EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/4/2008

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  ABA   


Surprise: Winston-Salem Storm cease operations - by Gianni Pascucci
In an official media releas, the ABA team Winston-Salem Storm announced that 'As a result of circumstances beyond our control The Winston-Salem Storm has discontinued operations. We would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses that have supported us in our efforts to provide the community with an affordable family friendly sporting event.' Bryan Short General Manager and Head Coach said 'I am saddend by the timing of this dicision. We had a great team with outstanding talent from right here in the Triad that deserved the chance to show what they were made of. I appreciate all the players hard work and I am proud that we took the chance to bring professional basketball to Winston Salem.'

R.Ruby Richman named Chairman of WBC Executive Committee - by Gianni Pascucci

R.Ruby Richman, a Toronto-based attorney, has been named Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup, (www.worldbasketballcup.com), a tournament scheduled for August 2010 featuring 64 international professional basketball teams in Atlanta, Georgia. 'We are extremely pleased and proud to have Ruby join the WBC management team,' stated ABA/WBC CEO, Joe Newman. 'I know of no person in sports with a wider or more distinguished background than Ruby. His experience worldwide is second to none, truly an amazing individual.'
Mr. Richman is a true personality in Canadian basketball, after being a Team Canada player and coach and also the President of Basketball Canada, the Ontario Basketball Association, Sport Federation of Canada and Sports Ontario. He has been inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, coach and builder, and received Special Achievement Awards from the Sport Federation of Canada, Province of Ontario, Toronto JCC, and the Potter Trophy as the MVP of the University of Toronto's basketball team in 1958.
'The World Basketball Cup tournament is long overdue,' stated Richman. 'There are so many great professional teams worldwide that never get an opportunity to compete on a world stage. They are deserving of recognition and we hope to draw 64 great teams representing many countries to the first tournament. The other members of the Executive Committee are all experience businessmen and sportsmen - and working together, we hope to make the World Basketball Cup one of the premiere professional tournaments in the world. We have a lot of work - but we are up to the task.'
For more information, please email RRichman 1059@rogers.com
or call 416 444 3090 or visit www.worldbasketballcup.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


South Dragons blast Hawks in Round 12 opener - by Eurobasket News
Hawks - Dragons 78-112

South Dragons trashed Wollongong Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre in the opening game of Round 12. It means that the South Dragons improved on 13-4 record, while the Hawks dropped 6-9. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) was a key player for the winning side. He spent 28 minutes on the court collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) also shined netting 20, while Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) helped with 14 points. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) top-scored for the loosing side with 21 points. Dusty Rychart (201-F-78, college: Minnesota) had 16 and 8 boards, while Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebs and 5 assists.
The South Dragons took control on their opponent from the very beginning. After ten minuets it already was decent plus 8 for Joe Ingles and his teammates, 13-21. It seems they are not satisfied with that, so they continued even stronger during the following ten minutes. The Hawks improved their offensive game scoring 20, but on the other side the SD drained impressive 31. At that point of game it was clear that the Hawks won't have any chance until the end. The South Dragons just proved that in third stanza ending it 35-20. In the next round the team of head coach Brian Goorjian will meet Melbourne Tigers. The Hawks will play against the Crocs.

Hawks: Cameron Tragardh 21, Dusty Rychart 16+8 boards, Glen Saville 11+6 boards+5 as
Dragons: Joe Ingles 23+6 boards+6 as, Mark Worthington 20+4 boards, Nick Horvath 14


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  AUSTRIA   


The Baltic team defeats Allianz Swans in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BC Siauliai - Allianz Swans 89:76 (36-19, 19-17, 14-21, 20-19)

Lithuanian BC Siauliai produced a 89:76 triumph over Allianz Swans BC. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80), top-scored for the winners with 26 points making 6/8 three-pointers. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) nailed for Siauliai 17 points and had 13 rebounds, whilst Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) posted 16 in defeat. BC Siauliai improved to 1-1 record, while Allianz Swans dropped to 0-2.
The first quarter became very offensive in the game especially for the home side. They scored almost everything the players shot. Maceina with a jump shot made it 36:19 at the end of it. Another 19-17 in the second period led Lithuanian team to 55:36. Allianz Swans pushed the tempo in the third period and reduced to 69:57 after thirty minutes of the game. It was however Lithuanian day as the team produced 20-19 in the last period to seal the winning outcome.
In another game EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday 87:76. The Dutch side trailed 7 points heading into the final quarter but outscored AEL in the rest of the way. Jerome Beasley poured in 20 points, David Jackson had 18 and Dean Oliver 14. Mujezinovic Haris chipped in 17 points in defeat.

BC Siauliai: Gintaras Kadziulis 26, Saulius Kuzminskas 17+13 rebs, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Allianz Swans: Deteri Mayes 16, Reginald Huffman (201-F-82, college: UAB) 12+11 rebs


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  BELGIUM   


Liege survives the thriller in Sevilla - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol-Belgacom Liege 78:79 (26-15, 18-19, 22-31, 12-14)

Belgacom Liege got 2-0 record in Group A after a road 78:79 victory over Cajasol. Belgian team trailed by 17 points in the first half but clawed its way back in the third quarter. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 23 points, while Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) and Larry Owens (201-G/F-83, college: ORU) added 16 each. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.
Cajasol started well and had 26:15 after the opening quarter when Isola Pedro Estruch made a dunk. Warren Carter gave his team the biggest 34:17 lead later in the second, however Thomas reduced to 44:34. The third period became the decisive in the game as Belgacom Liege produced 31-22 in it for 66:65 after the third frame. The score was knotted at 74 as Larry Owens and Jamar Wilson brought the guests 78:79 victory.
In another game Energa Czarni had a 91:75 win over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action. Demetric Bennett led the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Straight Jason posted 18. Their team improved to 1-1 in Group A while dropping Latvians Ventspils to 0-2. Pavels Veselovs scored 18 and Janis Strelnieks 16 in defeat.

Cajasol: Warren Carter 18, Isola Pedro Estruch 15
Belgacom Liege: Christopher Hill 23, Larry Owens 16, Jamar Wilson 16, Thomas 11+17 rebs


Spirou upset Turow on the road - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Spirou 61:86

Spirou got to a terrific start of their EuroCup campaign as they registered the second straight victory. Yesterday the Belgian team punished Turow in Poland to climb on top of Group F. A stifling defense and executive offense from Spirou left no chance for ambitious Turow in this one.
Spirou marked their dominance right from the start as they outscored the hosts 21:14 in the opening term. Turow struggled to find the right rhythm and they trailed by as many as 10 points at halftime. Spirou mounted the pressure in the third frame. They went on a 21:1 run that put them ahead by 19 points. The visitors nailed 11 unanswered points late in the third frame to pile up a 71:43 advantage. Turow had nothing to hope for in this one and the Belgian team cruised to the victory in the final stanza.
Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) scored 17 points to lead Spirou. Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) provided 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) had 17 points for Turow. Donald Copeland (177-G-84, college: Seton Hall) provided 14 points in the loss.
Turow will travel to Serbia to take on Crvena Zvezda next. Charleroi will host Bamberg in the third round.

Turow: Damir Miljkovic 17, Donald Copeland 14
Spirou: Jerry Johnson 17, Len Matela 13, Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) 9, Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) 9


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  BOSNIA   


Slavija routs Igokea in quarterfinal of cup - by Nedzad Kladusak
KK Slavija surprisingly defeated one of the richest teams in BIH in the quarterfinal of the cup.
Slavija started very well with a 6:0 run but Djerasimovic and Djurica made sure that Igokea had a five-point margin after the first quarter.
In the second quarter KK Slavija tried to close the gap but even 4 threepointers have not been enough to do so.
The third quarter has been the quarter of the young Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC) who poured 15 points in a very short time and controlled the paints particularly on the defensive end.
KK Slavija intensified its defensive efforts and the experienced Vladimir Jojic and Elnis Prasovic widened the margin to up to 26 points in the 38th minute when Elnis Prasovic buried a three-pointer.
Dragan Bajic, coach of Igokea, refused any comments after the game and there are reports that the players will have tonight an extra workout in Aleksandrovac.


SLAVIJA IGOKEA PARTIZAN 93:69
(16:21, 19:19, 29:14, 29:15)

SLAVIJA: Vukelic, Jojic 13 (13ass!), Zelenovic 1, Prasovic 15 (5rebs), Janjic, Damjanovic 2, Gambiroza 7, Arnautovic, Bozic 5, Kalanj 19, Hodzic 15(7rebs), Demic 19

IGOKEA PARTIZAN: Kar, Vuksanovic 16, Bocka 4, Djerasimovic12, Djurica 18, Bilanovic 3, Tejlor 3, Radic, Mirkovic 4, Topalovic, Kovacevic 6, Matic 3


Slavija - Igokea
21-37 (57) FG-2 19-36 (53)
9-22 (41) FG-3 4-23 (17)
24-34 (71) FT 19-30 (63)
34 rebounds 30
21 assists 10


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Penn scores career high - by David Edole
McNeese State came from 18 points down in the final 10 minutes of play but couldnt pull all the way back and dropped a 73-64 non-conference decision to Louisiana-Lafayette here Tuesday night.
It was the third loss against two victories for the Cowboys on the season and left ULL with the same record. It was also the first win by the Cajuns over the Cowboys in the last three meetings and the first loss for a Dave Simmons team to ULL.
We had a great opportunity there in the final minutes, Simmons said, but we just couldnt get it done. We had a good run but couldnt get the easy basket.
Simmons added that it was a tough game throughout. I guess that we bring out the best in them, he said.
Kleon Penn (211-C-86) was the Cowboy leading scorer with 16 points and the only other player in double figures was Diego Kapelan with 13. The Cajuns had four players in double figures with Tyren Johnson putting in 15 to lead the way. LaRyan Gary scored 13, Travis Bureau had 12 and Chris Gradnigo scored 11.
The 16 points scored by the 6-11 Penn tied his single game high which he had set a year ago against Louisiana College. He also pulled seven rebounds, just two short of the team high of nine that P. J. Alawoya grabbed. For one of the few games in his career, Penn was not credited with a blocked shot.
The Cowboys had come out hot in the opening minutes of the game, scoring the first six points. Ten minutes deep into the period the Cajuns had made a 19-11 run and were up by a two pointer.
From that point on ULL ran up its lead as the Cowboys, who had been making 57 percent of their field goals, found the net a little too far off. They made only six of their last 18 field goal attempts.
At the end of the first 20 minutes, the Cajuns who were wearing their old USL uniforms in conjunction with throwback night, held a 42-30 advantage.
Stephan Martin, who would finish with eight points, and Alawoya led the Cowboys in scoring in the half with six points each.
For almost a 10 minute stand, the Cajuns did not score a field goal in the second half and thats when the Cowboys made their run. They were down 64-47 with 11:34 left and at the 4:14 mark McNeese trailed only 65-63.
A three pointer by Patrick Richard, a three pointer by Kapelan, a free throw by C. J. Collins and a layup by Alawoya brought the Cowboys back.
Over the next four minutes, however, the Cowboys had their opportunities but couldnt cash in as ULL got back on track and closed out the victory.
For the full game McNeese made 37.5 percent of its shots while ULL connected on 48 percent. At the line the Cowboys made 13 of 17 and the Cajuns 14 of 21. Led by Alawoya and Penn the Cowboys held a 39-30 rebounding edge.


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  BULGARIA   


CSKA inks guard Marko Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
CSKA announced signing of Serbian guard Marko Pavlovic (185-G-86). 22-year old player, who also has Bulgarian passport, arrives to CSKA from the Spanish EBA team AD Eliocroca Lorca. Actually, he started last season in another Spanish club CB Puertollano, but later he moved to Eliocroca Lorca. For 10 games with his previous team Pavlovic averaged 2.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg. Season 06/07 Pavlovic spent in CB Puertollano, while before that he used to play one year for TBCA Campus in Andorra. He has experience from Italian B2 as a member of Vicenza (season 04/05).
Marko Pavlovic will most probably have his debut in CSKA s jersey on Thursday. His team will take on Sliven on the road. That game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the hosts changed the date to December 4th. CSKA currently has 2 wins and 6 defeats for 8 appearances in NBL. Pavlovic's new team managed to beat Yambol, as well as their next rival - Sliven.

On Friday, the reigning champion Lukoil Akademik will host Rilski Sportist. Another win for Lukoil is expected in that game. In the other games Cherno more will meet Yambol, while Levski waits Spartak Pleven.


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  CANADA   


R.Ruby Richman named Chairman of WBC Executive Committee - by Gianni Pascucci

R.Ruby Richman, a Toronto-based attorney, has been named Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Basketball Cup, (www.worldbasketballcup.com), a tournament scheduled for August 2010 featuring 64 international professional basketball teams in Atlanta, Georgia. 'We are extremely pleased and proud to have Ruby join the WBC management team,' stated ABA/WBC CEO, Joe Newman. 'I know of no person in sports with a wider or more distinguished background than Ruby. His experience worldwide is second to none, truly an amazing individual.'
Mr. Richman is a true personality in Canadian basketball, after being a Team Canada player and coach and also the President of Basketball Canada, the Ontario Basketball Association, Sport Federation of Canada and Sports Ontario. He has been inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, coach and builder, and received Special Achievement Awards from the Sport Federation of Canada, Province of Ontario, Toronto JCC, and the Potter Trophy as the MVP of the University of Toronto's basketball team in 1958.
'The World Basketball Cup tournament is long overdue,' stated Richman. 'There are so many great professional teams worldwide that never get an opportunity to compete on a world stage. They are deserving of recognition and we hope to draw 64 great teams representing many countries to the first tournament. The other members of the Executive Committee are all experience businessmen and sportsmen - and working together, we hope to make the World Basketball Cup one of the premiere professional tournaments in the world. We have a lot of work - but we are up to the task.'
For more information, please email RRichman 1059@rogers.com
or call 416 444 3090 or visit www.worldbasketballcup.com



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  CHILE   


Playoffs round 1, game 2 results - by Cristian Quiroga
Liceo Mixto 108 - Provincial Llanquihue 96
LM: Patricio Briones 26, Brandon Lee 15
LLA: John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.) 33, John Daryl Rufus 24
Liceo Mixto won the series 2-0

Boston College 114 - Deportes Ancud 82
BOS: Lucas Costa (204-C/F-80) 23, Joe Chapman 22
ANC: Julius Holt 17, Fernando Cavagna 17
Boston College won the series 2-0

Puente Alto C.D. 97 - Universidad de Los Lagos 80
PAL: Percy Werth 28, John Davis 25
ULA: Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) 30, Timothy Jennings 21
Puente Alto won the series 2-0

Universidad Catolica 67 - Provincial Osorno 95
UC
: Keddric Mays 17, Aundra Willliams 12
OSO: Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) 20, Rodrigo Ziga 20
Series tied 1-1

Deportivo Valdivia 84 - Deportivo Espanol 65
CDV: Deshawn Danzey 22, Willie Davis 21
ESP: Marcus Jacobs (183-G-80, college: Tarleton St.) 22, Robert Blackwell 19
Series tied 1-1


Playoffs round 2, game 1 results - by Cristian Quiroga
Boston College 104 - Deportivo Valdivia 87
BOS: Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette) 34, Lucas Costa 19, BJ Pucket 19
CDV: Deshawn Danzey 29, Willie Davis 21
Boston College lead the series 1-0

Liceo Mixto 72 - Puente Alto C.D. 62
LM: Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 22, Chris Garnett 20
PAL: Bryson Mckenzie 20, Alex Smith 12
Liceo Mixto lead the series 1-0


CD UdeConce 83 - Provincial Osorno 63
UDC: Jeff Agba 20, Evandro Arteaga 15
OSO: Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 21, Emilio Paris 13
UdeConce lead the series 1-0

Deportes Castro 92 - Universidad Catolica 75
CAS: Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 22, PJ Mills 15
UC: Keddric Mays 22, Aundra Willliams 14
Castro lead the series 1-0


Playoffs round 1, game 3 results - by Cristian Quiroga
Universidad Catolica 84 - Provincial Osorno 75
UC: Aundra Willliams 18, Christian Diaz 18
OSO: Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 28, Jermaine Robinson 22
Universidad Catolica won the series 2-1

Deportivo Valdivia 83 - Deportivo Espanol 77
CDV: Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 24, Willie Davis 23
ESP: Javes Wiggins 21, Pablo Ayala 17
Deportivo Valdivia won the series 2-1

Couples defined for second round of playoffs are:
CD UdeConce - Provincial Osorno
Deportes Castro - Universidad Catolica
Liceo Mixto - Puente Alto C.D.
Boston College - Deportivo Valdivia


Playoffs round 2, game 2 results - by Cristian Quiroga
Boston College, Liceo Mixto and Deportes Castro took advantage 2-0 in start of playoffs round 2 playing at home. Meanwhile Provincial Osorno put the surprise defeating to CD UdeConce in his house playing a great game helped by his new center, brazilian Thiago Labbate. Third game of each series will be played on next friday in Valdivia, Puente Alto, Osorno and Santiago respectively and the fourth at the next day if necessary.

Boston College 84 - Deportivo Valdivia 79
BOS: BJ Pucket 21, Joe Chapman 15
CDV: Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 23, Deshawn Danzey 15
Boston College lead the series 2-0

Liceo Mixto 94 - Puente Alto C.D. 66
LM: Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) 22, Patricio Briones 19, Rodrigo Espinoza 19
PAL: Bryson Mckenzie 15, John Davis 12
Liceo Mixto lead the series 2-0

CD UdeConce 71 - Provincial Osorno 76
UDC: Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) 22, Jeff Agba 20
OSO: Thurman Zimmerman 17, Emilio Paris 14
Series tied 1-1

Deportes Castro 84 - Universidad Catolica 83
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 27, PJ Mills 22
UC: Keddric Mays (183-G) 31, Aundra Willliams 29
Castro lead the series 2-0


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  CHINA   


Tang Zhengdong, Chen Jianghua Have Major Injuries - by Arthur Volbert
According to http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/index.php Tang Zhengdong (213-C-82) and Chen Jianghua both have longterm injuries which could keep them out for the remainder of the season.

Tang is out for the regular season and perhaps for the playoffs as well. He has a knee injury which was further aggravated when he tried to return from it too soon.

Chen Jianghua will be out for at least 3 months for a cracked wrist of his shooting hand, according to pryuen. Zhu Fangyu will be out for approximately the next 2 weeks with a knee injury.


Bayi Defeats Jiangsu as Dongguan, Xinjiang Now Share CBA Lead - by Arthur Volbert
Bayi edged Jiangsu 105-103 to knock the Dragons out of a share of the CBA lead. Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) led Bayi with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Li Nan had 22 points and Mo Ke scored 20. Wang Lei added 15 as Bayi's national team veterans took the stage in this crucial game. Donnell Harvey led Jiangsu with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals but also had 7 turnovers. Liu Yahui scored 17 points and Yi Li had 14. Dongguan and Xinjiang now share the lead with with 7-1 records while Jiangsu and Guangdong are at 6-2.

Michael Harris had 32 points and 14 rebounds as Dongguan crushed Zhejiang 115-97. Qiu Biao continued his excellent play with 30 points. Meng Duo scored 17 points and Jamal Sampson had 14 points and 19 rebounds. Kirk Snyder scored 35 points for Zhejiang and Samuel Hoskin had 22 points and 21 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 13 and Cao Fei, who recently starred in the Asian junior championships, added 11 points.

Xinjiang slaughtered Qingdao 101-75. Myron Allen led the rout with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Pengfei added 14 points and 5 rebounds and Xue Yuyang scored 12. Frans Steyn had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao and Sun Shengyue had 13 points.

Donta Smith had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and Olumide Oyedeji had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks as Shanxi Zhongyu edged Beijing 105-100. Ba Zhichao, formerly a junior star for Guangdong, had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Wei Mingliang and Sun Chunlei each scored 13. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Seven-footer David Harrison had 17 points but only 4 rebounds. Xie Libin added 15 points. Men Wei and Wang Xiaohui scored 13.

Shaanxi defeated Tianjin 114-87 as Lee Benson had 37 points and 19 rebounds and Brandon Robinson had 30 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Wei added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Lei, a 207 cm center born in 1988, led Tianjin with 20 points but only had 3 rebounds. Theron Smith had 17 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Liu Hao scored 13 and Wang Hao scored 12. Another young big man, Zhang Ji, had 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Zhejiang Guangsha squeaked by Shandong in overtime 97-95. Nigel Dixon had 35 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 21 and Kasib Powell added 19. Jin Lipeng had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. Mack Tuck led Shandong with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Priest Lauderdale had 22 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks. Li Jingyu, a highly-promising young player listed as born in 1991, played the entire game and scored 21 points.

Matt Frieje had 33 points and 10 rebounds as Fujian destroyed Yunnan 115-99. Veterans Gong Songlin and Liu Yudong each scored 24. Chris Porter added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Gabe Muoneke scored 35 points for Yunnan. Keith Closs had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Jilin edged Liaoning 119-113 as Leon Rogers scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wang Bo added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Lu Yan scored 20 and Soumaila Samake had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Yang Ming had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Liaoning and Li Xiaoxu had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Li Xiangtao scored 20 points and Awvee Storey had 17 points in 18 minutes. Zhang Qingpeng had 17 points and 6 assists.

In a league dominated by imports this year, Liaoning only uses one import and doesn't use him very much. Unlike Bayi, where the second import of its opponent can only play one quarter, both imports of Liaoning's opponents can play the entire game. Yet Liaoning has still compiled a 4-4 record. Competition with imports is helping native Chinese players to improve.


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  CROATIA   


Changes in A2 team Kostrena, Sandro Nicevic shines in Benetton again - by Eurobasket News
After not so brilliant results this season, Croatian A2 team Kostrena decided to waive the head coach Arsen Boskovic. As a reminder, Boskovic joined Kostrena during the summer. The team didn't wait too long in order to find his replacement. Just few days after that, Kostrena hired Zlatan Kalajzic, who used to work in Kraljevica, Kantrida and Pleter.

Meanwhile, Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) had another pretty good game in EuroCup. He once again shined for his Benetton leading it to win against Russian Khimky 77-59. He spent almost 31 minutes on the court collecting 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Spanish superstar Jorge Garbajosa had 11 points and 10 boards in Khimky.
Coach Neven Spahija and his Pamesa Valencia outplayed Fortitudo in Bologna 77-71 jumping on 2-0 in Group G. Ruben Douglas top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Veteran Gregor Fucka had 17 points and 8 boards in defeat. Pamesa grabbed this one thanks to well played last couple of minutes. The score was almost tied at the beginning of the last period (53-55).
Greek Panellinios suffered defeat on the road against Turk Telekom 70-64. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) was not in the roster for the Greeks due to injury.


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  CYPRUS   


EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D - by Eurobasket News
EiffelTowers-AEL 87:76 (18-23, 10-21, 27-18, 32-14)

EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday 87:76. The Dutch side trailed 7 points heading into the final quarter but outscored AEL in the rest of the way. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) poured in 20 points, David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) had 18 and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) 14. Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) chipped in 17 points in defeat.
AEL did not mind playing away from home and went on a lead immediately. Mujezinovic made 10:6 for his team and Dozet dunked for 19:11. Radojevic closed the opening quarter at 23:18. AEL continued to dominate the court in the second frame and after 21-10 in it had 44:28 advantage. It seemed that the win was in the pocket, but the hosts resisted. David Jackson's three at the end of the third period made it 55:62. Frederiks's far shot brought his team 64:62 lead. Dean Oliver gave his team the second taste of victory in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday.
In another game of the group Lithuanian BC Siauliai produced a 89:76 triumph over Allianz Swans BC. Kadziulis Gintaras top-scored for the winners with 26 points making 6/8 three-pointers. Saulius Kuzminskas nailed for Siauliai 17 points and had 13 rebounds, whilst Mayes Deteri posted 16 in defeat.

EiffelTowers: Jerome Beasley 20, David Jackson 18, Dean Oliver 14
AEL: Haris Mujezinovic 17, Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) 15


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Bobo Marjanovic paces Hemofarm to first EuroCup victory - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm STADA was a way better than Czech champion Nymburk 82-74 grabbing the first win in EuroCup. It means that Serbian team is currently on the second place in Group H with tied 1-1 record. Nymburk has the same digits. Spanish Bilbao is on top undefeated, while Montenegrin champ Buducnost has 0-2.
Except of the first and last couple of minutes, Serbian team controlled rhythm of the game. Actually opening quarter ended 20-20, but soon after that Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) and his teammates managed to create plus 8 until the half time. Marjanovic was unstoppable in the paint making many troubles for the visiting team. He nailed 5 consecutive points in Hemofarm's 9-0 run for 42-34. At the beginning of third quarter it already was 52-39 for the orange team. After Marjanovic's and Stefan Markovic's (194-G-88) dunks, Hemofarm set the score on 64-50 after 30 minutes. Question about the winner is resolved in the first few minutes of the last period when the hosts touched plus 19, 69-50.
Boban Marjanovic was central figure of the game registering double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds. Another Serbian top prospect Stefan Markovic also shined adding 17 points and 4 rebounds. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) helped with 11 pts. Nymburk got the most from Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest), 17 points and 5 assists. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) was behind him with one point less. Hemofarm STADA goes to Podgorica in the next round.


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 4-0 
 2. Al Ittihad 4-0 
 3. Gezira 3-1 
 4. Geish Army 3-1 
 5. Somouha 2-2 
 6. Shorta-Police 2-2 
 7. Gasco 2-2 
 8. Ahly 2-2 
 9. Shams 1-3 
 10. Sporting 1-3 
 11. Al Olympi 0-4 
 12. Shark ins. 0-4 


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LSB: wins for Cosmos and Denver - by Jaime Arevalo
The last LSB round saw the wins of Denver and Cosmos, rated as the two main challengers of ExSal for the title. Centro Eduicativo Denver prevailed over UTEC 86-79 thanks to a stellar performing from Bob Hunter (193-F-76), who scored 24 points, while another veteran, Carlos Valle (169-G-79), was the best in UTEC at 21. in the other game, Cosmos destroyed San Marcos 87-59, led by Wilson Quijano who scored 19 ponts, while Jonathan King (191-G-90) added 18. The main performers in San Marcos were Daniel Aguilar at 19 and Sergio Zetino (173-G-87) at 16

Standings - Liga Superior
Liga Superior Standings
 1. Denver 6-1 
 2. ExSAL 6-1 
 3. Cosmos 4-3 
 4. UTEC 1-6 
 5. San Marcos 1-7 


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Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Salt Lake City Announces All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Salt Lake City Announces All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw

The Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City announces the following players to the 2008 All Tournament Team:

The MVP of the ESL in Salt Lake City is Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama).
Kenny played extremely well all three games and came up really big in the Championship game vs. Munich with 21pts and 9rbs.
Every time the Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) needed some scoring during critical parts of the game where their momentum was slipping it was Kenny Walker who got them big buckets.
In the highly competitive game Kenny was un-stoppable around the basket and showed why he has been playing in leagues like Pro A France.

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) All Tournament Team (Salt Lake City)

Ryan Williams (196-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: St.John's): He only played two games but scored 25 and 36 in each contest and was phenomenal and had some show-time dunks. This guy has a NBA body and the crazy athleticism and attacked the basket with an array of moves. If he would have played the final game he definitely would have been MVP and the game would have been a lot easier for the Sevilla team.
He will make a team in Europe looking for a very athletic swing very happy.

Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut): He played extremely well in the ESL in Salt Lake City and was in a lot better shape than in the Las Vegas ESL. Travis was excellent in the pick and pop plays as he shot the jump shot very well.
His rebounding and defensive presence was a big factor in all three games and you could see why he played in the NBA for seven (7) years. He will definitely be a still for a team looking for a power forward in Europe. He is better at the power forward spot playing with another quality center in the middle.

Rick Cardoso (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus): He is a very long and athletic player who is very versatile and has a really nice inside and outside game. He is a great rebounder and blocks a lot of shots coming from the weak or help side.
We like the way he put the ball on the ground and had some very smooth moves and showed his sneaky athleticism with a lot of dunks in the ESL. He also had a good outside jump shot. He was a nice surprise and can play in Europe right away in the entry level markets and be a star. He has the potential to play at a high level in Europe once he gets some experience.

Marcus Watts (201-F, college: Chattanooga): This guy was unbelievable and was an offensive force with a variety of slick moves and ball-handling skills combined with a NBA range jump shot. Marcus was in the wrong system in college and is a nice big guard or small forward for a quality European team. Marcus was the leading scorer in the Salt Lake City event and had people jumping out of their seats with his finishing skills with both hands around the basket and nice creative dribbling skills ending with jump shots from all over the court. Marcus is a player who will have a great career in Europe and at the big guard spot should be on a NBA Summer League team in 2009. Against the high quality Sevilla team who had serious pros and played great defense he gave them 24pts in the first half and had Travis Knight saying this kid can really play

Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul): All weekend he showed why he made the CBA All Rookie Team using his athleticism and nice shooting ability and rebounding. Marcus is very talented but will need a good situation in Europe to bring his game to the next level.

Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb): He had a great weekend in Salt Lake City and showcased his all around talented game. He is amazing off the dribble and has a sweet jump shot and at 66 he is extremely quick and can beat anyone off the dribble to the basket. He is very athletic and definitely should play at a higher level than the secondary leagues in Germany where he has been totally dominant.

Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's): This guy maybe was the most talented all around big man that we saw this summer at all of the ESL events. Melvin is a legit 610 & 260lb athletic big man with amazing footwork and nice moves around the basket. He was very athletic and unleashed some thunderous dunks and block shots during the weekend. Last season he put of some serious numbers in South America but needs to be in Europe due to his upside potential. His 28pts, 20rbs and 7blk performance was amazing in the last day of the ESL. He has the potential to play in leagues like Italy and Spain.

Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.): He was one of the most athletic guys in the ESL and probably had over 12 dunks in three games and he really flourished in the transition game. He has a serious pro body and if he develops a consistent jump shot his game will be at the next level. He goes to the basket very well and just out jumps the opposition easily.

Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket): This guy is a stud and played with a lot of heart during the weekend in Salt Lake City. Marlo is super athletic and attacks the basket with lots of intensity and is a natural scorer with a decent jump shot. Against Sevilla he was probably the lone bright spot for the Rotterdam team and he took his game to another level compared to his team mates who were overwhelmed. Marlo did a little bit of everything and is a quality prospect for Europe.

Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA): Kevin played well all weekend despite being on a team that lacked size and talent. He made great decisions as a point guard and shot the jump shot extremely well. He had nice quickness and was a heady player that can run a team. He is a quality point guard that should land in Europe on an entry level team.

Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.): This guy was like a true warrior playing against boys in the ESL. He is super athletic with a million dollar body and was relentless in attacking the basket. In the championship game his post up game vs. Munich was very intimidating as he bullied the smaller players in the post and got to the free throw line at will. He all around floor game is of the highest quality as he plays excellent defense and gets a lot of steals and rebounds. He is a real professional player and was a big reason Sevilla won the championship.

Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.): Nate played in the ESL in Las Vegas and made the All Tourney team there and played even better in Salt Lake City. He is a true professional with a great inside outside game and his rebounding game is at the next level. He has the best hands that a lot of coaches at the ESL could not believe. In Salt Lake he shot the outside jump shot extremely well and he post up game is high-quality.
He can play in the big leagues in Europe very easily and showed why he averaged 17ppg and 9rbs in the CBA. He is definitely a six figure player in Europe.

Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City): He was the best point guard in the ESL in Salt Lake City by a far margin and was one of the best point guards in the ESL events all summer. Nick has a strong body and has great ball-handling skills and a big-time jump shot. He has the potential to be a Euroleague player and play at the highest level in Europe. He was the class of the ESL in Salt Lake City and was a one point loss away from being the MVP. Nobody in the ESL could stop this young man who played in Ireland last season and won a NAIA Championship with Oklahoma City in 2006-07 and was an All American.
This kid can play at a high level in Europe right now and almost had two triple doubles in the ESL. Any guard with his skill level and excellent jump shooting ability should be making six figures in Europe.
He is one of three players who are big time sleepers in the ESL that we saw this summer.

Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.): Isaac has pro experience and a nice high quality pro game. He showed his skill level and experience in the ESL and was very impressive scoring, rebounding and passing all weekend.
He is very strong and is a nice athlete who just has a higher level of understanding of the game. Isaac is a pro that will fit the bill of a lot of teams in Europe looking for a quality forward.

Kurtis Rice (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.): Rice is Nice should be his nick name. Kurtis is a sensational swing player who is very athletic and is all about skills. He can hit the long range jumper, he can score in the mid-range in bunches.
He also can take the ball to the hoop and create off the dribble very well and finish over the rim. He was just simply awesome in the ESL and averaged around 28ppg and 9rbs. I could not keep my eyes off of him during the ESL and I know he will get a job professionally in Europe ASAP. Get the DVDs from the ESL in Salt Lake City if you need a quality swing and watch Kurtis Rice who is very nice.

Gordon Chase (188-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY): Gus is the most unique player in the ESL due to his size, skills and power. Prior to the ESL a lot of people talked about the young man who was the NAIA Player of the Year Runner Up.
He is only 63 and 240lbs but he dominates inside and against real power forwards. He has a throw back game similar Adrain Dantley who knows how to use his very strong body to the maximum.
Gus Chase has NBA Old School moves and a great face up game around the basket with a great mid-range jump shot. He is so strong he just bullies players who are bigger than him around the basket.
He is very deceptive with his ball handling skills and moves to the basket. He is probably a genius when it comes to tricks and moves using his body around the basket like AD.

Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota): This guy made the ESL All Tourney team in Chicago and is one serious player and competitor. He is very athletic and is always around the ball and is a fierce defensive player. He plays above the rim and is a classic slasher and runs the lanes like a deer.

Emmanuel has a decent jump shot and should play in Europe and will fill up the stat line quicky as he does everything and has the potential to play at a very high-level.

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Salt Lake City All Big Man Team:

Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette): This guy was super athletic and was the X-Factor in the championship game. He had a super tip dunk that brought the crowd out of their seats.

He is very long and he is a great shot blocker. He will need more experience but could be a serious player in the future.



Eurobasket Summer League (Salt Lake City) Day 1 results and boxscores - by Darryl Reshaw

Eurobasket Summer League (Salt Lake City) Day 1 results and boxscores - by Darryl Reshaw

Barcelona and Naples squared off in the third game on Friday night as Naples nipped Barcelona 96-91.
The Naples team had five players who scored in double figures as they outscored Barcelona 26-5 at the free throw line.
Naples continued to go inside and lived on the charity stripe all night.
Derrick Courtney (198-G/F-84) led the Naples team with 18 points as he took the ball to the basket all evening.
Brian Sewald (196-F-86, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) and Chris Keller (196-F-85, college: Northwest) also had great games and added 17pts and 18pts as well.
Chris Keller was hot as he made 4 of 6 three point shots for the Naples team.
Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA) the smooth point guard with the nice jump shot ran the team and made great decisions and had 13 pts and 5ast for Naples.
Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) also played extremely well and added 14 points for the winning team.
Barcelona had six players scored double figures as well in the high scoring contest.
Joshua Richardson (195-F-78, agency: Promotex) (195-F-78, agency: Promotex) paced Barcelona with 18 points as he scored buckets all night long and was unstoppable.
Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) who was on the CBA All Rookie Team in 2007-08 was very impressive and athletic powering a couple of serious dunks; he scored 16 points and hailed down 11 rebounds.
Chris Hunt (198-F-85, college: Occidental) was solid as he scored 16pts; Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) added another 15pts and the talented Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin) chipped in 11pts for the losing team.

The rest of the weekend results and full stats will be posted on the Eurobasket web site with full details of the Salt Lake City event later.
The ESL will announce the Salt Lake City All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team on Wednesday.


Game 4 on Thursday saw the strong Rotterdam team beat Belgrade 90-81.
Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's) of Rotterdam was dominant in this game as he scored 19pts and pulled down 10 rebounds as he controlled the painted area on both ends.
Christopher Agnes (193-F-84, college: Morehouse) had a great floor game as he pitched in 18pts and had 5ast and Robin Hood was a surprise addition as he scored 17 points and shot the ball well.
Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.) showed his crazy athleticism by powering and dunking in an interesting 17 points.
Belgrade was led by the very athletic Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) who played in Spain last season with 18pts and 7rbs.
He received some help from Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) (16pts) and Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) who chipped in 13pts.

Thursdays Games Boxscores:

Game 1: Sevilla (Play to Win) 95, Frankfurt 91

Sevilla: 95

Shawn Daniels: 2pts
Adrian McCullough: 12pts, 4ast
Jeff Franklin: 8pts, 2ast
Lawrence Blackledge: 0pts
Maurice Spillers: 10pts, 6rbs, 4ast
Justin Taylor: 8pts,
Kenneth Walker: 13pts, 9rbs, 4ast
Ryan Williams: 25pts, 5rbs
Ryan Davis: 9pts

Frankfurt: 91

Travis Knight: 9pts, 11rbs, 3blk
Guy Meyer: 6pts
Rick Cardoso: 14pts, 8rbs
Andre Thompson: 19pts
Nic Fuller: 3pts, 4ast
Todd Okeson: 0pts
Marcus Watts: 29pts; 5rbs
Jeremy Walker: 7pts


Game 2: Munich 109, Sofia 89

Munich: 109

Emmanuel Little: 13pts; 5rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 10pts, 7rbs
Joseph Jackson: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Kevin Young: 15pts, 6rbs
Nathan Green: 15pts, 10rbs
Isiah Allen: 19pts, 3ast
Nick Covington: 26pts, 4rbs, 8ast
Phillipe Harris: 7pts


Sofia: 89

Micah Smith: 9pts, 3rbs
Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.): 26pts, 9rbs, 5ast
Kurtis Rice: 26pts, 8rbs, 3ast
Julian Franklin: 9pts, 4rbs
J. Williams: 2pts
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts
Gordon Chase: 19pts, 5rbs


Game 3: Naples 96, Barcelona 92

Naples: 96

Derrick Courtney: 18pts, 4rbs
Clayton Cruse: 6pts, 5rbs
Emmitt Thomas: 8pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Joseph Thomas: 0pts
Brian Sewald: 17pts, 4rbs
Charles Gaines: 14pts, 3ast
Chris Keller: 18pts, 2ast
Jon Sheets: 2pts
Kevin Mitchell: 13pts, 3rbs, 6ast


Barcelona: 92

Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin): 11pts, 3rbs, 5ast

Brian Lathan: 2pts, 2ast, 1rb

Ryan Mueller: 2pts,

Marcus Heard: 16pts, 9rbs, 2ast

Quincy Hodges: 12pts, 2rbs

Joshua Richardson: 18pts, 1rbs

Mensah Taylor: 15pts, 2rbs, 4ast

Chris Hunt: 16pts, 2ast


Game 4: Rotterdam 90, Belgrade 81

Rotterdam: 90

Marlo Saunders: 9pts, 4rbs
Melvin Jones: 19pts, 10rbs
Brian Dailey: 2pts
Christopher Agnes: 18pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Jamaal Conley: 4pts, 3rbs
McCade Olsten: 0pts
Troy Gwynn: 17pts, 6rbs
Zack Alviderez: 4pts, 3rbs
Robin Hood: 17pts, 4rbs, 4ast


Belgrade: 81

Marcus Saunders: 18pts, 6rbs, 3ast
Nocola Bodic: 10pts, 4rbs
Kareem Grant: 16pts, 3rbs
Hasan Houston: 8pts, 3rbs, 3ast
Quincy Saxton: 2pts
Matt Wheaton: 5pts, 4rbs
Clive Williamson: 5pts, 5ast
Monty Rogers: 13pts, 3rbs
Matt Thomas: 6pts,
Ron Senior: 4pts, 3rbs



The ESL New York announce the All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw


The ESL New York announce the All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw

The talent level of the top players at the ESL in New York was outstanding.

Our staff, coaches and international scouts selected the top twenty players to play in the ESL New York All Star team.

All of those players made our all tournament team and we added a couple of players who were overlooked.

The ESL New York City MVP: Dwayne Shackleford (178-G-81, college: USC)

Dwayne was outstanding in the three games as he controlled the tempo of his team and score very well using his quickness and nice jump shot.
The Budapest team was loaded with talent but Dwayne was the man that controlled the team and step up big when Budapest was challenge.

The Rest of the ESL New York City All Tournament Team:

Calvin Brown (206-C-83, agency: Court Side, college: Norfolk St.) A big man who knows how to use his body extremely well can score in bunches in the low post and draws a lot of fouls.


Fred Harrison (196-G-86, college: Wilmington) - A big surprise in the ESL with his prolific shooting touch and crazy athleticism; he could be a steal for a team in Europe.

Tyler Relph (183-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) -Tyler is a crafty talented point guard who makes great decisions and can score and shoot the ball. He will be a good pro in Europe.

Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware)- Andrew may have been the most talented player in New York and was totally unstoppable with his athleticism, scoring and creativity. He is a big time talent who should go a long way. He killed guys all three games and scored 26 points in the All Star game and dunk and the big guys.

Shagari Alleyne (221-C-84, college: Manhattan) - He was the biggest guy at the ESL and had some bright moments and ran the floor well. He has made some major improvements to his game but still has a way to go for the big time.

Felipe Barrios (193-G/F-82, college: Barry) - Felipe is naturally stronger than most guards or swing players. He did everything all weekend from scoring, rebounding, playing defense, hitting 3pt shots and driving to the basket. He has a latin passport and could be interesting to teams in Spain.

Justin Marshall (203-F-85, college: Iona) - Justin is long, athletic and very talented. He played well in New York and showed why he will keep a job in Europe.

Mike St. John - He dominated the boards in New York and showed some nice offensive moves by taking the ball strong to the basket and shooting jump shots as well. I loved his desire and athleticism.

Eric Vierneisel (201-F-85, college: California) - Eric has great size and can really shoot the ball extremely well and will surprise people with his ability to drive to the basket. He will make a great professional in Europe.

Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) He looked like Baby Ben Wallace all weekend and was like a man among boys with his rebounding and tenacity.

Antjuan Koger (196-F-84, college: Tennessee Tech)- He played well all weekend and displayed his all around talent.

Nate Connolly (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose (NY)) - Nate can really shoot the basketball and has a great understanding of how to play the game. He showed why he has quality European experience and should land in Europe again this year.

Dwayne Birden (196-F/G-84, college: N.Colorado) -A silky smooth left hand shooter with great athleticism. I love his jump shot and his mid-range game.

Tony Murphy (193-G-86, college: Norfolk St.) -Tony played the point guard position at the ESL but is more of a scoring two guard. He is a great scorer and big time talent for Europe. He showed why he averaged 19ppg at Norfolk State in 2007-08.

James St. Roberts He was a beast at the ESL and maybe was the best big man in the camp. He is athletic, very strong and has a great body. He is a monster on the boards and if any team is looking for a power forward please contact us for more scouting information on him. I was very impressed with him and expect to see him in Europe soon.

Mark MacDonald (206-F-85, agency: 22ft, college: Brown) - Mark has great size and is a very skilled big man with a great shooting touch.

Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford) I loved the way Drew ran the team and made great decisions under control. He is very quick and crafty and can score. He looks like a pro already and will be a nice point guard in Europe. He does not make many turnovers compared to the rest of the guards in the ESL.

David Ruffin A great shooter with incredible range. He can also take the ball to the bucket as well. He suffered a minor ankle injury during the ESL which hampered his performance.

Cedrick Hensley (196-F/G-83, college: Minnesota St. Univ.) The most athletic player in the ESL with a great body. Cedric has NBA athleticism, size and speed. If he continues to improve his pull up game and ball handling then he is a NBA player.

Ibrahima Thioune (206-C-75) He was unstoppable when shooting his 12 foot jump shot and face up game. A big body player with a great jump shot which he makes consistently.

Kenya Carruthers (201-F-79, college: Ks Wesleyan) He is a nice forward who can really score in a variety of ways. He can post up, drive and shoot the jump shot. He has great ball handling ability and ha s a strong body. He showed why he has played in Argentina and other South American countries. He should be in Europe playing in countries like Belgium or Germany easily.

Derick Payne (198-F-83, college: Bowie St.) A nice athletic body with lots of skills and can create off of the dribble extremely well. He can score, drive and shoot and was a nice surprise in the ESL in New York City. He is a big time talent.

Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84, agency: AI Sports MM, college: Chowan Univ.): All weekend I was amazed about his game; he relentless attacks on the basket and his offensive rebounding. He is long and athletic and did everything and was a major reason why Budapest was undefeated at the ESL.

Rob Igbawua (198-F-86, college: Ft.Hays State) A big time athlete that played above the rim and finished well. He was always around the ball rebounding and scoring and had a great tournament. Did not have great numbers in college but will be perfect in Europe. He was a major surprise at the ESL.

Dayshawn Wright (198-F-85, college: Mountain St.): He was the biggest sleeper in the ESL due to the fact that there was two games at once hurt his visibility. He averaged 18ppg and 10rpg at the ESL but played on the alternate court and the scouts stayed at the main court. He scored extremely well and had some grea rebounding games. He has nice size, skills and an interesting package.

Marlon Smith (183-G-85, college: Penn St.) Only played two games at the ESL in New York but was outstanding with his quickness, scoring and athleticism. A really nice point guard with a lot of talent.

MVP of the ESL All Star Game: Kenya Carruthers (28pts)



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EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group E
Amsterdam - EWE Baskets 76-73
Amsterdam survived over EWE Baskets in a 76:73 home win in EuroChallenge Group E. Victor Thomas sparked the Amsterdam club with 18 points while Jasmin Perkovic finished with 11 for German outfit EWE Baskets and also pulled down eight rebounds. Amsterdam improved to 2-0, while EWE Baskets is 1-1.

Group Group A
Cajasol - Liege 78-79
Belgacom Liege got 2-0 record in Group A after a road 78:79 victory over Cajasol. Belgian team trailed by 17 points in the first half but clawed its way back in the third quarter. Hill Christopher led the winners with 23 points, while Wilson Jamar added 16. Carter Warren top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.

En.Czarni - Ventspils 91-75
Energa Czarni had a 91:75 win over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action. Demetric Bennett led the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Straight Jason posted 18. Their team improved to 1-1 in Group A while dropping Latvians Ventspils to 0-2. Pavels Veselovs scored 18 and Janis Strelnieks 16 in defeat.

Group Group B
Ural Great - Telekom B. 82-54
Trailing 0-6 in the beginning of the first home game in the EuroChallenge regular season against Telekom Baskets, Ural Great triumphed with 82:54 win. A win in all the quarters allowed Russian team to celebrate the initial victory in the group and to tie the German squad at 1-1 record. Vanja Plisnic led the winners with 20 points. Fedor Likholitov collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Aleksei Surovtsev posted 13. Brandon Bowman ended up with 11 points in defeat and Moussa Diagne added 10.

Keravnos - Hyeres-Toulon 85-88
Hyeres won over Keravnos in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday, 85:88. Even though the guests trailed in the majority of the game they were glad to improve to 2-0 record. Dontaye Draper was unstoppable with 29 points for Hyeres. Greer LaMarr produced 16 points in defeat and Damjanovic Aleksandar nailed 15.

Group Group C
Cholet - Lok.Rostov 76-72
Cholet overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 in France. It was their second straight win in EuroChallenge Group C. De Colo Nando paced all the winners with 20 points and Mokongo Michael netted 16. House Fred finished the night with 21 points for the Russian team.

Sumykhimpr. - Fribourg 90-73
BC Sumykhimprom celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group C beating Fribourg 90:73. Brian Greene led the way with 21 points while teammate Linas Lekavicius had 18 for the Ukrainian outfit. Harrison Dennis ended up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Group Group D
Siauliai - Gmunden 89-76
Lithuanian BC Siauliai produced a 89:76 triumph over Allianz Swans BC. Kadziulis, Gintaras top-scored for the winners with 26 points making 6/8 three-pointers. Saulius Kuzminskas nailed for Siauliai 17 points and had 13 rebounds, whilst Mayes Deteri posted 16 in defeat.

Eiff.Towers - AEL 87-76
EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday 87:76. The Dutch side trailed 7 points heading into the final quarter but outscored AEL in the rest of the way. Jerome Beasley poured in 20 points, David Jackson had 18 and Dean Oliver 14. Mujezinovic Haris chipped in 17 points in defeat.

Group Group F
M.Hainaut - Galatasaray 91-65
Dexia Mons Hainaut tied the records in EuroChallenge Group H after 91:65 victory over Galatasaray Cafe Crown. Sensley Julian paced all the winners with 17 points and Hall Adam had 16. Turetken Erdem was the only one to reach double digits in defeat, scoring 14 points.

KK Zagreb - Khimik 88-78
KK Zagreb clinched the initial victory in their EuroChallenge game against Khimik in a 88:78 win. Simon Krunoslav brought 21 points for the winners, while Zoric Luka collected 20 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Bratic Sasa chipped in 18 points for the visitors.

Group Group G
Oostende - CSK VVS 98-75
Base Oostende outscored CSK-VVS Samara in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday. Belgian side had 98:75 victory to even their record 1-1 in Group G while dropping Samara to 0-2. Green Devin paced the winners with 23 points and Atkins Rashid had 21. Stanescu Virgil poured in 21 points and made 10 rebounds for the visitors.

TU/Rock - La Fortezza 73-75
Virtus Bologna went to their second straight win in the EuroChallenge. Italian side overcame Estonian Rock 73:75 away from home as Boykins Earl led the winners with 18 points. Tanoka Beard had 17 points and 14 boards for Tartu Rock.

Group Group H
BC Kyiv - Kalev/Cramo 90-75
Kenan Bajramovic turned in a big performance to lead BC Kyiv in a 90:75 victory over BC Kalev Cramo. He scored 23 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for Kyiv, while Drozdov Artur added 19. Fox Nate finished the night with 23 points in the losing effort.

Dt.Bank SKY - Triumph 77-71
Bank Skyliners edged BC Triumph to tie their records at 1-1. Konrad Wysocki scored 17 points and 10 rebounds for Skyliners. Anderson Alan ended up with 15 points for the Russian outfit.



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Euroleague Basketball TV coverage continues growth - by Richard
Barcelona, December 3, 2008. At the halfway point of the Euroleague Basketball regular season, TV coverage of the competition can be considered nothing short of spectacular, with any fan in the world who wants to see the games able to do so live. Euroleague games this season are being shown in 168 countries through 52 official broadcasters reaching across all five continents. Of the 60 regular season games played so far, 100 percent have been produced for television and distributed for a total of 329 live broadcasts, meaning that the average Euroleague game is seen on more than four channels as it happens.Another important means by which Euroleague Basketball reaches all the devoted fans of the competition is the in-house broadband channel Euroleague.TV. This is the second season in a row that Euroleague Basketball offers this platform to all fans who wish to watch any and all games, no matter where they live or what time they want to tune in. With half of the regular season played, thousands of Euroleague.TV transactions have been made. One of the most positive developments is the growing demand for the season-long pass on Euroleague.TV, which gives fans the chance to watch all games at the time of their choosing, which reinforces the concept of devotion to the competition in general.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Panionios - Real Madrid 68-66 - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens beat the all mighty Spanish site of Real Madrid with a basket scored by the American guard Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) just 2 seconds before the end of the game. In a game that the Serbian Head Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic dominated in the first three quarters, the identity and worth of the Spanish site together with the inexperience of the Greek club helped Real Madrid to suceed a great comeback and nearly win a 'lost' game.

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens started the game a bit frozen but after the first couple of minutes, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) and Aaron Miles brought the Greek team in the leading position and with continuous points brought the game into the 41-25 in the half time.

Zoroski and Aaron Miles upgrade the tempo of the game and increase the deficit for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to 17 points 52-25 some minutes before the end of the third quarter. The Greeks believed that somewehre there the game was over but they were wrong as the Spaniards change their tactic and their game and with good defense and good periferal brought the game by the end of the 3rd quarter to 60-45.

An amazing 0-13 from the Spaniards made the score 60-58 and Aleksandar Trifunovic to change nealry all his players in the court and added Nikolic (who rumors saying that this was his last game with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens jersey). Unfortunately for the Greeks nothing changed and not only that but Real took the lead with just 1.49' to go with 63-64, that was the time of the American guard Aaron Miles who took the game personally and 'killed' the Spanish dream for a road win in Athens. Top scorer for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens was Branko Cvetkovic with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals but the MVP for the Greek team was definetely Aaron Miles who might scored just 7 points, 3 assists and 3 steals but showed that he has a lot of gats with his dominant game at the last and most crucial parts of the game.

Both teams have now a record of 3-3 and they are in the second and third position respectively.



Olympiacos - Avellino 41-25 (first half) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Eurobasket.com was at Peace and Friendship Hall and reports:
What should certainly be mentioned is the fact that about fifty fans of Avellino were present at the game. And the 'loudness' they created seemed that gave the Italian players an extra motive to perform very well, leading at the score with 9-4. However, this did not last very much since Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) scored 5 consecutive points and with another goal-foul from Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford), the Reds made a 8-0 serie to lead with 12-9. The situation didn't change until the end of the first period (20-16 for Olympiacos), with Josh Childress and Lynn Greer having scored 5 points each for the Reds and Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) 5 points for Avellino.
Five consecutive points from Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) increased the difference to 9 points for the Greek team (25-16), which was even more increased to14 (36-22), 4:00 before the end of the first half, after a successful 3-point attempt made by Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and another one by Teodosic. The difference reached its highest level by the end of the first half: 16 points, with the Reds leading 41-25.
Periods: 20-16, 41-25
Olympiacos: Papaloukas 2, Josh Childress 5, Vujcic 2, Giannis Bourousis 9, Halperin 3, Lynn Greer 8, Vasilopoulos 2, Teodosic 3, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 7, Erceg, Printezis
Avellino: Chris Warren 7, Radulovic 3, Porta, Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) 6, Cinciarini, Crosariol, Slay 2, Tusek 1, Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) 6, Diener


Olympiacos - Avellino 91-66 (final) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos did not find any difficulty in taking its sixth win at the Group A of Euroleague. The final 91-66 reflects exactly the whole picture of the game, in which Avellino fought only in the first period. Five players of the Reds scored more than 10 points, while for Avellino what distinguished were its fans, who kept on shouting even when the difference was at a very high level for Olympiacos.

At the second half, a quick 7-0 serie from the Reds, extended the difference at 23 (48-25), early at the third period and then to 27 (54-27). Avellino's attempts, especially out of the 3-point line were not successful (2/13) and this fact was mainly the reason for the referred double-score. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) reached 13 points for a 30-point lead for Olympiacos, which was even more increased to 33 later (73-40), which was actually the score of the third period.
The game had nothing more of interest to offer to the people attending it, so everyone was seeking either for a slum dunk from Josh Childress or a basket from Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) or even to find the exact difference of the final score or the Reds scoring more than 100 points.
Another successful 3-point attempt from Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) gave a 36-point lead to Olympiacos, while from Avellino only Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) seemed to try enough, having scored 12 and 14 points respectively out of Italians' 48 total. At the last minutes of the game, Avellino just managed to reduce the difference at 25 points, for the final 91-66.

Olympiacos: Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 6, Pelekanos 3, Josh Childress 13, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 10, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 11, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 8, Lynn Greer 11, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) 4, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 8, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 4, Printezis 2
Avellino: Chris Warren 16, Radulovic 3, Porta, Best 6, Cinciarini, Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 7, Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) 11, Tusek 1, Eric Williams 12, Diener, Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) 10


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Korisliiga Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kouvot - Namika Lahti 108-86
Kouvot posted the fifth victory in the season as they toppled Namika Lahti at home court today. Brian Swift poured in 28 points to lead the hosts. Ronny LeMelle was helpful with 21 points. Namika Lahti remained at the helm in the standings despite the loss. Sami Pekkola dropped 25 points off the bench. Bilal Abdullah contributed 19 points in the losing effort.

FoKoPo - LrNMKY 99-98
Ray Cunningham knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime to win the game for FoKoPo against LrNMKY. The hero of the game for FoKoPo tallied massive 32 points and 16 boards in the win. Mikko Jalonen contributed 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winners. HL Coleman topscored with 30 points and 11 boards for LrNMKY. Chanan Colman and Demetrius Brown had 21 points each in defeat.

Pyrinto - Componenta 95-88
Pyrinto secured just the fifth win in the championship as they held off Team Componenta in Tampere. Chris Hester exploded with 26 points and 13 boards for the winners. Antero Lehto canned 22 points in the win. Darrell Waters responded with 20 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for Componenta.

Tarmo - ToPo 62-73
Tarmo lost the home battle against ToPo. James Allen fired 22 points to lead the way for the visitors. Panu Majala contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Helsinki outfit. E.J. Drayton notched 19 points for Tarmo in the loss.

Kataja - KTP 84-79
Kataja outgunned KTP at home court to register the tenth victory. Jeremiah Wood managed 22 points and 16 boards as Kataja stayed in the second spot in the table. Sami Lehtoranta produced 17 points for the winners. Steve Smith and Damon Williams replied with 20 points each for KTP in defeat.



KORISLIIGA: Kouvot scored 108 pts vs YMCA Lahti - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 15: Kouvot (Kouvola) was shooting and hitting so well (1 - 72,0%, 2 - 67,7%, 3 - 64,0% = 16/25) vs # 1 Team YMCA Lahti, that 100 pts
was an easy task for the home team. Kouvot almost crushed Lahti 108-86. American G Brian Swift (178-G-82, agency: Octagon, college: S.Florida) (Kouvot) had game high 28 pts. Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) added 21 pts. YMCA Lahti had three players in double digits. Sami Pekkola (201-F-83) scored his season high 25 pts.
In Forssa OT was needed again. FoKoPo gave the lead away vs YMCA LPR (85-83), when Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) missed his both FTs with five seconds to go. Then Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) tied at the buzzer (85-85). During the OT Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) (FoKoPo) scored nine pts including the winning two pts at the buzzer (99-98) and the thriller was over. The game MVP was Cunningham, who scored 32 pts and grabbed 16 rbs. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led YMCA Lappeenranta with 30 pts and 11 rbs.
Kataja (Joensuu) had all players on the roster again, when they beat KTP (Kotka) 84-79. Even Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) and Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) played over 20 minutes. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Larry Blair (183-G-84, college: Liberty) scored both over 20 pts. In Tampere Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) (26/13) and Antero Lehto (184-G-84) (22) helped Pyrinto to win over Team Componenta
(Karkkila) 95-88. And in Porvoo local Tarmo had difficulties to score over 60 pts (treys 11,5%=3/26) and ToPo (Helsinki) didn't mind that at all. Torpan Pojat won 62-73.

Kouvot - YMCA Lahti 108-86 (56-43) (Brian Swift 28, Ronny LeMelle 21, Samu Kaaresvirta 14 - Sami Pekkola 25, Bilal Abdullah 19, Ray Nixon 12).

FoKoPo - YMCA Lappeenranta OT 99-98 (85)(35-40) (Ray Cunningham 32/16, Mikko Jalonen 18/5a, Vincent Hunter 16 - HL Coleman 30/11, Demetrius Brown 21/10, Chanan Colman 21).

Kataja - KTP 84-79 (47-40) (Jeremiah Wood 22/16, Larry Blair 20, Sami Lehtoranta 17 - Damon Williams 20, Steve Smith 20, Ville Makalainen 14).

Pyrinto - Team Componenta 95-88 (47-44) (Chris Hester 26/13, Antero Lehto 22, Kurtis Rice 15 - Darrell Waters 20, Frank Richards 19, Kenneth Henderson 17).

Tarmo - ToPo 62-73 (25-36) (EJ Drayton 19, Emmanuel Messy 11, Ville-Pertti Lind 10 - James Allen 22, Panu Majala 13, Elias Kajander 12).



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Unicaja takes it easily against Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Unicaja 55-87

Unicaja Malaga blasted Le Mans on the road jumping on 4-2 record in Group A. Olympiakos remained the top ranked team in the group with 5 wins and 1 defeat. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) led the scorers in Unicaja with 20 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts for FG2 and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in 22 minutes. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) also shined netting 19 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) had 14, while Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) dropped 12 points, including 8 assists. Unicaja finished the game with pretty decent 12/13 for 3-pts (52%). The winners also had 21/35 for FG2 and 9/13 FTs. On the other hand, Le Mans' digits were a way lower. The hosts also had only one player with double-figures in scoring. It was Alain Koffi (207-C-83) with 15, but he also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) and Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 8 points apiece in defeat. After opening ten minutes it was clear that Unicaja came to France to grab this one. Thomas Kelati and his teammates created 11-23 in the first period. Le Mans slightly improved after that but it was enough only for 29 -39 at the half time. Unicaja closed third stanza with 2-9 run setting the score on unreachable 40-58. Until the end of the game its lead became even bigger, 55-87. In the next round Unicaja will host Olympiakos. Winless Le Mans will go to Zagreb.

Le Mans: Alain Koffi 15+11 boards, David Bluthenthal 8, Brian Chase 8
Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 20, Boniface Ndong 19+7 boards, Jiri Welsch 14+5 boards, Joseph Gomis 12+8 as


Cholet overcomes House's Rostov - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 (19-25, 18-21, 26-11, 13-15)

Cholet overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 in France. It was their second straight win in EuroChallenge Group C. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) paced all the winners with 20 points and Michael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) netted 16. Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) finished the night with 21 points for the Russian team.
Fred House pulled the guests to 6-0 from the start as the Russian team won the opening tip of the game. Lokomotiv Rostov controlled the first frame and had 25:19 at the end of it. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) made it plus 10 for the visitors in the second period. It was him again with a three for 46:37 at the halftime.
Nando De Colo tied the game at 50:50. His Cholet had 63:57 entering the last frame. The hosts remained in front until the end of the game. Trailing 74:67 Fred House was the one to resist. He posted a three and then finished the game from a free throw line.
BC Sumykhimprom celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group C beating Fribourg 90:73 in another game. Brian Greene led the way with 21 points while teammate Linas Lekavicius had 18 for the Ukrainian outfit. Harrison Dennis ended up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cholet: Nando De Colo 20, Michael Mokongo 16, Robinson 12
Lokomotiv Rostov: Fred House 21, Szymon Szewczyk 17


PRO B Market News - by Gregory Caru
It's always moving in Pro B after 11 games,teams are continuing to change their roster.This week,this is the case of 3 teams.
*In St Vallier,the coach Laurent Pluvy has signed Marvin Kilgore,Guard,in order to replace Schroeder.Kilgore was in Givat Shmuel(ISR)at the beginning of the season after NCAA(12,7ppg 5apg in UTEP), but he wanted more time to play.In his first game ,with his new team,against Evreux ,he posted only 4 points.Not really impressive.
*In St Quentin,the club has signed Christopher Cologer,Center,a big man,good defender with longs arm, who knows very well this campionship.Last year he was in Brest(pro b)for 6,9ppg 4,3rpg in 34 games.He arrives in order to replace Sindlejic injured for 6 weeks.A good news for this team after a bad start(2-9).
*In Boulazac,after Eleara's injury,the team has decided to sign Lavar Simmons,Power Forward or Center.A big man,good defender and rebonder who knows the pro b after 2 seasons in St Quentin,and last year 13 games with Brest for 7,8ppg 4,5rpg
Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Master's)Marvin Kilgore (191-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: UTEP)Christopher Cologer (209-C-78, college: St.Joseph's)


Le Havre unable to handle Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre - Besiktas 61:68

Besiktas gained the first win in the EuroCup regular season as they upset Le Havre in France. Le Havre in the meantime got into trouble losing the second straight game. The teams traded baskets for some time early in the game before Besiktas took off. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) fired from the outside to start a 10:0 run that saw the visitors grab a 17:7 lead. Besiktas maintained the lead however TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) scored 4 points late in the period to pull Le Havre as close as 3 points 18:21 after ten minutes of action. The teams continued to exchange the buckets and Jomby tied the scoreline late in the half. Jimmy Baxter used the remaining time to deliver and allowed Besiktas to lead 32:30 at halftime.
Thomspon closed the gap at the start of the third stanza but Besiktas once again cleared off and gained a 10-point advantage before the final stanza. TJ Thompson worked hard to keep Le Havre in the contest. He drained a pair of trebles to narrow the margin to 5 points. But that was as close as the hosts could get. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports) converted free throws in the crunch time for Besiktas to get away with victory.
Jimmy Baxter finished with 18 points for Besiktas. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. TJ Thompson responded with game-high 22 points for Le Havre. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Le Havre: TJ Thompson 22, Bingo Merriex 14
Besiktas: Jimmy Baxter 18, Cevher Ozer 15, Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) 9, Mire Chatman 9


Asvel eke out win against Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Azovmash 85:83

Asvel posted the initial win in the EuroCup regular season yesterday. They held off Azovmash in the dramatic clash at home court. Amara Sy (202-F-81) secured 24 points to pace Asvel. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) added 22 points and 8 boards for the hosts. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) responded with 21 points for Azovmash. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) had 20 points and 9 boards in the loss.
The visitors opened the game with 6 unanswered points however Asvel quickly bounced back. Campbell nailed two three-pointers and Asvel went on a 9:0 rally to take the lead. Azovmash however maintained the pressure and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Simonas Serapinas gave the Ukrainian team a 24:23 lead after ten minutes of action. Asvel tightened defense in the second frame and surged ahead midway through the quarter. Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) and Chevon Troutman stretched the margin to 8 points. Asvel stayed in front and headed into the locker room ahead by 7 points 45:38.
Amara Sy scored quick 5 points early in the third frame for Asvel to go up by 10. Nevertheless a pair of triples from Simonas Serapinas and a basket from Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) allowed Azovmash to narrow the deficit. The final break saw the teams tied at 59. Dijon Thompson gave Azovmash a 66:63 advantage in the fourth quarter before Asvel fired back. The home team tallied an 11:0 run to leave Azovmash behind 74:66. However it was not yet over for the visitors. Tomas Van Den Spiegel and Dijon Thompson dragged Azovmash within 4 points 81:85 with seconds remaining. Dijon Thompson came up with an interception however his trey followed by the one from Marc Salyers missed the mark sealing the victory for Asvel.

Asvel: Amara Sy 24, Chevon Troutman 22, J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) 14
Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 21, Tomas Van Den Spiegel 20


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. AMMAK SP 9-1 
 2. F.Rabotnicki 9-2 
 3. Feni Indistrija 8-2 
 4. Swisslion P. 6-3 
 5. Ovce Pole 4-5 
 6. MZT Skopje 4-6 
 7. Vardar 2-8 
 8. K.Sokoli 2-8 
 9. Torus 1-10 
 10. Pop Sport 0-0 


Fersped Rabotnicki celebrates in Round 12 opener - by Eurobasket News
Fersped Rabotnicki - Torus 106-74

Fersped Rabotnicki was better than Torus in the opening game of Round 12 jumping on pretty decent 9-2 record. It means that Rabotnicki will spend one day at the top of the standings alone as Feni Industri will play its game against MZT Skopje today. Toni Simic (210-C-76, agency: Interperformances) was totally the best player in the winning squad. He spent only 16 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 6 rebounds. Dime Tasovski (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) also was on a high level draining 18 points, while Ersid Ljuca (208-C-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) netted 10 points apiece. Actually Ersid Ljuca missed only one board for double-double. Aleksandar Steriev (207-C-86) contributed with 20 points in defeat. Ivan Atanasovski (189-G-88) was the last one win double-digits for the visitors, 10 points. Torus currently has poor 1-10.
Fersped Rabotnicki had furious opening quarter ending it 27-13. It was a clear sign what spectators could expect until the end of the game. Toni Simic and Dime Tasovski were on fire leading their team to huge 55-30 at the half time. It was more than enough for the hosts in this game, after what they had a chance to slow down. Until the end of the game all of Rabotnicki's players got a chance and all of them managed to score at least two points.
We will have 3 more Round 12 games today. As it is mentioned above, Feni Industri will host MZT Skopje. Vardar will meet K. Sokoli, while Ovce Pole takes on Swisslion Pelister.

Fersped Rabotnicki: Toni Simic 22+6 boards, Dime Tasovski 18, Ersid Ljuca 10+9 boards, Ognen Stojanovski 10+6 as
Torus: Aleksandar Steriev 20, Ivan Atanasovski 10


Pop Sport withdraws from the Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Bad news came from Macedonian team Pop Sport. Namely, management of the club decided not to compete any more in Mac Superleague. After 11 appearances, Pop Sport will withdraw from the league, which will continue with just 9 participants.

'The club officially announced withdrawal from our top division. We will have to erase all the results of Pop Sport this season. Our rules and regulations clearly say that if some of the teams didn't play half of the games before the withdrawal all the results for that season will have to be erased. Nobody wanted this to happen. I have to say there is nothing what we can do about Pop Sport's decision', stated commissar of Mac Superleague.

What is happening now. Some of the teams were better than Pop Sport in the first 11 rounds and some of those not. However, despite it all the results will be deleted. Ovce Pole and Swisslion Pelister celebrated two times against Pop Sport in 11 rounds. Karpos Sokoli, MZT Skopje, Torus, Fersped Rabotnicki, AMAK SP and Feni Industri also celebrated. On the other side, one team benefited from this. In Round 4, Pop Sport outplayed Vardar on the road 81-76. It means that Vardar instead on 2-9 now has 2-8 record. Ovce Pole and Pelister stay short for two wins.


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Trevor Wittwer Interview - by Daniel Poerschke
Following an illustrious collegiate career at Gustavus Adolphus, Trevor Wittwer (195-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) is making a name for himself playing professional basketball in Germany. The Redwood Falls native graduated from Gustavus one year ago as the Gusties 21st All-time leading scorer (1,172 points), leaving with numerous academic and athletic accomplishments including breaking the school's season record for field goal percentage (68 percent).
During his final two years of college, Wittwer had tossed around the idea of trying to play professionally overseas, but he was unsure how things would fall into place.
Shortly after the Gusties season ended, the ball began rolling when he was contacted by an agency in Germany by the name of Scorers1st, and he was able to get some exposure playing in its Showcase Camp. 'The hardest part was finding contacts and getting someone to give me a shot,' Wittwer said, 'I knew I wanted to play somewhere and didn't care where, especially my first year.' 'Fortunately, I was contacted by Scorers1st and was able to work with one of their agents, and he was the one who ultimately got me my job.' Wittwer traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany in mid-June to take part in a weekend camp, which consisted of a number of games against players from all over Europe and the United States. It was there that he began to get noticed.
'That really helped me with my exposure and I believe provided opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise had,' Wittwer said, 'if anything it got my name out there.'
TV Werne BB head coach Ivan Rosic was one of the coaches who inquired about the 6'5' 200 pound guard, and later he offered Wittwer a contract. In late August, Wittwer began his European journey by moving to Werne, Germany to report for the start of practice. He is paid a modest salary (enough to live off of), has a paid apartment with three other players, gets one meal paid for each day and is provided a car (which he shares with his roommates). TV Werne BB plays in the 2.Regionalliga League, which plays once a week on Saturdays with the season running through the end of March. The former RVHS standout is off to a solid start in his rookie season averaging more than 25 ppg and providing some experience to an otherwise youthful squad. 'The team I play on is definitely young. I am one of the older and more experienced players, so I definitely have to play a leadership role,' he said, 'Currently we have three Americans on our team and a Serbian, there is no limit to the number of foreign players.'
One of those players is former MIAC rival Tom Conboy (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who graduated from Macalester as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The others are former Berry College (Ga.) standout Tramaine Aaron (183-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Amherst standout Matt Goldsmith (200-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). During his off time, Wittwer enjoys having the chance to hit the weight room and work on other aspects of his game. He has also slowly begun to adjust to living in Germany and life after college. 'Life is definitely different over here. The language, culture, people and even the basketball,' he said, 'I'm learning a little bit of language, but my most frequently used phrase is still 'I don't speak German.'' 'It's a change to what I'm used to in college not having to worry about homework and just play basketball. It's nice to see a little return for my play.'
Where basketball may take him is still to be determined, but, for now, he is cherishing the opportunity to live a dream most never experience. 'I am definitely enjoying myself,' he said, 'I have travelled to the Netherlands and Spain, and already plan to do a southern Europe trip on my time off over Christmas. 'It's been a great experience so far.'

The complete articel was posted in the Redwood Falls Gazette on November, 25th.
You can read the whole story online here: http://redwoodfallsgazette.com/articles/2008/11/25/sports/sports01.txt


Unwelcoming Serbia for Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
FMP - Artland Dragons 93:65

Artland Dragons suffered the first defeat in the EuroCup season as they were bruised by FMP in Serbia yesterday. On the other hand it was the first win for the Serbian team in this edition of the EuroCup regular season. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) fired 20 points to propel FMP to the victory. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) added 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) responded with 15 points for the Dragons. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) knocked down 11 points in the losing case.
FMP dominated every aspect of the game in this one. FMP tipped off the clash with a stunning 18:0 run. Dirk Madrich and Chad Prewitt got the Dragons back to life late in the period as the German team trailed by 10 points 11:21 at the first break. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89), Nemanja Protic and Predrag Samardziski ballooned the hosts lead to 16 points late in the second frame. Chad Prewitt closed the first half with a three-pointer and Artland trailed 30:43 at halftime.
FMP thumped their opponents in the third period widening damage to as many as 27 points. Artland had little to answer with. Moreover Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) opened the final quarter with 5 straight points and FMP eased to the victory at the end.
FMP will host Fortitudo next. The Dragons will look for the initial win as they take on Pamesa away from home.

FMP: Nemanja Protic 20, Predrag Samardziski 16+11 boards, Filip Covic (180-G-89) 15
Artland: Chad Prewitt 15, Dirk Madrich 11


Crvena Zvezda prevail against Brose Basket - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Brose Basket 82:65

Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda secured the first win in the EuroCup regular season as they punched Bamberg at home court. Brose Basket lost the second straight in Group F.
The German side jumped to a 9:4 lead early in the game but soon run out of steam. The hosts shifted to the higher speed and secured a 21:11 lead. Andrei Olbrecht (202-G/F-71) drained a three-pointer to close the first term with Bamberg trailing 15:23. Brose had a spark from Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) early in the second period but it did not last for long. Boris Bakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) connected from afar and Crvena Zvezda built a 48:36 advantage at halftime.
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 4 points at the beginning of the third quarter and Crvena Zvezda raced to a 14-point advantage. Lawrence Roberts came up with another three-pointer to give the hosts a 20-points lead. Brose trimmed the distance a bit in the final term but never really threatened it as Crvena Zvezda cruised to the victory at the end.
Lawrence Roberts scored 13 points for the hosts. Milan Milosevic and Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points apiece for the winning team. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 16 points for Brose Basket. Alexander Johnson had 11 points in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Lawrence Roberts 13, Milan Milosevic 12, Elmedin Kikanovic 12
Brose Basket: Predrag Suput 16, Alexander Johnson 11


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Olympiacos - Avellino 41-25 (first half) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Eurobasket.com was at Peace and Friendship Hall and reports:
What should certainly be mentioned is the fact that about fifty fans of Avellino were present at the game. And the 'loudness' they created seemed that gave the Italian players an extra motive to perform very well, leading at the score with 9-4. However, this did not last very much since Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) scored 5 consecutive points and with another goal-foul from Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford), the Reds made a 8-0 serie to lead with 12-9. The situation didn't change until the end of the first period (20-16 for Olympiacos), with Josh Childress and Lynn Greer having scored 5 points each for the Reds and Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) 5 points for Avellino.
Five consecutive points from Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) increased the difference to 9 points for the Greek team (25-16), which was even more increased to14 (36-22), 4:00 before the end of the first half, after a successful 3-point attempt made by Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and another one by Teodosic. The difference reached its highest level by the end of the first half: 16 points, with the Reds leading 41-25.
Periods: 20-16, 41-25
Olympiacos: Papaloukas 2, Josh Childress 5, Vujcic 2, Giannis Bourousis 9, Halperin 3, Lynn Greer 8, Vasilopoulos 2, Teodosic 3, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 7, Erceg, Printezis
Avellino: Chris Warren 7, Radulovic 3, Porta, Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech) 6, Cinciarini, Crosariol, Slay 2, Tusek 1, Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) 6, Diener


Second division - Week 8: Round Up - by Chris Mammides
The favorite teams won their games and for another week the amazing top scorer of the league Giannis Manos (186-G-71) helped his team to win another game with his 42 points and 5 three pointers. Other than that there was a great road win on behalf of Sereliss Lavrio, in the Sporting court with Nick Psileas (200-F-80) scoring 35 points.
The results are as follows:
Goumenisa OFI 59-90
Quarter: 10-25, 25-45, 37-66, 59-90
Top Scorers:
OFI: Barlas 14, Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) 28, Farmakis 13
Goumenisa: Antonis Moumoglou (192-F-80) 10, Delimpaltidis 19

Ikaroi Serron - Halkida 73-52
Quarter: 17-14, 33-28, 53-42, 73-52
Top Scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: Pehlivanis 12, Giorgos Asimakis (196-F-84) 22, Topouzis 13
Halkida: Pappas 10, Pasalidis 10, Andreas Psaropoulos (205-F-86) 11

P. Faliro - Amyntas 39-87
Quarter: 6-22, 18-48, 29-72, 39-87.
Top Scorers:
P. Faliro: Derohesinian 10, Michalis Monemvasitis (195-F-88) 11
Amyntas: Vogiatzis 14, Martin Lazaridis (203-F-87) 24

AIAS Evosmou Anagennisi/Floga 70-63
Quarter: 7-16, 26-27, 43-44, 70-63
Top Scorers:
AIAS Evosmou: Dimitris Triantafillidis (188-G-89) 22, Papapetrou 17, Hatzivretas 12, Souflias 11.
Anagennisi/Floga: Moisiadis 10, Pittakas 10, Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 33

Pierikos Arhelaos Ikaros Kallitheas 78-83 (73-73 rt)
Quarter: 26-21, 38-35, 56-52, 73-73(RT), 78-83(OT)
Top Scorers:
Pierikos /Arhelaos: Giorgos Chrisanthopoulos (203-G-73) 21, Kothras 13, Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 18
Ikaros Kallitheas: Falekas 18, Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 19, Martzos 12, Tsotsos 13,

Arkadikos - Doukas 96-85
Quarter: 30-23, 50-41, 76-66, 96-85.
Top Scorers:
Arkadikos: Manos 42 (5), Tsolakis 12, Manavopoulos 20,
Doukas: Rozolis 14, Yiannis Zakinthinos (190-F-85) 26, Papargyropoulos 20

Komotini Apollon Kalamarias 68-65
Quarter: 30-22, 41-32, 58-47, 68-65.
Top Scorers:
Komotini: Giannis Foutsitzis (198-F, college: S.New Hampshire) 14, Lehoudis 12.
Apollon Kalamarias: Kyriakos Troulialis (180-G-80) 16, Papadopoulos 12, Nanis 13.

Sporting Lavrio 70-72
Quarters: 19-21, 39-38, 51-55, 70-72.
Top Scorers:
Sporting: Vrynas 13, Mastrokostopoulos 13, Thanassis Efthimiou (207-F/C-78) 20.
Lavrio: Giannakopoulos 11, Nick Psileas 35.


Panionios - Real Madrid 68-66 - by Chris Mammides

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens beat the all mighty Spanish site of Real Madrid with a basket scored by the American guard Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) just 2 seconds before the end of the game. In a game that the Serbian Head Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic dominated in the first three quarters, the identity and worth of the Spanish site together with the inexperience of the Greek club helped Real Madrid to suceed a great comeback and nearly win a 'lost' game.

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens started the game a bit frozen but after the first couple of minutes, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) and Aaron Miles brought the Greek team in the leading position and with continuous points brought the game into the 41-25 in the half time.

Zoroski and Aaron Miles upgrade the tempo of the game and increase the deficit for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens to 17 points 52-25 some minutes before the end of the third quarter. The Greeks believed that somewehre there the game was over but they were wrong as the Spaniards change their tactic and their game and with good defense and good periferal brought the game by the end of the 3rd quarter to 60-45.

An amazing 0-13 from the Spaniards made the score 60-58 and Aleksandar Trifunovic to change nealry all his players in the court and added Nikolic (who rumors saying that this was his last game with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens jersey). Unfortunately for the Greeks nothing changed and not only that but Real took the lead with just 1.49' to go with 63-64, that was the time of the American guard Aaron Miles who took the game personally and 'killed' the Spanish dream for a road win in Athens. Top scorer for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens was Branko Cvetkovic with 21 points but the MVP for the Greek team was definetely Aaron Miles who showed that he has a lot of gats with his dominant game at the last and most crucial parts of the game.

Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) showed that he can help Trifunovic team in the paint and with his European experience in the very difficult Euroleague games.



Olympiacos - Avellino 91-66 (final) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos did not find any difficulty in taking its sixth win at the Group A of Euroleague. The final 91-66 reflects exactly the whole picture of the game, in which Avellino fought only in the first period. Five players of the Reds scored more than 10 points, while for Avellino what distinguished were its fans, who kept on shouting even when the difference was at a very high level for Olympiacos.

At the second half, a quick 7-0 serie from the Reds, extended the difference at 23 (48-25), early at the third period and then to 27 (54-27). Avellino's attempts, especially out of the 3-point line were not successful (2/13) and this fact was mainly the reason for the referred double-score. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) reached 13 points for a 30-point lead for Olympiacos, which was even more increased to 33 later (73-40), which was actually the score of the third period.
The game had nothing more of interest to offer to the people attending it, so everyone was seeking either for a slum dunk from Josh Childress or a basket from Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) or even to find the exact difference of the final score or the Reds scoring more than 100 points.
Another successful 3-point attempt from Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) gave a 36-point lead to Olympiacos, while from Avellino only Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) seemed to try enough, having scored 12 and 14 points respectively out of Italians' 48 total. At the last minutes of the game, Avellino just managed to reduce the difference at 25 points, for the final 91-66.

Olympiacos: Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 6, Pelekanos 3, Josh Childress 13, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) 10, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) 11, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 8, Lynn Greer 11, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) 4, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 8, Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) 4, Printezis 2
Avellino: Chris Warren 16, Radulovic 3, Porta, Best 6, Cinciarini, Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 7, Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) 11, Tusek 1, Eric Williams 12, Diener, Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) 10


Aris hold off Bnei Hasharon in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Bnei Hasharon 84:71

Aris earned the second consecutive win at the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Bnei Hasharon at home court yesterday to clinch the top spot in Group D. The Israeli team fell at 0-2 record and would look for the first win at the competition against Panellinios in the next round. Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) paced well-balanced offense with 15 points for Aris. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) added 14 points each for the winners. Ugonna Onyekwe (203-F-79, college: Pennsylvania) responded with 15 points for Bnei Hasharon. Segado Belcher (191-G-78, college: Nebraska) secured 13 points in the losing effort.
Aris used an 8-point, 6-board haul from Blagota Sekulic in the starting frame to build a 23:16 advantage. Spencer Nelson and Gavel kept things rolling for Aris in the second term as they secured a 41:37 halftime lead. Aris gradually mounted their advantage as Keydren Clark took over the leading role in the third stanza. He nailed 9 points and Aris extended their lead to as many as 11 points heading into the final period. Aris never allowed Bnei Hasharon to ignite the intrigue in this one and eased to the second victory in a row.
Aris will next take on undefeated Turk Telekom at home. Bnei Hasharon will travel to Greece once again. This time they would face Panellinios.

Aris: Keydren Clark 15, Spencer Nelson 14, Blagota Sekulic 14
Bnei Hasharon: Ugonna Onyekwe 15, Segado Belcher 13


Turk Telekom shoot down Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Panellinios 70:64

Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) secured 20 points and 7 boards to lift Turk Telekom past Panellinios in Turkey. The victory allowed the hosts to climb at 2-0 record in EuroCup. They now share the lead in Group D with Aris. Panellinios dropped the second straight at the tournament.
The fans that gathered at the Ataturk Spor Salonu witnessed their favorites got to the better start. Turk Telekom built a 17:12 lead at the first intermission. Panellinios went on a 12:2 run in the second period and piled up a 31:23 lead. Turk Telekom capped the half with an 8:2 run that put them as close as 4 points from the visitors.
Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) scored 5 points at the start of the second half and Turk Telekom claimed back the advantage. The teams traded baskets and the hosts led by just a single point 53:52 at the start of the final quarter. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) and Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) returned the lead to Panellinios but the home team had the answer for that. Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) and Roderick Blakney propelled Turk Telekom to a 60:57 advantage. Ivan Radenovic though would not stop as he produced 5 points that gave the Greek side a 62:60 lead midway through the quarter. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) and Roderick Blakney replied with key points for the hosts as they built a 68:64 advantage. Panellinios never recovered and had to deal with the loss in this one.
Michael Wright secured 17 points for Turk Telekom. Roderick Blakney added 13 points for the winners. Ivan Radenovic responded with 18 points and 9 boards for Panellinios. Stevan Nadjfeji secured 12 points and 7 boards for the Greek team in the defeat.

Turk Telekom: Erwin Dudley 20, Michael Wright 17, Roderick Blakney 13
Panellinios: Ivan Radenovic 18, Stevan Nadjfeji 12


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EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D - by Eurobasket News
EiffelTowers-AEL 87:76 (18-23, 10-21, 27-18, 32-14)

EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday 87:76. The Dutch side trailed 7 points heading into the final quarter but outscored AEL in the rest of the way. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) poured in 20 points, David Jackson (195-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) had 18 and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) 14. Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) chipped in 17 points in defeat.
AEL did not mind playing away from home and went on a lead immediately. Mujezinovic made 10:6 for his team and Dozet dunked for 19:11. Radojevic closed the opening quarter at 23:18. AEL continued to dominate the court in the second frame and after 21-10 in it had 44:28 advantage. It seemed that the win was in the pocket, but the hosts resisted. David Jackson's three at the end of the third period made it 55:62. Frederiks's far shot brought his team 64:62 lead. Dean Oliver gave his team the second taste of victory in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday.
In another game of the group Lithuanian BC Siauliai produced a 89:76 triumph over Allianz Swans BC. Kadziulis Gintaras top-scored for the winners with 26 points making 6/8 three-pointers. Saulius Kuzminskas nailed for Siauliai 17 points and had 13 rebounds, whilst Mayes Deteri posted 16 in defeat.

EiffelTowers: Jerome Beasley 20, David Jackson 18, Dean Oliver 14
AEL: Haris Mujezinovic 17, Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) 15


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ELKHART EXPRESS RETURN TO IBL IN DOUBT - by John Gary
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM The future of the Elkhart Express is in doubt following uncertain and hard economic times. The Express were almost sold to a group of CHICAGO businessmen this past summer, but the deal which would have resulted in relocation fell through. The Express have been apart of the league for three seasons. Teams have until January 11,2009 to pay their dues for the 2009 season. The number of teams that will be competing in the league this year is unknown at this time.

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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Netanya 8-0 
 2. Macc.H.Hash. 5-3 
 3. Macc.Ashdod 5-3 
 4. Elitzur Ramla 5-3 
 5. Kiryat Tivon 5-3 
 6. Hap.Afula 5-3 
 7. Elitzur K.Yair 4-4 
 8. Hap.L.Hashar. 4-4 
 9. Hap.Beeri 3-5 
 10. Hap.Y./Megido 3-5 
 11. Elitzur Yavne 3-5 
 12. Ironi N-Ziona 3-5 
 13. Hap.N.Elite 2-6 
 14. Benyamina 1-7 


National League Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Beeri - Hod Hasharon 77-69
Hapoel Beeri secured the third win in the season as they knocked down Hasharon at home court. Cedric Jackson fired 31 points to pace the winners. Doron Katzaf netted 11 points in the winning case. Moti Moscovitz responded with 20 points for Hod Hasharon. Blake Hamilton had 16 points and 9 rebounds as the visitors slipped at 5-3 record.

Elitzur Yavne - Kohav Yair 79-87
Kohav Yair outscored Elitzur Yavne on the road. Stacey Morgan poured in 23 points and collected 12 boards to lead Kohav Yair. Briger nailed 18 points in the winning effort. Asaf Harari dropped 18 points as Elitzur Yavne lost the fifth defeat in the season.

Macc.Ashdod - Lev Hashar. 88-73
Maccabi Ashdod remained in the second spot in the ladder as they cruised past Lev Hasharon 88:73 at home court. Dori Assaf tallied 21 points, 8 assists and 7 boards for Ashdod. Dwight Brewington added 14 points for the hosts. Adrian Auter notched 27 points and 13 rebounds for Lev Hasharon.

Benyamina - Bar.Netanya 78-120
Baitar Netanya thumped Benyamina away from home to stay on top of the standings. Eliran Gueta poured in 24 points off the bench to pace the league leaders. Uria Gur added 18 points for the winning team. Hen Ben-Eliyaho responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Benyamina as they dropped the 7th game in the tournament.

Hap.Afula - Ironi N-Ziona 86-84
Adi Pereg converted a free throw with two seconds left in regulation to seal Hapoel Safula win over Ironi Nes-Ziona. Dennis Carr chipped in 19 points and collected 9 boards for the hosts. Adi Pereg finished with 18 points for the winners. Tal Dan replied with 25 points for Ironi Nes-Ziona in defeat.

Hap.Tivon - Natzrath Elite 85-81
Hapoel Tivon shot down Natzrath Elite behind 28 points from Andre Haris. Oren Ben Hemo contributed 19 points in the victorious case. Ofer Digmel secured 26 points and 7 rebounds for Natzrath Elite in the losing case.



Aris hold off Bnei Hasharon in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Bnei Hasharon 84:71

Aris earned the second consecutive win at the EuroCup regular season. They defeated Bnei Hasharon at home court yesterday to clinch the top spot in Group D. The Israeli team fell at 0-2 record and would look for the first win at the competition against Panellinios in the next round. Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) paced well-balanced offense with 15 points for Aris. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) and Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) added 14 points each for the winners. Ugonna Onyekwe (203-F-79, college: Pennsylvania) responded with 15 points for Bnei Hasharon. Segado Belcher (191-G-78, college: Nebraska) secured 13 points in the losing effort.
Aris used an 8-point, 6-board haul from Blagota Sekulic in the starting frame to build a 23:16 advantage. Spencer Nelson and Gavel kept things rolling for Aris in the second term as they secured a 41:37 halftime lead. Aris gradually mounted their advantage as Keydren Clark took over the leading role in the third stanza. He nailed 9 points and Aris extended their lead to as many as 11 points heading into the final period. Aris never allowed Bnei Hasharon to ignite the intrigue in this one and eased to the second victory in a row.
Aris will next take on undefeated Turk Telekom at home. Bnei Hasharon will travel to Greece once again. This time they would face Panellinios.

Aris: Keydren Clark 15, Spencer Nelson 14, Blagota Sekulic 14
Bnei Hasharon: Ugonna Onyekwe 15, Segado Belcher 13


National league market news - by Netanel Dahan
Avi Nenikashvili (188-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) left Hapoel Afula and signed at Hapoel Natzrath Elite. Avi averaged so far at Afula 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg, and 2.4apg.

Ironi Nes-Ziona signed Oren Flaisher (183-G-82), Oren played before in Hapoel Holon, Maccabi Ashdod, and Elizur Ramla.
Oren played yesterday V.S Hapoel Afula there he scored 8 points in 16 minutes.
Ironi Nes-Ziona also released their foreign player Todd Sowell (201-F-86, agency: ABE! Sports and Entertainment, college: St.Peter's).

Baitar Benyamina signed Shahar Margulis (197-G-89). Margulis played last year at Nahariya, Margulis played at the game V.S Natania where he scored 6 points grabbed 2 rebounds in 9 minutes.


Kaminsky and Q. Ata Part ways - by Tamar Goldman

Meir Kaminsky is no longer the head coach of Elitzur Q. Ata. Kaminski was fired after the team lost to Ironi Ramat Gan on overtime this Sunday night . this was Q. Atas fifth consecutive lost in the league and right now the only win they have is from the opening round of the league six weeks ago. The assistant coach, Eilon Biham took was given the keys to led the team. Kaminski is the fifth coach to be fired since the league started.


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Olympiakos trashes Air Avelino in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Air Avelino 91-66

Olympiakos demonstrated its power against Air Avelino registering the 5th Euroleague win this season (Group A). On the other side Italian team dropped on 2-4. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) top-scored for the Reds with 13 points. Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) came up with 11 points and 5 boards, while PG Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) netted 11 points each. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) answered with 16 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the loosing side. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) netted 12, while Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Air Avelino opened the game with 5-9, but soon after that Olympiakos answered with mini 5-0 run. Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) made a jumper at the end of the first period for 20-16. Later, big guy Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) stepped up for his team with 5 consecutive points setting the score on 25-16. Eric Williams responded for Air Avelino with two baskets, but the Reds drained couple of long range shots until the half time grabbing comfortable 16-point lead, 41-25. After the breather the hosts touched impressive 54-27. It was a clear signal that this game is already over for the Italians. Chris Warren shined at the end cutting the margin on 80-48. However, it was Avelino's maximum today. In the next round Olympiakos goes to Malaga, while Air Avelino will host Maccabi Electra.

Olympiakos: Josh Childress 13+4 boards, Giannis Bourousis 11+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 11+4 as, Lynn Greer 11
Air Avelino: Chris Warren 16+5 boards+4 as, Eric Williams 12, Tamar Slay 11+5 boards


Eldo vs Scavolini rescheduled - by IM Martin
The Italian Federation rescheduled the up coming game Eldo Caserta vs Scavolini Spar Pesaro to commemorate the lost of four members on the under fifteen team. Eldo Caserta has won the last two of their seven game. The new addition is Horace Jenkins (186-G-74, college: William Pater.). Diaz sprained his left ankle. In the 90 - 78 win last week Slay scored 32 points, Diaz scored 22 points. Martin was DNP in the last two games.

Khimky no match for Benetton in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Khimky 77:59

Benetton scored a comprehensive victory over visiting Khimky to improve at 2-0 record in Group C of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams were considered among the top favorites before the EuroCup season and so far Benetton lived up to the status. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) finished the game with 24 points to lead the way for the hosts. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) was helpful with 18 points as Benetton topped Group C.
Khimky opened the game with 9 unanswered points before Benetton started to find rhythm. Wallace and Gary Neal fired from beyond the arc and soon the hosts squared things up at 16. Benetton managed to secure an 18:17 advantage at the end of the first period. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) and Delfino teamed up to lift Khimky back in front at the start of the second quarter. Not for long though. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy), Gary Neal and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) all scored in a 13:2 rally that put Benetton back in the drivers seat at 32:27. The hosts went into the locker room leading by 4 points 35:31.
Gary Neal was unstoppable as continued to pile up points at the start of the second half. His accurate attempts gave the hosts a 48:35 advantage. Benetton maintained the cushion and headed into the fourth term ahead by 12 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Sandro Nicevic stretched the gap to as many as 17 points and Benetton never looked back en route to the second victory in the tournament.
Radoslav Rancik and Bobby Dixon nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for Khimky. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Maciej Lampe secured 11 points each in the loss.

Benetton: Gary Neal 24, Sandro Nicevic 18, Radoslav Rancik 9, Bobby Dixon 9
Khimky: Mike Wilkinson 12, Jorge Garbajosa 11, Maciej Lampe 11


Pamesa fire down Fortitudo - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Pamesa 71:77

Pamesa sneaked past Fortitudo in Bologna and clinched the second straight win in the EuroCup regular season. Fortitudo in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and dropped at the bottom of Group G ladder.
Bologna needed to win this one and started the game aggressively. They led 7:2 in the early minutes however Pamesa closed the gap soon. Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) capped the first period with a three-pointer and narrowed the distance to 2 points 15:17. The Spaniards tipped off the second frame with a 10:4 run and surged ahead. Pamesa maintained the lead and ensured a 35:31 cushion at halftime.
The things did not change radically after the third stanza as Pamesa stayed in front 55:50. Mancinelli and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) narrowed the gap early in the final quarter however Ruben Douglas gave Pamesa some breathing space. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) extended the margin to 8 points with a dunk. Qyntel Woods dragged the hosts within 7 points but Pamesa did not allow the intrigue to spark. Albert Oliver (187-G-78) was deadly from the stripe and Pamesa secured the winning outcome at the end.
Ruben Douglas dropped 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and made 6 steals for Pamesa. Kosta Perovic contributed 16 points and 8 boards, while Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) had 13 points in the winning case. Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Fortitudo. Qyntel Woods posted 16 points for Bologna in the loss.

Fortitudo: Gregor Fucka 17, Qyntel Woods 16
Pamesa: Ruben Douglas 20, Kosta Perovic 16, Shammond Williams 13


AJ Milano crushes the defending champion CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano - CSKA Moscow 80-79

AJ Milano managed to crush the defending champion handing it the first loss this season. It was an extremely exciting game, decided at the very end. CSKA Moscow came into the last quarter with 4-point lead, 49-53. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) opened it with a triple for the hosts cutting the margin on 1. After Mike Hall's (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) basket with a foul and successful free throw after that, AJ Milano was ahead for the first time in this game, 59-58. David Hawkins again shined for the hosts making two consecutive baskets for 73-70 with less than three minutes to go. At the very end, actually 9.1 seconds remaining Khryapa made it from the paint after what Hawkins drained a jumper for 80-79. CSKA had enough time to organize good play, but experienced Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) committed a turnover. Jobey Thomas was on the FT line with 1.9 to go. He missed the first and after that intentionally missed the second one. CSKA had no time to answer facing with first Euroleague failure this season.
David Hawkins drained 20 points for the winners, including 4 assists. Luca Vitali (201-G-86) netted 17, while Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) notched 10 points. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) was better than the others in CSKA collecting 15 points and 6 assists. Ramunas Siskauskas delivered 11, while Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) contributed with 10 points and 5 boards. In the next round CSKA will meet green PAO. AJ Milano will play in Isanbul. CSKA 5-1, AJ Milano 2-4 in Group D.

AJ Milano: David Hawkins 20+4 as, Luca Vitali 17, Jobey Thomas 10
CSKA Moscow: Zoran Planinic 15+6 as, Ramunas Siskauskas 11, Trajan Langdon 10+5 boards


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Zain latest news - by Mohammed Malas
Jordan National Team point guard and Zain star Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) will arrive tomorrow to Amman to join the team's training before their travel to Lebanon next tuesday for 5 days camp to prepare for Dubai International Tournament which will take place in Dubai, UAE from the 19th till the 27th of December, The team will play against Al Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, Al muttahed and Champville during their stay in Beirut.

In a related issue, Two american players are so near to join Mike Christensen as imports with the Jordanian champions under the command of the portuguese coach Mario Leonel Palma and his assistans Mario Gomes , Ruslan Soobzokov and Robert Taylor , Their names will be announced soon according to a source inside the club, The same source added that the Jordanian basketball federation announced their acceptance for the 4 big teams; ASU Sports Club, Al Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Amman, Orthodox and Zain to have 1 import in the Premier League and Jordan Cup with the condition of not allowing them to play against the other teams who cannot afford the money for getting imports.


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Energa Czarni tastes the initial win - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni-BK Ventspils 91:75 (27-17, 22-20, 26-22, 16-16)

Energa Czarni had a 91:75 win over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) led the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Jason Straight (188-G-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wyoming) posted 18. Their team improved to 1-1 in Group A while dropping Latvians Ventspils to 0-2. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) 16 in defeat.
The Polish team started with five consecutive points in the game and led to 16:10 advantage. Demetric Bennett with a three closed the opening quarter for 27:17. Cesnauskis extended the margin to 47:30 in the middle of the second and Vairogs sent the teams to the lockers for 49:37.
Energa Czarni managed to win also the third stanza 26:22 as Janis Strelnieks was the last to score after 30 minutes of the game. In the last quarter the hosts controlled the game and won over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action.
In another game of the group Belgacom Liege got 2-0 record in Group A after a road 78:79 victory over Cajasol. Belgian team trailed by 17 points in the first half but clawed its way back in the third quarter. Hill Christopher led the winners with 23 points, while Wilson Jamar added 16. Carter Warren top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.

Energa Czarni: Demetric Bennett 19, Jason Straight 18, Howell 13
BK Ventspils: Pavels Veselovs 18, Janis Strelnieks 16


Unics post the second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Barons/LMT 76:55

Unics maintained their winning approach in the EuroCup regular season as they registered the second win in a row in Group B. Yesterday they dealt with Latvian Barons/LMT at the Basket-Hall in Kazan. The victory allowed Unics to remain in the share-lead of the top spot together with Dynamo Moscow. The things will be sorted out on top in the third round when Unics host Dynamo Moscow.
Barons/LMT were the first to jump out of the blocks as Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) nailed 7 consecutive points and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added two more for the visitors to build a 17:12 lead. However the hosts answered with a 7:2 run to close the opening term all tied at 19. Unics gradually took over in the second period and soon stretched the margin to 10 points. Demetrius Alexander and Giedrius Gustas stepped up for Barons once again and allowed the Latvian team to trail by 8 at halftime.
The hosts opened the third frame on a 7:2 rally to take some breathing space. Artem Kouziakine (202-G-80) and Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77) extended the margin to 17 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) gave the home team a 19-point cushion early in the fourth quarter and Unics cruised from there on.
Marko Popovic finished with 15 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) added 12 points each for the winners. Demetrius Alexander responded with 17 points and 11 boards for Barons. Giedrius Gustas notched 16 points in the loss.

Unics: Marko Popovic 15, Terrell Lyday 12, Dmitry Sokolov 12
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 17+11 boards, Giedrius Gustas 16


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The Baltic team defeats Allianz Swans in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BC Siauliai - Allianz Swans 89:76 (36-19, 19-17, 14-21, 20-19)

Lithuanian BC Siauliai produced a 89:76 triumph over Allianz Swans BC. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80), top-scored for the winners with 26 points making 6/8 three-pointers. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) nailed for Siauliai 17 points and had 13 rebounds, whilst Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) posted 16 in defeat. BC Siauliai improved to 1-1 record, while Allianz Swans dropped to 0-2.
The first quarter became very offensive in the game especially for the home side. They scored almost everything the players shot. Maceina with a jump shot made it 36:19 at the end of it. Another 19-17 in the second period led Lithuanian team to 55:36. Allianz Swans pushed the tempo in the third period and reduced to 69:57 after thirty minutes of the game. It was however Lithuanian day as the team produced 20-19 in the last period to seal the winning outcome.
In another game EiffelTowers beat AEL in EuroChallenge Group D on Tuesday 87:76. The Dutch side trailed 7 points heading into the final quarter but outscored AEL in the rest of the way. Jerome Beasley poured in 20 points, David Jackson had 18 and Dean Oliver 14. Mujezinovic Haris chipped in 17 points in defeat.

BC Siauliai: Gintaras Kadziulis 26, Saulius Kuzminskas 17+13 rebs, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 16
Allianz Swans: Deteri Mayes 16, Reginald Huffman (201-F-82, college: UAB) 12+11 rebs


Gran Canaria better Lietuvos Rytas at home court - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Lietuvos Rytas 94:83

Joel Freeland (208-F-87) scored 20 points for Gran Canaria and they outscored Lietuvos Rytas. It was the first victory for Gran Canaria in the tournament after they dropped the opening game to Azovmash in Ukraine. Lietuvos Rytas in the meantime suffered the initial loss and four teams appeared tied at 1-1 record in Group E.
Gran Canaria needed this one badly and they started the game aggressively. A pair of three-pointers from Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) gave the hosts a 23:17 lead late in the first period. But Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) responded with four points to cap the frame and Lietuvos Rytas trailed by just two points 23:25 at the intermission. Melvin Sanders scored 6 points to ignite an 8:0 run from the hosts as they continued to stay in charge in the second quarter. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) drained two treys to lift Gran Canaria to a 42:30 advantage. The Spaniards maintained the distance and ensured a 56:41 cushion at halftime.
Lietuvos Rytas tried to close the gap after the main break as Chuck Eidson and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) cut the deficit to 7 points. However Melvin Sanders kept delivering steadily and the hosts quickly restored a 16-point buffer. Lietuvos Rytas got an inch closer as they trailed by 15 points heading into the final stanza. Chuck Eidson poured in two three-pointers to lead Lietuvos Rytas back in the contest. The Lithuanian team was down by 6 points midway through the fourth term. However Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.) came up with some crucial baskets to ensure the winning outcome for the hosts.
Carl English nailed 19 points, while Melvin Sanders added 17 points for the winners. Chuck Eidson knocked down 27 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) had 20 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria: Joel Freeland 20, Carl English 19, Melvin Sanders 17
Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 27, Marijonas Petravicius 20


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BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen sign Willie Irick - by Eurobasket

BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen signed 24-year old American forward Willie Irick (198-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) and he will arrive on Thursday. Irick played most recently at Oklahoma City University (NAIA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

The do everything versatile forward started 36 games and led his Oklahoma City University team to back to back National Championships. Willie averaged 17.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 26 minutes of play for a very balanced top team in Oklahoma City. Also, Willie shot an amazing 50.5 percent from 2 point field, 40.3 percent from 3 point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy of Warren Sports intertnational



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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
Northern Division
 1. Tecos UAG 25-4 
 2. Soles 25-5 
 3. Lobos Grises 16-13 
 4. Algodoneros 15-13 
 5. Lobos UAC 15-14 
 6. Fuerza R. 14-15 
 7. Bravos 13-16 
 8. Dorados 13-16 
 9. Venados 12-17 
 10. Corr.Victoria 11-17 
 11. Galgos T. 8-21 
 12. Potros 6-24 
Southern Division
 1. Halc. Xalpa 30-1 
 2. Panteras 20-9 
 3. Halc. Rojos 20-10 
 4. Barreteros 18-11 
 5. Halc. Cordoba 16-12 
 6. Santos 15-14 
 7. Bucaneros 15-14 
 8. Pioneros 13-16 
 9. Lechugueros 10-18 
 10. Loros C. 10-19 
 11. Angeles 6-23 
 12. Estrellas 2-26 


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NBA Round: 36 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Pistons - Spurs 89-77
Detroit Pistons celebrated against the San Antonio Spurs on the road jumping on 11-6 record. AI (Allen Iverson) and Rasheed Wallace drained 19 points each for the winners. Richard Hamilton had 16, while Tayshaun Prince netted one point less. Prince also had 12 rebounds and 5 assists beside that. Tim Duncan was on a high level for the Spurs collecting 23 points and 13 rebounds. San Antonio 9-8.

Raptors - Nuggets 93-132
Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony combined 47 points, 7 boards and 17 assists for the Nuggets leading them to 13th victory this season. Nene Hilario followed them with 19 points and 11 rebs. Chris Bosh finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, but his Raptors slipped on 8-9.

Jazz - Kings 99-94
Utah Jazz grabbed it in Sacramento moving up on 12-7 record. On the other side, the Kings dropped on 5-15. Kyle Korver, who came off the bench, netted 15 points for the winning squad. Deron Williams and Ronnie Brewer helped scoring 14 points apiece. Kevin Martin contributed with 22 points in defeat.

Trail Blazers - Knicks 104-97
The Trail Blazers celebrated at the Madison Square Garden thanks to Brandon Roy and his 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for 37 minutes. Portland also got 18 points from the Spanish star Rudy Fernandez. Chris Duhon responded with 23 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds for the Knicks. Portland 13-6, NY Knicks 8-9.

Lakers - Pacers 117-118
Indiana Pacers managed to hand the second defeat to LA Lakers mostly owing to Danny Granger, who delivered 32 points. T.J. Ford helped adding 21 points and 8 assists for 34 minutes. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had 48 points and 16 boards together for the Lakers (14-2). Indiana 7-10.

Wizards - Nets 108-88
Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and DeShawn Stevenson combined 65 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists for the Wizards helping it to beat NY Nets on the road and to improve on 3-12 score. Devin Harris netted 18 pts for the hosts, which now have 9-8.

76ers - Bulls 103-95
Chicago Bulls faced with 10th defeat this season losing against Philadelphia at the United Center. Andre Miller poured in 28, while Andre Iguodala stopped on 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Elton Brand also shined collecting 22 points and 14 boards. Derrick Rose stepped up for his team delivering 24 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Both teams are on 8-10 record now.

Clippers - Mavericks 98-100
9-8 for the Mavs and 3-14 for the Clippers after this game. Dirk Nowitzki came up with double-double for the hosts, 29 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Terry drained 26 coming off the bench. Clippers got the most from Zach Randolph, 27 points and 10 rebounds.



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Blue Devils get big road win - by Kevin Cochran

Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) had 20 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4 Duke beat No. 9 Purdue 76-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) scored 20 points and Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) added 12 for the Blue Devils (8-0).

Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) had 15 points and eight rebounds and Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) added 12 for the Boilermakers (5-2). Etwaun Moore (6'3''-G-89),

Purdue's leading scorer, went scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points.

Duke outrebounded Purdue 49-29 and held the Boilermakers to 37 percent shooting. Purdue was just 2-of-13 on three-pointers.

Duke improved to 10-0 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was the Blue Devils' first test against a ranked team this season.

Purdue lost to No. 6 Oklahoma in overtime last Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off final.

Duke led 36-28 at halftime and opened the second half with a putback by Brian Zoubek (7'1''-C-88) and a three-pointer by Scheyer to push its lead to 41-28.

Johnson converted a three-point play, then made another basket to trim Duke's lead to 47-36, but the Blue Devils responded with an 8-0 run.

Moore finally scored on a fadeaway jumper with 10:46 to play, but Duke still led 55-38. Singler hit a deep three-pointer at the other end and ran back downcourt shaking his head and exuding confidence.

Purdue started to chip away at Duke's lead in the closing minutes. Moore scored two more baskets, and Hummel scored on a three-point play and a bank shot to cut Duke's lead to 62-49. A steal and layup by Moore made it 64-53 with just over three minutes left.

Purdue had a chance to cut Duke's lead to single digits, but Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88) missed a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play, and Singler dunked on Duke's next possession to end Purdue's threat.

Purdue looked unusually sloppy in the opening minutes. The Boilermakers had several turnovers and missed their first six shots before Kramer made a fadeaway with 15:49 left in the first half that cut Duke's lead to 7-2.

Duke maintained control and a putback by Scheyer increased the Blue Devils' lead to 27-14 with about seven minutes left in the first half.

Nemanja Calasan (6'9''-F-85, college: Midland CC) helped Purdue rally. He made a three-pointer and a jumper from the free throw line, then two free throws in a run that cut Duke's lead to 34-27 just under three minutes before the half. The Blue Devils held on, and led by eight at halftime.

Courtesy: goduke.com



Drummond leaves Villanova - by Kevin Cochran

Junior center Casiem Drummond (6'10''-C) has informed the coaching staff of his desire to locate a program to which he can transfer.

'Casiem is interested in finding a place where he can earn significantly more playing time than he has received here,' stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright . 'Our staff is doing all it can to help him locate that opportunity. Cas' has made strides in his time with us and we appreciate all his efforts on behalf of our basketball family.'

This season Drummond appeared in two games for Villanova, averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19 minutes. His best game as a Wildcat came on Nov. 25, 2007, when he scored nine points and collected 17 rebounds in a 69-68 loss to N.Carolina St. in the finals of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He started nine times over the course of 42 games in a Wildcat uniform. A pair of ankle injuries cost him much of the 2007-08 campaign.

Villanova (6-0) meets Penn on Tuesday night at the Palestra (8:00 p.m./CN8 TV and ESPN 950 Radio) in its first Philadelphia Big Five contest of 2008-09.


Courtesy: Villanova athletics




Clemson now 8-0 - by Kevin Cochran
Demontez Stitt (6'2''-G-89) scored 18 points and Trevor Booker (6'7''-F/C-87) had 16 to lead Clemson to a 76-74 win over Illinois on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86) and K.C. Rivers (6'5''-G/F-87) added 14 points apiece for Clemson (8-0), which overcame a 40-32 halftime deficit to earn their fifth straight win in the challenge.

Clemson turned the tables on defensive-minded Illinois (6-1) by causing havoc in the backcourt with a full court press, forcing 17 turnovers.

After shooting 56 percent in the first half Illinois went cold down the stretch, going 2-for-8 from the field in the final five minutes. Illinois wasn't able to get a shot off in the final seconds.

Mike Davis (6'9''-F-88) led Illinois with a career-high 28 points, including the first 12 for the Illini after the break. Demetri McCamey (6'3''-G-89) added 20 points.


Courtesy: clemsontigers.cstv.com


High Point Reunion in Geneva - Reid joins Jefferson in Switzerland - by Kristian Santiago

Arizona Reid (196-F-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: High Point) is finally going to play his first professional game next Saturday when his Geneva Devils meet SAM Basket Massagno in the Swiss LNA.


The South Carolina-native is pairing up with his partner from his successful college days, Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point) to propel the Devils to the upper part of the standings as the Devils are currently next to the very bottom with only one win out of nine games.

The two-time 'Big South Player of the Year' headed to Switzerland after sustaining a foot-injury in Italy where he signed earlier this year with Cimberio Varese.
After he received some interest from a team in Cyprus, Geneva gave him the chance to recover from his injury and worked with him to get him back on his feet and on the court again.

Now, with being healthy and ready, the 6-5 forward and all-time leader in rebounds in the Big South Conference, is going out to prove that he is capable of putting up the same impressive stats (23.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg in his senior-year) like he used to do during his collegiate career.
With fellow-High Point alum Jefferson the transition to the European game should become easy for the 22-year old.

Especially with another newcomer who joins the team and brings in veteran leadership: Antoine Gillespie (194-G-76, college: UTEP)
The 32 year-old guard arrives in Geneva after playing in Greece for PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki and a couple of years of experience in the pro ranks under his belt.

With this two new faces on the court, Geneva might be bouncing back soon to the upper region of the standings.



Canes lose Rios indefinitely - by Kevin Cochran

Miami, FL Hurricanes sophomore point guard Eddie Rios (6'0''-G) was suspended indefinitely Tuesday for a violation of team rules.

The suspension was announced shortly before the Hurricanes (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) lost to Ohio St..

Rios started the first four games filling in for injured guard Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G), who has returned to the starting lineup. Rios is averaging 6.0 points and 14.8 minutes per game.

Last season he averaged 3.4 points in 34 games, including three starts.

Courtesy: ESPN.com



Singler leads No. 4 Duke past No. 9 Purdue 76-60 - by Rick Ross
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue's chance to showcase its return to national prominence
quickly turned into a lesson on how far the Boilermakers have to go.
Kyle Singler had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 4 Duke beat No. 9
Purdue 76-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Jon Scheyer scored 20 points and Nolan Smith added 12 for the Blue Devils (8-0).

Purdue fell behind 7-0 in the opening minutes, and much of the capacity crowd of 14,123
that was hoping for the Boilermakers' first home win over a top five team since 1992
instead was immediately deflated and remained quiet for much of the night.
'For us, we knew coming on the road, it's huge to get off to huge starts,
and that's something we were really focused on,' Scheyer said.

Duke coach Mike Mike Krzyzewski said Purdue provided the kind of early season test his team needed.
'I'm proud of our guys,' he said. 'We beat a really good basketball team tonight. It was a great environment.'
That great environment lasted until shortly after tipoff, when Duke exposed
Purdue for being a talented team that's not quite ready for prime time.
Duke outrebounded Purdue 49-29 and held the Boilermakers to 37 percent shooting.
Robbie Hummel had 15 points and eight rebounds and JaJuan Johnson added 12 points for the Boilermakers (5-2).
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue's leading scorer, went scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points.
'It was a lot tougher than we thought it was going to be,' Moore said.
Duke improved to 10-0 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
It was the Blue Devils' first test against a ranked team this season, and Mike Krzyzewski said Singler and Scheyer controlled the game.
'Jon and Kyle played at a really high level,' he said. 'Jon's a veteran. Jon's accustomed to being in big games.
In a physical game like that, you want the ball in his hands because it's almost automatic at the free throw line, same thing with Kyle.'
Purdue lost to No. 6 Oklahoma in overtime last Friday in the
NIT Season Tip-Off final. Duke expected Purdue to use that as motivation.

'Purdue's a very good team,' Singler said. '
We knew they were going to have an edge, and have another edge playing at home.
It was a man's game. We knew we had to play confident,
we knew we had to play team defense and come in with the mind-set that we were going to win.'
Duke led 36-28 at halftime and opened the second half with a putback by
Brian Zoubek and a 3-pointer by Scheyer to push its lead to 41-28.
Johnson converted a three-point play, then made another basket to trim
Duke's lead to 47-36, but the Blue Devils responded with an 8-0 run.
Moore finally scored on a fadeaway jumper with 10:46 to play, but
Duke still led 55-38. Singler hit a deep 3-pointer at the other end and ran
back downcourt shaking his head and exuding confidence.
Purdue started to chip away at Duke's lead in the closing minutes.
Moore scored two more baskets, and Hummel scored on a three-point play and a bank
shot to cut Duke's lead to 62-49. A steal and layup by Moore made it
64-53 with just over three minutes left.

Purdue had a chance to cut Duke's lead to single digits, but
Chris Kramer missed a 3-pointer with just over two minutes to play, and
Singler dunked on Duke's next possession to end Purdue's threat.
Purdue looked unusually sloppy in the opening minutes.
The Boilermakers had several turnovers and missed their first six shots before
Kramer made a fadeaway with 15:49 left in the first half that cut Duke's lead to 7-2.
In addition to shutting out Moore in the first half, Duke held Hummel to five points.
'I think it was good solid defense,' Singler said. 'If you let Moore and
Hummel catch a lot, that's more opportunities they have, so we just tried to
keep it out of their hands as much as possible.
You're not going to take it completely away from them,
but I thought we did a pretty good job denying them.'

Mike Krzyzewski was pleased with his team's performance,
but also feels Purdue could contend for the national title.
'We think at the end of the season,
Purdue will be one of those teams that has a chance,' he said

By CLIFF BRUNT (AP Sports Writer)


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Special 23rd Africa Champions Cup for men: Pillars, Union Bank know opponents - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....as FIBA Africa hold draw Friday

The Nigeria two representatives to the final round of the 23rd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Kano Pillars basketball club and Union Bank basketball club will this Friday know their opponent.

According to a release from the Secretariat of the continental ruling body the twelve clubs will be divided into two groups of six teams each with host Etoile du Sahel basketball club of Tunisia heading group-A while defending champion, Primero de Agosto of Angola lead other teams in group-B.

The draw ceremony of the continent's most prestigious club competition is billed for 20.00 hours local time at Star's Sport Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia.

The draw ceremony will be conducted by Abdelraouf Menjour, FIBA Africa president of Competitions commission.

The 23rd Champions Cup for men will be played from 12th 21st December 2008 Sousse, Tunisia will see the twelve teams from eight Africa countries vying for honours.

The participating clubs includes host Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), El- Shabab Arabi (Libya), Stade Nabeulien (Tunisia), Lupopo (RDC), Onantra (RDC), APR (Rwanda), Primero de Agosto (Angola), ASA (Angola), BACK (Guinea Conakry), Kano Pillars (Nigeria), Union Bank (Nigeria) and Swallows (Togo).
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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Knights ink Jeremy File - by Gianni Pascucci
The Battle Creek Knights, member of the Premier Basketball League, announced the signing of Jeremy File (6'1''-G-84, college: W.Michigan), for the 2009 season. 'We are please to have Jeremy with us. He is one of the most complete players you will see. He does everything well. He competes at a high level, and just wants to win. He does whatever he needs to do to help his team win. He will be a fan favorite in Battle Creek.' stated Knights head coach, Terry Sare , in regard to the Jeremy File signing for the 2009 season upcoming. Jeremy File is from Jackson, Michigan, and comes to the Knights after four professional seasons spending time in the IBL, ABA, and China. Jeremy attended Western Michigan University and Olivet College during his college playing days.

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Aaron Cook signed with Gothia - by Richard
Aaron Cook (186-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hartford) has reached a mutual agreement to leave Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski in Poland and has signed with Gothia Basket in Sweden. Aaron is the all-time leading three-point shooter at NCAA Div. 1 Hartford University where he averaged 16.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg as a senior. He was also an All-Star in the CBA last season for the Butte Daredevils and was second in the league in assists per game (6.4 apg). Aaron is an explosive young scorer and should bring instant offense to help turn around this season for Gothia Basket.
Courtesy of Passing Lane Sports


Spirou upset Turow on the road - by Eurobasket News
Turow - Spirou 61:86

Spirou got to a terrific start of their EuroCup campaign as they registered the second straight victory. Yesterday the Belgian team punished Turow in Poland to climb on top of Group F. A stifling defense and executive offense from Spirou left no chance for ambitious Turow in this one.
Spirou marked their dominance right from the start as they outscored the hosts 21:14 in the opening term. Turow struggled to find the right rhythm and they trailed by as many as 10 points at halftime. Spirou mounted the pressure in the third frame. They went on a 21:1 run that put them ahead by 19 points. The visitors nailed 11 unanswered points late in the third frame to pile up a 71:43 advantage. Turow had nothing to hope for in this one and the Belgian team cruised to the victory in the final stanza.
Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Rider) scored 17 points to lead Spirou. Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) provided 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) had 17 points for Turow. Donald Copeland (177-G-84, college: Seton Hall) provided 14 points in the loss.
Turow will travel to Serbia to take on Crvena Zvezda next. Charleroi will host Bamberg in the third round.

Turow: Damir Miljkovic 17, Donald Copeland 14
Spirou: Jerry Johnson 17, Len Matela 13, Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) 9, Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) 9


Energa Czarni tastes the initial win - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni-BK Ventspils 91:75 (27-17, 22-20, 26-22, 16-16)

Energa Czarni had a 91:75 win over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) led the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Jason Straight (188-G-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wyoming) posted 18. Their team improved to 1-1 in Group A while dropping Latvians Ventspils to 0-2. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) 16 in defeat.
The Polish team started with five consecutive points in the game and led to 16:10 advantage. Demetric Bennett with a three closed the opening quarter for 27:17. Cesnauskis extended the margin to 47:30 in the middle of the second and Vairogs sent the teams to the lockers for 49:37.
Energa Czarni managed to win also the third stanza 26:22 as Janis Strelnieks was the last to score after 30 minutes of the game. In the last quarter the hosts controlled the game and won over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action.
In another game of the group Belgacom Liege got 2-0 record in Group A after a road 78:79 victory over Cajasol. Belgian team trailed by 17 points in the first half but clawed its way back in the third quarter. Hill Christopher led the winners with 23 points, while Wilson Jamar added 16. Carter Warren top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.

Energa Czarni: Demetric Bennett 19, Jason Straight 18, Howell 13
BK Ventspils: Pavels Veselovs 18, Janis Strelnieks 16


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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smith, CAB 22.1
2 Graham, Vitoria 21.7
3 Madison, CAB 20.8
4 Williams,Academica 20
5 Jeffrey C., Fisica 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1Jeffrey C.,Fisica 12.4
2 Johnson,Academica 10
3 Coleman, Vagos 9.8
4 Kevin, Porto 9.6
5 Doliboa, Benfica 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Pires, Barreirense 5.3
2 Costa, Ginasio 4.8
3 Figueiredo, Porto 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 3.9
5 Smith, CAB 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Madison, CAB 3.4
2 Harvey, Vitoria 2.3
3 Tyrekus,Barreirense 2.3
4 Costa, Ginasio 2.3
5 Joseph, Fisica 2,2
Blocks Per Game
1 Graham, Vitoria 2
2 Brown, Barreirense 1.6
3 Doliboa, Benfica 1.6
4 Rosefelt,Academica1.5
5 Kevin, Porto 1.5


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Unics post the second win in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Barons/LMT 76:55

Unics maintained their winning approach in the EuroCup regular season as they registered the second win in a row in Group B. Yesterday they dealt with Latvian Barons/LMT at the Basket-Hall in Kazan. The victory allowed Unics to remain in the share-lead of the top spot together with Dynamo Moscow. The things will be sorted out on top in the third round when Unics host Dynamo Moscow.
Barons/LMT were the first to jump out of the blocks as Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) nailed 7 consecutive points and Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added two more for the visitors to build a 17:12 lead. However the hosts answered with a 7:2 run to close the opening term all tied at 19. Unics gradually took over in the second period and soon stretched the margin to 10 points. Demetrius Alexander and Giedrius Gustas stepped up for Barons once again and allowed the Latvian team to trail by 8 at halftime.
The hosts opened the third frame on a 7:2 rally to take some breathing space. Artem Kouziakine (202-G-80) and Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77) extended the margin to 17 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) gave the home team a 19-point cushion early in the fourth quarter and Unics cruised from there on.
Marko Popovic finished with 15 points for Unics. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) added 12 points each for the winners. Demetrius Alexander responded with 17 points and 11 boards for Barons. Giedrius Gustas notched 16 points in the loss.

Unics: Marko Popovic 15, Terrell Lyday 12, Dmitry Sokolov 12
Barons/LMT: Demetrius Alexander 17+11 boards, Giedrius Gustas 16


Khimky no match for Benetton in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Khimky 77:59

Benetton scored a comprehensive victory over visiting Khimky to improve at 2-0 record in Group C of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams were considered among the top favorites before the EuroCup season and so far Benetton lived up to the status. Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) finished the game with 24 points to lead the way for the hosts. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) was helpful with 18 points as Benetton topped Group C.
Khimky opened the game with 9 unanswered points before Benetton started to find rhythm. Wallace and Gary Neal fired from beyond the arc and soon the hosts squared things up at 16. Benetton managed to secure an 18:17 advantage at the end of the first period. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) and Delfino teamed up to lift Khimky back in front at the start of the second quarter. Not for long though. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy), Gary Neal and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) all scored in a 13:2 rally that put Benetton back in the drivers seat at 32:27. The hosts went into the locker room leading by 4 points 35:31.
Gary Neal was unstoppable as continued to pile up points at the start of the second half. His accurate attempts gave the hosts a 48:35 advantage. Benetton maintained the cushion and headed into the fourth term ahead by 12 points. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) and Sandro Nicevic stretched the gap to as many as 17 points and Benetton never looked back en route to the second victory in the tournament.
Radoslav Rancik and Bobby Dixon nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for Khimky. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Maciej Lampe secured 11 points each in the loss.

Benetton: Gary Neal 24, Sandro Nicevic 18, Radoslav Rancik 9, Bobby Dixon 9
Khimky: Mike Wilkinson 12, Jorge Garbajosa 11, Maciej Lampe 11


Cholet overcomes House's Rostov - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 (19-25, 18-21, 26-11, 13-15)

Cholet overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 in France. It was their second straight win in EuroChallenge Group C. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) paced all the winners with 20 points and Michael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) netted 16. Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) finished the night with 21 points for the Russian team.
Fred House pulled the guests to 6-0 from the start as the Russian team won the opening tip of the game. Lokomotiv Rostov controlled the first frame and had 25:19 at the end of it. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) made it plus 10 for the visitors in the second period. It was him again with a three for 46:37 at the halftime.
Nando De Colo tied the game at 50:50. His Cholet had 63:57 entering the last frame. The hosts remained in front until the end of the game. Trailing 74:67 Fred House was the one to resist. He posted a three and then finished the game from a free throw line.
BC Sumykhimprom celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group C beating Fribourg 90:73 in another game. Brian Greene led the way with 21 points while teammate Linas Lekavicius had 18 for the Ukrainian outfit. Harrison Dennis ended up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cholet: Nando De Colo 20, Michael Mokongo 16, Robinson 12
Lokomotiv Rostov: Fred House 21, Szymon Szewczyk 17


AJ Milano crushes the defending champion CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano - CSKA Moscow 80-79

AJ Milano managed to crush the defending champion handing it the first loss this season. It was an extremely exciting game, decided at the very end. CSKA Moscow came into the last quarter with 4-point lead, 49-53. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) opened it with a triple for the hosts cutting the margin on 1. After Mike Hall's (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) basket with a foul and successful free throw after that, AJ Milano was ahead for the first time in this game, 59-58. David Hawkins again shined for the hosts making two consecutive baskets for 73-70 with less than three minutes to go. At the very end, actually 9.1 seconds remaining Khryapa made it from the paint after what Hawkins drained a jumper for 80-79. CSKA had enough time to organize good play, but experienced Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) committed a turnover. Jobey Thomas was on the FT line with 1.9 to go. He missed the first and after that intentionally missed the second one. CSKA had no time to answer facing with first Euroleague failure this season.
David Hawkins drained 20 points for the winners, including 4 assists. Luca Vitali (201-G-86) netted 17, while Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) notched 10 points. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) was better than the others in CSKA collecting 15 points and 6 assists. Ramunas Siskauskas delivered 11, while Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) contributed with 10 points and 5 boards. In the next round CSKA will meet green PAO. AJ Milano will play in Isanbul. CSKA 5-1, AJ Milano 2-4 in Group D.

AJ Milano: David Hawkins 20+4 as, Luca Vitali 17, Jobey Thomas 10
CSKA Moscow: Zoran Planinic 15+6 as, Ramunas Siskauskas 11, Trajan Langdon 10+5 boards


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Rasic and Tepic help Partizan to beat Efes Pilsen in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Efes Pilsen 83-77

After thriller defeat in the last round against the reigning Euroleague champion, CSKA Moscow, Partizan Belgrade grabbed very important victory against Efes Pilsen. There are three teams now with the same 3-3 record in Group D (Partizan, Panionios, Real Madrid). Efes Pilsen slipped on the fifth place with 2-4, while AJ Milano is the last ranked team with the same numbers. However, Italians crushed CSKA in this round but despite it the Russians stay on top of the group. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading payer for Serbian champ pouring in 18 points for 23 minutes. His shot percentage was on a high level (2/2 FG2, 3/4 3-pts, 5/7 FTs). Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) collected 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) helped with 11 points and 4 rebs. Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) of Efes Pilsen was the only one with double-double in this game, 14 pts and 11 boards. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) netted 13 and Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) scored one point less.
Serbian champ opened the game with 10-6 lead, extending it to 21-14 until the end of the first quarter. Efes Pilsen responded though Kerem Gonlum and Vujanic in the next one for 33-30, but Aleksandar Rasic drained a 7-meter bomb after that. Both teams exchanged few points until the half time, but the last basket at the buzzer came from Charles Smith for 40-36. Partizan put into the fifth gear at the beginning of third stanza and thanks to Milenko Tepic and Stephane Lasme created crucial 11-0 run, 51-38. After Gonlum's basket, Efes cut the margin on 10 points after 30 minutes, 61-51. Visitors threatened at the very end coming on 75-70 with 1:30 remaining but Lasme and Velickovic immediately reacted from the FT line setting the score on 79-70. Aleksandar Rasic was on fire in the last quarter and together with his teammates made a big step forward to TOP 16.

Partizan: Aleksandar Rasic 18, Milenko Tepic 11+5 boards+4 as, Stephane Lasme 11+4 boards
Efes Pilsen: Kerem Gonlum 14+11 boards, Preston Shumpert 13, Charles Smith 12


Unwelcoming Serbia for Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
FMP - Artland Dragons 93:65

Artland Dragons suffered the first defeat in the EuroCup season as they were bruised by FMP in Serbia yesterday. On the other hand it was the first win for the Serbian team in this edition of the EuroCup regular season. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) fired 20 points to propel FMP to the victory. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) added 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) responded with 15 points for the Dragons. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) knocked down 11 points in the losing case.
FMP dominated every aspect of the game in this one. FMP tipped off the clash with a stunning 18:0 run. Dirk Madrich and Chad Prewitt got the Dragons back to life late in the period as the German team trailed by 10 points 11:21 at the first break. Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89), Nemanja Protic and Predrag Samardziski ballooned the hosts lead to 16 points late in the second frame. Chad Prewitt closed the first half with a three-pointer and Artland trailed 30:43 at halftime.
FMP thumped their opponents in the third period widening damage to as many as 27 points. Artland had little to answer with. Moreover Nikola Ilic (207-C/F-85) opened the final quarter with 5 straight points and FMP eased to the victory at the end.
FMP will host Fortitudo next. The Dragons will look for the initial win as they take on Pamesa away from home.

FMP: Nemanja Protic 20, Predrag Samardziski 16+11 boards, Filip Covic (180-G-89) 15
Artland: Chad Prewitt 15, Dirk Madrich 11


Bobo Marjanovic paces Hemofarm to first EuroCup victory - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA was a way better than Czech champion Nymburk 82-74 grabbing the first win in EuroCup. It means that Serbian team is currently on the second place in Group H with tied 1-1 record. Nymburk has the same digits. Spanish Bilbao is on top undefeated, while Montenegrin champ Buducnost has 0-2.
Except of the first and last couple of minutes, Serbian team controlled rhythm of the game. Actually opening quarter ended 20-20, but soon after that Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) and his teammates managed to create plus 8 until the half time. Marjanovic was unstoppable in the paint making many troubles for the visiting team. He nailed 5 consecutive points in Hemofarm's 9-0 run for 42-34. At the beginning of third quarter it already was 52-39 for the orange team. After Marjanovic's and Stefan Markovic's (194-G-88) dunks, Hemofarm set the score on 64-50 after 30 minutes. Question about the winner is resolved in the first few minutes of the last period when the hosts touched plus 19, 69-50.
Boban Marjanovic was central figure of the game registering double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds. Another Serbian top prospect Stefan Markovic also shined adding 17 points and 4 rebounds. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) helped with 11 pts. Nymburk got the most from Justin Gray (188-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest), 17 points and 5 assists. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) was behind him with one point less. Hemofarm STADA goes to Podgorica in the next round.


Crvena Zvezda prevail against Brose Basket - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Brose Basket 82:65

Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda secured the first win in the EuroCup regular season as they punched Bamberg at home court. Brose Basket lost the second straight in Group F.
The German side jumped to a 9:4 lead early in the game but soon run out of steam. The hosts shifted to the higher speed and secured a 21:11 lead. Andrei Olbrecht (202-G/F-71) drained a three-pointer to close the first term with Bamberg trailing 15:23. Brose had a spark from Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida St.) early in the second period but it did not last for long. Boris Bakic (195-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) connected from afar and Crvena Zvezda built a 48:36 advantage at halftime.
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 4 points at the beginning of the third quarter and Crvena Zvezda raced to a 14-point advantage. Lawrence Roberts came up with another three-pointer to give the hosts a 20-points lead. Brose trimmed the distance a bit in the final term but never really threatened it as Crvena Zvezda cruised to the victory at the end.
Lawrence Roberts scored 13 points for the hosts. Milan Milosevic and Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points apiece for the winning team. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 16 points for Brose Basket. Alexander Johnson had 11 points in defeat.

Crvena Zvezda: Lawrence Roberts 13, Milan Milosevic 12, Elmedin Kikanovic 12
Brose Basket: Predrag Suput 16, Alexander Johnson 11


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Nesterovic hits 5000-NBA point milestone - by Zeljko Zule
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) needed just six points heading into the tonight game against LA Lakers in Conseco Filedhouse, Indianapolis, to reach the 5,000 points mark in his NBA carrer. He hit the milestone in first quarter by making a jump shot.
Nesterovic finished the game with his second double-double of the season, 16 points and 10 rebounds. 'Rasho' has 5010 points, 3891 rebounds, 745 assists, 297 steals and 892 blocks in 712 career games of NBA Regular Season.


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Egoli Magic Tour Angola - by Tshepo Ditshego
The runners up of the LOP (League of Professionals) and Professional Basketball League team the Egoli Magic did South Africa proud on a recent tour of Angola this past week.

The team was not the original Egoli Magic team their fans have come to love after losing Joseph Mazibuko who left the team to persue other interests. The team added 6'9 center Cedrick (Not sure about his surname) who played college ball in the US and who sounds like an American too. Cedrick cracked the Mandeville backboard last week after throwing down a very strong dunk on a clearly weak structure. They also added Neo Mothiba, the South African National Team captain who currently plays for the Pretoria Heat and Quintin Denyssen who plays for Wits Alumni in the LOP.

Egoli Magic haven't played in over a month with the exception of a few scrimmages they organised prior to leaving for Angola last week. Their schedule was tough nonetheless. On Friday Egoli lost to Primeiro De Agosto 96-71. Not a bad result considering that this is the nucleus of the Angolan national team.

On Saturday the lost to Inter 72-65. This is a game that Egoli would have hoped to lose by only single digits or at least walk away with a W.

On Sunday Egoli finally managed to win a game after they beat the Under 20 National team 72-52. This is a game they should have won in my opinion. In their final game against Libolo they won 69-68.

So in retrospect they left Angola with a 33% win record against teams over 20 years of age or against people their own size. That's not bad for a South African team playing away from home. Overall they won 50% of their games if you include the under 20 team.

Well done to the Egoli Magic for what I and Egoli Management considers a very successful tour.

Until next time..... Tshepo Ditshego OUT!!!


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Gran Canaria better Lietuvos Rytas at home court - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Lietuvos Rytas 94:83

Joel Freeland (208-F-87) scored 20 points for Gran Canaria and they outscored Lietuvos Rytas. It was the first victory for Gran Canaria in the tournament after they dropped the opening game to Azovmash in Ukraine. Lietuvos Rytas in the meantime suffered the initial loss and four teams appeared tied at 1-1 record in Group E.
Gran Canaria needed this one badly and they started the game aggressively. A pair of three-pointers from Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) gave the hosts a 23:17 lead late in the first period. But Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) responded with four points to cap the frame and Lietuvos Rytas trailed by just two points 23:25 at the intermission. Melvin Sanders scored 6 points to ignite an 8:0 run from the hosts as they continued to stay in charge in the second quarter. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) drained two treys to lift Gran Canaria to a 42:30 advantage. The Spaniards maintained the distance and ensured a 56:41 cushion at halftime.
Lietuvos Rytas tried to close the gap after the main break as Chuck Eidson and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) cut the deficit to 7 points. However Melvin Sanders kept delivering steadily and the hosts quickly restored a 16-point buffer. Lietuvos Rytas got an inch closer as they trailed by 15 points heading into the final stanza. Chuck Eidson poured in two three-pointers to lead Lietuvos Rytas back in the contest. The Lithuanian team was down by 6 points midway through the fourth term. However Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.) came up with some crucial baskets to ensure the winning outcome for the hosts.
Carl English nailed 19 points, while Melvin Sanders added 17 points for the winners. Chuck Eidson knocked down 27 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) had 20 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria: Joel Freeland 20, Carl English 19, Melvin Sanders 17
Lietuvos Rytas: Chuck Eidson 27, Marijonas Petravicius 20


Liege survives the thriller in Sevilla - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol-Belgacom Liege 78:79 (26-15, 18-19, 22-31, 12-14)

Belgacom Liege got 2-0 record in Group A after a road 78:79 victory over Cajasol. Belgian team trailed by 17 points in the first half but clawed its way back in the third quarter. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 23 points, while Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Albany) and Larry Owens (201-G/F-83, college: ORU) added 16 each. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points.
Cajasol started well and had 26:15 after the opening quarter when Isola Pedro Estruch made a dunk. Warren Carter gave his team the biggest 34:17 lead later in the second, however Thomas reduced to 44:34. The third period became the decisive in the game as Belgacom Liege produced 31-22 in it for 66:65 after the third frame. The score was knotted at 74 as Larry Owens and Jamar Wilson brought the guests 78:79 victory.
In another game Energa Czarni had a 91:75 win over Latvian BK Ventspils in EuroChallenge action. Demetric Bennett led the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Straight Jason posted 18. Their team improved to 1-1 in Group A while dropping Latvians Ventspils to 0-2. Pavels Veselovs scored 18 and Janis Strelnieks 16 in defeat.

Cajasol: Warren Carter 18, Isola Pedro Estruch 15
Belgacom Liege: Christopher Hill 23, Larry Owens 16, Jamar Wilson 16, Thomas 11+17 rebs


Unicaja takes it easily against Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Unicaja 55-87

Unicaja Malaga blasted Le Mans on the road jumping on 4-2 record in Group A. Olympiakos remained the top ranked team in the group with 5 wins and 1 defeat. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, college: Washington St.) led the scorers in Unicaja with 20 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts for FG2 and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc in 22 minutes. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) also shined netting 19 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) had 14, while Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) dropped 12 points, including 8 assists. Unicaja finished the game with pretty decent 12/13 for 3-pts (52%). The winners also had 21/35 for FG2 and 9/13 FTs. On the other hand, Le Mans' digits were a way lower. The hosts also had only one player with double-figures in scoring. It was Alain Koffi (207-C-83) with 15, but he also grabbed 11 rebounds beside that. David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) and Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 8 points apiece in defeat. After opening ten minutes it was clear that Unicaja came to France to grab this one. Thomas Kelati and his teammates created 11-23 in the first period. Le Mans slightly improved after that but it was enough only for 29 -39 at the half time. Unicaja closed third stanza with 2-9 run setting the score on unreachable 40-58. Until the end of the game its lead became even bigger, 55-87. In the next round Unicaja will host Olympiakos. Winless Le Mans will go to Zagreb.

Le Mans: Alain Koffi 15+11 boards, David Bluthenthal 8, Brian Chase 8
Unicaja: Thomas Kelati 20, Boniface Ndong 19+7 boards, Jiri Welsch 14+5 boards, Joseph Gomis 12+8 as


Panionios celebrates in thriller vs Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Panionios On Telecoms - Real Madrid 68-66

After disappointing defeat in Greek A1 league against until that moment winless Trikalla, Panionios On Telecoms managed to crush Real Madrid 68-66. It is third victory for the Greeks in Group D, thus the both teams are on the same 3-3 record now. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) was a key player for the hosts. He spent 26 minutes on the court draining 21 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for the winning squad adding 10. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) this time stopped on 8 points. Real Madrid got the most from Croatian Marko Tomas (200-G-85), 18 points. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) added 10 pts and 6 boards.
Visitors created impressive 2-10 at the very beginning. Thanks to Branko Cvetkovic and his 7 consecutive points Panionios closed the gap on 2, 11-13. Until the end of the first period Real struggled at the offensive end, what the hosts exploited to set the score on 17-13. Visitors couldn't even dream what will happen to them during the following ten minutes. Cvetkovic was on fire, while Giannoulis and Ivan Zoroski secured a great back up. Real continued with making the mistakes in offense, what resulted with amazing 41-22. Thanks to Axel Hervelle's triple at the buzzer Real went on the half time with minus 16. Nothing has changed after the breather as Panonios extended its lead even more, 47-25 and later 55-27. Real's players finally woke up after that. Marko Tomas and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) stepped up for their team slicing the margin on 56-39 and after that 60-45. Felipe Reyes and Axel Hervelle joined them in the last period taking control in offense. After another Hervelle's triple the turn was close to happen, 60-58. With less more than a minute to go Mumbru made a steal dishing out an assist for Marko Tomas, who closed amazing 8-37 run for 63-64. Both team exchanged few points after that, but Panionios grabbed this one thanks to Aaron Miles (186-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) and his successful lay-up at the very end, 68-66.

Panionios: Branko Cvetkovic 21+4 boards, Ivan Zoroski 10, Lonny Baxter 8
Real Madrid: Marko Tomas 18, Axel Hervelle 12+9 boards, Felipe Reyes 10+6 boards


Pamesa fire down Fortitudo - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Pamesa 71:77

Pamesa sneaked past Fortitudo in Bologna and clinched the second straight win in the EuroCup regular season. Fortitudo in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and dropped at the bottom of Group G ladder.
Bologna needed to win this one and started the game aggressively. They led 7:2 in the early minutes however Pamesa closed the gap soon. Ruben Douglas (193-G-79, college: N.Mexico) capped the first period with a three-pointer and narrowed the distance to 2 points 15:17. The Spaniards tipped off the second frame with a 10:4 run and surged ahead. Pamesa maintained the lead and ensured a 35:31 cushion at halftime.
The things did not change radically after the third stanza as Pamesa stayed in front 55:50. Mancinelli and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) narrowed the gap early in the final quarter however Ruben Douglas gave Pamesa some breathing space. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) extended the margin to 8 points with a dunk. Qyntel Woods dragged the hosts within 7 points but Pamesa did not allow the intrigue to spark. Albert Oliver (187-G-78) was deadly from the stripe and Pamesa secured the winning outcome at the end.
Ruben Douglas dropped 20 points, grabbed 6 boards and made 6 steals for Pamesa. Kosta Perovic contributed 16 points and 8 boards, while Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) had 13 points in the winning case. Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Fortitudo. Qyntel Woods posted 16 points for Bologna in the loss.

Fortitudo: Gregor Fucka 17, Qyntel Woods 16
Pamesa: Ruben Douglas 20, Kosta Perovic 16, Shammond Williams 13


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Aaron Cook signed with Gothia - by Richard
Aaron Cook (186-G-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hartford) has reached a mutual agreement to leave Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski in Poland and has signed with Gothia Basket in Sweden. Aaron is the all-time leading three-point shooter at NCAA Div. 1 Hartford University where he averaged 16.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg as a senior. He was also an All-Star in the CBA last season for the Butte Daredevils and was second in the league in assists per game (6.4 apg). Aaron is an explosive young scorer and should bring instant offense to help turn around this season for Gothia Basket.
Courtesy of Passing Lane Sports


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High Point Reunion in Geneva - Reid joins Jefferson in Switzerland - by Kristian Santiago

Arizona Reid (196-F-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: High Point) is finally going to play his first professional game next Saturday when his Geneva Devils meet SAM Basket Massagno in the Swiss LNA.


The South Carolina-native is pairing up with his partner from his successful college days, Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point) to propel the Devils to the upper part of the standings as the Devils are currently next to the very bottom with only one win out of nine games.

The two-time 'Big South Player of the Year' headed to Switzerland after sustaining a foot-injury in Italy where he signed earlier this year with Cimberio Varese.
After he received some interest from a team in Cyprus, Geneva gave him the chance to recover from his injury and worked with him to get him back on his feet and on the court again.

Now, with being healthy and ready, the 6-5 forward and all-time leader in rebounds in the Big South Conference, is going out to prove that he is capable of putting up the same impressive stats (23.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg in his senior-year) like he used to do during his collegiate career.
With fellow-High Point alum Jefferson the transition to the European game should become easy for the 22-year old.

Especially with another newcomer who joins the team and brings in veteran leadership: Antoine Gillespie (194-G-76, college: UTEP)
The 32 year-old guard arrives in Geneva after playing in Greece for PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki and a couple of years of experience in the pro ranks under his belt.

With this two new faces on the court, Geneva might be bouncing back soon to the upper region of the standings.



BC Sumykhimprom - Benetton Olympic 90:73 - by Eurobasket News
BC Sumykhimprom - Benetton Olympic 90:73 (24-19, 23-14, 20-21, 23-19)

BC Sumykhimprom celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group C beating Fribourg 90:73. Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) led the way with 21 points while teammate Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84, college: American) had 18 for the Ukrainian outfit. Dennis Harrison (201-F-79, college: Colorado) ended up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. BC Sumykhimprom improved to 1-1 while Benetton Olympic dropped at 0-2.
Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) was glad to finish the hosts' run at 7-0 in the start of the game. The visitors came back into the game in the same period and cut it to 16:12 when Vogt made two free throws. Santee brought Ukrainian side 24:19 at the end of the first. With 23-14 the hosts extended the lead to 47:33 at the halftime.
In the third quarter the game was even as the guests grabbed 21-20, however trailed 67:54 after thrity minutes. The last stanza also saw a battle in the court, but BC Sumykhimprom was able to hold the score for good.
In another game of the group Cholet overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 in France. It was their second straight win in EuroChallenge Group C. De Colo Nando paced all the winners with 20 points and Mokongo Michael netted 16. House Fred finished the night with 21 points for the Russian team.

BC Sumykhimprom: Brian Greene 21, Linas Lekavicius 18, Abdullahi Kuso 13
Benetton Olympic: Dennis Harrison 19, Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) 14


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Special 23rd Africa Champions Cup for men: Pillars, Union Bank know opponents - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....as FIBA Africa hold draw Friday

The Nigeria two representatives to the final round of the 23rd FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men, Kano Pillars basketball club and Union Bank basketball club will this Friday know their opponent.

According to a release from the Secretariat of the continental ruling body the twelve clubs will be divided into two groups of six teams each with host Etoile du Sahel basketball club of Tunisia heading group-A while defending champion, Primero de Agosto of Angola lead other teams in group-B.

The draw ceremony of the continent's most prestigious club competition is billed for 20.00 hours local time at Star's Sport Hotel, Sousse, Tunisia.

The draw ceremony will be conducted by Abdelraouf Menjour, FIBA Africa president of Competitions commission.

The 23rd Champions Cup for men will be played from 12th 21st December 2008 Sousse, Tunisia will see the twelve teams from eight Africa countries vying for honours.

The participating clubs includes host Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), El- Shabab Arabi (Libya), Stade Nabeulien (Tunisia), Lupopo (RDC), Onantra (RDC), APR (Rwanda), Primero de Agosto (Angola), ASA (Angola), BACK (Guinea Conakry), Kano Pillars (Nigeria), Union Bank (Nigeria) and Swallows (Togo).
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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Le Havre unable to handle Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre - Besiktas 61:68

Besiktas gained the first win in the EuroCup regular season as they upset Le Havre in France. Le Havre in the meantime got into trouble losing the second straight game. The teams traded baskets for some time early in the game before Besiktas took off. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) fired from the outside to start a 10:0 run that saw the visitors grab a 17:7 lead. Besiktas maintained the lead however TJ Thompson (177-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) scored 4 points late in the period to pull Le Havre as close as 3 points 18:21 after ten minutes of action. The teams continued to exchange the buckets and Jomby tied the scoreline late in the half. Jimmy Baxter used the remaining time to deliver and allowed Besiktas to lead 32:30 at halftime.
Thomspon closed the gap at the start of the third stanza but Besiktas once again cleared off and gained a 10-point advantage before the final stanza. TJ Thompson worked hard to keep Le Havre in the contest. He drained a pair of trebles to narrow the margin to 5 points. But that was as close as the hosts could get. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports) converted free throws in the crunch time for Besiktas to get away with victory.
Jimmy Baxter finished with 18 points for Besiktas. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. TJ Thompson responded with game-high 22 points for Le Havre. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80, college: TCU) scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Le Havre: TJ Thompson 22, Bingo Merriex 14
Besiktas: Jimmy Baxter 18, Cevher Ozer 15, Adem Oren (207-F/C-79) 9, Mire Chatman 9


Turk Telekom shoot down Panellinios - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Panellinios 70:64

Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) secured 20 points and 7 boards to lift Turk Telekom past Panellinios in Turkey. The victory allowed the hosts to climb at 2-0 record in EuroCup. They now share the lead in Group D with Aris. Panellinios dropped the second straight at the tournament.
The fans that gathered at the Ataturk Spor Salonu witnessed their favorites got to the better start. Turk Telekom built a 17:12 lead at the first intermission. Panellinios went on a 12:2 run in the second period and piled up a 31:23 lead. Turk Telekom capped the half with an 8:2 run that put them as close as 4 points from the visitors.
Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) scored 5 points at the start of the second half and Turk Telekom claimed back the advantage. The teams traded baskets and the hosts led by just a single point 53:52 at the start of the final quarter. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) and Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) returned the lead to Panellinios but the home team had the answer for that. Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) and Roderick Blakney propelled Turk Telekom to a 60:57 advantage. Ivan Radenovic though would not stop as he produced 5 points that gave the Greek side a 62:60 lead midway through the quarter. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) and Roderick Blakney replied with key points for the hosts as they built a 68:64 advantage. Panellinios never recovered and had to deal with the loss in this one.
Michael Wright secured 17 points for Turk Telekom. Roderick Blakney added 13 points for the winners. Ivan Radenovic responded with 18 points and 9 boards for Panellinios. Stevan Nadjfeji secured 12 points and 7 boards for the Greek team in the defeat.

Turk Telekom: Erwin Dudley 20, Michael Wright 17, Roderick Blakney 13
Panellinios: Ivan Radenovic 18, Stevan Nadjfeji 12


Erdemir's new head coach: Ahmet Caki - by Furkan Yunkul
After losing 96-84 against Pinar Karsiyaka last week, Erdemirspor have 1-7 record now. Because of bad starting to the season, Erdemirspor has decided to change their head coach. With this deicision, Gokhan Tastimur lost his position as head coach and he replaced with Ahmet Caki. Ahmet Caki who had worked in Darussafaka and Mersin Buyuksehir Bld. before, was the assistant coach in Air Avellino last year.

Rasic and Tepic help Partizan to beat Efes Pilsen in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Efes Pilsen 83-77

After thriller defeat in the last round against the reigning Euroleague champion, CSKA Moscow, Partizan Belgrade grabbed very important victory against Efes Pilsen. There are three teams now with the same 3-3 record in Group D (Partizan, Panionios, Real Madrid). Efes Pilsen slipped on the fifth place with 2-4, while AJ Milano is the last ranked team with the same numbers. However, Italians crushed CSKA in this round but despite it the Russians stay on top of the group. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading payer for Serbian champ pouring in 18 points for 23 minutes. His shot percentage was on a high level (2/2 FG2, 3/4 3-pts, 5/7 FTs). Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) collected 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) helped with 11 points and 4 rebs. Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) of Efes Pilsen was the only one with double-double in this game, 14 pts and 11 boards. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) netted 13 and Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) scored one point less.
Serbian champ opened the game with 10-6 lead, extending it to 21-14 until the end of the first quarter. Efes Pilsen responded though Kerem Gonlum and Vujanic in the next one for 33-30, but Aleksandar Rasic drained a 7-meter bomb after that. Both teams exchanged few points until the half time, but the last basket at the buzzer came from Charles Smith for 40-36. Partizan put into the fifth gear at the beginning of third stanza and thanks to Milenko Tepic and Stephane Lasme created crucial 11-0 run, 51-38. After Gonlum's basket, Efes cut the margin on 10 points after 30 minutes, 61-51. Visitors threatened at the very end coming on 75-70 with 1:30 remaining but Lasme and Velickovic immediately reacted from the FT line setting the score on 79-70. Aleksandar Rasic was on fire in the last quarter and together with his teammates made a big step forward to TOP 16.

Partizan: Aleksandar Rasic 18, Milenko Tepic 11+5 boards+4 as, Stephane Lasme 11+4 boards
Efes Pilsen: Kerem Gonlum 14+11 boards, Preston Shumpert 13, Charles Smith 12


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BC Sumykhimprom - Benetton Olympic 90:73 - by Eurobasket News
BC Sumykhimprom - Benetton Olympic 90:73 (24-19, 23-14, 20-21, 23-19)

BC Sumykhimprom celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group C beating Fribourg 90:73. Brian Greene (196-G/F-84, college: Florida A&M) led the way with 21 points while teammate Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84, college: American) had 18 for the Ukrainian outfit. Dennis Harrison (201-F-79, college: Colorado) ended up with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. BC Sumykhimprom improved to 1-1 while Benetton Olympic dropped at 0-2.
Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84, college: Tallahasse CC) was glad to finish the hosts' run at 7-0 in the start of the game. The visitors came back into the game in the same period and cut it to 16:12 when Vogt made two free throws. Santee brought Ukrainian side 24:19 at the end of the first. With 23-14 the hosts extended the lead to 47:33 at the halftime.
In the third quarter the game was even as the guests grabbed 21-20, however trailed 67:54 after thrity minutes. The last stanza also saw a battle in the court, but BC Sumykhimprom was able to hold the score for good.
In another game of the group Cholet overcame Lokomotiv Rostov 76:72 in France. It was their second straight win in EuroChallenge Group C. De Colo Nando paced all the winners with 20 points and Mokongo Michael netted 16. House Fred finished the night with 21 points for the Russian team.

BC Sumykhimprom: Brian Greene 21, Linas Lekavicius 18, Abdullahi Kuso 13
Benetton Olympic: Dennis Harrison 19, Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, agency: Octagon, college: TCU) 14


Asvel eke out win against Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Azovmash 85:83

Asvel posted the initial win in the EuroCup regular season yesterday. They held off Azovmash in the dramatic clash at home court. Amara Sy (202-F-81) secured 24 points to pace Asvel. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) added 22 points and 8 boards for the hosts. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) responded with 21 points for Azovmash. Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) had 20 points and 9 boards in the loss.
The visitors opened the game with 6 unanswered points however Asvel quickly bounced back. Campbell nailed two three-pointers and Asvel went on a 9:0 rally to take the lead. Azovmash however maintained the pressure and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Simonas Serapinas gave the Ukrainian team a 24:23 lead after ten minutes of action. Asvel tightened defense in the second frame and surged ahead midway through the quarter. Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) and Chevon Troutman stretched the margin to 8 points. Asvel stayed in front and headed into the locker room ahead by 7 points 45:38.
Amara Sy scored quick 5 points early in the third frame for Asvel to go up by 10. Nevertheless a pair of triples from Simonas Serapinas and a basket from Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) allowed Azovmash to narrow the deficit. The final break saw the teams tied at 59. Dijon Thompson gave Azovmash a 66:63 advantage in the fourth quarter before Asvel fired back. The home team tallied an 11:0 run to leave Azovmash behind 74:66. However it was not yet over for the visitors. Tomas Van Den Spiegel and Dijon Thompson dragged Azovmash within 4 points 81:85 with seconds remaining. Dijon Thompson came up with an interception however his trey followed by the one from Marc Salyers missed the mark sealing the victory for Asvel.

Asvel: Amara Sy 24, Chevon Troutman 22, J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) 14
Azovmash: Simonas Serapinas 21, Tomas Van Den Spiegel 20


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Warriors Will Lauch Website Dec. 5th - by Mac Claire
The Universal City Warriors are delighted to announce the official launching of their new website.
On Friday, December 5th, the site will be live with news and other information pertaining to the new team.
The team whose full name is the Universal City Daystar Warriors will have contact information for the owner, Pastor Cheryl Washington; General Manager Larry Smith; and Morris Brite, the Head Coach.
There will also be an announcement converning open try-outs very shortly.
The new web address is www.ucwarriors.com.


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Bigua and Defensor shared the leadership - by Hector Lopez
Bigua and Defensor Sporting shared the first position for the Uruguayan League after the second round of the second stage. Bigua, with 30 points by Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and 11 rebounds by Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) beat Bohemios 84-74 for a LUB record of 10 winning games in a row. Also for Bigua, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) netted 15 and grabbed 7 rebounds. For Bohemios Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) netted 24 and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) scored 5 and took 2 rebounds.
Other games:
Defensor Sporting 75 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 16 points 8 rebounds, Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 16 and21
Atenas 72 - Terquin Mott (203-F-74, agency: EM-PA, college: Coppin St.) 18 and 7, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 8 and 6
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Malvin 92 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79, agency: Interperformances) 34 points, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 17 and 8, Ikena Nwankwo 4 and 6
Tabare 85 - Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 12 and 8
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Olimpia 75 - Pablo Rak (188-G-82) 24 points, Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 16 and 6, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 6 and 5
Paysandu 66 - Aaron Eneas (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) 19 and 8, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 13 and 6
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Hebraica was beating 85-82, with 2.30 to play when fans stormed the field and the game was suspended. For Hebraica Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) netted 36 and Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 20.
For Trouville Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 31 points and Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) 16.




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Women News

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  ANTIGUA - Women  


Lindsay Grant Sponsored SKB Ballers Places 2nd in Antigua Tourney - by Richard
The SKB Ballers, a 13-member strong National Female Basketball Team, left the Federation on Tuesday 25th November 2008 for Antigua where they participated in the 9th Annual Gillian Brazier female basketball tournament.

The team, led by Coach Romel Tobias , Assistant Coach Tyrone O'Loughlin and Captain Kyrle Chumney, is participating for the fifth time. The team captured the tournaments silver medal after a hard fought 68 52 loss against arch rivals Antigua's Lady Vipers, at the JSC Sports complex on Sunday night. The game was evenly matched but with many intense moments. Lady Vipers led the first quarter 14 12, and St. Kitts the half 31 30. However, St. Kitts lost composure after the resumption to give Lady Vipers a 10pts lead at the end of the third, and a little too late effort in the fourth. Carol Warner had 14pts and Leondra Cotton 13pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.
. The SKB Ballers is a mixture of youth and experience and includes four-time All Tournament Player, Leandra Cotton and veterans Carol Warner and Avril McKoy. Leondra Cotton and Pamella 'Pats' Huggins made the All-Tourmanet team.

This year, the Gillian Brazier Tournament involved teams from Antigua , Barbuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Coach Tobias said that although the team fell short of championship glory he is still quite satisfied with their performance. He thanked everyone who assisted with the teams preparations including Tyrone OLoughlin; Assistant Coach; Vernice Morton, Physiotherapist; Jamoy Gumbs, Trainer; Elvis Williams; Bertram Richards, and Vanessa Paris.

He also expressed his profound thanks to Mr. Lindsay Grant who was the teams major sponsor. Appreciation was also extended to other sponsors including the National Olympic Committee , Joey Deane and Associates,S.L Horsford & Co. Ltd and Island Rythyms. Mr.Lindsay Grant was at the airport to see the team off and gave the team some much appreciated words of encouragement and wished them well .

Courtesy of ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


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Euroleague Round: 8 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group Group A
Wisla Can-Pak - MiZo Pecs 57-48
Wisla played a stifling defense against MiZo Pecs and ensured the fifth win in the Euroleague season. Dominique Canty scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Wisla. Candice Dupree tallied 12 points and 10 boards in her debut with the Polish champs. Anna Vajda answered with 21 points and 7 boards for MiZo Pecs as the Hungarian team slipped at 4-4 record in Group A.

Nadezhda O. - Bourges 65-61
Nadezhda secured the second straight win in the Euroleague action as they held off Bourges Basket in Orenburg. Anastasiya Veremeenko nailed 22 points to pace Nadezhda to the win. Betty Lennox added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Russian team. Endene Miyem responded with game-high 25 points for Bourges as they slipped at 5-3 record.

Halcon A.Per. - Besiktas 80-70
Laura Harper scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but it was not enough for Besiktas to upset Halcon Avenida in Salamanca today. Anke De Mondt and LeCoe Willingham scored 19 points apiece to lead Avenida to the victory. Michelle Snow added 12 points and 9 rebounds as the hosts improved at 6-2 record in Group A.

Group Group B
ESB Villeneu. - MKB Eurol. 61-55
Villenueve scored just the second victory as they overwhelmed MKB Euroleasing at home court today. Gerladine Robert notched 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Ljubica Drljaca added 15 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Jelena Milovanovic had 16 points for MKB Euroleasing as they suffered the fourth defeat.

TTT Riga - Umana Reyer 61-57
TTT Riga grabbed a rare win in the Euroleague this season. They snapped Venezia winning streak beating them 61:57 in Riga. Tatyana Troina was responsible for 18 points to lead the Latvian team. Essence Carson added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Jenifer Nadalin answered with 14 points for Umana Reyer as they stayed on top of Group B.

Group Group C
USK Praha - Sibenik 102-78
USK Praha trounced Sibenik in Czech Republic to clear off from their opponents in Group C. Evanthia Maltsi stepped up for USK Praha with impressive 29 points, 10 boards and 9 assists. Michaela Ferancikova netted 24 points and 11 boards for the winners. Luca Ivankovic responded with 18 points for the Croatian team.

Ros Casares - UMMC 71-63
Ros Casares narrowed the distance to UMMC in Group C ladder as they beat their archrivals in Valencia today. Delisha Milton-Jones nailed 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Ros Casares to celebrate a tough win. Amaya Valdemoro finished with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sandrine Gruda had 18 points and 8 rebounds for UMMC as they suffered the first defeat in the Euroleague season.

Group Group D
TEO Vilnius - Montpellier 73-62
TEO Vilnius posted the fifth victory in Euroleague campaign as they rolled past Montpellier in Lithuania today. Crystal Langhorne was the best player for the hosts as he finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jurgita Streimikyte added 14 points, 12 boards and 7 steals in the win. Sheana Mosch netted 18 points for the visitors as they slipped at 1-7 record in Group D.

M.Broker - Familia Schio 80-74
Kosice overcame Schio at home court to send the Italian team to 1-7 record in Group D. The victory in the meantime became the fifth one for the Slovakian champions. Cathrine Kraayeveld stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Kosice. Liron Cohen and Anna Jurcenkova added 19 points each for the winning team. Alison Feaster-Strong replied with 22 points for Schio.

Fenerbahce - Spartak V MR 76-100
The reigning Euroleague champions Spartak proved once again they gained the maximum speed at the moment victimizing Fenerbahce on the road today. Lauren Jaskson exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds to lead Spartak. Diana Taurasi contributed 22 points and 7 assists, while Sue Bird had 14 points and 11 assists in the winning case. Tammy Sutton-Brown had 18 points for Fenerbahce as they suffered the third loss in the tournament.



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  FRANCE - Women  


NF1: Limoges lead the way - by Leslie Anderson

Limoges only defeat this season came right at the start of the season on the opening day. Since they they have notched up 11 wins and are currently leading the division.


They performance in recent weeks has been outstanding since they have had to play with a reduced roster players.

Elodie Chieze was injured during preseason and is not likely to play this season. Jeanne Senghor (191-C-82) has been absent for the last six weeks.


Limoges have 3 more games before the christmas break. They will play Armentieres SO who are in third place in one of the top games of next weekend.




The other top game of the weekend will be the match up between second placed Roche Vendee BC and fifth place Toulouse Metropole Basket



Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
 1. Limoges 11-1 
 2. La Roche-sur-Lion 10-2 
 3. Armentieres 9-3 
 4. SI Graffenstaden 8-4 
 5. Charleville 8-4 
 6. Strasbourg ABC 8-4 
 7. Toulouse 8-4 
 8. Nice 5-7 
 9. Voiron 5-7 
 10. Rennes 5-7 
 11. Ifs 4-8 
 12. Dunkerque 4-8 
 13. Pleyber Christ 3-9 
 14. Laveyron 3-9 
 15. Colomiers 3-9 
 16. CFBB 2-10 
 17. Lot-et-Garonne 0-0 
 18. Mourenx 0-0 


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  GERMANY - Women  


1 on 1 with Rene Spandauw, Head Coach Saarlouis Royals - by Cornelius Damm

While checking the results of game day nine in 1.DBBL, played at November 22nd, 2008 one can find the encounter Oberhausen - Saarlouis with a 1-0 score. Very good defense, poor offense or just an odd result of a basketball game?! Eurobasket wanted to know what happened that day in Saarlouis who did not travel to Oberhausen and were punished by the DBBL officials in result with this rigorous loss and so eurobasket spoke with Royals Head Coach Rene Spandauw .


Mr. Spandauw, first of all congratulations for being awarded as the DBBL Coach of the Year 2008. Past season was the most successful in Royals history. Now this year for the first months your team stunned the league again as you dominated your opponents and stayed flawless until this incident against Oberhausen occurred and seemed to break your rhythm a bit. Please give us an idea what happened in Saarlouis that very day.

Spandauw: First of all I must say, what happened on November 22nd, 2008 in Saarlouis was something I had never experienced in my entire life before. It was total chaos. I thought this is what it must look like in Siberia possibly? I have to admit that I probably would not believe it myself, if someone is telling me a story like this. So I can understand that people outside our State of Saarland (in which Saarlouis is) are having a hard time believing our situation, but I can give you my word that all I am saying happened in just the described way.


Since the weather forecast had warned already days before about the coming winter outbreak, in preparation of our trip we doubled the estimated travelling time to Oberhausen, which usually is about a three and a half hour drive. As the winter stroke harder than ever expected in the morning of that day our bus travelling company we had hired for this trip declared that it was neither possible nor safe for them to drive. It was not even possible for me to back my car out of my garage. Of course a telephone marathon started at this point. We spoke with police- and traffic-executives who strictly advised us not to go on the road at all. One of our management people, who was on his (early) way to Oberhausen in his car, can only agree on that point. He was stuck on the A8 (freeway) right outside Saarlouis for nearly five hours. He was maybe a 30 minute walk away from my home! Speaking to the DBBL officials it was said we have no other chance than taking the train. We still had to come to Oberhausen otherwise would loose this game automatically. So we started to find an appropriate connection. But the time was working already against us at this point, because with the train it takes nearly six hours to reach Oberhausen including up to three or four times switching the train because there is no direct connection between Saarlouis and Oberhausen of course. But the train company could not guarantee us that we would catch our connecting trains because of problems in the Koblenz area, where we would have to switch trains. There was a chance that we had to take replacement transportation, which means a bus instead of a train and this often leads to even bigger delays. Overall we would have had to switch trains a couple of times and if you miss the first connection, delays usually keep adding up. Missing our 1st connection already would have meant reaching Oberhausen too late and loosing this game anyway.


In addition you have to know that not all of our players live in Saarlouis and could not even make it to the train station due to the weather situation. So the DBBL officials told us that our last chance would be finding an agreement with Oberhausen on rescheduling the game to another date.

We informed the League and Oberhausen right before noon that we could not travel to Oberhausen. We left messages to return our calls as we could not reach any of their officials. By informing them this early, at least Oberhausen could inform their fans and the players and the League could inform the referees. After an initial promise right before 16:00 that day from President Schulz of Oberhausen to reschedule the game and not asking the League for any repercussions against the Royals, he called 3 hours later and reversed his decision. What can I say to this? People should think theirs themselves.
This is the very, very short version of what happened that day in Saarlouis. Our General Manager, our Assistant GM, our treasurer and me spent about the whole day on the phone trying to find a solution. We wanted to play! We were ready to play! We had 10 healthy players and a 10 game winning streak. What reason would there be NOT to play? But the sum of chaotic situations made it impossible for us to reach Oberhausen. By the way: every sporting event in the whole Saarland was cancelled that day!


I am disappointed in the way Oberhausen treated the situation and also by the Leagues decision to punish the Royals for putting safety first. I am ashamed that I coach in a League that obviously thinks, that a simple game of basketball is more important than the safety and health of people. What signal does an organisation give by this decision? Yes, there are rules and they need to be followed. It is common that you get punished when you go against the rules. We did not do so. We tried everything possible. And if people mean that we did go against the rules: does human sense loose to a rule book not fitted for extreme situations like these?


Now looking back afterwards did the Saarlouis Royals made any mistakes that day or in preparation of this away game in Oberhausen?

Spandauw: Hindsight is always 20/20, meaning afterwards you always will be smarter. I can only repeat that it was a totally unexpected situation like we had never experienced it before! You will never be able to be prepared for every situation. There will always be this one percentage left which is impossible to plan. All we were looking for that day was a helping hand from somewhere. But we were left alone.
I will keep saying: in this specific situation at that specific moment our management had to decide between the health of our players and coaches and the possibility of loosing this game just like it happened eventually. Our management made the decision to put health and security first and I support that decision for 100%! I am proud to work for an organisation that makes such a decision and we are still convinced we made the right decision under these explicit circumstances. Keep in mind: we are responsible for a team of young women and we took that responsibility.


Thanks for this explanation, now lets speak about some basketball! Last year you had a record of 17-3 after regular season, became the German Cup Champion and finished as the Championship Runner-up after a dramatic Play Off Finals Series against Wasserburg, but lost over the summer with Desire Almind, Julie Anne Page and Rachel Wojdowski not only your top scorers and top rebounders of the team but furthermore also your experienced import players. To replace them you picked up the 19 year old Dutch Kelly Brugman, 20 year old German Janina Wellers from the 2nd League team in Osnabrueck and two 22 year old Americans, Fantasia Goodwin and Celeste Trahan, both who just graduated from college this summer. This took the average age of the team to 20.6 yrs at the start of the season. Still your team finished the first half of the regular season as the leagues third best team. How pleased are you with the performance of your squad so far in this season?

Spandauw: Before the season started I thought if we win half of our games until Christmas, then things would be in a positive way and we could then see what will be possible as the season continues. But my team surprised me, and a lot of other people. Young returning players like f.i. Romy Bar, made bigger improvements than we could have ever expected and the 4 newcomers all contributed in a way better than hoped for as well. Its a pleasure to work with this talented team.


Under the guidance of Rene Spandauw the Saarlouis Royals improved every year bit by bit. Do you think you can keep this up? As said above you fell short of forcing the ultimate fifth game in the Finals last season against Wasserburg by just three points (73-75 in game four). Are you ready for the Championship?

Spandauw: No, not yet. Lets not get too excited and stay realistic. Right now to me the strongest teams in the league seem to be Wasserburg, Halle and Saarlouis. I still expect a lot more from Oberhausen and Marburg and I do not forget Herne. At this point I think these teams will compete for the Championship. But the Finals are played at the end of April and beginning of May. I cannot say what will happen until there. Maybe another team comes up strong in the Play Offs? Who is healthy? Who will sign more players or replace some?
All I know right now is that the Saarlouis Royals are the youngest team in the league. Our oldest players Isabelle Comtesse and Petra Manakova are both 26 years. The rest is 23 and under! That means me and my Co-Coach Mariusz Dziurdzia are on one hand coaching the most inexperienced team but on the other hand also probably the team with the biggest room for improvement. We will see what happens in the Play Offs. Time is definitely not running against us.


Talking about lack of experience, has this been the reason for your two tough losses by just some points to the leading teams of Wasserburg (95-100 in overtime on 11/28/08) and Halle (73-75 on 11/30/08) within 48 hours?

Spandauw: That definitely has been a key factor. In the game against Wasserburg we were leading by nine points two and a half minutes before the end of the regular 40 minutes. We initially made the mistake of feeling too comfortable with this lead and then started pressing after that little phase. Our team has to learn to keep on executing hard and strong just like the 37 minutes before. Four turnovers in a row in the final minutes of the game were a gift Wasserburg thankfully took.
In Halle the same thing happened again and even worse! We turned the ball over against Wasserburg 26 times (Wasserburg: 21) and in Halle even 30 times (Halle: 15). Its always hard to win games that way. But if our team still has the chance to win both games despite these horrible numbers I think it speaks for itself. If we learn from our mistakes we will return stronger! We are our biggest opponents.


You are in charge in Saarlouis your fifth season now. Before that you were coaching two years in Freiburg. If you compare the basketball that is being played in the league back then and nowadays, what has changed or is the game pretty much still the same? Out of this development can you read some tendencies for the future?

Spandauw: The game definitely has changed a lot in this time. The whole level of basketball as played by the top teams has developed highly. When I think back to the first team I coached in Freiburg back then, I think we would have a hard time in todays DBBL. The game now is way more up-tempo and athletic and with a lot of strength and power. I really believe this development will increase more and more. I also believe and hope!- that the lower rated teams improve more and more. I think the differences between the teams will shrink, which will eventually lead to a more interesting league.


And what road will the Royals take with Rene Spandauw in the upcoming seasons?

Spandauw: I hope the road to participating in the Euro Cup (and eventually Euro League in my wildest dreams) on a yearly basis. This would only be the logical next step for these young players. We will not win the Cup, but it will help to develop our players. I wish we had games like the ones we had past weekend (Wasserburg and Halle) every week, even despite the losses. These are where you learn from and get better.
But of course this planned participation in the Euro Cup is always a question of money. I just hope the club can realize this. Our first goal should be to keep the team together. Then we will enjoy some good times with these young ladies here in Saarlouis.


Thanks Mr. Spandauw for your honest words. Good luck for the further season. Eurobasket will be curious to keep up with the Royals and their development in the future.



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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Constructoria de la Pena wins female league - by Gianni Pascucci
Coming back from a 0-2 in final series, Constructoria de la Pena triumphed in Liga Metropolitana Finals, defeating Mystics in the decisive Game 5, for the 3-2 in the aggregate result. Blanca Amado (-80) was the game MVP in Constructoria, and Andrely Cisneros (-84) was the game top scorer at 28 points, she too for Constructoria.

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  ISRAEL - Women  


Liron Cohen in Slovakia - by Gil Goshen


On the 8th Euroleague Round 8th
Broker Kosice Beretta Familia 80:74
It was very important win for the team from Slovakia which
Assure them to move on to the Eighth-Final Play-Ofs for the first time !!!
Liron Agency GG basketball played 33 minutes and led her team with 19 points, 6 ast.
Next week Broker Kosice will play vs. Spartak Moscow ( away game ).
Spartak won tonight vs. Fenerbahce 100:76
Liron Cohen (174-G-82)


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  SAINT KITTS - Women  


Lindsay Grant Sponsored SKB Ballers Places 2nd in Antigua Tourney - by Richard
The SKB Ballers, a 13-member strong National Female Basketball Team, left the Federation on Tuesday 25th November 2008 for Antigua where they participated in the 9th Annual Gillian Brazier female basketball tournament.

The team, led by Coach Romel Tobias , Assistant Coach Tyrone O'Loughlin and Captain Kyrle Chumney, is participating for the fifth time. The team captured the tournaments silver medal after a hard fought 68 52 loss against arch rivals Antigua's Lady Vipers, at the JSC Sports complex on Sunday night. The game was evenly matched but with many intense moments. Lady Vipers led the first quarter 14 12, and St. Kitts the half 31 30. However, St. Kitts lost composure after the resumption to give Lady Vipers a 10pts lead at the end of the third, and a little too late effort in the fourth. Carol Warner had 14pts and Leondra Cotton 13pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.
. The SKB Ballers is a mixture of youth and experience and includes four-time All Tournament Player, Leandra Cotton and veterans Carol Warner and Avril McKoy. Leondra Cotton and Pamella 'Pats' Huggins made the All-Tourmanet team.

This year, the Gillian Brazier Tournament involved teams from Antigua , Barbuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Coach Tobias said that although the team fell short of championship glory he is still quite satisfied with their performance. He thanked everyone who assisted with the teams preparations including Tyrone OLoughlin; Assistant Coach; Vernice Morton, Physiotherapist; Jamoy Gumbs, Trainer; Elvis Williams; Bertram Richards, and Vanessa Paris.

He also expressed his profound thanks to Mr. Lindsay Grant who was the teams major sponsor. Appreciation was also extended to other sponsors including the National Olympic Committee , Joey Deane and Associates,S.L Horsford & Co. Ltd and Island Rythyms. Mr.Lindsay Grant was at the airport to see the team off and gave the team some much appreciated words of encouragement and wished them well .

Courtesy of ST.KITTS SPORTS NEWS


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  SWEDEN - Women  


08 Stockholm hands the first defeat to Solna Vikings - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings - 08 Stockholm 73-82

Solna Vikins faced with the first defeat in Swedish Damligan this season. It was the last game of Round 7 and nice road victory for 08 Stockholm. With this defeat Solna Vikings slipped on the second place with 6-1 record. Exactly the same numbers also has Lulea BBK, while the top is reserved for unbeaten Telge Energi. 08 Stockholm is currently the fourth ranked team with 6 wins and 2 defeats. Kadidja Andersson (183-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: Minnesota) top-scored for the wining squad with 24 points. Jillian Ingram (175-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) was behind her with 17, while Jennie Thingwall (184-F-85) nailed 14. Michaela Livijn (184-C-81) answered with 16 points for the hosts. Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) had 13, while Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 12 points in loss. Christy Bacon (182-G/F-80, college: Wyoming) scored one point less.
Opening quarter sent a clear signal that 08 Stockholm came to take this one. Visitors had furious beginning earning double-digit lead after 10 minutes. It turned out as a crucial period / lead as Solna was not able to reach it until the very end. Kadidja Andersson and her teammates jumped on plus 13 until the half time. Later Solna Vikings improved their game, but as it is mentioned above visitors were strong enough to keep their profit from the opening 10 minutes.

Solna Vikings: Michaela Livijn 16, Jurgita Kausaite 13, Elisabeth Egnell 12, Christy Bacon 11
08 Stockholm: Kadidja Andersson 24, Jillian Ingram 17, Jennie Thingwall 14


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


The new Generation - by Yelitza La Torre
Venezuela women's basketball is pointing to the new generation. Players as Eilyn Flores (186-C-83), Yesi Castillo (175-F, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Ivaney Marquez (-83), Mirna Araujo (183-F-87), are about to get done with their college or university careers. The Venezuela National Team should be yet an option for them to stay active.
Roselis Silva (-G-90) and Cleider Blanco (-C-90) are taking over representing the new women's basketball generation playing in USA. In Venezuela there are so many more girls dreaming to go to USA to study and play basketball; Yosimar Corrales (-G-90), Kiancy Barragan (-F-90), Endrina Bolivar (-F-90), Lilibeth Frontado, Miryelis Salas, Rosmy Leal, etc are some of them. Let's encourage the new generation to get ready for the next level. Looks beautiful, but isn't easy


Ivaney Marquez couldn't avoid the defeat - by Yelitza La Torre
Venezuelan's shooting guard Ivaney Marquez couldn't avoid the defeat on November 29th of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) versus 14-ranquet Central Oklahoma.64-65.
Ivaney Marquez (-83) played a terrific game, but she couldnt stop at this time Central Oklahoma in their arena. Marquez with 9 rebounds and 26 points was the best player of this game. Eilyn Flores (186-C-83) helped a bit with 2 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Ivaney Marquez (-83) is a member of the Senior Venezuela National Team. She is one of the three Venezuelan girls playing for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.