EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/8/2008

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  ABA   


Last roster additions in Bahamanian ABA team - by Gianni Pascucci

Coach Steven Culmer (6'6''-C-60) made the final roster additions for his Bahama All Pro Shows ABA season 2008-2009. These last three players are the real deal I am excited and ready to start the season my guys have put in the work now its time to hit the court and test what weve been working on, said Culmer. The stage is now set the little island called the Bahamas known for its beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people and its rhythmic sound of their world famous culture Junkanoo will add to its list of attraction to its shores, basketball. Owner and General Manager Ricardo B. Smith said: 'We want to have as many visiting teams and their fans experience the Bahamas through this great organization called the ABA we are working with Bahamasair our national Airline to offer special deals and packages to make the trip to the Bahamas very inexpensive particularly for fans, they get a vacation in the Winter and a chance to see basketball at its best. I want to let the world know that the last three players that Coach has added means show time basketball and visitors and locals a like are in for a treat, continued Smith.
The three new players are:
Ryan Grant (6'9'-F/C) who played at California State Community College
Terrence Brown (6'2'-G) who played at Prince William Jordan High, Bahamas
Dajan Smith (6'7''-F-80, college: Lynn), nicknamed The hunter
Coach Culmer added that everyone will be in town for exhibition and celebrity game Friday, December 12th, 2008 over at the Loyola Hall, Gladstone Rd. at 7:30pm. The Banhama All Pro Show will meet a very good team in the Bamboo Shack Aces, a combine Police Team most of these guys are playing in the major night league here and some of them have played at major Colleges and Universities in United States. For more information feel free to visit www.bahamallproshow.com



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  BAHAMAS   


Last roster additions in Bahamanian ABA team - by Gianni Pascucci

Coach Steven Culmer (6'6''-C-60) made the final roster additions for his Bahama All Pro Shows ABA season 2008-2009. These last three players are the real deal I am excited and ready to start the season my guys have put in the work now its time to hit the court and test what weve been working on, said Culmer. The stage is now set the little island called the Bahamas known for its beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people and its rhythmic sound of their world famous culture Junkanoo will add to its list of attraction to its shores, basketball. Owner and General Manager Ricardo B. Smith said: 'We want to have as many visiting teams and their fans experience the Bahamas through this great organization called the ABA we are working with Bahamasair our national Airline to offer special deals and packages to make the trip to the Bahamas very inexpensive particularly for fans, they get a vacation in the Winter and a chance to see basketball at its best. I want to let the world know that the last three players that Coach has added means show time basketball and visitors and locals a like are in for a treat, continued Smith.
The three new players are:
Ryan Grant (6'9'-F/C) who played at California State Community College
Terrence Brown (6'2'-G) who played at Prince William Jordan High, Bahamas
Dajan Smith (6'7''-F-80, college: Lynn), nicknamed The hunter
Coach Culmer added that everyone will be in town for exhibition and celebrity game Friday, December 12th, 2008 over at the Loyola Hall, Gladstone Rd. at 7:30pm. The Banhama All Pro Show will meet a very good team in the Bamboo Shack Aces, a combine Police Team most of these guys are playing in the major night league here and some of them have played at major Colleges and Universities in United States. For more information feel free to visit www.bahamallproshow.com



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Kalev/Cramo wins overtime thriller in Tartu - by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo won 4th game in a row, beating local rivals TU/Rock on overtime 83:87. The victory moved Kalev/Cramo 4th in SEB BBL Elite division standings

In BBL Estonian derby, TU/Rock hosted BC Kalev/Cramo in Tartu and lost an extremely thrilling game on overtime 83:87 despite the superb performance by Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) (27pts + 5 ast) and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) (22 pts+10rbs). Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) led the winners with 24 and 18 points, respectively.
Fox made 6 of his points in overtime, taking his team ahead 76:81 with 1.30 left. Doronin answered with a three-pointer and after powerful dunk by Kangur, Doronin scored again for 81:83 with only 40 seconds left. Then Rait Keerles (201-F-80) had to step up and made 4 free throws during last 25 seconds to secure the long-awaited victory for Kalev/Cramo who had lost to Rock 7 times in a row.
The hosts started better and won the 1st qrt 25:18, ending the quarter with 12:2 run. In 2nd, hosts led 28:21 with 3 minutes played, but then it suddenly became the guests' game - Kalev/Cramo outscored the hosts 3:16 in seven minutes, forcing 7 turnovers and letting hosts make only 1/10 shots from the field.
In 3rd, Kalev led 31:42, already but then it was their turn to go to ruins. Rock outscored them 25:7 in last 9 minutes of the quarter, incl. 14:1 in last 5 minutes.
Again, the 4th qrt belonged to the guests. Valmo Kriisa came in and things started to develop for Kalev/Cramo. Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) dominated the rebounding as Kalev took 8 (!) offensive rebounds in 4th qrt. With 2 min left, Kalev led 66:71, already but Tsintsadze scored 9 pts in those 2 minutes to take the game into overtime.
Josh Pace made 8 of his 14 points in 4th quarter, including a tip-in with 39 seconds left which took Kalev ahead 73:75. But Tsintsadze levelled the game, only to remain scoreless in overtime.


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  BARBADOS   


Pack takes Cockey Browne title behind Moore's 32 - by Justin Marville
ONCE UNTOUCHABLE, the Wolf Pack have restored some lost pride in Dayrells Road.

Behind a game-high 32 points from national forward Junior Moore, the former champs regained the Cockey Browne Independence Basketball Tournament title by upending Smutters 86-77 in the final on Friday night.

Forsaking their name, 'Untouchables', after last year's stunning dethronement, the Pack's star-studded line-up had plenty to prove in the light of that previous letdown.

So too did the oft-overlooked Moore, who had a personal score to settle with former long-time Station Hill Cavs frontcourt mate Kelvin Patterson.

And he clearly got the better of those early exchanges, torching the burly Patterson on a series of face-up and back-to-the-basket moves to the tune of ten first-quarter points as the Wolf Pack opened a quick 16-6 lead.

With Kirk Shaw subsequently getting out in transition while versatile small forward Corey McDonald provided Moore with the perfect foil, the former champs extended that advantage to 36-23 midway through the ensuing period.

They also had opposing point guard Randy Simmons to thank for their comfortable position after two 'bonehead' technical fouls led to his early ejection.

But the latter of the transgressions surprisingly sparked the previously deflated Smutters side, as Simmons' actions appeared to light a fire under his teammates.

Responding to Moore's earlier challenge, Patterson began to dominate at the other end, while Adrian Stewart 'leaked' out for uncontested dunks in the open court to lead the subsequent rally.

In all, they scored 13 unanswered points to lock the scores at 36 before Moore ended the Pack's four-minute drought just ahead of the half-time whistle.

And there was no separating the sides in the ensuing third quarter as they traded baskets and the lead for the entire period.

Moore and McDonald continued to score in the half court, while Stewart and Patterson found some much needed assistance in the form of small forward Kevin Austin at the other end.

However, Austin's timely scoring in the second half only proved to be a minor setback for the Pack once seasoned forward Oran Skeete took over down the stretch.

Erupting for 12 fourth-quarter points, Skeete hit a crucial three-pointer following a long-range bomb from McDonald that ignited a 10-2 game-winning run in the dying moments of the fourth.

Austin and Patterson still persisted in their efforts, but the writing was on the wall after Moore got away for a big, uncontested two-handed dunk and Shaw added another trey to end proceedings.

McDonald and Skeete finished the night with 17 points apiece, while Shaw chipped in with 13. Stewart scored a team-high 22 points for the Smutters, with Patterson and Austin getting 20 and 15 points, respectively.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Scottish Rocks win - by David Edole
Scottish Rocks maintained their two-point advantage on the chasing pack at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to an 87-80 victory over the Worcester Wolves at the Kelvin Hall on Sunday evening.

The visitors started with the first six points of the game, before the home side got into their stride with a 13-3 response to take the score out to 13-9. A further 8-2 burst to close out the first quarter leading 21-13.

The second quarter saw the Rocks continue to dominate the game with an 11-0 tear to take the score out to 37-17. The Wolves began to get themselves back into the game with an 11-4 burst to go into the locker rooms trailing 51-35 at the half.

The second half saw both teams trading baskets throughout the third quarter, but the Rocks held onto their comfortable lead at 70-54 going into the final stanza.

In the final stanza, the Wolves continued to attempt to close the deficit, and an 11-4 burst got the score back to 77-65, but a 7-2 Rocks run broke the game open to take the score out to 84-67.

Despite the fact that the Wolves netted ten of the last eleven points of the game, the Rocks were able to hold on for the all-important victory.

Rocks' Rob Yanders led all scorers with 26 points for the home team, while teammate Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) tallied 14 points. Player/coach Skouson Harker led the scoring for the Wolves with 21 points personal.


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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 9-1 
 2. DongGuan 8-2 
 3. Guandong 7-3 
 4. Jiangsu 7-3 
 5. Bayi 7-3 
 6. Shanxi Zh. 7-3 
 7. Jilin 6-4 
 8. Zhejiang C. 6-4 
 9. Shaanxi 6-4 
 10. Fujian 5-5 
 11. Liaoning 5-5 
 12. Shandong 5-5 
 13. Zhejiang G. 4-6 
 14. Beijing 3-7 
 15. Qingdao DS 2-8 
 16. TianJin R. 2-8 
 17. Yunnan 1-9 
 18. Shanghai 0-10 


Xinjiang Takes Sole Possession of CBA Lead - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang defeated Beijing 96-71 to take sole possession of first place in the CBA. NBA draftee Xue YuYang (212-C/F-82) led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Xue continually hints at how good he can be, then goes back to being the old disappearing Xue YuYang the next game. Mengke Bateer had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Myron Allen had 21 points and 6 assists. Juan Mendez had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Zhang Yunsong led Beijing with 19 points and Xie Libin scored 14. David Harrison had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Chen Lei did not play.

Jiangsu defeated Dongguan 129-116 to knock Dongguan out of its share of the CBA lead. Donnell Harvey led Jiangsu with 36 points and 21 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 33 points and 15 rebounds. Yi Li had 29 points and 7 steals. Hu Xuefeng had 15 points and 11 assists. Michael Harris led Dongguan with 48 points and 18 rebounds. Jamal Sampson did not play. Qiu Biao scored 35 points. Zhang Kai had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.

Amal McCaskill had 23 points and 15 rebounds as Qingdao edged Zhejiang 98-95. Yu Gaofeng had 20 points and Liu Mingtao scored 15. Li Guang had 11 points and 6 assists and Sun Shengyue had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Li and Sun are promising young players whose development should be watched. Samuel Hoskin had 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Zhejiang. Import Kirk Snyder did not play. Ding Jinhui had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Luo Zhi scored 14 points and Zhang Yongpeng scored 12.

Bayi defeated Yunnan 99-91. Bayi gave significant playing time to its entire 12-man team against the weak Yunnan squad. Wang Lei led with 18 points and Chen Ke scored 16. Gabe Muoneke scored 21 points for Yunnan and Yang Huai added 20. Li Tao added 14.

Jin Lipeng had 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Zhejiang Guangsha over hapless Shanghai 113-99. Nigel Dixon scored 27 and Kasib Powell scored 19. Shanghai, playing without suspended Liu Wei and Cai Liang, was led by Luo Yudong who had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Wang Ligang had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Peng Fei scored 17 and DaJuan Tate and Li Gen each had 16. Wang Yong did not play.

Fujian defeated Guangdong 104-91 as Chris Porter had 27 points and 14 rebounds. Matt Frieje scored 22 points and Gong Songlin scored 17. Lu Xiaoming had 10 points, 14 assists and 8 steals. Guangdong played without Zhu Fangyu and Du Feng. Wang Shipeng scored 20 points, Zhou Peng scored 17 and Chen Dawei scored 16. Liu Xiaoyu had 7 points and 10 assists.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Liaoning 119-98. Olumide Oyedeji scored 36 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Donta Smith added 29 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Yu Tao scored 16 points. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 36 points. Liaoning used no imports. Li Xiaoxu had 23 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Xiangtao added 13 points.

Priest Lauderdale had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists as Shandong defeated Tianjin 89-80. Mack Tuck had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Sun Jie scored 14 and Wang Gang scored 13. Theron Smith scored 25 points for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Liu Hao added 11 points.

Leon Rogers poured in 57 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Jilin edged Shaanxi 91-80. No other Jilin player scored in double figures. Brandon Robinson led Shaanxi with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Lee Benson had 25 points and 20 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 12 points.

Imports are taking over the games played by mid-level CBA teams now that two are allowed to play the entire game, but the Chinese players are learning. Young players, born in 1987 and thereafter, are getting more playing time. Being brought up playing the game the international way, these players will eventually erase the dominance of the imports.


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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos beats Apoel 83-82 - by Nasios Orinos

Apoel had a very good start and with good defense and outside scoring managed to stay in-front of the score and build a lead of 10 at the half. Keravnos was lost at the first half and was struggling to find the solution. It was bad from the perimeter having only 8/20 (40%) 2-point shots and 2/5 (40%) 3-point shots.

Apoel managed to put a stop at Greer with Anastasiades, being the best player of the first half (was the top scorer with 8-points and hit two 'like old times memorable 3-points shots' ) playing an extraordinary defense and forcing Greer to stay at only 2 points at half time.

In any basketball statistical formula, scoring and shooting percentages usually carry the most weight and up to a point also account for assists, rebounds and blocks to get a more complete picture of a player performance down the stretch. What they fail to account for though, is the invincible side of the game, the ability of a player to stop its opponent and not allowing him to play his game. This is never accounted in any basketball statistical formula. Greer has so far been the top scorer of the league but last night he was forced to his worst game so far on the island (2/10 shots).

At the same time Apoel was very good from outside and outscored its opponent, having 7/14, 2-point shots (50%) and 7/15, (47%) 3-point shots at half time.

It was expected that at the second half Keravnos would have made the come back, and it did. Pilavas probably has gotten instructions to change the rhythm by running the game and not going so much on a set-game. Keravnos indeed got quite a few fast breaks and shot a total of 18, 2-point shots during the second half, as compared to 8 of Apoel. It managed to cut the lead to 3 points at the end of the third quarter and even build a 5-6 point lead towards its favor at the fourth quarter. The game has finished 70-70 and went to overtime.

Both teams were equal at overtime and anyone could have won the game. Apoel got a quick 7-point lead, with Cooper finding 3 consecutive times the road to the basket behind the 3-point line and Hart insisting on delivering nice jumpers. The game finished with 83-82 for Keravnos.

Hart was the MVP of the game, being the team's top scorer and top rebounder. A man who plays the 1 and 2 position, finished the game with 28 points, 11 REBOUNDS, 3 assists and 3 steals with Damjanovic adding 15 points and 8 rebounds.

From Apoel, Cooper had a great game finishing with 33 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, and 2 steals and Garcia delivering 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals. Anastasiades had also a great game, been the MVP of the 1st half and among the top 3 players of the game, not necessarily for his scoring (9-points), but as already mentioned, for his out-of-a seminar defense on Greer proving once more that he still is the best defensive player in the league. Greer was put a stop from George being forced to deliver only 5-points, shooting his only jumper in front of Anastasiades on the 27.53. Lets not forget that in previous years Keravnos has used Anastasiades for similar defensive missions

In a respectful by Keravnos move, George Anastasiades was last night awarded for his 10 year offering at the club. In quick ceremony team's President, Paris Papaellinas, thanked George for what he has offered to the club and wished him Good Luck.

George was a close friend for many people at Strovolos and he will be missed. We kindly want to say that people in Keravnos would have done anything in their power to not let him go. We would like to also wish George Anastasiades Good Luck!!!

Quarters: 17-18, 29-39, 48-51, 70-70, 83-82 (overtime)


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


JACK MICHAEL IN THE LNBP ALLSTAR GAME! - by Ozell Wells

In Mexico,the LNBP leading rebounder Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) has been seleted to play in the All Star Game this Dec 16:

(By FIBA Americas)
The LNBP announced the rosters for the LNBP All Star Game to be played on December 16 at Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gym.

North Zone

Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) - Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon
Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) - Tijuana Galgos
Rommel Marentez (178-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) - Tijuana Galgos
Gerald Williams (198-F-79, college: Cumberlands) - Lobos de la UAC Saltillo
Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) - Soles de Mexicali
Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) - Soles de Mexicali
Horacio Llamas (212-C-73, agency: Interperformances) - Soles de Mexicali
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) - Tecos de la UAGuadalajara

Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) - Tecos de la UAGuadalajara
Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) - Tecos de la UAGuadalajara

Tony Stockman (186-G-81, college: Ohio St.) - Venados de Nuevo Laredo
Keith Gayden (202-F-83, college: Duquesne) - Venados de Nuevo Laredo

Alberto Espasandin - Tecos de la UAGuadalajara Coach
Ivan Deniz - Soles de Mexicali Coach

South Zone

Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) - Angeles de Puebla
Justin Griffin (193-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) - Barreteros de Zacatecazs
Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) - Barreteros de Zacatecazs
Alfonso Flores (194-F-74) - Estrellas Indebasquet ed Distrito Federa
Sergio Sanchez (180-G-83, college: UTPA) - Halcones UV Cordoba
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) - Halcones Rojos de Veracruz
Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) - Halcones UV Xalapa

LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) - Halcones UV Xalapa

Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) - Halcones UV Xalapa

Adrian Sanchez (196-F-85) - Lechugueros de Leon
Devon Ford (193-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Idaho) - Panteras de Aguascalientes

Juan Herrera (197-F-81) - Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi


Andy Stoglin - Halcones UV Xalapa Coach
Manuel Cintron - Halcones Rojos de Veracruz Coach



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  ESTONIA   


Kalev/Cramo wins overtime thriller in Tartu - by Janar Filippov
BC Kalev/Cramo won 4th game in a row, beating local rivals TU/Rock on overtime 83:87. The victory moved Kalev/Cramo 4th in SEB BBL Elite division standings

In BBL Estonian derby, TU/Rock hosted BC Kalev/Cramo in Tartu and lost an extremely thrilling game on overtime 83:87 despite the superb performance by Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) (27pts + 5 ast) and Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) (22 pts+10rbs). Nate Fox (206-F-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) led the winners with 24 and 18 points, respectively.
Fox made 6 of his points in overtime, taking his team ahead 76:81 with 1.30 left. Doronin answered with a three-pointer and after powerful dunk by Kangur, Doronin scored again for 81:83 with only 40 seconds left. Then Rait Keerles (201-F-80) had to step up and made 4 free throws during last 25 seconds to secure the long-awaited victory for Kalev/Cramo who had lost to Rock 7 times in a row.
The hosts started better and won the 1st qrt 25:18, ending the quarter with 12:2 run. In 2nd, hosts led 28:21 with 3 minutes played, but then it suddenly became the guests' game - Kalev/Cramo outscored the hosts 3:16 in seven minutes, forcing 7 turnovers and letting hosts make only 1/10 shots from the field.
In 3rd, Kalev led 31:42, already but then it was their turn to go to ruins. Rock outscored them 25:7 in last 9 minutes of the quarter, incl. 14:1 in last 5 minutes.
Again, the 4th qrt belonged to the guests. Valmo Kriisa came in and things started to develop for Kalev/Cramo. Kevin Lyde (206-C-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) and Josh Pace (198-G/F-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) dominated the rebounding as Kalev took 8 (!) offensive rebounds in 4th qrt. With 2 min left, Kalev led 66:71, already but Tsintsadze scored 9 pts in those 2 minutes to take the game into overtime.
Josh Pace made 8 of his 14 points in 4th quarter, including a tip-in with 39 seconds left which took Kalev ahead 73:75. But Tsintsadze levelled the game, only to remain scoreless in overtime.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Interview with Donnie McGrath - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Egaleo is in a tough position and major changes needed. The experiment with rookie players was not successful this time and once again experience will bring results. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) came to help the team and take a leading role. The Bosman guard from Providence after two years in Italy-SerieA with few good games also in Euroleague is ready for his new challenge. 'D-Mac' spoke to Eurobasket.com :


Eurobasket: Last season you played ten games in Euroleague with La Fortezza Bologna where you had some very good games, against Tau Ceramica you had 18 points, what is the main reason that made you agree with Egaleo?


Donnie McGrath: I was searching for a situation where I could go to and play a big role on a team to show Europe my skills in every game and to show that I can really help a team get wins at a high level in one of the top leagues in Europe and Egaleo offered me that opportunity. I feel like I can be a key player on a big team in Europe and hopefully this can give me an opportunity to show clubs what I can do.


Eurobasket: You stayed two years in Italy and now you play in Greece, what's your opinion about the two leagues?


Donnie McGrath: The Italian and the Greek league are different and similar I think.Greek league is more physical and the refs let a lot more go and they let you play through more. The Italian league might be more athletic I think, but both leagues are very high level of basketball and every game is very intense.


Eurobasket: The coach who asked you got fired from the team and new Head coach now is the former Assistant coach. What's your opinion about them?


Donnie McGrath: The coach that was here when I first arrived is now gone.He was the coach who brought me here and I was excited to play for him and did in my first two games.The new Head coach was the assistant coach and so he has some of the same philosophy and added some new things so I think he will do a very good job.Practice so far since he has taken over has been very competitive and everyone is in good spirits. I think he believes in me also and I have good relationship with him so I am looking forward to playing for him. I think our team is in the right direction now.


Eurobasket: The team has a bad start in the league with you and Donell Taylor do you believe you can bring the team back to wins? Which it the teams target for the season?


Donnie McGrath: I think with the addition of myself and Donell Taylor we are definitely a stronger team.The team has a lot of good players already and I think we may just have been missing parts. I think we both are mixing in well now with the rest of the team and we can get back on the winning track.Our goal for the short term will be to get some wins so we secure to stay in A1 league and hopefully after we get some wins we can start thinking about other goals.


Eurobasket: You have teammate in the Irish NT, Chris Bracey, he was the one that gave you all the information about your new team? What others things you heard about the team and the league here?


Donnie McGrath: When I first heard that the team Egaleo wanted me I spoke with Chris because I know him well from the National team.He told me that so far everything on the team was professional and payments were on time and the living situation was good, and other information about life in Athens and the Greek league. I also talked to Keekee Clark and asked him about his expereience with the team and he had all good things to say. After that I made the decision with my agent about if we thought it was the right situation we were looking for and we decided together that the situation could be a good one for me, so we decided to take it.


Eurobasket: Do you have any clause in your contract, if offer from any Euroleague team arrives? or any buyout term?


Donnie McGrath: I think I have a good contract for this year and at the moment I am not really worried about getting picked up by a Euroleague club for the rest of the season. I am just working really hard and trying to get better everyday.Hopefully I can showcase myself through leading my team to wins and I think if I play the way I know I can it will lead to good things for me signing a good contract in the future.


Eurobasket: With only few days here you had your debut in the Greek league, with 11 points in 19 minutes but your team lost, what do you want to say to the fans of Egaleo?


Donnie McGrath: So far in the 3 games I have played I feel like I am doing well but also I am just getting adjusted to the Greek league and learing the style of play here and also learning to play with my teammates and in the system of the team. Everyday things are getting better here and I think very soon the results will start to show.

Thank you for the interview and good luck.



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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BC Nokia - JKS 98-110
JKS fired down Nokia for the seventh victory in the season. Magen McNeill poured in impressive 40 points and pulled down 9 boards to lead JKS. Kevin Francis added 23 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Matt Cooper answered with 29 points and 14 rebounds for Nokia.

Honka - Lapua 62-70
Marko Piplovic debuted for Lapuan in a stunning manner as he tallied 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead his new team to the victory over Honka. Tyrwone Still contributed 14 points in the third win for the visitors. Antto Nikkarinen answered with 20 points for Honka in defeat.

Kauhajoki - Huima 104-82
Kauhajoki celebrated the eighth win in the championship and remained on top of the standings. The league leaders eased past Huima at home court. Brandon Polk had 21 points and 16 boards for Kauhajoki. Maurice Horton contributed 17 points in the win. Justice Graham and Ted Morris had 14 points apiece for Huima in defeat. Morris also grabbed 19 rebounds for the visitors.

LoKoKo - Jyvaskyla 101-86
LoKoKo held off Jyvaskyla at home for the third win. Jonathan Heard had 27 points and 9 boards, while Eryk Thomas tallied 25 points and 10 caroms for the hosts. Joe Jackson responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Jyvaskyla.



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  FRANCE   


Cholet signs Kevin BRASWELL - by Gregory Caru
After a slow start(3-7)Cholet and his head coach(Kunter)have decided to sign Kevin Braswell,Combo Guard.He arrives in Cholet in order to help Mokongo and Beaubois who are in difficulty to drive the team.Braswell can play on guard or shooting guard,he has good hands and good vision,a very good first step and good shoot.He knows very well the European Championships because he has already played in Russia,in Greece or in Turkey last year for a very good season with Konya( 21,1ppg 6,1apg 2,1spg).At the beginning of this season,he played in Siroki Eronet(BOS)but he has prefered to sign in Cholet because he can play in Eurocup.With this man Cholet wants to do Play-Offs!Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown)

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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ratiopharm - Goettingen 76-69
ratiopharm Ulm topped BG 74 Gottingen 76:69 in Regular Season Round 13. Humphrey Lee led the winners with 13 points, whilst Joyce Dru added 12. Trice Roderick finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort.

LTi 46ers - TBB Trier 63-53
LTi Giessen 46ers defeated TBB Trier 63:53 behind 14 points from Terdenge Gerrit. Umeh Michael netted 13 and Maras Robert posted 10. Raivio Derek and Evans George had 12 points each in the losing effort.

Art.Dragons - Brose Baskets 77-69
Artland Dragons overcame Brose Baskets 77:69 on Saturday. Darren Fenn paced the winners with 20 points. Lamont McIntosh added 16 while Adam Hess had 14. Predrag Suput had 17 points for Brose, Robert Garrett added 12 while Alexander Johnson got 10 for the guests.

Dt.Bank SKY - Walter Tigers 82-65
Deutsche Bank Skyliners thrashed Walter Tigers Tubingen 82:65 on December 7th. Allen Derrick paced all the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Simmons Keith had 15. Anderson Jermaine ended up with 19 points for the visitors.

Koeln 99ers - Pad.Baskets 93-98
Paderborn Baskets needed double overtime to down Koln 99ers 93:98 away from home. Peavy Nathan poured in 25 points, Esterkamp Stevenand had 21 and Ensminger Chris collected 20 points and 14 rebounds. Gordon Jamon resisted with 28 points in defeat.

Telekom B. - Noerdlingen 61-54
Telekom Baskets Bonn beat Giants Nordlingen 61:54 to improve at 9-4. Johnson Ken nailed 12 points and Yarbrough Vincent had 11. Westley Omari produced 20 points in the losing effort.

EWE Baskets - Duesseldorf 84-73
EWE Baskets Oldenburg bested Giants Dusseldorf 84:73 for 9-3 record on the second spot. Gardner Jason top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Boumtje Boumtje Ruben had 17 points and 12 boards. Winters Brendan finished the night with 18 points for the guests.

Bremerhaven - EnBW L'burg 56-62
EnBW Ludwigsburg had a road win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven 56:62. Woudstra Brandon led the winners with 14 points, whilst Callahan Craig paced the hosts with 18 points in defeat.

ALBA - NY Phantoms 64-63
Alba Berlin survived against New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in a 64:63 win at home on Saturday. Immanuel McElroy led the winners with 13 points while Ansu Sesay and Aleksandar Nadjfeji each had 12. Adam Chubb sank free throws with 2 seconds to go to win it for Alba. Drevo Andrew had 22 points for the visiting side.



The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Tame The Walter Tigers Tuebingen 82 To 65 And Recieve First Comparisons To Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen came into the Frankfurt Ballsporthalle with their claws clenched looking for a belated Nikolaus day feast, but instead got a rude welcome by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they got domesticated turning from a wild tiger into a sweet cuddley, but harmless house cat losing 82 to 65. Frankfurt had problems gaining a big lead in the first half, but ran away with it in the second half as Tuebingen just couldnt go on a big run and paralyze the Frankfurt offense in any way for a longer period. 'The biggest difference today was that we kept the big lead and didnt allow Tuebingen to get back into the game', said a victorious Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). The Walter Tigers Tuebingen stayed with Frankfurt for the first twenty minutes, but in the second half simply couldnt keep up with the many fresh legs that coach Murat Didin kept inserting.'They are so deep from the bench. They kept changing their big men and they came in like bruisers. They simply wore us down and we couldnt match it', explained a disappointed Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Fordham) (185-G-83). The game also marked the return of Skyliner center bruiser Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City), who had missed two months due to a shoulder injury.'I felt really good today. The fans really supported me. I was a bit tired, but I just wanted to finish strong today', expressed American Lorenzo Gordon. The loss also had a bitter after taste for American Ajene Moye (193-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Indiana), who wanted a win since his parents and little daughter were in attendance. 'I always want to win. This was a very tough game. Frankfurt is deep, play at a high level and simply play the right way', added a frustrated Ajene Moye. Frankfurt won their tenth game out of their last 12 games and move to position five in the BBL standings and Tuebingen lost their third game in a row and stay at position 14.

The quick starts by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continue to take form as they raced out on a hurried 4-0 lead on hoops from Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and German Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton). However this was another game that was heavily influenced by mini and middle type runs as Tuebingen surprised Frankfurt taking the lead on a 6-0 run. American Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) and Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) hit from outside. The Frankfurt trend of an aggressive defense also has dwindled more and more from game to game as it seemed to have taken a face lift after only a few minutes. However The Frankfurt offense once again was working on all cylinders as it never really had a big lapse in the game. American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) hit from outside giving Frankfurt the 10-8 lead. However Tuebingen stayed in the game, because Frankfurt was showing cracks in their concentration with some turnovers. After the first quarter, the game was dead locked 15-15 and the 4,770 fans were still awaiting for Murat Didin to unleash his magic Tiger taming methods onto his players. Tuebingen had a dismal 25% three point percentage where as Frankfurt had the big egg after ten minutes of play. They also had a weak six turnovers and their only really positive stat was their 12-5 rebounding advantage.

Coach Murat Didin might of given some of his magic practices to the players, but they were still a bit slow in converting it on the court as Tuebingen continued to stay on the heels of Frankfurt. American Daniel Fountain (193-G-86, agency: Court Side) hit a three pointer and Tuebingen led 18-15. Frankfurt was doing a good job on defense pressuring Tuebingen all over the court and getting rewarded with steals and turnovers. Frankfurt finally got their offense rolling as Evtimov scored on a layup from Allen and Lorenzo Gordon leaped like a high jumper and retrieved a high Allen pass for an alleyop. The run was shortly interrupted by a Michael Haynes (203-G/F-81, college: Fordham) runner in the lane, but the Didin Potion was starting to work on his players as they went on another run of six points to lead 26 to 20. Roller and Simmons scored in this phase, but Frankfurt had problems keeping their consistency as Tuebingen countered on a quick 6-0 run to dead lock the game at 26

Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) was responsible for a bad pass that resulted in a turnover and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) entered the court again after being invisible for 55 minutes and coughed up a turnover. This didnt hurt Frankfurt too much, since Tuebingen was no real threat on offense. Frankfurt now took the lead and would keep it until the end. Frankfurt continued to dominate the paint as Gordon and Wysocki scored. After an Anderson three pointer, Frankfurt looked really bad on a Ratkovica coast to coast layup as Frankfurt watched him glide through the zone. The only thing missing were comfortable couches for the players to sit on. At half time, Frankfurt led 41 to 33. Frankfurt had a healthly 47% field goal percentage, but a sickening goose egg 0% from three point land. Frankfurt was dominating the boards 22 to 9, and some might have been wondering if Rasto Katic was really in the arena or if he had been cloned, because either way the real Rasko Katic (208-C/F-80) was missing. 'Rasko Katic is still the same player. He has a lot of pressure. Our problem is that, when he has an off day, then we have no suitable back up who can produce the same type of stats', stated Canadian National player Jermaine Anderson.

This season the third quarter has been a mood point at times for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but not against Tuebingen . Now the sourcerous techniques of coach Murat Didin were finally starting to get implemented on the court as Frankfurt cruised out on a 11-3 run to lead 52 to 35. Frankfurt finally erased their 0/9 three point shooting as Titus Ivory hit. Greg Jenkins continues to make the most of his minutes as he scored in the zone. Tuebingen found a short weak spot in the Frankfurt defense going on a 5-0 run, but Frankfurt always had an answer on offense and produced timely stops. After Frankfurt got a hoop from Jenkins and free throws from Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake), Frankfurt led 58 to 40, but Tuebingen once again escaped on a 5-0 run as it nearly took Rasko Katic 30 minutes before he made his first field goal. American Kenneth Wiliams (203-F-85, college: Mississippi) also helped in the late quarter comeback with a mid distance jumper. Frankfurt still led 58 to 45 after three quarters and Tuebingen was already in change from a tiger into a cat. Frankfurt was shooting a poor 9% from three point land, but still had the upper hand under the boards 28 to 19. The 13 Frankfurt turnovers were not as noticeable with the big lead.

The last quarter became a shoot out as both teams continued to score, which didnt help Tuebingen any in their efforts of a comeback. Jermaine Anderson started the third quarter with a three pointer to cut the lead to 58 to 48. However Frankfurt quickly turned the ten point lead into twenty points, which broke the backs of Tuebingen. Allen and Roller hit from outside and American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) showed his 100 meter sprinter qualities as he took a long Allen pass for the layup and soon after nailed a three pointer. Frankfurt led 68 to 48. 'We stayed focused down the stretch. We played consistent and had no lapses', added American Derrick Allen. Tuebingen tried to come back, but had little options and were starting to get drained. Tuebingen simply got too little input as a team, but Americans Richard Chaney and Michael Haynes scored in the zone. Frankfurt countered with Lorenzo Gordon and Tuebingen with a Daniel Fountain lay up. Frankfurt led 73 to 59 with a few minutes remaining. After Keith Simmons scored in the zone and let go a scream of joy, which probably could have been heard in the farthest corner of the Ballsporthalle, Lorenzo Gordon and Derrick Allen played some football mixing up the Frankfurt offense with transition play. Lorenzo Gordon was Tom Brady, who fired a bomb and Derrick Allen was Wes Welker retrieving the ball in the end zone and making the layup. Frankfurt led 78 to 59. Usually on days like this, everybody gets into the game, but German Max Weber (201-G/F-85) used the most of his 1:54 time as he made the most spectacular shot of the game as it seemed like the whole Tuebingen team was covering him and he found a way to shoot falling back and scoring. Frankfurt deserved to win as Tuebingen was no real match for them on this day.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Derrick Allen with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. American Keith Simmons added 15 points and four rebounds. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were led by Canadian Keith Simmons with 19 points. American Michael Haynes chipped in with 12 points and Richard Chaney produced ten points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed another display of strong offensive Basketball fuelled by smart defense that totally closed the playground and left Tuebingen hungry for more play time. Frankfurt dominated the rebounding 42 to 24, which was good practice, because in 48 hours, Frankfurt wont see any tame tigers under the boards, but rambunctious Kiew players looking to make Frankfurts playground their own. 'They simply out hustled us on the glass', stated American Daniel Fountain. 'We really had rebounding problems today and simply didnt attack the rim the way we should', added Ajene Moye. Even though the offense seems to take center stage after a huge victory like this, one should never forget just how important the defense was for the win. 'We had a great effort on defense. We really made Katic work for the positioning and stopped him and defended Anderson well on the pick and roll', commented Derrick Allen. The bad 21% three point shooting and the 17 turnovers were the sore point for Frankfurt. Frankfurt also has the luxury of a deep bench, which will limit certain players in their stats some nights, but this team already seems strong enough to withstand any playing time problems after a few months. 'If a player plays less, then he knows he has to give 100%, because if he doesnt then coach will quickly replace him', explained Ilian Evtimov. The season may only be 1/3 over, but for one Tuebingen player, Frankfurt is a team that doesnt have to hide itself from any other team in the BBL. 'Frankfurt is really well coached and as a roster deeper than Alba Berlin. Frankfurt will be at the top of the BBL standings with Berlin at the end of the season', warned Jermaine Anderson. Well there is still a long way to go in the 2008-2009 season, and Frankfurt first want to make a name in the Eurochallenge and advance. They have a very tough game Tuesday against BC Kiev at 19:30 in the Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt/Hochst.


Bundesliga Game Day 13: Weekend Results December 6th and 7th! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 13 provided holiday hoops as Germany celebrated December 6th Day for St Nicholas. The holiday action saw ALBA Berlin, Artland, Ulm and Giessen earn home wins while Ludwigsburg picked up a road victory Saturday night before Bonn, Oldenburg, Frankfurt and Paderborn captured wins on Sunday.

Saturday December 6th
ALBA Berlin 64 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 63
Immanuel McElroy scored 13pt with 8reb 4ast leading ALBA Berlin to a last second 64-63 home win over an upset-minded NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig team Saturday night at O2 World Arena in Berlin. ALBA Berlin built a 22-13 lead after 1Q and held a 38-22 lead at half. The Phantoms bounced back in the 3rd trimming the margin to 52-43 heading into the 4th. The Braunschweig comeback continued but ALBA escaped with the last second win. Along with McElroy, Ansu Sesay and Aleksandar Nadjfeji scored 12pt apiece in the ALBA win. Andrew Drevo was excellent for the Phantoms with a 22pt 6reb effort in the loss. Braunschweig PG Will Franklin added 12pt 5ast and C Kyle Visser chipped in 11pt 8reb. Berlin shot 44% from the floor and made 5 of 15 threes (33%) along with 9 of 14 FT (64%) while Braunschweig converted 42% from the floor, 4 of 19 threes (21%) and 11 of 16 FT (68%). Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA Berlin team improved to a league leading 9-2 on the season while Braunschweig slipped to 5-7.

ratiopharm Ulm 76 BG74 Gottingen 69
ratiopharm Ulm won their fourth consecutive game while snapping Gottingen's 6 game winning streak in Saturday nights 76-69 Ulm win at Sportszentrum Kuhberg. Ulm took an 18-15 lead after 1Q and built a 38-30 advantage at half. After Ulm opened a 53-43 lead, Gottingen made a late 3Q run to trim set the score at 53-51 going into the 4th. In the 4th Ulm rebuilt their cushion with big 3pt shots from Dan Fitzgerald and Lee Humphrey along with important FT from PG Dru Joyce. Lee Humphrey led Ulm production with 13 points on 4 of 8 3pt shooting while Dru Joyce chipped in 12pt 4reb and Romeo Travis 11pt 6reb in the win. Ulm's balanced attack also featured Dan Fitzgerald with 9pt on 3 for 6 from three and 8pt apiece from Keith Triplett and Jeff Gibbs. Rocky Trice was excellent for Gottingen in the loss with a game best 19pt 7reb while John Little finished with 14pt and Charles Lee 13. Ulm shot 49% from the floor and drilled 11 of 22 threes while outrebounding the Violets 37-28 in the win. Gottingen made 40% from the floor and 6 of 22 threes (27%) ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 9-4 while Gottingen fell to 7-3.

Artland Dragons 77 Brose Baskets Bamberg 69
Artland Dragons earned an exciting 77-69 home win over visiting Brose Baskets Bamberg and their former head coach Chris Fleming Saturday night at Artland Arena in Quakenbruck. Darren Fenn topscored with 20pt 5reb while Lamont McIntosh added 16pt 5reb 4ast and Adam Hess chipped in 14pt 6reb to the Dragons win. Returning to the place where he successfully worked for 9 seasons to build the Artland team to the top of the Bundesliga, Chris Fleming and his Bamberg team saw a motivated Artland squad run to a 23-16 lead after 1Q. Bamberg battled back trimming the deficit to 45-44 at half. The intense action developed into a 57-57 tie heading into the 4th. Down the stretch, Artland made several key baskets to earn the terrific home win. The Dragons shot 52% from the floor and drilled 8 of 21 threes (38%) and 17 of 23 FT (73%) while outrebounding Bamberg 34-30. Bamberg hit 41% of their shots and made 7 of 21 threes (33%) along with 14 for 22 FT (63%). Predrag Suput paced Bamberg production with 17pt followed by Robert Garrett 12pt and 10pt 9reb from Nate Johnson. Head Coach Thorsten Liebenath and his Artland Dragons moved to 8-5 while Bamberg evened at 6-6.

EnBW Ludwigsburg 62 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 56
EnBW Ludwigsburg limited Bremerhaven to 14 points in the second half as they staged a 62-56 come from behind win Saturday night at Stadthalle Bremerhaven. Brandon Woudstra was perfect 3 for 3 from the floor and 8 for 8 from the foul line to lead Ludwigsburg with 14pt while Brian Jones and Domonic Jones chipped in 14pt apiece to the road win. Bremerhaven raced to a strong 27-17 lead after 1Q and held a 42-29 halftime lead. But Ludwigsburg responded in the 3Q with a run limiting Bremerhaven to 6pt in the 3rd cutting the game to 48-43 heading into the 4th. The Ludwgisburg surge continued with a 19-8 4Q to earn the low-scoring win. Ludwigsburg shot 37% from the floor but hit only 1 of 14 threes while Bremerhaven made 33% of their shots and 7 of 25 threes (28%). Rebounds were even but Ludwigsburg sank 21 of 29 FT (72%) compared with 13 of 17 (76%) for the Eisbaren who also suffered 20turnovers in the loss. Craig Callahan topscored for Bremerhaven with 18pt while Jeb Ivey added 10. Head Coach Rick Stafford and his EnBW Ludwigsburg squad improved to 7-5 while Bremerhaven fell to 1-11.

LTi Giessen 46ers 63 TBB Trier 53
LTi Giessen 46ers used a solid team attack to earn a hardfought 63-53 home win over TBB Trier Saturday night in Giessen. Gerrit Terdenge led the 46ers with 14pt 4reb while Michael Umeh added 13pt 9reb and Robert Maras 10pt 9reb. Giessen edged ahead 16-13 after 1Q and built a 34-26 halftime lead. After a balanced 3rd, Giessen held a 46-39 advantage before earning the home win. Derek Raivio and George Evans scored 12pt apiece for Trier in the loss. Giessen hit 45% of their shots while limiting Trier to 35% from the floor and the 46ers outrebounded Trier 40-26 in the win. Head Coach Simone Cote and his 46ers upped their mark to 4-9 while Trier fell to 6-7.

Sunday December 7th
Deutsche Bank Skyliners 82 Walter Tigers Tubingen 65
Derrick Allen was in top form with a 22pt 11reb 5ast performance helping Deutsche Bank Skyliners to an 82-65 home win over Walter Tigers Tubingen Sunday at Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt. After and even 15-15 1Q, Skyliners powered to a 41-33 halftime lead. A strong 3rd from Frankfurt helped the Skyliners take a 58-45 score to the 4th where they cruised to the win. Keith Simmons also reached double figures with 15pt 4reb for Frankfurt. In the losing effort, Jermaine Anderson led Tubingen with 19pt with helpd from Michael Haynes (12pt) and Richard Chaney (10pt). Frankfurt shot 52% from the floor while limiting Tubingen to 36%. Skyliners also sank 25 of 29 FT (86%) to Tigers 13 of 19 (68%) and Frankfurt outrebounded Tubingen 42-21. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners upped their record to 8-4 while Tubingen dropped to 5-8.

Telekom Baskets Bonn 61 Nordlingen 54
Coming off a long road trip to Perm Russia for the Eurocup, Telekom Baskets Bonn had enough energy in the tank to top Nordlingen 61-54 Sunday evening at Telekom Dome in Bonn. Ken Johnson led Bonn with 12pt and Vincent Yarbrough had 11pt in the win. Nordlingen started strong working for a 20-12 lead after 1Q but Bonn responded with a 24-12 2Q taking a 36-32 halftime lead. A 19-10 Bonn 3rd extended their margin to 55-42 heading into the 4th. Bonn's intense defense limited Nordlingen to 6 points in the 4th to earn the lowscoring win. Relying on their bench and a strong team effort, Bonn shot 45% from the floor making 6 of 14 threes (42%) and 7 of 13 FT (53%) while Nordlingen sank 38% of their shots, made 4 of 12 threes (33%) and 12 of 15 FT (80%). Nordlingen outrebounded Bonn 40-28 but suffered 23turnovers in the loss. Omari Westley led Nordlingen with 20pt 6reb and Osvaldo Jeanty added 15pt with three 3's. Coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team improved to 9-4 while Nordlingen fell to 5-8.

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 84 Dusseldorf Giants 73
Jason Gardner scored 23pt and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje added a 17pt 12reb double double leading Ewe Baskets Oldenburg to an 84-73 home win Sunday at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. The hosts Oldenburg took a 21-18 lead after 1Q and built a 45-30 advantage at half. An uptempo 3Q moved the action into the 4th with Oldenburg leading 71-53. Dusseldorf fought back in the 4th but the gap was too large as the Thunderbirds earned their 9th win. Marko Scekic (12pt 5reb) and Rickey Paulding (11pt) reached double figures for Oldenburg. Brendan Winters led Dusseldorf with 18pt 6reb while TJ Carter added 11pt 5reb and Brant Bailey 10pt 5reb in the loss. Oldenburg shot 54% compared with 44% for Dusseldorf. The Thunderbirds sank 11 of 25 threes (44%) and made 11 of 16 FT (68%) while the Giants hit 6 of 19 threes (31%) and 13 of 22 FT (59%). Oldenburg outrebounded Dusseldorf 35-28. Head Coach Predrag Krunich and his Oldenburg team upped their record to 9-3 while Dusseldorf dropped to 6-7.

Paderborn Baskets 98 Koln 99ers 93 (2OT)
Nathan Peavy scored 25pts 7reb, Steve Esterkamp 21pt and Chris Ensminger added 20pt 14reb in Paderborn's exciting 98-93 overtime win over Koln 99ers Sunday at Sportszentrum Maspernplatz in Paderborn. The back and forth action opened with Paderborn leading 20-17 after 1Q and 36-35 at half. Koln took the lead in the 3rd and was up 60-58 going into the 4th. Regulation ended even at 73 before Paderborn took the thrilling double-overtime home win. Jamont Gordon led all scorers with 28pt 6reb 5stl and Jeremy Hunt added 23pt for Koln in the loss. Paderborn hit 43% from the floor and 5 of 19 from three (26%) but made 37 of 50 FT (74%) and outrebounded Koln 44-35 in the win. The 99ers shot 50% from the floor including 6 for 15 from three (40%) and 23 of 30 FT (76%). Head Coach Doug Spradley and his Paderborn team moved to 4-8 while Koln slipped to 3-10.


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Interview with Donnie McGrath - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Egaleo is in a tough position and major changes needed. The experiment with rookie players was not successful this time and once again experience will bring results. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) came to help the team and take a leading role. The Bosman guard from Providence after two years in Italy-SerieA with few good games also in Euroleague is ready for his new challenge. 'D-Mac' spoke to Eurobasket.com :


Eurobasket: Last season you played ten games in Euroleague with La Fortezza Bologna where you had some very good games, against Tau Ceramica you had 18 points, what is the main reason that made you agree with Egaleo?


Donnie McGrath: I was searching for a situation where I could go to and play a big role on a team to show Europe my skills in every game and to show that I can really help a team get wins at a high level in one of the top leagues in Europe and Egaleo offered me that opportunity. I feel like I can be a key player on a big team in Europe and hopefully this can give me an opportunity to show clubs what I can do.


Eurobasket: You stayed two years in Italy and now you play in Greece, what's your opinion about the two leagues?


Donnie McGrath: The Italian and the Greek league are different and similar I think.Greek league is more physical and the refs let a lot more go and they let you play through more. The Italian league might be more athletic I think, but both leagues are very high level of basketball and every game is very intense.


Eurobasket: The coach who asked you got fired from the team and new Head coach now is the former Assistant coach. What's your opinion about them?


Donnie McGrath: The coach that was here when I first arrived is now gone.He was the coach who brought me here and I was excited to play for him and did in my first two games.The new Head coach was the assistant coach and so he has some of the same philosophy and added some new things so I think he will do a very good job.Practice so far since he has taken over has been very competitive and everyone is in good spirits. I think he believes in me also and I have good relationship with him so I am looking forward to playing for him. I think our team is in the right direction now.


Eurobasket: The team has a bad start in the league with you and Donell Taylor do you believe you can bring the team back to wins? Which it the teams target for the season?


Donnie McGrath: I think with the addition of myself and Donell Taylor we are definitely a stronger team.The team has a lot of good players already and I think we may just have been missing parts. I think we both are mixing in well now with the rest of the team and we can get back on the winning track.Our goal for the short term will be to get some wins so we secure to stay in A1 league and hopefully after we get some wins we can start thinking about other goals.


Eurobasket: You have teammate in the Irish NT, Chris Bracey, he was the one that gave you all the information about your new team? What others things you heard about the team and the league here?


Donnie McGrath: When I first heard that the team Egaleo wanted me I spoke with Chris because I know him well from the National team.He told me that so far everything on the team was professional and payments were on time and the living situation was good, and other information about life in Athens and the Greek league. I also talked to Keekee Clark and asked him about his expereience with the team and he had all good things to say. After that I made the decision with my agent about if we thought it was the right situation we were looking for and we decided together that the situation could be a good one for me, so we decided to take it.


Eurobasket: Do you have any clause in your contract, if offer from any Euroleague team arrives? or any buyout term?


Donnie McGrath: I think I have a good contract for this year and at the moment I am not really worried about getting picked up by a Euroleague club for the rest of the season. I am just working really hard and trying to get better everyday.Hopefully I can showcase myself through leading my team to wins and I think if I play the way I know I can it will lead to good things for me signing a good contract in the future.


Eurobasket: With only few days here you had your debut in the Greek league, with 11 points in 19 minutes but your team lost, what do you want to say to the fans of Egaleo?


Donnie McGrath: So far in the 3 games I have played I feel like I am doing well but also I am just getting adjusted to the Greek league and learing the style of play here and also learning to play with my teammates and in the system of the team. Everyday things are getting better here and I think very soon the results will start to show.

Thank you for the interview and good luck.



Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 8-1 
 2. Olympiakos 8-1 
 3. Aris 7-2 
 4. Panellinios 7-2 
 5. Panionios 5-3 
 6. Kavala/P. 4-4 
 7. AEK 4-5 
 8. C.C. Marousi 4-5 
 9. PAOK 4-5 
 10. VAP Kolossos 3-5 
 11. Olimpia L. 3-6 
 12. AEL 1964 2-7 
 13. ESTIA Egaleo 1-7 
 14. Trikalla 1-8 


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West-Brabant Giants sign Gaston Essengue - by Fred Roggen
West-Brabant Giants added to their roster 25-year old African Power-Forward Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV). He arrives Monday in the Netherlands and is the replacement for Brandon Griffin.
He began the 2008-09 season with the Turkish club Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya but became soon injured and played only three games in which he averaged 2.7ppg and 2.3rpg.
The power-forward also played in the national team of Cameroon, with whom he reached the finals of the African championships last year.
Technical manager Marcel Lhr and Head-coach Erik Braal are pleased that the selection now finally is back on level.


FEB Results: Round 15 - by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in FEB action, Rotterdam Challengers continue on a roll, not allowing Eiffel Towers to steal its thunder, winning their fourth in a row. In other action this weekend, Matrixx Magixx moves into second place in the FEB standings with a home win over Aris Friesland, ZZ Leiden and West-Brabant Giants prevail in blowout wins, ZZ Hanzevast Capitals at home, and West-Brabant Giants over BlueStream Seals. In the ZBC-hal on Sunday night, Landstede Basketball wins an overtime thriller over Upstairs Weert.


In the Topsportcentrum, Rotterdam Challnegrs capped off a fantastic week by winning over slumping Eiffel Towers 63-58. A flagrant foul against Eiffel Towers in the last seconds and two clutch free throws helped preserve the win for the Rotterdammers. Daniel Jones (200-F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) led four Rotterdammers in double figures with 12 pts. With the win, Rotterdam Challengers improve to 8-5, while Eiffel Towers fall to 9-5 and losers of 3 of its last 4.


In the Horstacker, Matrixx Magixx continue to climb up the FEB standings with a 102-90 win over Aris Friesland. The 2nd and 3rd quarters made Matrixx more distance from their opponents, leading by as much as 97-80 in the 4th quarter. Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) was the Man of the Match, scoring a season-high 31 pts, including 5 three-pointers. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led the visitors with 28 pts. Matrixx moves into 2nd place in the FEB with a 10-5 record.


In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, ZZ Leiden gave new head coach Toon van Helfteren his 1st win on the ZZ bench with a convincing 82-67 win over Hanzevast Capitals. ZZ put the clamps on Hanzevast in the 1st half, leading Hanzevast 41-23 at the half and it snowballed from there. ZZ Leiden were led by Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) with a game-high 25 pts. ZZ also shot 67.6% FG and had a 41-31 rebounding advantage. ZZ Leiden are now 3-11.


In Bergen-op-Zoom, West-Brabant Giants never gave BlueStream Seals a chance to get off the hook, with hot three-point shooting and strong rebounding making the difference, winning in a 110-71 blowout. West-Brabant Giants led 57-33 at halftime and 84-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) led West-Brabant with 23 pts. each, Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 18 and Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico) snatched down 20 boards. West-Brabant made 17 of 34 three-pointers and had a 48-32 rebounding advantage. The Giants move to 8-7.


In the ZBC-hal, Landstede Basketball win a 92-88 overtime thriller over Upstairs Weert. With 14.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Upstairs leading scorer Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) made a tie-breaking three-pointer, but Landstede's Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) knocked down a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In overtime, defensive stops and clutch plays by Punch, Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) and Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) made the difference for Landstede. Landstede improves to 7-8 and Upstairs drops its 3rd straight and seventh loss in the last eight games.



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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 7-2 
 2. Atomeromu 7-2 
 3. Dombovar 7-2 
 4. Falco 6-2 
 5. Univer KSE 5-3 
 6. PVSK Panth. 5-4 
 7. Kormend 5-4 
 8. ZTE KK 5-4 
 9. Kaposvari 4-5 
 10. Soproni 4-5 
 11. Szolnok 4-6 
 12. Marso-Vagep 2-6 
 13. Debreceni 1-8 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-9 


Round 9, saturday's games - by Tamas Deri

ZALAKERAMIA-ZTE KK - DEBRECENI EGYETEMI KE 111-65
(32-23, 26-14, 31-9, 22-19)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 800, Referees: Kiss L., Sabali, Sojtori
ZALAKERAMIA: Hinnant 8/6, Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) 16/6, Kaman 11/3, Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) 17/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 22, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18, Simon L. 3/3, Gaspar 5/3, Baki 6, Bodor 3/3, Starics 2, Toth O., Coach: Volgyi Peter
DEBRECEN: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 22/9, Maxwell 11/3, Toth G., Ware 12/3, Kennerly 7, Kutasi 3/3, Kovacs I., Erdei, Szabo T. 2, Kaluha, Takacs D. 5, Balogh A. 3, Coach: Boros Gabor

MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZA KK - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 74-64
(18-13, 13-23, 20-17, 23-11)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1000, Referees: Hartyani, Benczur, Pozsonyi
NYIREGYHAZA: Savic 6, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) 30/12, Burton 3, Sitku 8/3, Zoran Helbich (204-F/C-74) 14, Wehner, Siska 5/3, Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87) 8, Coach: Kmezic Zoran
SZOLNOK: Szabo P. 4, Coleman 12/6, Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) 18/12, Jurkunas 5, Basit 5., Gaal 4, Tamas Harazin (204-F-85) 16, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter


ATOMEROMU SE - PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC 67-70

(14-18, 22-9, 17-14, 14-29)
Paks, Att.: 1400, Referees: Forrai, Toth K., Makovsky
ASE: Williams 7/3, Darris Nichols (188-G-86, college: W.Virginia) 9, Gosa 2, Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) 16, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 27/3, Csaplr-Nagy E. 2, Kiss Zs., Mszros 3/3, Medve 1, Coach: Sabali Balazs
DOMBOVAR: Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) 10/6, Clark 3, Bodi 4, Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) 8/6, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 32/3, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 11/9, Szoke 2, Balogh L., Coach: Balind Jozsef


FALCO-SZOVA KC SZOMBATHELY - PECSI VSK-PANTHERS 86-85
(19-26, 19-27, 22-17, 26-15)
Szombathely, Att.: 3000, Referees: Bognar, Gyorffy, Torok
FALCO KC: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Pankar 6/6, Ciric 16/12, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 15, Horvath Z. 4, Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) 20/15, Vrsaljko 6, Lakatos 3/3, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
PECS: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 17/9, Spivey 12/6, Denes 4/3, Grebenar 4, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 23, Czigler, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 14/6, Wittmann 6, Tth N. 5/3, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


SOPRONI SORDOGOK - ALBACOMP 86-75
(17-22, 23-21, 23-11, 23-21)
Sopron, Att.: 1000, Referees: Cziffra Csaba, Kapitny Gergo, Franyo Peter
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 21/6, Halmai 8, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 32/12, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10, Dies 9, Csorvasi 3, Boldizsar, Vesztergom 3, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
ALBACOMP: Simon 11, Hanga 12/3, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 19/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 23/6, Morrison 8, Soos 2, Bodi, Antal, Keller, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos


KAPOSVARI KK - ENTERNET NTE HEGYVIDEK 95-58
(17-14, 29-16, 25-14, 24-14)
Kaposvar, Att.: 500, Referees: Szabo G., Fekete L., Gelencser Gy.
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 21/12, Vojvoda 6/6, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 14/3, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/3, Boros 11, Kiss K. 4, Gergely David (206-F-83) 14, Markus 5/3, Kovacs D. 3, Takacs G, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 2, Hajmasy 3/3, Gabor Beak (196-G-82) 11/6, Kovats R. 6, Fulop G. 7/3, Nandor Simon (196-F-81) 11/3, Krasznai 8, Likar 4, Will 3/3, Lazar 3, Coach: Hartai Tamas



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1st FIBA World Club Championship in 2010 - by Houman Bagheri
GENEVA, Switzerland The FIBA Central Board, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation, met today, Sunday 7th December, for its 5th Session of the 2006-2010 Term of Office, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Central Board agreed that the 1st FIBA World Club Championship will be played in October 2010 and will become an annual event featuring eight of the very best clubs in the world.

Further discussions and meetings will be held with the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Nanjing, which have already expressed strong interest in hosting this new competition, together with other interested cities.

The participating clubs will be each of the five FIBA Zone Club Champion teams (5 teams), the runners-up from the FIBA Europe and the FIBA Americas Zones and the final club will be an invited team by the host city (team to be approved by FIBA).

The 1st FIBA World Club Championship will take place over a five-day period in the second week of October 2010 and a total of 10 games will be played. The winner will receive 1 million USD in prize money.


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Plane and Playing - by Philip Martin
Philip Martin (202-F-80, college: Hawaii) scoring 2 points for the first day on the court with Banco went down to the seconds. In
the Portland/Toronto game today one point set the temple it was unceasing
The battle was not a easy task for Casale.
But altogether one point made the difference in today's game Casle 85, Banco 84.
Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD) was the high score for Banco game with 27 points, Trent Whiting tipped in with 22 point.
While Peter Ezugwu followed with 14 points.

IM Martin


SerieA Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Angelico BI - Eldo Caserta 103-81
Joe Smith scored 21 points and dished out 6 assists to lead Angelico Biella past Eldo Caserta. Reece Gaines added 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. Fabio DiBella had 15 points for Eldo Caserta in the loss.

Solsonica - Banca Tercas 84-88
Banca Tercas scored an overtime victory over Solsonica. Jaycee Carroll secured 23 points, while Guiseppe Poeta had 22 points to lead the Teramo outfit. Jerry Green replied with 22 points for Solsonica. Vangelis Sklavos added 20 points in the loss.

La Fortezza - Fortitudo 93-67
La Fortezza overcame a slow start to thump the cross-town rivals Fortitudo today. Kieth Langford produced 20 points to pace La Fortezza as they posted the seventh win in the season. Sharrod Ford added 17 points and 15 boards for the winners. Lazaros Papadopoulos tallied 19 points and 14 boards in his Seria A debut for Fortitudo.

Air AV - Montepaschi 77-85
Montepaschi registered the ninth victory in the season as they succeeded against Air Avellino on the road. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 14 points for the Siena. Henry Domercant and Rimantas Kaukenas had 13 points apiece for the winning team. Marko Tusek responded with 19 points for Air Avellino. Drake Diener had 14 points in defeat.

Armani MI - Snaidero 85-78
Armani Jeans secured the fifth victory in the Seria A as they held off Snaidero. Jobey Thomas scored 16 points for the hosts. Pape Sow added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Michele Antonutti responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Udine team.

Premiata - NGC Cantu 85-82
Premiata overcame NGC Cantu at home for the sixth win. Ricky Minard and Bryce Taylor led the charge with 17 points each. Brandon Hunter had 12 points and 10 boards for Montegranaro as they occupied the third spot in the ladder. Herve Toure answered with 21 points for Cantu as they slipped at 3-6 record.

Benetton - Scavolini 103-97
Benetton overcame Scavolini in thriller in Treviso to open the roundís action. Gary Neal nailed 29 points to lead the charge. Sandro Nicevic added 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Leroy Hurd and Ramel Curry answered with 26 points for Scavolini.



Martin joins Sassari - by Gianni Pascucci
Lega 2 team Banco di Sardegna Sassari announced yesterday the agreement with Philip Martin (202-F-80, college: Hawaii). The CAN-ITA player will replace in roster Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84), who has been released. Martin is an undersized inside player, who is a great hustler and dynamo-active on the court. He proved his great effectiveness at Lega 2 level all previous seasons long. Philip has recently accepted to help Eurobasket in Italian section coverage, we hope he will write some interesting news about his future experieces in this league.

Treviso takes and hard-fought win - by Gianni Pascucci
In the anticipated game of Serie A Round 9, Benetton Treviso and Scavolini-Spar Pesaro played a fantastic game, battled till the end and very thrilling. Treviso took the game, 103-97, but needed of two OTs to prevail. The Benetton players and fans probably thought to have won the game two or three times during the regulation, but every time Pesaro came back. This happened even in the last quarter, started with the home team ahead in the score 63-54, after having reached the +13 during the third quarter. The regular time ended 76-76, and, despite another rush of Treviso, Pesaro managed to come back even during the first overtime, at 89-89. The better freshness of the Benetton players and the absence of inside players in Pesaro (Akindele and Shaw had both fouled out), made the difference at the end. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 27 pts and grabbed 9 rebs to be the game MVP, Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) added 18 pts and 13 rebs and Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) was the game top scorer at 29 for Treviso, while Ramel Curry (191-G-80, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: CSU Bakersfield) and LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80, college: UTSA) were the last to surrender in Scavolin-Spar, and Panamanian Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 20 pts and 10 rebs and was fantasting in shutting down Gary Neal in the first half of the game.

Legadue, regular season, round 10: review - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese continue the rush for promotion with an easy home win against Aget Imola.For the first time this season, Marco Passera (180-G-82) was the best scorer of his team with a perfect game: 6/6 2FGP, 2/2 3FGP and 5/5 FT, moreover 5 rebound, 4 steals and 3 assists. Also Niccolo Martinoni (202-G/F-89) did well with 10 points: after Nicolo Melli, Legadue is showinganother hot prospect. Randy Childress (190-G-72, college:Wake Forest) served 8 assists,while for Imola, on the contrary, for the first time Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK) was not the best scorer: Isaiah Swann (188-G-85,college:FloridaSt.)scored 21 points (season high) and added 11 rebounds.
Fileni Jesi won a high altitude match against Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia thanks to Antonio Maestranzi (1.78-G-84, college: N.Illinois), who scored 21 points with good percentage,and served 5 assists. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) collected 10 rebounds but also7 turnovers while Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college:Middle Tenn. State) did not play and Michele Maggioli (212-C-77)with 5 blocks improved his season high. Vassil Evtimov (207-C-77,college:N.Carolina) made his first appearance with Reggio Emilia scoring 4 points and collecting 11 rebounds but with 5 turnovers. Alvin Young (191-F-75,college:Niagara) was the best scorer of his team with 19 points, while Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) scored 10 points with 5 rebounds.
Fastweb Casale Monferrato outstripped Vanoli Soresina and Reggio Emilia with an away win against Banco di Sardegna Sassari.Everyone were waiting for another good performance from Zabian Dowdell(191-G-84,college:Virginia Tech), and he answered with16 points and 4 assists in 20 minutes, but his teammate Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80,college:Maryland) was astonishing with 30 points (season high) and 11 rebounds. Also Donte Mathis (190-G-77,college:Texas St.-San Marcos)made with 20 points his season high, while Sassari two gunners,Jason Rowe (178-G 78, college: Loyola,MD) and Trent Whiting (185-G-76,college:BYU) scored 27 and 22 points, butWhiting's bad percentage was detrimental for his team.
Prima Veroli redeemed last awful game and defeated Vanoli Soresina thanks to Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86), who scored 27 points (season high) and collected 11 rebounds with 3 blocks.Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college:Pennsylvania) showed his old class with 15 points and 6 assists, while Reyshawn Antonio Terry (203-F-84,college:N.Carolina) made the debut with Soresina (16 points and 8 rebounds but low percentage) and Troy Bell ((186-G-80, college: Boston College) scored only 15 points, his worse bag since the 11/8 game against Brindisi.
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83,college:George Washington) was out for injury, but Pallacanestro Roseto defeated Harem Scafati with an easy win. Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU)proved himself as one of the best big men of the League (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Scafati, without Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) and his sobstitute Bennett Davison (203-F-75,college:Arizona), had not the player to stop the man from Panama. Season highs for Andrea La Gioia (193-G-86) and Marco Pazzi(203-C-79), while Fabio Ruini(186-G-80) 'pretended'to be Pinnock with 16 points.
In the second half of the results, Carmatic Pistoia gained a large win against Livorno: season high for Arnas Kazlauskas(204-PF/C-76),24 points, and good
debut for Jerry McCullough (179-G-73,college:Pittsburgh), who served 9 assists. For Livorno,the low percentages of Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada) and Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, college:Weber.St) were detrimental. Edimes Pavia gained the second win in a row thanks to a solid team performance, while Umana Venezia,waiting for the new coach, had enough only from Nate Green (196-G-77, college: Indiana St.) Finally, Crabs Rimini gained an important away victory against EnelBrindisi:Phil Goss(186-G-83,college:Drexel)&Chris McCray (195-G-84,college:Maryland)were better than Marco Killingsworth (203-F/C-82,college:Indiana)&Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college:St.John's) with the help of Tommaso Rinaldi(204-F-85) who scored 14 points with 8 rebounds.

Best italian starting five of round 10
pg: Marco Passera,Cimberio Varese: Childress is a good teacher...
sg: Fabio Ruini,Roseto: one of the best italian shooters of the league
sf:Niccol Martinoni,Cimberio Varese: Childress is a very good teacher...
pf:Tommaso Rinaldi,Rimini: he is improving his offensive skills
c: Michele Maggioli,Jesi: words are not enough to describe his season


Lega2 Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi - Crabs RN 77-83
Rimini Crabs surprised Enel Brindisi on the road to celebrated just the third victory. Chris McCray nailed 21 points for the visitors. Phil Goss had 17 points for Rimini Crabs. Marco Killingworth had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Enel Brindisi in the losing case.

Cimberio VA - Aget IM 91-77
Cimberio Varese had little problems en route to the ninth win in the season. Today they held off Aget Imola behind 23 points from Marco Passera. Kaniel Dickens secured 13 points and 7 rebounds for the league leaders. Isaiah Swann responded with 21 points and 11 caroms for Aget Imola.

Banco Sard. - Fastweb CM 84-85
Fastweb Casale sneaked past Banco Sardegna away from home. The victory marked a 7-3 record for Monferrato. Jamar Smith catalyzed the victory tallying 30 points and 11 boards. Donte Mathis added 20 points for the visitors. Jason Rowe had 27 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Banco di Sardegna in defeat.

Edimes PV - Umana Reyer 88-71
Edimes Pavia scored the third success in the tournament as they upset Umana Reyer at home court. Jeffrey Viggiano notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to secure the winning outcome for the hosts. Martin Colussi added 15 points for Walter De Raffaele team. Nathan Green replied with 23 points and 8 steals for Venezia.

Pallacan.RO - Harem SC 87-72
Jaime Lloreda came up with 27 points and 10 boards as Pallacanestro Roseto toppled Harem Scafati. Fabio Ruini ensured 16 points in the fifth win for the hosts. Joel Salvi dropped 18 points for Harem as they suffered the 5th defeat.

Fileni JE - Trenkwalder 73-61
Fileni Jesi eased past Trenkwalder before the home fans. Antonio Maestranzi orchestrated the win well with 21 points and 5 assists. Ruben Boykin added 14 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Reggio Emilia answered with 19 points from Alvin Young.

Carmatic PI - Basket LI 96-70
Carmatic Pistoia fired down Basket Livorno at home court and the teams appeared tied at 4-6 record. Arnas Kazlauskas knocked down 24 points to lead Pistoia. Elton Tyler added 19 points for the winners. Marcelus Kemp and Jermaine Boyette secured 16 points each for Livorno in defeat.

Prima VE - Vanoli SO 85-76
Prima Veroli left no chance for Vanoli Soresina at home court. Kyle Hines accounted for 27 points and 11 boards as the home team earned the fifth victory in the championship. Jerome Allen had 15 points in the win. Reyshawn Terry chipped in 16 points and collected 8 rebounds as Soresina slipped at 6-4 record.



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JBL Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Toshiba 100-73
Aishin won the first game over Toshiba 100:73 in Regular Season Round 11 where the hosts triumphed in all the games. Selvy Daryan paced all the winners with 21 points and Young David nailed 20. Kikuchi Shohei produced the same number of points for the visitors.

Hokkaido - Toyota 79-78
The game between Hokkaido and Toyota became the toughest one as in the first appearance the hosts had 79:78 win. Newton Tyler led the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Orimo Takehiko added 15. Takahashi Michael collected 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 79-58
Kawamura Takuya and Tanaka Ken led Tochigi Brex over Mitsubishi in a 79:58 victory with 15 points each. Sato Takuya was the only one to reach double digits for the guests, scoring 10 points.

Aishin - Toshiba 95-80
Aishin shares the top with 14-4 record after another win over Toshiba 95:80. Henderson-Sakuragi top-scored for the leaders with 24 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Takeuchi Kosuke added 22. Kuwahara Yoshifumi produced 21 points in defeat.

Hokkaido - Toyota 82-72
Hokkaido had easier second win over Toyota 82:72. Orimo Takehiko poured in 21 points to lead all the winners in the game. Yamada Daiji nailed 15 and Newton Tyler collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. Watanabe Takuma had 17 points in defeat.

Tochigi Brex - Mitsubishi 91-62
Tochigi Brex smashed Mitsubishi 91:62 in the second game. Orr Randy shined with 16 points, whilst Cripe James and Kawamura Takuya followed him with 14 each. The Dolphins got only 13 points from Uzawa Jun.

Panasonic - Hitachi S. 66-59
Panasonic first beat Hitachi 66:59 behind 15 points from Honeycutt Jerald. Kinoshita Hiroyuki netted 12 and Custis Ace had 10. Sakai Taiji finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.

Panasonic - Hitachi S. 81-69
Panasonic improved to 14-4 after the second appearance over Hitachi in a 81:69 win. Custis Ace top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Aono Fumihiko collected 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sakai Taiji and Sato Toshihiro had 14 points apiece for the visitors.



BJ League Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings - Albirex 88-80
Golden Kings beat Albirex 88:80 in Regular Season Round 16 to remain the leader of the League with 12-3 record. Six players scored in double digits as Takushi Naoto led all of them with 16 points. Akingbade Dokun finished the night with 29 points and 17 rebounds.

89ers - Lakestars 95-88
Sendai 89ers tied their record at 8-8 after a hom win over Lakestars 95:88. St.Preux Bobby top-scored for the winners with 24 points, whilst Holm Chris collected 21 points and 19 boards. Nash Bobby had 17 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Phoenix - Rizing 77-82
Phoenix lost to Rizing 77:82 and allowed them to tie their records at 6-9. Parker Michael was unstoppable with 38 points and 17 rebounds. Zahn Adam collected 17 points an 13 rebounds for the hosts.

Heat Devils - Apache 79-99
Apache improved to 9-4 on top of the Eastern Conference after a 99:79 win over Heat Devils. Humphrey John posted 21 points for the winners and Davis Nick had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Price Jefferey ended up with 21 points and 11 boards in defeat.

89ers - Lakestars 71-80
Lakestars won the second game against 89ers 80:71 behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Nash Bobby. Barber Joseph top-scored for the 89ers with 20 points.

Broncos - Evessa 83-66
Broncos jumped to 9-6 in the standings after beating Evessa 83:66. Warren Reginald was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 18 rebounds. Murry Nile had 27 points in the losing effort.

Five Arrows - Grouses 100-66
Five Arrows was the only team to score three digits as the team smashed Grouses 100:66. Jamem Gordon led the winners with 21 points and 16 boards. Webb Rodney chipped in 27 points in defeat.



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Antanas Sireika - out - by Lukas Zajancauskas
Lietuvos Rytas coach Antanas Sireika decided to retire after two consecutive losses. This tuesday Rytas lost an away game to 'Kalise' and saturday thei lost at home versus their biggest rivals - Zalgiris Kaunas. 52 year old coach didn't told the specific reasons why he is resigning. Also there is rumors that Lietuvos Rytas was not happy with his work.

Robertas Kuncaitis will be in charge in the next game against Azovmash Mariupol.

Lithuanian site atn.lt writes that the most realistic candidate to be the new coach of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is Kestutis Kemzura , which was fired from Chimki last week.


LKL Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nevezis - Neptunas 91-84
Nevezis ensured the fifth victory in the LKL season. They defeated Neptunas at home court behind 28 points from Valdas Vasylius. Deividas Gailius added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning team. Valdas Dabkus had 22 points for Neptunas as they slipped at 4-4 record.

Kaunas Tr. - Alytus Alita 95-84
Kaunas Triobet earned the fourth win in the LKL championship as they held off Alita at home court. Adas Juskevicius came off the bench for 18 points for Triobet. Povilas Butkevicius added 16 points for the winners. Nerijus Varnelis exploded with game-high 38 points and 13 boards for Alita as they slipped at 2-7 record.

Lietuvos - Zalgiris 64-75
Zalgiris kept their perfect record in the LKL as they outscored Lietuvos Rytas in the trademark opposition. Dainius Salenga dropped 21 points to lead the way for the Kaunas team. Mantas Kalnietis added 18 points, while Jonas Maciulis had 15 for the winners. Marijonas Petravicius and Branko Milisvljevic answered with 18 points apiece for Lietuvos Rytas.



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The Wolverines Upset No 4 Duke - by Rick Ross
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -Michigan's basketball program
has been hibernating for a decade.
It looks like the Wolverines are finally waking up.

DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 28 points to leading Michigan to an 81-73
victory over Duke on Saturday, its second win over a No. 4-ranked team in two weeks.
The Wolverines (6-2) beat then-No. 4 UCLA before losing 71-56 to
Duke in the 2K Sports Classic final.
Michigan - which hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1998
has beaten two top five teams in the regular season for the first time since 1986-87
the year after its last Big Ten title.

I still think it's a rebuilding year,'' Sims insisted.
Even though we've had two big wins, we've also lost two games.
It definitely says we're executing what Coach wants us to do on both ends of the court.''
Duke (8-1) made just three of 27 3-point attempts before connecting on
four in a row to pull within four points in the final minute.
The Blue Devils finished 7-of-33 for one of their worst performances beyond the arc in more than a decade.

Michigan did a good job with the 1-3-1 zone,'' said Nolan Smith
who matched the team high with two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.
They extended it to take away 3s in the corners and on the wings.''
The Wolverines made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 3 minutes to seal the upset,
leading to hundreds of fans from the sold-out crowd rushing the court.
I'm at a little bit of a loss for words,
second-year Michigan coach John Beilein said.
That was a great atmosphere, wasn't it?''

It was as great as it was rare.
After an 11th lead change and 16th tie, Novak's second straight 3-pointer
led to Duke calling a timeout with 7:39 left to calm down a raucous crowd that's
characteristically quiet in a community consumed by football.
I saw the Savannah State tape and there weren't too many seats full,
said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, referring to the previous home game that
had an announced crowd of 8,190 in an arena that holds almost 14,000.
It's party time every time we come to town, but this is a great
school and they deserve this level of support for every game.''
Manny Harris scored 17 points for the Wolverines and reserve
freshman Zack Novak had a season-high 14, connecting on
consecutive 3-pointers to give them the lead for good with 7 1/2 minutes left.

Sims, a junior forward, matched a career high with 12 rebounds.
Michigan's win over the Bruins was its first against a top five team since 1997
and was the team's first over a ranked opponent under Beilein.
The Wolverines had lost five straight home games against
ranked opponents since beating Indiana 58-55 in 2007.
Before the season, Beilein downplayed expectations by saying the Wolverines were
trying to keep our head above water,'' after losing a school-record 22 games in his first season.
It will be tough to tone down the excitement with two wins over
No. 4 teams and a respectable five-point loss earlier this week at Maryland.
We're not worried about what fans or the media think about where we're at right now as a team,
Harris said. ''We're just going to keep going to work.''

Jon Scheyer scored 16 points for Duke and Kyle Singler had 15,
but they were a combined 2-of-14 on 3-pointers.
Give Michigan credit,'' Krzyzewski said.
They played great and the crowd was fantastic.''
Duke had won 31 straight games against unranked,
nonconference opponents dating to a loss against Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2006.
A loss always hurts - nonconference, conference,
whatever,Smith said. Any time you lose, you want to play the next day.''

The Blue Devils , though, are idle until Dec. 17,
when they host North Carolina-Asheville.
They didn't trail for the first 5 minutes of the game,
but it was clear the Wolverines belonged on the same court.
Duke hadn't show signs of being susceptible to an upset,
winning at No. 9 Purdue 76-60 earlier in the week.
We were really worried coming off the Purdue game.
This is a tough academic week for us, and we didn't handle it in a mature way,
Krzyzewski said. ''We were not mentally ready to play.''









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Quebec City takes game 2 - by Gianni Pascucci
Manchester mainstays Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) and Marlowe Currie (6'7''-F-78, college: S.Indiana) were both sidelined early in the second quarter, and the Millrats were unable to prevail against the Quebec Kebs, losing 101-92 in game one of the Champlain Cup Series. Manchester had picked up where they left off last night, jumping out on the hosts 17-19 to start the game, and led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter. The Kebs, who added back starting point guard Dominique Soucy (6'3''-G-81) for tonight's game, responded and quickly erased the Millrat lead early in the second quarter. Suddenly, Stewart and Currie, pursuing the ball in the backcourt, collided heads with each other and fell to the court. Immediately, trainers and coaches attended to the fallen players while everyone in the gym collectively held their breath. Stewart was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, while Currie remained on the sidelines receiving medical attention. When the game resumed, the Kebs wasted no time taking advantage of the depleted Manchester roster, gaining a 42-34 lead before Alex Owumi (6'5''-G-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Alcorn St.)'s three-pointer before the halftime buzzer made the score 42-37. The Millrats fell behind several times by as many as 16 points in the second half, each time battling back to cut the lead to just two. With the score 87-80 with 4:40 left in the game, Quebec's star guard Charles Fortier (6'4''-G-79) (35 points) drilled a three-pointer to dash any hopes of a comeback. The Millrats had already been without the services of guard Desmond Ferguson (6'7''-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) and Scott Hazelton (6'8''-F-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island), who were nursing injuries. Hazelton entered the game nonetheless to help bolster the roster, and would end up leading Manchester in scoring with 17 points. Christopher Burns (6'0''-G-84, college: Bryant) and Sam Carey (6'8''-F-85, agency: Passing Lane) added 12 points apiece. With the win, Quebec earned 10 'points' towards the Champlain Cup, while Manchester earned 1 for winning the opening quarter. The Kebs visit the Millrats at NH Tech in Concord on December 16th in game two of the Champlain Cup Series.

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DBE Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket - Prokom 79-87
Prokom had a road win over PBG Basket 79:87 on Sunday. Daniel Ewing paced the winners with 25 points and David Logan added 21, Koko Archibong had 14 while Adam Hrycaniuk 13. Wojcik Adam posted 20 points in defeat.

AZS Koszalin - En.Czarni 86-73
AZS Koszalin confirmed its good moment by beating Energa Czarni Slupsk 86:73. Reese George and Mojica Javier combined 46 points for the winners. Straight Jason had 18 points in the losing effort.

Polonia - Atlas Stal 81-75
Polonia Warszawa edged Atlas Stal Ostrow 81:75 behind 21 points from Adams Tommy. Johnson Kevin nailed 17 and Radke Hubert added 13. Okafor Patrick collected 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Gornik W. - Polpharma 74-85
Polpharma topped Victoria Gornik Walbrzych 74:85 away from home. Michael Hicks shined with 29 points for the winners as Polpharma took off midway through the fourth quarter and never looked back. Stefanski Marcin had 14 points in the losing effort.

Anwil - Znicz J. 97-76
Anwil Wloclawek topped Sokolow Znicz Jaroslaw 97:76 for 8-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the winners as Stevic Oliver led all of them with 17 points. Miszczuk Marek finished the night with 16 points for the visiting team.

Kotwica - Sportino I. 73-53
Kotwica Kolobrzeg thrashed ISS Sportino Inowroclaw 73:53 at home. Crone Brandon paced all the winners with 14 points and Kikowski Pawel added 13. Landry Kyle produced 14 points for the guests.



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Ovarense sign Roberts - by Luis Rocha
Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) is the new signing of Ovarense. After letting go Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) due to injury, Ovarense search the market for a power forward and find Roberts. Roberts has a lot of experience as a player troughout the world. He can be very strong playing back to the board, and Ovarense who has been very unlucky this season with their choices on foreign players, can ( if Roberts settled in nicely) finally have found a real good add.

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Barea on fire in Dallas - by Luis Ramirez
Jose Juan Barea has been given a great responsibility by Coach Carlisle and Barea has responded and in what fashion. Last night Barea scored 22 points for Dallas as the Mavericks beat the Atlanta Hawks 100 - 98. Barea playing alongside of Jason Kidd played 31:48 minutes he made 9 out of 18 from the field, made 4 out of 5 free throws and handed out 4 assists. It is important to note that Barea only committed 1 turnover during that period of play. Dallas was led by Dirk Nowitzki with 24 points followed by Barea with his 22 points. Barea has been able to inject a high energy level game and Dallas has look very good in their last outings. Just the other night it was Barea with a last second 3 pointer which gave Dallas a victory over the LA Clippers. Dallas will next meet the San Antonio Spurs on December 9th.
Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern)


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Bystrica handed Prievidza 68-66 loss - by Eurobasket News
Round 16 brought a key game between Bystrica and Prievidza where the hosts dominated with 68:66 victory. Pezinok climbed to 12-4 after 104:96 over Handlova. Nitra is third with 11-5 after an overtime thriller over Komarno 101:95.
Meanwhile Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) and his Benetton scored a comprehensive victory over visiting Khimky to improve at 2-0 record in Group C of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams were considered among the top favorites before the EuroCup season and so far Benetton lived up to the status. Gary Neal finished the game with 24 points to lead the way for the hosts. Sandro Nicevic was helpful with 18 points as Benetton topped Group C. Khimky opened the game with 9 unanswered points before Benetton started to find rhythm. Wallace and Gary Neal fired from beyond the arc and soon the hosts squared things up at 16. Benetton managed to secure an 18:17 advantage at the end of the first period. Maciej Lampe and Delfino teamed up to lift Khimky back in front at the start of the second quarter. Not for long though. Bobby Dixon, Gary Neal and Radoslav Rancik all scored in a 13:2 rally that put Benetton back in the drivers seat at 32:27. The hosts went into the locker room leading by 4 points 35:31. Gary Neal was unstoppable as continued to pile up points at the start of the second half. His accurate attempts gave the hosts a 48:35 advantage. Benetton maintained the cushion and headed into the fourth term ahead by 12 points. Domen Lorbek and Sandro Nicevic stretched the gap to as many as 17 points and Benetton never looked back en route to the second victory in the tournament. Radoslav Rancik and Bobby Dixon nailed 9 points apiece for the winners. Mike Wilkinson had 12 points and 7 rebounds for Khimky. Jorge Garbajosa and Maciej Lampe secured 11 points each in the loss.


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Epic Misel snap Slovan's 8-game winning streak (Round 10) - by Zeljko Zule

Geoplin Slovan had their winning streak stopped at eight games with a 73-89 loss to Epic Misel who never trailed.

Hopsi-Zlatorog 82-91: Zlatorog in second quarter made s 22-4 run and snapped a 3-game road losing streak. Nejc Strnad scored 20 points, Uros Lucic 19 and Dario Krejic in his debut netted 18 points. Zlatorog shot 7-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half while Hopsi made 3-of-16 tries from beyond the arc in the game. Shawn King finished with 22 points and 20 rebounds and Terrence Hundley added 18 points.
Epic
Misel-Geoplin Slovan 89-73:
Epic Misel never trailed and lead as many as 23 points. Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points, Vjeran Soldo added 17 and Klemen Muha 14. The guests handed out just 4 assists and shot only 44-percent (7-of-16) from free throw line. Marko Lekic scored 19 points and Dejan Cigoja added 17.
Zagorje-Alpos Sentjur 76-68:
The home team trailed 62-63 with 3:14 remaining before scoring 10 straight points. Gilber Goodrich finished with 30 points, Sanel Bajramlic 19 and Joshua Johnson had 12 points and 14 assists. Alpos' bench players outscored its starters, 36-32. Armin Avdibegovic posted 19 points, Milan Sebic 13 and Takais Brown 12.
Elektra Esotech-Luka Koper 72-81: Koper never trailed in second half. Ivan Simunic posted 15 points and Ivan Drzic 13 including a crucial 3-point to put his team ahead, 69-65. Nikola Ivanovic scored 18 points, Tadej Horvat 17 and Dejan Cup 14 for Elektra.



Baksic stepps down as coach of Hrastnik (B1 League - Round 11) - by Zeljko Zule
Matej Baksic has stepped down as head coach of Hrastnik who currently has a six-game losing streak. He became the second coach to be dismissed this season in B-1 League.
B-1 League - Round 11:
Triglav-Kraski zidar Jadran 88-74: The home team had six scorers in double figures. Marko Dimnik posted 15 points while Mirnes Husic collected 33 points on shooting 12-of-12 from the field and 9 rebounds for Kraski zidar Jadran
Gradisce-Jance 83-82 OT: Nejc Cipot of Jance sent the game into overtime and a free throws from Dejan Buncic just 0:01 remaining sealed Gradisce thrilling overtime victory. Miha Korosec scored 18 points and Dusan Dolinar had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Gradisce. Robert Abramovic lead the guests with 28 points.
Radenska Creativ-Konjice 74-78: Rok Smaka scored 25 points as Konjice earned first road win in the matchup of the two worst records in the league. Radenska is still the only winless team. Roman Dominko finished with 15 points.
MFC.2 Branik-Sencur CPK 77-87: Former NT member Roman Horvat posted 27 points on shooting 9-of-12 in a match of newly promoted teams as Sencur extended their winning streak to six games. Marko Vranjkovic had 17 points for injury riddled MFC.2 Branik.
Hrastnik-Litija 64-72: Aljosa Remus scored a game-high 23 points in his debut for Hrastnik and Tadej Tusek added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Litija pulled of their first road win of the season. Mario Japic netted 20 points and Luka Ambroz collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Parklji-Rudar 92-81: Dragan Pusic scored 23 points as Parklji defeated league-leading team. Peter Jovanovic had 20 points for Rudar.
Rogla-Rogaska 0-20 w.o.


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Basketball giants set for Kili RBA - by Carlos Pereira
By Fadhil Iddi

Tanzania basketball giants, JKT, Vijana City Bulls and Savio are brandishing their weapons for a fierce battle in the forthcoming Dar es Salaam Premier Basketball League.

The trio is part of the 14 men and women teams expected to lock horns in the league which for over a decade has been going as Kili RBA.
Defending champions' Vijana said they would bank on their tactical prowess to retain the championship whose opening date is December 27, at the National Indoor Stadium.
'We are the most technically advanced team and the past results proved it,,'said the team's head coach Bahati Mgunda.
Savio's industrious player, Michael Mwita said Savio would parade all its key players including George Tarimo, Jije Makani and Mohamed Yusuf to clinch the title of the league.

The players were instrumental in Savio's title regain campaign that saw them snatching two major thrones from JKT in 2007/2008 season.
JKT, one of the formidable sides in the league will bank on their fighting spirit, according to the team's key player, Frank Kusiga.
Kusiga said the on-form Ashraf Haroun, Mkumbo Mgendi and Neville Sitta would play a major role in feeding Charles, Makene and Juma Kissoky upfront.

Savio's veteran player, Michael Mwita said the forthcoming league will be the beginning of this year's campaign to clinch all four basketball titles in the 2008/2009 season.
'After the Kili RBA, we vie for the Kili Super Cup, National Basketball League (NBL) and Union League. We have one title while ABC and Vijana hold three remaining titles,' he said.

JKT's top marksman, Charles Makene told Sunday Citizen during his team's training session at Mgulani JKT that the plan to hold all four basketball titles are foolproof hence they are sure of an easy victory next week.
The Managing director of Dar es Salaam region Basketball Association (BD) Mbaga Mwambona said yesterday that all preparations have been completed.
According to Mbaga, 14 teams have confirmed to compete in the event including the defending champions Vijana City Bulls, Savio, Pazi, UDSM Outsiders, Hope life, ABC, TM Rockets and Crow.
Mbaga named ladies teams as Jeshi Stars, JKT Stars, PTW Stars, Tanzania Prisons, Cargo ladies and Police Dar es Salaam.

All teams are seriously training in readiness for the event.


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Aliaga Victory, Alabama Reunion - by James Mullins
On Friday night, Aliaga Petkim came to Ataturk Spor Salonu in Ankara to play against Turk Telekom Ankara. Aliaga walked away with a victory that boosted their record to 5-4 and boosted the team's morale. The game started out as a close game with Aliaga only leading 45:51 by the end of the half. However, Aliaga blew the game open in the third quarter by extending the lead to 63:79 and going on to a 95:105 win.

Aliaga had several significant contributors including Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.), who finished the game with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Reha Oz (200-F-78) (16 pts) and Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) (12 pts, 7 reb) ignited their team with stellar outside shooting and energetic play. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) (27 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast) and Fatih Solak (12 pts, 9 reb, 7 blk) played fantastic from the post.

Despite losing the game, there were some positive signs for Turk Telekom Ankara. They made a comeback in the fourth quarter that pulled them within seven points. The comeback displayed Telekom's ability to score points very quickly. The other positive factor is seeing how Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) is recovering from his knee injury. Despite only playing 16 minutes, he scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and participated in physical play. In the fourth quarter, he courageously attempted to take a charge with so much intensity that it knocked him to the floor, making so much noise that everyone in the crowd could hear the impact. Although he was disappointed that he didn't get the charging call, he quickly jumped up and ran back on defense, showing everyone that his knee is recovering nicely.

Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) (23 pts, 6 ast) and Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) (12 pts) each played solid games, using their accurate outside shooting to keep Telekom in the game. Erwin Dudley (21 pts, 8 reb) had a strong performance, as usual, hitting mid-range jump shots and using his strength down low.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the game was the sub-plot of seeing three players from the Alabama, namely, Charles Davis, Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama). Davis and Dudley defended each other for most of the game with both players being effective. Davis used his length and Dudley used his strength. It was enjoyable to see these players battle each other. Aliagi focused on getting the ball to Davis early, giving him the ball on the first 4 possessions. Throughout the game, Davis used his long arms to distract shooters and ability to pass out of the post to open up opportunities for teammates. Dudley used his strength to box out Aliaga's talented bigmen and used his soft touch around the basket to keep Telekom in the game. Kennedy Winston was injured with a minute left in the first quarter. However, he played such good defense in the first quarter that Aubrey Reese, the leading scorer in the league, didn't score a single point until Winston was injured. Kennedy Winston has emerged as one of the best defenders in the league. These three former teammates did a great job representing their TBL team and the University of Alabama's basketball program.

Although Turk Telekom Ankara has a few positive points to build upon, the story of the game belongs to Aliaga who came out with focus and energy to beat Turk Telekom Ankara on their home court.


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


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PRO REPORT - by David Edole
SLOVAKIA
Gumbs continue with great play in Slovakia
Jerome Gumbs scored a game high 28 points and his team needed every point as Inter Bratislava held on to defeat Astrum Levice, 97-90, Sunday night. The game was tied at 88 with two minutes remaining before Inter gutted it out in front of 800 fans.
Inter record improves to 5-10 with most of the wins coming with the addition of Gumbs.

MEXICO
Jason Edwin and Pioneros de Quintana Roo split their games over the weekend before traveling to Puerto Rico to play in the FIBA Americas League. Edwin looked to be in great shooting form as he scored 20 points in a win over Potros Itson de Cd. Obregon, Sonora 119- 84, Friday night. Edwin was 8-of-11 from the field including 3-of-5 from downtown.
Edwin followed up that effort with 10 points and three assists at the Pioneros de Quintana fell to Roo Tecos de Guadalajara, 106-113. The Pioneeros record now sits at 14-18 before playing in the second edition of America League. Pioneros will make their debut in Group A of the FIBA Americas League, to be played from December 9-11 at Coliseo Manuel Iguina of Arecibo against host Capitanes. On day 2, the Pioneros take on Minas Tenis of Brazil and they finish against Merengueros of the Dominican Republic.
The team will then returns to Mexico and play in two games in the LNBP.

Staying in Mexico, who leads the league in block shots and is presently third in rebounding? You may have guessed right if you said Ja Ja Richards.
The 6-11 center had a block fiesta over the weekend both wins for the Barreteros.
Richards had six blocked shots in just 16 minutes as he led Barreteros de Zacatecas to a win over Dorados De Chihuahua, 85-74, Friday night. Barreteros used a 29-14 fourth quarter to pull out the game. Richards also chipped in with six points and 11 rebounds.
Richards blocked five more shots as the Barreteros de Zacatecas blew out Lobos Grises Durango, 88-69, on Saturday. The big man also had nine points and a game high 16 rebounds. Barrateros record improved to 21-11.

UKRAINE
Kitwana Rhymer and Kryvbasbasket grabbed their 13th victory after handing DniproAzot a devastating lost, 94-77. The league leaders outgunned DniproAzot on their home court. Rhymer tallied 10 points, seven boards and three blocked shots in only 22 minutes of play. The 6-10 center was 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 at the free throw line.
Kryvbasbasket now sits on top of the UBL standings with a 13-5 record.

SPAIN
In a match up of two of the better teams in the Spanish Basketball League (LEB) Gold Division. It was Valladolid outlasting Cuthbert Victor and Melilla Baloncesto, 93-91, Friday night. Victor was his usual efficient self, shooting 6-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from down town and 6-of-9 at the charity stripe on his way to 24 points and11 boards.
Melilla and Alicante are in a first place tie at top of the standings with a 9-3 record.

GERMANY
EnBW Lburg edged Frank Elegar and Bremerhaven 62-56, Sunday night in Bundisliga action. Elegar, who was playing in front of the home crowd, only managed 12 minutes of action before fouling out. He finished the game with five points, four rebounds and two blocks for the 1-11 team.

FRANCE
St-Etienne used great free throw shooting to hang on to beat Limoges, 92-82, Saturday night. St. Johnian Josiah James played only 12 minutes in the contest but posted nine points on 7-of-8 shooting at the free throw line and 1-of-1 from the field. James also tallied two boards and an assist. St. Etienne (6-6) was31-of-37 at the charity stripe at a team.

BOSNIA
Omari Peterkin and BoracNektar held on to defeat Siroki Eronet, 90-87 Sunday night. Borac record improves to 8-3 on the season.

JAPAN
Carl Thomas and Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins dropped both of their games this past weekend to Tochigi Brex in Japan Basketball League (JBL).
On Saturday, Thomas had mime points and nine bards in a 79-58 beating.
Tochigi wasnt done with their spanking as they followed up with another trashing on Sunday, 91-62. Thomas had eight points and five boards as the Diamond Dolphins fell to 4-14, last place in the standings.

IRAN
Kevin Sheppard an A.S. Pipe fell to Mahram, 86-75, Wednesday night in Iranian Super League. Sheppard and his A.S. Pipe teammates have gone through it all this season. Hard fouls, stone-ings and referees refusal to call calls in front of hostile fans.
A.S. Pipe record now stands at 2-4.


More Xmas - by David Edole
Talk to any hardcore hoops guy from Philadelphia and they will all share the same opinion of 2011 big man Rakeem Christmas.

'The kid will be really good.' The key with the 6-foot-9, broad-shouldered youngster is will be.

His coach, Mike McCarron, agrees.

'Look, he's 6-9, he has good hands and good feet, he runs the floor really well and he's a coachable kid. His potential is limitless,' McCarron said. 'He could be a really great player. It's scary.'

Potential and time are two things working Christmas's favor. The native of St. Croix recorded 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out of his team's win over Walbrook. However, there were those glimpses of what he'll be doing in a high-major uniform in three years.

Christmas rebounds with great force and he covers a lot of ground with his long arms. Offensively, Northeast Catholic kept it simple for the big man. All of his scores were at the rim and he was never asked to do anything outside of the tiny comfort zone around the basket.

As to who is recruiting him at the moment, Christmas said he just isn't paying attention to that at the moment.

'I don't know,' he said to who is in the mix.

McCarron said: 'Just about every team in the country is looking at him. He's young though. We are just trying to get him better and put the best people around him. That's the focus right now. That's the focus.'


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UBL Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kryvbasbasket - DniproAzot 94-77
Kryvbasbasket grabbed the 13th victory and topped the table. The league leaders outgunned DniproAzot at home court as Dmitri Korablev scored 17 points to lead well-balanced effort from the hosts. Jarrett Howell added 14 points for the winning side. Jerel Allen secured 19 points for DniproAzot. Stanislav Sokur posted 13 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 68-76
Budivelnyk cleared off from Ferro-ZNTU in the table beating them in Zaporozhye today. Tomas Delininkaitis came up with 23 points for Budivelnyk. John DeGroat added 20 points for the winners as they earned the 10th win in the season. Ferro-ZNTU lost despite 18 points from Georgiy Kondrusevich. Denis Ikovlev added 17 points in the loss.

Dnipro - Cherkasy 83-77
Dnipro outgunned Cherkasy at home court to register the eleventh victory in the tournament. Patrick Beverley tallied 21 points and 13 boards for Dnipro. Oleksandr Panchenko ensured 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Vladislav Dragoljovic responded with 21 points for Cherkasy as they slipped at 13-5 record on top of the ladder.

Hoverla - Gryfony 86-79
Damien Kinloch scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Patrick Sparks had 14 points as Hoverla shot down Gryfony at home court. It was the fifth win for the Ivano-Frankivsk team in the tournament. Jane Petrovski answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Gryfony as they stayed at the bottom of the ladder.

Polit.Lviv - BC Odessa 107-82
Politekhnika snapped Odessa four-game winning streak beating them at home court. Gediminas Navickas paced balanced offensive effort with 15 points. Aliaksandr Pustahvar added 14 points for the winners. Justin Love responded with 21 points for Odessa in defeat.



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Tigers Reach First Final - by Andy Webb
The line-up to contest for the first piece of silverware of the 2008-9 BBL season has been finalised as the Everton Tigers will join the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Cup Final after the Tigers defeated the Newcastle Eagles 97-86 (202-198 on aggregate) at the Greenbank Academy on Friday night.

Having to overcome a 112-105 deficit after the first leg last weekend, the Tigers had to rely on an impressive 30-point haul from Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) to pull them back into the game, and ultimately over the finish line.

The home side broke the game open with a 14-5 tear midway through the third period to take the score out to 70-56 and never looked back as they held on for the victory, and the opportunity to contest for their first ever piece of BBL silverware.

The Final between the Tigers and the Raiders will be contested at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday 18 January 2009.

BBL Cup Semi-final, Second leg
Everton Tigers 97 (24,47,76) (Smith 30, Gross J. 21, Midgley 16)
Newcastle Eagles 86 (20,43,67) (Smith 21, Moore 20, Stewart 16)

Everton Tigers will meet the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the BBL Cup Final on Sunday 18 January 2009 at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham after the Tigers overturned a seven-point deficit from the first leg to win 202-198 on aggregate thanks to a 97-86 victory at the Greenbank Sports Academy on Friday night. Trailing by seven points (105-112) after the first leg, the Tigers opened with the first nine points of the game, but the Eagles responded almost immediately with a 12-2 burst of their own to take a slender 19-20 lead towards the end of the opening quarter. A 10-0 cross- quarter tear from the home side however gave Everton the lead back at 29- 20, but another 13-2 response from the Eagles gave them the lead again at 31-33. Both sides traded baskets for the remainder of the half, and a pair of free-throws from Newcastle's Charles Smith tied the game at 43-43 with a minute remaining in the half. Richard Midgley sunk a pair of free-throws for the Tigers to give them a 45-43 lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Olu Babalola netted the final basket of the half to give the home side a 47-43 advantage going in at the half. In the second half, the Tigers broke the game open with a 14-5 burst to take the score out to 70-56. The visitors attempted to get themselves back into the game, and trimmed the deficit to nine points at 76-67 going into the final stanza. The Eagles continued to press in the final quarter, and a 10-4 run midway through it bought the score back to 87-79, but that was as close as Newcastle could get as the Tigers ran out eventual winners and booked their first ever BBL Cup Final berth. Andre Smith led all scorers in the game with an impressive 30-point haul for the Tigers, while Charles Smith led the Eagles scoring with 21 points.


Heat and Thunder Record Wins - by Andy Webb
The Guildford Heat propelled themselves up to sixth place in the BBL Championship table after an 87-78 defeat of the Sheffield Sharks at The Spectrum on Saturday night.

They were led by 23 points from Elmer J. Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) and 16 from Keonta Howell. There were 13 lead changes in a tight first half before Harrison and Howell hit 5 points each in a decisive 15-2 burst that gave the Heat a 57- 46 third quarter lead.

The Sharks drew close in the fourth quarter until the Heat's backcourt pairing combined once more with back-to-back three-pointers to put the game beyond their visitors, despite a last minute charge that included five points for Sherman Rivers.

Meanwhile, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders suffered their first home defeat in five games, a spell running back six weeks, as they fell to the Worthing Thunder by 89-90. After their defeat of the Marshall MK Lions last weekend, the Thunder have recorded their first back-to-back wins in the BBL.

Colby Bargeman led the scoring with 28 points for Worthing, whilst Janis Ivanovskis had 26 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder took a nine point lead into the fourth quarter after a 7-0 run that included 4 points for Bargeman and a three-pointer from Ryan Patton. That lead was extended to 72-86 with three minutes left in the game until the Riders made a dramatic late comeback. Bradd Wierzbicki hit 8 points in a row, and then a three-pointer soon afterwards to cut the deficit to 84-86 with 50 seconds left.

The Riders came as close as 87-88, but James Brame kept his nerve from the free-throw line for the Thunder and both Tony Windless and Wierzbicki failed on late three-point attempts that would have forced overtime, before a tip-in on the buzzer.

BBL Championship

Guildford Heat 87 (21,39,61) (Harrison 23, Howell 16, Martin 15)
Sheffield Sharks 78 (25,39,50) (Sanders 22, Whyte 20, Rivers 18
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The Guildford Heat propelled themselves into sixth place in the BBL Championship table after an 87-78 defeat of the Sheffield Sharks at The Spectrum, leapfrogging the Sharks in the process.

The Heat were led by 23 points from Elmer J. Harrison, with Keonta Howell scoring 16 and Mike Martin netting 15 points and snatching 10 rebounds. Chris Sanders scored 22 points for the Sharks.

The teams could hardly be separated during a tight first half. There were seven lead changes in the first quarter until the Sharks closed it with a 10-2 push, which included 6 points for Sanders and 4 for Atiba Lyons, to lead 21-25.

Chad McKnight scored 4 points early in the second stanza as the Heat regained the lead at 29-28 after 6 unanswered points. Another 6 lead changes ensued and fittingly the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 39.

After the Sharks took an early third quarter lead at 42- 44, the hosts broke the game open. Harrison and Howell had 5 points each to inspire a 15-2 run that gave the Heat a 57-46 lead. Sanders hit a three- pointer on the buzzer to set up a competitive fourth quarter, with the Sharks still trailing 61-50.

Heat looked comfortable after scoring the first 4 points of the fourth, but the visitors responded with an 8-0 burst that was capped by a three-pointer from Joel Burns and narrowed the gap to 65-58. However, back- to-back triples from Harrison and Howell stretched the lead back out to 71-58 and, despite a 6-2 run, the Sharks didn't make a move until the final minute. Sherman Rivers hit 5 straight points to worry the Heat with the score at 83-76, but veterans Dean Williams and Mike Martin saw the game out from the free-throw line.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Rider 89 (18, 40,59) (Wierzbicki 27, Missere 14, Williams 14)
Worthing Thunder 90 (23, 42,68) (Bargeman 28, Ivanovskis 26, Patton 19)


The Worthing Thunder have recorded their first ever back-to-back wins in the BBL after defeating the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders by 89-90 in the East Midlands. In doing so, they condemned the Riders to their first home defeat in four games, a spell that runs back over six weeks.

Colby Bargeman led the visitors with 28 points, whilst Janis Ivanovskis had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bradd Wierzbicki scored 27 points in vain for the Riders, and Phil Missere had another double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Riders were the architects of their own downfall in the first half as they committed 14 turnovers. Worthing hit 8 points in a row, 6 of which were scored by Bargeman, to turn a deficit into a 14-20 lead. They held that margin until the Riders narrowed it to 37-38 in the second period, but the home side still trailed at 40-42 at half time.

The Thunder took a nine point lead into the fourth quarter after a 7-0 run that included 4 points for Bargeman and a three-pointer from Ryan Patton. That lead was extended to 72-86 with three minutes left in the game until the Riders made a dramatic late comeback. Wierzbicki hit 8 points in a row, and then a three-pointer soon afterwards to cut the deficit to 84- 86 with 50 seconds left.

The Riders came as close as 87-88 after a Matt Martin triple with 20 seconds remaining, but James Brame kept his nerve from the free-throw line for the Thunder and both Tony Windless and Wierzbicki failed on late three-point attempts that would have forced overtime, before a tip-in on the buzzer.


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Defebsor crushed Trouville 106-57 - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting crushed Trouville 106-57 with 28 points and 9 rebounds for Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island), and 26 points and 15 rebunds for Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.), for the third round of the Uruguayan League. For Trouville Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) netted 14 and Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 8. Bigua is the leader of the LUB with 30 points after 30 games while Defensor, after 29 games is second with 28 points. The third place is shared by Olimpia and Malvin with 26.5 after 29 games. All the results and numbers for import players were as follows:
Olimpia 65 - Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 12 points and 5 rebounds, Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 10 and 13
Tabare 49 - Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 13 and 14
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Bigua 82 - Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 10 and 8, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) 8 and 10
Paysandu 73 - Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) 14 and 7, Aaron Eneas (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) 11 and 10, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 18 and 10
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Atenas 99 - Terquin Mott (203-F-74, agency: EM-PA, college: Coppin St.) 16 and 5, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 18 and 5
Hebraica 94 - Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) 20 and 7, Anthony Johnson (198-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) 18 and 2
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Malvin 77 - Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 10 and 9, Ike Nwankwo (209-C-73, college: Long Beach St.) 5 and 4
Bohemios 75 - Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, college: Texas Tech) 17 and 7, Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 19 and 9




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Women News

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  BARBADOS - Women  


QC down St. Lucy; take top seed - by Justin Marville
QUEEN'S COLLEGE are just two victories away from capturing their third major sports title this year.

The pre-season favourites predictably secured the North Zone's top seeding after subduing the previously undefeated St Lucy Secondary 52-37 in their final regular season game of the WIBISCO Shirley School Girls' Basketball Tournament.

Travelling to Trents, the QC lasses entered Friday's contest already assured of a semi-final berth, but avoiding former queens Garrison Secondary in that next round was reason enough to keep their winning streak intact.

And they set about doing just that, scoring six unanswered points to start the game behind the transition play of seasoned guards Alyssa Mason and Cheyenne Stewart.

Agile forward Latonya Maughan also got out in the open court, extending that first quarter lead to 16-4 as the less experienced St Lucy struggled to get back in transition after turnovers or missed shots.

But St Lucy had a better time of it defending in the half court, with their scrambling style of defence creating several problems for the visitors once the game slowed down in the ensuing period.

St Lucy's execution on the offensive side of the ball then improved as well, led by Markayla Yearwood's hot shooting and the crafty play of point guard Shanikka Broome.

However, the hosts failed to reduce their double-digit deficit, as Stewart continued her exploits in the open floor to put QC ahead 26-14 entering the half-time break.

Forward Esther Ochieng picked up the slack when the fleet-footed Stewart went to the bench for a breather in the third quarter, pairing with Maughan on the inside to maintain the visitors' susbstantial advantage.

Mason, too, would step up her efforts, piloting the team in transition in Stewart's absence as the pre-season ended the period leading 40-20.

But St Lucy held their own in the ensuing fourth quarter, led by Broome's two treys and a resurgent Yearwood at the offensive end.

The duo combined for 13 points in the period while marshalling a stifling defensive effort at the other end, as the hosts managed to outscore their highly-favoured counterparts 17-12 in the game's final frame.

Stewart led all scorers with 22 points, while Maughan finished with 12.

Yearwood and Broome ended with 16 and 15 points respectively for St Lucy, who have also qualified for the semi-finals.


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Borukov called 15 players for women's additional qualifications - by Valentin Anguelov
Womens National team coach Nikolay Borukov called 15 players for the additional qualifications for Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia this coming January. The team will get together on December 26 in Rouse where they willstart preparations for the games right after New Years Eve. On January 4th Bulgaria will face Ukraine at home, then will travel to Germany on January 10th and Ukraine on January 13th while the last game will be at home versus Germany on January 19th. From team that played in the original qualifications Borukov dropped five players Diana Naydenova, Tanja Cirov, Roksana Yordanova, Teodora Petrova and Radostina Slavova. Here is the list of 15 players that received invitations for the additional qualifications:

Guards:
Ivelina Vrancheva, Zornitsa Kostova, Silvia Peeva, Aneta Miteva

Forwards:
Gergana Slavcheva, Evelina Guneva, Ekaterina Dimitrova, Noelle Quinn, Jaklin Zlatanova, Daniela Peteva

Centers:
Vera Perostiyska, Milena Tomova, Gergana Branzova, Natalia Topalova, Dimana Georgieva


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D1 Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Espoo Team - BC Nokia 92-54
Espoo Team stayed just win shy of Catz as they clinched the 10th win. Espoo handled Nokia behind 20 points from Megan Griffith. Whitney Allen had 19 points in the victory. Nokia had just 8 active players on the roster replied with 14 points and 13 boards from Kristin Higy.

S-Hameen. - FoA 97-86
Kieraah Marlow exploded with 46 points, 7 steals and 6 rebounds to propel Team S-Hameenmaa past Forssan Alku. Jazz Covington had 19 points and 18 boards for the winners. FoA responded with 24 points from Toniqua Frasier. Ashley Pellom added 20 points, 6 assists and 6 steals in the loss.

Catz - HoNsU 82-53
Catz maintained their leading position in the league as they toppled HoNSu at home. Rene Haynes knocked down 23 points for the league leaders. Yelena Solovyeva and Elena Reshetko had 14 points and 7 rebounds apiece for the home team. Raquel Collier answered with 15 points for HoNSu.



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Iceland Express league games - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
One round played on the weekend were the three top teams all won on away games.

Snaefell 56 Haukar 81. Bad second & third quarter from Snaefell lost the chance of winning the game. Only Berglind Gunnarsdottir in double figure in scoring with 14 pts for home team. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 24. Slavica Dimovska 18 for Haukar.

Valur beat Grindavik in the fight for top 4 place 69-61 were Tinna Sigmundsdottir Valur point guard scored 21 pts and grabbed 11 boards. Thorunn Bjarnadottir 12. Lovisa Gudmundsdottir 11 for Valur. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir leading Grindavik with 19 pts.

KR lost bad at home against Keflavik 62-90 were Keflavik made 15 three pointers in 28 shots when KR was 3/18 from the arc.
Top scorer for KR. Sigrun Amundadottir 22 + 13 rebs. Hildur Sigurdardottir 16 + 12 rebs + 9 assist. For Keflavik Birna Valgardsdottir 30 . Svava Stefansdottir 17 5/7 in three pointers.

Fjolnir without leading scorer in the league Ashley Bowman ( back injury) lost to second place team Hamar 49-72. Hulda Johannsdottir 15 & Birna Eiriksdottir 13 for Fjolnir. LaKiste Barkus 24 Fanney Gudmundsdottir (178-F-89) 15 for Hamar.


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Sissoko Djenebou grabs 20 rebounds in the latest game - by Eurobasket News
Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) grabs 20 rebounds in the latest game for her MUKS Poznan in Poland. CCC however improved to 10-4 in the fourth position after a road victory over MUKS Poznan, 68:54. Mieloszynska Daria paced all the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds as Carter Amisha collected 12 points and 13 caroms. Rushing Jennifer had 18 in defeat, while Djenebou Sissoko posted 5 points and made tremendous 20 rebounds.
Meanwhile Malian star Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) getting ready for tonight EuroLeague battle over CSKA. In the latest game she scored 13 points and made 6 rebounds as the Czech Republic champions Gambrinus celebrated the second win in the Euroleague tournament as they held off Lille at home court. The win allowed Gambrinus to leapfrog Villeneuve in the Group B standings. The French outfit slipped at 1-4 record at the 4th spot in the pool. Group B has now just 5 teams after CSKA withdrew from the competition. Petra Kulichova and Hamchetou Maiga scored 5 first points of the game to put Gambrinus ahead. Lille used points from Ljubica Drljaca to stay in the race as they trailed by just 2 points at the first intermission 15:17. The teams traded baskets in the second frame before Petra Kulichova, Tamika Whitmore and Eva Viteckova made it 36:26 for the hosts. Eva Viteckova then capped the first half with 5 straight points and Gambrinus cleared off to a 15-point distance. Eva Viteckova continued to deliver as she tipped off the second half with a three-pointer. Timea Beres jumper midway through the frame marked a 20-point advantage for Gambrinus. Hana Horakova added 5 straight points early in the fourth term and Gambrinus led by as many as 23 points at the moment. Villenueve had no answers for the onslaught and lost the game. Eva Viteckova paced the hosts with 17 points. Tamika Whitmore came up with 14 points, while Hamchetou Maiga finished with 13 points in the win. Ljubica Drljaca dropped 14 points to lead Lille. Iziane Castro knocked down 11 points in defeat.


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NCAA D2 Player of the Year early season candidates: Jessica Slack & Sarah Van Horn! - by Lucius Jones
#1 in the Nation N.Kentucky is currently the epitome of balance with 7 players scoring between 4ppg and 10ppg. However there is one other player producing at an alarming rate so far this season in Jessica Slack (5'11''-G). Jessica Slack has a statline of 21ppg, 55%FG, 63%3pt, 100%FT, 8.3rpg, 2apg, 2.25spg, and 1bpg in defense of the National Championship N.Kentucky won just last year. This awe-striking beginning does not include the 17pts and 7rebs and 3stls in the win versus Big East Cincinnati or the 15pts, 6rebs, 3asts, 4stls in a competitive game versus #10 in the D1 nation, Big East Louisville. As the obvious leader of the #1 team in the nation, Jessica Slack is playing at a very high level and looks to be a frontrunner for the NCAA D2 Player of the year award and an All American first teamer.

Another solid candidate is Sarah Van Horn (5'11''-F). Sarah Van Horn was a 3rd team All American last season and has started off her senior campaign in similar fashion. She is averaging 19ppg, 8rpg, 4apg, 4spg, and 1bpg as well. Her 3rd in the nation steals per game average of 3.8 is almost identical this year to last season's totals and her team is off to a 3-3 start despite a tough early season schedule. Sarah Van Horn should up her status from 3rd teamer to 1st teamer this year assuming she can keep up the amazing production.


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PLKK Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AZS Gorzow - Wisla Can-Pak 75-70
The key game of the Regular Season Round 15 saw two top teams, AZS Gorzow and Wisla Can-Pak. Zohnova Katerina nailed 19 points and Taylor Lindsay had 17 as AZS Gorzow overcame Wisla Can-Pak 75:70. Canty Dominique ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

Energa Torun - Lotos PKO BP 66-72
Lotos PKO BP improved to 12-2 record to share the lead now with Gorzov after 72:66 over Energa Torun. Beard Alana top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Moore Jacqueline posted 16 in defeat and Tlumak Emilia added 13.

PTK Pabian. - Cukierki 66-69
PTK Pabianice lost at home to Cukierki 66:69. Key Ashley was unstoppable with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tulikihihifo Ofa collected 14 points and made 11 rebounds. Mircheva Viktoria was the best for the hosts, having 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Duda Leszno - LKS 79-67
Krysiewicz Edyta poured in 24 points for Duda Leszno as her team overcame LKS 79:67. Czarnecka Joanna had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners, whilst Koryzna Edyta chipped in 23 points in the losing effort.

MUKS Pozn. - CCC 54-68
CCC improved to 10-4 in the fourth position after a road victory over MUKS Poznan, 68:54. Mieloszynska Daria paced all the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds as Carter Amisha collected 12 points and 13 caroms. Rushing Jennifer had 18 in defeat, while Sissoko Djenebou posted 5 points and made tremendous 20 rebounds.



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A Superleague Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak V MR - Chevakata 93-62
Spartak Moscow Region climbed on top of the ladder after they defeated Chevakata in Vidnoe. Lauren Jackson scored 19 points in 17 minutes on the court to lead the hosts. Sue Bird added 15 points for the winners. Elena Volkova tallied 18 points for Vologda in defeat.

Dynamo N. - Spartak SP 73-65
Dynamo Novosibirsk earned just the second win in the championship as they held off Spartak Saint Petersburg at home today. Maria Popova and Kristina Alikina had 16 points apiece to pace the hosts. Ksenia Bolsunovskaya delivered 10 points for the winners. Olga Firsova knocked down 18 points for Spartak as they slipped at 1-6 record.

Nadezhda O. - UMMC 76-83
UMMC overcame Nadezhda in Orenburg for the sixth victory in the season. Asjha Jones nailed 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors. Deanna Nolan contributed 16 points in the win. Betty Lennox scored 24 points but was unable to save Nadezhda from falling at 3-5 record.



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MBK Ruzomberok improves to 10-1 - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok improves to 10-1 as in the latest game the team overcame Slovan 92:67. Presov outscored Cassovia K. 74:59, while B.Steel SVK lost to Nitra 52:60. The result and stats of the game between Poprad and Maxima Broker will be later.
Meanwhile Slovakian star Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) is getting ready for tonight EuroLeague battle over CSKA. In the latest game she scored 2 points, made 3 rebounds and 3 assists as the Czech Republic champions Gambrinus celebrated the second win in the Euroleague tournament as they held off Lille at home court. The win allowed Gambrinus to leapfrog Villeneuve in the Group B standings. The French outfit slipped at 1-4 record at the 4th spot in the pool. Group B has now just 5 teams after CSKA withdrew from the competition. Petra Kulichova and Hamchetou Maiga scored 5 first points of the game to put Gambrinus ahead. Lille used points from Ljubica Drljaca to stay in the race as they trailed by just 2 points at the first intermission 15:17. The teams traded baskets in the second frame before Petra Kulichova, Tamika Whitmore and Eva Viteckova made it 36:26 for the hosts. Eva Viteckova then capped the first half with 5 straight points and Gambrinus cleared off to a 15-point distance. Eva Viteckova continued to deliver as she tipped off the second half with a three-pointer. Timea Beres jumper midway through the frame marked a 20-point advantage for Gambrinus. Hana Horakova added 5 straight points early in the fourth term and Gambrinus led by as many as 23 points at the moment. Villenueve had no answers for the onslaught and lost the game. Eva Viteckova paced the hosts with 17 points. Tamika Whitmore came up with 14 points, while Hamchetou Maiga finished with 13 points in the win. Ljubica Drljaca dropped 14 points to lead Lille. Iziane Castro knocked down 11 points in defeat.
Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) and her Hungarian Foton are out of the EuroCup. Seat Foton registered only one win in 6 appearances in Preliminary Round. In the last game Hungarian team lost to Neuchatel 71:84 as Bronislava Borovickova contributed with 11 points and 6 assists in defeat.


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  TONGA - Women  


Tulikihihifo Ofa continues her great season in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) continues her great season in Poland for Cukierki. In the latest round PTK Pabianice lost at home to Cukierki 66:69. Key Ashley was unstoppable with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ofa Tulikihihifo collected 14 points and made 11 rebounds. Mircheva Viktoria was the best for the hosts, having 17 points and 10 rebounds.
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In Round 14 Ofa Tulikihihifo had 15 points and 6 rebounds but Utex Row produced 65:68 away from home to overcome Cukierki for 9-4 record. Radwan Magdalena chipped in 20 points and Swanier Naketia posted 15. Petillon Amber ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
Cukierki celebrated a rare win this season in Round 12 as they fired down MUKS Poznan 65:54 and caught up with their opponents in the ladder. The teams are now knotted up at 3-9 record. Eliza Golumbiewska secured 22 points for the winners. Ofa Tulikihihifo added 20 points for Cukierki. MUKS responded with 15 points and 15 boards from Keila Beachem. Jennifer Rushing added 12 points and 10 boards in defeat.
On November 2nd Gorzow stayed untamed as they secured the ninth straight win in the season. This time the league leaders toppled Cukierki 83:53 at home court. Lindsay Taylor buried 15 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Katerina Zohnova added 17 points for Gorzow. Eliza Golumbiewska knocked down 18 points and made 6 steals for Cukierki. Ofa Tulikihihifo had 7 points and 5 steals against the leader.


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