EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/19/2009

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wildcats - Spirit 114-84
The Wildcats smashed Sydney Spirit mostly owing to Shawn Redhage, who drained 32 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for 38 minutes. Darnell Hinson and Peter Crawford helped the hosts with 19 points apiece. Matthew Knight replied with 20 points and 7 boards in defeat. Wildcats 13-12, Spirit 11-13.

Hawks - Tigers 94-108
The Nigerian scoring machine, Ebi Ere, nailed 36 points pacing his Tigers to road victory against the Hawks. Cameron Tragardh shined in defeat with 24 points and 7 boards. The team from Melbourne improved on 15- 8 record, while Wollongong dropped on 9-16.

Crocodiles - 36ers 128-105
The Crocs outgunned Adelaide 36ers moving up on 14-12 record in NBL. Brad Williamson nailed 22, Corey Williams 20 and Rosell Ellis scored 17 points for the winners, including 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Luke Schenscher and Brad Hill combined 41 points for the 36ers.

Tigers - Spirit 99-79
20-point home win for the Tigers thanks to Ebi Ere and David Barlow, which combined 45 points. Jason Smith netted 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in defeat.

Breakers - Crocodiles 95-86
The second ranked New Zealand Breakers got 28 points and 9 rebounds from Kirk Penney, while Rick Rickert also was on high level adding 19 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Williams scored 18 points for Townsville Crocodiles.

Taipans - 36ers 79-70
The second loss for Adelaide in just few days. This time Cairns Taipans outplayed the 36ers mostly owing to Darnell Mee, who scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aaron Grabau followed with 15 pts and 6 boards. Adam Ballinger replied with 18 pts and 13 rebounds in defeat. Taipans 9-15, 36ers 12-13.

Blaze - Tigers 107-116
Ebi Ere netted 24, Chris Anstey 22 and David Barlow drained 17 points for the Tigers. The last ranked Gold Coast Blaze got 22 points and 9 rebounds from Luke Whitehead.



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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liege - M.Hainaut 65-60
Belgacom Liege Basket crushed the top-ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut mostly owing to Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.), who nailed 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Justin Cage netted 15, while Larry Owens added 13 points in victory. Mons got double-double from Ben Ebong, 21 points and 13 boards. Liege 7-7, Mons 12-3.

Aalstar - Oostende 84-66
Generali Okapi Aalstar was too strong for Base Oostende joining Charleroi with 11-3 score (2nd-3rd place). On the other side, visitors fell on 4-10. Trevor Huffman was a key player for the hosts pouring in 27 points. Michael Baurer answered with 17 points and 8 boards.

Leuven - Gent 77-70
James JJ Miller, who drained 23 points, paced his Spotter Leuven to 6th victory in Division 1 (6-8). Chris Young followed him with 13 pts and 8 rebs. Brandon Freeman shined in defeat netting 27 points. His Gent now has 3-11.

Charleroi - Verviers-Pep. 76-48
Spirou Charleroi trashed VOO Verviers Pepinster stopping it on just 48 points in total. Jonathan Tabu scored 12, while Justin Hamilton helped the winners with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Adrian Banks had 12 points for the loosing side. Charleroi 11-3, Pepinster 3-12.


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Spartak P. 76-86
Spartak Pleven grabbed very important road victory against CSKA improving on 8-4 record, what is enough for third place in NBL after 13 rounds. Sasa Topchov shined for the winning squad draining 23 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) was even better collecting 22 points and impressive 15 boards. Krum Doychinov replied with 19 points and 15 rebs in defeat. His CSKA dropped on 3-10.

Sliven - ChernoMore 67-92
The team of Euroins Cherno More recorded its first win of the new year after a few disappointing defeats. Today the team from Varna defeated Sliven away 92-67 and came back to winning ways. Simeon Tsenov showed he can be relied on and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Valentin Anguelov

Yambol - Rilski S-list 85-84
The team of Yambol played one of its best games so far in the season and defeated one of the better teams Rilski Sportist 85-84 at home in Diana Hall. The 1500 spectators in the gym witnessed an intriguing and dynamic game with lots of come-backs and turnarounds. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Valentin Anguelov

Lukoil A. - Levski 93-64
The champions of Bulgaria Lukoil Akademic took revenge for their only loss in the championship so far. After losing to Levski nearly two months ago 'The Students' managed to win convincingly today in Pravets - 93-64. The two teams made some changes in their rosters in the past months and it seems that has had more of a negative effect on Levski. Veselin Veselinov had his best game for his new team so far and it happened to be against the team he played for the last two seasons. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Valentin Anguelov


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  CHILE   


Liceo Mixto, Dimayor 08 Champion - by Cristian Quiroga
Defeating to Boston College 92-98 in its own house in the sixth game, Liceo Mixto obtained yesterday evening its second consecutive Dimayor title. A very fought and nervous game in which Los Andes team had more hierarchy to retain the crown. Champion didn't have on the court to Rodrigo Espinoza (punished after the fifth game) but Galo Lara made to forget his absence putting two digits in the boxscore, the same that all starting five (Lee, Sez, Briones and Kiganya). In the other side, Erik Carrasco wasn't the key of other games of the series and scored only 3 points, losing even two free throws less than one minute to the end of the game when their team was one point below in the score.
At the end, a well obtained championship that confirms to Liceo Mixto as the current best Chilean team, and with his veteran Patricio Briones demonstrating that is completely in form (scored 23 points) and could continue perfectly representing to our basket in the international scene.

Game Details
Court:
Boston College
Referees: Jose Carrasco - Cesar Pereira - Carlos Ramirez

Boston College 82
Erik Carrasco 3, Joe Chapman 20, Patricio Arroyo 0, BJ Pucket 25, Jorge Valencia 7 - starters - Marco Cornez 0, Francisco Zepeda 0, Lucas Costa 16, Eduardo Sepulveda 0, Francisco Coro 11.
Coach: Carlos Alvarez.

Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 88
Brandon Lee 19, Galo Lara 12, Patrick Saez 10, Peter Kiganya 16, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 23 - starters - Chris Garnett 6, Lino Saez 2, Claudio Naranjo 0, Oliver Hermosilla 0.
Coach: Pablo Ares Ordenes.


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  CHINA   


Xinjiang Destroys Depleted Zhejiang, Guangdong Overwhelms Shandong - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang crushed Zhejiang 113-77 to extend its league-leading record to 25-3. Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) had 31 points and 8 rebounds. Xu Guochong scored 21 points. Makan had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Co Tal, a 191 cm point guard born in 1991 who has been getting increased playing time recently, had 14 points, 6 assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes. Myron Allen only played 15 minutes and had 7 points in this blowout. Samuel Hoskin had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for Zhejiang. Kirk Snyder and Ding Jinhui did not play, depriving Zhejiang of much of its offensive firepower. Cao Fei scored 12 points and Luo Zhi and Ju Peng each had 10. Zhao Hang, a young center, had 5 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Zhang Dayu had 2 points and 3 rebounds in 22 minutes and has been very quiet recently. Perhaps the long CBA season is wearing him down.

Guangdong raised its record to 24-4 with a 105-90 triumph over Shandong. Guangdong outscored Shandong 30-11 in the second period to take a 54-30 halftime lead. Jason Dixon had 21 points and 7 rebounds and Smush Parker scored 18 points. Du Feng scored 16 points and Wang Shipeng had 14. Zhu Fangyu and Liu Xiaoyu each scored 12. Wang Zheng had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes, and is beginning to look more promising at center than Zhang Dayu. Mack Tuck led Shandong with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Cao Zhenhua scored 10. No other Shandong player was in double figures. Garnett Thompson was held to 7 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Donnell Harvey scored 38 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, and added 6 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks to lead Jiangsu to a 125-123 victory over Qingdao. Hu Xuefeng and Yi Li did not play. Jameel Watkins had 30 points and 22 rebounds. Han Shuo had 23 points and 9 assists and 5 steals to 4 turnovers. Meng Da and Zhang Cheng each scored 13 and Fang Hui added 8 as only six players saw court time. Jiangsu raised its record to 22-6. Chris Williams led Qingdao with 28 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Li Guang had 25 points, 11 assists, 5 steals and 5 turnovers. Frans Steyn had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Yu Gaofeng scored 25 and Lu Keming scored 15.

Mo Ke had 28 points and 8 rebounds while Wang Lei had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists as Bayi defeated Tianjin 83-76. No other Bayi player was in double figures. Wang Zhongguang regained the starting point guard slot but produced only 2 points, 1 assist and 2 turnovers. Xu Guijun had 34 points and 5 rebounds for Tianjin. Theron Smith had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Darryl Watkins had 5 points and 10 rebounds.

Fujian defeated Beijing 98-92 as Chris Porter and Gong Songlin each scored 28. Porter added 21 rebounds and 5 steals. Liu Yudong scored 20 points and Yang Chao had 11. Lu Xiaoming had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists, 7 steals and only 2 turnovers. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 41 points and 17 rebounds. Ji Zhe scored 13, Chen Lei scored 12 and Zhang Yunsong scored 11.

Michael Harris had 43 points and 17 rebounds to lead Dongguan to a 127-112 victory over Shanxi Zhongyu. Qiu Biao added 25 points and Zhang Kai had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Jamal Sampson had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Duan Jiangpeng led Zhongyu with 27 points on 10 of 13 shooting and this young player is looking like a keeper. Olumide Oyedeji had 25 points and 10 rebounds while Bonzi Wells scored 20. Zhang Xuewen added 12.

Lee Benson scored 35 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 5 assists as Shaanxi defeated Yunnan 121-110. Brandon Robinson had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Dai Yong scored 23 points and Chen Zhaosheng scored 22. Zhang Wei added 10 points and 7 rebounds and He Ben scored 8. Corsley Edwards had 46 points and 13 rebounds for Yunnan. Liu Xiqui added 24 points. Li Lin scored 13 and Gabe Muoneke had 11, hitting only 4 of 14 shots.

Jilin edged Liaoning 79-78. Leon Rogers had 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Soumaila Samake had 26 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Bo scored 10. Yang Ming led Liaoning with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists to 3 turnovers. Zhang Qingpeng did not play. Awvee Storey had 13 points and Chris Alexander had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Lu Wei scored 10 points and Li Xiaoxu had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Gu Liye had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Jelani McCoy scored 29, Rodney White scored 25 and Yu Junkai scored 23 as Zhejiang Guangsha blasted bottom-dwelling Shanghai 138-99. White added 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Zhang Nan scored 18 and Jin Lipeng had 17. Peng Fei led Shanghai with 32 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Wei scored 11 and Luo Xudong scored 10. Tian Yuchen added 18 points and 7 rebounds while Cai Liang had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both of these players are listed as born in 1992, and would be highly promising if these dates were true. If so, these players could have been on the Under-17 team that played in Australia. But neither player has grown in the past two years and this makes me doubt the veracity of these birth dates. Since Chinese ages can vary up to 4 years -- so these players could have been born in 1988 -- I have no idea how promising they are. The same goes for first-place Xinjiang's Makan, a promising shooting guard, and Co Tal, the new backup point guard, listed as born in 1992 and 1991.


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEL 9-1 
 2. Keravnos 8-2 
 3. Apollon 6-3 
 4. Achilleas K. 5-5 
 5. APOEL 4-6 
 6. AEK 4-6 
 7. Etha 3-5 
 8. ENAD 3-7 
 9. Omonia 2-8 


Victories for AEL and APOLLON! - by Nasios Orinos

ACHILLEAS - AEL 68-82

In the 1st quarter Achilleas outscored AEL by 23-17 and in the 15' 47'' was even ahead to the score by 13 ( 37-24), but that was it. After a strong comeback AEL managed to close the half by 39-38.

During the second half AEL was determined and advanced to a 9-point lead (40-49) in the 23' 25'' and to a 13-point lead in the 30' (50-63), managing to close the game by 68-82.

Achilleas (Ν. Papadopoulos): Valeskofski 7, Charis 13 (1), Georgiou, Zougiovic 11, Gracts 7, Mpratford 20 (2), Mac Cleiton 10, Thocharides.

ΑΕΛ (Ν. Raca): Michel 17 (1), Ndoset 11 (3), Taylor 10, Soupotic 4, Palalas 8 (1), Mplanchart 4, Mougizinovic 14 (2), Randogevic 14.


APOLLON - ENAD

In a close game Apollon beat Enad by 82-77.


Apollon (Vekio): Soou 5, Sims 23 (1), Rint, Salivan 9, Jones 12 (1), Rosnofski 16 (2), Ndousa, Brown 7, Engliski 10.

Enad (Μ. Argirou): Ntomakoi 10 (1), Kachatarasvili, Matic 8, Tatic 18 (1), Pantouris 6, Kaskiris 6, Forman 5, Johnson 4, Ouilson 20 (3).



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  DENMARK   


Thomas Skotting is out for the season - by Thomas Soltau

Thomas Skotting (193-F-82) will be forced to sit out the rest of the season.

Aabyhoj IF has announced that Skotting's back-problems have gotten too bad, and that the player has no choice but to rest.

Skotting, a skilled G/F and a former player of the year in the best Danish league, have not played his best basketball this season, playing only around 10 minutes per game.

In the previous 07-08 season Skotting was one of Aabyhoj IF's leaders with a scoring avarage of 17,5 PPG.


Eurobasket Denmark wishes Skotting a fast recovery.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Anaheim Arsenal sign Bryson McKenzie - by Eurobasket
Anaheim Arsenal signed 26-year old center Bryson McKenzie (209-C-83, college: N.Illinois). McKenzie played most recently at Puente Alto C.D. Santiago in Chile, where his league just ended. He already played at Anaheim Arsenal also last two seasons. McKenzie played also overseas pro basketball in Germany and Mexico.

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


FELIPE TO JAPAN??? - by Ozell Wells
In a recent development, talks have begun surrounding Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's) and his arrival in Japan's BJ League. Follwing a defeat at the hands of the Phoenix 83-63, the Saitama Broncos have entered into discussions to bring Felipe Lopez to Japan's BJ League. The former NBA player & reigning Santiago Champion with GUG, has gotten the attention of another former NBA player, David Benoit , who is coaching the Broncos and the two have discussed the chance of him joning te team in the coming days. News to come!


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  EBA   


Elmira defeats Alexandria in EBA showdown - by Gianni Pascucci
The Alexandria Avengers travelled to Elmira willing to extend their EBA winning streak, and started very well, led by sharp shooting Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) and higth flying Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.). The first half ended 57-49 for the Avengers, but the home team made a great run to come back, tieing the game during the 3rd quarter and eventually taking the win, 117-108. Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: LIU Brooklyn) was the game main performer, with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Elmira. Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) added 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Massive Bulldogs center Eric Bressett (6'8''-C-85) was unstopable during the 3rd quarter run and finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out of the game with nearly a quarter left to play. The Alexandria top scorers were Kareem Collins with 27 pts, Steven Miles with 26 and Terrance Nixon (6'6''-F-79, college: George Mason) with 19.

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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 11-2 
 2. Gezira 11-2 
 3. Ahly 10-3 
 4. Al Ittihad 10-3 
 5. Geish Army 8-5 
 6. Somouha 7-6 
 7. Sporting 7-6 
 8. Shorta-Police 6-7 
 9. Gasco 4-9 
 10. Shams 3-10 
 11. Al Olympi 1-12 
 12. Shark ins. 0-13 


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  ESTONIA   


ESTONIAN TRANSACTONS... - by Ozell Wells
Former Tartu Rock player Povilas Butkevicius (201-F-87) has signed a contract to join to zalgiris recently we expect to see him in the coming weeks' matches.
Butkevicius played with ROCK 2 yrs before now and had been playing in Kaunas Triobet this season.
Tallina Kalev has signed Evgenyj Belousov (194-F-84) and he has jjoined them in their recent Baltic League playoff stage contests. He was leading them in scoring as they lost in Vilnius to Sakalai with 27 pts.


Cruising wins for TU/Rock and Rakvere - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock opened the Round 11 action with a coasting win over Parnu. The KML favorites jumped on the visitors straight away claiming a 30:16 lead after the opening term. Parnu managed to even the game in the second term as the teams traded baskets for TU/Rock to enjoy a 53:37 advantage at halftime. The third frame became decisive as Tartu gained the speed and thrashed their opponents 31:7 to pile up an unassailable 40-point advantage before the final period. They eased to the 106:69 win in the final quarter clinching the seventh straight success in the season. Asko Paade (206-F-84) delivered 18 points for TU/Rock. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Octagon) had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) finished with 14 points for the winners. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) had 13 points and 9 rebounds for Parnu. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) produced 10 points in the loss.
Rakvere were other obvious victors in the round. Seven players scored in double figures and Rakvere held off Kuremaa 113:53 at home court. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) provided 19 points and 7 rebounds for Rakvere. Kristo Saaga pitched in 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) recorded 16 points in defeat. Rakvere cleared off to a 25-point distance at halftime and never looked back afterwards. The victory propelled Rakvere at 5-8 record, while Kuremaa slipped at 2-13.


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Honka - Kouvot 69-75
Kouvot is now on top with 16-7 record after the win over Honka 75:69. Walls Calvin and Swift Brian led the winners with 16 points apiece. Perkins Ben and Muurinen Kimmo nailed 15 each for the Playboys.

FoKoPo - ToPo 81-80
FoKoPo beat ToPo 81:80 as Jalonen Mikko shined with 24 points for the winners. Cunningham Ray collected 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Wallery Nick brought his team 17 points and 11 boards. Heinonen Timo netted 20 points in the losing effort.

Pyrinto - LrNMKY 96-105
Coleman, HL nailed 29 points and made 10 rebounds as LrNMKY had a road win over Pyrinto 105:96. Riihela Pasi followed him with 21 points and Colman Chanan posted 19. Hester Chris finished the night with 25 points in defeat.

KTP - Componenta 87-80
KTP grabbed 15-8 record defeating Componenta 87:80 at home. Smith Steve produced 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead all the winners in his team. Waters Darrell scored 22 in defeat and Richards Frank posted 21.

Kataja - Korihait 80-85
Kataja sensationally lost to Korihait 80:85 and dropped from the throne in Regular Season Round 23. Gonner Josh led the winners with 26 points and Laroche Alain netted 18. Wood Jeremiah ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

Tarmo - Namika Lahti 65-79
Tarmo lost to Namika Lahti 65:79 in the last game of Regular Season Round 23. Laine Teemu paced all the winners with 22 points, while Nixon Ray and Vesala Ville posted 13 each. McNeil Magen brought his team 17 points and 10 rebounds.



1st Division Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kauhajoki - BC Nokia 100-72
Kauhajoki overcame BC Nokia 100:72 in Regular Season Round 15. Leimu Roni paced all the winners with 24 points, whilst Polk Brandon and Horton Maurice netted 17 each. Cooper Matt produced 26 points in defeat.

Huima - Ura Basket 114-94
Huima edged Ura Basket 114:94 as four players reached more than 20 points for the winners. Hartford Jason and Morill Allen were on top of the scoring list with 21 points each. Surratt Armondo notched 29 points for the guests.

Salon Vilpas - JKS 90-70
Salon Vilpas outgun JKS 90:70 and improved to 9-3 on the second spot. Daanish Amani led the winners with 24 points and Green Quennell produced 21. Viita Ville finished the night with 16 points and 10 baords in defeat.

HNMKY - Lapua 71-83
HNMKY was beaten at home by Lapua 71:83 as Piplovic Marko paced all the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Silvonen Sauli ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.



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  FRANCE   


ProB Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Clermont - Paris-Levall. 75-79
Paris-Levallois registered 4-point road win against Clermont remaining the top-ranked team in Pro B with 13-3 score. Nigel Wyatte and Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa delivered 18 points each for the winners. Rodney Elliott followed with 14 points and 5 boards. On the other side, Errick Craven netted 28 pts for Clermont (10-6).

Maurienne - Charleville 100-92
7-9 for Maurienne and 9-7 for Charleville after this game. Rashard Sullivan stepped up for the hosts with double-double, 21 points and 13 rebounds. Brice Vounang of Charleville led all the scorers with 30 pts (also had 7 reb sand 6 as).

Evreux - St.Quentin 73-55
Lamar Karim collected 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, while James Mathis helped the hosts with 14 points and 11 rebs. Shaun Fein answered netting 20 points in defeat. Everux 8-8, Saint-Quentin 8-12.

Quimper - St-Etienne 70-74
Saint-Etienne outsmarted the last-ranked Quimper on the road becoming another team with 9-7 record in Pro B. Nate Carter stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Josiah James was behind him with 16 points and 6 boards. Jean-Michel Mipoka delivered 20 pts for Quimper (2-14).

Nanterre - Nantes 93-53
Nanterre smashed Nantes with plus 40. The hosts had couple of players in a game mood but the best one was Ivan Almonte, who collected 18 points and 8 rebounds for 22 minutes (9/9 for FG2). Mehdi Labeyrie replied with 14 pts in loss. Nanterre 9-7, Nantes 6-10.

St.Vallier - Bourg 75-81
Bourg grabbed an extremely important win against Saint-Vallier improving on 12-4 record (the second place in Pro B). Terrance Johnson top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Justin Ingram added 17, plus 5 rebs and 5 as. Sean Barnette contributed with 25 points in loss. His team fell on 7-9.

Limoges - Boulazac 89-78
As it was expected, Limoges registered home win against Boulazac for 10-6 score. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) once again was a key player for Limoges draining 26 points (5 triples). Visitors got 19 points from Thierry Zig, falling on 4-12.

Brest - Antibes 74-86
Antibes cruised past Brest on the road becoming another team with 9-7 score. Vaidotas Paciukas had 17, John McCord and Gabriel Kennedy 15 each, while Thomas Dubiez netted 14 points in victory. Cecil Brown netted 26 in Brest (6-10).

Le Portel - Poitiers 76-65
Le Portel outgunned Poitiers handing it the fifth defeat of the season (11-5, third place). Kenny Younger came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Rasheed Wright added 12 pts for the hosts. Jose Olivero nailed 19 for Le Portel.


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  GERMANY   


Tony Marajo makes debut for Telemotive Muenchen - by Moritz Korff
Telemotive Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have finally found the very much wanted and needed Bosman-big man. Tony Marajo (204-C-81, college: SMSU-West Plains) has made an agreement with the team from the Bavarian capital and played his first game under Coach Michael Schwarz yesterday. After meeting his new teammates for the first time on Thursday Marajo spent 22:24 minutes on the floor in a 85:74 win over Herten. He contributed 3 points, 5 rebounds and 1 blocked shot to the victory. With ALM Evreux Basket the 27-year-old Martinique native advanced to the finals of the French Pro B in 2005. He played the 2007-08 year at Caen BC in the N2-league.

ProB Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket
Telemotive - Herten 85-74
Lance Stemler came up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead Telemotive past Hertener. Calvin Wooten added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as the winners improved at 8-7 record. Gary Johnson pitched in 23 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 4 steals for Herterner as they stayed in the second position despite the loss.

SU Braunsch. - Osnabrueck 82-97
Osnabrueck toppled Braunschweig on the road behind 33 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 5 assists from Derek Coleman. Sascha Ahnsehl and Uwe Hebbelmann had 15 points apiece for the winners. Kevin Wysocki canned 24 points for Braunschweig in defeat.

Wolfenbuettel - Speyer 99-82
Wolfenbuettel fired down Speyer to claim the 11th victory. Frank Theis came up with 31 points and 6 boards for the hosts. Connor Whitman added 21 points and 9 assists for a Mahmut Ataman team. Elias Harris answered with 30 points and 14 rebounds for Speyer as they slipped at 3-13 record.

Stahnsdorf - Ehingen 95-91
Stephan Balga exploded with 30 points to lead Stahnsdorf to a difficult win over Ehingen. Jonathan Clark provided 20 points and 7 rebounds for Stahnsdorf as they climbed at 9-7 record. Christian Standhardinger recorded 28 points and 5 rebounds for Ehingen. Mike Oppland posted 23 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Landshut - Hannover 88-92
Hannover secured a tough road win over Landshut to improve at 8-8 record. Jan-Peter Prasuhn scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Tigers. Babis Douloudis had 16 points and 7 assists in the win. Tamal Forchion produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Landshut in defeat.

Franken Hexer - proveo Merl. 58-71
proveo Merlins stayed in the third spot with a road victory over Franken Hexer Sean Brooks orchestrated the win with 21 points and 11 boards. John Griffin nailed 20 points for Crailsheim as climbed at 12-4 record. Ryan Steer replied with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Hexer in the loss.

Rhoendorf - B'guessbach 78-76
The ProB leaders had to withstand some strong opposition from Breitenguessbach before securing a narrow victory at the end. Christopher Rojik nailed 20 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Dragons. Johannes Lange delivered 21 points as the winners improved at 14-2 record. Isaak Stafford answered with 22 points for the visitors.

Mainz - Freiburg 85-78
Mainz caught up with Freiburg in the ladder as they nipped their opponents at home. Anish Sharda secured 23 points and 6 assists for Mainz. Ilja Ickert had 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning team. Sebastian Harke had 21 points and 8 boards for Freiburg in the losing effort.



ProA Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket
Karlsruhe - teckproBraves 89-86
Karlsruhe narrowly defeatd teckproBraves at home court. Igor Simin scored 18 points off the bench to pace the hosts. Rouven Roessler and Dima Rastatter had 15 points apiece in the win. Pele Paeley responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors.

Langen - Cuxhaven 88-85
Langer overcame a slopy start to knock down Cuxhaven before the home fans. Sebastian Barth provided 27 points as Langen climbed at 5-9 record. Robin Benzing had 23 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Brandon Watkins secured 25 points for Cuxhaven. Frank Kesli Bennett added 20 points in the losing effort.

Heidelberg - Bayreuth 80-103
Heidelberg were taught a good lesson by visiting Bayreuth losing by 23 points. Whit Holcomb-Faye stepped up for the visitors with 31 points and 10 assists. Dan Oppland delivered 19 points and 8 rebounds as Bayreuth improved at 13-3 record in the second spot in the ladder. Jibril Hodges had 21 points for Heidelberg in the loss.

MBC - B.Muenchen 84-64
MBC claimed the eighth straight win in the season as they thumped Bayern Muenchen. Wayne Bernard scored 21 points and 6 assists as MBC stayed on top of the ladder with 14-2 record. Johnnie Gilbert added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cedric Brooks added 19 points for Bayern in the loss.

Schalke - Hagen 74-94
Hagen thumped Schalke on the road to stay in the second spot in the standings. Chase Griffin led balanced effort with 20 points. Aaron Fleetwood added 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. T.J. Bannister responded with 26 points for Schalke. Melvin Hall secured 18 points in the loss.

Lich - Chemnitz 77-93
Chemnitz notched the eighth win in the tournament as they outgunned Lich on the road. Nikita Khartchenkov came up with 23 points for the visitors. Torvoris Baker netted 20 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winning team. Johannes Lischka had 26 points and 13 boards for Lich in the loss.

Jena - Kirchheim 73-71
Jena held on to beat Kirchheim at home court. The winner thus caught up with Kirchheim in the standings as both teams tied at 9-7 record. Henry Uhegwu had 22 points to lead the way for the hosts. Jeremy Black added 19 points for Jena. The Khinghts responded with 17 points from Gordon Scott. Phillip Heyden notched 15 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

ETB Wohnbau - Bremen 72-71
ETB Wohnbau narrowly defeated Bremen to clinch the 5th win. Brandon Lincoln nailed 16 points, while Tayron Thomas topscored with 17 for the Essen team. Christopher Thompson tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds but it was not enough for the Roosters to prevail.



North Team triumph in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News

North - South 98:97

More than 7000 basketball fans gathered at the SAP Arena in Manheim to enjoy the hoops festivities that were being held on the All-Star Weekend programme. The show was highlighted by the All-Star game that featured the best players all around the league. The North Team gained a narrow victory courtesy of a late three-pointer from Julius Jenkins. The North Team archived the sixteenth victory now as they lost just two battles so far. It was a real basketball show with the teams trading baskets and the lead changing hands. South were up by one point after the starting period. However North bounced back and entered the fourth term ahead by 11 points. It all came down to the final seconds when Julius Jenkins stole the show with a big time treble. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius) was trumped the All-Star Game MVP. He finished the clash with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) and Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) scored 13 points apiece for the winners. Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 18 points for South. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) and Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) had 17 points each in the loss.
Team North also gained the win in the NBLL-All-Star Game 52:50. Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann was named the MVP. He tallied 10 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Femi Olapido added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the South side.
Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) from Noerdlingen won the three-point shoot-out contest. He earned 17 points in the final round to clinch the title.
Finally Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) triumphed in the Slam Dunk contest. His dunks were worth a 79-point score at the end and he outran Robert Turner (206-C-82, college: Pepperdine) and Stefan Groothoff for the prize.

North: Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) 14, Darren Fenn 13, Andrew Drevo 13, Brant Bailey 13

South: Tim Ohlbrecht 18, Winsome Frazier 17, Brandon Bowman 17, Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) 11



1. Regionalliga West News - by Daniel Poerschke
GV Waltrop of the 1. Regionalliga West added two new players to their roster and also have a new Head Coach: Patrick Ogiermann (198-C-81) and Kofi Awlakpui (183-G-84) bring much needed experience at the center and point guard position to Waltrop. The new Head Coach will be Dejan Petrov, formerly the head man at Bottrop in the 2. Regionalliga.

Latece Williams (203-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) is the new inside player for Bayer Uerdingen. In his first game versus Grevenbroich, Williams scored 27 Points. The team of Head Coach Mladen Drijencic also picked up former 2. Bundesliga guard Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81) (Mnchengladbach, Grevenbroich) recently.


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Liga Metro working on 2009 season - by Gianni Pascucci
The Executive Committee of Guatemalan 'Liga Metropolitana', without any doubt the top basketball league in the country, will hold a Preliminar Reunion on January 20 in the 'Gimnasio of Universidad Pupular', Guatemala City. During this reunion, will be settled the Disciplinary Rules and the Players Registration Rules, and starting from the day after, the teams willing to participate could start their players and coaches registration. The Apertura Tournment 2009 is expected to start on February 28.

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Sunday games - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Three games in Iceland Express league today.
Tindastoll lost at home to Grindavik 68-94. Poor shooting from hometeam was hurting them. Top scorers for Tindastoll. Darrell Flake 17. Svavav Birgisson 15.
For Grindavik.Pall Vilbergsson 19. Thorleifur Olafsson 16. Brenton Birmingham 15.

Njardvik Had a good second half against Stjarnan after they were down by 7 at halftime. Final scorer 90-76. Logi Gunnarsson 23. Magnus Gunnarsson 18. Fridrik Stefansson 17 for Njardvik. Jovan Zdravevski 22. Justin Shouse 21 for Stjarnan.

No news but KR won again (14-0) now they beat Breidablik 101- 68. KR was playing without two starters Jon Stefansson knee injury and Helgi Magnusson ankle injury but still easy game for them.
Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) 27 pts. Jakob Sigurdarson 16 + 9 assist.
For Breidablik. Nemanja Sovic 21. Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson 14 + 14 boards


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Standings - Kobatama
Kobatama Standings
 1. Pacific 13-1 
 2. Pupuk Isk. 9-5 
 3. Aliansi B. 8-6 
 4. Bogor Raya 8-6 
 5. Buls Inowo 7-7 
 6. Scorpio J. 5-9 
 7. Halim Kediri 5-9 
 8. Cahaya 1-13 
 9. Stadium Jak. 0-0 
 10. PimNad 0-0 
 11. Rajawali 0-0 
 12. Analisa M. 0-0 
 13. Utama Y. 0-0 


Standings - IBL
IBL Standings
 1. ASPAC 0-0 
 2. Bhinneka 0-0 
 3. Panasia 0-0 
 4. Satria Muda 0-0 
 5. Angsapura 0-0 
 6. CLS Knights 0-0 
 7. Bima Sankti 0-0 
 8. Citra Satria 0-0 
 9. MubaHangTua 0-0 
 10. Pelita Jaya 0-0 


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  IRELAND   


WEEKEND RESULTS - by Ozell Wells

Saturday January 17th 2009
SUPERLEAGUE
DCU St.Vincents Dublin 70 (40) K Lacey 18, M Trimmer 17, J Donnelly 8) Abrakebabra Tralee Tigers 76 (35) (R Smallwood 18, G Myles 16, CJ Hadley 15)

Limerick Lions Basketball Club 67 (30) (J Green 15, S Coffey 13, S King 12) Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin 71 (42) (M Parker 24, C Meaney 11, D Ryan 10)

DART Killester 99 (57) (P Madsen 23, P Kelly 14, J Grabowski 13) Ulster Elks 74 (32) (M Betley 20, C Nagle 18, I McLaughlin 16)

Neptune Cork 71 (23) (M McGinn 18, G Noonan 15, E Milliard 12) Belfast Star 81 (33) (J Washington 31, C Butler 10, K Foley 10)

Basketball Ireland's Men's Division One
An Cearnog Nua Moycullen 80 (42) (C Nihill 26, M Kurcenkovas 21, G Hynes 10 Titans 77 (34) (P Freeman 22, D O'Keefe 20, P Peldzius 11)

Limerick Lions 67 (32) (M Hall 23, T Moore 15, A Walsh 13) St Paul's 64 (28) (A Fitzgerald 17, P Lucey 10, M Green 9)

Sligo All-Stars 76 (40) (S O'Meara 30, I McMorrow 18, F Kelly 10) Loftus Recycling Ballina 93 (41) (P Barrett 29, P Papic 18)

AOL Broadband 73 (35) (K Nyhan 18, R Saliamonis 15, G Walsh 10) Taste of Europe 60 (24) (A Pauliukena 15, V Samsonouas 13, S Zvirbliausk 12)

PV Falcons 98 (52) (L McMilan 36, M Murphy 20) Lisburn Star 105 (57) (M Calo 35, P Diza 27)

Team Meadowlands St. Brendan's 62 (30) (D Moylnaux 14, F O'Sullivan 12, C Donaghy) Team Garvey's St. Mary's 88 (52) (D Varanawskas 23, D Wall 22, J Galvin 14)

Subway Portlaoise 63 (37) (P Fagan 20, M O'Sullivan 19, K Donoghue 7) Ballon 91 (43) (T Bruton 19, A Dimiciukas 15, J Herring 15)


courtesy of Basketball Ireland



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Washam and Nahariya part ways - by Tamar Goldman
The American guard, Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Vincent) was released from Ironi Nahariya. Washam asked to leave the team due to booming that took place in Nahariya last week. According to his agent the club asked Washam to finish the season but due pressure form his concerned family decided to leave the countryWasham arrived to Israel on Oct. 2006 and played for two years with Hapoel Holon (one year in the second Div. and one in the first) and even won the championship title on 2007/08 season. in nine games of the Israeli league Washam averaged 10.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.2 apg.

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Treviso routs Virtus Bologna - by Gianni Pascucci
In the only Serie A anticipated game of Round 15, Benetton Treviso largely defeated La Fortezza Bologna, 81-65. Treviso dominated the game all time long, showing why the greens are yet undefeated at home. Led by Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), C.Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) and, above all, Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy), Benetton ended the first quarter ahead, 23-11, and never looked back, keeping a good shooting percentage. La Fortezza tried to answer during the 2nd quarter, but soon collapsed, not being able to defend with intesity and to play a well organized offense. Bobby Dixon ended the game with 18 pts, 4 rebs, 6 steals, 5 assists and is our Saturday Night MVP, Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) was the game top scorer at 21, C.J. Wallace added 13 pts and 9 rebs. With 17 points and 7 rebounds, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was, as usual, the best in Bologna. Treviso is now sure of the 4th place in the Italy Cup grid, and could climb higher, Virtus Bologna needs again to understand the reasons of this 'up and down performing'

Lega2 Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Prima VE - Carmatic PT 85-80
Prima Veroli overcame a 9-point halftime deficit to knock down Carmatic Pistoia. Jerome Allen had 23 points to pace the hosts to the tenth win in the season. Kyle Hines contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guido Rosselli answered with 23 points as Carmatic Pistoia slipped at 5-11 record at the bottom of the ladder.

Vanoli SO - Basket LI 104-100
Vanoli Soresina fired down Basket Livorno in the roller-coaster high-flying clash. Vanoli led by 4 points at halftime but entered the fourth quarter down by 7. Nevertheless Soresina recovered and crafted a narrow win at the end. Troy Bell scored 29 points to lead the charge. Reyshawn Terry added 22 points, 9 boards and 6 blocks for the winners. Marcelus Kemp responded with game-high 31 points for Livorno. Jermaine Boyette had 28 points in the loss.

Fastweb CM - Enel Brindisi 75-55
Zabian Dowdell scored 26 points to pace Fastweb Casale past Enel Brindisi in the opening game of Round 16. Nicholas George produced 15 points, while Jamar Smith had 14 for the winners as they improved at 10-6 record. Marco Killingsworth answered with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Enel Brindisi in the loss.

Aget IM - Harem SC 69-77
Harem Scafati secured a road win over Aget Imola to improve at 8-8 record. Ronald Davis chipped in 20 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors. Joel Salvi registered 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Joseph Bunn poured in 32 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.

Edimes PV - Banco Sard. 79-76
Edimes Pavia secured a tough win over Banco di Sardegna at home court. Paul Marigney came up with 17 points, 8 boards and 6 steals for the winners. Jeffrey Viggiano added 15 points and 8 rebounds for Edimes Pavia. Trent Whiting answered with 24 points for Banco Di Sardegna in the loss.

Fileni JE - Crabs RN 97-89
Fileni Jesi stayed among the leaders as they held off Rimini Crabs at home court. Damien Ryan nailed 20 points to lead balanced effort from the hosts. Michele Maggioli added 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Phil Goss dropped 22 points for Rimini Crabs as they fell at 7-9 record.

Cimberio VA - Seven 2007 86-62
Cimberio Varese stayed on top with a cruising home win over Seven 2007. Dimitri Lauwers stepped up with 21 points for the winners. Kaniel Dickens dominated inside with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Varese. Jaime Lloreda responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Seven 2007 Roseto.



SerieA Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Armani MI 78-65
Montepaschi looked too good for Armani Jeans and accounted for the fifteenth straight win in the Serie A. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds to pace the league leaders. Terrell McIntyre had 13 points in the win. Jobey Thomas answered with 15 points as Armani Jeans fell at 7-8 record.

Air AV - Eldo Caserta 85-58
Air Avellino accounted for Eldo Caserta at home. Chris Warren looked solid for Air Avellino with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Williams added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Horace Jenkins replied with 14 points for Eldo Caserta.

Premiata - Carife FE 69-71
Daniel Farrabello nailed a three-pointer late in regualtion to lift Carife Ferrara to a road win over Premiata. Harold Jamison secured 26 points and 15 boards for the visitors as they climbed at 5-10 record. Andre Collins came up with 13 points and 6 steals for Carife. Ricky Mnard answered with 17 points for Montegranaro.

NGC Cantu - Lottomatica 77-88
Lottomatica breezed past NGC Cantu away from home to gain the tenth win in the season. Andre Hutson had 20 points for the winning team. Ibrahim Jaaber contributed 18 points for Lottomatica. Barry Elder topscored with 19 points for the hosts as they suffered the seventh loss.

Fortitudo - Banca Tercas 69-76
Banca Tercas stole a road win over Fortitudo. David Moss nailed 18 points to lead the way for the visitors. Brandon Brown added 16 points in the win. Stefano Mancinelli and Jamont Gordon had 15 points each for the hosts.

Benetton - La Fortezza 81-65
Benetton overwhelmed La Fortezza at home court for the 9th win. Gary Neal nailed 21 points and grabbed 7 boards to pace Benetton in Round 15 opener. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 points, 6 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Kieth Langford responded with 17 points and 7 boards for Bologna as they suffered the sixth loss.

Angelico BI - Scavolini 99-85
Angelico Biella left little chance for visiting Scavolini storming to the 6th win in the championship. Reece Gaines had 23 points for Angelico Biella. Jonas Jerebko and Luca Garri added 16 points apiece for the winners. LeRoy Hurd banked 22 points and 8 rebounds for Scavolini.

Solsonica - Snaidero 79-72
Solsonica marched past Snaidero to the 5-10 mark in the ladder. Omar Thomas steered the home team with 20 points and 9 rebounds to his tally. Patricio Prato had 14 points for the winning team. Hector Romero flew high enough for 22 points but Udine fell at 4-11 record.



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BJ League Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Apache - Broncos 98-92
Apache beat Broncos 98:92 for 17-8 record on top of the Eastern Conference. Humphrey John top-scored for the winners with 29 points, while Joho Masashi added 22. Shimizu Taishiro produced the same number of points in defeat, while Warren Reginald collected 19 points and 19 boards.

Five Arrows - Rizing 92-74
Five Arrows beat Rizing 92:74 as Leach George poured in 23 points and 11 rebounds. Parker Michael nailed 20 points and Logan Reo collected 17 points and 6 rebounds.

Golden Kings - Lakestars 72-85
Golden Kings sensationally was beaten by Lakestars 72:85. Nash Bobby upset the hosts with 24 points, whilst Billbe Brayden scored 16 points. Simpson Bryan finished the night with 15 points for the home side.

Albirex - 89ers 79-91
Albirex lost to 89ers 79:91 in Regular Season Round 26. St.Preux Bobby paced all the winners with 23 points and Holm Chris collected 17 points and 18 rebounds. Akingbade Dokun garbbed massive 22 points and 22 rebounds in defeat.

Evessa - Heat Devils 78-76
Evessa improved to 16-9 record after the win over Heat Devils 78:76. Murry Nile and Washington Lynn combined 47 points for the winners. Price Jefferey ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

Grouses - Phoenix 75-94
Grouses was beaten by Phoenix 75:94 to drop at 7-18. Gardener Michael top-scored for the winners with 30 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Webb Rodney led the way for his team with 19 points.



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  JORDAN   


Exclusive - Bosnjak: ASU will surprise this year - by Mohammed Malas
After Jordan Cup's semi-final games yesterday, ASU Sports Club head coach Vladimir Bosnjak from Serbia gave us some of his valuable time to speak about his new career with his new team and their journey in the Premier League 2008/2009.

1- What can you tell Asia-Basket's viewers about yourself?
I AM A BASKETBALL COACH ONE OF VERY FEW IN F.I.B.A. BASKETBALL WHO COACHED 3 NATIONAL TEAMS, LIBYA, IRAN AND SYRIA AND I HAVE ONE MORE OFFER RIGHT NOW TO COACH OTHER NATIONAL TEAM, SO IF I GET IT IT WOULD BE WORLD RECORD FOR MY 23 YEARS OF COACHING. BESIDE MY FORMER YUGOSLAVIA AND EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE I AM 9 YEARS IN MIDD AND FAR EAST
AND THIS IS THE MOST INTERESTING FOR YOUR FANS. I WON MANY CHAMPIONSHIP 2 WEST ASIAN WITH IRAN SENIORS, ONE ASIAN WITH YOUTH U-20 IRANIAN TEAM ( WE SHOULD WENT TO WORLD CUP ) ONE 3RD PLACE IN ISLAMIC GAMES AND ONE JUNIOR ARAB CHAMPIONSHIP WITH LIBYA IN TRIPOLI. AS MANY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONAL CUPS. HOWEVER I WANT TO ONE DAY GO BACK TO EUROPE AND COACH THAT BASKETBALL, AS SOME AMERICAN COACH SAID IT IS NO MATTER WHERE YOU COACH, BUT WHY YOU ARE COACHING, I AM STILL IN DESIRE TO DEVELOP UNDEVELOPING BASKETBALLS.

2- How did you find Jordanian basketball?
JORDANES BASKETBALL IS ON A WAY TO GROW IN DEVELOPTED NOT 3RD WORLD BASKETBALL, CAUSE PRESIDENT OF JODANIAN FEDERATION ENG. TARIQ ZUBI INVESTED A LOT OF EFFORT IN BRINGING COACHES FROM EUROPE IN SENIOR AS WELL IN JUNIOR NATIONAL SELECTIONS AND I REMEMBER MANY YOUR YOUNGER TEAMS WENT ABROAD, SUCH WAS CAMPS IN ISTANBUL, BAD THING YOU DO NOT COLLECT RESULTS NEXT DAY, BUT I SEE ABOVE THE ALL WITH NEW PRIVATE INVESTITORS, SUCH IS MY PRESIDENT OF A.S.U. DR. HAYTHAM ABU KHADEEJEH, NEW FRESH BLOOD AND INTEREST TO NOT ONLY IN NATIONAL TEAMS BUT IN THE CLUBS TO DEVELOP EACH TEAM AND PLAYER IN JORDAN AND AS I SAID YOU ARE ON RIGHT DIRECTIONS.

3- What's your opinion about your players in the team?
THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE AND THEY CAN IN FOLLOWING DAYS AND MONTHS GROW IN REAL PLAYERS WHO COULD WITHOUT FOREIGNERS MADE A LOT OF WINS. WE HAVE ABOUT 4 -5 PLAYERS WHO ARE OR WERE IN NATIONAL TEAM RECAINTLY, AS WE DO HAVE SOME PLAYERS WHO WERE GREAT BEFORE AND SOME WHO ARE FUTURE, BUT IT TAKES A LOT OF CHALLENGES TO SEE WHO WILL GROW UP IN MY LEVEL OF NEEDS AND BECOME MEMBER OF NATIONAL TEAM, OR LEADING IN SOME STATISTICS IN DOMESTIC LEAGUE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THEY WORK HARD.

4- Do you consider Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) as a valuable part in your team and the National Team?
GOD GAVE TO HIM ( ZEID ) SO MANY GIFTS, SUCH IS ATHLETIC ABILITY AND SKILLS, IF HE WOULD BE BORN IN EUROPE HE WOULD BE PLAYING IN THE HIGHEST TEAMS THERE, BUT IT IS UP TO HIM TO CARE THAT GIFTS ON HIS SHOULDERS, WITHOUT FOREIGN PLAYERS IN OUR CLUB AND BY HIMSELF NOT WITH Josh Cooperwood (193-G-80, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tennessee St.), OR Knight Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) OR SOME OTHER AMERICANS.
THIS YEAR HE HAS TO BECOME THAT AND YOU KNOW IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY, BUT HE CAN AND I AM SURE WOULD BECOME MAIN DOMESTIC PLAYER, NOT ONLY IN JORDAN BUT IN MIDD AND SINCE YOU KNOW I WORKED IN CHINA, EVEN IN FAR EAST. AS WE SAY HIS DESTINY IS IN HIS HANDS.

5- What are your expectations for the Premier League?
WE ARE NEW TEAM IN LEAGUE AND IF YOU SEE OUR GAME VS. ZEIN IN SEMI-FINALS OF CUP AND HOW COACH Mario Leonel Palma PLAYED DEFENSE VS. OUR TEAM, YOU CAN TELL WE ARE ALREADY SCOUTED AND THEY KNOW WELL, OUR OPPONENTS,
WHERE WE ARE SO-SO AND WHERE WE ARE STRONG. WE ARE, IN MY OPINION IN A PROCESS OF GROWING UP LIKE A TEAM AND I SEE US PLAY BETTER AND BETTER, EVERY MONTH, SO IN PLAY-OFFS WE MAY SURPRISE MANY PEOPLE, BUT OUR TARGET SHOULD BE 2ND PLACE IF FOREIGNERS PLAY FOR ZEIN. IF FOREIGNERS PLAY FOR OTHER TEAMS, SUCH IS ORTODOX OR RYADI, THAN WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR GOOD PERFORMANCE IN PLAY-OFFS, BUT IT WOULD BE UP TO THE OUR IMPROVMENT IN LEAGUE AND QUALITY OF THOSE FOREIGNERS WHO WOULD PLAY VS. US.

6- Are you with having import players in the Premier League or not? and Why?
I DO NOT DIVIDE PLAYERS ON IMPORT OR DOMESTIC, BUT IN MY OPINION, FOREIGNER MUST BE NOT ONLY BETTER PLAYER ON THE COURT, IT IS SO UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT ALSO THE BEST WORKER ON THE PRACTISE AND TO BE WITH TEAM LONG TIME, SINCE HE ALSO COMES TO MAKE MONEY. SO, IN DECEMBAR IT WAS OPEN STORY ABOUT IMPORTS IN DOMESTIC CLUBS, I THINK THAT FOR ONLY 3 MONTHS WE PLAY LEAGUE, WE DO NOT NEED FOREIGNERS, ONLY ON CERTAIN POSITIONS ( INSIDE ), CAUSE THERE ARE MANY PLAYERS ON THAT POSITION UNDER THE CONTRACT FOR NEXT YEAR, SO WE SHOULD DEVELOP THEM AND BESIDE SOME GOOD GAMES THIS YEAR, MAKE THOSE PLAYERS READY FOR NEXT YEAR. WE NEED SOME FOREIGN PLAYER ON SOME OTHER POSITION, BUT IF IT IS NOT CONNECTED WITH RULES OF FEDERATION, THAN I THINK WE SHOULD GO WITH DOMESTIC GROUP OF PEOPLE.

7- Where you can put your Jordanian adventure with your previous experience?
WHERE EVER I WORKED I DID 2 THINGS I EATHER MADE RESULT BETTER THAN BEFORE, OR I DEVELOPTED PLAYERS FOR FUTURE TO BE CARRIERS OF DOMESTIC BASKETBALL. BY PROFESSIONALISM, FOR ME THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL, FOR COACH WHO IS DEVOTED TO HIS JOB, BIG CHALLENGE AS WELL, CAUSE I COACH NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE.

8- In your point of view, How far Jordan National Team can reach in the next Asian Championship in China?
IN MY PERSONAL OPINION, JORDAN NATIONAL TEAM HAS GOOD COACHES, EXPERIENCED PLAYERS AND MANY GAMES THEY PLAYED IN LAST YEARS, AMBISHIOUS PRESIDENT, SO THEY COULD MAKE SEMI-FINALS AND WIN 3RD PLACE. IN OTHER HAND THIS COUNTRY HAS 5-6 MILLIONS OF CITIZENS, PLAYERS ARE OLDER AND OLDER, AFTER SO MANY YEARS, SO FOR JORDAN IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO PLAY IN FAR EAST VS. COUNTRIES OF 80MILLION AND ABOVE PEOPLE, SUCH IS IRAN, KAZAHSTAN, CHINA, SOUTH KOREA, EVEN PHILLIPINE AND JAPAN, AS I THINK LEBANON SHOULD BE NOT DISCOUNTED. IN ANYWAY I WISH GOOD LUCK TO ALL PEOPLE IN AND AROUND YOUR NATIONAL TEAM.

9- Who're the players in your team deserve to be in the National Team?
LEAGUE DID NOT START YET... WE PLAY SOME GAMES AND 2 NATIONAL CUP GAMES, GIVE CHANCE FOR ME ANOTHER MONTH, SO I CAN TELL YOU MORE, BUT THE MOST OF THEM COACH PALMA AND GOMEZ MEAT IN PREVIOUS WORKOUTS.

10- Are you with giving Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) another chance to play for the NT?
I, PERSONALY, AM AGAINST THAT ON ANY PLAYER SHOULD BE PUT DEATH PENALTY, BUT NEDAL HAS WITH GOOD GAMES TO PROVE HIMSELF IN FOLLOWING MONTHS, A WAY HE WILL ACT ON THE COURT AND ON THE PRACTISE, HE WILL CREATE POSITIVE IMAGE, THAN IN THAT CASE WHY NOT, JORDAN IS NOT AMERICA THAT THEY HAVE 1 MILLION PLAYERS?! EVERY GOOD PLAYER SHOULD BE WELCOME.

11- Who's your father in basketball?
MANY SERBIAN COACHES, THIS GUY WHO BEAT C.S.K.A. IN MOSCOW LAST WEEK, COACH OF ' PARTIZAN ' Dusko Vujosevic ,THE MOST, THAN Dale Brown AND Randy Smithson , AMERICAN COLLEGE COACHES,BUT IN SERBIA WE HAVE REALLY BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND GOOD BASKETBALL COACHES...

12- What are your hobbies outside of basketball?
HISTORY, BUT TO BE WITH MY 2 SONS, THE MOST, WHENEVER I HAVE TIME, SINCE THEY ARE IN MY COUNTRY.

13- Last word to basketball fans..
BASKETBALL FOLLOWS FOOTBALL, SO IT IS GOING TO BE DAY IN SOON FUTURE WHEN ASIAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE WILL BE PLAYED LIKE YOUR FOOTBALL ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, ALL OF DOMESTIC PEOPLE SHOULD BE READY FOR THAT DAY, NOT JUST TO WATCH, BUT TO PARTICIPATE, IT WILL CREATE MANY NEW JOBS AND MANY NEW THINGS ON AND OFF THE COURT. I SEE JODANESS BASKETBALL LIKE ONE OF THE BEST IN THOSE DAYS..


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Back to Business in Kuwait - by Corey Washington
With the return of the Kuwait National Team, and the ending of the holiday season, teams are gearing up for the second half of the season. Tonight, at 7:00 Al Yarmook Club comes off the break with Al Qadsia as their first opponent. All though Qadsia comes in as the Top Dog, Yarmook has played well against tougher oponents. Tonight will be another test to see how Qadsia plans to defend their Title. Yarmook played a friendly game against Jahra Club on Friday to prepare for whatever Qadsia brings their way.

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MNT1A 10 Round : Danilovgrad and Lovcen win on derby games , another 0-20 for Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic

In two derby games in MNT1A Opportunity League basketball club Danilovgrad win in city of Danilovgrad against basketball club Primorje from Herceg Novi 93-67 and basketball club Lovcen from Cetinje win in city of Bijelo Polje against basketball club Jedinstvo after ET 97-91.Basketball club Ulcinj win 20-0 against basketball club Niksic without playing game .

DANILOVGRAD - PRIMORJE Hereceg Novi 93-67 (15:21, 28:7, 26:16, 24:23 )
Danilovgrad - City hall. Spect: 500. Reff: Dragojevic, Savovic (Podgorica), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje)

DANILOVGRAD : Jovovic 6, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 16, Bogojevic 12, Radulovic 10, M. Stanisic, Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) 26, B. Stanisic 7, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 2, Milatovic 12, Djurovic 2, Vujisic
PRIMORJE : Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 8, Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-86) 4, Miljanic, Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 3, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 10, Najdenov 9, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 7, Kovacevic 2, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 24

Only in firts qoater basketball club Primorje play good.Best player of the game are Lazar Simonovic ho score 26 points.In tema of basketball club Primorje form Herceg Novi best player once again was Borais Lalovic with 24 points. Team of head coach Nikola Milatovic on this moment have score 8-2.


JEDINSTVO B.Polje - LOVCEN Cetinje 91:97 (18:22, 24:26, 16:16, 23:17, 10:16)
Bijelo Polje SC Nikoljac. Spest: 600. Reff: Koljensic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar)

JEDINSTVO : Radulovic 9, Musovic 3, Vucetic, Miljic, P. Popovic 4, Omerovic 16, Babaca 2, Tokalic 2, Gemaljevic 20, N. Popovic 24, Jekson, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 11
LOVCEN : Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90), Marko Calic (197-F-86) 4, Savovic, Milosevic 5, Ivanovic 3, Djukanovic 1, Kascelan 10, Lutersek 2, Lopicic 2, Lalicc11, Jovanovic 33, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 26

Basketball club Lovcen leaded with new head coach Miodrag Kadija win in very important game against Jedinstvo in city of B.Polje.In last sec of regular part of game Omerovic score points for Jedinstvo and give hope to Jedinstvo for win in ET.IN team of Jedinstvo best player's are Novak Popovic ( ex basketball player of Mogren) ho score 24 points and Gemaljevic with 20 points.In tem of basketball club Lovcen best is Ljuba Jovanovic with 33 points, good game play Aleksa Popovic with 26 points.

Ulcinj. School Center
ULCINJ - NIKSIC 20-0



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Freed-Hardeman Lions upset No. 5 Union, 69-66 - by Stephan Ditgens

There were no last-second heroics from the Union (Tenn.) University Bulldogs today.

The Freed-Hardeman Lions kept the ball out of Brian Lake's hands in the final seconds, instead forcing center Greg Truvillion into missing a long 3-pointer as time expired, and FHU pulled off a 69-66 upset over the No. 5 team in the nation on their home floor.

Twice this month, Lake has made buzzer-beating shots to lift Union over Cumberland (Tenn.) University and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College.

The Lions improve to 13-6 on the season and, more importantly, take sole possession of first place in the TranSouth Conference with a 5-1 record. Union drops to 14-4 and 4-1 in conference play.

Though neither team came out with a hot hand from the floor, Union was able to get to the foul line early and then built an early 16-6 lead on the heels of a 10-2 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by Matt Neaville. But the Lions hung around and closed the first half on a 16-5 run to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room.

FHU continued to hold the lead for much of the second half, extending it to seven points at 57-50 with 6:49 to play after a Zack Frey basket. But Union went on an 8-0 run, taking its first lead of the second half at 58-57, with 4:30 left to play.

What followed was a series of big plays by several different Lions.

Jesse Moulton drilled a fall-away 3-pointer off right wing to put the Lions back up by two, 60-58. After a defensive stop, Kristoffer Smith was on the receiving end of a hard foul while going to the basket and was unable to shoot the free throws. Sophomore Brian Pearson came off the bench to shoot for Smith, and made both shots to extend FHU's lead to four points.

Union's Martez Hawkins nailed a 3-pointer to pull Union within one point, but then Shun Trevillian answered for FHU on the next possession with a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 65-61 game with 1:27 left. Moulton was up next, making a pair of free throws after a Union score to keep FHU's lead at four.

Then it was the defense again, as the Lions collapsed on a driving Tacuma Alexander and forced him into a travelling violation to regain possession. On the inbounds play, Trevillian threw a long pass to a streaking Moulton for a layup on the other end to extend FHU's lead to six points with under 20 seconds left.

The excitement wasn't over yet, though.

Hawkins quickly made another 3-pointer to make the score 69-66, and Frey missed the front end of a one-and-one with :11.8 left to give Union a chance to tie at the buzzer. But once again, the Lion defense stepped up, keeping Neaville and Lake from getting a shot off before Truvillion's miss ended the game.

Moulton led FHU with 16 points, while Trevillian added 14 and Frey followed with 12. Neaville led Union with 19 points. FHU shot 39.4 percent from the floor in the game but limited Union to just 36.7 percent shooting from the field and 23.1 percent from behind the arc.

The Lions get little rest as they travel to Batesville, Ark., on Monday to take on Lyon College at 8:00 PM.


www.fhu.edu


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Dallas Mavericks make trade for 3-point shooter - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have added another shooting guard to their stable after trading backup center DeSagana Diop (7'0''-C-83) for Charlotte Bobcats guard Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) and young backup center Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA) on Friday.

This comes after last weeks failed three-way bid to land Bobcats point guard Raymond Felton for Diop, who, in the span of 11 months, was traded by the Mavs in February, signed as a free agent in July to a five-year, $32 million contract, and traded again Friday.

Carroll, a 40.3 percent career 3-point shooter, has had trouble finding minutes under new Bobcats coach Larry Brown. Hes averaging 4.1 points in 14.0 minutes a game, but has started 10 games this season. Hes shooting 40.6 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent on 3-pointers.

'I dont know of any team that doesnt look to add shooters,' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. 'Three-point shooting has become a big part of being successful in the NBA. We have not been shooting the 3-pointer well this year.'

Perhaps Carroll and the 7-foot Diop, who has seen his minutes taken by forwards Brandon Bass and James Singleton, will thrive in new environments. Diop, expected to shore up the Mavs interior defense, block shots and rebound, has averaged 1.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.3 minutes a game.

'Over the course of his career, Matt Carroll has been one of the best 3-point shooters in the league,' Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. 'Ryan is a versatile athletic center with a good upside.'

Nelson also said talks to acquire Felton are not dead.

The Bobcats pursued Diop in the off-season and offered him the same full mid-level exception as the Mavs.

'Damps [Erick Dampier] good play and the fact its hard to divvy up 96 minutes between the '4 [power forward] and '5 [center] players [is why Diop was expendable],' Carlisle said. 'Diop is a good player. Charlotte got themselves a foundation piece.'

Carroll, 6-foot-6 and in his sixth season, joins a Dallas squad that has many shooting guards but no consistent starter.

Antoine Wright currently holds the job with Jason Terry locked in as the sixth man. Devean George and Gerald Green have started, but they mainly are competing for minutes off the bench.

Jerry Stackhouse remains on the roster, although when hell be healthy enough to play again is unknown.

Carrolls best scoring season was 2006-07 when he averaged 12.1 points. He shot a career-best 43.6 percent from 3-point range last season. Carroll makes $5.05 million this season and is signed through 2012-13.

His salary decreases each year and his final year is a player option.

The 7-foot Hollins, Charlottes 50th overall pick out of UCLA in 2006, has played in 18 games this season. Hes averaging 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. He is in the final year of his contract and makes about $970,000.

Carroll and Hollins are expected to report to the Mavs today.

Courtesy of http://www.star-telegram.com


Heat considering swap for Raptors' O'Neal - by Eurobasket News
As Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F-78) and his troublesome right knee returned to the Toronto lineup on Friday night, perhaps no one studied the Toronto Raptors center more closely than Pat Riley.

The Miami Heat president has been seriously considering a trade package for O'Neal that would send Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) to Toronto, multiple league sources said. Yet Riley first needs to see ONeals progress before hell make the leap of faith on a trade.

Nevertheless, ONeal, 30, was telling league associates as recently as Friday that he believes theres a good chance hell end up in Miami.

If hes healthy, one source close to O'Neal said Friday, it could very well happen.

League executives say that Riley has been determined to make a deal for a center, and has had substantive talks with Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo.

No GM has seemed more determined to overhaul his team than Colangelo, and several league executives say he wont hesitate to take Marion whom he drafted in Phoenix and his expiring $17.1 million contract for ONeal.

Miami would need to include another player, or two, to make the salaries match. ONeal makes $21.3 million this season, and has a players option for $23 million for the next season.

Colangelo has been willing to move everyone on his roster but Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. In fact, the emergence of Bargnani, the 2006 No. 1 overall pick, has made an even stronger case for moving ONeal. Before returning to the struggling Raptors on Friday, ONeal had missed nine straight games with a sore right knee. Hes averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

For Miami, the core choice is difficult: How much does the 7-footer have left in that battered body? The Heat had been believed to be a favored destination for Utahs Carlos Boozer, but there are increasing questions about Boozers appeal because he has knee problems of his own.

Riley doesnt seem as interested in cap space this summer, said a rival executive who exchanged trade proposals with him recently. He just seems concerned with having space in 2010.

The Feb. 19 trade deadline is looming.

Courtesy of www.yahoo.com


NBA Round: 80 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Celtics - Nets 105-85
The reigning champion was too strong for the Nets mostly owing to Ray Allen, who drained 25 points. Paul Pierce and Eddie House netted 13, while Kevin Garnett had 12 points, 10 boards and 6 assists. The hosts got double-double from Brook Lopez, 28 points and 10 rebs. Celtics 33-9, Nets 19-22.

Trail Blazers - Bobcats 97-102
Gerald Wallace, who nailed 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, paced his Bobcats to home victory against the Trail Blazers. Emeka Okafor was behind him with 22 points and 11 boards. LaMarcus Aldridge answered with 21 points and 6 rebs on the other side. Bobcats 16-24, Blazers 24-16.

Hornets - Pistons 91-85
The New Orleans Hornets celebrated in Detroit improving on 24-13 record. Chris Paul shined with 23 points and 14 assists, while David West added 20 pts and 7 boards for the winners. Richard Hamilton scored 19 points for the Pistons (22-17).

76ers - Knicks 107-97
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) stepped up for the 76ers collecting 28 points, 10 boards and 7 assists, while Andre Miller was close to him delivering 27 points, including 5 rebs nad 8 assists. Al Harrington, who came off the bench netted 26, plus had 8 rebounds for the hosts. 76ers 20-20, Knicks 15-24.

Spurs - Bulls 92-87
Another victory by the guests last night. The Spurs did it thanks to Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, which combined 67 points. Duncan also had 14 more rebounds beside that. Ben Gordon posted 20 points in loss. Spurs 26-13, Bulls 18-23.

Heat - Rockets 86-93
25-16 for the Rockets and 21-8 for the Heat after this game. Ming Yao nailed 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the wining squad. Rafer Alston netted 22. Dwyane Wade and Shawn Marion combined 49 points, 14 rebs and 10 assists in loss.

Jazz - Mavericks 108-115
Dirk Nowitzki was totally unstoppable in this game draining 39 points, including 8 rebounds. Jason Terry also shined for the hosts scoring 22 pts. Deron Williams replied with 30 points and 9 assists for the Jazz (24-17). Mavs jumped on 23-17.

Magic - Nuggets 106-88
The team from Orlando is in a great shape. This time the Magic outplayed Denver Nuggets on the road improving on 33-8. Hidayet Turkolu scored 31, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson 23 each, while Dwight Howard added 14 points and 20 rebounds. Linas Kleiza was the best in loss with 26 points. Nuggets fell on 27-14.

Bucks - Clippers 92-101
Marcus Camby came up with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Brian Skinner helped the Clippers also with 18 pts, but including 8 rebs. Richard Jefferson was better than the others in defeat with 26 pts. Clippers 9-30, Bucks 20-23.


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Saturday's GNAC Scores - by Sanjey Noriega
Seattle Pacific 86, W.Washington 84
Bellingham, WA

SPU(9-6, 2-2 in GNAC)
Casey Reed (6'5''-F)-21pts, 5rebs
Chris Banchero (6'1''-G)-17pts, 5 assists

WWU(10-3, 2-1 GNAC)
Ira Graham (6'2''-G)-26pts
Morris Anderson (6'3''-G)-19pts, 8rebs

Cent.Washington 100, St.Martin's 89
Ellensburg, WA

CWU(9-3, 3-1 GNAC)
Matt Penoncello (6'5''-G)-36pts, 5rebs
Chris Sprinker (6'9''-F/C)-14pts, 7rebs

SMC(12-5, 0-3 GNAC)
Jake Linton (5'11''-G)-26pts
Blake Poole (6'5''-F)-14pts, 8rebs

NW Nazarene 92, W.Oregon 75
Nampa, ID

NW Nazarene(10-4, 2-2 GNAC)
Kendall Gielow (6'7''-F-88)-24pts, 8rebs
Brian Barkdoll (6'10''-C-89)-18pts, 11rebs

WOU(7-7, 1-2 GNAC)
Blair Wheadon (6'2''-G)-23pts
Travis Kuhns (6'8''-F)-15pts, 6rebs

Montana St. - Billin 118, Alaska-Fairb. 112 2OT
Billings, MT

MSUB(7-8, 2-2 GNAC)
Michael Hall (6'2''-G)-36pts
Travis Bunker (6'6''-F)-27pts, 9rebs
Mario Burns (6'0''-G)-9pts, 13assists

UAF(4-9, 1-3 GNAC)
Emmanuel Jenkins (6'0''-G)-37pts, 12ass, 5rebs
Jon Moe (6'2''-G)-34pts
Colin Matteson (6'8''-F)-15pts, 9rebs

Player of the Day- Matt Penoncello


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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 13-3 
 2. Ulriken 13-4 
 3. Harstad 12-5 
 4. Asker 10-5 
 5. Gimle 6-9 
 6. Ammerud 5-10 
 7. 3B 4-12 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-15 


BLNO Stats Leaders
BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Timus, Tromso 28.3
2 Paunovic, Fjellh. 22.8
3 Bullock, Ulriken 21.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Finger, Tromso 10.7
2 Christensen, Tr. 10.6
3 Bullock, Ulriken 9.8
Assists Per Game
1 Rogers, Harstad 8.4
2 Mahnin, Asker 5.0
3 Issalhi, Tromso 4.9


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Froya 13-1 
 2. Sandvika 12-2 
 3. Centrum 10-4 
 4. Langhus 6-7 
 5. Kristiansand 5-6 
 6. NTNUI 5-7 
 7. OSI 5-8 
 8. Varden 5-9 
 9. Trondheim 4-8 
 10. Stavanger 3-8 
 11. Persbraaten 2-10 


Short weekend update - by Kaare Vangen
Harstad Vikings lost 'The battle of the North' to Troms Storm with three points and has a losing streak of three now. Ulriken won over Ammerud in a controlled way and is still on top together with Storm. Asker Aliens had no problems winning over Fjellhamar. So things look quite 'normal'. Harstad seem to have lost the extra that gave them the wins in the fall. The economy seems to go in the right direction and the club will hopefully survive this season.

Ammerud lost to Gimle in their second match in Bergen. And 3B defeated Fjellhamar midweek. This means that the battle for the last spot in the playoff is still open and very interesting to follow.


Div1 Stats Leader
1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 OT Trobe, Tr.h. 22.8
2 K. Osland,OSI 20.7
3 S. Enge,Sandvika 19.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 H.Mostafa, Stav. 12.0
1 R.Beqiri, Kr.sand 11.7
3 R.Paulsen, Stav. 9.9
Assists Per Game
1 A.Torsvoll, Stv. 6.1
2 T.Tomic,Kr.sand 5.5
2 T.Randolph,Langh. 5.2


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Battle Creek Knights top Detroit - by Carl Berman
Battle Creek, Mich - Although it's cold outside, inside Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek it was smoking as the Detroit Panthers and the Battle Creek Knights go to war. Battle Creek started out with a nine point run on the Panthers. They held on to that lead throughout the first despite having seven turnovers to Detroit's four and Willie Mitchells' eight points, two of which were three pointers. At the end of the first the score was 25-16. Battle Creek continued with that lead into the second quarter with a series of unnecessary turnovers by the Detroit, which kept them in the forefront. Detroit had several opportunities to bring the lead within a couple points but didn't take advantage at the free throw line by missing several free throws. At the end of the half, Detroit's aggressive defense brought the lead within seven. However they just couldn't seem to catch up carrying a free throw average of 53.8 percent compared to Battle Creek's 70 percent average; and Battle Creek continued to out foul Detroit with 16 personal fouls opposed to Detroit's nine. Half-time score was 47-40 Knights. Combat continued in the third quarter with both teams leading scorers, Detroit's Willie Mitchell #5 and Battle Creek's Rashi Johnson (6'2''-G-82, college: Michigan St.) #1, having 15. Detroit stayed with the trend of giving away points with stolen balls and missed free throws. The Knights forged on with a third quarter lead of 80-68. In the fourth it looked as if the game was starting to turn around for the Panthers but Johnson went on a scoring frenzy to take the Knights to a 109-101 win over the Detroit.

Panthers Leading Scorers Knights Leading Scorers

Stane's Bufford #33 - 26 Rashi Johnson #1 - 24
Brian Woodland #3 - 22 Coleco Buie #22 - 16
Willie Mitchell #5 - 17 Deon Rose #40 - 16
James Head #14 - 14 Jason Arbet #50 - 15
Chuck Bailey #42 - 10 Kenny Langhorne #30 - 11

For complete stats, please visit www.pblproball.com. For more information on the Detroit Panthers, please contact Phoenicia Jackson at (313) 952-3151 or phoenicia@detroitpanthers.com.


Augusta outshoots Buffalo - by Carl Berman
Augusta, GA - The Augusta Groove improved their record to 3-1 on the season after picking up a 135-124 win over the Buffalo Stampede Saturday night. AJ Millien led the Groove with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Donielle Davis (6'4''-F-81, college: Anderson) chipped in with 21 points. Four players topped the 20-point mark for Buffalo with Lamar Castille leading the way with 24 points. This was the highest scoring game in the PBL so far this year.

Manchester tops Halifax to claim first place - by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats claimed first place in the Atlantic Division of the Premier Basketball League by dismantling the Halifax Rainmen 117-98 in Manchester. Halifax came into today's game as the division leader with a 4-2 record, while Manchester had won two straight games against Vermont to even their record at 2 wins and 2 losses. Snowing blizzard-like conditions outside the Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University couldn't dampen the spirit of the home crowd as they helped Manchester maintain a narrow margin throughout the game. Manchester led by a narrow 46-43 halftime lead.

The Millrats broke the game open midway through the fourth quarter, scoring 37 points in the final stanza to put away the Rainmen. Manchester was paced by shooting guard Keith Keith Salscheider (6'5''-G/F-82, college: San Diego Chr.)'s 22 points (12-13 from the free throw line), Al Stewart's 17 points and 9 assists, Desmond Ferguson 15, Sam Carey 13, and Scott Hazelton 12. The game also marked the return of former Millrat Rob Sanders to the Fieldhouse. Sanders scored 19 points and hauled down 20 rebounds for the Rainmen. Glen Dandridge led all scorers with 24 points.

Manchester hits the road on Friday to face the Montreal Sasquatch in a rematch game. On Sunday January 25th, the Millrats will be home for a 2:30pm tip off versus the Quebec Kebs.


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1Liga Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
LKS Lodz - AZS AWF K-ce 79-63
Prostak Tomasz nailed 15 points and Dluski Jakub ended up with 12 as LKS Lodz overcame AZS AWF Katowice 79:63. Piotrkowski Mariusz finished the night with 13 in defeat and Mrowczynski Artur posted 12.

Zastal ZG - Sudety JG 63-60
Zastal ZG defeated Sudety JG 63:60 to take 11-9 record. Wisniewski Lukasz nailed 17 points for the winners, whilst Kalinowski Jaroslaw produced 13. Niesobski Rafal finished the night with 13 points for the visitors.

Big Star - Prokom II 94-84
Big Star grabbed 15-5 record on the second position beating Prokom II 94:84. Pacocha Lukasz shined with 28 points and Kulig Damian collected 23 points and 10 boards. Zalucki Jakub led the way for his team with 24 points.

Polonia 2011 - MMKS DG 62-66
Polonia 2011 lost to MMKS DG 62:66 in Regular Season Round 20. Basinski Radoslaw top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Zielinski Piotr and Milewski Tomasz added 15 each. Kolowca Marcin poured in 16 points in defeat.

Stal SW - Sokol L. 84-56
Stal SW beat Sokol 84:56 as Szczepaniak Bartlomiej led the winners with 24 points and Andrzejewski Tomasz produced 18. Mroczek-Truskowski Adrian ended up with 18 points, whilst Pisarczyk Tomasz added 13.

AZS Kalisz - Znicz Basket 75-65
AZS Kalisz beat Znicz Basket 75:65 to improve to 9-10. Olejnik Lukasz led the winners with 20 points and Morkowski Robert scored 14. Dloniak Jakub finished the night with 21 points for the guests.

Zubry - MOSiR Kr. 72-82
Mosir is on top with 16-3 record as the team defeated Zubry 82:72 on the road. Salamonik Marcin top-scored for the winners with 18 points, whilst Misiewicz Andrzej collected 22 points and 12 rebounds for the home side.

Siarka T. - Resovia 98-59
Siarka edged Resovia 98:59 as Krupa Bartosz paced all the winners with 23 points and 7 assists. Wojcik Mariusz scored 19 and Baran Michal added 15 in a win. Balcerzak Sebastian netted 13 points in the losing effort.



DBE Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Turow - En.Czarni 92-81
Turow edged Energa Czarni 92:81 at home to take 11-7 record. Six players reached double digits for the winners as Turek John paced all of them with 18 points. Bennett Demetric ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Znicz J. - Bank BPS 85-79
Znicz defeated Bank BPS 85:79 with 33 points and 6 rebounds from Day Quinton. Celej Tomasz nothced 15 and Reynolds Grady scored 13. Hyzy Radoslaw produced 18 points in the losing effort.

PBG Basket - Kotwica 77-81
Kotwica improved to 13-5 after a road 77:81 win over PBG Basket. Crone Brandon led the way with 13 points in a team game. Kikowski Pawel chipped in 12 and Przybyszewski David nailed 11. Szawarski Wojciech finished the night with 22 points in defeat.

Anwil - AZS Koszalin 114-81
Anwil thrashed AZS Koszalin 114:81 as Pluta Andrzej and Brkic Marko paced all the winners with 17 points apiece. Mojica Javier top-scored in the game with 19 points in the losing effort.

Polonia - Sportino I. 77-76
Polonia overcame Sportino 77:76 to take 12-7 record. Harrington Greg top-scored in the game with 28 points and 7 assists for the winners. Lee Tony ended up with 16 fo the guests, while Obrzut Lukasz brought his team 14 points.

Atlas Stal - Prokom 86-84
Atlas Stal upset Prokom 86:84 in a real sensation of the Regular Season Round 21. Jovanovic Nikola led the winners with 21 points and Majewski Lukasz produced 16. Logan David tried hard for the guests and finished the night with 37 rebounds for the titans.



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LPB Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - Academica 82-59
Porto Ferpinta outscored Academica 82:59 in Regular Season Round 13. Marcal Nuno led the winnners with 25 points and Martin Kevin collected 17 points and 15 rebounds. Rosefelt Isaac ended up with 21 points in defeat.

Barreirense - VSC Guimar. 82-84
Barreirense lost to VSC Guimaraes 82:84 as Blanks Julian top-scored for the winners with 32 points and 10 assists. Pinto Pedro and Bowman Tyrekus brought 20 points apiece for the hosts.

Ovarense - AD Vagos 77-76
Ovarense stun AD Vagos 77:76 as Miranda Miguel led the way with 22 points and Stempin Gregory nailed 14. Reveles Joao finished the night with 23 points in defeat and Coleman Daniel netted 18.

Ginasio - Benfica 68-91
Ginasio sent Benfica to 16-0 record after the home loss 68:91. The favorites were led by Doliboa Seth and Ramos Sergio that combined 50 points. Costa Jose produced 18 points in defeat.



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Div.A Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mures - Timisoara 87-77
Mures edged Timisoara 87:77 with five players reaching the double digits. Vajda Attila led all of them with 20 points, while Cooley JuJuan and McKenna Luke added 17 apiece. Dzambic Rade top-scored for the guests with 26 points and 10 assists.

Otopeni - Oradea 98-47
Otopeni moved to 9-5 after the win over Oradea 98:47. Capusan Andrei top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Obradovic Bojan scored 16. Mijuskovic Predrag produced 15 points in the losing effort.

CSU Atlassib - Craiova 100-73
CSU Atlassib improved to 12-3 on the second position after the win over Craiova 100:73. Matthews Bryant and Harrison Michael both shined for the winners with 21 points apiece. Tomic Branislav produced 28 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

U.Mobitel.CN - Rapid B. 107-58
Mobitelco CN smashed Rapid 107:58 in Regular Season Round 16. Osby Bambale led the winners with 22 points and Szijarto Levente followed him with 15. Vlaicu Catalin paced his team with 24 points.

Ploiesti - Pitesti 80-62
Ploiesti improved to 13-2 on top beating Pitesti 80:62. Hargrove Darius poured in 20 points for the winners, whilst Cepulis Arvydas netted 13 and Carutasu Dumitru collected 7 points and 17 rebounds. Lawrence David produced 20 points for the guests.



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A Superleague Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Triumph 64-70
Askrabic Ognjen chipped in 18 points and Toporov Sergei scored 15 as Triumph overcame Spartak SP 70:64 on the road. Wisniewski Andrew top-scored for the home side with 17 points.

Lok.Rostov - CSKA 63-75
CSKA Moscow remained perfect with 11-0 record beating Lokomotiv-Rostov 63:75 on the road. Matjaz Smodis led all the winners with 17 points, whilst J.R. Holden and Zoran Planinic netted 14 points apiece. Marshall Ravl ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.

CSK VVS - Krasnoyarsk 71-63
CSK VVS Samara overcame Krasnoyarsk 71:63 in Regular Season Round 12. Perry Marque led the winners with 18 points, while Demeshkin Sergei ended up with 15. Kambala Kaspars was the only one to reach double digits for the guests scoring 12 points.

Ural Great - Spartak-P. 80-77
Ural Great outscored Spartak-P. 80:77 as Likholitov Fedor stepped up with 19 points. Surovtsev Aleksei produced 16 for the win and Washington Darius added 14. Farmer Desmon finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

Unics - Dynamo M. 77-66
The key game of the weekend was played between Unics and Dynamo as the hosts grabbed 77:66 win. The hosts trailed 31-36 at halftime, but used a 24-15 third quarter to turn the game around. Kresimir Loncar came off the bench to pace Unics on his way to 29 points, while power forward Vladimir Veremeenko produced 13 points. Travis Hansen paced Dynamo with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Bostjan Nachbar added 12 points.

Khimky - Univ.Surgut 97-77
Khimki edged Universitet-Surgut with a 97:77 win as Vitaliy Fridzon came off the bench to lead six Khimki players in double figures with 17 points. Kelly McCarty posted 16 points and Nikita Shabalkin had 13. Lionel Chalmers had another impressive night with 25 points for the visitors.



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First road win for Epic Misel and Nova Gorica (Round 15) - by Zeljko Zule
Epic Misel and CPG Nova Gorica recorded theirs first road win of the season, Zlatorog easily defeated TCG Mercator and Geoplin Slovan used a strong finish to beat Zagorje.
ULC League - Round 15: Zlatorog-TCG Mercator 88-62: Zlatorog opened the game with 11 straight points and in second half made a 34-11 run. Nejc Strnad scored 22 points, Vincent Hunter has 12 points and 8 rebounds, Miguel Berdiel collected 11 points, 8 assists nad 7 rebounds and Ante Masic netted 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. TCG Mercator commited 21 turnovers. Igor Jokic finished with 16 points, Simon Finzgar added 14 and Mirko Mulalic 11.
Alpos Sentjur-CPG Nova Gorica 71-74: Alpos trailed by 12 points in the second half, but came back to lead 61-59. Nova Gorica responded with 8 consecutive points to capture its first road win of the season. Marko Marcetic scored a game-high 21 points and Marko Likar and Dalibor Petrovic added 15 points apiece. Alpos shot just 11-of-22 from the free throw line. Takais Brown finished with 17 points, Luka Lapornik scored 14 and Armin Avdibegovic 13.
Koper-Epic Misel 79-86: Koper had their largest lead at 73-56 with 6:55 left. But Epic Misel went on a 30-6 run to finish the game. Tilen Zalar (193-G-87) scored 20 points, Vjeran Soldo 16 and Bojan Jovanovic while Jernej Mihalic had 19 points for Koper and Ales Kunc added 18.
Zagorje-Geoplin Slovan 75-88: Slovan trailed 69-72 with 6:21 remaining before going on a 12-1 run. Dejan Delic and Dejan Grkovic scored 20 points apiece and Milan Klepo had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Slovan pull down 42 rebounds, including 16 offensive while Zagorje shot just 21 percent (4-of-21) from the 3-point line. Gilbert Goodrich scored 21 points on shooting 6-of-18 from the field and Ziga Percel collected 17 points and13 drawn fouls.


Liga UPC Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Polzela - Helios 71-91
Helios smashed Polzela on the road improving on 11-4 in UPC League. That is the same record as Slovan and Zlatorog. Alvin Snow (187-G-81, college: E.Washington) top-scored for the winners with 28 points. Nicholas Jacobson also shined delivering 27 points and grabbing 7 boards. Nemanja Jelesijevic answered with 21 pts and 5 rebounds for Polzela (7-8).

Luka Koper - Epic Misel 79-86
Koper had their largest lead at 73-56 with 6:55 left. But Epic Misel went on a 30-6 run to finish the game. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog - TCG Mercator 88-62
Zlatorog opened the game with 11 straight points and in second half made a 34-11 run. Nejc Strnad scored 22 points, Vincent Hunter has 12 points and 8 rebounds, Miguel Berdiel collected 11 points, 8 assists nad 7 rebounds and Ante Masic netted 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Alpos S. - Nova Gorica 71-74
Alpos trailed by 12 points in the second half, but came back to lead 61-59. Nova Gorica responded with 8 consecutive points to capture its first road win of the season. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zagorje - Slovan 75-88
Slovan trailed 69-72 with 6:21 remaining before going on a 12-1 run. Dejan Delic and Dejan Grkovic scored 20 points apiece and Milan Klepo had 16 points and 10 rebounds. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Krka - Elektra 84-64
Krka never trailed in the opening game of UPC League Round 15 and easily defeated Elektra Esotech 84-64. The bench scored 48 points in the game and starters managed only 36 points. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


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KBL Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 74-79
Dongbu Promy lost to Mobis Phoebus 74:79 in a key game of the round. Kim Hyo-Bum top-scored for the winners with 18 points as other four players reached double digits in his team. White Wendell posted 18 for the hosts and Okosa Reggie collected 16 points and 12 caroms.

SK Knights - Orions 85-79
SK Knights overcame Orions 85:79 in the latest game of Regular Season Round 23. Collins DeAngelo top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Kim Julian netted 13. Sneed Dillon ended up with 21 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

KTF M.Wings - KT&G Kites 68-63
KTF Wings also beat KT&G Kites 68:63 last night in Regular Season Round 23. Sasser Jason led the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Chandler Marquin produced 19 points in the losing effort.

KCC Egis - Samsung Th. 86-82
KCC Egis overcame Samsung 86:82 in the third game played on January 17th in Regular Season Round 23. Mitchell Carl and Brand Micah paced all the winners with 17 points each. Leather Terrence ended up with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the guests.

LG Sakers - ET Land B.Sl. 90-70
LG Sakers outscored ET Land 90:70 as Johnson Ivan poured in 16 points, while Crump Brandon collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Lee Han-Kwon produced 11 points and Little Donald chipped in 10 in defeat.

Mobis Phoebus - ET Land B.Sl. 80-65
Mobis Phoebus overcame ET Land 80:65 as Blankson Odartey notched 25 points and made 7 boards. Ham Ji-Hoon nailed 13 and Park Goo-Young added 12. Jung Young-Sam provided 18 points for the guests, whilst Little Donald collected 16 points and 17 boards and Seo Jang-Hoon scored 16.

LG Sakers - KTF M.Wings 83-69
LG Sakers tasted a victory over KTF Wings 83:69 as Crump Brandon led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Johnson Ivan nailed 19 and Cho Sang-Hyun scored 13. Park Sang-Oh finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort.

Orions - Dongbu Promy 75-87
Dongbu Promy improved their positions on top after the win over Orions 87:75. Okosa Reggie paced all the winners with 27 points and Lee Kwang-Jae posted 17. Sneed Dillon brought the hosts 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Samsung Th. - SK Knights 76-75
On January 15th Samsung beat SK Knights 76:75. Leather Terrence was unstoppable for the winners with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Shannon Terrence netted 22 for the Knights and Kim Julian added 20.

KT&G Kites - KCC Egis 79-84
KT&G Kites were defeated by KCC Egis 79:84 as Kim Tae-Hwan top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Brand Micah and Mitchell Carl supported him with 17 points apiece. Joo Hee-Jung nailed 18 points in the losing effort.



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


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Savio thrash PTW in basketball league - by Carlos Pereira
Former champions Savio thrashed hapless PTW Stars 65-39 in the mens RBA basketball league match at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The Western conference match saw Savio irresistible from the onset, as they dominated the game and scored points almost at will.
The victors took a 31-15 lead at the break. Evergreen Jije Makani and George Tarimo were the top point scorers for Savio. The duo scored 10 and nine points respectively. PTW Stars points were netted by Hosea Balaigwa, who netted 15 points, while Abbas Hussein scored six points.

The day also saw Western conference leaders Oilers beating Hoop Life 63-60 in a seesaw encounter. The match started in a cracking pace as both team exchanged quick points in turn. Oilers, who were much into the limelight, were leading 30-23 lead at the break.
Hoop Lifes Misoji Charles netted 24 points, while his team mate William Muze managed 14 points. Oilers highest scorers were Gerald Balu, who scored 20 points and Lusajo Samwel netted ten points. The league, which is sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, will continue at the same venue on Saturday.


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High School Basketball Round Up - by Don Farrell

Mathew Temple scored a match-high 26 points to guide his team, the International School of Port-of-Spain (ISPS), to a 60-53 win over Malick Secondary Government on Thursday. The Boys Under-17 Division match was played at ISPS in Westmoorings. ISPS dominated for much of the match, leading by six (27-21) points at the half. Helping Temple was Dominique Lawrence, who added 20 points in the victory.

Malick had two players scoring in double-figures but it was insufficient. Dareem Dick netted 19 points and his teammate Jabari Andell posted 16 for Malick. The other match played on Thursday was in the Boys U-20 Division. Tranquillity Government School was barely tested by its opponents, Trinity College, beating them by a huge 53 (67-14) points. Nicholas Young shined on the evening, notching a match-high 24 points. Assisting him on offence was Richard Taitt. He scored 13. The next round of matches will play tomorrow at the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo.

Results

ISPS (26) 60 (Mathew Temple 26, Dominique Lawrence 20) v Malick (21) 53 (Dareem Dick 19, Jabari Andell 16).
Trinity (10) 14 v Tranquillity (26) 67 (Nicholas Young 24, Richard Taitt 13).


ISPS (26) 60 (Mathew Temple 26, Dominique Lawrence 20) v Malick (21) 53 (Dareem Dick 19, Jabari Andell 16).
Trinity (10) 14 v Tranquillity (26) 67 (Nicholas Young 24, Richard Taitt 13).

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Lions beat Raptors by one point - by Don Farrell
Forward Kurt Baptiste became a hero and then a villain within six seconds of perhaps his team Marabella Raptors most important match against Royal Extra Lions when competition continued in the Stag Super 10 Basketball League. The action unfolded at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Pleasantville, San Fernando, on Saturday night.

With 14 seconds on the clock Baptiste scored a three-point basket to bring his team level on points 76-all, but two seconds following his heroics, he fouled point-guard David Burton when the ball was passed into play and was called for an intentional foul against Burton, which meant that Lions team would get two free throws and ball possession. Burton converted the second of two penalty shots to win the match with eight seconds left to play.

The win means Royal Extra Lions kept their hope of qualifying for the Mens Division Big Four Semi-finals. Baptiste top-scored in the highly-intensive match with 27 points. Burton finished with 10 points. His teams leading scorer was veteran shooting-guard Barry Shoulders Sandy, who notched 26 points. Forward Ako Pascal was impressive on offence for Raptors but it was not enough. In the other match played that night, Petro Jazz sealed an easy victory over Mirak Stars, 93-72.

Saturdays SBL Results
Marabella Raptors (32) 76 (Kurt Baptiste 27 pts/4 assts/2 rebs/2 stls, Ako Pascal 23 pts/2 assts/4 rebs, Damian Caton 10 pts/4 rebs/3 stls, Asfa Grant 10 pts/6 rebs) v Royal Extra Lions (38) 77 (Barry Sandy 26 pts/2 assts/2 rebs/3 stls, Akil Paynter 10 pts/3 assts/8 rebs, 6 stls, David Burton 10 pts/3 rebs/3 stls).

Mirak Stars (34) 72 (Delroy Agard 19 pts/4 assts/5 rebs/4 stls, Akuda Taylor 17 pts/2 assts/3 rebs/2 blks/3 stls, Koreenton Joseph 16 pts/4 assts/12 rebs/2 stls) v Petro Jazz (57) 93 (Louie Davis 27 pts/3 assts/5 rebs/5 stls, Kevin Garcia 12 pts/4 assts/5 rebs/5 stls, Michael Pantin 10 pts/2 rebs/3 stls).


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Shak Attack secure Big-Four spot! - by Albert-Lee Young
Once again power forward Andrew Ifill top-scored with 26 points, 4 rebounds & 2 assists for Detour Shak Attack as they qualify for their first Big-Four Semi-Finals of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League with a convincing 100-81 victory against Diego Martin All Stars on Friday night.

From the start of the contest, Shak Attack meant business taking an early advantage and was never seriously challenged as they went on to comfortably lead throughout the first three quarters 26-11, 47-27 and 74-50. In the fourth quarter All Stars had their best offensive run of the game out scoring Shak Attack 31-26. But it was not enough, as Shak Attack registered their seventh win to keep their unbeaten record intact and at the same time securing the first play-off spot of the competition with two games in hand.

Ifill got valuable contributions from back-up point guard Kurt Koto Christian who had 15pts, 10rebs & 6 assists; and Ancil Ollivierre with 12pts, 4rebs. For All stars Curwin Blades scored 21pts; Akil La Roach 16pts & Gershwin Duncan 13pts & 5rebs.


Officials turn to veterans to boost basketball in TT - by Don Farrell

THE SPORT of basketball is on its way to another level in Trinidad and Tobago and the National Basketball Federation of TT (NBFTT) is taking the lead role.

NBFTTs vice president of Organisation and Development Earl Noel last week outlined the federations plans for 2009 at M&M Insurance Company in Maraval.

He said plans include the introduction of a Masters Caravan which will see the countrys veteran basketballers, both at home and abroad, take the courts again.

Noel insists the aim is to ensure that the countrys past basketballers can play a role in the overall development of the sport.

He told the media representatives that the sport is expected to benefit from the experience of the veterans who can teachers the youngsters.

Vice president of Finance at the federation Josef Baptiste pointed out that the caravan will help in strengthening the institution as well as assist in building its corporate image.

We can use these players in so many ways. And for the caravan we will allow them to chart the direction they want to take the sport, Noel said. The ongoing caravan will feature competition in three categories 40- plus, 50-plus and 60 and over and will begin on February 15, with top veteran team Harvard taking on a team to be decided upon, at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Auditorium, Chaguanas.

The Harvard vets will be led by former basketball ace and former head of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Brigidier Carl Alfonso and will comprise other top basketballers of yesteryear.

The programme will also be launched in the sister-isle of Tobago on Wednesday as well in the United States. It means that the overseas-based ex-basketballers will be fitted into a team once they return home and are interested in playing.

The launch of the caravan has already sparked interests among the basketball fraternity and has been placed on the federations website to widen the pool of competitors at the impending tournament.

Noel revealed that the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons (TTARP) has also agreed to partner the federation with the caravan. Alfonso jokingly agreed to challenge the United States first black president Barack Obama, a keen basketballer himself, in a one-on-one when he makes his first official visit to the twin-island republic in April. Noel expressed the view that his federation had been accused in the past of failing to inform the media and the population of the federations plans.

For 2009 we have decided to change that, he said.

He announced however that the Masters Caravan is the brainchild of federation president Earl John who has said he will not contest the March 30 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NBFTT due pressing commitments at his workplace.

Because we know that this programme is close to his heart, we have decided to get it off and running for him as a parting gift, Noel said. Also on the calender of event for the new year is the Mini Basketball Programme for post Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students- scheduled to get going in April; Game Officials Training Programme which will take place next week Saturday (January 24) at the Chaguanas venue and a first time joint operation of the Secondary Schools Basketball League. Obadiah Asher, the federations Technical Director said the Mini Basketball Tournament will take place at seven facilities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. He also announced that for the first time the federation has included schools for the physically and mentally challenge students this year. He made it clear the intention is to get students involved in the sport before they are whisked off to a camp in August where the skills will be sharpened and fine-tuned.

We are targeting 3500 students Asher said. The sport is to be continued at the Secondary schools level where scholarships and trials will be offered abroad As well as here at home at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

According to Asher the Officials Training Programme is targeting people who are interested in the sport and who want to be part of the federations overall development drive, while the partnership of the NBFTT and the National Gas Company for the schools competition was requested by government to help deliver a high-quality, progressive tournament.


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MLK JR. Day 3 Results - by David Edole
Game 10: Central 58 Antilles 28
Central: Taaron Jones 18
Antilles: Weaver 7

Game 11: Eudora Kean 52 Educational Complex 44
Kean: Ryan Hodge 12
Complex: Kyle Sylvester 12

Game 12: Elmore Stout 30 All Saints 15
Eudora Kean, Educational Complex and Elmore Stout completed pool play with the same record. Kean and Complex advanced based on points.

Final Standings
Group A
Eudora Kean (2-1)
Educational Complex (2-1)

Elmore Stout (2-1)
All Saints (0-3)

Group B
Charlotte Amalie (3-0)
Central (2-1)
Sts. Peter and Paul (1-2)
Antilles (0-3)

Semifinals Game 1: Charlotte Amalie 47 Educational Complex 45
CAHS: Merwin Potter 15, Shamal Caines 15
Complex: Salim Ross 19

Semifinal Game 2: Eudora Kean 52 Central 49
Kean: Michael Davis 10, Jefferson Faustin 10
Central: Taaron Jones 17, Stephen James 15

Championship Monday
9:30 am Charlotte Amalie vs. Antilles (Girls)
11:00am Charlotte Amalie vs. Eudora Kean (Boys)


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BS Odessa sign Artem Butskyy - by Eurobasket

BS Odessa (UBL) agreed terms with 28-year old international guard Artem Butskyy (185-G-81). Butskyy started this season at Sumykhimprom Sumy (Superleague), where in 12 league games he averaged 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg. He stays in Ukraine switching just the league from Superleague to newly created UBL. He is international player for last 4 years. Last year in Eurobasket 2009 qualifications he played for Ukraine in 6 games recording 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.8apg. He had very successful 2005-06 season when he helped BC Kyiv to make it to FIBA EuroCup Final Four. Next year he did the same at Cherkassy Monkeys leading them to EuroCup Challenge Quarterfinals. Last season he spent at weaker team Sumy and despite helping his team to make it to Ukrainian Cup Semifinals, he was somehow not happy about lacking prospects of his team. He choose stronger one team from Odessa, where despite he cannot have assured place in starting five (but who knows...), the team prospects are higher than the one from Sumy.



Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague (after Round 15) Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 22.0
2 Christopher Owens
(BC Donetsk) 18.1
3 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 17.1
4 Jayson Wells
(BC Poltava) 17.0
5 Milutin Aleksic
(BC Donetsk) 16.6
6 Ricky Clemons
(BC Poltava) 16.1
7 Kenan Bajramovic
(BC Kyiv) 15.3
8 Clay Tucker
(BC Kyiv) 15.2
9 Pavel Ulianko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 14.7
10 Serhii Gladyr
(MBC Mykolaiv) 14.3
11 Dijon Lynn Thompson
(Azovmash) 14.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Milutin Aleksic
(BC Donetsk) 9.4
2 Abdullahi Nuhu Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 8.8
3 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 7.5
4 Dijon Lynn Thompson
(Azovmash) 7.2
5 Jayson Wells
(BC Poltava) 7.0
6 Anthony Leon Tucker
(BC Donetsk) 6.9
7 Richard Thomas Guinn
(Poltava/Azovmash) 6.8
8 Chistopher Owens
(BC Donetsk) 6.0
9 Aurimas Kieza
(BC Poltava) 5.8
10 Tyrell Blair
(MBC Mykolaiv) 5.7
Assists Per Game
1 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 6.1
2 Khalid el-Amin
(Azovmash) 5.7
3 Ricky Clemons
(BC Poltava) 5.1
4 Wykeen Kelly
(Khimik) 3.2
5 Rolandas Yarutis
(BC Poltava) 3.0
6 Illia Shemosiuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 3.0
7 Oleksandr Raievskyi
(MBC Mykolaiv) 2.9
8 Artem Butskyi
(Sumykhimprom) 2.8
9 Milutin Aleksic
(BC Donetsk) 2.6
10 Serhii Gladyr
(MBC Mykolaiv) 2.5
Steals Per Game
1 Andres Rodriguez
(BC Donetsk) 3.1
2 Brian Green
(Sumykhimprom) 2.7
3 Ricky Clemons
(BC Poltava) 2.1
4 Jayson Wells
(BC Poltava) 2.0
5 Artur Drozdov
(BC Kyiv) 1.8
6 Dijon Thompson
(Azovmash) 1.7
7 Alex Scales
(BC Kyiv) 1.6
8 Khalid el-Amin
(Azovmash) 1.5
9 Pavel Ulianko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.5
10 Dmytro Zabirchenko
(BC Donetsk) 1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Tyrelle Blair
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.8
2 Roman Gumeniuk
(BC-93 Pulsar) 1.2
3 Abdullahi Nuhu Kuso
(Sumykhimprom) 1.1
4 Serhii Lischuk
(Azovmash) 1.0
5 Andrii Agafonov
(Khimik) 0.9
6 Pavel Ulianko
(BC-93 Pulsar) 0.9
7 Michal Hlebowicki
(MBC Mykolaiv) 0.9
8 Brian Greene
(Sumykhimprom) 0.8
9 Richard Thomas Guinn
(Poltava/Azovmash) 0.8
10 Viacheslav Kravtsov
(BC Kyiv) 0.7


Minus five for Khimik / Butskyi left Sumy / Wells to Poltava - by Alexander Muzyka
There were some changes in Superleague teams after the results of EuroChallenge have been known:

- Horrible fiasco in Istanbul was the reason for the five Khimik starting-five players to find the other team. Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80), Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81), Marton Bader (212-F/C-80) and Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) (scored 42,4 ppg in Superleague totally!) plus Andrii Korochkin (194-G-82) is looking for the job. Rumours say Azovmash is interested in Goran Cakic and UBL's BC Odesa is interested in Andrii Korochkin but no official info is known. Khimik is waiting for a newcomers and playing vs Superlague's outsiders by youngsters.

- Sumykhimprom is out of EuroChallenge and had no questions to let Artem Butskyi (185-G-81) to go to BC Odesa. This week-end Artem had a debute in UBL. Sumykhimprom showed good game vs BC Kyiv even without Butskyi and injured Brian Greene (196-G/F-84).

- Alex Scales (192-G-78) has left BC Kyiv immediately after the NewYear holidays. Officially: both sides decided not to co-operate after the timed contract has ended. Clay Tucker (195-G-80) is back in game. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) is injured for a two weeks.

- Azovmash parted ways with Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78) and has a problems with a powerforwards' line - R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) (bought from BC Poltava) is injured.

- BC Donetsk said bye-bye to Igor Jokic (204-F-80) and Andrii Botichev (207-C/F-75).

- BC Poltava added Jayson Wells (202-F-76).


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
1 BC Kyiv 13-2
2 Azovmash 12-3
3 BC Donetsk 9-5
4 Khimik 8-7
5 Sumykhimprom 5-9
6 MBC Mykolaiv 5-10
7 BC-93 Pulsar 4-11
8 BC Poltava 3-12


Standings - Higher League
UBL Standings
1 Kryvbasbasket 18-7
2 BC Odesa 17-8
3 Budivelnyk 17-9
4 Cherkasy 17-9
5 Polit.Lviv 16-9
6 Dnipro 13-12
7 Ferro-ZNTU 10-15
8 Hoverla 10-15
9 Dnipro-Azot 4-21
10 Gryfony 4-21


UBL Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Gryfony - Budivelnyk 77-99
Budivelnyk posted the fifth straight win at the tournament as they thrashed Gryfony on the road. John DeGroat secured 22 points and 9 boards to lead the charge. Tomas Delininkaitis added 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Predrag Miletic answered with 18 points for Gryfony. Sergei Sabutskiy and Jane Petrovski nailed 16 points apiece in the loss.

DniproAzot - Ferro-ZNTU 69-94
FerroZNTU grabbed a rare road win as they thumped DniproAzot behind 28 points and 7 rebounds from Gjorgi Cekovski. Jason Fontenet added 14 points and 7 rebounds as Ferro improved at 9-15 record. DniproAzot in the meantime slipped at the very bottom of the ladder despite 13-point tally from Sergei Alferov as well as from Stanislav Dikiy.

Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro 82-75
Kryvbasbasket climbed back on top of the table with a hard win over Dnipro. Kryvbasbasket overcame a big night from Devin Green to secure a difficult victory. Jarrett Howell scored 23 points, distributed 5 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds to lead the hosts. Dmitri Glebov added 13 points for the winners. Devin Green shone with 31 points and 11 rebounds for Dnipro. Patrick Beverly added 29 points in the loss.

Hoverla - Polit.Lviv 73-85
Politekhnika Halychyna overcame Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk. Alexander Kudrautsau scored 16 points and dished out 5 assists to lead the visitors to the 16th win. Gennadi Kuznetsov added 15 points for Politekhnika. Patrick Sparks finished with game-high 18 points for Hoverla in the loss.

BC Odessa - Cherkasy 73-63
BC Odessa leapfrogged Cherkasy after a Vitali Lebedintsev team held off their opponents at home. Otis Hill engineered the victory with 20 points for the hosts. Jerome Coleman added 17 points, while Wayne Wallace had 14 points, 14 boards and 9 blocks for the hosts. Vladislav Dragoljovic responded with 19 points and 12 boards for Cherkasy as fell at 17-9 record.



Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
1 Kremen-Pol. 13-1
2 Vinnytski Zubry 11-3
3 Koksokhim-Stal 10-4
4 Avantazh-Pol. 7-7
5 KTU 6-6
6 Domograd 5-7
7 BC Ternopil 1-13
8 Khimik-2 1-13




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Women News

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  CHINA - Women  


China claim Bronze in Sydney - by Eurobasket News
Chinese Junior National Team shot down New Zealand counterparts to complete their Youth Basketball Festival campaign at the third spot. The tournament was finalized yesterday in Sydney with Bronze and Gold medal games. China and New Zealand entered their clash winless and hoped to add some positive emotions.
China used their advantage under the rim to take the lead early on. They jumped to a 26:17 advantage after the starting period and maintained the pressure in the second frame. The Asian team piled up a 56:31 lead at halftime. The Kiwis struggled to deal with Chinese tall players losing the battle in the paint. China extended the margin to as many as 37 points before the fourth quarter. New Zealand ladies finally managed to strike back as they won the final term 18:12 but it was not enough to reignite the intrigue. China celebrated a 95:64 win and earned the Bronze medals.
Wen Wen Zhang secured 19 points to lead the way for China. Dong Yu added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Jasmine Davis responded with 17 points for New Zealand. Samara Gallaher had 13 points and 8 boards in the loss.


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Standings - Women League
Div.1 Standings
1. Antranik 6-0
2. Homentmen A. 5-1
3. Al Riyadi 4-2
4. Antoura 3-3
5. Homentmen B. 1-4
6. Al muttahed 1-5
7. Anibal 0-5


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


China claim Bronze in Sydney - by Eurobasket News
Chinese Junior National Team shot down New Zealand counterparts to complete their Youth Basketball Festival campaign at the third spot. The tournament was finalized yesterday in Sydney with Bronze and Gold medal games. China and New Zealand entered their clash winless and hoped to add some positive emotions.
China used their advantage under the rim to take the lead early on. They jumped to a 26:17 advantage after the starting period and maintained the pressure in the second frame. The Asian team piled up a 56:31 lead at halftime. The Kiwis struggled to deal with Chinese tall players losing the battle in the paint. China extended the margin to as many as 37 points before the fourth quarter. New Zealand ladies finally managed to strike back as they won the final term 18:12 but it was not enough to reignite the intrigue. China celebrated a 95:64 win and earned the Bronze medals.
Wen Wen Zhang secured 19 points to lead the way for China. Dong Yu added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Jasmine Davis responded with 17 points for New Zealand. Samara Gallaher had 13 points and 8 boards in the loss.


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  NORWAY - Women  


Stats Leaders
Kvinneligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 N.K.Sand A/BVIF 21.3
2 T.Ytrehus Ullern 19.6
3 A.Flesland, Hop 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 N.K.Sand A/BVIF 12.3
1 L Johannesen,H. 10.1
3 M O'Loughlin,Am. 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 R. Tyssoy, Hop 3.6
2 B. Beilegaard, Nordst. 3.5
3 M. Hella, Gimle 3.2


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
1. Asker/BV 8-0
2. Gimle 5-2
3. Hop 5-3
4. Ullern 3-2
5. Nordstrand 2-5
6. Ulriken 1-7
7. Ammerud 1-6
8. Elite Nord 0-0


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  POLAND - Women  


Summary after 2 games of second round - by Jordan Losi

The second round is started very well for Memar Reggio Emilia,with 2 important victory.
The first was outside in San Martino Di Lupari where the girls of coach Giancarlo Giroldi won 63-75.After 3 quarter almost always on tie,in the last quarter they made sprint to win the game.with very strong game of Giulia Pegoraro (174-G-89) 16points , Martina Sandri (186-F/C-88) 10 points+8 rebounds and most of all Magdalena Kozdron (173-F-80) 31 points with 7-13 2points, 3-4 3points, 8-11 form free throws, 5 steals and 27 valutation in 39 minutes!.

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6664


The second win was at home against Sea Logistic Systems Crema.much more easy game,always under control /it was +17 on halftime already),in the end was 71-52.
Another strong game for Giulia Pegoraro 10points 7assist 5rebounds , Martina Sandri 7points and 11rebounds,also 15points for Alessia Scopigno (175-G-84), but the top scorer of Memar Reggio Emilia was once again Magdalena Kozdron with 17 points with 4-5 on 3points in 32minutes.

http://legabasketfemminile.dataproject-stats.com/Tabellino.asp?IdGara=6673


With this 2 win Memar Reggio Emilia reached 4 place in standing.

Next game will be again at home,and will be derby against Acetum Cavezzo that is the leader of standing



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CSKA hosts Spartak Moscow Region tonight in the battle of the titans - by Eurobasket News
CSKA hosts Spartak Moscow Region tonight in the battle of the titans and the undefeated teams in Russian SuperLeague. The defending champions have 10-0 record on top, while CSKA is 9-0. In the latest games Spartak Moscow Region reached 10-0 record on top after 116:71 over Slavyanka. Diana Taurasi (182-G-82, college: Connecticut) produced 22 points to lead all scorers while Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) added 18. Tatjana Larionova (184-F-75) finished the night with 16 points for the hosts. Chevakata lost to CSKA 67:83 and sent them to 9-0 record. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) nailed 12. Bokareva Tatiana collected 15 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.
Not only the local championship is great for the great teams. CSKA wrapped up their Euroleague Qualifying Round in style as they rolled past Umana Reyer in Moscow. The victory saw the hosts climbed at 6-4 record at the third spot in Group B. Ann Wauters notched an impressive double-double of 19 points and 14 boards to lead the charge. CSKA will now take on Perfumerias in the eighth-finals. Venezia secured the top spot in the pool despite the loss and would take on MiZo Pecs in the Last 16 series.
Spartak Moscow Region stormed past Lattes Montpellier 103:48 to prove once again the ambitions to defend their title. Diana Taurasi scored 23 points and Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) had 18 overall. Bertal Elodie ended up with 10 points in the losing effort as her team fell at 1-9.


A Superleague Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket
Slavyanka - Spartak V MR 71-116
Spartak Moscow Region reached 10-0 record on top after 116:71 over Slavyanka. Taurasi Diana produced 22 points to lead all scorers while Jackson Lauren added 18. Larionova Tatjana finished the night with 16 points for the hosts.

Chevakata - CSKA 67-83
Chevakata lost to CSKA 67:83 and sent them to 9-0 record. Wauters Ann top-scored for the winners with 14 points and McCarville Janel nailed 12. Bokareva Tatiana collected 15 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Dynamo N. - Dynamo M. 68-88
Dynamo Moscow moved to 6-4 after a road win over Dynamo Novosibirsk 88:68. Latvian International Jekabsone-Zogota Anete led the winners with 26 points and Snell Belinda posted 23. Popova Maria nailed 14 points in the losing effort.

UMMC - Nadezhda O. 82-52
UMMC is third with 8-2 record after an easy win over Nadezhda 82:52. Bibrzycka Agnieszka top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Leuchanka Yelena ended up with 17. Belalova Elizaveta produced 13 points in defeat.



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LFB Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Hondar.-Irun 58-67
Estu faced with 12th defeat in LFB, this time against Hondarribia Irun at home. Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert shined for the winning squad collecting 16 points and 14 rebounds. Paola Ferrari scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the hosts. Hondarribia 6-9, Estu 3-12.

Real C.Vigo - Extrugasa 61-60
Celta Vigo escaped with a tiny home victory against the last ranked Extrugasa mostly owing to Agne Ciudariene, who poured in 17 points and grabbed 8 boards. Maja Mijovic was behind her with 12 pts. Iziane Castro contributed with 16 points in loss. Vigo 8-7, Extrugasa 2-12.

Gran Canaria - Mariana 72-80
10-5 for Mariana and 3-11 for Granca after this game. Gisela Vega and Linda Page combined 45 points for the winners. Vega also had 9 rebounds beside that. Granca got 13 points and 8 boards from experienced Iva Perovanovic. Mariana 10-5, Granca 3-11.

Ros Casares - Cadi la Seu 107-71
Devastating 36-point victory for Ros Casares, who remians on top of LFB with almost perfect 14-1 record. Amaya Valdemoro top-scored for the team from Valencia with 25 points. Marta Zurro had 15 points and 10 boards in Cadi La Seu (4-11).

Halcon A.Per. - San Jose 68-60
Michelle Snow came up with double-double for the hosts, 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Petra Stampalija and Ginta Basko added one point less than her. Scoring machine Eshaya Murphy netted 15 in loss. Perfumerias 13-2 (second place), San Jose 8-7.

Olesa - Mann Filter 57-53
Olesa outsmarted Mann Filter improving its record on 10-5 in LFB (the same as Mariana, 4th-5th place). Anna Cruz was a key player for the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Helena Boada was the last one with double-digits in scoring - 10 pts. LaToya Thomas netted 21 for Mann Filter (5-9).

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Rivas Ecopolis 65-76
Powerful Rivas Ecopolis cruised past Ibiza on the road thanks to Roneeka Hodges and her 26 points. Jelen Dubljevic helped with 19 pts and 11 boards. Sancho Lyttle had 24 points and 12 rebs in defeat. Rivas 12-3, Ibiza 5-9.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Akeema richards with a double double - by David Edole
The No.2 Western girls basketball team got off to a slow start yesterday against No.9 Catonsville, but the Doves made up for it in the second half.

Using their superior quickness and depth, the Doves broke out of a tie game and finished it off with a 17-0 run for a 60-43 victory at the Basketball Academy at Morgan State's Hill Field House.

'We were just playing and working hard in order to get that run,' said Doves senior Akeema Richards, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds. 'We had a bunch of hustle plays, especially Mikee Stevenson and Iesha Bell. We worked hard as a team to get that win.'

The Doves (7-6), who lost to the Comets last season at the Academy, trailed by nine points in the first half, but they chipped away in the third quarter, taking their first lead on Janay Newman's driving layup at the end.


MLK Jr. tourney results - by David Edole

Group
Charlotte Amalie (3-0)
Antilles (2-1)
Central (1-2)
Eudora Kean (0-3)

Game 1: Charlotte Amalie 49 Antilles 16
CAHS: Lashonda Creque 12, Shayla Kelly 12
Antilles: Victoria Hamilton 9

Game 2: Central wins a game forfeited by Eudora Kean

Game 3: Antilles wins a game forfeited by Eudora Kean

Game 4: Charlotte Amalie 39 Central 24
CAHS: Aesha Peters 12

Game 5: Antilles 35 Central 28

Antilles: Victoria Hamilton 14

Monday's Championship Games

9:30 am Charlotte Amalie vs. Antilles (Girls)

11:00am Charlotte Amalie vs. Eudora Kean (Boys)