EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/28/2008

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  ABA   


Showboats finally completing training camp and roster - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA South Texas Showboats have completed their training camp and have made final cuts regarding the roster. The Showboats will have nine local San Antonio players and three from out of state. The team has recorded a 4-0 record in the pre-season going into the regular season play December 6th vs the West Texas Whirlwind at home. 'The City of San Antonio has had so much talent and now we have an opportunity to show our fans how San Antonio has grown to develop basketball and great players,' said CEO/Head Coach Benjamin Mireles . 'We look forward to having a lot of fun in this league and just want to be able to complete at a high level night in and night out. The fans want to see fast, exciting, entertaining and affordable basketball and that is what we plan on giving them here in San Antonio. Willing is always something you want to accomplish, but this year there are so many good teams within our division with Houston, Mississippi, West Texas, Texas City, and SE Texas - this is going to be a dog fight for the division title.'
The roster includes:
Isaiah Allen , 6'3 guard from Jefferson High School - UTSA (Portland)
Keith Simpson , 6'7 forward from Robert E. Lee High School, Texas A & M (SA)
Frank Ford , 6'2 guard from Leesville High School, McNeese State U
Ben Caldwell , 6'8 center from San Antonio
Albert Strickland , 6'8 forward from Lincoln University (Detroit)
Jason McNeil , 6'6 forward from Judson High School, Houston Tillitson (SA)
Chris Woods , 6'4 guard from Fox Tech Nigh School (SA)
Jamar Chatman , 6'1 guard from Southwest High School (SA)
Kenny Wilson , 6'4 forward from John Jay High School, Boise State U
Langston Grady , 6'5 forward from John Jay High School, Western Missouri U
Leonard Brown , 5'10 guard from Judson High School, Stephen F. Austin State U
George Reyes , 5'10 guard from John Jay High School (SA)
For more information, visit the new team website at www.saproball.com



Phoenix Fury announces head coach - by Gianni Pascucci

Only few weeks before their season start, the ABA Phoenix Fury gave a sign of life, announcing Don Sellers as their Head Coach. Fury General Manager Robert Newman stated, 'Coach Sellers was always my first choice. His basketball IQ and credibility is unbelievable.' Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sellers has risen through the ranks of coaching by mastering every aspect of basketball and working in every capacity of coaching.' Team Director of Operations, Joe Bryant offered, 'His colleagues are some of the best minds in basketball. He's well liked and respected. He'll do a great job for us.' Sellers' first challenge will be assembling a solid team in time for their opening tip off on December 7th in New Mexico against the Gallup Outlaws. The Fury makes its home debut on December 13th at 8pm at their home facility at Greenway High located at 3930 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit www.thephoenixfury.com



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Marshall getting 3-month suspension - by Milan Jovanovic
Cibona's first violine Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland) got finced by 6500 EUR and 3 month suspension, as a consequence of a fight between him and Stemberger on the saturdays game in Split. The suspension is not being related with his Euroleague appearances, but just for Adriatic. Cibona management is furious after the decission, and have already announced they're to send an apeal on the decision, which is not going to become valid until the appeal got discussed.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group ChallengeCup
Techasas - Alytus Alita 95-101
Techasas lost the fifth game in the Challenge Cup season as they came up short against Alytus 95:101 at home court. Nerijus Varnelis and Saulius Kazevicius fired 29 points apiece to pace Alytus. Rytis Adomavicius added 18 points and 11 boards as the winners improve at 3-5 record. Demarius Bolds knocked down 18 points and collected 6 rebounds in defeat.

Sakalai - VEF Riga 89-70
Sakalai outgunned VEF Riga in the key game of the round in the Challenge Cup. Arvydas Siksnius knocked down 20 points and Sakalai narrowed the gap to the league leading VEF. Arnas Labuckas provided 18 points in the win. Evgeniy Kolesnikov notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the first loss for VEF in the season.

Kaunas Tr. - ASK/Buki 78-69
Kaunas Triobet stayed at the helm of Group B as they held off ASK/Buki 78:69. Vytenis Lipkevicius poured in 20 points to lead Kaunas Triobet. Povilas Butkevicius tallied 17 points and 16 caroms in the win. Andrejs Jansons replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for ASK/Buki.

Zemgale - Tallinna Kalev 94-82
Zemgale toppled Tallinna Kalev 94:82 for the fourth win in the tournament. Ilmars Bergmanis accounted for game-high 28 points for the hosts. Martins Berkis delivered 21 points in the winning case. Erki Kivinukk dropped 19 points for Tallinna Kalev in the loss.

Suduva - Neptunas 84-86
Neptunas overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to knock down Suduva. Osvaldas Kurauskas drained a three-pointer with 34 seconds left in regulation to win the game for Neptunas. Valdas Vasylius tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Klaipeda outfit. Evaldas Dainys managed 17 points in the win. Marius Runkauskas dropped 23 ponts for Suduva.

Aisciai - Liepaja 77-59
Aisciai scored a comprehensive 77:59 victory over Liepaja to climb to 4-4 record. Tomas Rinkevicius nailed 21 points to pace the home team. Donatas Motiejunas had 18 points in the winning case. Liepaja responded with 10 points from Curtis Nash. Aleksandr Pavlov and Vairis Pusaudzis added 9 points apiece in the seventh defeat for Lauvas in this season.

Group Elite Group
Nevezis - Valmiera 70-75
Valmiera improved at 3-4 record as they shot down Nevezis 75:70 on the road. Ingus Bankevicius dropped 22 points to pace the visitors. Ronald Clark added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Valdas Dabkus responded with 15 points for Nevezis as they remained at the bottom of the Elite Division ladder.



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  BELGIUM   


Virtus Bologna edges Base Oostende in the EuroChallenge premier - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna -Base Oostende 70:69

Italian Virtus Bologna tested strong Base Oostende in the EuroChallenge premier at home. The hosts escaped a 70:69 win with Ex-NBAer dominating the court. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) led the winners with 19 points. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15, while Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) posted 13. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Nevada) top-scored in defeat with 28 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors, while Michael Bauer (203-F-80, college: Minnesota) added 14.
Italian Virtus Bologna produced 28:16 in the opening quarter of the game to silence the Belgian outfit. Oostende outscored them 13-1 over the final three and a half minutes of the second quarter to trail 41:31 at halftime.
The third period was something different in the court as the guests bounced back with 21-9. Bosco gave Base Oostende 52:50 advantage as they finished three periods. Trailing 63:64 at the end of the game Earl Boykins and Co. managed to take 70:66 with 9 seconds remaining and did not care too much about Petrovic's three with a buzzer.
In another game of the group 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.

Virtus Bologna: Earl Boykins 19, Guilherme Giovannoni 15, Keith Langford 13
Base Oostende: Nick Fazekas 28+11 rebs, Michael Bauer 14


Div. II Regular Season - Round 12 and various news - by Bertrand Larsimont

Basket Bree vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 93-73
Despite a great start by the visitors of Hasselt (6-16 after five minutes in this game), Bree made the difference in the paint and from the free-throw line (18/25).
The Basket Bree team remains impressive when playing home at the Expodroom. Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary), excluded at the end of the Sint-Jan vs. Basket Bree game played on Nov. 2nd, will be suspended from Dec. 16th, 2008 to Jan. 15th, 2009 (four games).
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-23, 46-36, 73-56 and 93-73.
Bree: O. Hodge 8; E. Norvell 7; H. Orsulic 15; M. Meeks 13; R. McCollum 15; R. Moss 11; J. Vucica 22; T. Van Camp 2.
Hasselt: W. Jacobs 3; D. Souveryns 25; W. Geysen 5; M. Hendrix 10; Westphalen 2; R. Van Poelgeest 2; G. Vanhove 14; L. Smolders 1; D. Clemente 6; H. Baert 5.

BC Ninane vs. Falco Ghent 75-80
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-22, 47-40, 65-63 and 75-80.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. Essor Charleroi 95-64
Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) with 33 points in just 30 minutes and Witse Van Schil (188-G-83) with 15 points and 8 assists led their team Sint-Jan to an easy win. Essor never seemed able to challenge their hosts (except in the third quarter). The 'Jantjes' of Coach Tony van den Bosch kept running down the court and had very easy baskets in fastbreak situation.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 16-13, 48-27, 69-49 and 95-64.
Sint-Jan: W. Van Schil 15; P. Van Rillaer 4; W. Lemaire 10; L. Tielens 11; T. Van De Vondel 33; V. Verbeeck 13; S. Tielens 7; Ceyssens 2.
Essor: S. Vermeulen 17; L. Bearzotti 12; E. Mampuya 11; R. Leclercqs 10; Gevaert 6; Pellisier 5; Sperolini 2; J.F. Stache 2.

BCO Carnieres vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 71-73
Close win for the visitors in the small gym of Carnieres on Friday night. Kangoeroes has hired former Leuven's Lithuanian center Raimondas Petrauskas (200-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: American) until the end of the season. Kangoeroes and Division I club Basket Groot Leuven would like to set a joint project in the future.

CEP Fleurus vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 84-70
Due to injury, Waregem's Jorn Steinbach and Steve Robeyst missed the game. CEP's Polish player Tomek Rozewicz started strongly in the paint (11 points and 15 rebounds in this game). Despite two very good quarters by the visitors of BS Waregem, CEP Fleurus kept the lead at the half (39-35). In the third quarter, Waregem's experienced players Wouter De Wilde (205-F-76) and Bart Cleymans (195-G/F-74) suddenly tried to spoil the game and influence the referees. Strange attitude also by former Belgian Lion Erik Cleymans who was present at Bonsecours to support his brother Bart: through the whole game, he kept criticizing and shouting at the referees from the stands. Very nervous and frustrated, Wouter Dewilde kicked water bottles on the sideline after being sent out from the game. Much more positive was the talent and the gentleman's attitude showed by young Waregem's players Sander De Leersnyder, Arne Steinbach and Bram Raes as well as the nice fighting spirit by their 32-year-old guard Fred Van Vooren. The CEP men of Coach Bastianini remained calm and their showman Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) as well as the fast playing trio Stephen Stephen Tison (176-G-84), Ludo Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Amaury Jadin (189-G-86) led the home team to a crucial win.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-14, 39-35, 61-52 and 84-70.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 12; S. Tison 16; L. Pourtoit 16; A. Jadin 12; T. Rozewicz 11; B. Penninck 8; S. Semijejero 9.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 6; S. De Leersnyder 15; B. Bogaert 6; W. De Wilde 9; B. Cleymans 22; B. Raes 8; A. Steinbach 2.

BT Power Wevelgem vs. BBC Boom 82-80
After five years at the head of BT Power Wevelgem, Peter Castelein decided to resign as coach of the team.
His replacement is Luc Margodt who previously served as assistant coach at Wevelgem under Pat Gevaert, LP Nichols en Rajko Toreman. Margodt became head coach when he took over from Toroman during the 2001-2002 season and stayed on as HC for one more year.



Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 58-57

Short win for the hometeam, playing in front of a very sparse attendance due to a snowstorm hitting Begium.

Brian Heinle (206-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) will play for Zwevezele until the end of the season.

Bye: Royal Alsec Nivelles



Liege does not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils - Belgacom Liege 54:73

Liege did not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits in the opener of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. With the team strategy the hosts dominated the court for 73:54 victory. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier), Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) ended up with 8 points apiece in the losing effort.
Fields started to ruin the defense of the hosts in the beginning of the game and Christopher Hill brought 18:13 lead. Skirmants closed the opening quarter at 15:21. The visitors took a 41:30 lead to half-time and then blew the game wide open late in the third quarter. A Christopher Hill jump shot left them on top at 60:41 and they rolled to victory. Collette's three-pointer made 63:41 on the board and Fields scored for 69:46. Owens closed the game at 73:54 making a jump-shot.
In another game of the group Spanish Cajasol opened the EuroChallenge Regular season truthfully defeating Energa Czarni at home 89:75. A massive 30-18 opening quarter led the home side to the initial victory in the group. Ellis top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Triguero Estruch collected 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Carter nailed 15. Kedzo produced 17 points in defeat and Leonczyk netted 16.

BK Ventspils: Ronalds Zakis 8, Janis Strelnieks 8
Belgacom Liege: Justin Cage 12, Christopher Hill, 12, Jamar Wilson, 12


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  BELIZE   


Bulldogs and Jaguars win in BBA Tournament!!! - by David Magana
Last Thursday night at the UB Gym, the Bulldogs improved their record in the BBA Tournament to 3-1 after defeating and humiliating the Belmopan Eagles (0-4) by 102 59. For the Bulldogs, six players ended with more than 10 points. Greg Rudon (180-G) led the team with 20 pts, Earl Johnson (188-F) with double figures, 19 pts, 18 rebs, Ronald Rivers (183-G-84) 16 pts, Rupert Brown (170-G) 13 pts, Paul Swasey (193-F-82) 13 pts, 6 rebs and Kevin Domingo (193-C) 11 pts. In a losing effort, Karon Neal finished with 20 pts, 11 rebs, Mark Gentle 17 pts, 7 rebs and Korie Williams 12 pts.
In the second game, the UB jaguars (4-1) bombed the Perkup Hawks (0-5) by 73 51. For the winning Jaguars, Travis Lennon led the team with 12 pts, followed by Farron Lauriano, 12 pts, 7 rebs and 2 blocks, Lennox Bowman (180-G) 12 pts, Lindsberg Graham (178-G-83) 11 pts and Winston Pratt 11 pts, 8 rebs. In a losing effort, Marcel Orozco (188-G/F) contributed 25 pts.


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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 4-4 
 8. Mladost MG 3-5 
 9. Grude 3-6 
 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.


Prasovic and Demic led Slavija to a 95-82 win over Grude - by Nedzad Kladusak
After having lost its last match against KK Vitez, Slavija defeated yesterday KK Grude in the last match of the 8th round.
Slavija started very well showing a much defense than in Vitez where the hosts netted 16(!) threes.
On the other hand the offensive performance was much better. Elnis Prasovic (204-F-84) (24 pts, FG3 4/6,FG 9/13,5rebs),Sindis Demic (190-G-83)(21pts,FG3 4/8,FG 7/11),Srdjan Bozic (196-G-84) (12pts,FG3 3/3) and the experienced bigmen Mladen Gambiroza (206-C-75, agency: 011 Sports)(11pts,FG3 3/3) shot very well from beyond the arc. Aleksandar Kalanj (206-C-86) and Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC) dominated the paints grabbing 9 respectively 7 rebounds.
In the next round Slavija will host Leotar while Grude will try to surprise Igokea on the road.


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Todor Stoykov reaches another milestone - by Interperformances
67 Bulgarian Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) reached another milestone in the opening game of the Eurocup where Lukoil Akademik Sofia played Unics Kazan. The left-handed guard-forward became the first player to score 1000 points in the history ofEurocup, Europe second competition ( ULEB Cup became Eurocup this year) after the Euroleague, entering the game as the ULEB alltime leading scorer with 987 points in 60 games. He is also the all-time leagues leader in assists (158), free throws made (222), three-pointers made (158) and fouls drawn (273).

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East Kentucky Looking for Backcourt Reinforcement - by Jay Gadsden
WIth the CBA season under a month away, the East Kentucky Miners are searching for additional help in their backcourt. According to sources, the team will aim to add some point guards and shooting guards to the roster as soon as the winter transfer window opens from overseas leagues. Two players that are on Kentucky's short list according to sources are Parrish Brown and Terrance Whiters, both rookie point guards. Whiters was drafted into the NBA DL, but released not long after by LA and is looking to make an impact in the states. He has also been courted by a handful of overseas teams, namely in Switzerland and Sweden, and is expected to choose whether or not he plans on staying in the US or accepting an overseas offer in the upcoming days. Brown remains a free agent, and according to his agent has two offers from teams in Finland and Portugal.


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CBA Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Yunnan - Zhejiang C. 79-86
Yunnan remained without wins in the CBA and lost to Zhejiang 79:86. Snyder Kirk led the winners with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Hoskin Sam added 18. Muoneke Gabe collected 30 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Liaoning - Qingdao DS 110-92
Liu Xiangtao and Yang Ming led Liaoning over Qingdao DS in a 110:92 victory. Steyn Frans had the same number of points in defeat grabbing also 13 rebounds, while McCaskill Amal collected 16 points and 13 boards.

Shandong - Shanxi Zh. 96-103
Shandong was defeated at home by Shanxi Zh. 96:103. Smith Donta top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Oyedeji Olumide had massive 23 points and 23 boards. Sun Jie and Tuck Mack ended up with 29 points in defeat.

TianJin R. - Jilin 85-94
Yang Yuming produced 22 points for Jilin in a road 85:94 win over TianJin. Rodgers Leon had 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Smith Theron shined with 30 points in the losing effort.

Shaanxi - Xinjiang 87-75
Xinjiang lost the initial game in Regular Season Round 5 to Shaanxi 75:87. Zhang Wei paced all the winners with 28 points, whilst Cheng Bao collected 24 points and 20 rebounds. Mendez Juan finished the night with 26 points in defeat.

Bayi - Zhejiang G. 113-88
Bayi improved to 3-2 record after beating Zhejiang 113:88. Six players scored in double digits for the winners as Li Nan led all of them with 20 points. Dixon Nigel poured in 19 points in the losing effort.

Guandong - DongGuan 102-112
Dongguan beat Guangdong 112:102 in a battle of unbeatens. Dongguan is now the CBA's only undefeated team. Harris Michael led the winners with 35 points and 19 rebounds. Jamal Sampson had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Qiu Biao had 16 points and 6 rebounds and young Meng Duo added 15 points. Zhu Fangyu led Guangdong with 34 points. Jason Dixon had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Shanghai - Fujian 101-109
Shanghai lost to Fujian 101:109 as the latter improved to 3-2 record. Freije Matt chipped in 30 points and made 17 points for the winners. Tate DaJuan scored the same number of points in the losing effort and added 11 rebounds.



Kedrick Brown signs in China - by Interperformances
6'7' Kedrick Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) has signed with the team Quindao Shuangxin in China and is no longer available on the market. He was drafted #11 in the first round of the NBA draft in 2001 by the Boston Celtics and played 4 years in the NBA. He plays small forward, but his future is at the shooting guard spot. Last year he played for Anaheim in the D-League where he averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game.

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Marshall getting 3-month suspension - by Milan Jovanovic
Cibona's first violine Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland) got finced by 6500 EUR and 3 month suspension, as a consequence of a fight between him and Stemberger on the saturdays game in Split. The suspension is not being related with his Euroleague appearances, but just for Adriatic. Cibona management is furious after the decission, and have already announced they're to send an apeal on the decision, which is not going to become valid until the appeal got discussed.

Galatasaray needed an extra period to beat KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray Cafe Crown - KK Zagreb 87:72 OT

Galatasaray needed an extra period to beat KK Zagreb in the EuroChallenge Group F opener. It is hardly believed that the score 87:72 could be after the extra 5 minutes of the game. With 19-4 the Turkish side smashed Croatian representative for the total success. Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) posted 21, while Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) posted 18 points for the visitors and Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) scored 13.
Luka Zoric gave his team 20:16 after the opening quarter. Dejan Milojevic nailed two for the hosts but Zagreb remained in front with 38:37 at the halftime. In a game that was tight from start to finish, at least to the end of regulation, Erden made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to tie the game at 68:68. In overtime Galatasaray opened the period with 13-0 run and stormed past the opponents with 19-4 in it. The Turkish side celebrated a 87:72 victory at home in the opener.
In another game Khimik also 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.

Galatasaray Cafe Crown: Dejan Milojevic 25+10 rebs, Milan Gurovic 21, Huseyin Besok 12+10 rebs
KK Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 18, Luka Zoric 13


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Shuan Stegall replaced Lavor Postell in Novy Jicin - by David Dousa
Novy Jicin decided to replace Lavor Postell (197-F/G-78, college: St.John's) with Shuan Stegall (201-F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Kennesaw St.). Stegall is a rookie from minor university Kennesaw State. He spent 2 successful season there, being one of the MVPs of the team in each of them. After graduating from the university, he moved to Europe, to British Basketball League, playing with the Cheshire Jets. Novy Jicin is expects a lot from him, especially thanks to his all-round utility at both forward positions and strength in rebounding. They agreed on one-month tryout period , after which it will be decided, whether Shuan stays, or not.

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Last LBS results - by Jaime Arevalo
Defeating Cosmos 89-72, ExSal kept the first place unbeaten. Domestic player Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) was the game top scorer at 25 points, youn Panamanian Jonathan King (191-G-90) topped the Cosmos scorers at 17. In the other game of the round, Denver defeated San Marcos 86-63, and most of the observers noticed that the San Marcos veterans haven' te yet adapted to basketball concepts of their new coach Rene Montalvo . Luis Manuel Benitez was the game top scorer with 25 for Denver, Daniel Aguilar led San Marcos at 14 pts.

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 6-0 
 2. Denver 4-1 
 3. Cosmos 3-3 
 4. San Marcos 1-5 
 5. UTEC 0-5 


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Eurocup Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
Zadar - C.C. Marousi 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 led the winners with 23 points. Hrvoje Peric nailed 18, whilst Dejan Ivanov produced 17. Loukas Mavrokefalides had 20 in defeat and Jarod Stevenson posted 16.

Roanne - ASK Riga 79-75
Roanne needed an overtime to prevail against ASK Riga at the start of the EuroCup regular season. The teams opened the action in Group A in France and the hosts clinched a dramatic success. Chris Monroe knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace Roanne. Aaron Harper added 19 points, while Mohamed Kone secured 12 in the win. Corey Brewer fired game-high 27 points for ASK Riga. Uvis Helmanis and Bruno Sundov delivered 9 points each in the losing case.

Group Group B
Barons/LMT - Dynamo M. 61-80
The stars-packed Dynamo Moscow left not a single chance for Barons/LMT in the EuroCup regular season opener for both teams. Bostjan Nachbar secured 24 points and 5 boards for the winners. Jannero Pargo had 14 points, while Travis Hansen added 10 as Dynamo improved at 1-0 record in Group B.Giedrius Gustas scored 16 points to lead Barons. Darnell Demetrius Alexander added 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Dynamo Moscow will next host Lukoil, while ASK Riga will travel to Russia to take on Unics in Kazan.

Lukoil A. - Unics 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.

Group Group C
Khimky - 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 was unstoppable in the opener as he brought 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists for Khimki Moscow. Maciej Lampe finished the night with 15 points and Jorge Garbajosa had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fabien Causeur ended up with 14 points in defeat, while Marcus Slaughter collected 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Besiktas - 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 paced all the winners with 19 points. Domen Lorbek and Radoslav Rancik supported him with 14 each and Gary Neal posted 13. Cevher Ozer top-scored for the hosts with 23 points, whilst Adem Oren had 16.

Group Group D
Panellinios - Aris 69-71
Top scorer and MVP of the game was Keydren Clark with his 22 points and 6 three pointers followed by Nelson and Tsaldaris who scored13 and 10 points respectively. From Panellinios top scorer was Radenovic with 18 points followed by Newley with 17 points. The American star Anthony Grundy was the negative star for Panellinios as he finished the game with 7 points and 3/9 from the peripheral. There was a big gap in Panellinios with the absence of the Slovenian Golemac.

Bnei Hasharon - T.Telekom 54-76
Serkan Erdogan nailed 15 points and Turk Telekom got the initial win in the EuroCup regular season. The Turkish team outscored Bnei Hasharon in Israel to take the lead in Group D. Erwin Dudley finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Turk Telekom. Bekir Yarangume delivered 11 points for the winners. Ugonna Onyekwe responded with 12 points for Bnei Hasharon. Richard Roby had 10 points in the loss.

Group Group E
Lietuvos - ASVEL 95-74
The Lithuanian favorites Lietuvos Rytas held off visiting Asvel to notch the opening win in the EuroCup regular season. 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 scored 23 points to pace the home team. Milko Bjelica and Chuck Eidson contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. J.R. Reynolds responded with 17 points for Asvel. Ali Traore finished the game with 16 points for the French outfit.

Azovmash - Kalise G.C. 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 paced all the winners with 23 points. Van Den Spiegel T. netted 21, while Marc Salyers scored 16. Carl English nailed 28 in defeat and Melvin Sanders added 20.

Group Group F
Brose Baskets - Turow 39-69
Turow looked impressive and secured a solid win over Brose Basket in the EuroCup regular season opener in Group F. Donald Copeland led all scorers with 25 points and 7 assists for Turow. Darian Townes produced 10 points, while Damir Miljkovic added 8 in the win. Eric Taylor finished with 10 points and 6 caroms for Bamberg. Alexander Johnson delivered 8 points in the loss. Turow will next take on Spirou at home court. Brose will look for the improvement against Crvena Zvezda in Serbia.

Charleroi - Crvena Zvez. 71-65
Spirou overcame a first period deficit to knock down visiting Crvena Zvezda in the EuroCup regular season opening game for both teams. Almost 6000 spectators came to support Spirou and their favorites lived up to the highest expectations. Len Matela finished with 17 points for Spirou. Matt Walsh had 13 points, while Jerry Johnson added 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Marko Marinovic responded with 17 points for Crvena Zvezda. Leroy Andre Owens secured 13 points in defeat.

Group Group G
Pamesa V. - FMP 83-58
Spanish Pamesa got to a perfect start of their EuroCup campaign as they thrashed FMP at home court. The win lifted the Spanish favorites to the top spot in Group G. Kosta Perovic scored 16 points and collected 11 boards to lead Pamesa. Ermal Kuqo added 13 points, while Shammond Williams delivered 11 points in the win. Dragan Labovic finished with 20 points for FMP. Predrag Samardziski dropped 11 points and collected 8 rebounds in the loss.

Art.Dragons - Fortitudo 87-78
Artland got 20 points from Dirk Madrich to knock down Fortitudo in the EuroCup regular season opener for both teams. Drew Neitzel secured 17 points for the German team in the win. Fortitudo wasted game-high 29 points from D.J. Strawberry. Darren Fenn netted 16 points, while Adam Hess came up with 14 for the winners. Jamont Gordon responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Fortitudo.

Group Group H
Nymburk - 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 led the winners with 22 points. Arthur Lee collected 13 and 9 assists, while Blake Schilb had 12 points. Vladimir Micov top-scored for the visiotrs with 16 points, Ivan Maras had 14 and Nemanja Gordic added 11.

Iurbentia B. - Hemofarm 78-67
Spanish Bilbao secured the winning start of their EuroCup campaign. Yesterday they defeated Hemofarm in the regular season opener in Group H. Janis Blums topscored with 19 points for Bilbao. Marko Banic added 14 points, while Salvador Guardia had 9 for the winners. Vladan Vukosavljevic knocked down game-high 25 points for Hemofarm. Bojan Krstovic delivered 15 points in the loss.



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Armani Jeans Milano - Panionios Athens 77-73 - by Chris Mammides
A dramatic game took place in Forumnet Arean in front of 3,000 Italian fans, the Italian home team of Armani Jeans Milano succeeded its very first victory of the fighting team of Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic Panionios with four points difference at the end. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) was the great protagonist of the game as he was the leading scorer for his team with 18 crucial points (most of them in the second half) 16 points were added by Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) who dashed down 9 rebounds while 14 points were added by Mike Hall (203-F-84, college: George Washington). On the other hand, the Greek team had Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) in a not so good day even though he was the top scorer of his team with 16 points while Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) was great in the first half but in the second he got silenced, he ended the game finally with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Greek scorer Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) was also in a bad day and finsihed the game with 7 points. It is quite pitty for Panionios as the Greek team had all the chances to add another great road win in its series, now with a record of 2-3 is not in a very 'safe' situation for the qualification in the next round as the games which are coming in the next few weeks are quite difficult. Armani improved its record as the Italians added their first win in the Group D and now they have a 1-4 record.

Le Man Sarthe Basket - Olympiakos 93-98 in OT - by Chris Mammides

Panagiotis Yiannakis's Olympiakos succeeded a very difficult road win in Antares Arena in a game which needed the five extra minutes of overtime to decide the winner. Olympiakos had in an amazing night the American guard Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) who scored 26 points, 4 steals and 3 assists while the Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) was the king of the air as he scored 13 points and dashed down 11 boards. Not many things from the ex NBAer Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford), the American super star played just 24 minutes and scored 8 points. The quarters were: 29-19, 52-41, 73-68, 87-87 and 93-98 in the OT.
Top scorer for the French were: Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St.) with 19 points and David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) with 18 points while 16 points were added by Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga).

The French site went into the game very aggresively and with its American players succeded a double digit difference which was able to keep the first half, the second half was a Greek hypothesis as Greer and Halperin took the initiatives and lead their team to the balancing of the game and the victory in the overtime.

MVP of the game was definetely Lynn Greer



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KORISLIIGA: Kataja lost in Helsinki - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 14: ToPo (Helsinki) is winning again. Kataja (Joensuu) with only two players in double digits and much else to think about right now lost
the last 2,5 minutes 9-0 and the numbers 72-77 were changed into 81-77 in ToPo's favor. Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) made ToPo in the lead (78-77) with 57 seconds to go and James Allen's (194-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) three-pointer was good (11 seconds left) and ToPo was winning by four. Quarters: 18-17, 18-27, 21-22, 24-11. James Allen (ToPo) scored his season high 30 pts and Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kataja) had his season best 34 pts (and 16 rbs).

ToPo (4-10) - Kataja (9-5) 81-77 (36-44) (James Allen 30, Elias Kajander 21, Isaac Spencer 13/11 - Jeremiah Wood 34/16, Larry Blair 17).



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 6-1 
 2. Salon Vilpas 5-2 
 3. BC Nokia 5-3 
 4. JKS 5-3 
 5. Huima 4-3 
 6. Jyvaskyla 3-3 
 7. Honka 3-3 
 8. HNMKY 3-4 
 9. Ura Basket 2-5 
 10. Lapua 2-5 
 11. LoKoKo 0-6 


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Olympiakos outsmarts Le Mans in over time - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Olympiakos 93-98

Olympiakos succeeded to recover from defeat in Greek derby against Panathinaikos netting 98 points against Le Mans in France. It was enough for top of Group A with score 4-1. Exactly the same numbers has Cibona, who is currently the second ranked team due to little bit lower points ratio. French representative remains winless after 5 appearances. Le Mans and Lithuanian champ Zalgiris are the only Euroleague teams with 0-5 so far. Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) of Olympiakos was totally the best player of this game. He got 34 minutes for the coach Yannakis delivering 26 points, including impressive 5 of 5 for 3-pts. He also had 3/6 for FG2 and 5/6 FTs. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) also shined for the Reds netting 15 points. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) registered double-double, 13 points and 11 boards. Olympiakos finished the game having 8 rebounds more than its rival. Le Mans had furious first quarter ending it 29-19 and later managing to keep 52-41 until the half time. The Reds came on minus 5 after 30 minutes. Thanks to 2 FTs by Lynn Greer with 3.9 seconds remaining, Olympiakos tied the score on 87-87. Before that Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) drained a triple for Le Mans. He had enough time to make another one at the very end but he missed. Halperin opened extra time with the free throws and later Childress made a dunk. Giannis Bourousis stepped up for his team at the next possession making the basket for unreachable 87-93. Le Mans got 19 points from Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and one point less from David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC). Brian Chase and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) scored 16 points each.

Le Mans: Dewarick Spencer 19, David Bluthenthal 18, Brian Chase 16, Joao Paulo Batista 16
Olympiakos: Lynn Greer 26, Yotam Halperin 15+5 boards, Giannis Bourousis 13+11 boards


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Union Olimpija grabs the first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - ALBA Berlin 77-69

Slovenian champion Union Olimpija finally made it in Euroleague this season. After four consecutive defeats, the team of head coach Aleksandar Dzikic celebrated against the German champ ALBA Berlin 77-69. It means that Olimpija currently has 4-1 in Group C, while ALBA fell on 2-3. From the early beginning Olimpija showed huge willingness to fight for every ball. Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82) and his teammates were on very high level at the offensive end draining 28 points for 10 minutes. German champ also was good, but not enough stopping on 19. After triple by Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Olimpija jumped on 41-29. ALBA answered with a free throw after what Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) made a lay-up for the biggest lead in the first half, 43-30. Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) made it for ALBA at the last possession before the half time setting the score on 43-32 after 20 minutes. Olimpija continued in third stanza even tougher. Miha Zupan shined with a dunk and a 3-pointer and it already was huge 54-37. After triple by Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) with less than 3 minutes to go in the game it was 70-61. However, it came too late for the Germans as Olimpija's players were almost unmistakable from the FT line.
Miha Zupan top-scored for Olimpija with 19 points. Young Mirza Sarajlija (185-G-91) posted 13, while Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) added 8 points. Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) delivered 19 plus 6 boards for ALBA. Ansu Sesay contributed with 15 points.

Union Olimpija: Miha Zupan 19, Mirza Sarajlija 13, Saso Ozbolt 8
ALBA Berlin: Rashad Wright 19+6 boards, Ansu Sesay 15


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Meet A New Era With The Duesseldorf Giants And Derrick Allen Returns Partially Home On Saturday November 29th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a bitter two point loss in Estonia in the Eurochallenge, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to regroup and continue their strong play in the BBl with a win on the road in Duesseldorf. This is the first ever visit for Frankfurt in Duesseldorf as the Giants play their first season ever in the BBL. The famous German model Claudia Schiffer may have been discovered a little more than 20 years ago in the Checkers club in Duesseldorf and little used American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) wont be looking to be detected in a club there, but moreover is still looking for more attention and a new form of rediscovery from coach Murat Didin . 'Greg has a lot of potential. He hasnt played much since March. He doesnt know how to use his body. His thinking on the court doesnt come together with what his body should do. He just needs some more time', commented Murat Didin . The game will be a sort of a homecoming for Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). 'I have a good feeling coming to Dsseldorf. I had a great time playing for Achim Kuczmann and Hansi Gnad . It is the same club, but just a different city', said Derrick Allen. Frankfurt is at position seven having won four of their last five games, while Duesseldorf is knocking at the door step of Frankfurt at position eight. This could be a real dog fight of a game as both teams are jockeying for playoff position.


Sometimes even if a team is having a lot of success, an unexpected change happens even if it cant be altered or liked by the fans. In the NBA, teams changing addresses is not uncommon as the Seattle Supersonics left the north and headed south east to Oklahoma. In the last years the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis, while The Charlotte Hornets left for New Orleans. In the BBL, there is much less money involved than in the NBA, but that doesnt change the largeness of the heart of the fans. After The Bayer Giants Leverkusen lost their sponsor Bayer last season practically overnight, they were left scrambling looking for a new sponsor. The only way out was moving up the Rhine river to Duesseldorf and leaving 15 BBL titles and 10 cup wins behind in Leverkusen. After the five game thrilling playoff series last season between Frankfurt-Leverkusen, it may be difficult not getting off the highway exit Bay arena, but going the 20 extra kilometres to Duesseldorf.


Even though a new era is commencing in the city of fashion in Duesseldorf, it still has some recognizable faces in the organization. German mastermind coach Achim Kuczmann is back at the helm and he brought two important ingredients Americans Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) and Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson) with him. German Gordon Geib (180-G-83, agency: LimeLight) also followed Kuczmann to Duesseldorf and he is also an important piece to the puzzle. He was with Leverkusen since he was 16 and was an institution there. There he fit together with Leverkusen as well as toast and jam. He still lives in Leverksuen and commutes to work every day. Leverkusen is history and in terms of Basketball will never be forgotten, but after reaching the playoffs the last two years in walking distance of the Bayer factory, the team now wants to continue their success in the city with the most expensive shopping street, the Konigsalle.


Coach Achim Kuczmann breeds offensive Basketball and his team averaged 83 points per game last season. So far this season, the team has not played superbly or really lousy, but more in between. They have had two two game winning streaks. In stead, the team is still trying to find their rhythm in the new location and on the court. The team is unpredictable as Kuczmann found six new Americans with three being rookies coming straight from college. He still needs to spice up the new team finding the right ingredients to for a tasty soup of success.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners so far this season has lost to all teams in front of them in the standings and not beaten a playoff team yet. Duesseldorf will be a good test, because they could easily be a team that is in playoff range come May 2009. The team has been fighting injuries the last weeks, but have Americans Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) back. However they are still shorthanded without Americans Lorenzo Gordon and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). Despite all the injuries and the Eurochallenge complexity, the team seems to be handling the stress well. 'Of course, it is not easy to play twice a week, but it is an honour to play Euro Challenge. We have to compete every night and these games will definitely help us in the BBL games', said coach Murat Didin . The game also showcases the duel between Murat 'Mr Emotional' Didin and Achim 'Mr Cool' Kuczmann. 'Coach Kuczmann is a calm coach, but he can get upset if he wants to', added American Derrick Allen. Both coaches have their own style of coaching on the side line which is successful in their own ways. 'Achim leaves his emotions inside, a part of growing up in a sports society in Germany. I bring my emotions out, which is a reflection of my culture. He controls it inside and I let it out. Even if he doesnt show it, he is always dying to win', stated Skyliner coach Murat Didin .


The Duesseldorf Giants are led by American Brant Bailey, who is averaging 11,0 points and 3,9 rebounds a game. He really stepped into the limelight last season picking up the load for the departed Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and Eric Taylor (201-F-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.Francis,PA). He is a relentless hard worker, who has a special sign on his face saying winner. He is a good player, but we dont specifically want to stop him, but stop Dsseldorf as a team, warned Murat Didin . American Brendan Winters is averaging 10,4 points, 4,3 rebounds and 2,7 assists per game. He is the son of ex NBA player Brian Winters and he has become a very dangerous BBL player, who can sink shot after shot in a game as if he was all alone in a gym practicing. American Matt Lottich (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Stanford) is averaging 10,1 points, 3,2 rebounds and 2,2 assists per game. He is an all rounder, who played at Stanford together with Former BBL player Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford), and former NBA player Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford). He has already proven that he is a winner at the young age of 26 having won three titles at Osaka Japan.


American Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) is averaging 9,9 points and 3,2 rebounds per game. He is a good inside defender that tasted success with Butler, reaching the sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2007. American Logan Kosmalski (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Davidson) is averaging 8,9 points, 5,4 rebounds and 1,3 assists per game. He has the majority of the work load under the boards. He played some years in France, but sat out last season. The heart and soul of the team is German Gordon Geib, who is averaging 7,4 points, 1, 8 rebounds and 1,8 assists per game. He has missed the last weeks, because of a broken hand. American Todd Hendley (206-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) is averaging 6,4 points and 2,2 rebounds per game. He is a big guy, who is also a BBL rookie and another player that had a huge achievement with reaching the sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament together with Braunschweigs Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) in 2004 with Wake Forest. American Fred Peete (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) is averaging 5,2 points, 3,1 rebounds and 2,9 assists per game. He is a BBL rookie, who played at New Mexico State averaging 10,8 points, 4,7 rebounds and 4,1 assists per game his last season. He is still looking for his rhythm and his shot. 'I am a shooting guard, but I can play point guard. My role changed and now I am the third point guard. I am concentrating more on running the offense than shooting. My shooting will get better', commented American Fred Peete. The team also has three young Americans coming from the bench with the Spoler twins and Mattias 'watch out I can shoot out the lights if you want me too' Goddek.


The season is almost 1/3 over, and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have yet to beat a top BBL team. In two weeks, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg will invade the Ballsporthalle and a win in Duesseldorf could be a important tune up for that game. 'ALBA Berlin has the most experience, are defending BBL champs and are playing Euroleague. I dont think that there is a big difference between all the other teams. If we dont play strong, then all other teams will seem strong', warned Murat Didin . Frankfurt has been keeping fit working on quickness and agility in a tune up for the game against the Giants.' We are a scoring team that prefers up tempo Basketball. If we have too, then we can slow up the game. We will play our usual style of quick, physical and tough defense', stated Giant guard Fred Peete. Duesseldorf scores more, but Frankfurt has the edge on the boards. The Giants shoot a miserable 36,7% from three point land, but still a lot better than the negative 29,4% from Frankfurt. 'They shoot a lot of 3s and dont have a dominate post player. We have to play good defense and contain their shooters. We also have to stop their penetration and fast break play. On offense, we have to go inside and confront their weakness. If we can slow down their game and mix up our defense than we will have a good chance to win', warned Derrick Allen. The Duesseldorf Giants welcome The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Saturday November 29th at 18:30.



Telekom Baskets prove the ambitions in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Keravnos 78:55

German Telecom Baskets won the EuroChallenge Regular season opener at home over Keravnos from Cyprus. The home side was too good from the beginning and led the game to the winning 78:55 opener. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 15 points each, while Artur Kolodziejski (195-F/G-79) added 12. Barisa Krasic (203-F-78), Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) brought 10 points each in defeat.
The American players of the German team made clear from the very first quarter as the aggressiveness, the great defending skills domianted over the guests. The second quarter was exactly the same as the first since the Germans of the Telecom Baskets mainly with Johannes Strasser and Earl Rowland could not be stopped. Panagiotis Trisokkas closed the second quarter for 43:22 home side advantage. After 19-16 in the third Earl Rowland brought his team 62:38. In the last stanza the teams played an even game but hosts were too far to be reached. Karapostolou nailed three at the end as German Telecom Baskets won the EuroChallenge Regular season opener 78:55.
In another game of the group 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. Austin Nichols led the winners with 28 points.

Telekom Baskets: Earl Rowland 15, Johannes Strasser 15, Artur Kolodziejski 12
Keravnos: Barisa Krasic 10, Panagiotis Trisokkas 10+12 rebs, Aleksandar Damjanovic 10


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Armani Jeans Milano - Panionios Athens 77-73 - by Chris Mammides
A dramatic game took place in Forumnet Arean in front of 3,000 Italian fans, the Italian home team of Armani Jeans Milano succeeded its very first victory of the fighting team of Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic Panionios with four points difference at the end. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) was the great protagonist of the game as he was the leading scorer for his team with 18 crucial points (most of them in the second half) 16 points were added by Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) who dashed down 9 rebounds while 14 points were added by Mike Hall (203-F-84, college: George Washington). On the other hand, the Greek team had Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) in a not so good day even though he was the top scorer of his team with 16 points while Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) was great in the first half but in the second he got silenced, he ended the game finally with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Greek scorer Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) was also in a bad day and finsihed the game with 7 points. It is quite pitty for Panionios as the Greek team had all the chances to add another great road win in its series, now with a record of 2-3 is not in a very 'safe' situation for the qualification in the next round as the games which are coming in the next few weeks are quite difficult. Armani improved its record as the Italians added their first win in the Group and now they have a 1-4 record.

Le Man Sarthe Basket - Olympiakos 93-98 in OT - by Chris Mammides

Panagiotis Yiannakis's Olympiakos succeeded a very difficult road win in Antares Arena in a game which needed the five extra minutes of overtime to decide the winner. Olympiakos had in an amazing night the American guard Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) who scored 26 points, 4 steals and 3 assists while the Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) was the king of the air as he scored 13 points and dashed down 11 boards. Not many things from the ex NBAer Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford), the American super star played just 24 minutes and scored 8 points. The quarters were: 29-19, 52-41, 73-68, 87-87 and 93-98 in the OT.
Top scorer for the French were: Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, college: Arkansas St.) with 19 points and David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) with 18 points while 16 points were added by Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga).

The French site went into the game very aggresively and with its American players succeded a double digit difference which was able to keep the first half, the second half was a Greek hypothesis as Greer and Halperin took the initiatives and lead their team to the balancing of the game and the victory in the overtime.

MVP of the game was definetely Lynn Greer



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Hapoel Jerusalem -EclipseJet MyGuide 81:83 - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem -EclipseJet MyGuide 81:83

EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam grabbed the first 83:81 win in Israel over Hapoel Jerusalem in EuroChallenge action. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) was unstoppable for the winners leading them with 27 points. Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) posted 19 and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 14. Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) provided 20 points apiece in defeat and Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, college: Memphis) scored 15.
After 6-0 run at the start, the visitors clinched 18:17 at the end of the first quarter. Avis Wyatt made a jump-shot for 20:17 at the beginning of the second and he posted another two for 35:33. Sharon Shason tied the encounter at 37:37 at the halftime.
The game continues in the same current with a tough defense from both squads. Hapoel led 60:59 at the end of the third quarter but were edged out by the visitors over the final 10 minutes.
In another game of the group 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 led the winners with 18 points.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Sharon Shason 20, Timothy Bowers 20, Omar Sneed 15, Watson 11+15 rebs
EclipseJet MyGuide: Avis Wyatt 27, Teddy Gipson 19, Orien Greene 14


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CEBL: both of our teams won last night - by Tamas Deri
MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZI KK - AB COSMETICS PEZINOK 103-95
(23-19, 30-18, 20-27, 17-26, 13-5) after overtime
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 500, Referees: Hartyani, Gorka, Pozsonyi
NYIREGYHAZA: Savic 9/3, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) 16/3, Andre Burton (195-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville) 16, Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87) 12, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 31/15, Siska 2, Hughes 4, Wehner 3/3, Farkas A. 10, Coach: Kmezic Zoran
PEZINOK: L. Williams 19/6, Kozlik 4, LUKJANEC 17/9, Bucak 8, Whisby 2, Grznar 12/3, MICUDA 15/3, SNOPKO 18/18, Coach: Milan Cernicky


ALBACOMP - BK SPISSKA NOVA VES (slovakian) 102-76
(29-22, 25-16, 30-15, 18-23)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 1800
Referees: Foldhazi, Hegedus T., Gyorffy
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 10/6, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 17/3, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 12/3, Keller 9, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 32, Antal 6/3, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12, David G. 2, Madar 1, Veszter, Somogyfoki 1, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
BK Spisska Nova Ves: Misinsky 5/3, Kozar 11/9, REPASKY 18/3, LOZANCIC 14 , Pesta 7/3,Madaj 13/3, Becarik 1, Ulman 7, Coach: Krunoslav Krajnovic


Hungarian Cup, 1/16 Finals: Univer's easy victory over ASE - by Tamas Deri
Last night the home team of Univer eliminated the guests from Paks and made a big step to come into the best 16 of the Hungarian Cup. The rematch will be played on saturday in Paks.

Univer-Kecskemet-ASE 85-63
(30-13, 13-23, 26-9, 16-18)
Kecskemet, Att.: 800, Referees: Forrai, Bognar, Kiss
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 13/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 15/6, Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 20/6, Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 22, Danielson 13/9, Toth 2, Szabo, Tornoczky, Coach: Zsoldos Andras
ASE: Nichols 8, Williams 11/3, Johnson 6, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 17/3, Gulyas, Csaplar-Nagy 8/3, Kiss 10/6, Meszarros 3, Coach: Sabali Balazs

STATS:
Field Goals: 55 % (34/62) - 44 % (24/55)
3's: 38 % (8/21) - 29 % (5/17)
Free Throws: 69 % (9/13) - 71 % (10/14)
Rebounds: 39 (24 + 15) - 22 (17 + 5)
Steals: 16 - 6
Turnovers: 12 - 13
Assists: 19 - 11
IBM: 133 - 75
Most rebounds: Dale (11) - Csaplar-Nagy (6)
Most steals: Haynes (5) - Kiss (3)
Most assists: Horvath, Haynes (6-6) - Nichols (4)
Most IBM: Klaiber (33) - Charles Gosa (22)


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Hapoel Jerusalem -EclipseJet MyGuide 81:83 - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem -EclipseJet MyGuide 81:83

EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam grabbed the first 83:81 win in Israel over Hapoel Jerusalem in EuroChallenge action. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) was unstoppable for the winners leading them with 27 points. Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) posted 19 and Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 14. Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) provided 20 points apiece in defeat and Omar Sneed (196-F/C-76, college: Memphis) scored 15.
After 6-0 run at the start, the visitors clinched 18:17 at the end of the first quarter. Avis Wyatt made a jump-shot for 20:17 at the beginning of the second and he posted another two for 35:33. Sharon Shason tied the encounter at 37:37 at the halftime.
The game continues in the same current with a tough defense from both squads. Hapoel led 60:59 at the end of the third quarter but were edged out by the visitors over the final 10 minutes.
In another game of the group 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 led the winners with 18 points.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Sharon Shason 20, Timothy Bowers 20, Omar Sneed 15, Watson 11+15 rebs
EclipseJet MyGuide: Avis Wyatt 27, Teddy Gipson 19, Orien Greene 14


Maccabi Electra suffers home defeat vs Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Unicaja 73-80

Unicaja Malaga succeeded to grab extremely important victory against Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv moving up on 3-2 record in Group A. Maccabi is currently on position number 5 with the same score as Air Avelino, 2-3. Despite 20-28 for Unicaja in the opening quarter, it was very exciting game until the end. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and his teammates woke up in the second frame managing to come on 40-44 until the half time. Both teams entered into the next period missing a shot, but then Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) shined for Unicaja draining a long range triple. Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) joined him with a basket setting the score on 42-50. Maccabi got couple of baskets from Arroyo and Lior Eliyahu after that cutting the margin on 53-54. Omri Casspi followed with a lay-up brining the first lead to Maccabi since the very beginning. However, after 30 minutes it was 61-62 for Unicaja, who started the next one with nice 8-0 run for 61-70. Soon after that Arroyo and Tal Burstein (198-G-80, agency: Interperformances) made it from downtown for minus 5. With 2:30 remaining it was 72-75 for Unicaja. Maccabi was unsuccessful from beyond the arc and later Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) and Omar Cook netted one FT each for Unicaja. Tal Burstein committed the turnover for Maccabi, and Jiri Welsch resolved question about the winner with 2 FTs.
Thomas Kelati delivered 23 points for Unicaja, while Carlos Jimenez followed him with 15 pts and 7 boards. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 11 and Omar Cook posted one point less, including 7 assists. Carlos Arroyo had 14, while Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 13 for Maccabi. Tal Burstein stopped on 12 points and 6 boards.

Maccabi Electra: Carlos Arroyo 14+6 boards+5 as, Marcus Brown 13+4 as, Tal Burstein 12+6 boards
Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 23, Carlos Jimenez 15+7 boards, Boniface Ndong 11, Omar Cook 10+7 as


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Virtus Bologna edges Base Oostende in the EuroChallenge premier - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna -Base Oostende 70:69

Italian Virtus Bologna tested strong Base Oostende in the EuroChallenge premier at home. The hosts escaped a 70:69 win with Ex-NBAer dominating the court. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) led the winners with 19 points. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15, while Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) posted 13. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Nevada) top-scored in defeat with 28 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors, while Michael Bauer (203-F-80, college: Minnesota) added 14.
Italian Virtus Bologna produced 28:16 in the opening quarter of the game to silence the Belgian outfit. Oostende outscored them 13-1 over the final three and a half minutes of the second quarter to trail 41:31 at halftime.
The third period was something different in the court as the guests bounced back with 21-9. Bosco gave Base Oostende 52:50 advantage as they finished three periods. Trailing 63:64 at the end of the game Earl Boykins and Co. managed to take 70:66 with 9 seconds remaining and did not care too much about Petrovic's three with a buzzer.
In another game of the group 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.

Virtus Bologna: Earl Boykins 19, Guilherme Giovannoni 15, Keith Langford 13
Base Oostende: Nick Fazekas 28+11 rebs, Michael Bauer 14


Lottomatica Roma keeps the top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma - Fenerbahce Ulker 76-67

It was a game between two teams with almost perfect 3-1 record after four appearances. Lottomatica Roma grabbed it thanks to Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) remaining on top of Group C alone. Third team who had 3-1 before this round, Tau Ceramica, suffered 105-100 defeat vs DKV Joventut on the road. Italian runner-up from the last season had pretty good first half of the game. It was clear that Andre Hutson is in a game mood as he drew many fouls by Fenerbahce's players in the opening quarter. Slovenian star Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) closed it with two FTs for 19-14 edge. At the middle of the next stanza Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple for Fener forcing Jasmin Repesa to call time out, 29-27. It was a good decision as after that Andre Hutson together with Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) led his team to double-digit lead, 37-27. However, visitors made 3 FTs after that setting the score on 37-30 at the half time. Lottomatica kept its lead in third quarter without any problems. It was 45-33 and later 46-38. Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) made a dunk at the last possession in this period for 54-45. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) was on fire from behind the arc bringing Fener to 70-67 with 2 minutes to go, but than Becirovic dished out nice assist to Hutson, who made a dunk signalizing that this game is over for the Turkish team. Andre Hutson was totally the best player in the winning squad netting 26 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) and Sani Becirovic delivered 11 points each (De La Fuente 11 more rebs). Mirsad Turkcan shined with double-double, 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Oguz Savas (208-C-87) added 10 points for Fener.

Lottomatica Roma: Andre Hutson 26+4 boards, Rodrigo De La Fuente 11+11 boards, Sani Becirovic 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 21+14 boards, Oguz Savas 10


AJ Milano beats Panionios in very exciting game - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano - Panionios On Telecoms 77-73

AJ Milano is another team who succeeded to grab the first Euroleague win this season. Earlier today Slovenian champion Union Olimpija did it. AJ Milano faced with four consecutive defeats at the very beginning and today's game was the crucial one for the Italians, at least to keep their hope for the next stage. Panionios On Telecoms was close to register another excellent road victory, but that didn't happen and Panionios now has 2-3. Partizan and Efes Plisen are on the same record. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) led the scorers in this game with 18 points. However, Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) was MVP in Lottomatica collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) also was on a high level delivering 14 points (4 of 6 for 3-pts). The team of head coach Aleksandar Trufunovic got 16 points and 5 assists from Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas). Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland), who was MVP of the game, added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Marinos Raicevic (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances) this time stopped on 14 points.
Panionios On Telecoms had a nice chance to take this one as it had 43-49 at the half way of third quarter. After jumper by Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) for 48-53, the hosts called time out. Immediately after that Mike Hall made 3-pointer and David Hawkins helped from the FT line leading quick 9-0 run. Mike Hall dropped another bomb for AJ Milano setting the score on 62-56 after 30 minutes. Panionios succeeded to make a turn 67-69 with 4 minutes remaining but Mike Hall once again shined for the hosts nailing another triple. Later, Lonny Baxter missed for Panionios and Mason Rocca scored from beyond the arc for 77-73 with 00:42 to go. Cvetkovic and Aaron Miles missed and it was the end for Panionios.

AJ Milano: David Hawkins 18, Mason Rocca 16+10 boards, Mike Hall 14+4 boards
Panionios On Telecoms: Aaron Miles 16+5 as, Lonny Baxter 15+12 boards, Marinos Raicevic 14+5 boards


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
1. Forli 6-2
2. Vigevano 5-3
3. Treviglio 5-3
4. Casalpuster. 5-3
5. Fidenza 5-3
6. Omegna 5-3
7. Agricola G. 4-4
8. Vado Ligure 4-4
9. Cremona 4-4
10. JesoloSanDona 3-5
11. Castelletto 3-5
12. Ozzano 3-5
13. Lumezzane 3-5
14. Cagliari 1-7
Group B
1. Latina 8-0
2. Ferentino 6-2
3. Barcellona 5-3
4. Trapani 5-3
5. Fossombrone 5-3
6. Potenza 4-4
7. Osimo 4-4
8. Palestrina 4-4
9. Siena Virtus 4-4
10. Ostuni 4-4
11. S.Antimo 3-5
12. Molfetta 2-6
13. Firenze 1-7
14. Matera 1-7


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Liege does not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils - Belgacom Liege 54:73

Liege did not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits in the opener of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. With the team strategy the hosts dominated the court for 73:54 victory. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier), Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) ended up with 8 points apiece in the losing effort.
Fields started to ruin the defense of the hosts in the beginning of the game and Christopher Hill brought 18:13 lead. Skirmants closed the opening quarter at 15:21. The visitors took a 41:30 lead to half-time and then blew the game wide open late in the third quarter. A Christopher Hill jump shot left them on top at 60:41 and they rolled to victory. Collette's three-pointer made 63:41 on the board and Fields scored for 69:46. Owens closed the game at 73:54 making a jump-shot.
In another game of the group Spanish Cajasol opened the EuroChallenge Regular season truthfully defeating Energa Czarni at home 89:75. A massive 30-18 opening quarter led the home side to the initial victory in the group. Ellis top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Triguero Estruch collected 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Carter nailed 15. Kedzo produced 17 points in defeat and Leonczyk netted 16.

BK Ventspils: Ronalds Zakis 8, Janis Strelnieks 8
Belgacom Liege: Justin Cage 12, Christopher Hill, 12, Jamar Wilson, 12


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Blue Stars and Champville to a great start - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese League for this season is expected to be full of excitement and intensity, The winner in the majority of the games will not be known till its seconds .

Blue Stars - Tebnine : 101-86

Blue Stars who had a great preparation period , by wining some key games in the off season against bigger opponents welcomed Tebnine ,the Team that came from Division two and which is expected to have a very good first season in the Division 1 Championship .
Blue Stars on its home court imposed its game from the start and had a very organized defense especially on Tebnines key player who had always a guy keeping off the ball and a triple team help whenever he had the ball, this strategy crippled Tebnine from playing its game. Gray who didnt had much space for scoring had to dish the ball throughout the minutes of the game , he finished the game with 8 assists while Bakari Hendrix finished the game with 24points , on the other side Nicholas Zachery led his team with 30points ( 7 3pointers ) , Joel Box had a very good first half with 7 block shots , The young generation of Blue Stars played a very good organized basketball which gave Bleu Stars a perfect start against a direct opponent on the score of 101-86.

Best Scorers :
Blue Stars: Nicholas Zachery (30pts)
Tebnine : Bakari Hendrix (24pts)


Feytroun Champville : 73-78
This game was a great match in last season , the same scenario continued this season too .
The two teams who modify their rosters had in mind to have a successful start in the league.
Feytroun had a good first quarter when they led the tempo till the last minute when Champville score 7 consecutive points to take the lead at the end of the first quarter at the score of 23-22.The second quarter saw the small dominance of Champville which finished with a slight advantage at the half 41-35.
In the third quarter the tempo was a very tied one and the two teams were trying the impose their game but it remained tied .In the last quarter Champville took the lead by ten points but the big comeback from Feytroun players tied the game on the score of 62-62 through Jay Joseph and Norman Plummer .Rami Akiki sounded the attack and he single handed answered back , he scored 7 consecutive points in 1 minute , he was backed by William Pippen who added 4 points to secure the game in the end on the score of 78-73.


Best Scorers :
Feytroun: Norman Plummer (24pts)
Champville: Rami Akiki , Chritien Charles(20pts)


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Big Tournament in Liberia - by Bruno Baltazar
An American based entertainment group Zound vision Entertainment in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) will really make a big tournament happen, a big 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Sports Commission on December 20.Speaking from his based in Atlanta Georgia a representative of Zound Vision Edwin Fahnbulleh said this competition is common in America, such things down there are played in playgrounds, and every city down there has at least 1 basketball court , but will be new in Liberia and the two institutions have targeted 32 teams for this one day competition. He said funds raised from the competition will be used to fix the VIP Stand of the Sports Commission which will include chairs, roof etc. He informed journalists that the competition will be opened to male and female and each team will comprise of four players which may include brothers, sisters, friends or schoolmates and will be played on a half court.
Also speaking the Secretary General of the Liberia Basketball Federation Fred Pratt said the winner will receive a giant size trophy and a set of jersey.
A tournament that will help the lack of competition still existing in this African country that needs the helps of everyone they can, and this type of competition will sure increase the competition there and a great opportunity to help and raise founds, money and equipment as well.

for more information please visit: www.freewebs.com/zoundvision


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Regal Barcelona celebrates in Kaunas with plus 15 - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Regal Barcelona 60-75

As it was expected, Regal Barcelona cruised past Lithuanian champion Zalgiris on the road jumping on 4-1 record in Group B. At the same time it is the fifth consecutive defeat for Zalgiris. Actually, Zalgiris and French Le Mans are the only winless teams in Euroleague after 5 rounds. Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) shined for Barca in this game pouring in 22 points for 27 minutes. He was unmistakable from beyond the arc making 5/5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped the winning squad with 14 points and 5 assists, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and David Andersen (212-C-80) stopped on 11 points apiece. Santiago registered double-double as he had 11 more rebounds beside that. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) responded for the hosts collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris also got 17 points from Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and 12 by Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances).
Since the very beginning it was clear that Barca will give its best in order to grab this one. After opening ten minutes Spanish giant had plus 9, 14-23. Spaniards somehow slowed down after that, what Zalgiris exploited to cut the margin on 6 points until the half time. The hosts seriously threatened after the breather. After lay-up by Paulius Jankunas it was 38-40 and later 42-44. However, Juan Carlos Navarro and Jaka Lakovic stepped up for Barca and together with Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) created 7-0 run. Soon after that David Andersen joined them what resulted with comfortable 48-64 after 30 minutes. Barca kept its lead steady during the last frame celebrating 4th Euroleague victory this season.

Zalgiris: Loren Woods 18+8 boards, Paulius Jankunas 17+6 boards, Jonas Maciulis 12+7 boards
Regal Barcelona: Jaka Lakovic 22, Juan Carlos Navarro 14+5 as, Daniel Santiago 11+11 boards, David Andersen 11+7 boards


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bucks - Hawks 96-102
Alfred Horford paced Atlanta Hawks to 9th victory this season draining 21 points and grabbing 9 rebounds against Milwaukee. Marvin Williams and Michael Bibby followed him with 18 points apiece. On the other side, Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions combined 46 points for the loosing squad (7-10).

Thunder - Cavaliers 82-117
Cleveland Cavaliers didn't have to work very hard against the Thunder jumping on 12-3 record. Zydrunas Ilgauskas top-scored for the winners with 17 points. At the same time he had 7 more rebounds. LeBron stopped on 14 points in this game. Visitors got 14 points and 5 boards from Chris Wilcox facing with 15th defeat in 16 appearances.

Bobcats - Raptors 86-93
Toronto Raptors celebrated against the Bobcats mostly owing to Chris Bosh, who collected 39 points and 11 boards having pretty good shot percentage (15/20 FG2, 9/10 FT). Gerald Wallace answered with 23 points and 8 boards for the visitors. Toronto 7-7, Charlotte 4-10.

Warriors - Celtics 111-119
14-2 for the reigning champion and 5-10 for Golden State after this game. Ray Allen stepped up for the hosts netting 25 points. Rondo had 22, while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett posted 21 poinst each. Garnett had 13 more rebounds beside that. Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson responded with 62 points together for the Warriors.

Magic - 76ers 96-94
Rashard Lewis drained a triple at the last Orlando's possession bringing the 11th win to his team. He had 19 points in total. Dwight Howard registered double-double, 21 points and 14 rebounds. The 76ers got 21 points and 6 boards from Elton Brand.

Knicks - Pistons 96-110
The Pistons registered 16-point win vs NY Knicks moving up on 9-5 record. On the other side the team of head coach Mike D'Antoni fell on 7-8. Richard Hamilton led the scorers in the winning squad with 17 points. Detroit had 6 more players with double digits beside him. Al Harrington delivered 25 and grabbed 7 boards for the Knicks.

Suns - Timberwolves 110-102
Road win for the Suns thanks to Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal, which combined 38 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Al Jefferson shined for the Timberwolves adding 28 points and 17 boards.

Pacers - Rockets 91-90
Troy Murphy led Indiana pacers to excellent road victory against Houston Rockets. He spent 38 minutes on the floor netting 21 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Ron Artest and Ming Yao nailed 19 points apiece in defeat. Pacers 6-8, Rockets 10-6.

Bulls - Spurs 88-98
The team of head coach Gregg Popovich jumped on 8-6, while the Bulls slipped on 7-9. Tim Duncan came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts, while George Hill helped him adding 19 points and 11 boards. Drew Gooden answered with double-double in defeat, 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Grizzlies - Jazz 100-117
Utah Jazz outplayed Memphis Grizzles without any extra efforts. Paul Millsap shined with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Ronnie Brewer and Mehmet Okur notched 21 points apiece. Rudy Gay was better than the others in Memphis Grizzles posting 27 points and grabbing 7 boards. Jazz 10-6, Grizzlies 4-11.

Heat - Trail Blazers 68-106
Portland devastated Miami with magnificent plus 38. Channing Frye led the scorers in the winning team with 17 points. Dwayne Wade stopped on 12 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in loss. Portland 10-6, Miami 7-8.

Nets - Kings 116-114
NY Nets 7-7, Sacramento 5-12 after this game. Vince Carter drained 25 points for the winners. Brook Lopes had 5 points les than him, including 8 boards. John Salmons shined in defeat netting impressive 38 points, plus 7 rebs.

Nuggets - Clippers 106-105
LA Clippers faced with another home defeat. This time Carmelo Anthony and his teammates celebrated in LA improving their record on 10-5. As usually, Anthony paced Denver to victory collecting 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers got 24 points from Eric Gordon (2-13).



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Standings - Metrobasket
MetroBasket Standings
 1. Galacticos 0-0 
 2. Monarcas 0-0 
 3. Parque Lefev. 0-0 
 4. Calle P. 0-0 
 5. S. Cristobal 0-0 
 6. Power C. 0-0 
 7. E. Kiwanis 0-0 
 8. Fuerte 21 0-0 


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Sevilla outfit beat Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol -Energa Czarni 89:75

Spanish Cajasol opened the EuroChallenge Regular season truthfully defeating Energa Czarni at home 89:75. A massive 30-18 opening quarter led the home side to the initial victory in the group. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Triguero Estruch collected 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) nailed 15. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) produced 17 points in defeat and Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) netted 16.
The game was knotted at 6:6 when the Sevilla outfit went on a 9-0 run. The hosts looked very energetic in the first frame and nailed 30 points for 10 minutes. Pawel Leonczyk reduced the gap to 30:18 at the end of the period. It was him again to close the second period for 46:39 as Energa Czarni climbed back into the game. Sroka brought more interest after his lay-up for 56:52 in the beginning of the third. Triguero Estruch posted two free throws to give the hosts 70:59 advantage. In the last period the home side held the score for good and won the opener.
In another game of the group Liege did not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits in the opener of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. With the team strategy the hosts dominated the court for 73:54 victory. Cage, Hill and Wilson top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Zakis and Strelnieks ended up with 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

Cajasol: Tyrone Ellis 23, Triguero Estruch 21+14 rebs, Warren Carter 15
Energa Czarni: Mateo Kedzo 17, Pawel Leonczyk 16


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Interview with Tyrekus Bowman - by Bruno Baltazar
Tyrekus Bowman (196-F-86, college: Augusta St.) was the MVP of this past round in the LPB league with his 32 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, helping Barreirense/Unilogos to win 88-85 against the powerful Porto team, so far in the season he is averaging 18.8PPG, 5.6RPG, 2.4SPG, 0.4BPG in 8 games, helping his team to a good start.

Bruno Baltazar-You been averaging great numbers in your first season as a professional?And how it feels being the MVP of the round?
Tyrekus Bowman-It is true,things are going really well for me so far.This individual award makes me really happy and is only possible with the help of my teamates.
I am verry happy with the option i had to come to play in Portugal and in particular to Barreirense/UNILOGOS and i have to thank my agent Mr.Carlos Pires because it is because of him that i am here,so far is been a good experience,i was very welcome by everyone and my adaptation is been easy because of that fact.

Bruno Baltazar-Did you expect to have the numbers you having now and help the team the way you helping them so far?
Tyrekus Bowman-My main goal is help the team to win game by game and that is why i work everyday and if that happens it is going to be good for me and for my team.
We are a young team with quality and ambition,im only here for 2 months and i feel i have been improving my game well,specially in the tathic level as basketball in Europe is a bit different from the basket played in USA.

Bruno Baltazar-Your goals?
Tyrekus Bowman-My goal is improve everyday and i feel that is happening right now already,i believe i still can improve and that wasy help the team and see how things are going to workout for us.

Bruno Baltazar--What you think about the conditions and the mystic offered by Barreirense/Unilogos and by their fans?
Tyrekus Bowman-When i came here the team directors told me this was a different club and that is true.
The city of Barreiro is a small town where everyone loves basket.Barreirense is a club with great history and they bet alot in the formation ,in the youth teams,prove of that is the quality of players that everydays are here to play and or practise.

Bruno Baltazar-You had any idea about Portugal as a country and the level of competition you find here? And what you think about it?
Tyrekus Bowman-I did not knew anything about Portugal untill i came here but im enjoying ,it is a warm place ,the weather is great ,even if in the last days i am feeling the weather is going a bit cold,the people are great and very nice to everyone.
In the competitive level i still dont know much but so far the teams we facing have alot of individual and team quality and i love the competitve level so far.

Bruno Baltazar-What are your team goals to this season and your personal goals this season?
Tyrekus Bowman-We been improving from game to game but we still have alot of work to do because we want to become more and more strongers .We have ambitions and we believe we can go far in this league.
In individual terms i want to keep working to help the team to win games and reach our goals and give our fans another reason to be proud of us,as a matter of fact against Porto our fans were awesome,cheering all the game for us and also guiding us to a great performance,i really liked to see the fans in the arena supporting us ,w hope to keep having the fans behind us.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 8-0 
 2. Ovarense 8-1 
 3. CAB 7-1 
 4. Academica 7-2 
 5. AD Vagos 7-2 
 6. Barreirense 6-3 
 7. Porto Ferpinta 5-3 
 8. VSC Guimar. 5-4 
 9. Ginasio 3-6 
 10. Fisica 2-6 


FC Porto can't keep out injuries - by Portugal Eurobasket
After Joao Figueiredo, Nuno Marcal, Paulo Cunha, Paulo Diamantino, Daniel Monteiro now it was Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia)' time for injuries. Although the injury in his foot looks to be fit for Monday's game against Ginasio, it is sure that Julio Matos won't be able to play with Daniel Monteiro - still recovering - and probably Paulo Cunha as the international player's knee still bothers him. Despite the loss in Barreiro last weekend, the 3rd in the present season, FC Porto still keeps their hopes of battling for the championship as the season has already started...

LPB round 11 - by Portugal Eurobasket
The 11th day of LPB will be played this Saturday with the following games: Academica-Benfica, Ginasio-Ovarense and Vitoria-Vagos, while Barreirense-Fisica is scheduled to Monday, holiday in Portugal. Also, the 12th round will take place this Monday, as Vagos hosts Benfica, Ovarense takes on Vitoria (reedition of last season's Portuguese Cup semi-final), FC Porto battles Ginasio and CAB Madeira plays home against Academica.
Last weekend 5 games were played, as Benfica kept their 100% record by winning against CAB Madeira (84-61), Barreirense put a big surprise against FC Porto (88-85), Ovarense won at Fisica (72-78), all games from round 9. Round 10 was also played, with Vagos winning against Ginasio (80-66) and Vitoria losing home to Academica (80-85) with 25 points for Anthony Williams.


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Timisoara remain unbeaten in CEBL - by Vasile Racovitan
Romanian side BCM Timisoara won its third game in the Central European Basketball League (CEBL), 88-75 against Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions, from Austria.
BCM Timisoara led the game from the start, winning the first quarter 24-20. They extended their lead to 7 points after the second quarter. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions came back after the break, narrowing the lead to only 3 points before the final stint. But the home side managed to pull out a great performance and secured an easy victory, after winning the last quarter by a margin of 10 points.
Milos Pesic (202-F-84) was the top scorer for the winning side, with 20 points. Uros Velickovic (190-G-83) had 19 points. Fot the Austrian team, Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points, while young Romanian Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had 18 points.


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More SEBL player signings... - by David Archer
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Arnold


Miller


Gravitt


Pasco


Dorsey

Former SEBL players have signed with various teams in leagues around the globe, including renewed or extended contract negotiations.

Some of the signings are listed below...

Wayne Arnold (6'4''-G-84) of Kapfenberg Bulls (AUT)
Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (MEX)
Brett Gravitt (6'5''-G-79) of Niigata Albirex (JPN)
Pervis Pasco (6'9''-F/C-81) of Solsonica Rieti (ITA)
Daryl Dorsey (6'1''-G-81) of Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Michael Benton (6'9''-C-80) of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TUR)
Trent Eager (6'7''-G/F-81, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: Jacksonville St.)
Mike Mitchell (6'0''-G-83) of BK Nova Hut Ostrava (CZE)
Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82) of Toyama Grouses (JPN)
Phillip Hillstock (6'8''-F) of BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (GER)
James Maye (6'7''-G-81) of Aishin Sea Horses (JPN)
Randy Orr (6'10''-C/F-82) of Link Tochigi Brex (JPN)
Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82) of Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes (POR)
Thomas Steve (6'8''-F-81) of Pusan KTF Magic Wings (KOR)
Latece Williams (6'8''-F-79) of Forssan Koripojat (FIN)
Marquis Wright (6'8''-F/C-80) of B.M.C. AEK Larnacas (CYP)
Antwon Hoard (6'7''-F-72) of Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (FRA)
Derrick Russell (6'10''-C-82) of Saint Chamond Basket (FRA)
Derrick Allen (6'8''-F-80) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (GER)
Andrew Brown (6'1''-G-82) of P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (GER)
Coco Cofield (6'1''-G-81) of BS Odessa (UKR)
Phillip Freeman (6'11''-C-79) of Hapa Ansbach (GER)
Lamont McIntosh (6'3''-G-82) of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (GER)
David Monds (6'9''-F-83) of Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Maurice Ingram (6'9''-C-74) of Armann/Ūrottur (ISL)
Judson Wallace (6'9''-F/C-82) of Benetton Treviso (ITA)
Steve Cherry (6'4''-G/F-83) of Silute (LTU)
Ronald Thompson (6'10''-F/C-81) of AD Molina (ESP)
Clay Tucker (6'5''-G-80) of BC Kyiv (UKR)
Anthony Wilkins (6'7''-G-80) of MBC Mykolaiv (UKR)
Wayne Wallace (6'9''-F/C-80) of BS Odessa (UKR)
Tony Dorsey (6'7''-F-70) of Everton Tigers (ENG)
Malcolm Connor (6'6''-G/F-80) of Deportivo Comunal Ancud (CHI)
Nick Wallery (6'7''-F-81) of Liceo Particular Mixto de los Andes (CHI)
Daryl Rufus (6'10''-C-82) of Provincial Llanquihue Puerto Varas (CHI)
Eddie Elisma (6'9''-F/C-75) of Constituyentes de San Cristobal (DOM)
Malcolm Battles (6'9''-F/C-79) of Indios de San Francisco (DOM)
Kellen Milliner (6'4''-G-83) of Angeles de Puebla (MEX)
Fred Williams (6'8''-F-74) of Link Tochigi Brex (JPN)
Kantrail Horton (6'1''-G-77) of Manawatu Jets (NZL)
Blankson Odartey (6'7''-F-82) of Mobis Phoebus (KOR)
Ryan Blankson (6'6''-F-80) of Atletico Tabare (URU)

Brock Evan (6'9''-F-84) of Seoul Samsung Thunders (KOR)
Mitchell Carl (6'9''-F-79) of KCC Egis (KOR)



For more information about the SEBL please visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/sebl

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Konjice inks Smaka - by Zeljko Zule
Konjice (B-1) filled out their roster with another one former player of Rogla Zrece by signing Rok Smaka (196-G-79, college: Florida Southern) till end of the season.
He appeared in all 9 games of Rogla, averaged 16,4 points (2P 35-65, 3P 13-45, FT 39-54), 5,0 rebounds, 2,3 assists, 1,2 steals and 0,2 blocks in 32,5 minutes per contest. Konjice yesterday signed their former member Bostjan Sivka (200-F/C-76) and new coach Slobodan Benic.


Union Olimpija grabs the first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - ALBA Berlin 77-69

Slovenian champion Union Olimpija finally made it in Euroleague this season. After four consecutive defeats, the team of head coach Aleksandar Dzikic celebrated against the German champ ALBA Berlin 77-69. It means that Olimpija currently has 4-1 in Group C, while ALBA fell on 2-3. From the early beginning Olimpija showed huge willingness to fight for every ball. Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82) and his teammates were on very high level at the offensive end draining 28 points for 10 minutes. German champ also was good, but not enough stopping on 19. After triple by Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Olimpija jumped on 41-29. ALBA answered with a free throw after what Damjan Rudez (207-F-86) made a lay-up for the biggest lead in the first half, 43-30. Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) made it for ALBA at the last possession before the half time setting the score on 43-32 after 20 minutes. Olimpija continued in third stanza even tougher. Miha Zupan shined with a dunk and a 3-pointer and it already was huge 54-37. After triple by Dragan Dojcin (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) with less than 3 minutes to go in the game it was 70-61. However, it came too late for the Germans as Olimpija's players were almost unmistakable from the FT line.
Miha Zupan top-scored for Olimpija with 19 points. Young Mirza Sarajlija (185-G-91) posted 13, while Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) added 8 points. Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) delivered 19 plus 6 boards for ALBA. Ansu Sesay contributed with 15 points.

Union Olimpija: Miha Zupan 19, Mirza Sarajlija 13, Saso Ozbolt 8
ALBA Berlin: Rashad Wright 19+6 boards, Ansu Sesay 15


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Market & Injury News - by Paul Nilsen
Unicaja will be without Marcus Haislip for three weeks after his injury against Barcelona in the last round and have reacted to his absence by signing former NBA centre Paul Shirley (207-F-77, college: Iowa St.) writes acb-basket.com. The ex Menorca man will be with the Euroleague team for one month.

Elsewhere Fuenlabrada are struggling to put a team out for this weekend after a virus spread throughout most of the first team squad. Doctors are monitoring the progress but many players are in danger of missing the game with Bruesa


DKV Joventut outguns Tau Ceramica in Badalona - by Eurobasket News
DKV Joventut - Tau Ceramica 105-100

DKV Joventut outgunned Tau Ceramica in the Spanish Euroleague derby improving on 2-3 record in Group C. On the other side, Dusko Ivanovic and his players faced with the second defeat in European elite competition leaving the first place in the group to Lottomatica Roma (4-1). Everything started good for the reigning Spanish champion. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and his teammates created 6-11 and later 10-19. They finished first ten minutes with 15-26. It was kind of a signal for Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca (212-C-83), who led magnificent 14-0 run by Joventut. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Mc Neese St.) closed the second frame with a basket from transition play completing the big turn 51-43. Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca continued in the same rhythm and Demond Mallet joined him after the half time. They kept Joventut on 63-54, but soon after that Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) stepped up for Tau and with two jumpers set the score on 67-60. The hosts immediately answered with 6-0 run later reaching 14-point lead, 76-62. At the beginning of the last stanza Joventut touched plus 19. However, Tau had Tiago Splitter and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) in a game mood and they together with Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) started to melt Joventut's lead. After Teletovic bomb from beynd the arc, Tau get on 100-97 with 2 minutes to go. Hdez-Sonseca together with Wright Bracey once again stepped up for Joventut sealing the victory from the FT line. Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca registered double-double for the hosts, 24 points and 10 boards. Demond Mallet netted 17, while Pau Ribas (182-G-87) had 12 points. Tiago Splitter responded with 23 points and 5 boards in Tau. Igor Rakocevic and Mirza Teletovic drained 18 points apiece.

DKV Joventut: Eduardo Hdez-Sonseca 24+10 boards, Demond Mallet 17+4 as, Pau Ribas 12+5 as
Tau Ceramica: Tiago Splitter 23+5 boards, Igor Rakocevic 18, Mirza Teletovic 18


Regal Barcelona celebrates in Kaunas with plus 15 - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Regal Barcelona 60-75

As it was expected, Regal Barcelona cruised past Lithuanian champion Zalgiris on the road jumping on 4-1 record in Group B. At the same time it is the fifth consecutive defeat for Zalgiris. Actually, Zalgiris and French Le Mans are the only winless teams in Euroleague after 5 rounds. Slovenian point guard Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) shined for Barca in this game pouring in 22 points for 27 minutes. He was unmistakable from beyond the arc making 5/5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped the winning squad with 14 points and 5 assists, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and David Andersen (212-C-80) stopped on 11 points apiece. Santiago registered double-double as he had 11 more rebounds beside that. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) responded for the hosts collecting 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris also got 17 points from Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and 12 by Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances).
Since the very beginning it was clear that Barca will give its best in order to grab this one. After opening ten minutes Spanish giant had plus 9, 14-23. Spaniards somehow slowed down after that, what Zalgiris exploited to cut the margin on 6 points until the half time. The hosts seriously threatened after the breather. After lay-up by Paulius Jankunas it was 38-40 and later 42-44. However, Juan Carlos Navarro and Jaka Lakovic stepped up for Barca and together with Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) created 7-0 run. Soon after that David Andersen joined them what resulted with comfortable 48-64 after 30 minutes. Barca kept its lead steady during the last frame celebrating 4th Euroleague victory this season.

Zalgiris: Loren Woods 18+8 boards, Paulius Jankunas 17+6 boards, Jonas Maciulis 12+7 boards
Regal Barcelona: Jaka Lakovic 22, Juan Carlos Navarro 14+5 as, Daniel Santiago 11+11 boards, David Andersen 11+7 boards


Sevilla outfit beat Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol -Energa Czarni 89:75

Spanish Cajasol opened the EuroChallenge Regular season truthfully defeating Energa Czarni at home 89:75. A massive 30-18 opening quarter led the home side to the initial victory in the group. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Triguero Estruch collected 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) nailed 15. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) produced 17 points in defeat and Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) netted 16.
The game was knotted at 6:6 when the Sevilla outfit went on a 9-0 run. The hosts looked very energetic in the first frame and nailed 30 points for 10 minutes. Pawel Leonczyk reduced the gap to 30:18 at the end of the period. It was him again to close the second period for 46:39 as Energa Czarni climbed back into the game. Sroka brought more interest after his lay-up for 56:52 in the beginning of the third. Triguero Estruch posted two free throws to give the hosts 70:59 advantage. In the last period the home side held the score for good and won the opener.
In another game of the group Liege did not allow Ventspils players to reach double digits in the opener of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. With the team strategy the hosts dominated the court for 73:54 victory. Cage, Hill and Wilson top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Zakis and Strelnieks ended up with 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

Cajasol: Tyrone Ellis 23, Triguero Estruch 21+14 rebs, Warren Carter 15
Energa Czarni: Mateo Kedzo 17, Pawel Leonczyk 16


Maccabi Electra suffers home defeat vs Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Unicaja 73-80

Unicaja Malaga succeeded to grab extremely important victory against Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv moving up on 3-2 record in Group A. Maccabi is currently on position number 5 with the same score as Air Avelino, 2-3. Despite 20-28 for Unicaja in the opening quarter, it was very exciting game until the end. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and his teammates woke up in the second frame managing to come on 40-44 until the half time. Both teams entered into the next period missing a shot, but then Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) shined for Unicaja draining a long range triple. Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) joined him with a basket setting the score on 42-50. Maccabi got couple of baskets from Arroyo and Lior Eliyahu after that cutting the margin on 53-54. Omri Casspi followed with a lay-up brining the first lead to Maccabi since the very beginning. However, after 30 minutes it was 61-62 for Unicaja, who started the next one with nice 8-0 run for 61-70. Soon after that Arroyo and Tal Burstein (198-G-80, agency: Interperformances) made it from downtown for minus 5. With 2:30 remaining it was 72-75 for Unicaja. Maccabi was unsuccessful from beyond the arc and later Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) and Omar Cook netted one FT each for Unicaja. Tal Burstein committed the turnover for Maccabi, and Jiri Welsch resolved question about the winner with 2 FTs.
Thomas Kelati delivered 23 points for Unicaja, while Carlos Jimenez followed him with 15 pts and 7 boards. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 11 and Omar Cook posted one point less, including 7 assists. Carlos Arroyo had 14, while Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) scored 13 for Maccabi. Tal Burstein stopped on 12 points and 6 boards.

Maccabi Electra: Carlos Arroyo 14+6 boards+5 as, Marcus Brown 13+4 as, Tal Burstein 12+6 boards
Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 23, Carlos Jimenez 15+7 boards, Boniface Ndong 11, Omar Cook 10+7 as


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Lottomatica Roma keeps the top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma - Fenerbahce Ulker 76-67

It was a game between two teams with almost perfect 3-1 record after four appearances. Lottomatica Roma grabbed it thanks to Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) remaining on top of Group C alone. Third team who had 3-1 before this round, Tau Ceramica, suffered 105-100 defeat vs DKV Joventut on the road. Italian runner-up from the last season had pretty good first half of the game. It was clear that Andre Hutson is in a game mood as he drew many fouls by Fenerbahce's players in the opening quarter. Slovenian star Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) closed it with two FTs for 19-14 edge. At the middle of the next stanza Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple for Fener forcing Jasmin Repesa to call time out, 29-27. It was a good decision as after that Andre Hutson together with Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) led his team to double-digit lead, 37-27. However, visitors made 3 FTs after that setting the score on 37-30 at the half time. Lottomatica kept its lead in third quarter without any problems. It was 45-33 and later 46-38. Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) made a dunk at the last possession in this period for 54-45. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) was on fire from behind the arc bringing Fener to 70-67 with 2 minutes to go, but than Becirovic dished out nice assist to Hutson, who made a dunk signalizing that this game is over for the Turkish team. Andre Hutson was totally the best player in the winning squad netting 26 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) and Sani Becirovic delivered 11 points each (De La Fuente 11 more rebs). Mirsad Turkcan shined with double-double, 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Oguz Savas (208-C-87) added 10 points for Fener.

Lottomatica Roma: Andre Hutson 26+4 boards, Rodrigo De La Fuente 11+11 boards, Sani Becirovic 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 21+14 boards, Oguz Savas 10


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

As it was known, after two successful seasons, Casa TED Ankara Kolejliler has decided not
to continue with Hasan Ozmeric and his assistant coaches 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 assistant coaches ( Alp Bayramoglu and Can Sevim ) signed again with his previous team,Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara

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



Galatasaray needed an extra period to beat KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray Cafe Crown - KK Zagreb 87:72 OT

Galatasaray needed an extra period to beat KK Zagreb in the EuroChallenge Group F opener. It is hardly believed that the score 87:72 could be after the extra 5 minutes of the game. With 19-4 the Turkish side smashed Croatian representative for the total success. Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) posted 21, while Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) posted 18 points for the visitors and Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) scored 13.
Luka Zoric gave his team 20:16 after the opening quarter. Dejan Milojevic nailed two for the hosts but Zagreb remained in front with 38:37 at the halftime. In a game that was tight from start to finish, at least to the end of regulation, Erden made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to tie the game at 68:68. In overtime Galatasaray opened the period with 13-0 run and stormed past the opponents with 19-4 in it. The Turkish side celebrated a 87:72 victory at home in the opener.
In another game Khimik also 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.

Galatasaray Cafe Crown: Dejan Milojevic 25+10 rebs, Milan Gurovic 21, Huseyin Besok 12+10 rebs
KK Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 18, Luka Zoric 13


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Laurinburg Institute Hosts Basketball Clinic at CAHS - by David Edole
Nov. 26, 2006 - Laurinburg Institute of North Carolina is scheduled to host a basketball clinic at 5:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Guest speakers will include Laurinburg alumni coach, Derrick Heyliger; referee and alumni, Carol Callwood; and Laurinburg former women's basketball champion, JoAnne Christopher. All of them are alumni who will provide basketball tips to the 2008-2009 CAHS basketball team. Former Laurinburg Basketball Hall of Famer Assistant Commissioner Stephen Jones will provide an overview of The Laurinburg Institute and Jacquel Dawson and Lynn Cooper of the Virgin Islands Friends of Laurinburg Institute will provide students with an update on the Laurinburg Celebrity Golf Tournament, tentatively scheduled for this summer, which will raise money for 25 scholarships to send high school students from the V.I. to the institute.
Laurinburg is a preparatory high school that caters predominantly to African-Americans who are musically, artistically, athletically and academically gifted. The institute has a reputation for graduating top athletes, scientists, mathematicians, artists and musicians and historically has graduated many prominent Virgin Islanders.
Founded by Booker T. Washington and Spike Lee's great grandfather, it maintains a legacy of providing a holistic environment and an educational experience that makes a positive difference in the lives of young women and men who represent the next generation of leaders and productive citizens.
Laurinburg's presence in the territory is in partnership with Washington, D.C.'s Peace-Aholics, Bush Tea of the Virgin Islands and Rock City Inc. For more information, contact Jacquel Dawson, Laurinburg representative, P.O. Box 303488, St. Thomas, V.I. 00803. E-mail: www.bushtea.vi


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Venezuelans in the NCAA - Update - Vasquez named ACC's MVP of the Week - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The following notes are an update on the status of Venezuelan players currently seeing action in the United States college, junior college, prep school and high school leagues.

NCAA I
-Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87), guard of the Maryland Terrapins, was named ACC's Player of the Week, after averaging 27.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 rebounds per outing in two games against Youngstown State and Vermont, both victories. He was a starter as a shooting guard in an overtime triumph over Vermont, 89-74, in a game in which he played 42 minutes with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 5 turnovers and 3 fouls. The game was played in College Park, Maryland.
-David Cubillan (183-G-87), shooting guard of the Marquette Golden Eagles, came off the bench to play 16 minutes and supported his team's victory over Texas Southern, 85-68, with 3 points, one rebound, 2 assists, 2 turnovers and a foul. The game was played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
-Gregory Echenique (208-C-90), power forward and center of Rutgers Scarlet Knights, could not avoid a defeat against Lehigh, 76-71. He played 29 minutes and was impressive with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, a turnover and a foul as a starter in the power forward position. The game was held in Piscataway, New Jersey.
-Robert Palacios (187-G), guard of the Northern Colorado Bears, was as a starter at the 3 position and played 34 minutes with 5 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, a steal and 3 fouls, as his team defeated the Denver Pioneers in Denver, Colorado, 71-66.
-Luis Valera (-F-90) was a starter for the University of Texas Pan-American in a victory over UCCS, 87-78, and ended up with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 blocks, 2 turnovers, a steal and 5 fouls as a power forward.





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Mudju Ngoyisa tallies double-double in Hainaut win - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut - Sibenik 80:69

Union Hainaut secured the third win in the Euroleague Qualifying Round. Yesterday the Valenciennes team held off Sibenik and moved to the third spot in the Group C ladder. Sibenik fell to 2-5 record after the loss.
Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) paced the hosts with solid double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for the winners. Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) responded with game-high 24 points for Sibenik. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Union Hainaut got to an aggressive start as they piled a 17:7 lead less than five minutes into the game. Beikes, Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and Kathy Wambe stretched the margin to as many as 15 points late in the starting period. Union Hainaut maintained the distance and entered the second quarter leading 30:15. Sibenik struggled to find the rhythm early in the second stanza as Union Hainaut extended the distance to 18 points. However a bunch of free throws from Constance Jinks and Kerri Gardin allowed the Croatian team to trail by only 10 points at halftime.
Reghaissia, Mudju Ngoyisa and Chioma Nnamaka opened the second half with 6 points in a row as the hosts once again got to a comfortable distance. But Constance Jinks and Kerri Gardin looked solid this game and kept Sibenik at a striking distance. The difference counted for 12 points before the fourth term. Constance Jinks, Antonija Misura (177-G-88) and Ivana Zubak (178-G-91) narrowed the margin to 6 points with just over 4 minutes left but the visitors got no closer. Chioma Nnamaka and Palle fired crucial baskets and later Kathy Wambe and Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) sealed the victory for Union Hainaut.

Union Hainaut: Mudju Ngoyisa 17+10 boards, Kathy Wambe 15, Laetitia Kamba 13
Sibenik: Constance Jinks 24, Kerri Gardin 11


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Ros Casares thump USK Praha at home - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - USK Praha 88:69

Ros Casares bettered Czech USK Praha in Valencia in the last round of Euroleague action. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) scored 19 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace well-balanced Ros Casares offense. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) added 15 points for the winners as they continued to chase undefeated UMMC in the ladder. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for USK Praha. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) netted 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in the loss.
USK Praha celebrated the win in the teams previous game in Czech Republic, but this time it was Ros Casares who reigned in the court. The teams looked well-matched in the starting period. They traded the baskets before Elena Tornikidou (185-F-65) and Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) capped the frame with 4 straight points to give the home team a 19:17 lead. The lead changed hands for several times in the second frame before Maltsi crowned the first half with a free throw and USK Praha led 38:37 at the interval.
Vesela scored 4 points and Anna Montanana added a three-pointer for Ros Casares to surge ahead early in the third quarter. Anna Montanana soon tallied 10 points for the home side and later Milton stepped up for Casares with 6 straight points as they built a 65:55 lead heading into the final stanza. Delisha Milton-Jones and Roneeka Hodges kept Ros Casares in charge in the final quarter. USK Praha never got closer than 9 points and lost the game.
Ros Casares will next take on UMMC in the battle of Group C leaders. USK Praha will face Sibenik at home court on December 3.

Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones 19, Anna Montanana 15, Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) 11
USK Praha: Cash Swin 18, Michaela Ferancikova 14


Gambrinus roll past Lille in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - Lille 81:61

The Czech Republic champions Gambrinus celebrated the second win in the Euroleague tournament as they held off Lille at home court yesterday. The win allowed Gambrinus to leapfrog Villeneuve in the Group B standings. The French outfit slipped at 1-4 record at the 4th spot in the pool. Group B has now just 5 teams after CSKA withdrew from the competition.
Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 5 first points of the game to put Gambrinus ahead. Lille used points from Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) to stay in the race as they trailed by just 2 points at the first intermission 15:17. The teams traded baskets in the second frame before Petra Kulichova, Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) made it 36:26 for the hosts. Eva Viteckova then capped the first half with 5 straight points and Gambrinus cleared off to a 15-point distance.
Eva Viteckova continued to deliver as she tipped off the second half with a three-pointer. Timea Beres (192-C-76) jumper midway through the frame marked a 20-point advantage for Gambrinus. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) added 5 straight points early in the fourth term and Gambrinus led by as many as 23 points at the moment. Villenueve had no answers for the onslaught and lost the game.
Eva Viteckova paced the hosts with 17 points. Tamika Whitmore came up with 14 points, while Hamchetou Maiga finished with 13 points in the win. Ljubica Drljaca dropped 14 points to lead Lille. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) knocked down 11 points in defeat.

Gambrinus: Eva Viteckova 17, Tamika Whitmore 14, Hamchetou Maiga 13
Lille: Ljubica Drljaca 14, Iziane Castro 11


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  FRANCE - Women  


Gambrinus roll past Lille in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - Lille 81:61

The Czech Republic champions Gambrinus celebrated the second win in the Euroleague tournament as they held off Lille at home court yesterday. The win allowed Gambrinus to leapfrog Villeneuve in the Group B standings. The French outfit slipped at 1-4 record at the 4th spot in the pool. Group B has now just 5 teams after CSKA withdrew from the competition.
Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) and Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) scored 5 first points of the game to put Gambrinus ahead. Lille used points from Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) to stay in the race as they trailed by just 2 points at the first intermission 15:17. The teams traded baskets in the second frame before Petra Kulichova, Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) made it 36:26 for the hosts. Eva Viteckova then capped the first half with 5 straight points and Gambrinus cleared off to a 15-point distance.
Eva Viteckova continued to deliver as she tipped off the second half with a three-pointer. Timea Beres (192-C-76) jumper midway through the frame marked a 20-point advantage for Gambrinus. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) added 5 straight points early in the fourth term and Gambrinus led by as many as 23 points at the moment. Villenueve had no answers for the onslaught and lost the game.
Eva Viteckova paced the hosts with 17 points. Tamika Whitmore came up with 14 points, while Hamchetou Maiga finished with 13 points in the win. Ljubica Drljaca dropped 14 points to lead Lille. Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) knocked down 11 points in defeat.

Gambrinus: Eva Viteckova 17, Tamika Whitmore 14, Hamchetou Maiga 13
Lille: Ljubica Drljaca 14, Iziane Castro 11


Bourges take lead in Euroleague Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Wisla 72:51

French Bourges cruised past Wisla at home court to step on the top position in Group A of the Euroleague Qualifying Round. The French team improved at 5-2 record and share the top spot with Halcon Avenida. Wisla had to fall at 4-3 record.
Bourges trailed for some time early in the clash however managed to bounce back late in the period. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) ensured a 16:12 lead for Bourges after ten minutes. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82), Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) closed the gap at the start of the second frame but not for long though. Alessandra Santos, Endene Miyem and Catherine Melain (184-F-74) allowed the hosts to enjoy a 33:27 advantage at the interval. Katarina Manic (181-G-80), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Alessandra Santos stretched the margin to as many as 13 points with less than two minutes into the third quarter. Ana Lelas drained back-to-back three-pointers late in the stanza and Bourges accounted for a 12-point buffer. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with 11 unanswered points and extended the margin to unassailable 23 points. Wisla had little time to answer and had to lose this one. Alessandra Santos tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Bourges. Ana Lelas added 15 points and 8 boards, while Endene Miyem delivered 13 points for the winners. Ewelina Kobryn topscored with 14 points for Wisla. Dominique Canty added 11 points in the loss.

Bourges: Alessandra Santos 15+10 boards, Ana Lelas 15, Endene Miyem 13
Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 14, Dominique Canty 11


Mudju Ngoyisa tallies double-double in Hainaut win - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut - Sibenik 80:69

Union Hainaut secured the third win in the Euroleague Qualifying Round. Yesterday the Valenciennes team held off Sibenik and moved to the third spot in the Group C ladder. Sibenik fell to 2-5 record after the loss.
Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) paced the hosts with solid double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for the winners. Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) responded with game-high 24 points for Sibenik. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Union Hainaut got to an aggressive start as they piled a 17:7 lead less than five minutes into the game. Beikes, Chioma Nnamaka (183-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and Kathy Wambe stretched the margin to as many as 15 points late in the starting period. Union Hainaut maintained the distance and entered the second quarter leading 30:15. Sibenik struggled to find the rhythm early in the second stanza as Union Hainaut extended the distance to 18 points. However a bunch of free throws from Constance Jinks and Kerri Gardin allowed the Croatian team to trail by only 10 points at halftime.
Reghaissia, Mudju Ngoyisa and Chioma Nnamaka opened the second half with 6 points in a row as the hosts once again got to a comfortable distance. But Constance Jinks and Kerri Gardin looked solid this game and kept Sibenik at a striking distance. The difference counted for 12 points before the fourth term. Constance Jinks, Antonija Misura (177-G-88) and Ivana Zubak (178-G-91) narrowed the margin to 6 points with just over 4 minutes left but the visitors got no closer. Chioma Nnamaka and Palle fired crucial baskets and later Kathy Wambe and Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) sealed the victory for Union Hainaut.

Union Hainaut: Mudju Ngoyisa 17+10 boards, Kathy Wambe 15, Laetitia Kamba 13
Sibenik: Constance Jinks 24, Kerri Gardin 11


Montpellier clinch first win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Montpellier - Schio 78:73

Montpellier got the taste of Euroleague victory for the first time yesterday. They defeated Schio at home court and caught up with their opponents in Group D ladder. The teams are now tied at 1-6 record.
Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) nailed 8 points in the opening quarter and Montpellier jumped to a 15:14 lead. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83), Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) and Sheana Mosch gave the hosts a 7-point advantage early in the second term. But Beretta stayed close. Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74), Tasha Humphrey (191-F-85, college: Georgia) and Masciardi closed the gap once again. Soon Laura Macchi (187-F-79) drained a trey to put Schio in front 32:31 with just over 3 minutes remaining in the half. Nevertheless Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) scored key baskets late in the first half and Montpellier went to the dressing room up by one point 40:39. Masciardi converted a layup to retain the lead for Schio at the start of the third stanza. The lead then changed hands several times before Whittington, Sylvie Gruszczynski (171-G-86) and Elodie Bertal piled up a 7-point advantage late in the quarter. The hosts headed into the forth term leading by 8 points however Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) nailed a trey to open the final period and Schio trailed by 5 points. But Khadijah Whittington, Sheana Mosch and Gaelle Skrela accounted for key baskets late in the game to secure the win for Montpellier.
Sheana Mosch scored 20 points to pace Montpellier. Khadijah Whittington nailed 17 points, pulled down 9 boards and dished 7 assists, while Elodie Bertal added 16 points for the winners. Nicole Antibe responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Schio. Tasha Humphrey and Laura Macchi netted 10 points each in the loss.

Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 20, Khadijah Whittington 17, Elodie Bertal 16
Schio: Nicole Antibe 23, Tasha Humphrey 10, Laura Macchi 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Saarlouis 8-1 
 2. Wasserburg 8-1 
 3. Halle 8-1 
 4. Marburg 5-4 
 5. Oberhausen 5-4 
 6. Herner 5-4 
 7. Donau-Ries 4-5 
 8. Leipzig 4-5 
 9. Chemnitz 2-7 
 10. Goettingen 2-7 
 11. Freiburg 2-7 
 12. Wolfenbuttel 1-8 


Royals not amused - DBBL officials hand first loss to Saarlouis - by Cornelius Damm
Past Saturday, November 22nd 2008, the encounter Oberhausen - Saarlouis should have gone under way at 7 p.m. The home team was warming up, the referees were ready, the fans excited to see a top ball game, but one important piece of the puzzle was missing: the guests and until that point flawless leading team of 1.DBBL. In a press release Saarlouis declared that a chaotic weather situation forced them to stay home and made it impossible to for them to reach Oberhausen. Furthermore the club announced that it would have even been impossible for some players of the team to reach the local train station.

Whatever happened in Saarlouis that day, this story still seems hard to believe. In addition the weather forecast had warned already days before about the winter outbreak. By the way only 30 kilometers east of Oberhausen in the neighbouring town Herne at the same time Herner TC took on Donau-Ries who made it in time despite 500 kilometers distance (one way) and by the way were rewarded with a 72 - 69 pretty unexpected win.

Therefore the DBBL officials showed no mercy to Saarlouis and decided that this game was won by Oberhausen with 1 - 0 baskets, handed the first loss to the Royals and fined them in addition. In result not only dropped Saarlouis to the third place in the standings, as Wasserburg beat Halle 69 - 65 the same game day, also from now on the Royals will always be rated lower in the standings when having the same record as another team. Quite a tough situation, while fighting for home court advantage in the Play Offs. Nevertheless Saarlouis gets the chance to return to the top of the standings already this weekend, as they take on defending champion Wasserburg on Friday, before playing in Halle only two days later on Sunday. Winning both games the sun would shine again in Saarlouis.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Umana Reyer topple MKB Euroleasing - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Umana Reyer 65:71

Umana Reyer remained perfect in the Euroleague competition after six round of action. Venezia prevailed against MKB Euroleasing on the road to stay at the helm of Group B. The Hungarian favorites also stayed among the leaders as they suffered just the second loss in the tournament.
The hosts was the better side in the opening term. Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) scored quick 7 points early in the encounter to set MKB Euroleasing in front 12:4. Soon Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) stepped up for the Hungarian team. Tijana nailed 6 points late in the frame and MKB Euroleasing piled up a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Eva Giauro (204-C-86), Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) and Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) cut the distance to 3 points midway through the second frame but the hosts remained in charge. Edit Ratkaine (180-G/F-75) and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 38:32 buffer at halftime.
Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) extended the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Later Katalin Honti (178-G-87) and Amber Holt made it 52:40 for MKB Euroleasing. But Umana Reyer responded with buckets from Jenifer Nadalin and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) to narrow the distance. Simona Ballardini and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) soon dragged Venezia within two points from the hosts. Tijana Krivacevic nevertheless finalized a 55:51 outcome after three periods of play. Back-to-back trebles from Mariangela Cirone and Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) allowed Venezia to draw things level at 59. Soon after Aleksandra Vujovic dropped another three-pointer and Venezia grabbed a 66:63 advantage. Tijana Krivacevic narrowed the gap just for Aleksandra Vujovic and Simona Ballardini to make it 69:65 for Venezia with 38 seconds remaining. Retkaine committed a turnover and Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) sealed the winning outcome for the visitors.
Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points for Umana Reyer. Simona Ballardini added 12 points, while Mariangela Cirone had 11 points in the winning case. Tijana Krivacevic responded with 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Kathleen Macleod added 12 points in the loss.

MKB Euroleasing: Tijana Krivacevic 20, Kathleen Macleod 12
Umana Reyer: Mery Andrade 16, Simona Ballardini 12, Mariangela Cirone 11


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Round 6th First Team - by Gil Goshen



Ramat Hasharon's Aussie who dropped 17 points in the big win in Ramla is round 6's MVP. Joining her on the 1st Team are three Israelis, and the new center from bnot hsharon .

Round 6 MVP Erin Phillips
Phillips didn't do anything out of the ordinary in Ramla, but when she's good it makes her entire team better. Phillips made 4 of 6 threes and opened the game up for Ramat Hasharon, she ran the offense well and led her team to victory.

Round 6 First Team
Erin Phillips - Had 17 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals in Ramat Hasharon's win at Ramla.

Shimrit Gigi - Hit 4 of 7 threes and scored 13 points in the 4th quarter on her way to a season high 22 points in bnot hsharon important win in Ashdod.

Rivi Grinboym - Who needs foreigners when you have Israelis like Rivi? She scored 32 points on 6 for 9 from inside the arc and 6 for 8 from outside as Bnei Yehuda with 2 foreigners beat Tel Kabir with 3.

Liad Suez Karni - Ramat Hasharon's captain came off the bench to score 14 points in the win in Ramla.

Kelly Shumacher - Had a productive night with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks against Ashdod.



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  ITALY - Women  


Umana Reyer topple MKB Euroleasing - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Umana Reyer 65:71

Umana Reyer remained perfect in the Euroleague competition after six round of action. Venezia prevailed against MKB Euroleasing on the road to stay at the helm of Group B. The Hungarian favorites also stayed among the leaders as they suffered just the second loss in the tournament.
The hosts was the better side in the opening term. Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) scored quick 7 points early in the encounter to set MKB Euroleasing in front 12:4. Soon Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) stepped up for the Hungarian team. Tijana nailed 6 points late in the frame and MKB Euroleasing piled up a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Eva Giauro (204-C-86), Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) and Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) cut the distance to 3 points midway through the second frame but the hosts remained in charge. Edit Ratkaine (180-G/F-75) and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 38:32 buffer at halftime.
Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) extended the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Later Katalin Honti (178-G-87) and Amber Holt made it 52:40 for MKB Euroleasing. But Umana Reyer responded with buckets from Jenifer Nadalin and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) to narrow the distance. Simona Ballardini and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson (194-C-82, college: Florida) soon dragged Venezia within two points from the hosts. Tijana Krivacevic nevertheless finalized a 55:51 outcome after three periods of play. Back-to-back trebles from Mariangela Cirone and Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) allowed Venezia to draw things level at 59. Soon after Aleksandra Vujovic dropped another three-pointer and Venezia grabbed a 66:63 advantage. Tijana Krivacevic narrowed the gap just for Aleksandra Vujovic and Simona Ballardini to make it 69:65 for Venezia with 38 seconds remaining. Retkaine committed a turnover and Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) sealed the winning outcome for the visitors.
Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points for Umana Reyer. Simona Ballardini added 12 points, while Mariangela Cirone had 11 points in the winning case. Tijana Krivacevic responded with 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Kathleen Macleod added 12 points in the loss.

MKB Euroleasing: Tijana Krivacevic 20, Kathleen Macleod 12
Umana Reyer: Mery Andrade 16, Simona Ballardini 12, Mariangela Cirone 11


Montpellier clinch first win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Montpellier - Schio 78:73

Montpellier got the taste of Euroleague victory for the first time yesterday. They defeated Schio at home court and caught up with their opponents in Group D ladder. The teams are now tied at 1-6 record.
Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) nailed 8 points in the opening quarter and Montpellier jumped to a 15:14 lead. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83), Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) and Sheana Mosch gave the hosts a 7-point advantage early in the second term. But Beretta stayed close. Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74), Tasha Humphrey (191-F-85, college: Georgia) and Masciardi closed the gap once again. Soon Laura Macchi (187-F-79) drained a trey to put Schio in front 32:31 with just over 3 minutes remaining in the half. Nevertheless Khadijah Whittington (186-F-86, college: N.Carolina St.) and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) scored key baskets late in the first half and Montpellier went to the dressing room up by one point 40:39. Masciardi converted a layup to retain the lead for Schio at the start of the third stanza. The lead then changed hands several times before Whittington, Sylvie Gruszczynski (171-G-86) and Elodie Bertal piled up a 7-point advantage late in the quarter. The hosts headed into the forth term leading by 8 points however Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) nailed a trey to open the final period and Schio trailed by 5 points. But Khadijah Whittington, Sheana Mosch and Gaelle Skrela accounted for key baskets late in the game to secure the win for Montpellier.
Sheana Mosch scored 20 points to pace Montpellier. Khadijah Whittington nailed 17 points, pulled down 9 boards and dished 7 assists, while Elodie Bertal added 16 points for the winners. Nicole Antibe responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Schio. Tasha Humphrey and Laura Macchi netted 10 points each in the loss.

Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 20, Khadijah Whittington 17, Elodie Bertal 16
Schio: Nicole Antibe 23, Tasha Humphrey 10, Laura Macchi 10


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  POLAND - Women  


Bourges take lead in Euroleague Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Wisla 72:51

French Bourges cruised past Wisla at home court to step on the top position in Group A of the Euroleague Qualifying Round. The French team improved at 5-2 record and share the top spot with Halcon Avenida. Wisla had to fall at 4-3 record.
Bourges trailed for some time early in the clash however managed to bounce back late in the period. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) ensured a 16:12 lead for Bourges after ten minutes. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82), Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) closed the gap at the start of the second frame but not for long though. Alessandra Santos, Endene Miyem and Catherine Melain (184-F-74) allowed the hosts to enjoy a 33:27 advantage at the interval. Katarina Manic (181-G-80), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Alessandra Santos stretched the margin to as many as 13 points with less than two minutes into the third quarter. Ana Lelas drained back-to-back three-pointers late in the stanza and Bourges accounted for a 12-point buffer. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with 11 unanswered points and extended the margin to unassailable 23 points. Wisla had little time to answer and had to lose this one. Alessandra Santos tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Bourges. Ana Lelas added 15 points and 8 boards, while Endene Miyem delivered 13 points for the winners. Ewelina Kobryn topscored with 14 points for Wisla. Dominique Canty added 11 points in the loss.

Bourges: Alessandra Santos 15+10 boards, Ana Lelas 15, Endene Miyem 13
Wisla: Ewelina Kobryn 14, Dominique Canty 11


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Nadezhda Orenburg sign Betty Lennox - by Eurobasket
Nadezhda Orenburg added to their roster 32-year old American guard Betty Lennox (173-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech). Lennox played most recently at Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in the U.S. where she played 34 games and averaged: 17.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 85.5%. on top of her WNBA experience which is over 6 years, Betty Played in Poland at Lotos Gdynia (PLKK) who won Polich Cup -07 and Cyprus at EKA AEL Limassol (A1) who won Cyprus Cup and Cyprus Championship for 2007-08

Nadezhda open Euroleague win count - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Halcon Avenida 83:62

Nadezhda got the needed boost from debutant Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) to hold off Halcon at home court yesterday. It was the initial win for Nadezhda after six straight losses at the start. Halcon stayed in the second spot in Group A ladder slipping at 5-2 record.
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) and Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) gave the visitors a 7:3 lead early in the encounter. The visitors maintained the gap and finished the opening stanza up by 3 points 24:21. However Tamane and Begona Garcia (175-G-76) quickly gained the lead for Nadezhda. However seven straight points from Sanchez returned the advantage to the visitors. Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) nailed 4 points for Nadezhda late in the quarter and the home team enjoyed a 42:40 lead at halftime.
Three-pointers from Shameka Christon and Begona Garcia trumped the start of the third frame as Nadezhda cleared off to a 10-point distance. Tramane came up with the only points in the final five minutes of the third quarter and the hosts piled up a 58:46 cushion before the fourth term. Betty Lennox stepped up for Nadezhda in the fourth stanza. She dropped 12 points and allowed the home to drive comfortably to the victory.
Shameka Christon finished with 20 points for the hosts. Lennox added 17 points in her debut. Le'Coe Willingham answered with 16 points for Halcon. Anke De Mondt delivered 9 points in the loss.

Nadezhda: Shameka Christon 20, Betty Lennox 17, Begona Garcia 15
Halcon: Le'Coe Willingham 16, Anke De Mondt 9


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Fenerbahce get past Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Kosice 84:74

The Turkish Fenerbahce claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition. Yesterday Zafer Kalayciouglu team knocked down Kosice in Istanbul. The victory allowed Fenerbahce to stay on top of Group D with 5 wins in 7 games. Kosice in the meantime fell at 4-3 record and occupied the third spot.
The hosts opened the game with six straight points to send a strong message to the visitors. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83), Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) widened the margin to as many as 15 points with 2 minutes left in the starting period. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) soon came up with 4 points and Fenerbahce piled up a 17-point cushion. Nevlin and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the scoring in the second quarter as the hosts maintained the lead. Three-pointers from Matee Ajavon and Esmeral Tuncluer ballooned the margin to 23 points midway through the second frame. However Kosice refused to fold that early. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85), Liron Cohen (174-G-82) and Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) narrowed the gap to 13 points at halftime. Fenerbahce took over again in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis, Matee Ajavon and Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) gave the home team a 20-point advantage. Emilie Gomis crowned the third term with another triple as Fenerbahce earned a 65:52 advantage entering the final stanza. Anna Jurcenkova dragged Kosice within 13 points however Matee Ajavon reacted with 6 straight points to silence the visitors. Fenerbahce looked steady in the final seconds and secured the winning outcome at the end.
Esmeral Tuncluer paced the hosts with 18 points. Emilie Gomis and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points apiece in the win. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Kosice. Anna Jurcenkova delivered 16 points in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Esmeral Tuncluer 18, Emilie Gomis 16, Tammy Sutton-Brown 16
Kosice: Cathrine Kraayeveld 17, Anna Jurcenkova 16


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  SPAIN - Women  


Ros Casares thump USK Praha at home - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - USK Praha 88:69

Ros Casares bettered Czech USK Praha in Valencia in the last round of Euroleague action. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) scored 19 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace well-balanced Ros Casares offense. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) added 15 points for the winners as they continued to chase undefeated UMMC in the ladder. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for USK Praha. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) netted 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in the loss.
USK Praha celebrated the win in the teams previous game in Czech Republic, but this time it was Ros Casares who reigned in the court. The teams looked well-matched in the starting period. They traded the baskets before Elena Tornikidou (185-F-65) and Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) capped the frame with 4 straight points to give the home team a 19:17 lead. The lead changed hands for several times in the second frame before Maltsi crowned the first half with a free throw and USK Praha led 38:37 at the interval.
Vesela scored 4 points and Anna Montanana added a three-pointer for Ros Casares to surge ahead early in the third quarter. Anna Montanana soon tallied 10 points for the home side and later Milton stepped up for Casares with 6 straight points as they built a 65:55 lead heading into the final stanza. Delisha Milton-Jones and Roneeka Hodges kept Ros Casares in charge in the final quarter. USK Praha never got closer than 9 points and lost the game.
Ros Casares will next take on UMMC in the battle of Group C leaders. USK Praha will face Sibenik at home court on December 3.

Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones 19, Anna Montanana 15, Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) 11
USK Praha: Cash Swin 18, Michaela Ferancikova 14


Nadezhda open Euroleague win count - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Halcon Avenida 83:62

Nadezhda got the needed boost from debutant Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) to hold off Halcon at home court yesterday. It was the initial win for Nadezhda after six straight losses at the start. Halcon stayed in the second spot in Group A ladder slipping at 5-2 record.
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn), Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) and Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) gave the visitors a 7:3 lead early in the encounter. The visitors maintained the gap and finished the opening stanza up by 3 points 24:21. However Tamane and Begona Garcia (175-G-76) quickly gained the lead for Nadezhda. However seven straight points from Sanchez returned the advantage to the visitors. Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) nailed 4 points for Nadezhda late in the quarter and the home team enjoyed a 42:40 lead at halftime.
Three-pointers from Shameka Christon and Begona Garcia trumped the start of the third frame as Nadezhda cleared off to a 10-point distance. Tramane came up with the only points in the final five minutes of the third quarter and the hosts piled up a 58:46 cushion before the fourth term. Betty Lennox stepped up for Nadezhda in the fourth stanza. She dropped 12 points and allowed the home to drive comfortably to the victory.
Shameka Christon finished with 20 points for the hosts. Lennox added 17 points in her debut. Le'Coe Willingham answered with 16 points for Halcon. Anke De Mondt delivered 9 points in the loss.

Nadezhda: Shameka Christon 20, Betty Lennox 17, Begona Garcia 15
Halcon: Le'Coe Willingham 16, Anke De Mondt 9


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Fenerbahce get past Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Kosice 84:74

The Turkish Fenerbahce claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition. Yesterday Zafer Kalayciouglu team knocked down Kosice in Istanbul. The victory allowed Fenerbahce to stay on top of Group D with 5 wins in 7 games. Kosice in the meantime fell at 4-3 record and occupied the third spot.
The hosts opened the game with six straight points to send a strong message to the visitors. Emilie Gomis (180-F-83), Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80), Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) widened the margin to as many as 15 points with 2 minutes left in the starting period. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) soon came up with 4 points and Fenerbahce piled up a 17-point cushion. Nevlin and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the scoring in the second quarter as the hosts maintained the lead. Three-pointers from Matee Ajavon and Esmeral Tuncluer ballooned the margin to 23 points midway through the second frame. However Kosice refused to fold that early. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85), Liron Cohen (174-G-82) and Cathrine Kraayeveld (193-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) narrowed the gap to 13 points at halftime. Fenerbahce took over again in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis, Matee Ajavon and Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) gave the home team a 20-point advantage. Emilie Gomis crowned the third term with another triple as Fenerbahce earned a 65:52 advantage entering the final stanza. Anna Jurcenkova dragged Kosice within 13 points however Matee Ajavon reacted with 6 straight points to silence the visitors. Fenerbahce looked steady in the final seconds and secured the winning outcome at the end.
Esmeral Tuncluer paced the hosts with 18 points. Emilie Gomis and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points apiece in the win. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Kosice. Anna Jurcenkova delivered 16 points in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Esmeral Tuncluer 18, Emilie Gomis 16, Tammy Sutton-Brown 16
Kosice: Cathrine Kraayeveld 17, Anna Jurcenkova 16


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Paradise Jam Day 1 Results - by David Edole

Thursday, November 27

Island Division

Game 1: Villanova (45) vs. Wisconsin (47)
The 2008 Paradise Jam Island Division started off with two teams that combined for 35 total attempts from behind the arc. The seesaw game ended with Wisconsin holding on for a narrow 2 pt. victory over Villanova behind some solid late-game free throws and timely rebounding. The Badgers had three players in double figures, Lisa Karcic and Maria Getty each scored 11 pts. and Heather Scanlon chipped in 10 pts. The Wildcats of Villanova were led by DAlie Rae Lins 12 pts.

PHOTOS

Game 2: Central Florida (67) vs. Baylor (79)
Baylor (No. 6/7) took control early in their match up with UCF. The Bears high powered, run-and-gun offense kept the Knights on their heels most of the game. Both teams had balanced attacks with each having four players score in the double-digits. Baylor out-rebounded UCF 50-38 and scored 46 pts. in the paint. The Bears were led by the 17 pts. of Emma Cannon while UCF got 18 pts. from Rachel Allison.
PHOTOS


Reef Division

Game 3: Texas Tech (48) vs. Iowa (56)
Iowas Wendy Ausdemore led Hawkeyes with a double-double (17 pts. and 10 rebounds) to an opening round win against the Lady Raiders. The game stayed close until Iowa went on a 15-1 run near the beginning of the second half. Texas Tech was able to close the gap slightly by the end, but the Raiders could not overcome shooting only 15 of 60 from the field (25.0 FG%). Ausdemore was the games leading scorer. The Raiders were led by Kierra Mallard with 14 pts.

PHOTOS

Game 4: South Florida (55) vs. California (85)
Behind the 22 pts. Natasha Vital, the No. 3 Cal Bears played a fast-paced game to overtake the USF Bulls although the Bulls Brittany Denson set a single-game tournament record with 6 blocked shots, surpassing the previous record of 4. The Bears had two other players in double-figures, one of which was Lauren Grief who notched a double-double with 15 pts. and 11 rebounds.

PHOTOS

DAY 2 SCHEDULE
Friday, November 28, 2008
Game 1:
Wisconsin vs. Central Florida
(2:00 pm local time/1:00 pm EST)

Game 2:
Baylor vs. Villanova
(4:30 pm local time/3:30 pm EST)

Game 3:
Iowa vs. South Florida
(7:00 pm local time/6:00 pm EST)

Game 4:
California vs. Texas Tech
(9:30 pm local time/8:30 pm EST)