 North Carolina rested Tyler Hansbrough, but still crusied against host Chaminade 115-70. The Tar Heels hit nearly 61 percent from the field, led by a career high 26 points from Danny Green, and 19 from Ty Lawson. Shane Hanson had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Silverswords.

UNC will now face Oregon, who outscored Alabama by 20 in the second half of a 92-69 victory. Joevan Catron (17 pts, 13 rebounds) and Freshman Michael Dunigan (18 pts 10 rebounds) both had double doubles for the Ducks. Senario Hillman led Alabama with 16 points.


St Joseph's, Alabama roll in Maui - by Kevin Cochran
Tom Crean knew his first season at Indiana would be tough. So far, it's been worse than that.

Behind 23 points from Darrin Govens (6'1''-G-88), St. Joseph's handed Indiana their second blowout loss in two days with an 80-54 thumping in the Maui Invitational consolation round. Ahmad Nivins (6'9''-F-87) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Hawks, who used a 19-0 run in the second half to break the game open.

Indiana committed 23 turnovers in the game, leading to 34 points for St. Joe's. The Hoosiers, who did not have a single player score in double figures, were led by Malik Story (6'5''-G/F) with nine points.

The loss was one of two defeats for Indiana, as they were placed on three years' probation as a result of a telephone recruiting scandal under former coach Kelvin Sampson.

'Now we know we can move this program in the right direction and build it without more sanctions and for that I'm happy, very happy,' Crean said . 'This is what gutting a program looks like and you have to keep moving forward and that's what we'll do and we get to do it in the long term.'

In the second game of the morning session, Alabama used 22 points from Senario Hillman (6'1''-G) to defeat Chaminade 78-56.


Notre Dame advances to Maui final - by Kevin Cochran
Playing in the nation's toughest conference, Notre Dame is proving they will be a force in 2008-09.

Coming off an easy win over Indiana, the Irish advanced to the finals of the Maui Invitational with an 81-80 victory over #7 Texas. The Irish nearly gave the game away late, missing six free throws while Texas made three 3 point shots. The Horns nearly had a fourth, but A.J. Abrams' (5'11''-G-86) halfcourt shot at the buzzer was just short.

Notre Dame was led by the inside/outside combo of Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) and Kyle McAlarney (6'0''-G-87). Harangody scored 29 points to go with 11 rebounds while McAlarney made 5 three point shots and finished with 19 points. Texas was led by Abrams, who scored 23 points on 8 of 26 shooting.

The Irish will now play the winner of the North Carolina/Oregon game in tomorrow's championship game.


UMass suspends Wiggins - by Kevin Cochran
His team is off to a 1-3 start. If that wasn't bad enough, Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg is now dealing with criminal charges against one of his redshirt players.

Guard Doug Wiggins (6'1''-G-88), a transfer from Connecticut, has been suspended after a weekend arrest on charges of breaking and entering. Amherst police cofirmed the arrest, but have not released any other details. Kellogg says he is still waiting for all the facts before deciding if Wiggins will remain on the team.

This is not Wiggins' first brush with the law. He was suspended for two games at Connecticut last season after he and a teammate were caught with alcohol on campus. Wiggins was expected to be a big part of next year's UMass team after averaging 6.8 points in 30 games at UConn.


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Seattle Pacific Wins in Double Overtime - by Sanjey Noriega
From: spufalcons.com
SEATTLE -- A mere instant from falling short, the Seattle Pacific Falcons wound up working double overtime to add another tally to their mens basketball win column on Saturday night.

Casey Reed scored 23 points, and Jeff Downs had 22, including the buzzer-beating equalizer at the end of regulation time and the game-tying 3-pointer in the first overtime, and SPU went to knock off No. 20 Cal.St.-San Bernar., 104-94.

The game in Royal Brougham Pavilion was the conclusion of the season-opening Sodexo Tip-Off Classic as the Falcons got their official schedule off to a 2-0 start tangling with Division I schools California, Stanford and Saint Marys in exhibition play.

Rob Diederichs (6'8''-F) (Shoreline, Wash., Shorewood HS) finished with 21 points for Seattle Pacific, and made it a double-double with 11 assists. Diederichs got seven of his points during the second overtime when the Falcons scored the first eight to take a 96-88 lead. Brandon Larrieu (Puyallup, Wash., Franklin Pierce HS) added 19 points for the game.

It was just luck that falls the right way, SPU coach Jeff Hironaka said. Every time we needed a little luck, we got it. Finally in that second overtime, we were able to break away.

Downs (Kirkland, Wash., Bellevue Christian HS) scored the final eight points of regulation. That included a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to give SPU a 78-77 lead, only to see that shot answered by a Reggie Brown trey to put the Coyotes back on top, 80-78 with nine seconds left.

The Falcons came downcourt, and Chris Banchero (Seattle, ODea HS) got under the hoop for an attempted lay-up that rolled off the rim. But Downs was waiting on the other side and fired the putback that dropped through at the buzzer for an 80-80 tie, forcing the first overtime.

SPU was down 88-85 when Downs drained a 3-pointer from 22 feet away on the right side of the key. Devin Montgomery, who finished with a game-high 29 points for Cal.St.-San Bernar., had a chance to win it when he stepped up for two free throws with 1.5 seconds left. But though he hit 17 of 22 from the line for the night, he missed both those, leaving the scored knotted at 88-88 and bringing on the second extra five minutes.

Reed quickly put Seattle Pacific ahead 90-88 with a lay-in off a Diederichs assist. Diederichs then hit a free throws, followed by a trey off an assist from Downs to make it 94-88. Downs hit a driving lay-in for a 96-88 bulge.

Cal.St.-San Bernar., last years California Collegiate Athletic Association co-champion, closed the gap to five at 99-94, and were putting heavy pressure on the Falcons in backcourt as the second OT ticked down the one-minute mark. But Reed broke that pressure with a solid dribble drive up the left sideline, saw Diederichs streaking wide-open into the key and hit him with the pinpoint pass for a lay-in and a 101-94 advantage with 59 seconds left.

Jeff and Rob hit some big shots. And Casey on that pass (to Diederichs), that was critical, Hironaka said.

Lawrence Tyson added 20 points for Cal State Cal.St.-San Bernar., and Tim Denson added 14. The Coyotes lost both of their games in Seattle, dropping a 73-67 decision to Western Washington on Friday.

Both teams topped the 50-percent shooting mark. Seattle Pacific drained 36 of 71 (50.7 percent), including 12 of 25 from behind the 3-point line. Cal.St.-San Bernar. hit 29 of 51 (56.9 percent), which included a 68.8-percent shooting (11 of 16) during the second half.

SPU won the battle of the boards, 40-29, with Diederichs pulling down nine and Reed collecting eight. The Falcons also earned assists on 32 of their 36 baskets, led by Diederichs 11. Banchero had seven assists. The Coyotes had just 11 assists.

We have to win like this -- we have to have 30-something assists, Hironaka said. Physically, man for man, theyre very talented. They got all their points one-on-one. We got all our points passing the ball.

The Falcons will take their weekend sweep (they routed the University of Mary in Fridays Sodexo opener 87-48) to Southern Utah on Tuesday night, where theyll take on their fourth D-1 opponent of the season.

Weve taken some steps forward in execution, and weve taken some steps forward for a young team, Hironaka said. We have to go out there (at Southern Utah) and prepare the best we can and hope we can be competitive.



Box Score:
http://www.spufalcons.com/sports/mbball/2009/09spmb02.htm


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Last PBL transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen announced the agreement with SirValiant Brown (6'2''-G-81, agency: ACMT, college: George Washington), He once finished second in NCAA Division 1 scoring as a freshman at George Washington. Rainmen co-owner Andre Levingston stated to media: The one thing we lacked last year was an assassin at the guard position. We didnt have that. He gives us that. Levingston, who has 12 players signed for Halifaxs January debut in the Premier Basketball League, plans to bring at least 14 players to training camp starting Dec. 2. The Detroit Panthers inked David Myers (6'8''-F-81, college: Michigan-Dearborne), who is back to the team after last season in the ABA, and also their second round pick from the 2008 PBL Draft, Reggie Riley (6'3''-G/F-80, college: Newman), who is from Detroit, MI and is a great defender of opposing players.

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Latest Results in the Qatari D1 - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir

November 18 2008

Al Ahli Sports Club 80 (39-36) Qatar Club 74

As Sadd Sports Club 92 (45-40) Al Jaysh Army SC 80



November 22 2008

Al Rayyan 83 (60-31) Al Wakrah 57
Al Gharrafah 75 (34-34) Al Arabi Club 71

November 23 2008

Al Jaysh Army SC 86 (53-41) Qatar Club 82
Al Ahli Sports Club 81 (43-25) As Sadd Sports Club 69

Leaders

Scoring
Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) (Qatar Club) 41
Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) (As Sadd Sports Club) 37
William Clay (188-G-78, college: Texas) (Al Ahli Sports Club) 34
Ousseynou N'Diaye (195-G-85) (Al Gharrafah) 26
Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) (Al Rayyan) 25

Rebounds
Mousa (Qatar Club Sports Club) 17
Michael Okoro (206-F-89) (Al Gharrafah) 14
Aaron Haynes (202-F-81, college: Boise St.) (Al Arabi Club) 13
Mame Souley Ndour (Al Wakrah) 13
Onye Ibekwe (203-F-83, college: Long Beach St.) (As Sadd Sports Club) 12

Assists
Fadi Hani (Al Jaysh Army SC) 7
Boney Watson 7
Curtis Haywood 6
Ibrahim (Al Ahli Sports Club) 6
Aaron Haynes 5

Steals
El Hadji Abdou Corea Sow (Al Wakrah) 6
William Clay 5
Aaron Haynes 4
Curtis Haywood 4
Boney Watson 4

Blocks
Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80) 4
Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) (Al Rayyan) 2



Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 4-0 
 2. Al Jaysh 4-1 
 3. Al Ahli 3-2 
 4. Al Arabi 2-2 
 5. As Sadd 2-3 
 6. Qatar 2-3 
 7. Al Gharrafah 1-3 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-4 


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CSU Atlassib Sibiu look to upset champions - by Vasile Racovitan
After losing the last game against CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu, CSU Atlassib Sibiu return to their home court and will face champions CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Round 10 of the Romanian First Division.
Despite their loss in the last game, the team from Sibiu are confident before the clash with the champions and have expressed their desire to end the 7-game winning streak of CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, who will go to Sibiu without starting PG Zoran Osmokrovic, who is injured.
CS Otopeni have also injury problems before the game against BC Targoviste. Top scorer Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) missed out last weekend, too, and is unlikely to play.
CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu and Gaz Metan Medias will meet in one of the most attractive games of Round 10, while BCMUS Pitesti and U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca will have easy encounters against Rapid Bucuresti and SCM U Craiova, respectively.
ELBA Timişoara vs. Dinamo will see the away side try to get back to the top, after a poor seasons start.
BC Mures and CSU Brasov will be face to face in a very interesting game, with both sides loking to overcome their losses in Round 9.
CSM Oradea will not play in this round.


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House leads Lokomotiv in the EuroChallenge opener - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Rostov -BC Sumykhimprom 99:72

Lokomotiv Rostov won the opening game of EuroChallenge Regular season at home. The Russian team overcame BC Sumykhimprom from Ukraine with a massive 28-13 start. Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) notched 17 and Pero Antik (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had 13. Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84, college: American) ended up with 17 points in defeat, as Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) netted 11.
Greene opened the scoring account for his team and Abdullahi Kuso held the guests in front, 9:6. Lokomotiv Rostov mounted in a 15-0 run for 21:9 in the opening quarter. Fred House closed it at 28:13 as Russian team was too good for the opponents. In the second period the game remained even but the Russian team held their advantage. Abdullahi Kuso scored for 49:34 at the end of the first half.
In the beginning of the third period the hosts pushed the tempo and had plus 20. Fred House brought his team 58:38 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 62:40. Vzdykhalkin's three gave Lokomotiv Rostov 77:52 at the end of the third. The game was done at that time for the Russian squad and the last period just brought minor changes on the board. Fred House posted three to celebrate the opener with his Lokomotiv Rostov at 99:72.

Lokomotiv Rostov: Fred House 30+7 rebs, Szymon Szewczyk 17, Pero Antik 13
BC Sumykhimprom: Linas Lekavicius 17, Abdullahi Kuso 11+10 rebs, Vadim Matyukevych 11


A 21-8 in the last frame brings the 66:58 victory for Tartu Rock - by Eurobasket News
CSK-VVS Samara-Tartu Rock 58:66

Tartu Rock opened the EuroChallenge Regular Season with a road win over CSK-VVS Samara. The latter controlled the game in the third period but missed a 8-21 in the last frame and lost 58:66. Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) led the winners with 19 points. Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) nailed 12, while Janar Talts (205-C-83) posted 11. Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) ended up with 21 points, whilst Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) added 12.
The team that reached the EuroCup Final Four last season was not however a favorite in the game as Samara is tough at home. In a back-to-back period the guests grabbed 20:19 lead and looked forward for the rest of the game. The Estonian team even pushed the tempo and had 19-14 in the second period. Tartu improved to 39:33 at the halftime as the teams left the court for the break.
In the third period the Russian team showed the game the spectators used to see and produced 17-6 in the frame. Tartu' outfit turned on the style over the last ten minutes, though. They outscored CSK-VVS 21-8 to claim an impressive win on the road. In the next game of the group Virtus Bologna will face Base Oostende tomorrow.

CSK-VVS Samara: Marque Perry 21, Virgil Stanescu 12
Tartu Rock: Tanoka Beard 19, Gert Kullamae 12, Janar Talts 11


BC Triumph outscores BC Kyiv 67:64 - by Eurobasket News
BC Triumph -BC Kyiv 67:64

Two teams that deserved to play in EuroCup Regular season battled in the opener of EuroChallenge Regular Season. BC Triumph Lyubertsy held on for a 67:64 victory in Russia over BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) paced all the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 13 and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) had 11. Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) finished the night with 13 points, whilst Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Stanojevic posted first two for the guests as they also enjoyed 6:2 lead. Nenad Krstic made it 13:10 and Kenan Bajramovic bounced back for 13:15. Stanojevic closed the opening quarter for 21:17, the hosts. BC Triumph and BC Kyiv struggled a lot in the second quarter and Wright made it 38:36 at the halftime.
With 52:52 in the third period the hosts created a 7-0 run for 59:52 after thirty minutes of the game. Kenan Bajramovic made a lay-up to close the gap to 65:62. After 65:64 BC Triumph posted two more points in the game. Ernest Bremer made one of two at the free throw and then Alan Anderson followed him with the same for 67:64 win.

BC Triumph: Nenad Krstic 17+11 rebs, Ernest Bremer 13, Alan Anderson 11
BC Kyiv: Alex Scales 13, Kenan Bajramovic 11+10 rebs


Popovic seals his team victory over Lukoil Academic - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Academic - Unics Kazan 79:80

Unics Kazan notched the opening win in the EuroCup regular season as the team overcame Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria. The guests started very well but then could hardly clinched 80:79 road win.
Terrell Lyday led the winners with 23 points. Tariq Kirksay collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kuzyakin Artem posted 11. Riste Stefanov top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, Todor Stoykov had 17 and Kevin Kruger added 16.
The Russian team opened the game very organized and took 14:4 in the opening tip.
Terrell Lyday made it 17:8, while Tariq Kirksay posted for 21:10. Having 21:12 Unics closed the first quarter with 6-0 run for 27:12 at the end of it. Lukoil Academic woke up in the second period and reduced the gap a bit. Trailing 15:32 the hosts produced 14-0 run for 31:32. Kuzyakin Artem remained his team in front at 43:37 halftime score.
The game was very interesting in the third period as the hosts tried to catch up with the opponent.
Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) made it 54:55 and Terrell Lyday closed the third period at 54:56. Todor Stoykov gave Bulgarians the first lead with three minutes to at 70:69. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) sealed a three pointer for 80:79 road win.


Lukoil Academic: Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) 18, Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 17, Kevin Kruger (188-G-83, college: UNLV) 16
Unics Kazan:
Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) 23, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) 17+10 rebs, Kuzyakin Artem 11



Ex-NBAer Delfino shines for Khimki over STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Khimki Moscow - STB Le Havre 79:55

Russian Khimki Moscow posted 79:55 at home in the start of Eurocup regular season Group C campaign. Ex-NBAer Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) was unstoppable in the opener as he brought 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists for Khimki Moscow. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) finished the night with 15 points and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fabien Causeur ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) collected 11 points and 14 rebounds.
STB Le Havre played on the hosts' nerves in the opening quarter and proved that the team came to Russia for the win. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) gave the visitors led 10:14 after one period. In the second quarter the court was dominated only by one team. The hosts ripped off the next 10 points to jump ahead 20:16. Another 18-0 run closed the second quarter, giving the favorites 38:18 at the break.
In the third period Khimki Moscow controlled the game and had 52:29 midway through the third period. Thompson's triple trimmed the deficit to 59:34 after three quarters. At the end of the game STB Le Havre could only win the last frame 21-20 that gave Russian Khimki Moscow 79:55 at home in the start of Eurocup regular season Group C campaign.

Khimki Moscow: Carlos Delfino 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, Maciej Lampe 15, Jorge Garbajosa 13 points, 6 rebounds
STB Le Havre: Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) 14, Marcus Slaughter 11 points and 14 rebounds


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KINGS KEEP INTEREST HIGH WITH BIG CRUNCH CREDIT - by Sandy Sutherland

Edinburgh Kings emerged with greatly enhanced credit from their crunch Scottish League basketball
game with table-topping Falkirk Fury winning 74-57 at Portobello High School on November 22.
To the delight of Kings coach Danny Costello they also did it without significant 'foreign
investment', only Australian Lee 'Chopper' Pettett being non-Scottish.
There had been fears that without their star Irishman Paul Cummins Kings would be at the mercy of
the recently rampant Fury.
But, with the Scotland point guard Laurie Costello back at the helm for the first time this season,
the home products rose superbly to the occasion and Kings won every quarter.
Ahead 19-16 after 10 minutes and 39-30 at half-time, despite an opening barrage from Fury's Daniel
Donnelly who had 11 in the first quarter, the champions, who are now level on two defeats with
Falkirk and Saint Mirren, tightened the screw in the second half with Laurie Costello switching to
mark Donnelly and Paddy Campbell limiting Fury sharp-shooter Keith Bunyan to a miserly four points:
'Paddy played a blinder marking Keith and also top scoring with 19 points - how was he left out of
the Scotland team last summer,' pondered the coach.
Simon Flockhart was another who had a big game, scoring 17 points in 38 minutes and limiting young
Fury centre Ali Fraser to 14 (compared to his 38 v Troon).
Costello also picked out 16-year-old Lee Reilly, who scored 15 points and played the entire game
after coming on for starter Garreth Lodge who had picked up two early fouls.
'Lee gave a very assured performance.'
Despite being unable to train or play for two weeks, Edinburgh cop and former cap Campbell
Flockhart also came off the bench to play well defensively.
For Fury, Donnelly finished with 29, and Jonny Bunyan added 10.
Kings' juniors were easy 74-51 winners over St Mirren beforehand and, though the cadets lost 62-42
to their Paisley counterparts, the cadette women beat Gladiators 53-30 and the senior women were
too quick and too accurate for local rivals Polonia Phoenix (71-45).
East Lothian Buccaneers traveled to Ayr the following day but were unable to repeat last month's
upset victory over Troon Tornadoes and went down 70-65; while St Mirren were much too strong for
Glasgow Storm at Notre Dame HS and won 92-51, with Stirling Universty student Chris Cleary hitting
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Kisic leaves Novi Sad, Anicic Ergonom - by Zoran Popovic
Two Serbian teams from Swisslion Superleague stayed without head coaches. After the last lost match against Vizura and score 2-8 this season, Radomir Kisic decided to step down. 'Things are not going in the right direction and something must be changed. We worked very hard, all players made improvements, but sometimes that is not enough, sometimes you must have some luck. I wish all the best to KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka in the rest of the season' said Radomir Kisic . Managament of KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka decide that Nemanja Danilovic will be new head coach. Nemanja Danilovic was former assistant coach in Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. 'This is my first job as a head coach, but I think I am ready to take responsibility of head coach. Team had enough space for improvements. For the begining Ill follow the steps of my forerunner, but also I will implement my ideas. I know most of the players personaly and I am ready to give in work 100% of myself. Finaly, results will be criteria of my work', said new head coach of KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka, Nemanja Danilovic

At the same time Ljubisa Anicic decided to leave Ergonom Nis. From the begining of the regular season Ergonom led by Anicic had score 6-4 and currently is on the 5th position of Swisslion Superleague. In the next period assistant coach Vlada Jovanovic will lead the team.


Novi Sad hires Nemanja Danilovic as a new head coach - by Dragan Jankovski
Just two days after Radomir Kisic decided to leave participant of Serbian A league Novi Sad, the team immediately agreed terms with Nemanja Danilovic. As a reminder, Novi Sad had not so brilliant start in domestic championship celebrating only twice in 10 appearances. The team is currently at the bottom of the standings, together with Sloga and Zdravlje Actavis. In the last round Novi Sad suffered huge home defeat against Vizura 72-94.

Kisic's successor Nemanja Danilovic started the season as an assistant coach of Vojvodina Srbijagas. However, after Zoran Sretenovic's resignation it was logical move for Danilovic to accept a new job. Danilovic was professional player many years in the past. He started career in Beocin and later played for Vojvodina few years. He also has experience from Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Turkey and Portugal. Season 06/07 was his last one as a player and he spent it in Radnicki Invest Inzenjering.

Nemanja Danilovic will have his debut on Novi Sad's bench against dangerous Tamis Petrohemija on the road. After poor start, the team from Pancevo registered 3 victories and it for sure won't be an easy job for Danilovic and his players. Tamis, Masinac, Sloga, Zdravlje and Novi Sad are currently early candidates for relegation. It just means that the Saturday's game will be extremely important for both teams.


Serbian B league, round 8: OKK Beograd won againts Crvena Zvezda II - by Zoran Popovic
Crvena Zvezda 2nd team-OKK Beograd 85-95 (18-18, 26-24, 17-22, 24-31)

In small Belgrade derby of 8th round OKK Beograd won against Crvena Zvezda 2nd team. During the most of the match both teams were equal, but in the fourth period OKK Beograd players made +10 points advantage which was enough for their 6th won this season. The most efficient in OKK Beograd was Branko Andjic with 21 points, Vukadinov with 19 points, Dragan Mitrovic (192-G-85) and Milos Suzic (203-C-88) per 16 points. For Crvena Zvezda 2nd team, Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90) scored 21 poins, Nemanja Nedovic (191-G-91) add 20 points and Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91) 15 points.

Crvena Zvezda 2nd team: Nemanja Nedovic 20, Filip Sepa 21, Milosevic 2, Djukic 2, Stevovic 2, Lazar Radosavljevic 15, Gagic 3, Rondovic 6, Djordjevic, Dj.Majstorovic 7, Lukic 4, D.Majstorovic 7.
OKK Beograd: Dragan Mitrovic 16, Kruscic 8, Dragovic, Vukadinov 19, Dimitrijevic, Korac 11, Simic, Branko Andjic 21, Vasic 2, Milos Suzic 16, Stojancev, Sekulic.


Adriatic league fines FMP and referee Drazen Pehar - by Dragan Jankovski
Adriatic league announced its decision regarding the game Helios Domzale - FMP (Round 8, November 15). As a reminder, with less than 2 minutes remaining FMP's management decided pull-off their team from the floor as they were totally disappointed with decisions of referees Pehar and Muhvic. It was 3-point game at that moment for Helios and FMP had possession. President of FMP, Nebojsa Covic, changed his mind very soon returning his team on the court. Everything resulted with 3 technical fouls and expulsion, after what Helios had 8 free throws. Of course, it automatically meant that the winner of this game is already known. After it FMP officially complained on Muhvic and Pehar stating that referees whistled favorable for the host team and even not reacted on humiliating and nationalistic behavior towards their player Guy Pnini.

Final epilogue of this story is fine for FMP, as well as for referee Drazen Muhvic. FMP will have to pay 8.200 euros in total, while at the same time its Sports Director Ratko Radovanovic got one game suspension. Referee Drazen Pehar won't be selected to the following two cycles. It means that he will most probably miss 8 games of regional championship.

FMP is facing with the poorest start in Adriatic league ever. Two-time champion has only 2 wins in 9 appearances so far. Next game will be extremely tough as FMP will take on Croatian champion Zadar on the road.


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Levice crushes Pezinok, Prievidza victorious again - by Eurobasket News
In derby game of Round 14, Astrum Levice outplayed AB Cosmetics Pezinok at home 85-72. It was very important game for both teams as they are trying to catch up HBK Prievidza, who is currently on top with 12-2 record. Marko Samanovic (206-C-85) and his teammates entered into this game strongly creating 25-19 in the first quarter. Following 10 minutes were the crucial ones in this game. The hosts intensified defense, which caused many problems for the reigning champion. Marko Samanovic and Richard Klein (196-F-77) were hot leading Levice to 21 points in the second frame. On the other side, visitors struggled at the offensive end netting just 9. It means that Levice had more than comfortable 18-point lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Astrum Levice had another great quarter (23-16). During the last ten minutes Pezinok succeeded just to cut the margin on 15, but nothing more than that. Marko Samanovic was a key player for the winning squad draining 25 points. Richard Klein helped it with 16, while Dusan Zivicky (198-F-86, agency: FCM) netted on point less. Pezinok got the most from Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69), 23 points. Glen Whisby (203-C/F-72, college: S.Mississippi) contributed with 16, while Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) had 15 points for the visitors.

Currently the leading team of the league, HBK Prievidza, didn't let Levice to come any closer beating Spisska Nova Ves on the road 82-79. It means that Prievidza is still on top alone with 12-2, while Levice and Pezinok have 10-4. Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75) shined for the winners scoring 23 points. Greg Immink (178-G-83, college: Hope (MI)) also was on a great level stopping on 22. SNV got 26 points from Madaj.


Other results of Round 14:
Bystrica - Kosice 96-77
Dolny Kubin - Nitra 84-78
Chemosvit - Inter 73-82
Komarno - Handlova 80-66


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Kocar fired, Novakovic back as coach of Alpos Sentjur - by Zeljko Zule

Alpos Sentjur have fired coach Bostjan Kocar just 8 games into the season and Damijan Novakovic ex Zlatorog will take over for the rest of the season.
The announcement today came less than one year after Kocar was hired. Alpos Sentjur have lost four straight games, dropping to 11th place and is still winless at home.

Novakovic became coach of Alpos Sentjur for the second time. He played for Sentjur from 1999-2003 and 2004-05. After his playing career ended in 2005, he had several coaching jobs, working for Alpos two seasons.



Rogla quit B-1 League, Parklji part ways with Nedeljkovic - by Zeljko Zule

Rogla Zrece have lost their battle for survival and today resigned from the B-1 League because they have lost their main sponsor.
The club was founded in 1992 and played eight seasons in A-1 League and had its biggest success by making it to the Slovenian Cup Spar semifinals in 2006 and won 5th place in 2000-01 National Championship.

Parklji Bezigrad parted ways with Srboljub Nedeljkovic (202-F/C-79). He averaged 18,2 minutes, 7,3 points (2P 20-31, FT 11-16), 4,0 rebounds and 0,3 assists in 7 games of B-1 League.



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Azovmash wins an overtime opener - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Kalise Gran Canaria 92:90 OT

Azovmash wins an overtime opener in the EuroCup regular season in Mariupol. Four quarters were not enough to beat Spanish Kalise Canaria and only 15:13 in overtime brought the first victory for the hosts.
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) paced all the winners with 23 points. Van Den Spiegel T. netted 21, while Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) scored 16. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) nailed 28 in defeat and Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) added 20.
Ukrainian side opened the game with four consecutive points and Skutyelnik extended the difference to 10:4. The hosts stepped up with a different approach to produce a 11-1 run to take 23:14 after the opening quarter. Kalise Gran Canaria did not give up and tied things at 39:39. Azovmash pushed the tempo for good and grabbed 46:41 halftime advantage.
In a back-to-back third quarter
Nsonwu Uche made it 66:62 after 30 minutes. In the fourth but not the last period Marc Salyers and English exchanged triples for 77:77 at the end of 40 minutes. A 13-5 run beginning the overtime pushed the match on the hosts side when Marc Salyers scored from downtown to make it 90:82. Ukrainian side kept the score for good and won the opener 92:90.

Azovmash:
Khalid El-Amin 23, Van Den Spiegel 21, Marc Marc Salyers 16
Kalise Canaria:
Carl English 28, Melvin Sanders 20


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MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket sign Ezenwa Ukeagu - by Eurobasket

MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket signed 27-year old American power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-C/F-81, college: Washington St.). Ukeagu played most recently at Reims Champagne Basket (France) where he played 32 games and averaged: 32 games: 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%, FT: 57.5%.

Ezenwa is well known in Germany where he played at ART Duesseldorf Magics for 3 seasons with high score average of 14.0ppg.



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Hasan Ozmeric is back to CASA TED Ankara Kolejliler - by Baha Kurtulus

As it was known, after two sucessful season, Casa TED Ankara Kolejliler has decided not
to continue with Hasan Ozmeric and his technique team at the beginning of 2008-2009 season.
Now the new coach has quited since Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara did not win any match
through 7 weeks from the beginning of the league. The successful coach Hasan Ozmeric
and his technique team signed again with his previous team,Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara

(Photo: Die4you web site , http://www.die4youankarakolejliler.com )



A 15-0 run in the second period did not save Besiktas against Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Cola Turka - Benetton 72:77

Italian Benetton wins the opener of Eurocup regular season in Group C in Istanbul, Turkey. Besiktas JK Cola Turka tried hard but had to admit 72:77 loss as Jimmy Baxter and Ozer tried hard in the remaining seconds to revive their team. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) paced all the winners with 19 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) supported him with 14 each and Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) posted 13. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points, whilst Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) had 16.
Benetton did not mind playing away from home and took an early lead in the game. Nicevic and Dixon paired up to give Benetton a 6:11 lead after 5 minutes. The Italian squad held 15:12 after the opening quarter of the thriller. In the second period the spectators saw two runs, two that belonged to the hosts. First, the home team made an 8-0 run to gain the lead again, 25:23. The second one shocked the guests with 15-0 thanks to 3 triples from Oren. By that point, Besiktas had 40:27 advantage to the locker room.
Benetton climbed back with 21-12 in the third period to 52:48 at the end of the period. Benetton produced an 8-0 run and then Gary Neal's jump shot boosted Benetton's advantage to 7 points. Italian side wins the opener of Eurocup regular season in Group C 77:72.

Besiktas Cola Turka: Cevher Ozer 23, Adem Oren 16
Benetton: Sandro Nicevic 19, Domen Lorbek 14, Radoslav Rancik 14, Gary Neal 13


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Paradise Jam, Day 4 Results - by David Edole

Monday, November 24

Game #7 La Salle (75) vs. Valparaiso (70) - (7th/8th place) - OT
La Salle fought off a late game comeback that took them to overtime to beat Valparaiso and take 7th place in the 2008 Paradise Jam Tournament. The Explorers ended regulation hitting 13 of their last 15 free throws. Jerrell Williams led La Salle with 19 points, 9 of which came from the free throw line. De'Adre Haskins led Valpo with 20 points, shooting 5 for 6 from behind the arc.

PHOTOS

Game #8 Southern Mississippi (64) vs. Iona (63) - (4th/6th place)
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the Iona Gaels to take fourth place in the Paradise Jam Men's Basketball Tournament. The Golden Eagles edged the Gaels in large part due to the play of R.L. Horton and Jeremy Wise. Horton had 19 points while Wise added 16, including two key free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. The Gaels had three players in double figures with Kashif Pratt leading the group with 14 points.

PHOTOS

Game #9 Miami (80) vs. San Diego (45) - (3rd/5th place)
The Miami Hurricanes had little trouble defeating the San Diego Toreros to capture 3rd place in the Paradise Jam Men's Basketball Tournament. Four players scored in double figures for the Canes as Brian Asbury led all scorers with 14 points. Ironically Jimmy Graham grabbed a double-double on his 22nd birthday with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Lewis led the Toreros with 11 points.

PHOTOS

Game #10 Connecticut (76) vs. Wisconsin (56) - (Championship)
The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to win the 2008 Paradise Jam championship behind the MVP performance of Hasheem Thabeet who set a tournament record with 15 total blocked shots and a single game record on Sunday against Miami with 7 swats in a single game. The Badgers started strong in the first half with solid outside shooting and managed to hold a 5 point lead until the Huskies stifling defense forced turnovers and created fast break opportunities to help them take control of the game. Keaton Nankivil led the Badgers with 11 points and Trevon Hughes was named to the all-tournament team. The Huskies were led by Jerome Dysons 21 points.

FINAL TOURNAMENT STANDINGS

1.Connecticut
2. Wisconsin
3. Miami
4. Southern Mississippi
5. San Diego
6. Iona
7. La Salle
8. Valparaiso

TOURNAMENT MVP:
Hasheem Thabeet - Connecticut

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Jerome Dyson - Connecticut
Trevon Hughes - Wisconsin
Jack McClinton - Miami
Kemba Walker (185-G-90) - Connecticut
Jeremy Wise - Southern Mississippi



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  UBL   


UBL Preseason Fundraiser Games UBL Wranglers VS Arkansas Warriors - by Ozzie Denson


Attention All Non- Profit Organizations , Schools , Churches, etc:

The UBL (The United Basketball League) teams are available to play in Fundraising Games for your organizations. To book a game for your event please contact Coach Denson at 972-781-8120 or Pastor Udell at 501-539-3340. You can book a fundraiser game from December 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.

The UBL Come Get Some!!!

UBL PRESEASON GAME

THE UBLWRANGLERS

VS

THE ARKANSAS WARRIORS

SAT. JAN 31,2009

6:00 PM

AT THE SELWYN SCHOOL OF DENTON

3333 W. UNIVERSITY DRIVE

DENTON, TEXAS

TICKETS $10.00



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  UKRAINE   


House leads Lokomotiv in the EuroChallenge opener - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Rostov -BC Sumykhimprom 99:72

Lokomotiv Rostov won the opening game of EuroChallenge Regular season at home. The Russian team overcame BC Sumykhimprom from Ukraine with a massive 28-13 start. Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) notched 17 and Pero Antik (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had 13. Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84, college: American) ended up with 17 points in defeat, as Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) netted 11.
Greene opened the scoring account for his team and Abdullahi Kuso held the guests in front, 9:6. Lokomotiv Rostov mounted in a 15-0 run for 21:9 in the opening quarter. Fred House closed it at 28:13 as Russian team was too good for the opponents. In the second period the game remained even but the Russian team held their advantage. Abdullahi Kuso scored for 49:34 at the end of the first half.
In the beginning of the third period the hosts pushed the tempo and had plus 20. Fred House brought his team 58:38 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 62:40. Vzdykhalkin's three gave Lokomotiv Rostov 77:52 at the end of the third. The game was done at that time for the Russian squad and the last period just brought minor changes on the board. Fred House posted three to celebrate the opener with his Lokomotiv Rostov at 99:72.

Lokomotiv Rostov: Fred House 30+7 rebs, Szymon Szewczyk 17, Pero Antik 13
BC Sumykhimprom: Linas Lekavicius 17, Abdullahi Kuso 11+10 rebs, Vadim Matyukevych 11


BC Triumph outscores BC Kyiv 67:64 - by Eurobasket News
BC Triumph -BC Kyiv 67:64

Two teams that deserved to play in EuroCup Regular season battled in the opener of EuroChallenge Regular Season. BC Triumph Lyubertsy held on for a 67:64 victory in Russia over BC Kyiv from Ukraine. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) paced all the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 13 and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) had 11. Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) finished the night with 13 points, whilst Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Stanojevic posted first two for the guests as they also enjoyed 6:2 lead. Nenad Krstic made it 13:10 and Kenan Bajramovic bounced back for 13:15. Stanojevic closed the opening quarter for 21:17, the hosts. BC Triumph and BC Kyiv struggled a lot in the second quarter and Wright made it 38:36 at the halftime.
With 52:52 in the third period the hosts created a 7-0 run for 59:52 after thirty minutes of the game. Kenan Bajramovic made a lay-up to close the gap to 65:62. After 65:64 BC Triumph posted two more points in the game. Ernest Bremer made one of two at the free throw and then Alan Anderson followed him with the same for 67:64 win.

BC Triumph: Nenad Krstic 17+11 rebs, Ernest Bremer 13, Alan Anderson 11
BC Kyiv: Alex Scales 13, Kenan Bajramovic 11+10 rebs


Khimik topped Dexia in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Khimik -Dexia 95:90 OT

Khimik needed an overtime to rout Dexia in the opener of EuroChallenge regular season. A 15-10 in the extra time gave the hosts 95:90 home win. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) paced all the winners with 23 points. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) notched 18 and Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) netted 17. Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Michigan St.) produced 26 points for the visitors, while Green and Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Hawaii) added 19.
Kelvin Torbert brought his team first points from the arc and Ebong held the guests in front for 9:7. Agafonov tied it first at 11:11 and then Nesbitt made it 18:18. A back-to-back quarter was finished at 21:21 as Wykeen Kelly made a three-pointer. With 19-15 in the second Dexia had 40:36 at the halftime.
Khimik bounced back in the third frame and after 26-20 took 62:60 after thrity minutes. At the end of the fourth period the score was even several times as well and Jarrius Jackson sent the teams to overtime with 35 seconds in the period. Kelvin Torbert scored for 92:90 in overtime as for his team those points were the last. Wykeen Kelly made two free throws for 95:90 at the end. Khimik rout Dexia in the opener of EuroChallenge regular season 95:90.

Khimik: Jarrius Jackson 23, Marton Bader 18, Wykeen Kelly 17
Dexia: Kelvin Torbert 26, Green 19, Julian Sensley 19


Azovmash wins an overtime opener - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Kalise Gran Canaria 92:90 OT

Azovmash wins an overtime opener in the EuroCup regular season in Mariupol. Four quarters were not enough to beat Spanish Kalise Canaria and only 15:13 in overtime brought the first victory for the hosts.
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) paced all the winners with 23 points. Van Den Spiegel T. netted 21, while Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) scored 16. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) nailed 28 in defeat and Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) added 20.
Ukrainian side opened the game with four consecutive points and Skutyelnik extended the difference to 10:4. The hosts stepped up with a different approach to produce a 11-1 run to take 23:14 after the opening quarter. Kalise Gran Canaria did not give up and tied things at 39:39. Azovmash pushed the tempo for good and grabbed 46:41 halftime advantage.
In a back-to-back third quarter
Nsonwu Uche made it 66:62 after 30 minutes. In the fourth but not the last period Marc Salyers and English exchanged triples for 77:77 at the end of 40 minutes. A 13-5 run beginning the overtime pushed the match on the hosts side when Marc Salyers scored from downtown to make it 90:82. Ukrainian side kept the score for good and won the opener 92:90.

Azovmash:
Khalid El-Amin 23, Van Den Spiegel 21, Marc Marc Salyers 16
Kalise Canaria:
Carl English 28, Melvin Sanders 20


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Murray signs for Sharjah - by Ali Ahmed
An Nahl Sharjah basketball team management agreed terms with the American Forward Justin Murray (198-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) to play for them this season 2008/2009.



An all-around, versatile player who can score, rebound, pass, and defend at a high level solid ball handler versatile enough to play 2, 3, or 4 position unselfish player will get teammates involved likes to slash to the basket runs the floor well and likes to finish on the break has a solid midrange game has three point range on his shot can post up smaller players and take taller players on the perimeter solid rebounder uses body for positionexcellent defender works hard on the defensive end can defend multiple positions on the court high energy and effort player shows high basketball IQ displays high character and will be a great player to have on any team.



Awards/Achievements:
Elite Professional Basketball Showcase All-Star Team -03, 04
ABA Quarterfinals -05
IBL West Conference Regular Season Champion -05
Nominated for IBL All-star Team -06
IBL All-Star Game -07
Everett Explosion Team MVP -07


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Team of the Week - Week 9 - by Andy Webb
Worcester Wolves have two players in the BBL Team of the Week for the second time this season.

Player-coach Skouson Harker and high-scoring forward Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) are joined in the team by Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders guard Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana), PAWS London Capitals Markus Knight (188-G-81) and Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee) of Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

Harker received the centre nomination for his performance in the 110-102 loss at Marshall MK Lions after pouring in 31 points. The Canadian hit three treys in his total, and also finished with 11 rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes of action. Harker also finished with 13 points and nine boards in the following days victory against Sheffield Sharks.

Paez led his team with 36 points against the Sharks, including six scores from downtown, and drew praise from his coach: Anthony had a break-out game by his standards. He has had 30 points + a couple time this year, but versus Sharks he was absolutely impeccable.

The American recently returned to the Wolves and picked up where he left off last season, also scoring 27 points in Friday nights loss at Lions.

Riders point guard Martin continued his fine debut season in professional basketball on Saturday evening as Rob Paternostros side defeated BiG Cheshire Jets 104-87. He again proved deadly from outside the three-point arc, sinking seven of his 12 attempts on his way to a 29 point haul.

Shooting guard Knight received his first nomination for the Team of the Week after draining 31 points in Capitals 92-79 loss at Worthing Thunder. The Englishman converted an impressive ten of his 14 two-point attempts and also drained a pair from the Land of Plenty in 34 minutes of action and still had time to dish out three assists.

Finally, Beckles produced a game-winning performance as Raiders overcame league champions Newcastle Eagles 88-85 at Plymouth Pavilions. The 68 British passport holder sunk five three-pointers on the way to a 32 point haul and pulled down five rebounds as Raiders kept their title hopes alive.


KINGS KEEP INTEREST HIGH WITH BIG CRUNCH CREDIT - by Sandy Sutherland

Edinburgh Kings emerged with greatly enhanced credit from their crunch Scottish League basketball
game with table-topping Falkirk Fury winning 74-57 at Portobello High School on November 22.
To the delight of Kings coach Danny Costello they also did it without significant 'foreign
investment', only Australian Lee 'Chopper' Pettett being non-Scottish.
There had been fears that without their star Irishman Paul Cummins Kings would be at the mercy of
the recently rampant Fury.
But, with the Scotland point guard Laurie Costello back at the helm for the first time this season,
the home products rose superbly to the occasion and Kings won every quarter.
Ahead 19-16 after 10 minutes and 39-30 at half-time, despite an opening barrage from Fury's Daniel
Donnelly who had 11 in the first quarter, the champions, who are now level on two defeats with
Falkirk and Saint Mirren, tightened the screw in the second half with Laurie Costello switching to
mark Donnelly and Paddy Campbell limiting Fury sharp-shooter Keith Bunyan to a miserly four points:
'Paddy played a blinder marking Keith and also top scoring with 19 points - how was he left out of
the Scotland team last summer,' pondered the coach.
Simon Flockhart was another who had a big game, scoring 17 points in 38 minutes and limiting young
Fury centre Ali Fraser to 14 (compared to his 38 v Troon).
Costello also picked out 16-year-old Lee Reilly, who scored 15 points and played the entire game
after coming on for starter Garreth Lodge who had picked up two early fouls.
'Lee gave a very assured performance.'
Despite being unable to train or play for two weeks, Edinburgh cop and former cap Campbell
Flockhart also came off the bench to play well defensively.
For Fury, Donnelly finished with 29, and Jonny Bunyan added 10.
Kings' juniors were easy 74-51 winners over St Mirren beforehand and, though the cadets lost 62-42
to their Paisley counterparts, the cadette women beat Gladiators 53-30 and the senior women were
too quick and too accurate for local rivals Polonia Phoenix (71-45).
East Lothian Buccaneers traveled to Ayr the following day but were unable to repeat last month's
upset victory over Troon Tornadoes and went down 70-65; while St Mirren were much too strong for
Glasgow Storm at Notre Dame HS and won 92-51, with Stirling Universty student Chris Cleary hitting
21.


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  URUGUAY   


Top 15 Players in the First Round L.U.B - by Sergio Dans
Having finished the first round of the season 08/09 of the LUB, 207 players have been used by the 14 teams that have played, which now on the second round will be only 10
The TOP 15 players with better average in value according to the official league statistics were:

Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) (DSC) 33.4
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) (HMA) 31.4
Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) (Cor) 28.5
Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) (Tab) 28.0
Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) (Oli) 25.0
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) (Ate) 25.0
Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) (Tab) 24.0
Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) (DSC) 23.8
Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) (UAT) 23.7
Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) (Cor) 23.1
Levi Stukes (188-G-84) (Tro) 21.6
Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) (Big) 21.1
Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) (Oli) 21.0
Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) (Mal) 20.1
Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) (Tro) 19.5

Only 2 Uruguayan players (Barrera and Tornaria) are in the Top 15 in value.




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Women News

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  FINLAND - Women  


PuHu finished first teams - by Esko Saarinen
PuHu (Vantaa) has announced to Finnish Basketball Association that the club can not run its first teams, both women and men, competition in Finnish basketball series because of money difficulties. So the women's team played in championships league and men in I division. Women played ten matches, won five and lost five. Now the serietable will change again witheout PuHu and the teams matches will withdraw from the other team's numebers. The same will happen in men's team in first division. Women's tserietable will include now eight teams and men's edleven teams. Women's team has played in championships leagua since the season 1986-87, men's team was in championships league ten seasons startingfrom the year 1997.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Jasmina Ilic to Wasserburg - by Moritz Korff
TSV Wasserburg have reacted on the injury problems and signed Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) until Christmas. The 23-year-old Serbian international will help out in the post, in her first game for the German champ against Halle on Sunday Ilic registered 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Wasserburg needed a new player, because Jana Furkova (185-C/F-84), who is suffering from a torn ACL is unable to play and because Katharina Kuehn (193-C-80) will have to undergo knee surgery in December.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Uniqua NB1/A - Round 10 - by Patonay Adam
Zala Voland and Szekszard won on road, Szeged couldn't make surprise in Soprona and BSE also couldn't win at Pecs. The young and talented Csata with the new coaches made a big victory against Szolnok with Dora Szondy (173-G-88)'s excellent play!

Cegledi EKK - Zala Volan ZTE 64:90
Cegled: Tiba K. 11/3, Halmi K. 13/6, Serbn A. 16, Orbn K. 10/6
Zala Volan: Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) 30/6, Horvath Zs. 12, Rita Rasheed (182-F-89) 10/3

Savaria BC Helios - Atomeromu Szekszard 76:92
Savaria: Rachill Robinson (187-F/C-83, college: Bowie St.) 37/9 (11 reb), Szabadfi M. 12/6, Sandor I. 10/3
Szekszard: Tamas R. 18/12, Ievtushenko A. 23/3, Balint R. 11, Bettina Bozoki (188-C-89) 22/12

Vasas Csata - Szolnoki NKK 78:65
Vasas: Dora Szondy 27, Fejes R. 12, Fritz J. 16, Mansare F. 11/3, Czank T. 10
Szolnok: Djelmis A. 12/9, Darida Cs. 20/3, Boskovic M. 10/3

MKB Euroleasing Sopron - Szeviep Szeged 82:62
Sopron: Holt A. 15, Milovanovic J. 16/3, Honti K. 10, Krivacevic T. 12, MacLeod K. 11/3
Szeged: Nemeth B. 12/6, Furesz E, 18/6

BEAC Ujbuda - Seat Foton Gyor 55:80
BEAC: Emese Szasz (170-G-88) 27/12
Gyor: Radunovic H. 18, Vida A. 13/9, Izsak J. 10/6

Mizo Pecs 2010 - BSE 87:51
Pecs: Vajda A. 24, Coleho G. 14, Somogyi A. 12/6
BSE: Simon Zs. 13 (9 reb)


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  ICELAND - Women  


Two KR games - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
After good win against Snaefell Fjolnir came hard to the floor against KR in saturday game. Score after first quarter 20-1 for KR. Halftime score was 41 - 15 Bad shooting and down by 19 rebounds where main problem for Fjolnir.
Gudrun Amundadottir had good game for KR 25 pts with very good shooting % Hildur Sigurdardottir good over all numbers 9 pts. 16 rebs & 7 assist. Ashley Bowman had off game for Fjolnir 14 pts. 15 years old Bergdis Ragnarsdottir (-92) had the best game for Fjolnir 11 pts + 10 rebs.

KR had another game on monday. Game against Grindavik, both teams fighting for top 4 spot.Grindavik much stronger in first half in a low scoring game 26-34 at halftime.
Third quarter ended 11-5 for KR. Finally KR start scoring in last quarter which they won 31-17 and the game 68-56.
KR now in 2-43 place with Keflavik.
Sigrun mundadottir with double-double 22 + 16. Gudrun Amundadottir & Hildur Sigurdardottir 15 pts each. For Grindavik only Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir with more than 10 pts with 15 pts.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Maclar.Holon - Hapoel T-A 76-59
Maclaren Holon overcame Hapoel T-A 76:59 to tie their record at 3-3. Walker Ayana top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Anderson Alex ended up with 27 points in the losing effort.

Elit.Netanya - Ramat Hen 91-98
Ramat Hen improved to 6-0 record on top after beating Netanya 91:98 away from home. Belvin Matalya paced all the winners with 28 points, while James Tamara netted 23. Pringle LaToya collected 20 points and 16 rebounds, whilst White Erica had 27 points in defeat.

Ramla - Electra Ramat 67-75
Australian Philips,Erin led Electra Ramat with 17 points over Ramla in a 67:75 road win. Agabnikva Ana collected 19 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and White Tan posted 15.

B.Yehuda - M.Tel Kabir 110-91
Bnei Yehuda was the only team to score three digits in the round as the team beat M.Tel Kabir 110:91. Grinboym Rivi top-scored for the winners with 32 points and Grinboym Rivi added 30. Rives ended up with 31 points and 15 rebounds for the visitors.

M.Ashdod - Bnot Hash. 70-87
Ashdod lost at home to Bnot Hasharon 70:87. Gigi Shimrit poured in 22 points for the winners and Houston Charde followed her with 19. Baker Sherill finished the night with 23 points in defeat.



Maccabi Tel Kabir Tel Aviv sign Brooke Reves - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Tel Kabir Tel Aviv strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Brooke Reves (185-F-77, college: Kansas, agency: Merit Sports). Reves played most recently at Aris Holargos (Greece). in season 07/08 she played 25 games at Megas Aleksandros (GRE-A1) where she averaged: Score-2(19.3ppg), Reb-2(11.2rpg), 3.0apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 61.0%. Brooke shared her experinece in Italy, France, Portugal and Belgium.

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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Buducnost beats Gospic in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Gospic 82:67

Montenegrin champion was too strong for Croatian Gospic 82-67 in Round 7 of Adriatic league. It was very important victory for the hosts as now both teams are on the same 3-3 record. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) once again was in a game mood for the winning squad. She was almost unstoppable at the offensive end draining 22 points. Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple) also demonstrated pretty good performance netting one point less. Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84) followed these two players with 15 points. On the other side, Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) was the leading player in the loosing squad posting 23 points. Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) had 18, while Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) stopped on 13.
Everything started good for visitors as they created plus 5 in the first quarter, 19-24. After that moment Maja Milutinovic and her teammates put into the fifth gear in offense, at the same intensifying their defense. It resulted with only 12 points for Gospic in the second frame. The hosts managed to drain 23 having decent plus 6 at the half time. Third stanza was crucial. Buducnost had another high-scoring ten minutes, this time stopping on 26 points. Gospic struggled a lot with it offensive sets missing some of the very important wide open shots. Buducnost had 68-53 before the last quarter, what was a clear sign that this game is already over for Gospic.

Buducnost: Maja Milutinovic 22, Lady Comfort 21, Nikolina Popovic 15
Gospic: Marija Vrsaljko 23, Carla Thomas 18, Jelena Ivezic 13



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Maxima Broker jumps on 8-1 in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Maxima Broker continued with great performance this season in Slovakian Extraliga. In Round 11 the team from Kosice blasted Inpek UKF Nitra on the road with plus 20, 69-49. Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) shined for the winning squad with 22 points. Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Maxima Broker adding 11 points. Tiffani Williams (199-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) was better than the others in Nitra posting 16. Maxima Broker is together with MBK Ruzomberok on top of the standings with almost perfect 8-1 record. Nitra dropped on 7-3.

PU Presov trashed MBK Roznava at home 102-64 jumping on 3-7. Visitors remained the only winless team in the league after 10 appearances. Erin Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) top-scored for the hosts with 31 points. Radka Deckerova (179-F-88) was behind her with 22.

ZBK Whirpool Poprad also had an easy job at home but against Slovan Bratislava 88-53. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) and Graham combined 33 points for the hosts. Renata Talajkova-Kozmonova (190-C-81) contributed with 15 pts in defeat. Poprad 5-5, Slovan 4-6.

In the last game of Round 11, BSS Kosice outsmarted Cassovia Kosice 67-62 improving its score on 6-4. Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) was the most important player for BSS netting 18 points. Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) also shined adding 4 points less. Quigley and Sujova delivered 21 points apiece for Cassovia (3-7).