EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/11/2008

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  ABA   


Last games results - by Gianni Pascucci
The South Texas Showboats, 4-0 in pre-season, are now 2-0 in the regular season thanks to the close win, 94-93 over #12 ranked Southeast Texas Mustangs. The main factor of teh win was a strong defense played by the Showboats, who put a great pressure on the Mustangs defensively, closing the third quarter at 71-56 and then resisting to S.E.Texas comeback. Before to fall to the Showboats, the Southeast Texas Mustangs (1-1) had opened their season with a win, 100-95 over the Houston Takers. In this game, the Mustangs led by as many as 21 points, but had to hold off the Takers to go on to win by five. Anthony Lumpkin scored 30 points to lead S.E.Texas, DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) and Donald Harris (6'5''-F-76, college: Texas Arlington) added 20 and 13 points. The Salt Lake City Saints took a 128-98 win in its ABA debut in Modesto, CA John Millsap (6'6''-F-82, college: UTSA) outstood in the Saints with 26 pts, Kevin Sweetwyne (6'3''-G-76, college: Idaho St.) and Tim Drisdom (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah) added 21 each at tthe winning side. Kevin Young (6'5''-F-83, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) led the Modesto Bearcats with 26, Deshawn Anderson (6'3''-G-81, college: Emporia St.) scored 20. The Washington Raptors were served up their first loss of the 2008-09 season by the visiting San Francisco Rumble on Saturday night at Rochester High School.The game ended 123-109, and leading performers for the Raptors were Jalonta Martin (6'6''-F, college: Warner Pacific) 31 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and Brendan Campbell (6'5''-F-86, college: St.Martin's) 16 points, 2 rebounds. Rumble leading scorers were Taquane Franklin (5'7''-G) with 33, Dante Sawyer (6'5''-F-83, college: S.Idaho JC) with 21, Derek Foster (6'0''-G-81, college: Cal-Santa Cruz) with 20. The Salt Lake City Saints took another win, 105-91 on Monday night, again aon the road over Modesto. John Millsap finished this time with 30 points and 16 rebounds while Jones, Covington, Drisdom, Sweetwyne and Hyatt all finished in double figures for the Saints. Kevin Young led the Bearcats with 23

Standings
ABA Standings
Northeast Div.
 1. Montreal M. 0-0 
 2. Jersey Expr. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 4. Westchester P. 0-0 
 5. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 6. S.Chicago BS 0-0 
 7. W. Virginia B. 0-0 
 8. W. Virginia O. 0-0 
 9. Aurora Force 0-0 
 10. New York I. 0-0 
Northwest Div.
 1. Salt Lake S. 2-0 
 2. Washington R. 1-0 
 3. Alaska Dream 0-0 
 4. LA Push 0-0 
 5. Beijing O. 0-0 
 6. San Diego W 0-0 
 7. Maywood B. 0-0 
 8. S.Francisco R. 0-1 
 9. Modesto B. 0-2 
Southeast Div.
 1. Nashville B. 6-0 
 2. Winston-Salem 1-2 
 3. Knoxville T. 1-3 
 4. Kentucky W. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 8. Bahama PS 0-0 
 9. Kansas City 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. South Texas 2-0 
 2. Texas M. 1-1 
 3. W.Texas W. 0-0 
 4. Gallup T. 0-0 
 5. Las Vegas A. 0-0 
 6. Fury 0-0 
 7. Mississippi B. 0-0 
 8. Arizona R. 0-0 
 9. Houston T. 0-1 


Nashville Broncs stay atop ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for the week of December 8th - and for the fourth straight week, based on a 6-0 regular league record, the Nashville Broncs hold the top position. 'I'd like to say that Nashville hasn't faced tough competition,' stated Burrel Lee III, ABA West Coast Operations Director.'But actually they've beaten some very good teams and are certainly deserving of their position atop our rankings. However, after this weekend's heavy schedule, there are some very strong teams out there and they will be challenged. Look out for my team (Maywood) and the South Texas Showboats that beat a very strong Southeast Texas Mustangs squad.' The rankings:
1. Nashville Broncs

2. Maywood Buzz
3. South Texas Showboats
4. Alaska Dream
5. Jersey Express
6. Kentucky Bisons
7. San Diego Wildcats
8. San Francisco Rumble
9. Beijing Aoshen Olympian
10. South Texas Mustangs
11. Knoxville Thunderbolts
12. Washington Raptors
13. Cleveland Rockers
14. Houston Takers
15. Salt Lake City Saints
16. Montreal Matrix
17. West Virginia Blazers
18. Chicago Steam
19. Mississippi Blues
20. Los Angeles Push
21. Modesto Bearcats
22. Las Vegas Aces
23. Sacramento Heatwave
24. Georgia Gwizzlies



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stepandic replaced Klipa on FMP bench, Rasko Bojic took KK Borac - by Zoran Popovic
Milovan Stepandic replaced Slobodan Klipa on FMP Zeleznik Beograd bench. In the next period Slobodan Klipa will be in charge for coordination of all young categories and on the bench in KK Borac Cacak Rasko Bojic will replace Stepandic.
Milovan Stepandic started coach career in Sabac with young selections and from 1991 took senior team of Iva Sabac. Before FMP Zeleznik Beograd Stepandic was head coach of KK Borac Cacak, BC Buducnost and BC Vojvodina. Rasko Bojic built his coach career in KK Borac Cacak. This is the second time that Bojic run KK Borac Cacak.


Zdovc new coach of Olimpija? - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija has agreed in principle with their former player Jurij Zdovc to become the next head coach, a well-placed source has told.
Barring any unforeseen snags, Jurij Zdovc will be announced in the coming days, likely on Friday, and he will ink till June 2011.
The 42-year-old Jurij Zdovc will replace Aleksandar Dzikic who was forced to step down last week. Jurij Zdovc is new head coach of Slovenian NT, too.


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  ARGENTINA   


coach movements - by Facundo Iatzky
Oscar Sanchez left Boca Juniors. Oscar 'huevo' is one of the best coaches of Argentina, although ge could not get the results expected and decided leave the team. His assistant Facundo Muller replaces him temporaly. Boca is in its worst season since they are in Liga A.
Atletico Echague fired Pablo D'angelo in TNA.
the movements of coaches had started when Fernando Duro left Quimsa and he was replaced by Daniel Jaule . Then Obras fired Bernardo Murphy and Carlos Alberto Duro replaced him.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Christopher Schlatter agrees with German EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Dragan Jankovski
Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) moved from Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing to German EnBW Ludwigsburg. 27-year old American supposes to replace De'Angelo Alexander, who suffered shoulder injury and will be sidelined for at least a month.
Christopher Schlatter arrived to Mega HL during the summer. He appeared 12 times in Serbian A league averaging 5.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. He also played 4 games in Balkan league with much better digits, 10.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Schlatter already has experience from Germany as he spent 06/07 season in 2. Bundesleague team TSV Troester Breitenguessbach. In 10 games he added 12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. Previous one he missed due to knee injury. In the past Christopher Schlatter also played in Luxemburg and Portugal. He graduated at Washington State University in 2005.

Meanwhile, Serbian representatives in Balkan league are getting ready for today. Actually, we will have a derby between Swisslion Takovo and Radnicki 034 Group. The match is scheduled for 18:30h in Vrsac. Third Serbian team in BIBL, Mega Hypo Leasing, is free in this round.


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  BARBADOS   


St. Michael, Garrison renew rivalry in Challenge final - by Justin Marville
THE ST MICHAEL SCHOOL will get another bite at the cherry.

Hopefully, this time it won't leave a bitter taste.

The former champs will renew their heated rivalry with league winners Garrison Secondary today after dismantling Alexandra 68-38 in the semi-finals of the United Insurance Schools Basketball Pearson Griffith Challenge Trophy.

Putting last month's heartbreaking loss in the league finale behind them, St Michael would have been looking to use Monday's game at the Wildey Gymnasium as a warm-up for a rematch with the league champs.

But the less favoured Alexandra side provided some unexpected resistance early in the first quarter, using a stifling brand of half-court defence to restrict the former champs to just three points in the first three minutes.

That early defensive fortuity didn't translate into success at the offensive end, however, as guards Akeem Nero and Tionne Bostic wasted several easy scoring opportunities in the open court.

Prolific St Michael forward Darren Hunte quickly made them pay, making his way to the ring for a swift ten first-quarter points.

Trailing 15-9 at the start of the second period, Alexandra's offensive struggles were then amplified when they were forced to deal with an ensuing full-court press.

It didn't help their cause any that Bostic and Nero's shooting woes continued amidst a sudden spate of turnovers, as Alexandra failed to trouble the scorers for the first five minutes of the period.

But St Michael hardly fared better when Hunte and starting guards Raheem Elliot and Shakeir Bayne went to the bench for a breather, leading to one of the most offensively inept quarters in the tournament.

The two sides combined for 11 second-quarter points, with a Jamario Clarke free-throw accounting for Alexandra's lone point in the period, as their deficit ballooned to 25-10 by the half.

Clarke finally broke the side's field goal drought with a couple of quick baskets to start the third period, while Bostic began to find his range from the perimeter.

However, their efforts proved futile against the free-scoring Hunte once he took matters into his own hands.

The athletic forward scored at will against his younger, less experienced counterparts, getting to the paint with the utmost of ease to pilot a 10-3 run at the end of the period that pushed the lead to 43-26.

Hunte added ten fourth-quarter points for good measure, showing off his range on a couple of treys to effectively put an end to the contest.

Hunte led all scorers with 33 points and Bayne added 14 for the victorious St Michael. Bostic was St Lucy's high man with 14 points while Clarke finished with ten.

In the day's other semi-final, recently crowned league champs Garrison Secondary defeated St Lucy 65-42 behind a game-high 23 points from dominant two-way centre John Jones.

Taking advantage of early foul trouble to opposing swingman Jamar Grazette midway through the second quarter, the Garrison broke open an 18-18 deadlock by scoring 16 unanswered points to close the half.

Shooting guard Jodie Williams scored eight of his 18 points during that stretch while Justin Maloney finished with 15.

Grazette's 15 points was the lone double-digit contribution for St Lucy.


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi pip Brose Basket in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - Brose Basket 64:62

Charleroi overcame a 13-point first-frame deficit to narrowly defeat Brose Basket at home court. The victory meant Charleroi improved at 3-0 record, while dropping Brose at 0-3. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) scored 18 points to lead the way for Spirou.
Brose needed to win badly and opened the game aggressively. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led the visitors to a 13:2 advantage. The German team maintained the pressure and led 20:11 after the opening term. Brose remained in the drivers seat as they led 30:15 midway through the second quarter. However Spirou finally found their rhythm as Matt Walsh fueled a 16:0 run. The hosts raced ahead before Brose answered late in the half. Predrag Suput and Taylor ensured a 35:31 lead for Brose at the interval.
Taylor secured a 9-point lead for the visitors at the start of the third quarter. But Charleroi recovered late in the stanza as Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green), Matt Walsh, Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Agency No 10) and Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) gave the home team a 47:43 advantage with one quarter to go. Bamberg stayed close for some time early in the fourth period but Hamilton converted a three-point play to make it 57:48 for Charleroi with three minutes remaining. Brose never said die and trimmed the distance to 2 points but it was just too late to influence the final outcome.
Jonathan Tabu and Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) came up with 9 points apiece for the winning team. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Brose. Predrag Suput finished with 18 points in the loss.

Charleroi: Matt Walsh 18, Jonathan Tabu 9, Jerry Johnson 9
Brose Basket: Demond Greene 20, Predrag Suput 18


Belgacom Liege easily beat Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News
Belgacom Liege -Energa Czarni 89:64

Belgacom Liege improved to 3-0 record after a home win over Energa Czarni 89:64. A 25-12 in the start of the game allowed the hosts to keep the advantage for good and to remain undefeated. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and both Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) poured in 15. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) posted 14 points in the losing effort, while Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) had 10.
Belgacom Liege started the game with 5-0 run and improved to 10-2 in the opening tip. Bakic closed the first frame at 25:12 for the home side. Jamar Wilson pulled his team to 32:19 and then another three from him saw 45:30. Justin Cage made a dunk to send the teams to the lockers for 48:35.
With another 21-11 in the third period Belgacom Liege put the winning step into the victory. Owens brought his team 69:46 to close the third frame. In the last quarter the teams were killing time and both coaches were able to use other players. Fields scored for 75:50 and Poole made it 77:50. Christopher Hill was the last to score in the game as Belgacom Liege improved to 3-0 record after a home win over Energa Czarni.

Belgacom Liege: Christopher Hill 18, Justin Cage 15, Jamar Wilson 15
Energa Czarni: Mateo Kedzo 14, Jack Ingram 10


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  BELIZE   


U-12 basketball team workout with Special Olympics athletes!!!! - by David Magana

The Under-Twelve National Basketball Team will be leaving tomorrow en route to the regional COCABA Competition which will be held in Guatemala City. And to test their mettle, the team has been competing with various schools throughout Belize City. Today, News Five caught up with the team at the Belize City Centre where they were practicing with some very talented athletes. A selection from the Special Olympics Belize basketball team was part of the workout and according to National Director of Special Olympics Belize, Akintade Atkens, the match-up between both teams is the first of its kind in Belize.

Akintade Atkens, National Director, Special Olympics Belize
This is a very historic game that is about to happen here today. It is humbling to say to an extent. It is actually a warm-up game for the Belize under twelve national team in preparation for games that they will be participating in starting from Thursday of this week in Guatemala. The basketball association, they felt it very important that their final game in Guatemala should be played against athletes with disabilities. This is something we see as quite significant and which indicates to an extent a Belizean society moving towards an environment that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Our athletes, they work to the best of their abilities and their coaches, they try their best to see that they are able to match up against any other athletes. So I think they might actually be right and hopefully at the end of the game, we would have given them a run for their money and I think it will be the best match to get them to play for the kind of countries they will be facing in Guatemala.

Brads Neal, Coach, U-12 National Basketball Team
We know for a fact that the Stella Maris team is a very talented team and they play very hard. As a matter of fact, I learnt that they will be entering the primary school competition coming up. So that in itself means that they are gonna be competitive.

Duane Moody
Is the U-12 team prepared for the COCABA?

Brads Neal
Most definitely. Weve had six weeks of training and for majority of the kids, its the first time theyve been introduced to organized basketball and it was challenging at first but I must say that I am satisfied with what weve accomplished so far and I expect them to compete well in the tournament.

Neal says that in the future they would like to have athletes from the Special Olympics team become members of the Under-Twelve National Basketball Team.


Courtesy of Channel 5 Belize


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  BULGARIA   


Barons/LMT finally win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Barons/LMT 75:88

Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) scored 21 points and paced Barons/LMT to the first win in the EuroCup regular season. The reigning EuroChallenge champions snapped two-game losing streak to overcome Lukoil in Bulgaria. Lukoil meanwhile slipped at 0-3 record in Group B.
Barons surged ahead early in the game. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances), Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) and Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) secured a 21:14 lead for the visitors after ten minutes of action. Charles Rhodes added 7 points for Barons at the start of the second period and the Latvian team enjoyed a 28:21 lead. Charles Rhodes stayed consistent in the second period and secured a 40:31 advantage for Barons at halftime.
Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) dragged the hosts within 5 points from Barons before Charles Rhodes and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) gave back a comfortable advantage for the visitors. The Latvian team led by 10 points heading into the final period. Riste Stefanov exploded with 9 points early in the fourth quarter as the distance evaporated. The teams exchanged the blows before Barons silenced the home team with a 10:0 run. The visitors earned a 12-point advantage and never looked back en route to the initial success.
Martins Kravcenko and Charles Rhodes knocked down 15 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points for Barons. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) responded with 17 points and 13 boards for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov had 16 points in the loss.

Lukoil: Kenny Adeleke 17+13 boards, Riste Stefanov 16
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 21, Martins Kravcenko 15, Charles Rhodes 15


Feni Industri edges Cherno More for third win - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Feni Industri - Cherno More 87-74

Macedonian champion is back in the winning track. After defeat in the last round against Swisslion Takovo, Feni industri managed to beat Cherno More in Kavadarci jumping on 3-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Bulgarians dropped on 2-2. Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75) top-scored for the winning squad draining 25 points for 32 minutes (5 triples). Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with 22 points and 6 boards, while Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) helped the hosts with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) was totally the best player of this game. He spent almost the entire time on the court pouring in 34 points. Interesting is that the only one with double-double last night was Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Minn.St.-Mankato), 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) stopped on 9 points and 9 boards for the visitors.
Cherno More was better in first (12-16), but Feni Industri responded in the second quarter (28-21). Milan Prekovic and Donald Cole were in a game mood, what was way more than enough for the Mac-champion in this game. They, together with Gjorgi Cekovski, created 7-0 run for Feni setting the score on 47-37. However, Cherno More succeeded to cut the margin on 6 points before the last ten minutes, 64-58. Feni totally took control on its opponent in the last frame celebrating comfortable victory at the end. In the next round Feni will meet Radnicki 034 Group. Cherno More is free.

Feni Industri: Milan Prekovic 25, Donald Cole 22+6 boards, Gjorgi Cekovski 10+6 boards
Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 34, Atila Santos 13+12 boards, Nikolay Kolev 9+9 boards


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  CHINA   


Game Result - by Robert Wang
Game just finished just now tonight and the new results came out, here it is:
Fu Jian SBS 96:101 Dong Guan, Yun Nan 97:102 Guang Dong, Jiang Su 110:82 Guang Sha, Wan Ma 103:99 Shang Hai, Ba Yi 92:90 Shan Xi, Tian Jin 82:77 Qing Dao, Liao Ning 101:110 Shaan Xi, Bei Jing 102:93 Shan Dong, Chang chun 70:81 Xin Jiang. Leon Rogers did not scored as same as he did last game (57 points) but he scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, 8 assists. While the guard from Xin Jiang Myron Allen scored 30 points and 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Most imports dominated in China this season!


Xinjiang Moves to 10-1 With Win Over Jilin - by Arthur Volbert
Myron Allen (180-G-79, college: Lee JC) had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists as Xinjiang moved to a 10-1 record to continue to lead the CBA with an 81-70 win over Jilin. Juan Mendez added 20 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks. Bateer had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists while Makan, listed as born in 1992, had 10 points in 44 minutes. Xue Yuyang disappeared again with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 fouls in 24 minutes. Soumaila Samake led Jilin with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Leon Rogers had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lu Yan and Yang Yuming each scored 10.

Guangdong rallied 29-21 in the fourth quarter to edge Yunnan 102-97. Du Feng had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhou Peng had 18 points and Jason Dixon and Zhu Fangyu, returning from injury, each scored 12. Wang Zheng had 9 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes and seems to be beating out Su Wei, who did not appear, for Guangdong's center of the future. Gabe Muoneke led Yunnan with 29 points and 9 rebounds while Yang Huai had 18 points and Li Lin scored 14. Keith Close had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 10 blocks.

Donnell Harvey had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Jiangsu smashed Zhejiang Guangsha 110-82. Veteran Zhang Cheng scored 18 and Liu Yahui, listed as born in 1988, scored 17. Hu Xuefeng had 9 assists. Jameel Watkins had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Kasib Powell led Zhejiang Guangsha with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Yu Junkai scored 15 points. Young Cun Shouwei had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Nigel Dixon did not play, a reason for Guangsha's poor performance.

Zhejiang edged winless Shanghai 103-99. Kirk Snyder led the way with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Ding Jinhui scored 17 and Zhang Yongpeng added 16. Zhang Dayu had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ding and both Zhangs are listed as born in 1990 or 1991. Wang Ligang led Shanghai with 22 points. Luo Xudong had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Wu Yang scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. DaJuan Tate had 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Wang Zhizhi had 24 points and 10 rebounds as Bayi overcame Shanxi Zhongyu 92-90. Wang Zhongguang scored 18 and Li Nan scored 14. Olumide Oyedeji had 22 points and 25 rebounds for Zhongyu, which outrebounded Bayi 48-32. Zhang Xuewen scored 14 and Wei Mingliang had 12.

Tianjin rallied 55-37 in the second half to defeat Qingdao 82-77 in a battle of league newcomers. Theron Smith led Tianjin with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Darryl Watkins had 19 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Wang Bin added 15 points. Li Guang, a very promising young point guard, led Qingdao with 21 points and 3 assists. Frans Steyn had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Amal McCaskill had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Lee Benson had 49 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks as Shaanxi defeated Liaoning 110-101. Shaanxi outscored Liaoning 29-17 in the fourth quarter. Brandon Robinson added 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He Ben added 18 points and 4 rebounds. Liaoning was playing without any imports, and without Yang Ming, who was carried off the court in a stretcher in the previous game. Liu Xiangtao led Liaoning with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu added 22 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 22 and Lu Wei added 18.

Dontae Jones had 29 points and 22 rebounds to lead Beijing to a 102-93 victory over Shandong. Zhang Yunsong scored 24 points and Chen Lei, who rivals Qiu Biao of Dongguan as a new candidate for the national team, returned from injury to score 22. Mack Tuck had 36 points and 9 rebounds for Shandong and Priest Lauderdale had 22 points, 23 rebounds and 9 blocks. Sun Jie added 12 points and Wang Gang scored 10.


NBA Players will be in tryout - by Robert Wang
The season has been playing well and some teams are still looking for better players to replace their current imports in order to improve and go to the better place in the standing list. Now, Shan Dong team has their tall big center Lauderdale Priest and this big guy has been playing very well, but the team want to play fast on their plays and they decided to replace him and invite the former NBA forward Justin Williams (208-F/C-84, college: Wyoming) for the tryout. As team said this nba player would be in China next week and the Lauderdale Priest would be cut if Justin passed the tryout. Whoever make the team, hope they can help team and make CBA level go up. Good luck on Lauderdale Priest and Justin Williams!

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  CROATIA   


Zadar overwhelm Roanne on the road - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Zadar 66:84

Zadar got back to winning ways in the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Roanne in France yesterday to post the second victory in Group A. Roanne in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record.
Zadar marked their advantage late in the opening stanza. Garnett knocked down two treys and Zadar piled up a 25:17 advantage. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) added another three-point bomb at the start of the second frame and Zadar led 30:19 at this point of the game. Zadar mounted the pressure and easily secured a 16-point lead at halftime.
The visitors maintained the gap throughout the third quarter and when Rok Stipcevic closed the term with another trey the scoreboard read 65:47 for Zadar. The Croatian team nailed sixth unanswered points to open the final quarter and left the hosts speechless. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final minutes.
Rok Stipcevic netted 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zadar. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points for the winners. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) responded with 17 points for Roanne. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) had 12 points and 9 boards in defeat.

Roanne: Chris Monroe 17, Mohamed Kone 12+9 boards
Zadar: Rok Stipcevic 17, Todor Gecevski 12, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) 11, Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) 11


Jasmin Repesa leaves Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Jasmin Repesa is not a head coach of Lottomatica Roma any more. Namely, Repesa decided to step down from his position after fifth consecutive defeat in Italian Serie A. In the last round Lottomatica faced with disappointing loss against newcomer Carife FE on the road. On the other hand, the team from Roma made fantastic results in Euroleague this season. Repesa and his players grabbed 5 wins in the first 6 games, what is the best start for Roma ever. Anyway, GM Dejan Bodiroga and President Claudio Toti accepted Repesa's resignations. Fernando Gentile will lead the team on Thursday in Badalona.
Jasmin Repesa led Lottomatica to the play-off final last season. Unfortunately, Montepaschi Siena was too strong for them celebrating 3-1. Croatian coach arrived to Roma in 2006 from Climamio Bologna. In the past he also worked in Cibona, Slask Wroclaw, Croatia Osiguranje Split, Tofas and Dona Zagreb. With Croatian National Team he succeeded to get through the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament this summer. His players demonstrated pretty decent performance in Beijing after that. There is no any rumors what could be Repesa's next destination.


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  DENMARK   


Stevnsgade keeps falling - by Thomas Quaade

Aarhus BF - Stevnsgade

In the Danish 1. division the Copenhagen team BK Skjold/Stevnsgade was 6-0 just 3 weeks ago. Now they have lost 4 games in a row and they are seriously in crisis. This weekends loss in Aarhus against the young Bears is no longer a big surprise and it's a shame that injuries etc. has taken this great team out. Hopefully they can turn it around after Christmas but first they have to hold off a hot Vaerlose team, that comes to town in next weekends last game of the 1st half of the season. The game in Aarhus was a close and exciting game where young Jakob Wang (190-F-90) once again proved his worth and Aarhus BF came out as a winner 82-76.

Falcon - Virum
In Frederiksberg it was once again Mikael Nielsen (177-G-90) who lead his team to a win against Virum. In this close game, Mikael had about 30 points and the young Virum team had no answers. The high-octane game ended with the final score of 91-84 to Falcon. But the new 1. division team Virum has done very well this season even though their 2-8 record is not impressive. They have improved every game and should be in charge to get a little bet more wins after the Christmas break.

Aalborg - Odense
In Aalborg it was a very good Fjordager BK Odense team that visited. The home team rested Christian Rom (203-C/F-79) and Jeppe Kristiansen (196-G-87) for this game. Also Lasse Kristiansen (196-G-82) is still out with a foot injury even though he seems about ready to start practicing again. Fjordager BK Odense, lead by the former Basketliga player Michael Guldbaek (188-G/F-80) (21 points), played a very good defensive game and keept the 1. division leading offensive and defensive team to only 9 points in the 2. quarter and a total of only 76 points in the game (Aalborgs lowest for the season). Fjordager BK Odense can easily take this loss with their heads up and if they start playing defense like this in other games in the 1. division, they should start winning much more games. Dreshawn Vance (203-F-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) finished with an impressive line for the game with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks. Not bad! The final score was 76-66 to Aalborg BK.

Other games this weekend was:

Lemvig BK - Jonstrup 77-71
Herlev Basket - ALBA 99-82
Vaerlose BBK - Hobas 86-80



Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Aalborg 10-0 
 2. Herlev 9-2 
 3. Vaerlose 7-3 
 4. Aarhus BF 7-3 
 5. Skjold 6-4 
 6. Falcon 5-5 
 7. Lemvig 5-5 
 8. Hobas 4-6 
 9. Jonstrup 3-7 
 10. Odense 2-8 
 11. Virum 2-8 
 12. ALBA 1-9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.J. Crawford, LAD 29.0
2.J. Mays, COL 27.0
3.R. Dupree, TUL 25.7
4.W.Conroy, ABQ 24.0
5.M. Williams, AUS 23.8
5.C. Sims, IOW 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.D. Monds, ABQ 13.0
2.C. Hunter, 12.6
3.C. Sims, IOW 12.5
4.J. Davidson, IDA 12.0
5.D. Brown, SIF 11.8
Assists Per Game
1.W. Russell, FWN 12.4
2.E. Gill, COL 10.0
3.S. Parker, RGV 7.8
4.M. Cleaves, BAK 7.5
5.W. Conroy, ABQ 7.4


Last Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine
Reno BigHorns: Announced that Sung-Yun Bang (6'6''-F/G-83) has left the team. Bang, the first ever Loran born player to play in the D-League, was originally drafted in the fourth round (20th) overall of the 2004 D-League Draft by the Roanoke Dazzle. This season with Reno, the 65 shooting guard averaged 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal while shooting 35.7% in 4 games. During his rookie season with the Dazzle, Bang appeared in 41 games and averaged 12.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 42.6% from the field, including 39.2% from three.

Anaheim Arsenal: Announced that former UCA Bruin and D-League veteran T.J. Cummings (6'9''-F-81, college: UCLA) has left the team for personal reasons. To fill his roster spot the Arsenal signed veteran guard Geno Carlisle (6'3''-G-76, college: California). Cummings had started the three games he played for Anaheim this season, averaging 10.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 41.7% from the field. He spent the 2005-06 season with Albuquerque where he averaged 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 48 contests. Carlisle, the well traveled guard out of California, has played professionally in Venezuela, Italy, Spain, Greece, Kuwait and Portugal as well as domestically in the ABA, CBA, D-League and NBA. Carlisle played sparingly in six games for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2004-05 season, totaling eight points in 16 minutes of action. Carlisle also appeared in two games with the Mobile Reveleres during the 2002-03 D-League campaign.

Los Angeles D-Fenders; Waived Dominique Scales (6'9''-F-83, college: East Central) and signed Anthony Coleman (6'11''-C/F-82, college: Long Beach St.) who was recently released from the Idaho Stampede. Scales, a 69 forward out of East Central Oklahoma, played briefly in three games for LA this season. Coleman, who was released when Idaho signed former NBA First Round Draft Pick Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon), had not appeared in any games for Idaho this season but played during the 05-06 season with Albuquerque and the 06-07 season with Bakersfield.

Ft. Wayne Mad Ants: waived former UCLA Bruin Brian Morrison (6'2''-G-82, college: UCLA) and signed former Clemson Tiger standout Vernon Hamilton (6'0''-G-84, college: Clemson). Morrison averaged 3.0 points on 28.0% shooting in five games this season. Hamilton, an 07 graduate from Clemson, was in camp with Reno prior to the season opening and has played professionally in Germany and Latvia during the 07-08 season.

Albuquerque Thunderbirds: Released Daryl 'MaJic' Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, college: S.Indiana) and signed NBA veteran guard Keith McLeod (6'2''-G-79, college: Bowling Green). Dorsey was off to a terrific start coming off the bench for Albuquerque. Dorsey topped 20 points in two of the five games he played and was averaging 12.8 points on 51.0% shooting in only 14.4 minutes per contest. McLeod joins Albuquerque after being released from the Dallas Mavericks during training camp. The former Bowling Green star played last season in Italy with Montepaschi Siena. In 200 career NBA games, spread between Minnesota, Utah, Golden State and Indiana, McLeod has averaged 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.


D-League Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls - Austin 91-117
Austin Toros outplayed Sioux Falls Skyforce at Austin Convention Center moving up on 3-3 record. Antony Tolliver demonstrated magnificent performance delivering 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Marcus Williams helped collecting 20 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Frank Williams contributed with 20 pts in loss. His team fell on 4-2.

Colorado - Rio Grande 135-121
Colorado 14ers celebrated against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers remaining undefeated after 3 appearances. On the other side, the Valley Vipers slipped on 3-3. James Mays was a key player for the winning squad netting 37 points (5 triples) and pulling down 11 rebounds. The hosts had 3 players with more than 20 points, but the best one was Smush Parker, who almost registered triple-double 23 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists.

Tulsa - Anaheim 97-94
2-3 for the 66ers and 1-4 for the Arsenal after this game. Donald DuPree nailed fantastic 35 points for the winners. James White and Tierre Brown answered with 25 points apiece for the hosts.


Yesterdays Results - by Surujh Roopnarine
Sioux Falls Skyforce (91) at Austin Toros (117)
The Austin Toros downed the visiting Sioux Falls Skyforce 117-91 yesterday afternoon in Austin. Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton), on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs posted a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Austin. Austin blew the closely contested game wide open in the second half, outscoring Sioux Falls 63-42 over the third and fourth quarters. Frank Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: Illinois) led the Skyforce with 20 points, but on only 6-17 shooting. Sioux Falls shot only 38.6% from the field as opposed to Austin who shot a blistering 57.7%, including 10-20 from three.
SKYFORCE: Frank Williams (20pt), Gary Forbes (18pt+6rb), Chris Alexander (10pt+9rb), Milone Clark (12pt)
TOROS: Anthony Tolliver (27pt+11rb), Marcus Williams (20pt+8rb+5as+5to), Andre Brown (16pt+11rb), Blake Ahearn (17pt+9as)

Colorado 14ers (135) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (121)
James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) erupted for a game high 37 points on 14-19 shooting to lead the Colorado 14ers to the 135-121 road victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The former Clemson star was unstoppable, both down low and from behind the arc, wehre he connected on 5-9 from three point range. Mays also pulled in a game high 11 rebounds for Colorado. Colorado held on for the 14 point victory after pulling away in the second and third quarters by outscoring the Vipers 69-53. Recently signed Eddie Gill (6'0''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in his first game with the 14ers. Trent Strickland (6'5''-G-84, college: Wake Forest) led a trio of Vipers players who scored 20 plus points, with a team high 26.
14ERS: James Mays (37pt+11rb), Eddie Gill (17pt+8rb+10as), Dominique Coleman (17pt+5rb+5as), Trey Gilder (16pt+5rb)
VIPERS: Trent Strickland (26pt), Smush Parker (23pt+8rb+12as+6to), Alpha Bangura (23pt+8rb), Stanley Asumnu (18pt)

Tulsa 66ers (97) at Anaheim Arsenal (94)
Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) erupted for 35 points, including two clutch free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining, as the Tulsa 66ers edged the Anaheim Arsenal, 97-94, on Tuesday in Anaheim. Dupree, who racked up 11 fourh-quarter points, buried a go-ahead jumper with just over two minutes remaining that put Tulsa ahead for good.
Veteran guard Tierre Brown (6'2''-G-79, college: Mc Neese St.) and James White led a balanced Anaheim squad with team highs of 25 points a piece on combined 19 of 34 shooting.
66ERS: Ronald DuPree (35pt+5rb), Steven Hill (19pt+7rb), Chris Ellis (12pt+5rb), Chris Richard (10pt+9rb)
ARSENAL: Tierre Brown (25pt+5as), James White (25pt+9rb), Cedric Bozeman (21pt+5rb), Noel Felix (13pt)


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Hampton Roads Announce Roster - by Justin Moore
The Hampton Roads Cardinals Have annouced there Roster for there first season in the EBA look for more info in the coming weeks from the EBA and roster announcements you can checkout info on the Hampton Roads Cardinals at www.hrcardinals.com and www.easternbasketballalliance for more EBA info.

# 30 Steve Bollmann, 6 - 6, 240 pounds Power Forward

# 10 Corente Dozier, 5 - 8, 150 pounds Point Guard, Surry JR. College

# 22 Marcus Fisher, 6 - 4, 210 pounds Small Forward, ABA/WBA

# 6 Chris Harper, 6 - 1, 185 pounds Combo Guard, Fredrick JR. College

# 4 Sherman Holland IV, 6 - 1, 215 pounds Combo Guard, WBA/Italy

# 15 Kerey Jenkins, 6 - 5, 215 Swing Forward, US Navy

# 12 Aaron Johnson, 5 - 8, 160 pounds Point Guard, USBL/Japan

# 24 Gregg Moustapha, 6 - 6, 240 pounds Power Forward, Eliizabeth City State

# 3 Frank Reyes, 6 - 1, 180 pounds Combo Guard

# 20 Lee Urquhart, 6 - 7, 205 pounds Small Forward, WBA

# 33 Paul Walters (6'5''-F), 6 - 6, 240 pounds Power Forward, Chowan Unuversty

# 23 Alonzo Watts, 6 - 3, 185 pounds Combo Guard, Tidewater Community College


New Jersey Lightning Final Try-outs - by Justin Moore
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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
Liege - En.Czarni 89-64
Belgacom Liege improved to 3-0 record after a home win over Energa Czarni 89:64. A 25-12 in the start of the game allowed the hosts to keep the advantage for good and to remain undefeated. Christopher Hill top-scored for the winners with 18 points and both Jamar Wilson and Justin Cage poured in 15. Kedzo Mateo posted 14 points in the losing effort, while Ingram Jack had 10.

Group Group B
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 paced all the winners with 21 points. Ralph Biggs nailed 16 and Aleksei Surovtsev posted 14. LaMarr Greer ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Aleksandar Damjanovic notched 10.

Group Group C
Fribourg - Lok.Rostov 61-69
Lokomotiv Rostov left Benetton Fribourg Olympic winless in EuroChallenge Group C on Tuesday. The Russian squad had a 61:69 road victory only due to the last period. Morgunov Nikita paced all the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Szewczyk Szymon collected 17 points and 13 rebounds, while House Fred netted 12. Sloan Marcus ended up with 16 points for the home side. The Russians improved to 2-1 with the triumph while Benetton fell to 0-3.

Sumykhimpr. - Cholet 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 and Vincent Grier paced the winners to 3-0 record with 20 points each. Kevin Braswell nailed 14 for the winners and De Colo had 9. Abdullahi Kuso top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and Brian Greene added 17.

Group Group D
AEL - Gmunden 86-62
AEL led the game from the very beginning over Allianz Swans to take 86:62 at home. Vujadin Subotic and Aleksandar Radojevic scored 17 apiece for Proteas, who also got 16 from LaVell Blanchard in the EuroChallenge Group D triumph. Fisher Anthony ended up with 16 points for the guests, whilst Mayes Deteri had 10. AEL improved to 2-1 leaving the guests winless.

Eiff.Towers - Siauliai 96-82
EiffelTowers Den Bosch are on top of EuroChallenge Group D after a 96:82 over Siauliai. Akerboom Kees led the winners with 22 points and 5 caroms. Jackson David nailed 19 and Beasley Jerome had 12 points and 10 boards. Kadziulis Gintaras produced 25 points for the Baltic state. The Dutch side remained undefeated at 3-0 in EuroChallenge Group D while their Lithuanian opponents dropped to 1-2.

Group Group E
Olimpia L. - Amsterdam 77-73
Olympia Athienitis created an upset at home beating EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam 77:73. King Michael top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Arigbabu Stephen netted 12. Thomas Victor finished the night with 17 points for the visitors. EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam fell at 2-1 and allowed the Greek side to jump on 1-2.

Jerusalem - EWE Baskets 81-88
EWE Baskets Oldenburg proved the ambitions of the underdogs in the EuroChallenge Group E after they outscored Jerusalem 88:81 in Israel. The German outfit improved to 2-1 in the group and sent Jerusalem to 1-2. Foster Je'Kel led the winners with 23 points and Gardner Jason notched 20. Watson Travis resisted for the hosts with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Group Group F
KK Zagreb - M.Hainaut 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 top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Green nailed 17 and Julian Sensley posted 16. Andrej Stimac finished the night with 15 points for the hosts, while Ante Tomic scored 12 and Filip Basljan added 11.

Group Group G
La Fortezza - CSK VVS 75-69
Virtus Bologna did not slow down in Group G of EuroChallenge and beat Russian Samara 75:69. Chiacig Roberto led the winners with 16 points. Boykins Earl, Ford Sharrod and Langford Keith followed him with 13 points each fo 3-0 record. Perry Marque struggled hard for the visiotrs providing them with 19 points.

TU/Rock - Oostende 87-83
Tsintsadze, Doronin and Talts 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. Green top-scored for the visitors with 18 points, while Bauer and Petrovic added 15 each.

Group Group H
Triumph - Kalev/Cramo 75-59
BC Triumph used a powerful 26-6 in the last frame for 75:59 over BC Kalev Cramo in EuroChallenge Group H. Anderson Alan top-scored for the Russian team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Krstic Nenad notched 12, whilst Toporov Sergei and Dmitriev Fedor had 10 each. Fox Nate top-scored for the Baltic side with 15 points.

Dt.Bank SKY - BC Kyiv 58-66
BC Kyiv had an important road victory over Deutsche Bank Skyliners 58:66 in Germany. Trailing 52:51 after Drozdov and Markoishvili made it 61:52 to seal a winning outcome. Markoishvili scored 17 points and Kenan Bajramovic 13 for Kyiv, who improved to 2-1 in EuroChallenge Group H. Gordon Lorenzo and Roller Pascal had 12 points apiece for the hosts.



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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 2-1 
 2. ASK Riga 2-1 
 3. C.C. Marousi 1-2 
 4. Roanne 1-2 
Group B
 1. Unics 3-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 2-1 
 3. Barons/LMT 1-2 
 4. Lukoil A. 0-3 
Group C
 1. Benetton 3-0 
 2. Khimky 2-1 
 3. Besiktas 1-2 
 4. Le Havre 0-3 
Group D
 1. Aris 3-0 
 2. T.Telekom 2-1 
 3. Panellinios 1-2 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 0-3 
Group E
 1. ASVEL 2-1 
 2. Azovmash 2-1 
 3. Kalise G.C. 1-2 
 4. Lietuvos 1-2 
Group F
 1. Charleroi 3-0 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 2-1 
 3. Turow 1-2 
 4. Brose Baskets 0-3 
Group G
 1. Pamesa V. 3-0 
 2. Fortitudo 1-2 
 3. FMP 1-2 
 4. Art.Dragons 1-2 
Group H
 1. Iurbentia B. 3-0 
 2. Buducnost 1-2 
 3. Hemofarm 1-2 
 4. Nymburk 1-2 


Klipa out, Stepandic named new FMP coach - by Andrej Ljajic
Slobodan Klipa was released from his duties as FMP Zeleznik Beograd head coach on Tuesday and replaced by veteran Milovan Stepandic , who started the season as head coach of Serbian League leader Borac Cacak. Stepandic, 54, is a respected name in the coaching world. He has coached Buducnost Podgorica and Vojvodina Novi Sad in the past and is considered a specialist in crisis situations. He takes over a struggling FMP Zeleznik Beograd, which is 1-2 in the Eurocup and ranked 10th in the Adriatic League with a 3-8 record. Klipa leaves FMP Zeleznik Beograd after 11 months in charge. He took over for Vlada Vukoicic last January.

Fortitudo signs Cesare Pancotto, replaces Dragan Sakota - by Andrej Ljajic
Despite winning its first Eurocup game on the road by 11 points just 24 hours early, GMAC Real Estate Bologna made a coaching change on Wednesday, releasing veteran Dragan Sakota and replacing him with another long-time bench boss, Cesare Pancotto . Fortitudo is currently tied for second place with two other teams at 1-2 in Eurocup regular season Group G. Sakota had taken the reigns at Fortitudo in January, replacing Andrea Mazzon. The veteran coach can count among his major successes winning the 1991 Cup Winners Cup with PAOK Thessaloniki and the 2002 Greek championship with AEK Athens. Fortitudo has a 4-5 record in the Italian League and just registered a 93-67 road loss against archrivals Virtus Bologna last weekend. Pancotto, age 53, is a well-rounded coach that has worked for many Italian teams like Reggio Emilia, Forli, Sassari, Pistoia, Siena, Trieste, Roma, Montecatini, Trieste or Teramo. He arrives from Snaidero Udine, the team he coached in the last three seasons. He has coached in the Italian first division for 24 years and 811 games.

Khimki names Scariolo as coach till 2011 - by Andrej Ljajic
BC Khimky Moscow Region has named Sergio Scariolo as its head coach through the end of the 2010-11 season, the club announced Monday. Scariolo takes over for Kestutis Kemzura, who was released last week. The veteran coach arrives from Unicaja of the Spanish League, where he spent five seasons before leaving this summer.


Scariolo is one of the most successful coaches in Europe. He began his career at the highest levels in his native Italy, where he became one of the youngest coaches ever to win the national league with Scavolini Pesaro in 1990. The next season, he went to the Final Four with Scavolini at age 29. He moved to Spain in 1997 to coach Tau Ceramica, winning that club's first King's Cup, too. His next stop was Real Madrid, where he spent three seasons and won his first Spanish League crown, which made him the only coach ever to win both the Spanish and Italian titles. With Unicaja, he guided the club to its first Final Four, first Spanish League title and first Spanish King's Cup. The move to Khimki reunites him with Jorge Garbajosa. The two spent two seasons together early in Garbajosa's career at Tau and later two more together at Unicaja, winning the Spanish League and King's Cup crowns. He also coached Maciej Lampe at Real Madrid early in the centers career.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zdovc new coach of Olimpija? - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija has agreed in principle with their former player Jurij Zdovc to become the next head coach, a well-placed source has told.
Barring any unforeseen snags, Jurij Zdovc will be announced in the coming days, likely on Friday, and he will ink till June 2011.
The 42-year-old Jurij Zdovc will replace Aleksandar Dzikic who was forced to step down last week. Jurij Zdovc is new head coach of Slovenian NT, too.


Repesa resigns from Roma bench - by Andrej Ljajic
Despite his team doing better at the Euroleague level than at any time in generations, Lottomatica Virtus Roma head coach Jasmin Repesa resigned his post on Tuesday, the club said in a statement. The shock announcement came the night before Roma heads to play DKV Joventut in Badalona on Thursday, when assistant coach Nando Gentile will take over the visitors' bench on an interim basis. Roma has lost four straight games in the Italian League, but has won five straight Euroleague games to lead Group C with a 5-1 record and on the verge of clinching a berth in the Top 16. Repesa cited domestic results in statements quoted by the club. Roma has struggled at home in the Italian League, losing four straight games, and currently sits in ninth place in the domestic standings.

Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Unicaja 4-2 
 3. Cibona 4-2 
 4. Maccabi T-A 3-3 
 5. Air AV 2-4 
 6. Le Mans 0-6 
Group B
 1. Regal Barca 5-1 
 2. Montepaschi 5-1 
 3. Panathinaikos 5-1 
 4. Prokom 2-4 
 5. Nancy 1-5 
 6. Zalgiris 0-6 
Group C
 1. Lottomatica 5-1 
 2. Tau 4-2 
 3. DKV Joven. 3-3 
 4. ALBA 3-4 
 5. Fener.Ulker 3-4 
 6. Olimpija 1-5 
Group D
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Real Madrid 3-3 
 3. Panionios 3-3 
 4. Partizan 3-3 
 5. Armani MI 2-4 
 6. Efes Pilsen 2-4 


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Korihait - Kouvot 83-88
Kouvot improved at 11-5 record as they stole a road victory from Korihait. Brian Swift nailed 18 points to lead the visitors. Calvin Walls and Ronny LeMelle added 16 points apiece for Kouvot as they stayed at the third spot in the ladder. Korihait responded with 23 points from Josh Gonner. Mark Zoller and Alain Laroche replied with 17 points apiece in the loss.

Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 83-63
Namika Lahti stayed on top as they thrashed Lappeenranta at home court. Ray Nixon delivered 15 points for the league leaders. Jari Vanttaja added 14 points, while Ville Vesala had 12 points in the victory. HL Coleman responded with 13 points and 18 rebounds for Lappeenranta in defeat.

Kataja - FoKoPo 90-77
Kataja blitz FoKoPo at home court for the eleventh win in the season. Jeremiah Wood secured 26 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Quinnel Brown managed 19 points for Kataja as they stayed in the second position in the standings. Ray Cunningham scored 19 points and grabbed 12 boards for FoKoPo as they fell at 7-9 record.

ToPo - Pyrinto 76-72
ToPo celebrated the sixth victory in the tournament as they shot down Pyrinto. E.J. Drayton nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 boards for ToPo. Isaac Spencer notched 13 points in the win. Kurtis Rice produced 17 points and 10 boards for Pyrinto in the losing effort.

KTP - Tarmo 87-80
KTP also reached 11-5 record as they beat Tarmo. Steve Smith tallied 29 points and 16 boards for the winning team. Ville Makalainen contributed 16 points for the home team. Tarmo slipped at 3-13 record despite 22 points and 20 boards from Dewayne Richardson.

Componenta - Honka 86-83
Frank Richards and Martti Kuisma converted four free throws in the final 27 seconds of the game to bring Team Componenta to the win over Honka. Keneth Henderson scored 24 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 5 assists to lead Team Componenta. Frank Richards finished with 18 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Akeem Scott replied with game-high 30 points for Honka as they fell at 8-7 record.



KORISLIIGA: Top Teams winning tonight - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 16: Six contests tonight and the Top Teams were all rolling and winning. Kataja (Joensuu) defeated FoKoPo (Forssa) 90-77. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Kataja with 26 pts and Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) FoKoPo with 19 pts and 12 rbs. YMCA Lahti beat YMCA Lappeenranta by 20 pts 83-63. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) scored 15 and Jari Vanttaja (208-F/C-86, college: Baylor) his saeson best 14 pts for Lahti. Viljami Vanjoki (193-G-86) (14 pts) was the leading scorer for YMCA LPR! Demetrius Brown DNP (fever). In Kotka KTP was down by six (38-44) during the half time and after three three quarters (56-62) vs Tarmo (Porvoo), but by winning the fourth quarter 31-18 KTP survived (87-80). Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) (KTP) had a great game: 29/16. DeWayne Richardson (202-F-77, college: Fairmont St.) played his first game on Top level in Finland and on Tarmo roster. Richardson had at once a double-double 22/20. ToPo (Helsinki) was winning third time in a row, when beating Pyrinto (Tampere) 76-72. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) had transfered from Tarmo to ToPo and was immediately ToPo's leading scorer by 17 pts. Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) led visitors with 17 pts and 10 boards. Team Componenta (Karkkila) upset Honka (Espoo) by three 86-83 and Kenneth Henderson (203-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) (TC) was game MVP with 24 pts and five assists. Kouvot (Kouvola) caused the second home loss to Korihait (Uusikaupunki): 83-88. The only victory on the road tonight. American G Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) led Korihait with 23 pts and G Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) Kouvot with 18 pts. YMCA Lahti is on the top with 12-4 record.

Kataja - FoKoPo 90-77 (45-39) (Jeremiah Wood 26, Quinnell Brown 19, Larry Blair 16 - Ray Cunningham 19/12, Vincent Hunter 17, Charles Thomas 16).

YMCA Lahti - YMCA Lappeenranta 83-63 (40-39) (Ray Nixon 15, Jari Vanttaja 14, Ville Vesala 12 - Viljami Vanjoki 14, HL Coleman 13/18, Chanan Colman 13).

KTP - Tarmo 87-80 (38-44) (Steve Smith 29/16, Ville Makalainen 16, Durell Vinson 14 - DeWayne Richardson 22/20, Steve Barnes 19, Esa Maki-Tulokas 11).

ToPo - Pyrinto 76-72 (44-38) (E.J.Drayton 17, Isaac Spencer 13, James Allen 12 - Kurtis Rice 17/10, Antti Nikkila 14/13, Antero Lehto 13).

Team Componenta - Honka 86-83 (50-36) (Kenneth Henderson 24/5a, Frank Richards 18/7a, Darrell Waters 16 - Akeem Scott 30, Ben Perkins 20, Monte Cummings 13).

Korihait - Kouvot 83-88 (43-43) (Josh Gonner 23, Alain Laroche 17, Mark Zoller 17 - Brian Swift 18, Calvin Walls 16, Ronny LeMelle 16).



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All Star Game teams - by Maxime Weber
This is the roster of the 2008 All Star Game. The Sydney 2000 French NT will be greatly represented with 5 members (Sciarra, Foirest, Risacher, Julian and Sonko).

French team
Starters:
Laurent Sciarra (196-G-73)
Laurent Foirest (197-F-73)
Stephane Risacher (202-F-72)
Amara Sy (202-F-81)
Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC)

and
Nando De Colo
Yannick Bokolo
Abdoulaye M'Baye
Alain Koffi
Cyril Julian

Head Coach: Philippe Herv
Assistant Coach: Didier Dobbels

Import team
Starter:
Kevin Houston (179-G-85, college: Long Beach St.)
Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Ill.-Chicago)
Austin Nichols (198-F/G-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.)
Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy)
Taj Gray (205-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma)

and
Eric Campbell
Zack Wright
Brion Rush
Ricardo Greer
Damir Krupalija

Head Coach: Vincent Collet
Assitant coach: Jean Marc Dupraz


Poing Guard tournament:
Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron)
Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech)
Tony Skinn (185-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: George Mason)
Moustapha Sonko (192-G-72)

Three point shootout
Cedrick Banks
Philippe Braud (194-G-85)
Cedric Ferchaud (195-F/G-80)
Austin Nichols


The long awaited elections for the President of FFBB aproach - by Eurobasket News
On Saturday the 13th, will take place the elections for the President of French Basketball Federation (FFBB). As it can be observed, from various reliable sources, it will be a fierce battle for the Presidency of FFBB. On the other hand, it seems like the most likely to be elected candidate is the running President of FFBB Yvan Mainini. He makes a pledge on his program on continuing with success his reform of French basketball. So far, his work was very successful on most levels. The key decision would be the appointment of the new National Team Head Coach, a person that could lead with authority a very talented French squad (Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Pietrus brothers, Ronny Turiaf, Nicolas Batum...). French basketball is in a very delicate situation, due to low performances of its teams in Uleb Competitions, and a recent flop in Euro 2009 qualifiers. Question remains whether the new Head Coach will be out of, on a European level, not so strong Pro A competition, or whether it will be, for the first time, a top notch foreign Coach with a lot of experience and authority, in order to lead a group of talented players with strong personalities, to the top European level. As a reminder, French team needs to participate in extra-qualifications, prior to even participating in Euro 2009 in Poland.

Benetton race to the third straight win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Le Havre 91:67

The Italian Benetton remained perfect in the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Le Havre for the third straight win at the tournament yesterday. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) topscored for the hosts with 15 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) added 14 points as Benetton stayed on top of Group C. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) answered with 15 points for Le Havre as they fell at 0-3 record.
Gary Neal was responsible for 5 quick points early in the game as Benetton grabbed a 9:6 lead. The lead then changed hands for several times before the hosts sealed the first quarter outcome at 19:18. Le Havre stayed closed throughout the second term but Benetton made a decisive push late in the quarter. A couple of three-pointers gave the hosts a 42:34 advantage.
Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) and Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) shaved the deficit to 5 points at the start of the third frame. Bingo Merriex later brought the visitors within 3 points 45:48. Benetton did not panic and secured a 7-point lead at three-quarter time. TJ Thomspon revived the hope for Le Havre once again in the final stanza as he dragged the French team within 4 of Benetton. However Domen Lorbek and Gary Neal notched treys and the home team ensured the third straight win at the end.

Benetton: Gary Neal 15, Domen Lorbek 14, Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 11
Le Havre: TJ Thompson 15, Bingo Merriex 13+11 boards


Zadar overwhelm Roanne on the road - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Zadar 66:84

Zadar got back to winning ways in the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Roanne in France yesterday to post the second victory in Group A. Roanne in the meantime slipped at 1-2 record.
Zadar marked their advantage late in the opening stanza. Garnett knocked down two treys and Zadar piled up a 25:17 advantage. Rok Stipcevic (189-G-86) added another three-point bomb at the start of the second frame and Zadar led 30:19 at this point of the game. Zadar mounted the pressure and easily secured a 16-point lead at halftime.
The visitors maintained the gap throughout the third quarter and when Rok Stipcevic closed the term with another trey the scoreboard read 65:47 for Zadar. The Croatian team nailed sixth unanswered points to open the final quarter and left the hosts speechless. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final minutes.
Rok Stipcevic netted 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for Zadar. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points for the winners. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) responded with 17 points for Roanne. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) had 12 points and 9 boards in defeat.

Roanne: Chris Monroe 17, Mohamed Kone 12+9 boards
Zadar: Rok Stipcevic 17, Todor Gecevski 12, Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) 11, Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) 11


Asvel snatch thriller win - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Asvel 78:80 (OT)

Asvel eked out a dramatic victory over Gran Canaria on the road for the second success in the EuroCup regular season. Gran Canaria on the contrary dropped the second game and fell at 1-2 record. The hosts managed to deny an 11-point halftime deficit before losing in overtime.
Ali Traore scored 4 points in a 12:2 rally from the visitors as they built a 22:12 lead after the starting period. The French outfit extended the gap to as many as 19 points early in the second period before Gran Canaria showed some signs of recovery. Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) and Joel Freeland (208-F-87) shaved the distance to just 11 points at halftime. Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) and Melvin Sanders drained back-to-back trebles to put Gran Canaria within 4 points midway through the third quarter. Asvel however finished the frame strongly and led by 6 points with ten minutes left in regulation. Jim Moran and Mario Bruno Fernandez (197-F-83) kept the hosts in the picture. Gran Canaria came close before Mario Bruno Fernandez put the crowd to their feet. He knocked down two free throws and then added a layup off a steal to give Gran Canaria a 69:66 advantage. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) stayed cool though and his three-pointer sent the game into extra period. The teams traded baskets before Amara Sy (202-F-81) tipped the ball in after J.R. Reynolds miss with the time ticking off. Asvel celebrated an impressive victory in Spain and occupied the second spot in Group E ladder.
Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) and Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) scored 15 points each for the winners. Amara Sy contributed 13 points in the win. Melvin Sanders replied with 19 points for Gran Canaria. Joel Freeland had 14 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Melvin Sanders 19, Joel Freeland 14
Asvel: Benjamin Dewar 15, Chevon Troutman 15, Amara Sy 13


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Feni Industri edges Cherno More for third win - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Feni Industri - Cherno More 87-74

Macedonian champion is back in the winning track. After defeat in the last round against Swisslion Takovo, Feni industri managed to beat Cherno More in Kavadarci jumping on 3-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Bulgarians dropped on 2-2. Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75) top-scored for the winning squad draining 25 points for 32 minutes (5 triples). Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with 22 points and 6 boards, while Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) helped the hosts with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) was totally the best player of this game. He spent almost the entire time on the court pouring in 34 points. Interesting is that the only one with double-double last night was Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Minn.St.-Mankato), 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) stopped on 9 points and 9 boards for the visitors.
Cherno More was better in first (12-16), but Feni Industri responded in the second quarter (28-21). Milan Prekovic and Donald Cole were in a game mood, what was way more than enough for the Mac-champion in this game. They, together with Gjorgi Cekovski, created 7-0 run for Feni setting the score on 47-37. However, Cherno More succeeded to cut the margin on 6 points before the last ten minutes, 64-58. Feni totally took control on its opponent in the last frame celebrating comfortable victory at the end. In the next round Feni will meet Radnicki 034 Group. Cherno More is free.

Feni Industri: Milan Prekovic 25, Donald Cole 22+6 boards, Gjorgi Cekovski 10+6 boards
Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 34, Atila Santos 13+12 boards, Nikolay Kolev 9+9 boards


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Michael Hakim Jordan(Brose Baskets Bamberg) Interview Part 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


There is Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) who won six NBA titles with The Chicago Bulls and then also Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) who has had the burden of going through life with a very famous name. He has coped well and had a fine European Basketball career having played in Germany, winning the BBL title in 2006 with Rhine Energy Cologne and playing in Italy, Belgium and Israel. Now he is back in Germany with the Brose Baskets Bamberg and wants a new championship in Freak City.



Your from the city of brotherly love Philidelphia. How was your childhood?

It was normal I guess. I mean I wouldn't change a thing. My childhood has shaped me into the man that I am today and everything that happened growing up was supposed to happen.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Michael Jordan and a host of other players from the Philadelphia area who I watched and learned from.

What was it like growing up in the 90s with the name Michael Jordan. Did this give you more positive or negative experiences? Did you have any benefits with the ladies with the name Michael Jordan?

Man, i'll tell you like I tell everyone else. Ladies do not care that I share the same name as the other guy. I'm not him and that is all they care about. No benefits I don't think. I mean I get attention from it but that is both good and bad which is good in its exposure, but bad in that some people really think I am supposed to play like him becuase we share the same name and No I wasn't names after him and also for the record, I never started using my middle name. I have no clue how that started.

You played college ball at u Penn. You won the Ivy league championship 2000. What was so unique with that team?

We won it in 99' and in 00. We were a good team who played together and got along well and that goes a long way.We had a really good team atmosphere and chemistry.


Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

I've played against so many talented guys that to answer this question would take a while and I know I would leave a few guys out, but seriously, I've played against damn near everyone.

Do you remember how the Summer league was in 2000 in Boston. Did you then ever think that you had the chance to ever play in the NBA?

I remember it yes, and I was with the 76ers, but didn't play much, but the preseason camp with Boston was great as well. I had my shot, I took it and it didn't work out. It wasn't in the cards for me. I'm playing professional basketball so I a'm very happy. Every player dreams of playing in the NBA I think.

The 2002-2003 season for you was wild with TSV Quackenbruck. With the success and regulation to BBL, you put duck town onto the German map. You averaged 21 points and nearly seven assists per game. What made the team so special?

Once again, we had a good team and guys knew and understood what they had to do in order for us to win. When you have all the guys on the same page great things will happen.

You played two more seasons with the Artland Dragons. Was it difficult as an American to live there. I guess you had nothing to do but focus on Basketball!

I enjoyed my time in Quackenbrck. Your time anywhere is how you make it and I had a good time.The people there were nice and treated me well and it was an awesome experience

After a short stay at BK Ventspills, you joined Cologne and became German champion 2006. No one really expected you to win except probably the team and your fans. How did this championship compare with your college title?

Well my college title was only for the Ivy Legaue which wasn't the NCAA and winning the BBL made us champions of an entire country.

Cologne almost fell off the face of the BBL map last season. How did all the news about the difficulties in Cologne effect you? The team is having problems winning this season.

It was disheartening to hear about the financial difficulties there because I still had friends on the team when it all went down and they had familes,. but they bounced back and hopefully will fix the things that caused the issue and will avoid that in the future.

I sometimes dont understand the world of Basketball. You averaged 13,8 points with Cantu Italy and led the league with assists with 5,2. Why didnt you stay there? I guess Basketball will always remain a business and then comes the sport of playing.

It's definitly a business. I wanted to stay, but they didn't even offer me to stay. I guess they didn't want me back or thought that after a good year and they wouldn't be able to afford me. It also could have been because of the knee surgery I had at the end of the season, which was a success by the way.

How much stronger is the Italian league compared to the BBL?

Basketball is Basketball, but Italy is a very good league. The teams there have higher budgets so they will get better players, but tons of guys who play in Germany could do well in Italy, Spain, Greece, wherever.

Last season you played at Charleroi in Belgium. You werent too happy there. What was it like living and playing there?

It was an experience that I have learned from and I met some good people there.

What would you like to do after the Basketball career?

Maybe coach or teach who knows or maybe start my career as a NASCAR Driver.Golf? they say I could be the next Tiger.

What is the most number of free throws that you have ever hit in practice?

I have made 50 straight before in a ft contest as I get older I have to make them, its the only way I can score.

Who would win a one on one? You or Filiberto Rivera?

I dont know, I am very competitive so I wouldn't allow myself to lose. I would probably end up tackling him before I let him win

There are five seconds to play against THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS and you have the ball, do you hit an open shot or find the open guy Alexander Johnson under the hoop?

If AJ is open, he's getting the ball. He's a good player and I trust he'll get the win. As for anyone on our team, whomever is open will get the ball, but if it comes down to getting to the line then I am stepping up there before AJ 10 out of 10 times.

What are your hobbies?

Watching TV, internet, movies, chilling, music and PS3...

Thanks MJ for doing this long and interesting interview. See you soon.



Regionalliga South-West: Top 10 Scorers - by Moritz Korff
Regionalliga South-West: Topscorers (after match day 12). Only players are included with at least 1/3 of the games played:

1. Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) - Saarlouis: 29.0ppg
2. Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia (OR)) - Konstanz: 26.4ppg
3. Michal Twarog (188-G-83) - Saarlouis: 20.5ppg
4. Mario Simic (198-F-83) - Weissenfels: 20.1ppg
5. Philipp Wildermuth (195-F-80) - Stuttgart: 19.4ppg
6. Kai-Uwe Kranz (189-G-79) - Schwenningen: 19.4ppg
7. Matthew Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron) - Saarlouis: 18.9ppg
8. Zeljko Pavlovic (194-F/G-80) - Giessen: 18.7ppg
9. Markus Bretz (201-F-87) - Goeppingen: 18.3ppg
10. Rudy Wallace (184-G-79, agency: Tank Sports, college: Alders.-Broad.) - Goeppingen: 18.2ppg

Courtesy of www.basketball-bund.net


Charleroi pip Brose Basket in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - Brose Basket 64:62

Charleroi overcame a 13-point first-frame deficit to narrowly defeat Brose Basket at home court. The victory meant Charleroi improved at 3-0 record, while dropping Brose at 0-3. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) scored 18 points to lead the way for Spirou.
Brose needed to win badly and opened the game aggressively. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) led the visitors to a 13:2 advantage. The German team maintained the pressure and led 20:11 after the opening term. Brose remained in the drivers seat as they led 30:15 midway through the second quarter. However Spirou finally found their rhythm as Matt Walsh fueled a 16:0 run. The hosts raced ahead before Brose answered late in the half. Predrag Suput and Taylor ensured a 35:31 lead for Brose at the interval.
Taylor secured a 9-point lead for the visitors at the start of the third quarter. But Charleroi recovered late in the stanza as Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green), Matt Walsh, Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Agency No 10) and Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) gave the home team a 47:43 advantage with one quarter to go. Bamberg stayed close for some time early in the fourth period but Hamilton converted a three-point play to make it 57:48 for Charleroi with three minutes remaining. Brose never said die and trimmed the distance to 2 points but it was just too late to influence the final outcome.
Jonathan Tabu and Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) came up with 9 points apiece for the winning team. Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Brose. Predrag Suput finished with 18 points in the loss.

Charleroi: Matt Walsh 18, Jonathan Tabu 9, Jerry Johnson 9
Brose Basket: Demond Greene 20, Predrag Suput 18


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

1. Ryan Williams (191-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Pace) - Bernau: 23.1ppg
2. Elton Coffield (193-G-83, college: Mount Olive) - BSW: 23.1ppg
3. Jan Janke (194-F-76) - Wolfenbuettel: 19.7ppg
4. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83, college: Lee) - Itzehoe: 19.2ppg
5. Brian Henderson (193-G-85, college: ODU) - Itzehoe: 18.8ppg
6. Darien Chavis (180-G-82, college: Clayton St.) - Weissenfels: 18.6ppg
7. Brandon Streeter (198-F-84, college: Mount Olive) - BSW: 18.0ppg
8. Frieder Diestelhorst (201-F-87) - Weissenfels: 17.7ppg
9. Gintaras Grigisas (187-G-83) - Vechta: 16.7ppg
10. Goran Jurenec (190-G-79) - Berlin: 16.4ppg

Courtesy of www.basketball-bund.net


ALBA celebrates in Round 7 opener vs Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague: ALBA - Fenerbahce Ulker 72-63

It was an opening game of Round 7 and nice victory for the German champ ALBA Berlin for 3-4 record in Group C. Exactly the same digits has Fenerbahce Ulker now. After not so good first half, the hosts managed to take control on Fener and to grab decent 9-point win at the end. Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) helped ALBA with 16 points and 6 boards, while Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) stopped on 11 pts. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) was the only one with double-digits in scoring for Fener, 13 points. Beside that he had 7 more rebounds. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 8 points each.
Fenerbahce Ulker had wonderful beginning. It was 7-11 and later, after bomb by Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and another basket by Oguz Savas, Fener jumped on 9-19. Wright made one FT setting the score on 10-19 after 10 minutes. ALBA started to play much better in the second half. Immanuel McElroy shined, while experienced Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) closed nice 8-0 run for 21-23. Emir Preldzic made a lay-up after what Mirsad Turkcan scored from downtown. Immanuel McElroy responded immediately and it was 27-30 at the half time. After the breather, the team of head coach Bogdan Tanjevic reached 27-36. However, it was kind of a signal for the hosts, which created impressive 14-1 run, 41-37. Wright made another basket at the end of the quarter, this time third, for 51-48. Immanuel McElroy once again shined for ALBA and together with Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) helped it to grab 11-point lead, 63-52. Chubb was concentrated from the FT line after that resolving question about the winner. In the next round ALBA will take on Tau, while Fener wait DKV Joventut.

ALBA: Ansu Sesay 17+4 boards, Immanuel McElroy 16+6 boards, Casey Jacobsen 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 13+7 boards, Oguz Savas 8, Marques Green 8


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Aris beat Turk Telekomm to take the 1st place in Group D - by Simon Varvakis
Aris Thessaloniki took another decisive victory in its road to the next phase of the competition. The Greek team is currently undefeated with 3 wins and last night they managed to win over a much wealthier opponent. To be added to the disadvantage, Aris Thessaloniki was missing Spencer Nelson, who is the brains of the team in the backcourt and the team's best rebounder. From the frontcourt they were missing also Savas Iliadis who has a steady presence in the offensive game for Aris Thessaloniki.

The game started with a fast pace and both teams played fast and hard and the first quarter ended with 26-24 and Aris Thessaloniki in the lead and a lot of 3-points scored by Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) and Rodrick Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) respectively. The 2nd quarter belonged to Turk Telekomm though when they took the game in the low post where Dudley and Wright managed to win lots of fouls from Lazaros Agadakos (208-C-80) and Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) thus making it really difficult for Aris Thessaloniki to defend and score in the paint. Aris Thessaloniki got a lot of help from youngster Gaios Skordilis who managed to fill the gap in the low post perfectly.

The 3rd quarter began with Aris Thessaloniki scoring consecutiveley in the low-post with Lazaros Agadakos and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82) and again received help from the youngsters Papanikolaou and Skordilis. They helped Aris Thessaloniki to play really good defense and took the lead with 69-62. Turk Telekom came back into the game and even took the lead with 69-70. The game took a very slow pace from that point onwards and with a lot of turnovers from both teams Aris Thessaloniki won the game with 79-75. Clark was the top scorer of the game with 21 points and Blagota Sekulic the top rebounder with 11.

This victory puts Aris Thessaloniki on the top of the board in Group D. Next week we have the rematch in Turkey this time.

Quarters: 26-24, 41-44, 67-62, 79-75

Aris Thessaloniki: Keydren Clark 21 (4), Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) 15 (2), Blagota Sekulic 9, Argyropoulos 3, Gkavel 2, Skordilis 3, Papanikolaou 2, Lazaros Agadakos 10 (1), Nikos Barlos 10 (2), Tsaldaris 4.

Turk Telekom Ankara: Roderick Blakney 18 (4), Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) 3, Ermis, Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) 12, Ozkan, Acik 10 (2), Winston 9 (1), Dudley 15, Lang 8, Pars.


ASK Riga earn the second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Maroussi 84:70

The Latvian favorites ASK Riga held off Maroussi in Latvia yesterday. The win allowed the hosts to improve at 2-1 record on top of Group A. Bruno Sundov (218-C-80) nailed 23 points and collected 10 boards to lead the way for ASK Riga. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) added 19 points and 9 boards for the winners. Konstantinos Charalampidis (189-G-76) answered with 12 points for Maroussi. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 10 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
The teams traded baskets in the opening frame. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) capped the period with free throws to give the hosts a 20:19 lead. Uvis Helmanis, Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Bruno Sundov all scored early in the second period to extend the margin to 6 points. ASK Riga maintained the lead and finished the first half ahead by 5 points 41:36.
Corey Brewer stretched the buffer to as many as 10 points at the start of the third stanza. However Maroussi stayed calm. Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) fired from downtown to narrow the distance to just 4 points. ASK Riga responded with a three-pointer from Dairis Bertans and soon the hosts accumulated a 9-point lead. Maroussi fought bravely in the final quarter as they narrowed the deficit to 6 points before Sandis Valters connected from the outside and sealed the winning outcome for the hosts.

ASK Riga: Bruno Sundov 23+10 boards, Uvis Helmanis 19, Dairis Bertans 13
Maroussi: Konstantinos Charalampidis 12, Pat Calathes 10


Panellinios blast Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Bnei Hasharon 85:70

The Greek Panellinios earned the initial victory at the EuroCup regular season. They outgunned Bnei Hasharon in Group D yesterday to improve at 1-2 record. Bnei Hasharon stayed winless at 0-3 record. Panellinios managed to overcome an early deficit to came out winners in this one. Ori Ichaki (195-G-81, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Clemson) capped the starting stanza with a jumper and Bnei Hasharon led 19:18 at the moment. Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) lifted the hosts in front at the start of the second term and soon Panellinios built a 31:25 advantage. However Bnei Hasharon stayed within striking distance and trailed by just one point at the interval 40:41.
Panellinios knocked down 10 straight points to tip off the second half. The hosts maintained the gap and entered the fourth quarter ahead by 14 points. The visitors succeeded in trimming the distance to 8 points. However they got no closer as Panellinios posted the first win in the competition.
Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) nailed 22 points and collected 6 boards for Panellinios. Stevan Nadjfeji contributed 20 points and 10 boards in the win. Richard Roby (198-G-85) answered with 18 points for Bnei Hasharon. Segado Belcher (191-G-78, college: Nebraska) added 13 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Ivan Radenovic 22, Stevan Nadjfeji 20+10 boards, Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80) 15
Bnei Hasharon: Richard Roby 18, Segado Belcher 13


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Panellinios blast Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Bnei Hasharon 85:70

The Greek Panellinios earned the initial victory at the EuroCup regular season. They outgunned Bnei Hasharon in Group D yesterday to improve at 1-2 record. Bnei Hasharon stayed winless at 0-3 record. Panellinios managed to overcome an early deficit to came out winners in this one. Ori Ichaki (195-G-81, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Clemson) capped the starting stanza with a jumper and Bnei Hasharon led 19:18 at the moment. Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) lifted the hosts in front at the start of the second term and soon Panellinios built a 31:25 advantage. However Bnei Hasharon stayed within striking distance and trailed by just one point at the interval 40:41.
Panellinios knocked down 10 straight points to tip off the second half. The hosts maintained the gap and entered the fourth quarter ahead by 14 points. The visitors succeeded in trimming the distance to 8 points. However they got no closer as Panellinios posted the first win in the competition.
Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) nailed 22 points and collected 6 boards for Panellinios. Stevan Nadjfeji contributed 20 points and 10 boards in the win. Richard Roby (198-G-85) answered with 18 points for Bnei Hasharon. Segado Belcher (191-G-78, college: Nebraska) added 13 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Ivan Radenovic 22, Stevan Nadjfeji 20+10 boards, Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80) 15
Bnei Hasharon: Richard Roby 18, Segado Belcher 13


National League Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Megido/Yok. - Macc.Ashdod 95-89
Megido overcame Maccabi Ashdod 95:89 in Regular Season Round 9. Williams Jamal led the winners with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Eliyahu Avi posted 24. Assaf Dori had 23 points and 11 assists in defeat.

Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 84-81
Hod Hasharon improved to 6-3 record after the win over Elitzur Yavne 84:81. Brandwein Oded paced all the winners with 17 points, whilst Williams Armond produced 26 points for the visitors.

Natzrath Elite - Hap.Beeri 101-90
Tavor Ziv nailed 27 points and Digmel Ofer added 25 for Natzrath Elite as they edged Hap.Beeri 101:90. Jackson Cedric ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

Ironi N-Ziona - Hap.Tivon 88-115
Hapoel Tivon is also second with 6-3 record due to the road win over Ironi N-Ziona 115:88. Shtainhauer Tomer notched 22 points and Haris Andre had 20 for the winners. Zagury Eilon finished the night with 28 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Bar.Netanya - Hap.Afula 94-76
Netanya reached 9-0 on top beating Hap.Afula 94:76. Gueta Eliran nailed 22 points and made 15 caroms for the winners. Peleg Barak produced 17 points in the losing effort.

Lev Hashar. - Benyamina 86-78
Auter Adrian was unstoppable for Lev Hasharon with massive 40 points and 23 rebounds as his team overcame Benyamina 86:78. Ben-Eliyaho Hen chipped in 23 points and made 13 rebounds for the visiting team.



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Fortitudo Bologna: Cesare Pancotto replaces Dragan Sakota - by Antonello Varallo
After the terrible defeat against Virtus Bologna, that turned the team record in 4W 5L, and only 1 win in three Eurocup games, coach Dragan Sakota has been sacked by president Gilberto Sacrati, who also announced the name of the new head coach: Cesare Pancotto.
Pancotto, 53 years old, spent last three seasons with Snaidero Udine. In his long career, he also managed Teramo, Trieste, Roma, Montecatini, Siena and Pistoia, with a record of 409W 402L.


Benetton race to the third straight win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Le Havre 91:67

The Italian Benetton remained perfect in the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Le Havre for the third straight win at the tournament yesterday. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) topscored for the hosts with 15 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) added 14 points as Benetton stayed on top of Group C. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) answered with 15 points for Le Havre as they fell at 0-3 record.
Gary Neal was responsible for 5 quick points early in the game as Benetton grabbed a 9:6 lead. The lead then changed hands for several times before the hosts sealed the first quarter outcome at 19:18. Le Havre stayed closed throughout the second term but Benetton made a decisive push late in the quarter. A couple of three-pointers gave the hosts a 42:34 advantage.
Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85, college: San Diego St.) and Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) shaved the deficit to 5 points at the start of the third frame. Bingo Merriex later brought the visitors within 3 points 45:48. Benetton did not panic and secured a 7-point lead at three-quarter time. TJ Thomspon revived the hope for Le Havre once again in the final stanza as he dragged the French team within 4 of Benetton. However Domen Lorbek and Gary Neal notched treys and the home team ensured the third straight win at the end.

Benetton: Gary Neal 15, Domen Lorbek 14, Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) 11
Le Havre: TJ Thompson 15, Bingo Merriex 13+11 boards


Legadue, market news - by Antonello Varallo
Reyer Umana Venezia announced two very important signs: Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Davide Bonora (186-G-73). Janicenoks is by now a veteran of italian leagues, having played with Fortitudo Bologna,Teramo and Capo d'Orlando.He is a member of Latvian National Team began this seasson with Barons/LMT Riga (LBL). Bonora, former member of Italian National Team, has been one of best european playmaker of his generation and played with all italian stronger teams.
Other news: Enel Brindisi released Janis Porzingis (201-F-81), who was avereging 6.9 ppg; Fastweb Junior Casale released Rodger Farrington (200-C-76, college:ArizonaSt.) and signed Nicholas George (198-F-82,college:Va Commonwealth) who began the season with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA)


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ASK Riga earn the second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga - Maroussi 84:70

The Latvian favorites ASK Riga held off Maroussi in Latvia yesterday. The win allowed the hosts to improve at 2-1 record on top of Group A. Bruno Sundov (218-C-80) nailed 23 points and collected 10 boards to lead the way for ASK Riga. Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) added 19 points and 9 boards for the winners. Konstantinos Charalampidis (189-G-76) answered with 12 points for Maroussi. Pat Calathes (208-G/F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 10 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
The teams traded baskets in the opening frame. Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) capped the period with free throws to give the hosts a 20:19 lead. Uvis Helmanis, Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services), Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Bruno Sundov all scored early in the second period to extend the margin to 6 points. ASK Riga maintained the lead and finished the first half ahead by 5 points 41:36.
Corey Brewer stretched the buffer to as many as 10 points at the start of the third stanza. However Maroussi stayed calm. Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) fired from downtown to narrow the distance to just 4 points. ASK Riga responded with a three-pointer from Dairis Bertans and soon the hosts accumulated a 9-point lead. Maroussi fought bravely in the final quarter as they narrowed the deficit to 6 points before Sandis Valters connected from the outside and sealed the winning outcome for the hosts.

ASK Riga: Bruno Sundov 23+10 boards, Uvis Helmanis 19, Dairis Bertans 13
Maroussi: Konstantinos Charalampidis 12, Pat Calathes 10


Barons/LMT finally win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Barons/LMT 75:88

Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) scored 21 points and paced Barons/LMT to the first win in the EuroCup regular season. The reigning EuroChallenge champions snapped two-game losing streak to overcome Lukoil in Bulgaria. Lukoil meanwhile slipped at 0-3 record in Group B.
Barons surged ahead early in the game. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances), Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) and Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) secured a 21:14 lead for the visitors after ten minutes of action. Charles Rhodes added 7 points for Barons at the start of the second period and the Latvian team enjoyed a 28:21 lead. Charles Rhodes stayed consistent in the second period and secured a 40:31 advantage for Barons at halftime.
Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) dragged the hosts within 5 points from Barons before Charles Rhodes and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) gave back a comfortable advantage for the visitors. The Latvian team led by 10 points heading into the final period. Riste Stefanov exploded with 9 points early in the fourth quarter as the distance evaporated. The teams exchanged the blows before Barons silenced the home team with a 10:0 run. The visitors earned a 12-point advantage and never looked back en route to the initial success.
Martins Kravcenko and Charles Rhodes knocked down 15 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points for Barons. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) responded with 17 points and 13 boards for Lukoil. Riste Stefanov had 16 points in the loss.

Lukoil: Kenny Adeleke 17+13 boards, Riste Stefanov 16
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 21, Martins Kravcenko 15, Charles Rhodes 15


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Khalid El Amin leads Azovmash past Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Lietuvos Rytas 76:66

Azovmash secured the second win in Group E of the EuroCup regular season tournament. They fired down Lietuvos Rytas in Mariupol to take the lead in the pool. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) poured in 32 points and dished out 7 assists to pace the hosts. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) added 15 points and 5 board for the winners. The hosts led 7:2 early in the game before Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) took the floor for the visitors. He scored 7 points in a row and Lietuvos Rytas earned an 11:7 advantage. But Azovmash soon retained the lead and finished the first term ahead by two 18:16. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) put Lietuvos Rytas back in front early in the second term. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored twice from beyond the arc to give the visiting team a 29:23 advantage. However five points from Khalid El-Amin gave Azovmash a 34:32 lead. The hosts held on to the lead as they enjoyed a 38:34 buffer at halftime.
The home team quickly cleared off to a 10-point distance at the dawn of the third frame and maintained the gap throughout the stanza. Lietuvos Rytas trailed by 10 points with ten minutes to go but Khalid El Amin extended the gap to 16 points. Lietuvos Rytas had nothing to answer with and managed only to trim the deficit to 10 points at the end.
Mindaugas Lukauskis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Branko Milisavljevic produced 13 points in the losing effort.

Azovmash: Khalid El-Amin 32, Marc Salyers 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 7, Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) 7
Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 19, Branko Milisavljevic 13


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NBA Round: 43 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lakers - Kings 101-113
Sacramento Kings made it at their ARCO Arena against the powerful LA Lakers. It means that the Kings improved on 6-16 record, while the Lakers faced with 3rd defeat in 20 appearances. John Salmons and Francisco Garcia nailed 21 points each for the winning squad. Kobe Bryant had 28 points for the visitors, while Pau Gasol contributed with double-double, 25 points and 12 boards.

Magic - Trail Blazers 109-108
Orlando drained 3 triples in the last 2 minutes. Hidayet Turkoglu was a hero of the game making the winning 25-footer with 0.3 seconds to go. He had 24 points and 5 assists in total. Rashard Lewis was better than him for the Magic collecting 27 points and 9 boards. Brandon Roy added 30 points and 9 rebs, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 25 pts and 13 boards for Portland. Magic 17-5, Tral Blazers 15-8.

Raptors - Cavaliers 94-114
LeBron James paced his Cleveland Cavs to 9th straight victory collecting 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Toronto Raptors got 17 points from Joey Graham dropping on 8-12.

Pistons - Wizards 94-107
Caron Butler demonstrated nice performance against Detroit leading Washington Wizards to 4th win. He delivered 33 points, including 5 rebounds and 6 assists for 41 minutes. Richard Hamilton responded with 29 points for the Pistons (11-9).

Jazz - Timberwolves 99-96
Utah Jazz grabbed 3-point win in Minneapolis thanks to Ronnie Brewer and Mehmet Okur, which combined 46 pts, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. Al Jefferson led the hosts in scoring with 21 points. He also had 7 boards beside that. Jazz 14-9, Timberwolves 4-16.

Knicks - Bulls 100-105
10-11 for the Bulls and 9-12 for the Knicks after this game. The winners had 5 players with 15 or more points, but the best one for sure was Drew Gooden, who poured in 22 and also grabbed impressive 16 rebounds. Al Harrington shined for the Knicks with 28 points and 6 rebs.

Spurs - Mavericks 133-126
San Antonio Spurs celebrated in very exciting game, decided in two over times. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had fantastic 61 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists together for the Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd answered combining 59 points, 18 boards and 14 assists. Both teams had 11-8 record before this game.

Hawks - Rockets 84-92
Ming Yao once again shined for the hosts nailing 24 points and pulling down fantastic 19 rebounds. He spent 33 minutes on the floor. Atlanta Hawks got the most from Joe Johnson, 22 points and 5 boards. Rockets 14-8, Hawks 12-8.

Bucks - Suns 110-125
Phoenix Suns delivered 125 points, what was way more than enough for victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. Shaquille O'Neal collected 35 pts and 8 rebounds for his team. Charlie Villanueva, who came off the bench, top-scored in loss with 24 points. He missed just one board for double-double. Suns 13-9, Bucks 9-14.


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Dandridge joins Halifax - by Gianni Pascucci
The Halifax Rainmen announced the agreement with Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He will play the position of shooting guard in the upcoming PBL season. Dandridge also attended Lambuth University a NAIA D1 school, where he was 1st Team All-American. 'Glen has unlimited 3-point range, with a soft touch for mid-range,' said Team Coach Rick Lewis. 'Glen is a great rebounder with outstanding length to get into passing lanes on defense.' Dandridge arrives in Halifax in the evening Saturday

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Crvena Zvezda blitz Turow in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Turow 97:69

Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points apiece to pace Crvena Zvezda past Turow in the third round of EuroCup regular season. The win marked 2-1 record for Crvena Zvezda, while Turow slipped at 1-2.
The teams kept it close throughout the starting frame before Crvena Zvezda took off. Bjelica and Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) fired from downtown to give the hosts a 32:25 lead at the end of the opening term. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Bakic secured a 16-point lead for the home team in the second term. Soon Andre Owens made it an 18-point game for Crvena Zvezda. The hosts enjoyed a 56:35 advantage at halftime.
Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) and Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) dragged the visitors within 14 points in the third period but Crvena Zvezda kept alert. Elmedin Kikanovic restored a 21-point lead for the home side. The Serbian team extended the margin to 26 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Turow had no answer for the onslaught and had to surrender at the end.
Tadija Dragicevic scored 16 points for Crvena Zvezda. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) and Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points each for the winning team. Damir Miljkovic fired 28 points for Turow. Alex Harris added 15 points in the loss.

Crvena Zvezda: Lawrence Roberts 17, Elmedin Kikanovic 17, Tadija Dragicevic 16
Turow: Damir Miljkovic 28, Alex Harris 15


Belgacom Liege easily beat Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News
Belgacom Liege -Energa Czarni 89:64

Belgacom Liege improved to 3-0 record after a home win over Energa Czarni 89:64. A 25-12 in the start of the game allowed the hosts to keep the advantage for good and to remain undefeated. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and both Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) poured in 15. Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) posted 14 points in the losing effort, while Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) had 10.
Belgacom Liege started the game with 5-0 run and improved to 10-2 in the opening tip. Bakic closed the first frame at 25:12 for the home side. Jamar Wilson pulled his team to 32:19 and then another three from him saw 45:30. Justin Cage made a dunk to send the teams to the lockers for 48:35.
With another 21-11 in the third period Belgacom Liege put the winning step into the victory. Owens brought his team 69:46 to close the third frame. In the last quarter the teams were killing time and both coaches were able to use other players. Fields scored for 75:50 and Poole made it 77:50. Christopher Hill was the last to score in the game as Belgacom Liege improved to 3-0 record after a home win over Energa Czarni.

Belgacom Liege: Christopher Hill 18, Justin Cage 15, Jamar Wilson 15
Energa Czarni: Mateo Kedzo 14, Jack Ingram 10


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Ginasio trade players - by Luis Rocha
Ginasio decided to make a change in their roster. Dustin Brown (202-F-83, college: Loyola Marymount) is out and Ajay Calvin (196-F-85, college: Drake) is in. Calvin is a 3 that can post up and score, playing back to the board. Hes very athletic, and will catch a lot of rebounds in both ends of the court. A natural quick player who can get advantages coming from the drible, wich causes great difficulties to their opponents. It seems a nice add for Ginasio, can he adjust to the team?, we will see, time to work for coach Sergio Salvador , now its up to him and the player.

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With a double header the Fiba Americas Tournament gets Underway - by Luis Ramirez
The first game featured the Dominican Republic squad against the squad from Brazil. The first quarter was played at a very even pace where Brazil ended the 1st quarter on top 26-24. The top scorer during this 1st quarter was Leandro Da Cruz Silva with 11 points. In the second quarter Da Cruz Silva and Lopez E Silva both got hot to lead Brazil. Charles Lopez E Silva scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter while Leandro scored 13 points. With Brazil leading 43-31 The Dominican Team took an emergency time out with less than 5 minutes to go in the quarter. The Dominican team came out more aggressive after the time out but Brazil would not relent, with 3:34 to go in the quarter they were leading by ten points 45-35. Brazil continued their onslaught and with 6.4 seconds to go in the quarter had a 13 point lead 53-40. In this 1st half it was Daniel Tavarez who led the Dominican Team with 14 points.
In the 2nd half Brazil continued to play good defense and were patient with their offensive plays and although the Dominican team behind Daniel Tavarez made a valiant effort to get back in the game, Brazil would continue to score at will at the end of the 3rd quarter it was Brazil 78 Dominican Republic 56. In the 4th quarter it was much the same as the prior 3 quarters with Brazil dominating to seal the win 90-65.

In the second game it was Arecibo Captains against the Pioneros de Quintana Roo from Mexico. Arecibo opened up with Jeff Aubry, Monty Wilson, David Cortes, Angel Figueroa and Rafael Cruz. Cortes gave Arecibo the lead with a 3 consecutive 3 pointers and after a field goal by Angel Figueroa, Mexico immediately asked for a time out with the score 11-2 with 8 minutes to go in the quarter. Mexico came back with a 3 pointer of their own coming off the time out and was able to cut into the lead with 6:11 to go the score was 14-7. Arecibo failed to score on several occasions and Mexico closed the game 14-12 with 3:54 to go in the quarter. Needing some offense Arecibo Coach David Rosario sent in Robert Lazor to try to generate instant offense. But it was Erick Rodriguez with a 3 pointer which pulled Arecibo ahead 20-12 with less than a minute to go in that quarter. With less than a second to go Angel Figueroa was able to score and got fouled in the attempt, making the free throw to finish the quarter 25-12 in favor of Arecibo.
In the 2nd quarter Lazor continued to extend the Arecibo lead as he hit a 3 pointer with 7:50 to go in the quarter, and Erick Rodriguez shot a 3 pointer from way out and Arecibo was leading 35-20 with 5:57 to go in the quarter. Angel Rosa who came into the game with 3:10 to play immediately hit a 3 pointer and with 2:48 to play Arecibo had a 12 point lead 41-29. Mexico offense was based mostly on Marcus Fleming and Tiras Wade who scored 13 and 10 respectively to end the 1st half 46-34 in favor of the Captains.

In the 2nd half the Mexican team was able to mount a small offensive run and immediately Coach Rosario called a time out with 7:21 to go and Arecibo leading 50-40. Arecibo pushed the ball up the court and Angel Figueroa was the benefactor as he was able to score or get fouled in the process, with 5:52 to go the Captains were leading 56-42. The Captains continued playing an aggressive game as took a commanding lead 62-44 with 3:29 to go in the 3rd quarter. With a 22 point lead Coach Rosario started to give some of his regular players a rest. The quarter ended 72-51 and the Mexican team some somewhat discouraged at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th, Mexico tried to get into the game and Coach Skillman tried different player combinations but nothing seemed to work, the Captains continued to pound Mexico using their speed. With 5:58 to go Arecibo was leading 89-60. Things didnt get any better for Mexico and with 2:56 left in the game Coach Skillman was Td up with a Technical for continuing to argue the officials calls. The game ended 104-72.
For Arecibo it was Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) with 20 points followed by David Cortes with 19 points. For Mexico, it was Tiras Wade with 22 points followed by Marcus Fleming with 21 points.


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Khimky sneak past Besiktas in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Khimky 69:71

Khimky recovered from a stunning loss to Benetton in the previous round of EuroCup and narrowly defeated Besiktas in Turkey. The win marked a 2-1 record for the Russian powerhouse in Group C. Besiktas slipped at 1-2 record after the loss.
Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) gave the hosts a 5:0 lead early on before Khimky struck back. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) soon tied the scoreline. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) fired from downtown to put Khimky in charge. The visitors raced ahead and finished the starting frame leading 27:19. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) and Kelly McCarty continued to deliver for the visiting team as they rallied to a 44:33 lead at the interval.
Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) ignited a comeback effort from Besiktas in the third frame. The hosts trimmed the distance to just two points and then Dennis Mims (205-F-80, college: Indiana, PA) squared things up at 54. Kelly McCarty however capped the term with a trey for a 57:54 Khimky lead. Cevher Ozer stepped up with several three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Besiktas grabbed a 67:66 lead. Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) answered with a timely layup, while Carlos Carlos Delfino sealed the victory for Khimky with free throws.
Kelly McCarty knocked down 25 points to lead Khimky. Jerome Moiso added 15 points, while Carlos Delfino had 14 points for the winners. Mire Chatman answered with 19 points for Besiktas. Cevher Ozer provided 15 points in defeat.

Besiktas: Mire Chatman 19, Cevher Ozer 15
Khimky: Kelly McCarty 25, Jerome Moiso 15, Carlos Delfino 14


Unics hold off Dynamo in EuroCup clash - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Dynamo Moscow 80:71

Quick start saw Unics grab a crucial lead that allowed them to prevail against Dynamo Moscow in the EuroCup regular season battle in Kazan. Unics outgunned their opponents 28:7 in the first stanza and maintained the lead to register the third straight win in Group B.
Unics used a 20:0 rally in the starting frame to pile up a stunning 22:2 lead early on. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) stopped the bleeding for Dynamo but Unics persisted and built a 28:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Dynamo were not done though. Robertas Javtokas, Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) trimmed the deficit to just 9 points. Unics however managed to stay in control as they secured a 39:26 lead at the interval. Samoylenko and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) stretched the margin to 19 points in the third quarter. Dynamo struck back in the fourth coming as close as 11 points. Jannero Pargo ignited the intrigue as he pulled the visitors within 8 points. But Dynamo got no closer as Jannero Pargo and Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) missed their attempts sealing the win for Unics.
Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) scored 14 points apiece to pace the hosts. Loncar, Tariq Kirksay and Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) added 13 points apiece in the win. Robertas Javtokas responded with 24 points for Dynamo. Bostjan Nachbar had 20 points in the loss.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 14, Vladimir Veremeenko 14, Tariq Kirksay 13+9 boards
Dynamo: Robertas Javtokas 24, Bostjan Nachbar 20


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Defeats for FMP and Hemofarm - by Dragan Jankovski
Except of the victory by Crvena Zvezda, two other Serbian teams in EuroCup were defeated.

Hemofarm STADA lost against Buducnost on the road 59-70. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) was a leading player of the Montenegrin champion collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds. Actually Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) had one point more than him, but without any other record. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Hemofarm got the most from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), 18 points. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) was the second scorer of the team with 9. Both teams currently have 1-2 score in Group H. In the next round Hemofarm will have a chance for revenge as the game will be played in Vrsac.

FMP Zeleznik also suffered second defeat in this European competition. This time coach Slobodan Klipa and his players lost against Dragan Sakota and his Fortitudo Bologna in Zeleznik 59-70. Greek big guy Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) led the Italians adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) also had 13 points, while Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) stopped on 11. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for FMP. Macedonian Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for the hosts adding 11 points. In the next round FMP will play another game vs Fortitudo, but this time in Bologna.


Stepandic replaced Klipa on FMP bench, Rasko Bojic took KK Borac - by Zoran Popovic
Milovan Stepandic replaced Slobodan Klipa on FMP Zeleznik Beograd bench. In the next period Slobodan Klipa will be in charge for coordination of all young categories and on the bench in KK Borac Cacak Rasko Bojic will replace Stepandic.
Milovan Stepandic started coach career in Sabac with young selections and from 1991 took senior team of Iva Sabac. Before FMP Zeleznik Beograd Stepandic was head coach of KK Borac Cacak, BC Buducnost and BC Vojvodina. Rasko Bojic built his coach career in KK Borac Cacak. This is the second time that Bojic run KK Borac Cacak.


Roberts, Kikanovic and Dragicevic too strong for Turow in EuroCup - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda grabbed the second victory in EuroCup this season. After opening defeat against Charleroi in Belgium and later win vs German Brose Baskets in the second round, the Red-and-whites outplayed Polish Turow 97-69. It means that Serbian team is currently on the second place in Group F. Charleroi is the first undefeated, Turow third with 1-2 and Brose Baskets at the bottom winless. American Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) were the leading players for Crvena Zvezda in this game. Both of them nailed 17 points, while Roberts also had 8 rebounds beside that. Zvezda's captain Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) also was on a great level. He was unmistakable last night making 3/3 FG2, 3/3 for 3-pts and 1/1 FTs, 16 points in total for just 13 minutes. Croatian Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) was the best in Turow with 28 points.

Crvena Zvezda had magnificent first quarter netting 32 points. On the other side, Turow also was good stopping on 25. However, above mentioned Lawrence Roberts, Elmedin Kikanovic and Tadija Dragicevic shined for their team helping it to grab 21-point lead at the half time. It was 56-35. Nothing has changed after that as the hosts touched plus 23 in third quarter, 52-29. Players of the head coach Svetislav Pesic somehow stopped after that. The Red-and-whites let Turow to come on 66-52, but very soon they created 8-0 run what was a huge step forward to victory. At the middle of the last quarter the captain Tadija Dragicevic made two bombs definitely securing the second EuroCup win for his team.


Christopher Schlatter agrees with German EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Dragan Jankovski
Christopher Schlatter (203-F-81, college: Washington St.) moved from Serbian team Mega Hypo Leasing to German EnBW Ludwigsburg. 27-year old American supposes to replace De'Angelo Alexander, who suffered shoulder injury and will be sidelined for at least a month.
Christopher Schlatter arrived to Mega HL during the summer. He appeared 12 times in Serbian A league averaging 5.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg. He also played 4 games in Balkan league with much better digits, 10.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Schlatter already has experience from Germany as he spent 06/07 season in 2. Bundesleague team TSV Troester Breitenguessbach. In 10 games he added 12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. Previous one he missed due to knee injury. In the past Christopher Schlatter also played in Luxemburg and Portugal. He graduated at Washington State University in 2005.

Meanwhile, Serbian representatives in Balkan league are getting ready for today. Actually, we will have a derby between Swisslion Takovo and Radnicki 034 Group. The match is scheduled for 18:30h in Vrsac. Third Serbian team in BIBL, Mega Hypo Leasing, is free in this round.


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Hopsi inks Jelesijevic, Zagorje cut Nesovic and Majerle, winless Radenska fire coach Jutersnik, Litija adds Brcina - by Zeljko Zule

Hopsi inked Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) ex NYKK Marso-Vagep.
Zagorje fired Mihajlo Nesovic (198-G/F-86) and Samo Majerle (210-C-82) and Ales Primc (201-F-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) underwent surgey to repair a ruptured Achilles's tendon and will ob out six months. Nesovic averaged 15 minutes, 2,6 points (2P 6-18, 3P 1-11, FT 6-8), 1,6 rebounds, 0,4 assists, 0,5 steals and 0,1 blocks in 8 games of UPC League and Majerle averaged 6,5 minutes, 2,4 points (2P 5-6, FT 2-2) and 0,8 rebounds in 5 games of UPC League.

The winless Radenska Creativ fired coach Peter Jutersnik after a eleventh straight lopsided loss to start the season. Matjaz Cujez , former U-20 NT assistant coach will replace Jutersnik.

Litija (B-1) inked Drago Brcina (203-F/C-87) ex Rogla. He averaged 13,2 minutes (2P 6-17, 3P 1-7. FT 5-6), 2,9 points, 2,1 rebounds, 0,1 assists, 0,4 steals and 0,4 blocks in 7 games of B-1 League.

Marko Lekic (211-C-85) of Geoplin Slovan undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee an will be out four to six weeks.
Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88) undergo knee surgery to clean out torn cartilage and will be sidelined at least two months.



Gorica hand Krka their first loss of the season (UPC League - Round 11) - by Zeljko Zule
Gorica ended the perfect start by the UPC League's last undefeated team Krka in Round 11 and Helios handed Geoplin Slovan its first home loss.
CPG Nova Gorica-Krka 80-64: Goran Kuburic (190-G-79) scored 19 points on shooting 5-of-7 from 3-point range, Marko Marcetic added 17 points and Vlado Pasalic had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Gorica routed Krka 80-64, snapping the 10-game winning streak by the UPC League's last undefeated team. Gorica in last quarter made a 20-3 run including 13 straight points and held Krka scoreless 3:31 of play.Simon Petrov netted 16 points and Davor Marcelic 12 and were the only Krka's scorers in double figures.
Geoplin Slovan-Helios 70-82: The guests never trailed in second half. Nicholas Jacobson posted 16 points and Aljaz Janza and Vjeko Petrovic added 13 apiece while Dejan Delic had 27 points and Zoran Dragic 18 for Slovan.


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Signings in ACB and LEB - by Francisco Martinez
MMT Estudiantes has confirmed that Petar Popovic (211-C-79) will stay in the team till the end of the current season. He arrived to the team in order to replace innjured Martin Rancik, but after several weeks playing for the team and even when Rancik is already recovered, the Serbian center has got an spot in the roster.

Atocid Ford Burgos has nnpunced the signing of the Bosman player Guy Muya (190-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) with a temporal contract to replace injured point guard Ivan Corrales (182-G-74).


Asvel snatch thriller win - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Asvel 78:80 (OT)

Asvel eked out a dramatic victory over Gran Canaria on the road for the second success in the EuroCup regular season. Gran Canaria on the contrary dropped the second game and fell at 1-2 record. The hosts managed to deny an 11-point halftime deficit before losing in overtime.
Ali Traore scored 4 points in a 12:2 rally from the visitors as they built a 22:12 lead after the starting period. The French outfit extended the gap to as many as 19 points early in the second period before Gran Canaria showed some signs of recovery. Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) and Joel Freeland (208-F-87) shaved the distance to just 11 points at halftime. Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) and Melvin Sanders drained back-to-back trebles to put Gran Canaria within 4 points midway through the third quarter. Asvel however finished the frame strongly and led by 6 points with ten minutes left in regulation. Jim Moran and Mario Bruno Fernandez (197-F-83) kept the hosts in the picture. Gran Canaria came close before Mario Bruno Fernandez put the crowd to their feet. He knocked down two free throws and then added a layup off a steal to give Gran Canaria a 69:66 advantage. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) stayed cool though and his three-pointer sent the game into extra period. The teams traded baskets before Amara Sy (202-F-81) tipped the ball in after J.R. Reynolds miss with the time ticking off. Asvel celebrated an impressive victory in Spain and occupied the second spot in Group E ladder.
Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) and Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) scored 15 points each for the winners. Amara Sy contributed 13 points in the win. Melvin Sanders replied with 19 points for Gran Canaria. Joel Freeland had 14 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Gran Canaria: Melvin Sanders 19, Joel Freeland 14
Asvel: Benjamin Dewar 15, Chevon Troutman 15, Amara Sy 13


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Fribourg loses close Euro Challenege game down the stretch - by Alexander Davis
Although the Swiss champs played better defensively this game, they had no answer on the perimeter for Fred House and company. Vlad Buscaglia seemed to finally find his rhythm fo Fribourg, as he had 13 points, but Oympic was led once again by the inside play of 'The Warrior' Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU), and Dennis Harrison (201-F-79, college: Colorado), Marcus Sloan finished with a team high 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Harrison had 15 points and 11 boards in defeat, as Lokomotiv Rostov came into Switzerland and claimed a 69-61 victory over Benetton Fribourg Olympic in EuroChallenge Group C on Tuesday. The Russians improved to 2-1 with the triumph while Benetton fell to 0-3. Fribourg went in front 54-52 with 5:37 remaining after Stefan Petkovic hit a three-pointer. With 4:39 remaining, however, Lokomotiv went on top for good when Fred House nailed a three-pointer. That shot gave the visitors a 58-56 lead and Szymon Szewczyk followed with a three-point play to increase the advantage to five. Szewczyk finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Lokomotiv's Russia international Nikita Morgunov scored a game-high 20.

Round 11 Preview: Lugano - Nyon - by Jay Gadsden
This week's spotlight is on the upcoming LNA matchup between Lugano and Nyon. With a 6-4 record, Nyon are currently sitting fourth in the league table, and this matchup should be decisive in their positioning, as they continue to jockey for a top spot in the spring LNA playoffs. Meanwhile for Lugano the season has been a major disappointment thus far, as the team is performing subpar, currently sitting at 5-5 and near the bottom end of the LNA table.

For Lugano this game will be a defining game. If the team wants to make a run at the top of the table and establish themselves as a contender in the LNA this year, this game against Nyon would be a big statement game, where they could mark their resurgence in the league. Lugano heads into the game with lowered heads after losing a difficult game at The Starwings last weekend, and surely will be looking to get back in good form with a win over Nyon. The Tigers have performed well in the backcourt, but are very exposed at the forward position, and this proved itself to be true last weekend, when their frontcourt produced under 25 points total. Surely the Tigers will look to improve their frontcourt performance with Isaac Wells and Josh Almanson at the helm.

Meanwhile Nyon has been a nice surprise this season, combining a well balanced frontcourt of Yuanta Holland and Ivan McFarlin, with a nice blend of backcourt aggressiveness. Lugano also has the edge with home court advantage, but Nyon will look to overcome this in this week's LNA game of the week.


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Khimky sneak past Besiktas in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Khimky 69:71

Khimky recovered from a stunning loss to Benetton in the previous round of EuroCup and narrowly defeated Besiktas in Turkey. The win marked a 2-1 record for the Russian powerhouse in Group C. Besiktas slipped at 1-2 record after the loss.
Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) gave the hosts a 5:0 lead early on before Khimky struck back. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) soon tied the scoreline. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) fired from downtown to put Khimky in charge. The visitors raced ahead and finished the starting frame leading 27:19. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78, college: UCLA) and Kelly McCarty continued to deliver for the visiting team as they rallied to a 44:33 lead at the interval.
Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) ignited a comeback effort from Besiktas in the third frame. The hosts trimmed the distance to just two points and then Dennis Mims (205-F-80, college: Indiana, PA) squared things up at 54. Kelly McCarty however capped the term with a trey for a 57:54 Khimky lead. Cevher Ozer stepped up with several three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Besiktas grabbed a 67:66 lead. Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) answered with a timely layup, while Carlos Carlos Delfino sealed the victory for Khimky with free throws.
Kelly McCarty knocked down 25 points to lead Khimky. Jerome Moiso added 15 points, while Carlos Delfino had 14 points for the winners. Mire Chatman answered with 19 points for Besiktas. Cevher Ozer provided 15 points in defeat.

Besiktas: Mire Chatman 19, Cevher Ozer 15
Khimky: Kelly McCarty 25, Jerome Moiso 15, Carlos Delfino 14


Aris too good for Turk Telekom - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Turk Telekom 79:75

Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) scored 21 points and dished out 5 assists as Aris rolled to a narrow win against Turk Telekom. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 15 points for the winners as they climbed at 3-0 record on top of Group D. Turk Telekom slipped at 2-1 record and remained in the second position.
A tight encounter saw several lead changes in the opening term before Aris grabbed a 26:24 advantage at the end. However a near perfect shooting display from the visitors allowed them to quickly surge ahead in the second period. Turk Telekom piled up a 44:41 advantage at halftime.
Lazaros Agadakos (208-C-80, agency: FCM) and Sean Marshall put Aris back in charge and the hosts did not surrender the lead. They entered the final quarter ahead by five points 67:62. Turk Telekom did not bow and Tutku Acik (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) fired from downtown to tie the scoreline at 75 late in regulation. But Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-F-80) and Clark netted 4 points for Aris to bring Aris to the victory at the end.
Lazaros Agadakos and Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) scored 10 points each for the winners. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) responded with 18 points for Turk Telekom. Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had 15 points in the loss.

Aris: Keydren Clark 21, Sean Marshall 15, Lazaros Agadakos 10, Nikos Barlos 10
Turk Telekom: Roderick Blakney 18, Erwin Dudley 15


ALBA celebrates in Round 7 opener vs Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague: ALBA - Fenerbahce Ulker 72-63

It was an opening game of Round 7 and nice victory for the German champ ALBA Berlin for 3-4 record in Group C. Exactly the same digits has Fenerbahce Ulker now. After not so good first half, the hosts managed to take control on Fener and to grab decent 9-point win at the end. Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) helped ALBA with 16 points and 6 boards, while Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) stopped on 11 pts. Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) was the only one with double-digits in scoring for Fener, 13 points. Beside that he had 7 more rebounds. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) netted 8 points each.
Fenerbahce Ulker had wonderful beginning. It was 7-11 and later, after bomb by Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and another basket by Oguz Savas, Fener jumped on 9-19. Wright made one FT setting the score on 10-19 after 10 minutes. ALBA started to play much better in the second half. Immanuel McElroy shined, while experienced Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) closed nice 8-0 run for 21-23. Emir Preldzic made a lay-up after what Mirsad Turkcan scored from downtown. Immanuel McElroy responded immediately and it was 27-30 at the half time. After the breather, the team of head coach Bogdan Tanjevic reached 27-36. However, it was kind of a signal for the hosts, which created impressive 14-1 run, 41-37. Wright made another basket at the end of the quarter, this time third, for 51-48. Immanuel McElroy once again shined for ALBA and together with Adam Chubb (207-F/C-81, college: Pennsylvania) helped it to grab 11-point lead, 63-52. Chubb was concentrated from the FT line after that resolving question about the winner. In the next round ALBA will take on Tau, while Fener wait DKV Joventut.

ALBA: Ansu Sesay 17+4 boards, Immanuel McElroy 16+6 boards, Casey Jacobsen 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Mirsad Turkcan 13+7 boards, Oguz Savas 8, Marques Green 8


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Tim Duncan plays in his 1,000th NBA game - by David Edole
Tonight, Spurs forward Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) is scheduled to play in his 1,000th NBA game, including playoffs. Express-News Spurs writer Jeff McDonald takes a look at (quite arguably) the 10 best the top 1 percent of Duncans career:

10. Playoff debut

April 23, 1998: In a harbinger of postseason heroics to come, Duncan scores 32 points and grabs 10 rebounds as the Spurs pound the Suns in his first career playoff game.

9. The perfect game

Jan. 17, 2002: If there is a hole in Duncans game, it is his occasional yips from the foul line. Those yips were nowhere to be found on this night against Utah: Duncan sets a team record by making all 17 of his free throws, part of a 35-point night.

8. The first triple-double

March 25, 2000: Duncan torches Cleveland for 17 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but not his last.

7. The everlasting record

Dec. 26, 2001: Duncan goes off for a career-high 53 points in a win over Dallas at the Alamodome, the most points ever scored in that building. The next season, the Spurs move into the AT&T Center, ensuring Duncans record will never be broken.

6. Gallant in defeat

May 22, 2006: Duncan has one of his better playoff games, even by his standards, going for 41 points and 15 rebounds in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals but Dallas wins the game in double OT.

5. The first Finals

June 16, 1999: Duncan announces his arrival on the NBAs biggest stage, throwing up 33 point and 16 rebounds in Game 1 of the 1999 Finals against the Knicks. Duncan would go on to win the first of his three Finals MVP Awards.

4. The Sun setter

April 19, 2008: Another double-OT thriller, another Duncan masterpiece: 40 points, 15 rebounds and an improbable buzzer-beating 3-pointer to keep the Spurs alive in Game 1 of last seasons first-round playoff series.

3. Eclipse of the Suns

May 1, 2003: Duncan provides a foretaste of what would become a career mission to ruin postseasons for Phoenix, recording a triple double 15 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists in Game 6 of the teams first-round series.

2. MV-3

June 23, 2005: In the only Finals Game 7 of Duncans career, he pours in 25 points to go with 11 rebounds against Detroit, as the Spurs ride him down the stretch to claim their third NBA crown. Duncan earns his third Finals MVP trophy.

1. The Magnum Opus

June 5, 2003: With a second NBA title within reach in Game 6 of the 2003 Finals, Duncan carries the Spurs past New Jersey with a game for the ages: 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and a Finals-record eight blocks.


Raja Bell traded to Charlotte Bobcats - by David Edole
The Phoenix Suns jettisoned two familiar players to Charlotte, and got the Bobcats' leading scorer in exchange.

In the latest move in their ongoing makeover, the Suns traded Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and Boris Diaw to the Bobcats on Wednesday as part of a deal for Jason Richardson.

'We felt like we needed to shake things up a little bit,' Suns general manager Steve Kerr said. 'We wanted to add a great scorer in the backcourt to give us better balance to take some of the pressure off of Steve (Nash).'

Rookie point guard Sean Singletary also went to Charlotte, while the Suns got small forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick.

The dynamic Richardson was the center of the deal, though.

'I think it was an opportunity for us to get better,' Phoenix coach Terry Porter said, 'a guy who can get 20 points a night, adds athleticism for us.'

The 6-foot-6 Richardson is a two-time NBA slam dunk champion and an accomplished 3-point shooter who is averaging 18.7 points this season and 18.8 for his pro career.

'When you try to get better, you're going to lose some assets,' Charlotte coach Larry Brown said. 'We're losing a pretty darn good player and the way Phoenix is trying to make their team, they just added an unbelievable piece.'

Bell, a first-team all-defensive team selection in 2006-07 and second team last season, had made it clear he was not happy with the Suns' switch from coach Mike D'Antoni's high-flying style to Porter's more deliberate approach. Bell is averaging 9.4 points this season.

The versatile Diaw had seen his playing time dwindle behind Amare Stoudemire. The Suns still liked the Frenchman's skills but not his salary. He is getting $9 million this season and has three more years on his contract.

'I think it's going to be a little bit of a shock to those guys when you start a season and you have a legitimate chance to win a championship and all of a sudden go with a team that's trying to go and find an identity and get better,' Brown said.

Dudley, a 6-foot-7 second-year pro, started seven games for Charlotte this season.

The 32-year-old Bell came to the Suns as a free agent in 2005 and thrived under D'Antoni's up-tempo system, gaining notoriety when he was suspended for a 2006 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers after throwing Kobe Bryant to the floor.

But Bell didn't like the coaching change or the new system. Nash was a tough sell, too, and his adjustment has been made more difficult, the Suns believe, by the lack of a major scoring threat at the other backcourt position.

'Raja was a great teammate,' Stoudemire said. 'Whenever there are changes, you've got to accept that. We're going to build this chemistry again and get it rolling. I don't think it will take too long.'

Kerr and Porter didn't think the team lost anything defensively in substituting Richardson for Bell.

'Raja's capable of stopping guys,' Porter said. 'Jason's capable of stopping guys, also.'

The deal marks a continuation of Kerr's change in Phoenix's makeup. The big move came in a trade that brought Shaquille O'Neal from Miami late last season.

'He averaged 20 a game for us this year without a true post game,' Brown said about Richardson. 'When you put him with Shaq, who can pass the ball and commands double teams, and Stoudemire as well, and you got a guy like Steve Nash, they got a pretty formidable weapon.'

Trading Richardson is the first major move for the Bobcats since Larry Brown took over as coach and comes less than two years after managing partner Michael Jordan acquired Richardson in a draft-night deal with Golden State.

'I've watched Jason for a long time,' said Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins, who also was with Richardson in Golden State. 'Just watching him grow, he grew from where he started to where he is today with his ability to score the basketball.'

Diaw will help with Charlotte with Brown's biggest complaint, a thin frontcourt. Diaw could start right away for struggling Sean May at power forward.

'We needed to become bigger,' Higgins said.

Bell provides Charlotte with another wing player, while Singletary could serve as the No. 3 point guard behind Raymond Felton and rookie D.J. Augustin. Brown has requested another consistent point guard.

But Richardson's offense will be missed from a team that entered Wednesday last in the league in scoring.

'You have opportunities now for other guys to develop,' Higgins said. 'Some guys are going to have different opportunities. We'll figure it out as we go on.'

Golden State made Richardson the fifth pick overall out of Michigan State in the 2001 draft. He played six seasons for the Warriors, averaging a career-best 23.2 points in 2005-06. He was traded to Charlotte in June, 2007, in a financially motivated move by the Warriors. His contract runs through the 2010-11 seasons.

The 6-8 Diaw averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in place of the injured Stoudemire in 2005-06. Diaw was rewarded with a five-year, $45 million contract extension in October of 2006.


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UBL (Springfield ,Missouri Thrill) Tryout Camp Jan. 10, 2009 - by Ozzie Denson

SPRINGFIELD THRILL TRYOUTS

THE UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE(SPRINGFIELD THRILL) PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM IS HAVING THEIR PLAYERS TRYOUTS CAMP JAN. 10. 2009 AT THE GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL GYM. THE LOCATION IS 2727 INGRAM MILL RD SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI 65804. REGISTER AT 10:00 AM AND TRYOUTS STARTS AT 11:00 AM. ALL UBL TRYOUTS ARE $50.00 PER PLAYER. PLEASE CONTACT COACH WILLIAMSON 417-849-3734 OR COACH DENSON 972-781-8120 OR EMAIL OZZIE@UBLWRANGLERS.COM


The Ubl Come Get Some!!!



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Khalid El Amin leads Azovmash past Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Lietuvos Rytas 76:66

Azovmash secured the second win in Group E of the EuroCup regular season tournament. They fired down Lietuvos Rytas in Mariupol to take the lead in the pool. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) poured in 32 points and dished out 7 assists to pace the hosts. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) added 15 points and 5 board for the winners. The hosts led 7:2 early in the game before Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) took the floor for the visitors. He scored 7 points in a row and Lietuvos Rytas earned an 11:7 advantage. But Azovmash soon retained the lead and finished the first term ahead by two 18:16. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) put Lietuvos Rytas back in front early in the second term. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored twice from beyond the arc to give the visiting team a 29:23 advantage. However five points from Khalid El-Amin gave Azovmash a 34:32 lead. The hosts held on to the lead as they enjoyed a 38:34 buffer at halftime.
The home team quickly cleared off to a 10-point distance at the dawn of the third frame and maintained the gap throughout the stanza. Lietuvos Rytas trailed by 10 points with ten minutes to go but Khalid El Amin extended the gap to 16 points. Lietuvos Rytas had nothing to answer with and managed only to trim the deficit to 10 points at the end.
Mindaugas Lukauskis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Branko Milisavljevic produced 13 points in the losing effort.

Azovmash: Khalid El-Amin 32, Marc Salyers 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 7, Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) 7
Lietuvos Rytas: Mindaugas Lukauskis 19, Branko Milisavljevic 13


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Rockets to host Leeds - by Dave Ryan
Leeds Carnegie coach Mat Newby is excited as his side prepare to travel to Reading Rockets for Sundays National Cup semi-final:
The opportunity to play against a team loaded with talent like Reading Rockets with the preparation that coaches Titmuss and Johnson put in to their players and teams will prove the finest challenge this programme has had to date.

On the domestic front they have the likes of David Watts (206-F) perhaps one of the most versatile players in the nation, Dan Mckay who is maturing in to one of the best young back court players in Division One and Richard Wellings one of the most consistent threats from behind the Arc this season.

This is complemented by two very strong imports Ryan Lohfink and Terell Smith who I feel should be standouts in the Division One throughout the duration of 2008-09. The on court chemistry of this team is excellent as is their defensive intensity and clinical offensive approach.

I feel our preparations are going well for this game and we may present some uncomfortable match ups for the Reading team. We have to relish the opportunity to play on the big stage.

Reading coach Dave Titmuss has injury worries ahead of the game, and knows his team will face a tough test: 'We could really do with the semi-final being played later than this week because we are struggling with injuries to key guys and on top of that we must also play with only one import player. Five guys had to play most of the minutes in Derby last week with some of our youngsters spelling them, but with Rich Wellings, Simon Kearney and Ryan Lohfink out of our rotations against Leeds we will need to get excellent performances out of our academy kids if we are to advance to the final.

'I watched Leeds beat Derby a couple of weeks ago and I like the way they play. They are a Division One standard team and I suspect that they will do very well when they step-up from Division Two next season. As a university team they are able to practice four times a week and it shows. They are well coached although from what I saw they do have some weaknesses that we may be able to exploit. The game is a real challenge for us'.


Topcats look for some magic - by Dave Ryan

Manchester Magic will be aiming to reach their third straight National Cup final when they host Division Three South side Brixton Topcats on Sunday.
Jeff Jones Magic side have beaten Worthing Thunder in each of the last two finals, and go into the game on the back of a 13 game winning streak. Their path to this seasons semi-final has been relatively straightforward, beating Wirral Hornets 118-59, Birmingham As 89-61 and Team Northumbria 83-52, with all the games being staged at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.


Despite facing a side two leagues lower than Magic, Jones is not taking the Topcats lightly: Were pleased to be at home again, and having won it the last two years, we like to think of it as our cup. Theyre a bit of an unknown except for Paul [Mundy-Castle], but I'd be disappointed if we didnt come through it. Weve had some tough games against teams from outside Division One, and weve won them by wearing the opposition down. Thatll be our approach again, but well show them respect as clearly they arent a bad team having made it to a semi-final.

Jimmy Rogers and Andy Powesland will have them well-drilled, disciplined and theyll be well-structured. It wont be as easy as some people think, and well give them the respect they deserve. But well be fighting hard to get to another final.

Brixton won 102-84 at Hackney White Heat in the first round before winning home games against London Towers (86-65) and Kent Crusaders (97-61) to reach the quarter-finals. A trip to the West Country awaited in the quarter-finals, but with veteran point guard Paul Mundy-Castle pouring in 29 points, they defeated Division Two side Plymouth Raiders II 77-67.

Its the first time that the London club have progressed further than the third round in the competition, although the did reach three straight National Trophy finals between 1988 and 1990.


Brixton coach Powesland is looking forward to the challenge of travelling to Manchester: We travel to Manchester with a full realisation that we are playing the holders and treble winners of last year, it holds no fear for us and I have no doubt it will be a competitive game. I have many young players that have the potential to play at a higher level and some key veterans who have played in the higher leagues before, one point is that they are not competing at that level week in week out and they have to raise their performance for the big cup games, and this is the biggest challenge to date. We totally dominated both Division Two teams we have met so far and look forward to seeing how good we really are against the Division One champions.

Reaching the last four of the National Cup is an amazing achievement for a Division Three team and is something the club and its community is immensely proud. My knowledge of Manchester Magic is very limited as we compete in different leagues. I have seen Stefan Gill (173-G, agency: Stefanou Sports Agency) (through University Competition) and Tanner Adu (as a Londoner) both play and would identify them as key players with which we will have to contend, and I know they have an American import player, other than that none of the other players are known to me.

The key players for us are Paul Mundy-Castle, who provides us leadership on the floor and will match up well with any of their guards, and Armand Anebo who I think is the best all round player in Division Three that I have seen. I see the game being a close intense affair decided by defensive match ups and who shoots well on the day.'



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  URUGUAY   


Bigua, the LUB leader was beaten by Tabare - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the Uruguayan League leader, suffered its first defeat after 12 wins, with Tabare 81-75 during a game for the 4th round of the second stage. For Tabare, Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) scored 29 points and took 8 rebounds while Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) scored 16 and grabbed 17 rebounds. For Bigua, Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) netted 18 points, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 2 points 3 rebounds. Othe results and main nubers for import players:
Hebraica 106 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 31 and 15, Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 29 and 4
Defensor 97 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 20 and 10, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 19 and 14
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Olimpia 79 - Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 12 and 12, Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10 and 6
Bohemios 59 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 14 and 6, Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) 11 and 1
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Atenas 97 Terquin Mott (203-F-74, agency: EM-PA, college: Coppin St.) 18 and 4, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 17 and 12
Paysandu 69 - Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) 25 and 8, Aaron Eneas (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) 7 and 7, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 6 and 3
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Trouville 82 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 20 and 5, Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) 13 and 6
Malvin 77 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 11 and 4, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 11 and 16


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Capurro 20-4 
 2. Aguada 19-5 
 3. Verdirrojo 14-10 
 4. Nacional 13-11 
 5. Urunday Univ. 12-12 
 6. Yale 12-12 
 7. Goes 12-12 
 8. Olivol Mundial 11-13 
 9. 25 de Agosto 10-14 
 10. Larranaga 10-14 
 11. Larre Borges 9-15 
 12. Guruyu W. 9-15 
 13. Marne 5-19 


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Update - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans playing in foreign countries continued to have starring roles in their respective teams and saw some action in the last week around the world. Here's a short summary of their performances:

MEXICO (LNBP)

-Amber Marin (208-C-81) is now playing for Bucaneros de Campeche and finished up with 25 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, a block and 3 fouls in a victory over Potros de Sonora, 93-70, in Matchday 32.
-Juan Herrera (197-F-81) scored 25 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, with 3 assists, a turnover and 2 fouls, in a defeat of Santos Reales de San Luis against Soles de Mexicali, 93-88, in Matchday 32.

-Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 4 turnovers and a foul in a triumph against Bravos de Piedras Negras, 91-75, in Matchday 32.

-Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) finished up with 11 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, 4 steals, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls in a victory of Angeles de Puebla against Bravos de Piedras Negras, 91-75, in Matchday 32.

-Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) chipped in 2 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, a turnover, a steal and 4 fouls in a comfortable victory of Panteras de Aguascalientes against Dorados de Chihuahua, 101-77, in Matchday 32.

-Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) scored 7 points with 6 rebounds, an assist, a turnover, a block and 3 fouls in a triumph of Panteras de Aguascalientes over Dorados de Chihuahua, 101-77, in Matchday 32.

-Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) ended up with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers and 4 fouls, while Lobos UAC de Saltillo lost against Halcones de Xalapa, 96-85, in Matchday 32.

-Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) did not play in a defeat of Fuerza Regia de Monterrey against Lechugueros de Leon, 98-83, in Matchday 32.

-Carlos Morris (194-G-75) scored 9 points with a rebound, 3 assists, a steal, a turnover, a block and 3 fouls in a loss of Venados de Nuevo Laredo against Halcones de Cordoba, 102-69, in Matchday 32.


ARGENTINA (TNA)

-Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) was a starter for Union de Sunchales in Matchday 11, as his team advanced to TNA 1 Tournament with a triumph over Espanola de Charata, 88-79. He scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead his teammates.


SPAIN (LEB Gold - EBA A - U20)
-Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) came off the bench for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo and did not score a point with one rebound as they won against Clinicas Rincon, 87-76.

-Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) was a starter for Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo in EBA A, and his team lost against CB Chantada, 87-65. He played 34 minutes and had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, 3 turnovers, a block and a foul.

-Javinger Vargas (206-C-90), who belongs to Beirasar Rosalia in the U20 league, hasn't seen any action lately


ITALY (LEGA A)

-Hector Romero (202-F-80) continues inactive after undergoing surgery to repair damage in his left hand's pinky finger.

-Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) was a starter in Matchday 9 of the 2008-2009 season for Snaidero Udine, as his team lost against Armani Milano, 85-78. Torres played 21 minutes, and ended up with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, and 4 fouls.


FRANCE (PRO A)

-John Cox (195-G-81) and his team, Sluc Nancy Basket, won against Dijon, 76-74, in Matchday 10 of the 2008-2009 season. Cox played 21 minutes and supported his team with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers and 2 fouls



Venezuelans in USA Leagues - Update - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The following notes are an update on the status of Venezuelan players currently seeing action in the United States college, junior college, prep school and high school leagues.

NCAA I
-Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87), guard of the Maryland Terrapins, was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks of the 2008-2009 season. He was a starter in a victory over George Washington, 76-53. He played 34 minutes and finished up with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 turnovers and 2 steals
-David Cubillan (183-G-87), shooting guard of the Marquette Golden Eagles, came off the bench to play 6 minutes with no points, rebounds or assists, in a victory over Wisconsin University, 61-58.
-Gregory Echenique (206-F-90), power forward and center of Rutgers Scarlet Knights, had a great game though his team lost against Binghamton, 66-56. He played 33 minutes and was impressive with 9 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 5 turnovers, and 3 fouls as a starter.
-Robert Palacios (185-G), guard of the Northern Colorado Bears, did not play in a defeat against Air Force, 71-62.
-Luis Valera (201-F-90) came off the bench for the University of Texas Pan-American in a victory over North Carolina Central, 56-50, and ended up with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls.

NAIA
-Rene Farias (188-G-86), of the Wayland Baptist Pioneers, played 27 minutes and ended up with 11 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, a steal, a turnover and no fouls, in a defeat against Rogers State University, 104-76.
-Jorge Parra (206-C-84), of the University of Arts&Science Drovers, came off the bench and helped in a victory over Oklahoma City, 61-58. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds with a turnover and a foul in 39 minutes.

NCAA II
-Tulio Cobos (197-C-86) did not play in a victory over West Texas A&M University, 76-69.

JUCO - NJCAA
-Enrique Cova (190-G-88) scored 15 points with 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a victory of his Marshalltown CC Tigers against Ellsworth Community College, 105-93.
-Aaron Coifman, center of Elms College Blazers, did not play in a victory against Regis College, 83-66.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Medvescak surprises Gospic CO in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Medvescak 68-72

Medvescak made a surprise in Round 9 of Adriatic league celebrating in Croatian derby against Gospic CO on the road. It is third victory in regional championship for Medvescak, who is currently on the sixth place with 3-5 record. On the other side, Gospic CO remains the third ranked team despite this loss (4-4). Exactly the same digits also has Vojvodina NIS. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) was totally the best player of this game draining impressive 29 points. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) and Marina Mazic (190-C-80) followed her with 10 points apiece. Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) top-scored for the loosing squad with 16 points. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) had one point less than her.
Medvescak was better team during the entire time. Its biggest lead was 46-57 in the finish of third stanza. However, Gospic CO managed to make a turn. It was 65-61 with 1:51 to go. Medvescak immediately answered with 6-0 run and later kept its lead from the free throw line. In the next round Medvescak will meet Mladi Krajisnik, also on the road. Gospic waits Ragusa in another Croatian derby.

Gospic CO: Emanuela Salopek 16, Jelena Ivezic 15, Carla Thomas 15
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 29, Dea Klein-Sumanovac 10, Marina Mazic 10


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  CROATIA - Women  


Medvescak surprises Gospic CO in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO - Medvescak 68-72

Medvescak made a surprise in Round 9 of Adriatic league celebrating in Croatian derby against Gospic CO on the road. It is third victory in regional championship for Medvescak, who is currently on the sixth place with 3-5 record. On the other side, Gospic CO remains the third ranked team despite this loss (4-4). Exactly the same digits also has Vojvodina NIS. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) was totally the best player of this game draining impressive 29 points. Dea Klein-Sumanovac (182-G/F-81) and Marina Mazic (190-C-80) followed her with 10 points apiece. Emanuela Salopek (179-G-87) top-scored for the loosing squad with 16 points. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) had one point less than her.
Medvescak was better team during the entire time. Its biggest lead was 46-57 in the finish of third stanza. However, Gospic CO managed to make a turn. It was 65-61 with 1:51 to go. Medvescak immediately answered with 6-0 run and later kept its lead from the free throw line. In the next round Medvescak will meet Mladi Krajisnik, also on the road. Gospic waits Ragusa in another Croatian derby.

Gospic CO: Emanuela Salopek 16, Jelena Ivezic 15, Carla Thomas 15
Medvescak: Mirna Mazic 29, Dea Klein-Sumanovac 10, Marina Mazic 10


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round: 9 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
Besiktas - Wisla Can-Pak 63-68
Wisla earned the sixth victory in the Euroleague season as they knocked down Besiktas in Istanbul. Candice Dupree scored 18 points and grabbed 18 boards to pace the Polish team. Dominique Canty added 18 points for the winners. Laura Harper answered with 19 points and 16 boards as Besiktas stayed at the bottom of Group A.

Bourges - Halcon A.Per. 76-51
Bourges cruised past Halcon Avenida to get back on top of Group A. Alessandra Santos tallied 21 points and 15 boards to lead the way for the French team. Catherine Melain added 14 points for the winners. Anke De Mondt replied with 13 points for Halcon as they suffered the third defeat in the Euroleague season.

Group Group B
Gambrinus - TTT Riga 83-76
Gambrinus recovered from the loss to CSKA in the previous round to hold off TTT Riga at home court today. Hana Horakova came up with 23 points for the winners. Tamika Whitmore added 22 points and 10 boards for the Brno team. Essence Carson tallied 33 points and 8 boards for TTT Riga.

MKB Eurol. - CSKA 77-68
MKB Euroleasing upset CSKA Moscow in Hungary today. Jelena Milovanovic scored game-high 27 points and collected 8 rebounds as Euroleasing improved at 5-4 record and caught up with CSKA. Katalin Honti added 16 points in the win. Rebecca Hammon answered with 19 points for CSKA in defeat.

Group Group C
Sibenik - Lotos PKO BP 72-79
Lotos outsmarted Sibenik on the road today. Ivana Matovic scored 25 points to propel Lotos to the fourth win in the season. Alana Beard added 21 points in the victory. Kerri Gardin was impressive with 21 points, 14 boards and 7 assists for Sibenik in defeat.

UMMC - USK Praha 103-57
UMMC earned the eighth win in the Euroleague season. Today they thrashed USK Praha in Ekaterinburg to remain on top of Group C. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 19 points to lead the way. Cappie Pondexter added 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Michaela Ferancikova answered with 18 points for USK Praha as they slipped at 3-6 record.

Group Group D
Spartak V MR - M.Broker 100-50
Spartak Moscow Region cruch Kosice Broker at home court to remain on top of Group D. Lauren Jackson netted 23 points to pace the hosts. Diana Taurasi contributed 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winning team. Cathrine Kraayeveld responded with 22 points for Kosice in the loss.



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 9th first team - by Gil Goshen

The thief from Ashdod is this round's MVP following her team's important win at Ramat Hen. Another Ashdod representative joins her on the 1st team, along with three posts who put up big numbers.

Round 9 MVP - Sherill Baker
Erin Phillips got 10 steals this season against Tel Kabir, but 8 against Ramat Hen has to count more. Other than Phillips no player finished with over 8 steals in one game in the last five seasons. Baker was aggressive from the jump against Ramat Hen on both ends of the court, finishing with 22 points and earning round MVP honors. Those bad decisions down the stretch though have to stop.

Round 9 First Team
Sherill Baker - Tied her season high of 22 points from the 1st game of the season, but this time only 6 of them came from the free throw line. She added 8 steals and great defense in Ashdod's big win.

Brasheeda Elohim - 17 points on good shooting and 8 rebounds for Ashdod's x-factor in the win at Ramat Hen.

LaToya Pringle - Huge game for Ramat Hen's post who was unstoppable with 26 points and 19 boards against Ashdod.

Charde Houston - Another day at the office for the most efficient player in the league with 16 points and 16 boards in Raanana Hertzeliya's win over Natanya.

Ayana Walker - Career high for Walker in Israel with 38 points against Ramat Hasharon, plus 17 rebounds (9 offensives) in Holon's tight loss.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


ELW G8 Work Group meets in Paris - by Nikolai Galitsyn
During the last ELW Club assembly meeting in Munich, Germany the Clubs agreed that there was a need to create a working group which will work within FIBA Europe and will focus on proposing solutions to the Clubs problems. This group received the name 'ELW G8 work group' and the members voted into it by the ELW Clubs were: Pierre Fosset (Bourges), Gabor Rosza (Pecs), Carmen Lluveras (Ros Casares), Jiri Hamza (Gambrinus), Shabtai Von Kalmanovic (Spartak Moscow Region), Remzi Dilli (Fenerbahce), Andrea Polidori (Umana Reyer) and Ludwik Mietta (Wisla Can-Pack). This is a bold move which in no way reminds the creation of ULEB, mainly because the ELW Clubs have no intention of creating a new league and trully wish to remain within the FIBA Europe family while being able to voice their concerns and proposals.
Members of ELW G8 Work Group met at the Prince de Galles Hotel in Paris on December 8th and were joined by Jean Pierre Siutat (Member of the FIBA Europe Competitions Commission and the President of the French Women's League), Mr. Arvydas Tamasauskas (TEO Vilnius and Member of the FIBA Europe Women's Commission) and Maxim Ryabkov (UMMC Ekaterinburg).
After a long satisfactory meeting in which many topics were discussed, the ELW G8 Work Group decided, within other, to ask for a meeting with Mr. George Vassilakopoulos (FIBA Europe President), Mr. Nar Zanolin (FIBA Europe Secretary General) and Mr. Kosta Iliev (Sports Director) to discuss the future of European Women's Basketball.
Upon the conclusion of the meeting all members agreed that the first step towards a better tomorrow was taken and that this group could assist FIBA Europe in better understanding that if all parties are united than there is a good chance Women's Basketball could take its rightful position within the premier sports in Europe


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Telge Energi remains on top of Damligan undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Telge Energi registered another victory in Swedish Damligan. This time Umea suffered Telge's power at home 62-76. However, everything started good for the hosts. Umea opened the game in style creating 8-point lead after ten minutes, 22-14. It was kind of a signal for Hanna Bouldwin (180) and her teammates to wake up, what they immediately did. They biggest improvement happened in defense resulting with just 10 points by Umea Comets in the second quarter. It was 32-38 at the half time. Telge Energi had lead and Hanna Bouldwin as well as Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) in a game mood. Mostly owing to these two players visitors stretched lead to 9 points before the last frame. Until the end of the game Telge didn't let Umea even to treat celebrating 8th consecutive win this season. Hanna Bouldwin was a key player for the winning squad draining 24 points. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga followed her with 20, while Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) helped with 13 pts. Anna Osterman (181-F/C) responded with 17 points for the hosts. Amy Mohr (186-C, college: Fort Lewis) contributed with 14, while Julia Hamre (170-G) had 12 points in defeat. Umea Comets now have 1-6.

Second and third ranked Solna Vikings and Lulea BBK also were better than their rivals improving on 7-1 record. Solna outplayed Norrkoping on the road 74-56. Lulea cruised past Sundsvall also as a guest 88-79.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Virgin Islands HS Preview - by David Edole
Another High School basketball season is upon us and the teams at the top seem to sound familiar. The usual suspects (Central High and Charlotte Amalie) once again are in great shape of making the championship game. However, there may be a team out there (Country Day) that has a glimmer of hope of upsetting the status quo.
On St. Thomas, The Lady Chicken Hawks should reign supreme with probably the best Big Woman in the territory in Aesha Peters. The 6-foot-4 posts have drawn interest from Miami University as well as Northwestern University. Peters is not the only player on the loaded Chicken Hawk Squad. The best player in the territory Victoria Hamilton will have to put on a Herculean effort in order to knock off the heavily favored Chicken Hawks. Hamilton signed with Radford University in the early signing period. Coach Tajama Ngongba gave an honest assessment on Hamilton's talent. 'Victoria is an all around player who is personally committed to being great, said Ngongba. 'As a fellow Virgin Islander, I have very high expectations for her. Her potential is truly unlimited.' Hamilton teammates must produce to give the Lady Hurricanes a fighting chance.
The Ivanna Eudora Kean Devil Rays and Gifft School are the other teams in the district. Rays will depend on transfer Erica Donastorg, while Gifft School will be in entering their second team in the private schools young history.
But on St. Croix, Central High Lady Caribs may not have it as easy as Country Day and Educational Complex have improved some. The Caribs coached by Donald Bough is led by his daughter Lanese Bough. Bough, only a sophomore, is a good shooter and may already be the best player in the St. Croix District. She leads a plethora of guards on the roster. Where are the Bigs?
Country Day looks to be ready to challenge Central for the crown but there are too many questions. Educational Complex may have one of their better teams in a long while. There is no Lovrina Serrano walking through that door.
Girls' basketball in the territory continues to be played at a high level and Middle School level is filled with big time potential. This academic year, two will be off to college next year will be an even bigger year. Get your popcorn ready because girl's basketball in the Virgin Islands has tons of talent!

Preseason Rankings and Comments
1) Charlotte Amalie: LaShonda Creque (5-8, Sr., G), Aesha Peters (6-4, Jr., C), Te'Andra Richardson (5-10, Soph., F/C), Shayla Kelly (5-8, Jr., G), Amara Williams (5-10, Jr., F), Krystal Fredricks (5-7, Jr., G), Kelssy Trass (5-7, F/G, Fr.), Sheniqua Wheatley (5-7, Fr., G), Kiry Estrill (5-4, Jr., G), Akyla Peters (6-1, F/C, Soph.)
Comment: The Lady Chicken Hawks should soar above all this season.
Starting in the post, Aesha Peters should be a menace. Coach Corbett plans on using her in a variety of post moves to create scoring opportunities for herself as well as her teammates. Peter has already drawn interest from Miami and Northwestern Universities. If Peters averages in the high teens, every game could get ugly. As talented as Peters is, she is not the only Chicken Hawk with talent. Lashonda Creque is in her final season and is expected to raise her level.
Creque is the outside shooter and slasher on the team. She was one of five Lady Hawks named to the Sunstroke All Star Classic last year.
Amara Williams and TeAndra Richardson will work the glass. Both girls have a motor that just won't quit. With those two and Peters the Lady Hawks should out rebound every team in the territory. But that is not all! Shayla Kelly and Kiry Estrill will handle point guard duties. Kelly is the returning starter. But that is still not all! Kelsey Trass and Sheniqua Wheatley both led Addelita Cancryn middle school to the territory Championship and both played on the Junior Women's national team that took home the silver medal at the Caribbean Basketball Championship. But that still is not all! The best player from Ivanna Eudora Kean Krystal Frederick transferred to Charlotte Amalie. There are only 32 minutes in a game, where is everybody going to play? How much points can this team average?
'We are going to be tough on the boards and with most plays running through Peters we are going to be tough,' said Coach Myron Corbett.
'The goal for this team is to perform on the court and get recognition. If they perform on the court and in the classroom then Peters may not be the only Division I player on this roster.'

(2) Central High School: Shamyra Vanterpool (5-8, Jr., G/F), Risheema Burke (5-5, Jr., F), Lanese Bough (5-8, Soph., G), Denequa Phillips (5-5, Soph, G), Najie Hendrickson (5-3, Soph., G), Marlina Tonge (5-0, Soph., G), Johvanna John (5-7, Soph., G), Jayda Edwards (5-8, Fr., F/G), Christa Peters (5-8, Soph., F), Akeema Edwards (F/G, 5-9, Jr.) Lima Lake (F, 5-7, Sr.)
Comment: Central High lost their best player in Sherise Joseph who played all five positions. It will be tough to replace their leading scorer, rebounder, shot blocker, basically their everything. Central coach Donald Bough will have to look no further than in his own house to find a replacement for Joseph. Lanese Bough arrived on the scene last year and was named MVP of the first tournament of the year (Martin Luther Classic). She showed off her shooting stroke as well as excellent free throw shooting. However, her strength may be passing the basketball but with Joseph gone who will catch her passes? One candidate may be Shamyra Vanterpool who has been in a supportive role for the past two seasons. This is her time to take a leadership role.
Vanterpool definitely has to triple her point production. 'I expect Vanterpool to rise to the occasion,' said coach Bough. 'She has already shown leadership in practice.' If Vanterpool remains shooting shy, Marlena Tonge is not! The speed demon will put the ball in the air.
The Lady Caribs is known for their sticky man-to-man defense and the player that leads the defensive effort is Risheema Burke. Burke usually draws the opposing team best offensive player. Central is filled with athletic guards in Denequa Phillips and Johvanna John. Lanese's back up Najie Hendricks better known as 'Ron Artest' because of her frequent technical fouls is gifted passer.

(3) Antilles School: Victoria Hamilton (5-10, Sr., G/F/C), Julia Casazza (5-7, Sr., G), La Asia Campbell (5-8, Sr., F), Capricia Richards (5-5, Fr., G), Maryann Hancock (5-7, Jr., F), Tinisha Turnbull (5-3, Sr., G)
Comment: Last season was a tough one for 'player-player' Victoria Hamilton. She had to play all five positions and was the primary ball handler for the Lady Hurricanes. The Radfored signee finally received ball-handling help in freshman Capricia Ricards. Richards is one of the gifted players in the territory, albeit young. She will be tested in every game she plays, but should adjust and become one of the better guards in the territory at years end. Helping Hamilton in the scoring department will be senior Julia Casazza. The addition of Richards should help Casazza the most. Casazza can concentrate on scoring.
Even if Hamilton averages 30 points this year, I don't see this team scoring enough to compete with the Chicken Hawks.

(4) Country Day: Hanifah Hendricks (6-2, Jr., C), Miyoko Benta (5-8, Jr., F/G), Kimerlee Richardson (5-3, Sr., G), Sidney Rogers (5-8, Jr., F/G), Kerria Fredericks (5-3, Soph., G), Amanda Ferguson (Soph., G),
Comment: Country Day could be a major surprise. If Hanifah Hendricks decides to dominate the paint as she did this past summer in the Caribbean Basketball Championships. Hendricks was a 'BEAST'.
She averaged around seven blocked shots a game including 15 rejections versus eventual champion Bahamas. If Hendrick decides to score, the Lady Tigers could roar. But the 'Ifs' don't stop there. If Miyoko Benta returns to the old form (pre knee injury), CDS has one of the better scorers in the territory. Benta definitely can give you 15 points in a game. And the third 'If', Sidney Rodgers returns to CDS after a year hiatus at Manor. Rogers may be the X factor on the team.
'The addition of Sidney helps us tremendously,' said Coach Lenny Redwine. 'She finishes with both hands and could be a great player.
Rogers, Benta and Kim Richardson can shoot from outside as well as get to the basket.' Richardson is a capable point guard. Now a senior, she has to take control of the game and not turn the ball over 'IF' CDS stands a chance of winning the St. Croix District. This team may have one problem, but it is a major one. Besides Hendicks who is going to rebound? Benta and Rogers have to make a conscious effort to crash the boards.

Educational Complex: Veronique Llanos (5-8, Soph., F), Tamisha Barry (5-8, Fr., G), Shanice Christopher
Comment: Coach Derrick Miller may have one of his better teams in recent history. Veronique Llanos spent the summer in Antigua with the junior national team and was recently named MVP of the Housing Parks and Recreation Thanksgiving U 19 girls' tournament. Llanos is a strong post player. She uses her shoulders to create space and to pull rebounds. Freshman Tamisha Barry joins the fray. She may not be the best player in her own household as Kadeesha Barry toils in middle school. Tamisha is a good shooter, but needs help with getting that shot? Who is the point guard at Educational Complex? Who is going o help Llanos inside? Too many questions and so little time, Complex may be a year away from getting real reinforcements in the form Arthur Richards middle school (Soto and Williams).

Eudora Kean: Erika Donastorg (G), Alanah George, Shereika Mathurin, Charline Cypre, Kenisha Charles
Comment: With Kristal Frederick pulling a 'Lashonda Creque', Coach James Ludvig Sr. has yet another rebuilding job. Frederick transferred to Charlotte Amalie HS. Someone needs to investigate why the top girls on St. Thomas all flock to one school. Is Eudora Kean's programming that bad?
Not according to Erika Donastorg. She transferred to Kean in efforts of turning things around. Only if she told Frederiks! Donastorg is the only all-star on the roster. Look for Donastorg and Alanah George to attempt to change public perception of the Lady Rays.

St. John Gifft School: The only private school on St. John will give it a second go. The first time they played in the IAA the team quit mid way through the season. It appears that the school went back to the drawing board and is ready to make a splash. It may depend on what kind of splash you have in mind. My gut tells me they are still wadding in the shallow end of the pool.

Injustice: Young phenom Kristen Edney (6-0, Fr., C) has no team. I cant believe Manor, AZ Academy, 7-Days, West Indian Heritage and Bridge Academy cant combine to form a team, Edney has to play with the boys junior varsity. Also on the western side of the Island St. Joseph and Good Hope cant do the same?


Preseason Player Of The Year: Victoria Hamilton

Preseason first team
Lanese Bough, Central
Hanifah Hendricks, Country Day
LaShanda Creque, Charlotte Amalie
Amara Williams, Charlotte Amalie
Victoria Hamilton, Antilles

Second Team
Shayla Kelly, Charlotte Amalie
Veronique Llanos, Educational Complex
Aesha Peters, Charlotte Amalie
Sidney Rogers, Country Day
Shamyra Vanterpool, Central


STT- STJ IAA
1. CAHS
2. Antilles
3. Eudora Kean
4. St. John

STX IAA
1. Central
2. Country Day
3. Educational Complex


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Wildcats look to end Hattes' dominance - by Dave Ryan
Nottingham Wildcats will be looking to end City of Sheffield Hatters dominance of the National Cup when the sides meet in the semi-final on Sunday.
Hatters record in the competition is well documented, with 17 final appearances in the last 19 final, lifting the trophy on 11 occasions. The last time they failed to reach the title game was in the 2003/04 season when Wildcats defeated them 62-53 in the semi-final.
Wildcats coach Leanne Chandler is looking forward to facing Vanessa Ellis team in Sundays showdown: It means so much to the club to be in the last four and I feel we deserve to be there. As long as we continue to play how we have been then it will be a competitive game. A game that we hope we can cause an upset in. Sheffield are the current cup holders and we know that a top performance from us is the only thing that would give us a chance. I truly believe we are capable of that performance.
After a great win in the quarter finals against Leeds, we are hoping to carry their current form into the semi-final of the Cup. Sheffield are still a very tough team after the loss of Rose Mason to France and Katie Crowley (178-G/F-82) to injury. Steph Gandy has been one of the premier players in England for the last four seasons. She is backed up by GB player Sarah Naylor and we know we will have to limit both players in order to win this game.
We know Sheffield have brought in a new American but if we play the way we have been then it will make for a great game. We are playing off some impressive numbers from Jill Glessner and Kate Butters. Both are leading the team in scoring and look in great form.
Following the loss of Mason to French club U.S Colmiers Basket and Crowley breaking a bone in her foot, Hatters have added American Jacinda Lambert to their roster. The 26-year-old joins from a Spanish club having played four years at University of North Carolina-Greensboro in the States.


Acers and Archers aim for first final place - by Dave Ryan
London Heathrow Acers and UWIC Archers meet on Sunday as both sides look for their first National Cup spot.
Archers will go into the game as favourites, having won their first seven league games including last weeks victory at champions Sheffield Hatters, while Archers have a 4-6 record in Division One.
Acers coach Terry Webb is excited about the challenge his side face, especially after a difficult start to the season: Whilst we accept we have had a favourable run to the semi-finals it is something we felt we could manage from the onset. With only four survivors from last season, and our main point scorer plying her trade in the French second division things looked bleak in July, especially as our long serving point Ruth Murphy tore her anterior cruciate in January and was having difficulties during re-hab.
However, after a lot of hard work and a fair measure of luck we managed to assemble a reasonable squad for the start of the season. A surprise result against a strong Solent team gave us a sense of the possibilities ahead. Florieanna Piano a returner from the previous season started to play as we knew she could, and strong support from Becky Lear who is having an excellent season, and Scot Emil Leonard helped our collective self-efficacy.
Our wake-up call was against Acers. They have depth and quality and they pressed us out of our game. They are slick and confident. With their dual nationals, GB players and the Australian Tracy Hopgood they present a formidable squad.
The rehabilitation of Ruth to almost full fitness will compensate for the loss of our French guard who has returned home. So, whilst we must be seen clearly as underdogs we are carrying our role lightly. Anything can happen in a semi-final so we will be up for it and welcome the opportunity to play Sheffield(!) in the final!
Damian Jennings, the Archers coach, is also looking forward to the game: As a club we are extremely pleased to have made it to the semi-final round of the prestigious National Cup in only our second season in Division One with this current programme.
London Acers, particularly at their home, will be formidable competition and will of course challenge strongly to make a bit of history of their own by progressing to the final.
Even though, if we were to make it to the final, we would be without Stef Collins, Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.), Leah Dehaan and myself as we are all on Great Britain duty in the FIBA Eurobasket Div A relegation battle over the weekend of Jan 18th for the Cup final we will be treating this semi-final with the same hunger to win we do any other game we have approached this season!