EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/4/2008

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ABA

Manchester takes down Vermont again -by Carl Berman
February 2, 2008 Manchester, New Hampshire: The Manchester Millrats took down the #1 ranked Vermont Frost Heaves again, this time 98-95, in front of their largest home crowd since opening night. The crowd of nearly 1,000 came out to see the Millrats take on the reigning ABA Champs equipped with Manchester's answer to the Frost Heaves' cowbells: the 'Millrattles'. The millrattles were shaking loudly during the pregame festivities and light show, drowing out the clanging of the cowbells by the small contingent of Vermont faithful. A tinge of excitement permeated the air as the two teams took the court, facing each other up close for the first time since the altercations.

Vermont won the tap, and on the opening possession Erik Nelson grabbed the offensive rebound and scored a put back to give the Frost Heaves a 2-0 lead. It was the last lead of the game that Vermont would enjoy. The Millrats then took control of the game. Former SNHU standout PJ Young hit back to back three pointers to cap a 20-7 Manchester run. The Millrats led after the first quarter by a score of 25-13. Vermont closed to within 44-40 with 1:32 to go in the second quarter, before Chris Burns (Merrimack HS) and Charles Mason hit threes for Manchester to boost the halftime lead to 50-41. By midway through the third quarter, the game was nip and tuck. Every time Vermont threatened, cutting the Manchester lead to one on several occasions, the Millrats would find an answer. Issa Konare's two free throws brought the Frost Heaves to within 72-71 at the end of the third. Vermont managed to tie the score at 79-79 on Issa Konare's three pointer at the 9:15 mark of the fourth quarter. Later Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) nailed a key three pointer with 6 minutes remaining to give the Millrats a six point lead, at 88-82. Over the next five minutes, Vermont went cold - managing just two points. Manchester capitalized and extended to a 94-84 lead with a mere 1:06 remaining on the clock.

Given the history between these two teams, no one was heading for the aisles just yet. Vermont scored thirteen points in the next 1:03 to close within 98-95 with 3 seconds left. A furious Frost Heaves rally ended as Terrence Green's running 30 footer clanged off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded. Manchester is 3-0 at home against the defending ABA Champions, and won the season series 4 games to 2. The victory extends the Millrats winning streak to five games, and improves their record to 18-9 on the season. The Frost Heaves nine game win streak comes to an end, and Vermont's record drops to 22-4. The Millrats are the lone team in the ABA to defeat the Frost Heaves this season. The Millrats were led by Anthony Anderson with 24 points, PJ Young added 20, and newcomer Ronald Wright chipped in 16 off the bench. Issa Konare scored 24 for the Heaves. Manchester held Vermont to just 38% shooting from the field, and outrebounded them 53 to 48.

'This was a great win for our organization, to do something for a fourth time that no other team this season has even done once, and to bounce back after the loss in Burlington,' stated Millrats Head Coach Larry Lessett, 'that says alot about our team's character and the desire this group has to win.' The Millrats are back next weekend for a doubleheader as the #3 ranked Texas Tycoons arrive in town for a 7:05 pm tip off on Saturday, and the Montreal Royal come to Southern New Hampshire on Sunday at 4:35 pm.


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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Partizan Igokea remains on top, Dragicevic leads Zvezda against Split -by Dragan Jankovski
After two excellent victories in Euroleague and qualifying for the TOP 16, Partizan Igokea grabbed the 18th win in Adriatic league beating Hemofarm STADA in Pionir 89-86. The game is decided at the very end when Partizan celebrated thanks to Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who made two successful FTs. Partizan's players didn't make foul at their last defense so Hemofarm had a nice chance on score 89-86 as Marshall was wide open but he missed a 3-pointer just 3 seconds before the end. Novica Velickovic added 17 points and 6 rebounds while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him scoring 15 points each. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 19 points for Hemofarm, who currently has 12 wins and 8 defeats.

Crvena Zvezda outplayed Split CO on the road 83-73 mostly owing to nice played third quarter, which they finished 27-11, and great performance by PF Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. On the other side Split got 22 points from Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara). Zvezda has 13 wins and 7 defeats after 20 rounds while Split has 8-12.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Geoplin Slovan 80-64 so Tulips keeps fighting for the 7th place, which theoretically could be enough for the ULEB Cup next season. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners while Simon Petrov (191-G-76) of Slovan had 15 points and 6 rebounds.

FMP made important home win against Helios Domzale 82-69. Visitors played much better first half but Panthers woke up in the third quarter and later increased advantage to the final 13 points. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) was the best in FMP adding 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Helios got 19 points and 4 rebounds from Robert Troha (194-G/F-77).


Partizan Igokea - Hemofarm STADA 89-86
(18-13,21-27,29-24,21-22)

Partizan Igokea:
Velickovic 17 (6 rebs), Tripkovic 15, Pekovic 15, Bozic 12
Hemofarm STADA: Joksimovic 19, Bozovic 18 (7 rebs), Marshall 18 (6 rebs)


Split CO - Crvena Zvezda 73-83
(20-20,19-16,11-27,23-20)

Split CO:
Garnett 22, Ivanov 16 (9 rebs), Akins 10 (4 rebs, 5 as), Rudez 10
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 25 (5 rebs), Kovac 19 (4 rebs, 6 st), Cook 16 (10 as, 5 st)


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Geoplin Slovan 80-64
(22-12,20-19,20-15,18-18)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 20 (6 rebs), Pekovic 15 (4 st), Golubovic 12 (8 rebs), Nemeth 11 (6 as)
Geoplin Slovan: Petrov 15 (6 rebs), Samadan 14, Modric 12 (6 rebs), Johnson 12 (4 rebs)


FMP - Helios Domzale 82-69
(19-13,10-22,25-18,28-16)

FMP:
Erceg 16 (8 rebs, 4 as), Jeremic 16, Labovic 13, Krstovic 10
Helios Domzale: Troha 19 (4 rebs), Krejic 12


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AUSTRALIA

Gold Coast wins the battle for playoffs -by Eurobasket News
Gold Coast - Adelaide 127:118

The Gold Coast Blaze won arguably the most important game in the season as they took care of the Adelaide 36ers at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The visitors needed to win this one to remain with the chances of making it to the playoffs but an inspirational game from the Blaze leader Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) never allowed them to do so. The Blaze import point guard tallied 34 points, 9 assists and 7 boards to pace the hosts in this real basketball scorcher. Twenty six points of Crowe's scoring haul came in the first half as the home team accumulated a 63:56 lead. Gold Coast remained in the driving seat after the intermission as they kept the visitors adrift. The nerves flew high at the end of the game with teams committing numerous fouls however the Blaze were deadly from the stripe and sealed an important victory at the end. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) contributed 30 points for Gold Coast. Luke Whitehead (199-F-81, college: Louisville) secured 17 points and 11 boards, while Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) had 13 points and 16 boards in a win. Julius Hodge (199-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 37 points, 9 boards and 6 assists for Adelaide. Lanard Copeland (198-G-65, college: Georgia St.) dropped 20 points in a losing effort. Gold Coast outrebounded their opponents 37:32 and shot 49% from the field. Adelaide responded with 46% accuracy including just 22% from beyond the arc. Gold Coast improved to 15-12 record and would take on the league leading Sydney Kings on Friday. Adelaide fell to 12-16 record and face the Cairns Taipans at home on February 9. The 36ers have now only theoretical chances to advance to the post season. They need Cairns lose four straight games so the next week's matchup would be a must-win for the 36ers.

Gold Coast: Jason Crowe 34, James Harvey 30, Luke Whitehead 17+11 boards, Casey Frank 13+16 boards
Adelaide: Julius Hodge 37, Lanard Copeland 20


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BALTIC LEAGUE

Tallinn Saku Arena enjoyed All Star Game -by Eurobasket News

Foreign Stars-Baltic Stars 154:136

The Baltic League played their All Star Game last night. Aside from the game the spectators could enjoy the Three-Point Shooting Contest and Slam Dunk competition.
In the game between the Foreign Stars and Baltic Stars the foreigners were stronger, winning by s score of 154:136. They took a control in the beginning of the game and after Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) nailed another 3-pointer the score was 36:22. The Foreign Stars finished the first quarter leading 46:32.

The result of the quarter is usually the result of the half in the BBL league, however both teams did not pay to much attention to defense and allowed their opponents to make some more tricks on the court. The halftime score reached 75:68 still with the players from abroad on top. They spurted to another 120:99 after three quarters and finally won by a score of 154:136 at the buzzer.

Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) from Valmiera was named an MVP of the game scoring 23 points and grabbing 8 boards.Mateo Kedzo (207-F/C-84) from Kalev also finished the night with 23 points for Foreign Stars. Dwayne Broyles from ASK Riga scored 20 and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) from Zalgiris scored 15. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) produced 22 points for the Baltic Stars, while Marijonas Petravicius (207-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) was the winner of the Three-Point Shooting Contest. The player from Valmiera defeated Virginijus Sirvydis 17:14 in the decisive duel.

Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) was a Slam Dunk Champion. He made 360 degrees turnaround dunk with one hand before jumping over Gailius for his second dunk in Final. Pelkic finished of with a high-flying basket that was rewarded with loud cheers from the Saku Arena crowd.

Foreign Stars: Vladimir Stimac 23 points, 8 rebouns, Mateo Kedzo 23 points, Dwayne Broyles 20, Marko Popovic 15.
Baltic Stars: Sandis Valters 22 points, Marijonas Petravicius 20+11 rebounds, Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 18, Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) 18.



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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Penn plays well! -by David Edole
The Cowboys fell here tonight by a score of 89-67 against the Lamar Cardinals in the Southland Conference match-up.

The Cowboys fall to 8-10 on the season while going to 2-4 in SLC play.

The Cardinals are now 11-8 on the season while going to an eastern division leading 5-1 in SLC play.

Foul trouble hurt the Cowboys early, Justin Nabors hurt them late.

The Cowboys got into first-half foul trouble, having Jarvis Bradley, John Pichon and Aldryan Wardell called for three fouls each in the first half.

The Cowboys ability on the boards and inside defense were limited after a sequence late in the first half.

The Cowboys led 21-19 early on before double-technical fouls were called on Jarvis Bradley of McNeese and Tristan Worrell of Lamar.

Bradley was called for an intentional foul at the 7:42 mark of the first half and as he turned his back to the play, Worrell shoved him in the back, nearly knocking him to the ground.

After the dust settled, Bradley and Worrell were hit with the double-technicals, which forced Bradley out out for the rest of the first half with three fouls.

After scoring nine points early for the Pokes, Bradley could only watch as the Cardinals turned a two point deficit into a seven point halftime lead in the last 7:42 of the half.

After the break, the Cowboys fell behind by 13 points before getting within five points at 54-49.

Then Justin Nabors took the game over.

Nabors scored 19 points in the second half, including grabbing six rebounds and putting it right back in after finding a hole in the Cowboy defense to grab the board.

Despite fould trouble, Bradley led the Cowboys in scoring with 19 points. John Pichon added 13 and Kleon Penn (211-C-86) put in 12.

Penn led the Cowboys with nine rebounds and three blocks on the night.

The Cowboys are back in action this coming Wednesday in hammond as they take on Southeastern Louisiana.


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CHINA

Finals will be on Feb. 13th -by Robert Wang
Liao Ning and Guang dong will meet in Guang dong's city on Feb. 13th for the Finals. These 2 teams haven't met for many years since Liao ning played poorly in recent seasons. Now, Liao ning is back to being a strong team. I met some of the Liao ning team players 2 days ago and they are still in practice and ready for the Finals. They have reached their original goal this season and did not imagine that they can play so well this year. Hopefully Liao ning can go become champions this year. Because of the Chinese new year, which is the biggest holiday in China, there might not any news in China from tomorrow until the 13th of the month. We will follow up the info on the Finals on 13th.

Jiang Su team info -by Robert Wang
Jiang Su team has been in the top 2 for 3 years now. But this year, they went down in a blow out loss to Liao Ning. The Jiang su team has been struggling for money this season. They certainly want to play well but the team sponsor did not give a big investment to them. So they have to pay foreigners a smaller amount of money and play the whole season. But it is not a good excuse for their current record. They lost to Liao Ning and they gave up too early in their last game. All fans saw that the coach doesn't want to play any more and apparently has given up. As for such these results, the club might change to a coach from other country or find a new local coach to take the current head position. It's not sure that this is the truth but maybe something would be happening soon at the coach position. Let's see and hope Jiang su comes back next year!

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CZECH REP.

Geofin could not match Nymburk at home -by Eurobasket News
Geofin - Nymburk 56:73

Third-ranked Geofin were not able to challenge the league leading Nymburk in Round 25 of the NBL. Nymburk registered a confident 73:56 road win and consolidated their solid position on top of the ladder. They improved to 24-1 record with 4 wins away from the closest rivals Prostejov. Geofin remained at the third spot at 19-6 record. Nymburk got to an aggressive start and kept the hosts scoreless for more than 3 minutes. The visitors built a 10:0 lead before Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) hit a three-pointer to animate the hosts. Nymburk however secured the lead at the end of the first frame 17:10. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-78, college: St.Cloud St.) extended the gap to 9 points midway through the second term but Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) answered with 4 straight points for the hosts to trim the deficit. The teams traded the baskets and Nymburk led by 3 points at the interval 36:33. Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) and Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) kept the visitors ahead at the start of the third frame. Stepan Reinberger (200-F-81, agency: PPGroup) nailed a pair of three-pointers for Geofin to stay contestant but Ladislav Sokolovsky netted 4 points for Nymburk and they were up by 5 points heading into the fourth period. Arthur Lee opened the quarter with 4 consecutive points and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) added two more to give Nymburk a 62:51 advantage. Geofin seemed to lose the touch from the field as numerous misses from the home team allowed Nymburk to claim a decisive 70:54 lead late in the game.
Radoslav Rancik and Arthur Lee ensured 14 points apiece for Nymburk. Petr Benda added 12 points for the winners. Robert Sarovic answered with game-high 15 points for Geofin. The hosts outrebounded Nymburk 36:27 but could not fight their 51% accuracy from the field. Nymburk will next travel to Usti Labem, while Geofin takes on Prostejov away from home in the key matchup of Round 26.

Geofin: Robert Sarovic 15, Ondrej Soska 12
Nymburk: Radoslav Rancik 14, Arthur Lee 14, Petr Benda 12


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EL SALVADOR

National League classification -by Jaime Arevalo
The update standigs of the National League of El Salvador is as follows:
_____ZONA PREMIER
1. Cosmos 12 11 1 23
2. U F G 13 10 3 23
3. SANTA ANA 12 11 1 23
4. Denver 13 6 7 19
5. FELINOS 13 6 7 19
6. SANTA TECLA 13 2 11 15
7. UTEC 13 2 11 15
8. LA JUGADA 13 2 11 15
_____ZONA NACIONAL
GROUP 'A'
1. DELGADENSE 12 12 0 24
2. SAN MARCOS 11 7 4 18
3. UES SANTA ANA 11 6 5 17
4. ACAJUTLA 11 4 7 15
5. PUERTO LL 12 2 10 14
GROUP 'B'
1. ITCA 12 8 4 20
2. ITEXSAL 12 8 4 19
3. EMBAJADORES 11 6 5 17
4. EXBAU 11 5 6 15
5. DELTA 11 0 11 9


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FRANCE

Round 17 Round up -by Sean Davis
Roanne 93 - 73 Orleans

Roanne came to the game ready to play blowing out Orleans with a 20pt
victory. Orleans shot themselves out of game shooting 38% from the
field and an awful 5 of 24 from the 3pt line. Brion lead the way for
Roanne as he has done all year scoring 22pts, 5rebs, and 7ast.
Pierric Poupet (192-G-84) was their second leading scorer with 13pts off the
bench. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) lead Orleans in scoring with 16pts while Dustin
Salisbery was the only starter to score in double figures with 12pts.


Week 17 Player of the Week! John Cox -by Sean Davis

The player of the week came from the game of the week. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) of Le
Havre is Round 17 player of the week. Cox lead Le Havre to a very
important home victory by scoring 24pts on 9 of 13 shooting. He also
controlled the defense boards by grabbing 8rebs. Cox had 18 of his
24pts in the first half which gave Le Havre a 13pt half time lead.
Cox had been consistent all year scoring in double figures in every
game but one.

Honorable Mention

Antonio Graves (190-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) continued his hot hand on the road against Le Havre.
He lead Pau back from a 16pt deficit by scoring a week high 27pts.
while shooting 10 of 14 from the field, but it was not enough to steal
a win on the road.

Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80, college: Troy) of ASVEL had an outstanding game helping ASVEL bounce
back from last weeks disappointing loss. Wilson scored 22pts while
shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 8 from the 3pt line.


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GERMANY

Veteran Forward in Trier -by Moritz Korff
Will Small Forward Reggie Freeman (198-G/F-75, college: Texas) be the last new player of TBB Trier (1. Bundesliga) in this current season? The Trier officials may only sign one more new player until the end of the campaign and Freeman is trying to land that spot as he has been working out with TBB since Friday. The 32-year-old veteran is in his 11th year as a pro. He played in some of the best leagues in Europe, including the Serie A (Italy) and the Greek A1. Between November 07 and January 08 Freeman had 6 apperances for Ago Rethimno Almeco in Greece, averaging 8.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing.

Bundesliga Game Day 18: Weekend Results Febuary 1st-3rd! -by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Game Day 18 tipped off the second half of the season for teams all over the country and provided basketball fans with exciting action. The weekends showcase game is the without question Sunday evening's league leading ALBA Berlin against second place Artland Dragons game live on BBL.TV

Friday Febuary 1, 2008

Bayer Leverkusen 76 digibu baskets Paderborn 74
Brendan Winters drilled 6 of 8 threes to lead Leverkusen to a hardfought 76-74 road win at Paderborn friday night. Winters topscored with 22pt followed by under-the-weather Zack Whiting's 17pt 5ast. Veteran big man Eric Taylor (14pt) and Nate Fox (12pt) were also strong for Head Coach Achim Kuczmann's squad. Tim Black scored 22pt for Paderborn and Greg Jenkins added 17pt 9reb in the loss. The even game saw the lead change hands in the first half before Leverkusen took a 39-36 lead at half. Heading into the 4Q, Leverkusen led 61-59. Leverkusen used a remarkable advantage from the foul line to help them get the win. Leverkusen shot 71% (18-25) from the FT compared to the home teams 2 for 3 in forty minutes. Leverkusen improved to 13-5 while Paderborn fell to 7-11.


Saturday Febuary 2, 2008

TBB Trier 96 Walter Tigers Tubingen 74
Forward Caleb Green caught fire scoring 40pt on the strength of 19 for 23 FT as Trier hammered Walter Tigers Tubingen 96-74 Saturday night at Trier Arena. Trier exploded to a 16-7 1Q and extended their lead to 43-27 at half. Trier hit 52% from the floor including 10-22 from three. PG Austen Rowland was also strong scoring 19pt 6ast with 3 of 5 from 3. C Rasko Katic topscored for Tubingen with 18pt 10reb, Ray Nixon added 16 on 5 of 10 from three and Patrick Sparks chipped in 15pt 6ast for the Tigers who lost for the fifth consecutive game. All was not lost for Tubingen, Trier's blowout win came up two points short in the head to head count. Head Coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team improved to 4-14 while Tubingen fell to 5-14.

Koln 99ers 99 EnBW Ludwigsburg 77
Saturday at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln, the hot-shooting 99ers bested EnBW Ludwigsburg 99-77. Koln ran to a 30-19 lead after 1Q but Ludwigsburg responded with a 27-20 2Q setting the game at 50-46 at the half. Koln took control of the game in the 3Q with a 20-11 frame and followed it with a 29-20 4th for the win. Despite the off court troubles, Koln has won their last three games since the insolvency announcement a credit to Head Coach Sasa Obradovic, his team and the staff. The 99ers shot 67% from the floor and 11 of 17 (64%) from three in the game. Toby Bailey drilled 9 of 12 shots including 3 of 4 threes to topscore with 23pt followed by Aleksandar Nadjfeji with a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 15pt. Big man Nedzad Sinanovic was also a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor adding 12pt and youngster Philipp Schwethelm buried 2 of 3 threes to score 10. Ludwigsburg shot 48% from the floor but only 3 of 11 (27%) from three. Inside players Coleman Collins (18pt), Nate Harris (14pt) and Michel Nascimento (12pt) led Ludwigsburg scorers. The 99ers are now 11-7 while Ludwigsburg falls to 8-10.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 90 ratiopharm Ulm 86
Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm, Braunschweig put 6 players in double figures handing ratiopharm Ulm a 90-86 loss, their 3rd straight. Ulm held a 1pt lead after 1Q (24-23) and at half (42-41) but it was Braunschweig's late 3Q run which helped them take a 68-63 lead into the 4Q. The Phantoms held off an Ulm run with strong teamwork and clutch free throw shooting. In the end, Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his team capitalized on their opportunities while Ulm's efforts came up short. The Phantoms shot 49% from the floor and made 6 of 13 (66%) from three compared to Ulm's 35% from the floor and 8 for 21 (38%) from three. The Phantoms also converted 21 of 31 (67%) attempts in the paint to Ulm's 14 for 37 (37%). John Allen topscored for Braunschweig with 19pt followed by former Ulm G Jonathan Levy (15pt), Domonic Jones (15pt), Andrew Drevo (14pt 15reb), Kyle Visser (12pt) and Stephen Wright (11pt) in the impressive team effort. Konrad Wysocki was excellent for Ulm scoring 23pt with 16reb followed by EJ Gallup's 20pt and Jeff Gibbs with 16pt 11 boards. Braunschweig is now 10-8 while Ulm fell to 9-8.

BG74 Gottingen 91 LTi Giessen 46ers 75
Gottingen used a 14-2 late 2Q run to build a 50-39 halftime lead and coast to a 91-75 home win at Lokhalle in Gottingen Saturday night. Willie Jenkins topscored with 23pt followed by Jeb Ivey with 21 for Head Coach John Patrick and his hardworking team. Big men Michael Schroeder (14pt 12reb) and David Monds (14pt) were also a factor in the victory. Gottingen was impressive FT making 18-20 (90%) with Jeb Ivey standing out sinking 10 of 11. Recently signed Ben Jacobsen scored 8pt in his Gottingen home debut. Michael Umah drilled 4 of 5 threes to topscore for the 46ers with 19pt and Corey Rouse added 18pt 8reb. The 46ers did shoot 49% from the floor but only 56% from the FT and 5 of 18 (27%) from three. Gottingen upped their record to 7-11 and Giessen slipped to 4-14.


Deutsche Bank Skyliners 90 Science City Jena 71
Deutsche Bank Skyliners bolted to a 28-10 lead after the 1Q and never looked back beating Science City Jena 90-71 Saturday night in Jena. 5 Skyliners for Head Coach Murat Didin scored double figures in the terrific team performance led by Pascal Roller 20pt 8ast (4-7 threes) with support from 19pt 10reb from Koko Archibong, 17pt 7reb from Derrick Allen and 11pts apiece from Jimmy McKinney and Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt shot 49% from the floor, made 10 of 28 (35%) threes and outrebounded Jena 34-32 in the win. Ajmal Basit and Lavelle Felton shared topscoring honors for Jena with 12pt each while Mark Davis and Ali Seggelke both had 11. Frankfurt made 16 of 19 FT compared to 7 of 8 for Jena. Frankfurt improves to 10-8 while Jena drops to 2-16.

Sunday Febuary 3, 2008
Eisbaren Bremerhaven 71 Telekom Baskets Bonn 66
Nate Funk, Ivars Timermanis and Brian Brown scored 15pt apiece as Eisbaren Bremerhaven beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 71-66 Sunday afternoon in Bremerhaven. Head Coach Dr Sarunas Sakalauskas and his team used a strong 20-12 1Q to take control, led 35-29 at half and kept Bonn at bay the rest of the way. Bremerhaven shot 46% from the floor and nailed 9 of 21 (42%) threes in the win. Winsome Frazier led Bonn with 13pt followed by John Bowler with 11pt 6reb and Ronnie Burrell with 10pt 5boards. Bonn outrebounded Bremerhaven 36-30 but made 5 of 15 (33%) threes and only 59% FT (13 of 21). Bremerhaven improved to 9-8 while Bonn saw their 6 game winning streak snapped and are now 12-6.


Brose Baskets Bamberg 71 Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 67
Ademola Okulaja was in top form scoring 20pt 8reb including 4 of 7 threes in leading brose Baskets Bamberg to a hardfought 71-67 road win over Ewe Baskets Oldenburg Sunday at Oldenburg's Ewe Arena. Clutch outside shooting (12 for 28 from three as a team) from Okulaja, Darren Fenn (18pt 8reb 4-5 threes) and Demond Greene (10pt) provided the Bamberg attack while their trademark tough defense helped Head Coach Dirk Bauermann and his team earn the victory. Bamberg shot 43% but limited Oldenburg to 39% and outrebounded the Thunderbirds 42-33. Jason Gardner (18pt) and Rickey Paulding (12pt) were the only two double figure scorers for the hosts. Bamberg improved their record to 11-5 while Oldenburg slipped to 10-8.


Artland Dragons 76 ALBA Berlin 68

In the Bundesliga Showcase game of the weekend league leading ALBA Berlin hosted second place Artland Dragons at Max-Schmellinghalle in Berlin. After ALBA edged Artland 78-72 in Quakenbruck earlier this season, Artland returned the favor with a strong 76-68 road win pulling even atop the Bundesliga at 14-4. Not only did Head Coach Chris Fleming and his team earn the impressive win, the 8pt victory margin gives Artland the head to head count. ALBA held a 22-20 advantage after 1Q but a strong 26-17 2Q gave the Dragons a 46-39 halftime lead. Artland continued their surge in the 3Q with big baskets extending the score to 64-53 after 3. Julius Jenkins led an ALBA charge in the 4Q but Artland held on with quality play down the stretch. Wing Terrance Thomas was terrific topscoring with 16pt on 6 for 9 shooting including 2 of 4 from three. C Adam Chubb scored 14pt and grabbed 11 boards while wing Leon Rodgers drilled 3 of 6 threes on his way to 14pt of his own. Lamont McIntosh also got some big buckets with accurate outside shooting to add 12pt on 2 of 3 from three. For the game the Dragons shot 49% from the floor drilled 9 of 18 threes and sank 13 of 18 FT (72%) while outrebounding Berlin 33-28. Julius Jenkins led ALBA with 20pt while Bobby Brown added 14pt and Patrick Femerling 11pt 8reb in the loss.



TS Goeppingen adds Marlo Saunders -by Moritz Korff
Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) has joined TS Goeppingen (Regionalliga South-West) and had a perfect start, scoring 30 points, including 5 three-pointers, in a Cup-game against Sandhausen on Saturday. Saunders is the follower of his fellow countryman Alex Hartman (201-G/F-85, agency: Tank Sports, college: Concordia (OR)) who returned to the States after having averaged 22.9 points in 9 contests for Goeppingen.
Saunders was a NAIA Division One All-American Honorable Mention in 2006, when he played for the University of Texas - Permian Basin and added 17.1 points, 4.1 rebounds per game for the UTPB Falcons, being ranked third in 3Point-FG-Percentage (50.6%, 81/160) in the entire NAIA. The 24-year-old Guard/Forward, whose brother Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) plays professionally in the Spanish LEB, then moved to England for following campaign, leading the Paws London Capitals (EBL) in scoring (25ppg) through the 2006-2007 season.


2. Bundesliga Pro A: Highlights of Gameday 19 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84, college: Miami, FL) - Lich: 25 pts, 20 rbs, 3 bs, 2 st, 1 as

Points: Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) - Kaiserslautern: 34

Rebounds: Gary Hamilton - Lich: 20

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

Steals: Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson JC) - Karlsruhe: 4

Blocked Shots: Gary Hamilton - Lich: 3

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


Coach Beck takes leave from Schalke -by Moritz Korff
After a magnificent win on the road against BV Chemnitz (95:60) yesterday Hubert Beck, the Head Coach of FC Schalke 04 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has announced to step back from his position for health reasons, effective immediately. Beck returned to the helm of the Royal Blues in November 07 when Keith Gray left and had already coached the team in the years before. In the meantime Boris Kaminski has been named the new Head Coach of S04. From 2005 up to now Kaminski has served as coach at GV Waltrop (Regionalliga West).

2. Bundesliga Pro B: Highlights of Gameday 19 -by Moritz Korff
Play of the Day: Daniel Doerr (202-F/C-83) - Crailsheim: 24 pts, 10/14 FG, 3/4 FT, 15 rbs, 1 as, 1 st

Points: Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Cent.Missouri St.) - Braunschweig: 25

Rebounds: Alonzo Brooks (201-F/C-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Cent.Missouri St.) - Ehingen: 16

Assists: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) - Ansbach: 8

Steals: Ike Stafford (190-G-81, college: Albertson) - Breitenguessbach: 5

Blocked Shots: Armin Leber (200-F/C-81) - Speyer: 3

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


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GREECE

Panagiotis Giannakis's coaching team -by Chris Mammides
Everythign is official now! Pini Gershon was officially released this weekend and he will be receiving for that one million Euros. In his position will be the Coach of the Hellenic National team, Mr. Panagiotis Giannakis untill the Summer of 2010 as his contact is for 2,5 years! Giannakis will keep Giannis Sferopoulos and Chris Marmarinos but he already agreed with the Red managements to release the Technical Manager Maniatis and one of the assistant coaches brought from Israel by Gershon, so Erez Endelstein is history. The new memebrs of Giannakis's coaching team will be, the ex head coach of DASH Peristeri Athens, Manos Manouselis (who was actually quit on Saturda y night after the negative result of his team agaisnt the last team in the A2 league, Sporting Athens) furthermore, the enw technical Manager to repalce Elliniadis will probably be Nicos Linardos , Linardos belongs to the Technical team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens but he could be moving as Panagiotis Giannakis wishes so. Panagiotis Giannakis 's first statements after became the HC of Olympiakos were simply the following: ' I believe in the players of Olympiakos, they are amogn the top players in Europe. Together we will try to win everything, locally and in Europe'. Later today, Eurobasket will inform you about the newest changes in the Red team.

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HOLLAND

Landstede Basketball Wins 3rd In Row -by Sanders Jackson

Landstede Basketball is slowly but surely coming back up.

In Leeuwarden on Saturday night, solid rebounding, excellent offensive efficiency, good bench scoring, hot shooting the 2nd half from the three-point line, with a good 3rd quarter run and not allowing Aris Friesland any dramatics in the 4th quarter helped Landstede to its third straight win, by the score of 85-77. Landstede shot an impressive 61% from the field, had good scoring punch from the bench (28-8 difference) and outrebounded Aris. In the 2nd half Landstede shot 7 for 11 from the three-point line.
Gerad Punch (193-G/F, college: Furman) led Landstede with 20 pts., Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) added 19 pts. with 3 steals, and Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman) added 17. Nate Lufkin (208-C-82, college: Holy Cross) continued his strong play as of late, contributing with 10 pts., 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Roy Booker (191-G-83, college: SE Missouri St.) led all scorers with 23 pts. Landstede move closer to the red zone of the FEB standings, only 2 games behind ZZ Leiden and Upstairs Weert for the 7th and 8th spot at 9-15.


Abernethy's Dagger In Last Seconds Sends Upstairs Weert To 5th Straight Loss -by Sanders Jackson

In Weert on Saturday night in FEB competition, Matrixx Magixx continued Upstairs Weert descent in the league standings thanks to a three-point dagger by PG
Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) with 14 seconds left to send Upstairs to their fifth straight loss with an 89-88 win. Abernethy and Antoine Jordan (195-G-83, college: Siena) both scored 18 pts. each to lead Matrixx, with both Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) and Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) adding 17. Upstairs' Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led all scorers with 23 pts. and Derek Coleman (180-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Robert Morris) added 22. Matrixx are now 15-10, while Upstairs fall to 11-13. Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi)


Dutch Cup Action: Eiffel Towers, MyGuide Amsterdam, Rotterdam Challengers Advance -by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in Dutch Cup action, defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers, current FEB leader MyGuide Amsterdam, and Rotterdam Challengers have joined West-Brabant Giants to determine the Final Four of the Dutch Cup.

In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, Eiffel's strong 2nd quarter run and hot shooting from the three-point line put the pressure on ZZ Leiden, which ZZ had no answer for, with Eiffel coasting to a 98-89 win.
Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel with 23 pts., with Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) adding 15. Eiffel made half of their three-pointers, going 13 for 26, with 26 assists.


In the Sporthallen-Zuid in the MyGuide-Hanzevast Capitals matchup, it was mismatch heaven for the team of Arik Shivek, as MyGuide Amsterdam overcame a Hanzevast run in crunch time, advancing with an 83-74 win. A Hanzevast team, missing four players due to injury and playing their fourth game in seven days,

gave MyGuide their best shot, were so near but yet so far away from the complete MyGuide team. Hanzevasthad difficulties containing MyGuide off the dribble, particularly Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming), who were adapt at finding the open spaces in Hanzevast's interior defense, finding the open man and getting to the free throw line. As a result, MyGuide shot 68.8% FG and had six players in double figures, led by Trent and Roberts with 17 pts. each. Hanzevast were led in scoring by Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) with 21 pts.


In Zwolle, Rotterdam Challengers gained the final spot by winning over Landstede 2 by the score of 84-65.



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HUNGARY

Hungarian Cup, 1/8 Finals -by Tamas Deri

Planet-Leasing Dombovar - Szolnoki Olaj KK 81-51
(21-15, 21-7, 18-17, 21-11)
Dombovar, Att.: 1.000, Referees: Bodnar, Adam, Kothay
DOMBÓVAR: Mike English (194-F/G-82, college: Mo.-Kansas City) 14, Julien Mills (193-G-84, agency: Warren Sports, college: Ball St.) 22/6, Deak 3, Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) 21/3, Wiley 11/3, Balogh, Simon 8/3, Molnar 2, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
OLAJ: Kelley 9, Vernard Hollins (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports, college: Wright St.) 16, Cziczas 3/3, Sabaliauskas 9/3, Gobi 6, Molnar 6/6, Harazin 2, Cseh, Coach: Por Peter

2 pointers: 56% - 44 %
3 pointers: 13/6 - 26/4
Free Throws: 17/22 - 7/10
Fouls: 15 - 21
Turnovers: 12 - 14 (Kelley 7)
Assists: 11 (English 9) - 8 (Kelley 3)
Rebounds: 52 (English, Mills 14-14) - 24 (Sabaliauskas 8)


ZALAKERAMIA ZTE KK - FALCO KC 71-71
(14-19, 24-11, 22-15, 11-26)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 600, Referees: Foldhazi, Papp, dr. Szakall
ZALAEGERSZEG: Miskovic 11/6, Walters 2, Kaman 11/3, Hoffmann, Basette 2, Gaspar 7, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 12, Simon L. 7, Baki 6/3, Toth 4, Piplovic 9, Coach: Nikola Lazic
FALCO: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/6, Doyne 2, Varadi 5/3, Kazlauskas 14/9, Nikola Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) 15, Will 9/3, Borszeki, Feigl 5, Coach: Srecko Sekulovic
2pointers: 25/38 (66%) - 19/31 (61%)
3 pointers: 4/14 (29%) - 7/16 (44%)
Free Throws: 9/15 (60%) - 12/15 (80%)
Most rebounds: Keresztes and Toth 5, Aliakseyeu 8
Most assists: Miskovic 6 - Kalman 10


POLAROID-LAMI-VED-KÖRMEND - MAFC-ÚJBUDA 77-69
(21-18, 17-17, 25-14, 14-20)
Kormend, Att.: 1800, Referees: Kapitany, Marton, Farkas
KÖRMEND: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, McCants 10/6, Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/9, Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Binghamton) 13/6, Vavra P. 11, Thomas 8/6, Ferencz 3/3, Henderson 4/3, Kocsis 6/6, Toth, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
MAFC: Young 9, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 25/6, Fodor K., Fulop 9, Peter Kecskes (208-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Hawaii) 14, Radovics 2, Ferenc Bodrogi (190-F-88) 10/6, Coach: Dinnyes Attila
2pointers: 11/26 (42%) - 23/47 (49%)
3 pointers: 16/38 (42%) - 4/16 (25%)
Free Throws: 7/9 (78%) - 11/21 (52%)
Most rebounds: Ocitti 10 - Kecskes 9
Most assists: Fodor 4 - Young 6


SIOKOSAR-NTE BUDAORS - ALBACOMP 54-98
(14-26, 10-28, 13-26, 17-18)

Budaors, Att.: 300, Referees: Győrffy Pal, Jakab Laszlo, Szabo Gerg

Siokosar NTE-Budaors: Volf 3, Gabor Beak (195-G-82) 18/3, Zoltan Kolonics (206-C-73) 11, Bausz 9/3, Mate 7/6, Rujak 4, Toth, Samu 2, Magyar, Coach: Patonay Imre

Albacomp: Simon 16/12, Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) 17/6, Gergely David (206-F-83) 15, Bradford 5/3, Chad McClendon (199-F-73, college: Appalachian St.) 22, Keller 4, Antal, Adam Hanga (200-G/F-89, agency: FCM) 17/3, Szabo 2, Coach: Zsoldos Andras



SZEDEAK-SZEGED - ATOMEROMU SE 51-76

The eight teams which will be playing in the 1/4finals for the Final Four:
Falco
Kormend
Albacomp
ASE
Univer
Nyiregyhaza
PVSkDombovar



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ICELAND

Lysing Cup -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir made it to Lysing Cup final by beating Skallagrimur 85-83. Game was in hand of hometeam Skallagrimur as they were leading as many as 12 points in 4 quarter but Fjolnir played great in last 2 minutes and secured a win. They will meet Snaefell in Lysing Cup finals.
Anthony Drejaj (188-G-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: St.Louis) had a big game for Fjolnir 30 pts & 18 rebs. Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82, college: Lafayette) did also well with 27 pts.Darrell Flake (193-F-80, agency: IceBasket, college: McKendree) was best player for Skallagrimur with 30 pts & 14 rebs.
Scorers for Skallagrimur . Palmi Saevarsson 7. Allan Fall 14. Hafthor Gunnarsson 3. Petur M. Sigurdson 11. Milojica Zekovic 18. Darrell Flake 30.
For Fjolnir. Thorsteinn Sverrisson 2. Niels Dungal 3. Pete Strobl 3. Anthony Drejaj 30. Kristinn Jonasson 14. Tryggvi Palsson 5. Helgi Thorvaldsson 1. Sean Knitter 27


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ITALY

Serie A Week 22: La Fortezza is ready for the Final Eight -by Luca Bianchin
Are you ready for Lottomatica-La Fortezza? The second Tim Cup quarterfinal, that will be played on Thursday night, should be one of the most interesting in the last months. Roma, in fact, won an easy match against Scafati to stay in second place and saw a great Virtus Bologna beat Benetton in Treviso. La Fortezza, with a tough game from its American players (Spencer 16, Alan Anderson 15, Travis Best 14) outscored an awful Benetton (Matteo Soragna and Reece Gaines combined for only 5 points). Other news from Serie A 22nd round: Biella and Pierrel Capo d'Orlando are the only teams that lost before moving to Bologna to play the Final Eight: Angelico fell in Pesaro against Scavolini, while Pierrel Capo d'Orlando confirmed the bad period losing by 27 against Armani Jeans Milano (Drake Diener, sidelined, could soon decide its future). In the struggle to avoid relegation, Eldo Basket Napoli was overcome as expected in Siena but Scafati and Varese lost again to confirm the trend of this season. Cimberio, in particular, trailed for most of the game and finally fell at home against Siviglia Wear Teramo, led by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) 20 points. The top scorer of the week however was Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB), that impressed with a 32 points in 32 minutes losing effort for Rieti against Montegranaro.

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MONTENEGRO

Lovcen wins with ease -by Dragan Grbovic

Lovcen - Rudar 98-68

Rudar still remains the only team without victory in the league with 14 straight defeats, including the cup game.

Scorers for both sides...

Lovcen:

Stojanovic 4

P. Jovanovic 9

Savovic 5

Milosevic 17

Ivanovic 18

Kascelan 13

Lutersek 2

Lopicic 3

Lalic 7

Jovanovic 16

Popovic 4

Rudar:

Abaspahic

Odovic 21

Markovic 1

Damjanovic 5

Dragas

Knezevic 5

Kartal

Dzogaz 17

Gomilanovic 10

Obradovic 9



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NBA

Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony back in action -by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) returned to action yesterday after sitting out one game with a sprained right ankle and helped the Cavs edge the Los Angeles Clippers 98:84 at home. Cleveland's All-Star was doubtful hours before the game but finally appeared on court and did what he usually does best. He scored 28 points and led the hosts to the 26th win in the season. This time he was well backed up by Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) who notched 22 points and 13 boards. The Clippers could not use their leading scorers as Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) were sidelined with flu. Ilgauskas scored 8 points in the fourth period when the home team managed to clear off for good. Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) came off the bench to score 23 points for the Clippers. Cuttino Mobley (6'5''-G-74, college: Rhode Island) added 19 points as the visitors suffered the 30th loss in the season. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) recovered from a sprained left ankle that kept him away from action for five games and led the Nuggets past Charlotte 117:101. Carmelo Anthony dropped 25 points and Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) contributed 24 points to overcome the absence of Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) in the 8th straight home victory for the Nuggets. The Bobcats playing without Gerald Wallace were up by 11 points late in the third stanza however wasted the advantage. The hosts posted a 23:3 run and ran away for good. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored season-high 38 points in a loss.
Meanwhile a much-anticipated clash between Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) and Jianlian Yi (7'0''-C/F-87) went in favor of the Rockets' centre. He was not particularly impressive though finishing with 12 points and 12 boards in a 91:83 win. Yi Jinlian answered with 6 points for the Bucks. With an overwhelming audience in China this game turned out to be Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79)'s show. He tallied 33 points to secure the 27th win for the Rockets. Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) responded with 21 points for Milwaukee.


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NIGERIA

Ilupeju: UNILAG beat Bayelsa Waves to title….as D.D Magic finish 3rd -by Olusegun Ikuesan
University of Lagos male basketball team Saturday became the new king of the Ilupeju Classics with a 43-37 points win over Bayelsa Waves basketball club of Yenogoa.

The Emmanuel Okolo tutored side came back strongly into the game in the third to snatch victory at the expense of the Yenogoa-based Waves.

Both side game good accounts of themselves as the two sides parades some tested players who hold their own in the five-day Classics.

Daniel Iremiren was spectacular on the board for the Waves picking up valuable offensive and defensive rebound and making important basket with great supports from guards, Chiwendu Nwaigbo, Azuoma Dike and Farouk Musa Oyalade among others.

UNILAG on the other hand relied on experience play of Michael Ohiero, William Ndoumbe and Christopher Okoh.

D.D Magic picked the third place with a 33-24 points win over the 5th edition champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt.

The next edition of the Classics billed for July this year and promises to be bigger as it is expected to coincide with the birth day celebration of the Coordinator of the Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd).

According to the director of the Warriors Academy, Peter Ahmedu, organizers of the quarterly Classics, the seventh edition will be bigger in terms of participation and organization as Premier league team are expected to take part and more upward mobile and tested players.

'We are happy to have organized the very first basketball competition in 2008 and on behalf of the management of the Warriors Academy I want to thank all the teams, officials and players that participated in this edition as we look forward to July for the seventh edition and the second this year', the Academy director concluded.


Ivy League: St Gregory loses home game -by Olusegun Ikuesan
St Gregory College, Obalende could not find its rhythm in the 2008 Ivy League for Private Secondary (High) Schools in Lagos losing by 29-27 points to Belina College on home court last Friday.

The missionary school renowned for its football and cricket prowess could not find its bearing in the slamming and dunking game.

America International School girls also suffered a 34-11 point's defeat to Lagoon College while its boys recorded a 34-17 point's win over Whitesand College.

Vivian Fowler playing before her home fans defeated Avi Cenna International School by 17-05 points in the girl's category just as the girls from Lebanese Community School white-wash Top Grade by 19-01.

The Dare Borokini coached Lebanese male team also recorded a 24-17 point's victory over the boys from Top Grade while Ibrahim Bukur tutored girls from Holy Child College; Ikoyi defeated Belina College by 20-04 points.

Action continues Monday with matches in various centers across the Lagos metropolis.
Michael Ohiero (188-G-88, college: Customs)


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PBL

Coach Sellers joined Rochester -by Gianni Pascucci
Just before the last weekend games, the Rochester RazorSharks announced the addition of assistant coach, Don Sellers . Previously, Sellers was an assistant coach for the Dallas Defenders in the same PBL, and is the first member of that team to came out from a troubled situation. It is very probabale that other departures from Dallas will be announced soon..

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RUSSIA

CSKA edges Khimky in a battle -by Eurobasket News
The game of the two titans of the Russian Superleague brought an exciting event to the capital of Russia. With 14-1 records before the game with each other only one of them could step to 15-1 and it was CSKA. Moscow team started with 13:15 in the opening quarter, but then replied with 22:12 in the second. Khimky stayed calm and produced 12:19 in the third quarter to bring the intrigue back to the game. CSKA led 58:52 with 4.50 remaining in the game and then 63:54. But Khimky used the hosts turnovers to reduce to 63:61 with a minute to go. Andersen made two free throws to make it 65:61. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) scored with a foul for the guests to get back 65:64. With 23 seconds in the game Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) made one free throw for 66:64 and then Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) did not score a lay-up. Trajan Langdon rebounded the ball and made two free throws to set up the final score.
In another games Universitet-Ugra beat Spartak (St.Petersburg) 94 : 89. Jelani Gardner (198-G-75, college: Pepperdine) led the winners with 20 points, while Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) netted 19. SIMS Eliot and Smith top-scored for the guests with 25 points.
CSK VVS-Samara edged Lokomotiv-Rostov at home 78 : 57. Demechkine paced the winners with 23 points and Perri Marki added 20. Harrington Loriza produced 13 points in the losing effort.
Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv outscored Spartak-Primorie 79 : 78 as Kirjanov Aleksey nailed 19 points for the winners.

CSKA (Moscow) - Khimky (Moscow region) 68 : 64 (13:15, 22:12, 12:19, 21:18)
CSKA (Moscow):Trajan Langdon 16+6 rebs, J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) 11, Goree Marcus 11
Khimky (Moscow region):Anton Ponkrashov 17, Daniel Ewing 13

Universitet-Ugra (Surgut) - Spartak (St.Petersburg) 94 : 89 (24:25, 26:23, 22:23, 22:18)
Universitet-Ugra (Surgut):Jelani Gardner 20, Kevin Fletcher 19
Spartak (St.Petersburg):SIMS Eliot 25, Smith 25

CSK VVS-Samara-Lokomotiv-Rostov 78 : 57 (22:18, 18:16, 14:10, 24:13)
CSK VVS-Samara:Demechkine 23,Perri Marki 20
Lokomotiv-Rostov:Harrington Loriza 13, Shevchuk Shymon 12

Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv (Novosibirsk) - Spartak-Primorie 79 : 78 (20:30, 20:14, 21:16, 18:18)
Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv:Kiryanov Aleksey 19, Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) 14
Spartak-Primorie:Damir Miljkovic (193-G-80) 16


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SERBIA

A league - Three teams on top after 15 rounds -by Dragan Jankovski
After 15 rounds of Serbian A league Swisslions Takovo, Mega Aqua Monta and Radnicki 034 Group share top position while Ergonom and Zdravlje Actavis remains the two last ranked team.

Swisslions Takovo grabbed important road win over Sloga 83-75 showing strong willingness to qualify for the Superleague. Visitors made 13-0 run in the last quarter and resolved question about the winner in this game. PG Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket), who is MVP of the round with index rate 39, led Swisslions to 11th win collecting 28 points and 8 assists. Marko Popovic (193-G-84) added 20 points and 5 assists for Sloga.

In the game between two teams from Belgrade, Mega Aqua Monta and Vizura, younger club surprised the older one and beat them on their home court 83-94. Vizura keeps making surprises this season as their main goal this year was not to be relegated. Scoring machine Vladimir Vuksanovic (205-F-78, agency: Interperformances) netted 24 points including 5 rebounds for the winners. Two Mega's ‘golden kids' shooting guard Stefan Stojacic (192-G-89), who scored 16 points, and PF Uros Nikolic (207-F-87), who added 15 points and 6 rebounds, was better tan the others.

Radnicki Invest Inzenjering made easy win over Napredak Rubin 93-80. The team from Novi Sad dominated from the beginning touching plus 23 after three quarters. Krsto Bjelica (191-G-88) netted 20 points for Radnicki while experienced Dragan Markovic (202-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) of Napredak had 19 points and 6 rebounds.

Almost the same picture was seen in Kragujevac where Radnicki 034 Group beat Masinac 80-64 and in Nis where Novi Sad smashed Ergonom like visitor 86-62. Radovan Pesic (185-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) lead Radnicki with 22 points and 5 assists while Goran Martinic (187-G-87) was the best in Novi Sad adding 27 points and 4 rebounds.

Borac outplayed Zdravlje Actavis on Friday 88-71.


Sloga - Swisslions Takovo 75-83
(18-19,26-20,18-20,13-24)

Sloga:
Popovic 20 (5 as), Dasic 15 (7 rebs), Trivunovic 13
Swisslions Takovo: Aleksic 28 (8 as), Markovic 20 (5 rebs), Marjanovic 15 (5 rebs)


Mega Aqua Monta - Vizura 83-94
(19-29,26-26,18-19,20-20)

Mega Aqua Monta:
Stojacic 16, Nikolic 15 (6 rebs), Markovic 12
Vizura: Vuksanovic 24 (5 rebs), Sinovec 17, Avlijas 16 (4 as)


Radnicki Invest Inzenjering - Napredak Rubin 93-80
(27-17,25-17,20-15,21-31)

Radnicki:
Krsto Bjelica 20, Rajkovic 17 (7 rebs), Popovic 17, Bolic 16 (4 rebs, 5 st)
Napredak Rubin: Markovic 19 (6 rebs), Miletic 17


Radnicki 034 Group - Masinac 80-64
(25-15,16-15,24-15,15-19)

Radnicki 034 Group:
Pesic 22 (5 as), Milosevic 13, Veljovic 11 (9 rebs)
Masinac: Mirkovic 23 (5 rebs), Habus 16


Ergonom - Novi Sad 62-86
(15-23,14-22,16-24,17-17)

Ergonom:
Koprivica 21 (5 rebs), Mikic 18 (8 rebs), Majstorovic 14
Novi Sad: Martinic 27 (4 rebs), Sutalo 20, Radenkovic 15 (12 rebs)


Partizan Igokea remains on top, Dragicevic leads Zvezda against Split -by Dragan Jankovski
After two excellent victories in Euroleague and qualifying for the TOP 16, Partizan Igokea grabbed the 18th win in Adriatic league beating Hemofarm STADA in Pionir 89-86. The game is decided at the very end when Partizan celebrated thanks to Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), who made two successful FTs. Partizan's players didn't make foul at their last defense so Hemofarm had a nice chance on score 89-86 as Marshall was wide open but he missed a 3-pointer just 3 seconds before the end. Novica Velickovic added 17 points and 6 rebounds while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) followed him scoring 15 points each. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 19 points for Hemofarm, who currently has 12 wins and 8 defeats.

Crvena Zvezda outplayed Split CO on the road 83-73 mostly owing to nice played third quarter, which they finished 27-11, and great performance by PF Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. On the other side Split got 22 points from Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara). Zvezda has 13 wins and 7 defeats after 20 rounds while Split has 8-12.

Vojvodina Srbijagas was better than Geoplin Slovan 80-64 so Tulips keeps fighting for the 7th place, which theoretically could be enough for the ULEB Cup next season. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners while Simon Petrov (191-G-76) of Slovan had 15 points and 6 rebounds.

FMP made important home win against Helios Domzale 82-69. Visitors played much better first half but Panthers woke up in the third quarter and later increased advantage to the final 13 points. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) was the best in FMP adding 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Helios got 19 points and 4 rebounds from Robert Troha (194-G/F-77).


Partizan Igokea - Hemofarm STADA 89-86
(18-13,21-27,29-24,21-22)

Partizan Igokea:
Velickovic 17 (6 rebs), Tripkovic 15, Pekovic 15, Bozic 12
Hemofarm STADA: Joksimovic 19, Bozovic 18 (7 rebs), Marshall 18 (6 rebs)


Split CO - Crvena Zvezda 73-83
(20-20,19-16,11-27,23-20)

Split CO:
Garnett 22, Ivanov 16 (9 rebs), Akins 10 (4 rebs, 5 as), Rudez 10
Crvena Zvezda: Dragicevic 25 (5 rebs), Kovac 19 (4 rebs, 6 st), Cook 16 (10 as, 5 st)


Vojvodina Srbijagas - Geoplin Slovan 80-64
(22-12,20-19,20-15,18-18)

Vojvodina Srbijagas:
Ivanovic 20 (6 rebs), Pekovic 15 (4 st), Golubovic 12 (8 rebs), Nemeth 11 (6 as)
Geoplin Slovan: Petrov 15 (6 rebs), Samadan 14, Modric 12 (6 rebs), Johnson 12 (4 rebs)


FMP - Helios Domzale 82-69
(19-13,10-22,25-18,28-16)

FMP:
Erceg 16 (8 rebs, 4 as), Jeremic 16, Labovic 13, Krstovic 10
Helios Domzale: Troha 19 (4 rebs), Krejic 12


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SLOVENIA

Koper close to Mucic, Janjusevic moves to Liberec -by Zeljko Zule
Luka Koper is very close to Sasa Mucic (202-F-83, agency: Interperformances) of Omonia.
Marko Janjusevic (214-C-85) has left Luka Koper to left Kondori Liberec. He averaging 13,5 minutes, 7,3 points (2P 15-25, 3P 22-49, FT 6-8), 2,3 rebounds, 0,4 assists, 0,3 steals, 0,3 blocks and 0,6 turnovers in 14 games of A-1 UPC Telemach League.


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SPAIN

LEB Gold, 18th round: Junyent shines but C. de Huelva loses -by Francisco Martinez
Results (stats)
CIUDAD DE LA LAGUNA CANARIAS - LECHE RIO BREOGAN 82-93
BEIRASAR ROSALIA - CB VILLA DE LOS BARRIOS 73-77
ALICANTE COSTA BLANCA - MELILLA BALONCESTO 81-87
ALERTA CANTABRIA - FUNDACIO BASQUETINCA.COM 67-69
AGUAS DE VALENCIA - PALMA AQUA MAGICA 61-67
FORD BURGOS - C.B. L'HOSPITALET 93-60
C.B. CIUDAD DE HUELVA - PLUS PUJOL LLEIDA 74-75
BASKET CAI ZARAGOZA - UNION BALONCESTO LA PALMA 92-72
BRUESA GBC - TENERIFE RURAL 102-76

Recap
Oriol Junyent was the best player of the 18th round in the LEB-GOld League after scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 boards, but his performance was not enough for Huelva to defeat Plus Pujol LLeida, which got the victory after the miss of the final triple by Souley Drame.

Bruesa GBC trashed Tenerife Rural because they showed they have a better roster which was able to combine a lot of points to face Barbour's power.

Alicante was surprised at home by Melilla Baloncesto in one of the most unpreddictable games of the round.

Terrell did his debut with CB Alcudia and scored 15 points utile to roll in Gandia over Aguas de Valencia.

Abrams did not played with Inca, but the islander team got the victory against Alerta Cantabria with Stacey scoring 14 points as vendetta.

Breogan is plety of cheers after winning the Cup and they slammed Ciudad de La Laguna in the Canary Islands. Kickert from the bench is playing great.

CAI Zaragoza kept the leadership one more week after defeating UB La Palma. The away team has not won any game on the road.

Ford Burgos had a quiet game agains CB L'Hospitalet. Ciego Garcia scored a lot from the perimeter to make the things easier.

And finally Beirasar Rosalia was not able to defeat CB Los Barrios. The Andalusian team was led by Adrian Moss (17+14)

Best five (efficience)
Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) (41)
Diego Garcia (186-G-79) (33)
Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) (32)
Andy Panko (203-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) (30)
LO Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) (29)

MVP: Junyent


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SWEDEN

Team World triumphs in the Basketligan All-Star Game -by Eurobasket News
Team World outlasted Team Sweden 105:101 in the basketball All-Star event in Stockholm yesterday. The title of the game's MVP was handed to Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) from the Sudsvall Dragons. He notched 22 points to lead Team World to the victory. Herman Favors (173-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Georgia St.) contributed 16 points, while Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, college: Drexel) sank 15 points for the winners. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) answered with game-high 32 points for Team Sweden. He drained 8/13 three pointers. Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) delivered 15 points and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) knocked down 14 points in defeat.
Meanwhile Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown) of the Solna Vikings won the Slam Dunk contest. He overcame Jim Nystrom and Nashid Beard (208-F-82, college: Lamar) to gain the title of the best dunker.


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TAIWAN

SBL to resume after two-week lunar new year break -by Chris Wang
A two-week break is probably too much for any basketball league, but that has become a norm for Taiwanese basketball every February. After the three games Sunday, the SBL will breifly suspend its regular season before resuming on Feb. 15.

Led by Jon Sanders' 20-20(23 points and 20 boards), dmedia beat Dacin to solidify its third place ranking with 13 wins and 7 losses, behind Yulon and Taiwan Beer. Meanwhile, Dacin has lost three straight and dropped to 9-11, a half game behind Pure Youth (10-11).

PY's five-game winning streak finally came to an end Sunday after an 82-71 loss to Taiwan Beer. Playing its third game in as many nights, PY's energy was nowhere to be found, trailing by 17 at the half and could never threaten the defending champ.

PY also likely lost Zuo Tsun-kai for the season. Zuo, the No.3 scorer on the team, broke his right wrist Friday and was scheduled for a surgery soon.

Yulon forward Lu Cheng-ju, who had 28 points, sank eight three-pointers and Chen Hsin-an added 26 points and 11 rebounds as Yulon beat Taiwan Mobile 89-80 and handed TM its seventh consecutive loss.

Yulon borke the ame open with an unanswered 17-0 run in the third quarter and led by as many as 25 in the final period. TM put up its last fight, cutting the deficit to three at one point before Chen had six points and a crucial block in the final minute to secure the victory.

Yulon 89-80 TM
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 26p+11rb, Lu Cheng-ju 28p, Chen Chih-chung 11p
TM: Hsu Wei-sheng 24p+8rb, Wu Yong-jen 15p, Liu Shen-yao 12p, Chen Huei 11p

dmedia 79-75 Dacin
dmedia: J. Sanders 23p+20rb, Lin Kwan-lun 15p, Hsiao Yuan-chan 10p
Dacin: Lin Yi-huei 24p, Chang Chi-feng 11p

TB 82-71 PY


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TURKEY

Neal's Cindrella Story completed -by Sinan Can
PINAR Karsiyaka decided to trade their star player Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) to AXA FC Barcelona. It's been told that American player who came Pinar Karsiyaka for a total of 65.000 USD deal released for a buy out of 370.000 USD. Gary Neal who has been known as a natural scorer out of Towson State, was undrafted and unemployed by September 2007, wrote his cindrella story under Pinar Karsiyaka jersey. It's been told that Neal's agency could not make him drafted or able to sign him a free agent contract with an NBA team as player decided to teach history at a high school in Baltimore. Somehow, an offer made by Pinar Karsiyaka changed his life from a 3.000 USD a month teaching job to a professional contract in Europe. 'Cindrella Man' Gary Neal showed his talent as he averaged 23.6 points in 19 games in Beko Basketball League as the agents showed up immediately. A decent offer from AXA FC Barcelona changed his route to best league in Europe. After Henry Domercant, Jerry Holman, Jaime Lloreda and Marcus Slaughter, Neal became another rookie who came to Pinar Karsiyaka as an unknown player then moved to bigger places as stars.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Cobras rally, avenge loss to Panthers -by David Edole
Payback never tasted sweeter for the Boyd Anderson boys basketball team than it did Saturday.

In danger of being swept in the season series by Dillard, the Cobras, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, staged a furious second-half comeback and stunned Dillard 61-52 in the BCAA Big 8 Boys' Basketball Championship at Fort Lauderdale High.

Tournament MVP Martavious Irving, sparked the rally with nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Senior 6-8 forward Ivan Aska had 10 points and 13 rebounds and junior Bryan Bynes added eight points for the Cobras (24-1), who extended their winning streak to 20 games.

With 2:51 remaining and the Cobras clinging to a 52-49 lead, Irving converted an acrobatic layup over Dillard 6-8 center Kore White while being fouled, which sent the Boyd Anderson faithful into a frenzy. On the play, the 6-2 Irving elevated over two defenders, hung in the air while absorbing the foul from White, and calmly banked in the shot.

He then converted the three-point play with a free throw which capped a 12-0 run by the Cobras.

Earlier in the period, Irving helped to swing the momentum of the game with a straight-away three-pointer and a driving layup to bring the Cobras to within 49-48 with 5:38 remaining.

That set the stage for Aska to give the Cobras the lead for good on a pair of free throws with 4:03 left to make it 50-49.

''My teammates told me coming out in the third quarter when I hit the first three, that is what sparked them to play better,'' Irving said. ``This is probably going to inspire us to take it all the way to the state championship.''

Ultimately, the Panthers' inability to execute under duress in the fourth quarter proved to be their downfall. Boyd Anderson, which turned up their man-to-man defense in the second half, outscored the Panthers 18-3 in the final period.

The Panthers' lone scores during that stretch came on a dunk by Nigel Spikes, who finished with eight points, and a free throw from Javier Frazier, who had nine points.

''In the second half Boyd Anderson came out a little bit more aggressive,'' said Dillard coach Darryl Burrows, who is seeking his fifth state title. ``I could see my kids were not responding to their aggressiveness. They were aggressive on the glass and we tended to stand around a little bit. We have to move on.

``We start our district play next week. Boyd Anderson is a great team. Both teams got a challenge. Hopefully both teams will be in Lakeland.''

Robert Burger and White each had a team-high 12 points for the Panthers (21-2), ranked No. 2 in Class 5A.

Outside of a Bynes alley-oop dunk off an assist from Tyrone Davis to open the game, little went right for the Cobras early on.

Aska, who has provided a tough inside presence through the Cobras' best start in history, went to the bench with 5:07 after picking up his second foul while trying to draw a charge on Dillard guard Robert Burger.

Only 37 seconds later, with Boyd Anderson leading 8-6, senior forward Frank Gaines, the Cobras' most reliable outside shooter, followed suit.

White followed with a tip-in dunk but the Panthers were never able to fully capitalize on the Cobras early foul trouble and it came back to haunt them.

With Dillard holding a 37-27 halftime lead, Boyd Anderson changed the complexion of the game by going to a full-court press.

It paid dividends immediately with the Cobras going on a 14-3 run. It started after Javier Frazier hit a running layup to give Dillard a 44-29 lead with 4:07 left in the third.

''I told the guys when we came out in the second half to play with heart,'' Aska said. ``They had us down but I knew we had this. The biggest difference in our team this year is we are a family now. We have one mission, one purpose, one direction. That is how we have been playing.''

Dill (21-2): Burger 12, White 12, Frazier 9, Hardy 5, Reliford 6, Spikes 8. BA (24-1): Irving 20, B. Bynes 8, Gaines 7, Aska 10, Flood 6, Davis 3, C. Bynes 7. Three-pointers: Irving 3, Gaines 1, C. Bynes 1, Frazier 1, Burger 2. Rebounds: Aska 13. Assists: Davis 7. Steals: Davis 4.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

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


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ARMENIA - Women

Aleksan's team loses to Cassovia -by Eurobasket News
Cassovia Kosice won a thriller over UMB Banska Bystrica with Armenain Zaruhi Aleksan (194-82) 65:68. The latter started very confidently and took a 20:12 lead. Cassovia Kosice replied with 10:15 in the second and then spurted 13:21 in the third. Adriana Gresnerova led the winners with 27 points. Vackova netted 23 and Wilson added 8. Lalovicova chipped in 22 points in the losing effort. Zaruhi Aleksan ended up with 2 points and 3 rebounds. Moreover she showed 100 % from the field.

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BELARUS - Women

Leuchanka moves to Russian UMMC -by Eurobasket News
One of the best players of the country Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) changed Lithuanian TEO for Russian UMMC and will continue the battle in Euroleague. In her regular season for TEO in Euroleague she averaged 13.8 points per game scoring 110 points in 8 games. Moreover she made 9.4 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists. Yelena Leuchanka became the first Belorussian ever to play in WNBA. Unfortunately after playing three games for the Sting, the 1.94 meter center had to have surgery and saw action only once more after that. In 2007 she won bronze in European Championships in Italy together with the National team. Her stats were 11.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile Nadezhda together with Zhanna Gorodetskaya (178-G-79) and Anastasiya Verameyenka (191-C-87) suffered a massive setback in their EuroCup aspirations as they were painfully nipped by Schio in the first game of the eighth-final. The start of the game was pretty successful for the Russian outfit as Victoria Shagan hit back-to-back three-pointers and Nadezhda led 8:0. Zhanna Gorodetskaya and Elen Shakirova later added 5 straight points for the visitors as Nadezhda opened up a double-digit lead 17:5. Federica Ciampoli and Masciadri capped the first frame with 4 straight points for Schio and the hosts trailed by 8 points after 10 minutes. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Elisabetta Moro trimmed the difference early in the second period but just to see Elen Shakirova and Elena Berseneva restore an 8-point cushion. Zhanna Gorodetskaya later hit another triple and the margin grew to 9 points. But the home team recovered late in the quarter and answered with an 8:2 run to head into the dressing room trailing by 3 points 29:32. Elisabetta Moro tipped off the second half with a three-pointer to tie things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before Raffaella Masciadri nailed a three-pointer and set Schio on the run. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Raffaella Masciadri teamed up for 12 points and Schio grabbed a 57:44 lead after three quarters. Betty Lennox hit from afar and Elen Shakirova nailed a free throw for Nadezhda to climb within 8 points from the Italian team. But the hosts mounted the pressure and Bernadette Ngoyisa paced Schio to a confident victory. She completed a three-point play to give Schio a 70:56 advantage. Laura Macchi and Kathrin Ress added 5 more to make it 75:56. Nadezhda struggled to limit their opponents' offense and finally lost by 21 points.
Bernadette Ngoyisa produced 21 points and 11 boards for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri added 21 points, while Laura Macchi contributed 16 points and 6 boards in a win. Elen Shakirova tallied 17 points and 11 boards for Nadezhda. Zhanna Gorodetskaya scored 14 points in a losing effort. Anastasiya Verameyenka collected 5 points and 7 rebounds.
In the last round of the league Berezina and Olimpia improved to 142 records smashing their opponents. Olimpia beat Mogilevchanka 112:47 and 108:36, while Berezina had two road victories over Gomel 38:103 and 43:103.


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D.R. CONGO - Women

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


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: PuHu won by one: 72-73 -by Rauno Hurmalainen

SM-sarja, Round 24: PuHu (Vantaa) won both games during this weekend. The new Head Coach Mikko Kurki could not get a better start. Winning over
Alku (Forssa) was not a big thing, but winning today on the road in Jyvaskyla over HoNsU was a slight upset. Aneta Kausaite (179-G-70) made her first FT, when
seven seconds to go and PuHu took 72-73 lead. What happened next during those seven seconds? Many, many things! Kausaite first missed her second FT,
but PuHu's Alli Arppe (184-F-81) grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled by Salla Viitanen (168-G-87). Arppe was awarded with two FTs, but she missed both of them. HoNsU's Charlee Underwood (178-F-85, college: CSU Fullerton) took now the rebound and Heidi Lonnberg (180-G-78) fouled her. Underwood missed her both FTs, HoNsU's Pia Kratsch (175-F-78) took an offensive rebound had a 2-pts jump shot, but missed that. Finally PuHu had won 72-73! Huima (Aanekoski) crushed Alku in Forssa 67-100 and PeKa (Kotka) defeated BC Nokia, but
only by four pts: 79-75.

HoNsU - PuHu 72-73 (37-42) (Lizanne Murphy 22 - Heli Roukanoja 21/14, Aneta Kausaite 19).

PeKa - BC Nokia 79-75 (47-41) (Shanika Freeman 25, Ashley Haynes 20/10 - Sherry McCracklin 29/11, Tiia Huuhka 16).

FoA - Huima 67-100 (35-47) (Megan Griffith 28, Minna Johto 18 - Shakeena Wicker 27/11, Chrystal Erwin 22).



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FRANCE - Women

LFB Round 15 & 16 update - Bourges heading for regular season title -by Leslie Anderson

Cercle Jean Mace Bourges are the only team that have not dropped a game in the league this season but Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket are on a run of nine wins.

Saint Jacques Sport Reims beating USVO was the result of round 14. This defeat allowed Cercle Jean Mace Bourges to extend their lead at the top of the table.


In round 15 Mondeville confirmed their intention of finishing in the championship playoff spot with a clinical display against Aix-en-Provence.

Challes-les-Eaux Basket-les-Eaux put a stop to their negative series while dented Villeneuve chances of finishing in the top 4 with a hard fought victory


Round 16 has just come to an end this evening with the top 4 team all won but the real interest is at the bottom end of table. Aix pulled off the victory of the round as they came away with all the points on the road against the high flying Saint Amand. They now join Calais and Tarbes Gespe Bigorre on 5-11. Arras are currently in 13th place but have a game in hand.


Kristen Sharp inspired Aix with 22 points in a game that was only decided in the last 90 seconds. Saint Jacques Sport Reims had to wait until the last few seconds to overcome Challes-les-Eaux Basket.


Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket made hard work of a game they dominated for most part. Tarbes Gespe Bigorre looking to escape the relegation zone played came close to upsetting their hosts in the last of the Sunday games that was also decided in the last minute.


The 16th round was played over three days with Bourges and USVO beating Villeneuve and Arras on Friday evening. Mondeville paced themselves on Saturday evening to victory against Mourenx while Clermont-Ferrand toppled Calais.



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GERMANY - Women

DBBL: Recap of Game Day 14 -by Moritz Korff
SV Halle - ChemCats Chemnitz 80:52, Boxscore
The Lions cruised to a relatively easy home win against Chemnitz and improved to 7-6, while Chemnitz dropped to 5-8. The squad of Coach Thomas Roijakkers dominated the paint and outrebounded the guests 57:25. Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-G-82) trilled 3 treys and led the Lions with 15 points in the win, Monika Gavrilovska (191-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points plus 7 rebounds, while Sherida Triggs (185-F-85, college: ODU) with 11 points and 9 boards, Jitka Peterkova (183-F) who had 10 points, 9 rebounds as well as Andrea Krug (185-F/C-84) with 9 points and 11 rebounds came close to double-doubles. Elena Hennig scored 17 points in the loss.

BBV Leipzig Eagles - Herner TC 93:86, Boxscore
After being without any victory until last weekend the Leipzig Eagles overcame Herne and celebrated the second win of the season. Katarina Flasarova (170-G-85) paced the host with 24 points, including 9 out of 10 from the line, while Da'Love Woods (165-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Colorado St.) added impressive stats again, chipping in 22 points, dishing out 10 assists and pulling down 9 rebounds. Svetlana Odnovolenko (190-C-87) added 19 points and 9 boards. Geraldine Bertal (190-C-79) topscored for HTC in her debut and produced 23 points plus 8 rebounds.

Eisvoegel USC Freiburg - BG 74 Goettingen 65:61, Boxscore
Coming back from a 13 point-deficit at halftime Freiburg edged the Violets and got victory number 7 of this current season. The home team held Goettingen at 19 points in the second half, while netting 36 on the other end of the court. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) led the point production for Freiburg - she scored 22. Also Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) was impressive for the host, posting a double-double of 14 points, 16 rebounds and also blocking 5 shots. Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Northridge) tallied 15 points and 12 boards for the Violets, Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

BC Pharmaserv Marburg - Muenchen Basket 91:72, Boxscore
In front of 850 fans the Blue Dolphins held off Muenchen to improved to 7-6, while the guests suffered the 6th defeat in a row. Marburg had five players in double-figure scoring, led by Natalie Gohrke (180-F-83) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hicran Oezen (169-G-81) followed with 14 points and Morgan McLaughlin (188-C, college: Simon Fraser University) who stayed perfect from the field (3/3) and the line (7/7) to finish the game with 13 points. Natascha Heuser (178-G/F-82) added 13, Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) had 11. Sandra Carroll (171-G-72) netted 18 points for Muenchen in the loss, Magdalena von Geyr (180-F-84) tallied 15.

TSV Wasserburg - TV 1872 Saarlouis 76:72 OT, Boxscore
The Saarlouis Royals almost handed Wasserburg the first loss of the campaign, but after 50 minutes of hard work the reigning German champion finally had overcome the second ranked guests. The Royals were ahead at halftime (36:27), but Wasserburg answered and won both the third and fourth quarter. When the buzzer sounded the score was tied at 66 and the game went into overtime. With 1000 spectators supporting them the hosts managed to held off Saarlouis in the extra period 10:6. Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77, college: LSU) led all scores with 20 points, Rebecca Thoresen (179-F-78) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, Diana Adela Pop (175-G-71) had 11 points, 6 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals for Wasserburg. Young Stina Barnert (172-G-89) tallied 13 points in the loss, Isabelle Comtesse (180-G-82) added 12 points, Rachel Wojdowski (179-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: New York U.) finished the game with 11 points and Julie Anne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) produced 10 points plus 8 rebounds.


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HOLLAND - Women

Leaders win again -by Mannus Etten
The two best teams in the league won again. First placed team Yellow Bike Den Helder had an easy game at home against Renes Binnenland. They won with 102-56.
Amazone Leidsche Rijn played at home against third place team ProBuild Lions Landslake and won easily too with 84-59.

No surprises in this round and only one close game between Woonbron/DAS Delft and Perik Jumpers Tubbergen. Both teams are placed in the midsection on the ranking. Woonbron/DAS Delft defended their six place with succes because they won with 75-68.


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HUNGARY - Women

Amazing win for Szeged -by Tamas Palko
Szolnok - Szeged 57-59 (18-22, 15-17, 11-16, 13-4)

On a very exciting last period, Szeged can finally win the match against Szolnok. In the last period Szeged missed all of the field goals, and could not get points until the last minute. Szolnok after 13-0 run and on 57-55 couldn't score any points, so Szeged was able to win this match.

Szolnok: Hegedus 17/3, Delmis 11/9, Kozdron 11/3.
Szeged: Tomova 13, Russai 12/6, Szlimak 12, Furesz 11/3.

2-pointers: 14/34 41%; 15/36 42%.
3-pointers: 7/24 29%; 4/14 29%.
FT: 8/17 47%; 17/25 68%.
Rebs: 34;31.


BEAC had the chance to win, but can't beat Vasas -by Tamas Palko
BEAC - Vasas Csata 58-69 (17-16,13-19, 17-18, 11-16)
Bogdanfy street, attendance: 150.

In the first period Vasas leads almost 10 points, but BEAC can equalize it with a last second 3-pointer hit by Emese Szasz. After the break Vasas throws two triples, and this 5 points lead was the difference till the last minute, because in the critical moments BEAC players make technical errors. BEAC wants to hit 3-pointers but they missed the chances (2/14 in the match, 0/3 in the last minute), and Vasas can double that 4-5 point lead to 11 points. The former BEAC player Judit Izsak and Zsofia Koncz played very well, Izsak's 8 steals and Koncz's 17 points and 11 rebounds tells that if they were still in BEAC, Vasas can't win the match. Reka Fejes was the leader in points, she scores 20.

Next week BEAC plays in Szombathely, there is a chance to win.


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ICELAND - Women

Lysing Cup -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Grindavik will meet Haukar in Lysing Cup final. Grindavik beat Keflavik 66-58 last night
Strong defense was the key of the win.
Scorers for Grindavik. Tiffany Roberson (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Chattanooga) 19 + 15 rebs. Joanna Skiba (163-G-85, agency: IceBasket, college: Bryant) 15 + 7 assist. Petrunella Skuladottir 12 + 14 rebs. Iris Sverrisdottir 10. Olof Palsdottir 4. Jovann Stefansdottir 3. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir 3.
For Keflavik. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 16. Susanne Biemer 17. TaKesha Watson 13. Margret Kara Sturludottir 6 + 10 rebs. Ingibjorg Vilbergsdottir 4. Rannveig Randversdottir 2


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KOREA - Women

Latest results -by Eurobasket News
In the latest games of the league Cool Cats beat Bichumi 52:48. The hosts started with 14:9 in the opening quarter and then set up the victory in the second half. Later Bichumi overcame S-Birds 55:45 trailing 10:13 in the first quarter. A good game in the last three quarters brought Bichumi a positive result. KB Savers lost to Woori Hansae 68:81 even though won the second stanza 20:11. Woori Hansae with an offensive basketball ensured the total win after 28:20 in the last quarter.

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LITHUANIA - Women

TEO Vilnius: two days, two victories -by Eurobasket News
The first days of February brought two wins for the defending champions and one for Arvi.
TEO Vilnius increased to 19-1 after two wins in LMKL. At first the team smashed Laisve 109:61. In the first quarter the favorite suggested an offensive game and finished it with 34:21. In the second half the hosts continued to ruin the guests' defense and reached more than 100 points in the end of the last quarter. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) nailed 19 and Bimbaitė scored 16. Three players for the visitors ended up with 12 points.
In the second game that was played last night TEO Vilnius reached another easy win beating Panevezys 41:106 away from home. The most horrible quarter for the hosts was the second one when they failed 4:25. Gintare Petronyte top-scored for the winners again with 20 points. Sales nailed 19, while Kristin Haynie (175-G-83, college: Michigan St.) scored 17. Inga Aleksaite (192-C-89) was the only one to have double digits for the hosts producing 14 points.
Arvi upset Lemminkainen 80:66 to improve to 15-5. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) collected 26 points for the winners and Bills scored 16.


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MALI - Women

Sangare is victorious with Poprad -by Eurobasket News
In Round 16 of Slovak League Poprad overcame AT GEMTEX Roznava 75:73 due to 26:16 in the third quarter. Both squads started tough and did not allow each other to go on a lead. AT GEMTEX Roznava woke up in the second period with 8:18, but then the hosts answered with 26:16 in the third. Gibbsova top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Katarina Petrikova had 15 and Malian Sadio Sangare (191-C-80, college: Oklahoma City) nailed 13. Antalecova posted 19 points in defeat. The next game Sadio Sangare's team will play on February 9th.

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RUSSIA - Women

UMMC signs two more players -by Eurobasket News
USO Mondeville confirmed that their French star Caroline Aubert (168-G-80, college: Colorado) joined the Russian giants UMMC. USO Basket did not progress from the group stage but Caroline Aubert had a strong campaign. She averaged 12.5 points, and had a season-high 22 in a game against Dynamo Moscow at the end of November. In her achievements it is a must to mention an All-French LFB Co-Most Improved Player of the Year in 2007. In Euroleague his season Caroline Aubert averaged 12.5 points per game and 7.6 assists per game. The last stat is the best result in Euroleague this year.
One of the best players of Belarus Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) changed Lithuanian TEO for Russian UMMC as well and will continue the battle in Euroleague. In her regular season for TEO in Euroleague she averaged 13.8 points per game scoring 110 points in 8 games. Moreover she made 9.4 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists. Yelena Leuchanka became the first Belorussian ever to play in WNBA. Unfortunately after playing three games for the Sting, the 1.94 meter center had to have surgery and saw action only once more after that. In 2007 she won bronze in European Championships in Italy together with the National team. Her stats were 11.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.
MMC seemed to be packed greatly for now and becomes one of the favorites of Euroleague this year.


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SENEGAL - Women

Fatou Kine N'Diaye collects 16 points and 17 boards -by Eurobasket News
Pully together with Fatou Kine N'Diaye (198-C-85) lost to BBC Troistorrents that secured the second spot in the table of Swiss league. BBC built a 48:31 lead at halftime and limited their opponents to just 3 points in the third frame to claim an insurmountable advantage. BBC finalized a 76:44 victory at the end and climb at 13-3 record in the standings. Sabrina Dealbi notched 19 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Jessica Kellogg and Sarah Kershaw contributed 13 points apiece for the winning side. Pully were paced by 16 points and 17 boards from Fatou Kine N'Diaye. In round 17 BBC took on Riva Basket at home and drove to a 73:66 victory to maintain their second position in the LNA regular season.

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SLOVAK REP. - Women

KOSIT 2013 thrashes Slovan Bratislava 119:34 -by Eurobasket News
Round 16 of Slovak League brought 4 games with two smashes and two games with the intrigue till the end.
KOSIT 2013 Kosice overwhelmed Slovan Bratislava 119:34 to reach 16-0 record. The class of the teams differs a lot and the champion proved it one more time. Daniela Cikosova (181-F-82) led the winners with 29 points. Michulkova netted 21, while McCarville posted 19. Zuzana Smutekova (181-F-90) and Horonyova produced 9 points for the guests.
Cassovia Kosice won a thriller over UMB Banska Bystrica 65:68. The latter started very confidently and took a 20:12 lead. Cassovia Kosice replied with 10:15 in the second and then spurted 13:21 in the third. Adriana Gresnerova (179-F-86) led the winners with 27 points. Vackova netted 23 and Wilson added 8. Lalovicova chipped in 22 points in the losing effort.
Poprad overcame AT GEMTEX Roznava 75:73 due to 26:16 in the third quarter. Both squads started tough and did not allow each other to go on a lead. AT GEMTEX Roznava woke up in the second period with 8:18, but then the hosts answered with 26:16 in the third. Gibbsova top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Katarina Petrikova (182-F/C-80) had 15 and Sangare nailed 13. Antalecova posted 19 points in defeat.
INPEK UKF Nitra thrashed Spartak Myjava 51:132 on a road as Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Mracnova poured in 22 points apiece.

UMB Banska Bystrica - Cassovia Kosice 65:68 (20:12, 10:15, 13:21, 22:20)
UMB Banska Bystrica:Lalovicova 22, Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) 16, Simova 8
Cassovia Kosice: Adriana Gresnerova 27, Vackova 23, Wilson 8

Spartak Myjava - INPEK UKF Nitra 51:132 (8:34, 18:25, 12:40, 13:33)
Spartak Myjava:Alexandra Porubska (177-91) 12, Stankova 10, Malinkova 9
INPEK UKF Nitra: Edita Sujanova 22, Mracnova 22, Chlebovcova 21

KOSIT 2013 Kosice - Slovan Bratislava 119:34 (32:7, 26:7, 32:8, 29:12)
KOSIT 2013 Kosice:Daniela Cikosova 29, Michulkova 21, McCarville 19
Slovan Bratislava:Zuzana Smutekova 9, Horonyova 9, Capova 8

Poprad - AT GEMTEX Roznava 75:73 (17:17, 8:18, 26:16, 24:22)
Poprad: Gibbsova 16, Katarina Petrikova 15, Sangare 13
AT GEMTEX Roznava:Antalecova 19, Csavasova 18, Barenyiova 12


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SLOVENIA - Women

Grilanc has triple-double -by Zeljko Zule
Former NT member Nina Pezdirec-Grilanc (-80) collected 37 points on shooting 14-of-22, 10 rebounds and 11 steals for her first triple-double as Odeja crushed Triglav 101-59. Tjasa Gortnar led the guests with 28 points and 14 rebounds. City center snapped a nine game-losing streak with a 74-44 road victory over Crnomelj. Iva Serdar had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Maja Baloh posted 15 points while Katja Fink collected 13 points and 11 rebounds for Crnomelj, Katarina Smolic added 12 points and Marin Ascic grabbed 11 rebounds.Hit Kranjska Gora defeated Konjice 72-61. Spela Erzen finished with 24 points and Domenika Gacner added 16. Konjice trailed as many as 23 points early in last quarter. Spela Javornik scored 16 points, Nastja Kvas 14 and Anja Prsa grabbed 14 rebounds. AJM Maribor defeated Domzale 76-56. Alma Pehadzic posted 20 points and Katja Skerget 15 while Simona Kuzma had 16 points for Domzale and Martina Osterman 15. Merkur outscored Neso lhke 95-65. Monique Blake collected 20 points and 20 rebounds and Lucie Conkova scored 21 points. Neso lhke was outrebounded 27-51. Staci Humphrey netted 22 points on shooting 1-of-12 from the downtown and Polona Zalar 14 of her 18 points scored in first half.

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SWITZERLAND - Women

Neuchatel enjoys the top spot in LNA -by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel continues to lead in the LNA action as they improved to 16-1 record on top of the standings. In Round 16 Neuchatel met with a fierce opposition as they hosted Martigny Basket. Neuchatel looked pretty dominant in the opening frame and accumulated a 26:12 lead. Nevertheless the visitors evened the game in the second period and stroke back trimming the deficit to 9 points at halftime 34:43. They went even further coming as close as 5 points from Neuchatel in the third term. However it was not enough as the home team secured a tough win in the crunch time 72:68 and posted yet another victory. Cameo Hicks (178-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington) dropped 21 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace the winners. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) and Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) added 10 points apiece. Shannon Perry (179-F-80, college: Bryant) answered with game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds for Martigny. Yesterday Neuchatel routed Brunnen Basket 84:50 at home to extend their winning streak.
BBC Troistorrents secured the second spot in the table with a cruising win against Pully. BBC built a 48:31 lead at halftime and limited their opponents to just 3 points in the third frame to claim an insurmountable advantage. BBC finalized a 76:44 victory at the end and climb at 13-3 record in the standings. Sabrina Dealbi notched 19 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Jessica Kellogg (172-G-82, agency: LBM Management, college: San Jose St.) and Sarah Kershaw (180-F/C-85) contributed 13 points apiece for the winning side. Pully were paced by 16 points and 17 boards from Fatou Kine N'Diaye (198-C-85). In round 17 BBC took on Riva Basket at home and drove to a 73:66 victory to maintain their second position in the LNA regular season.


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TURKEY - Women

Week 14 in TBBL:Fenerbahce still unbeaten -by Iva Ivanova
It looks like no body cant stop Fenerbahce in TBBL. Machine for wins goes ahed and 'Kanarya' group show again their team power.
In other case, second team Galatasaray lost today game, and keep distance from leader with 3 lost games. Pankup TED Kayseri signed with american Lisa Willis. She added 17 points for her team reached on today game with 87-78 over IUSK.
At other games: Besiktas Cola Turka closed 65-62 over Galatasaray at Istanbul`s derby, Migros-Cankaya Univ. 61-69, Fenerbahce-Mersin 75-66,Ceyhan Bld-Burhaniye Bld. 97-79.
Fenerbahce is still unbeaten after 14-0 in TBBL. Second is Galatasaray 11-3, Mersin and Beskitas are with 10-4.
Erdemit club ends their participaion in TBBL. Their opponent Botas rest at this round.


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Javois scored 16 in a lost -by David Edole
Missouri Western had a starter injured in the first two minutes of the game and seven players would not be enough as they were beaten by the Washburn Lady Blues 68-44 in Lee Arena. Senior guard Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: St.Louis) would be the only Griffon in double figures as she would have 16 points on the night.

The Griffons were hit with adversity from the start of the game. Freshman guard Lauren Nolke went down with an injury only 1:50 into the game. This left Missouri Western with only seven healthy players. Javois and Jill Johnson both played all 20 minutes in the first half and Chemia Woods only sat for one minute as the seniors were forced to shoulder the load. They would hang close and tie the score at 12 all behind a Megan Gawatz three point bucket. A Corkey Stiger three pointer would cap a 9-0 Washburn run over the next four minutes. Western would only close the gap to seven on two different occasions before the Lady Blues would finish the first half on an 11-2 run and take a 37-21 lead into the break.

Javois led the Griffons with seven points at halftime while Tierra Ford had six points and Johnson chipped in five points. Washburn was paced in the first half by Janice Bright and Stiger who had 12 points a piece. As a team Western was 7-of-23 for 30% from the field in the first half, while the Lady Blues shot 41% (13-of-32).

The second half would prove to be no better. Washburn's smallest lead of the second half would be 17 points after Javois hit a jumper early in the second half to cut the lead to 40-23. The Lady Blues had the lead pushed out to 26 three minutes later and held its largest lead of the game at 30 points after two Jessica Mainz' free throws with 5:48 to play. Western would outscore Washburn 13-8 to finish the game as Washburn head coach Ron McHenry rested some of the starters.

Javois would lead the Griffons with 16 points, but was only 6-of-18 from the field. Missouri Western as a team only mustered four second half field goals on their way to 25% (11-of-44) from the field for the game. The lone bright spot was Western's 19-of-22 (86%) from the free throw line.


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UKRAINE - Women

Dnipro outscores Kozachka in the Ukrainian derby -by Eurobasket News
Dnipro outscores Kozachka in the key game of the round. After a road win in the previous round over Tim-Skuf Dnipro proves the ambitions to defend their title. Dnipro beat Kozachka in the Ukrainian derby 93:73 to stay undefeated. In another game played, Chaika overcame Olimp-NAEK 98:61. That was the end of the regular season and now the teams are divided into 2 groups: for 1-3 places and for 4-6 places. The schedule for the top division look above.
Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) and her Swiss Neuchatel continues to lead in the LNA action as they improved to 16-1 record on top of the standings. In Round 16 Neuchatel met with a fierce opposition as they hosted Martigny Basket. Neuchatel looked pretty dominant in the opening frame and accumulated a 26:12 lead. Nevertheless the visitors evened the game in the second period and stroke back trimming the deficit to 9 points at halftime 34:43. They went even further coming as close as 5 points from Neuchatel in the third term. However it was not enough as the home team secured a tough win in the crunch time 72:68 and posted yet another victory. Cameo Hicks dropped 21 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace the winners. Taisiia Bovykina and Nina Crelot added 10 points apiece. Shannon Perry answered with game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds for Martigny. Yesterday Neuchatel routed Brunnen Basket 84:50 at home to extend their winning streak.


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UZBEKISTAN - Women

Victoria Shagan loses with Nadezhda -by Eurobasket News
Victoria Shagan (178-G-79) and her Russian Nadezhda suffered a massive setback in their EuroCup aspirations as they were painfully nipped by Schio in the first game of the eighth-final. The start of the game was pretty successful for the Russian outfit as Victoria Shagan hit back-to-back three-pointers and Nadezhda led 8:0. Zhanna Gorodetskaya and Elen Shakirova later added 5 straight points for the visitors as Nadezhda opened up a double-digit lead 17:5. Federica Ciampoli and Masciadri capped the first frame with 4 straight points for Schio and the hosts trailed by 8 points after 10 minutes. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Elisabetta Moro trimmed the difference early in the second period but just to see Elen Shakirova and Elena Berseneva restore an 8-point cushion. Zhanna Gorodetskaya later hit another triple and the margin grew to 9 points. But the home team recovered late in the quarter and answered with an 8:2 run to head into the dressing room trailing by 3 points 29:32. Elisabetta Moro tipped off the second half with a three-pointer to tie things up. The teams traded baskets for some time before Raffaella Masciadri nailed a three-pointer and set Schio on the run. Bernadette Ngoyisa and Raffaella Masciadri teamed up for 12 points and Schio grabbed a 57:44 lead after three quarters. Betty Lennox hit from afar and Elen Shakirova nailed a free throw for Nadezhda to climb within 8 points from the Italian team. But the hosts mounted the pressure and Bernadette Ngoyisa paced Schio to a confident victory. She completed a three-point play to give Schio a 70:56 advantage. Laura Macchi and Kathrin Ress added 5 more to make it 75:56. Nadezhda struggled to limit their opponents' offense and finally lost by 21 points. Bernadette Ngoyisa produced 21 points and 11 boards for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri added 21 points, while Laura Macchi contributed 16 points and 6 boards in a win. Elen Shakirova tallied 17 points and 11 boards for Nadezhda. Zhanna Gorodetskaya scored 14 points in a losing effort. Victoria Shagan posted 13 points showing a great percentage from the field. Game 2 is scheduled for February 7 in Orenburg.
Natalya Babusheva (178-G-79) and Yuliya Kiseleva (200-C-85)'s Chevakata lost to UMMC in the latest game of Rusian Superleague. Yuliya Kiseleva produced 13 points and 3 rebounds in a 58:101 loss. Natalya Babusheva collected 7 points and 4 assists.