EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/12/2008

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ABA

Other Eastern teams in trouble. -by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team named First State Fusion, based in Delaware, played its first 2008 ABA game on February 9, vs. the Jersey Express, falling 84-132, more than a month after the last one (another loss from the Express, on December 22, 2007). The website of the Delaware team isn' t yet working, and various other clues make to think to a folding of this team soon. Even the news coming from the Jersey Express tell about struggles to stay on track. Team co-owner Marsha Blount stated some weeks ago to local media that the team should continue operating in 2008-09, but admitted that economic losses have left her and co-owner Jacque­line Halyard open to bringing in new investors to share ownership and costs. The main reason of the Express difficulties hav been tiny crowds, due to the continous cancellation of home games as opponents went out of business. No surprise that this all made it very difficult to continue running the team. To sum up, we have two other teams heavily disappointed by the ABA. Less than one month before the end of regular season, only 9 teams (!!) have played more than 20 games, and only 2 teams played more than 15 games, but one of these two (the Beijing Olympians) played all their 16 games in Singapore, covering the traveling expenses of the opponent teams. We remember that the ABA had announced a 36 games regular season for more than 30 teams in 2007-08. Would you call this a succesful season ?

Former Strong Island Sound players finding success in more stable US Minor Leagues -by Surujh Roopnarine
With the Strong Island Sound suspending operations for the 2007-08 season, players were left with difficult choices to make regarding their futures. Some like Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Raheim Lowery (6'7''-C, college: Dowling) have found success oversees, while others like Greg Plummer (6'4''-G-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Eckerd) and Abdul Mills (6'3''-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha) have stayed in the United States, latching on with the CBA and D-League respectively. Here are the most recent statistics for former Sound players in the US minor leagues this season;
Miguel Millien (6'7''-F-83, college: Idaho St.) (CBA): 17games: 20.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg, 54.0 FG%
Greg Plummer (CBA): 12 games: 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 40.8 FG%, 36.5 3PT%
Devone Stephenson (6'8''-F-78, college: Duquesne) (CBA): 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 26.7 FG%
John Strickland (6'8''-F/C-72, college: Hawaii-Pacific) (CBA): 28 games: 12.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 52.0 FG%

Abdul Mills (D-League): 23 games: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.8apg, 38.5 FG%, 37.1 3PT%
Cory Underwood (6'10''-F/C-80, college: SUNO) (D-League): 14 games: 8.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 41.9 FG%


Vermont blitz Blizzard -by Carl Berman
The Vermont Frost Heaves bolted to a 45-18 lead after the first quarter, then coasted to a 133-103 victory over the Boston Blizzard at the Barre Municipal Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. Dokun Akingbade and Terrance Green each poured in 18 points, while Antonio Burks added 16, Brett Gravitt 15, and Issa Konare and Markus Austin 14 each. Dwayne Lee scored 12 and Erik Nelson 10 in Vermont's balanced attack. Vermont, now 24-4, succeeded on 13 three-point attempts for the game, and placed every player in the scoring column. Terrance Green scored on two straight three pointers and then hit a half court shot at the end of the first quarter to help Vermont out to a 28 point lead.

Jamaal Brooks scored 22 points to lead Boston, whose record falls to 7-15. Charles Easterling (6'2''-G/F-83) kept up his hot play since being acquired by Boston. Easterling, playing on a pulled groin, still managed to rake in 17 rebounds to go along with 21 points. Easterling, regarded to be the top rebounding guard in the ABA if not in all minor league basketball, is averaging 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists per game with the Blizzard. He had 39 points and 20 rebounds in the Blizzard's last visit to Vermont.


Texas Tycoons down 3rd ranked Manchester Millrats on the road 123-122. -by Jean-Paul Afif
Manchester, NH: The 4th ranked Texas Tycoons defeated the 3rd ranked Manchester Millrats 123-122 on the road at Manchester this past Saturday February 9th. The Millrats (18-10) hosted the Texas Tycoons (16-1) at home in New Hampshire for a battle of top level ABA power rankings.

Leaving their homes in Texas at 5:30am on the day of the big game for the long cross-country travel, the Tycoons knew they would have to focus in and man up for the evening game hosted by the home team Manchester Millrats. After traveling all day and arriving in New Hampshire, the Tycoons focused in on the task at hand from the start of pre-game warm ups, till the final seconds ticked off the clock to come back home with a strong Win against a good opponent.

'Our focus and mental toughness on the road against a good team paid off with a quality win, our Tycoons team is a family and has really bonded and come together' stated Tycoons Head Coach Jean-Paul Afif

The Tycoons fought hard all game, with a well balanced scoring attack, and tenacious defense to set the tone. Big Man Randall Williams (6'8''-F/C-82, college: Tarleton St.) and guard Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) displayed a great inside out game leading the Tycoons on the court, playing every possession with a passion. With 9 Tycoon players suited up for the game, Texas had 7 out 9 players with double digit scoring efforts.

Guard Mario Kinsey led Texas with 22pts, 6 assists and 2 steals, followed closely by fellow guard Melvin Mitchell (6'2''-G, college: Cameron) with 19pts, 4 assists, and 2 steals on 67% shooting from the 2pt field and 60% from the 3pt line in 24 minutes. Forward Randall Williams set the tone for the Tycoons in the paint and on the glass dominating the boards for both teams with 13 rebounds, including 8 offensive, 4 of which were rebound tip dunks, to go with 3 huge, intimidating blocks. Williams was one of 2 tycoons to have a double-double along with Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul) who finished with 15pts, and a solid 11 rebounds to go with 2 assists and a steal.

Guard Dameon Sansom (6'1''-G-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) entered the game off the bench knocking down 5 of 8 from the 3pt line (63%) claiming key possessions down the stretch for the Tycoons with his clutch shooting, and free throws to seal the win. Aside from making shots, Dameon showed to be a leader and floor general on the court with no turnovers and 17pts in his 20 minutes of play.

Portugal bound Donald Gray (6'6''-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands) filled up a stat sheet with 10pts, 7 rebs, 2 assists, 1 blk, and 2 steals for a solid performance also placing defensive pressure on Manchester all game, along with scrappy guard Steven Dunn, aka Turk. Turk entered the game with relentless defensive pressure, and sparked the Tycoons with his tenacious defensive leadership and presence on the court. Steven Dunn had a extremely efficient 10pts in 11minutes of play to go with 5 rebs, 3 assists, and a steal.

The Tycoons team basketball and defensive intensity posed to much for the Millrats down the stretch, as Forward Taron Hill banged his way in the paint to 8 pts, 6 rebs (4 offensive) and 2 massive blocks, followed by Jonathan Young (6'3''-G-84, college: Schreiner) 5pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists and a steal. Jonathon filled his defensive assignment while in the game with heavy deny defense, and unwavering ball pressure.

The Texas Tycoons are gearing up for the playoffs and the road to win the ABA Championship. The Tycoons hope to dispel and questions about their team players, their quality of play, or strength of schedule with this key 123-122 road win against the 3rd ranked Manchester Millrats.

'As an organization we do our best every year to sort through players and field the best talent Texas has to offer. We feel all of our players are not only high quality professional basketball players, but also quality individuals as well. We know our players have what it takes to play at the next level, but more so than that any player who has on a Tycoon jersey is a Soldier.' Texas Tycoon General Manager Mike Senters .

Visit the Texas Tycoons website at www.txtycoons.com for information about this weekends upcoming games.


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AUSTRIA

Gumnden wins the Austrian Chevrolet Cup -by Eurobasket News
Gumnden triumphed in the Austrian Chevrolet Cup that was held in Austria. At first in the semifinal semifinals, they defeated Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions 73:66 with 26 points from Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.). In another semifinal Furstenfeld reached the final by dumping okoStadt Gussing Knights 98:90 as Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, college: Missouri St.) and Goljovic netted 20 points apiece.
Gumnden defeated Raiffeisen Furstenfeld 76:75 in the Superfinal of both teams. Deteri Mayes was named Final Four MVP scoring 34 points. Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and Kevin Johnson (201-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) posted 8 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Grum and Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) scored 18 points each and in the losing effort.


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BELARUS

Mescheriakov wins the Cup in Ukraine and gets MVP award -by Eurobasket News
Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, college: George Washington) collected 12 points and made 7 rebounds in Ukrainian Cup Final for his Azovmash and ges MVP!!! Azovmash Mariupol retained the Cup title as they fired down BC Kiev in the tournament's finale in Sumy yesterday. Azovmash kept in mind the last season's sour loss to their arch-rivals in the Cup Final and looked for revenge. Azovmash was steered a newly signed Slovenian coach Becirovic. Some more changes occurred some time after the start of the encounter as the starting point guard Edny was injured and had to be sidelined for the reminder of the clash. Henderson stepped up for Azovmash and produced a top-shelf performance down the stretch. Azovmash entered the game aggressively and BC Kiev looked pretty hapless offensively in the opening minutes. Archibald scored first 5 points for Azovmash to set them ahead 5:2. Later Buford fired back-to-back treys as Azovmash continued to roll. Yegor Mescheriakov connected from afar and Lischuk added a free throw as Mariupol outfir kept in front. Faison scored 4 points early for BC Kiev as they stayed at a striking distance. Davis capped the first frame with a three-pointer and BC Kiev trailed by just a single point after 10 minutes 16:17. The teams traded buckets for some time early in the second period before Archibald knocked down a trey to ignite an 18:0 run for Azovmash as they accumulated a 38:18 buffer with less than 2 minutes left in the first half. Finally Artur Drozdov broke the scoring deadlock for Kiev team sinking a free throw. Marko Maravic added two more free throws and Drozdov nailed a triple to trim the gap. Henderson however denied the efforts with a massive treble to restore the margin. Artur Drozdov found the way to drain the buzzer-beating trey and sent the teams into the dressing-rooms with Azovmash leading by 13 points.
Davis and Maravic cut the deficit to 9 points midway through the third period. Yegor Mescheriakov and Henderson replied for Azovmash to give their team a breathing space at 49:34. Azovmash wisely maintained the distance and finished the third stanza up by 15 points. Henderson and Buford get things going for Mariupol in the fourth frame. BC Kiev obviously struggled to find their rhythm and were unable to cut in to revive the intrigue. Azovmash looked like winners midway through the fourth frame and it could have cost them a victory. Drozdov and Jeter combined for 9 points to drag BC Kiev within 11 points from the opponents with over a minute to go in regulation. Stack converted a free throw and Maravic connected from downtown for BC Kiev to trail by just 7 points with 44 seconds remaining. Azovmash experienced massive difficulties breaking BC Kiev's full-court press. Nevertheless Henderson converted a hard play and then scored a free throw unwinding the tension. Azovmash withstood all the efforts from their opponents to save the game and celebrated the Cup title.
Henderson topscored for Azovmash with 18 points. Archibald and Buford contributed 14 points apiece for the winners. Artur Drozdov led all scorers with 26 points. Davis provided 11 points in a losing effort for BC Kiev. Yegor Mescheriakov was named the Cup Final Four MVP.

Uladzimir Veremeyenka (208-F-84) won the Russian Cup with Khimky. Unfortunately Belarus player was injurd and could not participate in the final, however his contribution in the games to reach te final was great.In the Cup Final Khimky overcame CSKA that lost the Russian Cup Finals for the first time since 2004. The Army club got 10 points lead but Khimki returned back thanks to the rythm control got the lead and never looked back.It is the first throphy in history of BC Khimki. Next are The Russian Championship and ULEB Cup!

Vitalyur and Grodno had another two great games, but the defending champion proved the superiority in both games at home. In the first game Vitalyur won 81:74 and then triumphed with 59:50 victory. OZAA beat BNTU 93:56 and 88:72, Minsk overcame Lokomotiv 101:74 and 100:65, while Sozh and Temp showed two different games. At first Sozh won 104:44 and then Temp replied with 76:100.


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BELIZE

Exciting Win for UB in the U-26 Tournament!!! -by David Magana
Last night at the Civic Center the UB Jaguars won in a dramatic manner 63-62 over the Complex Bombers. In the closing seconds Ronald 'Rifleman' Rivers hit a clutch 3 plus got fouled. He completed the 4 point play to tie the game at 62. After a couple plays Jorett Jones, of UB, got fouled which sent him to the line with only .5 seconds left in the game. He missed the first but sealed the deal hitting the second for 1 of his 3 points in the game. For the winning team, Stephen Williams (188-G-83) scored 20 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 steals and Travis Lennon 16 pts / 7 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals. In a losing effort, Ronald 'Rifleman' Rivers 28 pts (8-3's) / 10 rebounds / 1 steal and Lester Cadle (188-G-80) 15 pts / 7 rebounds / 7 assist / 1 steal.
In the Second game, Belmopan Young Gunz got their first win in the tournament by beating Buttonwood Bay 69-58. Top Scorers: Belmopan - Dorian 'Cheesy' Jones 10 pts / 9 rebounds / 3 assist / 1 block / 1 steal and Albert Garcia 10 pts / 3 rebounds / 2 steals. For Buttonwood - Fred Meighan 12 pts / 11 rebounds / 1 block / 1 steal and Darwin 'Prince' Zuniga 12 pts / 5 rebounds / 3 assist / 1 block / 1 steal.
In game three, the Junior Bulldogs kept their undefeated record as the walk over Mesop. Guardian Bombers by 83-64. For the Bulldogs: Paul Swasey (193-F-82) scored 18 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 4 blocks and Jacob 'Snake' Leslie 16 pts / 6 rebounds / 4 assist / 1 block / 3 steals. In a losing effort, Bernard Felix scored 26 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals and Egbert 'Eggy' Walford 20 pts / 2 rebounds.


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BRAZIL

Around Europe with the Brazilians -by Gustavo Cardoso
Guilherme Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80) had 10 points and 5 rebounds on his team's loss to Air Avellino for the Italian Cup Final yesterday evening in Bologna. This is Virtus Bologna's second straight loss at the Cup Final. The man of the match was Devin Smith from Avellino with 18 points.

In Jerusalem, Happoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv also battled for a Cup Title, and once again a Brazilian player saw the title go the other way. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) Maccabi lost by 4 points on Friday night (93-89).

For the 12th round of the local league Maccabi beat as he finished the evening with 11 points in the win versus Ironi Ramat Ganam by the score of 111 to 65.

In Latvia, the Barons of J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) beat LBL standing leaders Valmiera by the score of 96 to 84 yesterday. On Thursday J.P. Batista had his debut against ASK Bumerangs where he scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds.

On Saturday Lukoil Academic beat Yambol by the score of 104 to 96. Once again no action for Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83).

Univer had back to back wins in Hungary. On Thursday, for the 17th round of Hungary's Division A, it beat Soproni by the score of 107 to 89 with 21 points and 7 rebounds by Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83). On Saturday the game was against third place Szolnok, and Univer had another win (89-85) with 8 points by Jefferson.

Yesterday, Ludwigsburg beat Ulm 95 to 84 with 11 points by Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) who started the match. Michel is averaging 10.2 points per game this season and this was his third conscutive double digit game.

In Switzerland, Boncourt lost to league's favorite Fribourg by the score of 99 to 81. Despite the loss Carlao Carlao Ferro (198-F-84) finished the evening as Boncourt's top player with 29 points on a 7 of 11 shooting effort from beyond the arc.

Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) had 12 points and 2 rebounds on Sion's loss to Birstal by the score of 73 to 70. After 17 rounds of play Fribourg and Lugano lead the standings. Boncourt is 6th and Sion is 9th.

For the 14th of play in Portugal's Liga UZO, Vagos beat Barreirense by the score of 90 to 83. Bruno Claudino (204-F/C-82) finished the night with 8 points and 2 rebounds for Vagos. Madeira lost to Porto (68-70) with 8 points from Rafael Annunciato (204-F/C-80).

Ginasio lost to Lusitânia (55-61) and there wasn't much Tiago Thiago Labbate (208-C-83) could do to help. He finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Belenenses lost to Ovarense (68-81) with 10 points and 4 rebounds by Anderson Ferreira (203-F-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Chipola JC).


Market News: Betinho will go through a period of tests in Bologna -by Gustavo Cardoso

This coming Wednesday, young Brazilian guard Jose Nardi Duarte 'Betinho (193-G/F-88), currently playing at Limeira, will fly to Italy where he will test his skills at Fortitudo Bologna for a period of three to four weeks. According to his father, Jose Roberto Duarte, a basketball coach at Limeira, 'people saw him playing at the last U19 Fiba World Championships and the contact was made then'.

At that time Brazil finished at an incredible 4th position behind champions Serbia, runner ups USA, and 3rd place finalists France. Brazil was led by Paulo Prestes and Betinho who averaged over 14 points per game in the tournament.

Betinho is looking to apply for Italian citizenship which will greatly enhance his chances to stay in Europe next season. 'Bologna is going through a rebuilding project and the citizenship for Betinho is crucial
', said his father.

After this month of tests the player will return to Brazil to continue playing with Limeira. In June, during the European off season, Jose Nardi Duarte could be another young Brazilian talent heading to the Old Continent.



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CAPE VERDE

Game Results -by Pedro Gomes

Championship Results

2 - 3 February

Saturday, 2 Feb.

ABC (56) - (52) Seven Stars (U20 Men)

3 de Fevereiro

Amor de Deus (40) - (33) Bairro (U16 Men)

Órgaos (35) - (26) EBS (U16 Men)

EBS (51) - (47) Bairro (U20 Men)


9 e 10 February

09/02/08

Bairro (45) x Abc (56 - (U20 Men)

10/02/08

Orgaos(11) x Abc(15) - (U14 Men)

Abc (20) x Bairro(00) - (U18 Men) masc 'Bairro abandoned the game, which was in the last
quarter'.

Ebs (7) x Achada grande (17) - (U18 Men)



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COLOMBIA

Hardy Asprilla signed with Marinos in Venezuela -by Victor Garcia
Colombian forward Hardy Asprilla, has signed to play in the upcoming Venezuelas LPB with Marinos de Anzoategui, Asprilla arrived to Puerto La Cruz las sunday and is already working in the team's preseson camp.
Asprilla was the finals MVP of the last Fed Cup, and is playing as Venezuelan because he born in Sococo -Venezuela, and the move to Colombia with his parents, Asprilla will give to Marinos its energy and strenght
Hardy Asprilla (196-F/G-82, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)


From Colombian National Tournaments to the US College hardwoods -by Jair Perea
Even though coming to play in the US is a dream for most players, it is not an easy path for anybody. In the case of Colombian players, they have to overcome a lot to have the chance of success in US Basketball, so I will go over some of the facts that make this such a hard transition.

First, the lack of participation of Colombia's national team and professional team on international tournaments has limited the opportunities for players to showcase their skills in front of scouts, college recruiters and others. Therefore the chance of landing an offer from a NCAA, Junior College, or even a high school or prep institution isn't easy. This is the first obstacle that Colombians have to face when trying to play abroad.

Secondly, in order to be successful, the players have to be able to adapt to the speed, intensity, and detail of US collegiate basketball, not only in games, but also in practices. Gaining physical strength represents one of the initial challenges, getting used to work out in the weight room is a must in order to improve their chances to make it in such a competitive environment

While the process of physical strengthening takes place, players struggle being away from home; not speaking English fluently limits their interaction with coaches and other players. Getting use to early morning workouts, two session practices, classroom activities, and trips with the team also takes a toll on you both physically and mentally, since in most cases players in Colombia are used to tournaments that only take a few weeks, adding to the fact that practices are not as tough and intense as they are in the US. Besides the players have a lot of time to rest and recover between tournaments.

It is clear that Colombia is not at the basketball level of other countries on Latin America, such as Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, or Puerto Rico, but we're taking long strides to get there. It is important to acknowledge the contributions of players that opened the way, the players that are currently representing us, and those players who had the talent and quality to play in the United States, but just never had the opportunity to do so.


Stalin Ortiz Air Avelino won the Italian Cup -by Victor Garcia
Stalin Ortiz played 7 minutes and scored 3 points in the Italian Cup final against La Fortalezza Bologna, and the Air Avelino won the Italian Cup, Green and Smith were the main figures of the surprising AvelinoStalin Ortiz (191-G-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Valparaiso)

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CROATIA

Cedevita Zagreb sign Jason Straight -by Eurobasket
Cedevita Zagreb signed 25-year old American guard Jason Straight (180-G-83, college: Wyoming, Edge Sports). Straight played most recently at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France).

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CYPRUS

A' Division: Keravnos finished at the top of the league in the regular season -by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou succeeded it 6th road win and finished at the top of the league in the regular season. Keravnos's captain, Giorgos Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) was amazing with 6 three pointers and 22 points proved once more that he is in a great shape even though he is not used in the team as the previous years. Achilleas Kaimakli is the only team in the world that will not be relegated in the second division even though was finished in the last position of the regular season with a record of 2-14, due to the Cyprus Basketball Federations decision!!!!!
The quarters of the specific game were: 21-31, 34-47, 53-67 and 82-86.
Top scorers:
Frederick Achilleas: Bonu 4, Zujovic 14, Stylianou 7, Wallas 4, Zotovic 5, Garner 25, Theocharidis 23 (7 out of 7 three pointers).
Keravnos Strovolou: Stefanovic 3, Pilavas 7, Giorgos Anastasiadis 22, Smith 12, Lee 18, Damianovic 7, Trisokkas 9, Kosanovic 2, Radojevic 6.

Pizza Express Primetel Apollon - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 65-57
Quarters: 17-10, 29-30, 49-39, 65-57
Top scorers: Chris Kaskiris (206-C/F-79) 27 points, 13 rebounds, 3 block shots, Hatzitheodosiou 12, Kazoulis 8, Markou 6, Foklas 5, Ierodiakonou 7
ENAD: Achilleos 8, Elhadji 7, Stavrinou 3, Konstantinou 4, Pilakoutas 3, Kupros Koutsokoumnis (180-G-88) 17, Frageskou 11, Ioannou 4.

Omonoia - BMC AEK Larnakas 109-104
Quarters: 21-23, 41-38, 61-58, 89-89. OT 109-104
A great game took place in Nicosia where the home team beat in the extra time the Larnaka team with the NBA like score 109-104
Top scorers were: Davis 17, Jankevicius 17, Zaric 6, Mouhtaris 6, Darrin Fowlkes (198-F-67, college: Butler) 17, Prjstojevic 18, and Stone 28.
BMC AEK: Fantousis 3, Kouzapas 2, Cvetkovic 2, Kuprjanov 3, Isaac Burton (191-G-73, college: Arizona St.) 19, Dann 28 (4), Kandic 18 (4), Panteli 23 (4), Simunovic 6.

Aspis Apoel - Proteas EKA AEL 78-71
Quarters: 26-15, 44-34, 63-47, 78-71
Top scorers:
Aspis Apoel: Van Dorpe 7, Hansen 2, Miceta 3, Jones 19, Lopatka 9, Radunovic 11, Weeller 10, Pantouris 2, Garcia 15
Proteas EKA AEL: Liatsos 7, Zianveni 4, Souchu 4, Aleksic 9, Randle 12, Sudov 15, Ilunga 3, Woodwort 17 (2).


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FYR MACEDONIA

Results from Round 17 in the Second league -by Todor Chalovski
Results from Round 17 in the Second league:

OVCE POLE - TETEKS 72:59,
DROGA KOLINSKA NEGOTINO - POP SPORT VSA 80:85,
GOCE DELCHEV - KOZUV 91:64,
VARDAR CENTAR - TORUS 72:79,
PLEJMEJKER KUBUS - ABA 97:78.


Swisslion Pelister victorious in Skopje -by Todor Chalovski
Swisslion Pelister had their first ever win against Fersped Rabotnicki in Skopje, beating their opponents 85:81.
Keoni Watson, Milan Miljkovic and Srdjan Stankovic had a great game.

Amak SP, led by the Americans Willian O'Neal and Jared Frey, beat Strumica 2005.

Feni Industri and Vardar Osiguruvanje were also victorious in this Round.

FERSPED RABOTNICKI - SWISSLION PELISTER 81:85
Result by quarters: 32:22; 14:21; 16:23; 19:19.

FERSPED RABOTNICKI: Stojanovski 10, Brchkov, Veselinovski 12, Filipovic, Janeski, Karakolev 6, Mirakovski 15, Zivcevic 16, Trajkovski 15, Petrushev, Majkic 5, Markovski.
Coach: Marin Dokuzovski.

SWISSLION PELISTER: Petkovski, Watson 27, Bendevski, Savovic, Apcev, Atanasoski, Held 8, Stankovic 22, Djokic 7, Miljkovic 18, Talevski 4, Zaharievski.
Coach: Miodrag Perisic.


AMAK SP - STRUMICA 2005 83:74
Result by quarters: 17:12; 19:17; 19:23; 28:22.

AMAK SP: D. Stojanovski 9, Tasevski 11, Stojanov 6, Frey 31, Cvetnic, Vegov 2, Gjorgoski, Taylor, V. Stojanovski 7, Nedelkov, Nikolovski, O'Neal 17.
Coach: Igor Gacov.

STRUMICA 2005: Bogoev 14, Cvetkov, D. Sokolov 8, Grujic, Tasovski 13, Grncharov 2, Krstevski 3, Bosnjak 8, Pupovic 13, Karamanolev, Latovic 13, Zaev.
Coach: Jordancho Davitkov.


KARPOS SOKOLI 2000 - VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE 73:106
Result by quarters: 16:25; 16:25; 19:32; 22:27.

KARPOS SOKOLI 2000: Kacarski 3, Stojchevski 13, Neshovski 9, Mitkov 2, Ristov 2, Georgievski 25, Zlatkovski, Dishliev 2, Nuri 10, Jovanchev 2, Vasilev 5.
Coach: Milan Naumovski.

VARDAR OSIGURUVANJE: Sazdov 7, Dimchevski 6, Kochov 2, Sovkovski 13, Kralevski 17, Simonovski 11, Nakic 15, Trifunovski, Maric 20, Krstevski 10, Blazevski 8, Mitic.
Coach: Tihomir Matevski.


FENI INDUSTRI - MZT FON UNIVERZITET SKOPJE 81:70
Result by quarters: 19:16; 17:26; 24:12; 21:16.

FENI INDUSTRI: Angelov, Prekovic 13, Basnarkov, Brown 9, Krstev, Radulovic 6, Popovic 14, Gocevski 11, Gjurov 6, Jovovic 11, Mihajloski 10, Samardziev 10.
Coach: Emil Rajkovic.

MZT FON UNIVERZITET SKOPJE: Thaci 14, B. Nikolovski 2, Gjorevski, Zivkovic 23, Ramadan, Hill 9, Konzulov, K. Nikolovski, Smith 9, Milanovski, Agoc 18, Despotovic.
Coach: Marjan Lazovski.


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GEORGIA

Pachulia scores 11 points and has 9 rebounds -by Levan Mikeladze
Houston Rockets 108:89 Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks lost at Texas against the Houston Rockets 89:108, as Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) played against Ming Yao (226-C-80) and scored over 10 points. This was one of the better games for Pachulia in the current season. He played 29 minutes, scored 11 points and was 5/12 on field goals. He also finished with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

Zaza Pachulia: 28 games (5 as starter), 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists.


Manu lost in final... -by Levan Mikeladze
In the final of the Ukrainian Cup, Manuchar Markoishvili (196-G-86) and his BC Kyiv were beaten by Azovmash Mariupol 73:63 and thus, were denied of title defense. As for Manu, he went scoreless in 18 minutes of action, missing all five of his field goals and finishing with 2 steals, 1 board and a single dime. Azovmash Mariupol burned BC Kyiv and grabbed the Cup title.

Giorgi Shermadini sets a new seasons record - 41 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists... -by Levan Mikeladze
In the first quarter alone, the center for Avia Tbilisi Davit Imnadze (208-C-85) fouled out in just 8 minutes of action, but he was backed by another tall man, Tornike Niniashvili (202-C-82), who scored 16 points in the first 10 minutes.

As always, Konstantine Tugushi (193-G-84) was one of the best players on the floor, finishing two dimes short of a Superleague record, registered by him earlier in the season.

As for Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports), the captain of Maccabi Tbilisi led the way with a season Superleague high 41 points and if not his teammates missed shots, he could have finished with a rare triple-double. Finally he made 41 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 block shots.


Dinamo T. VS TSU / Sanikidze started practices… -by Levan Mikeladze
Dinamo Tbilisi started with great pressure on the perimeter and kept excellent defense. Veteran playmaker Archil Jgenti (185-G-75) grabbed 23 points, 3 assists and 2 steals while Guliver Akhalkatsi (202-C/F-76) and Giorgi Gulisabedashvili (195-G-88, agency: Court Side) added 31 points together.

As for the San Antonio Spurs player Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86), (He was injured few months ago and stayed in his hometown Tbilisi during the rehabilitation. He recently started practices with Dinamo Tbilisi to get in shape and played its second official game as well. Eurobasket Georgia will publish the interview with Viktor Sanikidze in near future regarding his future destination club as everybody know that his current team Koln 99ers got bankrupt) joined great defensive systems of Dinamo and made two crucial long shots in the last quarter. He finally made 15 points, 14 rebounds, 4 block shots, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Good play was showed by Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) from TSU Tbilisi, who finished the game with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 block shots but his, as well as Shalva Khetsuriani (197-G/F-83) efforts were not enough for the final win. Dinamo Tbilisi defeated a strong favorite TSU Tbilisi by 8 points.


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GERMANY

Giessen 46ers ink American/French Post Player -by Moritz Korff
The LTi Giessen 46ers (1. Bundesliga) have made an agreement with Bill Phillips (208-F-79, college: St.Joseph's) and signed the 28-year-old for the remainder of the season. Phillips was born in France as the son of a French mother and an American father. In 2001 he was a member of the French National Team while playing college-basketball at Saint Joseph's University. During this past season he appeared in 32 games for the Spanish LEB-side Plus Pujol Lleida and averaged 8.5 points as well as 5.3 rebounds per outing. He left the team in September 2007 after only two games (0 pts, 4 rbs) of this current campaign for personal reasons.

Jena: Coach Harmsen sacked, McCaw promoted -by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena, on last place in the ladder of the 1. Bundesliga, has parted with Head Coach Bjoern Harmsen. Harmsen, who is only 25 years of age, led the team to the first division by winning the championship in the 2. Bundesliga last season and also received Coach of the Year-honors.
Veteran-Forward Sean McCaw (205-F-73, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Utah) was promoted to Head Coach instead. It will be his first coaching job. The 34-year-old American with Austrian passport and 2007 Eurobasket.com All-2.Bundesliga South Bosman Player of the Year will stop his career as a player immediately to work at the helm of the Jena-squad.


2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 20 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Midwin Francis (198-F-82, college: Northeastern St.) - Freiburg: 18 pts, 12 rbs, 10 as, 4 bs, 4 st

Points: Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) - Ansbach: 32

Rebounds: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 20

Assists: David McCray (188-G-86) - Kirchheim: 11

Steals: Midwin Francis: 4

Blocked Shots: Midwin Francis: 4

For all stats and scores please visit the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 20 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Monta McGhee (202-F-79, agency: AMI, college: Lewis) - Cuxhaven: 27 pts, 3/7 3P, 6/6 FT, 14 rbs, 4 as. 2 st, 1 bs

Points: Matt Witt (183-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: E.Kentucky) - Schalke: 31

Rebounds: Jordan Sabourin (212-C-81, college: Oakland) - Bremen: 16

Assists: Danny Gibson (180-G-84, college: S.Indiana) - Cuxhaven: 6

Steals: Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85, college: Louisville) - Lich: 5

Blocked Shots: Bryant Nash (198-F-82, college: Kansas) - Heidelberg: 5

For all stats and scores please visit the official website of the 2. Bundesliga: click


Regionalliga Notes -by Moritz Korff
North:
More than 1000 fans had come to Hannover to witness the clash of the top-teams in the North-division. #1 P4two Ballers Osnabrueck were hoping for the 15th consecutive win of the season, but were handed their first loss as #2 UBC Hannover overcame the guests 79:75. Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) drained 4 threes and finished the game with 20 points, Will Bonner (201-F-83, college: Chico St.) and Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-G/F-82) each added 14 for the UBC Tigers. The Ballers' attack was led by Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) who scored a game-high 27 points (including 5 treys), Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, college: Delaware St.) had 18 in defeat.
Meanwhile, SSV Lok Bernau assured its third place by holding off the Itzehoe Eagles 95:70. Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Cleveland St.) shot 7 threes and tallied 27 points for Bernau, Sebastian Trzcionka (197-F-79) added 20 and Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) had 19. John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU) paced the Eagles with 28 points in the loss. Great defensive play and another double-double of Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) led the way for SC Rist Wedel in a 74:64-triumph against Oldenburger TB. Pearson-Taylor finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds, playmaker Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87) added 12, while Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) led the OTB-attack with 21 points. The Aschersleben Tigers edged past Magdeburg 87:83 and got 26 points from Eddie Jackson (183-G-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Pittsburg St.). Bryan Harrison (188-G-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Georgia Coll.) followed with 19, while Peter Van Rij (206-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) netted 22 points for Magdeburg in the loss. The most impressive individual performance of the day was made by Junior Denson (180-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) in his debut for SG Wolfenbuettel. The Guard topscored with 45 points in a road win (97:86) at EBC Rostock.

West:
Top team Schwelmer Baskets easily held off the Bergheim Bandits 90:67 and remained on the leading position as Matthew Reid (185-G-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Cameron) scored 26 points for the winning team and Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) followed with 17. Bergheim's Chris Rodgers (186-G-81, college: Bucknell) dropped 29 points in the losing effort. Also runner-up SVD Dortmund grabbed a win as the 49ers defeated the NVV Lions 90:80. Dortmund's Frank Benson (196-F, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Baptist) was impressive with 35 points and 12 rebounds, his teammate Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) nailed 6 triples to tally 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. Third ranked Elephants Grevenbroich edged BSV Wulfen 81:80 in a thrilling encounter. Chris Wooldridge (198-F, college: Catawba) made the decisive shot from the line for the Elephants who were led in scoring by Brian Graves (188-G, college: Catawba). He finished the game with 21 points. Tim Thompson (185-G-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) had 23 points in defeat, Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) added 22, including 4 treys. In another close match-up BG Suedpark Bochum defeated BBV Hagen 93:90. Bochum's Parrish Brown (185-G, college: Maryland) was unstoppable and netted 37 points, while young Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87) put in 24 points for BBV. Daniel Lieneke (200-G-81) led all scores with 29 points as his Benslips Baskets Salzkotten edged 83:81 past BG Hagen, that got 4 threes and 23 points totally from Michael Wasielewski (187-G-82).

South-West:
ASC Theresianum Mainz racked up a 94:62-away win at Lich II to maintain on the top-spot in the South-West-division. ASC-Guard Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary) was one of three in double figures and scored 22 points. Michael Comick (191-G, college: Staten Island) had 21, Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M) 19. The chasing Schwenningen Panthers used a total team effort to overcome Union Shops Rastatt 81:65. Brandon Adair (196-F-85, college: Va.Wesleyan) led the Panthers with 22 points, Tomislav Topic (206-C/F-78) and player/coach Michael Heck (193-G/F-71) each finished with 15. Rastatt's Zoran Seatovic (191-G-72) and Bernd Huebner (203-C-82) had 15 points apiece. It looks like both Mainz and Schwenningen are ready for the battle of the giants, when these two top-teams are going to meet in Mainz next Saturday.
Lars-Eric Menck (200-F-78) nailed 5 shots from beyond the arc and tallied 26 points to guide TV Konstanz to a 78:72-trimuph over TuS Treis-Karden. Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) produced 20 points in the loss, Michael Chojnowski (G) had 19. The three American players of BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn combined for 62 points and led their team to success (85:66) in the home game against MTV Kronberg. Monyea Pratt (195-F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Stillman) topscored with 23 points in the win, Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Rice) added 20 and Raheim Lamb (198-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Massachusetts) 19, while Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) led the Kronberg-attack with 19 points. SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim achieved the highscore of the day as the 'White Chocolate' dominated MTV Stuttgart and earned a 116:95-win on the road. Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) scored 28 points (5 threes) in his first league-game for TS Goeppingen, a 97:87-win over TSV Gruenberg. Saunders' fellow countryman and teammate Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) netted 20 points, Robin Goltze (190-F-84) had 24 points for Gruenberg. In another game DJK/MJC Trier topped the Giessen Pointers at home (79:71). Mario Hubert (198-F/C-80) scored 18 points for Trier, Clint Driftmier (208-C-83, college: Central) and Alex Goolsby (190-G-87) added 16 apiece.

South-East:
FC Bayern Muenchen continued its impressive performances of the last weeks and stormed past the Wuerzburg Baskets to a 103:72-win at home. Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) was one of six Bayern-players to finish the game in double-figure scoring. The Israeli Center had 23 points, Tony Thomason (188-G-85, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) followed with 16, Antonio Lang (190-G-86) had 15, Claus Weiss (192-G-85) and David Rotim (197-F-85) each scored 14 and Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) put in 11 points. Wuerzburg's Hrvoje Pervan (203-F-84, college: Mercer) answered with 29 points (including 4 treys). Second ranked TG Renesas Landshut kept the pace and defeated the COOCOON Baskets Weiden 99:84 on a road-trip. Jon Simon (180-G-84, college: Colgate) topscored with 25 points, Justin Allen (183-G-83, college: S.Utah), Brandon Crawford (198-F/C-84, college: Albion) and Jochen Losch (204-C-81) each added 17 in the win. The leading scorer of the division, Weiden's Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)), produced 26 points, newly added Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.), who returned to Weiden after three years in the USA, had 23 points in his comeback. 30 points of Chris Brown (201-F-83, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Chattanooga) lifted BC Zwickau to a 91:79-victory over HSB Landsberg that was led by Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF) who drilled in 6 threes to tally 26 points. Meanwhile, the Dachau Spurs earned a 86:75-win over the Dresden Titans to make a step away from the relegation spots. As usually Calvin Wooten (186-G-84, college: Oakland) led Dachau's offense and chipped in 22 points, Wolfgang Domaschka (195-G/F) supported him with 19 points. Titans' topscorer Konrad Tota (196-F-80, college: Dickinson St.) got in foul trouble early, he finished the game with 15 points, Andre Spalke (190-G-82) added 14. Erik Land (203-F-90) led Breitenguessbach II to a 87:75 over Leitershofen/Stadtbergen. The youngster dropped 31 points, while Kyle Kunkel and Robert Rieblinger (183-G-79) each had 15 points in defeat. The Gotha Rockets held off TuS Jena 60:47 in a low-scoring derby. Michael Rost (183-G-85) netted 15 points for Gotha, Bjoern Blossey (180-G-87) and Florian Reinhardt (201-F-88) finished with 11 apiece for Jena.


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GREECE

General Market news -by Chris Mammides
Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) the top scorer of the Greek league, the MVP of the 15th week and the top performer of Egaleo AO left Egaleo AO and joined the Italian league and Roma. The young rookie had 22.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2 apg, and 2.8 spg in the 15 games with Egaleo AOs's jersey. Coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos will try to find anotehr point guard to 'cover' as much loss as possible.

Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington), the ex Iraklis player will replace A.J. Guyton (187-G-78, college: Indiana)

Chris Hugaz (200-F-68) is the assistand Coach of Nenad Markovic in Panionios bench

B' Division

Antonis Baxevanis, the ex Makedonikos Head Coach replaced Giannis Karadimos in G.S. Ermis Shimatariou

Makedonikos agreed terms with head coach Giorgos Diktapanidis


A1: Match Day 15 - Panathinaikos celebrated its 100 years with 103 points! -by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos - PAOK 103-73
The captain of Panathinaikos was the MVP of the game as he scored 17 points in less than 20 minutes proving once more that his technique (three point shooting) is really unique. The experienced forward celebrate the 100 years of his team as a real leader, leading his team to another great victory, this time against Flevarakis's PAOK. 12,000 Green fans visited OAKA to celebrate with Obradovic's team the birthday of Panathinaikos which became 100 years old. The game doesn't stands any criticism as the score is telling the whole picture and nothing but the truth. Top scorer was Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) with 25 points followed by Fragiskos Alvertis (206-F-74) with 18 points

Egaleo - Panionios 101-99 (RT 92-92)
WAOOO!!! What a game! Egaleo beat in an overtime game, the team of Panionios in a game which 200 points were scored from the two teams. Coach Skourthopoulos team beat Markovic's team in an NBA like, game. The 2000 fans really enjoyed an amazing game between two great teams. Ibrahim Jaaber in his last game with Egaleo's jersey (according to the behind the scene news, he will be joining the Italian league and Bodiroga's Roma) and as an epilogue with Egaleo he scored 30 points helping his team to 'survive' another season as the Egaleo team is remaining mathematically in A1 for another season. Great game from the Greek captain Kallinikidis, who added for his team other than his passion, 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Very good game from Chris Bracey who scored 7 of his 11 points in the extra time covering 100% the empty spot of Prodromos Nikolaidis successfully. On behalf of Panionios Sakota, Cappin and Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) creating a magic triplet but their 22, 12 and 23 points were not enough to overcome Egaleo's home court. Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, college: Maryland) is a valuable tool in Markovic's hands and he will be helping the team undoubtedly…

Maroussi - Rethymno 79-78
Anotehr great game took place in Maroussi where Markopoulos's team beat Pedoulakis's team and knocked the islanders closer than ever to the A2 as with only 2 victories in the first 15 games and with Kolossos reaching the 5 wins….. Top scorer for Marousi was Prodromos Haralambidis (190-G-89) and Milisjavlevic with 18 and 17 points respectively while from Rethymno, top scorer were Topic and David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) with 16 points each.

In the other games the results were:

Olympiada Patras - AEK 68-76
Kolossos Rodou - AEL 1964 76-69
Olympia Larissas- Panellinios 58-74
Olympiakos - Aris 81-61


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HUNGARY

Market news -by Tamas Deri
ZTE KK and Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances) agreeded not to extend player's contract until the end of the season. Croatian forward spent two weeks in Hungary and played two games in the Hungarian Cup and one in the Championship.

ATOMEROMU SE invited american guard Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) for a tryout. Brooks was last year the top scorer of the second league in Germany, started this season in the second division of France. He will be arriving tomorrow to Budapest and have his first practice with his now team in the evening.


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IBL

Explosion announce start of training camp -by Trask Frost
Monroe, WA—The Snohomish County Explosion Basketball Team will be running a two week training camp starting February 11, to finalize their roster for the 2008 season, which tips-off March 1.

Explosion GM Brad Sturlaugson announced that returning players Rashaad Powell, Justin Murray (6'6''-F-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: Washington St.), Donald Watts (6'4''-F-77, agency: Court Side, college: Washington), Jamaal Miller, Justin James, Corby Schuh, Chris Weakley, Mike Jones, David White, and Rod Perez are competing alongside new prospects for roster spots.

'We have a great core group of players from last year returning to camp, said Sturlaugson. 'We have invited some new faces to camp to see how they would fit in with the Explosion.'

Top new prospects include former University of Washington star G Jamie Booker, C/F Jackie Jones from Oklahoma University, and G Chris Keller from Northwest University.

The roster will be finalized by February 21.

The Explosion season tips-off at the Monroe Sports Arena on Saturday, March 1. Opening tip will be at 7:15pm, with the doors opening at 6pm. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a Magnetic Schedule.


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IRAN

A Basket Full of Surprises for an American Player in Iran -by Houman Bagheri
Mike Jones is an American basketball player in the Iranian basketball league. He has been playing professional basketball for 9 years, most of it outside his home country. In the four years he played in France, two were spent in the first division. This is his first season in Iran, a country whose people and culture have given him a shock to kick start his games from a sure point.

Why did you choose to come to Iran?

Well, I got a number of offers from France and Turkey. And the one from Iran was the best, so I decided to come here.

What was your perception of Iranian basketball then?

I knew there was a pretty good league. I know Gabe Mouneke, one of the guys who played here last season with Saba Battery. He told me a lot of good things about Iran and I just wanted to try something different. But I did not know what to expect. And I am happy to be here now.

How do you compare the league in Iran with others you've already played in?

The league in Iran is pretty good but not as good as the ones in Europe, yet. However, looking into the future, I believe it's going to be pretty good and I am glad I'm a part of it now.

How was your idea about the country itself?

I was a little bit nervous at first, but once I got here I realized that the people were very friendly, totally different from the picture I had from the news. I have made a lot of friends and I think I'd really like to stay and play here for a few years.

Now that you are here in the country, has the initial image you had of Iran changed in any way?

Yes, when I arrived I did not think the people were going to be this friendly. The image you get in the media in the United States is angry and mad people, but it's nothing like that once you get here, so it was a pleasant surprise.

What about your social life over here, do you find it limited in any way?

Yes, social life is limited for me, over here. But I am occupied with my job. Here, you ought to focus on basketball and actually, that does make the players better.

So, how do you fill in your spare time in Iran?

Reading books and surfing the internet ten hours a day instead of two.

What about sight seeing? Have you been able to travel around the country?

Not really. We went to Isfahan and it was very nice, but I haven't had more time for sight-seeing.

Have you found any similarities between the Iranian and American cultures?

Just that everybody likes to have fun and have a good time, in both countries. I can't think of anything else in common right now.

Has anything ever shocked you here?

Yes, eating Kebabs everyday and the way people drive over here. That is crazy. I drove in Turkey and I thought if I could drive in Turkey, I could drive anywhere in the world, but I won't ever drive here.

Can you tell us a bit about Turkey and your time there playing basketball?

The Turkish basketball league is very good and real physical. I think that in Iran they let you play physical too. But the league in Turkey is a bit better right now.

What is your view about Iranian basketball now that you are a part of it?

It's good now but in 3 or 4 years it is going to be a much better and stronger league. There are a lot of foreign players here, and there are also good Iranian players. The Iranian league is now one of the big powers in Asia would be even more secured in future.

And what about the weak-points?

The weak-points are with the gyms here. A couple of them are good but other gyms are bad. In some of the gyms we play on a concrete floor and this is bad for the knees. I think if there'd be better gyms, the league could become much better.

What about the Iranian spectators who come to watch the matches?

I think they love basketball. Like in BEEM, the spectators are very good. We have good spectators at our gym too. They just love basketball and they like to see good games.

Have you ever had the chance to talk to them?

Yes, after the games they always want to shake hands. I have taken a couple of pictures with them too.

How has the Iranian basketball or playing here been a challenge for you?

It's been a challenge because Omar and I have been living in this hotel for like three months. You need your own apartment to go back to after a game and relax. Living in a hotel is kind of difficult for us.

But almost all clubs provide their players with apartments?

Most clubs do, but ours hasn't.

Did you ever ask for an explanation?

Yes, we pointed out that it was stated in our contracts, but for a reason that we do not know of, we are put in a hotel which has been kind of hard to deal with. The other things are OK.

Have you ever had any problem over the payments?

No. But, the hardest thing for us is sending the money home, because from Iran you can't send money to the U.S. directly and it often takes a week or even longer. If transactions were faster, it would make us feel a lot better.

Did you encounter any obstacles while communicating with your coach or team-mates?

No. The coach speaks good English. Our trainer Ali and most of the guys on the team speak English and can understand you if you speak slowly. However, I have been trying to learn Farsi and it's a very difficult language to learn. My team-mates have been really nice and they have been trying to teach me Farsi. Now, I can say hello, I am feeling well and how are you in Farsi.

Is there anything special you might have learnt from Iranian culture?

I think the people are pretty honest for the most part; just nice people. In America you've got to know a person for a bit of time before he becomes nice to you, but here the people just want to be nice, right away.

Do you think you would come back again to Iran if you receive a good offer?
If I am offered a nice contract, I'll definitely come back.

When you return to the U.S. how may your experience here change your life over there?

When I speak to my parents, they always ask me if everything is OK and safe here. But when I go back I will tell them that things are not like what you hear or see on the news. So I think, one thing I would say to the people when I go back home is that the people in Iran are very nice and nothing like what they make of them on the news.

Well, what do you predict for Iran's national Basketball team after it qualified for the Olympic Games?

I think it's very good that Iran has qualified. Two of the players in the Olympics team are from my own team, Kaveh. They are very good players. Iran has got a lot of good players, so once the basketball IQ improves the league will get a lot better.

Do you think that sports bring countries with conflicts together? Can we have dialogue through sports?

That's just like a safe haven. With sports different people can have fun and not worry about the issues that create a gap between them. I think people will have a different idea of the Iranians once they see them in the Olympics and see that they are just like everyone else in the world.

Thank you Mike and hope you enjoy your time here for the rest of the season.
Thank you.

Houman Bagheri
FIBA Official Correspondent in Iran


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ITALY

Lega2-19th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
Some surprising results in this week. Novara (Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) at 22) won at Pavia (Thomas Mobley (195-F-81, college: Charleston) 27 pts). Soresina (J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Virginia) 30 scored) destroyed Rimini (Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) at 19 pts) and also Jesi (Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) 29 pts with 12/12 from the 2pts) won the derby against Fabriano (21 by Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech)). Casale (six players between 17 and 8 points) get an important and tough victory against Caserta (Raymond Tutt (194-G-75, agency: World Sport Agency, college: UCSB) at 21 pts). 20 pts by Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson) led Ferrara to an easy victory against Montecatini (Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) 20 pts and could leave to Napoli). 13/18 from the field and 36 pts by Alvin Young (191-F-75, agency: SportsTalent, college: Niagara) gave an exciting success to Reggio Emilia against Sassari (Russell Carter (193-G-85, college: Notre Dame) 26 pts). 28 pts by Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) weren't enough for Imola to win at Veroli (Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's) at 19 scored). Another great win for Livorno (five players in double figure) at home on Pistoia (16 by Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)).
Edimes PV-Ignis Novara 68-79
Vanoli Soresina-Coopsette RN 108-77
Indesit Fab-Fileni Jesi 77-95
Fastweb Casale-Pepsi Caserta 85-75
Carife FE-Agr.Glo.Mont. 86-71
Trenkwalder RE-BancoSardegna 84-82
Prima Veroli-Aget Imola 76-67
TDShop.it LI-Carmatic PT 91-58
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


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JAMAICA

Samuels leads St. Benedict's to victories in Prime Time Shootout -by Leonard Whyte
Newark, NJ (2-11-2008) - High school phenom Samardo Samuels and his St. Benedict's Prep teammates are walking around campus lighter this morning after the 6' 9' forward equaled his season-high with 30 points to lead his team to a 68-62 victory over St. Patrick High in the Prime Time Shootout tournament on Saturday night. St. Benedict's (#3 in USA Today's Top 25) was scoring its first victory over St. Patrick (#13 in USA Today's Top 25) in six games. Samuels returned last night to score 23 points as St. Benedict's won its second game of the tournament scoring a resounding 77-63 triumph over Our Savior New American High. The winners are now 21-1 on the season.

Samuels named McDonald's All-American -by Leonard Whyte
Newark, NJ (2-11-2008) - Samardo Samuels has been named a McDonald's All-American, and will play in the annual high school all-star game on March 26, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Samuels is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the nation in the ESPN 150 and the Scout.com Class of 2008 rankings. The McDonald's All-American Team is the best-known of the American high school basketball All-American teams. Many of the biggest stars in American basketball have been McDonald's All-Americans. The list of past team honorees includes Baron Davis, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Kidd, and Dwight Howard.

Tulsa too much for Southern Miss -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (2-11-2008) - Jerome Jordan converted a layup near halftime to give Tulsa University their biggest lead of the game (25 points) after Southern Mississippi University missed 15 of its first 17 shots, then went on to score an easy 78-63 win in a Conference USA game last night. The Tulsa defense then kept Southern Mississippi at bay, allowing them to get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way. Jordan finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks as Tulsa improved to 11-10.

Cedarville succumbs to Walsh again -by Leonard Whyte
North Canton, OH (2-11-2008) - Cedarville University ran out of steam near the end after all but erasing a 24-point second half lead and succumbed to league-leading Walsh university 87-82 last night in a crucial American Mideast Conference (AMC) South Division game. Cedarville, 16-7 overall and 6-4 AMC, were losing to the NAIA Division II No. 3 Walsh (21-3, 9-1 AMC) for the second time in three weeks, and did so in similar fashion. The Jamaican trio of Christopher Walker, Daniel Rose, and Ricardo Alliman combined for 39 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks. Individually, Walker came off the bench to score 17 points while Rose added 14 points and five blocks.

Florida Southern keeps Barry winless in conference -by Leonard Whyte
Lakeland, FL (2-11-2008) - Florida Southern College continued their torrid three-point shooting and drilled 14 from behind the arc last night to hold off Barry University 78-75 in a Sunshine State Conference (SSC) encounter to remain tied for first place in the Conference with Tampa University. FSC (18-6, 9-2 SSC) went deep on five straight possessions in the second half to ensure Barry would leave Lakeland the same way they got there - winless in the SSC. Andrei Grant finished with six points and eight rebounds as he closes in on the magic mark of 500 rebounds for his career at FSC. Barry, who lost to FSC for the second time this season, was led once again by Jamaican Karega Tucker with 23 points.

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KUWAIT

Al Jahraa sign Curtis Williams -by Eurobasket
Al Jahraa agreed terms with 31-year old American power forward Curtis Williams (205-F/C-77, college: Louisiana Tech). Williams played most recently at Provincial Osorno (Chile). Williams has a huge experience playing pro basketball on 4 continents. It will be his 13th league he plays in. Most of his professional career he spent in Latin America. He was very close to sign in Venezuela for Trotamundos. However Venezuelan pro league (LPB) has the rule which prevents to sign import players with another team if they already played in the league less than 2 years ago. So he choose the contract in Kuwait. He is familiar with the area as he previously played in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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LATVIA

Latvian LBL All-Star Game -by Eurobasket
February, 9 in Riga: East - West 121:121 (30:34, 35:28, 26:30, 30:29)
East: Broyles 18, Berkis 17, Millage 15, Stimac 15, Jeromanovs 13, Poznaks 12, Sheleketo 12, Bankevics 7, Valters 5, Jahovics 3, Bramlett 2, Slesers 2.
West: Akingbala 26, Love 15, Baxter 14, Ansons 12, Gustas 12, K.Berzins 9, Skele 9, Helmanis 8, Jurevicus 8, Alexander 4, Vitols 2, A.Berzins 2.

Game MVP: Akin Akingbala (208-F-83) (BK Ventspils)
3 point contest winner: Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72) (BK Ventspils)
'Slam dunk' contest winner: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) (BK Ventspils)
Woman 3 point contest winner: Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) (Avantis/Turiba)
Coach contest winner: Vladimirs Kiselovs (Cesis/Remarks)

East:
Curtis Millage (185-G-81) (ASK Riga)*
Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78) (ASK Riga)*
Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) (ASK Riga)*
Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) (ASK Riga) *
A.J. Bramlett (208-C-77) (ASK Riga)*
Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87) (SK Valmiera)
Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85) (SK Valmiera)
Edgars Jeromanovs (186-G-86) (VEF Riga)
Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) (VEF Riga)
Janis Poznaks (205-F-83) (Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK)
Martins Berkis (198-F-85) (BK Zemgale)
Edijs Slesers (187-G-85) (RSN-D/Livani)
Coach: Ramunas Butautas (ASK Riga)
Coach: Ainars Bagatskis (SK Valmiera)

West:
Armands Skele (192-G-83) (Barons/LMT)*
Jimmy Baxter (BK Ventspils)*
Uvis Helmanis (BK Ventspils)*
Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85) (Barons/LMT)*
Akin Akingbala (BK Ventspils)*
Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) (Barons/LMT)
Aigars Vitols (194-G-76) (BK Ventspils)
Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80) (Barons/LMT)
Klavs Ansons (202-F/C-83) (Liepajas Lauvas)
Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) (Liepajas Lauvas)
Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) (BK Keizarmezs)
Justin Love (189-G-78) (BK Ventspils)
Coach: Karlis Muiznieks (Barons/LMT)
Coach: Gasper Okorn (BK Ventspils)


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LEBANON

Round 6 scores and results -by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the 6th round of the Lebanese league , The big battle of the past years between Blue Stars ( 4-1) and Sagesse (3-1) finished for the home team in Fouad Chehab Stadium , Sagesse won the game on the score of 79-64.

In the second big confrontation, Feytroun(1-4) continued its good performance under the commands of coach Elie Nasr and managed to secure a very important game against Antranik(1-3) on the score of 87-74.

In an other game in Zahle , Moutahed(3-1) came back with another win after beating Anibal(0-5) on the score of 73-52.Zahle missed in this game Kevin Sowell who left the team without any notice .

In the last game of this round Riyadi(4-0) welcomed Champville(2-3) , the game was a very promising ne in the first half and especially in the first quarter when Champville had a 13 point lead .But the Arab Champions used their big experience and managed to come back in the game and to win it on the score if 116-95.

Sagesse - Blue Stars : 79-64

Best Scorers:

Sagesse: Micah Brand (19pts)

Blue Stars: Jean Abed El Nour (19pts)

Q1:28-12 Q2:14-17 Q3:14-19 Q4:23-16



Antranik - Feytroun : 87-74

Best Scorers:

Antranik : La Shawn Malloy (29pts)

Feytroun: Georges Keidi (24pts)

Q1:28-26 Q2:08-17 Q3:22-23 Q4:16-21


Anibal - Moutahed : 52-73

Best Scorers:

Anibal : Simon Daoud (14pts)

Moutahed: Roy Samaha (22pts)

Q1:12-24 Q2:19-17 Q3:13-20 Q4:08-12


Riyadi - Champville : 116-95

Best Scorers:

Riyadi : Joseph Vogel (29pts)

Champville: Jarred Merrill (29pts)

Q1:25-38 Q2:32-21 Q3:29-15 Q4:30-21


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris released M.Bradley -by Lukas Zajancauskas
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas declined their contract with Michael Bradley (208-F/C-79, college: Villanova). The American center averaged 7 points and 4.9 boards in Euroleague, 10 points, 4.8 boards in LKL and 6.8 points, 6 boards in BBL. He will be replaced by Mamadou N'Diaye (212-C-75, college: Auburn)

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LUXEMBOURG

Musel Pikes thrash Sparta to open play-off stage -by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes opened the second round of DBBL with a confident win over the defending champions Sparta. The hosts stunned their opponents in the starting 10 minutes outscoring Sparta 30:15. The visitors never recovered and the margin grew to 21 points at the interval. Sparta struggled to find the way back into contest and trailed by an insurmountable 23 points heading into the fourth term. Musel Pikes eased to an overall win at the end. Samy Picard (195-F-88) notched game-high 31 points. Raoul Dentzer (182-G-87) contributed 17 points for the winners. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) scored 17 points for Sparta. Tom Wagner (181-G-79) added 12 points in defeat. Musel Pikes outrebounded the visitors 34:32 and forced those to as many as 18 turnovers.
Meanwhile Amicale were victorious in the first game of the second stage of the championship as they defeated Contern 78:51 at home. Contern got to a flying start as they accumulated a 21:11 advantage after the first frame. But the home side quickly rebounded and took over in the second quarter. Amicale shot down their opponents 21:5 and claimed the lead for good. Amicale never looked back after the break compiling 46 points in the second half and finalizing a comprehensive victory. Christopher Jones (184-F-90) secured 21 points to pace Amicale. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) tallied 16 points and 11 boards for the winners. Eric Jetzt came up with 19 points for Contern. Yves Braun knocked down 15 points in a loss.
Etzella celebrated a 107:69 win over Residence. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) fired season-high 45 points for the winners.


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MONTENEGRO

MNT1B : Basketall Club BUDVA new champion of MNT1B divison for season 2007-2008 -by Dragan Scepanovic

Four Round before end of competition in MNT1B division Basketball Club BUDVA MEGA PROMET form Budva after win in 14 Round in derby game against BC KOTOR 73-50.Best in team of BC Budva was one again Filip Goranovic whit 15 points and 6 rebound .BC Budva have score 14-0 in season 2007-2008.In season 2008-2009 BC BUVA win play in MNT1A Opportunity League.


No.

Name and previous BC

Position

Born

4.

STOJANOVIC PETAR

185, G

1990

5.

MILOVIC ALEKSANDAR

201, F

1987

6.

KUNJIC IGOR

202, F

1987

7.

SUSIC MILOSAV

203, C

1968

8.

FRANETA DALIBOR

197, F

1983

9.

KRIVOKAPIC RAJKO

198. F

1985

10.

NIKIC DRAZEN

195, F-G

1982

11.

IVANOVIC IVAN

202, C-F

1974

12.

GORANOVIC FILIP

208, C

1985

13..

MARICIC ZELJKO

185, G

1990

14.

CIZMOVIC VLADIMIR

201, F-C

1989

15.

BOZOVIC DEJAN

199, F-G

1982

21.

SEKULOVIC MILIJA

187, G-F

1987

22.

IVANOVIC UROS

186, G

1993

PRESIDENT

PINJATIC DJOKO

EXEC. DIRECTOR

RAJKOVIC MILOS

SPORT DIRECTOR

MIJUSKOVIC RASA

COACH

KRIVOKAPIC VESELIN

DOCTOR

STIJOVIC RANKO

FIZIOTERAPEUT

LAZAREVIC ZORAN




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NCAA3

Andrew Olson Named Bob Cousy Award Finalist Once Again -by Moritz Korff
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with The Hartford, has named Amherst College senior captain Andrew Olson (5'10''-G) (San Diego, CA) as one of just two Division III finalists for the 2008 Bob Cousy Award. For the point guard, this is the second straight year he has made the field of 16 finalists.

The Bob Cousy Award is given annually to the best point guard in the college basketball, across NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. The field of finalists is dominated by Division I players, most of whom will end up playing in the NBA after graduation. For both Olson, and Division III Grinell College's David Arsenault, making the field is an honor in itself.

'It is an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as both the other finalists and past winners,' explains Olson. 'I am lucky to be on such a great team, because as a point guard, you are only as good as the players around you.'

Being named a finalist for the Cousy Award is just the latest honor in a very long line of achievements for Olson. After leading the Lord Jeffs to the program's first national championship last season, Olson was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Co-Player of the Year, as well as a First-Team All-American by both the NABC and D3Hoops.com. The 5'10' guard was also the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and a First-Team All-Conference selection.

Past winners of the award include Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's University, 2004), Raymond Felton (North Carolina, 2005), Dee Brown (Illinois, 2006) and Acie Law IV (Texas A&M, 2007), three of whom were first round NBA draft picks.

Olson and the Lord Jeffs have returned to the top of the D3Hoops.com Top-25 poll in recent weeks, and with a win this evening at Conn. College can clinch the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Amherst will play at Conn. at 7 p.m. this evening, with the entire country listening in as Mark Simon, and D3Hoops.com will be there for a live audio broadcast online.
Cousy Logo

As in past years, there will be both an online voting, and selection committee portion to the award process. To vote for Andrew Olson, go to www.cousyaward.com

Courtesy of http://www.amherst.edu


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NIGERIA

LSSBA set for 4th City league -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 4th edition of the Lagos City Basketball League gets underway with an all inclusive stakeholders meeting slated for the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Lagos to discuss the modality for this year's league.

The stakeholders meeting involving members of the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the league, club owners or their representatives, representative of the Lagos State referee council and the media is fixed for Wednesday, February 13.

According to the City league secretary, Olusegun Ikuesan, the association will retains the twelve team format for the men teams and four for the women as other details regarding the league which saw teams playing a minimum of 22 matches last year will be ironed out at the meeting.

Ikuesan, a journalist cum basketball administrator says the Babs Ogunade led LSBBA is prepared to do everything possible to give teams in Lagos State a worthy league that they will be proud of.

The City league is design to compliment the country flagship league - The Premier League organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF and to give opportunity to teams who are not in the premier league.


LSSBA set for 4th City league -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 4th edition of the Lagos City Basketball League gets underway with an all inclusive stakeholders meeting slated for the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Lagos to discuss the modality for this year's league.

The stakeholders meeting involving members of the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the league, club owners or their representatives, representative of the Lagos State referee council and the media is fixed for Wednesday, February 13.

According to the City league secretary, Olusegun Ikuesan, the association will retains the twelve team format for the men teams and four for the women as other details regarding the league which saw teams playing a minimum of 22 matches last year will be ironed out at the meeting.

Ikuesan, a journalist cum basketball administrator says the Babs Ogunade led LSBBA is prepared to do everything possible to give teams in Lagos State a worthy league that they will be proud of.

The City league is design to compliment the country flagship league - The Premier League organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF and to give opportunity to teams who are not in the premier league.


Ivy league - AIS, ST' Gregory in winning ways -by Olusegun Ikuesan
American International School Lagos last week recorded a 33-29 point's win over Dowen College in the Ivy League for Private Secondary Schools in Lagos State and its metropolis on home court.

The boys from the AIS will battle their Greensprings counterpart Wednesday while their girls will also square up against the Greensprings girls same day.

Also last week the Edwin Jerry coached St' Gregory boys defeated Bailey Vidal tutored ADRAO International School boys by 34-20 points.

St' Gregory again brightened their chances of a quarter-final ticket with a 20-16 points win over Lebanese Community School.

Corona School defeated Chrisland College by 30-20 points; Nigeria Turkish School also had the better of the boys from Chrisland with a narrow win of 27-26 points.

Other results in the girls' category saw Holy Child College in double victories over ADRAO International (20-10) and Lebanese Community School (15-09) while Corona School defeated Chrisland by 22-14 points.

Two matches will be decided Tuesday with both games holding at Greensprings home court as Indian Language School came calling with their boys and girls teams searching for valuable points to brighten their chances of making it to the knock-out stages of the league.

And on Wednesday University of Lagos International School will be at home to visiting Belina College; Avi-Cenna International School will host Indian Language School while Corona and Nigeria Turkish School will do battle at the Agbara home court of the Corona School.

The last pairing on Wednesday will be the tie between Chrisland College and Ronik Comprehensive High School.


LSSBA set for 4th City league -by Olusegun Ikuesan
The 4th edition of the Lagos City Basketball League gets underway with an all inclusive stakeholders meeting slated for the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Lagos to discuss the modality for this year's league.

The stakeholders meeting involving members of the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA, organizers of the league, club owners or their representatives, representative of the Lagos State referee council and the media is fixed for Wednesday, February 13.

According to the City league secretary, Olusegun Ikuesan, the association will retains the twelve team format for the men teams and four for the women as other details regarding the league which saw teams playing a minimum of 22 matches last year will be ironed out at the meeting.

Ikuesan, a journalist cum basketball administrator says the Babs Ogunade led LSBBA is prepared to do everything possible to give teams in Lagos State a worthy league that they will be proud of.

The City league is design to compliment the country flagship league - The Premier League organized by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF and to give opportunity to teams who are not in the premier league.


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PARAGUAY

End of Quadrangolar in Pilar -by Gianni Pascucci
With only one round lacking to end the Quadrangolar, it is yet sure that the Pilar League Final series will be played by 1 de Mayo and America Pilar Basquet Club. In fact, these two teams are now sure to end the round robin in the first two places, thanks to the last round results, when 1º de Mayo destroyed Asociacion de Fomento Crucecita 96-46 and America Pilar Basquet Club prevailed over Club Social y Deportivo Obrero 105-86 led by Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82), Claudio Gomez (189-G/F-83) and Roberto Amaro (197-F-69). The last round of games will be played tomorrow night, with Amèrica - Asociacion de Fomento Crucecita and 1º de Mayo - Deportivo Obrero, but their results will be totally non influential on the final standings, now as follows:
1. 1 de Mayo 9,75
2. America 9,50
3. Deportivo Obrero 8
4. Crucecita 5,25
The Final Series will start on Friday, Feb.'15, and will be best of five games


Sol de America negotiating with Nichols -by Gianni Pascucci
Paraguayan champion team Sol de America Asuncion will participate to the Liga Sudamericana 2008, and is negotiating with import player Jamal Nichols (206-F, college: De Paul), who was yet a team member last year, to strengthen its roster. The team's coach will be again Argentinean Juan Pablo Feliu, and most of the main players have been confirmed. Sol will compete in the Qualifying Group of Corrientes, Argentina, from February 29 to March 2, together with Regatas (ARG), Malvin (URU) and Pitagoras/Minas (BRA)

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PBL

Last games results. -by Gianni Pascucci
The Rochester RazorSharks won other two games, extended their win streak to 7 games. The first was a 95-71 victory over the Reading Railers, with 6 players in double figures, led by Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G, college: Chattanooga)'s 18 points, while Ira Miller (6'6''-F-77, college: Nicholls St.) led the Railers with 15 points. The night after, Rochester defeated the Maryland Nighthawks 108-97 on the road, and this time the best was James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Niagara), who scored 21 points, 11 from the free throw line and Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, college: Newberry) added 15 points. The day before, Maryland has won 123-116 over the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, despite 38 points scored by Charles Ward (6'7''-F-79, college: St.Augustine) in losing effort. In another game of the weekend, the Chicago Throwbacks prevailed over the Jacksonville Slam 121-113 with Stanley Thomas (6'5''-F-80) and Michael O'Neal (6'0''-G, college: Central State) leading the way at 28 and 22, respectively. The Slam stayed in Chicago to meet Reading, falling again, this time 97-108, with Tayron Thomas (6'3''-G, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) scoring 19 points and the night after defeated Arkansas 131-124. In the last weekend game, Dallas prevailed over Chicago 103-101

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POLAND

Phillips to rescue Prokom -by Karol Machera
Rashad Phillips (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) has signed a contract with Prokom Trefl Sopot. The Polish Euroleague has no point guards able to play at the moment - Shakur, Harisis and Milicic are injured. Rashad Phillips would help the team to defend the championship title which is in Sopot since 2004.

Phillips has played in Australian Perth Wildcats - 6 games: 13.7ppg, 7.5apg, 2.9rpg. It is worth to mention that Phillips was also the candidate to play in Sopot in 2005 but finally the Club didn't sign him.

www.polskikosz.pl


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PUERTO RICO

McGhee in Ponce and Jackson is a "Cariduro" -by Alessandro Fontana
Leones de Ponce signed McGhee Aaron for this BSN 2008. McGhee is a strong american power forward who played in 2007 for los Gigantes de Carolina with 20,2 pts and 9,9 rebs. This season He was playing in China with Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
Cariduros de Fajardo signed Chris Jackson for this BSN season. Chris Jackson is a strong american center with a lot of experience. He played in Poland, Holland, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico. In Venezuela He played for Guaiquieres de Margarita a good season with 16.2 ppg (72% 2pts, 61& FT) and 11.2 rbs. He was the MVP of the Finals. This season in Argentina with Gimnasia He scored 18.6 ppg +10.3 rpg. Chris Jackson can be one of the best players of the next BSN 2008. It was a great trade for Cariduros de Fajardo. Cariduros have a great team with players as Jesse Pellot-Rosa and the great scorer Uka Agbai.
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

Round 16 -by Bogdan Bocaniala

BC Tirgu BC Tirgu Mures - Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca 78- 76

For U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca is second loosed game with just a small difference. After loosing with CSU Ploiesti last week 1 point this week they lost away in Targu BC Tirgu Mures 2 points in last second of the game. This time was different for Cluj, they didn't lead all the game like they did with CSU Ploiesti. This time they played very poor in second and in third quarter but they came in the game in fourth quarter when they scored 28 points.
JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) scored in last second of the game and cancel LeVar Seals (194-G-82, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: De Paul) 3 points shot very fast.

BCMUS Arges Pitesti - CSU Ploiesti --- 20.02.2008

Gaz Metan Medias - BCM Timisoara 71- 77
CSS BC Ramnicu Valcea - CS Otopeni Bucuresti 93- 99
BC Targoviste Bucuresti - CSM Leonardo Oradea 81- 80
CS Rapid Neoset Bucuresti - Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti 81- 70
CSU Cuadripol Brasov - CSU Atlassib Sibiu 86- 94



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SCOTLAND

Rocks beat Sharks in Glasgow -by Eurobasket News
SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks beat Sheffield Sharks in Glasgow 82:56. The largest lead of the match for Rocks came midway through the final period as they stretched out to 78:49 before both coaches made use of the remaining time to play their bench players. Robert Yanders (180-G-79, college: Missouri St.) led the winners with 17 points. Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) netted 13, while Joseph posted 12.
Meanwhile Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, college: Illinois) and his Azovmash Mariupol retained the Cup title as they fired down BC Kiev in the tournament's finale in Sumy yesterday. Azovmash kept in mind the last season's sour loss to their arch-rivals in the Cup Final and looked for revenge. Azovmash was steered by newly signed Slovenian coach Mehmet Becirovic. Some more changes occurred some time after the start of the encounter as the starting point guard Tyus Edney was injured and had to be sidelined for the reminder of the clash. Gerrod Henderson stepped up for Azovmash and produced a top-shelf performance down the stretch. Azovmash entered the game aggressively and BC Kiev looked pretty hapless offensively in the opening minutes. Robert Jr. Archibald scored first 5 points for Azovmash to set them ahead 5:2. Later Rodney Buford fired back-to-back treys as Azovmash continued to roll. Yegor Mescheriakov connected from afar and Sergiy Lishchuk added a free throw as Mariupol outfit kept in front. Marcus Faison scored 4 points early for BC Kiev as they stayed at a striking distance. Josh Davis capped the first frame with a three-pointer and BC Kiev trailed by just a single point after 10 minutes 16:17. The teams traded buckets for some time early in the second period before Robert Jr. Archibald knocked down a trey to ignite an 18:0 run for Azovmash as they accumulated a 38:18 buffer with less than 2 minutes left in the first half. Finally Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) broke the scoring drought for Kiev team sinking a free throw. Marko Maravic added two more free throws and Drozdov nailed a triple to trim the gap. Gerrod Henderson however denied the efforts with a massive treble to restore the margin. Artur Drozdov found the way to drain the buzzer-beating trey and sent the teams into the dressing-rooms with Azovmash leading by 13 points.
Josh Davis and Maravic cut the deficit to 9 points midway through the third period. Yegor Mescheriakov and Gerrod Henderson replied for Azovmash to give their team a breathing space at 49:34. Azovmash wisely maintained the distance and finished the third stanza up by 15 points. Gerrod Henderson and Rodney Buford get things going for Mariupol in the fourth frame. BC Kiev obviously struggled to find their rhythm and were unable to cut in to revive the intrigue. Azovmash looked like winners midway through the fourth frame and it could have cost them a victory. Artur Drozdov and Jeter combined for 9 points to drag BC Kiev within 11 points from the opponents with over a minute to go in regulation. Ryan Stack converted a free throw and Maravic connected from downtown for BC Kiev to trail by just 7 points with 44 seconds remaining. Azovmash experienced massive difficulties breaking BC Kiev's full-court press. Nevertheless Gerrod Henderson converted a hard play and then scored a free throw unwinding the tension. Azovmash withstood all the efforts from their opponents to save the game and celebrated the Cup title.
Gerrod Henderson topscored for Azovmash with 18 points. Robert Jr. Archibald and Rodney Buford contributed 14 points apiece for the winners. Artur Drozdov led all scorers with 26 points. Josh Davis provided 11 points in a losing effort for BC Kiev.


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SERBIA

Partizan Igokea is the winner of National Cup Radivoj Korac ! -by Dragan Jankovski

Partizan Igokea from Belgrade is experiencing extremely bright moments and it seems that no one can stop them in Serbia and Adriatic region. During the last season and a half black and white team succeeded to reach Euroleague TOP 16 twice, to win Adriatic league for the first time in their history, to keeps dominating in Serbian Superleague (6 consecutive titles) and finally to win National Cup Radivoj Korac after 6 years.

Partizan opened the final game of Radivoj Korac Cup against Hemofarm STADA very well making run 11-2. Later, at the middle of the second period, after successful 3-pointer by Velickovic, they extended lead to 34-13. After that moment Markovic and Vukosavljevic hit couple of attempts from behind the arc decreasing its minus to 10 until the half time. Partizan's head coach Vujosevic exploited this early advantage to rest his best player Nikola Pekovic. Hemofarm touched minus 6 in 25th minute but Partizan quickly get back to 55-45 going into the last quarter with a nice lead. Clutch player of the game was Dusan Kecman, who drained two 3-pointers and the beginning of the last quarter setting the score to 62-45, what was unreachable for Hemofarm until the end.

Dusan Kecman (197-G/F-77, Agency: Beo Basket) led Partizan scoring 15 points while Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) followed him with 13 points. Young Milan Macvan (206-F/C-89) had 14 points for Hemofarm STADA. Hot prospect of Partizan Igokea Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) is named the MVP of the Final 8 tournament of National Cup Radivoj Korac.


Hemofarm STADA - Partizan Igokea 64-73

(9-22,19-16,17-17,19-18)


Hemofarm STADA:
Macvan 14, Bozovic 13, Markovic 12, Pavkovic 10

Partizan Igokea: Kecman 15, Palacio 13, Pekovic 9, Velickovic 9



Sasa Obradovic close to the bench of Polish National Team -by Dragan Jankovski
Polish Basketball Association has really big ambitions for the future as they will be the hosts of the European Championship 2009 and it seems they are close to make a decision about the new head coach of Polish National Team. The main candidate for that position is respected Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic, who spent three very successful seasons in German Koln 99ers. The team won championship title in Germany on season 05/06 and participated in Euroleague next year, what is the club's biggest success in its history. Despite extremely bad financial situation this season Koln succeeded to qualify for the 1/16 final of the ULEB Cup and currently is on the 6th place in German Bundesleague.

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SPAIN

Week 19: Jason Blair MVP LEB Silver -by Daniel Fernandez

Jason Blair (201-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego) (Plasencia-Galco) was the MVP in the 19th round in the Adecco LEB Silver with 36 of efficiency. Farho Gijon, Akasvayu Vic and CB Illescas are leading the LEB Silver Standing.


Week 19: TOP 5 by Efficiency LEB Silver

Jason Blair (201-F-79) (Plasencia): 36 (25pt + 14rb)

Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) (Almeria): 33 (24pt + 9rb)

Jose Amador (210-F-83) (Akasvayu Vic): 30 (25pt + 4rb)

Jordi Vall-Llobera (193-F-83) (CB Prat): 27 (18pt + 7rb)

Matt Kiefer (208-F-83) (Farho Gijon): 27 (17pt + 8rb)



Balneario Archena wins LEB Bronze CUP -by Daniel Fernandez

This weekend Balneario Archena, Gestiberica Vigo, Torrealta Molina and Rayet Guadalajara have played the Adecco LEB Bronze CUP in Vigo.

1st Semifinal: Balneario Archena 78 (Beeson (21), Dabbert (12pt+12rb), Pepe Llorente (16)) - Rayet Guadalajara 70 (R. Johnson (18pt+10rb), Luz dos Santos (12), A. Franco (10pt+8rb)

2nd Semifinal: Torrealta Molina 61 (Alarcon (15), Navas (14) - Gestiberica Vigo 59 (D. Varnie (10pt+11rb), S. Coll (12pt+7rb), Bavosi (11)


FINAL

Balneario Archena 91: (Avila (4), J.A. Fernandez (15), J. Martin (-), J.L. Pepe Llorente (11), C. Morales (8), Coello (1), Aparicio (7), J. Ruiz (3), Martinez Ortega (-), R. Ruiz (12), B. Beeson (26), Dabbert (4))

Torrealta Molina 70: (Vila (-), D. Fernandez (5), D. Garcia (-), Navas (13), A. Gonzalez (2), Rakin Holis (6), J.A. Exposito (23), G. Dominguez (-), Clemmons (9), Alarcon (12))


MVP: Pepe Llorente (Balneario Archena)



MVP Rudy Inspires DKV Joventut to Copa Del Rey Glory -by Paul Nilsen

COPA DEL REY FINAL
10.02.07 TAU CERAMICA 80 DKV JOVENTUT 82
A sublime 32 point performance by MVP Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) resulted in DKV Joventut being crowned as 2007/08 Copa Del Rey Champions after beating Tau Ceramica on their home-court.


Both teams started the Copa final with their form players with the exception of Mallet for Joventut as Badalona went with Rubio, Rudy, Lavina, Sonseca and Jagla while Tau were favouring Prigioni, Rakocevic, Teletovic, Mickeal and Splitter

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Rakocevic scored the first points of the Copa while Jagla opened Badalona's account with a three, continuing from where he left off in the semi-finals before fouling out. He then repeated the trick with a little help off the backboard from further out before the impressive big man Sonseca handed the Catalan club an 8-2 lead inside four minutes.
Jagla was back in the action within seconds after a big foul on Tiago Splitter who went up for a strong dunk but just failed to convert.


Tau were looking to get Prigioni to penetrate and twice he gave up a look at the basket on his way to the hoop to dish the ball back outside and on the second occasion he found Rakocevic to nail a three and get the Baskonia fans off their seats for the first time since the tip.
The first main change in the game came when the ineffective Teletovic was withdrawn for Muoneke but Tau still had a slow start and found offence a problem as they had in the semi-final having only six points in the first seven minutes against 11 from DKV.


Their cause was helped when Fernandez was called for a travel and then a foul in quick succession and the home team went on to score the next four points with two free-throws from Mickeal and a tremendous cut to the hoop by Prigioni as the shot clock ebbed away.
Mickeal then handed Tau the lead with 90 seconds to play and amid a cacophony of boos and jeers, a tip-in from Fernandez swung it back to Penya.
The crowd really got into the game in the dying stages of the opening period after a mistake by the referee looked to have let a Badalona turnover go unpunished but the officials changed their minds and handed the ball to Tau.


Some great interplay between Planinic and Splitter allowed Muoneke to convert with a lay-up under the basket in traffic and that gave Joventut the chance to have the final shot of the quarter but Rudy turned the ball over under some great defensive pressure from Mickeal and Tau got the ball back with 5.3 seconds to go but they too turned the ball over.


After looking sluggish at the start, Coach Spahija looked pleased with the 8-2 run in the last three minutes and coming out for the second quarter, Tau were definitely a team in the ascendancy and the powerful direct approach of Mickeal again reaped rewards as he was fouled inside and converted both the basket and bonus point.
Muoneke drilled a three in between two unsuccessful perimeter efforts by Badalona who looked a little tired after the previous nights work against Madrid and the six early turnovers were evident also of this.


A tough move by Rubio that ended in a fade away shot drew gasps from the crowd before McDonald produced a nice spin move to respond for Tau. They continued to look for him inside while Badalona began to rely far too much on perimeter shooting which began to let them down with a series of open looks rimming out to the agony of the Penya fans trying to make themselves heard against the partisan home support.After his poor showing in the semi-final McDonald was really making up for it with a great hustle rebound and put back to put Tau 25-16 ahead with four minutes to go until the half.


It was already looking like a game too far for Joventut and they would have to really get something special from the quiet Fernandez if they were to have any chance of combating the passion of the Basque fans whose energy was clearly lifting the players.A Prigioni three-pointer right in the corner looked to have put a real dagger into Badalona hearts with a first double-figure lead but an unsportsmanlike foul by Baskonia gave the ice cool Sonseca the chance to convert two free-throws and for Fernandez to score with a nice little floating shot after wisely giving up the chance of a three to drive towards the hoop.


Happy minutes earlier the home crowd were then incensed and the chants of anger were directed at the match officials after an offensive foul on their side followed by a missed tra vel and the ball being handed to Badalona for Rudy to score their sixth point in a row.The anger felt by Tau was perhaps then behind the decision of McDonald to go baseline and slam down an aggressive dunk but a technical foul on Mickeal, his third of the game for abusing the referee handed DKV the chance of four free-throws plus the ball with Rudy making them pay by scoring all bonus points and then repeating his sweet floating shot from moments earlier. It was to prove to be a real error by Mickeal in the context of the game.


The six points in 15 seconds put a whole new reflection on the game at 30-28 and Tau began to feel some pressure for the first time with Teletovic turning the ball over. Just when Rudy looked like talking over, the referee bravely called a carry and a time-out left Tau with the ball and a minute until the halfway break.
The force was back in the hands of Badalona but Teletovic was brave enough to try his hand at a three-pointer having turned the ball over on the previous offence and fortune favoured him. It was certainly the case that the referees seemed to be favouring Joventut and another call on the final possession had the Tau fans purple with rage.
Mallet scored a lay-up on the buzzer to ensure his side went in only 33-30 behind and despite their team being ahead, Tau were running off court with Badalona with several objects being hurled onto the court amidst intense whistling and jeering towards the three men in orange.


The second half started with Mallet at the point for Joventut instead of Rubio and Fernandez struck a three to tie the game up immediately . After a Splitter tip rebound, the faith shown by Reneses in Mallet was proven as he scored again with some great penetration.A 6-0 Tau burst inspired by Splitter was broken by a Mallet three-pointer but instantly Tau were off an running with the Badalona point guard on his backside for a quick score by Rakocevic and bonus point.


The tempo of the game began to really pick up and Lavina nailed a trey before two great moves through the lane by Rakocevic and Rudy at each end. Fernandez then hit Joventut's fourth three of the quarter to get within one point of the hosts at 47-46. Teletovic then hit a three from the corner after some great ball movement by Tau only for Fernandez to reply with a classy move. He saw a chink of light and opened the door fully, slicing through the Tau defence to score with an arching lay-up high off the glass.

Popopvic then came from nowhere to complete two nice inside moves either side of a strong Splitter post move while Mickeal produced the rebound of the game up until that point to also get the put back and send Tau 58-53 up. Rubio then had the chance of the last possession of the quarter only to turn it over off his own foot to give Tau the ball. Incredibly Tau then spilled it themselves and it was Rubio himself who made amends by scoring on the buzzer to ensure a one shot game going into the final ten minutes at 58-55.


The quarter started late after two successive court invasions by individuals holding placards and making political statements but they were given the bird by the crowd who rightly jeered them off the court as they were taken away by security personnel. Fernandez continued in the final quarter where he left off in the third when he scored ten points with another three-pointer after two free-throws by Rakocevic.

The impressive Demond Mallet struck with a three-pointer to narrow to 62-61 and then Rudy was fouled taking a three pointer and went to the line to give Joventut the lead for the first time in the second half.Mallet who has been excellent in the tournament then struck another three and got the visiting fans really pumped up with their side four points ahead at 63-67 and five minutes left in the game. The pendulum appeared to be swinging towards Badalona after a Popovic put back extended their lead but Teletovic pulled out a three from the corner to ease the pressure on Tau.


Sonseca then scored quickly inside but the final came alive for Teletovic who drilled another three and then after a rare Fernandez air-ball made an inside score for eight successive points for him. It gave Tau the lead again at 72-71 and a time out by Coach Reneses with just over three minutes set up another thrilling ending so typical of a terrific Copa tournament. Jagla hit a three straight from the restart and after Rakocevic free-throws it was 74-74. Rudy went to the hoop and got a bucket after a goal tending call.


Tau turned the ball over and Rudy broke away to slam down a dunk and spark chants of MVP from the DKV fans in raptures with their side four points ahead at 78-74 and just 90 seconds from a trophy. But Teletovic was still feeling it big time and he hit another three from the corner before both sides then turned the ball over. Rubio went to the line with 28 seconds left and scored both to force a time out by Tau 80-77 behind. Teletovic tried to nail another but this time his luck had run out and Mallet ended up with the ball and back on the line in front of the celebrating Badalona fans who knew their time was about to arrive for some deserved silverware.


And so it was as he nailed them both. Teletovic hit a consolation three but the celebrations began with Rudy Fernandez cutting down both nets ahead of his MVP award.
Teletovic was top man for Tau but 32 points from Fernandez told the whole story although 15 points from Demond Mallet at times when the game was slipping away should not be underestimated.



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TURKEY

Turk Telekom gets the Cup in Turkey -by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom got the Cup in Turkey and became so called Turkish Opel Cup champion. In the Final game against Oyak Renault the favorites triumphed with 80:61 victory. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) led the winners and with 25 points. He also earned MVP honors being the top-scorer for the team. Chris Williams posted 16 points and made 7 rebounds while Erwin Dudley (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) had 11 points. John Monwell had 14 points for Oyak, Ozgur Biyik (208-C-83) added 12 and Nedim Dal (212-C-75) 11. To reach the Final Turk Telekom beat Banvit 91:82 and then overcame Fenerbahce Ulker 73:72 in the semifinals.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Ford to Northwood U -by David Edole
Michael Ford (196-F-86, college: Pasco-Hernando CC) will be attending Northwood University in Florida. The 6-foot-6 power forward spent two years at Pasco Hernando Community College and guided the team to a 19-11record. The Crucian averaged 5.9 points and a whopping 10.1 rebounds. He was named to the Suncoast all second team as a sophomore.
'Mike will help build the program, said Raymond Milligan. 'He is a good defender and an excellent rebounder. These are some of the things that the Sharks are lacking this season.

Ritter's big game.
Sophomore forward Preston Ritter had career-highs with 14 points and seven rebounds as East Stroudsburg University (14-7) rolled to a 102-42 win over Penn State-Schuylkill on Saturday night.
ESU started the game with a 10-0 run and led 15-2 five minutes into the game.


PRO REPORT -by David Edole
PRO REPORT
Jameel Heywood (198-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Oklahoma) and Lanus Atletico split their games this past weekend in the Argentinean TNA League. Behind a 21-point effort including a 5-of-5 at the charity stripe from the St. Thomas native, Lanus held off Union de Sunchales, 67-63.
Olimpico denied Lanus' attempt at a weekend sweep with a 82-80 victory Saturday night. Olimpico raced out to 63-49 lead after three periods. But Heywood tried to bring Lanus (2-4) within striking distance but ran out of time in the final frame. Heywood had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.


Tropics are 2-1
Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: EM-PA, college: Loyola, IL) and Miami Tropics season came to an end in the FIBA Americas Basketball League. The Tropics ended the final four with a win over Minas Tenis, 67-65 to end the phase with a 2-1 record. Richards all eight of his points in the first half when the Tropics held 38-32 halftime lead. Richards also had seven rebounds.
When everyone thought that Miami was going to run away with the win Minas reacted in the third quarter with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 42 and finish the quarter with a 56-46 lead.
It was nip and tuck in the fourth win Miami getting enough big plays to hold on for the win.
The 6-11 Center is scheduled to play in the Puerto Rican Superior Basketball League. He was selected first overall by Humacao in the 'community' player draft. Community players are athletes that are from the Caribbean and Central America.
Kevin Sheppard and Carl Krauser are also expected to play in the BSN. Sheppard was drafted fourth by Guyanabo Conquistadors in the same draft. Sheppard is expected to be on island on the 15th.
Krauser was selected third overall by Coamo Runners. He is presently a guard on the Pittsburgh Xplosion team of the CBA.

Cooper and Millrats secure 19th victory
The Manchester Millrats swarmed the Montreal Royal 128-105, bouncing back from a tough one point loss to Texas. St. Thomas David Cooper (201-F-83, college: JMU) had 12 points and five boards for the Millrats. Cooper is part owner and player of the team.
Manchester blew open a 25 to 25 first quarter tie into a 64-45 halftime lead. The lead swelled to as much as 30 in the second half. The win improves Manchester to 19-10 on the season.

Xplosion wins
Darnell Miller (195-G-82, college: W.Georgia) had 16 points, five assists and four rebounds to lead Pittsburgh Xplosion (22-16) over the first place Minot Skyrockets, 105-100, Friday night in CBA action. In the five games with the Xplosion, Miller is averaging 13.6 points 8.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Pittsburgh used a 14-5 run to open the fourth quarter to blow open its three point lead. Minot rallied, however, and cut the Xplosion lead to four with 22.1 seconds to play on a Ray Cunningham tip-slam. Pittsburgh iced the game with free throws from Lincoln Glass and Kevin Mickens.

Europe
Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.), of St. Thomas, and Lusitania outlasted Ginasio, 61-55 in the Portugal Basketball League (UZO) Saturday night. Peterkin had a game high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 6-of-8 at the free-throw line. Peterkin also tallied five boards and three blocked shots.
The game had two distinct halves as Lusitania (6-8) dominated the first half outscoring Ginasio 18-12 and 19-12 to take a 37-24 lead at the half. Ginasio controlled the second half winning the third period 13-18 and final period 11-13.

Pepinster loses a close one
St. John native Josiah James (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Birmingham Souther) had 12 points and three rebounds but it was not enough as Voo Verviers Pepinster (9-11) were outlasted by Spirou Basket Charleroi, 61-68 Sunday night in the Belgium Basketball League (Ethias). James, a 6-foot-8 forward, was 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.


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Azovmash burn BC Kiev to grab the Cup title -by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - BC Kiev 83:73

Azovmash Mariupol retained the Cup title as they fired down BC Kiev in the tournament's finale in Sumy yesterday. Azovmash kept in mind the last season's sour loss to their arch-rivals in the Cup Final and looked for revenge. Azovmash was steered by newly signed Slovenian coach Mehmet Becirovic. Some more changes occurred some time after the start of the encounter as the starting point guard Tyus Edney (178-G-73, college: UCLA) was injured and had to be sidelined for the reminder of the clash. Gerrod Henderson (193-G-78, agency: Octagon, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up for Azovmash and produced a top-shelf performance down the stretch. Azovmash entered the game aggressively and BC Kiev looked pretty hapless offensively in the opening minutes. Robert Jr. Archibald (211-C/F-80, college: Illinois) scored first 5 points for Azovmash to set them ahead 5:2. Later Rodney Buford (196-G-77, college: Creighton) fired back-to-back treys as Azovmash continued to roll. Yegor Mescheriakov (205-F-76, college: George Washington) connected from afar and Sergiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) added a free throw as Mariupol outfit kept in front. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena) scored 4 points early for BC Kiev as they stayed at a striking distance. Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) capped the first frame with a three-pointer and BC Kiev trailed by just a single point after 10 minutes 16:17. The teams traded buckets for some time early in the second period before Robert Jr. Archibald knocked down a trey to ignite an 18:0 run for Azovmash as they accumulated a 38:18 buffer with less than 2 minutes left in the first half. Finally Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) broke the scoring drought for Kiev team sinking a free throw. Marko Maravic (201-F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) added two more free throws and Drozdov nailed a triple to trim the gap. Gerrod Henderson however denied the efforts with a massive treble to restore the margin. Artur Drozdov found the way to drain the buzzer-beating trey and sent the teams into the dressing-rooms with Azovmash leading by 13 points.
Josh Davis and Maravic cut the deficit to 9 points midway through the third period. Yegor Mescheriakov and Gerrod Henderson replied for Azovmash to give their team a breathing space at 49:34. Azovmash wisely maintained the distance and finished the third stanza up by 15 points. Gerrod Henderson and Rodney Buford get things going for Mariupol in the fourth frame. BC Kiev obviously struggled to find their rhythm and were unable to cut in to revive the intrigue. Azovmash looked like winners midway through the fourth frame and it could have cost them a victory. Artur Drozdov and Jeter combined for 9 points to drag BC Kiev within 11 points from the opponents with over a minute to go in regulation. Ryan Stack (212-F/C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Carolina) converted a free throw and Maravic connected from downtown for BC Kiev to trail by just 7 points with 44 seconds remaining. Azovmash experienced massive difficulties breaking BC Kiev's full-court press. Nevertheless Gerrod Henderson converted a hard play and then scored a free throw unwinding the tension. Azovmash withstood all the efforts from their opponents to save the game and celebrated the Cup title.
Gerrod Henderson topscored for Azovmash with 18 points. Robert Jr. Archibald and Rodney Buford contributed 14 points apiece for the winners. Artur Drozdov led all scorers with 26 points. Josh Davis provided 11 points in a losing effort for BC Kiev.
Yegor Mescheriakov was named the Cup Final Four MVP.

Azovmash: Gerrod Henderson 18, Robert Jr. Archibald 14, Rodney Buford 14
BC Kiev: Artur Drozdov 26, Josh Davis 11


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URUGUAY

Letheal Cook to Hebraica Macabi -by Walter Sobrero
Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) is the new foreign player of Hebraica Macabi. At the closure of the deadline for changing foreign players in the Uruguayan League, Hebraica brought Cook to try him and be sure of changing Kofi Danquah (204-C-81, college: W.Chester). But the coach of Macabi spoke in the media saying that Danquah felt himself offended by the arrival of cook and decided by himself to leave the Hotel where the team was training before tonight's game. So, it looks like Danquah decided by himself and made easier to the coach to take the decission between him and Cook. Cook will play tonight against Trouville in a very important game for Macabi to get into the Final Four.

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VENEZUELA

Gaiteros get a Rocket -by Wolfgang Lucena
Gaiteros Del Zulia agrees with Dawan Allison (178-G-78, college: N.C.Central) to bring velocity to the squad.
Dawan Allison is an outstanding New Yorker player who played NCAA level at North Carolina Central. His speed and ways to score give him the opportunity to participate on high level basketball leagues over Germany and the Middle East (Jordan). His basketball background is linked to professional organization in the United Stated of America as; Long Island Surf (USBL), Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL), Albany Patrons (CBA), New York Blast (EBA) and New York Knicks (NBA). Gaiteros Del Zulia establish a phone conversation with The NBA super star, John Starks who gives great recommendations regarding Dawan Allison .




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Leuchanka debuted for UMMC -by Eurobasket News
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) debuted for UMMC in Euroleague. UMMC was too good for the visiting Villeneuve in the opening game of the best-of-three series at the Euroleague's eighth-final stage. Agnieszka Bibrzycka fired 28 points for the Russian team as they easily surpassed their French rivals in Ekaterinburg. It never looked like a one-sided game at the start though. Geraldine Robert scored 4 points for Lille as they took a lead early on. But UMMC scored 9 straight points to surge ahead and won the first frame 20:16. Soon Agnieszka Bibrzycka hit a three-pointer to put the hosts up by 9 points 27:18. Natalia Vodopyanova's jumper opened up a double digit lead for the home side with under 3 minutes left in the second period. Asjha Jones finalized a 35:23 advantage for UMMC at the break. Asjha Jones, Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Caroline Aubert spurred UMMC to a 42:25 margin with just over 2 minutes past in the third term. However Bintou Dieme and Fatimatou Sacko nailed treys for Villeneuve to stay in contest. It all went wrong for the visitors late in the frame as Agnieszka Bibrzycka dropped back-to-back trebles and Harrower added another long bomb to stun French outfit. UMMC headed into the fourth quarter with a 58:36 lead. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Oxana Rakhmatulina fired two more triples to open the final frame and UMMC never looked back further on. Yelena Leuchanka and Caroline Aubert secured 9 points apiece in a win. Geraldine Robert netted 16 points and pulled down 7 boards to pace Villeneuve. Fatimatou Sacko had 10 points in a losing effort. UMMC dominated the boards 41:28 and shot outstanding 61% from the field. Game 2 will be played on Friday in France.
UMMC overcame French Villeneuve in the second game of the Euroleague eighth-final and advanced to the next round of competition. The win meant UMMC won the series against their French opponent 2-0 and continue their chase for the European trophy. Russian team came to Villeneuve without their key import Penny Taylor as the Australian forward left for personal reasons and missed the second straight game for UMMC. Lille fought fiercely in front of a 1,800-crowd. But UMMC proved just too strong for French team at the end. The hosts took off to a flying start and managed to hold on to a lead early in the game. UMMC however evened the things on court and trailed by one after 10 minutes of action. The things brightened up for the visitors in the second quarter as they finally spurred ahead and took control over the game. UMMC were up by 2 points at the break 37:35 and maintained the lead throughout the third term. It all went down to the final minutes in this one. But Villeneuve struggled from the charity stripe throughout the whole night and it counted at the end. UMMC remained cool and accurate in the crunch time and secured a victory. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 14 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda provided 11 points for the winners. Kathy Wambe responded with 14 points for Villeneuve. Geraldine Robert added 12 points and 13 boards in a losing clause. Lille outrebounded the visitors 43:36 and forced those to 15 turnovers. UMMC at the same time shot 50% from beyond the arc and capitalized on Villeneuve's woeful 43% accuracy from charity stripe. Yelena Leuchanka collected 8 points and 9 rebounds.
In Belarus League Berezina and Olimpia stay close to each other after another round in Belarus. Berezina overcame BRGU 108:76 and 94:83. Olimpia had 2 easy road wins over Vitebsk 46:113 and 59:104. In another games Tehnolog beat Mogilevchanka 63:42, but then lost 41:44. Victoriya lost two games to Minsk 59:96 and 65:91.


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BELGIUM - Women

Round 18 results -by Eurobasket News
Dexia and IMC Dames Waregem won their last games in Round 18, however the latter got 20-0 against Kortrijk Sport for a forfeit.
Dexia meanwhile smashed Runkster 94:47 at home on Saturday. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) netted 20, while Oksana Agabalova (186-F-73) scored 18. In another games Point Ch. Sprimont lost to BBC Boom 50:65. RS Monceau Charleroi also lost at home to DBC Houthalen 61:64 and Katelijne Waver overcame Novia Namur 76:60.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) reached the Quarterfinals of EuroLeague with her Russia team. CSKA completed their eighth-final task and advanced to the next round of action. Moscow team finalized a 2-0 sweep of Spanish Perfumerias with another Belgian player Anke De Mondt. Perfumerias opened the game bravely and grabbed a 7:0 lead 2 minutes into the game. Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters combined for 8 points for the visiting side and CSKA closed the gap soon. Becky Hammon scored 5 consecutive points late in the first stanza to tie things at 15 but Alessandra Santos and Silvia Dominguez capped the frame with 5 points and allowed the hosts to lead 20:15. Perfumerias continued to maintain their advantage in the second period and Anke De Mondt (180-F-79)'s three-pointer gave the Spanish team a double-digit cushion midway through the quarter. Olga Arteshina and Becky Hammon quickly responded with triples for CSKA to drag Moscow team back within 4 points. The teams traded baskets before Anke De Mondt fired once again from downtown and sealed a 43:37 buffer for the home team at halftime. Two free throws from Ivanka Matic enlarged Perfumeria's lead to 7 points early in the third. However Maria Stepanova and Ann Wauters kept CSKA in contest. Olga Arteshina knocked down a trey and the visitors headed into the fourth term trailing by 3 points. Becky Hammon quickly denied the deficit nailing a three-point bomb to open the final quarter. Ilona Kortine added 4 points and the Russian outfit surged ahead 63:58. Perfumerias refused to give up and ignited a 6:0 run to retain the lead. But Nicole Powell dropped back-to-back three-pointers for CSKA to give them a 69:64 advantage. Later Becky Hammon drilled another long range attempt as CSKA kept Avenida at distance. Ana Montanana missed her long jumper, while Nicole Powell buried one for CSKA actually sealing the winning outcome for Russian side. Perfumerias had no time to answer and lost the battle. Becky Hammon topscored with 25 points for CSKA. Maria Stepanova came up with 16 points and 6 boards for the winners. Ann Wauters ended up with 6 points and 6 rebounds. Ana Montanana answered with 14 points and 11 boards for Perfumerias.
In the first game Russian CSKA overwhelmed Perfumerias Avenida in the first game of the best-of-three series of Euroleague eighth-final stage. CSKA entered the game firing from all guns as Ann Wauters, Maria Stepanova and Olga Arteshina made it an 8:0 lead with 4 minutes gone. Ilona Korstine soon nailed 4 straight points and the hosts claimed a 14:3 advantage. It all worked smoothly for the home team and the margin grew to 15 points late in the quarter. Finally Isabel Sanchez scored 5 straight points to cap the frame with Perfumerias trailing 12:22. Tracy Reid and Silvia Dominguez ignited a 10:2 run for the visitors early in the second quarter as Avenida trimmed the gap to 2 points. Later Silvia Dominguez nailed a jumper to tie things up at 28. However Nicole Powell scored 5 consecutive points and Edwige Lawson added a three-pointer to restore an 8-point cushion for CSKA. Ann Wauters finished the half with 6 points in a row for the Russian team and they held a 44:32 advantage at the interval. Isabel Sanchez and Anke De Mondt fired from beyond the arc at the start of the third period as Perfumerias kept the intrigue burning. But Ann Wauters continued to pile up points securing a safe distance between the sides. Ilona Korstine dropped 6 consecutive points for CSKA and the hosts accumulated a 60:46 lead with 2 minutes remaining in the third frame. Becky Hammon bridged the quarters with two three-pointers as CSKA rolled confidently to the win. Ann Wauters and Nicole Powell soon crafted a 70:53 gap and Perfumerias never recovered afterwards. Ann Wauters provided 21 points and 15 boards for CSKA. Ilona Korstine and Maria Stepanova added 12 points apiece in a winning case. Isabel Sanchez answered with 14 points for Spanish team. Ivanka Matic posted 13 points and 6 boards in defeat. CSKA outrebounded their opponents 40:34 and held them to 39% from the field.


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CAPE VERDE - Women

Championship Results -by Pedro Gomes
Game Results

2 - 3 February

Saturday, 2 Feb.

Bairro(26) - (61) Seven Stars (Sen. Women)

3 de Fevereiro

ABC (50) - (7) Órgaos (Sen. Women)

9 e 10 February

09/02/08

Seven stars (64) x (43) Abc - (Sen. Women)

10/02/08

Orgao (30) x Bairro(54) - (Sen. Women)


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COLOMBIA - Women

Yaneth Arias continues as Flying Foxes main star -by Victor Garcia
Colombian Forward Yaneth Arias, continues impressing as Flying Foxes star, the foxes has losted just one game in the season, and Arias is averaging 21 PPG and 6 RPG, Arias have a season high of 33 pts and 12 reboundsYaneth Arias (188-F-82)

Elena Diaz playing in Germany's Budesliga Leipzig -by Victor Garcia
Colombian Forward Elena Diaz is still fighting hard to climb the standings with Leipzig in the German Bundesliga, Diaz minutes has decreased as the team hires American Woods, Diaz however is averaging 6.2 PPG and 3.4 RPG, Leipzig is currently last in the standings, but has won 2 of its last three gamesElena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska)

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FRANCE - Women

French Cup -by Eurobasket News
French Cup Last weekend the teams did not play the championship games as they were busy with the Cup. The most experienced teams played away from home and almost all of them reached the wins. In the only game where the hosts won Rennes Avenir overcame Rezé Nantes Basket 71:44. In the game between Lot et Garonne and Mourenx BC, the latter won 51:67 as Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) top-scored with 29 points.
Here are all the results:

Lot et Garonne UST (NF1) - Mourenx BC (LFB) : 51-67
AL Aplemont Le Havre (NF2) - COB Calais (LFB) : 50-97
Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (NF2) - FCB Ardennes ASPTT (NF1) : 62-76
US Dunkerque (NF1) - Union Saint-Amand PH - HN (LFB) : 61-64
Armentières SO (NF1) - Arras Pays d'Artois BF (LFB) : 72-100
Rennes Avenir (NF1) - Rezé Nantes Basket 44 (NF1) : 71-44
Pleyber Christ BC (NF1) - USO Mondeville (LFB) : 67-106
Union Lyon BF (NF1) - SJS Reims (LFB) : 54-70
Limoges ABC (NF1) - Stade Clermontois AB 63 (LFB) : 75-92
Etoile de Voiron Féminin (NF1) - Challes-les-Eaux Basket (LFB) : 53-79
Stade Marseillais UC (NF1) - Basket Lattes Montpellier A (LFB) : 55-106
Basket Landes (NF1) - Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) : 60-79
Nice Cavigal Olympic (NF1) - Pays d'Aix Basket 13 (LFB) : 39-54


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Recap of Game Day 15 -by Moritz Korff
TSV 1880 Wasserburg - BC Pharmaserv Marburg 67:65, Boxscore
Wasserburg edged past Marburg to stay on top of the DBBL. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) and Corry Berger (192-F/C-82, college: USF) both were not able to play for TSV. The host was ahead after two quarters (40:35) thanks to great play by Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) who scored 19 points in the first half. After the break Wasserburg got in some trouble on the offensive end and Marburg closed the gap to take the lead 65:64 with only one minute left to go in the last quarter. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) netted two points for Wasserburg and also hit one of two shots from the line with eight seconds remaining in the game. Marburg had a last chance but was not able to loose off until the buzzer sounded.
Wasserburg's Hibbert topscored with 21 points, Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. The Blue Dolphins were paced by Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) who netted 16 points, Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) finished with 13 points and 9 boards, Natalie Gohrke (180-F-83) produced 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the loss.

Muenchen Basket - BBV Leipzig Eagles 70:57, Boxscore
Muenchen returned to the winning track by defeating Leipzig 70:57 at home. The home team was leading with only one point when the final ten minutes started, but Muenchen handled that pressure very well and went out for a 22:10 in the last quarter to improve to 3:11, while the Eagles remain on the last place in the league with 2 wins and 12 defeats. Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) was impressive for Muenchen and nailed 6 treys to tally 27 points. Faye Muller (191-F-84) added 7 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.) had 15 points in the losing effort, Anna Adlerova (181-G/F-85) scored 14 points.

ChemCats Chemnitz - BG 74 Goettingen 80:100, Boxscore
A 26:7-run in the third period helped the Violets on their way to a road win at Chemnitz. The guests shot 8 out of 18 from beyond the arc and had a FG-percentage of 56.8 % in the entire game. Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) led all scores with 30 points, Michaela Abelova (176-G-85) added 18 points and 7 rebounds to the away victory. Chemnitz' Katja Zberch (189-C-78, agency: LBM Management) collected 21 points and 7 boards, Georgina Tajkov (183-F-86) had 13 points and 5 assists for the host.

Herner TC - SV Halle Lions 72:70, Boxscore
Mandy Haenel (170-G-86) sank a three-pointer with 27 seconds left in the encounter to give Herne a 71:70-lead in a thrilling final stage. The Lions were not able to answer as they turned the ball over and had to send Haenel to the line with a quick foul. She made one of two. Halle's final attempt missed and HTC had its third win of the season. Haenel score 17 points, Anna-Christine Goerg (190-F-87) added 15. Halle's attack was led by Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82) who put in 26 points, while Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) added 21.

evo New Basket Oberhausen - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 103:78, Boxscore
Five players scored in double digits as second ranked Oberhausen cruised to a convincing victory over Freiburg. The hosts put on quite a show in offense and hit 60.4 % of their shots from the field. Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine) led the point-production for Oberhausen with 28 (including 5/8 from three-point territory) and also snagged 5 steals. Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Sarah Austmann (182-G/F-85) finished the game with 17 points, Lea Mersch (168-G-87) had 16 and Petra Glaeser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) 14. Freiburg's Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) made 10 of her 12 attempts from the field to tally 23 points plus 6 boards and 5 steals. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) and Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) each scored 15 points in defeat.


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ISRAEL - Women

Round 17th results -by Gil Goshen




Electra Ramat Hasharon 65 - Ashdod 76


For Ashdod:
Sheri Sam 22 pts
Brandi McCain 20 pts
Ayana Walker 12 pts
Michal Epstein 10 pts
Bat El Lazmi 9 pts
Karin Agassi 3 pts

For Ramat Hasharon:
Daliborka Vilipic 17 pts
Limor Mizrachi 16 pts
Jia Perkins 11 pts
Tatyana Troina 8 pts
Nomi Kolodny & Merav Dori 6 pts each
Shimirit Gigi 1 pts

Bnei Yehuda 107 - Tel Kabir 98 (F/OT)


For Bnei Yehuda:
Dionnah Jackson 31 pts, 11 rebs
Sugiery Monsac 22 pts
Rivi Grinboym 16 pts
Renee Taylor 14 pts
Chen Segal 9 pts
Ayelet Cohen 6 pts

For Tel Kabir:
Michelle Woods 32 pts
Constance Jinks 30 pts
Shaun Gortman 18 pts
Shiri Porat 9 pts

Holon 78 - Ramat Hen 58
For Holon:
Ivory Latta 20 pts
Shiran Zairy 17 pts
DeTrina White Agency - GG basketball 17 pts, 15 rebs ( another double double,,, )
La'Tangela Atkinson 9 pts
Inbal Mizrachi 9 pts

For Ramat Hen:
Armintie Price 18 pts , 8 rb.
Edwina Brown & Taj McWilliams Franklin 12 pts each
Shiri Sharon 9 pts

Raanana Hertzeliya 78 - Hapoel Tel Aviv 73

For Raanana Hertzeliya:
Mistie Williams 21 pts, 12 rebs
Tanisha Wright 16 pts
Abiola Wabara 13 pts
Chen Nusel 11 pts
Katia Levitky 6 pts

For Hapoel:
Shira Haelyon 20 pts
Edneisha Curry 17 pts
Tamara Bowie 15 pts
Shachar Alterman 10 pts
Liran Buchris 9 pts













©All rights
Dionnah Jackson (178-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Oklahoma)


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-18: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli
Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Italmoka Pozzuoli 65 - 78
(27-15, 47-24, 54-50)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 4 (1/2), Duffy M. 13 (1/3, 3/7), Favento S. dnp, Bona G. , Riccardi E. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Montagnino J. 14 (6/9, 0/3), Perfetti C. 3 (1/2), Pys'Mennik O. 17 (2/6, 3/4), Razmaite D. 12 (6/9), Morrison Jara Z.. Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. 3 (0/1, 1/1), Cirov T. 12 (4/5), Ferazzoli I. dnp, Franchetti M. (0/1), Minervino M. , Grima H. 17 (5/9, 1/1), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Grasso A. 4 (1/5), Natasha Andjelic (185-G-77) N. 8 (1/2, 2/3), Dixon T. 34 (10/18, 2/5). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

Famila Wuber Schio - New Wash Montigarda 86 - 48
(17-12, 32-25, 56-34)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) 5 (1/1, 1/2), Moro E. 18 (1/2, 5/6), Donaphin B. 6 (3/5), Tassara S. (0/2), Masciadri R. 12 (2/4, 2/8), Rubino J. (0/2), Ngoyisa B. 12 (4/7), Ress K. 10 (4/6), Ciampoli F. 6 (1/5), Macchi L. 17 (7/10, 1/3). Coach Orlando Sandro
NEW WASH MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. , Colico R. 11 (2/5, 0/1), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 8 (4/10), Rossi C. (0/3), Smith D. 6 (2/4, 0/2), Dimitrova E. dnp, Albertazzi S. (0/2), Ruzickova M. 11 (5/12), Lawless E. 12 (0/3, 1/2). Coach Fossati Fabio

Germano Zama Faenza - Carispe La Spezia 68 - 64
(21-16, 42-34, 52-53)
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 13 (2/4, 2/5), Franchini M. 7 (2/3, 1/4), Ramon E. 5 (1/2, 1/2), David I. 13 (6/11, 0/1), Casadio G. 2 (1/1), Jokic D. 12 (3/11, 1/2), Bandini E. dnp, Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) 2 (1/2), Dos Santos C. 14 (6/9), Morsiani L. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo
CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno M. dnp, Corradini L. 8 (3/6), Pastore C. 10 (3/5, 0/1), Callens E. (0/3), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 15 (4/9, 1/3), Bagnara B. 11 (0/2, 3/4), Vukovic V. 2 (0/1), Sarti R. 6 (3/5), Willis C. 12 (5/12). Coach Papini Giovanni

Fiera di Roma - Levoni Taranto 42 - 82
(4-17, 24-36, 28-62)
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. 8 (4/7, 0/3), Servillo M. , Hodges D. 9 (1/7, 0/4), Cinili S. 2 (1/2), Mendes Da Silva T. (0/1, 0/1), Arimattei G. dnp, Machanguana C. 6 (3/10), Beljanski M. 5 (1/4, 0/1), Scimitani S. (0/3), Gattini C. 12 (6/9, 0/1). Coach Incecchi Sandro
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. dnp, Corbani C. (0/2, 0/1), Michelle Greco (176-G-80) 7 (2/4, 1/2), Bello M. 4 (1/1, 0/1), Zimerle A. (0/1), Sauret Gillespie A. 7 (3/6, 0/1), Summerton L. 21 (10/17), Prado F. 11 (5/6), Frohlich L. 13 (2/5, 3/4), Brunson R. 19 (8/15). Coach Corno Aldo

Gescom Viterbo - Lavezzini Parma 71 - 65
(21-9, 36-25, 59-42)
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi D. 8 (3/5), Kouznetsova S. dnp, Santucci L. 5 (1/3, 1/1), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 9 (3/5), Maslowski M. 25 (9/19), Limoura L. 11 (3/7, 1/6), Siccardi V. 5 (0/4, 1/5), Gorla L. (0/1), Cleia Crepaldi (173-F-77) 8 (1/3, 2/3). Coach Agresti Claudio
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. 11 (1/1, 3/6), Stabile S. 16 (2/4, 3/7), Paparazzo E. 14 (7/11), Zanoni I. NE , Battisodo V. (0/2), Van Malderen L. 2 (1/3, 0/2), Mahoney M. 13 (1/5, 3/5), Zanon M. 2 (1/4), Screen J. (0/2), Sulciute E. 7 (2/4, 0/1), All. Scanzani Maurizio

Pool Comense - Acer Priolo 59 - 56 ot
(19-15, 33-31, 44-49)
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 13 (3/3, 2/2), Fassina M. , Bestagno E. dnp, Fabbri V. 2 (1/1), Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) 19 (3/6, 4/6), Turner L. 5 (2/3), Invernizzi M. (0/3), Hall V. 12 (5/7, 0/1), Zampella A. 6 (0/3, 2/6), Sarni S. 2 (0/6). Coach Ricchini Roberto
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 5 (1/2), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Palie S. 7 (3/8, 0/3), Milazzo O. 7 (2/4, 1/3), Fabbri E. dnp, Seino T. 3 (0/2), Sciacca B. 2 (0/2), Pascalau F. 11 (5/8), Meneghel R. 10 (3/3, 1/4), Phillips T. 11 (5/7). Coach Coppa Santino

Phard Napoli - Umana Venezia 69-58

(17-15, 38-25, 52-39)

PHARD NAPOLI: Paterna S., Cirone M. 9 (1/4, 1/2), Mauriello P. 2 (1/1), Giauro S. 2 (1/2), Barnes A. 10 (4/7, 0/1), Gentile I. 3 (1/2), Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) 15 (7/7), Lesdema N. 8 (4/6), Ndiaye A., Holland-Corn K.20 (2/4, 2/5). Coach Molino Nino

UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 2 (1/5, 0/2), Modica F. 4 (2/3), Johnson S. 9 (2/5, 0/2), Sanford N. 8 (2/6), Andrade M. 10 (4/7), Nadalin J. 6 (3/6), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 17 (2/6, 4/8), Zampieri A.dnp. Coach Riga Massimo



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LUXEMBOURG - Women

Basket Esch, Amicale and Residence are victorious -by Eurobasket News
The DBBL enjoyed the start of the playoff stage at the weekend. The main favorites Basket Esch proved their status with a confident road win over the arch-rivals Musel Pikes 79:60. The game turned into a heated battle in the first half. Musel Pikes fought back every basket from the league leaders and kept it close for the two periods. Basket Esch led by only 3 points at halftime. Nevertheless the visitors finally managed to clear off after the break. They limited the home team to just 7 points in the third stanza and accumulated a 15-point buffer after 30 minutes of action. Musel Pikes did not find enough counterarguments to change the complexion of the game in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) dropped 25 points and issued 6 assists for Basket Esch. Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) delivered 21 points for the winners. Amanda Stowe (186-F/C-79, agency: Next Level, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) answered with 22 points and 9 boards. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) knocked down 15 points in a loss.
Amicale managed to upset Contern in a close fought clash. Contern looked pretty confident throughout three quarters and led by as many as 3 points heading into the fourth period. But Amicale used the home court advantage to prove just stronger at the end. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 boards for Amicale. Nadine Mangen (175-F-83) dropped 9 points in a winning case. Carrie Bacon (183-F-80, college: Wyoming) replied with 26 points and 13 boards in defeat.


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POLAND - Women

Lotos remains undefeated -by Eurobasket News
In Round 19 Lotos PKO BP Gdynia overwhelmed MUKS Poznań 100:63 to take 18-0 record. Marta Jujka (191-C-88) led the winners with 17 points. Gulak and Leciejewska provided 16 points each. Howard and Zaneta Durak (172-F-89) ended up with 12 points in defeat. Wisla due to Euroleague campaign will play the game against Odra later. In another games CCC Polkowice won over INEA AZS Poznań 70:45, while Finepharm AZS KK Jelenia Gora edged Utex Row Rybnik 71:61. Energa Toruń beat KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wielkopolski 66:64 and PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno had a road win over ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź 40:53.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) remains in a perfect shape and top-scored twice in the last 2 games for her Russian team in Euroleague. UMMC was too good for the visiting Villeneuve in the opening game of the best-of-three series at the Euroleague's eighth-final stage. Agnieszka Bibrzycka fired 28 points for the Russian team as they easily surpassed their French rivals in Ekaterinburg. It never looked like a one-sided game at the start though. Geraldine Robert scored 4 points for Lille as they took a lead early on. But UMMC scored 9 straight points to surge ahead and won the first frame 20:16. Soon Agnieszka Bibrzycka hit a three-pointer to put the hosts up by 9 points 27:18. Natalia Vodopyanova's jumper opened up a double digit lead for the home side with under 3 minutes left in the second period. Asjha Jones finalized a 35:23 advantage for UMMC at the break. Asjha Jones, Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Caroline Aubert spurred UMMC to a 42:25 margin with just over 2 minutes past in the third term. However Bintou Dieme and Fatimatou Sacko nailed treys for Villeneuve to stay in contest. It all went wrong for the visitors late in the frame as Agnieszka Bibrzycka dropped back-to-back trebles and Harrower added another long bomb to stun French outfit. UMMC headed into the fourth quarter with a 58:36 lead. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Oxana Rakhmatulina fired two more triples to open the final frame and UMMC never looked back further on. Yelena Leuchanka and Caroline Aubert secured 9 points apiece in a win. Geraldine Robert netted 16 points and pulled down 7 boards to pace Villeneuve. Fatimatou Sacko had 10 points in a losing effort. UMMC dominated the boards 41:28 and shot outstanding 61% from the field.
UMMC overcame French Villeneuve in the second game of the Euroleague eighth-final and advanced to the next round of competition. The win meant UMMC won the series against their French opponent 2-0 and continue their chase for the European trophy. Russian team came to Villeneuve without their key import Penny Taylor as the Australian forward left for personal reasons and missed the second straight game for UMMC. Lille fought fiercely in front of a 1,800-crowd. But UMMC proved just too strong for French team at the end. The hosts took off to a flying start and managed to hold on to a lead early in the game. UMMC however evened the things on court and trailed by one after 10 minutes of action. The things brightened up for the visitors in the second quarter as they finally spurred ahead and took control over the game. UMMC were up by 2 points at the break 37:35 and maintained the lead throughout the third term. It all went down to the final minutes in this one. But Villeneuve struggled from the charity stripe throughout the whole night and it counted at the end. UMMC remained cool and accurate in the crunch time and secured a victory. Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 14 points to lead UMMC. Sandrine Gruda provided 11 points for the winners. Kathy Wambe responded with 14 points for Villeneuve. Geraldine Robert added 12 points and 13 boards in a losing clause. Lille outrebounded the visitors 43:36 and forced those to 15 turnovers. UMMC at the same time shot 50% from beyond the arc and capitalized on Villeneuve's woeful 43% accuracy from charity stripe.


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ROMANIA - Women

Round 14 -by Bogdan Bocaniala
BC Teleorman Alexandria - Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti 72- 68

BC ICIM Arad - CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe 63- 89
Even thou CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe lost home with BC ICIM Arad, they came in Arad and made a great game with everything in it. CSS LMK Sf. Gheorghe started fast the game and took the lead and they didn't give up 40 minutes, they stooped only after last whistle.
After this game we can be sure that Romanian women championship is not over.

Rapid CFR Marfa Bucuresti - BC National Iasi 65- 59
CSM U Oradea - Olimpia Bucuresti 78- 38
CS Unirea Lapi Dej - U Trustul Cre Cluj Napoca 44- 82
CET Govora - BC CSS MCM Targoviste 70- 37


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SERBIA - Women

Partizan promoted three young players -by Dragana Vukovic
The last game of the 14th round was very interesting not in competitive way,but because of promotion of three young players in Partizan Beograd team.At the half time score was 53:30 for Partizan Beograd,so coach decided to give the chance to the young players.Milica Savic,born 1994., took her first senior minutes and scored 2 points.Ana Andrejic,born 1991.,also,got the first senior minutes on the floor and scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.Natasa Kovacevic,born 1994., had a chance to play on the previous games,but today she scored her first points in the senior team.She spent 10 minutes on the floor,scored 5 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.
On Tuesday
Partizan Beograd will play final game of Cup of Serbia against Celarevo,the team which is competing in the second division,but in the semi-final surprisinglly won against ZKK Kraljevo.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

UVI Lady Bucs win -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands Lady Bucs won their second game of the weekend by defeating UNE, 69 - 35. Tiffany Reddick led the way with 25 points, 14 rebounds and Angelina Prince added a double doube with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Not to be outshined point guard Teal Hetrick chipped in with 17 points and 6 assists.
The win allowed the Lady Bucs (2-1) to rebound from their Home Opener loss last weekend.
The Bucs did not play their scheduled game against UPR Central Bayamon because of a scheduling conflict. Action resumes next weekend when the teams hit the road again to face UPR Carolina and UPR Humacao, Friday and Saturday respectively.


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UKRAINE - Women

Kozachka triumphs in the Cup Final -by Eurobasket News

Kozachka - Dnipro 83:70

Kozachka handled the defending Ukrainian Superleague champions and Cup holders Dnipro to win the National Cup title. The game lived up to the highest expectations as the teams fought bravely throughout the encounter and the winner was decided in the final minutes. Dnipro and Kozachka traded the baskets early in the game with neither side able to clear off to a decent distance. Natalia Silyanova (173-G-71) and Olena Fenko (187-F-76) gave Kozachka a 14:10 lead midway through the quarter. Zaporozhe team secured an advantage and lead by as many as 3 points after 10 minutes of action. Oksana Kisilova (187-F-88) came up with 4 points for Dnipro early in the second quarter and put her team up 24:23. The lead than changed hands for 5 times before Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87) and Olga Lyashkova (185-G-80, agency: LBM Management) sealed the winning outcome for Dnipro in the first half at 41:36. Lyashkova fired from downtown to open the third frame. Dnipro maintained the gap throughout the term but Olena Fenko managed to cap the period with a three-pointer for Kozachka to trail by 3 points entering the fourth quarter. Olga Lyashkova once stepped up for Dnipro to enlarge the buffer to 5 points at the start of the final stanza. However Kozachka stayed contestant as Natalia Isachenko (183-G-79) and Olena Fenko trimmed the difference to a single point. Soon Olena Fenko converted two free throws and Kozachka surged ahead 59:58. The game once again turned into to-and-fro movement with the intrigue heating up. Olena Fenko completed a three-point play and Natalia Isachenko added a jumper for Kozachka to go up 72:68 with just over 3 minutes remaining. Irina Biriuk (178-G-78) later connected from the outside to widen the gap to 7 points. Olena Fenko immediately made it 77:68 with 2 minutes left in regulation. Dnipro could not recover in the time left. Anna Pokoiova missed a couple of three-point attempts and Kozachka secured the victory dethroning Dnipro as the Cup holders.
Olena Fenko led Kozachka with 17 points. Natalia Isachenko accounted for 16 points and 11 boards, while Irina Biriuk dropped 14 points and pulled down 6 boards for the winners. Olga Lyashkova answered with game-high 19 points and 8 boards for Dnipro. Yuliya Yakhina (187-C-80) netted 15 points in a losing case.
Yuliya Yakhina of Dnipro was trumped the MVP of the Cup Final Four.

Kozachka: Olena Fenko 17, Natalia Isachenko 16+11 boards, Irina Biriuk 14
Dnipro: Olga Lyashkova 19, Yuliya Yakhina 15