EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/1/2008

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ABA

Malone plans to bring the ABA to Cartesville and Augusta -by Jay
The American Basketball Association Macon-based Georgia Gwizzlies owner Embry Malone have recieved approval by the ABA League to start ground work on owning additional teams in Cartesville and Augusta,Georgia.This will make a total of four ABA teams in Georgia for 2008-09,which includes the Atlanta Vision.Clarence Brewer,a business owner who grew up in Kentucky with Malone and other Louisville,Kentucky native NBA star Derrick Andersen,who is a very close friend of Malone nephew Anthony Malone is also being courted.The last time Cartesville had a minor league pro basketball franchise,it ended up in the 2006 WBA championship.

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Slovan replaces coach -by Zeljko Zule

Geoplini Slovan dismissed coach Aleksandar Sekulic due a bad results and immediatelly replaced him with Croatian Rudolf Jugo. . . . . .

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Union Olimpija inks Saso Ozbolt -by Dragan Jankovski

Union Olimpija finally agreed to terms with guard and ex-player Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency), who has recovered from a serious knee injury. Ozbolt and Olimpija agreed to part ways when the player got injured. He did not receive any money, but part of that deal was when he recovered the team would sign a new contract with him, which happened on Wednesday. The new contract will keep Ozbolt in Olimpija until the end of the season and he expects to be in a game shape at the beginning of March.



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ALGERIA

WA Boufarik in a financial crisis -by Kristian Santiago
One of the most prestigious teams in Algerian basketball faces financial issues these days.
The nine-time champion and seven-time cup-winner is represented through president Ahmed Benyabou who told the press that players weren't paid starting the last five months of the last season.The Wilaya (like a federal state in Algeria) of Blida granted four million dinars to the local football-team and refused to support Widad Boufarik who are now on brink of folding.
Hopefully the team will be able to overcome this tough situation and finish the season.


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ARGENTINA

Liga A All Star game 2008 -by Facundo Iatzky
All Star Game:
Argentinians (72): Sebastian Ginobili 3, Sebastian Acosta 6, Juan Manuel Locatelli 10, Leonardo Gutierrez 8, Roman Gonzalez 10 (st); Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) 14, Bruno Labaque 11, Julio Mazzaro 5, Leandro Palladino 3 Diego Osella 2. coach: Julio Lamas.
Foreigners (65): Charles Jones 0, Antwon Hall (193-G-74, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Life) 22, Cleotis Brown 2, Chuck Robinson 3, Robert Battle 12 (st); Quincy Wadley 13, Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, college: Belm.Abbey) 6, Michael Robinson 2, Jason Osborne 2 Jamal Robinson 3. coach: Silvio Jose Santander.
Referees: Pablo Estevez, Alejandro Chiti y Daniel Rodrigo. Court: Polideportivo Islas Malvinas
MVP: Andres Pelussi
iluminated player: Antwon Hall

Dunk Contest:
Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) (champion)
Byron Johnson (runner up)
Antwon Hall
Andres Molteno
Pedro Romero
Mariano Fierro
Brice Assie
Pablo Rizzo

3 point shootout contest:
Leandro Masieri (201-F-76) (champion)
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) (runner up)
Pablo Gil
Maximiliano Maciel
Leonardo Gutierrez
Juan Pablo Sanchez
Cleotis Brown
Jose Muruaga

Liga A historic players game:
White team (70): Marcelo Milanesio (188-G-65) 13, Hector Campana 10, Eduardo Cadillac 2, Jorge Racca 14, Luis Emilio Villar 2 (St); Luis 'Chuzo' Gonzalez 6, Julio Ariel Rodriguez 10, Gustavo Fernandez 6, Ariel Scolari 2, Sergio Aispurua 0 Alejandro Yankilevich (invited) 5. coach: Walter Garrone.
Read Team (68): Miguel Cortijo 7, Raul Merlo (194-G-67, agency: Interperformances) 22, Carlos Romano 2, Diego Maggi 6, Adolfo Perazzo 11 (St); Luis Gonzalez 2, Marcelo Richotti 4, Esteban Perez 6, Esteban Camissasa 2, Ariel Bernardini 4 Matias Ruger (invited) 2. coach: Luis Martinez.
Referees: Alberto Garcia, Jorge Rubinsztein, Eduardo Alagastino. Court: Islas Malvinas Mar del plata
MVP: Marcelo Milanesio
Iluminated player: Raul Merlo


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AUSTRIA

Pete Strobl leaves Merry Monk Ballina!!!! -by Jay
Due to the added financial costs of competing in the southern conference of the Irish SuperLeague Team Merry Monk Ballina have been forced to release Player/Coach Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara). Manager Conor Moore is extremely sorry to see their star forward leave but wishes him the best of luck in finding a new club. 'He's one of the best Bosman players I've ever seen in Ireland and we're obviously sad to see him leave. He was a great role model and set a fine example with his hard-work, enthusiasm, and professionalism.' Until he finds a new club, Pete will be in Vienna (Austria) with his wife Sheryl Strobl (168-G-78, college: Niagara) who has joined the Flying Foxes Post SV Wien in their quest to repeat as Austrian Champions.

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BRAZIL

Euroleague Brasil: Guilherme and Splitter in action -by Gustavo Cardoso
Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) were on display last night during Euroleague action. Guilherme went scoreless in his team's 24 point loss to CSKA Moscow at home (68-92). The Brazilian forward played for 14 minutes, and snagged 4 rebounds. In the season he averages 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Bologna has 2 wins and 12 losses in Group A.

Splitter's TAU Ceramica beat Lithuania's Zalgiris in the Spanish Basque Country by the score of 84 to 66. The Brazilian had an amazing game scoring 23 points in 27 minutes of action. He is currently averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. TAU is on third place in Group A with 9 wins and 5 losses.

Lietuvos Rytas of J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga), Unicaja Malaga of Paulo Prestes (210-C-88), and Maccabi Elite of Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) will see action tonight as teams on Groups B and C hit the hardwood.


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EUROLEAGUE

Zalgiris picks up upset loss in Vitoria -by Eurobasket News
Tau - Zalgiris 84:66

Zlagiris were unable to overcome Tau on the road in the final round of Euroleague regular season. It means Lithuanian team completed the action at 8-6 record in the 4th spot in Group A. Tau clinched the third place with a 9-5 record. With both teams having their Top 16 birth guaranteed the things were not forced early in the game. Zalgiris used two long bombs from De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) to enjoy a 10:3 lead early in the game. Tau continued to stay sloppy both offensively and defensively and did not rush things. Neven Spahija called for timeout but it never helped as Paulius Jankunas and Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) allowed the visitors to gain a 24:11 lead late in the starting stanza. However Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored a trey and Splitter hit a jumper as Spanish team cut the gap to 8 points after 10 minutes. Tau toiled on their way back in the second quarter with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) sinking important buckets. The hosts fueled a 13:0 rally midway through the frame to step in front 37:33. Tau kept Zalgiris scoreless for about 5 minutes before Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) hit a trey and Zalgiris trailed by 5 points at the end of the first half. Now it was Zalgiris turn to fall into some kind of offensive slumber as they continued to miss open shots and Tau reached a 9-point advantage early in the third frame. Spanish side kept a firm hold of the lead and finished the third stanza with an 8-point cushion. The fourth term brought another scoring draught for Zalgiris as they unable to post a single point for 5 minutes and fell too far away from Tau to hope for a positive result.
Tau were led by Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points. Igor Rakocevic dropped 20 points, while Mirza Teletovic had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 17 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas had 12 points in a losing effort.

Tau: Tiago Splitter 23, Igor Rakocevic 20, Mirza Teletovic 9
Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 17, Paulius Jankunas 12


CSKA finishes Euroleague season in style -by Eurobasket News
La Fortezza - CSKA 68:92

CSKA ended their Euroealgue regular season campaign with yet another confident victory. The Russian favorites overwhelmed Italian La Fortezza to complete a 12-2 record on top of Group A. La Fortezza on the contrary suffered 12th defeat and completed the action at the bottom of the group. The crowd in Bologna warmly welcomes the local native Ettore Messina . He however was not about to give away presents for La Fortezza. CSKA silenced the fans with a stunning 19:3 lead early in the game. The visitors extended the gap to 24:5 after the opening stanza. Moscow team continued to stroll in the second quarter as Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) ensured a 35:8 advantage. Finally La Fortezza remembered about the hosts' status and ignited a 12:3 run to trim the gap to 18 points. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) hit a three-pointer and Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88) dunked the ball to cap the first half with CSKA leading by 27 points.
Messina rotated the squad allowing his young reserves to get more playing practice. They stood up for the challenge and kept the home team at a safe distance. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) hit a trey and Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) added a couple of jumpers to see the gap cut to 23 points. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) quickly responded with an offensive outburst to build a 24-point margin heading into the fourth period. Kashirov and Siskauskas widened the margin to 30 points at the start of the fourth period and the game simply flew to an obvious result. David Andersen (212-C-80) scored 15 points for CSKA. Nikos Zisis and Marcus Goree secured 12 points apiece for the winners. Dewarick Spencer answered with 20 points for La Fortezza. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) notched 19 points in defeat.

La Fortezza: Dewarick Spencer 20, Alan Anderson 19
CSKA: David Andersen 15, Nikos Zisis 12, Marcus Goree 12


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GEORGIA

BU will play quarters on EuroCup -by Levan Mikeladze
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and his Tartu Rock are through to the 1/4 finals of FIBA EuroCup. Estonians won the final game of a first group stage against Finnish side Lappeenranta 78:72 at their own gym and took the first place in their respective group. They will face Tsintsadze's former team, Russian Ural Great in quarters.

As for the Georgian International, he finished the last game with 35 minutes, 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists.


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GERMANY

Q&A with Anish Sharda -by Moritz Korff
With an average of exactly 23.9 points in 18 games played this season Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) is the leader of ASC Theresianum Mainz, the best team of the Regionalliga South-West. Eurobasket Germany had the chance to ask him about the current situation in the league, his personal performances and the Indian National Team.

ASC Mainz is 15-3 after 18 games played this season: What has been the key to success so far?
After the first 18 games the key to our success has definelty been our ability to stick together as a unit through tough times. In our first game against Rastatt we were down 10 points with less than 3 minutes to play and we stayed calm and together and found a way to pull out a victory.

How do you feel about your personal performances? Anything that could have been better since game one in October?
I feel okay about my personal performances, I always feel I could play better after every game I ask the coaching staff and our athletic trainer what I could have done better and then work on that stuff the following week, but the main thing is that any good game or performance I have had has been a direct compliment to my teamates they do a great job of getting me the ball in positions to be successful and make my job a whole lot easier. I feel that since October I have gotten better defensivly but I still have work to do in the aspect of the game.

Your team will play against runner-up Schwenningen on February 16. Is this going to be the most important game of this season?
I feel that our next game is our most important game of the season against Lich. Any team is a dangerous team in my eyes and you cannot overlook anybody because thats how you lose. Each game is as important as the next one. However if we are fortunate to beat Lich, then that game against Schwenningen will be huge. They are a very great team and they don't just have one guy that can beat you they play well as a team and are very tough to beat.

What is your prediction: Which team is going to win the championship in the Regionalliga South-West: Mainz, Schwenningen or even Weissenhorn?
I really don't have a prediction as far as which team is going win the championship. I hope that it us but Schwenningen is very tough and Weissenhorn is a great team. But the thing about our league is that every game is a challenge. We barely got a victory in Giessen a couple weeks ago we were very fortunate to win down there in a very tough environment against a tough physical team. So whatever team can stay tough and together has the best chance at winning the Regionalliga South-West.

If a player averages close to 24 points, hits 3.4 treys per game and shoots 85 % from the Free Throw-Line for the league-leading side like you do, that should certainly attract the interest of teams from higher leagues. Does it?
You know the first thing I want to say about those numbers that I'm putting up this season is it is all because of my team and the organization. My teamates have been great all year long and my coach has been awesome and I have been lucky that our athletic coach has taken the time to work with me and has a lot to do with my performances on the court, without those people around me none of those numbers would be possible so I give them the credit. As far as attracting interest from teams in higher leagues, I would hope that any player on a winning team would attract interest. I work extremely hard at this game because I love to play, but I love to win more than anything and I have been fortunate to be playing okay so far this season. So if a team from a higher league would want that kind of player who cares all about the team and winning then I would say yeah it should draw interest from a team in a higher league, but we will have to see.

Your parents come from India. Have you ever been asked to play for the Indian National Team?
You know that's funny you ask that, I would love to play for the national team but I have never been asked to. I have definetely thought about playing for the team. I feel it would be a great honor to represent India playing the game I love.


Germany to face New Zealand and Cape Verde in Qualifiers for the Olympics -by Moritz Korff

The draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens (July 14 - 20) took place on Thursday. The German National Team will face Cape Verde and New Zealand in Group B. All in all 12 teams participate in the tourney and will battle for three tickets to the Olympics in Beijing. The two finalists and the 3rd placed team will make the trip to China. Check out the complete schedule on fiba.com: click

The last time Germany met New Zealand was at the 2006 World Championships in Japan, when Germany won 80:56. The most know members of the 'Tall Blacks' are former ALBA Berlin-player Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) - now averaging 23.7 points for NBL-side New Zealand Breakers - veteran Pero Cameron (199-F-74, agency: Duran International), who spent some years in the British BBL, the Turkish D1 and is a member of Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) in this season, Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) of the Brisbane Bullets and Phill Jones (196-G-74), who played in the Italian Serie A for years and went back to the fifth continent for this current campaign joining the Breakers as Penney's teammate. Also Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV), who left the Brose Baskets Bamberg just recently, played for his home country in the 2007 Oceania Championships and could meet some familiar faces when taking on the Germans.


Cape Verde has never been an opponent of the German NT in an official game yet. The archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean near the western coast of Africa. Some Cape Verdean players are suiting up for teams in Portugal, some play college-basketball in the USA, including Ivan Almeida (197-F-89), a talented Wing who enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College and Aldevino Lima (203-C-86), a freshman at Northeastern University (NCAA 1). In the 2007 African Championships Cape Verde finished on third place. Key players in that tournament were leading scorer and rebounder Rodrigo Mascarenhas (198-F-79), who grew up in Portugal and was named the Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He spends the current season with Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda from Angola, one of the best African club-teams. Other starters of Cape Verde's NT in 2007 were Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill), who also has a past in Portugals first division and is now a member of De Agost Luanda as well. Other players to watch are Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant), a former standout at NCAA D2-school Bryant University, and Tony Barros (193-F-84, college: Mass.-Boston), the 9th best scorer (23.5 ppg) of the NCAA Division 3 in 2006-2007 and also ranked 8th in the nation in steals per game (3.2spg).



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GREECE

The draw for the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men: Greece against Brazil and Lebanon -by Kostas Papadopoulos
As it is worldwide known, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), in cooperation with the Hellenic Basketball Federation, is now hosting the draw for the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men at Athens. The draw is taking in the Hotel Divani Caravel and eurobasket.com is transmitting this draw live from there.
The following nine teams have already booked their tickets for the Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men that will take place in Beijing, China, from 10th to 24th August 2008: Angola (African Champion), Argentina (Americas runner-up), Australia (Oceanian Champion), China (host), Iran (Asian Champion), Lithuania (European Bronze medallist), Russia (European Champion), Spain (World Champion) and USA (Champion of the Americas).
The remaining three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be decided in this 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will feature the following participants: Cameroon and Cape Verde (Africa), Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada (Americas), Lebanon and Korea (Asia), Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Slovenia (Europe) and New Zealand (Oceania).
These 12 national teams are now divided into four groups of three teams each:
Group A: Brazil, Lebanon, Greece.
Group B: Cape Verde, Germany, New Zealand
Group C: Canada, Korea, Slovenia
Group D: Cameroon, Puerto Rico, Croatia.

Each team will play all the other teams in its own group. The teams placed 1st and 2nd in each group will play in the Quarter-Finals; the teams placed 3rd in each group will go home. A total of 12 games will be played in the Preliminary Round. The teams placed 1st and 2nd in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals. The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, while the two losers will battle for one remaining Olympic spot. The program will be as following.

Quarter-Finals:
Game 13: A1 vs. B2
Game 14: B1 vs. A2
Game 15: C1 vs. D2
Game 16: D1 vs. C2

Semi-Finals:
Game 17: Winner 13 vs. Winner 15
Game 18: Winner 14 vs. Winner 16

The two winners will qualify for the Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the 3rd place (Game 19 below) for one remaining qualifying place.

Finals:
Game 19: Loser 17 vs. Loser 18


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HUNGARY

Hungarian Cup: 1/8 Finals -by Tamas Deri
OSzolnoki Olaj KK - Planet Leasing Dombovar KC 87-67
(11-21, 28-13, 25-24, 23-9)
Szolnok, Att.: 2000, Referees: Hartyani, Foldhazi, Benczur
SZOLNOK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 25/12, Cziczas, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 18/9, Sabaliauskas 9/6, Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 21/15, Harazin, Coach: Por Peter
DOMBÓVAR: Mills 13/3, Deak 10/6, Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 10, Bodi 5/3, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 15, Du Juan Wiley (206-C-75, college: Michigan St.) 14/6, Balogh L., Coach: Dzunic Branislav
2pt's: 14/28 (50%) - 23/51 (42%)
3pt's: 16/32 (50%) - 6/22 (27%)
Free Throws: 11/14 (79%) - 3/6 (50%)
Most rebounds: Hollins 10 - English 13
Most assists: Kelley 7 - English 10


Melo-Diak Kaposvar-Marso-Vagep Nyiregyhazi KK 73-87
(17-18, 16-22, 25-23, 15-24)
Kaposvar, Att.: 100, Referees: Pali, Peczely, Gelencser.
Melo-Diak Kaposvar: Agfalvi 11/3, Filipovic 15, Mihalics 12/3, Pottendi 1, Trupp 3/3, Szilagyi 10/6, Horvath N. 4, Feher 10/6, Fekete 4, Kovacs M. 3/3, Coach: Varga Roland
Marso-Vagep NYKK: Savic 15/6, Buchanan 16/12, Mouton 6, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 32/12, Helbich 9, Krasznai 4/3, Trepak 2, Siska, Nagy K. 1, Farkas A. 2., Coach: Deri Csaba


Falco KC-Zalakeramia-ZTE KK 87-58
(19-13, 22-18, 21-14, 25-13)
Szombathely, Att.: 2300, Referees: dr. Valovics, Bognar, Franyo
Falco KC: Kalman 15/3, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 25, Ciric 2, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 23/12, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 13, Varadi 9/3, Feigl, Borszeki, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
ZTE: Miskovic 12, Walters 2, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Piplovic 6/3, Bassette 5, Keresztes 2, Simon 8/3, Hoffmann 2, Kovats 5/3, Toth A. 1., Coach: Nikola Lazic
2pt's: 23/43 (53%) - 16/45 (36%)
3pt's: 6/19 (32%) - 4/14 (29%)
Free Throws: 23/27 (85%) - 14/18 (78%)
Most rebounds: Nikola Aliakseyeu 14 - Walters 6
Most assists: Kalman 8 - Miskovic 2


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IBL

Gary to host 2008 IBL All-Star Festival -by Trask Frost
Gary, IN—The International Basketball League has announced that the Gary Steelheads will host the 2008 IBL All-Star Festival at the Genesis Center in Gary, Indiana on Thursday, June 12.

The Festival will feature an All-Star game pitting the league's best players from the West (West and Southwest Divisions) versus the best from the East (East and Midwest Divisions). The IBL's top athletes and shooters will also be on display, as the event will include a dunk contest and three-point shootout.

The Steelheads also plan to offer fans a ‘premium act' for entertainment during half time.

Gary Steelheads' President Jewell Harris Jr.—'Needless to say, the Steelheads are honored and delighted to host this event. We hosted the 2004 CBA All Star Festival and entertained approximately 7,000 fans. We plan to make this show as exciting as the 2004 Festival.'

IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio—'Gary is a first class organization, and clearly they know how to put on a great show. I have no doubt that this is going to be a terrific event.'

2008 will mark the first year the IBL has had an in-season All-Star Game, as it has been a part of the post-season in the past. The West is 2-0 vs. the East in IBL All-Star Games (The IBL's switch to a regional playoff format last season prevented a true, East vs. West All-Star Game).

'For whatever reason, the West has had the East's number in the previous two meetings,' said Duilio. '2008 will offer the truest example of a region vs. region all-star contest that the IBL has ever had, and I am excited to see the results.'

IBL All-Star Game information:

2005 Battle Creek, MI West 159—East 156
2006 Elkhart, IN West 179—East 141
2007 Portland, OR West 148—Southwest 151

MVP

2005 Kenny Tate (43 Points) Portland Chinooks
2006 Rashaad Powell (31Points) Seattle Mountaineers
2007 DaJuan Tate (38 points) Las Vegas Stars

James Singleton (Grand Rapids Flight) set the IBL All-Star Game scoring record with 44 points in 2005.


Phillip Freeman set to return to Hotshots line-up in 2008 -by Trask Frost
Bend, OR—The Central Oregon Hotshots' hopes for a big 2008 season got a shot in the arm on Friday. The team announced that Phillip Freeman (6'11''-C-79) will be back in a Hotshots' uniform this season—the team's fourth in the International Basketball League.

Freeman, 6'11', averaged 16.9 points per game for Central Oregon last season, but really came into his own down the stretch. Freeman posted 10 blocks in two of the Hotshots' final three contests, and also exploded for 41 points on June 23 against the Salem Stampede. Freeman is currently playing overseas for the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany), and will join the Hotshots in April, before the team's first game.

Freeman has expressed his desire to build on his strong finish in the IBL a season ago, as well as his experience in Germany, and turn it into a breakout season for the Hotshots in 2008.

Central Oregon Hotshots Owner Mikal Duilio—'This is going to be a huge year for Phillip. He will be coming in as a better, more confident player--and also be in better shape than last season. Phillip's a tough match-up because he does so many things well. In any given game, he's one of the best perimeter players on the floor, even though he's 6'11'.

The Hotshots will play all their home games at Mountain View High School in 2008, and kick off the season at home on Friday, April 25 against the Shanxi Kylins. For more information, visit the Hotshots' team page at www.iblhoopsonline.com


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IRELAND

Pete Strobl leaves Merry Monk Ballina!!!! -by Jay
Due to the added financial costs of competing in the southern conference of the Irish SuperLeague Team Merry Monk Ballina have been forced to release Player/Coach Pete Strobl (206-F-77, college: Niagara). Manager Conor Moore is extremely sorry to see their star forward leave but wishes him the best of luck in finding a new club. 'He's one of the best Bosman players I've ever seen in Ireland and we're obviously sad to see him leave. He was a great role model and set a fine example with his hard-work, enthusiasm, and professionalism.' Until he finds a new club, Pete will be in Vienna (Austria) with his wife Sheryl Strobl (168-G-78, college: Niagara) who has joined the Flying Foxes Post SV Wien in their quest to repeat as Austrian Champions.

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ITALY

Last italian Transactions -by Gianni Pascucci
Pierrel Capo d'Orlando officially announced the signing of Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul). He will replace in roster Drake Diener who wil go to.... we can not say yet. Tisettanta Cantu and Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80) agreed to part ways. Valenti joined some hours after Lega 2 team Vanoli Soresina, and Cantu will replace him in roster with Federico Lestini (203-F-83), loaned by Virtus Bologna. In Lega 2, Trenkwalder Reggiana and Federico Pugi (206-F-85), agreed to extend their pact till June 2011.

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JAMAICA

Staple to be inducted into SIC Hall of Fame -by Leonard Whyte
Harrisburg, IL (1-31-2008) - Damion Staple will be one of five athletes inducted into the Southeastern Illinois College 'Hall of Fame' on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Staple excelled as a member of the basketball team from 2001-2003. During his tenure he received all-conference, all-region and all-American honors. He then took his act to Iowa State University where the team reached the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Final Four in 2004 and the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2005. Staple is a member of the Jamaican national team, and has played basketball professionally in both Europe and South America and recently returned from a stint in Bolivia.

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JUCO

Cecil continues their dominance. -by Brandon Martin

Cecil continues their dominance. Cecil community college of North East Maryland is the #1 ranked D-II JUCO and has been atop of the NJCAA ranks for the past three years and are now working on their fourth. National Champions in 2006, have won the region XX championship five of the last nine years. While sending 30 players to division I school and many others to D-II and D-III school. Cecil has not lost a league game in the past three years, while competing in the highly competitive MDJUCO which consist of teams such as Allegany College (Steve Francis's school before Maryland), Hagerstown, and always tough Prince George's County and is undefeated once more this year in and out of conference. They have played six D-I JUCO and have bet the all handily. They have posted no less 31 win per season since the 04-05 season and look to be heading to another 30 plus win year, as they are 19-0, with their last win coming over Dundalk 99-72 on, January 26th. Antonio Haymon (6'5' SF) led the way with 23 point. Haymon is averaging 14 point and 7 rebound per game while shooting 65% from the field and 77% from the free throw line. Coach Bill Lewit, will be looking to se if Haymon and the rest of his talented squad can head back to the national tournament and bring yet another title back to North East, Maryland.



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KUWAIT

Lane sign for Al Arabi -by Ali Ahmed

Al Arabi basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Anthony Lane (206-C-80, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Lee) to play for them this season and deside to release TREMAINE WINGFIELD.

Lane dominates the paint with his strong body and long arms; Can shoot from long-range jumper; Has various post skills.

Lane played in Mexico and Argentina last season.

Awards/Achievements:
Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game -06
Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention -06


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris picks up upset loss in Vitoria -by Eurobasket News
Tau - Zalgiris 84:66

Zlagiris were unable to overcome Tau on the road in the final round of Euroleague regular season. It means Lithuanian team completed the action at 8-6 record in the 4th spot in Group A. Tau clinched the third place with a 9-5 record. With both teams having their Top 16 birth guaranteed the things were not forced early in the game. Zalgiris used two long bombs from De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Paulius Jankunas (204-F-84, agency: Interperformances) to enjoy a 10:3 lead early in the game. Tau continued to stay sloppy both offensively and defensively and did not rush things. Neven Spahija called for timeout but it never helped as Paulius Jankunas and Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova) allowed the visitors to gain a 24:11 lead late in the starting stanza. However Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored a trey and Splitter hit a jumper as Spanish team cut the gap to 8 points after 10 minutes. Tau toiled on their way back in the second quarter with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) sinking important buckets. The hosts fueled a 13:0 rally midway through the frame to step in front 37:33. Tau kept Zalgiris scoreless for about 5 minutes before Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) hit a trey and Zalgiris trailed by 5 points at the end of the first half. Now it was Zalgiris turn to fall into some kind of offensive slumber as they continued to miss open shots and Tau reached a 9-point advantage early in the third frame. Spanish side kept a firm hold of the lead and finished the third stanza with an 8-point cushion. The fourth term brought another scoring draught for Zalgiris as they unable to post a single point for 5 minutes and fell too far away from Tau to hope for a positive result.
Tau were led by Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points. Igor Rakocevic dropped 20 points, while Mirza Teletovic had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 17 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas had 12 points in a losing effort.

Tau: Tiago Splitter 23, Igor Rakocevic 20, Mirza Teletovic 9
Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 17, Paulius Jankunas 12


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MEXICO

LNBP Division Semi Finals Set -by Justin Brink
After dropping the first game of the series at home to the Panteras of Aguascalientes, the Halcones of Xalapa stormed back to take three straight and close out their series in four games. Playing on the road last night in game four, the Halcones out ran the Panteras in a track meet, 123-115 to punch their ticket to the second round. Click here for more LNBP playoff news.

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NBA

Damon Stoudamire is expected to join San Antonio -by Eurobasket News

Various sources reported that Damon Stoudamire (5'11''-G-73, college: Arizona) is going to sign with the San Antonio Spurs sometime this week. Damon Stoudamire became a free agent after buying out his contract and was considering some options before choosing the Spurs. The most obvious were the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns. However it seems the 34-year-old veteran decided to join forces with the defending champs. San Antonio desperately needs some reinforcement at point guard spot with Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) being sidelined by Gregg Popovich . French point guard was ordered to cure his heel completely before returning to court.

Meanwhile the action continued yesterday with 10 games scheduled. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) was once again a lonely soldier in the field but it was just enough to overcome Portland 84:83 on the road. LeBron James poured in 37 points and pulled down 14 boards in the 25th win for the Cavs. LeBron James outscored the whole Trail Blazers team 17:15 in the fourth period to carry the visitors to an impressive victory. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) and LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 16 points apiece in a loss.
Minnesota posted an 83:67 win over Chicago. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) gave more food for thought about him being a new superstar producing another massive double-double of 26 points and 20 boards en route to the 9th win for the Timberwolves. Ryan Gomes (6'7''-F-82, college: Providence) added 20 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, agency: Octagon, college: Kansas) and Thabo Sefolosha (6'5''-G-84, agency: ACMT) scored 14 points each for the Bulls as the visitors sank just 33% from the field and committed 22 turnovers. The Bulls were still missing Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) (sprained wrist), Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) (injured Achilles) and Joe Smith (6'10''-F-75, college: Maryland) (flu).



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NCAA

Kansas State gets out of losing habit against Kansas -by Eurobasket News
Kansas State snapped their outstanding 24-year home-court history of losing to Kansas yesterday. The Wildcats overcame the Jayhawks 84:75 to claim a historic success. It was also the first defeat for the previously prefect Kansas. Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) came up with 25 points for the Wildcats, while Jacob Pullen (6'1''-G-89) contributed 20 points and Kansas State grabbed a long-awaited victory. Michael Beasley was kept pretty quiet in the first half scoring just 8 points. Nevertheless Beasley tallied 6 consecutive points early in the second half as Kansas State claimed a decisive lead. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86) dropped 19 points to pace the Jayhawks. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) had 15 points and 7 rebounds at the end. Kansas State improved to 15-4 record just two wins away from the best start in school history.
Meanwhile Memphis remained the only undefeated team in the league. They extended their winning streak to 20 games edging Houston 89:77 on the road. The Tigers thus tied the team's best start ever. Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) provided 30 points to ensured the positive emotions for John Calipari . Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-85) dominated the paint with 22 boards. Robert Dozier (6'9''-F-85) was also helpful with 17 out of his 21 points in the second half. Dion Dowell (6'6''-G-85, college: Texas) responded with 23 points for the Houston Cougars as they slipped to 15-4 record.
Drake also impresses the basketball fans. They secured the school-record 18th straight win to climb to 19-1 record in the season. This time the Bulldogs took care of Creighton 75:65 exploding with a 10:0 run to cap the game and celebrate victory. Josh Young (6'1''-G-88) led all scorers with 24 points. Jonathan Cox (6'8''-F-85) added 16 points and 10 boards in a win. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86) answered with 19 points for the Bluejays as they suffered the third straight loss.


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NIGERIA

Ilupeju Classics: Hoopers maintain clean slate -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Ilupeju Classics, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt Tuesday maintain its hundred percent record when it posted a 51-38 points victory over University of Lagos to remain top of group-B in one of the five matches decided Tuesday at the Ilupeju Sports & Leisure Centre, Lagos.

In another match decided in group-B, Bayelsa Waves defeated hapless Flying Horse by 60-19 points before falling to Coach Emmanuel Okolo tutored University of Lagos team later in the day by a narrow 46-43 points.

Whales continues its beautiful run with a 38-27 points win over Sea Rovers to stay top of group-C while Raptors recorded its first victory with a 39-28 points victory over Panthers enough to secure a quarter-final ticket for the Coach Charles Ibeziako side.

Four matches are on the bill Wednesday as preliminaries games would be wound-up.

In group-A, Warriors Academy will battle Panthers at 10.00 hours, University of Lagos will take to the floor at 11.30 hours against Flying Horse in a group-B pairing, D.D Magic will engage Sea Rovers in the race for a quarter-final ticket in group-C while Bayelsa Waves and Royal Hoopers will entertain the fans in the top-of-the-bill group-B game at 16.00 hours.


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OLYMPIC GAMES

Olympic Qualifying Tournament Draw -by Eurobasket News
As it became clear tonight Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men will be played in Athens from 14th to 20th July this year. The twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. Group A will consist of Brazil, Greece and Lebanon. Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand made up Group B, while Canada, Korea and Slovenia will play in Group C. Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico were sent to Group D. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals;
The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008.

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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PANAMA

Forbes fuels UMass to victory over Duquesne 94-80 -by Miguel Sanchiz

Panama international Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead UMass to a 94-80 win over Duquesne last night in Pittsburgh. Ricky Harris and Etienne Brower scored 21 points each for the Minutemen (14-6, 3-3 Atlantic 10), who had lost their last two but won a matchup between two of the top eight scoring teams in the nation. Kieron Achara and Kojo Mensah had 14 points apiece for the Dukes (13-6, 3-3), who had won seven of nine. UMass led by nine points at halftime but opened the second half with a 13-4 run to take an 18-point lead.



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PARAGUAY

Pilar League last resuls -by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo Obrero and America started well the last part of Pilar Regional League competition, defeating Sport Crucecita and 1 de Mayo, respectively. Deportivo Obrero confirmed its top ranking routing Crucecita 91-55, while America took the revenge on 1 de Mayo, winning the first game of the Quadrangolar 95-85. The standings are now as follows:
1. Deportivo Obrero 3 points
2. America 2,50
3. 1º de Mayo 1,75
4. Crucecita 1,25
The Quadrangolar goes on tonight, with the games Sport Crucecita - 1º de Mayo and Amèrica - Dep. Obrero, and the next round will be on sunday night, with the games Sport Crucecita - America and Dep.Obrero - 1º de Mayo.


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PHILIPPINES

BALLOTING FOR 2008 ALL-STAR STARTERS BEGINS FEB. 1 -by Benny Lirio

Coaches of top 2 Philippine Cup teams to handle All-Star teams in Bacolod
Reigning MVP Willie Miller seems to be having another good year. But he's not the only one who is drawing attention in the on-going SMART PBA Philippine Cup.

Kerby Raymundo, James Yap, Kelly Williams, Nelbert Omolon, Jeffrey Cariaso, Cyrus Baguio, Mick Pennisi, Arwind Santos and Nino Canaleta also have made a big splash in the league's centerpiece event worthy of being named All-Stars.

Beginning Friday, February 1, fans can vote to decide who among the league's cream of the crop deserves to form the starting unit of the North and South Teams for this year's edition of the PBA All-Star Game.

Fans can cast their votes during gamedays or through the league's website at www.pba.ph.

PBA Renauld 'Sonny' Barrios said coaches of the two teams which will advance to the Finals of the SMART PBA Philippine Cup will be given the privilege to call the shots in this year's All-Star Game set in Bacolod this summer.


The champion mentor in the season-opening conference will coach the host South team while the runner-up mentor will handle the North squad.

Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao and Purefoods counterpart Ryan Gregorio are currently battling it out in a best-of-seven series for the right to advance to the Finals, with Alaska chief strategist Tim Cone and Sta. Lucia tactician Boyet Fernandez squaring off in the other semifinal pairing, also a best-of-seven affair.

Last year in Baguio City, Barangay Ginebra's Jong Uichico steered the North squad to a thrilling 145-142 come-from-behind win over the South, handled by Cone.

'As a form of reward for a job well done in a conference considered the most coveted in PBA history, we deemed it best to reward the two coaches who will make the Finals of the Philippine Cup with the opportunity to call the shots for this year's All-Star game,' Barrios said.

The mid-season spectacle, made possible through the efforts of Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia and West Negros College president Suzette Agustin, is set from April 24-27.

Jayjay Helterbrand of Ginebra and Miller of Alaska were named co-MVP in last year's All-Star Game as they teamed up to rally the North from as much as 22 points down on the way to the stirring victory.

The North team holds a 4-3 edge over the South since the North-South format was formally adopted in the annual classic seven years ago.

Side events such as the slam dunk contest, three-point shootout, obstacle challenge, the trick shot contest, the Legends shootout and the Rookie vs. Sophomore Blitz duel will again be included as part of this year's All-Star Weekend.

KG Canaleta of Air21 won an unprecedented third straight slam dunk title a year ago, Miller repeated in the obstacle challenge, San Miguel's Dondon Hontiveros reigned as Three-Point shootout king while the Rookies finally ended the Sophomores' winning tradition by way of a 122-107 victory. (DBC)

SOURCE: PBA.PH



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PORTUGAL

Proliga round 18 -by Luis Rocha
A quiet round. Benfica won away and stood first, Vitoria also won and follow the leader. Nice job for Seixal, who went on the road to Sangalhos and leave with a good victory. MVP of the week goes to Bryan Foss (201-F-83, college: Minn.-Duluth), another great show, 30 popints, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

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PUERTO RICO

Tate and Brown in Mayaguez -by Alessandro Fontana
Indios de Mayaguez signed Tate DaJuan and Takais Brown for next BSN. Dajuan Tate is a strong american shooting guard-forward who played last season in the 'minors' in USA, before ABA with Las Vegas Venom and later CBA with Pittsburgh Xplosion where He scored 13.3 ppg. This year He was playing in China for Jilin Northeast Tigers where He scored almost 24 pts per game and He was one of the best scorers of the Chinese League.
Takais Brown is a very young forward who played last season college in Georgia with 14.2 ppg (56% 2pts, 40% 3pts, 69% FT) and 5.6 rpg. Indios de Mayaguez are already training for their next BSN season.
BORICUAS IN THE STATES
Orlando Magic won against Miami Heat 107-91. For Carlos Arroyo 6 pts (2/6 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 2/2 FT).
A. Fontana


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RUSSIA

CSKA finishes Euroleague season in style -by Eurobasket News
La Fortezza - CSKA 68:92

CSKA ended their Euroealgue regular season campaign with yet another confident victory. The Russian favorites overwhelmed Italian La Fortezza to complete a 12-2 record on top of Group A. La Fortezza on the contrary suffered 12th defeat and completed the action at the bottom of the group. The crowd in Bologna warmly welcomes the local native Ettore Messina . He however was not about to give away presents for La Fortezza. CSKA silenced the fans with a stunning 19:3 lead early in the game. The visitors extended the gap to 24:5 after the opening stanza. Moscow team continued to stroll in the second quarter as Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) ensured a 35:8 advantage. Finally La Fortezza remembered about the hosts' status and ignited a 12:3 run to trim the gap to 18 points. Alexey Shved (196-G-88) hit a three-pointer and Artem Zabelin (215-F/C-88) dunked the ball to cap the first half with CSKA leading by 27 points.
Messina rotated the squad allowing his young reserves to get more playing practice. They stood up for the challenge and kept the home team at a safe distance. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) hit a trey and Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) added a couple of jumpers to see the gap cut to 23 points. Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) quickly responded with an offensive outburst to build a 24-point margin heading into the fourth period. Kashirov and Siskauskas widened the margin to 30 points at the start of the fourth period and the game simply flew to an obvious result. David Andersen (212-C-80) scored 15 points for CSKA. Nikos Zisis and Marcus Goree secured 12 points apiece for the winners. Dewarick Spencer answered with 20 points for La Fortezza. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) notched 19 points in defeat.

La Fortezza: Dewarick Spencer 20, Alan Anderson 19
CSKA: David Andersen 15, Nikos Zisis 12, Marcus Goree 12


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SERBIA

Bobo Marjanovic recovered, Zivkovic in FYROM -by Dragan Jankovski
NBA hot prospect and U19 World Champion, giant Boban Marjanovic (216-C-88) 'Bobo', after two and a half months fully recovered of the knee injury and started to practice with the team. Marjanovic will be in the roster of Hemofarm STADA for the game against Partizan Igokea in Belgrade this week-end but it is not known how much he will be able to help his teammates.

Srdan Zivkovic (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) agreed terms with MZT Skopje from FYROM. The player was very close to sign contract with Zdrvalje Actavis but at the end he moved to MZT, who is currently on the 6th place in FYROM's Superleague with score 7-9.


Latest signings -by Dragan Jankovski
Cypriot team Intercollege Etha Engomis signed two Serbian players. Center Aleksandar Gilic (207-C-69) and forward Bojan Vukadinovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) agreed terms with the team until the end of the season. They joined Davorin Dalipagic, who moved to Etha last summer.

Etha is Cypriot National Cup finalist and they are currently on the 5th position in division A with score 5-9.


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SINGAPORE

Slingers edge Dragons -by Anthony Lim



Two of NBL's lowest ranked teams, Singapore Slingers and South Dragons played Wednesday, 30/1/2008 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. With not much difference between both teams, it was very much a practice squad game. Hence, both coaches were looking for fundamentals: scoring, defense and turnovers. There was no surprise in the respective team's starting line-up. Slingers paired Chris Cameron and Ben Knight up against the Dragon's Bakari Hendrix and Jacob Holmes. The smaller sized Shane McDonald matched up Luke Martin of the Dragons. The first quarter drifted to a 15-15 tie at 6:36 with momentary highlights provided by an alley loop dunk by Martin from a Joe Ingles pass at 7:32. Slingers provided their own first quarter highlight at 5:05 with Mike Helms driving to the basket and selling a head fake under the hoop before a shovel pass to Knight for the score. Slight comic relief was provided at 1:40 with Ingles contriving to lose the ball under the basket to McDonald with no other player in sight.
Rod Grizzard got the second quarter off to a rousing start with a similar alley loop dunk at 11:40 to put the Slingers ahead 28-31. Then Cameron put the finishing touches to a shot off the back board to pull the Slingers further at 6:33. Knight placed a reverse shovel pass in the paint for McDonald to score at 3:04 and a Helms single palm dunk in the paint took the score to 47-43 for the Slingers. There was more comic relief to come. A straight out of bounds pass from the Slingers gave the Dragons a second attempt at the shot clock with 0,6 seconds to play in the half. Matthew Shanahan's three pointer cut the deficit for the Dragons to 50-53. At the end of the half, all the front court players of both teams were in double figures: Grizzard had 13 pts, Helms and Knight both scored 11 pts. Cortez Groves led the Dragons in scoring with 13 pts while Ingles and Hendrix each had 12.
The entertainment factor continued in the third quarter with Ingles losing the ball out of bounds with no opposing player in sight. The resulting inbound play was costly as the Slingers scored to put them ahead 54-53. The South Dragons went through a series of broken plays, resulting in hurried shots before the expiring shot clock as they attempt to contain the Slingers. Grizzard scored on his steal from an inbound pass to put the Slingers further ahead 67-58 at 3:57.Dragons compounded their problems with Hendrix unable to find his field goal range, scoring only 1/6. A Grizzard finger roll on a fast break at 1:10 put the score 75-58. Ingles made up on his error prone ways with a score at 0:53 to make the score 75-60 and then repeated the trick on a 3 point play at 0:06, his team trailing the Slingers 75-63 at the end of the quarter..
After having outscored the Dragons 25-10 in the third quarter, the Slingers started the fourth quarter with 3 successful baskets from beyond the arc, making the score 84-65. Even after a Dragons time-out at 9:40, the Slingers scored from another long range shot, 87-65. A 3 point play by Helms at 8:15 continued this trend before Groves scored at 8:10 to make the score 90-72. The interruption was temporary as the Slingers put in another long range basket on the next play at 7:45, putting distance between the teams, 93-72. Meantime, John Fitzgerald came off the Slingers bench to score on a passing lane shot, making the score 95-77 at 5:58. The South Dragons then went into a full court press, trying to make the score more respectable. They came close at 1:51 after Nathan Herbert contributed a 3 point play to reduce the deficient 98-91. With an empty back court, the Dragons were vulnerable to a Slingers fast break. Grizzard even put in a 3 pointer at the buzzer to make the final score, 108-93. The most glaring post game statistic was in the respective team's top scorer. Grizzard had 25 points but he also pulled in 14 rebounds. For the Dragons, Groves also had 25 points but shockingly, made 7 turnovers.


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SLOVENIA

Slovan replaces coach -by Zeljko Zule

Geoplini Slovan dismissed coach Aleksandar Sekulic due a bad results and immediatelly replaced him with Croatian Rudolf Jugo. . . . . .

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Slovan changes Sekulic with Jugo -by Matej Bergant
Geoplin Slovan decided to change coach Aleksandar Sekulic due results which were below club's expectations in this season. Club officials confirmed that new coach of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana is Croatian Rudolf Jugo . During his career Rudolf Jugo was incharge of teams like KK Zadar, AS Prishtine, Cedevita Zagreb, Sunce Sibenik and Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka. He was Croatian League winner with Zadar in 2004/2005, in same season he also won Croatian Cup.

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TPBL

week of feb 1st - 3rd games scheduled -by Chris Cardenas

This week in the TPBL- this weeks games should be a match of teams who love to score big points. here is the schedule for the games :
Houston PTS at Lake Jackson Lakers (feb. 2 7:30 pm tip off)
gallos de pellae at west texas storm (feb 2 7:30 tip off and feb 3 3:00pm tip off)
midland heat at san angelo chaparrals (feb. 2 7:30 pm tip off )


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Boyd Anderson opens Big 8 tourney with victory? Ronald Charles Association -by David Edole

After watching Boyd Anderson trail South Broward through most of the first quarter, it was easy for fans to think the Cobras were in for quite a challenge against the Bulldogs.

With a 29-point performance in the second quarter, Boyd Anderson quickly killed that idea.

The Cobras, ranked No. 1 in state in Class 6A, opened the 2008 BCAA Boys Big 8 Tournament with a convincing 85-49 win Wednesday night at Fort Lauderdale.

Boyd Anderson quickly fell behind to start the game as a three-pointer by Iran Hollis gave South Broward a 12-6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Cobras were finally able close the gap when Bryan Bynes hit a three to tie the score at 12. Bynes then forced a steal and quickly passed to Martavious Irving, who drove to the basket for the layup, giving the Cobras a 14-12 lead.

''They came out flat and I couldn't figure it out,'' Cobras coach Eugene Richardson said. ``Everybody loves to play in this tournament and they wanted to come out and get off to a good start.''

The momentum carried over to the second quarter for Boyd Anderson as Frank Gaines got the period started with seven consecutive points. Following two consecutive baskets by Ivan Aska, Gaines got the crowd going with a powerful dunk to make the score 36-19.

But it was the Cobras defense that powered the run. The Bulldogs scored only seven points in the quarter, and were held without a field goal until the final minute.

''We try to pride ourselves on defense,'' Richardson said. ``We try not too give up too many points to the good teams. They came out and got 17 against us so we knew we had to shut them down in the second.''

Entering the second half down by 25 points, the Bulldogs started the third quarter off on an 11-0 run, and holding the Cobras scoreless until the midway mark. From there, Boyd Anderson got back into a rhythm, outscoring South Broward 16-9 in the final 3:30.

BA (21-1): Ferguson 2, B. Bynes 11, Irving 14, Gaines 18, Mills 9, Davis 2, C. Bynes 4, Flood 10, Aska 12. SB: T. Hall 3, D. Hall 9, Pascal 16, Hollis 9, Brown 2. Halftime: BA 49-24.


RONALD CHARLES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE


Friday Feb. 1, 2008

6:00 p.m. Hoyas vs. Icebreaker (13-15)

7:00 p.m. Ballers vs. Tribe (13-15)

8:00 p.m. More Fire vs. Lakers (13-15)

Saturday Feb. 2, 2008

2:30 p.m. Lakers vs. Working Together (7-9)

3:30 p.m. Boys Dem vs. Tribe (7-9)

4:30 p.m. Zion vs. Working Together (10-12)

5:30 p.m. Lakers vs. Boys Dem (10-12)

6:30 p.m. Zion vs. Ballers (13-15)






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Women News

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BARBADOS - Women

Flatts drops 30 to carry St. Michael to first league title -by Justin Marville
WIBISCO Shirley School Girls' basketball Most Valuable Player Tamisha Flatts truly justified her billing as the league's MVP on Wednesday when the outstanding St. Michael's point guard poured in a 30 points to lift her school to their first ever title with a 54-51 finals triumph over reigning double crowned champs Garrison at the Barbados Community College.

With the humiliating season-opening loss to the same opponents at their home court in Dayrell's Road still fresh in memory, Garrison opened the highly anticipated contest with great intensity on the defensive end in search of their third successive league crown.

However, it would be the Martindale Road lasses who ended the first quarter with a 13-7 lead as two-time MVP Tiffany Husbands and younger sister Chantal struggled offensively against a similarly stingy defensive effort from St. Michael while shooting guard Cheyenne Stewart and versatile forward Nadia Rose-Hinds combined for 10 first quarter points to lead the charge at the other end of the floor.

Garrison's great half court defence and persistence in keeping the opposition out of their favoured transition game would eventually pay off early in the ensuing period as St. Michael were held scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the second quarter, resulting in a subsequent 11-3 Garrison run that gave the defending champs their first lead since they scored the opening basket of the contest.

Enter Flatts.

After having a quiet first quarter, the crafty point guard pushed the ball in the open court while aggressively attacking the rack on her way to the free throw line to score 10 points in a 13-2 St. Michael surge at the end of the period giving the top seeds a 29-20 half-time lead by the break.

With the deficit ballooning to double digits after Garrison surrendered five unanswered points to start the third quarter the reigning queens looked dead and buried until Tiffany Husbands gave them one last fighting chance with a glimpse of her MVP calibre.

Through an array of drives mixed in with a pair of medium range jumpers and some calm finishing from the charity stripe, the former two-time MVP erupted for 12 third quarter points; nine of which came in an 11-0 Garrison run which trimmed the deficit to 34-31 midway through the period.

But with guards Chantal Husbands and Cherise Wilson continuing to struggle from the field Tiffany would run out of steam having to carry the offence on her shoulders and Flatts took advantage in the open court.

Against some poor transition defence from the opposition Flatts made good on several easy scoring opportunities in the open court, totalling 11 points late in the third to push St. Michael's up to 44-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

The younger Husbands sister finally got going from the floor in the ensuing period, threatening to spark another Garrison rally with the defending champs pulling within three points early in the fourth. But that is as close as they would get the rest of the way as they failed to contain Flatts and merely traded baskets for the duration of the fourth quarter.

Rose-Hinds and Stewart ended with 11 and 10 points respectively while Tiffany Husbands scored a team high 23 points for the Garrison with younger sister Chantal adding a further 14.


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Nadezhda gets pounded in Italy -by Eurobasket News
Schio - Nadezhda 86:65

Nadezhda suffered a massive setback in their EuroCup aspirations as they were painfully nipped by Schio in the first game of the eighth-final. The start of the game was pretty successful for the Russian outfit as Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) hit back-to-back three-pointers and Nadezhda led 8:0. Zhanna Gorodetskaya (178-G-79) and Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) later added 5 straight points for the visitors as Nadezhda opened up a double-digit lead 17:5. Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) and Masciadri capped the first frame with 4 straight points for Schio and the hosts trailed by 8 points after 10 minutes. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and Elisabetta Moro (174-G-75) trimmed the difference early in the second period but just to see Elen Shakirova and Elena Berseneva (172-G-80) restore an 8-point cushion. Zhanna Gorodetskaya later hit another triple and the margin grew to 9 points. But the home team recovered late in the quarter and answered with an 8:2 run to head into the dressing room trailing by 3 points 29:32. Elisabetta Moro tipped off the second half with a three-pointer to tie things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) nailed a three-pointer and set Schio on the run. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Raffaella Masciadri teamed up for 12 points and Schio grabbed a 57:44 lead after three quarters. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) hit from afar and Elen Shakirova nailed a free throw for Nadezhda to climb within 8 points from the Italian team. But the hosts mounted the pressure and Bernadette Ngoyisa paced Schio to a confident victory. She completed a three-point play to give Schio a 70:56 advantage. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 5 more to make it 75:56. Nadezhda struggled to limit their opponents' offense and finally lost by 21 points.
Bernadette Ngoyisa produced 21 points and 11 boards for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri added 21 points, while Laura Macchi contributed 16 points and 6 boards in a win. Elen Shakirova tallied 17 points and 11 boards for Nadezhda. Zhanna Gorodetskaya scored 14 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for February 7 in Orenburg.

Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 21+11 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 21, Laura Macchi 16
Nadezhda: Elen Shakirova 17+11 boards, Zhanna Gorodetskaya 14


Standings
EuroCup Standings
Group A
1. Panionios 5-1
2. Besiktas 4-2
3. Zeljeznicar 3-3
4. Vojvodina 0-6
Group B
1. Hemofarm 4-2
2. TED Kayseri 4-2
3. Arad 3-3
4. Apollon 1-5
Group C
1. Elektra 5-1
2. Vologda 4-2
3. Botas 2-4
4. Buducnost 1-5
Group D
1. Galatasaray 5-1
2. Elizur Ram. 4-2
3. AEL 2-4
4. Dnipro 1-5
Group E
1. MBK Ruz. 6-0
2. Kozachka 3-3
3. ZTE 2-4
4. U.Neuch. 1-5
Group F
1. AZS Gorzow 5-1
2. Gospic 4-2
3. Szeged 2-4
4. Wasserburg 1-5
Group G
1. Dynamo K. 6-0
2. CCC 4-2
3. Trutnov 1-5
4. Foton 0-6
Group H
1. Cajacanar. 6-0
2. Pays d Aix 4-2
3. Parma 1-5
4. 08 1-5
Group I
1. Schio 5-1
2. BC Moscow 5-1
3. Extrugasa 2-4
4. Sierre 0-6
Group J
1. Taranto 5-1
2. Hondar.-Irun 4-2
3. Challes 3-3
4. Rh.Rebels 0-5
Group K
1. Tarbes 5-1
2. Nadezhda 5-1
3. CAB Mad. 1-5
4. N.Namur 1-5
Group L
1. Venezia 6-0
2. San Jose 3-3
3. Montpellier 3-3
4. Lexembourg 0-6


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FRANCE - Women

Galatasaray bruises Tarbes in EuroCup eighth-final -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Tarbes 61:41

Turkish Galatasaray took a major step towards FIBA EuroCup quarterfinal stage with an impressive home win over Tarbes yesterday. Galatasaray used the advantage of the home crowd support to roll to a confident victory, which makes Tarbes hopes pretty dimmed prior to the return leg game on February 7. It all worked for the hosts at the start of this one as Isil Alben (170-G-86) scored 5 points in a 9:0 run to set things going Turkish way. Isil Alben and Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Galatasaray went up by 14 points 17:3. Laure Savasta (173-G-74) trimmed the gap a bit with two treys but the home team still enjoyed a 22:9 lead after 10 minutes. Yakubu scored 4 straight points for Tarbes early in the second quarter as French team tried to get back into contest. They almost did with Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) hitting a triple and cutting the gap to 8 points. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) capped the first half with another bomb from beyond the arc and Tarbes trailed by 7 points at halftime. The teams were unable to score for almost 6 opening minutes of the third frame. Finally Vickie Johnson (177-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) and Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu (182-F-83, college: Stanford) broke the deadlock with 5 points in a row for the hosts. Galatasaray maintained the distance and entered the fourth quarter with a 41:30 advantage. The home team scored 7 unanswered points to start the fourth period and Galatasaray never looked back afterwards. They piled up a comfortable 20-point lead before the return leg game in France and are looking to advance to the quarterfinal.
Isil Alben scored 17 points to pace the winners. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) had 10 points, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) provided 6 points and game-high 17 rebounds for Turkish team. Laure Savasta responded with 10 points for Tarbes. Kristen Mann added 9 points in a losing case.

Galatasaray: Isil Alben 17, Sophia Young 10, Petra Ujhelyi 6+17 boards
Tarbes: Laure Savasta 10, Kristen Mann 9


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HUNGARY - Women

Another win for Pecs -by Tamas Palko
Savaria BC Szombathely - Mizo Pecs 2010 52-114 (16-33, 13-32, 14-32, 9-17)

Szombathely: Vivien Gadnai 12, Diana Takacs 10.
Pecs: Tijana Krivacevic 24, Emilia Podrug 17, Coelho Graziane 17, Anna Vajda 15, Dalma Ivanyi 12/3.

2pointers: 16/50 32%; 43/57 75%.
3pointers: 2/6 33%; 2/10 20%.
Free throws: 14/18 78%; 22/33 67%.
Rebs: 19; 44.


Sopron's victory -by Tamas Palko
Nagykanizsa - Sopron 34-83 (8-25, 14-21, 2-18, 10-19)

Nagykanizsa: Rachill Robinson 20.
Sopron: Katalin Honti 15/6, Edit Eordogh 14/6, Andrea Karolyi 13/3, Albena Branzova 13.

2-pointer: 12/41 29%; 28/54 52%.
3-pointer: 0/4 0%; 6/16 38%.
Free throws: 10/13 77%; 9/16 56%.
Rebs: 29; 35.


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ISRAEL - Women

Round 15th leaders -by Gil Goshen


POINTS

1. S. Sam 28.0
2. T. Booye 28.0
3. T. Troyana 27.0

REBOUNDS

1. T. Booye 16.0
2. D. Jackson 15.0
3. D. White 15.0


ASSISTS
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1. E. Curry 8.0
2. L. Selwin 8.0
3. N. Kolodny 8.0

EFFICIENCY
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1. D. Jackson 34.0
2. T. Booye 34.0
3. D. Jackson 29.0


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ITALY - Women

Napoli signed Lesdema; Danzi to Viterbo, Bonafede to Umbertide (A2) -by Carlo Grilli
Napoli, at the end of market window, aquired Nathalie Lesdema (190-F/C-73) from Pays d'Aix to renforce the frontcourt. Viterbo (A1) and Umbertide (A2) traded players: Debora Danzi (192-C/F-75) come back to A1, Monica Bonafede (184-F-85) made the opposite step.

Faenza, PalaCattani disqualifyed for 4 days -by Carlo Grilli
At the end of Faenza-Taranto (66-67) played last Sunday, referee Barbara La Rocca were physically attacked by a home supporter, which grabbed her at the neck; the Sport Judge disqualifyed PalaCattani in Faenza for 4 straight home games. C.A.Pallacanestro Faenza made excuses to the referee, and made appeal to reduce the punishment.

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RUSSIA - Women

Nadezhda gets pounded in Italy -by Eurobasket News
Schio - Nadezhda 86:65

Nadezhda suffered a massive setback in their EuroCup aspirations as they were painfully nipped by Schio in the first game of the eighth-final. The start of the game was pretty successful for the Russian outfit as Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) hit back-to-back three-pointers and Nadezhda led 8:0. Zhanna Gorodetskaya (178-G-79) and Elen Shakirova (192-C-70) later added 5 straight points for the visitors as Nadezhda opened up a double-digit lead 17:5. Federica Ciampoli (190-F/C-80) and Masciadri capped the first frame with 4 straight points for Schio and the hosts trailed by 8 points after 10 minutes. Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-C-82) and Elisabetta Moro (174-G-75) trimmed the difference early in the second period but just to see Elen Shakirova and Elena Berseneva (172-G-80) restore an 8-point cushion. Zhanna Gorodetskaya later hit another triple and the margin grew to 9 points. But the home team recovered late in the quarter and answered with an 8:2 run to head into the dressing room trailing by 3 points 29:32. Elisabetta Moro tipped off the second half with a three-pointer to tie things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) nailed a three-pointer and set Schio on the run. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Raffaella Masciadri teamed up for 12 points and Schio grabbed a 57:44 lead after three quarters. Betty Lennox (172-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech) hit from afar and Elen Shakirova nailed a free throw for Nadezhda to climb within 8 points from the Italian team. But the hosts mounted the pressure and Bernadette Ngoyisa paced Schio to a confident victory. She completed a three-point play to give Schio a 70:56 advantage. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) and Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 5 more to make it 75:56. Nadezhda struggled to limit their opponents' offense and finally lost by 21 points.
Bernadette Ngoyisa produced 21 points and 11 boards for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri added 21 points, while Laura Macchi contributed 16 points and 6 boards in a win. Elen Shakirova tallied 17 points and 11 boards for Nadezhda. Zhanna Gorodetskaya scored 14 points in a losing effort. Game 2 is scheduled for February 7 in Orenburg.

Schio: Bernadette Ngoyisa 21+11 boards, Raffaella Masciadri 21, Laura Macchi 16
Nadezhda: Elen Shakirova 17+11 boards, Zhanna Gorodetskaya 14


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SERBIA - Women

Milica Dabovic in USO Mondeville -by Dragana Vukovic
Milica Dabovic (175-G-82),National Team player,cut her contract with BC Moscow.She was playing 4 seasons in Russia,but she decided to change the country.She signed with the USO Mondeville,French representative in Women EuroLeague,till the end of season.

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SPAIN - Women

Delisha Milton,extended by Ros Casares until 2010 -by Ivan Villar
Last MVP of Liga Femenina,Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida),was resigned by her team Ros Casares.Delisha Milton-Jones was principal argument of tittles got by valencian team,Queen's Cup and League.American power forward had a lot of offers but she prefers to stay in Valencia fighting for all tittles.This season her team is on right path and Euroleague's tittle seems to be favourite for team coached by Manolo Real.Delisha Milton-Jones continues making great stats like last season,16 p. 8 reb. in Europe and 13 p. 8 reb. in domestic league.Good new for spanish basketball!

Elisa Aguilar,most voted for All-Star Europe in Moscow -by Ivan Villar
Point guard spanish,Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington),was choosen for top 5 of next All-Star Moscow 2008.Ros Casares is glad because also Aguilar,will have other player in team of import players,Delisha Milton.Spanish basketball is fashion actually because Marta Fernandez and Amaya Valdemoro will begin this show game with european team.Valdemoro isn't having her best season but her great eurobasket was quite reason to choose her.Also she won't have to travel too many long because she plays in russian league.Marta Fernandez is showing in Cracovia that she's real star.She's averaging 13 points and deserves this all-star because played very well as rookie in WNBA and her polish team maybe champion of Euroleague.Congratulations for all players!

FIBA Eurocup:Extrugasa-Electra Hasharon in TVG (digital channel) at 20,30 h -by Ivan Villar
Galician team is last survivor in FIBA Eurocup after arrive to eightquarters.Extrugasa is making history and today television of Galicia (TVG) wanted to be in Vilagarcia.So this game can be watched by digital channel of TVG in most part of Spain and probably in Israel through satellite.Club hopes to beat record of assistance to Fontecarmoa this evening at 20.30 hours.Isaac Fernandez prefer that his team thinks in league but he recognizes the good chance for club.Leslie Ardon (181-F-79) and Agne Ciuderiane will play althoung are some injured.

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TURKEY - Women

Bad End for Edremit -by Cem Guvener
Edremit has been dropped out of TBBL due to financial reasons by TBF. TBBL will be played with 11 teams until the end of the season. Edremit, who had lost all their matches so far, will lose all their remaining mathces by 20-0. Edremit president Selami Kucuk stated that they will appeal to this current situation and ask for all the expenditures that they have made from TBF if the appeal gets rejected.

Galatasaray bruises Tarbes in EuroCup eighth-final -by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Tarbes 61:41

Turkish Galatasaray took a major step towards FIBA EuroCup quarterfinal stage with an impressive home win over Tarbes yesterday. Galatasaray used the advantage of the home crowd support to roll to a confident victory, which makes Tarbes hopes pretty dimmed prior to the return leg game on February 7. It all worked for the hosts at the start of this one as Isil Alben (170-G-86) scored 5 points in a 9:0 run to set things going Turkish way. Isil Alben and Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Galatasaray went up by 14 points 17:3. Laure Savasta (173-G-74) trimmed the gap a bit with two treys but the home team still enjoyed a 22:9 lead after 10 minutes. Yakubu scored 4 straight points for Tarbes early in the second quarter as French team tried to get back into contest. They almost did with Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) hitting a triple and cutting the gap to 8 points. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) capped the first half with another bomb from beyond the arc and Tarbes trailed by 7 points at halftime. The teams were unable to score for almost 6 opening minutes of the third frame. Finally Vickie Johnson (177-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) and Sebnem Nezahat Kimyacioglu (182-F-83, college: Stanford) broke the deadlock with 5 points in a row for the hosts. Galatasaray maintained the distance and entered the fourth quarter with a 41:30 advantage. The home team scored 7 unanswered points to start the fourth period and Galatasaray never looked back afterwards. They piled up a comfortable 20-point lead before the return leg game in France and are looking to advance to the quarterfinal.
Isil Alben scored 17 points to pace the winners. Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) had 10 points, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) provided 6 points and game-high 17 rebounds for Turkish team. Laure Savasta responded with 10 points for Tarbes. Kristen Mann added 9 points in a losing case.

Galatasaray: Isil Alben 17, Sophia Young 10, Petra Ujhelyi 6+17 boards
Tarbes: Laure Savasta 10, Kristen Mann 9


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

NSU Women's Basketball Wins Seventh Straight; Seizes Sole Possession of First Place in Win Over Barry -by David Edole
Nova Southeastern women's basketball team seized sole possession of first place in the Sunshine State Conference by virtue of a last-minute Tampa loss at Lynn while the Sharks (14-5, 7-1 SSC) defeated the Barry Buccaneers (13-6, 4-4) by a score of 61-40 on Wednesday night at NSU's University Center Arena. The win brings NSU one win away from tying a program record with eight consecutive wins. LaShawnna Edwards came up with 10 points and six boards off the bench for NSU.
A layup by Princess Bailey, who finished with a game-high 14 points, gave the Bucs a 15-12 lead with 9:54 remaining in the first half. Afterwards, a made three by point guard Abbie Tepe would spark the Sharks on a 15-2 run to close out the half, giving NSU a 27-17 lead from which they would never look back.
The game proved to be a total team effort for the Sharks as they shot 47.4 percent from the field and had eight players score at least five points and seven players score at least six. In addition, the NSU offense sported a sparkling 20:14 assist-to-turnover ratio as three players, led by Tepe (five), dropped at least four dimes. The Sharks were also stellar on the defensive end, holding Barry to 33.3 percent from the field, including 24.1 percent in the first half. NSU outrebounded the Bucs, 40-30 and its bench outscored Barry's bench, 24-10.