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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Serbian champion inks hot prospect Nemanja Besovic11/4/2008 5:50:29 PM - by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea signed contract with one of the hottest Serbian prospects Nemanja Besovic (218-C-92). 16-year old player is coming to Belgrade from Vojvodina Srbijagas. He appeared once for the Tulips in Serbian Superleague 07/08. Young 'giant' played for U16 Serbia this past summer on European championship in Italy. For 3 games Besovic's average digits were 1.7 ppg and 2 rpg.

It seams that reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion looks to the future, what is the crucial thing for the teams with not so big budget. As a reminder, during the summer the Black-and-whites already inked couple of promising players.


Vlada Vukoicic is new head coach of Bosna11/4/2008 5:48:43 AM - by Zoran Popovic
Only two weeks after departure with Base Oostende, Vlada Vukoicic made agreement with Bosnian champion, Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo. Last week Bosna released Alan Abas after score 1-4 at the begining of the season. Vukoicic started career in FMP Zeleznik Beograd with young categories from 1994 till 2004. In period 2003-2005 Vukoicic was assistant coach in FMP Zeleznik Beograd senior team. Head coach of FMP Zeleznik Beograd Vukoicic was from 2005 till 2008. In season 2005-2006 he won Adriatic league and in season 2006-2007 Vukoicic won National cup Radivoj Korac with FMP Zeleznik Beograd. In the same season Vukoicic with FMP Zeleznik Beograd played semi final of ULEB Cup. On European championship 2007 Vukoicic led National team U 20 and won gold medal.

Guy Pnini signed for FMP11/4/2008 6:05:24 PM - by Zoran Popovic
Former player of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) signed contract with FMP to the end of the season. Guy Pnini played for Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, Bnei Hasharon 2002-2006 and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 2006-2008. In his last season for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Pnini scored in ULEB Cup on 12 games average 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assistants per game and in Israeli league on 26 games average scored 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assistants and 1.6 steel per game. With Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Pnini won National cup 2007 and 2008.

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  ARGENTINA   


Three ones out11/4/2008 12:32:46 PM - by Facundo Iatzky
-Fernando Duro is not the coach of Asociacion Quimsa anymore. After just 10 rounds Fernando left the team due to personal reasons. His record was 5-5 but the team did never show all their potential. The managers are now looking for a replacement.

- Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77) had an important injury and he will be out at leat 4 months. Lanus is analyzing sign a temporally replacement.

-Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82), center of Quilmes, got injured in his nose in the last game against Boca and he will be out for two months.


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Manama down Al Najma11/4/2008 12:17:25 PM - by Walter Neto
MANAMA posted a comfortable 95-61 victory over Al Najma in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League match at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex last night.

It was the fourth win in five matches for Manama, under their coach Salman Ramadan. The 15-time league winners are presently on nine points and share second place with Al Ahli. In another match, Isa Town picked up their second win in six matches after defeating Bahrain Club 90-64. Isa Town now have eight points and share Al Hala fourth place but with the latter team having a match in hand.

Bahrain Club, on the other hand, remained at the bottom of this 10-team round robin championship with five points after suffering their fifth straight defeat. Manama dominated their match against Al Najma from start to finish as they took a 28-13 lead in the first quarter before cruising ahead 46-27 at the end of the second quarter.

Momentum Ramadan's side maintained their momentum in the third quarter where they stretched their lead to 75-41 and kept their wide-margin lead alive in the fourth and final quarter.

Jarrd David of the US was the top player for Manama yesterday, scoring 24 points. Bahrain national team pair of Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hussain also made key contributions to the emphatic victory, scoring 22 points each. Other players who represented Manama were Omran Abdulreda, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Mohammed Najaf, Hani Alam, Mahdi Hassan, Abdulmajed Shahram, Hassan Habib and Mohammed Al Mass. Al Najma, who were handed their fifth defeat in six matches, are presently sharing fifth place with Nuwaidrat and Sitra with seven points each.

Najam's best player was Wayne Houstan of the US who made the bulk of scoring with 25 points. Source:GDN


Manama down Al Najma11/4/2008 12:20:13 PM - by Walter Neto
MANAMA posted a comfortable 95-61 victory over Al Najma in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League match at the Umm Al Hassam Sports Complex last night.

It was the fourth win in five matches for Manama, under their coach Salman Ramadan. The 15-time league winners are presently on nine points and share second place with Al Ahli. In another match, Isa Town picked up their second win in six matches after defeating Bahrain Club 90-64. Isa Town now have eight points and share Al Hala fourth place but with the latter team having a match in hand.

Bahrain Club, on the other hand, remained at the bottom of this 10-team round robin championship with five points after suffering their fifth straight defeat. Manama dominated their match against Al Najma from start to finish as they took a 28-13 lead in the first quarter before cruising ahead 46-27 at the end of the second quarter.

Ramadan's side maintained their momentum in the third quarter where they stretched their lead to 75-41 and kept their wide-margin lead alive in the fourth and final quarter.

Jarrd David of the US was the top player for Manama yesterday, scoring 24 points. Bahrain national team pair of Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hussain also made key contributions to the emphatic victory, scoring 22 points each. Other players who represented Manama were Omran Abdulreda, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Mohammed Najaf, Hani Alam, Mahdi Hassan, Abdulmajed Shahram, Hassan Habib and Mohammed Al Mass. Al Najma, who were handed their fifth defeat in six matches, are presently sharing fifth place with Nuwaidrat and Sitra with seven points each.

Their best player was Wayne Houstan of the US who made the bulk of scoring with 25 points. Source: GDN


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  BOSNIA   


A1: B.C. Play Off signs American poing guard Carter11/4/2008 6:47:15 AM - by Sead Buljina

B.C. Play Off has signed a sponsorship contract with IPSA and will compete in the upcoming season under the name 'Play Off IPSA'. The club has signed Aaron Michael Carter (192-PG-82), a point guard from Sacramento Heatwave (USA - ABA), Adis Suljagic and Edis Fetahovic from Velpak. Play Off also brought U18 NT members Ali Demic (200-F-91) and Nermin Buza (206-PF-91) who will play on a loan from Bosna. The club have left Narcis Begovac (B.C. Kakanj) and last season's A1 top scorer Adelmo Delic who will play only for Celik this season. This season B.C. Play Off celebrates ten years of existence. Along with competing in domestic A1 league, the club has participated at over 25 International tournaments all over the Europe. Play Off IPSA head coach, Goran Lojo expects his team to be among five top teams. 'We expect that Aaron Carter who plays at the point guard position will carry the load along with other reinforcements and our returning players from the last season. There are also several players from our youth selections who have joined our senior team. I believe that our future is bright', said Lojo.



Borac humiliated, Siroki earns a draw11/4/2008 4:59:28 PM - by Nedzad Kladusak
EWE Oldenburg - Borac Nektar 76:46
23:8, 19:16, 15:11, 21:13

EWE BASKET OLDENBURG: Scekic 12, Buljevic, Strauch, Pekovic 10, Foster 7, Paulding 15, Majstorovic 6, Gardner 6, Perkovic 15, Hain, Boumtje 5.
BORAC NEKTAR: Goran Vucic (193-G-92), Janjusevic 9, Puljko 8, Peterkin 8, Mladenovic 6, Milekic, Djurasovic 6, Richardson 4, Pavlovic, Milinovic 2, Garma 3, Josipovic.

The team from the second biggest town in Bosnia-Hercegovina had no chances against such sounding names like Jasmin Perkovic and Marko Scekic.
Playing against a very aggressive strong german defense the young bosnian players had no clue how to run their offense. However it is a precious experience
for this team to have played a team which belongs to the elite of the german league.

Siroki Eronet - Sumykhimprom 73:73
15:18, 10:16, 30:23, 18:16

SIROKI ERONET: Siriscevic 15, Josipovic 15, Spralja 15, Morban Rivera 14,Milekovic 8, Planinic 6, Sumic, Naletilic, Bubalo, Bilinovac, Kale,
SUMYKHIMPROM: Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) 18, Greene 13, Santee 12, Podorvannyy 9, Macernis 4, Lemyk, Griffin 2, Matyuekevych 5, Lekavicius 3, Bulskyy 7.

Siroki trailed from the very beginning and managed tie the result 7 minutes before the end. Abdullahi Abdullahi Kuso, the nigerian center had
his best game in the Eurochallenge Cup and recorded a double -double 18pts,13 rebs.


Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) shined tonight despite Buducnost lost with two points difference in Istanbul. The young bosnian PG recorded 18 points(FG 7/12), 4 ass and 3 steals in only 29 minutes.
Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) couldn t defeat a bravely fighting Swans Gmunden. Kikanovic had 11points while Milosevic had 5 points and 5 rebs.
Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) recorded 18 points and 6 rebs as his team lost at home against cypriotic Proteas AEL. Former NT members Mujezinovic and Radojevic
shined contributing 19 pts,7rebs and 4 ass respectively 11pts,3rebs.


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Norte won as visitor the first game of the Final playoff11/4/2008 9:43:07 AM - by Victor Garcia

Norte de Santander with his defensive intensity limited Bucaros to just 67pts in the regulation, and in the overtime the experience of Carlos Rogers and Monty Wilson were enough to defeat Bucaros as visitors in the first game of the 2008 Federation Cup final playoff.
From the begining Norte played great defense in all the court putting pressure over David Reyes and avoiding Cruz Salcedo and Ricardo Sanz to take good shots, Edgar Moreno drive the timing of Norte and feeded Rogers and Wilson in the ofensive side.
The end of the regulation was a thriller, with less than a minute left and the game tied Rogers try close to the basket but receive a hit is his arm, the referee did not call the foul and Rogers yelled him and receive a technical foul that sent Rogers Washington to line, Washington netted one free throw and in the next posesin Bucaros score to take a 3 points lead with less than 15 seconds on the clock.
The last posesin looks a long one, Bucaros cuts three straight passes and the time was running to 3 seconds left, in the last inbounds pass from Contreras to Rogers the veteran big man took a 3 points turnaround bankshot that tied the game at the buzzer and sent them to the overtime.
In the overtime Bucaros took a quick six points lead thanks to Rogers Washington, but Norte played with heart and back to back three pointers of Moreno, Renteria, Wilson and Rogers give them a definitive six ponts lead.
Rogers went from Villiane to hroe and leaded Norte in scoring and rebounding, at the end of the game Rogers had pain in one of his knees, Washington had a good night leading Bucaros in scoring.
Each coach had words to the media at the end of the game, Nortes coach Julio Toro said a game just finish with the buzzer and for Bucaros coach Carlos Parra the luck was with Norte in the first game.

Bucaros Freskaleche 75 - R. Washington 26pts+10rebs, M. Marriaga 25pts+15rebs, D.Reyes 11pts, C. Salcedo 11pts, R.Sanz 2pts

Norte de Santander 81 - C.Rogers 25pts+16rebs, E. Moreno 22pts, M.Wilson 28pts, E. Renteria 13pts, E. Torres 3.


NORTE LEADS 1-0
Carlos Rogers (211-F/C-71, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Tennessee St.)



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EuroChallenge Qualifying Round 2: AEL succeeded a great road win over Banvit11/4/2008 5:33:45 PM - by Chris Mammides
The Cyprus queen of Basketball Proteas EKA AEL Limassol, the team of the top Head Coach in the history of the Cyprus Basketball, Dragan Raca did it again! This time it was Banvit Basketbol Kulubu's turn to 'taste' Raca's yellows. The Cyprus site beat the Turkish site in Bandirma and in the Kara Ali Aksar Court, with 93-100 making the first step to qualify in the next round.
Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) erupted for 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists in an amazing display for Proteas EKA AEL Limassol. The Cyprus site lead the game by as many as nine points in the second quarter but only kept it in the slightest difference of 1 point (44-43) at half-time after the Turks finished the frame on an 8-0 run. A Kerim Yenice three-ball put the hosts into a 59-57 advantage with 5:22 remaining in the third quarter but Raca's team with very good coaching and very good strategic mooves held their nerve. A Taylor three-pointer late in the period capped a 7-0 surge that gave them a 77-68 lead and they stayed in front the rest of the way. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu did keep the pressure on, though, and closed the gap to 94-91 with 1:33 remaining in the game. The Cypriot club scored six consecutive points, four by Milan Dozet, to go back in front by nine before Yunus Cankaya made two late free throws for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu that could prove vital in the return leg. Lance Williams had 18 points and six boards in defeat for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu while Cankaya chipped in 16. On the otehr hand, Proteas EKA AEL Limassol saw six players having double digits with Taylor with 24, Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) with 17, Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, college: Indiana) 19, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, college: LSU) with 12 points and 5 assists, Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) with 11 points and LaVell Blanchard (201-G-81 college: Michigan) with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.


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Interview with Quade Milum of Virum11/4/2008 4:27:55 PM - by Jay Baptiste


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Antywane ROBINSON comes back in France11/4/2008 11:38:48 AM - by Gregory Caru
In order to replace Michael LEE injured for 3-4 months,Cholet Basket has signed Antywane ROBINSON.This is an athletic forward,with good hands who can play 3-4,a strong defender well known in France because he played in Pau-Orthez last year for 9,9ppg 5,6rpg 1,4 apg in 20 games and good results with his team.This year he has made the pre'season of Philadelphia in NBA,but he hasn't been signed.He was the first choice of Erman Kunter,the Cholet's coach,who wanted 'a player who known the European basketball,not a rookie'.Robinson has 3 months to demonstrate that he can play in this team and maybe his contract will be extended when Lee will come back in January.Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple)

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EWE Baskets is ready to book tickets for EuroChallenge regular season 11/4/2008 4:47:42 PM - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Borac Nektar 76:46

Oldenburg saw another victory in the European arena of the local EWE Baskets. The German newcomers overcame Borac Nektar 76:46 in the Qualifying Round 2 opener in EuroChallenge. Seven consecutive points gave the hosts some confidence in the beginning and never saw them behind. Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) netted 12, while Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) scored 10. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort.
Rickey Paulding opened the scoring account for the hosts and it was him to score 7 points in a row. Jasmin Perkovic with a lay-up closed the opening quarter at 23-8 for the German side. With 19-16 EWE Baskets made some more steps to the win in the opener as they had 42:24 at the halftime. Milan Janjusevic with a lay-up sent both the teams to the lockers.
Rickey Paulding was the fist to score in the third frame as the German side did not think to slow down. Garma nailed 2 in the end for the guests at 55:33. EWE Baskets was too good and opened the last stanza with 9-0 run to have a bigger difference before Game 2. Marko Scekic set up the final, 76:46 victory as EWE Baskets is ready to book tickets for the regular season of EuroChallenge.

EWE Baskets: Jasmin Perkovic 15, Rickey Paulding 15, Marko Scekic 12, Miladin Pekovic 10
Borac Nektar: Milan Janjusevic 9


THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS SETTLE WITH TIE 60-60 AFTER VICTOR KING BUZZER BEATER11/4/2008 7:39:19 PM - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tie Basketball games are about as uncommon as pro Basketball players trying their hand at professional Baseball like Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) did in 1994, but since the overtime period is deleted from Euro challenge play, a tie can happen and did in the Frankfurt-Antalya game as it ended 60-60. For some players like Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.), it was the first time for a tie, but for guys like Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) it was the second. 'This was more of a win for them since the game was played in Frankfurt. But this special game has 80 minutes and we have to start from scratch again in Antalya. Its never over until the last second. Some years ago, my team won the first game by 30 points, but lost the return game by 34 points, so anything is possible'. Antalya American Michael Green (185-G-85, college: Towson) was prepared to play five more minutes, but soon realized the game was over.'It was really weird when King scored. He ripped his shirt off, because he knew the game was over, but I had no clue since I am still a rookie with no European experience in these kind of things'. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS had the game in their hands, but let it slip away in the fourth quarter. 'This was not a pretty game. They hit really important three pointers at the end. It is never easy to win, when you cant put the opponent away. It was a game of runs and suddenly the game was over', described a sad Ilian Evtimov.

Coach Murat Didin is known for having tricks up his sleeve as well as making unorthadox decisions by not starting captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Both teams started with a lot of nervousness and this would carry out through out the game. Antalya found their rhythm quickly by going on a 11-2 run. American Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) was making the zone his own playground and hauling down offensive rebounds and picking Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) apart. He scored four quick points, while the Frankfurt offense was sputtering and trying to find a groove. Frankfurt finally blasted off going on a 8-1 run. American Titus Ivory came in scored and stole the ball and fed Evtimov for two points. Ilian Evtimov then stepped outside and drilled home a three pointer. Antalya had phases where they had little concentration, which led to costly turnovers. Frankfurt closed out the scoring in the first quarter, with an Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) Dunk, who retrieved a De Mello no look pass. Antalya led 13-12, but both teams were shooting very poorly that even Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong could of made a difference with his shooting, because any help could have been useful at that time.

The second quarter continued with wild play and weak shooting as it seemed like the teams were thinking too much, rather than just playing. The three point line seemed as foreign to both teams as does the subject of geography for some Americans. Both teams kept trying their luck from the parking lot, but with little success. After missing most of the first quarter, American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) found some daylight scoring in the zone and on the fast break to give Frankfurt its first lead 16 to 15. Now the game became a game of mini runs as Antalya responded with a 4-0 run with hoops from King and Green, who finished with his left hand on a penetration move in zone. This was also a very strong phase by Antalya, who were playing strong defense registering blocks or denying rebounds. With Antalya leading 19-16, Pascal Roller silenced Antalya with his forceful three pointer. It was 19 all, but Antalya went on another 4-0 mini run with hoops from Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) and Victor King (196-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Texas A&M) (196-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Texas A&M) (196-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Texas A&M) on a catch and pop. Without the two Pascal Roller three pointers, Frankfurt would have been down by 10 points. At halftime, Antalya led 27 to 23, which looked more like a NBA score after one quarter. The fans may have been waiting for some desert like offerings, but instead were getting fed with nasty leftovers with numerous turnovers. At haltime, both teams had a combined 25 turnovers. Both teams were shooting a combined 39% from three point land, Frankfurt was doing a better job securing the rebounds 22 to 18.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS had the better start in the third quarter going on a 6-0 run and showing that they still did possess discipline and intelligence on the court. Titus Ivory scored, then Derrick Allen made his mini hook shot giving Frankfurt the lead back 28 to 27 and Ivory followed with a swift move in the zone. Frankfurt led 30 to 27, but the nervousness of both teams remained as four turnovers resulted in about 30 seconds of play showing that even Basketball players can be human. American Michael Green responded with a three pointer knotting the sore at 30. Frankfurt now caught Antalya off guard and experienced their strongest few minutes of the game going on a 13-0 run and taking a 43 to 30 lead. Titus Ivory scored from outside, Anthony King with a pretty post move, Derrick Allen with a mid distance jumper and Pascal Roller with a three pointer. Frankfurt was the more awake team in this phase, while Antalya was missing too many shots and not showing enough intensity. However down the stretch, Antalya was able to squirt out a bit more energy as they ended the quarter on a 4-0 run with a beautiful spin move by Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and a Victor King shot in the zone after a cute feed from Michael Green. Frankfurt still led 43 to 37. Nothing besides the rebounds(35-25 advantage for Frankfurt) resembled anything like the Mona Lisa in Frankfurts play. Both teams were still shooting a combined 39% from outside and the combined turnovers were now at 33.

The game of runs continued, but THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS could not bring the energy of the third quarter into the fourth as Antalya ran away on a 10-0 run to take the 47 to 43 lead. Even though American Marcus Douthit was on the bench with four fouls and little of a factor in the game for Antalya, it was the other Americans that kept the team in the game. Michael Green hit a three pointer, Victor King in the zone, Marcus Melvin from outside and Victor King stole the ball and drove coast to coast with the hoop. Antalya had the lead back at 47 to 43 and most Skyliner fans wre wondering if it was already April and everything just a cruel April Fools joke. Now the game got very exciting, but Antalya couldnt run away with game as Frankfurt stayed on their backs with hoops from Ivory and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton). Antalya led 50 to 49, but sudden defensive lapses still plagued Frankfurt as a totally open Michael Green tip toed into the zone the same way Jerry does when escaping Tom the cat. Antalya led again 52 to 49. However Frankfurt found the free throw line and Adam Emmenecker hit two to tie the score at 52. Victor King hit an outside jumper and Antalya led 54 to 52, but American Titus Ivory is showing more and more that he wants to share crunch time shooting with Pascal Roller as he drilled a big three pointer after stealing the ball and Frankfurt led again 55 to 54. 'I was always a scorer in highschool and college and the first years as a pro, but in the last years as I started winning championships, I havent scored as much anymore, but I have learned to make sacrifices and help out the team on defense and hitting my open shots', commented Titus Ivory . Derrick Allen added to the lead with a mid distance jumper and Frankfurt led 57 to 54. However Antalya struck back with little used 33 year old Mustafa Bitim (206-F-75), who hit a three pointer. With the score tied 57 all, Pascal Roller was fouled behind the three point line and he sunk all three. With 4,0 seconds to play, Frankfurt was unable to foul Victor King, who got open and hit an off balance three pointer as the buzzer sounded.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were led by American Titus Ivory with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Captain Pascal Roller added 12 points and four rebounds. Derrick Allen contributed with ten points and six rebounds. American Victor King added 21 points. American Michael Green added 13 points and eight rebounds. American Marcus Melvin had 11 points and seven rebounds.


From the statistics standpoint, this is a game that both teams want to quickly forget. Both teams shot under 30% from the field and both teams had 41 turnovers combined. The only bright spot for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS were the 41 rebounds that they secured. Antalya has the upper hand now, with the home court advantage, while Frankfurt will have to go on a journey to Turkey and find a way to win against the opponent as well as blocking out the hostile fans. 'Now we have to win on the road. We will prepare well and give a team effort in Turkey', warned Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt already showed a lot of character and heart pulling out a miraculous win in Nordlingen and will need to play with that kind of energy in Antalya, especially down the stretch, where every little thing could decide the outcome of a close game. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS host TBB Trier on Saturday November 8 and then travel to Antalya, Turkey for the return Euro challenge game on Novemer 11th.



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Changes in PAOK11/4/2008 1:42:03 AM - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Major changes in PAOK. Coach Argiris Pedoulakis is history along with Nicos Boudouris and Giorgos Balogianis. The new coach will be announced in the next days and there are also some surprise candidates in management's list. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) comes in Greece to discuss for the contract, while Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket) is close in the exit, Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) is the target to replace him. All these changes just before the crucial cup game with Olimpia in Larisa.

Mike Batiste: the MVP of the 4th day of the A1 Greek Championship11/4/2008 4:15:39 AM - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After his impressive appearance on last Sunday's game against Panionios, Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) of Panathinaikos gained the trophy of the Most Valuable Player of the 4th day of the A1 Greek Championship. Mike Batiste scored 20 points (8/10 2p. shots, 4/4 1p. shots, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers) in only 17:03 minutes, achieving a 1.232 score at tendex.
At the second place, the Greek journalists voted Marios Batis of Olimpia Larisas and at the third Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) of VAP Kolossos Rhodes.
The results:
1. Mike Batiste (Panathinaikos) 45
2. Marios Batis (Olimpia L.) 42
3. Steven Smith (VAP Kolossos) 38
4. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) (Panathinaikos) 16
5. Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) (AEK) 14
6. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) (Olimpiacos) 8
7. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) (Aris) 5
8. Nikos Papanikolopoulos (193-G-79) (VAP Kolossos) 3
. Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) (Aris) 3
. Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) (AEK) 3
11. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) (Olimpiacos) 2
12. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) (Panellinios) 1

After learning the result, Mike Batiste thanked the people voting for him and for recognizing his attempts. However, he stated that the prize reflects the attempt of all the team and not only himself's. 'We have still a lot of games to play and this should be always in our minds. I never attribute any importance to whichever individual prizes since the only thing that matters me is the victories and the titles at the end of each season. We should enjoy our games, give our best; this is what should accompany us to all the games up to the end'.


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Landstede Zwolle inks Frank Young11/4/2008 2:54:32 PM - by Fred Roggen
Landstede Zwolle has attracted a fourth American to strengthen their roster. American forward Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) signed a one-year contract with Landstede Basketball.
Young, a former graduate of West Virginia, played last season for the Rotterdam Challengers, playing 21 games and averaged 9.8ppg and 4.3rpg.
Head-Coach van de Belt is pleased with the arrival of Young to Zwolle. 'Young is a great player who is accustomed to playing in our system'.


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.



Thomas Soltau replace Durelle Brown at West-Brabant Giants11/4/2008 9:06:03 AM - by Fred Roggen

Thomas Soltau (210-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Northwestern) is replacing Durelle Brown and will be the new power-forward of the West-Brabant Giants. Soltau played last season for the Danish Naestved, where he played 19 games and averaged 20.5ppg, 712rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 80.0%.

Technical manager Marcel Lohr and coach Erik Braal are pleased that they could add this player to the team as replacement for Durelle Brown.



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Grindavik and KR share the lead11/4/2008 2:54:10 AM - by Eurobasket News
Grindavik trounced Thor AK 108:87 in the fifth round to claim the fifth straight win in the season. Grindavik thus remained on top of the Express League standings. The game was fiercely close in the first half. The teams won a frame each and were all square at 54 at the interval. But Grindavik surprised the visitors with a massive 32:11 rally in the third quarter. The hosts built a decisive lead and never looked back in the final term. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) came up with 37 points and 8 rebounds for Grindavik. Pall Kristinsson (202-F-76, college: S.Carol.Upstate) added 17 points for the winners. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, agency: IceBasket, college: E.Texas Baptist) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Thor AK as they fell to 2-3 record.
KR also stayed undefeated as they dealt with FSU 122:92 on the road. KR looked unstoppable as their high-octane fast and furious style put too many questions before the hosts defense. KR scored 66 points in the first half and piled up a 16-point cushion at the sides change. KR never slowed down in the second half and cruised to the fifth straight victory in the tournament. Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) fired 27 points for the winners. Jakob Sigurdarsson added 23 points for KR. Arni Ragnarsson (192-G-87) answered with 21 points for FSU.


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Jim Moran wins in Eurocup11/4/2008 9:38:44 PM - by Mariano Galindo
Last night Kalise Gran Canaria, Jim Moran's (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) team, obtained a very important victory in Eurocup Tournament. Benneton Friburgo was sweep by spanish team (64-92) in the second qualification round. It consists in two game series (home and away), for what surely Kalise will pass the round and will be in the regular season. Jim Moran scored five points and was in the five starting. Last weekend, his team defeat Vive Menorca and Moran scored only three points though he made a good match, mainly he worked very well in defense.

In the other side, english player Joel Freeland (208-F-87) is making a very good performances with Jim Moran's team. In this sense, he scored 23 points against Benneton

In Irish Superleague, Belfast Starts losed against DCU Saints in a match that went to overtime.


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Unics is condident in the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home11/4/2008 3:51:44 PM - by Eurobasket News
Unics -Hapoel Jerusalem 88:66

Russian Unics made a confident start in the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home. Unics stun Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem 88:66 and will have this difference before game 2. A 9-0 from the start was a good beginning for the Russian titan that dominated Game 1. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) led the winners with 17 points. Dmitri Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) nailed 16 and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) posted 15. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dmitri Sokolov posted first two for his team as Unics score nine consecutive points to prove the ambitions of the tournament. A 22-12 was the end of the first quarter as Terrell Lyday made a jump-shot. The Russian outfit was on top 43:31 at half-time and went in front by as many as 15 in the third quarter but weren't able to put Hapoel Jerusalem away until the fourth. Dmitri Sokolov closed the third frame for 59:47 and then Russian team saw the light in the tunnel. Veremeenko opened the last quarter with a dunk and then Tariq Kirksay nailed five in a row. Having 74:60 lead Unics produced a 7-0 run for 81:60. Popovic was the last to score in the game for 88:66. Game 2 is scheduled in Israel on November 11th.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 17, Dmitri Sokolov 16, Tariq Kirksay 15
Hapoel Jerusalem: Timothy Bowers 18, Travis Watson 14+10 rebs


National League Round: 4 (Regular Season)11/4/2008 4:23:57 PM - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Afula - Hod Hasharon 100-97
Hapoel Afula won over Hod Hasharon 100:97 in Round 4 of the National League. Peleg Barak paced all the winners with 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Pere Adi added 21. Nahum Shai top-scored with 23 points in the losing effort.

Natzrath Elite - Kohav Yair 86-96
Kohav Yair had a road victory over Natzrath Elite 86:96. Three players scored more than 20 points for the winners as Morgan Stacey led all of them with 27. Digmel Ofer produced 24 points in defeat.

Ironi N-Ziona - Megido/Yok. 87-78
Lahat Yaron top-scored for Ironi N-Ziona in the game against Megido 87:78 with 15 points. Five other players followed him with more than 10 points. Cohen Guy finished the night with 17 points for the visitors.

Hap.Tivon - Lev Hashar. 87-79
Hapoel Tivon overcame Lev Hashar. 87:79 with 7 participated players. Ben Hemo Oren led all the winners with 19 points, whilst Shtainhauer Tomer notched 17. Auter Adrian collected 24 points and 16 rebounds for the visitors.

Hap.Beeri - Bar.Netanya 74-81
Netanya improved to 4-0 record after the road win over Hapoel Beeri 74:81. Gueta Eliran top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kremer Doron posted 18. Jackson Cedric brought 21 for the hosts and Cohen Itay added 20.

Elitzur Yavne - Benyamina 106-82
Elitzur Yavne grabbed 2-2 after a home win over Benyamina 106:82. Williams Armond was unstoppable with 30 points and 14 rebounds as Ben Goren Or scored 16. Ben-Eliyaho Hen poured in 20 points for the guests.

Elitzur Ramla - Macc.Ashdod 87-77
Elitzur Ramla is on top with 4-0 record defeating Maccabi Ashdod 87:77. Peterson Damon paced all the winners with 33 points and 12 boards. Brewington Dwight resisted with 32 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.



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Changes at Toyota Tsusho in JBL211/4/2008 8:31:31 AM - by Kenny
The Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles of the JBL's Second Division (JBL2), who are currently 1-0, have replaced imports Qiuintin Bailey and Marco Morgan with F Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, college: Md-Balt.County) and F Darrell Wonge. If the name Andrew Feeley sounds familiar, that's probably because he has spent the past 2 seasons playing in Japan for the Saitama Broncos of the bj-league. Although several import players have made the transition from the JBL to the bj-league, Feeley is the first import to go from the bj-league to the JBL or JBL2.

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  JORDAN   


Al Riyadi in Aleppo Friendly Cup11/4/2008 9:43:31 AM - by Mohammed Malas
aAl Riyadi Amman Club will be part of the 1st edition of Aleppo Friendly Cup in Aleppo City, Syria from the 7th until the 14th of November, 8 teams from 6 different countries will participate in the Cup which will give good preperation for the teams for the upcoming events.

# Groups Draw:
- Group A:
Anibal Zahle (Lebanon)
Ittihad Aleppo (Syria)
Dahouk (Iraq)
Al Wasl (UAE)
- Group B :
Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria)
Sagesse (Lebanon)
Al Ittihad Alexandria (Egypt)
Al Riyadi Amman (Jordan)

# Al Riyadi's 1st round games schedule:
- Friday 7/11:
Vs. Sagesse
- Sunday 9/11:
Vs. Al Ittihad Alexandria
- Monday 10/11:
Vs. Al Jalaa Aleppo

# Al Riyadi Amman roster:
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) - Team Captain
Issa Kamel (192-F-83)
Faisal Kheir (204-C-85)
Yousef Faqs (200-F-85)
Malek Khashan (185-G-85)
Ali Jamal (204-F/C-88)
Mohammad Jamal (195-F-89)
Saif Amer (170-G-89)
Mahmoud Maff (196-F-88)
Mohamad Esam (190-F-87)
Soni Sakakeeni (204-C-88)
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) 'He may join the team after he complete his participation with Jordan National Team in the 18th Arab Cup'

Secretary General: Fadi Sabbah
Head Coach: Sameer Morcos
Assistant: Abdel Hafeth Al Nobani


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Nolan & Marshall to Al Qadsia11/4/2008 9:25:29 AM - by Mohammed Malas
Al Qadsia Sports Club agreed with the american pair Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) and Mikey Marshall (196-G-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Texas Tech) to be the team's imports in the new season...

Nolan was playing in Lebanon last season with Al Muttahed averaging 20.1 ppg, 9 rpg & 1.9 apg, He has a previous experience in Italy (4 seasons), Puerto Rico (4 seasons), Spain, France and Greece, While Marshall will add Kuwait to his career which included Japan and Great Britain.


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LBL Round: 9 (Regular Season)11/4/2008 4:43:55 PM - by Eurobasket News
ASK/Juniors - Zemgale/Juniors 82-69
ASK/Juniors beat Zemgale/Juniors 82:69 to improve to 6-1 record in Division II. Laksa Martins led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Mediss Kristaps netted 15. Justovics Andris ended up with 18 points and 8 boards in the losing effort.

Liepajas - VEF Riga 73-71
Liepajas escaped from VEF Riga on November 4th 73:71 for 5-2 record. Stalbergs Arturs top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Kolesnikov Evgeniy finished the night with 23 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Keizarmezs - ASK/Buki 72-74
ASK/Buki stole the victory from Keizarmezs 72:74 on the same day. Jansons Andrejs paced all the winners with 21 points and Rauza Gundars nailed 18. Blaus Lauris collected 21 points and 13 boards for the home side.

Livani - ASK/Juniors 91-96
Mednis Roberts led ASK/Juniors with 26 points and 10 rebounds over Livani on October 31st. Gargazins Gatis produced 22 points and 3 assists for the home team.

Saldus - Cesis 81-73
Saldus beat Cesis 81:73 in the first day of November. Volfmanis Krists shined for the winners with 20 points and Buikis Edgars had 17. Rozitis Davis ended up with 22 points for the visitors.

Ventsp.Aug. - Livani 62-81
Livani were stronger than Ventspils Aug. 81:62 away from home. Kalnins Oskars and Maskalans Nauris ruled the game with 17 points for the winners. Pinete Ugis finished the night with 15 points ion defeat.



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After 12 rounds Maxaquene is the leader11/4/2008 10:00:34 AM - by Carlos Pereira
Maxaquene after beating away in Beira the Ferroviario from this city and also the Desportivo of Beira, are the leader of National Championship.
Results
Desportivo Beira x Maxaquene 57-69
Ferrovirio Beira x Maxaquene 75-91
Ferroviario Maputo x Politecnica Quelimane 106-78
Ferroviario Beira x Costa do Sol 87-71
Desportivo Beira x Costa do Sol 101-44

STANDING

Maxaquene 20 pontos
Costa do Sol 18
Ferrovirio 17
Desportivo 15
Ferrovirio da Beira 14
Sport Clube 9
APolitcnica 9
Desportivo da Beira 9


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Mount Vernon Nazerene - National Champion Contender with a posible NAIA P.O.Y.!11/4/2008 12:12:53 PM - by Lucius Jones
Mount Vernon Nazerene College looks poised to make another run at a national championship and holds a #3 pre-season national ranking. Mount Vernon Nazerene college also has a legitimate NAIA D2 Player of the Year candidate in Ben Falkenberg (5'11''-G) back as well. As one of the leading scorers in the entire nation, Ben Falkenberg should again be an All American and an integral piece in the team's efforts this season. The starting lineup of Falkenberg, Jadin Thomas (6'4''-F), Dan Borchedt, Andy Francis (6'1''-G/F), and Bryce Sanborn (6'8''-C) should be as good as any. Also, with a bench of Brandon Short, Adam Grimm, Matt McKinley (6'4''-F), Robbie Taylor, Ian Quick and others, the Naz expects to have little to no dropoff in upcoming seasons. Look for the newly annoited NAIA powerhouse to continue it's prominence under Coach Fleming for some time.

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Sporting News and D2basketball.com NCAA D2 Pre-Season Rankings has S.C. Aiken #1 & Chris Commons & Josh Bostic as the top All Americans. 11/4/2008 8:30:42 AM - by Lucius Jones
FROM: www.d2basketball.com 10/9/08

S.Carol.-Aiken Tops Sporting News Poll


S.Carol.-Aiken is the No. 1 team in NCAA, Division II according to the preseason poll published in The Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook 2008 edition.

After posting a 9-22 record two seasons ago, S.Carol.-Aiken recorded a school-best 27-4 mark in 2007-08 and finished sixth in the final NABC poll. The Pacers lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to league rival Clayton State.

USCA has five starters returning this season, including junior Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH)). The 6-8 Commons, a Hidden Gems summer league and future pro placement player, has been named to the First Team All-American Team, averaging 21.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last year. The other veteran starters returning are juniors Job Casimir (6'0''-G-86, college: Quinnipiac), Kingsley Oguchi (6'2''-G), Cordaryl Ballard (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Morehead St.) and Brian Egwuatu (6'7''-F).

Findlay (OH) is ranked second. The Oilers welcome back all five starters from a team which ended up with a 28-5 record during the 2007-08 season. Senior forward Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87), a Hidden Gems personal training,future pro placement, and summer league player, is the headliner of the returnees. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

Gannon checks in third. Gannon returns four starters and every player except one from last years team that went 25-6, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Bentley is fourth, returning 11 players from last year's 34-1 team which lost in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Winona St..

Last year's national runner-up rounds out the top-five. Augusta St. returns three starters and eight lettermen from a squad that tied a school record with 27 wins (27-7) and captured the programs first South Atlantic Regional Championship in 2007-08.

The balance of the top-10 is Southwestern (22-8), Cent.Washington (21-7), Grand Valley St. (36-1), Florida Southern (24-9) and LIU - C.W.Post (26-5).

The yearbook, in its second year after a merger with the former Street & Smith's publication, is available on newstands and features 12 region covers. The publication carries a $7.99 cover price.

THE SPORTING NEWS NCAA, DIVISION II PRESEASON TOP 10
1-S.Carol.-Aiken (27-4)
2-Findlay (OH) (28-5)
3-Gannon (25-6)
4-Bentley (34-1)
5-Augusta St.(27-7)
6-Southwestern (22-8)
7-Cent.Washington (21-7)
8-Grand Valley St. (36-1)
9-Florida Southern (24-9)
10-LIU - C.W.Post (26-5)


D2 Bulletin tabs Findlay #1 and Josh Bostic as Pre-Season P.O.Y. 11/4/2008 8:27:26 AM - by Lucius Jones
FROM Findlay (OH) website:

Oilers, Bostic Receive Accolades From DII Bulletin

The University of Findlay (OH) mens basketball team is ranked first in the nation according to the NCAA Division Bulletin which was part of an announcement made in the publications special Preseason Preview issue, which was released on Friday, October 10. Findlay (OH), who finished 28-5 last season, welcomes back all five starters from last seasons Sweet 16 squad and return 75.8 of their 78.7 points per game scored during the 2007-08 campaign.

Findlay (OH) looks to have it all this season and could take a shot at a national title, said Gary Rubin, publisher of Division II Bulletin. It was a difficult decision picking a top team this season because so many teams are talented. It should be an entertaining year in Division II basketball.

In addition, senior forward Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87) was tabbed as the Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year.

Bostic, a NCAA Division II all-American last year as a junior, averaged 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game during the 2007-08 season. He was named first team all-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was also a first team all-Great Lakes Region and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection.

In postseason play, the Hidden Gems personal training, summer league, and future pro placement player earned spots on the all-tournament teams for the GLIAC and Great Lakes Region championships.

Josh is no doubt one of the top front court players in Division II this season, said Rubin. He is expected to have another outstanding year and is most deserving of this award.

DII Bulletin Preseason Rankings

1. Findlay (OH)
2. Florida Southern
3. Bentley
4. N.Kentucky
5. S.Carol.-Aiken
6. SW Minnesota St.
7. Cent.Oklahoma
8. Winona St.
9. NW Missouri St.
10. Augusta St.
11. SW Baptist
12. LIU - C.W.Post
13. Cent.Washington
14. Lenoir-Rhyne
15. N.Alabama
16. Gannon
17. Drury
18. Mount Olive
19. Christian Brothers
20. Catawba
21. Pitt-Johnstown
22. Clayton St.
23. Grand Valley St.
. 24. BYU-Hawaii
25. Philadelphia

Division II Bulletin, founded in 1991, is the leading publication covering Division II mens basketball. It is published by GSR Communications based in Beaverton, Oregon.


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Jordan to meet the hosts in the Final of 18th Arab Cup 11/4/2008 2:24:07 PM - by Mohammed Malas
* Tuesday 4/11:

Jordan 76 - Egypt 63 (Qs: 19-14, 37-25, 61-44 & 76-63)

Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 23 points to lead his country Jordan to final game of the 18th Arab Cup after their wining over Egypt by 13 points...

Zeid Abbas, Wesam Sous, Mohammad Hamdan and Francis Ireifej were so effective in the game as well to stop the offense of the egyptions who won their game against the same team in the 1st round, Wael Badr and Mohammad Al Kerdani did their best to avoid the loss whithout much help from their teammates.

Tunisia 73 - Syria 56 (Qs: 20-15, 36-22, 56-38 & 73-56)

Meanwhile, Tunisia will be the 2nd side following their defeat over Syria in a one sided game esspecially in the last two quarters...

Michel Madanli superb performance during the game did'nt stop the willing of win among the members of the hosts Tunisia who did their best to keep the range of points big enough to secure the win at the end thanks to the hard work from Hamdi Bra', Ameen Rzeiq and Maroane Kachrid.

The final will be held in Nabel Court in Tunisia at 5 GMT and will be broadcasted on ART Sports 5, Libya Sports Channel and Tunisia 21.


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Kinsey joins the Frost Heaves 11/4/2008 1:33:42 AM - by Gianni Pascucci
The Vermont Frost Heaves announced the signing of Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) for their upcoming 2008/09 Premier Basketball League season. A native of Waco Texas, Mario played both football and basketball at the collegiate level. He finished his collegiate career at Texas College and in 2006 averaged 20 points per game, while shooting 51.9% from the field and 33.3% from 3 point range. Thank You for letting me be a part of this program. I can't wait to get there and continue the excellent tradition that has been started by Coach Voigt, stated Kinsey. Last season Mario helped lead the Texas Tycoons to the semi-finals of the ABA Championship series and came in second in the All Star slam dunk contest where he thrilled the crowd with his acrobatic dunks and overall athletic ability. He scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to help lead his West team in the 2008 All Star game that was played in Barre, Vermont. 'We are very excited to have Mario with us this season. We have faced him twice in the playoffs and seen his athleticism on display at the All-Star game, so we know that he will be a great fit to our defense and up-tempo style of play;' stated Head Coach Will Voigt .

Former PBL Star Tihon Johnson Signs in Germany! 11/4/2008 8:31:39 AM - by Lucius Jones
One of the PBL's most efficient players, Tihon Johnson (6'5''-G-82, college: Mountain St.) has made the journey overseas to Bayer Uerdingen in the Germany-Regionalliga2 level of play. Tihon Johnson has been a winner at every level of the play dating all the way back to his H.S. years and plans to make that his initial priority in establishing himself in his newfound position. The message is already being displayed as Bayer Uerdingen has already won its first and only game.

As a high school talent Tihon Johnson led his East HS team to a D1 Final Four appearance en route to putting up Magic Johnson like numbers of 20+ppg 11apg 6rpg 4spg 2bpg.

In JC at powerhouse San Jacinto CC, Tihon was a JC All American and a major D1 signee to Idaho.

After a year at Idaho, Tihon Johnson transferred to NAIA D1 juggernaut Mountain St. and enjoyed continued winning and success.

From there Tihon, a Hidden Gems pro placement and summer league player, played a strong season in the IBL with the Grand Rapids Flight.

After that first professional season Tihon had a great year in the PBL that eventually assisted in his placement over water.


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LOOKING GOOD 11/4/2008 5:05:52 AM - by Benny Lirio

The first day of Greg Slaughters run at making the Philippine national basketball team was a smashing success.
The prized 6-foot-11 tower of eight-time Cesafi champion University of the Visayas (UV) lived up to expectations during his first stint of training under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman, at the Moro Lorenzo gym at the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Manila.
Slaughter, who led the Green Lancers to their eighth straight title in the Cesafi last month was tapped by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to attend the three-day big man camp under the watchful eye of Irans former head coach, Rajko Toroman
According to Slaughter, he was made to participate in several intense big man drills, which left him out of breath quickly.
They had me do a lot of drills. It wasnt hard stuff but I got winded quickly. It was very tiring, Slaughter said in an interview with Cebu Daily News.
Slaughter participated in the training sessions along with two Fil-American players and Mac Baracael of the Far Eastern University.
Slaughter considered the opportunity to be a grand one and is hopeful of being selected into the national squad.
He also added that the training would be ultimately good for him individually and the entire UV squad, as they prepare for their stint in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.
I think the potential to improve is limitless. They are going to have me train and have all these international competitions. Toroman is a great coach who brings with him an impressive resume, that includes bringing Iran to the Olympics and producing the very first Iranian player in the NBA, Slaughter said.
Multi-titled head coach Elmer Boy Cabahug also conceded that the chance for his big man to improve will go a long way towards helping the UV Green Lancers.
He is also in Manila to accompany his center and learn from Rajko Toroman
It will be a plus factor for Greg and UV as he will be able to train with the best young big men in the country today, Cabahug said.

CEBU DAILY NEWS/J.Panerio



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  PORTUGAL   


Queluz sign Ailton Medeiros11/4/2008 10:41:27 AM - by Bruno Baltazar
Queluz the surprising Proliga team without americans just signed portuguese player Ailton Medeiros (194-F-88) former Belenenses team .
After the waiving due to economical problems of Beleneses, Ailton is the second player to sign with another team after Anastacio Sami (207-C-76).
Queluz with this signing will have a another good inside weapon as Ailton has a good body to keep surpring everyone with their team work in the sensacional league they doing so far.


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  RUSSIA   


A defensive end keeps FMP Zeleznik the winner in the opener 11/4/2008 3:23:02 PM - by Eurobasket News
BC FMP Zeleznik -Ural Great 69:61

Serbian FMP Zeleznik celebrated the opener of the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home. The team overcame Russian Ural Great 69:61 with a defensive style of the game. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) netted 11 and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 10. Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 12 points and Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11.
Serbian team posted first four points in the game as Dragan Labovic ended up 4-0 run from the hosts. Ural Great needed some time to take the responsibility of the court and pushed the tempo later in the period. Aleksei Surovtsev with a jump-shot made it 25:18 for the visitors. In the second frame the guests controlled to dominate and held the score for good at the halftime. The squads went to the lockers for 45:40, Ural Great.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts benefit from the game in it. Dragan Labovic tied the game first at 49:49 and then his team never looked behind. Nemanja Protic closed the third frame for 61:55, FMP. For the first five minutes Ural Great was scoreless in the last period due to the great defense from the hosts. They however also did not rush to score and winning the quarter 8-6 won the opener as well, 69:61.

BC FMP Zeleznik: Dragan Labovic 22+7 rebs, Nikola Markovic 11, Nemanja Protic 10
Ural Great: Aleksei Surovtsev 12, Vanja Plisnic 11


Unics is condident in the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home11/4/2008 3:51:43 PM - by Eurobasket News
Unics -Hapoel Jerusalem 88:66

Russian Unics made a confident start in the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home. Unics stun Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem 88:66 and will have this difference before game 2. A 9-0 from the start was a good beginning for the Russian titan that dominated Game 1. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) led the winners with 17 points. Dmitri Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) nailed 16 and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) posted 15. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dmitri Sokolov posted first two for his team as Unics score nine consecutive points to prove the ambitions of the tournament. A 22-12 was the end of the first quarter as Terrell Lyday made a jump-shot. The Russian outfit was on top 43:31 at half-time and went in front by as many as 15 in the third quarter but weren't able to put Hapoel Jerusalem away until the fourth. Dmitri Sokolov closed the third frame for 59:47 and then Russian team saw the light in the tunnel. Veremeenko opened the last quarter with a dunk and then Tariq Kirksay nailed five in a row. Having 74:60 lead Unics produced a 7-0 run for 81:60. Popovic was the last to score in the game for 88:66. Game 2 is scheduled in Israel on November 11th.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 17, Dmitri Sokolov 16, Tariq Kirksay 15
Hapoel Jerusalem: Timothy Bowers 18, Travis Watson 14+10 rebs


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A defensive end keeps FMP Zeleznik the winner in the opener 11/4/2008 3:23:02 PM - by Eurobasket News
BC FMP Zeleznik -Ural Great 69:61

Serbian FMP Zeleznik celebrated the opener of the Qualifying Round 2 of Eurocup at home. The team overcame Russian Ural Great 69:61 with a defensive style of the game. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) led the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) netted 11 and Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 10. Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 12 points and Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11.
Serbian team posted first four points in the game as Dragan Labovic ended up 4-0 run from the hosts. Ural Great needed some time to take the responsibility of the court and pushed the tempo later in the period. Aleksei Surovtsev with a jump-shot made it 25:18 for the visitors. In the second frame the guests controlled to dominate and held the score for good at the halftime. The squads went to the lockers for 45:40, Ural Great.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts benefit from the game in it. Dragan Labovic tied the game first at 49:49 and then his team never looked behind. Nemanja Protic closed the third frame for 61:55, FMP. For the first five minutes Ural Great was scoreless in the last period due to the great defense from the hosts. They however also did not rush to score and winning the quarter 8-6 won the opener as well, 69:61.

BC FMP Zeleznik: Dragan Labovic 22+7 rebs, Nikola Markovic 11, Nemanja Protic 10
Ural Great: Aleksei Surovtsev 12, Vanja Plisnic 11


Guy Pnini signed for FMP11/4/2008 6:03:04 PM - by Zoran Popovic
Former player of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) signed contract with FMP to the end of the season. Guy Pnini played for Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, Bnei Hasharon 2002-2006 and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 2006-2008. In his last season for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Pnini scored in ULEB Cup on 12 games average 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assistants per game and in Israeli league on 26 games average scored 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assistants and 1.6 steel per game. With Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Pnini won National cup 2007 and 2008.

Serbian champion inks hot prospect Nemanja Besovic11/4/2008 5:50:29 PM - by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea signed contract with one of the hottest Serbian prospects Nemanja Besovic (218-C-92). 16-year old player is coming to Belgrade from Vojvodina Srbijagas. He appeared once for the Tulips in Serbian Superleague 07/08. Young 'giant' played for U16 Serbia this past summer on European championship in Italy. For 3 games Besovic's average digits were 1.7 ppg and 2 rpg.

It seams that reigning Serbian and Adriatic league champion looks to the future, what is the crucial thing for the teams with not so big budget. As a reminder, during the summer the Black-and-whites already inked couple of promising players.


Vlada Vukoicic is new head coach of Bosna11/4/2008 5:48:03 AM - by Zoran Popovic
Only two weeks after departure with Base Oostende Vlada Vukoicic made agreement with Bosnian champion, Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo. Last week Bosna released Alan Abas after score 1-4 at the begining of the season. Vukoicic started career in FMP Zeleznik Beograd with young categories from 1994 till 2004. In period 2003-2005 Vukoicic was assistant coach in FMP Zeleznik Beograd senior team. Head coach of FMP Zeleznik Beograd Vukoicic was from 2005 till 2008. In season 2005-2006 he won Adriatic league and in season 2006-2007 Vukoicic won National cup Radivoj Korac with FMP Zeleznik Beograd. In the same season Vukoicic with FMP Zeleznik Beograd played semi final of ULEB Cup. On European championship 2007 Vukoicic led National team U 20 and won gold medal.

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League champions in trouble as Hawks take game one11/4/2008 9:46:56 AM - by Carlos Pereira
WILL Baya achieve their first ever double? If they want to, they have to bounce back in style in game two of the mens Sanken Basketball Cup finals this coming Saturday.
Right now, the league champions stare defeat in the face after going down in their first games, played on Sunday at the Palais des Sports.
Hawks get OT win against short-handed Baya

SHORT-HANDED Mens Division One league champions Baya beat many expectations but suffered the frustration of coming so close to winning game one.
Against Baya, who were missing skipper Dave Roseline on overseas training and injured international centre Robert Lon, star-studded PLS Hawks needed over-time to get an 83-81 win.
Probably over-confident as Baya played with a short line-up, the Hawks were too casual in their play but still led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Baya upped the tempo in the second to outscore them 18-11 and lead 28-25 at half-time.Bayas JP goes for a lay-up, but Hawks won game one 83-81
With sharp shooter Jean-Paul JP Camille firing on all cylinders, scoring 11 of his game-leading 31 points and three of his seven 3-pointers, Baya edged Hawks 25-24 at the end of the third quarter, but they lost the fourth 22-26.
Trailing 74-75 with 9.9 seconds left on the clock in normal time, Bernard Cherry tied the game at 75-75 from the free-throw line, getting one of two shots, after being fouled by Stephen Omony. At this point, Baya had already lost Michael Cupidon and Hendricks Denis with five fouls, but Lenny Labiche made two important steals, which his team failed to convert, meaning OT was needed to decide the winners.
Camille brought Bayas lead to five points 81-76 on one of two free-throws with 1 minute 40 seconds of the five minutes left to play, but Hawks gradually came back and drew level at 81-81 inside 40 seconds after Bernard Bristol went coast-to-coast to score on a lay-up.
With 20.8 seconds left, centre Rodney Loz put Hawks ahead at 83-81 when he banked two free-throws after being fouled by Bayas playmaker Giovanni Laval, who played the entire match along with Camille.
Loz then fouled Andy Lespoir, but the substitute just could not hold his nerve, failing to connect on two attempts at the stripe with 10.8 seconds left. Baya had the last possession with two seconds from the final buzzer and Cherry caught the inbound pass, but instead of either attempting a 3-pointer or looking for a foul to make a trip to the free-throw line, he dribbled the ball and time expired.
Im of the impression my players came into the match thinking they had already won. Maybe they thought this way because Baya were missing some key players. But we will finish the job on Saturday, said PLS Hawks coach Tony Juliette.
Omony carried the scoring load for the Hawks with 28 points and he got help from Loz (18) and shooting guard Daniel Victor (10).
Bayas playmaker Laval, who scored 12 points the same total as Cherry and Denis is confident of a game-two victory.
We came so close even though we were short-handed and fielded a short line-up. Its going to be a different ball game in game two, said Laval.

G. G. from nation.sc


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Pamesa fires Katsikaris, Rogers11/4/2008 5:33:22 AM - by Natxo Mendaza
Fotis Katsikaris and Johnny Rogers became the first victims of Pamesa's slow start in ACB League. After the surprising home defeat against Ricoh Manresa, Pamesa's management decided to sack both head coach and sports director as a first measure to look for team's reaction. Although Pamesa general manager stated that there won't be any dismissed player, nobody can assure that all players will continue until the end of the season. Now, the list of candidates to replace Katsikaris is being assessed; Sergio Scariolo, Pepu Hernandez, Neven Spahija and Pedro Martinez are the main names on it.

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Standings - Basketligan11/4/2008 5:28:49 PM
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 6-1 
 2. Uppsala 5-2 
 3. 08 5-3 
 4. Solna 4-3 
 5. Plannja 3-3 
 6. Sodertalje 3-4 
 7. Sundsvall 3-4 
 8. Jamtland 3-5 
 9. Boras 3-5 
 10. Helsingborg 2-4 
 11. Gothia Basket 2-5 


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TBF Selects Basketball Teams11/4/2008 9:13:27 AM - by Carlos Pereira
by Suleiman Jongo

Tanzania Basketball Federation TBF has selected players for the national teams (men and women) ahead of next month's African Challenge Trophy to be staged in Nairobi.
TBF's secretary general Lawrence Cheyo said American based Tanzanian export Hasheem Thabeet who features for the University of Connecticut Huskies has also been included in the team.
Other selected players in the men's team include Vijana's Abdallah Ramadhani (Dulla), three-point wizard Frank Kusiga, Ashraf Haroun, Mlewa Francis, Juma Kisocky and Mkumbo Mgendi from JKT.
Army Basketball Club's (ABC)'s Frank Augustino and Batungi Gilbert, Pascal Nsana (Oilers), George Tarimo (Savio) and Kenyan based Sudi Abdul.
This is the second time Thabeet has been called to join the national team but he was not available during the first call in 2001.
Cheyo said should the towering Thabeet who stands at be available it will be a big boost for the national team in the championship.
However, the TBF officials would not confirm the players' availability in relation to footing of the return flight fare and the NBA's college league fixtures in America.
Some of the countries expected to compete in the Nairobi continental championship include Uganda, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and hosts Kenya.


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Turk Telekom: Breakdown of the 08-09 Roster11/4/2008 8:22:49 AM - by James Mullins
Turk Telekom Ankara had an exciting season last year, advancing to the championship game in dramatic fashion. During the off-season, they lost key players such as Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut), Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports), and Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia). However, they also acquired several players, namely, Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances), Baris Ermis (194-G-85), Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama), Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency), and Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.). As the season begins, fans are both excited and filled questions about the season ahead. Will this year hold the same excitement as last year or will Turk Telekom Ankara sink to mediocrity? Will Turk Telekom Ankara be able to survive after losing last year's star player, Khalid El-Amin? The answers to these questions lie in an examination of the roster, an overview of the building blocks of this year's team.


Center/ Power Forward: A+
The Turk Telekom Ankara 'big men' are deep, big, powerful, experienced and unselfish. If they can remain healthy, there will be very few teams who will be able to compete with Turk Telekom Ankara's big men.

Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama):
He is, perhaps, one of the most physical players in the league. He is able to use his strength to get good rebounding position, set hard picks, and defend taller players. He has a solid post-up game and a very nice mid-range jump-shot that is reminiscent of Sam Perkins, a former NBA player. He's a rare player who balances wisdom and passion on the court, thus making him a good leader. Dudley's only downfall is potential injury. His physical style of play has taken a toll on his body and he often appears to be playing through pain.

Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina):
Kris has a similar playing style as Erwin Dudley. He is a player who uses size and strength to his advantage. He differs from Dudley in that Lang isn't a good shooter, but Lang is a better shot-blocker. He plays with a lot of emotion that can either ignite the team or negatively affect his own play. Expect to see several powerful dunks from Lang this season.

Asim Pars:
Asim is a nice addition to the Turk Telekom Ankara roster. He provides length and a shot blocking presence. Asim has respectable post moves and can score around the basket. He is an older player, meaning that he brings veteran leadership. It also means that he is more prone to fatigue and injury.

Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona):
Michael is the wild card of this team. Before injuring his knee last season, Michael averaged over 21 ppg. As of the beginning of the season, Michael is still trying to recover from this injury. If he can return to a similar form as last season, then Turk Telekom Ankara could an unstoppable force. However, recovery from a knee injury is always difficult. Although Michael is shorter than most post players, he uses his body well, using upper body strength, hustle, and wise angles to get position in the post. When he catches the ball in the post, he has the ability to draw fouls and finish strong.

Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83):
Mutlu is young and athletic. He doesn't get a lot of playing time, but could be a valuable asset down the road if Turk Telekom Ankara's talented, but injury prone, big men have to sit out games.

Small Forward/ Shooting Guard: B+
Turk Telekom Ankara has strong players and depth on the wings. These guys are very accurate three-point shooters who can score a lot of points in a short period of time. However, with the exception of Kennedy Winston, they seem to lack the ability to create shots of the dribble and penetrate.

Serkan Erdogan:
Serkan is a shooting specialist who should thrive under Ercument Sunter's system. Sunter seems to have drawn up several plays that are specifically designed to get shooters like Erdogan open. Erdogan has demonstrated that he can make shots from all over the floor, especially from three-point range. He should benefit from coming off screens set by Dudley and Lang.

Kennedy Winston:
Kennedy can do a little bit of everything. His athleticism allows him to rebound, run the floor, defend, and drive to the basket. He's a decent shooter and ball handler. This year he will be used as a 'defensive specialist'. His long arms and athleticism allow him to defend even the best scorers at multiple positions. This was displayed in the preseason as Kennedy played exceptional defense against Fenerbahce-Ulker's Gordan Giricek in the Cumhurbaskani Kupasi.

Baris Ozcan (192-G-80):
Baris brings important veteran leadership to the team. He's a solid three-point shooter and while he isn't particularly fast, he is fairly crafty in his ability to see the court and handle the ball. He has a passion for the game and isn't afraid of clutch situations.

Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79):
Turk Telekom Ankara thrives off of its three-point specialists. Bekir is another player who will come off the bench to provide solid long-range rooting.

Point Guards: A +
This is a fantastic group of point-guards. Sunter's only problem will be how to find sufficient playing time for each player.

Tutku Acik (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances):
In Turkish, his first name means 'passion' and that is exactly what he brings to the basketball court. Few players exemplify passion for the game and passion for teammates like Tutku. He's always ready for the clutch situation and will do anything to help his team. His last name means 'open' and is a fitting name because there are few playmakers with the ability to find an open player like Acik. Many observers have compared Tutku to the NBA's Jason Kidd because of his excellent court vision, leadership, and ability to make teammates better. With him being one of the best passers in the league, expect him to be among the league's leaders in assists. Perhaps, the only criticism about him is that he is too unselfish, turning down open shots to defer to teammates.

Roderick Blakney:
Roderick is a unique player who holds both an American and Bulgarian passport. He's an experienced point-guard who runs the offense well. He is fast, crafty, and like the other Telekom guards, can shoot the ball well. His presence will help fill the void left by Khalid El-Amin at the point guard position.


Baris Ermis:
At the age of 23, he is Turk Telekom Ankara's youngest player in the rotation. He's an athletic point-guard who knows how to pressure the ball. He has a knack for plucking the ball away from unsuspecting point-guards. He's especially dangerous on the fast break, not afraid of aggressively taking the ball to the basket.

Conclusion:
Although Turk Telekom Ankara lost El-Amin in the off-season, they could be an even better team this year. They have depth at almost every position, are experienced, have a wise coach, and are growing in chemistry. They have enough size and strength to win the rebounding battle. Their three-point shooters demand defensive attention with their deadly accuracy. This team is stacked with talented players and strong leadership. However, they have one major obstacle in their path, namely, injuries. Turk Telekom Ankara has several older players and several players that are nursing injuries. If they can keep their individual bodies healthy, then Turk Telekom Ankara's players should become a strong corporate body, each player doing their part to bring home the championship.


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BBL Team of the Week - Week 611/4/2008 4:34:24 AM - by Andy Webb
Worcester Wolves player-coach Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Oregon) collected his second BBL Team of the Week nomination this season.

Harker poured in 32 points and collected 13 rebounds and Wolves won 116-110 at Worthing Thunder. The 31-year-old Canadian shot 13 from 20 two point efforts in 36 minutes as his side continued their rise up the BBL table.

While Thunder continued their losing streak at home, they did have the consolation of seeing forward Jonathan Woods (201-F-82, college: Fresno St.) gain a place in the Team of the Week. Woods, who is in his second spell at the south coast club having helped them to the Division One title in 2007, finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three assists for Gary Smiths team.

Woods is joined at the forward spots by Guildford Heat captain Michael Martin (200-F-74) who scored 28 points in their 78-74 BBL Cup win against Sheffield Sharks last Wednesday. Former England international Martin, who has lifted all of the BBL trophies in the last two seasons, also pulled down seven rebounds and produced three steals to lead Paul James team into the final four of the competition they won in 2007.

Both of the guard spots are taken by English players as Newcastle Eagles captain Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) and his former team-mate Richard Midgley (191-G-83, college: California) gain nominations.

Bridge poured in 29 points to help Eagles beat BiG Cheshire Jets 112-92 in the BBL Cup quarter-final to draw praise from his coach Fab Flournoy: Bridgey was phenomenal against Jets, and its great to see an English player who learned his trade in the country do so well.

Everton Tigers point guard Midgley also scored 29 points, and pulled down seven rebounds, as his team continued their fine start to the season with a 97-75 victory at Marshall MK Lions.


Standings - BBL11/4/2008 4:03:27 PM
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 5-1 
 2. Plymouth R. 5-3 
 3. Scottish R. 4-0 
 4. Everton T. 4-1 
 5. Guildford H. 3-4 
 6. Cheshire J. 3-5 
 7. Leicester R. 2-2 
 8. Sheffield S. 2-2 
 9. MK Lions 2-4 
 10. Worthing T. 2-4 
 11. Worcester W. 2-4 
 12. London C. 1-5 


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The Breakers travel back to China 11/4/2008 1:17:41 AM - by Gianni Pascucci
Just after receiving the last part of the wonderful Chinese Tour Report written by coach Curt Pickering , the Santa Barbara Breakers staff sent to us another interesting new: some days ago, coach Pickering received a call from the Chinese government asking him to return for another 14 days in that country, to play other 8 games. Pickering started to contact players to form a new team, and the result is a 11 men squad for this second journey, that includes: Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE), Jeff McMillan (6'8''-F-80, college: USC), Keith Closs (7'3''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Conn.St.), Tom Conboy (6'8''-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), Danny Grey (6'9''-C) , Curtis Crews (6'5'-F-84), William Knight (6'5''-F/G-79, college: UCLA), Darnell Scott (6'5''-F-76, college: Kutztown), Everage Richardson (6'3''-G, agency: Heinrich Sports), Chet Johnson (6'4''-F/G, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Mike Westphal (6'3'-G-79. This new invitation is a confirm of the high level of game delivered by the Breakers in their previous tournee, and is also a proof of the good level of the West Coast Basketball League..



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  CROATIA - Women  


A1, Round 4: Studenec and Croatia 2006 stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Studenec Omis and Croatia 2006 didn't have any troubles to keep the perfect score in A1.

Studenec celebrated against Agram ZG on the road 72-60 mostly owing to Sesnic, who was on fire draining 18 points. Visitors had pretty good last frame ending it 20-12. Except of Sesnic, Petra Anic (177-F-85) also was good adding 14 points. Borovic netted 17 points for Agram, but her team dropped on 2-2.

Croatia 2006 met Biska Pula at home 82-74. The hosts had plus 9 at the half time but they definitely resolved question about the winner in the last quarter. Lelas was totally the best player of this game pouring in 31 points. Nikolina Katic (173-G-88) was behind her with 13 while the same number also had Mada. Vukicevic scored 16 points for the loosing side, who now has 2 wins and 2 defeats.

Plamen Pozega destroyed Matas Novi Zagreb 92-61 improving on 2-2. On the other side Matas remains winless. Kristina Soldo (177-G-88) top-scored for the winning team with 20 points. Ivana Seric (167-G-88) followed her with 3 points less. Visitors got 11 points from Biljana Bilbija (173-G-87).

In the last game of Round 4, Zadar grabbed a road victory vs Mursa 82-69 jumping on 2-2 while Mursa is together with Matas Novi Zagreb at the bottom of the standings with 0-4. Marin drained 21 points for Zadar and at the same time she was a leading scorer of the game. Maja Mazar (188-F-81) was better than the other in Mursa with 18 points.


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Iziane Castro Marques is in France with Villeneuve D'Ascq - by Leslie Anderson
Fatimatou Sacko Injury will keep her out of action for sometime that Villeneuve decided to bring in a new player into the roster.

The Brazilian international and WNBA player from the Atlanta Dreams Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) flew into France last Saturday and played on Sunday for the club and scored 10 points off the bench in the defeat against Calais. She will stay at the club for two months as medical cover.



Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
 1. La Roche-sur-Lion 8-0 
 2. Limoges 7-1 
 3. Armentieres 6-2 
 4. Strasbourg ABC 6-2 
 5. Toulouse 5-3 
 6. SI Graffenstaden 5-3 
 7. Charleville 5-3 
 8. Voiron 4-4 
 9. Nice 3-5 
 10. Ifs 3-5 
 11. Laveyron 3-5 
 12. Rennes 2-6 
 13. Pleyber Christ 2-6 
 14. Colomiers 2-6 
 15. Dunkerque 2-6 
 16. CFBB 1-7 
 17. Lot-et-Garonne 0-0 
 18. Mourenx 0-0 


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Hire and fire in Leipzig - by Moritz Korff
As DDBL-side BBV Leipzig announced in a press-release today, point guard Twiggy McIntyre (169-G-84, college: Kansas St.) has been released, effective immidiately. 'I can't blame her for the recent losses, but she can't get us out of this situation at the moment. We need another type of a team leader', Leipzig coach Ritz Ingram stated. However, a new playmaker has not been found yet.
Meanwhile, Lucie Mullerova (188-F-88) has agreed to terms with the Eagles and will replace Svetlana Odnovolenko (188-C-87) who has been waived last week. Mullerova started this current season in Goettingen, but left the Violets after five games.


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Financial crisis and basketball in Iceland - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
The economic crisis Iceland is facing hit the womens league as well as the mens league.
Keflavik had to send TaKesha Watson (170-G-82, college: Oklahoma City) home. Grindavik send Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) home for some reason. Valur and KR did not sign foreign player because of the crisis.
Four teams still keep their foreigners. Fjolnir have Ashley Bowman. Snaefell have Detra Ashley. Haukar Slavica Dimovska. Hamar have LaKiste Barkus and Julia Demirer.
The big question is, can these teams keep them for rest of the season.


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Serie A1 day-4: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli

GMA Phonica Pozzuoli - Club Atletico Faenza 62-84
(18-26, 34-48, 49-67)
GMA PHONICA POZZUOLI: Paparo, Aili 13, Dixon 13, Benko 4, Favento 2, Andjelic 19, Minervino, Grasso 4, Aties 5, Danzi 2. Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises Pinto 20, Modica 7, Erkic dnp, Ramon 5, Mendes 3, Santucci 4, Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) 14, Zampella 9, Alexander 12, Sulciute 10. Coach Rossi Paolo

Cras Taranto - Women Basket Livorno 53-45
(16-11, 28-21, 40-33)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Zimerle 5, Greco 7, Mahoney 11, Godin, Baktovic 17, Siccardi, Bello, Sauret-Gillespie 6, Ilisaine David (191-F/C-77) 5, Prado 2. Coach Ricchini Roberto
WOMEN BASKET LIVORNO: Pastore 22, Franchini, Hairston 6, Pavicevic 4, Gaither 7, Buccianti, Bagnara 6, Mariani, Montagna dnp, Ruzickova. Coach Papini Giovanni

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Acer Priolo 60-67
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Falauto dnp, Colico 5, Creamer 14, Romagnoli, Riccardi, Montagnino 13, Chones 18, Moody 8, Perfetti, Page 2. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla 11, Bonfiglio 2, Green 10, Barnes 10, Milazzo, Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) 15, Cesnaviciute dnp, Seino 8, Sciacca 3, Pascalau 8. Coach Coppa Santino

Lavezzini Parma - Gescom MCI Viterbo 84 - 70
(25-8, 58-28, 74-49)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Pieropan I. 7 (2/3, 1/4), Paparazzo E. 8 (4/6), Zanoni I. 9 (3/3, 1/2), Zara F. 6 (2/4), Vilipic D. 16 (6/9), Summerton L. 14 (7/12, 0/1), Porter N. 15 (3/6, 3/13), Screen J. dnp, Pozzati A. , Linda Manzini (176-G-90) 9 (3/4). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 18 (6/7, 0/5), Magaddino E. dnp, Nicolini E. , Petricca V. , Franchetti M. 8 (1/6, 1/4), Piroli V. 6 (3/7), Cusenza C. , Bade K. 27 (10/18, 2/3), Marchesano M. 11 (2/4, 2/6). Coach Agresti Claudio

Umana Venezia - Liomatic Umbertide 61 - 55
(19-11, 30-28, 44-41)
UMANA VENEZIA: Corradini L. dnp, Sottana G. 7 (2/4, 1/3), Ballardini S. 12 (4/8, 1/3), Cirone M. (0/1, 0/2), Andrade M. 7 (1/5, 1/2), Nadalin J. 4 (2/4), Eva Giauro (204-C-86) 2 (1/1), Jokic D. 17 (8/10), Vujovic A. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Hayden V. 10 (4/8). Coach Riga Massimo
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rubino J. 4 (0/3, 1/2), Rossi C. 8 (1/4, 2/4), Battisodo V. 4 (1/5), Giorgi S. (0/1, 0/1), Gelfusa L. dnp, Bonaldo E. dnp, Callens E. 7 (2/10, 1/2), Hodges D. 25 (8/14, 0/3), Brown A. 2 (1/3), Willis C. 5 (1/8, 0/2). Coach Serventi Lorenzo

Famila Wber Schio - Pool Comense 68 - 50
(16-15, 30-22, 53-34)
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 6 (1/5), Moro E. 8 (1/3, 1/2), Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) 19 (1/6, 5/5), Pantani C. 5 (2/4), Masciadri R. 12 (4/7, 0/4), De Pretto V. , Maiorano M. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Ress K. 14 (6/7), Ciampoli F. (0/2), Macchi L. 2 (1/3, 0/1). Coach Orlando Sandro
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. (0/1), Bestagno E. , Invernizzi M. (0/2), Slavcheva G. (0/4, 0/4), Limoura L. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Smith B. 22 (8/19, 0/1), Leigh A. 14 (6/9, 0/1), Donvito V. 7 (2/4, 1/2), Fazio M. 2 (0/5, 0/3), Sarni S. 3 (0/1). Coach Montini Walter

Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni - Napoli Basket Vomero 82 - 76

(18-14, 40-40, 62-50)
BRACCO GEAS SESTO SAN GIOVANNI: Arturi G. 2 (0/1), Tillis I. 23 (6/13, 3/5), Genta J. , Penicheiro T. 8 (1/4), Zanon M. 5 (1/6, 0/2), Calastri A. 2 (1/1), Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) 11 (1/2, 3/7), Crippa M. 4 (2/3, 0/1), Frantini M. 13 (2/2, 3/7), Machanguana C. 14 (5/7). Coach Galli Roberto
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Tuukkannen T. 15 (7/15, 0/2), Gatti G. (0/3, 0/4), Mauriello P. 11 (1/2, 3/6), Giauro S. 4 , Paterna S. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Gentile I. 7 (2/2, 1/2), Laaksonen N. 6 (3/5), Robinson S. 28 (7/13, 4/7), Stamegna L. dnp, Dos Santos C. (0/2). Coach Fossati Fabio



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Arvi pile up the fourth consecutive win in LMKL - by Eurobasket News
Arvi celebrated the fourth straight win in the LMKL and remained on top of the standings. This time they bruised Aistes 89:48 away from home. The visitors burst out with a 25:5 rally in the second term to build a decisive 29-point lead at the interval. Aistes never recovered and suffered the third loss in the season. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) produced 17 points to pace Arvi. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and Vaida Pacauskiene (176-G-79) added 15 points each in the win. Kornelija Balciunaite (177-F-81) answered with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts.
TEO maintained their perfect record with a 78:43 win over Laisve. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) poured in 27 points for the winners. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) added 12 points each in the win. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) and Kristina Alminaite (204-C-90) answered with 12 points apiece for Laisve. TEO used a 20:4 surge in the first term to grab a comfortable lead and never looked back in the reminder of the contest.
Lemminkainen stayed in the second spot in the table as they celebrated the third victory. Lemminkainen outscored Ruta 88:60 at the Siauliai Sport Arena. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) provided 13 points for the winning team. Egle Zygelyte (166-G-84) led the charge with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) answered with 18 points for Ruta as they slipped at 1-3 record.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


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

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

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

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

With this type of consistent play and the raised levels of production in some key areas over the years, it is no wonder why the Hidden Gems summer league and pro placement player is worthy of such high praise and accolades.

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


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

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

N.Kentucky was led by All American candidate Jessica Slack (5'11''-G) and her amazing 17 point performance. Jessica Slack also added 7rebounds, 1assist, and 3 steals to her team leading performance. The D1 transfer from E.Carolina and Hidden Gems summer league and future pro placement participant has really made her presence felt in the Norse program and should be a future professional basketball player at some level. The sharpshooter is a decptively athletic, all around player who excels on both sides of the ball.

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

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

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

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


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina round 2 - by Luis Rocha
A round with two games that were expected with great expectations.ALGES at is place, hosted CAB, and B:VIAGEM made a trip to paly against VAGOS: In Vagos the home team made a lousy first quarter, but after that they made a good come back and finish first half in front, by 2 points. In the third quarter they were able to extend their lead to 5 points, but in the last period they just colapse loosing it by 13 points (14-27), to a stronger B:VIAGEM that took a great advantage in their deeper and more experienced roster, finishing the game with a win by 81-73 . In ALGES both teams presented themselves without their centers brought from abroad. ALGES loose Donnisha Sanford (180-F-84), and CAB, Ebonny Twiggs. The home team was always near the lead but saw the end of the third period with 6 points behind. Like in Vagos the 4th quarter was decisive, ALGES were stronger phisically and turn the game to their favour winning this last fase by 10m points (25-15) and took the win by 66-62. ESGUEIRA has started this season with great performances and winning some games were they come as the underdogs. This weekend they play at home against POVOA and one can think that they can finish winning, POVOA didnt let it happen, they won 92-80, with their foreign players Tina Thompson (-G) and Rachel Folcik (185-C-85) at a great level, and with tremendous help from Catia Lirio (182-C-89). ESGUEIRA let is defensive game a bit down. ESSA palyed at home against UNIAO and loose. This season the Barreiro teamhas some young and unexperienced players, and UNIO with some importants adds, took great advantage. ESSA didnt play with any foreign player, and that also kept a margin of security to the game of UNIAO. Final result 52-76, but ESSA put up a good fight.
The MVP of the round was Amanda Carver of VAGOS: she scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, she is playing very well and above all she seems to be very solid and consistent.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 5-0 
 2. Alexandria 5-0 
 3. Arad 4-1 
 4. Govora 4-1 
 5. Oradea 3-1 
 6. Cluj Napoca 3-2 
 7. Craiova 3-2 
 8. Sf.Gheorghe 2-2 
 9. Satu Mare 2-3 
 10. Rapid 2-3 
 11. S.Studentesc 1-4 
 12. Olimpia 0-5 
 13. Iasi 0-5 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-5 


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  SEYCHELLES - Women  


League champions in trouble as Stars take game one - by Carlos Pereira
WILL HotShots achieve their first ever double? If they want to, they have to bounce back in style in game two of the womens Sanken Basketball Cup finals this coming Saturday.
Right now, the league champions stare defeat in the face after going down in their first games, played on Sunday at the Palais des Sports.
Stars dominate HotShots

HOTSHOTS coach Philip Arissol was right to say his team would not whitewash Anse Etoile Stars in the womens Sanken Basketball Cup final. In fact, HotShots need to make a comeback in the best-of-three final to keep alive their chances of achieving a league and cup double this year.
Stars top scorer Malbrook (with ball) tries to find a way out of the HotShots double teamOn Sunday at the Palais des Sports, the Stars completely dominated the league champions to take game one on a 61-43 score.
Paced by skipper and centre Simone Malbrook with 25 points, the Stars won all four quarters, 10-5, 16-12, 14-8 and 24-18.
All attempts by coach Arissol to stop the one-way traffic were in vain but he has vowed his team will bounce back in game two.
We were overconfident going into the match after staying unbeaten in the league this year. I expected it, but Im confident my team will bounce back and win game two. Its going to be a three-game series, Arissol told Sports Nation.
Skipper and international centre Malbrook said her Stars teammates are determined to end the series in two games.
We want to win one of the major cups this year after losing the league title. We are ahead in the series and we will be all out to win game two, she said.
Genevive Beaudoin added 13 points and playmaker Lindy Mathiot got 11 for the Stars, while skipper Tina Agathine (14 points) and Myra Solin (10) were the only two players who scored in double figures for Anse Boileau-based HotShots.


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  TANZANIA - Women  


TBF Selects Basketball Teams - by Carlos Pereira
Suleiman Jongo

Tanzania Basketball Federation TBF has selected players for the national teams (men and women) ahead of next month's African Challenge Trophy to be staged in Nairobi.
Lady players are Grace Daudi and Jabu Shaaban (Jeshi Stars), Amina Ahmed (Lady Lions) and Evodia Kazinja (JKT).
Some of the countries expected to compete in the Nairobi continental championship include Uganda, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and hosts Kenya.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Julie Flanders hired as assistant coach at Howard University - by David Edole
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Julie Flanders (191-C-83, college: George Mason), a former standout athlete at George Mason, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Howard University.
' Julie understands and embrace the vision we have for our student-athletes here at Howard,' said Head Coach Niki Reid Geckeler. 'Her vast experiences will be invaluable to our program.'
A four-year letterwinner at George Mason, Flanders had 10 double-digit rebound games as a senior while posting five double-doubles. She was invited to the Washington Mystics training camp in 2007 and was the first female to play in the all-male ABA league in 2003, playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands' Team on the Move.
Flanders has played professionally in Jamaica and Finland, and for Spain's Vidrogal Alurnisan team of the Federal International Basketball Association (FIBA). In 2006 and 2007, Flanders won a silver medal as a member of the Aanekosken Huima team in Aenekoski, Finland.
She has gained a wealth of experience working with various high schools and leagues. In 2005, Flanders was the assistant women's varsity coach at Hayfield High School (Alexandria, Va.). She also had stints as a camp counselor/coach at the George Mason camp and is an alumnus of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) 'So You Wanna Be a Coach' Program.


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Northumbria refuse to slow down - by Eurobasket News
Team Northumbria got things even better at the start of their EBL campaign. They defeated the Solent Suns to improve to 4-0 record atop of the ladder. However the main tests are still ahead of ambitious Northumbria as they are yet to face the Rhonnda Rebels as well as the Sheffield Hatters.
The last game was not an easy walk for Team Northumbria. Solent got to a better start to the game and led 27:24 at the first intermission. But Northumbria gradually recovered and entered the fourth term ahead by 6 points. The Suns fought bravely but an improbable 44 points from Ellen Hall (183-F-84, college: Duquesne) left not a single chance for the visitors. Sabra Wrice (173-G-86) contributed 38 points as these two players won the game for the hosts. Sabra Wrice added 10 rebounds to her stats. Lori Drake (178-G-83, college: NC-Wilmington) answered with 29 points for the Suns. Joann Overstreet had 23 points in the loss.
The Sheffield Hatters also stayed undefeated as they tamed London Heathrow Acers 92:43 away from home. The Hatters earned a 21:10 lead at the first break and maintained the gap well throughout the rest of the contest. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) knocked down 29 points to lead the visitors. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) finished with 19 points for the winners. Flo Piano (168) answered with 17 points as the Acers fell to 1-2 record.