EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/9/2008

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  ABA   


"Great Scott",Gwizzlies Reinhardt Express derailed 128-89 - by Richard
The American Basketball Association number 1.ranked Nashville Broncos' trounced the Georgia Gwizzlies last night 128-89. 'Our hat's are off to Nashville owner Scott Lumley and his well-run professional organization on and off the court' states Gwizzlies GM/Coach Embry Malone . One bright note for the Gwizzlies was the NBA-like played of leaping phenom 6'4 Kevin Reinhardt (6'5''-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY), 27 points, 11 boards, 5 assist. Malone compares Reinhardt to former Kentucky great and NBA sharp-shooter Rex Chapman (6'4''-G-67, college: Kentucky).
Courtesy of Georgia Gwizzlies


First Texas showdown goes to the Showboats - by Gianni Pascucci
The #4 ranked ABA South Texas Showboats defeated the #22 ranked West Texas Whirlwinds after an exciting, entertaining and emotional season opener in San Antonio on Saturday night. It was a hard fought battle between two good teams. The game was close game down to the end, the Whirlwinds came into the game with confidence and played very well throughout the game, the Showboats came back the last 5 min to pull off the win (third qtr ended 75-75). Kenny Wilson (6'4''-F), former John Jay and Boise State standout, had 16 first half points on 5-7 shooting and was the game top scorer with 23 at the end. The other best performers in Showboatswere Isaiah Allen (6'3''-G-85, college: UTSA), with 19pts, 4asst, 7rebs, Keith Simpson (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: 22ft) with 18pts, 5 rebs and Frank Ford (6'1''-G, college: Mc Neese St.), with 11pts, 5 reb, 3asst, 2blks. The Whirlwindswere led by Randy Holbrook (6'9''-C-82, college: S.Indiana), who scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebs. Showboats' Coach Benjamin Mireles said that he felt his team did not play up to their ability and that they need to be more aggressive. 'We di not do our jobs tonight but I will take the win. I felt we played poorly on both sides of the basketball and were beat up on the boards,' stated Mireles. 'We need to control the tempo of our games because we played the tempo of our opponent.' Whirwind Coach and Owner Cleveland Phelps stated: 'The game momentum was shifted in our favor and we should have finished the game strong. We need to play Whirlwind basketball and not give the momentum back. I was very pleased with the Showboats organization and how they treated us. It started with greetings at the door and I felt that this was one of the best games I have been a part of in my four years in the ABA. They did a great job and we look forward to a great year of basketball against this team.'

Other weekend games results - by Gianni Pascucci
The Arizona Rhinos felt in their ABA home debut on Friday night at Bradshaw Mountain High School. The visiting Las Vegas Aces used a strong second quarter interior game and the hot shooting of Jeff Ball to down Arizona's newest pro team, 134-128. The home team was led by Rudy Bogan (6'6''-F-85, college: Grand Canyon), who scored 29 pts. Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84) finished with 28 for the game and Deon Marcus chipped in with 24. The ABA #1 ranked Nashville Broncos trounced the Georgia Gwizzlies 128-89, despite a great perfoming from leaping phenom Kevin Reinhardt (6'5''-F-83, college: Georgetown, KY) who performed for 27 points, 11 boards, 5 assist. The Knoxville Thunderbolts were downed by the Kentucky Bisons, 126-87. Kentucky dominated in every phase of the game, while Knoxville had an off night as far as their shooting, as stated by Bisons coach Otis Key . Seven Bisons scored in double figures, led by Boris Siakam (6'7''-F-85, college: W.Kentucky) who was the game top scorer at 23. The Thunderbolts (2-4) were led by Scott Williams (6'2''-G, college: Carson-Newman) with 21 pts. Darren Williams (6'0''-G, college: Carson-Newman) and Michael Blue (6'5''-F-85) each chipped in 11, and Marquise Foster (6'6''-F-82, college: Carson-Newman) added 10. Knoxville hit a mere 32 shots on 93 attempts (34 percent), and only seven of 35 from 3-point range. Kentucky (1-0) meanwhile shot almost 53 percent (50 of 95), including 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic league, 11th Round: Cibona-Bosna 91:70 - by Sead Buljina
in the 11th Round Bosna ASA BHT had to go to Zagreb and face strong Cibona without two key players: Ivan Ivanovic (204-PF-79) and Goran Ikonic (195-SG-80). Since the only other power forward on Bosna's roster is Seid Hajric he had to play 40 minutes. Bosna played well in the first quarter, but allowed 49 points in the first half. Cibona forced guests to 17 turnovers while losing only six and that was too much for Bosna to overcome. Nikola Vucurovic was the best player for guests with 22 points followed by Stanley Burrell who scored 17 points. Cibona's coach, Velimir Perasovic:' I'm satisfied with players approach especially since the game was not finished till the end. I give a credit to my players for tonight's performance.' Bosna coach Vlada Vukoicic said:'Cibona is great team, well coached. We missed Ikonic and Ivanovic big time, but that's not an aliby for a loss. A deserved win by hosts.' It's worth mentioning that a couple of young players got a chance to play. Namely, Aldin Klinac (211-C-90) and Tomislav Zubcic (210-F-89) played last two minutes of the game. Bosna plays next game in the Adriatic league on Saturday vs. Krka on the road.

The Greatest: Mirza Delibasic (1954-2001) - by Sead Buljina
It's been seven years since Bosnian best player ever, Mirza Delibasic Kindje passed away but he'll never be forgotten. Delibasic, a native of Tuzla, started his sports career as a tennis player winning U14 Bosnian championship. Very soon Kindje switched to playing basketball at Sloboda, Tuzla. As a member of Sloboda he has played for former Yugoslavian U16 and U18 National teams. In 1972 Delibasic moved to Bosna from Sarajevo.
In 1979 Mirza Delibasic 'Kindje' led Bosna, Sarajevo to the Euroleague championship (European Champions' Cup back then). In the process Delibasic has won two
Yugoslavian championships in 1978 and 1980. After being named a best player of former Yugoslavia in 1980, Mirza Delibasic went to Real Madrid, Spain. He was the first non-American foreign player brought by mighty Real. Kindje has played for Real from 1980-1982 and (along with Juan Corballan, Wayne Brabender, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis) is considered to be one of the best players ever to play for the 'Royal club'. An route to a place among the European greatest players, Kindje has won everything there was to win with National team, including Olympic gold in 1980, European gold three times, World Championship gold in 1978 in addition to many titles in European club competitions. He had to quit playing basketball way too early, at age of 29, but he had already achieved more than most others who have played much longer. In 2000 Mirza Delibasic was named the best Bosnian athlete of 20th Century and last year inducted into the FIBA European Hall of Fame.


Union Olimpija search to new coach down to Okorn and Zdovc - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija have narrowed their search for a coach to two candidates and expect to name a successor Aleksandar Dzikic until end of the week, a team official said today.
Union Olimpija have interviewed its former coach Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarnis Slupsk's coach, who considered the leading contender to replace Dizkic, and their former player and new head coach of Slovenian NT Jurij Zdovc .
Union Olimpija removed Aleksandar Dzikic as head coach Friday and interim coach Gasper Potocnik will direct the Euroleague's game against Tau Ceramica.


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  ANGOLA   


Special 23rd Champions Cup for men: Union Bank battles Agosto in tough group-B draw - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending Champion of Africa most prestigious club competition Angola Primero de Agosto basketball club has been drawn in group-B for the 23rd edition of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men billed to tip-off Friday in Sousse, Tunisia.

The African champion who begins its title defense against Tunisian Stade Nabulien Friday is drawn alongside tough opponents in Union Bank basketball club of Nigeria; Back basketball club of Guinea; El Shabab Arabi of Libya; Stade Nabeulien basketball club of Tunisia and Democratic Republic of Congo BC Onatra basketball club.

Leading the pack in group-A is host club Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. The North African will contend against Nigeria and FIBA Africa Zone-3 champion Kano Pillars basketball club, fellow zone-3 qualifiers Swallows basketball club of Togo; APR basketball club of Rwanda; Lupopo basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo and Angolan Atletico Sport Aviation (ASA) basketball club.

The draw which was conducted by FIBA Africa head of Competitions Abdelraouf Menjour had in attendance President of the Tunisian Basketball Federation and several journalists.

Other matches billed for the opening day of the final round of the continents topmost club competition will see host Etoile du Sahel taking to the floor against Rwanda opposition in APR basketball club in group-A; Kano Pillars will confront Togolese Swallows in continuation of the Zone-3 qualifiers played in Lagos last month; while ASA and Lupopo will entertain the Tunisian fans in the last group-A game of Day-one of top basketball actions.

In group-BBC Onatra of DRC will do battle against El Shabab Arabi of Libya while Back of Guinea and Union Bank of Nigeria take their in the days proceeding.


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dragons - Hawks 101-83
The team of head coach Brian Goorjian once again demonstrated nice performance smashing Wollongong Hawks with plus 18. Mark Worthington was a key player for the winning side collecting 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The Hawks got 20 points and 12 rebs from Glen Saville. Dragons 14-4, Hawks 6-10.

Hawks - Dragons 78-112
Second with for the South Dragons against the Hawks in just few days. This time Joe Ingles shined for the winners with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Cameron Tragardh registered 21 points in defeat.

Blaze - Wildcats 129-97
3-14 for GBC and 9-7 for Perth Wildcats after this game. Justin Bowen drained magnificent 35 points for the winners. Shawn Redhage answered with 21 pts and 13 rebs for the Wildcats.

Breakers - Crocodiles 88-104
The Crocs surprised NZ Breakers improving on 9-7 in NBL. On the other side the Breakers fell on 13-4 (second place). John Rillie and Brad Williamson poured in 18 points each for the Crocs. The hosts got 26 points and 7 rebounds from Kirk Penney.

Taipans - Spirit 78-92
The Spirit made it against the Taipans on the road thanks to Matthew Knight and David Gruber, which had 45 points and 24 rebounds together. Larry Abney registered 17 points and 7 boards for the hosts.

36ers - Tigers 102-94
7th win for the 36ers and at the same time 6th defeat for the Tigers. Julius Hodge netted 21 points and dished out 8 assists for the hosts, while Luke Schenscher was maybe the best player adding 17 points and impressive 22 rebounds. Chris Anstey collected 23 points and 6 boards for the loosing squad.

Crocodiles - Spirit 92-87
The Crocs were better than Spirit 92-87 mostly owing to Rosell Ellis, who nailed 18 points and pulled down 10 rebs. David Gruber, who came off the bench, collected 18 pts and 11 boards in loss.



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  AUSTRIA   


Interview with Marcus Stout - by Aaron Reilly
Now that you've had the chance to play in Europe for a few months, what are the differences between America/Europe?
One major thing that has really stood out is how well everyone shoots the ball at every position on the floor. I would say that is the major difference between the European game and the American game.

You're blogging for Pistonscast, a popular website devoted to the Detroit Pistons; tell us about the blog.
Yeah I played summer league for the Pistons and I also did an interview for the website Pistonscast.com. Once I got to Austria they just asked me to write a blog about my experiences playing in Europe this year. I am just giving people a glimpse of what life is like playing in another country. Heres my latest entry, http://www.pistonscast.com/blog/2008/12/02/euro-b-ball-blogger-marcus-stout-from-the-d-to-the-austria-2/.

After seven games, players start developing their roles for the team, what is yours?
My role on the team is to play hard and bring energy on the defensive end. I play both guard positions depending on what the lineup is but on offense I just look to attack and share the ball.

You've had the chance to face some of the top teams in Austria, how does Oberwart stack up?
There are some very good teams here. Right now we are in a tie for first place but we stack up very well against the competition and I feel we have as good a chance as anyone to win the championship.

Any interesting stories occur since you've been in Austria?
One time I got stopped on the freeway and didnt have a vignette which is a sticker you have to have in order to drive on the autobahn. The officer didnt speak any English and tried to make me pay more money than I wasnt supposed to pay. The situation took about an hour and a half to resolve.

Thanksgiving is a major American holiday; being away from home, what did you do to celebrate?
For thanksgiving my American teammates and I went to Hooters which they just recently opened in Oberwart. It was a big difference from what I am used to but we had a good time and made the best of the situation.

Thanks for taking the time out Marcus, well catch up in a few weeks again. Good luck.
Thanks Eurobasket.


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Mutawa is Back - by Yousef Ahmed

Bahrain National Basketball Team is finally complete to resume practices in preparation for the upcoming GCC in Oman.
Al Mutawa joined the team a few days ago and he looks like he has made a full recovery after 2 years of absence in Bahrain Basketball.

Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) gave us time to answer a few questions.

1. How does it feel to be playing in Bahrain again?
Ahmed: I am very happy; it's always an honor to represent my country. I love playing in Bahrain and everybody is very supportive and I hope that with our new Team, Coach and Federation,
Basketball in Bahrain can look forward to that next hurdle in improving the future of our game.

2. What do you think of the new head coach, Walter Pereira ?
Ahmed: I have worked with Coach Walter before in Muharraq Club and we have always had a very professional relationship. I think his style and philosophies on how to play the game is going to be very helpful in making us a stronger team. I also like the group of players he has chosen to represent Bahrain.

3. How is playing for Kuwait Club?
Ahmed: Kuwait Club has been very supportive since my recovery; they obviously brought me to Kuwait because they believe I can help the team. Now that I started playing for them I am enjoying Kuwait and I appreciate everything that Kuwait Club has done for me. Also Kuwait Club never hesitated in letting me represent Bahrain, if anything they have been flexible and supportive.

4. Can Bahrain win the GCC?
Ahmed: I think every team has a chance to win the GCC, but of course I play to win and I came to Bahrain to help the team win. If we play hard and execute our plays are chances are very good. Our team is young and small but we are quick and everybody can shoot, so our goal is to work with what we have and come back with the cup!



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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse


Oostende reports to be negotiating with American guard Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) to replace the injured Nick Fazekas.
Fazekas hurt his thumb last week, did play for the Euro game vs Samara but did not suit up for this weekend's game.
He is headed back the US for his rehab.

Draper is at present playing in the French ProA league with Toulon. Oostende hopes to have him join the in order for him to play the coming weekend.

Left Charleston at the end of the 2006-2007 season with stats of 16.2 ppg, 4.1rpg and 5.3 apg as well as All Southern Conference honors.

Played 30 games for the Sydney Kings during the 2007-2008 and averaged 14.5 ppg and 4.4apg.



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  BOSNIA   


Adriatic league, 11th Round: Cibona-Bosna 91:70 - by Sead Buljina
in the 11th Round Bosna ASA BHT had to go to Zagreb and face strong Cibona without two key players: Ivan Ivanovic (204-PF-79) and Goran Ikonic (195-SG-80). Since the only other power forward on Bosna's roster is Seid Hajric he had to play 40 minutes. Bosna played well in the first quarter, but allowed 49 points in the first half. Cibona forced guests to 17 turnovers while losing only six and that was too much for Bosna to overcome. Nikola Vucurovic was the best player for guests with 22 points followed by Stanley Burrell who scored 17 points. Cibona's coach, Velimir Perasovic:' I'm satisfied with players approach especially since the game was not finished till the end. I give a credit to my players for tonight's performance.' Bosna coach Vlada Vukoicic said:'Cibona is great team, well coached. We missed Ikonic and Ivanovic big time, but that's not an aliby for a loss. A deserved win by hosts.' It's worth mentioning that a couple of young players got a chance to play. Namely, Aldin Klinac (211-C-90) and Tomislav Zubcic (210-F-89) played last two minutes of the game. Bosna plays next game in the Adriatic league on Saturday vs. Krka on the road.

The Greatest: Mirza Delibasic (1954-2001) - by Sead Buljina
It's been seven years since Bosnian best player ever, Mirza Delibasic Kindje passed away but he'll never be forgotten. Delibasic, a native of Tuzla, started his sports career as a tennis player winning U14 Bosnian championship. Very soon Kindje switched to playing basketball at Sloboda, Tuzla. As a member of Sloboda he has played for former Yugoslavian U16 and U18 National teams. In 1972 Delibasic moved to Bosna from Sarajevo.
In 1979 Mirza Delibasic 'Kindje' led Bosna, Sarajevo to the Euroleague championship (European Champions' Cup back then). In the process Delibasic has won two
Yugoslavian championships in 1978 and 1980. After being named a best player of former Yugoslavia in 1980, Mirza Delibasic went to Real Madrid, Spain. He was the first non-American foreign player brought by mighty Real. Kindje has played for Real from 1980-1982 and (along with Juan Corballan, Wayne Brabender, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis) is considered to be one of the best players ever to play for the 'Royal club'. An route to a place among the European greatest players, Kindje has won everything there was to win with National team, including Olympic gold in 1980, European gold three times, World Championship gold in 1978 in addition to many titles in European club competitions. He had to quit playing basketball way too early, at age of 29, but he had already achieved more than most others who have played much longer. In 2000 Mirza Delibasic was named the best Bosnian athlete of 20th Century and last year inducted into the FIBA European Hall of Fame.


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  CHINA   


Wang Zhizhi Leads Native Players in Scoring, Bateer Leads in Rebounding - by Arthur Volbert
After ten games, the top ten players in the CBA in both points and rebounds are imports. Imports are payed to pile up statistics, and right now exceed domestic Chinese players in experience playing basketball the international way. So who are the ten best scorers and rebounders among domestic players?

Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) leads the scorers at 22.6 points per game. Mengke Bateer (210-C-75) leads the rebounders with 10.4 per game. Both are longtime veterans with NBA experience.

Qiu Biao (200-F-83) of Dongguan is the third best scorer at 19.4 per game. He is an emerging player born in 1983 who may receive national team consideration.

Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90), listed as born in 1990, is seventh best scorer att 17.0 points per game and second best rebounder at 9.5 points per game. As noted previously, the NBA should take a serious look at him as a prospect as he is bigger in basketball measurements than the size at which he is listed.

Another player to watch is Song Kangming (208-F-87), a 208 cm 115 kg big man from Dongguan. Song is listed as born in 1987. He is averaging 6.2 rebounds per game in limited playing time behind Jamal Sampson and Zhang Kai.

One interesting note is that the twelfth best rebounder among native players is Lu Xiaoming (176-G-79) of Fujian. Lu has 4.7 rebounds per game. Lu is only 176 cm tall. Lu is also first in assists at 7.3 per game and first in steals at 4.7 per game. He averages 10.2 points per game.

Points per game:
1. Wang Zhizhi Bayi 22.6
2. Zhu Fangyu Guangdong 21.6
3. Qiu Biao Dongguan 19.4
4. Chen Lei Beijing 19.3
5. Du Feng Guangdong 18.1
6. Wang Shipeng Guangdong 17.3
7. Li Xiaoxu Liaoning 17.0
8. Liu Xiangtao Liaoning 16.9
9. Zhang Kai Dongguan 16.7
10.Hu Xuefeng Jiangsu 16.6

Rebounding:
1. Mengke Bateer Xinjiang 10.4
2. Li Xiaoxu Liaoning 9.5
3. Zhang Kai Dongguan 9.0
4. Wang Zhizhi Bayi 7.3
5. Song Kangming Dongguan 6.2 208 115 1987
6. Wang Bo Jilin 6.1
7. Zhang Dayu Zhejiang 5.6
8. Chen Zhaosheng Shaanxi 5.3
9. Ding Jinhui Zhejiang 5.3
10.Gu Liye Liaoning 5.2


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 


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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 a 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 to a lot of 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)


New signing for PIZZA EXPRESS PRIMETEL APOLLON - by Michael Aristidou
Pizza Express primetel Apollon signs american player Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.). The new signing for Apollon team replaced Lamont Jones (183-G-72, agency: Passing Lane, college: Bridgeport) who was released by the club. Shaw played his first game against Etha last Saturday having an excellent performance with 27(2). Apollon team maybe looking for another player in forward position. In other news Sotiris Karapostolou (195-G-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: S.New Hampshire) asked to leave from Keravnos Team to return in Greece. The player request is accepted.

Cyrus League-Day 7 - by Michael Aristidou
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios-B.M.C. AEK Larnacas 98-89. Enad won a close game with an excellent fourth quarter. In tha period Enad scored 35 points and overpass AEK who was in the lead during the game. ENAD had Igor Tadic (197-G-82) as first scorer with 26(2). On the other side Pedrag Savic debut as a coach did not bring the desire result.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon-InterCollege Etha Engomis 83-74. Apollon had in great shape the new signing Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) who had in 34 minutes 27p(2) and four assists. Etha team fought bravely but they didnt manage to geto into the game.

Omonia Nicosia-Proteas EKA AEL Limassol 77-88. Eazy win for former champions Proteas Eka Ael in Nicosia. LaVell Blanchard (201-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) had 31 on winners side and Marlon Smith (183-G-85, college: Hunter) along with Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82) had from 22 for Omonia.


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  DENMARK   


Canal Digital League Round 10. - by Thomas Soltau

Bakken VS SISU (68-55): It was a low-scoring game for Bakken Bears at home in Aarhus, as the team hosted SISU. SISU had managed to hold Bakken down in the beginning and take a two point lead at half. 25-27.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball, and also securing the defensive rebounds, thus some dramatic stats. Both teams having around 50 total rebounds, and also 20 turnovers, while shooting terrible from the floor.
From the third quarter Bakken grained important ground and secured the win.
For SISU newcomer Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had 19 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, while the winner was lead by their Danish players Christoffersen, Jensen and Jakobsen.


Aabyhoj VS Horsens (102-82): Horsens is still chasing their first win, and hoping to make a change soon to stand for relegation-play.

Horsens came in fresh and ready to fight their chance, but again the team seemed to fall apart when momentum was not in their favor. Players were hanging their heads and making bad decisions on offence, while not helping each other out on defense.

Aabyhoj played a good game, and simply played stellar and went with what was working. Feeding Gilliam in the post and making extra passes.

33 assists as a team and 31 points from Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) was the key for Aabyhjs no surprise-win.


Svendborg VS Roskilde (101-70): Roskilde almost had a re-run of their famous 'Zero-point quarter' from their first CDL-game this season, as the Rabbits toke a 25-8 lead in the first quarter.

In that previous game Roskilde sparked a big-scoring second quarter, this was also the case in this game. 32 points cut the lead to 46-40 at half-time.

Svendborg stepped up the game in the third and fourth quarter and left Roskilde behind. 101-70 was the end-result.
For the Rabbits both US players had good games, William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Promotex, college: Arkansas) and Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans), but also Danes Niels Degn-Andersen (185-G/F-80), with 5-8 three-pointers, and young Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88), with 10 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, had important roles in this win.


Horsholm VS Horsens (79-77): Despite losing yet another game and the disappointment of that, this could be a positive note for Horsens, even if they had a 14 point lead going into the fourth quarter.

For the first time in a while the team was able to put themselves in a position to actually have a big chance to win the game.

Miljan Petrovic (179-G-82) had impressive 29 points for the home-team.


Naestved VS Amager (86-73): Important win for Naestved to get closer to the top and to secure a good play-off spot.

The 28-19 fourth quarter made the difference for the home-team. Head coach Geoff Kotila saw good performances from four players, with 15 or more points.

For Amager Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) fought hard with 23 points, but it was not enough.

Naestved is now tied with Amager and Horsholm for fourth place, with six wins and four losses.


Randers VS Aabyhoj (97-88): The two highest scoring import big-men faced off in this game, both putting up big numbers.

Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) lead Randers with impressive 23 points and 23 rebounds, while Aabyhjs Chris Gilliam had 27 points and 7 rebounds.

The game itself however, was not as close as the individual matchup. Randers toke a big lead early on, and had it not been for a great fourth quarter by Aabyhj, where the team came back 14 points, the end-result would have told a much truer story of the game.

Chris Nielsen (193-G-85) and Petar Popovic (201-F-79) also had big numbers with 22 and 20 points for Randers.



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Idaho Stampede Acquire Veteran Guard Eddie Gill - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Idaho Stampede signed veteran point guard Eddie Gill (6'0''-G-78, college: Weber St.). Gill, an All-D-League 1st Team selection and All-Star with the Colorado 14ers last season, was in training camp with the New Jersey Nets this year before being released.
Gill, has appeared in 72 career games with Asheville and Colorado, has averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists in two prior seasons. The former Weber State star has been well traveled in his career, spending parts of six seasons with New Jersey, Memphis, Portland, Indiana and Seattle while also playing Greece, Italy and Russia.


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


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.J. Crawford, LAD 29.0
2.J. Davis, COL 26.0
3.M.Williams, AUS 24.6
4.W.Conroy, ABQ 24.0
5.C. Sims, IOW 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.D. Monds, ABQ 13.0
1.J. Dabbert, COL 13.0
3.C. Hunter, 12.6
4.C. Sims, IOW 12.5
5.J. Davidson, IDA 12.0
5.C. Collins, FWN 10.5
5. D. Mitchell, LAD 10.5
Assists Per Game
1.W. Russell, FWN 12.4
2.M. Cleaves, BAK 7.5
3.W. Conroy, ABQ 7.4
4.S. Parker, RGV 7.0
4.T. Brown, ANA 7.0
5.D. Jefferson, UTA 5.5
5.D. Mitchell, LAD 5.5


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Cosmos wins Liga Premier - by Jaime Arevalo
After that Cosmos-2 and Universidad Francisco Gavidia (UFG) had advanced to the finals, eliminating respectively San Marcos-2 and Denver-2, the Liga Premier Finals were dominated by the second team of Cosmos, clear winner over UFG in the decisive game, 83-63. The main performers were Ronald Vargas, Diego Zaffanela, Sebastian Campos and Marlon Marroquin. The best player in UFG was, as usual, Cesar Alvarez, who scored 30 pts. This is the fifth time in a ros that Cosmos-2 triumphs in the second league of El Salvador. The coach of the team is, like in LSB, Ernesto Rodriguez , nicknamed 'el Colocho'.

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Union Olimpija search to new coach down to Okorn and Zdovc - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija have narrowed their search for a coach to two candidates and expect to name a successor Aleksandar Dzikic until end of the week, a team official said today.
Union Olimpija have interviewed its former coach Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarnis Slupsk's coach, who considered the leading contender to replace Dizkic, and their former player and new head coach of Slovenian NT Jurij Zdovc .
Union Olimpija removed Aleksandar Dzikic as head coach Friday and interim coach Gasper Potocnik will direct the Euroleague's game against Tau Ceramica.


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PRO B IS ATTRACTIVE for players of pro A without contract - by Gregory Caru

It's more and more difficult to find contract in Pro A for french players,so they choose to play in Pro B in order to demonstrate their capacities,and maybe to return in high level.Last month 3 players well known in France have signed in Pro B.
*In Boulazac,Thierry Zig,Shooting Guard, has signed a contract in order to replace Eleara injured.This is a good defender,player with team mentality who has played 10 seasons in Pro A(Levallois,Paris,Strasbourg,Dijon)
He has been Champion with Paris in 1997,and he participated in Euroleague wih Malaga(Spa)he has also played in Italy,in Bulgaria.Last year he has played for 3 teams,the last was Montecatini(ITA-LEG 2)for 3,3ppg 1,7rpg.

*In Bourg ismaila Sy has signed a contract to replace Chelle injured.This is a Shooting Guard,but he's able to play Guard.He can pass,rebound,good defender also an excellent 3pt shooter.He has played 7 seasons in Pro A(Nancy,Gravelines,Hyeres-Toulon),he partcipated in ULEB Cup,FIBA Eurocup and he has played in Italy and Germany.Last year he was in Hyeres- Toulon(Pro A) for 7 games and 3,9ppg 2,3 rpg

*In Le Portel,Laurent Cazalon,Forward has signed for the rest of the season.This is a good defender,who can shoot and drive.He has played 4 seasons in Pro A.He has been Champion with Roanne in 2007;Last year he was in Roanne(Pro A) for 5,6ppg 2,2rpg with a participation in Euroleague!Pro B is becoming very impressive!

Thierry Zig (192-G-75)Ismaila Sy (192-G-79, agency: Interperformances)Laurent Cazalon (195-G-79)


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Michael Hakim Jordan(Brose Baskets Bamberg) Interview part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There is Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) who won six NBA titles with The Chicago Bulls and then also Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania), who has had the burden of going through life with a very famous name. He has coped well and had a fine European Basketball career having played in Germany, winning the BBL title in 2006 with Rhine Energy Cologne and playing in Italy, Belgium and Israel. Now he is back in Germany with the Brose Baskets Bamberg and wants a new championship in Freak City.



Hi MJ, welcome back to the BBL! How happy are you to be back in Germany?

-I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE PLAYING IN GERMANY... THIS IS THE COUNTRY WHERE MY CAREER REALLY STARTED SO IT FEELS GREAT TO BE BACK.. I'M REALLY COMFORTABLE WITH COUNTRY AND THE LEAGUE...

Let me start by saying congrats to your team Phillies winning the Baseball World Series again after not tasting victory for 28 years. After my Red Sox won in 2004 and 2007, I feel a bit oversatisfyed, but we are both happy. Were you actually at home when they won and how thrilled were you that they finally won?

-LUCKILY I WAS AT HOME DURING THE PHILS MAGICAL RUN. IT WAS PROBALY THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME. THEY RELEASED ME AND I GOT TO GO HOME AND BE WITH MY WIFE, FAMILY FRIENDS AND SEE THE PHILS!!!!! AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF I GOT A JOB PLAYING BACK IN GERMANY. THE PHILS WINNING WAS GREAT FOR THE CITY. WE NEEDED A CHAMPION. PHILADELPHIA HAS BEEN THIRSTY FOR A WINNER FOR A LOOOOOOONG TIME!!!! THE PARADE WAS AWESOME AND SO WERE THE POST GAME CELEBRATIONS, MINUS THE FEW THAT DESTROYED SOME PARTS OF THE CITY.

Your last team was Eldan Askelon in Isarel, but you left early in the season. What were the main reasons for going?

THEY WEREN'T HAPPY WITH THE WAY I WAS PLAYING I GUESS. AS IT WAS SAID TO ME, THEY WANTED MORE SCORING FROM MY POSITION. SO I GUESS THAT IS THE REASON. IT'S STILL STRANGE TO ME, BUT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. I THANK THEM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY BUT I THINK I'M IN A BETTER PLACE RIGHT NOW, PLAYING FOR A TEAM THAT DOESN'T MIND A PG THAT PASSES THE BALL

Now your back in the BBL playing for the Brose Baskets Bamberg. You also had interest from the Cologne 99ers, but why did you choose to go to Bayern to Bamberg?

WELL WHEN I GOT RELEASED, A FEW TEAMS WERE INTERESTED. BUT THE COACHES OF THOSE TEAMS HAD THE FINAL SAY AND I GUESS THEY DIDN'T THINK I WAS GOOD ENOUGH OR WANTED TO GO IN ANOTHER DIRECTION SO WHEN THEY COME UP ON THE SCHEDULE ITS GONNA BE A GOOD TIME. I CAME TO BAMBERG BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW COACH FLEMMING AND COACH ARNE WOLTMANN VERY WELL. I KNEW A FEW OF THE PLAYERS FROM BEFORE. THEY PLAY IN THE EUROCUP, THEY HAVE GREAT TRADITION AND FANS. I MEAN IT SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT SITUATION. NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS WIN SOME GAMES.

Bamberg has received a complete facelift from the times that you played them. The only people left from the champion 2007 team are German National player Robert Garret and assistant coach Volker Stix. How different is the whole atmosphere now that the man in black Dirk Bauerman and fan favourite Steffen Hamann are gone?

WE DEFINTLY HAVE A DIFFERENT TEAM THAN THE PAST. HAMANN AND DIRK ARE GONE, BUT THE FANS ARE STILL HERE AND THEY SUPPORT US JUST AS THEY DID THEM I ASSUME. THE ATMOSPHERE HERE IS CRAZY. I LOVE IT AND THE FANS ARE GREAT. AND WE WANT TO WIN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THAT FREAK CITY IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE HATE TO COME PLAY.

How well have you been received by the Brose Bamberg organization? I am sure manager Wolfgang Heyder was all smiles at the press conference after making this great deal.

EVERYONE HERE HAS BEEN GREAT. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE FAMILY AND IT FEELS GREAT.

You have a two month contract plus option. But seriously isnt it quite realistic that you will stay to the end and possibly win your second title in Germany?

HEY I'M NOT THE GUY WHO SIGNS THE CHECKS AND MAKES THE DECISIONS. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO FINISH THE SEASON OUT HERE. BUT STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. I'M HOPEING TO STAY AND HELP THE TEAM AS MUCH AS I CAN. AND WE ARE GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY. I THINK WE WILL MAKE OUR RUN AT THE RIGHT TIME AND SNEAK UP ON SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE DOUBTED US.

After playing in the middle of nowhere in Quackenbruck to going to a big city to Cologne, you are now playing somewhere in between in Bamberg when comparing size. How do you like the city Bamberg?

BAMBERG IS AN OKAY CITY.I LIKE IT. THEY HAVE A US ARMY BASE SO IF YOU CAN GET ON THERE AND GET THAT AMERICAN FOOD AND CANDY, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT CITY YOUR IN.
What will your role exactly be in Bamberg. Just coming in for Filiberto Riviera or actually going with this two man point guard position? You can dish out the assists and be dangerous as a scorer too!
WELL ITS TO PLAY AS WELL AS I CAN AND TO DO WHATEVER CHRIS ASKS OR NEEDS ME TO DO. I LIKE PLAYING WITH FILI BECAUSE IT GIVES US ANOTHER PG ON THE FLOOR AND TWO BRAINS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Bamberg started out slow losing three of their first four games, but now have caught fire going on a three game winning streak. It seems like the missing piece to the puzzle came with your signing. After a week in Bamberg, how well is the team chemistry?

OUR TEAM CHEMISTRY IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.THE GUYS HERE ALL GENUINELY LIKE AND CARE ABOUT ONE ANOTHER. I WOULDN'T SAY I'M THE MISSING PIECE, BUT I'M GLAD THAT I AM HELPING OUT.

For years Brose Bamberg played a very defensive orientated game under Dirk Bauermann. What kind of style is team playing under Chris Flemming?

WE ARE TRYING TO BE A BETTER DEFENSIVE TEAM, BUT WE WANT TO BE KNOWN AS A TOUGH TEAM THAT EXECUTES ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR.

Bamberg has two German National team veterans with Demond Greene and Robert Garret. As an American what can you say about these two fine players that have American blood in them!

OH THOSE DUDES ARE MY GUYS. I LOVE NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT BIG SHOT ROB HITTING A BIG SHOT AGAINST ME, BUT YEAH MAN, I REALLY ENJOY PLAYING WITH THE BOTH OF THEM.THEY ARE BOTH GREAT PLAYERS AND HELP OUR TEAM OUT A LOT. DEMOND IS OUT THERE LOCKING GUYS UP AND SETTING THE TONE DEFENSIVELY,AND THEY ARE BOTH CLUTCH/BIG TIME PLAYERS.

Were their any guys on the team that you already knew somewhat better before you came to Bamberg? Have you already in such a short time already created a special bond to some player?

I KNEW ROBERT AND DEMOND BEFORE I GOT HERE AND ALSO FILIBERTO. WE ALL GET ALONG SO WELL THAT I WOULD SAY THE BOND IS A TEAM BOND AND THATS ALL YOU CAN ASK FOR IN ANY SITUATION.

You had to depart the Artland Dragons in 2005 and the real reason was never really stated officially. Did anything change with your relationship to coach Chris Flemming? How are you and him getting along now in Bamberg?

CHRIS AND I ARE GETTING ALONG FINE AND DANDY. THERE ARE NO ISSUES BETWEEN US. A DECISION HAD TO BE MADE IN 2005' AND AS I STATED BEFORE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. I ENDED UP IN KOLN AND WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. ITS GOOD TO BE BACK WITH CHRIS AND ARNE.I STARTED MY CARREER IN GERMANY WITH THEM AND IT WOULD BE GREAT TO END IT WITH THEM, BUT AS CHAMPIONS....!!!!!!!

You can mark December six in your memory that is when you will play at Artland. How excited are to seeing Darius Hall again. That guy is a true warrior and always a pleasure to see fighting under the boards. Did you guys have a special bond in Quackenbruck?


D-HALL IS MY MAN. A GREAT TEAMMATE AND FRIEND. WE DEFINITLY HAD A SPECIAL BOND IN QUACKENBRCK. I KNOW HE WANTED ME TO COME BACK EVEN IF HE MIGHT NOT SAY IT, BUT HE MISSES ME. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING BACK THERE, ITS LIKE A HOMECOMING FOR A BUNCH OF US OUT HERE AND I'M SURE THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE GAME WILL BE AWESOME.


In your Debut at Dusseldorf, you played 25 minutes and had three points, four rebounds, and nine assists. How happy were you with your debut and what else can we expect from you in the next games?

I'M JUST HAPPY THAT WE WON. I THINK I CAN ALWAYS PLAY BETTER.

Are you more a scorer or first look passer now at this stage of your career?

I THINK BECAUSE I THINK PASS 1ST, IT KIND OF MESSES WITH MY SCORING GAME IF THAT MAKES ANY SENSE. BUT I CAN DO BOTH. IT JUSTS TAKES SOME TIME FOR ME TO GET BUCKETS. IN THE BEGINNING I NEVER SCORE MUCH WHEN I AM ON A NEW TEAM, BUT I AM SURE THERE WILL BE GAMES WHERE I'LL BE ROLLING. WE HAVE SO MANY WEAPONS OUT HERE, THAT IT WILL BE A DIFFERENT GUY EVERY NIGHT. I'M A PG, SO ITS MY JOB TO SET THE TABLE, FEED EVERYONE, AND WHEN THEY ARE FULL, THEN I CAN EAT.

Your buddy Titus Ivory is back in Germany playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How happy are you to see him again?

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE TITUS AGAIN. I HAVENT SEEN HIM SINCE BELGIUM. HE'S A GOOD GUY AND FRIEND AND A GREAT PICK UP FOR FRANKFURT I THINK

What is your nicest memory with Titus Ivory at Cologne in the champion 2005-2006 season?

THAT WAS MY FAVORITE TEAM OF ALL TIME.. I MISS PLAYING WITH THOSE GUYS AND WINNING THE TITLE AND CELEBRATING!!!!!

You and him signed within five days back into the BBL. Was that just a coincidence or just Basketball luck?lol

JUST A COINCIDENCE I THINK. WE WERE BOTH IN NEED OF A GIG. FUNNY THAT WE ENDED UP IN THE SAME LEAGUE AND BOTH ON 2 MONTH DEALS. HAHAHAHAHA

I guess your lasting memory of THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS is game 5 of the playoff quarterfinals 2005 which you lost. How well do you remember that game? What was missing on that day for your team?

MAN, THAT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE WE SHOULD HAVE SWEPT THEM AND I STILL BELIEVE WE HAD THEM. WE JUST WEREN;T DISCIPLINED ENOUGH TO FINISH THEM OFF WHEN WE HAD OUR CHANCES.

Pascal Roller is the best German point guard and one of best BBL point guards. How can a Michael Jordan stop him?

BASKETBALL IS A TEAM GAME, SO IT TAKES 5 GUYS TO SHUT SOMEONE DOWN NOT 1. THE KEY IS TO NOT LET HIM GET GOING AND MAKE HIM TAKE TOUGH SHOTS AS IT IS FOR EVERYONE I GUARD



"It's the same game, the same passion" - Interview with Coach Wehrmeyer - by Kristian Santiago
'Eine frohe Weihnachtszeit!' from cold Germany to all the Eurobasket readers out there!

Here is an interview that I did a couple of days ago with German coach/scout/columnist Sven Wehrmeyer .

This guy is a well-known expert on college recruiting and international youth camps, so I used the opportunity to ask him some questions.
Check out what he got to say:

Sven, you were coaching successfully in Germany for Alba Berlin's former farm-team Lichterfelde (now ALBA 2) in the past years and then moved across the ocean to live in Los Angeles. What were the reasons for your decision to move far west?

Wehrmeyer: There is only one reason: love. My wife is American.

How different is it to coach in the U.S. on a youth-level based on your experience you had in Europe before? How hard was it for you to adjust?

Wehrmeyer: It's only about networking, contacts and reputation. It's very difficult for foreign coaches to get a foot in the door at the D1-level or Pro level. During my camps and the AAU-practices I couldn't recognize any differences. I didn't need any adjustments. It's the same game, with the same passion for the game.

You often attend college basketball games as well as the European championships in the junior categories. How easy or hard is it for a young European player to adapt to the American way, not only the game itself but the lifestyle?

Wehrmeyer: I guess it's easier for young players to adjust to the US than for older coaches, because they get used to the European way of life. Young people are more open-minded and flexible. Most of them have dreamed their whole life about the American way of life. On the court the kids will find a more athletic and physical game, which means they need one season to develop.

On your website camp4kids.net, you listed references from well-known coaches like Dirk Bauermann or Oldham Calvin . What does it take to coach on such a high level? Could it be, that we are able to see European coaches succeed in the NBA in the next few years?

Wehrmeyer: As a coach on this level you need a lot of experience. But more important is a coherent, clear and simple philosophy you can sell to the players with consequence and no contradictions. Anything is possible. There are a lot of talented coaches in Europe and an open minded NBA GM could not overlook the possibilities. Basketball is a world sport. But I doubt these great European coaches would work as an Assistant. And I doubt that they will get an offer for the head coaching position in the next years

You ran a camp for young talent altogether with NBA-Megastar Kobe Bryant (198-G-78). Is he really such a distanced person or can you squash those rumors?

Wehrmeyer: Kobe is a great guy; I was really impressed how he talked to the kids. You could really see how he loves kids and loves to work with them.

Besides writing a column for German basketball mag 'Five' and coaching at camps, you are also scouting players all around the globe for colleges in the U.S. How difficult is it to help players getting a basketball-scholarship nowadays with all the strict regulations of the NCAA forcing so many
players to quit their dreams of playing college hoops?

Wehrmeyer: It's a shame how the NCAA punishes kids and their dreams, even though they didn't get any money. The one year suspensions also make no sense in a country well known for its so-called open-minded culture. It is especially tough for the German kids. When they need to sit out for one year for whatever reason, many coaches are afraid to recruit them. Some of them don't want to give a scholarship to kids who can't play in their first season. Fortunately there is always a chance for these kids, but they need to prepare their applications on time. Kids from other countries have an easier chance. These NCAA rules are absolutely anachronistic in a free and global world.

Your newest brainchild is the Camp 4 Kids in L.A. slated for April next year. Tell us a bit more about it and which kind of players are you
targeting with that camp.

Wehrmeyer: My camp goals and philosophy are very unique. Besides my special basketball drills, the campers benefits are worthwhile. There will be many exciting activities, such as watching NBA or College games, visiting Disneyland, visiting a College, meeting a surprise NBA star, and much more. The basketball facility is a cool new building in Los Angeles. We want to bring the world together with great partners. We will invite kids from every country. We want kids who love basketball and sports, and want to explore life and other people from all over the world. Our goal is to offer camps in other countries as well. Please go to www.camps4kids.net to get more information or contact me at info@camps4kids.net

Thanks for taking the time to do the interview!


Johnson replaces Denson in Waltrop - by Kristian Santiago

American guard/forward Bernard Johnson (196-F-77, agency: Prime Select Sports) replaced Junior Denson (180-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) in GV Waltrop until Christmas.

The native of Savannah,Georgia scored 12 points in a close 87-101 loss to NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos.
GV Waltrop's coach Markus Dueringer like Johnsons performance, while the team is going to play again this Wednesday before resting until the new year.

In other news: Bayi Handy (183-G-81, college: Maine-Mahias) returns to Germany after starting the season in Iceland. In his first game for TVG Baskets Trier, Handy scored 21 points in a close 69-75 loss to Saarbruecken.



ProA Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bayreuth - teckproBraves 73-65
Bayreuth improved to 10-1 on top of Pro A after Regular Season Round 11. The team overcame teckproBraves 73:65 as Harris Jaivon led the winners with 16 points. Paeley Pele produced 14 points in the losing effort.

Kirchheim - Chemnitz 106-84
Kirchheim outscored Chemnitz 106:84 behind 38 points and 19 rebounds from Baumann Adam. Crawford Clifford supported him with 25, whilst Baker Torvoris and Harbut Terren had 15 each in defeat.

Heidelberg - Jena 112-104 OT
Heidelberg needed an extra time to beat Jena 112:104. Komarek Oliver exploded with 34 points and McNeil Japhet had 28 points an 11 assists. Seggelke Alexander brought 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

ETB Wohnbau - MBC 71-80
MBC improved to 9-2 in the standings after a road 71:80 win over ETB Wohnbau. Bernard Wayne top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gilbert Johnnie added 13. Pittman Richmond collected 17 points and 11 caroms in defeat.

Karlsruhe - Lich 92-72
Elliott Al led Karlsruhe over Lich in a 92:72 victory with 22 points, 9 boards and 8 assists. Lischka Johannes ended up with 28 points in the losing effort.

Cuxhaven - Hagen 85-103
Hagen shares the second position at 9-2 after 103:85 over Cuxhaven. Griffin Chase and Freeman Zach combined 43 points for the winners. Bennett Frank Kelsi finished the game with 26 points for the hosts.

Langen - Schalke 87-79
Langen overcame Schalke 87:79 as Chappell Brandon top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Berger Maik produced 18 points in the losing effort.

B.Muenchen - Bremen 81-70
Muenchen edged Bremen 81:70 as Brooks Cedric paced all the winners with 19 points. Howard Jamar collected 18 points and 14 boards, whilst Parker Kelvin scored 15. Thompson Christopher resisted with 24 points in defeat.



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Randy Wiel: " I Enjoy The Teaching Part Of The Game " (Part One) - by Fred Roggen

Through a busy game schedule (League and Eurochallenge games), playing tuesday's, thursday's and saturday's or sunday's, there was a little delay to complete the interview with Head-coach Randy Wiel of the Eiffeltowers. So we have decided to publish the first part of the Interview with coach Randy Wiel about his team and his thoughts about coaching.

What is this year's philosophy going to be?
Well this years goal/phylosophy will be the same as the previous years. We want to win the regular season, win the Dutch Cup, Try and go as far as we can in the Eurochallenge (perhaps win it), and of course our long range goal is to win the Duch Championship again.

What is the best part of coaching?
The best part of coaching to me is having the opportunity to work and teach top athletes the game of basketball, watching the team improve over the course of the season, and in my case having a chance to compete and win the National championship.

What is the hardest part of coaching?
The hardest part of coaching to me is having to start from scratch every season with a totally new team. Having to deal with unrealistic expectations sometimes., and the win now and what have you done for me lately mentality.

How does this year's team compare to last year's?
We have a totally new team this year, as compared to last year. We are stronger inside as compared to last year (with the addition of Jerome Beasley , Anthony Richardson, and Devonne Giles).
Last year we were more perimeter oriented. This year we are playing more from the inside out, which is the formula for most winning basketball teams

What are your thoughts about your team, the EiffelTowers, and their chances this year?
Well I, think that as in the previous years Eiffeltowers is one of 5 teams that has a legitimate chance of winning the Dutch Championship. We are still a little inconsistent especially in our league.
Team chemistry is something that we still need to improve, but is a byproduct of having so many new players. 6 of our top eight players are new, and 3 of them are starters. (Beasley, Giles, Richardson,Jackson,Downey, and Steenvoorde all are new and have to play prominent roles. The automatism is not there yet, but it is something that is coming. I would love to keep a group together 2 years in a row. As it is now we have played some great games (we are still unbeaten in the Eurochallenge) and we have played some games that were marred with inconsistent play. We are trying to find out which side of the bread to butter

What is going to be the key for success this year?
We have to Play together, trust in each other, and put together 40 minutes of honest effort, Especially defensively. Consistency on defense combined with a good offense and sharing the basketball.

What do you, as a coach, bring to your sport?
I feel that that I bring coaching experience, having coached at every level (high school(Chapel Hill High school), Small College (U.N.C. Asheville) , Mid Major (Middle Tennessee Univ), Major University (University of North Carolina). The Dutch National Team (1990 to 1992 pre Olympic Qualifications) and Eiffeltowers, in addition to working with countless N.B.A players. I enjoy the teaching part of the game and prefer an uptempo style of basketball. I also believe that communication with players and discipline are 2 of my strenghts.


Till sofar part one of the Interview with Coach Randy Wiel.




Randy Wiel: " I Enjoy The Teaching Part Of The Game " (Part Two) - by Fred Roggen

Part two of the interview with Head-coach Randy Wiel :

Talk about how you're doing the first twelve league-games this season with losing the last two games, how you feel about the performances.
Well going into the season we know we are not going to win every game. As a coach Losses tend to stick longer. Probably because i watch the game film over and over, the media bringing it up constantly because as a top team you have to win every single game which is unrealistic.

As I mentioned before we have been inconsistent, but I kind of expected it with so many new faces. However I still feel we have to fight through this, play hard, and win the games we are supposed to win. There will be enough contests that we will have to fight for our lives. The goal is to be playing your best basketball at the end of the season, but with the Eurochallenge we have to ready to play right now.

What are you going to have to do to prevent the team from getting down?
Players don't get down unless you hit a big losing streak like 3 or 4 in a row. Practices make players forget games quickly, and the next game is right around the corner. Players have a short memory. They just want to play. So far we have not lost 2 in a row. Unlike players as a coach I tend to brood over a loss way more than I enjoy the wins. I guess alot of coaches are that way.

You made the groupstage of the EuroChallenge Regular Season, what do you expect of this International season?
We made the group stage of the Eurochallenge, which was one of our goals. At this writing we have won 6 games without a loss in the Eurochallenge. it is much tougher this year because all the teams that got eliminated in the Uleb preliminary's automatically are in the Eurochallenge. So there are alot of champions and tough competition ahead. we try to take them one at the time and see how far we can get. Hopefully we can make it to the final 4 and then who knows, but of course that's everybody's goal, but what we have is a chance to do something special, and we have to make the most of this opportunity.

Is it surprising to you that you have to actually tell players to work? To do their job?
Well a coaches dream is to have 12 players that are selfmotivated and work as hard as they can every minute of every practice and every game. However that is not the case. Some players are natural hard workers, others you need to push. Every player is different, and as a coach you need to find out from each player which buttons to push to get the maximum effort out of that particular player. This year I have a good group although some days i need crack the whip and push harder than others. The season is long, with the regular season,
Eurochallenge, the Dutch Cup, Playoffs etc , practices and travel. Our team will have played in excess of something of 80 games counting preseason and all. So when I schedule a sunday morning practice at 9 olock in the morning after a saturdaynight game because we have to travel to our next Eurodestination on monday,.
I cannot expect the players to be jumping for joy, But its their job and they are proffessionals, But as a coach its always good to remember that their body is their work tool and not to just , work them and work them and work them, because at the end of the season when the playoffs arrive, they may not have nothing left, because they will break down,

It's an interesting balance, between motivating players, teaching some guys the fundamentals, vs. normal,
standard X's and O's.
As I mentioned before I like the uptempo style of basketball, combined with a sound half court offense. Defensively I prefer pressure man to man rather then alot of zone defense. I think the last 4 years we have been the highest scoring team in our league, which has alot to do with the fast pace which makes the game a high possession game for both teams rather than a walk it up half court grind it out low possesion game. I also think that playing uptempo is very entertaining for the fans.

Thanks Randy for taking the time to do the interview.



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Kormend won in Kecskemet - by Tamas Deri
The home team missed Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois), american forward will have a knee surgery and not able to play this season for UNIVER anymore.
George Banks (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Zbigniew Bialek (20 points, 10 rebounds) were unstopable again and with the help of the hungarian guards Fodor brothers, Ferencz lead the team of Kormend to a win again.

UNIVER-KECSKEMET - POLAROID LAMI-VED KORMEND 81-90
(21-27, 15-25, 20-14, 25-24)
Kecskemet, Att.: 1200, Referees: Bodnar P., Farkas G., Marton L.
KECSKEMET: Haynes 10/3, Toth P. 15, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 20/6, Klaiber 4, Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) 20/9, Szabo Zs. 8/6, Simpson 4, Tornoczky Coach: Zsoldos Andras
KORMEND: Archie 8/6, Auriantal 10/3, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 13/6, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 17, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: AB Agency) 20/12, Fodor M. 9/3, Trummer 3/3, Ferencz 6/6, Toth G. 4, Coach: Hencsey Tamas


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


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Haddadi will have long NBA career: Dakota Wizards GM - by Houman Bagheri
TEHRAN -- Dakota Wizards General Manager Tom Wagganer predicted that Iranian international Hamed Haddadi will prove himself in the NBDL (National Basketball Development League) and have a long career in the NBA.

Its a great opportunity for us to continue our relationship with the (Memphis) Grizzlies and provide Hamed with an opportunity to gain very important experience in Dakota. Plus he seems to be a nice kid who can help us gain another D-League championship.

Asked whether Haddadi deserves to play in the NBA, Wagganer said, Undoubtedly Hamed deserves to earn a spot in the prestigious league. The talent level in the NBA is so high and nothing is guaranteed. As with anyone, if an NBA team feels that a player has the skills or the potential to play at the NBA level, he deserves a chance to earn a spot on a roster and then deserves a chance to fight with his teammates to earn playing time.

It is too soon to judge Haddadis qualities, he added.

Hes only been with us for a week, so its tough to judge. From the practices that Ive seen, he has a good feel for the game and obviously has a great size. His biggest adjustment will come from getting used to the speed of the NBA game...which is why the D-League is a terrific opportunity for players like Hamed. I think Hamed is starting to get a better grasp of the pace of the game and if he continues to improve his conditioning, he can definitely make a big impact on our league, which will give him the foundation for a long career in the NBA, concluded Wagganer.

Courtesy Tehran Times


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Premier L. Round: 7 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ashkelon - Bnei Hasharon 91-74
Ashkelon beat Bnei Hasharon 91:74 in the opener of Regular Season Round 7 in Israel. Turner Rahshon paced all the winners with 25 points and Burtt Steve added 13. Belcher Segado produced 28 points for the guests.

Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Holon 75-77
Hapoel Holon survived in the game against Ironi Nahariya winning it 77:75. Flores Luis led the winners with 20 points and Washington Deron posted 19. McGhee Aaron ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Jerusalem - Galil Gilboa 90-87
Jerusalem improved to 6-1 record after the win over Galil Gilboa 90:87. Rot Moran top-scored for the favorites with 18 points, whilst Sneed Omar had 17 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Randle Brain notched 20 points for the visitors.

Macc.Haifa - Kiryat Ata 86-76
Maccabi Haifa jumped to 5-2 in the standings after the win over Kiryat Ata 86:76. Perkins Doron provided 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Milligan Dante had the same number of points in defeat and added 13 rebounds.

Givat Shmuel - Ramat Gan 73-81
Gomes Josh led Ramat Gan over Givat Shmuel in a 83:71 victory with 19 points. Brener Shmuel posted 14 and Myles Anthony scored 12. Carr Corry finished the night with 20 points in the losing effort.



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Serie A - Week 9 review - by Stefano Pini
Lottomatica lost his 5th game in a row in Serie A.
Roma is playing a good Euroleague (5-1, leading group C) but is more than a month that doesn't win a game in domestic league.
Reasons? In yesterday game at Ferrara Repesa used 11 players for more than 11'. It seems a team that is still looking for an identity.
They aren't shooting well from outside (23/100 in last 5 games).
Lottomatica is a great team when can run, playing quick transistions with their talented players.
But they aren't defending with continuity to express that kind of game.

Who is expressing something of great in Serie A in this season is the rookie Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) The sharpshooter from Utah State is 23/43 from three points, grabbing 5,4 rebounds.
Carroll was noticed in Italy in last Orlando Summer League, in which was included in 2nd team.

49 on 67 points scored by Gmac Bologna were signed by newcomers. 18 for Darryl Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland), 19 for Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) 12 for Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances).
Is not a good sign.

Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and K. Lavrinovic are still leader in points/minutes ranking.
But they can have a tough rival: Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB).
Yesterday for the pointguard 11 points in 15'.

Armani Jeans won 4 of last 5 games. They won also 2 games in a row in Euroleague (one against Cska). But nobody consider Milano a hot-team, rather a team that has to solve several problems...

Mvp of week 9: Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket). 27 points, 12/17 from the court, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals and 2 assists.
In this land of three points shooters, is healthy celebrate a real big man...


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Louisville bounces back in style - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (12-08-2008): After an upset loss to Western Kentucky last week, Louisville University bounced back over the weekend with two solid victories in the Marques Maybin Classic. On Saturday night the 11th-ranked Cardinals demolished Indiana State University 83-43 then returned last night to dominate Ohio University 91-56. Freshman forward, Samardo Samuels, finished with 11 points on Saturday on 5-of-8 shooting, then returned last night to score a team-high 19 points. The 6 8 Samuels again connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field and sank 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Louisville (4-1) plays Lamar University tonight in the title game.

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BJ League Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings - Albirex 73-74
Golden Kings sensationally lost to Albirex 73:74 in Regular Season Round 17. Akingbade Dokun led the winners with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Ayer Chris ended up with 22 points in defeat and Newton Jeff collected 12 points and 11 boards.

Phoenix - Rizing 76-74
Phoenix improved to 7-9 in the standings after the win over Rizing 76:74. Gardener Michael top-scored for the winners with 34 points and 7 assists. Marlin Bryant brought 29 points and 9 rebounds for the guests.

Heat Devils - Apache 82-101
Apache is on top of Eastern Conference after another win over Heat Devils 101:82. Humphrey John paced all the winners with 31 points and Davis Nick collected 20 points and 12 boards. Wilkinson James had 24 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Broncos - Evessa 68-96
Broncos lost to Evessa 68:96 as Washington Lynn notched 25 points and made 10 rebounds for the winners. Warren Reginald produced 21 points and 9 caroms in the losing effort.

Five Arrows - Grouses 117-78
Five Arrows smashed Grouses 117:78 and improved to 10-4 in the Western Conference. James Gordon top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Webb Rodney chipped in 25 points for the guests.



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Zain completes their roster - by Mohammed Malas
The american power forward Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh) who arrived to Amman yesterday is the last addition to Zain's roster before their departure to their camp in Beirut, Lebanon tomorrow, 5 games will be played in their stay there with different levels in order to have the system and shape needed for Dubai International Tournament (20-27 December) and the next competitions.

Lett was part of Fastlink (Zain's ex-name) in Arab Clubs Championship, Asian Clubs Championship and Singapore Cup in 2005, He played 12 games this season with Canasta Jerez Unibasket (Spanish LEB-Silver) and averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg, The last game with the team on 5th of December against Vigo who won by 7.

Adding to Spain, Ontario's past career includes South Korea, Australia and Turkey.

- Lebanon's camp games schedule (Amman & Beirut Time, +3 GMT):
Tuesday 9/12: Vs. Anibal Zahle at 5 PM
Wednesday 10/12: Vs. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut at 6 PM
Thursday 11/12: Vs. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut at 6 PM
Friday 12/12: Vs. FLB Imports at 6 PM
Saturday 13/12: Vs. UAE National Team at 6 PM

- Zain's roster for Lebanon's camp:
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.)
Francis Ireifej (186-G-82, college: Point Loma)
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.)
Mohammad Bushnaq (200-F-81)
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85)
Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire)
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84)
Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-F-83)
Ontario Lett (198-F-79, college: Pittsburgh)
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon)
Moussa Basheer (208-C-78)
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro)
LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans)

Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma
Associate Head Coach: Robert Taylor
Assistant: Mario Gomes
Assistant: Ruslan Soobzokov


Malloy signs with Zain for Dubai - by Mohammed Malas
LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Orleans) will be the 2nd import of Zain after Mike Christensen (203-G/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: New Hampshire) , The player arrived las friday to join the team for Dubai International Tournament which will begin on the 20th of December in dubai, UAE.

Malloy was chosen as 2nd best rebounder with 12.3 rpg in Lebanon when he was playing with Antranik last season adding to 17.6 ppg, He has a previous experience in Uruguay, Mexico and Bahrain.


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LBL Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Keizarmezs - Liepaja 71-89
Liepaja jumped on top with a 8-3 record after 89:71 over Keizarmezs. Vaikulis Raimonds led the winners with 19 points. Blaus Lauris produced the same number of points in defeat.

Zemgale - VEF Riga 89-79
Zemgale overcame VEF Riga 89:79 as Bergmanis Ilmars paced all the winners with 20 points. Kolesnikov Evgeniy finished the night with 17 points for the visiting side.



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Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Merengueros 0-0 
 3. Minas 0-0 
 4. Pioneros 0-0 
Group B
 1. Bigua 0-0 
 2. Regatas C. 0-0 
 3. Penarol 0-0 
 4. U.Concepc. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dep.Castro 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. Libertad 0-0 
 4. Universo/BRB 0-0 
Group D
 1. Liceo 0-0 
 2. Quimsa 0-0 
 3. Halc. Xalpa 0-0 
 4. Soles 0-0 


FIBA - Americas 2008/09 FIBA Americas League Game schedule. - by Richard
(5 /12/ 2008 - San Juan -Puerto Rico) The International Basketball Federation of Americas (FIBA Americas), with offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced the schedule for the II FIBA Americas League 2008/2009.

Because of the national and international calendars, the 2008/2009 FIBA Americas League will have a new competition system.

The second edition will have 16 teams, the same as the first edition and the first group starts on December 9 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The competition ends on the first week of February, 2009.

There will be two group stages in the South and two in the North being the first two on December, 2008 and two in January, 2009.

The winners from each group will qualify for the Final Four stage to be played from February 6-8, 2009.

Like the first edition, all the games will be televised on FOX Sports in America and live stats and news will be available on www.fibaamericas.com.

The countries confirmed for the 2008/2009 FIBA Americas League are: South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay; For Central America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica, Mxico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The FIBA Americas League is the most important club competition in America. In their first edition the winners was Pearol Mar del Plata of Argentina.

Courtesy of FIBAAmericas


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Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Sparta 8-2 
 2. Amicale 7-3 
 3. Musel Pikes 6-4 
 4. Black Star 6-4 
 5. Etzella 6-4 
 6. T71 6-4 
 7. Contern 6-4 
 8. Racing 2-8 
 9. Residence 2-8 
 10. Heffingen 1-9 


Contern defeats Amicale by 19!! Sparta now in sole possesion of first place in DBBL!! - by Alex Meyers
Friday, December 5, 2008

Contern 90 - Amicale 71

Contern, Luxembourg
Contern pleased its fans throughout the match last friday night in Contern. They jumped out to a commanding 12-2 run from which Amicale had difficulties to recover as Amicale never led in the game. Losing their 3rd game of the season, Amicale drops to 7-3 and 2nd in the DBBL standings. Brandon Gary topped all scorers with a huge 34 point effort. Gary added 9 rebs, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots for Contern(6-4), who remain in 3rd place in the league. Ken Diederich scored 20 points followed by Gilles Becker with 17. Becker was one rebound shy of a double-double with 9 defensive boards according to the stats. Four Amicale players reached double figures offensively: Travis DePree had a double double with 18 points and 11 rebs, Olivier Haan scored 16, Schris Scholtes 14 and Christian Schartz 11. Schartz contributed 7 assists. Amicale will face a struggling Black Star at home on December 13 and Contern will go to Dudelange to face an ever improving T71.

Contern: 33 field goals, 8 three pointers, 16 for 20 free throws, 33 rebounds 17 fouls and 15 turnovers
Technical Foul 14' Ken Diederich; Unsportsmanlike foul 38' Gilles Becker
Becker 17, Fasbender, Jeitz 8, Diederich 20, Gary 34, also Torres 3, Braun 3 and Bissener 4.
Amicale: 23 field goals, 11 three pointers, 14 for 18 free throws, 18 rebounds 20 fouls and 19 turnovers
DePree 18, Schartz 11, Ney 3, Jones 5, Scholtes 14, also Haan 16, Birenbaum and Kartheiser 4

Score by quarters: 1st Q 26-17, Halftime 48-37, 3rd Q 71-60, Final 90-71
300 Spectators


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


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 7-1 
 2. Un.Mediteran 7-1 
 3. Niksic II 6-2 
 4. Mornar II 5-3 
 5. Gorstak 5-3 
 6. Ljubovic 5-3 
 7. S.Centar 2-5 
 8. Centar BP 1-6 
 9. Kotor 1-7 
 10. Zeta 0-8 


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Gold Rush gets defensive in home victory vs. Paul Quinn - by Richard
NEW ORLEANS -- Shaun Dumas (5'11''-G-85), Kelechi Okoroha (6'4''-G-86) and Olumide Olafioye (6'4''-G) each scored 11 points Saturday to lead Xavier (LA) University of Louisiana to a 58-40 men's basketball victory over Paul Quinn at The Barn.
Dumas, who scored all his points in the first half, added seven assists and three steals to help the Gold Rush (7-2) end a two-game losing streak. Okoroha had seven rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.
Xavier (LA) outshot Paul Quinn 42 to 25 percent from the floor and allowed its fewest points in a game since a 116-27 home victory over Wesley (Miss.) on Nov. 15, 2004.
Joseph Cormadelle led Paul Quinn (2-7) with eight points. The loss was the Tigers' fifth in a row and their second in as many days.
The Gold Rush scored the first four points and did not lose the lead thereafter. Xavier (LA) led 31-21 at halftime and had its biggest margin, 54-33, when Cordell Hadnot scored a basket with 6:11 remaining.
Paul Quinn started two 7-foot juniors, Ronald Ogoke and Carl Nelson, but Xavier (LA) -- with no starter taller than 6-7 -- outrebounded the Tigers 34-28 and had a 7-2 advantage in blocked shots.
Xavier (LA) is 7-0 this season at The Barn and has a nine-game winning streak in its campus venue. The victory was the Rush's 10th in a row over Paul Quinn, which has not beaten Xavier (LA) since the 1991-92 season. The teams will meet again Dec. 30 in Paul Quinn's HBCU Classic in Dallas.
Xavier (LA)'s next game will start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Wiley. Paul Quinn's next game will start at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at home against LSU-Shreveport.
Courtesy of Xavier (LA)


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NBA Round: 41 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Celtics - Pacers 122-117
The reigning champion celebrated at Conseco Fieldhouse mostly owing to Ray Allen and his magnificent 35 points (7 triples). KG also demonstrated great performance nailing 17 points and pulling down 20 rebounds. Marquis Daniels and Danny Granger combined 46 points, 10 boards and 10 assists for the Pacers. Celtics 20-2, Pacers 7-13.

Bucks - Lakers 92-105
17th win for the Lakers this season. Kobe Bryant stepped up for his team collecting 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Derek Fisher had 19, while Andrew Bynum added 14 points and impressive 14 rebounds. Joe Alexander answered with 15 pts in loss. His Bucks dropped on 9-13.

Pistons - Knicks 92-104
Chris Duhon registered 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists leading his NY Knicks to 9th joy this season. Quentin Richardson also shined adding 23 points and 5 boards. Tayshaun Prince had double-double for the loosing side, 23 points and 10 rebs.

Trail Blazers - Raptors 98-97
15-7 for Portland and 8-11 for Toronto after this game. La Marcus Aldridge poured in 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, while Steve Blake followed him with one point less. Actually Blake was hero of the game as he drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8 seconds left for the final 98-97 victory. Jermaine O'Neal collected 24 points and 8 boards for the Raptors.



Coleman Collins shows NBA potential - by Interperformances
The D-League has proven to be a springboard to the NBA. 60 players with D-League experience were on the 2008-09 NBA Opening Night rosters. 6'9' forward Coleman Collins (6'9''-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) is showing promise of being one of those players who will be promoted to the NBA soon. He led the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to a victory over the Thunderbirds 114-102 scoring 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking 3 shots. Collins was the sixth player picked in the 2008 D-League Draft.

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"It's the same game, the same passion" - Interview with Coach Wehrmeyer - by Kristian Santiago
'Eine frohe Weihnachtszeit!' from cold Germany to all the Eurobasket readers out there!

Here is an interview that I did a couple of days ago with German coach/scout/columnist Sven Wehrmeyer .

This guy is a well-known expert on college recruiting and international youth camps, so I used the opportunity to ask him some questions.
Check out what he got to say:

Sven, you were coaching successfully in Germany for Alba Berlin's former farm-team Lichterfelde (now ALBA 2) in the past years and then moved across the ocean to live in Los Angeles. What were the reasons for your decision to move far west?

Wehrmeyer: There is only one reason: love. My wife is American.

How different is it to coach in the U.S. on a youth-level based on your experience you had in Europe before? How hard was it for you to adjust?

Wehrmeyer: It's only about networking, contacts and reputation. It's very difficult for foreign coaches to get a foot in the door at the D1-level or Pro level. During my camps and the AAU-practices I couldn't recognize any differences. I didn't need any adjustments. It's the same game, with the same passion for the game.

You often attend college basketball games as well as the European championships in the junior categories. How easy or hard is it for a young European player to adapt to the American way, not only the game itself but the lifestyle?

Wehrmeyer: I guess it's easier for young players to adjust to the US than for older coaches, because they get used to the European way of life. Young people are more open-minded and flexible. Most of them have dreamed their whole life about the American way of life. On the court the kids will find a more athletic and physical game, which means they need one season to develop.

On your website camp4kids.net, you listed references from well-known coaches like Dirk Bauermann or Oldham Calvin . What does it take to coach on such a high level? Could it be, that we are able to see European coaches succeed in the NBA in the next few years?

Wehrmeyer: As a coach on this level you need a lot of experience. But more important is a coherent, clear and simple philosophy you can sell to the players with consequence and no contradictions. Anything is possible. There are a lot of talented coaches in Europe and an open minded NBA GM could not overlook the possibilities. Basketball is a world sport. But I doubt these great European coaches would work as an Assistant. And I doubt that they will get an offer for the head coaching position in the next years

You ran a camp for young talent altogether with NBA-Megastar Kobe Bryant (198-G-78). Is he really such a distanced person or can you squash those rumors?

Wehrmeyer: Kobe is a great guy; I was really impressed how he talked to the kids. You could really see how he loves kids and loves to work with them.

Besides writing a column for German basketball mag 'Five' and coaching at camps, you are also scouting players all around the globe for colleges in the U.S. How difficult is it to help players getting a basketball-scholarship nowadays with all the strict regulations of the NCAA forcing so many
players to quit their dreams of playing college hoops?

Wehrmeyer: It's a shame how the NCAA punishes kids and their dreams, even though they didn't get any money. The one year suspensions also make no sense in a country well known for its so-called open-minded culture. It is especially tough for the German kids. When they need to sit out for one year for whatever reason, many coaches are afraid to recruit them. Some of them don't want to give a scholarship to kids who can't play in their first season. Fortunately there is always a chance for these kids, but they need to prepare their applications on time. Kids from other countries have an easier chance. These NCAA rules are absolutely anachronistic in a free and global world.

Your newest brainchild is the Camp 4 Kids in L.A. slated for April next year. Tell us a bit more about it and which kind of players are you
targeting with that camp.

Wehrmeyer: My camp goals and philosophy are very unique. Besides my special basketball drills, the campers benefits are worthwhile. There will be many exciting activities, such as watching NBA or College games, visiting Disneyland, visiting a College, meeting a surprise NBA star, and much more. The basketball facility is a cool new building in Los Angeles. We want to bring the world together with great partners. We will invite kids from every country. We want kids who love basketball and sports, and want to explore life and other people from all over the world. Our goal is to offer camps in other countries as well. Please go to www.camps4kids.net to get more information or contact me at info@camps4kids.net

Thanks for taking the time to do the interview!


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St. Martin's Holds On Against Puget Sound - by Sanjey Noriega


From smusaints.com

Lacey, WA It was a fast paced, physical matchup between two solid teams but it was No. 25 Saint Martins who came out on the winning end with an 83-78 victory over the Puget Sound Saturday night at the Marcus Pavilion.

It was a hard fought game against a good team; it was a good win for us, said head coach Keith Cooper . The key for us was when we needed to hustle on plays we did; we dove for loose balls and made some big plays when it was really important. Sometimes you have to find ways to do other things well when youre not getting shots.

The Loggers, ranked 14th in the latest NCAA DIII poll, took an early 11-4 lead but a 7-0 run by SMU would make it 11 all with 14:49 to go. The game would be tied three more times over the next minute and a half until a layup by Jeremy Green put the Saints up by two and started what would be a 15-2 run making it a 32-20 ballgame. The Saints took a 51-35 lead into the break.

We knew we had to stay composed and come out ready to play tonight; we knew it was going to be physical. We just need to play our game and we did that, said Poole.

Saint Martins held onto a double-digit lead through the first 15 minutes of the first half but with 4:50 to play Austin Boyce (6'5''-F) hit a jumper to cut the Loggers deficit to nine. Back-to-back threes by Robert Krauel and Boyce followed by a made free throw shot would put UPS within two at 77-75 with 2:22 on the clock.

With time running out the Loggers were forced to foul sending Jake Linton (5'10''-G) to the line with 33 seconds left hitting both shots. 11 seconds later Linton was fouled again, this time a flagrant foul, giving the Saints possession. Linton hit one to make it a five point game then the Saints ran an inbounds play that left Blake Poole wide open for the layin and gave them a seven point lead.

Our biggest strength is our depth and everybody knows their roll. Some teams struggle with that early on; we all know our place, said Linton.

Linton had a game-high 25 points for SMU and had four assists while Poole added 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Bill Richardson (6'7''-F/C) had 17 points and three blocks for the Saints who had a team total 12 blocks in the game.

We had great, loud, supportive students tonight. That makes a huge difference for our players, said Cooper. We may be playing well but we also have the best fans in the league.

Saint Martins, now 9-2 on the season, play again next Saturday at home against Pacific Lutheran.


NCAA D2 Player of the Year Candidates: Ohio's Trifecta of Josh Bostic, Chris Commons, and Ted Scott! - by Lucius Jones
Ohio has long been known as a 'hotbed' for NCAA D2 talent. With so many D1 schools and players, some of the best kids simply slip through the cracks and end up in powerhouse NCAA D2 situations. It is an easy observation to make that this season is no different, as three Ohio players could seemingly be THE top three candidates for the award in the entire nation. Josh Bostic (6'5''-G/F-87) and Ted Scott (6'1''-G) of Columbus, Ohio and Chris Commons (6'8''-F, college: Findlay (OH)) of Toledo, Ohio each were 1st team All Americans in their previous season's of play and none have dissapointed so far this year.

With his team at 5-0 and #1 in the nation, Josh Bostic is having a breakout season of sort even though he has received many many accolades throughout his career so far individually and within the team concept as well. As a GLIAC All Defensive selection in his last two seasons of participation he is most certainly not a one side of the ball player. He has won either the GLIAC regular season or tournament title two of three years as well and in the one season Findlay (OH) did not win either, they went to the Sweet 16 in the national tournament. Josh Bostic is currently averaging more ppg than any Oiler has averaged in the last 10years of the storied program that is based on a deep, team concept focusing on balance and depth. Despite playing less than 30mins per game, Josh Bostic is averaging 18ppg on 45%FG, 30%3pt, 77%Ft, and 7rpg, 2apg, 3spg, 1bpg. Findlay (OH) is also the only undefeated team left in the strong GLIAC conference. As one of only 2 players in any publication to be named Pre-Season Player of the Year, Josh Bostic has to be a frontrunner for the award.

Another undefeated team that was picked #1 in the nation by several publications and sits directly behind Findlay (OH) by 10points in the poll at #2 is S.Carol.-Aiken. The only other player picked anywhere in tha nation as Pre-Season Player of the Year, Chris Commons has to be right there as a top choice so far this year. Chris Commons led his S.Carol.-Aiken squad to the regular season championship of the powerful Peach Belt conference last season and hosted the conference tournament. He finished second in the NCAA D2 nation in ppg last season at 22ppg. Chris Commons is currently averaging 22ppg on 52%FG, 30%3pt, 60%FT, 7.3rpg, 2apg, 2spg, 1bpg as well. Chris Commons also placed #4 among all non-D1 players in a depth chart of NBA sleepers on http://www.nbadraft.net . The Peach Belt tournament finalists have firmly established themselves as a powerhouse team in the conference, region, and entire nation and much of the success Vince Alexander is experiencing must be attributed to Commons' play.

At #3 on the NBA draft sleeper board, Ted Scott is another D2 POY candidate who must be under heavy consideration. After missing last season due to an injury many have forgotten that Ted Scott was the nation's leading scorer and another 1st team All American as a junior as well. Currently just outside of the top 25 teams in the nation, W.Virginia St. is at 4-2 and looking like a top tier team in D2 basketball as they have been of late. Ted Scott is averaging 26ppg on 51%FG, 30%3pt, 88%FT, 4rpg, 1apg, 1spg. As a Marty Blake endorsed D2 player, he must be a top level player and a talent that warrants heavy consideration for the award. The 2 time WVIAC tournament champs have been huge beneficiaries of the talented young man's stellar overall performances.


Alaska Fairbanks Still Winless - by Sanjey Noriega
From: alaskananooks.com

Despite a game high 34 points from Jon Moe (Granite Falls, WA) and 52 percent team shooting for the game, Alaska fell short to the Vulcans of Hawaii-Hilo 95-90.

Moe followed up his lowest scoring performance of the season at Chaminade with his highest at Hilo. Moe was sharp from the field making 14 of his 24 shots. However, the Vulcans Jay DeMaestri close to matched Moe with 32 points of his own. Hawaii-Hilo had four players score in double figures.

Freshman Aaron Jones (Milwaukee, WI) helped Moe in the scoring department with a career high 16 points, and Nashorn Maynard (6'6''-F-86) (Saint Pauls, Saint Kitts) continued to be a double-double machine as he went for 14 points and 13 rebounds. Besides the big games from Jones, Maynard, and Moe, the rest of the team combined for just 26 points.

The loss drops the Nanooks to 0-6 and the Blue and Gold hope that the Patty Center will be friendlier than their six road games were. Four of the six Nanook opponents scored over 90 points, while the other two were in the 80s.

Up next for Alaska is the Glacier Classic where they will face Virginia State and St. Thomas Dec. 12 and 13.

Box Score
http://alaskananooks.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2008-2009/mbb06.html


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Special 23rd Champions Cup for men: Union Bank battles Agosto in tough group-B draw - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending Champion of Africa most prestigious club competition Angola Primero de Agosto basketball club has been drawn in group-B for the 23rd edition of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men billed to tip-off Friday in Sousse, Tunisia.

The African champion who begins its title defense against Tunisian Stade Nabulien Friday is drawn alongside tough opponents in Union Bank basketball club of Nigeria; Back basketball club of Guinea; El Shabab Arabi of Libya; Stade Nabeulien basketball club of Tunisia and Democratic Republic of Congo BC Onatra basketball club.

Leading the pack in group-A is host club Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. The North African will contend against Nigeria and FIBA Africa Zone-3 champion Kano Pillars basketball club, fellow zone-3 qualifiers Swallows basketball club of Togo; APR basketball club of Rwanda; Lupopo basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo and Angolan Atletico Sport Aviation (ASA) basketball club.

The draw which was conducted by FIBA Africa head of Competitions Abdelraouf Menjour had in attendance President of the Tunisian Basketball Federation and several journalists.

Other matches billed for the opening day of the final round of the continents topmost club competition will see host Etoile du Sahel taking to the floor against Rwanda opposition in APR basketball club in group-A; Kano Pillars will confront Togolese Swallows in continuation of the Zone-3 qualifiers played in Lagos last month; while ASA and Lupopo will entertain the Tunisian fans in the last group-A game of Day-one of top basketball actions.

In group-BBC Onatra of DRC will do battle against El Shabab Arabi of Libya while Back of Guinea and Union Bank of Nigeria take their in the days proceeding.


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Millrats Lose in Collision with the Kebs - by Richard

Manchester mainstays Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake) and Marlowe Currie (6'7''-F-78, college: S.Indiana) collied heads and left the game early in the second quarter, and the Manchester 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 Dominic Soucy 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's three-pointer before the halftime buzzer made the score 42-37.

The Manchester 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 (35 points) drilled a three-pointer to dash any hopes of a comeback.

'You always want to win every game you play, but our first concern was to the well being of Al and Marlowe and to make sure they were ok,' stated Manchester Millrats head coach Rob Spon, 'but give the Kebs credit they responded tonight and Fortier was terrific tonight.'

The Manchester Millrats had already been without the services of guard Desmond Fergguson 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. Chris Burns and Sam Carey 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 Manchester Millrats at NH Tech in Concord on December 16th in game two of the Champlain Cup Series.

For more information please email Manchester Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com


Courtesy of The Manchester Millrats



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La Salle is the no.1 Philippine Collegiate Team - by Hector Santos
La Salle took the best dished out by UAAPs best and won the crown that seemed to matter most for the Archers, who shot down the undermanned Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-62, to capture the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Champions League championship at the Araneta Coliseum last night.

The Archers, swept by the Eagles in their recent showdown for the UAAP title showdown, got untracked in the third quarter then poured it all out in the fourth behind JV Casio to fashion out the victory.

It didnt only avenge its loss in the UAAP finals but the win also clinched for the Archers a berth in next years Universiade in Serbia plus the top prize worth P1 million, half in scholarship grants.

We won the big one. At least we can say, based on the tournament format, were the No. 1 collegiate team in the land, said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren in the din of celebration at center court.

The event, sponsored by FilOil/Flying V, The Philippine Star, KFC, Accel, Molten and Adidas and PLDT and Smart chair Manny V. Pangilinan, drew the best collegiate teams in the land with the Archers beating the reigning three-peat NCAA titlist San Beda in the semifinal round.

Its a nice feeling to know that were still considered the No. 1 college team in the Philippines because the best of the best in college basketball were here, said Pumaren.

Casio fired 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, in his last game as an Archer, capping an impressive stint with a team he led to two championships.

Playing Ateneo draws the best in us, its nice to win my final game with La Salle, said the soft-spoken Casio.

But La Salle beat an Ateneo squad that played without three of its mainstays, including team captain Chris Tiu, top rookie Ryan Buenafe and Jobe Nkemakolam.

Tiu was still in the US while Buenafe was reportedly ill.

Congratulations to La Salle, they deserve to win this particular game, said Ateneo coach Norman Black. Of course, this is not the same team that played in the UAAP so what can I do. We can only do our best with what we have.

Ryan is sick, Chris is in the US. What can I do? he added.

It was only the second win by La Salle over Ateneo in seven matches this year. The Archers won their first game in a pre-season event last summer, lost one in another tournament before the Eagles swept them in four matches in the UAAP.

The Archers put up a resolute defense to limit the production of Ateneos top scorers outside the duo of Tiu and Buenafe - Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Eric Salamat.

Jai Reyes tried to carry the load by unleashing 22 points, including six triples, but the talented Ateneo guards efforts proved not enough.

Earlier, Letran stunned San Beda, 75-67, to clinch third place.

Reports from PhilStar


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1Liga Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Polonia 2011 - Big Star 88-79
Polonia 2011 overcame Big Star 88:79 in Regular Season Round 14. Jankowski Michal paced all the winners with 16 points and Bartosz Mateusz had 14 points and 12 boards. Pacocha Lukasz produced 20 points in the losing effort.

Resovia - Prokom II 74-70
Resovia edged Prokom II 74:70 behind 21 points from Malecki Grzegorz. Mlynarski Kacper and Rynkiewicz Pawel nailed 15 points each in a win. Lapeta Adam ended up with 25 points in defeat.

Sudety JG - Zubry 74-54
Sudety JG handed one of the leader, Zubry a 74:54 loss. Czech Jakub led the winners with 17 points, while Samiec Krzysztof added 14. Misiewicz Andrzej produced 14 points for the guests.

MMKS DG - AZS Kalisz 54-57
AZS Kalisz had a road victory over MMKS 54:57 as Krajewski Michal poured in 16 points for the winners. Milewski Tomasz finished the night with 12 points for the home side.

Zastal ZG - Sokol L. 78-51
Zastal ZG beat Sokol 78:51 behind 24 points and 9 rebounds from Wiekiera Pawel. Mroczek-Truskowski Adrian produced 16 points in the losing effort.

AZS AWF K-ce - Znicz Basket 67-71
AZS AWF Katowice lost to Znicz Basket 67:71. Briegmann Tomasz top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Dloniak Jakub added 17. Piotrkowski Mariusz shined with 21 points and 10 boards in defeat.

LKS Lodz - Siarka T. 72-76
LKS Lodz was defeated by Siarka 72:76 as Krupa Bartosz had 23 points for the winners. Trepka Piotr finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort.

Stal SW - MOSiR Kr. 62-63
MOSIR remained on top after a 63:62 thriller over Stal SW. Peciak Andrzej paced all the winners with 15 points as his team improved to 12-2 record. Andrzejewski Tomasz posted 17 points for the home side.



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Changes in Angrabasket/Palmeiras Park - by Luis Rocha
Lamar Barrett (198-F, agency: Prime Select Sports) gets in, while Matthew Smith (206-F-83, college: Warner Southern) gets out. Also the coach Rui Fagundes saw is place taken by Joao Avila while he steps into a admnistrative position , something a bit like a General Manager. Angra is now searching for better times, and this changes seem like an improvment, something to bring a boost into the roster and even to the organization. Things seem well when it comes to money, now its time to reoorganize and move forward.

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Div.A Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rapid B. - Rovinari 47-81
Rovinari had a road 47:81 victory over Rapid in Regular Season Round 11. Trim Kibwe led the winners with 15 points, while Green Edjuan collected massive 18 rebounds. Vlaicu Catalin posted 15 points for the home side.

Dinamo B. - Pitesti 69-66
Dinamo B edged Pitesti 69:66 behind 17 points from Paul Mihail-Octavian. Pavlovski Kiril had 7 points and 20 rebounds. Pantelic Djordje finished the night with 14 points in the losing effort.

Ploiesti - Mures 86-75
Ploiesti improved to 8-2 record after a home win over Mures 86:75. Jones Mike top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Carutasu Dumitru had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Wingate Major and Knitter Sean brought the guests 19 points each.

U.Mobitel.CN - Oradea 102-66
Mobitelco CN smashed Oradea 102:66 as Gibson Matthew shined with 28 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Lapuste Flavius added 27 and Silvasan Mihai scored 16. Torok Rolland produced 20 points in the losing effort.



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A League Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki 034 - Mega HL 85-92
Extremely important road victory for Mega Hypo Leasing, who jumped on the 6th place having one win less than Napredak and Ergonom. This time Uros Nikolic was a key player for Mega nailing 25 points and missing only one board for double-double. Top-scorer of the last round, Stefan Stojacic, also shined posting 23 points. Strahinja Dragicevic followed these two players with 18 pts. Radnicki 034 got 24 points and 10 boards from Danilo Draskovic droping on 6-6.

Napredak - Radnicki I.
84-83
Napredak Rubin escaped with a tiny home victory against Radnicki Invest Inzenjering reaching the same score as Ergonom (8-4). These two teams are currently on the fourth and fifth place. Radnicki slipped on 4-8 (same as Tamis and Vizura). Ivan Miceta and Dragan Markovic had 46 points and 10 rebounds together for the hosts. Zlatko Bolic once again shined for Radnicki delivering 23 points and grabbing 7 boards.

Masinac - Tamis
87-69
Both teams entered into this round with 4 wins and 7 defeats. Masinac grabbed it thanks to Uros Mirkovic and his double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Arsic netted 20. Tamis got the most from Sasa MIjajlovic, 18 points and 7 boards.

Ergonom - Sloga
73-67

Ergonom outsmarted Sloga thanks to Stefan Majstorovic and Slavisa Bogavac, which combined 43 points and 16 rebounds. Sasa Stefanovic scored the most for the loosing side, 17 points. Ergonom improved on 8-4, while Sloga fell on 3-9.

Swiss.Lions - Borac 55-61
In derby game of Round 12, Borac managed to beat Swisslion Takovo on the road 61-55 staying alone on top of the standings with 11-1 record. Swisslion faced with the second failure so far. Rastko Dramicanin collected 18 points and 6 rebounds for Borac, while Miljan Radisavljevic helped him with 15 points and 9 boards. PG Sasa Ocokoljic delivered 16 for the hosts.

Novi Sad - Zdravlje 98-68
Novi Sad devastated Zdravlje with plus 30 edging it at the bottom of the standings (2-8). Dusko Bunic came up with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Marko Jagodic had 16, while Goran Martinic helped with 15 points and 11 boards. Vladica Jovanovic had 19 points and 8 rebs in Zdravlje.

Metalac - Vizura 90-71
Box score will be available soon.


Serbian B league, round 10 - by Zoran Popovic
Crvena Zvezda 2nd team-KK Beovuk 72 Beograd 89-87 (23-21, 28-27, 18-21, 20-18)

Young Crvena Zvezda team won againts small Belgrade derby against KK Beovuk 72 Beograd. Both teams showed aggresive and strong defence and were equal during the all match. In the last minute Crvena Zvezda 2nd team had 4 points advantage, guests had two free throus and scored both and had ball, but missed last chance and Crvena Zvezda 2nd team made third won this season. The most efficient player in Crvena Zvezda was Radosavljevic with 20 points and for the guests Dzakovic scored 23 points.

Crvena Zvezda 2nd team: Nekovic 11, Sepa 5, Milosevic 9, Susa 9, Stevovic, Radosavljevic 20, Gagic 4, Rondovic 5, Djordjevic 9, Dj.Majstorovic 6, Lukic 3, D.Majstorovic 11.
KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 9, Aleksic, Knezevic 12, Jovanovic 2, Socanac 4, Dzakovic 23, Torlak 13, Apic 4, Bogdanovic 2, Matic 3, Stankovic 5, Bulatovic 11.

Superfund BP Beograd-KK Crnokosa Kosjeric 81-71 (24-22, 20-17, 22-9, 15-23)

In the first two quarters of the match guests from Kosjeric were equal rival and Superfund players in the half time had only +5 advantage. The third quarter domestic players started much aggresive and at the end of that peirod had maximum advantage +20 (63-43). In the last period of the match guests try to make break, but Superfund players finished match routinely. For the winners Petrovic scored 17 points, Ljubicic add 15 points and for the guests Kovac scored 19 and Vukosavljevic 14 points.

Superfund BP Beograd: Markovic 11, Ljubicic 15, Kostic, Lesic 10, Popovic 2, Malidzan 8, Barac, Vejnovic 9, Kankaras, Kostic 7, Petrovic 17, Matic 2.
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 10, Nikic, Djurovic, Puzic 22, Cvijic, Vasovic, Vukosavljevic 14, Pavlovic, Karaklajic, Kovac 19, Belic, Mirkovic 6.

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin-KK Sloboda Uzice 90-64 (25-20, 16-20, 28-14, 21-11)

KK Sloboda Uzice showed excellent two quarters, surpised domestic players and finished first half with only -1 (41-40). In the second half led by Becin and Rajkovic Proleter showed their real quality. After the third quarter Proleter increase previosu minimum advantage on +15 and finished the match with +26 (90-64). Better then others in Proleters was Becin with 20 points and Rajkovic with 21 points. The most efficiend in KK Sloboda Uzice was Perisic with 18 points and Bakralcic with 15 points.

Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Djordjevic, Pekovic, Vulin 7, Kravic 4, Milicevic 1, Becin 20, Stankojevic 14, Rajkovic 21, Tomic, Zarkovic 8, Barac 2, Vukosavljevic 13.
KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 1, Malesevic 4, Bodic, Obrenovic, Zaric 7, Perisic 18, Majstorovic, Djokic 14, Petronijevic 5, Vasiljevic, Bakralcic 15.

Mladost Cacak-OKK Beograd 90-83 (24-21, 20-27, 17-15, 29-20)

Mladost scored 8th won this season and this time was better then OKK Beograd. The match was full of resultly turn overs. Mladost finished first quarter with +4, but guests from Belgrade made break in the second period and finished first half with +4 points advantage (44-48). In the third period both teams were equal, but in the last period domestic players led by Gemaljevic, who scored 24 points, made final break and won the match. The most efficent player in OKK Beograd was Vukadinov who scored 25 points.

Mladost Cacak: Vojnovic 4, Marinkovic 17, Dukanac 11, Gemaljevic 24, Jakovljevic 2, Rakovic 2, Papic 3, Azanjac 15, Tresac 12, Terzic, Cirkovic, Todorovic.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 19, Vukadinov 25, Korac 2, Andjic 14, Suzic 19, Kruscic 4, Vasic, Simic, Maksimovic, Dimitrijevic, Milovanovic.

KK Vojvodina-Maraton Atlantik Jagodina 107-75 (29-24, 23-11, 28-16, 27-24)

From the begining of the match KK Vojvodina was dominate team and from quarter to quarter domestic players increase advantage. The best role in KK Vojvodina showed Nemanja Knezevic with 21 points and 11 rebounds. For Jagodina Micanovic scored 16 points.

KK Vojvodina: Delic, Dzeverdanovic 6. S.Knezevic 11, Nem.Knezevic 21, Drakulic 9, Neb.Knezevic 10, Savic, Kostic 3, Djuric 3, Andjsic 19, Roncevic 11, Kitanovic 14.
Maraton Atlantik Jagodina: Gajovic 12, Arnaut 14, Petricevic, Kovacevic 4, Milojevic 3, Stevanovic, Arsic 7, Mladenovic, Vucicevic 13, Micanovic 16, Milicic 6.

FMP II Beograd-Radnicki Obrenovac 74-78 (19-18, 21-19, 15-21, 19-20)

In derby match of 10. round Radnicki Obrenovac made surprise and won as a guest againts young FMP team. In the first two period of the match young FMP players had small advantage, but in the third guests from Obrenovac made break with strong and aggresive defence. In the last quarter Radnicki Obrenovac saved advantage from third period and finished match 74-78. Radoicic (20 points) ad Boricic (19 points) led Radnicki Obrenovac to 7th won this season. In FMP II Beograd the most efficiend player was Dejan Musli who scored 14 points.

FMP II Beograd: Dimic 7, Djokic 2, Miolutinovic 12, Subotic 9, Lukovic 2, Markovic 8, Zivanovic 7, Simenkovic 2, Smiljanic 9, Stojadinovic, Vukasovic 2, Musli 14.
Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 1, Radoicic 20, Colovic 11, Huskic, Nastic 6, Jeftic 4, G.Huski, Koprivica 12, Boricic 19, Nesic, Jovanovic 2, Janjusevic 3.

OKK Vrbas Carnex-Kikinda 80-71 (32-15, 11-25, 14-12, 23-19)

In KK Vojvodina derby played in Vrbas domestic players outplay guests from Kikinda. Vrbas excellent started the match and made huge advantage of +17 points, but in the second quarter they allowed to guests to made break and to turn back in the match. In the third and fourth quarter Bajic (28 points) and Markovic (19 points) secure fourth won for Vrbas this season. The most efficient player in kikida was Ilic who scored 18 points.

OKK Vrbas Carnex: Doknic, Peunovic 2, Bajic 28, Vojvodic, Marko D.Popovic 2, Cvijer, Matic 10, Hromis, Pap 5, Markovic 19, Marko Z.Popovic 3, Vujacic 11.
Kikinda: Mladenovic 8, Ilic 18, Bogdanovic 2, Cerina 9, Krajnovic 2, Vokic 12, Cvetkovic 7, Tesla, Trkulja, Cazic, Zeljkovic 5, Mihajlovic 8.


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Borac 11-1 
 2. Swiss.Lions 10-2 
 3. Metalac 9-3 
 4. Napredak 8-4 
 5. Ergonom 8-4 
 6. Mega HL 7-5 
 7. Radnicki 034 6-6 
 8. Masinac 5-7 
 9. Vizura 4-8 
 10. Tamis 4-8 
 11. Radnicki I. 4-8 
 12. Novi Sad 3-9 
 13. Sloga 3-9 
 14. Zdravlje 2-10 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Hemofarm
 4. Vojvodina
 5. FMP


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Union Olimpija search to new coach down to Okorn and Zdovc - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija have narrowed their search for a coach to two candidates and expect to name a successor Aleksandar Dzikic until end of the week, a team official said today.
Union Olimpija have interviewed its former coach Gasper Okorn of Energa Czarnis Slupsk's coach, who considered the leading contender to replace Dizkic, and their former player and new head coach of Slovenian NT Jurij Zdovc .
Union Olimpija removed Aleksandar Dzikic as head coach Friday and interim coach Gasper Potocnik will direct the Euroleague's game against Tau Ceramica.


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KBL Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KT&G Kites - Samsung Th. 86-81
KT&G Kites overcame Samsung 86:81 to open Regular Season Round 12. Chandler Marquin led the winners with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Leather Terrence had a great night for the Thunders collecting 30 points and massive 21 rebounds.

LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 81-73
LG Sakers handed the fifth loss to Dongbu Promy 81:73. Crump Brandon ruined the visitors with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Lee Hyun-Min had 17. White Wendell notched 33 points in defeat.

Orions - ET Land B.Sl. 60-63
Orions lost to ET Land 60:63 as the latter improved to 6-10. Powell Carlos was the star for the guests scoring 32 points. Daniels Chris ended up with 24 points and 15 caroms in the losing effort.

Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 76-65
Mobis Phoebus is alone on top after defeating SK Knights 76:65. Dunston Bryant had 18 points and 14 rebounds as his team is 12-4 now. Shannon Terrence posted 28 points for the guests and Collins DeAngelo had 21 points and 16 caroms in defeat.

KCC Egis - KT&G Kites 65-85
KT&G Kites remained to share the second spot and improved to 11-5 after 85:65 over KCC Egis. Chandler Marquin top-scored for the winners with 29 points, while Hwang Jin-Won added 16. Brand Micah and Mitchell Carl notched 17 points each for the hosts.

SK Knights - KTF M.Wings 88-66
On December 6th SK Knights beat KTF M.Wings 88:66 as Collins DeAngelo collected 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Peters James finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - Orions 77-73
Dongbu Promy edged Orions 77:73 as Kim Joo-Sung shined with 31 points for the winners. Okosa Reggie had 24 points and 14 boards, while Daniels Chris scored 20 in defeat.



Mobis Cruise to Top - by Rick Ross
The Ulsan Mobis have become the last men standing in a three-way in the
Korean Basketball League (KBL) standings.
The Mobis, who entered last week, shares the top spot with the
Dongbu Promy and the KT&G Kites and won three games to extend their winning streak to seven.

Head coach Yoo Jae-hak's team, which is now 12-4, defeated the 9th place
SK Knights, who relied on import players Terrence Shannon and Deangelo Collins,
who combined for 49 points, 76-65 at home Sunday, thanks to
Kim Hyu-bum, who scored 14 points, and Bryant Dunston,
who posted a double-double, 18 points and 14 boards
The Mobis edged the LG Sakers 88-87 on Kim Hyun-joong's buzzer beater
Friday and also beat the Kites, who were then-co-leaders and lost
American player Calvin Warner to injury during the game, 98-91 Wednesday.

Although the Kites, based in Anyang, suffered the loss to the Mobis,
they had silver lining by winning two other games in a row against the
Samsung Thunders and the KCC Egis.
Facing the Egis, the tallest team in the league, points guard
Joo Hee-jung, named the player of the month in November,
produced 11 points and six assists, and Marquin Chandler added 29 points.
Forward Kim Il-doo, who played in the place of Warner,
expected to not play for six weeks, had 11 points and six rebounds.

The Promy could have shared the top spot with
Ulsan, but they fell to the Sakers on the road Sunday.
Worse, the three-time KBL champion lost floor leader
Pyo Myung-il to injury during the game.
The Egis have tried to take an advantage of their height but hasn't found an answer in
2.21-meter center Ha Seung-jin, as they lost to the Kites and Sakers.
The Jeonju-based team is tied for fourth with the Sakers with a 9-7 record.
The ET Land Blackslamer ended their losing streak at four by grabbing a 63-60 victory over the
Daegu Orions, while the Thunders and the KTF MagicWings are on a five-game losing stretch.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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LNA Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
MGS - Boncourt 65-64
MGS stole a narrow win over Boncourt at home court. It was a tight battle throughout however MGS were luckier in the final minutes to post just the second win in the season. Chris Jordan dropped 20 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace the hosts. Othare Agbavwe added 14 points in the win. Jason Siggers had 20 points for Boncourt in defeat.

Nyon - Monthey 77-57
Nyon cruised past Monthey for the sixth win the LNA. The defense was the lkey to success as the hosts the top Monthey scorer Jean-Richard Volcy to only 3 points in 25 minutes on the court. Germayne Forbes scored 19 points, while Ivan McFarlin topscored with 22 points for Nyon. Sebastien Maio had 18 points for Monthey.

Herens - Fribourg 89-88
Herens needed an overtime to upset the reigning champions Fribourg at home court. Fribourg were coming off a sour loss in the EuroChallenge last week and failed to deliver once again. Six Herens players scored in double figures with Corey Muirhead leading the way with 18 points. Cedric Mafuta also had 18 points for the winners. Oliver Vogt responded with 19 points and 10 boards for Fribourg.

Starwings - Lugano Tigers 79-77
Starwings narrowly defeated Lugano at home court. Both teams are now tied at 5-5 record. Sheray Thomas knocked down 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Basel outfit. Raymond Henderson added 22 points for the winners. Isaac Wells responded with 22 points and 14 boards for the Tigers in the loss.



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TBL Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Oyak Renault 94-80
Big guy Lance Williams paced Banvit to 7th victory this season nailing 30 points and pulling down 8 rebounds against Oyak Renault. Joseph Crispin had 19, while Darlon Johnson helped with 16 points and 8 boards. Ahmet Ali Erdogan netted 17 points for the loosing side. Oyak Renault also got 16 pts from Joseph Jones and 14 pts plus 11 boards from Gregory Stiemsma, dropping on 3-6.

Selcuk Uni. - Mersin 79-82
Nice road victory by Mersin, who had 5 players with 12 or more points. Lester McCalebb scored 20, while Kimani Ffriend stopped on 19 points. Mehmet Kacar and Alex Dunn combined 43 points, 14 boards and 8 assists for the hosts. Both teams had 4-4 before this game.

Erdemir - TED Koleji 67-60
Second win for Erdemir and 9th consecutive defeat for TED Koleji. Nathan Funk stepped up for the winning squad delivering 23 points, including 7 boards. LaQuan Prowell contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.

Antalya - Besiktas 66-85
It seems that Besiktas finally warms up. Mire Chatman collected 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists, while Cevher Ozer replied adding 11 points and 15 boards. Victor King replied with 13 points and 6 rebs for Antalya. Besiktas 3-6, Antalya 5-4.

Karsiyaka - Efes Pilsen 80-106
Easy one for Efes Pilsen, who together with Galatasaray remains on top of the standings with 8-1 record. Center Kaya Peker stepped up for the visiting side collecting 20 points and 12 rebounds. Preston Shumpert had 16 points. Karsiyaka got 18 pts and 5 boards from Ralph Mims dropping on 4-6.

Darussafaka - Fener.Ulker 78-75
5-4 for Darussafaka and 6-3 for Fenerbahce Ulker after this game. Soner Senturk shined for the winners with 22 points and 8 assists. Maarten Leunen had 18, while Sean Banks drained 15 points. Experienced Omer Onan led the scorers in Fener with 13 points.

T.Telekom - Aliaga 95-105
On Friday night, Aliaga Petkim came to Ataturk Spor Salonu in Ankara to play against Turk Telekom Ankara. *More comments for this game already posted in previous news by the local correspondent James Mullins

Galatasaray - Kepez Bld 81-68
As it was expected, Galata was too much for Kepez Bld staying on top of TBL, together with Efes Pilsen (8-1). Visitors are still winless. Antonio Graves came up with 24 points and 6 assists, while Milan Gurovic nailed 16 points. Torrell Martin shined in Kepez with 21 points and 12 boards.


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 8-1 
 2. Galatasaray 8-1 
 3. T.Telekom 7-2 
 4. Banvit 7-2 
 5. Fener.Ulker 6-3 
 6. Mersin 5-4 
 7. Aliaga 5-4 
 8. Darussafaka 5-4 
 9. Antalya 5-4 
 10. Selcuk Uni. 4-5 
 11. Karsiyaka 4-6 
 12. Besiktas 3-6 
 13. Oyak Renault 3-6 
 14. Erdemir 2-7 
 15. TED Koleji 0-9 
 16. Kepez Bld 0-9 


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Market news: Jarutis/Liadelis, Vitas/Erwin, Aleksic/Tucker and Popovic/Bazelevskyi - by Alexander Muzyka
- Panagiotis Liadelis (193-G-74) has left Azovmash. Greek guard was injured and played just one Superleague and one Eurocup games this season. Rimas Girskis said Liadelis' injury took too much time and Azovmash couldn't wait for his return. Rolandas Jarutis (183-G-76) from BC Poltava has to substitute Liadelis. Jarutis scored 15,6 ppg and 3,0 apg in Poltava.

- Dmytro Bazelevskyi is no more Khimik's head coach. Fiasco in Zagreb was the last one for his coaching post in Yuzhnyi. Now Ukrainian will work in a management stuff. Khimik has been ruled by Vladan Zivkovic at Saturday before Oliver Popovic was announced as a new head coach of this team. Serbian will have his debute tomorrow vs Galatasaray.

- BC Donetsk felt itself weak without injured Anthony Tucker (196-F-85). Igors Miglinieks decided to substitute American forward with Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82). First game was triumphal - Aleksic scored 7 points and 7 rebounds and Donetsk was stronger then MBC Mykolaiv. Tucker will be back for a month as minimum.

- Duane Erwin (206-F-82) has played just one game for Sumykhimprom and gone away. Rimantas Endrijaitis continuing searching good center for his team - Augustinas Vitas (210-C-82) became the new candidate. Note that Lithuanian had try-outs in Khimik at 2003 but didn't satisfied Zvezdan Mitrovic.


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Rocks Maintain 2 Point Advantage - by Andy Webb
Scottish Rocks maintained their two-point advantage at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to an 87-80 victory over the Worcester Wolves at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on Sunday evening. A 7-2 run midway through the final quarter broke the game open for the Rocks to take the score out to 84-67, and despite the Wolves netting 10 of the last 11 eleven points of the game, the Rocks held on for the victory.

The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders moved themselves into third position in the table after a 79-84 victory over the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena. The teams could not be separated for the majority of the game, but an 8-0 Raiders tear in the third quarter took the score out to 50-57 to give the visitors the breathing space that they needed to secure the final 'W'.

In other BBL Championship action, the Marshall MK Lions needed overtime to overturn the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 99-94. 12 points from Lions' Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) in the final two minutes helped the home side overcome an eight-point deficit and take the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Riders took a three-point lead at 91-94, but Yorrick Williams (3) and Tom Eddie (5) secured the victory for the home side.

BBL Championship
Marshall MK Lions 99 (17,55,70,90) (Eddie 22, Brown 21, Obazuaye/New 16)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 94 (30,47,68,90) (Williams 23, Martin 18, Swanson 15)
(After overtime. Tied at 90-90 at end of regulation)


Marshall MK Lions moved themselves up to fifth position in the BBL Championship table thanks to a 99-94 overtime success over the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Sunday afternoon at the Bletchley Leisure Centre. The visitors had got themselves ahead by eight points at 78-86 off the back of an 9-0 run. Twelve points from Lions' Terrell Brown in the final three minutes, including a buzzer-beating basket to tie the game at 90-90, took the game into the extra period. In the extra period, Tom Eddie netted the opening basket from the foul-line to give the Lions a 91-90 lead. LaTrell Williams scored the next four points for the Riders to give them a 91-94 lead with 2:30 remaining. A Yorrick Williams three-pointer instigated an 8-0 Lions run to secure the victory. Earlier in the game, the Riders started the stronger with a 21-2 burst in the opening period to take the score out to 11-27. The second period saw the Lions come storming back into the game with bursts of 18-5 and 13-2 to take a 49-43 lead towards the end of the first half. The Lions went into the locker rooms leading 55-47. Both sides traded baskets at the start of the third period, but back-to-back three-pointers from Riders' Matt Martin instigated a 17-4 burst to tie the game at 64-64. The teams continued to trade baskets, but the Lions held onto a slender two- point lead at 70-68 going into the final stanza. In the final quarter, the Riders got their noses in front of their hosts off the back of 9-3 and 9-0 bursts to lead 78-86 before the fireworks began. Eddie led the scoring for the Lions with 22 points, but it was Williams who led all scorers netting 23 points for the Riders.

BBL Championship
Scottish Rocks 87 (21,51,70) (Yanders 26, Shelton 18, Murray 14)
Worcester Wolves 80 (13,35,54) (Harker 21, Brown 19, Uzkuraitis 14)


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 player/coach Skouson Harker led the scoring for the Wolves with 21 points personal.

BBL Championship
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 79 (26,50,66) (Davis/Perre 18, Virgil 16)
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 84 (26,49,69) (Lasker 29, Beasley 18, Moore 16)


Airwaves Plymouth Raiders leapfrogged over the Everton Tigers into third position in the BBL Championship table thanks to a 79-84 victory over the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena on Sunday evening. Both teams traded baskets throughout the majority of the first half, and it was the Jets who held a slender single-point lead at 50-49 going in at the half. The second half saw the Raiders enjoy an 8-0 run midway through the third period to take the score out to 50-57, but they couldn't shake off a resilient Jets outfit as the home side closed the gap to three points at 66-69 going into the final stanza. In the final quarter, the Jets continue to close the deficit, and got to within a point at 78-79 heading into the final minute, but they could get no closer as the Raiders secured the victory from the foul-line. Calvin Davis and Phillip Perre led the scoring for the Jets with 18 points a-piece, while Andrew Lasker led all scorers in the game with an impressive 29-point haul for the Raiders.




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Wels thrash Baden for the fifth win - by Eurobasket News
Wels stayed tuned and managed to recover after two straight loses in the AWBL. Wels dropped the battles against the league favorites Flying Foxes and Herzogenburg but finally posted the victory in Round 10. The Kraftwerk Ladies thumped Baden 101:32 on the road. The visitors played a perfect defense throughout forty minutes of game. They limited Baden to 8 points consistently in all four terms and secured a stunning victory at the end. Wels led by as many as 39 points at halftime and never looked back en route to the 5th win in the season. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) led the charge with 19 points. Victoria Crawford (170-G-83, college: Memphis) added 18 points in the win. Marlies Kiefer (158-G-83) and Michaela Thaler (172-F-89) responded with 10 points each in the loss.
Flying Foxes were challenged by Vienna 87 on the road but still prevailed at the end. The reigning champions led by just two points at the first break and failed to clear off substantially in the second frame. The visitors built a 42:32 lead at halftime and stepped on the gas in the third frame. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: La Salle) and Adrianne Ross (173-G-84, college: TCU) paced Flying Foxes to a 72:47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Flying Foxes comfortably breezed to the win at the end. Crista Ricketts scored 26 points to lead the way for the visiting team. Adrianne Ross added 25 points in the victory. Agnes Meisinger (179-F-80) responded with 17 points. Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79) had 11 points as Vienna 87 fell at 4-5 record.


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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL 3-0 
 2. Achilleas 2-1 
 3. Keravnos 2-1 
 4. Etha 1-3 
 5. Anagennises 0-3 


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USK Praha scrape past Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha stayed undefeated in the ZBL but the 12th win was not a piece of cake for Lubor Blazek team. The league leaders visited Karlovy Vary to face local Lokomotiv. USK Praha looked solid in the opening term as Katerina Elhotova (179-G-89) scored 8 points and the visitors led 21:11 at the first break. However the hosts quickly denied the deficit in the second term. USK Praha maanged to secure a 39:31 advantage at halftime. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) and Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) gave the Prague outfit a 12-point cushion before the final stanza. USK Praha extended the margin to 20 points early in the fourth term but Karlovy Vary refused to bow. Erica McGuinness (175-G-85, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers) and Lenka Vetrovcova (187-C-84) saw the hosts cut the gap to just 8 points late in regulation. However Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) hit from beyond the arc and silenced the home team. Lindsay Whalen paced USK Praha with 22 points in the win.
Gambrinus eased past Sparta Praha 121:56 on the road. Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) stepped up with 19 points for the reigning champions. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) added 16 points each for the winning team. Michaela Drachovska (183-F-86) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Sparta Praha in defeat.
Valosun stayed in the third spot in the table as they knocked down Hradec Kralove 104:90 in Brno. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) looked solid with 28 points for Valosun. Britany Miller (193-C-87, college: Florida St.) contributed 26 points and 14 boards for the winners. Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) and Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) posted 17 points apiece for Hradec Kralove.


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BC Star unstoppable in Round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Neither Tartu nor Tallinna Living could slow down BC Star in their perfect run. BC Star posted two more victories stretching their winning streak to 8 games.
First BC Star visited Tartu and decided on the outcome in the opening period. BC Star outscored their opponents 25:9 in the first ten minutes to build an unassailable lead. BC Star dominated in every other frame to secure a comfortable 87:44 victory at the end. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) scored 20 points for the winners. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) came up with 16 points and 14 boards for the winners. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Tartu in defeat.
BC Star extended their victorious rally against Tallinna Living. The league top team trailed by 3 points after the starting quarter before striking back in the second and third quarters. Davineia Payne led the charge as BC Star denied the deficit and crafted a 4-points advantage before the fourth quarter. It was not enough for the hosts however. Tallinna Living stepped up strong in the dying minutes and sent the game into extra time. There BC Star netted 11 points and pulled away with a tough victory. Payne scored 24 points to lead the way. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) added 17 points for the winners. Kerli Haas (179-F-90) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Tallinna Living as they remained in the second spot at 5-2 record.


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CSKA Moscow is back with a convincing victory - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow -Gambrinus 91:71

CSKA Moscow is back to Euroleague with a convincing victory over Gambrinus 91:71. In a postponed game played last night Russian team won all the quarters in the game to take 5-3 record in the group. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) led the winners with 22 points, while Ann Wauters (194-C-80) added 20. Janel McCarville supported them with 16 points and Lawson scored 11. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) scored 16.
It was the first game for CSKA returning to the competition. Douglas and Ann Wauters posted first points for the Russian team, however Maiga's four points in a row made the score 9:8. The Russian team sparked a 12-2 run to take 25:13 after the opening quarter. With another 21-16 CSKA extended the lead 46:29 at the halftime.
The visitors managed to reduce the arrears to 52:40 in the middle of the third. Gorbunova's three however remained the lead at 69:48 and Tamika Whitmore closed the third at 68:50. A 12-0 surge capped by a Hana Horakova three with just under six minutes to play in the game cut the deficit to 74:64. Later on the guests could not stay on race and were defeated 91:71. Douglas made two free throws at the end to seal the winning outcome for her team.

CSKA Moscow: Rebecca Khammon 22, Ann Wauters 20, Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 16
Gambrinus: Tamika Whitmore 23, Liene Jansone 16


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Perfumerias 6-2 
 2. Wisla Can-Pak 5-3 
 3. Bourges 5-3 
 4. Pecsi 4-4 
 5. Orenburg 2-6 
 6. Besiktas 2-6 
Group B
 1. Venezia 7-1 
 2. CSKA 5-3 
 3. MKB Eurol. 4-4 
 4. Gambrinus 3-5 
 5. TTT Riga 3-5 
 6. Villeneuve 2-6 
Group C
 1. UMMC 7-1 
 2. Ros Casares 6-2 
 3. USK Praha 3-5 
 4. Union Hainaut 3-5 
 5. Lotos PKO BP 3-5 
 6. Sibenik 2-6 
Group D
 1. Spartak V MR 7-1 
 2. TEO Vilnius 5-3 
 3. Maxima Br. 5-3 
 4. Fenerbahce 5-3 
 5. Schio 1-7 
 6. Montpellier 1-7 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Catz 11-1
2. Espoo Team 10-2
3. Huima 8-4
4. PeKa 8-4
5. S-Hameen. 7-6
6. FoA 4-9
7. HoNsU 2-11
8. BC Nokia 0-13
Dtoped Participating:
1. PuHu 5-5


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Recap of DBBL Round 12 - by Moritz Korff
SV Halle Lions - BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel 69:71
Wolfenbuettel's new coach Natalie Nakase guided the Wildcats to their 3rd win and handed the Lions only the 2nd loss of the season. Shaina Zaidi (173-G-85, college: UCLA) nailed 5 threes for Wolfenbuettel and finished the contest with 27 points just like her teammate Anita Teilane (196-C-85) who also pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Halle got 22 points from newly added guard Polina Hadjiyankova (175-G-86) and 11 points/10 boards from Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts).

TSV Wasserburg - ChemCats Chemnitz 85:81
Thanks to Wolfenbuettel's effort in Halle and another home win the defending champ TSV Wasserburg is now on top of the league all alone. Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85, college: Colorado) posted 21 points for TSV, Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) followed with 18 points, Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) added 17 points and 9 boards. Though Corrie Fertitta (185-F-86, college: Radford) and Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) dominated the paint and combined for 30 rebounds, the ChemCats were not able to get away with a win. Fertitta also scored 22 points, Martina Bozikov (188-F-84) chipped in 21.

USC Eisvoegel Freiburg - WWK Donau-Ries 67:71
Freiburg are stil stuck in the relegation zone, while Donau-Ries improved to a 6-6 record. A double-double by Megan Vogel (180-G/F-85, college: S.Dakota St.) who produced 21 points and 14 rebounds helped the visitors to earn the points, Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) made 27 points and 9 rebounds in defeat, Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Brown) had 18 points.

TV Saarlouis Royals - Herner TC 89:68
The Royals outrebounded HTC 53:35 and celebrated their 9th win of the season. Scoringwise Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) showed a good performance and put in 19 points, Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, Romy Baer (188-F-87) had 16 poins, 7 boards and 6 steals. The Herne offense was paced by Teiosha George (193-F/C-85, college: Pepperdine) netted 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85) finished the game with 18 points.

Trinos Goettingen - BBV Leipzig Eagles 84:61
The Goettingen supporters saw the debut of Anna Sykorova (190-C-85) who tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds in her first appearance on the Violets' team. Michaela Abelova (185-G-85) produced even better stats: She scored 25 points, got 5 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Other Goettingen players in double-figure scoring were Jaysie Chambers (188-F, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 15 points (plus 11 boards) and Sarka Kucerova (180-F-82) with 14. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) scored 17 points for the Eagles, Annika Danckert (182-F-81) followed with 14 points.

evo New Basket Oberhausen - BC Pharmaserv Marburg 69:62
Oberhausen earned a home win against Marburg and pushed their record to 7-5. Oberhausen's Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) and Petra Glaeser (194-F-81) ended up with 15 points apiece, Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) had a game-high 20 points in defeat.


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Uniqua NB1/A - Round 11: Big games! - by Patonay Adam
The spectators may have seen title bouts, strained battles finally in the 11. round of the championship. The Savaria-Beac there was an of importance match just like that for the affected ones, than you are your BSE-Szeged or ZTE-Szolnok, not spoken the Sunday peak from a match: Pcs-Sopron! Beac won Szombathely the foregin players losted Savaria. BSE defeated kept Szeged an enormous surprisingly duly for his good teamwork and their good foregin players, while the only with a Hungarian player character ZTE beat Szolnok with Szelesy's buzzer three! The compulsion Sopron playing with a PG, onto a surprise to win known Pcs. Honti Kata replaced his injured PGs wonderfully (Semsei Barbara, Kathy MacLeod) while Holt and Milovanovic produced the points. Mazzante a thrower like that showed a form finally the kind for a castle from her on Pcs, but the home team was not able to tolerate their leader, Ivnyi scoreless...


Mizo Pecs 2010 - MKB Euroleasing Sopron 70:74
Pecs: Ivanyi -, Torok -, Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) 20/18, Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) 17, Graziane 6. Sub.: Somogyi 9/3, Brooke Quennan (188-F-84, college: Boston Coll.) 15/3, Meszaros 3/3, Raksanyi.
Sopron: Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 14/3, Eordogh, Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) 23/6, Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) 16/3, Horti 10. Sub.: Krivacevic 8, Horvath Zs. 3/3, Hadarics.

Zala Volan ZTE - Szolnoki NKK 67:62
Zala Volan: Virag Szalay (172-G-84) 11, Takacs 7, Rita Rasheed (182-F-89) 8/6, Varga Zs. 2, Zsofia Horvath (191-C-82) 15. Sub.: Pungor 8/6, Judit Szelesy (184-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Ambrus 2.
Szolnok: Djelmis 11/6, Boskovic 8/6, Hegedus 6, Sonyak 6/3, Rita Kalmar Nagy (187-F-87) 12/3. Sub.: Szabo 5/3, Halmai 6, Darida 8/6.

BSE - Szeviep Szeged 79:73
BSE: Kocsis 5, Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) 15, Zsovar 6, Mina Maksimovic (190-F/C-83) 13/6, Lidiya Milkova (192-C-70) 15. Sub.: Allyson Hardy (170-G-83, college: Bowie St.) 15/3, Simon-, Kiss -, Zsofia Koncz 10.
Szeged: Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) 21/9, Tomova 4, Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) 15/6, Desire 7/3, Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) 17/3. Sub.: Vincze 2, Szakacs 7/3, Russai -, Laczi -.

Atomeromu Szekszard - Seat Foton Gyor 66:87
Szekszard: Balint 11/3, Ievtushenko 11/3, Tamas 20.
Gyor: Furesz D. 19/6, Kovacs 11/3, Imbergerova 20/12, Radunovic 17.

Savaria BC Helios - BEAC Ujbuda 72:82
Savaria: Szabadfi 15/9, Sandor 15, Horvath E. 20/9.
BEAC: Zsamar 20, Ruttner R. 11, Szasz 20/12.

Cegledi EKK - Vasas Csata 68:83
Cegled: Orban 12/6, Tiba 15/12, Serban 15.
Vasas: Szondy 18, Fritz 13/3, Mansare 29/12.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bnot Hash. - Elit.Netanya 79-68
Bnot Hasharon ensured the seventh win in the season as they held off Elitzur Natanya at home court today. Charde Houston was pivotal with 26 points and 16 boards for the winners. Yelena Izenshtat added 16 points for the hosts. Natanya responded with 22 points and 7 boards from Natasha Brackett.

M.Tel Kabir - Hapoel T-A 98-107
Hapoel Tel-Aviv got 28 points and 10 boards from Alex Anderson to overcome Maccabi Tel Kabir. Diamond Rogers topscored for the winners with 33 points and 8 rebounds. Brooke Reves secured 37 points and 18 boards for Maccabi Tel Kabir as they stayed winless at 0-9 record.

Electra Ramat - Maclar.Holon 73-69
Ramat Hasharon fired down Elitzur Holon behind 17 points and 6 boards from Jia Perkins. Naomi Kolodny contributed 14 points to the winning effort. Ayana Walker tallied impressive 38 points and 17 rebounds for Holon in the loss.

Ramat Hen - M.Ashdod 76-77
Maccabi Ashdod secured a narrow victory over Ramat Hen on the road tonight. Sherill Baker stepped up with 22 points and 8 steals for the winners. Brashida Elohim added 17 points as Ashdod improved at 7-2 record. Latoya Pringle and Tamara James posted 26 points each for Rmat Hen in defeat.

Ramla - B.Yehuda 92-61
Elitzur Ranla handled Bnei Yehuda at home court. Latanya White and Olena Ogorodnikova led the charge with 15 points each. Ina Gourevitch added 14 points for the winning team. Bnei Yehuda slipped at 2-7 record despite 19 points from Dionnah Jackson.



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  LEBANON - Women  


Results - Round 1 of the Lebanese League - by Raffi Kassabian
The lebanese basketball league season 2008-2009 kicked off on Saturday 6th of December 2008. There are seven teams competing in the league this season after Blue Stars withdrawal, while La Toure Antoura replaced Champville who also had to withdraw from the league. The seven teams are the following: Antranik Beirut, Homenetmen Antelias, Riyadi Beirut, Anibal Zahle, Homenetmen Beirut, Mouttahed Tripoli, La Toure Antoura. In the first game, Antranik Beirut didn't face any difficulties against new commers La Toure Antoura and had an easy win with the score 79-53. In the second game, Riyadi Beirut had to work hard to win the game against Homenetmen Beirut with the score 70-50. In the third game of the first round, Homenetmen Antelias had a comfortable win against newly promoted side Mouttahed with the final score 84-45.

Results - Round 1

La Toure Antoura - Antranik Beirut 53-79
Homenetmen Beirut - Riyadi Beirut 50-70
Homenetmen Antelias - Mouttahed 84-45
Homenetmen Antelias: Nathalie Sevadjian 18, Sandra Najem 15, Joelle Abdelnour 11, Joyce Saliba 11, Karen Kaloustian 10, Christine Moufarreje 8, Caroline Moufarreje 7, Nayiri Voskeritchian 4.

Schedule - Round 2

Wednesday December 10, 2008
La Toure Antoura vs Homenetmen Beirut Antoura Court 20:00

Saturday December 13, 2008
Anibal Zahle vs Homenetmen Antelias Zahle Court 18:00

Sunday December 14, 2008
Antranik Beirut vs Mouttahed Demirjian Center 20:00



Standings - Women League
Premier League Standings
1. Homentmen A. 1-0
2. Antranik 1-0
3. Al Riyadi 1-0
4. Homentmen B. 0-1
5. Antoura 0-1
6. Al muttahed 0-1
7. Anibal 0-0


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Residence 8-2 
 2. Etzella 8-2 
 3. T71 Dudelange 8-2 
 4. AB Contern 7-3 
 5. Basket Esch 6-4 
 6. Amicale 5-5 
 7. Musel Pikes 5-5 
 8. Grengewald 2-8 
 9. Racing 1-9 
 10. Schieren 0-10 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Romanian Cup, Quarterfinals - by Nagy Szilveszter
The results of the Romanian Cup:
First legs:
CSM Craiova-BC Teleorman Alexandria 58-78

SCM CSS U Craiova

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 I. Selisteanu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 * A. Stefan 19:47 0/2 0 1/2 50 2/2 100 2 0 2 0 3 2 1 0 3 5
6 A. Jojica 04:20 0/0 0 0/0 0 1/2 50 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
7 A. Funieru 03:55 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 -1 0
8 * A. Haas 27:28 1/6 16.7 2/4 50 0/0 0 0 5 5 3 2 5 0 0 4 8
9 J. Maltez 12:28 2/4 50 0/2 0 1/4 25 0 3 3 0 2 3 2 0 0 5
10 * C. Cutas 33:04 2/6 33.3 2/5 40 2/5 40 2 5 7 3 2 4 2 0 10 12
11 L. Lungu 14:38 2/3 66.7 0/0 0 3/4 75 0 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 4 7
12 A. Gliga 18:50 2/2 100 0/1 0 1/2 50 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2 5
13 C. Bonciog DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 * I. Podrug 36:30 5/7 71.4 0/0 0 1/2 50 0 2 2 0 2 4 2 0 8 11
19 * A. Pinter 29:00 2/6 33.3 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 2 3 4 1 2 2 0 6 4
Team 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 16/36 44.4 5/15 33.3 11/23 47.8 9 22 31 11 19 25 9 0 42 58
Coach: Liviu Manea

Team 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PTS M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
SCM CSS U Craiova 16/36 44.4 5/15 33.3 11/23 47.8 9 22 31 11 19 25 9 0 42 58
BC Teleorman Alexandria 24/47 51.1 5/19 26.3 15/24 62.5 18 27 45 17 22 18 16 3 95 78

BC Teleorman Alexandria

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * B. Savic 21:21 4/8 50 0/1 0 4/4 100 1 3 4 2 1 4 4 0 13 12
5 * A. Sipos 27:41 2/6 33.3 3/5 60 1/2 50 2 2 4 3 1 2 1 1 14 14
6 * M. Nicolaescu 27:05 2/3 66.7 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 2 3 4 4 2 5 0 12 4
7 * A. Chivu 17:05 2/4 50 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 0 2 4
9 C. Gheta 01:51 0/1 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 D. Epure 03:08 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 B. Barbu 22:43 1/1 100 1/3 33.3 3/4 75 1 1 2 4 2 1 3 0 13 8
12 C. Teodorescu 08:31 0/0 0 0/2 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 -1 0
13 M. Mihai 12:45 0/0 0 1/4 25 1/2 50 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 4
14 G. Rus 26:59 6/10 60 0/0 0 3/6 50 5 6 11 1 3 2 1 2 21 15
15 * A. Denson 30:01 7/14 50 0/0 0 3/6 50 4 6 10 2 3 3 0 0 16 17
16 A. Stramaturaru 00:50 0/0 0 0/2 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
Team 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 24/47 51.1 5/19 26.3 15/24 62.5 18 27 45 17 22 18 16 3 95 78
Coach: Madalin Piperea

CET Govora-Rapid Bucuresti 76-50

CET Govora

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG
M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
5 I. Bors 12:03 3/5 60 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 7 6
6 C. Ceausu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 B. Voica DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 * T. Rus 34:13 4/10 40 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 7 8
9 * M. Krstajic 40:00 6/7 85.7 0/5 0 3/4 75 2 4 6 1 4 3 6 1 19 15
10 * F. Diaconu 40:00 9/16 56.3 3/8 37.5 10/12 83.3 1 3 4 3 2 6 3 0 27 37
11 L. Latinovic 13:58 1/1 100 0/3 0 0/0 0 0 3 3 1 0 2 1 0 2 2
12 J. Simionca DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 G. Stefan DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 * R. Ungureanu 40:00 0/1 0 2/4 50 2/2 100 3 3 6 0 3 2 3 0 12 8
15 * M. Ivovic 19:46 0/2 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 2 4 0 3 2 2 0 2 0
Team 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 23/42 54.8 5/21 23.8 15/18 83.3 10 23 33 5 15 15 18 1 80 76
Coach: Mihaita Daniel Toma

Team 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PTS M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
CET Govora 23/42 54.8 5/21 23.8 15/18 83.3 10 23 33 5 15 15 18 1 80 76
Rapid CFR Marfa Bucuresti 18/42 42.9 2/10 20 8/16 50 8 27 35 3 17 24 8 2 34 50

Rapid CFR Marfa Bucuresti

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * L. Panasiuk 30:42 4/8 50 0/0 0 1/2 50 2 3 5 0 3 6 0 0 3 9
5 L. Scarlat 08:51 0/0 0 0/2 0 1/2 50 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -3 1
6 A. Pavel 21:32 1/3 33.3 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 0 3 2
7 L. Nacu 22:51 5/11 45.5 0/0 0 3/6 50 1 2 3 0 1 3 0 0 4 13
8 A. Hurmuz DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 * O. Kursievich 18:28 1/1 100 0/0 0 0/0 0 1 3 4 1 4 1 6 1 13 2
10 * C. Perta 26:27 2/4 50 0/0 0 1/2 50 2 3 5 0 2 3 0 0 4 5
11 R. Bejan DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 C. Ene 10:12 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 0
13 E. Constantin DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 * C. Bagiu 31:54 3/8 37.5 1/4 25 1/2 50 1 6 7 1 0 3 0 0 6 10
15 * L. Voinea 29:03 2/7 28.6 1/4 25 1/2 50 0 2 2 0 3 5 0 0 -4 8
Team 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 18/42 42.9 2/10 20 8/16 50 8 27 35 3 17 24 8 2 34 50
Coach: Dan Militaru

U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca-Sportul Studentesc Bucuresti 88-39

U Trustul CRE Cluj-Napoca

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * M. Adi 15:48 2/8 25 0/0 0 6/7 85.7 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 0 6 10
5 R. Chioran 06:58 2/3 66.7 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
9 * M. Agalavreva 21:47 4/7 57.1 1/4 25 1/1 100 1 2 3 6 1 1 2 1 17 12
10 A. Orosz 28:13 3/5 60 2/5 40 0/1 0 2 5 7 4 2 4 3 0 16 12
11 * C. Morosan 25:49 3/6 50 0/1 0 0/0 0 2 6 8 5 1 1 5 0 19 6
12 K. Meszaros 03:32 1/2 50 0/0 0 1/1 100 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
13 * R. Giurgiu 37:49 2/2 100 3/6 50 0/0 0 1 8 9 2 2 6 2 0 17 13
14 F. Houston 25:13 2/3 66.7 3/6 50 1/1 100 0 4 4 1 2 4 3 1 15 14
15 * B. Vescan 16:18 4/6 66.7 0/0 0 2/2 100 1 1 2 2 3 3 1 0 10 10
44 A. Hutanu 02:11 1/2 50 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 7 2
88 O. Dunca 16:22 1/1 100 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 1 10 2
Team 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
Total 200:00 25/45 55.6 9/24 37.5 11/13 84.6 12 38 50 23 15 22 20 3 125 88
Coach: Predrag Vasic

Team 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PTS M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
U Trustul CRE Cluj-Napoca 25/45 55.6 9/24 37.5 11/13 84.6 12 38 50 23 15 22 20 3 125 88
Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic ANEFS 16/49 32.7 0/11 0 7/14 50 9 24 33 4 13 23 8 0 10 39

Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic ANEFS

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 C. Grama 11:34 0/0 0 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 -2 0
5 * A. Ionescu 20:00 3/5 60 0/1 0 1/6 16.7 3 1 4 2 1 2 1 0 4 7
6 * R. Mitroi 14:48 1/6 16.7 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 -5 2
7 A. Mavrodineanu 15:46 2/7 28.6 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 1 0 -1 4
8 O. Marginean 10:41 1/3 33.3 0/0 0 2/4 50 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
9 * T. Lungu 25:46 2/7 28.6 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 6 7 0 3 2 2 0 5 4
10 C. Usurelu 18:45 1/5 20 0/0 0 2/2 100 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 5 4
11 G. Vlad 12:44 0/0 0 0/3 0 2/2 100 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 -1 2
12 C. Stanga 17:00 1/2 50 0/2 0 0/0 0 2 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 2
13 * I. Olaru 17:16 2/4 50 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 6 4
14 A. Cuatu 15:40 1/5 20 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 2 2 0 1 5 1 0 -5 2
25 * O. Baluta 20:00 2/5 40 0/1 0 0/0 0 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 -1 4
Team 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 16/49 32.7 0/11 0 7/14 50 9 24 33 4 13 23 8 0 10 39
Coach: Stefan Sandulache

CSS LMK Sfantu Gheorghe-MCM Targoviste 54-62

CSS LMK Sfantu Gheorghe

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
5 * S. Zoll 40:00 3/7 42.9 3/5 60 0/0 0 0 3 3 2 0 3 0 0 11 15
6 * I. Vass 35:51 2/6 33.3 1/2 50 0/0 0 0 5 5 2 3 3 1 2 9 7
7 * E. Ambrus 24:31 1/7 14.3 0/2 0 4/6 66.7 2 8 10 1 3 0 2 0 9 6
8 E. Sndor DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 * S. Diatta 30:20 2/3 66.7 1/3 33.3 0/0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 0 5 7
10 I. Matovic 13:49 3/7 42.9 2/3 66.7 0/0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 9 12
11 I. Nagy 09:10 0/1 0 0/0 0 2/2 100 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 0 3 2
13 * J. Kajdacsi 28:14 1/10 10 0/1 0 0/0 0 2 4 6 1 3 2 0 0 -3 2
14 N. Bords DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 O. Cazac 18:05 0/2 0 0/5 0 3/4 75 3 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 3
Team 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
Total 200:00 12/43 27.9 7/21 33.3 9/12 75 10 29 39 8 12 15 5 2 45 54
Coach: Csaba Deri

Team 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PTS M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
CSS LMK Sfantu Gheorghe 12/43 27.9 7/21 33.3 9/12 75 10 29 39 8 12 15 5 2 45 54
Municipal MCM Targoviste 19/38 50 6/24 25 6/10 60 12 33 45 13 17 17 10 2 74 62

Municipal MCM Targoviste

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 E. Dinca 01:03 0/1 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
5 O. Masilionene 12:06 0/1 0 3/5 60 0/0 0 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 0 7 9
6 R. Alecu DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 * I. Krasnosciuc 28:04 4/8 50 0/2 0 2/2 100 2 2 4 3 5 2 1 0 10 10
8 * G. Toma 32:08 4/7 57.1 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 8 10 1 4 4 1 1 14 8
9 M. Bukovski 01:22 0/0 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 * M. Boriga (Brosovszky) 34:16 3/6 50 2/11 18.2 0/0 0 1 4 5 2 2 2 1 0 6 12
11 N. Turoczi 19:48 2/3 66.7 1/3 33.3 0/0 0 1 2 3 0 3 2 1 0 6 7
13 * C. Valentin 36:56 1/4 25 0/3 0 1/2 50 1 4 5 3 2 1 3 0 6 3
22 * C. Givens 34:17 5/8 62.5 0/0 0 3/6 50 2 10 12 4 1 4 3 1 23 13
Team 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 19/38 50 6/24 25 6/10 60 12 33 45 13 17 17 10 2 74 62
Coach: Catalin Tanase


Second legs:
Rapid Bucuresti-CET Govora 71-67

Rapid CFR Marfa Bucuresti

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
4 * L. Panasiuk 28:06 5/11 45.5 0/0 0 8/10 80 4 3 7 0 4 2 1 1 17 18
5 L. Scarlat DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 * A. Pavel 28:32 1/3 33.3 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 5 5 3 1 4 1 0 4 2
7 * L. Nacu 36:29 10/14 71.4 0/0 0 3/6 50 3 6 9 1 4 2 0 0 24 23
8 A. Hurmuz DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 * O. Kursievich 26:03 1/1 100 0/0 0 2/2 100 1 5 6 4 2 2 5 0 17 4
10 C. Perta 15:25 3/4 75 0/0 0 0/0 0 2 2 4 0 1 6 0 1 4 6
11 R. Bejan DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 C. Ene 02:25 0/1 0 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 -1 0
13 E. Constantin 03:31 0/0 0 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
14 C. Bagiu 19:29 0/3 0 4/8 50 0/0 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 9 12
15 * L. Voinea 40:00 0/5 0 2/7 28.6 0/0 0 0 5 5 4 2 2 1 0 4 6
Team 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 20/42 47.6 6/17 35.3 13/18 72.2 12 28 40 15 14 21 9 2 78 71
Coach: Dan Militaru

Team 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PTS M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
Rapid CFR Marfa Bucuresti 20/42 47.6 6/17 35.3 13/18 72.2 12 28 40 15 14 21 9 2 78 71
CET Govora 18/42 42.9 7/15 46.7 10/14 71.4 5 20 25 19 19 16 9 1 69 67

CET Govora

Player Min 2P 3P FT REB AS PF TO ST BS EFF PPG
M/A % M/A % M/A % O D T
5 I. Bors DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 B. Voica DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 * T. Rus 40:00 2/8 25 0/1 0 0/2 0 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 0 -2 4
9 * M. Krstajic 40:00 3/6 50 5/6 83.3 0/0 0 1 6 7 3 4 2 3 0 28 21
10 * F. Diaconu 40:00 5/13 38.5 0/2 0 3/4 75 0 6 6 8 2 4 0 0 12 13
11 * L. Latinovic 40:00 3/3 100 1/3 33.3 4/4 100 0 5 5 7 1 2 3 0 24 13
12 J. Simionca 00:06 0/0 0 0/1 0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
13 G. Stefan 06:20 0/2 0 0/0 0 1/2 50 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 -2 1
14 * R. Ungureanu 20:26 3/5 60 1/2 50 2/2 100 0 1 1 0 5 3 1 0 7 11
15 M. Ivovic 13:08 2/5 40 0/0 0 0/0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 1 1 4
Team 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 200:00 18/42 42.9 7/15 46.7 10/14 71.4 5 20 25 19 19 16 9 1 69 67
Coach: Mihaita Daniel Toma

After this result CET Govora have qualified to the Romanian Cup Final Four with 143-121 on aggregate.

BC Teleorman Alexandria-CSM Craiova 11.12.2008, 5 PM
Sportul Studentesc Bucuresti-U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca 11.12.2008, 9.30 AM
The game beetween Targoviste and Sfantu Gheorghe was postponed because both team will play in the EuroCup Women in this week.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


CSKA Moscow is back with a convincing victory - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow -Gambrinus 91:71

CSKA Moscow is back to Euroleague with a convincing victory over Gambrinus 91:71. In a postponed game played last night Russian team won all the quarters in the game to take 5-3 record in the group. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) led the winners with 22 points, while Ann Wauters (194-C-80) added 20. Janel McCarville supported them with 16 points and Lawson scored 11. Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) ended up with 23 points in defeat and Liene Jansone (192-F/C-81, college: Siena) scored 16.
It was the first game for CSKA returning to the competition. Douglas and Ann Wauters posted first points for the Russian team, however Maiga's four points in a row made the score 9:8. The Russian team sparked a 12-2 run to take 25:13 after the opening quarter. With another 21-16 CSKA extended the lead 46:29 at the halftime.
The visitors managed to reduce the arrears to 52:40 in the middle of the third. Gorbunova's three however remained the lead at 69:48 and Tamika Whitmore closed the third at 68:50. A 12-0 surge capped by a Hana Horakova three with just under six minutes to play in the game cut the deficit to 74:64. Later on the guests could not stay on race and were defeated 91:71. Douglas made two free throws at the end to seal the winning outcome for her team.

CSKA Moscow: Rebecca Khammon 22, Ann Wauters 20, Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) 16
Gambrinus: Tamika Whitmore 23, Liene Jansone 16


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hondar.-Irun - Halcon A.Per. 63-76
Nice road victory for Perfumerias, who jumped on 9-2 record in LFB. The same numbers also have Mariana and Rivas Ecopolis. Ros Casares is on top alone with 10-1. Le'Coe Willingham and Anke De Mondt combined 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Snow followed with 13 pts and 9 boards. Toronnie Gortman also had 15 points, but for the hosts. Hondarribia now has 5-6.

Extrugasa - San Jose 54-62
It was a game between two Spanish EuroCup teams. San Jose grabbed it thanks to Eshaya Murphy, who collected 27 points and 11 rebounds. Taru Tellervo Tuukkanen answered with 21 points for the hosts. San Jose 5-6, Extrugasa 2-9.

Mariana - Cadi la Seu 79-73
Mariana continued with pretty good performances this season moving up on 9-2 score. On the other side, Cadi la Seu slipped on 4-7. Armintie Price top-scored for the winning squad with 22 points. Licet Castillo and Maria Llamas had 17 points apiece. Kelly Da Silva registered 24 points and 7 boards for Cadi la Seu.

Olesa - Estudiantes 74-70
Tracy Reid had a great game for her Olesa delivering 21 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Sandra Ygueravide contributed with 19 points in loss. Olesa 8-3, Estu 3-8.

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Real C.Vigo 71-68
Ibiza escaped with a tiny home victory against Vigo improving on 3-8. Anna Gomez, who came off the bench, netted 15 points for the winners. Maja Miljovic was a way better than the others in Vigo delivering 23 pts. Her team fell on 4-7.

Mann Filter - Gran Canaria 53-49
4-7 for Mann Filter and 2-9 for Granca after Round 11. Laura Antoja was the best scorer for the hosts with 17 points. Granca got 21 from Ines Kresovic. Iva Perovanovic had double-double in defeat, 15 pts and 14 rebs.

Rivas Ecopolis - Ros Casares 56-93
It was a derby game between two teams with 9-1 record after 10 rounds. Ros Casares totally devastated Rivas Ecopolis mostly owing to Roneeka Hodges and Anna Montanana, which combined 35 points. Jelena Dubljevic had 19 pts for the hosts.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Thomas put in work! - by David Edole
Leading by four points at halftime Saturday, Minnesota West head coach Mike Furys instructions to his team were simple.

We talked at halftime that we really needed to get aggressive on offense, Fury said. We did, and we had a good half of basketball.

The Lady Jays outscored Rainy River 47-20 in the final half to claim a 74-43 victory.

We really needed to get back in the win column, Fury said. We struggled a little in the first half and just didnt get things going.

However, Ashley Kirk (game-high 19 points) converted on a 3-point play to start the second half and Brittany Helgeson (11 points) nailed a 3-pointer to push the Lady Jays 27-23 halftime lead to double figures and MW never looked back.

Jerryann Thomas scored 14 points and had eight rebounds while Amanda Murray had four points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Rachel Pavelko had six points and five assists for MW, while Jenna Donkersloot scored seven points.

The Lady Jays will start a three-game home stand Tuesday when Sioux Falls Junior Varsity comes to Minnesota West.