EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/6/2008

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ABA

Roster changes in Rainmen -by Gianni Pascucci
Rainmen top player Jermaine Anderson (6'2''-G-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Fordham) left the team as he agreed to terms to return to the German Pro A Bundesliga, where he played before signing with Halifax in November. The team is now looking for a replacement, even if it's likely that Blandon Ferguson (6'4''-F/G-80, college: Illinois) and Lantrice Green (6'3''-G-83) will immediately share duties at point guard. The Rainmen have also offered a contract to Jon Clark (6'10''-F/C-83, college: Rhode Island) of Toronto. Clark joined the team on a tryout basis in late January after the Rainmen released Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews).

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ADRIATIC LEAGUE

Crvena Zvezda wants to negotiate with Mile Ilic -by Dragan Jankovski

Crvena Zvezda once again shows strong willingness to hire ex center of New Jersey Nets Mile Ilic (215-C-84), who finally recovered of a serious ankle injury. After Nets, Ilic signed contract with Lokomotiv Rostov but he didn't pass a medical examination because of above mentioned injury. In the past Ilic won one National Cup and two times was champion of Adriatic league with FMP Zeleznik. He also was member of S&M NT on the World Championship in Japan 2006.


Nothing is signed yet and it will be known very soon will the second negotiations of Crvena Zvezda and Ilic be successful.



Market news -by Dragan Jankovski
After leaving of El Ayuso, it seems that another foreigner,Tre Kelley (183-G-85, college: S.Carolina), will part ways with Cibona as he already negotiates with some other teams.

Promising point guard / 2 guard Milan Rakic (193-G-86) agreed with Hemofarm STADA to terminate the contract due to player's unhappiness with his playing time this season. Rakic spent last 5 years in Hemofarm winning the Adriatic league 2005 and playing two times in ULEB Cup semifinals. He was member of Serbian U18, U20 (bronze and gold on EC) and University National Team, which won silver medal last summer in Bangkok.


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ARGENTINA

TNA - ARGENTINA -by Bruno Fontana

TNA - 1
Union Sunchales 69 (Lucas Gornatti 16) - 55 San Martin MJ (Mariano Garcia 14)
Lanus 79 (Jameel Heywood 20) - 75 La Union Formosa (Nathaniel Green 19)
Echague Saladillo 69 (Diego Eiguren 26) - 80 San Martin Corrientes (Luciano Rivero 17)
Ciclista Olimpico vs. Ciclista Junin (04/02 TV)

TNA - 2
Olimpia Catamarca 88 - 83 Regatas SN
GELP 81 (Ezequiel Manzanares 26)- 96 Alma Jrs. (Juan Ruiz 19)
Asociacion Espanola 89 (Jose Fabio 25) - 86 Echague Parana (
Sebastian Pardal 32)
Argentino Junin 71 (Anibal Marin 17) - 60 Asociacion Italiana (Derrick Miller 17)


Positions

TNA 1

Union (S) 19,5

Echague Saladillo 17,5

La Union de Formosa 17

San Martin (MJ) 17

Ciclista Juninense 16,5

San Martin (Ctes) 16

Lanus 15,5

Ciclista Olimpico 15

TNA 2

Alma Juniors 17

Asociacion Italiana 16.5

Echague 16,5

Asociacion Espanola 15,5

Gimnasia LP 15

Regatas 14

Argentino 14

Olimpia Catamarca 13,5



Changes in Quilmes -by Facundo Iatzky
Antwon Hall (193-G-74, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Life) left Quilmes mar del plata. The foreign player said he was not comfortable in the team. Coach Sanchez also looked for a guy more deffensive. Despite this Antwon Hall ( 14.1 pts 56.8% 2P 30.5% 3P 77.8% FT 28.5 min 2.3 reb. 1.7 ass, 1.5 TO 0.9 bls 22 games) showed he is a great offensive player. For this reason a couple of teams showed interested in sign him. The best candidate is Sionista Parana. Due to this situation, Quilmes mar del plata decided sign Kwan Johnson (195-G-74, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: New Orleans) recently released by Central entrerriano, who will be tested during the next weekends.

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BALTIC LEAGUE

Barons/LMT release Nagys -by Ricards Vambuts

Barons/LMT decided to release Lithuanian power forward Tomas Nagys (208-F-80, college: Clemson). Nagys played only 6 games for barons. His stats in Baltic Basketball League: 3,3 ppg, 2,3 reb, 0,3 st. In FIBA Europe Cup: 6 pts, 1,0 reb, 3,3 pf. Now Barons has only 11 players in the roster. For Nagys Barons was the sixth team he played for. It's very possible that Nagys will sign in one of lower divisions teams in Spain.



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BELGIUM

Division II Results - Regular Season (Round 18) -by Bertrand Larsimont

BC Ninane vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 56-71
Ninane could not avoid a bad start in this game and never recovered afterwards. Kangoeroes played without Patrick Lauwerijs (198-G/F-78).
Score at the half: 30-41.
Ninane: Bontemps 11; Lebecque 4; Van Bergen 2; R. Delhaes 7; Offermann 7; Delsaute 10; Hawley 13; Muric 2.
Kangoeroes: D'Haens 12; Bocevski 11; De Wachter 4; Goormans 4; Roelandts 21; Casteels 7; Coulanges 12.

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 80-47
Because of knee injury, Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80, agency: Stanley International) missed the game on Sint-Jan's side.
Score at the half: 39-21.
Sint-Jan: Lemaire 14; Gorremans 10; Van Rillaer 4; Van Schil 20; Dekkers 7; Artgeerts 2; Verrept 13; Ceyssens 10.
Zwevezele: Tandt 3; Bourdeaux 6; Lombart 3; Desloovere 20; Bobb 8; Van Hulle 2; Mylleville 5.

Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. CEP Fleurus 59-74
Great win for the visitors against the Division II leader Waregem. Both Waregem and Fleurus have now lost 5 times during regular Division II season but Waregem has only played 17 games while CEP has had 18 so far. CEP Fleurus will host Falco Ghent (with a record of 11 wins and 6 losses) next Friday at Bonsecours. A nice opportunity for the team of Coach Fulvio Bastianini to please their supporters who deserve to enjoy at least one good game at home.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 19-22, 36-38, 50-56 and 59-74.
Waregem: Van Vooren 4; Steinbach 12; Cleymans 21; Dewilde 8; Verdickt 6; Vermeiren 5; Fiers 3.
Fleurus: Bastianini 4; Vanesse 8; Moris 20; Jadin 11; Rozewicz 6; Buja 12; Semijejero 5; Pourtoit 8.

BBC Boom vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 75-52
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 24-12, 48-26, 61-36 and 75-52.
Boom: Druwez 6; Bayer 2; Lambreghts 5; Salden 3; Leten 2; Kitieu 11; Van den Brande 24; Van den Eynde 22.
Nivelles: --

BBC Falco Ghent vs. Power Liefmans Wevelgem 82-79
Despite an excellent game by Angelo Flanders (23 points and 17 rebounds) of Power Wevelgem, Falco (led by Joris De Schepper) won the game by a close margin.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 26-23, 46-39, 62-62 and 82-79.
Falco: Dhondt 10; Vanderkimpen 2; Breca 5; T. Foucart 14; De Schepper 23; J. Van de Vondel 10; Selhorst 8; Seghers 2; Brysse 2; Huyghe 6.
Wevelgem: Vandenberghe 3; T. Van De Keere 22; Robeyst 6; Naudts 6; Guillemyn 18; Flanders 23; Lebon 1.

Xenia Tours Sint-Truiden vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 64-76
Sint-Truiden: P. Van Hoecke 4; Baert 14; Willegems 7; Souverijns 22; Pipeleers 7; Cuppens 9; Thoelen 1.
Hasselt: Geysen 8; Hendrix 8; Sterk 13; Van Poelgeest 5; Vanhove 22; Bijnens 16; Maes 2; Cox 2.


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BELIZE

First Upset in the U-26 Tournament !!! -by David Magana
It was an excitement packed weekend in the U26 Basketball Competition, below are the results:

Friday 01 Feb.

Game 1
Complex Bombers 89 Buttonwood Bay 67
Top Scorers
Complex - Dale Turner (165-G) 21 pts / 2 rebounds / 6 assist / 2 steals
Lester Cadle (188-G-80) (188-G-80) 20 pts / 5 rebounds / 6 assist / 3 steals
Buttonwood - Dave Apolonio 20 pts (4-3's) / 2 assist / 3 steals
Kareem Elrington 17 pts / 8 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals

Game 2
The Future 54 UB Black Jaguars 51 - This was an upset over the favored UB team.
Top Scorers
Future - Winston Pratt 20 pts / 4 rebounds / 3 blocks
Leroy Louriano 15 pts / 1 assist / 1 steal
UB - Stephen Williams (188-G-83) 12 pts / 8 rebounds / 2 steals
Farron Lauriano 7 pts / 9 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 block

Game 3
Junior Bulldogs 64 Lake I Boyz 58 - Lake I Boyz are the defending champs
Top Scorers
Bulldogs - Ty Bradley (183-G-85) 21 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Densmore Edwards 17 pts / 5 rebounds / 4 assist / 3 steals
Lake I - Tyrone Edwards (186-G, college: Hillsdale) 15 pts / 9 rebounds / 3 assist
Ashton Edwards 12 pts / 2 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
NB - all 3 Edwards are brothers

Sunday 03 Feb

Game 1
Lake I Boyz 78 Complex Bombers 75 - In overtime (this is the 2nd OT loss for Complex)
Top Scorers
Lake I - Ashton Edwards 27 pts (4-3's) / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 5 steals
Jerome 'Penny' Ellis 17 pts / 4 rebounds / 4 assist / 1 block / 6 steals
Jerome hit the 8' jumper in the closing seconds to send the game into OT.
Complex - Ronold ' Rifleman' Rivers 29 pts (5-3's) 7 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Lester Cadle 23 pts / 11 rebounds / 2 assist

Game 2
Junior Bulldogs 47 Belmopan Young Gunz 42
Top Scorers
Bulldogs - Jacob 'Snake' Leslie 12 pts / 2 rebounds
Greg Rudon (180-G) 10 pts / 5 rebounds / 2 assist
Young Gunz - Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 11 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
Dorian 'Cheesy' Jones 7 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 steal

Game 3
Mesop. Guardian Bombers 72 Buttonwood Bay 50
Top Scorers
Mesop. - Egbert Walford 26 pts / 2 rebounds / 2 assist / 3 steals
Alyson Rivers 10 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 assist
Buttonwood - Dave Apolonio 15 pts / 3 rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal
Andre Herrera 12 pts / 3 rebounds / 3 assist/ 1 block / 3 steals


The Future and Winston Pratt Unstoppable!!! -by David Magana

Last night at the Belize Civic Center the U-26 Tournament contiunued with three exiciting ball games. In the first face off, The Future went against Complex Bombers. The Bombers were bombed by 20 pts losing their 3 game of the season by 73-55. For The Future, Winston Pratt scored 21 pts, got 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 steals, while Leroy Louriano scored 11 pts. These two guys are a combination that is becoming hard to stop. In a losing effort for The Bombers, Lester Cadle (188-G-80) scored 13 pts, got 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Dale Turner (165-G) scored 13 pts.
In the Second match of the night, Lake I Boyz defeated Belmopan Young Gunz by a score of 66-54. This was a game of showering three's in which Lake I score 11 and Young Gunz 8 for a total of 57 pts coming the way of 3's. For the winning team, Ashton Edwards netted 29 pts (7-3's), got 6 rebounds and 8 steals, while Eden Serano (191-F) netted 10 pts. In a losing effort, Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) got 12 pts, 7 rebounds and 5 steals, while Rheton Belisle 11 pts.
In the last game of the night, the UB Black Jaguars bounced back defeating Buttonwood Bay 67-43. Sometimes its good to stumble once in a while and realize the invincibility issue rather than having a heartbreak during the playoffs. For the Jaguars, Lennox Bowman (180-G) ended up with 14 pts and 3 steals, while Farron Lauriano 10 pts and 8 rebounds. For the Bay, Jeremy O'Brian had 14 pts ,11 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Alton Herrera 14 pts and 6 rebounds.

NEXT GAMES:
Wednesday - 06 February 6:30 pm at Civic Center
Game 1 - Belmopan Young Gunz (0-4) vs Mesop. Guardian(2-1)

Game 2 - The Future (4-0) vs Lake I Boyz (3-1)

Game 3 - Junior Bulldogs (3-0) vs (Buttonwood Bay (0-5)



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BOSNIA

Bosna win with +40 -by Elvir Halilovic
In Sarajevo's derby Bosna ASA BH Telecom win against lastplaced Vogosca MIMS with 102:63. In second todays game Sloboda Dita make home victory against Leotar (89:78). Other games is on program tomorow and this weekend.

BOSNA ASA BH TELECOM - VOGOSCA MIMS 102:63
(25:20, 19:13, 36:11, 22:19)
Sarajevo, KSC Skenderija; Att.: 100; Ref.: Duskaj, Bilic, Hatibovic
BOSNA ASA BHT: Greer 11 (14 reb.), Sehovic 10, Bavcic 9, Bailey 3 (6 as.), Suljagic, Rahimic 18, Majstoric, Pasalic 2, Djurasovic 8, Veal 13 (5 as.), Zimic 6, Williams 22 (7 reb.)
VOGOSCA MIMS: Herco, Terzic, Zunic 2, Prasovic 12, Kadic 12, Smajovic 2, Osmic, Ok 10 (8 reb.), Alic 2, Valjevac 13 (10 reb.), Vucicevic 5, Peljto 5 (4 as.)


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

Inter Secondary School Basketball Tournament -by David Edole
The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports is inviting the general public to support the 2nd Annual Inter Secondary School Basketball Tournament. Games take place on March 8-10, 2008 at the Multi Purpose Sport Complex. Starting time 6pm March 8th and 9th and 12:30pm March 10th. Teams participating will be the Bregado Flax Educational Centre, Cedar School, The Technical/Vocational Institute, The Elmore Stoutt High School, Seventh-day Adventist Secondary School, St. Georges Secondary School and Anegada Secondary school.

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BULGARIA

Win number 20 for Lukoil Academic -by Valentin Anguelov
Willie Deane III (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) scored 20 of his 36 points in the first half for Lukoil Academic's 20th win in the Bulgarian Championship. The Students overcame 89-79 Rilski Sportist in the first game of the second round of A-1's second phase. Until the game versus Ventspils in the 1/32 finals of the ULEB Cup Lukoil will play all of the games, which are scheduled in mid-week in Tuesday.

After a decent first period (27-24), the home side got a bigger lead in the second 10 minutes and at halftime they lead the game with 13 points (53-40).

In the second half Zeljko Lukajic gave chance to some of the reserves, but they didn't do really good and the difference went down fast. At one moment, it was only 6 points for the home team. That made Lukajic bring back the starting five on the court, so everything could end up fine.

Deane added 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Other two from the home side finished in double digits - captain Todor Stoykov had 16, and Larry O'Bannon added 12 points.

Nenad Canak was back in play after a long abscense due to injury problems, as he scored 8 points for 33 minutes. Pero Antic didn't play in this game.

Santos Martinez, the new Dominican player in Samokov made his debut, as he was the top-scorer for Rileco with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

The other games from this round are tomorrow, as there are two big games - Levski faces CSKA in Sofia, and Cherno More is going to Pleven to play against Spartak.

by Alexander Sotirov - BulgarianBasket.com


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CHINA

3RD FIBA DIAMOND BALL FOR MEN;GROUPS AND SCHEDULE!!! -by Ogoh Odaudu
FIBA and the Chinese Basketball Association are happy to announce the composition of groups and the competition schedule for the 3rd FIBA Diamond Ball for Men which will be played in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, in Nanjing City (China), from 29th July to 1st August 2008.

The FIBA Diamond Ball for Men is an invitational tournament played once every four years.

1. COMPOSITION OF GROUPS:

Group A: Angola, Australia and China
Group B: Argentina, Iran and Serbia

2. SCHEDULE:

Please note that all hours listed on the below schedule are local time in Nanjing City:

29th July 2008:

16:00 hours: Argentina vs. Iran
19:30 hours: China vs. Angola

30th July 2008:

16:00 hours: Iran vs. Serbia
19:30 hours: Australia vs. China


31st July 2008:

16:00 hours: Serbia vs. Argentina
19:30 hours: Angola vs. Australia

1st August 2008:

14:00 hours: A3 vs. B3
16:00 hours: A2 vs. B2
19:30 hours: A1 vs. B1


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COLOMBIA

Colombians in the US Collegiate Basketball -by Jair Perea
Leaded by the well known Juan Tello Palacios (Senior F at Louisville), the Colombian talent is leaving its mark in the US Basketball at the Collegiate level, but the list of talented players coming to the States keeps growing and growing. This time I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the players that with their hard work and commitment, are trying to put Colombia in the Basketball Map. At the same time, I want to give recognition to the ones who came before, opening the way for the new talent.

Juan Tello: is on his senior season providing great leadership to a talented group of Cardinals at the Uof L coach by former NBA coach Rick Pitino. Despite injuries, Tello and his team are fulfilling the expectations that were set before the start of the season. However, they started the non conference play suffering unexpected losses causing the Cardinals to fall off the rankings. Game by game, Juan is climbing to the level that we all know him for, coming through in important games, such as the clash against state rival Kentucky, and more rencently the effort against Uconn where Juan was close to hiting the winning shot from the three point land. As the season progresses he seems to be less troubled by his knee problem, and his minutes and stats are improving accordingly.

Stuart Baldonado: after overcoming the injuries received during a shooting at Dequesne's campus before the start of the 2006 - 07 season, Stuart left the team because of undisclosed reasons. However, he took the big step joining a Professional basketball team (The Miami Tropics). His team will take part of the Final Four in the FIBA Americas Tournament. Stuart is gaining great experience at the professional level, is becoming an important player for his team. His stats should improve as he increases his minutes, and continues his adaptation to the pro level.

Freddy Asprilla: several scouts are impressed with the upside of this Colombian prospect, who is currently playing at a prep school. He is being recruited by several programs across the nation, and had the opportunity to play in the AAU circuit with the Miami Tropics playing alongside great talents such as USC's freshman standout OJ Mayo.

John Alexander Ortiz: as member of the TCU Frogs John is averaging 5.4 RBG in just 18 mins/game, to lead the team in rebounding. Transferred from Colby Community College, this is his first season with the Frogs who are 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference of the NCAA.

Camilo Londono: is currently playing his junior year for Newman University, a member of the Heartland Conf (Div 2). Is the third best scorer of the team at 11 PPG, also shoots an outstanding 44% from 3pt, and leads the team with a 1.17 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Anner Arce: Playing with the Southern University at New Orleans started off his first season hot with a 14 points- 7 rebounds performance against Philander Smith. As he continues adjusting to the style of playing and toughness of collegiate basketball, we will see Anner being more consistent stats wise.

Santiago Jaramillo: is also member of the SUNO also a freshman, is shoting 41% from the floor, which is good for a guard, and an outstanding 91.7% from the Charity stripe. His ball handling skills and quality on the point guard spot make him a great asset to the team

Nilson Ramos: is shooting 64.3 from the floor despite the lack of minutes, we look forward to seeing him play more minutes at the end of this his freshman season. He is another member of the SUNO Knights, and with Santiango, and Anner, the Colombian trio is expected to be the backbone of the team for their sophomore season.


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ESTONIA

TTP/Pirita sign Johnny Gray -by Eurobasket
TTP/Pirita agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Johnny Gray (186-G-83, college: Pacific). Gray played most recently at Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary) and last season in German Bundesliga. Apparently last spring he went to play pro basketball in ...Angola for one of the top African clubs Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda.

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FRANCE

NM1 Day 20: Charleville takes the lead alone -by Chris Spiesser
The NM1 is down under. A few weeks ago Antibes and Fos hand almost one foot in ProB and now Charleville is alone at place 1! Antibes suffered a third loss in a row @Angers while Charleville won by 7pts in Fos. In the mean time Blois won @Mulhouse and joins the two provencal teams at place 2. The GET Vosges is only one victory behind this second spot after a new home win against Bordeaux. In the bottom of the league, the good operations are for Boulogne which joins Mulhouse at place 12 as well as for Feurs which joins Longwy two wins behind the maritms and the alsatians.

The results:
Angers 86-68 Antibes
Fos 80-87 Charleville
GET Vosges 73-62 Bordeaux
Lievin 85-78 Andrezieux
Feurs 83-71 Challans
Lille 77-51 Centre Federal
Saint-Chamond 89-79 Longwy
Toulouges 79-90 Boulogne
Mulhouse 76-84 Blois

The key facts:
Antibes' former best defense seems to be gone. Over their last three losses, the provencals allowed 81ppg to their opponents. But it was not the best moment to face Angers which remains on 5 wins in a row. Against Antibes, Sulpice and Lesieu posted 59 ranking pts (of 117!). 15pts (5/7), 7rbs, 5stl, 8ass for the guard and 20pts (9/12), 9rbs, 5ass for the big man, Lesieu.

Fos lost 16 balls against Charleville which ends with only 7 turnovers. A key figure in a tight game where Frederic Minet (185-G-81) was the MVP: 21pts (8/11), 3stl, 3ass.

Geoffrey Seltzer allowed his team a strong win against Bordeaux as he shot a bright 6/8 from the 6.25m line

Mulhouse is fighting with an all-french team where the young Obouh-Fegue (1987) is taking confidance: 20pts (10/15), 8rbs. But Blois was too accurate: 29pts (11/15) for Brazil and 21pts (5/5 3pts), 9rbs for Blot, the whole team ending with 64% from the court.

Surprising collective performance by Feurs where 6 players totalize between 11 and 22 ranking points. A strong second half allows the forezians to remain in the race to place 13.

Many turnovers in St-Chamond where the two teams lost 20 and 21 balls. But the locals answered with a better accuracy (58% vs 44%). Granotier was decisive with 17pts (3/5 3pts), 2rbs, 4stl, 3ass.

Lille allowed no hopes to the CFBB, the nordists' collective was impressive with 110 ranking points, 27 assists (12 for Malet) and 6 players between 13 and 19 ranking points.

Despite Andrezieux's good start (12-21), Lievin reversed the game and secured its positive balance (10w-10d). Cilly was the man in Lievin with 17pts (4/5), 9rbs and 3stl. He contained Stipanovic and his 23pts.

Toulouges doesn't progress and this new home loss against Boulogne could be dramatic as a direct rival is taking a 5 wins margin over the catalans. Altier (16pts, 6rbs, 5to, 4ass) and his partners were too unaccurate (40%) to overcome Pierre-Joseph (23pts 8/11, 4rbs), Beacham (16pts 7/8, 10rbs) and Co.


Pro B - Round 20 : Bourg lost at home ! -by Maxime Lory
In spite of the 20p and 4rbs of Raphael Desroses (199-F-80), the co-leader of the french Pro B was beated last Saturday vs Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket 92 to 79. The men of Philippe Ruivet led the game from the start, Julian Banks (196-G) led Maurienne with 23p, 4rbs and 4asts. The other leader, before this round, SPO Rouen Basket, won vs the champion of N1 last year, Saint Vallier Basket Drome (82-71). And yet, after only 1quarter, Saint Vallier Basket Drome led 28-10 !!! But behind his french point guard, Frederic Moncade (183-G-78), who played during 40 minutes scored 15p, grabbed 6rbs and dishes out 7asts, SPO Rouen Basket finally win. Nanterre, who is third, won at home in the last minutes vs Boulazac with a trio Belton Rivers (193-G-84, agency: Naiditch Entertainment, college: Tennessee Tech)-Steffon Bradford (201-F-77, college: Nebraska)-Souarata Cisse (196-G/F-86) who scored 66 of the 86 points. Alonzo Richmond (193-F-75, college: Phillips (OK)) of Boulazac is the MVP of the round with a top ranking of 30. Saint-Etienne B. C. was deafeted vs Quimper UJAP, it's a bad operation for them in the race for the Pro A. Besancon Basket Comte Doubs, after a difficult begin of championship, win the fourth game of their five last vs Union Poitiers Basket 86 where the 2 americans players Kenny Younger (203-F-77, agency: Warren Sports, college: Houston) & Tommy Gunn (191-G-81, agency: Warren Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored half of the points. Limoges lost vs St-Quentin. Only Joah Tucker (196-F-83, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) floated with 23p and 6rbs. The West's team, Hermine Nantes Atlantique and Etendard de Brest, respectively won vs ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro and Reims Champagne Basket. To finish, ALM Evreux Basket beated ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale 81 to 66 with 18p of Eric Micoud (185-G-73, agency: ANYPEX, college: Georgetown).

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GERMANY

Josh Mueller moves from Meckenheim to Muenchen -by Moritz Korff
FC Bayern Muenchen (Regionalliga South-East) has signed Josh Mueller (180-G-82, college: S.Dakota) to replace injured Johannes Gotzler (195-G/F-86). Mueller played for RLW-side Meckenheimer TuS so far this season and averaged 19.2 points over 10 games. The 25-year-old Guard was a member of the 2006 Eurobasket.com All-2.Bundesliga 2nd Team after puting up great statistics (17 games: 24.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.1apg, 3.5spg) for the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach during the 2005-2006 campaign. After leaving the Lions he suited up for first divion-teams in Finland and Holland.

Dominique Klein back in Noerdlingen -by Moritz Korff
Dominique Klein (198-F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Campbell) has returned to Noerdlingen and joined the VPV Giants of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A. The 27-year-old Forward had left the Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga North) just shortly after 12 games played and 8.1 points per contest. Klein already wore the Noerdlingen jersey during the 2005-2006 season.

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GREECE

Joseph Blair back in Greece? -by Serafim Karaiskakis
The Usa Center Joseph Blair who came here in 2000 for Paok and left shortly after problems he had with the team, started the season in Russia in Spartak Vladivostok but left due to payment delays. It is rumored that Panionios want to bring him back in Greece.

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HUNGARY

Market news -by Tamas Deri

Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, agency: 24-seconds, college: Marquette) signed with Kaposvari KK! American forward played three games in January for Dombovar, he replaced injured Du Juan Wiley for a while! Now, he will play at least three games with his new team. The management of KKK will decide about keeping him for a longer time later.

Slovakian NT point guard, Robert Nuber (186-G-83) broke his contract with Albacomp, as he did not get too much play time. Rumors say, that he will get back to Slovakia to play for one of the first divison teams.


ZTE KK extended the tryout-period with Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances), so croatian power forward will play in the next two games for sure.



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IBL

KEEPING the dream alive -by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights of the IBL hosted their final free agent camp over the weekend. There were 20 plus basketball players hoping to get a pro basketball contract by impressing KNIGHTS COACH logan VANDER velden.'I am just trying to keep playing basketball,' said Julian Jones, who drove in from Indiana.The camp is the final stop before the KNIGHTS open training camp FEBUARY 16-17.

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INDIA

Good news for basketball fans!!!! Robin all set for return....soon.... -by Santhosh Kumar
Former Indian captain S. Robinson's career is all set to be back on track after a 13-month break. The ace hoopster was banned by the Tamil Nadu Basketball Association for two years for 'intentionally skipping the state camp ahead of the 2006 nationals'. Robinson has rendered an unconditional apology to the TNBA and as a result his ban might be lifted at the forthcoming executive committee of the association.

Robinson has a bright chance of being seen in action during the summer circuit, which begins with the Ravi Kumar memorial event in the first week of March. It is reliably learnt that the TNBA is satisfied with Robinson's explanation.

Robinson had written in that letter that he would prove his sincerity on the court and bring laurels to the state should he get a chance. 'I committed a blunder in not attending the camp, under the influence of wrong guidance. I admit that my absence was intentional and all the subsequent explanations I gave to the TNBA, the Basketball Federation of India and the media were false,' the 28-year-old former Asian all-star player had stated. 'I have fallen prey to the deceitful plans of the rival association in the state and I was used as a scapegoat.'

With Robin's comeback on the horizon, prominent city clubs including his former employers, Indian Overseas Bank, and Indian Bank are vying to take him under their fold.
After going through a rough patch, Robinson is now eagerly waiting for a chance to prove himself.
The hoopster's return will also prove significant for the state, one of the six teams in the fray for the inaugural Indian professional league to be held from August this year.


Letz make it interactive... -by Santhosh Kumar

Dear readers...U all might be aware of the Robinson saga....(if not read the archives)...Its the time for u to send ur opinion on this issue. The best views will be published here...


u can also send it in ur suggestions...



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ISRAEL

Maccabi Tel-Aviv & Jerusalem will meet in the cup final -by Elad Zeevi
last night the Israeli-cup Semi-finals delivered two close matchups, which ended with a predicted result: Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem will meet on Thursday night in Nokia Hall for the cup final.
the first semi-final match was between Maccabi and Gilboa/Afula. despite playing without Akina Ibakawa, who left back to the U.S, Afula stayed close to Maccabi the entire game, thanks to a great effort by Lamont Jones (183-G-72, college: Bridgeport) and Tonji Awajobi. on the other side, Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) was in a fine form, finishing the game with 22 points and leading his team in the money time, which ended with a 92:83 win.
the second semi-final match was very close - as predicted. Holon and Jerusalem delivered a great basketball game with many ups and downd by both teams. in the end it was Jerusalem who had the edge, winning the game 102:100. the current cup holders will try to defend their title on thursday against Maccabi, who hasnt lost a game over a month.


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ITALY

Serie A Market News -by Stefano Pini
Siviglia Wear Teramo announced the deal with Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton). The player will substitute the former topscorer of the league Clay Tucker (194-G-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). Snaidero Udine will add Kyle Hill (188-G-79, college: E.Illinois) to his roster.

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KOREA

Seoul Samsung rolled Pusan KTF 81-71 -by Sean Choi
When the 3-pointers start falling for Seoul Samsung thunders, it's so bad news for the opposition.
Seoul Samsung had the thunder last night. Victor Thomas scored 19 points and Kyusup Lee added 12 ,including two 3-pointers.
Shin Ki-Sung scored 13 for the Pusan ,but Carl Mitchell missed a bunch of shots and never had killer instinct to take victor thomas out of Seoul Samsung's zone.
Seoul Samsung rolled Pusan KTF 81-71

Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle)


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LATVIA

Barons/LMT release Nagys -by Ricards Vambuts

Barons/LMT decided to release Lithuanian power forward Tomas Nagys (208-F-80, college: Clemson). Nagys played only 6 games for barons. His stats in Baltic Basketball League: 3,3 ppg, 2,3 reb, 0,3 st. In FIBA Europe Cup: 6 pts, 1,0 reb, 3,3 pf. Now Barons has only 11 players in the roster. For Nagys Barons was the sixth team he played for. It's very possible that Nagys will sign in one of lower divisions teams in Spain.



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LITHUANIA

Neptunas Klaipeda sign Vaidotas Peciukas -by Eurobasket
Neptunas Klaipeda added to their roster 26-year old domestic guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, college: Hawaii). Peciukas played most recently at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL). btu there was too strong competition in Zalgiris. The played got the choice to be just one of many in Zalgiris with limited number of minutes or have stable place in starting five at theoretically weaker Neptunas. It's actually his comeback to Neptunas, where he played two years ago just after graduating Hawaii University.

Week Review -by Eurobasket News
After a successful first round of Euroleague Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris advanced to Top-16. The draw for the stage was held just recently in Madrid. Four groups with 4 teams in each were sorted out. The teams will play in round-robin system and two best teams of each group will qualify for quarterfinals. The Top 16 stage will tip off on February 13 and the games will be played through March 20. The Final Four participants will be decided in the best-of-three series played from April 1 through April 10. The Final Four will take part in Madrid on May 2-4. Lietuvos Rytas was sent to Group E together with Tau, Fenerbahce and Aris. Zalgiris will play in Group F with Real, Maccabi and Olympiakos.

Karlikanovas Nerijus and his Guildford Heat advanced to the Final of BBL Trophy in the United Kingdom. In the semifinal game against Worcester Wolves, heat were stronger 91:85. They scored the first 5 points of the game against Worcester Wolves, however the latter prevailed with a 19:18 lead after the opening ten minutes. They also finished the half the stronger to take 45:38 in front. A 17-3 surge in the third quarter was fatal for the Wolves that trailed 65:60 after 30 minutes. Deng made a three-pointer from the top of the arc to seal the game. Daniel Gilbert led the winners with 18 points. Tony Dorsey nailed 17, while Harrison scored 13. Anthony Paez ended up with 26 points in the losing effort. Nerijus Karlikanovas came into the game and gave an excellent cameo, nailing a triple to tie the game and giving some great passes and defense. He added a further bucket after Mike Martin's free throw to extend the Heat lead, which James Life pegged back with a free throw. Nerijus Karlikanovas made a big three and he played some really good defence.


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MEXICO

Halcones Go Up 2-0, Soles Fall -by Justin Brink
In the LNBP Northern Division Semi Finals, Fuerza Regia notched a 95-91 win to tighten their series with the Soles 2-1. Greg Lewis (198-F-78, college: Winthrop) poured in 23 and collected 10 boards in the Soles first loss of the series. Dejuan Wheat and James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) tallied 18 and 17 respectively in the loss. Click here for more on the LNBP playoffs.

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MOROCCO

Day 13 Results -by Nour Amri
The game of the week IRT-MAS has kept its promises. Too bad the extra sports events have once again ruined the party. It is time for Tangier's sport responsible to start looking to find a solution to the safety of IRT's Gymnasium. The FRMBB has its share of responsibility in these incidents would be only by approving year after year a gymnasium basketball court that do not meet standards. In a warlike atmosphere MAS has managed to overcome IRT (83-84) in a game where teamwork has given way to individuality. On one hand, Mustapha Khalfi monopolizing unsuccessfully over 80% of IRT's ball possessions, and on the other hand Matar M'baye who scored almost everything he tried (33 points, 8 assists). Surprisingly IRT's players were dominated under the basket by a team who is suffering from lack of inside players. Papis Diouf and Ahmed Kajaj were fouled out and MAS' players forced overtime, and were about to win the game if Alpha Traore had not missed his 2 free throws at the end of regulation time. MAS turns out to be the only team having won the leagues' leader this season.

The other surprise of the day was the defeat of FUS in Casablanca against CMC which week after week are confirming the good work of coach Rachid Yatribi. Since his arrival, the players of the CMC have gained tremendous confidence, proven by the very good shooting stats they have shown during this last game: 58% of 3 pts, 64% of 2 pts and 85% in free throws! Faced with these excellent shooting percentages FUS' players, below their usual performance, did not know how to stop CMC's fire. Too many FUS' turnovers caused by a good 1-3-1 defense have increased the gap for a final score of 91-76.

Saturday's other result saw ASS edge past TSC 72-64 and RCA winning KAC 64-81. WAC recovered from last week defeat with a 75-54 victory over MET.


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NBA

Memphis trades in Jason Collins -by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies and the New Jersey Nets completed the trade that included Jason Collins (6'10''-C-78, college: Stanford) and Stromile Swift (6'9''-F-79, college: LSU). The Nets send centre Jason Collins and cash to the Grizzlies for forward Stromile Swift. Stromile Swift is the LSU graduate that spent 7 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 boards for Memphis and Houston in these years. Jason Collins was picked up by the Rockets in 2001 Draft and immediately sent to the Nets. His average digits come up to 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Nets in seven seasons with the team.
Meanwhile another day of action in the NBA brought some interesting results. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) nearly missed a triple-double in his sizzling performance against the 76ers. Philadelphia got to a flying start in the game as they led by as many as 18 points in the first frame. But Josh Smith came up with 6 blocks in the second quarter on the way to 9 blocked shots in 96:91 win for Atlanta. He matched team-record of 6 blocks in a quarter and 8 blocks in a half. His memorable display of skills ignited the hosts to an 82:59 effort throughout the next three quarter and they left Philadelphia with the 30th loss in the season. Josh Smith finished the game with 19 points, 9 assists, 9 blocks, 6 boards and 4 steals. Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford) had 21 points, while Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) contributed 18 points for the Hawks in their 20th win. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 22 points for the 76ers. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) netted game-high 29 points in defeat.
Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) managed to register his first career triple double but it did not prevent the Orlando Magic from falling to the Dallas Mavericks 98:107 at the Amway Arena. Hidayet Turkoglu posted 13 points, 13 assists and 12 boards but it did not help the hosts to overcome a 28-point game from Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), who led the Mavs. Orlando trailed by 3 points midway through the final term but were kept scoreless for about 5 minutes and Dallas ran away for good. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) dropped 20 points apiece for the winners.


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NCAA

The most winning coach in NCAA Division I steps down -by Eurobasket News
Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight decided to leave his position and quitted midway through the season. The coach with most victories in Division I resigned with Texas Tech at 12-8 record for the current season. Bob Knight accomplished 902 games in 42 years with Army, Indiana and Texas Tech. The coaching position will be taken over by Bob Knight 's son Patrick, who has been working as the assistant coach for the Red Raiders. Bob Knight led his teams to 3 National titles, 11 Big Ten titles and 5 Final Four appearances. The decision is rumored to be mainly determined by Knight's dissatisfaction with the team's record in the season and no personal reasons being quoted. The decision is effective immediately with Pat Knight taking the captain's bridge.

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NORWAY

3B loses two straight games during the week -by Eurobasket News
3B/Baerums Verk experienced a setback in the BNLO action as they suffered two consecutive defeats during Round 15. 3B played the against Harstad and Tromso on the road and fell to 7-7 record in the ladder. Baerums Verk opened the week against the Harstad Vikings and were unable to match the hosts' efforts. The Vikings got to a flying start as they piled up a 59:39 lead at the break. 3B evened the game after the intermission but never scared Harstad's lead losing 83:96. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) led all scorers with 29 points, 10 assists and 9 boards for the home side. Robertas Bitinas (184-G-84) added 24 points for the winners. Ronald Timus (198-F, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) answered with 24 points for the Vaerums Berk. Ahmed Diomande scored 22 points in defeat.
Later in the week 3B travelled to Troms with little success whatsoever. The Tromso Storm proved they could be stormy dismantling the visitors 92:71. And once again 3B looked sloppy at the start of the encounter as they trailed by 7 points after the opening frame. However Baerums Verk stroke back after the first pause as they outscored the hosts 20:14 to trim the deficit to just a single point. It was though just an episode as the Tromso took over after the main break and cruised to a stunning win at the end. Six Tromso players scored in double figures to lead the Storm to the 10th win in the season. Mike Campbell (193-F, college: St.Francis (IN)) led the team with 18 points and 16 boards. Aleksei Karvanen (200-F-74, college: Oklahoma City) contributed 15 points in a winning case. Ronald Timus responded with 24 for 3B. Ahmed Diomande added 16 points and 7 rebounds in a loss.


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PARAGUAY

Pilar League: America takes the lead -by Gianni Pascucci
In the 2nd Round of Quadrangolar, America de Pilar prevaileded for the first time over Deportivo Obrero (that was till now undefeated), keeping the top of the table, and two nights after won again, this time over Crucecita, while Obrero felt again, this time to 1 de Mayo. The results were as follws:
Round 2
1º de Mayo 77 - Crucecita 54
Amèrica 95 - Dep. Obrero 89
Round 3
America 94 - Crucecita 66
1º de mayo 95 - Dep. Obrero 87
STANDINGS
1. Amèrica 6,50
2. 1º de Mayo 5,75
3. Dep. Obrero 5
4. Crucecita 3,25


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PBL

Roster changes in Riverhawks -by Gianni Pascucci
The Quad City Riverhawks announced the addition of John Jackson (6'7''-F-74, college: Mississippi), Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) and Chauncey Jones (6'2''-G-76, college: Alabama). All three have joined the team for practice in preparations for this week's games on the road against Reading and Rockford and at home against Arkansas. To make room on the roster, the Riverhawks released Aaron Harrison (6'10''-C, college: Oklah. Panhandle St.), Isaiah Johnson (6'0''-G, college: Missouri Baptist) and Quinton Gibson (6'1''-G, college: Robert Morris).

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PHILIPPINES

Tough preparation awaiting SEABA-bound RP youth squad -by Hector Santos
The Nokia-RP youth team is in for a tough schedule the next few months.

RP coach Franz Pumaren yesterday said they have lined up at least three tournaments for the 18-and-under quintet that is preparing for the SEABA Youth Championship in Malaysia in May and the Asian Youth Championship in Iran in September.

One of these three is the plan to field the Nationals as a guest squad in the season-opening Philippine Basketball League conference set Feb. 23 similar to what the league did to the Harbour Centre-backed RP team that won the gold medal in last December's Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

'We hope to use the PBL as a gauge of the team's strength, weaknesses because a player may be good in practice but could be different in a real game or vice versa,' said Pumaren, who steered the La Salle Green Archers to last year's UAAP crown.

Pumaren said BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio is finalizing details of the Nationals' entry to the PBL where they would be pitted against all eight participating teams headed by powerhouse Harbour Centre, the four-peat champion, and the Gabe Norwood-led Hapee Toothpaste.

After the PBL, the team is scheduled to leave on March 15 for a series of games in Carson in California before joining a tournament in Los Angeles early April two weeks later.

After the US trip, Pumaren said the Nationals will return to the country mid-April for a few weeks before the SEABA tournament in Malaysia in May.

To date, the team is composed of 17 players headed by Philip Paredes, a 16-year-old, 6-foot-6 player from Cagayan de Oro who has been impressive in workouts.

'He (Paredes) is tall for his age and has been showing a lot of potential,' said Dindo Pumaren, the University of the East mentor who is one of RP assistant coaches.

The other members of the team are Gabriel Banal, Jeric Teng, Nicolas Salva, Jed Manguera, Joseph Marata, Jerome Cruz, Jerome Ramos, Ryan Roose Garcia, Frank Golla, Joel Tolentino, Mark Lopez, Andrew Penan, JP Mendoza, Gil Cortez and Mark Jovet Mendoza.

Pumaren said he would trim down the pool to 15 players - 12 regulars and three reserves - next month. (Philstar.com)


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PORTUGAL

League Cup a sucess -by Portugal Eurobasket
Vagos hosted the 19th edition of the League Cup with big sucess as the crowd was big in the great final between FC Porto and Ovarense. A debut between these teams which had never met in the final of this event and both won 3 League Cups and lost another 3. For FC Porto this was the 4th trophy, after sucesses in 2000, 2002 and 2004, while Nuno Marcal became the second portuguese in League Cup history to collect MVP honors.

As for surprises, CAB Madeira were the main surprise in 1st round, as they beat Casino Figueira Ginasio in a thrilling 77-79 win in overtime. Jose Costa (187-G-73) was the man on target as he scored the 3 Pt-shot that gave the 62-62 in the fourth quarter, scoring then the possible winning basket, with 1,2 seconds remaining however referee Luis Lopes disallowed it for Costa's travelling. In Overtime, it was Francisco Fernandes to score the 77-79 and in the answer Raheem Moss lost the ball giving CAB Madeira the access to the semifinals.

Favourites ruled in the other games as FC Porto beat Barreirense (78-69), Ovarense took care of hosts Vagos (82-61) and Lusitânia were stronger than Belenenses in the fourth quarter (74-67).


FC Porto wins the League Cup -by Portugal Eurobasket

In a thrilling game of defense, FC Porto managed to beat Ovarense, 67-64, with a 3 PT-shot by Frederick Gentry on OT as they won the 19th League Cup edition which was held in Vagos. Porto had Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) as MVP as he scored 23 points. The game was levelled all way long, but Porto manged a 55-52 with one minute remaining in the first quarter. After a 8-second violation, Ovarense got the ball and Greg Stempin equalized with a long shot, as Joao Figueiredo and Marcal couldn't manage to score the decisive basket. In overtime, both teams missed free throws, and after Ben Reed scored just one to put 64-64 with 8 seconds remaining, Fred Gentry got the ball from Figueiredo and scored a 3 Pt-shot as the time expired.


In semifinals, FC Porto destroyed CAB Madeira 58-80 as the island team scored just 5 points in the second quarter and 9 in the third as FC Porto did great defense. In the other game, Ovarense and Lusitânia were levelled in the first half, time for the champions to build a 10-0 run. However, as Gerson Monteiro and Miguel Salvador got Lusitânia just 4 points behind, Ben Reed came with a fantastic 3 Pt-shot with one minute remaining and gave Lusitania no hopes to get into the game again (90-83).



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PUERTO RICO

Rodriguez in Arecibo, Lee scorer in Korea and "La Gasolina of Caguas" -by Alessandro Fontana
BSN:
The trade is now official. Capitanes de Arecibo signed Erick Rodriguez from Brujos de Guayama. Erick Rodriguez played very good last season with 17.9 ppg (48% 2pts, 41% 3pts, 87% FT), 2.7 assts and 3.7 rebs per game. Guayama received from Arecibo, the two news 'BSN DRAFT 2008' players Erick Arocho, George Cotal and Carlos Payano, an expert player, excellent defender. Payano scored last season in Arecibo 9.2 ppg (41% 2pts, 47% 3pts, 75% FT) with 2,4 rebs. Payano is very important in a team for his intensity in defense and his 'garra', his courage, a fighter.
BORICUAS ABROAD:
Carmelo Lee is still playing in South Korea with his team Daegu. He played last week two games, Daegu was defeated by SK Knights 97-94 and for Carmelo Lee 23 pts+8 rebs and Daegu was also defeated by Samsung 84-71 and for 'Our Boricua' 19 pts+9 rebs.
In D-League, Albuquerque won against Bakersfield 98-84. For Miguel Ali Berdiel 13 pts (6/10 2pts, 0/1 3pts, 1/1 FT)+6 assts+3rebs+3 steals in 39 minutes.
LA GASOLINA OF CAGUAS
Daddy Yankee (Raymond Ayala), our famous reggaeton artist (do you remember the hit 'La Gasolina'?) is one of the principal managerial figures of the BSN team Criollos de Caguas. In Caguas the fans hope that their team will have 'the gasolina' to win the BSN 2008.
A. Fontana


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QATAR

Davison Moves on to Become Head Coach of Qatar's National Team -by Mohammed Malas


Davison Moves on to Become Head Coach of Qatar's National Team -by Mohammed Malas


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S.AFRICA

Basketball SA- Questions about corporate governance? -by Tshepo Ditshego
Even before Eskom started it's load shedding many basketball players will tell you that basketball has been without power for the last decade. Since the Basketball SA and the department of Sport met last year to discuss the status of basketball we have not had an update from either of the parties.

I understand that at the meeting held last year it was decided that the President was supposed to call a meeting to discuss the finances & the constitution before the end of 2007. It seems that the meeting still hasn't been called to this day.

Corporate Governance issues around why an excutive comittee meeting was not called for a year was also discussed The only executive meeting that was held by Basketball SA last year was a special meeting to approve the National team and the costs of going to Afrobasket.

The last council meeting was in November 2006 since then there hasn't been an AGM, Manco meeting & council meeting. Two weeks ago I received an email with the Wheelchair Basketball Calendar for the whole year. I still haven't seen a Basketball SA calendar for this year.

Amatuer basketball in SA needs a strong motherbody in order for the sport to grow and I worry that we are not making enough progress in adminsitration. I tried to contact the President of Basketball SA, the Vice-President of Provinces and both phones were off. I hope that one day we can do an interview with them to get the comment on these issues I've raised.

PBL-Update
Things are not looking too positive for the professional basketball league as well as most companies are putting money into 2010 or just not interested.

With the lack of activity happening in amatuer basketball it seems like there is no positive news on finding a new professional basketball league sponsor.

There was talk of a potential sponsor a few weeks ago but the deal with this sponsor doesn't look like it's going to be finalised any time soon.


League of Professionals Press Release-01/02/2008 -by Tshepo Ditshego
If you were at any of the LOP basketball events towards the end of 2007, you will know that basketball is well on its way back up the sporting ranks. LOP was launched in September 2007 and by December 2007, it had already managed to secure radio airtime exposure well over R600 000 through its partners, particularly ESPN and Newtown Improvement District (NID). Even more exciting was the fact that for the first time in many years, basketball players could play to thousands of spectators. One of the biggest highlights was the Hip Hop dance battles known as 'Kramping'. If you don't know what this is, google it…that said, I would like to welcome you to the streets of Jozi. Kramping is big in high schools…watch the space... Based on the LOP achievements, one could comfortably say, the year 2007 was a good launching pad for basketball and the hip hop lifestyle that it is associated with it.

2008 brings with it even more excitement. LOP registration date closed on 31st of January 2008 and it is no surprise that even the big teams have now registered to play in the LOP. If you know your SA basketball, you will remember that Egoli Magic used to be one of the top teams in the former Premier Basketball League (PBL). They went to the finals against the then Durban based Kwazulu Marlins in 1996. Now you will be able to see this team back in action in the LOP. Other teams include Tlou MGI, Wits Rebels, Wanderers Scorpions, Wits Rhinos, MGI Alumni, Wits Alumni and the list goes on!

Before I go on and on about the teams in the LOP, let me first put the LOP into perspective so that one understands the structures of basketball and were LOP fits in. LOP was founded by a few passionate basketball players based in Joburg, for the fact that most teams playing in the LOP were based in Joburg, it was endorsed by the Johannesburg Basketball Association (JBA) as the official Joburg League, meaning that teams looking to play in the LOP will have to first request permission from their respective districts (i.e. Tshwane Basketball Association (TBA), Sedibeng Basketball Association (SBA) etc. As the official Joburg Basketball League, the winning team in the LOP will face champions from other districts in order to determine the top team in Gauteng. With Gauteng Basketball Association (GBA) great intends of starting a Gauteng Premier Basketball League, the winning team in this league should represent GP at national level. We are hoping to have the LOP team from Joburg to be the one leading the way through to the nationals.

LOP will be tipping off on the weekend of the 29th February 2008 with the official season launch on the 1st March 2008 at Wits University indoor basketball court (Hall 29). The launch will consist of a clash between the 2007 finalists (Tlou MGI who are last year's LOP Champion vs the Wits Rebels) as well as the Hip Hop dance battles between the two top dance crews Soweto's finest vs. Eclipse. There will be lots of give-aways from ESPN with Yfm punting the launch. More info will be given on Yfm closer to the launch date so keep bouncing those balls and see you at the courts!

For more information about LOP or JBA please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cabby Magongwa
cabby@lopbasketball.co.za


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SERBIA

Crvena Zvezda wants to negotiate with Mile Ilic -by Dragan Jankovski

Crvena Zvezda once again shows strong willingness to hire ex center of New Jersey Nets Mile Ilic (215-C-84), who finally recovered of a serious ankle injury. After Nets, Ilic signed contract with Lokomotiv Rostov but he didn't pass a medical examination because of above mentioned injury. In the past Ilic won one National Cup and two times was champion of Adriatic league with FMP Zeleznik. He also was member of S&M NT on the World Championship in Japan 2006.


Nothing is signed yet and it will be known very soon will the second negotiations of Crvena Zvezda and Ilic be successful.



Lower leagues - Round 15 -by Dragan Jankovski
Situation in Serbian B league didn't change a lot in the last couple of rounds as Tamis Petrohemija is the leading team yet with score 14-1 and confidently is getting closer and closer to A league. Vujic Metalac is on the second place with 12 wins while Crnokosa, Beograd and Proleter has two wins less than the team from Valjevo.


B league, round 15:

Beovuk 72 - Vujic Metalac 77:82
(24:22, 18:25, 14:17, 21:18)

Kotez Bambi - Vojvodina Zlatiborac 94:76
(16:10, 25:16, 27:26, 26:24)

Prva Petoletka - Zeleznicar 81:76
(20:15, 22:18, 21:26, 18:17)

Kikinda - Crnokosa 82:68
(22:20, 20:19, 20:11, 20:18)

Beograd - Vrbas 77:67
(22:17, 22:13, 14:14, 19:23)

Tamis Petrohemija - Proleter Naftagas 73:63
(21:19, 15:07, 18:21, 19:16)

Sloboda - FMP 2 75:78
(15:16, 23:18, 25:22, 12:22)



Third league, group North:

Radnicki (Ob) - Topola 94:57
(26:13, 24:19, 20:16, 24:09)

Spartak - FKL Temerin 49:91
(12:20, 11:23, 10:24, 16:24)

Mladost (Ze) - Superfund BP 79:83
(20:16, 23:29, 17:19, 19:19)

Srem - Partizan 2 65:15
(23:15, 11:17, 15:18, 16:12)

Viva Basket - Sport Key 101:85
(29:24, 24:17, 30:27, 18:17)

Polet Keramika - Grocka 75:72
(28:18, 12:10, 13:25, 22:19)

Zemun Lasta - Radnicki (Bg) 80:87
(18:20, 21:20, 22:27, 19:20)



Third league, group South:

Svilajnac Kompo - Novi Pazar 87:78
(23:19, 11:20, 23:16, 30:23)

Zlatibor - Mladost (Za) 79:77
(16:16, 17:23, 24:20, 22:18)

Prokuplje - Pirot 81:94
(26:29, 21:27, 16:19, 18:19)

Napredak Maksi-Ko - Nis 80:66
(22:17, 21:19, 16:18, 21:12)

Mladost (Ca) - Goc 103:80
(36:13, 25:29, 28:21, 14:17)

Krusevac - Jablanica
92:75 (26:22, 12:15, 26:20, 28:18)

Maraton Atlantik - Bor RTB
81:69 (17:19, 29:14, 19:19, 16:17)


Miljan Rakic is free agent, Djerasimovic injured -by Dragan Jankovski
Promising point guard / 2 guard Milan Rakic (193-G-86) agreed with Hemofarm STADA to terminate the contract due to player's unhappiness with his playing time this season. Rakic spent last 5 years in Hemofarm winning the Adriatic league 2005 and playing two times in ULEB Cup semifinals. He was member of Serbian U18, U20 (bronze and gold on EC) and University National Team, which won silver medal last summer in Bangkok.

Marko Djerasimovic (200-F-84) of FMP sprained his ankle and it is not known will he be ready to help his teammates on the Final 8 of Serbian National Cup Radivoj Korac, which will be held from 7th to 10th February in Nis.


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TURKEY

Turk Telekom inks Kris Lang -by Alev Sonmez
The Ankara representative Turk Telekom Ankara agreed with Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina). The American center played 2 months in the Ukrainian team Azovmash Mariupol this season averaging 14.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg in Uleb Cup and 12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg in the Ukrainian legue.

Turk Telekom Ink Kris Lang -by Serdar Ortakuyu
After checking out many players such as Kevin Thompson (208-C-71, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) Turk Telekom finally found a replacement for Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) who's likely to miss the remainder of season. The Ankara side reinforced its front court this week by signing Kris Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina), most recently in the D-League with Austin Toros. Former North Carolina big guy has been playing in Europe for a quite while and started the current season in Ukraine joining forces with Azovmash but ended up signing in the D-League because of his daughter's birth. Lang is known as a strong big guy who brings toughness and rebounding in addition to his not so dominant offensive skills.

Hedo The Hero, Player Of The Week Again -by Serdar Ortakuyu
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) of the Orlando Magic keeps sending messages to those who left him out of the 08 NBA All Star game by carrying the Magic on his shoulders. Turkish international who was named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week last time, has received the same honours for the second straight week as he posted 24.3ppg, 8.0rpg and 6.3apg in 3 games to lead his side to a spotless 3-0 record. Hedo The Hero also registered his first triple double last night adding 13 points, 12 boards and 13 assists against the Mavericks but could not prevent the loss at home. Orlando Magic is still at the top of the Southeast Division with a 31-18 record despite the loss and Hedo The Hero aka Mr. Fourth Quarter has averaged 19.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 4.5apg in 50 games so far.

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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Cobras rally, avenge loss to Panthers -by David Edole

By Fabian Lyon

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.



BA, Dillard make Big 8 final / Wakefield School on St. Thomas -by David Edole

By Fabian Lyon

Bring on Dillard.

With Bryan Bynes hitting daggers for three-pointers, Boyd Anderson broke open a close game to defeat District 11-6A rival Blanche Ely 76-43 in the Broward County Athletic Association's Big 8 Boys' Basketball Championships semifinals at Fort Lauderdale High School on Friday night.

The victory sets up a dream matchup in Saturday's Finals against Dillard (21-1, No. 2 in 5A), the only team to beat the Cobras (23-1) this season.

Dillard got a first-half scare from Miramar in the late semifinal but regrouped to beat the Patriots 56-33.

Boyd Anderson remembers all too well when Dillard rallied to beat it 67-61 at Dillard on Dec. 1. Since then, the Cobras have reeled off 19 consecutive victories and climbed to No. 1 in the 6A state polls.

''Revenge, that is all I have to say,'' said Cobras guard Martavious Irving, who finished with 12 points. ``We let that game slip away quickly, right before our eyes. I'm sure when we play them again, we will win the game.''

Frank Gaines led the Cobras with 18 points, and Ivan Aska, of St. Croix, added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Bynes had 17 points and Tyrone Davis, who has run the Cobras offense well this season, added eight points, seven assists and four steals.

But it was the hot three-point shooting of Bynes' which turned the outcome against Ely. After both teams played to a standstill in the first quarter, Bynes sparked a 13-6 run at the start of the second quarter with three three-pointers, including back-to-back three-pointers to put the Cobras up 27-20 with 3:22 left.

After each three-pointer, Bynes displayed the passion of this cross-town rivalry with a Tiger Woods-like fist pump.

''Anything Bryan does is going to spark us to have a good game and play better,'' Irving said. ``Whether it's a three-pointer or the dunks he does, it is going to give us a lift.''

Ely guard Jean Jacques ended the drought with a bank three-pointer from the left wing. But that relief proved temporary. The Cobras closed the period on 6-0 run and took a 33-23 halftime lead on a two-handed dunk by 6-8 center Marc Davin's off a crafty penetration and dish from Davis.

It proved to be academic from there.

Martavious Irving scored seven of his 12 points in the third quarter as Boyd Anderson outscored the Tigers 21-12 in the third quarter.

WAKEFIELD TRAVELS TO ST. THOMAS
Wakefield boy's varsity travels to the Virgin Islands over the weekend to take on a couple of high school teams. Wakefield will arrive to the Virgin Islands 13-5 and just came off a dominating victory over Wakefield Country Day 79-39. St. Thomas native Eric Wilson, a sophomore guard, had 23 points in the win.
Wakefield is set to take on Antilles School Monday evening and then the #1 school in the territory Charlotte Amalie on Tuesday afternoon.
2/4/2008
6:45 p.m. Virgin Islands Trip (Antilles School)
2/5/2008
5:00 p.m. Virgin Islands Trip (Charlotte Amalie)



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VENEZUELA

Guaiqueries answers to Rogers Washington -by Francisco Vega

Guaiqueries de Margarita denied the statements made by forward Rogers Washington (202-F-77, college: LSU) representatives in previous days and that were published in Latinbasket.com Venezuela through an e-mail reply made by Maruja Guevara, general manager ol the LPB 2007 champions.

'The organization of Guaiqueries de Margarita fully denies the public statements made to the international basketball website of Latinbasket where we're linked in an unpleasant way with player Rogers Washington, who is a well recognized player and is respected as a teammate of ours. We use this same way to make a clarifying statement', says Guevara in the first part of the text.


'The part where it says that we want to pay him less money than last year for his work is false. The real situation is that, during the last season he was paid a salary. Now in 2008, the president of the team, Rodolfo Tovar, as every year, and now that we were champions, decided to raise the salaries. Rogers, despites that raise, wants to be paid an amount that we can't cover as a team and he also made some other exaggerated requests that neither Guaiqueries de Margarita nor any other team in Venezuela, can grant him with', she added.

'Tovar himself wants Rogers to play for Guaiqueries de Margarita and they are even in the middle of negotiations for that to happen, but an agreement hasn't been reached. With plenty of conscience we say that Rogers is an extraordinary player, but there are no stars here and the only star is the team as a whole, the same team that battled through the 2007 season to be a champion. Besides all of this, we have Washington in our plans but not from day one of the season, cause it's going to be a long one and his support would be more important for us in the latter part of the regular season and the playoffs, but only as long as we can reach a mutual agreement with him', says the official statement.

'Without anything else to say and hoping this situation is now clarified, we say Rogers has the doors of our team open to come back, but only after we reach a proper agreement'.



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WBA

Other Hardhats preseason moves -by Gianni Pascucci
The Mississippi HardHats held an Open Player Tryouts on Friday and Saturday, Febuary 1,2 2008 at the Rust College Arena in Holly Springs, Ms. After agreeing to with inside player Toby Smith (6'10''-C-85, college: Connors State, Okl.), the HardHats started a negotiation with Coco Cofield (6'1''-G-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Dakota St.) to join the team he too for the upcoming 2008 WBA season.



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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Round 17 brings the wins for the guests -by Eurobasket News
Round 17 brought all the wins for the guests that happens very seldom. The leaders however proved the stability not only at home. 60 - 86 Dexia Namur had a road win over DBC Houthalen 60:86 to improve to 14-2 record. Krystyna Szymanska-Lara (173-G-69)-szymanska led the winners with 22 points and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) netted 15. IMC Dames Waregem defeated Novia Namur 50:70 away fom home as Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) top-scored with 20 points. Alke Dietel (194-C-75, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) scored 12, while Kamila Oplustilova added 14.
Belgian Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) enjoys the time with Neuchatel that continues to lead in Swiss 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.


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CAMEROON - Women

Collegiate News -by Yann Tientcheu
Amina Njonkou (185-F-88) (185-F-88), who is currently the 2nd best scorer of the Arizona Wildcats with 13.7pts/g, best rebounder with 7 catches/g, and the 2nd best in steals with
28 realizations (in 22 games) into the season is already a major players in the Pac 10 Conference. The Pac 10 statistical and individual leaders standing presently lists Njonkou
as high as 7th in scoring (13.7/g), 4th in rebounding (7/g), 5th in field goal percentage (with 50.3%), 8th in free throw percentage (75%), 2nd in offensive rebounds (2.85/g)
and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.5/g). The 6-1 junior originally from Foumban had 16pts, 9rbds and 2 asts in a 71-63 win of the Wildcats over Oregon state university on feb. 2nd.
Alex Tchangoue (180-G/F-85) continues to carry the Wake Forest women's program to the best of her abilities that enable her to lead the team in rebounding (7rbds/g), in points (11.8pts/g) and
in steals (48 in 24 games presently). The 5'11 senior signed 17pts, 8rbds and 2stls in the february third loss of the Lady Deacons to Clemson University. She was coming off a
14pts-3rbds-4asts-3stls performance against North Carolina on Jan. 31st.


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ESTONIA - Women

TLU/Volta wins a key game -by Eurobasket News
TLU/Volta prevailed against Tallinna Living 61:66 away from home to tie them at 13-2 record on top of the Meistriliiga. TLU/Volta used the huge first half to stun their counterparts and built an unassailable lead. The visitors opened the game confidently enough to hold a 17:12 lead after 10 minutes of action. It all went from bad to worse for the hosts in the second quarter with TLU/Volta doing the most of the damage. They outscored Tallinna Living 23:7 en route to a 40:19 halftime advantage. Tallinna Living finally came back from a lethargic mode and started to fight their way back in the second half. However it was too late as TLU/Volta controlled the situation and withstood fierce attempts of the hosts to save the day. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) led the winning side with 19 points. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) provided 14 points and 7 boards, while Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) delivered 12 points for TLU/Volta. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) answered with game-high 20 points for Tallinna Living. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) had 17 points in defeat. TLU/Volta outrebounded the home side 40:32. The visitors were also more accurate from the field posting 42% of field goals, while Tallinna Living answered with only 32%.
Meanwhile Tartu grabbed the third victory in the season as they overcame Audentes 54:51 at home. Laina Mesila (182-G-87) scored 15 points to pace the hosts. Mailis Pokk contributed 12 points for the winners. Kaia Kosk (174-G-89) dropped 14 points and collected 8 boards for the visitors. Kerli Haas (179-F-90) netted 13 points as Audentes dropped to 3-11 record.


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GREECE - Women

Esperides defeats Panionios in a key game of Round 16 -by Eurobasket News
Panionios could not stay alone on top and after a loss was caught by two other teams. Greek league remains the tightest and Round 16 is a good proof for it.
Panionios lost to Esperides 60:68. The teams traded early runs as Esperides scored some important baskets to take 18:15 lead after the first quarter. Panionios finished the half stronger and reduced to 35:34. The teams traded baskets in a slow start to the decisive half, but the hosts were stronger in the end. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C-83) led the winners with 22 points. SAREGOU Poli netted 19 and DAVIS Erika posted 10. DELI Katerina ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Aris reached the same record as two teams above thrashing Aias Evosmou 80:47 on a road.A 24:3 surge in the first quarter gave them a comprehensive lead. It was more of the same to open the second stanza as they pushed the lead out to 45:14. Aris maintained that lead throughout the second half and were never threatened. KEHAGIA Zoi paced the winners with 24 points. MEDIOLA Guliana nailed 16 and KERR Cloe scored 14. Christina Quaye (185-F-85, college: Marquette) finished the game with 20 points in defeat.
Apollon could reach also the top, but was upset by Panathinaikos 68:74.


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NORWAY - Women

Gimle handles Ullern in the battle of undefeated -by Eurobasket News
Gimle - Ullern 58:47

Gimle managed to celebrate victory in the clash of two previously unbeaten teams in the Kvinneligaen. Both teams entered the game sharing two top spots in the ladder and hoped to extend their winning streaks. The first frame of the encounter proved the value of the game with both sides fighting fiercely for every ball. The visiting Ullern were just more accurate and accumulated a 17:14 lead after it. But the hosts quickly adjusted their game and came up with a tight defense in the second quarter that proved to be decisive. Gimle limited their opponents to just 10 points in the quarter and grabbed a 30:27 lead at halftime. The game remained defensively minded after the break with neither side eager to risk too much. The hosts continued to dominate in the paint and it paid off as they enlarged the margin to 5 points after three frames of action. It all went down to the final minutes and once again Gimle worked almost perfectly defensively. They held the visitors to 8 points in the fourth term and rolled to their 9th consecutive win in the season. Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83) provided 16 points and 11 boards for Gimle. Sigrun Eskeland (-83) had 10 points for the winners. Emilie Ravn (186-G/F-83) responded with 13 points and 13 boards for Ullern. Kristine Kristiansen (-75) secured 7 points and 7 boards as Ullern fell to 7-1 record. The hosts outrebounded Ullern 46:43 and sank 42% from the field. Ullern managed only 33% of field goals and 50% from charity stripe. Ullern and Gimle are scheduled to play again on February 23.

Gimle: Kristina Tattersdill 16+11 boards, Sigrun Eskeland 10, Marianne Hella (-77) 8
Ullern: Emilie Ravn 13+13 boards, Kristine Kristiansen 7


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SERBIA - Women

Sonja Petrovic wins Young player of the year award -by Leslie Anderson

Sonja Petrovic has been announced as the winner of FIBA Europe young player of the year. You can listen to her brief comment about the opening minutes of Serbia Eurobasket victory against Russia (in English) here

She beat Silvia Dominguez from Spain to the title. Her country women Jelena Milovanovic shared 3rd place with Regina Palusna



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U.KINGDOM - Women

Northumbria red-hot against Manchester -by Eurobasket News
Team Northumbria consolidated their position in the EBL standings with a sizzling win over Manchester. The teams came up with a high-flying top-scoring matchup. The Mystics kept it close in the first half and the teams were all square at 22 after the opening frame. The hosts managed to surge ahead in the second quarter and led 47:43 at the break. The margin grew to 11 points in the third period with Team Northumbria gradually taking over. The home side fired with 33 points in the fourth term to deny any efforts from Manchester. Team Northumbria celebrated an impressive 114:90 win and improved to 8-5 record. Ellen Hall (183-F-84, college: Duquesne) led all scorers with 38 points. Jeanenne Colbert (165-G-84, college: La-Lafayette) contributed 31 points for the winners. Claydon responded with 30 points for the visitors. Rehana Khalil (173-G-86) had 17 points as Manchester dropped to 7-4 record at the 5th spot in the ladder.
Rhondda Rebels had no obstacles en route to a confident 85:46 win over the Solent Suns. The visiting Rebels were up by 23 points at the interval and cruised to an overall success in the second half limiting the hosts to just 20 points after the intermission. LaNedra Brown (188-C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Seton Ellen Hall) delivered 20 points for Rhondda. Sally Kaznica (174-G-81) scored 16 points in a winning case. Katharina Wohlberg (185-F/C-82) drained 17 points for the Suns as they fell to 3-8 record.
The Sheffield Hatters keep up the pace with an 89:57 win over the UWIC Archers. Sarah Naylor (183-F-83) posted 24 points and Helen Naylor (180-F-87) banked 17 as the Hatters improved to 10-0 record. Stefanie Collins (168-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with 15 points for the Archers.