EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/23/2008

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AUSTRALIA

Perth to challenge Sydney in the semis -by Eurobasket News
Perth Wildcats - Townsville Crocodiles 96:78

The Perth Wildcats left no chance for an ambitious Townsville in the quarterfinal today. The Crocs simply ran out of steam after an exhausting winning run against the Gold Coast Blaze two days ago and well-rested Perth capitalized. The full-packed Challenge Stadium saw their favorites took over in the second term and completing the job in the closing stages of the encounter to ensure the semifinal birth. Ben Pepper (213-C-75) scored 6 points in a row early on as Townsville got off to a hopeful 13:5 start to the game. The Crocs did not surrender the lead throughout the first frame and finished up by 3 points 20:17. Perth soon knotted things at 28 before firing from all the guns. The Wildcats capped the first half with a 13:0 run to take a comfortable 41:28 advantage at the interval. Perth dominated the scene at the moment and easily stretched the lead to as many as 19 points during the third period. Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) seemed to keep in fire for the Crocs. He accounted for 11 third-quarter points to drag the visitors back within 12 points 56:68 with 12 minutes to go in the game. It was not enough though. Perth cruised to an overall win and would take on the regular season winners Sydney in the semifinal. Peter Crawford (193-G-79) scored 23 points for Perth. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Arizona St.) and Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) netted 20 points apiece for the winning side. Corey Williams delivered game-high 29 points for the Crocs. Galen Young (201-F/G-75, college: Charlotte) finished with 10 points and 13 boards. The semifinal clash between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings is scheduled for Monday.

Perth: Peter Crawford 23, Shawn Redhage 20, Alex Loughton 20
Townsville: Corey Williams 29, Galen Young 10+13 boards


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BELIZE

The SHJC/BNE Team Start The BECOL Tournament With a Blowout!!!! -by David Magana
Last Saturday night at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio, Cayo, the BECOL Tournament continued its sheduled games featuring a U-20 game between Hydro Power and Cayo Ballers. The Hydro Power team proved to be the much better team as they walked over the Cayo Ballers by a score of 47 - 27. For the winning team, Derrick Garbutt scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds. For the losing team, Brandon Teck and Dudley Smith had 7 points each. In the Over - 35, ICB Veterans defeated Hydro Power by forfeit, since Hydro Power was unable to field a team on time.
In the senior division, Sacred Heart Junior College/Belize Natural Energy team defeated Venus Warriors by a blowout of 33 points (82 - 49). From the beginning to the end, the SHJC/BNE team was much more superior than the Warrios as they had a field day scoring at will. For SHJC/BNE, Wordsworth Lucas (188-F) scored 21 points and had 5 rebounds, Omar Yacab - 17 points and 8 rebounds, Halil Alcoser - 15 points and Cesar Castellanos - 11 points and 3 assists. In a losing effort, Derrick Garbutt scored 14 points and 7 rebounds while Daniel Johnson - 9 points and 6 rebounds.


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BULGARIA

Henderson out for the season -by Vladi Lazarova
Frustrating news for CSKA and especially for the head coach of 'The Reds' Rosen Barchovski. One of the best players of the team and main scorer Mike Henderson (188-G-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) is out for the rest of the season. 188 cm tall point guard will undergo a surgery, because he torn ligaments in his right knee. The recovery will take around six months. 24-years old American got injured 7 minutes before the end of the game against Balkan last Wednesday. CSKA won over the squad from Botevgrad by 85:81 and tomorrow has a tough road match against Cherno more in Varna.
The surgery of Henderson will be made in Sofia, also the recovery. The player has a contract for two years with 'The Reds', so the club will do everything possible to be next to him and help him to come back at the court better than before.
CSKA will have deep problems till the end of the championship and in the tournament for the National Cup, without Mike. He was the only one playmaker in the team, after leaving of Ivaylo Konstantinov in the beginning of January. Now the club can't sign somebody for substitution, because the market in Bulgaria is closed till the end of this season. The only one solution for Barchovski and his assistant and former captain of the 'red' squad Tony Detchev is to use their shooting guard and one of the leaders - Ludmil Hadjisotirov at position '1' on the court.


Lukoil smashed Balkan -by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik advanced to 24th consecutive victory in the league tonight, after smashing Balkan 92:57 in a road match, played in Botevgrad. Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) was the best player on the court with 22 points, 7 steals, 5 assists, but 5 turnovers as well. Macedonian star of the team - Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, playing against his older brother Alexander, who finished with 5 pts after coming of the bench for 'The greens'. The second Macedonian of 'The Students' - Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services), who has Bulgarian passport, collected 12 pts for the win.
For the host squad Ivan Lilov (196-F-88) was the best scorer with 17 pts, another 14 came from Serbian center Boban Biljbia and Atanas Radev was able to help with 11, but that wasn't enough for Balkan. Very bad game had the best player of 'The greens' and one of the best in the league - Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville), who was 1/6 for 2 pts, 0/1 from the 3 point range and finished just with 2 pts.
This loss is 4th in a row for the team of Georgi Mladenov and they can step down with one place in current standings if tomorrow CSKA beat Cherno more in Varna. Now Balkan is at the 2nd position, 'The Reds' are 3rd.
Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue)


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CAMEROON

Cameroonian Abroad -by Eurobasket News
Cirill Makanda-Etogo (190-G-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 's Samara were dismantled by Mons Hainaut 66:92 in Belgium in EuroCup. Samara opened the game bravely enough and held a 21:19 advantage after the opening frame. But the hosts gradually improved their game and soon claim the lead for good. Cirill Makanda-Etogo averages 1.8 points per game and makes o.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists for the game in EuroCup.

Harding Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware)'s Turow made a huge step towards a Top 16 stage after they managed to hold on against Nymburk away from home. It was not an easy task for Turow though. They had to overcome a 17-point deficit to finalize a 61:61 draw at the end of the game. Nymburk got to a better start to the game as Ladislav Sokolovsky scored quick 5 points for the hosts to give them a 7:1 lead. Radoslav Rancik and Michal Kremen continued to keep the home team up as they finished the first frame leading 19:12. Arthur Lee and Monty Mack came up with 5 consecutive points for Nymburk to extend the gap to 24:14 early in the second period. Turow then conceded an 8:0 rally from Czech team and trailed by as many as 17 points late in the frame. However Scekic and Robert Witka sealed the first half outcome at 21:34. Turow mounted the pressure on the hosts defensively, while David Logan and Robert Witka poured their basket from downtown to trim the deficit to 5 points. Dragisa Drobnjak and Thomas Kelati dragged Turow within four points from Nymburk 34:38. The teams exchanged baskets at the end of the third period to make it 46:41 for Nymburk after 30 minutes. The hosts kept in front for sometime early in the fourth before Scekic and Andres Rodriguez ignited a comeback run that allowed the visitors finally grab a 58:56 advantage. David Logan stretched it to 5 points with a massive three-pointer. Ladislav Sokolovsky replied with free throws and then crowned the game with a long trey to square thing up at 61. Harding Nana averages 3.3 points per game in Uleb Cup for his team.


NATIONAL BASKETBALL NEWS -by Gilles Bouwe

This season have many problem in Cameroon.Till now just the littoral province have begin his activities with already three days of competition.One of the main province Centre is still awaited and the national sheduled from the federation is also still awaited.

We all know that our national team is going to be part of the preolympique tournament in jully in athens so our national players have to be in action to have all their chance.At the end of this season we are going to have the elections at the federation.



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CAPE VERDE

Round 2 Predio/CVT vs ABC -by Pedro Gomes

In what was called the remake of last year Santiago South final championship game, this time with a different ending.
Predio was able to hold on to the lead, which they did not do last year, and beat ABC 57 to 56.

For the first big game of the season, between the two finalists from last years championship, brought the idea that basketball in the city of Praia is well alive, an exciting game that brought many fans into the gymnasium to watch the game. Just when this year championship was labeled one of the worst in history, due to the participation of only four teams, it bounced back with an excitement game for the fans.


Resultd : Predio/CVT (57) - (56) ABC

Game STATS:

Lamine Delgado (197-F-77) lead all scores with 22 points and 13 Rebounds

PREDIO

#

Player

Starting 5

Pts

4

Lamine D.

x

22

5

Luis D.

0

6

Orlando S.

0

7

Edmir F.

x

6

8

Luuis S.

6

9

Victor F.

x

5

10

Helder g.

x

5

11

Abydirson B.

x

16

12

Nuno A.

2

13

Nuno S.

0

14

Hilter M.

0

15

Paulo S.

0


ABC

#

Player

Starting 5

Pts

4

Fernandes D.

0

5

Adimar Gomes

x

2

6

Samir Graca

x

6

7

Aquiles Evora

x

12

8

A. Neves

1

9

C. Motta

9

10

Y. Paiva

0

11

Edson Cardoso

x

19

12

S. Alfama

0

13

Victor Fortes

x

14

14

J. Tavares

0

15

P. Lopes

8



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CHINA

Guandong Wins CBA Title With 90-81 Victory Over Liaoning -by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong won the CBA title today with a 90-81 victory over Liaoning. Guangdong won the championship series 4 games to 1. Guangdong jumped off to a 28-14 first quarter lead, but Liaoning narrowed Guangdong's advantage to 45-38 at the half. Guangdong turned it up a notch in the third quarter to lead 73-58.

Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) was again Guangdong's leader with 31 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Xiaoyu played most of the minutes at point guard and had 10 points and 7 assists. Chen Jianghua played only 12 minutes as Liu appears to be better at running the team, while Chen is an offensive force and his contribution was not that much needed today.

Jason Dixon had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes while Lamond Murray had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The two imports played the full 60 minutes they are allowed.

Zhou Peng (207-F-89) shared the shooting guard position with Wang Shipeng. If 6-9 Zhou can play shooting guard, he becomes a much more valuable NBA prospect. He is built a whole lot like Sun Yue, except that he can hit his shots in a game situation.

Liaoning was hampered by the absence of Jamal Sampson, who apparently has a dispute with the Liaoning team. He also has a shoulder injury. From my vantage point I am unable to tell who is most responsible for the dispute, the team management or Sampson.

Liu Xiangtao was limited to 11 minutes, likely from lingering effects of an ankle injury. He had no points, 2 rebounds and 4 fouls. Olumide Oyedeji played all 48 minutes for Liaoning and 15 points and 15 rebounds. Yang Ming had 21 points and 2 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng showed why his stock as a point guard has dropped as he had 9 points, 3 assists and 9 turnovers. Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) had 15 points and 3 rebounds and his stock continues to rise.

Guangdong 28 17 28 17 90
Liaoning---- 14 24 20 23 81

Guangdong 90
Zhu Fangyu 31p+5r+2a+1s+5to, Liu Xiaoyu 38min+10p+3r+7a+2s+3to, Zhou Peng 8p+3r+2a+1s+2bl, Jason Dixon 18p+11r+1a+1s+1bl, Du Feng 9p+6r+2a+1s, Wang Shipeng 20min+3p+2r+4a+1s, Lamond Murray 7p+6r+1s+1bl, Chen Jianghua 12min+4p+1r+1a+2s+0to
Liaoning 81
Bian Qiang 14p+2r+3a+2s, Liu Xiangtao 11min+0p+2r+4fl, Zhang Qingpeng 9p+3r+3a+1s+9to, Li Xiaoxu 15p+3r+1a, Olumide Oyedeji 48min+15p+15r+3a+2s+1bl, Yang Ming 21p+2r, Lu Yao 4p+2r, Gu Liye 3p+1r+1a


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DENMARK

Randers Cimbria beat Horsholm 79ers on a road -by Eurobasket News
Horsholm 79ers -Randers Cimbria 59:71 (17-19, 10-17, 17-18, 15-17)
Hørsholm 79ers:Nicholas Billings 20, James Duane 16
Randers Cimbria:Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) 27, James Cripe (213-C-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: N.Kentucky) 20, Ranko Stevovic (188-G-77) 10

Randers Cimbria beat Horsholm 79ers 59:71 in the latest game of Danish league. The victory allowed to tie the 79ers with the same number of victories. Bonell Colas led the winners with 27 points. James Cripe netted 20, while Ranko Stevovic scored 10. Nicholas Billings produced 20 points in the losing effort. Horsholm 79ers are now 10-11, while Randers Cimbria improved to 10-13.
Meanwhile Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow overcame a slow start to their Top 16 campaign and gained speed to swoops past Barcelona in Round 2. CSKA dominated the game and made the victory look quite casual. The hosts pointed out the advantage early in the encounter keeping the visitors scoreless for about two minutes. Ramunas Siskauskas netted 4 points to give CSKA a 6:2 lead. Finally Jaka Lakovic hit from downtown but was well-matched by Trajan Langdon's trey. Danish David Andersen (212-C-80) capped the frame with a jumper to seal things at 16:11. Siskauskas opened the second term with 6 more points to extend the margin to 11 points. Jaka Lakovic kept hitting treys as he totaled his third one to bring Barcelona within 6 points from CSKA. Soon Ersan Ilyasova and Gianluca Basile dragged the visitors as close as 3 points from CSKA 23:26. David Andersen and Marcus Goree however finalized the first half at 32:25. Trajan Langdon and David Andersen teamed up for 5 more points right after the break and CSKA started to get away. Siskauskas stretched the gap to 13 points but Ersan Ilyasova and Pepe Sanchez connected from beyond the arc to trim the difference to 8 points. Later Roger Grimau and Gianluca Basile notched treys for Barcelona to get within 5 points after 30 minutes. Jaka Lakovic tipped off the fourth term with a jump shot but Theodoros Papaloukas drilled consecutive buckets to put CSKA away. Trajan Langdon and David Andersen scored and then Ramunas Siskauskas fired from the outside to maintain the advantage. Mario Kasun worked his way inside the paint to add two points to Barcelona's haul but Theodoros Papaloukas immediately answered with a three-point play to make it 63:51 for CSKA. Barcelona struggled to deliver and moreover the hosts were deadly from charity stripe leaving no chance for the visitors. David Andersen sank 4 free throws, while Viktor Khryapa connected from three-point range to ensure the winning outcome for CSKA. David Andersen finished the game with 20 points and 8 boards. Ramunas Siskauskas contributed 16 points, while Trajan Langdon scored 10 points for the winners. Jaka Lakovic dropped 11 points for Barcelona. Mario Kasun and Roger Grimau managed 7 points apiece in defeat. CSKA outrebounded the visitors 40:32 including 17:8 offensive boards.


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EURO CUP

50 Years: The day it all started - February 22, 1958 -by Eurobasket
Barcelona, February 22, 2008. It was the mother of all opening games. Exactly 50 years ago tonight, at 20:45 CET to be exact, the first-ever official tipoff in a European club competition took place in Brussels, where Belgian champion Royal IV SC Anderlechtois defeated Luxembourg champion BBC Etzella 82-43 in the opening preliminary round of the new 'European Cup of Club Champions'. Thus began a unique and unmatched tradition of international club competition that endures and keeps growing to this day, a half-century later. The many contributions made in the ensuing five decades, which are being recognized during the 50 Years of European Club Basketball celebration this season, all date to that Saturday night in Palais du Midi, a facility still dedicated to sports in the Belgian and European Community capital. Much has changed since that historic event, but the essential spirit behind the start of international club competition lives on. Ever since that historic beginning, 50 years ago tonight, the best teams from across the continent - and sometimes beyond - have met every winter and spring to decide a new annual champion, with tens of millions of fans enjoying the ride.
Among the teams to take part in that historic first season are many of the teams that continue to build up Europe's unparalleled international club tradition. Real Madrid of Spain, which has gone on to become the winningest team in European club basketball with eight Euroleague championships and 14 European titles overall, reached the semifinals that season. Olimpija Milano of Italy, a three-time Euroleague winner, reached the quarterfinals. Five-time continental champ Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, Olimpija Ljubljana of Yugoslavia and Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey - all current Euroleague competitors - as well as ULEB Cup teams like Asvel Basket of France, Panellinios Athens of Greece, Akademik Sofia of Bulgaria and ASK Riga of the Soviet Union.
The competition structure was quite different to start with, as 22 national champions played in four geographical groups of different sizes and structures, each sending teams through to the semifinals. Riga needed to play only six games to win the championship, while runner-up Sofia played 10. And due to the political and financial climate of the time, a number of games that season were forfeited as well. The original 22 champions participating also came from non-European countries such as Syria. Among other countries were West Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia . Originally, Lebanon was to be a 23rd country in the tournament, but its team from Beirut pulled out before the season.
And so, the ball started bouncing on February 22, 1958 - and has not stopped since. Royal IV of Belgium was the first winner. Francois DePaun and Jean Crick scored 23 points apiece and Albert Nicodeme added 20 to chisel their names into the history books as victors in Europe's first-ever international club game. Royal IV went on to win the second game between them and advance to the quarterfinals, losing there to Real Madrid, which then forfeited its semifinal series against ASK Riga, the eventual champions.
By Euroleague


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EUROLEAGUE

50 Years: The day it all started - February 22, 1958 -by Eurobasket
Barcelona, February 22, 2008. It was the mother of all opening games. Exactly 50 years ago tonight, at 20:45 CET to be exact, the first-ever official tipoff in a European club competition took place in Brussels, where Belgian champion Royal IV SC Anderlechtois defeated Luxembourg champion BBC Etzella 82-43 in the opening preliminary round of the new 'European Cup of Club Champions'. Thus began a unique and unmatched tradition of international club competition that endures and keeps growing to this day, a half-century later. The many contributions made in the ensuing five decades, which are being recognized during the 50 Years of European Club Basketball celebration this season, all date to that Saturday night in Palais du Midi, a facility still dedicated to sports in the Belgian and European Community capital. Much has changed since that historic event, but the essential spirit behind the start of international club competition lives on. Ever since that historic beginning, 50 years ago tonight, the best teams from across the continent - and sometimes beyond - have met every winter and spring to decide a new annual champion, with tens of millions of fans enjoying the ride.
Among the teams to take part in that historic first season are many of the teams that continue to build up Europe's unparalleled international club tradition. Real Madrid of Spain, which has gone on to become the winningest team in European club basketball with eight Euroleague championships and 14 European titles overall, reached the semifinals that season. Olimpija Milano of Italy, a three-time Euroleague winner, reached the quarterfinals. Five-time continental champ Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, Olimpija Ljubljana of Yugoslavia and Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey - all current Euroleague competitors - as well as ULEB Cup teams like Asvel Basket of France, Panellinios Athens of Greece, Akademik Sofia of Bulgaria and ASK Riga of the Soviet Union.
The competition structure was quite different to start with, as 22 national champions played in four geographical groups of different sizes and structures, each sending teams through to the semifinals. Riga needed to play only six games to win the championship, while runner-up Sofia played 10. And due to the political and financial climate of the time, a number of games that season were forfeited as well. The original 22 champions participating also came from non-European countries such as Syria. Among other countries were West Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia . Originally, Lebanon was to be a 23rd country in the tournament, but its team from Beirut pulled out before the season.
And so, the ball started bouncing on February 22, 1958 - and has not stopped since. Royal IV of Belgium was the first winner. Francois DePaun and Jean Crick scored 23 points apiece and Albert Nicodeme added 20 to chisel their names into the history books as victors in Europe's first-ever international club game. Royal IV went on to win the second game between them and advance to the quarterfinals, losing there to Real Madrid, which then forfeited its semifinal series against ASK Riga, the eventual champions.
By Euroleague


Top 16 Week 2 MVP: Esteban Batista, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv -by Eurobasket
A monster double-double in a losing effort allowed Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv to become the MVP for Top 16 Week 2 with a performance index rating of 27. Despite his team's road loss at Zalgiris Kaunas, Batista scored 25 points for Maccabi on 9-for-18 two-point and 7-for-9 free-throw shooting while also collecting 13 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 7 fouls drawn. Although his was lowest index rating for a weekly MVP all season long, Batista had plenty of challengers. Coincidentally, Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) of Zalgiris followed him with a 26 index rating in the same game. Maciulis scored 22 points by making 3 of 5 three-pointers and 7 of 7 free throws to go with 7 rebounds - all in just 20 minutes on the floor. Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) of Lottomatica Roma and Lietuvos Rytas teammates Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), all with 23 index ratings, completed the top individual performances this week. Lorbek did so without a double-digit total in any statistic: he had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, a block and 8 fouls drawn in Roma's home win against Unicaja. Meanwhile, Eidson had 18 points and 5 steals while Bajramovic added 17 points and 7 rebounds as L. Rytas defeated visiting Aris TT Bank.
Individual highs: Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) of Lottomatica Roma, 8 steals
Batista not only became the MVP, but was both the Top 16, Week 2 best scorer with 25 points and best rebounder with those 13 boards against Zalgiris. Maciulis, meanwhile, has the best scoring average after two Top 16 games with 21.5 points per game, while Jeremiah Massey of Aris TT Bank leads all rebounders at 10.5 boards per night. Terrell McIntyre of Montepaschi Siena led Week 2 in assists by dishing 8 in his team's overtime road win against Efes Pilsen. Dejuan Collins of Zalgiris, who was regular season assists king, too, leads the Top 16 in that category, with 8 per game. Ibrahim Jaaber of Lottomatica Roma collected as many as 8 steals against Unicaja. He and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) of CSKA Moscow are both averaging 4.5 per game, more than any other Top 16 players. Omer Faruk Asik (211-C-86) of Fenerbahce Ulker, Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) of AXA FC Barcelona and Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) of Zalgiris each had 3 blocks this week. Asik leads the Top 16 block standings with 3.5 per night. Batista and Mamadou N'Diaye (212-C-75, college: Auburn) of Zalgriis, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds against Maccabi, were the only players to register double-doubles this week.
Courtesy of Euroleague


Mickeal to miss 3 weeks -by Natxo Mendaza

Tau Ceramica revealed Thursday evening that forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be sidelined for three weeks after sustaining an injury during the club's 103-84 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker the night before in Vitoria. Mickeal felt pain in his right leg in the opening minutes of the third period and asked to come off the court. Medical examination performed on Thursday revealed that Mickeal has a torn muscle in his right femoral biceps that will prevent him from playing for the next three weeks. During this period Mickeal will miss three Euroleague Top16 games: two against Aris and one against Lietuvos Rytas. Injuries have already limited Mickeal this season, who missed five of the last six regular season games.


Source: Euroleague.net



Top 16, Week 2 -by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi, Tau Ceramica, Real Madrid and CSKA stayed alone on top of their groups and increased to 2-0 record.
In Group D Efes Pilsen fought bravely but fell just short to Montepschi Siena in overtime. It was the first loss for Efes Pilsen at this stage of the tournament. Efes Pilsen playing at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall claimed a narrow 13:12 lead after the opening frame and stretched it to 30:19 in the second term. But Bootsy Thornton scored 6 points in a 9:0 run to erase the deficit to 2 points at 28:30. Eze then tied the scoreline at 30 with seconds past in the third term. Montepschi took over and started to build their lead. Romain Sato capped the frame with a jumper to give the visitors a 49:44 lead after three quarters of action. Scoonie Penn and Ermal Kurtoglu (207-C-80) regained the lead for Efes Pilsen early in the fourth term with a couple of treys. The game remained close throughout the fourth period and Terrell McIntyre connected from downtown to make it 69:69 with under a minute to play in regulation. No team was able to deliver at the crunch time and the game moved into overtime. Romain Sato opened the extra period with a three-pointer but it was matched by Drew Nicholas and Scoonie Penn as Efes Pilsen remained in driving seat. Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) once again tied things up at 76 with free throws. Ksystof Lavrinovic got fouled again and converted two more free throws to spur Montepaschi in front. Drew Nicholas failed to deliver, while Bootsy Thornton was accurate to stretch Siena's lead. Efes Pilsen had enough time to get to Siena but missed decisive shots and lost the battle. Ermal Kurtoglu produced 20 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Andre Hutson scored 14 points for Efes Pilsen. Bootsy Thornton had 18 points for Montepaschi.
Partizan Igokea really doesn't have a luck against green PAO this season. Last night it was the third time when Partizan again was a small step away from the real sensation but it didn't happen. Namely, reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion had plus 6 on the half time against reining Greek and European champion in the middle of Athens. Black and white team reached 49-35 at the half way of the third quarter. PAO started to play much better in the last period but still Partizan had a chance 2:30 remaining in the game to extend lead to 6 but Palacio at the first point missed a lay-up and at the next possesion he was wide-open but unsuccessful from behind the arc. Quality and experience of PAO's players came on the scene and thanks to Hatzivretas, Spanoulis and Batiste Greek giant recorded valuable win, especially after defeat in the first round against Efes Pilsen in Turkey. Ex NBAer Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led his team to this very tough victory netting 20 points and he was the only one who scored more than 9 points in PAO. Michael Batiste had 9 points and 12 rebounds while on the other side Partizan got 13 points from Dusan Kecman.

Almost 10,000 spectators gathered at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius to watch their favorite Lietuvos Rytas drive to the first win at Top 16 stage. Lithuanian team used a stunning first frame to upset Aris and improved to 1-1 record in Group E. Hollis Price got things going for the hosts with a trey early in the encounter. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) scored quick 6 points for Lietuvos Rytas as they accumulated an 11:5 lead midway through the frame. Mindaugas Lukauskis would not stop as he drained a triple soon to give Lietuvos Rytas a 21:9 advantage. Jackson Vroman and Jared Jordan secured a 27:11 lead for the hosts after 10 minutes of action. Aris tried to change the pace early in the second quarter and with the tempo raising the Greek side managed to trim the deficit to 10 points at 19:29. However Lietuvos Rytas reacted with an 8:0 rally that restored a 37:19 lead for the home side. The teams traded triples late in the quarter and Lietuvos Rytas accumulated a 49:31 lead at the interval. Mindaugas Lukauskis opened the second half with one more three-pointer and later Chuck Eidson scored 4 straight points to keep Lietuvos Rytas running. Aris could not find the proper defensive tools to hold off striking hosts and trailed by 16 points at the end of the third term. Dimitris Tsaldaris and Iliadis fired from downtown for Aris at the start of the fourth term to boost up the intrigue. Later Giorgos Kalaitzis poured in a three-pointer to erase the deficit to just 9 points at 60:69. Chuck Eidson and Vladimir Boisa traded three-point plays and then Lietuvos Rytas capitalized on technical foul from Aris to sink a bunch of free throws and climb beyond reach. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Chuck Eidson provided 18 points apiece for Lietuvos Rytas. Kenan Bajramovic netted 17 points and grabbed 7 boards for the winners. Jeremiah Massey responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Aris. Darius Washington drilled 11 points in defeat.
Fenerbahce were hardly beaten in Spain losing to Tau 84:103. Tau dominated every facet of the game and built a 50:38 lead at the interval. Fenerbahce never recovered after the break and trailed by as many as 18 points heading into the fourth period. Tau eased to an overall win at the and improved to 2-0 record in Group E. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and Zoran Planinic scored 14 points apiece to lead 7 Tau players to scored in double figures. Igor Rakocevic netted 13 points, while Mirza Teletovic and Tiago Splitter nailed 12 points apiece for the winners. Oguz Savas answered with 20 points for Turkish outfit. Will Solomon dropped 14 points in a losing case.

Real Madrid owns Group F now after dumping Olympiacos 80:70 as Alex Mumbru (201-F-79) led the way with 16 points. Meanwhile, Olympiacos dropped to 0-2 and needs to start winning right away to keep its Quarterfinal Playoffs chances alive. Alex Mumbru led the winners with 16 points. Louis Bullock added 14 and Charles Smith had 13.
Zalgiris Kaunas achieved the first victory in Top 16 upsetting Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 101:82. A crowd of more than 5000 spectators had greatly supported the local team. The most troubles Maccabi Elite saw in the third quarter when they trailed 31:14. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 22 points. Brown netted 19 points, while De Juan Collins collected 12 points and 7 assists. Esteban Batista finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Israeli team. Macabbi started to play aggressively in the opening quarter and reacted with 2:9 run. It gave them a good opportunity to control the first quarter and led to 21:26 by the end of it. Right in the second period Morris added a basket that extended the visitors' lead to 23:33. With the same scenario the guests reached 39:46. Zalgiris woke up in the end of the half to tie the score at 48:48 at halftime. Lithuanian team found its game in the second half and Marko Popovic hit from outside the arc to extend the gap to 67:55. The success in the third quarter was outstanding as Zalgiris won the period 31:14. N'Diaye Mamadou's dunk gave the hosts a 79:62 lead after 30 minutes. At that time the game was almost over but Zalgiris continued launching triples as Marko Popovic made a three from the left corner. In the middle of the quarter the margin reached plus 28, and only then Maccabi Elite reduced to the final 101:82 score.

Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow overcame a slow start to their Top 16 campaign in Group G and gained speed to swoops past Barcelona in Round 2. CSKA dominated the game and made the victory look quite casual. The hosts pointed out the advantage early in the encounter keeping the visitors scoreless for about two minutes. Ramunas Siskauskas netted 4 points to give CSKA a 6:2 lead. Finally Jaka Lakovic hit from downtown but was well-matched by Trajan Langdon's trey. David Andersen (212-C-80) capped the frame with a jumper to seal things at 16:11. Siskauskas opened the second term with 6 more points to extend the margin to 11 points. Jaka Lakovic kept hitting treys as he totaled his third one to bring Barcelona within 6 points from CSKA. Soon Ersan Ilyasova and Gianluca Basile dragged the visitors as close as 3 points from CSKA 23:26. David Andersen and Marcus Goree however finalized the first half at 32:25. Trajan Langdon and David Andersen teamed up for 5 more points right after the break and CSKA started to get away. Siskauskas stretched the gap to 13 points but Ersan Ilyasova and Pepe Sanchez connected from beyond the arc to trim the difference to 8 points. Later Roger Grimau and Gianluca Basile notched treys for Barcelona to get within 5 points after 30 minutes. Jaka Lakovic tipped off the fourth term with a jump shot but Theodoros Papaloukas drilled consecutive buckets to put CSKA away. Trajan Langdon and David Andersen scored and then Ramunas Siskauskas fired from the outside to maintain the advantage. Mario Kasun worked his way inside the paint to add two points to Barcelona's haul but Theodoros Papaloukas immediately answered with a three-point play to make it 63:51 for CSKA. Barcelona struggled to deliver and moreover the hosts were deadly from charity stripe leaving no chance for the visitors. David Andersen sank 4 free throws, while Viktor Khryapa connected from three-point range to ensure the winning outcome for CSKA. David Andersen finished the game with 20 points and 8 boards. Ramunas Siskauskas contributed 16 points, while Trajan Langdon scored 10 points for the winners. Jaka Lakovic dropped 11 points for Barcelona. Mario Kasun and Roger Grimau managed 7 points apiece in defeat. CSKA outrebounded the visitors 40:32 including 17:8 offensive boards.
Lottomatica Roma beat Unicaja 75:67 as Roko Leni Ukic (195-G-84) chipped in 19 points.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Williams, Vuori on injured list -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 35: With Ed Williams and Ilkka Vuori on injured list YMCA Lahti defeated anyway Kataja (Joensuu) 97-82 on Friday night.
Davont Jackson (199-F/G-78, agency: CAA Sports, college: Barber Scotia) led YMCA Lahti with 23 pts. Pierre Jallow added 20 pts and 11 rbs. Kataja got 27 pts from Terry Black. Ville Vesala scored 17 pts.

YMCA Lahti - Kataja 97-82 (50-43) (Davont Jackson 23, Pierre Jallow 20/11 - Terry Black 27, Ville Vesala 17).



KORISLIIGA: Honka will test Keddric Mays -by Rauno Hurmalainen
Transfer news: Honka (Espoo) will test American G Keddric Mays. Mays is a young talented man out of Chattanooga Univiversity, where he averaged
as a Sr 14,3 ppg (3pt - 41,3%). Team Componenta has waived Jerome Rogers and Rogers will be replaced by Naynyaw Awuah-Addae
out of 1. Division. American G-F Eric Washington will play on Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster for the rest of the season.


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FRANCE

Round 19 Round Up -by Sean Davis

Two monster upsets shocked the LNB League!

ASVEL 96 - 97 Pau-Orthez

ASVEL was a heavy favorite over a Pau-Orthez team that has only won
one road game all season, but Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) was on a mission called
operation upset! Graves went off scoring from everywhere including
clutch situations. Pau led the entire game, but ASVEL battled back to
take a 5pt lead with 2minutes left. Graves hit 3 free throws every
getting fouled shooting a 3pt shot to cut the lead to 2. Very next
possession Graves helped cause a turnover then came up with a
monstrous play. He came off a screen and pulled up in the lane for a
6foot jumper scoring the basket and getting fouled to take the lead by
1. With 33sec to go the game was tied and ASVEL had the ball. ASVEL
missed a shot and Graves got the ball and turned in up court and just
has he stepped over half court ASVEL tried taking a charge and got
called for a foul. With 5sec left Graves hit 1 or 2 free throws to
take a 97-96 lead. ASVEL had a wide-open look at a 3 to win the game
but missed it. Then buzzer sounded and Pau had pulled off the upset.
Graves finished the game with 40pts on 12-19 shooting from the field,
3 of 5 from 3, and 13 of 15 from the free throw line and also adding
5rebs, and 3steals. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) also had an outstanding game
for Pau scoring 20pts while shooing 6 of 7 from the 3pt line. Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.) led the way for ASVEL scoring 24pts on 9 of 14 shooting from
the field including 8rebs and 6ast. Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80, college: Troy) also had a solid
game scoring 21pts and 6rebs.

Nancy 72 - 78 Dijon

Dijon also entered Friday's match-up with Nancy as a heavy underdog,
but like Pau, had an upset on their mind. Dijon went into Nancy's
home court and came away with an important victory. Dijon led by 6
going at half time, but at the end of the third quarter Nancy tied the
game a 58. Dijon never let up taking control of the 4th quarter on
their way to a 78-72 victory. Dijon had 5 players score 77 of the
teams 78 points led by Maleye Ndoye with 19pts and 6rebs. Laurent
Sciarra added 15pts and 8ast. Jeff Greer (195-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) led the way for Nancy
scoring 16pts and 6ast. Cyril chipped in with a double double scoring
13pts and 11rebs. Nancy had a chance to claim sole possession of
first place, but with a Le Mans win they will now be in a three way
tie for first place.


Round 19 Player of the Week! Eddie Shannon -by Sean Davis
Round 19 Player of the Week!

Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) of Strasbourg is France A league's 'Player of the Week!'
Shannon followed up his game winning shot vs Cholet with an
outstanding performance. He scored 20pts while shooting 7 of 13 from
the field along with dropping 7 dimes leading Strasbourg to a very
important blow out victory over league leading Nancy 98-73.
Strasbourg will look to win three in a row in Round 19 when they go on
the road to face Clermont.

Honorable Mention

Chevy Troutman (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) of ASVEL had an solid performance in every aspect of
the game. Troutman helped first place ASVEL get a tough road when to
keep pace with Nancy by scoring 20pts on 8 of 10 shooting, grabbing
8rebs, and handing out 3ast.

Vincent Grier (196-G/F-83, college: Minnesota) of Gravelines gave fist place ASVEL all they could
handle, but it was not enough to steal a victory. Grier scored a game
high 24pts while shooting 9 of 12 from the field and added 4ast.


Round 19 Game of the Week! Le Havre 11-7 at Cholet 9-9 -by Sean Davis
Two red hot teams face off in Round 19 France Pro A game of the Week!
Le Havre takes their two game win streak on the road to face a Cholet
team that has been recently unbeatable. Cholet will look to slow down
the game and play it in the 60's or even 50's, while Le Havre will
look to speed the game up and play it in the 80's. Ultimately who
ever controls the pace of the game will be victorious. It will be
very hard for Le Havre to come into Cholet and control the pace so
look for Cholet to keep control throughout earning a 62-55 homevictory.


Round 19 Predictions -by Sean Davis
Round 19 Predictions for 2/22/08

ASVEL 87 - 85 Pau-Orthez ................ASVEL is a heavy favorite but look for Pau to keep it close by putting up points

Nancy 99 - 72 Dijon.......................Nancy is to tough at home and Dijons hot streak has ended, look for a blow out victory for the home team



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GERMANY

Violets acquire Jason Boone from Bernau -by Moritz Korff
1. Bundesliga-side BG 74 Goettingen has signed Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) of SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North). The 22-year-old Post Player will be the final new athlete on the Goettingen roster in this season. He is already working out with the Violets since Monday and will be ready for his Bundesliga-debut on Sunday, when Goettingen takes on the Koeln 99ers. Boone came to Bernau at the beginning of this current campaign and averaged 17.4 points in 16 games of the RLN. He spent his college-days at New York University (NCAA3) and was named to the 2006-2007 NCAA Division 3 All-America Third Team by D3hoops.com after his senior-year, in which he led NYU with 14.1 points, 9.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per contest.

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HOLLAND

Strong 2nd Half Helps Eiffel Towers Win Topper Over Hanzevast Capitals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Maaspoort on Thursday night, in a marquee matchup between defending Dutch champion Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals, after a close 1st half (41-40), Eiffel took control of the game in the 3rd quarter, with
Robert Owens (201-F-82, college: Ball St.) stepping up, helping lprove that the road to the Dutch title still leads through Eiffel, leading Eiffel to a convincingly 101-83 win. Owens scored a game and season-high 27 pts., including 4 three-pointers. Owens had plenty of help from Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse) and Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) who both scored 23 pts. each, with Tucker snatching down 12 rebounds. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) and Kevin Melson (199-F-78, college: Wright St.) both led Hanzevast with 20 pts. each. Eiffel won the battle of the boards with a 43-29 advantage and shot 59.5% FG. Eiffel now improves to 18-8 with its 4th straight win.


Rotterdam Basketball Ends Skids, Wins Over Den Helder Seals -by Sanders Jackson

In the Topsportcentrum on Thursday night, Rotterdam Challengers snapped a four-game slide with an 84-75 win over Den Helder Seals. A big 2nd quarter effort made the difference for the Rotterdammers, which Den Helder could not overcome.
Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia) led Rotterdam with 19 pts. Rotterdam also forced 24 Den Helder turnovers. With the win, Rotterdam Challengers are now 14-12 and in 6th place in the FEB standings.


MyGuide Wins 7th Straight, Blow Out Aris Friesland -by Sanders Jackson

In the Sporthallen-Zuid, current FEB leader MyGuide took no prisoners on Aris Friesland on Thursday night, breaking away from Aris in the 2nd quarter and winning in an 112-81 blowout. MyGuide took a lead of 55-42 at the half and were never seriously challenged afterwards, with seven MyGuide players scoring in double figures. Recent addition
Sheiku Kabba (188-G-79, college: Providence) led MyGuide with 18 pts. in his debut game, in only 18 minutes. MyGuide also shut down FEB leading scorer Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.), holding him to only 10 pts. in 31 minutes. With the win, MyGuide are now 24-4.


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HUNGARY

Market movements -by Tamas Deri

Today was the deadline, so the last day to sign playes for all the teams in Hungary.
The management of MAFC was very active and got two new players on the roster. Hungarian guard Zsolt Graczer (188-G-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) played this season for Kormend since December. He played in 8 games and averaged 4.5 points. In his best game of this season he scored 19 points (5/6 3pointers) against Sopron in 18 minutes.
The other player is american guard, Anthony Harris (188-G), who played also for Kormend this season. Harris played 4 games, averaged 19.3 points (55% 2pt's, 38% 3pt's, 63% FT's), had also 5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, but that time he decided not to return to Hungary after Christmas. He will be arriving in the next couple of days in Budapest!


So Kormend lost one hungarian guard, but invited canadian Manix Auriantal (187-G-80, college: NYIT) on a try-out, who arrived already to Kormend and practiced with his new team. Auriantal, who is a member of the NT of Ruanda, was a key-player of his team in Afrobasket '07, where he averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds per game. He started this season with Olimpia Ljubljana in Slovenia, but was not kept because of one injurey, so got back to Canada and played in the ABA for his home team Quebec.



Round 20: Falco won again -by Tamas Deri
Even without Ciric and Kalman - who got injured in the first quarter and came not back to the court - could Falco beat Sopron easily last night. Player of the game was lithuanian forward, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side), who scored 30 points with excellent shooting performance: he scored 7 of his 8 three point shoots!

FALCO KC SZOMBATHELY - SOPRONI SÖRDÖGÖK 96-74
(28-22, 22-11, 31-19, 15-22)
Szombathely, Att.: 2800, Referees: Hartyani, Kothay, Jakab
SZOMBATHELY: Kalman 2, Bam Doyne (193-G-84, college: Mississippi) 19/15, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 14/6, Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side) 30/21, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 17, VARADI KORNEL 13/3, Feigl 1, Will, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
SOPRON: Karon Bradley (180-G-84, college: Wichita St.) 19/9, Lakatos 13/6, Jeff Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 15/3, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Frana 8, Boldizsar, Vesztergom 2, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert


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INDIA

Kottayam YMCA All India Tourney gets underway -by Anil Kumar
Defending champion MEG (Bangalore) and Central Excise (Kochi) entered the men's semifinals of the 14th YMCA all-India basketball tournament at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.
MEG defeated YMCA (Kottayam) — a hastily-arranged combination to replace KSEB in the fixture — 60-27 with Tinu Joseph leading the scoring with 20 points.
Central Excise entered the last four without playing a game. The confusion over KSEB's arrival here — though the electricity board officials maintained that their team would not take part, the tournament organiser, the Kottayam YMCA, received an assurance from the State Electricity Minister A.K. Balan that the Board team would play the event — made the host wait till the last minute.
And forming the new team, under the host Kottayam YMCA banner, took a day. Central Excise will now play MEG to decide the top two positions in Group ‘A'.

In the women's league, Southern Railway, riding on Renjini Jose's fine form, defeated South Western Railway 54-31.
The results (league):

Men: Group A: MEG, Bangalore 60 (Tinu Joseph 20, Lloyd Antony 11, Subbaih 10) bt YMCA, Kottayam 42 (K.R. Nikhil 13, Ajith Sugunan 11, V.G. Ajith 10).

Women: Southern Railway, Chennai 54 (Renjini Jose 18, Anitha 10) bt South Western Railway, Hubli 31 (Smitha 16).

Wednesday's matches:

Men: Group B: Indian Bank, Chennai 78 (Javed Khan 22, Phuvaneswaran 20, Thankadurai 15) bt BSNL, Tvdm. 54.

Women: Western Railway, Mumbai 61 (Lincy Joseph 27, Reshmi Venugopal 19) bt South Western Railway 52(Rajeshwari 12, G. Reshma 10).


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ISRAEL

Zalgiris downs Maccabi Elite in Kaunas -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Maccabi Elite 101:82

Zalgiris Kaunas achieved the first victory in Top 16 upsetting Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 101:82. A crowd of more than 5000 spectators had greatly supported the local team. The most troubles Maccabi Elite saw in the third quarter when they trailed 31:14. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 22 points. Brown netted 19 points, while De Juan Collins (188-G-76, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tuskegee) collected 12 points and 7 assists. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Israeli team.

Macabbi started to play aggressively in the opening quarter and reacted with 2:9 run. It gave them a good opportunity to control the first quarter and led to 21:26 by the end of it. Right in the second period Morris added a basket that extended the visitors' lead to 23:33. With the same scenario the guests reached 39:46. Zalgiris woke up in the end of the half to tie the score at 48:48 at halftime.
Lithuanian team found its game in the second half and Marko Popovic hit from outside the arc to extend the gap to 67:55. The success in the third quarter was outstanding as Zalgiris won the period 31:14. N'Diaye Mamadou's dunk gave the hosts a 79:62 lead after 30 minutes. At that time the game was almost over but Zalgiris continued launching triples as Marko Popovic made a three from the left corner. In the middle of the quarter the margin reached plus 28, and only then Maccabi Elite reduced to the final 101:82 score.

Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 22, Brown 19 points, De Juan Collins 12 + 7 assists, N'Diaye Mamadou 11 points+12 rebounds, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) 11.
Maccabi Elite: Esteban Batista 25 points+13 rebounds, Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 13, Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) 11


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JAMAICA

Samuels and St. Benedict's roll in Old Spice Showcase -by Leonard Whyte
Jersey City, NJ (2-21-2008) - Samardo Samuels scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half, including eight consecutive points to pace #3 ranked St. Benedict's to a solid 58-44 victory over Benedictine High of Virginia last night. Samuels, the Louisville-bound power forward, closed with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal as St. Benedict's improved to 24-1 on the season. Meanwhile, one day after being named to the McDonald's All-Star East team, Samuels was also named to the Jordan Brand Classic team. The game is scheduled to be played on April 19, 2008 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

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KOREA

KBL IS DOWN TO THE 6 AND FINAL ROUNDS OF PLAY -by Rick Ross
45 GAMES ARE IN THE RECORD BOOKS & 9 GAMES REMAIN.
KCC & SK KNIGHTS WILL FINISH THE FINAL 5TH ROUND GAMES FEB 23RD.

DONGBU PROMY IS THE LEAGUES LEADER AT 33-12 WHILE SAMSUNG
CLAIMS 2ND WITH A RECORD OF 28-17, KT&G IS 3RD 27-18 AND KCC
HOLDS THE 4TH SPOT AT 26-18, LG SAKERS ROUNDS THE TOP 5TH SPOT
WITH A RECORD OF 25-20 AND ET LAND BLACKSLAM HAS THE 6TH SPOT
AT 24-21.

SK KNIGHTS IS 500% AND IN 7TH PLACE POSITION WITH A RECORD OF 22-22
KTF IS 8TH- MOBIS IS 9TH AND ORIONS IN TENTH PLACE.

ALL GAMES ARE CRUCIAL FOR THE PLAY-OFF'S , AND IT BALLS DOWN
TO WINNING FOR THE TOP SEEDS AND PLACEMENT POSITIONS.

WITH ONLY NINE GAMES REMAINING IN THE KOREAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE
ITS FAIR TO SAY THAT ANY OF THE TOP 8 TEAMS HAS POSSESSION OF ITS OWN DESTINY
AND WILL DEPEND ON IT DAY BY DAY AND GAME BY GAME.


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KOSOVO

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF BASKETBALL FEDERATION OF KOSOVA FROM BASKETBALL FEDEARTION OF ALBANIA -by Alban Salihu
From the decision taken on 18.02.08 Basketball Federation of Albania recognized officially the Basketball Federation of Kosova. The official letter signed by the President of BFA, Mr. Avni Ponairi and by the general secretary of BFA Mr. Armando Dajko was handled solemnly before starting the match Kosova- Albania on 21.02.08 in Prishtina to the general secretary of BFK Mr. Isuf Lumi.

source fbk-ks.com


KOSOVA - ALBANIA MATCH -by Alban Salihu
KOSOVA - ALBANIA 67:71 (16:14, 15:16, 17:22, 19:19)

REFEREES: Shefqet Bekteshi, Faton Kurshumliu, Daut Mehmeti
(Men Match)
KOSOVA: Radoni, Hasani 11, Ferati 3, Spaqi 9, Asllani 3, Azemi 11, Mehmeti 5, Grapci 6, Citaku, Haxha 8, Lila 6, Hanxhiq 5, Podvorica, Ferizi
ALBANIA : Cane, Vogli, Berdica, Sukaj 3, Aliaj, Lame 2, Karaj 21, Garo 8, Mitku 6, Gjonaj 9, Hysenagolli 9, Shima 15

source:basketolli.com


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LATVIA

Latvian Basketball League, II division -by Gunars Gailitis

Latvian Basketball League

Division II

February, 14

RNS-D/Livani - Ventspils augstskola 78-90
D.Berzins 14; Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) 23, J.Strelnieks 20, Zakis 14

February, 15

BK Zemgale - Jurmalas Sports/Fenikss 104-80

Berkis 18, Raiskums 16; Ozols 25, Ramma 13

Cesis/Remarks - BK Roja 87-65

Knostenbergs 26, D.Rozitis 17,Puce 14; Gebauers 19, Neilands 13

February, 16

Ventspils augstskola - ASK Juniors 107-91

Kristaps Kanbergs 29+10reb, J.Strelnieks 28, Bucs 18; Freimanis 25, Senhofs 14, J.Rozitis 14

February, 18

Jurmalas Sports/Fenikss - RNS-D/Livani 76-67

Ozols 28, Ramma 14; Kalnins 24+15reb, Slesers 15

LU/Ridzene - Cesis/Remarks 96-81

Zeidaks 21, Mizis 17, Ei.Tukiss 14; Knostenbergs 18, Puce 17, Paulins 14

February, 19

BK Roja - BK Saldus 80-61

Delveris 21, Kirsakmens 14+11reb; Licitis 15+10reb, Zalkovskis 14, Berzs 12

February, 21

Jurmalas Sports/Fenikss - BK Saldus 100-81

Ramma 24+10reb, Logins 20+10reb, Ozols 17; Licitis 15+14reb, Zalkovskis 13, Paberzs 12

RNS-D/Livani - LU/Ridzene 66-69

Kalnins 13, Gargazins 13, Baranovskis 11; Mizis 27+11reb, Elbakjans 13



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LITHUANIA

Vytautas Danelius to ASK Riga -by Evaldas Ceilytkas
Former Wake Forest (NCAA-1) star Vytautas Danelius has signed ASK Riga. This season he was palying for Bremerhawen in Germany till february, where he averaged 2,4ppg and 1,7rpg.

Siauliai head coach retired -by Evaldas Ceilytkas
BC Siauliai head coach Robertas Kuncaitis after lost to 'Sakalai Vilnius' has retired because of bad results. After this loss Siauliai lays in fourth place in Lithuanian league and in Baltic League. In ULEB Cup team ended performance after first round. Temporarily head coach will be Robertas Giedraitis . One of candidates to coach team is former coach of Lithuanian national taem Antanas Sireika .

Zalgiris downs Maccabi Elite in Kaunas -by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Maccabi Elite 101:82

Zalgiris Kaunas achieved the first victory in Top 16 upsetting Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 101:82. A crowd of more than 5000 spectators had greatly supported the local team. The most troubles Maccabi Elite saw in the third quarter when they trailed 31:14. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 22 points. Brown netted 19 points, while De Juan Collins (188-G-76, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tuskegee) collected 12 points and 7 assists. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Israeli team.

Macabbi started to play aggressively in the opening quarter and reacted with 2:9 run. It gave them a good opportunity to control the first quarter and led to 21:26 by the end of it. Right in the second period Morris added a basket that extended the visitors' lead to 23:33. With the same scenario the guests reached 39:46. Zalgiris woke up in the end of the half to tie the score at 48:48 at halftime.
Lithuanian team found its game in the second half and Marko Popovic hit from outside the arc to extend the gap to 67:55. The success in the third quarter was outstanding as Zalgiris won the period 31:14. N'Diaye Mamadou's dunk gave the hosts a 79:62 lead after 30 minutes. At that time the game was almost over but Zalgiris continued launching triples as Marko Popovic made a three from the left corner. In the middle of the quarter the margin reached plus 28, and only then Maccabi Elite reduced to the final 101:82 score.

Zalgiris: Jonas Maciulis 22, Brown 19 points, De Juan Collins 12 + 7 assists, N'Diaye Mamadou 11 points+12 rebounds, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) 11.
Maccabi Elite: Esteban Batista 25 points+13 rebounds, Will Bynum (180-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 13, Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh) 11


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MEXICO

Hoops Hype in Mexico, President Calderon Makes an Appearance -by Justin Brink
To non Mexican hoops enthusiasts it may not mean much, after all, most of us likely have no idea who Mexico's president is, let alone that the country has one of the most competitive pro hoop leagues in Latin America. But, to Mexican's and to the four of us that follow Mexican basketball, the president's attendance at last night's game is symbolic. Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon, was in the house last night in Monterrey for the LNBP's All Star game between Mexican national players and foreigners, mostly American, and with his presence shined the spotlight on Mexico's top professional basketball league...It's getting the home fans involved however, that will continue to prove difficult. With all T.V. sets tuned to soccer games on a weekly basis and more kids kicking the ball against the alley wall instead of shooting it into an egg crate nailed to it, making hoops in-roads in the Mexican psyche is going to be an uphill battle. Yet, with the presence of Calderon at last night's All Star game, it's a step in the right direction. Click here for more on Mexican hoops.

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NCAA3

Former NYU-Star Jason Boone moves from third to first division in Germany -by Moritz Korff
1. Bundesliga-side BG 74 Goettingen has signed Jason Boone (6'6''-F/C-85, college: New York U.) of SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North). The 22-year-old Post Player will be the final new athlete on the Goettingen roster in this season. He is already working out with the Violets since Monday and will be ready for his debut in Germanys top-league on Sunday, when Goettingen takes on the Koeln 99ers. Boone came to Bernau at the beginning of this current campaign and averaged 17.4 points in 16 games of the RLN. He spent his college-days at New York University (NCAA3) and was named to the 2006-2007 NCAA Division 3 All-America Third Team by D3hoops.com after his senior-year, in which he led NYU with 14.1 points, 9.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per contest.

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PARAGUAY

Sol de America ready for Liga Sudamericana -by Gianni Pascucci
Paraguayan champion team Sol de America agreed to terms with Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.) and Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian): they will be the two import players of the team at the 2008 edition of the Liga Sudamericana. The team should add even Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74), who is currently playing in Pilar League Finals. The other players in the roster coachd by Juan Pablo Feliu are Cristian Viveros (182-G-78), Victor Villalba (187-G), Daniel Ocampos (-G-58), Gustavo Dos Santos (184-G-73), Ivan Lafuente, Sergio Marquez (202-C/F-76), Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82), Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80), Oscar Vairoletto (198-F/C-84), Rodrigo Lopez (198-C-86) and Leonardo Maier (198-C-72). Sol will travel next week to Argentina, and another new is that two of the Qualifying Group of Corrientes have changed: the Uruguayan team Club Malvin will be replaced by Union Atletica de Montevideo and Brazilian team Minas Tenis Clube will be replaced by Venezuelan Deportivo Tachira.

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PHILIPPINES

BAP-SBP mulls stint of naturalized players -by Hector Santos
The BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is considering the idea of tapping naturalized players for the national team since there's no rule against it in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

'This is a delicate issue but our people must understand that no less than the world body is encouraging its member nations to take advantage of this rule,' said SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio.

'Even world powers USA and Russia have been fielding naturalized players. Russia topped the recent FIBA Europe championship with its naturalized player hitting the deciding free throws in the closing seconds,' Gregorio added.

Gregorio noted Hakeen Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing and Tim Duncan were among naturalized Americans who had donned the US colors in an international tournament.

If ever, Gregorio, however, assured they would not get basketball mercenaries but naturalized players who have affinity to the country.

This particular rule has changed the basketball landscape in Asia. Arab teams emerged as new powers with their aggressive recruitment of players from abroad.

Incidentally, the Philippines had its last Asian championship in 1986 behind a team featuring naturalized players Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Chip Engelland.

In the last FIBA-Asia championship in Tokushima, Lebanon, Jordan and Japan were among teams which fielded naturalized players.

It's also noted that several Asian teams are relying on foreign coaches. Among teams with foreign coaches are China, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar.

National coach Chot Reyes himself is keen on recruiting a naturalized player.

In fact, he has one prospect - a 21-year-old seven-footer he met during the RP team's trip in Belgrade last year.

Gregorio, on the other hand, is pointing to the likes of Sam Ekwe, a foreign player who can relate with the Filipinos.

The SBP in partnership with Tao Corp. and Nokia Philippines has just launched an ambitious bid to make the Olympics in London in 2012.

The federation has put up a youth program and is hoping to have a tie-up with the PBA, running a parallel program for the elite competitions.

'The idea is to prepare the youth team for the elite championships by 2011. But at the moment, we still need the help of the PBA. If they can't run the program, we'll be happy if they can lend their expertise and their players. We'll be the one to look for the patron,' said Gregorio.

The SBP executive director said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero is willing to fund the team's campaign in the next Asian Games. (NB/Philstar)


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PUERTO RICO

Sanders and Williams in Mayaguez and Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
BSN
Indios de Mayaguez signed Michael Sanders and Jermaine Williams for next BSN 2008. Michael Sanders is an american guard with a lot of experience. He is a great scorer, last season in Qatar with As Saad, He was one of the best scorers of the 'Qatar League' with 31.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He is an incredible 'journey-man', in his carreer He played in Portugal (for BC Guimaraes, 28.4 ppg), Kossovo (the Super League with Yilli Therande with 33.5 ppg), in Saudi Arabia (for Al Nasr with 32.3 ppg) and in Qatar (before for Al Wakrah 29.7 ppg and last year for As Saad).
Jermaine Williams is a strong center with a lot of experience in the 'US Minors', He played in CBA, USBL and WBA. He played also in South America, in Argentina for Atenas Cordoba, only 2 games, and in Europe in Poland, Bosnia, Serbia (for Pristina with 20.2 ppg). This season He was playing in Czech Republic for Geovin Novi.

Conquistadores de Guaynabo signed an interesting player, Dan Langhi who is a strong-power froward with a great '3pts shot'. Dan Langhi played college at Vanderbilt and He played in NBA for Houston, Phoenix and Milwaukee. After his NBA seasons, He played in Italia for Udine (10.2 ppg) and in Germany for Braunschweig (13.1 ppg). Last season He was in Japan with OSG.
BORICUAS ABROAD
In Euroleague Unicaja Malaga was defeated by Lottomatica Roma 75-67. Daniel Santiago played 13 minutes with 4 pts (2/4 2pts, 0/2 FT) and 2 assts.
A. Fontana


San German Athletics counting on youth -by Luis Ramirez
The Athletics will be one of the younger teams this season in the BSN, they will have fresh legs on the court and Head Coach Flor Melendez is counting on having some of these young players explode offensively. The team acquired Omar Alvarado from the Caguas Criollos team in the offseason a move which seems will provide excellent offense from the 3 point line. The Athletic lost Rick Apodaca and Christian Dalmau who had been their main guns in the past seasons. Both return late from their Europe commitment. Adding perimeter shooting will be Osvaldo Mendez who played last year with the Ponce Lions but had been relegated to the bench all last season. He is obviously looking for more playing minutes this time, another ex-Lion being added to the team will be import player Robert Bobby Lazor who has been considered to be one of the most versatile players to play in the BSN. Rounding out the team, will be Sammy Villegas, Roberto Herrera, Jowhen Villegas, Dario Torres, Guillermo Andino and brother Jose Andino. The other import player will be Nigel Dixon who with his 6'11' frame will be a dominant force under the boards. As community player the Athletics will have Victor Avila and rounding out the team will be Alphonse Dyer and Manuel de Jesus. If San German can start with a winning streak they could go all the way to the post season.

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SENEGAL

Mamadou is victorious with Zalgiris -by Eurobasket News
N'Diaye Mamadou and his Zalgiris Kaunas achieved the first victory in Top 16 upsetting Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 101:82. A crowd of more than 5000 spectators had greatly supported the local team. The most troubles Maccabi Elite saw in the third quarter when they trailed 31:14. Jonas Maciulis led the winners with 22 points. Brown netted 19 points, while De Juan Collins collected 12 points and 7 assists. Esteban Batista finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Israeli team. Macabbi started to play aggressively in the opening quarter and reacted with 2:9 run. It gave them a good opportunity to control the first quarter and led to 21:26 by the end of it. Right in the second period Morris added a basket that extended the visitors' lead to 23:33. With the same scenario the guests reached 39:46. Zalgiris woke up in the end of the half to tie the score at 48:48 at halftime. Lithuanian team found its game in the second half and Marko Popovic hit from outside the arc to extend the gap to 67:55. The success in the third quarter was outstanding as Zalgiris won the period 31:14. N'Diaye Mamadou 's dunk gave the hosts a 79:62 lead after 30 minutes. At that time the game was almost over but Zalgiris continued launching triples as Marko Popovic made a three from the left corner. In the middle of the quarter the margin reached plus 28, and only then Maccabi Elite reduced to the final 101:82 score. N'Diaye Mamadou ended up with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Boniface N'Dong (213-C-77) averages 8 points per game for Unicaja in Top 16 of Euroleague. Moreover he had 11.8 points per game in the first stage. In the latest game Boniface N'Dong scored 2 points, made 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Lottomatica Roma however registered a first Top 16 victory when it manhandled visiting Unicaja 75:67 in Group G.


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SLOVENIA

Brezec traded to Toronto, Kraski zidar adds two players -by Zeljko Zule

The Detroit Pistons have traded Slovenian center Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard Juan Dixon. Brezec played in 17 games with Detroit after being acquired along with Walter Herrmann in a December 14th trade that sent Nazr Mohammed to the Charlotte Bobcats. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game.

Kraski zidar Jadran inked Serbian Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) ex Leotar who averaging 13,1 points of 9 games of A1 Bosnian League and Marko Sekulic (206-C-86) ex Ulcinj for the rest of the season.



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SPAIN

Mickeal to miss 3 weeks -by Natxo Mendaza

Tau Ceramica revealed Thursday evening that forward Pete Mickeal (198-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be sidelined for three weeks after sustaining an injury during the club's 103-84 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker the night before in Vitoria. Mickeal felt pain in his right leg in the opening minutes of the third period and asked to come off the court. Medical examination performed on Thursday revealed that Mickeal has a torn muscle in his right femoral biceps that will prevent him from playing for the next three weeks. During this period Mickeal will miss three Euroleague Top16 games: two against Aris and one against Lietuvos Rytas. Injuries have already limited Mickeal this season, who missed five of the last six regular season games.


Source: Euroleague.net



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SYRIA

Ittihad finds McVey's replacement -by Mohammed Malas

Finally, Al Ittihad Aleppo Club found a replacement for their previous center Ian McVey, The US player Washington Tyrone (208-C/F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) arrived to aleppo yesterday to be part of the reds till the end of the season alongside with the american guard Jay Joseph (193-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: NC-Greensboro)....

Washington was with a korean team called Pusan KTF Magic Wings (Korea-KBL) but decided to leave in november, He has a good enough experience to prove his success in Syria after he played in Italy (4 seasons), Serbia, Turkey, Puerto Rico, China and finally South Korea.


In another issue, Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron) left Al Jalaa Aleppo due to personal reasons.......



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TAIWAN

Chien Ming-fu replaced in All-Star Game -by Chris Wang
Bank of Taiwan guard Chien Ming-Fu (163-G-79), who was named as a Team Red reserve in the 2008 SBL All-Star Game which will be played Saturday, was replaced by his teammate Chang Bo-sheng. Chang will also replace Chien in the Three-point Shootout.

Chien and former BOT head coach Wei Chen-ming were involved in a graft case and appeared in court Feb. 20. A number of BOT players were also involved in the case.

The graft case was the latest of a series of scandals and legal cases regarding SBL teams and players during the last two months, during which the image of this five-year-old league had taken a huge hit.


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TURKEY

2009 European Basketball Championship Draw -by Sinan Kocak
According to the draw of the qualifying rounds for the 2009 European Championship which was held in Venice, Italy; Turkey National Team will face France, Belgium and Ukraine. The winners of each group plus the three best second placed teams will be promoted to the final phase of the competinion, joining the eight teams which had already qualified; Russia, Spain, Lithuania, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland. An additional 16th place will be decided in the so-named Additional Round in August 2009. The games of the qualifying groups are going to take place between August - September, 2008.

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URUGUAY

Trouville announced roster for South American League -by Walter Sobrero
Club Trouville announced today the roster for the stage of Liga Sudamericana that will be held in Montevideo since next monday. The only uruguayan team in the competition due to the quit of Malvin - which may be fined- will add only one national reenforcement for this league that will be Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) who played with Malvin the Uruguayan League. The rest of the roster wil be the same of the uruguayan League where they couldn't qualify to the Final Four except Francisco Cabrera (180-G-80). Club Trouville will face Libertad Sunchales, Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro and Millonarios Tarija.

Bigua and Atens won their first semifinal games -by Hector Lopez
Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) scored 14 points in the first 10 minutes and Bigua took a clear lead over Defensor Sporting to win 84-67 the first game for the best of five semifinal games of the Uruguayan League.
Young who finalized the game with 23 points also grabbed 13 rebounds. Also for Bigua Juan Jose Rovira (180-G-76) netted 21 points incluiding 7/12 three point shots, and Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) had 7 points and five rebounds.
For Defensor Sporting David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) netted 21 points and Nathan Mielke 4 and 11 rebounds. Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83, college: Hofstra) scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Atenas beating Hebraica 79-76, also in their first semifinal game. Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Washington) scored 11 and tok 12 rebounds for Atenas. Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) netted 18 for Hebraica and grabbed 11 rebounds. Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds.




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Women News

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BELARUS - Women

Olimpia and Berezina are 18-2 -by Eurobasket News
Two favorites of basketball in Belarus continue to lead the standings with 18-2 record. In the latest games Olimpia smashed Vitebsk Region 104:41 and 105:40 to reach such a record. Berezina had twp thrillers however proved the superiority against tough Minsk-2006 61:66 and 56:61 on a road.
Meanwhile Galatasaray stole the victory from Electra Ramat-Hasharon and Belarus Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) in the first leg of the EuroCup Women quarter-final. A 15:25 in the last quarter gave the guests a great end and the way to start a second game. Petra Ujhelyi led the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Isil Alben produced 18 and Sophia Young collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belarus international Tatyana Troina top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Galatasaray opened the game with 7-0 run to show the class of the Turkish ambitions. Electra Ramat-Hasharon did not fall down and replied with the same run to tie at 7:7. Isil Alben's jump shot closed the first period as the guests had 11:17 advantage. The hosts however came back to the game in the second quarter and produced 22:14 in it. Melvin gave the home team 33;31 deficit at the half. Sophia Young was the top player in the court in the third quarter scoring some important baskets. Her last jump-shot reduced the host's lead to 54:49. The run that killed the home side came after they had taken a 56:52 lead in the last quarter.Petra Ujhelyi made a pair of free throws to spark the 7-0 spurt that she finished off herself with a lay-up. The game was tied at 69:69 but Sophia Young hit a pair of free throws for a win. Esra Sencebe buried a three-ball for the final 69:74 score.


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BWBL - Women

Three more days until the end of the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Baltic Women League had two games over the week and expects another huge round this weekend. Tallinn saw two games of Tallinna Living. The team satisfied the spectators only with one win to improve to 6-6 record.
In the first game Tallinna Living smashed Barsy Atyrau 103:55. There were no questions about the winner from the early beginning. Estonian team controlled the game and reached the wins in all the quarters. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) led the winners with 26 points. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) netted 14, while Mitt ended up with 11 points. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) finished the game with 16 points.
In the second game Cesis grabbed the win from Tallinna Living 61:80. Estonian team struggled hard but saw the losses to more experienced squad.Cesis started with 16:19 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) top-scored with 21 points. Cinite and Crockett followed her with 17 points each. Viive-Kai Rebane produced 16 points in the losing effort.
Three games are scheduled for tonight. Minsk will host BC Minsk-2006 - Laisvė at 17.00 and then Berezina-RCOR - Lemminkainen at 19:00. TLU/VOLTA and Cesis will play at 17:30 in Tallinn.

Tallinna Living - Barsy Atyrau 103 : 55 ( 25 : 17, 30 : 14, 25 : 8, 23 : 16 )
Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 26, Pirgit Puu 14, Mitt 11
Barsy Atyrau: Serdiukova 16, Krosovskaja 12, Averyanova 9

Tallinna Living - Cesis 61 : 80 ( 16 : 19, 11 : 17, 12 : 20, 22 : 24 )
Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 16, Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) 14, Raussberg 12
Cesis: Jessica Moore 21, Cinite 17, Crockett 17


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


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CANADA - Women

Playoffs got under way in college season -by Eurobasket News
The playoff stage tipped off in Canada college season with OUA and Canada West Divisions enjoying quarterfinals and finals. Windsor overcame Western in a closely fought battle 71:69 to advance to the semifinal. Dranadia Roc (170-G-84) notched 21 points, while Shavaun Reaney delivered 20 points for the winners. Amanda Anderson (-G) answered with 24 points in a loss.
OUA regular season winners McMaster denied the hopes of Waterloo with a confident 71:40 rout. Chiara Rossa paced McMaster with 20 points and 9 boards. Rachel Hart added 19 points and 6 assists in a win. Melanie Belore scored 12 points for Waterloo in a loss. McMaster will now take in Windsor in the OUA semis.
York will be another semis participant after a 64:61 win over Laurentian. It was a big game for senior Emily Van Hoof (180-F) as she led York with 25 points, 12 boards and 6 steals. Tara Minicuci (168-G) and Brenan Rurak (175-G) dropped 13 points apiece for the winners. Darrah Burnstead, Katie Goggins and Kauri Lafontaine (178-F) scored 13 points each in defeat.
York will face Toronto in the semifinal as the Blues edged Carleton 64:61. Alaine Hutton (173-G) was outstanding with 24 points in a winning effort. Kelly Lyons (183-F, college: Oakland) replied with 15 points for Carleton.
Meanwhile Regina grabbed a 1-0 lead in the Canada West division final. They outlasted Winnipeg 71:64 at home. Maja Kralovcova tallied 19 points and 6 boards in success. Jessica Lynch (170-G) provided 17 points and 11 boards for Regina. Amy Ogidan answered with game-high 22 points for Winnipeg. Game 2 is scheduled for today.


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CROATIA - Women

Gospic loses in the in the opening leg of Quarter-Final clash -by Eurobasket News

Gospic - Beretta-Famila 63:68 (16-21, 15-13, 10-16, 22-18)

Gospic lost in the opening leg of their EuroCup Women Quarter-Final Clash to Beretta Famila 63:68. A 16:21 in the first quarter gave the guests a good chance to control the game. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) paced the winners with 14 points each. Bethany Donaphin (190-C-80) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, being the top player in the last seconds of the game. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) finished the game with 16 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.

Even though Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three Croatian side scored 5 consecutive points to take the lead. A high scoring first quarter saw the away side take their advantage of 16:21. Gospic could not regain the lead in the second stanza and were down for the whole time in it. The visitors subsequently held on to a 31:34 lead at the half-time break.
Ngoyisa scored a jump shot and then a lay-up to give 31:38 for the Italians. Maloca was the last to score in the third quarter as Beretta-Famila had 41:50 after 30 minutes of the game. Once in the fourth the home side re-asserted themselves on the game and scored the first 5 points. With a minute to play in the game Gopsic trailed 59:68 and then reduced to 63:68.
The second game will be played in Schio on February 27.

Gospic:Mirjana Tabak 16+6 assists, Lindsay Bowen (170-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Michigan St.) 14, Mandir 10
Beretta-Famila: Raffaella Masciadri 14, Laura Macchi 14, Bethany Donaphin 12+11 rebs



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ESTONIA - Women

Three more days until the end of the regular season -by Eurobasket News
Baltic Women League had two games over the week and expects another huge round this weekend. Tallinn saw two games of Tallinna Living. The team satisfied the spectators only with one win to improve to 6-6 record.
In the first game Tallinna Living smashed Barsy Atyrau 103:55. There were no questions about the winner from the early beginning. Estonian team controlled the game and reached the wins in all the quarters. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) led the winners with 26 points. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) netted 14, while Mitt ended up with 11 points. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) finished the game with 16 points.
In the second game Cesis grabbed the win from Tallinna Living 61:80. Estonian team struggled hard but saw the losses to more experienced squad.Cesis started with 16:19 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) top-scored with 21 points. Cinite and Crockett followed her with 17 points each. Viive-Kai Rebane produced 16 points in the losing effort.
Three games are scheduled for tonight. Minsk will host BC Minsk-2006 - Laisvė at 17.00 and then Berezina-RCOR - Lemminkainen at 19:00. TLU/VOLTA and Cesis will play at 17:30 in Tallinn.

Tallinna Living - Barsy Atyrau 103 : 55 ( 25 : 17, 30 : 14, 25 : 8, 23 : 16 )
Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 26, Pirgit Puu 14, Mitt 11
Barsy Atyrau: Serdiukova 16, Krosovskaja 12, Averyanova 9

Tallinna Living - Cesis 61 : 80 ( 16 : 19, 11 : 17, 12 : 20, 22 : 24 )
Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 16, Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) 14, Raussberg 12
Cesis: Jessica Moore 21, Cinite 17, Crockett 17


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EUROCUP (W) - Women

Russian battle in EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Chevakata -BC Moscow 68:70 (17-18, 26-12, 19-20, 6-20)

Vologda and 1500 spectators that came to support their local team saw the first leg of the EuroCup Women Quarter-Final. Their Chevakata tried really hard but had to admit 68:70 loss to BC Moscow. A 6:20 in the last quarter was fatal for the home team. Alexandra Latysheva (175-G-76) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) nailed 18 and Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) posted 14. Elena Volkova (175-G-83) struggled for the hosts team with 25 points.
Chevakata produced first four points of the game to go on a small lead in the opening tip of the game. The home team played better in the first quarter but Alexandra Latysheva's lay-up showed 17:18 for the guests. Chevakata proved the ambitions providing 26:12 in the second quarter. Moore scored two free throws as the squads disappeared in the lockers at 43:30.
That lead ballooned to 55:36 near the midway point of the third quarter when Elena Volkova buried a jump shot inside the arc. That basket finished off a 10-0 surge during which Elena Volkova scored seven points. Chevakata had the biggest, plus 19 advantage but could not stay for good. Danilochkina was able to cut the deficit in the end of the period at 62:50.
Moscow team spurted a 12-0 run to tie the game at 66:66. Plenette Pierson and Monique Currie baskets sent the teams to Moscow with 2 points advantage for BC Moscow The second game of this quarter-final will be played on February 28.

Chevakata: Elena Volkova 25, Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) 12+12 rebs, Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) 12
BC Moscow: Alexandra Latysheva 19+7 rebs, Monique Currie 18, Plenette Pierson 14


Gospic loses in the in the opening leg of Quarter-Final clash -by Eurobasket News

Gospic - Beretta-Famila 63:68 (16-21, 15-13, 10-16, 22-18)

Gospic lost in the opening leg of their EuroCup Women Quarter-Final Clash to Beretta Famila 63:68. A 16:21 in the first quarter gave the guests a good chance to control the game. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) paced the winners with 14 points each. Bethany Donaphin (190-C-80) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, being the top player in the last seconds of the game. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) finished the game with 16 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.

Even though Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three Croatian side scored 5 consecutive points to take the lead. A high scoring first quarter saw the away side take their advantage of 16:21. Gospic could not regain the lead in the second stanza and were down for the whole time in it. The visitors subsequently held on to a 31:34 lead at the half-time break.
Ngoyisa scored a jump shot and then a lay-up to give 31:38 for the Italians. Maloca was the last to score in the third quarter as Beretta-Famila had 41:50 after 30 minutes of the game. Once in the fourth the home side re-asserted themselves on the game and scored the first 5 points. With a minute to play in the game Gopsic trailed 59:68 and then reduced to 63:68.
The second game will be played in Schio on February 27.

Gospic:Mirjana Tabak 16+6 assists, Lindsay Bowen (170-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Michigan St.) 14, Mandir 10
Beretta-Famila: Raffaella Masciadri 14, Laura Macchi 14, Bethany Donaphin 12+11 rebs



Quarter-Finals. First legs -by Eurobasket News

Vologda and 1500 spectators that came to support their local team saw the first leg of the EuroCup Women Quarter-Final. Their Chevakata tried really hard but had to admit 68:70 loss to BC Moscow. A 6:20 in the last quarter was fatal for the home team. Alexandra Latysheva (175-G-76) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) nailed 18 and Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) posted 14. Elena Volkova (175-G-83) struggled for the hosts team with 25 points.
Chevakata produced first four points of the game to go on a small lead in the opening tip of the game. The home team played better in the first quarter but Alexandra Latysheva's lay-up showed 17:18 for the guests. Chevakata proved the ambitions providing 26:12 in the second quarter. Moore scored two free throws as the squads disappeared in the lockers at 43:30.
That lead ballooned to 55:36 near the midway point of the third quarter when Elena Volkova buried a jump shot inside the arc. That basket finished off a 10-0 surge during which Elena Volkova scored seven points. Chevakata had the biggest, plus 19 advantage but could not stay for good. Danilochkina was able to cut the deficit in the end of the period at 62:50.
Moscow team spurted a 12-0 run to tie the game at 66:66. Plenette Pierson and Monique Currie baskets sent the teams to Moscow with 2 points advantage for BC Moscow.


Gospic lost in the opening leg of their EuroCup Women Quarter-Final Clash to Beretta Famila 63:68. A 16:21 in the first quarter gave the guests a good chance to control the game. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) paced the winners with 14 points each. Bethany Donaphin (190-C-80) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, being the top player in the last seconds of the game. Mirjana Tabak (182-F-72) finished the game with 16 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.

Even though Raffaella Masciadri opened the game with a three Croatian side scored 5 consecutive points to take the lead. A high scoring first quarter saw the away side take their advantage of 16:21. Gospic could not regain the lead in the second stanza and were down for the whole time in it. The visitors subsequently held on to a 31:34 lead at the half-time break.
Ngoyisa scored a jump shot and then a lay-up to give 31:38 for the Italians. Maloca was the last to score in the third quarter as Beretta-Famila had 41:50 after 30 minutes of the game. Once in the fourth the home side re-asserted themselves on the game and scored the first 5 points. With a minute to play in the game Gopsic trailed 59:68 and then reduced to 63:68.

Galatasaray steals the victory from Electra Ramat-Hasharon in the first leg of the EuroCup Women quarter-final. A 15:25 in the last quarter gave the guests a great end and the way to start a second game. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Isil Alben (170-G-86) produced 18 and Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belarus international Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Galatasaray opened the game with 7-0 run to show the class of the Turkish ambitions. Electra Ramat-Hasharon did not fall down and replied with the same run to tie at 7:7. Isil Alben's jump shot closed the first period as the guests had 11:17 advantage. The hosts however came back to the game in the second quarter and produced 22:14 in it. Melvin gave the home team 33;31 deficit at the half.
Sophia Young was the top player in the court in the third quarter scoring some important baskets. Her last jump-shot reduced the host's lead to 54:49. The run that killed the home side came after they had taken a 56:52 lead in the last quarter.Petra Ujhelyi made a pair of free throws to spark the 7-0 spurt that she finished off herself with a lay-up. The game was tied at 69:69 but Sophia Young hit a pair of free throws for a win. Esra Sencebe buried a three-ball for the final 69:74 score.


Elitzur Ramla beat Levoni Taranto 78:51 and has the best chances from all the teams to advance. Jaclyn Johnson (185-F/G-79, college: Kansas) paced the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds. It's hard to see Taranto clawing their way back from 28 points down in the second leg, which will be played in Taranto on February 28.



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GERMANY - Women

Leipzig: Odnovolenko and Diaz get contract-extension -by Moritz Korff
Though the BBV Leipzig Eagles currently are at the bottom of the DBBL-ladder, two players have accepted the offers to extend their contracts with the team. The 20-year-old Russian center-prospect Svetlana Odnovolenko (190-C-87), who is posting 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Eagles, is going to stay one more season as well as Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska). The member of the Colombian National Team adds 9.3 points and 5.0 boards per contest in this current season.

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HUNGARY - Women

Hungarian Cup-Sopron and Pecs in the Final Four -by Csilla Kantor
Among Szolnok and ZTE, MKB Euroleasing Sopron and Mizo Pecs 2010 qualified themselves to the Hungarian Cup's Final Four. On the second game Pecs beated Szeviep Szeged 59-68. On the first game they won 89-65 on home court.
SZEVIEP-SZEGED - MIZO PECS 2010 59-68(14-16, 18-23, 20-15, 7-14)
SZEGED: Vrancseva 13/6, Emoke Diana Diana Furesz (174-G-84) (174-G-84) (180-G-77) 10, Szlimak, Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) 16, ZSERZSERUROVA 10. Torok, Kovacs K. 7/3, Russai 3/3. Coach: Fodor Peter
PECS: Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) 11, Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) 10, Meszaros 2, Podrug 6, Coelho 10. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) 17/3, Krivacsevics 8, Sarok, Richter 2, Kopacsi, Somogyi 2. Coach: Ratgeber Laszlo

On the other branch, Sopron had a self-confident winning over BSE on home court.
MKB-Euroleasing Sopron-BSE 76-41 (17-11, 25-14, 10-5, 24-11)
MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON: Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) 13/9, Eordogh 4, Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) 14/3, Milovanovic 5, Horti 8 Sliskovic 2, Honti 4, Kocsis 5, Zsuzsanna Horvath (193-F-83) 12/9, Karolyi 9/3
BSE-ESMA: Licet Castillo (175-G-73) 14/3, Zsovar 4, Kiss 3, Vida 6, Vincze V. 6 Horvath E. 2, Fűresz 6/3


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ISRAEL - Women

The result of the quarter-final in the Euro Cup. -by Netanel Dahan
In the quarter-final of the Eurocup games,Ramla won Taranto(Italy),and Ramat Hasharon loss to Galatasaray(Turkey).
Ramla 78 - Taranto 51.
For Ramla:
Jaclyn Johnson 21 points,13 rebounds.
Sherill Baker 17 points.
Shay Doron 17 points, 5 assists.
Laine Selwyn 13 points.
Katia Abramzon 4 points,6 rebounds.
Ina Gourevitch 2 points,4 rebounds.
Ivona Jerkovic 4 points.

For Taranto(Italy):
Michelle Greco 19 points.
Rebekkah Brunson 10 points,10 rebounds.
Audrey Sauret-Gillespie 7 points.
Yolanda Griffith 5 points.

Ramat Hasharon 69 - Galatasaray(Turkey) 74.
For Ramat Hasharon:
Tatyana Troina 16 points,9 rebounds.
Jia Perkins 14 points.
Rada Vidovic 12 points.
Limor Mizrachi 9 points.
Chasity Melvin 8 points,8 rebounds.
Daliborka Vilipic 8 points.
Merav Dori 2 points.

For Galatasaray:
Petra Ujheliy 24 points,12 rebounds.
Isil Alben 18 points.
Sophia Young 16 points.
Vickie Johnson 9 points, 9 assists.
Esra Cencebe 7 points.

Ramat Hasharon will need a miracle to close it out and advance next week in Tureky.
The 2nd leg of both games is set for next Thursday, the 28th.
Ramla will try to reconstruct the results or at least to stay close, and then thay advance to the semi-final.
In the other games:
Gospic - Schio 63-68.
Vologda - BC Moscow 68-70
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Jaclyn Johnson (185-F/G-79, college: Kansas)


lower play-off -by Gil Goshen


Bnei Yehuda - Maccabi Tel Kabir 82:65

For Bnei Yehuda :


A. Cohen 9
N. Bratzkova 7
H. Segal 3
R. Grinboym 16 points, 6 ast. 6 rb. The game M.V.P
T. Salz 9
D. Jackson 11 points.
R. Taylor 14
S. Monsac 13

For Maccabi Tel Kabir :

Jins. Constatns 22
Anat. Goldberg 10
Shaunzinski. Gortman 23 points.
Adi. Kindler 0
Michal. Miron 1 points.

Shiri. Porat 4
Yael. Cherkov 2



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KAZAKHSTAN - Women

Barsy Atyrau finishes Baltic League -by Eurobasket News
Baltic Women League had two games over the week and expects another huge round this weekend.
Barsy Atyrau lost its last game to Tallinna Living 103:55 in Estonia. There were no questions about the winner from the early beginning. Estonian team controlled the game and reached the wins in all the quarters. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) led the winners with 26 points. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) netted 14, while Mitt ended up with 11 points. Svetlana Serdukova (175-F) finished the game with 16 points.
With 1-13 record the team from Kazakhstan finished the regular season of the Baltic League. Barsy Atyrau registered one victory in the BWBL when in Round 13 they travelled to Latvia for a 3-game trip. The first two encounters have been played and brought the first success for Kazakh outfit. Barsy Atyrau beat TTT/Rapa 63:56. Both teams were at the very bottom of the standings and Barsy Atyrau used the opportunity to record the only victory. It was a closely matched battle with neither side able to dominate. The visitors claimed a 15:14 lead after the first frame and maintained the gap further on. The third quarter became decisive as Barsy Atyrau managed to stretch the lead to 9 points heading into the fourth period and never looked back afterwards. Anastasiya Sevastyanova paced the visitors with 16 points. Ekaterina Dvorskaya notched 13 points and 7 boards, while Svetlana Serdukova added 12 points and 9 boards in a win.

Tallinna Living - Barsy Atyrau 103 : 55 ( 25 : 17, 30 : 14, 25 : 8, 23 : 16 )
Tallinna Living: Viive-Kai Rebane 26, Pirgit Puu 14, Mitt 11
Barsy Atyrau: Svetlana Serdukova 16, Krosovskaja 12, Averyanova 9


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KOREA - Women

S-Birds lead the league -by Eurobasket News
S-Birds improved to 28-5 after a win over Woori Hansae 79:71 at home. The latter won the opening quarters and had 11 points advantage at the half. A 20:9 in the third and 23:15 in the last brought the favorite another win. Cool Cats lost the thriller to KB Savers 70:71. Redwings enjoyed the road win from KB Savers 57:63.


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KOSOVO - Women

KOSOVA - ALBANIA MATCH -by Alban Salihu
KOSOVA - ALBANIA 71:98 (11:25, 25:26, 21:25, 14:22)

REFEREES : Tomor Hasnjaku. Alban Vula
KOSOVA: Musliu 5, Haziraj 1, Idrizi 2, Abdullahu 3, Haliti 4, Mehmeti, Lushtaku, I. Berisha 3, Perquku 13, L. Berisha 8, Krasniqi 6, Demi dhe Bytyci 26. ALBANIA : Permeti 12, Cakici 9, Plasa 7, Zyka 9, Mazreku 4, Enkela 21, Myrto 6, Kostallari 6, Bujari 6, Demiraj 15 dhe Sako 3. source:fbk-ks.com


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NAIA - Women

Union University dominates NAIA Division I -by Eurobasket News
The Union University won the top spot in the regular Top 25 poll issued on February 20. The Bulldogs remain spotless at 26-0 record adding three more wins last week and one during the current week. Lately the Lady Bulldogs needed some heroics at the end of their game against Freed-Hardeman to stay alive. Union had to overcome a fierce opposition from the Lady Lions to clinch a narrow 72:68 victory. The Lady Bulldogs also claimed the TranSouth Conference title with this success. Union also accounted for the 47th win in their last 49 games. Union led by just 4 points at the break 39:35 but failed to stretch the lead after the intermission. The Lady Lions fired off a 17:8 run early in the second half to pile up a 58:51 advantage. The teams traded baskets further on but Union finally adjusted the tempo and posted a 10:0 run to make it all square at 68 with just over two minutes remaining. Kaitlin Dudley scored 4 straight points for Union to run away with the 26th victory in a row. Kaitlin Dudley finished with game-high 25 points. Crystal Eason contributed 13 points, while Josephine Owino (6'1''-C-83) dropped 11 points for the winners. Jana Cross answered with 19 points and 10 boards for Freed-Hardeman. Megan Thompson (5'5''-G-74) nailed 13 points in a losing case.
The Lee University secured the second spot in the Top 25 poll. They improved to 25-2 record and remained just behind Union in the poll. The third rank belonged to the Point Loma Nazarene University. The Sea Lions faced the unranked Concordia and posted a hard-fought 60:54 win to improve to 21-2 record in the season. The Sea Lions struggled with turnovers throughout the whole game and gave up 25 of them. Point Loma Nazarene University trailed at halftime but stepped on the gas in the second half bruising the Eagles with a 10:0 run to claim the lead for good. Colleen Planeta scored 18 points for Point Loma Nazarene. Liah Ector drained 13 points in a win. Nicole Fu paced Concordia with 21 points. Karen Carney notched 11 points and 11 boards as the Eagles fell to 10-16 record.


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NCAA - Women

Candace Parker will go professional next season -by Eurobasket News
Tennessee All-America forward Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86) announced her decision to skip the senior year in college. She opted for a professional career and would pursue a place in the upcoming WNBA Draft. The Lady Vols' superstar is expected to play for the USA team at the Olympic Games in Beijing and then take up a professional career in the WNBA. She leads Tennessee in both scoring and rebounding with 20.6 points and 8.8 boards per game. She is also one of the six female players to dunk in a college encounter. It is pretty obvious that if Candace Parker takes part in the upcoming WNBA Draft she is likely to be chosen by the Los Angeles Sparks as they got the right for the top pick. Candace Parker led the Lady Vols to the national title last season. Later she participated at the FIBA Americas qualifying tournaments with the USA National team to boo the place at the Beijing Olympics.
Meanwhile Candace Parker continued to pace the Lady Vols in the NCAA season. She scored 19 points as Tennessee overcame Alabama 85:58 for the 24th win in the season. The Lady Vols got to a stunning 31:10 start and never looked back afterwards. Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86) and Vicki Baugh (6'4''-F/C-89) scored 12 points apiece for the winners. Alex Fuller (6'3''-F/C-86) provided 10 points for the Lady Vols. Alabama answered with 12 points from Tierney Jenkins (6'1''-G). Dedrea Magee (5'7''-G) had 9 points as the Crimson Tide fell to 8-19 record.


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NCAA3 - Women

Chari Cooper moves to the 4th spot in NCAA III career rebounding list -by Eurobasket News
Senior centre Chari Cooper produced a 15-point, 13-rebound game for the Kean University to climb to the 4th place in the NCAA Division III all-time rebounding list. She is now 9 boards shy of the third spot in the ranking. Kean meanwhile thumped Richard Stockton 95:39 for the 22nd win in the season. Junior guard Melissa Beyruti scored 26 points, notching 4 triples to pace the winners. Beyruti also wrote her name into the history as she reached the 24th overall position in the Division III career made three-pointers ranking. The Cougars were overwhelmingly dominant in the game as they accumulated a 47:18 lead at halftime. The Ospreys never recovered and suffered their 13th loss in the tournament. Alyssa Reiter finished with team-high 9 points and 3 blocks for Richard Stockton.
The #1 ranked Hope kept their record perfect with a 91:53 win over Kalamazoo. Philana Greene and Megan Mejeur dropped 10 points apiece for the winning side. Kelsey Howell answered with 18 points for Kalamazoo as they fell to 4-19 record.
The third-ranked Thomas More played a stifling defense against Chatham to secure an impressive 65:34 win. The victory marked a 24-0 record for the Saints. Thomas More opened the second half on a 24:0 run to seize the initiative. Junior Alex Gee paced the Saints with 15 points. Jayme Thiem (5'9''-G) provided 12 points and 4 steals for the winners.
Ranked #11 Simpson trailed but managed to pull ahead late in the game to celebrate an 86:79 win over Coe. The teams were tied at halftime but the Kohawks got to a better start of the second half and maintained the lead throughout the major part of it. But Simpson refused to surrender and sneaked past their opponents late in the game. Whitney Franker topscored for the Storm with 21 points and 10 boards. Katelyn Whiton provided 20 points in a win. Brittany Norris tallied 18 points for the Kohawks. Simpson improved to 22-2 record, while dropping Coe at 18-7.


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RUSSIA - Women

Russian battle in EuroCup -by Eurobasket News
Chevakata -BC Moscow 68:70 (17-18, 26-12, 19-20, 6-20)

Vologda and 1500 spectators that came to support their local team saw the first leg of the EuroCup Women Quarter-Final. Their Chevakata tried really hard but had to admit 68:70 loss to BC Moscow. A 6:20 in the last quarter was fatal for the home team. Alexandra Latysheva (175-G-76) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Monique Currie (183-G/F-83, agency: Ronsport, college: Duke) nailed 18 and Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech) posted 14. Elena Volkova (175-G-83) struggled for the hosts team with 25 points.
Chevakata produced first four points of the game to go on a small lead in the opening tip of the game. The home team played better in the first quarter but Alexandra Latysheva's lay-up showed 17:18 for the guests. Chevakata proved the ambitions providing 26:12 in the second quarter. Moore scored two free throws as the squads disappeared in the lockers at 43:30.
That lead ballooned to 55:36 near the midway point of the third quarter when Elena Volkova buried a jump shot inside the arc. That basket finished off a 10-0 surge during which Elena Volkova scored seven points. Chevakata had the biggest, plus 19 advantage but could not stay for good. Danilochkina was able to cut the deficit in the end of the period at 62:50.
Moscow team spurted a 12-0 run to tie the game at 66:66. Plenette Pierson and Monique Currie baskets sent the teams to Moscow with 2 points advantage for BC Moscow The second game of this quarter-final will be played on February 28.

Chevakata: Elena Volkova 25, Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) 12+12 rebs, Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) 12
BC Moscow: Alexandra Latysheva 19+7 rebs, Monique Currie 18, Plenette Pierson 14


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SCOTLAND - Women

St.Mirren vs Polonia, no surprises for Cup final -by Luis Romero
St.Mirren and Polonia Phoenix, top seeded and top two teams in this season league cruised into Cup final after big wins in semifinals matches.

League leader St.Mirren destroyed Falkirk Fury hopes to be in Edinburgh's final next month with a clear 107-75 win. Again St.Mirren offensive power was absolutely unstoppable for a weak Fury defence. Five local players finished with double figures in scoring specially Corkindale (27 points) and Brown (16 points) who shooted well from perimeter after halftime when game was still alive with a 38-30 score.
Polonia Phoenix did not have any problem to win at St.Maurice's High School 58-86, what means third consecutive win this Cup always as visitor (Edinburgh Lions, City of Edinburg Koolkats and St.Maurice).
So no surprises this year, next March, 16th at 2:10 PM is scheduled one of the most exciting games of the season, Cup Final. Will St.Mirren win back-to-back trophies?


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TURKEY - Women

Galatasaray steals the win from Electra -by Eurobasket News
Electra Ramat-Hasharon - Galatasaray 69:74 (11-17, 22-14, 21-18, 15-25)

Galatasaray steals the victory from Electra Ramat-Hasharon in the first leg of the EuroCup Women quarter-final. A 15:25 in the last quarter gave the guests a great end and the way to start a second game. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) led the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Isil Alben (170-G-86) produced 18 and Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belarus international Tatyana Troina (187-C-81, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Galatasaray opened the game with 7-0 run to show the class of the Turkish ambitions. Electra Ramat-Hasharon did not fall down and replied with the same run to tie at 7:7. Isil Alben's jump shot closed the first period as the guests had 11:17 advantage. The hosts however came back to the game in the second quarter and produced 22:14 in it. Melvin gave the home team 33;31 deficit at the half.
Sophia Young was the top player in the court in the third quarter scoring some important baskets. Her last jump-shot reduced the host's lead to 54:49. The run that killed the home side came after they had taken a 56:52 lead in the last quarter.Petra Ujhelyi made a pair of free throws to spark the 7-0 spurt that she finished off herself with a lay-up. The game was tied at 69:69 but Sophia Young hit a pair of free throws for a win. Esra Sencebe buried a three-ball for the final 69:74 score.

Electra Ramat-Hasharon: Tatyana Troina 16+9 rebs, Jia Perkins (173-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) 14, Vidovic 12
Galatasaray: Petra Ujhelyi 24+12 rebs, Isil Alben 18, Sophia Young 16+9 rebs