EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/22/2008

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  ALGERIA   


12th Round - by Carlos Pereira
After 12th rounds of the Algeria championship, GSP is the leader in the group A , bt n the group B thinks are most hard. ASPTT and C RBDB are co-leader .

Results and standings
Group A
USMM Hadjout - AU Annaba 68-64
NB Staouli - AB Skikda 86-87
WA Boufarik - CRB Tmouchent 81-49
WB An Benian - GS Ptrolier 65-83

STANDING Pts J

1. GS Ptrolier 24 12
2. WA Boufarik 20 12
3. AB.Skikda 19 12
4. WB An-Benian 17 10
5. CRB Tmouchent 16 12
6. NB Staouli 15 11
7. USMM Hadjout 14 12
8. AU Annaba 13 11

Group B
JSB M'sila - TBB Blida 61-77
CRM Birkhadem - NA Hussen-Dey 72-78
CRB Dar El Beda - NRMEl Harrach 92-68
ASPTT Alger - O Batna 79-74

Standing Pts J

1. CRB Dar Beda 23 12
-- ASPTT Alger 21 11
3. TRB Blida 20 12
4. NA Hussein-Dey 19 12
5. O.Batna 16 11
-- JSB Msila 16 12
7. CRM Birkhadem 14 12
8. NRM Harrach 12 12


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


TU/Rock head coach resigns - by Janar Filippov
Ullar Kerde resigned from the head coach position of the TU/Rock, the club announced. Indrek Visnapuu, the former player and recent assistant coach of TU/Rock took over the position. 'Kerde was given a vacation for one month,' said Riho Illak, the chief of Tartu University sports club, 'After that we'll make him a new offer.'

The news was announce a day after TU/Rock suffered 58:80 home loss from CSK-VVS Samara in FIBA EuroChallenge.

Newspaper Ohtuleht has claimed that the reason for Kerde's resignment might be his harsh criticism over the disciplinary problems of club's leading players.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Rocks 78 - 62 Jets - by David Edole
The Scottish Rocks moved clear in second place in the BBL Championship after a 78-62 defeat of the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets in Glasgow. The Rocks have now won eight of the last nine games between the sides, spanning back over two years.

Blake Shelton led the Rocks with 17 points, whilst Wilbur Johnson had 12 and Marc Pratt scored 11 against his former club. Phil Perre led all scorers with 21 points, and the Jets were without both Chez Marks and Alto Virgil.

There was a fast start from the hosts as back-to-back baskets from Chi Lewis-Parry made the score 6-0. But scoring only 3 points in the next six minutes cost them their lead as former player Perre scored 6 points in a 14-3 run that helped the Jets to a 12-16 lead after the first period.

That was reversed immediately in the second as Marc Pratt scored the first five points and the Rocks took a 19-16 edge, and a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Pratt added a second three-pointer of the quarter and Wilbur Johnson scored 5 points in an 8-2 run that put the hosts 27-20 in front, and they held a margin in that region up until the break after Shelton and Murray, twice, added further triples.

The Rocks added to their five second quarter three-pointers with five more in the third stanza as they stretched their lead into double-figures. Shelton and Yanders connected from long range on consecutive plays to make the score 46-36, and after Pratt and Shelton had added another each the lead reached 60-45.

The Rocks did what they needed to in order to see the game out in the fourth quarter, despite only three players scoring for them in the last ten minutes. The lead peaked at 78-55 after Johnson and Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) combined for twelve points, the latter hitting nine in one four minute spell. A Scott Russell three-pointer concluded the Rocks scoring with 2:19 remaining in the game, but the Jets had scored just 6 points up until then. Phil Brandreth scored 5 as the Jets netted the last 7 points of the game, but his buzzer-beating three-pointer could not prevent a double-digit defeat for the fourth time in the last six losses to the Rocks.


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil part ways with Adeleke and Canak - by Vladi Lazarova


Lukoil part ways with Adeleke and Canak - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder - Lukoil Akademik made some changes in the roster before Christmas and New Year. The club decided to part ways with two foreign players - Nigerian center Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) and Serbian power forward Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket). 205 cm tall Adeleke have been released in the middle of the week, only a day after Lukoil came back with a win over Barons Riga in Latvia for Eurocup. 204 cm tall Canak played his last game for The Students yesterday, when Lukoil Akademik smashed Yambol 99:64 at home in Pravetz.
The main reason
for these changes is that Akademik is 99% out of the next stage in Eurocup, after three consecutive loses from Russian Uniks Kazan at home, Dinamo Moscow away and Latvian Barons Riga at home. The team is at the last place in Group B of the tournament (1-3) and must make a miracle till the end of the regular season. Lukoil must beat Uniks in Kazan and Dinamo at home, which is impossible.
Adeleke was maybe the most expensive import player in the club, after Antonio Burks and Kevin Kruger left Bulgaria. He was making good stats, but wasn't exactly that kind of player, who supposed to make the difference.
Canak made a great 2007/2008 season, when he was the best 6th man in the squad. This autumn he was pushed to take bigger responsibilities, like one of the leaders in the starting line-up. 32-years old Serbian made couple of disappointing games in Europe and the officials decided to part ways with him as well and give a chance to Bulgarian players.


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  CHINA   


Bateer Stars as Xinjiang Beats Shandong, Bonzi Wells Debuts With 48 Points - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang brought its league-leading record to 14-2 with a 98-87 triumph over Shandong. Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) led the way with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Myron Allen had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Xu Guochong scored 16 and Mulati and Xue Yuyang each scored 9. Juan Mendez only played 11 minutes. Mack Tuck had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for Shandong. Cao Zhenhua had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Wu Ke scored 9. Priest Lauderdale did not play.

Bonzi Wells (196-F-76, college: Ball St.)lls has replaced Donta Smith as an import for Shanxi Zhongyu and celebrated his acquisition by scoring 48 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and making 7 steals as Zhongyu edged Tianjin 105-104. Olumide Oyedeji added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Zhai Jinshuai scored 21. Theron Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Liu Hao also scored 19.

Guangdong had seven players in double figures as it crushed Zhejiang 121-90. It is in second place with a 13-3 record. Zhou Peng scored 20 points, Zhu Fangyu 19, Wang Shipeng 17, Dong Hanlin and Du Feng 13, and Jason Dixon and Tyler Amaya scored 12. Kirk Snyder had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Zhejiang while Samuel Hoskin had 26 points and 8 rebounds. Luo Zhi added 15 points. But Ding Jinhui missed all 10 shots he attempted and scored 1 point. Cao Fei scored 8 points and no other Zhejiang player scored more than 3 points.

Jiangsu moved into undisputed posession of third place with a 12-4 record by defeating Yunnan 118-97. Donnell Harvey had 30 points and 10 rebounds while Jameel Watkins had 24 points and 20 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng scored 19 and Meng Da and Zhang Cheng each had 13. Yunnan, without Gabe Muoneke, was led by Li Lin who scored 23 points. Hu Guang scored 15 and Zhao Anan scored 11. Keith Closs had 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Shaanxi defeated Qingdao 114-107 as Brandon Robinson had 28 points and 15 rebounds. Lee Benson had 26 points, 23 rebounds and 8 assists. Chen Zhaosheng had 23 points and 5 assists. Zhang Wei had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Williams led Qingdao with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Li Guang, who may turn out to be the best point guard in the class of 1989, had 19 points and 4 assists. Frans Steyn had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Yu Gaofeng scored 18 and Lu Keming scored 13.

Donta Jones had 34 points and 13 rebounds and David Harrison had 31 points and 16 rebounds as Beijing edged Liaoning 112-107. Chen Lei had 18 points and 9 rebounds and Zhang Yunsong scored 13. Liaoning's sole import, Awvee Storey, had 16 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in 35 minutes. Liaoning has a severe import deficiency, and opponents can play both their imports the entire game unlike against importless Bayi. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Xiangtao scored 28. Li Xiaoxu had 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Gong Songlin scored 29 points and Fujian beat Jilin 113-96. Chris Porter had 19 points and 21 rebounds. Yang Chao scored 16 and Liu Yudong scored 13. Lu Xiaoming had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 steals. Lu Yan scored 21 for Jilin. Soumaila Samake had 16 points and 19 rebounds. Zhong Cheng, last year's high school player of the year, had 18 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Wang Bo had 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Wang Zhizhi had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Bayi slipped by Shanghai 81-77. Mo Ke had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Wang Lei had 15 points and 7 rebounds. DaJuan Tate led Shanghai with 27 points. Point guard Luo Xudong had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Peng Fei had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Rodney White had 56 points and 9 rebounds as Zhejiang Guangsha edged Dongguan 105-104. Zhang Nan scored 13 and Jin Lipeng and Li Meng each scored 10. Nigel Dixon did not play. Michael Harris had 44 points and 19 rebounds for Dongguan. Zhang Kai had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 18 and Meng Duo scored 15.


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Colorado - Tulsa 104-111
Ryan Humphrey nailed 22 points and pulled down 6 rebounds against the Colorado helping his Tulsa to register third win this season (3-7). Ronald DuPree had 15 points and 9 boards, while Chrid Richard also added 15 pts, but with 7 assists. Sony Weems and James Mays netted 26 points each in defeat. 14ers dropped on 5-3.

Reno - Sioux Falls 115-120
The Skyforce celebrated in high-scoring game vs Reno Bighorns improving on nice 9-2 record. Bobby Jones and Glen McGowan stepped up for their team with 24 points each. Jones had 9 rebounds beside that. Gary Forbes also shined adding 23 pts, 7 boards and 5 assists. Daryl M. Dorsey netted 25 points, while Damone Brown had double-double for the Bighorns, 22 pts and 10 rebs. Bighorns 1-7.

Idaho - Anaheim 98-97
Jermareo Davidson was a key player for his Idaho Stampede collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. Luke Jackson and Jamaal Tatum helped draining 18 pts apiece. James White and Tierre Brown replied with 43 points together for the hosts. Stampede 8-2, Arsenal 3-7.



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  EGYPT   


"A new team with true deams" - by Sherif Soliman
EuroBasket interviwed The sucessfull Geziras coach Ahmed Marie, Ahmed Marie was born in 1959,He played for Zamalek team and was one of the best power forwards in the 70s in Egypt,he played for the national team and was able to reach the olympic games in Los Angeles 1984,He is a profesional Basketball coach for more than 8 years.He got 5 titels with gezira 3 of them he was the head coach of the team.

EU:What Happened with Gezira players ? Why did they leave the team?
AM: What i can say is that they couldnt resist the offered money from other teams,most of them are over 33 old,witch means this will be thier last contract so money was the only thing they looked at.

EU: You lost 8 players ! how could you cover that?
AM: Frankly we lost only 2 (Sakr, Kerdany) the other 6 was released according to our future plan to replace these players with our jouniors.

EU :Is it working according to plans?
AM: So far so good,we made six strate wins one of them was against Ahly who took our players last season,we only had one defeat from Zamalek,however the team is getting better every game.

EU: Can you keep the champion in Gezira this season?
AM: It is to early to answer such a qustion,but to be practicale we are building a new team with age avereage of 18-20 ,this takes time so we dont look to this season but we are sure that this team will win the Egyptian league after a couple of years and no one will stop us.

EU:How is 'Garth' doing?
AM:We expect more from such a player with high experince,he made 2 great games but still we need him to perform better.

EU:Is it a tough season?
AM: Ya, There is no more an easy game all teams have impors and teams such as Geish,Somuha built new teams and they became very strong.

Eu:Dont you miss your old club Zamalek?
Am: I feel home in Gezira everyone supports basketball and remeber that i am pro. and this is my job.


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  ESTONIA   


TU/Rock head coach resigns - by Janar Filippov
Ullar Kerde resigned from the head coach position of the TU/Rock, the club announced. Indrek Visnapuu, the former player and recent assistant coach of TU/Rock took over the position. 'Kerde was given a vacation for one month,' said Riho Illak, the chief of Tartu University sports club, 'After that we'll make him a new offer.'

The news was announce a day after TU/Rock suffered 58:80 home loss from CSK-VVS Samara in FIBA EuroChallenge.

Newspaper Ohtuleht has claimed that the reason for Kerde's resignment might be his harsh criticism over the disciplinary problems of club's leading players.


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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Huima - HNMKY 103-82
Huima held off HNMKY to secure the fifth win in the season. Reijo Ojanen stepped up with 24 points for the home team. Justice Graham added 20 points and 7 assists for Huima. LaTrice Little scored 20 points for HNMKY as they fell at 3-7 record.

Salon Vilpas - Lapua 74-51
Salon Vilpas put on a balanced performance to edge Lapuan at home court. Amani Daanish had 14 points and 7 boards for the Vikings. Aubrey Conerly and Lauri Tiainen added 13 points each for the winning team. Toni Raiski answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Lapuan in defeat.

Kauhajoki - Jyvaskyla 98-71
Kauhajoki managed the ninth win in the season beating Jyvaskyla. Eric Washington tallied 22 points, 9 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Maurice Horton had 17 points and 10 assists for Kauhajoki. Timo Naukkarinen had 21 points for Jyvaskyla in the loss.

Honka - BC Nokia 108-73
Honka breezed past Nokia to the fifth win in the tournament. Matt Williams stepped up for Honka with 21 points off the bench. Sasu Salin added 19 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jason Holmes had 20 points for Nokia in the losing effort.



KORISLIIGA: Matt Williams from Espoo to Kouvola - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Take Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) on the roster and win the Finnish Championship! Kouvot (Kouvola) believes hard in this kind of magic. Kouvot has sent American G-F Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) back home and will replace Ronny LeMelle by Matt Williams, who has won four times Finnish Championship, but has played this fall on the second highest level (1. division) in Espoo. Williams has averaged in eight contests and 34:11 minutes 20,8 ppg - 7,1 rpg on Honka (Tapiola) roster. LeMelle averaged 14,0 ppg - 4,6 rpg in 17 games and 25:30 minutes in Top League. LeMelle was in double figures/pts 12 times.

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  GREECE   


Drosos is leaving PAOK - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The new owner of PAOK after a detailed press release informed that he is leaving PAOK due to serious health problem. Rumors say he will stay in the team from other position (sponsor) till the end of this season. The team is thinking to cut two of the biggest contracts (Tomasevic,Wesson) so to reduce the budget. Changes are coming and nobody knows the future of the team.

D.Drosos statement:

When god sees as drawing the future laughs
Unfortunately the course of my health does not allow me in any case, despite of how much I want it, to continue leading a team as big as PAOK. Respecting the history, the requirements but also the logic that no one is eligible to process a position in which he cannot correspond completely, wanting to protect myself but MAINLY the team from whoever will want to exploit my weakness to watch everything closely during my long absence in the abroad at the next months, I am forced to submit my resignation from the extremely honorary position of the chairman of B.C. PAOK, I already did the same for the chairman position at my enterprising group.The battle I have to give is VERY BIG and VERY DIFFICULT and deprives from me the opportunity to give to the people what they saw in me and what they deserve. A CHAIRMAN WHO WILL HAVE THE SAME PASSION and who will give 101% of himself for the team. Unfortunately for me, although it is my enormous wish to correspond in this, my health situation, prohibits it expressly.
My course in the Greek basketball finishes abruptly and painfully for me, probably in the beginning of the most beautiful journey from those Ive made. ALWAYS in any team I was I gave 100% of me but now, while being in PAOK I realized for the first time in my life that there are IDEAS and PEOPLE for which even these percentage is too small according to what they deserve.
NEVER in my whole life I didnt declare that I was born fan of any of the teams that I led but henceforth I declare in the MOST CATEGORICAL WAY that I will die as a fan of this team that loved me and which I loved so much fast and so much intensely. I AM AND WILL BE PAOKS FAN and ONLY PAOK!
I hope that even the worst intentioned judges of me will respect this statement of mine and will not involve my name in any script or any other story that has anything to do with other teams and any other explanation. If they do not want to respect everything I tried to offer to the Greek basketball up to today, let them respect every persons right to give his personal battle as calmer as possible.
The time period that I stayed in PAOK as a chairman may have been minimal, but I think Ive made some things that others, who remained for years havent, I m referring to the fact that in summertime it seemed like the team needed a miracle on order to continue without suffering the humiliation of demotion in categories that have no relation with the teams history.
Today the team not only is not in danger of falling apart, but with the peoples help, Mr. Amoiridis and mine, acquired dynamic again, appreciable roster and most important has programmed and regulated wounds and obligations of years that until today are observed in full in such a timetable that is feasible to any serious investor not only to observe nut also to materialize in such level that it will allow to give to PAOK fans what they deserve A starring PAOK.What however is henceforth evident and the most important of all, is the fact that now There is time for everything to be done, something I never had.Im proud for everything I did, even for every mistake I may have made, since they were made under time pressure, and mainly about the fact that everything was made considering the teams benefit and never for our personal profit. Im also proud for the fact that the love and the support of the people, for the first time for years turned to the team and not the wallet of some factors! Unfortunately I did not accomplish to find a final solutions, but time, vision and bases for such a solution have definitely been given. Now it is up to the people to protect all that have been made, but it is also the last mission I have not to let all those het lost Problems exist and there are enough and serious but the team and the effort that has been started will be protected and will continue because henceforth the river IS NOT TURNING back and the bases EXIST.
The people henceforth owe and I believe they will stand even closer to this team and they will give to the team the strength to continue substituting even my absence. The team now needs them more than ever, and with them by its side has nothing and nobody to be afraid of! At the end I want to remind to the people of PAOK who loved me and cares about me that the teams motto is:
YOU ARE PAOK AND YOU ARE NOT AFRAID and I as a member of this team at the beginning of my personal adventure observe it in full IM NOT AFRAID and I will deal with all that comes as a genuine PAOK fan ...WITHOUT TRACE OF FEAR!

With Honor
DROSOS DIMITRIS



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  HOLLAND   


FEB Results: Round 19 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, the defending champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide had their hands full in the first 25 minutes vs. BlueStream Seals, but then afterwards took care of business, while Rotterdam Challengers and Aris Friesland closed off the 2008 year on a positive note, cruising to wins over West-Brabant Giants and Landstede Basketball respectively.

In Den Helder, BlueStream Seals put up a big challenge vs. battle tested Eclipse Jet/MG, jumping to leads of 24-14 in the 1st quarter (28-20 at the end of the 1st quarter) and 42-32 midway through the 2nd quarter. But in the end the defending Dutch champions found their stride, with strong play in the 3rd by Dutch international making a difference, helping Eclipse Jet/MG cruise to an 102-87 win. Center van Paassen helped Eclipse Jet/MG go on a 12-0 run midway the 3rd that led to Eclipse Jet/MG gain a lead of 72-63 at the end of the quarter. From then on, coupled with BlueStream plagued by foul trouble, the game tempo belonged to the defending Dutch champs.
Orien Greene (193-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) led Eclipse Jet/MG with 21 pts. with Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) adding 16 pts. Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side) led BlueStream Seals with 21 pts. Eclipse Jet/MG, who were playing their 4th game in a full week, with no immediate rest in sight with the upcoming Amsterdam Haarlem Basketball Week in its agenda, improve to 13-2.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, the game tempo changed in the favor of the guests Rotterdam Challengers in the 2nd quarter, thanks to their more abundance of quickness and tough defense, helping the Rotterdammers to a big halftime lead, which they managed to retain in the second half, winning convincingly over West-Brabant Giants 80-68. The Rotterdammers caused havoc on a West-Brabant team that has struggled at home the 1st half of the season, leading at halftime 43-27 and leading at one point by a margin of 20 pts. West-Brabant could get no closer than 12 pts. throughout. Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) led the guests with 19 pts., with

Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) dominating inside to the tune of 18 pts. and 13 rebounds. Bobby Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had an excellent all-around effort of 15 pts., 6 assists and 6 steals. Rotterdam shot 61.1% FG, made 10 threes and had also 23 steals. The team of head coach Terrence Stansbury can enter the Christmas break on a positive not, with an 11-7 record, while West-Brabant Giants, their fifth home loss in the 1st half of the season, fall to 9-9.


In Leeuwarden, Aris Fresland capped off an excellent week and with good feelings heading into the Christmas break with a 94-86 win over Landstede Basketball. After a 1st half in which both teams were trying to establish a tempo, the Aris trio of Dutch international Rein Van der Kamp (202-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and the 'Killer B's' Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) made life miserable for Landstede, with a strong 3rd quarter fron van der Kamp and Bauscher making the difference, leading Aris to a hat trick over Landstede. Bauscher made two three-pointers to break a tie and give Aris a 56-50 lead, then van der Kamp did the rest, helping Aris take over the game tempo and lead 73-59 at the end of the 3rd.


Landstede answered with a quick 7-0 run at the beginning of the 4th, but a score by Aris forward Keith Spencer (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) set Aris back on track and retain control of the game throughout. Both Bauscher and van der Kamp led Aris with 23 pts. each, with Blackwood adding 19. The 'Killer B's' both dished out 6 assists each. Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) led Landstede with 23 pts. It was Aris' 3rd win this season over Landstede, with all coming at home, including in the FEB Cup. Aris improved to 7-11 while Landstede suffered its 3rd defeat in a row and drops to 8-11.


Sunday early evening in the Martiniplaza, the team of Marco van den Berg and Hanzevast Capitals also head into the holidays on a positive note, holding off Upstairs Weert 74-72. Hanzevast did an effective job of shutting down the formidable Upstairs scoring backcourt of Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) and Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.), holding Smith to 7 pts. and Stapleton to only 3 pts. Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) dominated inside, leading Hanzevast with a double-double of 21 pts. and 11 rebounds, with also 2 blocks. Upstairs forward Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led allscorers with 25 pts. The win was Hanzevast's third straight and they move into 2nd place heading into the holiday break at 12-6.


In the Maaspoort early Sunday evening, Eiffel Towers also got back on track after the Thursday loss in Leeuwarden, venting out their frustrations on Matrixx Magixx, with a dominant second half making the difference and rolling to a 92-67 blowout win. The three-point line was friendly territory for Eiffel, knocking down 14 of 25 total. Eiffel also outscored Matrixx 60-32 in the second half. Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) led Eiffel with 19 pts. With the win, Eiffel improve to 11-6 and moves into 3rd place heading into the holiday break.



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  HUNGARY   


The last games before Christmas - by Tamas Deri
Soproni Sordogok - Kaposvari KK 91-73
(23-20, 16-21, 29-15, 23-17)
Sopron, Att.: 500, Referees: Forrai, Sabali, Magyari
Sopron: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 19/9, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 32/9, Couisnard 10/6, Kortelyesi 8, Emmanuel Dies (204-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) 16, Csorvasi 1, Vesztergom 2, Boldizsar 3/3, Horanyi, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
Kaposvari KK: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 21/12, Vojvoda 5/3, Welton 11/3, Hoffmann 9/3, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17, David 2, Kiss K. 8/6, Kovacs D., Coach: Dzunic Branislav


Pecsi VSK-Panthers - Polaroid-Lami Ved-Kormend 81-65
(16-17, 27-22, 10-17, 28-9)
Pecs, Att.: 2400, Referees: Benczur, Kiraly, Farkas G.
Pecsi VSK-Panthers: Wittmann 8/3, Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 15, Denes 2, Grebenar 10, Czigler 8, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 20/6, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/6, Spivey, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
Polaroid-Lami Ved-Kormend: Fodor M. 2, Trummer 6/6, Fodor G. 7, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) 16/12, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 15, Archie 3/3, Ferencz 10/6, Toth G. 2, Auriantal 4, Keresztes, Hegedus, Coach: Hencsey Tamas


Falco-SZOVA KC Szombathely - Szolnoki Olaj KK 111-76
(29-27, 22-11, 33-20, 27-18)
Arena Savaria, Att.: 2700, Referees: Palla, Kapitany, Sojtory
Falco: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/9, Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) 20/18, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 30/15, Perincic 9/3, Horvath Z. 9, Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) 16, Lakatos 6, Vida 4, Borszeki, Csiszar, Papp, Horvath D. 2, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
Szolnok: Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) 20/12, Szabo P. 14/3, Wilson 9, Jurkunas 7/3, Jamal Basit (206-C-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Delaware) 20, Varadi 2, Cseh 3/3, Gaal, Toth V. 1, Coach: Por Peter


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  IRAN   


Mahram Won The First - by Mohammad Ahmadi
At the second day of Dubai Sheikh-Rashed Tournament, Mahram from Iran played against Al-Mottahed from Lebanon and at the fourth quarter could pass it by great job of Mehdi Kamrani (181-G-82). The end result was 84-74 for Mahram. It was first match of Mahram and great result for them. They had two new Import players as Try-Out but they couldn't show themselves and their job wasn't really acceptable for Mahram which wants to be Asian Champion this season. At the other hand, Mehdi Kamrani showed that he is a great leader and point guard and Mostafa Hashemi and his assistants showed that can decide as well as possible in important seconds of any match.

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


Week 9 - Surprising Results - by Mohammad Ahmadi
9th Week of Iran SuperLeague Basketball was played on Thursday and Two Surprising Results occured. In one of them, Ararat defeated Saba Mehr by Eight points in 86-78 and at the other hand, Shiraz a.s Pipe which was lead with 18 points in Shahrdari Langeroud, Lost the game with 68-64 in fourth quarter. The other result was : (Mahram 76 - Azad University 74) - (Shahrekord 70 - Petrochimi 90) - (Zob Ahan Esfahan 57 - BEEM 51) - (Khorasan 70 - Traktorsazi Kordestan 96). In Next week, Two teams with surprising result will play together, They are Shiraz a.s Pipe and Ararat.

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Batista and Maccabi part ways, so does Jerusalem and Clark - by Tamar Goldman

Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83), Maccabi Tel Aviv's center for the last year and a half, has been released from the team this weekend. In his time with the team, he reached the finals of the Euroleague Championship (last season). This season, Batista contributed an average 3.6 points in Euroleague games and 2.6 rebounds in five games. It is thought he will play for a Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS)
Hapoel Jerusalem and the American Forward, Rahshon Clark (198-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates), agreed reach an agreement to terminate the contract with the forward. Clark is leaving Jerusalem after three month during which he participated in seven of the teams formal games in the Israeli League and the European cp combined. Clark averaged 3.7 points in the Israeli league and 1.8 in the European Cup. His best game of the season was in Raanana, where he made 11 points in eight minutes without missing.


Now its 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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SerieA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Angelico BI - Benetton 96-87
Angelico Biella fired down Benetton behind 23 points from Luca Garri. Joe Smith nailed 19 points in the fourth win for Biella. Domen Lorbek and Bobby Dixon dropped 17 points apiece for Benetton in the losing case.

Solsonica - Lottomatica 90-91
Lottomatica Roma overcame a 10-point first period deficit to force overtime and eventually won the game against Solsonica on the road. Jacopo Giachetti nailed a late go-ahead basket in the extra period to lift Virtus to the victory. He finished with 24 points to lead the charge. Ibrahim Jaaber added 22 points for the winners. Patricio Prato had 22 points for Solsonica in defeat.

La Fortezza - Banca Tercas 77-80
Banca Tercas handed La Fortezza the second straight loss pulling away with a narrow road win. Jaycee Carroll topscored with 24 points for Banca Tercas. David Moss added 21 points for the winning side. Earl Boyking answered with 17 points and 7 steals for La Fortezza.

Carife FE - NGC Cantu 92-94
NGC Cantu eked out a tough away from home win against Carife. Sundiata Gaines and Nicolas Mazzarino sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe late in the game. Barry Elder delivered 18 points to pace Cantu. Sundiata Gaines contributed 17 points for the winners. Ndudi Ebi responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Carife in defeat.

Montepaschi - Scavolini 83-55
Montepaschi stayed untamed beating Scavolini for the eleventh win in the season. Ksistof Lavrinovic nailed 19 points for the Siena team. Terrell McIntyre had 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Ramel Curry had 17 points and 8 steals for Scavolini in the loss.

Air AV - Snaidero 85-89
Snaidero upset Air Avellino on the road. Rashad Anderson managed 24 points to lead the way for Snaidero. Hector Romero added 15 points and 9 boards as the Udine team grabbed just the third win in the tournament. Tamar Slay answered with 22 points for Air Avellino.

Armani MI - Fortitudo 83-85
Bologna defeated Armani Jeans in overtime today. Steffano Mancinelli and Darryl Strawberry knocked down 20 points apiece to lead Bologna. But Jamont Gordon was the hero of the day for Bologna as he drained a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing moments of the extra time to seal the fifth victory for Fortitudo. David Hawkins replied with 16 points for Armani Jeans. Jobey Thomas had 15 points in the losing case.

Premiata - Eldo Caserta 79-88
Eldo Caserta posted the fifth win in the season as they outscored Premiata on the road. Fabio Di Bella had 22 points to lead the visitors. Shan Foster added 19 points for the winning team. Montegranaro answered with 25 points and 6 boards from Ricky Minard.



Two wins on the road on saturday night - by Gianni Pascucci
Eldo Caserta was again succesful in an anticipated game of Serie A. Yesterday night, the black and white team upset second placed Premiata Montegranaro winning 88-79 a game they led in the score almost all game long. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) led its team with 22 points and 3 rebs, and the absence of top scorer Guillermo Diaz wasn't suffered at all, even because Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) is becoming better game after game. Yesterday, he scored 19 points with 50% in 3 pointers. Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebs and dished 4 assists playing a great game he too. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) was the best performer in Montegranaro, with 25 points as the game top scorer. In Lega 2, Prima Veroli defeated on the road Seven 2007 Roseto 72-65 , led by Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 21 points, and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86), who scored 18 pts and grabbed 11 rebs. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: George Washington) was the last to surrender in Roseto, with 18 pts, 5 rebs and 4 assits.

Lega2 Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Harem SC - Fastweb CM 85-73
Harem turned out the winning side as they took on Fastweb Casale at home. Ronald Davis catalyzed the win scoring 29 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Bennett Davison added 19 points in the victory. Zabian Dowdell responded with 22 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Casale.

Vanoli SO - Aget IM 85-76
Vanoli Soresina outgunned Aget Imola before the home fans. Troy Bell sparked the effort for the hosts knocking down 24 points. Reyshawn Terry contributed 22 points and 10 boards for Soresina. Joseph Bunn was the only player to reach double figures for Aget Imola. He netted 21 points and made 8 steals.

Crabs RN - Umana Reyer 58-65
Umana Reyer snatched a road win over Rimini Crabs. Kristaps Janicenoks stepped up for the visitors with 19 points. Nathan Green drained 16 points for Venezia. Phil Goss was responsible for 25 points for Rimini Crabs in the loss.

Pallacan.RO - Prima VE 65-72
Prima Veroli rolled to the seventh win as they upset Roseto away from home. Afik Nissim shot 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds to lead the visiting side. Kyle Hines was helpful with 18 points and 11 boards for Veroli. Danilo Pinnock scored 18 points for Roseto in defeat.

Trenkwalder - Banco Sard. 84-91
Trent Whiting poured in 24 points to pace Banco Sardegna past Trenkwalder. Jason Rowe had 15 points, 9 assists and 7 steals for the victors. Alvin Young answered with 20 points for Reggio Emilia in defeat.

Carmatic PT - Edimes PV 87-75
Carmatic Pistoia earned the fifth win in the season as they held off Edimes Pavia. Arnas Kazlauskas fired 24 points coming off the bench for Pistoia. Guido Rosselli added 18 points and 12 boards for the winners. Paul Marigney had 22 points for Edimes Pavia in the losing effort.

Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA 94-83
Enel Brindisi outgunned Cimberio Varese in the most surprising result of the round. Marcus Hatten exploded with 30 points to lead the hosts. Marco Killingsworth contributed 24 points and 9 boards for Brindisi. Giacomo Galanda was the best scorer for Varese as he finished with 18 points in defeat.



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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 17-5 
 2. Aishin 16-6 
 3. Hitachi S. 13-9 
 4. Toyota 10-12 
 5. Tochigi Brex 10-12 
 6. Toshiba 9-13 
 7. Mitsubishi 7-15 
 8. Hokkaido 6-16 


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MNT1A 9 Round : Danilovgrad and Primorje win's in derby games , first win for Rudar - by Dragan Scepanovic

JEDINSTVO B.Polje - PRIMORJE Herceg Novi 81:86 ( 17:22, 14:16, 24:19, 26:29 )
Bijelo Polje - Sport Center Nikoljac. Spect: 700. Reff: Jokic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Lakicevic (Budva)
JEDINSTVO : Muovic 2, Vucetic, Miljic, Popovic 8, Omerovic 13, Babaca 3, Tokalic 2, Gemeljevic 25, Radulovic 4, Jeckson 17, Kovacevic, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 7.
PRIMORJE : Arapovic, Najdenov, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 4, Miljanic 2, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 1, Stevovic 9, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 22, Oldrih, Mihailovic 17, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 14, Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 17

DANILOVGRAD - MORNAR Bar 83:61 ( 17:12, 21:13, 20:19, 25:17 )
Danilovgrad - School Center . Spect: 600. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Koljensi c(Podgorica), Savovic (Podgorica)
DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 6, Bogojevic 24, Radulovic 11, M. Stanisic 7, Simonovic 12, B. Stanisic 5, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 8, Miladin Mijajlovic, Milatovic 9, Vujisic 1
MORNAR : Saptahovic 8, Djurisic 16, Djelosevic 9, Mihailovic 10, Radovic 2, Milosevic 1,Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 2, Dobrovic 2, Vujosevic 4, Savic 5

LOVCEN Cetinje UlLCINJ 75:80 ( 15:12, 24:23, 19:20, 17:25 )
Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Spect: 300. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje)
LOVCEN : Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90), Marko Calic (197-F-86) 10, Savovic 6, Milosevic 12, Ivanovic 5, Djukanovic, Zoran Kascelan (190-G-86) 11, Lutersek, Lopicic, Lalic 5, Jovanovic 8, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 18
ULCINJ : Latkovic, Stanic 3, Kalezic 10, Zeljko Jovanovic (192-F/G-86), Jankovic 18, Micetic, Cetkovic 3, Sekulic 4, Nikolic, Ivanovic 15,Miljan Vukotic (204-F/C-77) 17, Djordjevic 10

RUDAR Pljevlja - NIKSIC 20-0



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


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NBA Round: 54 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Warriors - Bobcats 110-103
Jamal Crawford drained fantastic 50 points in Charlotte leading his Warriors to 8-20 record. Kelenna Azubuike also shined for the winners collecting 21 points and 13 boards. The Bobcats got 26 points from Gerald Wallace and 21 pts from Raja Bell. After this game the Bobcats fell on 9-19.

Lakers - Magic 103-106
LA Lakers faced with fifth loss, this time against Orland Magic on the road. Both teams now have 21 wins (Orland 6 defeats). Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis combined 52 points for the hosts. Dwight Horward came up with double-double, 18 points and 12 boards. The Lakers got 41 points and 8 boards from Kobe Bryant, but it was not enough in this game.

Pacers - 76ers 95-94
Indiana Pacers celebrated in Philadelphia thanks to T.J. Ford and his 15-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining. Ford nailed 25 points in total, also grabbing 6 rebounds. Andre Iguodala answered with 26 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists for the hosts. Andre Miller registered triple-double 14 pts, 10 rebs and 12 assists. Pacers 10-17, 76ers 12-15.

Rockets - Timberwolves 109-102
Houston Rockets had couple of players in a game mood against the Timberwolves. The top scorer was Tracy McGrady, who delivered 23 points. Aaron Brooks also shined registering double-double, 18 points and 10 boards. Al Jefferson was totally the best for the loosing squad finishing the game with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Rockets 18-9, Timberwolves 4-22.

Heat - Nets 106-103
Very exciting game, especially as both teams entered into it with the same 13-12 record. Dwayne Wade once again demonstrated magnificent performance for the Heat nailing 43 points for 38 minutes. Brook Lopez had double-double in loss, 22 points and 13 boards.

Jazz - Bulls 98-106
Ben Gordon netted 24 and Derrick Rose nailed 2 points less helping the Bulls to grab home victory against the Jazz. Andres Nocioni was behind them with 15 pts and 8 boards. Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap replied with 45 points and 23 rebs together. Bulls 13-14, Jazz 17-12.

Clippers - Bucks 85-119
The Bucks were too strong for the Clippers moving up on 13-16 score. On the other side, visitors dropped on 8-19. The hosts had 8 players with 10 or more points. The best one was Richard Jefferson, who collected 22 pts, 9 rebs and 5 assists. Al Thornton netted 20 for the Clippers 8-19.

Raptors - Spurs 97-107
French superstar Tony Parker was close to triple-double in victory of his San Antonio Spurs. He spent 28 minutes on the floor adding 24 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Tim Duncan had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Big guy Jermaine O'Neal shined for the Raptors with 24 points and 10 boards. Raptors 10-17.

Nuggets - Suns 101-108
Phoenix Suns had Amare Stoudemire and few more players in a game modd, what was more than enough for the home win against the Nuggets. Stoudemire stepped up with 27 points and 10 boards, while Jason Richardson and Shaquille O'Neal scored 19 pts apiece. Steve Nash had double-double, 16 pts and 11 as. JR Smith netted 23, while Nene Hilario collected 20 pts and 15 rebs in defeat. Suns 16-11, Nuggets 17-10.

Kings - Hornets 90-99
Chris Paul, who scored 34 points and dished out 9 assists, paced New Orleans Hornets to 16th victory of the season (16-7). James Posey helped him with 19 points. John Salmons again was better than the others in Sacramento collecting 26 points and 7 assists. Kings 7-21.


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No Devendorf No Problem - by Kaliph Ross
11th ranked Syracuse Orangeman came into Memphis and defeated the Tigers 72-65 in front of a packed Fed Ex Forum. Sophmore Jonny Flynn led the Orangeman with 24 points and 6 assist. Flynn who is a sophmore and future big east player of the year controlled the tempo from start to finish and played a flawless game. Flynn reminds me so much of Brevin Knight with his ability to get the ball to to th open guy and penetrate his way to the basket and make good things happen for the Orangeman.

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KIWIS STATESIDE - by Kahn Hart
Junior Tall Blacks hopeful James Holland continued to pile in the points at high school level in Kentucky.

Holland scored a season-high 39 points (12/20 FG, 5/8 3pt, 10/11 FT) with nine assists and seven rebounds in Bethel Christian Academys 76-69 win over Wabash Valley High at the Northside Christian Tournament in Louisiana last week.

The Blue Flames went on to the tournament final, Holland going for 28 points (8/16 FG, 2/6 3pt, 10/10 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 64-58 semifinal win over Kings Way and 14 points (5/17 FG, 1/7 3pt, 3/5 FT), seven boards and three assists in the 63-34 final loss to Gospel Light.

Holland then had 26 points (6/20 FG, 5/14 3pt, 9/10 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and a steal in a 71-52 win over Frankfort Christian on Friday, leaving Bethel at 20-2.

Harbour junior Rory Fannon (206-C-87) posted a season-high seven points (2/3 FG, 3/4 FT), three rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 13 minutes, helping the Utah Valley Wolverines to a 64-44 win over Sacramento State on the road on Tuesday. He followed it with two points (1/2 FG), a rebound and steal in 17 minutes in a 69-50 loss to Utah State at home on Saturday.

Former Tall Black Jeremiah Trueman posted two double-digit scoring games as the NCAA-D2 University of Alaska-Anchorage picked up two wins last week.

Trueman scored 10 points (5/6 FG) and corralled four boards in 28 minutes in a 89-64 win over Virginia State on Friday and 12 points (6/10 FG), six rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes in the Seawolves 71-56 win over St Thomas College of Florida on Saturday.

In NAIA play, Mada Abdelhamid (198-C) had six points (2/3 FG, 1/2 3pt, 1/2 FT), seven boards and an assist in 26 minutes in Cumberland Universitys 86-33 win over Fisk U on Friday.

Emerging Tall Blacks guard Zane Meehl (190-G-86) provided six points (2/4 FG, 2/3 3pt), five assists and a rebound in 13 minutes as Azusa Pacific defeated Johnson & Wales on Saturday, a day after falling 79-69 to The Masters College in a conference game, with Meehl contributing two points (1/4 FG, 0/2 3pt) with three assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes.

In Florida, Canterbury product Ben Constable (198-F) went scoreless with a rebound and assist in seven minutes in Northwood Universitys 91-79 win over Florida Christian on Tuesday, then had just two minutes of court time in a 84-76 win over Life University on Saturday.

Assistant coaches Tim Bennetts and James Lissaman saw their Rose-Hulman Tech squad split their games last week, losing 79-73 to Anderson at home and defeating College of Mount St Joseph 78-71 in Cincinnati.


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First half is over - by Portugal Eurobasket
FC Porto Ferpinta's season is far from being a success: many injured players, but above all 7 defeats so far all against LPB teams put Julio Matos' squad in an unconfortable 8th place with the same points as Ginasio, 9th. However, Julio Matos is confident after the first half of the season over and says his team will be in play-off competition where FC Porto will show all its value. The fact is, 7 defeats so far are not usual in their history. Now with Daniel Monteiro recovered, Paulo Cunha getting better from his knee surgery and with new signing Marcus Watts, FC Porto is, undoubtful, a true contender. As for Benfica, an amazing 14-game winning run put the Lisbon squad in 1st place. Since their golden seasons before professional basketball was introduced in Portugal that the Eagles didn't have such a great run, a fact that can be explained by the great signing this Summer like clutch-man Ben Reed, Sergio Ramos (200-F-76), Joao Santos or Diogo Carreira, players who know how to score lots of points. As for CAB Madeira, they are indeed the great surprise so far, having lost just 2 games (Benfica and Ovarense both on the road) as Joao Freitas' amazing all-court defense is making the difference. The 3rd place in LPB is the mirror of what they are doing and with the arrival of Lance Soderberg the team can know face all the giants in Portugal.
Tomorrow we will check 3 other teams as the balance of first half of the season is going on


Fisica and Vitoria, all over Again!! - by Nuno Vieira

Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras and Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes the finalist of the ProLiga 2007-2008, have played this weekend now for the TOP League.
The result was the same, victory for Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras.
The game was great to see, with a lot showtime and no guest who was going to win the game.
Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras toke the lead in the first 10 minutes, but soon Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes recover from that and got until the last quarter a 7 points diferencial.
In the last quarter Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes start stronger and got 12 points away from Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras, but Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras pull it together and the defense got stronger and recover, and with 5 minutes to play got the lead by 5 points.
At the end Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras close the game with a vitory by 7 points. Final score 83-76.

Both teams made a good game, very nice to see. But still not playing there best!


For Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes the best player was Louis Graham (203-F-84) with 24points 8 rebounds (solid game, playing inside and out, shooting inclusive from the 3 point line)

For Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras the best guys wore, Jason Davis (193-G/F-85, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC, college: Sacramento St.) 9points 4 assists (he had a hard job to guard Julian Banks that only scored 11points, and made some fantastic dunks), Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) 21points (have done a good job at the point guard position), Joseph Harrell (204-F-85, agency: 540 Sports) 16points 8rebounds (player that done a quiet game but with important shoots made during the game), and the MVP Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81, college: Wayne St., MI) with 24points 13rebounds (made a solid game, with some explosive dunks, but still making some travling with some inside moves),





Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smith, CAB 22.1
2 Graham, Vitoria 21.7
3 Madison, CAB 20.8
4 Williams,Academica 20
5 Jeffrey C., Fisica 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1Jeffrey C.,Fisica 12.4
2 Johnson,Academica 10
3 Coleman, Vagos 9.8
4 Kevin, Porto 9.6
5 Doliboa, Benfica 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Pires, Barreirense 5.3
2 Costa, Ginasio 4.8
3 Figueiredo, Porto 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 3.9
5 Smith, CAB 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Madison, CAB 3.4
2 Harvey, Vitoria 2.3
3 Tyrekus,Barreirense 2.3
4 Costa, Ginasio 2.3
5 Joseph, Fisica 2,2
Blocks Per Game
1 Graham,Vitoria 2
2 Brown,Barreirense 1.6
3 Doliboa,Benfica 1.6
4 Rosefelt,Academica 1.5
5 Kevin, Porto 1.5


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Serbian B league, round 12: Proleter Naftagas on the top of Serbian B league - by Zoran Popovic

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin-OKK Beograd 77-71 (22-13, 25-12, 10-24, 20-22)

In derby of Serbian B league Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin won against OKK Beograd and stay on the top of Serbian B league. Proleter players open the match very agresive, continue in the same rhytam in the second quarter and finished first half with +22 points advantage. In the third period guests from Belgrade led by Mitrovic made serie of 7-0 and in one period of the third quarter decrease previod high advantage on just +6 for Naftagas (55-49). In the last period of the game domestic players led by Becin and supported by Zarkovic took 10th won this season. The most efficient player in Naftagas was Becin with 24 points, Zarkovic with 19 and Rajkovic with 12. For the guests from Belgrade Kruscic and Korac scored per 17 points and Mitrovic 10 points.

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Djordjevic 5, Vulin 3, Kravic 3, Bozovic, Becin 24, Stanojevic 5, Rajkovic 12, Tomic, Zarkovic 19, Barac, Vukosavljevic 6, Krstic.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 12, Kurscic 17, Dragovic 7, Vukadinov 10, Korac 17, Simic, Andjic, Djurica, Vasic 2, Suzic 6, Krneta, Maksimovic

Superfund BP Beograd-KK Sloboda Uzice 94-81 (17-17, 29-19, 23-23, 25-22)

Superfund BP Beograd allowed to guests from Uzice to be equal rival just in the first quarter of the match. In the second quarter Superfund BP Beograd players made serie and finished first half with +10 (46-36). In the third period guests from Uzice tried to made break, but they had not enouth strenght. In the fourth quarter domestic players made and maximum advantage of +23 (84-61), but the guests decrease high advantage on +13. For Superfund BP Beograd Matic scored 15 points, Ljubicic 13 and Veinovic 10 points. For KK Sloboda Uzice Perisic and Bakralcic scored per 19 points.

Superfund BP Beograd: Markovic 13, Ljubicic 13, Filipovic 9, Lesic 14, Nesic 2, Malidzan 8, Manojlovic, Veinovic 10, Kankaras, Kostic 4, Petrovic 6, Matic 15.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 2, Malesevic 18, Bodic 4, Obrenovic 11, Zaric, Perisic 19, Djokic 2, Panic 4, Petronijevic 2, Bakralcic 19.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina-KK Crnokosa Kosjeric 45-61 (12-14, 19-15, 4-13, 10-19)

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric won s a guest against Maraton Atlantik Jagodina in Jagodna. During the first two quarters both teams were equal, but in the third period guests from Kosjeric allowed to domestic players to scord only 4 points (13-4), in the fourth period increase previous advantage and finished match routinely.

Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 19, Arnaut 6, Ptricevic, Kovacevic, Milojevic 2, Stevanovic 3, Arsic 7, Mladenovic, Djuric, Micovic 4, Milinic 4, Racic.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Mukanovic 6, Puzic 10, Cvijic, Djurovic 8, Vukosavljevic 10, Nikic, Rakic 5, Kovac 10, Belic, Mirkovic 14.

KK Vojvodina-Kikinda 94-77 (25-16, 21-18, 22-24, 26-19)

Vojvodina young team made 8th won this season very easy against Kikinda. From the begining of the match Vojvodina had average +10 points advantage. Domestic players led by Nebojsa Knezevic, who scored 22 points, Andjusic who add 17 points, finished match routinely in the second half. For the guests the best role showed Vokic who scored 16 points.

KK Vojvodina: Radojicic, Dzeverdinovic 13, Stefan Knezevic, Nemanja Knezevic 8, Drakulic 10, Nebojsa Knezevic 22, Savic, Kostic 3, Bjelica 3, Andjusic 17, Roncevic 7, Kitanovic 11.
Kikinda: Mladenovic 11, Ilic 4, Bogdanovic 4, Cerina 4, Krajinovic 5, Vokic 16, Cvetkovic 10, Tesla, Trkulja, Cazic, Zeljkovic 16, Mihajlovic 7.


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Rudar's hot shoting night (B-1 League, Round 13) - by Zeljko Zule
Rudar shot amazing 76 percent from the field (2P 22-29, 3P 9-12) as defeated Litija 104-86 in Round of 13 of B-1 league while Kraski zidar Jadran shot just 27 percent from the field (2P 16-46, 3P 1-16) in a 49-89 road loss to Parklji. Sencur CPK and Rogaska extended theirs winning streak to league-high eight games.
Triglav-Konjice 78-64 (Kondic 27, Mahkovic 15 Novak 18, Smaka 11, Sivka 9+10 rbs)
Gradisce-Rogaska 67-89 (Sinkovec 14, Podboj 10 Pungartnik 27, Petrovic 19)
Hrastnik-Jance 60-66 (Remus 19+14 rbs, Godicelj 10 Horvat 25+10 rbs, Cresnar 13+9 rbs)
MFC.2 Branik-Jance 75-65 (Cej 18, Vranjkovic 16, Mesko 16 Novakovic 21, Milasinovic 18)
Parklji-Kraski zidar Jadran 89-49 (Erzen 22+11 rbs, Muric 18+9 rbs Djurkovic 16+9 rbs, Husic 10)
Rudar-Litija 104-86 (Blazevic 26, Jovanovic 23 Mesic 21, Pirc 20)


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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg May Turn to Free Agent Market - by Jay Gadsden
Coming off a loss to mid-table Lugano, Benetton Fribourg heads into the winter holiday break on a negative note. There was a clear hole in Fribourg's backcourt play, and rumours are swirling that Benetton might turn to the tranfer market to add some depth to their backcourt. Fribourg point guard David Pascal Perrier has been a legend on the Swiss basketball circuit for years, however rumours have it that coach Damien Leyrolles will turn to the transfer market to help bring in another backcourt presence to compliment Perrier, and lend a hand to the offensive output from the Fribourg guards.

In other transfer rumours in the LNA leauge, Lugano might look to the market to add some frontcourt depth, as their bench has been exposed as being light, and their rotation usually doesn't go any deeper than eight players per game. Additionally, Geneve may turn to the transfer market to bring in a scoring presence who could help lift them out of the relegation zone. To many LNA fans surprise, Geneve currently sit at 3-9 overall, just 1 game better than last-place MGS.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Detour Shak Attack close out UTT - by Albert-Lee Young
After dominating their opening game of the Super10 Tournament for the first three quarters, Detour Shak Attack gallantly held on for a close 70-66 win in the final period despite a late surge by a young University of TT team.
With a more physical line-up Shak Attack jumped to an early 7-0 start and controlled the tempo of the game with some effective inside and outside scoring for a 27-14 lead in the first quarter.
Led by guard Kurt Koto Christian (19pts, 9rebs & 3steals) Shak Attack often forced the UTT inefficient defending to spread out creating different options for their offense. They were also aided by UTT numerous turnovers. Christian got support from power forward Andrew Ifill with 17pts, 4rebs and centre Steve McSween with 12pts, 4 rebs,1blk. By the end of the 3rd period Shak Attack built up a comfortable 56-39 lead.
On the resumption UTT were an inspired team. Urged on by coach Terry Layton & their fans, UTT finally got their fast pace transition game together and outscored their more experience opponent 27-10 with lanky 6.8centre Shawn Lawrence scoring 8pts of his 18pts in the final period including four consecutive foul shots & a massive high flying dunk. With only 1.20 remaining UTT forged ahead 66-64. However in the next two possessions they committed two critical mistakes; a turnover and a technical foul; and Shak Attack ceased the opportunity in the final 20 seconds to score an exciting three point win. For UTT Lawrence also had 5rebs, 2blks, 2 steals; centre Kiewan Bacquain got 15pts, 7rebs, 2blks, 3steals and forward Kensley Sandy chipped in with 11pts, 4rebs, 1blk.


Diego Martin All Stars hand Clippers third loss - by Don Farrell
DIEGO Martin All Stars received their second win of the Stag-sponsored Super 10 Basketball League when they defeated the Caledonia Clippers 98-92 on Wednesday night at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.

The win came courtesy an outstanding performance by point-guard Curtwin Blade who downed 26 points on the night. But in spite of his brilliance, the Diego Martin All Stars were made to work hard for the result, trailing 45-54 at the half- time interval and enduring a night-long challenge from Clippers Shorn Solomon.

The All Stars who were the 2007 finalist also got good contributions from Keston Reid (12 points) and another point-guard Douglas McNeilly who also scored 12 points.

For the Clippers forward Shorn Solomon scored a league- high 32 points in their losing effort. Solomon also had 10 rebounds and five steals to complete a generally outstanding display.

The defeat was also the third straight for the Clippers as they hope to rebound when they come up against the Defence Force.



Defense Force defeats Clippers - by Albert-Lee Young
In the first game of a Friday night double header at the Jean Pierre Complex, Defense Force started their Super 10 campaign with a hard fought 84-74 victory against Caledonia Clippers. Seeking to another title to their 2008 collection, they looked a weary group following their recent club championships missing easy lay-ups which motivated Clippers to be competitive. As for Clippers, they were seeking a win having loss their first two games of the tournament. The first half of the game was evenly contested in which the army team led 16-13 by the end of the first quarter and Clippers 38-36 at half time. Defense Force eventually took the lead 59-54 in the third and struggled on to win 84-74 as Clippers made too many turnovers and took low percentage shots. Defense Force was led by Steven Lewis with 15pts, 6rebs; Wilt Vincent 14pts, 4rebs; Mervyn Headley 12pts, 8rebs; Wayne Sandy 10pts, 4rebs. For Clippers Andre Jennings had 18pts, 3rebs; Dexter Morrin13pts,7rebs and Shorn Solomon scored 10pts.

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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Trabzonspor 8-2 
 2. Bornova 8-2 
 3. Genc Telekom 7-3 
 4. Edirne Genclik 7-3 
 5. Pamukkale 6-4 
 6. Vestel 6-4 
 7. FMV Isik 4-6 
 8. Akcakoca P. 4-6 
 9. Eyup 3-7 
 10. Orman 3-7 
 11. Bursa B-bol 2-8 
 12. TED Istanbul 2-8 
Group B
 1. Tofas 10-0 
 2. ITU 8-2 
 3. Gelisim 7-3 
 4. Duzce Genclik 6-4 
 5. Genc Banvit. 6-4 
 6. Beykoz 6-4 
 7. Canakkale 5-5 
 8. Pertevniyal 4-6 
 9. Yesilyurt 3-7 
 10. Usak 3-7 
 11. Ankara Basket 2-8 
 12. Mulkiye 0-10 


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


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


NCAA Division one round up - by David Edole
Columbia defeated Marist University 63-58 on Sunday in the third-place game of the Aeropostale Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Kaylen Gregory (191-G/F-85) had his best game of the season for the Red Foxes (3-8), who lost their fourth straight. Marist lost 65-44 to St. John's in the opening round.
Gregory, a senior, finished with ten points on 4-of-6 shooting and two of three at the free throw line. He also chipped in with six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Columbia used an 14-0 run that jump infront 55-51 with 6:14 to play. Marist got within one point three times, the last at 59-58 on two free throws by Ryan Schneider with 1:25 to play.

Racers edge Oral Roberrs
The Murray State Racers ended a three-game losing streak when they scored a 78-76 victory over Oral Roberts University Sunday at the San Juan Shootout in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico.
The Racers had to hang on at the end to get the victory.
After leading by 13 with 9:35 remaining, the Racers watched their lead get cut to two.
ORU made a run and cut the MSU lead to five at the 1:16 mark and what looked like an easy win got very tight at the end.
The Racers had trouble with the ORU press and made three turnovers in four possessions, Danero Thomas scored for a 77-73 MSU lead with 53 seconds left.
Ivan Aska (201-F-90) hit one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left for a 78-75 lead before Robert Jarvis of ORU hit a free throw with 3.3 left to cut the MSU lead to two. The Racers made a decision to foul him before he was able to take a three-pointer and try to tie the game.
Jarvis intentionally missed his second free throw and it was rebounded by Kevin Ford in the lane. His shot at the buzzer was no good and the Racers had survived to get a 78-76 win.
Aska finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Racers are 1-1 in the San Juan Shootout after dropping their opening game to South Florida on Saturday and have a chance to come home with a winning record in the three-game event. MSU takes on Wright State Monday at 3 p.m.

49ers cruised pass Youngstown State.
So much for the 49ers being rusty after an 11-day layoff. Charlotte won its third straight game, cruising to a 100-80 victory over visiting Youngstown State, Sunday. Six 49ers, led by Phil Jones (208-C-85) 13 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
The 49ers gave up a three-pointer in the first minute of play and then rolled off 16 straight points to pull ahead, 16-3. Youngstown State (2-8) would close to within five, 18-13, with 12:20 to play in the first, but the 49ers quickly pushed it back to double figures and ended the half up 20, 54-34. Harris had 13 first half points, including a pair of threes and RaShad Coleman added 11 points in the opening frame. Combined, the two scored 24 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting, including a 5-of-5 from long range in the first half.
Charlotte shot 68% in the first half on their way to 54 points, the most points in the first half by the 49ers, this season. The lead peaked at 28, 65-37, early in the second half. Charlotte shot a season-best 62% from the field, passed out a season-high 22 assists and scored 100 or more points for the first time since Dec. 4, 2004, when they fell in triple OT to #22 Alabama, 103-101.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Day 2 - 20th Dubai Int'l Tournament - by Mohammed Malas

* Sunday 21/12:

In the 2nd day of Dubai Intertnational Tournament, Three games were played earlier today with full of joy and excitment.

# Group A:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 75 - Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 72 (Qs: 26-18, 41-37, 62-51 & 75-72)
- Best scorers:
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) '23 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Michel Maadanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) '19 pts' from Al Jalaa Aleppo
Knight Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) '16 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.) '13 pts' from Al Jalaa Aleppo
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) '13 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut

An Nasr (UAE) 80 - Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY) 65 (Qs: 20-14, 40-31, 66-44 & 80-55)
- Best scorers:
Saleh Sultan (178-G-89) '32 pts!!' from An Nasr
Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Columbus St.) '20 pts' from Al Ittihad Alexandria
Trello Galloway (201-G/F-79, college: Georgia St.) '20 pts' from An Nasr

# Group A standings:
1- An Nasr (UAE) 1-1
2- Champville (LEB) 1-0
3- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)1-0
4- Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR) 0-1
5- Al Ittihad Alexandria (EGY) 0-1

* Group B:

Mahram (IRI) 84 - Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 74 (Qs: 20-20, 44-41, 55-53 & 84-74)

# Group B standings:
1- Al Moutahed Tripoli (LEB) 1-1
2- Zain (JOR) 1-0
3- Mahram (IRI) 1-0
4- Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) 0-1
5- UAE National Team 0-1

* The american forward Justin Murray (198-F/G-80, college: Washington St.) replaced Marvin Black (201-F-80, agency: EM-PA, college: Marshall) in the imports list of Al Jeish Army Damascus (SYR) on loan from Al Sharjah (UAE).
* Al Ittihad Alexandria decided to put Anthony Jones (194-G-77, college: Ohio) in the place of Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) in (EGY).

* Montenegrin player Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) is playing with Mahram in the tournament

# Day 3 - 20th Dubai International Tournament games schedule (GMT):

- Monday 22/12:
12:45 Mahram X UAE
15:00 Jalaa X Ittihad
17:00 Zain X Army



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  URUGUAY   


Three HC dismissed in 72 hours - by Hector Lopez
Three HC were dismissed in just 72 hours after the results of the last rounds of the Uruguayan League. Teh Argentina Eduardo Cadillac left Paysandu after his team suffered its 7th defeat ina row, losing 83-79 with Tabare, Victor Hugo Beradi was dismissed from Atenas when Trouville won 96-86, after losing by 22 points during the first quarter. Finally Hebraica named a new HC, after Hector Da Pra lef the team. The last results for the 7th round were:
Trouville 96 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 22 points and 6 rebounds, Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) 15 and 4
Atenas 86 - Terquin Mott (203-F-74, agency: EM-PA, college: Coppin St.) 32 and 10, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 14 and 8
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Olimpia 82 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 20 and 5, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 11 and 8
Hebraica 70 Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 18 and 11, Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 13 and 9
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Tabare 83 - Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 10 and 6, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 6 and 11
Paysandu 79 - Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) 18 and 8, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 16 and 5
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Defensor Sporting 80 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 23 points, Thiago Labatte 5
Bohemios 68 - Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) 15, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 9.




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Women News

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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Huima - Catz 68-111
Catz made it thirteen wins out of fourteen games played as they victimized Huima on the road today. Rene Haynes topscored with 29 points for the league leaders. Yelena Solovyeva added 19 points and 6 boards in the win. Saara Lind notched 19 points and 9 boards for Huima in defeat.



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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cukierki - LKS 53-59
LKS celebrated victory over Cukierki to climb at 3-13 record in the ladder. Katarzyna Kenig scored 14 points for the winners. Olga Zytomirska added 13 points for the Lodz outfit. Eliza Golumbiewska had 15 points for Cukierki in defeat.

Duda Leszno - Inea AZS P. 75-70
Duda Leszno outgunned Inea ASZ Poznan at home court. Ashley Shields was responsible for 20 points, 5 boards and 5 steals to pace the hosts. Kasia Krezel had 14 points in the winning case. Okeisha Howard notched 22 points for Inea Poznan in the loss.

MUKS Pozn. - Wisla Can-Pak 54-94
Wisla proved their high status against MUKS Poznan away from home. Dorota Gburczyk was impressive with 26 points and 17 boards to lead the way for the visitors. Ewelina Kobryn had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Wisla as they stayed in the second spot in the standings. Djenebou Sissoko had 15 points and 15 boards for Poznan.

Utex Row - CCC 74-76
CCC snatched a narrow success against Utex Row. Daria Mieloszynska scored 17 points in the eleventh win for CCC. Jillian Robbins was pivotal with 19 points and 13 boards for the visiting team. Utex Row answered with 21 points, 8 steals, 6 boards and 5 assists from Naketia Swanier.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


A Superleague Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Slavyanka - Nadezhda O. 46-98
Nadezhda thrashed Slavyanka to claim the fourth win. Betty Lennox fired 38 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Shameka Christon had 19 points for Nadezhda. Irina Romanova had 12 points for Slavyanka in the loss.

Spartak SP - Chevakata 78-86
Chevakata shot down Spartak Saint Petersburg as Elena Volkova was pivotal with 25 points. Loree Moore delivered 17 points and 7 assists for the winners as they climbed at 5-4 record. Svetlana Makhlina and Anastasia Lobanova provided 17 points each for Spartak in the losing effort.

Dynamo K. - Dynamo N. 65-46
Dynamo Kursk sent Dynamo Novosibirsk to the seventh loss in the season rallying past them at home court. Anastasia Bocharova and Svetlana Maksimenko had 14 points each for the hosts. Natalja Gvozdeva responded with 14 points and 7 boards for the visitors.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Horizon 2008 National Champs - by Don Farrell
Courts Horizon made a successful defence of its 2006 title when it defeated archrival Defence Force 70-67 in Game Three of the National Basketball Federation National Championships on Saturday at Maloney Indoor Sports Complex. Horizon won the series 2-1.

Horizon, the first team to win back-to-back national titles in the Womens Division, lost the opening match 60-64 but bounced back to level the series in Game Two on Thursday with an 83-80 victory which was engineered by the talented national court duo of guard/forward Pietra Gay and post player Chezelle Griffith.

Horizon, the only team in both the mens and womens division to play in all four finals (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008, opened with a 13-8 first quarter lead, as its opponents showed up with a depleted squad.

Nevertheless, Defence Force talented pool improved as the match progressed with the arrival of two of the teams key forwards Crystal George and Stacey Sparks. The duo provided the spark that saw the army/combination team outscoring the defending champion 18-15 to end the first half just one point adrift 27-28.

The third quarter saw Horizons nippy forward Joelisa Cooper and Gay combined for 15 points as their team outscored the 2005 champion 18-14 which helped to open a 46-41 lead.

In the final quarter both teams battle for every ball in the air and on the ground but with 1:32 to play it was Defence Force who held the advantage 65-63 with four consecutive free-throws earned from fouls committed by the opposition.

Inside the final seconds, Griffith scored a lay-up that levelled the score 65-all, then guard/forward Adina Cumming connected on one of two free-throws (66-65).

And in the final 29 seconds, Horizon broke free from the Defence Force pressure defence and Cooper scored a lay-up 68-65, but soon after Tricia Liverpool sank a jump-shot 67-68 to bring her team within one point.

With about 14 seconds to play, Gay was fouled and she netted both free-throws to seal the victory.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Fenerbahce 8-1 
 2. Mersin 7-2 
 3. Besiktas 7-2 
 4. Samsun 7-2 
 5. Galatasaray 5-4 
 6. TED Kayseri 5-4 
 7. Tarsus Bld 4-5 
 8. Ceyhan 4-5 
 9. Botas 2-7 
 10. Cankaya 1-8 
 11. Burhaniye bld. 0-9 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Griffith has first double double - by David Edole
In one of their most impressive performances of the season, the University of the District of Columbia Firebirds Womens Basketball Team defeated the Mansfield State University Women Mountaineers, 92-49, this afternoon in the Physical Activities Center. Freshman forward Stacy Griffith (183-F-89) came off the bench to record her first double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
UDC immediately took charge of this game. After a 2-2 tie in the opening seconds, it was all Firebirds the rest of the way. UDC broke it open at 7:17 of the first half, making a 14-2 run to make the lead 38-24, and taking a 19 point lead into the half-time break with the score 43-24.
The Firebirds used an effective zone defense holding Mansfield to 25 percent (12 for 49) shooting during the game, while making 53 percent (36 of 64) of their two point field goals. UDC also shot 50 percent (4 for 8) from beyond the arc and a solid 83 percent (20 of 24) from the charity stripe. UDCs bench scored 43 points in the game, compared to Mansfields 21.
UDC improved their record to 9-2 with this win, while Mansfield fell to 3-5. The Firebirds will take a holiday break and return to action on January 3-4, 2009, hosting their 2nd Annual New Years Classic. Participating schools will be Chowan University, Columbia Union College and Mercy College.