EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/11/2009

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Northeast Div.
 1. S.Chicago BS 6-1 
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-6 
 3. Cleveland R. 2-0 
 4. New Hope T. 1-0 
 5. W. Virginia B. 1-8 
 6. New York I. 0-0 
 7. Aurora Force 0-1 
 8. Detroit Hoops 0-2 
 9. W.Virginia W. 0-2 
Northwest Div.
 1. Maywood B. 7-1 
 2. Beijing O. 6-2 
 3. Salt Lake S. 1-0 
 4. Washington R. 1-1 
 5. Sacramento 0-1 
 6. Modesto B. 0-2 
 7. LA Push 0-2 
 8. S.Francisco R. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Nashville B. 7-1 
 2. Knoxville T. 4-5 
 3. Kentucky B. 3-2 
 4. Kansas City 2-1 
 5. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 6. Tri-City Racers 0-0 
 7. Bahama PS 0-1 
 8. Georgia G. 0-6 
Southwest Div.
 1. Texas M. 9-1 
 2. South Texas 7-1 
 3. Las Vegas A. 5-1 
 4. Arizona R. 3-2 
 5. W.Texas W. 2-2 
 6. Mississippi B. 1-5 
 7. Fury 0-1 
 8. Texas City R. 0-3 
 9. Gallup T. 0-3 
 10. Houston T. 0-4 


One win and one loss for the Blazers - by Gianni Pascucci
Two nights ago, the West Virginia Blazers took their first win in franchise history, 96-91 over the Jersey Express at the Raleigh County Armory. It was the Blazers home debut too, and Desi Crisp (6'4''-G/F-80, college: NC-Pembroke) was the main performer, scoring 27 points. The Blazers shot 40 3-pointers, most of them succesful, and Chawn Martin (6'3''-G/F, college: Bluefield St.) added 25 outside points as the second game best scorer. The night after, however, the Express took its revenge, winning 95-86, led by a stellar Alexus Foyle (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii), who ended the game with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Isaiah Hunter (6'2''-G-84, college: ODU) added 20 points, Dwayne Howell (6'9''-F-83) and Lance Hazel (6'1''-G-84, college: Queens (NY)) added 12 pts each in Jersey. Corey Love (6'5''-C-83, college: Bluefield St.) led the Blazers with 16 points, Chris Nichols (6'5''-F, college: Murray St. CC) and Maurice Davis (6'2''-G-79) added 15 points apiece, Desi Crisp scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebs, while Chawn Martin was held this time to just two points.

Riverside joins the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced that the Inland Empire Riverside Rage, a team based ion Riverside, California introduced some weeks ago as an expansion team for the 2009 season, decided to actually play some games this season as it gets ready for the 2009 full season. ABA CEO Joe Newman added: 'You will see the IE Riverside Rage in our regular season schedule beginning this week. We are very pleased and proud to have Team Owner Monique Flaherty as part of the ABA - and another great woman owner to boot.' 'I am driven to provide an under-served market with the best in basketball entertainment and sports marketing at affordable prices,' stated Ms. Flaherty. 'The up and coming players in my community and surrounding communities need an outlet of athletic expression in the basketball arena.' With this in mind, and a passion to see to it that the local players are given the opportunity to move on to the next level, she began her team, the IE Rage.

For more information, visit www.iebasketball.com or email info@iebasketball.com or call 951-496 5502



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  ALGERIA   


Results from first round 2th phase - by Carlos Pereira
The surprise of the first round, second phase, was the lost at home the WAB with is neighbour TRB Blida.

RESULTS and STANDING

A
WA Boufarik TRB Blida 71-74
AB. Skikda GS Ptrolier 57- 95
ASPTT Alger NA Hussein- Dey 70-68
CRB Dar-El-Beida WB An Benian 82-62

Standing Pts G
1. GS Ptrolier 2 1
-. CRB Dar Beida 2 1
-. TRB Blida 2 1
-. ASPTT Alger 2 1
5. NA Hussein-Dey 1 1
-. WA Boufarik 1 1
-. WB An Bnian 1 1
-. AB. Skikda 1 1

B
O Batna USMM Hadjout 68-62
JSB Msila CRB Tmouchent 64-90
NB Staouli NRM Harrach 83-62
CRM Birkhadem AU Annaba 74-59

Standing Pts G
1. CRB Tmouchent 2 1
-. NB Staouli 2 1
-. CRM Birkhadem 2 1
-. O Batna 2 1
5. USMM Hadjout 1 1
-. AU Annaba 1 1
-. NRM Harrach 1 1-
-. JSB Msila 1 1


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A round 11 higlights - by Facundo Iatzky
Game of the round: Gimnasia 105- Quimsa 100
Quimsa needed to win with the debut Carlos Romano, but Gimnasia showed a good level and overcame Quimsa in overtime. It was an entertaining game.

Player of the round: Juan Pablo Cantero (186-G-82): Once again the guard of Sionista was amazing. He was the key to defeat one of the best teams as Penarol

Best 5:
Juan Pablo Cantero
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82)
Jason Osborne (204-F-74, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville)
Anthony Glover (196-F-79, agency: Passing Lane, college: St.John's)
Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech)

Points:
Sebastian Acosta 29
Juan Pablo Cantero 25
Juan Espil 24
Juan Manuel Rivero 24
Gary Buchanan 23

rebounds:
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) 13
Jeff Agba 12
Maurice Spillers 12
Terrell Taylor 12
James Williams 12

Assists:
Javier Martinez (189-G-78) 6
Julio Mazzaro 6
Lazaro Borrell 5
Mariano Byro 5
Juan Pablo Cantero 5


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Bahrain go down fighting - by Yousef Ahmed

BRAVE Bahrain bowed to leading title-hopefuls Qatar 66-70 yesterday in the basketball competition of the 19th Gulf Cup, being played in Oman, writes Patrick Salomon.

The nationals battled throughout the contest and came up just short of upsetting their heavily favoured rivals, who stayed undefeated after three games and have almost certainly secured the tournament championship.

The Bahrainis, on the other hand, lost their second contest in three tries, and must win their final game against defending champions the UAE on the event's final day tomorrow for a shot at the bronze medal.

Qatar face hosts Oman the same day, in what is expected to be a rout for the Qataris en route to securing the winners' trophy. The Omanis slumped to their third straight defeat in yesterday's other game at Muscat's Nizwa Sports Complex, losing 62-95 to Kuwait. The Kuwaitis moved to first place on the competition standings, but have completed all their games while the other four teams have one each to play.

Kuwait are in line to come away with the silver medals, pending Qatar's expected win tomorrow.

Bahrain battled their Qatari counterparts until the very end yesterday, despite the obvious size advantage held by the victors who feature several naturalised African players.

Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) and Mahmood Ghuloom (187-G-79) helped the Bahrainis race out to a quick 6-2 lead to start the game, but Qatar eventually got into their groove and took a narrow 12-8 edge after a low-scoring first quarter.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Hussain Mohammed and Ghuloom then tied the proceedings at 14-apiece to start the second period, when the nationals continued to keep pace with Qatar and head into half-time only down by five points (31-26).

Hussain then made another two three-pointers coming out of the gate to put Bahrain in the lead again 32-31, but the Qataris, spearheaded by big man Yaseen Ismail, quickly answered with an 8-2 run, which they continued to build on for a 45-37 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Bahrainis continued to slump late in the period, and found themselves down by 15 (39-54) with a minute remaining, but Ahmed Malallah and Hussain each scored from behind the arc to help them cut the deficit to single-digits (45-54) with one quarter to play.

Hussain continued his strong showing in the last canto, when he was ably assisted by Yasser bu Naffour and Mohammed Qurban in cutting Qatar's led to just 59-53. The Qataris, however, proved too strong and maintained a 68-60 advantage close to the final buzzer, before Bahrain cut the losing margin to just four points in the end but could not get any closer. However the dissapointment of the game was the coaching. keeping Al Mutawa on the bench for most of the second half is like wanting to lose the game, Al Mutawa is our Tallest player and one of our most talented Bigman, so why keep him out of the game?

Hussain led the national team's valiant cause with 26 points including five triples, while Ghuloom pitched in with another 18 markers and Al Mutawa score 2 points and 6 rebounds in just 10 minutes of play.

Source GDN


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  BULGARIA   


Levski at the top in NBL - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski had no problems with visitors from Sliven and after 105-90 win took first place in the National Basketball League in Bulgaria. Levski managed to tie their points with Lukoil Academic but they beat them in the game earlier during the season and currently they are at the top of the domestic league. However Lukoil Academic have a game in hand as their game versus Spartak in Pleven was postponed for later date. Both Lukoil Academic and Levski meet each other next Saturday in Pravets.

Today the head coach of Levski Konstantin Papazov gave a chance to all players he had in the roster. Even more, the reserves took 2/3 of the minutes in the game. Starters grabbed the early lead but they had limited time on the court. Juniors from the club were those Papazov used for most of the time on the court in 'Hristo Botev' hall in Sofia.

Levski dominated during the first three quarters while Sliven showed some offensive skills to cut the distance at the end to only 15 points. Final score - 105-90.

Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) was the best scorer for Levski with his 17 points, Stefan Georgiev added 15 while recently returned to the team Marcus Hall ended with 14 points. Three other players finished in double figures as born in year 1990 Georgi Georgiev scored 11.

Todor Tenev from the visiting team had a double double performance with 26 points and 14 rebounds while Milen Dimitrov added 23 points before to leave the court for 5 personal fouls.

As we mention Levski play away against Lukoil Academic next Saturday while Sliven will get another shot to get their first victory of the season when they play versus Eurouns Cherno More in Yambol the same day.


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shanxi Zh. - TianJin R. 106-88
Shanxi Zhongyu beat Tianjin 106:88 while Olumide Oyedeji collected 25 points, 27 rebounds. Bonzi Wells added 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Theron Smith led Tianjin with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Jilin - Shanghai 130-100
Jilin posted 130 points over Shanghai and allowed the latter to finish with 100. Leon Rogers top-scored for the winners with 36 points and 6 assists. Peng Fei led the scoring with 27 points.

Yunnan - Bayi 95-92
Yunnan edged Bayi 95:92 as Gabe Muoneke led Yunnan with 36 points and 9 rebounds. Mo Ke ended up with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Liaoning - Jiangsu 111-120
Jiangsu outscored Liaoning 120:111 in Regular Season Round 24. Donnell Harvey top-scored with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Jameel Watkins added 28 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 asists and 5 steals.

Shandong - Beijing 104-98
Shandong edged Beijing 104:98 as Mack Tuck had 40 points and 6 rebounds. Garnett Thompson had 33 points and 16 rebounds, while Cao Zhenhua added 18 points. Dontae Jones had 44 points and 19 rebounds for Beijing.

Fujian - Zhejiang C. 95-93
Fujian overcame Zhejiang 95:93 as Chris Porter had 36 points and 12 rebounds. Samuel Hoskin paced Zhejiang with 29 points and 17 rebounds and Kirk Snyder collected 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Shaanxi - Qingdao DS 115-104
Brandon Robinson collected 26 points and 10 rebounds and Lee Benson had massive 23 points, 25 rebounds and 11 assists as Shaanxi defeated Qingdao 115:104. Chris Williams paced Qingdao with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.

Zhejiang G. - Xinjiang 116-108
An upset came from Zhejiang Guangsha that beeat the favorites Xinjiang 116:108. White Rodney was unstoppable with 47 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Myron Allen had 38 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for Xinjiang.

Guandong - DongGuan 106-96
Guangdong improved to 20-4 record defeating Dongguan 106:96. Du Feng led the winners with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Michael Harris had 45 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists for Dongguan.



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  CYPRUS   


Achilleas signs new player - by Michael Aristidou
Achilleas Kaimakliou proceed to a change in his squad for the rest of the season. Specifically Marko Milicevic (204-F-82) was released due to injury and his place took 26yrs old Adam Waleskowski (203-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.). American german forward will play on sunday match for the cup against Seastar Apoel. Waleskowski was in French team JSF Nanterre at the beginning of the seazon having 7,6pts average. Also he played in Ehingen (GER), Brest (FRA) and Besancon (FRA). In Besancon won the ProB championship title last year.

Proteas Eka Ael won in local derby. - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol won Pizza Express Primetel Apollon 80-72 for the cup and qualify to the semi finals. The match started positively for Pizza Express Primetel Apollon in first period and manage to get a lead of nine points (10-19) two minutes before the end of the perios. Proteas EKA AEL Limassol dominate for the rest of the game and at the end of the first period score was 21-22 for Apollon. Second period Ael took the lead by 24-22 and never look back. Half time score was 44-36. Third period went even better for Ael and took a lead of 13p (64-51). Nothing changes in last period and Ael team was fantastic in the court having a 17p lead (70-53) during the last period. Eventually Ael won the game 80-72. First scorer for Ael was Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) with 27(3) having 7reb also. For Apollon Ernest Brown (213-C-79, college: Indian Hills CC) had 21.

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NBL Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Decin - Liberec 87-81
Decin maintained their third position in the standings with a hard-fought win over Liberec. Pavel Houska netted 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as Decin nearly wasted a 22-point halftime lead to pull away with a narrow win at the end. William Hatcher came up with 21 points and 6 assists in the win. Carey Rigsby debuted for Liberec with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Maurice Hampton finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Prostejov - Geofin 64-88
Geofin recorded a comfortable road win over Prostejov. Kenny Walker tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds for Geofin. Robert Sarovic added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Shaun Pruitt replied with 19 points and 10 boards for Prostejov in defeat.

Nymburk - Kolin 111-67
Nymburk raced past Kolin towards the 18th victory in the tournament. Seven players delivered in double digits for the league leaders. Goran Jagodnik scored 20 points for the winners. Blake Schilb had 15 points for Nymburk. Jon Rogers and Jonas Brown replied with 14 points apiece in the loss.

Opava - USK Praha 87-78
Opava climbed at 8-11 record as they beat USK Praha at home. Tomas Hruby nailed 17 points for the hosts. Pavel Purmpla and Ondrej Soska added 13 points for Opava. Lawrence Hamm nailed 21 points for USK Praha as the visitors slipped at 9-10 record.



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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Round: 38 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Utah - Los Angeles 110-100
Another victory for the Flash mostly owing to Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas), who collected 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyrylo Fasenko also shined with 17 points and 13 boards. Joe Crawford had 44 points in loss. Darren Cooper netted 15, while Dwayne Mitchell and Brandon Heath scored 11 points apiece. Flash 9-8, D-Fenders 4-12.

Ft.Wayne - Erie 93-103
10-8 for the BayHawks and 5-11 for the Mad Ants. Ivan Harris and Erik Daniels combined 45 points and 25 rebounds in victory. Chris Hunter and Taj McCullough replied with 43 pts and 14 rebs on the other side.

Dakota - Sioux Falls 113-107
Blake Ahearn was the one who paced Dakota nailing 40 points. Keith Brumbaugh collected 23 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Wizards 11-8, Skyforce 11-7.

Rio Grande - Albuquerque 95-97
Will Conroy top-scored for the winners with 23 points. He also had 7 assists and 5 boards beside that. Rio Grande got 29 points and 8 rebs from Alpha Bangura. Thunderbirds 6-10, Vipers 7-12.

Idaho - Anaheim 132-130
Coby Karl again was a key player for his Idaho Stampede registering 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Tierre Brown stepped up for the loosing side with 35 points and impressive 15 assists, while Kedrick Brown had 27 points and 5 boards. Stampede 14-4, Arsenal 5-12.


Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.W. Conroy, ABQ 24.7
2.J. White, ANA 23.6
3.B. Ahearn, DAK-AUS 23.1
4.C. Sims, IOW 22.7
5.C. Martin, IOW 21.5
5.C. Sims, IOW 23.8
Rebounds Per Game
1.C. Sims, IOW 12.5
2.R. Hendrix, DAK-BAK 11.1
3.J. Davidson, IDA 10.8
4.C. Gaines, AUS 10.3
5.C. Hunter, FWN 10.1
5.A. Brown, AUS 10.1
Assists Per Game
1.W. Russell, FWN 10.9
2.M. Cleaves, BAK 8.2
3.W. Conroy, ABQ 7.6
3.C. Stinson, IOW 7.6
5.E. Gill, COL 7.5
Steals Per Game
1.D. Coleman, COL 2.8
2.D. Noel, ABQ 2.75
3.W. Conroy, ABQ 2.62
3.W. Russell, FWN 2.62
5.C. Elliott, SIF 2.56


This Weeks Transactions in the D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine

NBA --> D-Leaguer Player Assignments / Recalls
January 5th: Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84) recalled from the Colorado 14ers by the Denver Nuggets. Samb started four of his 12 games with Colorado after being assigned on December 10th. The 71 Senegalese center averaged 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks while shooting 51.6% from the field. Samb was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Clippers upon his recall to Denver.

January 6th: Second year center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86, agency: Arik Krayn Services) was assigned to the Utah Flash by the Utah Jazz. Last season, the 7-1 Ukrainian native was assigned to the Flash three times. During his assignments he averaged 10.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 37 games.
The Denver Nuggets recalled rookie forward Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) from the Colorado 14ers. Assigned on December 10th to the 14ers, the former Arkansas product appeared in 10 games and averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

January 8th: The Detroit Pistons recalled Alex Acker (6'5''-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Walter Sharpe (6'9''-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UAB) after assigning them to the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants on January 2nd.
Rookies J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) and Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Kansas St.) were recalled from the Utah Flash by the Boston Celtics. Giddens appeared in 13 games for the Flash averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 rebounds, 1.46 steals, a team-high 1.54 blocks all in a team-high 37.6 minutes per game. Giddens was ranked 20th in the NBDL in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage (53.5%) and seventh in blocks. Walker appeared in 15 games for the Flash averaging a team-high 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.33 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Walker was ranked 11th in the NBDL in scoring.

January 10th: Rookie Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88, college: Syracuse) has been assigned to the Reno Bighorns by the Sacramento Kings. The 6'10' forward out of Syracuse has appeared in 24 games for the Kings this season, four as a starter, and currently holds averages of 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Player Movement
Anaheim: Acquired veteran guard Chester Mason (6'4''-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami, OH) and waived former Cal Bear Ayinde Ubaka.
Albuquerque: Waived former Texas product Kris Clack (6'5''-G-77, college: Texas). The veteran guard had appeared in nine games this season for the Thunderbirds and averaged 7.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Utah: Signed former NBA Draft pick and D-League veteran James Lang (6'10''-C-83). The center out of Central Park Christian HS had logged 85 games in the D-League with Arkansas and Utah over the last three seasons.
Bakersfield: Signed Jamaal Brown (6'7''-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and waived David Berghoefer (6'10''-C-83, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Carolina) due to injury.
Rio Grande Valley: Announced that starting point guard and NBA veteran Smush Parker (6'4''-G-81, college: Fordham) has left the team to play in China. In 18 games this season, Parker averaged 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists while shooting 43.5% from the field.
Los Angeles: Acquired Gabriel Hughes (7'0''-F/C-80, college: California) and waived Jamal Brown.
Iowa: Signed former St. Josephs big man Dwayne Jones (6'11''-C-83, college: St.Joseph's).
Sioux Falls: Signed former Indiana Pacer and Atlanta Hawk center John Edwards (7'0''-C-81, college: Kent St.).
Erie: Signed Darian Townes (6'10''-F/C-84) and waived former Penn State star Geary Claxton (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Penn St.).
Reno: Signed former Bakersfield Jam and Syracuse University star Gerry McNamara (6'2''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and waived big man Andre Patterson (6'0''-F-83, college: Tennessee).



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Kataja on the top - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 22: The regular season is in the half. 22 rounds has been played and the other 22 rounds are left. Tonight Kataja (Joensuu) crushed YMCA Lahti
by 42 pts (118-76) and captured the # 1 position. Kataja (16-6) dominated the game totally. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) led Kataja once again with 27 pts and 12 rbs. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) had his season best (22/11). Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) still added 18 pts in 18 minutes. FoKoPo (Forssa) had only two players (Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) and Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's)) in double digits and that was not enough vs Honka (Espoo). Honka won on the road 66-75. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored 25 pts for Honka. Pyrinto (Tampere) had first time this season the maximum three American players on the roster. Howard Frier's start was not that splendid though. Frier had three pts in 26 minutes. Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) netted 27 pts and grabbed 12 rbs, but visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) won anyway 69-77. PG Roope Suonio (176-G-82) led Kouvot with 21 pts. Matt Williams (200-F-77, college: Montana) played his 200. game on top level in Finland scoring four pts and taking 10 boards. Alltogether Williams has scored 3707 pts and taken 1552 rbs during the seven seasons in Finland. In Porvoo Tarmo defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 83-78. DeWayne Richardson (202-C-77, college: Fairmont St.) (Tarmo) had his seventh double-double (20/12) in as many games. Demetrius Brown (197-F-83, college: San Jose St.) led YMCA LPR with 24 pts.

Kataja - YMCA Lahti 118-76 (45-36) (Jeremiah Wood 27/12, Quinnell Brown 22/11, Petri Virtanen 18 - Ray Nixon 18, Sami Pekkola 14, Vesa Makalainen 13).

FoKoPo - Honka 66-75 (30-37) (Ray Cunningham 20/10, Ronald Yates 19 - Kimmo Muurinen 25, Ben Perkins 15/10, Akeem Scott 13).

Pyrinto - Kouvot 69-77 (32-35) (Chris Hester 27/12, Kurtis Rice 14 - Roope Suonio 21, Calvin Walls 16/10, Brian Swift 15).

Tarmo - YMCA Lappeenranta 83-78 (39-40) (DeWayne Richardson 20/12, Magen McNeil 18, Victor Morris 14 - Demetrius Brown 24, Pasi Riihela 20, HL Coleman 11).



Korisliiga Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - Honka 66-75
FoKoPo lost to Honka 66:75 in Regular Season Round 22. Muurinen Kimmo led the Playboys with 25 points, while Perkins Ben collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cunningham Ray ended up with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Pyrinto - Kouvot 69-77
Pyrinto was defeated by Kouvot 69:77 as the latter imptoved to 16-7 record. Suonio Roope paced all the winners with 21 points and Walls Calvin had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hester Chris finished the night with 27 points and 12 caroms for the home side.

Tarmo - LrNMKY 83-78
Tarmo outscored LrNMKY 83:78 as Richardson DeWayne led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds. McNeil Magen added 18 and Morris Victor notched 14. Brown Demetrius produced 24 points in the losing effort.

Kataja - Namika Lahti 118-76
Kataja took 16-6 record on top after the win over Namika Lahti 118:76. That was the game between two leaders however Kataja was too good for the opponent. Wood Jeremiah top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Brown Quinnel posted 22. Nixon Ray scored 18 points for the guests.

KTP - Korihait 94-102
Zoller Mark scored 23, while Kumpulainen Jussi and Gonner Josh had 20 apiece as Korihait overcame KTP 102:94. Williams Damon produced 28 points in defeat and Smith Steve chipped in 24.

ToPo - Componenta 69-67
ToPo beat Componenta 69:67 behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from Spencer Isaac. Lehtinen Eero produced 19 points and Heinonen Timo notched 12. Waters Darrell ended up with 16 points for the guests.



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  FRANCE   


Pro A : Villeurbanne found medical back-up for Eric Campbell - by Aurelien Hipp
*Villeurbanne will miss Eric Campbell for 5 weeks and has just hired Nick Nick Fazekas(211-F-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Nevada) for this period. Nick Fazekas studied at Nevada-Reno University where he posted 20.4 ppg 11.1rpg.
The player won't be qualified for today's game (@Hyeres) but will help the team on the road to Mariupal for the ULEB Eurocup qualification. Fazekas started the season in Belgium (Ostende)


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  GERMANY   


Bundesliga Game Day 17: Weekend Results January 10th and 11th! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 17 played out this weekend as teams completed the first half of the Bundesliga schedule. In the weekends biggest game, Ewe Baskets Oldenburg topped ALBA Berlin in an exciting 81-72 home win for the Thunderbirds at Ewe Arena. Koln 99ers upset Bamberg at JAKO Arena and ratiopharm Ulm edged Nordlingen in the 'new derby' between south German neighbors.

Friday January 9th
TBB Trier 98 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 86
Chris Copeland led five Trier players reaching double figures with 19pt 6reb as TBB Trier topped Eisbaren Bremerhaven 98-86 Friday night at Trier Arena. Along with Copeland's production, Trier also received 16pt 4reb from George Evans, 14pt 6reb from Jamal Shuler, 14pt from Derek Raivio and 13pt 4reb from Norman Richardson. Trier took an 18-17 lead after 1Q before extending their advantage to 45-39 at half. A strong 3Q run pushed Trier's lead to 69-58 after the third before earning the win in the 4th. Craig Callahan led Bremerhaven with 17pt 6reb, Mike Gansey had 15pt and Giordan Watson 11pt 9ast in the loss. Trier shot 55% from the floor making 8 of 23 threes (34%) and outrebounded Bremerhaven 36-33 in the win. Head coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team picked up their second win of 2009 as they improved their record to 8-9 while Bremerhaven lost their 16th straight game falling to 1-16.

Saturday January 10th
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 81 ALBA Berlin 72
Oldenburg started strong taking a 19-15 lead after 1Q before ALBA responded to take a 38-35 halftime lead. Oldenburg made a solid 3Q run reclaiming the lead and extending their advantage to 60-58 going into the 4th. Down the stretch, Oldenburg outscored ALBA 21-14 to earn the solid 81-72 home win. Jason Gardner led Oldenburg with a terrific 23pt 5ast performance while Jasmin Perkovic added 17pt 8reb and Je'Kel Foster chipped in 16pt to the win. Coming off their outstanding road win over Badalona in the Euroleague, ALBA Berlin was led by Aleksander Nadjfeji and Steffan Hamaan who scored 12pt apiece while Ansu Sesay added 11pt and Immanuel McElroy had 10pt 6reb. Oldenburg shot 46% from the floor and made 9 of 26 threes (34%). ALBA Berlin hit 50% from the floor and made only 4 of 17 threes (23%) while outrebounding Berlin 31-28. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team won their 3rd consecutive game improving their record to 12-4 while ALBA Berlin fell to 11-4.

Koln 99ers 71 brose Baskets Bamberg 65
Jeremy Hunt went for 21pt 7reb hitting 4 of 7 threes to lead visiting Koln 99ers to an exciting 71-65 road win over brose Baskets Bamberg Saturday night in Bamberg. Playing in front of 6,800 fans at JAKO Arena in Bamberg, the hosts held s slim 17-16 advantage after 1Q. Koln responded and took a 36-35 lead into half. Another Koln run in the 3rd pushed the 99er lead to 52-49 going into the 4th. Down the stretch, Koln earned the important win. PG Jamon Gordon was solid with 12pt 7reb 5ast, Edin Bavcic totaled 10pt 9reb and Julian Sensley finished with 10pt 6reb in the win. Koln shot 44% from the floor while limiting Bamberg to 38%. Koln outrebounded Bamberg 40-26 in the game. Predrag Suput was the lone double-digit scorer for Bamberg finishing with 13pt 4reb. Head Coach Drasko Prodanovic and Koln move to 5-12 while Bamberg evens at 8-8.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 76 Artland Dragons 70
Lorenzo Gordon scored 13pt with 6reb and Konrad Wysocki produced 13pt 5reb in leading the Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a hardfought 76-70 home win over Artland Dragons Saturday night at BallSporthalle in Frankfurt. A competitive 1Q saw the Dragons take a 22-20 lead before Skyliners fought back to take a 41-39 lead into half. The intense game saw Artland pull within 1 after 3Q as Frankfurt held a 59-58 advantage heading into the 4th. Skyliners defense toughened allowing only 12pt in the final 10min. Frankfurt shot 48% from the floor while limiting Artland to 45% and Skyliners outrebounded the Dragons 37-24 in the win. Adam Hess collected 19pt 7reb and Darren Fenn added 18pt 8boards for Artland in the loss. Head Coach Murat Didin and his Frankfurt team upped their record to 11-5 while Artland slipped to 8-9.

ratiopharm Ulm 80 Nordlingen 79
Lee Humphrey made a free throw with 0.7sec remaining lifting ratiopharm Ulm to a thrilling 80-79 road win over Nordlingen Saturday night at a soldout Herman-Kessler-halle. Capping a wild last minute of play, Humphrey took an endline inbound pass on the sideline with 4.4sec to play and dribbled into 3pt range before Nordlingen's Osvaldo Jeanty was whistled for fouling him in the act of shooting. Ulm opened the game strong and held a 28-16 lead after 1Q. Nordlingen bounced back in the 2Q trimming Ulm's lead to 44-37 at half. Continued strong play from Ulm extended Ulm's lead to 63-54 after three. Nordlingen's tremendous effort sparked their 4Q comeback. Leading 77-74, Romeo Travis sank 2 clutch FT giving Ulm a 79-74 lead. Nordlingen's Monta McGee buried a right wing 3 cutting the score to 79-77 with 8sec. After a great hustle play by Nordlingen's Ty Shaw saving a steal staying inbounds at halfcourt, McGee converted a crazy runner in the lane tying the score at 79 with 4.4sec left. Out of timeouts, Ulm made a play. Seeing PG Dru Joyce denied, Humphrey flashed to the basketball and raced up the right sideline being hounded by two defenders before he was fouled. Awarded 3FT with 0.7sec, the Ulm sharpshooter missed his first two before making the most important one. Sean Finn paced Ulm production with a strong 20pt 6reb performance while Romeo Travis scored 20pt of his own in the win. Dru Joyce added 14pt 7ast on 4 of 5 3pt shooting and Jeff Gibbs gave Ulm 14pt 7reb. Monta McGee scored a game best 28pt 8reb to lead Nordlingen, Omari Westley added 24pt 9reb and Osvaldo Jeanty finished with 19pt in the loss. Ulm shot 58% from the floor making 7 of 17 threes (41%) and 9 of 14 FT (64%) while Nordlingen made 45% from the floor including 11 of 26 threes (42%) and 12 of 18 FT (67%). ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 11-6 while Nordlingen is now 7-10.

Sunday January 11th
LTi Giessen 46ers @ Dusseldorf Giants 4pm tip

Telekom Baskets Bonn @ NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 5pm tip

EnBW Ludwigsburg @ Walter Tigers Tubingen 5:30pm tip BBL.TV

Wednesday January 14th
Paderborn Baskets @ BG74 Gottingen 8:15pm tip BBL.TV


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FEB Results: Round 22 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide dodged a bullet in the Martiniplaza vs. Hanzevast Capitals, breaking their hears and winning in overtime by the score of 87-84. Hanzevast held a slim lead near the end of regulation but in the end the defending Dutch champions proved to be the better team at handling the pressure. Eclipse Jet/MG had good balanced scoring, were led in scoring by
CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) with 20 pts. A good performance by Hanzevast PG Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) (23 pts., 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) was wasted. With the win, Eclipse Jet/MG improved their record to 16-2, while Hanzevast falls to 13-8 and dropped its second loss this week.


In Weert in the Upstairs Weert-Matrixx Magixx matchup, extra time was also needed, with Matrixx PG Ryan Sears (185-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Creighton) making the difference, leading Matrixx to a 92-86 win. Sears scored 7 of his 23 pts. in OT. With the win, Matrixx improves to 13-8.


In the ZBC-hal, Landstede got back on track, with Landstede center Jamie Smalligan (212-C-84, college: W.Virginia) also getting back on track as well, helping Landstede snap a four-game skid with a 71-60 win over ZZ Leiden. Smalligan led Landstede with 19 pts., including five three-pointers. Landstede managed to win despite being outrebounded 50-37, making only 11 of 30 free throws and shooting only 40% from the field. But Landstede made 12 three-pointers and their opponents only 4. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led ZZ with 18 pts. and grabbed 12 rebounds, with Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) adding 12 pts. and 15 rebounds. Landstede held ZZ PG JS Nash (188-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) in check, holding him to only 4 pts. With the win, Landstede improves to 9-12.



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David Harrison signed with Univer - by Tamas Deri
The experienced american guard signed his contract on friday and will arrive tomorrow in Kecskemet. The 191 cm tall, 33 years old David Harrison (191-G-75, agent: Stevey Wong, college: Campbellsville) has a lot of experiences. Started his professional carreer in 1999-2000 wth Czarni in Poland. He played also in the first divisions of Italy - Rimini, 03-04 - and France - Le Havre. Rouen, Besancon -.
During the season 2007-2008 he played shortly at Mayas de Yucatan Merida (Mexico-LNBP): 6 games: 28.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.0%. In January 2008 he signed at Ben Hur Rafaela (ARG-LigaA, starting five): 19 games: 14.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 77.8%. He started this season in Mexico with Tecos de la UAGuadalajara (Mexico-LNBP), but left the team in December.


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1st division results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Armann lost to Fjolnir 71-124. Young Fjolnir team in a good run but Armann team is struggling a lot.
Leading scorers for Armann. Asgeir Hlodversson 25. Saemundur Oddson 13.
For Fjolnir. Aegir Steinarsson 21. Sindri Karason 19. Arnor Gudmundsson 19.

Valur needed overtime to win Thor 80-77 Thor had 2 freethrow in last seconds to win the game but missed the second shot and game went to overtime
Leading scorers for Thor. Richard Fields 29 + 11 rebs. Mark Woodhouse 24.
For Valur. Hjalti Fridriksson (-89) 17. Alexander Dungal 15


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 9-1 
 2. Saba 9-2 
 3. Mahram 8-3 
 4. Zob Ahan 7-4 
 5. BEEM 6-4 
 6. Kordestan 6-5 
 7. a.s Pipe 5-6 
 8. Ararat 5-6 
 9. Gorgan 5-6 
 10. Azad 4-6 
 11. Shahrekord 4-7 
 12. Langeroud 2-9 
 13. Khorasan 0-11 


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LBL Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja - Valmiera 72-86
Valmiera shot down Liepaja on the road to clinch the top spot in the LBL Division I ladder. Ronald Clark scored 22 points to lead the way for Valmiera. Ignus Bankevics added 18 points for the winners. Jevgenijs Kosuskins nailed 22 points for Liepajas. Curtis Nash produced 15 points in defeat.

ASK Riga - Zemgale 79-59
ASK Riga claimed the fifht win in the LBL as they cruised past Zemgale at home court. Raitis Grafs nailed 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners. Ernests Kalve had 19 points for ASK Riga. Martins Berkis replied with 18 points for Zemgale in the loss.

Barons/LMT - Valmiera 85-76
Barons/LMT posted the seventh victory as they rolled past Valmiera. Armands Skele knocked down 21 points to lead the home team. Demetrius Alexander produced 20 points and 13 rebounds for Barons. Ingus Bankevics responded with 16 points for Valmiera. Ronald Clark netted 13 points and collected 8 boards in defeat.

VEF Riga - Liepaja 79-68
VEF Riga sent Liepajas Lauvas to the sixth defeat in the season edging them 79:68 at home court. Jurijs Aleksejevs notched 24 points to lead the way for VEF Riga. Evgeniy Kolesnikov, Edgars Jeromanovs and Andrejs Selakovs finished with 13 points apiece for the winning team. Arturs Stalbergs and Raimonds Vaikulis answered with 12 points each for Liepaja in the loss.



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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Ittihad 6-0 
 2. Nasr 5-1 
 3. Ahli Benghazi 4-2 
 4. Shabab 3-3 
 5. Hilal 2-4 
 6. Madina 2-4 
 7. Ahli 2-4 
 8. Morog 0-6 


Libyan League week 6 - by Anas Seddigh
This week's highlight was the derby game between the rivals Ittihad and Ahli Tripoli , Ittihad enters this game as the league leaders while Ahli Tripoli struggling in the fifth place looking to improve their position.

Ahli started the game perfectly dominating the defense and the offense while Ittihad players lacked concentration as they missed many open shots and lost the ball many times the first quarter ended 20-17 for Ahli.

Ittihad looked more confident in the second quarter as Ali Al msellati entered in the second quarter and scored valuable points including a three point shot in the last seconds to tie the game 33-33 as the first half ended.

in the third quarter Ahli players could not keep up the pace as they missed more than 7 three point shots , Ittihad took the lead ending the third quarter 57-51 for them.

in the forth quarter Ahli managed to cut the lead but they suffered from the loss of their center the Cameroonian player Manica George as he committed his fifth foul , Ittihad took advantage and ended the game 81-77.

Manica George from Ahli Tripoli was the game's top scorer with 26 points while his teammate Musa Borima was the top rebounder with 15 rebounds.

with this result Ittihad stay unbeaten on the top of the league , Ahli drops to seventh.

the other results :
Hilal - Moroj 57-56
Nasr - Ahli Benghazi 80-63
Shabab - Madina 63-54


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Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Golokvoscius, Alytus 20.0
2. Danys, LKKA 18.1
3. Stankevicius, DEL 17.7
4. Reminas, NAG 16.6
5. Jurgo, RUD 16.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Warren, PIE 9.6
2. Danys, LKKA 8.7
3. Slezas, PER 8.5
4. Jocys, NAG 8.2
5. Stasiulionis, MAI 7.9
Assists Per Game
1. Zymantas, NAF 5.8
2. Kutra, DEL 5.5
3. Stasys, LKKA 5.0
4. Balciunis, MER 5.0
5. Raziulis, JUV 5.0


LKL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kaunas Tr. - Nevezis 71-86
Nevezis maintained their third spot in the LKL ladder as they upset Kaunas Triobet on the road. Benas Veikals scored 23 points to lead the way for the visitors. Aidas Viskontas added 20 points and 8 assists as Nevezis climbed at 7-4 record. Povilas Butkevicius answered with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Kaunas Triobet in the loss.

Zalgiris - Neptunas 102-51
Zalgiris thrashed Neptunas in Round 13 today. Paulius Jankunas came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead Zalgiris to the eleventh straight win in the LKL. Arturas Milaknis added 16 points for the winners. Valdas Vasylius and Arvydas Eitutavicius had 15 points apiece for Neptunas in defeat.

Siauliai - Kaunas Tr. 87-62
Siauliai pounded Kaunas Triobet at home court. Gintaras Kadziulis tallied 16 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Siauliai. Gintautas Vileita had 15 points in the win. Adas Juskevicius came up with 19 points for Kaunas Triobet in the loss.

Sakalai - Alytus Alita 104-78
Sakalai thumped Alytus behind 18 points from Arnas Labuckas. Rokas Uzas delivered 16 points for Sakalai as they overcame a 33-point haul from Nerijus Varnelis. Vilius Gabsys added 12 points for Alytus in the loss.

Techasas - Lietuvos 82-131
Marijonas Petravicius and Chuck Eidson left with 6 minutes gone in the game but it never slowed Lietuvos Rytas en route to a stunning victory over Techasas. Arturas Jomantas scored 24 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 6 assists for the winners. All of the Lietuvos Rytas bench players scored in double figures. Steponas Babrauskas added 17 points in the win. Marius Janisius replied with 27 points and 15 rebounds for Techasas in defeat.



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NBA Round: 72 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hawks - Magic 87-121
Orlando's players demonstrated fantastic performance last night against the Hawks celebrating 29th victory of the season (29-8). Hidayet Turkoglu nailed 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Dwight Howard helped with double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. JJ Redick added 15 pts in victory. Acie Law scored 16 points for the loosing side. Hawks 22-13.

Pacers - Lakers 119-121
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) brought 29th victory to his LA Lakers scoring a turnaround, fadeaway jumper with 3 seconds remaining. Bryant finished this game with 36 points, 13 assists and 7 boards. Pau Gasol also had double-double, 21 points and 11 rebs. Danny Granger top-scored in defeat with 28 points. Lakers 29-6, Pacers 13-23.

Mavericks - Suns 100-128
20-13 for the Suns and 22-14 for the Mavs after this game. Shaquille O'Neal led the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki collected 19 points and 7 boards for the loosing squad.

Nets - Bucks 102-104
Luke Ridnour made a 5-foot floater with 0.5 seconds left lifting the Bucks to 18-20 record. Michael Redd led the scorers in victory with 24 points. Charlie Villanueva had one less. Vince Carter almost registered double-double for the Nets 23 pts, 14 as and 9 rebs. Nets 18-19.

Bobcats - 76ers 87-93
Andre Miller paced the 76ers to 16-20 record collecting 22 points and 6 assists. Thaddeus Young helped with 15 pts and 8 boards. The Bobcats got double-double from Emeka Okafor, 24 points and 11 rebounds. 76ers 16-20, Bobcats 13-24.

Grizzlies - Raptors 82-103
Comfortable 21-point victory by the Raptors for 16-21 score. On the other side the Grizzlies fell on 11-26. Chris Bosh was a key player for the winners netting 32 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani also shined adding 21 pts and 8 rebs. Rudy Gay responded 22 points and 5 boards.

Celtics - Cavaliers 83-98
LeBron James led his Cleveland to excellent victory against the reigning champion collecting 38 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Kevin Garnett had double-double in loss, 18 points and 15 rebounds. It is the 19th consecutive home win for the Cavs this season Cavs 29-6, Celtics 29-9.

Clippers - Hornets 80-107
The New Orleans Hornets had couple of players in a game mood last night. The best one was Rasual Butler with 27 points. Marcus Camby shined in defeat scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Hornets 22-11, Clippers 8-28.

Rockets - Thunder 98-96
OC Thunder faced with 2-point home loss against the Rockets falling on 5-32 record. Tracy McGrady stepped up for the Rockets delivering 26 points. Kevin Durant replied with 27 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the hosts. Thunder's new player Nenad Krstic had 10 points. Rockets 23-15.

Wizards - Bulls 86-98
Ben Gordon netted 22, while Drew Gooden and Tyrus Thomas scored 16 points apiece. Gooden also had 11 rebs, while Thomas grabbed one less. Nick Young was the best in Washington Wizards with 28 points. Bulls 16-20, Wizards 7-28.

Pistons - Nuggets 93-90
Allen Iverson stepped up for the winners delivering 23 points in this one. Prince was hero of the game scoring a running jumper with 20 seconds left. The hosts for 30 points from Chauncey Billups. Pistons 22-12, Nuggets 25-13.

Heat - Kings 119-115
Dwayne Wade once again shined for the Heat, this time draining 41 points, including 5 rebounds and 7 boards. His magnificent performance was enough for Miami to jump on 19-16 record. Michael Beasley had 23 pts and 10 boards. John Salmons and Kevin Martin combined 57 points in loss. Kings 8-29.


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No. 12 Clemson Eyeing History - by Rick Ross
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Trevor Booker scored 23 points and No. 12
Clemson improved to 16-0 with a 63-51 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday.

The Tigers (2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are within a win of tying the school's best start,
accomplished in 1986-87 and matched two years ago. It won't be easy, though,
with undefeated and fourth-ranked Wake Forest up next at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 17.

Clemson struggled until Booker's inside dominance and a
smothering defense took its toll on the Wolfpack (9-4, 0-1).
North Carolina State wiped out a 10-point first-half
lead and tied the game at 33-all on Trevor Ferguson 's drive with 15:18 left.
Then Booker led the Tigers on a 24-10 run to take charge.

Booker got things going with an close-in basket.
His next bucket pushed the Tigers' lead to 46-36.
By the time he ended the surge with three straight hoops,
Clemson was up 58-43 with 5:11 left.

The Wolfpack had matched Clemson in the second half,
hitting six of its first seven baskets. But they withered against the Tigers baseline-to-baseline pressure,
committing five consecutive turnovers that fueled Clemson's decisive run.
North Carolina State finished with its lowest point output of the season,
21 points below their average coming in.
Courtney Fells had 10 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose four defeats
have come to ranked opponents.

Booker added six blocks and three steals.
It was his most points since getting 25 against Presbyterian on Nov. 28.
K.C. Rivers led the team with 11 rebounds but had his second
straight sub-par shooting game for the Tigers with 9 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Brandon Costner , North Carolina State's leading scorer coming in at nearly
15 points a game, had 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting before fouling out.

Clemson's defense figured to wear down North Carolina State.
But the Wolfpack helped out with a major cold spell from the floor.
They missed their first seven shots and were just 1-of-15 nine minutes in.
The Tigers didn't fare much better at 2-of-11, which was why they were only up 6-2 after that stretch.

North Carolina State, the ACC's fourth-best shooting team,
never found its form in the opening half.
The Wolfpack missed short ones like Courtney Fells botched alley-oop,
and long ones, going 2-of-7 behind the arc.
They finished 6-for-29 (20.7 percent). If not for their rebounding edge
23 to 17 - the Wolfpack would've trailed by much more than 24-17 at the half.

Booker pushed the Tigers throughout the period. He had nine points,
three steals and five of his six blocks.
It was Clemson's fourth straight victory over the
Wolfpack and the second time in three seasons it has opened the ACC 2-0.


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The Breakers drop two in a row - by Eurobasket News
The New Zealand Breakers slowed down in the NBL action. The Kiwi team lost two consecutive games and slipped at 15-7 record in the second spot in the ladder.
The New Zealand Breakers closed Round 16 against the Sydney Spirit. The Spirit led throughout the first half and enjoyed a 45:43 advantage at the break. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) paced the Breakers in the third frame as the visitors established a 4-point lead heading into the final period. The teams kept it close in the dying minutes. The hosts led by three points before Kirk Penney made it a tie-game with a long bomb. However five seconds were just enough for the Spirit as Graeme Dann (202-F-83) got fouled upon and sealed the winning outcome from the charity stripe. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) scored 18 points to lead the way for the Spirit. Kirk Penney finished with 23 points for the Breakers. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, college: Minnesota) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
In Round 17 the Breakers visited the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to take on the South Dragons in the NBL leaders clash. The game lived up to the highest expectations giving the fans a battle to remember. The teams were knotted up after 48 minutes of action and headed into overtime. The teams were still leveled with the time ticking off in the extra period before Rhys Carter (190-G-84) banked a long three to steal it for the hosts. The South Dragons were in front with less than two minutes remaining in overtime but CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and Kirk Penney nailed clutch three-pointers to square things up at 112. But Rhys Carter stole the show with his unbelievable trey late in the game. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) netted 27 points for the South Dragons. Kirk Penney responded with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the Breakers. Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) added 23 points in the losing case.


Christchurch Cougars Fill Second Import Spot - by Kahn Hart

Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) a Cougar!


The Christchurch Cougars have filled their remaining restricted player spot with power forward American Trenton Wurtz. Wurtz is a graduate of Indiana St. and stands 2.03m (6'8') and 102kg. He spent two years at George Mason, before transfering to Indiana State and was a two-year starter with the Sycamores. Since graduating in 2007, he was a standout performer in the Denmark League with SISU Copenhagen in Copenhagen averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. He also appeared in the Spanish LEB with Plata last year. Wurtz will fill the four spot in the Cougars line-up and complement the inside play of NZ Breaker Centre Tim Behrendorff who was signed in December. Wurtz was referred to the Cougars by Cantabrians Caleb Harrison and Tim Bennetts who are coaching in Indiana.



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DBE Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Znicz J. - PBG Basket 80-74
Znicz edged PBG Basket 80:74 as Reynolds, Grady paced all the winners with 19 points. Timberlake Chad and Neltner Ross netted 14 each, while Day Quinton posted 13. Brown Gerald chipped in 15 points for the losing team.

Bank BPS - Polpharma 88-96
Polpharma moved to 13-4 on top after a road 88:96 victory over Bank BPS. Coleman Eric top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Barkley Erick followed him with 19. Kuebler Michael ended up with 22 points for his squad.

Prokom - Turow 77-65
The game between Prokom and Turow was expected long time ago as these teams fought for the gold in the Final last year. Prokom produced a 77:65 victory to take 12-3 record. Zamojski Przemyslaw poured in 15 points and Burke Patrick netted 14. Witka Robert chipped in 19 points in defeat.

Sportino I. - En.Czarni 78-86
Bennett, Demetric led Energa Czarni over Sportino in a 86:78 victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Sroka Marcin nailed 17 and Kedzo Mateo scored 16. Miller Eddie finished the night with 15 points for the home side.

Polonia - Gornik W. 76-70
Polonia beat Gornik 76:70 in Regular Season Round 20. Frasunkiewicz Przemyslaw and Adams Tommy led the winners with 15 points each, while Harrington Greg added 14. Chanas Kamil produced 16 points in defeat.



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
LPB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Smith, CAB 22.1
2 Graham, Vitoria 21.7
3 Madison, CAB 20.8
4 Williams,Academica 20
5 Jeffrey C., Fisica 19.2
Rebounds Per Game
1Jeffrey C.,Fisica 12.4
2 Johnson,Academica 10
3 Coleman, Vagos 9.8
4 Kevin, Porto 9.6
5 Doliboa, Benfica 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Pires, Barreirense 5.3
2 Costa, Ginasio 4.8
3 Figueiredo, Porto 4.6
4 Reed, Benfica 3.9
5 Smith, CAB 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Madison, CAB 3.4
2 Harvey, Vitoria 2.3
3 Tyrekus,Barreirense 2.3
4 Costa, Ginasio 2.3
5 Joseph, Fisica 2,2
Blocks Per Game
1 Graham,Vitoria 2
2 Brown,Barreirense 1.6
3 Doliboa,Benfica 1.6
4 Rosefelt,Academica 1.5
5 Kevin, Porto 1.5


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A Superleague Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Univ.Surgut - CSKA 63-74
CSKA posted the tenth straight success as they brought victory away from Surgut. Viktor Khryapa scored 15 points and collected 9 rebounds for the the reigning champions. Ramunas Siskauskas had 14 points for CSKA. Dmitri Pervukhin answered with 17 points hitting 4/4 from beyond the arc. Lionel Chalmers had 15 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Krasnoyarsk - Ural Great 76-54
Enisey secured the second straight win in the Superleague as they toppled Ural Great in Krasnoyarsk today. Curtis Millage delivered 16 points to lead the hosts. Kaspars Kambala was once again productive with 15 points and 5 boards for the winners. Vanja Plisnic finished with 12 points for Ural Great. Darius Washington topscored for the visitors as he dropped 17 points in the loss.

Triumph - Unics 76-55
Triumph snapped a two-game losing streak in Russian Superleague to knock down Unics in Lyubertsy. Marcus Goree and Fedor Dmitriev scored 16 points apiece to lead the hosts. Sergei Toporov delivered 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners as they improved at 4-6 record. Tariq Kirksay paced the visitors with 9 points, 11 boards and 3 assists. Kresimir Loncar added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Spartak SP - Spartak-P. 80-58
Spartak Saint Petersburg overwhelmed Spartak Primorie for the sixth win in the championship. Andrew Wisniewski nailed 25 points and issued 7 assists for the hosts. Yegor Meshcharakou added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Desmon Farmer replied with 12 points as Spartak Primorie lost the second game in a row.



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  SLOVENIA   


Goodrich's 3-pointer at the buzzer knocks off Gorica (Round 14) - by Zeljko Zule

Luka Koper earned its first home victory over Zlatorog since December 3, 2005, TCG Mercator limited Alpos Sentjur to a season-low 49 points and Gillbert Goodrich (178-G-82, college: Bowie St.) hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to propel Zagorje to a 80-77 road victory over CPG Nova Gorica.

UPC League - Round 14:

Luka Koper-Zlatorog 86-81: Koper made a 13-2 run as they pulled ahead 77-72 with 2 minutes remaining. The winners had five scorers in double figures, led by Jernej Mihalic with 20 points, Ales Kunc posted 17, Denis Toroman 14, Ivan Drzic and Drazen Bubnic had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Koper outrebounded their opponent 35-23 and shot 23-of-30 from 2-point while Zlatorog made just 14-of-31. Ali Berdiel scored 24 points, Dario Krejic 17 and Nejc Strnad 16. It was Koper's first home victory over Zlatorog since December 3, 2005.
TCG Mercator-Alpos Sentjur 67-49: TCG Mercator trailed by 9-17 at the end of the first quarter before rallying to make a 15-2 run as and snapped a six-game losing streak. Igor Jokic scored 18 points in his debut, Mensud Julevic added 15 and Tomaz Metek 13. Alpos shot just 3-of-22 behind the arc. Takais Brown was the only scorer in double figures for Alpos with 20 points on shooting 10-of-12 and the bench gave almost nothing as the bench players combined for 5 points and 2 rebounds in 48 minutes.
CPG Nova Gorica-Zagorje 77-80: Gilbert Goodrich hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Zagorje to a third straight victory. His team lead as many as 17 points in the second but led just 37-32 at the break. David Allen Paris collected 27 points and 12 rebound and Goodrich finished with 20 points. Marko Likar scored 22 points including six 3-pointers for Gorica and Marko Marcetic netted 11 points but he missed a potential game-winning free throw at 77-77 with 6 seconds remaining.



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  SPAIN   


Cajasol Injury Blow - by Paul Nilsen
Basement club Cajasol have been rocked by news that experienced Ignacio De Miguel (205-C-73) is facing a further three months out of action with a damaged right knee which looks to require surgery on a cartilage problem. With the Seville club fighting a desperate survival battle in a nightmare season, this was the last bit of news that coach Pedro Martinez needed ahead of this weekends crunch home game with CAI Zaragoza

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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Chambers, VER 26.1
2. Anthony, Luzern 24.9
3. Dosic, KOR Z 23.3
4. Toure, Bernex 21.4
5. Kaiser, NEU 20.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Toure, Bernex 13.2
2. Johnson, Vevey 12.0
3. McCormick, Pully 11.3
4. Chambers, VER 11.2
5. Zimnickas, FRI 10.0
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 6.5
2. Johnson, Vevey 4.9
3. Grandjean, VER 4.2
4. Kazadi, FRI 4.2
5. Anthony, Luzern 4.2
Ranking
1. Chambers, VER 28.6
2. Toure, Bernex 27.8
3. Dosic, KOR Z 26.1
4. Anthony, Luzern 25.9
5. Zimnickas, FRI 22.3


BC Boncourt sign Emmanuel Messy - by Eurobasket
BC Boncourt agreed terms with 27-year old Canadian forward Emmanuel Messy (201-F-82, college: Seton Hall). Messy played most recently at Porvoon Tarmo (Finland) till middle of December. In 17 games in Finnish League he averaged solid 16.2ppg and 7.6rpg. The last season he played at BBC Bayreuth in Germany.

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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 10-0 
 2. Jeish 9-1 
 3. Wehda 8-2 
 4. Ittihad 6-4 
 5. Yarmouk 6-4 
 6. Talee'a 5-5 
 7. Wathba 4-5 
 8. Hurriya 4-6 
 9. Nawayeer 3-7 
 10. Kasyoun 3-8 
 11. Karameh 3-8 
 12. Hutteen 0-11 


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Yulon, Dacin win openers - by Chris Wang
Yulon beat longtime rival and defending champion Taiwan Beer 72-67 in the 2009 SBL season opening game despite losing Chen Hsin An (196-G/F-80) to a knee injury late in the game Saturday in Miaoli. Dacin beat KKL 73-67 for the first win of the season but it looked like Tien Lei, who sat out last season due to his knee injury, still needed some time to return to his top form.

Embracing a cold front that dropped the temperature down to six degrees centigrade, the 2009 SBL season was launched in the central mountainous town of Miaoli. Around 2,500 tickets were sold and another 3,500 students were in the game for free in the Miaoli Dome which has a capacity of 10,000.

Reigning regular season MVP Chen Hsin An was not going to play the game. However, Chen was the man new head coach Zhang Xu-lei looked for after Yulon dropped its 16-point lead in the second half. Chen did not score though. And he had to leave the game after being stepped on the shin by TB center Wu Tai-hao when he was fighting for a rebound.

Taiwan Beer cut the deficit down to one with 15 seconds left before Yulon saved the day with four late free-throws.

Chou Shih-yuan led Yulon, which changed its team name from Dinos to Luxgen, with 27 points. Tseng Wen-ting had 13 points and rebounds while Chen Chih-chung scored 15. Yang Che-yi had 10.

Yang Chin-min paced TB with 21 points. Two-time Finals MVP Lin Chih-chieh tallied 19 points and 11 boards. Wu Tai-hao had 7 points and 7 rebounds.

Led by Chang Chih-feng's 24 points and 7 rebounds, Dacin kept KKL -- previously known as dmedia -- from winning its first game after an ownership change. Tien Lei had 13 points and 10 rebounds but admitted after the game that his game was still rusty and maybe only 50% of what it used to be.

Dacin import Byron Allen did not impress in his debut, scoring only two despite grabbing 9 boards. Allen said he needed to get used to the Taiwanese style which placed more emphasis on speed rather than power.

Chen Chin-hwan led KKL with 14 and 11. Hsiao Yuan-chan had 11 points and 9 rebounds. Shan Wei-fan, who left TB and joined KKL, had 11.


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Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 13-1 
 2. Galatasaray 12-2 
 3. Fener.Ulker 9-4 
 4. T.Telekom 9-5 
 5. Antalya 8-6 
 6. Banvit 8-6 
 7. Mersin 7-6 
 8. Aliaga 7-7 
 9. Karsiyaka 7-7 
 10. Besiktas 7-7 
 11. Darussafaka 6-8 
 12. Oyak Renault 5-8 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 5-9 
 14. Erdemir 3-10 
 15. Kepez Bld 2-11 
 16. TED Koleji 1-12 


Ankara's Turk Telekom Shoots Their Way to Victory Over Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi - by James Mullins
If you want to learn how to be a prolific 3-point shooter, you don't need to find a personal coach, read a book, or buy instructional videos. All you need to do buy a ticket to a Turk Telekom Ankara basketball game and prepare to take notes.

Turk Telekom Ankara, the team that lives or dies by their outside shot, was on fire tonight as they defeated Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya 110:75.

It's difficult to find sufficient words to explain how well Turk Telekom Ankara shot the ball, but where words fail, we can always look to the numbers. Consider these statistics:

- Turk Telekom Ankara shot 76% from the 3-point line. That's a significantly better 3-point percentage than the total field goal percentage than any TBL team that played on Saturday.

- Turk Telekom Ankara scored a total of 66 points from their 3-point shooting.

- Turk Telekom Ankara made a total of 22 three-pointers. That means they made 4 more three-point shots than they made 2-point field goals.

- Seven different players for Turk Telekom Ankara made three-point field goals.

- Turk Telekom Ankara won the game by 35 points. That's amazing considering they wouldn't even have won the game if three-pointers weren't considered. Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya scored as many two-point field goals as Turk Telekom Ankara and scored more points from the free-throw line.

The fire started with Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: Interperformances) as he scored 18 points through the beginning on the second quarter. Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya called a time-out after realizing that Serkan had the hot hand. They returned to the game with a box-and-one defense, a defensive set that is a hybrid between zone defense and man-to-man. Essentially, four defenders play zone while one defender plays man-to-man against the opposing team's best scorer. Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi applied the defense in an attempt to stop Serkan.

Not only did the defensive adjustment fail to stop Serkan, who went on to score 37 points, but it also opened up shots for other Turk Telekom Ankara players. Tutku Acik (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) Baris Ozcan (192-G-80), Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83), and others continued what Serkan began by hitting shot after shot from behind the three-point line. This led Turk Telekom Ankara to a 35-point victory and entertained the fans with a spectacular display of outside shooting.

Extra Notes:
- There were a few bright spots for Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya. Both Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) and Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) finished the game with 18 points. Monty Mack hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to finish the first quarter. Ibekwe played above the rim with several nice dunks.

- Turk Telekom Ankara played without Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79, agency: SportsTalent, college: N.Carolina) and Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona).



Feel free to send any comments about this article to: jimandjen1424@gmail.com


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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - BC Kyiv 77-75
Azovmash stun BC Kyiv 77:75 in a key game of the Regular Season Round 14 and the beginning of 2009. Thompson Dijon led the winners with 21 points and Nigerian Nsomwu Uchenna scored 16. Tucker Clay finished the night with 19 points for the team from the capital.

Poltava - Khimik 74-76
Poltava lost to Khimik 74:76 as Bader Marton shined with 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Clemons Ricky chipped in the same number of points for the home side.

Pulsar - Mykolaiv 82-59
Pulsar beat Mykolaiv 82:59 as Shemosyuk Ilya top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Hlebowicki Michal ended up with 17 points and Iailo Leonid had 11 in the losing effort.



Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk adds Devin Green to their roster - by Eurobasket
Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (UBL) signed 27-year old American guard Devin Green (201-G-82, college: Hampton). Green played most recently at Base Oostende (Belgium), but left last month. He spend preseason on try-outs at San Antonio Spurs (NBA). But did not make it to the final roster. He tried to sign in the NBA also last year. However had to go down to D-League and finally decided to take a contract in Italy at Teramo in February. He had quite good stats like for Italian top league of 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.1apg. But his best season so far in pro basketball was 06-07, when after signing in mid-season at RheinEnergie Koeln, he played in Euroleague (5 games: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2.8spg) and helped his German team to win Bundesliga Cup.

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Woodward leads Defensor to beat Atenas. - by Hector Lopez
Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) scored two free throws with 7 seconds to play leading Defensor Sporting to beat Atenas 85-84 for the 11th round fo the Uruguayan League (second stage). Woodward netted 31 points plus 7 rebounds and received 9 fouls. Defensor took the lead for the first time with 3.30 minutes to play with a three-point shot. For Atenas Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 19 and grabbed 16 rebounds, while E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) netted 17. Trouville beat Hebraica 64-62. The winner took the lead for the first time with two minutes to play with a two-point shot by Levi Stukes (188-G-84), who netted 12. The best scorer for Trouville was Marcel Bouzout (206-C-71) with 26 points while Kalen Grimes (206-C, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Missouri) netted 7. For Hebraica Anthony Johnson scored 11 points and Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81), injured, did not play.



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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Wels register the seventh win - by Eurobasket News
Wels consolidated their position in the ladder as they celebrated the seventh win in the season in Round 13. They outscored Klosterneuburg 94:60 to improve at 7-3 record. Wels dominated early in the encounter as they surged ahead to a 16-points first term lead. Klosterneuburg however refused to bow that early and responded in the second quarter. They cut the distance to just 6 points at halftime as Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) shone at the moment. However Wels proved the strength after the long break. They ballooned the gap to 11 points heading into the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome with a blasting 31:8 fourth frame. Kisha Lee (181-F/C-85, college: UNLV) came up with 25 points for Wels. Victoria Crawford (170-G-83, college: Memphis) added 21 points for the winners. Sophia Plank responded with 23 points for Klosterneuburg. Nina Suritsch (189-F/C-84) had 12 points in the losing effort.
Vienna 87 got 21 points from Sophie Meisinger (183-F-89) to roll past Baden 85:48 on the road. The visitors built a massive 23-point lead at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Stefanie Pavelka (185-C/F-79) nailed 16 points for the winners. Annika Pansy (173-G-88) replied with 12 points for Baden as they suffered the eleventh straight loss.


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Finland stay alive in Relegation Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Finland 75:81

Finland sparked hope they can save their Division A spot for the next season. Today they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road to earn the first win in the EuroBasket Relegation Round. Finland now improved at 1-2 record behind Great Britain and Romania. Just two teams will secure the Division A birth in the next season. Bosnia and Herzegovina in the meantime lost the third game in a row occupying the bottom spot in the ladder. The teams traded baskets early in the game before Tavic, Alma Kovacevic (186-F/C-83) and Svjetlana Papcevic (186-C-79) delivered to put the hosts ahead by 9 points. Anja Stupar (178-F/C-89) then connected from beyond the arc and Bosnia accumulated a 24:12 advantage. Finland however managed to trim the distance to 7 points at the first break. Henna Salomaa (177-G/F-89) capped the second term with 8 points to build a 43:39 halftime lead for the visitors. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) orchestrated the game in the third frame as he nailed 12 points leading Finland to a 63:58 advantage at three-quarter time. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier), Laaksonen and Tiina Sten opened the fourth stanza with 6 points in a row to make it 69:58 for the visitors. Bosnia fought bravely and shaved the deficit to 4 points with under 2 minutes left but it was as close as they could get. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) closed the game with two accurate free throws to win it for Finland.
Tiina Sten fired 28 points and grabbed 10 boards to pace Finland. Taru Tuukkanen added 20 points and 9 boards for the winners. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) replied with 28 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Alma Kovacevic secured 13 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Natasa Mikic 28, Alma Kovacevic 13
Finland: Tiina Sten 28+10 boards, Taru Tuukkanen 20, Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) 9+10 boards


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  BULGARIA - Women  


The National team of Germany posted the initial victory over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Bulgaria 68:60

The National team of Germany posted the initial victory over Bulgaria in their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round. With the win in the first three quarters the home side led to 68:60 at the end of the game. Alexandra Muller (176-G-83) led the winners with 16 points, Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) scored 12 and Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) had 11. Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) nailed 22 in defeat and Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) scored 19. The result has left Germany at 1-1 while Bulgaria are 0-2 in Group A.
Germany produced the first four points in the game for 4-0 in the start. Bulgaria woke up immediately and answered with 5 consecutive points for 5:4 and then also had 8:7 advantage. The home side won however the first frame as they outscored the opponents 16:12. Austmann made it 28:21 in the second and Lisa Koop closed the first half at 33:28.
In the third period Bavendam gave her team plus 10, 47:37 and Kuhn scored for 51:37. Noelle Quinn was the last to score in the third period to cut it at 55:44.
Noelle Quinn again hit a three-pointer and made another basket at the start of a 12-0 that closed the gap to 55:53. The last period became the most interesting and brought intrigue into the game. Germany scored another points for the lead, but Branzova-Erdenay scored 5 in a row for 59:56. Germany got the last points mostly from the free throw line. Barnert was the last to stand there to made the Final 68:60 margin.

Germany: Alexandra Muller 16, Petra Glaser 12, Lisa Koop 11
Bulgaria: Noelle Quinn 22, Gergana Slavcheva 19


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  CROATIA - Women  


The Azzurre beat Croatia in Venice - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Croatia 83:50

The Azzurre beat Croatia in Venice for 2-0 record in their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round. Italy celebrated 83:50 win to become the leader of the group. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) paced the winners with 14 points each, while Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) added 12. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) produced 12 points in defeat, whilst Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) scored 8 each.
Croatia grabbed a 5:2 lead, but then missed 16-0 run that lifted Italy to 18:5 lead. Raffaella Masciadri had five points, and both Simona Ballardini and Kathrin Ress four in that early scoring explosion by the Italians. Croatia poured in nine consecutive points to trail 18:14, but Giorgia Sottana closed the first period at 21:14. With 19-17 in the second Italians reached 40:31 at the halftime.
In the second half there was only one team in the court that dominated it. At first Simona Ballardini opened the scoring account in the third period and Italy improved to 56:41 after 30 minutes of the game. Pastore made it 58:41 opening the last frame in the game. In the rest of it the squads were killing time as the winner was known at that time. A 27-9 in the last quarter brought 83:50 on the board. Nadalin made a jump-shot to bring success in the city of the water.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 14, Simona Ballardini 14, Manuela Zanon 12
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 12, Ana Lelas 8, Marija Vrsaljko 8


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Trutnov upset Valosun in Round 17 - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov posted quite unpredictable 107:78 home victory over Valosun Brno. The teams entered the game occupying the fourth and third spots respectively. The leaders changed throughout the opening term before Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88), Snajdrova and Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) secured a 20:17 lead for the hosts at the end of the term. Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) and Katerina Hindrakova soon stretched the margin to 11 points. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) converted a three-point play to give Trutnov a 41:28 advantage midway through the second quarter. Trutnov capped the first half leading by 11 points 54:43. The home side went on a 14:2 rally in the third frame to ensure a 24-point cushion. Valosun collapsed defensively in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Michaela Hartigova chipped in 33 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead Trutnov. Katerina Hindrakova added 21 points for the winners. Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) answered with 25 points for Valosun. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) notched 17 points in the loss. Valosun slipped at 10-7 record, just win ahead of Trutnov in the table.
USK Praha earned the sixteenth consecutive victory in the season as they romped past Sparta Praha 120:54. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) topscored with 35 points for USK Praha. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) added 23 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Rebecca Harris (176-G-86, college: Illinois) provided 14 points for Sparta in defeat.
Gambrinus toppled Hradec Kralove 97:50 to stay just one win shy of USK Praha. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) banked 15 points in the win. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) and Tamika Whitmore (187-C/F-77, college: Memphis) contributed 14 points apiece for the Brno team. Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) recorded 13 points in the losing case.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland stay alive in Relegation Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Finland 75:81

Finland sparked hope they can save their Division A spot for the next season. Today they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina on the road to earn the first win in the EuroBasket Relegation Round. Finland now improved at 1-2 record behind Great Britain and Romania. Just two teams will secure the Division A birth in the next season. Bosnia and Herzegovina in the meantime lost the third game in a row occupying the bottom spot in the ladder. The teams traded baskets early in the game before Tavic, Alma Kovacevic (186-F/C-83) and Svjetlana Papcevic (186-C-79) delivered to put the hosts ahead by 9 points. Anja Stupar (178-F/C-89) then connected from beyond the arc and Bosnia accumulated a 24:12 advantage. Finland however managed to trim the distance to 7 points at the first break. Henna Salomaa (177-G/F-89) capped the second term with 8 points to build a 43:39 halftime lead for the visitors. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85, college: St.John's) orchestrated the game in the third frame as he nailed 12 points leading Finland to a 63:58 advantage at three-quarter time. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier), Laaksonen and Tiina Sten opened the fourth stanza with 6 points in a row to make it 69:58 for the visitors. Bosnia fought bravely and shaved the deficit to 4 points with under 2 minutes left but it was as close as they could get. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) closed the game with two accurate free throws to win it for Finland.
Tiina Sten fired 28 points and grabbed 10 boards to pace Finland. Taru Tuukkanen added 20 points and 9 boards for the winners. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) replied with 28 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Alma Kovacevic secured 13 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Natasa Mikic 28, Alma Kovacevic 13
Finland: Tiina Sten 28+10 boards, Taru Tuukkanen 20, Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) 9+10 boards


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  GERMANY - Women  


The National team of Germany posted the initial victory over Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Bulgaria 68:60

The National team of Germany posted the initial victory over Bulgaria in their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round. With the win in the first three quarters the home side led to 68:60 at the end of the game. Alexandra Muller (176-G-83) led the winners with 16 points, Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) scored 12 and Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) had 11. Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) nailed 22 in defeat and Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) scored 19. The result has left Germany at 1-1 while Bulgaria are 0-2 in Group A.
Germany produced the first four points in the game for 4-0 in the start. Bulgaria woke up immediately and answered with 5 consecutive points for 5:4 and then also had 8:7 advantage. The home side won however the first frame as they outscored the opponents 16:12. Austmann made it 28:21 in the second and Lisa Koop closed the first half at 33:28.
In the third period Bavendam gave her team plus 10, 47:37 and Kuhn scored for 51:37. Noelle Quinn was the last to score in the third period to cut it at 55:44.
Noelle Quinn again hit a three-pointer and made another basket at the start of a 12-0 that closed the gap to 55:53. The last period became the most interesting and brought intrigue into the game. Germany scored another points for the lead, but Branzova-Erdenay scored 5 in a row for 59:56. Germany got the last points mostly from the free throw line. Barnert was the last to stand there to made the Final 68:60 margin.

Germany: Alexandra Muller 16, Petra Glaser 12, Lisa Koop 11
Bulgaria: Noelle Quinn 22, Gergana Slavcheva 19


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  ITALY - Women  


The Azzurre beat Croatia in Venice - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Croatia 83:50

The Azzurre beat Croatia in Venice for 2-0 record in their EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Round. Italy celebrated 83:50 win to become the leader of the group. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) and Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) paced the winners with 14 points each, while Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) added 12. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) produced 12 points in defeat, whilst Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) scored 8 each.
Croatia grabbed a 5:2 lead, but then missed 16-0 run that lifted Italy to 18:5 lead. Raffaella Masciadri had five points, and both Simona Ballardini and Kathrin Ress four in that early scoring explosion by the Italians. Croatia poured in nine consecutive points to trail 18:14, but Giorgia Sottana closed the first period at 21:14. With 19-17 in the second Italians reached 40:31 at the halftime.
In the second half there was only one team in the court that dominated it. At first Simona Ballardini opened the scoring account in the third period and Italy improved to 56:41 after 30 minutes of the game. Pastore made it 58:41 opening the last frame in the game. In the rest of it the squads were killing time as the winner was known at that time. A 27-9 in the last quarter brought 83:50 on the board. Nadalin made a jump-shot to bring success in the city of the water.

Italy: Giorgia Sottana 14, Simona Ballardini 14, Manuela Zanon 12
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 12, Ana Lelas 8, Marija Vrsaljko 8


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  LATVIA - Women  


Two straight wins for Turiba - by Eurobasket News
Turiba experienced successful outings as they gained two victories in as three days in the LSBL. First a Peteris Visnevics team held off RTU-Merks to open Round 10. Turiba trailed by four points after the opening frame but managed to recover and entered the final term ahead by 9 points. Turiba stayed cool and secured a tough 59:52 win at the end. Ieva Vitola (189-F/C-85) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Turiba. Ieva Veinberga (180-F-84) added 15 points for the winners. Ieva Malkevica (174-F-87) responded with 13 points for RTU-Merks.
Turiba extended their winning streak as they outgunned SK Riga 66:56 at home court. Once again Turiba got to a sloppy start. The visitors established an 8-point advantage at halftime. Nevertheless Turiba found the way to rebound in this one. They outscored their opponents 23:7 in the third quarter and sealed the winning outcome in the fourth stanza. Ievo Vitola provided 24 points and 7 rebounds for Turiba. Zane Lapsina (174-G-83) added 14 points in the win. Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for SK Riga in defeat.
In the meantime Cesis posted the thirteenth win as they thrashed SK Riga 103:31 today. Cesis won the opening frame 40:8 and never looked back again. Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for Cesis. Rima Maregeviciute added 21 points and 13 boards for the winners. Kristine Vitola registered 13 points for SK Riga.


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Romania bring victory from Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain Romania 71:75

Romania celebrated the third consecutive win in the 2009 EuroBasket Relegation Round. They maintained the top position in the group, where two top teams would save the spots in Division A for the next season.
Both Great Britain and Romania entered the game undefeated and hoped to stretch the streak. The hosts looked better early on as Kristy Lavin (180-F-82), Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) gave Great Britain a 19:9 lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the starting period. Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) however capped the frame with a bucket as Romania trailed by 6 points at the first intermission. Svetlana Dragusin picked up from where she had left as her 4 straight points opened the second quarter. The hosts maintained the lead before Romania closed the first half with an impressive 16:0 rally that left Great Britain behind by 9 at halftime. Rosalee Mason. Kimberly Butler and Collins drew things level in the third frame. The hosts soon jumped in front and finished the third frame up by a single point 49:48. Rosalee Mason, Harriett Yea (180-G-89) and Kimberly Butler gave the home team a 4-point cushion early in the fourth term. Rosalee Mason then made it 69:64 for Great Britain with just over 3 minutes left in the game. But first Ciocan converted a three-point play and then Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) followed with a layup to square things up at 69. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) then hit four straight freebies to pull Romania ahead 73:69. Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.) cut the distance back to two points however Kristy Lavin committed a turnover and Alexandra Uiuiu sealed the deal with a buzzer-beating layup.
Svetlana Dragusin nailed 22 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead Romania. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) added 17 points, while Maria Pascalau had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Kimberly Butler led all scorers with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain. Rosalee Mason delivered 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Great Britain: Kimberly Butler 23, Rosalee Mason 23
Romania: Svetlana Dragusin 22, Simina Mandache 17, Maria Pascalau 16


Romania beat Brits in Nottingham - by Nagy Szilveszter
Romania won a 75-71 thriller at Great Britain on Saturday evening for their third successive victory in the EuroBasket Women Relegation Round.
In a clash of unbeatens in Nottingham, England, Britain led 69-64 with 3:04 remaining but Romania dug deep, with a Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) three-point play closing the gap to just two.
Following two missed jump shots by the hosts, Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) tied the contest at 69-69 with a lay-up 2:08 from the end.
Great Britain turned the ball over and then fouled Florina Pascalau (193-C-82), who made two free throws for a 71-69 Romania advantage.
After Florina Pascalau made two more from the stripe for a 73-69 lead, Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.) answered with a lay-up for Britain.
Romania missed on their next trip down the floor and Britain rebounded but with 17 seconds to go, Florina Pascalau stole the ball from Kristy Lavin (180-F-82) and Uiuiu made another lay-up for the Romanians.
Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) poured in a team-high 22 points for Romania while Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) scored 25 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Brits.
Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) added 23 for Britain, who will now be looking over their shoulders at Finland after their narrow escape at Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve to 1-2.
Great Britain out-rebounded Romania 41-31 but turned the ball over 29 times in the game to just 18 for the visitors.


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CSKA beat UMMC in Vidnoe tournament opener - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - UMMC 78:68

Russian CSKA earned the first win in the mini-tournament that gathered four teams in Vidnoe. CSKA and UMMC will play alongside two Russian National Team squads that had been divided before the competition. CSKA faced their archrivals UMMC in the starting round. The Moscow team dealt with the absence of Khammon, Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80). However CSKA looked solid and piled up a 42:29 lead at the interval. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) fired from downtown and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) came up with some timely interceptions to put CSKA ahead by 18 points. UMMC never bowed and cut the distance to 8 points with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. However Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) sealed the winning outcome for CSKA in the dying seconds. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) stepped up with 23 points and 12 boards for CSKA. Katie Douglas had 17 points in the win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 20 points and 13 boards for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) finished with 20 points in the loss.
In the meantime Russian Red team held off the White one 85:65. Ilona Korstine paced the Red side with 13 points. Rebecca Khammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) had 10 points for the White team in defeat.

CSKA: Ann Wauters 23+12 boards, Katie Douglas 17, Elena Danilochkina 11
UMMC: Yelena Leuchanka 20+13 boards, Cappie Pondexter 20


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LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Barnes, Pully 25.6
2. Crisman, BBC 25.6
3. Villarroel, Sierre 21.6
4. Knight, Riva 20.4
5. Soda, Fribourg 19.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. McKenzie, Seirre 12.1
2. Crisman, BBC 11.8
3. Griffith, Helios 10.5
4. Moore, Riva 9.9
5. Barnes, Pully 9.1
Assists Per Game
1. Daniels, Nyon 6.5
2. Vercauteren, Sierre 6
3. Brantlova, Fribourg 4.8
4. Villarroel, Sierre 4.8
5. Charlier, Neuchatel 4.7
Steals Per Game
1. Daniels, Nyon 5.3
2. Crisman, BBC 4.1
3. Villarroel, Sierre 3.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Gueye, Nyon 1.8
2. Griffith, Helios 1.8
3. Maclot, Pully 1.7
2FGP
1. Villarroel, Sierre 74.8
2. Briedyte, Sierre 70.3
3. Charlier, Neuchatel
63.6
3FGP
1. Crisman, BBC 50.0
2. Briedyte, Sierre 44.1
3. Moix, BBC 42.5
Free Throws
1. Knight, Riva 89.8
2. Villarroel, Sierre 88.2
3. Moore, Riva 88.2
Ranking
1. Crisman, BBC 28.3
2. Daniels, Nyon 26.6
3. Villarroel, Sierre 25.3


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Romania bring victory from Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain Romania 71:75

Romania celebrated the third consecutive win in the 2009 EuroBasket Relegation Round. They maintained the top position in the group, where two top teams would save the spots in Division A for the next season.
Both Great Britain and Romania entered the game undefeated and hoped to stretch the streak. The hosts looked better early on as Kristy Lavin (180-F-82), Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) gave Great Britain a 19:9 lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the starting period. Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) however capped the frame with a bucket as Romania trailed by 6 points at the first intermission. Svetlana Dragusin picked up from where she had left as her 4 straight points opened the second quarter. The hosts maintained the lead before Romania closed the first half with an impressive 16:0 rally that left Great Britain behind by 9 at halftime. Rosalee Mason. Kimberly Butler and Collins drew things level in the third frame. The hosts soon jumped in front and finished the third frame up by a single point 49:48. Rosalee Mason, Harriett Yea (180-G-89) and Kimberly Butler gave the home team a 4-point cushion early in the fourth term. Rosalee Mason then made it 69:64 for Great Britain with just over 3 minutes left in the game. But first Ciocan converted a three-point play and then Alexandra Uiuiu (183-F-89) followed with a layup to square things up at 69. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) then hit four straight freebies to pull Romania ahead 73:69. Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.) cut the distance back to two points however Kristy Lavin committed a turnover and Alexandra Uiuiu sealed the deal with a buzzer-beating layup.
Svetlana Dragusin nailed 22 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead Romania. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) added 17 points, while Maria Pascalau had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Kimberly Butler led all scorers with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Great Britain. Rosalee Mason delivered 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Great Britain: Kimberly Butler 23, Rosalee Mason 23
Romania: Svetlana Dragusin 22, Simina Mandache 17, Maria Pascalau 16