EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/30/2008

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Guy Pniny leave FMP - by Zoran Popovic
Guy Pniny (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) made agreement with Managament of FMP Zeleznik Beograd and leave the club from Zeleznik. Pniny came in FMP Zeleznik Beograd two months ago and played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd in Adriatic league seven games, spend average 22.9 minutes on the court, scored average 7,7 points, 2,1 rebounds, 1,1 assistants per game and in Eurocup played four games, average spend 11,8 minutes on the court, scored average 3,8 points, 0,8 rebounds and 1,3 assistants per game. Before FMP Zeleznik Beograd Pniny played for Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, Bnei Hasharon 2002-2006, Hapoel Jerusalem 2006-2008. Guy Pniny is member of Israel National team.

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  ARGENTINA   


holydays transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad: Signed Fernando Cavagna (200-G/F-78) and Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) to replace Sebastian Ginobili and Andres Pelussi (both injured). They also signed american former NBA Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) to play Liga de Las Americas.
Regatas: released Cedric Patton and signed Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Boston Coll.)
Obras: cut Corey Hornsby and signed Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence)
Ben Hur: signed Jamal Hunter (196-G-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Duquesne).

Asoc. Espanola: released Zachary Williams and agreed terms with Nathaniel Green (198-F-79, college: Dayton)
Asoc. Italiana: cut Derrick Miller and agrees terms with Chris Sockwell (203-F/C-80, college: St.Francis,NY)


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  BOSNIA   


BiH Cup 1/16 finals: No Surprises - by Sead Buljina

So far, five teams have joined Sloboda Dita in Bosnian Cup quarterfinals. Sloboda Dita moves on because its opponent Novi Grad had been suspended until January 3rd.

1/16 Cup finals scores:


Citluk: Brotnjo - Zrinjski 74:101
Posusje: Posusje - Siroki Eronet 53:79

Lukavica: Slavija - Vitez 89:85
Mrkonjic Grad: Mladost - Igokea 71:100
Zenica: Celik - Borac Nektar 68:80
Tuzla: Sloboda Dita - Novi Grad 20:0


Game Grude - SL IAT Leotar has been postponed per guests' request while Triland - Bosna game is scheduled for January 6, 2009. Cup Quarterfinals draw will take place at the Basketball Federation office on January 9, 2009.



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Israel hold off Minas in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Minas 83:77

Israeli National team secured the semifinal birth at the Haarlem Basketball Week. Yesterday they defeated the tournaments reigning champions Minas from Brazil to reach the semis. Israel will now face Eiffel Towers for the chance to play in the Final. Minas will now take on the Astana Tigers for the fifth overall spot.
Israel got to a quick start as they piled up an 18:9 lead early in the opening stanza. But Minas closed the quarter on a 12:5 rally to trail by just one point at the first intermission. Minas recovered in the second period as unstoppable Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) gave them the needed spark. Minas surged ahead and enjoyed a 39:36 advantage at halftime. The teams exchanged the baskets in the third frame with neither side able to succeed. Minas still led by 3 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Israel gained the rhythm back in the fourth term. Casspi led the charge as Israeli team notched 32 points in the final stanza. Their accurate free throw shooting in the final minutes allowed Israel to secure a tough win at the end.
Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Israel. Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 15 points, while Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning team. Joseph Shipp once again topscored for Minas with 31 points. Leandro Da Cruz (202-F/C-81) had 21 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Israel: Omri Casspi 23, Raviv Limonad 15, Yogev Ohayon 14
Minas: Joseph Shipp 31, Leandro Da Cruz 21+11 boards


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  CBA   


Skyrockets end 1-1 vs. Kansas City - by Gianni Pascucci
On friday, Dec.26, the Minot Skyrockets suffered a defat, 131-119, in their first meeting with ABA team Kansas City Spartans. In that first game, Ronnie Fields (6'4''-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) and Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) were the best for the Skyrockets, scoring 28 points each, with Fields adding eight assists and Parran five steals, while Martez Young (6'3'-G-84), scored nothing less than 40 points to lead the Spartans. The night after, Young was guarded better and managed to score only 24 points, ending the same as the KC best scorer. In this second game, the CBA team took its revenge, winning 129-90. Lee Scruggs (6'11''-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) was the main performer, with 26 points, 9 rebs, 2 two blocks and Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) added 21 points and 15 rebounds at the winning side.

Standings
CBA Standings
 1. E.Kentucky 6-0 
 2. Albany P. 2-1 
 3. Minot S. 2-2 
 4. Lawton Ft.Sill 0-0 


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Dimayor: CD Universidad de Concepcion forced game 5 in the semifinals - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion forced game 5 of the semifinals series against Boston College after sunday night victory 90-89. Boston led the game after the third quarter 64-54 but the visitors reacted, Jefferson Agba (210-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) was important in the boards (14 in the game) and also as the scoring leader for the team. With 11 seconds in the clock Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) scored two free throws that gave Boston a 89-86 lead. Agba responded with a three points shot at the buzzer and was also fouled by Jorge Valencia. With the free throw at the end of regulation, the american forward/center gave CD Universidad de Concepcion the win.

Game 4

Boston College 89 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 90
Bos: Lucas Costa 18 pts. Erik Carrasco 18 pts. Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) 15 pts.
Ucon: Jefferson Agba 36 pts. Erron Maxey 15 pts. Marcelo Hernandez (188-G-79) 11 pts.

118-23 / 2 28-14 / 3 18-17 / 4 25-36

Series tied 2-2

Game 5 of the series will be played this tuesday night in Concepcion.


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CBA Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shanxi Zh. - Fujian 119-115
His majesty Bonzi Wells shined with 52 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists as his Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Fujian in overtime 119:115. Chris Porter paced Fujian with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Guandong - Beijing 105-90
Guangdong improved to 15-4 after the home win over Beijing 105:90. Zhu Fangyu notched 21 points, Du Feng and Jason Dixon had 20 points each. Dontae Jones exploded with 38 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing.

TianJin R. - Jiangsu 89-112
Jiangsu outscored TianJin 112:89 as Jameeel Watkins collected 26 points and 12 rebounds. Liu Hao paced Tianjin with 17 points and Xu Lei and Wang Hao each scored 14.

Zhejiang G. - Qingdao DS 113-90
Zhejiang Guangsha edged Qingdao 113:90 for 9-10 record. Nigel Dixon top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Williams scored 34 points for Qingdao.

Zhejiang C. - Shanghai 117-120
Zhejiang C lost to Shanghai 117:120 as Liu Wei had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kirk Snyder led Zhejiang with 47 points and 13 rebounds.

Yunnan - Jilin 95-99
Jilin outscored Yunnan 99:95 as Soumaila Samake had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Leon Rogers added 30 points and 8 rebounds. Hu Guang led Yunnan with 23 points and 7 rebounds.

Liaoning - Xinjiang 91-108
Xinjiang improved to 17-2 record in Regular Season Round 19 as the favorites overcame Liaoning 108:91. Mendez Juan top-scored with 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Allen Myron had 29 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Liu Xiangtao posted 24 points for Liaoning and Zhang Qingpeng added 19.

Bayi - Shandong 91-92
Shandong needed overtime to beat Bayi 92:91. Guo Lei nailed 21 points, while Garnett Thompson had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Mo Ke led Bayi with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Shaanxi - DongGuan 120-118
Lee Benson exploded with 49 points, 17 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 blocks as Shaanxi overcame Dongguan 120:118. Michael Harris paced Dongguan players with 38 points and 14 rebounds.



New NBA Player would be in Tryout in Liao Ning - by Robert Wang
CBA has been last for 19 rounds from November, but Liao Ning team still could not find out their new center. This team needs all players tryout in China before they sign with them regardless NBA players or europe vet, or former players who played in China already. They have brought former NBA star Vin Baker for a tryout, then they did not sign him. The next tryout player was NBA big guy Justin Williams, but he still did not sign with team yet. Some info. said they would bring the current NBA big guy Dwayne Jones (211-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) for a tryout. Liao Ning team has provided the contract for Dwayne Jones and DJ would be in China soon. Former player Chris Alexander who played in China 3 years ago would also be in China in the tryout, too. Then team would test who is the best fit for Liao Ning then they would keep either one. Good luck!

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Veteran Big Man Jason Miller Joins BK Prostejov - by Surujh Roopnarine
Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) has signed with BK Prostejov of the NBL. Miller will be on a 2-3 month try-out as he replaces Pavel Stanek who is out due to illness. This season Miller was playing with BG 74 Goettingen in Germany where he averaged 6.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 10 games. Miller will provide depth at the PF and C positions behind Shaun Pruitt and Ian Hanavan. The former Oklahoma State Sooner played the 2005 and 2007 campaigns with the Kansas Cagerz of the USBL. He was named to the USBL All-Defensive Team in 2007. He has prior experience playing in=2 0Finland, Germany as well as in the USBL, ABA and CBA of the United States

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D-League Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Colorado - Tulsa 128-125
The 14ers grabbed an over time win against the 66ers on the road mostly owing to Dominique Coleman and Josh Davis. These two players combined 51 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists. Ryan Humphrey answered with double-double for the hosts, 26 points and 10 boards. 14ers 7-3, 66ers 3-10.

Utah - Iowa 101-107
Courtney Sims exploded last night against the Flash draining 36 points and pulling down 16 rebounds for his Iowa Energy. Othyus Jeffers also shined with double-double, 17 points and 11 boards. Gavin Grant and Dontell Jefferson had 41 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists together in loss. Energy 7-1, Flash 5-6.

Rio Grande - Dakota 98-121
Dakota Wizards smashed Rio Grande Valley Vipers moving up on 7-6 record. On the other side, Rio Grande fell on 6-8. The hosts had 6 players with more than 10 points. The leading one was Ahearn Blake, who delivered 26 pts and also handed out 9 assists. Smush Parker registered 22 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Bakersfield - Erie 94-112
Nice 18-point home win by the BayHawks for 8-4 record in D-League. Erik Daniels shined for the winning squad with 31 points and 10 rebounds for 39 minutes. Maureece Rice and Oliver Lafayette netted 23 points apiece. Derrick Byars had 27, while Mateen Cleaves contributed with 2 points less in defeat. Jam 10-3.


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Two Finnish Coaches in Sweden - by Rauno Hurmalainen
There will be now two Finnish Head Coaches in Swedish Top League. Pekka Salminen is still going strong in Stockholm (Solna Vikings, # 1 right now) and Lars Ekstrom will start his international coaching career in Boras beginning of January 2009. Boras Basket with record 5-12 (# 10) has informed, that Anders Jonsson will step aside and help Ekstrom as an assistant coach in the future. 'This will be a big challenge and the very first goal will be making Boras Basket a play-off-team' says Ekstrom. There are 13 rounds left out of the regular season.

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  GERMANY   


Anderson to BSW Sixers is a done deal - by Moritz Korff
According to Mitteldeutsche Zeitung the BSW Sixers (Regionalliga North) have completted the signing of German veteran Christian Anderson (198-F-74, college: Virginia Union) for the second half of the 2008-09 season. The 34-year-old wing player will join the club in the first days of 2009. Anderson has huge experience in professional basketball. After graduating from Virginia Union (NCAA2) in 2000 the Berlin native spent his rookie-season in Israel and Switzerland. In the following year he suited up for Bamberg in the 1. Bundesliga. He also played for Crailsheim, Iserlohn, Ehingen, Moenchengladbach, Goettingen in Germany as well as in Frensh and Spanish basketball. During 2007-08 he appeared in 10 contests for Embutidos Espana C.B.Gerindote (Spain-EBA) and averaged 20.9 points plus 4 rebounds per game.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Led The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 66-55 In The 4th, But Skipper Pini Gershon Breaks Off Friendly Match - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
If a Vladimir Klitschko is pounding the lights out of his opponent in a boxing match, then it is typical for the referee to break off a fight, but it is even more untypical in the game of Basketball if a Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) is lying on the ground not beaten, but within seconds the match is called by the coach of the opponent and not the referee. Usually there is a winner in the game of Basketball and ties like in Soccer dont exist either, but a forfeit is something that doesnt occur often, but did in the fourth quarter of the Frankfurt-Tel Aviv friendly game with 7.05 minutes remaining. Pini Gershon , who is known for being an emotional coach almost forfeited a friendly game two years ago in Frankfurt as he was head coach for Olympiakos Pirus. Back then ex coach Charles Barton was able to talk some sense into the 57 year old man and the game continued, but not this time. 'We cut the Macabbi lead from 20 to 10 within three minutes and had the momentum. Suddenly Tal Burstein (198-G-80, agency: Interperformances) was hit with two technical fouls, which Gershon didnt like. The intensity was very high, and he was afraid of injuries', commented coach Murat Didin . The situation with Konrad Wysocki and Tal Burstein happened in front of the Maccabi bench and it seemed like the referee didnt see the same picture as Pini Gershon . 'Three technical fouls are simply too much when they werent commited. I was just trying to protect my players from any injury', stated Peni Gershon.

The whole affair seemed like a big misunderstanding, because Burstein was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct and Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) and Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) with technicals. In the end the game was simply stopped which was a shame for the players, who seemed to want to finish the game. 'The end to this game was simply not good. This is a friendly game and not a league game. A mistake was made by a player or referee, but the game should end after 40 minutes. But in the end, we are all still friends', explained Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu . Even though the game still had 7.05 minutes to play, one player was not upset about the early ending. 'Even though this was a strange ending, I have seen it before. But I am not to sad, since we have too more games in two days with the next in 16 hours. I am not upset. This happens and belongs to Friendly games', said captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

After beating a tired Macabbi Tel Aviv team 24 hours earlier 73-70, it was obvious that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would encounter a fresh and refocused team out for revenge. The difference was quite noticeable as Maccabi Tel Aviv had received a facelift and seemed like they had gone from a hotdog stand down the street to a five star restaurant within 24 hours. Maccabi Tel Aviv broke free on a 5-0 lead as Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) led a fast break and made a pull up jumper. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) followed that up with fast break points past Pascal Roller. Frankfurt was having immense problems getting their offense going against the hostle Maccabi Tel Aviv defense. Frankfurt was sustaining great pressure down low as Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) back was always met with a rude welcome whenever he got the ball.

Macabbi Tel Aviv continued to play cat and mouse with Frankfurt especially rapidly establishing the transition game getting easy points via Marcus Brown or Lior Eliyaho, who caught a crisp allyop pass from Carlos Arroyo. Sometimes it seemed like there were two games happening. The Frankfurt-Tel Aviv game and also the Carlos Arroyo extravaganza, who was entertaining the few spectators and possibly some players too with his no look passes, around the back passes, slick ball handling and breath taking crossovers. The NBA might have lost a good player, but Europe gained a superstar in the making. After Frankfurt trailed quickly 9-2, they quietly went on a 6-0 run with two Roller free throws, a Titus Ivory hoop with a fancy fake on Brown and moving to his right and sinking a jumper and a Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) mid distance jumper. Maccabi Tel Aviv was always on the prowl like a cat is for a mouse to pull away, but Frankfurt had a watchful eye and stayed in the game with a Roller three pointer and a Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) three pointer. Frankfurt stayed close, had problems with an occasional turnover or a hurried play on offense. American Greg Jenkins made a running fade away jumper to tie the game at 17 all. In the last minute, Maccabi Tel Aviv increased the tempo a bit higher and went on a 4-0 run. Big American Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) hit from the wing after Carlos Arroyo unleased another goody from his trick basket making a behind the back pass to the American, who swished his shot. American Marcus Brown finished the quarter with a fast break bucket and Maccabi Tel Aviv led 21-17. Maccabi Tel Aviv was dominating the zone getting most of their points there. Otherwise, Frankfurt were playing with a lot of intensity not letting the big name kick them around.

After ex Chicago Bull Marcus Fizer opened the second quarter with a fade away jumper from the wing, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners retaliated going on a 9-0 run, capitalizing on some Maccabi Tel Aviv mistakes. Frankfurt also was lucky as Greg Jenkins wound up with a loose ball and was able to jam it home as Pascal Roller and Marcus Fizer were watching from the floor. The Roller-Fizer encounter was similar to a big truck meeting a smart car. American Keith Simmons then stole the show for some minutes scoring on a nice post move on Fizer, then stealing the ball and then laying it in in traffic. Frankfurt led 26-23. However it was only a matter of time before the Maccabi bubble would burst and would show why they have played Euroleague for so many years.
Maccabi Tel Aviv showed no mercy opening up an offensive arsenal showing how versatile the team really is. They went out on a 20-5 run to lead 43-32. Maccabi Tel Aviv must of erased the term three point shot from their vocabulary, because they were scoring all their points inside and not making any long bombs. Maccabi Tel Aviv was very alert playing the quick game that Murat Didin strives for. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) made two hoops, Arroyo a lay in off the fast break, D Or Fischer a two handed dunk, Tal Burstein a hoop in the paint and last but not least Maccabi Tel Aviv top scorer Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) made a beautiful spin move and scored. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) was having another unlucky shooting day as it seemed like there was an invisible object on top of basket with the phrase Dont let Evti score blocking the hole whenever he shot. The two Maccabi Tel Aviv games were also the first time that his possible future coach Peni Gershon(Bulgarian National team) got to see his possible future player(Evtimov awaiting the decision of French Basketball Federation to clear him to play for Bulgaria).

'No I was not nervous just because he was watching. My shots were always short and I just couldnt get my rhythm. He will make the selection for Bulgaria. I just hope I shoot better in camp when the team is made in the future', expressed Ilian Evtimov. Americans Derrick Allen and Keith Simmons made two important baskets down the stretch to make the half time score of 45-37 for Maccabi Tel Aviv somewhat more easy to digest. 'We had too many turnovers in the first half and we didnt hit good from outside', commented Pascal Roller. Maccabi Tel Aviv had an incredible 75% shooting percentage mainly because most points came in the paint. They had the easy 32-12 edge. Maccabi Tel Aviv had 0%(0/10) from three point land, but it didnt really matter when you can make so many easy baskets in the paint. Frankfurt did a brave job getting the rebound edge with 22-15. The 13 Skyliner turnovers was not only due to the stingy Maccabi Tel Aviv defense, but at times was strengthened by the sloopy play of Frankfurt.

Both teams continued to play with a lot of intensity in the opening minute of the third quarter, which led to unconcentrated and wild play. American Jimmy Mckinney, who had come back a day late entered the game and quickly produced a turnover, which was rewarded by Murat Didin with a fast seat back on the bench. BBL rookie Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored five quick points to cut the Maccabi Tel Aviv lead to 50-43. King continues to amaze Basketball aficionados in Germany with his never die attitude under the boards as he grabbed an offense rebound was denied in the first try, but then went the other way and layed it in with his left hand. Carlos Arroyo was always very dangerous on offense, but at times, it seemed like he could step his game up from the Euroleague level to NBA level. He sunk a rainbow three pointer over Pascal Roller to extend the Maccabi Tel Aviv lead back to ten points. 'Carlos Arroyo has a lot of NBA experience. He is a very offensive minded point guard. He didnt always have an easy time in the NBA with the physical side of the game, but here in Europe, he has a big advantage physically', added Pascal Roller. Yaniv Green followed with a open dunk, where Frankfurt was too slow switching on defense. Frankfurt had some good moments like a mini 4-0 run with hoops from Derrick Allen and Anthony King to cut the lead to 56-47, but were too harmless as they were missing too many open shots and not matching the Maccabi Tel Aviv fast break on defense. One huge reason why Maccabi Tel Aviv was leading for most parts in the game was because of their strong transition game. The mini comeback was dissolved quickly as Maccabi Tel Aviv ended the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Carlos Arroyo scored from the wing and they continued to make the Frankfurt zone their own personal feeding ground scoring simple buckets inside from Green and Brown. Maccabi Tel Aviv had their biggest lead at 63-47 and Frankfurt seemed a bit tired, but there were still ten minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

After Tal Burstein made two free throws, Maccabi Tel Aviv had a 65-47 lead and it seemed like Frankfurt would need a miracle to come back and erase 18 points and possibly win a second game against the 46 time Israel champion. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners believed in themselves and started a comeback. Frankfurt went on a 9-0 run and it could have been more had the game not been stopped by Maccabi Tel Aviv. Konrad Wysocki saved his best for last scoring all the last Skyliner points. Wysocki nailed two three pointers, then a heads up steal by American Titus Ivory, who fed Wysocki for two quick points. Konrad Wysocki then made a free throw before the game turned from exciting Skyliner come back Basketball to done and good night. The last seconds of the game occurred in the Maccabi Tel Aviv end as Konrad Wysocki attempted a three pointer and Tal Burstein came to try to block the ball.

Wysocki fell to the ground and Titus Ivory and Marcus Brown came over to try to help. All of a sudden play was stopped. Pini Gerschon was irate and fuming and was not content with the the decision of the referee and seemily might of over reacted not really knowing what the referee exactly called. Murat Didin came over spoke to his friend of 25 years, but a few moments later, Maccabi Tel Aviv came together for a short 5 second huddle and then the team went behind the basket and went to stretch, signalling that Basketball was done for the day at the BCM in Frankfurt. 'I came over to Wysocki and contested the ball. It hit me in the head. He then gave me his hand for help. I didnt want it and pushed his leg to the side', expressed Tal Burstein. ' I was a peacemaker. Their coach wasnt happy with the call. He didnt want to continue to play. I am a competitor and I never want to stop to play, but you have to respect the coach, he is the leader of the team', added Skyliner guard Titus Ivory. 'Pini Gershon was afraid that injuries could occur and didnt want to play any longer. However this was a friendly game, and we were here to get better and not to hurt each other. But the coach has a point. We are all competitors and we always want to win and sometimes will do anything to achieve that goal', warned Ilian Evtimov.

All in all, it was a disappointing way to end a game and stop a Skyliner comeback attempt. With the good and intelligent play of Frankfurt the last few months, it would not have been surprising if Frankfurt had come back and beat Maccabi Tel Aviv twice. 'We hit big shots to start the fourth quarter with Konrad Wysocki. With some technical fouls, we could of come back and we had picked up the intensity of our defense, which changed the tempo of the game', said Titus Ivory. In the end stats after 33 minutes, Frankfurt improved their field goal percentage to 52%, while Maccabi Tel Aviv finished with 69% field goal percentage and 38 points in the paint. Frankfurt continue to rebound well winning the duel under the boards 33-25 despite being without Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), who was still in USA. Despite the stoppage of play and the ten point deficit, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still could of pulled out a win. 'With a little luck, we might have been able to come back. These two games were important, because they showed that we can play with the best in Europe', warned Pascal Roller. Now the competition starts to diminish a bit the next two days as Frankfurt next face unbeaten Eurochallenge team Liege from Belgium on Tuesday Decmeber 30th at 14:00 and against German PRO A team Kaiserslautern on December 31st at 14.00. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners start BBL play again on Saturday January 3rd against eight time BBL champion Alba Berlin.


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Tyrone Sally joins Rotterdam Challengers - by Fred Roggen
Rotterdam Challengers has reinforced the team with the American Forward Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia).
Tyrone Sally is the replacement of Phil Grant.
Sally played lately for Belgium's Leuven where he played 14 games: 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 80.0% and played previously for the Roanoke Dazzele in the D-League, Paderborn in Germany and the Thunder Samsung in South Korea.


Hanzevast Capitals signed Julian Khazzouh - by Fred Roggen
The 22-year-old Australian center Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) has arrived today in Groningen and signed a try-out contract. Julian Khazzouh is the replacement of Zoran Krstanovic. He played recently for Sydney Spirit in the Australian NBL competition ,Khazzouh had an outstanding season as he blossomed into one of the premier big men in the competition, played thirteen games and averaged 15.2ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.9bpg.

Holland reach semis in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News
Holland - Astana Tigers 90:79

The Dutch National team advanced to the semifinal stage of the international tournament in Amsterdam. They defeated Kazakhstan team Astana to make it to the Final Four of the Haarlem Basketball Week. There Netherlands will face EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam for the ticket to the title decider.
The hosts marked their dominance right from the start. They outgunned the Tigers 18:13 in the starting period and continued to keep control of the encounter in the second term. The starting five of the Dutch team was too good to stop. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) extended the margin to 9 points at the interval. But when the Tigers bench proved the difference in the second half. They outscored the Dutch reserves 30:4 which resulted in Astana reviving the intrigue after the long break. Astana started to win the battle under the rims and soon cut the distance to just 5 points. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) and Aleksandr Tiutiunik (198-F-90) closed the deficit and sent the game into the extra period. However the Dutch team bounced back in the overtime. They accounted for 19 points in five minutes and claimed an important victory at the end.
Peter Van Paassen scored 22 points to lead the way for the hosts. Arvin Slagter notched 20 points, 10 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) and Rustam Yargaliyev had 16 points apiece for the Tigers. Aleksandr Tiutiunik finished with 15 points in the loss.
Astana will take on Minas from Brazil for the fifth spot.

Holland: Peter Van Paassen 22, Arvin Slagter 20+10 boards, Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) 17
Astana Tigers: Evgeni Isakov 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 16, Aleksandr Tiutiunik 15


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  IRAN   


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


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  IRELAND   


UCC DEMONS vs NEPTUNE - by Ozell Wells
The derby clash between UCC Demons and Neptune favored the Demons 79-54. The game was very physical and intense. Neptune defended their home court with great pride. The early game jitters resulted in a 19-10 Demons lead after the first period. Both sides settled into a nice rhythm in the second stanza with the Demons taking a 34-24 lead into halftime. Neptunes Vincent James (201-F, agency: 540 Sports, college: NC-Asheville) ( 20 points and 11 rebounds) was tough to handle with 12 first half points. UCC Demons Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) ( 21 points) led the Demons at the break with 14 points.

The second half saw a very spirited Neptune team with Ed Millard (198-F, agency: 22ft) (10 points 9 rebounds) cut the lead to 8 points with the ball. However, the tough defense of Jerrah Young (201-F-85, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Toledo) ( 18 points and 14 rebounds) safely kept the Demons in control. The third period ended with the Demons leading 56-45. The fourth period saw the Demons take control behind the point guard leadership of Ryne Hamblet (196-G-85, college: Bowling Green) (14 points,7 rebounds 5 assists and 4 steals) with stellar defense and opportunistic fast breaks. The UCC Demons and Neptune game was exciting for the fans in Cork and good for basketball in Ireland.
courtesy of Coach Doug Leichner


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Israel hold off Minas in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Minas 83:77

Israeli National team secured the semifinal birth at the Haarlem Basketball Week. Yesterday they defeated the tournaments reigning champions Minas from Brazil to reach the semis. Israel will now face Eiffel Towers for the chance to play in the Final. Minas will now take on the Astana Tigers for the fifth overall spot.
Israel got to a quick start as they piled up an 18:9 lead early in the opening stanza. But Minas closed the quarter on a 12:5 rally to trail by just one point at the first intermission. Minas recovered in the second period as unstoppable Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) gave them the needed spark. Minas surged ahead and enjoyed a 39:36 advantage at halftime. The teams exchanged the baskets in the third frame with neither side able to succeed. Minas still led by 3 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Israel gained the rhythm back in the fourth term. Casspi led the charge as Israeli team notched 32 points in the final stanza. Their accurate free throw shooting in the final minutes allowed Israel to secure a tough win at the end.
Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Israel. Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 15 points, while Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winning team. Joseph Shipp once again topscored for Minas with 31 points. Leandro Da Cruz (202-F/C-81) had 21 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Israel: Omri Casspi 23, Raviv Limonad 15, Yogev Ohayon 14
Minas: Joseph Shipp 31, Leandro Da Cruz 21+11 boards


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  ITALY   


SerieA Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini - Fortitudo 99-72
Scavolini thumped Fortitudo before the home crowd. Michael Hicks exploded with 24 points to pace Scavolini to the sixth win. Ramel Curry had 18 points in the winning case. Gregor Fucka nailed 18 points for Bologna in defeat.

Benetton - Armani MI 79-78
Benetton came back from a 3-point deficit in the final minute of their game against Armani Jeans to pull away with a narrow win at the end. Matteo Saragna and Bobby Dixon scored 5 points in the dying seconds of the clash to seal the seventh win for Benetton. Judson Wallace secured 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bobby Dixon finished with 16 points for Treviso. Mike Hall answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans as they fell at 6-6 record.

Banca Tercas - Air AV 78-91
Air Avellino held off Banca Tercas on the road. Eric Williams was responsible for 13 points, while Daniele Cinciarini contributed 12 points for the winners. Guiseppe Poeta answered with 20 points and 6 steals for Banca Tercas. Ryan Hoover finished with 16 points in the loss.

La Fortezza - Carife FE 78-63
Sharrod Ford tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead La Fortezza past Carife in the opening game of Round 12. Roberto Chiacig, Dusan Vukcevic and Keith Langford added 14 points each in the win. Andre Collins answered with 15 points for Carife in the losing effort.

Snaidero - Angelico BI 80-78
Rashad Anderson knocked down two freebies in the closing seconds to lift Snaidero past Angelico Biella. Oscar Torres topscored for the winners with 21 points. Joseph Forte had 17 points, 6 boards, 6 steals and 5 assists in the win. Valerio Spinelli answered with 18 points for Biella in defeat.

Eldo Caserta - Montepaschi 66-73
Terrell McIntyre scored 31 points to pace Montepaschi to the 12th straight win in the season. Arriel McDonald added 10 points in his debut for the Siena team as they shot down Caserta. Ranald Slay answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Eldo Caserta.

Lottomatica - Premiata 88-70
Lottomatica cruised to the seventh win past Premiata at home court. Sani Becirovic came up with 19 points for Virtus Roma. Andre Hutson added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ricky Minard scored 21 points for Montegranaro.

NGC Cantu - Solsonica 88-69
Jason Rich, Sundiata Gaines and Nicolas Mazzarino all scored 15 points apiece to pace NGC Cantu past Solsonica. Kevinn Pinkney and Herve Toure added 13 points each as Cantu climbed at 6-6 record. Solsonica answered with 14 points from Jerry Green.



Marko Verginella joins Lugano Tigers - by Interperformances
6'9' power forward Marko Verginella (202-F-78, agency: Interperformances) has joined Lugano Tigers in the Swiss LNA league. Marko, who has both Slovenian and Italian passports, has already played with Lugano Basket in the 2002/2003 season, where he averaged 15.3 ppg, grabbing 6.3 rpg.
In the last years Marko played in the Italian Serie A and LegaDue leagues, where he worked hard, gaining experience, in teams such as Montecatini, Udine, Reggio Calabria, Fabriano and Sassari. In the 2006/2007 season he helped Rieti to win the regular season LegaDue cup, leading the team to the top league.


MPS won the 12th in row - by Martino Verbena

Montepaschi Siena continued its perfect season and now they're sure by the first position on the first half of the season.
Behind Siena now there's only La Fortezza Bologna that, after the X'mas game, have to decide if sack Earl Boykins or not. The 5'6' point-guard now is in the States without the club's autorization.
In the next week we'll have the big match Montepaschi - LaFortezza.

At Caserta the man of the match was Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) who netted 31, 15 in the first half ended 28-28. By Eldo side Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) was out of foul at the first minute in the third quarter with two consecutive tecnical foul.
Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) played the 100th game with the Siena uniform.

Armani Jeans Milano lose at Benetton Treviso's home its sixth game in the season, now is 6-6, and ended at the last shot for the seventh time in this first twelve games (in this seven game Milano have a 2-5 record). Was Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) the closer with 2/2 FT, David Hawkins missed the final shot from downtown.
Lottomatica Virtus Roma 3-0 with Fernando Gentile on the bench, won against Premiata Montegranaro in the last quarter, when the energies of the host team was empty and Roma could use its longest bench.
Scavolini Spar Pesaro re-emerge after the lose at Siena destroying what was left to GMAC Real Estate Bologna, which could not deploy to five players (Lamma, Slokar, Bagaric, Woods and Achara are injuried).
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) with two FT in the close seconds gave the fourth season win at Snaidero Udine, now abandoned the last place in Serie A. But the big surprise is the second home lost for Banca Tercas Teramo, beat by Air Avellino that had 8 players over 8 points.

BEST FIVE 12th week:
PG- Terrell McIntyre, Montepaschi Siena, 31 pts
SG- Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85), Banca Tercas Teramo, 20 pts
SF- Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances), Snaidero Udine, 21 pts
PF- Charles Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton), Benetton Treviso, 17 pts & 10 boards
C- Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson), La Fortezza Bologna, 15 pts & 11 boards



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BJ League Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Apache - Grouses 77-67
Apache beat Grouses 77:67 in Regular Season Round 22 on December 28th. Humphrey John led the way with 21 points and Aoki Cohey added 20. Camara Babacar and Webb Rodney top-scored in defeat with 19 points each.

Albirex - Five Arrows 85-73
Albirex stun Five Arrows 85:73 as Ikeda Yuichi and Takeno Akitomo paced all the winners with 18 points apiece. James Gordon collected 15 points and 17 boards in the losing effort.

Heat Devils - Lakestars 68-82
Heat Devils lost to Lakestars 68:82 as the latter improved to 10-12. Rourke Ryan led the way with 23 points and Schafer Ray nailed 20. Price Jefferey ended up with 24 points for the hosts.

Apache - Grouses 84-103
Apache was beaten in the first appearance to Grouses 84:103. Webb Rodney notched 31 points for the guests, while Kabaya Masayuki had 22. Aoki Cohey finished the night with 19 points in defeat.

Albirex - Five Arrows 87-92
Five Arrows won the first game over Albirex 87:92 away from home. Leach George collected 19 points and 15 caroms, whilst Sparks Rasheed and James Gordon had 16 each. Akingbade Dokun produced 26 points and 20 boards for the home side.

Heat Devils - Lakestars 75-67
Heat Devils got a rare win over Lakestars 75:67 for 5-17 record in the league. Price Jefferey chipped in 23 points and made 15 rebounds for the winners, while Wilkinson James collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rourke Ryan posted 19 points in defeat.



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Holland reach semis in Amsterdam - by Eurobasket News
Holland - Astana Tigers 90:79

The Dutch National team advanced to the semifinal stage of the international tournament in Amsterdam. They defeated Kazakhstan team Astana to make it to the Final Four of the Haarlem Basketball Week. There Netherlands will face EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam for the ticket to the title decider.
The hosts marked their dominance right from the start. They outgunned the Tigers 18:13 in the starting period and continued to keep control of the encounter in the second term. The starting five of the Dutch team was too good to stop. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) extended the margin to 9 points at the interval. But when the Tigers bench proved the difference in the second half. They outscored the Dutch reserves 30:4 which resulted in Astana reviving the intrigue after the long break. Astana started to win the battle under the rims and soon cut the distance to just 5 points. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) and Aleksandr Tiutiunik (198-F-90) closed the deficit and sent the game into the extra period. However the Dutch team bounced back in the overtime. They accounted for 19 points in five minutes and claimed an important victory at the end.
Peter Van Paassen scored 22 points to lead the way for the hosts. Arvin Slagter notched 20 points, 10 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) and Rustam Yargaliyev had 16 points apiece for the Tigers. Aleksandr Tiutiunik finished with 15 points in the loss.
Astana will take on Minas from Brazil for the fifth spot.

Holland: Peter Van Paassen 22, Arvin Slagter 20+10 boards, Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) 17
Astana Tigers: Evgeni Isakov 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 16, Aleksandr Tiutiunik 15


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Riyadi are Dubai Champions - by Hassan Thini
For the past few years, Riyadi from Lebanon, and Zain from Jordan have been the corner stones of Asian basketball. Dubai tournaments, Arab tournaments, and other have been dominated by either team.

Tonight was the seventh game between the 2 teams since January 2005 of the Dubai tournament. Riyadi have won 4 times, while Zain have beaten Riyadi only twice. Even though Riyadi beat Zain easily in Beirut a month ago, the showdown was with no doubt going to be very tough. The first quarter started balanced as the best players between the 2 teams were held by some very tough defense, this allowed the Lebanese National team point guard, Ali Mahmoud, to get quick first quarter buckets. During that period he had 14 points. The same thing happened on the opponent's end as Zaid Al Khas hit many 3 pointers to lead his team early. This gave Riyadi a 4 point first quarter lead.

The second quarter showed the same scenario as Riyadi were leading for most of the quarter, before Ali Mahmoud got injured, and an untimely technical foul on Nate lost Riyadi's focus. Zain battled well, fought for rebounds, and hit some tough shots. Less focus from our side, long range contested shots, and some very bad defense led to a turning point in the game. As a result that quarter ended with a 4 point Zain lead, meaning that Zain outscored Riyadi by 8 points in the second.

The start of the third showed Riyadi's starting unit come in, but with Omar instead of the injured Ali. Fadi started fighting, and scoring well and Riyadi really toughened up inside on defense. This gave Riyadi a 12-0 run to start the third, and Zain where not able to score a single point untill the mid point of that quarter. Sam Douglas, kept fighting and showed some great charisma as a leader on the floor, he started scoring, then dished out good assists, and just like that Riyadi's lead was vanishing. Coach Fouad inserted in Tawbe instead of Nate, and continued with 1 foreigner. 2 back to back threes by Omar and Fadi increased riyadi's lead, but Sam just would not give up scoring a 3 pointer and dishing out another assist to end the quarter on a 4 point Riyadi lead.

Based on what we all saw from the third quarter, it was bound that this will be another close finish as neither team were able to pull away from the other. The quarter started by furious defense from both clubs, but Zain were able to hold Riyadi to only 1 point in the first 4 minutes. Ismail who carried us all night long finally hit a 3 and helped us get some well needed stops. Then a 3 by Fadi with a foul off the ball gave Riyadi one of its biggest leads of the game with a 9 point split. Sam scored twice, and Zaid hit a 3 to get it back to 3 points, after that Joe Vogel who had struggled tonight finally hit a 3 to give us a bit of breathing room. Little did we know, this turned out to be a battle of three pointers, as Zain connected on 2 more. With 30 seconds left, and Riyadi up by 3, Fadi took the ball inside, and missed with no foul call. With a chance to tie things up, Sam ran up the court, and pulled up for a desperation 3 pointer but came short and Fadi cought the last rebound of the game. This gave Riyadi another win in Dubai after we beat Zain by 1 point last year in the Finals. The title bearing final score for Riyadi was 77-74.
Fadi had 21, while Ismail had 20 with 10+ rebounds. Sam Douglas and Zaid Abbas were the best showings for Zain. Riyadi now leads this ever going series between the 2 teams 5-2.


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Libyan League Week 4 - by Anas Seddigh
After three weeks off the Libyan resumes with the highlight game of the week Shabab the cup champion against Ittihad the defending league champion.

Shabab enters this game missing five players while Ittihad welcomed back their point guard Abdul Wahad Abdullah after missing the season start due to injury.

Shabab was affected by the missing players ,entered the game with players from the junior team ,started the first quarter perfectly scoring 9 consecutive points taking advantage of Ittihad's mistakes ,the first quarter ended 20-15 for Shabab.

Ittihad took control in the second quarter managed to cut the lead ending the second quarter 41-30.

Shabab could not keep up with Ittihad in the third and forth quarter as they suffered from the absence of a key players against an experienced team like Ittihad scoring only 8 points in the third quarter ,Ittihad continued their domination scoring 16 points , third quarter ended 57-38 for Ittihad and the game 73-53 for them.

with this loss Shabab continues their poor performance this season as they lie on the bottom of the league table ,Ittihad shares the top spot on the table with Naser as they face each other next week to determine who is going to be the league leader.

on the other games Ahli Tripoli beat Madina 96-90 , Ahli Benghazi beat Hilal 70-62 , Naser defeat Moroj 72-56.


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Soumaila Samake top-scores abroad - by Eurobasket News
In China Jilin Northeast Tigers outscored Yunnan 99:95 as Samake Soumaila (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Leon Rogers added 30 points and 8 rebounds. Hu Guang led Yunnan with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Before that in Round 16 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. Samake Soumaila 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.
Jilin overcame Beijing 94:89 in Round 15 as Samake Soumaila poured in 37 points and 17 rebounds. Dontae Jones had the same number of points in defeats adding also 14 rebounds.
In Round 14 Tianjin edged Jilin 88:81 to take 5-9 record in the standings. Theron Smith had 35 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Darryl Watkins collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Samake Soumaila paced Jilin with 30 points and 14 rebounds.


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Recent transactions in Mexico's LNBP - by Kristian Santiago

Besides the spectacular signing of Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) in Guadalajara, there were some more transfer in the last days.

Potros ITSON brought in Parrish Brown (185-G, college: Maryland) while Carlus Groves (201-F-71, college: San Diego St.), DeShawn Bowman (173-G-82, college: Columbus St.) and DeeAndre Hulett (200-G/F-80, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) are out.
Joe Webb (201-G/F-82, college: Bellevue) is the new guy in Panteras de Aguascalientes. Mario Bennett (207-F-73, college: Arizona St.) and Tyrone McDaniel (190-G-71, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) are not with the team anymore.
Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) is now in Volkswagen-city Puebla where he joined the Angeles de Puebla.James Parker (183-G-82, college: Robert Morris), Mark Strom (193-G-82, college: Apprentice), Kevin Freeman (201-F-78, college: Connecticut) and Maurice Riddick (188-G-79, college: Bethune-Cookman) left the same team.
Tyras Wade (200-F-81, college: La-Lafayette), Anthony Miller (206-C-71, college: Michigan St.) and Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) are history in Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun after bad results in the FIBA Americas League. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Houston) and Thomas Burrough replaced them in Quintana Roo.
Bucaneros de Campeche let go Randall Williams (203-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.),Marcus Session (198-G/F-81, college: St.Mary's (TX)) and Aaron Eneas (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) and inked guard Terry Thompson (191-G-80, agency: Tank Sports, college: Cent.Washington) instead.
Tijuana Galgos has a new head coach after Dominick Young went back to the States to coach newly founded Fresno-Washington Raptors in the ABA.

The new man is Renato Valenzuela and he finally brought Tijuana Galgos a win after a record of losses.
And finally in Halcones UV Cordoba, Galen Robinson (203-F/C-74, college: Houston) and Cordell Henry (178-G-80, agency: N.E.T., college: Marquette) are out of the picture.



The big surprise - by Harold Valenzuela
Everybody will talk about Tecos de la UAGuadalajara in the playoofs. This team has best communitarian players in all the league. They have Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) (Puerto Rico) a natural scorer, is a player who can score in different ways. He has made a name from himself here in Mexico and will be in the league for many years. They have Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) (Panama) who is a dominant man in the painting, hes the best rebounder in the league only behind Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports), although he seems to be a player not very athletic and without many abilities, he is one of the players with greater knowledge of the game; he is very intelligent in the basketball court.
Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72, agency: Duran International, college: Weber St.) is the point guard of the team, hes one of the best point guards of the league his numbers are 16 PPG, 3.2 APG and 2.3 SPG, he controls the teams momentum very well; the second foreigner is Cris Jeffries, a very fast player that penetrates the defense like knife in butter, he can score 30 points any day, the other foreigner is James Jackson, hes not to good to be an american.
The past year they had Adam Parada (213-C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Cal-Irvine) the best big man of Mexico nevertheless in the playoofs he could not play due to an injury; this year they has just signed the one who croosed over Kobe Bryant in Las Vegas, Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV), without a doubt the most talented Mexican player of the moment, a player who can do a lot of things in the court, he can score from everywhere, he can be the diference.
Tecos can be the surprise team of the season. To be a champion they need another very good foreigner.


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Walsh resolves to buy out Marbury for New Year - by Eurobasket News
Walsh said he will step up attempts to buy out Stephon Marbury (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) after Jan. 1 and will make the banished point guard another buyout offer. Walsh's first offer - $3 million off Stephon Marbury's prorated $21.9M wage - was flatly rejected. In response, Marbury took his $1M giveback off the table and ended negotiations.

There is urgency now because the Knicks are looking to sign a player (perhaps Patrick Ewing Jr.) when 10-day contracts become an option Jan. 5. Walsh needs a second roster spot - Stephon Marbury's - to do so. Walsh is saving his first roster spot, created by Cuttino Mobley's retirement, either to make a 2-for-1 trade or use the anticipated $4.5 million trade exception.

The banned Stephon Marbury is back in town after a West Coast vacation, but didn't get to see his cousin, Sebastian Telfair, star with 20 points and eighth assists for the Timberwolves last night.

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If the Knicks receive the $4.5M disabled player exception from the league because of Mobley's retirement, they may be able to hold onto it until next October, according to Walsh. The league will have to determine if Mobley's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy occurred after he was acquired from the Clippers in a Nov. 21 trade. If the league rules the condition was discovered after that date, the Knicks can wait until this summer to use the exception.

Courtesy of http://www.nypost.com


NBA Round: 61 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nuggets - Knicks 117-110
Carmelo Anthony paced his Denver Nuggets to victory at the Madison Square Garden nailing 32 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for 35 minutes. JR Smith was the second scorer in the winning squad delivering 16 points. The Knicks had 6 players with 10 or more pts, but the best one was David Lee, who collected 19 pts and 12 boards for 37 minutes. Nuggets 20-11, Knicks 11-18.

Mavericks - Clippers 98-76
Dallas Mavericks made it in LA against the Clippers thanks to Josh Howard, who was pretty close to triple-double registering 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Marcus Camby contributed with 16 points and 12 boards in loss. Mavs 18-12, Clippers 8-21.

Heat - Cavaliers 86-93
LeBron James once again shined in Cleveland Cavaliers leading them to impressive 26-4 record. This time LeBron drained 33 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 9 assists. Maurice Williams helped the hosts with 20 points and 4 boards. Dwayne Wade was good in defeat with 29 points and 8 assists. Miami Heat 16-13.

Hornets - Pacers 105-103
The Hornets grabbed this one thanks to Chris Paul's 11 points in the last 3:36 and David West's 17-foot fadeaway jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining. Paul finished the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists, while West had 18 points and 10 boards. James Posey also shined draining 19 pts. The hosts got 34 points and 5 boards from Danny Granger. Hornets 18-9, Pacers 10-20.

Celtics - Kings 108-63
The reigning champion recovered after 2 consecutive defeats smashing the Sacramento Kings on the road 108-63. Kevin Garnett came up with 21 points and 11 boards, while Ray Allen added 2 points less. The hosts had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was John Salmons - 11 pts. Celtics 28-4, Kings 7-24.

Warriors - Lakers 113-130
The Lakers drained impressive 130 points, what was way more than enough for the home win against the Warriors. Kobe Bryant led the scorers in LAL with 32 points. Derek Fished had 19, while Sasha Vujacic dropped 17 points. Jamal Crawford contributed with 22 points and 5 boards in loss. Lakers 25-5, Warriors 9-23.



Defeat reveals big problem for the Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Doc Rivers didn't change his opinion after losing in Los Angeles Thursday. Hes always liked having tall people on his team and said as much after watching Pau Gasol get good looks and Andrew Bynum alter shots against his team.

But as the Celtics continue to search for some length to complement Leon Powe and Glen Davis off the bench, there was nothing encouraging on the Dikembe Mutombo front. The free agent said hed be making a decision on a team soon, but the Celts may be holding off for someone with a more balanced game as they mainly see Mutombo as a contributor on the defensive end.

'No, I dont think were going to get him', said Rivers. 'We talked to David (Falk, Mutombos agent) and I would say it's a no'.

'We would love him, but were going to wait it out'.

The Celts haven't given up on P.J. Brown coming back, but at this point Danny Ainge believes Browns not coming out of retirement. Then again, Ainge thought the same thing at this time last year.

Alonzo Mournings name is still being floated, but an even more intriguing property could be available soon. There is talk Oklahoma City may buy out Joe Smiths contract, and that the club is at least serious about trading him.

The Celtics cant and won't discuss him publicly, but at a lanky 6-foot-10, Smith would seem to fit the clubs need.

Said one NBA scout, 'Are you kidding me? Joe Smith would be perfect for the Celtics'.


Reluctant Warrior

Patrick OBryant never lived up to expectations - his or the teams - during his two-year stay with the Warriors, but the Cs backup center made a nice move by accepting responsibility.

Obviously Id like to prove to them that Im better than what they thought I was, he said. But I think I messed up those two years myself. Ive got to take a lot of the blame for that. Now Ive just got to take it as a learning experience and try to grow from there.

Asked to expand on messed up the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft said, Just work ethic, messing up sometimes.

OBryant has spent his first season with the Celtics at the end of the bench. If the 7-footer could crack the rotation, the club wouldnt be in the market for those mentioned above.


Cassell still counts

Rivers likes to joke about Sam Cassell, but hes found him an even more valuable asset than expected.

I love him on the bench whether we use him or not, Rivers said. To me hes more a part of the coaching staff than one of the players right now for us because of his knowledge and the way he helps us with the other guys.

Powe is a hero in these parts, having survived homelessness and the foster care system to play at Cal and now with the Celtics And his legacy will be even greater as he opens Fresh Start Mentoring Services, a nonprofit that will help those in foster care aged 14-21 transition to life beyond the system.

Courtesy of http://www.bostonherald.com


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Oyedeji Olumide enjoys the CBA actions - by Eurobasket News

Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81) enjoys the CBA actions in China with his Shanxi Zhongyu. His majesty Bonzi Wells shined with 52 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists as his Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Fujian in overtime 119:115. Oyedeji Olumide had 26 points and 22 rebounds. Wei Mingliang scored 15 points. Young Duan Jiangpeng scored 10 but only hit 4 of 16 shots. Chris Porter led Fujian with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Gong Songlin scored 23 and Matt Frieje had 21. Liu Yudong scored 17 points, while Lu Xiaoming had 13 points and 10 assists.
In Round 18 Jilin overcame Shanxi Zhongyu 111:104 behind 40 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists from Leon Rogers. Bonzi Wells had 46 points and 12 rebounds for Zhongyu.Oyedeji Olumide scored only 4 points but made massive 21 rebounds.
In Round 17 Beijing edged Shanxi Zhongyu 93:92 as Chen Lei scored 21 points and made 7 rebounds for the Ducks. Ex-NBA star Wells Bonzi had 41 points, 9 boards and 6 assists in defeat, while Oyedeji Olumide collected 31 points and 22 caroms.

Shanxi Zhongyu was glad to see a newcomer NBAer Bonzi Wells in Round 16 to win over Tianjin 105:104. His majesty poured in 48 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 7 steals. Oyedeji Olumide collected 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, while Theron Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Tianjin.




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  PARAGUAY   


Pilar League starts this week - by Gianni Pascucci
The 2009 edition of Regional League of Pilar will start on December 30. The teams registered are 1 de Mayo, Sport Crucecita, 1 de Marzo, Deportivo Obrero, Geneal Diaz, Sport CREP, Capitan Bado and, of course, America de Pilar, that is the favourite for the final win. This last team will be coached by Marcos Ortiz and will feature young and well known players like Sergio Lopez (175-G-90), Ernesto Galeano (182-G-88), Oscar Benitez (183-G-86), Diego Ferreira (196-F/C-85), Claudio Gomez (189-G/F-83), Nicolas Gaspar (-F), Aldo Colman (-G), Angelo Garcia (174-G-89), Ruben Fretes (197-F-82), Dario Borba (175-G-88) and others.

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  PBL   


Millrats capture Green Mountain Tourney title - by Carl Berman
December 28, 2008 Barre, VT: The Manchester Millrats emerged victorious over the Vermont Frost Heaves 94-90, and in process captured the Green Mountain Tip Off Tournament Title in Barre, Vermont. The Millrats and Heaves wasted no time renewing their heated rivalry of a year ago. Despite new faces on both clubs, the atmosphere was played with playoff-intensity with bragging rights and a $5,000 winner take all prize on the line, courtesy of the Premier Basketball League.

The game was a serious of ebbs and flows as both teams were feeling each other out from the start. Manchester held a slim 23-22 lead after the first quarter. Vermont got on a second quarter roll and built an eight point lead, but Manchester ralled to close within 51-47 at the half. The Millrats manage to climb back even on two free throws by former Southern NH University star Sam Carey (6'8''-F-85, agency: Passing Lane), at 64-64 late in the third. Ex-Portland Trailblazer, Desmond Ferguson's long three point dagger gave Manchester a 71-68 lead.However Vermont rallied again and seemingly took control of the game with an 82-78 lead with just over two minutes remaining. The Millrats clawed even again in the waning moments, and then Sam Carey's offensive rebound and put back, along with two clutch free throws by Al Stewart, sealed the win for Manchester. Hometown-hero Sam Carey finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five other Millrats scored in double figures including PJ Young 14, Marlowe Currie with 13, Desmond Ferguson and Alex Owumi with 12, and Al Stewart with 11. Richard Millsap led Vermont with 17 in a losing effort.

'I'm really proud of our guys for pulling out a win in a playoff-intense road environment. We fought through adversity and didn't quit when we fell behind. This kind of game will help us down the line to be mentally tough,' stated Manchester Head Coach Rob Spon. The Manchester Millrats open the PBL season on the road versus Montreal (1/2/09) and Quebec (1/4/09). The regular season home opener is January 11th at Southern NH University in a rematch with the Vermont Frost Heaves.

Manchester: Desmond Ferguson 12, Al Stewart 11, Alex Owumi 12, Sam Carey 16, PJ Young 14, Scott Hazelton 8, Mario Kinsey 2, Marlowe Currie 13, Ifesinachi Anosike 4, Pierre Darden 2
Vermont: John Williams 9, Joe Nixon 10, Regis Koundja 9, Willie Shaw 10, Richard Millsap 17, Thomas Sanders 3, Greg Plummer 5, Benson Callier 2, Joe Williams 13, Chris Gaynor 7, Greg Stevenson 4.


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  POLAND   


DBE Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Anwil - Gornik W. 77-60
Anwil shot down Gornik to open Round 18. Lukasz Koszarek nailed 13 points and dished out 6 assists to lead balanced Anwil offense. Stipe Modric had 12 points and 12 boards for the winners. Marcin Stefanski answered with 13 points for Gornik in defeat.

Polonia - Kotwica 82-84
Kotwica wasted a 10-point halftime lead but still managed to prevail in overtime against Polonia. Tomasz Cielebak had 15 points for Kotwica. Pawel Kikowski added 14 points as the winners improved at 12-5 record. Greg Harrington answered with 23 points for Polonia. Michael Ansley had 21 points and 9 boards in the loss.

AZS Koszalin - Polpharma 88-76
George Reece tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Koszalin past Polpharma. Przemyslaw Luszczewski added 17 points in the winning case. Michael Hicks, Jacek Sulowksi and Courtney Eldridge had 15 points apiece for Polpharma in the losing effort.

PBG Basket - Atlas Stal 90-79
PBG Basket earned the 5th win in the season as they fired down Atlas Stal at home court. Alex McLean notched 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead PBG. Miah Davis contributed 15 points for the winners. Nikola Jovanovic answered with 20 points for Atlas Stal.

Bank BPS - Turow 74-71
Turow lost the third game in a row as they fell short against Bank BPS on the road. Michael Kuebler scored 21 points to lead the hosts. Brian Lubeck and Tony Weeden had 12 points each in the winning case. Robert Witka and Damir Miljkovic nailed 15 points each in the losing case.

Sportino I. - Prokom 95-99
Prokom narrowly defeated Sportino Inowroclaw to post the tenth win in the season. David Logan fired 30 points and dished out 6 assists to lead Prokom. Przemyslaw Zamojski added 17 points for the defending champions. Eddie Miller responded with 22 points for Sportino in the loss.



Market news in Poland - by Marek Hossa

New forward from Latvia Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) is signed in Sportino Inowroclaw. He can play on 3 and 4 position.He is well known by Krutikov's coach, played in Germany, Bremerhaven where this coach has working as a coach assitant 2007-2008.After Landry was injured in last home game, coach was searching for some forward who can replace Canadian's player.

Pawel Mroz (214-C-84) is moved from AZS Koszalin to Kwidzyn. Kwidzyn's boss, was make decision to realased his center, David Dixon (211-C-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington). Mroz in koszalin played 8 games with 5,3 points and 3 rebound per game.

Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) who was fired from Sokolow Znicz is close to sign by Gornik Walbrzych.Houges is 32 old USA player, but spent many seasons in Poland, he is in USA at now, after this he will be on short tryout in Walbrzych.



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  SERBIA   


Guy Pniny leave FMP - by Zoran Popovic
Guy Pniny (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) made agreement with Managament of FMP Zeleznik Beograd and leave the club from Zeleznik. Pniny came in FMP Zeleznik Beograd two months ago and played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd in Adriatic league seven games, spend average 22.9 minutes on the court, scored average 7,7 points, 2,1 rebounds, 1,1 assistants per game and in Eurocup played four games, average spend 11,8 minutes on the court, scored average 3,8 points, 0,8 rebounds and 1,3 assistants per game. Before FMP Zeleznik Beograd Pniny played for Maccabi Raanana 2001-2002, Bnei Hasharon 2002-2006, Hapoel Jerusalem 2006-2008. Guy Pniny is member of Israel National team.

A League Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Swiss.Lions - Vizura 80-59
Easy win for the top-ranked Swisslion Takovo (13-2). On the other side, Vizura faced with 9th defeat in 15 appearances. Sasa Ocokoljic was a key player for the hosts collecting 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Vlaskovic had 13, while Ntousan Koutsopoulos added 12 points and 6 boards. Milos Avlijas was the only one with double-digits in scoring for the loosing side, 15 points.

Metalac - Mega HL 97-83
Metalac managed to beat Mega Hypo Leasing for third place and 10-5 record. Radomir Marojevic shined for the hosts with 26 points, while Stefan Atanackovic added 15 points and 8 assists. Uros Nikolic and Strahinja Dragicevic registered 22 points and 4 rebounds each for Mega HL. Scoring machine Stefan Stojacic this time stopped on 16 points. Mega HL 8-7.

Ergonom - Zdravlje 83-74
Ergonom was too strong for Zdravlje thanks to Slavisa Bogavac and his double-double, 26 points and 10 rebounds. Aleksandar Mladenovic helped with 16 points. Vadica Jovanovic scored 21 in Zdravlje, while Parica Mitic contributed with 18 pts, 7 boards and 4 assists. Ergonom 9-6, Zdravlje 4-11.

Masinac - Novi Sad 74-72
Masinac registered very important victory for the survival in A league as both teams entered into this round with not so brilliant 5-9 record. Zivkovic Srdjan led the scorers in Masinac with 14, while Uros Mirkovic had 2 points less, with 5 rebounds. Goran Martinic answered with 27 points and 4 rebs in loss.

Radnicki I. - Radnicki 034 76-73
Radnicki Invest Inzenjering made the second consecutive win in Serbian A league. With this one the hosts improved on 6-9 avoiding the last three places before the break. Radnicki 034 Group fell on 7 wins and 8 defeats staying on the middle of the standings. Veteran Zlatko Bolic was the leading player in Radnicki as he collected 24 points and 7 rebounds. Darko Vujacic followed him with 16, while Stefan Fekete had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Rajko Kljajevic and Danilo Draskovic netted 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds each for the visitors. Draskovic had 7 more assists.

Borac - Sloga 92-89
Borac made it in Cacak ending the year on the second place in A league with 12-3 record. Rastko Dramicanin led the winners with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Nenad Stefanovic also shined delivering 23 points, including 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sasa Stefanovic had 21 points in defeat, while Nemanja Dasic stopped on 19. Sloga fell on poor 4-11.

Napredak - Tamis 77-72
Expected victory for Napredak Rubin, who improved on 9-6 record. Dragan Markovic top-scored for the winning squad with 15 points, while Nenad Sulovic nailed one point less. Tamis got 18 points from Sasa Mihajlovic, falling on 6-9.


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Steyn Frans shines for Qingdao Double Star - by Eurobasket News
Steyn Frans (218-C-82, agency: N.E.T., college: SW Baptist) shines for Qingdao Double Star in Chinese CBA. His latest record saw 14 points and 13 rebounds on December 28th. Zhejiang Guangsha however edged Qingdao 113:90 for 9-10 record. Nigel Dixon top-scored for the winners with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Williams scored 34 points for Qingdao.
In Round 18 Qingdao stun Shandong 94:89 as Chris Williams had 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. New import Garnett Thompson led Shandong with 34 points and 23 rebounds. Steyn Frans had 16 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Myron Allen had 34 points and 9 assists as first-place Xinjiang brought its record to 15-2 with a 107:97 triumph over Qingdao in Round 17. Xu Guochong added 27 points and 9 assists. Mengke Bateer had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Mai Wulan had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Juan Mendez only played 14 minutes and had 5 points. Chris Williams had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Qingdao. Xie Zhongjie and Sun Shengyue each scored 14. Li Guang had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while Steyn Frans posted 7 points and made 6 boards.


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  SPAIN   


ACB Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bruesa - Unicaja 82-81
Bruesa celebrated against Unicaja in very exciting game jumping on 6-8 record (the same as Fuenla and Bilbao). The hosts had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was David Doblas, who nailed 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for 21 minutes. Bernard Hopkins helped with 15 points and 6 boards. Andy Panko registered double-double with not so good shot percentage, 14 pts and 10 rebs. Thomas Kelatti led the scorers in Unicaja with 24 points. The team from Malaga is on third place with 10-4 (the same as DKV Joventut).

Real Madrid - Ricoh Man. 83-56
Real Madrid registered comfortable 27-point vs Ricoh Manresa for 9-5 in ACB. Big guy Felipe Reyes stepped up for Real with 19 points and 13 boards (5 off). Quinton Hosley also nailed 19, but including 7 boards. Manresa had only one player with double-digits is scoring and it was Josh Asselin, 10 pts. Manresa 7-8.

Cajasol - ViveMenorca 74-69
Cajasol grabbed the second win this season, what was not enough for escaping from the bottom of ACB standings (2-12). Tyrone Ellis led the hosts with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Juan Triguero followed adding 14 pts and 6 boards. Pooh Jeter once again was the top-scorer in Menorca with 20 pts. Kaloyan Ivanov also shined in loss collecting 11 points and 18 boards (7 off). Menorca 5-9.

Tau - MMT Estudia. 100-81
As it was expected, the reigning champion trashed MMT Estudiantes in Vitoria finishing 2008 on top of ACB with almost perfect 13-1. William McDonald shined for the winners with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Pablo Prigioni had 18, while Tiago Splitter came up with 16 points and 9 rebs. Tom Wideman had 18 pts and 6 boards for Estu (3-11).

Iurbentia B. - Regal Barca 59-66
Regl Barca outsmarted Bilbao on the road securing the second place in 2008 with 11-3. Gianluca Basile drained 21, while Fran Vasquez stepped up with impressive 16 points and 15 rebounds for 28 minutes. Bilbao got 15 points and 9 boards from Marko Banic slipping on 6-8.

DKV Joven. - A.G. Fuenla 86-84
DKV Joventut escaped with 86-84 home win against Fuenla, what is enough for third place together with Unicaja (10-4). Ricky Rubio scored 16, while Demond Mallet, Pau Ribas and Jerome Moiso nailed 15 points apiece. Marias Sandes had 14 pts, 6 rebs and 6 as in loss. Fuenla 6-8.

CB Murcia - CAI Zaragoza 91-82
Extremely important home win for Murcia as both teams now have the same 4-10 record (14th/15th place). Taquan Dean was totally the best player for the hosts delivering 32 points, including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. Zaragoza got 23 points from Paolo Quinteros.

Pamesa V. - Kalise G.C. 79-77
Pamesa grabbed 2-point win against dangerous Granca in Round 15 opener for the seventh place with 8-7. Kosta Perovic had 14 points and 7 boards, while Matt Nielsen netted 13 pts. Vule Avdalovic and Florent Pietrus drained 10 apiece. Jim Moran contributed with 14 pts in defeat. Granca 9-5.


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Movments during Xmas - by Frankie Afzelius
Some teams got a xmas present this year. Boras that has gone out and signed a new coach in Lars Ekstrom from Finland. Anders Jonsson will stay on as an assistan coach and work closly with Lars Ekstrom . Ekstrom has had early success in Finland where he was voted coach of the year in the Finish league 2004 and 2007. He is coming in with the intention to get Boras to the playoffs this season.

Another addition was made to the Sundsvall Dragons who has had it rough this season. Last years finals, has been struggling but moved from last place with two wins right before the xmas break. To continue the trend of winning they have brought in versitaile forward Liam Rush (203-F/G-82) from Australien. Rush is from Australia but has an Irish passport. He is being brought in to play mainly at the 2-3 position as he is known for his outside shot. Coach Peter Okvist is thinking he will be able to give them some help as well at the 4 position in the Swedish League.


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  TAIWAN   


Yang Yuming struggles for Jilin Northeast Tigers - by Eurobasket News

In China Yang Yuming (180-G-79) and his Jilin Northeast Tigers outscored Yunnan 99:95 as Soumaila Samake had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Leon Rogers added 30 points and 8 rebounds. Yang Yuming posted 12 points for the winners and Hu Guang led Yunnan with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Meanwhile Taiwanese Wang Xinkai had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls.
Before that in Jilin overcame Shanxi Zhongyu 111:104 behind 40 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists from Leon Rogers. Bonzi Wells had 46 points and 12 rebounds for Zhongyu. Yang Yuming had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jilin overcame Beijing 94:89 in Round 15 as Soumaila Samake poured in 37 points and 17 rebounds. Dontae Jones had the same number of points in defeats adding also 14 rebounds. Yang Yuming collected 6 points, 8 boards and 6 assists.
In Round 14 Tianjin edged Jilin 88:81 to take 5-9 record in the standings. Theron Smith had 35 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Darryl Watkins collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Soumaila Samake paced Jilin with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Yang Yuming had a great game for his team with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.



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TBL Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Darussafaka 86-63
Eleventh win for powerful Efes Pilsen. Galatasaray suffered defeat against Besiktas in this round meaning that Efes finished 2008 on top of TBL alone. Milos Vujanic stepped up for the hosts with 14 points. Preston Shumpert had 13, while Michail Kakiouzis and Kerem Gonlum delivered 12 pts apiece. Sean Banks replied with 15 points for Darussafaka (5-7).

Aliaga - Banvit 88-82
Aliaga grabbed 6-point home win against Banvit so both teams are on the same 7-5 record now. Charles Davis was totally the best player for the hosts nailing 31 points. Bora Sancar and Roderick Wilmont posted 16 each. Joseph Crispin and Lance Williams combined 50 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for Banvit.

Oyak Renault - Erdemir 69-52
Joseph Jones, who poured in 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, led Oyak Renault to home victory against Erdemir. Alex Gordon was behind him with 12 pts, 7 boards and 7 assists. Erdemir got 14 points from Nathan Funk and double-double from James Thomas, 12 points and 13 boards. Oyak Renault 5-7, Erdemir 2-10.

Mersin - Karsiyaka 73-74
Karsiyaka grabbed nice 74-73 road win against Mersin. Hakan Koseoglu once again was on high level in Karsiyaka delivering 25 points and handing out 7 assists. Leon Williams helped with double-double, 14 points and 10 boards. Kimani Ffriend contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. Both teams are on the middle on the standings with 6-6.

Fener.Ulker - Selcuk Uni. 107-78
Fenerbahce Ulker didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Selcuk in Istanbul. Devin Smith shined for the winning squad with 30 points. Big guy Semih Erden collected 17 pts and 5 boards. Monty Mack and Mehmet Kacar posted 16 pts each in loss. Fener 9-3 (third place), Selcuk 4-8.

T.Telekom - Antalya 69-77
Antalya surprised Turk Telekom in Ankara mostly owing to Marcus Douthit, who nailed 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Michael Green added 15 points, 5 rebs and 5 as. The hosts had only two players in a game mood. Michael Wright had 19, while Kennedy Winston scored 15 points.

Kepez Bld - TED Koleji 69-65
It was a game between two teams with poor 1-10 record after 11 games. Kepez grabbed this one thanks to Robert Traylor and his 21 points, 8 boards and 4 assists for 32 minutes, Darren McLinton helped him with 17 pts. Now the last ranked TED Koleji got 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists from Marshall Hayward Strickland III.

Besiktas - Galatasaray 66-58
Besiktas crushed Galatasaray in derby game of Round 12 moving up on 6-6. The team of the head coach Murat Ozyer fell on the second place with 10-2. Cevher Ozer came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds, while Mehmet Baxter netted 18. Rashid Atkins had 13 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in loss.


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  UKRAINE   


Guinn moves to Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) joined the Superleague defending champions Azovmash. The move was demanded by the Mariupol outfit after they parted ways with Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford).
R.T. Guinn started the season with BC Poltava, where he tallied 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is the best in the league in defensive rebounds (6.2 per appearance). This means a big-time loss for Poltava, while Azovmash will try to adjust R.T. Guinn in the team schemes as soon as possible as the Ukrainian Superleague resumes the action on January 3.
BC Poltava immediately signed Ivan Shkurupiy (200-F-82). The forward played for DniproAzot in the UBL this season. His average stats come up to 7.2 points and 3.2 boards per game.
Courtesy of: sl.ukrbasket.net


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Heat & Raiders End 2008 With Win - by Andy Webb
It was a frantic day's action as the BBL Championship closed for 2008 with Airwaves Plymouth Raiders beating table-topping Everton Tigers 89-85 after overtime at the Pavilions.

It was a deserved win by the fourth placed Raiders who held a 14-point lead over Everton during the third quarter, but were forced into an extra period thanks to James Jones three with 27 seconds remaining.

In overtime, once Olu Babalola had cancelled out Gaylon Moore's bucket, Anthony Martin and Andrew Lasker kept their cool from the line to guide Raiders back within two-points of the Tigers at the top of the table.

Guildford Heat also ended 2008 in style with a hard- fought 94-84 win over Worthing Thunder at the Spectrum.

The win for the home side saw them break away from four other sides on six wins to move into fifth place on their own on 14 points. Thunders' loss sees them slip into a tie with Sheffield Sharks in eighth.

Worthing briefly went ahead by seven (70-77) courtesy of a Woods putback in the fourth quarter, but from then on it was all Heat. Keonta Howell began a 19-2 run with a three, but it was Michael Martin with 8-points who was the driving force as Guildford went into an 89- 79 lead.

Thunder could only get back within seven (91-84) before Howell from the line and Martin from the field sealed the win.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 89 (19,41,65,81) (Moore 20, Beasley 17, Martin 17)
Everton Tigers 85 (19,38,58,81) (Gross 23, Midgley 22, Babalola 21)
(after overtime)

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders ended their year in style with an 89-85 overtime win against league leaders Everton Tigers in the south-west.

It was a deserved win by the fourth placed Raiders who held a 14-point lead over Everton during the third quarter, but were forced into an extra period thanks to James Jones three with 27 seconds remaining.

In overtime, once Olu Babalola had cancelled out Gaylon Moore's bucket, Anthony Martin and Andrew Lasker kept their cool from the line to guide Raiders back within two-points of the Tigers at the top of the table.

Playing without star forward Andre Smith, Everton began well behind 11 first quarter Babalola points. However, strong play by Raiders ensured the score was tied at 19-19 after ten minutes.

The second period was equally as tight with Everton responding to a five-point (36-31) Raiders lead to level the match at 38-38. Anthony Martin's three with four seconds left put Plymouth 41-38 up at half time.

Raiders broke open the match with a 14-4 run to open the third quarter to lead 56-42. Jones and Josh Gross dragged Tigers back to within two (60-58) before Plymouth finished with a 5-0 burst to take a 63-58 lead into the final quarter.

Terrance Durham must have thought he'd sealed the win for Raiders when he scored to make it 81-74 with 1.35 on the clock, but a 7-0 Tigers tear, capped off by Jones's three, sent the match into overtime.

Neither side could score during the first three minutes of the extra period until Moore broke the deadlock and Lasker sank the decisive free throw with six seconds remaining.

Guildford Heat 94 (29,50,67) (Howell 31, Martin 24, McKnight 12)
Worthing Thunder 84 (24,44,70) (Patton 26, Ivanovskis 19, Bargeman 18)

Guildford Heat ended 2008 in style with a hard-fought 94-84 win over Worthing Thunder.

The win for the home side saw them break away from four other sides on six wins to move into fifth place on their own on 14 points. Thunders' loss sees them slip into a tie with Sheffield Sharks in eighth.

Keonta Howell led all scorers with 31-points, including four three-pointers during an exciting first quarter that saw the lead tied six times. Eventually a 9- 3 run by Heat to end the period gave them a 29-24 advantage after ten minutes.

Thunder responded immediately with a 15-5 opening to the second quarter, with threes from Dan Hildreth, Janis Ivanovskis and Ryan Patton to briefly move five (34-39) in front.

Heat ended the half the stronger team though as Dean Williams inspired a 14-5 burst to send the teams in at the interval with Guildford holding a 50-44 lead.

Again Thunder came back at Heat. Two Colby Bargeman threes and steady free throw shooting from Jonathan Woods and Patton put Worthing back on top 54-61. And when Patton nailed another three the lead was eight (59-67). An Alan Metcalfe three trimmed the deficit to 67-70 heading into the final stanza.

Worthing briefly went seven ahead (70-77) courtesy of a Woods putback, but from then on it was all Heat. Howell began a 19-2 run with a three, but it was Michael Martin with 8-points who was the driving force as Guildford went into an 89-79 lead.

Thunder could only get back within seven (91-84) before Howell from the line and Martin from the field sealed the win.

Heat head coach Paul James said he was delighted to end 2008 on such a positive note: 'It is an absolutely fantastic way to finish the year. When we look back on 2008 we can say we have done a good job.

'There is a good rivalry between Worthing and ourselves again and it was another excellent crowd here (Guildford Spectrum). We stepped up when we needed to and were excellent down the stretch.'
James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth)


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  URUGUAY   


Four new import players were announced - by Hector Lopez
Four new import players were annaounced by their teams to be joining the Uruguayan League. Atenas said they are awating the arrival of trhe Brazilian Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.), to replace Terquin Mott. Olimpia will have two new imports. Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, college: N.Texas) will replace Reque Newsome, who is recovering from an injury and PJ Mills wil play instead of Greg Dilligard, who lef the team. In Paysandu was announced Corey Largent (201-F-80, college: W.Carolina), who already played las season with the team.



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Women News

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  GERMANY - Women  


Kammer departs from Halle, returns to U.S. college - by Cornelius Damm
Ana-Maria Kammer (179-F/C-86) who spent the 07/08 season at University of Bridgeport before returning to Germany this past summer to suit up for SV Halle Lions will pursue her economic studies at her former alma mater in Connecticut and so already left the Lions in early December. Before being stopped with a broken finger in her left hand suffered in the game against Oberhausen on 11/15/08 Kammer produced eight points per contest on a 31 percent shooting performance during the first eight games of the season. At Bridgeport she will compete in NCAA II in quite an international team. Eight players of the actual roster are students from Europe (England, Serbia, Romania, Germany, etc.) while the teams topscorer Shannon Malone comes from Australia as well. So far the 'Purple Knights' have won one out of seven games this season. A little side note: one of her team mates at 'UB' will be Sandra Dziurdzia (180-G/F), the daughter of TV Saarlouis Royals Co-Coach Mariusz Dziurdzia .

Stats Leaders - Women
DBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Paunovic, Freiburg 21.0
2 Tatham, Halle Lions 19.6
3 Danckert, Leipzig 19.0
4 Thoresen, W'burg 18.0
5 Teilane, Wolfenb 17.6
6 Vogel, Donau-Ries 17.6
7 Goodwin, S'louis 17.2
8 Drozd, Herner TC 16.6
9 Hightower, W'burg 16.6
10 Fertitta, Chemcats 15.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Vogel, Donau-Ries 11.9
2 Teilane, Wolfenb 11.4
3 Keith, Chemcats 10.3
4 Tatham, Halle Lions 9.7
5 Fertitta, Chemcats 9.4
6 Trahan-Davis, S'louis 9.1
7 Ernest, Oberhausen 9.1
8 Danckert, Leipzig 7.6
9 Zberch, Herner TC 7.5
10 Chambers, Goetting 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Rego, Halle Lions 6.0
2 Bar, Saarlouis 4.5
3 DeHaven, Leipzig 4.1
4 Paige, Wasserburg 3.9
5 Comtesse, Saarlouis 3.8
6 Mersch, Oberhausen 3.6
7 Paunovic, Freiburg 3.3
8 Broring, Donau-Ries 3.3
9 Kerns, Goettingen 3.1
10 Beck, Goettingen 2.9
Steals Per Game
1 Hayes, Freiburg 4.5
2 DeHaven, Leipzig 4.4
3 Bar, Saarlouis 3.1
4 Diaz, Leipzig 3.1
5 Austmann, O'hausen 2.8
6 Tatham, Halle Lions 2.7
7 Hightower, W'burg 2.6
8 Thoresen, W'burg 2.5
9 Broring, Donau-Ries 2.4
10 Danckert, Leipzig 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Teilane, Wolfenb 3.4
2 Danckert, Leipzig 1.2
3 Chambers, Goetting 1.1
4 Bar, Saarlouis 1.1
5 Tatham, Halle Lions 0.9
6 Foster, Freiburg 0.9
7 Gemo, Wolfenb 0.9
8 Beck, Goettingen 0.8
9 Diaz, Leipzig 0.8
10 Ernest, Oberhausen 0.7


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  ITALY - Women  


Serie A1 day-13: boxscores - by Carlo Grilli
ACP Livorno - Napoli Basket Vomero 44 - 48
(11-10, 24-23, 31-39)
ACP LIVORNO: Franchini M. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Pastore C. 3 (0/1, 1/2), Bade K. 11 (4/8, 0/2), Buccianti E. 4 (1/2), Mariani F. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Gaither K. 14 (6/10), Bagnara B. 8 (1/6, 1/5), Balestri A. , Montagna S. dnp, Ruzickova M. (0/7, 0/1). Coach Novello Guido
NAPOLI BASKET VOMERO: Eric M. 13 (4/5, 1/4), Giulia Gatti (172-G-89) 2 (0/1), Mauriello P. 3 (0/1, 1/1), Giauro S. 9 (3/3), Paterna S. dnp, Gentile I. 5 (0/3, 1/2), Laaksonen N. 3 (1/6), Dos Santos C. 4 (2/7), Robinson S. 9 (4/8, 0/2), Stamegna L. dnp. Coach Fossati Fabio

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Lavezzini Parma 82 - 92 ot
(25-27, 39-41, 53-57, 78-78)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Falauto Perez S. (0/1), Colico R. 14 (6/8, 0/1), Bonafede M. 9 (2/3), Romagnoli A. 3 (0/3), Creamer M. 23 (4/8, 5/11), Montagnino J. 19 (3/5, 3/4), Chones K. 10 (5/11), Moody M. 2 (1/4), Perfetti C. 2 (1/1, 0/2), Riccardi E. dnp. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Pieropan I. dnp, Paparazzo E. 2 (1/4), Zara F. 11 (4/9, 1/4), Vilipic D. 9 (3/5), Summerton L. 34 (9/15, 2/2), Micovic M. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Porter N. 17 (6/7, 1/8), Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) 14 (4/6, 2/2), Pozzati A. dnp, Manzini L.. Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Cras Basket Taranto - Umana Venezia 61 - 65
(18-20, 33-37, 43-52)
CRAS BASKET TARANTO: Mahoney M. 28 (9/16, 2/5), Siccardi V. dnp, Masoni M. dnp, Bello M. 3 (1/2, 0/2), Zimerle A. 5 (1/4, 1/2), David I. 6 (2/7, 0/1), Sanchez R. 5 (0/1, 1/3), Prado F. (0/1), Godin E. 12 (5/12), Greco M. 2 (1/7, 0/2). Coach Ricchini Roberto
UMANA VENEZIA: Corradini L. dnp, Sottana G. (0/1, 0/1), Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) 21 (3/6, 2/4), Cirone M. 14 (3/7, 1/3), Andrade M. 7 (1/5, 1/3), Nadalin J. 6 (3/4, 0/1), Giauro E. 2 (1/1), Jokic D. 11 (4/6), Vujovic A. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Hayden V. 2 (1/2). Coach Riga Massimo

Famila Wber Schio - Club Atletico Faenza 54 - 70
(20-21, 28-42, 44-59)
FAMILA WBER SCHIO: Antibe N. 8 (4/8, 0/1), Moro E. 3 (0/3, 0/3), Humphrey N. 8 (1/1, 2/4), Feaster A. 5 (1/2, 1/2), Pantani C. dnp, Masciadri R. 3 (0/1, 1/5), Maiorano M. (0/1), Ress K. 4 (1/4), Ciampoli F. (0/3), Macchi L. 23 (4/9, 2/4). Coach Orlando Sandro
CLUB ATLETICO FAENZA: Moises P. 20 (4/6, 4/6), Erkic M. 11 (2/2, 2/4), Ramon E. (0/1), Modica F. 8 (1/2, 1/4), Stakneviciene E. 4 (0/3, 1/1), Santucci L. (0/1), Bandini E. dnp, Bjelica M. 5 (1/3, 1/4), Angela Zampella (170-G-78, college: St.Joseph's) 15 (2/2, 3/7), Alexander M. 7 (3/5). Coach Rossi Paolo

G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli - Bracco Geas S.S. Giovanni 76 - 71
(17-22, 30-38, 54-55)
G.M.A. PHONICA POZZUOLI: Aties Isaac Z. 4 (2/2), Favento S. 11 (3/5), Andjelic N. 18 (3/5, 4/9), Frida Aili (178-G-88, agency: LBM Management) 16 (6/8, 0/1), Ferazzoli I. 6 (2/3), Benko L. (0/2), Minervino M. dnp, Danzi D. 12 (4/9), Grasso A. 2 (1/1), Dixon T. 7 (3/9). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio
BRACCO GEAS S.S.GIOVANNI: Arturi G. (0/1, 0/2), Tillis I. 26 (7/15, 4/6), Penicheiro T. 9 (1/4, 1/1), Zanon M. 10 (4/6), Schieppati V. dnp, Calastri A. dnp, Twehues K. 10 (1/2, 2/6), Crippa M. 2 (1/3, 0/5), Frantini M. 3 (0/4, 1/4), Machanguana C. 11 (5/10). Coach Galli Roberto

Gescom MCI Viterbo - Liomatic Umbertide 61 - 57
(14-18, 23-30, 42-38)
GESCOM MCI VITERBO: Micovic M. 12 (3/7, 1/2), Magaddino E. (0/2), Nicolini E. dnp, Maimone S. dnp, Franchetti M. 5 (1/6, 0/2), Piroli V. 14 (4/6), Cusenza C. dnp, Maria Marchesano 23 (3/3, 5/7), Butler J. 7 (3/11). Coach Agresti Claudio
LIOMATIC UMBERTIDE: Rossi C. (0/2, 0/3), Battisodo V. 4 (1/1), Giorgi S. 9 (3/4, 1/1), Gelfusa L. dnp, Arcangeli A. dnp, Bonaldo E. 5 (1/3, 1/3), Callens E. 11 (4/10, 1/3), Hodges D. 15 (5/10, 1/3), Brown A. 1 (0/1), Willis C. 12 (6/12, 0/1). Coach Serventi Lorenzo

Pool Comense - Acer Erg Priolo 63 - 51
(18-11, 31-28, 45-35)
POOL COMENSE: Fassina M. (0/1), Silva E. (0/2), Hall V. 14 (7/10, 0/2), Invernizzi M. (0/2), Slavcheva G. 10 (1/4, 1/5), Limoura L. 4 (1/3, 0/1), Smith B. 16 (7/9, 0/2), Fazio M. 11 (4/9, 1/2), Valentina Donvito (170-G-78) 8 (2/4, 1/1), Sarni S. (0/3, 0/1). Coach Montini Walter
ACER ERG PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 8 (3/10, 0/2), Bonfiglio S. 2 (1/4), Green D. 2 (1/6, 0/2), Milazzo O. (0/1), Cirov T. 7 (2/4, 1/7), Rashidat S. 2 (1/4), Seino T. 9 (3/6, 1/3), Sciacca B. 3 (0/3, 1/1), Pascalau F. 13 (5/10), Meneghel R. 5 (1/1). Coach Coppa Santino


A1 Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Faenza 54-70
Excellent road win for Faenza, who ended 2008 on top of Serie A1 together with Lavezzini Parma (10-3). This time Adriana Moises Pinto was a key player for the winning squad collecting 20 points and 4 rebounds for 24 minutes. Angela Zampella also shined netting 15 pts. Schio, who got 23 points from Laura Macchi, fell on 8-5.

Ribera - Lavezzini PA 82-92
As Faenza, Lavezzini also finished 2008 in style celebrating against Ribera. Laura Summerton was totally the best player in Lavezzini nailing 34 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Molly Creamer was on high level for the hosts with 23 points and 6 boards. Her Ribera faced with 11th loss in 13 appearances.

Taranto - Umana Reyer 61-65
Umana Reyer outplayed Taranto on the road tying with it for third place, 9-4. The team from Venezia got 21 points and 7 rebounds from Simona Ballardini. Mariangela Cirone helped with 14 pts. Megan Mahoney came up with 28 points and 5 rebounds for Taranto.

Viterbo - Umbertide 61-57
Finally the second win for Viterbo, who now has the same 2-11 record as Rbera. Both teams are on the bottom of A1. Maria Marchesano top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Valentina Prioli registered double-double, 14 pts and 10 boards. Doneeka Hodges netted 15 pts in Umbertide (4-9).

Pozzuoli - San Giovanni 76-71
6-7 for Pozzuoli and 8-5 for San Giovanni after the last game in 2008. Natasa Andjelic drained 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the hosts. Frida Aili also had important role delivering 2 points less. Iciss Tillis was on her level in San Giovanni collecting 26 points and 9 boards.

Livorno - Vomero NA 44-48
Vomero celebrated against Livorno in a low-scoring game jumping on 6-7 record in Serie A1. Valeria Zampella drained 13 and she was the only player in Vomero with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Kartyna Gaither had double-double, 14 points and 10 boards. Her Livorno fell on 3-10.

Comense - Priolo 63-51
Brooke Smith, who delivered 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, paced her Comense to home win against Priolo. Vicky Hall was behind her with 14 points and 5 boards. Florina Pascalau answered with double-double for the loosing side, 13 points and 10 rebs. Comense 8-5, Priolo 6-7.


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


Parma, Faenza, Venezia and Taranto qualified for Coppa Italia Final Four - by Carlo Grilli
The Serie A1 regular season has joined yesterday its half. The first four teams in standings are qualified for Coppa Italia Final Four: Parma (1st), Faenza (2nd), Venezia (3rd) and Taranto (4th).
Now Serie A1 stops for about a month, to permit Italy NT to play the Additional Round for Eurobasket 2009 against Belgium and Croatia (January 4th to 19th). The winner will meet France, Belarus and Israel in Group D in June in Latvia.


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Sunsational Hoops Classic Day 1 results - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands R-MC dropped its second contest of the season Monday, falling to Cabrini 60-53 in the first game of the Sunsational Hoops Classic at Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. Cabrini outscored the Yellow Jackets 32-28 in the first half and 28-25 in the second stanza.

Junior center Molly Ariail led the Randolph-Macon offense, scoring a game-high 21 points. Senior forward Lindsay Riesbeck chipped in with 12 points. Cabrinis Brittany McLeod, Deana DiAmico, and Alyssa Brady each tallied 11 points.

The Yellow Jackets move to 4-2 this season, while Cabrini improves its overall record to 6-1.

Montclair State 56 Elizabethtown 53
Freshman Jaime Ericson hit a turn-around three-pointer at the buzzer as Montclair State posted its fifth straight win with a 56-53 victory over Elizabethtown in the SunSational Hoops Classic on Monday evening. Ericson's heroics helped MSU (6-4) avoid a third straight overtime contest as the Red Hawks played for the first time in 13 days.

Tuessday's schedule
UMW will face Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.


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Team Northumbria returned to winning ways with a 77-71 victory against Manchester Mystics - by Tobin Wrice
Hosts Team Northumbria were quickest out of the block behind American Sabra Wrice (173-G-86), who got the home side on the score sheet with 2 strong drives to the basket putting her team up 40. The hosts were up 12 9 when Manchester Mystics Caitlin Flood (180-F-86, agency: LBM Management) scored two free throws followed by a jump shot to put the visitors in front for the first time in the game. Team Northumbria responded by going inside twice to American Loui Hall; immediately Flood responded to again level the score.

Wrice then went on a tear scoring six of her teams eight points on a run that took Team Northumbria in front 24-16 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Manchester as they opened the quarter with an 11-2 run putting them back in front. The teams continued to trade baskets but a three pointer from Kirsty Shiels at the buzzer put the visitors up 4138 as they outscored Deirdre Hayes side 2512 in the quarter.

After the break Team Northumbria fought back finally going up with four minutes left in the quarter after a jump shot from Wrice. Flood levelled with two free throws and there was a three point shoot out as between the two teams there were four treys over the next few minutes, but at the end of the quarter Manchester still had the edge, 59 55.

The lead was extended at the beginning of the fourth quarter and any run from the home team was met with resistance from Manchester as they continued to stay just in front.

With two minutes left Flood hit another basket to take her total to 39 points but it would be the last time Manchester would score. Team Northumbria went on a 100 scoring run; all of it coming from Wrice and Hall and giving the home team their seventh win of the season.

Hall (29 points) and Wrice (39 points) accounted for 68 of Team Northumbria's 77 points while Flood (39 points) had more then half of Manchester Mystics points.

'It was an old fashioned American shoot out,' Hayes commented.

'We did not play very well today; part of that was us and part of that was what Manchester did to unsettle us. I am happy to come out of it with a win; sometimes you have to win ugly or find a way to win when maybe you dont deserve to.

'On the offensive end, Loui and Sabra carried us but we need more from the rest of the team and they are well aware of that. Usually we have more balanced scoring. But we ground out the win and our defence over the last two minutes was outstanding and that was a team effort,' concluded Hayes