EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/30/2008

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  ABA   


West Texas Whirlwinds release roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Cleveland Phelps , owner and President of the ABA team West Texas Whirlwinds, sent to us the team's opening season roster, that is as follows:
player ............................. pos YoB hgt wgt school
Jay BOWDY F, 1985 6-5 Southwest Christian JC / West Georgia '08
Ira CROSS F, 1984 6-6 Gadsden St. CC / Eastern New Mexico '07
Charncy EPHRIAM F, 1981 6-5 225 Langston / Texas-Permian Basin '04
Chris GAMMAGE F/C, 1985 6-5 220 Hardin Simmons / McMurry '08
DeTonio HAWKINS G, 1982 6-2 Indiana Tech '05
Randy HOLBROOK F/C, 1982 6-9 235 Odessa JC / Southern Indiana '05
John HOLLMAN G, 1984 6-3 Wayland Baptist / Langston '08
Dale PERKINS G, 1983, 6-2 190 Raytown South HS (MO) '01
Antuan SMITH G, 1981, 6-1 175 US Army '06
Charles TATUM G, 1982, 5-9 170 Arkansas '04
Wyshawn WADE G, 1983 6-3 Orange Conty JC '04
Steve WALSON C, 6-9 Arizona State
Shawn WILLIAMS F, 6-6 Highland CC / New Mexico Highlands

About this group of players, Mr Phelps stated: 'We feel we put together a great group of guys to make a run a the championship in the ABA'. Good luck to him and to all his players from Usbasket.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Breakers - Wildcats 108-94
The News Zealand Brakers were too strong for the Perth Wildcats at the North Shore Events Centre. CJ Bruton and Phill Jones combined 44 points for the winners. Oscar Forman was behind them collecting 19 points and 8 boards, while maybe the best player of this game was Rick Rickert with 17 pts and 13 rebs. The Wildcats got 25 points from Isiah Victor.

36ers - Hawks 101-96
Adam Ballinger paced Adelaide 36ers to 6th victory this season draining 26 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. On the other side, Cameron Tragardh answered with 23 points and 5 boards for the loosing side. His Wollongong Hawks dropped on 6-8.

Wildcats - Tigers 95-108
Perth Wildcats faced with the second defeat in just few days falling on 9-8 record. Melbourne Tigers had 6 players with more than 10 points, but the best for sure were Ebi Ere and Chris Anstey with 23 and 21 points respectively. Anstey had 15 more rebounds beside that. Isiah Victor once again shined for the hosts adding 20 points.

Spirit - Dragons 103-94
7-8 for Sydney Spirit and 11-4 for Melbourne South Dragons after this game. Matthew Knight poured in 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the wining squad. Adam Gibson answered with double-double for the South Dragons - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

Taipans - Crocodiles 90-94
The Crocs were better than Cairn Taipans thanks to Corey Willams and his 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. The team of the head coach Alan Black got 25 points and 8 boards from Martin Cattalini.

Blaze - Breakers 88-110
Another win for the New Zealand Breakers in three days. After this success they jumped on top on NBL with 13-3 record. GBC remains at the bottom with poor 2-14. Tony Ronaldson scored 25, while Phill Jones once again came off the bench draining 23 points (7 of 11 from beyond the arc). Shane Heal collected 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in loss.

Crocodiles - Tigers 113-105
As NZ Breakers, the Crocks also grabbed two wins in just few days. They now have 7-7 record. Melbourne Tigers slipped on 9-5. Michael Cedar top-scored for the winners with 27 points. Ebi Ere had impressive 31 for the Tigers.

Dragons - Taipans 102-64
The South Dragons devastated Cairns Taipans improving on 12-4 record. Matt Bruston scored 19 points and pulled down 8 boards for the hosts. Martin Catallini had another good game for the Taipans netting 17 pts. Unfortunately he didnít get the proper help from his teammates. Taipans 6-11.



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Baltic-League Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group ChallengeCup
Alytus Alita - Sakalai 81-101
Sakalai showed some balanced attitude and eased to a 101:81 win over Alita on the road. Arvydas Siksnius topscored for the vilnius team with 18 points. Vytautas Sarakauskas added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Alita were not helped by game-high 31 points and 7 assists from Saulius Kazevicius.

ASK/Buki - Suduva 73-76
Mindaugas Kalvelis and Marius Runkauskas converted crucial free throws late in regualation to secure a tough 76:73 victory over ASK/Buki in the Challenge Cup. Marius Runkauskas finished the game with 20 points for Suduva. Andrius Cizikas added 16 points in the win. Arturs Brunins and Andrejs Jansons replied with 22 points each in the loss.

Group Elite Group
Liepaja - TTU KK 88-83
Liepajas Lauvas clinched the second win in the tournament as they held off TTU KK 88:83. Alexey Zorin tallied 25 points and 10 boards for the Oleg Okulov team. Arturs Stalbergs provided 18 points in the winning case. Joosep Pokla dropped 26 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for TTU KK in the losing effort.

Nevezis - Kalev/Cramo 72-74
Kalev/Cramo recovered from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to eked out a narrow win over Nevezis. Kritjan Kangur and Kevin Lyde capped the game with two buckets that ensured the winning outcome for the Estonian team. Lyde finished with 23 points for the winners. Nate Fox added 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists as Kalev/Cramo improved at 4-4 record. Gintaras Leonavicius responded with 17 points for Nevezis.

Valmiera - Barons/LMT 88-74
Valmiera sent Barons to 4-5 record as they bruised the Riga outfit 88:74 at home today. Ingus Bankevics was unstoppable with 35 points for the winners. Ronald Clark stepped up with 15 points and 15 boards for Valmiera. Demetrius Alexander responded with 18 points, 10 boards and 5 assists for Barons in the loss.



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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse

The official Oostende website has announces that there is now an official from Maccabi Tel Aviv in regards to Sharon Drucker .
Needless to say Coach Drucker is very receptive to this offer which would take him back to his home country to join the coaching staff of one of the best known teams in Europe. Rumor has it the contract runs for 2.5 years with a possibility of Drucker to get the head-coaching position at one point.
According to the Oostende board there are however some conditions that need to be met, a decision on this would take place on Sunday evening.
If both parties agree Sharon Drucker leaves for Israel and Umberto Badioli takes over as head-coach for the rest of the season, still according to the Oostende task force.


D1 Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Liege 82-73
Antwerp Diamond Giants were too strong for Belgacom Liege Basket celebrating the fifth victory in D1. On the other side, it was the fifth defeat for Liege as both teams entered into this round with the same 4-4 record. Timothy Black led the scores in Antwerp with 20 points. Bryan Hopkins had 2 less than him. Jerald Fields contributed with 17 points in loss.

Aalstar - Leuven 90-84
Matt Lojeski and Mo Charlo paced Generali Okapi Aalstar to home win against Spotter Leuven combining 42 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. James J.J. Miler delivered 17 points and grabbed 6 boards for the loosing side. Aalstar 7-2, Leuven 4-5.

Verviers-Pep. - Gent 84-75
Very important win for VOO Verviers-Pepinster as both teams are on the same 2-7 score now. Third team with the same record in D1 is Base BC Oostende. Adrian Banks shined for Pepinster draining 24 points. Brandon Freeman responded with 25 for Gent. Graham Brown is the only one who registered double-double in this game, 21 points and 14 boards.

M.Hainaut - Oostende 87-74
7-2 for Dexia Mons-Hainaut and 2-7 for Base BC Oostende after this game. Elton Nesbit netted 22, while Kelvin Torbert had 20 points for the winning squad. Devin Green scored 20 pts and pulled down 6 rebounds for Oostende.


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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Yambol - Levski 70-90
Levski celebrated comfortable road victory against Yambol jumping on 6-2 record in NBL. Stefan Georgiev and Marcus Hall combined 47 points and 8 boards for the winning squad. Kyrylo Skumatov contributed with 14 points in defeat. His team currently has 2-6.

Lukoil A. - Sliven 103-49
As it was expected, the reigning champion blasted Sliven staying on top of NBL with almost perfect 7-1 score. On the other side, Sliven remained the only winless team in NBL after 8 rounds. Kenny Adeleke was central figure of the game registering double-double, 20 points and 16 rebounds. Riste Stefanov and Nenad Canak helped with 16 poinst apiece. Sliven got 12 points from Milen Dimitrov.

CSKA - ChernoMore 77-86
5-3 for Cherno More and 2-6 for CSKA after this game. Corey McIntosh once again shined for the winners delivering 24 points, including 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Milos Sakota was a way better than the others in CSKA collecting 20 points and 12 boards.

Rilski S-list - Spartak P. 68-78
Spartak Pleven was too strong for Rilski Sportist on the road improving on 6-2 record. Hrisimir Dimitrov was a key player for Spartak and at the same time the only one with double-double in both teams, 21 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Peterson of Rilski led all scorers with 27 points. His Rilski slipped on 4-4.



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Vin Baker Tryout in China - by Robert Wang
Former NBA center Vin Baker arrived into China today for a 3 days tryout. Vin Baker was the former NBA star and he would like to stil show his skill in China this season. Hope he can make team after the trial. good luck!
Shang hai team is the only team that lost 6 games from the beginning of season till now and all players were almost give up and they had been put the responsibility to other stuff who knows what is that and even they fought against the US player from yun nan team foreigner Gabe. The capitain Liu Wei who is the team capitain involved into this issue, too. Hope no more such issue happen agin in the future in CBA.


CBA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fujian - Jiangsu 101-109
Jiangsu opened Roound 6 with a road 101:109 victory over Fujian to take 5-1 record on top. Harvey Donnell shined for the winners with 35 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Porter Chris produced 28 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Yunnan - Shanghai 107-97
Yunnan won the battle of winless over Shanghai 107:97. Gabe Muoneke led Yunnan with 38 points. Keith Closs had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks. Wang Ligang paced Shanghai with 27 points and 6 rebounds. DaJuan Tate scored 19 and Liu Wei added 14.

Beijing - Jilin 100-95
Rodgers Leon nailed 47 points and made 11 rebounds, but it was not enought against Beijing for hie Jilin. Tha capital team won 100:95 as Jones Dontae led the winners with 27 points and 16 rebounds.

Qingdao DS - Shanxi Zh. 80-82
Shanxi Zhongyu overcame Qingdao 82:80 at home. Olumide Oyedeji had 19 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Wei Mingliang added 16 points and Donta Smith scored 13. Amal McCaskell top-scored for Qingdao with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

TianJin R. - Liaoning 97-99
Liaoning had a road victory over Tianjin 99:97 as Zhang Qingpeng top-scored with 26 points and 10 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals, as Darryl Watkins had 32 points and 18 rebounds for Tuanjin.

Shandong - Shaanxi 109-91
Shandong improved to 3-3 in the standings after beating Shaanxi 109:91. Mack Tuck was unstoppable with 42 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lee Benson had 38 points and 15 rebounds for Shaanxi showing also a great night.

Xinjiang - DongGuan 98-92
Xinjiang left no undefeated team in CBA routing DongGuan 98:92 and tied them at 5-1 on top. Myron Allen had 36 points and 8 assists and Juan Mendez collected 34 points and 16 rebounds. Mike Harris struggled with 34 points and 16 rebounds for Dongguan. Zhang Kai had 19 points and 8 rebounds while Wang Yong and Qiu Biao each scored 17.

Zhejiang C. - Bayi 105-102
For Zhejiang and Bayi four quarters were not enough as the home side won 105:102 in overtime. Samuel Hoskin top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Kirk Snyder had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Bayi, and Mo Ke scored 18 points.

Zhejiang G. - Guandong 106-120
Guangdong posted 120 points over Zhejiang Guangsha as the latter had 106. Du Feng scored 39 points for 33 minutes of the game. Nigel Dixon nailed 31 points and had 9 rebounds for Guangsha while Kasib Powell had 29 points and 13 rebounds.



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Keravnos loses to Etha! - by Nasios Orinos
Tonights verdict wasnt as much a referendum on Keravnos as it was a statement about Ethas dominance. Being great at offense and with passion and guts has simply delivered a marvelous game, being able to succeed on its 1st victory. Etha advanced to a 15-20 points lead, where it managed to maintain throughout the whole game, managing to close the game with 89-79.

On the other hand, losing last Wednesday on Telecom should have given Keravnos a renewed sense of purpose. Instead, the team has simply played VERY BADLY! FULL STOP!!

Kindly, we would like to state, that If you are a Keravnos fan or a member of the board and you see your team playing the way it does since the beginning of the season, you should stop finding excuses and face the problem in the eye. Even though the season is still young, the current champions should consider themselves ex-champions. People in the club seem to look away of the problems, communicating to be happy with the fact that the team has been winning so far. But nobody seemed to so far wonder, why the team has won 5 close games and think, even for a minute, that it could have easily been 0-5. We have mentioned a few times, that Greer is basically drugging the team so far with his 30-point deliveries. Tonight though, he went on to finish only with 17 points.

The word 'Poor' is what describes Keravnos this year. The technical team insists on playing with a poor guard, no player on the 5-position and with no good outside shooters. What is striking is the fact that the team has not managed to replace players like Anastasiades, Randogevic and Patrick Lee who basically, along with Hart, gave the team last years championship. How do they expect to win the championship?

And when in the team nobody seems to play well, players like Giannas and Zachariou are facing the bench. These players should get more time!!

Hart, was the only survivor with 22 points.

Periods: 21-16, 40-28, 64-51, 89-79


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. Digenis 5-0 
 2. A.Yermasogias 4-0 
 3. Achilleas Agrou 3-2 
 4. Asteras 3-2 
 5. Philips Coll. 3-2 
 6. APOP Paphou 3-2 
 7. Olympos A. 2-2 
 8. Doxa 2-3 
 9. Athanasiou 2-3 
 10. Paralimni 1-3 
 11. Argonaftes 1-4 
 12. Alki 0-0 
 13. Onisilos 0-4 
 14. Enosis K. 0-5 


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


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Ft.Wayne MA 1-0 
 2. Iowa E. 1-0 
 3. Dakota W. 0-0 
 4. Erie BH 0-1 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 0-1 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande VV 1-0 
 2. Colorado 14ers 1-0 
 3. Albuquerque T. 0-1 
 4. Austin T. 0-1 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 0-1 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 1-0 
 2. Utah F. 1-0 
 3. Idaho S. 0-0 
 4. Reno B. 0-0 
 5. Anaheim A. 0-0 
 6. LA D-Fenders 0-1 


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. R. Hendrix, BAK 31.0
2. W. Conroy, ABQ 29.0
3. F. Williams, SIF 28.0
4. J. Mays, COL 27.0
4. M. Williams, AUS 27.0


NBA Development League Opening Night Results - by Surujh Roopnarine
Bakersfield Jam (116) at Los Angeles D-Fenders (90)
The Bakersfield Jam tipped off the 2008-09 D-League Season with an impressive 116-90 thrashing of the Los Angeles D-Fenders last night at the STAPLES Center in LA.
The Jam cruised in the second half of the game, outscoring the D-Fenders by 27. Led by a pair of Golden State Warriors on assignment, the Jam took control of the game at the start of the third quarter, using a 22-2 run to eliminate a one-point halftime deficit. Richard Hendrix (6'8''-F-86, college: Alabama) led the way for Bakersfield with a game-high 31 points and 14 rebounds. Fellow Warriors teammate and rookie DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85, college: Duke) chipped in with 20 points of his own. Los Angeles was led by its explosive backcourt of Brandon Heath (6'4''-G-84, college: San Diego St.) and Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86, college: Kentucky) who scored 24 and 25 points respectively.
JAM: Richard Hendrix (6'8''-F-86, college: Alabama) (31pt+14rb), DeMarcus nelson (20pt+6rb+5to), Mateen Cleaves (6pt+12as), Nick Lewis (18pt+8rb)
D-FENDERS: Joe Crawford (25pt+6rb+5to), Brandon Heath (24pt), Dwayne Mitchell (15pt+12rb+5as), Ryan Forehan-Kelly (7pt+5rb)

Erie BayHawks (90) at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (95)
The expansion Erie BayHawks couldnt hold on to a lead for the majority of three quarters as the Mad Ants shot 70% in the fourth and pulled out a 95-90 victory on opening night. The Mad Ants were led by Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) who finished with 19 points and five assists. Former University of Houston guard Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston) scored a game high 31 in defeat for Erie.
BAYHAWKS: Oliver Lafayette (31pt+6rb), Erik Daniels (13pt+10rb), Ivan harris (12pt+7rb), Clark Clinkscales (12pt)
MAD ANTS: Ron Howard (19pt+5as), Coleman Collins (15pt+5rb), Walker Russell (14pt+5rb+9as), Chris Hunter (8pt+9rb)

Iowa Energy (113) at Sioux Falls Skyforce (101)
Iowa dominated the home team to a tune of 42-20 in the fourth quarter as the Energy defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce on opening night. Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan), the man of the evening posted a rare triple double of 22 points, 17 rebounds and an intimidating 11 blocks. Sioux Falls began the third quarter on a 20-4 run and appeared to be in control of the game as they ended the quarter leading 81-71. Iowa would not go down quietly though as they shot 70% (14/20) from the field in the final quarter and led by as many as 16 points before settling for a 12-point win to begin their second season in the NBA Development League. Sims, Curtis Stinson and Othyus Jeffers all scored 20+ points for Iowa. Former New York Knick Frank Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: Illinois) scored a game high 28 for Sioux Falls.
ENERGY: Courtney Sims (22pt+17rb+11bs), Patrick Sanders (19pt)
SKYFORCE: Frank Williams (28pt+5rb+5as), Carl Elliott (22pt+5rb+5to), Gary Forbes (19pt+7rb), Bobby Jones (9pt+12rb)

Tulsa 66ers (82) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (83)
Rio Grande Valleys second D-League season opened in the same fashion as their inaugural season, with a victory, as the Vipers held on to defeat the visiting Tulsa 66ers 83-82. Trent Strickland (6'5''-G-84, college: Wake Forest) scored a game-high 24 points and hauled in eight rebounds for RGV while veteran guard Derrick Dial (6'4''-G-75, college: E.Michigan) scored 20 for the 66ers.
66ERS: Derrick Dial (20pt+9rb), Keith Clark (11pt+5rb), Steven Hill (9pt+9rb), Terrell Everett (9pt)
VIPERS: Trent Strickland (24pt+8rb), Smush Parker (14pt+9rb+6as+5to), Quin Humphrey (10pt+7rb), Kendall Dartez (9pt+10rb)

Utah Flash (93) at Austin Toros (91)
Boston Celtics rookie J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, college: N.Mexico) buried a baseline jumper at the buzzer in overtime to lift the Utah Flash to a season-opening 93-91 victory over the Austin Toros on Friday night in Austin. On assignment from Boston, Giddens collected a double-double in his first action with the Flash, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow rookie Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87, college: Kansas St.), also on assignment from the Celtics, led all Flash scorers with 23 points and was credited with the assist on Giddens game-winner. He also collected eight rebounds.
Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86, college: Arizona) finished with a game-high 27 points for Austin and added 10 boards for his first double-double of the season. Hairston followed with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
FLASH: J.R. Giddens (19pt+12rb), Bill Walker (23pt+8rb+5st), Dontell Jefferson (15pt+7rb+8as), Brian Jackson (9pt+7rb)
TOROS: Marcus Williams (27pt+10rb+5st+5to), Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon) (17pt+12rb+5as), Charles Gaines (9pt+13rb), Tack Minor (10pt)

Colorado 14ers (119) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (118)
The Colorado 14ers upstaged the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 119-118 last night in Albuquerque. Former Clemson Tiger star forward James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) erupted for 27 points and scored on the game-winning layup with 14 seconds remaining to steal the victory for the 14ers. Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) recorded 23 points for the 14ers, while Mays added 11 rebounds and six steals during his memorable evening. Colorado had complete momentum for much of the game before the T-Birds rallied in the second half. It was a back-and-forth affair for nearly the entire fourth quarter. Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, college: Washington) led Albuquerque with a game-high 29 points to go along with eight assists, while Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 24 points.
14ERS: James Mays (27pt+11rb+6st), Joe Dabbert (14pt+20rb, Dominique Coleman (23pt+5to), Marlon Parmer (17pt+5rb+6as)
THUNDERBIRDS: Will Conroy (29pt+5rb+8as+6to), Cheyne Gadson (24pt+6as), David Monds (17pt+11rb), David Noel (18pt+9rb+5st)


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Valencia adds Matt Nielsen to roster - by Andrej Ljajic
Pamesa Valencia has made its first roster move since appointing Neven Spahija as head coach with the signing of Matt Nielsen. The veteran big man signed a deal through the end of next season. Nielsen (208, 30) arrives from Lietuvos Rytas, where he spent the past three seasons. His first coach at L. Rytas was Spahija. Nielsen was held out of the Eurocup Opening Game on Monday and will be able to take part in Pamesas next game at Fortitudo Bologna on Tuesday.


Thursday, November 27, 2008
Eurocupbasketball.com


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Dimos Dikoudis in Panionios! - by Chris Mammides
According to some very serious reports, the dynamic Greek international forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) is very close to agreed terms with the team of Coach Trifunovic, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. The only problem of this deal to be taking place is simply the ex team of the Greek power forward, Pamesa Valencia which by Monday will let free the Greek player. As it is well known the Spanish site, Valensia already dismiss the Greek head Coach Fotis Katsikaris and the ex Panathinaikos Athens player and currently team Manager, Johnny Rogers (208-C/F-63, college: Cal-Irvine). The official announcement will take place probably by Monday, if that's the case the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens becomes even stronger in the paint with the addition of Dikoudis. It is worth mentioned that Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) and Dikoudis used to be team-mates in the team of Panathinaikos Athens a couple of years ago. It is definetely sure that the team adds power and experience and that both euroleague and Greek league opponents will not have the same ease in the paint.

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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ToPo - Kataja 81-77
ToPo shot down Kataja at home court to post the fourth win in the season. James Allen nailed 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace ToPo. Elias Kajander added 21 points for the Helsinki team. Jeremiah Wood responded with 34 points and 16 boards for Kataja as they slipped at 9-5 record.

Namika Lahti - Honka 75-66
Lahti remained on top of the standings in the Korisliiga as they held off Honka. Ray Nixon accounted for 20 points for the league leaders. Bilal Abdullah and Ville Vesala dropped 13 points apiece for Lahti in the win. Akeem Scott and Antto Nikkarinen responded with 13 points each in the losing effort.

LrNMKY - Kouvot 94-91
LrNMKY climbed at 6-8 record as they outscored Kouvot 94:91 in the last round. HL Coleman led the winners with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Demetrius Brown added 22 points, while Chanan Colman had 21 points and 11 caroms for Lappeenranta. Brian Swift netted 22 points in defeat.

KTP - FoKoPo 91-85
KTP got 33 points and 11 rebounds from Damon Williams and overwhelmed FoKoPo. Steve Smith had 22 points and 13 rebounds for KTP as they improved at 10-4 record in the ladder. Ray Cunningham answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for FoKoPo as they fell at 6-8 record.

Componenta - Tarmo 100-87
Team Componenta trounced Tarmo 100:87 at home court. Five Componenta players delivered in double digits in the win. Frank Richards knocked down 22 points for the hosts. Darrell Waters managed 20 points and 15 rebounds for Bernard Harris team. Emmanuel Messy answered with game-high 33 points for Tarmo as they stayed at the bottom of the standings.



KORISLIIGA: TC scored 100 pts - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 14: Two games tonight and as many home victories. Team Componenta (Karkkila) (6-8) scored 100 pts and defeated Tarmo (Porvoo) 100-87.
TC had all five starters in double digits. Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) led hosting team with 22 pts. Darrell Waters (192-G-74, college: Texas A&M) added 20 pts and grabbed 15 rbs. Tarmo's Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall) had his season high 33 pts (treys 7/11). In Uusikaupunki Korihait had a good start vs Pyrinto (Tampere). Korihait was leading during the half time 40-25. The second half was almost even (44-43) Korihait winning finally 84-68. It was the fourth victory in a row for Korihait (9-6). Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida) led Korihait again with 20 pts. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) netted 23 pts for Pyrinto.

Team Componenta - Tarmo 100-87 (46-39) (Frank Richards 22, Darrell Waters 20/15, Kimmo Tolvanen 19 - Emmanuel Messy 33, E.J.Drayton 15, Henri Hirvikoski 15).

Korihait - Pyrinto 84-68 (40-25) (Alain Laroche 20, Heikki Saaristo 18, Jussi Kumpulainen 17 - Chris Hester 23, Juha Harjula 16, Kurtis Rice 12).



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  FRANCE   


ProA Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vichy - Besancon 69-71
Excellent road victory for Besancon mostly owing to Justin Hawkins, who drained 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds shooting 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Justin Doellman followed him with 15 points and 8 boards. David Melody and Kareem Reid answered netting 16 points each for the hosts. Besancon improved on 5-4, while Vichy dropped on 3-6.

Le Mans - ASVEL 78-90
Le Mans suffered 12-point home defeat, despite pretty good performance by Joao Paulo Batista and Dewarick Spencer. They combined 39 points for the hosts, but it was not enough against very motivated ASVEL. Amara Sy top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Laurent Foirest came up with 18 points, 5 boards and 6 assists helping his team to stay on top of Pro A. The same 7-2 record also have Nancy and Orleans. Le Mans slipped on 6-3.

Dijon - Cholet 73-78
Another win by the visiting teams in Round 9 and this time it was Cholet. Michael Mokongo shined for the winning squad collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Damir Krupalija was a way better than the others in Dijon stopping on 24 points, 7 boards and 4 assists. Cholet 3-6, Dijon 4-5.

Orleans - Hyeres-Toulon 96-73
96 points scored by Orleans were more than enough for the comfortable home victory against Hyeres-Toulon and top of Pro A after 9 rounds (same record as ASVEL and Nancy, 7-2). Cedric Banks once again was on a high level for Orleans pouring in 19 points for 28 minutes. Brian Green had 16, while Anthony Dobbins, Terence Dials and Ryvon Covile added 15 poinst apiece. Austin Nichols and Pierre Pierce posted 20 poinst each for the loosing side (3-6).

Gravelines - Roanne 87-95
Gravelines faced with 87-95 defeat against Roanne, thus both teams are on the same 6-3 record now. Aaron Harper and Chris Monroe came up with 57 points together for the winners. Curtis Sumpter helped them with 18 pts and 6 boards. Gravelines got 17 points from Tony Stanley, as well as from Rashaun Freeman.

Rouen - Nancy 85-78
Rouen celebrated 4th time this season. including one early game of Round 10. On the other side, Nancy faced with the second defeat so far staying on top together with ASVEL and Orleans (7-2). Kevin Houston stepped up for the hosts registering double-double, 20 poinst and 11 rebounds. Ronald Dorsey had one point less than him. Lamayne Wilson responded with double-double for Nancy, 20 points and 13 boards. Ricardo Greer almost did the same, 18 pts and 6 rebs.

Chalon - Le Havre 77-94
Fifth win for the visiting teams in this round. Marcus Slaughter demonstrated wonderful performance for Le Havre nailing 28 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. He had pretty decent 12/16 for FG2 and 4/6 FTs. TJ Thompson had double-double, 22 points and 11 assists. Chalon got 16 points from Brian Boddicker. Le Havre 2-8, Chalon 5-4.

Strasbourg - Pau 85-74
As it was expected, Strasbourg was better than Pau-Orther jumping on 5-4 score. Brion Rush netted 22 points for the winners, while David Simon helped adding 18 points and 10 boards (double-double). Ludovic Vaty contributed with impressive 20 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. His Pau remains the only winless team after 9 rounds.



ProB Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
St-Etienne - Maurienne 83-82
St-Etienne escaped with a tiny home win against Maurienne, so both teams curenly have the same 5-6 record in Pro B. Nate Carter was a key player for the hosts as he delivered 28 points and grabbed 6 boards for 35 minutes. Tony Ramphort came of the bench for Maurienne scoring 15 points. Rashard Sullivan had double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Le Portel - Nanterre 68-76
Nanterre crushed Le Portel on the road thanks to Jermane Dearman and his 27 points. Dearman also had 8 more rebounds and 4 assists beside that. Willie Jenkins answered with 17 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Nanterre 6-5, Le Portel 7-4.

Nantes - St.Quentin 95-85
Nantes made it at home vs Saint-Quentin celebrating the fourth victory this season. Central figure of the game was John Williamson, who nailed 28 points for 28 minutes. Saint-Quentin remained on just 2 wins from 11 appearances, despite two players with more than 20 points and two with double-double in this game.

Bourg - Brest 70-46
Bourg devastated Brest jumping on pretty good 9-2. Paris-Levallois is currently on top with almost perfect 10-1 record. Terrance Johnson top-scored for the hosts with 14 points. Brest got 16 from Corneillus Richardson, dropping on 5-6.

Quimper - Limoges 61-72
7-4 for Limoges and 0-11 for Quimper after this game. Adam Harrington shined for Limoges posting 22 points. Alhaji Mohammed was behind him with 17. Jean-Michel Mipoka contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Charleville - Paris-Levall. 83-96
Paris-Levallois once again proved its highest ambitions draining 96 points vs Charleville and keeping the top of Pro B with impressive 10-1 record. Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa had another good game for his team netting 26 points. Brice Vounang had 17 points and 6 boards in Charleville (7-4).

Boulazac - Antibes 73-72
Very important win for Boulazac, who with 3-8 record came pretty close to Antibes (4-7). Sambou Traore up with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Ronnie Taylor helped the winners adding 19 points and 7 assists. Vaidotas Peciukas delivered 16 for Antibes.

Poitiers - Clermont 77-60
Easy home win for Poitiers, who had 6 players with more than 10 points in this game. The best one was Lamine Kante, who drained 15. Lesly Bengaber and Erroyl Bing scored 14 points each for the loosing squad. Both teams entered into this round with 7-3.

Evreux - St.Vallier 93-79
Evreux improved on 6-5, while Saint-Vallier fell on 4-7 after this round. Nicholas Pope poured in 21 points for the winners. He also had 4 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other side Saint-Vallier got the most from Cedric Melicie, 18 points and 6 boards.



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1.Bundesliga Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
EnBW L'burg - Koeln 99ers 86-64
EnBW Ludwigsburg edged Koeln 99ers 86:64 in Round 12 of the Regular Season. Woudstra Brandon top-scored for the winners with 18 points, whilst Jones Domonic and Gibbs Kelvin netted 14 apiece. Gordon Jamon chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.

Walter Tigers - ratiopharm 77-84
Walter Tigers lost to ratiopharm 77:84 in the game that finished later than any other on Saturday. Joyce Dru, Humphrey Lee and Travis Romeo combined 68 points for three of them. Haynes Michael top-scored in defeat with 23 points.

Pad.Baskets - Telekom B. 67-75
After Telecom Baskets won the EuroChallenge Regular season opener at home over Keravnos from Cyprus, the team had a road 67:75 victory over Paderborn Baskets in the BBL. Rowland Earl led the winners with 21 points and Bowman Brandon followed him with 17. Felton Lavelle netted 14 points in defeat.

NY Phantoms - EWE Baskets 70-72
Jason Gardner scored 3 points late in the game and EWE Basket got away with a 72:70 victory over NY Phantoms on the road. Gardner finished with 16 points for Oldenburg. Rickey Paulding knocked down 15 points for the winners. Dustin Salisbery responded with 18 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for Braunschweig. Kyle Visser added 18 points in the loss.

Brose Baskets - ALBA 71-59
Brose Baskets handed ALBA the second loss in BBL after 71:59 victory at home. Recently Turow secured a solid win over Brose Basket in the EuroCup regular season opener in Group F. What looked like a tough battle in the opening quarter turned into a one-way traffic further on. Brose Baskets bounced back in the local arena and beat the favorite number one. Suput Predrag led the winners with 23 points. Sesay Ansu produced 12 points for the guests.

Duesseldorf - Dt.Bank SKY 80-84
Duesseldorf was defeated at home by Dt.Bank SKY 80:84 behind 21 points from Ivory Titus. Simmons Keith notched 19, whilst Wysocki Konrad had 12. Campbell Pete nailed 23 points in the losing effort.

Noerdlingen - LTi 46ers 65-56
Noerdlingen outscored LTi 46ers 65:56 as Jeanty Osvaldo led the Giants with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Westley Omari chipped in 14 and Gibson Danny had 13. Maras Robert scored 14 points for the visiting team.



Bundesliga Game Day 12: Weekend Results November 28th/29th! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 12 was complete with exciting basketball action including a tight road win for Oldenburg Friday night, a showcase win for Bamberg, a derby win for ratiopharm Ulm and solid road wins for Bonn and Frankfurt.

Friday November 28th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 72 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 70
Jason Gardner led a comeback and topscored with 16pt 6reb as Ewe Baskets Oldenburg edged NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 72-70 Friday night at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms started strong with a 21-15 1Q which developed into a 43-37 halftime lead. Behind big baskets from Jekel Foster and Rickey Paulding the Thunderbirds stormed back in the 3rd. Even in the 4th, Oldenburg's Jason Gardner passed the ball off the backboard to himself catching his ricochet at the left elbow before drilling the go-ahead basket. The exciting finish to the game saw Oldenburg with control but Braunschweig's last second 3pt attempt was off. Along with Gardner's good game, Oldenburg received 15pt 5reb (3 for 3 threes) from Rickey Paulding, 14pt 8reb from Marko Scekic and 10pt from Jekel Foster. Playing without injured G Jonathan Levy, Dustin Salisbery (18pt 6reb 7ast), Kyle Visser (18pt 7reb) and Will Franklin (14pt 4ast) led Braunschweig scoring. Both teams shot well as Braunschweig sank 50% from the floor to Oldenburg's 48%. Oldenburg outrebounded Braunschweig 31-25 and the Thunderbirds held small advantages from three (9 for 19 47% to Braunschweig's 6 for 17 35%) and from the foul line (13 for 21 62% to the Phantoms 10 for 15). Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team improved to 8-3 while Braunschweig slipped to 5-6.

Saturday November 29th
brose Baskets Bamberg 71 ALBA Berlin 59
Predrag Suput topsored with 23pt as brose Baskets Bamberg earned a 71-59 home win Saturday afternoon at JAKO Arena in Bamberg. Bamberg's 21-10 2Q broke the game open and the hosts held a 34-22 halftime lead. After playing in the Euroleague Thursday night, ALBA responded in the 3Q with a 21-17 Q trimming the deficit to 51-43 after three. Bamberg finished the 4Q strong to earn the impressive home win. Along with Suput's production, Bamberg got 10pt apiece from Nate Johnson and Jared Newson. Playing without injured Bundesliga MVP Julius Jenkins, ALBA Berlin was led by Ansu Sesay with 12pt 5reb. Former Bamberg PG Steffen Hamann scored 10pt in his return. Bamberg shot 50% from the floor and drilled 10 of 18 threes (55%) along with 21 of 28 FT (75%). ALBA shot 44% from the floor and made 6 of 16 threes (37%). Playing on short rest, Berlin sank only 11 of 25 FT (44%). Head Coach Chris Fleming and his Bamberg team up their record to 6-5 while ALBA Berlin remains in first place with a Bundesliga best 8-2 mark.

ratiopharm Ulm 84 Walter Tigers Tubingen 77
ratiopharm Ulm claimed the first Baden-Wurtemburg Derby by beating Walter Tigers Tubingen 84-77 Saturday night at Tubingen Arena. Dru Joyce topscored with 25pt including a clutch left wing three and game icing FT, Lee Humphrey drilled 5threes on his way to 22pt and Romeo Travis added 21pt in the Ulm win. Despite losing C Sean Finn to an ankle injury 3min into the game, Ulm held a 21-20 lead after 1 and maintained a 36-34 advantage at half. A strong 3Q run gave Ulm a 53-43 lead before Tubingen fought back and trimmed Ulm's lead to 55-54 after three. Ulm's Humphrey, Joyce and Fitzgerald all sank clutch threes down the stretch while Joyce and Travis finished the game with clutch free throws. Ulm shot 50% from the floor and made 9 of 22 threes (40%) while Tubingen hit 49% from the floor and 9 of 24 threes (37%). Ulm outrebounded Tubingen 30-27 and earned the win from the foul line making 23 of 29 FT (79%) to Tubingen's 12 of 18 (66%). Michael Haynes led Tubingen with 23pt, Jermaine Anderson added 14pt and AJ Moye 13pt in the loss. ratiopharm Ulm won their 3rd consecutive game improving to 8-4 while Tubingen slips to 5-7.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 75 Paderborn Baskets 67
EJ Rowland scored 21pt 5reb 5ast in leading Telekom Baskets Bonn to a hardfought 75-67 road win over Paderborn Baskets Saturday night at Sportszentrum Maspernplatz in Paderborn. Brandon Bowman added 17pt 4reb and Vincent Yarbrough chipped in 16pt 4reb for Bonn. Ken Johnson had 10pt 6reb 6blks. Bonn pushed to an 18-12 lead after 1Q and held a tight 34-33 lead at half. The close game continued through 3Q when Bonn held a 60-58 advantage going into the 4th. Bonn finally took control down the stretch to earn the intense road win. Lavelle Felton was best for Paderborn with 14pt while Chris Ensminger posted a strong 13pt 12reb double double. Bonn shot 47% from the floor and 38% from three (5 for 13) while Paderborn made 36% from the floor and 5 of 18 from three (27%). From the foul line, Bonn converted 22 of 34 (64%) to Paderborn's 18 of 25 (72%). Paderborn did outrebound Bonn 42-35. Head Coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team improve to 8-4 while Paderborn drops to 3-8.

Nordlingen 65 LTi Giessen 46ers 56
Osvaldo Jeanty hit 5 threes to topscore with 21pt 5reb 5ast and Omari Westley added a 14pt 11reb double double as Nordlingen topped LTi Giessen 46ers 65-56 Saturday night in Nordlingen. Racing to a strong start, Nordlingen built a 21-12 lead after 1Q but Giessen got the better of the 2Q as they cut the deficit to 30-27 at half. Nordlingen once again moved ahead with a 22-13 third and Nordlingen fans celebrated a 52-40 lead going into the 4th. The win snapped a six game losing streak for Nordlingen and could become important later in the season as Giessen remains in one of the two relegation spots. Nordlingen shot 44% from the floor and 35% (7 for 20) from three compared with Giessen's 36% from the floor and 19% (4-21) from three. Nordlingen also outrebounded Giessen 36-28 and made 14 of 22 (63%) FT to the 46ers 10 of 15 (67%). In the losing cause, Robert Maras was best for Giessen with 14pt 4reb and Heiko Schaffartzik added 11pt. Head Coach Andreas Wagner and Nordlingen move to 5-7 while Giessen falls to 3-9.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 84 Dusseldorf Giants 80
Titus Ivory topscored with a solid 21pt 6reb 4ast night while Keith Simmons added 19pt 6reb 4stl to lead Deutsche Bank Skyliners to an exciting 84-80 road win over Dusseldorf Giants Saturday night at Burg-Wachter-Costello in Dussledorf. Skyliners started strong opening a 22-18 lead after 1Q before building a 45-38 lead at half. Frankfurt's solid game continued through 3Q when the Skyliners held a 66-55 advantage. A comeback team, Dusseldorf charged from behind in the 4th but Frankfurt held on. Pete Campbell drilled 6 of 8 threes to pace Dusseldorf scoring with 23pt in the loss. Matt Lottich and Fred Peete added 14pt apiece for the Giants. Skyliners shot 52% from the floor while limiting Dusseldorf to 41% and the Skyliners outrebounded the Giants 37-31. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners upped their record to 7-4 while Dusseldorf fell to 6-5.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 86 Koln 99ers 64
Brandon Woudstra scored 18pt 6reb and Domonic Jones and Kelvin Gibbs added 14pt apiece to lead EnBW Ludwigsburg to a convincing 86-64 home win Saturday night at Rundesporthalle in Ludwigsburg. The game was even at 20 after 1Q but Ludwigsburg edged ahead 40-34 at half. Ludwigsburg pushed the lead further and took a 64-55 advantage into the 4th. During the final 10min, Ludwigsburg broke the game open with a 22-9 4th. Jamon Gordon led Koln with 16pt 6reb 4ast 5stl while Philipp Schwethelm finished with 12pt in the loss. Ludwigsburg shot 48% from the floor while holding Koln to 31%. Head Coach Rick Stafford and his Ludwigsburg team improved to 6-5 while Koln slipped to 3-9.

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The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Survive The Comeback of The Dusseldorf Giants And Win 84 -80 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Injured Skyliner American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) couldnt watch at the end hiding his face in his lap, as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners gave the last minutes unneeded excitement for the home crowd fans letting Dusseldorf back into the game, but in the end got lucky winning a squeaker by the score of 84 to 80. Frankfurt controlled the game, but were never really able to put away the Dusseldorf Giants, as they were saved time in and time out by the outside shot. Frankfurt ended a very successful November with a 4-1 record in the BBL and an overall record of 6-2 including the Eurochallenge. With the win, the team of Murat Didin climb to position five and are now in position to attack the top teams as only one win separates them from the top Alba Berlin. The Dusseldorf Giants two game winning streak was snapped and the troops of Achim Kuczmann fell back to 10th position. Frankfurt played well for 40 minutes and deserved to win the game. 'This was a hard fought victory for us. We played against a good team that really played well. We all came together and played as a team,' expressed American guard Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.). The Dusseldorf Giants gave the phrase 'a never dieing mentality' a new meaning. 'This fighting spirit comes from our coaches Kuczmann/Gnad, and they have been teaching us this attitude from the beginning of the season. We use this fighting mentality a lot, but we should learn to take leads and not have to rally so much', commented American point guard Matt Lottich (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Stanford).

Coach Murat Didin told his players before the game, that a victory in Dusseldorf could sow the seeds for a successful December with five home games. In the first few minutes, it seemed like his players heeded his pre game speech as the team started on a furious scoring frenzy going on a 7-0 run, which looked all to similar to the thunderbolt start against Braunschweig last weekend. The Frankfurt defense quickly established itself as a wall and very aggressive as Dusseldorf almost seemed trepidant losing the ball and not getting good shots. Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) scored the first points in the very fancy and cosy Burg-Wchter Castello arena. However just like when there is a swarm of bees around you, sooner or later you will get stung, and the same was with Dusseldorf, keeping them scoreless from outside was just not realistic. American Marc Carter (191-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) scored first and started a trend of countless outside shots that fell for Dusseldorf with a Skyliner hand most always in their face.

Just like against Braunschweig last week, the Frankfurt defense lost a bit of intensity as Dsseldorf slipped off on a 9-1 run and took their only lead of game 9-8. The inside game of Dusseldorf was more invisible than Casper the friendly ghost as their points came via the three point line from Americans Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) and Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson). However Frankfurt regrouped and the fans witnessed the third run of the game as Frankfurt scored seven unanswered points. Frankfurt was showing incredible versatile play scoring from all over including a beautiful give and go from King to Wysocki. Frankfurt lost some concentration near the end as Dusseldorf scored two easy hoops in the zone. Carter went coast to coast on a steal finishing with a dunk and American Todd Hendley (206-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) retrieved an offensive rebound dunking it home. American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) gave Frankfurt some special energy never seen before making quick passes in the zone and finishing with a two handed dunk. Frankfurt led only 22-18 after one quarter. The biggest statistical triumph for Frankfurt was their 69% field goal percentage from the field. The biggest flaw in the game of Dusseldorf was their non consistent inside play.' We have some big men with Kosmalski, Hendley and Bailey, who can score down low, but sometimes when our shooters fall in love with the three point shot then we tend to forget to go more inside. We have to find a healthy balance of inside/out', said Matt Lottich. American Logan Kosmalski (203-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Davidson) gave aspirited effort under the boards under the watchful eye of his dad. 'This was my first game seeing my son. He can play better. he is still recovering after sitting out last season due to a knee injury', said ex NBA player of the Kansas City Kings and Chicago Bulls Len Kosmalski

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept the lead in the second quarter, but when ever they extended their lead, Dusseldorf always had an answer. Frankfurt was having some problems securing the rebounds in the first minutes. However the Frankfurt scoring output continued in the second quarter with some expected points, but then again very unexpected , but most appreciated plays. In the past, American Greg Jenkins often looked like a snail, but in Dusseldorf his body and mind seemed to make a 180 degree turn as he seemed to have grown imaginery wings as he flew by American Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) for a slick two handed dunk. Frankfurt continued the scoring with Titus Ivory and an Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) running shot in the lane. Frankfurt suddenly had a comfortable lead again at 32-23, but for how long? In a matter of minutes, Dusseldorf crept back on a 9-0 run as their recipe for success was the three pointer as Lottich nailed two and Campbell one. Frankfurt still led 32 to 31, as Murat Didin was probably wondering, 'when is Dusseldorf going to start missing, I still want to get out of the building unscathed'. Frankfurt finished the second quarter strong, as Titus Ivory was fairly hot from outside in the early going and American Keith Simmons showed his athletic play inside and his timely outside shooting. Ilian Evtimov finished with a layup and Frankfurt led 45 to 38 at half time. Frankfurt was still displaying a shooting clinic type of performance as they were averaging 57% from the field and 55% from three point land.

The third quarter started out unlucky for The Dusseldorf Giants as American Brant Bailey gave up three opportunities for a hoop. Even though Frankfurt started out rusty on defense, their offense was still running on all cylinders as they quickly silenced the crowd with a 9-0 run. Ivory and Simmons hit big three pointers, which was followed by a monster block by Anthony King, Ilian Evtimov hit a running hook shot in the lane and German Max Weber (201-G/F-85) followed with a strong penetration from the wing. Frankfurt led 55 to 38 leaving Dsseldorf coach Achim Kuczmann shrugging his shoulders for answers. Titus Ivory hit a another three pointer and Frankfurt led 58 to 40. However Dusseldorf retaliated again, by nailing three three pointers with the usual Pete Campbell and two by the very strong American Fred Peete (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: N.Mexico St.). Dusseldorf was back in striking range, but Frankfurt finished the third quarter strong with an 8-4 run. Allen made a layup, Evtimov a mid distance jumper, Simmons a lay up off a steal and Titus Ivory two free throws at the end. Frankfurt led 66 to 55, but could of led by more if they had goten Fred Peete under control, who had mustered 10 points. Frankfurt was still shooting over 50% from the field, but their three point shooting had shrunk to 43%. Frankfurt was dominating the boards 29 to 24 and the assists 16 to 9.

The Dusseldorf Giants caught The Deutsche Bank Skyliners a bit flat footed at the start going on a 6-0 run with two more three pointers from American Matt Lottich. Dusseldorf only trailed 66 to 61 and the Basketball game seemed like a boxing match with Frankfurt standing tall and Dusseldorf on the ground with a knee, but still klinging to life. It was not easy for Frankfurt to keep such a quick athletic team in check, but they kept penetrations and the big Dusseldorf bodies out of the zone for 80% of the game. It was obvious that they would hit their outside shots, but the question remained for how long? Frankfurt did a fantastic job not letting Dusseldorf get closer as they simply had too many offensive weapons. The Dusseldorf defense was good, but couldnt contain the strong Frankfurt offense for an extended time. Konrad Wysocki and Keith Simmons scored, but Pete Campbell nailed another three pointer and Frankfurt led only 70 to 64.

Dusseldorf would stay close as Pete Campbell drowned two further three pointers as Dusseldorf trailed only 77 to 72. Even if Dusseldorf was dangerous from outside, one never had the feeling that Frankfurt would give Dsseldorf an early Christmas present with a win. Simmons and Wysocki hit further three pointers, but Dusseldorf was still on one knee and starting to get up as they continued to hit from outside. Frankfurt led 83 to 74 with a few minutes to go. If the ghost of the great Boston Celtic Larry Bird had returned to play, then he had entered the body of American Pete Campbell, because he was just on fire hitting clutch three pointers just like in the 80s from the great #33 from French Lick. Dusseldorf started one last comeback going on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 83 to 80. In this phase, Dusseldorf did a fine job getting timely offensive rebounds, but when they needed the most important offensive rebound of the game, Pete Campbell couldnt control it and lost the ball out of bounds. German captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) put the icing on the cake with a free throw and the win 84-80. 'We fought hard today, but just didnt have the needed defensive stops down the stretch. It is really difficult to defend when all five guys can score', said Matt Lottich.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had five players in double figures and were led by American Titus Ivory with 21 points and six rebounds.'I felt really good today. I made many early shots, had the momentum and kept shooting. We have the luxury that so many guys can step up on any given day', expressed Titus Ivory. American Keith Simmons added 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. German Konrad Wysocki added 12 points. Ilian Evtimov added 11 points and six rebounds. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) added 10 points. The Dusseldorf Giants were led by American Pete Campbell with 23 points. Americans Fred Peete and Matt Lottich contributed 14 points. American Todd Hendley chipped in with 12 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are forming themselves more and more into a team that has nerves of steal. They fought off a hungry Dusseldorf team and simply showed that they have team basketball qualities and the ego Basketball of some years ago has disappeared. 'This win gave us a lot of momentum and we can build from this win into the Eurochallenge Game against Moscow', stated Titus Ivory. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated the statistics with a high field goal percentage of 53% and controlled the rebounds 35 to 31. They also dished out a potent 20 assists. Despite the quick paced style of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt did a fine job playing a controlled and bothersome defense for long periods of the game. 'We did a good job closing the zone especially our big men Jenkins, King and Evtimov did a great job on the rotations', added Titus Ivory. Even though this was a big win, Frankfurt has only 72 hours until the next test against Triumph Moscow, which will bring ex NBA players Nenad Krstic (214-C-83), Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) and Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) into the Ballsporthalle and old Skyliner friend Marcus Goree (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia). They will be a total different calibur to Dusseldorf, but Frankfurt has their secret non player weapon coach Murat Didin , who will study film for the next 72 hours non stop and find a way to beat them. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Triumph Moscow in the Eurochallenge on Tuesday December 2nd at 19:30.


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A2 - Week 8: Round Up. - by Chris Mammides

The 8th week was full of surprises as the theoretically strong teams were defeated by the weakest teams. Other than that, Peristeri added another great road win, this time in Aigio against Keravnos, while Ilysiakos and Apollon Patras won their games against the unbeaten Dafni and Near East respectively and KAOD beat Rethymno in Drama. Last but not least, Iraklis needed two overtimes to beat Pagrati 88-81
The results and the scorers were as follows:
Ilysiakos - Dafni 85-78
A great derby took place in Ilysiakos home court with Sakis Karidas being the top performer and the MVP of the game as he played his best game with the yellow jersey of Ilysiakos from the day he arrived in the club. The first negative result for Dafni took place in Ilysia as Ilysiakos suffered its first loss in the A2 league.
Quarters: 28-20, 44-42, 71-65, 85-78
Top scorers: Ilysiakos: Sakis Karidas 24points, 13 rebounds, Yiannis Athineou (193-G-88) 13 and Grega Mali (197-G-84) 12.
Dafni: Giorgos Sourlis (190-G-85) 28, Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) 19 and Sioutis 11.

Keravnos Aigiou Peristeri 72-80
For 33 minutes the game was quite balanced between the two teams and the force of the home court was giving a slight advantage in the home team but Giorgos Koumoulos (185-G-78) and Moshovitis had a different opinion and helped their team to succeed this road win
Quarters: 23-21, 47-40, 57-55, 72-80.
Top scorers: Keravnos Aigiou: Kyriakidis 16, Amato 14, and Albert 12.
Peristeri: Moshovitis 15, Giorgos Koumoulos 15, Despos and Buci 12 points per head.

Apollon Patras Near East 76-70
A game that needed the extra over time to have a winner between two teams who gave all their passion for the victory, which was finally succeeded by the home team due to Theodoros Vardianos (193-G-78) and Aristides Koronides (188-G-82).
Quarters:
Top scorers: Apollon Patras: Aristides Koronides 26 and Theodoros Vardianos 18
Near East: Leonidas Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.) 17 and Nikou 12

Ermis Lagkada ICBS 66-77
ICBS had an amazing Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83), the Cyprus International guard was in a few words unbelievable, he scored 27 points with 5 three pointers and was the main reason for the first road win of the College team.
Quarters: 14-17, 32-35, 52-51, 66-77
Top scorers: Ermis Lagkada: Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) 21, Nikoloudis 15, Papakonstantinou 14.
ICBS: Andreas Sizopoulos 27, Kourtis 15 and Neofitidis 15

Panerythraikos Olympiada Patras 81-77
Another derby took place in Erythraia and another victory for Coach Dimitris Houhoulis team. Olympiada Patras lost another game and now Patras team realized that the hopes for promotion this season are quite far from the reality as the current record is 2-6 and there are not any chances at all as
Peristeri and Dafni have currently a record of 7-1.
Quarters:
Top scorers: Panerythraikos: Panagiotis Doumanis (194-G-76) 21, Tomaras 14 and Hopson 10
Olympiada Patras: Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) 30, Tosic 16 and Kosanovic 14.


KAOD Rethymno 87-85 in OT
Coach Grigoriadis team succeeded a great victory over one of the strongest teams in the league. Rethymno lost in the extra time by one basket mainly due to the veteran Arguris Daliaris (207-C-71) great help in the paint and in the rebounding area.
Quarters: 20-14, 36-35, 58-54, 74-74 and 87-85 in OT
Top scorers: KAOD: Gannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) 24, Arguris Daliaris 17 and Moulakis 10.
Rethymno: Theodoros Panaras (195-F-76) 23, Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) 14 and Mantzanas 12

MENT - Xanthi 70-74

A great road win was succeeded by Coach Giorgos Zafiroudis and Xanthi.

The quarters were: 21-18, 43-35, 57-60, 70-74

Top scorers: MENT: Andrew Fogel (188-G-85, college: Mercyhurst), Makris 13

Xanthi: Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) 21 and Skordalis 11


Iraklis - Pagrati 88-81 after two extra times

An amazing game took place in Ivanofio Melathron tonight in a game which needed 50 minutes to finish.

The quarters were: 20-27, 42-43, 60-53, 67-67, A' OT 74-74, B' OT 88-81

Top scorers: Iraklis: Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) 17, Bardas 15 and Daniel 14

Pagrati: Latovic 20 and Siristatidis 19 points.




Dimos Dikoudis in Panionios! - by Chris Mammides
According to some very serious reports, the dynamic Greek international forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) is very close to agreed terms with the team of Coach Trifunovic, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. The only problem of this deal to be taking place is simply the ex team of the Greek power forward, Pamesa Valencia which by Monday will let free the Greek player. As it is well known the Spanish site, Valensia already dismiss the Greek head Coach Fotis Katsikaris and the ex Panathinaikos Athens player and currently team Manager, Johnny Rogers (208-C/F-63, college: Cal-Irvine). The official announcement will take place probably by Monday, if that's the case the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens becomes even stronger in the paint with the addition of Dikoudis. It is worth mentioned that Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) and Dikoudis used to be team-mates in the team of Panathinaikos Athens a couple of years ago. It is definetely sure that the team adds power and experience and that both euroleague and Greek league opponents will not have the same ease in the paint.

Stats Leaders - A1
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Smith, Kolossos 18.9
2.Francis, AEL1964 17
3.Vasiliadis, PAOK 16.9 4.Grundy, Panellin 16.3
5. Pekovic, PAO 14.7
Rebounds Per Game
1.Francin, AEL1964 10.6
2.Nelson, Aris 9.1
3.Wesson, PAOK 8.5
4.Bryant, AEK 7
5.Golemac, Panellinios 7
Assists Per Game
1.Apostolidis, AEL 4.1 2.Diamantidis, PAO 4
3.Avery, Trikala2000 3.7
4.Golemac, Panellin. 3.7
5.Papalouka, Olymp. 3.7
Steals Per Game
1.Miles, Panionios 2.1
2.Iliadis, Aris 2
3. Thompson, AEK 1.9
4. Grundy, Panellin. 1.9
5. Thomas, Kavala 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1.Fotsis, PAO 1.6
2.Massie, Trikala 1.6
3.Bryant, AEK 1
4.Francis, AEL1964 0.9
5.Mavrokefalidis, Mar. 0.9
2FGP
1.Schultze,Olympia 90%2.Childress,Olympiakos 80%
3.Gregory, PAOK 75%4.Perperoglou,PAO 72%
5.Pekovic,PAO 72%
3FGP
1.Diarra, PAOK 60%2.Diamantidis,PAO 60%
3.Pelekanos, Olymp 55%
4.Nemeth, AEK 52%
5.Harris, Kolossos 52%
Free Throws
1.Batis, Olympia 90%
2.Kiritsis, PAOK 90%
3.Vasilievic, Kollos 81%
4.Wesson,PAOK 80%
5.Hatzis,AEK 78%
Childress,Olympiakos 100%
4.Zoroski,Panionios 100%
5.Perperoglou,PAO 100%
6.Jasikeviciuc,PAO 100%
Ranking
1.Pekovic, PAO 0.915
2.Ostojic, Panell. 0.798
3.Massie, Trikala 0.786
4.Perperoglu, PAO 0.759
5.Bourousis, Oly. 0.740


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Dafni 7-0 
 2. Ilysiakos 6-1 
 3. Rethymno 6-1 
 4. DASH Perist. 6-1 
 5. Ermis L. 5-2 
 6. Near East 5-2 
 7. Iraklis 4-3 
 8. Apollon 3-4 
 9. HSBC Pagrati 2-5 
 10. KAOD 2-5 
 11. Olimpias 2-5 
 12. ICBS 2-5 
 13. Keravnos Aigio 2-5 
 14. Panerythrai. 2-5 
 15. MENT 1-6 
 16. Xanthi 1-6 


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


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Standings
Liga Metropolitana Standings
 1. Elite Sport 11-0 
 2. SAT 10-1 
 3. R L 9-2 
 4. Estudiantes 8-3 
 5. Le Mans 7-4 
 6. Corpoevisa 6-5 
 7. USAC 3-8 
 8. SLT 3-8 
 9. Zencas 2-9 
 10. URL 0-0 
 11. Leones de Marte 0-0 
 12. Millonarios 0-0 


Elite Sport dominates Game 2, ties the final series - by Gianni Pascucci
Elite Sport clearly defeated Sat-Markvision 84-71 in Game 2 of the Liga Metropolitana de Baloncesto-Clausura Finals, tieing the series on 1-1. The Elite players started very strong, taking the decisive advantage during the first quarter (ended 27-7) and never looked back. The first half ended 51-23 and the game was yet ended. This time, Paulo Castillo (199-C-78) dominated under the boards, and scored 24 points, being the game MVP. Jose Luis Burbano (186-G/F-85) added 17 pts at the winning side, while Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) confirmend his talent leading again Sat with 17 pts in losing effort. Game 3 will be played tonight

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Division 1 results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Laugdaelir 88 Hottur 84. No stats available.

Armann 62. KFI 77 Craig Schoen 30 pts for KFI.

Valur 92 Fjolnir 93. Valur leading by as many as 19 pts in 4 quarter.
Top scorers for Valur. Steingrimur Ingolfsson 18. Eirikur Sigurdson 17. Hjalti Fridriksson 14. For Fjolnir Arnthor Gudmundsson 25. Haukur Palsson 25

Thor 97 UMFH 83. Mark Woodhouse 24 + 14. Baldur Ragnarsson 20. Richard Fields 18 for Thor. Caleb Holmes 31 for UMFH.

Hamar 78 Haukar 74. Two team who had won all games in the league so far. After this win Hamar is in first place and only team without a loss.
Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G-81) is again top scorer for Hamar with 33 pts. Jason Pryor 25. For Haukar . Sveinn Sveinsson 21


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Abu-Shamala Plays 100th Career Game - by Mohammed Malas
University of Minnesota's Senior co-captain and Jordan National Team player Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) played in his 100th career game against Eastern Washington on Nov. 26. The Gophers all-time games played list includes 12 players, led by Sam Jacobson who played in 130 career games. Spencer Tollackson (2004-08), Michael Bauer (2000-04), Bob Martin (1989-92), Kevin Lynch (1988-91) and Randy Breuer are all teid for 8th place with 119 games played.

The Golden Gophers hope to continue the great start to the 2008-09 season, as they play host to North Dakota State Nov. 28 at Williams Arena. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on TheBig Ten Network.

Minnesota is off to its first 5-0 start since the 1999-00 season and holds a 23-1 lead over NDSU in the all-time series. The Gophers defeated the Bison 88-56 a season ago thanks to 15 points apiece from Al Nolen and Dan Coleman. Minnesota is a combined 47-1 all time against teams in the Summit League.

NDSU comes in to the game with a record of 2-1 with victories over Mayville State and Northern Arizona. The Bison were defeated by Idaho 78-69 on Nov. 22. They are led by senior guard Ben Woodside, who comes in to the game with averages of 22.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting .525 from the field. Woodside has played in 88 career games and is the schools fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,615 points scored. Fellow seniors Brett Winkelman (1,400 points) and Mike Nelson (1,219 points) are 11th and 16th, respectively, on the all-time list.

Courtesy of Gopher Sports


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


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Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Reminas, Naglis 18.7
2. Danys, LKKA 18.1
3. Golokvoscius, Alytus 18.1
4. Stankevicius, DEL 17.4
5. Gorskovas, Punt. 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, Pieno 10.2
2. Jocys, Naglis 9.0
3. Slezas, Perlas 8.7
4. Danys, LKKA 8.7
5. Stasiulionis, Maista 7.5
Assists Per Game
1. Balciunas, Meresta 5.8
2. Kutra, Delikatesas 5.5
3. Zymantas, Nafta 5.2
4. Raziulis, Juventus 5.0
5. Stasys, LKKA 5.0


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kings - Jazz 94-120
Utah Jazz was too strong for the Sacramento Kings celebrating in EnergySolutions Arena with plus 26. Turkish big gut Mehmet Okur shined for the winners collecting 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Miles had 18 each, while Deron Williams registered double-double, 13 points and 15 boards. John Salmons answered for the visitors with 20 points. Jazz 11-6, Kings 5-13.

Hornets - Trail Blazers 86-101
Brandon Roy paced the Trail Blazers to 11th victory of the season netting 25 points and dishing out 10 assists. On the other side, the Hornets got 21 points from Predrag Stojakovic dropping on 9-6.

Mavericks - Lakers 107-114
It seems that LA Lakers are totally unstoppable this season. They registered another victory, this time against Dallas Mavericks in Staples Center 114-107. Kobe Bryant stepped up for his team draining 35 points, including 6 boards and 5 assists. Jason Terry, who came off the bench, contributed with 29 points and 5 assists in defeat. His Mavs currently have 7-8.

Hawks - Raptors 88-93
Chris Bosh led Toronto Raptors to 8-7 collecting 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Michael Bibby responded scoring 24 for the Hawks (9-6).

76ers - Celtics 78-102
The reigning champion got 23 points from Ray Allen reaching the 15th win of the season. Elton Brand and Louis Williams combined 33 points in loss. Their 76ers now have 7-9.

Warriors - Cavaliers 97-112
The Cavaliers cruised past Golden State Warriors mostly owing to LeBron James, who came up with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Zydrunas Ilgauskas followed him adding 2 points less. C.J. Watson top-scored for the Warriors with 17 points. Cavs 13-3, Warriors 5-11.

Bucks - Pistons 97-107
AI drained 17 points for the Pistons at the same time registering 5 more rebounds and 7 assists. Second scorer of the team was Walter Herrmann with 16 pts. Interesting is that both players came in off the bench. Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions delivered 21 points apiece for the Bucks. Pistons 10-5, Bucks 7-11.

Bobcats - Pacers 115-108
Bobcats 5-10, Pacers 6-9. Raymond Felton posted 31, while Jason Richardson had 21 points for the winning squad. Danny Granger netted 35 in loss.

Timberwolves - Thunder 105-103
Another loss for the Thunder, the 16th since the beginning of the season. On the other hand, Minnesota improved on 4-10. Craig Smith came up with 23 points and 8 boards, while Al Jefferson had 19 points missing one board for double-double. Kevin Durant and Jeff Green delivered 22 points each for the hosts.

Heat - Suns 107-92
Dwayne Wade nailed 43 points and dished out 6 assists for the Heat, pacing it to 8th win (8-8). Leandrinho Barbosa netted 20 for the Suns, which slipped on 11-6.

Grizzlies - Spurs 98-109
San Antonio 9-6, Memphis 4-12 after this game. Roger Mason led the scorers in SA Spurs with 20 points. Tony Parker was behind him adding 15 points and 7 assists. Rookie O.J. Mayo once again demonstrated wonderful performance for the Grizzlies posting 32 points.



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NBA TO CHANGE DRAFT PROCEDURES - by Kaliph Ross
Stu Jackson sent out al letter to all general managers stating the NBA draft procedures will change for the year 2009. While many teams are dissatisfied with the talent levels of the 5 on 5 scrimmages it will not be performed due to lack of talent and top players electing not to participate (may lower draft status, get injured etc). The 2009 combine will take place in Chicago May 27th through the 31st and will consist of: Medical testing and examinations
Light skill workouts
Anthropometric testing (height, weight, wingspan)
League organized player interviews

Teams will be permitted to conduct workouts of draft elgible players beginning April 7, 2009. Teams are prohibted from conducting or even scheduling workouts with players until the early entry list is distributed.


Source Draft Express




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The Breakers not easy to stop - by Eurobasket News
The Breakers continued to prove their favorite status in the National Basketball League in Australia. The New Zealand team posted two more victories recently and improved at 13-3 record. This two wins extended the Breakers winning streak to as many as 6 games.
On Thursday the Breakers cruised past the Perth Wildcats 108:94. Phill Jones (196-G-74) and CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) knocked down 22 points apiece for the winners. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) delivered 19 points, while Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) produced 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) maintained the tempo for the Wildcats with 25 points.
The Wildcats got to a confident start as they led 35:22 at the first break. But CJ Bruton ignited the comeback effort in the second term. The Breakers cut the distance to 8 points at halftime and then surged ahead in the third frame. The hosts headed into the final term ahead by 4 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
The Breakers stamped the authority as they thrashed the Gold Coast Blaze 110:88 earlier today. Tony Ronaldson fired 25 points to lead the winners. Phill Jones nailed 23 points for the league leaders. Shane Heal (182-G-70) answered with 27 points as the Blaze slipped at 2-14 record. The teams were squared at 28 after twelve minutes of action. But the Breakers mounted the pressure in the second term and rushed to a 12-point buffer at halftime. The Blaze never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
The Breakers stayed on top of the standings and would take on the Townsville Crocodiles at the North Shore Events Centre on December 4.


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Panama College Player Update 12/08 - by Rolando Delabarrera
We are presently reporting on six Panamanians playing stateside. The NCAA 1 rank is represented by Gyno Pomare of the University of San Diego and Abdull Herrera of Kansas State. The NCAA 2 rank has Eduardo Archibold of Lemoyne and the Juco rank is represented by Josimar Ayarza of Cuesta College, Daniel King of New Mexico Junior College and Sarunas Jackson of Saddleback CC.

Gyno Pomare is putting up solid numbers at 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg. His team is presently 2-3. Abdul Herrera has played five minutes in one game and averages 0 ppg and 1.0 rpg for 5-0 Kansas State. Eduardo Archibold has seen action in 4 games and is avergaing 5 minutes a game and averaging 0ppg and 1.3 rpg for 2-3 Lemoyne. Ayarza leads all scorers at 20.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg. King is averaing 11.6 ppg and 11.1 rpg in 10 games . There are no present stats for Sarunas Jackson, but we will update his production as it becomes available.
Gyno Pomare (203-F-86)


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LPB Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AD Vagos - Ginasio 80-66
AD Vagos celebrated the seventh win in the season. Earlier today they knocked down Ginasio 80:66 at home court. Joao Balseiro notched 25 points for Vagos. Grant Billmeier added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Jose Costa and John Torson answered with 18 points apiece for Ginasio in the loss.

Fisica - Porto Ferpinta 73-71
Fisica added some positive emotions as they pulled away with a narrow 73:71 win over Porto Ferpinta. It was only the third win for Jose Tavares team. Miguel Salvador provided 23 points for Fisica. Joseph Harrell added 15 points in the victory. Nuno Marcal responded with 22 points for Porto Feprinta in the defeat.

Barreirense - CAB 80-90
CAB stayed just one step away from the league leading Benfica as they overacme Barreirense 90:80 on the road today. Jason Smith paced Madeira with 20 points. Bobby Madison produced 15 points for the winners. Tyrekus Bowman secured 20 points and 13 rebounds for Barreirense in the fourth defeat in the season.

VSC Guimar. - Academica 80-85
Academica eked out an 85:80 victory over VSC Guimaraes. Anthony Williams secured 25 points for the winning team. Manuel Johnson contributed 22 points and 13 rebounds for Academica. VSC responded with 25 points and 15 rebounds from Donte Minter.



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Div.A Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Otopeni - Targoviste 92-55
Otopeni beat Targoviste 92:55 in Regular Season Round 10 at home. Popovic Slobodan and Medvedj Milan combined 42 points to lead all the winners. Tasic Marjan nailed 15 in defeat, while Nanev Ilko posted 13.

Rovinari - Gaz Metan 83-69
Rovinari prevailed Gaz Metan 83:69 for 7-3 record. Five players scored in double figures as Popescu Bogdan led all of them with 19 points. Dehelean Cosmin ended up with 13 points for the guests as four other players had 11 each.

Craiova - U.Mobitel.CN 66-83
Gibson, Matthew paced Mobitelco Napoca with 16 points over Craiova in a 66:83 road victory. Holmes Sydney and Stefan Vasile top-scored in defeat with 14 points each.

CSU Atlassib - Ploiesti 83-72
The game between CSU Atlassib and Ploiesti was the key one in the round. The home side celebrated 83:72 to hand the guests the second loss in the league. Calota, Octavian nailed 19 points for the winners, while Harrison Michael and Scott Cortney had 13 each. Hargrove Darius and Burlacu Catalin produced 17 points apiece in defeat.

Timisoara - Dinamo B. 78-72
Timisoara improved to 8-2 record on top of the standings after beating Dinamo 78:72. Velickovic Uros notched 20 points and Markovic Nenad added 15. Paul Mihail-Octavian top-scored with 2 points in the losing effort.

Pitesti - Rapid B. 100-51
Pitesti destroyed Rapid B. 100:51 behind 25 points from Lawrence David. Stefanovic Ivan and Pociukonis Marius followed him with 17 points each. Bogdan Sandu was the only one to reach double digits for the guests scoring 12 points.



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A Superleague Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Dynamo M. 86-78
CSKA toppled Dynamo in one of the most anticipated matchups of the Russian Superleague. Dynamo looked ambitious enough before the game and proved it leading by one point at the start of the final term. But a terrific display in the final minutes allowed CSKA to celebrate yet another solid win at the end. Ramunas Siskauskas provided 22 points for the Euroleague and Russian champions. Nikos Zisis added 17 points in the win. Jannero Pargo answered with game-high 25 points for Dynamo. Hollis Price added 15 points in the loss.

Ural Great - Triumph 78-77
Ural Great secured a narrow home win over Triumph. Vanja Plisnic came up with 21 points to lead the home team. Aleksei Surovtsev contributed 16 points as the Perm team improved at 2-4 record. Pavel Sergeev responded with 15 points for Triumph as they continued their roller-coaster season suffering the fourth defeat.

CSK VVS - Spartak SP 66-91
Spartak Saint Petersburg got closer to the league leaders as they overwhlemed CSK VVS 91:66 on the road. Nikita Kurbanov fired 16 points to lead the charge. Anton Yudin had 15 points for the winners. Marque Perry poured in 30 points but Samara fell to 2-4 record in the championship.

Unics - Spartak-P. 77-70
Unics fired down Spartak Primorie for the fourth win in the championship. Terrell Lyday was pivotal with 18 points. Igor Surovtsev added 16 points for the Kazan team. Ilia Aleksandrov and Andrei Trushkin had 12 points each for Spartak Primorie.



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KBL Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Orions - KT&G Kites 83-95
KT&G Kites became the leader of Regular Season as in Round 9 the team topped Orions 95:83 and improved to 8-3 record. Chandler Marquin top-scored for the winners with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Warner Calvin shined with 21 points and Joo Hee-Jung had 20 assists! Thompson Garnett and Daniels Chris posted 25 points each in defeat.

KCC Egis - SK Knights 86-78
KCC Egis overcame SK Knights 86:78 on November 27th behind 28 points from Seo Jang-Hoon. Brand Micah nailed 15 and Choo Seung-Kyun scored 14. Shannon Terrence ended up with 22 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

KTF M.Wings - Mobis Phoebus 76-83
Mobis Phoebus improved to 8-4 record on the second position after 76:83 over KTF M.Wings. Dunston Bryant paced all the winners with 24 points and 10 caroms. Peters James ended up with 23 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

ET Land B.Sl. - LG Sakers 86-91
Last night ET Land B lsot to LG Sakers 86:91 and sent them to 6-6 record. Johnson Ivan nailed 21, while Lee Hyun-Min produced 20 points and 8 assists. Powell Carlos top-scored for the home side with 27 points and 9 rebounds.

Mobis Phoebus - Dongbu Promy 94-86
Mobis Phoebus edged Dongbu Promy 94:86 on November 25th. Kim Hyo-Bum chipped in 20 points and Kim Hyun-Joong followed him with 8. Okosa Reggie finished the night with 20 points for the visitors.

LG Sakers - Samsung Th. 94-72
Lee Hyun-Min, Crump Brandon and Johnson Ivan brought LG Sakers 21 points each in a win over Samsung 94:72. Leather Terrence ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

ET Land B.Sl. - KTF M.Wings 97-91
ET Land B was better than KTF M.Wings 97:91 at home. Powell Carlos was unstoppable with 38 points and 9 rebounds. Peters James nailed 30 points and made 8 reboulds along 5 assists for the guests.



KBL to Hold Draft for Half-Koreans - by Rick Ross
The Korean Basketball League (KBL)
has announced it is to hold a draft for bi-racial players.
There have been a variety of voices about bringing half
Koreans into the KBL. And to let them play in Korea as soon as possible,
the league will introduce another draft for them,''
KBL commissioner Chon Yook told reporters Tuesday.

We have agreed to the draft, but details such as a
pick order and schedule will be decided soon by a subcommittee.
The basketball league, which already has drafts for rookie and foreign players,
will take applications until the end of December.
Among well-known half-Koreans, Eric Sandrin and
Tony Atkins are known to have applied for the draft.
Sandrin, who stands 2.06 meters tall, is the brother of Lee Dong-joon,
the second pick in the 2007 draft by the
Daegu Orions who now plays for the Singapore Slingers in
Australia's National Basketball League (NBL).

He also played for the Ulsan Mobis last season as a
foreign player and averaged 11.75 points and 6.63 rebounds in 24 games.
Atkins, 1.8-meters tall, graduated from the prestigious
Georgia Tech, which has produced All-Stars Stephon Marbury of the
New York Knicks and Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.
He has also played in Turkey, France and Poland.
Before hosting the draft, the KBL has a couple of issues to hammer out.
Outwith those two players, there is a limited pool of
competitive players from which to choose and that would attract the league's 10 teams.

The teams also have differing opinions on how to go about selecting them.

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter


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Marcus "The Warrior" Sloan ignites Fribourg to victory! - by Alexander Davis
In a thrilling game decided in overtime, Benetton Fribourg Olympic won 74-69 against Birstal Starwings. The crowd was at a fever picth tonight as many of the fans came out to see the return of Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU)! The game was a very close game as Birstal took the 50-48 lead to start the 4th quarter. But thats where Sloan, and Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) took the game over on offense and defense! Olympic forced the Starwings into back to back 24 second violations, and Fribourg would regain the lead and never look back. Oliver Vogt showed why he's one of the most improved players in Europe leading Fribourg with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Starwings had no answer for Voight as he dominated inside. On the defensive end of the floor is where Fribourg took over the game, 'The Warrior' or 'Mr. Enegizer', Sloan led Fribourg with 5 steals and 3 blocks, he also had a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Borstal was led by Sheray Thomas, who played well in a losing effort. Fribourg will travel to Ukraine for a Eurochallenge game on Tuesday, and look to continue thier winning ways!

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  TPBL   


DALLAS /FT WORTH LOOKING TO WIN 1ST TPBL TITLE - by Chris Cardenas

DFW - Coach Kevina Lawrence and Coach Richard Ashmon are ready to take the TPBL by storm. After waiting a full year to get their team together , 2009 may be the year the metroplex shows the Texas professional basketball league what basketball is all about. for team information call Kevina Lawrence at 817-532-7751 or Richard Ashmon at 312-731-6546. 'We here at the TPBL are very happy to get Coach Lawrence into the TPBL. She's a great coach who teaches the game of basketball the right way, thru hard work, honesty and self discipline.' says chris cardenas,tpbl owner.

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CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS SCHEDULE OPEN TRYOUTS - by Chris Cardenas

KILLEEN,TX - Karon Taylor, owner of the Central Tx Blackhawks, feels his team is ready to compete for the TPBL crown and he's looking for a few more players to complete his roster. The Blackhawks will be having their open tryouts on Sat December 6 @ the Killeen family recreation center. There will be a $65 registration fee and Blackhawks organization askes that you come prepared to work hard. For more information on the CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS TRYOUT CALL TEAM OWNER KARON TAYLOR @ 254-534-1014 OR EMAIL : KARON.TAYLOR@GMAIL.COM.
or CALL ANTIONE WHITTMAN @254-563-0899, OR EMAIL : ANTIONEWHITTMAN@LIVE.COM

THE TPBL WELCOMES YOU TO COME JOIN THE STATES #1 PRO BASKETBALL LEAGUE WHEN THE SEASON TIPS OFF JAN. 9TH 2009. DONT MISS IT!!!


Standings
TPBL Standings
1. San Angelo C. 0-0
2. West Tx Storm 0-0
3. Midland H. 0-0
0-0
4. Houston PTS 0-0
5 cypress Synergy 0-0
6. east tx Trailblazers 0-0
7 cen-tex Blackhawks 0-0
8. Dallas\Ft Worth TX. 0-0
0-0
0-0


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  TURKEY   


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


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


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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - BC Donetsk 80-78
Undermanned Donetsk was close to another sensational victory but fell just short to Azovmash in overtime today. Playing without Kojenets, Kryvych brothers and Anthony Tucker Donetsk managed to keep it close and sent the game into overtime. But the Mariupol outfit still eked out a dramatic 80:78 victory at the end. Khalid El-Amin knocked down 17 points and dished out 7 assists for the winners. Tomas Van Den Spiegel had 16 points and 8 rebounds for the defending champions. Haywood Owens responded with game-high 31 points and 12 boards for Donetsk. Zydrunas Urbonas netted 18 points in the loss.

Poltava - Pulsar 98-94
Poltava crafted a tough 98:94 win against Pulsar in today's outing. Rolandas Jarutis fired 28 points to lead Poltava to the second success in the season. Rico Grier nailed 20 points for the winners. Dmitri Dyatlovksy answered with 27 points converting amazing 8/8 three-pointers.

BC Kyiv - Mykolaiv 101-65
BC Kyiv cruised past Mykoliav 101:65 in the capital today. Kenan Bajramovic secured 17 points for the winning team. Artur Drozdov, Manuchar Markoishvili and Jovo Stanojevic added 14 points each for the home team. J.J. Montgomery responded with 15 points for Mykolaiv in the loss.

Sumykhimpr. - Khimik 120-76
Brian Greene came up with 30 points and 14 boards, while Abdullahi Kuso added 22 points and 11 caroms as Sumykhimprom thumped Khimik 120:76 at home court. Linas Lekavicius and Vadim Matyukevych added 16 points each for the winners. Wykeen Kelly dropped 11 points for slumping Khimik as they fell at 4-4 record.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Lions Win Again - by Andy Webb
Marshall MK Lions 80 (21,39,56) (Brown 23, Youngblood 14, New 14)
Sheffield Sharks 74 (21,39,56) (Sanders 18, Whyte 14, Lyons 11)

Marshall MK Lions eventually came through a tight encounter with Sheffield Sharks at Bletchley Leisure Centre 80-74 to move into sixth place in the BBL.

The match was tied at the end of the first three quarters, but a 12-1 burst by the home side, capped off by a Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) three, broke the game open 68- 59 and the Sharks couldn't get any closer than five points after that.

Brown, who scored a game-high 23-points was in excellent form throughout. His two early threes gave Lions a 12-8 lead, but treys by Sharks' Perry Lawson, Chris Sanders and James Whyte ensured the first quarter ended level at 21-21.

Sharks controlled most of the second quarter holding five-point leads at 29-34 and 31-36 after threes by Joel Burns and Whyte respectively. Lions closed the half on an 8-3 run to restore parity as the teams heading into the locker rooms 39-39.

It was the visitors who began the second half best. A 10-1 run with threes by Sherman Rivers and Whyte handed them their biggest lead of the night at 40-49. However, a 16-4 tear by Lions with two threes from Yorick Williams and one from Brown, put them back in front until a Joel Burns three again levelled the scores at 56-56.

The decisive break came from the Lions as they put together a 12-1 run to lead 68-59. Sharks closed to 71- 66 and 79-74 on the back of Chris Sanders' free throws, but Lions kept their cool from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Vince Macauley, the Lions coach, said he was delighted with the win: 'That puts us back to .500 and we can make a challenge for the BBL Championship now. Sheffield were a tough side, but we resisted what they could throw at us.'


BBL Championship: Marshall MK Lions - Sheffield Sharks 80-74 - by George Manousidis
Marshall MK Lions eventually came through a tight encounter with Sheffield Sharks at Bletchley Leisure Centre 80-74 to move into sixth place in the BBL.

The match was tied at the end of the first three quarters, but a 12-1 burst by the home side, capped off by a Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) three, broke the game open 68- 59 and the Sharks couldn't get any closer than five points after that.

Brown, who scored a game-high 23-points was in excellent form throughout. His two early threes gave Lions a 12-8 lead, but treys by Sharks' Perry Lawson, Chris Sanders and James Whyte ensured the first quarter ended level at 21-21.

Sharks controlled most of the second quarter holding five-point leads at 29-34 and 31-36 after threes by Joel Burns and Whyte respectively. Lions closed the half on an 8-3 run to restore parity as the teams heading into the locker rooms 39-39.

It was the visitors who began the second half best. A 10-1 run with threes by Sherman Rivers and Whyte handed them their biggest lead of the night at 40-49. However, a 16-4 tear by Lions with two threes from Yorick Williams and one from Brown, put them back in front until a Joel Burns three again levelled the scores at 56-56.

The decisive break came from the Lions as they put together a 12-1 run to lead 68-59. Sharks closed to 71- 66 and 79-74 on the back of Chris Sanders' free throws, but Lions kept their cool from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Vince Macauley, the Lions coach, said he was delighted with the win: 'That puts us back to .500 and we can make a challenge for the BBL Championship now. Sheffield were a tough side, but we resisted what they could throw at us.'


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 8-3 
 2. Scottish R. 7-2 
 3. Plymouth R. 7-3 
 4. Everton T. 6-1 
 5. Leicester R. 6-4 
 6. MK Lions 5-5 
 7. Sheffield S. 5-7 
 8. Cheshire J. 5-7 
 9. Guildford H. 4-5 
 10. Worcester W. 4-6 
 11. Worthing T. 3-8 
 12. London C. 1-10 


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua has 16 straigth wins - by Hector Lopez
Bigua won its 16 game in a row beating Atenas 89-84 for the second stage of the Uruguayan League to be played by the Top 10. Bigua won the South American Championship with a 5-0 record, the Uruguayan Top 4, 2-0, and added nine games for the LUB. The best scorers were Leandro Garcia Morales 23, including 4/7 with three-poin shotsm, and Martin osimani 25 points and 5 assists Also for Bigua Ruben WEolkowyski netted 11 and grabbed 6 rebounds while Kevin Young added 12 points and 13 rebounds. For AtenasMarques Lewis netted 16 and took 10 rebounds, while Gustavo Barrera added 21 poins and 9 assists. Other results:
Olimpia 87 - Mauro Tornaria 23 points, Reque Newsome 21 and 9 rebounds, Greg Dilligard 14 points and 12 rebounds
Trouville 70 - Levi Stukes 29 points, Kalen Grimes 4 and 4
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Tabare 83 - Ryan Blankson 24 points
Bohemios 76 - Curtis Marshall 22 and 3, Albert Burditt 13 and 6
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Hebraica 86 - Angelo Reyes 31 and 15, Anthony Johnson 15 and 9
Paysandu 68 Austin Montgomery 18 and 6, Gyasi Cline-Heard 4 and 4.


Marshall and Grimes will play the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Two new import players were inked for the Uruguagan League Teams, when Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) joined Bohemios and Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) will play for Trouville. Both played for the first time last nigth in the opening games for the LUB second stage, to be played by the Top 10. Marshall scores 22 poins and grabbed 16 rebounds when his team was defeated 76-83. Grimes, who met his teammates just before the beginning of the game scored just 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.



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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Macleod and Jaskson delivers for their teams - by Eurobasket News
The defending Euroleague champions Spartak Moscow Region breezed past TEO Vilnius for the sixth win in the season. It was a one-sided traffic all the way through as Spartak dominated every facet of the game. TEO had no chance whatsoever and suffered the third loss in the season. Diana Taurasi led balanced offense with 14 points. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came off the bench for 13 points, 4 boards and 3 blocks in the win. Crystal Langhorne paced the Lithuanian champions with 17 points and 11 boards. Rima Valentiene had 8 points in the losing effort. Rima Valentiene opened the game with a three-pointer however TEO led not for less than two minutes. Sylvia Fowles scored 4 straight points and Diana Taurasi fired from outside the arc to put the hosts in front. Diana Taurasi, Tatiana Shchegoleva and Sylvia Fowles then capped a 19:0 run from the home team as they built a comfortable advantage. Spartak led by as many as 17 points at the end of the opening frame. Lauren Jackson and Tatiana Shchegoleva stretched the margin to 22 points early in the second term. Spartak mounted the pressure and the gap was widened to 34 points at halftime. Saziye Karsli tipped off the second half with a three-pointer as Spartak was not about to slow down. They headed into the final stanza ahead by 39 points and eased to the victory at the end.
Umana Reyer remained perfect in the Euroleague competition after six round of action. Venezia prevailed against MKB Euroleasing on the road to stay at the helm of Group B. The Hungarian favorites also stayed among the leaders as they suffered just the second loss in the tournament. The hosts was the better side in the opening term. Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) scored quick 7 points early in the encounter to set MKB Euroleasing in front 12:4. Soon Tijana Krivacevic stepped up for the Hungarian team. Tijana nailed 6 points late in the frame and MKB Euroleasing piled up a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Eva Giauro, Jenifer Nadalin and Mariangela Cirone cut the distance to 3 points midway through the second frame but the hosts remained in charge. Edit Ratkaine and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 38:32 buffer at halftime. Amber Holt and Jelena Milovanovic extended the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Later Katalin Honti and Amber Holt made it 52:40 for MKB Euroleasing. But Umana Reyer responded with buckets from Jenifer Nadalin and Simona Ballardini to narrow the distance. Simona Ballardini and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson soon dragged Venezia within two points from the hosts. Tijana Krivacevic nevertheless finalized a 55:51 outcome after three periods of play. Back-to-back trebles from Mariangela Cirone and Aleksandra Vujovic allowed Venezia to draw things level at 59. Soon after Aleksandra Vujovic dropped another three-pointer and Venezia grabbed a 66:63 advantage. Tijana Krivacevic narrowed the gap just for Aleksandra Vujovic and Simona Ballardini to make it 69:65 for Venezia with 38 seconds remaining. Retkaine committed a turnover and Mery Andrade sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points for Umana Reyer. Simona Ballardini added 12 points, while Mariangela Cirone had 11 points in the winning case. Tijana Krivacevic responded with 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Kathleen Macleod added 12 points in the loss.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Leuchanka wins over Marchanka and Snytsina - by Eurobasket News
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia)'s UMMC left not a single chance to Lotos with Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) and Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) en route to the seventh straight win at the Euroleague competition. Yesterday UMMC held off Lotos to stay perfect on top of Group C. Lotos meanwhile suffered the 5th loss in seven games played. Ivana Matovic scored three jumpers in a row to set Lotos in front 6:0 early in the game. However Cappie Pondexter, Maria Stepanova, Yelena Leuchanka and Agnieszka Bibrzycka secured a 12:11 lead for the hosts late in the frame. Ivana Matovic once again put the visitors in charge just before Luechanka came up with a free throw to tie things up at 13 at the end of the opening stanza. Jones scored 5 points and Yelena Leuchanka added 2 more for UMMC to jump to a 20:13 lead early in the second period. Cappie Pondexter and Sandrine Gruda kept UMMC ahead throughout the quarter and when Monique Currie capped it with two free throws Lotos still trailed by 6 points. Sandrine Gruda knocked down 10 points in the third frame and UMMC maintained the lead as they entered the final quarter ahead by 5 point 46:41. Deanna Nolan, Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter scored six straight points for UMMC at the start of the final term as the lead ballooned to 11 points. Maria Stepanova and Cappie Pondexter soon stretched the margin to 14 points and the home team never looked back again. Sandrine Gruda finished with 17 points for the winners. Cappie Pondexter added 16 points, while Maria Stepanova had 10 in the win. Yelena Leuchanka brought 5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Ivana Matovic responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Lotos. Natalia Marchanka scored 7, while Ekaterina Snytsina made 1 block and 1 rebound.
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) had 13 points and 12 rebounds as her Nadezhda hold off Halcon at home court. It was the initial win for Nadezhda after six straight losses at the start. Halcon stayed in the second spot in Group A ladder slipping at 5-2 record. Le'Coe Willingham, Gunta Basko and Anke De Mondt gave the visitors a 7:3 lead early in the encounter. The visitors maintained the gap and finished the opening stanza up by 3 points 24:21. However Tamane and Begona Garcia quickly gained the lead for Nadezhda. However seven straight points from Sanchez returned the advantage to the visitors. Shameka Christon nailed 4 points for Nadezhda late in the quarter and the home team enjoyed a 42:40 lead at halftime. Three-pointers from Shameka Christon and Begona Garcia trumped the start of the third frame as Nadezhda cleared off to a 10-point distance. Tramane came up with the only points in the final five minutes of the third quarter and the hosts piled up a 58:46 cushion before the fourth term. Betty Lennox stepped up for Nadezhda in the fourth stanza. She dropped 12 points and allowed the home to drive comfortably to the victory.


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  CANADA - Women  


Chelsea Aubry top-scored abroad, while Tammy shines for Fener - by Eurobasket News
n the last game of Round 11 in Slovakia, BSS Kosice outsmarted Cassovia Kosice 67:62 improving its score on 6-4. Canadian Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) was the most important player for BSS netting 18 points. Dasa Krasnockova also shined adding 4 points less.
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her Turkish Fenerbahce claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition. Zafer Kalayciouglu team knocked down Kosice in Istanbul. The victory allowed Fenerbahce to stay on top of Group D with 5 wins in 7 games. Kosice in the meantime fell at 4-3 record and occupied the third spot. The hosts opened the game with six straight points to send a strong message to the visitors. Emilie Gomis, Esmeral Tuncluer, Matee Ajavon and Tammy Sutton-Brown widened the margin to as many as 15 points with 2 minutes left in the starting period. Nevriye Yilmaz soon came up with 4 points and Fenerbahce piled up a 17-point cushion. Nevlin and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the scoring in the second quarter as the hosts maintained the lead. Three-pointers from Matee Ajavon and Esmeral Tuncluer ballooned the margin to 23 points midway through the second frame. However Kosice refused to fold that early. Anna Jurcenkova, Liron Cohen and Cathrine Kraayeveld narrowed the gap to 13 points at halftime. Fenerbahce took over again in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis, Matee Ajavon and Melike Bakircioglu gave the home team a 20-point advantage. Emilie Gomis crowned the third term with another triple as Fenerbahce earned a 65:52 advantage entering the final stanza. Anna Jurcenkova dragged Kosice within 13 points however Matee Ajavon reacted with 6 straight points to silence the visitors. Fenerbahce looked steady in the final seconds and secured the winning outcome at the end. Esmeral Tuncluer paced the hosts with 18 points. Emilie Gomis and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points apiece in the win. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Kosice. Anna Jurcenkova delivered 16 points in the losing effort.


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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoA - Huima 81-90
Huima celebrated the seventh win as they pulled away with a 90:81 victory over FoA on the road. Erneisha Bailey came up with 32 points and 9 steals for Huima. Kenya Robinson produced 16 points and 22 boards, while Carrie Bacon had 22 points for the winners. Forssan Alku responded with 20 points and 10 boards from Toniqua Frasier.

Espoo Team - PeKa 87-82
Espoo Team toppled PeKa 87:82 for the ninth win at the tournament. Whitney Allen was responsible for 22 points and 13 rebounds for Espoo Team. Ashley Haynes had 16 points and 14 boards for the winning team. Shanika Freeman and Maiju Pekkarinen responded with 18 points each in defeat. Rebekah Parker secured 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals for Peli-Karhut in the debut.

S-Hameen. - HoNsU 75-69
S-Hameenmaa posted the sixth victory in the season beating HoNSu 75:69 at home court. Kieraah Marlow provided 22 points for the winners. Mari Puustinen added 17 points and 9 rebounds for Antti Koskelainen team. Amanda DeCoud responded with 20 poitns for HoNSu as they stayed at the bottom of the ladder at 2-10 record.



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  ICELAND - Women  


Saturday results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Grindavik 62 Fjolnir 61. Bad first ams last quarter almost cost the home team the game were team only scored 9 & 7 pts.
Top scorers for Grindavik Petrunella Skuladottir 23. Olof Helga Palsdottir 18. For Fjolnir Ashley Bowman (165-G-85, college: Norfolk St.) 30.
Keflavik 80. Snaefell 59 Birna Valgardsdottir (181-G-76) with another big performance for Keflavik 31 pts.Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 18. For Snaefell Berglind Gunnarsdottir 17. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir 10.
Hamar 76 KR 57. LaKiste Barkus 20 Julia Demirer 16 for Hamar. Sigrun Asmundsdottir & Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir 17 for KR.
Top seat team Haukar won another game today by beating Valur 59-48.
Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 21 Slavica Dimovska 12 for Haukar. Kristjana Magnusdottir 15 for Valur.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Cohen and Doron achievement in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Liron Cohen (174-G-82)'s 12 points and 6 assists could not help her team in Euroleague latest game. The Turkish Fenerbahce claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition. Zafer Kalayciouglu team knocked down Liron Cohen's Kosice in Istanbul. The victory allowed Fenerbahce to stay on top of Group D with 5 wins in 7 games. Kosice in the meantime fell at 4-3 record and occupied the third spot. The hosts opened the game with six straight points to send a strong message to the visitors. Emilie Gomis, Esmeral Tuncluer, Matee Ajavon and Tammy Sutton-Brown widened the margin to as many as 15 points with 2 minutes left in the starting period. Nevriye Yilmaz soon came up with 4 points and Fenerbahce piled up a 17-point cushion. Nevlin and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the scoring in the second quarter as the hosts maintained the lead. Three-pointers from Matee Ajavon and Esmeral Tuncluer ballooned the margin to 23 points midway through the second frame. However Kosice refused to fold that early. Anna Jurcenkova, Liron Cohen and Cathrine Kraayeveld narrowed the gap to 13 points at halftime. Fenerbahce took over again in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis, Matee Ajavon and Melike Bakircioglu gave the home team a 20-point advantage. Emilie Gomis crowned the third term with another triple as Fenerbahce earned a 65:52 advantage entering the final stanza. Anna Jurcenkova dragged Kosice within 13 points however Matee Ajavon reacted with 6 straight points to silence the visitors. Fenerbahce looked steady in the final seconds and secured the winning outcome at the end. Esmeral Tuncluer paced the hosts with 18 points. Emilie Gomis and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points apiece in the win. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Kosice. Anna Jurcenkova delivered 16 points in the losing effort.
MiZo Pecs that raced to the fourth win in the Euroleague season. The Hungarian team held off Besiktas with Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) to stay in the third spot in Group A. Besiktas slipped at 2-5 record in the fifth place. Three-pointers from Anna Vajda and Kornelia Meszaros put the hosts in charge 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Kelly Mazzante and Anna Vajda extended the gap to 22:12 late in the quarter. Ivanyi capped the the first frame with two freebies and MiZo Pecs led by 12 points at the first intermission. Anna Vajda tipped off the second term as she converted a three-point play to stretch the margin. However Alexis Hornbuckle responded with 6 straight points to narrow the distance to 9 points. Shay Doron then added 5 points in a row and Besiktas trailed by just 3 points midway through the second quarter. Anna Vajda and Szilvia Torok came up with timely baskets as MiZo Pecs took a sigh of relief. Harper closed the first half with a layup and Besiktas were down by 7 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame as MiZo Pecs managed to maintain the gap. Coelho and Kornelia Meszaros started the fourth quarter with 5 points in a row and then Ivanyi and Brooke Quennan added four more for the hosts to pile up a comfortable 22-point cushion. MiZo Pecs never looked back again and secured the fourth win in the tournament. Anna Vajda tallied 23 points and 11 boards for MiZo Pecs. Kornelia Meszaros and Brooke Quennan added 11 points each for the winners. Alexis Hornbuckle responded with 21 points and 10 boards for Besiktas. Shay Doron finished with 13 points in the loss.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


BC H.Novi remains undefeated - by Eurobasket News
BC H.Novi remains undefeated in the First Women League. In the latest game the team overcame BC Kastel 118:82. The victory allowed the favorites to reach 4-0 record, while BC Kastel dropped at 2-2.
Meanwhile Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) together with Umana Reyer remained perfect in the Euroleague competition after six round of action. Venezia prevailed against MKB Euroleasing on the road to stay at the helm of Group B. The Hungarian favorites also stayed among the leaders as they suffered just the second loss in the tournament. The hosts was the better side in the opening term. Kathleen Macleod scored quick 7 points early in the encounter to set MKB Euroleasing in front 12:4. Soon Tijana Krivacevic stepped up for the Hungarian team. Tijana nailed 6 points late in the frame and MKB Euroleasing piled up a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Eva Giauro, Jenifer Nadalin and Mariangela Cirone cut the distance to 3 points midway through the second frame but the hosts remained in charge. Edit Ratkaine and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 38:32 buffer at halftime. Amber Holt and Jelena Milovanovic extended the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Later Katalin Honti and Amber Holt made it 52:40 for MKB Euroleasing. But Umana Reyer responded with buckets from Jenifer Nadalin and Simona Ballardini to narrow the distance. Simona Ballardini and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson soon dragged Venezia within two points from the hosts. Tijana Krivacevic nevertheless finalized a 55:51 outcome after three periods of play. Back-to-back trebles from Mariangela Cirone and Aleksandra Vujovic allowed Venezia to draw things level at 59. Soon after Aleksandra Vujovic dropped another three-pointer and Venezia grabbed a 66:63 advantage. Tijana Krivacevic narrowed the gap just for Aleksandra Vujovic and Simona Ballardini to make it 69:65 for Venezia with 38 seconds remaining. Retkaine committed a turnover and Mery Andrade sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points for Umana Reyer. Simona Ballardini added 12 points, while Mariangela Cirone had 11 points in the winning case. Tijana Krivacevic responded with 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Kathleen Macleod added 12 points in the loss.


Standings - Women League
1A Standings
 1. BC H.Novi 4-0 
 2. BC Kastel 2-2 
 3. Roling Niksic 1-2 
 4. Rudar 0-3 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Jedinstvo


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Andrade remained perfect after six round of action - by Eurobasket News
Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) together with Umana Reyer remained perfect in the Euroleague competition after six round of action. Venezia prevailed against MKB Euroleasing on the road to stay at the helm of Group B. The Hungarian favorites also stayed among the leaders as they suffered just the second loss in the tournament. The hosts was the better side in the opening term. Kathleen Macleod scored quick 7 points early in the encounter to set MKB Euroleasing in front 12:4. Soon Tijana Krivacevic stepped up for the Hungarian team. Tijana nailed 6 points late in the frame and MKB Euroleasing piled up a 22:13 advantage at the first intermission. Eva Giauro, Jenifer Nadalin and Mariangela Cirone cut the distance to 3 points midway through the second frame but the hosts remained in charge. Edit Ratkaine and Tijana Krivacevic secured a 38:32 buffer at halftime. Amber Holt and Jelena Milovanovic extended the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Later Katalin Honti and Amber Holt made it 52:40 for MKB Euroleasing. But Umana Reyer responded with buckets from Jenifer Nadalin and Simona Ballardini to narrow the distance. Simona Ballardini and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson soon dragged Venezia within two points from the hosts. Tijana Krivacevic nevertheless finalized a 55:51 outcome after three periods of play. Back-to-back trebles from Mariangela Cirone and Aleksandra Vujovic allowed Venezia to draw things level at 59. Soon after Aleksandra Vujovic dropped another three-pointer and Venezia grabbed a 66:63 advantage. Tijana Krivacevic narrowed the gap just for Aleksandra Vujovic and Simona Ballardini to make it 69:65 for Venezia with 38 seconds remaining. Retkaine committed a turnover and Mery Andrade sealed the winning outcome for the visitors. Mery Andrade knocked down 16 points for Umana Reyer. Simona Ballardini added 12 points, while Mariangela Cirone had 11 points in the winning case. Tijana Krivacevic responded with 20 points for MKB Euroleasing. Kathleen Macleod added 12 points in the loss.
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) and San Giovanni registered comfortable victory against Ribera on the road moving up on 5-2. Portuguese star had 8 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners.


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  SENEGAL - Women  


Emilie Gomis claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition - by Eurobasket News
Emilie Gomis (180-F-83) and her Turkish Fenerbahce claimed the fourth straight win in the Euroleague competition. Zafer Kalayciouglu team knocked down Kosice in Istanbul. The victory allowed Fenerbahce to stay on top of Group D with 5 wins in 7 games. Kosice in the meantime fell at 4-3 record and occupied the third spot. The hosts opened the game with six straight points to send a strong message to the visitors. Emilie Gomis, Esmeral Tuncluer, Matee Ajavon and Tammy Sutton-Brown widened the margin to as many as 15 points with 2 minutes left in the starting period. Nevriye Yilmaz soon came up with 4 points and Fenerbahce piled up a 17-point cushion. Nevlin and Nevriye Yilmaz opened the scoring in the second quarter as the hosts maintained the lead. Three-pointers from Matee Ajavon and Esmeral Tuncluer ballooned the margin to 23 points midway through the second frame. However Kosice refused to fold that early. Anna Jurcenkova, Liron Cohen and Cathrine Kraayeveld narrowed the gap to 13 points at halftime. Fenerbahce took over again in the third stanza. Emilie Gomis, Matee Ajavon and Melike Bakircioglu gave the home team a 20-point advantage. Emilie Gomis crowned the third term with another triple as Fenerbahce earned a 65:52 advantage entering the final stanza. Anna Jurcenkova dragged Kosice within 13 points however Matee Ajavon reacted with 6 straight points to silence the visitors. Fenerbahce looked steady in the final seconds and secured the winning outcome at the end. Esmeral Tuncluer paced the hosts with 18 points. Emilie Gomis and Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points apiece in the win. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Kosice. Anna Jurcenkova delivered 16 points in the losing effort.
Before that TEO Vilnius lost at home to Fenerbahce and dropped to the second position in Group D of the EuroLeague Women. Matee Matee Ajavon played in her first EuroLeague game for the Turkish club. Even though it was the first game, the experienced player showed great effort and felt in the right court. She made her first points givisng the guests 7-6 lead. Tuncluer closed the opening quarter at 16:14. TEO however bounced back in the second period and produced 17-14 in it. Due to that Langhorne sent the teams to the lockers for 31:30 home lead. TEO had another great period in the third as they had 20-11 in it. Lithuanian team controlled the game up to 51:41. Fenerbahce waited for their moment and opened the last stanza with 8-0 run. After 23-5 in the period Fenerbahce tied TEO at the standings with 4-2 record. Emilie Gomis had 7 points and 5 steals for the winners.


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Mann Filter 82-67
Comfortable victory for Ros Casares, who together with Rivas Ecopolis remains on top of LFB with almost perfect 9-1 record. Roneeka Hodges once again shined for the hosts delivering 19 points. Ivana Vecerova helped collecting 19 points and 7 boards. LaToya Thomas and LaToya Turner netted 15 points each for the loosing side. Actually Turner had 11 more rebounds beside that. The team from Zaragoza now has 3-7.

Gran Canaria - EBE Ibiza-PDV 80-71
Extremely important win for Gran Canaria as both teams have the same 2-8 record now. Iva Perovanovic was a key player for the winning squad registering double-double, 19 points and 14 rebounds. Shannon Johnson exploded in Ibiza-PDV team with 35 points (6 of 8 from beyond the arc).

Real C.Vigo - Estudiantes 73-53
Easy 20-point win for Celta Vigo, who had couple of players in a game mood today. Pilar Valero scored 17, while Agne Ciudariene had one point less. Maybe the best player for the winning side was Laura Nicholls, who delivered 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Brooke Wyckoff contributed with 14 points and 6 boards in defeat. Both teams had 3-6 before this game.

Mariana - Olesa 88-73
It was a derby game between two teams with 7-2 record after 9 rounds. Licet Castillo top-scored for the hosts with 25 points. Linda Page also was great adding 21 points and 11 rebounds. Noemi Jordana answered with 15 pts for Olesa.

Cadi la Seu - Extrugasa 58-53
Cadi la Seu outsmarted Extrugasa 58-53 moving up on 4-6 record in LFB. At the same it was the 8th failure for Extrugasa, who is together with 2 more Spanish EuroCup teams at the bottom of LFB standings. Kelly Da SIlva netted 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Cadi la Seu. Katia Da Silva shined in Extrugasa with 14 points and 9 boards.

San Jose - Hondar.-Irun 82-79
4-6 for San Jose and 5-5 for Hondarribia-Irun after this round. As usually, Eshaya Murphy demonstrated magnificent performance for San Jose draining 30 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Stacey Lyn Lovelace-Tolbert stepped up for the loosing side netting 25 points.

Halcon A.Per. - Rivas Ecopolis 79-67
There is no more undefeated teams in LFB as Perfumerias crushed Rivas Ecopilis by 12 points. However despite this loss, visitors stay on top together with Ros Casares. Perfumeiras improved on pretty decent 8-2. Michelle Snow delivered 16 points for the hosts including impressive 17 rebounds. Jelens Dubljevic netted 20 for Rivas.



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  TPBL - Women  


TPBL WOMENS PRO TOURNAMENT - DEC. 6-7 and DEC. 13-14 - by Chris Cardenas

SAN ANGELO,TX AND HOUSTON,TX - will be the site for the womens division of the TPBL TOURNAMENT SERIES to be held on DECEMBER 6-7 (SAN ANGELO,TX) and DECEMBER 13-14 (HOUSTON,TX), 2008. All teams around the country are invited to West Texas to show their skills against the best Texas has to offer. This tournament has a 3 game guarantee with a $1000 cash prize for the 1st place team. All tournament awards and an mvp award will be given to the best players in the tournament. ' I think this tournament will give us an idea of how good the ladies play ball and what we have to look forward to in the womens division of the TPBL' says league owner chris cardenas
For a tournament entry form email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com or call : 325-763-6630


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  TURKEY - Women  


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


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


St. Croix Central High Lady Caribs to play in Atlanta Tourney - by David Edole
St. Croix Central High School Lady Caribs will be in Atlanta for the 3rd Annual Dekalb County Schools Holiday Tournament. The Lady Caribs will play in the National Girls Division of the tournament that will run from the 19th to 23rd of December2008. The tournament consists of four divisions that will be play at four different host sites. Clarkston High School, Cedar Grove H.S, Cross Keys H.S, and Southwest DeKalb H.S are the host schools. Central girls will have their hands full when they open against North Clayton on the 20th. If the Lady Caribs manage to get pass North Clayton, they will face the winner of Martin Luther King-McEachern game. McEachern (23-5) is led by senior forward, Kyra Crosby. She averaged 19.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game. Crosby led Cobb County in scoring and was second in rebounds. She has committed to West Virginia:
Rounding out the eight-team tourney are Clarke Central, Memphis Mitchell from Tennessee, Lake City (SC) and the heavily favored Redan Raiders. The Raiders finished 23-8 last season while losing to Stephenson in the state title game. Redan returns senior Delia Drunson (6-0), junior Alisha Andrews (5-2), junior Nia Evans (6-0) and sophomore Kierra Paige (5-5). Evans and Andrews both scored over 300 points last season.
Theyre still young, coach Rhonda Malone said. But that experience last year is going to help us this year. Redan is ranked in the top five in the Atlanta Metro Area. .

ABOUT THE CARIBS
Coach Donald Bough Lady Carib team is very young and will miss do everything forward Sherise Joseph. The coachs daughter sophomore Lanese Bough will assume the mantle as leader for the Lady Caribs. Bough is an excellent shooter and has the size at point guard to cause match up problems. Juniors Shamyra Vanterpool and Risheema 'Lu Lu' Burke will fill the forward slots while Najie Hendrickson will be the other guard in the line up. Vanterpool is a 5-8 guard/forward that can score and Burke was named to the all-defensive team plays sticky D. Both young ladies were named to the St. Croix district all-star team. Najie Hendrickson is an excellent passer and helped the Virgin Islands junior national team to a silver medal in the 16-Under Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC). Bough, Vanterpool and Burke all missed the CBC.
Coming off the bench Central will look to Denequa Phillips, Johvanna John and Krystal Peters.

Also making the trip will be the Central Boys team and their fist game will be an exhibition contest when they face Virginia Tech signee Manny Atkins (6-7, F) and Tucker HS Friday night on December 19th. Tucker HS was Georgia's 4A Champion in 2007. Central Boys opens the National Boys Division Saturday night when they take on Tri Cities. Griffin, Winder-Barrow, Redan, Clarke Central, Lake City (SC) and Southwest DeKalb round out the eight teams of the division.

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

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

Sunday December 21st
Day off for all teams

Monday December 22nd
Semifinals

Tuesday December 23rd
Finals
Consolation rounds.


Paradise Jam, Day 3 Results-Final Results - by David Edole
Saturday, November 30

Island Division

Game 1: UCF (50) vs. Villanova (68)
Villanova used their trademark long-range jumpers to overtake UCF and garner the third spot in the Island Division. The Wildcats hit 12 3-pointers and had three players in double-figures, led by Laura Kurzs 18 pts. Kurz was also named to the All-Tournament team. UCFs DNay Daniels was also named to the All-Tournament team and led the Knights with 15 pts.
PHOTOS

Game 2: Wisconsin (59) vs. Baylor (58)
The Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the upset of the No. 6/7 Baylor Bears to win the Island Division championship. The Badgers Alyssa Karel turned in an MVP performance by hitting the game winning jumper with 7 seconds left and led her team with 15 pts. The Bears Melissa Jones had a pair of potentially game-winning free throws with .5 on the clock, but was unable to convert on either. Baylors Danielle Wilson led all scorers with 18 pts. and pulled down 10 rebounds.
PHOTOS

Island Division Final Standings, MVP and All-Tournament Team

1. Wisconsin (3-0)
2. Baylor (2-1)
3. Villanova (1-2)
4. UCF (0-3)

MVP: Alyssa Karel, Wisconsin

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM/ISLAND DIVISION:

Rachel Allison, Baylor
Rae Lin DAlie, Wisconsin
DNay Daniels, UCF
Laura Kurz, Villanova
Danielle Wilson, Baylor
Reef Division

Game 3: USF (71) vs. Texas Tech (61)
Two quick teams that get up and down the floor quickly impressed the fans with a fast and physical game in which USF was able to take control late and notch a 10-point win. USF was led by the 15 pts. of Shantia Grace. Texas Tech got a double-double from Dominic Seals who had 11 pts. and 13 rebounds.
PHOTOS

Game 4: California (76) vs. Iowa (43)
The No. 3 California Bears proved their ranking and more in winning the Reef Division championship over the Iowa Buckeyes in definitive fashion. The Paradise Jam crowd was able to celebrate a milestone with Cals Alexis Gray-Lawson who surpassed 1,000 total career points at the 1:56 mark in the first half. The Bears stifling defense was able to hold the Buckeyes offense in check throughout the game. Cals Ashley Walker was named Reef Division MVP and recorded an impressive 32 pts. on the evening. Iowa was led by Wendy Ausdemore with 10 pts.
PHOTOS

Reef Division Final Standings, MVP and All-Tournament Team

1. California (3-0)
2. South Florida (2-1)
3. Iowa (1-2)
4. Texas Tech (0-3)

MVP: Ashley Walker, California

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM/REEF DIVISION

Wendy Ausdemore, Iowa
Shantia Grace, South Florida
Alexis Gray-Lawson, California
Lauren Grief, California
Dominic Seals, Texas Tech