EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/2/2008

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ABA

New Manchester Signees -by Jay

February 1, 2008 Manchester, New Hampshire: The Manchester Millrats have made several key roster moves in the last few weeks.

The new additions are:

Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Drake)
A lightening fast point guard who began this ABA season on the Corning Bulldogs, Stewart has been impressive as a Manchester starter. Filling in admirably for the departed Ismael Caro, Stewart is 4-0 as a starter and has posted averages of 17.3 points and 8.0 assists per game.
In college, he was known as the quickest player to ever come through Drake University.

Charles Mason (6'8''-F-75, college: Bunker Hill)
Mason is a veteran of pro basketball with unlimited shooting range. He combines deep shooting with athleticism, which makes him a tough cover. In 6 games with the Millrats, he has averaged 13.3 points per game to go with 8.8 rebounds.
A final cut of the Denver Nuggets free agent camp in 2004, Mason has also played in Romania, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Ireland, and France.

Richmond Pittman (6'6''-F-83, college: Cent.Conn.St.)
Pittman was a starting forward on the Cape Cod Frenzy (ABA) last season before departing in January of '06 for Germany. Thru 18 games with the Frenzy, Pittman averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
In Germany, Pittman averaged 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for FC Schalke in the second division Bundesliga.

Ronald Wright (6'10'-C-80, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Daemen)
Wright, the second member of the folded Corning Bulldogs to sign with the Millrats, is a quick and athletic power forward who provides shot blocking and solid outside shooting. He is also quick nimble for his height and position, and is able to beat opponents down the court in transition.


Courtesy of manchestermillrats.com



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AUSTRALIA

Shane Heal steps down as the South Dragons head coach -by Eurobasket News
Playing-coach Shane Heal (182-G-70) decided to leave the Melbourne South Dragons. His decision was effective immediately after announcement. Shane Heal spent two years with the South Dragons but this season turned out to be rather disappointing with the franchise. The South Dragons are now 4-22 record at the bottom of the ladder. The South Dragons' assistant coach Guy Molloy will replace Shane Heal for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile the league action continued with two games yesterday. The Townsville Crocodiles drove to a difficult 111:104 win over the West Sydney Razorbacks at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. The victory allowed the Crocodiles to clear off at the distance of two wins from the eighth-ranked Cairns Taipans. The visitors led by 10 points at the interval and surviving some close calls late in the game sealed an important win at the end. John Rillie (195-G-71, college: Gonzaga) topscored with 26 points for the Crocodiles. Galen Young (201-F/G-75, college: Charlotte) scored 16, while Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) added 15 points for the winners. Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) answered with 18 points for the Razorbacks. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) registered 16 points as West Sydney fell to 10-17 record beyond the Top 8.
The New Zealand Breakers secured a minimum distance on the Crocodiles with a 93:83 home win over the Perth Wildcats. The Wildcats were dangerous at the start and soon piled up a 29:12 lead after the opening frame. Perth were comfortably up by 17 points at halftime but blew off their massive lead in the second half. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) completed his 30-point haul, while Mika Vukona (197-F-82) was outstanding with 18 points and 16 boards as the Breakers shifted the gear and proved the strength after the break. Sean Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) finished with 22 points for Perth. The Breakers improved to 14-12 record and take on the South Dragons on Saturday. Perth fell to 15-11 record and would host the Sydney Kings.


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BAHRAIN

Nuwaidrat defeats rival Sitra -by Walter Neto
Last night at Um Al Hassam Gym, Nuwaidrat played the second match that kicked off at 7.30pm. This was the long awaited derby clash between rivals Sitra and Nuwaidrat, and saw the latter win by a tight 72-69. The match was of special importance for Sitra, as it would have put them on their way to qualifying for the semi-finals.
The teams had clashed three times so far this season, with Sitra winning every single match. But Nuwaidrat gained their vengeance on their typical rivals by winning last night.
Nuwaidrat started the match well, ending the first quarter in their favour 24-22. But Sitra hit back in the second quarter to win it 15-10, taking the scores to 37-34 at half time.
Nuwaidrat returned to the game, managing to finish the third quarter with four more baskets than their opponents, moving the scores onto 54-53. And they retained their dominance into the 4th quarter backed by strong performance of US import player, Wayne Houston.


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BELGIUM

Leuven News -by Peter Buyse


Two players arrived in Leuven today for a tryout of about 3 weeks. Sally Tyrone (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia) and Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) however will not be playing for Leuven this weekend, the earliest they can play is the game vs Gent next weekend.
Anthony Dill played in Holland for Rotterdam the past 2 seasons with averages of 16.7 ppg and 8.5 rpg the past season.
This season he had a tryout in Kormend and was on the roster of Falke Nurnberg between October and November.


Sally started the present season in Korea where he played for Seoul Samsung Thunder.

He left the team in November 2007. Played the 06-07 season in the ABA and the NBA's D-League for the Arkansas Rimrockers.

Averaged 9.3ppg and 3.8 rpg for Arkansas (39g).



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BELIZE

The U-26 Basketball Tournament Began With A Blow Out!!! -by David Magana
The U-26 Basketball Tournament started this past Monday at the Civic Center in Belize City featuring in game 1 the defending champs Lake I going against Buttonwood Bay. The champs proved to be too much of a team for the Buttonwood Bay squad as they whipped them by a score of 94-30. For the champs, Ashton Edwards finished with 25 pts, 5 rebounds, 4 assistsand 2 steals while Eden Serano (191-F) with 13 pts, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. For the Losing Buttonwood - Chaka X ended up with 7 pts and 4 rebounds and Dave Apolonio with 6 pts.
In the second match of the night, The Future led by high school sensation Winston Pratt squared off against Belmopan Young Guns. The game was very exiting and close with The Future ending up winning in a tight game of 3 pts. The game ended 58-55 in favor of the City team (The Future). Winston Pratt had a game high of 25 pts, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals while Leroy Louriano had 8 pts. In a losing effort for Young Guns, Jay Chavarria (191-F) added 24 pts and 9 rebounds and Denver Gillett 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 1 block.
The last game featured the Mesopotamia Guardian Bombers going against Complex Bombers. The night was full of hoop bombs as both Bombers fought a bitter battle and in the end it was the Mesopotamia team who came out victorious by a score of 60-53. For the winning team, Egbert Walford scored 17 pts and Bernard Felix 16 pts. The losing team was led by Ronold 'Rifleman' Rivers with 17 pts (3-3's) and Devon Defour - 13 pts.


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BRAZIL

Euroleague Brasil: Garcia, Batista, and Prestes in the Round of 16 -by Gustavo Cardoso

Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances), J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga), and Paulo Prestes (210-C-88) will have the chance of playing in the Round of 16 of the Euroleague. Of all the Brazilians playing this season in the league only Guilherme Giovanonni won't see any more action - his team, Bologna, didn't qualify to the next round.

Alex Garcia came off the bench for Maccabi on its win over Aris, yesterday in Greece (94-101). The Brazilian guard played for over 21 minutes, scored 6 points, had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. With the result Maccabi finished the regular season in second place among Group B teams and qualified to the next round.

Garcia finished the regular season averaging 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. His top performance took place a few weeks ago against Milano when he nailed 2 three pointers and finished the game with 14 points.

JP Batista's Lietuvos Rytas has also qualified to the second round of Euroleague play, but in first place of Group B. On yesterday's game against Cibona, the Lithuanian squad won its 11th game beating the home team by the score of 86 to 79. Batista played for less than 3 minutes scoring only 2 points.

The Brazilian has suffered from injuries this season and also from the competitiveness inside his squad (forwards Eidson, Bajramovic, Nielsen, and Petravicius are the top choices for Coach Trifunovic). Lietuvos has become one of the powerhouses in European hoops this season. Batista currently averages 3.4 points, and 1.5 rebounds per game in the Euroleague.

Unicaja, of Paulo Prestes, also qualified to the second round, in third place of Group B. Yesterday night the Spanish team beat Efes Pilsen at home by the score of 87 to 77. Paulao didn't play, but the main man for Coach Sergio Scariolo was also a big guy. Marcus Haislip, a former Milwaukee Bucks forward, now in Malaga, finished with 23 points.


As for the writer that types you these words, he will be off, as most Brazilians, for the next few days. This is, after all (or should I say before anything else), the land of Carnaval!



Pitagoras /Minas won over Universo /BRB in overtime in Nacional Masculino 2008.- -by Ed Goodman
Pitagoras / Minas playing another game with overtime won over Universo 101-98. in a very disputed overtime. The 1st half Universo open a big lead over Pitagoras of 53-38 but they returned in the 2nd half winning the 3rd and 4th quarter ending with a draw of 86-86 and then the overtime 15-12. Soro and Arthur were the best scorers with 27 Pts. for each team.

FTC EAD obtained 1st victory in National Masculino over Pitagoras Minas.- -by Ed Goodman
FTC EAD of Salvador de BAHIA won over Pitagoras MInas 86-83 in over time. The regular time ended 74-74 Roberto with 20 Pts. and 15 Rebs. and Newsome 18 Pts. 9 Rebs. were the best scorers by the winners Joel Munoz also helped in the win with 8 Pts. and 13 Assists. by Pitagoras Johnson with 33 Pts was the best.

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CAMEROON

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

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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CANADA

Canada will play in Group C of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament -by Eurobasket News
Canada settled down in Group C of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men that will be played in Athens from 14th to 20th July this year. The twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. Group A will consist of Brazil, Greece and Lebanon. Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand made up Group B, while Canada, Korea and Slovenia will play in Group C. Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico were sent to Group D. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008. Canada starts the campaign against Slovenia on July 15th.
Canada coach Leo Rautins said that Steve Nash (190-G-74, college: Santa Clara) has not ruled out playing for the national team this summer.
The NBA All-Star Balloting program has selected the starting fives for the upcoming All-Star Game in New Orleans. Steve Nash will play in the All Star game for sure, but will not start in the first five. Kevin Garnett appeared to be leading the poll. The Boston Celtics' forward will take part in his 11th All-Star weekend, which is the second best result among active players, three shy of Shaquille O'Neal's record of 14. Garnett also received the All-Star Game MVP award in 2003. The hosing New Orleans Hornets will delegate two of their players for the Western All-Stars. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) were chosen to fill in for the West team reserves. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) will represent the Phoenix Suns at the event. The West team will also comprise Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) of the Dallas Mavericks and Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) of the Trailblazers. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) of the Utah Jazz was also granted an appearance.

The second result was acquired by LeBron James. The 2006 All-Star MVP will play in the All-Star show for the firs time in his career. Meanwhile Dwight Howard who finished in the third spot in voting will enjoy his first-ever All-Star game appearance as a starter. Kobe Bryant finished with the fourth-best number of votes and will enter the court as All-Star Game starting guard for the 10th time. Carmelo Anthony will also make his first career All-Star Game start. Dwyane Wade and Jason Kidd will complete the Eastern All-Star starting five. The West will comprise also of Ming Yao who will make to the starting squad for the sixth consecutive season. Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson, who account for the 10th and 9th straight appearances respectively. The East will be guided by Doc Rivers . The West coach is yet to be determined. The coaches will have to opt for 7 reserves each to complete the All-Star team rosters.
Last night in NBA Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists as his Phoenix lost to San Antonio 81:84.

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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CAPE VERDE

Results of the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men -by Pedro Gomes
GENEVA/ATHENS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament) - FIBA, in cooperation with the Hellenic Basketball Federation, hosted today in Athens the draw for the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men.

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men will be played in Athens (Greece), in the 18.000 OAKA Sports Arena, located in Maroussi, from 14th to 20th July 2008.

The following nine teams have already booked their tickets for the Olympic Basketball Tournament for Men that will take place in Beijing, China, from 10th to 24th August 2008: Angola (African Champion), Argentina (Americas runner-up), Australia (Oceanian Champion), China (host), Iran (Asian Champion), Lithuania (European Bronze medallist), Russia (European Champion), Spain (World Champion) and USA (Champion of the Americas).

The remaining three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be decided in this 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will feature the following participants: Cameroon and Cape Verde (Africa), Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada (Americas), Lebanon and Korea (Asia), Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Slovenia (Europe) and New Zealand (Oceania).

Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.

1. Composition of groups:

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


2. Preliminary Round:

14th July 2008:

Game A1: Greece vs. Lebanon
Game B1: New Zealand vs. Cape Verde
Game C1: Korea vs. Slovenia
Game D1: Croatia vs. Cameroon

15th July 2008:

Game A2: Lebanon vs. Brazil
Game B2: Cape Verde vs. Germany
Game C2: Slovenia vs. Canada
Game D2: Cameroon vs. Puerto Rico

16th July 2008:

Game A3: Brazil vs. Greece
Game B3: Germany vs. New Zealand
Game C3: Canada vs. Korea
Game D3: Puerto Rico vs. Croatia

The teams placed 1st and 2nd in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals; the teams placed 3rd in each group will be eliminated and may return home. The games of the Preliminary Round and the Quarter-Finals will be played at 13:00 hours, 15:30 hours, 19:30 hours and 22:00 hours. The exact order of games will be fixed in March.

17th July 2008: Rest Day

3. Quarter-Finals:

18th July 2008:

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

The games of the Quarter-Finals will be played at 13:00 hours, 15:30 hours, 19:30 hours and 22:00 hours.

4. Semi-Finals:

19th July 2008:

Game 17: Winner 13 vs. Winner 15
Game 18: Winner 14 vs. Winner 16

The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the 3rd place (Game 19 below) for one remaining Olympic spot. The Semi-Final games will be played at 19:00 hours and 21:30 hours.


5. Finals:

20th July 2008:

Game 19 (20:00 hours): Loser 17 vs. Loser 18

The winner will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

www.fiba.com


Cape Verde given hard draw in Greece -by Pedro Gomes

Cape Verde will face a monumental task of reaching the Beijing Games following the draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens on Thursday.

With 12 teams competing for three places still up for grabs for China, only the two sides that reach the final and the team that wins the third place game will advance to Beijing.

The Cape Verdeans were drawn into a particularly hard pool, landing in Group B with Germany and New Zealand.

Germany is one of the true powerhouses in the world game. They finished well in the last world championships. Cape Verde should try to finish 2nd in order to at least advance to the Quarter-Finals, their first game is against New Zealand, which is a game that the Cape Verdeans may have a chance to win.

The Cape Verde National team, will be, for the first time ever, in a preliminary round to qualify for an olympic game, thanks to their heroic effort, finishing third at the FIBA African Championships, held in Angola 2007.






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CHINA

LIAONING AND GUANDONG FOR CBA FINALS!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu
Liaoning Panpan Tigers this evening beat Jiangsu Dragons 109-74 to set up what will be an exciting championship series against Guandong Southern Tigers. In a game which Lioaning made their intentions clear right from the tip-off,Jiangsu couldnt control the rampaging Liaoning team,which came out with perfectly executed offensive sets and smothered Jiangsu with their hard nosed defence. Scores at the half were 53-38 in favour of Liaoning. After the break,Jiangsu,realising that this was the end of the road for them didnt put in any energy at all as Liaoning led by Bian Qiang (192-G-79) turned up the heat and took a 86-61 lead at the end of the third quarter thus sealing victory for them. Bian Qiang led scoring with 24pts and Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) who had a big night added 23pts and grabbed 10 boards. Liu Xiangtao (202-F/C-80) and Zhang Qingpeng (189-G-85) added 20 and 12pts each. For Jiangsu,Tang Zhengdong (213-C-84) led scoring with 21pts and had 9rebs while Yang Li (195-F/G-85) and John Smith scored 18 and 14pts respectively.
Finals will start after the Chinese new year break which begins on february 6th.


Liaoning Defeats Jiangsu to Make Finals -by Arthur Volbert
Liaoning earned the right to face Guangdong in the CBA championship series with a 109-74 trouncing of Jiangsu. Liaoning won the series 3 games to 1. Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) led the way tonight with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes, outplaying Jiangsu's Tang Zhengdong. Oyedeji starred for Beijing during the regular season and was added to Liaoning just for the playoffs, replacing Patrick Simpson who played for Liaoning both on this year's regular season team and last year's team. The other import is Jamal Sampson, who joined Liaoning at the end of the regular season to replace Ernest Brown. Sampson had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. So this is not the same Liaoning team that finished fourth in the regular season with a 19-11 record. Longtime veteran Bian Qiang led Liaoning in scoring today with 24 points. Another longtime veteran, Liu Xiangtao, added 20. Liaoning led 28-23 after one quarter but extended its lead to 53-38 at the half. Jiangsu appeared to give up in the second half, being outscored 56-36.

Tang Zhengdong led Jiangsu with 21 points and 9 rebounds. But Hu Xuefeng had an awful night with 9 points on 3 of 15 shooting, including only 1 of 10 three point shots. Jiangsu hit only 2 of 20 shots from behind the arc compared to 6 of 17 from Liaoning. Jiangsu hit only 16 of 25 free throws compared to 23 of 27 for Liaoning. Liaoning hit 34 of 58 two-point shots while Jiangsu only hit 26 of 60. Aside from Tang, only Yang Li had a decent game with 18 points and 6 rebounds, but even he missed all 4 three-point shots he attempted. Jon Smith, another import added just for the playoffs, had 14 points and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes but he was not nearly as good as Liaoning's imports. Regular-season import Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 2 points in 10 minutes, hitting 1 of 5 shots. So Liaoning's imports had 31 points and 17 rebounds compared to 16 points and 12 rebounds for Jiangsu's.

Liaoning and Guangdong will begin their final series on Wednesday, February 13. The schedule appears below.

Wednesday 2008-02-13 19:30 Liaoning at Guangdong
Friday--- 2008-02-15 19:30 Liaoning at Guangdong
Sunday--- 2008-02-17 19:30 Guangdong at Liaoning
Wednesday 2008-02-20 19:30 Guangdong at Liaoning
Friday--- 2008-02-22 19:30 Liaoning at Guangdong
Sunday--- 2008-02-24 19:30 Guangdong at Liaoning
Wednesday 2008-02-27 19:30 Liaoning at Guangdong

Liaoning 28 25 33 23 109
Jiangsu- 23 15 23 13 74

Liaoning 109
Bian Qiang 24p+1r+1a+3s, Liu Xiangtao 20p+4r+1a, Yang Ming 7p+2r+3a+3s, Li Xiaoxu 8p+6r+4a+1s+1bl+5to, Oyedeji Olumide 23p+10r+4a+1s+1bl, Jamal Sampson 8p+7r+1a, Gu Liye 2p+7r+1s+1bl, Zhang Qingpeng 12p+2r+1a+1s
Jiangsu 74
Tang Zhengdong 21p+9r+2a+6to, Hu Xuefeng 9p(3/15)+5r+1a+2s+2to, Yi Li 3p(0/5)+3r+1a, Yang Li 18p+6r+3a+3s, Ryan Forehan-Kelly 2p+5r, Jon Smith 14p+7r+1a+1bl+5to, Meng Da 7p+1r+1s


Liao ning and Giuang Dong meet in Finals -by Robert Wang
Liao ning beat Jiang su at 109:74. Jiang su made a big lost and Liao Ning will meet Guang dong at finals. This is the fist time that Liao Ning go to finals since 7 years ago.Bian Qiang got 24 points, 3-points at 4/7. Liu Xiang tao got 20 points. Oyedeji Olumide got 23 points and 10 rebounds. It seemed that Oyedeji Olumide really helped Liao Ning so much since he arrived Liao Ning for gthe rest of season. His shape is much better than he was in Bei jing team this year. Bei Jing team even said that if he was in good shape like he is currently, then Bei jing team would go further. good luck Oyedeji
Olumide!



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CROATIA

Cibona finishes Euroleague campaign -by Eurobasket News
Cibona-Lietuvos Rytas 79:86(23-17, 23-20, 15-27, 18-22)

Cibona finished Euroleague campaign sixth in Group B with 4-10 record. In the last game of the group Croatian team lost to Lietuvos Rytas that became the Group B champion. Rytas finished Group B ahead with a 11-3 record upsetting Cibona 79:86. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 19 points. Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) netted 16 points, while Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 13. Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina) finished the game with 18 points for the hosts.
The last game is always a show for the spectators and many of them just come to support their team. Thanks to that Cibiona spurted with 8-0 run in the opening tip of the game. Vedran Princ buried a three-pointer for a 18:5 Cibona lead, but Rytas reduced to 23:17.
The top-scorer Tre Kelley stroke from downtown to make it 37:22 in the second. At that time it was a moment to think that Croatian squad played better that the champion of the group. Slezas however kept shining with his three-pointers to get the guests within single digits at halftime.
In the third quarter Sam Hoskin restored a 50:40 Cibona margin. Right after that the guests answered with 0-11 run. Jomantas kept Rytas ahead with 61:64 before the final quarter. In the last period Cibona recovered well and took 71:66 lead. Price gave his team 77:80 with a bit more than a minute to play. Rytas then never looked behind and reached 11-3 record to win the group.

Cibona:Tre Kelley 18 points, Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) 15, Barisa Krasic 13, Marin Rozic 12
Lietuvos Rytas:Kenan Bajramovic 19 points, Hollis Price 16 points, Chuck Eidson 13, Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) 11, Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) 11


National team of Croatia was sent to Group D -by Eurobasket News
Croatia will play in Group D of Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men that will be played in Athens from 14th to 20th July this year. The twelve teams will struggle for three men's berths for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were divided into four groups with 3 teams in each. Group A will consist of Brazil, Greece and Lebanon. Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand made up Group B, while Canada, Korea and Slovenia will play in Group C. Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico were sent to Group D. The teams placed first and second in each group will advance to the Quarter-Finals.
The two winners of the Semi-Finals will qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two losers will play in the Finals the game for the third place for one remaining Olympic spot. The Final is scheduled for 20th July 2008. Croatia will start the campaign against Camerron on July 14th.
Meanwhile Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) and his Zlagiris were unable to overcome Tau on the road in the final round of Euroleague regular season. It means Lithuanian team completed the action at 8-6 record in the 4th spot in Group A. Tau clinched the third place with a 9-5 record. With both teams having their Top 16 birth guaranteed the things were not forced early in the game. Zalgiris used two long bombs from De Juan Collins and Paulius Jankunas to enjoy a 10:3 lead early in the game. Tau continued to stay sloppy both offensively and defensively and did not rush things. Neven Spahija called for timeout but it never helped as Paulius Jankunas and Michael Bradley allowed the visitors to gain a 24:11 lead late in the starting stanza. However Zoran Planinic scored a trey and Splitter hit a jumper as Spanish team cut the gap to 8 points after 10 minutes. Tau toiled on their way back in the second quarter with Igor Rakocevic and Mirza Teletovic sinking important buckets. The hosts fueled a 13:0 rally midway through the frame to step in front 37:33. Tau kept Zalgiris scoreless for about 5 minutes before Marcus Brown hit a trey and Zalgiris trailed by 5 points at the end of the first half. Now it was Zalgiris turn to fall into some kind of offensive slumber as they continued to miss open shots and Tau reached a 9-point advantage early in the third frame. Spanish side kept a firm hold of the lead and finished the third stanza with an 8-point cushion. The fourth term brought another scoring draught for Zalgiris as they unable to post a single point for 5 minutes and fell too far away from Tau to hope for a positive result. Marko Popovic ended up with 7 points and 3 rebounds.
Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) netted 4 points making 4/4 free throws for the defending champions of Euroleague. Real Madrid however won overtime thriller against Panathinaikos 95:87 and become a top-seeded team in the Top 16. Madrid improved to 11-3 and finished second the Group C. Louis Bullock led the winners with 22 points. Raul Lopez and Lazaros Papadopoulos each added 14, while Vassilis Spanoulis led Panathinaikos with 22 points.

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


Market news! -by Dani Erceg
Bozo Barac (208-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances) left Dubrava and signed for Bulgarian team Spartak Pleven. He played 10 games in A1 League and averaged 10.2ppg and 4.2rpg. His new team is currently on 5th place in Bulgarian A1 League.

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CUBA

LSB Games- Scoreboard. Silvestre 33pts vs Villa Clara -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB-Time in Cuba. Allens Jemmott, 26.0 ppg in 2 games, is always the best scorer of the Cuban League. To mention also a great Geoffrey Silvestre who played an incredible game against Villa Clara (+32 for Ciego de Avila) with 33 pts.
These are the scoreboards:
Capitalinos- Santiago de Cuba= 93-88 (C= Torres 15, Garcia 12, Lavastida 12; S= Martinez 25, Del Toro 20)
Villa Clara- Ciego de Avila= 61-93 (VC= Rodriguez A. 22, Carta 10; CAV= Silvestre 33, Pausa 1o, Jova 10)
Matanzas- Camaguey= 88-80 (M= Jemmott 26, Norona 16, Torriente 16; C= Batista 26, Polas 18)
Guantanamo- Metropolitanos= 86-76 (G= Simon 20, Masso 19, Soria 12; M= Borlot 10, Richarson 10)
Capitalinos- Santiago de Cuba= 121-78 (C= Torres 18, Alvarez 16, Garcia 16; S= Del Toro 19, Caballero 13)
Camaguey- Ciego de Avila= 85-75 (C= Polas 27, Jaca 18, Batista 13; CAV= Silvestre 18, Luis 17)
Matanzas- Villa Clara= 85-79 (M= Jemmott 26, Norona 23, Torriente 15; VC= Boffill 26, Rodriguez A. 21)
Capitalinos- Guantanamo= 78-66 (C= Lima 14, Alvarez 13, Torres 12; G= Elias 30, Masso 10)
Metropolitanos- Santiago de Cuba= 102-99 (M= Muniz 21, Borlot 20, Cairo 14; S= Martinez 26, Echevarria 23)
A. Fontana


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CYPRUS

Market news -by Chris Mammides

Intercollege Etha Engomis agreed terms with the Serbian power forward Bojan Vukadinovic (205-F-78) and the Serbian veteran center Aleksandar Gilic (207-C-69). Vukadinovic spent the last season in Bulgaria where he played for Balkan Botevgrad averaging 13.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG in 26 games, while Gilic was playing in the Bosnian Igokea In the mean time Damjan Kandic and the engomis team split ways.

Aspis Apoel split ways with the American super scorer Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron) after only one month in the team. The Nicosia team agreed terms with Michael Mike Jones (196-G-84, college: Maryland) and is very close to sign a bosman center to replace Dusan Jelic's empty spot

Keravnos Strovolou and the Croat Domagoj Vidakovic (195-G-80) split ways.



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EBA

EBA action this weekend -by Justin Moore
In the Battle of Two new teams to the EBA this past weekend The Alexandria Avengers Blew past The Camden Pride 123-105 in front of a packed House with 8players scoring in double Figures led by Highflying Brian Carter(6'6-F,College:Catawba)18pts,10rebs on 3 thunder Dunks,Steven Miles(6'2-G,College:American)15ptson3threepointers,EricHerring(6'5-SF,College:GeorgeMason)14pts,7rebs,CarlosJones(6'2-G,College:Mountain.st)13pts,Tyree Harris(6'1-G,College:Pfeiffer)13pts,6 rebs, Brian Polk (6'4''-G-81, college: Temple)(6'5-F,College:Temple)11pts,6rebs, Daryl Owens(6'2-G,College Nova cc)11pts,and battled for 8rebs,Corin Turner(5'10-G,College: Va Union)10pts 4assist,Justin Moore(5'9-G,Agency:JAHSports,College:St.Augustine)Contributed 5ssist,5rebs,3steals, Camden was led by Donald Polk's(6'4-SF,College:Stockton.st)36pts.

The Defending Champs Harrisburg Horizon Stayed perfect rolling over the Philadelphia Power 139-109 thanks to Demone Maxwell's(6'2-G,College:Iowa Western Jc)25pts,Radee Skipworth (6'6''-F, agency: Court Side, college: VMI)(6'6-F,College:VMI)23pts,5rebs and MicahDavenport(6'7-F,College:Millersville)18pts,5rebs The Power was led by Quinton Askew's 34pts and James Cappel's 22pts,5rebs,6stls.

The Delaware Destroyers continued to roll defeating The New Jersey Starting Five 115-110 in Delaware behide the high scoring duo Sherman Brittingham(6'5-SF,College:Cali U of PA)35pts,11rebs,3blks,2steals, and Ronald Fields(6'3-G,College:Neuman College)29pts,8rebs also George Johnson(5'11-G,College:CCP)Contributed 15pts,5rebs. In Other EBA Action The North Jersey Lakers ran all over The Wilks-Barre Barons 125-74


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EUROLEAGUE

Panagiotis Giannakis in Olympiakos! -by Chris Mammides

According to most of the Greek Sports newspapers and most of the sports sites, the Head coach of the Greek National Team Panagiotis Giannakis is the new Head Coach of Olympiakos replacing the Israeli Head Coach Pini Gershon . Giannakis will remain in the Hellenic National team too as he already spoke to Mr. Vassilakopoulos confirming him about the new situation. According to the same sources, Panagiotis Giannakis will keep the two out of the three assistant coaches as Giannis Sferopoulos and Chris Marmarinos will remain in the Red team. Furthermore, there will be some changes in tehe rosters as there is a small possibility that Greer will not remain with the Reds.

It is more than obvious that these news are changing totally the overall picture of the Greek league as the psychology and the passion of the Greek head coach will be transmitted to the red players.


In some other news Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) agred terms with Panellinios



Partizan Igokea seals Top 16 beating Ulker in Istanbul -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea revenged defeat against Fenerbahce Ulker in Belgrade. They beat Fener in Turkey 91-86 and proved that spot in Euroleague TOP 16 is not a coincidence. After a well played first quarter by the hosts Partizan made a 16-0 run and at the halfway of the second period they had 5 point lead. Partizan totally out rebounded their rivals in the first half as they had 23 rebounds matched with only 10 by Fener. The visitors went into the last quarter with a 67-65 deficit but very soon they intensified defense to take a 12 point lead, which was unreachable for the hosts until the end.
Like usual center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the central figure of the game, registering a double-double. He collected 20 points and 10 rebounds while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) also shined with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Fenerbahce got 22 points and 6 assists from Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson).

The Black and white team finished Euroleague regular season on the very good 5th place in group C. They had the same score like Fenerbahce and Lottomatica Roma 6-8.

Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic couldn't hide emotions after the game saying that his team finished Euroleague regular season in style. Vujosevic stated he is very glad because Partizan qualified for the TOP 16 from 5th place and not like the best 6-ranked team.

Draw for the Euroleague second stage will be held on 4th February in Madrid. Partizan is placed into the last 'hat' and it is sure they won't meet Aris, Olympiakos and Lottomatica Roma.


Fenerbahce Ulker - Partizan Igokea 86-91
(27-18,12-27,26-22,21-24)

Fenerbahce Ulker:
Solomon 22 (6 as), Onan 15, Asik 13 (9 rebs), Basak 12 (4 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 20 (10 rebs), Tepic 17 (5 rebs, 4 as), Kecman 14 (5 rebs), Palacio 10 (9 as)


The end of the regular season. Top-16 is approaching -by Eurobasket News

The regular season is over and the best 16 teams will find out their opponents soon in Top 16 campaign. Madrid will host the Draw of Top 16 on Monday, February 4, at the Real Casa de Correos in the famous Puerta del Sol.
CSKA ended their Euroealgue regular season campaign with yet another confident victory. The Russian favorites overwhelmed Italian La Fortezza to complete a 12-2 record on top of Group A. La Fortezza on the contrary suffered 12th defeat and completed the action at the bottom of the group. The crowd in Bologna warmly welcomes the local native Ettore Messina . He however was not about to give away presents for La Fortezza. CSKA silenced the fans with a stunning 19:3 lead early in the game. The visitors extended the gap to 24:5 after the opening stanza. Moscow team continued to stroll in the second quarter as Marcus Goree and Nikos Zisis ensured a 35:8 advantage. Finally La Fortezza remembered about the hosts' status and ignited a 12:3 run to trim the gap to 18 points. Alexey Shved hit a three-pointer and Artem Zabelin dunked the ball to cap the first half with CSKA leading by 27 points.
Messina rotated the squad allowing his young reserves to get more playing practice. They stood up for the challenge and kept the home team at a safe distance. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) hit a trey and Fabio Di Bella added a couple of jumpers to see the gap cut to 23 points. Nikita Kurbanov and Trajan Langdon quickly responded with an offensive outburst to build a 24-point margin heading into the fourth period. Kashirov and Siskauskas widened the margin to 30 points at the start of the fourth period and the game simply flew to an obvious result. David Andersen scored 15 points for CSKA. Nikos Zisis and Marcus Goree secured 12 points apiece for the winners. Dewarick Spencer answered with 20 points for La Fortezza. Alan Anderson notched 19 points in defeat.
Tau beat Zalgiris 84:66 to clinch the third place with a 9-5 record. With both teams having their Top 16 birth guaranteed the things were not forced early in the game. Zalgiris used two long bombs from De Juan Collins and Paulius Jankunas to enjoy a 10:3 lead early in the game. Tau continued to stay sloppy both offensively and defensively and did not rush things. Neven Spahija called for timeout but it never helped as Paulius Jankunas and Michael Bradley allowed the visitors to gain a 24:11 lead late in the starting stanza. However Zoran Planinic scored a trey and Splitter hit a jumper as Spanish team cut the gap to 8 points after 10 minutes. Tau toiled on their way back in the second quarter with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Mirza Teletovic sinking important buckets. The hosts fueled a 13:0 rally midway through the frame to step in front 37:33. Tau kept Zalgiris scoreless for about 5 minutes before Marcus Brown hit a trey and Zalgiris trailed by 5 points at the end of the first half. Now it was Zalgiris turn to fall into some kind of offensive slumber as they continued to miss open shots and Tau reached a 9-point advantage early in the third frame. Spanish side kept a firm hold of the lead and finished the third stanza with an 8-point cushion. The fourth term brought another scoring draught for Zalgiris as they unable to post a single point for 5 minutes and fell too far away from Tau to hope for a positive result.
Tau were led by Tiago Splitter with 23 points. Igor Rakocevic dropped 20 points, while Mirza Teletovic had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jonas Maciulis accounted for 17 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas had 12 points in a losing effort.
Montepaschi Siena had a big road win over Olympiacos 73:80. The victory sealed second place in Group A for Montepaschi, which finished the regular season with a 10-4 record. Meanwhile Olympiacos finishes the regular season on a three-game losing streak, which dropped their record to 7-7.
Prokom won over Union Olimpija 79:68 at home as both teams finished Group A tied for the sixth place with a 4-10 record and out of the Top 16. Milan Gurovic paced the winners with 22 points, 7 rebounds. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 16 points for Olimpija while Boris Gorenc added 10.


Cibona finished Euroleague campaign sixth in Group B with 4-10 record. In the last game of the group Croatian team lost to Lietuvos Rytas that became the Group B champion. Rytas finished Group B ahead with a 11-3 record upsetting Cibona 79:86. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 19 points. Hollis Price netted 16 points, while Chuck Eidson chipped in 13. Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina) finished the game with 18 points for the hosts. The last game is always a show for the spectators and many of them just come to support their team. Thanks to that Cibiona spurted with 8-0 run in the opening tip of the game. Vedran Princ buried a three-pointer for a 18:5 Cibona lead, but Rytas reduced to 23:17. The top-scorer Tre Kelley stroke from downtown to make it 37:22 in the second. At that time it was a moment to think that Croatian squad played better that the champion of the group. Slezas however kept shining with his three-pointers to get the guests within single digits at halftime. In the third quarter Sam Hoskin restored a 50:40 Cibona margin. Right after that the guests answered with 0-11 run. Jomantas kept Rytas ahead with 61:64 before the final quarter. In the last period Cibona recovered well and took 71:66 lead. Price gave his team 77:80 with a bit more than a minute to play. Rytas then never looked behind and reached 11-3 record to win the group.
Maccabi Tel Aviv clinches second place in Group B. An overtime thriller in Greece saw 94:101 road win over Aris TT Bank. Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, college: Iowa St.) was unstoppable with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Terence Morris supported him with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Esteban Batista scored 12 points. Jeremiah Massey produced 22 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. The Israeli champs finished the regular season with an 11-3 record. Aris fell to 7-7 and finished fifth in Group B. The opening quarter was the most offensive in the game as the spectators saw 51 points from both squads. The hosts were managed to take 27:24 lead thanks to Bracey Wright and Massey hit shots. In the second quarter it was Esteban Batista who kept Maccabi in front, 38:41. Sharp beat the halftime buzzer to let his team enter the locker rooms one step ahead of the hosts 43:45. With another 17:20 in the third the guests had 5 points before the final stanza. Castle fixed the final outcome of the quarter with a pair of free throws. In the end of the fourth Marcus Fizer kept his team ahead 80:84. Massey send the game into an extra period with a tip-in, 86:86. In overtime Maccabi proved the superiority being one of the top teams in the group. A 8:15 in it was a good proof for the 11th win.
Unicaja won over Efes Pilsen 87:77 to finish third in the group. With the victory, Unicaja finishes the regular season with 10-4 record, the best among the third placed teams in the competition. Marcus Haislip led Unicaja with a season-high 23 points, Carlos Cabezas added 14 and Boniface NDong had 11.
Le Mans outgunned Armani Jeans Milano 63:83 on the road in Group B. Luka Bogdanovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for Le Mans with 17 points, while Phil Ricci added 16. Stefano Gentile and Dusan Vukcevic chipped in 12 points each for Milano.

Real Madrid won overtime thriller against Euroleague defending champion Panathinaikos 95:87 and become a top-seeded team in the Top 16. Madrid improved to 11-3 and finished second the Group C. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) led the winners with 22 points. Raul Lopez and Lazaros Papadopoulos each added 14, while Vassilis Spanoulis led Panathinaikos with 22 points.
Barcelona beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 65:69 on the road to improve to 9-5 in Group C. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) top-scored with 15 points, while Jordi Trias collected 9 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Darren Fenn added 10 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort for the German champion.
Chorale Roanne overcame Lottomatica Roma 67:74 in Italy. The French champs improve to 4-10 and finish the regular season in seventh place in Group C. Roma dropped to 6-8, finishes the regular season in sixth place and will be a fourth-level seed at Monday's Top 16 Draw in Madrid. Pape Badiane (208-F/C-80, college: Cleveland St.) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) had 13 points and 8 rebounds and Rush finished with 10 points.
Partizan Igokea proved that the team deserves a place in Top 16 defeating Fenerbahce Ulker 86:91 in Istanbul. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) finished with 22 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.



Three Greek teams in the Top 16 teams of Europe! -by Chris Mammides

Even though this week was not the most feasible one for the three Greek teams in Euroleague, that didn't stop any of them in participating in the Top 16 European teams for 2007-2008. In regards to the games in details:

Olympiakos lost another European game, this time at home against the Italians from Siena. Gershon's position is more difficult than ever, after losing in Thessaloniki and all the hopes for the first position of the regular time in the Greek league, there is now the fifth place in his Group with all the home disadvantages which will follow.

An amazing fourth quarter from Terrell McIntyre helped the Italian champs become the first team to beat Olympiacos at home this season, 73-80. Olympiacos used a big second period to take control, leading by as many as 12 points ending the halftime with 31-41. In the third period, Olympiacos with a 14-3 tie the game and went ahead early in the fourth. Marc Jackson and Lynn Greer put the hosts up 62-55. However that's when McIntyre took over, going for 4 three-pointers and 15 points to put Montepaschi in control. Shaun Stonerook iced the game with a critical triple that made it 71-77 with less than a minute to go as the visitors swiped a nice road win. McIntyre led Montepaschi with 19 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 16, Vlado Ilievski 13 and Stonerook added 11. Jackson was Olympiacos's best player with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Greer added 14 points and Yiannis Bourousis had 10.

Real Madrid's beat the triple crowner of 07, team of Panathinaikos in a game which needed an overtime to judge the winner. The final score was 95-87.
In front of 15,000 fans in the Spanish capital, the basketball friends watched a very balanced game but Panathinaikos was hurt without three important players (Winston Tsartsaris and Alvertis) and with Prkcin having less than a week in the team.

Defense was the key to this game and Real Madrid proved to be made of steel, as Joan Plaza did a good job in Vistalegre. Real Madrid's players were much more motivated than the Greeks and they proved it on the court. The amazing Bullock's 60 seconds where he scored 9 consecutive points and finished the game. Papadopoulos, Reyes and Bullock were great, especially the American, he was amazing in the overtime and he was definitely the MVP of the game as he proved against Spanoulis's defense that he still remains a scoring machine, he was the player to kill all the green dreams in less than a minute.

Bullock led the winners with 22 points on 8-for-8 free throws. Raul Lopez and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) each added 14. Alex Mumbru had 12 while Felipe Reyes got 10 for Madrid. Vassilis Spanoulis led Panathinaikos with 22 points. Mike Batiste added 16, Sarunas Jasikevicius had 13 while Nikos Hatzivrettas and Sani Becirovic each got 10 points for the Greens, that rallied from a double-digit margin to get a 80-81 with a minute to go. A triple by Lopez and a tip-in by Batiste sent the game to overtime, as Mumbru missed free throws with 3.6 seconds to go in regulation. Bullock simply took over in the extra period to make Madrid the best second-ranked team in the competition.

In the third European court, where a Greek team was trying to move further to the fourth spot of the Group, in Alexandreion Melathron, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv hung on for a thrilling 94-101 overtime victory over Aris TT Bank to clinch second place in Group B. Jeremiah Massey's tip-in with 10 seconds to go in regulation forced, overtime but Maccabi regained its momentum quickly and held on to win it as Will Bynum iced the game with 2 free throws with 14.1 seconds remaining. Marcus Fizer led six Maccabi scorers in double figures with season-highs of 28 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the extra period. Terence Morris came through with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Esteban Batista added 12 points, Yotam Halperin 11 and Derrick Sharp and Vonteego Cummings scored 10 each. Jeremiah Massey paced Aris with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Dimitris Tsaldaris scored 19 and dished 5 assists, Bracey Wright netted 17 and Darius Washington posted 11 points and 7 assists.



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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Torpan Pojat win close games -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 29-30: Only one game tonight. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) visiting KTP (Kotka) and once again Torpan Pojat winning the close game with three
Americans, two Finnish adults and three juniors. Five players out of eight finally in double figures. Tyson Patterson (175-G-78, college: Appalachian St.) led ToPo with 25 pts and giving 10 assists. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) (last season on KTP roster) added 17 pts and grabbing 13 rbs. Elias Kajander (196-F-80) netted 16 pts. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: CAA Sports, college: Iona) (KTP) had game high 34 pts. Jari Vekkila (192-G-75) scored 17 and Jermaine Spivey (189-G-72, agency: Warren Sports, college: New Orleans) 11 pts. Torpan Pojat on the top with 26-3 record.

KTP - Torpan Pojat 95-99 (47-57) (Steve Smith 34/12, Jari Vekkila 17, Jermaine Spivey 11 - Tyson Patterson 25/10a, Jerald Fields 17/13, Elias Kajander 16).



KORISLIIGA: Corey Smith The Player of January -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (Kouvot, Kouvola) has been named The Player of January. Kouvot (19-9) was 6-1 in January and Smith was averaging 26,0 ppg and 9,7 rpg in those seven contests.
American G James Wright (187-G-81, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Colorado) has rejoined Pyrinto's (Tampere) roster for the rest of the season. Wright played also last season on Pyrinto roster. This season Wright has played by now four games with KTP (Kotka) and three games with Tarmo (Porvoo).


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FRANCE

Round 17 Game of the Week! Le Havre vs Pau - Orthez -by Sean Davis

Pau-Orthez takes their 2 game win streak on the road to face a La
Havre team that has only lost 2 home games all season. Both teams are
capable for putting 100pts on any given night. Look for this game to
be a shoot out with both teams come close to cracking the century
mark. Pau is only 6-10 they have been red hot after bringing in a new
line-up of players lead by Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) averaging 19.5ppg and 5ast,
Jeff Trepagnier (192-G-79, college: USC) averaging 14ppg, and Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) 14ppg and
5.5rpg. Trepagnier and Robinson have been over looked but their
outstanding play has been a key component to the successful turn
around of Pau-Orthez. La Havre is in playoff contention due to the
outstanding play of John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) and T.J. Thompson (178-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). They are leading the
team in scoring with Cox averaging 17.5ppg and Thompson averaging
14ppg but most impressively is their consistency. Remarkably both
players have scored in double figures in every game during the season
except for one. This game should be a battle to the end but look for
Pau-Orthez to pull of the upset on the road with a 1 point victory.


Round 17 Predictions -by Sean Davis
Home - Away

Cholet 77 - 72 Strasbourg

Le Havre 87 - 88 Pau-Orthez

Clermont 76 - 78 Paris-Levall

Nancy 95 - 68 Chalon

Vichy 72 - 55 Dijon

ASVEL 89 - 85 Hyeres-Toulon

Le Mans 91 - 70 Gravelines

Roanne 98 - 84 Orleans


Ricardo Greer January LNB Player of the Month! -by Sean Davis
Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) has earned January LNB Player of the Month with 66% of the votes!

Ricardo Greer (195-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) of Nancy will
carry the trophy for the first time this season. Greer opened
the new year in a gutsy performance in a loss against ASVEL scoring
23pts and 8rebs. Later in a home game against Vichy, Greer recorded a
double double scoring 20pts and grabbing 10rebs. In the month of
January Greer lead Nancy to a 3-1 record
averaging 15ppg and 7.5rebs.


Round 17 Round up Cholet 69 - 71 Strasbourg -by Sean Davis
Cholet 69 - 71 Strasbourg

Cholet was cruising to their 9th victory of the season with a 67-60
lead with 4 minutes to play until they decided to tank it in and get
out scored 11-2 too end the game. Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) scored the game
winning basket on a fast break with 2.9 seconds. Strasbourg stole a
very important road victory over Cholet to go one game above 500.
John McCord (201-F-73, college: Cornell) lead the way for Strasbourg scoring 21pts and 7rebs while
shooting 8 of 9 from the field. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the only other player
to score in double figures for Strasbourg with 11pts. Cholet had only
five players score in the game. Four of the five players scored in
double figures lead by Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80, agency: Octagon) with 21pts and 7rebs while
shooting 9 of 11 from the field.


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GABON

THE BEGINNING IN SEASON SPORTY FOR THE LEAGUE OF LIBREVILLE -by Tim Ndjiki
FESTINOEL, Is a feast of basketball that marks the beginning in season sporty for the League of Basketball of the LIBABE estuary. Here is the technical card showed the demonstration: Ntoum, Saturday 22 December 2007

NUMBER OF CLUBS
SOMO B, TOUNGUI BB, CELTEL, L. NTOUM,

CALENDAR AND RESULTS
N° HOUR MEETINGS RESULTS
1 11 H 00 SOMO B / TOUNGUI BB 25/20
2 12 H 00 CELTEL / NTOUM 16/20
3 13 H 00 TOUNGUI BB / NTOUM 20/10
4 14 H 00 SOMO B / CELTEL 15/19
5 15 H 00 NTOUM / SOMO B 17/12
6 16 H 00 CELTEL / TOUNGUI BB 19/18

ORDERING
N° Club Points Trophy put back by
1st L. NTOUM 5 pts, Trophy put back by Mr. NDONG ABOGHE, Senator of Ntoum,
2nd CELTEL 5 pts, Trophy put back by Mr. ENGONE Beloved, President of the LIBABE,
3rd SOMO B 4 pts, Trophy put back by Mr. SIMA NDONG Clair, Headmaster of the High school of Ntoum,
Fair-Play TOUNGUI BB 4 pts, Trophy put back by Mr. KOMBILA Guy, Vice-president of the LIBABE,

DISTINCTIONS (REVELATIONS OF TEAMS)
Club Titles Name Trophy put back by
L. NTOUM Revelation ONEY NZE, Trophy put back by the representative of CELTEL
CELTEL Revelation MANDRAULT, Trophy put back by the representative of SOMO B
SOMO B Revelation MESSI, Trophy put back by the representative of TOUNGUI BB
TOUNGUI BB Revelation NDZIMBA, Trophy put back by the President of the Under-league of NTOUM
L. NTOUM Better player NDONGO, Trophy put back by the representative of the FEGABAB

NB:
«A ball has been offered to the best player of the tournament by the representative of the Federation Gabonese of Basketball (FEGABAB), Mr TIM NDJIKI.

«The Senator of the Township of Ntoum offered a trophy and an envelope of 10000 FCFAS to the best player of the tournament.

«A grant of 3 balls has been put back by the President of the League, Mr Aime ENGONE, to the president of the under-league of Ntoum.

«The demonstration ended by a cocktail offered by the League of Basketball of the estuary (LIBABE).


TERRIFIC CUP OF THE LEAGUE -by Tim Ndjiki
TERRIFIC CUP OF THE LEAGUE, is a competition that is played every year at the LIBABE; this tournament is played in all categories affiliated members at the LIBABE the previous season, it opposes the retiring champion to the winner of cup; we are going to present you the technical different team cards.
NUMBER OF CLUBS
ANGES ABC of the estuary, CBO, STARS, LEWAI BBC, LAR, LBBC, SOMO B, TOUNGUI BB,.
CALENDAR AND RESULTS
N° HOUR MEETINGS RESULTS
1 16 H 00 STARS / ANGES ABC OF THE ESTUARY 37/32
2 17 H 30 LEWAI BBC / CBO 60/48
3 19 H 30 SOMO BS / TOUNGUI BB 63/55
FORMAL CEREMONY OF TROPHY DISCOUNT
Date Categories Winners cup back by
Junior M LAR cup back by Mr. Beloved ENGONE President of the LIBABE
League 2F STARS cup back by Mr. NZAMBA KOTHA President of the FEGABAB
League 2M LEWAI BBC cup back by Mr. Guy AMBOUROUE Representing the family
League 1M SOMO BS Colonel MAGANGA Representing the Strengths of National Police
SPONSOR OFFICIEL: THE STRENGTHS OF NATIONAL POLICE


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GERMANY

Lich signed Power Forward -by Moritz Korff
C.J. Pigford (201-F, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Elizabeth City) has inked a contract with LTi Lich (2. Bundesliga Pro A) for the remainder of this season. By adding the 25-year-old Power Forward the Lich-officials reacted to the injury of Michael Wilds (203-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Louisiana Tech), who will be out for at least four weeks. Pigford appeared in 17 games of this campaign for UBSC Graz (Austria - A Bundesliga), averaged 18 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per contest.

Sebastian Kling joins TuS Lichterfelde -by Moritz Korff
Sebastian Kling (193-G-84) has returned to Germany from a tour to Swedish basketball and is going to wear the uniform of TuS Lichterfelde (2. Bundesliga Pro B) for the remainder of the campaign. The former player of Ludwigburg, Bayern Muenchen and Crailsheim had 14 appearances in the Swedish second division for Orebro Basket since the start of the season averaging 10 points, 6.5 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per contest.

Chris Young leaves Bremerhaven -by Moritz Korff
Chris Young (206-F/C-79, agency: LimeLight, college: Michigan) has left 1. Bundesliga-side Eisbaeren Bremerhaven due to family reasons. Meanwhile, Tony Bobbitt (193-G-79, college: Cincinnati) has arrived to Bremerhaven some days ago to make a tryout with the Polar Bears. The 28-year-old from Daytona, Florida averaged 11.8 points, 2.4 boards, 2.1 steals and 2.0 assists through 19 games for Air Avellino of the Italian Serie A in 2005-2006. In the last season Bobbitt reached the Champsionship Game of the NBA D-League with the Colorado 14ers and added 11.8 points per contest.

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GREECE

Three Greek teams in the Top 16 teams of Europe! -by Chris Mammides

Even though this week was not the most feasible one for the three Greek teams in Euroleague, that didn't stop any of them in participating in the Top 16 European teams for 2007-2008. In regards to the games in details:

Olympiakos lost another European game, this time at home against the Italians from Siena. Gershon's position is more difficult than ever, after losing in Thessaloniki and all the hopes for the first position of the regular time in the Greek league, there is now the fifth place in his Group with all the home disadvantages which will follow.

An amazing fourth quarter from Terrell McIntyre helped the Italian champs become the first team to beat Olympiacos at home this season, 73-80. Olympiacos used a big second period to take control, leading by as many as 12 points ending the halftime with 31-41. In the third period, Olympiacos with a 14-3 tie the game and went ahead early in the fourth. Marc Jackson and Lynn Greer put the hosts up 62-55. However that's when McIntyre took over, going for 4 three-pointers and 15 points to put Montepaschi in control. Shaun Stonerook iced the game with a critical triple that made it 71-77 with less than a minute to go as the visitors swiped a nice road win. McIntyre led Montepaschi with 19 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 16, Vlado Ilievski 13 and Stonerook added 11. Jackson was Olympiacos's best player with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Greer added 14 points and Yiannis Bourousis had 10.

Real Madrid's beat the triple crowner of 07, team of Panathinaikos in a game which needed an overtime to judge the winner. The final score was 95-87.
In front of 15,000 fans in the Spanish capital, the basketball friends watched a very balanced game but Panathinaikos was hurt without three important players (Winston Tsartsaris and Alvertis) and with Prkcin having less than a week in the team.

Defense was the key to this game and Real Madrid proved to be made of steel, as Joan Plaza did a good job in Vistalegre. Real Madrid's players were much more motivated than the Greeks and they proved it on the court. The amazing Bullock's 60 seconds where he scored 9 consecutive points and finished the game. Papadopoulos, Reyes and Bullock were great, especially the American, he was amazing in the overtime and he was definitely the MVP of the game as he proved against Spanoulis's defense that he still remains a scoring machine, he was the player to kill all the green dreams in less than a minute.

Bullock led the winners with 22 points on 8-for-8 free throws. Raul Lopez and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) each added 14. Alex Mumbru had 12 while Felipe Reyes got 10 for Madrid. Vassilis Spanoulis led Panathinaikos with 22 points. Mike Batiste added 16, Sarunas Jasikevicius had 13 while Nikos Hatzivrettas and Sani Becirovic each got 10 points for the Greens, that rallied from a double-digit margin to get a 80-81 with a minute to go. A triple by Lopez and a tip-in by Batiste sent the game to overtime, as Mumbru missed free throws with 3.6 seconds to go in regulation. Bullock simply took over in the extra period to make Madrid the best second-ranked team in the competition.

In the third European court, where a Greek team was trying to move further to the fourth spot of the Group, in Alexandreion Melathron, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv hung on for a thrilling 94-101 overtime victory over Aris TT Bank to clinch second place in Group B. Jeremiah Massey's tip-in with 10 seconds to go in regulation forced, overtime but Maccabi regained its momentum quickly and held on to win it as Will Bynum iced the game with 2 free throws with 14.1 seconds remaining. Marcus Fizer led six Maccabi scorers in double figures with season-highs of 28 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the extra period. Terence Morris came through with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Esteban Batista added 12 points, Yotam Halperin 11 and Derrick Sharp and Vonteego Cummings scored 10 each. Jeremiah Massey paced Aris with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Dimitris Tsaldaris scored 19 and dished 5 assists, Bracey Wright netted 17 and Darius Washington posted 11 points and 7 assists.



Panagiotis Giannakis in Olympiakos! -by Chris Mammides

According to most of the Greek Sports newspapers and most of the sports sites, the Head coach of the Greek National Team Panagiotis Giannakis is the new Head Coach of Olympiakos replacing the Israeli Head Coach Pini Gershon . Giannakis will remain in the Hellenic National team too as he already spoke to Mr. Vassilakopoulos confirming him about the new situation. According to the same sources, Panagiotis Giannakis will keep the two out of the three assistant coaches as Giannis Sferopoulos and Chris Marmarinos will remain in the Red team. Furthermore, there will be some changes in tehe rosters as there is a small possibility that Greer will not remain with the Reds.

It is more than obvious that these news are changing totally the overall picture of the Greek league as the psychology and the passion of the Greek head coach will be transmitted to the red players.


In some other news Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) agred terms with Panellinios



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HOLLAND

PromotieDivisie Scores Week 13: MSV running the show, Akrides second! -by Terry Cooper
PromotieDivisie basketball got back in full schedule as week 14 provided close ending for some teams. BV Rooi started the new year off with a 73-66 win over Punch While EBBC2 edged Leiden2 at home 69-66. VBC Akrides moved up to second place as they won convincinly 80-61 while Landstede2 broke their 3 game losing streak winning over MyGuide2 76-70. Initial High Five got a much needed win on the road over the Orca's 83-76 while De Groene Uilen defeated the Pigoens 80-77. MSV remains undefeated in the league winning last week over Leiden2 75-57 and in a 20-0 win over Emmen Eagles which did not show up for the competition. Emmen a once potiental team to possibly move up to the EreDivisie next season, seem to have flopped over the season with the problems of players and personell. We hope that they will get things together and finish out the competition strong.

Week 13 Scores:

MSV - Leiden2 75-57



Week 14 Scores:

Punch - BV Rooi 66-73
EBBC2 - Leiden2 69-66
VBC Akrides - Cangeroes 81-60
Orca's - Initial High Five 73-86
MSV - Emmen Eagles 20 - 0
MyGuide2 - Landstede2 70-76
De Groene Uilen - Pigeons 80-77


PromotieDivisie Scores: Week 14 & 15: Emmen Eagles out of Competition! -by Terry Cooper

Week 14 was the conclusion of the first round of league play as teams have a good idea of what other teams are capable of doing. MSV Noordwijk continues their undefeated run as they held off VBC Akrides 90-81 while Punch Delft slowly moves up in the standings as they defeated Initial High Five 75-65. MyGuide2 edged the Cangaroes of Utrecht 79-75 while Landstede2 cruised past De Groene Uilen 96-78. EBBC2 finished out the first round of play winning over the Pigeons 79-64 while Leiden2 had the week off. In the second round of play, most teams repeated their early success as all teams defeated their opponents same as the first meeting. Cangaroes 79-69 over De Groene Uilen, Pigeons 92-76 over Orca's, MyGuide2 72-64 over VBC Akrides, MSV 95-74 over BV Rooi, Landstede2 98-62 over EBBC2, and Punch 78-67 over Leiden2 while Initial High Five had the week off. In other news, Emmen Eagles are officially out of competition by the NBB due to the number of forfeited games during the season. This once promising club in Emmen had future dreams of playing in Eredivisie. This begin to crumble when it's talented American players left due to a car accident early in the season. Although the club tried to continue with talented EU players, those players were later chosen by Aris Friesland in the Eredivise. Teams that won games against Emmen will lose those points which will change the stadings. We hope that this club will get everything together and the NBB will give them another chance to compete in the Promotie. As for the remaining clubs, keep playing hard to makeit to the Final Four.


Week 14 Scores:


Punch - Initial High Five 75-65
Cangeroes - MyGuide Amsterdam2 75-79
MSV - VBC Akrides 90-81
Landstede2 - De Groene Uilen 96-78
Pigeons - EBBC2 64-79
Leiden2 BYE



Week 15 Scores:

Cangeroes - De Groene Uilen 79-69
Pigeons - Orca's 92-76
VBC Akrides - MyGuide2 64-72
MSV basketbal - BV Rooi 95-74
Landstede2 - EBBC2 98-62
Leiden2 - Punch 1 67-78
Initial High Five BYE



MyGuide Amsterdam Puts Clamps On West-Brabant Giants -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid on Thursday night, MyGuide Amsterdam's strong defense gave itself the chance to gain a comfortable lead from the 2nd quarter on, cruising to a 77-69 win over West-Brabant. MyGuide forced West-Brabant into only 35.6% FG and 4 for 17 from the three-point line. The huge rebounding advantage by West-Brabant (54-38 difference, 27 offensive boards) turned out to be a moot point.
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) scored 16 pts. each to lead MyGuide, with Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) adding 15. Andre Harris (203-F-85, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led all scorers with 24 pts. Harris, Tim Blue (206-F-84, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Middle Tenn.St.) and Devonne Giles (203-F-83, agency: Worldwide Hoops, college: Texas Tech) all grabbed at least 10 or more rebounds. The win extends MyGuide's lead in the FEB to 5 1/2 on 2nd place West-Brabant Giants, and are now 21-4.


Hanzevast Capitals Gain Revenge On Rotterdam Challengers, Win In Rotterdam -by Sanders Jackson


In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, smart play and a strong 4th quarter stand helped Hanzevast Capitals snap a seven-game Rotterdam Challengers win streak and win 76-69. Hanzevast gained revenge on the Rotterdammers, who sneaked out of the Martiniplaza in their previous matchup on January 13th with an overtime 94-92 stunner.
Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) led Hanzevast with 17 pts. with also 6 assists and 4 steals. Hanzevast shot the ball well from the field (64.5% FG) while shutting off the three-point line for Rotterdam (1 for 14). Despite a huge rebounding advantage (42-27, 19 offensive rebounds), the Rotterdammers could not cash in. Sullivan Sykes (193-G/F-81, college: St.Joseph, IN) led all scorers with 20 pts. Hanzevast improves to 13-10, while Rotterdam falls to 13-9.



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IBL

Terry Horton back with the Hotshots in 2008 -by Trask Frost
Bend, OR—The Central Oregon Hotshots have announced that Terry Horton (6'3''-F-81, college: Alabama A&M) will return to Bend to play for the team in 2008, the Hotshot's fourth season in the IBL. Horton, a 6'3' guard, averaged 20.8 points per contest for the Hotshots in 2007 over 20 games.

Horton is currently playing in Germany for the Iserlohn Kangaroos with 2007 Hotshots' teammate Phillip Freeman. Horton is having an outstanding season for the Kangaroos, and is second in the Bundesliga Pro-B league in scoring and sixth in rebounding. In a January 28 match-up against TSV Troester, Horton finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds.

Horton is excited about his second season in Central Oregon. 'I really enjoyed the area and the people,' said Horton. 'I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for fans, and continuing to be involved with local schools.'

Central Oregon Hotshots Owner Mikal Duilio - 'Terry is a tremendous talent, and has grown as a player since last season. He will definitely be a key element to our success this year. I expect Terry to have a breakout year in 2008- I really do... a big year… Terry is expected to turn some heads in 2008.'

The Hotshots 2008 season kicks off with a home game on Friday, April 25 against a team from China—the Shanxi Kylins. For information on Hotshots season or single-game tickets, contact the team at (541) 848-8562 or visit the Hotshots team page at www.centraloregonhotshots.com

Note: the first player signed was 6' 11' Phillip Freeman


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ICELAND

Division 1 results -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
FSU 105 Throttur 95. Matthew Hammer. Agency. Icebasket 36 for FSU. Ragnar Ragnarsson 37 for Throttur.

Haukar 89 Reynir 62. Haukur Oskarsson 15. Runar Palsson 16.

Armann 87. Breidablik 92 in overtime. Top team Breodablik lucky to get away with a win in this game. Maurice Ingram (204-C-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Co.Carolina) 25'+17 rebs. Asgeir Hlodversson19 for Armann.
Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, agency: IceBasket, college: Pfeiffer) 36. Kristjan Sigurdsson (188-G-86) 17 for Breidablik.


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ISRAEL

Maccabi Tel Aviv clinches second place in Group B -by Eurobasket News
Aris TT Bank-Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 94:101 OT (27-24, 16-21, 17-20, 26-21, 8-15 )

Maccabi Tel Aviv clinches second place in Group B. An overtime thriller in Greece saw 94:101 road win over Aris TT Bank. Marcus Fizer (203-F-78, college: Iowa St.) was unstoppable with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) supported him with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) scored 12 points. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) produced 22 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. The Israeli champs finished the regular season with an 11-3 record. Aris fell to 7-7 and finished fifth in Group B.
The opening quarter was the most offensive in the game as the spectators saw 51 points from both squads. The hosts were managed to take 27:24 lead thanks to Bracey Wright and Massey hit shots. In the second quarter it was Esteban Batista who kept Maccabi in front, 38:41. Sharp beat the halftime buzzer to let his team enter the locker rooms one step ahead of the hosts 43:45.
With another 17:20 in the third the guests had 5 points before the final stanza. Castle fixed the final outcome of the quarter with a pair of free throws.
In the end of the fourth Marcus Fizer kept his team ahead 80:84. Massey send the game into an extra period with a tip-in, 86:86. In overtime Maccabi proved the superiority being one of the top teams in the group. A 8:15 in it was a good proof for the 11th win.

Aris TT Bank: Jeremiah Massey 22 points and 11 rebounds, Dimitris Tsaldaris (196-F-80) 19 points, 5 assists, Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) 17, Darius Washington 11 points and 7 assists.
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv: Marcus Fizer 28 points and 11 rebounds,Terence Morris 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Esteban Batista 12 points, Yotam Halperin 11, Derrick Sharp 10, Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) 10.


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ITALY

Lega2 - Market news -by Gabriele Fioretti
Friday official signs: after moving of Federico Lestini (203-F-83) to Cantu, Soresina announced the come back of Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80). Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) is officially signed by Livorno and Fabriano agreed terms with Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) after waiving Isaac Wells (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Arkansas St.). Alejandro Gomez (204-F/C-72) is released by Montecatini and he's supposed to go Rieti to substitute the injured forward Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence).

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JAMAICA

UDC ends losing streak with OT victory -by Leonard Whyte
Washington, DC (2-1-2008) - University of District of Columbia (UDC), after playing its last three games on the road, returned home last night and defeated Kutztown University 81-79 in overtime to end a two-game losing streak. Don Powell, formerly of St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), notched his first career double-double by scoring 17 points and grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds.

SIC survives John A. Logan -by Leonard Whyte
Harrisburg, IL (2-1-2008) - Andree Wilson buried a couple of big shots last night to help Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) escape with a 72-70 win over John A. Logan College. Down by as many as nine points in the second half, coach Todd Franklin decided to stick with his 'Iron Five' lineup and they delivered. SIC orchestrated a 17-3 run that was capped by a jump-hook from Wilson off the right block to take the lead for good then held off Logan's last gasp effort. Wilson finished with 14 points for SIC who improved its record to 18-4.

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KOREA

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

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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KOSOVO

Mabetex Super League Schedule, Week XVI -by Edona Shabani
This is the schedule :

SIGAL PRISHTINA - TREPCA, Sunday on 19,00
Referees: Hajredin Zeka, Arben Elshani, Arbnor Rifati
Monitors: Blerim Vula

PEJA - YLLI, Saturday on 19,00
Referees: Faton Kurshumliu, Alban Vula, Daut Mehmeti
Monitors: Naim Lepaja

AS PRISHTINA - RC COLA DRITA, Saturday on 17,00
Referees: Mehdi Gashi, Xhelal Mumini, Isa Prebreza
Monitors: Agim Visoka

BAMBI - KOSOVA, Saturday on15,00
Referees: Hektor Grezda, Vllaznim Rraci, Xhavit Beqiri
Monitors: Bajrush Ademi

Source: www.basketbolli.com


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LEBANON

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

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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LIGA AMERICAS

Soles will host Liga Americas Final Four -by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas announced that Mexicali will take over as the hosting place for the upcoming finale of the first edition of Liga Americas. The Final Four will take part on February 7-9 with the hosts, Minas, Miami Tropics and Penarol participating. The games will be played in a round-robin system with the winners taking the Gold Medals. FIBA Americas previously accepted the applications from Soles and Penarol and decided to opt for the Mexican team to hold the event. The action starts on February 7. Soles will take on Minas, while Penarol will challenge the Miami Tropics. Our website will provide a deep coverage for the event.

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LITHUANIA

Rytas is top in Group B -by Simas Baranauskas
Lietuvos Rytas beat Cibona 79:86 in the last game of the regular season. By beating the Croatians the team from Vilnius finished first in Group B and will be one of four top seeds in the draw of TOP 16.
Cibona took a huge early advantage 10:0. Terrible defense was of Lietuvos Rytas was the most accurate answer to the question why they had fallen behind so early. The first quater finished 23:17 to Cibona.
With good performance from Arturas Jomantas (202-G/F-85) Rytas managed to cut the deficit to 5 (25:20), but Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina) led a 7:0 run for Cibona to make the difference 12. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) scored two threes and Lietuvos Rytas managed to lessen the deficit to 46:37 at the half time.
In the third Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Arturas Jomantas pulled Vilnius even closer to the hosts and 5 minutes into the quater managed to take the lead for the first time 50:51. After the third quater it was 61:64 Rytas' way.
Tre Kelley was playing reall well and mostly by his efforts Cibona was ahead again 71:66. But Andrius Slezas shot another from the three point line to make the score 73:75. The game ended with a nice dunk from Chuck Eidson and the final result was 79:86. Rytas took the 'W'.

Cibona: Tre Kelley 18+4 assists, Sam Hoskin 15+7 boards, Barisa Krasic 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 19+7 boards, Hollis Price 16+4 assists, Marijonas Petravicius 11+9 rebounds


Vroman to Vilnius -by Simas Baranauskas
Lietuvos Rytas found a replacement for the Australian Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78), who got injured a week ago. The club from Vilnius is said to have made a deal with Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.). Lietuvos Rytas tried to sign this player in the ofseason, but chose Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) over him. The player averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 boards in the ACB and 15.8 points and 6 rebounds in the ULEB Cup for Akasvayu this season.

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NBA

All-Star Game reserves are named -by Eurobasket News

The hosing New Orleans Hornets will delegate two of their players for the Western All-Stars. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and David West (6'8''-F-80, agency: Octagon, college: Xavier) were chosen to fill in for the West team reserves. Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) will represent the Phoenix Suns at the event. The West team will also comprise Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) of the Dallas Mavericks and Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) of the Trailblazers. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) of the Utah Jazz was also granted an appearance.
The East coach Doc Rivers opted for Chuancey Billups and Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) from the Detroit Pistons. These guards will make it to the All-Star weekend for the third straight time. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) were chosen from surprisingly solid Washington. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) of Toronto and Atlanta's guard Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) also made it to the team. Finally Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) will be the second Boston player to take part in the All-Star Game as he completed the Eastern roster.

Meanwhile it became known that the New Orleans' coach Byron Scott will guide the Western All-Stars at the event. It cleared up after today's loss of the Dallas Mavericks. New Orleans turned out to be the top team in the Western conference and their coach acquired a chance to step up as the Western head coach.

The West reserves: Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, David West, Brandon Roy
The East reserves: Chris Bosh, Caron Butler, Richard Hamilton, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce



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NCAA2

MORGAN LEWIS: THE example disproving the misconceptions toward D2 Basketball Athleticism!!! -by Lucius Jones

There has long been a misconception within the basketball world that D2 hoops is a level or two behind the major Division 1 basketball world's players. Well the perfect example of Division 2 athleticism is Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87) and his 44' vertical that has emerged on the scene of the GLIAC and even the entire nation to an extent. Ironically it was versus Ohio St. in an exhibition game in which Findlay (OH) defeated Ohio St. that Morgan Lewis first hit the national stage with his highlight,alley-oop dunk that made ESPN's #2 highlight of the day on their Top 10 Plays of the Day. He has had several other 'captioned' moments in his career dating back to his First-Team All Ohio D2 days in Painesville.

This Hidden Gems Pro Prospect is currently leading the #11 in the entire Nation Findlay (OH) Oilers in scoring at 13ppg and also averages 6rpg and an astounding .602%FG,which is off the charts for a 6'4' natural 2 guard.

Despite countless personal tragedies that would have ended most careers,Morgan Lewis has triumphed in the face of adversity and continued in flight toward his pursuit of team success and an obvious future professional career. With focus and natural tools like this, the sky is truly the limit for this rising star.

* For eye-witness references of Morgan Lewis in 'Flight' go to: http://www.youtube.com and watch several highlights simply by typing in a search for Morgan Lewis .




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NEW ZEALAND

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

Group A: Brazil, Greece and Lebanon

Group B: Cape Verde, Germany and New Zealand

Group C: Canada, Korea and Slovenia

Group D: Cameroon, Croatia and Puerto Rico


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PARAGUAY

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


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PERU

Regatas former center goes to Spain -by Andres Seminario
Rodrigo Masias (206-C-81) former center of Regatas and one of the best interior players that Peru have, had traveled to Spain, to continue with his post graduated studies.
He is un architect from the University of Ricardo Palma. He had played for Peru and Regatas Lima in South American championships, and like most players in Peru, he has a career and he has traveled to develop his skills in his professional field.
From here we wish Chiqui the best in all his projects.


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PORTUGAL

Signing period is over -by Portugal Eurobasket

Teams from LCB are not allowed to sign players anymore this season.

The deadline was January, 31st and no teams make a move before the end of the time.

LCB teams can replaced a player that got serius injury until before playoffs start.



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PUERTO RICO

Carolina signed Rivera, Pre-Olympic and Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
BSN
Los Gigantes de Carolina signed Filiberto Rivera with a 1+1 contract. Rivera is a great trade for a team who wants to win next BSN. Carolina has players as Carmona, Rivera, Reyes and Rice, with these stars the Carolina fans can really dream. Carolina was 'the queen of the BSN Trades'. Filiberto Rivera played this season in Italy with Napoli and some games in Greece. In Napoli, He scored 10.1 ppg (his high was 23 pts) with 48% 2pts, 30% 3pts, 78% FT and 2.3 rpg.
PRE-OLYMPIC GAMES
Puerto Rico will play the 'Pre-Olympic' in Greece, 'our Boricuas' are in the Group D with Croatia and Camerun. Two of three teams will qualify for the Second Round. Only three teams can qualify for the Olympic Games in China. On 15th July Puerto Rico will play against Camerun and on 16th July We will play against Croatia. 'The Coach' Manuel Cintron was quite happy for the teams that Puerto Rico has found in his group.
The other groups are:
Group A=Greece, Brazil, Lebanon
Group B= Germany, New Zealand, Cabo Verde
Group C= Slovenia, Canada, South Korea
Group D= Puerto Rico, Croatia, Camerun
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA Dallas was defeated by Boston Celtics 96-90. For Jose Juan Barea only 9 minutes with 0 pts (0/1 2pts, 0/2 3pts) and 4assts.
In Euroleague, Unicaja Malaga defeated Efes Pilsen 81-77, for Daniel Santiago 6pts (2/2 2pts, 2/4 FT) and 4 rebs in 19 minutes.
A. Fontana


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SERBIA

Partizan Igokea seals Top 16 beating Ulker in Istanbul -by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea revenged defeat against Fenerbahce Ulker in Belgrade. They beat Fener in Turkey 91-86 and proved that spot in Euroleague TOP 16 is not a coincidence. After a well played first quarter by the hosts Partizan made a 16-0 run and at the halfway of the second period they had 5 point lead. Partizan totally out rebounded their rivals in the first half as they had 23 rebounds matched with only 10 by Fener. The visitors went into the last quarter with a 67-65 deficit but very soon they intensified defense to take a 12 point lead, which was unreachable for the hosts until the end.
Like usual center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) was the central figure of the game, registering a double-double. He collected 20 points and 10 rebounds while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) also shined with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Fenerbahce got 22 points and 6 assists from Will Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson).

The Black and white team finished Euroleague regular season on the very good 5th place in group C. They had the same score like Fenerbahce and Lottomatica Roma 6-8.

Partizan's head coach Dusko Vujosevic couldn't hide emotions after the game saying that his team finished Euroleague regular season in style. Vujosevic stated he is very glad because Partizan qualified for the TOP 16 from 5th place and not like the best 6-ranked team.

Draw for the Euroleague second stage will be held on 4th February in Madrid. Partizan is placed into the last 'hat' and it is sure they won't meet Aris, Olympiakos and Lottomatica Roma.


Fenerbahce Ulker - Partizan Igokea 86-91
(27-18,12-27,26-22,21-24)

Fenerbahce Ulker:
Solomon 22 (6 as), Onan 15, Asik 13 (9 rebs), Basak 12 (4 rebs)
Partizan Igokea: Pekovic 20 (10 rebs), Tepic 17 (5 rebs, 4 as), Kecman 14 (5 rebs), Palacio 10 (9 as)


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SLOVENIA

Zlatorog adds Mason, Klobucar ot forsix weeks -by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog inked American Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Miami, OH) ex ClevelandCavaliers tiil end of the season.
NT member Jaka Klobucar (199-G-87) of Geoplin Slovan underwent hand (finger) surgery and will be sidelined at least six weeks.


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SPAIN

All Spanish teams advance to Top-16 -by Eurobasket News
Four Spanish teams that represent the country in Euroleague advanced to Top-16 of the tournament.
Real Madrid won overtime thriller against Euroleague defending champion Panathinaikos 95:87 and become a top-seeded team in the Top 16. Madrid improved to 11-3 and finished second the Group C. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) led the winners with 22 points. Raul Lopez and Lazaros Papadopoulos each added 14, while Vassilis Spanoulis led Panathinaikos with 22 points.
Barcelona beat Brose Baskets Bamberg 65:69 on the road to improve to 9-5 in Group C. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) top-scored with 15 points, while Jordi Trias (206-F-80) collected 9 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Darren Fenn added 10 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort for the German champion.
Unicaja won over Efes Pilsen 87:77 to finish third in the group. With the victory, Unicaja finishes the regular season with 10-4 record, the best among the third placed teams in the competition. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) led Unicaja with a season-high 23 points, Carlos Cabezas added 14 and Boniface NDong had 11.
Tau beat Zalgiris 84:66 to clinch the third place with a 9-5 record. With both teams having their Top 16 birth guaranteed the things were not forced early in the game. Zalgiris used two long bombs from De Juan Collins and Paulius Jankunas to enjoy a 10:3 lead early in the game. Tau continued to stay sloppy both offensively and defensively and did not rush things. Neven Spahija called for timeout but it never helped as Paulius Jankunas and Michael Bradley allowed the visitors to gain a 24:11 lead late in the starting stanza. However Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) scored a trey and Splitter hit a jumper as Spanish team cut the gap to 8 points after 10 minutes. Tau toiled on their way back in the second quarter with Igor Rakocevic and Mirza Teletovic sinking important buckets. The hosts fueled a 13:0 rally midway through the frame to step in front 37:33. Tau kept Zalgiris scoreless for about 5 minutes before Marcus Brown hit a trey and Zalgiris trailed by 5 points at the end of the first half. Now it was Zalgiris turn to fall into some kind of offensive slumber as they continued to miss open shots and Tau reached a 9-point advantage early in the third frame. Spanish side kept a firm hold of the lead and finished the third stanza with an 8-point cushion. The fourth term brought another scoring draught for Zalgiris as they unable to post a single point for 5 minutes and fell too far away from Tau to hope for a positive result. Tau were led by Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points. Igor Rakocevic dropped 20 points, while Mirza Teletovic had 9 points and 7 boards for the winners. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 17 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas had 12 points in a losing effort.


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TURKEY

Quinton Day in Isikspor -by Alev Sonmez
The TB2L representative FMV Isikspor Istanbul agreed on terms with Quinton Day (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mo.-Kansas City). The American guard was tested by Darussafaka Istanbul but decided to agree on FMV Isikspor Istanbul due to the decision of Darussafaka Istanbul on transferring two centers. Quinton Day played in the Hungarian league team Kaposvari KK scoring 22 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.6 spg.

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UAE

Lamizana & Tuck in UAE -by Mohammed Malas
The former teammates will play in different teams now, Lamizana Herve (208-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) from Iveory Coast and the american forward Tuck Mack (198-G/F-75, agency: China-Hoop, college: Cent.Oklahoma) are currently in UAE to play in the league there, But Laminza to Al Wasl and Tuck to Al Shabab, Those duo will join the other stars here such as Vincent Jones, William Pippen, Priest Laudradhle and others....

Herve had studied in the US for 4 years from 2000 to 2004 in Rutgers University in NCAA, Then he traveled to play in Turkey then South Korea and Finally China in the last two seasons, While Tuck was also in China in the same team of Lamizana which is Shangdong, Mack played professional before in France, Domenican Republic, Venezuela, Portugal, Holland and in Lebanon for a short time last season.


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UKRAINE

Minland and Miakinin are free / Global changes in Odesa -by Alexander Muzyka
- Cherkasy Monkeys said good-bye to Charles Ornaud Minlend because he hasn't satisfied the necessary basketball level.

- BC-93 Pulsar officially let Serhi Miakinin free to find the new team for him.

- The 10th place for BC Odesa wasn't satisfying for the plans Juri Selikhov had announced before the season has started. So Russian coach left the team. For this time Andri Druhachonok will rule BC Odesa. Plus BC Kyiv sports manager Vitali Lebedintsev has returned to the team he reached Superleague gold in 1990's as a new general manager. One of the first steps the new Odesa's headquarters made became the inviting of Chuck Bailey (200-F-82).


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WBA

Hardhats come to terms with 6'10 Toby Smith -by Jay
Gwinnett Co., GA - In a fantastic game played out at Buchanan Technical in Gwinnett County, The Gwinnett Ravia-Rebels fell to the Atlanta HardHats 136-133 in double overtime. Leading scorer for the HardHats was Toby Smith (6'10''-C-85, college: Connors State, Okl.) with 50 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assist. It was a monster performance for Smith, who has been on a tear getting 36 at the Mayas, 37 at the Tycoons, and now his 50 at Gwinnett gives Smith a points per game average after 3 games of 41ppg to lead the WBA.



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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Jedinstvo replaces coach, Gospic inks Bowen -by Zeljko Zule
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje dismissed coach Sladja Ivic and immediatelly replaced with Stojna Vangelovska ex CSKA Sofia.
Gospic inked Lindsay Bowen (170-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Michigan St.) ex Mask Cosmopel Kastoria for one month.


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Italians smiles in Eighth-finals First Leg -by Carlo Grilli

After Schio's (Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ngoiysa 21) comfortable 86-65 win against Nadezdha (Shakirova 17) on Wednesday, also Venezia and Taranto on Thursday had a good night in the first leg of Eurocup eighth-finals.
Venezia keep herself unbeaten rallying for good (67-72) in Vologda, Russia, against Chevakata. The Russian outfit (Volkova 23, Sapova 18) took a 37-26 lead at halftime, but in the last stanza Venezia (Shannon Johnson (169-G-74, college: USC) 22, Vujovic 13, Modica 12) filled the gap and went ahead for good.
Even score (72-72) in Gorzow, Poland, where local ASZ and Taranto played both an impressive game. The Italian squad (Brunson 21, Linda Froehlich (188-F/C-79, college: UNLV) 20) played without starters Zimerle and Balleggi, but evened the Polish balanced attack (5 players in double digit: Moore 13, Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) and Zurowska 12, Szott 11, Ristic 10).

Leg-2 will be played on Wednesday, February 6th in Venezia, and on Thurdsay, February 7th in Taranto and in Orenburg (Russia).



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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Ashley Haynes The Player of January -by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Ashley Haynes (176-G/F-84, college: Austin Peay St.) (PeKa, Kotka) has been named the Player of January. PeKa (20-2) was 5-1 in January and Haynes was the key player averaging 20,3 ppg, 14,2 rpg, 2,2 bpg.

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GREECE - Women

BC Moscow solves the problem in Greece -by Eurobasket News
Panionis-BC Moscow 58:81 (19-20, 7-21, 13-17, 19-23)

BC Moscow decided not to wait the second leg of the EuroCup game against Paniaonis in the capital of Moscow and beat the Greek team on a road 58:81. With 7:21 in the second quarter the game was done. Another wins in the second half periods solved the task for the total success. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) netted 21, while Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) scored 13. Samoroukova ended up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
BC Moscow spurted with 0-8 run to take the control of the game. The hosts did not fall down and tied the game soon. Deli with a three pointer tied the game at 12:12. BC Moscow however enjoyed 19:20 in the end of the first. A tough defense in the second quarter brought 7:21 and 15 points advantage at the half. Plenette Pierson with a lay-up made the score 26:41 for the visitors.
In the second half the game remained in the same current as the guests dominated in the court. A 13:17 in the third quarter gave them 39:58 before the final stanza. Elena Danilochkina scored from the arc to make it 52:79 and then Chalivera set up the final score at 58:81.

Panionis:Samoroukova 15+7 rebs, Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) 11, Deli 11
BC Moscow: Plenette Pierson 25+5 rebs, Monique Currie 21, Elena Danilochkina 13


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ICELAND - Women

Iceland Express results. -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
All 4 top teams played each other on wednesday games. Home teams won. Keflavik beat KR 97-87
TaKesha Watson 34. Susanne Biemer 18. Monique Martin (180-G, college: Brewton Parker) 46 + 12 rebs. Sigrun Amundadottir 18 + 12 rebs.

Grindavik 80 Haukar 66. As usual Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) 25 + 20 rebs for Grindavik. Kiera Hardy 22 for Haukar.


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JUCO - Women

Gulf Coast CC remains at the top rank -by Eurobasket News
Gulf Coast CC retained a unanimous top rank in the latest polls for the NJCAA season. They are now at 22-0 record and left all of their opponents far behind. With Janae Stokes leading the Lady Commodores in scoring the league leaders confidently march to victories. Lately Gulf Coast CC overcame Okaloosa-Walton 73:51 to gain their 22nd win at the tournament. The Lady Commodores led by just 4 points at halftime. The Lady Raiders relied on a strong scoring haul from Alexandra Sanabria. Okaloosa-Walton's sharp shooter notched 10 points in the first half to keep the Lady Raiders close. But the Lady Commodores tightened up their defense in the second half and drove to a comfortable victory at the end. Chimere Jordan nailed 17 points for Gulf Coast. Alexis Givands had 15 points, while Janae Stokes delivered 14 points in a win. Sanabria finished with 10 points for the Lady Raiders.
Central Arizona remained at the second spot at 20-0 record. The Vaqueros posted two wins recently. They outscored Cochise 82:63 and later handled South Mountain 106-60. Tenaya Watson leads the Vaqueros in scoring with 15.3 point per game. Ashley Sours nets 14.5 points for the second-ranked team in the Women's first division.
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith stays at the third spot at 20-1 record. In the last game the Lady Lions bumped Connors State 84:79. The Lady Lions were up by 4 points at halftime. The Cowgirls never recovered after the break and lost the game. Tanisha Smith (6'1''-F-88) led the action with 23 points. Precious Wilson dropped 19 points for Connors State.


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PORTUGAL - Women

Stacy Stevens out with a injury the next 4-5 weeks -by Bruno Baltazar
Stacy Stephens (187-F/C-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas),CAB Madeira player is out with a injury in her knee,she will undergoe surgery and the recovery time is expected to be around 4-5 weeks until she returns to competition.
Wille her absence CAB is struglin with some unspected loses.


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RUSSIA - Women

BC Moscow solves the problem in Greece -by Eurobasket News
Panionis-BC Moscow 58:81 (19-20, 7-21, 13-17, 19-23)

BC Moscow decided not to wait the second leg of the EuroCup game against Paniaonis in the capital of Moscow and beat the Greek team on a road 58:81. With 7:21 in the second quarter the game was done. Another wins in the second half periods solved the task for the total success. Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) netted 21, while Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) scored 13. Samoroukova ended up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
BC Moscow spurted with 0-8 run to take the control of the game. The hosts did not fall down and tied the game soon. Deli with a three pointer tied the game at 12:12. BC Moscow however enjoyed 19:20 in the end of the first. A tough defense in the second quarter brought 7:21 and 15 points advantage at the half. Plenette Pierson with a lay-up made the score 26:41 for the visitors.
In the second half the game remained in the same current as the guests dominated in the court. A 13:17 in the third quarter gave them 39:58 before the final stanza. Elena Danilochkina scored from the arc to make it 52:79 and then Chalivera set up the final score at 58:81.

Panionis:Samoroukova 15+7 rebs, Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) 11, Deli 11
BC Moscow: Plenette Pierson 25+5 rebs, Monique Currie 21, Elena Danilochkina 13


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WNBA - Women

WNBA and Players Association Sign Six-Year Labor Agreement -by Bruno Baltazar
The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women's National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced today that they have entered into a new collective bargaining agreement covering six seasons, commencing with the 2008 season and continuing through 2013.

'We are delighted that the CBA is completed and that the players and the WNBA can focus on growing the league's popularity and business model,' said Pam Wheeler, Director of Operations, WNBA Players Association. 'This is a landmark agreement for our players with important precedents that will enhance salaries, free agency opportunities, and quality of life issues for every segment of our player population.'

'We're extremely pleased to have long-term stability and to emerge from this process with a unified outlook among ownership and players,' said league President Donna Orender. 'The new collective bargaining agreement, coupled with our new television deal and increased activation on the part of our sponsors provides further affirmation regarding the growth, popularity and quality of our game.'

The announcement follows a successful 2007 season in which the WNBA set attendance records for the Playoffs (216,863 fans attending 21 games) and Finals (74,178 fans over five games) and saw regular season attendance increase by 2 percent. Similarly, viewership of the WNBA Playoffs on ESPN2 delivered an aggregate 15 percent increase year-to-year vs. 2006 while average viewership of the WNBA Finals increased by 12 percent. The 2007 campaign also was highlighted by a new eight-year television agreement with ESPN, which extends the league's relationship with the network to 20 seasons.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, player salaries are guaranteed to increase each year league-wide, and the individual minimum and maximum player salaries will also continue to grow. In addition, the new agreement, like the expired CBA, includes a revenue sharing component should league revenues hit agreed upon benchmarks.

The new agreement also includes adjustments to the free agency system that will increase player movement -- specifically, the number of players that each team may designate as core players decreases from two to one beginning in 2009. When a team designates a player as a core player, the team receives exclusive negotiating rights to that player in exchange for an offer of a fully guaranteed, one-year contract at the maximum salary.

'On behalf of our negotiating committee and the entire union membership we feel very fortunate to have completed a deal that we think will help veterans and younger players alike,' said Players Association President and Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings. 'The new CBA represents a breakthrough for the players and we appreciate the league's willingness to address many of the issues that we raised during the negotiations.'

The WNBA also announced that the league's newest team, the Atlanta Dream, will conduct an expansion draft on February 6.

Teams will open training camp on April 20, and preseason games will begin on April 27. The WNBA regular season will tip off on May 17, when Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks take on Diana Taurasi and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury in a nationally televised contest (3:30 p.m. on ABC).



WNBA Announces Rule Changes for 2008 Season -by Bruno Baltazar
The Women's National Basketball Association has approved several rule changes for the 2008 season. The changes include revising the inbounding rules at the end of a game, adjusting the positioning of players not occupying lane spaces during free throws, and changing the instant-replay rule to allow for automatic reviews of certain flagrant fouls. The modifications, which were recommended by the WNBA Competition Committee, were approved by the WNBA Board of Governors earlier today.

'These rule changes correspond with the elevated levels of athleticism, versatility and pace of play across the WNBA,' said WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown. 'The inbounding rule will have an impact on increased scoring and exciting finishes for our fans while the other rule changes positively contribute to the evolution and growth of the game.'

The highlights of the rule changes for 2008 are as follows:

- The inbounding rule will permit a player to pass the ball anywhere (frontcourt or backcourt) on the court during the final minute of the fourth period and the final minute of any overtime period when the ball is being inbounded from the midcourt line or frontcourt. Teams are still required to inbound the ball into the frontcourt from the midcourt line and the frontcourt at all other times.

- Players not occupying lane spaces shall now remain behind the three-point line (above the free-throw line extended) during free-throw positioning. Players may not be touching the line or the floor inside the line when the ball is released. Previously, players were positioned three feet beyond the three-point line (above the free-throw line extended).

- Instant-replay rules will now require automatic video reviews by the officiating crew in the case of flagrant fouls that result in ejections and other player altercations.