EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/3/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic-League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bosna S. - FMP 73-72
Bosna ASA BHT finally succeeded to register the second win in Adriatic league. It was a tight one but enough for 2-4. FMP Zeleznik dropped on the same score. Suad Sehovic was the best for the winning team collecting 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ivan Ivanovic had 3 points less and also 8 boards. FMP got 17 points and once again 8 rebs from Predrag Samardziski.

Helios - KK Zagreb 90-70
Helios Domzale took care for the first win this season thus both teams have the same score now, 1-5. Nicholas Jacobson scored 29 while Alvin Snow helped Helios with 22 points. Petar Babic and Ante Tomic netted 21 points each for the loosing side.

Krka - Vojvodina 81-70
Krka improved its score today on 3-3 while Vojvodina still stays on one victory, which happened in the opening round. Smiljan Pavic collected 20 points and 5 boards in Krka while Charron Fisher had almost the same digits in Vojvodina, 20 points and 6 boards.

Cibona - Crvena Zvez. 86-63
Cibona Zagreb handed the first loss to Crvena Zvezda in regional championship this season. At the same time it was third victory for the Croatians. Rawle Marshall netted 22 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the hosts. Ande Owens and Milan Milosevic scored 12 points apiece for Crvena Zvezda.

Partizan - Buducnost 85-71
Defending champion Partizan Belgrade outplayed Buducnost Podgorica at home staying the only perfect team in Adriatic league with score 6-0. On the other side, Buducnost faced with second failure this season. Last stanza was the crucial one as Partizan totally took control on its opponent. Buducnost was out of concentration at the defensive end, what was enough for powerful Partizan to net 27 points. The visiting team had only 12. Stephane Lasme top-scored for the winners adding 18 points and also grabbing 8 boards. Zarko Rakocevic nailed 15 while Milenko Tepic stopped on 12 points including 4 boards and 5 assists. Buducnost got 18 points from Vladimir Micov.

Hemofarm - Zadar 87-81
Hemofarm crushed Croatian champion mostly owing to great played last quarter as well as fantastic Miljan Pavkovic, who poured in 21 points registering 5 more rebounds and 5 assists for 28 minutes. Milivoje Bozovic and Milan Macvan also were good having 17 points apiece. Malik Dixon shined in Zadar adding 22 points. After this game both teams are on the same record, 4-2.

KK Split - U.Olimpija 64-62
Split surprised Slovenian champs Union Olimpija at home 64-62. Both teams currently have 3-3. It seems Olimpija's players could not recover from thriller Euroleague defeat against Tau Ceramica in Tivoli. Andrija Stipanovic helped the hosts with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Macedonian point guard Vlado Ilijevski scored 18 in Olimpija.



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hawks - Taipans 101-93
A sensational last quarter comeback by the Wollongong Hawks, enough for the victory against the Cairns Taipans at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night. Franklin Kavossy paced the hosts to fifth joy this season netting 23 points. Glen Savile also was great adding 19 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Martin Cattalini had 23 points for the loosing side while Larry Abney scored one point less including 10 boards. Wollongong Hawks currently have 5-5 while Cairns Taipans are on 5-4.

Breakers - Wildcats 103-99
New Zealand Breakers were better than Perth Wildcats at the North Shore Events Centre registering 6th victory in NBL. Kirk Penney once again demonstrated wonderful performance for the winners draining 24 points (4 triples). The Wildcats got 22 points and 6 assists from Peter Crawford, but despite it they slipped on 6-6.

Dragons - Spirit 96-87
The South Dragons confirmed their domination in NBL outplaying Sydney Spirit at home. The team of head coach Bruin Goorijan got the most from Mark Worthington, who netted 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Nathan Herbert was behind him with 19 points and 8 boards. Julian Khazzouh also had 19 points including 14 boards but for Sydney, who currently has 4-6.

Tigers - Blaze 123-111
Melbourne Tiger outgunned GCB in a high-scoring game mostly owing to Sam Mackinnon, Chris Anstey and Ebi Ere, which combined 72 points. James Harvey was better than the others in GCB with 27 points. The Tigers now have 6-3 while GCB remains winless in 10 games.

Taipans - Hawks 87-89
Second victory for the Hawks against Cairns Taipans in just three days. Cameron Tragardh led the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. David Thomas collected 17 points and 8 rebounds for the loosing side. The Hawks improved on 6-5 while the Taipans slipped on 5-5.

Crocodiles - Breakers 97-106
Second victory for the Breakers in just 3 days. CJ Bruton was the key player of the game as he collected 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Corey Williams added 22 points and 4 rebs for the Crocodiles. NZB currently have 7-2 while TC are on 4-4.

36ers - Spirit 108-76
Adelaide 36ers succeeded to beat Sydney Spirit at home improving the record on 3-5. The Spirit slipped on 4-7. Adam Ballinger shined for the winners adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Luke Schenscher also was great with 19 points and 18 boards. Liam Rush contributed 16 points for the Spirit.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ASK/Buki - Liepajas 81-76
ASK Buki earned the second win in the Challenge Cup season after they shot down Liepajas Lauvas 81:76 at home court. Arturs Brunins came up with 18 points for the hosts. Gundars Rauza added 15 points for ASK Buki. Alexey Zorin fired game-high 23 points for Liepajas in the loss.

Lietuvos - Barons/LMT 95-85
Lietuvos Rytas got closer to the Elte Division leaders ASK Riga as they defeated Barons/LMT 95:85 in Vilnius. Matt Nielsen knocked down 22 points, while Branko Milisavljevic contributed 18 points to pace the home team. Barons slipped to 2-3 record despite 27 points and 10 boards from Armands Skele. Demetrius Alexander finished with 23 points and 13 boards for the visitors.

Ventspils - Nevezis 78-64
Ventspils cruised to the third victory in the tournament yesterday. They overcame the league's underdogs Nevezis 78:64 to improve to 3-2 record. Ronalds Zakis dropped 22 points for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks was responsible for 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Darius Silinskis had 15 points for Nevezis as they remained at the bottom of the ladder at 1-3.

Valmiera - Kalev/Cramo 63-86
Kalev/Cramo finally snapped their losing streak as they breezed past Valmiera 86:63 away from home. Kristjan Kangur secured 15 points and 11 boards for Kalev. John Linehan came up with 14 points and 7 assists to lead the Estonian powerhouse to the win. Ingus Bankevics topscored for Valmiera with 18 points as they slipped at 2-3 record.

Zemgale - Techasas 90-67
Zemgale secured the second win in the Challenge Cup season as they held off Techasas 90:67 at home court. Edgars Krumins came up with 23 points for Zemgale. Martins Berkis notched 20 points for the winners. Phillip Williams had 20 points and 7 rebounds for Panevezys in defeat.

Valga Welg - Alytus Alita 82-75
Valga Welg celebrated the initial win in the championship as they shot down Alytus 82:75 at home. Veljo Vares lifted the hosts to the victory scoring 31 points. Richard Anderson added 12 points and 18 boards for the winning side. Saulius Kazevicius dropped 23 points for Alita as they fell to 2-4 record.

TTU KK - Aisciai 72-59
TTU KK held off Aisciai 72:59 to climb to 4-2 record in the Challenge Cup ladder. Illimar Pilk topscored for the home team with 18 points. Joosep Toome added 17 points for the Estonian team. Egidijus Dimsa answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Aisciai in the loss.

TU/Rock - ASK Riga 84-69
TU/Rock sent the league leaders ASK Riga to the first defeat in the season. The Estonian powerhouse outscored the visitors 84:69 in Tartu to secure the third success in the tournament. Asko Paade poured in 19 points to pace the hosts. Tanika Beard added 18 points and 12 boards for the winners. Corey Brewer led ASK Riga with 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Kaunas Tr. - Suduva 69-67
Adas Juskevicius converted a free throw with 7 seconds left in the game to seal Kaunas Triobet win over Suduva 69:67. Kaunas thus improved to 5-1 record and remained on top of the ladder. Sarunas Vasiliaskas managed 21 points for Kaunas Triobet. Adas Juskevicius knocked down 11 points for the winners. Marius Valukonis fired 22 points for Suduva in the loss.



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  BELGIUM   


Mons Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Dexia Mons-Hainaut added American forward Dion Dowell (198-G-85, college: Houston) to their roster. The initial deal is for one month with the option to extend.
Dowell spent his last 2 college years at Houston where he played between 2006 and 2008. His stats for those 2 years were around 11 ppg and 6rpg.
After his senior year he was invited to attend the Pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Spent the summer of 2008 playing for the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summerleague and the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Was released by the Warriors on October 9th after playing one pre-season games for Golden State.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: weekend results - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion remains as Dimayor's exclusive leader after round 17. They defeated Provincial Osorno on friday night with Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) as the leader with 30 points. On saturday night they faced Deportivo Valdivia on the road and were defeated 91-82. The shooting guard Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) led all scorers with 22 points in the night. Boston College and CD Puente Alto won both games of the weekend against Universidad de Los Lagos and Provincial Llanquihue. On saturday night, Boston College destroyed Provincial Llanquihue with a 131-75 victory. Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) was the leader in the offensive end with 33 points. Deportes Castro also won both games of the weekend. P.J. Mills (201-F) scored 25 and 21 points leading the way for the Chiloe island team. These are the complete results of the weekend.

Thursday

Deportes Ancud 84 - Deportes Castro 97
Anc: Federico Radavero 24 pts. Julius Holt 23 pts.
Cas: P.J. Mills (201-F) 25 pts. Ben Sullivan 20 pts.

Friday

Boston College 105 - Universidad de Los Lagos 78
Bos: Joe Chapman 28 pts. B.J. Puckett 22 pts.
Ula: Justin Leith 24 pts. Michael Ernst 13 pts.

CD Puente Alto 100 - Provincial Llanquihue 75
Pue: John Davis 21 pts. Mauricio Cisternas 18 pts.
LLan: Anthony Knox 28 pts. John A. Thomas 20 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 93 - Deportivo Espanol 80
Val: Willie Davis 26 pts. Marcus Elliott 25 pts.
Esp: Marcus Jacobs 23 pts. Pablo Ayala 13 pts.

Provincial Osorno 79 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 98
Oso: Jermaine Robinson 20 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 17 pts.
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 30 pts. Evandro Arteaga 19 pts.

Deportes Ancud 73 - Universidad Catolica 70
Anc: Fernando Cavagna 21 pts. Federico Radavero 21 pts.
Uc: Keddric Mays 27 pts. Mike Elliot 13 pts.

Saturday

Boston College 131 - Provincial Llanquihue 75
Bos: Joe Chapman 33 pts. B.J. Puckett 22 pts.
Llan: John A. Thomas 22 pts. JR Morris 15 pts.

CD Puente Alto 93 - Universidad de Los Lagos 71
Pue: John Davis 29 pts. Percy Werth 19 pts.
Ula: Michael Pierrot 27 pts. Leonel Mendez 11 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 91 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 82
Val: Marcus Elliott 22 pts. Deshawn Danzey 19 pts.
Ucon: Kennell Sanchez 21 pts. Jefferson Agba 18 pts.

Provincial Osorno 100 - Deportivo Espanol 88
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 30 pts. Cristian Perez 23 pts.
Esp: Javes Wiggins 24 pts. Alexander Blackwell 20 pts.

Deportes Castro 92 - Universidad Catolica 63
Cas: P.J. Mills 21 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 20 pts.
Uc: Felipe Contreras 19 pts. Andre Williams 14 pts.


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  CHINA   


GuangDong Feng Lu Team backing out CBA - by Robert Wang
Guang Dong Feng Lu team from D-2 anounced that they will be back out Chinese basketball association since they tried to sued CBA in the past 2 months but they failed. They said they would still focus and support Chinese basketball in the future.This team has played in Chinese basketball league D-2 for 2 years and they won the champion this season but somehow the CBA allowed the teams from 2nd and 3rd place to come up to D-1 this season that made Guang Dong Feng Lu team to sue CBA for the right judgement but they failed. It's too bad that we hear the team back out Chinese basketball league but we still hope this team could keep following basketball in China and train good basketball players for China in the future. Good luck!

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  COLOMBIA   


Bucaros and Norte to the final - by Victor Garcia
ARRIEROS VS NORTE
Norte defeated Arrieros in the sixth game to get a ticket to the finals, Norte putt he game on a low scoring way with its defense and Arrieros did not find a way to change it, Monty Wilson again did his job scoring 16 points and Eduardo Torres 15, Alvaro Contreras score a couple of three straight three pointers in the last minutes to give Norte a lead, Carlos Rogers did a big defensive job with 15 rebounds and 4 blocks, in Arrieros again Norbey Aragon did all and score 15 pts, Enielsen Guevara helped with 13 and Hebert Bayona with 11.
Arrieros 59 - N. Aragon 15pts + 9 rebs, E. Guevara 13pts, H. Bayona 11pts, J. Walker 9pts, H. Soler 6 pts, D. Guevara 5pts.
Norte de Santander 65 - M. Wilson 16pts, E. Torres 15, E. Renteria 11pts, C. Rogers 11pts + 15rebs, E. Moreno 7pts, A. Contreras 6pts
NORTE WON 4-3

BUCAROS VS ISLANDERS
Bucaros need an overtime to defeat Islanders and made the final, Marcus Flemming and yuber Hisnetroza were ejected, Islander played an intense game with Ortiz , Flores and Sowell doing its job, in Bucaros Washington and Flemming took the lead, in the overtime Islanders look tired and Bucaros won.
Bucaros Freskaleche 101
Islanders Sopesa 94
BUCAROS WON 4-3


Bucaros vs Norte final preview - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros and Norte will play a final of neighbors in the 2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Invitational Cup.
The yellow team looks as favourite, Washingto and Fleming togoether in the court gives a very good ofensive mismatch, Nortes coach Julio Toro should sent Monty Wilson and Eduardo Torres over them, but specially Fleming with his size and versatilty can play defense over both players and go to the paint to take advantage of his size, but the good news for Norte is that Edgar Moreno is driving the point guard position, Moreno is experienced and talented and has a great advantage over Adan Reyes in both sides of the floor, in the shooting guard spot Renteria and Salcedo will have an interesting series, Renteria is most athletic but Salcedo is smart and veteran, in he middle the fight for the rebounds will be intense between two similar players Rogers and Marriaga, Marriaga is younger and also more versatile, but Rogers experience worths its value in this finals.
Bucaros can go deep in its bench with Daniel Garca, Ricardo Sanz and Elides Pereira, while norte will have Alvaro Contreras as its sixth man, but will use players like Jose Baquero and John Hernandez in defense over Fleming and Marriaga.
For Bucaros the key of the game will be read the missmatches in the ofensive side and put the ball in the defensive weaknes of Norte, for Norte the key should be put pressure over Reyes to avoid them run and make the plays or send the ball to Washington and Fleming.
Prognosis: Bucaros wins in 6 games.


Semifinal playoffs, game 6, series tied. - by Victor Garcia
ARRIEROS VS NORTE
Arrieros had its best game in the semifinal and defeated Norte to tied the series 3 3, the green team enters the court very focused, Diego Guevara took the lead of the team with his accuracy and Norbey Aragn was on fire, Enielsen Guevara also did a good job.
Norte had again Monty Wilson and Eduardo Torres trying to take advantage of the mistmatches on ofense but did not receive much help from his teamates, the key for Arrieros was putt he game in a high scoring one, Norte has won all the three low scoring games thanks to its hard defense.
Arrieros 81 - N. Aragn 21pts, D. Guevara 19pts, E. Guevara 11pts
Norte de Santander 72 - M. Wilson 19pts, E. Moreno 15pts, E. Torres 15pts
SERIES TIED 3-3

BUCAROS VS ISLANDERS
Islanders keep the life wining the sixth game as visitor in Bucaramanga, Bucaros had the chance to win the game with 24 seconds left in the clock, but Cruz Salcedo three points attemp failed and Kevin Sowell took the rebound and run in the fastbreak, Miguel Marriaga fouled him and sent him to the line where Sowell score both shots, and since the foul was flagrant islanders keep the posesin and won the game.
Bucaros Freskaleche 92
Islanders Sopesa 94
SERIES TIED 3 -3


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  CROATIA   


Split outsmarts Union Olimpija - by Marin Stipanic
Suprisingly or not, but Split takes a win over Union Olimpija. Although result says diffrent, Split hadnt any problems in tonight's game. Boys from Split had 43:31 on half time, while in second half scorers took a break. Slovenians tryed to stop Split actions but they didnt suceed, Eddie Shannon made FTs piecefully. Game ended 64:62 for Split. Vladimir Ilievski from Union Olimpija was best scorer with 18 pts while Andrija Stipanovic was top scorer of victorius team.

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  CYPRUS   


New Entries - by Chris Mammides
BMC AEK Larnakas agreed financial terms with the Canadian/Serb Alex Traikov (198-F). The dynamic forward already participated in teh second winning result of the Larnaka team against Apoel Nicosia on Friday.

Seastar Apoel Nicosia agreed terms with the American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-77, college: Temple), ex player of Vojvontina, the Nicosia team disdmiss last week the American player Stefhon Hannah (185-G-85, college: Missouri) so in his place the Nicosia team hired Rasheed.


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEK 2-0 
 2. Keravnos 2-0 
 3. AEL 1-0 
 4. Omonia 1-1 
 5. Achilleas K. 1-1 
 6. APOEL 1-1 
 7. Apollon 0-1 
 8. ENAD 0-2 
 9. Etha 0-2 


A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 57
2 Zujovic, Achilleas 48
3 Smith, Omonia 44
4 Mijovic, Omonia 42
4 Anderson, AEK 36
5 Bradford,Achilleas 37
Rebounds Per Game
1 Radunovic, Apoel 20
2 Trisokas, Kerav. 19
2 Van De Hare,AEK 19
2 Sims, Apollon 19
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 16
4 Trepalovac, ETHA 12
5 Grgac, Achilleas 12
Assists Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 5
2 Mijovic, Omonia 5
3 Collins, Etha 3
4 Hart, Keravnos 3
5 Neofitou, Omonia 3
Steals Per Game
1 Panteli, AEK 3
2 Greer, Keravnos 3
3 Sims, Apollon 3
4 Anderson, AEK 2
5 Collins, Etha 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Trepalovac, Etha 2
2 Damjanovic, Keravno 1
3 Van De Hare, AEK 1
4 Grgac, Achilleas 1
5 Sims, Apollon 1
2FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 75%
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
3 Radunovic, Apoel 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
3FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
Free Throws
1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0
2 Sims, Apollon 80
2 Radunovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radunovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
3 Zujovic, Achilleas
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


Keravnos struggles one more time! - by Nasios Orinos

LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: CAA Sports, college: Florida St.), just as at the first game, has led Keravnos to another close victory, 55-59, against Omonoia. Teams performance was simply bad. It was captured in a slow pace with the big guys being disappointing under the basket. The team could not find its way to the basket and could not run fast breaks.

Omonoia has proven one more time that is not willing to surrender to anyone. After its victory to Achilleas last week and a new addition to its line up, the team was close to win the ex-champions.

Keravnos's performance has been bad all along. The team has given 3 official games so far. It has lost the Super Cup to AEL and won two close games. Those two games were a one man show, with Greer drugging the team into victory on his own. This will not last for long. After Smith, Anastasiades, Cosanovic and Lee have left the team, there are simply not many players able to put the ball into the basket. And as a rule, if you dont put the ball into the basket you cannot win games. Add to that the fact that Keravnos is also weak under the basket.

Club's management should not be happy with what the team has been presenting on court so far!!


Cypriots Abroad - by Chris Mammides

An excellent Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) drove his team Apollon Patras to succeed his first victory over one of the strongest temas this seazon in thje A2, Olympiada Patras. The experienced point guard of Cyprus NT scored a career high (in his career in Greece) with 36 points scoring 7 out of 11 three pointers. His team won in the overtime 86-85 the team of Olympiada Patras
Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) is continuing his amazing performances in the Greek A2 league, tonight he scored 17 points in the derby of his team ICBS against the very strong team of Panerythraikos. Vassilis was the top scorer of his team while his team mate in ICBS and member of the Cyprus NT, Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) scored just three points with one 3 pointer.
Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) scored just six points (with two 3 pointers) in the negative result which his team Trikala 2000 had against Coach Flevarakis team of AEK Athens.

Panagiotis Barlas (193-G-76) in the B' Division team of OFI it seems that he is reborn, the experience guard is among the top players of his team and is helping the Cretan team to succeed the targeted results with only mission being the A2 Division. The Greek-Cypriot point guard scored 9 points (with three 3 pointers) in the home win of his team against Halkida 81-63. OFI is currently at the second position in the B' League with a record of 3-1.

Iraklis Pittakas (194-F-84) scored just two points in the negative result of his team Anagennisi Floga against Ikaros Kallitheas.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kolin - Opava 88-71
Kolin narrowed the distance to Opava in the standings as they held off them 88:71 at home. Vladimir Mihailovic secured 23 points, while David Machac added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Michal Carnecky nailed 17 points and dished out 8 assists for Opava in defeat.

Nymburk - Decin 87-73
Nymburk secured the seventh straight win in the championship as they knocked down Decin 87:73 at home court. Justin Gray dropped 20 points and dished out 7 assists for the defending champions. Robert Tomaszek added 14 points for Nymburk. John Ofoegbu had 20 points for Decin in the loss.

Geofin - Ostrava 114-69
Geofin strengthened their position among the league leaders as they fired down Ostrava 114:69. It was the seventh win for Geofin in eight games played. Robert Sarovic and Stepan Reinberg ensured 22 points apiece for the winning team. Lavor Postell contributed 16 points for the hosts. Ostrava answered with 27 points from Marcus Arnold.

Pardubice - Podebrady 96-82
Pardubice overcame Paodebrady and jump over them in the standings. Pardubice outscored Podebrady 96:82 at home and earned the second win in the season. Levell Sanders and Lavell Payne knocked down 25 points each for Pardubice. Pavel Benes and Jan Tomanec answered with 17 points apiece for Podebrady in defeat.

USK Praha - Prostejov 77-73
USK Praha toppled Prostejov 77:73 to celebrate the sixth victory in the season. Lukas Kotas fired 19 points to lift USK Praha to 6-1 record. Lawrence Hamm contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Rashaan Ames replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Prostejov as they slipped to 4-3 record.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: ToPo lost the thriller - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 8: Only one game tonight, but it was then a real thriller! ToPo (Helsinki) lost vs YMCA Lappeenranta 73-74 (42-40) mostly on the FT line.
The fouls of the contest were ToPo 23 - YMCA LPR 13, but the FTs ToPo three (3), YMCA LPR 37! ToPo missed all those three FTs, YMCA LPR made 67,6%
(25/37) of the FTs. Quarters: 16-22, 26-18, 17-23, 14-11. The last 2:27 minutes of the game were exiting. Visitor YMCA LPR scored one point (HL Coleman)
from the FT line, ToPo missed two FTs (Isaac Coleman), scored two pts (James Allen 73-74), and finally Timo Heinonen missed a 2-pointer at the buzzer.
Eero Lehtinen (191-G-85) led ToPo with 18 pts. YMCA LPR got 59/74 pts from Team's three American players. Demtrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) scored game high 25 pts.

ToPo - YMCA Lappeenranta 73-74 (42-40) (Eero Lehtinen 18, Timo Heinonen 15, James Allen 11 - Demtrius Brown 25, HL.Coleman 18/13, Jerel Blassingame 16).



1st Division Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - LoKoKo 80-63
Tapiolan Honka overcame Loimaan Korikonkarit 80:63 with 17 points and 13 rebounds from Williams Matt. Heard Jonathan netted 18 for the visitors and Korhonen Jussi added 11.

Ura Basket - Jyvaskyla 103-89
Surratt Armondo poured in 47 points and made 8 assists as his Ura Basket beat BC Jyvaskyla 103:89. Te hero of the game also added 6 steals and 4 rebounds to his great night. Collins Johann ended up with 31 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.

JKS - Huima 104-94
Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura improved to 4-1 on top after 104:94 over Aanekosken Huima. McNeil Magen was unstoppable with 32 points and 11 boards. Graham Justice resisted with 29 points and 8 rebounds ion defeat.

Salon Vilpas - PuHu 68-69
Pussihukat survived over Salon Vilpas in a 69:68 victory. Davis Anthony and Richardson DeWayne paced the winners with 19 points each. Tiainen Lauri netted 16 for the hosts and Daanish Amani followed him with 14.

BC Nokia - HNMKY 96-108
Helsingi NMKY had a road victory in Round 5 of Men's First Division. Silvonen Sauli led the winners with 26 points to 108:96 victory. Heiskanen Ilkka added 20, while Cooper Matt shined for Nokia with 31 points and 13 boards.



Korisliiga Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pyrinto - ToPo 92-76
Pyrinto held off ToPo in Tampere to climb to 4-4 record in the ladder. Chris Hester and Kurtis Rice were responsible for 16 points each in the win. James Allen answered with 16 points and 11 boards for ToPo as they slipped to 2-5 record in the standings.

KTP - Kouvot 71-75
Koutvot stayed in the leader radar after they knocked down KTP 75:71 away from home. Brian Swift nailed 21 points to lead the visitors' charge. Ronny LeMelle added 17 points and 6 boards for balanced Kouvot offense. Steve Smith had 17 points and 9 rebounds for KTP as they suffered the third defeat in the season.

Korihait - FoKoPo 77-76
Korihait led by as many as 20 points at the first intermission but nearly wasted all of their advantage before pulling away with a 77:76 win against visiting Forssan Koripojat. Bojan Sarcevic fired 21 points and dished out 6 assists to lead Korihait. Alain Laroche contributed 20 points, 6 boards and 6 steals for the winners. FoKoPo answered with 23 points and 14 boards from Charles Thomas.

Tarmo - Pyrinto 87-102
Tarmo failed to get things going in the tournament as they were beaten for the sixth time this season. This time Tarmo could not handle Pyrinto falling short 87:102 at home court. Antti Nikkila exploded with 29 points and 10 rebonds for Pyrinto. Chris Hester added 20 points for the Tampere team. E.J. Drayton scored 20 points for Tarmo in defeat.

Componenta - Namika Lahti 94-83
Componenta showed some signs of recovery after a slow start as they piled up the third win in the season. They defeated Namika Lahti 94:83 at home court to improve to 3-5 record. Darrell Waters poured in game-high 35 points to lead the charge. Sami Syrjala added 19 points in the win. Bilal Abdullah answered with 23 points for Namika.

Kataja - Honka 89-80
Kataja toppled Honka in the round and apeared just one win shy of the league leaders. Kataja looked dominant and secured an 89:80 victory over visiting Honka. Jeremiah Wood came up with 28 points and 14 board to lead Kataja. Anssi Kinnaslampi contributed 20 points in the winning case. Kimmo Muurinen responded with 22 points for Honka in defeat.



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Matt Hall: From Zwickau to Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke

Former Harding mens basketball player Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) has signed a two-month contract with the Residence Walferdange Basketball Club in the Diekirch Basketball League in Luxembourg.
Hall began his professional career with the Zwickau Rascals of the 1.Regionaliga South-East in Germany. He led Zwickau to four wins in its first five games and averaged 26.0 points per game before signing with Walferdange.
The Diekirch Basketball League is the highest professional league in Luxembourg, and according to league rules, each team is allowed only one American. Walferdange got off to a 1-3 start and fired their head coach Kevin Magdowski. The club replaced him with Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) who spent the first four games as the teams lone American, but became the head coach after a knee injury limited his effectiveness.
Hall, who scored 2,227 points in his Harding career, makes the third former Gulf South Conference player to play in the eight-team Luxembourg league, joining Marcus Kennedy of Montevallo and Billy McDaniel of Arkansas-Monticello.
Walferdange is located in north-central Luxembourg and is a town of just over 6,000 people and has a land area of less than three square miles.
Hall played his first game for Residence Walferdange on Friday, Oct. 31 and scored 32 Points and grabbed 8 Rebounds.

Source: Harding University Website



ProB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wolfenbuettel - proveo Merl. 87-88
Proveo Merlins remained on the second position after a thriller against Wolfenbuettel away from home. Olafsson Johann led the winners with 23 points to 88:87 victory. Whitman Connor produced the same number of points in the losing effort as his team fell at 4-2.

Rhoendorf - Hannover 103-82
Rhoendorf is the best with 6-0 record beating Hannover 103:82 on Saturday. Moore Gabriel was unstoppable with 37 points and 8 assists, while Rojik Christopher added 21. Holt Casey produced 21 points for the visitors.

Landshut - Speyer 75-89
Speyer celebrated the second win in the league, this time over Landshut 75:89. Schmitz Simon paced all the winners with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Wormely Horace finished the night with 17 points for the home side.

Telemotive - Freiburg 83-104
Freiburg bettered their positions in the standings outscoring Telemotive 83:104 in a road game. Jeka Lee top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Sellers Phillip added 21. Bryant Johnnie collected 21 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in defeat.

Mainz - Ehingen 89-84
Zuiderveen Mike collected massive 27 points and 21 rebounds to lead Mainz over Ehingen 89:84. Sharda Anish was a step from a triple-double finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Ickert Ilja added 23, while Standhardinger Christian had the same number in defeat.

SU Braunsch. - Herten 69-82
Herten shares the second spot with 5-1 record after 82:69 over SU Braunschweig. Roberts Davon top-scored for thew inners with 16 points and 7 boards. Johnson Gary posted 17 points including 14 free throws.

Stahnsdorf - Osnabrueck 100-107
For Stahnsdorf and Osnabrueck four quarters were not enough to find out the winner of the game. Osnabrueck grabbed 107:100 overtime victory as Wachalski Steve shined with 25 points and 11 boards. Schaffartzik Kevin produced 26 points in the losing effort.



ProA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Karlsruhe - Bayreuth 68-67
Karlsruhe handed Bayreuth the first 68:67 loss in a great game on the first day of November. Howard Justin collected 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead all the winners. Oppland Dan produced 21 points in the losing effort.

Schalke - Bremen 82-75
Schalke upset Bremen as the latter saw the first defeat in the League 82:75. Five players reached the double digits for the winners as Kesselring Sascha led all of them with 17 points. Thompson Christopher, Weddle Jeremy and Mueller Josh had the same number each for the visitors.

Langen - Hagen 76-99
Hagen improved to 5-1 after a road victory over Langen 76:99. Fleetwood Aaron top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Feist Hendrik and Barth Sebastian scored 14 points each in the losing effort.

ETB Wohnbau - B.Muenchen 65-73
Muenchen celebrated a 73:65 victory over ETB Wohnbau to take 2-4 record. Brooks Cedric notched 20 points and Parker Kelvin added 16. Lincoln Brandon provided 20 points for the home side.

Jena - teckproBraves 76-64
Jena tied their record at 3-3 after 76:64 over teckproBraves. Bassett O'Darien top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Seggelke Alexander finished the night with 20 points for the guests that fell at the same record.

MBC - Cuxhaven 74-57
MBC is on top now with 5-1 record after defeating Cuxhaven 74:57 at home. Chavis Will led the winners with 15 points and 4 boards. Bennett Frank Kelsi collected 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Lich - Kirchheim 68-78
Kirchheim stole a victory from Lich 68:78 as Baumann Adam produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Chennoufi Ziyed nailed 16 and Heyden Phillipp posted 14. Freese Jannik poured in 24 points for the hosts.



German Duo at Whitworth College - by Daniel Poerschke
Two german players will suit up for NCAA 3 Whitworth for this upcoming season: Power Forward Felix Friedt (200-F) and Small Forward Andreas Samus (196-F-87). Friedt played in the 1. Regionalliga West in the last couple of seasons for Capone Duesseldorf and Samus, a former Capone player as well, shot hoops for the Schwelmer Baskets in the last season. Both players are expected to see immedeatly playing time for the Witworth Pirates in the Northwest Conference.

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PAOK wants Damir Mulaomerovic - by Serafim Karaiskakis
PAOK is close to sign again Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM). The Croatian guard was without a team this period. 'Mula' had a big career in Greece, playing for Panathinaikos,PAOK,Panellinios and Olympiakos. The management changed decision about the Bosman passport of Wesson and decided to save money and keep him as Usa player and sign instead Bosman player for the empty spot in the guards. A risky decision from coach Pedoulakis to add one more tall guard changing again the team's plans replacing Toni Akins with Damir Mulaomerovic, while in the market where players available like John Lucas, Tierre Brown, Jared Jordan, Eddie Gill, Horace Jenkins, Salim Stoudamire and Keith McLeod.
This is not probably the only change in the team, the technical stuff is not satisfied with the performance of Dejan Tomasevic (7.3ppg, 4.7rpg) and since he has a big contract there are rumors that soon he will be history from the team. Iakovos Tsakalidis is the main candidate to replace him but his demands are high and he has priority to play in a team which plays in a European competition.


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


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FEB Results: Round 9 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, hot West-Brabant Giants, Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals came away with impressive road wins, while surging Aris Friesland and defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide both won easily at home.

In Rotterdam, West-Brabant Giants had the control of the tempo in its hand from the get-go, leading by scores of 40-29 at halftime, 68-39 at the end of the 3rd quarter, cruising to an 87-69 win over Rotterdam Challengers.
Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led the Giants with 23 pts. Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) led the Rotterdammers with a game-high 27 pts. It was West-Brabant's fifth straight win, moving its record to 5-3 and a tie for 3rd place in the FEB standings, with Rotterdam Challengers dropping to 4-4.


In Nijmegen, Matrixx Magixx were no match for old nemesis Eiffel Towers, whose three-point shooting, rebounding and defensive play were no match for Matrixx, with Eiffel winning convincingly 91-76. Eiffel made 13 of 25 threes, outrebounded Matrixx 36-26 and forced Matrixx to cough up the ball 22 times. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 19 pts. Eiffel are now 7-2, with Matrixx falling to 4-4.


In Weert, Hanzevast Capitals made the long return trip to Groningen a little shorter and enjoyable, winning over Upstairs Weert by the score of 84-78. Hanzevast made its move by taking advantage of two straight Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) turnovers, converting them into baskets, followed by a

Will Whittington (191-G/F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) three-pointer and a bonus, which gave Hanzevast a 77-67 cushion which Upstairs could not overcome. Daniel Novak (201-F/G-78, agency: Interperformances) led Hanzevast with 16 pts. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led all scorers with 30 pts., but in the last seven minutes was shut down by the Donar defense. Hanzevast moves to a tie for 3rd place at 5-3, while Upstairs drops to 3-5.


In Leeuwarden, it was an intense start of the battle between Aris Friesland and Landstede Basketball, with some missed calls and some flops. But in the end, good field goal shooting, good interior passing and balanced scoring made a big difference for Aris Friesland, winning in a 100-79 rout. Aris got off to a good start, with strong play in the paint by Kevin Steenberge (211-C-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Richmond), with Steenberge bringing the house down with a vicious spin slam dunk and three blocks, Aris ace Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) establishing a midrange game, helping Aris take an early 10-3 lead. But Landstede did not fold, spreading the floor, taking advantage of bad Aris closeouts, missed blockouts, and many deflections, with a hot Jamie Smalligan (212-C-84, college: W.Virginia) finding the mark (21 pts. in the 1st half), helping Landstede to a 49-40 lead. But the momentum began to swing Aris' way within 3:00 before halftime when Landstede core players Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman), Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) and Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) each picked up three fouls. From then on, Landstede never recovered, with Aris taking full advantage of. The Aris combination of the 'Killer B's' Bauscher and PG Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) took over from there, helping Aris go on a 9-0 run, with a buzzer beating Blackwood three-pointer capping off the run, tying things up at 49-49 heading into the locker room.


In the 2nd half, Aris continued to shoot the ball well, with Landstede struggling to get stops. Aris did a good job of finding the open man, utilizing the importance of the pass before the assist-pass and the midrange game. This was evident in the play of Bauscher, Blackwood and Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy), who combined for 17 of Aris' 25 total assists. Bauscher led all scorers with 27 pts., adding 5 rebounds and 8 assists, with Blackwood adding 19, van der Kamp also with 19, and 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Smalligan led Landstede with 24 pts. Aris moves to 4-4.


In the Sporthallen-Zuid it was business as usual for the defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, keeping its record unblemished and winning easily over struggling BlueStream Seals 91-73. Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) led five Eclipse Jet/MyGuide players in double figures with 18 pts. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide shot 61.2% FG and forced 20 BlueStream Seals turnovers. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide are now 7-0, while BlueStream drops its seventh straight and are now 1-7.



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Round up: Summer Events - by Cheung Suet-pan
One of the biggest summer events, 'Hong-man Cup' (Leisure and Cultural Services Department Cup) was finished at 30th October. The most exicting event is the Men open between age 22 to 38, which were competed between many Division One players, and would be allowed to exchange the players temporarily.

The finals of men's groups of aged 22 to 38 and 50 or above were playing in the Wan Chai Southern Stadium, although not too many spectators visited the game. The younger group final was the Division One Champion South China (Nanhua) playing with the freely organised team Fay Fay, which injected with former Hong Kong international centre Choi Fong-yue. Fay Fay finally upset the league champion South China by winning the scores 65:48. South China finished with three consecutive runner-up in this tournament.


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Manny Dies will be tested in Sopron - by Tamas Deri
Emmanuel Dies (204-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) will arrive in the next few days to Hungary and will be on a tryout in Sopron. The 204 cm tall american big man graduated in 1999 on the University of Kansas State and got his first pro-contract in our country. He played 3 games with Kormend, but got released and finished the season in the CBA. In the next five years he played in Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Luxemburg and China. In 2005-06 he had a great season in Sweden with with 08 Stockholm: 16.9ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.9bpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 62.2%. He signed back with the team for the season 2006-07 and put up great numbers agian: 15.0ppg, Reb-2(11.2), 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, FT: 67.9%. He got voted into the All-Star game in both years. The last season he signed with KTP in Finland - was teammate of Jermaine Spivey (PVSK Panthers) - and played 24 games: 14.5ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.7spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 61.9%. He got injured in February - Achilles-surgery - and left the team, but as his agency told the management of the team, the player is 100% fit again.

Round 3, Saturday's games - by Tamas Deri
Planet Leasing Dombovar KC - Pecsi VSK-Panthers 80-76
(24-24, 21-10, 14-15, 21-27)
Dombovar, Att.: 1200, Referees: Cziffra, Kiraly, Gyorffi
Dombovar: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 18/9, Ivory Clark (198-F-85) 10/3, Balogh L. 3/3, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 24/9, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 10, Szoke 5, Molnar M. 6/3, Deak, Simon 4/3, Coach: Peter Stahl
Pecsi VSK-Panthers: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 27/6, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 22/9, Spivey 7/3, Denes 6/6, Grebenar 2, Bencze 8, Wittmann, Toth N. 4., Czigler, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


ALBACOMP - MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZA KK 89-70
(27-18, 19-22, 21-24, 22-6)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2500, Referees: Palla, Bognar, Franyo
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 8, Doyne 13/3, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 20/9, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 21/9, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 14, Soos, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 10/3, Gobi 3/3, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi-Nagy Akos
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 22/12, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) 18, Nagy 2, Sitku 6, Jelesijevic 8, Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87) 8, Wehner, Farkas, Siska 6/6, Makrai, Mohacsi, Coach: Zoran Kmezic


Round 3, best five - by Tamas Deri
Point guard: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware), 37 points (5/8 2pts, 7/12 3pts, 6/8 FTs), 9 fouls against, 6 steals, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 37 minutes
Shooting guard: Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas), 21 points (6/8 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 6/6 FTs), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 fouls against, 2 steals, 25 minutes
Small forward: Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket), 20 points (3/4 2pts, 3/4 3pts, 5/6 FTs), 7 fouls against, 3 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 32 minutes
Power forward: Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77), 24 points (4/8 2pt's, 3/4 3pt's, 7/7 FT's), 6 fouls against, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 24 minutes
Power forward/Center: George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP), 29 points (10/19 2points, 1/2 3pts, 6/8 FTs), 9 rebounds, 7 fouls against, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 32 minutes


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NCAA's first Iranian hoopster heads to Rice Univ. - by Houman Bagheri
The first Iranian to play in NCAA basketball will suit up for tiny Rice University in Houston, Tex., next winter.

Arsalan Kazemi, a senior forward at the Patterson School (N.C.) who emigrated from Isfahan, Iran to the U.S. earlier this year, verbally committed to the Owls late last night. Kazemi is expected to sign a letter of intent later this month. The Iranian foward visited Rice this weekend and chose the Texas school over Maryland - whom he had been scheduled to visit later in November - and local Big East school Seton Hall, which had once been considered the frontrunner for the versatile 6-7 swingman.

I was just happy with the school, Kazemi said of Rice. Its a big campus, a nice facility and I think I like my teammates.

Kazemi adds to a loaded recruiting class for new Rice coach Ben Braun, who has also hauled in talented St. Benedicts point man Tamir Jackson and rapidly improving 6-8 forward Egheosa Edomwonyi of the Hun School. It greatly hurts the Pirates recruiting efforts though; the Hall considered Kazemi one of its top targets but must now turn its attention to 7-0 Jarrid Famous, a Westchester Community College big man.

Kazemi visited Rice with Anthony Ibrahim, his advisor who had helped him enter the U.S. back in February. Rice was the right fit for Kazemi he says and is also near Ibrahim, who resides in Houston. Though Rice lacks the clout of many other schools that had pursued Kazemi, Ibrahim believes the setting is right.

He wants to make a difference in a program, Ibrahim said. They play in a good conference (Conference USA), and Ben Braun is a good coach. Its the right place.

Courtesy Hoops on Hoops


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


SerieA Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Solsonica 73-67
Fortitudo outscored Solsonica 73:67 and caught up with their opponents in the standings. Quentel Woods knocked down 30 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Fortitudo. Stefano Mancinelli added 15 points for the winners. Vangelis Sklavos dropped 18 points for Solsonica as both teams appeared tied at 2-2 record.

Montepaschi - Carife FE 89-60
Montepaschi eased past Carife 89:60 for the fourth straight win in the competition. Coming from an impressive Euroleague victory in the midweek Montepaschi remained in the right mood to have little problems against Carife. Henry Domercant netted 18 points for the Siena outfit. Rimantas Kaukenas added 17 points in the win. Andre Collins knocked down 15 points for Carife as they fell to 1-3 record.

Lottomatica - Banca Tercas 96-75
Lottomatica cruised past Banca Tercas 96:75 to stay on top of the standings. Roberto Gabini scored 13 points to lead balanced Lottomatica offense. Luigi Datome and Andre Hutson provided 12 points each in the win. Brandon Brown and Jaycee Carroll netted 16 points apiece for Banca Tercas.

Air AV - Angelico BI 72-80
Angelico Biella secured the initial win in the championship as they held off Air Avellino 80L72 on the road. Reece Gaines, James Gist and Joe Smith fired 16 points apiece to lead Angelico Biella. Drake Diener topscored with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Air Avellino.

Armani MI - Premiata 75-77
Kiwane Garris knocked down a jumper late in the game to lift Premiata past Armani Jeans 77:75 on the road today. Kiwane Garris secured 23 points to lead Premiata. Brandon Hunter was responsible for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jobey Thomas answered with 22 points for Armani Jeans.

Benetton - Eldo Caserta 84-65
Benetton grabbed the second win in the Liga as they shot down Eldo Caserta 84:65 behind 19 points from Gary Neal. Radoslav Rancik added 18 points for the Treviso team. Guillermo Diaz answered with 23 points and 4 steals for Caserta as they slipped at 1-3 record.

Snaidero - NGC Cantu 93-95
NGC Cantu got 21 points and 11 boards from Kevinn Pinkney and eked out a narrow 95:93 victory against Snaidero Udine. Sundiata Gaines scored 17 points including a crucial basket late in the regulation. Barry Elder fired 19 points as Cantu improved to 2-2 record. Snaidero were led by 22 points from Oscar Torres.



Italian Legadue. Regular Season. Round 5. Jesi and Varese finally defeated - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese and Fileni Jesi continue together their promotion rush. After 4 win in a row, they both lost for the first time but they are still at the top of the league.
Varese lost against a reborn Harem Scafati after a tough battle. Injured Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college:E.Tenn.St.) was not of the game but Ronald Davis (1,90-G-82, college:Wisc.Milwaukee, agency:Exclusive Sports) played his best game of the season scoring 31 points and Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college:Wofford, agency: Pensack Sports) did another good performance
with 20 points and 9 boards. For Varese, Kenyel Dickens (203-F-78,college:Idaho,agency:Pensack Sports) was the best scorer, while Randy Childress (190-G-72, college:Wake Forest, agency:Bell Management) didnot a good game in front of his former fans.
Fileni Jesi were stopped by Vanoli Soresina, who had in Troy Bell ((186-G-80, college: Boston College, agency.BDA Sports) its leader.
Jesi's best player Michele Maggioli (212-C-77, agency:Side by Side) scored 18 points but had bad low percentage and his teammates didn't help him.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia wasted another good chance losing a home match against Fastweb Casale Monferrato. Zabian Dowdell(191-G-84,college:Virginia Tech) played
an amazing game scoring 36 points and now Casale know they can really compete for the promotion,while Reggio Emilia have many problems to solve.
Livorno Basket defeated Prima Veroli thanks to a solid team performance. Marco Rossetti /203-G\F-80, agency:DoubleB) showed unexpected offensive skills
while Marco Trinchieri's team is waiting for new signed Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college:Pennsylvania,agency:FameBasketballGroup)
Riccardo Santolamazza (195-G-83) and Guido Rosselli (196-G-83,agency:Biasin Marco) gave the win to Carmatic Pistoia against Enel Brindisi. Italian duo provided for
Brent Darby (185-G-81, college:Ohio St., agency:Dutt Sports Services)'s absence, while Enel's Marco Killingsworth (203-F\C-82, college:Indiana)
did not replied his last good performances.
After overtime, Pallacanestro Roseto 1946 won against an indomitable Edimes Pavia. Roseto's Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83,college:George Washington,agency:ProOneSports) and
Pavia's Thomas Mobley (196-F-81,college:Charleston,agency:ProOneSports) were the spellbinders of the game.
Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK),agency:James Clibanoff) scored other 29 points and Aget Imola gained an important win aganist Umana Venezia
Finally, Banco di Sardegna Sassari's Trent Whiting (185-G-76,college:BYU,agency:Zucker International) sentenced Basket Rimini Crabs to another lost.

Italian starting five of round 5

Pg: Riccardo Santolamazza, Pistoia: a bench warmer who proved he can be a regular player
SG:Guido Rosselli, Pistoia: another bench warmer who proved italian players can win games
SF:Salvatore Genovese (198,SF-87),Varese: his team lost the first game but found a young talent
F:Tommaso Rinaldi(204-F-85), Rimini: his 17 points and 9 boards were the only good news for Rimini
C:Giacomo Eliantonio (204-C-88), Scafati: Dillion Sneed is out but Giacomo is hot and hungry!


Lega2 Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Carmatic PI - Enel Brindisi 74-68
Carmatic Pistoia outscored Enel Brindisi 74:68 to leapfrog their opponents in the ladder. Elton Tyler tallied 21 points and 13 boards for Carmatic. Riccardo Santolamazza added 16 points for the winners. Marcus Hatten responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Enel Brindisi as they slipped to 2-3 record.

Pallacan.RO - Edimes PV 96-95
Pallacanestro earned the second win in the season as the held off Edimes Pavia 96:95. Danilo Pinnock notched 25 points, 9 boards and 7 assists for the winning team. Sylvere Bryan had 22 points and 12 boards for Pallacanestro. Thomas Mobley and Paul Marigney answered with 23 points each for Edimes Pavia as they suffered the 4th loss in 5 games.

Aget IM - Umana Reyer 71-66
Joseph Bunn was impressive with 29 points and 15 rebounds to lift Aget Imola past Umana Reyer 71:66. Federico Pugi had 14 points as the winners climbed to 2-3 record. Nathan Green scored 17 points and 6 boards for Umana Reyer Venezia. Manuel Carizzo nailed 15 points in defeat.

Vanoli SO - Fileni JE 78-65
Vanoli Soresina trounced Fileni Jesi 78:65 to register the third victory in the season. Troy Bell knocked down 22 points to pace the hosts. Rudy Mbemba chipped in 16 points for Vanoli. Michele Maggioli fired 18 points for Fileni as they suffered the first defeat in the championship.

Basket LI - Prima VE 84-75
Five players scored in double figures for Basket Livorno and they held off Prima Veroli 84:75 at home. Marcelus Kemp produced 18 points to lead the charge. Jermaine Boyette added 17 points in the winning clause. Kyle Hines answered with 16 points, while Franco Migliori finished with 15 points for Veroli as they fell at 2-3 record.

Harem SC - Cimberio VA 94-84
Harem Scafati snapped Cimberio Varese 4-game winning streak beating them 94:84 at home today. Ronald Davis was unstoppable as he drained 31 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and made 6 steals to pace Harem. Michael Lenzly provided 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Kaniel Dickens replied with 26 points for Cimberio Varese.

Trenkwalder - Fastweb CM 87-91
Fastweb Casale celebrated the third victory in the season as they pulled away with a hard-fought 91:87 success in Reggio Emilia. Zabian Dowdell stepped up with an outstanding performance as he fired 36 points for Casale. Tommaso Fantoni contributed 18 points, while Jamar Smith tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Bryant Smith posted 22 points for Trenkwalder in the loss.



GMAC defeats Solsonica - by Gianni Pascucci

A stellar performing from Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC), who ended the game at 30 pts, 9 rebs, 8 steals and 2 assits, was the main factor of the home win of the newly named GMAC Bologna, 73-67 over Solsonica Rieti, in yesterday anticipated game of Serie A Round 4. Rieti was a very tough contender, however, staying ahead in the score till the end of third quarter (54-46). The other game best performers were Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) and Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.), with 15 and 12 pts, respectively, for Bologna, Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) and Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77), with 16 and 18 points for Rieti.



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BJ League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Apache - 89ers 89-84
Apache beat 89ers 89:84 in Round 6 of the BJ league. Humphrey John was unstoppable with 44 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Tucker Rashad posted 24 in defeat and St.Preux Bobby nailed 18.

Five Arrows - Evessa 77-78
Washington Lynn led Evessa over Five Arrows 78:77 away from home as he poured in 29 points and 13 rebounds. James Gordon ended up with 25 points and 12 boards in the losing effort.

Rizing - Lakestars 78-84
Lakestars celebrated their initial win over Rizing 84:78. Nash Bobby top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Rourke Ryan added 21. King Jessie finished the night with 31 points.

Golden Kings - Heat Devils 90-65
Golden Kings reached 5-0 record after 90:65 over Heat Devils. McHenry Anthony posted 32 points, made 8 assists and 7 boards for the winners. Price Jefferey scored 21 points and had 11 boards in defeat.

Grouses - Albirex 92-101
Albirex had a road victory over Grouses 92:101. Akingbade Dokun and Ikeda Yuichi led the winners with 27 points each. Webb, Rodney collected 23 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.



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MNT1A : In derby games Mornar easy win against Niksic, Ulcinj win against Mogren - by Dragan Scepanovic
In dery games of 3 Round of MNT1A Oportunity Legue in City of Bar Basketball Club Mornar Bar easy win against Basketball Club Niksic 96:76 (22:5, 18:24, 37:10, 19:27) , in second derby game Basketball Club Ulcinj win in cuty of Budva against Basketball Club Mogren 79-71 (22:5, 13:30, 28:112, 16:14)


MORNAR Bar - BC NIKSIC 96:76 (22:5, 18:24, 37:10, 19:27)

Bar - Sport school center 'Jugoslavija'. Spect: 400. Reff: Jokic (Podgorica), Sundic (Podgorica), Raicevicc (Bijelo Polje).

Mornar: Saptahovic 5, Djurisic 22, Djeloevic 6, Mihailovic 6, Damjanovic 2, Nemanja Radovic (204-F/C-91) 25, Milosevic 23, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-87) 3, Scepanovic, Sekulovic, Vujosevic, Savic 4.
Niksic: Samardzic 3, Nikola Djokovic (191-G-89) 9, Filip Barovic (206-F-90) 2, Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) 13, Ma. Kuveljic 12, Mi. Kuveljic, Djurkovic 4, Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) 4, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 11, Medenica 11, Sturanovic 3, Dubljevic 4.


MOGREN Budva - ULCINJ 71:79 (5:22, 30:13, 12:28, 14:16)

Budva - Mediteran sporf center. Spec: 400. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar)

Mogren: Stojkovic 14, Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 10,Igor Kunjic (202-F-87), Stevovic 19,Novak Popovic 13, Komatina 5, Nikic 2, Boskovic, Milovic, Zeljko Maricic, Zivkovic 5, Vukajlovic 3.
Ulcinj: Latkovic, Stanic 5, Jankovic 19, Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86) 10, Miceta, Paunovic 4, Cvetkovic, Malovic 3, Elmir Forto (206-C, college: Auburn-Montgomery) 5, Ivanovic 16, Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 8, Djordjevic 9.

LOVCEN Cetinje- ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi 77:83 ( 20:18, 16:18, 18:23, 23:24 )

Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Spect: 200. Reff: Rutesic, Vojinovic (Niksic), Sanjevic (Podgorica)

Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 6, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 5 (2-1), Savovic 4, Milosevic, Ivanovic 7, Djukanovic, Kascelan 15 (6-5), Lutersek 5, Lopicic 8, Lalic 2, Jovanovic 22 (11-9), Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 3 (2-1).
ABS Primorje: Bulatovic, Radovanovic 6 (4-4), Boricic 24 (2-2), Djecevic, Pajevic 7, Ilic 10, Djuricic, Bacovic, Vujovic 10 (2-2), Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 15 (6-4), Mandic 11 (3-2), Medic

PRIMORJE H.Novi- RUDAR Pljevlja 133:62 ( 27:19; 36:13; 33:11; 37:19 )

Herceg Novi - SC Igalo. Spect: 50. Reff: Kajevic (Bijelo Polje), Lakicevic (Budva), Muhadinovic (Cetinje)

Primorje: Arapovic 7, Najdenov 20, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 10, Miljanic 31, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 8, Stevovic 13, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 13, Zambelic 11, Mihajlovic 4, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) , Kovacevic 2, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 14.
Rudar: Abaspahic 17, Knezvic 3, Dzakovic, Jankovic, Markovic 8, Bajrovic, Gacevic, Kartal 9, Spajic 2, Dzgaz 12, Dragas, Gomilanovic 11.

JEDINSTVO B.Polje- DANILOVGRAD 68:81 ( 17:17, 27:23, 11:24, 13:17 )

Bijelo Polje SC Nikoljac. Spect 700. Reff: Dragojevic, Koljenic, Popovic (Podgorica)

Jedinstvo: Rabrenovic 8, Musovic, Vucetic, Miljic, Popovic 10, Omerovic 8, Babaca 2, Ljuca, Crauvel 13, Ignjatovic 21, Jekson 6, Halilovic.
Danilovgrad: Jovovic, M. Stanisic, Bogojevic 11, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 22, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 8, Simonovic 26, B. Stanisic 4, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 4, Djurovic, Milatovic 6, Mijajlovic, Vujisic.


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


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Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Raptors 3-0 
 2. Celtics 2-1 
 3. Nets 1-1 
 4. Knicks 1-1 
 5. 76ers 1-2 
Central Div.
 1. Pistons 2-0 
 2. Bulls 2-1 
 3. Pacers 1-1 
 4. Bucks 1-2 
 5. Cavaliers 1-2 
Southeast Div.
 1. Hawks 2-0 
 2. Bobcats 1-1 
 3. Magic 1-2 
 4. Heat 1-2 
 5. Wizards 0-2 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Jazz 2-0 
 2. Timberwolves 1-1 
 3. Trail Blazers 1-2 
 4. Nuggets 1-2 
 5. Thunder 0-2 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 3-0 
 2. Suns 2-1 
 3. Warriors 1-2 
 4. Clippers 0-3 
 5. Kings 0-3 
Southwest Div.
 1. Rockets 3-0 
 2. Hornets 3-0 
 3. Mavericks 1-1 
 4. Grizzlies 1-2 
 5. Spurs 0-2 


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Prince pops shoulder; out one month - by Kevin Cochran
Tennessee can ill afford to lose J.P. Prince (6'7''-G)

Prince, the Vols starting small forward, will miss about a month with a right shoulder injury.

The school released a statement on Thursday night.

Not only is Prince starting at small forward, but he's also the backup point guard to Bobby Maze (6'2''-G) (6'2''-G) since freshman floor leader Daniel West hasn't been cleared by the NCAA yet and is unable to practice with the team.

The Vols will need Prince or West for the early part of their season since it'll be difficult for Maze, a junior college transfer, to run the team for 40 minutes.

Courtesy:msn.foxsports.com


Withey walks away from Wildcats - by Kevin Cochran
In what is the latest blow to the Arizona program, talented 6-foot-10 freshman big man Jeff Withey is expected to transfer.

The news was first reported by GoAZCats.com.

Arizona coach Lute Olson's sudden retirement last week angered Withey's family. Olson has been replaced by interim coach Russ Pennell, who has an unenviable task with an extremely thin roster.

Withey, who didn't attend practice on Wednesday, was expected to be the first big man off the bench this year for the Wildcats. Arizona has now lost three players from the expected freshman class: Brandon Jennings (Italy), Emmanuel Negedu (Tennessee) and Withey.

The Wildcats have four legitimate frontcourt players with Jordan Hill (6'10''-F), Fendi Onobun (6'6''-F), Alex Jacobson (6'11''-C) and D.J. Shumpert (6'6''-F). Hill is the only one with any extensive Pac-10 experience.

Courtesy: msn.foxsports.com


Recruting Wrap - by Kevin Cochran
Kenny Boynton, scout.com's eighth-best prospect in the Class of 2009, has committed to play at Florida. He is a 6'2 guard who plays at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. He chose the Gators over USC, Duke, Georgia Tech and Texas.

Boynton gives Florida three top 100 Class of 2009 commitments. The others are Erik Murphy (ranked 39th) and Deshawn Painter (ranked 52nd).

In other recruting news, the fallout over Lute Olson's retirement at Arizona has blown apart the Wildcats highly regarded 2009 class. Guard Abdul Gaddy decommitted and will play at Washington. Forwards Mike Moser and Solomon Hill have also backed out of their commitments.


Tar Heels unanimous #1 in AP Poll - by Kevin Cochran

Fresh off a Final Four appearance, North Carolina has been named the #1 team in the Associated Press preseason top 25. In a first for the poll, which began in 1981, the Tar Heels were a unanimous pick for the top spot. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) leads a team that returns its top 6 scorers from last season, and finished #1 in the final AP poll.

'We have a really good group of kids who are working very hard to get ready for a challenging season,' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. 'They've worked so hard because they know they have to prove it on the court. No one gives you any awards for preseason rankings. Our guys know these lofty rankings are a result of what they have done in the past and what people think could probably happen this year. But we have to earn everything out there on the floor.'

The complete poll with records and point totals is as follows:

1 North Carolina (72) 0-0 1800
2 Connecticut 0-0 1661
3 Louisville 0-0 1638
4 UCLA 0-0 1487
5 Pittsburgh 0-0 1319
6 Michigan St. 0-0 1311
7 Texas 0-0 1259
8 Duke 0-0 1250
9 Notre Dame 0-0 1243
10 Gonzaga 0-0 1162
11 Purdue 0-0 1099
12 Oklahoma 0-0 987
13 Memphis 0-0 977
14 Tennessee 0-0 920
15 Arizona St. 0-0 645
16 Marquette 0-0 592
17 Miami, FL 0-0 570
18 USC 0-0 414
19 Florida 0-0 403
20 Davidson 0-0 347
21 Wake Forest 0-0 312
22 Georgetown 0-0 311
23 Villanova 0-0 256
24 Kansas 0-0 233
25 Wisconsin 0-0 196





Hansbrough sits with shin problem - by Kevin Cochran

North Carolina senior forward Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85), the 2008 national college basketball player of the year, has a stress reaction condition in his right shin and will sit out practice indefinitely, head coach Roy Williams announced.

Hansbrough did not practice today, but had an MRI that revealed the stress reaction. He had been feeling pain off and on for a few weeks before going to the team's medical staff.

Hansbrough will be re-evaluated in two weeks according to Williams.

'It's kind of frustrating for Tyler,' he said. 'As much as he likes to play, he understands he needs to be 100 percent to help the team rather than limping through something and make an injury a chronic situation.'


Hansbrough averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds last year and was the National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Male Athlete of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA East Regional MVP.

The Poplar Bluff, Mo., native has played in all 108 games in his first three years as a Tar Heel

Courtesy: tarheelblue.cstv.com



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Matt Hall: From Zwickau to Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke

Former Harding mens basketball player Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) has signed a two-month contract with the Residence Walferdange Basketball Club in the Diekirch Basketball League in Luxembourg.
Hall began his professional career with the Zwickau Rascals of the 1.Regionaliga South-East in Germany. He led Zwickau to four wins in its first five games and averaged 26.0 points per game before signing with Walferdange.
The Diekirch Basketball League is the highest professional league in Luxembourg, and according to league rules, each team is allowed only one American. Walferdange got off to a 1-3 start and fired their head coach Kevin Magdowski. The club replaced him with Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) who spent the first four games as the teams lone American, but became the head coach after a knee injury limited his effectiveness.
Hall, who scored 2,227 points in his Harding career, makes the third former Gulf South Conference player to play in the eight-team Luxembourg league, joining Marcus Kennedy of Montevallo and Billy McDaniel of Arkansas-Monticello.
Walferdange is located in north-central Luxembourg and is a town of just over 6,000 people and has a land area of less than three square miles.
Hall played his first game for Residence Walferdange on Friday, Oct. 31 and scored 32 Points and grabbed 8 Rebounds.

Source: Harding University Website



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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 6-1 
 2. Ulriken 5-2 
 3. Harstad 5-2 
 4. Asker 5-2 
 5. Ammerud 2-2 
 6. 3B 2-6 
 7. Gimle 1-6 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-5 


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The Unbeatable Ibda' win "Al'Ahd & AlWafa'" Tournament - by Tamara Awartani
Ibda' vs. Orthodoxi Bethlehem 78 - 76
A firing game till literally the last second of it, it was a great game to watch, a win for the team who wanted it more.
Players from both teams showed lots of skills,
Yahia Al Khatib (202-C-77) Ibdaa stood out with 7 3points & beautiful drives to the basket, while Jared Soles Orthodoxi Bethlehem stood out with 4 3points, great shots & beautiful assists, Osama Abu Jaber also had a great game, perfect shots, assists & moves.
1st quarter witnessed a great play on Orthodoxi's side, great passes, shots from Jared, Awad AlHreimi & assists from Basheer Shatara & Osama Abu Jaber leading 24 - 20, while Iyad Yousef Abdalla the great rebounder &
Yahia Al Khatib scored for Ibdaa. Orthodoxi kept their fire going in the 2nd quarter, Ibda stayed in the game tying 18-18. Ibda had their minds set on winning in the 3rd quarter, leading 20-14, played in a faster pace, powerful drives & beautiful 3points for both teams.
But Orthodoxi werent planning on giving Ibdaa an easy win, fighting till literally the last second, 4th quarter was a breathtaking quarter, Ibda players experience played a role & insistence on winning, tying the quarter 20-20.


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Ibdaa 5-0 
 2. Bethlehem 5-1 
 3. Orthodoxi B.S. 2-2 
 4. Thaqafi B.S. 2-3 
 5. Qalandia 1-2 
 6. De La Salle 1-2 
 7. Arab O. 1-2 
 8. Orthodox 0-0 
 9. Hathen 0-0 
 10. Al Fara 0-0 
 11. Takafi 0-0 
 12. Hawar 0-0 
 13. Aramax S. 0-0 
 14. Ebal 0-0 
 15. Oscar Camp 0-0 
 16. Balata 0-0 
 17. Jensafot 0-0 
 18. Terrasanta 0-0 
 19. Al Ahli 0-0 
 20. Al Bira 0-3 
 21. Catholic A. 0-3 


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DBE Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Atlas Stal 112-78
Turow improved to 6-1 record after defeating Atlas Stal 112:78 on Sunday. Five players reached double digits for the winners as Daniels Chris led all of them with 19 points. Radonjic Gorjan netted 14, while Copeland Donald and Witka Robert had 11 each. Rivera Carlos produced 20 points in the losing effort.

PBG Basket - Gornik W. 75-56
PBG Basket defeated Gornik 75:56 and overcame their opponents in the standings climbing to 2-6 record. Adam Wojcik finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lift PBG to the win. Wojciech Szawarski added 14 points for the winners. Daryl Greene secured 11 points for Gornik in the loss.

Bank BPS - Anwil 73-99
Anwil improved to 4-3 after a road victory over Bank BPS 73:99. Henderson Gerrod secured 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Koszarek Lukasz posted 20 and Pluta Andrzej had 13. Weeden Tony edned up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Prokom - Znicz J. 98-69
Prokom smashed Znicz 98:69 for 6-1 record. Six players posted the double digits in the game for the home side as Ewing Daniel led them with 18 points. Archibong Koko and Burrell Ronnie followed him with 14 each and Celej Tomasz scored the same number for the guests.

En.Czarni - Polpharma 67-77
Polpharma is also on top with 6-1 after a road win over En.Czarni 67:77. Hicks Michael top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Straight Jason had 18 points in defeat and fabulous 13 steals.

AZS Koszalin - Polonia 105-69
AZS Koszalin overcame Polonia 105:69 as Mojica Javier led the winners with 21 points. Swanson Dante netted 17 and Arabas Grzegorz had 15. Adams Tommy was the only one to reach double digits for the guests scoring 20 points.



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Div.A Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mures - Gaz Metan 84-90
Gaz Metan earned the second win in Romanian Division A as they held off Mures 90:84 on the road. Vladimir Ramanovac had 22 points for Gaz Metan. Zeljko Bubanja added 19 points for the winners. Attila Vajda and Corey Largent scored 14 points each for Tirgu Mures.

Otopeni - Rovinari 76-65
Otopeni grabbed the third win in four games beating Rovinari 76:65 at home. Slobodan Popovic secured 25 points and 12 boards for Otopeni. Milan Medvedj added 14 points for the winning team. Bogdan Popescu led the charge for Rovinari with 27 points.

Craiova - Pitesti 58-67
Pitesti stayed among the leaders as they bruised Craiova for the third win in the season. David Lawrence was pivotal with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Zoran Milovic contributed 16 points for Pitesti. Branislav Tomic answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Craiova as they fell to 1-3 record.

Oradea - Timisoara 59-98
Timisoara overcame Oradea 98:59 to improve to 3-1 record in the Division A standings. Nikola Vasojevic contributed 30 points to pace Timisoara. Milos Pesic knocked down 16 points in the winning case. Horia Hora scored 16 points for Oradea as they remained winless.

Ploiesti - Rapid B. 103-35
Ploiesti ensured the third win in four games as they fired down Rapid Bucuresti 103:35. Dwayne Curtis led the rout with 21 points and 11 boards. Mike Jones was helpful with 18 points for Ploiesti. Marius Bulancea and Sandu Bogdan were the best for Rapid with 10 points each.



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A League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mega HL - Borac 80-82
Mega Hypo Leasing suffered home defeat against Borac 80-82 in the opening game of Round 6. It means that Mega HL has 2-4 while Borac stays on top of A league with score 6-0. It was a game between two young teams with couple of hot prospects. The biggest one for sure is shooting guard Stefan Stojacic, who netted 29 points having wonderful 6 of 8 for 3-pts. Interesting is that this 19-year old player averaged 20.6 ppg so far in A league. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Radnicki 034 - Vizura 83-77
Third win for Radnicki 034 Group, who is now on 3-3 in A league. Vizura faced with defeat after two consecutive wins. Rajko Kljajevic scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for Radnicki. Stefan Sinovec contributed 28 points and also 5 boards in Vizura.

Tamis - Sloga 80-73
It was a game between two winless teams after 5 rounds. Tamis managed to grab the first one thanks to nice played last quarter 24-18. Sloga stays on the bottom of the standings with 0-6. Sasa Mihajlovic had 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners while Davor Perak netted one point less, including 5 boards. Sasa Stefanovic delivered 20 points and 5 assists for Sloga.

Zdravlje - Radnicki I. 85-70
Finally first victory for Zdravlje Acatvis this season. Vladica Jovanovic and Marko Krstic netted 21 points apiece for the hosts. Experienced Zlatko Bolic again shined in Radnicki Invest Inzenjering, who now has 3-3.

Novi Sad - Swiss.Lions 62-64
Swisslions escaped with a tiny road victory against Novi Sad enough to remain perfect in A league, 6-0. Radovan Markovic top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Nenad Tomasevic had 15 points and 5 boards in Novi Sad, 1-5.

Masinac - Napredak 67-84
Napredak demonstrated great performance vs Masinac moving up on 5-1. Nenad Sulovic had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors while Dragan Markovic this time stopped on 15 points. Nikola Tutus delivered 16 points and grabbed 8 boards in Masinac, 2-4.

Metalac - Ergonom 93-79
Metalac continued in the same rhythm. This time the team from Valjevo was better than Ergonom registering 6th consecutive win. Jovan Teodosic was the best scorer for the winning side with 22 points. He also had 5 boards and 7 assists. Vladimir Velickovic added 18 points but Ergonom team faced with second failure in A league.


Serbian B league, round 5 - by Zoran Popovic

KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad Novi Sad-FMP II Beograd 86-84 (23-18, 21-19, 21-24, 21-23)

In the great game played between two young teams KK KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad Novi Sad won against FMP II Beograd. Match was full of result turnovers. FMP II Beograd had chance in the last couple of seconds, but young Stamenkovic missed last shot. The most efficient in KK KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad Novi Sad was Aleksandar Drakulic who scored 19 points, Danilo Andjusic (190-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dragoljub Kitanovic (202-F-85) added per 17 points. For the guests Stamenkovic scored 16 points and Markovic 15 points.

KK Vojvodina Zlatiborac Novi Sad: Vukojev 7, Brakocevic, Popovic, Nemanja Knezevic 6, Aleksandar Drakulic 19, Nebojsa Knezevic 4, Glisic 7, Kostic 3, Djuric, Danilo Andjusic 17, Roncevic 6, Dragoljub Kitanovic 17.
FMP II Beograd: Vukasovic 2, Djokic 9, Zivanovic 9, Subotic 19, Lukovic 3, Markovic 15, Zaric, Stamenkovic 16, Smiljanic 9, Stojadinovic 2, Guhic, Djekic.

Superfund BP Beograd-Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin 80-77 (24-25, 20-17, 12-17, 24-18)

Superfund BP Beograd: Popovic, Ljubicic 15, Radovanovic, Sava Lesic 22, Kostic, Malidzan 14, Barac, Predrag Vejinovic 17, Kankaras, Kostic 7, Petrovic 4, Matic.
Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Djordjevic 5, Pekovic, Vulin 14, Kravic, Cuc, Dejan Becin (207-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 24, Stanojevic 13, Rajkovic 12, Sevic, Zarkovic 3, Barac, Vukosavljevic 6.

Superfund BP Beograd made their third won this season and this time against Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin. Both teams were equal during the most of the game and in the last two minutes Superfund BP Beograd players made small advantage and after couple of mistakes of the guests domestic players won the game. For the winners the excellent game showed Sava Lesic with 22 points and Predrag Vejinovic who added 17 points. For the guests Dejan Becin scored 24 points and showed excellent role.

Kikinda-OKK Beograd 91-81 (17-20, 25-17, 13-21, 36-23)

Kikinda: Mladenovic 23, Ilic 22, Bogdanovic, Cerina, Krajinovic 4, Vokic 9, Cvetkovic 16, Tesla, Trkulja, Simic 15, Zeljkovic 2, Mhajlovic.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 7, Kruscic 21, Sekulic 4, Vukadinov 2, Korac 11, Simic 7, Andjic 21, Milovanovic 2, Vasic 2, Suzic 4, Krneta, Maksimovic

Like in the previous two matches Serbian B league, match between Kikinda and OKK Beograd was full of result turnovers. Guests from Belgrade were better in the first and third period of the match, but domestic players made break and advantage of 10 points in the last quarter which was enough to win the game. Mladenovic who scored 23 points and Ilic with 22 points led Kikida to the second win this season. For OKK Beograd Kruscic scored 21 and Andjic add 21 points.



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Smith leaves Olimpija, Gorica inks Pasalic - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija and American JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee) have surprisingly agreed to part ways after only five days in-charge.
CPG Gorica inked Croatian Vlado Pasalic (207-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances) ex Luka Koper till end of the season.

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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


SACC, Round 5: Bigua is the new champion - by Eurobasket News
Liceo Mixto - Bigua 65-71
The 2008 South American Club Championship ended in Guayaquil. Bigua from Uruguay finished as the undefeated champion in five appearances. In the last game Bigua met Liceo Mixto of Chile sealing the title with 71-65 win. Joaquin Osimani once again shined adding 22 points and 5 boards while Carlos Meira had 16 points. Duke Freeman stopped on 15. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M), who was selected as the MVP of the tournament, didn't play in this game. Liceo Mixto got 18 points from Patricio Briones ending the SACC on fourth place with score 1-4.

Joinville - Barcelona 98-85
Jonville of Brazil was victorious in the last day of the championship taking position number 3. On the other hand, Colombian Barcelona finished SACC winless, 0-5. Andre Luiz Brugger and Antwine Williams combined 46 points for the winning side. Barcelona got 29 from Milone Clark.

Minas - Libertad 79-76
Minas of Brazil and Libertad of Argentina finished the championship with the same score 3-2. Joinville also has the same one. However, second place belongs to Argentineans, third to Joinville while Minas is on the position number four, despite today's victory. Evandro Fernandes drained 28 points for Minas while Jason Osborne had 21 points and 5 boards in Libertad.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. ET 2-0 
 2. Orions 2-0 
 3. Dongbu 1-1 
 4. LG 1-1 
 5. KT&G 1-1 
 6. Mobis 1-1 
 7. Samsung 1-1 
 8. KCC 1-1 
 9. SK 0-2 
 10. KTF 0-2 


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  SPAIN   


ACB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tau - Real Madrid 91-81
Reigning champion outplayed Real Madrid in Vitoria thanks to well played third quarter 30-18. It means that the team of head coach Dusko Ivanovic stays on top of ACB with 5 victories and 1 defeat. Unicaja and Regal Barca will have a chance to reach the same record tomorrow. Serbian scoring machine Igor Rakocevic once again shined draining 26 points for 31 minutes. Real Madrid, who slipped third time in five games, got 22 points from Louis Bullock. Felipe Reyes also was good collecting 20 points and 8 boards.

Kalise G.C. - ViveMenorca 76-72
Granca was better than ViveMenorca registering the fourth consecutive win in ACB, 4-1. The team of head coach Ricard Casas surprised Pamesa Valencia in the last round but it was the only joy this season, 1-5. Canadian Carl English once again was on fire netting 20 points for 24 minutes. ViveMenorca got 14 points and 5 boards from Jeter Pooh.

CAI Zaragoza - MMT Estudia. 89-85
Tight but extremely important home win for CAI Zaragoza, who now has 2-3. Estu faced with 5th failure in 6 games. Paolo Quinteros and Larry Lewis combined 49 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Tom Wideman added 22 points and 7 boards for Estu.

Iurbentia B. - Bruesa 79-70
Luke Recker paced Iurbentia Bilbao to third victory in ACB collecting 19 points and 4 rebounds for 28 minutes (4 triples). Lou Roe shined in Bruesa with 13 points and impressive 14 rebounds but his team dropped on 2-3.

CB Murcia - Unicaja 65-90
Devastating road victory for the coach Garcia Aito Reneses and his players, 5-1. Marcus Haislip top-scored for the winners with 23 points at the same time grabbing 5 more rebounds. Carlos Cabezas followed him adding 14 points. Murcia, who stays on 1 win in 6 games, got 20 points and 6 boards from Chris Thomas.

Pamesa V. - Ricoh Man. 75-82
Greek coach Fotsis Katsikaris and his Pamesa suffered second consecutive defeat and it seems they are far away from the right shape. Josh Asselin was central figure of the game helping his Manresa with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Shammond Williams had 23 points for the hosts. Both teams had 3-2 before this game.

A.G. Fuenla - Regal Barca 81-88
Barca cruised past Fuenlabrada on the road staying on just one defeat in 6 games (against Granca). Tau and Unicaja have the same record. On the other hand, Fuenla faced with third failure this season, 2-3. David Andersen led Barca to victory nailing 24 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. JC Navarro also was great with 23 points. Brad Olseon netted 22 while Nikoloz Tskitishvili had one point less in Fuenla.

DKV Joven. - Granada 93-76
Easy one for DKV Joventut, who now has 4-2. Demond Mallet had 15 while Simas Jasaitis scored one point less. Vlado Scepanovic and Jimmie Hunter posted 15 points each for Granada, 3-3.



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  TURKEY   


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


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


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  UBL   


UBL PLAYERS AT NBA DL TRYOUTS (ALBUQUERQUE T-BIRDS) - by Ozzie Denson




UBL PLAYERS WITH COACH COFFINO AT THE NBA -DLEAGUE CAMPS WITH THE ALBUQUERQUE THUNDERBIRDS AT THE NBA-DL TRYOUT CAMPS. UBL PLAYERS ARE DANIEL WATSON, BUD HOWARD,TYRONE,DERRICK KNOXS,TREA LISTER,REGGIE GRIFFIN,SHELDON DENSON,JED JOHNSON, B.J. BANKS,MARCUS GIRTMON,JULIO OSORIO COACH DENSON & COACH HARRIS. THE UBL IS THE LEAGUE THATS MOVE ITS PLAYERS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.. THE UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE THUNDERBIRDS AND THIS IS JUST A START OF GREAT THINGS TO COME.




UBL WRANGLERS WIN AGAIN !!! - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL Wranglers played the Arkansas Warriors this past Saturday in Denton, Texas. This was a fundraiser game for the Selwyn School. The game was Sold Out with standing room only. What a great game. The United Basketball League works with all different types of non-profit organizations. The Wranglers won the game 112 to 77. Just look at what the UBL has done in just one year.
The UBL sent players to the NBA Tryouts, put 2 player in the NBA DL Draft this upcoming weekend, sent 15 players to the NBA-DL Camps, and sent players overseas. The UBL is the League that moves players and coaches on to the next level. The Wranglers will be playing more preseason games and invite new players weekly to tryout for our UBL Teams for the upcoming season. For more info
Coach Denson 972-781-8120 or visit or site at www.ublwranglers.com or www.ublhoops.com
The UBL COME GET SOME !!!

Coach Denson



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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy - Budivelnyk 92-76
Cherkasy overcame Budivelnyk 92:76 for 8-1 record and a confident top position in UBL. Dragoljovic Vladislav paced the winners with 18 points, while Pupovic Miljan added 15. DeGroat John finished the night with 19 points for the losing effort.

Polit.Lviv - DniproAzot 109-72
Politehnika Lviv thrashed DniproAzot 109:72 as five players reached the double digits for the winning team. Gurtovoy Volodymyr paced all of them with 15 points, while Koprivica Jovan and Pustahvar Aliaksandr had 12 each.

Dnipro - BC Odessa 84-78
Dnipro beat BC Odessa 84:78 to tie them at 6-3 record on the top of the standings. Beverley Patrick top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Lazare Darnell netted 18 in a win. Hill Otis provided 22 points in the losing effort.

Hoverla - Kryvbasbasket 68-76
Hoverla lost at home to Kryvbasbasket 68:76 as Howell Jarrett shined with 17 points for the winners. Shaposhnikov Aleksandr netted 16 and Korablev Dmitri added 14. Sparks Patrick ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.



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Eagles Reach Semi Finals - by Andy Webb
The Newcastle Eagles produced a stunning third quarter to overpower the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets by 112-92 in the BBL Cup. The win sets up a semi-final clash against either the Marshall MK Lions, who beat them in last season's final, or their BBL Championship title rivals the Everton Tigers.

BBL Cup, Quarter-Finals

Newcastle Eagles 112 (25,48,82) (Bridge 29, Defoe 26, Moore 25)
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 92 (33,57,72) (Perre 22, Marks 21, Myers 19)

The Newcastle Eagles, last season's losing BBL Cup finalists, progressed through to the semi-finals of this year's competition after a 112-92 defeat of the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the MetroRadio Arena. It is the fourth consecutive season that they have reached at least this stage of the competition, having won it in 2006.

Encouragingly for the Eagles, and if they are seeking omens, they defeated the Jets on their way to lifting the BBL Cup in 2005/06 and they also beat them at this stage on the way to the National Indoor Arena last season; furthermore, in each of the last four seasons the team that has beaten the Jets in the Cup has made it to the showpiece game.

Their British stalwarts led the scoring as Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) hit a season-high 29 points and Darius Defoe also achieved that personal landmark with 26. New signing Philip Perre led the Jets with 22.

The Eagles had the better of the early exchanges and led 6-4, before Phil Perre sparked a 7-0 burst for the Jets and sent them into a 6-11 lead. Perre scored 8 early points, but the Eagles managed to pull back to within one at 18-19 with big-man Darius Defoe carrying the load. However, back-to-back three- pointers from Chez Marks ignited the Jets once more, before former Eagle Shawn Myers also connected from down-town and the Jets led by double-digits at 20-30. Andrew Bridge hit a three-pointer that got it back within single figures before the first quarter break at 25-33.

The teams traded baskets in the second stanza and the Jets maintained their advantage until Bridge, with 6 points, inspired a 12-2 surge, that also included a further 4 points for Defoe, and brought the Eagles to within one at 44-45. The resilient Jets hit 12 points in the last two minutes, with 5 each for Marks and Perre, to take a 48-57 lead into the break. The Eagles required a last-second triple from Trey Moore, who was the BBL Player of the Season whilst playing for the Jets in 2004/05, to keep it that close at the half.

The Eagles carried that morsal of momentum into the third period as they rattled off the first 8 points and a pair of big dunks from Defoe and a Bridge triple contributed to a 14-3 run and an amazing 62-60 lead. The pendulum was in full swing for the next few minutes as a 5-0 spurt gave the Jets the lead back, before the Eagles posted a 9-2 run and led 73-67. However, Stephen Gayle came from the bench to make 5 consecutive points to make it a one-point game once more. There was another swing as the Eagles scored the last 9 points of the quarter, inlcuding 4 for Bridge and 3 for Defoe, whilst they also held the Jets scoreless in the last 2:22 for an 82-72 edge going into the final stanza.

When the Eagles opened the fourth with an 11-4 run they had one foot in the semi-finals. The Jets ultimately failed to get back into the game, but they hadn't given up as an 8-1 run narrowed the deficit to 98-87 with three minutes to play. However, a strong finish from the Eagles saw them score 14 of the last 19 points as they beat the Jets by 20 or more points for only the second time in seventeen years of BBL competition between the sides. The Eagles have now won nine of the last ten games between the old rivals, but their overall head-to-head remains amazingly tight at 41-38 in favour of tonight's victors.


Phil Perre joins Jets - by George Manousidis
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets are pleased to announce the signing of British born player Philip Perre (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports, college: N.Alabama) (198-F-79, agency: Prossin Sports, college: N.Alabama).

Perre made his Jets debut in the weekends BBL Cup quarter final clash against Newcastle Eagles in which he top scored for the Northgate outfit with 22 points, but even this valiant effort could not prevent a 92-112 defeat by the table-topping Geordies.

Phil played for BBL rivals Scottish Rocks for three years where he helped the Rocks to victory in a play off final, so he knows what Head Coach Paul Smith and the rest of the team expect from him.

Phil was born in Ealing and played local team Ealing Tornadoes as a junior where his talent was spotted and he was taken to New Jersey at the age of just seventeen where he honed his already considerable basketball skills.

He started his pro career in 2002, and has played for several teams throughout Europe including Greek side Milonas in 2005, London United in 2006/07 and Icelandic side Tindostall.

Phil said I am really pleased to be part of a team thats going places, I have been looking to become a part of the Jets side since seeing them in action when I played for the Scottish Rocks

Coach Paul Smith matched Perre's enthusiasm when he said I am really pleased with Phils drive and determination . He is a player weve been interested for a while, I am delighted we managed to secure the deal.

In a related move Chuck Evans (180-G-71, college: Mississippi St.) has been released. Jets Director Pete Hawkins explained. It has been obvious for a couple of weeks now that the balance of the squad needs some adjustment if we are to make a serious challenge for some silverware this season. Everyone at the Jets would like to thank Chuck for his efforts with the squad this season so far we all wish him the very best for the next stage of his career.

Following the recent departures of Evans and Shan Stegall, BiG Storage Cheshire Jets hope to announce a further signing in the near future.


Sat 1 Nov 2008 - Riders Leapfrog Sharks - by Andy Webb
The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders leapfrogged over their opponents, the Sheffield Sharks, into fifth place in the BBL Championship table, however they needed an extra 5 minutes of basketball to accomplish the feat with an 84-75 victory at the John Sanford Centre on Saturday evening.

Matt Martin (188-G-85, college: Montana) was the star man for the Riders netting 23 points for the home side, including a three-pointer in overtime that gave Leicester the crucial 74-73 lead in the extra period.

Earlier in the game, Sherman Rivers had tied the game up for the Sharks at 68-68 in regulation, and the visitors had even scored the opening five points in overtime to take a 68-73 lead before Isaac Westbrook and Martin led the Riders on a 12-0 run to give them an unasailable 80-73 lead with less than a minute remaining in the game.

BBL Championship
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 84 (28,39,50,68) (Martin 23, Missere 19, Windless 11)
Sheffield Sharks 75 (18,39,55,68) (Whyte 22, Rivers 13, Lyons 12)

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders leapfrogged over the Sheffield Sharks into fifth position in the BBL Championship table thanks to an 84-75 overtime victory over the Sharks at the John Sanford Centre on Saturday evening. In the dying stages, the home side switched into a full-court press defence which resulted in two steals and baskets for Phil Missere to get the home side back into the game at 62-64 with less than three minutes remaining. Matt Martin gave the Riders the lead at 68-66 with 2:05 left, but Sherman Rivers tied the game at 68-68 for the Sharks with 1:45 left in regulation. Leicester had a chance to win the game in normal time, but Martin's shot in the dying seconds was off target as the teams headed into the extra period. In overtime, the Sharks netted the first five points to lead 68-73 with 2:49 to go. The Riders were thrown back into life by a three-pointer from Isaac Westbrook to help them bag the next twelve points to lead 80-73 with under a minute remaining, and as a result run out eventual winners. Earlier in the game, the Riders had opened with a 15- 2 burst to lead 15-7 midway through the opening period. The visitors got themselves back into the game in the second quarter thanks to a 13-3 tear of their own to tie the game up at 35-35 going in at the half. The second half saw the Riders edge out to a 47-42 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Sharks enjoyed another 13-3 burst to take the lead at 50-55 going into the final stanza. The visitors attempted to pull away from their hosts, and lead 56- 64 before the fireworks erupted in the closing moments of the game. Martin led all scorers with 23 points for the Riders, while James Whyte led the Sharks scoring with 22.


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  URBL   


Warriors Announce Free Agent Try-Outs - by Mac Claire
November 1st, Universal City - Universal City Daystar Warriors General Manager Larry Smith announced that the brand new URBL team will hold its first free-agent camp try-outs beginning Nov. 15th beginning at 11:00 AM at Shadrach Temple, 413 Kittyhawk.

Those wishing to audition for the brand new United Regions Basketball League (URBL) team must submit their registration form via www.love4hoops.com at the 'registration' page, or may download the form, completely fill out, and mail in.

Registration fee is $150.00, but the fee is only $100.00 for early registration, before Nov. 15th. Fee is payable in money order by mail, cash at the door on Nov. 15th.

For additional information, please call Mr. Smith at 210-831-5377 or visit www.urblhoops.com.


Flight Sign Four Players - by Mac Claire
November 1st, San Antonio - The Converse Flight signed four players to contracts after the opening round of free agent camp.
Adrian Wilson, a 6'6' forward out of Southern University at Shreveport is seemingly a shorter version of the Orlando Magic's center Dwight Howard with a chissled frame. He can do damage underneath the basket offensively and is also a menacing defensive force.
Geoff Harner is a former San Marcos/Capital City Knight with three point range on his jumper. The 6'1' guard played college ball at Concordia University in Austin. Geoff just turned 25 on Halloween.
When Harner is hot, he has the ability to get 30 points or better.
Harner brought company with him to camp in the form of Spivey Conwill who had a cup of coffee with the Knights last season. The former McMurry Univ guard is 6'4' and he brings the ability to hit the jumper, but he also can use his quickness to penetrate to the basket. He can make life miserable for opponents at the other end of the court with his long arms and his smart, heady, solid defense. Perhaps equally as important is ability to keep others around him loose. His leadership skills and other intangibles will certainly be important as well.
Perhaps the most satisfying and most meaningful signing of the day to CEO Mac Claire is that of point guard Dexter Edmond. The pair have known each other for about two years but for a number of reasons the communication broke down between them when Dexter also was to have played for the Knights. The signing brings the two back to where they were supposed to be in the first place: on the same team and on the same page. 'Dexter belonged here all along,' Claire said, referring to the Knights as 'here' as well as the Flight. 'But what matters now is that he is with someone that cares about him a great deal.
'He'll be fine here with the Flight.'
The Flight will work out again in two weeks when they help the Universal City Warriors open their camp..



Dexter Edmond Signs(43KB)



Adrian Wilson


Geoff Harner


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua is the new South American Champion - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, from Uruguay won the South American Club Championship, in Guayaquil, with a 5-0 record, after beating in the last game Liceo Mixto from Chile 71-65. The Uruguayan Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) was selectad as the Most Valuable Player adn he also was the scorer of the tournament with 94 points, and 23.5 ppg. The main stars from Bigua, Garcia Morales, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) did not plat the last game because the team had already clinched the title. During the tournament Bigua beat Minas Tennis, the last champions, 84-77, Libertad Sunchales 90-79 (overtime 80-80), Joinville 81-79 (overtime 67-67), Barcelona 96-54. It was the second title for Bigua who also won the 1992 championship.

Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Atenas 17-4 
 2. Malvin 14-7 
 3. Defensor 14-7 
 4. Olimpia 13-8 
 5. Tabare 13-8 
 6. Hebraica 12-9 
 7. Bigua 11-8 
 8. Trouville 10-11 
 9. Bohemios 9-12 
 10. Un.Atletica 8-13 
 11. Paysandu 8-13 
 12. Cordon 7-14 
 13. Sayago 5-16 
 14. Welcome 4-16 


Results for the LUB 21st. round - by Hector Lopez
Gilsinho de Jesus (195-F/G-79, college: Kansas St.) netted two free throws with 1.2 second to play and Bohemios defeated Sayago 67-65 for the 21th round of the Uruguayan League. The results and main import players numbers were as follows:
Bohemios 67 - Gilsinho 8 pointos 4 rebounds, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 16 points and 10 rebounds
Sayago 65 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 16 and 8, Brandon Hssell 12 and 12
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Atenas 87 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 10 and 10, Jackie Rogers (203-F-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Massachusetts) 13 and 4
Cordon 83 - Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY) 14 and 7, Andrew Washington (191-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Delaware) 31 and 7
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Union Atletica 81 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 17 and 8, Daryl Rufus (207-C-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Fayetteville St.) 22 and 6
Hebraica Macabi 66 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 16 and 3, Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 13 and 5
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Defensor Sporting 86 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 27 and 1, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 10 and 8
Paysandu 85 - Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 25 and 6, Cyasi Cline-Heard 8 and 4
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Olimpia 98 - Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 11 and 2, Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10 and 6
Tabare 72 - Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 6 and 1, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 24 and 13
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Malvin 82 - Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 2 and 4, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 23 and 12
Trouville 79 - Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 32 and 14, Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 7 and 5
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The game Bigu- Welcome was postponed due to the South American Club championship.
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  VENEZUELA   


Carmelo Cortez doesn't respect rules - by Carlos Santander
The South America Basketball Confederation (CONSUBASKET) and its president, the Venezuelan Carmelo Cortez is in serious problems with FIBA (International Basketball Federation).
FIBA decide to impose a strong sanction and get rid of any powers related with basketball competitions to CONSUBASKET, also imposed a fine of $50.000 (fifty thousand American dollar) due a contract violation with MOLTEN which is the official basketball brand for FIBA competition. The Venezuelan Carmelo Cortez , whom is the president of CONSUBASKET, also got another sanction because he didn't show off himself at FIBA meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So far, every official South America basketball competitions will be handle it by FIBA
Unfortunately any results of the last U15 South American championship for men played last week at Guanare Venezuela are not valid due Carmelo Cortez 's disrespect.


Toros back to home! - by Wolfgang Lucena

Gatos de Monagas took its way back to Maracay to become Toros de Aragua once again for next season.
Tulio Capriles, announced that Toros de Aragua is returning to Venezuela's Garden City, Maracay. The directory of the LPB approved it as well as Maracay is going to hold the 2009 LPB All-Star Game on May 03, 2009.

'We are expecting an amazing time with our returning to Maracay, the All-Star game will be a full, it should be a great musical-sport event. This is another team that is coming back to Maracay''Tulio Capriles



Enrique Cova begun with the right foot - by Wolfgang Lucena

Enrique Cova (190-G-88) brought a good experience as point guard to give to Marshalltown Community College its first victory of the 2008-2009 basketball seasons versus South Suburban Community College.
Yesterday, November 01, 2008 during his first college basketball game of this season, outstanding Venezuela point guard came out with 17 points, he made 7 points out of 8 times he shoots from the free throw line, one from the three point line, 6 assist, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Enrique Cova (190-G-88), from Barquisimeto-Venezuela never stops his basketball conditioning while he was on vacations in his home town.

'It is a non-stop long way to go...I' ll get it done' Enrique Cova



What is wrong with Venezuelan Coaches? - by Carlos Santander
Everything looks like Venezuelan coaches are not welcome to coaching in the (LPB) professional basketball league any more. A troop of foreign coaches are invading our professional organizations, obviously this fact is taking local professionals coaches to the side.
Julio Toro, Carlos Mercado, Flor Melendez, Maita Mercedes, Tony Riuz, Raymond Dalmau and Guillermo Narvarte, are taking over positions that used to be assigned to Venezuelan basketball coaches.
It is understandable that Venezuelas basketball, has been improving in the last fifteen years as well as local basketball players too, since they are having international opportunities as NBA, NCAA, LEB, etc. but why bring international coaches? Especially from leagues that are not so different than LPB, but weakest. Are we front a Venezuelan coaches risk extinction? From another view, $1000.000 approximately off for Venezuela in about six months .Oh my Lord!! It is a lot of money, so Why Venezuelan coaches do not try to actualize them selves? What happened with the new generation of basketball coaches? What accent you have to talk to local basketball players with about your coaching strategy? Can Venezuelan coaches go to Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Puerto Rico to work over there?
2009 LPB allowed one more time, three foreign players for each professional basketball team which are 30 foreign players, plus eight international basketball coaches, total 38 individuals that normally brings to our country more of the same, but they makes lot of dollars for their houses overseas.


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  WCBL   


Breakers to China Report - 7 - by Gianni Pascucci
(by Coach Curt Pickering) - Our 25 day journey was quickly coming to an end. Two games remained on the schedule. Up to this point, the travel within the country had been great, other than lugging our baggage up and down steep stairs at the train station. We were not prepared for our next travel arrangements. Due to National Holidays being held during the week, many of the Chinese population utilized this time to travel and visit families and landmarks. Somehow, our scheduled airline flight became overbooked so our promoters had to do double time to get us from point Q to point R. The results were one option and one option only; an 11 hour bus trip.... Eventually, we made it to point R, Yixing. We arrived at 9 pm and were served an awesome meal at a very high quality hotel. That helped take the edge off a bit. Most of the players scheduled massages or went to their rooms to watch TV or read their emails. In my 30 years of coaching I have not seen it all but I have seen a great deal of crazy, out of the ordinary game circumstances. This next one will make my top ten list. I'm not sure it will make David Lettermen's, but mine? An emphatic yes! We were minding our own business, trailing by 15 points to the Jiangsu Dragons; yes another Dragon team. All of a sudden, we make our 'run' in the fourth quarter. With 7 minutes to play, we are within 1 point when forward Mark Dawson (6'9''-F, agency: Tank Sports, college: Long Beach St.) grabs a rebound, outlets it and 8 of the 10 players on the court run down to the Breakers end for a hopeful potential score. I did not continue to fix my eyes on Dawson and the Dragon player still at the other end. What followed was the Dragon player falling on the floor and grabbing his groin area while twisting and turning, grimacing and moaning. The trailing third ref turned around at half court, blew his whistle as Tim Taylor swished a 3 pointer. Not only did they take away the 3 points, they assessed Dawson a technical foul. If you recall a former Lakers player by the name of Vlade Divac, he was renowned for 'inventing' the emotional, 'Hollywood' Flop. He would either welcome a slight bump or physical contact from his opponent and immediately fall down, groaning and showing great facial expressions of pain and exasperation. It is possible that Vlade was this Dragon player's role model... The game changed immediately. Plastic water bottles came flying out of the seats and obviously, out of the hands of the Jiangsu partisan crowd. We naturally had to take cover as 20-30 of these objects came flying at us, in retaliation for an assumed Dawson assault on a Dragon players below-the-belt body region. It took 5-6 minutes to clear the bottles and spilled water off the playing court. For safety's sake, I kept Dawson out of the remaining 7 minutes of the game. Up to this point, he was our leading scorer and rebounder so this did not benefit us whatsoever, from a winning standpoint. We ended up losing the game by 4 points, 90-86, but more disappointing was the blemish placed on the game itself. I love the game of basketball but it is so much more than just the game. It is about entertainment and integrity. It is also about respect for each team's efforts and the spirit of competition. After the game Keith Closs (7'3''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Conn.St.), Dawson and I had dinner with the Dragon coach, who is American and his American player, Harvey Donnell (6'8''-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida). He played three years in the NBA, made $9 million during that time but failed to improve his skills, namely a jumpshot. Thus, he is settling for $50,000 per month in China with the desire to someday return to the NBA. During our conversation, the Dragon coach said that his player had faked the 'assault' and played it up to the referee. I mentioned that I hoped it would not happen the following night. We would be playing them again; fortunately in another city. The coach assured me that he would talk to his players. The line has to be drawn on faking or trying to play the referee's; in China, the US, Europe, anywhere. It crosses the line when you incite 10,000 plus fans by misleading fans and incompetent, partial referee's to gain an advantage. It also can lead to a near-riot, which we almost had. The following night, we played the same Jiangsu Dragons and fell short once again. There were no near-riots. In fact, there were fans up in the stands that were waving the USA flag. Our players absolutely loved this and began a cheer of many fans shouting, USA, USA, USA; similar to the crowd in Fuxin a few weeks back. In a very positive response, many of the 10,000 plus fans began retorting, 'China, China, China.' It was a great display of two countries expressing their loyalties in an energetic, enthusiastic way. When the game was over, the Breakers falling short once again by 4 points, the fans all came down on the court for autographs and to just personalize with the Breaker players. It was a great display of blending two teams, two countries and the game of basketball in one unison. James Naismith would have been proud.



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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha outsmart Gambrinus in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - USK Praha 68:70

Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) hit a go-ahead three-pointer with just a second left in regulation to lift USK Praha to a narrow win over their arch-rivals Gambrinus in Round 7 of ZBL. USK Praha thus used the victory to leapfrog the defending champions in the standings. USK Praha are now at the helm at 7-0 record, while Gambrinus remained at the second spot at 6-1.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening term before Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) ignited a 10:2 run that put USK Praha ahead by 9 points. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) however quickly denied the deficit early in the second frame. The teams continued to stay close and Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota)s jumper gave USK Praha a 31:28 lead at halftime.
Gambrinus woke up in the third term. They tipped off the quarter on a 10:0 surge and built a 38:31 advantage midway through the term. Timea Beres (192-C-76) and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) kept the hosts in front and the Brno outfit secured a 47:45 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) and Zuzana Zirkova gave the home team a 6-point lead however Michaela Ferancikova kept USK Praha at striking distance. Tamika Whitmore came up with key points midway through the term that allowed Gambrinus to grab a 7-point advantage. But USK Praha recovered when Marketa Bednarova hit from beyond the arc and then Evanthia Maltsi and Lindsay Whalen added back-to-back jumpers to make it 67:68 with 37 seconds remaining. Tamika Whitmore missed a jumper and Marketa Bednarova took the floor in the dying seconds to win it for the visitors.
Evanthia Maltsi topscored with 27 points for USK Praha. Marketa Bednarova added 12 points, while Michaela Ferancikova had 11 points and 12 boards for the winners. Zuzana Zirkova came up with 18 points for Gambrinus. Tamika Whitmore contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Gambrinus: Zuzana Zirkova 18, Tamika Whitmore 13
USK Praha: Evanthia Maltsi 27, Marketa Bednarova 12, Michaela Ferancikova 11+12 boards


Stats Leaders - Women
ZBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Hariss, Sparta 25.0
2. Maltsi, USK 21.5
3. Reisingerova, Strakonice 19.5
4. Pospisilova, Slov 17.6
5. Horakova, Gamb. 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cash, USK 10.3
2. Reisingerova, Strakonice 9.6
3. Novakova, Hrad. 9.3
4. Hartigova, Trutnov 8.8
5. Ferancikova, USK 7.8
Assists Per Game
1. Zirkova, Gamb. 5.1
2. Nezdarilova, Slov. 4.0
3. Whalen, USK 4.0
4. Hrabakova, Sparta 3.5
5. Horakova, Gamb. 3.1
2FGP
1. Hartigova, Trutnov 70.1
2. Horakova, Gamb. 60.8
3. Miller, Valosun 59.7
3FGP
1. Viteckova, Gamb. 64.7
2. Bednarova, USK 59.0
3. Zrustova, Valosun 57.1


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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PeKa - BC Nokia 75-57
Lehtoranta, Laura and Pounds, Dionne scored 14 points apiece as Peli-Karhut overcame BC Nokia 75:57. Triggs Sherida added 13 and Freeman Shanika grabbed 10 points and 13 boards. Yates Calisha collected 15 points and 15 rebounds for the visitors.

S-Hameen. - PuHu 64-67
Pussihukat had a road 64:67 win over Team S-Hameenmaa. Parker, Rebekah shined with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Roukanoja Heli followed her with 16 points and 13 boards, while Holtta Venlakaisa posted 10. Marlow Kieraah resisted with 32 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort

Huima - Espoo Team 76-89
Espoo Team beat Aanekosken Huima on the first day of November 76:89 away from home. Griffith Megan paced all the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Allen Whitney added 13 and Salomaa Henna followed the with 12. Bailey Erneisha top-scored for the home team with 28 points.

FoA - Espoo Team 65-95
Espoo Team improved to 6-1 on the top of the standings after 95:65 over Forssan Alku. Salomaa Henna led the winners with 25 points and 6 boards. Allen Whitney netted 18 and Haynes Ashley had 17. Jahilo Juta collected 16 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

PeKa - PuHu 96-54
Peli-Karhut did not have any difficulties at home over Pussihukat thrashing them 96:54. Five players scored more than 10 points as Pounds Dionne led all of them with 24. Parker Rebekah produced 18 points in the losing effort.



EBT and PeKa won - by Esko Saarinen
SM-sarja: Leading teams EBT (Espoo) and PeKa (Kotka) won twice in weekend, as EBT won away in Forssa (Alku 65-95) and PeKa won home PuHu (Vantaa) 96-54. So both teams took four points and are now leading the league. EsPoo had difficulties in first half, but continued in the second half on rein own way Besides PeKa had a good start 14-0 in 6th minutes and the game was over. The final difference to PuHu was just after the breik, as the next five minutes PeKa run 19-4. EBT best player was Henna Salomaa 25 points 6 rebounds and Forssa best plyer Juta Jahilo 16 points and 15 rebounds. PeKa best player was Dione Pounds 24 points 3 rebounds and PuHu best player Rebekah Parker 18 points and 6 rebounds.
PeKa - PuHu 96-54 (44-32). PeKa: Pounds 24/3, Freeman 16/11, Rivers 14/5 and Pekkarinen 14/1. - PuHu: Parker 18/6, Arppe 14/5 and Roukanoja 7/13.
Forssa - EBT 65-95 (37-45). Forssa: Jahila 16/15, Frasier 14/4 and Castro 13/3. - EBT:Salomaa 25/6, Allen 18/8, Haynes 17/10 and Griffith 16/3.


Jazz Covington the player of October - by Esko Saarinen
Finnish Basketball Association has namede american Jazz Covinton (C - 185 - Louisville) the player of The Month October. She plays in nTeam S-Hameenmaa (Orimattila). Team payed in october five matches and won four. That is a surprise, as the team is the youngest and the newcomer in the league. She scored in october average 23,2 points and took 15,0 rebounds. Both numbers are the best in the league since october. 2-pointers she made in 63,8 % (44/69) and 3-pointers 60,0% (3/5).

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  NCAA2 - Women  


Defending NCAA D2 National Champion Northern Kentucky defeats Big East D1 Cincinnati 56-52! - by Lucius Jones
N.Kentucky, the defending NCAA D2 National Champions, defeated the D1 Big East Conference Cincinnati Bearcats 56-52 to begin right where they left off. After a very close game last year losing to Cincinnati last season 69-67, the Bearcats were not expected to take N.Kentucky lightly in this contest. The Norse came out on fire and ended the first half with a 35-22 lead. By sustaining the inevitable run by Cincinnati for the victory, The Norse pulled off quite possibly the biggest upset in N.Kentucky history.

For Cincinnati, Kahla Roudebush (5'8''-G-86) scored 12points to lead them and Val Schuster was the only other Bearcat in double figures with 10 points.

N.Kentucky was led by All American candidate Jessica Slack (5'11''-G) and her amazing 17 point performance. Jessica Slack also added 7rebounds, assist, and 3 steals to her team leading performance. The D1 transfer from E.Carolina has really made her presence felt in the Norse program and should be a future professional basketball player at some level. The sharpshooter is a decptively athletic, all around player who excels on both sides of the ball.

Another guard for the Norse, Danyelle Echols had a strong game with 11points and 4rebounds and 2 assists as well. She has been another powerful piece in the N.Kentucky wins of late who should also be on the receiving end of many post season accolades by year's end.

In a testament to the quality depth of the N.Kentucky program, Brandi Rayburn (6'0''-F) came off the bench to the tune of 14 points 4rebounds 2 assists.

Rachel Lantry (5'10''-G) also added some great guard boardwork with 9 rebounds in the victorious effort.

Look for the Norse to attempt a repeat of this glorious performance versus Louisville on November 8th!


Sarah Van Horn: NCAA D2 Player of the Year candidate and Pre-Season 1st team All American! - by Lucius Jones
Pre-Season 1st Team All American and NCAA D2 Player of the Year candidate, Sarah Van Horn (5'11''-F) is one of the best players to ever play basketball at W.Virg.Wesl. and in the WVIAC conference overall. The 6'0 combo forward is an inside/outside threat that simply gets it done. Sarah Van Horn has been a staple in the W.Virg.Wesl. system her entire career and has been a main piece in the turn around of the program.

During her freshman season, Sarah Van Horn scored 13ppg on 56%FG,38%3pt,72%FT and added 8.4rpg,just under 3apg,3spg,0.5bpg. W.Virg.Wesl. went 11-18.

As a sophomore, Van Horn went for 18ppg on 54%FG and 72%FT again. She also averaged 9.1rpg,3apg 3spg 1bpg as the team went 11-16 overall.

Sarah Van Horn and W.Virg.Wesl. each had a breakout season her junior year as she was named 1st team All WVIAC, 1st team All Region, and 3rd team All American and the team went 19-11. Sarah led the conference in scoring, field goal percentage, steals per game, and finished 2nd in rebounds per game. Her steals per game total placed her 3rd in the entire NCAA D2 nation. Sarah Van Horn averaged 20.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.2apg, 3.8spg, 1bpg with 55%FG, 43%3pt, 81%FT.

With this type of consistent play and the raised levels of production in some key areas over the years, it is no wonder why she is worthy of such high praise and accolades.

To begin this season, Sarah scored 30 points in the team's first game this year versus Rio Grande and looks poised for similar output the rest of the season. This future professional is one to watch for during what is destined to be an exciting 2008-09 basketball campaign.


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
MUKS Pozn. - PTK Pabian. 63-47
MUKS Poznan overcame PTK Pabianice 63:47 to earn the third win in the PLKK. Djenebou Sissoko tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds for Poznan. Keila Beachem added 17 points and 12 boards for the winning team. Anita Szemraj had 10 points for Pabianice as they dropped the ninth game out of ten played.

LKS - CCC 62-79
CCC Polkowice continued to chase the leaders as they outgunned Lodz 79:62 on the road. Jillian Robbins notched 23 points and 12 rebounds for CCC. Daria Mieloszynska contributed 15 points in the win. Olga Zytomirska tallied 15 points and 11 boards to lead Lodz.

AZS Gorzow - Cukierki 83-53
Gorzow stayed untamed as they secured the ninth straight win in the season. This time the league leaders toppled Cukierki 83:53 at home court. Lindsay Taylor buried 15 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova added 17 points for Gorzow. Eliza Golumbiewska knocked down 18 points and made 6 steals for Cukierki.

Energa Torun - Duda Leszno 93-62
Energa Torun cruised past Duda Leszno 93:62 for the fifth victory in the season. Sheena Moore fired 19 points to pace Energa Torun. Ilona Jasnowska added 16 points for the hosts. Ashley Shields answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Duda Leszno as they fell at 2-8.

Lotos PKO BP - AZS J.Gora 62-75
Lotos suffered the second loss in the championship as they were unable to handle Jelenia Gora 62:75 in Gdynia. Magdalena Skorek exploded with 15 points, while Ryan Coleman secured 13 points to pace the visitors. Ivana Matovic finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Lotos as they fell to the third spot in the standings.



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A Superleague Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak V MR - Nadezhda O. 89-70
Spartak Moscow Region overcame Nadezhda 89:70 in the first day of November. Taurasi Diana shined with 16 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Shchegoleva Tatiana added 14. Ovcharenko Olga top-scored for the visitors with 21 points.

Spartak SP - UMMC 58-69
UMMC had a road victory over Spartak SP 58:69 away from home. Abrosimova Svetlana top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 4 assists. Firsova Olga ended up with 18 points and 5 assists in defeat.

Dynamo M. - CSKA 77-79
CSKA won the thriller in Moscow beating Dynamo 79:77. Both teams showed a great effort and both deserved a win, however CSKA grabbed the one for 5-0 record. Douglas Katie was the best with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Wauters Ann netted 17 and Khammon Rebecca added 16. Burse Jannell finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.



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LFB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hondar.-Irun - Olesa 71-91
Olesa registered comfortable road victory against Hondarribia-Irun mostly owing to Anna Cruz and Olga Podkovalnikova, which combined 51 and 16 boards. The hosts got 21 points from Helen Santos Luz. Both teams entered into this round with the same record, 3-2.

Mariana - Mann Filter 76-70
Mariana celebrated against Mann Filter at home jumping on 5-1 in LFB. On the other side, visitors dropped on 2-4. Armintie Price top-scored for the winners with 16 points. At the same time she had 9 more rebounds. Linda Page also was great adding 14 points and 14 boards. LaToya Thomas and Laura Antoja netted 15 points apiece for Mann Filter.

Cadi la Seu - EBE Ibiza-PDV 79-70
Important home victory for Cadi la Seu, who improved on 3-3. Bozena Blace shined for the hosts delivering 18 points. EBE Ibiza, who slipped on 2-4, got 19 points from Silvia Morales.

San Jose - Estudiantes 65-69
Tight but extremely important win for Estudiantes as both teams had 1-4 before this game. Leah Rush was totally unstoppable draining 25 points and 5 boards. Sandra Ygueravide helped the winners with 17 points. Eshaya Murphy collected 16 points and 7 boards for San Jose.

Halcon A.Per. - Real C.Vigo 71-67
Fourth victory for Perfumerias and fourth defeat for Celta Vigo. Gunta Basko paced the host team to win netting 17 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Alba Torrens had 16 points for the loosing side.

Ros Casares - Gran Canaria 101-54
Devastating victory by powerful Ros Casares against Granca. Erike De Souza top-scored for the team from Valenica with 19 points. She also registered 7 more rebounds. Elena Alamo had 10 points in Granca. The hosts moved up on 5-1 while visitors dropped on 1-5.

Extrugasa - Rivas Ecopolis 61-63
Rivals Ecopolis remained the only undefeated team in LFP after road victory vs Extrugasa. Catherine Joens netted 13 while Clara Bermejo had one point less for the winners. Tamera Young added 19 points for Extrugasa, who now has 2-4.



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


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Chynelle Rogers out for the season! - by David Edole

While many would consider the 2008-09 season to be a rebuilding year for the George Mason women's basketball team, the Patriots believe that they have the talent and the desire to compete among the best in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Forward Chynelle Rogers (188-F-87) established a staunch presence in the post last season for before succumbing to a season-ending hip injury against Liberty. The Virgin Islands native appeared in 14 games with seven starts, but will miss the 2008-09 season due to the injury.
'Chynelle will be out for the season,' said coach Jeri Porter. 'We are looking for her to make a contribution as an upperclassman, helping the younger kids acclimate to the college game and through her leadership.'
GMU will play a total of 11 non-conference games, including home contests against in-state foes Richmond and Virginia Tech, along with the challenging Colonial Athletic Association schedule highlight the George Mason women's basketball team's 2008-09 season slate of games.
'We are extremely excited about the 2008-09 schedule,' said Porter. 'The 11-game non conference schedule provides us with the type of competition that we will need each night to prepare us for an extremely tough CAA schedule.'
Mason will play a total of 29 games in 2008-09, including 14 home games at Patriot Center. The Patriots open with 10 out-of-conference matchups before kicking off CAA play at home on Jan. 4 against James Madison.
The season opens with a Friday night game against Patriot League foe Bucknell on Nov. 14, as Mason will seek retribution after a double-overtime loss last year in Lewisburg. Two days later, the Patriots face Richmond, followed by a short road trip on Nov. 19 to UMBC.

In Division II action, LaShawnna Edwards and Nova Southeastern University women's basketball team was recognized as the No. 23 team in the nation in the Pre-Season Rankings. This marks the first time in 11-year-old program's history the Sharks have earned a national pre-season ranking.
Nova is also heavily favored to repeat as Sunshine State Conference women's basketball champions.
The Sharks received received 126 points and 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes in preseason polling conducted among the league's women's basketball coaches and sports information directors. Considering voters did not rank their own teams, Nova Southeastern claimed every possible first-place nod except one.
Edwards was perhaps the Sharks' most improved player from the previous season, providing instant energy off the bench as NSU's sixth man in her second season. The 5-10 forward/guard appeared in all 31 games in 2007-08 and made her first career start at Tampa and averaged 4.8 points and 3.6 caroms per contest. She scored a career-high 14 points against Eckerd and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against Florida Tech (1/23/08).
The NSU women's basketball team will tip-off their 2008-09 season on Saturday, November 15th vs. St. Augustine's at 5:30 pm inside the University Center Arena.

Stacy Griffith has transferred o the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds basketball team for the 2008-2009 season Griffith is a 6'0' Post player from Virginia Commonwealth University where she sat out last year. Coach Butler says 'Stacy's greatest assets are her ability to run the floor and be a superb athlete. I expect her to provide depth to our frontcourt this year.'

The Lady Firebirds will face one of the toughest schedules in Division II Basketball. It will start with a battled test pre-season schedule Nov 1st against cross-town Division 1 member Howard University. The Lady Firebirds will then hit the road on Nov. 3rd to play Old Dominion University, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season, and end their pre-season tour against Radford University on November 8th. The Lady Firebirds schedule also highlights games against perennial Division II powers such as California University of Pennsylvania, Shaw University, Fayetteville State University and Glenville State University.


Former Country Day Tiger, Rebekah Siefer appears to have made the Coast Guard Academy womens basketball team. Siefer is a two-time three point shootout contest winner which is held at the annual Sunstroke Classic All VI hoops. Coast Guard Academy plays in the NCAA Division III.

In Juco action, Ashley Georges and Monroe Community College will be looking to defend their 2007-08 NJCAA Division III title. George, a 5-foot-5 guards came off the bench for most of the season last year and averaged three points and two boards.
Newby, Sherise Joseph will be suiting up for Arkansas Baptist College. She has already posted 14 points a scrimmage game. The 5-foot-9 forward/guard is a two-time latinbasket.com Virgin Islands high school player of the year