EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/10/2008

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  ABA   


Georgia Gwizzlies sign Marcus Ward - by Eurobasket

Georgia Gwizzlies signed 30-year old guard Marcus Ward (178-G-78, college: Clark Atlanta). Ward played most recently at Anderson Heat (WBA). Marcus played at Georgia for the past few years.
Xavier Morton (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Clark Atlanta), A.J. Stallworth (6'9''-C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Life), Marcus Dixon (6'8''-C-84, college: Albany St.), Terico Smothers (6'4''-G-82) left Georgia Gwizzlies

Courstesy of Georgia Gwizzlies



Georgia Gwizzlies Official Rosters - by Richard
The American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies are please to announce it's official roster for this season Stuart Mitchell (6'1''-G) Cortez Johnson (6'1''-G) Kevin Reinhardt (6'5''-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY) Joseph Manuel (6'4''-G) Elijah Smith (6'5''-G) Dominique Holmes (6'6''-F-84, college: So.Polytechnic St.) Damien Goodman (6'7''-F-82, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: NC-Pembroke) Miles Covington Ray Raines (6'7''-C-85) Steven Bennett (6'10''-C) Jeremiah Tinch (6'8''-C-81) James Webb (6'7''-F) .
Reserves: Marcus Ward (5'10''-G-78, college: Clark Atlanta) Dante Lefall Chris Watson (6'3''-G); General manager/Head Coach Embry Malone Team co-captains are Joe Manuel (6'5''-F), Kevin Reinhardt and Damien Goodman.

The Gwizzlies next ballgames are against the Knoxville Thunderbolts December 21 followed by a game against the Kentucky Bison's on December 27th

Courtesy of
Georgia Gwizzlies


Potential ABA MVP Reinhardt to enter 2009 All-Star Slam-Dunk,3-point contest - by Richard
The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are please to announce that the organization 6'5 shooting guard sensation Kevin Reinhardt (6'5''-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY) will participate in the ABA All-Star annual Slam-Dunk and 3-point shooting contest.'I coached against WBA teams in 2005 and 2006 that featured Jamario Moon,Kevin Reinhardt is in that class' states Gwizzlies Embry Malone.

Courtesy of Georgia Gwizzlies


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 4 (Regular Season, second phase) - by Eurobasket News
Boca Jrs - Independ.N. 75-77
Nice road win by Independiente for 4-0 score in the second phase. Brice Assie shined for the winning squad nailing 24 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Gabriel Fernandez answered with 22 points for Boca Juniors (1-2).

Gimn.CR - Regatas C. 94-85
Gimnasia CR jumped on perfect 4-0 record after this game. It means that Gimnasia CR and Independiente are currently on the second and third place with 18.5 points. Gary Buchanan had 20, Jimmy Boston 18, while Diego Alba helped the winners with 17 pts. Regatas got 20 pts from Ramzee Stanton dropping on 1-3.

Quimsa - Cicl.Olimpico 107-90
Quimsa was better than Ciclista Olimpico in a high-scoring game mostly owing to Julio Mazzaro, who drained 30 points for 25 minutes (5 triples). Kenny Satterfield followed him adding 18 points and 5 boards. Carlos Schattmann came up with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Both teams had 1-2 record before this game (second phase).

Ben Hur - Lanus 86-78
2-2 for Ben Hur and 1-3 for Lanus in the second phase. Tiago De Souza was totally the best player of this game delivering 34 points and grabbing 5 boards. Ronald Ramon contributed with 27 points and 6 rebs in loss.

Quilmes MP - Estudiantes 98-96
Second win for Quilmes MP in the second phase, while Estudiantes remains winless (just 3 games so far). Pablo Gil was a key player for the hosts collecting 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Estu got 26 pts and 8 boards from Edward Nelson.

El Nacional - Sionista 75-71
Both teams entered into the fourth round of the second phase with 1-2 score. EL Nacional grabbed this one thanks to Camarago Dionisio Gomez and Ralphy Holmes, which combined 36 points and 21 rebounds. Maurice Spillers had double-double for the visiting side, 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Atenas - Libertad 75-65
Atenas continued with great performance this season. After just 13-1 in the first phase, Libertad grabbed 4 more wins in this one. Bruno Labaque stepped up for his team draining 26 points. Sebastian Ginobilli had one point more than him, but for Libertad (1-3).

Obras - Penarol 65-76
4th consecutive win for Penarol in the second phase. This time David Jackson was its leading player collecting 19 points and 11 rebounds. Lazaro Borrell netted 16 and pulled down impressive 20 boards for Obras (1-3).


Liga A round 4 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky

game of the round:
Atenas 75- Libertad 65: Atenas reached the record of Penarol with 16 consecutive games without losing. This team seems invincible and they will have the chance to overcome the record just against penarol on wednesday.

Player of the round:
Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh) (lanus) the guard had an splendid game in a losing effort. 27 pts 6 reb 2 as

Best 5:
Ronald Ramon of lanus
Pablo Gil (188-G-78) of quilmes
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) of libertad
Tiago De Souza (187-G-83, college: South Plains JC) of ben hur
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79) of quimsa

points:
Tiago De Souza 34
Julio Mazzaro 30
Sebastian Ginobili 27
Ronald Ramon 27
Bruno Labaque 26

rebounds:
Lazaro Borrell (202-F-72, agency: Interperformances) 20
Federico Kammerichs 15
Djibril Kante 13
Ramel Allen 11
Pedro Calderon 11

assists:
Hernando Salles (188-G-79) 11
Pedro Franco 8
Diego Alba 7
Leonardo Labella 6
Leonel Schattmann 6



TNA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group North
Alma Juniors - Obera TC 77-65
As it was expected, Alma Juniors was better than Obera moving up on 5-6 record in Group North. Damian Palacios stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Eduardo Gamboa and Jose Fabio nailed 26 points apiece for the loosing side (3-8).

San Mart.C. - A.Italiana 95-66
San Martin C devastated Asociacion Italiana mostly owing to Alex Carcamo and Mariano Ceruti, which combined 51 points and 19 rebounds. Visitors got 15 pts from Fernando Mendez. San Martin C 7-4, Asociacion Italiana 5-6.

Atl.Echague - La Union 72-82
La Union outsmarted Atletico Echague on the road remaining at the top of the standings, together with Union (9-2). Ariel Pau top-scored for the visitors with 19 points. Sebastian Porta led all the scorers with 29 points, also including 9 rebounds, but despite his great performance the hosts fell on 2-9.

A.Espanola - Union 79-88
9-2 for Union and 4-7 for A. Espanola after this game. Axiers Sucre collected magnificent 34 points and 15 rebounds for currently the leading team of Group North (together with La Union). Christian Schoppler contributed with 21 pts and 6 assists in loss.

Group South
P.Echague - Belgrano SN 74-77
Important road victory for Belgrano SN as both teams had 6-4 before this round. Stanley Easterling was a key player for the winners netting 20 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. The hosts got 17 pts and 4 rebs from Williard Ford.

San Mart.MJ - Argentino 75-66
Ije Nwankwo led the hosts to 9-point win collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Jamahr Warren had 16 pts, while Pablo Espinoza added 13 points and 13 boards in defeat. Both teams have 6-5.

Firmat SF - C.Entrerriano 74-84
C.Entrerriano surprised Firmat SF on the road celebrating the 4th win this season. On the other side, the hosts fell on 5-6. Sebastian Pardal was central figure of the game delivering 27 points and grabbing 8 rebs. Martin Ghirardi answered with 23 pts for the hosts.

Ciclista - GimnasiaLP 77-58
Easy one for Ciclista, who became another team with 6-5 score in Group South. Gimnasia LP stays on 4 wins. Franco Balbi, who came off the bench, netted 17 points for the winning side. Gimnasia got 13 points and 5 boards from Cedric McGinnis.



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A Bundesliga Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oberwart - Kapfenberg 86-83
Oberwart grabbed very important home victory against Kapfenberg mostly owing to Jasmon Youngblood, who drained 31 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for 36 minutes. However, he had just 1 of 11 from behind the arc. Jeremy Fears responded for the visiting side collecting 34 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Both teams are currently one the same 6-2 record. Furstenfeld, Wels and Arkadia have the same digits.

Furstenfeld - Arkadia 102-101
Furstenfeld crushed Arcadia in a high-scoring game 102-101. Both teams now have 6-2 record in A Bundesliga. Samo Grum stepped up for the hosts delivering 26 points. Deven Mitchell of Arkadia led all the scorers with 39 points. He also had 6 boards beside that.

UBSC Graz - Vienna 80-73
It was a game between two teams with 1-6 record after 7 rounds. UBSC Graz grabbed it thanks to Mladen Soskic, who nailed 24 points and dished out 6 assists. Nicholas Rhodes was totally the best player for the loosing side collecting 20 points and 20 rebounds (9 off.)

Wels - Gmunden 77-75
Another very exciting game. Wels celebrated 2-point home win becoming the fifth team with 6-2 score in the league. On the other hand, Gmunden slipped on 5-3. Flagan Prince came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning squad. Deteri Mayes contributed with 24 pts in loss.

Klosterneub. - St.Polten 57-61
Nice road win for St. Polten. Martin Spieser was in a game mood leading the visitors with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Klosterneuburg got 13 pts from Curtis Bobb. Both teams now have 2-6.

Worthersee - Gussing 89-81
The box-score will be availabe soon.


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An outstanding trio paced Tartu Rock over Base Oostende - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Rock -Base Oostende 87:83

Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86), Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) finished the night with 17 points for Tartu Rock to beat Base Oostende 87:83. Estonian team improved to 2-1 record in Group G of EuroChallenge. A 26-21 in the last frame was fatal for the guests that dropped at 1-2. Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton) top-scored for the visitors with 18 points, while Michael Bauer (203-F-80, college: Minnesota) and Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 each.
Base Oostende came to Estonia to taste another victory in the tournament and was stronger in the opening quarter. Belgian team grabbed 25:19 as Bellin made a jump-shot. In the second frame the picture changed completely as the hosts took a control of the game. Giorgi Tsintsadze gave them 31:30 and then Beard made it 40:37. Janar Talts closed the first half at 44:40 as Tartu Rock won the second period 25-15. In the third frame Estonian team led the score until the last minute. Bosco closed the quarter with a lay-up for 62:61. The most interesting part started in the end of the battle when Janar Talts gave Rock an 84:81 lead. Tanel Tein followed with two free throws for an 86:81 Tartu Rock lead. Devin Green was managed to reduce the gap for 87:83.

Tartu Rock: Giorgi Tsintsadze 17, Marek Doronin 17, Janar Talts 17
Base Oostende: Devin Green 18, Michael Bauer 15, Veselin Petrovic 15


Dexia used a powerful second half to beat KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb - Dexia 66:84

Dexia grabbed a road 66:84 win over KK Zagreb in EuroChallenge Group F. Belgian outfit looked awesome in the second half and easily led the game to the victory. Elton Nesbitt (176-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Green nailed 17 and Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Hawaii) posted 16. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) finished the night with 15 points for the hosts, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 12 and Filip Basljan (196-G-84) added 11.
Ante Tomic brought Croatian team one point in the start, while Dexia answered with 4-0 in the opening tip. In a back-to-back first period again Ante Tomic closed it from the free throw line. Belgian team looked to be in front for the majority of the second period and held 38:36 at the halftime.
Torbert scored five points in a 10-0 run that gave Dexia a 48:38 advantage and they stayed on top for the remainder of the game. Elton Nesbitt scored for the same difference, 55:45 later in the third. Filip Basljan scored from the arc for the hosts to close the period at 48:60. In the last frame there were no chances for the hosts to catch up with the opponents. Julian Sensley made it plus 15 and then Elton Nesbitt brought 72:52. Drezga was the last to score in the game for KK Zagreb that fell at 1-2 in the group.

KK Zagreb: Andrej Stimac 15, Ante Tomic 12, Filip Basljan 11
Dexia: Elton Nesbitt 20, Green 17, Julian Sensley 16


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  CHINA   


Shanxi Zh vs Liaoning panpan - by Ogoh
Shanxi Zhongyu continued on their winning ways this evening when they defeated Liaoning Panpan Hunters 119-98 points. Liaoning, who were playing without any foreign player stayed in the game till the last quarter when Shanxi pulled away to secure the vital points. Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81) led Shanxi with 36pts and 18 rebs while Smith Donta (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 29pts and 11 assists. Zhang Qingpeng (188-G-81) was top scorer for Liaoning with a huge 36pts and 5 assists. Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) also scored 23pts and grabbed 6 boards.
Point guard for Liaoning, Yang Ming (193-G-85) had to be stretchered off the court after a terrible fall in which he landed badly on his neck


Dongguan Edges Fujian 101-96 - by Arthur Volbert
Qiu Biao (200-F-83), listed as born in 1983, continued his progress to join China's basketball elite by scoring 30 points to lead Dongguan to a 101-96 win over Fujian. This was the lone Tuesday game in Round 11 of the CBA. Donnguan is in second place with a 9-2 record. Qiu added 5 rebounds and 4 assists to his total. Michael Harris had 26 points and 19 rebounds and Zhang Kai had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Chris Porter scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Fujian. Yang Chao scored 18 points and Liu Yudong added 15. Little Lu Xiaoming continued his superb play as a pure point guard with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals. However, he only hit 1 of 6 three-pointers and his season three-point shooting percentage is only 20 percent. His lack of three-point accuracy prevents him from gaining national team consideration.


CBA Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shanghai - Zhejiang G. 99-113
Zhejiang Guangsha won over Shanghai 113:99 in Regular Season Round 10. Jin Lipeng had 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners, while Nigel Dixon scored 27 and Kasib Powell scored 19. Luo Xudong posted 26 points in defeat.

TianJin R. - Shandong 80-89
TianJin lost to Shandong 80:89 as Priest Lauderdale had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Mack Tuck had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Theron Smith scored 25 points for Tianjin.

Jilin - Shaanxi 91-80
An outstanding Leon Rogers poured in 57 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Jilin edged Shaanxi 91:80. Brandon Robinson led Shaanxi with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals.

Xinjiang - Beijing 96-71
Xinjiang improved to 9-1 defeating Beijing 96:71. Xue YuYang led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Yunsong led Beijing with 19 points and Xie Libin scored 14.

Fujian - Guandong 104-91
Fujian overcame Guangdong 104:91 for 5-5 record. Chris Porter had 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Matt Frieje scored 22 points and Gong Songlin scored 17.

Jiangsu - DongGuan 129-116
Jiangsu outscored Dongguan 129:116 as Donnell Harvey led the way with 36 points and 21 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 33 points and 15 rebounds and Yi Li had 29 points. Michael Harris struggled for Dongguan with 48 points and 18 rebounds.



Xinjiang....#1 again? - by Alex Yam
Last season, the top 2 teams, did not face each other at any point in the CBA playoffs in part because Xinjiang team, which boasted the same record as eventual champion Guangdong (26-4) was disqualified from post season play due to an player personnel issue.


Fast forward, and Xinjiang is off to a fast start again, lead the CBA league with a 9-1 overall record. Their imports this season are speedy Myron Allen and former Canadian National team member Juan Mendez, both among the leaders in scoring and production.

The season is 20 games longer and much more competitive then last year, It remains to be seen, if the Xinjiang team can sustain this momentum and bring a CBA Championship to Urumqi,China.


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Dexia used a powerful second half to beat KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb - Dexia 66:84

Dexia grabbed a road 66:84 win over KK Zagreb in EuroChallenge Group F. Belgian outfit looked awesome in the second half and easily led the game to the victory. Elton Nesbitt (176-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Green nailed 17 and Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Hawaii) posted 16. Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) finished the night with 15 points for the hosts, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 12 and Filip Basljan (196-G-84) added 11.
Ante Tomic brought Croatian team one point in the start, while Dexia answered with 4-0 in the opening tip. In a back-to-back first period again Ante Tomic closed it from the free throw line. Belgian team looked to be in front for the majority of the second period and held 38:36 at the halftime.
Torbert scored five points in a 10-0 run that gave Dexia a 48:38 advantage and they stayed on top for the remainder of the game. Elton Nesbitt scored for the same difference, 55:45 later in the third. Filip Basljan scored from the arc for the hosts to close the period at 48:60. In the last frame there were no chances for the hosts to catch up with the opponents. Julian Sensley made it plus 15 and then Elton Nesbitt brought 72:52. Drezga was the last to score in the game for KK Zagreb that fell at 1-2 in the group.

KK Zagreb: Andrej Stimac 15, Ante Tomic 12, Filip Basljan 11
Dexia: Elton Nesbitt 20, Green 17, Julian Sensley 16


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New Entries in the Cyprus League - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou agreed financial terms with the Serbian player Djordje Micic (195-G-83). Micic is playing in the guard position and he will try to help Keravnos players in the difficult position of the point guard. Sotiris Karapastolou, the Greek ex player of Keravnos agreed terms with the Greek team in A1 Olympia Larissas!
The American player Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) is the new American player of Vecchio's team Pizza Express Primetel Apollon. Shaw is a great scorer and his scoring abilities are well know in Latin America and LEbanese league, he had some problems in the Italian A2 where he was playing untill end of November but he is expected to help the Limassol team quite a lot.


Great...Ural Great - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - Keravnos 85:64

Ural Great achieved the second victory in EuroChallenge Group B and improved to 2-1 record after the win over Keravnos. The Russian squad won all the quarters in the game and triumphed with 85:64 victory. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) paced all the winners with 21 points. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) nailed 16 and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) posted 14. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: CAA Sports, college: Florida St.) ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) notched 10.
Ural Great opened the game with 5 consecutive points, however Aleksandar Damjanovic quickly tied the game at 7:7. The hosts were luckier in the end and took 21:19 lead entering the second quarter. LaMarr Greer, being the leader of his team gave the guests 30:29 lead in the second period. Aleksei Surovtsev sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.
When Jarrett Hart made a layup four minutes into the second half for Keravnos, the visitors only trailed 45:46. Ural Great pushed the tempo and extended the lead to 57:46 when Ralph Biggs made a dunk. Jumaine Jones closed the third stanza at 59:49 making a jump-shot. Aleksandar Damjanovic's jumper cut the deficit to 72:61 but Ural Great kept the score for good. Khamitov posted a free throw for 85:64 victory.

Ural Great: Jumaine Jones 21, Ralph Biggs 16, Aleksei Surovtsev 14
Keravnos: LaMarr Greer 27, Aleksandar Damjanovic 10


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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Canal Digital Ligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gilliam, Aabyhoj 26.3
2. Lamont, SISU 23.4
3. Colman, Roskilde 22.6
4. Dennis, Naestved 21.5
5. Colas Randers 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 16.3
2. Thibodeau,Roskild 9.8
3. Brown, Roskilde 9.6
4. Hoger, Svendborg 9.3
5. Gross, Naestved 8.8
Assists Per Game
1.Smith, Svendborg 5.5
2. Borgan Roskilde 4.7
3. Fatic, Naestved 4.4
4. Colman, Roskilde 4.1
5. Smedley, Randers 4.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Colas, Randers 2.9
2. Brown, Roskilde 2.6
3. Christoffersen, Bears 1.9


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Merengueros of Santo Domingo will play in the II FIBA Americas League 2008/2009 - by Jordan Olivo
The team Merengueros of Santo Domingo will be the representative of the Dominican Republic in the second edition of the FIBA Americas League 2008/2009. Dominican Republic belongs to the Group A play in Arecibo, Puerto Rico day 9, 10 and 11 of December.

The players that make up the roster of Merengueros are: Juan Silvestre Coronado, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Lehman), Andres Sandoval (193-G-83), Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76, college: Tenn Temple), Danny Tavares (206-F-84, agency: Passing Lane), Luis Martinez (196-F, college: William Pater.), Dominick Mejia (196-G-83, college: Drexel), Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone), Bobby Pandy (198-F, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.), Ralph Mata (188-G) and Julio Solano (202-F/C-76).

Melvyn Lopez will be the coach of the team and will be assisted by Jose Dominguez .

Group A is completed: Minas Tenis Clube (Brazil), Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico) and local Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico).


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Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Delaware D. 0-0 
 2. Harrisburg H. 0-0 
 3. New Jersey B. 0-0 
 4. Alexandria A. 0-0 
 5. Hampton 0-0 
 6. NJ Lightning 0-0 
 7. Salem M. 0-0 
 8. Virginia W. 0-0 
 9. Nova 0-0 
 10. Virignia F. 0-0 
 11. Washin. Mad. 0-0 
 12. Cincinnati C. 0-0 
 13. Newark 0-0 
 14. Wilkes-Barre 0-0 
 15. New York W. 0-0 


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An outstanding trio paced Tartu Rock over Base Oostende - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Rock -Base Oostende 87:83

Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86), Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Janar Talts (205-C-83) finished the night with 17 points for Tartu Rock to beat Base Oostende 87:83. Estonian team improved to 2-1 record in Group G of EuroChallenge. A 26-21 in the last frame was fatal for the guests that dropped at 1-2. Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton) top-scored for the visitors with 18 points, while Michael Bauer (203-F-80, college: Minnesota) and Veselin Petrovic (194-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 each.
Base Oostende came to Estonia to taste another victory in the tournament and was stronger in the opening quarter. Belgian team grabbed 25:19 as Bellin made a jump-shot. In the second frame the picture changed completely as the hosts took a control of the game. Giorgi Tsintsadze gave them 31:30 and then Beard made it 40:37. Janar Talts closed the first half at 44:40 as Tartu Rock won the second period 25-15. In the third frame Estonian team led the score until the last minute. Bosco closed the quarter with a lay-up for 62:61. The most interesting part started in the end of the battle when Janar Talts gave Rock an 84:81 lead. Tanel Tein followed with two free throws for an 86:81 Tartu Rock lead. Devin Green was managed to reduce the gap for 87:83.

Tartu Rock: Giorgi Tsintsadze 17, Marek Doronin 17, Janar Talts 17
Base Oostende: Devin Green 18, Michael Bauer 15, Veselin Petrovic 15


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Eurocup Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
ASK Riga - C.C. Marousi 84-70
ASK Riga held off Marousi in Latvia to jump on top of Group A. Bruno Sudnov was pivotal for the hosts with 23 points and 10 boards. Uvis Helmanis added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the second win for ASK Riga. Konstantinos Charalampidis answered with 12 points for Marousi as they fell at 1-2 record.

Lukoil A. - Barons/LMT 75-88
The reigning Eurochallenge champions Barons/LMT finally made the impact in EuroCup. They earned the first win in the tournament's regular season beating Lukoil Akademik in Bulgaria. Demetrius Alexander dropped 21 points and grabbed 9 boards to lead the charge. Martins Kravcenko and Charles Rhodes added 15 points apiece for the winners. Kenny Adeleke tallied 17 points and 13 boards for Lukoil as they dropped the third straight game.

Group Group B
Unics - Dynamo M. 80-71
Unics maintained their perfect run in the EuroCup regular season as they held off Dynamo Moscow in exclusively Russian clash in Group B. Vladimir Veremeenko and Terrell Lyday scored 14 points each to pace the Kazan outfit. Tariq Kirksay, Dmitry Sokolov and Kresimir Loncar all added 13 points each in the win. Robertas Javtokas responded with 24 points for Dynamo.

Roanne - Zadar 66-84
Zadar stayed on top of Group A after the third round. They crushed Roanne in France tonight to improve at 2-1 record. Rok Stipcevic came up with 17 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the way for Zadar. Todor Gecevski dropped 12 points for the Croatian team. Chris Monrow was the best scorer for the hosts with 17 points.

Group Group C
Besiktas - Khimky 69-71
Mike Wilkinson scored a jumper and Carlos Delfino was accurate from the stripe to secure a last-second win for Khimky over Besiktas in Turkey today. Kelly McCarty nailed 25 points to lead the Russian powerhouse to the second victory in Group C. Carlos Delfino added 14 points for the winners. Mire Chatman responded with 19 points, while Cevher Ozer had 15 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Benetton - Le Havre 91-67
Benetton cruised past Le Havre at home court. Gary Neal was a usual contributor for the Italian team as he netted 15 points. Domen Lorbek finished with 14 points, while Sandro Nicevic chipped in 11 points as Benetton remained undefeated at 3-0. TJ Thompson answered with 15 points for Le Havre as they slipped at 0-3.

Group Group D
Panellinios - Bnei Hasharon 85-70
Panellinios fired down Bnei Hasharon in Greece for the first win in the EuroCup regular season. Ivan Radenovic was responsible for 22 points, while Stevan Nadjfeji added 20 points and 10 boards to get things rolling for Panellinios. Richard Roby responded with 18 points for Bnei Hasharon as they remained winless in Group D.

Aris - T.Telekom 79-75
Aris eked out a narrow win over Turk Telekom in the battle of previously undefeated squads. Keydren Clark notched 21 points to lead the charge. Sean Marshall added 15 points as Aris possessed the sole lead in Group D. Roderick Blackney responded with 18 points for Turk Telekom as they remained in the second spot.

Group Group E
Azovmash - Lietuvos 76-66
Azovmash shot down Lietuvos Rytas in Mariupol today. Khalid El Amin had a big night as he scored 32 points and dished out 7 assists to organize the victory. Marc Salyers added 15 points for Azovmash as they improved at 2-1 record. Mindaugas Lukauskis responded with 19 points as Lietuvos Rytas fell at 1-2 record.

Group Group F
Crvena Zvez. - Turow 97-69
Crvena Zvezda left not a single chance for Turow rolling to a comfortable victory in Belgrade. Lawrence Roberts and Elmedin Kikanovic fired 17 points apiece to pace the hosts. Tadija Dragicevic nailed 16 points in 13 minutes on the court to complete the perfect picture for Crvena Zvezda. Damir Miljkovic answered with 28 points for Turow as they dropped the second straight.

Group Group G
Pamesa V. - Art.Dragons 84-67
Pamesa eased past Artland Dragons in Valencia today. Matt Nielsen scored 17 points and collected 7 boards to lead Pamesa. Ruben Douglas and Shammond Williams added 16 points each for the winners. Adam Hess topscored with 19 points for the Dragons.

FMP - Fortitudo 59-70
Fortitudo earned the first win in the EuroCup regular season as they stole a road win against FMP in Serbia. Darryl Strawberry and Lazaros Papadopoulos dropped 13 points each to lead the Italian side. Qyntel Woods added 11 points for the winners. Dragan Labovic answered with 14 points and 8 boards for FMP as they appeared tied with Fortitudo at 1-2 record.

Group Group H
Nymburk - Iurbentia B. 79-92
Bilbao proved they are full of ambitions in this EuroCup tournament posting the third straight win today. This time the Spanish debutants knocked down Nymburk in Czech Republic. Janis Blums scored 25 points to lead the visitors. Luke Recker added 14 points for the winning team. Goran Jagodnik had 21 points for Nymburk. Ladislav Sokolovsky secured 15 points as the hosts lost the second game in the EuroCup season.

Buducnost - Hemofarm 70-59
Buducnost overcame Hemofarm at home court. Nemanja Gordic scored 14 points, while Vladimir Dasic added 13 points and 10 boards to lift the hosts to the first win in the tournament. Hemofarm were not rescued by 18 points from Vladan Vukosalvjevic.



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Interview with Gerald Brown - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Australia, Spain, Serbia, Israel, Germany and USA, the places which Gerld Brown played in the past and showed his skills with success. Recently arrived in Poland to save PBG Basket Poznan. In his first game: 15 points, 3 steals and 2 asists in 22 min against Prokom. The experienced guard spoke to Eurobasket.com :

Eurobasket.com: Last season you played with success in Australia for Perth Wildcats, where any differences there from the European leagues you know? Do you recommend other players to go there?

Gerald Brown: Yes, I would recommend that others players go there. It's a beautiful country with lots of nice cities. It was really nice for an American like myself because they speak English. Plus, its summer during the season and the league is very competitive.

Eurobasket.com: You have a big career playing basketball in Australia, Spain, Serbia, Israel, Germany and in USA. Did you ever have offer to play in Greece?

Gerald Brown: No, never really had an offer to play in Greece but I've been there a few times to play against some Greek teams.

Eurobasket.com: You graduated from Pepperdine and then you played in NBA for Phoenix Suns at 1998, what you remember from that period?

Gerald Brown: I remember many things about my time in the NBA. As a player you dream about getting a opportunity to suit up for a team in the best league in the world. Im blessed to say I have.

Eurobasket.com: You are an experienced combo guard how you were available recently? What offers you rejected and why?

Gerald Brown: Actually, I just arrived in Poland.

Eurobasket.com: You played two years for Partizan Beograd, the last years they keep producing new players like a machine, why do you believe this is happening there and who was in your season the local player you remember for his skills?

Gerald Brown: Partizan has great basketball tradition. The young players there learn how to play the game the right way early in their careers. By watching guys like Vlade Divac and all the other greats that came before them, helps their development...Plus, Coach Dule, has a great basketball mind. And the fans their are the best I've ever seen.

Eurobasket.com: You played in many leagues and you participated in the biggest European competitions (Euroleague,Uleb Cup, Adriatic League, FIBA Champions Cup). Do you feel complete as a player? Is anywhere you want to play for first time or you prefer the leagues you know better?

Gerald Brown: Its tough to say, because as a player, most times you never really know where you'll end up...But the NBA, would be nice!

Eurobasket.com: Who was your best teammate and your worst opponent?

Gerald Brown: I been fortunate enough to have some pretty good teammates, many who I still keep in touch with...

Eurobasket.com: How do you spent your free time?

Gerald Brown: What free time? When you have kids like I do, free time is something you dream about!!!

Thank you for the interview and good luck with your new team in Poland.


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Cholet Basket survives in Ukraine to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
BC Sumykhimprom -Cholet Basket 81:82

Cholet Basket survives in Ukraine to stay undefeated in EuroChallenge Group C. Cholet beat BC Sumykhimprom 82:81 due to the last period. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) and Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, college: Minnesota) paced the winners to 3-0 record with 20 points each. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) nailed 14 for the winners and De Colo had 9. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) added 17.
Even though the French team won the opening tip, 6-1, Ukrainian side looked better in the first period. Santee with a jump shot made it 21;13 for the home team. Lekavicius fired a jump-shot in the second stanza to give BC Sumykhimprom 35:25. Beaubois reduced for the guests for 45:38 sending the teams to the lockers. Sumykhimprom led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and ended the frame on top 65:58. The nightmare appeared for the hosts in the last frame when Cholet Basket started to dominate the court. A 9-0 run allowed the visitors to take 68:65 as Antywane Robinson made a jump-shot. Kevin Braswell even scored for 78:68 but BC Sumykhimprom remained on track. Macernis connected from long range with 21 seconds to go to close the gap to 79:80. Vincent Grier however brought the stunning victory for the guests from the free throw line.

BC Sumykhimprom: Abdullahi Kuso 25, Brian Greene 17
Cholet Basket: Antywane Robinson 20, Vincent Grier 20, Kevin Braswell 14


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Players who play out of Gabon - by Tim Ndjiki
We are going to present you in days that follows files of players that evolve out of Gabon. It is these players who make the pride of basket -ball Gabonese in Morocco.
These players have all evolved equips him national before to cash their talent out of Gabon.
Reteno JASON 2o1 (6'7'') and Marius ASSOUMOU 185 (6'1'') : FATH US RABAT Basket-ball team Morocco
Fabrice MOUSSOUNDA NOLET : TIHAD SPORTIF CASABLANCA Basket-ball team (Morroco)

We will come back there
Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, BC PARTIZAN IGOKEA BEOGRAD Basket-ball team (Serbe))


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Ludwigsburg sign Christopher Schlatter - by Moritz Korff
Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) has joined 1. Bundesliga outfit EnBW Ludwigsburg. The 27-year-old forward has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of January 2009 (including a clausel for a contract-extension). Schlatter will serve as a temporary replacement for De'Angelo Alexander (198-G-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charlotte) who is suffering from a shoulder-injury that will keep him out of play for at least a month. Schlatter started this current season in Serbia and averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12 league-games for Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd. He also appeared in 4 games of the Balkan League (10.8ppg, 5.8rpg). He has previously spent some time in Germany and played for coach Rick Stafford already at TSV Breitenguessbach during 2006-07 (10 games: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg). In the following months he was slowed down by two knee-surgeries and therefore missed the 07-08 campaign. Before moving to Breitenguessbach in 2006, Schlatter gained experience as a pro in Luxembourg and Portugal.

Connor Whitman: "I don't think you can play a perfect game" - by Moritz Korff
It was surely the most impressive individual performance in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B so far this season. In a league that features many outstanding shooters like Braunschweig's Ivan Jenkins, Muenchen's Johnnie Bryant or Crailsheim's John Griffin to name only a few, one man has outgunned all these players on Saturday by hitting 12 of his 13 shots from beyond the arc, guiding his team Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to a 99:92-away win at TG Renesas Landshut. Please read what Connor Whitman (186-G-85, college: Occidental), the 23-year-old guard from Los Angeles, California has to tell.

Shooting 12 out of 13 from three-point land and scoring 43 points totally at Landshut on Saturday: Do you feel like you played the perfect game?
No, I don't think you can play a perfect game, but that was the closest to a perfect shooting game that I have played in my career. I could have played better defense and not had those two turnovers to have a better game.

Have you ever hit more threes in a game than on Saturday?
No, I had 11 threes in a preseason game earlier this season and in college I had 9 threes a few times.

What is easier: To nail a three pointer in the NCAA Division 3 or in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B?
I think it all depends on which team you are playing and what kind of defense they are playing. However, if I had to say I would say that it is easier in the Bundesliga Pro B because teams here do not scout individual players and team plays as much as college teams do. There is much more scouting and preparation for each and every team in college, because the coaches play the same teams year in and year out.

Obviously you have succeeded in adapting to the European way of basketball. Were there any difficulties for you to overcome?
Thanks. The biggest difficulty for me adapting to this style of basketball was the fact that there are not as defined roles for each player on each team. The way the game is refereed has also been a big adjustment for me.

Hardly anybody would have expected Wolfenbuettel to be so successful this season: What makes your team that strong?
I think the biggest strength of our team is our team play. We had four returning starters from the end of last year's season so the chemistry between the players is pretty good. We all like each other and play well as a team.

Do you think your team has a chance to finish the season on the first or second place and to move up to Pro A?
We definitely have the ability to finish the season in the top 2, however, we have a long season ahead of us and must focus on each and every game. We have the talent to beat anyone, but we must stay focused and keep improving.

Sometimes it seems like it's difficult for players from the NCAA Division 3 to find a team in pro basketball. What's your opinion about that and did you make that experience yourself?
I can see how some teams might be wary of choosing a player from a Division 3 when there are higher division players out there. However, I know that there are Division 3 players out there that by the time they are seniors and juniors can play at many Division 1 schools. The fact that you can get major minutes at a Division 3 when young can give you the edge on a higher division player that only saw time in their junior and senior seasons and did not have to do as much in their career for their college teams to win.

After Sam Betty and Song Cun you are the third graduate of Occidental College within a couple of year to play in Wolfenbuettel. Is there a special connection between Oxy and the Herzoege organisation?
Yes, my college coach, Brian Newhall, and the Herzoege president, Bobby Junger, have become friends and have kept contact with each other through the years. They are both very knowledgeable about basketball and understand the business side of playing overseas. Coach Newhall is the one who put me in contact with this organization.


Regionalliga South-East: Top 10 Scorers - by Moritz Korff
Regionalliga South-East: Topscorers (after match day 11). Only players are included with at least 1/3 of the games played:

1. Adam Hepker (185-G, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: MidAmerica Nazarene) - Weiden: 34.8ppg
2. Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) - Dachau: 27.0ppg
3. Marcus Vanderheide (201-F/C-85, college: Hope (MI)) - Weiden: 25.3ppg
4. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85, college: NW Missouri St.) - Landsberg: 24.6ppg
5. Adrick Hills (174-G-80, college: Bethel (IN)) - Leitershofen: 24.0ppg
6. Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) - Landsberg: 23.1ppg
7. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) - Leipzig: 23.0ppg
8. Luke Kunkel (201-F/C-81, college: Rocky Mountain) - Leitershofen: 22.8ppg
9. Nico Probst (188-G-81) - Ansbach: 21.8ppg
10. Terrell Towns (194-G-79, college: SE Oklahoma) - Gotha: 21.7ppg

Courtesy of www.basketball-bund.net


Giants seal Butch switch - by Moritz Korff
Brian Butch (211-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) has agreed a deal with the Giants Noerdlingen (1. Bundesliga). The 23-year-old center from Appleton, Wisconsin will fill the spot under the basket that remainded open since Varnie Dennis (202-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal Poly - SLO) had left.
Butch has spent a 4-year-career at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA1) and graduated earlier this year. In his senior season (2007-08) he played 36 games for the Badgers and averaged 12.3 points as well as 6.6 rebounds per contest. We worked out with several NBA sides during the summer and was a CBA Draft first-round pick. After a short stint at CD Villa de los Barrios in Spain, Butch took his game to China in October and played two games for the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons (11.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.0bpg).


BC Kiev Sneak by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 66 To 58 In Eurochallenge play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After The Deutsche Bank Skyliners upset Triumph Moscow last week, they wanted to duplicate their luck with a win against BC Kiev, but were disappointed as the Ukrainian team showed their total class in the last minutes totally taking apart Frankfurt and winning 66 to 58. The game also marked the return of ex three time BBL cup winner and BBL champ Sasa Obradovic who was no stranger to the Ballsporthalle in the last years. Coach Obradovic and Skyliner Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) were reunited again after winning the BBL title in 2006 and gave each other a giant hug before the game. 'It was good to see Sascha again. I had a lot of success with him in Cologne', stated Titus Ivory. BC Kiev played a solid game and were never in any fear of losing the game.'This was a very hard fought game. We really needed a win on the road. This will put us in a good position to advance', said American James Penn (178-G-77, college: Ohio St.). Frankfurt fought hard in the second half, but down the stretch in the fourth quarter let Kiev go on a run to seal the win.'Their overall experience beat us at the end. We made too many mistakes in the last minutes that cost us the victory', said a sad Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Frankfurt fall to 1-2 and Kiev to 2-1 in the standings.

Before the game, injured skyliner American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) predicted a defensive type of game, and that is exactly what the fans got. BC Kiev found their rhythm quickest as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners seemed a bit unsettled and couldnt get any kind of fluency into their game as Kiev led fast 8-0. All four baskets were produced in the Frankfurt zone as the big Kiev bodies were waltzing to the Basket alone as Frankfurt were uninvited guests in their own zone. Big Bosnian Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored twice including a dunk and American James Penn scored on a fabulous runner in the lane. Kiev was very awake, while Frankfurt seemed to still be taking an afternoon nap. Captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) finally brought some life into the lifeless Frankfurt offense with a three pointer and three free throws. Suddenly BC Kiev led only 8-6 and Frankfurt had finally broken the ice. However BC Kiev scored two more times with an Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) mid range jumper and a high rainbow shot from Manuchar Markoishvilli. Pascal Roller ended the extremely low scoring first quarter with a runner in the lane. BC Kiev led 13-9. BC Kiev was playing strong defense that limited Frankfurt in their shot selection. Frankfurt was shooting a poor 9% from three point land and only 20% from two point range. The only joyous stat was the Frankfurt 13-10 rebound advantage. 'Frankfurt rebounded well. They boxed out very well, which was key. Their rebounding strength kept Frankfurt in the game', stressed James Penn.

BC Kiev became more vigorous in the second quarter as they sped off on a 13-4 run to take a commanding 25 to 13 lead. BC Kiev now controlled the game and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were left in a unwanted hole reeling to crawl out. BC Kiev was playing a smart inside out game getting scoring production from American Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) twice from three point land and easy buckets inside from Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Ex Alba Berlin player Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket). Frankfurt could only score twice with a flying Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) from the wing for a lay up and a spectacular Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) hoop. Evtimov posted up to Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida) tried to go left, couldnt get by him, but then went to his right spinning around him so quickly that before Wright even knew what had happened Evtimov had already scored. BC Kiev continued to contain Frankfurt and were forcing many turnovers. However Lorenzo flash Gordon saved Frankfurt by trailing by even more as he scored six points down the stretch. BC Kiev still led 33-22 at halftime. Kiev was playing a very strong defense, but it seemed as if Frankfurt had still not reached their potential on offense as too many guys had yet not found their game pace. Frankfurt was still shooting a horrendous 10% from three point land and 20% from two point land. They were still dominating the boards, but their nine turnovers were not satisfactory. 'We had absolutely no intensity in the first half and way too many breakdowns', stated American Derrick Allen.

Coach Murat Didin worked some kind of magic in the halftime as his team returned with a fighting spirit and showed no alarm, as they took their game to a new level that BC Kiev coudnt defend as easily. Frankfurt went on a 10-2 run to cut the BC Kiev lead 35-32. 'I thought that we were still controlling the game even with their comeback. They were looking to find a go to guy. They had made many free throws', explained James Penn. Derrick Allen scored in the zone after a perfectly crafted pass from Titus Ivory. Allen and King hit some free throws and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) nailed a big three pointer. Frankfurt was displaying an aggressive defense, which seemed to be the ex factor in the Frankfurt game. 'Their diamond two defense was successful. We couldnt hit our shots. Their defense helped them comeback', said James Penn. American Anthony King also was showing that he can be a ferocious lion as he was a wall under the hoop. Frankfurt stayed close, but could not gain the lead yet. German Konrad Wysocki continued his smart play on offense scoring twice in the zone to cut the Kiev lead to 40-38. Manchuar Markoisvilli continued to demand the ball and he continued to make big shots. Kiev led 43 to 38, but Frankfurt went on a mini 4-0 run as American Titus Ivory tip toed into the lane and layed it in with his left hand and American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) made a lay up. Kiev led only 43-42, but ex Alba Berlin player Goran Jeretin made a three pointer and BC Kiev led 46-42 after three quarters. The Frankfurt shooting percentages were slowly getting better, while the shooting percentage of Kiev was dwindling. Frankfurt still led the rebounding joust 32-28 and both teams suffered no turnovers in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter continued to be very exciting, but BC Kiev go the better start as Bajramovic scored a three pointer and BC Kiev led 49-42. Frankfurt knew the importance of the game and started a second comeback. Keith Simmons hit from outside. Lorenzo Gordon, who often makes it look so easy with his motions, had little work on the next hoop as he stood like a cherry picker and caught an Ivory airball and layed the ball in. Frankfurt now trailed only 49 to 46 and continued to get strong defensive stops. Ilian Evtimov had been quiet for long stretches of the game, but now became loud and made the Ballsporthlale into a loud cauldron hitting a massive three pointer knotting the game at 49. Coach Murat Didin let out a scream of joy and the game had just turned a new chapter. BC Kiev responded with a Jovo Stanojevic hoop underneath to lead 51 to 49. However Frankfurt didnt wait long and finally took their first lead of the game 52-51 after a successful Titus Ivory three pointer.

It seemed like the game had turned in favour of Frankfurt, but instead BC Kiev stayed calm and rebounded showing no remorse going on a 10-0 run and deciding the game with their hot outside shooting. Artur Drozdov hit twice and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) once as BC Kiev led 61 to 52. BC Kiev made tough shots. 'They stepped it up and showed that they are a very good team down the stretch', said Ilian Evtimov. 'Our defense was key in this phase that helped us secure the win', commented American Alex Scales. Ilian Evtimov and Pascal Roller missed two key shots during the BC Kiev run, which could of kept Frankfurt closer. Those three three pointers just killed us, reflected Derrick Allen. One cant criticise the Frankfurt defense, which was doing a good job, but BC Kiev really made difficult shots. At this point, it seemed like Frankfurt had little energy for a third big comeback American Alex Scales scored on a fast break finishing with a dunk as Kiev led 63 to 54. In the end, Frankfurt lost 66 to 58, but showed again that they can limit good teams to under 70 points. 'We played an overall good game on defense. They didnt get many open looks', expressed Derrick Allen.


BC Kiev was led by Manuchar Markoishvili with 17 points. Kenan Bajramovic chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Pascal Roller with 12 points. 'This was my first game against Pascal Roller. I have seen him play before. He is a quick good point guard. My two quick fouls at the start took away my aggressiveness, but you always have to be aware what he is doing', commented James Penn.

This was a tough loss for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and now they face a must win against BC Kalev at home next week. Frankfurt shot very weak ending the game with only 22,7% from three point land and 38% from two point land. Kiev showed their three pointing strength at the end hitting the shots they needed to and finishing with 45% from three point land. Frankfurt won the rebounding battle 41 to 34 and are slowly showing durability under the boards. 'We did a good job under the basket. They had some big guys and it wasnt always easy. We did let up some offensive rebounds that hurt', explained Derrick Allen. Titus Ivory and Sasa Obradovic left the court in 2006 as BBL champs with Cologne, but in the Euro challenge in Frankfurt their was only one winner with the BC Kiev coach. 'He is a good coach. He was a point guard as player and point guards often make very good coaches, because they understand the game very well. He is an intense guy and makes the team better', stressed Titus Ivory. Possibly Titus Ivory and his teammates can seek revenge in Kiev, but for now the team has to concentrate on the BBL schedule as The EWE Baskets visit the Ballsporthalle on Saturday December 13th at 18:30.



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AEL Larissa: Release two Greek players to sign one Bosman? - by Serafim Karaiskakis
AEL 1964 Larissa after nine games in the league have problems (down in the table) so the coach is thinking to cut two Greek players in order to sign one Bosman. The rumors say that Fanis Papakostas and Marios Matalon are in difficult position and if the team succeeds to sign the Bosman guard (currently playing in Italy) both they will be out from the team to save money. This weekend they have a crucial against the refreshed Egaleo and if they loose that game many major unexpected changes in the team are coming.

A2: Week 9 - Round Up - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Aigio Helesi, Kostas Konstantinos Stavropoulos (197-F-75, college: Ill.-Chicago), Aristides Koronides (188-G-82), Costas Christou (203-C/F-77) and MENT were the stand outs of the ninth week of the most breathtaking A2 league the last decade.
Near East Keravnos Aigio Helesi 66-70
Keravnos Aigio Helesi succeeded its very first road win in its history in one of the most difficult courts of the league, it seems that Coach Pavlou is doing some dramatic changes in the Peloponnesus team as last night the hero of the game was the experienced Konstantinos Konstantinos Stavropoulos in his very first presentation this season in A2.
Quarters: 17-8, 30-27, 46-49, 66-70.
Top scorers:
Near East: Koutroulias 25, Michalos 12
Keravnos Aigio Helesi: Nistrom 12, Orfanos 21 (with 5 three pointers) and Konstantinos Stavropoulos 11 and 8 boards

Olympiada Patras - Ilysiakos 66-70
Another great road win for Ilysiakos, this time was Olympiadas turn to taste the presentation of the duet Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) and Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson). Coach Oikonomou is in a very difficult position and rumors are taking him off the team,
Quarters: 13-13, 26-31, 42-53, 66-70.
Top scorers
Olympiada Patras: Kosanovic 18, Tosic 11.
Ilysiakos: Karydas 12, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 20 and 10 boards, Conor Grace 19.


Dafni Ermis Lagkada 82-63
An easy night for Dafni who had five players with double digits against the newcomers in the division team of Lagkadas
Quarters: 28-20, 46-29, 66-48, 82-63.
Top scorers:
Dafni: Kakiouzis 12, Sourlis 13, Atthanasiadis 10 and Vlahopoulos 12
Ermis Lagkada.: Akepsimaidis 10, Paritsis 10 and Dimitriadis 15.


Pagrati - Panerythraikos 80-71
A derby took place in Pagrati with the home team taking the victory in the fourth and final quarter with an amazing Costas Mahairas (205-C-85) who was together with Koronides the MVPs of this week.
Quarters: 30-14, 51-35, 62-57, 80-71.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: Costas Mahairas 35, Kalaniotis 12 and Siristatidis 15
Panerythraikos: Katiakos 10, Hopson 10, Psathas 19 and Doumanis 13

Peristeri - KAOD 77-67
Despos was the man of the game as he was ruling the air control and apart from his 14 points he dashed down 6 rebounds and 2 assists in just 16 minutes in the court.
Quarters: 18-13, 40-32, 67-42, 77-67.
Peristeri: Lewis 10, Mantzaris 13, Despos 14.
KAOD: Moulakis 11, Zupic 12, Rodostoglou 14.

Xanthi Apollon Patras 75-77
The Cyprus international Aristides Koronides was the A to Z of the game, the talented guard seems to find his lost identity as he is the local hero in Patras. Koronides is for a fifth game the top scorer of the team with amazing percentages from the arc. In Xanthi, the Cypriot player did it all, he scored 29 points, 3 boards and 5 assists while he won seven fouls and he was the body and soul of the Patras team. Eurocasket.com believes that if Koronides continues in the same tempo he will be definitely playing in the A1 next season as he is much better than a number of guards currently playing in the top division.
Quarters: 16-19, 43-45, 60-56, 75-77.
Top scorers:
Xanthi: Seferidis 13, Jelenic 22, Anagnostopoulos 18
Apollon Patras: Maglos 11, Vardianos 13, Koronides 29 and Georgitsis 15

Rethymno - Iraklis 70-74.
The biggest surprise of the week was the road win of Iraklis. It seems that Coach Lefteris Hatzykiariakidis change entirely the psychology of the Thessalonica team. This time it was Costas Christou the man of the game. The experienced player was the MVP of the game with his 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Quarters: 22-23, 35-36, 50-54, 70-74.
Top scorers:
Rethymno: Panaras 11, Mirakovski 14, Kakaroudis 15
Iraklis: Totsios 15 and Costas Christou 18

ICBS MENT 66-68
Another team that changed entirely after the new head coach arrived is MENT, in the local derby against ICBS, the American Andrew Fogel (188-G-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mercyhurst) was the man of the match proving that he is the ace in the sleeve of coach Konstantinidis
Quarters: 20-15, 38-31, 56-51, 66-68.
Top scorers:
ICBS: Kounas 20, Sirovotka 10 and 11 boards and Kourtis 12
MENT: Andrew Fogel 18 and 3 assists, Arapis 11 and Benas 11


Eurocup games are taking place as per normal in Greece - by Simon Varvakis
Tonight is the game of Aris Thessaloniki Vs Turk Telekom Ankara in the Alexandrion Melathron court of Thessaloniki at 21.00 pm local time. (20.00 CET).

Both Aris Thessaloniki and Turk Telekom Ankara were in continuous negotiations with Uleb and also the Police Administration of Thessaloniki regarding the conditions that would occur when the game will take place tonight. It was decided that the game will take place as normal and the site of Aris Thessaloniki published an announcement in Greek which can be found here.

The other Eurocup game in Athens between Panellinios Athens and Bnei Hasharon will also take place as normal and also the Champions League of Panathinaikos in Athens.

Aris Thessaloniki has announced that there will be adequate police force at the stadium to make sure that everything goes well but the fans are also advised to be cautious and help their team in their own way and protect the efforts of the players.


Interview with Gerald Brown - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Australia, Spain, Serbia, Israel, Germany and USA, the places which Gerld Brown played in the past and showed his skills with success. Recently arrived in Poland to save PBG Basket Poznan. In his first game: 15 points, 3 steals and 2 asists in 22 min against Prokom. The experienced guard spoke to Eurobasket.com :

Eurobasket.com: Last season you played with success in Australia for Perth Wildcats, where any differences there from the European leagues you know? Do you recommend other players to go there?

Gerald Brown: Yes, I would recommend that others players go there. It's a beautiful country with lots of nice cities. It was really nice for an American like myself because they speak English. Plus, its summer during the season and the league is very competitive.

Eurobasket.com: You have a big career playing basketball in Australia, Spain, Serbia, Israel, Germany and in USA. Did you ever have offer to play in Greece?

Gerald Brown: No, never really had an offer to play in Greece but I've been there a few times to play against some Greek teams.

Eurobasket.com: You graduated from Pepperdine and then you played in NBA for Phoenix Suns at 1998, what you remember from that period?

Gerald Brown: I remember many things about my time in the NBA. As a player you dream about getting a opportunity to suit up for a team in the best league in the world. Im blessed to say I have.

Eurobasket.com: You are an experienced combo guard how you were available recently? What offers you rejected and why?

Gerald Brown: Actually, I just arrived in Poland.

Eurobasket.com: You played two years for Partizan Beograd, the last years they keep producing new players like a machine, why do you believe this is happening there and who was in your season the local player you remember for his skills?

Gerald Brown: Partizan has great basketball tradition. The young players there learn how to play the game the right way early in their careers. By watching guys like Vlade Divac and all the other greats that came before them, helps their development...Plus, Coach Dule, has a great basketball mind. And the fans their are the best I've ever seen.

Eurobasket.com: You played in many leagues and you participated in the biggest European competitions (Euroleague,Uleb Cup, Adriatic League, FIBA Champions Cup). Do you feel complete as a player? Is anywhere you want to play for first time or you prefer the leagues you know better?

Gerald Brown: Its tough to say, because as a player, most times you never really know where you'll end up...But the NBA, would be nice!

Eurobasket.com: Who was your best teammate and your worst opponent?

Gerald Brown: I been fortunate enough to have some pretty good teammates, many who I still keep in touch with...

Eurobasket.com: How do you spent your free time?

Gerald Brown: What free time? When you have kids like I do, free time is something you dream about!!!

Thank you for the interview and good luck with your new team in Poland.


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FEB Results: Round 15 - by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in FEB action, Rotterdam Challengers continue on a roll, not allowing Eiffel Towers to steal its thunder, winning their fourth in a row. In other action this weekend, Matrixx Magixx moves into second place in the FEB standings with a home win over Aris Friesland, ZZ Leiden and West-Brabant Giants prevail in blowout wins, ZZ Hanzevast Capitals at home, and West-Brabant Giants over BlueStream Seals. In the ZBC-hal on Sunday night, Landstede Basketball wins an overtime thriller over Upstairs Weert.


In the Topsportcentrum, Rotterdam Challnegrs capped off a fantastic week by winning over slumping Eiffel Towers 63-58. A flagrant foul against Eiffel Towers in the last seconds and two clutch free throws helped preserve the win for the Rotterdammers. Daniel Jones (200-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) led four Rotterdammers in double figures with 12 pts. With the win, Rotterdam Challengers improve to 8-5, while Eiffel Towers fall to 9-5 and losers of 3 of its last 4.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx continue to climb up the FEB standings with a 102-90 win over Aris Friesland. The 2nd and 3rd quarters made Matrixx more distance from their opponents, leading by as much as 97-80 in the 4th quarter. Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) was the Man of the Match, scoring a season-high 31 pts, including 5 three-pointers. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the visitors with 28 pts. Matrixx moves into 2nd place in the FEB with a 10-5 record.


In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, ZZ Leiden gave new head coach Toon van Helfteren his 1st win on the ZZ bench with a convincing 82-67 win over Hanzevast Capitals. ZZ put the clamps on Hanzevast in the 1st half, leading Hanzevast 41-23 at the half and it snowballed from there. ZZ Leiden were led by Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) with a game-high 25 pts. ZZ also shot 67.6% FG and had a 41-31 rebounding advantage. ZZ Leiden are now 3-11.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, West-Brabant Giants never gave BlueStream Seals a chance to get off the hook, with hot three-point shooting and strong rebounding making the difference, winning in a 110-71 blowout. West-Brabant Giants led 57-33 at halftime and 84-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led West-Brabant with 23 pts. each, Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 18 and Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico) snatched down 20 boards. West-Brabant made 17 of 34 three-pointers and had a 48-32 rebounding advantage. The Giants move to 8-7.


In the ZBC-hal, Landstede Basketball win a 92-88 overtime thriller over Upstairs Weert. With 14.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Upstairs leading scorer Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) made a tie-breaking three-pointer, but Landstede's Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) knocked down a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In overtime, defensive stops and clutch plays by Punch, Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) and Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) made the difference for Landstede. Bostain led Landstede with 28 pts., and Punch added 27. Landstede improves to 7-8 and Upstairs drops its 3rd straight, falls to 4-9, with its seventh loss in the last eight games.



RoodHeuvel joins MSV Log in - by Terry Cooper
After the departure of Rani Chaoui (186-G-84, college: Antelope Valley CC) to VBC Akrides, MSV aquired PG Jirian Roodheuvel (180-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) as his replacement. Roodheuvel is no stranger to PromotieDivise for he played for MyGuide2 in 2006-07 and is a member of the Dutch U-20 team. His quickness and ballhandling skills will be a great addtion to Log in and great strength for Jeffrey de Vries (180-G-84) and Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T) in the backcourt. He made his debut against Cangeroes last week and there was a great difference with him in the lineup.

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A Division Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ZTE KK - Debreceni 111-65
ZTE trashed Debreceni 111-65 jumping on 5-4 record in Division A. Srdjan Helbich top-scored for the winners draining 22 points. Steve Dagostino also had 22, but for the loosing squad. Debreceni remains on just 1 win in 9 appearances.

Falco - PVSK Panth. 86-85
The team of head coach Srecko Sekulovic escaped with a tiny home victory against PVSK improving on 6-2. Darryl Hudson scored 20, while Laszlo Kalman and Andrija Ciric delivered 16 points apiece. Kalman had 10 more assists beside that. PVSK got 23 points and 9 boards from Zoltan Bencze dropping on 5-4.

Atomeromu - Dombovar 67-70
Fantastic road victory for Dombovar as both teams currently have the same 7-2 record. Third team with the same digits in the league is Albacomp. Anthony Dill was central figure of the game netting 32 points and puling down 12 rebounds. Experienced Robert Gulyas collected 27 points and 9 boards in loss.

Soproni - Albacomp 86-75
Soproni crushed Albacomp handing it the second defeat in Division A this season. David Brooks was unstoppable collecting 32 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Alvin Cruz also shined posting 21 pts. Velibor Radovic stepped up for Albacomp with 23 points, but it was not enough for his team.

Univer KSE - Kormend 81-90
The home team missed Mike Dale, american forward will have a knee surgery and not able to play this season for UNIVER anymore. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent Tamas Deri

Kaposvari - EnterNet-NTE 95-58
As it was expected, Kaposvar outplayed NTE moving up on 4-5. One the other hand, visitors remain the only winless team in the league. Kestutis Marciulionis paced hosts netting 21 points and dishing out 6 assists. Gabor Beak and Nandor Simon had 11 each for NTE.

Marso-Vagep - Szolnok 74-64
The box-score will be available soon.


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 7-2 
 2. Atomeromu 7-2 
 3. Dombovar 7-2 
 4. Falco 6-2 
 5. Kormend 5-4 
 6. ZTE KK 5-4 
 7. PVSK Panth. 5-4 
 8. Univer KSE 5-4 
 9. Szolnok 5-5 
 10. Soproni 4-5 
 11. Kaposvari 4-5 
 12. Marso-Vagep 2-6 
 13. Debreceni 1-8 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-9 


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News from Udine: Forte and Buskevics - by Antonello Varallo
After the new head coach Romeo Sacchetti, Snaidero Udine announced the agreements with 2 new players: Joseph Forte (193-G-81, college: N.Carolina) and Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77). Last November Forte was released by Fortitudo Bologna after 2 games due to disciplinary problems. His career is a mix of talent and dissipation. After 2 amazing years with N.Carolina, he was drafted by Boston Celtics, chosen by legendary Red Auerbach, who later named him 'the bigger mistake of my life'. Forte played only 8 games, then was traded to Seattle, but quickly waived after a suspension. After a good season with Apollon Patra (GRE-A1), he was signed by Montepaschi Siena. Next year he joined Unics Kazan (RUS-A Superleague), and in Jan.'08 he moved to Fortitudo Bologna.
Buskevics did his best with BK Ventspils (LBL), where he won 4 Latvian Leagues before moving to Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR-D1) and then to Russian Superleague, where he joined Great Perm and Dynamo Moscow Region. In 2006-2007 he was signed by ASK Riga (LBL), where he played until last march.


Surprise in Roma: Repesa resigns ! - by Gianni Pascucci
An unexpected new comes from Roma; this afternoon, Virtus Lottomatica announced that coach Jasmin Repesa decided to resign at the end of a talk with the team officials. Team President Claudio Toti and GM Dejan Bodiroga accepted the resignation, entrusting the team to Fernando Gentile , who will be the interim head coach.

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Toyota Tsusho on a roll in JBL2 - by Kenny
The 6-0 Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles went up against the 6-0 Aisin AW Areions on Sunday (Dec. 7th) in a matchup of 1st place teams in the JBL2. Toyota Tsusho emerged with a 87-61 victory to take sole possession of 1st place in the 8-team league in the JBL's 2nd division. The Fighting Eagles were led by F Darrell Wonge (198-F-86, college: Winston Salem)'s 22 points and 11 rebounds and F/C Yu Koroda's 15 and 12. C Andrew Feeley also contributed to the victory with 12 pts and 5 boards. The red-hot Fighting Eagles, who now move to 7-0 with the win, are off this weekend.

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Zain completes their roster - by Mohammed Malas
The american power forward Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh) who arrived to Amman last sunday is the last addition to Zain's roster before their departure to their camp in Beirut, Lebanon today, 5 games will be played while their stay there with different levels in order to have the system and shape needed for Dubai International Tournament (20-27 December) and the next competitions.

Lett was part of Fastlink (Zain's ex-name) in Arab Clubs Championship, Asian Clubs Championship and Singapore Cup in 2005, He played 12 games this season with Canasta Jerez Unibasket (Spanish LEB-Silver) and averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg, The last game with the team on 5th of December against Vigo who won by 7.

Adding to Spain, Ontario's past career includes South Korea, Australia and Turkey.

- Lebanon's camp games schedule (Amman & Beirut Time, +3 GMT):
Tuesday 9/12: Vs. Anibal Zahle at 5 PM
Wednesday 10/12: Vs. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut at 6 PM
Thursday 11/12: Vs. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut at 6 PM
Friday 12/12: Vs. FLB Imports at 6 PM
Saturday 13/12: Vs. UAE National Team at 6 PM

- Zain's roster for Lebanon's camp:
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)
Francis Ireifej (186-G-82, college: Point Loma)
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.)
Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81)
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85)
Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire)
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84)
Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83)
Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh)
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon)
Moussa Basheer (208-C-78)
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro)
LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans)

Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma
Associate Head Coach: Robert Taylor
Assistant: Mario Gomes
Assistant: Ruslan Soobzokov


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NBA Round: 42 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Warriors - Thunder 112-102
Golden State Warriors celebrated in Oklahoma City having 7 players with 10 or more points. The best one for sure was Andris Biedrins, who nailed 17 points and pulled down 21 rebounds. The Thunder got impressive 41 pts and 10 boards from Kevin Durant. Warriors 6-15, Thunder 2-20.

Magic - Clippers 95-88
Dwight Howard paced Orlando Magic to 16th win this season collecting 23 points and 22 rebounds. Rashard Lewis followed him with 18 pts and 7 boards. Baron Davis and Zach Randolph combined 48 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Their LA Clippers now have 4-17.

Bobcats - Heat 96-100
Another magnificent performance by Dwayne Wade was enough for Miami Heat to jump on 12-9 record. This time Wade stopped on 41 points and 8 rebounds for 38 minutes. Jason Richardson responded with 24 points for the Bobcats (7-14).

Rockets - Grizzlies 97-109
Rudy Gay, who came off the bench, Hakim Warrick and OJ Mayo combined 56 points for the Grizzlies leading them to home victory against the Houston Rockets (6-15). On the other side, the Rockets faced with 8th defeat despite 16 points and 15 rebounds by Argentinean big guy Luis Scola.


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STEPHEN CURRY VS JJ REDICK (AT DUKE) - by Kaliph Ross
A lot of people compare the 2 game wise and why there is some comparison these are 2 different players. They both shoot about the same but Curry is the better ball handler and passer and will see some point guard at the next level. JJ Redick is strickly a set shooter and can not create his own shot or score off the dribble and his defense has always been his demise but, to his credit he played against better competition in college and had better players surrounding him. The jury is still out if Curry can run a nba offense and at 6'3 is a little to small to play a 2 guard in the nba. Redick has proven he is not a point guard but also show liabilities on defense but is still a very good player and a very dangerous shooter if given the oppurtunity. I believe Curry will have a chance at playing both positions depending on who drafts him and JJ needs to be traded get a fresh start and show he is still one of the best shooters in the world.

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Connor Whitman: "I don't think you can play a perfect game" - by Moritz Korff
It was surely the most impressive individual performance in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B (Germany) so far this season. In a league that features many outstanding shooters like Braunschweig's Ivan Jenkins (5'11''-G-83, college: Lambuth), Muenchen's Johnnie Bryant (6'0''-G-85, college: Utah) or Crailsheim's John Griffin (6'0''-G-85, college: Bucknell) to name only a few, one man has outgunned all these players on Saturday by hitting 12 of his 13 shots from beyond the arc, guiding his team Herzoege Wolfenbuettel to a 99:92-away win at TG Renesas Landshut. Please read what Connor Whitman (6'1''-G-85, college: Occidental), the 23-year-old guard from Los Angeles, California has to tell.

Shooting 12 out of 13 from three-point land and scoring 43 points totally at Landshut on Saturday: Do you feel like you played the perfect game?
No, I don't think you can play a perfect game, but that was the closest to a perfect shooting game that I have played in my career. I could have played better defense and not had those two turnovers to have a better game.

Have you ever hit more threes in a game than on Saturday?
No, I had 11 threes in a preseason game earlier this season and in college I had 9 threes a few times.

What is easier: To nail a three pointer in the NCAA Division 3 or in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B?
I think it all depends on which team you are playing and what kind of defense they are playing. However, if I had to say I would say that it is easier in the Bundesliga Pro B because teams here do not scout individual players and team plays as much as college teams do. There is much more scouting and preparation for each and every team in college, because the coaches play the same teams year in and year out.

Obviously you have succeeded in adapting to the European way of basketball. Were there any difficulties for you to overcome?
Thanks. The biggest difficulty for me adapting to this style of basketball was the fact that there are not as defined roles for each player on each team. The way the game is refereed has also been a big adjustment for me.

Hardly anybody would have expected Wolfenbuettel to be so successful this season: What makes your team that strong?
I think the biggest strength of our team is our team play. We had four returning starters from the end of last year's season so the chemistry between the players is pretty good. We all like each other and play well as a team.

Do you think your team has a chance to finish the season on the first or second place and to move up to Pro A?
We definitely have the ability to finish the season in the top 2, however, we have a long season ahead of us and must focus on each and every game. We have the talent to beat anyone, but we must stay focused and keep improving.

Sometimes it seems like it's difficult for players from the NCAA Division 3 to find a team in pro basketball. What's your opinion about that and did you make that experience yourself?
I can see how some teams might be wary of choosing a player from a Division 3 when there are higher division players out there. However, I know that there are Division 3 players out there that by the time they are seniors and juniors can play at many Division 1 schools. The fact that you can get major minutes at a Division 3 when young can give you the edge on a higher division player that only saw time in their junior and senior seasons and did not have to do as much in their career for their college teams to win.

After Sam Betty and Song Cun you are the third graduate of Occidental College within a couple of year to play in Wolfenbuettel. Is there a special connection between Oxy and the Herzoege organisation?
Yes, my college coach, Brian Newhall, and the Herzoege president, Bobby Junger, have become friends and have kept contact with each other through the years. They are both very knowledgeable about basketball and understand the business side of playing overseas. Coach Newhall is the one who put me in contact with this organization.


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Harstad beat Ammerud for the lead in the league - by Eurobasket News
Harstad grabbed the top spot in the BLNO ladder as they held off Ammerud 91:76 at home court. It was the eleventh win for the Vikings in thirteen games played. Ammerud however made the hosts work hard to reach the victory in this one. The visitors piled up a 3-point lead at the first intermission. Harstad failed to surge in front at the end of the second period and trailed by two points. However a hot-shooting day from Bendik Myhrer (191-G-85) allowed the hosts to come back to life after the long break. The Vikings shot down Ammerud 28:15 in the third stanza and sealed the winning outcome in the final term. Myhrer came up with 24 points for Harstad. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) added 18 points and 11 assists for the winners.
Ammerud had a tough weekend as they next faced another top-seeded opponent Tromso. This time Ammerud could not surprise their counterparts right from the start. The Storm grabbed an early lead and piled up a 4-point advantage at the interval. Ammerud stayed at the striking distance in the third frame but collapsed in the final stages. Tromso won the fourth quarter 25:5 and secured the eleventh victory in the season. Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) paced the hosts with 20 points and 12 boards. Taj Finger (203-F-86) added 17 points and 12 boards in the win. Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) responded with 14 points, 8 boards and 6 steals in the loss.


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Destroyers disclose roster - by Gianni Pascucci

New PBL team Mid-Michigan Destroyers staff sent to Usbasket.com the team roster for the upcoming 2009 PBL season yesterday. There are eleven players signed, and the two players called in the PBL draft, Bobo and Lloyd are both in the squad. The team's ownership group is JJKN Hoops, LLC, and the official teamlist is as follows:
# player pos hgt/wgt school
7 Chuck Reed G, 6-3/205 Park U
11 Jeff Jayson G, 6-2/210 Aquinas
13 Troy Coleman G, 6-3/190 Lincoln College
15 Odgra Bobo G/F, 6-6/195 Oakland C.C.
17 Melvin White F, 6-7/200 Grand Valley State
21 Jamel Gooding F, 6-6/240 Grambling State
23 Justin Hall G/F, 6-4/200 Toledo
25 Luke Lloyd F/C, 6-9/220 Morehead State
30 David Williams F/C, 6-10/210 Saginaw Valley State
32 Darien Bynum C, 6-8/250 Louisiana-Monroe
33 Frank Gojcaj C, 6-9/240 Macomb C.C.
Head Coach : Jason 'TJ' Newsham
Associate Head Coach : Starlin Stevens
Assistant Coach : Warren Wood
General Manager : Jere Shockey
The Destroyers will play theyr first game on the road Saturday, January 3, 2009, vs. the Detroit Panthers. Their home debut is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2009, again vs. the Detroit Panthers. The official team website is yet under construction, for information check the team's alternate website at www.jjknhoops.com




The Vermont Frost Heaves to partner with City of Barre and the Barre City Police Christmas for Kids Campaign - by Richard
The Vermont Frost Heaves will conduct an open practice from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Barre Auditorium, followed by a chance for fans to meet and greet this years team lead by returning anchor John Bryant.

There will be no admission charge, but fans are asked to bring an unwrapped toy better yet, TOYS for boys and girls of any age to benefit the Barre City Police Department's Christmas for Kids Campaign and those toys will be distributed to kids in Barre prior to Christmas.

BUMP the Moose is sure to be there and there will be posters and specialty merchandise for fans to get a jump start on those Christmas presents.

Remember, Frost Heaves game or season tickets, and merchandise make great holiday gifts. The Frost Heaves' open their season on Dec. 27 at the Green Mountain Tip-Off Tournament. For more information go to www.vermontfrostheaves.com.

See you Wednesday. And don't forget to bring a toy.
Courtesy of The Vermont Frost Heaves


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Great...Ural Great - by Eurobasket News
Ural Great - Keravnos 85:64

Ural Great achieved the second victory in EuroChallenge Group B and improved to 2-1 record after the win over Keravnos. The Russian squad won all the quarters in the game and triumphed with 85:64 victory. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) paced all the winners with 21 points. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) nailed 16 and Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) posted 14. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, agency: CAA Sports, college: Florida St.) ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) notched 10.
Ural Great opened the game with 5 consecutive points, however Aleksandar Damjanovic quickly tied the game at 7:7. The hosts were luckier in the end and took 21:19 lead entering the second quarter. LaMarr Greer, being the leader of his team gave the guests 30:29 lead in the second period. Aleksei Surovtsev sent the teams to the lockers for 42:37.
When Jarrett Hart made a layup four minutes into the second half for Keravnos, the visitors only trailed 45:46. Ural Great pushed the tempo and extended the lead to 57:46 when Ralph Biggs made a dunk. Jumaine Jones closed the third stanza at 59:49 making a jump-shot. Aleksandar Damjanovic's jumper cut the deficit to 72:61 but Ural Great kept the score for good. Khamitov posted a free throw for 85:64 victory.

Ural Great: Jumaine Jones 21, Ralph Biggs 16, Aleksei Surovtsev 14
Keravnos: LaMarr Greer 27, Aleksandar Damjanovic 10


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Khimik Yuzhny hires Oliver Popovic as a head coach - by Dragan Jankovski
Oliver Popovic became the new head coach of Ukrainian BC Khimik Yuzhny. In October this year he rejoined Vizura Belgrade helping the team to move from the red zone to position number 9 at this moment (4 wins and 8 defeats). Interesting is that Popovic made impressive results with Vizura last season. The team entered into the A league as a newcomer from B division, but despite that fact Vizura managed to reach the Superleague. At the end of the season Oliver Popovic left the team, but as it is mentioned above he again took it over in October. Before Vizura, Popovic used to work in Mega Ishrana and Avala Ada. As a player Popovic changed many teams. He started career in Uzice and later played few years for Partizan Belgrade. He also was a member of Spartak, Beobanka, Crvena Zvezda, Lokomotiv Min. Vody, Unics Kazan and Maroussi Athens. His biggest achievement so far is the title in Yugoslavian championship for season 97/98 with Crvena Zvezda. He also won Russian National Cup and in 2004 reached the final of FIBA Europe League with Maroussi. At the same season his Maroussi played in the final of Greek championship.

Oliver Popovic will replace Dmytro Bazelevskyi on the Khimik's bench. After fiasco in Zagreb, the team decided to release Bazelevskyi. However, he will stay in the club but not as a coach. Popovic signed two and a half season contract with his new club (until summer 2011).


Ivica Mavrenski is new head coach of Vizura - by Zoran Popovic
Ivica Mavrenski is new head coach of Vizura Beograd. He will replace Oliver Popovic who signed contract with BC Khimik Yuzhny two days ago. Mavrenski started this season in BC Projstejov but two weeks ago he left Czech club. Before Vizura and BC Prostejov Mavrenski was coach assistant in BC Vojvodina in season 2003-2004 and head coach in BC Vojvodina in season 2007-2008. In his career as a player Mavrenski played for Vojvodina, Profikolor, Crvena Zvezda, Hemofarm, FMP, MZT Skoplje, Ibon and Zaleagerszeg TE.

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Bang to Return to Struggling Knights - by Rick Ross
The former SK Knights scorer Bang Sung-yoon (210-C-88) has finally accepted the
Knights' request to return to the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
The Knights, based in Seoul, announced Monday that their former
No. 1 draft pick, now playing for the Reno Bighorns in the
NBA Development League (NBDL), would return to Korea Wednesday morning.
With hope for playing in the NBA, the 26-year-old forward, dubbed as
Mr. Big Bang,'' flied to the United States before this season, and was drafted 10th in the third round.

Bang, who also played for the Roanoke Dazzle in the 2004-2005 season
has averaged 12.3 points and two rebounds in four games with the Nevada-based team.
Since the Knights, which was considered a contender before the
season thanks to adding standout rookie
Kim Min-soo, are struggling with a 5-11, sitting ninth in the standings,
they have asked him to come back to rebuild the team.

Bang, who is a dead-on outside shooter and can also play down low with his size of
1.95 meters, is expected to play Wednesday against the
Samsung Thunders in a Seoul derby, and otherwise, will face the
defending champion Dongbu Promy on the road Friday.

Bang's addition forms a strong lineup and enables the
Knights to re-ignite their bid for the six-team competing-playoffs.
Point guard Kim Tae-sul, last season' Rookie of the Year,
is recovering from a shoulder injury and American
Terrence Shannon, a leading scorer last season, and
Kim Min-soo have provided consistent numbers, averaging 24.3 and 12.3 points, respectively.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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  UKRAINE   


Cholet Basket survives in Ukraine to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
BC Sumykhimprom -Cholet Basket 81:82

Cholet Basket survives in Ukraine to stay undefeated in EuroChallenge Group C. Cholet beat BC Sumykhimprom 82:81 due to the last period. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) and Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, college: Minnesota) paced the winners to 3-0 record with 20 points each. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) nailed 14 for the winners and De Colo had 9. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) added 17.
Even though the French team won the opening tip, 6-1, Ukrainian side looked better in the first period. Santee with a jump shot made it 21;13 for the home team. Lekavicius fired a jump-shot in the second stanza to give BC Sumykhimprom 35:25. Beaubois reduced for the guests for 45:38 sending the teams to the lockers. Sumykhimprom led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter and ended the frame on top 65:58. The nightmare appeared for the hosts in the last frame when Cholet Basket started to dominate the court. A 9-0 run allowed the visitors to take 68:65 as Antywane Robinson made a jump-shot. Kevin Braswell even scored for 78:68 but BC Sumykhimprom remained on track. Macernis connected from long range with 21 seconds to go to close the gap to 79:80. Vincent Grier however brought the stunning victory for the guests from the free throw line.

BC Sumykhimprom: Abdullahi Kuso 25, Brian Greene 17
Cholet Basket: Antywane Robinson 20, Vincent Grier 20, Kevin Braswell 14


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BBL Team of the Week - Week 11 - by Andy Webb

A huge rebounding night earned Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders forward Phil Missere (203-F, college: St.John's) his first BBL Team of the Week nomination.

The 6 8 forward pulled down an incredible 27 rebounds including 17 at the defensive end - in Riders 99-94 overtime loss at Marshall MK Lions on Sunday. Missere also added 12 points, four assists and two blocks in just under 43 minutes of action.

His performance drew praise from his coach, Rob Paternostro: Phil is so active on the boards with his ability to rebound at both ends. Along with his energy, that makes him one of the best big guys in the league, he really lifts us.

Missere is joined at the other forward spot by Team of the Week regular Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.). The Everton star poured in 30 points and pulled down ten boards to Tigers into the BBL Cup final with a 97-86 victory against Newcastle Eagles.

Smith also dished out six assists and blocked two shots, to the delight of coach Tony Garbelotto: I believe that Andre is playing at a higher level than anyone in the league, both in the terms of statistics and effort.

Another player returning to the Team of the Week is Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.). The Scottish Rocks point guard scored 26 points and dished out nine assists and his team remained top of the BBL Championship with an 87-80 victory against Worcester Wolves.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) joins Yanders in the back-court after a game-winning performance against BiG Storage Cheshire Jets.

Lasker was perfect from two-point land, scoring all seven shots on the way to a game-high 29 points. He also collected three steals in 36 minutes as Gary Stronachs team maintained their title challenge.

Worthing Thunder centre Colby Bargeman (196-F-86, college: Northwestern St.) also had a big night for his club as they won a thriller 90-89 at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Saturday evening.

The 22-year-old rookie scored 28 points and pulled down eight rebounds to help his side continue their recent good run of form.





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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Dexia improves to undefeated 10-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Dexia improves to undefeated 10-0 record after a road win over Ieper 81:89. Akonga Nsimbo led the winners with 26 points and Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) nailed 21. Ann Plasman ended up with 23 points in the losing effort. St-Katelijne Waver fell at 8-2 after the loss from Point Chaud Sprimont 73:85. Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Laura Sario added 16. Daphne Van Dessel (172-G-82) produced 17 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and CSKA Moscow is back to Euroleague with a convincing victory over Gambrinus 91:71. In a postponed game played last night Russian team won all the quarters in the game to take 5-3 record in the group. Rebecca Khammon led the winners with 22 points, while Ann Wauters added 20. Janel McCarville supported them with 16 points and Lawson scored 11. Tamika Whitmore ended up with 23 points in defeat and Liene Jansone scored 16. It was the first game for CSKA returning to the competition. Douglas and Ann Wauters posted first points for the Russian team, however Maiga's four points in a row made the score 9:8. The Russian team sparked a 12-2 run to take 25:13 after the opening quarter. With another 21-16 CSKA extended the lead 46:29 at the halftime. The visitors managed to reduce the arrears to 52:40 in the middle of the third. Gorbunova's three however remained the lead at 69:48 and Tamika Whitmore closed the third at 68:50. A 12-0 surge capped by a Hana Horakova three with just under six minutes to play in the game cut the deficit to 74:64. Later on the guests could not stay on race and were defeated 91:71. Douglas made two free throws at the end to seal the winning outcome for her team.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Standings - CNBF
CNBF Standings
1. Ourinhos 15-1
2. Unimed/Amer. 14-2
3. Catanduva 12-4
4. Santo Andre 8-8
5. Sao Bernardo 8-8
6. de Nassau 5-11
7. M. Petrobras 4-12
8. Doze/Floripa 3-13
9. Sao Caetano 3-13


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Bourges 64-56
Tarbes was better than Burges in derby game of Round 13 handing it the first defeat in LFB this season. It means that these two teams are currently at the top of the standings with almost perfect 12-1 record. Tanisha Wright top-scored for the winners with 17 points. She also had 6 more rebounds beside that. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui helped with double-double, 15 points and 10 boards. Celine Dumerc collected 17 points and 8 rebounds for the loosing side.

ESB Villeneu. - Union Hainaut 87-69
ESB Villeneuve was too strong for Union Hainaut thanks to Ljubica Drljaca and Geraldine Robert, which combined magnificent 46 points and 22 rebounds. Kathy Wambe and Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca nailed 11 points apiece for the visitors.

COB Calais - Mondeville 90-70
7-6 for COB Calais and 4-9 for Mondeville after this game. The hosts had 5 players with 11 or more points, but the best one was Olayinka Sanni with 18 pts and also 8 boards. Mondeville got 18 pts from Lenae Wiliams.

Challes - Montpellier 83-78
Challes outplayed Montpellier in extremely exciting game moving up on 9-4 in LFB. Kirby Copeland and Sylvia Janostinova combined 46 points and 14 boards for the inning squad. Sheana Mosch led all the scorers draining 30 points. Her Montpellier dropped on 6-7.

Landes - Aix-en-Prov. 63-70
Another disappointment for Landes' fans (2-11). On the other side, Aix-en-Prov improved on 7-6. Hollie Grima stepped up for her team delivering 22 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Bineta Diouf and Ekaterina Dimitrova nailed 16 points apiece in loss.

Reims - Arras 71-64
It was a game between two teams with 5-7 record after 12 rounds. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop collected 17 points and 6 boards, while Valerya Berezhynska helped the winners adding 15 points and 14 rebounds. Marielle Amant poured in 19 points for the loosing squad.

Clermont - Nantes 68-81
Nantes surprised Clermont on the road celebrating the first win this season. Leslie Ardon was a key player for the visitors netting 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Claudia Das Neves posted 14 points and dished out 7 assists for Clermont.



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  GREECE - Women  


Athinaikos register ninth straight win in A1 - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos stayed on top of the A1 ladder after Round 9. Georgis Dikeoulakos team ensured the ninth straight win to keep in front. This time Athinaikos overcame Ano Liosa 100:65 at home court. The hosts were up by just one point after the opening term but managed to take over and eased to the victory in the latter stages. Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) secured 19 points for Athinaikos. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) topscored with 20 points and 8 boards for the winning side. Meg Tierney (190-F/C-81) responded with 22 points and 8 boards for Ano Liosa in defeat.
Esperides earned the eighth victory and remained in the second spot. They handled Siemens 94:51. Jackie McFarland (191-F-85, college: Colorado) paced the winners with 21 points. Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) produced 16 points to ensure the winning outcome for Esperides. Efi Kazantzidou (177-G-84) and Dimitra Giannopoulou (184-F-84) replied with 15 points each for Siemens as they fell at 2-7 record.
Apollon Ptolemaidos was the only team that celebrated the road win in Round 9. They upset Panionios 65:47 away from home. Crystal Smith (168-G-84, college: Iowa) dropped 22 points to pace the visitors. Chloe Kerr (191-C-85, college: USC) contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Deli answered with 8 points in the loss.


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A Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Savaria - BEAC 72-82
BEAC outsmarted Savaria on the road registering the second victory this season in Division A. On the other side, Savaria remains the only winless team in the league after 11 games. Emese Szasz and Judit Zsamar netted 20 points each for the winners. Actually Zsamar had 9 more rebounds beside that. Eniko Horvath replied with 20 pts for the hosts.

BSE - Szeged 79-73
Very important win for the hosts as both teams had 7-2 before this round. Lidiya Milkova, Hajnalka Szlimak and Allyson Hardy drained 15 points apiece for the winning squad. Szeged got 21 points from Emoke Furesz.

Atomeromu - Foton 66-87
8-3 for Foton and 4-7 for Atomeromu after this game. Dagmar Imbergerova nailed 20, while Diana Furesz helped Foton with one point less. Hajdana Radunovic also was on a great level collecting 17 points and 15 boards. Rita Tamas contributed with 20 points in loss.

ZTE - Szolnok 67-62
Fifth win for ZTE mostly owing to Zsofia Horvath, who scored 15 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Rita Kalmar Nagy registered double-double for Szolnok, but despite that her team fell on 4-7.

Cegledi EKK - Vasas-Csata 68-83
As it was expected, Vasas-Csata cruised past Cegledi on the road improving on 4-6 record in Division A. Finda Mansare was a key player for the winners nailing 29 points and grabbing 9 rebounds (4 of 4 from behind the arc). Klara Tiba and Anett Serban delivered 15 points each for Cegledi, who stays on just 1 win so far.

MiZo Pecs - MKB Eurol. 70-74
In derby game of Round 11 MKB Euroleasing managed to hand the first defeat this season to MiZo Pecs. It means that MKB Euroleasing is at the top of the standings alone with perfect 10-0 record. MiZo is on the second place with 10-1. Amber Holt shined in big derby collecting 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jelena Milovanovic followed her with 16 pts and 5 boards. Kelly Mazzante was on a high level in MiZo, 20 points and 6 rebs.


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  ITALY - Women  


Serie A1 day-9: boscores. Parma won 20-0 by Judge decision - by Carlo Grilli

ACP Livorno Liomatic Umbertide 68-70
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 2 (1/2), Pastore C. 9 (3/7), Bade K. (0/4), Buccianti E. , Mariani F. 3 (1/3), Gaither K. 8 (4/10), Bagnara B. 16 (2/4, 2/8), Balestri A. dnp, Montagna S. dnp, Ruzickova M. 5 (2/8). Coach Novello Guido
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Chiara Rossi (170-G-88) 10 (1/3, 2/4), Battisodo V. 2 (1/2), Giorgi S. , Gelfusa L. , Arcangeli A. , Bonaldo E. , Callens E. 7 (2/4, 0/2), Hodges D. 11 (2/9, 1/4), Brown A. 12 (5/9), Willis C. 6 (2/7). Coach Serventi Lorenzo

Pall. Faenza - Erg Acer Priolo 55-49
PALL FAENZA: Moises Pinto 15, Erkic 6, Ramon, Modica 7, Sulciute 2, Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85) 3, Bandini dnp, Bjelica 7, Zampella 9, Alexander 6. Coach Rossi Paolo
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla 5, Bonfiglio 7, Green 4, Barnes 8, Milazzo, Cirov 7, Sadiq 2, Seino, Sciacca 3, Pascalau 13. Coach Coppa Santino

Banco di Sicilia Ribera Pool Comense 68-70
(9-23, 29-37, 49-58)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Colico 3, Bonafede 5, Creamer, Romagnoli 2, Riccardi, Montagnino 20, Chones 14, Moody 5, Perfetti, Page 19. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
POOL COMENSE: Fassina, Silva 2, Invernizzi 2, Slavcheva 17, Lymoura 9, Smith 20, Leigh Aziz (186-F/C-79, college: Syracuse) 2, Fazio 12, Donvito dnp, Sarni 6. Coach Montini Walter

GMA Phonica Pozzuoli Cras Taranto 66-79
(14-13, 31-25, 44-54)
GMA PHONICA POZZUOLI: Naydenova, Favento 5, Andjelic 19, Ferazzoli 2, Benko, Minervino dnp, Grasso 7, Dixon 21, Danzi, Aties 12. Coach Palombo Carlo Fulvio
CRAS TARANTO: Mahoney 13, Siccardi, Bello 3, Zimerle 7, David 7, Prado dnp, Godin 9, Batkovic 21, Greco 16, Rosi Sanchez (175-G-74) 3. Coach Ricchini Roberto

Gescom MCI Viterbo Basket Vomero Napoli 33-48
(7-13, 16-24, 30-34)
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic 6, Magaddino 5, Maimone dnp, Franchetti 6, Piroli 2, Cusenza dnp, Di Simone dnp, Marchesano 10, Butler 4. Coach Agresti Claudio
BASKET VOMERO NAPOLI: Gatti 7, Paola Mauriello (185-G-81) 9, Giauro 3, Paterna 5, Gentile 7, Laaksonen, Cintia 4, Robinson 13, Stamegna dnp, Zampella dnp Coach Fossati Fabio

Famila Schio - Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni 73-80
(19-15, 46-40, 58-64)
FAMILA SCHIO: Antibe 11 (4/9), Moro 5 (1/2, 1/8), Humphrey, Feaster-Strong 15 (0/1, 5/7), Masciadri 12 (3/4, 2/5), Ress 6 (2/5, 2/2) , Ciampoli 4 (2/5), Macchi 20 (3/7, 5/14); Pantani, Maiorano dnp. Coach Orlando Sandro.
BRACCO GEAS SESTO S. GIOVANNI: Arturi 4 (2/2, 0/1), Tillis 19 (4/9, 2/6), Penicheiro 20 (5/11, 0/1), Zanon 4 (2/5, 0/1), Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) 22 (3/4, 4/7), Crippa 7 (2/3, 1/3), Machanguana 4 (1/7); Frantini, Calastri dnp. Coach Galli Roberto .

Umana Reyer Venezia Lavezzini Parma 0-20 by Judge decision

(85-53 on the court), because of Venezia s mistake in number of foreigner players simultaneously on the court: 4 instead of 3 (at minute 33, when score was 75-41 for the hosts).



Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Parma 8-1 
 2. San Giovanni 7-2 
 3. Schio 6-3 
 4. Comense 6-3 
 5. Faenza 6-3 
 6. Taranto 6-3 
 7. Venezia 5-4 
 8. Vomero NA 4-5 
 9. Umbertide 3-6 
 10. Pozzuoli 3-6 
 11. Livorno 3-6 
 12. Priolo 3-6 
 13. Ribera 2-7 
 14. Viterbo 1-8 


A1 Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer - Lavezzini PA 85-53
Umana Reyer crushed Lavezzini much easier than anyone expected. However, despite this 32-point defeat the team from Parma remains at the top of the standings with 7-2 record. The same digits also has San Giovanni. Umana Reyer is currently on 6-3 score with Schio, Comense, Faenza and Taranto. Jenifer Nadalin and Mery Andrade drained 15 points each for the winners. Ilaria Zanoni netted 14 in defeat.

Viterbo - Vomero NA 33-48
Vomero celebrated in a low scoring game stopping Viterbo on just 33 points. Scholanda Robinson led the scorers in Vomero with 13 points. Maria Marchesano had 10 pts and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Vomero 4-5, Viterbo 1-8.

Pozzuoli - Taranto 66-79
Taranto cruised past Pozzuoli on the road jumping on 6-3 record. Suzy Batkovic, who came off the bench, stepped up for Taranto collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds. Michelle Greco helped with 16 points. Pozzuoli got 21 points from Tamecka Dixon dropping on 3-6.

Livorno - Umbertide 43-48
Very important road win for Umbertide as both teams now have the same 3-6 record. Amanda Brown came up with double-double for the winning squad, 12 points and 10 boards. Benedetta Bagnara was a way better than the others in loss nailing 16 points.

Familia Schio - San Giovanni 73-80
It was maybe the most interesting game of this round as both teams entered to it with pretty decent 6-2 score. San Giovanni made it reaching the top of A1, together with Parma. Karen Twehues, Ticha Penicheiro and Iciss Tillis combined 61 points for the visiting side. Laura Macchi collected 20 points, 9 boards and 5 assists in defeat.

Ribera - Comense 68-70
Another disappointment for Ribera's fans this season (2-7). On the other hand, Comense became another team with 6-3 record in the league. Brooke Smith top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Gergana Slavcheva had 3 less than her. Jami Montagnino netted 20, while Roberta Colico contributed with 19 pts for Ribera.

Faenza - Priolo 55-49
6-3 for Faenza and 3-6 for Priolo after this game. Adriana Moises Pinto shined for the hosts pouring in 15 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Florina Pascalau added 13 points and 5 boards for Priolo.


Standings A2 Women - by Carlo Grilli
A2 Standings
North
 1. Marghera 9-1 
 2. Cavezzo 9-1 
 3. Lucca 9-1 
 4. Udine 8-2 
 5. Reggio Emilia 6-4 
 6. Bologna 5-5 
 7. Cervia 5-5 
 8. Biassono 4-6 
 9. Montigarda 4-6 
 10. Bolzano 3-7 
 11. Broni 3-7 
 12. San Bonifacio 2-8 
 13. Crema 2-8 
 14. San Martino 1-9 
South
 1. Pontedera 9-1 
 2. Pomezia 8-2 
 3. Cagliari CUS 8-2 
 4. Cagliari Tr. 7-3 
 5. Chieti 6-4 
 6. Siena 5-5 
 7. Alcamo 5-5 
 8. Ancona 5-5 
 9. Napoli 5-5 
 10. S.Elpidio 4-6 
 11. Rende 3-7 
 12. La Spezia 2-8 
 13. Firenze 2-8 
 14. Alghero 1-9 


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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 22.6
2 Steinberga Jun 21.8
3 Troina TTT Riga 17.6
4 Kublina TTT Riga 15.2
5 Tare SK Cesis 14.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 11.4
2 Steinberga Juni 11.3
3 Vitola SK Riga 10.0
4 Eglite RTU 9.6
5 Veinberga Turiba 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 Burian TTT Riga 5.9
2 Tare SK Cesis 4.0
3 Troina TTT Riga 3.9
4 Karklina SK Cesis 3.4
5 Priede Jun 3.1
Steals Per Game
1 Karklina SK Cesis 4.5
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.3
3 Krumberga TTT 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Vitola SK Riga 2.3
2 Gailite RTU 1.5
3 Eglite RTU 1.3
Ranking
1 Niedola Liepajas 26.6
2 Troina TTT Riga 20.5
3 Steinberga Jun 20.5
4 Kublina TTT Riga 19.9
5 Tare SK Cesis 17.7


TTT Riga and Cesis post victories - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga maintained their perfect record in LSBL as they posted the 12th straight win at the weekend. TTT Riga overcame a slow start to knock down Turiba 91:65 at the end. Brave Turiba jumped to a 23:21 lead at the end of the opening term. They looked solid and did not allow the reigning champions to deny the deficit in the second frame. Turiba were still in charge 39:38 at halftime. However the visitors ran out of steam in the third quarter. TTT Riga finally grabbed the initiative and raced ahead. The hosts secured a 12-point buffer before the fourth term and finalized the victory in the final period. Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) came up with 28 points to lead the way for TTT Riga. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) added 21 points and 6 boards, while Elizaveta Kityzina (195-C-80) had 12 points in the victory. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) responded with 19 points for Turiba. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) and Zane Lapsina (174-G-83) added 17 points each in the loss.
Meanwhile Cesis stayed just one win shy of TTT Riga. They defeated DU/Swedbank 74:42 on the road on Sunday. Willnett Crockett (188-F/C-84, college: Connecticut) notched 19 points and 12 boards to lead Cesis. Santa Dreimane (176-G-85) contributed 14 points, while Jessica Simmonds (185-F/C-83, college: George Washington) finished with 16 points and 11 caroms in the win. Kristina Egle had 14 points in the loss.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


TEO crush Lemminkainen, Arvi stay close - by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius victimized Lemminkainen at home court for the eighth consecutive victory in the season. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored 18 points apiece to lead TEO. The hosts dominated right from the tip off. They accumulated an 11-point lead at the first intermission and stretched it to as many as 35 points at halftime. TEO limited their opponents to 12 points in the second half and celebrated a stunning win at the end. Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) added 16 points for the league leaders. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) responded with 8 points in the loss.
Arvi secured the seventh success in the LMKL season as they held off Laisve 87:73 in Marijampole. Laisve got to a brave start as they raced to a 25:21 advantage at the end of the initial term. However a strong performance from Vaida Pacauskiene (176-G-79) allowed Arvi to recover soon after. The hosts arrived at halftime leading by 2 points and extended the buffer to 4 points before the final frame. Laisve looked tired in the crunch time and Arvi managed to pull away with a tough victory. Vaida Pacauskiene knocked down 25 points to lead the way for Arvi. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) added 13 points, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Laisve in defeat.


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Petronyte TEO 22.4
2. Aglinskaite Ru 21.4
3. Balciunaite Aist 16.8
4. Marmiene, Laisve 14.1
5. Pacauskiene, Arvi 14.1
Rebounds Per Game
1. Balciunaite Ais 9.8
2. Galdikaite, Alytus 9.6
3. Aleksaite Egle 9.1
4. Petronyte TEO 8.5
5. Svaryte, Ruta 8.2
Assists Per Game
1. Wilson TEO 6.7
2. Rinkeviciute TEO 3.8
3. Zygelyte, Lemm 3.4
4. Gutkauskaite, Ruta 3.2
5. Sauliute Arvi 3.0
2FGP
1. Petronyte TEO 70.5
2. Langhorne, TEO 67.6
3. Murphy, Arvi 65.2
3FGP
1 Kvederaviciute, Laisve 59.0
2 Vitkute, Arvi 45.4
3 Brovkiene, Aistes 44.1
Free Throws
1. Zygelyte, Lemm 90.9
2. Naideniene, Lemm 88
3. Sauliute, Arvi 87.5


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Trio on top - by Eurobasket News
Three teams share the lead in the DBBL after Round 10. Residence, Etzella and T71 Dudelange all tied at 9-2 record atop of the ladder. All of them were victorious at the weekend.
Residence eased past Schieren 87:51 at home court. Schieren entered the game winless and had little hopes to open the count in this one. Residence thrashed their opponents 31:5 in the second quarter and never looked back in the second half. Michele Orban (190-C-86) secured 16 points and 12 boards for the winners. Kaatje Claes (182-C-81) added 13 points in the winning case. Shaneisha Walton replied with 26 points and 12 boards for Black Frogs.
Etzella also piled up the ninth victory in the season as they handled Racing 87:65 at home court. Racing got to a better start as they enjoyed a 25:23 lead after ten minutes of action. However the hosts took over completely in the second period and ran away to an 11-point distance at halftime. Racing failed to respond in the second half and Etzella cruised to the victory at the end. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) tallied 19 points, 10 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) had 18 points for the home team. Cherie Lea (176-G/F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: NC-Wilmington) secured 23 points and 15 boards for the visitors.
T71 Dudelange crafted a 76:62 road win over Musel-Pikes. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) stepped up with 26 points and 11 boards for T71. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) added 17 points in the winning effort. Christine Fisher had 21 points and 14 boards for Musel Pikes in defeat.


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  NORWAY - Women  


Asker pile up victories - by Eurobasket News
Asker continued their perfect run at the start of the Kvinneligaen. Lately they posted the sixth straight win. Nordstrand visited Asker/BV and had to surrender at the end. Despite a slow start Asker proved they are the top team in Norway at the moment. Nordstrand got to an aggressive start to the game and managed to take a 16:10 lead at the first break. The teams traded baskets in the second term but a massive advantage under the glass allowed Baerums Verk to cut the distance. The hosts trailed by a single point at halftime 27:28. Asker finally found the right rhythm in the second half. Karianne Oysted and Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.) paced the home team ahead and Asker built a 51:39 advantage with one quarter left in this one. Nordstrand could not match the tempo and conceded 25 points in the fourth term to lose the battle.
Karianne Oysted led the charge with 18 points. Anna Hammer added 16 points and 10 boards, while Nanna Sand delivered 12 points, 17 boards and 8 assists for the winners. Kristina Kroge answered with 13 points in the loss. Kari Theting and Ingrid Dyngeland had 11 points in the loss. Akser will face Hop, while Nordstrand will host Ulriken next.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. B.Viagem 6-1 
 2. Alges 5-1 
 3. Olivais 4-1 
 4. AD Vagos 4-2 
 5. CAB Madeira 4-3 
 6. CD Povoa 3-3 
 7. Uniao Mad. 3-5 
 8. BCBarcelos 2-4 
 9. Esgueira 2-5 
 10. Barreiro 1-5 
 11. Santarem 1-6 


Liga Feminina round 7 - by Luis Rocha
CAB was the team of the round, they went to Olivais and beat them 66-60, tremendous intensity, but this time Olivais couldnt keep their pace troughout all game and CAB took good profit and leaves with a tremendosu victory. Vagos didnt have any problem beaten Unio, the difference between the rosters of the two teams marked the game. Vagos manage the game as they wanted. Nevertheless Dejeanette Flournoy (188-C, college: Ill.-Chicago) made a terrific game, although in the last 5 minutes of the game was completely exausted. She was the MVP of the round with 26 points and 19 rebounds, but the shortness of Uniaos roster didnt help an the result was 77-61. Santarem played at home against Alges, and couldnt maintain the performance of last week. Algs won by a smashing 86-54, but the absence of Nataliya Yakovleva (-C-79), left Tameka Kelly (186-F/C, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: W.Virginia) all alone in the woods to face a strong and consistant opponent. B.Viagem had a comeback to some of their less usual habits. This time they saw a game nearly won, get away trough their fingers in Povoa. The home team beat them by 2 points 68-66, after a last minute completely unexpected by the foreigners.Catarina Mendonca (-83) sealed the game with 2 free throws with the time expired. ESSA wnet to Esgueira to play a game that was very important to aviod relegation. The home factor was put aside and ESSA won by 2 points (66-64), getting a good breathe of fresh air, at least for now.

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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 8-0 
 2. AJM Maribor 7-1 
 3. Hit Kr.Gora 6-2 
 4. Triglav 5-3 
 5. Jezica 4-4 
 6. Domzale 3-5 
 7. Odeja KED 2-6 
 8. Konjice 1-7 
 9. Rogaska 0-8 


Merkur Celje leads the way with 8-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Merkur Celje leads the way with 8-0 record in Slovenian league. In the latest game the favorites overcame Konjice 62:53 as Ines Kerin (172-G-90) and Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) posted 14 points each. Hughes added 13 points and Verbole had 8. Ursa Kvas (179-G-86) shined for the home side with 20 points. In another games Triglav beat Jezica 80:66 and Domzale overcame Odeja KED 78:65. Rogaska lot to Hit Kr.Gora 53:73 and sent them to 6-2 record.
Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had to admit the first loss with Venezia in Euroleague. TTT Riga overcame all the woes of their up-and-down Euroleague season and handed Venezia the first loss in the season beating them in Riga. TTT Riga got 18 points from Tatyana Troina to upset Group B leaders. Venezia strongly finished the starting period to pile up a 16:12 lead at the first intermission. However Ieva Kublina and Marek Burian returned the lead to the hosts early in the second frame. TTT Riga maintained a narrow advantage throughout the quarter and secured a 30:28 buffer at the interval. Ieva Kublina and Marek Burian teamed up once again to stretch the margin to 4 points at the start of the second half. But Simona Ballardini responded with 5 straight points for Venezia to take the charge. The teams traded the blows and finished the third quarter tied at 44. Hayden-Johnson and Andrade made it 47:44 for Umana Reyer with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter. Essence Carson and Tatyana Troina restored the lead for TTT Riga. Soon Essence Carson added 6 points and the hosts went up by 7 points. Simona Ballardini fired from the outside the arc and Jenifer Nadalin converted a jumper for Venezia to stay in the picture. But Essence Carson knocked down two free throws and sealed the victory for TTT Riga. Daliborka Jokic ended up with 3 points for the Italian team.


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UBL League. First news from Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News
This year is the first for Ukrainian Basketball league in the country. The league has 10 teams and so far two of them remain undefeated. Dynamo Kiev has 6-0 record, while Dnipro is 5-0.
In the latest games Dynamo beat TNU 69:48 as Stafuyuk top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Konovalova produced the same number of points in the losing effort. Dnipro smashed KPU 81:49 as Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) nailed 19 points for the winners.
Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) remains with CSKA Moscow and is back to Euroleague with a convincing victory over Gambrinus 91:71. In a postponed game played last night Russian team won all the quarters in the game to take 5-3 record in the group. Rebecca Khammon led the winners with 22 points, while Ann Wauters added 20. Janel McCarville supported them with 16 points and Lawson scored 11. Olexandra Gorbunova posted 9 points and made 5 rebounds. Tamika Whitmore ended up with 23 points in defeat and Liene Jansone scored 16. It was the first game for CSKA returning to the competition. Douglas and Ann Wauters posted first points for the Russian team, however Maiga's four points in a row made the score 9:8. The Russian team sparked a 12-2 run to take 25:13 after the opening quarter. With another 21-16 CSKA extended the lead 46:29 at the halftime. The visitors managed to reduce the arrears to 52:40 in the middle of the third. Olexandra Gorbunova's three however remained the lead at 69:48 and Tamika Whitmore closed the third at 68:50. A 12-0 surge capped by a Hana Horakova three with just under six minutes to play in the game cut the deficit to 74:64. Later on the guests could not stay on race and were defeated 91:71. Douglas made two free throws at the end to seal the winning outcome for her team.


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UWIC Archers defeats City Of Sheffield Hatters for the top spot - by Eurobasket News
The game between City Of Sheffield Hatters and UWIC Archers was expected long time ago as these two teams show great basketball of the country. December 6th left only one undefeated team in the League, UWIC Archers. The latter had a 79:80 road win to improve at 7-0 record. With 28-13 in the opening quarter the guests controlled the entire game but not the end of it. City Of Sheffield Hatters bounced back but lost only 1 points in the encounter. Hoffman led the winners with 22 points and Sarah Wagstaff nailed 19. Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) had a great night for the hosts providing 41 points. On December 7th Leeds overcame London HA 70:62, while Manchester beat Rebels 73:71.
Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) and her Ribera is 2-7 in Serie A in Italy. In Regular Season Round 8 Taranto didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Ribera at home 75:52. Elodie Godin stepped up with double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Michelle Greco scored 12 coming off the bench. Visitors didn't have any player with double digits in scoring suffering 6th defeat in 8 appearances. Julie Anne Page posted 9 points for her Italian team. In Regular Season Round 9 Ribera lost to Comense 68:70 as Julie Anne Page nailed 19 points in defeat.