EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/19/2008

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BAHRAIN

Nuwaidrat Win Hala in 2OT -by Walter Neto
NUWAIDRAT held on for a thrilling 102-97 double-overtime victory over Al Hala last night in the Bahrain Basketball League. Towering American professional Wayne Houston (205-F-73, college: S.Indiana) scored 30 points to lead his team to the grueling victory, which was their ninth of the season.

Wayne Houston played an important role in this historical win for the Nuwaidrat franchise, finishing the game with 30 points and scoring key baskets and free-throws in the final seconds of the 2nd overtme, where the victors outscored their rivals 15-10 to seal the win. Also coming up big for Nuwaidrat were court general Hussain Taqi , Murad, Mohammed Saad and small forward Hussain Ali. Wayne Houston this season has proven to be a versatile player, a positive role model and an asset to Nuwaidrat players and to the Bahrain Basketball League.

The Walter Carvalho-coached winners came back from down 31-43 at half-time to forge a 55-all tie heading into the final period, and then remained deadlocked at 76-apiece at the end of regulation. It was again tied at 87-all after the first overtime, forcing the additional five-minute period. Hala's Nigerian centre Boniface Edeghe paced his squad with a game-high 34 markers in the losing effort.

The result kept alive Nuwaidrat's hopes for a place in the Golden Square semi-final round, while shattering Hala's chances as coach Ahmed Salman's team dropped their eighth game.
In yesterday's other game, Rah-Shaun Roberts led all scorers with 33 points to lead Muharraq to an 88-42 domination of Isa Town.

The winners clinched their 10th win of the year and solidified their hold of third place on the table, while Isa Town registered their 12th loss of the year. Basem Ali was their top scorer with nine points.

Al Ahli remained in first place with 13 victories after thrashing winless Bahrain Club 111-80 late Sunday evening. The defending champions had big performances from Hussain Taqi, Ahmed Malallah, and professional Jamal Holden.

In another game Sunday, cup holders Manama overcame a tough challenge from Ettihad to win their contest 82-76.
Source:GDN


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Challenge Cup is ready for Final Four -by Eurobasket News

Challenge Cup Final Four will be held on 29th of February and 1st of March. Nevezis Kedainiai and Panevezys Techasas will play in the first semifinal, while VEF Riga will meet Liepajas Lauvas in the second. This means that we will enjoy the Lithuanian and Latvian battles in the semis and the Final will consist of Lithuanian-Latvian squads.

Liepajas Lauvas captured a ticket to the Final Four by overcoming Suduva/Arvi 92:62. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) scored 18 points in this crucial contest. The team won 5 games in a row to reach the Final Four. VEF Riga finished the season with 15-5 with the last 4 games won.

Nevezis Kedainiai is the favorite as the team finished the season on the first spot even though the team has the same record, 15-5 with VEF Riga. Nevezis Kedainiai won the last 6 games including 85:89 in the last game over Triobet. Its opponent Panevezys Techasas stayed on top for some time in the League but finished with three losses in a row. The team however was lucky to advance with 12-8 record, the one that 2 other teams had but did not qualify.

Estonia will not be represented in the last stage of the tournament as two teams from the country finished far behind from the first four. Dalkia/Nybit with 8-12 finished on the 9th spot, while Tar.Fausto with 4-16 on the 10th.
The venue of the Final Four is to be decided.



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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Penn had 15 blocks in two games -by David Edole
Kleon Penn (211-C-86) had seven blocks in the game to go along with his eight last game, giving him a total of 15 in the last two games as the Cowboys became only the second conference team to beat Texas-Arlington on their home court by a score of 74-69.
The Cowboys improve to 10-12 on the year, 4-6 in Southland action while the Mavericks fall to 16-8, 5-6 in SLC play.
'This was our first road win in conference play,' said Cowboys coach Dave Simmons, 'all the kids gave a tremendous effort tonight.'
The Cowboys led 38-35 at the half while never letting the Mavericks within four points once the second half began.


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COLOMBIA

Norbey Aragon to Guaiqueries in Venezuela's LPB -by Victor Garcia
Colombian SG/SF, Norbey Aragon arrived to Venezuela on Sunday as new player of the Venezuela's LPB Champion Guaiqueires de Margarita, Aragon played in the last CBF Cup with Arrieros de Antioquia and was one its most important players.
Aragon played in the USA College Basketball with Lon Morris JC , Tarleton St and Georgia Southwestern, Aragon is a versatile and skilled Guard/Forward very athletic quick and good shooter.


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CUBA

LSB-time and Cuban Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-Time in Cuba, Ciego de Avila and Capitalinos won their own games and They are sure to be qualified for the LSB Semifinals as Guantanamo. Guantanamo was 'the surprise of this season', Guantanamo is still 'the leader' of the LSB with a 15-5 standings with a great Henry Simon (199-F-79), one of the best players in Cuba, a candidate to win the 'LSB Best Player 2008' Award. Guantanamo was defeated by Camaguey 99-73. Camaguey is still fighting to reach the fourth place to qualify for the LSB Semifinals but Matanzas seems to have something more, thanks to great players as Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) and Danys Torrientes (190-G-85). Camaguey was defeated also by Villa Clara last week and with a 10-10 standings is very difficult to reach the 4th place.
The Results:
Ciego de Avila- Metropolitanos= 87-77 ( CAV= Perez 19, Silvestre 18, Granda 11; M= Borlot 17, Dube 13)
Camaguey- Guantanamo= 68-76 (C= Polas 17, Jaca 14; G= Simon 21, Elias 15, Castilla 9)
Villa Clara- Santiago de Cuba= 99-104 (VC= Rodriguez A. 25, Rodriguez 22; S= Del Toro 27, Echevarria 25, Martinez 23)
Ciego de Avila- Metropolitanos= 84-60 (CAV= Granda 15, Silvestre 13, Reyes 13; M= Casanas 12, Cairo 8)
Camaguey- Guantanamo= 99-73 (C= Polas 21, Jaca 19, Batista 15; G= Simon 23, Elias 19)
Villa Clara- Santiago de Cuba= 106-108 (VC= Rodriguez A. 24, Rodriguez L. 16; S= Del Toro 33, Martinez 20, Garcia 16)
Villa Clara- Camaguey= 55-90 (VC= Boffill 10, Arcia 10; C= Ramos 20, Polas 15, Francis 14)
Guantanamo- Santiago de Cuba= 82-68 (G= Simon 23, Elias 18, Masso 16; S= Martinez 24, Area 12)
Metropolitanos- Capitalinos= 75-88 (M= Borlot 15, Muniz 14; C= Valdes 18, leguen 17, Lima 17)
Villa Clara- Camaguey= 77-67 (VC= Boffill 22, Rodriguez L. 14, Rodriguez A. 9; C= Jaca 17, Jimenez 14)
Guantanamo- Santiago de Cuba= 104-92 (G= Simon 25, Pons 15, Soria 14; S= Caballero 32, Martinez 25)

CUBAN ABROAD
Lazaro Borrell's team, Obras was defeated two times last week end in Argentina. Obras was defeated by Atenas 80-73. For Lazaro Borrell 6 pts (3/12 2pts, 0/2 FT) and 9 rebs in 26 minutes. In the second game Obras was defeated by Quisma 99-75. For Borrell 8 pts (2/7 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 4/4 FT) and 4 rebs in 22 minutes. Obras has now a 20-12 standings and They are at the fourth place of the Liga. Lazaro Borrell is scoring 16.8 ppg.A.Fontana


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CYPRUS

AEL: the road to success continues - European Pre-Game analysis -by Chris Mammides
Both AEL and Khimik did a great job until now in the EuroCup but the Cyprus site has a home court advantage in the EuroCup quarter-final round, the Limassol team is enjoying a spectacular rise from the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup to Eurocup's quarter-final and together with the Yellow fan element seems to be closer than ever to a possible qualification in the final four of the competition which could be taking place in Limassol. The Limassol team will possibly submit its application to host the specific prestigious event.

This new phase is also spiced up by some roster moves as the Croat Sundov is already history and the Dutch Van de Hare arrived in the island to take over the air traffic of the team. Whatever cannot be predicted, it is safe to say that a road win by the Ukrainians of Khimik is not really very easy as few teams travel to the island to play AEL and come away with a victory and that bodes well for the forthcoming eighth-finals showdown with Khimik since the first and third game (if necessary) will be in Limassol. Virtus Bologna, Estudiantes, Azovmash, Asvel Villeurbanne, Spartak St Petersburg are some of the teams visited the island and lost. Much of the credit should go to coach Charles Barton, who came in when the team wasn't playing well and helped stabilize things, moreover, with his experience all these years he added his own philosophy and style in the team. The star of the team and the top performer is the Serbian (who is becoming more and more Cypriot after so many years in the island) Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82), Aleksic is currently the third leading scorer in the Eurocup with 18.6 points per game. Milutin is a great athlete and has a lot of energy and passion which helps his team-mates upon difficult situations, if Milutin is in a good day tomorrow then Khimik will be in a not so good situation.
Khimik is currently at the fourth positioning the Ukrainian league, beaten by Barons in their penultimate game after blowing a big fourth quarter lead, the Ukrainian team kept its focus and won a do-or-die showdown against pre-tournament favourites Lokomotiv Rostov.
Among his top performers is a player that passed by the Limassol courts, the American Wykeen Kelly, the experienced guard was a huge reason for Khimik's success in Group D. The talented American is averaged nearly 14 points per game, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Furthermore, the top scorer of the team is the Serbian Sasa Bratic, an all around forward who can shoot, dribble, rebound and assist with the same forbearance, he is averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game, his strong point is his parameter shot and his very strong first step in the penetration.
Everyone is 0-0 again, so may the best teams win - by proving it on the court!
Eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to the Cyprus site.


No unknowns for Cyprus on road to EuroBasket 2009 -by Nemanja Bjedov
The draws for the EuroBasket 2009 Divisions A and B, EuroBasket Women 2009 Qualifying Rounds and the Youth European Championships 2008 took place over the weekend in Venice.

A total of 78 teams in six senior level divisions and 221 youth teams that entered the 14 youth championships this year were anxious to find out what opposition they would have to face.

The Cypriot national men's basketball team will compete in the EuroBasket 2009 Division B Qualifying Round Group B against Romania, Switzerland, Albania and Belarus. The Cypriots open their European campaign against Romania away from home on the September 6th, while four days later they host Switzerland.

Cyprus already played both Romania and Switzerland in the qualifications for the last European championship and suffered four defeats. Romania won 79-64 in Cluj-Napoca, while in Strovolos they topped the hosts 68-65. Led by Thabo Sefolosha of the Chicago Bulls, Switzerland also beat Cyprus on both occasions 64-46 in Nicosia and 76-67 in Switzerland. The Cypriot national basketball team faced the other two teams in the group, Albania and England, in the qualifications for the EuroBasket 2005.

The U16 National Team will feature at the FIBA U16 European Championship Men's Division B that will be held in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, from 15th to 24th of August. Cyprus was drawn into the Group C together with Romania, Switzerland, Slovenia, England and Bulgaria who will also be the first opponents for the Cypriot youngsters.

SOURCE: CyBasketball.com


AEL's changes -by Chris Mammides
Proteas EKA AEL just after the first title of the seazon proceeded in some major changes, the succesfull Croat center Bruno Sundov (220-C-80) will continue his career in the Spanish league as both parties, the club and the player decided to split ways with the most friendly way as the Croat will be playing in a m,uch better league than the Cypriot one. The Limassol club a day after this change proceeded in another transfer as the ex giant from the Netherlands, Remon Van de Hare (222-C-82) is returning in the Cyprus team after nearly six months.
Further to the above news, the veteran captain of the team, Christos Spirou (183-G-75) will retire right after the European game (Fiba Europe Cup) against the Ukrainian Kimik, a game which will take place tomorrow at the Melford arena. Spyrou, played for 8 years in the Limassol team while before that he was playing in PAO Limassol and Achilleas Agrou. Spyrou was AEL's captain during the amazing year of 2003, when the Cyprus team made proud the island after succeeding to win the european title. Spirou will stay in the team as he will be joining the women's team as an assistant coah of Linos Gabriel .


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CZECH REP.

Market news -by Ondra Simecek
Geofin Novy Jicin continues in searching for a player to replace McMillian who did not come back from the Christmas holiday. After releasing Mario Bennet from the try out, Geofin is now signing trial with Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama), who is coming to the Czech Republic from French ProA.
BK Pardubice is not signing a contract with Konstantinos Stavropoulos after his try out. The club decided to release Danilo Smigic, who did not become a backup for Levell Sanders on point guard as it was expected.


Nymburk improves to 28-1 record -by Ondra Simecek

In the games that were played yesterday Nymburk improved to 28-1 record after a road 54:83 win over BK Kondoři Liberec. The first quarter was a disaster for the hosts that lost 2:24. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) led the winners with 23 points. Jan Pastyrik (208-C-83) ended up with 16 points in the losing clause. Kolin beat Usti Labem 98:66, Ostrava overcame USK Praha 77:69. Decin was stronger than Sadska 100:70 and Prostejov won over A Plus 102:74.

In last game o 29th round Mattoni NBL Pardubice won 77-59 over Novy Jicin. Geofin scored first points as last as 6th minute and lost first quarter 30-5. Home team had edge over visitors more than 30 points, but later in the game Pardubice lost concentration and Geofin revised score. Very good performance in winner‘s team demonstrated Kamaldin Gamma (10 pts and 9 rebounds) and Jiri Novotny (16 pts). Robert Sarovic in Geofin's jersey ended up game with 17 points (message from Geofin by Radek Horak)
Czech Republic will play in Group D in the next EuroBasket that will take place in Poland from 7th through 20th September 2009. So the draw of the qualifying stage in Division A was held in Italy. Seventeen teams were distributed into 4 groups. Three groups will comprise 4 teams and one will consist of 5 contenders. The top team in each group and three more best-ranked squads will automatically qualify for EuroBasket. One more spot will be raffled off in an additional qualifying tournament.
Group A drawn together Italy and Serbia that will definitely fight for the top spot. Alongside this obvious favorites Bulgaria will try to make impact. Hungary and Finland can also come up with some sort of surprises.
Group B will enjoy the battle of last EuroBasket participants Latvia and Portugal clash together. Macedonia and Estonia will also fight for the lucky ticket.
Group C seems as the toughest possible one. Turkey and France are obvious favorites, while Ukraine and Belgium are ambitious teams that are capable of sensation at this stage.
Group D brought together Czech Republic, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Great Britain.
The draw of the preliminary round of U20 European championship was performed in Venice, Italy. Division B tournament will take place in Targu Mures, Romania in early August. The teams were distributed in 4 groups with 5 teams in Groups A, B and C and 4 teams in Group D. Two best teams out of each group will advance to the qualifying round. In Group B Czech Republic will play against Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Azerbaijan.



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DENMARK

Bakken grab two wins in Basketligaen -by Eurobasket News
The Bakken Bears wrapped up a successful week in Basketligaen. They recorded two victories in 3 days and remained on top of the ladder at 19-2 record. They opened up their week with a 100:90 win over Horsens. The fifth-ranked visitors were never intimidated at the hostile dwelling and clinched a 26:22 lead after the opening frame. The Bears stayed at a striking distance but were unable to come any closer to Horsens throughout the second stanza. But the hosts' defense was the key to success. Bakken tightened the pressure and it paid off after the break as the Bears limited their opponents to 12 points and surged ahead 66:63 at the end of the third period. The teams fired from all guns in the fourth as they combined for 61 points but the Bears were a bit more accurate as they celebrated an impressive 100:90 win. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) came up with 26 points for Bakken. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79, college: Oregon) and Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) dropped 16 points apiece for the winners. Spencer Ross (181-G-81, college: Queens (NC)) paced Horsens with 28 points in their 13th loss in the season.
Bakken extended their winning streak in two days as they bruised SISU 85:66 away from home. And here the Bears had to overcome a sloppy start to the game to finally register a win. SISU used a low accuracy from the visitors to jump to 19:13 lead after 10 minutes. But the Bears denied the deficit easily in the second quarter and opened up a double-digit lead after the intermission. SISU were unable to revive the intrigue in the late stages. Nicolai Iversen scored 18 points for Bakken. Jason Siggers had 15 points in a winning effort. Trent Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) and Andreas Heinung (179-G-84) notched 15 points apiece in defeat.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Honka - Kataja 86-80 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 33-34: Honka (Espoo) defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 86-80 on Monday's TV-game. Honka got a slow start (1st quarter 19-29),
but won all three other quarters and the contest. Honka had all starters in double (13-21 pts) figures. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) led Honka both in pts (21) and in rbs (11). Kataja won the rbs 27-38, but had 18 TOs (Honka only seven). Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) scored 22 pts for Kataja.

Honka - Kataja 86-80 (37-46) (Matt Williams 21/11, Jukka Matinen 15 - Louis Hinnant 22, Andre Foreman 19).



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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

POP SPORT VSA - HERAKLEA 74:68,
TORUS - GOCE DELCHEV 77:82,
ABA - VARDAR CENTAR 80:84,
TETEKS - PLEJMEJKER KUBUS 69:68,
KOZUV - NEGOTINO 96:79.


Summary of Round 21 in the First league -by Todor Chalovski
Strumica 2005 beat Fersped Rabotnicki 97:81 in derby match in the Round 21 od the First Macedonian basketball league.
Macedonian champions gained their third win of the season against their opponents, which gives them a 1:0 lead if they meet in the playoffs.
Damir Latovic scored 24, while Dime Tasovski added 21 for the champions.

Feni Industri continued their winning streak, beating Vardar Osiguruvanje 76:65.
Kavadarci team did not let their opponents to cause an upset, taking their opportunities after Vardar Osiguruvanje's veteran forward Pero Blazevski went out injured in the first half.
Donald Cole was Feni Industri's top scorer with 14 points, while all of his teammates, who played in this match, put their names on the scoresheet.

MZT FON Skopje won against Ama for the first time this season, beating their opponents 77:66 in their first home game of 2008.
Marjan Lazovski team built most of its lead in the third quarter, led by Muhamed Thaci, who became top scorer of this round with 30 points.

Swisslion Pelister avoided a huge upset at home, beating bottom of the league Karpos Sokoli 2000 87:79.
Away team, led by Sasko Vasilev and Edis Nuri, played an excellent first quarter, and kep their team in the game until the third period. Still, they sufferd their narrowest defeat of the season, going down 79:87.
Keoni Watson scored 27 points for Swisslion Pelister, one les than the game's top scored, Sasko Vasilev from Karpos Sokoli 2000, who scored 28.


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GEORGIA

Jovan Stefanov 15 points in 3 minutes / Giorgi Shermadini - MVP -by Levan Mikeladze

Energy Invest finally beats TSU


After two consecutive losses against TSU (cup and regular season) leading Georgian team, Energy, managed to beat TSU. For Energy nice show had experienced Zviadi Babiashvili (200-F-78) with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Jovan Stefanov (208-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 21 point, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. For TSU excellent game had Davit Barbakadze (204-F-82) he scored 22 points and Shalva Khetsuriani (197-G/F-83) came up with 19.

With the score 84:84 and 3:25 seconds left on the clock in the second half Jovan Stefanov entered the game and scored his final 15 points to seal the game (that included a three pointer four lay-ups and four free throws).


Avia's fourth quarter comeback secures an important win


At the end of the third quarter Dinamo had a solid lead of 12 points, but that wasn't enough. Avia's great shooting in the final period of the game was main weapon for this win. Final score was 94:86 in favor of Avia. Konstantine Tugushi (193-G-84) had another great game, while Viktor Sanikidze's (203-F-86) help did not result in a win. After the game there was a big quarrel between the Dinamo's coach players and referees. Luckily everything was resolved peacefully.


Shermadini GREAT again...


Vita is playing well as of late. This time it was a close 75:73 win over Maccabi that proved that. Vita was led by Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87, agency: Naiditch Entertainment) 21 points and 7 rebounds and Giorgi Markhvashvili (190-G-85) 19 points.

On the other end Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89, agency: Life Sports) had 47 points and 15 rebound. It is this season's new scoring record. This young man seems like he is getting in a real good shape and looks like he is ready for this year's NBA draft. However that wasn't enough for his struggling team. Maccabi just doesn't have anyone else to help him. Giorgi Shermadini was named as MVP of this round.



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GERMANY

Bundesliga News -by Moritz Korff
Demond Greene (185-G-79, agency: Court Side) of Brose Baskets Bamberg has suffered a fatigue fracture in the left foot. The German International will miss up to ten weeks because of the injury. The Bamberg officials are now looking for a replacement.

BG 74 Goettingen has parted with Nigel Moore (191-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M). The 26-year-old left the town Sunday. He appeared in 18 Bundesliga-games this season and averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists.


Derrick Taylor new Head Coach in Bayreuth -by Moritz Korff
Derrick Taylor has been promoted to Head Coach of BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) today. He will make that job for the remainder of this current season. The 44-year-old American with German passport previously worked as the Coordinator of the clubs' youth-program and as an Assistant of Marco Amelow who stepped back from his position after the loss against Cuxhaven. Taylor enjoyed an outstanding career as a player in the USA, Germany, France and Italy and retired in 2004, but made a comeback in the following season. He served as the Head Coach of TSV Breitenguessbach during the 2004-2005 season and was a member of the coaching squad of Brose Baskets Bamberg the following two years. In 2007 Taylor returned to Bayreuth, where had spent three seasons as a player from 1993 to 1996.

Regionalliga Notes -by Moritz Korff
North:
#1 P4two Ballers Osnabrueck got back on track after last weeks' loss against Hannover and crashed #3 Lok Bernau 82:69 on the road to keep the lead in the North-division. Osnabrueck's Lamar Morinia (183-G-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Montana St.-Northern) led all scores with 22 points, Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) added 11 points for Bernau in defeat. Also runner-up UBC Hannover came up with a big away-win. The Tigers stormed past SG Wolfenbuettel 114:78 and were paced by Tim Haley (188-G-82, college: Chico St.) who netted 30 points, Jason Van Eck (197-G/F-83, college: Chico St.) added 27. Wolfenbuettel got 22 points from Junior Denson (180-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). BG Magdeburg edged SC Rist Wedel 86:80 and improved to an 8:8-record. Peter Van Rij (206-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) and Bennie Miller (183-G) each collected 18 points for the Febro Eagles, Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) had 37 points (including 4 treys) for Rist in the loss. The Itzehoe Eagles held off EBC Rostock at home (110:93) to change places in the ladder. Itzehoe's John Waller (193-F-82, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: ODU) drilled in 5 shots from beyond the arc to finish the game with 39 points, his teammate Ivan Jenkins (180-G-83, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Lambuth) added 27, while Robert Schmidt (190-G/F-82) scored 28 for Rostock that had parted with Coach Bjoern Barchmann prior to the game. 37 games (6 threes) by Eddie Jackson (183-G-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Pittsburg St.) helped the Aschersleben Tigers defeating Central Hoops Berlin 72:65. Daniel Hoenicke (201-F/C-79) had 14 points for Berlin in the losing effort.

West:
League-leading Schwelmer Baskets clinched another victory and overcame BG Suedpark Bochum 99:94. Though suffering an injury during the game Kristofer Speier (206-F-81, college: Lewis-Clark) made some big points for Schwelm in the last quarter. He had 22 totally, Keith Harris (196-G/F-85, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Christian) added 26 points, including 5 triples. Bochum was once again led by Parrish Brown (185-G, college: Maryland) who dropped 31 points in the loss, Cory McJimson (201-F-84, college: Northwood) only had two points less than his fellow countryman. Meanwhile, SVD Dortmund gained an easy triumph against Meckenheimer TuS (107:67) and had 6 players in double-digits scoring, led by Frank Benson (196-F, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Oklahoma Baptist) with 27 points. He and Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida) combined for ten treys and 50 points. The Elephants Grevenbroich secured their third spot in the ladder by defeating GV Waltrop 98:69. Grevenbroich's Brian Graves (188-G, college: Catawba) posted an impressive triple-double with 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, Timo Verwimp (202-F-81, college: Catawba) added 18 points, Chris Wooldridge (198-F, college: Catawba) had 17 pts, 5 rbs, while Andre Bynum (188-G-82, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Radford) produced 14 points plus 13 boards. Even without Dustin Pfeifer (173-G-83, college: Findlay (OH)), who moved to Hertener Loewen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) last week, the Benslips Baskets Salzkotten were able to hold off BBV Hagen 82:76. BSV Wulfen overcame Capone Duesseldorf in a 89:77-away win and finally secured to stay in the league. BSV-Wing Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) topscored with 25 points. The NVV LIons Moenchengladbach cruised to a 95:56-win past the Bergheim Bandits. Brad Shove (183-G, college: St.Rose (NY)) scored 26 points for the Lions, Chet Johnson (193-F/G, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) added 18.

South-West:
A wave of influenza had hit the Schwenningen Panthers only a couple of days before the clash with ASC Theresianum Mainz. Thus, some of the Schwenningen players were not in full shape as they suffered defeat (78:87) on the road. Thanks to the win Mainz is now 4 points ahead of Weissenhorn and Schwennigen and seems to be ready for the championship. Mainz-Center Edjuan Green (203-F-82, college: Texas A&M) led all scores in the top-game. He netted 26 points, Ilija Ickert (201-C-81) added 23. Dusan Cvetkovic (193-G-78) nailed 6 shots from three point-land to tally 23 points for the Panthers. BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn used Schwenningens loss to improve to the second place in the ladder by getting a 87:69-victory at DJK/MJC Trier. Raheim Lamb (198-F-80, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Massachusetts) produced 23 points for the guests, Mario Simic (198-F-83) (198-F-83) added 20 and Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Rice) put in 18. Trier was paced by Center Clint Driftmier (208-C-83, college: Central) who scored 14 points. Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) was impressive and contributed 36 points when his team TuS Treis-Karden held off MTV Stuttgart 80:69. Also the supporters of Union Shops Rastatt witnessed a great individual performance when their team defeated TV Konstanz at home 97:88. Thorsten Kustos (188-G-79) hit 4 threes and made 14/16 from the line. On the other end Brian Lang (191-G-81, college: S.Nevada CC) scored 24 points for Konstanz. 24 points of Jens Hirschberg (198-F-88) and four other players in double figure-scoring helped SG Heidelberg-Kirchheim on its way to a 87:81-triumph over TS Goeppingen that was led by Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) and Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) who each netted 23 points.

South-East:
FC Bayern Muenchen keeps its top-position after racking up a 90:59-win on the road against FC Baunach. Tony Thomason (188-G-85, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) led 5 Bayern-players in double-digits and hit 5 treys to tally 17 points. Bernd Endres (203-C-78) had 20 points for Baunach in the loss. Also #2 TG Renesas Landshut maintained victorious and earned a 109:75 home-win in the encounter with SpVgg Rattelsdorf. Landshut's Brandon Crawford (198-F/C-84, college: Albion) topscored with 20 points, Michael Mayr (194-G/F) and Arnold Tchiegne (200-F-76) had 16 apiece, while Ratteldorf's Darryl Sommerset (206-F-84, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) finished with 18 points. The Gotha Rockets fell short to the Dachau Spurs in an overtime-thriller (110:109). Calvin Wooten (186-G-84, college: Oakland) was impressive for Dachau and drained 7 jumpers from beyond the arc. He had 37 points totally, while Benny Brendli (186-G-81) added 30 points (including 6 triples). Gotha was led by Dainius Pleta (202-C-71) with 29 points, Phillip Hillstock (202-F, college: Barber Scotia) added 23, Sebastian Schmieder (190-G/F-85) 22. The young squad of Breitenguessbach II had no chance in an away-game at Wuerzburg and got thrashed 56:101. Wuerzburg's Hrvoje Pervan (203-F-84, college: Mercer) made 6 long-range shots to tally 22 points, while veteran Mike Moten (203-C-71, college: Rhode Island) added 21 points. Tobias Stark (198-F-88) had 19 points in defeat. Matt Benson (196-F-83, college: Point Loma) was outstanding when BG Leistershofen/Stadtbergen beat TuS Jena 74:55 at home. Benson hit 8 threes and finished the game with 26 points. Another superb individual effort was decisive in Zwickau, where hosting BC Energie suffered defeat (97:103) against the COOCOON Baskets Weiden. Stephen Cramer (188-G, college: Hope (MI)) scored 41 points (5 threes) for the visitors, while Chris Brown (201-F-83, agency: Profibasketball.de, college: Chattanooga) netted 34 in the loss.


Coco Cofield in Freiburg -by Moritz Korff
USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has signed Coco Cofield (184-G-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Dakota St.) for the remainder of this season. The contract includes also an option for the following campaign. As Freiburg already has two other import players on the roster at least one of them has to sit out every game. Coffield played for BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen in 2005-2006 and had an average of 27.6 points through 11 games. After leaving Germany Cofield suited up for teams in the ABA, CBA and WBA.

2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 21 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) - Schalke: 28 pts, 12/16 FG, 3/4 FT, 6 rbs, 6 st, 1 as

Points: Nick Stapleton (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Austin Peay St.) - Duesseldorf: 31

Rebounds: Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albertson) - Noerdlingen: 15

Assists: Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern: 8

Steals: Quentin Pryor - Schalke: 6

Blocked Shots: Yusuf Baker (203-F/C-84, college: Mountain St.) - Chemnitz: 4

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


Amelow no longer Coach of BBC Bayreuth -by Moritz Korff
Directly after the loss (57:71) Saturday at home against the Cuxhaven BasCats Marco Amelow has stepped back from his position as a Head Coach of BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A). Amelow took over the Bayreuth helm in February 2003 as a follower of Bruce Enns. Bayreuth is currently 10th in the ladder of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A and has only won two of the past ten games played in the league.

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 21 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy) - Herten: 24 pts, 16 rbs, 3 as, 1 as

Points: Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) - Ansbach: 31

Rebounds: Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Murray St.) - Kirchheim: 19

Assists: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) - Ansbach: 9

Steals: Goran Petrovic - Ansbach: 5

Blocked Shots: Christoph Jungbauer (208-C-87) - Breitenguessbach; Jordan Foebel (208-C-83) - Freiburg; Elias Harris (202-F-89) - Speyer, Sebastian Schroeter (207-C-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) - Essen, Andreas Hornig - Kirchheim: 2 apiece

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


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GREECE

Second Division - Match Day 19: Near East lost and the race becomes tougher! -by Chris Mammides
Near East lost the +2 points advantage as they added another negative result and the gap with the other four team minimised to only one point. Ermis Lagkada beat Karnesis's team 77-69 having in a great day the sixth scorer of the league, Nikos Papakonstantinou. Lavrio is kept its winning crescent by adding another road win this time in Doukas's court, having in a great day its top scorer Nick Psileas with 21 points.
The results and the scorers are as follows:

Olympiakos Volou - Ikaros Kallitheas 72-98
Quarters: 21-27, 33-48, 57-70, 72-98.
Olympiakos Volou: Politis 4, Nanis 23, Arnaoutakis 9, Tsourelis 26, Tsolis 5, Fountas 5 (1).
Ikaros Kallitheas: Marzos 16, Georgiou 11, Krasopoulos 6, Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 24, Papadakis 2, Katranas 2, Delichristos 2, Karastamatis 2, Katoufas 16, Koukouras 14, Hiolios 1, Agelopoulos 2.

Ikaroi Seron - Aigio 87-80
Quarters: 27-22, 43-40, 66-53 and 87-80.
Ikaroi Seron: Pehlivanis 25, Costas Sdrakas (188-G-72) 15, Papoudas 2, Tsanakas 4, Giavropoulos 2, Giorgos Asimakis (196-F-84) 18, Thanasis Topouzis (205-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) 21
Aigio: Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) 27, Tirlas 15, Manolas 14, Stamopoulos 8, Christoforos Stavroulakis (202-F-82) 16

Goumenissa - Komotini 44-46
Quarters: 19-15, 22-21, 34-31, 44-46
Goumenissa: Bagi 2, Hatzinikolaou 7, Klepkos 8, Yiorgos Andreadis (203-F-76) 26, Antoniadis 1.
Komotini: Mouzakitis 7, Mastrokostopoulos 2, Lehoudis 3, Dinas 10, Koutsovasilis 3, Tsakonitis 9, Deli 2, Souflias 8, Halil 2.

KAOD - Amyntas 97-64
Quarters: 25-16, 50-38, 71-47, 97-64
KAOD: Papadopoulos 7, Kalaboukas 4, Kiosses 3, Filiousis 15, Michaelidis 10, Maslarinos 17, Koukouravas 18 and Daliaris 23.
Amyntas: Zoupas 11 (2), Barbas 6 (2), Samothrakis 6, Grammatikos 13, Boutros 3, Dorkofikis 7 (1), Korizis 2, Moumouris 11, Vogiatzis 5.

Ermis Lagkada - Near East 77-69
Quarters: 17-23, 43-36, 60-53, 77-69
Ermis Lagkada: Troulialis 2, Kloutzos 2, Paritsis 15, Papakonstantinou 17, Siolios 10, Gamouras 6, Akepsimaidis 13, Dimitriadis 12.
Near East Nikou 8, Michalos 10, Lykogiannis 9, Kouklakis 15, Papoulidis 12, Neofytou 4, Gavanopoulos 2, Sizopoulos 5, Papargyropoulos 4.

Anagennisi/Floga - Alimos 81-73
Quarters: 25-20, 52-34, 66-55, 81-73
Anagennisi/Floga: Moisiadis 10, Galanidis 9, Pittakas 4, Sidiropoulos 18, Zarogiannis 11, Pallis 25, Spyropoulos 4.
Alimos: Moutoupas 10, Giannis Tsolakis (195-F-83) 21, Bourousis 3, Ifantis 10, Kallimanas 13, Tsougarakis 9, Vrinas 7.

Doukas - Lavrio 78-99
Quarters: 25-17, 45-40, 57-69, 78-99
Doukas: Tsohlas 5, Kamariotis 3, Petrakis 15, Arsenis 9, Kouvaris 6, Kritsalos 19, Matzioris 15, Birdas 2, Koutsouvas 4
Lavrio: Rallis 12, Giannakopoulos 18, Drakakis 2, Agapitos 9, Notis 6, Kassanos 2, Giorgos Bakas (201-F-80) 17, Psileas 21, Trikaliotis 12.

Milonas - Makedonikos 57-56
Quarters: 12-10, 25-31, 38-41, 57-56
Milonas: Kalaitzakis 5, Ventouris 2, Vlavianos 1, Despotou 3, Kiritsis 5, Bourazanis 3, Efstratiou 1, Bikas 11, Zois Ballas (204-F-87) 22.
Makedonikos: Dalpas 7, Tanakidis 11, Giannis Mitsakis (181-G-81) 15, Kogias 5, Karipidis 9, Pappoulidis 2, Samourellis 7.

Top scorers after 19 weeks:
Dimitris Prokos (192-G-74) of Aigio 420 points
Panagiotis Nanis (195-F/G-80) of Olympiakos Volou 349 points (in 18 games)
Nick Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio 342 points
Panagiotis Tsolis (194-F-81) of Olympiakos Volou 306 points (in 18 games)
Giorgos Tirlas (198-F-80) of Aigio 305 points
Konstantinos Pehlivanis (192-G-79) of Ikaroi Serron 293 points
Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada 291 points
Kostas Dinas (189-G/F-80) of Komotini 276 points
Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Ikaros Kallitheas 271 points
Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) of KAOD 270 points
Michalis Tanakidis (190-G-81) of Makedonikos 266 points
Tassos Baggi (187-G-75) of Goumenissa 247 points
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada 238 points
Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio 228 points
Theologos Vlavianos (196-G-86) of Milonas 222 points (in 18 games)
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East 212 points
Mihalis Ifantis (204-F-72) of Alimos 212 points
Nikos Moisiadis (180-G-80) of Anagennisi Floga 209 points
Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) of Doukas 199 points
Dimitris Karatzios (202-F-78) of Doukas 184 points (in 17 games)


Panathinaikos beat Olympiakos in SEF and is unbeaten after 16 weeks! -by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos having an amazing Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) in its roster thrashed Panagiotis Giannakis team in its home court with 64-82 in a game with the difference going as high as 25 points. The Green three point bombings were amazing and with 16 successfull shots, 7 of which from Kennedy, Obradovic's team added anothe road win and its winning record to16-0. Top scorer was the American Kennedy Winston with 27 points (MVP of the 16th week too) followed by Spanoulis and Batiste with 14 and 13 respectively. On the other hand, the talented Serbian Milos Teodosic (196-G-87) was the red stand out, scoring 12 points being the only player with double digits. Second scorer was Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) with 8 points while Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) finished the game pointless.
The other games of the week had the following results:

Rethymno-Olympia Larissas 78-71

Top scorers: Sotiris Karapostolou (195-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire) 16 and Mike King (193-G-78, college: George Washington) 13

PAOK - Marousi 65-70

Top scorers: Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87) 13, Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) 18

Panionios - Olimpiada Patras 95-67

Top scorers: Aleksandar Capin (186-G-82) 17, Vasilis Soulis (208-C-76) 17

Panellinios - Kolossos Rodou 97-77

Top scorers: Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 22, Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) 20

AEL 1964 - Egaleo 69-79

Top Scorers: Billy Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) 19, Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) 18

AEK - Aris 77-62

Top scorers: Alexandros Kyritsis (195-G-82) 23 and from Aris Thessalonikis Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) 19



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HUNGARY

Round 19: ASE's big win -by Tamas Deri
BODROGI BAU VASARHELY KOSARSULI - ATOMERŐMŰ SE 86-130
(18-27, 21-34, 21-36, 26-33)
Hodmezővasarhely, Att.: 500, Referees: Kapitany, Csősz, dr. Pali
VASARHELY: Drahos 21/6, D. Brooks 12/3, Kovats 10 , Freeman 15/3, Gemes 11/3, Babut 2, Kukla 2, Boszormenyi 9/3, Szogi, Csorba 4, Coach: Czuprak Laszlo
ATOMERŐMŰ: Meszaros 3, Murray 6, Kiss Zs. 6/6, Horvath Z. 11/3, GULYAS 23/3, CEDRIC BROOKS 22/6, TOROMAN 20/12, STEVENSON 26/6, Csaplar-Nagy 2, Panta 7/3, Morgen 2, Horanyi 2, Coach: Sabali Balazs


Round 19: FALCO won by 43 points in Budapest -by Tamas Deri
MAFC - FALCO KC-SZOMBATHELY 69-106
(18-25, 15-27, 17-32, 19-22)
Budapest, Att.: 200, Referees: Papp P., Torok R., Franyo P.
MAFC: JITIM YOUNG 25/9, Radovics 6, Wehner 10/6, Vavra A. 10/6, Kecskes 10, Fulop 5, Mate, Fodor K., Bodrogi 3, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
FALCO: KALMAN 23/12, DOYNE 24/3, Draughan 13/3, KAZLAUSKAS 17/9, Aliakseyeu 21, Feigl, Varadi 8/3, Will, Csiszar, Szanati, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic


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IBL

Alex Hartman and Jimmy Watts return to Volcanoes -by Trask Frost
Vancouver, WA —The Vancouver Volcanoes have announced that Alex Hartman (6'7''-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)) and Jimmy Watts will be back in Volcanoes' jerseys in 2008.

Hartman, 6'7', was a consistent performer for the Volcanoes last season, averaging 15.8 points and 1.3 steals per game. Hartman played in Germany this off-season, averaging 22.9 points per game for TS Goeppingen. There is highlight footage of Hartman (and other members of the '07 Volcanoes) available at www.iblhoopsonline.com.

Watts, 6'8', played at Willamette University in Salem before moving on to the IBL. Watts played for the Portland Chinooks in 2006 and the Central Oregon Hotshots a season ago, but got his first look as a professional with the Volcanoes in 2005.

The Vancouver Volcanoes fourth season in the International Basketball League kicks off on Saturday, March 15 with a trip to the Monroe Sports Arena to take on the Snohomish County Explosion. For more information, contact the Volcanoes at (360) 719-7163 or visit the Volcanoes' revamped website at www.vancouvervolcanoes.com.


Steelheads believe unproven big man has big future -by Trask Frost
Gary, IN—The Gary Steelheads have announced that the team's most recent acquisition is 6'9' Forward/Center Courtney Williams (6'9''-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports).

Williams attended Schoolcraft Junior College (Missouri), averaging 15.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, before finishing his collegiate career at UNC Charlotte.

This will be Williams' first stint as a professional, and the Steelheads' front office and head coach Rob Spon believe Williams has a tremendous upside.

'Courtney simply needs the right opportunity, and I believe he will excel,' said Spon. 'He has all the attributes to be not just a good, but a great player.'

The Steelheads' inaugural IBL season gets underway at the Genesis Center on Friday, March 14. Tickets start at $5—for more information, contact the Steelheads at (219) 883-3000 or visit www.steelheadshoops.com.


Bellingham Slam building roster with familiar faces -by Trask Frost
Bellingham, WA—The Bellingham Slam may be playing in a new league, but the team will feature several familiar faces as four players who starred with the team during its tenure in the American Basketball Association have been re-signed for the Slam's first season in the International Basketball League.
Veterans Brian Dennis (6'7''-F/C-80, college: W.Washington), Brandon Hartley, and Jacob and Jared Stevenson are the first four players to be re-signed for the 2008 season. The Slam begin the season on the road against the Snohomish County Explosion on March 8, with the team's home opener scheduled for March 28 against the Tacoma Jazz.
Dennis, 27, started nearly every game at center for the Slam during the team's two seasons in the ABA. Last season he led the team in field goal shooting (61.3 percent), rebounds (11.0 per game), and blocked shots (3.3 per game). Dennis, a four-year starter at Western Washington, still holds the PacWest/Great Northwest Athletic Conference record for career field goal percentage at 62.2 percent.
Hartley, 26, was the Slam's third-leading scorer during the 2006-07 season with 20.7 points per game. Hartley scored a career high 35 points on Dec. 17, 2006 against King County. Last summer, Hartley played in the World Basketball Association, helping the Mayas-USA team win the league championship. Prior to joining the Slam, Harley starred at Saint Martin's College and currently ranks seventh among GNAC career scoring leaders.
Jacob Stevenson, 27, started every game at the shooting guard position for the Slam last season, and was the teams second leading scorer with 21.4 points per game. The Bellingham native and former Western Washington standout scored a career-high 41 points against Fresno on Dec. 13, 2006 and was also the team's most accurate free throw shooter, sinking 81.7 percent of his shots from the line.
Jared Stevenson, 30, appeared with the Slam last season in a reserve role at point guard. He averaged 9.3 points per game and proved to be one of the Slam's most accurate long-range shooters, connecting on 39.2 percent of his three-point shots. His career high came during the Slam's first season, when he notched 22 points against Tim Hardaway's Florida Pit Bulls on Feb. 19, 2006.
Season tickets for the Slam's home schedule are currently on sale, and single game tickets will go on sale March 1. For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.


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ITALY

Lega2-20th Day -by Gabriele Fioretti
New point guard for Montecatini (Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova) 31 pts), Shawnta Rogers (162-G-76, college: Otis George (205-C-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) Washington) led his team to victory against Fabriano (Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) 19 pts). Big success for Reggio Emilia (Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) at 22 scored) that won at Caserta (22 both by Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest) and Tutt). Livorno (Troy Ostler (209-F-78, college: Hawaii) at 23 scored) won another time on the road at Novara (Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Otis Georgetown) at 22 scored). Ferrara (Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) 22 scored) defeated Pavia (BJ McKie (188-G-77, college: S.Carolina) at 21) with a great second half. At the overtime Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) (27 pts +9 reb) led Imola to success on Rimini (Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) 18 pts). Pistoia (Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 20 pts) came back in the second half and defeated Casale (Otis George 22+10). 22 scored both by Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi) and Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, college: St.John's) weren't enough for Veroli that lost at Jesi (5 players in double figure). In sunday tv-game, Sassari (six players in double figures) won at Soresina (7 players in double figure) scoring 100 pts on the road.
Agr.Glo.Mont.-Indesit Fab 85-75
Pepsi Caserta-Trenkwalder RE 77-89
Ignis Novara-TDShop.it LI 78-81
Carife FE-Edimes PV 83-65
Aget Imola-Coopsette RN 80-71
Carmatic PT-Fastweb Casale 60-58
Fileni Jesi-Prima Veroli 94-87
Vanoli Soresina-BancoSardegna 99-100
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it


Great Sunday for Interperformances Players in Italy -by Interperformances
It was a great Sunday for our players yesterday in Italy. Alex Righetti was once again decisive in the Avellino road victory in Biella with his 17 points. Roger Powell with 19 pts was a key factor for Teramo's victory against Rieti. Romel Beck was the best player of Capo D'Orlando leading the club to an historical win against Lottomatica Rome. Tim Pickett, the current leading scorer of the Italian Legadue posted 30 pts against his former team Coopsette Rimini leading his club to an other important victory, while Marco Verginella scored 18 pts in a Sassari win in Soresina.

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JAMAICA

UDC dumps Cheyney State for the second time this season -by Leonard Whyte
Washington, DC (2-17-2008) - Center Don Powell was one of six players in double figures as the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) defeated Cheyney State University (CSU) 90-78 last night for its second win over CSU this season. UDC improved to 13-8 with the victory. This was UDC's second straight win as they turned the tables on Virginia Union University last week after falling to them earlier in the season.

Florida Southern stops FIT; Leads SSC -by Leonard Whyte
Melbourne, FL (2-17-2008) - Florida Southern College (FSC) took a big step towards capturing the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) title last night when they made all their free throws down the stretch to hold off Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) 87-79 to take a one game lead in the standings over the University of Tampa who were shocked by winless Barry University on Saturday afternoon. FSC improved to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in the SSC, and need just one more win to equal the greatest one-year turnaround in league history. Senior forward Andrei Grant added eight points and six rebounds.

Notre Dame sweeps a pair of games in NY -by Leonard Whyte
Houghton, NY (2-17-2008) - A trip to the 'Big Apple' was just what the doctor ordered, as after losing its last three games, Notre Dame College swept a pair of weekend games in the city to get back on track in the American Mideast Conference (AMC) North Division. First they turned back Roberts Wesleyan College 63-54 then returned last night to take care of Houghton College 70-60 to move to 5-3 in the AMC. Sophomore center Karim McFarlane finished with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting while grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. McFarlane also had five assists and got able assistance from freshman Paul Spencer formerly of Urban Knights, the reigning KFC)/NBL champions. Over NDC's last seven games, the 6' 7' McFarlane is averaging 16.3 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. For the season, McFarlane is averaging 12.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and is ranked in the league's Top-10 in rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots.

Valparaiso too strong for Youngstown State -by Leonard Whyte
Valparaiso, IN (2-17-2008) - Valparaiso University used a late first-half run to take a ten-point halftime lead, then extended the lead to as many as 20 points in the second half on its way to an easy 77-58 victory over Youngstown State University last night in a Horizon League game. Freshman Michael Rogers , formerly of St. George's College, put together one of the best games of his young career, playing a career-high 23 minutes and going for eight points and six rebounds, both career bests. Valparaiso improved to 15-11 overall and 6-8 in conference play.

Decatur Christian takes conference title -by Leonard Whyte
Decatur, GA (1-17-2008) - Senior Demeatrio Wade, formerly of Excelsior High, scored 15 points to help Decatur Christian Decatur Christian win the East Central Illinois Conference title over the weekend with an easy 58-38 victory over Uni High. When both teams met earlier in the season it took overtime to separate them, but Decatur prevailed 63-60. Uni, a winner of three conference titles, was no match for Decatur this time around, as Decatur wrapped up conference play with an 11-1 record and 22-3 overall.

Samuels gives Louisville fans a preview of next season -by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (2-17-2008) - Samardo Samuels, making his first appearance in front of his future University of Louisville fans, gave them a sneak preview of what to expect next season. Before 2,500 fans at Louisville Gardens, the 6' 9' Samuels had 26 points and 15 rebounds, including 10 for 10 from the free-throw line, to pace St. Benedict's Prep over Cincinnati Princeton High 56-48 last night. St. Benedict's (22-1) ranked No. 3 in the USA Today poll, had to rally from a first-half deficit, but Samuels scored his team's first six points and had six points to seal it in the final 1:39, including a fierce dunk.

Southeastern Illinois gets revenge against Rend Lake -by Leonard Whyte
Harrisburg (2-17-2008) - After losing to Rend Lake College earlier in the season, Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) gained sweet revenge with a 73-62 victory in its Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) encounter last night. Sophomore forward Andree Wilson finished with 15 points as SIC moved to 22-5 overall and 10-3 in the GRAC. They will travel to Wabash Valley College this Wednesday to try and win their eight game in their last nine tries.

Tulsa routs UTEP -by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (2-17-2008) - Sophomore center Jerome Jordan had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to help the University of Tulsa rally from an early 12-point deficit to rout the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) 73-50 last night in a Conference USA game. Jordan's inside basket ignited a 24-5 run at the start of the second half to overcome a 32-23 halftime deficit. Tulsa improved to 13-10 and 5-6 in the conference and were winning their third straight game. They previously defeated East Carolina University and Southern Mississippi University.

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JORDAN

Final 4 to begin today -by Mohammed Malas

The round 1 of Final 4 of Excellent League will begin today, Titleholders Zain will meet the 4th place team Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman, While Orthodox will be waiting Arena Amman who did super finish of the regular season following their win over Zain by 10 points...


- The Final Four of Excellent League schedule:

* Round 1 (Tuesday 19/2):
Zain - Arena
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Orthodox

* Round 2 (Sunday 24/2):
Arena - Orthodox
Zain - Al Riyadi/Aramex

* Round 3 (Wednesday 27/2):
Arena - Al Riyadi/Aramex
Orthodox - Zain

* Round 4 (Friday 29/2):
Arena - Zain
Orthodox - Al Riyadi/Aramex

* Round 5 (Sunday 2/3):
Orthodox - Arena
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Zain

* Round 6 (Wednesday 5/3):
Al Riyadi/Aramex - Arena
Zain - Orthodox


# JJ out of Zain


The american center of Zain Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM)) will today after taking his release from the team according to the player himself.....

JJ said that he is looking for a chance to be back to europe and he support his team and hope for them the best in the reminder of the league and upcoming tournaments.

Zain is now searching for a center with big career to replace JJ......



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KOREA

How times have changed for the ET land. -by Sean Choi
There was a team when the team was so desperate for any kind of star power, it would readily trade one of its key players to get a marquee name in return. But when the ET land acquired foward Trimmingham Leon (200-F-71, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Briar Cliff) (200-F-71, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Briar Cliff) from Daegu Orions in a deal that was pending league approval, they didn't give up any of their core players and didn't even surrender a future first-round draft pick.
Why did the ET land make the trade? Simple. They needed a inside player who can play the post with Shannon Terrence (203-F-79, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Elgin CC), and Trimmingham Leon is a proven inside and outside also.
we will see what happen on this march.


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LATVIA

SEB Baltic Basketball League -by Gunars Gailitis

SEB Baltic Basketball League

Challenge Cup

February, 16

VEF Riga - Sakalai (Vilnius) 92-72

Gulbis 18, Jeromanovs 14, Aleksejevs 11; Kurtinaitis 20, Matulis 20, Sinica 12


Liepajas Lauvas - Arvi/Suduva (Marijampole) 92-62 (30-11; 26-16; 17-15; 19-20)


Jurevicus 18, Pusaudzis 15, Johnson 11; Tatarunas 21, Sirvydis 13, Joneliunas 11


Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK - Alytus 90-70 (23-15, 21-9, 21-28, 25-18)


Uldis Rudzitis (192-G-78) 20, Poznaks 18+12reb, Sokolovs 14; Varnelis 19, Adomavicius 11, Golokvoscius 11


Final standings

1. Nevezis 15-5

2. VEF Riga 15-5

3. Liepajas Lauvas 13-7

4. Techasas 12-8

5. Arvi/Suduva 12-8

6. Aisciai/Atletas 12-8

7. Sakalai 9-11

8. Alytus 8-12

9. Triobet/Dalkia 8-12

10. Fausto 4-16

11. Bumerangs/ASK 2-18


'Final Four'

Nevezis - Techasas

VEF Riga - Liepajas Lauvas



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LUXEMBOURG

Sparta loses the second straight game -by Eurobasket News
The DBBL defending champions Sparta Bertrange got to somehow distressing star of the playoff stage. They lost straight games and raised numerous questions about his conditions. Yesterday they faced Amicale at home and suffered a painful 66:87 blow. Amicale looked confident from the start and soon they accumulated a 44:34 halftime lead. Sparta failed to adjust their game after the break and Amicale continued to stretch the advantage. The visitors entered the fourth period up by 15 points and easily secured an overall victory. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) tallied 30 points, 14 boards and 5 assists to pace Amicale. Christian Schartz (184-G-86) contributed 18 points for the winners. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) answered with 23 points for Sparta. Tom Wagner (181-G-79) had 11 points in a losing case.
Etzella drove to their second straight win as they narrowly overcame Musel Pikes 78:75 at home. The first and the third frames become the key for Etzella's success. They outscored the visitors 49:34 at these 20 minutes to build a decisive lead. Musel Pikes played some sparkling basketball in the fourth term but they were not able to catch up with the hosts. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) accounted for 23 points and 18 boards to lead Etzella. Tim Giver (185-G-80) scored game-high 24 points for the home team. Chris Braier (195-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Lawrence) secured 22 points and 8 boards in a loss.
Residence thumped Contern 100:63 on the road. Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) was outstanding with 28 points and 17 boards for Residence. Frank Mangen (189-G/F-81) provided 19 points in a win. Eric Jeitz (190-G-86) answered with 22 points for Contern.


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MEXICO

Majic Dorsey Landing in Venezuela -by Justin Brink
It's been a few months since there's been a 'Hurricane' MaJic Daryl Dorsey (185-G-81, college: S.Indiana, EDGESPORTS INTL.com, Diego Yacullo) sighting in Mexico. He started this season, (September) with the LNBP's Mayas de Yucatan, and now has scored a significant contract with Guaro's in Venezuela's top division. Daryl Dorsey, who has a copy written move, 'Da Majic Tornado,' will do his part to lead the Guaro's to the promised land in Venezuela. Daryl Dorsey has averaged over 30 points in two LNBP 'tours' Mexico and averaged 12.5 points and nearly 6 dimes for the 'D' Leagues Anaheim Arsenal. Check back early and often for Daryl Dorsey's progess in Venezuela.

Gallos continue to be the best in TPBL -by Charles Elwes

Gallos de Pelea Cd.Juarez continue unstoppable in the
Texas Professional Basketball League (TPBL). And this past
saturday and sunday , went on the road against the other top candidate
in the TPBL to win the championship , the Lake Jackson Lakers.
In the first game at the Brazoswood gym the Lakers fought against the
Mexican team , that have the most experience players in the TPBL.
At the end of the first period the game was 30 - 28 , but in the second

quarter Omar Duran (173-G-81, college: UTEP) had the hot hand , with 3

consecutives 3 point shots while Leonard Owens (198-F, college: UTEP)

finished that qurter with 11 points , at halftime the lead was 66 - 50 Gallos.


In the third quarter the Lakers came back thanks to Ruben Owens and helping

the Lakers to close the gap 88 - 77.But Gallos in the fourth quarter made another

run 13 - 4 and maked there way to another win. Finishing the game 121 - 107 Gallos.


The best players for Lake Jackson were:

Jonah Broussard (178-G-83, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Lubbock Christian) with

20 points

Sylvester Simple (202-F/C-82, college: Wiley) with 19 points.


The top scores for the Juarez team were:

Leonard Owens (198-F, college: UTEP) with 32 points

Omar Duran (173-G-81, college: UTEP) 16 points.


In sunday's game Lake Jackson came back and now they dint waste time and tried to win

the game for there fans , and they did ! they won the game by a score of 106 - 95 and break

the 11 winning streak for the Juarez team in the league. The top player for Gallos sunday was

Toraino Johnson (194-F/G-80, college: Utah St.) with 22 pts followed by

Daniel Anaya (180-G-78, college: W.New Mexico) with 16 points.


In more news Gallos de Pelea added one week ago , mexican center

Enrique Gonzalez (205-C-68) ' el palmita' has return to one of his home's

to the Gallos team , now in the TPBL. 'Palmita' how he's called played with Gallos from 2000 to 2004

in the CIMEBA and LNBP and it's one of the fans favorites in the Juarez team.



First news from LIMEBA -by Charles Elwes

In some news from the LIMEBA , that its just around the corner
to open the season in march 7. The Pioneros of Delicias are back to the league
with the help of local government and industralists from Delicias the Pioneros
will have another chance to win the LIMEBA since the last played in 2005 were
they won the championship that year.

Some of the players that are expected to return to Pioneros are the fan favorites
who played in the 2005 season with Pioneros are:
Wiyle Petty (197-F-79, college: Johnson C. Smith)

Victor Orona

Marco Spears (194-G-79, agency: TASM, college: Johnson C. Smith)

and more local players.


In the teams expected to play this 2008 season are:

Lenadores Madera

Panteras Tec Chihuahua

Apaches Cuathemoc

Dorados UACH

Serranos Namiquipa

Lobos Jimenez

Soles Ojinaga

Pioneros Delicias

and to confirm in these day's are Gallos De Pelea Cd.Juarez.



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NAIA

NAIA I Leaders as of Feb. 19 -by Brandon Woudstra
Here are the leaders in various categories in the NAIA I

Scoring:

James Spencer (6'4''-G-84, college: Wyoming) - Mountain State 25.0 ppg
Czyz Bennett - Texas College 24.1
Keithdrick Harris - Tougaloo 23.8
Matt Neaville - Union 23.44
Josh Porter - LSUS 22.3

Rebounding:

Jameus Hartsfield - Texas College - 11.9 rpg
Bayo Arigbon - San Diego Christian -11.6
Danny Storey - Wayland Baptist 10.8
Jamon Morris - LSUS 10.8

Assists:

Danny Reeder - Westminster - 7.2 apg
Greg Scott - Vanguard - 5.9
Derek Boykin - Crichton - 5.7
Jarvis Jackson - Mountain State - 5.6

Blocks:

S. Dowdie - Williams Baptist - 3.36 bpg

Steals:

Xavier Yates - Pikeville - 3.5

more detailed stats can be found here


Top Games from past week and upcoming week -by Brandon Woudstra

One NAIA men's basketball team looks to survive and go undefeated in 2007-08. In Division I, No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) is 25-0 and next plays at Campbellsville (Ky.) on Saturday. Three clubs fell from the undefeated ranks last week. No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) in Division II had its 23-0 start snapped on Feb. 6. In Division I, No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) lost for the first time (Feb. 8) in 21 games and No. 1 Mountain St. (W.V.) had gone 24-0 before a loss to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Feb. 12.

In the next week (Feb. 14-20), there are eight games scheduled with both teams ranked in the current NAIA Coaches' Poll.

DIVISION I
Thursday, Feb. 14
#3 LSU-Shreveport - LA 71 @ #8 Xavier - LA 55, FINAL
#24 Oklahoma Baptist 60 @ #10 Oklahoma City 88, FINAL
Tuesday, Feb. 19
#5 Concordia - CA @ #16 Point Loma Nazarene - CA

DIVISION II
Saturday, Feb. 16
#21 Oklahoma Wesleyan 61 @ #8 Ozarks - MO 89, FINAL
Wednesday, Feb. 20
#18 (tie) Northwestern - IA @ #1 Morningside - IA
#14 Grace - IN @ #10 Bethel - IN
#16 Northwood - FL @ #17 Embry-Riddle - FL
#24 Valley City State - ND @ #18 (tie) Jamestown - ND


from www.naia.org




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NBA

New Orleans waives to All Star Game -by Eurobasket News
East-West 134:128

An amazing event, an exciting game, Slam -Dunk contest and this is not the end of the Show that was held last night in New Orleans. East edged West 134:128 in a great ending of the campaign. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 28 points, but LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) poured in 27, including a dunk in the last minute to and earn MVP honors. The winner also added nine assists and eight rebounds in the game. For the East Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82), Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 18 points apiece.

The game started with 34:28 for the East after the opening quarter. Bryant, who won MVP honors last year, played a bit more that 2 minutes so he could rest his injured pinkie. From the first five in the West only Carmelo looked truthfully as the three players who top-scored for the team joined the game later.
East produced 40:37 in the second quarter to take 9 points advantage at the half. The game remained hot for the hosts, but the end of it was outstanding. Ray Allen and LeBron James led the East for the win and deserved a special word afterward. First however Chris Paul gave the West a 122:119 lead. Ray Allen, the final player added to either roster, knocked down his second 3-pointer in 48 seconds to tie it before Paul answered with another three. Ray Allen finally missed and LeBron James slamed it for the honor.

Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) became a slam dunk champion. Orlando's man was the most creative and his dunks were amazing. Using a variety of props as well as teammate Jameer Nelson, Dwight Howard received perfect scores from judges.

East: Kidd 2, Wade 14, Bosh 14, LeBron James 27, Dwight Howard 16, Ray Allen 28, Billups 6, Hamilton 9, Wallace 3, Pierce 10, Johnson 3, Jamison 2
West: Iverson 7, Bryant 0, Duncan 4, Carmelo Anthony 18, Yao 6, Brandon Roy 18, Paul 16, Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) 13, Amare Stoudemire 18, Nash 8, Boozer 14, West 6


NBA All Star Weekend Sunday -by Darryl Reshaw
The New Orleans Arena was rocking on Sunday evening and after the previous days of success expectations were very high.
There is no league in the sporting world that provides quality entertainment like the NBA.
As usual the performers that sang the national anthems of the USA and Canada were amazing.

The game was the icing on the cake after a great weekend for the city of New Orleans and the NBA.
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) put on impressive performances to lead the East to a 134-128 victory over the West to win the bragging rights for this years contest.
King James scored 27 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 9 assists to capture his second NBA All Star Game MVP in three seasons.
Ray Allen scored 28 points and hit all of the big 3pt shots down the final two minutes where the East had to fight off the West and Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest)'s amazing comeback.

In defeat Chris Paul almost stole the game for the West with his overall floor game of scoring, stealing and passing the ball displaying why he is one the point guards in the NBA.
His final stats were 16 points, 14 assists and 4 steals combined with some very flashy skills that had the crowd in New Orleans going crazy.
Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) in his first all star game scored an impressive 18 points showcasing his enormous potential.

The game was a even contest with the East team holding a slight margin in the first quarter.
However in the second quarter LeBron James, Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) and Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) put on a fastbreak dunkshow.
Having those three guys on the same team should be against the law.
The East held a 74-65 lead at halftime with Dwight Howard leading the way.

The East All Stars held a 106-93 advantage after the end of three quarters with LeBron leading the way.
Going into the fourth quarter the East appeared to coasting to a victory but the West came back and took the lead in an exciting thrilling finish.
Chris Paul hit a couple of 3pt shots that gave the West the lead but Ray Allen's shooting and LeBron impressive drive and dunk took the life out of the West hopes.

The weekend was a big win for both the city of New Orleans and the NBA especially after the the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.
The Big Easy was the place to be on this very special basketball weekend.

By Darryl Reshaw


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PARAGUAY

1° de Mayo wins Game 1 -by Gianni Pascucci
Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) scored 36 points to lead 1 de Mayo to the win, 82-66, over America in Game 1 of the Pilar Regional Finals yesterday night in Pilar. Hugo Paredes (198-F-84) added 18 points abd Alcides Fernandez (205-C-82) 15 in 1 de Mayo, the best in America were Marcos Tannel (199-F/C) with 18 pts and Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) with 25. Game 2 will be played tomorrow.

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PHILIPPINES

PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Realtors Stun Giants To Take Game 1 -by Lorenzo Gahol
Sta. Lucia Realtors 109 - Purefoods TJ Giants 97: The Realtors shrugged off a slow start as they surprised the top seed Giants in Game 1 of their best-of-seven finals series at the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum.
Entering the game as underdogs, the Realtors fell victim to championship jitters early in the game as they trailed the Giants in the entire first half. It was not until late in the third period when they finally found their rhythm. The Realtors ignited a 16-4 blast in the last four minutes of the quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 79-74 lead entering the final period. It was all Sta. Lucia in the payoff period as Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) scored 14 of his game-high 24 points, including two booming treys that gave the Realtors a 97-86 lead with 4:14 remaining. A succeeding Purefoods turnover that resulted into a Williams dunk and a putback by rookie Ryan Reyes (186-G, college: Cerritos JC) gave the Realtors their biggest lead, 101-87, to put the game beyond doubt. Dennis Espino (203-C-73) added 20 points while Nelbert Omolon (196-F/G-80) chipped in 16 for the Realtors, who are seeking their first All-Filipino title. James Yap (190-F/G-82) led the Giants with 22 points.


PBA Philippine Cup Finals - Realtors Take 2-0 Lead -by Lorenzo Gahol
Sta. Lucia Realtors 112 - Purefoods TJ Giants 101
Just like in Game 1, Sta. Lucia waxed hot when it mattered the most. After a nip and tuck affair in the first three quarters, the Realtors unleashed a fiery run to start the payoff quarter. They surged ahead, 93-83, with seven minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the game. The Giants ignited a 6-0 blast to come within four points, 93-89, but Dennis Miranda (180-G-82) and Joseph Yeo (185-G-83) responded with back-to-back treys for the Realtors to put the game beyond doubt. Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Realtors, who have now taken a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven finals series.


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PUERTO RICO

Jirau Cup for Arecibo and Boricuas News -by Alessandro Fontana
Matt Freije and Jason Wingate will arrive today in Puerto Rico. The two american players will play next BSN with Brujos de Guayama. Guayama is an ambitious team with some strong players in his starting five as Ismael Caro (a great scorer in the 'US Minors Leagues'), the dominican Amaury Filion and the all-around Steve Parillon.
ARECIBO AND THE JIRAU CUP
Arecibo won the Ivan Jirau Cup. Los Capitanes defeated Los Vaqueros de Bayamon 85-81. MVP of the match was Angel Figueroa. 'Buster' scored 28 points. To mention also the game of White Rodney with 13 pts, Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz 12pts and Karel Rosario 11 pts.
ULEB-TIME
Tonight is Uleb-time in Europe. Besiktas will play in Israel against Hapoel Jerusalem, a very difficult game for Rick Apodaca and Christian Dalmau. Andres Rodriguez and his Polish team Turow will play in Czech Republic against Nymburk.
A. Fontana


Cowboys ready to lasso competition -by Luis Ramirez
The Bayamon Cowboy are looking forward to gaining a spot for postseason play something that eluded them last season when the Cowboys failed to make it to the postseason for the first time in the last 16 seasons. Everyone was surprised that the Cowboys did not make it especially when they had the talent to do so. Gone for this season are Alvin Cruz, Alejandro Carmona or Carlos Escalera in their place the Cowboys will start import players Lee Benson and Kavossi Franklin, Community Player Diego Guevara and veteran Franklyn Western.among others. As with other BSN teams the Cowboys are placing a great deal of confidence on their import players. Head Coach Carlos Mercado will have a tough assignment before him as the Bayamon Fans are not used to being left out of postseason play. Bayamon will be in very tough company as they will compete with the likes of Santurce, Carolina, Fajardo, and Humacao all teams which have beefed up their respective teams.

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana

BORICUAS ABROAD
In Spain, Daniel Santiago played a 'partidazo' and his team Unicaja Malaga defeated Estudiantes Madrid 87-71. Santiago was the MVP of the game, He scored 21 pts (6/9 2pts, 9/12 FT) + 5 rebs.
Peter John Ramos played only 12 minutes with 2 pts (0/2 2pts, 2/2 FT), 1 block and 4 rebs and his team was defeated by Joventut Badalona 89-63.
In Turkey, Besiktas won easily against Oyak Renault 78-68. 'The Wizard' Rick Apodaca did not play and Christian Dalmau played 18 minutes with 0 pts, 2 rebs and 4 assts.

In Poland, Turow was defeated by Bank BPS 74-72, Andres Rodriguez played 23 minutes with 4 pts (4/4 FT)+2 assts. In Germany, Paderborn was defeated by Frankfurt 88-68. For Nathan Peavy a good game with 12 pts (3/3 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 3/3 FT) and 1 reb.
In the Adriatic League, Siroki was defeated by Buducnost 70-64, for Sharif Fajardo 9 pts (0/1 2pts, 0/2 3pts, 9/10 FT) in 20 minutes.
A. Fontana



Jeter and Ibekwe in Puerto Rico? -by Alessandro Fontana
Indios de Mayaguez are trying a new player, Richard Jeter, because DaJuan Tate will arrive probably only in March in Puerto Rico. Jeter is an expert shooting-guard, He played college at Metro Atlanta JC with more than 22 ppg. He played in USA 'in the Minors' with Jersey Squires and Arkansas RiverCatz (ABA), Rome Gladiators (WBA), Albany Patroons (CBA), some games in Philippines and in Czech Republic with USK Praha. Before arriving in Puerto Rico, Jeter was trying in Finland with Karkkilla but He was not signed by the team.
Los Gigantes de Carolina are trying an interesting strong young forward Ekene Ibekwe. Ibekwe is nigerian but he learned to play basket in the States. He played for Maryland (NCAA), four good college seasons. In the last NCAA season He scored 10 ppg with 7.8 rpg. After the college He went to Israel to play for Migdal Haemek. He played the' Fiba World Cup 2006' with the Nigerian national team where He scored 8.7 ppg+6.6 rpg.
BORICUAS ABROAD
Carmelo Lee played 2 games in South Korea during this week-end. His team Daegu Orions won against KT&G 84-68. For Carmelo Lee 22pts+9 rebs. In the second game They were defeated by Dongbu 92-75. Carmelo Lee scored 17 pts+5rebs+4assts and 5 blocks.
A. Fontana


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SERBIA

A league, round 16: Swisslions Takovo keeps the top position -by Dragan Jankovski
After 16 rounds of Serbian A league Swisslions Takovo is on top with 12 wins and 4 defeats. Mega Aqua Monta, newcomer Vizura and Radnicki 034 Group follows the team from Vrsac with 11 wins.

In this round Swisslions was better than Borac 72-69. The hosts had advantage of 4-8 points during the entire game, which is decided in the middle of the last quarter when Swisslions reach plus 11 after Marjanovic's lay up. Nikola Jovanovic (205-C-81) and Vladimir Vlaskovic (195-G-77) scored 11 points each for the winners while Borac got 19 points from Miljan Radisavljevic (185-G-88).

Napredak Rubin grabbed the home win 95-93 in thriller against Radnicki 034 Group. At the half way of the second period Napredak made plus 15 but 10 minutes later Radnicki, through Pesic, made fantastic run 19-5 setting the score to 65-74. Until the end of the third quarter Napredak made one more series 11-0. At the very end Markovic was concentrated form the FT line bringing the 7th win for Napredak in A league. Experienced Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) was totally unstoppable as he collected amazing 37 points and 10 rebounds. He is MVP of the round with index rating 44. Radovan Pesic (185-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) added 22 points and dished out 6 assists for Radnicki.

Newcomer Vizura continues with nice performances this season as they played very good second half registering victory win over Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 89-79. Zarko Karic (191-G-84) led the winners with 23 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. Krsto Bjelica (191-G-88) scored 18 points for visitors.

After home win over Mega Aqua Monta 80-87, Zdravlje Actavis still has a hope that they can survive in A league. Crucial period of the game was the last quarter which hosts finished 27-8. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) scored 19 points for Zdravlje. Young Uros Nikolic (207-F-87) had 14 points and 5 rebounds in Mega AM while Slavko Stefanovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), who returned from ALBA Berlin couple of days ago, immediately join the team adding 13 points and 5 rebounds.

The most interesting game of the round was played in Novi Sad where the team with the same name lost against Sloga 82-89 after over time. Sloga had a chance to finish the game in regular time as Petrovic had 2 FTs on plus 3 for his team. But he missed after what Martinic scored from behind the arc for the over time. In extra 5 minutes Sloga played better and deserved 8th win in A league. Marko Popovic (193-G-84) netted 27 points while Novi Sad got 25 points from Marko Sutalo (194-G-83).


Swisslions Takovo - Borac 72-69
(16-17,19-15,20-19,17-18)

Swisslions:
Jovanovic 11, Vlaskovic 11, Marjanovic 10, Jelenic 10
Borac: Radisavljevic 19, Markovic 14, Ilic 13 (6 rebs)


Napredak Rubin - Radnicki 034 Group 95-93
(31-22,22-22,25-33,17-16)

Napredak Rubin:
Markovic 37 (10 rebs), Miletic 15, Milicevic 12
Radnicki 034 Group: Pesic 22 (6 as), Beader 18, Glisovic 14 (4 rebs)


Vizura - Radnicki Invest Inzenjering 89-79
(23-30,19-22,25-13,22-14)

Vizura:
Karic 23 (4 as, 6 st), Glintic 18 (7 rebs), Sinovec 14
Radnicki: Bjelica 18, Rajkovic 14 (9 rebs), Bolic 13


Zdravlje Actavis - Mega Aqua Monta 87-80
(22-19,15-26,23-27,27-8)

Zdravlje Actavis:
Marojevic 20 (7 rebs, 4 as), Jereminov 19
Mega AM: Nikolic 14 (5 rebs), Stefanovic 13 (5 rebs), Stojacic 13


Novi Sad - Sloga 82-89
(15-17,18-18,12-14,26-22,11-18)

Novi Sad:
Sutalo 25, Radenkovic 17 (10 rebs), Bjegovic 12 (5 rebs)
Sloga: Popovic 27, Trtic 19 (11 rebs), Grubisic 14 (10 rebs)


Masinac - Ergonom 96-86
(28-23,16-26,30-11,22-26)

Masinac:
Milasinovic 21 (4 as), Mirkovic 16 (11 rebs), Becin 15, Tutus 14 (9 rebs)
Ergonom: Dzambic 21 (4 as), Majstorovic 19, Djulovic 14 (10 rebs)


Nenad Misanovic joins Dynamo Moscow -by Dragan Jankovski
Starting center of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) agreed with the club's management to leave the Belgrade immediately signing the contract with Dynamo Moscow. Misanovic, who spent last two and a half years in Zvezda, said for the Serbian media that he is very grateful to Zvezda's management and the head coach Karadzic who gave him a green light to continue career in Russian giant. Misanovic played 21 games for Zvezda in Adriatic league averaging 10.5 ppg and 5 rpg while in ULEB Cup he averaged 5.9 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 10 games.

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SLOVAK REP.

Latest results and stats -by Eurobasket News

The last round of the Slovak League brought another win for SKANSKA Pezinok that improved already to 20-6 record. In a game versus HBK Prievidza the favorite celebrated 65:71 road victory. The first half of the game was mostly the decisive in the game as the guests won it by 18 points. Dusan Snopko (195-G-75) led the winners with 17 points. Kozlik and Brlit followed him with 10 points each. Storcel produced 16 points in the losing clause.
Inter overcame Slavia TU Kosice 86:68 as the team started the game with 29:13 in the first quarter. Later on the hosts dominated in the court as well and finished the campaign truthfully. Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) and Homola top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Michal Batka (205-C-87) produced the same number of points for the guests.
In another games BK CASTA SPU Nitra beat Chemosvit Svit 81:70. Slovintegra Levice won a battle over ESO CLUB Lucenec 81:80. Nova Ves stole the win from MBK Rieker Komarno 58:67 and MBK Handlova destroyed BK Dolny Kubin 109:70.

The next games are scheduled for February 20th.

BK CASTA SPU Nitra - Chemosvit Svit 81:70 (21:25, 18:24, 19:11, 23:10)
BK CASTA SPU Nitra: Hill 27, Brock Gillespie (188-G-82, college: Rice) 21, Cervenka 12
Chemosvit Svit: Martin Bilik (194-F-87) 22, Klaric 21, Znanec 6

HBK Prievidza - SKANSKA Pezinok 65:71 (12:17, 9:22, 20:14, 24:18)
HBK Prievidza: Storcel 16, Puljko 11, Immink 11
SKANSKA Pezinok: Dusan Snopko 17, Kozlik 10, Brliť 10

MBK Rieker Komarno - Nova Ves 58:67 (15:11, 19:11, 9:19, 15:26)
MBK Rieker Komarno: Stipe Pivac (204-F/C-78, agency: Heinrich Sports) 15, Fapso 13, Barisic 12
Nova Ves: Marcel Madaj (200-F-78) 16, Pesta 16, Hovaňak 9

Slovintegra Levice - ESO CLUB Lucenec 81:80 (19:21, 23:21, 21:19, 18:19)
Slovintegra Levice: Dragan Ristanovic (191-G-66) 20, Klein 19, Lutovsky 13, Klar 13
ESO CLUB Lucenec: Bicvic 14, Praznovsky 13, Kovacevic 11

MBK Handlova - BK Dolny Kubin 109:70 (22:13, 43:22, 14:22, 30:13)
MBK Handlova: Ludovit Smacko (195-G/F-73) 35, Stefanik 19, Milosevic 17
BK Dolny Kubin: Davor Kurilic (202-F-82) 31, Cvitanovic 13, Petrovic 9

Inter Bratislava - Slavia TU Kosice 86:68 (29:13, 15:23, 20:16, 22:16)
Inter Bratislava:Dusan Pandula 22, Homola 22, Novak 16
Slavia TU Kosice: Michal Batka 22, Stojanovic 19, Misinsky 16



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SPAIN

Market news -by Francisco Martinez
Last week was plenty of negotiations and business in the ACB teams. First of all, Coach Dusko Ivanovic was fired by Barcelona. They lost in the first game of the Copa del Rey, but President Laporta supported the whole team and showed confidence on every member of the Basketball section. Anyway, Dusko talked to press on wednesday and he said he was not able to do it better with the roster he have, so Laporta fired him and the new Head Coach is Xavier Pascual .

Meanwhile, smaller teams were moving in the market to confirm two signings after the sunday's games. First of all, Menorca signed Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances), who came from Turkey. Then, Leon announced the signing of Bruno Sundov (220-C-80), coming from Cypruss.


LEB Gold, 20th round, Super Jakim Donaldson -by Francisco Martinez
The 20th round of LEB has a name: Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro). The player got the second best efficiency numbers in the history of the competition after scoring 26 points and grabbing 26 boards in the game that they won against Melilla.

The second most important new of the day came from San Sebastian, where Bruesa defeated CAI Zaragoza and stole them the leadership of the competition whith an spectacular Bernard Hopkins (199-F-73, college: Va Commonwealth).

These were the results of and stats the weekend:
CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS - LECHE RIO BREOGAN 71-75
CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS - MELILLA BALONCESTO 92-74
BEIRASAR ROSALIA - FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM 81-78
ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA - PALMA AQUA MAGICA 93-88
ALERTA CANTABRIA - C.B. L'HOSPITALET 94-88
AGUAS DE VALENCIA - PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA 81-76
FORD BURGOS - UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA 83-74
C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA - TENERIFE RURAL 68-82
BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA - BRUESA GBC 89-94

And the best five:
Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro)
Alain Digbeu (195-F-75)
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, college: Kentucky)
Bernard Hopkins
Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield)


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TAIWAN

2008 SBL All-Star Game roster -by Chris Wang
-- Seven Taiwan Beer players on Team White roster.
-- Lee Chi-yi and Chien Jia-hong replaced injured Tien Lei and Tsun Wen-din.
-- All-Star debut: James Mao, Wu Jian-long, Hsu Chi-chan, Ouyang Jin-hen, Hsu Wei-sheng.

Team Red
Starters:
G Lee Hsueh-lin (Yulon)
G Su Yi-chieh (Dacin)
F Chen Hsin-an (Yulon)
F Lee Chi-yi (Yulon)
C Chien Jia-hong (PY)

Substitutes:
Yang Che-yi (Yulon)
Lee Fong-yong (Dacin)
Chang Chi-feng (Dacin)
James Mao (PY)
Wu Jian-long (PY)
Chien Ming-fu (BOT)
Hsu Chi-chan (BOT)

Team White
Starters:
Yen Shin-shu (TB)
Wu Yong-jen (TM)
Lin Chih-jay (TB)
Ho Sho-jen (TB)
Wu Dai-hao (TB)

Substitutes:
Lo Shin-liang (TB)
Chen Shih-nian (TB)
Hsu Hao-cheng (TB)
Jonathan Sanders (dmedia)
Ouyang Jin-hen (dmedia)
Cheng Jen-wei (dmedia)
Hsu Wei-sheng (TM)


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

UVI men drop another -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands Men's Basketball Team struggles continues as UPR Humacao sent the Bucs to the second consecutive loss, 81-71, Saturday night in LAI action. The controversial overtime loss to UPR Carolina on Friday seems to affect the Buccaneers as they fell behind early and could not recover. Robert Duck led the way with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Ryan Skinner had 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Freshmen Nashun Jeffers contributed 14 and Ervin Samuel added 10 points. The BUCS stand at 1 win, 3 losses in league play, and 1 win 5 losses overall.

Both men's and women's teams return to action this weekend as the men take on Polytecnica University Friday evening and both teams face Metropolitan University on Saturday evening at the Sports and Fitness Center. Games start at 7 pm both nights. Saturday nights game has been designated 'Homecoming' for the Bucs!!
Admission is $ 3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday without a complimentary ticket.


Peltier scores 29! -by David Edole
The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly basketball team, minus two ailing players, claimed a 90-80 victory over the Arkansas Baptist College Buffalos Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. However, Devon Peltier (178-G) was not one of the ailing players. As a matter of fact he was the one ailing Arkansas Baptist as he torched the Buffalos for 29 points.
Peltier was from 9-of-17 from the field including six-of-ten from beyond the three point arc. He was also 5-of-6 at the charity stripe.
West Plains improved to 25-4 on the season.
'The defense in the early stage of the second half was the difference in the game,' Grizzly Head Coach Brian Ostermann said, adding he believes the win was one of the best of the season. 'We did a courageous job, guys stepping up and making plays - a lot of guys. I wasn't sure we could come down here and get the result we wanted, especially after the first half. I didn't think we played particularly well, and certainly didn't guard very well.'
West Plains will face Moberly Area Community College 7 p.m. Saturday in the last game of the regular season at the West Plains Civic Center. The Grizzlies are 4-3 in Region 16 play.


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ULEB CUP

Nenad Misanovic joins Dynamo Moscow -by Dragan Jankovski
Starting center of Crvena Zvezda from Belgrade Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) agreed with the club's management to leave the Belgrade immediately signing the contract with Dynamo Moscow. Misanovic, who spent last two and a half years in Zvezda, said for the Serbian media that he is very grateful to Zvezda's management and the head coach Karadzic who gave him a green light to continue career in Russian giant. Misanovic played 21 games for Zvezda in Adriatic league averaging 10.5 ppg and 5 rpg while in ULEB Cup he averaged 5.9 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 10 games.

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VENEZUELA

Tachira and Cocodrilos victorious in friendly matches -by Francisco Vega
Deportivo Tachira and Cocodrilos de Caracas were successful in their first preseason matches towards the LPB 2008 season. Tachira defeated Expresso UBC Colombia 59-53 at Arminio Gutierrez Castro Gymnasium of San Cristobal, while Cocodrilos traveled to Puerto La Cruz and won against Marinos de Anzoategui, 90-80, at Luis Ramos Gymnasium.

Tachira's main weapons were Chad Barnes (191-G) with 13 points and Johnell Smith (186-G-80) with 12 points. Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) added 6 points and former NBA veteran Carl Herrera (206-C-66) supported them with 4 points. Carlos Morris (194-F-75) finished up with 7 points.

Meanwhile, Caracas had Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) as top scorer with 14 points. Marinos could not take better advantage of the good performance displayed by Axier Sucre (198-F-78) with 19 points and Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) with 17. Dominican Alejandro Flores (201-F) ended up with 9 points.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Guaros de Lara announced that they'll be playing a four-team friendly tournament at 'Cinco Aguilas Blancas' Sports Complex in the city of Merida against Marinos de Anzoategui, Deportivo Tachira and Los Andes University. The tournament will take place from February 23rd till the 25th. A couple more friendly games could be confirmed in the next few hours in Maracaibo against Gaiteros del Zulia and later on in Puerto Cabello against Trotamundos de Carabobo.


Welcome back Hernan -by Antonio Gomez
Power forward Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80), who played last year in the Mexican league, joined monday Gaiteros del Zulia in the Pedro Elias Belisario Aponte Arena in Maracaibo. Salcedo said that he is glad to be back with the team, but he still waiting job offers from the Argentine League. Also, he spoke about his performance in Mexico.

'I had a magnificent season in Mexico, they have a very good league with 24 teams. Now with Gaiteros, i know that will be a new step foward for my career. In my first day, i worked hard with the coach Jorge Arrieta. We have a good group', said Salcedo after morning training session.

Paul Romero, teams general manager, told that Ruben Nembhard will join the team next weekend.


Gatos brings in coach Mercedes, signs former NBA Andre Patterson -by Francisco Vega
The compromises of argentinian head coach Guillermo Vecchio with the NBA team Detroit Pistons made him suddenly unavailable to come to Venezuela and work for Gatos de Monagas, so its general management decided to bring in dominican Jose Maita Mercedes as his replacement, while they also announced the acquisition of former NBA player Andre Patterson (201-F-83) as imported player, to join the previously hired Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston).

Mercedes just won the Superior Basketball League of the National District in Dominican Republic as the head coach of team Club Los Minas. He is a former player and member of the Dominican Republic Senior Team. He already arrived to Caracas and his first meeting with the players of Gatos was supposed to take place on Monday afternoon, when his assistant coach, Ibsen Castrillo , would hand over the team to him at Gilberto Roque Morales Gymnasium in Maturin.

Patterson, who played briefly for the Los Angeles Lakers, is supposed to bring lots of experience and good qualities to the paint and help Gatos overcome some depth problems in their rotation with lots of minutes on court.


Guaiqueries breaks the market with Terquin Mott, Lorenzo Trudo and Norbey Aragon -by Francisco Vega
Guaiqueries de Margarita received its imported and latin american community players for the upcoming LPB 2008 season and broke the market with the signings of power forward Terquin Mott (203-F-74), forward Lorenzo Trudo (201-F-80) and colombian Norbey Aragon (193-G/F-78), new weapons for puertorrican coach Julio Toro .

Mott has played with great success in Venezuela in previous seasons. Back in 2002 and 2003, he was a member of Cocodrilos de Caracas. in the first season, he averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per match in 27 games and the next year he came back and put up numbers of 13 points and 10 rebounds per outing. Later on, in 2006, he came back to play for Gatos de Monagas and was huge with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 35 matches.

Trudo was a champion in Colombia with Bucaros de Bucaramanga. The 28 year-old player averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 24 outings and has also played in leagues of Norway, Mexico and the United States.

Aragon, 30 years old, played for the runner up Arrieros de Medellin with good numbers, 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 24 games. He also played NCAA 2 basketball in the United States.

LOWE TO MARINOS
Marinos de Anzoategui found a replacement for the injured Jermaine Tate (206-C-76), after acquiring Kenny Lowe (191-G-80), also known as Kenneth Charles Lowe. He can play in the 1-2 position and is a 27 year-old experienced player, mainly in european leagues and with teams such as Pinar Karsikaya (Turkey), Bayern Leverkusen (Germany) and Pyrbasket Tampere (Finland).

GIGANTES WITH NEWS
Gigantes de Guayana announced that player Greg Lewis (198-F-78) won't come to Venezuela due to trouble with his contract's final negotiations. However, they also announced that DaJuan Gouard (189-G-83) and Odell Bradley (193-F/G-81) did sign their respective contracts and are now officially with the team for the upcoming LPB 2008 season.


Walcott is surprised with the possible offer -by Antonio Gomez
Omar Walcott Roberts said yesterday, to Diario Panorama, that he was surprised when he heard, in the television news, that he was being considered to the coaching assistant job in the new staff for the venezuelan national team. The new head coach could be the former NBA player Carl Herrera Allen.

Nestor Salazar, actual head coach, will be dismissed because of his commitments with Cocodrilos de Caracas in the Liga Profesional.

'I got up in the morning and heard in the news that my name was on the short list. Carl Herrera could be a great coach for the national team. I've been waiting for this opportunity during a lot of time. I would like to be the assistant coach', said Walcott in the Pedro Elias Belisario Aponte Arena, in Maracaibo.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Crvena Zvezda upset another leader -by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda -Buducnost 73:56 (19-19, 16-12, 21-15, 17-10)

Another day of Adriatic League and another sensation. Buducnost that could join Jolly JBS Sibenik on top lost to Crvena Zvezda that improved to 8-7. Serbian team played the end of the game much better taking 73:56 victory. Leading scorer Kendricks Alexis had 19 points. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) and Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) followed her with 15 points apiece. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) led the guests with 26 points.

Crvena Zvezda secured the season best win last night. The teams could not be separated in the early exchanges as an 8-8 tie became 19:19 at the end of the first quarter.Crvena Zvezda looked to have taken control in the second period as they posted an early burst to lead 4 points. They would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game and pushed it out to double-figures on the back of 21:15 in the third. The score became 56:46 and the hosts did not think about defense. They never looked back and produced another 17:10 in the last quarter. Crvena Zvezda won 73:56 and remained 5th with 8-7 record. The next games are scheduled for February 23rd. The game between Jedinstvo and Jolly is planned for the day after.

Crvena Zvezda: Kendricks Alexis 19, Brankica Hadzovic 15, Jelena Velinovic 15
Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 26, Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) 12


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Sibenik 13-2
2. Buducnost 12-3
3. Gospic 11-3
4. Ragusa 9-6
5. Crvena Zv. 8-7
6. Jedinstvo 5-9
7. Celje 5-9
8. Medvescak 5-10
9. M.Kraj. BL 3-12
10. Vojvodina 2-12


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AUSTRALIA - Women

Dandenong beats AIS to finish fourth -by Eurobasket News
Dandenong secure the 4th-spot finish of the regular season beating AIS 77:57 in the final round of action. The Rangers never casted a doubt on the positive outcome of the game as they led from the start. They converted 16 free throws in the first stanza to pile up a 24:11 advantage. Nicole Hunt (167-G-88) however ignited a comeback effort from AIS in the second quarter and the students trimmed the difference to 4 points 24:28. Dandenong relied on back-to-back trebles from Alison Downie (181-G/F-84) and Shelley Hammonds (188-F-83, agency: LBM Management) to carry them to a 34:24 lead at halftime. The hosts stretched the lead to as many as 19 points and could take a sigh of relief heading into the final period. AIS could not answer in the final term and Dandenong ensured the 12th win in the season. Larissa Anderson (180-F/C-77) notched 18 points for the Rangers. Michelle Brogan added 15 points, while Shelley Hammonds and Rachel Flanagan (170-G-82) dropped 11 points apiece in a win. Nicole Hunt responded with 13 points for AIS. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) added 10 points in defeat.
Dandenong finished the regular season with a stunning loss to Canberra 60:88. The Capitals registered their 17th win in the season but ended up at the third spot behind the Sydney Uni Flames. Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) burned the Rangers for 21 points and 8 boards, while Jessica Bibby (169-G-79) scored 15 points in a winning effort. Shelley Hammonds provided 12 points as Dandenong wrapped up the regular season at 12-12 record.
So the four teams qualified for the Final series. The Canberra Capitals will host Dandendong in the minor semifinal on February 22. The next day Adelaide will take on Sydney Uni at home in the major semifinal. The winner of the major semifinal will host the Grand Finale on March 8. Meanwhile the loser of the major semifinal and the winner of the minor one will battle for another available spot in the Grand Finale on March 1.


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BELGIUM - Women

Belgian League welcomes to Round 2 -by Eurobasket News
After 18 games of the First Round the team are divided now into 2 Divisions. In the Top Division Waregem beat Novia Namur 75:54, while
BBC Boom lost to Dexia 73:74.
Waregem looked much better than the opponent. Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) finished the game with 25 points to lead all the scorers. Alke Dietel (194-C-75, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) netted 13, while Kamila Oplustilova added 11. Decors produced 14 points in the losing clause.
In Division B Point Ch. Sprimont beat RS Monceau Charleroi 83:74.
In Russia CSKA thumped Dynamo Kursk 95:58 away from home. CSKA cruised past their opponents and easily secured their 15th straight win in the season. Nicole Powell and Maria Stepanova stepped up with 16 points apiece for CSKA. Edwige Lawson and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) scored 15 points apiece in winning case. Svetlana Makhlina answered with 14 points for Dynamo Kursk as they fell to 7-8 record.
Van Malderen Laurence netted 11 points for Parma in Italy. Her team however lost to Banco di Sicilia Ribera 85:68.


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BULGARIA - Women

Dunav Econt outscores Lukoil Neftochimic in another thriller -by Eurobasket News
Dunav Econt outscored Lukoil Neftochimic in another thriller shown from both teams. The hosts grabbed 81:74 win that was second this season between these teams. Dunav Econt opened the game with 20:12 lead and held the score for good in the second quarter as well, but Lukoil Neftochimic reduced due to 20:27 in the end of the half. The guests tasted the victory in the third quarter with 19:22, however Dunav Econt thanked the spectators for their support producing 22:13 in the last. Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) paced the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Petya Djambazka netted 17 and Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) scored 16. Natalia Topalova finished the game with 29 points in defeat.
Slavia beat Montana 2003 77:70 with 27 points from Hristina Deyanova.Lilyana Ilieva chipped in 17, whilst Tsvetelina Nikolova (191-C-88) added 14. Marieta Karchovska (171-G-86) poured in 25 points in the losing effort.
Rilski Sportist outscored Beroe 07 80:77 as as Agnesa Doychinova collected 24 points and 12 rebounds. Iva Terzieva (167-G-87) and Hristina Ivanova followed her with 13 points apiece. Svetlana Rodionova (199-C-69) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds for the guests.

Dunav Econt - Lukoil Neftochimic 81:74
Dunav Econt:Svetlana Asenova-Lozanova (190-F-74) 21 +11 rebs, Petya Djambazka 17, Anna Rimpova 16
Lukoil Neftochimic:Natalia Topalova 29, Daniela Georgieva (179-F-86) 15, Zornitsa Kostova 14

Slavia -Montana 2003 77:70
Slavia: Hristina Deyanova 27, Lilyana Ilieva 17, Tsvetelina Nikolova 14
Montana 2003: Marieta Karchovska 25, Nadezhda Simeonova 19, Gergana Ilyanova (160-G-87) 11

Rilski Sportist - Beroe 07 80:77
Rilski Sportist: Agnesa Doychinova 24+12 rebs, Iva Terzieva 13,Hristina Ivanova 13
Beroe 07:Svetlana Rodionova 16+12 rebs, Elena Petrova 13,Zhaneta Zhelyova 13


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BWBL - Women

TLU/VOLTA beat Barsy Atyrau in Tallinn -by Eurobasket News
TLU/VOLTA- Barsy Atyrau 111 : 47 ( 37 : 8, 29 : 5, 34 : 17, 11 : 17 )

Tallinn became the unwelcoming place for Barsy Atyrau as the team lost to TLU/VOLTA in the latest game of Baltic League. Estonian team easily won the game 111:47. The score could be even bigger, but the team from Kazakhstan reduced due to 11:17 in the last period. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) led the winners with 27 points. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) nailed 19, while Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) posted 14. Krosovskaja produced 14 points in the losing clause.
Even though both teams stay on the bottom TLU/VOLTA desired to prove the masterclass. Estonian team started with 37:8 and shocked the guests from Kazakhstan. Most troubles the visitors saw from Ashley Wallace that shone in the court. With even better defense in the second quarter the hosts produced 29:5 and made the score inappropriate at that time. Both squads disappeared in the lockers with 66:13 for the Estonian team.
A 34:17 in the third saw 100 points status in the end of the third quarter. In order to relax the team did not try hard in the last quarter and Barsy Atyrau could take 11:17 advantage.
In the next game of the long trip Barsy Atyrau will play against with TLU/VOLTA. The game is scheduled for tomorrow.

TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 27, Jana Rannaveski 19, Katrin Olmari 14
Barsy Atyrau: Krosovskaja 14, Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) 13, Ira Averyanova (182-F-84) 12


Standings
BWBL Standings
1. Tim-Scuf 12-0
2. Arvi 11-1
3. Laisve 9-2
4. Berezina 9-3
5. Cesis 8-4
6. RGUOR 7-5
7. Olimpia 7-5
8. Audentes 5-5
9. Lemmink. 5-6
10. Ol.-NAEK 5-7
11. TLU/AJ 4-7
12. Avantis T. 3-9
13. Lintel 118 1-11
14. TTT/Rapa 1-11
15. Barsy Atyr. 1-12


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ESTONIA - Women

TLU/VOLTA beat Barsy Atyrau in Tallinn -by Eurobasket News
TLU/VOLTA- Barsy Atyrau 111 : 47 ( 37 : 8, 29 : 5, 34 : 17, 11 : 17 )

Tallinn became the unwelcoming place for Barsy Atyrau as the team lost to TLU/VOLTA in the latest game of Baltic League. Estonian team easily won the game 111:47. The score could be even bigger, but the team from Kazakhstan reduced due to 11:17 in the last period. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) led the winners with 27 points. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) nailed 19, while Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) posted 14. Krosovskaja produced 14 points in the losing clause.
Even though both teams stay on the bottom TLU/VOLTA desired to prove the masterclass. Estonian team started with 37:8 and shocked the guests from Kazakhstan. Most troubles the visitors saw from Ashley Wallace that shone in the court. With even better defense in the second quarter the hosts produced 29:5 and made the score inappropriate at that time. Both squads disappeared in the lockers with 66:13 for the Estonian team.
A 34:17 in the third saw 100 points status in the end of the third quarter. In order to relax the team did not try hard in the last quarter and Barsy Atyrau could take 11:17 advantage.
In the next game of the long trip Barsy Atyrau will play against with TLU/VOLTA. The game is scheduled for tomorrow.

TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 27, Jana Rannaveski 19, Katrin Olmari 14
Barsy Atyrau: Krosovskaja 14, Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) 13, Ira Averyanova (182-F-84) 12


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FRANCE - Women

Bourges enjoys 17-0 undefeated record -by Eurobasket News
Round 17 sent Bourges to 17-0 record as the favorite beat Mondeville 81:66 at home. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) led the winners with 20 points. Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) provided with 12 points and Catherine Melain (186-F-74) netted 9. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.In another games Clermont won over Arras 92:80. USVO beat Montpellier 71:66 and Pays dAix overcame Villeneuve 71:53. Tarbes was stronger than COB Calais 85:62 and Challes outscored St Amand 87:81. Reims was the only team to win away from home upsetting Mourenx 64:69.
Meanwhile Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87)'s UMMC overcame Dynamo Moscow 69:60 in Ekaterinburg to improve to 13-2 record. Dynamo continued to struggle to find the right form on the local scene as they dropped to 7-9 record in the bog of the ladder. UMMC did not wait for too long before taking over in this one. The hosts opened the game with a 24:16 rally to leave Dynamo behind. UMMC limited Dynamo's leaders offensively and extended the gap to 16 points at halftime 44:28. Dynamo however refused to surrender that early. They showed a nearly perfect defensive effort in the third term holding the hosts beyond 10-point mark and trimming the deficit to 3 points heading into the final period. But UMMC withstood the momentum and eased to an overall win at the end. Agnieszka Bibrzycka fired 22 points for UMMC. Sandrine Gruda added 18 points and 10 boards for the winners. Ieva Kublina responded with 17 points for Dynamo. Nuria Martinez had 11 points in defeat.
The league leaders CSKA thumped Dynamo Kursk 95:58 away from home yesterday. CSKA cruised past their opponents and easily secured their 15th straight win in the season. Nicole Powell and Maria Stepanova stepped up with 16 points apiece for CSKA. French Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) and Ann Wauters scored 15 points apiece in winning case. Svetlana Makhlina answered with 14 points for Dynamo Kursk as they fell to 7-8 record.
Round 17 of Czech ZBL brought a real treat for all basketball fans. Gambrinus and Elodie Godin (190-C-85)'s USK Praha clashed in Brno. Gambrinus extended their perfect run as they bumped their arch-rivals 91:76 and remained spotless at 16-0 record. USK Praha meanwhile suffered their second loss in the season losing both regular season games to Gambrinus.
Brno outfit was busy in midweek as they completed the win over MiZo Pecs in Euroleague tournament. It could be a reason for somehow weary start of the hosts. USK Praha scored the first 5 points and grabbed an early lead. Katerina Elhotova soon nailed back-to-back three-pointers to put the visitors up by 6 points 13:7. Later Jannell Burse and Michaela Pavlickova teamed up for 9 points as USK Praha accumulated a 22:8 lead. Marketa Mokrosova netted 5 consecutive points and USK Praha led by as many as 18 points. Finally Gambrinus began to return to life. Timea Beres scored 6 points, while Hamchetou Maiga added 7 for the hosts to trim the gap to 10 points 30:40 midway through the second stanza. Hana Machova capped the first half with 4 straight points for Gambrinus and they trailed 46:51 at halftime. Ivana Vecerova and Tamika Whitmore quickly nailed 4 points to open the second half and Gambrinus climbed within a single point from USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova drained a trey as the visiting side maintained the advantage for some time but the home team soon denied it. Hana Machova was perfect from charity stripe and Ivana Vecerova converted a jumper to put Gambrinus up by 3 points 59:56. Eva Viteckova and Zuzana Zirkova fired from beyond the arc and Gambrinus opened a double digit lead for the hosts. But not for too long as Jannell Burse, Katerina Elhotova and Elodie Godin made it all square at 68 after 30 minutes of action. Eva Viteckova poured in 4 points and Hamchetou Maiga added 4 more to carry Gambrinus to an 82:72 distance. USK Praha failed to come any closer to the hosts and lost the battle. Hamchetou Maiga paced the hosts with 17 points and 7 boards. Hana Machova provided 15 points and 10 boards, while Eva Viteckova added 15 points for the winners. Lindsay Whalen nailed 23 points and pulled down 7 boards for USK Praha. Marketa Mokrosova contributed 17 points in defeat. Elodie Godin posted 2 points.


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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Recap of Game Day 16 -by Moritz Korff
SV Halle Lions - Muenchen Basket 58:65
Muenchen overcame the Lions on the road and earned its second win in a row. After a tied score at halftime (27:27) the guests from the South managed to edge Halle in the third and fourth quarter. Caroline Sterner (175-G/F-83) netted 16 points for Muenchen, Magdalena von Geyr (180-F-84) had 15 and Danka Ilic (175-G-78, college: Georgetown) 10. Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82) tallied 15 points in the loss, Jitka Peterkova (183-F) finished the game with a double-double (10 pts, 10 rbs).

BBV Leipzig Eagles - TSV 1880 Wasserburg 72:110
The hosting Leipzig Eagles fell short to the defending champion, who is still unbeaten with only six games to go in the regular season. Meanwhile, Leipzig remains on the bottom with two wins and 13 defeats this season. Wasserburg looked dominant from the start and carried home an easy triumph. The visitors controlled the rebounds (43:25) and forced 25 turnovers on Leipzig's side. The Eagles hit only 37,7 % of their shots from the field, while Wasserburg finished the game with a percentage of 57.7. Katharina Kuehn (191-C-80) posted a double-double for Wasserburg, producing a game-high 25 points and 12 boards along with 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) followed with 25 points, Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) had 21 and Jana Furkova (184-C/F-84) made 18 points, 13 rebounds for the winning side. Leipzig was led by Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.) with 16 points and 6 assists.

TV 1872 Saarlouis Royals - evo New Basket Oberhausen 76:60
800 fans came to Saarlouis to see the hosting Royals holding off Oberhausen in a battle for the second place in the DBBL-ladder. The Royals came out victorious and handed the guests their 4th loss of the season. Great play by Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) was one of the reasons why Saarlouis overcame Oberhausen. She finished the game in double-figures in both points (25) and rebounds (14). Her teammate Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) dished out a game-high 8 assists and dropped 14 points. Also Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) with 14 points and Stina Barnert (172-G-89) with 14 contributed to the point-production. While Oberhausen's topscorer Bracey Barker (185-F-85, college: Maine), who was affected by an infection, remained scoreless, Lea Mersch (168-G-87) chipped in 16 points, Petra Glaeser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Eisvoegel USC Freiburg - ChemCats Chemnitz 87:78
Freiburg returned to sucess after being blown out by Oberhausen last weekend. Dana Penno (173-G-85, college: UTEP) stood out with 27 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the win, Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Alexandra Riecka (168-G-80) netted 18 points for Chemnitz, Katja Zberch (189-C-78, agency: LBM Management) followed with 14 points and 8 rebounds, Alena Sopirjakova (180-F-79) added 14 points.

BG 74 Goettingen - Herner TC 85:67
The Violets picked up a home-win against HTC and climbed to the 4th place with the victory, while Herne dropped to the 10th spot. Riikka Lehtonen (178-C, agency: Rasmussen Services) helped her team with 15 points, Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Dasa Rajecka (188-C-87) scored 13 points. Three players finished in double figures for Herne: Geraldine Bertal (190-C-79) tallied 15 points and 8 boards, Anna-Christine Goerg (190-F-87) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Natalie Nakase (158-G-80, college: UCLA) contributed 11 points and a game-high 8 assists.


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ITALY - Women

Serie A1, day-20: stats and results -by Carlo Grilli

Banco di Sicilia Ribera - Lavezzini Parma 85 - 68
(18-21, 39-37, 60-52)
BANCO DI SICILIA RIBERA: Farris S. 5 (1/1), Duffy M. 25 (2/3, 5/5), Favento S. dnp , Bona G. (0/1), Riccardi E. (0/1, 0/1), Montagnino J. 15 (5/7, 1/6), Perfetti C. 6 (2/3), Pys'Mennik O. 13 (3/7, 1/1), Razmaite D. 13 (5/10), Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89, agency: Players Group) 8 (4/6). Coach Anselmo Paolo Francesco
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Maiorano M. (0/1), Stabile S. 7 (0/5, 2/2), Paparazzo E. 2 (1/2), Zanoni I. 12 (2/4, 2/2), Battisodo V. , Van Malderen L. 11 (3/11, 1/1), Mahoney M. 21 (6/7, 2/2), Zanon M. 4 (2/5), Screen J. 11 (3/7), Sulciute E. (0/2). Coach Scanzani Maurizio

Famila Wuber Schio - Italmoka Pozzuoli 90 - 58
(26-17, 46-25, 70-38)
FAMILA WUBER SCHIO: Consolini C. 2 (1/2, 0/1), Moro E. 6 (2/3), Butler D. 5 (1/3, 1/3), Donaphin B. 11 (5/5), Masciadri R. 5 (1/4, 1/4), Jenna Rubino (183-G-85, college: De Paul) 14 (4/6, 2/5), Ngoyisa B. 9 (3/8), Ress K. 8 (4/8), Ciampoli F. 7 (2/6, 1/1), Macchi L. 23 (5/6, 4/5). Coach Orlando Sandro
ITALMOKA POZZUOLI: Paparo N. (0/3), Cirov T. 7 (1/3, 0/1), Ferazzoli I. dnp, Franchetti M. 5 (1/3, 1/3), Minervino M. 2 (1/4), Grima H. 20 (4/10, 4/6), Linguaglossa E. dnp, Grasso A. 2 (1/4), Andjelic N. 10 (2/4, 2/7), Dixon T. 12 (2/9, 2/2). Coach Palumbo Carlo Fulvio

Fiera di Roma - Germano Zama Faenza 67 - 55
(20-11, 41-30, 53-44)
FIERA DI ROMA: Di Battista F. (0/1, 0/4), Hodges D. 19 (3/9, 2/7), Cinili S. 4 (2/2), Mendes Da Silva T. dnp, Servillo M. dnp, Scimitani S. 3 (1/1), Machanguana C. 15 (7/17), Jana Lichnerova (190-C-76) 7 (3/4, 0/2), Beljanski M. 14 (3/7, 2/2), Gattini C. 5 (2/4). Coach Incecchi Sandro
GERMANO ZAMA FAENZA: Eric M. 5 (1/1, 1/3), Franchini M. 5 (2/7, 0/4), Ramon E. 5 (1/3, 1/4), David I. 13 (6/11, 0/1), Casadio G. 6 (2/3), Jokic D. 7 (3/4), Bandini E. (0/1), Knezevic A. 6 (2/5), Dos Santos C. 8 (2/7), Chiarini A. dnp. Coach Rossi Paolo

Gescom Viterbo - Phard Napoli 78 - 64
(18-11, 39-33, 62-45)
GESCOM VITERBO: Danzi D. 6 (3/5), Kouznetsova S. dnp, Santucci L. 8 (2/3, 1/2), Brunelli G. dnp, Smith B. 16 (6/11), Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) 22 (10/17), Limoura L. 4 (2/3, 0/4), Siccardi V. 10 (2/5, 1/4), Gorla L. 5 (1/1, 1/2), Crepaldi C. 7 (2/2, 1/5). Coach Agresti Claudio
PHARD NAPOLI: Bargigli C. dnp, Paterna S. 3 (1/1), Cirone M. 17 (3/8, 3/4), Mauriello P. 2 (1/2, 0/3), Giauro S. 2 (1/5), Gentile I. 3 (0/2, 1/3), Horasan Y. (0/5), Ndiaye A. 6 (3/7), Lesdema N. 5 (2/6), Holland-Corn K. 26 (7/8, 3/10). Coach Molino Nino

Pool Comense - Levoni Taranto 68 - 75
(13-17, 33-42, 48-60)
POOL COMENSE: Bouderra F. 5 (1/7), Bestagno E. dnp, Fabbri V. 8 (4/6), Slavcheva G. 6 (1/3, 1/3), Turner L. 27 (12/14), Invernizzi M. 4 (2/3, 0/2), Hall V. 8 (4/10, 0/1), Zampella A. 5 (0/3, 1/6), Tunguz B. dnp, Sarni S. 5 (1/2, 1/3). Coach Ricchini Roberto
LEVONI TARANTO: Balleggi M. , Greco M. 6 (3/7), Monica Bello (170-G-78) 5 (1/1, 1/1), Zimerle A. 8 (1/3, 1/2), Sauret Gillespie A. 8 (4/10, 0/1), Griffith Y. 6 (3/7), Prado F. dnp, Frohlich L. 13 (2/6, 3/4), Brunson R. 29 (8/14), Masoni M. dnp. Coach Corno Aldo

Umana Venezia - Acer Priolo 62 - 49
(12-13, 29-23, 51-38)
UMANA VENEZIA: Sottana G. 9 (2/4, 1/2), Modica F. 6 (1/3, 1/3), Johnson S. 9 (1/5, 0/1), Sanford N. 5 (1/3), Andrade M. 8 (3/11), Nadalin J. 3 (1/5), Eva Giauro (204-C-86) 11 (5/6), Romagnoli A. dnp, Vujovic A. 11 (0/4, 3/7), Zampieri A. dnp. Coach Riga Massimo
ACER PRIOLO: Gianolla A. 6 (1/2, 0/1), Bonfiglio S. dnp, Palie S. 2 (0/1), Milazzo O. 3 (0/1, 1/1), Fabbri E. dnp, Seino T. 5 (1/1, 1/2), Sciacca B. 5 (0/4, 0/1), Pascalau F. 11 (1/5, 2/3), Meneghel R. 3 (0/3, 1/1), Phillips T. 14 (5/13). Coach Coppa Santino

New Wash Montigarda - Carispe La Spezia 50-67

(14-26, 24-35, 35-49)

NEW WAS MONTIGARDA: Gatti G. 8 (3/6, 0/2), Colico R. (0/1, 0/1), Zanotti E. dnp, Fazio M. 9 (3/7, 0/1), Rossi C., Smith D. 2 (1/4, 0/2), Dimitrova E. 2 (1/2), Albertazzi 8 (3/5, 0/1), Ruzickova M. 2 (0/3), Lawless E. 19 (7/10, 0/2). Coach Fossati Fabio

CARISPE LA SPEZIA: Bestagno dnp, Corradini L. 2 (1/2, 0/2), Pastore C. 6 (1/1, 0/3), Callens E. (-, 0/3), Templari E. dnp, Newton C. 19 (6/7, 0/3), Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) 18 (1/1, 5/11), Vukovic V. 4 (1/1), Sarti R. 8 (1/5, 1/1), Willis C. 10 (5/9, 0/1). Coach Papini Giovanni




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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Barsy loses the first in Tallinn -by Eurobasket News

Tallinn became the unwelcoming place for Barsy Atyrau as the team lost to TLU/VOLTA in the latest game of Baltic League. Estonian team easily won the game 111:47. The score could be even bigger, but the team from Kazakhstan reduced due to 11:17 in the last period. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) led the winners with 27 points. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) nailed 19, while Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) posted 14. Krosovskaja produced 14 points in the losing clause.
Even though both teams stay on the bottom TLU/VOLTA desired to prove the masterclass. Estonian team started with 37:8 and shocked the guests from Kazakhstan. Most troubles the visitors saw from Ashley Wallace that shone in the court. With even better defense in the second quarter the hosts produced 29:5 and made the score inappropriate at that time. Both squads disappeared in the lockers with 66:13 for the Estonian team.
A 34:17 in the third saw 100 points status in the end of the third quarter. In order to relax the team did not try hard in the last quarter and Barsy Atyrau could take 11:17 advantage.
In the next game of the long trip Barsy Atyrau will play against with TLU/VOLTA. The game is scheduled for tomorrow.

TLU/VOLTA- Barsy Atyrau 111 : 47 ( 37 : 8, 29 : 5, 34 : 17, 11 : 17 )

TLU/VOLTA: Ashley Wallace 27, Jana Rannaveski 19, Katrin Olmari 14
Barsy Atyrau: Krosovskaja 14, Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) 13, Ira Averyanova (182-F-84) 12



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MONTENEGRO - Women

Two losses in Adriatic League -by Eurobasket News
Two teams from Montenegro were upset in the weekend games of Adriatic League. If the loss of Jedinstvo was more or less agreed than nobody expected the loss in Serbia from Buducnost.
Mladi beat Jedinstvo 79:70 to sent them to 5-9 record. The game was done in the end of the battle with 21:14 in the last quarter. Svetlana Stanic (189-C-77), Aida Pilav (187-C-87) and Dragoslava Zakula (173-G-73) top-scored with 15 points each. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) poured in 20 points for Jedinstvo.
Buducnost that could join Jolly JBS Sibenik on top lost to Crvena Zvezda that improved to 8-7. Serbian team played the end of the game much better taking 73:56 victory. Leading scorer Kendricks Alexis had 19 points. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) and Jelena Velinovic followed her with 15 points apiece. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) led the guests with 26 points. Crvena Zvezda secured the season best win last night. The teams could not be separated in the early exchanges as an 8-8 tie became 19:19 at the end of the first quarter.Crvena Zvezda looked to have taken control in the second period as they posted an early burst to lead 4 points. They would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game and pushed it out to double-figures on the back of 21:15 in the third. The score became 56:46 and the hosts did not think about defense. They never looked back and produced another 17:10 in the last quarter. Crvena Zvezda won 73:56 and remained 5th with 8-7 record. The next games are scheduled for February 23rd. The game between Jedinstvo and Jolly is planned for the day after.

Crvena Zvezda -Buducnost 73:56 (19-19, 16-12, 21-15, 17-10)
Crvena Zvezda: Kendricks Alexis 19, Brankica Hadzovic 15, Jelena Velinovic 15
Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 26, Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) 12

Mladi - Jedinstvo 79:70 (15-12, 21-14, 22-20, 21-14)
Mladi:Svetlana Stanic 15, Aida Pilav 15+13 rebs, Dragoslava Zakula 15
Jedinstvo: Jelena Maksimovic 20, SEMEREDI Kristina 15


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NEW ZEALAND - Women

Christchurch ends the WNBL season -by Eurobasket News
The Christchurch Sirens wrapped up their initial WNBL season on a low as they suffered consecutive losses. The Sirens once again proved their home-team status as they were crushed in Adelaide and Perth. They started the week with a stunning 58:107 loss to Adelaide at the Distinctive Homes Dome. The Lightning marked their dominance early in the encounter as they outscored their opponents 29:14. The high-flying Adelaide tallied 32 points in the second stanza and ran away beyond reach at 61:31. Christchurch did not manage to change the complexion of the game after the break and had to bow down. Renae Camino (177-G-86) fired 21 points for the hosts. Jenny Whittle (197-C-73) contributed 20 points and 8 boards in a winning effort. Noni Wharemate (171-G-82, college: UTEP) secured 18 points for the Sirens. Lamisha Augustine (186-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) posted 16 points in defeat.
The Sirens then travelled to Perth and conceded another loss. The visitors held to a 38:34 advantage at the interval but the Lynx stepped on the gas after the break and lay claim on the positive result. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) scored 13 points for the Sirens. Antonia Edmondson (180-F-87) delivered 12 points in a losing clause. Christchurch finished the season at 9-15 record driving to 9 wins at home court. They failed to post a single road success at the same time.


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SERBIA - Women

Crvena Zvezda upset another leader -by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda -Buducnost 73:56 (19-19, 16-12, 21-15, 17-10)

Another day of Adriatic League and another sensation. Buducnost that could join Jolly JBS Sibenik on top lost to Crvena Zvezda that improved to 8-7. Serbian team played the end of the game much better taking 73:56 victory. Leading scorer Kendricks Alexis had 19 points. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) and Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) followed her with 15 points apiece. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) led the guests with 26 points.

Crvena Zvezda secured the season best win last night. The teams could not be separated in the early exchanges as an 8-8 tie became 19:19 at the end of the first quarter.Crvena Zvezda looked to have taken control in the second period as they posted an early burst to lead 4 points. They would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game and pushed it out to double-figures on the back of 21:15 in the third. The score became 56:46 and the hosts did not think about defense. They never looked back and produced another 17:10 in the last quarter. Crvena Zvezda won 73:56 and remained 5th with 8-7 record. The next games are scheduled for February 23rd. The game between Jedinstvo and Jolly is planned for the day after.

Crvena Zvezda: Kendricks Alexis 19, Brankica Hadzovic 15, Jelena Velinovic 15
Buducnost:Iva Perovanovic 26, Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) 12


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

The end of the First Round -by Eurobasket News
First Round had ended over the last weekend in Slovak Republic. As it was predicted KOSIT remained undefeated and finished the campaign with 18-0 record.
In the last game KOSIT overcame Poprad 108:41. The game did not take out lots of power from the hosts that controlled it from the first minutes. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) paced all the winners with 15 points. Alena Kovacova (190-C-78) netted 14 and Jurcenkova Anna scored 12.
A very interesting game was played between Slavia UMB Banska Bystrica and MBK Ruzomberok. UMB won the game 65:60 that became a sensation in the Round. Lalovicova led the winners with 16 points. Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81, agency: LBM Management) posted 14 and Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) scored 13. Palusna struggled with 18 points in the losing clause.
In another games Viktoria PCSP Kosice beat Slovan Bratislava 79:71 as Slimakova scored 20 points. Cassovia Kosice outscored INPEK UKF Nitra 54:53. Wilson posted 14 points for the hosts, while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) scored the same number of points in defeat. BO TJ Spartak Myjava lost to AT Gemtex Rozňava 68:87.


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SPAIN - Women

San Jose Leon-Ros Casares Valencia:final of Queen's Cup Sevilla at 14.00 h -by Ivan Villar
ROS CASARES - PDV IBIZA 71-63
PERFUMERIAS AVENIDA - SAN JOSE LEON 63-76

Probably we are watching best Queen's Cup of last years.San Pablo Arena is great court for best teams of Europe.Ros Casares sweated to win island team of Jordi Fernandez.Manolo Real's team took advantage in second quarter of 8 points and kept on during all game.But PDV fought and showed its best face by the hand of Silvia Morales (17 p-4 assists) and Sancho Lyttle (12 p-9 reb).But Ros Casares had a longer bench to get ticket to final.Marina Ferragut (12 p-6 reb) and Kathryn Douglas (23 p-5 reb) leaded their team to dispute second tittle of season.

Second semifinal was amazing,a present for all fans who went to watch show.Specially,fans of Perfumerias Avenida.Over 1,500 fans came from Salamanca to take their to team to final and blue tide conquered San Pablo.In spite of Perfumerias Avenida seemed to play ay home,was trashed from beggining to final by San Jose Leon.Miguel Estrada's team arrived to tropy in great shape and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) gave excellent basketball's lesson.Israelian point guard drove her team perfectly,scoring 27 points and gave 6 assists with efficience of 28.She controlled game's tempo and Perfumerias Avenida couldn't stop the Leon's machine.Anna Montanana hadn't good day (however was best scorer with 17 points) and rest of teammates same.Murriel Page appeared when her team needed her more,12 points and 8 rebounds,was a nightmare for centers of Perfumerias.But Perfumerias Avenidas demonstrated that they have best fans of spanish league.1,500 fans of Perfumerias Avenida acclaimed San Jose Leon showing their great fair play.10 for Queen's Cup 2008!Tomorrow at 14.00 with television cameras of TVE-la 2 on air we'll watch last round of great competition.


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Top two win again -by Dave Ryan
Rhondda Rebels and City of Sheffield Hatters remain joint top of EBL Division One Women after contrasting wins on Saturday.
Rebels never looked back after a 24-8 first period against Sevenoaks Suns. Led by 20 points from teenager Harriett Yea, Rebels had the game sewn up by half-time, leading 45-18, and although they were outscored 13-11 in the third period, a 21-7 final stanza completed the win. Sally Kaznica added 17 points, while Cimol scored 14. Arek Deng and Lewis each scored eight for Suns.
In contrast Hatters were made to fight all the way before beating Team Northumbria Women's 80-72.
The first quarter proved to be close as both teams mainly exchanged baskets after the home team opened the scoring against Coach Deirdre Hayes team. Two free throws from Jaye Colbert at the end of the first period saw the visitors trail 18-16 at the first break. Laura Calder's basket at the start of the second quarter levelled the score at 18 but the Hatters took the edge with three minutes to play in the second period when they went on an 8 - 0 run. It was a margin they would hold on to with the score 39 - 31 at half-time.
In the third quarter the teams exchanged baskets before a three pointer from Great Britain guard Lisa Hutchinson scored a three pointer for the home team putting them up by 10 points.
Hall started a run for Northumbria when she went inside and was fouled going to the free throw line to convert. With two minutes left in the third quarter Northumbria levelled the score at 52, but Sheffield quickly responded with a 6-0 run and were back up 58 - 52 going into the final 10 minutes. The home side had the momentum and opened the fourth quarter with another six points.
Back to back baskets from Calder closed the gap but every time Northumbria managed a run of two baskets Sheffield answered. With a minute left a basket from Colbert got Northumbria within five points but a foul on Helen Naylor but the home team back up by seven. Colbert rushed down court and hit an early three pointer bringing Northumbria with four points but they were unable to convert any chances as Sheffield converted their free throws to close out the game.
Stephanie Gandy led all scorers with 27 points for Sheffield, while Helen Naylor added 22. Colbert led Northumbria with 27, while Cole also scored 22.
Nottingham Wildcats took advantage of Northumbria's loss to move up to third spot with a 63-51 home win against Manchester Mystics.
Both teams started this game missing key players. Georgia Jones out due to a broken hand and then American Jill Glessner out after fracturing her foot in practice during the week. Emma Pass was also missing due to being called up by her Australian club team early due to the Olympic year.
Despite that, it still turned into a great game. The opening quarter saw both teams struggle offensively. Wildcats did however take a five point lead into the second quarter with them. The second quarter then saw both teams settle down and start to play better offensively. Wildcats saw some balanced scoring and were able to extend their lead to 30-22 by half time.
The third quarter saw the Wildcats come out strong being led all the way by Janka Deckerova who ended as the game's top scorer. Deckerova and Woods hit huge threes in the quarter and helped Wildcats take a 16 point lead into the final period.
Manchester then stepped up their defence and made Nottingham turn the ball over a lot on the final period. It was Kate Butters who settled the Nottingham nerves by hitting 13 of her 19 points in the last period to wrap up the win.
Wildcats again had 4 players in double figure points, with Deckerova scoring 22. Joanne Claydon led Mystics with 19 while Megan Osmer was the only other Manchester player in double figures with ten.
Nottingham coach Leanne Chandler was delighted with the performance of Deckerova: 'Janka came up big for us tonight and really got us going on offense, but just as we have all season we were able to distribute our points and have a balanced scoring attack. We all knew we had a role tonight and that was to do whatever it took to get a win. Every single player had a part in this win and it's great to see how truly deep we are.'
A poor final period saw London Towers hopes of a first league victory of the season end as they went down 66-59 at home against UWIC Archers. Led by 22 Wanstall points, Towers led 22-11 at the first break, and they were still ahead 32-24 at half-time. That lead grew by one to 44-35 at the final break by it was Welsh side who finished strongly - outscoring the Londoners 31-15 in fourth quarter to collect their seventh win of the campaign.
Cripps (12) and Runciman (11) contributed for Towers, while Archers were led by Hopgood (21), Collins (19) and Wagstaff (14)


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

UVI defeats UPR Humacao -by David Edole
The University of the Virgin Islands Lady Buccaneers rebounded from a Friday night loss to UPR Carolina to defeat UPR Humacao, 60-56 in LAI (Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria). Angelina Prince had a monster game with 20 points and 20 rebounds, Tiffany Reddick added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Nicole Fleming contributed nine points, five rebounds, and four assists. The win improves the Lady Bucs record their league record to 3 wins, 2 losses, overall the Lady Bucs have 5 wins and 3 losses on the year, which includes pre-season.
On Friday, the Lady Bucs loss to their arch rival UPR Carolina 63-52 in a physical contest that saw Carolina pull away in the final frame.
UVI held a 44-43 lead heading into the 4th quarter before Carolina went on a 22-8 run to finish the game. Angelina Prince, Tiffany Reddick and Teal Hetrick continue to lead the Bucs scoring with 14, 13 and 13 points respectively. Prince also had 10 rebounds and 3 steals in the loss.

Both men's and women's teams return to action this weekend as the men take on Polytecnica University Friday evening and both teams face Metropolitan University on Saturday evening at the Sports and Fitness Center. Games start at 7 pm both nights. Saturday nights game has been designated 'Homecoming' for the Bucs!!
Admission is $ 3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday without a complimentary ticket.


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UZBEKISTAN - Women

Sevastyanova celebrated the first win with her team -by Eurobasket News
Anastasiya Sevastyanova (168-G-87) celebrated the first win with her team as Barsy Atyrau finally registered their first victory in the BWBL. In Round 13 they travelled to Latvia for a 3-game trip. The first two encounters have been played and brought the first success for Kazakh outfit.
First Barsy Atyrau faced Avantis and suffered a 52:77 loss. The teams were evenly matched in the first half with the hosts grabbing a narrow 30:26 lead at the interval. But Avantis took over after the break. They limited the visitors to 8 points in the third stanza and extended the gap to as many as 19 points. Barsy never recovered and lost the 10th straight game in the season. Anda Eibele scored 12 points to lead Avantis. Ieva Vitola contributed 10 points for the winners. Svetlana Serdukova answered with game-high 14 points for Barsy Atyrau. Ekaterina Dvorskaya had 12 points in a loss.
Barsy Atyrau remained in Riga to take on TTT/Rapa next day. Both teams were at the very bottom of the standings and BArsy Atyrau used the opportunity to record the first victory. It was a closely matched battle with neither side able to dominate. The visitors claimed a 15:14 lead after the first frame and maintained the gap further on. The third quarter became decisive as Barsy Atyrau managed to stretch the lead to 9 points heading into the fourth period and never looked back afterwards. Anastasiya Sevastyanova paced the visitors with 16 points. Ekaterina Dvorskaya notched 13 points and 7 boards, while Svetlana Serdukova added 12 points and 9 boards in a win. Diana Ozolina nailed 19 points for TTT/Rapa as they fell to 1-11 record.
In the game versus Cesis Barsy Atyrau lost 87:45. Anastasiya Sevastyanova scored 3 points as there was nothing her team could so for a win. Latvian side entered the game 7-4 record at the 5th spot, while Barsy Atyrau posted their first win just a day ago against TTT/Rapa. Cesis however did not allow Kazakh team to extend their winning streak. The teams looked pretty matched in the opening frame as Cesis held to a 20:16 lead. But the hosts took over in the second period and started to build an unassailable lead. The Latvian players outscore the visitors 25:14 in the second term and posted a 45:30 advantage at halftime. It went from bad to worse for Barsy Atyrau in the second half. Cesis tightened up their defense and Kazakhstan outfit struggled to deliver. They were limited to only 15 points after the break and suffered a stunning 45:87 loss. Jessica Moore provided game-high 21 points for Cesis. Ifeoma Okonkwo produced 15 points, while Willnett Crockett added 13 points and 5 boards for the winners. Ekaterina Dvorskaya answered with 14 points and 7 boards for Barsy Atyrau. Svetlana Serdukova notched 9 points in a loss. Cesis dominated the boards 37:24 and forced the visiting side to as many as 26 turnovers. Latvian team also converted 56% from the field.
Tonight Tallinn became the unwelcoming place for Barsy Atyrau as the team lost to TLU/VOLTA in the latest game of Baltic League. Estonian team easily won the game 111:47. The score could be even bigger, but the team from Kazakhstan reduced due to 11:17 in the last period. Ashley Wallace led the winners with 27 points. Jana Rannaveski nailed 19, while Katrin Olmari posted 14. Krosovskaja produced 14 points in the losing clause.
Even though both teams stay on the bottom TLU/VOLTA desired to prove the masterclass. Estonian team started with 37:8 and shocked the guests from Kazakhstan. Most troubles the visitors saw from Ashley Wallace that shone in the court. With even better defense in the second quarter the hosts produced 29:5 and made the score inappropriate at that time. Both squads disappeared in the lockers with 66:13 for the Estonian team. A 34:17 in the third saw 100 points status in the end of the third quarter. In order to relax the team did not try hard in the last quarter and Barsy Atyrau could take 11:17 advantage. Anastasiya Sevastyanova posted 13 points for her team.