EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/5/2008

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  ABA   


Salt Lake City Saints announce roster - by Gianni Pascucci

Kenny Wamsley , Owner of the ABA Salt Lake City Saints team that begins play this weekend, announced its roster. Local veterans Evric Gray (6'7''-F-69, college: UNLV), Myron Sims (6'3''-G-73, college: Utah St.) and Tony Harvey (6'5''-G/F-76, college: Utah) made the team, and the team stars should be inside force Melvin Tyler Jones (6'9''-F-84, college: St.John's) and John Millsap (6'6''-F-82, college: UTSA). Head Coach Lossie Mitchel stated: 'we are very confident that we've put together a blockbuster group and will be very competitive.'
The 2008-09 Saints roster is as follows:
player hgt pos school
Tyler Jones, 6'8' center from Weber State
Nick Covington, 6'1' guard from Weber State
Myron Simms, 6'3' guard from Weber State
Evric Gray, 6'8' forward from UNLV
Bernard Rock, 6'0' guard from Weber State
Tim Drisdom, 6'3' guard from Univ of Utah
Brock Hyatt, 6'5' forward from Mesa State
Troy Gwynn, 6'5' forward from Lemoyne Owen
Kevin Sweetwyne, 6'3' guard from Idaho State

John Millsap, 6'6' forward from Texas-San Antonio
Craitg Hamer, 6'10' center from Eastern Wyoming
Tony Harvey, 6'6' forward from Univ of Utah
Reserves include:
Aaron Krause, 5'11 guard from Dixie State
Nenad Shuput, 6'4' forward from Weber State
Aaron Dourcos, 6'3' guard from Snow College

For more information, visit www.slcsaints.com



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  BARBADOS   


Polytechnic, BCC reach challenge final - by Justin Marville
Having already watched his side throw away one championship, Tremaine Shaw wasnt about to let the Polytechnic squander their chances at another one.

Shaw scored ten of his game high 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) defeated Harrison College 67-57 to reach the final of the United Insurance Schools Basketball Victor Payne Challenge Trophy.

With Wednesdays contest at the Wildey Gymnasium coming less than a week after they meekly surrendered the league title, SJPP entered the game with the hopes of exorcising some very big demons.
But last Thursdays debacle at Waterford had to be fresh in their minds after Kolij whittled away a double digit third quarter deficit to just one point 39-38 towards the end of that same period.

And the start of the ensuing period didnt bring any solace to a then tense Polytechnic side as their opponents kept within striking distance.

But Harrison College never managed to take the lead nor did they even get any closer, thanks to a relentless Shaw.

Taking the game by the scruff of the neck, the skilled floor general exploded in transition to engineer a game-winning 17-8 run that effectively put an end to Kolijs second-half rally.

Shaw was exceptionally masterful in directing several scoring drives, calling his own number on several occasions while setting up forwards Mark Bridgeman and Daniel Durant for easy baskets.

Harrison College didnt do themselves any favours during that run either, inexplicably keeping the ball out of the hands of Rahiim Gibbons and Daniel Burke for long stretches while hoisting several quick, ill-advised jumpers.

Bridgeman and Durant both ended with ten points apiece, while Gibbons 24 points was the top score for Harrison College.

In the other semi-final, Barbados Community College (BCC) swingman Manuel Alleng scored eight crucial points in the fourth, including a spectacular lay-up as the reigning league champs overcame a season-high 39 points from Antonio Sealy before outlasting Queens College 84-75.

Forced to endure a similar third-quarter rally, where QC reduced a massive 21-point deficit to five points early in the fourth period, the recently crowned six-time league winners needed something special to surmount Sealys huge effort.

And they got it in the form of Alleng, who like Shaw before him, did his best work in the open floor.

With BCC leading 71-66 with the dominant 6-foot 6-inch Sealy setting his sights on a huge upset, the athletic swingman produced the highlight of the day to thwart his opponents massive rally.

Falling with his back parallel to the floor while being fouled by QC forward Ryan Burke, Alleng tossed up a prayer that kissed the glass before dramatically dropping through the net.

His spectacular lay-up attempt was part of six unanswered points, fuelling a subsequent 13-2 run that swung the balance of the game in BCCs favour down the stretch.

Alleng finished with a team-high 25 points, getting good support from Akeem Williams (17), Romaine Lovell (13) and Akeem Bourne (11). Troy Worrell and Kemar Jones were the other QC players in double digits, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively.


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D1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


American guard Rashid Atkins (182-G-75, college: St.Joseph's) is leaving Base Oostende for Turkish team Galatasaray effective immediately.
Atkins played in 9 regular season games where he averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.1 apg.
He also played 4 games for Oostende in the Eurocup and posted stats of 19.8 ppg and 6.3 apg.

The team has announced they are looking for a replacement.

Former player of the Year Jean-Marc Jaumin is joining the Oostende coaching staff as of today.
After the departure of Sharon Drucker and promotion of Umberto Badioli, Jaumin was moved up from the Oostende basketball school.and Duva Gistel-Oostende.

He joins Thierry Declerq as assistant coach.


Mons-Hainaut has extended the contract of Dion Dowell (198-G-85, college: Houston) for another month.


Herve Djoumbi (204-F/C-77) has been released by Spotter Leuven and according to the team he will not be replaced.



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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bayi - Jiangsu 105-103
Bayi sent Jiangsu out of the group of leaders as in Regular Season Round 8. The home side got 105:103 as Wang Zhizhi led Bayi with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Donnell Harvey collected 27 points and 16 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals

Yunnan - Fujian 99-115
Yunnan lost to Fujian 99:115 at home. Matt Frieje posted 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Gong Songlin and Liu Yudong each scored 24. Gabe Muoneke ended up with 35 points for Yunnan.

Zhejiang G. - Shandong 97-95
Zhejiang Guangsha won the overtime thriller over Shandong, 97:95. Nigel Dixon was unstoppable with 35 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 21 and Kasib Powell added 19. Tuck Mack shined for the visitors with 30 points and 10 boards.

Shaanxi - TianJin R. 114-87
Shaanxi outscored Tianjin 114:87 behind Lee Benson's 37 points and 19 rebounds. Brandon Robinson had 30 points and 7 rebounds and Zhang Wei added 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Shanxi Zh. - Beijing 105-110
Beijing grabbed 110:105 road win over Shanxi Zhongyu. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. David Harrison had 17 points, while Xie Libin added 15 points. Donta Smith had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and Olumide Oyedeji had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks for Shanxi Zhongyu.

Qingdao DS - Xinjiang 75-101
Xinjiang improved to 7-1 on top after an easy win over Qingdao 101:75. Myron Allen led the winners with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Frans Steyn collected 22 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao.

Liaoning - Jilin 113-119
Jilin overcame Liaoning 119:113 as Leon Rogers shined with 39 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Bo collected 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Lu Yan scored 20. Yang Ming posted 22 points, had 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Liaoning.

DongGuan - Zhejiang C. 115-97
Dongguan is another team to take 7-1 on top after beating Zhejiang 115:97. Michael Harris led the winners with 32 points and 14 rebounds and Qiu Biao added 30 points. Kirk Snyder scored 35 points for Zhejiang and Samuel Hoskin had 22 points and 21 rebounds.

Guandong - Shanghai 122-110
Guandong improved to 6-2 after defeating Shanghai 122:110 in the only game scheduled for December 2. Du Feng paced all the winners with 29 points and Dixon Jason collected 24 points and 14 rebounds. Tate DaJuan produced 20 points in the losing effort.


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New Entries in the Cyprus League - by Chris Mammides
The Serbian Head Coach Predrag Savic is the new Head Coach of B.M.C. AEK Larnacas. The experienced Head coach is replacing the Cyprus Coach Michael Michalis . The assistant Coach of the team is to be announced very soon as Costas Stylianou is also history from the Larnaca club. At the same time the new American player DeMarco Johnson (204-F-75, college: Charlotte) is t oreplace Chris Wiley (183-G-81, college: Knoxville) who played just a sinlge game with AEK's jersey.

The American power forward/center Scott Merritt (208-F-82, college: Marquette) is to replace the American Jordan Collins (208-C-82, college: N.Carolina St.) in InterCollege Etha Engomis. The American player is to add power in the paint and much more boards for ETHA's Team and the newcomer Head Coach Antonis Konstantinidis


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. Digenis 6-0 
 2. A.Yermasogias 5-1 
 3. Achilleas Agrou 3-2 
 4. Asteras 3-2 
 5. Philips Coll. 3-2 
 6. APOP Paphou 3-2 
 7. Olympos A. 2-2 
 8. Doxa 2-3 
 9. Athanasiou 2-3 
 10. Paralimni 1-3 
 11. Argonaftes 1-4 
 12. Onisilos 0-4 
 13. Enosis K. 0-5 


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Market news, beginning of December - by David Dousa
Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville) succesfully passed his tryout period and stays with Prostejov until the end of season.

Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) continues his trial period with Prostejov.

New Polish player for Ostrava, Artur Mielczarek (195-F-83, agency: Promotex) has also passed the tryout. This 25 years old forward came to Ostrava from former top Polish club Slask Wroclaw, that folded in October, this year. After Skibniewski is he the second Polish player from the samec lub, who showed in Czech Mattoni NBL.

Kemaldin Gamma (206-F/C-80) and Pardubice agreed on parting ways. Kemaldin, 28 yrs old Libyan-Croatian power forward hasnt play too well in this season, so far, scoring 5.6 ppg, and 4.4 rebounds per game in this season, so far.


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9. round of the 1. division - by Thomas Quaade

With the Christmas break coming up and now only 2 games remaining in the schedule before the half way mark, the 1. division teams are starting to play up to their best. This means the league has more or less settled into 4 bottom teams, 3 middle teams and 4 top teams chasing the undefeated Aalborg BK.

Jonstrup - Falcon
In this round of the 1. division there was a small surprise when Falcon lost to the up and coming Jonstrup team by a big margin of 89-58. Jonstrups big players was outstanding again and with Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81) out for the second straight game it was all uphill for the Falcon team.

Stevnsgade - Herlev
The rounds biggest and most exciting game was when Herlev Basket played at BK Skjold/Stevnsgade. The two top teams faced eachother at a bad time for BK Skjold/Stevnsgade. With Todd Anthony (199-F-68) out and after 2 straight losses to Aalborg and Lemvig BK, BK Skjold/Stevnsgade had everything going against them. This was to be Herlev Baskets day, when Andreas Heinung (179-G-84) was simply unstoppable with either an assist or a basket every time down the floor. Andreas finished with 18 points and almost the same amount of assists. Final score was 64-81 in a game where it never was close in the 2. half - Herlev Basket was simply better in the delayed game, played Tuesday.

Other games this round was:

ALBA - Aarhus BF 69-82
Virum - Vaerlose BBK 50-59
Hobas - Aalborg BK 70-87
Fjordager BK Odense - Lemvig BK 76-93



Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Aalborg 9-0 
 2. Herlev 7-2 
 3. Vaerlose 6-3 
 4. Skjold 6-3 
 5. Aarhus BF 6-3 
 6. Hobas 4-5 
 7. Falcon 4-5 
 8. Lemvig 4-5 
 9. Jonstrup 3-6 
 10. Odense 2-7 
 11. Virum 2-7 
 12. ALBA 1-8 


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Last Night in the D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dakota Wizards (126) at Austin Toros (128) - OT
WIZARDS: Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, college: Oklahoma St.) (28pt+8rb+7as), Renaldo Major (28pt+9rb+5st), David Bell (14pt), Will Frisby (10pt+6rb)
TOROS: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) (29pt), Marcus Williams (25pt+6rb+8as), Anthony Tolliver (19pt+9rb), Charles Gaines (12pt+10rb)

Erie BayHawks (101) at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (87)
BAYHAWKS: Ivan Harris (6'7''-F-84, college: Ohio St.) (22pt), Erik Daniels (19pt+5rb+5as), Oliver Lafayette (18pt+6as), Maureece Rice (17pt+5rb)
VIPERS: Kendall Dartez (6'10''-C/F-80, college: Louisville) (20pt+12rb), Alton Ford (18pt+6rb), Smush Parker (17pt+6as+7to), Trent Strickland (10pt)

Reno BigHorns (113) at Anaheim Arsenal (116)
BIGHORNS: Damone Brown (6'9''-F-79, college: Syracuse) (23pt+13rb), Antonio Meeking (20pt+9to), Sung-Yoon Bang (18pt), Russell Robinson (15pt+5rb)
ARSENAL: James White (6'6''-G-84, college: Cincinnati) (29pt+5rb), Tierre Brown (22pt), Noel Felix (10pt+11rb), Cedric Bozeman (15pt)

Los Angeles D-Fenders (108) at Bakersfield Jam (105)
D-FENDERS: Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86, college: Kentucky) (25pt+5rb), Jamaal Brown (20pt+7rb), Brandon Heath (19pt+8rb+8as), Jasper Johnson (17pt+7rb+5as)
JAM: DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85, college: Duke) (23pt+7rb+5as), Mateen Cleaves (18pt+10as), Trey Johnson (18pt), Terrance Thomas (12pt+7rb)


Latest Roster Moves - by Surujh Roopnarine
Tulsa: Waived former University of Oklahoma standout Terrell Everett (6'4''-G-84, college: Oklahoma) and signed D-League veteran forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, college: LSU).
Austin: Waived Kris Collins (6'2''-G-83, college: N.Mexico) and acquired former NBA forward and D-League standout Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81, college: De Paul).
Rio Grande Valley: Waived Delonte Holland (6'7''-F-82, college: De Paul) due to injury and re-acquired former St. John's swingman Alpha Bangura (6'6''-F/G-80, college: St.John's).
Colorado: Waived Eric Osmundson (6'5''-G-83, college: Pennsylvania), a stalwart on the 14ers squad and one of the top assist men in the D-League last season.
Fort Wayne: Waived Eric Smith (6'8''-F/G-83, college: Charleston Univ.) and signed Anthony Kent (6'11''-F/C-83, college: Ball St.)
Los Angeles: Waived former Cal Bear Ryan Forehan-Kelly (6'6''-F/G-80, college: California) and signed Marcus White (6'8''-F-83, college: Purdue).


D-League Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Reno - Anaheim 113-116
Anaheim Arsenal celebrated 3-point victory against the Reno Bighorns mostly owing to James White, who nailed 29 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tierre Brown helped the winners with 22 points. Damone Brown came up with 23 points and 13 boards in defeat. Both teams are on 1-2 record after this game.

Los Angeles - Bakersfield 108-105
Joe Crawford paced LA D-Fenders to first victory this season collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Jamaal Brown had 20 pts and 7 boards, while Brandon Heath stopped on one point less, including 8 rebs and 8 assists. Bakersfield Jam faced with the first defeat in 4 appearances despite 23 points, 7 boards and 5 assists by DeMarcus Nelson.

Dakota - Austin 126-128
Austin Toros escaped with a tiny home victory against the Dakota Wizards jumping on 2-2 record. On the other side, visitors remained winless after 2 games. Blake Ahearn and Marcus Williams combined 54 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the hosts. Maurice Renalso answered with 56 points, 17 boards and 11 assists in loss.

Erie - Rio Grande 101-87
Erie Bay Hawks outplayed Rio Grande Valley Vipers jumping on 2-1 record. Exactly the same numbers has the host team. Ivan Harris shined for the winners netting 22 points. Erik Daniels was behind him adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Kendall Dartez was better the others in defeat delivering 20 points and grabbing 12 boards.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 2-0 
 2. Erie BH 2-1 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 2-1 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 1-2 
 5. Dakota W. 0-2 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 2-0 
 2. Rio Grande VV 2-1 
 3. Austin T. 2-2 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 0-2 
 5. Albuquerque T. 0-2 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 3-1 
 2. Idaho S. 2-0 
 3. Reno B. 1-2 
 4. Anaheim A. 1-2 
 5. LA D-Fenders 1-2 
 6. Utah F. 1-2 


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.J. Crawford, LAD 31.0
2.J. Davis, COL 26.0
3.A. Meeking, REN 25.5
4.T. Strickland, RGV 25.0
5.C. Karl, IDA 24.5
Rebounds Per Game
1.D. Monds, ABQ 15.5
2.C. Sims, IOW 14.5
3.D. Brown, REN 13.7
4.J. Davidson, IDA 13.5
5.J. Dabbert, COL 13.0
5.C. Collins, FWN 10.5
5. D. Mitchell, LAD 10.5
Assists Per Game
1.W. Conroy, ABQ 9.0
2.W. Russell, FWN 8.7
3.M. Cleaves, BAK 7.8
4.M. Baker, DAK 7.5
5.T. Brown, ANA 7.0
5.D. Jefferson, UTA 5.5
5.D. Mitchell, LAD 5.5


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  EL SALVADOR   


Liga Premier updating: surprises in Semifinals - by Jaime Arevalo
The team named Universidad Francisco Gavidia made a huge upset defeating in semifinal the Liga Premier favourite team, San Marcos-2, 89-80, led by Cesar Alvarez, who scored 32 points. Hondurean Persly Marin was the best in San Marcos, with 22. In the other semifinal, Cosmos-2 largely defeated Denver-2, 77-52, with Jorge Escamilla (184-G/F-77) leading the way at 15 points and Carlos Rivas (178-G-79) scoring 13 at the losing side

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Papadopoulos on loan to Fortitudo Bologna - by Andrej Ljajic
Real Madrid on Thursday announced that it has loaned center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) to Eurocup team GMAC Real Estate Bologna of Italy for the remainder of this season. Papadopoulos (210, 28) has done it all in continental basketball as one of just three players who have won the Euroleague, ULEB Cup and the European national title this decade. Papadopoulos was also a second-team All-Euroleague selection following a stellar 2006-07 season with Dynamo Moscow. He was signed the following summer by Real Madrid and was averaging 4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 14 minutes per Euroleague game before Thursday's move. Last season, his first with Madrid, Papadopoulos averaged 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. After starting his career with Iraklis of Greece as a teenager, Papadopoulos won a Euroleague title in 2001-02, his rookie season with Panathinaikos, by sparking the Greens to one of the greatest comebacks in finals history on the home court of Kinder Bologna. Three summers later, he starred with the Greek national team as it won the European Championships title in Belgrade, Serbia. By the spring of 2006, he was a protagonist for Dynamo Moscow's trophy run in the ULEB Cup, which sent him and the team back to the Euroleague. In 2006-07, Papadopoulos outdid himself, leading Dynamo to the brink of the Final Four with 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the competition's second-best performance index rating average that season. He was chosen for the All-Euroleague second team as a result. Real Madrid said in its announcement on Thursday that it will retain the contract rights to Papadopoulos after the loan to Fortutido ends at the conclusion of the current season.


Thursday, December 04, 2008
Euroleague.net


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Papadopoulos on loan to Fortitudo Bologna - by Andrej Ljajic
Real Madrid on Thursday announced that it has loaned center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) to Eurocup team GMAC Real Estate Bologna of Italy for the remainder of this season. Papadopoulos (210, 28) has done it all in continental basketball as one of just three players who have won the Euroleague, ULEB Cup and the European national title this decade. Papadopoulos was also a second-team All-Euroleague selection following a stellar 2006-07 season with Dynamo Moscow. He was signed the following summer by Real Madrid and was averaging 4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 14 minutes per Euroleague game before Thursday's move. Last season, his first with Madrid, Papadopoulos averaged 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. After starting his career with Iraklis of Greece as a teenager, Papadopoulos won a Euroleague title in 2001-02, his rookie season with Panathinaikos, by sparking the Greens to one of the greatest comebacks in finals history on the home court of Kinder Bologna. Three summers later, he starred with the Greek national team as it won the European Championships title in Belgrade, Serbia. By the spring of 2006, he was a protagonist for Dynamo Moscow's trophy run in the ULEB Cup, which sent him and the team back to the Euroleague. In 2006-07, Papadopoulos outdid himself, leading Dynamo to the brink of the Final Four with 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the competition's second-best performance index rating average that season. He was chosen for the All-Euroleague second team as a result. Real Madrid said in its announcement on Thursday that it will retain the contract rights to Papadopoulos after the loan to Fortutido ends at the conclusion of the current season.


Thursday, December 04, 2008
Euroleague.net


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  GERMANY   


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


Ryan Lancaster: I am more than ready to show my game! - by Manuel Schust
Ryan Lancaster (193-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Holy Family) was the first import player TV Langen signed this summer. Unfortunatley his stay with the ProA club did not last that long and he just left the team and was replaced by Brandon Chappell (183-G-83, college: Lamar). The 23-year old american took some time to talk to Eurobasket writer Manuel Schust.

Ryan, you had a nice chat with my Eurobasket colleague Miles Schmidt-Scheuber a couple of weeks ago. You had been really enthusiastic about the season with TV Langen, but now the team announced your departure. What happened in the meantime?

Well basically it came down to the team needing a true point guard, we had a lot of wing players, but no backup point guard to Kai Barth (188-G-89), so that was the initial decision to make the switch.

In the pre-season you proved that you can compete on ProA level. You've been the team's topscorer in two games, making 21 against Heidelberg and 19 against Upstairs Weert.
But when the season started, you only played 14 minutes per game. Why did your role on the team suddenly change? Or did you expect to play less than 15 minutes per game?


Im not exactly sure as to why my role changed so much. We had some players on the team that had been here for a few years, and showed that they deserved to play, but at the same time, I did expect to play a lot more than 15 min here.

You averaged 4.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7 games. How much of your skills could you really show in Langen?

It was difficult to really show my game. This was a completely new role to me, and I had to really adjust to it. I never really had a chance to fully display my game, which is why my stats are very misleading. I tried to do whatever it took to help the team win though. Some games I would score 8-10 points in less than 15 minutes. If given starter minutes in this league, I feel i could definitely be amongst the top players in this league.

Looking at the team's roster it always seemed to me that a second Point Guard, who supports 19-year old Kai Barth was missing. Langen now signed Brandon Chappell and decided to let you go. Do you feel like a victim of that mistake?

The team really needed a new pg, and Brandon is a very solid player, who could easily start for a number of teams in this league. I understand the decision that was made, and our GM made it clear that the decision had absolutely nothing to do with my ability as a player.

TV Langen is known as club that develops young german talents. Even though some of these guys really had some bad nights coach Villmeter relied on them. How difficult is it for an import player to sit on the bench and watch the youngsters play bad when you know you could give the team some better help?

It definitely gets difficult at times. I know I could step in and help the team, but I know the philosophy here in Langen is to develop young German players first. With that said, they are going to play a lot through ups and downs, and it was just part of the adjustment I had to make here.

You played with TV Langen against some of the best ProA teams like Cuxhaven BasCats, Phoenix Hagen and Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. Which team was the most impressive one to you?

They are both pretty solid teams. MBC has a lot of weapons and should definitely be amongst the top teams until the end of the year.

TV Langen had a tough start and lost 6 of their first 9 games. Do you think the club can avoid relegation?

I think they will. We started off the year playing against some of the top teams in the league. We also weren't all together during preseason, and still trying to come into our own as a team. Its always going to be tough for a team like Langen who doesn't bring in too many import players, but they can compete with any team when they do the little things. I think Langen will finish somewhere in the middle of the league.

Everyone looks at Robin Benzing as one of the top german talents. What can you tell us about him? And what do you think about other talents like Ruben Spoden (202-F-89) and Marco Voller (201-F-89)?

Robin is a very skilled player. He has more ability at his size than most players he matches up against, making him a difficult guy to guard. If he continues to get stronger and work on little things, he will have a really bright future ahead of him. Ruben and Marco are two young players with potential. Ruben can really shoot and plays hard all the time. Marco is one of the most athletic guys in the league, he just has to play with a little more confidence.

You spent your college days with Holy Family. What is your impression of the PRO A level in general and compared to NCAA basketball?

Pro A is a good level of basketball. Each team has some good players, and you have to bring it every night. The style of play is pretty similar to NCAA basketball because most of the teams have import players who have played NCAA. I would say the level probably compares to a lower division 1 college level.

If you look back at your time with TV Langen how disappointed are you about the way things turns out?

I'm disappointed things did not work out as planned, but at the same time I am thankful for the opportunity I had here to play on this level, and I'm really looking forward to finding a situation where I can show my ability on a daily basis.

After an unfortunate start for your pro career you must be excited to prove to everybody that you can do much better than what you could show in Langen.
What are your plans for the future? And would you like to play in Germany again?


I am more than ready to show my game somewhere. Ive been working out everyday trying to stay in my best shape possible. I'm open to play anywhere right now, I just need to be given the opportunity, and everything should fall in to place from there.

Thanks Ryan for taking some time to share your thoughts with Eurobaskets readers.

Ryan Lancaster is looking for a new team. You can contact him via mail.


Tom Conboy strengthens the frontcourt of TV Werne - by Daniel Poerschke
TV Werne BB of the 2. Regionalliga West added another recent NCAA D3 graduate to their roster: Tom Conboy (203-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Macalester) will be the new man in the middle for Head Coach Ivan Rosic. Conboy played college ball at Macalester and was recognized as a NABC Division III West Region 1st Team and D3hoops.com All-West Region 1st Team Member in 2008. The versatile forward was touring China during the last weeks with a select team from the Santa Barbara Breakers playing against local CBA teams. He played his first game for Werne today, a close loss to 1. Regionalliga West club BG Dorsten in a WBV-Cup game.

Osnabrueck waive Hopkins and Both - by Moritz Korff
After signing three new players in Derek Coleman (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Robert Morris), Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) and Steve Janzen (191-G-82, college: Trinity Western) last week, the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro B) now waived a pair. As the club announced in a press-release today, the big men Kevin Hopkins (208-C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) and Jan-Christian Both (210-C-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) are no longer members of the Ballers squad. Hopkins was already left out of the roster for the Hannover game on Sunday, while Both contributed 2 points in 4:24 minutes to the 113:88 win. It turned out to be his final appearance on the Osnabrueck team.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Welcome The Walter Tigers Tuebingen And The Return Of Lorenzo Gordon Sunday December 7th. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
December 6th is known as Nikolaus day in Germany and is a time where children find a present in their slippers as they wake up and Murat Didin and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to give their fans a extra belated Nikolaus gift with a victory over The Walter Tigers Tuebingen on Sunday December 7th. Coach Murat Didin is already in the Christmas spirit as his team has been generous the last weeks with many wins as gifts. We like to be only one day late with Nikolaus Day, said a joking Murat Didin. The game will also mark the return of American Lorenzo Gordon, who had been sidelined since mid October due to an injury. My time away has been so long. I am really excited to be playing again. Words really cant explain how happy I am, said an excited Lorenzo Gordon. Tuebingen American AJ Moye is also looking forward to playing Frankfurt and seeing certain players. It is always great playing against Derrick Allen. Ilain Evtimov is my boy. He knows how to play the game the right way and he is a good guy. I hardly talk on the court, but when I do I am always talking with Evtimov. I played against Jimmy Mckinney in college. The team is so deep. I am really looking forward to playing Frankfurt since my mom and dad will be in attendance, expressed American AJ Moye.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen got of to a great start into the 2008-2009 BBL season winning three of their first five games, but since that positive start have only registered a 2-5 record.Even though Tuebingen has been in a small slump and reside in 14th place, the team can beat anyone on a very good day. Tuebingen is very strong. Their low ranking and play dont mix. They have lost some close games and if they had won some of those games then they would be a lot higher now. Jermaine Anderson is a good point guard and Rasko Katic a strong center. It will be a tough game, warned Murat Didin. The team lost a one point nail bitter to the Telekom Baskets Bonn and a three point fight against the Nordlingen Giants. The only top team that they could defeat were the Artland Dragons.

The last years have been an uphill struggle for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen as they were caught in the deregulation fight. Aaron Mccarthy was let go in the Christmas break 2007-2008. He was replaced by Turk Tolga Ongoren, who saved the team with a 15th place showing winning three of the last seven games. During the off season, he was able to start from scratch and form a new team. He was able to keep a healthy foundation with Rasko Katic and AJ Moye, who are playing their third season in Tuebingen and German Jay Thomas is playing his fourth season. Ongoren made the team younger and always expects 110% from his team. If a player performs then he plays as is the case with Branislav Ratkovica, who had a very limited role in Oldenburg, but has crawled out of his shell in Tuebingen and has averaged 25 minutes for Tbingen. Ongoren also has shown that he is not afraid of limiting the minutes of ex BBL Allstar AJ Moye. Coach bases his coaching on winning more than performance. I am ok with the reduced minutes. Coach and I still have a great relationship. If you look around the league, there are many players like Derrick Allen or Lamont Mcintosh who are getting less minutes. It is something that you have to accept. Basketball is like a game of chess. I cant move myself. I am an old school player and stick to the script. If coach tells me to run through a wall, I will, said AJ Moye.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a positive record of 4-2 against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen in the last three years. Frankfurt won at home last season 69 to 54, where Derrick Allen had a monster game of 21 points and nine rebounds. Frankfurt also won on the road last season 78 to 70 and so far Murat Didin has the bragging rights against Tolga Ongoren with a 2-0 record, who played for Murat Didin in the 80s and is a good friend of his. He is a good, smart and serious coach, added Murat Didin. The most exciting game the last years was the Frankfurt 104-102 victory in double overtime in the 2006-2007 season. That was a crazy game. I thought it would never end. That was one of those games, where no team deserved to lose. I couldnt walk for days after that game, remarked AJ Moye.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are led by Serb Rasko Katic, who is averaging 14,2 points and 7,1 rebounds per game. He has been one of the top centers in the BBL the last years and has received countless respect from his peers. He is tough to guard. He is a strong rebounder and plays well inside. He is a good one on one player. I will have to use my quickness to deny him the ball, warned American Derrick Allen. Canadian Jermaine Anderson is averaging 13,8 points, 3,2 rebounds and 4,3 assists per game. He played at Fordham University and came to Tuebingen in mid season last year. He is a dangerous playmaker, who can also step up and score if needed. American Mike Haynes is averaging 11,7 points and 5,3 rebounds per game. He played together with Jermaine Anderson at Fordham and has four years of European experience. He is an all rounder at the power forward position. American Richard Chaney is averaging 10,3 points and 6,5 rebounds per game. He is in his second year after playing his rookie season in Turkey for Bursa and duelling twice against Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon. He is really athletic and can run the transition well. We won both games against him and I had two double doubles, stated Lorenzo Gordon.

Serb Branislav Ratkovica is averaging 8,0 points, 1,0 rebounds and 3,8 assists per game. He has done a fine job coming off the bench and running the Tuebingen offense. American AJ Moye is averaging 7,3 points, 4,5 rebounds and 1,2 assists per game. The guy that once scored 65 points in a high school game and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002 with Indiana, may not be getting the minutes and scoring stats like in his first season, but he is still dangerous and explosive and can light up the score board at any time. American Daniel Fountain is a BBL rookie and is averaging 4,8 points and 1,6 rebounds per game. He already showed in a pre season game in Frankfurt that he has the shooting touch from outside, but he has been very up and down this season. American Ken Wiliams is averaging 2,8 points and 3,3 rebounds per game. He is a BBL rookie having played at the University of Mississippi last season where he reached the NIT final four in 2007. He comes from the bench and gives some strength under the boards. German Jay Thomas is averaging 2,1 points per game. He also doesnt get many minutes, but he is the type of player that always gives his best and makes the plays that arent seen in the stats.

In the last weeks, the Skyliner injury list has been shrinking as the hurt guys get back into the lineup. Titus Ivory and Keith Simmons returned and have been playing excellent Basketball. Lorenzo Gordon will return Sunday against Tuebingen and it looks good that American Jimmy Mckinney will make his debut in the 2008-2009 season against his good friend American Ricky Paulding and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The biggest plus for Frankfurt is their deep bench and it will get even deeper in the next weeks. The team has been playing potent team Basketball for weeks, but now need to be careful and return after the great win against Moscow and not get too confident against Tuebingen. We cant get a big head, but stay focused and play good team Basketball, explained Derrick Allen. Coach Murat Didin takes it a step further and compares Basketball to a beauty contest. The guys cant be loose. They were tough against Moscow. If a team is tough each day then they become a team. Miss Germany cant win the beauty contest in one day. She has to be ready and always be beautiful. It is the same with Basketball, you always have to be tough. American Greg Jenkins continues to get stronger on the court. He has been calm on the court for most of the time, but after a dunk against Moscow showed that he can be emotional. I usually dont show emotions, but sometimes after a good play I may. I just do my job and try my best, stated American Greg Jenkins.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have won nine of their last 11 games and want to extend their perfect December record with a victory. On paper, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are the huge favourite and anything besides a win would be a huge disappointment. Frankfurt has the deeper bench and have six players scoring in double figures. Captain Pascal Roller is only sixth best scorer and that shows how strong Frankfurt is on offense. Of course, Frankfurt has to be aware that Tuebingen will be very motivated to give Frankfurt a good game. We have to defend the paint, the low post and stop the guard penetration. We should focus on transition play on offense, stated Derrick Allen. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have done their homework and know that making a statement early will be essential for winning. Frankfurt likes to pressure the ball for the first 12-15 minutes and we will have to handle their pressure. We have to focus on what we do well and also contain Pascal Roller, who is like a conductor of a symphony, warned AJ Moye. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Walter Tigers Tuebingen on Sunday December 7th at 15:00.



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Hapoel Jerusalem downed Olympia Athienits to close Round 3 in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Olympia Athienits -Jerusalem 54:71 (17-20, 15-13, 12-22, 10-16)

Jerusalem took 71:54 win over Olympia Athienits in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday. The game was the last one in the round and closed Regular Season Round 2. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) had 15 points and nine rebounds while five other Hapoel players reached double digits. Michael King (193-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: George Washington) ended up with 25 points for the home side. Hapoel are now 1-1 in Group E while Olympia are 0-2.
The home side was too strong from the very beginning and posted 7 consecutive points in the opening tip of the game. Israeli team recovered immediately and Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) reduced to 9:8. Naimy gave the visitors 20:17 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. In the second period the lead changed a lot and the teams exchanged the basket often. After 15-13 in the quarter Jerusalem enjoyed 33:32 lead at the halftime. Later in the game Israeli team dominated the court and never looked behind. Roth made a lay-up for 55:44 to close the third period. Sneed's basket got 65:50 and Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) could score last in the game for 54:71.
Amsterdam survived over EWE Baskets in a 76:73 home win in another game of 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.

Olympia Athienits:Michael King 25, Marios Batis (188-G-80) 8
Jerusalem: Travis Watson 15, Roth 12


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Upstairs Weert extend contract with Niels Vorenhout - by Fred Roggen
Upstairs Weert have extended the contract with Forward Niels Vorenhout (202-F-80, agency: Court Side), the management of the Dutch club announced today. Vorenhout was given a two-year extension. The 28 year-old forward played for the third season for Upstairs Weert. Previously he played for for MPC Donar/Capitals Groningen, Omniworld Almere, Cape Holland Den Helder and German second Bundesliga club TV Lich. Vorenhout played 12 games and averaged 5.3ppg this season.

Amsterdam survived over EWE Baskets in EuroChallenge Group E - by Fred Roggen
Amsterdam - EWE Baskets 76-73(12-14, 23-19, 20-19, 21-21 )
Amsterdam survived over EWE Baskets in a 76:73 home win in EuroChallenge Group E. Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) sparked the Amsterdam club with 18 points while Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) finished with 11 for
German outfit EWE Baskets and also pulled down eight rebounds.
In what was probably the key moment in the fourth quarter when the game hung in the balance, Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) came up big for the Amsterdammers as he has on so many occasions before.
After a three-point play by Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) of EWE Baskets capped a 10-2 run and closed the gap to 63-62 with 3:50 remaining, Gipson answered with a three-ball to restore the four-point advantage.
MyGuide didn't pull away, but the German team got no closer than three the rest of the way. Amsterdam improved to 2-0, while EWE Baskets is 1-1.
Amsterdam: Victor Thomas 18, Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia St.) 13, Teddy Gipson 13. - Oldenburg: Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 16, Rickey Paulding 13 , Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) 12.


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Round 8, wednesday's games - by Tamas Deri

ATOMEROMU SE - FALCO SZOVA KC SZOMBATHELY 98-90
(35-24, 18-19, 20-24, 25-23)
Paks, Att.: 1000, Referees: Adam, Kapitany, Marton L.
ASE: Darris Nichols (188-G-86, college: W.Virginia) 23/3, Williams 7/3, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 15/6,

Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) 12, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 33/3, Meszaros Z. 6, Csaplar-Nagy E., Kiss Zs. 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs
FALCO KC: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 24/9, Pankar 8/6, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 28/12, Perincic 9/3, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/15, Vrsaljko 4, Hudson, Lakatos, Borszeki, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC - SOPRONI SORDOGOK 93-82
(32-20, 26-26, 13-18, 22-18)
Dombovar, Att.: 900, Referees: Bognar T., Torok R., Szabo G.
DOMBOVAR: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 17, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 14/12, Clark 9/3, Bodi 14/3, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 13/3, Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) 21/6, Szoke 5/3, Balogh, Coach: Peter Stahl
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 17/9, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 18/6, P.J. Couisnard (193-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) 18, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Dies 10, Vesztergom, Csorvasi, Boldizsar 3/3, Halmai, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


PECSI VSK PANTHERS - MARSO VAGEP NYKK 82-55
(20-12, 21-11, 16-23, 25-9)
Pecs, Att.: 1800, Referees: Palla, Farkas G., Toth K.

PVSK: Wittmann 10/3, Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 15/3, Denes 5/3, Grebenar 4, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 14, Toth N. 8, Aleksic 8, Jermaine Spivey (189-G-72, college: New Orleans) 13/3, Czigler 2, Hosszu, Kovacs P., Lepsenyi 3, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
NYIREGYHAZA: Savic 5/3, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) 19/3, Burton 4, Sitku 10/3, Lekli 2, Z. Helbich 10, Siska, Farkas A. 2, Wehner 3/3, Nagy K., Coach: Kmezic Zoran


DEBRECENI KE - ENTERNET-NTE HEGYVIDEK 91-90
(24-21, 21-23, 22-17, 24-29)
Debrecen, Att.. 700, Referees: Kiraly L., Gal J., Franyo P.
DEBRECEN: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 17/9, Valentino Maxwell (193-G-85, college: Concordia (TX)) 18/6, Gabor Toth 13/9, Joe Kennerly (204-C/F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cent.Oklahoma) 17/3, WARE 24, Kovacs I., Szabo T., Takacs D, Erdei 2, Kutasi, Coach: Boros Gabor
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 6, HAJMASY 21/9, Beak 5/3, Kovats R. 2, FULOP 20, Simon N. 8, LIKAR 8/6, Lazar 4, KRASZNAI 8/6, Will 8/3, Coach: Hartai Tamas


SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK- UNIVER-KSE 49-63
(13-21, 14-8, 16-16, 6-18)
Szolnok, Att.: 2200, Referees: Benczur, Gyorffy, Balog
OLAJ: Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Rutgers) 16/12, Cziczas 5/3, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 15, Jurkunas, Basit 8, Harazin 2, Gaal 1, Szabo P. 2, Toth V., Coach: Por Peter
UNIVER: DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 14/6, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 13/3, Toth P. 10, Danielson 7, Klaiber 9/6, Szabo Zs. 8/3, Tornoczky, Simpson 2, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


POLAROID-LAMI-VED KORMEND - KAPOSVARI KK 79-66
(2419, 1318, 179, 2520)
Kormend, Att.: 2000, Referees: Forrai, Kiss, Vetek
KORMEND: Archie 8/6, Auriantal 2, Fodor G. 5, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) 16, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 29, Fodor M. 4, Gergely Toth (206-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13, Ferencz, Hegedus, Kocsis, Trummer 2, Coach: Hencsey Tamas
KAPOSVAR: Marciulonis 7/3, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/3, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 27/3, Hoffmann 7, Orosz 6, Kiss 1, Markus 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav



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Bollywood & Basketball !!!! - by Anil Kumar

Interview with Mike Trudell, Reporter for Lakers Courtesy www.nba.com

Last week, Bollywood's Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000) and fellow Bollywood actor Dino Morea traveled to Los Angeles for an all-access visit with the Lakers and the NBA, including courtside seats at a Lakers Sacramento Kings game and time with Kobe Bryant and Kurt Rambis at L.A.s practice facility.
Dutta and Morea were in L.A. to film a 26-minute NBA special produced for ESPN Star Sports (India), the NBAs TV partner, as part of the NBAs ongoing international effort to grow the game and bring it closer to fans around the world. We spent some time with both Dutta and Morea following their visit to L.A.s practice facility to talk about hoops in India, Bollywood and their respective careers.
Lara Dutta
MT: On the future of basketball in India:
Dutta: It has (a good chance to keep growing), and I believe that a lot of it has to do with what Kobe was saying when we spoke (earlier), that for him to get a lot of stuff out of his system as a teenager, the easiest thing was to go to the park and shoot some hoops. I think thats really important in India as well. Its a growing economy, the pressure is very intense, its very competitive and basketball is a team sport, a quick sport, and not everybody makes the cut for cricket and I think its important that you have other options in terms of sport where the youth can divert their energy into games.
MT: On helping to bringing the NBA to India.
Dutta: Dino and I have a massive following back home, and Bollywood is the biggest entertainment in India the viewership is massive, over a billion people. If youre trying to promote anything, Bollywood is a really good way to do it, because people are listening and watching what youre doing, and they want to do the things youre doing. I think its really amazing to come out here and bring this to them, because everybody watches the games, but to have a little bit more of an insight into it is really amazing. Weve toured the STAPLES Center, we went in the locker room for the players, weve been courtside to a game, weve been talking to Kobe, and these are things that (Indian people) dont have access to, so for them its a huge, big deal.
MT: On her basketball prowess.
Dutta: I played basketball in school, and believe it or not, I was one of the taller girls in sports, but I was pretty much a shooter. But I havent played since, which is a shame Ive been too busy making movies.
MT: On Bollywood.
Dutta: Let me put it this way: It has a viewership or probably about 1.4 billion people worldwide, and its the largest movie industry actually in the world in terms of production, because we do over 600 movies a year. Its really massive But there is a lot of crossover cinema happening, and in fact, my next release which is the summers biggest release in India next year is an action film that takes place underwater. Its also the biggest collaboration between Bollywood and Hollywood, as our entire technical team is from L.A. The movie is called Blue. I didnt know how to swim at the start of the film, I was extremely hydrophobic But Im now a certified diver.
MT: On spending time with Kobe:
Dutta: In India, the biggest basketball player of all-time has always been Michael Jordan Out of the newer lot and the younger players, I think Kobe is the biggest (basketball) player in India. Sometimes you hear and Im sure people say the same things about me that somebody is a celebrity and is very standoffish and you dont really get to know them very well, but it was really nice to meet (Kobe). Hes a really sweet guy. And he was amazing to watch on court (on Sunday). I really enjoyed that we were courtside and it was fantastic, you could actually hear them plan what they were going to do.
MT: On L.A. and the Lakers:
Dutta: What Ive been really impressed with is the set up. In India we dont have anything thats that huge, even though cricket has a massive viewership. The way that the whole business is handled as a whole is very different, and Ive been really impressed with that. Just the things and the facilities that are available to the players, to the way the game is marketed, to the whole buzz and even all the celebrities being there and cashing in on that is fantastic. I hope at some point in time in India were able to do that, and more importantly, I hope the NBA has an Indian player on it very soon.
To listen to the complete interview with Dutta, click below:
Dino Morea
MT: On his love for hoops.
Morea: I do play a lot of basketball I used to play in university, but because of my (acting schedule), we dont play much anymore but I try to get a game in once a week at least. We have a huge youth population who plays basketball in India, and everybody who plays basketball watches the NBA. Everyone loves Kobe, loves Shaq, loves LeBron We have a huge number of fans back home.
MT: On Bollywood:
Morea: Cricket and films are the two biggest industries in India, where we have a population of a billion plus, and besides India, we have Indians living all over the world who are another couple hundred million. So we have Indians everywhere, and everybody watches Bollywood films. (With that kind of audience), if we can give people an opportunity to think that maybe we can play this game and go somewhere, maybe be drafted sometime to the NBA its just trying to inspire people and giving them hope for something better.
MT: On watching the Lakers game courtside:
Morea: Its the first time Ive been courtside, and I think its one of the most unbelievable experiences. For instance, for me, if I go to a cricket match in India, there are about 70 or 80,000 people sitting in the crowd, and thats electrifying. But sitting courtside, its as if youre part of the game. You hear the players scream at each other It just adds to the energy, and its brilliant.


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Hapoel Jerusalem downed Olympia Athienits to close Round 3 in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Olympia Athienits -Jerusalem 54:71 (17-20, 15-13, 12-22, 10-16)

Jerusalem took 71:54 win over Olympia Athienits in the EuroChallenge on Wednesday. The game was the last one in the round and closed Regular Season Round 2. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) had 15 points and nine rebounds while five other Hapoel players reached double digits. Michael King (193-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: George Washington) ended up with 25 points for the home side. Hapoel are now 1-1 in Group E while Olympia are 0-2.
The home side was too strong from the very beginning and posted 7 consecutive points in the opening tip of the game. Israeli team recovered immediately and Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) reduced to 9:8. Naimy gave the visitors 20:17 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. In the second period the lead changed a lot and the teams exchanged the basket often. After 15-13 in the quarter Jerusalem enjoyed 33:32 lead at the halftime. Later in the game Israeli team dominated the court and never looked behind. Roth made a lay-up for 55:44 to close the third period. Sneed's basket got 65:50 and Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) could score last in the game for 54:71.
Amsterdam survived over EWE Baskets in a 76:73 home win in another game of 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.

Olympia Athienits:Michael King 25, Marios Batis (188-G-80) 8
Jerusalem: Travis Watson 15, Roth 12


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  ITALY   


Legadue, market news: Vanoli Soresina signed Reyshawn Terry - by Antonello Varallo
Vanoli Soresina have reacted to Quadre Lollis (200-PF-73, college:MontanaSt)'s injury by signing former Tar Heels forward Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). After two college years at N.Carolina, in 2007 Terry entered draft . He was chosen by Orlando Magic and traded to Dallas Mavericks. In 2008 he played with Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1), ending the season with 6.2ppg and 5.2rpg in 17 games.

Davison inks at Scafati - by Gianni Pascucci
Lega 2 team Harem Scafati Basket officially announced the agreement with ex-NBA player Bennett Davison (203-F-75, agency: Megasport, college: Arizona), who inked a contract till the end of the current season.

Market news: Lazaros Papadopoulos joins Fortitudo, Martin moves to Sassari - by Antonello Varallo
Fortitudo Bologna get Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) on loan from Real Madrid. Papadopoulos will be playing for Fortitudo until the end of current season. At the beginning of his career, he was considered a NBA prospect , and he played his best seasons with Dynamo Moscow (Russia-A Superleague) between 2004 and 2007. In 2007 he signed a contract with Real Madrid for 3 seasons.
Banco di Sardegna Sassari announced the agreement with Philip Martin (202-F-80, college: Hawaii). Martin played with Castelletto Ticino in 2006-7, and with Novara in 2007-8. At the beginning of this season, he was signed by Capo d'Orlando, and when the team folded he joined Eldo Caserta,where he played 2 games with an average of 4 points. Martin replaced Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84),who has been released from Sassari.


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  KOSOVO   


FIBA will analyze application from FBK with 6 and 7 december! - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
From FIBA sely in Geneve today in electronic mail of FBK arrived official confirmation that in the meeting of the Official Board of FIBA with 6 and 7 december 2008 will be analyze of application from FBK that was sent in 25.11.2008. This is good news for Federate of Basketball in Kosovo because its not the first time they have send the application and they was rejected by FIBA.FBK is waiting for positive reply after visit of two delegation from FIBA in Kosovo last week.

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  LEBANON   


Mookie with Riyadi in Dubai - by Mohammed Malas
John III Thomas (175-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) 'Mookie' will be the third import with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in Dubai International Tournament which will begin on the 20th of December in Dubai, UAE under the participation of best teams in middle east.

Thomas was one of the keys of Jordan's Zain success in Arab Club Championship last season alongside with his teammate Nate Johnson, He has a previous experience in France, Great Britain, Israel, Finland and Poland.


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 37 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Grizzlies - Hawks 95-105
Atlanta Hawks celebrated against Memphis Grizzlies mostly owing to Joe Johnson, who drained 26 points and grabbed 5 rebounds shooting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Michael Bibby registered double-double for the winning squad, 20 points and 10 assists. Hakim Warrick came off the bench netting 20 points in defeat. Rudy Guy contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hawks 11-6, Grizzlies 4-14.

Thunder - Bobcats 97-103
The Bobcats were better than OC Thunder improving on 7-11 record. On the other side, visitors dropped on poor 2-17. Emeka Okafor shined for the hosts nailing 25 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Gerald Wallace was behind him with 21 pts. The Thunder got the most from Kevin Durant, 24 points.

Knicks - Cavaliers 82-118
LeBron paced his Cavs to another victory, this time collecting 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Zydrunas Ilgauskas helped adding 14 points and 10 boards. Al Harrington answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while David Lee had 16 points plus 16 rebs. Cavs 15-3, Knicks 8-10.

Timberwolves - Magic 89-100
Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard and Hidayet Turkoglu stepped up for the Magic combining 68 points, 21 rebounds and 9 assists in victory against the Timberwolves. Al Jefferson came up with 19 points and 8 boards for the loosing side. Magic 14-5, Timberwolvs 4-13.

Lakers - 76ers 114-102
Kobe Bryant nailed 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds helping LA Lakers to beat Philadelphia and to improve on 15-2 score. Pau Gasol collected 22 points and 13 boards in win. The 76ers got 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Andre Miller, slipping on 8-11.

Trail Blazers - Wizards 98-92
14-6 for the Trail Blazers and 3-13 for the Wizards after this game. Brandon Roy came up with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the Wizards. Antawn Jamison also had 22 pts, but in loss.

Pacers - Celtics 96-114
KG stepped up for the reigning champion today collecting 26 points and 14 rebounds for 31 minutes. Ray Allen was the leading scorer in the winning team with 31 points (6/9 for 3-pts). Danny Granger once again was the best in Indiana Pacers netting 20 points and dishing out 5 assists. Celtics 18-2, Pacers 7-11.

Bulls - Bucks 90-97
Home win for the Bucks, which now have 8-12 record. Charlie Villanueva, who came off the bench, was a key player for the hosts delivering 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Richard Jefferson had 2 points less than him. Ben Gordon and Luol Deng combined 43 pts and 12 boards in defeat. Their Bulls now have 8-11.

Suns - Hornets 91-104
Chris Paul, David West and Predrag Stojakovic drained 71 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and dished out 17 assists together for the Hornets, leading them to 10th win this season. Amare Stoudemire answered with 26 points for the Suns (11-8).

Clippers - Rockets 96-103
Houston Rockets were too strong to the LA Clippers jumping on 3-15. On the other side, visitors stay on just 3 wins in 18 appearances. Ming Yao registered double-double for the hosts, 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rafer Alston helped adding 21 points, 8 rebs and 7 assists. LA Clippers got 24 pts and 9 rebs from Al Thornton and 23 pts plus 11 boards from Zach Randolph.

Heat - Jazz 93-89
Dwayne Wade collected 23 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the Heat pacing it to 10th win. Shawn Marion added 15 pts and 8 boards. Paul Millsap contributed with 20 points and 13 rebounds in loss. Jazz 12-8.



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  NCAA3   


Gustavus Adolphus Pro Trevor Wittwer Interview - by Daniel Poerschke
Following an illustrious collegiate career at Gustavus Adolphus, Trevor Wittwer (6'5''-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Gustavus Adolphus) 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 (6'8''-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Macalester) who graduated from Macalester as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The others are former Berry College (Ga.) standout Tramaine Aaron (6'0''-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Berry) and Amherst standout Matt Goldsmith (6'7''-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


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  PUERTO RICO   


League of the Americas to get underway - by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains are getting ready for their upcoming engagement in the League of the Americas Tournament which will get underway on December 9th at the Arecibo Coliseum in Puerto Rico. First match will see the Captains go against Pioneros of Quintana Roo of Mexico. Arecibo's second game will be against Merengueros of the Dominican Republic. Up next will be Minas Tenis Clube of Venezuela, all of these teams make up Group A of the tournament. The winner of each group will face in a final four
. Group B is composed of Bigua of Uruguay, Regatas Corrientes of Argentina, Penarol of Argentina and Universidad Concepcion of Chile.

Group C is composed of Flamengo of Brazil, Universo BRB of Brazil and Libertad Sunchales of Argentina.

Group D is composed of Halcones Xalapa of Mexico, Soles de Mexicali of Mexico, Liceo of Costa Rica and Quimsa of Argentina. Argentina has 4 teams in the tournament.


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  ROMANIA   


BC Mures suffer another home loss - by Vasile Racovitan
BC Mures Tirgu Mures were beaten by CSU Cuadripol Brasov in the last game of Round 10: 87-93.
Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80, college: Hutchinson JC) was the top scorer for the winning side, with 26 poins, followed by Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU), with 21 points, and Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza), with 20.
For Mures, the topscorer was Luke McKenna, with 27 points, followed by JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech), with 18.

Also, Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti finally won, beating CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti in the first game of Round 14, held in advance: 88-45.
Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-G-82) was the topscorer for the winners, with 26 points. Stojadin Markovic (200-F-69) had 16 points.
For CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti, Marius Bulancea (-G-86) had 13 points.


Wheeler leaves CSU Ploiesti - by Vasile Racovitan
Champions CSU Asesoft Ploiesti announced that they have decided to part ways with Tyson Wheeler (183-G-75, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island). According tot the club, the player did not adjust to the team.
Wheeler, who became the first option for the PG spot after the injury of Zoran Osmokrovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), will be replaced by another player by the end of this year, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti announced.

CSM Leonardo Oradea, who are struggling this season, are testin Mitja Osole (200-G/F-85), who played in the beginning of ths season for CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti. Oradea is also looking to sign free agent Adam Kiss (201-F-86).


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  SLOVENIA   


Hall fired - replaced with Carr, Radenska adds Bratkovic, Radovljica inks Ivanovic - by Zeljko Zule

Elektra Esotech have fired Larry Hall (188-G, college: W.Oregon) after just 3 games due a bad performance and replaced him with Joe Carr (168-G-83, college: Wayne St., MI) ex Detroit Panthers. Hall averaged 9,5 minutes, 1,7 points (2P 1-6, 3P 1-4), 0,7 rebounds and 1,3 assists in 3 games of UPC League.

Radenska Creativ filled roster with their former member Tadej Bratkovic (195-F-75).

Litija (B1) is negotiating with Drago Brcina (203-F/C-87) and Daniel Majstorovic (190-G-89) ex Rogla.
Radovljica (D2) inked Uros Ivanovic (204-F/C-74) ex Jance and parted ways with Matija Debevec (210-C-82, college: George Washington).He averaged 7,1 points in 8 games.



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Cajasol Move For ex Granca Player - by Paul Nilsen
Cajasol have moved to secure the signature of former Gran Canaria star Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) as new coach Pedro Martinez looks to turn round their disastrous season. Having suffered a shock home loss in Eurochallenge this week, the acquisition of Caner-Medley is a welcome boost for the Seville club as they try to haul themselves from the bottom of the ACB standings when they return to domestic action with a difficult home game against Barca. Their case worsened by an injury to Andrea Pecile.

Caner-Medley spent the middle part of 2008 with the Lakers in the NBA Summer league before signing for Capo DOrlando in Italy shortly before the team folded. The Maryland graduate will add some real inside-outside scoring for Cajasol and Coach Madrtinez will be hoping he can repeat his solid season with Gran Canaria where he averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds per game.


Pamesa Left Reeling From Claver Injury - by Paul Nilsen
Pamesa Valencia have been rocked by the news that Victor Claver, one of the most exciting young talents in Spain will miss up to five months of action after suffering a fracture to his left leg.He will undergo an operation that will mean he will be missing until April 2009 in a real blow for Neven Spahija as the recently appointed coach tries to realise the Euroleague ambitions of the team. Claver, who is known for his athletic and exciting style above the rim has been having a good season and will be missed badly by Tarjona.

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Recent Transactions in Switzerland - by Kristian Santiago
After the return of most of it's previously injured players, BC Boncourt let go US-Irish James Mooney (191-G-84, college: Mt.St.Vincent). The American averaged 1,3 ppg and 0,8 rpg in four games.

Westher Molteni (198-F/G-87) leaves BC Lugano Tigers and moves to Breganzona BC while Jonathan Lomholt (185-G-85) left Geneve Devils and signed in Fiat Chene BC.
Aurelien Tshitundu (191-F-83) and MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket parted aways.
Admir Coric (186-G-1982) signs with Luzern Lions after starting the season with LK Zug Basket where he averaged 30 ppg in two games.
Eritrean-Suiss Essayas Ghebray (193-G/F-1988) arrives in Neuchatel after starting the season with La Chaux-de-Fonds (1LN) where he played since 2006-2007.
Andree Betschen is back with Villars-sur-Glane Basket.


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TBF appoints coaches for regional championship - by Carlos Pereira
The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has appointed coaches for national men's and women's teams ahead of next month's regional tournament in Rwanda.

The coaches are Bahati Mgunda and Evarist Mapunda for the men's team; and Salehe Zonga and Paschal Nkuba for the women's side.
TBF Secretary General, Lawrence Cheyo said that the teams were yet to start residential camp training as they were busy on club duties.

The players are due to compete in the Dar es Salaam basketball league known as RBA Kili League before traveling to Kigali for the East and Central Africa Challenge Cup.
'We do expect the selected players will be fit for the tournament and the coaches' tasks will therefore be to create playing cohesion ,' said Cheyo. Most of the selected players featured in this year's Barrick Taifa Gold Cup national basketball tournament.
'We have the confidence in the proven abilities of these four individuals and we trust that their experience will lead to good performance by our teams.
We are fully aware of how important this upcoming tournament is and we can only do our country justice if we return triumphant,' he said.

The announcement of the national team coaches comes right on the back of this year's Taifa Gold Cup which for the second year running was sponsored Barrick Gold Tanzania.

Barrick Tanzania Public Relations and Communications Manager Teweli Teweli expressed optimism in the new coaches and the national teams as a whole.
'This is an exciting moment for Barrick Tanzania as the sponsor of the Taifa Gold Cup which produced the two national sides. The experience that our new coaches have will go a long way to ensure national success in basketball, ' said Cheyo.

The players who have been selected to form provisional squad are: (men) Frank Kusiga, Ashfar Harun, Edward Robert, Pascal Nsana, Abdallah 'Dulla' Ramadhan, Francis Mselwa and Frank Augustino.
Others are Sudi Razak, Mohamed 'Dibo' Ally, Oswald Maboko, Amon Mberya. Kafashe Abdallah, George Tarimo, Juma Kissoky, Mgindi Mkumbo, Amir Muhidin, Gilbert Batungi, Alhonce Msekwa, Jije Makani, Hasheem Thabit and Alex George.

The women's side is made of Annosiata Anthony, Agnes Simkonda, Jabu Shaaban, Grace Peter, Fraja Malaki, Evodia Kazinja, Elizabeth Masenyi, Naima Boli, Mary Meshack, Nipaeli Kessy, Amina Ahmed, Neema Emmanuel, Monica Aloyce and Zakia Kondo.
Also in the women's side are Dajda Ahmed, Dolita Mbunda, Hadija Kalambo, Lucy Sangu and Lucy Augustino.

from http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com/


Stone Town team triump - by Carlos Pereira
By Hassan Abdullah, Zanzibar

Stone Town cruised to Karume Cup basketball title after beating Police team by 60-47 points in the final match played at the Gymkhana courts in Zanzibar on Saturday.

The Gymkhana court was filled to capacity during the match played to honour Zanzibar's founder president Abeid Amani Karume. Zanzibar president Karume was the guest of honour.
The thrilling match was spiced up by the political rivalry existing between fans of the teams.
The match started at a cracking pace with each side launching attacks amid cheers from spectators and the guest of honour who were kept spellbound throughout.
Making use of their stalwarts, Masha Humud who notched ten points, Ali Upepo, Said Marine, Fuadi Kassim and Nabil Ali, Stone Town kept their opponents at bay.
Police players, Abbas Himid, Saidi Bilu, Baraka Uzia and Ramadhan Zimbwe, put up an impressive show, but would not match the winner's pace. Stone Town is coached by an American national, Raymond Dwight.
In the ladies category, JKU narrowly beat Nyuki by 29-28 to emerge winners of the tourney. Winners of both men and women teams were awarded cash prizes to the tune of Sh500,000. Second placed and third place finishers took home Sh400,000 and Sh300,000 respectively.
Police men's team player Mohamed Kassim and JKU's Pili Peter were voted as the tournament's most outstanding players to win Sh50,000 prize.
Meanwhile, a mobile phone service providers, Tigo, presented 20 sets of jerseys and 20 balls worth Sh3 million to all teams who competed in the tourney.
Basketball Association of Zanzibar (BAZA) secretary general Abdul Abdulrahman Mohammed expressed his appreciation to Tigo for the sponsorship and donation.


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  TURKEY   


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 since the beginning of this season.

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James scores Career High - by David Edole
Sophomore Jevon James (196-F) had a career-high 22 points while junior Eric Hudson added a career-high 21 points leading Coast Guard, which shot a season-high 56.3 percent from the field, to its third straight win a 73-60 victory over Wentworth in a non-conference game.

James finished 10 of 13 from the floor and had a team-high nine rebounds. Senior Craig Johnson was also in double figures for the Bears with ten points. Coast Guard was

Sophomore Brett Huntley, who had a career-high seven assists, knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game as Coast Guard, which led from start to finish, jumped out to an 8-0 lead with 18:30 left in the first half.

Wentworth scored six straight to make it 8-6 with 15:45 remaining before the Bears used a 14-3 run to take a 22-9 lead with 8:28 left in the half.

Coast Guard, which led by as many as 17 in the first half, led 33-18 at halftime as the Bears shot 52 percent (13-25), connecting on four of nine from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. James led the Bears with 11 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The Bears shot 60.9 percent in the second half (14-23) and finished 27 of 48 for the game.

The Leopards climbed back into the game by scoring 11 of the first 15 points in the second half to make the score 37-29 with 16:41, but the Bears responded with six straight making it 43-29 with 15:29 to go.

Wentworth would got as close as eight at 58-50 on a jumper by freshman Brendan Monteiro with 4:06 left, but Coast Guard won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 6-2 on the season.


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 Finals - Game 3: Duros de Lara sweeps, becomes Venezuela's champion - by Francisco Vega

Valera, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara became champions of Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008 with a three-game sweep over Caciques de Trujillo, after defeating Caciques de Trujillo in Game 3, 93-82, and doing so as visitors at Ricardo Salas Arena of Valera, Trujillo.

A first quarter of five three-point shots, including two by Lawrence Wallace and other three quarters of tough resistence to the defensive pressure of Caciques and the pressure of a noisy and passionate group of supporters, helped the team coached by Silverio Leal to get the win. Six players of Duros netted 10 or more points in another display of team effort over individual talent. Duros played without Diego Guevara (184-G-77), who had to travel to Puerto La Cruz due to compromises with his LPB 2009 team, Marinos de Anzoategui.

The authorities of LNB, led by president Carlos Boza, and the president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB), Carmelo Cortez, were there to deliver the trophy to the winning team. The president of Duros, Ender Luzardo, and general manager and former player Armando Becker were among the ones who celebrated the title right there on court.


SCOREBOARDS

FINALS (Duros won 3-0)

Duros de Lara 93 - Caciques de Trujillo 82 (Tue 12/2/2008)

Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter

CAC: 25-16-17-24= 93

DUR: 36-16-23-18= 82

Scorers

DUR: Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 16 points, Lawrence Wallace (183-G-81) 16 points, Jesus Centeno 15 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 13 points, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 12 points, Francisco Centeno 12 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 5 points, Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 4 points, Carlos Quintero (202-F-85) 0 points, Jackson Zapata 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 0 points

CAC: Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 22 points, Nestor Moran 12 points, Windy Graterol (204-C-86) 11 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 8 points, Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 8 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 7 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 6 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 4 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 2 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 2 points, Hector Alfaro 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points



Silverio Leal satisfied with the championship title - by Francisco Vega

Valera, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara's head coach Silverio Leal was visibly emotional after winning the championship title of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto, the same title he had won with Duros back in 1992 when the league was known as Liga Superior Occidental in his last year as an active player in the city in which he was born, Barquisimeto.
'I knew the responsabilty I had assumed and I did it with dignity and humbleness. As a coach, you're as big as the compromise that's ahead of you. You're also as good as your players are, because the players are the ones that bring in or expell players from their pedestal. If they're good, you're good' said Leal, prior to getting on the bus that was going to take him back to Barquisimeto.

'The kind of union we were able to build with the guys, alongside coaches Ivan Garcia and Carl Herrera , was great an amazing. We had been working to achieve this goal since a long time ago and now, thank God, despites the inconveniences, we've confirmed it', said Leal, a former Liga Especial star back in the 80's.

Leal feels privileged for having the possibility of working with this generation of talented players, who were ninth in a FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece not long ago. 'People can't forget that this is a young group of players. Now, seven or eight years later, they're showing all of their potential and that's something we gotta take advantage of'.

'I spoke with my parents and they gave me support and relief in their words right before I came here to Valera and owe a lot to my friends and the people that surrounds me', he added. 'I also thank the media, TV and press specially, for all of their help'.

He didnt' take all of the glory for himself. 'I want to thank and say congratulations to coaches Garcia and Herrera, the coaches that worked this season with me. No matter what happened, they're great coaches. We also thank the general management, the owner and the city of Barquisimeto, a city that deserved this'





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Women News

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  BARBADOS - Women  


Garrison remain unbeaten - by Justin Marville
SHANNON HACKETT scored a career-high 26 as Garrison Secondary beat Foundation 56-16 in the latest action of the WIBISCO Shirley School Girls Basketball Tournament.

Playing at Foundation on Tuesday, seasoned point guard Chantal Husbands added a further 14 points to maintain the former queens unbeaten run in the competition.

Tiffany Thorpe top-scored for the hosts with ten points. Newcomers St Lucy Secondary are also undefeated through their first two games, after beating Harrison College 46-30 at home.

Shannika Broomes and Naikayala Yearwood led the way with 18 and ten points, respectively, while Kristine Kirton had a team-high 14 points for the visitors.

Over at Waterford, prolific combo guard Rhea Holder scored 19 points as title contenders Combermere rebounded from an opening day loss to upend reigning champs St Michael 43-10.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia 9-0 
 2. Sint Kateline 8-1 
 3. Waregem 7-3 
 4. BBC Boom 5-4 
 5. Monceau 4-5 
 6. N.Namur 4-6 
 7. Point Chaud 4-6 
 8. Houthalen 1-9 
 9. Ieper 1-9 


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  CROATIA - Women  


USK Praha thrash Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Sibenik 102:78

The Czech powerhouse USK Praha showed they are on the way to recovery in Euroleague as they knocked down Sibenik at home court yesterday. The victory marked just the third success for USK Praha in the European season. The winners also managed to occupy the third spot in Group C as Hainaut Basket would play their Round 8 game tonight. Sibenik in the meantime slipped at 2-6 record.
USK Praha turned on aggressiveness right from the start. They roll confidently and accounted for 28 points in the opening frame. It allowed the hosts to enjoy a 3-point lead after ten minutes of action. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 8 points in the second frame and USK Praha cleared off to a 6-point distance at halftime. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) and Evanthia Maltsi provided the hosts with an 11-point advantage early in the third quarter. USK Praha continued to mount the pressure and soon Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) secured a 16-point buffer for USK Praha. The home team held on to the lead and entered the final stanza ahead 77:61. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) and Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) dropped back-to-back trebles to pull Sibenik closer midway through the final term. But baskets from Evanthia Maltsi, Michaela Ferancikova and Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) allowed USK Praha to cruise late in the game.
Evanthia Maltsi came up with game-high 29 points, 10 boards and 9 assists for USK Praha. Michaela Ferancikova added 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) topscored with 18 points for Sibenik. Ivana Jurcevic and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) delivered 14 points apiece in the loss.

USK Praha: Evanthia Maltsi 29+10 boards+9 assists, Michaela Ferancikova 24+11 boards, Ivanka Matic 12
Sibenik: Luca Ivankovic 18, Ivana Jurcevic 14, Constance Jinks 14


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha thrash Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Sibenik 102:78

The Czech powerhouse USK Praha showed they are on the way to recovery in Euroleague as they knocked down Sibenik at home court yesterday. The victory marked just the third success for USK Praha in the European season. The winners also managed to occupy the third spot in Group C as Hainaut Basket would play their Round 8 game tonight. Sibenik in the meantime slipped at 2-6 record.
USK Praha turned on aggressiveness right from the start. They roll confidently and accounted for 28 points in the opening frame. It allowed the hosts to enjoy a 3-point lead after ten minutes of action. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 8 points in the second frame and USK Praha cleared off to a 6-point distance at halftime. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) and Evanthia Maltsi provided the hosts with an 11-point advantage early in the third quarter. USK Praha continued to mount the pressure and soon Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) secured a 16-point buffer for USK Praha. The home team held on to the lead and entered the final stanza ahead 77:61. Ivana Jurcevic (174-G-81) and Kerri Gardin (186-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Virginia Tech) dropped back-to-back trebles to pull Sibenik closer midway through the final term. But baskets from Evanthia Maltsi, Michaela Ferancikova and Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) allowed USK Praha to cruise late in the game.
Evanthia Maltsi came up with game-high 29 points, 10 boards and 9 assists for USK Praha. Michaela Ferancikova added 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Luca Ivankovic (201-C-87) topscored with 18 points for Sibenik. Ivana Jurcevic and Constance Jinks (170-G-81, college: UNLV) delivered 14 points apiece in the loss.

USK Praha: Evanthia Maltsi 29+10 boards+9 assists, Michaela Ferancikova 24+11 boards, Ivanka Matic 12
Sibenik: Luca Ivankovic 18, Ivana Jurcevic 14, Constance Jinks 14


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  FINLAND - Women  


Team S-Hameenmaa changed the couach - by Esko Saarinen
Team S-Hameenmaa (Orimattila), which plays in the women's main series, has changed the head coach. Club and the coach Antti Koskelanen have decidea together the cancellation the contract of the coach. The both parties to the contract cancell the contract because of the differences of opinion. The new head coach is An Rajaniemi. S-Hameenmaa got the place in man series after last season and started this season succesfully winning four matches in the start. After eleven matches the team has six wins. Anu Rajaniemi was earlier in the club's organisation as youngsters coac and coaching chief. Rajanemi has in her career won bronze in champonships series and she has also coached younger girls' internationa teas in Finland.

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  FRANCE - Women  


Villenueve outscore MKB Euroleasing in France - by Eurobasket News
Villenueve - MKB Euroleasing 61:55

Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) fired from downtown at the closing stage of the game to lift Lille past MKB Euroleasing in the Euroleague action. It was just the second win for the French team in this edition of the top womens club basketball competition in Europe. Lille stayed at the bottom of the ladder in Group B. MKB Euroleasing remained in the second spot at 4-4 record. The teams were tied at 53 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. However back-to-back treys from Jolene Anderson and Iziane Castro put the hosts away for good. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) sealed the outcome with a jumper seconds later.
The start of the game was won by Villenueve. They looked dominant in the first frame and when Ljubica Drljaca capped the first frame with a three-pointer Lille led by as many as 10 points 19:9. Jolene Anderson opened the second quarter with a treble to give the home team a 13-point advantage. However Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) sparked a comeback rally from the Hungarian team as they tied the scoreline with over two minutes left in the first half. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) ensured a 30:28 lead for the visitors at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times in the third period before Katalin Honti finalized the outcome at 45 apiece. The teams kept close before three-pointers solved this one in the crunch time.
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lille. Ljubica Drljaca added 15 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Iziane Castro had 12 points for the winners. Jelena Milovanovic responded with 16 points for MKB Euroleasing. Katalin Honti and Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 10 points each in the loss.

Villenueve: Geraldine Robert 17, Ljubica Drljaca 15, Iziane Castro 12
MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 16, Katalin Honti 10, Amber Holt 10


Nadezhda post second straight win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Bourges Basket 65:61

Nadezhda showed they are ready to fight in the Euroleague. Yesterday the Orenburg team secured the second win in a row and revived the hope after a dreadful 0-6 start in Group A. This time Nadezhda held off Bourges Basket at home. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) scored 9 points in the first period as Nadezhda jumped to an 11:5 lead. But Bourges answered with an 8:0 run to lead 13:11 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second period before Catherine Melain (184-F-74) tipped off a 16:0 run from the visitors as they cleared off to a 34:17 distance. Bourges were up by 15 points at the interval 38:23.
Betty Lennox (173-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) began the second half with a three-pointer to tune up the hosts. They soon went on a 20:2 rally to leave Bourges behind. But Bourges managed to bounce back. Catherine Melain and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) came up with 7 points late in the quarter and Bourges entered the fourth term ahead 49:47. Endene Miyem kept Bourges in charge early in the fourth period before Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) and Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) pulled Nadezhda ahead 56:55. Olga Ovcharenko fired from downtown to make it 63:59 for the hosts with just over two minutes remaining. Betty Lennox then added a jumper, while Bourges responded with just a basket from Endene Miyem to lose the battle.
Anastasiya Veremeenko came up with 22 points for Nadezhda. Betty Lennox had 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Endene Miyem secured 25 points and 7 rebounds for Bourges.

Nadezhda: Anastasiya Veremeenko 22, Betty Lennox 17, Olga Ovcharenko 12
Bourges Basket: Endene Miyem 25, Catherine Melain 7


TEO Vilnius posted the fifth victory in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius-Lattes Montpellier 73:62

TEO Vilnius posted the fifth victory in Euroleague campaign as they rolled past Montpellier in Lithuania today. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) was the best player for the hosts as he finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) added 14 points, 12 boards and 7 steals in the win. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) netted 18 points for the visitors as they slipped at 1-7 record in Group D.
Jurgita Streimikyte gave the Baltic team the first points and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored for 12:9. The teams exchanged some more baskets until the end of the first period as Plagnard closed it at 22:18. In the second stanza Jurgita Streimikyte rushed to 28:18, but Lattes Montpellier did not give up. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) made a three-pointer with a foul for 35:34 at the halftime.
TEO Vilnius pushed the tempo again in the third period and held 59:49 in it. Crystal Langhorne posted two in the middle of the fourth for 15 points advantage. In the end of the game Lithuanian team kept the score for good and posted the fifth victory in Euroleague campaign. Sheana Mosch set up the final, 73:62 score at the end of the game.

TEO Vilnius: Crystal Langhorne 23 points and 9 rebounds, Jurgita Streimikyte 14 points, 12 boards and 7 steals, Gintare Petronyte 13
Lattes Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 18, Gaelle Skrela 11


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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, on that day most sporting events in Saarland had to be cancelled due to the weather. Only after the biggest part of the snow chaos had been solved -which was later in the afternoon-, some games and events took place.


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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  HUNGARY - Women  


Villenueve outscore MKB Euroleasing in France - by Eurobasket News
Villenueve - MKB Euroleasing 61:55

Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) fired from downtown at the closing stage of the game to lift Lille past MKB Euroleasing in the Euroleague action. It was just the second win for the French team in this edition of the top womens club basketball competition in Europe. Lille stayed at the bottom of the ladder in Group B. MKB Euroleasing remained in the second spot at 4-4 record. The teams were tied at 53 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. However back-to-back treys from Jolene Anderson and Iziane Castro put the hosts away for good. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) sealed the outcome with a jumper seconds later.
The start of the game was won by Villenueve. They looked dominant in the first frame and when Ljubica Drljaca capped the first frame with a three-pointer Lille led by as many as 10 points 19:9. Jolene Anderson opened the second quarter with a treble to give the home team a 13-point advantage. However Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) sparked a comeback rally from the Hungarian team as they tied the scoreline with over two minutes left in the first half. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic (190-F-90) ensured a 30:28 lead for the visitors at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times in the third period before Katalin Honti finalized the outcome at 45 apiece. The teams kept close before three-pointers solved this one in the crunch time.
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lille. Ljubica Drljaca added 15 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Iziane Castro had 12 points for the winners. Jelena Milovanovic responded with 16 points for MKB Euroleasing. Katalin Honti and Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 10 points each in the loss.

Villenueve: Geraldine Robert 17, Ljubica Drljaca 15, Iziane Castro 12
MKB Euroleasing: Jelena Milovanovic 16, Katalin Honti 10, Amber Holt 10


Wisla hold off MiZo Pecs in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - MiZo Pecs 57:48

Polish Wisla celebrated a tough victory over Hungarian MiZo Pecs in the eighth round of Euroleague Qualifying round. The teams entered the game tied at 4-3 record in Group A. So the win was pretty important in this one. Wisla got to a slightly better start to the game as Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) put the hosts ahead 6:3. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) and Kobryn stretched the gap to 6 points but Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) stepped up for MiZo Pecs with a pair of jumpers. The visitors trailed by 4 points at the first break 10:14. Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) scored 5 points in a 12:0 rally from MiZo Pecs early in the second frame. The visiting team grabbed a 22:16 lead and managed to secure a 24:22 advantage at halftime.
Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) opened the second half with a three-pointer to restore Wisla lead. Dominique Canty and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) added buckets to gave some breathing space for the hosts. Wisla did not loosen the grip in the third frame and ensured a 43:37 advantage with one quarter to go in the game. Anna Vajda and Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) got Pecsi within 3 points early in the final term. However Jelena Skerovic, Marta Fernandez and Sladana Maksimovic extended the margin to 9 points straight away. The Hungarian team failed to get any closer in the dying minutes and Wisla earned a deserved victory.
Dominique Canty finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Candice Dupree had 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Anna Vajda knocked down 21 points and pulled down 7 boards to pace MiZo Pecs. Graziane Coelho had 10 points in the loss.

Wisla: Dominique Canty 13, Candice Dupree 12+10 boards, Jelena Skerovic 10, Sladana Maksimovic 10
MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 21, Graziane Coelho 10


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 7th first team - by Gil Goshen


Tan White had a big game in Ramla's win at Ramat Hen to earn round MVP honors. Joining her on the 1st Team is one of her teammates, two players making their debut on the 1st Team and one usual who's returning after a short absence.

Round 7 MVP Tan White
This kind of game is what Ramla had in mind when they signed Tan White. Ramla's scorer dropped 30 points on good shooting in Ramla's 70-66 win at Ramat Hen, and added six rebounds. White scored 19 in the 1st half, got in foul trouble in the 3rd but was excellent in the 4th. She hit the shot to give Ramla the lead back with 1:20 to go and added free throws to seal the win.

Round 7 1st Team
Erica White - Great game for Natanya's point guard with 17 points, no less than 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. She played 40 minutes and had just two turnovers. Hapoel couldn't guard her, and we're not sure if any team can.

Nomi Kolodny - Came off the bench to score 20 points in 25 minutes with 4 out 5 five from three in Ramat Hasharon's win over Bnei Yehuda.

Tan White - 30 points in 34 minutes, 9 for 13 inside the paint. Ramat Hen doesnt have a classic match up for White, and they paid dearly.

Olena Ogorodnikova - Did a lot on the court to help Ramla deliver Ramat Hen's first loss. She scored 14 points, added 7 rebounds (5 offensives), reached the free throw line 11 times and fought for every ball.

Charde Houston - Houston returned to her usual form with 24 points on 66% shooting and 12 rebounds in Raanana Hertzeliya's surprisingly close win over Holon.


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Venezia lose for the first time in Euroleague season - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Venezia 61:57

TTT Riga overcame all the woes of their up-and-down Euroleague season and handed Venezia the first loss in the season beating them in Riga. TTT Riga got 18 points from Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) to upset Group B leaders. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) contributed 17 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) answered with 14 points for Venezia. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points as the Italian stayed on top of the ladder despite the defeat.
Venezia strongly finished the starting period to pile up a 16:12 lead at the first intermission. However Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Marek Burian (196-G-90) returned the lead to the hosts early in the second frame. TTT Riga maintained a narrow advantage throughout the quarter and secured a 30:28 buffer at the interval. Ieva Kublina and Marek Burian teamed up once again to stretch the margin to 4 points at the start of the second half. But Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) responded with 5 straight points for Venezia to take the charge. The teams traded the blows and finished the third quarter tied at 44. Hayden-Johnson and Andrade made it 47:44 for Umana Reyer with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter. Essence Carson and Tatyana Troina restored the lead for TTT Riga. Soon Essence Carson added 6 points and the hosts went up by 7 points. Simona Ballardini fired from the outside the arc and Jenifer Nadalin converted a jumper for Venezia to stay in the picture. But Essence Carson knocked down two free throws and sealed the victory for TTT Riga.

TTT Riga: Tatyana Troina 18, Essence Carson 17, Ieva Kublina 10+12 boards
Venezia: Jenifer Nadalin 14, Aleksandra Vujovic 11


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


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  LATVIA - Women  


Venezia lose for the first time in Euroleague season - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - Venezia 61:57

TTT Riga overcame all the woes of their up-and-down Euroleague season and handed Venezia the first loss in the season beating them in Riga. TTT Riga got 18 points from Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) to upset Group B leaders. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) contributed 17 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Furman) answered with 14 points for Venezia. Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points as the Italian stayed on top of the ladder despite the defeat.
Venezia strongly finished the starting period to pile up a 16:12 lead at the first intermission. However Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) and Marek Burian (196-G-90) returned the lead to the hosts early in the second frame. TTT Riga maintained a narrow advantage throughout the quarter and secured a 30:28 buffer at the interval. Ieva Kublina and Marek Burian teamed up once again to stretch the margin to 4 points at the start of the second half. But Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) responded with 5 straight points for Venezia to take the charge. The teams traded the blows and finished the third quarter tied at 44. Hayden-Johnson and Andrade made it 47:44 for Umana Reyer with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter. Essence Carson and Tatyana Troina restored the lead for TTT Riga. Soon Essence Carson added 6 points and the hosts went up by 7 points. Simona Ballardini fired from the outside the arc and Jenifer Nadalin converted a jumper for Venezia to stay in the picture. But Essence Carson knocked down two free throws and sealed the victory for TTT Riga.

TTT Riga: Tatyana Troina 18, Essence Carson 17, Ieva Kublina 10+12 boards
Venezia: Jenifer Nadalin 14, Aleksandra Vujovic 11


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


TEO Vilnius posted the fifth victory in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
TEO Vilnius-Lattes Montpellier 73:62

TEO Vilnius posted the fifth victory in Euroleague campaign as they rolled past Montpellier in Lithuania today. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) was the best player for the hosts as he finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) added 14 points, 12 boards and 7 steals in the win. Sheana Mosch (177-G-81, college: Duke) netted 18 points for the visitors as they slipped at 1-7 record in Group D.
Jurgita Streimikyte gave the Baltic team the first points and Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored for 12:9. The teams exchanged some more baskets until the end of the first period as Plagnard closed it at 22:18. In the second stanza Jurgita Streimikyte rushed to 28:18, but Lattes Montpellier did not give up. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) made a three-pointer with a foul for 35:34 at the halftime.
TEO Vilnius pushed the tempo again in the third period and held 59:49 in it. Crystal Langhorne posted two in the middle of the fourth for 15 points advantage. In the end of the game Lithuanian team kept the score for good and posted the fifth victory in Euroleague campaign. Sheana Mosch set up the final, 73:62 score at the end of the game.

TEO Vilnius: Crystal Langhorne 23 points and 9 rebounds, Jurgita Streimikyte 14 points, 12 boards and 7 steals, Gintare Petronyte 13
Lattes Montpellier: Sheana Mosch 18, Gaelle Skrela 11


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla hold off MiZo Pecs in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - MiZo Pecs 57:48

Polish Wisla celebrated a tough victory over Hungarian MiZo Pecs in the eighth round of Euroleague Qualifying round. The teams entered the game tied at 4-3 record in Group A. So the win was pretty important in this one. Wisla got to a slightly better start to the game as Sladana Maksimovic (193-C-84) and Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) put the hosts ahead 6:3. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) and Kobryn stretched the gap to 6 points but Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) stepped up for MiZo Pecs with a pair of jumpers. The visitors trailed by 4 points at the first break 10:14. Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) scored 5 points in a 12:0 rally from MiZo Pecs early in the second frame. The visiting team grabbed a 22:16 lead and managed to secure a 24:22 advantage at halftime.
Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) opened the second half with a three-pointer to restore Wisla lead. Dominique Canty and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, college: Temple) added buckets to gave some breathing space for the hosts. Wisla did not loosen the grip in the third frame and ensured a 43:37 advantage with one quarter to go in the game. Anna Vajda and Graziane Coelho (192-C-83) got Pecsi within 3 points early in the final term. However Jelena Skerovic, Marta Fernandez and Sladana Maksimovic extended the margin to 9 points straight away. The Hungarian team failed to get any closer in the dying minutes and Wisla earned a deserved victory.
Dominique Canty finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Candice Dupree had 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Anna Vajda knocked down 21 points and pulled down 7 boards to pace MiZo Pecs. Graziane Coelho had 10 points in the loss.

Wisla: Dominique Canty 13, Candice Dupree 12+10 boards, Jelena Skerovic 10, Sladana Maksimovic 10
MiZo Pecs: Anna Vajda 21, Graziane Coelho 10


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  RUSSIA - Women  


The reigning Euroleague champions rule in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce- Spartak 76:100

The reigning Euroleague champions Spartak proved once again they gained the maximum speed at the moment victimizing Fenerbahce on the road. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds to lead Spartak. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) contributed 22 points and 7 assists, while Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) had 14 points and 11 assists in the winning case. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) had 18 points for Fenerbahce as they suffered the third loss in the tournament.
Australian International produced the best game so far this season and put her team on top with 7-1 record. It was her to close the Russian lead at 7:0 from the start. In a very offensive period for the guests Miller brought 29:15 at the end of it. Nothing specific had happened in the second quarter as Spartak continued to dominate. Lauren Jackson sent the teams to the lockers for 53:33 at the halftime.
Tammy Sutton-Brown posted two late in the third for 49:67. Shchegoleva was the last to score at the end of the period for 72:53. The game was done at that time for the reigning Euroleague champions, but the task was to reach three digits. Lauren Jackson did not want to sit down for the bench and was the key player at the end. She made two free throws for 94:73 lead and Shchegoleva posted 100 for her team with 18 seconds remaining.

Fenerbahce: Tammy Sutton-Brown 18, Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) 17
Spartak: Lauren Jackson 33 points and 8 rebounds, Diana Taurasi 22 points and 7 assists, Sue Bird 14


Nadezhda post second straight win in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Bourges Basket 65:61

Nadezhda showed they are ready to fight in the Euroleague. Yesterday the Orenburg team secured the second win in a row and revived the hope after a dreadful 0-6 start in Group A. This time Nadezhda held off Bourges Basket at home. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) scored 9 points in the first period as Nadezhda jumped to an 11:5 lead. But Bourges answered with an 8:0 run to lead 13:11 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second period before Catherine Melain (184-F-74) tipped off a 16:0 run from the visitors as they cleared off to a 34:17 distance. Bourges were up by 15 points at the interval 38:23.
Betty Lennox (173-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) began the second half with a three-pointer to tune up the hosts. They soon went on a 20:2 rally to leave Bourges behind. But Bourges managed to bounce back. Catherine Melain and Endene Miyem (188-F-88) came up with 7 points late in the quarter and Bourges entered the fourth term ahead 49:47. Endene Miyem kept Bourges in charge early in the fourth period before Shameka Christon (186-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) and Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79) pulled Nadezhda ahead 56:55. Olga Ovcharenko fired from downtown to make it 63:59 for the hosts with just over two minutes remaining. Betty Lennox then added a jumper, while Bourges responded with just a basket from Endene Miyem to lose the battle.
Anastasiya Veremeenko came up with 22 points for Nadezhda. Betty Lennox had 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Endene Miyem secured 25 points and 7 rebounds for Bourges.

Nadezhda: Anastasiya Veremeenko 22, Betty Lennox 17, Olga Ovcharenko 12
Bourges Basket: Endene Miyem 25, Catherine Melain 7


Ros Casares sneak past UMMC in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - UMMC 71:63

A strong first half was just enough for Ros Casares to snap UMMC winning streak. The Spanish team pulled away with a 71:63 to hand the first loss to the Russian cruiser in the Euroleague season. The Spaniards now improved at 6-2 record just one win shy of Group C leaders UMMC.
The hosts showed they are ready to challenge UMMC right from the start. Ros Casares opened the game with 6 unanswered points. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down 11 points in the staring frame and Ros Casares piled up a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian), Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) cut the deficit to 11 points just before Ros Casares struck once again. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington), Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Amaya Valdemoro capped the first half with 7 straight points for a 36:18 Ros Casares lead.
Trebles from Elisa Aguilar and Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) gave the hosts a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka finally shook things up for UMMC as they all delivered in an 11:4 run that put the visitors as close as 15 points with one quarter to go. Cappie Pondexter, Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) and Asjha Jones trimmed the deficit to 11 points with three minutes gone in the fourth frame. Maria Stepanova and Sandrine Gruda gave the Russian team hope as they brought the visitors within 5 points with 3 minutes left. However Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) stepped up with timely back-to-back treys to silence UMMC.
Delisha Milton-Jones finished the game with 19 points and 7 boards for Ros Casares. Amaya Valdemoro provided 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sandrine Gruda answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter had 17 points in the loss.

Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones 19, Amaya Valdemoro 18, Roneeka Hodges 11
UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 18, Cappie Pondexter 17


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  SPAIN - Women  


Ros Casares sneak past UMMC in Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - UMMC 71:63

A strong first half was just enough for Ros Casares to snap UMMC winning streak. The Spanish team pulled away with a 71:63 to hand the first loss to the Russian cruiser in the Euroleague season. The Spaniards now improved at 6-2 record just one win shy of Group C leaders UMMC.
The hosts showed they are ready to challenge UMMC right from the start. Ros Casares opened the game with 6 unanswered points. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) knocked down 11 points in the staring frame and Ros Casares piled up a 25:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian), Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) cut the deficit to 11 points just before Ros Casares struck once again. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington), Jana Vesela (194-F-83) and Amaya Valdemoro capped the first half with 7 straight points for a 36:18 Ros Casares lead.
Trebles from Elisa Aguilar and Roneeka Hodges (180-G-82, college: Florida St.) gave the hosts a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers), Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka finally shook things up for UMMC as they all delivered in an 11:4 run that put the visitors as close as 15 points with one quarter to go. Cappie Pondexter, Sandrine Gruda (191-F/C-87) and Asjha Jones trimmed the deficit to 11 points with three minutes gone in the fourth frame. Maria Stepanova and Sandrine Gruda gave the Russian team hope as they brought the visitors within 5 points with 3 minutes left. However Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) stepped up with timely back-to-back treys to silence UMMC.
Delisha Milton-Jones finished the game with 19 points and 7 boards for Ros Casares. Amaya Valdemoro provided 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sandrine Gruda answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter had 17 points in the loss.

Ros Casares: Delisha Milton-Jones 19, Amaya Valdemoro 18, Roneeka Hodges 11
UMMC: Sandrine Gruda 18, Cappie Pondexter 17


Halcon Avenida jump on top of Euroleague Group A - by Eurobasket News
Halcon - Besiktas 80:70

Spanish Halcon Avenida capitalized on Bourges Basket loss to grab the lead in Group A of the Euroleague Qualifying Round. Perfumerias improved at 6-2 record with Bourges now behind by one victory. Halcon defeated Besiktas at home court yesterday for the sixth success in the season. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) stepped up with 19 points and 11 boards for Halcon Avenida. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) added 19 points, while Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) secured 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland) answered with 21 points and 11 boards for Besiktas. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) had 14 points in the sixth loss for the Turkish team in the tournament.
Besiktas led 9:1 early on before Halcon started to execute. They got as close as one points late in the first frame. However Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) capped the first frame with a three-pointer to give the visitors a 21:17 advantage. Anke De Mondt put the hosts in the drivers seat midway through the second quarter when she fired from downtown. The teams exchanged the baskets and were all square at 35 at the interval.
Anke De Mondt was once a catalyst of Halcon taking the lead as he trebles in the third term allowed the hosts to enjoy a 40:37 advantage. Le'Coe Willingham and Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) secured a 60:50 lead for the home team after three quarters of action. Korana Zanze (195-C-73) and Laura Harper gave Besiktas hope when they trimmed the deficit to 5 points at the start of the fourth quarter. But a 9:2 rally from the hosts silenced their opponents.

Halcon: Le'Coe Willingham 19+11 boards, Anke De Mondt 19, Michelle Snow 12
Besiktas: Laura Harper 21+11 boards, Milica Dabovic 14


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  TURKEY - Women  


Halcon Avenida jump on top of Euroleague Group A - by Eurobasket News
Halcon - Besiktas 80:70

Spanish Halcon Avenida capitalized on Bourges Basket loss to grab the lead in Group A of the Euroleague Qualifying Round. Perfumerias improved at 6-2 record with Bourges now behind by one victory. Halcon defeated Besiktas at home court yesterday for the sixth success in the season. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) stepped up with 19 points and 11 boards for Halcon Avenida. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) added 19 points, while Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) secured 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland) answered with 21 points and 11 boards for Besiktas. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) had 14 points in the sixth loss for the Turkish team in the tournament.
Besiktas led 9:1 early on before Halcon started to execute. They got as close as one points late in the first frame. However Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) capped the first frame with a three-pointer to give the visitors a 21:17 advantage. Anke De Mondt put the hosts in the drivers seat midway through the second quarter when she fired from downtown. The teams exchanged the baskets and were all square at 35 at the interval.
Anke De Mondt was once a catalyst of Halcon taking the lead as he trebles in the third term allowed the hosts to enjoy a 40:37 advantage. Le'Coe Willingham and Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) secured a 60:50 lead for the home team after three quarters of action. Korana Zanze (195-C-73) and Laura Harper gave Besiktas hope when they trimmed the deficit to 5 points at the start of the fourth quarter. But a 9:2 rally from the hosts silenced their opponents.

Halcon: Le'Coe Willingham 19+11 boards, Anke De Mondt 19, Michelle Snow 12
Besiktas: Laura Harper 21+11 boards, Milica Dabovic 14


The reigning Euroleague champions rule in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce- Spartak 76:100

The reigning Euroleague champions Spartak proved once again they gained the maximum speed at the moment victimizing Fenerbahce on the road. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds to lead Spartak. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) contributed 22 points and 7 assists, while Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) had 14 points and 11 assists in the winning case. Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) had 18 points for Fenerbahce as they suffered the third loss in the tournament.
Australian International produced the best game so far this season and put her team on top with 7-1 record. It was her to close the Russian lead at 7:0 from the start. In a very offensive period for the guests Miller brought 29:15 at the end of it. Nothing specific had happened in the second quarter as Spartak continued to dominate. Lauren Jackson sent the teams to the lockers for 53:33 at the halftime.
Tammy Sutton-Brown posted two late in the third for 49:67. Shchegoleva was the last to score at the end of the period for 72:53. The game was done at that time for the reigning Euroleague champions, but the task was to reach three digits. Lauren Jackson did not want to sit down for the bench and was the key player at the end. She made two free throws for 94:73 lead and Shchegoleva posted 100 for her team with 18 seconds remaining.

Fenerbahce: Tammy Sutton-Brown 18, Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) 17
Spartak: Lauren Jackson 33 points and 8 rebounds, Diana Taurasi 22 points and 7 assists, Sue Bird 14