EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/12/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Union Olimpija makes it official: Zdovc is new coach! - by Zeljko Zule

As we predicted yesterday, Jurij Zdovc has been named as the new coach of Union Olimpija until June 2011. Slovenian team announced the appointment today.
Zdovc had been in a two-way tussle with Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarni Slupsk to take over from Aleksandar Dzikic , who resigned last week after Euroleague's defeated to DKV Joventut.
Zdovc's first official game as coach would be a NLB Adriatic League's game against Zadar on Saturday.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Balkan-League Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Swiss.Lions - Radnicki 034 72-77
In Serbian derby of Balkan league - Round 5, Radnicki 034 Group managed to grab the first win. Its rival was dangerous Swisslion Takovo, who despite this defeat remains on top of Group A with 3-1 record. Actually, the same numbers also has Macedonian champ Feni Industri. Radnicki is at the bottom of the group with 1-3, together with Romanian representative CSU Cuadripol. The winners had only two players with double-digits in scoring, and it was enough. Rajko Kljajevic delivered 27 points and grabbed 5 boards, while Uros Duvnjak scored one point less than him. Ex member of Serbian National Team, Branko Jorovic, shined in Swisslion adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Vladimir Popovic also had 14 points, while Radovan Markovic netted 10.

Feni Indistrija - ChernoMore 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 top-scored for the winning squad draining 25 points for 32 minutes (5 triples). Donald Cole came up with 22 points and 6 boards, while Gjorgi Cekovski helped the hosts with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Corey McIntosh 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, 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nikolay Kolev stopped on 9 points and 9 boards for the visitors.


Group B
Rilski S-list - F.Rabotnicki 72-65
Rilski Sportist continued with nice performance in Balkan league. This time the team from Samokov was better than Fersped Rabotnicki 72-65. It means that Bulgarian squad is the only one with 4 wins in Group B. Mega Hypo Leasing is has one win less, but in 6 appearances (Rilski has 5). Travis Peterson was a key player for the host nailing 20 points and missing only one board for double-double. Ivan Lilov came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Dragoslav Papic contributed with 12 points and 6 rebs. Macedonians got the most from Bojan Trajkovski, 20 points and 5 boards. Vladimir Filipovic scored 18 and Dime Tasovski had 2 points less in defeat. Fersped Rabotnicki is currently on 2-2.

Levski - Dinamo B. 102-73
Levski smashed Dinamo in Sophia with plus 29 jumping on 2-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Romanian representative dropped at the bottom of the standings with just 1 win in 4 appearances. Marcus Hall top-scored for the wining squad delivering 26 points. Asen Velikov was behind him adding 20 points and 6 boards. Nikolay Varbanov and Tsvetelin Ivanov helped netting 14 pts apiece. Viorel Mocanu was totally the best player for the loosing side registering double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kiril Pavlovski had 12, while Mihail-Octavian Paul stopped on 11 points.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. Lietuvos 7-2 
 2. ASK Riga 5-3 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 5-4 
 4. Zalgiris 5-4 
 5. Valmiera 4-4 
 6. Barons/LMT 4-5 
 7. Ventspils 4-5 
 8. Siauliai 4-5 
 9. TU/Rock 4-5 
 10. Nevezis 2-7 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Sakalai 9-2 
 2. VEF Riga 8-2 
 3. Norrkoping 7-4 
 4. Zemgale 4-6 
 5. Alytus Alita 4-6 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 4-6 
 7. Valga Welg 3-7 
 8. Techasas 3-9 
Group B
 1. Kaunas Tr. 9-1 
 2. Neptunas 7-3 
 3. TTU KK 6-4 
 4. Suduva 5-5 
 5. Aisciai 4-6 
 6. ASK/Buki 3-6 
 7. Keizarmezs 3-6 
 8. Liepajas 2-8 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Leagues Standings
A1 League
1. Celik 5-0
2. Brcko 5-0
3. Triland 4-1
4. Vogosca 3-2
5. Play Off 3-2
6. Student T. 2-3
7. Limometal 2-3
8. Bihac 2-3
9. Kakanj 2-3
10. Trica 1-4
11. Lukavac 1-4
12. Velpak 0-5
D1 Srpska Liga
1. Sutjeska 8-0
2. Mladost G. 6-2
3. Radnik B. 6-2
4. Bratunac 5-3
5. Prijedor 5-3
6. Rudar 4-4
7. Glasinac 4-4
8. Varda 3-5
9. Prnjavor 2-6
10. Bijeljina 2-6
11. Wolf Security 2-6
12. Radivoje Kor. 1-7
Herceg-Bosne
1. Siroki II 0-0
2. Zrinjski II 0-0
3. Posusje II 0-0
4. Busovaca 0-0
5. Brotnjo Citluk 0-0
6. Livno 0-0
7. Tomislav 0-0
8. Ljubuski 0-0
9. Rama 0-0
10. Odzak 0-0


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist beats Fersped Rabotnicki for 4-1 in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Rilski Sportist - Fersped Rabotnicki 72-65

Rilski Sportist continued with nice performance in Balkan league. This time the team from Samokov was better than Fersped Rabotnicki 72-65. It means that Bulgarian squad is the only one with 4 wins in Group B. Mega Hypo Leasing is has one win less, but in 6 appearances (Rilski has 5). Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) was a key player for the host nailing 20 points and missing only one board for double-double. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebs. Macedonians got the most from Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88), 20 points and 5 boards. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) scored 18 and Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 2 points less in defeat. Fersped Rabotnicki is currently on 2-2.
Rilski Sportist had furious beginning. Travis Peterson helped it to create impressive 11-0 run, later extending lead on 13 points, 20-7. It was a clear signal that Fersped Rabotnicki's chances to take this one are not so big. As soon as Ivan Lilov joined Travis Peterson, Rilski jumped on magnificent 33-13. However, Bojan Trajkovski and Vladimir Filipovic led Rabotnicki to 7-20 run for 40-33 at the half time. Third stanza also belonged to Macedonians, which cut the margin on 3 points, 57-54. With less than 4 minutes to go Rabotnicki stayed with Filipovic, who fouled out. It was a big problem for the visitors, who stopped on just 11 points in the last ten minutes. Mirkovic was focused from the free throw line at the very end for Rilski setting the score on final 72-65.

Rilski Sportist: Travis Peterson 20+9 boards, Ivan Lilov 14+5 boards, Dragoslav Papic 12+6 boards
Fersped Rabotnicki: Bojan Trajkovski 20+5 boards, Vladimir Filipovic 18+4 boards, Dime Tasovski 13+5 boards


Levski smashes Dinamo in Sophia - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Levski - Dinamo 102-73

Levski smashed Dinamo in Sophia with plus 29 jumping on 2-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Romanian representative dropped at the bottom of the standings with just 1 win in 4 appearances. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) top-scored for the wining squad delivering 26 points. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) was behind him adding 20 points and 6 boards. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) helped netting 14 pts apiece. Viorel Mocanu (205-C-77) was totally the best player for the loosing side registering double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 12, while Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-G-82) stopped on 11 points.
Levski resolved question about the winner already in the first half. Marcus Hall and his teammates nailed 23 points in the first as well as in the second quarter. Dinamo stopped on 14 plus 12. Visitors improved their game in third stanza. Mostly owing to Viorel Mocanu they managed to net 29 points, but on the other hand Marcus Hall and Asen Velikov also were on fire. During the last ten minutes Levski just sealed this comfortable victory for third place in Group B. The hosts had pretty good stroke from behind the arc making 12 of 24 attempts in total. Levski's players also dominated in the paint grabbing 12 more rebounds than their opponents (38-26).

Levski: Marcus Hall 26+4 boards, Asen Velikov 20+6 boards, Nikolay Varbanov 14+5 boards, Tsvetelin Ivanov 14
Dinamo: Viorel Mocanu 22+10 boards, Kiril Pavlovski 12, Mihail-Octavian Paul 11


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
TianJin R. - Qingdao DS 82-77
Tianjin improved to 3-8 defeating Qingdao 82:77 in Regular Season Round 11. Theron Smith led Tianjin with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Frans Steyn had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Amal McCaskill had 13 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Bayi - Shanxi Zh. 92-90
Bayi is 8-3 after the win over Shanxi 92:90. Wang Zhizhi had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Wang Zhongguang scored 18. Olumide Oyedeji had 22 points and 25 rebounds for Zhongyu.

Zhejiang C. - Shanghai 103-99
Shanghai struggles hard but remains with no wins in the league. Zhejiang edged Shanghai 103:99 as Kirk Snyder led the way with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Ligang ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.

Jiangsu - Zhejiang G. 110-82
Jiangsu smashed Zhejiang Guangsha 110:82 as Donnell Harvey had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Cheng scored 18 and Liu Yahui posted 17. Kasib Powell led Zhejiang Guangsha with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Yunnan - Guandong 97-102
Guangdong improved to 8-3 as they edged Yunnan 102:97. Du Feng top-scored for the winners with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Gabe Muoneke led Yunnan with 29 points and 9 rebounds while Yang Huai had 18 points.

Fujian - DongGuan 96-101
DongGuan is second with 9-2 record after a road victory over Fujian 101:96. Qiu Biao notched 30 points for the winners, Harris Michael collected 26 points and 19 rebounds, while Zhang Kai added 20. Porter Chris finished the night with 36 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Liaoning - Shaanxi 101-110
Shaanxi defeated Liaoning 110:101 with an outstanding night from Lee Benson that had 49 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Brandon Robinson added 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, whilst Liu Xiangtao led Liaoning with 25 points and 6 rebounds.

Jilin - Xinjiang 70-81
Xinjiang jumped to a 10-1 record to lead the CBA with an 81:70 win over Jilin. Myron Allen had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and Juan Mendez added 20 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks. Soumaila Samake produced 18 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Beijing - Shandong 102-93
Beijing overcame Shandong 102;93 with Dontae Jones's 29 points and 22 rebounds. Mack Tuck had 36 points and 9 rebounds for Shandong and Priest Lauderdale had 22 points, 23 rebounds and 9 blocks.



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Cibona cruises past Le Mans for 5-2 in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Le Mans 89-70

Cibona demonstrated fantastic performance in the second half against Le Mans improving on 5-2 record in Group A. The same score also have Olympiakos and Unicaja. Cibona grabbed this one thanks to well played third frame, 26-17 (including 13-2 run). Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland) was in a game mood collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) also shined netting 18 points. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) helped the hosts with 12, while Davor Kus (192-G-78) posted one point less. David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) was better than the others in Le Mans with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) contributed with 14 points, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) had 12 plus 4 rebounds. Le Mans remains the only winless team in Group A after 7 appearances.
Cibona opened the game with 6-2 and later 17-11. However, Pape Badiane stepped up for Le Mans cutting the margin on 1 point, but thanks to Nikola Prkacin and Rawle Marshall, Cibona had 20-18 after 10 minutes. Le Mans improved its game and after lay-up by David Bluthenthal it was 29-32 for the visitors. Rawle Marshall answered dropping two shots and leading his team to 46-41 at the half time. Earl Calloway joined Rawle Marshall after the breather helping Cibona to create 13-2 run for 61-47. Calloway made another shot after that and Maric Rozic scored from the fast break, what immediately meant that this game is already over for Le Mans, 68-51. Visitors came on minus 12 in the last stanza, but Cibona jumped on impressive 82-62 after that.

Cibona: Rawle Marshall 21+5 boards, Earl Calloway 18, Marin Rozic 12, Davor Kus 11
Le Mans: David Bluthenthal 15+7 boards, Alain Koffi 14, Joao Paulo Batista 12+4


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Bilbao grab the third straight win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Bilbao 79:92

Bilbao extended their perfect run in the EuroCup regular season. In Round 3 the Spaniards took care of the Czech Republic champions Nymburk away from home. It was the third straight win for the Basque team as they stayed on top of Group H. Nymburk at the same time dropped at 1-2 record and would need more consistent performance to avoid elimination.
Marko Banic (204-F-84), Luke Recker (198-G/F-78, college: Iowa) and Janis Blums (190-G-82) ensured a 12:5 lead for the visitors early in the game. Janis Blums and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) soon came up with back-to-back trebles to make it 18:10 for Bilbao midway through the first frame. Nymburk managed to cut the distance to 2 points before Marko Banic gave Bilbao a 31:22 advantage after ten minutes of action. Frederic Weis (217-C-77) and Javier Salgado (180-G-80) came up strong for the visiting team early in the second term and the Spaniards built a 10-point lead. However Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) soon closed the gap and the teams were tied at 44 late in the first half. Janis Blums had the last laugh though as he sent the teams into the locker rooms with Bilbao leading by 2 points. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the third frame and headed into the final period ahead by 7 points. Quincy Lewis (201-F-77, college: Minnesota) and Janis Blums stepped up with timely buckets to stretch the margin to as many as 16 points early in the fourth. Janis Blums then added two more points and the game was done for Nymburk. Bilbao never loosened the grip and ensured a solid victory at the end.
Janis Blums finished with game-high 25 points for Bilbao. Luke Recker added 14 points, while Quincy Lewis had 13 points in the win. Ladislav Sokolovsky dropped 15 points for Nymburk. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 21 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Nymburk: Goran Jagodnik 21, Ladislav Sokolovsky 15
Bilbao: Janis Blums 25, Luke Recker 14, Quincy Lewis 13


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Anaheim - Los Angeles 76-90
Los Angeles D-Fenders made it against the Anaheim Arsenal at Staples Center mostly owing to Marcus White, who drained 20 points and pulled down impressive 19 rebounds (8 off). Jamaal Brown also shined for the winners adding 20 points and 7 boards. Cedric Bozeman answered with 26 pts and 5 rebs for the loosing side. D-Fenders 2-3, Arsenal 1-5.

Dakota - Idaho 94-105
Idaho Stampede outplayed Dakota Wizards improving on 4-1 record. On the other side, the Wizards dropped on 1-5. Jermareo Davidson was a key player for Idaho collecting 25 points and 9 boards. Lance Allred followed him registering double-double, 21 points and 10 rebs. Denham Brown netted 25, while Maurice Baker contributed with 21 points and 8 boards in loss.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


SANTIAGO LEAGUE ANOUNCED! - by Ozell Wells
The Association of Basketball of Santiago de los Caballeros (ABASACA), presntedthe mebers of the organizing committee and the commissions that will work in the assembly of the XXIX Tournament of Basketball 2009. The date planned to begin the next edition of the tournament is February 19 2009. The teams are expected to initiate their training in the middle of the month of January for prepare their squads. In the Santiago, the participants are expected to be: Plaza Fernando Valerio , CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, Sameji Cupes de los Pepines, and the champions of the past tournament past of the Gregorio Urbano Gilbert.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Round 7, Tuesday's and Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News


GROUP A


Unicaja - Olympiakos 60-56

Unicaja crushed Olympiakos in very exciting game. Both teams currently have the same 5-2 record in Group A. Croatian representative, Cibona Zagreb, outplayed Le Mans yesterday becoming another team with 5 wins. It is interesting that Unicaja had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.), who delivered 16 points for 27 minutes. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) had 9, while Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) netted 8 points for the hosts. The Reds got 12 points and 5 rebounds from Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) also had 12, while Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 10 points and 5 rebs.
First half belonged to Olympiakos 28-35. Actually, the Reds had plus 10 twice but at the last Unicaja's possession in the second frame Carlos Cabezas made a triple cutting the margin on 7 pts. Thomas Kelati and his teammates showed up after the breather with strong willingness to fight for every ball. After long range jumper from the corner by Carlos Jimenez, Unicaja came on 38-40. Soon after that it was 44-44. Jiri Welsch made it for Unicaja at the end of third stanza for 2-point lead. Olympiakos struggled at the offensive end in the first few minutes of the last quarter, what Unicaja's players exploited. Ndong and Welsch made two fastbreak dunks, after what Shirley joined them for 53-46. Giannis Bourousis answered with a triple plus foul and Papaloukas followed with another 3-pointer. The score was tied 54-54 with less than 4 minutes to go. Visitors missed a pair of shots at the very end, while on the other side Thomas Kelati made two free throws for 60-56 with 17.9 seconds left. Greer missed after that and the game was over for the Reds.

Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 16, Carlos Cabezas 9, Jiri Welsch 8
Olympiakos: Giorgos Printezis 12+5 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 12, Giannis Bourousis 10+5 boards



Cibona - Le Mans 89-70

Cibona demonstrated nice performance in the second half against Le Mans improving on 5-2 record in Group A. The same score also have Olympiakos and Unicaja. Cibona grabbed this one mostly owing to well played third frame, 26-17 (including 13-2 run). Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland) was in a game mood collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) also shined netting 18 points. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) helped the hosts with 12, while Davor Kus (192-G-78) posted one point less. David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) was better than the others in Le Mans with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) contributed with 14 points, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) had 12 plus 4 rebounds. Le Mans remains the only winless team in Group A after 7 appearances.
Cibona opened the game with 6-2 and later 17-11. However, Pape Badiane stepped up for Le Mans cutting the margin on 1 point, but thanks to Nikola Prkacin and Rawle Marshall, Cibona had 20-18 after 10 minutes. Le Mans improved its game and after lay-up by David Bluthenthal it was 29-32 for the visitors. Rawle Marshall answered dropping two shots and leading his team to 46-41 at the half time. Earl Calloway joined Rawle Marshall after the breather helping Cibona to create 13-2 run for 61-47. Calloway made another shot after that and Maric Rozic scored from the fast break, what immediately meant that this game is already over for Le Mans, 68-51. Visitors came on minus 12 in the last stanza, but Cibona jumped on impressive 82-62 after that.

Cibona: Rawle Marshall 21+5 boards, Earl Calloway 18, Marin Rozic 12, Davor Kus 11
Le Mans: David Bluthenthal 15+7 boards, Alain Koffi 14, Joao Paulo Batista 12+4



GROUP B

Montepaschi - Zalgiris 100-93

Montepaschi drained 100 points against the Lithuanian champion, what was more than enough for the sixth victory in Group B. Italian champ secured a spot for the TOP 16 even before this round. Regal Barca did the same last week, while green PAO will have a chance to do it today (vs Barca). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) poured in 21 points for Montepaschi. Ksistof Lavrinovic came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) collected 17 points and 5 assists. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) helped the winners adding 14 pts and 6 as. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 21 points in loss. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and 5 boards, while Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris stays winless in Group B after 7 appearances.
Italian champion did a great job already in the first half. After 18-19, Henry Domercant, Stonerook and Rimantas Kaukenas made quick baskets for the hosts setting the margin on 7 point, 26-19. During the following ten minutes Zalgiris came on 34-31, but soon after that Terrell McIntyre stepped up for Montepaschi helping it to grab 10-point lead, 42-32. Later, Henry Domercant ended first half with triple at the buzzer for impressive plus 17, 57-40. Visitors seriously threatened in the finish of third stanza closing the gap on 5 points. Terrell McIntyre made a lay-up, after what Henry Domercant made a jumper followed with a triple for 73-61. At the beginning of the last stanza, Montepaschi once again jumped on plus 15 securing the 6th Euroleague win this season.

Montepaschi: Henry Domercant 21+4 boards+4 as, Lavrinovic Ksistof 19+6 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 17+5 as, Terrell McIntyre 14+6 as
Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 21+4 as, Mantas Kalnietis 20+5 boards, Loren Woods 17+8 boards



GROUP C

Tau Ceramica - Union Olimpija 101-69

Tau Ceramica gave a real basketball lesson to Union Olimpija in Euroleague. Reigning Spanish champion had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one for sure was William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida). He spent 25 minutes on the court nailing 21 points. Bosnian Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) helped the winners with 12 points and 4 boards. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) also had 12 points for the hosts. Tau Ceramica is currently the second rankled team in Group C with 5-2 record (Lottomatica Roma plays today). Slovenian champion got 15 points and 6 rebounds from Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82). Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) and Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 12 points each, while Golubovic had 9 more rebounds beside that. Their Olimpija faced with 6th loss in 7 games.
Except of the first frame (25-27), Tau Ceramica controlled rhythm of the game. William McDonald and his teammates intensified defense in the second quarter letting Olimpja to score just 10 points. On the other side, the hosts nailed impressive 27. It was 23-7 run. At the middle of third period Tau created 8-0 setting the margin on plus 20. After free throw by Stanko Barac it was magnificent 71-42 for the hosts. It was not the end as later, actually with 7 minutes remaining, Tau reached plus 30, 80-50.

Tau: William McDonald 21, Mirza Teletovic 13, Fernando San Emeterio 12, Pete Mickeal 12
Olimpija: Miha Zupan 15+6 boards, Vladimir Golubovic 12+9 boards, Frank Robinson 12



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



GROUP D

CSKA Moscow - Panionios On Telecoms 93-61

The reigning champion quickly forgot failure in the last round against AJ Milano smashing Panionios On Telecoms in Moscow 93-61. It means that CSKA Moscow remains on top on Group D after this round with 6-1 record. CSKA also sealed a spot for TOP 16, despite there is 3 more games to be played. On the other side, Panionios dropped on 3-4. The same digits also has Efes Pilsen, who was better than AJ Milano. Real Madrid and Partizan Belgrade will play today. Both teams have 3-3 record. Slovenian big guy Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) was the leading scorer for CSKA with 15 points. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) followed him with one point less. Smodis's country mate, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), helped with 13 points. Panionios got the most from Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side), 15 pts. Hero of the last game against Real Madrid in Athens, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84), this time stopped on 13 points, while Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) had 10.
CSKA was a way better team since the very beginning. The hosts grabbed 10-point lead quickly, extending it to 29-17 until the end of the first quarter. Few minutes later it already was impressive 40-20 for the Russian powerhouse. Panionios was not able to compete against the very motivated hosts. After 6 consecutive points by Erazem Lorbek, who led 8-0 run for his team, CSKA jumped on 66-37 in third stanza. Later it was 70-41 with 10 minutes to go, what already meant that CSKA is the first team from Group D who booked a spot for the next stage.

CSKA Moscow: Matjaz Smodis 15+4 as, Viktor Khryapa 14+6 boards, Trajan Langdon 14+5 as, Erazem Lorbek 13
Panionios: Dimos Dikoudis 15, Branko Cvetkovic 13, Ivan Zoroski 10



Efes Pilsen - AJ Milano 74-67

After magnificent victory against the Euroleague defending champion CSKA Moscow, AJ Milano faced with a road defeat in Istanbul. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80), Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and their teammates had nice first and last quarter, what was enough for third win in Group D. AJ Milano stays the last ranked team in the group with 2-5 record. Vujanic top-scored for the winning squad with 20 points. Kaya Peker had 19, but missing only one board for double-double. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists in loss. AJ Milano also got 11 pts and 8 boards from Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton), and also 9 points from Marco Mordente (191-G-79).
Efes Pilsen had furious beginning creating 8-point lead, 9-1. Milano recovered on 11-9, but thanks to Vujanic and Peker, Efes grabbed 28-19 after 10 minutes. Milos Vujanic and Charles Smith made few shots in the second frame for 35-27. It was a sign for experienced Massimo Bulleri, who stepped up for his AJ Milano draining 2 triples. Both teams made 2 baskets each after that setting the score on 39-37 at the half time. Massimo Bulleri was hot after the breather leading 0-8 run for 41-45. Milos Vujanic and Kaya Peker were concentrated from the FT line later and after few baskets by both teams the score was tied, 54-54. Beginning of the last stanza was crucial period of this game as Efes made 10-2 run. Milano threatened coming on minus 4, but Smith and Peker once again stepped up for the hosts and with two baskets resolved question about the winner.

Efes Pilsen: Milos Vujanic 20+4 as, Kaya Peker 19+9 boards, Charles Smith 12+6 boards +4 as,
AJ Milano: Massimo Bulleri 14+5 as, Mason Rocca 11+8 boards, Marco Mordente 9



Union Olimpija makes it official: Zdovc is new coach! - by Zeljko Zule

As we predicted yesterday, Jurij Zdovc has been named as the new coach of Union Olimpija until June 2011. Slovenian team announced the appointment today.
Zdovc had been in a two-way tussle with Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarni Slupsk to take over from Aleksandar Dzikic , who resigned last week after Euroleague's defeated to DKV Joventut.
Zdovc's first official game as coach would be a NLB Adriatic League's game against Zadar on Saturday.



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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. For Kataja's Head Coach Ray Ailus this was his 100th victory (in 178 games) on top level in Finland. 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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The list of All Stars unveiled - by Richard

The identity of the 20 players selected for the All Star Game 2008 is now known.
Last step before the All Star Game 2008. A J-19's kick-off, Nike and the National Basketball League present the official list of players selected for the event Basket at the end of the year.

For the second consecutive year, the public had the opportunity to vote for his All Star French and his All Star Foreign favorite site www.lequipe.fr. This year, both players are elected Eric Campbell (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne) and Nando De Colo (Cholet Basket).

The jury, composed of journalists and experts gathered today at the headquarters of the newspaper L'Equipe, then had the difficult task of selecting two teams of the All Star Game 2008 on the basis of the '5 Major' of L'Equipe newspaper on the first 10 days and performance achieved by players since the beginning of the season.
This selection meets again the best players and aliens French Championship which will heart to justify their status and try to win the coveted title as MVP of the All Star Game 2008.

Animations surprises:
In parallel to the sporting competition, several animations inflame the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy the Sunday 28 December. Competitions (drivers, 3-point shots, dunks) whose participants were also unveiled the Shoot 100 000 Euros but LuvaBulls, the famous troupe of dancers in Chicago Bulls. For the first time on the floor of Bercy, it will charm to the 2008 All Star Game with their exciting choreography. Many other events are scheduled, but it is still a secret. Rendezvous 28 December to discover that basketball is eaten 'show.

All Star French
N16 Laurent Sciarra (196-G-73) ENTENTE ORLEANAISE LOIRET
N7 Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) ASVEL LYONVILLEURBANNE
N10 Stephane Risacher (202-F-72) ELAN CHALON
N5 Amara Sy (202-F-81) ASVEL LYONVILLEURBANNE
N12 Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) ASVEL LYONVILLEURBANNE
N12 Nando De Colo (202-G-87) CHOLET BASKET
Reserve
N10 Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) BCM GRAVELINESDUNKERQUE
N7 Abdoulaye MBaye (186-G-88) JDA DIJON BOURGOGNE
N7 Alain Koffi (207-C-83) LE MANS SARTHE BASKET
N7 Cyril Julian (205-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) SLUC NANCY BASKET
Coach: Philippe Herve
Assistant: Didier Dobbels


All Star Foreign
N9 Kevin Houston (179-G-85, college: Long Beach St.) SPO ROUEN BASKET
N4 Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Ill.-Chicago) ENTENTE ORLEANAISE LOIRET
N14 Austin Nichols (198-F/G-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) HYERESTOULON VAR BASKET
N6 Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) SLUC NANCY BASKET
N15 Taj Gray (205-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma) CHORALE ROANNE BASKET
Reserve
N8 Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) ELAN CHALON
N4 Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) STRASBOURG IG
N14 Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) SLUC NANCY BASKET
N11 Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) JDA DIJON BOURGOGNE
Coach: Vincent Collet
Assistant: Jean-Marc Dupraz

Courtesy of LNB



Cibona cruises past Le Mans for 5-2 in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Le Mans 89-70

Cibona demonstrated fantastic performance in the second half against Le Mans improving on 5-2 record in Group A. The same score also have Olympiakos and Unicaja. Cibona grabbed this one thanks to well played third frame, 26-17 (including 13-2 run). Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland) was in a game mood collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds for 27 minutes. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) also shined netting 18 points. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) helped the hosts with 12, while Davor Kus (192-G-78) posted one point less. David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) was better than the others in Le Mans with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) contributed with 14 points, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) had 12 plus 4 rebounds. Le Mans remains the only winless team in Group A after 7 appearances.
Cibona opened the game with 6-2 and later 17-11. However, Pape Badiane stepped up for Le Mans cutting the margin on 1 point, but thanks to Nikola Prkacin and Rawle Marshall, Cibona had 20-18 after 10 minutes. Le Mans improved its game and after lay-up by David Bluthenthal it was 29-32 for the visitors. Rawle Marshall answered dropping two shots and leading his team to 46-41 at the half time. Earl Calloway joined Rawle Marshall after the breather helping Cibona to create 13-2 run for 61-47. Calloway made another shot after that and Maric Rozic scored from the fast break, what immediately meant that this game is already over for Le Mans, 68-51. Visitors came on minus 12 in the last stanza, but Cibona jumped on impressive 82-62 after that.

Cibona: Rawle Marshall 21+5 boards, Earl Calloway 18, Marin Rozic 12, Davor Kus 11
Le Mans: David Bluthenthal 15+7 boards, Alain Koffi 14, Joao Paulo Batista 12+4


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Rilski Sportist beats Fersped Rabotnicki for 4-1 in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Rilski Sportist - Fersped Rabotnicki 72-65

Rilski Sportist continued with nice performance in Balkan league. This time the team from Samokov was better than Fersped Rabotnicki 72-65. It means that Bulgarian squad is the only one with 4 wins in Group B. Mega Hypo Leasing is has one win less, but in 6 appearances (Rilski has 5). Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) was a key player for the host nailing 20 points and missing only one board for double-double. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebs. Macedonians got the most from Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88), 20 points and 5 boards. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) scored 18 and Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 2 points less in defeat. Fersped Rabotnicki is currently on 2-2.
Rilski Sportist had furious beginning. Travis Peterson helped it to create impressive 11-0 run, later extending lead on 13 points, 20-7. It was a clear signal that Fersped Rabotnicki's chances to take this one are not so big. As soon as Ivan Lilov joined Travis Peterson, Rilski jumped on magnificent 33-13. However, Bojan Trajkovski and Vladimir Filipovic led Rabotnicki to 7-20 run for 40-33 at the half time. Third stanza also belonged to Macedonians, which cut the margin on 3 points, 57-54. With less than 4 minutes to go Rabotnicki stayed with Filipovic, who fouled out. It was a big problem for the visitors, who stopped on just 11 points in the last ten minutes. Mirkovic was focused from the free throw line at the very end for Rilski setting the score on final 72-65.

Rilski Sportist: Travis Peterson 20+9 boards, Ivan Lilov 14+5 boards, Dragoslav Papic 12+6 boards
Fersped Rabotnicki: Bojan Trajkovski 20+5 boards, Vladimir Filipovic 18+4 boards, Dime Tasovski 13+5 boards


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Q&A with Terry Smith - by Moritz Korff
Eurobasket Germany talked with Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) who played for the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach (Regionalliga West) in the first half of this current season. He appeared in 14 contests for the Lions and averaged exactly 23 points per contest. The Mercyhurst-graduate is now looking for a new team.

Please say a couple of words on Saturday's game against Bochum, which your NVV Lions won 86:83.
It was a tough game and it came down to the last couple of plays to determine the outcome.

The first half of the season in the Regionalliga West is over. How do you feel about your first months in German basketball?
The first few months here in Germany was like a rollercoaster, lots of ups and downs but for the most part I really enjoyed the experience just because this is something that you can take for granted, and I really appreciated the opportunity.

Who is the best player in the league that you have played against so far this season?
I must say there were a few good players in this league, but if I had to point out a few I would say Ahmad Smith (Wulfen), Paul Peterson (Iserlohn), and Daryl Cohen (Dorsten).

Does it help a player - and especially a rookie - to have a coach who comes from the same country, like coach Robert Shepherd who is American just like you?
I definitely think that having a coach that comes from the same country and speaks your language is always an added plus to your development as a basketball player. Especially as a rookie because you dont know 100% what to expect and you just want to do the best job and make everyone proud. And with a coach who has similar traits as far as language and background I feel it decreases some of the initial stress. Coach Shepherd was a signficant factor in my development as a Pro basketball player not only because he was from the United States but because he played and was successful at the position that I'm still continuing to learn everyday, being a point guard. And I can only continue to work hard on the things that he told me as far as being the best basketball player I can be.

Your school, Mercyhurst College, sent some players to Europe in the last years, like Justin Shouse, Joshua Helm, Shelby Chaney or Andrew Fogel. Did you talk to them before moving to Germany?
Yes I spoke with all of them and they all gave me good advice before taking my trip across the Atlantic. I had a pretty good idea of what life would be like in Europe before I got here thanks to those guys.

How do you like living in Germany?
Germany is a very nice country and I would not mind finishing my career here. All the people that I have met here have been really nice and showed alot of hospitality especially my teammates.

You finished your career at Mercyhurst College with school records of 213 career 3-pointers and 554 3-point attempts. Also, with 1384 points you are sixth on the all-time scoring list, fourth in career steals with 197 and 10th in career assists with 277. What does such honors mean to you?
It means alot to me but at the same time I feel like I underachieved. I set high standards for myself and I always want to be the best I can be, so with that being said, I feel as though I always could have done better.

Will you continue to suit up for the NVV Lions after the christmas break?
Unfortunately I will not. The Lions are a great club and Sebastian Egelhoff does a great job running his organization but it was just not a good fit for both parties. And sometimes it happens like that but I'm coming to learn that its all part of the business and that sometimes you have to do what you feel is best. So I'll be looking for a new club for the start of the second half of the season.

Terry Smith can be contacted by e-mail: tsmith37@live.com


2. Bundesliga Pro A and Pro B: Player of the Month awards - by Moritz Korff
The winners of the Player and Youngster of the Month awards for November in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A and Pro B have been named today:

In the Pro A Adam Baumann (203-C/F-81, college: Youngstown St.) of the Kirchheim Knights received Player of the Month honors. The 27-year-old center averaged 22.0 points and 10.2 rebounds through 5 contests in November. He led the Knights to three wins in these games. Langen's Robin Benzing (208-F-89) was named Youngster of the Month. The German junior-international posted 17.2 points per game for the Giraffes.

Mainz' big man Mike Zuiderveen (206-C-84, college: Saginaw Valley) netted the honors for Player of the Month in the Pro B-league. The graduate of Saginaw Valley State University produced impressive stats in November: 24.4ppg and 15.2rpg (5 games), including a 27 points/21 rebounds-performance against Ehingen. In the same game Christian Standhardinger (201-F-89) had 23 points and 11 boards for the Steeples. The 19-year-old forward won the Youngster of the Month award for November in the Pro B. He averaged 26.6 points and 9.6 boards in 5 games. Against Speyer on Nov. 29 he hit 5 out of 8 shots from beyond the arc and 14 out of 16 from the foul-line to finish the contest with 41 points and 13 rebounds.


2009 Bundesliga Allstar Game Starters - by Moritz Korff
The 2009 Bundesliga Allstar Game starters - voted by the fans - were announced today.

North:
PG: Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) - Oldenburg
SG: Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) - Berlin
SF: Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) - Oldenburg
PF: Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi) - Berlin
C: Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) - Quakenbrueck (as Hall will be unable to play due to a broken hand, his team mate Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius) who received second most votes will take his place in the starting five)

South:
PG: Pascal Roller (180-G-76) - Frankfurt
SG: Brandon Woudstra (191-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Northwestern (IA)) - Ludwigsburg
SF: Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) - Frankfurt
PF: Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) - Ulm
C: Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) - Bamberg

The teams will be completed by the coaches. The 2009 Bundesliga Allstar Day will be held in Mannheim on January 17.


EuroChallenge: two victories and one defeat - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets Bonn, EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Deutsche Bank Skyliners played their games in EuroChallenge over the last round in the international arena.
Telekom Baskets Bonn handed SAOS Hyeres their first defeat in EuroChallenge Group B. The German team was too good at home with 71:61 victory. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Rowland Earl and Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee) posted 10 each as the hosts improved to 2-1 record. Nichols Austin chipped in 19 points for the visitors.
BC Kyiv had an important road victory over Deutsche Bank Skyliners 58:66 in Germany. Trailing 52:51 after Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and Markoishvili made it 61:52 to seal a winning outcome. In the defensive beginning of the game Ukrainian side enjoyed 13-9 after the first frame and also scored first 8 points in the game. Later on the teams exchanged 20-13 in the second and third quarters as BC Kyiv posted 20-16 in the last. Penn brought the victory for his team from the free throw line setting the final result of the game. Markoishvili scored 17 points and Kenan Bajramovic 13 for Kyiv, who improved to 2-1 in EuroChallenge Group H. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) had 12 points apiece for the hosts.

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. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) led the winners with 23 points and Gardner Jason notched 20. Watson Travis resisted for the hosts with 23 points and 13 rebounds.



Two Increasing BBL Brands Deutsche Bank Skyliners and EWE Baskets Oldenburg Face Off On Saturday December 13, 2008 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After both The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and The EWE Baskets reached the BBL semi finals in 2008, they have proved in the first three months in the 2008-2009 season that that was no fluke last season as both teams continue to play fine Basketball this season and are dancing on ALBA Berlins doorstep, looking for an open door to sneak in and past the eight time BBL champion. Since American Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) arrived late October, Frankfurt have been on a crash course towards the top of the BBL standings and have played well internationally. If Frankfurt can beat Oldenburg, it will be a realistic indication of exactly how good the troops of Murat Didin are. This will be no special or different type of game for coach Didin, but he knows that his team has an advantage. 'Every game for me in the BBL is a final. There is no difference between games. We respect them, but the game is in Frankfurt. We have the confidence of having our fans and home court', warned Murat Didin . According to 21 year old German Guard Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side), Frankfurt may have another advantage over Oldenburg, which was named city of Science 2009. 'Frankfurt and us had International games last Tuesday, and we won a big game in Jerusalem, but had a long trip home. We had a five hour wait at the Tel Aviv airport Wednesday, and couldnt return home until Thursday morning. We will have a short preparation for the game on Saturday, but we are still coming to win'. Frankfurt wont take Oldenburg lightly either. 'Oldenbug is second in the league and very strong. But we arent afraid of them. They might have beaten Jerusalem, but we defeated Moscow. We will be ready for them', said forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg have had some extremely memorable game sin the last three years. Frankfurt leads the head to heat battle 4-2. Who could forget the two games in the 2005-2006 season, where an angered Malick Badiane kicked the chair in a 98-75 blowout loss in Oldenburg or the last regular season game, where Frankfurt had to win the last game in order to stay in the BBL. Frankfurt kept their nerves buckled down and gave the fans a sweet summer gift with a 70-58 win. In the 2006-2007 season, Frankfurt won both games 80-70 in Oldenburg and 76-70 in the Ballsporthalle. Last season, despite a monster 26 points and 12 rebound performance by American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), Frankfurt was unable to escape Oldenburg with a win losing 76 to 65. In the return game in the Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt won 91 to 77, despite a rip roaring performance by American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri)s good friend Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri). 'Ricky had a great night scoring 30 points, but we won the game,' said Jimmy McKinney Jokingly.

Even though ALBA Berlin has one less loss than Oldenburg, it would be fair to access that Oldenburg is the most consistent team in the BBL. They have won eight of their last nine games and all three loses came by a total of only seven points. They lost to Bonn 65-62, to Cologne 75 to 73 and to TBB Trier 72-70. If the team had had a few more breaks, they could easily be undefeated at this time and ahead of the mighty ALBA Berlin in the standings. Some of their biggest wins occurred against Bamberg, Ulm and Ludwigsburg, but they havent played against other top contenders Berlin and The Artland Dragons.

After the very successful 2007-2008 season for The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, where they reached the BBL semi final and kicked out The Brose Baskets Bamberg along the way, the two questions lurking are, is this team deep enough to reach the BBL final this year and how well, will the team muster the BBL and Eurochallenge schedule. So far this season, they have proved that last seasons success was not a stroke of luck. Coach Predrag Krunic , who had success as coach of The Telekom Baskets Bonn some years earlier, has understood how to transform many individuals into a group that plays team Basketball. 'Krunic is a serious coach, who clearly has made his team jump in the last two years. The consistency is similar to what happened in Bremerhaven in the last years. No one expected Oldenburg to be so good. He has given the team a great acceleration in the last year and it is still going on', explained Murat Didin . The team is balanced at every position and plays with a healthy eight man rotation, but even the 9-10 guys Daniel Strauch (206-C-81) and Marco Buljevic are valuable guys. Frankfurt had their Bermuda triangle in 2005 with Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Americans Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) and it seems like Oldenburg has their own Bermuda triangle with Americans Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), Rickey Paulding and Je kel Foster, but that should not take away the value of the other players. 'They are an important part of the team, but all players are important. In every game we have another guy that has a big game', replied German Marco Buljevic.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are led by American Jason Gardner, who is averaging 14,8 points, 3,3 rebounds and 4,3 assists per game. He is an all around great point guard, who can lead the team in scoring and assists on a consistent rate. This is his third year in Germany after stints in Israel and Belgium. American Rickey Paulding is averaging 13,3 points, 4,8 rebounds and 1,3 assists per game. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2004, but played in Europe since his Missouri days where he liked to finish the fast break off Jimmy McKinney passes. He can also kill a team with his mid distance jumper. American Je Kel Foster is averaging 12,6 points, 2,8 rebounds and 2,3 assists per game. He played at Ohio State and is no stranger to the BBL having played at Ludwigsburg two years ago. He has a deadly outside shot, but can use mismatches and finish over bigger players. Serb Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) is averaging 8,7 points, 6,0 rebounds and 1,6 assists per game. This is his second season in Oldenburg and is extremely valuable with his body and likes to play with the back to the hoop.

Cameron big man Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) is averaging 7,8 points and 5,9 rebounds per game. Even though he was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 2001 and played 35 NBA games, he has been in Europe the last few years and grown accustomed to a back up role in Oldenburg. He is a vital shot blocker and a plus on defense. He is not consistent on offense, but can still give a double double like last week against Dusseldorf with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Serb Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) is averaging 7,8 points and 3,5 rebounds per game.he is doing a great job for us this season. He is a great inside presence, said Marco Buljevic. Serb Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) is averaging 7,6 points, 1,7 rebounds and 1,7 assists per game. He is a snipper from the bench and perfect role player for Krunic. Serb Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) is averaging 5,8 points and 3,0 rebounds per game. This is his second season in Oldenburg after playing two years in Spain for Bilbao. He is a very good shooter for his size and a valuable team player.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continue to play very strong and smart Basketball in the last two months producing a 10-3-1 record in BBL and Eurochallenge play. The team has been almost healthy and been provided with a 12 man rotation that has not disappointed any one over a long period of time. So far the team is still looking for a victory against a top club after losing to Bonn, Ulm and Bamberg earlier this season. Even though, Frankfurt lost to BC Kiev, they played a very hard fought defensive game and controlled the boards. Their strong play coupled with the announcement that Germans Pascal Roller and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) will start for the BBL South team in the 2009 BBL Allstar game should give The Deutsche Bank Skyliners a lot of self confidence. 'That is great that Konrad was selected. He is an Olympic player and I am happy for him', commented Ilian Evtimov. The game could also mark the comeback for American Jimmy McKinney, who had not played yet this season. American center Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) continues to find his rhythm as he had good games against BC Kiev and Tbingen in limited minutes.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a few big important reasons why they want to win Saturday against The EWE Baskest Oldenburg. A win for Frankfurt will let them know that they are one of the top teams behind Berlin who are fighting to dethrone the eight time BBL champ and a win would bring Murat Didin to his first ever BBL Allstar game as coach provided Bonn and Ulm lose. The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg are one of the top scoring teams, while Frankfurt is one of the top defensive teams. 'They score close to 80 points, have great inside/out play and have 7/8 guys who can always score. Our defense will have to step up again', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin . Oldenburg shoot better, but Frankfurt lead in other statistical categories grabbing more rebounds, dishing out more assists, making fewer turnovers and getting more steals. Frankfurt might have the slight edge on paper, but have clear sights of how to win the game. 'We have to control the tempo from the start and not let them find a rhythm. We have been strong under the boards with Derrick, Anthony, Konrad and Greg. If we can continue playing like that, then we will have good chances to win', expressed Ilian Evtimov. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are top of their Eurochallenge group and should have nothing to fear coming into the Ballsporthalle. 'We will concentrate on our strengths and make tempo from the start and just give a lot of pressure on offense and defense', said Marco Buljevic. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Saturday Decemebr 13th at 18:30 in the Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt-Hochst.


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


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Unicaja grabs 60-56 home win against the Reds - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Olympiakos 60-56

Unicaja crushed Olympiakos in very exciting game. Both teams currently have the same 5-2 record in Group A. Croatian representative, Cibona Zagreb, outplayed Le Mans yesterday becoming another team with 5 wins. It is interesting that Unicaja had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.), who delivered 16 points for 27 minutes. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) had 9, while Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) netted 8 points for the hosts. The Reds got 12 points and 5 rebounds from Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) also had 12, while Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 10 points and 5 rebs.
First half belonged to Olympiakos 28-35. Actually, the Reds had plus 10 twice but at the last Unicaja's possession in the second frame Carlos Cabezas made a triple cutting the margin on 7 pts. Thomas Kelati and his teammates showed up after the breather with strong willingness to fight for every ball. After long range jumper from the corner by Carlos Jimenez, Unicaja came on 38-40. Soon after that it was 44-44. Jiri Welsch made it for Unicaja at the end of third stanza for 2-point lead. Olympiakos struggled at the offensive end in the first few minutes of the last quarter, what Unicaja's players exploited. Ndong and Welsch made two fastbreak dunks, after what Shirley joined them for 53-46. Giannis Bourousis answered with a triple plus foul and Papaloukas followed with another 3-pointer. The score was tied 54-54 with less than 4 minutes to go. Visitors missed a pair of shots at the very end, while on the other side Thomas Kelati made two free throws for 60-56 with 17.9 seconds left. Greer missed after that and the game was over for the Reds.

Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 16, Carlos Cabezas 9, Jiri Welsch 8
Olympiakos: Giorgos Printezis 12+5 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 12, Giannis Bourousis 10+5 boards


CSKA Moscow secures the spot for TOP 16 - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow - Panionios On Telecoms 93-61

The reigning champion quickly forgot failure in the last round against AJ Milano smashing Panionios On Telecoms in Moscow 93-61. It means that CSKA Moscow remains on top on Group D after this round with 6-1 record. CSKA also sealed a spot for TOP 16, despite there is 3 more games to be played. On the other side, Panionios dropped on 3-4. The same digits also has Efes Pilsen, who was better than AJ Milano. Real Madrid and Partizan Belgrade will play today. Both teams have 3-3 record. Slovenian big guy Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) was the leading scorer for CSKA with 15 points. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) followed him with one point less. Smodis's country mate, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), helped with 13 points. Panionios got the most from Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side), 15 pts. Hero of the last game against Real Madrid in Athens, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84), this time stopped on 13 points, while Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) had 10.
CSKA was a way better team since the very beginning. The hosts grabbed 10-point lead quickly, extending it to 29-17 until the end of the first quarter. Few minutes later it already was impressive 40-20 for the Russian powerhouse. Panionios was not able to compete against the very motivated hosts. After 6 consecutive points by Erazem Lorbek, who led 8-0 run for his team, CSKA jumped on 66-37 in third stanza. Later it was 70-41 with 10 minutes to go, what already meant that CSKA is the first team from Group D who booked a spot for the next stage.

CSKA Moscow: Matjaz Smodis 15+4 as, Viktor Khryapa 14+6 boards, Trajan Langdon 14+5 as, Erazem Lorbek 13
Panionios: Dimos Dikoudis 15, Branko Cvetkovic 13, Ivan Zoroski 10


Second Division - Week 9: Round Up - by Chris Mammides
The Results and the scorers of the 9th week of the second division league were as follows:
Amyntas - Komotini 85-66
Quarters: 31-18, 41-34, 66-47, 85-66
Top scorers:
Amyntas: Costas Vogiatzis (203-F-86) 29, Giannalletsos 17
Komotini: Tsakonitis 14, Kimon Lehoudis (205-F-83) 24

OFI- Ikaroi Serron 61-62
Quarters: 16-12, 25-27, 43-43, 61-62
Top Scorers:
OFI: Barlas 15, Vagenas 13
Ikaroi Serron: Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 14, Topouzis 13

Ikaros Kallitheas Goumenisa 93-82
Quarters: 25-13, 49-26, 73-51, 93-82
Top Scorers:
Ikaros Kallitheas: Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 19, Katoufas 18
Goumenisa: Charis Dimitriou (192-F-91) 23, Pantzios 13

Halkida AIAS Evosmou 66-63
Quarters: 10-14, 29-25, 43--37, 66-63
Top Scorers:
Halkida: Plouteski 14, Paris Katsimpas (183-G-83, college: Park) 17
AIAS: Triantafillidis 16

Doukas Arhelaos 94-73
Quarters: 21-20, 41-34, 65-56, 94-73
Top Scorers:
Doukas: Zakinthinos 12, Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86) 25, Gavanopoulos 16
Pierikos Arhelaos: Chrisidis 14, Raptis 13, Cuk 11

Anagennisi Floga Sporting 89-85
Quarters: 24-16, 37-35, 61-54, 77-77, 89-85 (OT)
Top Scorers:
Anagennisi Floga: Bourdanos 12, Moisiadis 27, Pittakas 13
Sporting: Efthimiou 19, Tsopis 14, Mastrokostopoulos 13

Apollon Kalamarias Arkadikos 72-84
Quarters: 27-26, 43-49, 61-64, 72-84.
Top Scorers:
Apollon Kalamarias: Troulialis 17, Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) 24
Arkadikos: Giannis Manos (186-G-71) 35, Papanikolaou 10.

Lavrio P.Faliro
Quarters: 26-14, 48-29, 72-37, 85-52
Top Scorers:
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 18, Lykogiannis 14 and Agapitos 11
P.Faliro: Derohonesian 12, Monemvasitis 12.


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


Results - by Kostas Papadopoulos
In the game that completed the last day of A1, on Monday, VAP Kolossos Rhodes achieved its 4th win in this championship, against Egaleo Estia 75-62. Giannis Sferopoulos' team took a double-digit difference lead in the second period (31-21) before ending the half at 33-25, Egaleo though managed to reduce it at one point (46-45). With a precious appearance by Costas Harisis (211-F/C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: USC), and with the help of Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle), Lans Harris (196-G-84, college: Kansas St.) and Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket), Kolossos retook an important, as it came out, lead of 8 points (56-48) to end the game at 75-62.
Periods: 15-15, 33-25, 56-48, 75-62
VAP Kolossos: Lans Harris 16 (1), Panteliadis, Nikos Papanikolopoulos (193-G-79) 14 (4), Sasa Vasiljevic 8, Asimakopoulos, Steven Smith 17 (3), Costas Harisis 15 (15 rebs), Tsamis 2, Ceranic 3.
Egaleo ESTIA: Gabrans 3, Soulis 4, Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB) 17 (2), Koupidis, Andrae Patterson (204-F/C-75, college: Indiana) 10, Magounis, Nikos Angelopoulos (204-F-84) 12 (1), Bracey 4, Avra Kallinikidis (197-F-77) 9 (1), Gizogiannis 3 (1).

At another game, which actually completed the 3rd day of the championship, on last Wednesday, Kavala overcame Trikalla 80-66. For Kavala, Will Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 26 points, Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) added 17 and Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) 11, while for Trikalla, William Avery (188-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Duke) had 13, Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) 11 and Chris Massie (206-F-77, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Memphis) 11. Kavala took even a 28-point difference (67-39) during the third period, but Trikalla reduced it to the final 14 points at the last period.


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EiffelTowers and Amsterdam posted another games in the international arena - by Eurobasket News
EiffelTowers Den Bosch and EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam played their latest games in EuroChallenge and brought one victory for the country.
EiffelTowers Den Bosch are on top of EuroChallenge Group D after a 96:82 over Siauliai. It was an easy start for the team as the hosts also produced game's first four points and stayed on top for the entire contest. After 28-19 in the opening quarter EiffelTowers Den Bosch improved to another 5 points after 24-19 in the second period. Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) made a jump-shot for 52:36 and Vileita scored for 52:38 at the halftime. The hosts had a 72:53 stranglehold on the contest late in the third quarter and there was no way back for Siauliai. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 22 points and 5 caroms. David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) 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.
Olympia Athienitis created an upset at home beating EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam 77:73. Michael King (193-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: George Washington) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Arigbabu Stephen netted 12. Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) 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.


Peter van Noord, BluestramSeals's Head Coach, Fired - by Fred Roggen
Peter van Noord head coach of the BlueStreamSeals Den Helder, was immediately dismissed. It was announced today by Van der Veen, Vice-Chairman at BluestreamSeals, that head coach Peter van Noord had been fired on Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
After a discussion between the board and the coach, last Wednesday, is 'in good consultation' decided to end the contract..
Vice-Chairman Van der Veen indicates that there are two main reasons for the dismissal of Van Noord. 'First, the failure to achieve the intended results and secondly, we believe the chemistry between Coach and players was gone.
He will be immediately replaced by assistant coach Remy de Wit, who will take over as the new interim head coach for the games till Christmas.


FEB Results: Landstede Basketball Wins Again Home Overtime Thriller; West-Brabant Giants Win In Nijmegen - by Sanders Jackson


Tuesday night in FEB action, Landstede Basketball wins its second straight overtime thriller, this time at the hands of Rotterdam Challengers, while a strong 4th quarter effort helped West-Brabant Giants prevail in the Horstacker over Matrixx Magixx.

In the ZBC-hal in Zwolle, Landstede found themselves in the early going, having difficulties stopping Rotterdam Challengers' best inside threat
Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) who scored 13 first-half points to help the Rotterdammers take the early advantage. The Rotterdammers gave Landstede no fastbreak opportunities in the early going. Landstede started to play better when Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) entered the game. Young's two straight three-pointers gave Landstede the shot in the arm it needed, helping Landstede to take a 35-34 halftime lead.


In the 3rd quarter, Rotterdam Challengers leading scorer Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) and Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) began to assert themselves, attacking Landstede behind the three-point line, helping Rotterdam to take its biggest lead at 51-38. Both Walker and Sykes each made 3 three-pointers, with both also finding their rhythm in the midrange game. But Landstede had answers of their own, with leading scorer Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) and reserve forward Arno Bunnig (197-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) both knocking down big shots, helping Landstede come to within striking distance to 56-52 at the end of the 3rd quarter.


In the 4th quarter the lead would change hands four times, with the top scorers of both teams stepping up when needed. Rotterdam crashed the offensive glass hard, while Landstede moved the ball well. The Rotterdammers had the last chance at the end of regualtion, with a last second shot attempt by Walker rimming out, sending the game into overtime.


In overtime Young would strike first, with two straight three-pointers giving Landstede the early edge. However, two big plays by Landstede point guard Alexandrede Sa (184-G-83) made the difference for Landstede, with Sa knocking down a three-pointer that gave Landstede a cushion at 80-76, then Sa did an excellent job of containing Walker, who had little room to drive on Sa. Landstede made some big stops on defense, with a Young dagger that slammed the door on the Rotterdammers at 84-80 with 50.4 remaining. Bostain made a free throw to put Landstede ahead at 85-82 with 8.8 seconds remaining, with Walker airballing the last shot attempt. Young led Landstede with 19 pts., with Punch adding 17 and Bostain with 16. Walker led all scorers with 27 pts., with Sykes adding 21 before fouling out. Landstede made 14 three-pointers and had a 25-6 bench scoring advantage. The win was Landstede's 4th in the last five games, evening its record to 8-8. Meanwhile Rotterdam Challengers, who were coming off a blowout loss to Hanzevast Capitals on Tuesday, fall to 8-7.


In the Horstacker, West-Brabant Giants started out like gangbusters vs. Matrixx Magixx, jumping out to a 32-17 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. However, the Giants could not maintain the energy level, falling behind the next two quarters before putting it back together and going on to win 86-81. West-Brabant had strong play from PG Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine), who scored 28 pts. Pope was aided by Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 18., and Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico), who snatched down 20 rebounds. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) led all scorers with 31 pts. The win improves the Giants'record to 9-7 while Matrixx falls to 10-5.



Zoran Krstanovic Leaves Hanzevast Capitals - by Fred Roggen
Serbian Center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) has been granted a release of his contract and leaves immediately Hanzevast Capitals .
He has indicated in an interview with the board , to be unhappy at the club and Groningen, The family Krstanovic soon turns back to Serbia.
Krstanovic averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 14 league-games for Hanzevast Capitals
Hanzevast Capitals will be looking for a replacement.


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Explosions Randy Redwine Steps Down After 2 years as Coach - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com ' It was great to have Randy as the head coach of the Explosionss first two seasons and I cant thank him enough for his time and energey,said Nathan Mum, President OF CourtYard Media Foundation.'We understand that coaching the team takes tons of time and personal energey and Randy deserves to enjoy basketball at a pace that is conducive to his lifestyle.'Rand will always be a part of the Explosion family and we will have tickets reserved for him at every home game for many seasons too come.'

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Subway Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from Subway Cup in Final 16.
Keflavik 107 Hottur ( div 1) 58. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 17 for Keflavik. Jerry Cheves 23 for Hottur.
Skallagrimur 79 Valur ( div 1) 82. Igor Beljanski 26 for Skallagrimur. Hjalti Fridriksson 27 for Valur.
IR 69 Tindastoll 56 Hreggvidur Magnusson 31 for IR. Isak Einarsson 17 for Tindastoll.
Grindavik B. 63 Grindavik A 127 Fridrik Ragnarsson 18 For B team. Nokkvi Jonsson 21 for A team.
KR B. 74. Haukar 80. Osvald Knudsen 17 for KR. Sveinn Sveinsson 22 for Haukar.
KR 99 Fjolnir ( div 1) 74 Jason Douirsseau 27for KR. Aegir Steinarsson & Patrick Oliver 15 for Folnir


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1. Petrochimi 7-0
2. Mahram 6-2
3. Saba 6-1
4. Ararat 4-3
5. BEEM 4-3
6. Zob Ahan 4-3
7. Gorgan 3-5
8. a.s Pipe 3-4
9. Shahrekord 3-4
10. Kordestan 3-3
11. Azad 1-5
12. Langeroud 1-5
13. Khorasan 0-7


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Legadue, regular season, round 11: review - by Antonello Varallo
At last, Legadue offered unexpected results.
After two overtimes, Fastweb Casale Monferrato inflicted to Cimberio Varese the second lost in this season. It's not easy to find the MVP, but we want to underline Tommaso Fantoni(203-F-85)'s amazing performance: 45 minutes played, 20 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist and 4 steals. American threesome formed by Zabian Dowdell(191-G-84,college:Virginia Tech), Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80,college:Maryland) and Donte Mathis (190-G-77,college:Texas St.-San Marcos) produced 56 points, while Varese received only 11 points from the bench and O from Marco Passera(180-G-82), who didn't repeat his last performance. Double - double for his teammates Giacomo Galanda (211-C-75) and Simone Cotani(201-SF-81).
Great surprise in Venice: Umana Venezia defeated Fileni Jesi thanks to a solid team performance. New coach Bizzosi, waiting for new signs Davide Bonora (186-G-73) and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83),saw Alberto Causin (198-SG-76) making his season high with 16 points. Otis George (205-C-82,college: Louisville) nailed 12 points and Nate Green (196-G-77, college: Indiana St.) was one more time the top scorer of his team with 19 points, while for Jesi we note Michele Maggioli (212-C-77)'s season low, while Damien Ryan(193-G-79) fought till the end scoring 17 points with 5 three pointers. Double-double for Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college:Middle Tenn. State), 16 points and 10 rebounds but also 6 turnovers.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia came nearer to the top thanks to a hard win against Carmatic Pistoia. Niccol Melli (205-F-91) confirmed his nomination to Legadue Italian MVP filling one more time his box score:18 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 assist. For Pistoia, Elton Tyler signed the sixth double-double of the season but had low percentage and 6 turnovers.
Vanoli Soresina redeemed last defeat beating Banco di Sardegna Sassari. First Italian double - double for Reyshawn Antonio Terry (203-F-84,college: N.Carolina), 21 points for Troy Bell (186-80,college: Boston College), Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) ended the game with 13 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Another game with low percentages for Trent Whiting (185-G-76,college:BYU),16 points for Jason Rowe (178-G-78,college:Loyola,MD).
Aget Imola confirmed its good form with a home win against Prima Veroli: after one game, Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK) became again the best scorer with 25 points, Isaiah Swann (188-G-85,college:FloridaSt.) added 22 points and Matteo Canavesi (204-PF/C-86) played the best game of his season with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Afik Nissim (180-G-81)was in the mood (18 points), but Veroli suffered a defeat after 3 won in last 4 games.
Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82,college:Indiana) and Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college:St.John's) returned to Scafati after the relegation of last season and scored 36 points. They were not enough: Harem Scafati defeated Enel Brindisi thanks to Joel Salvi (199-F-78,college:Rutgers)'s double - double (17+12), the fourth of this season. 18 points with excellent percentage for Ronald Davis (1,90-G-82, college:Wisc.Milwaukee).
Roseto 1946 can't find continuity: against Crabs Rimini, they suffered another away lost. Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) won the big men duel with Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU),Mauro Pinton (185-G-84) and Tommaso Rinaldi(204-F-85) produced important points. Roseto exposed an unexpected player, Nello Lorenzetti (202-PF/C-84) who last season played at Rio Casamia Palermo (B2). He scored 17 points.
Edimes Pavia didn't resolve its problems with the sign of a new head coach. Livorno Basket easily won with 33 points (personal season high and best performance of the entire round) scored by Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78,college:Weber.St), who erased Paul Marigney (192-G-82,college:St.Mary's,CA)'s 20 points.

Best italian starting 5 of the round:
PG: Mauro Pinton, Rimini: Passera has a good teacher as Childress, Mauro has a teammate named Scarone...
SG: Alberto Causin, Venezia: Janicenoks has been signed, Alberto signed his season high.
SF:Niccol Melli, Reggio Emilia: he is not a teenager, he is a leader
PF:Tommaso Fantoni, Casale Monferrato: we want to see him in the upper League
C: Nello Lorenzetti, Roseto,and Matteo Canavesi,Imola: an unknown player and a valuable youngster show their skills.
(203-F-85, agency: Players Group)


Pesaro wins in Caserta - by Gianni Pascucci
Thanks to a 27-17 rally in the last quarter, Scavolini-Spar Pesaro triumphed on the road at Caserta, defeating Eldo 83-68 in the postponed game of the Serie A Round 5. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) scored 19 pts and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Pesaro, Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) added 15 pts and 7 assists and three other players ended the game in double digits for Scavolini-Spar. Caserta was limited by the absence it its main offensive weapon, Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL), but had a great performance from Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee), who ended tha game with 22 pts, 10 rebs, 3 steals, 1 assist

Efes Pilsen celebrates against AJ Milano in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - AJ Milano 74-67

After magnificent victory against the Euroleague defending champion CSKA Moscow, AJ Milano faced with a road defeat in Istanbul. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80), Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and their teammates had nice first and last quarter, what was enough for third win in Group D. AJ Milano stays the last ranked team in the group with 2-5 record. Vujanic top-scored for the winning squad with 20 points. Kaya Peker had 19, but missing only one board for double-double. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists in loss. AJ Milano also got 11 pts and 8 boards from Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton), and also 9 points from Marco Mordente (191-G-79).
Efes Pilsen had furious beginning creating 8-point lead, 9-1. Milano recovered on 11-9, but thanks to Vujanic and Peker, Efes grabbed 28-19 after 10 minutes. Milos Vujanic and Charles Smith made few shots in the second frame for 35-27. It was a sign for experienced Massimo Bulleri, who stepped up for his AJ Milano draining 2 triples. Both teams made 2 baskets each after that setting the score on 39-37 at the half time. Massimo Bulleri was hot after the breather leading 0-8 run for 41-45. Milos Vujanic and Kaya Peker were concentrated from the FT line later and after few baskets by both teams the score was tied, 54-54. Beginning of the last stanza was crucial period of this game as Efes made 10-2 run. Milano threatened coming on minus 4, but Smith and Peker once again stepped up for the hosts and with two baskets resolved question about the winner.

Efes Pilsen: Milos Vujanic 20+4 as, Kaya Peker 19+9 boards, Charles Smith 12+6 boards +4 as,
AJ Milano: Massimo Bulleri 14+5 as, Mason Rocca 11+8 boards, Marco Mordente 9


Montepaschi scores 100 points vs Zalgiris for 6-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Zalgiris 100-93

Montepaschi drained 100 points against the Lithuanian champion, what was more than enough for the sixth victory in Group B. Italian champ secured a spot for the TOP 16 even before this round. Regal Barca did the same last week, while green PAO will have a chance to do it today (vs Barca). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) poured in 21 points for Montepaschi. Ksistof Lavrinovic came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) collected 17 points and 5 assists. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) helped the winners adding 14 pts and 6 as. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 21 points in loss. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and 5 boards, while Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris stays winless in Group B after 7 appearances.
Italian champion did a great job already in the first half. After 18-19, Henry Domercant, Stonerook and Rimantas Kaukenas made quick baskets for the hosts setting the margin on 7 point, 26-19. During the following ten minutes Zalgiris came on 34-31, but soon after that Terrell McIntyre stepped up for Montepaschi helping it to grab 10-point lead, 42-32. Later, Henry Domercant ended first half with triple at the buzzer for impressive plus 17, 57-40. Visitors seriously threatened in the finish of third stanza closing the gap on 5 points. Terrell McIntyre made a lay-up, after what Henry Domercant made a jumper followed with a triple for 73-61. At the beginning of the last stanza, Montepaschi once again jumped on plus 15 securing the 6th Euroleague win this season.

Montepaschi: Henry Domercant 21+4 boards+4 as, Lavrinovic Ksistof 19+6 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 17+5 as, Terrell McIntyre 14+6 as
Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 21+4 as, Mantas Kalnietis 20+5 boards, Loren Woods 17+8 boards


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Here is the latest Japan Blog - by Tyler Smith
I have 6 trashcans in my apartment and I cant throw anything away without consulting a poster that hangs above them. The poster depicts every possible item that you may want to dispose of from banana peels to old bike seats. It was all here before I moved in. My city, Kashiwa, has the most sophisticated trash and recycling program that I have ever seen or heard of during my 28 years on this planet. Greenpeace would be so proud.

Literally every day of the week is a different recycling or trash day.
There is a specific day for routine kitchen garbage like food scraps or maybe a tissue. But, dont even think about putting a milk carton in there. Thats a different day. And a small clear plastic cheese wrapper?
Better find the correct bag for that. Old light bulbs? Check the trash chart.

There are multiple color trash bags for different days. Whatever you do, dont put the wrong bag out on the wrong day, or put it out too early the night before. Little old ladies prowl the back alleys and are known to scold trash criminals. Just ask my teammate who innocently took his garbage out on the wrong day. Im surprised he wasnt handcuffed and deported. Its serious business around here.

This is just another example of how Japan is so efficient with everything that they consume. Nothing goes to waste. Except maybe dirty baby diapers. I dont think even Japan can come up with a way to re-use those.
Too bad, because our little 7 month old donates generously.

Our team loves streaks for some reason. We won 4 in a row. Then lost 3 straight. Someday well figure this thing out. We are officially halfway through the season and are in a pretty good position at 3rd place. But, well have to fight hard to stay there because the 2nd half of the season is when the madness really begins. Teams will be scratching and clawing to win games and move up in the standings. We have improved a LOT as a team already, but we certainly cant stop here.

The fans continue to amaze me with their passion and support of our team.
Win or lose, they wait for hours after games for autographs, pictures, or just a handshake. Sometimes even in the cold and rain. And many will even bring us gifts. They range from small personal notes and candy to keychains... or even magical Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Everything is painstakingly wrapped with SunRocker love. As a player, it is very flattering and generous for the fans to do this. In the 6 different countries that I have played, Ive never seen anything like it. We truly appreciate their support.


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Chipola is the new No. 1 Men's D1 Basketball team in the NJCAA - by C Martin


Chipola College (Fla.) 12-1, and 6-1 record against ranked was voted the No. 1 ranked team in the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Poll. The Indians were ranked second the past two weeks, but this week where moved into the top spot with the help of, players such as, Casey Mitchell (6'5'') a 6'5 205 Sophomore Guard/Forward from, Savannah, GA. Mitchell is averaging 20ppg and 2 steals, Mitchell has also made 28 three point baskets in the first 11 games. Then Justin Brownlee a 6'7 205 Sophomore forward from, Tifton, GA , and Gary Flowers a 6'8 214 Sophomore forward from, Dallas, TX are both chipping in 10ppg for the nations top team.
Southeastern Illinois College is the No. 2 ranked team lead by Mohamed Ntumbas 14 points and 8 rebounds a night.
Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) Comes in at 3rd lead by their last years, two leading scorers Dwight Buycks, and Dwight Hardy who are scoring 16 and 14 points a game.

Cowley College (Kan.), Drops to number 4 after being number 1 last week, while Northwest Florida State College climbs up to No. 5 with the help of, Charvez Davis 19 points a game.


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Ventspils get the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Cajasol Sevilla 78:70

Ventspils beat Cajasol Sevilla to taste the initial victory in EuroChallenge so far. Due to the first and the last quarters the Latvian outfit grabbed 78:70 win. The hosts opened the game with four consecutive points and had 27-15 after the end of it. The Spanish squad bounced back with 17-13 in the second and reduced to 40:32 at the halftime. The game became even more interesting in the third after Savanovic made a jump-shot for 54:51. It was him again for 58:57 early in the last period, but Ventspils held the score for good. Tyrone Brazelton (183-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) brought the last points for the winners putting his team to 78:70 triumph.
Tyrone Brazelton and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 17 points each. Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) had 10 points and 12 caroms. Pedro Rivero (186-G-79) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the group 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.

Ventspils:Tyrone Brazelton 17, Juris Umbrasko 17, Akselis Vairogs 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ronalds Zakis 10 points and 12 caroms
Cajasol Sevilla: Pedro Rivero 16 points


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Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Minas 2-0 
 2. Arecibo 1-1 
 3. Merengueros 1-1 
 4. Pioneros 0-2 
Group B
 1. Bigua 0-0 
 2. Regatas C. 0-0 
 3. Penarol 0-0 
 4. U.Concepc. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dep.Castro 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. Libertad 0-0 
 4. Universo/BRB 0-0 
Group D
 1. Liceo 0-0 
 2. Quimsa 0-0 
 3. Halc. Xalpa 0-0 
 4. Soles 0-0 


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Montepaschi scores 100 points vs Zalgiris for 6-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Zalgiris 100-93

Montepaschi drained 100 points against the Lithuanian champion, what was more than enough for the sixth victory in Group B. Italian champ secured a spot for the TOP 16 even before this round. Regal Barca did the same last week, while green PAO will have a chance to do it today (vs Barca). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) poured in 21 points for Montepaschi. Ksistof Lavrinovic came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) collected 17 points and 5 assists. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) helped the winners adding 14 pts and 6 as. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) netted 21 points in loss. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and 5 boards, while Loren Woods (213-C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris stays winless in Group B after 7 appearances.
Italian champion did a great job already in the first half. After 18-19, Henry Domercant, Stonerook and Rimantas Kaukenas made quick baskets for the hosts setting the margin on 7 point, 26-19. During the following ten minutes Zalgiris came on 34-31, but soon after that Terrell McIntyre stepped up for Montepaschi helping it to grab 10-point lead, 42-32. Later, Henry Domercant ended first half with triple at the buzzer for impressive plus 17, 57-40. Visitors seriously threatened in the finish of third stanza closing the gap on 5 points. Terrell McIntyre made a lay-up, after what Henry Domercant made a jumper followed with a triple for 73-61. At the beginning of the last stanza, Montepaschi once again jumped on plus 15 securing the 6th Euroleague win this season.

Montepaschi: Henry Domercant 21+4 boards+4 as, Lavrinovic Ksistof 19+6 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 17+5 as, Terrell McIntyre 14+6 as
Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 21+4 as, Mantas Kalnietis 20+5 boards, Loren Woods 17+8 boards


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Residence falls hard to Sparta despite great 1st Q!! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Residence 77 - Sparta 105

Walferdange, Luxembourg
Residence(2-8) jumped out to a 21-18 first quarter lead, the fell apart defensively the rest of the game giving up nearly 30 points in the each of the last 3 quarters of play. Residence fouled often and Sparta capitalized at the line where the home team struggled. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) had 34 points to lead the DBBL Leaders to their 8th victory of the season. Pivot player Pit Hoffmann played extremely well for Sparta with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Christian Wulff added 18 points, Alejandro Mutombo 11, Laurent Nittler 11 and Julien Hublart 10. Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) scored 33 points for Residence and Sylvain Felten had 10 points. Sparta is still missing Tom Wagner and Jean De Marchi. Sparta hosts Musel Pikes and Residence goes to Racing. Both games are on Saturday, December 12.

Residence: 33 field goals, 4 three pointers, 7 for 13 free throws, 20 rebounds, 28 fouls and 9 turnovers
Koster 8, F. Mangen 4, Hall 33, Hemmen 2, Leschek 2, also Abdiu 4, Felten 10, Julien 5, Kayser, S. Mangen 8, Steinmetz 1 and Torres (Matt Hall 35' and Gilles Kayser 40' fouled out)
Sparta:39 field goals, 9 three pointers, 18 for 28 free throws, 24 rebounds, 11 fouls and 6 turnovers
Smith 34, Wulff 18, Hoffmann 13, Engel 5, Hublart 10, also Klein 3, Nittler 11, Tripodo 1, R. Wolzfeld, G. Wolzfeld and Palumbo 8

Score by quarters: 1st Q 21-18, Halftime 38-48, 3rd Q 57-78, Final 77-105
200 Spectators



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Buducnost outgun Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Hemofarm 70:59

Montenegrin champions Buducnost celebrated the first success in the EuroCup regular season. They held off Hemofarm Stada in Podgorica to catch up with their opponents in Group H ladder. The teams are now tied at 1-2 record together with Nymburk. The hosts wanted this win badly as they raced ahead right from the start. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Maras kept on delivering offensively for the home team and Buducnost built a 22:17 advantage at the first break. However Hemofarm responded with a 13:0 rally in the second quarter that allowed them to grab a 32:24 lead. The visitors maintained the gap and enjoyed a 33:28 advantage at the interval.
The hosts needed five minutes of play in the third stanza before they finally knotted things up at 37. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) came up with 5 points for Buducnost igniting an 11:1 run that gave the hosts a 46:42 lead with one quarter to go. This time Buducnost kept the visiting team at bay as they rolled to the initial win in the season.
Nemanja Gordic scored 14 points to lead the charge for Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic added 13 points and 10 boards, while Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 10 points in the win. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Hemofarm. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) dropped 9 points in defeat.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 14, Vladimir Dasic 13+10 boards, Vladimir Dragicevic 10
Hemofarm: Vladan Vukosavljevic 18, Milan Macvan 9


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  NBA   


Mobley Forced Into Retirement - by Bryan Floyd
Cuttino Mobley (6'5''-G-74, college: Rhode Island) retired from the NBA on Thursday because of heart disease that he said has gotten worse.Mobley said doctors told him he faced significant risks if he kept playing. The 11-year veteran said by walking away now, he could live a long life.Mobley, 33, announced his decision at a news conference at the Knicks' training center, where he confirmed he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition causes the heart muscle to thicken, making it harder to pump blood, and he said he had no choice but to end his career.'The specialists I've seen made it clear that my heart condition has gotten worse and I couldn't continue to play professional basketball without putting my health and life in serious danger,' Mobley said. 'As much as I want to keep playing in the NBA, I have no choice but to follow the advice of my doctors and step away from the league.'Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under 30 years old and was linked to the deaths of former Boston Celtics forward Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers.
The Knicks acquired Mobley last month from the Los Angeles Clippers -- a trade that may ultimately have saved his life. An EKG during his physical showed an irregularity with the heart, which Mobley already knew existed. The Knicks decided to perform an MRI exam, which revealed the more serious condition that previously had gone undetected.Mobley then saw four specialists around the country, who performed additional tests and provided him literature about the disease that convinced him to stop playing.'The doctors said to not chance it and I feel as though they're right, having an 8-year old son, having a long life ahead of me, it's the smart thing,' Mobley said. 'It's a tough thing to swallow, but things in life happen, but you have to keep going.'


NBA Round: 44 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pacers - Raptors 88-101
Jason Kapono and Chris Bosh combined 46 points and 18 rebounds leading Toronto Raptors to ninth victory this season (9-12). Troy Murphy was totally the best player for the loosing side collecting 20 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. His Pacers dropped on 7-14.

Knicks - Nets 121-109
NY Knicks drained 121 points against the NY Nets, what was way more than enough for 10th win (10-12). On the other side, the hosts slipped on 11-9. Devin Harris was a key player for the winning squad netting 32 points and dishing out 7 assists. Al Harrington shined in loss with impressive 39 points and 13 rebounds.

Bobcats - Hornets 89-105
New Orleans Hornets celebrated comfortable 16-point win against the Bobcats for 12-6 record. The winners had 5 players with more than 12 points, but the best one for sure was Chris Paul, who drained 15 and dished out the same number of assists. DJ Austin contributed with 28 pts and 7 as in defeat.

Cavaliers - 76ers 101-93
Another nice performance by LeBron James for another victory by the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-3). This time LeBron scored 29 points, including 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Maurice Williams also was on a high level for the winning squad adding 27 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. The 76ers got the most from Andre Iguodala - 27 points, 9 rebs and 5 as.

Grizzlies - Thunder 108-102
7-15 for the Grizzlies and 2-21 for the Thunder after this game. Rudy Gay stepped up for the winning side delivering 22 points. As usually, Kevin Duran was better than the others in OC Thunder with 28 points and 8 boards.

Hawks - Spurs 89-95
San Antonio Spurs grabbed this one thanks to Manu Ginobilli and his 27 points for 28 minutes. Tim Duncan had double-double, 19 points and 11 boards. Joe Johnson had 29 points and 6 assists for the Hawks. Spurs 13-8, Hawks 12-9.

Timberwolves - Nuggets 105-116
45 points and 11 rebounds by amazing Carmelo Anthony were more than enough for 15th victory by Denver Nuggets. Randy Foye and Al Jefferson netted 26 points each for the Timberwolves. Jefferson had 12 more rebounds beside that.

Bucks - Warriors 96-119
7 players in Golden State Warriors had more than 10 points in this game. Stephen Jackson led the scorers with 21 pts. He also had 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Andris Biedrins shined with 18 pts and 14 rebs. Michael Redd nailed 27 pts for Milwaukee. Warriors 7-15, Bucks 9-15.

Suns - Lakers 110-115
Spanish superstar Pau Gasol this time was the leading player in LAL collecting 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kobe Bryant stopped on 18 pts and 7 boards for 34 minutes. Matt Barnes had 25 pts, 10 rebs and 5 as in loss. Amare Stoudemire also registered double-double, 21 points and 11 boards.


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Saint Joseph's blows out the #12 team in the nation! - by Lucius Jones
Coach Richard Davis and his St.Joseph, IN Pumas defeated Ky Wesleyan, who was #12 in the NCAA D2 nation, by a triumphant score of 72-53. All 15 dresed players got in and 10 of them scored in the game. Four players ended up in double figures led by Austin Peebles (6'4''-G) and his 7-7FG and 4-4 3pt perfect shooting performance. Also in double figures were Marcus Jackson, Brandon Mayse (6'7''-F), and Phillip Collins. Michael Horton (5'10''-G) was 3-3FG and also had 5rebs and 6asts. St.Joseph, IN had a double figure lead at the half and never looked back. In the always competitive GLVC, this win puts St.Joseph, IN at 1-1 in conference play and 4-3 overall. Look for the Pumas to build off this huge win and enjoy a successful season.

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RazorSharks Annouces 2009 Training Camp Rosters - by Richard
(Rochester, NY)The Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced their roster of players invited to Rochester RazorSharks Training Camp for the 2009 season; camp opens on Friday December 12th. Twenty-three (23) players have been invited to camp to earn a spot on the 2009 roster. Training Camp takes place at both the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA in Downtown Rochester (444 E. Main St.) and the Eastside YMCA in Penfield (1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road).
Players returning from the 2008 PBL Championship Team for camp are Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia), Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G, college: Chattanooga), James Mook Reaves (Edison Tech), Ron Rollerson (6'11''-C-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Temple), Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry), Steve Hailey (6'1''-G-84, college: Boston Coll.), Arthur Barclay (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Memphis), Derik Hollyfield (6'4''-G/F, college: Bemidji St.), and John Halas (6'4''-G-83, college: Trinity College).
New prospects include forward Charles Ward (6'7''-F-79, college: St.Augustine) (member of the Wilmington Sea Dawgs of the PBL last season), guard Jeremy Bell (6'0''-G-83, college: Williams Baptist); the PBLs 2008 League Most Valuable Player, and guard Tre Whitted (6'4''-G-84) (formerly of PBLs Wilmington Sea Dawgs).
Local players attending camp consist of Brian Jackson (6'1''-G-84, college: Mountain St.) (00 East High & Rochester RazorSharks 2008 1st Round Draft Pick), Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) (01 Wilson Magnet HS), Jack Leasure (6'3''-G-86) (04 McQuaid), and Isiah Ewing (6'6''-F-82, college: Genesee CC) (99 East High).
Adding an international touch to training camp will be shooting guard Ratdech JO Kruatiwa from Thailand (played for Maryland Nighthawks of PBL last season) and 70 center Dmitriy Nekrasov from Russia.
Rochester RazorSharks Head Coach Rod Baker says of the training camp roster, On paper, this looks like the best training camp roster that we have ever had. Camp will be very competitive.
For media requests please contact the Rochester RazorSharks office at 585-232-9190.
The Rochester RazorSharks open their regular season on January 3rd on the road against the Augusta (GA) Groove and return to Rochester for their Home Opener on January 10th versus the Buffalo Stampede. Check www.razorsharks.com for more information or call the Rochester RazorSharks office at 585-232-9190 for season and group ticket information.

Rochester RazorSharks 2008-2009 rosters:
Arthur Barclay
Jeremy Bell
Boris Calhoun
Angel Canc
Melvin Council
Jerice Crouch
Fred Durr (6'7''-F-85, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.)
Isiah Ewing
Keith Friel
Steve Hailey
John Halas
Derik Hollyfield
Brian Jackson
Ratdech Kruatiwa (6'3''-G/F-85)
Jack Leasure
Sammy Monroe
Nigel Moore (6'5''-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M)
Dmitri Nekrasov (7'0''-C-86, college: Hill JC)
Marty Osullivan (6'7''-F)
James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara)
Ron Rollerson
Charles Ward
Tre Whitted

Courtesy of Razorsharks


Two singings for the Knights - by Gianni Pascucci
The Battle Creek Knights announce the signings of experienced veterans Rashi Johnson (6'2''-G-82, college: Michigan St.) and Coleco Buie (6'4''-F-73, college: Missouri St.), for the 2009 PBL season. The Knights will complete their roster soon, in time for their inaugural, preseason conters, scheduled for Saturday, December 27th, against Mid-Michigan. Time and location to be determined. The Battle Creek Knights home opener will be Friday, January 2nd, at Kellogg Arena and will be broadcast on the Michigan Regional Sports Network website, www.mrsn.us. Game time is 7 p.m. vs. the Chicago Throwbacks.

Millrats Sign Former CBA Champ - by Richard
The Manchester Millrats are pleased to announce the signing of 6'10 forward-center Pierre Darden (6'10''-C-83, college: Cumberlands), a key member of the 2008 CBA Champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, participated in the New York Knicks training camp this October, and then entered the NBA D-League draft. He was selected with the 51st pick by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, but is now in the Premier Basketball League with the Millrats.

Darden, just 25, chose to play in the U.S. this winter because he wanted to stay in front of NBA scouts and keep pursuing his ultimate dream.

Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon thinks Darden can definitely play at the next level: 'Pierre is great all around player, a terrific athlete, and has all the tools needed to play in the NBA. We are thrilled to have him on our team.'

As a collegian, Darden earned Mid-South Conference Honorable Mention Honors in 2006 at the University of the Cumberlands.

Cumberlands Head Coach Don Butcher said, 'Pierre was a pleasure to coach. He always put the team first and was a great example for his teammates. He worked very hard to improve his skills and strength and is now reaping the benefits of that hard work. His future is bright in basketball because he has great work ethic and it extremely coachable.'

Pierre Darden will be in uniform on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at NHTI in Concord, NH when the Millrats face the Quebec Kebs in Game 2 of the Champlain Cup Series.

For more information please email Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com

Courtesy of PBL


The Millrats ink a CBA champion - by Gianni Pascucci
The Manchester Millrats are pleased to announce the signing of Pierre Darden (6'10''-C-83, college: Cumberlands). Darden, a key member of the 2008 CBA Champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, participated in the New York Knicks training camp this October, and then entered the NBA D-League draft. He was selected with the 51st pick by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, but is now in the Premier Basketball League with the Millrats. Head Coach Rob Spon thinks Darden can definitely play at the next level: 'Pierre is great all around player, a terrific athlete, and has all the tools needed to play in the NBA. We are thrilled to have him on our team.' Darden will be in uniform on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at NHTI in Concord, NH when the Millrats face the Quebec Kebs in Game 2 of the Champlain Cup Series.

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Merengueros with Impressive Win in Overtime - by Luis Ramirez
In the second day of the Fiba Americas League Tournament, Mexico faced off with Brazil in the first game of the night. Brazil had an impressive win the night before against the Dominican Republic squad and Mexico was coming off a loss to the local favorites Arecibo Captains.

Brazil opened with a fast pace game and with 7:56 in the game took an early 7-2 lead. With Brazil ahead 9-2 and 7:12 to play in the quarter Mexico asked for a quick time out. Brazil did not relent and had a 10 point lead with 5:34 to go, 14-4. Brazil was able to dominate the boards and this based with poor offensive on the part of Mexico gave Brazil a 17 point advantage in this 1st quarter, 31-14. In the 2nd quarter Mexico showed some sign of life and was able to make an offensive run of 7-0 to cut the lead to 10 points 31-21 and it was Brazil's who needed a time out. Although Mexico played a better 2nd quarter it was Brazil with long range shots that enabled Brazil to extend their lead 43-28 with 1:50 to go in the quarter. The half ended with Brazil up by 10 points 45 - 35.

In the 2nd half, Mexico kept taking the ball into the paint and this seemed to catch Brazil off guard they also played the Brazilian squad with a zone defense and did not permit Brazil to take easy shots, they got within 4 points 51-47 with 6:39 to go in the 3rd quarter. Brazil came out with more speed after the time out and started to score easy baskets once again they stretched their lead to 9 points 56-47 with 5:30 to play. Brazil continued to widen it lead and at the end of the quarter had taken a 20 point lead 73-53. Half way thru the 4th quarter Mexico had trimmed Brazil's lead to 14 points, 81-67. Brazil kept pulling away as the game came to an end to win 93-74.
In the 2nd game it was the Arecibo Captains against the Merengueros of the Dominican Republic. Arecibo trying to keep it unbeaten streak alive, while the Dominican Team trying to upset the Locals.
The game started with a 7-0 run by the Merengueros, until Jeff Aubry scored inside the paint, to make it 7-2 with 8:10 to go in the quarter. Puerto Rico seemed somewhat disorganized in their offense in the opening minutes but they took the lead with 4:36 to go in the quarter 10-9 with a penetration shot from Rafael Cruz. Merengueros came right back and with 2:50 were leading 15-10. Puerto Rico took a time out to try to organize their offensive efforts and Coach Rosario substituted in Robert Lazor, Erick Rodriguez both who are known for their long range offensive in an effort to bring the Captains back to a scoring mode. With some blazing speed the Captains reduced the lead to just 1 point 16-15 with 1:13 to play in the quarter. Merengueros ended with a 3 point advantage as the 1st quarter came to an end 18-15.
In the 2nd quarter, the Captains took the lead with a 3 pointer from Robert Lazor with 8:58 left in the quarter. Merengueros tied the score at 21 each with 5:51 to go, but Monty Wilson came right back to give the Captains the lead once again with a 3 pointer. Both teams kept the score close and with 2:17 to go the Captains had a 3 point lead 30-27. Both teams traded 3 pointers but it was Monty Wilsons shot that put the Captains ahead once again 33-30 with 1:18 to go in the half. The half ended with Arecibo in the lead 35-30. The leading scorers for the Arecibo Captains in this half were Monty Wilson with 9 points followed by David Cortez with 8 points, for Merengueros it was Luis Martinez with 9 points followed by Carlos Paniagua with 8 points. Merengueros could capitalize the fact that they outrebounded the Captains in this first half of the game 26-19.
In the 3rd quarter, Merengueros tried to pressure the ball, but Monty Wilson sank a pair of 3 pointers to pull the Captains ahead 43-32 with 7:47 to go in the quarter. The Captains mounted a run to take a 50-38 lead as Merengueros requested an urgent time out with 4:35 to go in the quarter. Merengueros came out of the time out on fire and closed the gap to 52-47 with less than 2 minutes to go in the quarter. The quarter came to a close with the Captains in the lead 56-51.
In the 4th quarter, Robert Lazor started the quarter with a 3 pointer but Merengueros answered back with a 3 pointer of their own to keep them close in the game. With 8:02 to go in the game Merengueros Luis Martinez made a 3 pointer to close the gap 63-59. Another 3 pointer from Martinez pulled Merengueros within 3 points 65-62 with 6:50 left. Two free throws and a bucket in the paint gave Merengueros the lead 66-65 with 6:06 left in the game. Another 3 pointer from Merengueros gave them a 4 point lead and immediately Coach Rosario of the Captains called for a time out with 5:21 remaining. With 4:04 remaining and Merengueros ahead 71-67, the Captains Angel Figueroa got fouled and his missed both free shots, but David Cortes came right back with a 3 pointer followed by a bomb from Monty Wilson to reclaim the lead for the Captains 73-71 with 3:16 left in the game. With 2:33 left Angel Figueroa got fouled and went to the line this time he sank both free throws giving the Captains a 75-71 lead. Merengueros then sank a 3 pointer to close the gap to just one point 75-74 with less than 2 minutes of play. Merengueros took the lead once again with 1:18 to go 77-75 with a 3 pointer of their own. Monty Wilson was fouled and made both shots to tie the game at 77 points each, with just 1 minute of play. With a crucial rebound Monty Wilson ran the floor and in the play the ball was taken out of bounds by Merengueros with 16.1 seconds of play. Arecibo asked for a time out for one last play, but could not avoid going into overtime as regulation time ran out as Merengueros tried desperately to get a shot off to win the game.
In overtime, Merengueros opened with a 3 point lead in the period, and had a 5 point lead with 2:43 left in the game. David Cortez brought the Captains within 2 points but Santos Martinez buried a 3 pointer for Merengueros to once again give them a 5 point lead with 26 seconds to go in the game. The game ended 90-87. For Merengueros the highest scorer was Santos Martinez with 18 points and 4 rebounds followed by Carlos Paniagua and Luis Martinez both with 17 points, Paniagua also captured 17 rebounds for Merengueros. For the Captains it was Monty Wilson with 22 points and 6 rebounds while David Cortes scored 20 points and had 5 rebounds.
Monty Wilson (197-F-73, agency: Edge Sports, college: Tennessee St.)


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Kinsella leaves Cluj - by Vasile Racovitan
Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, college: Marquette) will no longer be part of the ''U'' Mobitelco setup. The team announced that the contract with the player, who has recently suffered an ankle injury, has been cancelled by mutual agreement.
'Unfortunately, Mike was not compatible with our team and with the tactics. We will see in the winter break which our solutions are after his departure', executive president Mircea Cristescu said.
Mike Kinsella is the second player to leave Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca in the last month, after the team decided to part ways with Adrian Majstrovich.


Levski smashes Dinamo in Sophia - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Levski - Dinamo 102-73

Levski smashed Dinamo in Sophia with plus 29 jumping on 2-3 record in Group B. On the other side, Romanian representative dropped at the bottom of the standings with just 1 win in 4 appearances. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) top-scored for the wining squad delivering 26 points. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) was behind him adding 20 points and 6 boards. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) helped netting 14 pts apiece. Viorel Mocanu (205-C-77) was totally the best player for the loosing side registering double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 12, while Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-G-82) stopped on 11 points.
Levski resolved question about the winner already in the first half. Marcus Hall and his teammates nailed 23 points in the first as well as in the second quarter. Dinamo stopped on 14 plus 12. Visitors improved their game in third stanza. Mostly owing to Viorel Mocanu they managed to net 29 points, but on the other hand Marcus Hall and Asen Velikov also were on fire. During the last ten minutes Levski just sealed this comfortable victory for third place in Group B. The hosts had pretty good stroke from behind the arc making 12 of 24 attempts in total. Levski's players also dominated in the paint grabbing 12 more rebounds than their opponents (38-26).

Levski: Marcus Hall 26+4 boards, Asen Velikov 20+6 boards, Nikolay Varbanov 14+5 boards, Tsvetelin Ivanov 14
Dinamo: Viorel Mocanu 22+10 boards, Kiril Pavlovski 12, Mihail-Octavian Paul 11


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CSKA Moscow secures the spot for TOP 16 - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow - Panionios On Telecoms 93-61

The reigning champion quickly forgot failure in the last round against AJ Milano smashing Panionios On Telecoms in Moscow 93-61. It means that CSKA Moscow remains on top on Group D after this round with 6-1 record. CSKA also sealed a spot for TOP 16, despite there is 3 more games to be played. On the other side, Panionios dropped on 3-4. The same digits also has Efes Pilsen, who was better than AJ Milano. Real Madrid and Partizan Belgrade will play today. Both teams have 3-3 record. Slovenian big guy Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) was the leading scorer for CSKA with 15 points. Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) followed him with one point less. Smodis's country mate, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.), helped with 13 points. Panionios got the most from Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77, agency: Court Side), 15 pts. Hero of the last game against Real Madrid in Athens, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84), this time stopped on 13 points, while Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) had 10.
CSKA was a way better team since the very beginning. The hosts grabbed 10-point lead quickly, extending it to 29-17 until the end of the first quarter. Few minutes later it already was impressive 40-20 for the Russian powerhouse. Panionios was not able to compete against the very motivated hosts. After 6 consecutive points by Erazem Lorbek, who led 8-0 run for his team, CSKA jumped on 66-37 in third stanza. Later it was 70-41 with 10 minutes to go, what already meant that CSKA is the first team from Group D who booked a spot for the next stage.

CSKA Moscow: Matjaz Smodis 15+4 as, Viktor Khryapa 14+6 boards, Trajan Langdon 14+5 as, Erazem Lorbek 13
Panionios: Dimos Dikoudis 15, Branko Cvetkovic 13, Ivan Zoroski 10


EuroChallenge results for the Russian squads - by Eurobasket News
Earlier Eurobasket wrote that 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.
Other representatives from the country players their next games. 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. Nikita Morgunov (211-F-75, agency: Interperformances) paced all the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) 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.
BC Triumph used a powerful 26-6 in the last frame for 75:59 over BC Kalev Cramo in EuroChallenge Group H. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for the Russian team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) notched 12, whilst Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) and Dmitriev Fedor had 10 each. Fox Nate top-scored for the Baltic side with 15 points.
Virtus Bologna did not slow down in Group G of EuroChallenge and beat Russian Samara 75:69. Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) led the winners with 16 points. Boykins Earl, Ford Sharrod and Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) followed him with 13 points each for 3-0 record. Perry Marque struggled hard for the visitors providing them with 19 points.


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Radnicki 034 edges Swisslion Takovo - by Eurobasket News
Balkan league: Swisslion Takovo - Radnicki 034 Group 72-77

In Serbian derby of Balkan league - Round 5, Radnicki 034 Group managed to grab the first win. Its rival was dangerous Swisslion Takovo, who despite this defeat remains on top of Group A with 3-1 record. Actually, the same numbers also has Macedonian champ Feni Industri. Radnicki is at the bottom of the group with 1-3, together with Romanian representative CSU Cuadripol. The winners had only two players with double-digits in scoring, and it was enough. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) delivered 27 points and grabbed 5 boards, while Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) scored one point less than him. Ex member of Serbian National Team, Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), shined in Swisslion adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Vladimir Popovic (190-G-82) also had 14 points, while Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) netted 10. First half belonged to Swisslion 33-31. After following ten minutes, which the hosts ended 23-21, it seemed they will succeed to register 4th win in BIBL, but Kljajevic and Duvnjak didn't have the same thoughts. Mostly owing to them Radnicki made 25 points in the last ten minutes, while on the other side Swisslion had 16. After the game head coach of the host team Dejan Mijatovic stated that his players were better than Radnicki almost the entire time, but they didn't succeeded to remain on the same level when it was the most important. Swisslion had not so brilliant shot percentage from beyond the arc making just 6 of 25 attempts. Radnicki also didn't shine for 3-pts, but they had 71% for FG2. Visitors outrebounded Swisslion finishing the game with 7 more rebs (21-28).

Swisslion Takovo: Branko Jorovic 14+7 boards, Vladimir Popovic 14, Radovan Markovic 10
Radnicki 034 Group: Rajko Kljajevic 27+5 boards, Uros Duvnjak 26


Buducnost outgun Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Hemofarm 70:59

Montenegrin champions Buducnost celebrated the first success in the EuroCup regular season. They held off Hemofarm Stada in Podgorica to catch up with their opponents in Group H ladder. The teams are now tied at 1-2 record together with Nymburk. The hosts wanted this win badly as they raced ahead right from the start. Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Maras kept on delivering offensively for the home team and Buducnost built a 22:17 advantage at the first break. However Hemofarm responded with a 13:0 rally in the second quarter that allowed them to grab a 32:24 lead. The visitors maintained the gap and enjoyed a 33:28 advantage at the interval.
The hosts needed five minutes of play in the third stanza before they finally knotted things up at 37. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) came up with 5 points for Buducnost igniting an 11:1 run that gave the hosts a 46:42 lead with one quarter to go. This time Buducnost kept the visiting team at bay as they rolled to the initial win in the season.
Nemanja Gordic scored 14 points to lead the charge for Buducnost. Vladimir Dasic added 13 points and 10 boards, while Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 10 points in the win. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Hemofarm. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) dropped 9 points in defeat.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 14, Vladimir Dasic 13+10 boards, Vladimir Dragicevic 10
Hemofarm: Vladan Vukosavljevic 18, Milan Macvan 9


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Union Olimpija makes it official: Zdovc is new coach - by Zeljko Zule
As we predicted yesterday, Jurij Zdovc has been named as the new coach of Union Olimpija until June 2011. Slovenian team announced the appointment today.
Zdovc had been in a two-way tussle with Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarni Slupsk to take over from Aleksandar Dzikic , who resigned last week after Euroleague's defeated to DKV Joventut.
Zdovc's first official game as coach would be a NLB Adriatic League's game against Zadar on Saturday.


Spanish champion blasts Slovenian champ in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News
Tau Ceramica - Union Olimpija 101-69

Tau Ceramica gave a real basketball lesson to Union Olimpija in Euroleague. Reigning Spanish champion had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one for sure was William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida). He spent 25 minutes on the court nailing 21 points. Bosnian Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) helped the winners with 12 points and 4 boards. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) also had 12 points for the hosts. Tau Ceramica is currently the second rankled team in Group C with 5-2 record (Lottomatica Roma plays today). Slovenian champion got 15 points and 6 rebounds from Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82). Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) and Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 12 points each, while Golubovic had 9 more rebounds beside that. Their Olimpija faced with 6th loss in 7 games.
Except of the first frame (25-27), Tau Ceramica controlled rhythm of the game. William McDonald and his teammates intensified defense in the second quarter letting Olimpja to score just 10 points. On the other side, the hosts nailed impressive 27. It was 23-7 run. At the middle of third period Tau created 8-0 setting the margin on plus 20. After free throw by Stanko Barac it was magnificent 71-42 for the hosts. It was not the end as later, actually with 7 minutes remaining, Tau reached plus 30, 80-50.

Tau: William McDonald 21, Mirza Teletovic 13, Fernando San Emeterio 12, Pete Mickeal 12
Olimpija: Miha Zupan 15+6 boards, Vladimir Golubovic 12+9 boards, Frank Robinson 12


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Bilbao grab the third straight win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Bilbao 79:92

Bilbao extended their perfect run in the EuroCup regular season. In Round 3 the Spaniards took care of the Czech Republic champions Nymburk away from home. It was the third straight win for the Basque team as they stayed on top of Group H. Nymburk at the same time dropped at 1-2 record and would need more consistent performance to avoid elimination.
Marko Banic (204-F-84), Luke Recker (198-G/F-78, college: Iowa) and Janis Blums (190-G-82) ensured a 12:5 lead for the visitors early in the game. Janis Blums and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) soon came up with back-to-back trebles to make it 18:10 for Bilbao midway through the first frame. Nymburk managed to cut the distance to 2 points before Marko Banic gave Bilbao a 31:22 advantage after ten minutes of action. Frederic Weis (217-C-77) and Javier Salgado (180-G-80) came up strong for the visiting team early in the second term and the Spaniards built a 10-point lead. However Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) soon closed the gap and the teams were tied at 44 late in the first half. Janis Blums had the last laugh though as he sent the teams into the locker rooms with Bilbao leading by 2 points. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the third frame and headed into the final period ahead by 7 points. Quincy Lewis (201-F-77, college: Minnesota) and Janis Blums stepped up with timely buckets to stretch the margin to as many as 16 points early in the fourth. Janis Blums then added two more points and the game was done for Nymburk. Bilbao never loosened the grip and ensured a solid victory at the end.
Janis Blums finished with game-high 25 points for Bilbao. Luke Recker added 14 points, while Quincy Lewis had 13 points in the win. Ladislav Sokolovsky dropped 15 points for Nymburk. Goran Jagodnik (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 21 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Nymburk: Goran Jagodnik 21, Ladislav Sokolovsky 15
Bilbao: Janis Blums 25, Luke Recker 14, Quincy Lewis 13


Spanish champion blasts Slovenian champ in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News
Tau Ceramica - Union Olimpija 101-69

Tau Ceramica gave a real basketball lesson to Union Olimpija in Euroleague. Reigning Spanish champion had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one for sure was William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida). He spent 25 minutes on the court nailing 21 points. Bosnian Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) helped the winners with 12 points and 4 boards. Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) also had 12 points for the hosts. Tau Ceramica is currently the second rankled team in Group C with 5-2 record (Lottomatica Roma plays today). Slovenian champion got 15 points and 6 rebounds from Miha Zupan (206-F/C-82). Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) and Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 12 points each, while Golubovic had 9 more rebounds beside that. Their Olimpija faced with 6th loss in 7 games.
Except of the first frame (25-27), Tau Ceramica controlled rhythm of the game. William McDonald and his teammates intensified defense in the second quarter letting Olimpja to score just 10 points. On the other side, the hosts nailed impressive 27. It was 23-7 run. At the middle of third period Tau created 8-0 setting the margin on plus 20. After free throw by Stanko Barac it was magnificent 71-42 for the hosts. It was not the end as later, actually with 7 minutes remaining, Tau reached plus 30, 80-50.

Tau: William McDonald 21, Mirza Teletovic 13, Fernando San Emeterio 12, Pete Mickeal 12
Olimpija: Miha Zupan 15+6 boards, Vladimir Golubovic 12+9 boards, Frank Robinson 12


Ventspils get the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Cajasol Sevilla 78:70

Ventspils beat Cajasol Sevilla to taste the initial victory in EuroChallenge so far. Due to the first and the last quarters the Latvian outfit grabbed 78:70 win. The hosts opened the game with four consecutive points and had 27-15 after the end of it. The Spanish squad bounced back with 17-13 in the second and reduced to 40:32 at the halftime. The game became even more interesting in the third after Savanovic made a jump-shot for 54:51. It was him again for 58:57 early in the last period, but Ventspils held the score for good. Tyrone Brazelton (183-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) brought the last points for the winners putting his team to 78:70 triumph.
Tyrone Brazelton and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 17 points each. Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) had 10 points and 12 caroms. Pedro Rivero (186-G-79) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the group 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.

Ventspils:Tyrone Brazelton 17, Juris Umbrasko 17, Akselis Vairogs 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ronalds Zakis 10 points and 12 caroms
Cajasol Sevilla: Pedro Rivero 16 points


Unicaja grabs 60-56 home win against the Reds - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Olympiakos 60-56

Unicaja crushed Olympiakos in very exciting game. Both teams currently have the same 5-2 record in Group A. Croatian representative, Cibona Zagreb, outplayed Le Mans yesterday becoming another team with 5 wins. It is interesting that Unicaja had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.), who delivered 16 points for 27 minutes. Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) had 9, while Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) netted 8 points for the hosts. The Reds got 12 points and 5 rebounds from Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) also had 12, while Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) collected 10 points and 5 rebs.
First half belonged to Olympiakos 28-35. Actually, the Reds had plus 10 twice but at the last Unicaja's possession in the second frame Carlos Cabezas made a triple cutting the margin on 7 pts. Thomas Kelati and his teammates showed up after the breather with strong willingness to fight for every ball. After long range jumper from the corner by Carlos Jimenez, Unicaja came on 38-40. Soon after that it was 44-44. Jiri Welsch made it for Unicaja at the end of third stanza for 2-point lead. Olympiakos struggled at the offensive end in the first few minutes of the last quarter, what Unicaja's players exploited. Ndong and Welsch made two fastbreak dunks, after what Shirley joined them for 53-46. Giannis Bourousis answered with a triple plus foul and Papaloukas followed with another 3-pointer. The score was tied 54-54 with less than 4 minutes to go. Visitors missed a pair of shots at the very end, while on the other side Thomas Kelati made two free throws for 60-56 with 17.9 seconds left. Greer missed after that and the game was over for the Reds.

Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 16, Carlos Cabezas 9, Jiri Welsch 8
Olympiakos: Giorgos Printezis 12+5 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 12, Giannis Bourousis 10+5 boards


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Efes Pilsen celebrates against AJ Milano in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - AJ Milano 74-67

After magnificent victory against the Euroleague defending champion CSKA Moscow, AJ Milano faced with a road defeat in Istanbul. Milos Vujanic (192-G-80), Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and their teammates had nice first and last quarter, what was enough for third win in Group D. AJ Milano stays the last ranked team in the group with 2-5 record. Vujanic top-scored for the winning squad with 20 points. Kaya Peker had 19, but missing only one board for double-double. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists in loss. AJ Milano also got 11 pts and 8 boards from Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton), and also 9 points from Marco Mordente (191-G-79).
Efes Pilsen had furious beginning creating 8-point lead, 9-1. Milano recovered on 11-9, but thanks to Vujanic and Peker, Efes grabbed 28-19 after 10 minutes. Milos Vujanic and Charles Smith made few shots in the second frame for 35-27. It was a sign for experienced Massimo Bulleri, who stepped up for his AJ Milano draining 2 triples. Both teams made 2 baskets each after that setting the score on 39-37 at the half time. Massimo Bulleri was hot after the breather leading 0-8 run for 41-45. Milos Vujanic and Kaya Peker were concentrated from the FT line later and after few baskets by both teams the score was tied, 54-54. Beginning of the last stanza was crucial period of this game as Efes made 10-2 run. Milano threatened coming on minus 4, but Smith and Peker once again stepped up for the hosts and with two baskets resolved question about the winner.

Efes Pilsen: Milos Vujanic 20+4 as, Kaya Peker 19+9 boards, Charles Smith 12+6 boards +4 as,
AJ Milano: Massimo Bulleri 14+5 as, Mason Rocca 11+8 boards, Marco Mordente 9


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UBL SPRINGFIELD THILL TRYOUTS 1/10/09 - 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
www.ublhoops.com
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BC Kyiv and Khimik are victorious in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv and Khimik were victorious in EuroChallenge over the last round that was held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
BC Kyiv had an important road victory over Deutsche Bank Skyliners 58:66 in Germany. Trailing 52:51 after Drozdov and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) made it 61:52 to seal a winning outcome. In the defensive beginning of the game Ukrainian side enjoyed 13-9 after the first frame and also scored first 8 points in the game. Later on the teams exchanged 20-13 in the second and third quarters as BC Kyiv posted 20-16 in the last. Penn brought the victory for his team from the free throw line setting the final result of the game. Manuchar Markoishvili scored 17 points and Kenan Bajramovic 13 for Kyiv, who improved to 2-1 in EuroChallenge Group H. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and Roller Pascal had 12 points apiece for the hosts.
Khimik Yuzhny and Galatasaray Crown Cafe struggled in Ukraine for the second win in EuroChallenge Group F. Ukrainian side used 29-10 in the third frame to take 87:75 victory. Galatasaray managed to reduce the deficit to 12 by the end of the game but they never threatened to come all the way back. Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) led the winners with 21 points, while Bratic Sasa netted 18. Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points in the losing effort and Graves Antonio added 17.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Everton Tigers Match Previews - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers vs Scottish Rocks, Greenbank, Friday 12th December, tip off 7.30pm

PAWS London Capital vs Everton Tigers, Capital City Academy, Saturday 13th December, tip off 7.30pm

Everton Tigers face the top and bottom of the league this weekend after returning from last weeks BBL Cup exploits.
First up on Friday are league leaders Scottish Rocks, who come to Greenbank for the first time this season.
It will be the second meeting between the clubs this season, with Tigers sending the Rocks out of the BBL Cup at the quarter-final stage.
Despite that victory, Tigers coach Tony Tony Garbelotto is expecting his team to face a tough challenge as they look to convert their league form into points.
He said: 'I'm pretty excited to be playing them. We went up there in October and caught them by surprise, but we'll have their full attention now.
It's going to be a great challenge for us as they are a well put together team. They play so well together, and I think they have more basketball intelligence than any other team in the league.
They have a desire and never say die attitude that all comes from their player coach Sterling Davis.
He pushes them to the limit, and it's a massive challenge that we're really looking forward to. We need to get the win and look to move up the league table.'

Saturday sees the Tigers head down to London to face PAWS London Capital, who are rooted to the bottom of the table with a 1-11 win-loss record.
Tony Garbelotto isn't expecting an easy game: 'It's at their court, and that always throws up some weird scorelines.
'I don't know anything about their new American, but Ibrahim Gariba is still doing a great job for them in an under- sized team.
I know Marcus Knight really well, and he's capable of big numbers on any night. It's a pro league, and we need to respect every team we play, and prepare for the game properly.'


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  VENEZUELA   


Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2008 Awards - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Latinbasket.com and its Venezuelan section proudly presents the All-Venezuelan LNB Award winners after the completion of the 2008 season.

Player of the Year - Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Centauros de Cojedes
Guard of the Year - Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) of Petroleros de Falcon
Forward of the Year - Luis Bethelmy of Centauros de Cojedes
Center of the Year - Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) of Tiburones de Vargas
Newcomer of the Year - Windy Graterol (204-C-86) of Caciques de Trujillo
Most Improved Player of the Year - Cesar Musset (190-G-78) of Caciques de Trujillo
Import Player of the Year - Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) of Duros de Lara
Domestic Player of the Year - Luis Bethelmy of Centauros de Cojedes
Defensive Player of the Year - Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) of Centauros de Cojedes
Coach of the Year - Silverio Leal of Duros de Lara

1st Team
Gregory Vargas of Petroleros de Falcon
Michael Flores (192-G-85) of Caciques de Trujillo
Roberto Basanta (192-F) of Centauros de Cojedes
Luis Bethelmy of Centauros de Cojedes
Peter Kvietek of Tiburones de Vargas

2nd Team
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) of Duros de Lara
Lawrence Wallace of Duros de Lara
Nathan Green (203-F-75) of Centauros de Apure
Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) of Tiburones de Vargas
Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) of Duros de Lara

All-Domestic Players Team
Gregory Vargas of Petroleros de Falcon
Michael Flores of Caciques de Trujillo
Roberto Basanta of Centauros de Cojedes
Luis Bethelmy of Centauros de Cojedes
Peter Kvietek of Tiburones de Vargas

All-Imports Team
Lennox McCoy (188-G-77) of Centauros de Apure
Lawrence Wallace of Duros de Lara
Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) of Petroleros de Falcon
Nathan Green of Centauros de Apure
Kyle Cuffe of Tiburones de Vargas

All-Defensive Team
Ruben Pachano of Centauros de Cojedes
Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) of Duros de Lara
Nathan Green of Centauros de Apure
Luis Bethelmy of Centauros de Cojedes
Roque Osorio (206-C-76) of Tiburones de Vargas

All-Newcomers Team
Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) of Tiburones de Vargas
Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) of Petroleros de Falcon
Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) of Centauros de Cojedes
Windy Graterol of Caciques de Trujillo
Abraham Ramos (206-C-88) of Graneros de Portuguesa


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
L. Bethelmy COJ 22.6
N. Green, APU 17.3
M. Flores, CAC 16.7
R. Basanta, COJ 16.3
K. Cuffe, TIB 16.0
Rebounds Per Game
P. Kvietek, TIB 5.9
J. Romero, GRA 4.7
K. Cuffe, TIB 4.6
K. Bracho, APU 4.5
W. Saavedra, EST 4.1
Assists Per Game
G. Vargas, PET 4.7
R. Basanta, COJ 3.2
M. Berroteran, CAC 3.1
R. Vazquez, EST 2.9
R. Pachano, COJ 2.8
Steals Per Game
R. Pachano, COJ 3.5
G. Vargas, PET 3.0
L. Zerpa, TIB 2.7
D. Chiquito, GRA 2.7
P. Cubillan, GRA 2.7
Blocks Per Game
N. Green, APU 2.3
L. Bethelmy, COJ 1.3
R. Osorio, TIB 1.0
2FGP
M. Flores, CAC 69.0%
F. Centeno, DUR 68.0%
D. Jaramillo, COJ 65.0%
D. Ramirez, EST 64.0%
M.Berroteran,CAC 64.0%
3FGP
C. Musset, CAC 54.0%
P. Cubillan, GRA 52.0%
J. Rodriguez, APU 49.0%
L. Wallace, DUR 45.0%
H. Guillent, DUR 44.0%
Free Throws
A. Jones, CAC 91.0%
V.D. Diaz, EST 90.0%
L. Zerpa, TIB 86.0%
H. Paez, GRA 82.0%
J. Centeno, DUR 77.0%




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Lotos victorious in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Sibenik - Lotos 72:79

Lotos used an overtime to prevail against angry Sibenik in Croatia. It was the fourth victory for the Polish team in the Euroleague season. Sibenik stayed at the bottom of the ladder at 2-7 record. The game turned into a real drama as both sides fought for the win desperately. Sibenik got to a slightly better start as Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) gave the hosts a 16:13 lead at the end of the first term. Leciejewska and Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) quickly put Lotos in charge in the second frame and the teams arrived at halftime with Lotos leading by 2 points 30:28. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) and Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) scored 9 straight points for Sibenik at the start of the third quarter to regain the lead. The hosts maintained the advantage as they entered the final period ahead by 4 points. Sibenik was still up by 4 points with just over a minute left in regulation. Constance Jinks split free throws to extend the margin to 5 points with 70 seconds left. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) answered with two freebies before Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) drained a three-pointer to close the gap and sent the game into extra period.
Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79), Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) lifted Lotos to a 7-point advantage at the start of overtime. Constance Jinks pulled the home team within 3 points before Ekaterina Snytsina and Ivana Matovic ensured the victory for the visitors.
Ivana Matovic knocked down 25 points for Lotos. Alana Beard added 21 points, while Emilja Podrug came up with 11 points for the winners. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) had 21 points, 14 boards and 7 assists for Sibenik. Constance Jinks finished with 15 points in the loss.

Sibenik: Luca Ivankovic 21+14 boards, Constance Jinks 15
Lotos: Ivana Matovic 25, Alana Beard 21, Emilja Podrug 11


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


UMMC rebound in style - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - USK Praha 103:57

UMMC could lose once, but two defeats in a row is not an option for the Russian powerhouse this season. They proved the point to visiting USK Praha in the Euroleague Round 9 yesterday. UMMC were coming off a sour loss to Ros Casares but bounced back pounding the visitors 103:57 to earn the eighth win in the Euro season. The teams exchanged the baskets early in the game before the hosts started to take off. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) converted a three-point play to tip off a 13:2 run that put UMMC ahead by 11 points. UMMC capped the opening term with 8 straight points to build a 27:11 advantage. USK Praha managed to slow the home team dow a bit in the second frame as they trailed by 17 points at halftime. However USK Praha collapsed in the third quarter. The Ekaterniburg outfit stunned their opponents with a 19:4 rally to get the lead wide open. UMMC entered the final quarter ahead by unassailable 38 points. The hosts cruised to the victory in the final minutes, while USK Praha had to witness the sixth loss in the tourney.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) secured 19 points to lead the way for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter added 15 points in the winning case. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) nailed 18 points for USK Praha.

UMMC: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 19, Cappie Pondexter 15, Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) 14
USK Praha: Michaela Ferancikova 18, Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) 13


Gambrinus outscore TTT Riga in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - TTT Riga 83:76

The last seasons Euroleague finalists Gambrinus secured the fourth win in the this years competition. Yesterday they held off TTT Riga in Group B action.
Gambrinus got an outstanding start to the game. The hosts nailed 14 unanswered points to grab the lead. However TTT Riga soon recovered and answered with a 13:2 rally to cut the deficit. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) tied the teams late in the first term before Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) dropped two freebies for Gambrinus 25:23 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79), Timea Beres (192-C-76) and Eva Viteckova capped the half with 7 straight points to give Gambrinus a 45:38 lead at halftime. Hana Horakova and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) stretched the margin to 12 points early in the third quarter. The hosts maintained the lead however Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) and Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) allowed TTT Riga to head to the final stanza down by just 5 points. Ieva Kublina and Essence Carson squared things up once again midway through the fourth quarter. However Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Hana Horakova converted layups, and then Hana Horakova chipped in three free throws for Gambrinus to pull away in this one.
Hana Horakova finished with 23 points to pace the hosts. Tamika Whitmore added 22 points and 10 boards for the winners. Essence Carson answered with game-high 33 points for TTT Riga. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) had 19 points in the sixth loss for TTT Riga.

Gambrinus: Hana Horakova 23, Tamika Whitmore 22+10 boards, Eva Viteckova 20
TTT Riga: Essence Carson 33, Tatyana Troina 19


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  FRANCE - Women  


Bourges regain the lead in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Halcon Avenida 76:51

Bourges returned on top of Euroleague Group A as they thumped Halcon Avenida yesterday. Bourges lost to Nadezhda in the previous round but had little doubts about this one. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) notched 21 points and 15 boards to ensure an impressive win for Bourges. Catherine Melain (184-F-74) contributed 14 points for the winners. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) knocked down 13 points for Halcon Avenida in the loss.
The hosts raced ahead early in the encounter. Catherine Melain, Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Alessandra Santos gave the French team a 14:5 lead. Manic and Alessandra Santos capped the quarter strong for the home team as Bourges led 20:11. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85), Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) stretched the gap to 15 points at the start of the second period. Halcon Avenida had little to answer with and they trailed by 15 points at the interval.
Alessandra Santos and Catherine Melain tipped off the second half with 5 straight points for a 49:29 advantage. Avenida however answered with an 11:2 rally to cut the deficit to 11 points. Catherine Melain and Nora Bujdoso though made it a 58:42 game entering the final stanza. Alessandra Santos and Nora Bujdoso began the final term with 4 straight points and Bourges never looked back again.

Bourges Basket: Alessandra Santos 21+15 boards, Catherine Melain 14, Endene Miyem 10
Halcon Avenida: Anke De Mondt 13, Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) 9


Ros Casares rally past Union Hainaut in France - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut - Ros Casares 61:91

Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down 19 points and Ros Casares breezed past Valenciennes in Euroleague. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 17 points as Ros Casares remained in the second spot in Group C. They are one win shy of the pool leading UMMC. Valenciennes slipped at 3-6 record.
Delisha Milton-Jones opened the game with a three-pointer to get things rolling for the visitors. She tallied 7 points in the starting frame and Ros Casares enjoyed a 17:14 lead at the first break. The visitors maintained the lead and when Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) fired twice from behind the arc Ros Casares closed the first half with a 9-point advantage. Milton-Jones, Roneeka Hodges and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) teamed up to extend the gap to 20 points early in the third frame. Ros Casares eased to a 24-point buffer Valenciennes never recovered in the fourth quarter and Ros Casares secured the seventh victory in the tournament.
Roneeka Hodges came up with 13 points, while Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) had 11 for the winners. Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) responded with 10 points for Valenciennes. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81), Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (188-F-75) had 9 points each in the loss. Union Hainaut outrebounded their opponents 36:33 but could not fight Ros Casares 51% accuracy from the field. Ros Casares will next host Sibenik in Valencia. Valenciennes will face another tough test as they visit UMMC in Ekaterinburg.

Union Hainaut: Clemence Beikes 10, Kathy Wambe 9
Ros Casares: Amaya Valdemoro 19, Delisha Milton-Jones 17, Roneeka Hodges 13


Lille better Umana Reyer in Venezia - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer - Lille 70:76

French Lille added pain to Umana Reyer sending those to the second straight defeat in the Euroleague action. In the meantime it was just the third success for Lille in this edition of the top womens club basketball tournament. Umana Reyer slipped at 7-2 record but still remained on top of Group B, while Lille could not climb out of the last spot in the ladder.
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) and Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) gave Lille a 12:5 lead midway through the opening stanza. Iziane Castro later finalized her 11-point first quarter haul and secured a 19:13 advantage for the visitors. Sacko, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Iziane Castro opened the second frame with 9 unanswered points for Lille. Venezia came back to life only late in the second term. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) and Sottana capped the first half with back-to-back buckets to trim the deficit to 6 points. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) and Florence Lepron (183-G-85) however restored a 10-point buffer early in the third stanza. Lille kept in front throughout the rest of the period and led by 6 points 57:51 before the final quarter. Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) gave hope to the fans as they dragged the hosts within 4 points with under two minutes left. Jenifer Nadalin then made it 66:69 with just 65 seconds to go. However Iziane Castro, Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) and Ljubica Drljaca buried 4 free throws to silence the home team.
Iziane Castro finished the game with 25 points to lead Lille. Ljubica Drljaca added 14 points in the winning case. Simona Ballardini knocked down 16 points and 6 rebounds for Umana Reyer. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had 15 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Umana Reyer: Simona Ballardini 16, Daliborka Jokic 15
Lille: Iziane Castro 25, Ljubica Drljaca 14, Geraldine Robert 12


Tarbes blasts Baschet ICIM in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Baschet ICIM - Tarbes 58-110

Tarbes gave a real basketball lesson to Baschet ICIM in the first leg of EuroCup 1/16 finals. It is already clear that the French team will advance to the next stage. Interesting is that the second game will be played today. Another very important information is that Tarbes was the host of the first and will be the host of the second game. Beatrice Castets (178-F-80) was on a high level in Tarbes draining 23 points and dishing out 4 assists. Elizabeth Ann Moeggenberg (185-F-84, college: Michigan St.) also shined delivering 18 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) added 2 points less, but with 6 rebs. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) netted 15 points in win. Baschet ICIM had only two players able to compete against powerful Tarbes. The first one was Anita Meszaros (190-C-88), who collected 26 points and 12 boards. Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) was behind her with 15 pts.
Tarbes totally dominated against the Romanian representative. The winners had pretty decent 45% from beyond the arc (9 of 20). On the other hand Baschet ICIM registered only 22%. Interesting is also that Tarbes ended this game having 12 assists more that its opponent (17-29). Second leg will for sure be just the formality.

Baschet ICIM: Anita Meszaros 26+12 boards, Ramona Tarta 15
Tarbes: Beatrice Castets 23+4 as, Elizabeth Ann Moeggenberg 18+7 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 16+6 boards, Ndeye Ndiaye 15


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Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Cornelius Damm
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Opladen 11-0 
 2. Jena 8-3 
 3. Quakenbrueck 7-4 
 4. Rist-Wedel 7-4 
 5. Osnabrucker 7-4 
 6. Bielefeld 7-4 
 7. Berlin Baskets 5-6 
 8. Hagen SV 4-7 
 9. Koeln 4-7 
 10. Hagen Phoe. 3-8 
 11. Bonn 2-9 
 12. Gotha 1-10 
South
 1. Leimen 10-1 
 2. Mainz 9-2 
 3. Rhein MB 9-2 
 4. Wuerzburg 8-3 
 5. Gruenberg 7-4 
 6. Herzogenaur. 5-6 
 7. Sandhausen 4-7 
 8. Ludwigsburg 4-7 
 9. Speyer 4-7 
 10. Keltern 3-8 
 11. Viernheim 2-9 
 12. SV Fellbach 1-10 


Janzon leaves Leipzig - by Moritz Korff
The BBV Leipzig Eagles (DBBL) have made another roster move. Cornelia Janzon (190-F/C-81) has left the club with immediate effect. The reason are personal disagreements between the 27-year-old German National Team player and head coach Ritz Ingram. Janzon averaged close to 8 points per contest in 12 DBBL-games for the Eagles. The club is now looking for a replacement. The club officials hope that the new player will be found until the first days of January.

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Athinaikos celebrates in Latvia against Cesis - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: SK Cesis - Athinaikos 57-68

Athinaikos demonstrated nice performance in the first 1/16 final game against SK Cesis on the road. As a reminder, the Greek team advanced to this stage having almost perfect 5-1 record in Preliminary Group E. On the other side, Cesis was third ranked team in Group I with 3-3. Vasileia Gkouzini (175-G-75) stepped up for Athinaikos in this very important match collecting 15 points and 8 assists. Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) netted 14, while Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) helped the winning squad with 11 points and 4 rebounds. SK Cesis got the most from Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut), 14 points. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) contributed with 9 pts in loss. The second leg is scheduled for December 18.
Cesis opened the game with quick 6-2 lead, but visitors managed to make a turn until the end of the first stanza, 17-19. Vasileia Gkouzini and her teammates improved in the second frame reaching the biggest lead in the first half with 28 seconds remaining, 32-38. After jump shot and a free throw by LaToya Davis at the middle of third frame, Athinaikos grabbed 12-point lead, 36-48. Mostly owing to Kristine Karklina the hosts closed the gap on just 2 points with 6 minutes to go. However, it was Cesis' maximum in this game. Polymnia Sarekgou and Vasileia Gkouzini immediately answered with few baskets celebrating nice 11-point win at the end.

SK Cesis: Nykesha Sales 14, Karline Nimane 10+7 boards, Kristine Karklina 9
Athinaikos: Vasileia Gkouzini 15+8 as, Polymnia Sarekgou 14, Katie Gearlds 11+4 boards


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  HUNGARY - Women  


MKB Euroleasing too good for CSKA in Sopron - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - CSKA 77:68

Resurrected CSKA could not match MKB Euroleasing in Hungary in Round 9 of Euroleague. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) scored 27 points and grabbed 8 boards to propel the hosts to a solid victory yesterday. MKB Euroleasing thus reached CSKA in Group B ladder as both teams are now tied at 5-4 record. The home team stunned the visitors early on as they opened the encounter with 11 unanswered points. MKB Euroleasing maintained the lead throughout the opening frame and ensured a 23:11 advantage at the first break. Jelena Milovanovic nailed 7 straight points for the home team early in the second period as the advantage grew to 16 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) stepped up with 5 points in a row for CSKA late in the quarter and the Russian team trailed by 8 points at halftime.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and Korstine dragged the visitors as close as 6 points midway through the third frame. But a bunch of free throws from Jelena Milovanovic allowed MKB Euroleasing to enjoy a 58:49 lead before the final period. Ratkaine, Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) and Katalin Honti (178-G-87) kept CSKA at bay throughout the rest of the contest and MKB Euroleasing earned a key victory.
Katalin Honti finished with 16 points for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic had 9 points in the win. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) answered with 19 points for CSKA. Ann Wauters and Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 13 points apiece in defeat.

MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 27, Katalin Honti 16, Tijana Krivacevic 9
CSKA: Rebecca Khammon 19, Ann Wauters 13, Katie Douglas 13


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  ICELAND - Women  


Subway Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from final 16th in Subway Cup.

Grindavik 53. Valur 55. Petrunella Skuladottir 17 for Grindavik. Signy Hermannsdottir 19 for Valur
Njardvik 46 KR 89. Anna Maria Aevarsdottir 9 for Njardvik. Sigrun Amundadottir 21 for KR.
Snaefell 74 Keflavik 93. Berglind Gunnarsdottir 17 for Snaefell Birna Valgardsdottir 35 for Keflavik.
Fjolnir 86 Grindavik B, 49. Ashley Bowman 30 for Fjolnir. Stefania Asmundsdottir 14 for B.
Haukar 118. KR B. 45. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 22 for Haukar Hanna Kjartansdottir 17 for KR B.


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  ITALY - Women  


Lille better Umana Reyer in Venezia - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer - Lille 70:76

French Lille added pain to Umana Reyer sending those to the second straight defeat in the Euroleague action. In the meantime it was just the third success for Lille in this edition of the top womens club basketball tournament. Umana Reyer slipped at 7-2 record but still remained on top of Group B, while Lille could not climb out of the last spot in the ladder.
Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) and Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) gave Lille a 12:5 lead midway through the opening stanza. Iziane Castro later finalized her 11-point first quarter haul and secured a 19:13 advantage for the visitors. Sacko, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Iziane Castro opened the second frame with 9 unanswered points for Lille. Venezia came back to life only late in the second term. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) and Sottana capped the first half with back-to-back buckets to trim the deficit to 6 points. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) and Florence Lepron (183-G-85) however restored a 10-point buffer early in the third stanza. Lille kept in front throughout the rest of the period and led by 6 points 57:51 before the final quarter. Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) gave hope to the fans as they dragged the hosts within 4 points with under two minutes left. Jenifer Nadalin then made it 66:69 with just 65 seconds to go. However Iziane Castro, Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) and Ljubica Drljaca buried 4 free throws to silence the home team.
Iziane Castro finished the game with 25 points to lead Lille. Ljubica Drljaca added 14 points in the winning case. Simona Ballardini knocked down 16 points and 6 rebounds for Umana Reyer. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) had 15 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Umana Reyer: Simona Ballardini 16, Daliborka Jokic 15
Lille: Iziane Castro 25, Ljubica Drljaca 14, Geraldine Robert 12


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  LATVIA - Women  


Gambrinus outscore TTT Riga in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Gambrinus - TTT Riga 83:76

The last seasons Euroleague finalists Gambrinus secured the fourth win in the this years competition. Yesterday they held off TTT Riga in Group B action.
Gambrinus got an outstanding start to the game. The hosts nailed 14 unanswered points to grab the lead. However TTT Riga soon recovered and answered with a 13:2 rally to cut the deficit. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) tied the teams late in the first term before Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) dropped two freebies for Gambrinus 25:23 lead at the first break. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second term before Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79), Timea Beres (192-C-76) and Eva Viteckova capped the half with 7 straight points to give Gambrinus a 45:38 lead at halftime. Hana Horakova and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) stretched the margin to 12 points early in the third quarter. The hosts maintained the lead however Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) and Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) allowed TTT Riga to head to the final stanza down by just 5 points. Ieva Kublina and Essence Carson squared things up once again midway through the fourth quarter. However Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) and Hana Horakova converted layups, and then Hana Horakova chipped in three free throws for Gambrinus to pull away in this one.
Hana Horakova finished with 23 points to pace the hosts. Tamika Whitmore added 22 points and 10 boards for the winners. Essence Carson answered with game-high 33 points for TTT Riga. Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) had 19 points in the sixth loss for TTT Riga.

Gambrinus: Hana Horakova 23, Tamika Whitmore 22+10 boards, Eva Viteckova 20
TTT Riga: Essence Carson 33, Tatyana Troina 19


Athinaikos celebrates in Latvia against Cesis - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: SK Cesis - Athinaikos 57-68

Athinaikos demonstrated nice performance in the first 1/16 final game against SK Cesis on the road. As a reminder, the Greek team advanced to this stage having almost perfect 5-1 record in Preliminary Group E. On the other side, Cesis was third ranked team in Group I with 3-3. Vasileia Gkouzini (175-G-75) stepped up for Athinaikos in this very important match collecting 15 points and 8 assists. Polymnia Sarekgou (185-G-72) netted 14, while Katie Gearlds (186-G/F-84, college: Purdue) helped the winning squad with 11 points and 4 rebounds. SK Cesis got the most from Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut), 14 points. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) contributed with 9 pts in loss. The second leg is scheduled for December 18.
Cesis opened the game with quick 6-2 lead, but visitors managed to make a turn until the end of the first stanza, 17-19. Vasileia Gkouzini and her teammates improved in the second frame reaching the biggest lead in the first half with 28 seconds remaining, 32-38. After jump shot and a free throw by LaToya Davis at the middle of third frame, Athinaikos grabbed 12-point lead, 36-48. Mostly owing to Kristine Karklina the hosts closed the gap on just 2 points with 6 minutes to go. However, it was Cesis' maximum in this game. Polymnia Sarekgou and Vasileia Gkouzini immediately answered with few baskets celebrating nice 11-point win at the end.

SK Cesis: Nykesha Sales 14, Karline Nimane 10+7 boards, Kristine Karklina 9
Athinaikos: Vasileia Gkouzini 15+8 as, Polymnia Sarekgou 14, Katie Gearlds 11+4 boards


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  LEBANON - Women  


Standings - Women League
Premier League Standings
1. Antoura 1-1
2. Homentmen A. 1-0
3. Antranik 1-0
4. Al Riyadi 1-0
5. Homentmen B. 0-2
6. Al muttahed 0-1
7. Anibal 0-0


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla bring victory from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Wisla 63:68

Polish Wisla secured the sixth win in the Euroleague season. Yesterday they held off Besiktas in Istanbul to stay among Group A leaders. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) tallied 18 points and 18 boards to lead the charge. Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) knocked down 15 points for the winners. Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Besiktas.
The teams exchanged the baskets early in the game before Sladana Maksimovic and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) put the visitors ahead 22:14. Wisla managed to pile up a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. The game remained extra tight in the second frame. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) capped the first half with a layup to make it 38:38 at halftime. Laura Harper and Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) allowed the hosts to take a 51:46 lead late in the third quarter. Shay Doron and Milica Dabovic nailed four free throws at the end of the third quarter and Besiktas entered the final stanza ahead by 3 points 54:51. Sladana Maksimovic and Candice Dupree gave the lead back to Wisla at the start of the fourth term. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Sladana Maksimovic came up with 5 straight points and Wisla enjoyed a 64:59 lead with under 3 minutes remaining. Candice Dupree then added a layup to stretch the margin. Korana Zanze (195-C-73) and Laura Harper cut the deficit to 3 points before Jelena Skerovic sealed the win from the charity stripe.

Wisla: Candice Dupree 18+18 boards, Dominique Canty 18, Sladana Maksimovic 15
Besiktas: Laura Harper 19+16 boards, Korana Zanze 13


Lotos victorious in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Sibenik - Lotos 72:79

Lotos used an overtime to prevail against angry Sibenik in Croatia. It was the fourth victory for the Polish team in the Euroleague season. Sibenik stayed at the bottom of the ladder at 2-7 record. The game turned into a real drama as both sides fought for the win desperately. Sibenik got to a slightly better start as Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) gave the hosts a 16:13 lead at the end of the first term. Leciejewska and Emilja Podrug (190-C-79) quickly put Lotos in charge in the second frame and the teams arrived at halftime with Lotos leading by 2 points 30:28. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) and Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) scored 9 straight points for Sibenik at the start of the third quarter to regain the lead. The hosts maintained the advantage as they entered the final period ahead by 4 points. Sibenik was still up by 4 points with just over a minute left in regulation. Constance Jinks split free throws to extend the margin to 5 points with 70 seconds left. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, college: Duke) answered with two freebies before Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) drained a three-pointer to close the gap and sent the game into extra period.
Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79), Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) and Alana Beard (180-G/F-82, college: Duke) lifted Lotos to a 7-point advantage at the start of overtime. Constance Jinks pulled the home team within 3 points before Ekaterina Snytsina and Ivana Matovic ensured the victory for the visitors.
Ivana Matovic knocked down 25 points for Lotos. Alana Beard added 21 points, while Emilja Podrug came up with 11 points for the winners. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) had 21 points, 14 boards and 7 assists for Sibenik. Constance Jinks finished with 15 points in the loss.

Sibenik: Luca Ivankovic 21+14 boards, Constance Jinks 15
Lotos: Ivana Matovic 25, Alana Beard 21, Emilja Podrug 11


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Tarbes blasts Baschet ICIM in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup: Baschet ICIM - Tarbes 58-110

Tarbes gave a real basketball lesson to Baschet ICIM in the first leg of EuroCup 1/16 finals. It is already clear that the French team will advance to the next stage. Interesting is that the second game will be played today. Another very important information is that Tarbes was the host of the first and will be the host of the second game. Beatrice Castets (178-F-80) was on a high level in Tarbes draining 23 points and dishing out 4 assists. Elizabeth Ann Moeggenberg (185-F-84, college: Michigan St.) also shined delivering 18 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) added 2 points less, but with 6 rebs. Ndeye Ndiaye (191-F/C-79) netted 15 points in win. Baschet ICIM had only two players able to compete against powerful Tarbes. The first one was Anita Meszaros (190-C-88), who collected 26 points and 12 boards. Ramona Tarta (173-G-89) was behind her with 15 pts.
Tarbes totally dominated against the Romanian representative. The winners had pretty decent 45% from beyond the arc (9 of 20). On the other hand Baschet ICIM registered only 22%. Interesting is also that Tarbes ended this game having 12 assists more that its opponent (17-29). Second leg will for sure be just the formality.

Baschet ICIM: Anita Meszaros 26+12 boards, Ramona Tarta 15
Tarbes: Beatrice Castets 23+4 as, Elizabeth Ann Moeggenberg 18+7 boards, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 16+6 boards, Ndeye Ndiaye 15


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  RUSSIA - Women  


MKB Euroleasing too good for CSKA in Sopron - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - CSKA 77:68

Resurrected CSKA could not match MKB Euroleasing in Hungary in Round 9 of Euroleague. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) scored 27 points and grabbed 8 boards to propel the hosts to a solid victory yesterday. MKB Euroleasing thus reached CSKA in Group B ladder as both teams are now tied at 5-4 record. The home team stunned the visitors early on as they opened the encounter with 11 unanswered points. MKB Euroleasing maintained the lead throughout the opening frame and ensured a 23:11 advantage at the first break. Jelena Milovanovic nailed 7 straight points for the home team early in the second period as the advantage grew to 16 points. Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) stepped up with 5 points in a row for CSKA late in the quarter and the Russian team trailed by 8 points at halftime.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) and Korstine dragged the visitors as close as 6 points midway through the third frame. But a bunch of free throws from Jelena Milovanovic allowed MKB Euroleasing to enjoy a 58:49 lead before the final period. Ratkaine, Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) and Katalin Honti (178-G-87) kept CSKA at bay throughout the rest of the contest and MKB Euroleasing earned a key victory.
Katalin Honti finished with 16 points for MKB Euroleasing. Tijana Krivacevic had 9 points in the win. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) answered with 19 points for CSKA. Ann Wauters and Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 13 points apiece in defeat.

MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 27, Katalin Honti 16, Tijana Krivacevic 9
CSKA: Rebecca Khammon 19, Ann Wauters 13, Katie Douglas 13


UMMC rebound in style - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - USK Praha 103:57

UMMC could lose once, but two defeats in a row is not an option for the Russian powerhouse this season. They proved the point to visiting USK Praha in the Euroleague Round 9 yesterday. UMMC were coming off a sour loss to Ros Casares but bounced back pounding the visitors 103:57 to earn the eighth win in the Euro season. The teams exchanged the baskets early in the game before the hosts started to take off. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) converted a three-point play to tip off a 13:2 run that put UMMC ahead by 11 points. UMMC capped the opening term with 8 straight points to build a 27:11 advantage. USK Praha managed to slow the home team dow a bit in the second frame as they trailed by 17 points at halftime. However USK Praha collapsed in the third quarter. The Ekaterniburg outfit stunned their opponents with a 19:4 rally to get the lead wide open. UMMC entered the final quarter ahead by unassailable 38 points. The hosts cruised to the victory in the final minutes, while USK Praha had to witness the sixth loss in the tourney.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) secured 19 points to lead the way for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter added 15 points in the winning case. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) nailed 18 points for USK Praha.

UMMC: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 19, Cappie Pondexter 15, Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) 14
USK Praha: Michaela Ferancikova 18, Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) 13


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  SPAIN - Women  


Ros Casares rally past Union Hainaut in France - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut - Ros Casares 61:91

Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down 19 points and Ros Casares breezed past Valenciennes in Euroleague. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) added 17 points as Ros Casares remained in the second spot in Group C. They are one win shy of the pool leading UMMC. Valenciennes slipped at 3-6 record.
Delisha Milton-Jones opened the game with a three-pointer to get things rolling for the visitors. She tallied 7 points in the starting frame and Ros Casares enjoyed a 17:14 lead at the first break. The visitors maintained the lead and when Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) fired twice from behind the arc Ros Casares closed the first half with a 9-point advantage. Milton-Jones, Roneeka Hodges and Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) teamed up to extend the gap to 20 points early in the third frame. Ros Casares eased to a 24-point buffer Valenciennes never recovered in the fourth quarter and Ros Casares secured the seventh victory in the tournament.
Roneeka Hodges came up with 13 points, while Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) had 11 for the winners. Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) responded with 10 points for Valenciennes. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81), Mudju Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (188-F-75) had 9 points each in the loss. Union Hainaut outrebounded their opponents 36:33 but could not fight Ros Casares 51% accuracy from the field. Ros Casares will next host Sibenik in Valencia. Valenciennes will face another tough test as they visit UMMC in Ekaterinburg.

Union Hainaut: Clemence Beikes 10, Kathy Wambe 9
Ros Casares: Amaya Valdemoro 19, Delisha Milton-Jones 17, Roneeka Hodges 13


Bourges regain the lead in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Halcon Avenida 76:51

Bourges returned on top of Euroleague Group A as they thumped Halcon Avenida yesterday. Bourges lost to Nadezhda in the previous round but had little doubts about this one. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) notched 21 points and 15 boards to ensure an impressive win for Bourges. Catherine Melain (184-F-74) contributed 14 points for the winners. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) knocked down 13 points for Halcon Avenida in the loss.
The hosts raced ahead early in the encounter. Catherine Melain, Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Alessandra Santos gave the French team a 14:5 lead. Manic and Alessandra Santos capped the quarter strong for the home team as Bourges led 20:11. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85), Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Celine Dumerc (168-G-82) stretched the gap to 15 points at the start of the second period. Halcon Avenida had little to answer with and they trailed by 15 points at the interval.
Alessandra Santos and Catherine Melain tipped off the second half with 5 straight points for a 49:29 advantage. Avenida however answered with an 11:2 rally to cut the deficit to 11 points. Catherine Melain and Nora Bujdoso though made it a 58:42 game entering the final stanza. Alessandra Santos and Nora Bujdoso began the final term with 4 straight points and Bourges never looked back again.

Bourges Basket: Alessandra Santos 21+15 boards, Catherine Melain 14, Endene Miyem 10
Halcon Avenida: Anke De Mondt 13, Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) 9


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Wisla bring victory from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Wisla 63:68

Polish Wisla secured the sixth win in the Euroleague season. Yesterday they held off Besiktas in Istanbul to stay among Group A leaders. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) tallied 18 points and 18 boards to lead the charge. Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) knocked down 15 points for the winners. Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland) answered with 19 points and 16 boards for Besiktas.
The teams exchanged the baskets early in the game before Sladana Maksimovic and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) put the visitors ahead 22:14. Wisla managed to pile up a 24:19 lead at the first intermission. The game remained extra tight in the second frame. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) capped the first half with a layup to make it 38:38 at halftime. Laura Harper and Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) allowed the hosts to take a 51:46 lead late in the third quarter. Shay Doron and Milica Dabovic nailed four free throws at the end of the third quarter and Besiktas entered the final stanza ahead by 3 points 54:51. Sladana Maksimovic and Candice Dupree gave the lead back to Wisla at the start of the fourth term. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Sladana Maksimovic came up with 5 straight points and Wisla enjoyed a 64:59 lead with under 3 minutes remaining. Candice Dupree then added a layup to stretch the margin. Korana Zanze (195-C-73) and Laura Harper cut the deficit to 3 points before Jelena Skerovic sealed the win from the charity stripe.

Wisla: Candice Dupree 18+18 boards, Dominique Canty 18, Sladana Maksimovic 15
Besiktas: Laura Harper 19+16 boards, Korana Zanze 13