EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/1/2008

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  ABA   


San Diego Wildcats open season tonight - by Gianni Pascucci
Local media signonsandiego.com tells that the ABA 2008 Finalist San Diego Wildcats confirmed in roster players Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington), Jamal Kendrick (6'8''-F-75, college: Baylor), Jerome Habel (6'10''-F-85, college: San Diego St.), Leonard Mosley (6'5''-G-82, college: Oklahoma Baptist) and Cardell Butler (6'4''-F-81, college: Utah St.), plus four others players from last year team. The team majority owner is Anthony Lacey and the team's head coach will be Zack Jones , who is back from Mexican LNBP and who wil serve also at the team's GM. The Wildcats open the 2008-09 campaign tonight in Maywood, vs. the Buzz. Their home opener is scheduled for Dec.10, again vs. Maywood at the Kroc Center

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic-League Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Helios - U.Olimpija 68-77
After not so brilliant period and many consecutive defeats, it seems that Slovenian champion is waking up. During the week Olimpija was better than ALBA Berlin in Euroleague and this time Helios Domzale faced with Olimpija's power. Saso Ozbolt top-scored for the winners with 14, while Miha Zupan, Mirza Sarajlija and Vladimir Golubovic nailed 13 points apiece. Nicholas Jacobson contributed with 15 points in defeat. Olimpija 4-6, Helios 2-8.

Bosna S. - KK Split 96-75
Third consecutive win for Bosnian champion, who demonstrates wonderful performance since the head coach Vlada Vukoicic joined it. Stanley Burrell was a key player for Bosna scoring 22 points and dishing out 6 assists. Antonio Grant answered with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in Split. Both teams are on the same record now, 5-5.

Krka - Cibona 58-74
Cibona was too much for Krka celebrating comfortable 16-point win. Earl Calloway drained 17 points for the winnings squad, while Davor Kus this time stopped on 12. Krka got 15 points from Richard Shields.

Partizan - Vojvodina 81-52
The reigning champion didnaa‚¬a„˘t have to work very hard in order to beat last ranked Vojvodina at home 81-52. Crvena Zvezda suffered defeat against Hemofarm meaning that Partizan is once again alone at the top of the standings with 9-1. Zarko Rakocevic and Novica Velickovic delivered 14 points each for the hosts. Former Partizan's player Dejan Borovnjak had 13 points and 6 rebounds for Vojvodina. It is 9th consecutive failure for his team.

Hemofarm - Crvena Zvez. 84-65
Hemofarm crushed Crvena Zvezda at home, thus the both teams are currently on the same 8-2 record. Bojan Krstovic led all the scorers with 27 points for 29 minutes. Big guy Vladan Vukosavljevic also was great adding 18 points and 5 boards. Elmedin Kikanovic nailed 14 pts in defeat.

Zadar - FMP 88-53
7-3 for Zadar and 2-8 for FMP after this round. Croatian champ got 26 points from Juby Johnson, while Rok Stipcevic and Hrvoje Peric netted 14 each. Filip Covic scored 15 for FMP.

KK Zagreb - Buducnost 78-82
Vladimir Dasic shined for the Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica pacing it to excellent victory in Zagreb. He was the game's leading scorer with 22 points. Milos Bojovic helped the winners with 16. Ante Tomic had doble-double for the hosts, 20 points and 14 boards. His Zagreb fell on 2-8.


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  AUSTRIA   


Deven Mitchell leads Arkadia Lions to Victory - by Interperformances
6'5' forward/guard Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) from Missouri State University in the Missouri Valley Conference ( second oldest athletic conference in the USA) was fundamental in the close win of Arkkadia Traiskirchen Lions over Oberwart Gunners 87-85. He was the teams leading scorer with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinean / Spanish forward Fabrico Vay played an important role with 22 points and 7 rebounds. The Lions are in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga.

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  BARBADOS   


Cawmere stun SJPP; hand BCC sixth league title - by Justin Marville
FROM TRIUMPH TO TRIBULATION in 40 minutes.

Now the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) lads are left to ponder what could have been.

Squandering a double digit first quarter lead, SJPP shockingly lost the United Insurance Schools Basketball Division 2 league title in dramatic fashion after being stunned by Combermere 51-48 at Waterford on Thursday.

Entering the final day of the regular season trailing Barbados Community College (BCC) by two points, SJPP merely had to defeat a Combermere side who were without their best player in Kregg Jones.

And BCC's five-year reign appeared to be on its last legs after the hosts were restricted to just two points in the first quarter, as Polytechnic opened an early 11-point advantage.

But it proved to be the last bit of success they enjoyed.

With one hand seemingly on the cup, the game went agonisingly downhill for the visitors in the ensuing period once Combermere point guard Che Warner checked in off the bench.

Causing several problems for the ordinarily solid Tremaine Shaw, Warner's stout defence created several scoring opportunities in transition for Rommel McDonald, resulting in an 8-0 Combermere run to start the second.

Held to a mere one point over the first seven minutes of the quarter, SJPP saw their once massive lead reduced to 14-13 before they responded with a run of their own (8-4) to close the half and briefly end the slide.

It didn't stop the bleeding however, as the home side brought the low-scoring contest to a crawl.

With McDonald and Ryan Austin fronting forwards Mark Bridgeman and Remar Smith on the low blocks, Combermere forced their opposition into taking difficult shots by keeping the ball out of the post.

And that was when Warner wasn't picking his opposite numbers' pockets, leading to baskets in the open court for himself and backcourt mate Jamario Grazette.

Visibly rattled and disillusioned, Shaw and company only scored a further six points in the third quarter as the hosts took their first lead, 30-28, at the end of the period.

Despite employing a subsequent full court press, there would be no such reprieve for the visitors in the fourth quarter as they struggled to contain the wily Warner and Grazette in the open court.

Often taking on multiple defenders, the vastly underrated Warner picked out McDonald along the baseline for several scoring opportunities while calling his own number on a couple of possessions.

But it would be the unrelenting Grazette who put away the listless SJPP squad by coming up with the key baskets in crucial moments.

After Shaw needlessly fouled out at the 3:57 mark, Grazette countered with four quick unanswered points to push his side's lead to seven, 46-39, some seconds later.

The resolute combo guard then ended the visitors' late fourth quarter rally, scoring two vital free throws down the stretch after the threatening SJPP side reduced the deficit to three points inside the game's final minute.

McDonald led all scorers with 18 points, getting a further 17 from Grazette while Warner chipped in with ten points.

For Polytechnic, Bridgeman had a team-high 12 points and Nicholas Payne came off the bench to score ten.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian A1 League, 4TH week - by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
OSK Celik - Vogosca MIMS 98:59
Triland - Cazin Limometal 112:83
Play Off IPSA - Student 95:81
Lukavac - Brcko Distrikt 74:97
Trica Mann Hummel - Bihac 74:65
Kakanj free

Standings:
1. OSK Celik 4-0
2. Brcko Distrikt 4-0
3. Triland 3-1
4. Vogosca MIMS 2-2
5. Cazin Limometal 2-2
6. Bihac 2-2
7. Play Off IPSA 2-2
8. Kakanj 2-2
9. Student 1-3
10. Lukavac 1-3
11. Trica Mann Hummel 1-3
12. Velpak 0-4

OSK CELIK - VOGOSCA MIMS 98:59
(26:7, 31:12, 18:18, 23:22)
Zenica, Gym Bilmisce; Att.: 200; Ref.: Alisehovic, Avdic
OSK CELIK: Gak 6, Dedic Al. 3, Begagic 7, Taric 4, Dedic As. 7, Jezildzic 8, Pezer 8, Rizvic 17, Suljic 9, Devrnja 9, Sissoko 4, Delic 16
Coach: Marko Trbic
VOGOSCA MIMS: Hasanspahic, Kahriman 6, Bucuk, Herco, Osmic 9, Selimovic, Kurspahic, Vatres, Nicevic 11, Valjevac 12, Alic 6, Peljto 15
Coach: Almir Zeco


First League of RS, 7TH week - by Elvir Halilovic
Results:
Radnik - Bratunac 54:67
Wolf Security - Sutjeska 61:65
Bijeljina PLUS - Prijedor 75:85
Rudar - Gacko 86:94
Glasinac - Mladost 76 89:83
Varda HE - Radivoj Korac 100:68

Standings:
1. Sutjeska 7-0
2. Radnik 5-2
3. Bratunac 5-2
4. Gacko 5-2
5. Prijedor 4-3
6. Glasinac 4-3
7. Varda HE 3-4
8. Rudar 3-4
9. Wolf Security 2-5
10. Bijeljina PLUS 2-5
11. Mladost 76 1-6
12. Radivoj Korac 1-6


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  BULGARIA   


Spartak Pleven back at second place - by Valentin Anguelov
24 hours after Levski defeated Yambol, Spartak Pleven returned to second place in National Basketball League after winning away against Rilski Sportist 78-68. This was the last game from the 8th round and now the players of head coach Darin Velikov are tied for second place with Levski. Both teams have 6 wins and 2 losses and meet next saturday in Sofia.

The visitors started better the game and took the lead. It went up to 6 after Marinov scored with 30 seconds to go in the first quarter but a triple by Peterson made it 18-21 after ten minutes.

Only for a minute and a half in the second quarter the guests went up by 8 points before Papic scored for the hosts. With 6 minutes and 40 seconds to play in the half after Hrisi Dimitrov scored Spartak took a double digit lead for first time, 22-33. Three minutes later they were up 32-41 but the hosts scored the next six points to make it 38-41 at the break.

Rob Preston scored the first basket of the second half but two three-pointers by Ivan Lilov and Bogdan Boev allowed Rilski Sportist to take the lead. Then there were minutes when both teams were exchanging leads. Then Rilski Sportist made an 8-0 run to make it 56-49 with 3.42 to go in the third quarter. In those final minutes it was Spartak's turn to make a run as the team scored 11 unanswered points for 56-60 after three.

In the last quarter there was a lot of pressure for both teams. The hosts cut it to a single point a lot if times but couldn't take a lead. With 5.14 to go Peterson scored to make it 64-68 but from then on the hosts scored only 4 points, none in the last two and a half minutes. By this win Spartak took revenge for their loss in the first round in Pleven.

The top scorer in this game was Travis Peterson with 27 points. He added also 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Leven Belberov was the only other player for the hosts to score in double digits with 10 points. Ivan Lilov came back after injury and finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Rilski Sportist is still missing their captain and main guard Aleksandar Gruev due to injury.

The captain of Spartak Hrisimir Dimitrov finished with double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sasha Topchov added 12 and 8.

In the next round Spartak Pleven will visit Levski in Sofia while Rilski Sportist will play in Pravets on friday against Lukoil Academic.


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  CHINA   


Jiangsu, Dongguan, Xinjiang Share Lead as Guangdong Loses - by Arthur Volbert
Han Shuo (196-G-86) had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Jiangsu to a 128-87 triumph over Yunnan and a three-way share of the CBA lead with Xinjiang and Dongguan. Donnell Harvey had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Liu Yahui had 19 points and 8 rebounds and Zhang Cheng scored 18. Hu Xuefeng had 9 assists. Yang Huai led Yunnan with 25 points. Li Lin had 16 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Keith Closs had 14 points and 9 rebounds and Gabe Muoneke did not play.

Mike Harris had 37 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists as Donnguan claimed its share of the CBA lead with a 133-102 blasting of Zhejiang Guangsha. Zhang Kai had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Qiu Biao scored 20 points. Young big man Song Kangming had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Jamal Sampson did not play. Nigel Dixon led Guangsha with 27 points. Kasib Powell had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Xu Guochong helped Xinjiang share in the lead with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Myron Allen added 25 points and 7 steals. Xue Yuyang and Juan Mendez each scored 12. Mack Tuck had 40 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for Shandong. Wu Ke and Sun Jie each scored 14 points. Priest Lauderdale only played 7 minutes and was scoreless.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Tianjin 115-90 behind 27 points by Olumide Oyedeji. Oyedeji added 21 rebounds and 9 assists. Wei Mingliang, a rookie born in 1982 who is beginning to appear regularly among the team's scoring leaders, poured in 20 points. Yu Xuelin added 17. Theron Smith led Tianjin with 33 points. Liu Hao had 16 points, Wang Bin had 13 and Darryl Watkins had 12.

Shaanxi blasted Qingdao 124-99 as Lee Benson had 38 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Robinson added 23 points and 9 rebounds. Dai Yong scored 15 points. Zheng Zhun, the skinny 7-footer who is most likely born in 1989, not 1992, scored 8 points in 12 minutes and is indeed an intriguing prospect. Sun Shengyue, listed as born in 1989, scored 23 points in 18 minutes for Qingdao. He added 7 rebounds and was fouled 10 times. Lu Keming, another youngster, added 15 points.

Liaoning beat Beijing 91-80 as Awvee Storey had 27 points and 11 rebounds. Liu Xiangtao added 19 points. Zhang Qingpeng had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Yang Ming had 15 points and 5 steals. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 24 points and 12 rebounds. David Harrison had 20 points and 19 rebounds. Xie Libin and Jie Zhe each scored 14. Chen Lei did not play.

Leon Rogers had 28 points and 13 rebounds as Jilin defeated Fujian 97-90. Wang Bo added 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Soumaila Samake had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Frieje had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Porter had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Fujian. Lu Xiaoming had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.

Li Nan had 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Bayi to a 97-88 triumph over winless Shanghai. Mo Ke scored 19, Wang Lei scored 17 and Hu Ke scored 16. DaJuan Tate scored 35 points for Shanghai. Wang Yong added 14. Wu Yang had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Zhejiang upset defending champion Guangdong 96-93 as Samuel Hoskin had 35 points and 17 rebounds while Kirk Snyder had 32 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Young 7-footer Zhang Dayu, MVP of this summer's Asian Nike camp, continues to play solidly with 4 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes against tough Guangdong. Maybe he is the next big thing. But Wang Zheng, center on the junior National team, is also competing for that honor as he led Guangdong with 18 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Jason Dixon had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Du Feng had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.


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  CROATIA   


A1 Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Zabok - Kvarner NR 97-88
Zabok drained 97 points against Kvarner, what was more than enough for the victory. Ive Ivanov shined for the hosts collecting 31 points and 6 rebounds. On the other side, David Grbesic contributed with 21 points in defeat. Both teams currently have the same record in A1, 4-4.

Sibenka - Borik 74-65
Fifth win for Sibenka and at the same time fourth loss for Borik in eight appearances. Luka Petkovic was central figure of the game as he delivered 26 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Borik got the most from Roko CIklic, 12 points.

Alkar Sinj - Dubrava 82-80
Alkar escaped with extremely important tiny home victory against Dubrava as both teams are on 3-5 now. Tomislav Ramljak scored 14, while Nikola Gaurina and Josko Curkovic helped the winners with 12 points apiece. Zeljko Sakic was better than the others in Dubrava with 27 points.

Trogir - Svjetlost 94-84
Toni Bizaca and Ante Delas paced Trogir to 4th victory in A1 combining 54 points and 11 rebounds. Krunoslav Rimac and Nenad Delic answered with 47 points together, but their Svjetlost dropped on 3-5.

Cedevita - Dubrovnik 100-80
As it was expected, Cdivita trashed Dubrovnik remaining on top of A1 alone with 7 wins and just 1 defeat. Ivan Novacic top-scored for the hosts with 17 points. Vladimir Kuljanin was maybe the best player in Cedevita as he collected 15 points and 12 boards. Maro Lucic shined in Dubrovnik delivering 25 points, including 6 rebs.



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  CYPRUS   


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


A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Greer, Keravnos 89
2 Zujovic, Achilleas 84
3 Bradford, Achilleas 72
4 Anderson, AEK 66
5 Smith, Omonia 54
6 Mijovic, Omonia 50
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trisokas, Kerav. 35
2 Radunovic, Apoel 27
3 Grgat, Achilleas 22
4 McClendon, Achil. 22
5 Neofitou, Omonoia 21
Assists Per Game
1 Foreman, ENAD 20
2 Smith, Omonia 19
3 Cooper, Apoel 14
4 Greer, Keravnos 10
5 Mayfield, Etha 9
Steals Per Game
1 Taylor, AEL 10
2 Formenan, ENAD 9
3 Dujovic, AEK
4 Sims, Apollon 6
5 Neofitou, Omonia 6
Blocks Per Game
1 Davis, AEK 7
2 Van De Harre, AEK 5
3 Buckman, Keravnos 3
4 Kaskiris, ENAD 3
5 Mc Clendon, Achill 3
2FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 75%
2 Mijovic, Omonia 70%
3 Damjanovic, Kerav 65%
3 Radunovic, Apoel 65%
4 Smith, Omonia 65%
5 Sims, Apollon 65%
3FGP
1 Greer, Keravnos 50.0
2 Neofitou, Omonia 40.0
3 Sims, Apollon 40.0
4 Anderson, AEK 40.0
5 Mijovic, Omonia 40.0
Free Throws
1 Greer, Keravnos 80.0
2 Sims, Apollon 80
2 Radunovic, Apoel 80
3 Smith, Omonia 80
4 Neofitou, Omonia 75
5 Damjanovic, Kerav 75
Ranking
1 Greer, Keravnos
2 Mijovic, Omonia
2 Radunovic, Apoel
3 Anderson, AEK
3 Zujovic, Achilleas
4 Smith, Omonia
5 Sims, Apollon


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NBL Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ostrava - Opava 79-68
Ostrava earned just the fourth win in the season as they held off Opava at home court today. Marcus Arnold scored 25 points to pace the hosts. Shawan Robinson added 14 points for the winners. Ondrej Soska answered with 17 points for Opava in defeat.

Podebrady - Nymburk 64-105
Nymburk made it fourteen wins in a row as they trounced Podebrady 105:64 on the road. Ladislav Sokolovsky had 24 points, while Petr Benda and Justin Gray secured 15 points each for the defending champions. Podebrady responded with 23 points from Ricky Soliver.

Pardubice - USK Praha 75-57
Pardubice got 16 points from Levell Sanders to overwhelm USK Praha 75:57. David Steffel provided 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Lawrence Hamm and Vojtech Hruban dropped 10 points apiece for USK Praha.

Liberec - Geofin 68-75
Geofin overcame a slow start to the game and finalized a tough road win over Liberec today. Kenny Walker tallied 27 points and 12 boards and allowed Geofin to stay just behind the league leading Nymburk. Stepan Reinberger added 11 points, while Robert Sarovic had 10 in the victory. Maurice Hampton paced Liberec with 20 points.

Prostejov - Kolin 99-86
Prostejov eased past Kolin 99:86 for the seventh win in the championship. Hurl Beechum led balanced offense with 20 points and 4 steals. Shaun Pruitt added 18 points and 11 boards for the hosts. Vladimir Mihailovic and Jon Rogers netted 18 points apiece for Kolin in the loss.



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Spurs Assign Blake Ahearn to Austin Toros - by Surujh Roopnarine

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned second year guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.) to the tema's NBA D-League affiliate Austin Toros.

Ahearn, who was the D-League's first Gatorade Call-Up of the season on Nov. 16, is the eighth NBA player to be assigned to an NBA D-League team this season and the first player in D-League history to be called-up and assigned in the same season.

Since being signed by the Spurs, Ahearn has appeared in three games, averaging 2.7 points in 6.3 minutes.

Ahearn played in 41 games (15 starts) for the Dakota Wizards last season when he earned the League's Rookie of the Year award and averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 29.5 minutes, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three-point range and 96.0 percent from the free throw line.



14ers Bury Thunderbirds in Home Opener 126-97 - by Surujh Roopnarine
First year Head Coach John Coffino ran into a buzz saw as his Albuquerque Thunderbirds were plowed over by the Colorado 14ers this afternoon in Broomfield, CO. In the second of a home-and-home with the T-Birds Colorado started off fast, with Josh Davis (6'8''-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) and James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) helping the 14ers to a 24-12 first quarter and a subsequent 10 point halftime lead. The 14ers then exploded in the second half, specifically the third and beginning of fourth quarters where they expanded the lead to as many as 39. Colorado improves to 2-0 while Albuquerque falls to 0-2, both teams at opposite poles of the Southwest Division. Dominant in almost every facet, Colorado out shot (48.9% to 39.1%), out-rebounded (61-45) and out played Albuquerque all night. Three 14ers recorded double-doubles, led by veteran forward Josh Davis with 26 points and 10 rebounds. He was followed by local product Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Jamar Brown (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (12 points and 11 rebounds). Though dominated statistically, the Thunderbirds received inspired play from former Oklahoma State forward David Monds (6'9''-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who scored a team high 17 points to go along with a game high 20 rebounds. Former University of Georgia Wide Receiver turned shooting guard Fred Gibson (6'4''-G-81, college: Georgia) contributed 16 points off the bench and was consistently trying to make plays happen for Albuquerque.
T-BIRDS: David Monds (17pt+20rb), Will Conroy (13pt+6rb+10as), Fred Gibson (16pt), Cheyne Gadson (16pt+5to)
14ERS: Josh Davis (26pt+10rb), Dominique Coleman (20pt+10rb+6as+6st), James Mays (17pt+6rb), Jamar Brown (12pt+11rb)


Saturday Night Results - by Surujh Roopnarine
Iowa Energy (106) at Dakota Wizards (103)
ENERGY: Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) (23pt+12rb+5bs), Cartier Martin (17pt+8rb), Curtis Stinson (12pt+12rb+5as), Larry Ayuso (14pt)
WIZARDS: Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, college: Fresno St.) (19pt+5rb), Quemont Greer (11pt+10rb), Maurice Baker (16pt+8rb+8as), Hamed Haddadi (14pt+6rb)

Utah Flash (92) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (111)
FLASH: Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87, college: Kansas St.) (26pt+5rb+7to), J.R. Giddens (17pt+6rb), Carlos Wheeler (12pt+13rb), Dontell Jefferson (10pt+7to)
VIPERS: Smush Parker (6'4''-G-81, college: Fordham) (26pt+7as+8to), Trent Strickland (24pt+7rb), Alton Ford (15pt+8rb), Delonte Holland (12pt)

Tulsa 66ers (91) at Austin Toros (105)
66ERS: Derrick Dial (6'4''-G-75, college: E.Michigan) (23pt+6rb), Jeremy Kelly (18pt+7rb), Chris Richard (11pt+6rb), Yemi Ogunoye (11pt)
TOROS: Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon) (33pt+7rb+6as), Marcus Williams (20pt+9rb), Charles Gaines (16pt+9rb), Eric Dawson (12pt+7rb)

Anaheim Arsenal (94) at Idaho Stampede (104)
ARSENAL: Cedric Bozeman (6'6''-G-83, college: UCLA) (16pt+10rb), Tierre Brown (12pt+6rb+11as), James White (16pt), Noel Felix (12pt+6rb)
STAMPEDE: Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, college: Boise St.) (25pt+5rb+8as), Jermareo Davidson (18pt+13rb), Lance Allred (17pt+10rb), Brent Petway (16pt)

Bakersfield Jam (100) at Reno Big Horns (94)
JAM: Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, college: Jackson St.) (18pt), Richard Hendrix (12pt+14rb), Mateen Cleaves (16pt), David Berghoefer (14pt+7rb)
BIG HORNS: Antonio Meeking (6'8''-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) (24pt+12rb), Damone Brown (18pt+13rb+5to), Jesse Smith (15pt+15rb), Sung Yoon Bang (15pt)


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 3-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 3-0 
 3. Gezira 2-1 
 4. Geish Army 2-1 
 5. Somouha 2-1 
 6. Gasco 2-1 
 7. Shorta-Police 1-2 
 8. Shams 1-2 
 9. Sporting 1-2 
 10. Ahly 1-2 
 11. Al Olympi 0-3 
 12. Shark ins. 0-3 


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  EL SALVADOR   


Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. ExSAL 6-1 
 2. Denver 5-1 
 3. Cosmos 3-3 
 4. UTEC 1-5 
 5. San Marcos 1-6 


First loss for ExSal - by Jaime Arevalo
In the last round of LSB action, Centro Educativo Denver managed to defeat tableheader ExSal 95-90, led by Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84), who scored 33 points and by veteran Bob Hunter (193-F-76), who added 29 pts and lots of rebounds. Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) was the last to surender in ExSal, with 25 pts. In the other game of the night, UTEC took the first win of the season prevailing over San Marcos, 77-65. The game best performers were Jalmar Najarro (173-G-77) with 24 pts and Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) with 14 in UTEC, Sergio Zetino (173-G-87) with 21 and Manuel Artiga with 16 in San Marcos.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Interview with Zvi Sherf - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Greek fans loved him for his unique coaching style, when someone asks him about Greece he has always good words to say. Zvi Sherf the well known Head Coach spoke to Eurobasket.com about Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the Greek teams and revealed his plans for the next team he would like to coach.


Eurobasket: Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv is having problems this year in the league and its far from the big team who won Euroleague titles. Why do you think this happens the last years? What are the measures they should take to be back in the elite teams in Europe?

Zvi Sherf : They put back Pini Gershon and they have a new hope now. He will change players. We will see what Gershon will do to bring back the team in the top.

Eurobasket: You are available now, what offers you had this period and why you did not take them?

Zvi Sherf : I had offers from small teams not good enough, not for my ambitions. I am looking for a strong team, Euroleague or Uleb cup team.A team which plays in a strong league. A league like Greece.

Eurobasket: You coached Greek teams in the past, did you have any offer recently from a Greek team? Do you consider coming back if a proper offer arrives?

Zvi Sherf : The last time was with Makedonikos. I like Greece and I like to come back. The Greek league is the second basketball league in Europe, I watch many games via satellite, I learn things about the league there.

Eurobasket: PAOK or ARIS? Which team you support most and why?

Zvi Sherf : Both of them. I have good memories, I like Thessalonica a lot.When I came last year with Macabi to play against Aris in the Euroleague they gave me proud and its something that I will remember.

Eurobasket: What chances do you give to the Greek teams in the Euroleague?

Zvi Sherf : Pao and Olympiakos both have many chances and in the top 16 they will play better.They are candidates along with Cska, Siena, Tau and Barcelona. Roma will have a good league in Italy but they not ready this year to challenge for the Euroleague title. Panionios is playing good so far but is not a candidate to move far.

Eurobasket: Nikola Vujcic and Yotam Halperin moved from Maccabi to Olympiakos. Vujcic seems out of shape and Halperin is a back-up player in Olympiakos roster with up and downs, tell us your opinion about them?

Zvi Sherf : Nikola Vujcic is a smart player with big experience, he is a playmaker in the low post.He will find the way to help the team. About Halperin it will hard for him to adjust in the Greek style but he is a young player with skills.

Eurobasket: In the past a lot Israeli players came to play in Greece but now its only Yotam Halperin, do you believe our league does not fit for them?

Zvi Sherf : Defence in the Greek league is very hard, something I like a lot. That's the reason the players from Isael don't adjust easy there,but there where players in the past like Dror Hagag and Amit Tamir who had some good games.

Thank you for the interview and i hope to see you again in a Greek team.



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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - HNMKY 70-62
Matt Williams knocked down 28 points and Honka defeated HNMKY 70:62. Antto Nikkarinen added 10 points in the win. Sauli Silvonen responded with 19 points for the Helsinki outfit.

JKS - Ura Basket 105-82
JKS secured the sixth victory in the tournament as they thumped Ura Basket at home court. Magen McNeil tallied massive 39 points and 22 boards for JKS. Kevin Francis added 26 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Armondo Surratt had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Ura Basket in defeat.

Huima - LoKoKo 96-104
Eryk Thomas poured in 29 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Jonathan Heard added 28 points and 10 boards as LoKoKo ensured the first win in the season. They defeated Huima 104:96 on the road. Huima were not helped by 20 points from Reijo Ojanen. Justice Graham dropped 17 points in the loss.

Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 95-79
Kauhajoki stayed in the leading position in the first Division as they held off Salon Vilpas 95:79 in the key game of Round 9. Six Kauhajoki players scored in double figures with Brandon Polk leading the charge with 25 points. Roni Leimu added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Aubrey Conerly produced 28 points and 10 rebounds for Salon Vilpas. Amani Daanish added 23 points and 13 boards for the Vikings.



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  GERMANY   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday November 30th
Trier 92 Artland Dragons 85
Trier earned a strong home win beating Artland Dragons 92-85 Sunday afternoon at Trier Arena. Artland started strong behind excellent outside shooting from Drew Neitzel and Darren Fenn. James Gillingham scored 18pt in the first half helping Trier control the 2Q building a 49-43 halftime lead. Artland trimmed the deficit in the 3rd evening the game at 63 going into the 4th. Veteran shooter Jan Rohedwald buried a three and turned another 3ptmake into a 4pt play sparking the Dragons early in the 4th. Back to back threes from Gillingham and Tyrone Riley helped Trier reclaim the lead 77-74 with just over 4min to play. Down the stretch, Kevin Houston and Derek Raivio sank key threes for Trier. Gillingham finished with a game best 25pt on 4 of 6 3pt shooting. George Evans added 17pt while Derek Raivio scored 17pt 8ast for Trier. Neitzel led Artland with 23pt (4 for 4 threes) and Darren Fenn finished with 19pt in the loss. In the win, Trier shot 58% from the floor, made 12 of 23 (52%) from three and sank 14 of 18 (77%) from the foul line. Artland hit 53% from the floor, 9 of 21 from three (42%) and made 8 of their 9 FT (88%). Head Coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team evened their record at 6-6 while Artland fell to 7-5.


ProA Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jena - Langen 73-76
Jena lost to Langen 73:76 in Regular Season Round 10 at home. Chappell Brandon led the winners with 19 ponts, whilst Benzing nailed 18. Uhegwu Henry produced 17 points for the home side.

Hagen - Kirchheim 101-88
Hagen improved to 8-2 record beating Kirchheim 101:88. Freeman Zach and Pryor Quentin led the winners with 20 points each, while Griffin Chase and Dreesen Thomas nailed 19 apiece. Tomasevic Radivoj chipped in 20 points for the guests.

ETB Wohnbau - Lich 94-67
Six players scored in double digits for ETB Wohnbau over Lich in a 94:67 win. Doll Tom led all the winners with 15 points, while Reed Mark shined with 29 points in the losing effort.

Schalke - Karlsruhe 88-77
Schalke outscored Karlsruhe 88:77 for 4-6 record in Pro A. Evans Yannick top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Hall Melvin chipped in 21. Howard Justin produced 15 points in defeat.

MBC - Heidelberg 108-75
MBC grabbed 8-2 after the win over Heidelberg 108:75. Gilbert Johnnie led seven players with double figures having 27 points and 14 boards. Komarek Oliver ended up with 23 points in defeat.

B.Muenchen - Bayreuth 89-101
Bayreuth enjoys the top with 9-1 record as the favorites beat Muenchen 89:101 away from home. Holcomb-Faye Whit top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Oppland Dan added 25. Parker Kelvin had 26 points for the home side.



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  GREECE   


Interview with Zvi Sherf - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Greek fans loved him for his unique coaching style, when someone asks him about Greece he has always good words to say. Zvi Sherf the well known Head Coach spoke to Eurobasket.com about Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the Greek teams and revealed his plans for the next team he would like to coach.


Eurobasket: Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv is having problems this year in the league and its far from the big team who won Euroleague titles. Why do you think this happens the last years? What are the measures they should take to be back in the elite teams in Europe?

Zvi Sherf : They put back Pini Gershon and they have a new hope now. He will change players. We will see what Gershon will do to bring back the team in the top.

Eurobasket: You are available now, what offers you had this period and why you did not take them?

Zvi Sherf : I had offers from small teams not good enough, not for my ambitions. I am looking for a strong team, Euroleague or Uleb cup team.A team which plays in a strong league. A league like Greece.

Eurobasket: You coached Greek teams in the past, did you have any offer recently from a Greek team? Do you consider coming back if a proper offer arrives?

Zvi Sherf : The last time was with Makedonikos. I like Greece and I like to come back. The Greek league is the second basketball league in Europe, I watch many games via satellite, I learn things about the league there.

Eurobasket: PAOK or ARIS? Which team you support most and why?

Zvi Sherf : Both of them. I have good memories, I like Thessalonica a lot.When I came last year with Macabi to play against Aris in the Euroleague they gave me proud and its something that I will remember.

Eurobasket: What chances do you give to the Greek teams in the Euroleague?

Zvi Sherf : Pao and Olympiakos both have many chances and in the top 16 they will play better.They are candidates along with Cska, Siena, Tau and Barcelona. Roma will have a good league in Italy but they not ready this year to challenge for the Euroleague title. Panionios is playing good so far but is not a candidate to move far.

Eurobasket: Nikola Vujcic and Yotam Halperin moved from Maccabi to Olympiakos. Vujcic seems out of shape and Halperin is a back-up player in Olympiakos roster with up and downs, tell us your opinion about them?

Zvi Sherf : Nikola Vujcic is a smart player with big experience, he is a playmaker in the low post.He will find the way to help the team. About Halperin it will hard for him to adjust in the Greek style but he is a young player with skills.

Eurobasket: In the past a lot Israeli players came to play in Greece but now its only Yotam Halperin, do you believe our league does not fit for them?

Zvi Sherf : Defence in the Greek league is very hard, something I like a lot. That's the reason the players from Isael don't adjust easy there,but there where players in the past like Dror Hagag and Amit Tamir who had some good games.

Thank you for the interview and i hope to see you again in a Greek team.



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


A1 Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Trikalla - Panionios 90-81
Trikala surprised Panionios On Telecoms registering the first win this season. William Avery was a key player for the hosts delivering 25 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 6 assists beside that. Greek Euroleague team got 24 points from Branko Cvetkovic. Lonny Baxter stopped on 20 points and 9 boards. Panionios currently has 3-4 in A1.

ESTIA Egaleo - Panathinaikos 81-96
As it was expected, the reigning champion was too strong for Egaleo jumping on 7-1 record. The same numbers also have Olympiakos, Aris and Panelinios. Vassilis Spanoulis top-scored for the Greens with 15 points. Nik Chatzivrettas had one point less. Vassilis Soulis contributed with 15 pts in defeat. His Egaleo remains on just 1 win in 8 appearances.

Aris - AEK 77-61
Easy 16-point win by Aris for almost perfect 7-1 record in A1. Dimitrios Tsaldaris stepped up for the hosts with 15 points and 8 boards. Sean Marshall and Keydren Clark followed him netting 14 poinst apiece. Michael Andersen and D.J. Thompson scored 12 points each for AEK, who dropped on 4-4.

Olimpia L. - Kavala/P. 72-63
Terrell Castle paced Olimpia Larissa to third win in A1 collecting 22 points and 5 rebounds. Michael King also was good adding 16 points and 7 rebs. Pape-Philippe Amagou came up with 14 pts for Kavala (2-4).

PAOK - C.C. Marousi 76-71
Important win for PAOK as both teams entered into this round with 3-4 record. Costas Vasiliadis led the scorers in PAOK with 17 points. K'Zell Wesson added 15, including 7 rebounds. Marousi got 16 points and 9 boards from Loukas Mavrokefalides.

Olympiakos - VAP Kolossos 84-50
The Reds blasted VAP Kolossos becoming the fourth team with 7-1 record in the league. Ex NBA star Josh Childress was central figure of the game nailing 24 points and grabbing 6 rebounds for 27 minutes. Steven Smith was a way better than the others in Kollosos, who now has 3-5.

Panellinios - AEL 1964 91-71
Impressive 7-1 for Panellinios and not so brilliant 2-6 for AEL after this game. Stevan Nadjfeji came up with 23, while Anthony Grundy helped the winners with 2 points less. Samuel Meija scored 22 in loss.


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  HOLLAND   


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 9: Upsets from bottom to top. - by Terry Cooper
They say that you can never judge a team by their wins and loses to determine who's good and who's not. Week 9 was proof of that because a few teams showed they are alot better than numbers. Also, in any league, if you don't come to play every night, you will get beat! The Red Giants came to Northgohal with 7 players to give its best effort. In the end, they left with a 77-71 victory over the champions led by former top league player Wim van der Kamp (201-F-79) 31 points. De Groene Uilen won at home over VBC Akrides 69-62 while Leiden2 edged Punch Delft 66-65 to move up in the standings. EBBC2 is getting things back in stride as they won convincinly over de Pigeons 84-67 while GOBA cruised over BV Rooi 92-71. Landstede2 won at home over a very tough Cangaroes team (better than what the w/l show) 78-67 and MyGuide2 dominated Intl High Five at home 70-47 to take sole position of 1st place in the standings. Now that teams are beginning to come together as a unit, I am sure that it's going to be a battle til the end for all teams to make their way to the playoffs. (Official Stats for the PromotieDivisie NOW!!)

Week 8 Scores:

EBBC2 - Pigeons 84 - 67
MSV Log in - Red Giants 71 - 77
Goba - BV Rooi 92 - 71
De Groene Uilen - VBC Akrides 69 - 62
Landstede2 - Cangeroes 78 - 67
MyGuide2 - High Five 70 - 47
Leiden2 - Punch 66 - 65


PromotieDivisie Scores Week 10: bottom teams keep making statements! - by Terry Cooper
As I explained to readers in Week 9, teams have to be prepared to play every night in the 'Promoite' for any team is capable of losing. Week 10 was no different as De Pigeons won at home over Landstede2 74-65 to caputure their second win of the season while GOBA continue to prove themselves in the league defeating VBC Akrides on the road 71-62. EBBC2 has bounced back after slow start in the season beating Punch 67-54 while Intl High Five got a 73-63 victory over Leiden2. De Groene Uilen and MyGuide2 won nailbiters over their opponents Red Giants (76-75) and BV Rooi (69-68) repsectively. Finally, it took MSV Log in overtime to overcome the Cangeroes in De Paperclip sporthal. Cangeroes maintained the lead for most of the game but in the last seconds of regulation, the Noordwijkers were able to send the game in overtime. Thanks to clutch play of MSV Log in veterans Vader (205-C-80), Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T), and Engelhart (193-F-76) they were able to secure a 81-74 victory. The standings are beginning to shift a bit now that teams are getting things together, it is going to be interesting how things go as the season continues. Stay tuned...(Official Stats for PDivisie NOW!!)

Week 10 Scores:

Punch - EBBC2 54 - 67
Cangeroes - MSV Log in 74 - 81
VBC Akrides - Goba 62 - 71
Red Giants - De Groene Uilen 75 - 76
High Five - Leiden2 73 - 63
BV Rooi - MyGuide2 68 - 69
Pigeons - Landstede2 74 - 65


FEB Results: Round 14 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, both defending Dutch champion Eclipse Jet/MyGuide and Landstede Basketball came away with close road wins, a strong second half performance by Matrixx Matrixx helps them prevail over Hanzevast Capitals, and ZZ Leiden finally gets back in the win column, winning over Upstairs Weert.

In Leeuwarden, Eclipse Jet/MyGuide caps off a busy week thanks to a game-winning layup in the last seconds by lead guard
Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), helping the defending Dutch champions escape with a 78-76 win over Aris Friesland. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, coming off a close midweek win over Hapoel Jerusalem in EuroChallenge play, were led in scoring by Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle), who scored all of his 16 pts. in the 2nd half. Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) added 15. Aris were led in scoring by Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with a game-high 20 pts. and 9 assists. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide moves to 11-1, while Aris Friesland falls to 4-9.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, Landstede Basketball made their long return trip to Zwolle seem a little shorter, cooling off previously hot West-Brabant Giants 78-74. While neither team shot the ball well (Landstede only 37.1% FG, the Giants 42.9% FG), for the second straight game, Landstede did a good job of containing the opponents' top scoring threats, this time with West-Brabant Giants' top two scorers Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) and Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) going below their averages, Pope shooting a combined 5 for 15 total, and Blue held to 10 pts. on 4 of 11 total. Both Pope and Blue also combined to shoot only 5 of 14 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Landstede's top scoring threats had no such problems finding the basket, with Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) scoring a game-high 24 pts., Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) adding a double-double of 23 pts. and 12 rebounds, and Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) with 18 pts. West-Brabant Giants, which hurt themselves badly with poor free throw shooting (only 11 of 24 total), were led by recent addition Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) with 16 pts. Landstede moves up the FEB standings with a 6-7 record, while the Giants fall to 7-6.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx dug themselves in a 1st half hole vs. Hanzevast Capitals, but a big 3rd quarter gave them the boost they needed, going on to cruise to an 104-94 win. Matrixx found themselves down 47-33 at halftime, but a 32-17 3rd quarter run helped them carry over the momentum into the 4th, in which they one-upped themselves, scoring a 39-30 difference. No player on the floor was better than jack-of-all trades Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius), who scored a season-high 34 pts. on 13 of 16 FG. Hanzevast were led by Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) and Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) with 19 pts. each, and Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) added 18. With the win, Matrixx moves into 2nd place in the FEB standings ahead of Eiffel Towers with a 9-5 record.


In Leiden, ZZ Leiden finally got the monkey off its back, snapping a league-worst 10 game losing streak with a 67-57 win over Upstairs Weert. Man of the Match David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led ZZ with a double-double of 22 pts. and 16 rebounds. Upstairs Weert, who shot a poor 18 of 35 from the free throw line, were led by Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) with 21 pts, Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) added 19. and 'Windex Man' Marcus Jackson (202-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Marquette) added 12 pts. and 18 boards. ZZ moves to 2-10, and Upstairs Weert fall to 4-8.



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MyGuide 2 9-1 
 2. Initial H5 8-2 
 3. MSV 8-2 
 4. Gorinchem 7-3 
 5. Landstede 2 7-3 
 6. EBBC 5-5 
 7. Akrides 5-5 
 8. Groene 5-5 
 9. Leiden 2 5-5 
 10. BV Rooi 4-6 
 11. Punch 3-7 
 12. Red Giants 2-8 
 13. Pigeons 2-8 
 14. Cangeroes 0-10 


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  HONG KONG   


First high school title clinched - by Cheung Suet-pan
The press pay a lot attention on college and high-school in Hong Kong, sometimes more than the top division. The first tournamnet of the high school 'Quadruple Crown' championship had the final on 29th November. The game was the final match in the Kowloon Region Championship which played between the region's old rivalries Ying Wa College and Diocesan boys' School. Both team acquired some Hong Kong junior team members, and the game was show in the Wanchai Southern Stadium.

Ying Wa College got their first titile this year by winning the game 57:41. 17years old centre Zhou Kin-wan (On-ching/194cm/90kg ) had 14points in the game. He commented after the game, 'The game got some diffulties when I could not have a frim control in the restricted area; but teammates all did the good works to win this game.'

Meanwhile, the Nike Summer League MVP Lau Hoi-to ( Fukien/198cm/16yrs old) was the centre of Diocesan boys' School, but their side only have the lead in the first quarter, and was trailed by 7 in the half time. After the game, Diocesan boys' School coach Cheng Chi-hong resigned.


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  HUNGARY   


Did Szolnok win in Kormend? - by Tamas Deri

It was a very important game for both teams: Kormend lead by the new head coach Hencsey, who just got his new job one day before the game. Szolnok could not win any away game in this season yet, and the management expected from every player on the roster to fight very hard on the court.
In the first half the home team dominated, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) scored 21 points until the half time and also lithuanian forward, Jurkunas got closed out already in the first quarter. Int he second half the guests got closer and closer and could tie the game after thirty minutes. In the last quarter both teams missed a lof of shoots, and 22 seconds before the end the guests lead by one. Csaba Ferencz missed a three, but Kormend had one offensive rebound, so american point guard, Tezale Archie could start one offense again! He missed a shoot, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) grabbed the rebound and scored a two! Kormend won by one believed everybody for thirty seconds, when the referees decided: the shot clock was over!

You can watch the last 10 seconds of the game here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DZ59wgiGuM&feature=related



Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend - Szolnoki Olaj KK 65-66
(26-19, 17-19, 14-20, 8-8)
Kormend, Att.: 1800
Referees: Kapitany, dr. Pali, Gelencser
Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend: Fodor G 1, Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: NYIT) 12/3, Fodor M. 3/3, Zbigniew Bialek 14/6, George Banks 27/6, Ferencz, Hegedus 2, Archie 4, Trummer, Keresztes 2, Coach: Hencsey Tamas
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) 16/6, Cziczas 11/6, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 12, Jurkunas, Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware) 12, Harazin 10, Szabo 3/3, Cseh 2, Coach: Por Peter

STATISTICS
Two pointers: 58% - 62%
Three pointers: 6/24 - 5/23
Free Throws: 9/14 - 11/21
Rebounds: 29 (Bialek 9) - 26 (Coleman, Basit 8-8)
Assists: 16 (Archie, Fodor G. 3-3) - 9 (Coleman, Wilson 2-2)
Steals: 9 (Fodor G. 3) - 8 (Coleman, Basit, Harazin 2-2)
Fouls: 21 - 19



Rashad Bell was unstopable again, Albacomp's easy win over ZTE - by Tamas Deri
American forward, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) was the player of the game,again did not miss any of his threes - 5/5 - and scored 30+ in the third game on a row.

ALBACOMP - ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK 113-70
(27-17, 34-21, 27-17, 25-15)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2.400, Referees: Palla, Benczur, Toth K.
ALBACOMP: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 13, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 18/6, Sos 3, Rashad Bell 37/15, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 23, Radovic 9, Antal, Gobi 8/6, Keller 2, Veszter, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
ZALAEGERSZEG: Hinnant 14/3, Watson 8, Kaman 6/6, Jones 7, Helbich 16, Simon L. 5/3, Trepak 5, Gaspar 3, Baki 3/3, Toth A. 3, Starics, Coach: Volgyi Peter


Market news - by Tamas Deri
The management of NYKK broke the contract with serbian big man, Nemanja Jelesijevic and invited american center Gabriel Hughes (213-F/C-80, college: California) on a tryout. The 213 cm tall american player graduated on the University of California in 2004 and played in a lot of countries already: Spain, Japan, Romania, Egypt, Syria.

The management of Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend broke the contract of head coach Dragoljub Krivacevic and gave the opportunity to assistant coach Tamas Hencsey to be the head coach for the next 4 games before making a final decision for the rest of the season.

Nandor Simon (196-F-81) left Dombovar and signed with Enternet-Hegyvidek for the rest of the season.


Hungarian Cup: NYKK and Univer in the next round - by Tamas Deri
DEKE - Marso-Vagep NYKK 75-73
(22-20, 22-18, 16-20, 15-15)
DEKE: Dagostino 5, Erdei, Toth G. 7, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 22, Gary Ware (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Purdue) 22/3, Maxwell 3, Kutasi 6/3, Kovacs I., Takacs D., Tibor Szabo10, Coach: Walke Karoly
Nyiregyhaza: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 20/6, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) 23/12, Burton 5, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Hughes 2, Lekli 10, Siska, Farkas A. 2, Wehner, Coach: Kmezic Zoran

Nyregyhaza got into the next round: 168-159.


ATOMEROMU SE - UNIVER KSE 91-81
(21-16, 18-22, 17-14, 35-29)
Paks, Att.: 800, Referees: Bodnar, Torok, Szabo G.
ASE: Nichols 8, Williams 16/9, Gosa 15/6, Johnson 10, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 28, Meszaros Z. 9, Kiss Zs. 3, Csaplar-Nagy 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs
KECSKEMET: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 14/6, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 15/6, Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 21/6, Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 18/6, Danielson 5/3, Szabo Zs. 8/6, Toth P., Horti, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


Kecskemet got into the next round: 166-154.


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UCC Demons beats UCD Marian (91-71) - by Mariano Galindo
Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Toledo) scored 30 points to give his team a very important victory against one of the stronger teams in Irish Superleague. UCC Demons are currently with a excellent record (8-1). After swept last week Ulster Elks (90-119), team coached by Douglas Leichner continues with its great season. Jerrah Young, who is in his first professional year is being one of offensive the references on the court. After plays in Toledo (NCAA) and last summer in Eurobasket Sumer League, Young is taking advantage to his Irish chance.

In Spain, Jim Moran added 14 points to drive Kalise Gran Canaria to a new victory.


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Roberts: from Q. Ata to Ramat Gan - by Tamar Goldman
The American Forward Terrence Roberts (206-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Syracuse) that started the season with Q. Ata and left in the beginning of the month joins now Ironi Ramat Gan, the only team in the Israeli league that hasnt won any game since the season started. Roberts graduated from Syracuse in the spring of 2007 after averaging in his senior 8.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4bpg. Roberts was drafted in the summer of 2007 by Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA,4rd(35)) and in Nov.'07 tested at Ago Rethimno Almeco (GRE-A1), but not signed.

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SerieA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas - Scavolini 83-73
Banca Tercas defeated Scavolini at home court today. Jaycee Carroll scored 22 points, while Brandon Brown added 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Giuseppe Poeta was helpful with 14 points for the Teramo team. LeRoy Hurd responded with 22 points for Scavolini.

Lottomatica - La Fortezza 80-86
Earl Boykins delivered another sizzling performance as he notched 20 points, 7 assists and 7 steals and La Fortezza stole an 86:80 victory against Lottomatica. Alex Righetti added 18 points for the winners. Andre Hutson paced Lottomatica with 27 points and 7 boards.

Armani MI - Solsonica 80-66
Armani celebrated the fourth victory in the Seria A as they held off Solsonica at home court. Jobey Thomas stepped up with 17 points for the hosts. David Hawkins added 16 points for the winning team. Vangelis Sklavos responded with 15 points and 8 boards for Salsonica.

Premiata - Air AV 81-76
Premiata stayed in the third spot in the ladder as they narrowly defeated Air Avellino. Brandon Hunter was responsible for 25 points and 9 boards for Premiata. Kiwane Garris contributed 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Chris Warren registered 24 points, 7 boards and 6 steals for Air Avellino as they suffered the fourth defeat in the season.

Fortitudo - Carife FE 64-56
Fortitudo shot down Carife in Bologna. Darryl Strawberry notched 21 points for the winners. Marcelihno Huertas added 16 points for Bologna as they improved at 4-4 record. Ndudi Ebi scored 17 points for Carife.

Benetton - NGC Cantu 89-65
Benetton got 25 points from Gary Neal and cruised past Cantu 89:65 in Treviso. The victory marked a 5-3 record for Benetton in Seria A. Sandro Nicevic added 13 points and 9 boards for the winners. Kevinn Pinkney responded with 17 points as Cantu slipped at 3-5 record.

Angelico BI - Montepaschi 85-102
Montepaschi grabbed the eighth straight win as they rolled past Angelico in Round 8. Romain Sato fired 21 points to pace balanced Montepaschi effort. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 19 points for the league leaders. Joe Smith and James Gist netted 18 points each for Angelico Biella.



LegaDue: round 9 (regular season). Review. - by Antonello Varallo

There were no surprises in this round. Cimberio Varese are still the team leader thanks to another home win. Against Banco di Sardegna Sassari, Varese earned the eighth win with to a solid team performance. Randy Childress (190-G-72, college:Wake Forest) was the same old leader, Kanyel Dickens (203-F-78,college:Idaho) ended the game with 26 points equilizing his season high,while Simone Cotani(201-SF-81) and Niccol Martinoni (202-SG/SF-89) compensated for Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) bad performance. Sassari had a good very good performance from their two gunners,Jason Rowe (178-G-78,college:Loyola,MD) and Trent Whiting (185-G-76,college:BYU): they scored 22 and 25 points.
Fileni Jesi consolidated their second place thanks to an away win against an indomitable Aget Imola.Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) led his team and ended his huge performance with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals and 3 assists. His teammate Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college:Middle Tenn. State) had an embarassing shooting percentage buthe was the best rebounder of the game. For the home side, Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK))scored 21 points, while Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) obscured his 16 points with 5 turnovers.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia and Fastweb Casale Monferrato strenghtened their third place with two large home win. Reggio Emilia defeated another league contender, Harem Scafati, thanks to veteran Alvin Young (191-F-75,college:Niagara), who was the top scorer of the team with 17 points. Chris Heinrich (208-C-77,college:StLouis) added 16 points playing only 19 minutes. Matteo Maestrello (198-SG-81) equilized his season high thanks to four 3pointers, while Nicol Melli (205-F-91) ended the game with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. Ronald Davis (1,90-G-82,college: Wisc. Milwaukee) was the top scorer of Scafati with 24 points, while Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college:E.Tenn.St.) scored only 2 points.
Casale Monferrato gained an easily win against Carmatic Pistoia. Zabian Dowdell(191-G-84,college:Virginia Tech) dominated the game scoring 22 points with an excellent accuracy.Tommaso Fantoni: (203-F-85) scored 17 points and erased his 5 turnovers with 4 steals and 6 rebounds. Brent Darby (185-G-81, college:Ohio St) was out for injury and Pistoia were not competitive without him.
Also Vanoli Soresina kept the third place but their win was harder.The game against Basket Rimini Crabs was a great duel between the italian league rookie Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) (24 points, 3 assists) and the veteran German Scarone German Scarone (190-G-75) (29 points, his season high,2 assists and 6 steals). Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston College) scored 20 and Silvio Gigena added 22, but Phil Goss(186-G-83,college:Drexel) and Chris McCray (195-G-84,college:Maryland) answered with 23 and 17. Vanoli's Marco Cusin (211-C-85) broke the balance of this amazing game with his 15 points (season high) and 10 rebounds, compensating Quadre Lollis (200-PF-73, college:MontanaSt)'s absence.
Basket Livorno gained a hard - won victory against Enel Brindisi. Import players of Livorno made the difference:Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84,college:Nevada) was the top scorer with 28 points, Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78,college:Weber.St)the best assistman (5), Troy Ostler (209-F-78,collge:Hawaii) the best rebounder (9).Emanuele Rotondo (194-SG-75)made his first appareance with Livorno scoring 2 points.For Brindisi, Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college:St.John's) played the best game of his italian career: 34 points and 9 rebounds.
Behind the lines, very important win for Pavia and Roseto. Pavia gained the second win of the season defeating Prima Veroli thanks to top scorer Paul Marigney (192-G-82,college:St.Mary's,CA), who ended the game with 27 points,while Roseto defeated Umana Venezia with a great Fabio Ruini (186-G-80) who scored 19 points. For Roseto only 5 players scored, but they won the rebound struggle (42-29).

Best italian starting five of round 9
Pg: German Scarone, Crabs Rimini: style doesn't grow old
Sg: Fabio Ruini, Roseto: his team gained a very important win thanks to his points
Sf: Matteo Maestrello, Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia: he is playing the best season of his career
F: Tommaso Fantoni, Casale Monferrato: he is making constant progress
C: Michele Maggioli, Fileni Jesi: the ruler of LegaDue



Serie A Round 8 report - by Martino Verbena
On the 8th week of the Serie A regular season, La Fortezza Bologna won the big match at Roma against Lottomatica: a two point by Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan), with less than 1 second to play, gave the overtime at Bologna, where a big defense by Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) over Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and three centers form beyond the arc, allowed the third victory in row at Bologna under coach Matteo Boniciolli . For Jasmin Repesa, who has not deployed Brandon Jennings (183-G-89) and had sidelined Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), is the the fourth defeats in row, and Roma has a 4-4 record. Meanwhile Montepaschi Siena confirm her supremacy going to win at Biella with an awesome 73.7% on two-points FG and 27 assist. The visitors started very aggressive an gained a 17 points lead, but the hosts narrowed at an only point his gap. But Siena, with great reaction, regained a large gap. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC), with todays 16 points, reaches 1000 points with the Sienas uniform.
Third win in row for Banca Tercas Teramo, that now is in the third place with Benetton Treviso and Premiata Montegranaro. Teramo outsmarted Scavolini Pesaro with the usual aggression, who forced the visitors at 22 turnovers, Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Brandon Brown (202-F-81, college: Tulane) complete the game on offensive side. Treviso overcrowded NGC Cantu under a 24 points gap: Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) and Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) lead the hosts at an important win. Montegranaro had a 5 five points win over Air Avellino, after a 0-10 at the fifth minutes, and back to the win after two lose in row. Armani Jeans Milano and GMAC GMAC Real Estate Bologna reach the 4-4 record and now are ready to fight for the first eight place at the end of the first half of the season. Milano defeat Solsonica Rieti, also if Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had only 5 minutes on the court and Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) is on the bench, but did not played. GMAC Bologna outscored Carife Ferrara with Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) who is back, but did not scored in his 11 minutes on the court, and a great debut in Serie A for Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland), who netted 21 starting on the bench.
In the Sunday night game Eldo Caserta defeat Snaidero Udine in a crucial game for avoid the relegation. Udines new coach Romeo Sacchetti cant prepare the game like he prefer because he had Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) sidelined. Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Pater.), new Caserta's playmaker, did not played tonight. Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee), with 32 points, was the weekly top scorer of the Serie A, and paced Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) to overcome Snaidero.


Lega2 Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio VA - Banco Sard. 96-89
Cimberio Varese outgunned Banco Sardegna for the eighth win in the season. Kaniel Dickens scored 26 points to keep Varese on top of the ladder. Randolph Childress added 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Banco Sardegna slipped at 5-4 record despite 25 points from Trent Whiting.

Fastweb CM - Carmatic PI 81-61
Monferrato stayed in the third spot as they rolled past Carmatic at home court. Zabian Dowdell topscored with 22 points for the winners. Tomasso Fantoni added 17 points, 6 boards and 5 steals for Fastweb. Pistoia responded with 18 points from Elton Tyler.

Prima VE - Edimes PV 68-82
Edimes secured just the second success in the tournament as they pulled away with an 82:68 road win over Prima Veroli. Paul Marigney fired 27 points to lead Walter De Raffaele team. Andrea Cinciarini added 15 points for the winners. Michele Mian knocked down 14 points for Prima Veroli. Jerome Allen and Kyle Hines had 12 points each in defeat.

Umana Reyer - Pallacan.RO 77-88
Pallacanestro sent Umana Reyer to the sixth loss bruising them 88:77 in Venice. Fabio Ruini had 19 points for the winners. Jaime Lloreda added 16 points and 13 boards for Toni Trulli team. Venezia responded with 14 points from Rodolfo Rombaldoni.

Trenkwalder - Harem SC 87-74
Trenkwalder eased past Harem in Round 9. Alvin Young scored 17 points to pace balanced effort from the Regio Emilia side. Chris Heinrich added 16 points and 6 boards for the winners. Ronald Davis answered with 24 points for Harem Scafati as they lost the fourth game this season.

Basket LI - Enel Brindisi 92-87
Livorno overcame Enel Brindisi and improved at 4-5 record. Marcelus Kemp knocked down 28 points and collected 7 boards to pace the hosts. Troy Ostler and Jermaine Boyette produced 22 points each for the winners. Marcus Hatten responded with game-high 34 points and 9 boards for Enel Brindisi.

Aget IM - Fileni JE 82-84
Fileni snatched an 84:82 win over Aget Imola and stayed at the second spot in the table. Michele Maggioli dropped 21 points for Fileni. Antonio Maestranzi added 15 points in the win. Joseph Bunn had 21 points and 9 boards for Aget Imola.



Saturday night wins for Treviso and Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
In the anticipated games of Serie A Round 8, both Benetton Treviso and GMAC Bologna triumphed at home. Benetton defeated NGC Cant 89-65 thanks, above all, to a great performance from Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson), who ended the game with 25 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assists. Kevinn Pinkney (206-F-83, college: Nevada) was the best perfiormer for Cantu, with 17 pts and 5 rebs, but the better defense and the very better shooting accuracy of the home team made the difference. Fortitudo Bologna took another Saturday win, defeating Carife Ferrara 64-56. The game wasn' t played so well, and GMAC pointed on the offensive skills of debuting Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland), who performed for 27 pts, 5 rebs, 7 steals and 1 assist in 35 minutes of play. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) was the other top scorer in the home team with 16 points, but he had also 9 turnovers... The best in Ferrar were Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) and Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD), with 17 and 16 points, respectively

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BJ League Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rizing - 89ers 79-75
Rizing opened Round 14 with a home win over 89ers 79:75. Parker Michael paced the winners with 23 points and 15 rebounds, while St.Preux Bobby produced 26 points and 13 rebounds in defeat. Holm Chris had massive 20 points and 26 rebounds for Sendai 89ers.

Lakestars - Broncos 71-67
Lakestars overcame Broncos 71:67 for 7-6 record. Schafer Ray notched 27 points and made 10 rebounds for the winners. Horne Steve produced 30 points in the losing effort.

Evessa - Phoenix 97-92
Evessa outscored Phoenix 97:92 as Washington Lynn shined with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Murry Nile followed him with 28 points, 8 boards and 7 assists, while Gardener Michael brought the guests 42 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Grouses - Heat Devils 69-70
Grouses lost to Heat Devils 69:70 in the game from the bottom teams from two divisions. Price Jefferey led the winners with 16 points and Webb Rodney had 25 points in the losing effort.

Apache - Golden Kings 100-99
Apache won the game over Golden Kings 100:99 in the battle of the first teams from two divisions. Davis Nick and Humphrey John paced all the winners with 25 points each. Newton Jeff ended up with 29 points for the visiting team.



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MNT Cup : Danilovgrad,Lovcen and Mogren in Final Four - by Dragan Scepanovic

DANILOVGRAD - NIKSIC 67:64 ( 16:12, 19:22, 19:14, 13:16 )


Danilovgrad - Sport center . Spect: 400. Reff: Dragojevic, Savovic, Sanjevic (Podgorica)
DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 5, Bogojevic 22, Radulovic 9, Stanisic, Simonovic 23, Vojvodic 5, Milatovic 3, Djurovic, Vujisic
NIKSIC: Nikola Djokovic (191-G-89) 2, Draganic, Vranjes 26, Kuveljic 3, Djurkovic 8, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 3, Medenica 6, Sturanovic 16.

LOVCEN Cetinje - ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi 85:76 ( 23:18, 19:9, 19:23, 24:26 )

Cetinje - SC Lovcen. Spect: 200. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Nikic), Popovic (Podgorica)
LOVCEN : Bogavac 13, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 7, Savovic 8, Milosevic 9, Ivanovic 4, Stojanovic, Kascelan 2, Lutersek, Lopicic, Lalic 2, Ljuba Jovanovic (207-C-87) 24, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 16.
ABS PRIMORJE : Radovanovic 7, Boricic 20, Djecevic, Pajevic 2, Ilic 10, Bacovic, Vujovic 13, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 22, Mandic 2, Lucic.

PRIMORJE H.Novi - MOGREN Budva 80:82 ( 15:24, 26:22, 19:19, 20:17 )



BC Ulcinj break out contract whit Malovic , Forto and Paunovic - by Dragan Scepanovic
After leaving basketball players Luka Dabanovic (195-G-86) and Sandro Cuk (188-G-85) to Basketball Club University Mediteran from Podgorica member of MNT1B division , management of Basketball Club Ulcinj break out contract whit basketball players Rajko Malovic (184-G-85) , Elmir Forto (206-C, college: Auburn-Montgomery) and Nemanja Paunovic (204-F-83) .Basketball Club Ulcinj on this moment have score in Montenegrin 1A Opportunity Division 4 win and 2 lose game.Next game play in city of Herceg Novi against Basketball Club Primorje.

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Day 5 Results - by Nour Amri
WAC have charged previous MAS coach Fs native Driss Ghissassi with the task of rescuing their season and hauling them away from the bottom place. Coach Ghissassi has been cut from MAS beginning of last week. After their unsuccessful season starts (0-5), WAC President called him to replaces Omar Nouhi with immediate effect.
According to moroccan federation (FRMBB) new rules, coach Ghissassi can not be the official head coach as he still does not have the necessary coaching degree for Division 1. Coach Radouan Haddany will be the official Head Coach (on papers) while Driss Ghissassi will act as assistant-coach for this season.

MAS management agreed terms with Coach Hachem Ouahidi and appointed him as new Head Coach.

So with all this sudden changes, the game of this 5th round took place in Casablanca where new WACs coach Driss Ghissassi faced his previous team MAS of Fs. After a very tied first half where both teams showed a lack of concentration and a poor game control, MAS players improved their aggressiveness in defense and manage to secure their first win outside Fs (67-77).
In Rabat, FUS struggled to get his 2 points victory over RCA (64-60). Raja players where leading the game by 24 points before the end of 3rd period, but Coach Uariachi' players reacted with a very strong half court press came back on the score and secured the game.
Other results : IRT-CMC : 91-56 / IRAN-ASS : 75-87 / KAC-ASE : 73-60


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NBA Round: 33 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Celtics - Bobcats 89-84
The reigning champion celebrated at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte jumping on impressive 16-2 record. Paul Pierce top-scored for the winners netting 19 points. Kendrick Perkins also was on a high level registering double-double, 15 points and 12 boards. Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson combined 45 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats (5-11).

Pacers - Magic 96-110
Dwight Howard paced Orlando Magic to 13th victory of the season nailing 32 points and grabbing 21 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers. Danny Granger responded with 27 points in defeat. Magic 13-4, Pacers 6-10.

Hawks - Wizards 102-98
Atlanta Hawks grabbed it in Washington DC improving on 10-6 score. On the other side, the Wizards faced with 12th defeat in 14 appearances. Michael Bibby top-scored for the winning squad collecting 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Al Horford followed with double-double 19 points, 13 boards and 6 assists. Antawn Jamison once again shined for the hosts adding 26 points and 13 rebs.

Warriors - Knicks 125-138
NY Knicks drained magnificent 138 points at home against the Golden State Warriors getting 37 from David Lee and 36 from Al Harrington. Interesting is that Chris Duhon dished out 22 assists setting the new record in the club's history. GS Warriors got the most from Corey Maggette, 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Thunder - Grizzlies 111-103
Finally the second win for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant was a key player for the winners netting 30 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. O.J. Mayo had exactly the same numbers, but for the Grizzlies (4-13).

Nuggets - Timberwolves 106-97
11-6 for the Nuggets and 4-11 for the Timberwolves after this game. Chauncey Billups led the scorers in Denver with 27 points. CA added 25 points and 10 boards. Minnesota also got 25 from Randy Foye.

Spurs - Rockets 84-103
Easy one for the Rockets mostly owing to Luther Head and his 21 points. Except of him, Houston had 6 more players with double-digits in scoring. Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner nailed 17 points apiece for the Spurs. Rockets 11-6, Spurs 9-7.

Cavaliers - Bucks 97-85
LeBron delivered 32 points, including 7 rebounds and 5 assists leading his Cavaliers to 14th win (14-3). Zydrunas Ilgauskas also was great collecting 23 points and 17 boards. Michael Redd shined for the Bucks with 20 points. Bucks now have 7-12.

Nets - Jazz 105-88
NY Nets cruised past Utah Jazz on the road thanks to Devin Harris and his 34 points. Paul Millsap contributed with double-double in loss. Nets 8-7, Jazz 11-7.

Mavericks - Kings 101-78
Jason Terry, who came off the bench, drained 24 points in Sacramento leading his Mavs to 8-8 record. Slovenian Beno Udrih scored 13 and also registered 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Kings.

Heat - Clippers 96-97
Third win for the Clippers and their head coach Mike Dunleavy. Al Thornton and Zach Randolph shined for the team from LA netting 27 points each. Randolph had 13 more rebounds beside that. Dwayne Wade this time stopped on 26 points, 6 boards and 11 assists for the Heat (8-9).



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Missouri State grad Deven Mitchell stars in Europe - by Interperformances
6'5' forward/guard Deven Mitchell (6'5''-F-84, agency: Interperformances) from Missouri State University in the Missouri Valley Conference ( second oldest athletic conference in the USA) was fundamental in the close win of Arkkadia Traiskirchen Lions over Oberwart Gunners 87-85. He was the teams leading scorer with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinean / Spanish forward Fabrico Vay played an important role with 22 points and 7 rebounds. The Lions are in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga....

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DBE Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Znicz J. - Kotwica 72-94
Kotwica won the game in Round 14 beating Znicz 94:72 away from home. Crone Brandon paced all the winners with 27 points, while Kikowski Pawel and Naymick Drew nailed 17 each. Kukielka Grzegorz top-scored for the home side with 13 points.

Atlas Stal - Gornik W. 82-51
Atlas Stal beat Gornik 82:51 for 7-6 record in the standings. Daniels Alan paced all the winners with 20 points, while Szubarga Krzysztof netted 15. Argrett Damien ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.

Turow - Polonia 82-65
Turow outscored Polonia 82:65 for the 10th victory in the League. The team improved to 10-3 as Miljkovic Damir top-scored with 21 points. Turek John and Witka Robert followed him with 13 points apiece and Bacik Mariusz chipped in 15 points for the visiting side.

Sportino I. - Bank BPS 60-71
Bank BPS left the bottom of the league after 71:60 over Sportino. Kuebler Michael poured in 17 points for the winners, Garner Chris had 12 and Hyzy Radoslaw nailed 11. Landry Kyle finished the night with 12 points for the hosts.

Prokom - AZS Koszalin 94-73
Prokom improved to 8-3 after the home win over AZS Koszalin 94:73. Zamojski Przemyslaw was unstoppable with 28 points, whilst Logan David followed him with 21. Swanson Dante brought his team 23 points in defeat.



Kedzo and Bakic to Energa Czarni - by Michal Falkowski
Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) are new faces in Energa Czarni Slupsk. Both players strenghtened the roster of coach Gasper Okorn team in order to avoid a disproportion in case of injuries or form drops.
Kedzo is 24-year old Croatian power forward who started this season in Hungary A1 Division. He signed a deal with Atomeromu Paks but spent there only a month. In the past he was a representative of Kalev Cromo Tallinn where was one of key players scoring 13,3 ppg. and grabbing 4,3 rpg. He is very heavily bound with Split where he has been playing for five years for the team KK. His personal best season was 2006/2007. In all of competitions he was noting 12,6 ppg and 4,2 rpg., having 60% for FG, 89% for FT and 39% for 3pts.
When it comes to Montenegrin Bojan Bakic, he is one year elder than Kedzo and plays as small forward or shooting guard. Having been grown up by Buducnost Podgorica team, in 2003 he moved to Serbia to Hemofarm Vrsac. After good first two seasons (8,8 ppg., 1.7 rpg. in Adriatic League) the management of Hemofarm made a decision of extending the deal with him. This means that Bakic spent next two years in Vrsac but they werent so good like the previous ones. In that situation he has tried to change the team and landed in Slovenia, in Olimpija Ljubljana. Actually he hasnt made a deal so he directed to his homeland Montenegro. Last season playing for Buducnost once again, he was averaging 10,1 ppg., 2,1 rpg. and 1,1 apg. in 29 games of Adriac League competition. In April he moved to Maroussi to Greece but he performed worse than in Montenegro.


Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Turow 10-3 
 2. Polpharma 9-2 
 3. Prokom 8-3 
 4. Polonia 8-4 
 5. Kotwica 8-5 
 6. En.Czarni 7-5 
 7. Atlas Stal 7-6 
 8. Anwil 6-4 
 9. AZS Koszalin 6-6 
 10. Sportino I. 5-7 
 11. Gornik W. 3-9 
 12. Znicz J. 3-10 
 13. Bank BPS 3-10 
 14. PBG Basket 2-10 


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Mims injured, Rosefelt enters in Academica - by Luis Rocha
Doing a nice season Academica decided to trade Karlton Mims (189-G-80, college: Washburn) for Isaac Rosefelt (206-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: St.Thomas) for a least one month. Mims is injured and Isaac Rosefelt steps in to replce him.Rosefelt is a forward that can play as a center, and comes to make strenghten Academica roster. Originally from Bowling Green University, Isaac Rosefelt has also played for ST. Thomas in his college years and last season had a little experience (9 games) in LEB Bronze (Spain.). He runs the floor well for his eight, can rebound and has a nice shot, wich can made him score in and out of the paint.

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Serbian B league: OKK Beograd won in Belgrade derby, Superfund outplay Maraton in Jagodina - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd- KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 96-83 (30-19, 24-21, 24-18, 18-25)

From the beginning of the match OKK Beograd played strong and aggressive defence and in the middle of the first period had serious advantage of +17 points (22-5). During the second and third quarter advantage continued to grow, except couple of moments when Beovuk decrease OKK Beograd advantage on +10 points. Fourth quarter Beovuk won, but that wasnt enough for the surprise in the last period of the match. The most efficient in OKK Beograd was Mitrovic with scored 19 points, Kruscic add 15 and Vukadinov 14 points. For Beovuk Torlak scored 16 points and Dragojevic 12 points.

OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 19, Kruscic 15, Dragovic 12, Vukadinov 14, Korac 9, Simic 8, Andjic 11, Milovanovic, Vasic 2, Suzic 4, Krneta 2, Maksimovic.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 12, Kakuca 3, Socanac 8, Dzakovic 4, Jovanovic 5, Torlak 16, Antic 9, Bogdanovic 4, Matic 9, Aleksic 2, Stankovic 2, Bulatovic 9.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina-Superfund BP Beograd 74-84 (13-14, 15-24, 27-23, 19-23)

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina still didnt win this season. This time Superfund outplays domestic players, but not so easy. Guests was better team during the first half, but in the third quarter domestic players showed more organized game and with aggressive defence. In the last period Maraton had 1 point advantage (67-66) in the 36. minutes, but after that with 3 success 3 points shot guests finished match routinely. In Superfund Lesic scored 18 pints, Markovic and Matic scored per 15 point. Gajevic from Maraton Atlantik Jagodina was the most efficient player in both teams with 32 scored points.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 32, Arnaut 9, Petricevic, Kovacevic 3, Milojevic, Stevanovic, Arsic 6, Mladenovic, Vucicevic 5, Micovic 15, Milincic 4, Radic.
Superfund BP Beograd: Markovic 15, Ljubicic 13, Lesic 18, Popovic 2, Malidzan 4, Narac. Veompvoc 7, Kostic 8, Petrovic 2, Matic 15.


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Prievidza dominate Dolny Kubin in Round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza stayed on top of the Extraliga standings. The league leaders cruised past Dolny Kubin 103:72 in Round 15 to improve at 13-2 record. Prievidza maintained high pressure on the visitors right from the start and piled up a 49:33 lead at halftime. The hosts extended the margin to as many as 22 points and never looked back en route to another victory. Viliam Ridzon (193-G-75) knocked down 21 points to lead the home team. Daniel Boor (197-F-79) scored 17 points, while Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86) added 12 points for the winners. Miroslav Futo (207-C-80, agency: Promotex) and Danilo Savovic (194-F-86) secured 14 points apiece for Dolny Kubin in the loss.
Pezinok upset Inter Bratislava 111:87 on the road to post the eleventh win in the season. A high-scoring first half saw Pezinok score 57 points as they built a 15-point cushion. Inter cut the distance to 10 points before the fourth term but collapsed defensively in the final term and lost the battle. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, college: Rice) and Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) scored 31 points apiece to lead Pezinok. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) finished with 20 points in the win. Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) netted 32 points in his debut for Inter. Milan Golian (207-C-74) contributed 18 points in defeat.
Nitra caught up with Levice in the ladder as they knocked down Bystrica 94:70 at home court. Eugene Lawrence (185-G-86, college: St.John's) stepped up with 31 points for Nitra. Eduard Znanec (205-F/C-76) responded with 24 points for Bystrica.
Levica failed to deal with Nova Ves away from home. Nova Ves clinched a 91:82 victory and climbed at 8-7 record. Igor Pesta (203-F/C-84) paced the winners with 30 points. Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) netted 19 points for the hosts. Nenad Milosevic (188-G-83) produced 28 points for Levice in the loss.


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Alpos post first home win - by Zeljko Zule

Liga UPC - Round 9: Alpos Sentjur finally got their first home win and moved to 1-4 at home this year. Zlatorog dominated the second half to cruise a 35-points victory over Elektra and Zagorje have won three of four at home.
Zlatorog-Elektra Esotech 92-57: The home team used a huge second half (56-26) to take out local rival from Sostanj. Zlatorog went on a 45-8 run and in second half shot 83 percent (19-of-23) for two points. Nejc Strnad scored 19 points, Ante Masic added 18, Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) collected 18 points and 10 assists and Uros Lucic had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Elektra in second half commited 13 turnovers. Dejan Cup netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Tadej Horvat posted 12 points including three 3-pointers.
Alpos Sentjur-Hopsi 85-73: Alpos never trailed in a tense local derby and get first home in debut of coach Damjan Novakovic. Dean Dunovic finished with 17 points and 5 assists, Asmir Sadibasic added 16 points and 7 rebounds and Milan Sebic has 12 points and 8 rebouds. Hopsi was outrebounding ba 26-40. Shawn King posted 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Danijel Vujasinovic scored, 16 points.
Zagorje-Epic Misel 79-73: Zagorje opened the game with 9 straight points and never trailed. David Paris scored 29 points and Gilbert Goodrich 20 while David Moro lead the guests with 16 points.

CPG Nova Gorica-Geoplin Slovan 58-78: Slovan in second quarter scored 15 straight points and easily defeated newcomer. Zoran Dragic posted 15 points, Marko Lekic 14, Dejan Delic 12 and Dejan Cigoja 11 while Marko Marcetic led Gorica with 15 points.



Liga UPC Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Luka Koper - Krka 86-89
Krka outsmarted Luka Koper on the road staying the only undefeated team in UPC League after 9 rounds. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zagorje - Epic Misel 79-73
Zagorje grabbed very important home victory against Epic Misel as both teams entered into this round having the same 2-6 record. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Alpos S. - Polzela 85-73
Alpos finally made it at home. It happened mostly owing to Dejan Dunovic and Asmir Sadibasic, which combined 33 points and 10 rebounds. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog - Elektra 92-57
Zlatorog Lasko demonstrated its power against Elektra in the second half celebrating more than comfortable 35-point victory at the end. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Nova Gorica - Slovan 58-78
8-1 for Slovan and 1-8 for Nova Gorica after this game. Visiting team had 4 players with more than 10 points. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

TCG Mercator - Helios 64-82
Helios Domzale registered an easy victory against TCG Mercator on the road improving on 7-2 record in UPC League. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


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KBL Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Samsung Th. - Mobis Phoebus 85-86
Mobis Phoebus jumps on top of the standings after a 86:85 thriller over Samsung. Blankson Odartey led the winners with 31 points to 9-4 record. Leather Terrence resisted with 29 points in defeat and Park You-Jin nailed 17.

SK Knights - Orions 82-77
SK Knights overcame Orions 82:77 behind 23 points from Shannon Terrence. Collins DeAngelo collected 17 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Moon Kyung-Eun netted 15. Thompson Garnett ended up with 22 points in defeat.

KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 91-80
KCC Egis beat Samsung 91:80 on November 29th. Brand Micah paced all the winners with 26 points and Seo Jang-Hoon netted 23. Leather Terrence again led his team with 21 points.

KT&G Kites - Dongbu Promy 78-89
The game between KT&G Kites and Dongbu Promy became the key one in the round. The latter grabbed 78:89 to tie the hosts on top. Now three teams share the leading positions with the same record. White Wendell exploded with 40 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Chandler Marquin produced 14 points in defeat.

Dongbu Promy - ET Land B.Sl. 96-75
Dongbu Promy reached 9-4 record after the win over ET Land B.Sl. 96:75. White Wendell was again unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Joo Tae-Soo ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

KTF M.Wings - KT&G Kites 78-83
KT&G Kites resumes the winning positions and also have 9-4 record on top. The team overcame KTF M.Wings 78:83 away from home. Joo Hee-Jung notched 21 points for the winners and Chandler Marquin added 20. Peters James and Kim Sung-Hyun posted 20 points in the losing effort.

LG Sakers - SK Knights 101-99
LG Sakers outscored SK Knights 101:99 at home. Crump Brandon paced all the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Lee Hyun-Min added 18. Shannon Terrence finished the night with 23 points in the losing effort.



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LEB Gold Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Caceres - Los Barrios 69-65
Caceres outsmarted Los Barrios in very important game as both teams had 4-6 before this round. Wayne Simien netted 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the hosts. Javier Vallmajo led the scorers in Los Barrios with 14 points.

La Laguna - Mallorca 69-83
Mallorca surprised La Laguna on the road mostly owing to Jason Blair, who came up with double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Detrick collected 17 points and 7 boards in loss. Mallorca 5-6, La Laguna 6-5.

Plus Pujol - Cl.Rincon 69-73
Vitor Faverani drained 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Clinicas Rincon leading it to road win vs Plus Pujol. Jonathan Skoldebrand helped him with 18 points and 6 rebs. Rafael Hettsheimeier answered with double-double for the hosts, 20 points and 12 boards. Both teams are currently at the same 6-5 record.

Leche Rio - Illescas 80-60
Leche Rio trashed Illescas at home jumping on 7-4 record in LEB Gold. On the other side, visitors fell on 4-7. Spencer Gloger top-scored for Leche Rio with 16 points. Dexter Lyons had 20 pts in loss.

Vic - Gandia Basq. 86-76
4-7 for Vic and 1-10 for Gandia Basket after this game. Mattew Kiefer and Juan Palacios nailed 15 points apiece for the winning squad. Gandia got 25 points from Jason Robinson.

La Palma - Burgos 77-83
La Palma lost at home vs Burgos facing with 8th defeat this season. Diego Garcia was a key player for Burgos netting 22 points and pulling down 6 boards. His team improved on 7-4. Thomas Terrell delevered 21 points for the hosts.

Alicante - Valladolid 61-67
Alicante suffered surprising home defeat against Valladolid slipping on 9-2 record. However, despite this loss Alicante remains on top of the standings, but not alone as Melilla has the same digits. Federico Van Lacke was central figure of the game adding 15 points and 7 boards. The hosts had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Kyle Hill, 14 points. Valladolid 7-4.

Melilla - Tenerife 82-79
David Fergerson led Melilla to extremely important win against Tenerife draining 19 points for 26 minutes. Jose Angel Antelo responded with 15 pts for Tenerife. Both teams entered into this round with 8-2 meaning that Melilla is together with Alicante currently on top of LEB Gold.

Rosalia - Leon 75-80
7-4 for Rosalia and 1-10 for Leon after this round. Juan Jose Bernabe shined for the winners with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Georgios Dedas stepped up for Rosalia netting 24.


ACB Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
MMT Estudia. - Unicaja 78-82
Point guard Omar Cook paced Unicaja to ninth victory in ACB scoring 17 points and dishing out 5 assists against Estu in Madrid. Thomas Kelati helped his team netting one point less. Pancho Jasen answered with 23 points, but it was not enough for Estu who dropped on 3-8 record.

ViveMenorca - Ricoh Man. 83-67
ViveMenorca outplayed Ricoh Manresa with plus 16 improving on 3-8 in ACB. On the other hand, visitors fell on 5-6. Marino Bazdaric top-scored for the winning squad with 17 points. Roman Montanez contributed with 12 pts in defeat.

CB Murcia - Iurbentia B. 67-82
Iurbentia Bilbao cruised past CB Murcia on the road mostly owing to Luke Recker and his 23 points. Marko Banic also shined for the winners adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Murcia got the most from Taquan Dean, 21 points. Bilbao 5-5, Murcia 3-8.

Pamesa V. - Tau 73-91
The reigning champion grabbed it easily in Valencia staying on top of ACB alone with 9 wins and just 1 defeat. Serbian scoring machine Igor Rakocevic once again was on a high level netting 22 points, the most in his team. Big guy Tiago Splitter was behind him with 20 points, including 7 boards. Panamanian Ruben Douglas delivered 14 in Pamesa, who slipped on 6-5.

Kalise G.C. - Cajasol 104-92
As it was expected, Granca was too strong for Cajasol draining 104 points. Melvin Sanders this time led the scorers in Granca with 22 points. Carl English posted 19. Tyrone Ellis scored 24 points in loss. Granca moved up on 8-2, while Cajasol remains on just 1 win in 10 appearances.

CAI Zaragoza - Real Madrid 79-90
Real Madrid made it in Zaragoza thanks to big guy Felipe Reyes, who collected 21 points and 8 rebounds for 27 minutes. PG Raul Lopez also shined scoring 15 points and dishing out 6 assists. Their Real now jumped on 6-4. On the other side CAI Zaragoza dropped on 4-6, despite 22 points by Paolo Quinteros.

A.G. Fuenla - Bruesa 108-75
Brad Oleson and Saul Blanco helped their Fuenla to trash Bruesa in Madrid combining 48 points. David Doblas was better than the others in defeat netting 19 points. Fuenla now has 5-5, while Bruesa in on 3-7 record.

Regal Barca - Granada 86-82
Regal Barca outsmarted CB Granada in Palau Blaugrana reaching the fifth place in ACB with 7-3. Ersan Ilyasova and Daniel Santiago nailed 15 points each for the hosts. JC Navarro this time stopped on 14. Bulgarian Filip Videnov was on fire draining 27 points for Granada (7 of 11 from beyond the arc). However, his team dropped on 5-6.


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

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


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


Joe Crispin nets 30 points - by Interperformances
The second leading scorer Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) (the first is the point guard Aubrey Reese of Aliaga ) in the Turkish TBL had 30 points in the important road win of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu over Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi 100-96. The win keeps Banvit in striking distance of the top three teams in the standings. The 6'0' point guard, who can also play shooting guard, scored 30 points hitting 4-10 from the 3 and a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.

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Newcomers in Poltava / Delininkaitis escaped - by Alexander Muzyka
- BC Poltava has inked two players. Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-C-78) scored 10 points and American guard Ricky Clemons (180-G-80) added 20 points in a battle vs BC-93 Pulsar of Superleague's Round 9. Poltava's team won 98:94, getting its second season triumph.
Korac Cup '98 and '00 winner Jurica Zuza has a Euroleague experience in Panathinaikos and Cibona. Latvian '06 champion Ricky Clemons arrived to Ukraine from Slovan.

- Financial crisis all over Europe was a reason for Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82) to escape from Azovmash. As Tomas' agent says Ukrainian champion was late with a fee for two weeks so Lithuanian guard decided to leave Mariupol and sign a contract with Budivelnyk from UBL. Note that Delininkaitis is not a newcomer of Azovmash - he stayed there from the last season and wasn't unsatisfied of that decision. This week-end he was the best scorer of a both Budivelnyk's games vs Politekhnika and Gryfony.


UBL Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy - Polit.Lviv 91-84
Cherkasy maintained the leading position in the ladder as they held off Politekhnika at home court today. Vladislav Dragoljovic scored 20 points to pace the hosts. Feliks Kojadinovic added 16 points for the winners. Volodymyr Gurtovoy answered with 22 points and 11 boards for the Lviv team.

Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 75-84
Ferro-ZNTU secured an 84:75 road win over Dnipro. It was the seventh success for the Zaporozhye team. Gert Dorbek nailed 16 points for the winners. Alexander Rybalko added 15 points for Ferro. Oleksandr Panchenko responded with 18 points for Dnipro in the 7th win in the tournament.

DniproAzot - Gryfony 75-65
DniproAzot fired down Gryfony to post the fourth victory. Justas Cesnavisius stepped up with 15 points and 12 boards for the Dnepropetrovks team. Ivan Shkurupiy nailed 15 points in the victory. Jane Petrovski scored 17 points for Gryfony. Predrag Miletic contributed 16 points in defeat.

Budivelnyk - Hoverla 92-91
Tomas Delininkaitis started to deliver for his new team as he scord 26 points to pace Budivelnik past Hoverla. John DeGroat added 23 points, while Brian Wethers had 15 points in the victorious effort. Hoverla answered with 29 points from Partick Sparks.

BC Odessa - Kryvbasbasket 76-59
Odessa climbed to the third spot in the UBL standings as they knocked down Kryvbasbasket to open Round 18 today. Justin Love fired 26 points and grabbed 9 boards for Odessa. Otis Hill provided 13 points for the hosts. Dmitri Korablev was the best for the visitors with 16 points. Jarrett Howell finished with 12 point in the loss.



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Late Rally Keeps Tigers Hopes Alive - by Andy Webb
Everton Tigers produced a dramatic comeback to keep themselves in with a chance of progressing to the BBL Cup final.

Trailing by 23-points with five minutes left of the first leg of their semi-final with Newcastle Eagles in the north east, the Tigers closed to within seven at 112- 105 with former Eagle Ola Babalola nailing a three on the buzzer to get the lead under double-digits.

The tie now moves onto Merseyside next Wednesday to decide who will take on Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the New Year.

In the Championship Scottish Rocks took advantage of the Eagles cup commitments to move top of the table. The Rocks were made to work hard for their 85- 90 win at London Capital, but came through thanks to some fine play by point-guard Rob Yanders.

The Raiders missed out on the chance of joined the Rocks on eight wins after they slipped up at home to Worcester Wolves. Skouson Harker's Wolves team were well worth their 93-97 win and now move into a tie for sixth with Marshall MK Lions.

The Lions were kicking themselves after losing 83-77 on the south coast at Worthing Thunder. The home side trailed by seven in the second quarter, but once they had taken the lead late in the third quarter the result never looked in doubt.

Worthing Thunder 83 (24,40,62) (Patton 21, Ivanovskis 16, Wardrope 12)
Marshall MK Lions 77 (21,39,56) (New 16, Youngblood 16, Eddie/Williams 12)


Worthing Thunder secured a valuable home win with a battling performance to see off Marshall MK Lions 83-77 to keep themselves within sight of a play-off position.

Janis Ivanovskis was the star player during the first quarter for Thunder as his nine-points ensured his team held a 24-21 lead after ten minutes.

Lions dominated the opening exchanges of the second period to lead 29-36 following two Michael New free throws. An 11-3 finish to the half though by Thunder put them 40-39 up at half time.

The lead changed teams several times during the third quarter until an 8-1 run, with threes from Ryan Patton and Daniel Hildreth, to close the period gave Thunder a 62-56 advantage.

A Dan Wardrope three gave Thunder their biggest lead of the match at 69-60 early in the final stanza. And although Lions closed to within five they couldn't get any closer as Worthing sealed the match from the foul line.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 93 (28,53,70) (Lasker 33, Moore 16, Gall 12)
Worcester Wolves 97 (25,54,78) (Disy 22, Paez 20, Brown 16)


Worcester Wolves sprung a surprise in the south west to take a deserved 93-97 win at Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

It was a come-from-behind win by Worcester though, as they had to fight back from a first quarter deficit of 10-points (24-14) to take the victory and move up to joint sixth in the BBL.

Gaylon Moore had put Raiders up by ten in the opening period, but a 9-4 burst by Wolves trimmed the deficit to 28-25 at the first buzzer. Wolves took the initiative on the back of a Harry Disy bucket (37-38) and after several lead changes closed the half 53-54 up.

The teams remained locked together through the early stages of the third quarter. However, from 66-66 the Wolves hit a 12-4 run to head into the final stanza 70- 78 on top.

With Wolves star Anthony Paez in foul trouble the Raiders still couldn't get back to within touching distance until Drew Lasker pulled them within two at 93-95. It was the closest they'd get though as a Will Finn basket with 11 seconds left sealed the game.

PAWS London Capital 85 (27,43,69) (D James 27, S James 20, Knight 19)
Scottish Rocks 90 (19,42,69) (Yanders 26, Davis 25, Shelton 17)


Scottish Rocks moved top of the BBL thanks to an 85- 90 win on the road at bottom placed PAWS London Capital. They had to fight hard to take the victory though as a spirited Capital side, inspired by new signing Duane James' 27-points, pushed them all the way.

Capital dominated the first quarter to lead 27-19 and were still in front at half time 43-42 despite the Rocks beginning to show their class.

The teams were still tied at 69-69 after three quarter. It was then that Rocks point-guard Rob Yanders took over to hit two three pointers, which broke the game open for the visitors.

From there on London could only get within a shot of tying, but missed crucial free throws and open looks to let Rocks off the hook.

Capital coach Milek Jivens said that Yanders was the difference between the two teams: 'Yanders showed veteran leadership and scored the crucial points. Duane James has come in and done very well for us; we've needed a scorer and I was pleased with his performance.'

BBL Cup
Newcastle Eagles 112 (31,56,88) (Smith 25, Bridge 21, Smith 18)
Everton Tigers 105 (27,47,74) (Smith 24, Midgley 19, Babalola/Gross 18)


It's still all to play for in the BBL Cup semi-final between Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers after a thrilling first leg on Tyneside, which ended 112-105 in favour of the home side.

The Eagles had seemed well in control when they held a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Tigers came storming back through James Jones and Andre Smith to get the margin back to ten.

And the final blow came with an Ola Babalola three on the buzzer against his former club to trim Eagles' advantage to just seven ahead of next Friday's second leg.

The match was a high-scoring affair throughout with Eagles shading the first quarter 31-27 thanks to five late points by Trey Moore. Newcastle finished the second quarter strong too with a 12-2 burst to close the half 56-47 in front.

Eagles blew the match open in the third quarter to lead by 18 (86-68) with 90 seconds left until Tigers reduced the arrears to 88-74 heading into the final stanza.

It appeared that Newcastle would take a healthy lead into the second leg when Andrew Bridge scored 10 consecutive points to take the score out to 104-81 with five minutes remaining.

But Everton wouldn't lie down and their late surge sets up and exciting game on Friday.

Eagles' Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) led all scorers with 25, including six from six three-pointers. Andre Smith nearly secured a triple-double for Tigers with 24- points, 13-boards and 8-rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA   


Heberto Guanipa, among New Jersey's top level basketball players - by Wolfgang Lucena
Heberto Guanipa (202-C-90) became a basketball player in Maracaibo-Venezuela. He has been part of the U17 Venezuela National Team. This 6'10'' Venezuelan was in the 2007 ADIDAS Basketball camp in Brazil. For Heberto Guanipa, his academic situation is a top priority; he is chasing an accountant or a similar career while try to get in the top level of this sport worldwide. So far his tremendous three point shot and good ball handing, gets him in the top level junior class of New Jersey High Schools.
After Thanksgiving Day, we went to New Jersey to meet with Heberto Guanipa, whos always smiling, answered us a few questions.

W.L: Heberto, have you ever think about playing ball with the Venezuela Senior National Team?

H.G: Sure, Im getting ready for it even now; I hope one day the Venezuelan Basketball Federation invites me to be part of it.

W.L
: Do you think Venezuela could be in a basketball world cup?

H.G: Yes, I think we can! We just need to work harder. This is the keyword, Work harder. If we get focus, we sure can!

W.L: What would you take off or add to the Venezuela Senior National Team?

H.G: I'm not sure about what I' ll take it off, but a few things I would like to add to it. Like me, there are plenty Venezuelan in USA playing at my level. I think we can be a good add to the National Team, we can fit any open spot. We are playing basketball versus High Level USA basketball players, maybe NBA prospects. I think we been doing really good, this fact can help the National Team.

W.L: Venezuela has two high level basketball leagues. Would you like to play in one of them?

H.G: Honestly my mayor dream, as many basketball players in the planet, is to play ball in the NBA. But it will be a honor to play ball in my country, in the LPB or LN.

W.L: What basketball team would you like to play ball with?

H.G: I haven't decided yet.

W.L: There are many foreign basketball coaches working in the LPB. What do you think about it?

H.G: I don't see anything wrong with it, but we do have great Venezuelan professional basketball coaches. I'm wondering, why foreign and not them?

W.L: What you miss from Venezuela?

H.G: My family!

W.L: Would you like to send a message to Venezuelans?

H.G: To all youths, please do not give up! Keep working hard for your goals, and to all adults, please stop arguing with each other and let's work together! Let's be united for Venezuela.




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


BWBL resumes after a long break - by Eurobasket News
BWBL resumes after a long break and produced three games on Friday and five last night. Zaporozhye and Tallinn brought another intrigue and changes in the standings.
The home side of the city Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye smashed Viktoria 102:63. A 27-9 in the opening quarter was more than enough to control the rest of the game. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Rymarenko added 17, while Isachenko and Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin) notched 14 each. Aliaksandra Musatava (172-G-92) brought 14 points in the losing effort.
Olimp/NAEK was beaten by Olimpia 70:93. The team from Belarus took the control at the beginning of the game and never looked behind. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced all the winners with 20 points. Kozun nailed 18, while Anufryienka posted 14. Malynovska ended up with 21 points in defeat, Oksana Buryak (176-G-79) had 14 while Shnipor and Nikolaenko scored 11 each.
In Zaporozhye TIM-SCUF lost to Spartak SP 68:92 on November 28th. The game was even after the first half as the teams left the court for 38:38. With 27-10 the Russian team dominated the third period and won the opener in Ukraine. Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) led the winners with 21 points, while Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) netted 13, Olga Gritsaeva (193-F-85, college: S.Carolina) and Olga Speranskaya added 10. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 20 points. Ol'ha Maznichenko (186-F-91) followed her with 18 points and Shkarpeta scored 11.
On Saturday Olimp/NAEK beat Viktoria 90:68 as Bielozorova brought 23 points for the winners. Oksana Buryak nailed 21 and Shnipor posted 15. Bohdan ended up with 22 points for the visitors, while Aliaksandra Musatava scored 13.
TIM-SCUF handed Olimpia the first loss in the League. With the wins in all the frames Ukrainian side celebrated 83:70 at the end. Ol'ha Maznichenko top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Kateryna Dorogobuzova followed her with 21, Dubas and Yevgenia Sharovka scored 13 each. Tatsiana Likhtarovich netted 19 in defeat and Anufryienka added 16.
Kozachka-Zalk lost the first game in the league to Spartak SP. The Russian team did not have any difficulties and smashed the opponents 107:65. With 24-15 Spartak opened the winning period and never looked behind after. Olga Gritsaeva paced all the winners with 16 points. Lobanova brought 14 and Kulicheva notched 13 points. Charity Egenti top-scored for the home side with 24 points, whilst Biryuk had 12 and Fenko 7.
In Tallinn BC Star TLU overcame BC Minsk 2006 63:57. In another game Tallinna/Living lost to Berezina-RCOR 62:83. The second frame was decisive in the game as the visitors produced 24-11 in it. Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) led the winners with 17 points. Padabed nailed 16 and Duboiskaya posted 15. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) finished the game with 14 points, Olmari had 11 and Haas 8.

November 28
TIM-SCUF -Spartak 68 : 92 ( 18 : 19, 20 : 19, 10 : 27, 20 : 27 )

TIM-SCUF: Kateryna Dorogobuzova 20, Ol'ha Maznichenko 18, Shkarpeta 11
Spartak: Svetlana Makhlina 21, Olga Iakovleva 13, Olga Gritsaeva 10, Olga Speranskaya 10

Olimp/NAEK - Olimpia 70 : 93 ( 18 : 28, 11 : 23, 20 : 18, 21 : 24 )
Olimp/NAEK: Malynovska 21, Oksana Buryak 14, Shnipor 11, Nikolaenko 11
Olimpia: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 20, Kozun 18, Anufryienka 14

Kozachka-Zalk -Viktoria 102 : 63 ( 27 : 9, 27 : 11, 28 : 21, 20 : 22 )
Kozachka-Zalk: Natalia Silyanova 19, Rymarenko 17, Isachenko 14, Chariti Charity Egenti 14
Viktoria: Aliaksandra Musatava 14, Valeuskaya 9, Adamik 9, Nadechda Bohgdan 9


November 29
Olimp/NAEK - Viktoria 90 : 68 ( 20 : 11, 24 : 20, 21 : 21, 25 : 16 )

Olimp/NAEK: Bielozorova 23, Oksana Buryak 21, Shnipor 15
Viktoria: Bohdan 22, Aliaksandra Musatava 13, Valeuskaya 9

BC Star TLU - BC Minsk 2006 63 : 57

Tallinna/Living - Berezina-RCOR 62 : 83 ( 16 : 18, 11 : 24, 17 : 22, 18 : 19 )
Tallinna/Living: Kerttu Jallai 14, Olmari 11, Haas 8
Berezina-RCOR: Volha Vashkevich 17, Padabed 16, Duboiskaya 15

TIM-SCUF - Olimpia 83 : 70 ( 22 : 18, 23 : 20, 20 : 17, 18 : 15 )
TIM-SCUF: Ol'ha Maznichenko 26, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 21, Dubas 13, Yevgenia Sharovka 13
Olimpia: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 19, Anufryienka 16, Kozun 15

Kozachka-Zalk -Spartak 65 : 107 (15 : 24, 19 : 32, 15 : 27, 16 : 24 )
Kozachka-Zalk: Charity Egenti 24, Biryuk 12, Fenko 7
Spartak: Olga Gritsaeva 16, Lobanova 14, Kulicheva 13


Standings
BWBL Standings
 1. Olimpia 5-1 
 2. Arvi 4-0 
 3. Berezina 4-2 
 4. Lemminkain. 3-1 
 5. BC Star 3-1 
 6. Kozachka 3-1 
 7. Spartak SP 2-1 
 8. Tim-Scuf 2-2 
 9. Kazakhstan 2-2 
 10. Laisve 2-3 
 11. Cesis 1-0 
 12. Ol.-NAEK 1-4 
 13. Victoria 1-5 
 14. Tall.Living 0-4 
 15. Minsk-2006 0-6 


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  BARBADOS - Women  


Husbands' career day leads Garrison over Cawmere - by Justin Marville
FEATURING THE LEAGUE'S biggest stars in an old-fashioned shoot-out, the WIBISCO Shirley Schools Girls' Basketball Tournament got off to an emphatic start on Wednesday.

Overcoming injury and a 30-point performance from Rhea Holder, Chantal Husbands scored nine of her career high 41 points in overtime as former queens Garrison Secondary edged out Combermere 54-51 in the thrilling season opener.

Playing at Dayrells Road, the anticipated match-up of Husbands and her prolific counterpart always had the makings of a classic duel with the two seasoned guards leading relatively inexperienced sides.

But that explosive battle never materialised in the first quarter as Holder struggled offensively while Husbands rattled off nine quick points at the other end of the floor.

Her initial outburst allowed the hosts to open an 11-4 advantage heading into the ensuing period, but an untimely injury to Husbands' left leg quickly derailed those early efforts.

And the visitors swiftly took advantage, forcing the lesser experienced Garrison lasses into turnovers which Holder and Nadia Bretney duly converted into points in the open court.

Scoring six unanswered points at one stage, Combermere reduced the deficit to a single point (15-14) before the wily Garrison guard was back up to her old tricks again.

Husbands finished the quarter on a personal 6-2 run, going end to end on three different occasions to put the home side ahead 21-16 at the half-time break.

Falling behind by as many as seven points in the third period, the prolific Holder then dismantled the hosts' defensive efforts through an array of moves, leading Combermere on another huge rally.

Taking the lead (28-27) on the heels of Holder's third-quarter explosion, the visitors traded baskets back and forth with the Garrison as the two sides were fully engulfed in their stars' duel.

Scoring field goal after field goal in true gun-slinging fashion, Husbands and Holder transformed the fourth quarter into a true western style showdown.

And it appeared to have climaxed with Husbands' coast-to-coast lay-up that put the former champs up 43-41 with seconds remaining.

But the dramatic shoot-out was far from over, as Holder's last second floater along the baseline beat the final whistle and sent the game into overtime.

However, those extra five minutes proved to be an eternity for Holder's tiring teammates, who had nothing left in the tank to deal with an unrelenting Husbands.

Disregarding her prior injury, the Garrison floor general left her best for the very last, evading double teams and scoring on a series of lay-ups and put-backs to bring an end to the contest.


Bajans making mark in Alberta - by Justin Marville
ONE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY has been reaping the benefits of its own mini 'Bajan invasion'.

Led by national female combo guard Sade Clarke, five Barbadian basketballers have been making their mark in their first year at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

The 19-year-old Clarke, a product of the Garrison Secondary, has been the most productive of the group since making the move from the bench to start at point guard, leading the NAIT Ooks in assists with an average of 6.25 'dimes' per game .

Fellow national teammate Jonnel Oderson, and Clarke's wing mate at the Clapham Bulls, Ruth Gill, have also had good starts to the season, giving head coach Curtis Nelson good production from the wings in their first six and eight games, respectively.

Oderson and Gill are ranked second and third in assists, behind Clarke, with the athletic Gill, the side's leader in steals (3.38), also averaging 6.88 points and 4.5 rebounds to put her third on the team in both categories.

But Nelson's team, with talented two-way player Dale Marie Cumberbatch at the helm, have stumbled out of the blocks a bit while trying to incorporate several new faces, posting a disappointing 3-8 record through their first 11 games.

Meanwhile, fellow Barbadian junior Whitroy George's men's team has had a better time of it during the early goings of their season despite suffering a current two-game losing streak.

Rattling off six successive victories before the recent swoon, the male Ooks have notched an impressive 8-4 record with George suiting up for four of those games.

In limited playing time, the Tridents swingman scored four points from the field to help his side to a comfortable 92-67 triumph in the season's first game. However, the athletic George has only appeared in three games since then, as he tries to work his way back into the rotation.

National guard/forward Richelle Farley and Combined Hoopsters team-mate Keisha Callender have also seen limited action at the beginning of the season, with the two 18-year-old juniors making just three appearances each.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Big weekend for the teams abroad - by Eurobasket News
The teams from Belarus went on a long weekend to Zaporozhye and Tallinn for another round of Baltic League.
The home side of the city Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye smashed Viktoria 102:63. A 27-9 in the opening quarter was more than enough to control the rest of the game. Silyanova top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) added 17, while Isachenko and Chariti Egenti notched 14 each. Aliaksandra Musatava (172-G-92) brought 14 points in the losing effort.
Olimp/NAEK was beaten by Olimpia 70:93. The team from Belarus took the control at the beginning of the game and never looked behind. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced all the winners with 20 points. Kozun nailed 18, while Anufryienka posted 14. Malynovska ended up with 21 points in defeat, Buryak had 14 while Shnipor and Nikolaenko scored 11 each.
On Saturday Olimp/NAEK beat Viktoria 90:68 as Bielozorova brought 23 points for the winners. Buryak nailed 21 and Shnipor posted 15. Bohdan ended up with 22 points for the visitors, while Aliaksandra Musatava scored 13.
TIM-SCUF handed Olimpia the first loss in the League. With the wins in all the frames Ukrainian side celebrated 83:70 at the end. Maznichenko top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) followed her with 21, Dubas and Yevgenia Sharovka scored 13 each. Tatsiana Likhtarovich netted 19 in defeat and Anufryienka added 16.
In Tallinn BC Star TLU overcame BC Minsk 2006 63:57. In another game Tallinna/Living lost to Berezina-RCOR 62:83. The second frame was decisive in the game as the visitors produced 24-11 in it. Vashkevich led the winners with 17 points. Olga Padabed (174-G-79) nailed 16 and Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) posted 15. Jallai finished the game with 14 points, Olmari had 11 and Haas 8.


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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Espoo Team - S-Hameen. 82-75
Espoo Team scored the tenth win in the championship as they held off Team S-Hameenmaa at home court. Whitney Allen knocked down 31 points and collected 11 boards for the winners. Ashley Haynes delivered 17 points and 9 boards as Espoo stayed in the second spot. Jazz Covington and Kieraah Marlow nailed 26 points each for S-Hameenmaa in the loss.

PeKa - HoNsU 84-64
PeKa left no chance for visiting HoNSu beating them 84:64 for the 8th win. Sherida Triggs managed 29 points and 9 boards for PeKa. Shanika Freeman added 18 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Raquel Collier responded with 29 points and 7 boards for HoNSu.

BC Nokia - Huima 61-86
Huima remained in the third spot in the standings as they cruised past Nokia on the road. Erneisha Bailey stepped up with 29 points for Huima. Kenya Robinson had 18 points and 16 boards for the winning side. Calisha Yates responded with 20 points and 12 boards in the losing effort.



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  GREECE - Women  


Standings -A2 Women - by George Manousidis
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Komotini 7-0 
 2. Aris Thessal. 7-0 
 3. Artemis Volou 6-1 
 4. Aias Evosmou 4-3 
 5. PAOK 4-3 
 6. Apollon K. 4-3 
 7. Panathlitikos 4-3 
 8. AO Serron 3-4 
 9. Pylaia 3-4 
 10. Iraklis 2-5 
 11. Veroias 2-5 
 12. Enosi Kavalas 2-5 
 13. Titanes Dramas 1-6 
 14. Velvento 0-7 
Group South
 1. Sporting 6-2 
 2. Hania 6-2 
 3. Amarillida 6-2 
 4. FEA Neas 6-2 
 5. Aris T. 5-3 
 6. Asteras 5-3 
 7. Proteas V. 5-3 
 8. AE PAP 5-3 
 9. Kronos AD 4-4 
 10. Paraskevis 3-5 
 11. Panagitsas 3-5 
 12. Eleutheria M. 2-6 
 13. Rethymnou 1-7 
 14. Argyroupolis 0-8 


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  LEBANON - Women  


Standings - Women League
Premier League Standings
1. Antranik 0-0
2. Homentmen A. 0-0
3. Al Riyadi 0-0
4. Champville 0-0
5. Blue Stars 0-0
6. Anibal 0-0
7. Homentmen B. 0-0
8. Byblos


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PTK Pabian. - Duda Leszno 57-71
Duda Leszno opened Round 14 with a road victory over Pabianice 57:71. Shields Ashley top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Drzewinska Aleksandra nailed 14. Glaszcz Marzena and Mircheva Viktoria scored 12 points apiece in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - LKS 64-54
Wisla Can-Pak became one of three leaders in the standings after beating LKS 64:54. Kobryn Ewelina paced the winners with 17 points, while Maksimovic Sladana added 13. Sobczyk Dorota produced 16 points in the losing effort.

AZS J.Gora - MUKS Pozn. 68-59
Babicka Malgorzata led AZS J.Gora over MUKS Poznan with 12 points in a 68:59 home victory. Three other players netted 11, while Merideth Hollie grabbed 17 massive boards. Rushing Jennifer notched 20 points for the visitors.

Cukierki - Utex Row 65-68
Utex Row produced 65:68 away from home to overcome Cukierki for 9-4 record. Radwan Magdalena chipped in 20 points and Swanier Naketia posted 15. Petillon Amber ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Lotos PKO BP - AZS Gorzow 72-61
The game between Lotos PKO BP and AZS Gorzow became the key one of the round and brought three leaders on top of the League. The hosts won 72:61 to tie AZS Gorzow at 11-2 and to share the first place also with Wisla. Snytsina Ekaterina top-scored for the winners with 20 points, whilst Podrug Emilja nailed 16. Zohnova Katerina finished the night with 25 points for the guests.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 26.4
2. B. Savic, Alexan. 20.0
3. A. Denson, Alex. 18.8
4. J. Hughes, Orad. 18.5
5. C. Graham, STM 17.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. D. Eshe, Arad 10.3
2. F. Muller, Oradea 10.0
3. A. Denson, Alex. 9.1
4. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 9.0
5. T. Porter, Alexan. 8.2
Assists Per Game
1. S. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 5.5
2. S. Dragusin, UCL 5.0
3. C. Graham, STM 3.7
4. A. Pinter, Craiova 3.6
5. T. Porter, Alexan. 3.5
2FGP
1. L. Toma, Targov. 67.6
2. D. Zoric, Arad 64.9
3. D. Varda, Targov. 64.1
4. I. Crasnoscioc, 63.1
5. T. Porter, Alexan. 62.3
Ranking
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 23.4
2. T. Porter, Alexan. 21.6
3. A. Denson, Alex. 21.3
4. L. Toma, Targov. 19.5
5. B. Savic, Alexan. 19.2


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak SP registers the first wins - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP registers the first wins in BWBL. After 55:57 loss to Latvian Cesis in the end of October, the Russian team got the first points in Ukraine.
In Zaporozhye TIM-SCUF lost to Spartak SP 68:92 on November 28th. The game was even after the first half as the teams left the court for 38:38. With 27-10 the Russian team dominated the third period and won the opener in Ukraine. Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) led the winners with 21 points, while Iakovleva netted 13, Olga Gritsaeva (193-F-85, college: S.Carolina) and Olga Speranskaya added 10. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 20 points. Maznichenko followed her with 18 points and Shkarpeta scored 11.
On Saturday Kozachka-Zalk lost the first game in the league to Spartak SP. The Russian team did not have any difficulties and smashed the opponents 107:65. With 24-15 Spartak opened the winning period and never looked behind after. Olga Gritsaeva paced all the winners with 16 points. Lobanova brought 14 and Kulicheva notched 13 points. Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin) top-scored for the home side with 24 points, whilst Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) had 12 and Fenko 7.

Kozachka-Zalk -Spartak 65 : 107 (15 : 24, 19 : 32, 15 : 27, 16 : 24 )
Kozachka-Zalk: Charity Egenti 24, Iryna Biryuk 12, Fenko 7
Spartak: Olga Gritsaeva 16, Lobanova 14, Kulicheva 13

TIM-SCUF -Spartak 68 : 92 ( 18 : 19, 20 : 19, 10 : 27, 20 : 27 )
TIM-SCUF: Kateryna Dorogobuzova 20, Maznichenko 18, Shkarpeta 11
Spartak: Svetlana Makhlina 21, Iakovleva 13, Olga Gritsaeva 10, Olga Speranskaya 10


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Troistorrents: Alisha Tatham replaces injured Casey Rost - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Casey ROST's (1983, 176, 2-3) injury being worse than expected, Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents decided to sign Alisha TATHAM (1986, 180, 2-3). Her contract runs until the end of the season, with a try-out period ending at Christmas' break. The former University of Massachussets player signed her first professional contract. She played her first game versus Sierre, finishing with 20 points (FG 8/25) and 8 rebounds.

Neuchtel: Kadie Riverin replaces Emily Florence - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Following the departure of Emily FLORENCE (1985, 165, 1), University BC Neuchtel announced the signature of Kadie RIVERIN (1986, 175, 1-2). The Rice University graduate was offered a 10-day try-out period. RIVERIN was expected to play her first game with her new team today against Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents.

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  TPBL - Women  


WOMENS PRO BASKETBALL IN TEXAS - by Chris Cardenas

HEY LADIES!!!! It's time to show the state, the country , the world what you can do!!! The TPBL will have a womens division starting in JUNE 2009 and a league entry deadline of April 1st . So any teams wanting to represent their cities, players looking to get noticed or business men looking for a new sport to sponsor.....THIS IS IT!! The TEXAS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE is the place for all men and women to show their skills, improve them and be looked at by other leagues. For a league packet for the WOMENS DIVISION of the TPBL call league owner Chris Cardenas at : 325-763-6630 or email : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM.

THANK YOU AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR STATE'S PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE!!! IN 2009 , 9YRS AND RUNNING!!! TPBL , DONT MISS IT!!!


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  TURKEY - Women  


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


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Zaporozhye hosts Baltic League round - by Eurobasket News
Zaporozhye hosts another round in Baltic league as Kozachka-Zalk becomes another dominant representative in the League.
The home side of the city Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye smashed Viktoria 102:63. A 27-9 in the opening quarter was more than enough to control the rest of the game. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Rymarenko added 17, while Isachenko and Charity Egenti (191-C-85, college: Stephen F. Austin) notched 14 each. Musatava brought 14 points in the losing effort.
Olimp/NAEK was beaten by Olimpia 70:93. The team from Belarus took the control at the beginning of the game and never looked behind. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) paced all the winners with 20 points. Kozun nailed 18, while Anufryienka posted 14. Malynovska ended up with 21 points in defeat, Oksana Buryak (176-G-79) had 14 while Shnipor and Nikolaenko scored 11 each.
In Zaporozhye TIM-SCUF lost to Spartak SP 68:92 on November 28th. The game was even after the first half as the teams left the court for 38:38. With 27-10 the Russian team dominated the third period and won the opener in Ukraine. Makhlina led the winners with 21 points, while Iakovleva netted 13, Gritsaeva and Olga Speranskaya added 10. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 20 points. Maznichenko followed her with 18 points and Shkarpeta scored 11.
On Saturday Olimp/NAEK beat Viktoria 90:68 as Bielozorova brought 23 points for the winners. Oksana Buryak nailed 21 and Shnipor posted 15. Bohdan ended up with 22 points for the visitors, while Musatava scored 13.
TIM-SCUF handed Olimpia the first loss in the League. With the wins in all the frames Ukrainian side celebrated 83:70 at the end. Maznichenko top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Kateryna Dorogobuzova followed her with 21, Jonathan Dubas (202-F/C) and Yevgenia Sharovka scored 13 each. Tatsiana Likhtarovich netted 19 in defeat and Anufryienka added 16.
Kozachka-Zalk lost the first game in the league to Spartak SP. The Russian team did not have any difficulties and smashed the opponents 107:65. With 24-15 Spartak opened the winning period and never looked behind after. Gritsaeva paced all the winners with 16 points. Lobanova brought 14 and Kulicheva notched 13 points. Charity Egenti top-scored for the home side with 24 points, whilst Biryuk had 12 and Fenko 7.