EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/04/2008

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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 10 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 3:57:54 AM - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Quimsa 76-59
Atenas had an easy job against Quimsa at home improving its record on impressive 9-1 in Group North. Andre Laws drained 24 while Djibril Kante helped the winners with two points less. Gabriel Mikulas added 20 points and 11 boards for Quimsa but it was not enough for his team, 5-5.

Regatas C. - Sionista 66-55
Sixth win for Regatas this season while Sionista faced with seventh failure in ten games. Ramzee Stanton collected 17 points and 5 rebounds for Regatas. Sionista got 20 points and 11 rebounds from Chuck Robinson.

Obras - Ben Hur 78-57
Extremely important victory for the hosts as both teams had 2-7 before this round. Interesting is that Lazaro Borrell top-scored for the winners with 14 points. At the same time he had 6 more rebounds. Mariano Castets had 13 points in Ben Hur, who is currently on the bottom of the standings.

Independ.N. - Estudiantes 97-63
Comfortable win for Independiente, sixth one this season. Estudiantes is on 7-3 now. Cedric Moodie netted 21 points for Independiente and pulled down 6 rebounds. Edward Nelson had almost the same digits but for the loosing side, 22 points and 6 rebs.

Quilmes MP - Boca Jrs 85-78
Quilmes registered 7-point victory vs Boca Juniors, thus both teams currently have the same score 4-5. Pablo Gil once again shined for Quilmes delivering 21 points including 6 rebounds. Marcos Casini top-scored for the visitors with 19 points.

Lanus - Penarol 72-81
Lanus couldn't handle powerful Penarol at home suffering 7th defeat this season. Penarol remains on top of the standings with 8-2. David Jackson paced his team to victory pouring in 18 points. Fernando Funes had 20 points and 6 boards in Lanus while Terrell Taylor followed him with 18 points and 9 boards. However, their nice performance was not enough for a joy.

*The game between El Nacional and Gimn. CR is scheduled for November 4.

*The game between Cicl. Olimpico and Libertad is scheduled for November 11.


TNA Round: 5 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 5:55:46 PM - by Eurobasket News
Union - A.Espanola 101-71
Union registered comfortable victory vs Asociacion Espanola at home meaning that the hosts remained on top of Group North with perfect score 5-0. On the other side, visitors faced with third failure in five games. Axiers Sucre paced Union to victory collecting 16 points and 8 boards. Mario Sepulveda helped with 15 points. Asociacion got 17 points from Mauro Rotschy.

Belgrano SN - P.Echague 67-76
Pedro Echague grabbed it against Belgrano SN as a visitor mostly owing to Juan Kelly and Willard Ford, which drained 20 points apiece. Maximiliano Rios and Tephen Hamilton netted 15 points each for the loosing side.

Argentino - San Mart.MJ 91-82
Both teams entered into this round with 3 wins and 1 defeat but Argentino became the one who stays on top of Group South. Leonardo Peralta top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Ije Nwankwo of San Martin MJ led all the scorers with impressive 31 points.

Obera TC - Alma Juniors 68-70
Tight but extremely important road victory for Alma Juniors, 3-2. The hosts stay one just one win in 5 games. Cristian Negrotto netted 15 while Matias Tomatis had two points less than for the visitors. Obera got 20 points from Jose Fabio.

A.Italiana - San Mart.C. 96-99
Both teams had 2-2 before this game. Alex Carcamo, Mariano Ceruti and Lucas Gornatti paced San Martin Corrientes to victory against Asociacion Italiana combining 67 points. Fernando Small had 22 for the hosts.

La Union - Atl.Echague 73-66
As it was expected, La Union recorded fourth win in Group North while Atletico Echague stays winless yet. Ariel Pau collected 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning team. Scott Cutley of Atl. Echague was the top scorer of this game with 26 points. At the same times he had 9 more rebounds.

C.Entrerriano - Firmat SF 83-81
The box-score as well as short game report will be available soon.

The game between GimnasiaLP and Ciclista is scheduled for tomorrow.


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  BELARUS   


Vitalyur, OZAA and Minsk-2006 start truthfully11/3/2008 10:46:41 AM - by Eurobasket News
Vitalyur, OZAA and Minsk-2006 improved to 4-0 record from the start as they achieved the latest victories in the League. Vitalyur thrashed BNTU twice 116:43 and 92:28. The defending champions did not have any difficulties reaching 4-0 record.
Minsk-2006 beat Grodno-93 two times away from home. At first the team from the capital won 83:56 and then 78:68. OZAA had two road victories over Lokomotiv 61:75 and 89:104, while Sozh Gomel beat Temp-OSHVSM twice at home, 108:92 and 96:92.
Meanwhile Vladzimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) netted 6 points and made 4 assists for his Russian Unics. Khimky however remained undefeated in the Superleague after they dealt with Unics 75:69 in Kazan. Both teams entered the game with no losses but the visitors proved just stronger at the end. Kelly McCarty nailed 17 points and collected 6 rebounds for the visitors. Maciej Lampe had 16 points for the winning side. Dmitri Sokolov answered with 15 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday knocked down 14 points in the first defeat for the Kazan team.


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  BELIZE   


Maxi Basket Results, Nov. 2!!!11/3/2008 4:26:50 PM - by David Magana
Game 1
BWS 'Bulls' 65 - Orange Walk 'Eagles' 52
Top Scorers

Bulls - Omar 'Stitchy' Gordon 19 pts / 7 rebounds / 4 assist / 1 steal
Claude Martin 19 pts / 2 rebounds / 4 assist / 2 steals
Eagles - Charlie Slusher 21 pts / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Floyd Sutherland 8 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 assist

Game 2
Old Cemetery 63 - Belmopan 41
Top Scorers

Old Cemetery - Calvin Tench 13 pts / 10 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Kevin Siroki 11 pts / 2 rebounds / 5 assist
Belmopan - Fred Banks 9 pts
Clifford King 8 pts / 4 rebounds / 3 assist / 5 steals

Game 3
Old Technical 'Rebels' 64 - Classic Purex 58 - In Overtime
Top Scorers

Rebels - Douglas Penland 17 pts / 8 rebounds / 3 assist / 1 steal
Rico Black 15 pts (5-3's) / 2 rebounds / 1 steal
Purex - Greg Williams 19 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block / 3 steals
Armin Arana 18 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist / 6 steals

Game 4
Alberts 66 - Maria Chang 51
Top Scorers

Alberts - Lloyd Leslie 27 pts / 6 rebounds / 1 block / 2 steals
Vince 'Post' Lamb 14 pts / 4 rebounds / 3 assist / 1 block / 2 steals
Maria Chang - Joseph Habet 20 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
Jimmy Faber 12 pts / 4 rebounds / 1 steal

NEXT GAMES - 09 November 11:30 am at Civic Center

Game 1 - Belmopan vs Old Technical 'Rebels'
Game 2 - Orange Walk 'Eagles' vs Maria Chang
Game 3 - BWS 'Bulls' vs Old Cemetery
Game 4 - Alberts vs Classic Purex


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  CAMEROON   


Alfred Aboya on basketball and Cameroon11/3/2008 11:08:59 AM - by Cyril Empig
Recently, Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece on Cameroonian Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85). The piece talked about how Alfred has finished college at UCLA in 3 years. Which is amazing, considering that college in the US usually takes 4 years, plus the fact that Alfred was on the varsity basketball team those whole 3 years. Alfred is now attending graduate school at UCLA and is more than likely the starting center for UCLA this coming season. The starting center last year, Kevin Love, has left school for the NBA. Following his stint with the Cameroon National Team this summer, Alfred considered leaving UCLA for the opportunity to play pro ball outside of the US. However, not liking what he was seeing, Alfred chose to return to UCLA for another year, to the cheers of the UCLA faithful. Everyone at UCLA appreciates Alfred's effort and energy (and occasional three-point shots!) and is happy to see the Cameroonian return to Westwood, California. Hopefully, Alfred could cut down on his fouls, because of his intensity, Alfred is often called for fouls that ends up keeping him on the bench.
But in the Pucin piece, Alfred spoke more of what he wants to do for his homeland, Cameroon, once he is done with his basketball career. He spoke of the corruption and the poverty that engulfs Cameroon at present. Alfred spoke of aspirations of being in Cameroon politics in order to help the country get out of this 'cycle of need and greed.' Alfred states that Cameroon has the natural resources to thrive economically, to educate her children better, both intellectually and morally, to make them better people. But corruption and poverty makes all these hopes and desires seemingly difficult to achieve. Alfred hopes to tackle both when he goes back home and becomes a leader in the country. 'It's a step-by-step process,' Alfred says. 'You exercise leadership in your small community first and once you establish that, then you move up step by step in the neighborhood, and once you have that you move up and up and up until you can touch as many people as you can. Once you have that support, you can make reforms and big change.'
To read the whole Diane Pucin article, go to: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-aboya15-2008oct15,0,92915.story


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  CHINA   


CBA Season ..........Ready to get Underway11/3/2008 4:56:40 PM - by Alex Yam
The excitement of the Beijing Olympics have passed, with a sense of pride for the Chinese, in hosting what most believe to be a very successful Summer games. This season's Chinese Basketball Association regular season is about 2 weeks away from getting underway. The Chinese version of the NBA this year will showcase a longer season, and some very familiar NBA veterans. This will be one of the most watched leagues in all of the world. Stay tuned!

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  DENMARK   


5th round of the Danish 1. division11/3/2008 10:28:04 AM - by Thomas Quaade
In was what to be a easy to predict round; 4 games had different results than expected.

In Vaerlose the hungry and surprise team of Fjordager BK Odense got beat bad and Vaerlose BBK seems now again to be the team everybody expected them to be at the beginning of the season. Vaerlose BBK won big 96-58 in a game where Fjordager BK Odense tried everything they could but just had a bad allround day. The tough defense from Vaerlose BBK caused severe problems for the smaller Fjordager BK Odense team and Vaerlose BBK looks once again to be a top 4-5 team in the division.

Also Jonstrup played extremely well this round and forced Hobas into a very close game at Horsholm. Jonstrup seems to be much better than the previous years in the 1. division and even though the teams was relegated to the 2. division but got a 'free card' to play in the 1. division, the Jonstrup team has showed they belong in the division and should soon collect mores wins.

The biggest surprise came in Norrebro, where one of the bottom teams Falcon visited the heavily favorites of BK Skjold/Stevnsgade. With a new coach Endre Takacs (203-C-80), who just arrived from Lemvig BK, the Falcon team will improve and took a big step in that direction and only lost with 1 point in the last seconds of an exciting game in Norrebrohallen. The final result was 66-65.

The final suprising result was when heavy favorite Aarhus BF hosted the other new 1. division team Virum. Both teams are new in this league but Aarhus BF has proven themselves as a major factor with fullcourt press and extreme energy for 40 minutes. The young Virum team lead by their American player Quade Milum (201-F-86) (201-F-86) has had a tougher start to their debut and was given few changes in Aarhus. But they played very well and had 28 points from Milum and good production from the rest of the team in a close game. Final result was 84-78.

In the remaining two games Aalborg BK beat ALBA in a cold gym in Allerod with 55-99 and had 33 points and 19 rebounds from Dreshawn Vance (203-F-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO). In Herlev Basket, the home team got an important win against Lemvig BK 76-65. Herlev Basket was still without injured Torsten Gotterup, but he should be back for next game so watch out.

Here's all the results:

Vaerlose BBK - Fjordager BK Odense 96-58
Hobas - Jonstrup 67-65
ALBA - Aalborg BK 55-99
BK Skjold/Stevnsgade - Falcon 66-65
Herlev Basket - Lemvig BK 76-65
Aarhus BF - Virum 84-78


Canal Digital League Round 5.11/3/2008 7:15:18 AM - by Thomas Soltau
Horsens VS Aabyhoj (72-80): Behind a well playing Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) Aabyhoj finally got their first win. His 29 points and 11 rebounds led the way. Aabyhoj was playing aggressive getting to the line 21 times. Horsens did not find an answer, and the game slipped out of their hands. Horsens is still winless in the Canal Digital League.

SISU VS Naestved (86-98): (The original game SISU VS Svendborg was moved.) Naestved continued their red hot shooting from the weekends Bakken-game. Naestved shot 61 percent from the field and 56 percent from three-point land. Adrian Gross (201-C-85, college: Co.Carolina) competed for 23 points and Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) put up 22 points for the visitors, while SISU struggled to find leadership on the court.

Amager VS Randers (82-91): The battle of the two undefeated teams. Amager came of a bad loss in the Cup to 1. Division team Aalborg, and were eager to take the floor. During the game Randers lost their Star-player Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) after just 18 minutes of playing time, when he fouled out. This opened up the game, but Randers was able to pull away behind the 31 points from their Danish guard Chris Nielsen (193-G-85).

Naestved VS Roskilde (88-84): Without both their big-men Roskilde was the underdog in this game. Roskilde's shooters held them in the game with 13 three-pointers made, but their small lineup could not stop Naestved from getting into the paint, either getting the close layup or the foul. Naestved was 32/44 on short twos, while attempting 25 free throws. Roskilde fought hard, but in the end Naestved and the 29 points of Mickey Dennis was too much.

Horsholm VS Bakken (53-67): Bakken bounced back from the Naestved-loss and a Cup-game against Roskilde that was all too close. The game was a low-scoring game, and Bakken did a good job keeping Horsholms main scorer Jimmy Binnie (201-F-86, college: Dayton) to only 3 points on 1/9 shooting. Bakken dominated the paint and the rebound-battle. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) was the key for Bakken with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn. Christian Nielsen (201-F-86, college: Wagner) was the only guy in double digits from Horsholm with 12 points.


The Bell is ringing again in Bakken.11/3/2008 8:47:53 AM - by Thomas Soltau
Bakken Bears announced today, at a press-conference in downtown Aarhus that the newest Bakken player, and replacement for Jamar Nutter, is none other than Eric Bell (190-G-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Paltz St.).

Bell is one of the leading scorers in Bakken history, and the club is very excited about being able to bring him back to Denmark.

'Bell always demands a hundred percent of himself and his teammates, and we are sure that ability will make him lift our team.' (GM Michael Piloz)

His letter of clearance was already obtained by the Danish Basketball Federation some days ago, so most insiders knew about his arrival before the official announcement today.

But none the less Bakken fans have reason to be excited, Eric Bell is a leader, potential go-to-guy and a proven player at the Danish League level, which is exactly what Bakken have been searching for.


Svendborg will win the Danish Championship11/3/2008 10:01:32 AM - by Thomas Quaade
According to the Eurobasket.com readers Svendborg Rabbits Rabbits will defeat Bakken Bears and win their first Danish championship.

A poll on Eurobasket.com has made a believer in Svendborg Rabbits as champs in 32% of the 228 voters. Bakken Bears was second in the voting with 25%.

Here's the voting results:

1. Svendborg Rabbits 32%

2. Bakken Bears 25%

3. Other teams 18%

4. SISU Copenhagen 15%

5. BK Amager 10%

Maybe the voting will be different if the voters knew of Bakken Bears recent signing, Eric Bell (190-G-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Paltz St.). But we'll see what happens and return with another voting soon.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Thunder Release Former Oklahoma State Standout John Lucas III11/3/2008 12:15:41 PM - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Oklahoma City Thunder have released third year guard and former Oklahoma State standout John Lucas III (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.). Lucas was with OKC thru the pre-season but has not appeared in any of the Thunders regular season games. Lucas played in four pre-season contests, and totaled 15 points, 8 assists and 5 steals in 46 combined minutes.
Lucas spent the 2007-08 season in Italy with Benetton Treviso. A former member of the Tulsa 66ers during his rookie season with the Houston Rockets in 2005-06, Lucas has appeared in 35 D-League games, averaging 16.8 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 50.9% from the field.


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  EGYPT   


Egypt faces Jordan in the semifinal11/3/2008 4:59:45 AM - by Sherif Soliman
Egyptian team reached the semifinal of the Arab nation chapionship,last night Egypt won over Algeria 68-56, It was a very close game last night as the Algerian were struggling to reach the semifinal. Most of the Egyptian team players seemed very tired but Wael Badr played one of the best games in his carrier scoring 32 points.The Egyptian team will face the Jordanians tomorrow with high chanses to reach the final as the last face between them in the first round was easy for the Egyptian to win.Wael Badr (193-G-78)

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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Larry Blair getting a hot hand11/3/2008 3:15:05 PM - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 8: Kataja's (Joensuu) new American G Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) did a good job last season in Hungary and now he is getting hot in Finland. Blair played tonight the second game on Kataja's roster and led his Team to 85-88 (45-38) victory on the road in Kotka. Blair scored game high 27 pts and grabbed seven rbs. Quarters: 27-18, 18-20, 17-31, 23-19. KTP had a 15-point-lead (40-25) in the middle of the second quarter, but Kataja came back to the game thanks to Guard-tandem Blair - Petri Virtanen. Virtanen fouled out at the end of the 4th quarter, and the contest was changed into a thriller. Kataja's FTs 19/20 (95,0%) helped a lot as well as Jeremiah Wood's 19 rbs. KTP had four players in double figures. Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 23 pts and 11 rbs.

KTP - Kataja 85-88 (45-38) (Damon Williams 23/11, Steve Smith 17, Durell Vinson 10, Toni Ilmonen 10 - Larry Blair 27, Petri Virtanen 17, Sami Lehtoranta 17, Jeremiah Wood 8/19).



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  FRANCE   


Ronnie TAYLOR signs in Boulazac11/3/2008 7:37:30 AM - by Gregory Caru
After 7 games and only 1 victory,Boulazac is trying to find a solution in order to change the situation.Richmond is always injured,and it was the end contrat Gilbert's contract, so Boulazac has signed Ronnie Taylor.This is a guard,good shooter,who knows the french championship because he played last year in Brest(pro b)for 16,1ppg 4,7ass 1,7ste , at the beginning of the season he has signed in Hungary(szolnoki olajbanyasz)but he has played only 2 games before come back in France.Normally it's good choice for Boulazac who had some problem since the Richmond's injury.Taylor should play against Evreux for week 8. Ronnie Taylor (187-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro)

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  GERMANY   


Bamberg tie up Michael Jordan deal11/3/2008 10:06:40 AM - by Moritz Korff
The Brose Baskets Bamberg (1. Bundesliga) have completed the signing of Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania). The 31-year-old guard already played for coach Chris Fleming in Quakenbrueck from 2002 until Ocotber 2005, followed by a stint at the Koeln 99ers. During 2006-07 Jordan averaged 13.7 points, 5.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2 steals for Tisettanta Cantu in Italy. The former Bundesliga-Allstar started this past season with TEC Spirou Charleroi (15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg in the Belgian league) and joined PAOK Thessaloniki in March 08. He appeared in 5 games of the Greek A1-league and posted 7.4 points as well as 3.6 assists per contest.

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  GREECE   


B' Division: Round 4 - Results and Scorers 11/3/2008 6:23:03 AM - by Chris Mammides

Sporting - Komotini 65-69
Quarters: 24-21, 44-37, 54-48, 65-69.
Top scorers:
Sporting: Christoforos Houmas 22, Efthimiou 9.
Komotini: Giannis Stefanidis (196-F/G-82) 18, Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage) 16 and Christos Tsakonitis (188-G/F-83) 15
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OFI - Halkida 81-63
Quarters: 17-21, 43-33, 69-46, 81-63.

Top scorers:
OFI: Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 26, Giannis Farmakis (201-F-78) 13.
Halkida: Jeremic 19, Mihalis Frousklias (197-G-87) 12 and Psaropoulos 11.
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Goumenisa - Amyntas 75-70
Quarters: 21-18, 42-29, 53-53, 75-70.
Top scorers:
Goumenisa: Giorgos Karipidis (197-F-85) 24, Pantsios 15 and Bagi 10.
Amyntas: Martin Lazaridis (203-F-87) 15, Giannaletsos 13, Zoupas 12.
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Ikaros Kallitheas - Anagennisi Floga 70-64
Quarters: 17-18, 36-29, 49-44, 70-64.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 10, Polytarchou 10.
Anagennisi/Floga: Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 18, Touloumis 15, Bourdanos 12
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Pierikos Arhelaos - Lavrio 74-65
Quarters: 19-20, 36-39, 60-51, 74-65.
Top scorers:
Pierikos Arhelaos: Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 29, Giorgos Chrisanthopoulos (203-G-73) 18
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 13, Tsolatos 13, Kasaballis 11.

P. Faliro - Doukas 57-95
Quarters: 16-23, 28-41, 40-67, 57-95.
Top scorers:
P. Faliro: Michalis Monemvasitis (195-F-88) 16, Giannakakis 11 and Kyparissous 10.
DOUKAS: Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86) 24, Karabas 13, Rozolis 14.

Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Kalamarias 58-64
Quarters: 18-13, 33-32, 43-47, 58-64.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: Thanasis Topouzis (205-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) 15, Georgatzas 11
Apollon Kalamarias: Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 29, Hatzatourov 9

AIAS Evosmou - Arkadikos 78-76
Quarters: 22-13, 40-36, 56-47, 78-76.
Top scorers:
AIAS: Fotis Triantafillidis (187-G-81) 18, Souflias 10.
Arkadikos: Giannis Manos (186-G-71) 26, Moutran 7.



A2 Round: 4 - Results and Scorers 11/3/2008 5:29:47 AM - by Chris Mammides
Xanthi Rethymno 81-86
A great road win took place in Xanthi on Saturday night. Coach Takianos team had in a great day Panagiotopoulos who finished the game with 20 points. The quarters were: 15-15, 43-36, 57-51 and 81-86. Top scorer on behalf of the home team was Jelenic but his 27 points were not enough for Coach Zafiroudis team.
MENT Pagrati 74-65
Coach Koukoulekidis team gave its best efforts in the second half in order to win the game as in the first 25 minutes the victory was not an easy task for the home team as Coach Liogas team with the experience and talent of Damir Latovic (204-C-80) and Siristatidis was in lead but after these two players got tired Mandic Fogel and Makris took the initiatives and finished the game in just less than 8 minutes. The quarters were: 21-18, 36-40, 54-48 and 74-65. Top scorer for the winners was Mandic with 22 followed by Fogel with 16 while from the visiting site Damir Latovic scored 27 points
Apollon Patras Olympiada Patras 86-85 (in OT)
The Patras Derby took place in A2 after a number of years, the two teams with different missions this season played a game full of passion and many changes in the score. The Cypriot International Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) made a wonderful game and he was the reason of Dimitris Papadopoulos victorious result. The Cypriot point guard scored 36 points with 7 three pointers and 9 assists, followed by Costas Maglos (208-F/C-75, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 13 and dashed down 8 boards while Georgitsis scored 17 points. On behalf of Coach Ekonomouss team top scorer was Dimitris Georgaros (187-G-75) who ended the game with 26 points and 6 assists followed by the Serbs Tosic and Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) who scored 17 and 15 points respectively. The quarters were: 19-18, 34-38, 52-52, 74-74 and in OT 86-85.
Keravnos Aigiou Dafni 65-77
Another road win for the team of Dafni and another home loss for the team of Keravnos Aigiou which already begun to feel uncomfortable after four weeks without the slightest victory.
The quarters were: 18-24, 32-39, 48-56 and 65-77. Coach Chrysanthopoulos team couldnt compete the team of Coach Costas Sorotos in any point even though Kefalas did his best and scored 25 points and 4 rebounds, Keravnos didnt receive the expected points from Albert as it was in a not so good night, the Spaniard scored 10 points with 4/7 and 3/7 in FTs and twos. On the other hand Dafni had in a great day Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) who finished the game with 18 points while Sourlis Sioutis and Petrodimopoulos scored 15, 14 and 13 points respectively.
KAOD Ermis Lagkada 92-99
Ermis Lagkada has a great roster and in Lagkadas they are doing a great job, this is shown on an every weeks performance. On Saturday the players of Coach Baxevanis and especially Dimitriadis, Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-80) and Akepsimaidis were in a great day. Dimitriadis scored 27 points and 7 rebounds, Aristo Nikoloudis scored 21 points while Akepsimaidis scored 15 points. On behalf of KAOD, top scorer was Gannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) with 22 points followed by Zeljko Zupic (205-F-81, college: Denver) who scored 21 and Maslarinos who scored 15.
Iraklis Ilysiakos 77-85
Ilysiakos succeeded another road win this time in the derby against the strong team of Iraklis. Ilysiakos and Coach Zevgolis were lucky enough to see Bogris to have excellent performance and finishing the game with 21 points while another four players had double digits. On the other hand, the home team had only Liakopoulos and Daniil scoring 14 and 13 points but they were all alone.
Panerythraikos ICBS 59-58
Another great derby took place in Erythraia where the home team won another game in the last basket. ICBS was a tough nut but Panerytrhaikos with Giannis Psathas on the leading role and Tomaras in a secondary role helped the team of Coach Houhoulis to win the game. From ICBS top scorer was the Cypriot Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) who scored 17 points followed by Kourtis who scored 11.
Near East Peristeri 87-77
In the neighborhoods derby Near East prove to be ready to do great things this season, Coach Karnesis team (the only one without Bosman players in the league) with an amazing trio, Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76), Michalos and Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82) over-scored Coach Karagiannis team as Buci and Lewis were not enough for the home team. Top scorer was Apostolos Koutroulias who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds, followed by Dimos Fotiou with 19 points and 3 rebounds followed by Michalos with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. On behalf of Peristeri Buci scored 15 points and Lewis 13.


A1 Round: 4 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 3:08:58 AM - by Eurobasket News
AEL 1964 - VAP Kolossos 69-76
VAP Kolossos outplayed AEL 1964 on the road registering the first win in A1, 1-3. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Trikalla - AEK 73-75
Tight but very important win for head coach Kostas Flevarakis and his team, 2-2. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Panellinios - Kavala/P. 74-61
Panelinios celebrated against Kavala in Athens mostly owing to Jurica Golemac, who delivered 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, as well as to Anthony Grundy, who helped with 17 points and 4 boards. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Aris - C.C. Marousi 83-73
Sean Marshall paced Aris to third victory this season. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Olympiakos - PAOK 80-71
Coach Panagiotis Yannakis and his players kept the perfect record after home game vs PAOK Thessaloniki. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

ESTIA Egaleo - Olimpia L. 72-81
Both teams entered into this round with the same record 1-2. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent

Panionios - Panathinaikos 71-91
Another big favorite made it in this round. After disappointing performance in Barcelona this week, PAO cruised past Panionios celebrating fourth consecutive win in A1. *More info about this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 7: Blowouts and closeouts!11/3/2008 7:39:02 AM - by Terry Cooper
Week 7 was just as the title stated. Some teams blewout their opponents while other teams won near the end to seal victories. Landstede2 needed overtime to over come their crosstown rival Red Giants 79-70 while BV Rooi edged VBC Akrides 72-69 on the road. GOBA delivered a knock out blow to Punch winning 96-77 while MyGuide2 monkey-stomped de Pigeons 125-72. Intl High Five won a nail-bitter over De Groene Uile 70-68 while Leiden2 cruised past Cangeroes 86-57. MSV Log in won over EBBC2 71-59 after a dismal first quarter of play by the defending champions although the playing environment and atmosphere was a bit depressing. As teams are continuing to make early statements in the league, we hope that all teams are striving for the playoffs instead of just trying to stay in the Promotie. The league is trying to grow to be a respected league in second highest level however, if teams and players are only participating for the fun, it is best that you relegate to Eerstedivisie (lower league) because the players and organizations are only hurting the league instead of being part of the progression. Players and coaches alike. Stay tuned.

Week 7 Scores:

Landstede2 - Red Giants 79-70
VBC Akrides - BV Rooi 69-72
Goba - Punch 96-77
Groene Uilen - High Five 68-70
MyGuide2 - Pigeons 125-72
EBBC2 - MSV Log in 59-71
Leiden2 - Cangeroes 86-57


Basketball crowds in EreDivisie Basketball. 11/4/2008 1:34:45 PM - by Terry Cooper

This season I have decided to travel to all EreDivisie teams home games and evaluate the fans and the ENERGY they bring to these high level games. This evaluation is based after attending 3 games each during the current season. Fans are most important to clubs as well as players so hopefully fans will come out and support their home team.

Hanzevast Capitals - Although Groningen is considered a university city, they have the best crowd attendance so far in the league. It's a rare occassion that Hanzevast (winning or losing) that Martinplaza is not packed. Their fans are loyal to the death. I know that coaches and players are grateful for fans like this and makes them play hard every night. Keep up the good work.

EiffelTowers Den Bosch - Since Eiffel (Head Sponsor) left Nijmegen in 2004 Den Bosch fans have grown to new levels. De Maasaport sporthal is filled from top to bottom on weekend games as well as Eurochallenge games. To win in that environment of fans is an accomplishment within itself. Also, Den Bosch fans are more family oriented and provides a positive atmosphere for basketball fans around.

Magixx Matrixx Nimegen - Even after the departure of their head sponsor Eiffel in 2004, the managing staff brushed off the loss of Eiffel and welcomed Matrixx with open arms. I must say when you go to a Magixx Matrixx game, make sure you bring your party shoes because with this crowd of fans, it more like a party instead of a game. These fans really get the players hyped and ready for the game. I dont know if I want to watch the game or get on the dance floor!

EclipseJet/MyGuide Amsterdam - Sporthallen Zuid is the home arena of the most prominent club in Dutch basketball. Every year this club is winning or competing for every cup in the Dutch league and Europe. Many fans come to support EJMG even with the size of their sporthal (5000 capacity) they still have a great attendance level. In May when the playoffs begin, the crowd grows. Although it is early in the season, to see Sporthallen Zuid filled from all sides is something to see.

Z&Z Leiden - Since their return to EreDivisie in 2006, the Leiden Devils has put a curse on VijfMeihal and the crowd fills up the small spothal every night. One tough place to play when you have the crowd right on the floor and it makes it a tougher place to win when the crowd energy can be heard around the block. LEIDUUUUH!!!!

Upstairs Weert - Another small sporthal with loyal dedicated fans is the old Boshoven gym that Weert plays. Weert supporters get into the games of the club and are right on the floor at games just like Matrixx, West Brabant, and Leiden. The Upstairs crowd is very loud and bring everything to the gym from drums to horns to distract any visiting team. After the games they are the friendliest people you can ever meet. They ride and die with their team!

West-Brabant Giants - The Giants has a crowd that is like no other. West-Brabant players and coaches welcome the fans with open arms. The fans feel like they are a part of the team. Once again the smaller halls makes the most noise and packs the house. If the Giants continue to win, they may have to get a bigger sporthal!

Den Helder Seals - After a one year hiatus from the league, the small town of Den Helder has kept a loyal support of fans and support. From De Slenk sporthal to the new SportCenter Den Helder, the Seals have a comfortable size of supporters which is more of the people's team like no other. Keep up the good work!

Landstede Zwolle - ZBC sprothal is a fairly sizeable sporthal and the fans energy balances with the heart that the players give every night. Landstede is the only team in EreDivisie that is affiliated with another top sport (Volleyball) and I consider the best education team on the top level. The fans know the Landstede name and the energy is getting better. Go Hammers!

Aris Leeuwarden - Although Aris has a small sporthal which could give the players a boost in playing. Last season the fans energy were almost non-existent. However, after some key wins at home and on the road, the fans energy has boosted overnight and it looks like it is there to stay. Its a 360 from last seasons team which the energy was gone due to some many changes during the season. To the Aris fans, be with your team through the good times and the bad. The players and management appreciate it to the fullest.


Rotterdam Challengers - With new ownership, the Challengers have turned the club around from its years of barely staying in the league or even exisiting. TopSportCentrum is one of the best designed sporthals in Holland. . The Challengers are doing everything to encourage fans that there's another top sport than Rotterdam Feijnoord Football and it is working. The fans are supporting Challengers basketball and they bring great energy at games. Keep on supporting because things are going great.



Durelle Brown leaves West-Brabant Giants11/3/2008 2:02:54 PM - by Fred Roggen
The board of the West-Brabant Giants and the American forward Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) have decided in good mutual consultation to end the contract that was signed for this season. The technical staff of the club is looking for a suitable replacement. Technical manager Marcel Lhr hopes as soon as possible to complete the selection with a new player.
Durelle Brown played to date, eight league games for the Giants, in which he averaged 10.9ppg and grabbed 4.4rpg.


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A Division Round: 3 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 8:33:07 AM - by Eurobasket News
ZTE KK - EnterNet-NTE 116-86
Easy win for Zalakeramia-ZTE against EnterNet-NTE mostly owing to Calvin Watson, who drained 21 points at the same time registering 6 more rebounds and 7 assists. Peter Likar shined in the visiting team collecting 21 points and 4 boards. It was the first win for the hosts, which now have 1-1, while NTE faced with third consecutive defeat, 0-3.

Debreceni - Univer KSE 68-86
It was a game between two winless teams after 3 rounds. Zsolt Szabo led Kecskemeti Univer KSE to extremely important road victory adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. Mike Dale also was great helping with 15 points and 10 boards. Debreceni got 20 points plus 6 rebounds from Joe Kennerly.

Falco - Kaposvari 98-78
Comfortable victory for Falco KC-Szombathely for 3-0 in Division A. On the other side, Kaposvari dropped on 1-2. Laszlo Kalman netted 21 points while Andrija Ciric nailed 2 points less for the winners. Kestutis Marciulionis of Kaposvari was the top scorer of this match with impressive 37 points.

Kormend - Soproni 83-69
2-0 for Kormend and 1-2 for Soproni after this game. George Banks was totally the best player for the hosts draining 29 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. P.J. Couisnard had 15 points and 5 boards in Soproni.

Albacomp - Marso-Vagep 89-70
As it was expected Albacomp outplayed Marso at home remaining perfect in Division A. Rashad Bell shined for the hosts scoring 21 points and missing only one board for double-double. Velibor Radovic has one point less than him. Marso, who remained on the bottom of the standings, got 22 points from Branko Savic.

Dombovar - PVSK Panth. 80-76
Dombovar is third team in Division A with 3 victories so far. PVSK slipped for the second time this season. Ferenc Bodi netted 24 while Jerome LaGrange helped Dombovar with 18 points. Thomas Kelley of PVSK led all the scorers pouring in 27 points.



Hot shot!11/3/2008 12:31:45 PM - by Tamas Deri

In the game Dombovar vs. Pecs the home team scored 2 three pointers in the last 15 seconds of the 2nd quarter.
After the first one made by one of the domestic players, the guests were on a quick offense and missed a shot. American player, Ivory Clark (198-F-85) grabbed the rebound and shot the ball from the full court two seconds left! He just made it!!! Watch his amazing shot, click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9TjhV2J7YA



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Referees Must be Brave in All Situations11/3/2008 9:24:41 AM - by Eurobasket
As all people know, Referees is The Judge of Court in a Match so he has to call and wistle in justice for all the teams, Home and Guest. Some times referees will be in an exam to show themselves , in some situations they will be examined and some of them will be passed and some failed.
On Thursday, There was a match in Sanandaj - Kordestan between Traktorsazi Kordestan and Shiraz a.s Pipe. The gym was full of crowd and people just shout and some times they made some problems for the guest team, specially in Free Shots and they just threated the referees all the time of game and It's result was Bad Judge in some times of the match and not calling some clear fouls on guest players which all the crowd were surprised because Traktorsazi Kordestan players kicked shiraz players or catched their jerseys all the time. One of the referees was Amir Hossein Safarzadeh, one of the best and youngest iranian referees which must help his two too young assistants to having no fear in that situation but ....
After too many mistakes in judgment, the score was 75-75 and just 4 seconds, Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) made a penetrate to score and win, two guys kicked him in a bad manner so he felt down and injured too bad. No Whistle No Foal , just Scoreboard's Beep told Time is Over. Extra Time started and a.s Pipe's Captain, Kevin Sheppard couldn't play because of injury. So the match which could be finished in 40 minutes for Shiraz a.s Pipe, finished after first extra time for Traktorsazi Kordestan and Referees. Referees couldn't call that clear foul because they had fear of crowd, fear of what will happened after the match. But they didn't have any fear of being honest in judgment or being punished by referee's committee of Iran Basketball Federation. We wish Brave for All Referees in All Situations because all the teams pays too much money for being in league and some fear will destroy all of their attempts.


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Roger Powell joins Hapoel Jerusalem11/3/2008 3:55:50 PM - by Interperformances
NBA former player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) has signed a deal with the Israeli Premier League team Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, which won the Israeli Cup in the last two seasons. The 6'6' forward last year played in the Italian Serie A team Siviglia Wear Teramo, averaging 13.2 points per game and grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game. In the 2006/2007 season Roger played with Utah Jazz, where he hit the field averaging 43% from the NBA 3 point line.

Premier L. Round: 2 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 4:27:09 PM - by Eurobasket News
Givat Shmuel - Kiryat Ata 101-80
Givat Shmuel outscored Kiryat Ata 101:80 in Round 3 of Ligat Winner. Bradford Steffon led the winners with 23 points and Carr Corry netted 21. McKnight Brandon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Ramat Gan - Hapoel Holon 67-93
Hapoel Holon had a road victory over Ramat Gan 67:93 as five players reached double digits for the winners. Washington Deron paced all of them with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Daniel Sean posted 15 in defeat and Jones Jonathan added 12.

Bnei Hasharon - Galil Gilboa 54-74
Galil Gilboa celebrated 74:54 win away from home over Bnei Hasharon. Roberts Brian top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Israeli Guni posted 16. Roby Richard provided the same number of points in the losing effort

Ashkelon - Ironi Nahariya 90-84
Ashkelon overcame Ironi Nahariya 90:84 in the only game scheduled for November 3rd. Kelley Tre nailed 29 points and Burtt Steve followed him with 23. Lewis Ron finished the night with 23 points in defeat.

Rishon LZ - Macc.Haifa 54-81
Maccabi Haifa improves to 2-0 after 81:54 over Rishon LZ. Jefferson Davon and McKie BJ shined with 20 points apiece. Kozikaro Ido scored 15 and Porat Gur netted 6. Hughes James ended up with 13 points for the home side.



Onyekwe returns to Bnei; Powel joins Jerusalem11/3/2008 2:05:48 PM - by Tamar Goldman

The British-Nigerian forward Ugonna Onyekwe (203-F-79, college: Pennsylvania) returns for a second term in Bnei Hasharon after playing for the club during 2005/06 season. Onyekwe was called to Bnei after the club second consecutive lost in the league, and due to an injury problem that prevents both Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Kent St.) and Shawn James (208-F/C-83, college: Northeastern) were places on the injured list. Since the last time Onyekwe played in Israel he made a stop in Spain (CAI Zaragoza and Ciudad de Huelva) for a couple of month during the last two seasons.

Hapoel Jerusalem lands American Forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois), who was recently released from the Chicago Bulls. Powell graduated from Illinois University and right after graduation on 2005 Powell was drafted by Rockford Lightning (CBA, 30th place, 4th round). In the summer of 2006 signed a contract with Utah Jazz (NBA) and played there until Jan. 07 then moved to Arkensas Rimrockers (D-League). His first stop put of the US was in Italy where he played in 2007/08.


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Seria A Week 4 review11/3/2008 2:51:12 AM - by Stefano Pini
The main fact of the week in Serie A is the 3rd lost in row for Milano. Armani Jeans has some problems concerning injuries. Yesterday, Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77), Luca Vitali (201-G-86) and Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) didn't play. Pier Luigi Bucchi , coach at the first season on Milano's bench, is surely doing a good job. The team executes the offensive sets and there is good spacing on the court. But in this moment Milano suffers the absence of a natural go-to-guy. In the only game won by Milano, at Pesaro, David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) scored 28 points with 11/13 from the court. So, these are the keys for Armani Jeans: have all the players healthy, find hierarchy, have patience.

In the pre-season ranking Montegranaro was considered a 'relegation team'. Especially after the sign of Shawn Kemp (209-F-69, college: Trinity Valley JC) and his departure... But the arrivals of Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio), Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) added to the fresh talent of Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) and the re-sign of Kiwane Garris (188-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) have given a depth to the team that has made change quickly several opinions...

Thinking to Roma: Jasmin Repesa is giving minutes to the italian talent Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and the forward is answering very well. In Serie A Gigi's playing 16 minutes (scoring 8 points), in the first 2 games in Euroleague Datome had 10 points in 20'.

After have waived Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina), Fortitudo Bologna has a new sheriff on the court: Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC). 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists against Rieti. Maybe Bologna hasn't yet solved all the problems of this Autumn. But come back to the victory is the best way to begin something...


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Knights into NBL finals but only just11/3/2008 9:53:25 AM - by Leonard Whyte

Despite the heroic performance of star player Mcleish Kemar, Majestic Gardens came up short in the end against defending champions Urban Knights and suffered a hard-fought 62-59 defeat in the deciding game 3 of their best-of-three playoffs series at the National Stadium courts on Friday night. This result vaulted Knights into the finals of the 2008 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) where they will face newcomers Port Royal Bulls in an attempt to win back-to-back titles.

Willis Reed moment
McLeish, whose status for the game was listed as very doubtful up to game time, was inserted at the beginning of the third quarter by coach Ludlow Barker, and proceeded to lead Majestic with 22 points and nine rebounds. Despite his best Willis Reed impression, Knights still ended the quarter on top 46-39. As the fourth quarter unfolded, the champions kept Majestic at bay until Havando Dunn came off the bench and nailed two well-needed three-pointers to pull Majestic even at 58-58. Knights kept their composure, however, and Javon Bailey, as part of his brilliant fourth quarter performance, connected on a long range three with 0.30 seconds to go to give Knights the lead for good and a chance to defend their title.


Bailey finished 13 points, but the high scorer for Knights was Omar Barnes with 19 points and Oneil Mundle was the third double-figure scorer with 11. Dunn with 15 points and Balton Todd with 13 points were the other high scorers for Majestic. The finals begin on Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm at the national Stadium courts.



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Tochigi muscles out a win over Toyota11/3/2008 8:32:28 AM - by J.D. Greene
The Tochigi Brex were able to claim an exciting victory against the Toyota Alvark in a game that went into overtime in front of a sold-out crowd on Monday. Brex big man James Cripe (213-C-84, college: N.Kentucky) was the game's high scorer with 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Shunsuke Ito contributed 17 points and 18 rebounds to help assist the Brex to victory.
For the Alvark, Charles O'bannon scored 23 points and grabbed 10 boards. This is the third consecutive loss for Toyota, who previously lost 2 games against Panasonic in last week's series.


Kei Igarashi no longer Hitachi's starting point guard11/3/2008 9:36:46 AM - by Kenny
The second most popular Japanese player in the JBL after PG Yuta Tabuse of Tochigi, Hitachi SunRockers PG Kei Igarashi (180-G-80), has lost his starting job for now. For the last 2 weeks (3 games), the speedy national team member has been demoted to second string in favor of longtime backup PG Toshihiro Sato. While Sato is a formidable backup and a very capable point guard with a deadly shooting stroke, he is no Igarashi-a player that can dictate a game all by himself with his speed and shooting ability. Igarashi, a member of Japan's national team since 2004 and a fan favorite due to his matinee idol looks, has legions of fans throughout Japan (mostly female) who religiously attend every Hitachi game to catch his games. His fans have to no doubt be disappointed with his demotion, although he still plays around 20 minutes a game. There are reports that Hitachi head coach Shuji Ono and Igarashi don't see eye to eye which may have led to the demotion. If that is true, then the JBL just might have its own version of D'Antoni vs. Marbury.

BJ League Round: 7 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 4:33:02 AM - by Eurobasket News
Apache - 89ers 98-88
Apache overcame 89ers 98:88 to improve at 3-3 record after BJ League Round 6. Humphrey, John shined with 34 points and 5 assists and Aoki Cohey added 18. St.Preux Bobby collected 26 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Five Arrows - Evessa 88-84
Five Arrows stun Evessa 88:84 to jump to 5-1 for the second spot. Okada Yu nailed 32 points, while James Gordon collected 23 points and 15 rebounds. Washington Lynn ended up with 26 points and 12 boards for the guests.

Rizing - Lakestars 64-70
Nash Bobby led Lakestars over Rizing in a 70:64 road win. Machida Yosuke posted 15 and Schafer Ray had 12. Parker Michael had a great night for the hosts with 19 points and 19 rebounds.

Golden Kings - Heat Devils 86-64
Golden Kings are already 6-0 after beating Heat Devils 86:64. Five players reached double digits for the winners as McHenry Anthony led all of them with 20 points. Price Jefferey finished the night with 24 points and 17 boards in the losing effort.

Grouses - Albirex 92-95
Albirex stole a 92:95 road win over Grouses. Ikeda Yuichi and Akingbade Dokun top-scored for the winners with 26 points each. Webb Rodney collected 17 points and 14 boards for the hosts, while Camara Babacar and Shishito Haruhito added 15 each.

Broncos - Phoenix 93-89
Broncos remained undefeated after the first appearance against Phoenix 93:89. Horne Steve top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 boards. Ellis Andy ended up with 30 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.



JBL Round: 6 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 1:09:03 PM - by Eurobasket News
Hitachi S. - Toshiba 79-75
Hitachi and Toshiba opened Round 6 of JBL. The hosts became a bit stronger and sealed a 79:75 victory as Takeuchi Joji led the winners with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Kikuchi Shohei posted 14 points and Violette Cory added 13 in the losing effort.

Panasonic - Aishin 82-103
Aishin climbed to the top of the League defeating the leader Panasonic 103:82. Henderson-Sakuragi J.R. top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Young David nailed 20. Honeycutt Jerald collected for Panasonic with 15 points and 10 boards.

Mitsubishi - Hokkaido 74-66
Mitsubishi overcame Hokkaido 74:66 behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Parada Adam. Thomas Carl netted 14, while Sakurai Ryota top-scored for the visitors with 22 points.

Tochigi Brex - Toyota 84-81
Tochigi Brex and Toyota needed an overtime to find out the winner of their match-up. Tochigi Brex sealed 84:81 victory as Cripe James collected 30 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. O'Bannon Charles ended up with 23 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.



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The undefeatable K.B. Peja11/3/2008 2:31:04 PM - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
KB Peja have once again proved that they're undefeatable and have the best potential in the Mabetex Super Liga Of Kosovo in Basketball.
Peja defeated Sigal Prishtine club in all aspects, with 30 points ahead from the first minute until the last. Peja deserved the victory that they got.
The only equal score that Sigal Prishtine had was in the first quarter with 2:2 score. The gym was overfilled with over 3000 fans for Peja alone.


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Tebnine inks Bakari Hendrix11/3/2008 3:57:33 PM - by Interperformances
6'8' power forward Bakari Hendrix (204-C-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Gonzaga) joins the Lebanese division A team Tebnine. The past season he has been the best big man of the Australian NBL, playing with Melbourne South Dragons, where he averaged 18.9 points per game and grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game. Bakari has played in several top European leagues as well, such as the Portuguese TMN, with Lisboa Benfica, and the Italian Legadue, with Aurora Jesi.

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Xavier men beat Carver Bible 88-5311/3/2008 12:16:19 PM - by Richard
NEW ORLEANS -- Kelechi Okoroha (6'4''-G-86) scored all 17 of his points in nine first-half minutes Saturday to lead Xavier (LA) of Louisiana in an 88-53 men's basketball victory over Carver Bible at The Barn.
The Gold Rush (2-0) won on consecutive days to start a season for the first time since 2003.
Okoroha, who did not play in the second half, was 6-of-6 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the line to spark Xavier to a 44-25 halftime lead.
Dannie Woods (6'7''-F-87) and Olumide Olafioye (6'4''-G) scored 12 points apiece for Xavier, and Landon Bussie -- a transfer from NCAA Division II's Livingstone -- had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Andrew and Cordell Hadnot scored nine points each.
Reggie Anderson scored 24 points for Carver Bible (0-2), and Delta Leonard and Cameron Blake had 10 apiece.
Xavier outshot the Cougars 58 to 37 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 44-18. The Rush committed 27 turnovers but gained 32.
It's the first time since the 1956-57 season that Xavier allowed less than 60 points in each of its first two games. The Rush won 58-55 at home Friday against Southern Polytechnic.
Xavier's next game will start at 6 p.m. Friday against Huston-Tillotson at The Barn.


Xavier men rally to win opener over Southern Polytechnic, 58-5511/3/2008 10:02:58 AM - by Richard
NEW ORLEANS -- Sophomore Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half Friday to rally Xavier (LA) of Louisiana to a 58-55 men's college basketball victory over Southern Polytechnic at The Barn.
It was the opener for both teams, the 13th consecutive time that Xavier (LA) won its first game and the earliest opener in Gold Rush history. It also was the first time since 1956 that Xavier (LA) won an opener with less than 60 points.
Ryan DeRousselle's basket with 2:19 remaining put the Gold Rush ahead to stay 53-52 and gave Xavier (LA) its first lead in more than 34 minutes. Andrew's basket with 34 seconds remaining made it 55-52, then Landon Bussie preserved the victory with three free throws in the final 21 seconds.
Southern Poly, which made nine first-half 3-pointers, missed twice from that range in the final possession.
Andrew was Xavier (LA)'s only double-figure scorer. Bussie scored eight points and Cornelius Kennedy seven for the Rush. Andrew and Dannie Woods each grabbed six rebounds.
Joe Posey scored 16 points and Travis Smith 14 for the Hornets, and each made four 3-pointers.
Posey's 3-pointers at 6:40 and 4:26 of the first half gave the Hornets 15-point leads -- the second time it was 30-15 -- before Xavier (LA) closed the gap to 33-23 by halftime.
Xavier (LA) scored the first seven points of the second half but still trailed 43-32 with 10:17 remaining. Then Andrew scored five points in a 12-3 run which reduced the Hornets' lead to 46-44 at 7:05.
Xavier (LA) outshot Southern Poly 44 to 35 percent from the floor -- 53 to 29 percent in the second half -- and outrebounded the Hornets 36-28. Both teams committed 20 turnovers.
Southern Poly was 2-of-10 from 3-point range in the second half after going 9-of-18 before the break.
The Rush outscored the Hornets 21-8 from the line, 17-6 in the second half.
Xavier (LA) will play Carver Bible at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Barn. Southern Poly will stay in town and visit Loyola at 7 p.m.


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Pistons acquire Iverson for Billups, McDyess, Samb11/3/2008 6:52:16 PM - by Bruno Baltazar
The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) to the Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado), Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) and Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84).
'We are pleased to welcome Allen Iverson to the Pistons organization,' said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. 'Allen has proven he is one of the elite players in the league and we like what he adds to our roster at the guard position. We appreciate everything that Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb brought to the organization during their time here in Detroit and we certainly wish them all the best.'
'We just felt it was the right time to change our team, Iverson gives us a dimension that we haven't had here and we really think it's going to help us',said Joe Dumars.
The Pistons will introduce Iverson at a news conference Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich., at 3:30 p.m. ET. His debut with the Pistons might come Wednesday night in Toronto.
'He was very excited about the trade,' Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, told the AP.
Young center Cheikh Samb, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers for the Pistons with the 51st overall pick in the 2006 draft, will also be going to Denver in the deal.
The Nuggets are expected to waive the 34-year-old McDyess. McDyess has no interest in playing for any team other than the Pistons, meaning he could choose to retire or negotiate a contract buyout with Denver.


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Oregon opens with exhibition win11/3/2008 2:09:09 AM - by Carl Berman
The University of Oregon opened their basketball season with an 82-56 win over NAIA Northwest Christian College. NCC is located across from the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The Beacons, led by their coach of 23 years Dave Lipp, stayed with the Ducks for the first half trailing by only 30-25 at intermission. The play was ragged in the first half, but Oregon looked better in the second half as they pulled away for the victory. Coach Ernie Kent split the time among 13 players with junior guard Tajuan Porter (5'6''-G-88) leading the way with 23 points. Freshmen Michael Dunigan and Matt Humphey were impressive. Dunigan had 11 points and 4 blocked shots in 15 minutes while Humphrey had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Oregon should show improvement with each game as they try to integrate six freshman and a transfer into play. Their next exhibition game is next Sunday against Southern Oregon. The Beacons were led by Jordan Whittenberg who scored 20 points on 4-5 three point shooting.

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GNAC Team Preview11/3/2008 4:38:29 PM - by Sanjey Noriega
From gnacsports.com


Two longtime rivals figure to be the top contenders for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball title this winter.

Cent.Washington, which hasn't won a conference title in nearly a decade since snagging the 1998-99 PacWest championship, is a solid favorite to win its first GNAC title.

The Wildcats received seven of nine first-place votes and earned 86 ballot points in the annual GNAC Coaches poll.

Arch-rival W.Washington may be the No. 1 obstacle for CWU to end its longest title drought since it went 14 years without a championship between 1951 and 1964.

The Vikings received the two remaining first-place votes and finished second in the balloting with 61 points.

Defending champion Alaska Anchorage placed third in the poll and perennial contender Seattle Pacific, which has won or shared three GNAC titles, ended up fourth in the balloting.

Cent.Washington is coming off back-to-back near title misses and head coach Greg Sparling returns six of his top seven scorers from a year ago including pre-season All-American Jake Beitinger (6'8''-F).

Beitinger averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds last year in earning first team GNAC all-star honors. Also back is guard Matt Penoncello who contributed 14.1 points and 5.6 rebounds and was a second team all-star selection.

Sparling did not stand pat, either, adding former Eastern Washington recruit Chris Sprinker, a 6-9 post player who averaged 17.2 points and 11.5 rebounds last season at Tacoma CC, and NWAACC West Region MVP Chris Scott, who led the junior college league in assists (9.5).

Ira Graham (6'1''-G), who finished second in the GNAC in scoring (18.5) in earning GNAC first team all-star honors is back to lead a W.Washington squad that also features two other starters - guard Steve Alford, who averaged 10.1 points per game, and forward Calin Schell, who ranked third in rebounding (7.7) and is the conference's top returning rebounder.

Brad Jackson, who begins his 24 th season with 409 career wins, also had a solid recruiting class led by seven-foot center Dave Vanderjagt, who played 18 games for the University of Montana the past two seasons.

Alaska Anchorage returns just four letter winners and no starters off a team that made a run to the Final Four, but the Seawolves did add three transfers including guards Kenny Barker and Brandon Walker.

Barker was a second-team all-star two seasons ago at Alaska Fairbanks and Walker played in 28 games at Division I Loyola Marymount.

Jeff Hironaka, who has the best career winning percentage among the nine GNAC head coaches (115-57, .669), has some rebuilding work to do with just one returning starter 6-8 junior forward Rob Diederichs among six letter winners. His three top scorers from a year ago who combined for 42 points per game all graduated.

Northwest Nazarene has nine returning letter winners and four starters, as many as any team in the league in both categories. Among the nine are honorable mention GNAC all-star Kendall Gielow, who averaged 13.4 points per game, and Scott Helpenstell, who ranked eighth in the GNAC in rebounding (6.6).

Saint Martin's also returns nine lettermen and four starters including 2007-08 GNAC scoring champion Jake Linton (5'10''-G), who averaged 19 points a game in joining Beitinger and Graham on the first team all-star unit.

Also back for the Saints is center Bill Richardson, who ranked eighth in the GNAC in scoring (14.3).

Western Oregon has seven returnees including a trio of double figure scorers in second team all-star Travis Kuhns (13.9 ppg), guard Sam Kelly (11.7 ppg) and forward Mike McLaughlin (10.7 ppg).

Former University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State coach George Pfeifer takes over at Montana State Billings and has added two former Division I players Michael Hall from Idaho and Travis Bunker from Wyoming to a returning nucleus that includes six letter winners.

Coach Clemon Johnson begins his second season at Alaska Fairbanks has only four returnees, but two forwards Colin Matteson (13.9 ppg) and Mladen Begojevic (11.4 ppg) averaged in double figures last season. Among his recruits are two former Division I guards.

The exhibition season tips off Friday with Northwest Nazarene playing at Utah State.

The first official games are Friday, Nov. 7 as Alaska Anchorage opens play in the Disney West Coast Tip-Off tournament in Anaheim and Saint Martin's begins its season in the Disney East Coast Tip-Off tournament in Orlando, Fla.


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Former UMHB MBB player signs professional contract11/3/2008 5:58:42 AM - by Moritz Korff
Former University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball player Kevin Guyden (6'2''-G, college: Mary Hardin Baylor) has become the third former member of the Cru to sign a professional basketball contact this year. Guyden, a point guard for the UMHB men from 2003-2007, signed a one-year contract with KB-Trepca Mitrov of the Kosovo Super League in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Guyden is already in route to Kosovo and will begin playing this weekend. The KB-Trepca Mitrov season will run through April.

Guyden was a four-year letterman for the Cru from Elkins High School in Sugar land. He was one of ten finalists for the Josten's Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding Division III player in the country, during the 2006-07 season. Guyden was a two-time ASC All-West Division selection and a three-time Academic All-Conference pick. He averaged 10.7 points per game in 93 career games with UMHB. Guyden led the Cru in scoring as a senior at 20.5 points per game and he was also voted to the NABC All-District Team.

Guyden joins Brandon Gatlin (5'10''-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mary Hardin Baylor) and Patrick Oliver (6'7''-F, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mary Hardin Baylor) as former UMHB players to sign professional contracts this year. Gatlin is starring for another team in the same league in Kosovo in which Guyden will be playing. Oliver signed with a team in Iceland earlier this summer.

Courtesy of http://www.umhb.edu/


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Destroyers Coaching Staff announced11/3/2008 11:58:05 AM - by Gianni Pascucci
Mid Michigan Destroyers General Manager, Jere Shockey announced today that Bay City native TJ Newsham will serve as the teams first Head Coach and also as Director of Basketball Operations. 'I have worked with Coach Newsham over the past year and his dedication and knowledge of the game is similar to what I had experienced in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association). He has a grasp on what the pro game means and how to develop the players on that level,' says Shockey. Starlin Stevens will serve as the Destroyers Associate Head coach. Stevens has three years professional playing experience including stints in the CBA and overseas. He is a former All-American point guard from U-W Parkside and a Saginaw native. He currently trains and assists players at all-levels (including Detroit Piston Lindsay Hunter). About him, Shockey added, 'Star brings a high level of teaching but more importantly playing level to the team. He is still in great shape and could even step in to a playing role if needed. I have great confidence that our coaching staff will have these guys ready to compete every night.'

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Sampaense inks Sami11/3/2008 8:10:24 AM - by Luis Rocha
After loosing Pedro Pinho for personal reasons, Sampaense had to fill in a blank in their roster. Now with the disapearing of Belenenses from LPB, they find the man they needeed and sign him. Anastacio Sami (207-C-76) is the new guy, and he comes to help with hes great experiece and nice 3 point shots. sami that at the beggining of his career was a tiypycal center that played back to the board, has been turning himself a tall player that can step out of the box and shoot some 3s with nice averages. It seems a good signing to Sampaense, that has a great roster thia season in order to achieve promotion to LPB.

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Miljan Pavkovic paces Hemofarm to win against Croatian champ11/3/2008 5:37:59 AM - by Dragan Jankovski
Only Hemfoarm STADA and Partizan Igokea were victorious in Round 6 of Adriatic league.

Hemofarm STADA outplayed Croatian champion Zadar 87-81 thanks to point guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), who collected 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatians had advantage until the last quarter, which Hemofarm ended with impressive 24-13. It means that the orange team, Zadar and Montenegrin champ Buducnost are together on third place with score 4-2. Except of Pavkovic, Milivoje Bozovic (210-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) also was great adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zadar got 22 points and 5 assists from Malik Dixon (187-G-75, college: UALR).

Partizan Igokea outplayed Buducnost Podgorica in Pionir 85-71. Reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion had to work very hard in order to take this one. As Hemofarm, the Black-and-whites also resolved question about the winner in the last quarter 27-12. Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) was the best in Partizan with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84) had 15 while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) stopped on 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Partizan became the only undefeated team with 6-0.

Krka was better than Vojvodina in Novo Mesto 81-70. The Tulips couldn't stop Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM), who scored 20 points. In Serbian team new American Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, agency: CAA Sports, college: Niagara) had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Vojvodina now has 1-5.

Bosna ASA BHT outsmarted FMP 73-72 and it is the fourth defeat for Serbian team this season in Adriatic league. Suad Sehovic (197-G-87), who added 19 points and 8 rebounds, and Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), who recorded 16 points and also 8 rebounds, were the best in Bosna. FMP got the most from Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Crvena Zvezda faced with first failure this season and it was in Zagreb. Cibona was a way better 63-86. Ex player of Hemofarm STADA, Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland), led Cibona to win scoring 22 points. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Leroy Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) had 12 points each for Zvezda.


Slobodan Ljubotina is free agent11/3/2008 6:21:30 AM - by Zoran Popovic
Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) is released from Base Oostende. Last week Serbian coach Vladimir Vukojicic also leave Base Oostende and Managament of Oostende decided to replace some of players, including Ljubotina. Before Oostende Ljubotina played for Spartak Subotica in period 2000-2005, Avala Ada 2005-2006 and BOT Turow Zgorzelec 2006-2008. Ljubotina scored for Turow in ULEB Cup average 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds per game and in Polish league on 36 games average 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Serbian B league, Round 5: Crnokosa and Vrbas Karneks won at home, Radnicki won as a guest11/3/2008 4:39:20 AM - by Zoran Popovic

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 98-91 (24-29, 23-22, 35-23, 16-17)

After domination of KK Beovuk 72 Beograd in the first quarter and equal second period, KK Crnokosa Kosjeric players made break in the third period of the match. The most efficient in KK Crnokosa Kosjeric was Marko Puzic who scored 28 points and Ljubisa Vukosavljevic with 25 points. For the guests Knezevic scored 25 and Bulatovic add 18 points.

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Radkic 8, Nikic, Vasovic, Marko Puzic 28, Vasiljevic, Petronijevic 12, Vukosaljevic 25, Bircevic 15, Kovac 11, Belic, Mirkovic 7.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 10, Kakuca, Knezevic 25, Jovanovic 5, Socanac 5, Dzakovic 11, Torlak 11, Stankovic 4, Bogdanovic 2, Matic 2, Aleksic, Bulatovic 18.

KK Sloboda Uzice-Radnicki Obrenovac 78-84 (13-17, 20-19, 23-30, 22-18)

Radnicki Obrenovac made and fourth win this season. During the all match Radnicki Obrenovac had better offensive rebound and aggresive deffence. Guests from Obrenovac broke the match in the third quarter and made advantage of +16 points. For the winners the best roles Radojicic scored 21 points. For Sloboda Bakralcic scored 19 points.


KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic, Malesevic 12, Bodic 17, Obrenovic 9, Bukvic, Jankovic, Petronijevic 5, Djeric 6, Djokic 8, Panic 2, Stanic, Bakralcic 19.
Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 11, Radojicic 21, Colic 7, Huskic 3, A.Nastic 2, Stankovic 6, Nesic, Koprivica 15, Boricic 14, M.Nastic Jadranin 7, Janjusevic.

OKK Vrbas Carnex-Crvena Zvezda 2nd team 114-101 (38-26, 24-27, 27-19, 25-29)

In the first period of the match OKK Vrbas Carnex made +12 points advantage. Young players of Crvena Zvezda 2nd team made small break during the second quarter, but in the third domestic players made +20 points advantage with three points shot (total 17 three points shot in the match). Jovan Bajic (27 points) and Markovic (26 points) led Vrbas to the second win this season. For Crvena Zvezda 2nd team the best role showed Radosavljevic (17 points) and Dj. Majstorovic (16 points).

OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Perunovic 4, Jovan Bajic 27, Vojvodic, Popovic 4, Glusac 11, Matic 9, Zvjer, Pap 19, Markovic 26, Vujicic 14.
Crvena Zvezda 2nd team: Milosevic 4, Sepa 10, Djukic, Stevovic 3, Radosavljevic 17, Gagic 11, Rondovic 12, Nedovic 11, Susa, Kovacevic 10, Dj.Majstorovic 16, D.Majstorovic 7.



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Pezinok and Levice get 7-1 record 11/3/2008 9:44:37 AM - by Eurobasket News
Only Pezinok and Levice get 7-1 record out of four teams that had 6-1 record before Round 8. 3. Bystrica and Prievidza lost their games and fell at 6-2 record.
Astrum Levice overcame Bystrica 72:57 trailing 15-24 after the opening quarter. The victories in the other three periods lifted the hosts to 7-1 record. Matus Halmes (193-G-86) and Milosevic paced all the winners with 16 points each. Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82) ended up with 13 points in defeat and Znanec added 11.
AB Cosmetics Pezinok thrashed HBK Prievidza 91:50 with 23-9 in the opening quarter. Even though the visitors reduced to 12 points at the halftime, AB Cosmetics Pezinok won the third and the last periods. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) led the winners with 24 points, while Williams added 20. Immink top-scored for the guests with 13 points.
In another games Chemosvit Poprad beat Nova Ves 81:78. Zachary Ingles (188-G-83, college: E.Kentucky) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Sedmak osted 19. Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) led his team with 22 points and Lozancic added 17. MBK Rieker Komarno outscored BK Dolny Kubin 87:59 and Inter Bratislava lost at home to AX SPU Nitra 89:99. MBK Handlova edged Slavia TU Kosice 86:61 as Lubomir Stevula (202-C-86) posted 23 points for the winners.


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Hopsi inks Hundley, Covic out for two months11/3/2008 5:08:09 PM - by Zeljko Zule
Hopsi signed American Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Georgia) ex Cattersville Basline Warriors (SEBL) till end of the season.
Jadranko Covic (204-C/F-70) of MFC.2 Branik (B1) will be sidelined at least two months with a wrist injury.
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LNA Round: 5 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 11:12:43 AM - by Eurobasket News
MGS - Nyon 90-98
Nyon sweetened the bitter start of the season with a hard-fought 98:90 road win over MGS. Germayne Forbes led the winners with 23 points, while Stephen Sir knocked down 21 points for Nyon as they improved to 2-3 record. Yassine Khoumssi secured 22 points and 6 assists for MGS as they slipped to 1-4 record.

Vacallo - Starwings 73-62
Vacallo stayed on top of the league standings as the held off Starwings 73:62 for the fifth straigh win. Martin Mihajlovic ensured 20 points for Vacallo in their impressive run. Slaven Smiljaic added 16 points, while Matt Schneidermann had 11 points in the win. Vilius Gabsys knocked down 14 points for the Starwings in defeat.

Boncourt - Fribourg 84-81
Boncourt eked out a narrow 84:81 win against the defending champions Fribourg to catch up with their opponents in the table. The teams are now tied at 3-2 record. Jeff Fahnbulleh tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guillaume Sene contributed 16 points in the win. Pascal Perrier-David fired 20 points and dished out 7 assists in the loss.

Herens - Geneve 84-59
Herens maintained their winning attitude in the championship as they cruised past Geneve 84:59 for the fourth victory. Corey Muirhead poured in 20 points to pace balanced Herens offense. Ricardo Fischer contributed 18 points in the win. Mike Jefferson and Ludmil Hadjisotirov replied with 16 points apiece for the Devils.

Lausanne - Monthey 65-69
Monthey stayed in the second spot in the LNA ladder after they ensured a 69:65 road win over Lausanne. Herman Alston chipped in 16 points to lift Monthey to the victory. Nicolas Porchet finished with 14 points for the winning side. Lausanne answered with 16 points from Tony Brown.

SAM Massa. - Lugano Tigers 80-89
The Lugano Tigers showed they are capable of fast recovery as they registered the second win in the season. They toppled SAM Massagno 89:80 away from home to climb to 2-3 record. Isaac Wells and Derek Stockalper were pivotal with 22 points each. Josh Almanson produced 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Chris Grimm and Noah Savage dropped 17 points each for Massagno as they slipped to 1-4 record.



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Mbeya basketball team gains improvement11/3/2008 9:02:04 AM - by Carlos Pereira
PARTICIPANTS in the next years Taifa Cup basketball tournament should watch out for Mbeya mens team as it will be a force to reckon with in the event.

The team lost 60-74 to Dar es Salaam in a nail-biting final of the mens category at the National Indoor Stadium in the city on Saturday to finish as proud runners-up.

Mbeyas head coach Yusuph Nyirenda told THISDAY in the city shortly after the finals that his lads have what it takes to be the most successful outfit next year and their performance in this years tournament was a taste of what they could offer.
Lack of the reserves was the biggest problem we encountered this year. We have played with only eight players throughout the tournament and the situation put us at a disadvantage in the finals, he said.

Mbeya powered past Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Shinyanga in group D of the mens category, stunned Mwanza in the semi-finals and set up gripping final showdown with Dar es Salaam.
I will hopefully see to it that we bring sufficient number of players next year. We will obviously go one better than the rest should we manage to do so, he added.

He showered praises to his players for exhibiting terrific performance throughout the tournament although they were extremely few as compared to other teams.

Nyirenda expressed concern over failure by firms in Mbeya to support basketball adding that the situation has negatively affected both men and women outfits.
Companies in Mbeya are still not willing to support basketball and, with the financial constraints we are currently facing, there was no way we could bring enough players in the tournament he said.

Mbeya won the admiration of majority of the fans with brilliant displays of skills and resilience. Dar es Salaam mens team Dream Team had to use experience to edge the youthful Mbeya side that pushed the former throughout the four quarters of the game.

It was all smiles for Mbeya who, apart from securing runners-up spot for the first time in recent years, saw their play maker Godfrey Bayeke winning Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and raked in 100,000/- as a result.

Dar es Salaam women team beat Shinyanga 61-33 to retain the title. The two teams also met in last years finals. Mwanza finished in third position in mens category while Morogoro took the same position in women category.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe presided over the closing ceremony of the tournament which attracted 17 regions. Champions in both men and women categories were awarded 800,000/-, runners-up took 400,000/- while third placed teams walked away with 200,000/-.


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TBL Round: 3 (Regular Season)11/3/2008 2:45:16 PM - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Galatasaray 86-95
In the opening game of Round 3 Galatasaray Cafe Crown was too strong for Banvit on the road remaining perfect in TBL. Andrija Zizic was the key player for the wining team collecting 22 points and 8 rebounds for 23 minutes. Lance Williams had 18 points and 8 boards in Banvit, but his team stays on one victory so far.

Besiktas - Oyak Renault 77-79
Oyak Renault surprised Besiktas Cola Turka in Istanbul mostly owing to Alex Gordon, who drained 18 points and dished out 7 assists. Mario Austin and Mire Chatman netted 20 points each for the loosing side. Austin had 11 more rebounds while Chatman added 9 assists. Oyak Renault jumped on 2-1 while Besiktas in on 1-2

Antalya - Erdemir 71-61
Victor King led Antalya to second win in TBL netting 16 points including 8 rebounds and 4 assists for 32 minutes. Erdemir, who after this defeat has 1-2, got 17 points, 4 rebs and 4 assists from Nathan Funk.

Selcuk Uni. - Efes Pilsen 73-81
As it was expected, Efes Pilsen grabbed a road victory against Selcuk Universitesi meaning that after defeat in the opening ground, Efes made it twice. Charles Smith shined for the visiting team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ekenechukwu Ibekwe was the best in Selcuk Uni. with 20 points and 13 boards but his team dropped on 1-2.

Fener.Ulker - Mersin 73-69
The team of head coach Bogdan Tanjevic celebrated vs Mersin at home staying on top of TBL together with Galatasaray and Turk Telekom. Mirsad Turkcan top-scored for the hosts with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Devin Smith followed with 14 points and 8 boards. Mersin, who slipped for the second time in 3 games, got 28 points from Christopher Lofton.

T.Telekom - TED Koleji 76-68
As it was expected, Turk Telekom jumped on 3-0 while TED Koleji will have to look for some other chance in order to grab the first win this season. Michael Wright shined in Turk Telekom with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Kennedy Winston registered double-double, 11 points and 11 boards. LaQuan Prowell contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the loosing side.

Aliaga - Kepez Bld 78-74
2-1 for Aliaga and 0-3 for Kepez Bid. Aubrey Reese was totally the best player for the winning team draining 30 points including 7 boards. Charles Davis helped with 16 plus 14 boards. Torrell Martin added 22 points and 6 rebounds for Kepez.

Darussafaka - Karsiyaka 90-85
First victory for Darussafaka this season mostly owing to Maarten Leunen, who collected 23 points and 7 rebounds. Ralph Mims shined in Karsiyaka draining 30 points but his team has the same score as Darussafaka now, 1-2.


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Smith & Flournoy Take Awards11/3/2008 9:31:18 AM - by Andy Webb
Newcastle Eagles player-caller Fabulous Flournoy and Everton Tigers Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) have been announced as the BBL coach and player of the month for October.

Flournoy, who led the Eagles to the BBL title last year saw his side continue where they left off in league play by winning six of their seven games this season.

The Eagles opened the campaign with an 86-81 home win against Guildford Heat, finished October with a 112-92 BBL Cup victory against BiG Cheshire Jets.

The only blemish for Eagles as they started the campaign with a 6-1 record was an 86-81 home loss against Sheffield Sharks.

Meanwhile, Smith has certainly enjoyed his first season in the BBL. The 23-year-old joined the Tigers in the summer after spells with Albirex (Japan) and Herens (Switzerland) and made an immediate impact with 29 points in Evertons 80-61 victory at Sheffield Sharks. That set the tone for Smiths first month in the BBL as he poured in 33 point and collected 14 rebounds in the win against PAWS London Capital and produced a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds in the 88-69 victory at Scottish Rocks.

Smiths final game of the month saw Evertons first defeat of the campaign as they suffered a shock 106-101 home loss against Worcester, but the former North Dekota State College of Science standout couldnt be faulted with 32 points and 16 rebounds.

Everton coach Tony Garbelotto paid tribute to Smiths contribution to his sides good start to the season: Im really happy for him as hes worked extremely hard since coming to Everton. Hes probably the hardest working player Ive ever know on the court, and the club are proud that in almost every single game, hes played to the highest stardard. Its an award that he definitely deserves.


Sun 2 Nov 2008 - Tigers Reach Semis11/3/2008 2:22:39 AM - by Andy Webb

A storming fourth quarter by Everton Tigers saw off Marshall MK Lions to book their semi-final berth against Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Cup.

Great Britain guard Richard Midgley (191-G-83, college: California) was the key to the Tigers victory with 29 points and he was ably assisted by Andre Smith. Lions were led by veteran pair Michael New and Robert Youngblood.

An injury hit Lions had kept the match tight until the beginning of the fourth quarter when a Tigers 16-4 burst broke the game open 68-81. A further 13-5 run by Tigers closed out the match.

In the BBL Championship, Guildford Heat continued their recent good home form with a 91-88 victory over Cheshire Jets. Sandell and Jones kept their cool from the free throw line late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

And Worcester Wolves won a shoot-out on the south coast against Worthing Thunder. The Wolves eventually came out on top 110-116 with player-coach Skouson Harker leading from the front with 32-points, including the crucial free throws to put the match beyond Thunder.

BBL Championship

Guildford Heat 91 (27,50,71) (Martin 24, Jones 17, Howell 15)
Cheshire Jets 88 (19,39,61) (Davis 22, Perre 17, Virgil 16)


Guildford Heat kept up their good home form with a tight 91-88 win over the visiting Cheshire Jets.

A fast start by Heat saw the home side open up a 9-0 after just 90 seconds before the Jets got on the board through Philip Perre. An Alan Duppa three brought Jets back within four at 13-9 before Heat put a run together including seven free throws and Daniel Sandell three to close the quarter 27-19 in front.

Heat extended their lead during the second quarter despite Jets tying the match at 32-32 midway through the period. An 18-7 run, finished off by a Dean Williams buckets on the half time buzzer handed Guildford a 50-39 interval advantage.

Jets again restored parity in the third as Phil Perre, Calvin Davis and Chez Marks combined for a 13-2 run to level the scores at 52-52. Heat once more finished the stronger though as Brad Jones scored 8-points in an 11-3 tear to close the quarter 71-61 in the favour of Guildford.

Cheshire predictably rallied yet again, and took the lead on a Chez Marks free throw (75-76) but couldn't hold onto it as Guildford finished strongly from the line through Daniel Sandell and Jones.

Guildford coach Paul James said: 'It's good to get another home win. We needed this one because it gives us the advantage in the head-to-head. Home wins are about more than points on the board. It is good for the fans who have been our sixth man all season. If we had a few more travelling with us then maybe we could pick up some wins on the road as well.'

Worthing Thunder 110 (28,49,79) (Woods 29, Bargeman 26, Patton 22)
Worcester Wolves 116 (36,66,90) (Harker 32, Disy 26, Brown 18)


Worcester Wolves came out on top in a high scoring battle on the south coast, eventually seeing off their hosts Worthing Thunder 110-116.

Player-coach Skouson Harker was in fine form as he led all-scorers with 32-points, while Harry Disy hit 26 for the visitors. Thunder's Jonathan Woods' 29 was the highlight for the home side.

Nine Harker points helped Wolves into an early 9-17 lead, which they were able to convert into a 28-36 first quarter advantage. The margin mushroomed during a dominant second period with an 11-3 run to close the half putting Worcester firmly in control at 49- 66.

Wolves' lead peaked at 21 (53-74) early in the third quarter before Thunder began to mount a fightback. Point-guard Ryan Patton and Janis Ivanovskis led the way to trim the deficit to nine (68-77) before a late Wolves burst saw the visitors head into the final stanza with a double-digit lead (79-90).

Thunder continued to pressure during a frantic fourth quarter. A Patton three closed the gap to just three (109-112) with 1.14 on the clock until Harker scored the game's clinching bucket and followed it with two free throws to seal a valuable win for his team.

BBL Cup, quarter final
Marshall MK Lions 75 (20,40,64) (New 17, Youngblood 13, Eddie 12)
Everton Tigers 97 (24,45,65) Midgley 29, Smith 23, Gross 17)


BBL Cup holders Marshall MK Lions lost their grip on the trophy with a 75-97 home defeat against Everton Tigers at the quarter final stage.

Great Britain point-guard Richard Midgley was in sparkling form for Tigers as he scored a game-high 29-points. He was ably assisted by Andre Smith's 23, while Michael New on 17 and Robert Youngblood on 13 paced the Lions.

Tigers were the first to show as a Midgley three opened a 10 point lead (9-19). Yorick Williams 9- points brought Lions back into the match though as the quarter ended 20-24.

An even second period saw Lions take the lead at 32- 31 on the back of a Simon Emmerson three but Midgley and Josh Gross combined for 7-points as Tigers ended the half 40-45 in front.

The lead continued to change hands during an exciting third quarter. Michael New gave Lions their biggest lead of the match at 61-57, but that was the catalyst for a 9-4 burst by Everton which saw the visitors take a 64-65 lead into the final stanza.

An injury hit Lions side began to run out of steam in the fourth quarter. Tigers were quick to open up a double digit lead through Smith (68-79) and from there they didn't look back as a series of fast breaks and free throws turned the final scoreline into an emphatic result.



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  VENEZUELA   


Hector Aguilar showing a high level in North Carolina.11/5/2008 6:18:41 PM - by Wolfgang Lucena
High level basketball zones are in the following areas; north and South Carolina in the USA, Barquisimeto, Caracas, Maracaibo and Valencia in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Hector Aguilar from Barquisimeto is perfect as a student and basketball player in North Carolina. Hector Aguilar played his first game in the 2008-2009 basketball seasons this past weekend. He played for 20 minutes, and had the following status; 25 points, (2/4 3pt shots, 5/7 2pt shots, 9/11 free throws) 4 assist, 3 steals, and he took 3 offensive fouls, helping The Bulldogs defeat Quality Education Academy (56-48) in Lexington, North Carolina.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Welcome to 2008/2009 season! - by Eurobasket News
The National League in Belarus is one of the last to start in Europe. The League opened the doors over the weekend as all the teams played their first two games.
As it was expected the leaders achieved the win in the openers. Berezina had two road victories over RGUOP 40:83 and 60:72 for 2-0 record. Olimpia thrashed Sozh 105:48 and 112:61, while Minsk-2006 won twice over Mogilevchanka 94:54 and 84:41. The encounters between Victoria and BRGU became the most interesting in the first round. In the first game only an overtime could separate the teams as Victoria won 109:106. In the second game the hosts did not have any difficulties reaching the second win after 85:61.
Meanwhile Kress Marina and her Turkish Galatasaray grabbed the second consecutive win in the EuroCup preliminary round. They toppled Mondeville in Istanbul and strengthened their leading positions in Group G. The lead changed hands for several times in the opening term and Galatasaray ensured a one-point lead at the first break. Sencebe fired a three-pointer to ignite a 10:0 run that put Galatasaray ahead by 11 points in the second period. But Mondeville tried to stay in the race as Jennifer Digbeu and Costaz made it 28:33 at halftime. Seimone Augustus, Tay McWilliams and Isil Alben stretched the margin to 15 points midway through the third quarter and the hosts cruised at the moment. The visitors failed to recover at the final stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end. Galatasaray outrebounded their opponents 35:30 and forced Mondeville to 16 turnovers. Kress Marina posted 2 points and made 6 rebounds for 15 minutes in the court. The home team sank 48% from the field, while Mondeville managed only 40% of their field goals. Galatasaray travel to Greece to take on Aris, while Mondeville will play against Buducnost in Montenegro.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Roukanoja breaks limits - by Esko Saarinen
Heli Roukanoja PuHu (Vantaa) (186 - F) broke in latest match against PeKa (Kotka) 5.000 points limit as she scored seven points. Now she has done 5.003 points during her caree in Finnish championship league. She is now on the eight place in Finland. She has played 260 matches and has so 19,2 points per match. She is also the only Finnish player who has played in Russia team. Some weeks ago she broke the rebound limit and is now fourth. Also in the assists to the score she is on fifth place. Heli Roukanoja started her career in Finnish leagua in the season 1993-94. Internationat matches in Finnish team she has 67. She started to play basketball in Visa (Pakila).

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  HUNGARY - Women  


A Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Savaria - Vasas-Csata 79-85
Vasas-Csata celebrated in the opener of Round 7, what is at the same time the first joy of the head coach Sandor Tursics and his players. Savaria remains winless yet. Judit Fritz paced Vasas-Csata to victory collecting 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Savaria got fantastic 28 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists from Alecia Gardner.

ZTE - MKB Eurol. 80-101
Easy one for MKB Euroleaging Soproni, who remains undefeated in Division A with 7-0. On the other side, ZTE-Zala Volan dropped on 2-4. Dora Horti collected 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners while Jelena Milovanovic had 3 points less than her. Zsofia Varga netted 21 in ZTE.

BEAC - Cegledi EKK 77-45
BEAC trashed Cegledi EKK at home recording the first victory this season. Visitors will have to look for some other chance in order to do the same. Melinda Bagi scored 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the hosts. Monika Hegedus contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the loosing side.

Szolnok - MiZo Pecs 64-75
7-0 or MiZo and 3-4 for Szolnok after this game. It means that the team of head coach Akos Fuzy is on top of Disivion A, together with MBK Euroleasing Soproni. Anna Vajda drained 18 points for MiZo while Szolnoki got 12 points and 4 rebounds from Rita Hegedus.

Atomeromu - Szeged 67-94
Szeged cruised past Atomeromu on the road jumping on 6-0. Olena Zherzherunova paced visitors to win delivering 24 points including 6 rebounds. Wilhelmina Wilson had 17 points and 8 boards for the hosts, which faced with 5th defeat in 7 games.

Foton - BSE 55-54
Foton handed first defeat to BSE thanks to Diana Furesz and her 20 points. Hajdana Radunovic also shined for the winning team adding 16 points and missing only one board for double-double. BSE got 17 points and 6 boards from Hajnalka Szlimak. After this round Foton improved on 5-2 while BSE has 6-1.



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 3 results - by Gil Goshen



Round 3 Ramat Hen Wins in bnot hsharon

Ramat Hen got an important win at Hertzeliya after dominating through out, 79 73. Ashdod beat Natanya, Ramla struggled a bit against Hapoel Tel Aviv, Holon blew out short-handed Bnei Yehuda, Erin Phillips recorded a rare triple double.



Raanana Hertzeliya 73 Ramat Hen 79

The score here is a bit deceiving. Ok more than a bit. This isnt the type of basketball Raanana Hertzeliya hoped to display, at least not offensively. Ramat Hen was a lot more aggressive, just put their heads down and drove into the wall but most times the wall fell. Ramat Hen was up by 15 during the 2nd half but Raanana Hertzeliya eventually fought back with a lot of hustle and not much basketball but it wasnt enough against 27 points for Tamara James.


For Ramat Hen:
Tamara James 27 pts, 9 rebs, 4 ast
Michal Epstein & Matalya Belvin 15 pts
LaToya Pringle 12 pts, 20 rebs
Shiri Sharon 7 pts, 8 rebs, 4 ast
Chen Shtain 3 pts

For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Charde Houston 22 pts, 7 rebs
Jessica Dickson 20 pts
Katia Levitzky 13 pts
Shimirt Gigi 6 pts
Shona Thorburn 3 pts, 10 ast, 8 rebs
Hadas Levi & Chen Nusel 3 pts each

Maccabi Ashdod 78 Natanya 65

Following a close first half (39 32), Ashdod had a big 3rd quarter to make it a 20 point game with a flowing team play and great minutes by Jennifer Humphrey, 60 40 with three to go in the 3rd. Natanya tried to get back in it in the 4th but could get no closer than 13 as Ashdod always found someone to score and stop their momentum.

For Ashdod:
Tamara Moore 19 pts, 4 ast
Sherill Baker 17 pts, 5 ast
Jennifer Humphry 16 pts, 12 rebs
Karin Agassi 11 pts
Bat El Lazmi 7 pts, 3 ast
Brasheeda Elohim 6 pts
Yael Aharonov 2 pts

For Natanya:
Natasha Brackett 19 pts
Navonda Moore 18 pts
Tamara Ransburg 17 pts, 10 rebs
Sarit Arbel 7 pts, 6 rebs
Ornit Shwartz & Tali Noy 2 pts each

Holon 99 Bnei Yehuda 65
Sugeiry Monsac did not play for Bnei Yehuda (injured)

Hapoel Tel Aviv 73 Ramla 82

Ramla led 69 44 going into the 4th before Hapoel recovered and made it a game.

Electra Ramat Hasharon 113 Tel Kabir 73
For Ramat Hasharon:
Kiesha Brown 23 pts, 7 rebs
Merav Dori 20 pts
Liad Suez Karni 17 pts, 5 ast
Erin Phillips 14 pts, 11 ast, 10 steals

For Tel Kabir:
Dominique Carter 30 pts



D1 Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hash. - Ramat Hen 73-79
Ramat Hen improved to 3-0 record after a road victory over Bnot Hasharon 73:79 in Round 3. James Tamara led the winners with 27 points, while Pringle LaToya collected massive 12 points and 20 boards. Houston Charde produced 22 points for the home side.

M.Ashdod - Elit.Netanya 78-65
Maccabi Ashdod remains undefeated also with 3-0 record after a home win over Elit.Netanya 78:65. Moore, Tamara paced all the winners with 19 points and Baker Sherill added 17. Brackett Natasha ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.

Ramla - Hapoel T-A 82-73
Anosike Nicky top-scored for Ramla with 16 points as her team defeated Hapoel T-A 82:73 at home. Parau AnneMarie followed her with 14, while White Tan and Ogrodnika added each 12. Anderson Alex notched 23 points for the visitors.

Maclar.Holon - B.Yehuda 99-64
Maclaren Holon did not have any difficulties against Yehuda 99:64. Walker Ayana, Curry Edniesha and Brown Edwina combined 66 points for three. Jackson Dionnah finished the night with 16 points for the guests.

M.Tel Kabir - Electra Ramat 73-113
Electra Ramat thrashed M.Tel Kabir 73:113 away from home. Brown Kiesha top-scored with 23 points and Dori Mirav nailed 20. Carter Dominique had a great night for the home side scoring 30 points and making 10 rebounds.



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A1 Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ribera - Priolo 60-67
Priolo grabbed extremely important road victory against Ribera, thus both teams currently have the same record 2-2. Angela Gianolla top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tanja Cirov was behind her adding 13 points and 7 boards. Ribera got 18 points and also 7 rebounds from Kaayla Chones.

Taranto - Livorno 53-45
Taranto outplays Livorno in a low-scoring game thanks to Suzy Batkovic and her 17 points. At the same time Batkovic pulled down 6 rebounds. Chiara Pastore netted 22 points for the loosing side. Both teams are on 1-3.

Umana Reyer - Umbertide 61-55
Third win for Umana this season and on the other side third defeat for Umbertide. Daliborka Jokic was the best player for the hosts collecting 17 points and 5 boards. Doneeka Hodges contributed impressive 25 points and 5 rebounds for the visiting team.

San Giovanni - Vomero NA 82-76
Iciss Tillis paced San Giovanni to 3-1 scoring 23 points and making 10 rebounds. She was a way better than the others in the host team. Scholanda Robinson also was great registering 28 points and 8 rebounds but her Vomero will have to look for some other chance in order to grab the second win this season.

Lavezzini PA - Viterbo 84-70
Another game after which the host team improved on 3-1 while visitors slipped on 1-3. This time it was Daliborka Vilipic, who shined in Lavezzini Parma. She spent 28 minutes on the court registering double-double, 16 points and 12 rebounds. Viterbo also had a player with double-double, Krissy Bade - 27 points and 11 boards.

Pozzuoli - Faenza 62-84
Comfortable win for Faenza, which allows it to stay in the race for the top as there are 6 teams now with score 3-1. Adriana Moises Pinto netted 20 points for the winners including 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Natasa Andjelic had 19 points and 9 boards in Pozzuoli, who now has 1-3.

Familia Schio - Comense 68-50
Familia Schio handed the first loss to Comense without any extra efforts. Allison Feaster-Strong led the hosts scoring 19 points. Brooke Smith had double-double in Comense, 22 points and 10 boards. Both teams are on the same record after 4 appearances, 3-1.


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. Sunflowers 9-0 
 2. Antelopes 9-1 
 3. V-Magic 7-3 
 4. Red Wave 5-5 
 5. Iris 5-5 
 6. Rabbits 3-7 
 7. Wings 1-9 
 8. Cougars 0-9 


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Maxima Broker is also perfect in Extraliga - by Eurobasket News

Broker Kosice is not the only undefeated team in Group D of Euroleague, but in the National League as well.
The win over Slovan Bratislava became the seventh in a row this season and lifted them up to 7-0 record. The favorite started slow and had only 22-21 after the opening quarter. Later on the court saw only one team, Maxima Broker that smashed the opponent in the second quarter 39-4 and led to another win in the league. Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) led the winners with 24 points and Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) added 21.
MBK Ruzomberok is second with 73:66 over BSS Kosice. The favorites won the first half and had 12 points advantage entering the third quarter. Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) paced all the winners with 21 points. Kovalova nailed 18 and Aubryova scored 13. Flukerova ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.
In another games Inpek UKF Nitra beat AT Gemtex MBK Roznava 91:50. Presov lost at home to Whirlpool Poprad 53:86 as Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 18 points.

Round 9 is scheduled for November 8th.



Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lawless Presov 19.7
2. Talajkova Slovan 16.6
3. Krasnockova BS 16.2
4. Fluker MBK 16.0
5. Gissendanner Ca 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Talajkova Slovan 12.6
2. Kovacova Maxi 10.1
3. Podesvova MBK 9.50
4. Lukacovicova MB 9.43
5. Tetemondova Po 8.71
Assists Per Game
1. Cohen Max 5.40
2. Ckosova Max 4.29
3. Duffy MBK 3.80
4. Simkulakova Pop 3.57
5. Benuskova Rozn 3.33
Steals Per Game
1. Sujova Cassovia 5.50
2. Lawless Presov 3.63
3. Talajkova Slovan 3.60


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Kozachka moves on top - by Eurobasket News
The second round of the Ukrainian League saw the game between two undefeated teams and remained Kozachka the only one. The team from Zaporozhye overcame Chaika 78:57 to improve to 2-0 record. Tim-Scuf reached the first victory beating Olimp-Naek 72:52 in another game.
Meanwhile Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) nailed 10 points for Dexia in EuroCup against Botas. In Round 4 in Belgian D1 Dexia Namur victimized DBC Houthalen at home 95:43 staying perfect with score 4-0. Olesya Malashenko was behind her with 15 points but also including impressive 13 rebounds.
Ganna Zaryts'ka (182-F-86) and her Cypriot AEL got to a strong start and held off Gran Canaria late in the game to post the second win in the EuroCup preliminary round. The victory allowed AEL to remain on top of the ladder in Pool F. Gran Canaria slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the standings. Ganna Zaryts'ka posted 7 points and made 1 rebound. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame before Kochubei converted a three-point play to put AEL ahead 18:15 entering the second stanza. AEL stayed in front in the second term and secured a 40:32 lead at halftime. Alamo and Sten cut the distance to 3 points at the start of the third quarter but points from Ancuta Stoenescu, Shyra Ely and Biljana Pesovic allowed AEL to have some breathing space during the rest of the term. Natasha Lacy, Biljana Pesovic and Shyra Ely stretched the gap to as many as 15 points midway through the final quarter and AEL then cruised to the victory at the end. AEL dominated the boards 40:28 and escaped the loss even committing 21 turnovers. The visitors shot 47% from the field, while limiting Gran Canaria to 35%.
Gran Canaria will take on Taranto at home, while AEL will play versus Gospic in the next round.