EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/16/2008

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  ABA   


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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Olimpija announce new assistant coach, Todorovic leaves Helios - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija announced today that former U-22 NT coach Zoran Martic has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach until June 2011.
Martic spet the last two season as a coach of Zlatorog and Helios. He has helped lead the Slovenian U-20 National Team to the Gold Medal in the European Championship in Ohrid and U-22 National Team to the Silver Medal in 1998 European Championship in Sassari.

Helios has decided not to extend the contract with Serbian Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: 011 Sports). He averaged 12,0 minutes, 5,1 points (2P 19-36, FT 8-17), 2,4 rebounds, 0,3 assists and 0,3 blocks in 9 games of NLB Adriatic League and 17,7 minutes, 8,3 points (2P 22-38, 3P 1-1, FT 11-27), 3,7 rebounds, 0,9 assists, 0,6 steals and 1,4 blocks in 7 games of UPC League.



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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A Round 6 highlights - by Facundo Iatzky
Game of the round: Penarol 88- Atenas 82
Finally, Penarol was able to break the record of Atenas in a fantastic game defined in overtime. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) played very well. Now Atenas and penarol with independiente are in the top of the standings.

player of the round: Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh)
the guard of lanus was unstoppable again. He was the best player in the easy victory of lanus over Quimsa.

Best 5:
Ronald Ramon
David Jackson
Byron Johnson
Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, college: E.Carolina)
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest)

second team:
Eduardo Villares
Nicolas Romano
Ramel Allen
Alejandro Zilli
Edgard Nelson


LigaA Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Independ.N. - Ben Hur 89-82
Independiente celebrated 7-point win against Ben Hur jumping on the perfect 6-0 record in the second phase. Brice Assie top-scored for the winning squad with 18 points. Cedric Moodie and Juan Levrino followed him with 15 pts each. Ben Hur, who got 15 points and 5 boards from Walter Storani, dropped on 2-4.

Lanus - Quimsa 100-69
Lanus trashed Quimsa at home mostly owing to Ronald Ramon and his 25 points. Ramel Allen, who came of the bench, answered with 19 points and 7 boards for the loosing side. Both teams had 2-3 before this round.

Cicl.Olimpico - Gimn.CR 80-74
Ciclista Olimpico grabbed the second victory in phase two (2-4). Carlos Schattmann and Martin Trovellesi netted 15 points apiece, while James Williams collected 14 points and 11 boards for the hosts. Jimmy Boston contributed with 17 points and 8 boards in loss. His Gimnasia CR now has 4-2.

Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 77-73
2-4 for Regatas and 1-4 for Boca Juniors after this game. Ramzee Stanton stepped up with 19 points for the winners. Carl Edwards and Gabriel Fernandez delivered 14 pts apiece in defeat.

Estudiantes - Obras 82-66
Estu didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Obras. Edward Nelson came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Obras got 16 pts from Daniel Chaher. Estu 3-3, Obras 1-5.

Penarol - Atenas 88-82
Penarol demonstrated nice performance managing to crush powerful Atenas. David Jackson poured in 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the hosts. Andre Laws was better than the others in Atenas with 19 pts and 5 boards. Penarol 6-0, Atenas 4-2 in the second phase. Despite this loss Atenas stays on top of the standings with 23.5 points.

Libertad - El Nacional 71-60
Libertad outsmarted EL Nacional, thus both teams are currently on the same 3-3 record in the second phase. Jason Osorne was a key played for Libertad collecting 22 points and 8 rebounds. Camargo Dionisio Gomez had 13 pts and 6 boards for El Nacional.

Sionista - Quilmes MP 93-75
Easy one for Sionista thanks to tandem Eduardo Villares and Chuck Robinson, which combined 46 points. Nicolas Romano nailed 21 pts and pulled down 7 boards for the visitors. Sionista 2-3, Quilmes 3-3.



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Blaze - Taipans 88-97
Cairns Taipans celebrated against GCB one the road, jumping on 7-12 record in NBL. Martin Cattalini top-scored for the winning squad with 17 points. The hosts got 20 points from James Harvey, dropping on poor 3-15.

Crocodiles - Hawks 104-99
10-8 for the Crocodiles and 6-11 for the Hawks after this game. Corey Williams paced the Crocks to win collecting 23 points and 8 assists. Tait, Rychart and Petrie netted 17 points apiece for the loosing side.

36ers - Crocodiles 100-79
1-1 for the Crocs in just few days. The hosts grabbed this one mostly owing to Julius Hodge and Adam Ballinger, which combined 45 pts and 23 rebounds. Corey Williams once again led the scorers in Townsville Crocs with 15 pts.

Wildcats - 36ers 129-120
129 points by the Wildcats were more than enough for 10th win in NBL. Shawn Redhage shined for the hosts registering double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds. The hosts had few more players in a game mood. Julius Hodge answered with 28 pts and 8 boards.

Tigers - Dragons 98-107
Excellent road win for the South Dragons, which remain at the top of the standings with 15-4 record. Mark Worthington was a key player for the winners with 24 points and 8 boards. Ebi Ere netted 21 pts for the Tigers (9-7).



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  AUSTRIA   


Fabricio Vay scores 29 points - by Interperformances
6'9'guard/small forward Fabricio Vay (205-F-86, agency: Interperformances) was the high scorer with 29 points in the game won by the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions over UBC St. Polten 87-77 to keep the team in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga. Fabricio was born in Argentina but has a Bosman A passport. The league's leading scorer Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points, while guard/small forward Dimitri Paliashchuk was the top rebounder with 11. Italian Andrea Maghelli is in his third year of coaching the Arkadia Lions

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  BAHAMAS   


Six Champions Crowned In Father Peters Basketball - by Eurobasket
The Father Marcian Peters Basketball Tournament came to a close on Saturday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium with two new champions being crowned which means at least two of the six defending champions were not able to hold on to their title.
In the Intermediate boys division, the C.V. Bethel Stingrays knocked off the Westminster College Diplomats 21-20 to become only the second champion in the division that was introduce at last years championship.
For the Diplomats, it was their second appearance in the finals, but again this time they had to settle for the silver medal. L year it was the C.I. Gibson Rattlers that beat them in the championship game.
In the senior girls division, Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors held off the 2007 silver medallist C.R. Walker Knights 20-18. The Knights for the second consecutive year had to settle for the runners up trophy after the Rattlers defeated them in the 2007 finals.
In the junior girls division, the defending champions were able to hold onto their crowns as the H.O. Nash Lions defeated D.W. Davis Pitbulls 46-2.
In the junior boys championship game the defending champion Pitbulls defeated C.C. Sweeting Scorpions 35-24 for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, the St. Thomas Moore Sparks defeated the St. Bedes Shockers for the primary boys title.


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  BAHRAIN   


Bahrain National Team 2008 - by Richard
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Al Mutawa


Ghuloom


Mirza


Qurban Ali
Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81) of Al Kuwait SC (KUW)
Mohammed Hassan (194-F-79) of Al Muharraq
Mohammed Abdulmajeed
Mahmood Ghuloom (187-G-79) of Al Manama
Hussain Mohammed of Al Manama
Hussain Shaker
Mohammed Qurban Ali (188-G-87) of Al Muharraq
Khadem Majed
Ahmed Malallah (188-F-71) of Al Ahli Manama
Ahmed Mirza (176-G-83) of Al Hala
Yasser Bu Naffour
Sadeq Mahdi
Essa Ebrahim
Ahmed Abdulaziz
Omran Abdulredha
Abdulrahman Tareq
Maytham Jameel of Al Ahli Manama


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  BELIZE   


Maxi-Basket games played on 14 December 2008. - by David Magana
Game 1
Belmopan 78 BWS 'Bulls' 64
Top Scorers
Belmopan - Alfonso Audinett 24 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 steals
Clive Sutherland 21 pts / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 2 steals
BWS 'Bulls' - Darren Bovell (193-F-70) 23 pts / 16 rebounds / 3 assist / 1 steal
Claude Martin 16 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 steal
With the win, Belmopan has secured a playoff berth. BWs 'Bulls' are also in based on point differencial of a 3-way tie,

Game 2
Classic Purex 56 Maria Chang 54
Top Scorers

Purex - James 'Tanga' Saunders 15 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Greg Williams 12 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals
Maria Chang - Emmerson Engleton 16 pts / 3 rebounds
Joseph 'Wrecking Joe' Martinez 14 pts / 15 rebounds / 2 blocks / 1 steal

Game 3
Old Cemetery 70 Orange Walk 'Running Rebels' 59
Top Scorers
Old Cemetery - Compton 'Speedy' Staine 19 pts / 6 ebounds / 3 assist / 1 steal
Richard Meighan 14 pts / 4 rebounds / 5 assist / 2 steals
Orange Walk - Floyd 'Fly' Sutherland 22 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Ronald 'Tyga' Sutherland 20 pts / 11 rebounds / 4 assist / 5 steals
With the loss, Orange Walk has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Game 4
Alberts 67 Old Technical 'Rebels' 55
Top Scorers

Alberts - Lloyd Leslie (186-G) 22 pts / 7 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
Charles 'Layup' Armstrong 14 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 assist
Old Tech. - Kano Green 17 pts / 10 rebounds / 1 block / 1 steal
Samuel Martinez 9 pts / 7 rebounds / 2 assist
With the win, Alberts continue to remain undefeated for the past 3 seasons.

NEXT GAMES - PLAYOFFS 1st Round (Single Elimination) 21 December 2008 at 2:00 pm at Civic Center.

Game 1 - #4 Old Cemetery (4-3) vs #5 Belmopan (2-5)
Game 2 - #3 Classic Purex (5-2) vs #6 BWS 'Bulls' (2-5)


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 J. Sesar, ZRI 20.82
2 Z. Jovanovic, SLO 19.73
2 I. Bakovic, VIT 19.73
4 D. Kastratovic, HER 19.71
5 L. Zitko, GRU 18.22
6 S. Demic, SLA 17.91
7 M. Djerasimovic, IGO 17.64
8 D. Palalic, MLA 17.45
9 Z. Vuckovic, ZRI 17.36
10 H. Puljko, BOR 17.27
Rebounds Per Game
1 O. Peternik, BOR 10.8
2 I. Cular, GRU 8.7
3 S. Spralja, SIR 7.5
4 S. Vukovic, HER 7.2
5 B. Popovic, VIT 6.3
Assists Per Game
1 D. Kastratovic, HER 6.0
2 R. Morban, SIR 6.0
3 I. Vujicic, ZRI 5.3
4 B. Price, SIR 5.0
5 V. Jojic, SLA 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 S. Vukovic, HER 3.7
2 D. Persic, SLO 2.3
3 M. Djerasimovic, IGO 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 O. Peternik, BOR 1.3
2 S. Spralja, SIR 1.0
3 S. Vukovic, HER 1.0
Ranking
1 S. Vukovic, HER 11.7
2 O. Peternik, BOR 11.0
3 Z. Vuckovic, ZRI 10.1


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  CAMEROON   


Luc Richard Mbah a Moute impressive in the NBA - by Cyril Empig

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is surprising a lot of people in the NBA. Taken number 37 in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft, no one expected this much productivity out of Luc. The other rookie on Luc's Milwaukee Bucks team, another forward, Joe Alexander, taken number 8 overall, could only dream of logging in Luc's numbers at this point. In retrospect, should the Bucks have drafted Luc first over Alexander?


Luc had played well enough to take the starting power forward position from 3-year NBA veteran Charlie Villanueva on several occasions.


25 games into his first season in the NBA, Luc has an impressive 8 point, 6.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He has logged in 2 double-double games so far, an 11 point, 10 rebound game against New York and a 19 point, 17 rebound explosion against Memphis. And he has threatened double-doubles for several games as well, where he was either a few points or a few rebounds short of having a double-double night. Case in point, Luc had '14 point, 9 rebound' and '9 point, 9 rebound' games, both against Boston. To put these statistics in perspective, Luc's rebounding was recently second best among rookies, following only Marc Gasol of Memphis (Gasol was most memorable for his stint with the Spanish National Team in the recent Beijing Olympics). And to think that there were 26 forwards/centers chosen ahead of Luc in the NBA draft, that he is the top rebounder from that draft is pretty impressive. (Note: Marc Gasol was not part of that draft since he was drafted the year before (2007) but only joined the NBA in this year (2008)). As an overall player, Luc was recently ranked the number 13th rookie in the NBA, which is 24 slots higher than he was drafted. So, for all intents and purposes, Luc has been a second round steal for the Bucks.


Luc has had to defend the premiere power/small forwards of the NBA, the likes of Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Tayshaun Prince and also Kobe Bryant. And Luc has handled them quite competitively. 'We knew, basically when we picked Luc, that for a rookie, he was an NBA-ready defender,' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said, speaking to Truman Reed at Bucks.com. 'We felt like he had an improving offensive game. Then once we saw him work, and saw the effort and energy he puts into his work some guys put the time in, but maybe don't work as productively as Luc works. And his offensive game is coming around. He's making shots. He's going to the basket. Hes rebounding. He's doing a lot of good things.'


A recent Hoopsworld.com article by Jon Mladic reported that Doc Rivers, the coach of the Boston Celtics, twice the recipient of Lucs double-doubles, is an admirer of Luc as well. 'I love him... he knows he can make that little 15-foot jumpshot, he's a great rebounder, and he attacks the glass and he knows how to space the floor and stay out of the way and be in the right spots - you don't see that a lot with young players, and you see that with him already.'


More from Truman Reed at Bucks.com:
Luc says: 'Its been fun, having a chance to join a team like this, with such a great group of guys and talent, and play for and learn from Coach Skiles. I really embrace his philosophy. Its been fun so far.'

The fun has been accompanied by a higher level of intensity than Mbah a Moute had ever experienced before. But he has met the challenge head-on. 'Its definitely been intense,' Luc said. 'I'll give you that. Its really intense. You've got to be in good shape. You've got to mentally in there. But its nothing crazy. We all go through it. Everybody gets tired, and it's hard, but you have to be persistent because it's a long season.'


It seems like ages ago already when people have doubted Luc's worthiness to survive -- much less make it -- in the NBA. Boy, were we all wrong (me included). And I for one am glad that I was. Photo credit: Rick Wood.



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  CBA   


Patroons win opening game - by Gianni Pascucci
The Albany Patroons opened the 2008-09 season with a 105-91 victory against the New Hope Trailblazers, giving Derrick Rowland his first win as Head Coach. The Patroons led from start to finish. Seven Patroons scored in double figures, led by Walt Waters (6'11''-C-84, agency: Tank Sports, college: Macomb CC) with 20 points. Albany native and former Colonie High and UAlbany star, Lucious Jordan (6'2''-G/F-83, college: Albany), contributed 19 points included two long-range threes. New Hope was led by Maurice Latham (6'6''-F-84, college: Campbell) with 22 points and eight boards. Jason Clark (6'8''-F-82, college: Virginia) chipped in with 19 points and eight rebounds. The Patroons led at the half, 65-50 due to 66% field goal shooting and nine-for-nine from the free throw line. Solid defense and all around team play resulted in a season opening victory. The Patroons' next Home Game is on Tuesday, December 16th against another ABA team, the New York City Internationals @ 705pm.

East Kentucky Miners open season with two wins - by Gianni Pascucci
The Miners had triumphed in their season-opener on the road Thursday, Dec. 11, defeating the ABA Kentucky Bisons. Two nights after, they improved to 2-0, prevailing at home over another ABA team, the West Virginia Blazers, 140-94. Six players reached double figures in the scoring column fopr the East Kentucky Miners. Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed 10-of-15 shots from the floor and 11-of-12 free throws to beb the game top scorer at 31 points. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) netted 22 points is his home debut. Delvin Thomas (6'7''-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Bethune-Cookman), playing out of a reserve role, turned in a double-double effort of 17 pts and 14 rebs. East Kentucky sprinted out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back. After outscoring West Virginia 33-21 in the opening quarter, East Kentucky carried a commanding 56-39 lead into the intermission. Desi Crisp (6'4''-G/F-80, college: NC-Pembroke) led West Virginia (0-2) with a near double-double of 26 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Love (6'5''-C-83, college: Bluefield St.) added 25 pts and 5 rebs for the Blazers. The Miners will host the Blazers tonight in a second straight game on the East Kentucky Expo Center hardwood. Tip-off for Monday's East Kentucky-West Virginia game is set for 7:05 p.m.

Standings
CBA Standings
 1. E.Kentucky 1-0 
 2. Lawton Ft.Sill 0-0 
 3. Albany P. 0-0 
 4. Minot S. 0-0 
 5. Pittsburgh X. 0-1 


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Guandong - Shaanxi 106-101
Guangdong improved to 10-3 after the win over Shaanxi 106:101. Du Feng top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Wang Shipeng scored 17. Li Benson had 34 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for Shanxi.

Shandong - Liaoning 118-112
Shandong overcame Liaoning 118:112 as Mack Tuck had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Li Xiaoxu collected 34 points and 9 rebounds for Liaoning.

Qingdao DS - Jilin 100-111
Jilin had a road victory over Qingdao 111:100 behind the great night from Leon Rogers who scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Amal McCaskill had 30 points and 19 rebounds for Qingdao.

Shanghai - Jiangsu 94-103
Jiangsu improved to 10-3 record to share the second position with some other teams after the 103:94 win over winless Shanghai. Jameel Watkins poured in 36 points and 16 rebounds. DaJuan Tate netted 22 points and made 11 rebounds for Shanghai.

Xinjiang - Shanxi Zh. 96-90
Xinjiang shines now with 12-1 record on top after 96:90 triumph over Shanxi Zhongyu. Mengke Bateer scored 28 points and Myron Allen had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Donta Smith had 35 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors.

TianJin R. - Beijing 102-105
Beijing gained a 105:102 victory over TianJin as Dontae Jones led Beijing with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Xie Libin followed him with 30 points and 8 assists, while David Harrison collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Theron Smith had 34 points and 11 rebounds for Tianjin.

DongGuan - Bayi 116-110
Dongguan is the third team with 10-3 record and shares the second position of CBA. Harris Michael had 49 points, 21 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks in a 116:110 thriller over Bayi. Wang Zhizhi led Bayi with 33 points and 8 rebounds.

Zhejiang C. - Fujian 117-103
Zhejiang Cyclones overcame Fujian 117:103 as Kirk Snyder had 43 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Samuel Hoskin added 29 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Ding Jinhui had 24 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Porter led Fujian with 32 points and 7 rebounds.

Zhejiang G. - Yunnan 124-103
Zhejiang Guangsha smashed Yunnan 124:103 as Nigel Dixon had 35 points and 8 rebounds and Kasib Powell scored 30 points. Gabe Muoneke shined with 45 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for Yunnan.



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  CYPRUS   


Polls Results: Who is the best coach in Cyprus? - by Chris Mammides

After three weeks in the Eurobasket.com, the results of the Poll in regards to the best Coach in the Cyprus league were crystal clear. The Cypriot-Serbian Coach of Proteas EKA Proteas EKA AEL Limassol received most votes as he got the 50% of the 4,414 voters which equals to 2,207 voters.

The results with more analysis are as follows:

Who is the best Head Coach this seazon in the Cyprus league?

Dragan Raca of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 50% (2,207 votes)
Guillermo Vecchio of Pizza Express Primetel Apollon 17% (750 votes)
Renos Pittalis of Omonia Nicosia 15% ( 662 votes)
Vasilis Fragias of Keravnos Strovolou Strovolou 5% (220 votes)
Other Coaches 14% (618 votes)

Total voters: 4414



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  DENMARK   


Chanan Colman wins Finish Cup. - by Thomas Soltau
Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola JC) lead Lappeenranta NMKY to the Cup Titel.

The young Danish guard again proved his value, as he lead his team to the Championship game and the title.

Lappeenranta NMKY brought in Colman with one purpose to help them win this important game, and thereby secure a respectable season. The goal is now accomplished.

Colman was named MVP of the Finals Game. He scored 24 points along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Danish NT guard will be available after the Christmas break, and is looking to sign a contract for the rest of the season.


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D-League Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne - Erie 94-96
Erie Bay Hawks escaped with a tiny home victory against the Mad Ants thanks to Maureece Rice, who drained the game-winning free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining in overtime. Erik Daniel led the scorers in Erie Bay Hawks with 26 points, while Ivan Harris had two pts less than him. Daniel also grabbed 8 more rebounds beside that. Walker Russell replied with 26 points and 10 assists in defeat. Bay Hawks 6-2, Mad Ants 2-5.

Reno - Colorado 108-129
Sonny Weems drained 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in just 15 minutes leading his Colorado 14ers to 4th victory this season (4-1). James Mays helped the hosts with double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. Damone Brown and Antonio Meeking combined 48 points and 18 boards for the Bighorns (1-5).

Bakersfield - Los Angeles 87-86
Victory number 8 for Bakersfield Jam (8-1). Mateen Cleaves stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 9 assists. Trey Johnson followed him with 18 points and 5 as. Dwayne Mitchell and Cheyne Gadson delivered 17 points apiece for LA D-Fenders (2-5).

Albuquerque - Rio Grande 99-122
4-4 for Rio Grande Valley Vipers and 1-6 for Albuquerque Thunderbirds after this game. Stanley Asumnu shined for the hosts collecting 27 points and 8 rebounds. Trent Strickland also was on high level adding 25 pts, including 6 rebs. Will Conroy came up with 27 pts in defeat.



Monday Night Action in the D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Tulsa 66ers (94) at Dakota Wizards (114)
David Bell (6'1''-G-81, college: Montana) led all scorers with 24 ;points off the bench as the Dakota Wizards improved to 3-5 with a 114-94 trouncing of the visiting Tulsa 66ers. Dakota jumped out early on Tulsa (2-6), scoring 30 points in the first quarter. Dakota, now winners of two in a row, out-shot Tulsa 50.6% to 44.0%, including an efficient 9-17 (52.9%) from behind the three point arc. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.) followed Bell with an impressive 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in 37 minutes. For Tulsa, which committed 28 turnovers, former NBA forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) scored a team high 17 points. Five 66ers players scored in double figures, but no one cracked the 20 point plateau or made more than six shots.
66ERS: Ronald DuPree (17pt+6to), Keith Clark (14pt+9rb), Ryan Humphrey (12pt+9rb+8to), Jeremy Kelly (14pt+5as)
WIZARDS: David Bell (24pt+5as), Renaldo Major (22pt+7rb+6as+5st), Maurice Baker (19pt+6rb+6as+6to), Hamed Haddadi (8pt+12rb)

Reno Bighorns (108) at Utah Flash (114)
The Utah Flash held off a furious second half comeback from the Reno BigHorns to improve to 3-5 on the season while sending Reno to their fifth consecutive loss and a 1-6 record. Utah put the pedal to the metal in the first half, outscoring Reno 29-15 in the first quarter before extending their lead to 24 at halftime. North Carolina State rookie forward and Bronx, NY native, Gavin Grant (6'8''-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) scored a career high 28 points in only his second start of the season, connecting on 10-16 field goals and 8-14 from the free-throw line for the Flash. The debut of Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) with Reno was spoiled as he started and scored 15 points in 30 minutes of action. David Noel (6'6''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) led Reno in scoring with a team high 27 points on 9-16 shooting. Leading scorer Damone Brown did not play in the contest for Reno while Boston Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens did not play as well for Utah.
BIGHORNS: David Noel (27pt), Antonio Meeking (19pt), Jesse Smith (12pt+13rb), Patrick Ewing (15pt+5as)
FLASH: Gavin Grant (28pt+6rb), Dontell Jefferson (21pt+5rb+11as), Bill Walker (18pt+8rb), Carlos Wheeler (12pt+8rb)


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Olimpija announce new assistant coach - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija announced today that former U-22 NT coach Zoran Martic has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach until June 2011.
Martic spet the last two season as a coach of Zlatorog and Helios. He has helped lead the Slovenian U-20 National Team to the Gold Medal in the European Championship in Ohrid and U-22 National Team to the Silver Medal in 1998 European Championship in Sassari.


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Nancy has signed Akin Akingbala - by Gregory Caru
In order to replace Rod Benson(2,3ppg 2,3rpg)Nancy has decided to sign another Center Akin Akingbala.It's a big man with good jump,but he isn't very known in Europe because he has only played in small Championships or small teams.In 2006 he was in Clemson University,after he has played in NBDL,next in Lleida(SPA-2),Ventspils(LET),at the beginning of this season he played in Univ Surgut(RUS)for 5ppg 4rpg,not really impressive.But he has prefered to leave Russia in order to sign with Nancy because he has a possibility to play in Euroleague.In his new team he must help Julian,Samnick and Zaki in the paint,a big challenge for him.Akin Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson)

ProA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dijon - Besancon 97-61
Dijon devastated Besancon for 5-6 score in Pro A. Exactly the same digits has the loosing side now. Eric Chatfield was central figure of the game as he almost reached triple-double 28 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Dijon also had 5 players with more than 10 points beside Chatfield. Tommy Gunn and Justin Hawkins netted 13 points apiece for Besancon.

Orleans - ASVEL 70-64
In derby game of Round 11, Orleans outsmarted ASVEL becoming the leading team of Pro A so far. As a reminder, both sides had pretty decent 8-2 before this match. Brian Greene collected 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cedric Banks, who came off the bench, added 14 pts. ASVEL got 16 points and 7 boards from Amara Sy.

Cholet - Hyeres-Toulon 105-71
Cholet blasted Toulon, thus both teams are on the same 4-7 record now. The hosts had 7 players with more than 10 pts. Nando De Colo was the leading one with 19 points and 9 assists. Claude Marquis also was on a high level collecting 18 points and 11 boards. Pierre Pierce and Austin Nichols answered with 48 points together.

Rouen - Gravelines 76-83
Nice road victory for Gravelines, who now has 8-3 record. In that group are also ASVEL, Le Mans and Nancy. Yannick Bokolo and Tony Stanley combined 44 points and 6 boards for the winning squad. Kevin Houston once again demonstrated excellent performance for Rouen scoring 20 points.

Chalon - Roanne 83-77
6-5 for Chalon and 7-4 for Roanne after this game. Philippe Braud stepped up for the hosts delivering 26 points. Chris Monroe contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in loss.

Strasbourg - Nancy 93-78
Strasbourg crushed Nancy handing it third defeat of the season. Brion Rush shined for the winners nailing 27 points and also registering 5 more rebounds and 5 assists. Derrick Obasohan helped him with 21 pts. Cyril Julian was better than the others in Nancy with 19 points and 10 boards.

Vichy - Le Havre 71-77
Extremely important road win for the survival in Pro A by Le Havre. Marcus Slaughter was totally the best player of this game collecting 18 points and 16 rebounds (6 off). Le Havre also got double-double from Bingo Merriex, 17 points and 13 rebs. Zach Moss posted 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Vichy. Both teams now have 3-8.

Pau - Le Mans 49-83
Le Mans totally destroyed poor Pau-Orthez with plus 34. Dewarick Spencer, Alain Koffi and Maleye NDoye delivered 13 points each for Le Mans. Koffi had 10 more rebs beside that. The hosts got 17 points from Andre Emmett. Le Mans 8-3, Pau 0-11.


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ProB Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Osnabrueck - B'guessbach 87-82
Osnabrueck celebrated the sixth win as they held off Breitenguessbach at home court. Dimitry McDuffie scored 24 points to lead the action. Daniel Boticki added 18 points for the hosts. Karsten Tadda responded with 24 points for the visitors.

Mainz - Landshut 82-78
Anish Sharda scored 20 points, grabbed 8 boards and issued 8 assists to pace Mainz past Landshut. Ilja Ickert delivered 15 points in the winning case. Horace Wormley answered with 23 points for Landshut in defeat.

SU Braunsch. - Franken Hexer 64-61
Braunschweig got 16 points and 15 boards from Davon Roberts to topple Hexer. Dennis Czepczynski knocked down 12 points as Braunschweig improved at 5-7 record. Ryan Steer answered with 17 points and 6 steals for Hexer.

Stahnsdorf - Rhoendorf 87-84
Stahnsdorf narrowly defeated Rhoendorf behind 22 points from Ronald Howard. Stephan Balga secured 19 points in the winning case. Christopher Rojik finished with game-high 25 points and 14 boards for Rhoendorf in defeat.

Ehingen - proveo Merl. 73-90
Proveo Merlins claimed the eighth win in the season and remained in the third spot in the ladder. They cruised past Ehingen on the road with John Griffin scoring 25 points. Daniel Dorr contributed 20 points in the victory. Mike Oppland answered with 21 points and 9 boards for Ehingen in the loss.

Wolfenbuettel - Telemotive 88-101
Telemotive outscored Wolfenbuttel on the road and caught up with their opponents in the ladder. Johnnie Bryant paced the victors with 30 points. Lance Stemler posted 24 points in the win. Wolfenbuttel were not helped by 30 points from Tobias Grauel.

Freiburg - Hannover 95-82
Lee Jeka poured in 29 points and Fribourg held off Hannover. Domonique Crawford came up with 20 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in the sixth success for Freiburg. Babis Douloudis fired 19 points for the Tigers in the losing case.

Speyer - Herten 71-80
Herten consolidated their position among the leaders as they upset Speyer for the 10th win. Kendall Chones was pivotal with 24 points and 9 boards for Loewen. Gary Johnson tallied 18 points and 10 assists for the visitors. Julian Krieger replied with 20 points for Speyer in the loss.



ProA Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kirchheim - Bremen 83-75
Kirchheim celebrated the seventh win in the season as they rolled past Bremen. The Knights got 25 points from Clifford Crawford in the win. Phillipp Heyden added 18 points for the hosts. Josh Mueller answered with 19 points and 9 boards for the Roosters as they slipped at 6-6 record.

Lich - Langen 72-84
Langen overcame Lich on the road. Robin Benzing fired 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Sebastian Barth contributed 19 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for the winning team. Jannik Freese secured 21 points and 14 boards for Lich as they dropped at 3-9 record.

Jena - MBC 48-61
MBC sneaked past Jena away from home in a low-scoring battle. Gregory Burks came up with 15 points for Weissenfels as they claimed the 10th win in the tournament. Jeremy Black scored game-high 16 points and grabbed 8 boards for the home team.

Hagen - Bayreuth 89-78
Hagen improved at 10-2 record in the standings as they knocked down the league leading Bayreuth. Zach Freeman tallied 24 points and 11 boards as Hagen caught up with Bayreuth in the table. Bernd Kruel had 16 points in the win. Whit Holcomb-Faye scored 24 points for Bayreuth in the losing effort.

teckproBraves - B.Muenchen 78-87
Bayern blitz teckpro Braves on the road for the sixth win in the season. Kelvin Parker led the way for the visitors with 22 points. Tarvis Williams added 19 points for Bayern. Kaisterslautern responded with 20 points from O'Darien Bassett.

Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau 63-82
ETB Wohnbau breezed past Karlsruhe on the road. Richmond Pittman secured 19 points and 11 boards for the winners. Brandon Lincoln contributed 17 points for the Essen outfit. Justin Howard had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Karlsruhe in defeat.

Schalke - Heidelberg 88-94
Heidelberg posted a rare win as they sneaked past Schalke on the road. Jibril Hodges topscored with 23 points for the visitors. Ben Beran added 22 points in the winning case. Cory Abercrombie nailed 28 points for Schalke as they fell at 4-8 record.



Marco Buljevic(EWE Baskets Oldenburg) Interview Part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side) is a 21 year old swingman that is playing his first season with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is seen as being one of Germanys most talented players from the birth year 1987. After playing in Ehingen(2 Bundesliga) and then going to Giessen and playing little there, he decided to move north and seek his luck with Oldenburg. It is never easy to find playing time for a team that has such a deep roster, but Marco has a very focused attitude and hopes to find his way into the rotation as the season progresses. Eurobasket was able to interview the 197 cm guard.




Hi Marco, thanks for taking some time to speak to eurobasket. com. This is your first season in Oldenburg. Why did you decide to go up north and join a team that has many offensive weapons?

First of all it's a great honor to be a part of a team that has high ambitions in three different competitions. To me it is as important as it is for a young player to be on the floor a lot and to have the opportunity to work out and practice on a very high level every single day with great coaches and good teammates. This opportunity was given to me here in Oldenburg and I am absolutely sure that I will learn a lot and improve my game.

What are the biggest differences between Giessen and Oldenburg?

Oldenburg is a bigger city than Giessen so there's a couple more things you can do here.


Do you have compassion for Giessen, who currently is going through so much problems with money, results and getting stuck in traffic?

I do. I have a lot of friends on that team. They have a bunch of players who already had to deal with difficult situations in their careers before and managed to still focus on basketball. I wish them nothing but the best.


Coach Simon Cote seems to be giving every one a lot of playing time. Even guys like Florian Hartensetin is having a late career awakening and Johannes Lischka is getting playing time. He recently played 36 minutes in cup play in a losing cause to Bonn. Do you feel a little unlucky because you might have goten more time under Simon Cote?

I'm not a person who looks back and says maybe I should have done this or that. I made a decision and have to live with it. After two years I felt it was time for me to move on. I don't have any regrets.


You have only played in five games and averaged three minutes per game. You are still young, but still you cant be happy about this situation in Oldenburg.

Every player wants to be on the floor a lot, but not every player can. So there are two options if you're a player who doesn't play a lot. First option is you are frustrated 24/7. You blame everybody else accept yourself for the situation. Second option is you use all your energy to improve your game. Go extremly hard every practice, do a lot of extra individual workouts, lift weights as hard as you can. Do whatever you need to do in order to still get better while not playing a lot. I believe in the second option.

You are considered one of the biggest German talents out of the year 1987. Is this a lot of pressure for you and how do go about handling the situation?

I don't feel any pressure at all. Actually there's even more talk and hype going on about other players from my generation right now. But that's fine with me. I always came from the background when they least expected me. I know my time will come!

What has coach Predrag Krunic been telling you? Does he give you confidence that you will play more in the future?

He has been telling me to always be ready during the game. And that's what I do. I physicaly and mentaly prepare for every single game like all the other players on our team. So whenever coach has the feeling he could use my services I will be able to perform well.

How is your relationship to coach Predrag Krunic. What have you learned from him?

We have a good relationship. It's impressive and I really appreciate how much free time he sacrifices to do individual workouts with me. That shows me that he cares about my development and makes me a better player. The most important thing I have learned from him is to be tough on the floor all the time. Especially on defense he expects nothing less than 100% effort.

It must be difficult playing behind the big three American Musketters Foster, Paulding and Gardner who play the guard position?What are the most important things that you have learned from them?

I don't view it as difficult. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to play against them in practice every day. I try to learn as many good things from them as I can.

How is the team chemistry this early in season?

The chemistry in our team is great. Eight players from last season's successful team stayed here so it was only jekel, marko and me who had to get integrated. The guys made us feel like we are part of the familiy from day one.

Besides the three Americans, you have two guys from Croatia and three guys from Serbia. How does this eastern block flair help shape the team into a well rounded club?

Every single player on the team helps to make it a well rounded club. To me it's even more impressive how good the chemistry is when you look at how many different nationalities are represented on this team.


How is your relationship to the other Americans? Do they stay together or do they bond with the others

My relationship with the Americans is good. All of them are not only great players but also have great characters. They absolutely bond with everybody else.

Rueben Boumtje Boumtje is a basketball veteran, who really cleans up under the basket. He always looks so focused on the court. Does he ever laugh?

He is one of the funniest guys on the team. Great teammate. Pleasure to be on the same team with him.

Oldenburg is one of the top teams in the BBL this season. What makes the team so special?

We play unselfish basketball. That's what's special about our team.

You are quite a big guard at 196m. Your known for being a shooter, but what other qualities can you offer at the guard position?

I think I do a solid job at finding open teammates.



Enrico Kufuor makes NC State roster - by Daniel Poerschke
Young german point guard Enrico Kufuor (184-G-87) made the roster of NCAA 1 school North Carolina State in the tough ACC conference for this season. The Berlin native is a sophomore for the Wolfpack and played at Harrells (NC) Christian Academy before. In Germany, Kufuor went through the IBBA Berlin and TuS Lichterfelde development system. The former german U-18 national team player saw action in one game so far this season, a 2 minute stint against Winston-Salem State, when he missed his two shots from the field.

Lucca Staiger named Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week - by Daniel Poerschke

Iowa St. sophomore Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) averaged 16.5 points and made 11-of-16 3-point attempts last week to help him earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors, announced today by the Big 12 Conference office.

The honor was awarded for the week of Dec. 8-14 and voted on by a panel of media covering Big 12 mens hoops.

A native of Blaustein, Germany, Staiger recorded a career-high 24 points vs. Drake behind a career-high eight 3-pointers on 11 attempts. Staiger, who made his first six 3-point attempts in the game, fell one shy from the school mark for 3-pointers made in a game (8), tying for second on ISUs single-game list.

Staiger followed up his Drake performance with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc at Iowa. Staiger has made 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from 3-point range in his last three games, averaging 5.0 3-pointers made per game during that span. His season 47.8 percent clip from downtown currently ranks fifth in the Big 12.

Source: http://www.cyclones.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10700&ATCLID=3633456



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A2: Round Up - Week 10 - by Chris Mammides
Ilysiakos Pagrati 69-67
An amazing game took place in Ilysiakos court. An old time derby found Coach Zevgolis wining site to be akign another step towards the promotion to A1. Top scorers were for Ilysiakos, Karydas 16 and Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) 19 while for Pagrati Damir Latovic (204-C-80) with 19 and Veskoukis with 12 were the top scorers.
Quarters: 18-22, 32-37, 52-45, 69-67.

Dafni -ICBS 67-56
Coach Tsoutsoumanos team was able to compete only for the first half the team of Dafni who had Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) in another great night. Top scorers were for the winners were: Giannis Kakiouzis 19 and Sioutis 16 while for ICBS Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) 13 and Sirovotka 10
Quarters: 15-13, 36-30, 52-39, 67-56.

KAOD Near East 63-67
A great road win took place in Drama when Near East overcome the home team in the fourth and final quarter mainly due to the top performer of the game Leonidas Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.) who scored 22 points followed by Fotiou and Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) who added 12 per peace. On the home teams site, the Croat Kartelo was for another game the top scorer with 19 followed by Gannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) who added 12.
Quarters: 15-14, 38-23, 49-43, 63-67.

Ermis Lagkada Olympiada Patras 77-75
The derby which took place in Lagkadas was most probably among the top games this season in A2. Ermis won the game at the end even though took the lead from the 15th minute and increase the deficit to 15 points at a stage manage to win by a basket at the end. Top scorer for Coach Baxevanis team was Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) with 16 points while another 15 were added by Dimtiriadis and 14 by Nisiotis. Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) was the top scorer for the Patras team with 22 points followed by Kosanovic who scored 15 and Kantartzis who added 16.
Quarters: 16-16, 32-29, 51-44, 77-75.

Keravnos Aigiou - Xanthi 77-70
Coach Pavlou added another victory in its series this time Xanthi was the victim with Savas Kiriakidis (203-F-78) scoring 20 points and Albert with Konstantinos Stavropoulos (197-F-75, college: Ill.-Chicago) adding 15 and 13 respectively, Xanthi couldnt do a lot with just Kandic and Anagnostopoulos scoring 16 and 20 respectively.
Quarters: 15-13, 32-29, 57-49, 77-70.

Panerythraikos - Rethymno 75-71
Another negative result for Coach Takianos team and the dream for promotion in A1 become very difficult in reality. Elias Tomaras (181-G-81) and Psathas with their performance and their 19 and 15 points respectively helped their team to beat Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) and Panaras who were the only atnad outs with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Quarters: 21-11, 36-30, 58-49, 75-71

Apollon Patras - MENT 80-69
Another great by the Cypriot International Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) with his 23 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block shot was the MVP of the game and probably the MVP of the 8th week. The talented shooting guard is currently at the third position of the scoring board with 189 points just 17 for the top position while he is second in the assists with just one less than KAridas of Ilysiakos (69 to 68). From a close distance was Maglos with 15 points 9 rebounds while Georgitsis scored 16 points. From MENT, Fogel scored 15 and Dimitris Makris (203-F-78) added 20.
Quarters: 27-15, 40-32, 58-46, 80-69.

Iraklis - Peristeri 66-62
Coach Hatzikyriakidis rejuvenate the Thessalonica team and helped to add another one positive result. Konstantinos Totsios (191-G-78) with 15 points was the top scorer while from Peristeri which is remaining quite far and away from the top position, Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) was the top performer with 25 points.
Quarters: 21-17, 34-38, 55-53, 66-62


A1 Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - AEK 77-70
PAOK was too strong for AEK thanks to K'Zell Wesson, who nailed 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for 33 minutes. Costas Vasiliadis also shined netting 15, while Damir Mulaomerovic had one point less. Dimitris Papanikolaou led the scorers in AEK with 12 points. Both teams entered into this game with the same 4-5 record.

Kavala/P. - C.C. Marousi 72-81
Maroussi celebrated against Kavala on the road jumping on 5-5 (same as PAOK). Andreas Glyniadakis and Jarod Stevenson delivered 16 points each for the visitors. Yannis Gagaloudis contributed with 18 pts in loss. His Kavala fell on 4-5.

Aris - VAP Kolossos 72-53
Aris had an easy job against VAP Kolossos finishing the game with plus 19. Dimitrios Tsaldaris stepped up for the hosts with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Anton Gavel had one point less. Kolossos got 18 points and 9 boards from Steven Smith. Aris 8-2, Kolossos 4-6.

ESTIA Egaleo - AEL 1964 90-56
Egaleo trashed AEL 90-56 so both teams are currently on the same 2-8 record. Donell Taylor netted 16, while Vassilis Soulis added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Torin Francis collected 10 points ad 5 boards for AEL.

Olympiakos - Panionios 81-65
It was a derby game between two Greek Euroleague teams. The Reds grabbed it 81-65 mostly owing to PG Milos Teodosic and his 17 points. Ex NBAer Josh Childress helped with 13 pts and 5 rebounds, shooting 6 of 6 for FG2. Experienced Dimos Dukoudis came up with 14 points in Panionios. Olympiakos stays at the top of the standings together with PAO, 9-1. Visitors dropped on 5-4.

Panellinios - Trikalla 99-52
As it was expected, Panellionios blasted Trikalla moving up on 8-2 score, the same Aris (3rd and 4th place). Trikalla stays on just one win in 10 appearances. Anthony Grundy and Stevan Nadjfeji combined 43 points and 10 assists for the hosts (Grundy had 9 as). William Avery netted 13 pts in defeat.

Olimpia L. - Panathinaikos 65-90
PAO had no mercy for Olimpia Larissa on the road registering 25-point victory. Mike Batiste nailed 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Costas Tsartsaris helped with 15 pts, while Drew Nicholas had 13. Michael King shined for the hosts with 22 points and 5 assists. PAO remains on top with Olympiakos (9-1). Olimpija slipped on 3-7.



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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 12: Cangeroes get first win of the season! - by Terry Cooper
Week 12 was the end of teams being winless while other teams maintained their postitions as the end of the first half is almost here. The Cangeroes of Utrecht captured their first win of the season with a buzzer beater to win over the Pigeons 79-77. VBC Akrides edged Leiden2 at home 76-69 while EJ/MG2 won over De Groene Uilen 83-72 to stay in first place. BV Rooi won a high scoring affair over EBBC2 103-92 while GOBA won on the road over Red Giants 85-79. MSV Log in used tough defense in the 3rd quarter to win securely over Punch 76-64. Punch stayed close during the game with great 3pt shooting as a team but the veteran players of Log in maintained composure to pull out the victory. Peter Vader (205-C-80) recorded another double/double (16/15rbs) for the Noordwijkers to maintain second place in the league. With one more game remaining before the break, the top four teams will meet next week to put a ripple in the standings. It's going to be a battle til the break!!!

Week 12 Scores:

VBC Akrides - Leiden2 76 - 69
Punch - MSV Log in 64 - 76
Pigeons - Cangeroes 77 - 79
Red Giants - Goba 79 - 85
De Groene Uilen - EJ/MyGuide2 72 - 83
BV Rooi - EBBC2 103 - 92


PromotieDivisie News: Eric Buis new coach of EJ/MyGuide2 - by Terry Cooper
Eric Buis will be the new coach of EJ/MG2 for the rest of the season. After Ratko Mihailovic parted ways with the club, Mario Bennes decided to take over until a successor was found. Buis is a well known and respected coach in Holland for he has coached in Den Helder before coaching in Belguim (Leuven). Buis was also a canidate for the coaching positions at Z&Z Leiden and BlueSeals Den Helder. EJ/MG2 is currently in first place in the Promotie as he will make his debut this weekend against GOBA of Gorinchem.

FEB Results: Round 16 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, Hanzevast Capitals win once again in a blowout fashion, this time on the road over Landstede Basketball, while ZZ Leiden wins its second straight and Rotterdam Challengers win in Den Helder.

In the ZBC-hal, strong on-the-ball pressure, hard crashing of the offensive glass and a great inside-outside balance was the name of the game for Hanzevast Capitals, who were in charge from start to finish, winning in a 102-76 blowout over Landstede Basketball. Hanzevast's ball pressure and denials forced Landstede out of their comfort zones and to catch entry passes much further the three-point line. While it did not help Landstede's cause with the absence of
Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) (foot injury), Hanzevast did not seem to miss the presence of Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) (suspension). Lead guard Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) set the tone for Hanzevast, with strong ball pressure that helped turn defense into offense, and with the ability to get in the lane at will, setting himself up for drives or penetrate-kick looks. This also opened up offensive rebounding and postup opportunities for Hanzevast, who took advanatge of Landstede's interior defense, which is their Achilles' heel at this moment. Landstede had trouble getting defensive stops on the inside, and with excellent perimeter shooting and crisp passing, double teams in the post were not an option for Landstede. Landstede managed to remain close at the end of the 1st quarter thanks to the efforts of Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) and Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman), who were behind 29-23 at the end of the quarter.


In the 2nd quarter, things got worse for Landstede (and got better for Hanzevast), with Landstede turning the ball over early in the quarter. Hanzevast executed their halfcourt pick-and-roll game to a science, with crisp passing and aggressive drives to the hoop. Role players for Donar such as Aaron Roye (185-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Bas Rozendaal (212-F/C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Sander de Roos (195-F-91) also made important contributions for Hanzevast. Two consecutive dunks from Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) off penetration dishes and a three-pointer by sniper Will Whittington (191-G/F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Marist) helped Hanzevast to a 57-32 halftime lead.


In the 2nd half it would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way, as Hanzevats continued to dominate on the offensive glass, and Thomas continued to attack off the dribble at will, with each time gaining more success than anticipated. In the end, while both teams had little trouble putting the ball in the basket (Hanzevast 62.8% FG, Landstede 63.3% FG), the difference was that Hanzevast forced Landstede into coughing up the ball 25 times, had also 15 offensive rebounds, including five each by Brempong and Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Gardner-Webb). Hanzevast also had 35 pts. from the Landstede turnovers and 20 second chance pts. Both Conn and Brempong led six Hanzevast players in double figures with 17 pts each, with both having double-doubles (Conn 11 rebounds, Brempong 10). Thomas added 15 pts. and 8 assists, while Whittington also added 15 with four three-pointers. Young led Landstede with 17. Hanzevast improves to 10-6 and tied for 2nd place in the FEB with Eiffel Towers, while Landstede falls to 8-9.


In Leiden, ZZ Leiden continue to go on the up and up in their recent play, with another strong performance by center Johan Kuijper (217-C-80) en route to winning over Aris Friesland 79-66. The Dutch big man had a double-double of 15 pts. and 16 rebounds, and added 2 blocked shots and 2 steals. Eight of his rebounds also came on the offensive glass. ZZ held Aris Friesland to pedestrian shooting numbers of 40.4% FG and just 5 of 23 from the three-point line. Aris shot also only 9 of 19 from the free throw line and were clobbered on the boards by a 55-42 margin. The win improves ZZ's record to 4-11, while Aris drops its 2nd straight and seventh loss in the past eight games.


In Den Helder, Rotterdam Challengers get back on the winning track thanks to a strong second half performance in its 89-79 road win over BlueStream Seals, spoiling the coaching debut of Remy de Wit. Rotterdam center Martin Iti (213-C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: N.Mexico St.) was a big lift off the bench for the Rotterdammers, and complimented Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) well on the inside, were a potent duo in the deciding 4th quarter run. Both Iti and Briggs combined for 30 total points, 17 by Briggs. Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) led all scorers with 21 pts. The Rotterdammers move to 9-7, while BlueStream Seals fall to 4-12 with its 3rd straight loss.


Sunday evening in the Maaspoort in a marquee matchup between last season's FEB finalists, with Eiffel Towers needing desperately a win, broke away from the pack and with a strong start in the 4th quarter, once again toppled the defending FEB champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide by the score of 83-79. A 10-0 run at the beginning of the 4th quarter courtesy of three-pointers by Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest), Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) and Jos Frederiks (194-F/G-76, agency: Court Side) and a free throw gave Eiffel the momentum advantage which it would not relinquish. Eiffel had five players in double figures, were led in scoring by Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) with 14 pts. Eclipse Jet/MyGuide ace Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) led all scorers with 29 pts. Eiffel remains in 2nd place, improving to 10-5, while Eclipse Jet/MyGuide falls to 11-2.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, Upstairs Weert showed true grit in the second half in its road win over West-Brabant Giants, first with a strong 3rd quarter effort, then carrying their momentum into the 4th, winning a nailbiter by the score of 73-71. The Limburgers overcame a 35-30 halftime deficit by outscoring the Giants 26-17 in the 3rd quarter, then playing nearly evenly with West-Brabant in the 4th. David Patten (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.) and Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) and Steve Ross led the Limburgers with 14 pts each. The Limburgers also had strong play from the bench from Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Monica CC), who scored 10 pts. The West-Brabant Giants trio of Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) (28 pts.), Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (24 pts.) and Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) (13 pts.) did the bulk of the scoring, but the other five players combined for only six total points. Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico) pulled down 13 rebounds. Upstairs Weert improves to 6-9, while West-Brabant Giants fall to 8-8.



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


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IBL to hold tryouts December 20th & 21st in Portland Oregon with 8 teams present - by Trask Frost
For Immediate Release: December 15, 2008

IBL to hold tryouts December 20th & 21st in Portland Oregon with 8 teams present

Who: The International Basketball League is a 5th year minor league with play from April 4th through July 3rd- 2009. The IBL is running an 'early bird' tryout for players who want to play in the International Basketball League


What: Eight IBL teams will be present at the tryout


When: Saturday December 20th 2:30pm-6:30pm and Sunday December 21st 1pm-5pm


Where: Portland Oregon (the tryout will be held at the Beaverton Hoop- 9685 Harvest Court, Beaverton, Oregon 97005)


Why play in the IBL: The International Basketball League is a fifth year professional basketball league. After the 2007 IBL season, 102 IBL players went on to play overseas and this established the IBL as the place to play to get an overseas job or to stay sharp to maintain an overseas job.


Format of tryout: After minimal tryout drills, players will be put on one of three teams (9 players apiece) and that team will play 2 games (1-hour each) on both Saturday and Sunday (a total of four games per player).


The goal (with this tryout) is that players get a full workout and a full opportunity to prove themselves. IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio- with 8 teams present, the players that are good enough should advance their playing career as it will be less likely that a great player would be overlooked (with 8 teams there); just as importantly, players that are not good enough will have gotten a solid enough look. The IBL will name 10 players to IBL teams from this tryout.


Cost and Registration: Cost is $150 for a tryout. Call Terrance Dickens, IBL tryout coordinator at (ph) 503-805-3311.


WWW.IBLHOOPSONLINE.COM





International Basketball League looks forward to fifth season - by Trask Frost
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2008 CONTACT: Mikal Duilio , IBL Commissioner (ph) 866-IBL-GAME

INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE LOOKS FORWARD TO FIFTH SEASON
Portland, ORThe International Basketball League is expecting 18 teams to play in the 2009 season. The '09 season, which starts on Saturday April 4th and runs through and including July 3rd (2009) is the leagues fifth season. Two features have distinguished the IBL from other minor leagues-


Feature #1: an entertaining fast paced game for fans-
The original goal: IBL founder Mikal Duilio s venture into minor league basketball was born out of a passionate belief that basketball was meant to be athletic and fun for players and spectators alike. Duilios vision is that every game, not just most games, is fun to watch; his ideal was the 1980s Lakers and in particular Magic Johnson. IBL Founder & Commissioner Mikal Duilio Basketball should be an athletic game that ebbs and flows rather than tiptoes along in unnatural stops and starts. Two rules were designed to force every IBL game to be athletic in nature and exciting to watch. The two rules were tested and approvedin eleven exhibition games between Seattle and Portland starting in November of 2003 and played into mid-year 2004. The two rules were and are the following: 1) the basketball being immediately inbounded and 2) teams only allowed one timeout per twelve-minute quarterwith these rules, every IBL game should be athletic, fun and done in 2-hours. Result after 4 years: The inaugural IBL season tipped off on April 7, 2005; the result was that IBL teams averaged 127 points per game and the game occurred in just under two hours. The second season for the IBL was completed in July of 2006 and after 249 games, that season also had a scoring average of 127 points per game; every IBL game was fun, not just a few select games. The formula worked.


Feature #2: extremely low travel costs for owners-
The original goal: A basketball team has to make financial sense for an owner, so the IBL created the one flight guarantee to reduce costs. Extremely expensive travel costs drive other minor league teams out of business within a few years; however, an alternative a local league with no travel would not be intriguing so the question ishow do you have an intriguing national or international league without breaking the backs of the owners with too much travel? This question was answered with the IBL one flight guarantee. The IBL recruits teams in geographical clusters; a cluster is defined as 2 to 3 teams within driving distancewith the result of these clusters being a schedule with tremendous varietyopponents from all over the nation (and world)but with owners only having to fly one time per year. The IBL one flight guarantee, more specificallyis a promise that IBL teams will have the away game expenses of (or equivalent to) a schedule with six drivable games and one flight (to play 4 games in 4 days); this type of schedule reduces travel to an affordable level for owners. Result after 4 years: the IBL travel efficiencies have worked and in fact the one flight guarantee has been the defining feature of the IBL- an efficiency so strong that it has allowed teams to struggle with revenues but still make it year to year.


Asian expansion-
The International Basketball league began its campaign in 2007 to expand into several Asian markets including China, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. In the two years following, four IBL teams went to China and multiple Asian teams have played in America; one team (Shanxi Zhongyu) even played a regular season within the IBL 2008 season and in 2009 a team from Japan (Nippon Tornadoes) will play an official IBL season as well. The IBL is uniquely able to accommodate a team from Asiabecause the IBL has 10 teams all within a driving distance of Portland, Oregon; when an Asian team joins the IBL, they can play all of their games out of one location (an Oregon location- the United States Basketball Academy). IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio having 10 teams in one region makes overseas teams playing in the IBLviable.


Player development-
The IBL did not start out with a goal of player developmenthowever, due to the fast paced play and how well that fast pace works to get players in shape, the IBL drew great players (to play in the IBL) and also, the IBL produced great players (who would then leave the IBL to go overseas after the season expired). IBL players are indeedinternational in their destinations. After the 2007 IBL season, 102 IBL players went on to play overseas; this established the IBL as the league to play withto get an overseas job, but it also established the IBL as the place to play to get sharp/stay in shape to maintain an overseas job.


Other highlights from the IBL-
To dateten Asian teams have exchanged games with the International Basketball League, ten former NBA players have played in the IBL including All Stars Tim Hardaway and Dennis Rodman and one former NBA player coached in the IBL (also an NBA All Star Terry Mills). An impressive attendance was garnered at an IBL game played in 2006 in Portland Oregon (at the Rose Garden) where 4,400 fans watched the Portland Chinooks beat the Vancouver Volcanoes (video on IBL web site); that attendance record was eclipsed one year later when 6,000 fans saw the Elkhart (Indiana) Express beat the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Flight (video also found on IBL web site). Photo left: Kevin Bloodsaw of the Vancouver Volcanoes in the 2006 game played at the Rose Garden.


For more information, photos & videos about IBL teams and/or the IBL, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
Conference A
 1. Killester 10-1 
 2. UCD Marian 7-3 
 3. DCU Saints 6-5 
 4. Belfast Star 3-7 
 5. Ulster Elks 1-10 
Conference B
 1. UCC Demons 9-1 
 2. Neptune 5-4 
 3. Hoops 5-5 
 4. Limerick 3-6 
 5. Tigers 1-8 


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Premier L. Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Macc.Haifa - Givat Shmuel 76-60
Maccabi Haifa Heat is tied in the second spot with a 6-2 record after a key 60:76 road win over Givat Shmuel. Ido Kozikaro led Haifa with 17 points while Cory Carr led the losing side with 15 points.

Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 78-83
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv surprisingly lost to Bnei Hasharon 78:83 in a key game of the round. Cookie Belcher led winning side with 22 points and four assists, Meir Tapiro finished with 16, Katz and Ugonna Obyekwe scored 12 each and Ousmanne Cisse had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Carlos Arroyo led Maccabi with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Lior Eliyahu added 20 and Omri Casspi finished with 14.

Ramat Gan - Ashkelon 91-85
Ironi Ramat Gan took a 3-5 record, with all wins achieved under the coach Amir Uzi. The team overcame Ashkelon 91:85 as Lee Carmelo led the winners with 24 points. Burtt Steve ended up with 21 points for the guests.

Jerusalem - Rishon LZ 81-74
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem improved to a 7-1 record and remained the only team on top. With a 81:74 win the team triumphed over Rishon Lezion. Timmy Bowers excelled with 22 points, six rebounds and five steals followed by Omar Sneed with 22 points and nine boards. Shaashua Oded had 16 points in defeat.

Galil Gilboa - Ironi Nahariya 73-90
Galil Gilboa lost to Ironi Nahariya 73:90 on December 14th. McGhee Aaron and Lewis Ron led the winners with 20 points each. Randle Brain produced 14 points in the losing effort.

Hapoel Holon - Kiryat Ata 104-68
Hapoel Holon smashed Kiryat Ata 104:68 as six players scored in the double digits. Washington Deron led all of them with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Orland Yehu scored 18. Yermishin Vladi posted 16 points in defeat.



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Legadue, round 12 (regular season): review - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese suffered the second lost in a row and the first home stop but it's not a true difficult period: they faced the hottest team of the moment (Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia, perfectly coached by Franco Marcelletti) and a wonder boy who is shining round after round: Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) played another amazing match answering who say that Italian players are not strong enough. He has offensive skills, grabs rebounds, gives blocks and steals balls, and he is only seventeen...
Fileni Jesi reached the first place drived by another Italian player, the veteran Michele Maggioli (212-C-77): in Legadue, he doesn't have any rivals in his position.
Casale Monferrato missed the opportunity to reach the first position losing against Aget Imola after an overtime. Simone Pierich (198-F-81) scored 22 points (season high) but Imola was moved to the victory by Joseph Bunn(198-F-75, college:Phillis(OK))who nailed 32 points (his second best performance of this season after 39 points scored against Venezia).Vanoli Soresina and Harem Scafati can't find continuity. Soresina depend too much on its import duo, Dante Calabria (194-G-73,college: N.Carolina) is playing a very disappointing season and Marco Cusin (211-C-85) is inexperienced.
Scafati added Bennet Davison (203-F-75,college:Arizona) to replace Dillion Sneed (203-C-84,college:E.Tenn.St.) but maybe they need another shooting guard. Roseto relayied upon Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU)'s percentages to gain an away win against Banco di Sardegna Sassari, another team that is build over only two players. Basket Livorno reached play off position thanks to a great scorer, Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84,college:Nevada) and a prolific big man, Troy Ostler (209-F-78, college: Hawaii). Coach Giancarlo Sacco is winning his bet: Crabs Rimini are leaving low positions and defeating their rivals to the relegation. Umana Reyer Venezia and Carmatic Pistoia didn't resolve their problems with last signs, while Prima Veroli changed its destiny since they firmed Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania). Edimes Pavia relayied upon Paul Marigney (192-G-82,college:St.Mary's,CA)'s offensive skills and coach De Raffaele's tactics. Enel Brindisi are surprisingly at the bottom of the table: after the relegation of last season with Scafati, Marcus Hatten (196-G-80,college:St.Johns) and Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82,college:Indiana) can't repeat their flop.

Best Italian starting five of round 12:
PG: German Scarone, Aget Imola: after two awful games, he remembered to be a leader
SG:Fabio Ruini, Roseto: he is shooting with good percentages
SF: Andrea Cinciarini,Pavia: when his older brother plays well, he always answers with a win
PF:Nicolo Melli,Reggio Emilia: the next Italian best player
C:Michele Maggioli, Jesi: who can stop him?


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Louisville turns back Austin Peays challenge - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (12-15-2008): Freshman forward, Samardo Samuels, bounced backed from a miserable first half to score 21 points and pull-down 12 boards to lead No.9-ranked University of Louisville past Austin Peay 94-75 on Saturday night in a non-conference encounter. The 6 8 Samuels missed four of his first five shots but made up for it with a handful of dunks in the second half, including a thunderous slam with a minute left to seal the deal for the Cardinals who are now 6-1 on the season. Louisville returns to the court on Thursday, December 18th, to face University of Mississippi in the SEC/Big East Invitation tournament.

Tulsa extends home winning streak to 17 games with win over Presbyterian - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (12-15-2008): Junior center, Jerome Jordan, scored 12 points to help lead the University of Tulsa to a resounding 62-48 victory over Presbyterian University last night in Tulsa. The victory helped extend Tulsa's home winning streak to 17 games and was the 27th straight home victory against non-conference opponents. The 7' 0' Jordan also had eight rebounds, four blocked shots and a team-high five assists for the Hurricanes who improved their record to 6-4.

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JBL Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mitsubishi - Toshiba 76-74
Mitsubishi edged Toshiba 76:74 in Regular Season Round 12 for the second appearance of the teams. Sato Takuya paced the winners with 26 points and Parada Adam nailed 16. Ishizaki Takumi had 26 points for the visitors.

Hitachi S. - Hokkaido 95-78
Hitachi also won the second game after the defeat in the firt and outscored Hokkaido 95:78. Takeuchi Joji poured in 22 points and Sakai Taiji had 20. Lewis Jai produced 15 points for the guests.

Tochigi Brex - Aishin 100-94
Tochigi Brex upset the leader of the league and sent them to the second position after 100:94. Kawamura Takuya led the winners with 31 points and Orr Randy had 18. Takeuchi Kosuke posted 24 points for Aishin.

Panasonic - Toyota 79-73
Panasonic beat Toyota 79:73 as Onishi Takanori produced 17 points for the winners. O'Bannon Charles nailed 20 and Takahashi Michael had 17 in the losing effort.

Mitsubishi - Toshiba 64-75
Mitsubishi lost to Toshiba 64:75 on December 13th as Violette Cory paced all the winners with 21 points. Sato Takuya collected 19 points and 5 rebounds for the Dolphins.

Hitachi S. - Hokkaido 58-73
Hokkaido won the first game over Hitachi 73:58 as Orimo Takehiko top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Takeuchi Joji collected 11 points and 10 boards in defeat and Igarashi Kei added 10.

Tochigi Brex - Aishin 68-101
Aishin revenged for the first loss from Tochigi Brex and smashed them 101:68 in the second game. Henderson-Sakuragi poured in 22 points and made 5 rebounds, while Young David scored 20. Orr Randy ended up with 11 points for the hosts.

Panasonic - Toyota 80-77
Panasonic improved on top at 16-4 record after the second win over Toyota 80:77. Honeycutt Jerald led the winners with 17 points and Aono Fumihiko collected 14 points and 11 boards. Shonaka Takeki chipped in 19 points in defeat.



BJ League Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Apache - Phoenix 105-90
Apache improved to 11-5 in the Eastern Conference after beating Phoenix 105:90. Johnson Tizzo, Joho Masashi and Aoki Cohey combined 67 points for the winners, while Gardener Michael had 23 in defeat.

Albirex - Broncos 61-67
Albirex lost to Broncos 61:67 and sent them to 10-8 record. Warren Reginald was unstoppable with 19 points and 19 rebounds. Akingbade Dokun ended up with 15 points and 10 caroms in defeat.

Heat Devils - Rizing 67-80
Heat Devils remained on the bottom of the standings after the loss from Rizing 67:80. Parker Michael top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Price Jefferey collected 16 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Golden Kings - Evessa 88-75
Golden Kings are on top of the Swestern side after beating Evessa 88:75 and improving to 14-4 record. Kinjo Shigeyuki paced all the winners with 21 points, whilst Washington Lynn and Walton Eric had 23 each for the guests.

Lakestars - Five Arrows 66-84
Five Arrows improved to 11-5 after 84:66 over Lakestars. James Gordon led the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Schafer Ray finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort.

Grouses - 89ers 77-72
Grouses celebrated the rare win as they beat 89ers 77:72. Woodyard Terrence poured in 21 points and made 14 rebounds for the winners, whilst Barber Joseph had 25 points for the visiting side.



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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 8-0 
 2. Al Kuwait 8-0 
 3. Al Jahraa 6-2 
 4. Al Arabi 6-3 
 5. Al Sahel 6-4 
 6. Kazma 4-4 
 7. An Nasr 4-4 
 8. Sulaibikhat 2-7 
 9. Al Tadhamon 2-7 
 10. Al Yarmook 2-7 


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  LEBANON   


FLB Market News - by Mohammed Malas
- Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, agency: Megasport, college: St.John's) will be the 3rd import with Al Muttahed in Dubai International Tournament (Dubai, UAE 20-27 December) along with Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) and Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville).

Grant played last season Italian Lega2 with Prima Veroli averaging 16.4ppg and 8.5rpg in 29 games, He also played before in Greece, Spain and South Korea.

- Champville team's management decided to have the services of Rashad Powell (198-G-81, college: Idaho) who may replace William Pippen (203-F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Andre Muse (196-G-86, college: Quincy) to play with the team in Dubai International Tournament (Dubai, UAE 20-27 December).

Powell was playing this season in Mexico before heading to Lebanon, He had a good season last year in UAE with Al Sharjah, While Muse is still a newly graduated player and will add depth to the roster of coach Ghassan Sarkis.


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  LIBERIA   


The rush for 3 on 3 basketball intensifies - by Numennie Williams
Basketballers in Liberia are said to involve in intensive preparation for the up coming 3 on 3 basketball competition slated for December 20, 2008 at the Sports Commission in the Liberia Capital Monrovia.
The one day competition will include male and female and is being organized by Zoundvision Entertainment based in the United States of America in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Federation. The first of its kind in Liberia is now being discussed at the various Universities, school and street corners.
The trophies for the competition have arrived in country. They were brought in by the Chief Executive Officer of Zoundvision Edwin Fahnbulleh. Fahnbulleh speaking during a press conference said hes happy to introduce another form of basketball in Liberia and promised that it will be an annual one.
Already some teams have registered for the competition while other are expected to jam the Sports Commission to do theirs. Advertisements for the competition are presently rolling on various stations in Monrovia and the kids cant wait to see this day. Some teams that have ready booked their spaces include; Red Bulls, Old School 1, Old School2, Old School3 amongst others.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Basketball Federation of Montenegro eliminated BC Niksic from MNT1A League - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Federation of Montenegro today announced that they eliminated Basketball Club Niksic from MNT1A Opportunity League in season 2008/2009 because of reason of lose two game 0-20 by official decision and -2 points. Basketball Club Niksic lose last two games by official result 0-20 because of reason of not paying charges for disciplinary penalties for Executive Director of club to Basketball Federation of Montenegro.
In same way Basketball Federation of Montenegro announced that Basketball Club Niksic in next basketball season 2009/2010 will play in MNT1B league.


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 2. Danilovgrad 6-2 
 3. Ulcijn 6-2 
 4. Primorje-M. 5-3 
 5. ABS Primorje 5-3 
 6. Jedinstvo 4-4 
 7. Mogren 4-4 
 8. Lovcen 4-4 
 9. Rudar 0-8 
 10. Niksic 0-8 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 8-1 
 2. Un.Mediteran 8-1 
 3. Niksic II 7-2 
 4. Gorstak 6-3 
 5. Ljubovic 5-4 
 6. Mornar II 5-4 
 7. S.Centar 2-7 
 8. Kotor 1-8 
 9. Centar BP 1-8 
 10. Zeta 0-9 


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 48 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hornets - Raptors 99-91
David West, who delivered 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, helped New Orleans Hornets to beat Toronto Raptors on the road. It means that the Hornets jumped on 13-7, while the Raptors fell on 10-13 record. James Posey also shined for the winners collecting 20 points and 10 boards. Chris Bosh and Jose Manuel Calderon combined 47 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in loss.

Heat - Grizzlies 86-102
Memphis Grizzlies had an easy job against Miami Heat moving up on 9-1. OJ Mayo top-scored for the hosts with 28 points. Rudy Gay had 18, while Darko Milicic netted 13 points. Michael Beasley, who came off the bench, led the scorers in Miami with 20 pts. He also had 8 boards beside that. Dwayne Wade stopped on 17 pts. Miami Heat 12-11.

Thunder - Spurs 104-109
Another failure for OC Thunder, this time against San Antonio Spurs on the road. Tony Parker posted 22, while Tim Duncan registered double-double for the hosts 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Jeff Green and Kevin Durant answered combining 61 points and 17 rebounds for OC Thunder. Spurs 15-8, Thunder 2-23.

Timberwolves - Lakers 86-98
20th victory for LA Lakers (20-3) and at the same time 19th defeat for Minnesota Timberwolves this season (4-19). Kobe Bryant nailed 26 points for his team, while Pau Gasol helped with double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Timberwolves got 20 points and 13 boards from Al Jefferson.



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  NCAA2   


#1 NCAA D2 Team in the Nation Blows Out #11 Grand Valley and Ferris St! - by Lucius Jones
Findlay (OH) went on the road for back to back road games versus #11 in the nation Grand Valley St. and Ferris St.. The #1 team in the nation won each game in remarkable fashion with the first ending 68-47 versus Grand Valley St. and 83-60 versus Ferris St..

In a rematch of the Sweet 16 game of last year's national tournament, Findlay (OH) was simply amazing. Jumping out to a big lead and never looking back. The Oilers were led by their NCAA D2 Player of the Year and returning 1st Team All American, Josh Bostic (6'5''-G/F-87). Josh Bostic had an all around game as usual with 12pts on 3-6FG 1-2 3pt 5-6FT, 7rebs, 5asts, 3stls, and 1blk. The newly annointed starting shooting guard and future star, Nathan Hyde (6'3''-G) scored 13pts on 4-8FG 3-6 3pt 2-2Ft 2rebs, 1ast, 1stl. Marcus Parker (5'9''-G-87) added 12pts 5asts 3rebs and 2stls. Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87), the human highlight film, had 9pts 4rebs 2asts 2stls and Big Lee Roberts (6'7''-F/C-87) also ended up with 7pts and 7rebs of which 5 were offensive.

Versus Ferris St., Findlay (OH) was led again by another stellar performance by Josh Bostic who finished with 18pts on 7-9FG 3-3 3pt 1-1FT 4rebs and 1blk. Probably one of the best athletes in all of college basketball, Morgan Lewis had an all around game with 15pts on 6-8FG 3-5FT 6rebs(3off) 3asts 3stls 2blks. Lee Roberts ended with a double-double of 11pts on 4-6Fg and 3-6Ft with 10rebs and a block to boot. Nathan Hyde and Tyler Evans (6'2''-G-86) each scored 11pts apiece and Marcus Parker scored 7pts and dropped 8 asts as well.


#2 in the NCAA D2 Nation wins two by large margins over the weekend! - by Lucius Jones
S.Carol.-Aiken defeated Allen at home by a score of 109-81 in an impressive victory. The team was led by 1st team all american and one of the only two pre-season player of the year candidates, Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH)) and Pacer workhorse Brian Egwuatu (6'7''-F). Chris Commons ended the night with only 20mins of action but made the most of it with 17pts on 7-8FG 2-2 3pt 1-2FT 6rebs(3off) and 2blks. Brian Egwuatu ended the night with 20pts on 8-9FG 4-9FT 5rebs 1ast 1stl 2blks in 22mins. Josh Dollard (6'7''-F-86) added 12pts, 11rebs, and 6asts in only 19mins of play. Cordaryl Ballard (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Morehead St.), despite only playing 13mins also was in double figures with 10pts on 2-3FG 2-2 3pt and 4-4FT. Javonte Clanton (6'1''-G, college: Niagara) also contributed 6pts and 2asts to the victory.

S.Carol.-Aiken beat Ft.Valley St. to the tune of 86-66 in another win at home. The balanced effort seen 9 players between 5points and 13points in the win. Every Pacer played in the game and contributed to another big win under the watch of Coach Vince Alexander and Coach Nate Davis.


This Week's GNAC Player Of The Week - by Sanjey Noriega
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference has named Kenny Barker (6'3''-G) of Alaska Anchorage and Emmanuel Jenkins (5'11''-G) of Alaska Fairbanks this week's Co-Player of The Week.
Barker totaled 55 points and also had 15 rebounds, six assists and five steals as the Seawolves beat Virginia State 89-64 and St. Thomas (Fla.) 71-56. He shot 58.1 percent (18 of 31) from the floor, including 5 of 9 three-pointers. His 29 points against VSU and 26 against STU were the top two scoring outings of Barkers collegiate career.

Barker leads the Seawolves with averages of 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. UAA returns to action Tuesday and Wednesday when its hosts a pair of games against Saint Leo at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex (7 p.m.).


Jenkins had 20 points on Friday night against St. Thomas and helped lead Alaska to their first victory of the year, a 71-63 triumph. The Tacoma, WA native shot 9-14 from the field (64 percent) and also dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds.

He was spectacular on Saturday night for Alaska-Fairbanks as he poured in a game and career-high 32 points against Virginia State, 20 of which came in the first half. His biggest two points, however, came at the charity stripe with five seconds left, which iced the victory for the Nanooks and gained them back-to-back wins.

For the weekend, Jenkins shots 62 percent from the field, making 23 of his 37 field goal attempts. He scored 52 points, pulled down seven boards and had eight assists, but more importantly guided the Blue and Gold to their first two victories of the season.


UAF and UAA Open Glacier Classic With Wins - by Sanjey Noriega
From: alaskananooks.com





A back and forth battle between the Nanooks and the St. Thomas Bobcats saw Alaska hold onto a second half lead to capture their first victory of the season 71-63 on the first day of the Glacier Classic.

Junior sharp shooter Jon Moe (Granite Falls, WA) scored a team high in the first half with all 12 of his points coming from behind the arc. However, the Blue and Gold were down two at half, 29-27.

Sophomore Nashorn Maynard (Saint Paul, Saint Kitts) was held quiet because of two early fouls, and finished the half with just four points and two rebounds. Alaska shot 34.5 percent from the field but only made four of 10 free throws.

The second half saw Alaska storm out of the locker room on an 8-0 run to give the Nanooks a 35-29 lead, a lead the Blue and Gold would not relinquish. Yet the Bobcats would keep things close.

Down the stretch with the game still in the balance, Moe and St. Thomas' Antonio Jones would trade buckets back and forth. But with the score 60-58 in favor of Alaska, it would be Moe's clutch three with just over a minute left that gave the Nanooks the five point cushion which forced St. Thomas to foul. Alaska would ice the game at the line and capture the 71-63 victory

Moe finished with a game high of 33 points on 10-21 shooting and hit seven of his 12 from downtown. He also added a career high six rebounds and only committed one turnover. Moe was the Toyota Player of the Game.

Emmanuel Jenkins (5'11''-G) (Tacoma, WA) added 20 points on a solid 9-14 from the floor, plus four assists. Maynard finished the game with seven points and 10 rebounds.

The first home game for Alaska was also their first win. The are now 1-6 on the season and look to string back-to-back wins together tomorrow night as they play host to Virginia State at 8:00 p.m.


The 5:30 game had UAA jump on Virginia State and they not let up. The Seawolves saw Kenny Barker (6'3''-G) drop a season and game high 29 points, and helped UAA cruised to a 89-64 victory.

Barker had 19 of his 29 points in half one, shooting 6-8 from the field, and a perfect 3-3 from downtown. The Seawolves were up 13 at halftime, 46-33.

The second 20 minutes was much of the same for UAA as they controlled half two despite the high pressure put on by VSU. Brandon Walker score 13 of his 28 points in the second half, making all six of his free throw attempts.


Nanooks Go 2-0 In Glacier Classic - by Sanjey Noriega
From alaskananooks.com

Emmanuel Jenkins (5'11''-G) (Tacoma, WA) had a career high 32 points for the Nanooks as they defeated Virginia State 77-73 in Saturdays Glacier Classic for their second consecutive win.

Jenkins had 20 points in the first half and helped Alaska build a 41-33 advantage heading into the locker room. Virginia State was unable to stop Jenkins from penetrating the lane which was why the undersized Nanooks outscored the Trojans 24-11 in the paint. Jenkins was 9-12 from the field in the first twenty minutes.

Nashorn Maynard (Saint Paul, Saint Kitts) was able to stay on the floor in the first half of Saturdays game, unlike the previous night because of foul trouble. He had four points and seven rebounds at the half. Maynard would finish with 14 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth double double of the season.

The second half lead would grow as big as 13, and Alaska had an 11 point lead with just 3:45 seconds to go, however the Nanooks kept the Trojans in the game with costly turnovers down the stretch.

A lay-up by Ricardo Lipscomb of VSU trimmed the Alaska lead to just two points with five seconds to go, but Jenkins, the Toyota Player of the Game, iced the victory with two huge free throws and gave the Nanooks a four point victory and back-to-back wins.

Despite committing 25 turnovers and getting outscored 29-15 on bench points, Alaska defended their home court and improved their record to 2-6. The Blue and Gold outscored VSU 46-24 in the paint for the game. The Nanooks had three players to score in double figures as Kevin Buggs (Compton, CA) joined Jenkins and Maynard as he finished with 10 points on 5-7 shooting.

Up next for Alaska is Saint Leo on Thursday night at the Patty Center as the Nanooks look to extend their winning streak. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m.


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Palestinian Super League Season to launch on the 9th of January, 2009 - by Tamara Awartani
The Palestinian Basketball Federation sets the Super League Season The late George Rishmawi . A meeting was held at the Orthodoxi Ramallah Club headed by Mr. Khader Diab, President of the federation, and members to discuss a few issues related to basketball activities.

- Super League Season:
1- The Tournament will be bear the name of The late George Rishmawi, in memory of the first president of the Palestinian Basketball federation
2- A draw will take place in Siriyeh club on the 18th of Dec. at 2.30pm to determine the schedule of games.
3- 18 clubs confirmed their participation in the tournament, while Askar club and Bethlehem Salesian Club excused themselves. Hence these two will be taken down to the first division league. Moreover, any club withdrawing after the draw will be taken two levels down.
4- The bottom 6 clubs will be taken down to the first division league.
5- Within a few days an agreement with Jawwal will be signed to sponsor the tournament.
6- More details to follow after the draw, plus names of expected new import players to join local clubs.

-Cooperation with Jordan Basketball Federation
Three courses will take place in Bethlehem from the 2nd of Jan. till the 15th of Jan., with the cooperation of the Palestinian and Jordanian Federation. The courses are for Referees, Commissioners, and Coaches (Super League).


-West Asian Games
The federation decided that the Palestinian Mens National Team will take part in the West Asian Games and Tournaments for the year 2009.


-Orthodoxi Beit Sahour
The federation accepted launching the Christmas Tournament organized by Orthodoxi Beit Sahour on the 27th of Dec. for the youth teams.


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The Groove is ready to start - by Gianni Pascucci

The Augusta Groove, set to open their inaugural season on Jan. 3, finalized their roster last week, and the list of players includes several local products, like Demetrius Howard (6'5''-G-85, college: Augusta St.), Oliver Ottley, LaTerrence Casey, Roderick McGahee (6'3''-G-83, college: Saddleback JC), Kenny Thomas and Calvin Roland (6'10''-C-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth). The Groove, who began practicing at Richmond Academy last week, will also get experience from minor league basketball veterans Miguel Millien (6'7''-F-83, college: Idaho St.) and Donielle Davis (6'4''-F, college: Anderson).

The full roster is as follows:
LaTerrence CASEY F, 1980, 6-9 230lbs Paine '03
Kenny CURTIS F/C, 1976, 6-8 255lbs UNC Central '99
Donielle DAVIS F, 1981, 6-5 220lbs Anderson '03
Demetrius HOWARD G/F, 1985, 6-5 190lbs Augusta State '08
Lansen LEACH G, 1986, 6-0 185lbs Elizabeth City '08
Roderick McGAHEE G, 1983, 6-3 200lbs Saddleback JC '05
Antoine Miguel 'A J' MILLIEN F, 1983, 6-7 210lbs Trinidad St JC / Idaho State '06
Oliver OTTLEY G/F, 1978, 6-3 210lbs Augusta State '01
Calvin ROLAND C, 1983, 6-10 245lbs Aiken Tech JC / V C U '07
Cory SIMS G, 1983, 6-0 185lbs Lewis & Clark CC / Northern Illinois '06
Kenny THOMAS G/F, 1982, 6-4 200lbs Aiken Tech JC '03



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Coamo Runners to continue on Recess for 2009 Season - by Luis Ramirez
Based on information from BSN, the Coamo Maratonistas will continue in recess for the upcoming tournament in 2009. Coamo who last played in 2007 in the BSN apparently has indicated that they continue restructuring so as to be ready for the 2010 tournament. As for the Fajardo team, they have asked for a time extension which is to expire on December 20th, as they are confident they will get an interested group to acquire the franchise. Nonetheless they have declared their 3 authorized franchise players for the upcoming season in 2009, these are Kevin Hamilton, Javier Mojica and Jesse Pellot, and this of course will largely depend on a decision yet to be taken by BSN on a player trade effectuated between Fajardo and the Bayamon Cowboys where Fajardo would send Hamilton and Mojica to the Cowboys for Rafael Perez, Ivan Lopez and David Anderson.
Courtesy of BSN


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Market News - by Mohammed Malas
- The american players Danny Johnson (190-G-76, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Charleston) and Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) are the latest addition in Al Ittihad Jeddah's roster for the new season.

Johnson had a successive season last year with Al Gezira club in Egypt while Wise played for Orthodox in Jordan for few months leading them to be 4th in Arab Clubs Championship last season.

- Ohod Basketball Club decided to replace their import Brian Waters (188-G-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Elon) with Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn)...

The american CBA's side Albany Patrons was the last team which Young played in last season, He has also an experience in playing in Bosnia, Germany and France.


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KINGS GIVE NO QUARTER TO BUCCANEERS AS COSTELLO SHINES - by Sandy Sutherland
A vintage display by Scotland's 2006 Commonwealth Games point guard Laurie Costello helped Edinburgh Kings to a 91-61 win over local rivals East Lothian Buccaneers at Portobello High School on Saturday December 13, a victory which puts them joint top of the Scottish League table with Falkirk Fury, who had edged St Mirren 69-66 at the Lagoon Centre the previous night.
With Irish cap Paul Cummins struggling to find his range and rythm, it was the 26-year-old Costello, playing in only his second game of the season, who steadied the ship with 26 points, including four three-pointers, three in a first-half tally of 16.
A tired Cummins, who has been working long hours for his Masters degree, missed his first five shots in the third quarter yet still managed his customary last quarter flourish of three three-pointers and five from six free throws for an overall total of 24.
Buccs had come out of the traps like greyhounds with Scottish cap Grant Gibson and junior cap Eoghan Dover driving effectivelyand Swedish centre Rob Jansson dominating inside.
It was high octane stuff and Kings were only 21-18 up after the first quarter and 45-38 at half-time.
Baskets were still being traded late in the third, but Kings took the final quarter 29-11 with the visitors' indiscipline again their undoing.
'We wore them down,' said coach Danny Costello.
Simon Flockhart with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Garreth Lodge with 12 points and several assists also did well for Kings while Gibson with 20, Jansson with 18 and Dover and Pete Lyons, both with eight, were best for Buccs.
Honours were shared in the Kings' jousts with Falkirk Fury, the cadets winning 65-50 after overtime, while the juniors went down 71-65.




KINGS ...and all that JAZZ! - by Sandy Sutherland
Aberdeen team Beacon Jazz have been rewarded for their upset win over

local rivals Grampian Police with a home tie against the holders

Edinburgh Kings in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
The tie of the round however looks like being at Musselburgh where

inconsistent East Lothian Buccaneers must have a chance against St

Mirren.
Grampian Flyers have had the bad luck to draw the holders Edinburgh

Kool Kats away in the Scottish Women's Cup but non-league Highland will

host Cumbernauld national league side St Maurice in Inverness.
Banchory Stags, who Grampian rivals Beacon in the second round last

Saturday, have drawn the Edinburgh Kings'second team in the Scottish

Chairman's Cup last eight but they will be no pushovers judging by the

way they demolished Bellshill Cardinals 87-40 at Bellshill last

Saturday.
The best tie in this cup look to be Perth Phoenix at home to

Dunfermline Reign.

The draws are:
Scottish Cup: qu-finals (all ties to be played by Jan 26):
men: Falkirk Fury v Bellshill Cardinals; Aberdeen Beacon Jazz v

Edinburgh Kings; East Lothian Buccaneers v St Mirren; Troon Tornadoes v

Glasgow Storm.
Junior: Team Ayrshire Tornadoes v Arbroath Musketeers; Boroughmuir

Blaze v Falkirk Fury; Dunfermline Reign v St Mirren; Perth Phoenix v

Edinburgh Kings;
Cadet: Edinburgh Kings v Arbroath Musketeers; Falkirk Fury v Glasgow

Rens; Boroughmuir Blaze v St Mirren; Team Ayrshire Tornadoes v Grampian

Flyers.
Women: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Grampian Flyers; St Mirren v Edinburgh

Lions or Beacon Jazz; Highland v St Maurice Gladiators; Polonia Phoenix

v Falkirk Fury.
Junior: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Falkirk Fury; St Maurice Gladiators v St

Mirren; byes: Glasgow City, Polonia Phoenix.
Cadette: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Grampian Flyers; Falkirk Fury v Glasgow

City; Perth Phoenix v St Maurice Gladiators; Polonia Phoenix v St

Mirren.
Scottish Chairman's Cup: qu-finals (to be played by Feb 1): men:
Banchory Stags v City of Edinburgh; Perth Phoenix v Dunfermline Reign;

Central Jaguars or Frews Madson v Boroughmuir Blaze; Grampian Police v

Glasgow University;
Women: Grangemouth or Pentland Star v Midlothian Saints; Edinburgh

Comets v Perth Phoenix; City of Edinburgh v Highland; Polonia Phoenix v

Grampian Police.
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Transaction Market - by Eurobasket
Komarno signed American point guard Drew Gibson. Same team changed coach. They fired coach Ladislav Stajger and new coaches are on same level Jozef Pavlik and player Nikola Kablar (203-F-71).

Spisska Nova Ves do not have Krunoslav Krajnovic on a coach position now. He finished after 5 wins and just two losses in his last 7 games. Polish Jerzy Chudeusz is new coach of Spisska Nova Ves now.

Branislav Jemc is new coach of Chemosvit Poprad. He changed after bad start in season Josef Istok .

Rick Brooks is not a coach of Inter Bratislava now. He was changed by Juraj Adamcik , which won last season Slovak junior championships. Center Miroslav Futo (207-C-80, agency: Promotex) was transfered from Inter to Dolny Kubin.


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Olimpija announce new assistant coach, Todorovic leaves Helios - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija announced today that former U-22 NT coach Zoran Martic has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach until June 2011.
Martic spet the last two season as a coach of Zlatorog and Helios. He has helped lead the Slovenian U-20 National Team to the Gold Medal in the European Championship in Ohrid and U-22 National Team to the Silver Medal in 1998 European Championship in Sassari.

Helios has decided not to extend the contract with Serbian Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: 011 Sports). He averaged 12,0 minutes, 5,1 points (2P 19-36, FT 8-17), 2,4 rebounds, 0,3 assists and 0,3 blocks in 9 games of NLB Adriatic League and 17,7 minutes, 8,3 points (2P 22-38, 3P 1-1, FT 11-27), 3,7 rebounds, 0,9 assists, 0,6 steals and 1,4 blocks in 7 games of UPC League.



Cresnar with 51 index rating (B1 League - Rouns 12) - by Zeljko Zule

Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) had 33 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks, enough for a 51 index rating as Sencur defeated local rival Triglav 88-58 in Round 12 of B-1 League. Also amassing a 37 index rating was Roman Dominko (200-F/C-79) of winless Radenska Creativ, who scored 29 points, pulled 14 rebounds and 10 fouls drawn.

Litija-Parklji 64-74 (Adamovic 20, Ambroz 18, Brcina 11 - Erzen 16, Muric 15, Jersin 11)

Jance-Radenska Creativ 88-75 (Abramovic 23, Rozman 20, Milasinovic 17+8 as - Dominko 29+14 rbs, Marcic 12)

Kraski zidar Jadran-Hrastnik 76-82 (Husic 24+11 rbs, Lazarevski 21, Medved 14 - Tusek 19, Brecko 18+6 as, Remus 18+7 rbs)

Rogaska-Rudar 87-64 (Jotic 18, Ambroz 11 - Cop 18, Rucigaj 15, Dzombic 13)

Sencur CPK-Triglav 88-58 (Cresnar 33+14 rbs+4 bcks, Horvat 22 - Dimnik 10, Blazic 10, Mahkovic 10)

Konjice-MFC.2 Branik 71-85 (Sivka 16, Smaka 16, Ciganovic 12 - Mesko 19, Dragsic 11, Suran 11, Karlo 9+10 rbs)

Rogla-Gradisce 0-20 w.o.



News from lower divisions - by Zeljko Zule

Idrija (D2) has fired coach Mirko Jurjavcic and immediately replaced him with Drago Dedovic .

Zoran Lazarevski (194-G-76) of Kraski zidar Jadran (B1) will undergo knee surgery. Gregor Jakhel (206-F/C-88) will be sidelined at least two months due a knee injury and Matija Trampus (203-C-89) is out for one month with a ankle injury.

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NBA Development League (NBDL) To KBL - by Rick Ross
SK Knights forward Bang Sung-yoon
has averaged 26 points and 2.3 assists since his return from the
NBA Development League (NBDL) in the United States last week.

The Knights, ranked ninth, have managed to put in good performances,
regardless of final results, since Bang returned to the court.
He has averaged 26 points, 2.7 rebounds with 2.3 assists.
His field goal success rate was 57.1 percent and his three-pointers 64
percent during the three games since his return from the
NBA Development League (NBDL) in the United States.

Bang managed to get through the physical
toughness of the contests thanks to his mental strength.
Basement boys the KTF MagicWings,
meanwhile, were still placed deep in the swamp.
After losing to the Knights Sunday,
they extended their losing streak to seven.

yc@koreatimes.co.kr


Promy Back On Top - by Rick Ross
The Dongbu Promy have reclaimed top spot in the Korean Basketball League (KBL).
The defending champion, which slipped down a place to second last week,
cruised through three tough games with wins, while the other two competitors,
the KT&G Kites and Ulsan Mobis, each lost two games.

The Promy manager Chun Chang-Jin , whose team finished the second round of the
KBL season by beating the league's tallest team KCC Egis and the
SK Knights, opened the third round with a 85-64 victory over the
LG Sakers, taking its record to 14-5 Sunday in Wonju.

In its match Saturday against the Knights, the Promy scraped victory from the clutches of defeat when import
Wendell White shot with just 1.6 seconds to go before the final buzzer, edging the contest 90-89.
Forward White poured 11 of 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Though the Knights comeback star Bang Sung-yoon had 27 points, including six-three-point shots, and
Deangelo Collins recorded a double-double for the fifth game in a row,
produced 27 points with 17 rebounds, their sterling performances were overshadowed by defeat.
The Mobis, which stumbled in the last two games of the second round,
rebounded by beating the Egis 83-81 in a road game Sunday.
Since the previous week's top team grabbed a valuable victory,
they are placed second with a 13-6 record.

While the Sakers moved to fourth place with an 11-8 record, the Egis,
predicted as a strong candidate for the championship,
has lost four straight games for the first time this season and were ranked sixth with a 9-10 record.
In their Saturday match, the Sakers revenged their first round defeat to the Kites,
with rookie Lee Ji-woon's three-point buzzer beater edging the game 87-86.
Though the Kites import Marquin Chandler scored a season-
high 48 points, the tally fell just short of achieving victory.
The Knights, ranked ninth, have managed to put in good performances,
regardless of final results, since Bang returned to the court.

He has averaged 26 points, 2.7 rebounds with 2.3 assists.
His field goal success rate was 57.1 percent and his three-pointers
64 percent during the three games since his return from the
NBA Development League (NBDL) in the United States.
Bang managed to get through the physical toughness of the contests thanks to his mental strength.
Basement boys the KTF MagicWings, meanwhile, were still placed deep in the swamp.
After losing to the Knights Sunday, they extended their losing streak to seven.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


KBL Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ET Land B.Sl. - Mobis Phoebus 81-79
ET Land B sent Mobis Phoebus from the top as they beat them 81:79 on December 13th. Powell Carlos paced all the winners with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Ham Ji-Hoon and Blankson Odartey produced 20 points in defeat.

KCC Egis - Orions 64-78
KCC Egis lost to Orions 64:78 as Daniels Chris led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Brand Micah ended up with 28 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.

KTF M.Wings - SK Knights 80-82
SK Knights overcame KTF M.Wings 82:80 in the agme for the teams from the bottom. Bang Sung-Yun top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Shannon Terrence collected 20 points and 13 boards.

Dongbu Promy - LG Sakers 85-64
Dongbu Promy improved to 14-5 on top after beating LG Sakers 85:64. White Wendell led the winners with 20 points and Okosa Reggie added 16. Johnson Ivan ended up with 20 points for the guests.

Samsung Th. - ET Land B.Sl. 87-79
Samsung tied ET Land at 8-11 in the standings defeating them 87:79. Leather Terrence poured in 26 points and Lee Kyu-Sup scored 20. Powell Carlos shined with 27 points in the losing effort.

KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus 81-83
Mobis Phoebus grabbed 13-6 on the second position outscoring KCC Egis 83:81. Kim Hyun-Joong and Blankson Odartey led the winners with 17 points each, whilst Mitchell Carl top-scored in the game for the hosts with 20 points.

KT&G Kites - LG Sakers 86-87
On December 13th KT&G Kites lost to LG Sakers 86:87 as Johnson Ivan ruined the hosts with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Chandler Marquin had a fabulous performance in defeat with 48 points and 14 rebounds.



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ACB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - CAI Zaragoza 102-77
102 points scored by Unicaja were more than enough for the comfortable home victory against CAI Zaragoza. Thomas Kelati drained 20 points and dished out 7 assists for the winning squad. Marcus Haislip followed with 16 points and 7 boards, while Carlos Cabezas stopped on 15 pts. Taurean Green answered with 21 points in loss. Unicaja is currently the second ranked team in the league with 10-2 record. Zaragoza has 4-8.

Granada - Kalise G.C. 82-76
Granada outsmarted Granca improving on 7-6 score in ACB. On the other side, visitors slipped on 8-4 (the same numbers also have Joventut and Real Madrid). Curtis Borchardt was a key player for the hosts collecting 19 points and 12 rebounds. James Augustine and Carl English delivered 14 points each for the loosing side.

Bruesa - Pamesa V. 70-65
Very important victory for the host team, who moved up on 4-8. David Doblas top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Andy Panko had 15 pts and 11 boards, while Lou Roe also registered double-double, 14 points and 10 rebs. The team of the HC Neven Spahija got 14 points from big guy Kosta Perovic dropping on 7-6.

Real Madrid - CB Murcia 70-61
After thriller win vs Partizan Belgrade in Euroleague, Real Madrid managed to beat CB Murcia and to improve on 8-4 record. Center Felipe Reyes was the only one with double-digits in scoring for Real with 17 points. He also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists beside that. Chris Thomas and Taquan Dean contributed with 12 points each in loss. Murcia 3-10.

Cajasol - DKV Joven. 66-77
8-4 for DKV Joventut and 1-11 for Cajasol ater this game. Bracey Wright netted 13, while Jan-Hendrick Jagla had one point less for the winners. Nik Caner-Medley came up with double-double for the hosts, 19 points and 12 rebs.

Tau - Iurbentia B. 97-79
As it was expected, the reigning champion didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Bilbao in Vitoria. It means that Tau remains at the top of the standing alone with 11-1 record. Bilbao fell on 6-6. Mirza Teletovic and Igor Rakocevic nailed 27 points apiece for the winners. Bilbao had three players with 12 points (Banic, Seibutis, Savovic).

ViveMenorca - Regal Barca 61-75
Regal Barca cruised past ViveMenorca on the road mostly owing to JC Navarro and Fran Vasquez, which combined 36 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Menorca got 20 pts from Mario Stojic. Barca 9-3, Menorca 4-8.

Ricoh Man. - A.G. Fuenla 85-79
Roman Montanez paced Ricoh Manresa to victory against Fuenla collecting 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Brad Oleson responded with 16 points and 4 rebs for the visitors. Manresa 6-7, Fuenla 5-7.



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Taiwanese basketball tidbit - by Chris Wang
-- This is a little bit late. In fact, much too late. Dacin Tigers signed American forward Byron Allen (201-C-81, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Northwestern St.) to a contract for an undisclosed amount. The 6-7, 280 pounder is mainly a physical post player and will be the only U.S. import in the 2008-09 SBL season.

Local newspapers reported that Dacin loves Allen's defensive mentality, which has been the teams' priority in its import search.

Allen, on paper, will be the sole import in the SBL next year although there will be a number of players comiing from overseas, including Taiwanese-Americans James Mao and Doug Creighton and Taiwanese-German Juefan Geiger (see below).

Byron Allen profile:
DOB: June 10, 1981
Career:
Leland, MS/ Leland HS
2002-2003: Northwestern St. (NCAA): 27 games: 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 24ast
2003-2004: Northwestern St. (NCAA): 27 games: 8.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 19ast
2004-2005: Northwestern St. (NCAA): 33 games: 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 26ast, FGP: 50%
2005-2006: Northwestern St. (NCAA): 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, FG: 57.1%, FT: 52.8%
2007-2008: East Kentucky Miners (CBA), left in Feb.'08: 28 games: 3.1ppg, 2.3rpg
2008: Elkhart Express (IBL): 22 games: 6.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 0.4apg
2008-2009: East Kentucky Miners (CBA)
(Source: Eurobasket.com)

-- Taiwanese-German Juefan Geiger is currently in training camp with his Taiwan Mobile teammates and getting used to a different style of play in Taiwan. Taiwanese teams emphasize speed over anything else while in Germany physicality is the priority, said Geiger.

Geiger, whose mother is a Taiwanese, goes with his Chinese name Huang Yu-fan in Taiwan. Possessing a Taiwanese passport, he is able to play as a local player in the SBL.

-- It makes you wonder that whether the SBL will be able to successfully launch its 6th season as the venue, the schedule, the TV contract and even the opening date are all still uncertain at this moment -- approximately one month before the scheduled opening day January 10, 2009.

-- FinallyKChen Hsin-an is enjoying his fatherhood. Chens daughter was born in AugustK


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  TPBL   


2009 TPBL LEAGUE SCHEDULE - by Chris Cardenas
WELCOME TEXAS!!! ITS TIME TO KICK OFF ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR OUR STATES OFFICIAL PRO BASKETBALL LEAGUE!!
HERE IS THE 2009 TPBL GAME SCHEDULE. NEED MORE INFO,LOCATIONS, TICKETS CALL: 325-763-6630

GAME TIMES : FRIDAYS 8 PM SATURDAYS - 7 PM SUNDAYS 3 PM

WEEK 1

FRIDAY JAN. 9 TH WEST TX STORM AT MIDLAND HEAT
CYPRESS SYNERGY AT HOUSTON P.T.S.

SATURDAY JAN. 10TH CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS
HOUSTON P.T.S. AT CYPRESS SYNERGY

SUNDAY JAN. 11TH MIDLAND HEAT AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT WEST TX STORM



WEEK 2

FRIDAY JAN. 16TH WEST TX STORM AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
MIDLAND HEAT AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS


SATURDAY JAN. 17TH CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT CYPRESS SYNERGY
HOUSTON P.T.S. AT MIDLAND HEAT


SUNDAY JAN. 18TH SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.
CYPRESS SYNERGY AT WEST TX STORM

WEEK 3

FRIDAY JAN. 23RD CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT MIDLAND HEAT

SATURDAY JAN. 24TH CYPRESS SYNERGY AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS
EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.


SUNDAY JAN. 25TH SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT CYRESS SYNERGY
METRO MIRACLES AT WEST TX STORM

WEEK 4

SATURDAY JAN. 31ST WEST TX STORM AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS
MIDLAND HEAT AT CYPRESS SYNERGY
HOUSTON P.T.S. AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
WEEK 5

FRIDAY FEB. 6TH CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.
GOODFELLOW AIRFORCE BASE AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS


SATURDAY FEB. 7TH SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT CYPRESS SYNERGY
HOUSTON P.T.S. AT MIDLAND HEAT
METRO MIRACLES AT WEST TX STORM


SUNDAY FEB. 8TH CYPRESS SYNERGY AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS




WEEK 6

FRIDAY FEB. 13TH EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT CYPRESS SYNERGY
CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS


SATURDAY FEB. 14TH WEST TX STORM AT MIDLAND HEAT
METRO MIRACLES AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.


SUNDAY FEB. 15TH SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT WEST TX STORM
CYPRESS SYNERGY AT HOUSTON P.T.S.

WEEK 7

FRIDAY FEB. 20TH MIDLAND HEAT AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS

SATURDAY FEB. 21ST EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT MIDLAND HEAT
SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.
WEST TX STORM AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS


SUNDAY FEB. 22 METRO MIRACLES AT MIDLAND HEAT
CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT WEST TX STORM

WEEK 8

FRIDAY FEB. 27TH MIDLAND HEAT AT WEST TX STORM
HOUSTON P.T.S. AT CYPRESS SYNERGY

SATURDAY FEB. 28TH SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
CYPRESS SYNERGY AT HOUSTON P.T.S.

SUNDAY MAR. 1ST CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT MIDLAND HEAT
WEST TX STORM AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS

WEEK 9

FRIDAY MAR. 6TH CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT WEST TX STORM
SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT MIDLAND HEAT

SATURDAY MAR. 7TH CYPRESS SYNERGY AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
MIDLAND HEAT AT HOUSTON P.T.S.


SUNDAY MAR. 8TH HOUSTON P.T.S. AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS
WEST TX STORM AT CYPRESS SYNERGY

WEEK 10

FRIDAY MAR. 13TH CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS AT SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS

SATURDAY MAR. 14TH MIDLAND HEAT AT CENTRAL TX BLACKHAWKS
SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS AT CYPRESS SYNERGY
EAST TX TRAILBLAZERS AT HOUSTON P.T.S.

SUNDAY MAR. 15TH METRO MIRACLES AT WEST TX STORM
CYPRESS SYNERGY AT MIDLAND HEAT




2009 TPBL PLAYOFFS WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 20-22

TOP 4 TEAMS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. THE PLAYOFF FORMAT WILL BE AS FOLLOWS : #1 VS. #4 / #2 VS. #3

ALL PLAYOFFS ARE : BEST 2-OUT OF- 3 SERIES.
GAME 1 AT LOWER SEEDS HOME GYM
GAME 2 & 3 (IF NEC) AT HIGHER SEEDS HOME GYM

GOOD LUCK TO ALL TPBL TEAMS!! HAVE A GREAT SEASON!! TO ALL THE FANS OF THE TPBL , YOUR IN FOR ANOTHER AWESOME SEASON!!


CHRIS CARDENAS
TPBL LEAGUE OWNER/FOUNDER
325-763-6630


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  TURKEY   


TBL Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Oyak Renault - Selcuk Uni. 80-69
Alex Gordon and Evren Buker combined 47 points, leading their Oyak Renault to home win vs Selcuk. Visitors got 14 points from Ilker Turel. Both teams currently have 4-6 record, the same as Besiktas and Karsiyaka.

Mersin - Galatasaray 70-75
Galatasaray celebrated against Mersin on the road, remaining on top of TBL together with Efes Pilsen (9-1). On the other side, Mersin fell on 5-5. Rashid Atkins collected 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Galata. Huseyin Besok helped with double-double, 17 points and 15 boards. Kimani Ffriend was better than the others in defeat with 15 points and 14 rebs.

Efes Pilsen - T.Telekom 80-76
Efes Pilsen was better than Turk Telekom in derby game of Round 10 mostly owing to Ender Arslan, who netted 21 points and dished out 6 assists. Charles Smith added 17 pts. Michael Wright collected 21 points and 5 rebounds for Turk Telekom. Efes remains on top with Galatasaray. Visitors dropped on 7-3.

Besiktas - Banvit 86-85
Besiktas escaped with a tiny home win vs Banvit improving on 4-6 record. Mire Chatman drained 30 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the hosts, while Cevher Ozer followed him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph Crispin contributed with 22 points in loss. His team now has 7-3.

Fener.Ulker - Antalya 100-62
Fenerbahce Ulker devastated Antalya with plus 38. Mirsad Turkcan was totally the best player for the hosts collecting 26 points and 9 rebounds. Antalya got 16 pts from Michael Green. Fener 7-3, Antalya 5-5.

TED Koleji - Karsiyaka 71-63
After desperate nine weeks,Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara downed Pinar Karsiyaka in Ankara. Casa TED Ankara Kolejliler made its first win in regular season with the new coach Hasan Ozmeric and its supporters, Die4you. Five players scored in double digits in CASA TED, Erek Hansen finished the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Bell collected 11 points,4 rebounds and 4 assist for the winners, Leon Williams collected 12 points 17 rebounds, Gerald Brown netted 22 points in defeat. (by Baha Kurtulus)

Kepez Bld - Erdemir 77-56
Kepez finally grabbed the first this season. After 9 consecutive defeats, Torell Martin and his teammates outplayed Erdemir 77-56. Martin shined for the hosts delivering 24 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. James Thomas registered 12 points and 15 boards for Erdemir. Kepez 1-9, Erdemir 2-8.

Aliaga - Darussafaka 92-81
It was a game between two teams with 5-4 record after 9 rounds. Aliaga had couple of players in a game mood. Aubrey Reese and Hakan Yapar netted 17 points each, while Charles Davis added 14 pts and 11 rebounds. Melih Mahmutoglu scored 20 points in Darussafaka.



CASA TED Ankara Kolejliler easily beat Pinar Karsiyaka : 71-63 - by Baha Kurtulus

After desperate nine weeks,Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara downed Pinar Karsiyaka in Ankara.
Casa TED Ankara Kolejliler made its first win in regular season with the new coach Hasan Ozmeric
and its supporters, Die4you. Five players scored in double digits in CASA TED, Erek Hansen (211-C-82, college: Iowa) finished the game with 18 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Bell (178-G-84, college: Fresno St.) collected 11 points,4 rebounds and 4 assist for the winners,
Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Ohio) collected 12 points 17 rebounds, Gerald Brown (193-G-84, college: Loyola, MD) netted 22 points in defeat.

CASA TED ANKARA KOLEJLILER (71): Ozgur Adiguzel 8 (2 reb., 4 as.), Caner Oner 3 (2 reb.), Alper Ozcan (1 reb., 1 as.), Caner Erdeniz 12 (1 reb., 1 as.), Onder Kulcebas 5 (6 reb., 2 as.),
Kevin Bell 11 (4 reb., 4 as.), Volkan Cetintahra (1 reb.), Quan Prowell 11 (3 reb., 2 as.), Erek Hansen 18 (8 reb., 2 as.),

PINAR KARSIYAKA (63): Gokper Gen (1 reb.), Leon Williams 12 (17 reb., 1 as.), Hakan Koseoglu 8 (1 reb., 6 as.), Omer Kahyaoglu 3, Valentin Pastal 3 (1 reb., 1 as.),
Ralph Mims 11 (6 reb., 2 as.), Michael Benton 2 (11 reb., 2 as.), Gerald Brown 22 (2 reb.), Erhan Yetim 2 (2 reb., 1 as.)

1.Period:13-9
2.Period:22-21
3.Period:20-12
4.Period:16-21



TB2L Stats Leaders
TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Kutluay, ITU 26,9
2 Mahmutoglu, Pert. 26,2
3 Forte, G.Banvit. 21,4
4 Gordon, Edirne 21,0
5 Garrison, P.Kale 20,4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Terrell, Eyup 11,8
2 Garrison, P.Kale 11,0
3 Haciyeva, Pertev. 10,8
4 Parham, Akcako. 10,5
5 Sirin, Orman 9,7
Assists Per Game
1 Sayit Ay, Bursa 6,3
2 Gacemer, Gelisim 5,1
3 Bayrak, ITU 4,8
4 Demirok, TED 4,7
5 Yavuz, Bornova 4,3
Steals Per Game
1 Karabulut, Orman 3,2
2 Celebioglu, G.Banv. 2,7
3 Kocamis, Gelisim 2,6
4 Cinar, Duzce 2,6
5 Gursu, G.Banvit. 2,2
Blocks Per Game
1 Garrison, P.Kale 2,7
2 Harvey, Usak 2,6
3 Adual, ITU 2,2
4 Boswell, Trabzon 1,8
5 Johnson, Orman 1,4


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


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


TD named Western Conference POW - by David Edole
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 14.
Duncan averaged a double-double with 22.0 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 4-0 record. The 11-year veteran tallied 32 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in the Spurs 133-126 double-overtime victory at Dallas on Dec. 9. Since beginning the season at 1-4, the Spurs have posted a record of 14-4 and are currently on six-game winning steak.

Here is a closer look at Duncan:
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Dec. 9 @ Dallas: Recorded 32 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 133-126 double-overtime win over the Mavericks. Dec. 10 vs. Atlanta: Scored 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds in a 95-89 win over the Hawks. Dec. 12 @ Minnesota: Tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a 98-86 win over the Timberwolves. Dec. 14 vs. Oklahoma City: Scored 20 points, and added 12 rebounds and five assists in a 109-104 win over the Thunder.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland's LeBron James and Mo Williams, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, Denver's Carmelo Anthony, Detroit's Richard Hamilton, the Los Angeles Clippers' Zach Randolph, Memphis' Rudy Gay, and Orlando's Rashard Lewis.


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  UBL   


UBL TRYOUTS 1/10/09 - by Ozzie Denson


UBL SPRINGFIELD THILL TRYOUTS 1/10/09 (SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI) - 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
UBL COME GET SOME!!!



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Rocks Back On Top - by Andy Webb
Scottish Rocks once again sit on top of the BBL after an excellent fourth quarter performance eventually saw off Marshall MK Lions 94-82 in Glasgow.

Once again it was point-guard Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) who came to the Rocks rescue as he poured in ten-points during the final stanza, including a three which put daylight between the sides, on his way to a joint game high total of 22.

Rocks had trailed 66-68 heading into the last ten minutes of action, but a 15-5 run gave them an unassailable 81-73 advantage.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders kept themselves in contention at the top of the table with a 102-79 blow out of bottom placed PAWS London Capital at the Pavilions.

Gary Stonach's team were totally dominant throughout despite trailing 2-9 after opening two minutes. A 26-9 finish to the first quarter put them in control and they turned the screw in the second period with a 17-2 start on their way to a 51-32 half time lead.

The third quarter was a master-class at both ends of the court with 30 points by Raiders offensively being balanced by conceding just 8 defensively as Plymouth went into the fourth quarter 81-40 up.

Stronach was able to run his bench late in the match which allowed London to make the score respectable.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 102 (28,51,81) (Gall 22, Durham 16, Beasley 14)
PAWS London Capital 79 (18,32,40) (D James 36, Jivens 18, Gariba/Woods 9)


Airwaves Plymouth Raiders kept themselves in contention at the top of the table with a 102-79 blow out of bottom placed PAWS London Capital at the Pavilions.

Gary Stonach's team were totally dominant throughout despite trailing 2-9 after the opening two minutes. A 26-9 finish to the first quarter with contributions from all of the Raiders's starters put them in control.

And they turned the screw in the second period with a 17-2 start, including three threes from Allistair Gall, on their way to a 51-32 half time lead.

The third quarter was a master-class at both ends of the court with 30 points by Raiders offensively being balanced by conceding just 8 defensively as Plymouth went into the fourth quarter 81-40 up.

Stronach was able to run his bench late in the match which allowed London to make the score respectable with Duane James' 36 being a game-high total.

Scottish Rocks 94 (32,48,66) (Yanders 22, Murray 15, Pratt 14)
Marshall MK Lions 82 (19,44,68) (New 22, Brown 20, Morrison 13)

Scottish Rocks sit on top of the BBL after an excellent fourth quarter performance eventually saw off Marshall MK Lions 94-82 in Glasgow.

Once again it was point-guard Rob Yanders who came to the Rocks rescue as he poured in ten-points during the final stanza, including a three which put daylight between the sides, on his way to a joint game high total of 22.

Rocks had trailed 66-68 heading into the last ten minutes of action, but a 15-5 run gave them an unassailable 81-73 advantage.

The home side turned on the style during the opening quarter with six three-pointers - three from Blake Shelton and two from Yanders - helping them take a 32-19 into the second period.

Lions rallied after the break to shave a ten point (43- 33) Rocks lead midway through the quarter down to just four (48-44) at half time thanks to excellent work by Michael New and Tommie Eddie.

And Milton Keynes took their first lead of the match since the opening exchanges when New scored halfway through an 11-0 Lions run. Two Dru Spinks free throws handed the visitors a 66-68 end of third quarter advantage.

Rocks were quick to respond though as Yanders tied the match at 68-68 from the charity stripe and then a Gareth Murray put-back gave them the lead for good at 71-70.


KINGS GIVE NO QUARTER TO BUCCANEERS AS COSTELLO SHINES - by Sandy Sutherland
A vintage display by Scotland's 2006 Commonwealth Games point guard Laurie Costello helped Edinburgh Kings to a 91-61 win over local rivals East Lothian Buccaneers at Portobello High School on Saturday December 13, a victory which puts them joint top of the Scottish League table with Falkirk Fury, who had edged St Mirren 69-66 at the Lagoon Centre the previous night.
With Irish cap Paul Cummins struggling to find his range and rythm, it was the 26-year-old Costello, playing in only his second game of the season, who steadied the ship with 26 points, including four three-pointers, three in a first-half tally of 16.
A tired Cummins, who has been working long hours for his Masters degree, missed his first five shots in the third quarter yet still managed his customary last quarter flourish of three three-pointers and five from six free throws for an overall total of 24.
Buccs had come out of the traps like greyhounds with Scottish cap Grant Gibson and junior cap Eoghan Dover driving effectivelyand Swedish centre Rob Jansson dominating inside.
It was high octane stuff and Kings were only 21-18 up after the first quarter and 45-38 at half-time.
Baskets were still being traded late in the third, but Kings took the final quarter 29-11 with the visitors' indiscipline again their undoing.
'We wore them down,' said coach Danny Costello.
Simon Flockhart with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Garreth Lodge with 12 points and several assists also did well for Kings while Gibson with 20, Jansson with 18 and Dover and Pete Lyons, both with eight, were best for Buccs.
Honours were shared in the Kings' jousts with Falkirk Fury, the cadets winning 65-50 after overtime, while the juniors went down 71-65.




KINGS ...and all that JAZZ! - by Sandy Sutherland
Aberdeen team Beacon Jazz have been rewarded for their upset win over

local rivals Grampian Police with a home tie against the holders

Edinburgh Kings in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
The tie of the round however looks like being at Musselburgh where

inconsistent East Lothian Buccaneers must have a chance against St

Mirren.
Grampian Flyers have had the bad luck to draw the holders Edinburgh

Kool Kats away in the Scottish Women's Cup but non-league Highland will

host Cumbernauld national league side St Maurice in Inverness.
Banchory Stags, who Grampian rivals Beacon in the second round last

Saturday, have drawn the Edinburgh Kings'second team in the Scottish

Chairman's Cup last eight but they will be no pushovers judging by the

way they demolished Bellshill Cardinals 87-40 at Bellshill last

Saturday.
The best tie in this cup look to be Perth Phoenix at home to

Dunfermline Reign.

The draws are:
Scottish Cup: qu-finals (all ties to be played by Jan 26):
men: Falkirk Fury v Bellshill Cardinals; Aberdeen Beacon Jazz v

Edinburgh Kings; East Lothian Buccaneers v St Mirren; Troon Tornadoes v

Glasgow Storm.
Junior: Team Ayrshire Tornadoes v Arbroath Musketeers; Boroughmuir

Blaze v Falkirk Fury; Dunfermline Reign v St Mirren; Perth Phoenix v

Edinburgh Kings;
Cadet: Edinburgh Kings v Arbroath Musketeers; Falkirk Fury v Glasgow

Rens; Boroughmuir Blaze v St Mirren; Team Ayrshire Tornadoes v Grampian

Flyers.
Women: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Grampian Flyers; St Mirren v Edinburgh

Lions or Beacon Jazz; Highland v St Maurice Gladiators; Polonia Phoenix

v Falkirk Fury.
Junior: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Falkirk Fury; St Maurice Gladiators v St

Mirren; byes: Glasgow City, Polonia Phoenix.
Cadette: Edinburgh Kool Kats v Grampian Flyers; Falkirk Fury v Glasgow

City; Perth Phoenix v St Maurice Gladiators; Polonia Phoenix v St

Mirren.
Scottish Chairman's Cup: qu-finals (to be played by Feb 1): men:
Banchory Stags v City of Edinburgh; Perth Phoenix v Dunfermline Reign;

Central Jaguars or Frews Madson v Boroughmuir Blaze; Grampian Police v

Glasgow University;
Women: Grangemouth or Pentland Star v Midlothian Saints; Edinburgh

Comets v Perth Phoenix; City of Edinburgh v Highland; Polonia Phoenix v

Grampian Police.
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  URBL   


Universal City Warriors Update - by Mac Claire
December 14th, Universal City - The Universal City Warriors of the United Regions Basketball League is still looking for talented ball players. College or pro experience is preferred but not a requirement.
The Warriors begin their regular season, the league's inaugural campaign, in April 2009.
For additional information please visit the new internet home of the Warriors at www.ucwarriors.com or contact General Manager Larry Smith at 210-679-0236.


Capital City Knights Join URBL - by Mac Claire
December 14th, Austin - The United Regions Basketball League is pleased to welcome its newest team, the Capital City Knights. Owner Montell Robinson will coach the club.
Try-out information will be announced shortly according to Robinson.
'I have a number of items in place already,' Robinson said. 'I am building a temporary website which will be ready soon. I already have team gear and other merchandise about to be produced.
'I'm back and I'm ready!'
That last statement came about because Robinson once coached the San Marcos Knights of the UBL. Like the San Antonio Soul, the Knights have crossed over to the more travel friendly URBL.
'I'm delighted that Coach Robinson is back,' URBL CEO Mac Claire stated. 'We have been friends for ten years and Montell is a quality guy that any organization would benefit from having.'
'He's tough on his players but he also gives them the assistance they need on the court and off.'




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes maintain perfect record - by Eurobasket News
The Bundesliga reigning champions Flying Foxes earned the ninth straight win in the season. They romped past Klosternueburg 94:56 at the weekend. Flying Foxes quickly took over in this one and led by 11 points after ten minutes of action. Klosterneuburg managed to slow the hosts down a bit in the second frame and Flying Foxes led by the same 11 points at halftime. But the visitors soon ran out of steam and the league leaders raced to another comfortable victory at the end. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) provided 21 points for Flying Foxes. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) added 17 points in the win. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) responded with 17 points for the Duchess. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) had 13 points in the losing case.
Graz held off Baden 73:61 at home court. It was just the second win in the season for the home team. Baden got to a better start and enjoyed a 23:21 lead after the opening stanza. However a 22:6 rally from Graz allowed them to build a 43:29 advantage at the interval. The home team never surrendered the advantage in the second half and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Marianna Kuras (182-F-81) stepped up with 20 points for Graz. Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) delivered 15 points in the win. Michaela Thaler (172-F-89) answered with 14 points for Baden as they slipped at 0-10 record.
UBBC stayed in the second spot in the ladder as they claimed the seventh victory outscoring Vienna 87. Jordan Wilson (186-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin) poured in 29 points to lead Herzogenburg to a 95:81 win. Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) contributed 20 points for the winners. Sophie Meisinger (183-F-89) answered with game-high 32 points for Vienna in defeat.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Dexia post eleventh straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Dexia remained undefeated in D1 action as they posted the eleventh consecutive win. This time Dexia rolled past Point Chaud 107:49 at home court. It was all over for Point Chaud in the first half. Dexia piled up a 54:22 advantage at halftime and continued to mount the pressure after the long break. Sprimont had to give up at the end suffering the seventh loss in the championship. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) knocked down 19 points to lead the charge. Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) contributed 18 points for the winning team. Laura Sario (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) answered with game-high 20 points for Point Chaud in defeat.
Waregem eked out a narrow overtime win over Sint Kateline in the central matchup of the round. Sint Kateline was ahead by 3 points after the starting frame but Waregem outscored the hosts in the second period to enjoy a 2-point advantage at the interval. Waregem stretched the margin to as many as 8 points before the fourth term but failed to hold on to it. Sint Kateline denied the deficit and sent the game into the extra period. But Waregem were more consistent and celebrated the victory after five minutes of extended play. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) fired 29 points to lead the winners. Angele Boucquey (175-F-81) delivered 16 points as Waregem tied Sint Kateline at 8-3 record in the ladder. Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) answered with 23 points and 12 boards in the loss.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Wins for ZBL leaders in Round 13 - by Eurobasket News
The league leaders got simultaneous victories in Round 13. USK Praha scored the thirteenth straight victory beating Hradec Kralove 105:70 on the road. The hosts held on well in the first frame and led by one point after ten minutes of action 17:16. However USK Praha soon grabbed the initiative and arrived at halftime break leading by 6 points. The second half turned into a rather one-sided traffic as USK Praha eased to yet another victory in the season. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) knocked down 31 points and grabbed 8 boards for USK Praha. Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) added 19 points for the winners. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) contributed 13 points and 7 boards for Hradec Kralove in defeat.
Gambrinus also had to deal with a 2-point deficit after the first quarter before taking over Kara Trutnov in Brno. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 21 points to lead the hosts to a 90:75 victory. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) contributed 16 points apiece for the winners. Darina Misurova (163-G-81) knocked down 18 points for Trutnov in defeat.
Valosun stayed in the third position as they cruised past Tabor 88:59 away from home. The visitors piled up an 11-point cushion after the ten minutes of action and never looked back again. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) nailed 20 points to lead the way for Valosun. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) added 15 points in the winning effort. Tereza Vorlova (186-F-86) had 22 points for Tabor.


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  DENMARK - Women  


SISU defeat Horsholm in Round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm suffered the first defeat in the season as they came up short against SISU at home court. The win allowed the Alan-Pierre Atallah team to catch up with the 79ers atop of the ladder at 9-1 record. The game turned into a battle of defensive schemes. The sides traded baskets in the opening frame and SISU secured a narrow 15:14 lead at the first break. The visitors limited Horsholm to just 10 points in the second stanza extending the gap to 5 points at the interval. The scoring did not improve much in the third frame as the teams teamed up for 27 points, while SISU entered the fourth quarter ahead by 6 points. The 79ers fought desperately to deny the deficit but had to surrender at the end. Linda Larsen (168-G-87) led SISU with 17 points. Jackie Adamshick (183-F-84, agency: 22ft, college: Villanova) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Kristine Jensen answered with 17 points for Horsholm. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) dropped 13 points, grabbed 9 boards and made 6 steals for the hosts in the loss.
Aabyhoj strengthened their position in the third spot as they earned the seventh win. In Round 11 Aabyhoj thumped Horsens 93:59 at home court. The visitors stunned Aabyhoj in the starting term as they piled up an 8-point lead. However the hosts quickly bounced back and left not a single chance for the Pirates in the reminder of the contest. Ida Preetzmann scored 27 points to pace Aabyhoj. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) added 14 points in the winning case. Tena Matthews (173-G-85, college: Northwestern St.) and Emma Kiis (183-F-89) replied with 12 points each for Horsens.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Recap of DBBL Round 13 - by Moritz Korff
BC Pharmaserv Marburg - TSV 1880 Wasserburg 75:69
The Blue Dolphins surprised the defending champion Wasserburg at home and handed TSV the second loss of this current season. Marburg's leading scorers were all Germans: Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) came first with 19 points (plus 10 boards), Anna-Christine Goerg (190-F-87) and Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) each had 12 points and Sandra Weber (183-G/F-85) added 11. Yolanda Paige (168-G-83, college: W.Virginia) replied with 14 points for Wasserburg, Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) and Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) netted 13 points apiece.

ChemCats Chemnitz - SV Halle Lions 81:70
The Lions failed to square the standings with Wasserburg as they lost on the road as well as the number one-side. Chemnitz was led by good individual performances of Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) who scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Martina Bozikov (188-F-84) who put in 21 points (plus 7 rebounds). Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) followed with 14 points. Halle was paced by a double-double of Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) who finished the contest with 24 points and 11 boards.

Herner TC - Trinos Goettingen 81:78
HTC improved to a 6-7 record by edging past Goettingen on home floor. Nadzeya Drozd (168-G-83, agency: LBM Management) contributed a game-high 27 points to the victory, Teiosha George (193-F/C-85, college: Pepperdine) had an impressive 20 points/20 rebounds-performance. Goettingen's Jaysie Chambers (188-F, college: Ill.-Chicago) answered with 20 points and 10 boards.

BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel - TV Saarlouis Royals 65:85
The Wildcats dropped to the last spot in the table after falling to the Royals who celebrated their 10th triumph of the season. Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) was unstoppable in the win, she hit 10 out of 13 from the floor and scored 25 points. Romy Baer (188-F-87) added 14 points. For Wolfenbuettel Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA) went 5/7 from beyond the arc to finish the game with 15 points, as many points as Jezabel Ohanian (170-F-77) scored.

WWK Donau-Ries - evo New Basket Oberhausen 74:70
Donau-Ries held off Oberhausen at home thanks to another great effort of Megan Vogel (180-G/F-85, college: S.Dakota St.). She recorded 22 points and 17 rebounds, German international Alexandra Mueller (176-G-83) drained 4 threes and had 18 points after 40 minutes played. Sarah Wilson (190-F-86, college: Niagara) added another 16 points for WWK, while Oberhausen was led by Bracey Barker (186-F-85, college: Maine) who put in 18 points. Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) tallied 16 points and 15 boards in the loss.

BBV Leipzig Eagles - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 66:68
The visiting Freiburg team outrebounded the Eagles 46:30 to snatch the away-win. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) was outstanding, as she killed Leipzig with 29 points and 11 rebounds being the only USC player in double figure-scoring that night. Caroline Sterner (175-G/F-83) had 24 points for the Eagles, Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added 20 points and 8 rebounds.


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


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Hotel Cork and DCU Mercy share the lead - by Eurobasket News
Hotel Cork and DCU Mercy got wins in Round 8 of the Superleague action. Thus both teams continued to share the leading position in the standings tied at 7-1 record.
Hotel Cork outscored Tolka Rovers 86:75 to register victory. Cork jumped into a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action and dominated in the second one. The hosts arrived at halftime leading 48:30 but Tolka were not done just yet. They trimmed the deficit to minimum before Hotel Cork managed to run away in the final stanza. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) knocked down 24 points to lead the hosts. Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) added 21 points for the league leaders. Eva Cunningham (-G) answered with 39 points for Tolka as they fell at 3-5 record.
DCU Mercy stunned Dart Killester 89:47 on the road. The visitors eased to a 41:25 advantage at halftime and never looked back en route to the seventh victory. Jill Martin (185-F-85) produced 21 points in the winning effort. Susanne Maguire (183-G-75) had 18 points for DCU Mercy. Killester remained winless despite 22 points from Leah Truncale (180-G-80, college: Binghamton).
UL Auginish scored a comfortable 74:59 win over Iona. Kristen O'Neill (186-G/F, college: Washington) fired impressive 46 points to lead UL Auginish. Miriam Liston (173-G) contributed 19 points for the winners.


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A1 Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Priolo - Viterbo 96-38
Priolo demonstrated its power stopping Viterbo on just 38 points in total. Tanja Cirov and Rashidat Sadiq delivered 20 points each for the winners. Cirov also had 8 more rebounds beside that, while Sadiq added one board less. Viterbo didn't have any player with double-digits in scoring. Priolo 4-6, Viterbo 1-9.

Vomero NA - Pozzuoli 63-67
Pozzuoli celebrated 4-point road win against Vomero in Napoli thanks to Tamecka Dixon and her 23 points. Scholanda Robinson contributed with 24 pts and 6 boards in loss. Both teams are currently one the same 4-6 record.

San Giovanni - Faenza 64-70
Faenza outsmarted San Giovanni in derby game jumping on 7-3 score in Serie A1. The hosts, as well as Taranto, have exactly the same digits. Angela Zampella, who came off the bench, led the scorers in Faenza with 19 pts (also had 6 rebs). Adriana Moises Pinto registered double-double, 15 points and 12 boards.

Umbertide - Ribera 75-57
4-6 for Umbertide and 2-8 for Ribera after this game. As usually, Doneeka Hodges was a key player for Umbertide collecting 21 points and 5 rebounds. Courtney Willis was behind her with 18 pts and 9 rebs. Ribera got the most from Molly Creamer, 19 pts.

Umana Reyer - Livorno 69-45
The team from Venezia grabbed it easily against Livorno moving up on 6-4 (same as Comense and Schio). On the other side, visitors fell on not so good 3-7. Aleksandra Vujovic netted 14, while Daliborka Jokic helped the hosts with one point less. Marie Ruzickova replied with 14 pts and 6 boards in Livorno (3-7).

Taranto - Familia Schio 77-54
Both teams entered into this round with 6-3 score after 9 rounds. Suzy Batkovic came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Schio got 16 points and 9 boards from Tasha Humphrey.

Lavezzini PA - Comense 77-70
The team from Napoli outplayed Comense remaining on top of the standings alone with 9-1 record. Francesca Zara led the scorers in Lavezzini with 24 points. Broke Smith had 16 pts and 6 boards in Comense (6-4).



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


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


Serie A1 day-10: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli
Bracco Geas S.S. Giovanni - Club Atletico Faenza 64 - 70
(20-10, 35-28, 50-48)
BRACCO GEAS S.S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. 5 (0/5, 1/1), Tillis I. 15 (5/9, 1/5), Genta J. dnp, Penicheiro T. 20 (4/8), Zanon M. 5 (2/5, 0/2), Calastri A. dnp, Twehues K. 6 (1/4), Crippa M. 3 (0/2, 1/3), Frantini M. 6 (0/3, 2/7), Machanguana C. 4 (0/4). Coach Galli Roberto
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises P. 15 (4/6, 0/3), Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) 11 (2/7, 2/5), Ramon E. 2 (1/3, 0/1), Modica F. 10 (0/1, 2/7), Stakneviciene E. 2 (1/2), Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Santucci L. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Bjelica M. 7 (2/5, 0/3), Zampella A. 19 (4/4, 3/8), Alexander M. 2 (1/1). Coach Rossi Paolo

Acer Erg Priolo - Gescom MCI Viterbo 96 - 38
(26-10, 47-22, 65-28)
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 12 (3/4, 2/2), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Green D. 13 (6/11), Milazzo O. (0/1, 0/2), Cirov T. 20 (6/9, 2/3), Rashidat Sadiq (188-F-81) 20 (8/17, 1/1), Seino T. 8 (1/2, 2/2), Sciacca B. 6 (0/1, 2/5), Pascalau F. 6 (2/3), Meneghel R. 11 (3/4, 1/2). Coach Coppa Santino
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 9 (2/12, 0/4), Magaddino E. 6 (2/3, 0/2), Nicolini E. , Petricca V. , Franchetti M. 4 (2/5, 0/2), Piroli V. 6 (1/5, 1/1), Marchesano M. 6 (2/6), Butler J. 7 (3/9). Coach Agresti Claudio

Cras Basket Taranto - Famila Wber Schio 77 - 54
(14-9, 38-29, 56-40)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Mahoney M. 13 (2/3, 2/3), Siccardi V. 3 (1/1), Bello M. 7 (1/1, 1/2), Anna Zimerle (173-G-76) 8 (1/2, 1/3), David I. 11 (5/6), Sanchez R. 5 (1/1, 1/1), Prado F. 2 (1/1), Godin E. 6 (3/7), Batkovic S. 17 (6/11, 0/4), Greco M. 5 (1/8, 1/1). Coach Ricchini Roberto
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 13 (5/9, 0/1), Moro E. (0/3, 0/2), Humphrey N. 16 (5/9, 1/5), Feaster A. (0/3), Pantani C. , Masciadri R. 12 (2/3, 1/4), Maiorano M. (0/2, 0/1), Ress K. 7 (2/4), Ciampoli F. (0/1, 0/1), Macchi L. 6 (0/3, 1/3). Coach Orlando Sandro

Lavezzini Parma - Pool Comense 77 - 70 1ot
(14-14, 30-33, 52-37, 62-62)
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Pieropan I. dnp, Paparazzo E. (0/9), Zara F. 24 (4/5, 3/5), Vilipic D. 13 (3/6), Summerton L. 19 (8/12, 0/2), Marija Micovic (187-F-82) 3 (1/1), Porter N. (0/1, 0/3), Screen J. 15 (2/4, 1/5), Pozzati A. dnp, Manzini L. 3 (0/1, 0/3). Coach Scanzani Maurizio
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. (0/3), Bestagno E. 3 (1/1, 0/1), Silva E. 10 (1/1, 2/3), Hall V. 12 (4/9, 1/2), Invernizzi M. 4 (2/4), Slavcheva G. 5 (1/3, 1/5), Limoura L. 9 (3/8, 1/2), Smith B. 16 (5/12, 0/2), Fazio M. 11 (4/12, 1/3), Sarni S. (0/1, 0/1). Coach Montini Walter

Liomatic Umbertide - Banco di Sicilia Ribera 75 - 57
(14-11, 42-24, 64-47)
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rossi C. 8 (1/6, 2/4), Battisodo V. 2 (1/2), Giorgi S. (0/1), Gelfusa L. (0/1), Arcangeli A. , Elisa Bonaldo (170-G-81) 7 (1/2, 1/2), Callens E. 9 (3/8, 1/3), Hodges D. 21 (6/15, 1/4), Brown A. 10 (3/9), Willis C. 18 (8/17, 0/1). Coach Serventi Lorenzo
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Falauto Perez S. dnp, Colico R. 2 (1/6, 0/2), Bonafede M. 2 (1/2), Creamer M. 19 (4/6, 3/6), Romagnoli A. (0/3), Riccardi E. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Montagnino J. 14 (1/5, 3/3), Chones K. 7 (2/10), Moody M. 8 (0/3, 2/2), Perfetti C. 2 (1/1, 0/1). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco

Umana Venezia - ACP Livorno 69 - 45
(20-15, 37-28, 51-39)
UMANA VENEZIA: Corradini L. dnp, Sottana G. (0/3), Ballardini S. 12 (3/4, 2/4), Mariangela Cirone (171-G-76) 5 (0/1), Andrade M. 4 (2/6), Nadalin J. 6 (3/6), Giauro E. 6 (3/4), Jokic D. 13 (3/4, 1/1), Vujovic A. 14 (1/1, 2/5), Hayden V. 9 (4/7). Coach Riga Massimo
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 2 (1/4), Pastore C. 10 (3/6, 1/4), Bade K. (0/1, 0/1), Buccianti E. 2 (1/2), Mariani F. 7 (2/3, 1/1), Diene N. dnp, Gaither K. 6 (3/10, 0/1), Bagnara B. 4 (1/3, 0/6), Montagna S. dnp, Ruzickova M. 14 (4/10, 1/1). Coach Novello Guido

Napoli Basket Vomero - GM Phonica Pozzuoli scheduled later


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  LEBANON - Women  


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


Results - Round 2 of the Lebanese League - by Raffi Kassabian
The second round of the Lebanese league saw big victories for three teams. In the first game La Toure Antoura won their first game in the first division after a very challenging game against Homenetmen Beirut that saw many fouls and lost chances for both teams and after losing the first quarter, La Toure Antoura managed to win with the final score 68-42. In the second game Anibal Zahle hosted Homenetmen Antelias and lost with the score 84-41 in a game that Homenetmen coach Chafic Akiki played all his players who all managed to score except team captain Alic Tabakian and Caroline Bahna-Moufarreje who didn't play because of injury. In the third game Antranik hosted Mouttahed Tripoli in a one sided game and won the game with the score 84-33, Lama Mokadem missed the game with injury she picked in the first round of the championship.

Results - Round 2

La Toure Antoura - Homenetmen Beirut 68-42

Anibal Zahle - Homenetmen Antelias 41-84
Homenetmen Antelias: Nathalie Sevajian 16, Sandra Najem 12, Joyce Saliba 12, Tsoline Kazanjian 9, Christine Moufarreje 8, Karen Kaloustian 8, Leila Fares 5, Joelle Abdelnour 5, Mira Rizk 5, Sanan Markarian 2, Nayiri Vosgeritchian 2.

Antranik Beirut - Mouttahed Tripoli 84-33


Schedule - Round 3

Saturday 20/12/2008
Homenetmen Beirut vs Antranik Beirut 20:30 Sagesse Jdeideh Court

Sunday 21/12/2008
Mouttahed Tripoli vs Anibal Zahle 18:00 Mouttahed Court
Homenetmen Antelias - Riyadi Beirut 19:00 Homenetmen Court





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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
1A Standings
 1. BC H.Novi 5-0 
 2. BC Kastel 3-2 
 3. Roling Niksic 2-2 
 4. Rudar 0-6 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Jedinstvo


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cukierki - Duda Leszno 59-67
Duda Leszno celebrated a 67:59 over Cukierki in Regular Season Round 16. Drzewinska Aleksandra led the winners with 20 points and Krysiewicz Edyta had 14. Redding Dominique produced 15 in defeat, while Key Ashley posted 14.

LKS - AZS Gorzow 63-38
LKS smashed AZS Gorzow 63:38 in a biggest upset for the one of the leader in the standings. Koryzna Edyta led the way with 21 points and Sobczyk Dorota had 15. Taylor Lindsay collected 24 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Energa Torun 78-64
Wisla Can-Pak improved to 12-3 defeating Energa Torun 78:64. Skerovic Jelena paced Euroleague representative with 19 points and Kobryn Ewelina collected 18 points and 15 rebounds. Moore Jacqueline chipped in 19 points in defeat.

Lotos PKO BP - MUKS Pozn. 94-69
Lotos PKO BP improved the leading positions to 12-3 in the League defeating MUKS Poznan 94:69. Belarus international Snytsina Ekaterina paced the winners with 16 points and Tomialowicz Olivia added 13. Sissoko Djenebou had a great night for the guests with 28 points and 14 boards.

AZS J.Gora - Utex Row 67-74
AZS J.Gora lost to Utex Row 67:74 as Atkinson La'Tangela shined with 26 points. Coleman Ryan had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in defeat, while Skorek Magdalena scored 13.



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  SERBIA - Women  


Round 10 - Kovin's win against Spartak! - by Zoran Bogdanovic
CELAREVO - CRVENA ZVEZDA 68:102 ( 14:27 , 22:19 , 10:28 , 22:28 )
The winner of the game was known from the beginning , the only question was the final result. Red Star finished the match with 34 points advantage.
CELAREVO - Moraca 31 pts & 9 rebounds, Radiic 12 pts
CRVENA ZVEZDA - Maksimovic 20 pts , Bogicevic 19 pts, Roglic 17 pts, 8 rebounds & 3 assists, Prcic Dunja 16 pts & 6 assists

LOZNICA - PROLETER 60:74 ( 14:24 , 22:11 , 14:16 , 10:23 )
Despite the troubles on the road girls from Zrenjanin went on the court right from the bus and made ten points advantage at the end of first quarter. Host team succedded to finish first half with one point more on their account, and continued with good game just at the beginning of second half. Proleter made seria 18:0 for six minutes and turned result from 42:50 into60:50.
LOZNICA - Maksimovic 20 pts, Stoic 15 pts
PROLETER - Gobeljic 19 pts, Vidacic 18 pts & 12 rebounds, Grahovac 13 pts

SPARTAK - KOVIN 55:69 ( 6:22 , 23:13 , 11:13 , 15:21 )
Kovin succedded with good defence and shooting percentage to open the match with advantage of 16 points at the end of first quarter. With good shooting of Vidovic and Ristic host team decreased Kovins advantage to six points at the half time. The winner was decided in final quarter when Bajics three pointer two minutes before the end made + 11 points on Kovins account.
SPARTAK - Ristic 20 pts, Dzuver 14 pts &12 rebounds, Vidovic 10 pts
KOVIN - Velisavljevic 18 pts, Bajic 17 pts, Djordjevic 15 pts

UCE - KRALJEVO 71:92 ( 14:18 , 18:26 , 23:27 , 16:21 )
UCE - Mlinar 16 pts & 7 rebounds, Sarvan 15 pts, Traljic 15 pts & 7 rebounds
KRALJEVO - Ivana Todorovic (187-C-73) 29 pts, 10 rebounds & 5 assists, Tsikhamirava 16 pts& 6 rebounds, ivanovic 15 pts & 13 rebounds, Racic 13 pts


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LFB Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
San Jose - Mariana 81-77
San Jose outsmarted Mariana thanks to Eshaya Murphy, who nailed 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Linda Page answered for the loosing side with 28 points and impressive 17 rebounds (7 off). San Jose is currently one the 6th place in LFB with 6-6 record. Mariana is together with Olesa on position number 4 (9-3).

Halcon A.Per. - Extrugasa 78-74
Perfumerias grabbed 4-point home win against Extrugasa jumping on 10-2 (the same as Rivas Ecopolis). Le'Coe Willingham stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Extrugasa got 20 points and 7 boards from Maria Gomez, dropping on poor 2-10.

Ros Casares - Hondar.-Irun 94-67
Powerful Ros Casares trashed Hondarribia Irun staying on top of LFB alone with almost perfect 11-1 record. This time Amaya Valdemoro top-scored for the team from Valencia with 27 points. Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert contributed with 20 points in loss. Her team fell on 5-7.

Gran Canaria - Rivas Ecopolis 67-69
10-2 for Rivas Ecopilis and 2-10 for Granca after this game. Jelena Dubljevic collected 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning squad. Adrijana Knezevic delivered 22 points and pulled down 8 boards for the hosts.

Real C.Vigo - Mann Filter 71-62
Both teams entered into this game with 4-7 record after 11 games. Agne Ciudariene led the scorers in Celta Vigo with 14 pts. LaToya Thomas registered double-double for Mann Filter, 17 points and 11 boards.

Estudiantes - EBE Ibiza-PDV 55-68
Ibiza cruised past Estu on the road mostly owing to Sancho Lyttle, who poured in 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Leah Rush netted 15 pts in defeat. Both teams had 3-8 before this game.

Olesa - Cadi la Seu 77-69
9th win for Olesa, thanks to Olga Podkovalnikova, who collected 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Kelly Da Silva had 16 pts and 9 boards in loss. Olesa 9-3, Cadi la Seu 4-8.



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TBBL Round : 9 ( Regular Season) - by Baha Kurtulus

TED Kayseri - Besiktas 74-77
Besiktas secured sixth victory in TBBL as they held off TED Kayseri.
Harper scored 15 points,17 rebounds, 5 assist,3 blocks and Hornbuckle added 15 points for the winners.
Nilay Yigit scored 18 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assist and insane 9 steals. Willis added 18 points in defeat.

Ceyhan - Cankaya Universitesi 78-67
As it was expected,Ceyhan beat Cankaya easily.
Campbell scored 25 points 8 rebounds, Pierkarska collected 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ceyhan.
Battle scored 17 points 5 rebounds ,Vulic added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors.

Samsun Basket- BOTAS : 70-69
Samsun BAsket overcame BOTAS at the home for the sixth win.
Larkins netted 19 points 16 rebounds. Olanrewaju added 12 points 10 rebounds for Samsun.
Walker nailed 21 point 16 rebounds, Bobbitt added 30 point 11 reb in defeat.

Galatasaray - Mersin 79-81
Mersin celebrated a difficult road win over Galatasaray.
Scott scored 12 points 6 rebounds and makbule added 9 points 8 rebounds for Mersin.
Williams scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Esra added 17 points in defeat.

Tarsus-Fenerbahce 73-79
Fenerbahce celebrated the eighth victory as they cruised past Tarsus away from home
Tuncluer collected 20 points and 2 rebounds, Ajavon scored 16 points 6 rebounds.Dickson contributed 25 points,8 rebounds and Unuvar added 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts.



Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Penn, Burhaniye 21,1
2 Latta, Ceyhan 20,4
3 Harper, Besiktas 18,4
4 Doron, Besiktas 17,0
5 Augustus, G.Saray 16,4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Larkins, Samsun 13,5
2 Walker, Botas 11,4
3 Harper, Besiktas 10,8
4 Vulic, Cankaya 10,1
5 Hornbuckle, Besik. 9,8
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit, TED İst. 7,1
2 Bobbitt, 6,0
3 Tuncluer, Fener. 5,4
4 Alben, Galatasaray 4,8
5 Bristol, Burhaniye 4,0
Steals Per Game
1 Hornbuckle, Besik. 3,4
2 Alben, Galatasaray 3,4
3 Yigit, TED İst. 3,1
4 Bristol, Burhaniye 3,0
5 Penn, Burhaniye 2,8
Blocks Per Game
1 Bales, Samsun 2,0
2 Tolliver, Burhaniye 2,0
3 Harper, Besiktas 1,8
4 S.Brown, F.Bahce 1,1
5 Vulic, Cankaya 1,1


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  WBCBL - Women  


The New Buzz of Liberty County - by Willie McCray

12/15/08
Hinesville, GA

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Hinesville has become the home of Georgia's newest Semi-Pro Women's Basketball Team, the C-Port Lady Hornets. The Lady Hornets are members of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) and will begin regular season play in May of 2009.

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We are dedicated to inspiring females to never give up on their dreams. Our team is composed of female athletes ages 20 and over from various backgrounds, cultures, and regions. We have ladies who are single parents, career professionals, recent college graduates, professional basketball players and everyday working women, whose love of basketball have brought them together.


'Because we are a new team and the cost of operating our team can be very expensive, we are eagerly seeking the support of our community. We will be participating in youth basketball camps and other community related events in order to show our commitment to our community.'
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- Kara Reddick (owner/player)