EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/29/2008

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  ABA   


Bahamas team finalizes roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Ricardo B. Smith , Owner of ABA team Bahama Pro Show, sent to us the official team roster for the upcoming season, that is as follows:
Bahama All Pro Show Roster 2008-09
Jamal Bain (191-G) - Captain
Kyheil Roberts (191-G)
Kramar Taylor (201-F)
Kedero Thompson (193-F)
Jamal Rolle (194-F-86, college: Northwest JC)
Amado Hepburn (-G-87)
Kevin Spicer (198-F, college: Alabama St.)
Shawn Soukup (201-F-78, college: Evangel)
Michael Pryon (183-G)
Zack Logan (201-F-84)
Elzie Bibbs (198-G/F-82, college: Ferris St.)
Jarris Kentle (193-G-80)
Mike Townsend
Head Coach: Steven Culmer


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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas team finalizes roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Ricardo B. Smith , Owner of ABA team Bahama Pro Show, sent to us the official team roster for the upcoming season, that is as follows:
Bahama All Pro Show Roster 2008-09
Jamal Bain (191-G) - Captain
Kyheil Roberts (191-G)
Kramar Taylor (201-F)
Kedero Thompson (193-F)
Jamal Rolle (194-F-86, college: Northwest JC)
Amado Hepburn (-G-87)
Kevin Spicer (198-F, college: Alabama St.)
Shawn Soukup (201-F-78, college: Evangel)
Michael Pryon (183-G)
Zack Logan (201-F-84)
Elzie Bibbs (198-G/F-82, college: Ferris St.)
Jarris Kentle (193-G-80)
Mike Townsend
Head Coach: Steven Culmer


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  BAHRAIN   


Bahrain Basketball - by Yousef Ahmed
Last week Bahrain started preparing for the 17th GCC held in Oman this coming January.
Since the resignation of Coach Salman Ramadan , Coach Walter Pereira took over as head coach and is working in rebuilding the team with a group of Bahrain's best players.

The team is lead by star big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC), who is currently playing as a professional with Kuwait Club. League stars Mohamed Hassan, Mohamed Abdulmajeed and Essa Ebrahim of champions Muharraq Club, Mahmood Ghuloom, Omran Abdulredha and Mohammed Hussain of Manama, Hussain Shaker, Abdulrahman Tareq, Maytham Jameel and Ahmed Malallah from Al Ahli, Al Ettihad's Khadem Majed, Al Hala's Ahmed Mirza and Yasser bu Naffour, Nuwaidrat's Sadeq Mahdi, and Sitra's Mohammed Quwayed.

Al mutawa will be making his comeback in Bahrain after two years of recovering from his knee injury, he started playing in the Kuwait League last month and is already dominating the boards.
With Ahmed Al Mutawa back and Coach Pereira's new team Bahrain can win the Championship,


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  BELGIUM   


Various and Injury News - by Peter Buyse


Belgium finally has a presence in the Euroleague again, year after Armand Dekeyzer retired, Renaud Geller from Liege was selected to referee his first Euroleague game.
he was on the referee crew for the Milan vs Panionios game this week, won by Milan 77-73.
Geller was invited to referee in last years Haarlem Basketballl Week where he was observed by Uleb and Euroleague reps.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have to do without their English NT guard Nate Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) who suffered a tear in his calf muscle.
The team is expecting him to be out about 3 weeks.
Better news for Adam Hall who is scheduled to make his return this weekend vs Oostende.


Generali Okapi Aalstar point guard Trevor Huffman (187-G-79, college: Kent St.) has resumed practises after his foot injury but the decision to let him play this coming weekend will only be taken at the end of the week.

Damian Cantrell (200-F-76, college: USF) will not be playing against Leuven according to the team's website. He returned home recently to attend the birth of his 2nd child.


Antwerp Diamond Giants dutch forward Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87, agency: Court Side) has resumed practising with the team after being absent for 2 weeks due to burn wounds he suspained to his hands and neck. He will be on the active roster for this weekend's game.



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  BELIZE   


Pay Back Time For San Pedro Tiger Sharks!!!! - by David Magana
Last Sunday at the UB Gym, the Belmopan Energy (3-3) defeated the Eagles 135 66. The Energy had a field day scoring, six of their players ended up with 10 or more points. Mark Wagner led the team with 33 pts, 9 rebs, Aubrey Lopez (188-G) 25 pts, 9 rebs, Lloyd Leslie (186-G) 22 pts, Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 15 pts, Jason Daly (183-G) 12 pts and Jay Chavarria (191-F) 10 pts. The losing team was led by Lindy Gill with 17 pts, surprisingly for the eagles Arton Tucker ended with double figures; 14 pts, 10 rebs, James Brown 13 pts, 9 rebs, and Ryan King 12 pts.
In the second game, in an exciting match that had to be settled in overtime, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (6-1) defeated the Belize Bank Bulldogs (3-2) by a score of 103 101. this time the Tiger Sharks were led by Aston Edwards with 24 pts, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) with a double double night, 22 pts, 11 rebs, Eugene Jex 20 pts, 8 rebs and Kelvin Gillet 11 pts. For the losing team, Paul Swasey (193-F-82) had a wonderful night with double figures, 32 pts, 12 rebs, Rupert Brown (170-G) 19 pts, Ronnel lennon 13 pts and Greg Rudon (180-G) 11 pts and 9 rebs.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna ASA BHT beat Split CO for third straight win - by Elvir Halilovic
Bosna ASA BHT with Vlada Vukoicic on the court again win. Tonigh against Split CO with 96:75. 'The Students' from the start of match had all in their hands. Beautifly than before, with compact defense and more solutions in offensive.
Tonight, lider of the team was Burrell again, with 22 points and 6 assist. Ivanovic put 19 points and made 6 rebounds, captain Ikonic finished match with 16 points. In Split CO better than other was Grant with 20 point. With 5 rebound and 5 assist he was also MVP of the game.

Bosna ASA BH Telecom Split Croatia osiguranje 96:75
(24-17, 25-18, 28-19, 19-21)
Sarajevo, Gym Mirza Delibasic; Att.: 2.500; Ref.: Vojinovic, Rutesic, Juras
BOSNA ASA BHT: Ivanovic 19 (6 reb.), Sehovic 5, Ikonic 16, Vucurovic 5, Djurasovic 2, Zimic 5 (6 reb.), Suljagic -, Klinac -, Hajric 14 (5 reb.), Pasalic 3 (4 asist.), Djordjevic 5 (4 asist.), Burrell 22 (4 reb., 6 asist.)
Coach: Vlada Vukoicic
SPLIT CO: Vrkic 6, Delas 6, Batina 9, Vlaic -, Sarac -, Poljak 4, Brun 2, Stipanovic 12 (5 reb.), Shannon 16, Grant 20 (5 reb., 5 asist.), Radic
Coach: Slobodan Subotic


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  CANADA   


First nine players signed by Montreal - by Gianni Pascucci
Alejandro Hasbani , coach of the PBL team Montreal Sasquatch, sent to Usbasket.com the list of the first nine players signed for the upcoming, 2009 PBL season. Canadian veteran Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire) leads the group, Lance Perique (203-G/F-83, college: Georgia St.), one of the last cuts of the D-league team Rio Grande Valley Vipers, should be the team star. The list of the players signed is made of: Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island), Milton Bell (6'7''-F-70, college: Georgetown), Gallo Cham (6'7''-F-85, college: Cent.Florida CC), Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.), Lance Perique, Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.), Bobby Miller, Kevin Dulude (6'4''-G/F-81) and Steve Pellan (198-G). The Assistants of Hasbani are Laurent Kominik and Daniel Grimar

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  CHINA   


Xinjiang Defeats Dongguan as No Teams Remain Unbeaten - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang defeated previously unbeated Dongguan 98-82, to share the CBA lead, as its starters played all but two minutes of the game. Myron Allen had 36 points and 8 assists and Juan Mendez had 34 points and 16 rebounds. Former NBA draftee Xue Yuyang made a return to the starting lineup and had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Mike Harris had 34 points and 16 rebounds for Dongguan. Zhang Kai had 19 points and 8 rebounds while Wang Yong and Qiu Biao each scored 17. Jamal Sampson had 10 rebounds in 48 minutes but only scored 3 points.

Shanxi Zhongyu edged Qingdao 82-80 as Olumide Oyedeji had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Wei Mingliang added 16 points and Donta Smith scored 13. Amal McCaskell led Qingdao with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Frans Steyn had 6 points and 11 rebounds. Li Guang and Yu Gaofeng each scored 15.

Liaoning squeaked by Tianjin 99-97 as Zhang Qingpeng produced 26 points and 10 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Gu Liye had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals and his presence in the starting lineup coincides with Liaoning's improved play. But Liaoning's imports continue to fail to impress. Tommy Smith did not play and Awvee Storey produced only 4 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes. Darryl Watkins had 32 points and 18 rebounds for Tuanjin while Theron Smith had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Xu Guijun added 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Li Gangfeng had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former junior national team player appears to have a fine CBA career ahead of him.

Shandong routed Shaanxi 109-91 as Mack Tuck had 42 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Sun Jie scored 13 points and Hou Bing had 12. Priest Lauderdale had 7 points and 8 rebounds in only 16 minutes. Young Wu Ke, a former attendee of the US Basketball Academy in Oregon, had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 blocks in 26 minutes. Lee Benson had 38 points and 15 rebounds for Shaanxi but Brandon Robinson only scored 7 points . Zhang Wei had 16 points, and may be an emerging star, while Chen Zhaosheng scored 13.

Beijing defeated Jilin in overtime 100-95 as Dontae Jones had 27 points and 16 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 21 points and Zhang Yunsong had 19. David Harrison had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Leon Rogers had 47 points and 11 rebounds for Jilin. Soumaila Samake had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Xing Lu added 15 points.

Zhejiang defeated Bayi in overtime 105-102. Samuel Hoskin had 26 points and 12 rebounds while Kirk Snyder had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 21 and Ding Jinhui scored 20. Wang Zhizhi had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Bayi, which was outrebounded 47-29. Mo Ke scored 18 points while Mo Ke and Wang Zhongguang each scored 16.

Guangdong defeated Zhejiang Guangsha as Du Feng (206-C/F-81), coming off the bench, scored 39 points on 16 of 20 shots. Wang Shipeng added 32 points. Guangdong also grabbed a share of the CBA lead. Chen Jianghua did not play for the second straight game as young Shao Tiangang backed up Liu Xiaoyu. Nigel Dixon had 31 points and 9 rebounds for Guangsha while Kasib Powell had 29 points and 13 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 22 and Zhang Nan had 19.

Donnell Harvey had 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead Jiangsu to a 109-101 win over Fujian. Jiangsu has a 5-1 record along with Xinjiang, Dongguan and Guangdong. Hu Xuefeng scored 29 and Jameel Watkins had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Han Shuo, who is beginning to realize his potential this season, had 13 points and 5 assists. Chris Porter had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Fujian while Matt Frieje had 26 points and 9 rebounds. Gong Songlin and Liu Yudong each scored 15.

In a battle of the winless, Yunnan emerged victorious over Shanghai 107-97. Gabe Muoneke led Yunnan with 38 points. Keith Closs had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks. Li Tao and Zhao Anan each scored 17. Wang Ligang led Shanghai with 27 points and 6 rebounds. DaJuan Tate scored 19 and Liu Wei added 14. Shanghai has not rebounded from the loss of star Xu Yong to cancer, and has fallen far from the championship team led by Yao Ming.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Final Transactions before 2008-09 Season Tip-Off - by Surujh Roopnarine
Sioux Falls Skyforce: Waived Keith Benjamin (6'2''-G-86), Greg Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd), Chris Childress (6'7''-F), Michael Adams, DeMario Williams, Brock Gillespie (6'1''-G-82, college: Rice) and Ty Morrison.

Utah Flash: Waived Mike Hall, Chris Mannix, and Chris Moore.

Tulsa 66ers: Waived former Notre Dame guard Russell Carter (6'5''-G-85, college: Notre Dame), and Andres Sandoval (6'4''-G-83).

Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Waived Damone Morris (6'3''-G-86, college: Eckerd) and Thomas Sanders (6'3''-G-85, college: Gardner-Webb)

Reno Bighorns: Waived Charlie Parker (6'4''-G/F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Millersville) and Alfred Neale

Los Angeles D-Fenders: Waived Kenny Barnes (6'7''-F-82, college: USF). Waived Darren Cooper due to injury.

Iowa Energy: Waived KJ Garland (6'1''-G-84, college: NC-Asheville) due to injury and John Smith due to injury.

Idaho Stampede: Waived Tim Barnes (5'11''-G-81, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Casey Cook.

Ft. Wayne Mad Antz: Waived Anthony Kyle and Anthony Kent (6'11''-F/C-83, college: Ball St.)

Dakota Wizards: Waived Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's)

Colorado 14ers: Waived former Maryland University point guard John Gilchrist (6'2''-G-84, college: Maryland) and Keith Salscheider.

Bakersfield Jam: Waived Derek Wright (5'9''-G-86, college: Austin Peay St.) due to injury and placed Demarcus Hall on practice squad.

Austin Toros: Waived Jahmar Thorpe (6'6''-F-84, college: Houston).

Anaheim Arsenal: waived former Oklahoma State Cowboy Mario Boggan (6'7''-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma St.) and Alexander Ugrinoski

Albuquerque Thunderbirds: Waived Ramon Dyer (6'7''-F-84, college: Houston) and Waki Williams (6'9''-F-82, college: Memphis)


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  EGYPT   


Itthad inks with Derrick again .. Zamalek Still searching .. third round on fire - by Mohamed Hafez


Al Ittihad Alexandria club inks with his former player Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.) , the player will reach Alexandria tommorrow and it is not expected that he will play with his team against Shorta-Police club in the third round matches , Derrick Franklin played with Al Ittihad Alexandria the last season and did a good season especially at the begining after that his performance and concentration in the matches dropped after his father death at the middle of the season and the past months DERRICK played in Dominican league at a club called Marineros de Puerto Plata , On another hand Al Zamalek club is still searching for another american player to help the team after the faliure of signing with the player of national team of jordan Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.)

The third round of the league will start tommorrow and surprises will also be expected as the past round , the games will be played tommorrow :

Al Ittihad Alexandria VS Shorta-Police
Sporting VS Geish Army
Somouha VS Zamalek
Al Olympi VS Shams
Ahly VS Al Gezira
Shark ins. VS Gasco



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  ESTONIA   


KML: TTU stuns Kalev/Cramo - by Janar Filippov


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Week 5 MVP: Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (DKV Joventut Badalona) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The MVP of the fifth week of this season's Euroleague came out of one of the most thrilling games so far: DKV Joventut Badalona - TAU 105-100. Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-C-83) came off the bench to lead DKV Joventut to the win referred, scoring 24 points with almost perfect shooting percentages, 6/8 2p. and 12/12 free throws. He added 10 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 8 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 38, the highest of the regular season so far. Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) of Zalgiris also distinguished this week with his 18 points and 8 rebounds in his team's home defeat against Regal FC Barcelona. Loren Woods added 3 steals and 3 blocks for a 32 index rating. Olympiacos needed every bit of effort from both Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and his teammate Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple), who registered index rating of 29 each, to claim its overtime victory on the road against Le Mans. Yotam Halperin had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 fouls drawn while Lynn Greer collected 26 points on 5/5 3p. and 4 steals. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) of Fenerbahce Ulker, Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) of Efes Pilsen and Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) of Lottomatica Roma, each with a 27 index rating, complete the top individual performances in this round.

Predrag Drobnjak in Efes Pilsen - by Zoran Popovic
Former Partizan player and captain Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) is new member of Efes Pilsen Istanbul. Last season Predrag Drobnjak started in Akasvaya Girona and on 6 games in ULEB Cup average scored 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds per game and on 11 games in Spanish regular season average scored 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assistants per game. In December 2007. Drobnjak moved to Besiktas Cola Turka Istanbul and on 23 games in Turkish league average scored 8.9 points, 3.6 points, 1.0 assistants and in ULEB Cup on five matches average scored 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assistants per game. This is the second Drobnjak contract with Efes Pilsen Istanbul, first time Drobnjak played in Efes in period 1998-2001.
Predrag Drobnjak started professional career in Partizan and for Serbian team played in period 1992-1998. After Efes Pilsen Istanbul Drobnjak continued international career in NBA league and with success played for Seattle Supersonics 2001-2003, LA Clippers 2003-2004, Atlanta Hawks 2004-2005 and after his comeback in Europe played for TAU in season 2005-2006 and again for Partizan in season 2006-2007. Predrag Drobnjak won two World Championships with Yugoslavian national team, in Spain 1998. and in United States 2002.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Two thrillers tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 14: Three games and two thrillers tonight. OT was needed in Kotka, where hosting KTP defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 91-85. Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (KTP) played over 42 minutes scoring 33 pts and grabbing 11 rbs. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) added 22/13. Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) led FoKoPo with 25 pts. KTP won the boards 48-35. In Lappeenranta YMCA LPR beating Kouvot (Kouvola) by three 94-91. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) scored game high 23 pts. Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) added 22 pts and Danish G Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) started well: 21 pts/11 rbs/6 a. Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) led Kouvot with 22 pts. In Lahti YMCA Lahti won without any difficulties Honka (Espoo) 75-66. The difference was 16 pts already during the half time. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) netted 20 pts for YMCA Lahti. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) led Honka with 13 pts. Young Antto Nikkarinen (184-G-91) had his career best 13 pts as well. Monte Cummings and Jukka Matinen were on injured list.

KTP (10-4) - FoKoPo (6-8) OT 91-85 (76)(37-36) (Damon Williams 33/11, Steve Smith 22/13, Durell Vinson 13 - Ray Cunningham 25, Charles Thomas 21/10, Vincent Hunter 11).

YMCA Lappeenranta (6-8) - Kouvot (9-5) 94-91 (53-47) (HL Coleman 23, Demetrius Brown 22, Chanan Colman 21/11/6a - Brian Swift 22, Tuomas Iisalo 18, Ronny LeMelle 17).

YMCA Lahti (11-3) - Honka (8-7) 75-66 (41-25) (Ray Nixon 20, Bilal Abdullah 13, Ville Vesala 13 - Akeem Scott 13/6a, Antto Nikkarinen 13, Ben Perkins 12).



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  GERMANY   


Chemnitz: Weybright heads to Zwickau, Harbut arrives - by Moritz Korff
The BV Chemnitz Niners (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made a switch on the forward position. Kevin Weybright (198-F-85, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Christian Brothers) who only spent 13:32 minutes per game on the hardwood so far this season, leaves the club and joins Regionalliga South-East outfit BC Energie Zwickau instead. A replacement as already arrived to Chemnitz: Terren Harbut (198-F-83, college: Ohio) signed a deal with the Niners for the remainder of this current season. The 25-year-old forward appeared in 29 games of the Pro A for Rhoendorf during 2007-08, averaging 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.

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News - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After some week's absence due to a serious illness, we are back in the chain, to state some news.
In a game that completed the first day of A1 Greek Championship, and which was postponed due to the problems that Kavala faced in order to play in this year's championship, Kavala won AEL Larisas 66-65. Alain Digbeu (195-F-75) was the player that gave Kavala its second win in this championship, after scoring a 3p. shot 14 seconds before the end of the game. Kavala was ahead at the score almpst during all the game, and with double-digit differences at some times (37-26, 39-32 at the half, 45-34, 56-47) but AEL increased its effort at the last period to lead with 63-65 before Alain Digbeu scoring.
Kavala: Alain Digbeu 11, Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) 10, Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) 12, Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) 5, Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) 4, Nikos Kouvelas (203-F-73) 6
AEL: Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) 18, Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) 17, Giannis Lappas (200-F-76) 13

Finally, it should be referred, since not previously referred at this Greek section, that AEK had won its objection against its rival Panionios, concerning their game for the 3rd day, when Panionios had won 87-85 at the extra time, and since it had equalised the score at the normal time with a foul, after the buzzer. AEK, thus, has won with 73-71, although Panionios had expressed also its objections for the decision. The final decision will be expressed during the following weeks.


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 6-1 
 2. Olympiakos 6-1 
 3. Aris 6-1 
 4. Panellinios 6-1 
 5. AEK 4-3 
 6. Panionios 3-3 
 7. C.C. Marousi 3-4 
 8. VAP Kolossos 3-4 
 9. PAOK 3-4 
 10. Kavala/P. 2-3 
 11. AEL 1964 2-5 
 12. Olimpia L. 2-5 
 13. ESTIA Egaleo 1-6 
 14. Trikalla 0-6 


A2: Week 7 - Round Up - by Chris Mammides

The seventh week took place yesterday, Thursday the 27th of November, the first victories of Xanthi and Keravnos Aigiou are now a fact. The results and the top scorers are as follows:

Apollon Patras - Ermis Lagkada 87-80
A derby took place in the Patras stadium as the two teams were very close in the score, Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.)s top performance since his arrival in Patras though, changed the settings and gave the victory in the home team, from a close distance was Theodoros Vardianos (193-G-78) who finished the game with 21 points.
Quarters: 22-14, 43-36, 61-58, 87-80.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: Costas Maglos 25, Theodoros Vardianos 21 (5), Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) 16 (3), Georgitsis 18.
Ermis Lagkada: Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) 16, Nikoloudis 17, Nisiotis 10.
Peristeri - Rethymno 72-59
An easy victory for Coach Nikos Karagiannis team which came from the very beginning as the home team with Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77) and Mantzaris took an early lead and kept it until the end. Coach Takainos team was for another game lower than expected and the key players were in a very low productivity.
Quarters: 24-8, 38-23, 58-38, 72-59.
Top scorers:
Peristeri: Lewis 10, V. Mantzaris 14, Alexis Tsamatos 13.
Rethymno: Behlivanis 16, Balavas 10.
MENT - Dafni 65-67
A real derby took place in Thessalonica with the newcomer head Coach Ilias Konstantinidis (replaced Koukoulekidis) nearly succeed the surprise but at the end lost by a stronger team. Kakiouzis was the leading scorer with 26 points for the visiting site followed by Athanasiadis with 13. On behalf of the home team, Mandic scored 18 points while Benas added 16. The quarters were: 8-17, 27-34, 44-56, and 65-67.
Keravnos Aigiou Ilysiakos 102-95 in OT (87-87)
Quarters: 24-18, 43-30, 61-64, 87-87, and in OT 102-95.
The first victory for Keravnos Aigiou is a fact! Kyriakidis, Deraos Orfanos and Alfonso Albert (210-C-73) created an amazing quartet and they were great and they lead their team in the scoring, Alfonso Albert scored 24, Kyriakidis 20, Orfanos 17 and Deraos 18. On the other hand, Ilysiakos which had some really very important results the last two weeks was not able to survive the overtime, Grace with 18, Athanasios Karidas (182-G-81) with 22 and Papanikolaou with 14 were the top scorers. It is worth mentioned that Kefalas from the home team got injured and will be remaining out of the quarts for at least three months!
KAOD- Paneryhtraikos 61-53
Quarters: 13-10, 26-21, 43-38, 61-53.
Top scorers were Zeljko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver) and Maslarinos with 13 points each and Kartelo with 11 while from the visiting site which is really very unsteady (exactly as last season) top scorers were Hopson and Dimitros Apostolopoulos (188-G-78) with 14 and 13 respectively
Near East Pagrati 81-75
Quarters: 23-23, 42-49, 59-59, 81-75.
A not so easy win was succeeded last night in Near Easts court, Michalos with 24 and Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) with 27 were the top scorers while from Pagrati top scorers were Latovic with 16, Syristatidis with 15 and Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) with 12
Xanthi Olympiada Patras 88-85
The first win this season after seven weeks was succeeded by Xanthi against a quite difficult opponent, G. Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) was the MVP of the game and of the 7th week with his 29 points followed by Jelenic and Kandic with 19 and 15 respectively. From the disappointing team of Head Coach Oikonomou, top scorer was Spanoulis with 24 points followed by Tosic with 18. The quarters were: 25-21, 42-43, 63-68, 88-85.
ICBS Iraklis 59-68
The second consecutive road win was succeeded by Lefteris Hatzikiriakidiss team, Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) was the top scorer with 24 points while from the college team, Sasha Theodorakis (211-C-77) and Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) scored 14 each. The quarters: 15-11, 26-28, 43-51, 59-68.



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  HOLLAND   


West-Brabant Giants sign Jordan Collins - by Fred Roggen
West-Brabant Giants added to their roster 27-year old American center Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). Collins played college ball at N.Carolina State. Jordan Collins knows european basketball because he has played in Paderborn Baskets(GER), BBC Nyon(SWISS) and started this season at Inter College Etha Engomis in Cyprus, but he chose the offer of the West-Brabant Giants over a longer stay in Cyprus. The technical staff of the Giants hopes in short time to add a second player to their roster .

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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 5-0 
 2. Mahram 5-1 
 3. Saba 4-1 
 4. Ararat 3-2 
 5. Zob Ahan 3-2 
 6. BEEM 3-3 
 7. Shahrekord 3-3 
 8. Kordestan 2-2 
 9. a.s Pipe 2-3 
 10. Gorgan 2-4 
 11. Langeroud 1-3 
 12. Azad 0-4 
 13. Khorasan 0-5 


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Italian Legadue: market news - by Antonello Varallo
Basket Livorno announced a monthly agreement with Emanuele Rotondo (194-G-75), who has been signed after a training week. Rotondo is one of the most prolific players in Legadue history, and last year he was the top scorer of Serie B, now called Lega A Dilettanti. During his career, he also joined Italian National Team.
Enel Brindisi released Marco Caprari (195-G-76) and Andrea Malamov (196-G-83). Malamov is going to join Virtus Basket Molfetta in Lega A Dilettanti.


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LBL D2 Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Saldus - BA Riga 105-80
Saldus cruised past BA Riga to ensure the 8th win in the season. Davis Paberzs fired 26 points and collected 10 rebounds to pace the league leaders. Janis Licitis added 17 points in the winning case. Edmunds Dukulis and Davis Bertans provided 14 points each in the losing effort.

Keizarm.U21 - Livani 67-95
Livani stayed among the leaders as they cruised past Keizamezs U21 95:67 on the road. Raimonds Feldmanis notched 28 points for the visitors. Kristaps Melnbardis contributed 14 points in the winning case. Oskars Ernsteins responded with 15 points in the loss.

Liep.Papirs - Zemgale/Juniors 70-103
Zemgale/Juniors posted the seventh victory in LBL Division 2 as they thumped Liepajas Papirs away from home. Armands Senkans poured in 37 points for Zemgale. Arturs Ausejs knocked down 18 points and collected 7 rebounds in the win. Artis Ate and Mareks Mejeris answered with 17 points each for Liepajas Papirs as they fell at 2-7 record.

Jurmala - Valmiera U21 67-59
Jurmala grabbed the fifth victory as they outscored Valmiera U21 at home court. Janis Ramma dropped 19 points to lead the winners. Atis Ozols had 9 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in the win. Aigars Strelis managed 15 points and 10 rebounds for Valmiera U21.

Cesis - Ventsp.Aug. 76-76
Cesis and VA finished their Round 15 game tied at 76. Davis Rozitis paced Cesis with 19 points, 11 boards and 5 blocks. Kristaps Kanbergs responded with 25 points and 11 boards for Venstpils Augstskola.



LBL Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Keizarmezs 101-70
ASK Riga trounced Keizarmezs to secure the fourth win in the season. Milutin Aleksic came up with 16 points to pace ASK Riga. Sandis Valters added 11 points, while Enests Kalve tallied 14 points and 12 boards in the winning case. Keizarmezs slipped at 1-9 record despite 14 points from Lauris Blaus. Reinis Strupovics had 13 points in defeat.



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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 1-0 
 2. Moutahed 1-0 
 3. Antranik 1-0 
 4. Champville 1-0 
 5. Blue Stars 1-0 
 6. Feytroun 0-1 
 7. Tebnine 0-1 
 8. Kahraba 0-1 
 9. Sagesse 0-1 
 10. Anibal 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Men
Div.A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 A.Simms, 36
2 N.Zachery 30
3 F.Khatib, 29
4 M. Fraser,28
5W.Williams,27
Rebounds Per Game
1 A.Haynes, Feyt. 17.8
2 L.Malloy,Antranik 14.7
3 J.Merrill, Champ 12.3
4 J.Bell, B.Stars 12.3
5 K.Jhonson, Sag 10.9
Assists Per Game
1 D.Kelly, Moutah 7.7
2 S. Khouri , Sag 6.3
3 G.Badawi, Antranik 6.1
4 I. Ahmad, Riyadi 6.1
5 A.Haynes, Feyt. 5.8
Steals Per Game
1 D.Kelly, Moutah 3.3
2 E.Estephan,Champ 3
3 Gh.Reda, Champ 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 A.Haynes, Feyt. 2.2
2 J. Vogel, Riyadi 1.7
3 L.Malloy,Antranik 1.4
2FGP
1 Mneimneh,Riyadi. 67.4
2 K.Jhonson, Sag 66.2
3 J. Ghattas , Sag 61.5
3FGP
1 Eskidjian ,Antran 50
2 N.Nolan,Moutah 44
3 J. Murr , B. Stars 42.9
Free Throws
1 A.Haynes, Feyt. 82.8
2 J. Vogel, Riyadi 81.8
3 K.Jhonson, Sag 78.4


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Amicale bests Musel Pikes again advancing to 1/4 finals of Coupe de Luxembourg! Contern continues its winning ways badly thumping Black Star by 27 points.(32-4 first quarter) - by Alex Meyers

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Amicale 76 - Musel Pikes 65

Steinsel, Luxembourg
Musel Pikes makes an early exit from the cup this year after being in the finals for many of the last several years. Amicale apparently has Musel Pikes' number because just last weeekend, Amicale defeated Pikes in Remich by 5 points and this time by 11. Balanced scoring was agian the key to the victory for Amicale. All five starter reached double figures in scoring led by Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) with 19 and 11 rebounds. Chris Scholtes scored 15, Christopher Jones and Sam Ney 14 each and Christian Schartz 12 for league leading Amicale. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) was held to 8 points but Samy Picard nailed 28 followed by Guy Schmit with 15.

Amicale: 29 field goals, 5 three points, 13 for 16 free throws, 26 rebounds, 15 fouls and 11 turnovers
Scholtes 15, Schartz 12, DePree 19, Ney 14, Jones 14, also Kartheiser, Haan and Birenbaum 2
Musel Pikes: Braier 8, Picard 28, G. Scmit 15, Schwartz 3, also C. Schmit 2, Kirch 4, Dentzer 5, and Kox

Score by quarters: 20-21, Halftime 41-37, 3rd Q 57-49, Final 76-65

Contern 84 - Black Star 57


Contern, Luxembourg

The game was over after just a few minutes in. The score at then end of the first quarter was 32-4 for Contern. The rest of the game was played fairly evenly. So, as it was, Contern put things on automatic pilot for the last three quarters cruising to their 6th win in a row and making it to the 1/4 finals of Coupe de Luxembourg. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) had another fabulous game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Ken Diederich, showing good early/mid-season form added 19 points. Eric Jeitz and Yves Braun contributed 14 and 13 points respectively. Eric Bissener grabbed 10 rebounds for Contern. Patrick Arbaut led Black Star in scoring with 17. Daniel Norell had 11 and American Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) was limited to a season low only 7 points.


Contern: 26 field goals, 5 three pointers, 27 for 33 free throws, 43 rebounds, 19 fouls and 12 turnovers
Becker 4, Diederich 19, Gary 24, Jeitz 14, Braun 13, also Bissener 4, Fasbender 6, Gindt, Torres and Majerus
Black Star: 21 field goals, 5 three pointers, 10 for 18 free throws, 29 rebounds, 21 fouls and 13 turnovers
Tuffel, 4, Norell 11, McDaniel 7, Pa. Arbaut 17, Di Bartholomeo 6, also Hoffmann 2, Ph. Arbaut 4, Ya. Arbaut, Muepu 4 and Weckering 2


Score by quarters: 1st quarter 32-4, Halftime 50-25, 3rd Q 71-41, Final 84-57

Elsewhere in the Coupe de Luxembourg:
Sparta took care of Pall Arel Basket of Arlon winning on the road by a score of 79-93. National 2 teams Bascharage Hedgehogs and Basket Esch battled in the south and Esch cam out on top 72-85. Kayldall and Larochette, both of National 3, fought it out and Larochette advance by a wholluping 47-78. Etzella thumped Southside Petange 70-93 and lastly in another war in the south, T71 of Dudelange barely snuck past Soluevre 88-90.



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NBA Round: 31 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Magic - Wizards 105-90
Orlando Magic improved on 12-4, while the Washington Wizards dropped on 2-11 after this game. Dwight Howard shined in the winning squad adding 26 points and 14 rebounds. The Wizards got 25 points and 6 assists from Caron Butler.

Hornets - Nuggets 105-101
Chris Paul paced New Orleans Hornets to victory in Denver scoring 22 points and dishing out 10 assists. Predrag Stojakovic helped him with 17, while David West this time stopped on 15 points and 8 boards. J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony combined 56 points in defeat. Hornets 9-5, Nuggets 10-6.



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First nine players signed by Montreal - by Gianni Pascucci
Alejandro Hasbani , coach of the PBL team Montreal Sasquatch, sent to Usbasket.com the list of the first nine players signed for the upcoming, 2009 PBL season. Canadian veteran Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire) leads the group, Lance Perique, one of the last cuts of the D-league team Rio Grande Valley Vipers, should be the team star. The list of the players signed is made of: Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island), Milton Bell (6'7''-F-70, college: Georgetown), Gallo Cham (6'7''-F-85, college: Cent.Florida CC), Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.), Lance Perique, Jeremy Law (6'5''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.), Bobby Miller, Kevin Dulude (6'4''-G/F-81) and Steve Pellan (6'6''-G). The Assistants of Hasbani are Laurent Kominik and Daniel Grimar

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Mega HL eliminates Vizura thanks to excellent Aleksandar Mitrovic - by Dragan Jankovski
In the last game of SBF Cup 1/8 finals Mega Hypo Leasing knocked out another A league participant, Vizura from Belgrade, advancing to the next stage. It was very exciting match, decided in over time 87-83. Young Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-G-90) shined for Mega HL leading all the scorers with 25 points. Vladimir Jankovic (208-F-90), the son of legendary Serbian player Boban Jankovic, helped him with 18 points. In the 1/4 finals Mega HL will meet Mladost Cacak on the road. Results of earlier played 1/8 final games are posted in the previous news.

1/4 finals of SBF Cup (December 9, 2008)
Zdravlje Actavis - Swisslion Takovo
Radnicki Obrenovac - Sloga
Mladost Cacak - Mega Hypo Leasing
Metalac - Borac


Meanwhile, participants of Serbian A league are preparing for Round 11. In the opening game on Friday, Borac will host Napredak Rubin. As a reminder, Borac lost against Ergonom in the last round and it was the first defeat for the team from Cacak since the beginning of the season. On the other side, Napredak made surprise handing the first loss to Swisslion Takovo. We will have another game tomorrow, between Vizura and Masinac. On Saturday, Radnicki Invest Inzenjering will meet Ergonom, while Sloga will take on Metalac. Two more games will be played on Saturday, Tamis - Novi Sad and Zdravlje - Mega HL. In the last game of Round 11, which is scheduled for Sunday, Swisslions Takovo will play against Radnicki 034 Group. Borac and Swisslion are currently on top with 9-1. Novi Sad, Sloga and Zdravlje are in the red zone with 2-8.


Predrag Drobnjak in Efes Pilsen - by Zoran Popovic
Former Partizan player and captain Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) is new member of Efes Pilsen Istanbul. Last season Predrag Drobnjak started in Akasvaya Girona and on 6 games in ULEB Cup average scored 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds per game and on 11 games in Spanish regular season average scored 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assistants per game. In December 2007. Drobnjak moved to Besiktas Cola Turka Istanbul and on 23 games in Turkish league average scored 8.9 points, 3.6 points, 1.0 assistants and in ULEB Cup on five matches average scored 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assistants per game. This is the second Drobnjak contract with Efes Pilsen Istanbul, first time Drobnjak played in Efes in period 1998-2001.
Predrag Drobnjak started professional career in Partizan and for Serbian team played in period 1992-1998. After Efes Pilsen Istanbul Drobnjak continued international career in NBA league and with success played for Seattle Supersonics 2001-2003, LA Clippers 2003-2004, Atlanta Hawks 2004-2005 and after his comeback in Europe played for TAU in season 2005-2006 and again for Partizan in season 2006-2007. Predrag Drobnjak won two World Championships with Yugoslavian national team, in Spain 1998. and in United States 2002.


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Shak Attack devour Pacers - by Don Farrell

BACK-TO-BACK champions Detour Shak Attack overwhelmed UTC Maloney Pacers 111-59 in a National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) National Club Championships (NCC) Group Two encounter at the Southern Indoor Sports Complex, Pleasantville, on Wednesday evening.

Kenyatta Alfred netted a game-high 19 points against his old club for Shak Attack to register a third win in the group and at the same time advance to the next round of competition.

They are aiming for a third NCC title in a row.

There were other notable performances from national forward Kurt Christian, who contributed 16 points and five assists.

He also had three rebounds and the same number of steals, as the boys from Dan Kelly Village led 24-16 at the end of the first period.

Guyana-born Andrew Ifill also had a hand in the success for the champs, scoring 14 points and securing three rebounds.

For the East team, Khalio Lorrie was the top-scorer with 13 points, plus seven rebounds and two steals.

Starkie Abraham chipped in with ten points and had five boards and a couple of steals, while Nigel Rolington missed out on a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down the identical number of rebounds.

In the final game of the regular season, Petro Jazz reached the 100-point mark as well, beating their south counterparts Trinmar Marines 102-51 to secure a spot in the NCC Big Four playoffs.

Louis Davis led the Jazz's offence with 23 points to go with his three steals and two assists, while Kevin Garcia (five rebounds and three steals) and Michael Pantin had 11 points each for the winners.

Darren Sanchez closed off his season with a double-double, gathering ten points and the same number of boards, while Roger Lewis and Wendell Grant posted decent scores in a losing effort.

Lewis had nine points and seven rebounds and Grant acquired seven points and seven rebounds.


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


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St. Croix Central High School set to invade Atlanta Tourney - by David Edole
St. Croix Central High School boys basketball is currently preparing for the tournament of their lives when they travel to Atlanta in December to play in the 3rd Annual Dekalb County Schools Holiday Tournament. The Caribs will be tested right out the gate when they face Virginia Tech signee Manny Atkins (6-7, F) and Tucker HS Friday night December 19th. Tucker HS was Georgia 4A Champion in 2007. Central opens the National Boys Division Saturday night when they take on 6-foot-6 Deondre Johnson and Tri Cities. If the Caribs get passed their opening encounter they will play the winner of Griffin-Winder-Barrow match. Griffin High School (9-14) has a tough point guard in Shaquil Barber whom committed early to South Carolina State while 6-foot-6 Jodd Maxey leads Winder Barrow (11-9).
Redan, Clarke Central, Lake City (SC) and Southwest DeKalb round out the eight teams of the division. Redan Raiders (17-11) is led by Tennessee signee Kenny Hall (6-9, F) and Junior Latarrance Carter.
Leading Central HS Boys attack will be Daddy Stylee Irayn Williams (-G-91). The 6-foot-2 guard/forward/center will put down the riddem box and leave festival for five days to dawn his Carib uniform for his senior season. Williams is expected to lead Central Back, Back to the territorial championship. Speedy senior Lamar Bough (-G-91) and the ultra athletic Taaron Jones (-G-91) will help Williams. The trio played on the Virgin Islands junior national team two years ago. Joining the Caribs are highflying Reno Motta (6-2,F, Soph.) and the best point guard in the territory in sophomore Kadeem Jones. Shomari Ellidge will work the boards while freshman sensation Jonathan Fontanelle is a welcome addition.
We are not a big team, said Central Head Coach Alvarn Jarvis. We plan on using speed and shooting to hopefully get some wins.
Clarkston High School, Cedar Grove H.S, Cross Keys H.S, and Southwest DeKalb H.S. are the host schools for the tourney. The Lady Caribs will also be making the trip.

Dekalb County Schools Schedule
Friday December 19th
BOYS 8:00 pm St. Croix Central (VI) vs. Tucker @Clarkston HS

Saturday December 20th
GIRLS 7:00 pm North Clayton vs. St. Croix Central (VI) @Clarkston HS
BOYS: 8:30 pm Tri Cities vs. St. Croix Central (VI) @Clarkston HS

Sunday December 21st
Day off for all teams

Monday December 22nd
Semi-Finals

Tuesday December 23rd
Championship Game
Consolation rounds


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UBL Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Polit.Lviv 79-70
Budivelnyk shot down Politekhnika-Halychyna in the key game of the round. Budivelnyk got the major boost after Tomas Delininkaitis joined the team just days ago. The Lithuanian guard scored 23 points in the debut and Budivelnyk secured a 79:70 victory. It was the 8th win for the Kyiv outfit. Brian Wethers came up with game-high 27 points for the winners. Aliaksandr Pustahvar responded with 18 points for the visitors.

BC Odessa - DniproAzot 82-77
BC Odessa got 23 points from Coco Cofield and secured a tough win over visiting DniproAzot. Otis Hill produced 22 points and 8 rebounds as the winners climbed at 10-5 record. Jerel Allen responded with 21 points for DniproAzot in the loss.

Gryfony - Kryvbasbasket 75-76
Kryvbasbaskets eked out a narrow 76:75 win over Gryfony in Simferopol yesterday. Dmitri Korablev led the charge with 17 points. Aleksandr Shaposhnikov provided 16 points, while Miha Fon had 11 points for the winners. Predrag Miletic knocked down 21 points for the hosts as they suffered the 12th loss in the season.

Cherkasy - Hoverla 89-64
Cherkasy improved at 11-4 record as they cruised past Hoverla at home court today. Ivan Koljevic secured 20 points in the win. Vladislav Dragoljovic added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the one of the league leaders. Andrei Lebedev responded with 18 points for Hoverla. Arseni Kuchinsky had 10 points as Hoverla slipped at 4-11 record.



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Rocks Take Second Spot - by Andy Webb
Scottish Rocks 75 (15,34,55) (Davis 19, Yanders 17, Murray 14)
Worthing Thunder 66 (20,32,54) (Ivanovskis 18, Patton 14, Woods 13)


Scottish Rocks moved to within two points of top spot in the BBL after a 75-66 home victory over Worthing Thunder.

Player-coach Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) led the way for the Rocks with a game-high 19-points, while Janis Ivanovskis' 18 paced Worthing's response.

Thunder began the match well and led by seven (11- 18) on the back of a Jonathan Woods layup before Rocks trimmed the deficit to 15-20 at the end of the first quarter.

Rocks tied the match at 23-23 following a Rob Yanders three before taking the lead for the first time just before the interval on two Sterling Davis free throws for a half time advantage of 34-32.

A 12-5 start to the third quarter by Worthing put the visitors 39-44 up and they held the lead until Gareth Murray hit two free throws to briefly give Rocks the advantage.

However, Thunder edged back in front with a 5-0 run before Rocks responded with a 5-0 burst of their own to take a 55-54 lead into the final stanza.

A Ryan Patton three tied the match at 59-59 until Randy George's bucket from a Yanders assist put Rocks ahead for good as the home side finished with a 16-7 run.


Raiders Reach Cup Final - by Andy Webb
The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders secured their place in the BBL Cup Final thanks to a 74-69 victory on the night over the Guildford Heat at the Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday evening. The victory tonight, coupled with a 80-73 first leg victory on Sunday gave the Raiders a 154-142 aggregate scoreline over the Heat.

The Heat had got themselves into a position where they had overturned the deficit, and were ahead by as many as ten points towards the end of the third period, but a 17-4 burst in the final stanza for the Raiders gave them an unasailable 70-66 lead with 90 seconds remaining. Despite a valiant attempt from the Guildford side, Gary Stronach Raiders team secured the victory, and their first ever BBL Cup Final appearance from the foul-line.

At the end of the game, Stronach commented, 'I'm delighted to reach the first BBL Cup Final in the club's history. PJ (Heat Head Coach Paul James) came with a great game-plan, but I'm pleased we managed to find a way to outscore them 23-11 in the final quarter.'

In BBL Championship action, Sheffield Sharks moved themselves into sixth position in the BBL Championship table thanks to a 100-81 victory over the Worcester Wolves. Chris Sanders was the main man for the Sharks, and his 27 points personal was enough to give the Sharks the 'W' and extract some revenge for the 109-100 defeat the Sheffield side had suffered against Worcester earlier in the campaign.

BBL Championship

Sheffield Sharks 100 (30,56,75) (Sanders 27, Whyte 24, Gorman 13)
Worcester Wolves 81 (19,31,58) (Harker/Paez 20, Disy 12)

Sheffield Sharks extracted some revenge for the 109- 100 defeat suffered at the hands of the Worcester Wolves earlier in the season by picking up a comfortable 100-81 victory at the EIS, Sheffield on Wednesday evening. The Sharks' victory moves them up into sixth position in the BBL Championship table. An Anthony Paez three-pointer opened the scoring for the Wolves, but the home side responded with a 17-6 burst to take the early lead at 17-9 midway through the opening period. A further 13-7 Sharks tear to close out the opening quarter took the score out to 30-19. The second quarter saw the Sharks continue to stretch out the lead, and an 18-9 tear to close out the half saw the Sharks lead 56-31 going into the locker rooms at the half. The second half saw the Wolves attempting to get themselves back into the game, and a 17-5 Wolves burst got the score back to 69-52 before a succession of free-throws from the Sharks took the score out again to 75-58 going into the final stanza. In the final period, the Wolves continued to attempt to get themselves back into the game, but the Sharks were able to hold onto for the all-important victory. Chris Sanders led all scorers in the game with 27 points for the Sharks, while a combination of Skouson Harker and Paez led the Wolves scoring with 20 points a-piece.

BBL Cup Semi-Final, Second Leg
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 74 (19,34,51) (Lasker 26, Beasley 13, Beckles 11)
Guildford Heat 69 (19,39,58) (Howell 19, Harrison 14, Martin 13)
(Airwaves Plymouth Raiders win 154-142 on aggregate)

Ariwaves Plymouth Raiders became the first team through to the BBL Cup Final in January after a 74-69 victory over the Guildford Heat in the second leg of the semi-final at the Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday night giving them a 154-142 aggregate victory. With the Raiders leading by seven points after the first leg, both sides traded baskets throughout the opening period, and the teams could not be separated as they were tied at 19- 19 going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, the visitors began to edge themselves in front, and a combination of tough defense and good execution at the offensive end gave them a slender 34-39 lead going in at the half. At the start of the second half, the Heat got themselves ahead by ten points towards the end of the third period at 48-58 which was enough to give them the lead on aggregate as well, but the Raiders came back at them, and managed to get the gap down to seven points at 51-58 thanks to a three-pointer from Kwabana Beckles right at the end of the period to leave the scores level on aggregate going into the final stanza. Baskets from Chad McKnight and Adam Metcalf at the start of the final period gave the Heat a 53-62 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Raiders responded and broke the game open with a 17-4 burst to give them a 70-66 lead with 90 seconds left in the game. The Heat tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest, but the home side were able to secure the victory, and their BBL Cup Final berth from the foul- line. Andrew Lasker led all scorers in the game with 26 points for the Raiders, while Keonta Howell led the Heat scoring with 19. At the end of the game, Raiders coach Gary Stronach expressed his delight at reaching the final. 'I'm delighted at reaching the first BBL Cup Final in our history, and have an opportunity to contest for the first piece of silverware of the season. I have to give credit to Guildford though. PJ (Heat Coach Paul James) came with a great game-plan, but I'm pleased that we managed to find a way to outscore them 23-11 in the final quarter.'


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LNB 2008 Finals - Game 1: Duros resists ambush and defeats Caciques, 93-86 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara resisted a dangerous reaction of Caciques de Trujillo during the second half of Game 1 in the LNB 2008 Finals and got benefit from a couple of consecutive steals by Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) and Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) in the last minute of the fourth quarter, to come out as the winner, 93-86, at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena in Barquisimeto, Lara, which was renewed with better lights and a polished court for the purpose of this series.

Duros had achieved a 20-point lead during the third quarter (61-41) but the visitors were able to put pressure on the ball following direct orders from head coach Nestor Salazar so they cut that margin from 20 to 3 with a 1.03 minutes to go (88-85). That's when Zapata and Palacios appeared to save the night for the hosts with their steals, while Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) was lethal from the free throw line and led the winners scoring with 20 points. It was the night of Diego Guevara (184-G-77) and his official comeback to the team after a successful season in Colombia.

Duros had to cope with two big absences. Assistant coach Carl Herrera and reinforcement player Amber Marin will not continue with the team as they were relieved off their duties by the general management of the team. Marin has international offers and could pursue a trip overseas, according to GM Armando Becker. However, people who requested to stay anonymous said that they failed to show up to practice last Monday after a two-day permit to go vote in their native cities.

In the game, former President and Founder of Duros de Lara in 1991, Domenico Donadi, was seen alongside coaches Giovanni Fraino and Juan Yajure, who led Duros to its first and only title in the old Liga Superior Occidental, back in 1992, when they defeated Panteras del Tachira.


SCOREBOARDS

FINALS (Duros leads 1-0)

Duros de Lara 93 - Caciques de Trujillo 86 (Wed 11/26/2008)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter

DUR: 22-29-21-21= 93

CAC: 22-17-25-22= 86

Scorers

DUR: Jesus Centeno 20 points, Diego Guevara 13 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 12 points, Jackson Zapata 10 points, Keving Palacios 9 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 9 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 6 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 5 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 4 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 3 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 2 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points

CAC: Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 21 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 13 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 12 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 11 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 10 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 10 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 5 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 4 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points, Nestor Moran (178-G-87) 0 points, Jairo Molina (193-G-84) 0 points, Jose Yabichella (200-F-83) 0 points



LNB 2008 Finals - Game 2: Duros crushes Caciques in second half to win, 104-87 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara experienced an offensive explosion during the third quarter, in which they scored 36 points, and applied a very effective defense by putting pressure on the ball in the whole court and specially at the mid line, to recover from a bad first and second quarter, to win 104-87 at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena in Barquisimeto and get a 2-0 lead in the LNB 2008 Finals over Caciques de Trujillo.

Manuel Berroteran, who had a particular duel of baskets against Diego Guevara, was becoming a nightmare for Duros in the first and second quarter with 15 of his 26 points, but he was stopped after the beginning of the third quarter, in which Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) exploted with 13 of his 20 points and a tough display, supported by the defense of Peter Kvietek and a couple of three-point shots by Lawrence Wallace. Carlos Cedeno, Heissler Guillent and Jesus Centeno shared the role of point guards and shooting guards to lead the hosts to the win.

A cup was played in the name of Diego Guevara and his mother was there to throw the ball to the air prior to the beginning of the match. Guevara started his pro career with Duros in 1992, as a 15 year-old prospect and continued there to win his first championship that year.

SCOREBOARDS

FINALS (Duros leads 2-0)

Duros de Lara 104 - Caciques de Trujillo 87 (Thu 11/27/2008)

Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter

DUR: 22-19-36-27= 104

CAC: 24-19-21-23= 87

Scorers

DUR: Francisco Centeno 20 points, Diego Guevara 18 points, Jesus Centeno 13 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 13 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 12 points, Keving Palacios 7 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 6 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 5 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 4 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 4 points, Jackson Zapata 2 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points

CAC: Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 26 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 15 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 11 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 11 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 7 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 5 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 4 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 4 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 4 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 0 points, Jairo Molina (193-G-84) 0 points, Hector Alfaro 0 points





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  BELGIUM - Women  


Akonga Nsimbo and her Dexia smash Spartak MR Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Dexia - Spartak MR Noginsk 93-65

Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) paced her Dexia Namur to fifth victory in EuroCup advancing to 1/16 finals as the top team of Group L. Its rival Spartak MR Noginsk also made it to the next stage with 3 wins and 3 defeats. Another team from Group L will take a place in the next round and it is Turkish Botas Spor.
Dexia was a way better team than Spartak from the early beginning. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo was in a game mood, and it seems it was more than enough for Dexia. She played 34 minutes nailing 27 points and grabbing magnificent 18 rebounds. Akonga had 55% for FG2 and 83% from the FT line. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87, agency: LBM Management) followed her also with a high digits 19 points, 8 boards and 7 assists. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) helped adding 13 points and 7 assists. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) shined for the visitors collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds, while Alexandra Telegina (189-F-73) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebs. Dexia totally dominated in the paint gabbing 42 rebounds in total. On the other side, Spartak had just 27. The best performance host team demonstrated in third quarter, 26-14. With this one, Dexia entered into the last ten minutes with 66-48. Until the end its lead became even bigger.

Dexia: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 27+18 boards, Marjorie Carpreaux 19+8 boards+ 7 as, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 13+7 as
Spartak: Nelli Nevzorova 21+6 boards, Alexandra Telegina 11+5 boards


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Lavezzini Basket trashes Zeljeznicar 86-50 - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket - Zeljeznicar 86-50

Lavezzini Basket destroyed Bosnian team Zeljeznicar in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Lavezzini ended it as a top team of Group I with 5 wins and just 1 defeat. Visitors said goodbye to EuroCup winless. Except of Lavezzini, Esperides and Cesis also advanced to the 1/16 finals from Group I. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) netted 16, while Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) and Irene Pieropan (183-G/F-91) posted 10 points apiece. Zeljezncar had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.), who delivered 12 and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) stopped on 9 points.
Lavezzini opened the game fantastic creating 16-4 in just few minutes. Until the end of the first frame it already was 29-11. Nothing has changed after that. Natalie Porter and her teammates were too strong for Zeljeznicar, what resulted with 23-8 in the second period. It means that Lavezzini had huge plus 33 already at the half time, 52-19. The rest of the game was just the formality. The hosts slowed down keeping the advantage without any bigger efforts.

Lavezzini Basket: Natalie Porter 20, Laura Summerton 16, Daliborka Vilipic 10, Irene Pieropan 10
Zeljeznicar: Elisa Bue 12+10 boards, Lejla Bejtic 9


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Gospic beats AEL, both teams in the 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - AEL 82-76

Gospic was better than AEL 82-76 grabbing the third win in Group F. However, despite this defeat the loosing side also advanced to the 1/16 finals. Gospic ended Preliminary Round as a second, while AEL is a third ranked team of Group F. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) was a way better than the others for the winning squad. She played almost the entire game draining 25 points, including 4/4 from beyond the arc. She also had 4/6 FG2 and 5/6 FTs. Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) followed her with 17, while Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) netted 11 points. Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, college: UTEP) shined in AEL registering 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) and Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) also were on a pretty high level. They combined 30 points and 16 rebounds.
Gospic had nice first half having plus 5 after it. At the middle of third stanza the score was tied 50-50. However, until the end of it Jelena Ivezic and her teammates succeeded to create 67-63. After triple by Jelena Ivezic in 34th minute it was 72-66. Later Gospic jumped on plus 10. Until the end of the game AEL threatened coming on minus 4, but it was their maximum in this game. Martina Gambiraza netted two FTs at the very end for the final 82-76.

Gospic: Jelena Ivezic 25, Carla Thomas 17, Martina Gambiraza 11
AEL: Natasha Lacy 22+6 boards+5 as, Jelena Velinovic 16+8 boards, Shyra Ely 14+8 boards


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Gospic beats AEL, both teams in the 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - AEL 82-76

Gospic was better than AEL 82-76 grabbing the third win in Group F. However, despite this defeat the loosing side also advanced to the 1/16 finals. Gospic ended Preliminary Round as a second, while AEL is a third ranked team of Group F. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) was a way better than the others for the winning squad. She played almost the entire game draining 25 points, including 4/4 from beyond the arc. She also had 4/6 FG2 and 5/6 FTs. Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) followed her with 17, while Martina Gambiraza (176-G-82) netted 11 points. Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, college: UTEP) shined in AEL registering 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) and Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) also were on a pretty high level. They combined 30 points and 16 rebounds.
Gospic had nice first half having plus 5 after it. At the middle of third stanza the score was tied 50-50. However, until the end of it Jelena Ivezic and her teammates succeeded to create 67-63. After triple by Jelena Ivezic in 34th minute it was 72-66. Later Gospic jumped on plus 10. Until the end of the game AEL threatened coming on minus 4, but it was their maximum in this game. Martina Gambiraza netted two FTs at the very end for the final 82-76.

Gospic: Jelena Ivezic 25, Carla Thomas 17, Martina Gambiraza 11
AEL: Natasha Lacy 22+6 boards+5 as, Jelena Velinovic 16+8 boards, Shyra Ely 14+8 boards


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Baschet ICIM outplays Kara Trutnov on the road - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov - Baschet ICIM 81-90

Baschet ICIM returned from the Czech Republic celebrating. Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) and her teammates were better than Kara Trutnov with plus 9, finishing Preliminary Round with 2-4 record. Fortunately to them it was enough for the 1/16 finals. On the other side, Kara Trutnov is the second ranked team with 3-3 score in Group H. Of course the hosts also reached the next stage. Anita Meszaros shined for the Romanians draining 29 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) also was on a high level netting 20 points. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern) helped with 16. Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) answered with 16 points and 4 rebounds for Kara Trutnov. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) had 15 and Darina Misurova (163-G-81) scored 2 points less.
Baschet ICIM grabbed this one thanks to well played first and third quarter. Visitors ended opening ten minutes 20-25, after what Kara Trutnov answered with 15-12. Anita Meszaros led her team to wonderful 11-21 after the breather. At the middle of third frame it was 42-50. The same player made two FTs later setting the score on 46-58 before the last frame. During the last 10 minutes Baschet ICIM even touched plus 16, 70-86.

Kara Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 16+4 boards, Michaela Hartigova 15+6 boards, Darina Misurova 13
Baschet ICIM: Anita Meszaros 29+7 boards, Suzana Milovanovic 20, Tiffany Brown 16


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Botas Spor outguns BC Star at home - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - BC Star 88-76

Extremely important victory for Botas Spor, who managed to book a spot for the EuroCup 1/16 finals. The Turkish team finished Preliminary Round on third place in Group L with 3-3 record. The same digits also has Spartak MR. Belgian Dexia Namur is the leading team of the Group with 5 wins in 6 games. Botas Spor got the most from Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor). She spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds. Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) and Bobbitt delivered 16 points each for the hosts. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) once again top-scored for the loosing side with 21 points, also having 8 more rebounds. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) contributed with 19 points and 6 boards, while Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) registered double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Visitors had decent first quarter grabbing 4-point lead after it. However, it was kind of a signal to Angela Tisdale and her teammates to start playing. They did it in style nailing 27 points for the following ten minutes. BC Star succeeded to score just 9. After jumper by Angela Tisdale at the half way of third stanza it was 58-41. At that time it was already clear that BC Star won't have any chance until the end.

Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 21+4 boards, Seda Tabakci 16+8 boards, Bobbitt 16
BC Star: Davineia Payne 21+8 boards, Gerly Kostla 19+6 boards, Ashley Wallace 14+11 boards


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  EUROCUP - Women  


The Eurocup sixteenth-finals - by Carlo Grilli
After the first round in groups, Eurocup switched to the sixteenth-finals brackets.

Dynamo Moscow (RUS) vs Solna Vikings (SWE)
Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) vs Municipal Targoviste (ROU)
Szevip Szeged (HUN) vs Panionios G.S.S. Athens (GRE)
Tarbes GB (FRA) vs Baschet ICIM Arad (ROU)
Ibiza-PDV (ESP) vs Extrugasa-Cortegada (ESP)
Elitzur Achva Ramla (ISR) vs Olivais Coimbra (POR)
Chevakata (RUS) vs Universit BC Neuchtel (SUI)
Dexia W Namur (BEL) vs Kara Trutnov (CZE)
ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac (SRB) vs Spartak M.R. Noginsk (RUS)
Lavezzini Basket Parma (ITA) vs Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (CRO)
Athinaikos (GRE) vs SK Cesis (LAT)
CB Feve San Jose (ESP) vs Botas Spor (TUR)
Cras Basket Taranto (ITA) vs CSS-LMK SF. Gheorghe (ROU)
Dynamo Kursk (RUS) vs USO Mondeville (FRA)
Rivasecopolis (ESP) vs K.V. Imperial AEL (CYP)
Ravenna Esperides Kalithea (GRE) vs Challes-les-Eaux Basket (FRA)

The sixteenth-finals will be played over two legs, with the higher seeded team starting away and hosting the second game.


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NO More CSKA... - by Eurobasket News

Sad news came from the capital of Russia as one of the strongest teams of the local Superleague and one of the favorites CSKA Moscow departed from Euroleague. Financial crisis could not keep the team in the tournament and it is still a question about the participation of the team in the local arena.
The game against ESB Lille Metropole in France last week was the last for the team in EuroLeague. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B over ESB Lille Metropole in France. Belgian International collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for 88:79 win. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) followed her with 18, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 16 each. All the loud names that are mentioned above are looking for another teams....
Group B of Euroleague will have only 5 teams now and Villeneuve d'Ascq and Riga may take advantage of CSKA Moscow's departure to qualify. Umana Reyer kept perfect record in the Euroleague tournament as they upset MKB Euroleasing in Sopron. The Italian powerhouse came from behind in the final stanza to post the sixth straight success. Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points to lead Venezia. Simona Ballardini added 12 points in the win. Tijana Krivacevic responded with game-high 20 points for MKB Euroleasing off the bench. Gambrinus eased past Lille 81:61 at home court. It was just the second victory for the Czech champions in this edition of the Euroleague. Eva Viteckova secured 17 points in the winning case. Tamika Whitmore was helpful with 14 points for Gambrinus. Ljubica Drljaca scored 14 points for Villenueve as they slipped at 1-4 record in the ladder.
It will be an upset without CSKA for many players, teams, fans etc. Eurobasket always paid a lot of attention to the Russian team and hoped that the team would stay at least in Superleague. Fiba fined the Russian Federation for 30.000 euro of the happened departure.



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Esperides beats Cesis, both teams advance to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
Esperides - Cesis 67-56

Esperides was too strong for Cesis in the last round of the EuroCup Preliminary Round sealing the spot for the 1/16 finals. The Greek team grabbed second place in Group I with 4 wins and 2 defeats. Cesis also goes to the next stage from third position with 3-3 record. The top ranked team in this group is Lavezzini Basket, who has 5-1. Bosnian Zeljeznicar ended competition winless, 0-6. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) stepped up for Esperides against Cesis delivering 26 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) came up with 12+7, while Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) added 11 points and 5 assists. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds in loss. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) had 11 and Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) one point less.
Esperides grabbed quick 11-4 at the beginning. Thanks to Dimitra Kalentzou's jump shot at the buzzer, the hosts ended first frame 20-12. Soon after that Cesis cut the margin on 2, but Stella Kaltsidou immediately responded to Esperdes. She came up with few successful jumpers and the hosts again had plus 7, 33-26. Cesis threatened once again In third stanza coming on 41-40. This time Erica Davis answered for the hosts leading it to 53-47. Three minutes in the last quarter were enough for Esperides to extended lead on 12, what was too much for Cesis until the end.

Esperides: Stella Kaltsidou 26+4 boards, Erica Davis 12+7 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 11+5 as
Cesis: Willnett Crockett 13+7 boards, Karline Nimane 11, Sandra Dijon 10


San Jose hands the first EuroCup loss to Athinaikos - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Athinaikos 90-67

San Jose managed to crush Athinaikos handing it the first defeat in Group E. Anyway, both teams advanced to the 1/16 finals, San Jose from the first and Athinaikos from the second place. Another Greek team from the same group also reached the next stage - Panionios. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) demonstrated amazing performance for the hosts. She played 34 minutes draining impressive 33 points (14/19 FG2, 0/2 3-pts and 5/5 FTs). At the same time she also pulled down 6 boards. San Jose also got 18 points from Rosa Perez (169-G-81) and 15 points+8 boards from Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.). LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) shined in Athinaikos with double-double, 22 points and 15 rebounds. Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) and Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) posted 12 points each.
Eshaya Murphy opened the game in style. Mostly owing to her points San Jose created 17-12 and later 21-16. During the second quarter Athinaikos came on minus 2, but the hosts managed to grab 7-point lead until the half time, 40-33. Third frame was the crucial one as Eshaya Murphy and her teammates ended it 22-16. It seemed that Athinaikos gave up after that, what San Jose exploited to extended its lead even more, 90-67.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 33+6 boards, Rosa Perez 18, Kimberly Butler 15+8 boards
Athinaikos: LaToya Davis 22+15 boards, Katie Gearlds 12+5 boards, Polymnia Sarekgou 12


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Mizo Pecs overcome Besiktas in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs - Besiktas 71:52

MiZo Pecs raced to the fourth win in the Euroleague season. Yesterday the Hungarian team held off Besiktas to stay in the third spot in Group A. Besiktas slipped at 2-5 record in the fifth place.
Three-pointers from Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) and Kornelia Meszaros (186-F-74) put the hosts in charge 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) and Anna Vajda extended the gap to 22:12 late in the quarter. Ivanyi capped the the first frame with two freebies and MiZo Pecs led by 12 points at the first intermission. Anna Vajda tipped off the second term as she converted a three-point play to stretch the margin. However Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee) responded with 6 straight points to narrow the distance to 9 points. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) then added 5 points in a row and Besiktas trailed by just 3 points midway through the second quarter. Anna Vajda and Szilvia Torok (176-G/F-81) came up with timely baskets as MiZo Pecs took a sigh of relief. Harper closed the first half with a layup and Besiktas were down by 7 points at the interval.
The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame as MiZo Pecs managed to maintain the gap. Coelho and Kornelia Meszaros started the fourth quarter with 5 points in a row and then Ivanyi and Brooke Quennan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) added four more for the hosts to pile up a comfortable 22-point cushion. MiZo Pecs never looked back again and secured the fourth win in the tournament.
Anna Vajda tallied 23 points and 11 boards for MiZo Pecs. Kornelia Meszaros and Brooke Quennan added 11 points each for the winners. Alexis Hornbuckle responded with 21 points and 10 boards for Besiktas. Shay Doron finished with 13 points in the loss.

MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 23+11 boards, Kornelia Meszaros 11, Brooke Quennan 11
Besiktas: Alexis Hornbuckle 21+10 boards, Shay Doron 13


Szeviep-Szeged ends Preliminary Round undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Szeviep-Szeged - Solna Vikings 98-82

Easy victory for Szeviep-Szeged, who ended Preliminary Round on top of Group D unbeaten. This game didn't mean anything for the hosts, but they played it in style. On the other side, Solna Vikings faced with fourth defeat in six appearances finishing as a third team in the same group. At the end it was enough for the 1/16 finals. Another team from Group D who reached the next stage is Neuchatel. Szeviep-Szeged got the most from Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management). She played 22 minutes draining 24 points. Interesting is that Olena Zherzherunova didn't miss any single shot in this game, 12/12 FG2. At the same time she grabbed 5 more rebounds. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and Petra Russai (188-C-76) helped the winners with 18 points apiece. Erica Blomgren (179-F-83) led the scorers in defeat also with 18. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) scored 14 missing only one board for double-double, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) posted 14. Solna Vikins succeeded to resist against the Hungarians in the first half 43-41. In just few minutes after the breather Szeviep-Szeged created plus 10, 60-50. Despite couple of successful jumpers by the visitors, they couldn't get closer until the end.

Szeviep-Szeged: Olena Zherzherunova 24+5 boards, Bernadett Nemeth 18+5 as, Petra Russai 18+4 boards
Solna Vikings: Erica Blomgren 18, Christy Bacon 14+9 boards, Elisabeth Egnell 14


Neuchatel celebrates in Hungary reaching the 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Foton - Neuchatel 71-84

Crucial win for Neuchatel, who improved its score on 3-3 in Group D. It means that the Swiss representative advanced to the EuroCup 1/16 from the second place. Seat Foton registered only one win in 6 appearances in Preliminary Round. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) was totally the best player of this game. She spent almost the entire time on the court collecting 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Noemie Mayombo (170-G-91) also shined netting 15 points grabbing 4 boards, while Caroline Turin (172-F-87) stopped on 14 points. Foton got the most from Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78), 20 points and 12 rebounds. Vida added 16 points, while Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.
Neuchatel had much better shot percentage that its rival. Actually both teams were decent from behind the arc, but Neuchatel was more successful for FG2. Interesting is that Foton outjumped visitors grabbing 30 boards, Neuchatel 26. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter. After 22-15 in the first for the hosts, Neuchatel put into the fifth gear and scored 26 points during the following 10 minutes. On the other side Foton stopped just on 10. The last frame was another bright period for Neuchatel, 20-29.

Foton: Hajdana Radunovic 20+12 boards, Vida 16+5 boards, Bronislava Borovickova 11+6 as
Nauchatel: Cameo Hicks 25+12 boards+6 as, Noemie Mayombo 15+4 boards, Caroline Turin 14


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla advances to the 1/6 finals perfect - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Crvena Zvezda 76-54

As it was expected, Elitzur Ramla registered comfortable victory against Crvena Zvezda finishing the Preliminary Round undefeated. At the same time it means that the hosts advanced to the 1/16 finals from top of Group C. Serbian team didn't succeed to get through this stage as it had only 1 win in 6 games. Second ranked team from Group C is Spanish Rivas Ecopolis with 4-2 score. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) once again demonstrated great performance for Elitzur Ramla. This time she drained 20 points pulling down magnificent 16 rebounds. Ana Agabnikva (186-F-81) was another player in a game mood for the hosts collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) stopped on 12. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) was the only player with double-digits in scoring to the loosing side, 14 points. Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) had 9.
Elitzura Ramla had impressive first quarter finishing it 26-13. It was a clear signal what spectators in Ramla could expect until the very end. Interesting is that Nicky Anosike and her teammates let Crvena Zvezda to score only 4 poinst during the entire third stanza. It was 13-4. The last one belonged to visitors 17-18, but the game was already over before that. It also important to mention that Elitzura Ramla totally outrebounded Zvezda in this match, 44-32.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 20+16 boards, Ana Agabnikva 19+6 boards, Tan White 12
Crvena Zvezda: Jelena Maksimovic 14+4 boards, Dunja Prcic 9


Dynamo Kursk too much for Bnot Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Bnot Hasharon 77-50

Dynamo Kursk didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Bnot Hasharon at home. It is a fourth victory for the Russian team in Preliminary Round, what was enough for the first place in Group B. The same record also has French Challes, who is the second ranked team in the same Pool. Romanian Sf.Gheorghe also advanced to the 1/16 finals from third place. Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) stepped up for Dynamo Kursk delivering 14 points, including 9 rebounds for 28 minutes. She had 6/8 FG2, 0/1 3-pts and 2/2 FTs. Varvara Psareva (194-C-85) and Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 poinst each. Actually Varvara Psareva had 14 more rebounds beside that. Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: LSU) top-scored for the loosing squad with 14 points. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) and Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) combined 22 points and 17 rebounds.
After opening ten minutes it was clear that Dynamo will take this one, 23-14. However, visitors didn't want to give up early cutting the margin on 2 points until the half time. They couldn't even imagine what will happen to them during the next ten minutes. Irena Vizbariene and her teammates intensified defense, what resulted with only 5 points for Bnot Hasharon in third stanza. On the other side, the hosts poured in 27 resolving question about the winner. Bnot Hasharon is the last ranked team in Group B with 1-5.

Dynamo Kursk: Irena Vizbariene 14+9 boards, Varvara Psareva 13+14 boards, Svetlana Maksimenko 13+4 boards
Bnot Hasharon: Temeka Johnson 14, Charde Houston 12+9 boards, Izabela Piekarska 10+8 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Lavezzini Basket trashes Zeljeznicar 86-50 - by Eurobasket News
Lavezzini Basket - Zeljeznicar 86-50

Lavezzini Basket destroyed Bosnian team Zeljeznicar in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Lavezzini ended it as a top team of Group I with 5 wins and just 1 defeat. Visitors said goodbye to EuroCup winless. Except of Lavezzini, Esperides and Cesis also advanced to the 1/16 finals from Group I. Natalie Porter (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Laura Summerton (191-C-83) netted 16, while Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) and Irene Pieropan (183-G/F-91) posted 10 points apiece. Zeljezncar had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Elisa Bue (178-G-86, college: N.Dakota St.), who delivered 12 and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) stopped on 9 points.
Lavezzini opened the game fantastic creating 16-4 in just few minutes. Until the end of the first frame it already was 29-11. Nothing has changed after that. Natalie Porter and her teammates were too strong for Zeljeznicar, what resulted with 23-8 in the second period. It means that Lavezzini had huge plus 33 already at the half time, 52-19. The rest of the game was just the formality. The hosts slowed down keeping the advantage without any bigger efforts.

Lavezzini Basket: Natalie Porter 20, Laura Summerton 16, Daliborka Vilipic 10, Irene Pieropan 10
Zeljeznicar: Elisa Bue 12+10 boards, Lejla Bejtic 9


Cras Taranto grabs over time victory vs Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Cras Taranto - Gran Canaria 81-79

Cras Taranto escaped with a tiny home victory against the Spanish Gran Canaria. It was extremely exciting game, despite Taranto already qualified for the 1/16 finals more than a week ago. The hosts celebrated in extra five minutes but they could easily grab this one in regular time. Namely, with 3:07 to go Taranto had 69-60 and it seemed that this game is already over for Granca. However Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) led impressive 9-0 run tying the score with 40 seconds remaining. The hosts missed three jumpers after that (Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) two), while Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) also was unsuccessful at the Granca's last possession. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in the last 30 seconds of over time. Fortunately to Taranto, Batkovic made a jumper for 81-79 after three missed shot by her teammates . Adrijana Knezevic once again had the last shot for Granca, but she missed it from beyond the arc.
Suzy Batkovic was hero of the game for Taranto collecting 17 points and 9 rebounds. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) had 17, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Granca got the most from Ines Kresovic, 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Iva Perovanovic registered double-double, 18 points and 13 boards, while Adrijana Knezevic stopped on 15 points. It is important to mention that Granca committed 27 turnovers in this game.

Cras Taranto: Suzy Batkovic 17+9 boards, Michelle Greco 17, Megan Mahoney 16+5 boards+7 assists
Gran Canaria: Ines Kresovic 25+8 boards+4 as, Iva Perovanovic 18+13 boards, Adrijana Knezevic 15


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  KENYA - Women  


14th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women: Zone-6 and 3 dominates finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 14th edition of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Cup for Women reached an semi-finals stage Thursday with Zone-6 and 3 having equal number of teams in the last four, a situation which has put a little pressure on other zones of the continent.

While zone-6 have remain a power-house in women club championship with last year winner and runner-up Desportivo basketball club of Maputo, Mozambique and Angola Primero De Agosto sharing the semi-finals slots with Nigeria First Bank basketball club and Abidjan Basket Club (A.B.C) of Cote dIvoire.

With the four teams in the semi-final which will be decided today (Friday) at the sports hall of the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya with defending champion Desportivo Beira, Mozambique filling out against Nigeria First Bank basketball club who placed seventh last year in the first semi-final while Agosto will take to the floor against Ivorian A.B.C of Cote dIvoire.

With much pride at stake from the teams and their zonal presidents (Anibal Manave for zone-6 and Muktar Khaleh Adamu for zone-3) Kenyan fans
should expect the best of women basketball on display.

Zone-6 President, Manave who gave a hint of what makes Mozambican basketball thick and why his zone will continue to dominate women club competition in the continent when he spoke to FIBA Africa trio of Jullien Bassam, Blaise Coulibaly and Olusegun Ikuesan in Maputo last year will definitely be a proud man to see zone-6 two dominant forces (Desportivo and Agosto) reach the last four in this years edition while his zone-3 counterpart, Khaleh-Adamu will also radiate some air of fulfillment having two teams from his zone who could not go past the quarter-finals stage last year make it to the semis this time.

To reach the last four Desportivo defeated Djoliba of Mali by 71-63 points in what was described as one of the toughest quarter-finals games of the 14th edition of the championship, Agosto had the better of 81-54 over A.P.R of Rwanda, First Bank defeated home-team Kenya Port Authority (KPA) by 51-44 while ABC recorded a 52-46 points victory over Club Sportif de Abidjan (CSA).

The Desportivo versus First Bank game comes up at 18h00 while that of Agosto against ABC holds at 20 h 00 local time.
Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


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  LATVIA - Women  


Esperides beats Cesis, both teams advance to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
Esperides - Cesis 67-56

Esperides was too strong for Cesis in the last round of the EuroCup Preliminary Round sealing the spot for the 1/16 finals. The Greek team grabbed second place in Group I with 4 wins and 2 defeats. Cesis also goes to the next stage from third position with 3-3 record. The top ranked team in this group is Lavezzini Basket, who has 5-1. Bosnian Zeljeznicar ended competition winless, 0-6. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) stepped up for Esperides against Cesis delivering 26 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Erica Davis (191-C-85, college: Yale) came up with 12+7, while Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) added 11 points and 5 assists. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds in loss. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) had 11 and Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) one point less.
Esperides grabbed quick 11-4 at the beginning. Thanks to Dimitra Kalentzou's jump shot at the buzzer, the hosts ended first frame 20-12. Soon after that Cesis cut the margin on 2, but Stella Kaltsidou immediately responded to Esperdes. She came up with few successful jumpers and the hosts again had plus 7, 33-26. Cesis threatened once again In third stanza coming on 41-40. This time Erica Davis answered for the hosts leading it to 53-47. Three minutes in the last quarter were enough for Esperides to extended lead on 12, what was too much for Cesis until the end.

Esperides: Stella Kaltsidou 26+4 boards, Erica Davis 12+7 boards, Dimitra Kalentzou 11+5 as
Cesis: Willnett Crockett 13+7 boards, Karline Nimane 11, Sandra Dijon 10


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Ibiza keeps the top of Group H undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Ibiza-PDV - Arvi Marijampole 67-61

Expected victory by the Spanish Ibiza, who ended Preliminary Round undefeated (Group H, 6-0). Except of Ibiza, Czech Kara Trutnov as well as ICIM Arad also made it to the 1/16 finals. Arvi Marijampole is on the fourth place in Group H with just 1 win in 6 appearances. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up for Ibiza netting 21 points and pulling down 10 boards. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) also registered double-double for the winning team, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Alicia Lopez (182-G/F-76) was the last player with double-digits in scoring for the hosts with 10 points. Arvi Marijampole got the most from Milda Sauliute (175-G-81), 22 points. Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 10 pts plus 5 rebs.
Third period was the crucial one in this game. Visitors had pretty good first half managing to keep the score tied, 32-32. Ibiza needed just 10 minutes after that to resolve question about the winner. Sancho Lyttle and Sandra Pirsic took care for the baskets at the offensive end leading their team to 26 points in this period. Arvi stopped on 12 meaning that Ibiza entered into the last quarter with comfortable plus 14. However, the hosts somehow stopped after that netting only 9 points. Fortunately to them, Arvi wasn't strong enough to make a surprise.

Ibiza-PDV: Sancho Lyttle 21+10 boards, Sandra Pirsic 11+12 boards, Alicia Lopez 10
Arvi Marijampole: Milda Sauliute 22, Lyubov Alyoshkina 10+5 boards


Spartak overwhelm TEO Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - TEO 85:41

The defending Euroleague champions Spartak Moscow Region breezed past TEO Vilnius for the sixth win in the season. It was a one-sided traffic all the way through as Spartak dominated every facet of the game. TEO had no chance whatsoever and suffered the third loss in the season.
Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) led balanced offense with 14 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came off the bench for 13 points, 4 boards and 3 blocks in the win. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) paced the Lithuanian champions with 17 points and 11 boards. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) had 8 points in the losing effort.
Rima Valentiene opened the game with a three-pointer however TEO led not for less than two minutes. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored 4 straight points and Diana Taurasi fired from outside the arc to put the hosts in front. Diana Taurasi, Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F/C-82) and Sylvia Fowles then capped a 19:0 run from the home team as they built a comfortable advantage. Spartak led by as many as 17 points at the end of the opening frame. Jaskson and Tatiana Shchegoleva stretched the margin to 22 points early in the second term. Spartak mounted the pressure and the gap was widened to 34 points at halftime. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) tipped off the second half with a three-pointer as Spartak was not about to slow down. They headed into the final stanza ahead by 39 points and eased to the victory at the end.

Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 14, Lauren Jackson 13, Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) 8, Sylvia Fowles 8
TEO: Crystal Langhorne 17+11 boards, Rima Valentiene 8


Hemofarm blasts Lemminkainen in Vrsac with plus 43 - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Lemminkainen 94-51

Reigning Serbian champion gave a real basketball lesson to Lemminkainen at the last day of the EuroCup Preliminary Round. With this victory Hemofarm grabbed the top of Group K with 5-1 score. Exactly the same record has the second ranked Chevakata. These two teams advanced to the 1/16 finals. Lemminkainen is on third place having 2 wins and 6 appearances, what was not enough for the next stage. Last season's 'Player of the Year' in Serbia, Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74), led all the scorers with 23 points. Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) was behind her with 20, while Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) added 14 points. Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) registered double-double for the hosts, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lemminkainen got 11 points from Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) and 10 from Giedre Griciene (174-G-84). Hemofarm demonstrated its power winning every single quarter with at least 6 points. After first 10 minutes the hosts had 24-14 and in the next period they extended lead to 43-23. Nothing has changed after the breather as Hemofarm had couple of players in a game mood. On the other side visitors had only two. Everything resulted with devastating 43-point win are the end, 94-51. Hemofarm ended this game with pretty good 63% for FG2 (25/40).

Hemofarm: Biljana Stankovic 23, Ivana Dojcinovic 20, Dajana Butulija 14+6 boards, Stojanka Ostojic 13+11 boards
Lemminkainen: Egle Zygelyte 11+4 as, Giedre Griciene 10


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Former Salem International Star signs with WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems! - by Lucius Jones
Tapre Young from Salem Intern. is the 2nd player signed for the Columbus Hidden Gems. The 5'11' forward/guard shooter galore is expected to be a integral piece within the organization and a key factor toward hopeful success. The 3point markswoman was in the top 20-25 in the NCAA D2 nation in 3pt% and 3pointers made during her junior and senior campaigns at Salem Intern.. Tapre Young 's signing gives the Columbus Hidden Gems a great 2 woman base to begin building their roster. Tryout and other perdinent information will be coming soon.

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  NIGERIA - Women  


14th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women: Zone-6 and 3 dominates finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 14th edition of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Cup for Women reached an semi-finals stage Thursday with Zone-6 and 3 having equal number of teams in the last four, a situation which has put a little pressure on other zones of the continent.

While zone-6 have remain a power-house in women club championship with last year winner and runner-up Desportivo basketball club of Maputo, Mozambique and Angola Primero De Agosto sharing the semi-finals slots with Nigeria First Bank basketball club and Abidjan Basket Club (A.B.C) of Cote dIvoire.

With the four teams in the semi-final which will be decided today (Friday) at the sports hall of the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya with defending champion Desportivo Beira, Mozambique filling out against Nigeria First Bank basketball club who placed seventh last year in the first semi-final while Agosto will take to the floor against Ivorian A.B.C of Cote dIvoire.

With much pride at stake from the teams and their zonal presidents (Anibal Manave for zone-6 and Muktar Khaleh Adamu for zone-3) Kenyan fans
should expect the best of women basketball on display.

Zone-6 President, Manave who gave a hint of what makes Mozambican basketball thick and why his zone will continue to dominate women club competition in the continent when he spoke to FIBA Africa trio of Jullien Bassam, Blaise Coulibaly and Olusegun Ikuesan in Maputo last year will definitely be a proud man to see zone-6 two dominant forces (Desportivo and Agosto) reach the last four in this years edition while his zone-3 counterpart, Khaleh-Adamu will also radiate some air of fulfillment having two teams from his zone who could not go past the quarter-finals stage last year make it to the semis this time.

To reach the last four Desportivo defeated Djoliba of Mali by 71-63 points in what was described as one of the toughest quarter-finals games of the 14th edition of the championship, Agosto had the better of 81-54 over A.P.R of Rwanda, First Bank defeated home-team Kenya Port Authority (KPA) by 51-44 while ABC recorded a 52-46 points victory over Club Sportif de Abidjan (CSA).

The Desportivo versus First Bank game comes up at 18h00 while that of Agosto against ABC holds at 20 h 00 local time.
Mfon Udoka (190-F/C-76, college: De Paul)


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UMMC rush past Lotos in Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Lotos 69:51

UMMC left not a single chance to Lotos en route to the seventh straight win at the Euroleague competition. Yesterday UMMC held off Lotos to stay perfect on top of Group C. Lotos meanwhile suffered the 5th loss in seven games played.
Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored three jumpers in a row to set Lotos in front 6:0 early in the game. However Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) secured a 12:11 lead for the hosts late in the frame. Ivana Matovic once again put the visitors in charge just before Luechanka came up with a free throw to tie things up at 13 at the end of the opening stanza.
Jones scored 5 points and Yelena Leuchanka added 2 more for UMMC to jump to a 20:13 lead early in the second period. Cappie Pondexter and Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) kept UMMC ahead throughout the quarter and when Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) capped it with two free throws Lotos still trailed by 6 points.
Sandrine Gruda knocked down 10 points in the third frame and UMMC maintained the lead as they entered the final quarter ahead by 5 point 46:41. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia), Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter scored six straight points for UMMC at the start of the final term as the lead ballooned to 11 points. Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter soon stretched the margin to 14 points and the home team never looked back again.
Sandrine Gruda finished with 17 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter added 16 points, while Maria Stepanova had 10 in the win. Ivana Matovic responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Lotos. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) notched 10 points in defeat.

UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 17, Cappie Pondexter 16, Maria Stepanova 10
Lotos: Ivana Matovic 20, Magdalena Leciejewska 10


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Olivais edges Extrugasa in over time 65-66 - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa - Olivais 65-66

Olivais celebrated in thriller against Extrugasa on the road securing a spot for the EuroCup 1/16 finals. Good thing for the hosts is that they will also take a place at the next stage, despite 2-4 record and third position in Group J. Olivais is the second ranked team with 3-3. Totally the best squad in Group J is French Tarbes, 6-0. The last place belongs to Ribera, 1-5.
Olivais was close to win vs Extrugasa in regular time as it had 50-54 with 2:11 remaining. However, Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Gomez stepped up for the hosts with 4 consecutive free throws. On the other side Olivais' players missed a jump shot committing 2 turnovers after that. Interesting is that Olivais created 11-1 run in over time reaching 55-65 with 2:10 to go. Extrugasa responded with impressive 10-0, but thanks to Brandao and her second free throw visitors escaped with 65-66. Actually Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had a chance to become hero of the game, but she missed a jumper at the buzzer.
As usually, Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) shined for Olivais this time stopping on 28 points and 8 rebounds. Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) followed adding 10 points and 5 boards. Tamera Young collected 13 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) had 12+6, while Jaklin Zlatanova posted 11.

Extrugasa: Tamera Young 13+8 boards, Katia Da Silva 12+6 boards, Jaklin Zlatanova 11
Olivais: Ambrosia Anderson 28+8 boards, Ana Fonseca 10+5 boards


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Baschet ICIM outplays Kara Trutnov on the road - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov - Baschet ICIM 81-90

Baschet ICIM returned from the Czech Republic celebrating. Anita Meszaros (190-C-88) and her teammates were better than Kara Trutnov with plus 9, finishing Preliminary Round with 2-4 record. Fortunately to them it was enough for the 1/16 finals. On the other side, Kara Trutnov is the second ranked team with 3-3 score in Group H. Of course the hosts also reached the next stage. Anita Meszaros shined for the Romanians draining 29 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) also was on a high level netting 20 points. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86, college: Georgia Southern) helped with 16. Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) answered with 16 points and 4 rebounds for Kara Trutnov. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) had 15 and Darina Misurova (163-G-81) scored 2 points less.
Baschet ICIM grabbed this one thanks to well played first and third quarter. Visitors ended opening ten minutes 20-25, after what Kara Trutnov answered with 15-12. Anita Meszaros led her team to wonderful 11-21 after the breather. At the middle of third frame it was 42-50. The same player made two FTs later setting the score on 46-58 before the last frame. During the last 10 minutes Baschet ICIM even touched plus 16, 70-86.

Kara Trutnov: Katerina Krizova 16+4 boards, Michaela Hartigova 15+6 boards, Darina Misurova 13
Baschet ICIM: Anita Meszaros 29+7 boards, Suzana Milovanovic 20, Tiffany Brown 16


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC rush past Lotos in Ekaterinburg - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Lotos 69:51

UMMC left not a single chance to Lotos en route to the seventh straight win at the Euroleague competition. Yesterday UMMC held off Lotos to stay perfect on top of Group C. Lotos meanwhile suffered the 5th loss in seven games played.
Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) scored three jumpers in a row to set Lotos in front 6:0 early in the game. However Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) secured a 12:11 lead for the hosts late in the frame. Ivana Matovic once again put the visitors in charge just before Luechanka came up with a free throw to tie things up at 13 at the end of the opening stanza.
Jones scored 5 points and Yelena Leuchanka added 2 more for UMMC to jump to a 20:13 lead early in the second period. Cappie Pondexter and Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) kept UMMC ahead throughout the quarter and when Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) capped it with two free throws Lotos still trailed by 6 points.
Sandrine Gruda knocked down 10 points in the third frame and UMMC maintained the lead as they entered the final quarter ahead by 5 point 46:41. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia), Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter scored six straight points for UMMC at the start of the final term as the lead ballooned to 11 points. Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter soon stretched the margin to 14 points and the home team never looked back again.
Sandrine Gruda finished with 17 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter added 16 points, while Maria Stepanova had 10 in the win. Ivana Matovic responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Lotos. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) notched 10 points in defeat.

UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 17, Cappie Pondexter 16, Maria Stepanova 10
Lotos: Ivana Matovic 20, Magdalena Leciejewska 10


Spartak overwhelm TEO Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - TEO 85:41

The defending Euroleague champions Spartak Moscow Region breezed past TEO Vilnius for the sixth win in the season. It was a one-sided traffic all the way through as Spartak dominated every facet of the game. TEO had no chance whatsoever and suffered the third loss in the season.
Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) led balanced offense with 14 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came off the bench for 13 points, 4 boards and 3 blocks in the win. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) paced the Lithuanian champions with 17 points and 11 boards. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) had 8 points in the losing effort.
Rima Valentiene opened the game with a three-pointer however TEO led not for less than two minutes. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored 4 straight points and Diana Taurasi fired from outside the arc to put the hosts in front. Diana Taurasi, Tatiana Shchegoleva (195-F/C-82) and Sylvia Fowles then capped a 19:0 run from the home team as they built a comfortable advantage. Spartak led by as many as 17 points at the end of the opening frame. Jaskson and Tatiana Shchegoleva stretched the margin to 22 points early in the second term. Spartak mounted the pressure and the gap was widened to 34 points at halftime. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) tipped off the second half with a three-pointer as Spartak was not about to slow down. They headed into the final stanza ahead by 39 points and eased to the victory at the end.

Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 14, Lauren Jackson 13, Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) 8, Sylvia Fowles 8
TEO: Crystal Langhorne 17+11 boards, Rima Valentiene 8


Dynamo Kursk too much for Bnot Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Bnot Hasharon 77-50

Dynamo Kursk didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Bnot Hasharon at home. It is a fourth victory for the Russian team in Preliminary Round, what was enough for the first place in Group B. The same record also has French Challes, who is the second ranked team in the same Pool. Romanian Sf.Gheorghe also advanced to the 1/16 finals from third place. Irena Vizbariene (196-F/C-77) stepped up for Dynamo Kursk delivering 14 points, including 9 rebounds for 28 minutes. She had 6/8 FG2, 0/1 3-pts and 2/2 FTs. Varvara Psareva (194-C-85) and Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 poinst each. Actually Varvara Psareva had 14 more rebounds beside that. Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: LSU) top-scored for the loosing squad with 14 points. Charde Houston (185-F-86, college: Connecticut) and Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) combined 22 points and 17 rebounds.
After opening ten minutes it was clear that Dynamo will take this one, 23-14. However, visitors didn't want to give up early cutting the margin on 2 points until the half time. They couldn't even imagine what will happen to them during the next ten minutes. Irena Vizbariene and her teammates intensified defense, what resulted with only 5 points for Bnot Hasharon in third stanza. On the other side, the hosts poured in 27 resolving question about the winner. Bnot Hasharon is the last ranked team in Group B with 1-5.

Dynamo Kursk: Irena Vizbariene 14+9 boards, Varvara Psareva 13+14 boards, Svetlana Maksimenko 13+4 boards
Bnot Hasharon: Temeka Johnson 14, Charde Houston 12+9 boards, Izabela Piekarska 10+8 boards


Akonga Nsimbo and her Dexia smash Spartak MR Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Dexia - Spartak MR Noginsk 93-65

Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) paced her Dexia Namur to fifth victory in EuroCup advancing to 1/16 finals as the top team of Group L. Its rival Spartak MR Noginsk also made it to the next stage with 3 wins and 3 defeats. Another team from Group L will take a place in the next round and it is Turkish Botas Spor.
Dexia was a way better team than Spartak from the early beginning. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo was in a game mood, and it seems it was more than enough for Dexia. She played 34 minutes nailing 27 points and grabbing magnificent 18 rebounds. Akonga had 55% for FG2 and 83% from the FT line. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87, agency: LBM Management) followed her also with a high digits 19 points, 8 boards and 7 assists. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) helped adding 13 points and 7 assists. Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) shined for the visitors collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds, while Alexandra Telegina (189-F-73) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebs. Dexia totally dominated in the paint gabbing 42 rebounds in total. On the other side, Spartak had just 27. The best performance host team demonstrated in third quarter, 26-14. With this one, Dexia entered into the last ten minutes with 66-48. Until the end its lead became even bigger.

Dexia: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 27+18 boards, Marjorie Carpreaux 19+8 boards+ 7 as, Krystyna Szymanska-Lara 13+7 as
Spartak: Nelli Nevzorova 21+6 boards, Alexandra Telegina 11+5 boards


NO More CSKA... - by Eurobasket News

Sad news came from the capital of Russia as one of the strongest teams of the local Superleague and one of the favorites CSKA Moscow departed from Euroleague. Financial crisis could not keep the team in the tournament and it is still a question about the participation of the team in the local arena.
The game against ESB Lille Metropole in France last week was the last for the team in EuroLeague. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) led CSKA to 4-2 record in Group B over ESB Lille Metropole in France. Belgian International collected 23 points and 11 rebounds for 88:79 win. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) followed her with 18, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) scored 16 each. All the loud names that are mentioned above are looking for another teams....
Group B of Euroleague will have only 5 teams now and Villeneuve d'Ascq and Riga may take advantage of CSKA Moscow's departure to qualify. Umana Reyer kept perfect record in the Euroleague tournament as they upset MKB Euroleasing in Sopron. The Italian powerhouse came from behind in the final stanza to post the sixth straight success. Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points to lead Venezia. Simona Ballardini added 12 points in the win. Tijana Krivacevic responded with game-high 20 points for MKB Euroleasing off the bench. Gambrinus eased past Lille 81:61 at home court. It was just the second victory for the Czech champions in this edition of the Euroleague. Eva Viteckova secured 17 points in the winning case. Tamika Whitmore was helpful with 14 points for Gambrinus. Ljubica Drljaca scored 14 points for Villenueve as they slipped at 1-4 record in the ladder.
It will be an upset without CSKA for many players, teams, fans etc. Eurobasket always paid a lot of attention to the Russian team and hoped that the team would stay at least in Superleague. Fiba fined the Russian Federation for 30.000 euro of the happened departure.



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Hemofarm blasts Lemminkainen in Vrsac with plus 43 - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Lemminkainen 94-51

Reigning Serbian champion gave a real basketball lesson to Lemminkainen at the last day of the EuroCup Preliminary Round. With this victory Hemofarm grabbed the top of Group K with 5-1 score. Exactly the same record has the second ranked Chevakata. These two teams advanced to the 1/16 finals. Lemminkainen is on third place having 2 wins and 6 appearances, what was not enough for the next stage. Last season's 'Player of the Year' in Serbia, Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74), led all the scorers with 23 points. Ivana Dojcinovic (189-F/C-81) was behind her with 20, while Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) added 14 points. Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) registered double-double for the hosts, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lemminkainen got 11 points from Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) and 10 from Giedre Griciene (174-G-84). Hemofarm demonstrated its power winning every single quarter with at least 6 points. After first 10 minutes the hosts had 24-14 and in the next period they extended lead to 43-23. Nothing has changed after the breather as Hemofarm had couple of players in a game mood. On the other side visitors had only two. Everything resulted with devastating 43-point win are the end, 94-51. Hemofarm ended this game with pretty good 63% for FG2 (25/40).

Hemofarm: Biljana Stankovic 23, Ivana Dojcinovic 20, Dajana Butulija 14+6 boards, Stojanka Ostojic 13+11 boards
Lemminkainen: Egle Zygelyte 11+4 as, Giedre Griciene 10


Elitzur Ramla advances to the 1/6 finals perfect - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Crvena Zvezda 76-54

As it was expected, Elitzur Ramla registered comfortable victory against Crvena Zvezda finishing the Preliminary Round undefeated. At the same time it means that the hosts advanced to the 1/16 finals from top of Group C. Serbian team didn't succeed to get through this stage as it had only 1 win in 6 games. Second ranked team from Group C is Spanish Rivas Ecopolis with 4-2 score. Nicky Anosike (192-C-86, college: Tennessee) once again demonstrated great performance for Elitzur Ramla. This time she drained 20 points pulling down magnificent 16 rebounds. Ana Agabnikva (186-F-81) was another player in a game mood for the hosts collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Tan White (170-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) stopped on 12. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) was the only player with double-digits in scoring to the loosing side, 14 points. Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) had 9.
Elitzura Ramla had impressive first quarter finishing it 26-13. It was a clear signal what spectators in Ramla could expect until the very end. Interesting is that Nicky Anosike and her teammates let Crvena Zvezda to score only 4 poinst during the entire third stanza. It was 13-4. The last one belonged to visitors 17-18, but the game was already over before that. It also important to mention that Elitzura Ramla totally outrebounded Zvezda in this match, 44-32.

Elitzur Ramla: Nicky Anosike 20+16 boards, Ana Agabnikva 19+6 boards, Tan White 12
Crvena Zvezda: Jelena Maksimovic 14+4 boards, Dunja Prcic 9


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San Jose hands the first EuroCup loss to Athinaikos - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Athinaikos 90-67

San Jose managed to crush Athinaikos handing it the first defeat in Group E. Anyway, both teams advanced to the 1/16 finals, San Jose from the first and Athinaikos from the second place. Another Greek team from the same group also reached the next stage - Panionios. Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) demonstrated amazing performance for the hosts. She played 34 minutes draining impressive 33 points (14/19 FG2, 0/2 3-pts and 5/5 FTs). At the same time she also pulled down 6 boards. San Jose also got 18 points from Rosa Perez (169-G-81) and 15 points+8 boards from Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.). LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) shined in Athinaikos with double-double, 22 points and 15 rebounds. Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) and Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) posted 12 points each.
Eshaya Murphy opened the game in style. Mostly owing to her points San Jose created 17-12 and later 21-16. During the second quarter Athinaikos came on minus 2, but the hosts managed to grab 7-point lead until the half time, 40-33. Third frame was the crucial one as Eshaya Murphy and her teammates ended it 22-16. It seemed that Athinaikos gave up after that, what San Jose exploited to extended its lead even more, 90-67.

San Jose: Eshaya Murphy 33+6 boards, Rosa Perez 18, Kimberly Butler 15+8 boards
Athinaikos: LaToya Davis 22+15 boards, Katie Gearlds 12+5 boards, Polymnia Sarekgou 12


Cras Taranto grabs over time victory vs Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Cras Taranto - Gran Canaria 81-79

Cras Taranto escaped with a tiny home victory against the Spanish Gran Canaria. It was extremely exciting game, despite Taranto already qualified for the 1/16 finals more than a week ago. The hosts celebrated in extra five minutes but they could easily grab this one in regular time. Namely, with 3:07 to go Taranto had 69-60 and it seemed that this game is already over for Granca. However Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) led impressive 9-0 run tying the score with 40 seconds remaining. The hosts missed three jumpers after that (Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) two), while Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) also was unsuccessful at the Granca's last possession. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in the last 30 seconds of over time. Fortunately to Taranto, Batkovic made a jumper for 81-79 after three missed shot by her teammates . Adrijana Knezevic once again had the last shot for Granca, but she missed it from beyond the arc.
Suzy Batkovic was hero of the game for Taranto collecting 17 points and 9 rebounds. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) had 17, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Granca got the most from Ines Kresovic, 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Iva Perovanovic registered double-double, 18 points and 13 boards, while Adrijana Knezevic stopped on 15 points. It is important to mention that Granca committed 27 turnovers in this game.

Cras Taranto: Suzy Batkovic 17+9 boards, Michelle Greco 17, Megan Mahoney 16+5 boards+7 assists
Gran Canaria: Ines Kresovic 25+8 boards+4 as, Iva Perovanovic 18+13 boards, Adrijana Knezevic 15


Olivais edges Extrugasa in over time 65-66 - by Eurobasket News
Extrugasa - Olivais 65-66

Olivais celebrated in thriller against Extrugasa on the road securing a spot for the EuroCup 1/16 finals. Good thing for the hosts is that they will also take a place at the next stage, despite 2-4 record and third position in Group J. Olivais is the second ranked team with 3-3. Totally the best squad in Group J is French Tarbes, 6-0. The last place belongs to Ribera, 1-5.
Olivais was close to win vs Extrugasa in regular time as it had 50-54 with 2:11 remaining. However, Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Gomez stepped up for the hosts with 4 consecutive free throws. On the other side Olivais' players missed a jump shot committing 2 turnovers after that. Interesting is that Olivais created 11-1 run in over time reaching 55-65 with 2:10 to go. Extrugasa responded with impressive 10-0, but thanks to Brandao and her second free throw visitors escaped with 65-66. Actually Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) had a chance to become hero of the game, but she missed a jumper at the buzzer.
As usually, Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) shined for Olivais this time stopping on 28 points and 8 rebounds. Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) followed adding 10 points and 5 boards. Tamera Young collected 13 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Katia Da Silva (187-C-77) had 12+6, while Jaklin Zlatanova posted 11.

Extrugasa: Tamera Young 13+8 boards, Katia Da Silva 12+6 boards, Jaklin Zlatanova 11
Olivais: Ambrosia Anderson 28+8 boards, Ana Fonseca 10+5 boards


Ibiza keeps the top of Group H undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Ibiza-PDV - Arvi Marijampole 67-61

Expected victory by the Spanish Ibiza, who ended Preliminary Round undefeated (Group H, 6-0). Except of Ibiza, Czech Kara Trutnov as well as ICIM Arad also made it to the 1/16 finals. Arvi Marijampole is on the fourth place in Group H with just 1 win in 6 appearances. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up for Ibiza netting 21 points and pulling down 10 boards. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) also registered double-double for the winning team, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Alicia Lopez (182-G/F-76) was the last player with double-digits in scoring for the hosts with 10 points. Arvi Marijampole got the most from Milda Sauliute (175-G-81), 22 points. Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 10 pts plus 5 rebs.
Third period was the crucial one in this game. Visitors had pretty good first half managing to keep the score tied, 32-32. Ibiza needed just 10 minutes after that to resolve question about the winner. Sancho Lyttle and Sandra Pirsic took care for the baskets at the offensive end leading their team to 26 points in this period. Arvi stopped on 12 meaning that Ibiza entered into the last quarter with comfortable plus 14. However, the hosts somehow stopped after that netting only 9 points. Fortunately to them, Arvi wasn't strong enough to make a surprise.

Ibiza-PDV: Sancho Lyttle 21+10 boards, Sandra Pirsic 11+12 boards, Alicia Lopez 10
Arvi Marijampole: Milda Sauliute 22, Lyubov Alyoshkina 10+5 boards


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Szeviep-Szeged ends Preliminary Round undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Szeviep-Szeged - Solna Vikings 98-82

Easy victory for Szeviep-Szeged, who ended Preliminary Round on top of Group D unbeaten. This game didn't mean anything for the hosts, but they played it in style. On the other side, Solna Vikings faced with fourth defeat in six appearances finishing as a third team in the same group. At the end it was enough for the 1/16 finals. Another team from Group D who reached the next stage is Neuchatel. Szeviep-Szeged got the most from Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management). She played 22 minutes draining 24 points. Interesting is that Olena Zherzherunova didn't miss any single shot in this game, 12/12 FG2. At the same time she grabbed 5 more rebounds. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and Petra Russai (188-C-76) helped the winners with 18 points apiece. Erica Blomgren (179-F-83) led the scorers in defeat also with 18. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) scored 14 missing only one board for double-double, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) posted 14. Solna Vikins succeeded to resist against the Hungarians in the first half 43-41. In just few minutes after the breather Szeviep-Szeged created plus 10, 60-50. Despite couple of successful jumpers by the visitors, they couldn't get closer until the end.

Szeviep-Szeged: Olena Zherzherunova 24+5 boards, Bernadett Nemeth 18+5 as, Petra Russai 18+4 boards
Solna Vikings: Erica Blomgren 18, Christy Bacon 14+9 boards, Elisabeth Egnell 14


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Neuchatel celebrates in Hungary reaching the 1/16 finals - by Eurobasket News
Foton - Neuchatel 71-84

Crucial win for Neuchatel, who improved its score on 3-3 in Group D. It means that the Swiss representative advanced to the EuroCup 1/16 from the second place. Seat Foton registered only one win in 6 appearances in Preliminary Round. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) was totally the best player of this game. She spent almost the entire time on the court collecting 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Noemie Mayombo (170-G-91) also shined netting 15 points grabbing 4 boards, while Caroline Turin (172-F-87) stopped on 14 points. Foton got the most from Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78), 20 points and 12 rebounds. Vida added 16 points, while Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.
Neuchatel had much better shot percentage that its rival. Actually both teams were decent from behind the arc, but Neuchatel was more successful for FG2. Interesting is that Foton outjumped visitors grabbing 30 boards, Neuchatel 26. Crucial period of the game was the second quarter. After 22-15 in the first for the hosts, Neuchatel put into the fifth gear and scored 26 points during the following 10 minutes. On the other side Foton stopped just on 10. The last frame was another bright period for Neuchatel, 20-29.

Foton: Hajdana Radunovic 20+12 boards, Vida 16+5 boards, Bronislava Borovickova 11+6 as
Nauchatel: Cameo Hicks 25+12 boards+6 as, Noemie Mayombo 15+4 boards, Caroline Turin 14


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Botas Spor outguns BC Star at home - by Eurobasket News
Botas Spor - BC Star 88-76

Extremely important victory for Botas Spor, who managed to book a spot for the EuroCup 1/16 finals. The Turkish team finished Preliminary Round on third place in Group L with 3-3 record. The same digits also has Spartak MR. Belgian Dexia Namur is the leading team of the Group with 5 wins in 6 games. Botas Spor got the most from Angela Tisdale (170-G-85, college: Baylor). She spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 21 points and 4 rebounds. Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) and Bobbitt delivered 16 points each for the hosts. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) once again top-scored for the loosing side with 21 points, also having 8 more rebounds. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) contributed with 19 points and 6 boards, while Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) registered double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Visitors had decent first quarter grabbing 4-point lead after it. However, it was kind of a signal to Angela Tisdale and her teammates to start playing. They did it in style nailing 27 points for the following ten minutes. BC Star succeeded to score just 9. After jumper by Angela Tisdale at the half way of third stanza it was 58-41. At that time it was already clear that BC Star won't have any chance until the end.

Botas Spor: Angela Tisdale 21+4 boards, Seda Tabakci 16+8 boards, Bobbitt 16
BC Star: Davineia Payne 21+8 boards, Gerly Kostla 19+6 boards, Ashley Wallace 14+11 boards


Mizo Pecs overcome Besiktas in Hungary - by Eurobasket News
MiZo Pecs - Besiktas 71:52

MiZo Pecs raced to the fourth win in the Euroleague season. Yesterday the Hungarian team held off Besiktas to stay in the third spot in Group A. Besiktas slipped at 2-5 record in the fifth place.
Three-pointers from Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) and Kornelia Meszaros (186-F-74) put the hosts in charge 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) and Anna Vajda extended the gap to 22:12 late in the quarter. Ivanyi capped the the first frame with two freebies and MiZo Pecs led by 12 points at the first intermission. Anna Vajda tipped off the second term as she converted a three-point play to stretch the margin. However Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee) responded with 6 straight points to narrow the distance to 9 points. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) then added 5 points in a row and Besiktas trailed by just 3 points midway through the second quarter. Anna Vajda and Szilvia Torok (176-G/F-81) came up with timely baskets as MiZo Pecs took a sigh of relief. Harper closed the first half with a layup and Besiktas were down by 7 points at the interval.
The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame as MiZo Pecs managed to maintain the gap. Coelho and Kornelia Meszaros started the fourth quarter with 5 points in a row and then Ivanyi and Brooke Quennan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) added four more for the hosts to pile up a comfortable 22-point cushion. MiZo Pecs never looked back again and secured the fourth win in the tournament.
Anna Vajda tallied 23 points and 11 boards for MiZo Pecs. Kornelia Meszaros and Brooke Quennan added 11 points each for the winners. Alexis Hornbuckle responded with 21 points and 10 boards for Besiktas. Shay Doron finished with 13 points in the loss.

MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 23+11 boards, Kornelia Meszaros 11, Brooke Quennan 11
Besiktas: Alexis Hornbuckle 21+10 boards, Shay Doron 13


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Paradise Jam: Day 2 Results - by David Edole

Friday, November 28

Island Division

Game 1: Wisconsin (65) vs. UCF (61)
The Badgers of Wisconsin took control of this game in second half, at one time building a 12 pt. lead over UCF. Both teams used a balanced attack having four players scoring in double-figures, The Badgers were led by the 17 pts. of Alyssa Karel and Anya Covington pulled down an impressive 11 rebounds. The Knights were led by Aisha Kelly with 14 pts.
PHOTOS

Game 2: Baylor (62) vs. Villanova (57)
The Villanova Wildcats nearly erased a 21 pt. deficit against the Baylor Bears by hitting 5 shots from behind the arc in the second half and 10 3-pointers overall, but the Bears were able to hold on for the win. The Bears were led by Jessica Morrow who scored 17 pts. The Wildcats Laura Kurz led her team with 17 pts.
PHOTOS

Reef Division

Game 3: Iowa (79) vs. South Florida (82) - OT
Iowa and USF treated the fans to an overtime thriller of long range shooting, pressure defense and attacking offenses. Iowas Wendy Ausdemore hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, but USFs defense, quickness at 27 pts. from Shantia Grace sealed the win. Iowas Ausdemore led her team with 21 pts. that included 7 3-pointers; her teammate Megan Skouby sank 9 treys and finished with 20 pts.
PHOTOS

Game 4: California (68) vs. Texas Tech (54)
The Cal Bears were able to handle the pesky Lady Raiders who were able to hang close to the No. 3 team in the nation. The Bears Ashley Walker notched 30 pts. on the evening and Alexis Gray-Lawson added 19. The Lady Raiders were led by Dominic Seals with 10 pts.

PHOTOS


Third round games:
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Game 1:
University of Central Florida vs. Villanova
(2:00 pm local time/1:00 pm EST)
Game 2:
Wisconsin vs. Baylor
(4:30 pm local time/3:30 pm EST)
Game 3:
South Florida vs. Texas Tech
(7:00 pm local time/6:00 pm EST)
Game 4:
California vs. Iowa (9:30 pm local time/8:30 pm EST)



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)