EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/17/2008

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  ABA   


S.E Texas defeat the Showboats - by Gianni Pascucci
The SouthEast Texas Mustangs completed a dominating weekend with a road win over the South Texas Showboats, 104-87. The Mustangs were determined to pay back the Showboats, who defeated them just last Sunday 94-93 in a surprising result. SouthEast Texas led by as many as 6 points 20 to 14 before the Showboats battled back from behind again against the Mustangs to tie the score at the end of the first quarter at 20 apiece. In the second quarter Southeast Texas went ahead again by as many as 5 points, but a South Texas late first half rally put them ahead at half-time 44-41. The Mustangs came out determined in the 3rd quarter and finally got control of the game and led by 20 points heading into the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter the Mustangs had to fight off two Showboats runs that cut the score to 14 points twice, but unlike last Sundays comeback by the Showboats the Mustangs would have nothing of that by stopping the Showboats challenge and extending the lead to coast to an important road win by 17 points. Veteran Power Forward DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) paced the SETX Mustangs effort with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Tim Pledger (5'9''-G-76, college: Belhaven) had a 21 point 9 assist effort, Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) followed up with 16 and 12 points respectively. For the Showboats, Kenny Wilson (6'4''-F) had 26 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds while Leonard Brown (5'9''-G-83, college: Stephen F. Austin) chipped in with 23 points and 6 assists.

Alaska Dream cancels home opener - by Gianni Pascucci
A bad new comes from the ABA: Anchorage based Alaska Dream franchise had to cancel the yesterday night season opener, replacing it with an intrasquad scrimmage game. Team owner Trey Davis announced yesterday that the Washington Raptors, ABA team the Dream were scheduled to play, weren't coming to Anchorage. 'We attempted to bring the other team up here to play,' Davis said. 'We tried everything. They just didn't get on the plane.' Davis said he bought a dozen airline tickets from Seattle for the Raptors. He also booked a hotel and transportation for them. Now that he's been stood up, Davis said to local media he wants to pull the Dream out of the ABA. 'This is very, very unstable for an organization to run this way,' Davis said. 'You don't wait until game day to find out a team's not coming here.'

6"10 290 pounds Steven Bennett and 6"8 Jeremiah Tinch activated by the Gwizzlies - by Richard
The American Basketball Association Georgia Gwizzlies are please to announced that 24 year old Greensboro, North Carolina native 6'10 Steven Bennett (6'10''-C) and 6'8 Jeremiah Tinch (6'8''-C-81) will be in uniform this Sunday against the Thunderbolts in Knoxville. The Gwizzlies organization will start it's youngest lineup ever. 19 year old 6'8 Miles Covington (6'8''-C) will start at center and Alabama native 20 year old 6'1 Cortez Johnson (6'1''-G) will start at point guard. Gwizzlies 6'4 Joe Manuel (6'5''-F) of Montgomery, Alabama name will be added to the team list of players for an invite to an NBA camp next summer 2009. 'I know of Mike Dean, and Joe Manuel will eat Dean alive when we play the CBA Kentucky Miners on January 4th' states Gwizzlies coach Embry Malone.

Courtesy of Georgia Gwizzlies


Standings
ABA Standings
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. New Hope T. 0-0 
 10. Aurora Force 0-1 
 11. 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. Sacramento 0-0 
 9. S.Francisco R. 0-1 
 10. Modesto B. 0-2 
Southeast Div.
 1. Nashville B. 6-0 
 2. Knoxville T. 1-3 
 3. Kentucky W. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Racers 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 8. Bahama PS 0-0 
 9. Kansas City 0-0 
Southwest Div.
 1. South Texas 4-1 
 2. Texas M. 3-1 
 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   


Top 5 players of Round 12: Marko Keselj is MVP - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbian representatives had 4 wins and 1 defeat in Round 12 of the regional championship (including the game between Hemofarm and Vojvodina). Crvena Zvezda outplayed Zagreb on the road joining Hemofarm on the second place with 10 wins and 2 failures. Except of the victory, Crvena Zvezda also had Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) named MVP of the round. Keselj spent almost 32 minutes on the court scoring 23 points. Interesting is that Keselj missed only one shot during the entire time (3/4 FG2, 4/4 for 3-pts, 5/5 FTs). He also had 8 rebounds beside that reaching the index value 33.

Alvin Snow (188-G-81, college: E.Washington) of Helios Domzale is on the second place on MVP list for Round 12. His team was better than Split at home 89-72 while Snow had 27 points and 5 assists for 28 minutes - index value 29. Helios is currently on 12th place with 3-9.

Third place belongs to Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) of another Slovenian reprsentative, Krka. The team from Novo Mesto celebrated against Bosna ASA 75-71. Shiels led Krka collecting 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for 37 minutes. He reached index rate 28.

Deyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Zadar is on the fourth place with 20 points and 5 rebounds against Olimpija (index 27).

Position number 5 is reserved for Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) of Partizan Igokea. He had 26 points in derby game vs Cibona making 8 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc (index 26).

Round 13 is scheduled for December 20.


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
1. Atenas 23.5-0
2. Independ.N. 22.5-0
3. Penarol 22-0
4. Libertad 20.5-0
5. Gimn.CR 20.5-0
6. Estudiantes 20-0
7. El Nacional 19.5-0
8. Regatas C. 19-0
9. Quilmes MP 18.5-0
10. Cicl.Olimpico 18.5-0
11. Quimsa 18.5-0
12. Lanus 18-0
13. Sionista 16.5-0
14. Ben Hur 16.5-0
15. Obras 16-0
16. Boca Jrs 15.5-0


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Gussing - Oberwart 70-89
Oberwart Gunners cruised past Gussing on the road jumping on 7-2 record in A Bundesleague. The same numbers also have Arkadia, Wels and Furstenfeld. These four teams are currently the best ranked in the league. Marko Moric led the scorers in Oberwart with 24 points (also had 7 boards). Jae Youngblood helped with 20 pts and also 7 rebs, while Jason Johnson nailed 19. The hosts got 16 points and again 7 boards from Marqus Ledoux, falling on 3-6.

Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 83-84
Tiny, but extremely important road win for Furstenfeld as both teams had 6-2 before this round. Shawn Ray was a key player for the winners with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Jeremy Fears responded with 24 pts, 8 rebs and 5 as. Heinz Arnold was behind him in loss with 22 points and 10 boards.

Gmunden - Vienna 98-62
As it was expected, Gmunden was too strong for the last ranked Vienna moving up on 6-3 score. Vienna stays on just one win in 9 appearances. Gmunden had couple of players in a game mood, but the bets one was Deteri Mayes, who delivered 17 pts. Mathias Dockner had double-double in defeat, 18 points and 11 rebs.

Arkadia - St.Polten 87-77
7-2 for Arkadia and 2-7 for St. Polten after this game. Fabricio Vay stepped up for the hosts with 29 points and 5 boards, while Deven Mitchell added 23 pts. Martin Spieser replied with 18 points for the loosing side.

Wels - Worthersee 89-87
Wels grabbed 7th victory this season, despite Worthersee had fantastic Tim Burnette, who dropped 37 points (6 triples). Casey Archibald and Brandon Thomas netted 21 points each for the winners.

Klosterneub. - UBSC Graz 95-76
Precious win for the survival by Klosterneuburg mostly owing to Christoph Nagler, Marquis Wright and Curtis Bobb, which combined 53 points. Dusan Virijevic had 20 pts and 9 rebounds in defeat. Both team entered into this game with not so good 2-6.


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  BELGIUM   


Div. II Regular Season - Rounds 14 and 15 - by Bertrand Larsimont
Round 14 (played on 2008-12-06)

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. BCO Carnieres 86-71
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 2; W. Lemaire 13; W. Van Schil 16; L. Tielens 11; T. Van De Vondel 16; V. Verbeeck 19; S. Tielens 9.
Carnieres: Romyns 3; Goethals 13; Jonniaux 24; Ballau 12; Lena 6; Dekaize 7; Poppe 6.

Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. Essor Charleroi 75-54
Pitzemburg: M. Van Gelder 15; Pottiez 9; Veldeman 9; Swaeb 12; Billet 6; Vandenbrande 16; Maris 3; Corthals 2; Van Breedam 3.
Essor: Mampuya 21; R. Leclercqs 8; Pellisier 7; Stache 5; Sperolini 5; Bearzotti 4; Maren 2; Vermeulen 4.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. BBC Boom 84-78
Nivelles: Karavokyros 8; J. Defoss 8; M. Pirlot 2, N. Seny 25; Muylaert 9; El Moutalibi 14; Van den Eynde 14; Buja 4.
Boom: Druwez 14; Lambreghts 25; Salden 16; Moris 12; Van Hoecke 7; Vermeiren 4.

BC Ninane vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 72-81
Ninane: --
Zwevezele: Dobbelaere 5; Bourdeaux 3; Heinle 11; Verdickt 8; B. Bobb 29; Deceuninck 10; Lhote 13; Dekkers 2.

Falco Ghent vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 75-90
Falco: De Backer 10; Huyghe 4; F. Bwatu 16; Vanhaevermaet 3; De Schepper 6; J. Van De Vondel 25; J. Selhorst 7; Seghers 2; Brysse 2.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 15; S. Robeyst 12; S. De Leersnyder 3; Bogaert 12; W. De Wilde 15; B. Cleymans 6; Raes 11; A. Steinbach 16.

Basket Bree vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 81-76
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-19, 42-41, 66-60 and 81-76.
Bree: O. Hodge 5; E. Norvell 25; Orsulic 6; Meeks 13; R. McCollum 18; R. Moss 2; Vucica 9; Van Camp 3.
Kangoeroes: Gorremans 9; Follens 7; Holt 6; Kalonji 9; DHaens 9; R. Petrauskas 8; T. Van De Keere 20; De Wachter 8.

Bye: Jaga Radiators Hasselt and CEP Fleurus


Round 15 (played on 2008-12-13)

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 60-92
Nivelles: --
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 16; J. Bourdeaux 25; Heinle 23; B. Bobb 20; L. L'Hote 3; Dekkers 4; Bedert 1.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 70-64
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 3; A. Steinbach 3; S. Robeyst 24; S. De Leersnyder 3; Bogaert 6; W. De Wilde 11; B. Cleymans 16; Raes 2; Colpaert 2.
Pitzemburg: Maris 2; Van Breedam 8; Swaeb 14; D. Billet 6; M. Van Gelder 8; Van Den Brande 6; Veldeman 11; Pottiez 9.

BBC Boom vs. CEP Fleurus 55-80
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 8-21, 20-40, 36-63 and 55-80.
Boom: De Beuckeleer 2; Druwez 12; Van Wert 3; Lambreghts 17; Salden 10; Leten 2; S. Moris 3; P. Van Hoecke 6.
Fleurus: Poulain 2; Vanesse 15; Tison 6; Pourtoit 8; Jadin 18; Rozewicz 6; B. Penninck 20; Semijejero 5.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 73-76
Hasselt: D. Souveryns 21; Geysen 2; Hendrix 17; R. Van Poelgeest 2; Vanhove 15; Clemente 8; H. Baert 8.
Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 2; Goethaert 1; Lemaire 10; W. Van Schil 26; L. Tielens 18; T. Van De Vondel 11; V. Verbeeck 3; S. Tielens 5.

Essor Charleroi vs. BC Ninane 80-75
Special mention to Seb Vermeulen who grabbed 13 rebounds.
Charleroi: R. Leclercqs 19; Gevaert 15; Bearzotti 13; Vermeulen 11; Mampuya 7; Pellisier 6; Stache 6; Sperolini 3.
Ninane: Delsaute 24; Offerman 20; Kalut 11; Hawley 6; Klimanek 5; Lebecque 4; Hubert 3; Tihon 2.

BCO Carnieres vs. Basket Bree 62-92
The visitors made the difference in the paint where they scored 44 points.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 23-22, 42-47, 52-73 and 62-92.
Carnieres: Romyns 3; Thelen 6; Ballau 5; Poppe 12; Dekaise 2; Jonniaux 23; Goethals 11.
Bree: O. Hodge 23; E. Norvell 13; Orsulic 2; Meeks 12; R. McCollum 6; R. Moss 14; Vucica 18; Van Camp 4.

Bye: Kangoeroes Wilebroek and Falco Ghent

As team BT Power Wevelgem folded, cannot exist any longer and must stop all its activities, the new official ranking has been fixed by the federation: see http://www.basketbelgium.org/cnt/2_competitie/afd2heren-klassement.asp


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 10-1 
 2. Zrinjski MC 10-1 
 3. Sloboda Dita 9-2 
 4. BoracNektar 8-3 
 5. Siroki Eronet 6-5 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 6-5 
 7. Slavija 5-6 
 8. Mladost MG 5-6 
 9. Grude 5-7 
 10. Hercegovac 3-8 
 11. Posusje 3-8 
 12. Vitez 2-9 
 13. Novi Grad 0-11 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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  BRAZIL   


Paulista A-1 enjoy quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News
The Paulista championship reached the quarterfinal stage with eight best squads competing for the Final Four birth.
Ulbra/Rio Claro tied the best-of-series agaisnt Paulistano/Amil. Paulistano won the opening game but Ulbra/Rio bounced back in Game 2. The visitors built a 39:28 lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the initial win in the series. Vanderlei Mazzuchini (198-F-72) knocked down 22 points to lead the charge. Dudu Carbonari (170-G-77) responded with 17 points for Paulistano. Thomas Melazzo (200-F/G-88) had 15 points in the loss.
The third game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday in Rio Claro.


CBB gives birth to the new league - by Eurobasket News
January 23 will be the official start date for ambitious project from CBB. Liga Nacional of Brazil or New Basket from Brazil (NBB) will take a fresh beginning with fifteen teams taking part in the competition. The teams will represent seven Brazilian states. The top ballers are expected to play in the leagues and would definitely give new spark for all Brazilian basketball.
The best teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament. They are Univates/Bira, Universo/BRB, Vivo/Franca and Winner/Limeira, Conti/AMEA/Assis, Flamengo/Petrobras, GRSA/Bauru, Lupo/Araraquara, Paulistano/ Amil, Pinheiros, Pitgoras/Minas Tenis, Saldanha da Gama, So Jos/Unimed/Vinac, CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV and Ciser/Araldite/Univille/Joinville.
Eurobasket.com will keep you updated on all the events happening in and around the league.


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  CBA   


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


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  DENMARK   


Adama Darbo with another great game. - by Thomas Soltau
Adama Darbo (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) with another great game.

In the Spanish Leb Bronce Adama Darbo had another great performance for his team.

This weekend Huelva hosted Alcazar, and the Danish guard came out ready to play.

Playing a highly efficient game, Darbo top-scored with 22 points, but also had 11 assists and 5 rebounds to go along with the big W at the end of the game.

This was Huelvas last game before the Christmas break, and a good way to ensure some well-earned days go and Christmas spirit.


Experienced Asian head coach David Zamar is looking to come to Europe. - by Thomas Soltau
David Zamar has been the head man of both the Philippine and Malaysian National Teams, and also as a former National Team Coach of both U-20 and U-22, he is known as a true mentor for the youth- and upcoming Professional players.

He is one of those coaches, who consider it a gift to see young people grow and mature.

Coach Zamar is a hardworking coach, with a great desire to teach and also expand his own basketball horizon, which is also why he is currently seeking a way into the European market.

For the last 3 years coach Zamar have coached in Indonesia, most recently he was in charge of the team in Jakarta, taking his team to the Final Four each year.

Coach Zamar can be contacted via Tank Sports, or directly by email here: kotsboyciezamar@yahoo.com


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  D-LEAGUE   


Last Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine
Sioux Falls: Announced that Michael Joiner (6'7''-F-81, college: Florida St.) has left the team. Signed former Pepperdine star Glen McGowan (6'9''-F-81, college: Pepperdine). McGowan was a member of the 2008 D-League Ambassadors squad that played in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League against NBA Summer League squads.

Los Angeles: Waived Johnny Dukes and acquired Darren Cooper. Traded Jasper Johnson (6'7''-C-83, college: Delta St.) to Albuquerque for NY native and veteran guard Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, college: Oklahoma St.)

Albuquerque: Traded Cheyne Gadson to Los Angeles for Jasper Johnson

Reno: Signed MaJic Dorsey (6'1''-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: S.Indiana), formerly of Albuquerque.

Reno: Signed Patrick Ewing, Jr. (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) and waived former Nevada guard Kyle Shiloh

Sioux Falls: Acquired Chris Childress (6'7''-F) and waived former Harlem Globetrotter Elgrace Wilborn (6'8''-F-83, college: W.Kentucky)


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Erie BH 6-2 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 6-2 
 3. Iowa E. 4-1 
 4. Dakota W. 3-5 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 2-5 
Southwest Division
 1. Austin T. 5-3 
 2. Colorado 14ers 4-1 
 3. Rio Grande VV 4-4 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 2-6 
 5. Albuquerque T. 1-6 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 8-1 
 2. Idaho S. 6-1 
 3. Utah F. 3-5 
 4. LA D-Fenders 2-5 
 5. Anaheim A. 2-6 
 6. Reno B. 1-6 


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.W. Conrowy, ABQ 25.1
2.J. Mays, COL 24.2
3.C. Sims, IOW 24.0
4.J. Crawford, LAD 23.7
5.A. Meeking, REN 22.8
5.C. Sims, IOW 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.C. Sims, IOW 12.8
2.J. Davidson, IDA 12.0
3.C. Hunter, FWN 11.6
4.D. Monds, ABQ 11.3
5.R. Hendrix, BAK 10.9
Assists Per Game
1.W. Russell, FWN 11.6
2.S. Parker, RGV 9.1
3.M. Cleaves, BAK 8.0
4.E. Gill, COL 7.0
5.W. Conroy, ABQ 6.9


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  EBA   


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


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  EUROCUP   


Eurocup Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
C.C. Marousi - ASK Riga 82-77
Marousi avenged the loss to ASK Riga in the previous round beating the Latvian team at home court. Pat Calathes finished with 16 points for the Greek side. Konstantinos Charalampidis added 15 points for the winners. Bruno Sundov answered with 22 points and 11 boards for ASK Riga.

Zadar - Roanne 82-70
Deyan Ivanov notched 18 points and 14 boards as Zadar overcame Roanne in Croatia. Damir Rancic added 16 points as Zadar stayed on top in Group A. Chris Monroe answered with 23 points for Roanne as they fell at 1-3 record.

Group Group B
Dynamo M. - Unics 77-87
Unics grabbed the fourth straight win in the EuroCup and booked the ticket into the next round of action today. Sergei Chikalkin nailed 25 points hitting 6/8 from beyond the arc to lead Unics past Dynamo in Moscow. Tariq Kirksay added 20 points and 7 boards for the winners. Robertas Javtokas answered with 17 points for Dynamo as they fell at 2-2 record in Group B.

Barons/LMT - Lukoil A. 84-88
Lukoil stayed alive in the EuroCup race as they narrowly defeated Barons/LMT on the road today. Toni Akins and Chavdar Kostov nailed 14 points each for Lukoil as they improved at 1-3 record. Armands Skele fired 26 points for Barons/LMT as the Latvian team slipped at 1-3 record in Group B.

Group Group C
Khimky - Besiktas 91-65
Khimky cruised past Besiktas to consolidate their position in Group C. Vitaly Fridzon nailed 14 points to lead balanced offense for the hosts. Jorge Garbajosa added 11 points and 7 boards as Khimky improved at 3-1 record. Cehver Ozer responded with 16 points for Besiktas as they slipped at 1-3 record.

Le Havre - Benetton 76-82
Benetton stayed undefeated and ensured the birth in the next round with the win over Le Havre in France today. Domen Lorbek notched 21 points to pace the Italian team. Radoslav Rancik added 16 points and 7 boards as Benetton secured the lead in Group C. Le Havre dropped the fourth straight despite TJ Thompson and Fabien Causeur scored 17 points each.

Group Group D
T.Telekom - Aris 78-65
Turk Telecom held off Aris to send the Greek to the first defeat in the tournament. Michael Wright stepped up off the bench to deliver 21 points and 10 boards for Turk Telekom. Kennedy Winston and Erwin Dudley had 10 points each for the winners. Spencer Nelson answered with 13 points and 9 boards for Aris in defeat.

Bnei Hasharon - Panellinios 78-76
Bnei Hasharon finally enjoyed the initial win in the tournament as they eked out victory against Panellinios. Meir Tapiro came up with 21 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Segado Belcher contributed 15 points for Bnei Hasharon. Ivan Radenovic replied with 19 points and 7 boards for the Athens team.

Group Group E
Lietuvos - Azovmash 83-64
Lietuvos Rytas rebounded after the loss in Round 3 in style as they thrashed Azovmash in Vilnius. Branko Milisavljevic tallied 24 points and 6 assists to pace the home team. Chuck Eidson had 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Khalid El-Amin dropped 12 points for the visitors.

Group Group F
Brose Baskets - Charleroi 65-84
Charleroi continued their impressive run in the EuroCup as they knocked down Brose Basket for the fourth consecutive victory in Group F. Jerry Johnson came up with 15 points for the winners. Dwayne Broyles and Matt Walsh added 12 points each for the Belgian outfit. Predrag Suput posted 19 points as Bamberg lost the fourth in a row.

Turow - Crvena Zvez. 76-86
Crvena Zvezda advanced to the next round of the competition as they upset Turow on the road. Marko Keselj scored 20 points to lead the Serbian team. Lawrence Roberts contributed 16 points and 8 boards in the win. Bryan Bailey answered with 15 points for Turow as they suffered the third straight loss.

Group Group G
Fortitudo - FMP 88-61
Fortitudo cruised past FMP in Bologna. Jamont Gordon topscored for the hosts with 23 points. Lazaros Papadopoulos delivered 17 points as Fortitudo climbed at 2-2 record in Group G. FMP answered with 15 points from Predrag Samardziski.

Art.Dragons - Pamesa V. 79-89
Pamesa eased past Artland Dragons for the fourth win in a row in EuroCup. Ruben Douglas fired 7 times from downtown to accumulate 27 points and 7 boards for Valencia. Kosta Perovic secured 16 points in the win. The Dragons got 23 points from Darren Fenn in the loss.

Group Group H
Iurbentia B. - Nymburk 93-72
Bilbao stayed perfect as they thumped Nymburk in Group H tonight. Renaldas Seibutis netted 21 points to lead the charge. Javier Salgado delivered 19 points for the winning team. Goran Jagodnik secured 18 points and 5 boards for Nymburk as they fell at 1-3 record.



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  FRANCE   


Terry Williams handed out 13 assists - by Interperformances
6'3' combo guard Terry Williams (189-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia Southern) played a great game to help his team Saint Etienne win a critical contest against Naterre 93-86 in the French Pro B league, with an amazing 13 assists and adding also 10 points. He is averaging 5.3 apg for the year. The former University of Georgia Southern player was better known as a long distance shooter, but now has a more complete game. He was named to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Defensive Team in 2007.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Macedonia - Round 13 - by Zoran Bogdanovic
Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje - Swisslion Pelister Bitola 71:62 (10-22, 26-10, 18-16, 17-14)
Vardar added 4th victory in a row after seven lost games and broke Pelisters seria of seven victories in a row. Pelister was dominant only in the first quarter of the game with the highest advantage at the result 22:8.
Ivica Dimcevski with ten points in second qarter helped the team to finish the first half with +4 points on account. Pelisters guard Karadzovski was alone in offense actions and his 6 hits for three made from 9 wasnt enough for success. Anyway finish of the game was exciting but Vardar had the shooters who made a few successful shoots for three at that moments of the game - Simonovski, Dimcevski and Kostovski at 64:62.
Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje : Dimcevski 15 pts, Nikolovski 14 pts & 15 rebounds, Simonovski 12 pts, Nakic 12 pts, Kostovski 10 pts Pelister : Karadzovski 20 pts & 7rebounds, Razic 14 pts, Gojnic 11 pts

MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje - Karpos Sokoli 2000 82:71 (24-20, 21-13, 15-22, 22-18) Host team was keeping advantage during the whole game but Karpos tied at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and with another seria of 12:5 the match was solved. They played without two injured starters (Blazevski and
Stankovic) but Helds double-double addition and young Martin Petkovskis role at the end of the game were enough for sixth victory of the season.
MZT : Held 28 pts , 12 rebounds & 4 assists, Kralevski 19 pts & 7 rebounds, Radulovic 16 pts & 8 rebounds Karpos Sokoli : Georgijevski 26 pts & 15 rebounds, Sazdov 12 pts


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BC Kalev Cramo Suffer A Blackout At The Free Throw Line As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Prevail At Home 61 To 57 In Eurochallenge Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continue to play prosperous Basketball winning their 12th game out of their last 15 games with a 61 to 57 result in Eurochallenge play against BC Kalev Cramo in front of 1,380 fans. The team continues to play as if they are on a rollercoaster ride enjoying the ride over and over and not letting the opponent on for any fun. The victory was not as spectacular like the Oldenburg game, but sometimes just scoring more points than the opponent is vital.'The most important thing gained today was getting a win. We arent satisfied with our play, but we are taking steps in the right direction', stressed a relieved American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). BC Kalev Cramo showed their fighting qualities, but couldnt combine that with the right touch from the free throw line. 'Personally I am extremely frustrated. We were battleling back in the end, but then to lose because we missed free throws just hurts. I blew it by not making free throws. I let my teammates down', said ex Leverkusner big man Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine). The game also marked the meeting with ex teammates Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Nate Fox, who played together in Leverkusen. 'It is always good to see Nate again. Nothing has changed. He still plays as well as he did at Leverkusen', explained American Derrick Allen. Ex Harlem Globetrotter John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) of BC Kalev Cramo, who also currently is the NCAA alltime steal getter with 385 at Providence University returned back to Germany.' I like playing in Germany. Some years ago with Nancy, we beat Bamberg and Ksell Wesson by thirty points. This was a good Atmosphere in Frankfurt with great fan support'.The win puts The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in second place behind BC Kiev.'This was a good team effort. We played strong Basketball for 30 minutes', added Derrick Allen.

After The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had showcased almost perfect Basketball in the first quarter against Oldenburg, they shifted many gears back against BC Kalev as they came out with little fire power looking less like the consummate engine some days ago, but moreover like a frail machine looking for some buzz. BC Kalev went on a quick 8-0 lead as Frankfurt quickly recognized that John Linehan had been missing in the first game in Tallin. Linehan started with an assist to Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82), then made a steal leading to a Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) hoop and then made a three pointer. Frankfurt was already shooting as if the north pole had found a new home in the Ballsporthalle and with little intensity. After almost four scoreless minutes for Frankfurt, they finally got on the board as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made a swift pass to American Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), who finished with a two handed slam dunk. The Frankfurt defense was still trying to wake up as BC Kalev was getting easy buckets in the paint. After Kangur scored, Frankfurt found more daylight on offense and sped out on a 7-0 run to trail only 10-9. Pascal Roller hit a three pointer, Derrick Allen two free throws, and Anthony King made a heads up steal and fed American Jimmy fastbreak Mckinney for a layup

Howver BC Kalev finished the first quarter with a 6-2 run as American Josh Pace (198-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) came into the game and quickly showed why he led the CBA in scoring last season as he raced into traffic and finished with his left hand. Rait Keerles (201-F-80) scored on a layup as Nate Fox whistled a quick pass inside. American John Linehan finished with a layup with his left hand. BC Kalev led 16-11 after one quarter. The two biggest weak points of Frankfurt was their weak shooting of 16% from two point range and 33% from three point land. They also were inching back on defense instead of sprinting back as they were surprised time in and time out with quick outlet passes which led to baskets or fouls for BC Kalev. BC Kalev was also dominating the boards, which would soon change.

In the second quarter, the momentum of the game shifted into the hands of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, as they seemed to become a step quicker in every action on the court. Coach Murat Didin inserted the experienced Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.), who had been in a shooting slump the last games, but had done a good job in other aspects of the game. He started by faking a shot and feeding American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) inside for a hoop, then blocked Nate Fox, then hit a three pointer and continued to rebound. Frankfurt had gone on a 7-0 run, which had been ignited by Titus Ivory, who looked happy after the game even after a difficult practice on Monday.'I felt really good today. I had had a real bad day in practice as I had shot really poorly and my team had been a casualty. We have a very strong team, so practice is always tough. I came early before the Kalev game and told myself that it was just a game, to have fun and relax', stated American Titus Ivory. Frankfurt took its first lead 18-16 after a perfect timed alleyop pass from Jimmy McKinney to American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross). American Jimmy McKinney also was a spark plug in this phase of the game.' We started to control the game at this point after they jumped on us in the first quarter. We gained the intensity that we needed in the second quarter', explained Jimmy McKinney.

Frankfurt kept their high intensity and would finish the quarter on a 15-6 run. Frankfurt now decided to go inside to Lorenzo Gordon, who scored five baskets. He didnt have a simple matchup against the 11 kilo heavier Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple), but was able to get the job done. 'It was fun playing against Kevin. I was lucky against him and happy I only had to play once against him', said a modest Lorenzo Gordon. Gordon made a few tip ins as well as displaying his mini hook shot. 'Lorenzo was huge inside. Our game plan was to make their big men work', stated Titus Ivory. German Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) also gave the gallery something to talk about with a sweet two handed dunk from the wing past Lyde. Frankfurt led 33 to 23. The stats seemed a bit curious at halftime as both teams shot an identical 22% from three point land, but BC Kalev was shooting more consistent from the field even though they were down by ten points. The big difference were the boards which Frankfurt was controlling 24 to 14. Nate Fox was too little a factor under the boards. 'We lost intensity in the second quarter. We were thinking too much instead of playing. We simply couldnt get back into the flow of the game', described American John Linehan.

Both teams fought to establish the tempo in the third quarter as both teams got their offense going. The big Frankfurt lead helped and it seemed like Frankfurt overall had more options as BC Kalev had a thinner bench. American 175cm guard John Linehan, who reminded one of the tiny ex NBA player Tyrone Bogues (159-G-65, college: Wake Forest) kept his club in the game, making a runner in the lane and a three pointer. Frankfurt led 37 to 28 and still seemed in control of the game, even if BC Kalev was not letting up, but getting stronger. After Kangur and Lyde scored, Frankfurt led only 39 to 32. Jimmy McKinney stepped up with his multi purpose game driving into the zone for two points and then sinking a three pointer. Frankfurt led again comfortably 44 to 34. BC Kalev was trying to comeback, but simply could not put together a string of consecutive defensive stops. A late quarter Pascal Roller three pointer helped as Frankfurt lost a little concentration on defense as BC Kalev went on a 8-3 run to close out the third quarter. After missing some three pointers, Nate Fox finally hit one and American Josh Pace hit a layup. Frankfurt still had the 47-42 lead, but BC Kalev were on the backs of Frankfurt just waiting for Frankfurt to stumble. Both teams were still shooting poorly from three point land, but Frankfurt was still controlling the boards 33-20.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners returned strong in the fourth quarter as Lorenzo Gordon drove by Nate Fox, who looked anything like a fox, but more like a snail. American Kevin Lyde responded in the zone with two easy points as the Frankfurt defense seemed like it was taking a coffee break. American Titus Ivory came in and quickly put on his own shooting clinic scoring with a three pointer and a mid distance jumper. Frankfurt led 54 to 44 and once again had the ten point cushion. However the Frankfurt defense were simply unable to leave BC Kalev scoreless for some minutes. They threatened again as Kevin Lyde made a tip in and Josh Pace scored on a spectacular move in the zone. After a Lorenzo Gordon hoop on a quick pass from Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.), BC Kalev made their final run and could of possibly won the game if they could of just had more luck at the free throw line. This was just a tough day for us from the line. We shot 9/22 from the free throw line and could of won had we shot better, stated American Kevin Lyde. American Josh Pace, who won the NCAA title in 2003 together with NBA star Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse)(Carmelo would beat me 7/10 times on one on one, said a humble Josh Pace) with Syracuse seemed unseeable at times on the court, but when it mattered most stepped up with huge hoops including a fade away jumper. That was followed by a Kangur hoop. Frankfurt still led 57 to 53, but BC Kalev were the hungrier team and were lurking to take the lead, but instead of taking the lead, continued to trail, because Nate Fox was unable to make free throws. Even though he was a 71% free throw shooter coming into the game, his 4/11 shooting from the line hurt his team greatly. Captain Pascal Roller sunk four free throws to give Frankfurt their second win in the Eurochallenge group. 'Our defense was good in the second half. We did a pretty good job containing Nate Fox and John Linehan and stopping their three point attempts', added Derrick Allen. 'Their defense was ok, but not spectacular. They disrupted our offense and we missed open shots and free throws', commented John Linehan.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Lorenzo Gordon with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Pascal Roller chipped in with 10 points. He is still looking for his shot, but even if it isnt there, he still receives a lot of respect from his opponents. 'Pascal is a real good player. He didnt hit well tonight, but he is always a threat on the court and you cant lose sight of him. He is always under control', said John Linehan. BC Kalev were led by Kevin Lyde with 13 points and seven rebounds. Americans Josh Pace and John Linehan chipped in with ten points a piece.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played a good game, but cant block out the fact that they most likely would of lost, if BC Kalev had shot better from the Free Throw line. Frankfurt shot a miserable 18% from three point land and can be happy that BC Kalev was a bit worse at 16%. Both teams shot near 40% from two point range, which also is poor. Frankfurt continue to make big strides under the basket as they dominated the rebounding 43 to 32.' We played great defense at times. Our strong rebounding was a plus and we limited them often to one shot which was important', said American Jimmy McKinney.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners almost finished with a perfect December record in the Ballsporthalle leaving 2008 with a 4-1 record in the last month of the year and sending all Skyliner faithful home with huge grins. Not only is Frankfurt strong in the BBL, but they are starting to erase their image as a team that cant win in international games. After going years without winning and going 23 games with out a win, they have built a successful 5-2 record in international games the past months. Frankfurt now has two away games remaining in the Eurochallenge against BC Kiev and Triumph Moscow. Not only are teams taking notice in the BBL, but also outside Germany. 'Frankfurt is well coached and made many personal adjustments from last season like bringing in a clutch player like Titus Ivory. They are a good team with strong chemistry. They will defiantly make noise this season', warned American Nate Fox. Frankfurt close out the 2008 year with the famous Hessen Derby against Giessen this weekend where a lot of noise will be made by the fans. 'I am looking forward to the game in Giessen and seeing Simon Cote again. It is never easy to play in Giessen as there is always a lot of energy with the fans', warned Jimmy McKinney. The Giessen 46ers host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Saturday December 20th at 20:00.



Player spotlight: Chris Clark - by Moritz Korff
Chris Clark (173-G, college: Temple) is currently in Germany looking for a team. He graduated from Temple University (NCAA1) earlier this year after averaging 7.5 points, 1.7 assist and 1.4 rebound per contest as senior in 2007-08.

Chris, for how long will you be in Germany?
I will be in Germany until thursday.

Please describe yourself as a basketball player. Is there anybody from the NBA that you could compare your style of play with?
I dont know if I can compare my game to anyone but I know I can run a team as a Point guard, make other players better, and shoot the ball.

Which is the most memorable game that you played for Temple University?
The most memorable game at temple for me was winning the A-10 championship last year and going to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 7 years.

Players like Rick Brunson, Keon Clark or Eddie Jones are products of Temple. What's the special thing about that school?
Temple is known for producing great guards that understand and know how to play the game the right way.

What have you been doing since graduating?
I have been working on my game.

How will coaches be able to get in contact with you?
Coaches will be able to contact me through my email cclark018@yahoo.com


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Frank Tolbert, Out Six Till Eight Weeks - by Fred Roggen
Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn), out six till eight weeks with knee injury. Matrixx Magixx guard Frank Tolbert will miss six till eight weeks, while rehabbing his sore right knee.
Tolbert who became more and more important for the Magixx's, damaged his inner right knee in the game against West-Brabant Giants.
In his first pro-season, the former Auburn-star played 15 games in which he averaged 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 3.6spg.


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A Division Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Debreceni - Soproni 80-97
Soproni nailed 97 points against Debreceni, what was way more than enough for the fifth victory this season (5-5). On the other side, the hosts remain on poor 1-9 after 10 appearances. David Brooks drained 25, while PJ Cousinard netted two points less for the winners. Gary Ware contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Dombovar - Falco 102-91
Dombovar outplayed Falco remaining on top of the standings before the Christmas break (8-2 record). Ferenc Bodi scored 23, while Anthony Dill helped the winning squad with double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds. Falco got 23 points from Andrija Ciric, slipping on 6-3.

Kaposvari - ZTE KK 67-78
6-4 for ZTE and 4-6 for Kaposvari after this game. Srdjan Helbich led the scorers in ZTE with 25 points. He missed only one board for double-double. Larry Welton and Laszlo Orosz delivered 20 pts in loss.

Kormend - Marso-Vagep 98-85
Kormend demonstrated its power missing only two points to reach 100 against Marso. It is the 7th win for the host team this season, while at the same time it was the 7th failure for Marso. George Banks once again was a key player for Kormend pouring in 35 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Erno Sitku collected 21 pts and 6 boards in Marso.

Szolnok - PVSK Panth. 60-81
Thomas Kelley registered double-double, 17 points and 11 assists, pacing PVSK to road win agains Szolnok. Zoltan Bencze is another player for the winning squad with double-double, 16 pts and 13 boards. Donald Wilson scored 16, while Jerome Coleman posted 15 points for the hosts. Szolnok 6-4, PVSK 4-7.

NTE - Univer 61-90
Univer didn't have to work too hard in order to beat winless NTE on the road. With this win Univer jumped on 6-4, while NTE remains the only winless team in the league. The box-score will be available soon.


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Division 1 results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Laugdaelir 82 Fjolnir 91 Petur Mar Sigurdson 28 for Laugdaelir. Patrick Oliver (201-F, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mary Hardin Baylor) (Agency Icebasket) 16 for Fjolnir.
Thor 74 Hamar 100 Hamar still winning. Only team in the league without a loss.
Richard Fields (193-G-85) (Agency Icebasket) with good game for Thor 33 pts.As usual Marvin Valdimarsson was hot for Hamar 35 pts.
Valur 84 Haukar 54. With good defense Valur beat the team in second place by 30 pts. Good team effort gave them the win.
Leding scorers. Hjalti Fridriksson (-89) 17.Jason Harden 16. for Valur. Kristinn Jonasson (205-F/C-84) 12 for Haukar.
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Now it official Uzi is the Head Coach of Ramat Gan - by Tamar Goldman
Three weeks ago Ironi Ramat Gans head coach, Robby Belinko was fired due to the face that the team didnt win any official game in the league. Belinko said that there as to be some massive change in the roster, the management disagreed and the club and the coach part ways. Amir Uzi , the A. Coach in the club for the past three years, was appointed as temporary head coach. Now, after achieving his third consecutive win he was officially announced as the head coach until the end of the season.

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Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Sparta 8-3 
 2. Amicale 8-3 
 3. Musel Pikes 7-4 
 4. Etzella 7-4 
 5. T71 7-4 
 6. Contern 6-5 
 7. Black Star 6-5 
 8. Residence 3-8 
 9. Racing 2-9 
 10. Heffingen 1-10 


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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 


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NBA Round: 49 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bobcats - Hawks 79-83
Atlanta Hawks made it at their Philips Arena thanks to Joe Johnson and his 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Josh Smith helped the winners with 15 points and 7 boards. The Bobcats got 25 points from Boris Diaw. Hawks 15-9, Bobcats 7-18.

Nets - Raptors 94-87
Ryan Anderson, who netted 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, led the New Jersey Nets to 12th victory this season (12-11). Devin Harris and Vince Carter helped him combining 40 points, 17 boards and 10 assists. Jason Kapono and Chris Bosh scored 17 points apiece in loss. Raptors 10-14.

Pacers - Wizards 118-98
Indiana Pacers registered easy win against Washington Wizards on the road jumping on 8-16 record. Danny Granger stepped up with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the visitors. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler replied with 26 points and 23 boards together for the Wizards (4-18).

Jazz - Celtics 91-100
Another victory by the reigning champion, this time against Utah Jazz at home. Rajon Rondo was close to triple-double registering 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Paul Pierce and KG had 19 pts apiece (Garnet grabbed 10 more rebs). Paul Millsap shined for the loosing side with 32 points and 10 boards. Celtics 23-2, Jazz 15-11.

Bucks - Heat 98-83
Comfortable 15-point road win for the Bucks (11-15). Michael Redd netted 21, while Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva delevered 20 points apiece. Bogut pulled down 11 more rebs. Mario Chalmers was better than the others in Miami Heat collecting 20 points, 7 boards and 8 assists. Heat 12-12.

Nuggets - Mavericks 98-88
Another road victory of the day. JR Smith netted 25 pts off the bench for the winners. Carmelo Anthony helped with 2 points les, plus 8 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki once again was on a high level for the Mavs registering double-double, 27 points and 10 boards. Nuggets 17-7, Mavs 13-10.

Knicks - Suns 103-111
15-10 for the Suns and 11-13 for the Knicks after this game. Shaquille O'Neal nailed 23 pts and grabbed 12 boards for the hosts. Amare Stoudemire had 21 pts and 14 rebounds, while Steve Nash scored the same digits (21). Nate Robinson and Al Harrington answered with 51 points and 16 boards for the Knicks.

Timberwolves - Kings 103-118
Eight players with 10 or more points were enough for 7th joy of the Sacramento Kings (7-18). Francisco Garcia was the best one as he added 21 pts and 5 assists. Al Jefferson netted 22 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds for Minnesota. Rashad McCantes scored 21 for 25 minutes. Timberwolves 4-20.

Magic - Warriors 109-98
Jameer Nelson came up with 32 points, while Rashard Lewis had 21, plus 8 boards and 5 assists. Andris Biedrins delivered 23 pts missing one board for double-double in defeat. Magic 19-6, Warriors 7-18.



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First Deepwater donates 20-seater bus to SWAN - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State Chapter on Friday received promise donation of a 20-seater Hiace Bus, courtesy First Deepwater Discovery Limited.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), First Deepwater Discovery Limited, Engineer Babatunde Babalola, who made the promise during this years edition of sportswriters annual Award Nite ceremony held at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, pledged his companys continuous support to sports development in Lagos and Nigeria at large.

Babalola, was voted the Sport Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his leading role in the development of basketball in the country, said the promised which will be fulfilled on January 3, 2009 will help the sports journalist in the discharge of their duties.

Speaking further in appreciation of the award, the Babalola said: I see the award as a challenge and as a recognition of our effort as an organization and lastly it is a message to us that we must not rest on our efforts that means people are watching what weve been doing.

I want to thank Lagos State Chapter of SWAN for deeming it fit to honours us and I dedicate the award to all management and staffs of our great company, he said.

The choice of Engineer Babalola for the prestigious award according to the committee set by the Executives of the Lagos Sports pen-pushers cannot be overemphasized.

First Deepwater Discovery Limited has undertaken the sponsorship of various basketball competitions in the out-going year and is reported to prepare to do more in the years ahead.

The Oil and Gas company recently rebuilt a basketball court at Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and sponsored an All-tertiary institutions tournament among higher institutions in Ondo and Ekiti States tagged; Ondo/Ekiti Intercollegiate Basketball Championship.

Other competitions sponsored by First Deepwater Discovery Limited in the out going year includes the one-day 6-A-Side Bounce 9ja tournament, the Battle for Supremacy, the open and close camping of the nation U-22 Wheelchair Basketball Team and the team participation in the Africa U22 Wheelchair Basketball Championship held in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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Harstad and Tromso claim victories in Round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Harstad did not surrender the top spot in the ladder as they posted the 12th win in the season. This time the Vikings held off Ulriken 97:80 at home court. The Eagles got to the better start and led by 4 points after the opening frame however Harstad managed to recover. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) sparked a 26:12 rally in the third quarter that gave the Vikings a 15-point cushion before the fourth term. The Vikings eased to the victory in the final stanza with Jeff Rogers finalizing a 29-point tally. Nick Billings (214-C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Binghamton) added 23 points and 14 boards for the winners. Peter Bullock (198-F-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) scored 21 points and grabbed 7 boards for Ulriken. Audun Eskeland (176-G-85) posted 15 points in the loss.
Tromso took on Ulriken one day later and also came out victorious. The Storm trailed by 8 points at halftime but stepped on the gas in the second half and pulled away with a narrow 84:82 victory. Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) was unstoppable with 34 points and 8 boards. Taj Finger (203-F-86) added 18 points and 15 boards for the winners. Delano Thomas (203-F-82, college: Shawnee St.) answered with 24 points and 8 boards for Ulriken as they fell at 10-4 record in the third spot.
Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) tallied 19 points and 11 boards to lift Ammerud to a 103:69 win over Fjellhamar. It was all over for the Stallions after they lost the first quarter 14:30. Ammerud cruised further on and improved at 4-7 record. Nourdin Tahar (186-G-88, college: Centrum) had 17 points for the winners.


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Millrats take Game 2 of Champlain Cup Series - by Carl Berman
(December 16, 2008 Manchester, NH): The Manchester Millrats weathered a furious comeback by the visiting Quebec Kebs, and took Game Two of the Champlain Cup Series 86-81 in overtime. By virtue of winning the first three quarters and the game, Manchester netted 10 points towards the Cup and Quebec took home 3 points.

The game opened with a defensive battle as both teams played inspired defense. Alex Owumi (6'5''-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Alcorn St.)'s second straight three pointer gave the Millrats a 23-21 lead midway through the first quarter. In the second quarter, Al Stewart's one man fastbreak layup plus the foul help extend the Millrats lead to 55-44 at the half. Quebec wasted no time pouncing on the hosts at the outset of the third quarter, cutting a sixteen point deficit to 73-71 on Jean-Philippe Morin's third triple of the quarter. Later Dominic Soucy took over from the perimeter, and his three extended the Kebs lead to 78-73 with 50 seconds to go. Alex Owumi's driving hook brought the Millrats within 78-75 to give the Millrats a glimmer of hope. Charles Fortier was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing possession, and once again Owumi was the hero - drilling a three pointer from the wing to tie the score 78-78 and force overtime.

In the overtime, the Millrats defense held firm and Quebec's Larry House was whistled for an offensive foul and then a technical foul with 1:15 to go. Three free throws built a Millrats 84-81 lead and two free throws by Al Stewart accounted for the final score. Alex Owumi led the Millrats in scoring with 23 points, Scott Hazelton added 17, and Al Stewart 14. Quebec's Michael Anderson and Jean-Philippe Morin scored 21 points apiece.

Manchester's next game is at the Green Mountain Tip-Off Tournament in Vermont on December 27th as they face the Montreal Sasquatch in the first round. For more information please email Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com or www.nhti.edu.


Champlain Cup Series Comes to NHTI as Millrats Host Kebs - by Richard
(December 15, 2008 Manchester, NH): The Champlain Cup Series comes to New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord Tuesday night at 7:00 pm, as the Manchester Millrats host the Quebec Kebs.

The Manchester Millrats, New Hampshire's Pro Basketball team, are a second year minor league basketball franchise playing in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) this season.

Concord, which is the State Capitol of New Hampshire, is also the home of current NBA player Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs.

'We are thrilled to be able to bring the Millrats exciting brand of basketball to Concord, so fans there can experience firsthand the caliber of the basketball being played,' stated Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'We think they will have a great time and witness a great game.'

The Kebs took Game 1 of the Series back on December 6th, as they defeated the Millrats 101-92, after two Millrats went down after a collision. The night prior, the Millrats defense held Quebec to just 62 points en route to a 20-point win in a preseason exhibition match.

Tickets are just $7 at the door and proceeds benefit NHTI's Athletic Booster Club, Sports Management Club and Women's Soccer Program.

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

Courtesy of Manchester Millrats


Buffalo Stampede name Bouie head coach - by Gianni Pascucci
(coutesy TheBuffaloNews.com) Richard Jacob has resigned as the coach and general manager of the Buffalo Stampede. He will replaced by former Syracuse University All-American Roosevelt Bouie . The news comes weeks before the Stampede tips off their inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League on Jan. 3. Bouie will serve as the team's coach on an interim basis but takes over full-time as the GM. Jacob resigned because he didn't have the time to devote to the franchise, said owner Vincent Lesh. Jacob also serves as an assistant professor of sport and business at Medaille College and is the head of the college's sport management program. ''He realized it was going to be difficult for him to coach the team this season,'' Lesh said. ''It came down to not having enough time.''

Randy Gill moves to Montreal - by Gianni Pascucci
The Montreal Sasquatch announced the signing of former Maryland Nighthawks guard Randy Gill (6'2''-G-78, college: Bowie St.), widely considered one of the PBL's premier scorers. 'We are very proud to announce the signing of 'White Chocolate' Gill,' stated Montreal Sasquatch General Manager Pascal Fleury . 'Randy's signing shows how serious this organization is taking our first year in the league. Randy is a proven player that has the ability to make a difference in big games.' Montreal Sasquatch Owner Real Bourassa said 'I am very familiar with Randy's game back when I owned the Kebs. Randy has a deadly shot and has proven he can compete at the highest level.' Gill was signed to an off-season contract with the PBL's Augusta Groove, but was released from his contract last week before reporting to Augusta. He will arrive in Montreal on December 26 and wear Sasquatch jersey number three.

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Drobnjak in Turow, Brown left Anwil - by Michal Falkowski
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) is new-old face in PGE Turow Zgorzelec. Slovenian center comes back to Zgorzelec to help the team improving their league record which now is 10-4.
Drobnjak's first contact with Turow was in season 2006/2007 when he was called to play there by the coach, Saso Filipovski . In his debut season he was averaging 9,2 ppg. while his team was a runner-up defeating the finale battle against Prokom Trefl Sopot. One season next (2007/2008) the situation repeated. Turow was again a silver medalist, but Drobnjak's averages decreased to 8,8 ppg. and 4,3 rpg. This season Slovenian center chose Panionios Athens but he never played there. It seemed that he could have bound with Premiata Montegranaro but some things failed. Next he was practising with Olimpija Lublana team but finally he signed a deal with Alba Berlin. On December, 14th his contract expired so he became a free agent. In these circumstances, the board of Turow had proposed him an offer which next has been accepted and Drobnjak will be playing for Turow once again.

Another team of PLK, Anwil Wloclawek parted ways with their point guard, Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: Ohio St.). American was in Wloclawek on two-months try-out but thanks to headcoach Igor Griszczuk's decision, this period was shortened and Brown is coming back home. Brown was thought as the successor of Gerrod Henderson's position but he didn't fulfill the expectations. He was averaging about 6 ppg. and 1,4 rpg. and 1,2 apg.


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Rumors about Aleksandar Djordjevic and Lottomatica Roma - by Dragan Jankovski
According to the rumors and Serbian media B92, Yugoslavian/Serbian basketball legend Alexander Djordjevic is close to take over the last season's runner up in Italian Serie A - Lottomatica Roma. Namely, Croatian coach Jasmin Repesa left Lottomatica last week after 5 consecutive defeats in domestic championship. At the same time the team from Roma demonstrated excellent performance in Euroleague. Before the last round and loss against DKV Joventut in Badalona, Lottomatica had 5-1 in Group C. In the last two games Fernando Gentile led the team. It is important to mention that nothing is officially confirmed by the club.

Alexander Djordjevic most recently worked in AJ Milano. For the first time he was hired as a HC in January 2006. Until June 2007 he registered 34 wins and 16 defeats in Serie A. As a reminder, another Serbian basketball legend, Dejan Bodigorga, is currently the Lottomatica's GM.

Djordjevic did a great job for Serbian basketball in the past. Partizan's fans for sure remember his winning 3-pointer in the final of European Champions Cup (now Euroleague) against Joventut in Istanbul. He crushed Lithuania in the final of European Championship with Yugoslavia and had many other excellent achievements beside that. He started basketball career in Crvena Zvezda and later joined Partizan. His next destination was Milano, Bologna, Barcelona and Madrid. In 2003 Djordjevic joined Scavolini Pesaro and year and a half later he arrived to AJ Milano.


Three Serbian teams in EuroCup today - by Dragan Jankovski
Crvena Zvezda, Hemofarm STADA and FMP will meet their rivals in Round 4 of EuroCup regular season.

Crvena Zvezda will take on Polish Turow, the team who was defeated by 28 points in Belgrade last week (97-69). The Red-and-whites currently have 2-1 in Group F. Belgian Charleroi is undefeated, while Turow has 1-2. Brose Baskets is at the bottom winless.

Hemofarm STADA will try to revenge for last week's defeat in Podgorica. As a reminder, Montenegrin champion celebrated 70-59. Hemofarm, Buducnost and Nymburk have 1-2 in Group H. Spanish Bilbao has 3-0. The game in Vrsac starts at 18h and the orange team will have to take it in order to reach the second place at the end.

FMP will meet Fortitudo in Bologna. The team from Zeleznik changed the head coach last week hiring Milovan Stepandic instead of Slobodan Klipa. Interesting is that Fortitudo also changed the head coach few days ago. Both teams have 1-2, as well as Artland Dragons. Pamesa Valencia has 3-0.


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  SLOVENIA   


UPC League - Round 12: Bad night for NLB teams - by Zeljko Zule
Both teams from NLB Adratic League lost their games in Round 12 of UPC League. Epic Misel had five scorers in double figures and defeated Helios 83-75 while Geoplin Slovan outscored league-leading Krka by 85-68.
Epic Misel-Helios 83-75: Trailing 56-71 with 7:02 left in the game, Helios rallied with a 15-4 run over the next 5:01 to pull within four. Vjeran Soldo's lay-up and a pair of free-throws streched Epic's lead to 79-71 with 0:51 remaining. Bojan Jovanovic scored 18 points including four 3-pointers and grabbed 9 rebounds, Miha Kobe had 18 points and 8 rebounds, Vjeran Soldo collected 13 points and 7 rebounds, Boban Tomic added 11 points and Marino Bursic 10. Helios hit 11 3-pointers and shot just 14-of-36 from 2-point range. Nicholas Jacobson finished with a game-high 22 points, Vjeko Petrovic added 16 and Alexei Lashkevich registering a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Geoplin Slovan-Krka 85-68: Slovan in first quarter made a 10-2 run and lead as many as 18 points before the end of the half. Dejan Delic (199-G-83) scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, Zoran Dragic added 17 and Milan Klepo 16. Krka, who opened the season with ten straight wins, have lost two in a row. Davor Marcelic netted 22 points, Bojan Krivec 12 and Marko Rakocevic 10.


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LNA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - Starwings 75-77
Starwings celebrated the sixth win in the LNA season as they sneaked past Boncourt on the road. Amin Wright secured 20 points for Starwings. Tony McCrory added 13 points in the win. Jason Siggers answered with 20 points for Boncourt in defeat.

MGS - Herens 61-90
Herens knocked down MGS on the road to climb at the third spot in the ladder. Corey Muirhead exploded with 30 points and 9 boards to lead the winners. Douglas Gorauskas and Karon Bradley added 17 points each for the winners. Chris Jordan answered with 27 points and 8 boards for MGS in defeat.

Monthey - Geneva 75-78
Monthey were upset by Geneva at home court. Mike Jefferson nailed 23 points and distributed 6 assists to propel the Devils just to the third win in the season. Rashard Lee had 20 points for the visitors. Kareem Johnson and Jean-Richard Volcy had 16 points each in the losing effort.

Lausanne - SAM Massa. 88-50
Lausanne eased past Sam Massagno behind 21 points and 6 boards from Moustapha Niang. Shaun Durant contributed 15 points and 11 boards in the win. Brody Angley scored 14 points for SAM Massagno as they stayed at the bottom of the ladder at 2-9 record.



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  TPBL   


Houston Blaze 4thAnnual South American Tour - by Richard
PRESS RELEASE:

Houston Blaze 4TH ANNUAL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR

The Houston Blaze Basketball Organization will now be preparing for their 4th Annual South American Tour 2008. The South American Tour will start January 6th - 30th we will be conducting tryouts at Banff High School Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009. Registration begins at 9 AM and the tryout will run to 4 PM. The tryout fee will be $100.00, cash or money order only, no checks accepted.

The Blaze Organization is proud to announce the coach for the South American Tour is NBA Legend Robert Reid. Robert played thirteen seasons (19771982; 19831991) in the NBA as a member of the Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He had his best overall season in 1980-81, when he was the second leading scorer on the Rockets team that reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Boston Celtics . When he retired as a player in 1991, Reid had tallied 10,448 career points, 4,168 career rebounds, and 2,500 career assists. 'We are extremely fortunate that Mr. Reid has accepted the position as Head Coach,' said Team President Patrick Pellerin. 'With Robert, his desire to win and to be successful, both on and off the court, will translate to the players.
' I am so excited and ready to go. It's going to be an amazing tour!'

To obtain a registration form, email houston.blaze@yahoo.com or Coach Reid @ rkrdel@yahoo.com or just log onto www.houstonblaze.com for more info

The Houston Blaze, a former Texas Professional Basketball League (TPBL) franchise now play an independent schedule has sent over 90 players on to pro careers with other leagues and teams in the past four years. After playing with the Blaze, players have gone to other U.S. leagues, such as the WBA, IBL, ABA, CBA and NBDL as well as leagues overseas in Asia, South America and Europe. Players have also successfully parlayed their experience with the Blaze to invitations to tryout camps for NBA teams as well.

Courtesy of Houston Blaze


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PRO REPORT - by David Edole
Carl Krauser with CSU Asesoft
Carl Krauser is in Romania trying-out for CSU Asesoft Ploiest. He will make the first practice session tonight (Tuesday). Krauser was last with Al Hilal basketball team in Saudi Arabia.

SPAIN
As expected, Melilla was better than Leon jumping out to 10 to 2 lead and never looked back. Melilla won 82-60.Cuthbert Victor was his usual efficient self, scoring 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the winners. He was 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 at the free throw line. Melilla (10-3) is still in a first place tie with Alicante in the standings of the Spanish Basketball League Gold Division.

BOSNIA
Omair Peterkin and Borac Nektar outlasted Slavija, 70-64, Sunday night in Bosnian Division I play. Nektar had five players in double figures with Peterkin tallying 16 points. Nektar record improved to 8-3 on the season.

FRANCE
Josiah James and Saint-Etienne edged Nanterre, 93-86, at home. James came off the bench and put on an offensive show. James finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and two of-three at the charity stripe in 28 minutes of play. James also tallied six rebounds and two steals. Saint Etiennes record improves to 7-6 in PRO B action.

UKRAINE
Kitwana Rhymer and Kryvbasbasket sneaked passed DniproAzot, 88-83, on the road. Jarrett Rhymer had 14 points and six board to lead Kryvbasbasket to their 14th win of the season. Rhymer was 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 at free-throw line Kryvbasbasket record improves to 14-5 while DniproAzot record fell to 4-15.

GERMANY
Pad.Baskets edged Frank Elegar and Bremerhaven, 77:68, Sunday night. Elegar had one of his better individual performances when he collected 13 points and 9 rebounds.The big man was 6-of-12 from the field and picked up two steals. The Polar Bears record drops to1-12.

SLOVAKIA
MBK Handlova dominated Jerome Gumbs and Inter Bratislava, 98-72, Sunday night.
Gumbs did manage to score 20 points, hauled down eight rebounds and dished out four assists. The guard was 6-of-13 from the field including 1-of-2 from down town. Gumbs made all seven of his free-throw attempts. Inter Bratislava falls to 6-11 on the season.

JAPAN
Carl Thomas and the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins split this weekend games with Toshiba. Mitsubishi edged Toshiba, 76:74, Friday night with Thomas finishing with
10 points, 8 boards and two steals in just 19 minutes of play. However on Sunday Toshiba exacted revenge, 75-64. Thomas had 10 points and three boards and two dimes.
Mitsubishi (5-15 ) still dwells in the cellar of the Japanese Basketball League (JBL


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20th Dubai Int'l Tournament Draw - by Mohammed Malas

The two groups of the 20th Dubai International Tournament (20 to 28th of December) was drawn today, The titleholders Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut came on the top of Group A while their Runner-Ups Zain from Jordan came in the 2nd.

- Group A:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 'Lebanon'
Champville 'Lebanon'
Al Ittihad Alexandria 'Egypt'
Al Jalaa Aleppo 'Syria'
An Nasr 'UAE'

- Group B:
Zain 'Jordan'
Al muttahed 'Lebanon'
Mahram 'Iran'
Al Jeish Army Damascus 'Syria'
UAE National Team

- Day 1 games (GMT):
Saturday 20/12:
15:00: Al Riyadi - Champville
17:00: Army - UAE NT

Despite of its friendly type, Dubai International Tournament always approaches the best teams in middle east who always like to play due to the good timing of it for teams to prepare for the long season.



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It is a try out! - by Carlos Santander
The Iran's basketball open position isn't for a specific basketball player. The open job at the Iran basketball league is for any good level Latino player whom agrees to go over there for a try out. It has been really hard for Americans to get the visa to go to Iran, reason enough for this country to looks for others possibilities, so agents from Iran are sending out emails to every body looking for Latino basketball players instead, but its a try out.
Our Venezuelan basketball player are in great level, but is unfair that basketball agents as Carlos Sifuentes wanted to make strong his name telling to the media in Venezuela that this offers is for his client. Why unfair? Simple, there are professional basketball player that are mistaking around because theirs agents just want to be famous or want to put theirs names into the basketball system worldwide.
Basketball fanatics in Venezuela are waiting for Hernan Salcedo, Marinos de Anzoategui is the best option for our super star at soon he finish in the Mexico league. Why take the risk? Obviously, looks like Venezuelan Agents can't make money with their Venezuelan basketball players when they play ball in the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela.




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Arvi post two wins in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Arvi stayed undefeated in BWBL as they brought two victories from the tour of Estonia. First Arvi held off Tallinna Living 70:47 for the sixth straight win in the season. Arvi jumped to a 24:12 lead after the starting frame and eased to the win in the next periods. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) finished with 14 points and 5 assists for Arvi. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 17 points and 7 boards for Tallinna Living.
Next Arvi took on the Estonian league leaders BC Star. It was a really tough battle for both sides. The hosts surged ahead in the opening term and led by as many as 14 points after ten minutes of action. But Arvi soon adjusted and began trimming the deficit. They entered the final stanza down by just 4 points and managed to secure a narrow 70:66 victory at the end. Tetyana Shchypakina (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) dropped 20 points to lead Arvi. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) contributed 19 points for the winners. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) answered with 20 points for BC Star as they fell at 4-4 record.
Berezina held off Kozachka-Zalk 81:71 to remain on top of the BWBL ladder at 8-2 record. Olga Padabed (174-G-79) secured 17 points, 5 assists and 4 boards to pace Berezina. Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) added 16 points and 6 boards in the winning case. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) replied with 18 points and 9 assists for Kozachka-Zalk as they slipped at 6-2 record.


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Ourinhos on the brink of triumph in CNBF - by Eurobasket News
Ourinhos were just one step from triumphing in the CNBF Finals but were denied the victory in Game 3. The reigning champions led 2-0 in the best-of-five series against Unimed/Americana after the home games. However Unimed/Americana managed to strike back at home securing a dramatic 74:73 victory. The win allowed Americana to force the fourth game in the exciting series.
Game 1 was an easy test for the defending champions as they knocked down Unimed/Americana 88:66 for the lead. Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) nailed 18 points to pace the victors. Jucimara Dantas (192-C-78) added 16 points and 8 boards for Ourinhos. Carina de Souza (185-C-79) answered with 16 points and 8 boards for Americana.
The second game turned into a tougher challenge for Ourinhos. They trailed by as many as 7 points after the starting stanza but stormed back in front in the second term. The hosts enjoyed a 14-point advantage after three quarters of action but Unimed/Americana trimmed the deficit to minimum in the final stanza before losing the battle 63:70. Soeli Zakrzeski (187-C/F-77) scored 17 points and pulled down 13 boards to lead the home team. Micaela Jacintho contributed 16 points for the winners. Ana Flavia Sackis (169-G-83) led the visitors with 17 points.
It looked like it was all over for Unimed/Americana after the starting period in Game 3. Ourinhos led by 15 points and were one step from the title. But Unimed/Americana refused to bow. They cut the distance to 8 points before the final quarter and eked out a dramatic victory in the final seconds of the third game. Karla da Costa (173-G-78) accounted for 21 points for the winners. Renata de Oliveira (183-F/C-78) had 20 points for Unimed/Americana as they forced the fourth game in the series. Micaela Jacintho responded with 22 points for Ourinhos.
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LFB Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Reims 72-49
Tarbes devastated Reims in Round 14 stopping it on just 49 points for the entire game. It means that Tarbes remains on top of the standings with almost perfect 13-1 record. The same score also has Bourges. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui netted 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the hosts. Tanisha Wright added two points less. Marie Laure Kindoki-Fleury contributed with 15 pts and 5 boards in defeat.

Challes - Arras 81-70
Challes improved on 10-4 after this game staying alone on third place in LFB. On the other side, Arras faced 9th failure in 14 appearances. Carly Wilson top-scored for Challes with 19 points, while Martina Luptakova helped with 18 pts, plus 12 boards. Arras got 24 points and 12 rebounds from Bernice Mosby.

COB Calais - Union Hainaut 90-69
Calais celebrated easy 21-point win against Unon Hainaut, thus both teams currently have 8-6 in LFB. Anne-Sophie Pagnier stepped up with 20 points in victory. Lauren Neaves was behind her with double-double, 15 points and 12 rebs. Mudju Ngoyisa was way better than the others in loss with 16 points and impressive 17 boards (6 off).

Aix-en-Prov. - ESB Villeneu. 68-74
Villeneuve made it on the road vs Aix-en-Prov mostly owing to Fatimatou Sacko and Geraldine Robert, which combined 35 points and 23 rebounds. Hollie Grima responded with double-double for the hosts, 23 points and 14 boards. Villeneuve 9-5, Aix-en-Prov 7-7.

Nantes - Montpellier 66-80
Expected win by Montpellier against poor Nantes, who dropped even more on 1-13 record. Visitors move up on 7-7 (7th place in the league). Sheana Mosch and Pauline Krawczyk delivered 22 points apiece for the winners. Jessica Moore had 15 pts and 9 boards for Nantes.

Landes - Bourges 46-50
Bourges remains on top after this game, together with Tarbes (13-1). Landes slipped on 2-12. The box-score will be available soon.

Clermont - Mondeville 74-77
Mondeville is curenlty on 10th place with Arras (5-9 score). Clermont stays on just 4 wins. The box-score will be available soon.


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Round 10th results - by Gil Goshen


Ramla with the new lineup beat Ashdod convincingly, 78 61, and there were no surprises anywhere. Ramat Hen had no trouble with Holon and Ramat Hasharon abused Hapoel on a horribly rare night 85 36, and Natanya had a surprisingly easy time destroying Bnei Yehuda. The round's closest game was in Tel Kabir of all places, who lost to Raanana Hertzelia just 97 109.

Elizur Ramla 78 Maccabi Ashdod 61

Ramla doesnt have everybody on the same page yet but that didnt stop them from playing hard, especially on defense, en route to a 17 point win over Ashdod who never really showed up. Six players scored in double figures for Ramla, including Katia Levitsky & Adia Barnes who made their Ramla debuts. Brasheeda Elohim had a good game with 17 points, and that was far from being enough.


For Ramla:
Olena Ogorodnikova 16 pts
Nicky Anosike 15 pts, 13 rebs
Katia Levitsky 13 pts
Ina Gourevitch & Adia Barnes 11 pts each
Tan White 10 pts, 8 rebs, 5 ast
Ortal Oren 2 pts

For Ashdod:
Brasheeda Elohim 15 pts
Jeniffer Humphrey 14 pts, 9 rebs
Sherill Baker 12 pts
Tamara Moore 11 pts, 13 rebs agency - GG basketball
Karin Agasi 5 pts
Bat El Lazmi 3 pts
Yael Aharonov 1 pt

Maccabi Ramat Hen 76 Elizur Holon 61

Holon was able to hang on for less than a half before Ramat Hen hit the gas and made it a 20 point game. In the last quarter Holon pressed a little to create some havoc and cut into the lead a little bit, but the winner's identity was never in question.

For Ramat Hen:
Tamara James 23 pts (8/8 FGs!), 6 rebs
Matalya Belvin 17 pts, 5 ast, 8 TOs
LaToya Pringle 12 pts, 10 rebs
Noa Ganor 12 pts, 5 rebs
Michal Epstein 7 pts
Shiri Sharon 3 pts
Sharon Zeevi 2 pts

For Holon:
Ayana Walker 13 pts, 9 rebs
Edwina Brown 8 pts, 8 rebs
Noa Shor 8 pts
Shiran Zairy 7 pts
Adi Lux & Lin Golan 6 pts each
Ednisha Curry 5 pts
Bar Gilinski & Hana Hileli 4 pts each

Electra Ramat Hasharon 85 Hapoel Tel Aviv 36


Ramat Hasharon probably took us too literally when we wrote they don't run teams over. The locals went up 24 -11 after one quarter, and things got worse from there. Nine points in the 2nd quarter, five in the 3rd, and that's how you score 36 in a game. Less, by the way, than Charde Houston and Ayana Walker's season high.

For Ramat Hasharon:
Jia Perkins 14 pts
Ebony Hoffman 13 pts, 9 rebs
Merav Dori 12 pts
Liad Suez Karni 10 pts
Abiola Wabara 8 pts , 9 rb -agency - GG basketball
Nomi Kolodny 7 pts, 5 ast
Jennifer Fleischer 6 pts
Erin Phillips 5 pts, 7 ast
Ayelet Cohen 5 pts
Lindsay Sklar 3 pts

For Hapoel:
Diamond Rogers 14 pts, 9 rebs
Alex Anderson 10 pts, 7 rebs
Shahar Alterman 5 pts
Tierre Wilson 5 pts, 5 rebs
Inbar Vaxman 3 pts

Maccabi Tel Kabir 97 Raanana Hertzelia 109

Tel Kabir stormed out to a 28 20 first quarter lead, but Raanana Hertzelia got their act together and exploded for a 36 point second quarter. That got their lead up to 56 45, and they were in control till the buzzer.

For Raanana Hertzelia:
Charde Houston 29 pts, 7 rebs
Kelly Schumacher 21 pts, 7 rebs
Temeka Johnson 17 pts, 13 ast
Shimrit Gigi 14 pts, 9 rebs
Chen Nusel & Lena Mustafina 10 pts each
Katia Abramzon 8 pts, 10 rebs

For Tel Kabir:
Brooke Reeves 33 pts, 7 rebs, 5 ast
Dominique Carter 21 pts, 13 rebs
Shannon Howell 18 pts, 6 ast
Shani Levin 12 pts, 9 rebs, 5 ast
Liel Ochanon 8 pts
Chen Holzer 5 pts

Elizur Maccabi Natanya 88 Bnei Yehuda 65

Natanya led from start to finish with the biggest lead reaching a whopping 30. We don't know why Bnei Yehuda fell apart like this on the first time in a long time they've had a full lineup, but on a day when only four players score, you can't expect much.

For Natanya:
Tamara Ransburg 24 pts, 18 rebs
Natasha Brackett 17 pts, 7 rebs, 5 ast
Sarit Arbel 12 pts - agency GG basketball
Ornit Shwartz 10 pts
Erica White 7 pts, 6 ast
Ela Karni 6 pts

For Bnei Yehuda:
Dionnah Jackson 26 pts
Tamara Bowie 18 pts
Rivi Grinboym 11 pts
Shira Haelyon 10 pts





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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 - G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli 63 - 67

(15-17, 33-32, 47-48)
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Eric M. (0/4), Gatti G. (0/1), Mauriello P. 5 (1/3, 1/2), Giauro S. 16 (6/9), Paterna S. 1 , Gentile I. 5 (1/1, 1/4), Laaksonen N. 6 (2/3), Dos Santos C. 6 (1/7), Robinson S. 24 (6/11, 4/8), Stamegna L. dnp. Coach Fossati Fabio
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Aties Isaac Z. 9 (4/9), Favento S. 6 (2/4), Andjelic N. 12 (3/5, 1/3), Aili F. 3 (0/3), Ferazzoli I. 2 (1/1, 0/1), Benko L. 2 (1/3, 0/2), Minervino M. dnp, Debora Danzi (192-C/F-75) 8 (2/4), Grasso A. 2 (1/3), Dixon T. 23 (8/13, 1/1). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio



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 4-6 
 9. Priolo 4-6 
 10. Umbertide 4-6 
 11. Pozzuoli 4-6 
 12. Livorno 3-7 
 13. Ribera 2-8 
 14. Viterbo 1-9 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Residence 9-2 
 2. Etzella 9-2 
 3. T71 Dudelange 9-2 
 4. Basket Esch 7-4 
 5. AB Contern 7-4 
 6. Musel Pikes 6-5 
 7. Amicale 5-6 
 8. Grengewald 2-9 
 9. Racing 1-10 
 10. Schieren 0-11 


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  NORWAY - Women  


Nordstrand post the initial win - by Eurobasket News
Nordstrand registered their first win in the season as they eked out a 57:55 win over Ulriken in Round 4. Nordstrand dominated in the first half as they managed to clear off to a 12-point distance at halftime. Ulriken outscored the hosts 19:7 in the final stanza but it was not enough to prevail at the end. Kari Theting paced the winners with 14 points. Ingrid Dyngeland added 13 points for Nordstrand. Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) answered with game-high 27 points for Ulriken as they fell at 0-5 record.
Asker remained undefeated but they had to work hard to deliver the seventh straight win in the championship. Asker hosted Hop and secured a difficult 56:55 victory at the end. Akser raced ahead right from the start and enjoyed a 9-point lead after ten minutes of action. The gap grew to as many as 24 points at halftime and Asker seemed to be cruising to another success. But a massive 22:4 rally from Hop revived the intrigue after the long break. Hop closed the gap but failed to stop Nanna Sand (-77, college: Arizona St.). She tallied 34 points and 18 boards to ensure the winning outcome for the hosts at the end. Ingvild Skorpen (169-G-92) added 6 points for the league leaders. Anne Flesland (174-G-82) had 24 points for Hop in defeat.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Castro in ESSA - by Luis Rocha
Alexis Castro (183-F-86, college: Vermont) is the new add in ESSA roster. Castro comes to play as 3 or 4, and she will try to shorten some difficulties, that the season brought to the barreiro team. She already played this weekend (only one game of the two her team played) but the opponents were strong and ESSA didnt take no benefit of her presence finishing with 2 defeats. Castro played in Vermont (NCAA1) and there she was one of the best, she then moved to AMerican iInternacional (NCAA2), and was untill now in Finland.