EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/20/2009

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  ABA   


Mustangs extend winning streak to 11 - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA's top ranked Southeast Texas Mustangs defeated the #2 ranked Texas Fuel again on Sunday night, on the Fuel's home court in San Antonio, Texas 89-82. The Mustangs secured their 11th straight win with their victory and is the hottest team in all of professional basketball at this time. The Fuel came out determined to even its season series with the Mustangs as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open up the game, led by Leonard Brown (5'9''-G-83, college: Stephen F. Austin) as he set the tone both offensively and defensively for the team. But a late run by the Mustangs cut the Fuels lead to 29-25 as the first quarter came to a close. A 2nd qtr late run by the Mustangs led by Tim Pledger (5'9''-G-76, college: Belhaven) and Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) allowed them to go in the locker room up 42-41 at halftime. The third quarter belonged to the Mustangs, and their run ended only at the buzzer. The Mustangs were led in scoring by DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.), who collected another double/double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) added 12 points while Antonio Lawrence (6'5''-F-83, college: San Jose St.), Donald Harris (6'5''-F-76, college: Texas Arlington) and Anthony Lumpkin each scored 11 points respectively. Leonard Brown led the Fuel in scoring with 13.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic-League Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Cibona 82-74
The Montenegrin champion was too strong for the Croatian Euroleague representative, thus both teams are on the same 11-6 score now (5th-6th place). Last round's MVP Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) again was a key player for Buducnost nailing 16 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Nikola Otasevic was behind him with 14 pts. Alan Anderson was a way better than the others in defeat with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Zadar - Partizan 74-65
Croatian champ managed to crush the reigning Adriatic league champion, Partizan Belgrade, improving on 12-5. As a reminder, Partizan celebrated last week in Moscow against CSKA booking a spot for the Euroleague Top 16. Above mentioned Cibona also made it. Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Malik Dixon added 16 pts and 5 assists for Zadar. Uros Tripkovic poured in 21 points for Partizan.

Crvena Zvez. - Vojvodina 87-73
Crvena Zvezda once again joined Partizan on top of the regional championship after nice home win vs Vojvodina. Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) netted 21, while Marko Keselj and Vladimir Stimac had 11 points each for the hosts. Visitors got 15 points from the American Vonteego Cummings. Zvezda 15-2, Vojvodina 4-13.

FMP - KK Split 86-59
FMP trashed Split with plus 27 staying on the seventh place (8-9). Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) registered double-double for the hosts, 27 points and 11 rebounds. Zoran Vrkic and Sinisa Stemberger combined 37 points for Split (6-11).

KK Zagreb - Bosna S. 88-68
Zagreb had couple of players in a game mood against Bosna, but the best one was Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) with 19 points. Ante Tomic had 14 pts and 9 rebs, while Mario Dundovic scored 13. Interesting is that Bosna didn't have any player with double-digits in scoring. Zagreb 3-14, Bosna 6-11.

Hemofarm - Helios 80-70
As it was expected, Hemofarm celebrated against Helios jumping on 13-4 (third place). Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 18, Boban Marjanovic 15 and Miljan Pavkovic scored 15 points for the winning squad. Aliaksei Lashekevich had 19 points for Helios (3-14).

U.Olimpija - Krka 73-77
Krka surprised Union Olimpija in Ljubljana joining it on 6-11. That's the exactly same record as Split and Bosna. Simon Petrov (190-G-76) led the scorers in Krka with 18 points. Jack Ingram and Marko Rakocevic helped combining 28 points and 14 boards. Vladimir Golubovic shined in defeat collecting 26 points and 8 rebounds.


Youngsters Musli, Milutinovic, Subotic and Ognjenovic signed their first professional contracts - by Zoran Popovic
Young players Dejan Musli (213-C-91), Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90), Bojan Subotic (204-F/C-90) and Dusan Ognjenovic (217-C-91) signed their first professional contracts with FMP Zeleznik. Dejan Musli, born in Kragujevac, started career in Boox Computers cadet team and 2006. moved to FMP II. This season Dejan Musli in Eurocup for FMP average scored 2.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, in Adriatic league he average scored 1.7 points, 1.8 rebounds per game. Dejan Musli was member of Serbia U16 and U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Musli average scored 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds per game.
Andreja Milutinovic, also born in Kragujevac, started career in FMP II 2006. On 6 games in Eurocup Mladenovic average scored 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, on 10 games in Adriatic league average scored 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds. Mladenovic was member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Milutinovic average scored 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game.
Bojan Subotic, born in Tivat, started in FMP 2005. Subotic was also member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship Subotic average scored 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals per game.
Dusan Ognjenovic, born in Uzice, came in FMP junior team 2006. Ognjenovic was member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Ognjenovic average scored 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds per game.


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Crvena Zvez. 15-2 
 2. Partizan 15-2 
 3. Hemofarm 13-4 
 4. Zadar 12-5 
 5. Cibona 11-6 
 6. Buducnost 11-6 
 7. FMP 8-9 
 8. Bosna S. 6-11 
 9. KK Split 6-11 
 10. Olimpija 6-11 
 11. Krka 6-11 
 12. Vojvodina 4-13 
 13. Helios 3-14 
 14. KK Zagreb 3-14 


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round: 14 (Regular Season, second phase) - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes - El Nacional 76-69
Esudiantes celebrated 7-point home win against El Nacional remaining on third place after 14 rounds in the second phase. Edward Nelson again shined for the winners delivering 22 points and grabbing 5 rebounds for 31 minutes. Juan Cangelosi helped with 21 points for 22 minutes. On the other side, Ralphy Holmes netted 21 pts for El Nacional.

Ben Hur - Regatas C. 73-75
The last ranked Ben Hur faced with another defeat, this time at home vs Regatas 73-75. Luis Caqueira and Sebastian Acosta netted 17 points apiece for the guests, while Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80) helped with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The hosts got 18 points from Sebastian Cabello.

Independ.N. - Gimn.CR 87-85
Cedric Moodie had 25, Brice Assie 20 pts and 10 boards, while Federico Marin added 18 points for Independiente. Diego Romero answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the loosing side. Independiente remains the second ranked team in the league, behind Atenas.

Atenas - Boca Jrs 73-53
As it was expected, the leading team of A1 outplayed Boca Juniors by 20. Juan Pablo Figueroa netted 14, Djibril Kante had 12 points and 8 rebs, while Leonardo Gutierrez netted 11 pts and 5 rebs for Atenas. Boca got 18 points from Juan Espil and his was the only one with double-digits in scoring for his team.

Obras - Sionista 89-91
Sionista grabbed nice 91-89 road win against Obras sharing the fourth place in the league with Libertad and Gimnasia CR. Juan Pablo Cantero was a key player for the wining squad with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Erron Maxey and Fernando Titarelli combined 44 points for Obras.

Lanus - Libertad 72-88
Marcos Saglietti and Jason Osborne helped Libertad yesterday with 21 points apiece. Alejandro Zilli had double-double, 15 points and 13 boards. Terrell Taylor shined for the hosts with 24 points and 6 boards.

Penarol - Cicl. Olimpico 89-72
The box-score will be available soon. Penarol 32, Cicl. Olimpico 30,5.


Quimsa - Quilmes MP 101-75
The box-score will be available soon. Quimsa 28.5, Quilmes 30,5.



Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Atenas 37-5 
 2. Independ.N. 34-5 
 3. Estudiantes 33-0 
 4. Penarol 32-0 
 5. Libertad 32-5 
 6. Gimn.CR 32-5 
 7. Sionista 32-5 
 8. Regatas C. 30-0 
 9. Cicl.Olimpico 30-5 
 10. El Nacional 30-5 
 11. Quilmes MP 30-5 
 12. Obras 29-0 
 13. Quimsa 28-5 
 14. Boca Jrs 28-5 
 15. Lanus 27-0 
 16. Ben Hur 25-5 


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  AUSTRIA   


Furstenfeld wins the Chevrolet Cup 2009 - by Stefan Heinrich
Yesterday the Furstenfeld Panthers won the Chevrolet Cup against WBC Kraftwerk Wels. The Final4 was played in Wels and it were 2 days with a very high basketball level. In the Semi-Finals Wels was able to beat the Klosterneuburg Dukes with 77:65 and Furstenfeld won against the Traiskirchen Lions due to a three pointer of Miljan Goljovic (204-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) with the buzzer. The game ended 97:96.

In the final Wels had the advantage for more than 3 quarters, but the Panthers played a very strong last quarter and only allowed 10 points. They were able to take the lead 2 minutes before the end and with 45 seconds left, they still had a 1 point advantage and possession of the ball. Furstenfeld missed the shot, but they grabbed the rebound and after another long offense they got the rebound again and they gave Wels no chance to stop the clock - so the Furstenfeld Panthers won the Cup Final with 80:79.

MVP of the Final 4 was Shawn Ray (193-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central).

Semi-Finals:
WBC Wels - Klosterneuburg Dukes 77:65 (41:42)
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) 24, Andrew Strait (203-F/C-85) 15, Casey Archibald (195-G-84) & Nelson 14 ; Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) 23, Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) 14, Wright 12

Traiskirchen Lions - Furstenfeld Panthers 96:97 (48:50)
Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 25, Dragan Zekovic (210-F-87, agency: Interperformances) 23, Vay 16, Nicoara 11 ; Miljan Goljovic 27, Shawn Ray 24, Ocokoljic 16, Bryan Lucas (203-F/C-78, college: N.Texas) 12, Adam Boone (190-G-81, college: Minnesota) 10

Final:
WBC Wels - Furstenfeld Panthers 79:80 (48:42)

Andrew Strait 23, Casey Archibald 18, Brandon Thomas 14, Woschank 12 ; Bryan Lucas 25, Shawn Ray 18, Adam Boone 17, Ocokoljic 11


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  BELARUS   


East All-Stars victorious in Minsk - by Eurobasket News
East - West 93:89

The All-Star Game took part in Belarus. The Eastern All-Stars dominated and pulled away with a spectacular victory at the end. Aliaksei Trostinetskiy (200-F-86) was trumped the MVP for the Eastern All-Stars Team. Sergei Charikau was named the Most Valuable Player for the West.
The West team got to the better start in the game as they piled up a 22:18 lead after the opening term. They maintained the lead and were up by 5 at halftime. The Western team opened up a double-digit lead in the third quarter but the East easily denied it. The teams showed some high-flying ball game in the final quarter before the East eked out a narrow victory at the end.
Aliaksei Trostinetskiy finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the East. Dzianis Korshuk (202-C/F-78, agency: Agency No 10) topscored for the winners with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Maksim Shustau (184-G-86) paced the West Team with 23 points. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) and Sergei Dadikin (199-F-83) added 10 points apiece in the loss.
Shustau also celebrated the victory in the three-point shootout. Ilyas Salsanau (199-F-89) won the Slam Dunk contest.

East: Dzianis Korshuk 26+13 boards, Aliaksei Trostinetskiy 23, Rostislav Vergun (202-G/F-82, college: Birmingham Souther) 13+11 boards
West: Maksim Shustau 23, Dmitry Sviridov 10, Sergei Dadikin 10, Kanstantsin Yafremau (201-F-86) 10


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  BELGIUM   


Div. II Regular Season - Rounds 18 and 19 - by Bertrand Larsimont
Round 18

De West Hoek Zwevezele vs. BBC Boom 80-58
Impressive game by the locals, definitely the team registering the best records for the time being.
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 17; Tandt 1; J. Bourdeaux 12; B. Heinle 8; B. Verdickt 6; B. Bobb 17; B. Deceuninck 5; L. L'Hote 12; Deputter 2.
Boom: Haerbos 8; Druwez 5; Van Wert 6; Lambreghts 7; Salden 5; S. Moris 21; P. Van Hoecke 4; Vermeiren 2.

Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 65-74
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 18-13, 33-31, 52-53 and 65-74.
Pitzemburg: Van Breedam 3; Swaeb 11; D. Billet 4; Van Gelder 2; Van Den Brande 21; Veldeman 9; Pottiez 13; Corthals 2.
Sint-Jan: Goethaert 3; W. Lemaire 9; W. Van Schil 5; L. Tielens 11; T. Van De Vondel 28; V. Verbeeck 4; S. Tielens 2; J. Ceyssens 12.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. BCO Carnieres 82-79
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 15-20, 41-39, 63-63 and 82-79.
Nivelles: M. El Moutalibi 28; T. Vanden Eynde 16; M. Renard 5; F. Muylaert 2; J. Defosse 13; T. Karavokyros 5; S. Buja 13.
Carnieres: Romyns 2; Thelen 4; Ballau 19; S. Poppe 6; K. Jonniaux 22; Lena 4; D. Tshomba 11; D. Goethals 9; L. De Campos 2.

BC Ninane vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 78-88
Score at the half: 40-44.
Ninane: --
Kangoeroes: M. Gorremans 18; B. Follens 21; Roelandts 6; Casteels 7; D. D'Haens 4; R. Petrauskas 20; De Wachter 12.

CEP Fleurus vs. Essor Charleroi 72-76
Special mention to Essor centers Emmanuel Mampuya (9 rebounds and decisive free-throws made) and Seb Vermeulen (12 rebounds). CEP guard Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) was excluded in the first quarter (intentionally trying to hit an opponent with the ball). A VIP lounge is currently being built in CEP's gym, the Salle de Bonsecours. The attendance respected a minute of silence before the game in honor of the late CEP vice-president and former player Albert De Hennault who died the previous week at age 49.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-19, 36-35, 52-59 and 72-76.
Fleurus: A. Jadin 15; S. Tison 15; J. Vanesse 14; L. Pourtoit 10; B. Penninck 8; T. Rozewicz 6; Poulain 2; Bastien 2.
Charleroi: R. Leclercqs 19; Sperolini 12; Gevaert 10; E. Mampuya 9; L. Bearzotti 8; S. Vermeulen 7; Pellisier 6; Frippiat 4; Stache 2.

Falco Ghent vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 74-86
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 19-23, 36-47, 60-62 and 74-86.
Falco: J. Van De Vondel 20; De Schepper 18; Van Haevermaet 13; Seghers 8; J. Selhorst 4; Brysse 4; Vanderkimpe 3; F. Bwatu 2; Huyghe 2.
Hasselt: M. Hendrix 22; D. Souveryns 19; Vanhove 15; H. Baert 12; Clemente 9; Smolders 5; R. Van Poelgeest 2; Westphalen 2.

Bye: Basket Bree and Bent Schoenen Waregem

Round 19

Sint-Jan Antwerp vs. CEP Fleurus 86-72
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 20-17, 37-31, 60-51 and 86-72.
Former Belgian Lion Julien Pirlot (198-F-81) is back in CEP Fleurus. CEP's playmaker Stephen Tison (176-G-84), injured, should not be back on court before next month.
Nice win for the home team. Sint-Jan player Lars Tielens (194-F/G-88) played with a mask because his nose was broken during the Round 18 game in Pitzemburg.
Best scorers for Sint-Jan: Van Rillaer 11; W. Van Schil 22; L. Tielens 14; T. Van De Vondel 13; V. Verbeeck 11.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 13; J. Pirlot 10; L. Pourtoit 18; A. Jadin 11; T. Rozewicz 1; B. Penninck 7; S. Semijejero 12.

BBC Boom vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 73-77
Despite an impressive third quarter by the local team led by Moris and Lambreghts (26-10 in the quarter), Waregem showed some great team spirit through the game and finally won by 4 points.
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 14-23, 34-49, 60-59 and 73-77.
Boom: Druwez 5; Van Wert 13; Lambreghts 17; Salden 11; S. Moris 23; P. Van Hoecke 2; Vermeiren 2.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 6; J. Steinbach 14; S. Robeyst 13; S. De Leersnyder 12; B. Bogaert 10; W. De Wilde 8; B. Cleymans 9; B. Raes 3; A. Steinbach 2.

Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 60-76
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 21-18, 40-36, 48-57 and 60-76.
Hasselt: --
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 6; J. Bourdeaux 11; B. Heinle 9; B. Verdickt 23; B. Bobb 11; B. Deceuninck 2; L. L'Hote 14.

Kangoeroes Willebroek vs. Falco Ghent 84-69
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 30-17, 52-32, 66-50 and 84-69.
Kangoeroes: --
Falco: J. Van de Vondel 16; De Schepper 13; Dhondt 12; Huyghe 10; J. Selhorst 8; F. Bwatu 6; Brysse 2; Seghers 2.

BCO Carnieres vs. BC Ninane 79-71
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 21-15, 41-39, 61-51 and 79-71.
Carnieres: Thelen 16; Ballau 8; Poppe 4; Dekaise 3; Jonniaux 6; D. Tshomba 19; Goethals 2; Cordaro 7; De Campos 12.
Ninane: --

Bree Basket vs. Essor Charleroi 92-80
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-19, 37-36, 69-67 and 92-80.
Bree already had a tough time to defeat Essor Charleroi last November (55-62) and was well challenged in this game either. It was 69-69 with just 9 minutes remaining in Sunday's game.
After Don Beck's departure to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch in Dutch league where he signed a contract for the end of the season with an option for next season, Pero Vucica and Basket Bree's President Rik Monnens have reached an agreement. Pero Vucica is Basket Bree's new head coach.
Bree: O. Hodge 8; K. Reed 8; E. Norvell 15; H. Orsulic 3; M. Meeks 14; R. McCollum 24; R. Moss 12; J. Vucica 7; T. Van Camp 1.
Charleroi: R. Leclercqs 15; L. Bearzotti 9; E. Mampuya 5; R. Kitieu 2; D. Frippiat 14; N. Gevaert 15; J.F. Stache 5; V. Pellisier 2; S. Vermeulen 13.

Bye: Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen and Royal Alsec Nivelles


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  BOSNIA   


Elvir Ovcina joins KK Bosna! - by Nedzad Kladusak
KK Bosna signed Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) until the end of the season! After the heavy loss in Zagreb, KK Bosna decided to sign Elvir Ovcina.
Ovcina has been one of the Bosnas targets since the beginning of the season but since Ovcina had an impressive career Bosna couldn t afford him.
Elvir Ovcina has been for many years member of the bosnian NT and played four EC. He played in such famous teams like Olympiakos and has been twice belgian champion with Oostende.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian golden boy back in Pamesa - by Vladi Lazarova

Bulgarian golden boy Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) is back in the house of Spanish grand Pamesa Valencia. 196 cm tall guard is already practicing with the Mens team of Croatian head coach Neven Spahija after leaving the roster of Gandia Basket from LEB-Gold. There 18-years old boy from Bulgarian sea capital Varna, who has a 3-years contract with Pamesa, was given on a loan to manage more playing time. But this didn't happen at all, especially in the last 2-3 months, when Avramov spent his time more sitting on the bench.
The decision for his comeback was made by his agency 'Interperformances' and the club from ACB league. The talent, who caught the eye of Pini Gershon last summer and he invited him to join Bulgarian National team in qualifications for Eurobasket 2009, will get rights to participate in Top 16 of Eurocup with Pamesa, not just in the domestic championship.




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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Zhejiang G. - Shanghai 138-99
Zhejiang Guangsha smashed Shanghai 138:99 as Jelani McCoy scored 29, Rodney White added 25 and Yu Junkai nailed 23 points. Peng Fei led Shanghai with 32 points and 6 rebounds.

Xinjiang - Zhejiang C. 113-77
Xinjiang destroyed Zhejiang 113:77 as the favorites moved to 25-3 record. Mendez Juan collected 31 points and 8 rebounds, while Xu Guochong scored 21 points. Snyder Kirk ended up with 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Jiangsu - Qingdao DS 125-123
Jiangsu and Qingdao DS showed a great performance as the first achieved 125:123 victory. Donnell Harvey had massive 38 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Jameel Watkins collected 30 points and 22 rebounds. Chris Williams led Qingdao with 28 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals.

Shandong - Guandong 90-105
Guangdong improved to 24-4 record with a 105:90 triumph over Shandong. Jason Dixon had 21 points and 7 rebounds and Smush Parker scored 18 points. Mack Tuck led Shandong with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

TianJin R. - Bayi 76-83
Mo Ke and Wang Lei combined 55 points as Bayi defeated Tianjin 83:76. Xu Guijun had 34 points and 5 rebounds for Tianjin, while Theron Smith had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Shanxi Zh. - DongGuan 112-127
Michael Harris produced massive 43 points and 17 rebounds to lead Dongguan to a 127:112 victory over Shanxi Zhongyu. Duan Jiangpeng paced Zhongyu with 27 points and Olumide Oyedeji had 25 points and 10 rebounds while Bonzi Wells scored 20.

Shaanxi - Yunnan 121-110
Shaanxi defeated Yunnan 121:110 as Lee Benson posted 35 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Corsley Edwards ended up with 46 points and 13 rebounds for Yunnan.

Liaoning - Jilin 78-79
Jilin stun Liaoning 79:78 as Leon Rogers had 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yang Ming led Liaoning with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.

Fujian - Beijing 98-92
Fujian overcame Beijing 98:92 as Chris Porter and Gong Songlin each scored 28 points for the winners. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 41 points and 17 rebounds.



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  COLOMBIA   


Norte de Santander to play in the Liga Suramericana - by Victor Garcia
According local sources Norte de Santander (formerly Canoneros) champion of the 2008 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup, will play in the Liga Suramericana, the group will be hosted in Nortes home Cucuta, in the Toto Hernandez coliseum, the team is already making the roster, Edgar Moreno and Eleuterio Renteria will be part of the team, also they are talking to Enielsen Guevara and Norbey Aragon, the directives are waiting for the confirmation of Monty Wilson, Carlos Rogers and Eduardo Torres, also is expected that Julio Toro coaches the team.
Norte could be part of the group with Cocodrilos de Venezuela, one team from Argentina and one team from Brazil.


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  CYPRUS   


The Limassol teams record new victories in the regular season - by Nemanja Bjedov
Darrel Mitchell scored 17 points as Proteas EKA AEL beat Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou 82-68 in Round 12 of the national basketball championship on Sunday evening at the Palouriotissas Gymnasium in Nicosia.

The hosts started the game in a great offensive rhythm; led by Cory Bradford and Vladimir Zujovic they were six points ahead at the end of the opening quarter at 23-17. In the second period they even increased their lead to seven points on several occasions but the battling Proteas EKA AEL managed to cut their deficit to only one point by the half-time break at 39-38. The visitors came out strong in the third quarter as they scored 25 points in this period while restricting Nikolas Papadopoulos men to only 11, to put the final score beyond any doubt. The home team tried to get back in the game in the final ten minutes but they had no strength to do so as the Limassol powerhouse easily matched them basket-for-basket.

Bradford led Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou with 20 points, while Dion Harris added 13. Zujovic and Chad McClendon had 11 and 10 points respectively.

Aleksandar Radojevic and Haris Mujezinovic each had 14 points for Proteas EKA AEL, while Milan Dozet chipped in with 11. Quincy Taylor finished the game with 10.

In another game that was played on Sunday evening Pizza Express Prime Tel Apollon beat Ydra Asphalistiki ENAD 82-77 in Limassol. Lewis Sims led the home side with 23 points, while Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski had 16. Kyle Wilson and Igor Tadic had 20 and 18 points respectively for the Ayios Domethios team.

Source: www.cybasketball.com


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Prostejov Fall on the Road to BK Synthesia Pardubice 81-75 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Prostejov dropped their third in a row as they fell on the road to Pardubice 81-75 on Sunday night. A close game throughout, Prostejov could not come up with timely stops as they failed to hold their third straight opponent (Liberec, Novy Jicin, Pardubice)
under 80 points, all of which have been losses. A much closer contest than when the teams met back in November (an 81-69 Pardubice victory) but the results were the same as Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) and Levell Sanders (189-G-75, agency: Stanley International, college: Seton Hall) paced Pardubice with 24 and 23 points respectively. Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville)s return from a hand injury was not enough of a spark for Prostejov as they fall to 10-10 on the season. Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois) had a strong game offensively, with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds but failed to pick up a single assist in nearly 33 minutes of action. With the victory, Pardubice improves to 9-11, same as Liberec and USK Praha after 20 games.
PROSTEJOV: Shaun Pruitt (23pt+8rb), Ian Hanavan (13pt+7rb), Jaroslav Prasil (9pt+5rb), Hurl Beechum (9pt)
PARDUBICE: Levell Sanders (23pt+6rb+6as+7to), Virginijus Sirvydis (24pt), Martin Sykora (17pt+6rb), Lavel Payne (5pt+11rb)


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  DENMARK   


Alan Madsen saves the day Horsens wins 2 in a row! - by Thomas Soltau
Late 'Merry Christmas' to Horsens for securing the signature of veteran Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78).

Last night the guard proved just how important he can be.

Horsens faced Amager at home, but was still a big under-dog on paper going into the game.

Alan Madsen changed that!

First Horsens beat the Champions, and now behind Madsens strong 27 points, 8 rebounds and 12 fouls drawn Horsens got there second win of the season. 93-86.

Madsen shot 5-7 from the field and 15-20 from the free throw line, and also had 3 assists and 3 steals.

Incredible performances!


Canal Digital League Round 13: - by Thomas Soltau
Horsens VS Amager (93-86): Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) saves the day Horsens wins 2 in a row!
Horsens faced Amager at home, but was still a big under-dog on paper going into the game.
Alan Madsen changed that!
First Horsens beat the Champions, and now behind Madsens strong 27 points, 8 rebounds and 12 fouls drawn Horsens got there second win of the season. 93-86.
Madsen shot 5-7 from the field and 15-20 from the free throw line, and also had 3 assists and 3 steals.
Darnell Kirkwood (196-G/F-85, college: Lynn) also contributed amazing 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Incredible turnaround for Horsens.
Amager should a good team effort, but the 21 points from Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) was not enough.

SISU VS Randers (84-93): A pretty close game all the way, but in the second half Randers proved to be the better team.
Randers is having a really good season, and has surprised a lot of people. Head coach Mark Collins is doing an amazing job with his players.
Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) fought for 31 points and 9 rebounds, while Danish talent Henrik Thomsen finally came with a big performance scoring 19 points.
The US imports D.J. Smedley (178-G-84, college: Ill.-Chicago) and Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) drove their team to victory. Smedley had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Colas had his normal double double with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

Naestved VS Bakken (82-77): Revenge for Naestved as they beat Bakken! This was an important game for Naestved to improve their ranking, and to shake of the painful Cup defeat.
Sasha Djordjevic (190-G-85) led Naestved with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) added 22 points.
Naestved took an early first quarter led and Bakken never really came back from that.
Eric Bell (190-G-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Paltz St.) had 18 points for Bakken.

Aabyhoj VS Svendborg (84-94): A pretty close game most of the way. Svendborg can be happy to secure the win, as they were playing without one of their imports. Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans). The player is still resting injuries.
Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) was effective in the middle for the home team with 27 points on 11-14 shooting.
Svendborgs attack was led by William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Promotex, college: Arkansas). The big forward scored 24 points on 10-13 shooting.

Horsholm VS Roskilde (91-67): Roskilde ran out of gas in the second half. 34-34 was the halftime result, but after that the home team Horsholm toke control.
Roskilde committed 21 turnovers to Horsholms 8.
Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) played a very good game for Horsholm with 15 points, 7 assist and 7 steals, alongside the crafty point guard four other Horsholm players contributed with double digit scoring.
Roskilde is struggling to find a way to play well for all 40 minutes of the game.
In defeat Dean Thibodeau (204-C-70, college: Dalhousie) had 18 points and 12 rebounds.


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Kedrick Brown Match winner - by Interperformances
In D-League action, 6'7' forward Kedrick Brown (6'7''-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) hit a clutch three-pointer from the left corner in the last seconds of the game to give Anaheim Arsenal the win over the Tulsa 66ers 100-97. Kedrick was both the high scorer of the match, with 23 points, and also the top rebounder, collecting 13 boards in 45 minutes on the court for Anaheim. 6'6' guard/forward Moses Ehambe (6'6''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: ORU) added 19 points, with 4 three-pointers for the 66ers.

Last Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine
Anaheim: Signed Northern Illinois product Bryson McKenzie (6'10''-C-83, college: N.Illinois) and waived veteran guard Tierre Brown (6'2''-G-79, college: Mc Neese St.). McKenzie last played in Anaheim during the 2006-07 season before leaving for Germany. In 22 games he averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. McKenzie began this season in Chile where the season just concluded. Brown, the 2004 D-League MVP, appeared in 18 games thus far this season and was averaging 15.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.2apg

Albuquerque: Signed Toree Morris (6'10''-C-82, agency: Passing Lane). Morris was last with Ft. Wayne, where in 14 games he averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds before being released earlier this month.

Colorado: Acquired D-League veteran Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas). In Thomas, a 2008 D-League All-Star with Colorado, the 14ers get one of the more productive shooting guards in the minor leagues today. The former Kansas guard was with Kavala/Panorama in Greece to begin this season. In nine games, he recorded averages of 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.0 minutes per contest.

Rio Grande Valley: Announced that Alton Ford (6'10''-C-81, college: Houston) had left the team to play in China. Ford is the third Viper to leave for China this season, joining Kendall Dartez and Smush Parker who left right after the D-League Showcase. The former NBA Draft Pick out of Houston, appeared in 21 games for Rio Grande Valley, averaging 9.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.


D-League Round: 45 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Anaheim - Tulsa 100-97
The Arsenal grabbed tiny road win against Tulsa jumping on 7-14 record. Kedrick Brown (6'7''-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) had 23 points and 13 rebounds, James White scored 21, while Cedric Bozeman added 18 points for the winners. Ronald DuPree shined in loss with 28 points and 13 rebounds. 66ers 5-15.

Erie - Dakota 87-95
Blake Ahearn stepped up for the hosts with 25 points and 7 assists leading it to home win against the BayHawks. Maurice Baker had 16, while Richard Hendrix registered double-double for the Wizards, 14 pts and 12 rebs. Visitors got 22 points from Maureece Rice. Wizards 14-9, BayHawks 11-11.

Idaho - Bakersfield 102-110
14-7 for Bakersfield Jam and 15-6 for Idaho Stampede after this game. Trey Johnson and Derrick Byars combined 45 points in victory. Brent Petway answered with fantastic 32 points and 8 boards for the loosing side.


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JACK MICHAEL MEETS LUGO IN MEXICO....& OTHER ACTION - by Ozell Wells
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Edgar Lugo (189-G-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Lehman) locked horns not in Domicana, but in MEXICO in a heated LNBP contest. Edgar Edgar Lugo played in his second game with Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi and notched 19 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 steals but lost the match wth Halcones Rojos de Veracruz 90-79. Edgar Lugo was PERFECT from the Free Throw line (8-8) and shot 3 of 8 from behind the 3pt line. Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi must come up with a string of wins as the hope to get out of their gridlock with Bucaneros and maintain distance on Lechugeros as the LNBP season is eading into the playoff stages.
On the winning side of things, Jack Michael Martinez fiinshed his game with 11 pts,11 rebounds 2 blocks and 1 steal. 'Jack Mike' was 5 of 11 from the field and 1of 1 from the free throw line. The LNBP rebound leader is constantly building on his insurmountable lead in the LNBP and is making a case for Dominican Dominance in the Mexican league. Jack is curently avergaing a staggering 13.8 rebbounds per game. His Halcones Rojos de Veracruz sit in 2nd place in the Southern Conference at 30-12 and are gearing up for the stretch run as the race to the playoffs has commenced.

In other action, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) and Fuerza Regia Monterrey lost against Dorados de Chihuahua 105-95. Marlon notched 18 pts 9 rebounds and an assist while shooting 9 of 14 from the field. Halcones Rojos de Veracruz sits in 6th place in the North Divison at 18-19 and need to find a way to right the ship quickly. We will see how things progress.


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An interview with James R:Schulz - by Gianni Pascucci
James R. Schutz is the Owner, GM and Head Coach of the Elmira Bulldogs. This is a brand new franchise for the Eastern Basketball Alliance, but has yet two years of playing experience in other semi professional leagues. Mr. Schultz very gently agreed to answer to some of our questions, with a long, interesting text. See all his answers down:
1) Q: First, about this year's EBA league, what can you say to comment the 2009 season ? A: The talent in this year's 2009 version of the EBA is unreal, each
team is loaded with strong players from the NCAA D-1 and NCAA D-2 level and a lot of those player's already have professional experience. Talent wise and depth wise with so many strong teams you could make a case for this year's EBA being the most talented basketball minor league in the states outside of the NBDL.
2) Q: One year after leaving the ABA for the NPBL, you made another move, joining the Easten Basketball Alliance. What factored into this decision ? A: With the ABA we really no choice but to leave, my partner at the time decided to leave in-season, and it took time to find a new financial partner which I did in Charles Berch and we moved the team to Elmira and the Elmira Bulldogs were born. Charles works on the pit crew for the Rolex Racing circuit, hes a professional photographer for the AP who has been published in everything from Sports Illustrated magazine to the USA Today news paper and has worked the past handful of superbowls for the AP including this year's superbowl, I couldn't ask for a better partner. As far as the NPBL goes it was a constant struggle to get in communication with the league office, the president would disapear for week's at a time and not let anyone know about it. The NPBL league website would go over a month with out being updated, it was frustrating from a owner/GM perspective. Dick and Cynthia Anzolut, the owners of the EBA take things so serious and professional that it is refreshing. You have no idea how nice it is to have a minor league that actually has a league office fully staffed with office hours Monday-Friday where someone always picks up the phone after the first ring. After talking with Dick and Cynthia and seeing how they aproach running the EBA it was a no brainer that we wanted to be a part of it.
3) Q: The Eastern Basketball Alliance has decided to increase its teams line-up to 15 in 2009. What do you think about this ? A: I see no problem in the expansion, it seems like the EBA weeded out some of the weaker teams from the EBA's past and kept the strong team's in Harrisburg, Delaware and Alexandria and then added a bunch of new strong team's to really take the EBA to the next level of minor league basketball.
4) Q: Now, about your team. You are 2-0 now, and have just beaten one of the highest rated teams, Alexandria, led by Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: LIU Brooklyn). Can you tell us some about the 2009 Bulldogs and what do you expect to do in this season ? A: Yeah, 2-0 is a great way to start the season. This is the 2nd staight season we defeated Alexandria (last season in the NPBL we defeated them) but the Alexandria Avengers never make it easy, short-handed or not they always have great player's with NCAA D-1 talent and really make us work for the win. Aubin Scott is just one of many Bulldogs player's playing great right now but Aubin has def. gotten off to a great start to the season. What is most remarkable about the Elmira Bulldogs is not that we our 2-0 this season but that as a franchise the Elmira Bulldogs have now won 13 out of the last 14 game's dating back to last season in the NPBL. We have established ourselves among the elite team's in all of minor league basketball.
5) Q: Which are at present the best teams in the EBA, in your opinion ? A: If I had to take guess at it I would say as of right now judging by what has happened so far this season and with taking a look at roster's the front runner's for the 2009 EBA title would be the Elmira Bulldogs, Harrisburg Horizon, Alexandria Avengers, Delaware Destroyers, Washington Madness and New York Wizards. However I really think out of the 15 team's in the league that the EBA goes 12 to 13 strong this season so there could be a team even outside of those mentioned that takes home the title.
6) Q: Would you like to add some further comments about your team or the league ? A: We're very pleased to be a part of the 2009 EBA season, the EBA is
at it's strongest ever and with the people that the league has at the controls I only see it getting even stronger as time goes on.


Roster changes in New York Wizards - by Gianni Pascucci
Greg Cerillo Sr , the Owner and Head Coach the New York Wizards, EBA team sent to Usbasket.com a roster updating info in which he announces the signing of Karim Smith (6'8''-F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Anthony Cox (6'9'-C-83, college: Farmingdale State). These two new players replace in roster Matt McKee (6'9''-C) and Vern Alonzo (6'4''-G), who have been released.

Cardinals change coach and get the first win - by Gianni Pascucci

The Hampton Roads Cardinals took their first EBA win on saturday night, defeating the Virginia Wolverines, 89-86. Chris Harper (5'11''-G-81) was the Cards top performer, with 24 pts and 2 steals. Sixth man Alonzo Watts (6'3''-G) added 22 pts, veteran Aaron Johnson (5'8''-G-72) scored 7 pts and dished 11 assists. Usual top scorer, Sherman Holland IV (6'1''-G-80), was kept by the Wolverins at only 10 points in the game. The new Hampton Roads coach is Sherman Holand III, the father of the player with the same name, who is 55 now and has a long Pro-Am and Summer leagues coaching experience. He replaces Willie Ponds, who resigned after two games.



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Regular season MVP: Sani Becirovic of Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) grabbed the MVP award in Euroleague 08/09 regular season with 22 index rate per game. Becirovic helped his Lottomatia Roma to reach Top 16 averaging 17.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.1 apg and 1.1 spg in 9 games. His regular season-high happened in the last round against Fenerbahce Ulker on the road when Becirovic nailed 24 points. Once against Tau Ceramica and twice vs Union Olimpija he scored 23 points. The biggest index rate (38) Becirovic had in Round 8 against Olimpija grabbing the MVP award of the week. Sani Becirovic also was MVP of the month November. His Lottomatica Roma advanced to Top 16 as the second-ranked team from Group D with 6-4 record.

The second place on the regular season MVP list belongs to D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) of Maccabi Electra. Fischer appeared 9 times reaching 21.8 index rate per game. His average digits were 14.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 1.3 apg. He delivered 26 points against Cibona in the opening round, what is his season-high so far.
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) of Tau Ceramica is on third place with 20.7 irpg. He played 10 games for the reigning Spanish champion adding 15.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.7 apg. Splitter scored the most points in Round 5 against DKV Joventut - 23.


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Prokom 0-0 
 2. Tau 0-0 
 3. Olympiakos 0-0 
 4. Armani MI 0-0 
Group F
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Real Madrid 0-0 
 3. Regal Barca 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
Group G
 1. Partizan 0-0 
 2. Unicaja 0-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 4. Lottomatica 0-0 
Group H
 1. CSKA 0-0 
 2. Montepaschi 0-0 
 3. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 4. Cibona 0-0 


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1.DIVISION: Kauhajoki is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 12: BC Nokia is the only Team able to defeat Karhu (Kauhajoki) this season in 1. division. That wonder took place in October at Nokia. Tonight Kauhajoki and BC Nokia met again, but this time there was no room and chance for such upset. Kauhajoki crushed BC Nokia 100-72. Roni Leimu (189-G-82) led home Team with 24 pts. Brandon Polk (200-F-84, college: Butler) and Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive) had both 21 pts. BC Nokia's Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) netted game high 26 pts. Matt Dlouhy DNP. Dlouhy has left the team. When Huima (Aanekoski) outscored Ura Basket (Kaarina) 114-94 Huima's American players Allen Morill (200-F-83, college: Arizona St.) and Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) scored both 21 pts and grabbed 10 rbs each as well. Armondo Surratt (185-G-83, college: USF) led Ura Basket once again with 29 pts.

Kauhajoki - BC Nokia 100-72 (59-35) (Roni Leimu 24, Brandon Polk 21/14, Maurice Horton 21 - Matt Cooper 26, Jason Holmes 16, Tomi Kankaanpaa 15).

Huima - Ura Basket 114-94 (53-44) (Allen Morill 21/10, Jason Hartford 21/10, Heikki Laatikainen 20 - Armondo Surratt 29, Miska Ahokas 14, Jan-Axel Alanko 12).



KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti shooting so well - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 23: Only one (TV)game tonight. Tarmo (Porvoo) hosting and YMCA Lahti as the visitor. Home team lazy defending and visitors shooting so well especially behind the arc. Already during the first quarter YMCA Lahti made six treys (60%) and never gave away the lead: 65-79 (25-46). Quarters: 14-26, 11-20,

24-21, 16-12. Teemu Laine (190-G-77) (YMCA Lahti) was the game MVP with 22 pts (treys 4/4). Ville Vesala (188-G-83) and Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) added both 13 pts. Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) still in double digits with 11 pts and seven assists. Magen McNeil (198-F-83, college: Arcadia) led Tarmo with 17 pts and 10 rbs. Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) added 14 pts.

Tarmo - YMCA Lahti 65-79 (25-46) (Magen McNeil 17/10, Victor Morris 14, DeWayne Richardson 10/10, Harri Hohteri 10 - Teemu Laine 22, Ville Vesala 13, Ray Nixon 13, Ilkka Vuori 11/7a).



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ProA Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Le Havre - Orleans 68-86
Powerful Orleans cruised past Le Havre on the road staying on top of Pro A with nice 12-2 record. Brian Greene (204-F-81, college: Colorado St.) once again was a key player for Orleans delivering 23 points and pulling down 7 rebounds for 28 minutes (5 triples). Ryvon Covile and Terence Dials netted 16 pts each. Dials also had 9 rebs beside that. Fabien Causeur had 15 points and 5 assists for Le Havre (5-9).

ASVEL - Dijon 82-61
11-3 for the second ranked ASVEL and 5-9 for Dijon after this game. Benjamin Dewar led the scorers in victory with 26 points. Abdoulaye Mbaye had 14 points and 8 boards on the other side.

Besancon - Hyeres-Toulon 72-74
Very important road win for Hyeres-Toulon as both teams entered into this round with the same 5-8 record. Austin Nichols was totally unstoppable for the winners collecting 31 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Hawkins had 14 pts and 7 rebs for the hosts, while John Ford contributed with 12 points and 10 boards.

Pau - Cholet 90-86
Pau-Orthez finally registered the second victory in Pro A, but despite it one of the famous French clubs remains at the bottom of the standings with minimum chances for the survival. Dylan Page top-scored for Pau-Orthez with 21 points (also had 5 rebs). Thomas Heurtel added 15 points and 13 assists. Cholet got 22 points and 5 boards from Nando De Colo, falling on 5-9.

Nancy - Chalon 92-72
Nancy grabbed it easily against Chalon joining the second French Euroleague representative for this season, Le Mans, with 9-5 record. Cyril Julian led Nancy pouring in 19 points, including 7 rebounds. Brian Boddicker came up with 26 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Chalon (7-7).

Roanne - Le Mans 75-71
Taj Gray, who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, paced his Roanne to home win against dangerous Le Mans. Chris Monroe also netted 15, while Curtis Sumpter helped the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Dewarick Spencer shined for the loosing side with 20 pts. Roanne 8-6, Le Mans 9-5.

Gravelines - Vichy 53-50
Gravelines outsmarted Vichy remaining on third place in Pro A with 10-4 record. Rashaun Freeman came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Tony Skinn added 13 pts for the hosts. David Teague answered with 14 pts for Vichy (5-9).

Rouen - Strasbourg 95-83
Rouen grabbed the sixth victory in Pro A this season thanks to trio Cheikhou Thioune, Ronald Dorsey and Derrick Low, which combined 60 points, 21 rebounds and 16 assists. Brion Rush and Derrick Obasohan answered with 46 points together for the guests. Rouen 6-8, Strasbourg 7-7.


Pro B Market News - by Gregory Caru
Two teams have change their rosters last week in Pro B
*Brest has signed Mike Bernard,Center,in order to replace Sherman Gay(16,6ppg 4,3rpg)injured.Bernard is a big man,with a real fighting spirit,good moves inside but limited by his shoot.He'is well known in Europe,because he has already played in GRE,GER,CZE,ITA.Last year he played in Napoli(ITA)with 3,8ppg 2,2rpg in 24 games;and at the beginning of this season he was in Apoel Nicosia(CYP),but he's left in order to discover the french Championship with Brest!
*Saint-Vallier has signed Jason Jamerson,Guard,in order to replace Marvin Kilgore who has decided to leave the team.For Jamerson this is his first experience after University.Last year he was in Grand Valley(NCAA2) 14,6ppg 4,2rpg 2,3apg 44% 3pts,he has demonstrated his ability in 3pts,but now he must prove that he can drive his team and play in a higher level,a big challenge for him.
Mike Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) Jason Jamerson (188-G, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment)


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Cody Toppert is German - by Moritz Korff
Cody Toppert (193-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Cornell) has received German citizenship in December 2008. In terms of basketball the 26-year-old left-hander - born in Albuquerque, NM - is now considered a Bosman A-player and thus, does not fall in the import player category anymore.
The new German has a great ability to the shoot the basketball and can drive to the hoops as well. He finished his collegiate career at Cornell (NCAA1) with 237 three-point field goals made. As a senior back in 2004-05 he played 27 games for the Big Red, averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assist and 1.0 steal per contest. Toppert then turned pro and played his first season after college in the NBA D-League for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, before moving to New Zealand in February 2006. He produced 22.1 points, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg in 13 games of the NBL, followed by a stint during 2006-07 in Portugal. He helped Barreirense to advance to the Portuguese Cup-Final Four (15ppg) and posted 10.8 points per outing in the league. After some time on the roster of CBA's Great Falls Explorers in this past season (18 games: 13.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg) Herr Toppert won the Amare Stoudemire Phoenix Summer Pro League, secured the title as the three-point champ and attended the Allstar Game of the league as well. 'I hope to find a place to play in the near future as a Bosman A', Toppert stated.


Jordan and Milosevic join 99ers - Gordon suspended - by Moritz Korff
Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) have each inked a contract with the Koeln 99ers (1. Bundesliga) that runs through the end of this current season. Meanwhile, Jamon Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) has been suspended until further notice due to lack of discipline.
Jordan already suited up for the 99ers in the 2005-06 season, when the team won the German championship. In the past months he has been playing for Bamberg, but left as the Brose Baskets hired Dan Dickau (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to run the point. Milosevic started the season with KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd of Serbia. He had eight appearances in the Adriatic League and averaged 1.5 points per contest. During 2007-08 the 25-year-old saw action in 21 games of the Austrian Bundesliga and posted 10.6 points as well as 6.3 rebounds per outing for the Traiskirchen Lions.


Dan Dickau seals Bamberg switch - by Moritz Korff
The Brose Baskets Bamberg (1. Bundesliga) have completed the signing of Dan Dickau (183-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). The 30-year-old playmaker spent almost his entire pro-career in the NBA so far, playing for the Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers since 2002. Dickau was a star at NCAA level and averaged 20.8 points, 4.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds for Gonzaga University as a senior during 2001-02.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Want To Transport all of 2009 BBL Allstar Dunk Champ Keith Simmons Energy Into Reaching The BBL Cup Top 4 in Hamburg With A Win In Braunschweig January 20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The weekend was almost a perfect three for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they calmly took apart ENBW Ludwigsburg 71-56 on Friday, American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) narrowly defeated Cologne 99er Robert Hollywood Globetrotter Turner in the BBL Allstar slamdunk contest Saturday, but the BBL South was unable to win the Allstar game as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) missed a shot with a few seconds remaining allowing BBL North to win 98-97. At least Frankkfurt didnt leave Allstar day completely empty handed. 'I dunked after Robert Turner (206-C-82, college: Pepperdine) and Jared Newson (196-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee-Martin) and was able to set my game plan. It helped that they tried many difficult dunks that didnt all work. My 360 degree windmill led me to winning', said American Keith Simmons.

The American Skyliner players associate the end of January with the worlds biggest sporting event, The Superbowl in American Football which is a do or die game in which heros and unlucky losers are shaped. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have their own type of Superbowl as they seek an entrance card to the BBL cup Top 4 with a road victory against The New York Phantoms Braunschweig on Tuesday January 20th. 'The cup is the only competition where you cant catch up like in the playoffs. We have to win this game. It is like aSuperbowl game for us. We have to win three games and the first step will be in Braunschweig', commented Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). This is the most important game since last seasons one point loss to The Telekom Baskets Bonn in the fifth game of the BBL semi finals, but Frankfurt is trying to take it as a normal game, but with the knowledge of the signifigance of the game. Frankfurt have a four year dryspell of not having reached the Top 4. The last three years resulted in very bitter losses against Bamberg, Berlin and Bremerhaven. They dont want a fourth B with Braunschweig sending them back home to Hessen with a loss.

'I dont think there will be too much pressure on us. It has been a while since we had a big game like this, but I think we will have an advantage, because they have a quiet arena and not going against a crowd will definitely help us', stressed American forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). A danger for Frankfurt may be that Braunschweig may find that extra motivation, energy and luck for a good performance, simply because they have never taken part in the TOP 4 tournament. They will be fired up and that is something that Murat Didin surely will be aware of. For coach Murat Didin , Sunday was spent celebrating his sons 11th birthday, but at night he had a normal practice session in preparation for the cup fight. 'Even though they are in 8th place, they are a dangerous team. They lost to Alba Berlin by one point, and it is a game that they should of won. They have showed that they are capable of beating any team. This will be a serious and difficult game for us', warned Murat Didin .

The New York City Phantoms Braunschweig are a team that hasnt given The Deutsche Bank Skyliners really any problems in the last three seasons. In this time, Frankfurt has won six of seven games and all four games at home. The Deutsche bank Skyliners have won the last three games in the Ballsporthalle, but the last win in 2008 was very close. Frankfurt prevailed 81-75 in overtime and Braunschweig were extremely unlucky as they gave away the lead and lost in overtime and lost American Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) to an injury. 'That was a tough game for us. We couldnt control William Franklin (183-G-85, college: Bradley). We will have to do a better job on him on Tuesday', commented Derrick Allen. Franklin scored 21 points and dished out five assists in the loss. Frankfurt has won the last two games in the Volkswagonhalle 69-59 two seasons ago as American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) shined scoring 18 points. Last season, Frankfurt prevailed 77-65 as Ilian Evtimov rocked the place with 24 points and nine rebounds.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 1-0 record on the road in 2009 in BBL play and will have no fears playing in the dark and mysterious home of the Phantoms. 'The road win in Ludwigsburg was huge. It is always tough to play there with the crowd, but we didnt let them take our momentum. Our hard defense was key for the win', said Derrick Allen. Braunschweig have a 6-3 record at home and are coming off a big win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Coach Didin knows that even if there might not always be a sixth man in the arena making the place as loud as a trainstation, he knows that coach Emir Mutapcic is always capable of finding something with the opponent and giving suitable advice to his players. 'He is a very calm and knowledgeable coach. He likes to give his team energy and speed. You always have to pay good attention to his team and NEVER underestimate them', stressed Murat Didin .

Frankfurt played a very inspired game without Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) in Ludwigsburg, but having his continous absence is not on the agenda of the coaching staff.' Lorenzo is feeling well. If he cant play on Tuesday, then I am sure that he will be able to play next weekend against Bonn', commented 2009 American BBL Allstar dunk winner Keith Simmons. The Skyliner centers Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) did a solid job filling in for Lorenzo Gordon in Ludwigsburg, but Didin knows that a escalation in their play is still needed. 'That was almost a perfect effort on defense against Ludwigsburg. Keith, captain, Titus, Konrad and Adam did a fine job. We got important good selective offense from Evtimov and Allen. The centers gave good support, but they will have to make an extra step at Braunschweig', added Murat Didin . If Lorenzo Gordon can play on Tuesday still seems to be a mystery. 'I am sure Lorenzo will want to play, but we will see on Tuesday before game time if he will play', expressed Murat Didin .

The New York Phantoms Braunschweig are led by American William Franklin, who averages 12,8 points, 2,5 rebounds and 4,0 assists per game. He is a great point guard with a good assist /turnover ratio. He played together with American Jeremy Crouch (196-G-85, college: Bradley) at Bradley and reached the NCAA sweet 16 in 2006. American Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) is averaging 11,4 points 3,4 rebounds and 1,9 assists per game. He played at Temple University and was invited in 2007 to play at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational(Top American College players) together with ex BBL players Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) and Anthony Tolliver (206-C-85, college: Creighton)(San Antonio Spurs). American Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) is averaging 10,9 points and 6,1 rebounds per game. He is an all around fine player who can bang underneath and step outside and hit the jumper. He has experience having played in Sweden and France. American Jonathan Levy is averaging 9,2 points, 3,5 rebounds and 1,4 assists per game. He is a deadly shooting guard, who last played for Mike Taylor at Ulm. He was the MVP at the Austrian All Star game 2005. American Kyle Visser (211-C-85, agency: Octagon, college: Wake Forest) is averaging 9,1 points and 5,7 rebounds per game. He is still very young with a lot of potential. He played at Wake Forest reaching the Sweet 16 in 2004.

American Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) is an important role player from the bench and is averaging 7,1 points, 4,8 rebounds and per game. This is his second season in the BBL after getting his Basketball know how at The University of Virginia. German Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79, agency: Agency No 10) is averaging 3,5 points and 1,9 rebounds. The ex Ludwigsburg player doesnt get many minutes, but when he is on the court, he gives 180% and can always score or make a big defensive play. American Jeremy Crouch is averaging 3,9 points and 1,7 rebounds per game. He has been a disappointment thus far, but he is a BBL rookie with a high Basketball IQ and makes his team mates better. Michael Flowers (188-G-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Wisconsin) is averaging 2.6 points per game and also is still seeking his rhythm. He is from Chicago and also a BBL rookie having played at The University of Wisconsin.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have the upper hand in all important statistical categories. Frankfurt has the deeper bench and need to keep taking advantage of this. Of course, Murat Didin is always getting better and better by using the whole bench and it has shown in many games this season. Braunschweig has many strong individual players, but you will hear Didin never talking about trying to stop a single player. 'A single player may be able to change a part of a game, but never a whole game', expressed Murat Didin . However Derrick Allen has thoughts about how he will want to defend 2009 BBL Allstar Andrew Drevo. 'He is a very good inside/out player and can rebound. I have to make him work for his post positions and I cant let him get open looks. He likes the pick and pop as well', stressed Derrick Allen. Braunschweig average only 10,6 assists per game. The team only has three players with Franklin, Salisbery and Levy who average more than one assist. Franklin is the only real dangerous player who shows time in and time out that he is a real threat to create. Although Salisbery did show some playmaking skills making seven assists against Oldenburg. This will not be an easy game for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but a game they should be able to win if they can use their strengthes on offense and play the ruthless type of defense that they showed in Ludwigsburg.' We have to continue to play strong defense and shut down Franklin, Drevo and Visser. We also have to control their wing players like Salisbery', stated Derrick Allen. ' If we can control the tempo on the road, then we have god chances of winning', added Ilian Evtimov.The New York Phantoms Braunschweig welcome The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Tuesday January 20th at 19:00



Ken Johnson(Telekom Baskets Bonn) Chat - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Detroit native Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) is a 210cm center playing his first year for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played four years at Ohio State leading the nation in blocks in 1999-2000 with 5,6 blocks per game. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2001 and played 16 games in the NBA in the 2002-2003 season. Since then, he has had a steady Pro Basketball career having played in countries like Korea, China, Italy and France. He also played in the States in the D-League and the NBDL league. Last season, he was an important piece to the success of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who lost in five games in the BBL semis to The Telekom Baskets Bonn. This season, he is having a fine season for Bonn leading the BBL in blocks with 51 in 17 games and an 3,0 average. He had time for a short chat about his former club The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and his new club Bonn

You couldnt play in the Allstar game in Mannheim. How disappointed were that you had to sit out?

I was pretty disappointed, but at the same time I am very happy that there was nothing major wrong with me. I can play against Oldenburg in the Cup on Wednesday.

The Skyliner fans miss your blocks. Do you think about back to your Frankfurt days?

Yes I do all the time. Alex King (200-F/G-85) and I constantly talk about the time we had in Frankfurt. We loved the fans and the facilities were excellent!

You stated in FIVE magazine that soon after your arrival in Frankfurt, you wanted to depart quickly. The fans loved you, but there were other reasons for your discomfort there. Do you ever think back what could have been done from both sides to have made the situation better for you?

Sure I think about it, but there was so much I loved about my time in Frankfurt and everybody knows that. It was just a personality issue that Murat and I had. Murat was not a bad person, but we just didnt fit together. I think that certain players are made for certain coaches. I fit well to Michael Koch .

Critics often say that you are limited on offense, but you are the fourth best scorer for Bonn averaging 8,2ppg, 4,0rpg, and 3bs. Have you improved your offense in Bonn?

No I dont believe so,.but I am not necessarily an offense player. I have always focused on defense. As soon as American John Bowler returns, he will be the post player again. Everyone knows how I play the game. It is great that I have absolutely no stress in Bonn how to play the game.

John Bowler will return soon and coach Michael Koch seems to think highly of American Timothy Clifford (211-C-86). Are you afraid of losing playing time?

No, I am not afraid at all. I will continue to play and will be more than satisfied playing 15-20 minutes per game.

How is the development of German Alex King coming along?

It is coming along great. Alex has gained so much confidence this season. You just have to watch him in practice. He works so hard. He is growing into a real solid player.

How is your relationship to coach Michael Koch ? Are you guys on the same wave length?

I love Michael Koch ! I can honestly say that in the 15 years since I have been playing Basketball there has been no coach that I have loved to play more for. What you see in Koch is exactly what you get. He is the same guy on the court as is he off the court.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have won 6 of the last 7 games. What have been the reasons for the strong play?

I would not say that we are not necessarily always playing well, but we play well at the right time and simply know what it takes to win!


January 21st is a very important cup game at home against the always dangerous EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What will be the key to victory?

We will have to play strong defense. They are a lot bigger and we will have to find a way to get past that. It will be important to stay mentally focused.

On January 25th, The Telekom Baskets Bonn welcome The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Are you excited about your duel with Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City)?

Duel? Basketball is Basketball. I am not worried. It is just a sport. I will just do what I always do is smile and have fun on the court.

What will be the key to victory against Frankfurt?

We just have to go out and play our Basketball and play hard and not let the Frankfurt style disrupt our play.

Thank you for talking to www.eurobasket.com and see you Sunday!


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A2: Week 14 Round up - by Chris Mammides
A2: Week 14 Round up
Peristeri succeeded the road win of the week; Coach Karagiannis team beat Dafni and made a crucial step towards the promotion to A1. Furthermore, the first win of Olympiada Patras from November its now a fact. Moreover the 40 points scored from Apollon Patras is a new negative record in the A2 for the decade 1999-2009. The results and the top scorers with a bit of analysis are as follows:
Ilysiakos - Xanthi 82-72
Quarters: 20-20, 45-41, 60-56, 82-72.
Ilysiakos: Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) 18, Mali 13.
Xanthi: Jelenic 13, G. Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) 21.

Iraklis Apollon Patras 79-40
Quarters: 24-11, 39-20, 63-30, 79-40.
Iraklis: Konstantinos Totsios (191-G-78) 18, Liakopoulos 14.
Apollon Patras: Georgitsis 24

Dafni Peristeri 66-72
Quarters: 18-12, 34-29, 47-45, 66-72.
Dafni: Kakiouzis 17, Petrodimopoulos 17
Peristeri: Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) 15, Despos 14, Margaritis 15

Olympiada Patras Rethymno 78-69
Quarters: 23-22, 37-36, 55-47, 78-69.
Olympiada: Anastasios Kantartzis (190-G-73) 24, Spanoulis 22, Tosic 15
Rethymno: Panagiotopoulos and Kakaroudis 13 each

Panerythraikos - MENT 78-59
Quarters: 17-13, 39-28, 56-41, 78-59.
Panerythraikos: Phillip Hopson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) 20, Gribaviotis 17
MENT: Fogel 15, Mandic 13

Ermis LAgkada Near East 93-84
Quarters: 19-21, 47-37, 71-57, 93-84.
Ermis: Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) 27, Nikoloudis 18 and Dimitriadis 12
Near East: Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) 33, Michalos 25

Pagrati - ICBS 68-54
Quarters: 20-18, 35-26, 45-39, 68-54.
Pagrati: Angelos Siristatidis (190-G-78) 11
ICBS: Ceskovic 13 and Kounas 12

KAOD Keravnos Aigiou 89-75
Quarters: 24-22, 45-44, 68-55, 89-75.
KAOD: Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79, college: Purdue) 20, Zupic 14, Rodostoglou 15
Keravnos: Amato 15, Nistrom 14


A1 Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
AEL 1964 - Kavala/P. 72-80
Kavala grabbed very important road victory against AEL 1964 moving up on 5-9 score. The same numbers also have Olimpia and AEK. On the other side, the hosts fell on poor 2-12. Antanas Kavaliauskas stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Will Daniels helped with 16 pts and 6 boards. The hosts got 20 points and 9 rebounds from Torin Francis.

Panionios - PAOK 86-78
Panionios made it against PAOK jumping on 9-5 score, what is enough for the fifth place in A1 after 14 rounds. Lonny Baxter and Ivan Zoroski delivered 17 points apiece, Levon Kendall had 16 and Aaron Miles added 15 pts in victory. Kenny Gregory contributed with 18 points and 6 boards in defeat. PAOK 7-7.

Trikalla - Olimpia L. 63-71
Olimpia Larissa also celebrated on the road, but against the last-ranked Trikalla. Pantelis Papaioakim shined in victory collecting 14 points and 9 rebounds. Prodromos Nikolaidis replied with 18 points. Olimpia 5-9, Trikalla 1-13.

Panellinios - Aris 76-55
Panellinios defeated Aris Thessaloniki in Athens with an impressive 76-55. The hosts got into the game sluggishly and Aris managed to gain a small lead (10-17), but the players of Panellinios reacted promptly and managed to turn the game around and it was a one-team show from there on. The MVP of the game was admittedly Anthony Grundy who was the catalyst for Panellinios Athens in a great game. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Simon Varvakis)

Olympiakos - ESTIA Egaleo 106-61
The Reds smashed Egaleo without Josh Childress jumping on top of A1 with 13-1 record. Giorgos Printezis and Giannis Bourousis nailed 16 points each in victory, while Thodoros Papaloukas was behind them with one point less. Spiros Maguonis netted 11 pts in Egaleo (3-11).

C.C. Marousi - Panathinaikos 80-70
The biggest surprise in A1 so far. Marousi crushed the reigning champion 80-70 mostly owing to Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond), who drained 21 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Konstantinos Charalampidis also shined for the winners delivering 16 points. Mike Batiste scored 18, Sarunas Jasikevicius 15 and Vassilis Spanoulis netted 12 points for the Greens. PAO Slipped on the second place after this round with 12-2, Marousi 8-6.

VAP Kolossos - AEK 86-68
Steven Smith came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Dragan Ceranic added 15 pts and also 6 rebs for the hosts. Nikos Hatzis and Periklis Dorkofikis netted 13 points each in loss. Kolossos joined PAOK with 7-7 record, while AEK fell on 5-9.


Second Division: Week 14 Round up - by Chris Mammides
B' Division - Reuslts and Scorers
SEFA Arkadikos with the amazing veteran Giannis Giannis Manos (186-G-71) succeeded another great victory, this time it was OFI which tasted Giannis Giannis Manos aggressiveness, the veteran guard scored 35 points and added another great week in his large carer. Giannis Manos is averaging 28.7 points per game in these 14 first weeks. In the second place there are currently four teams with -3 victories from SEFA Arkadikos.
The results in details were as follows:
Komotini Ikaros Kallitheas 92-73
Quarters: 21-17, 36-42, 60-56, 92-73.
Komotini: Giannis Stefanidis (196-F/G-82) 23, Ktistou 15
Ikaros Kallitheas: Falekas 15, Emmanouilidis 25

SEFA Arkadikos - OFI 93-88
Quarters: 22-19, 44-48, 68-70, 93-88.
SEFA Arkadikos: Giannis Manos 35, Mutran 14
OFI: Panagakis 20, Vagenas 16

P. Faliro Pierikos/Arhelaos 43-99
Quarters: 13-20, 24-47, 36-73, 43-99.
P. Faliro: Monemvasitis 12
Pierikos Arhelaos: Nemanja Cuk (208-C-74) 17, Hrisidis 14

Amyntas Anagennisi Floga 85-78
Quarters: 21-17, 37-37, 58-52, 85-78.
Amyntas : Lazaridis 23, Samothrakis 16
Anagennisi Floga: Moisiadis 25, Zarogiannis 23

Sporting Goumenisa 81-71
Quarters: 18-13, 46-33, 65-55, 81-71.
Sporting: Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) 27, Houmas 15
Goumenisa: Delibaltidis 18

AIAS Ikaroi Serron 65-70
Quarters: 24-15, 35-35, 50-49, 65-70.
AIAS: Triantafillidis 21, Bellos 14
Ikaroi Serron: Asimakis 22

Apollon Kalamarias - Halkida 79-67
Quarters: 24-17, 45-31, 58-46, 79-67,
Apollon Kalamarias: Kyriakos Troulialis (180-G-80) 21, Nanis 15
Halkida: Pasalidis 17, Psaropoulos 16

Lavrio Doukas 82-70
Quarters: 24-19, 39-34, 59-53, 82-70.
Lavrio: Nick Psileas (200-F-80) 24, Giannakopoulos 17
Doukas: Gavanopoulos 19, Galiotos 14


Greek All Star Game - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The 17th Greek All Star Game will be held this time in Xanthi in the second weekend (14-15) of March. The court 'Philippos Amiridis' will host the event.

Xanthi is a modern city, rich in history, traditions and customs, and with many attractions for the visitors (including the surrounding areas). It is worth visiting the city during the Carnival (February-March) and during the Old Town Festival (beginning of September). Also, one should not miss the Xanthi Bazaar every Saturday. Xanthi is known as 'The city of the thousand colours'.
Courtesy of Wikipedia

Everyone can vote for the participants (players and coaches). The deadline for the voting system is at 04/03/2009.

Vote here!


Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Koutroulias, N. East 305
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 279
3.Koronidis, Apollon 248
4.Anagnostplos, Xan. 246
5. Latovic, Pagrati 223
Rebounds Per Game
1.Latovic, Pagrati 146
2.Kartelo, KAOD 111
3.Albert, Keravnos 107
4.Koutroulias, N. East 107
5.Anagnostplos, Xanth 104
Assists Per Game
1.Koronidis,Apollon 84
2.Michalos, N. East 27
3.Karidas, Ilisiakos 23
4.Koukas, Pagrati 22
5.Panagiotop. Reth. 21
Steals Per Game
1.Lewis, Peristeri 13
2.Kounas, ICBS 11
3.Siristatidis, Pagrati 9
4.Koronidis, Apollon 9
5.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 7
Blocks Per Game
1.Kartelo, KAOD 6
2.Psathas, Paner. 5
3.Amato, Aigio 4
3.Deligiannis, Peristeri 4
3.Loupos, Paner. 4
3.Grundberg, ICBS 4 3.Kakaroudis, Reth. 4
2FGP
1.Koutroulias, N. East 68%
2.Kartelo, KAOD 65%
3.Kakiouzis, Dafni 64%4.Liakopoulos, Iraklis 62%
5.Ceskovic, ICBS 59%
3FGP
1.Greis, Ilisiakos 60%2.Paritsis, Ermis L. 57%
3.Koutroulias, N.East 57%
4.Moshovitis, Perist. 56%
5.Mitsakis, Xanthi 53%
5.Dimitriadis, Ermis L. 53%
Free Throws
1.Kefalas, Aigio 88%
2. Fogel, Ment 87%
3.Kounas, ICBS 85%
4.Liakopoulos,Iraklis 80%
Ranking
1.Henjak, Rethymno 0.719
2.Kakiouzis, Dafni 0.705
3.Koutroulias, N. East 0.698
4.Latovic, Pagrati 0.697
5.Papanikolaou, Ilisiakos 0.645


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 13-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 12-2 
 3. Aris 11-3 
 4. Panellinios 10-4 
 5. Panionios 9-5 
 6. C.C. Marousi 8-6 
 7. VAP Kolossos 7-7 
 8. PAOK 7-7 
 9. AEK 5-9 
 10. Olimpia L. 5-9 
 11. Kavala/P. 5-9 
 12. ESTIA Egaleo 3-11 
 13. AEL 1964 2-12 
 14. Trikalla 1-13 


Standings - B Division
B Standings
 1. Arkadikos 12-1 
 2. OFI 9-4 
 3. Ikaros K. 9-4 
 4. Komotini 9-4 
 5. Amyntas 9-4 
 6. Ikaroi Serron 8-4 
 7. Lavrio 8-5 
 8. Apollon K. 7-6 
 9. Anagennisi 7-6 
 10. AIAS Evosmou 6-7 
 11. Doukas 6-7 
 12. Periko-Arhelao 5-8 
 13. Goumenissa 3-9 
 14. Sporting 3-10 
 15. Halkida 3-10 
 16. P.Faliro 0-13 


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EiffelTowers Inks Former Fresno Star - by Fred Roggen
Eiffel Towers has added the American Larry Abney (206-F/C-77, college: Fresno St.) to their roster as a replacement for Jerome Beasley. Abney signed a contract for the remainer of the current season, he arrived at Schiphol Airport today and joins the team tomorrow. The 31-year-old Abney played in the Australian league for the Cairns Taipans, where he averaged 14ppg and 9rpg.
Abney comes from Fresno State University, where the new coach from EiffelTowers Don Beck has been head-coach.


Eredivisie Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Eiff.Towers - Landstede 88-63
Eiffel Towers improved on 13-8 after yesterday's home victory against Landstede. Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) shined for the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Anthony Richardson also was on high level delivering 19 pts and grabbing 8 boards. Roby Bostain scored 20 points in loss. His Landstede dropped on 9-13.

ZZ Leiden - Den Helder 88-79
In Leiden, ZZ Leiden remained in the playoff hunt with an 88-79 win over BlueStream Seals. ZZ is one game behind Aris Friesland in the current FEB standings. JS Nash stepped up for the hosts with 19 points and 7 assists. Seamus Boxley helped with double-double, 15 points and 14 boards. Visitors got 24 pts from Matt Witt.

Aris Friesland - Hanzev.Cpt 97-100
In the Dutch northern derby between Hanzevast Capitals and Aris Friesland in Leeuwarden, the guests came out on top, with a score by Daniel Novak the difference maker, helping Hanzevast win an 100-97 thriller. It was a game in which the lead changed 16 times with 8 ties. But bench scoring difference by Hanzevast (36-23 difference), more production in the paint, more defensive stops in crunch time and more efficent 2nd half shooting made the difference for Hanzevast. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

M.Magix - Rotterdam 69-65
In the Hortstacker in the Matrixx Magixx-Rotterdam Challengers matchup, a three-pointer and two free throws by Matrixx Magixx PG Ryan Sears in crunch time helped Matrixx Magixx win closely 69-65. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson

Amsterdam - West-Brabant 84-104
In the Sporthallen-Zuid, West-Brabant Giants led from start to finish, building up a sizable lead at halftime (54-40), below delivering the knockout blow in the 3rd quarter, winning easily over Eclipse Jet/MyGuide 104-84. The Giants put the game out of reach for the defending FEB champs five minutes into the 3rd quarter, extending their lead to 73-46. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Sanders Jackson
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Amsterdam - Rotterdam 97-68
On January 15th Amsterdam outplayed Rotterdam thanks to CC Harrison, who scored 25 points and grabbed 7 boards. Martin Iti replied with 18 pts and 5 rebs in defeat.

Aris Friesland - Den Helder 100-66
Aris Friesland devastated Den Helder on January 15th. Matt Bauscher led the scorers in Aris with 26 points. Jayme Miller added 19 pts, plus 11 boards and 5 assists. Mitchel Kouwijzer netted 14 in loss.


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Round 15 - by Tamas Deri
ALBACOMP - UNIVER KSE-KECSKEMET 102-79
(26-24, 24-12, 22-25, 30-18)
Szekesfehervar, Att.: 2600, Referees: Palla, Marton L., Torok R.
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 10, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 13/3, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 19, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 17/3, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 19, Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) 16, Keller 2, Gobi 6, Antal, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy kos
KECSKEMET: Haynes 12/3, Horvath A. 7/3, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/3, Toth P. 2, Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) 24/18, Molnar A., Klaiber, Coach: Zsoldos Andras


PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC - MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZI KK 82-97
(24-15, 21-28, 17-33, 20-21)
Dombovar, Att.: 800, Referees: Bodnar P., Kiss L., Gorka Sz.
DOMBOVAR: LeGrange 12/3, Szoke 9/3, Clark 8, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 18/9, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 23, McCullough 12, Balogh L., Deak, Vas, Coach: Balind Jozsef
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 16/6, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) 32/9, Vujacic 14/6, Sitku 17, Helbich 10, Farkas A. 8, Siska, Coach: Kmezic Zoran


ATOMEROMU SE - PECSI VSK-PANNON POWER 49-84
(12-25, 13-18, 18-16, 6-25)
Paks, Att.: 1300, Referees: Hartyani, Bognar, Kiraly
ATOMEROMU: Meszaros, Williams 12/6, Johnson, Gosa, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 19, Kiss Zs. 5/3, Csaplar-Nagy 3, MEDVE 10, Morgen, Kiricsi, Coach: Sabali Balazs
PECS: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 18/6, Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 21/12, Denes 4, Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) 11, Czigler 4, Toth N., Aleksic 7/3, Ante Kapov (200-G/F-76, agency: Interperformances) 15/15, Hosszu, Eilingsfeld 2, Kovacs P., Lepsenyi 2, Coach: Stojan Ivkovic


DEBRECENI EGYETEM KE - KAPOSVARI KK 62-96
(16-32, 16-21, 20-20, 10-23)
Debrecen, Att.: 500, Referees: Benczur, Gal J., Balog Gy.
DEBRECEN: Dagostino 6, Kutasi 2, Maxwell 9, Kennerly 12, Gary Ware (206-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Purdue) 17, Toth G., Takacs D. 2, Tibor Szabo 12, Kovacs I., Erdei 2, Coach: Fodor Peter
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 11/6, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/9, Larry Welton (196-F, college: Aurora) 23/6, Balazs Hoffmann (198-F-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15/3, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19, David 7/3, Kiss K. 2, Kovacs D., Takacs G., Coach: Dzunic Branislav


POLAROID-LAMI-VEDKORMEND - ZALAKERMIA ZTE KK 77-84
(13-24, 18-16, 18-18, 28-26)
Kormend, Att.: 2300, Referees: Forrai, Cziffra, Franyo
KORMEND: KJ Garland (186-G-84, agency: AMI, college: NC-Asheville) 22/3, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/3, Fodor G. 5/3, Bialek 6, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 21, Trummer, Toth G., Ferencz 11/6, Kocsis, Coach: Hencsey Tamas
ZTE: Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) 35/9, Gaspar 5, Kaman 11/9, Jones 9/3, Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) 17/3, Trepak, Simon 3/3, Toth 4, Coach: Volgyi Peter


SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK - ENTERNET-NTE-HEGYVIDEK 89-76
(23-20, 16-18, 26-21, 24-17)
Szolnok, Att.: 1800, Referees: Hegedus, Pozsonyi, Jakab
SZOLNOK: Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St.) 19/3, Kornel Varadi (198-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19/9, Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) 34/18, Jurkunas 3/3, Harazin 6, Cseh 5/3, Gaal 3/3, Toth V., Coach: Por Peter
HEGYVIDEK: Rujak 8, Peter Hajmasy (194-F-88) 13/9, Simon N. 10, Beak 4, Rafael Keresztes (211-C/F-79) 25/3, Kovats 7/3, Krasznai T. 5/3, Will 2, Lazar 2, Coach: Hartai Tamas


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


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Star Shine Brightly at Neptune Stadium - by Li Zhang
Saturday evening Star brought their game to Neptune Stadium and did just enough to take the points in what for 3 quarters was a low paced game essentially with Star looking the more likely winners.Neptune though totally committed again suffered through not having a post presence that allowed the perimeter players the opportunity to excel and compete effectively.
The opening quarter was slow paced compared to recent games at The Stadium with neither team capable of commanding their defensive boards and getting an effective running game going.Neptune started with 3 guards in Noonan Mc Ginn and Reddy and relied again mostly on lay up shots off of penetrating drives from it,s guards particularly Noonan who probably was the most influential of all players on the night.Star through a small though signifcant size advantage found their perimeter game a little easier to effect than Neptune and this in turn helped the Import players with more time and space to operate in the paint and benefit from their drives and put backs for points.Star won the opening quarter 19 points to Neptune,s 14.

The second quarter saw no relevant pick up pace wise as the game continued with similar patterns from both teams as was in the opening quarter.With 7.5 minutes remaining in the quarter Star extended their lead to 21 to 16.At 5 minutes remaining Neptune on a 3 from Gary Walsh pulled it back to 27 to 23 Star however went on to extend their lead to leave it 39 to 29 at the end of the first half.

Star advanced their cause positively at the start of the third quarter taking it to 41 to 29 now with the pace extended a little through both teams being less cautious and more relaxed offensively at least.Star relied more on the performances of it,s Americans than Neptune and though more dominant for most of the third quarter were 'caught' towards the end of the third with Neptune taking a lead at 57 to 56.

Neptune started well in the final quarter and though now the starters having played most of the minutes were struggling a little for energy still managed to take a 60 to 56 early fourth quarter lead again through Mc Ginn,Noonan and Reddy.The fourth quarter was a story of for both teams to a degree one of missed shots with the opponents running the floor for lay ups at the other end often including a bonus free throw shot.Mid way through the quarter Star had regained the lead at 67 to 62 with Neptune,s Coaching duo of Mc Carthy and Allen in a catch 22 situation with continuing to play now tiring more experienced players or going with less experienced younger players neither of which option was likely to turn this game at this stage all tings considered.
All in all Star deserved this win away from home though Neptune for it,s part gave 100%.Final Score Star 81...Neptune 71.


Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bentley Ulster 26.3
2 O'Reilly Demons 24.8
3 Reed Hoops 23.5
4 Young Demons 21.6
5 Hadley Tigers 21.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Nagel Ulster 14.4
2 Deas Hoops 13.0
3 Trimmer Saints 11.6
4 Young Demons 11.2
5 Washington Belfast 11.0
Assists Per Game
1 Kinevane Lions 7.5
2 Reed Hoops 6.8
3 Quirke Tigers 6.0
4 Bentley Ulster 4.6
5 Hamblet Demons 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Kelly Killester 3.0
2 McGinn Neptune 2.8
3 Hadley Tigers 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Trimmer Saints 3.0
2 Smallwood Tigers 2.8
3 Millard Neptune 2.5


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Ironi Nahariya signed Jason Williams - by Netanel Dahan

Ironi Nahariya decided to sign Jason Williams (197-G/F-83, college: UTEP). Williams came to Nahariya from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv who put him on the transfer list, Williams playing time decreased on Maccabi, and he is the fourth player who leaves Maccabi this season. Before that, Williams played on Bnei Hasharon, Williams averaged at the Israeli league this season 4.3 ppg,3.4rpg, and 1.3apg in 13.9 mpg, at the Euroleague: 6 games, 3.3ppg, 2.2rpg, and 0.7apg in 17.2mpg.


Nahariya's foreign player Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) back to Israel,Ricci's agent Bill Neff told us that Ricci had to return to Israel but he didn't want to return,plus Nahariya fined the player on 12,500 NIS because he didn't return to Israel on time,Ricci's agnet aslo told us that even though they had not paid him his salary.

And Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, college: St.Vincent) released from the team according his request.



Premier L. Round: 10 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - Kiryat Ata 117-72
Jerusalem smashed Kiryat Ata 117:72 as six players enjoyed the double digits for the winners. Sneed Omar led all of them with 19 points and Powell Roger collected 18 points and 12 rebounds. Berkovitz Niv produced 21 points in the losing effort.

Galil Gilboa - Givat Shmuel 65-68
Givat Shmuel shocked Galil/Gilboa with a 68:65 win to reach a 5-5 record. Carr Corry paced all the winners with 16 points and Greenboim Itay ended up with 12 points. Roberts Brian produced 16 points in defeat and Kadir Elishay added 14.

Ramat Gan - Bnei Hasharon 78-88
Bnei Hasharon produced a 88:78 over Ironi Ramat Gan to take a 6-4 record. Ramat Gan dropped to 3-7 to station them in the 9th place. Tapiro led Bnei with 21 points and 8 assists, while Richard Roby added 16 and Ousmane Cisse collected 12 points, 8 boards and 4 blocks. Anthony Myles led the losing side with 25 points.

Ironi Nahariya - Rishon LZ 93-92
Ironi Nahariya had 93:92 over Rishon Lezion as Ron Lewis set the final score from the arc. McGhee Aaron and Ron Lewis ended up with 24 points to lead all the winners in the game. Conley Robert produced 25 points in defeat and O'Bannon Larry had 22.

Macc.Haifa - Maccabi T-A 68-80
Maccabi Tel Aviv stun Maccabi Haifa Heat 80:68 to capture an 8-2 record. Brown hit 21 points with four rebounds and four assists. Carlos Arroyo added 18 and D'or Fischer nailed 14. Doron Perkins led Haifa with 24 points and 5 assists.



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Legadue, round 16 (regular season). Review. - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese smiles again after 4 lost in 5 games and holds the first position. Five teams at the second place are the evidence of the great balance of this season. Prima Veroli is the main surprise: coach Trinchieri's team has won last 5 games in a row and is ready to reach Varese. Reggio Emilia has been defeated after 2 won in a row, while Jesi starts again to win after 3 lost in a row. Casale Monferrato and Vanoli Soresina have won the 8th home match in a row and they can count on two of the hottest players of the moment, Zabian Dowdell(191-G-84,college:Virginia Tech) and Reyshawn Antonio Terry (203-F-84,college:N.Carolina). Harem Scafati gained the only away won of this round. Joseph Bunn (198-F-75,college:Phillis(OK) scored 32 points (round high) but his team can't leave the lowest positions on the ladder. Carmatic Pistoia has the worst record with 5-11.
Season highs for Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) and Fiorello Toppo (198-PF/C-80)of Carmatic Pistoia (23 and 16 points), Riccardo Antonelli (203-F-88) and Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) of Cimberio Varese (8 and 21), Marco Sambugaro (196-G-71) of Fileni Jesi (17), Tommaso Rinaldi(204-C/F-85) and Alessandro De Pol (204-SF-72) of Rimini (21 and 19), and Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84,college:Nevada) of Livorno (31).
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) of Umana Venezia has scored 19 points in the last 4 games.

Joseph Bunn of Aget Imola is still the best scorer of the League with an average of 25.13 ppg.
Jaime Lloreda (201-F-80,college:LSU) of Seven2007 Roseto is the best rebounder with 9.33 rpg.
Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college:Wake Forest) of Cimberio Varese and Jason Rowe (178-G-78,college:Loyola,MD) are the best assistmen with 5.19 apg.


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Forli 12-3 
 2. Treviglio 10-5 
 3. Omegna 10-5 
 4. Casalpuster. 9-6 
 5. Vigevano 9-6 
 6. Ozzano 8-7 
 7. Fidenza 8-7 
 8. Jesolosandona 7-8 
 9. Castelletto 7-8 
 10. Lumezzane 7-8 
 11. Cremona 6-9 
 12. Vado Ligure 6-9 
 13. Agricola G. 5-10 
 14. Cagliari 1-14 
Group B
 1. Ferentino 13-2 
 2. Latina 11-4 
 3. Siena Virtus 10-5 
 4. Osimo 9-6 
 5. Barcellona 9-6 
 6. Ostuni 8-7 
 7. Trapani 8-7 
 8. S.Antimo 7-8 
 9. Potenza 7-8 
 10. Palestrina 6-9 
 11. Fossombrone 6-9 
 12. Molfetta 5-19 
 13. Matera 4-11 
 14. Firenze 2-13 


Serie A, Week 15 Review - by Stefano Pini
Montepaschi Siena can rest a bit after have played this part of the season with several players injured.
Against Milano, Siena expressed a big defense, a last effort before a week of practice without Euroleague...

Premiata Montegranaro lost 5 games in a row. Against Ferrara, that is waiting for Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova), 26 points and 15 boards for Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson), MVP of this round.
The battle against relegation in Italy is every week more intriguing...

Roma's winning streak is continuing. Is arrived at 6. Against Cantu Lottomatica controlled the game since the first quarter.
In the last 3 games Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) is averaging at 22 points.
He is really playing with more confidence, thanks also to his new coach Fernando Gentile .

After 3 games under his level Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Carolina) came back: 27 points, 10 rebounds. Avellino reached the qualification to Final 8 of italian cup with the possibility to defend the title won last year.

Lovely shooting session at Biella. Angelico Biella and Scavolini Pesaro combined for a 24/45 from 3 points.
Angelico has the best home-offense in Serie A.
They scores 91,9 points for game.
Siena is second with 91,4.

Banca Tercas Teramo is still in second position in the standing. A big part of their record is built on the road. They're 6-2 far from Teramo. 4-3 at home.

Armani Jeans reached Euroleague Top 16 but didn't qualify for italian final 8.
They lost yesterday at Siena for 13 points and at Roma for 17.
In the other 6 games lost Milano lost for 16 points of gap combined...

MVP of this first half of the season Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79).
In 22,5 minutes he had 15,3 points, 5,5 rebounds, 66,7% (28-42) from 3p, 2,1 steals.


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Louisville to face No. 1 Pitt in Big East Clash - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville. KY (01/16/2009: Freshman forward Samardo Samuels and the Louisville Cardinals, fresh from their 87-73 overtime victory over the Notre Dame, now gets a shot at the No. 1 team in the country when they face the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday at home in a gigantic Big East battle. Louisville, 12-3 overall, and 3-0 in the Big East, will face an unbeaten Pittsburgh that is presently sporting a 16-0 record and 4-0 in the conference. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN at 6 p.m. ET. Louisville trails 3-4 in the all-time series and will be going all out to even the season. Against Notre Dame, Samuels finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and four blocks.

Louisville ends Pittsburgh's perfect run - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (01-19-2009): Freshman center Samardo Samuels came alive in the second half to help the University of Louisville end No. 1 Pittsburgh's perfect run as the Cardinals scored a hard-fought 69-63 victory over their rivals in a crucial Big East match-up on Saturday evening at Louisville. The win was Louisville's first over a No. 1 team since beating Florida on Dec. 13, 2003. Samuels finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, and it was his dunk that pulled Louisville even with Pittsburgh at 58-58 as the Cardinals trailed by as many as 13 points earlier in the game. Louisville, who began the season ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll but dropped to No. 20, has now won its fifth straight game.

Rose paces Cedarville to its 20th victory - by Leonard Whyte
Canton, OH (01-19-2009): Senior center Daniel Rose came off the bench to spark NAIA Division II No. 5 Cedarville University to a 69-63 victory over Malone in an American Mideast Conference game last night to give the Yellow Jackets their 20th win of the season. Rose, who finished with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds, gave Cedarville the lead for good with a free throw and scored eight of the teams final 14 points down the stretch. Cedarville goes for its 21st victory tomorrow when it hosts Northwestern Ohio University.

Jordan scores career-high as Tulsa rolls over Marshall - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (01-19-2009): Junior center Jerome Jordan scored a career-high 25 points and snatched 10 rebounds to lead the University of Tulsa to a 69-50 victory over Marshall University on Saturday afternoon at home. The 7 0 Jordan scored Tulsas first eight points, reached double figures in the first eight minutes, and had 16 points by halftime, as Marshall had no answers for the big man. He was 7-of-12 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line while adding three blocked shots. Tulsa returns to the court on Wednesday at Tulane University.

McFarlane's career-high lifts Notre Dame over Ohio Dominican - by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (01-19-2009): Junior center Karim McFarlane scored a career-high 26 points to help Notre Dame College remain unbeaten in American Mideast Conference (AMC) play as the Falcons defeated Ohio Dominican 79-67 on Saturday night at home. Notre Dame (4-0) is one of two undefeated teams in league play, the other being Cedarville. McFarlanes 26 points breaks his previous career-high of 25, and the 6 7 post player also owns two 24-point performances. He has now scored 20 points or more in eight games. Notre Dame, 15-5 overall, hits the road for its next two games starting at Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday night.

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  JAPAN   


Market News - 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.

BJ League Round: 27 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Grouses - Phoenix 81-94
Grouses lost to Phoenix 81:94 as Gardener Michael was unstoppable with 32 points and 13 assists, while Morrison Marcus notched 26. Ward Jerod produced 25 points for the home side.

Apache - Broncos 85-81
Humphrey John netted 26 points and Joho Masashi followed him with 21 as Apache overcame Broncos 85:81. Warren Reginald finished the night with 30 points for the visiting side.

Five Arrows - Rizing 86-70
Five Arrows beat Rizing 86:70 behind 18 points and 10 assists from Sparks Rasheed. Leach George netted 14 and four other players scored 13 each. Parker Michael brought his team 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Golden Kings - Lakestars 91-78
Golden Kings stun Lakestars 91:78 in Regular Season Round 27. Ayer Chris and Newton Jeff combined 50 points to lead the winners. Nash Bobby produced 24 in defeat, whilst Schafer Ray scored 19.

Albirex - 89ers 90-65
Albirex won the second game over 89ers 90:65 in Regular Season Round 27. Akingbade Dokun top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds. St.Preux Bobby nailed 27 in defeat, while Holm Chris collected 22 points and 19 rebounds.

Evessa - Heat Devils 79-75
Evessa outscored Heat Devils 79:75 as Washington Lynn shined with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Murry Nile posted 14 and Nakamura Naoto added 11. Yonamine Tsubasa ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.



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Zain - Jordan Cup winners - by Mohammed Malas
* Monday 19/1:

# Jordan Cup Final:

Zain 95 - Al Riyadi Amman 78 (Qs: 27-22, 52-41, 65-60 & 95-78)
# Best scorers:
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) '24 pts' from Zain
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) '19 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Malek Khashan (185-G-85) '18 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '17 pts' from Zain
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '17 pts' from Zain
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '11 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '11 pts' from Zain


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  KBDL   


Standings
KBDL Standings
 1. Gamblers 0-0 
 2. Thoroughbr. 0-0 
 3. Generals 0-0 
 4. Lancers 0-0 
 5. Thunder 0-0 
 6. Stallions 0-0 
 7. Tankers 0-0 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Etzella ousted from Luxembourg Cup! Sparta advances to Finals with 17 point victory!! - by Alex Meyers

January 8, 2009


Etzella 66 - Sparta 83


Ettelbruck, Luxembourg
Fourth quarter woes cost Etzella the game in an otherwise close and exciting contest. Down by only three points going into that final period, Etzella was still very much in the game. Sparta's offense exploded, notching 36 points while olding Etzella at bay with 22. Sparta advances to the 1/2 Final of the prestigious 'Coupe de Luxembourg' to be played at 'The Coque' . For Etzella, its the first time in 5 years that they won't be defending for the Cup title. Etzella has won the cup 22 times, 6 times since 2000, including 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008.


Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) dominated with a game high 31 points(9 rebounds). Julien Hublart added 13 points before fouling out. But, it was Sparta's balance in scoring with the rest of its team members which was the key to the victory(five others had between 6 and 9 points). Pit Hoffman(9 points) took 12 rebounds and blocked a shot for Sparta. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) was Etzella's leader once again with 21 points and11 rebounds. Jairo DelGado pitched in with 11. Another huge key for the Sparta win was holding Tim Giver and Nelson Delgado to 9 points each. Etzella also shot poorly from everywhere including the free throw line and from three point range. Up next for Sparta in the Cup will be a matchup with Contern on Saturday, February 7, 2008.

In DBBL action this coming weekend, Sparta will travel to Heffingen on Saturday and Etzella will go to Mersch to play Black Star on Friday.

Etzella: 21 field goals, 5 for 23 three pointers, 19 for 36 free throws, 36 rebounds, 20 fouls and 17 turnovers.
N. DelGado 9, Giver 9, Kennedy 21, J. Delgado 11, E. Ferreiera 4, also Albaladejo 3, Benseghir, Garganese 4, Ittenbach 2 and Kerger 3
Sparta: 31 field goals, 6 three pointers, 15 for 21 free throws, 34 rebounds, 24 fouls and 20 turnovers
Smith 31, Hublart 13, Wulff 7, Hoffmann 9, Palumbo 8, also Engel 9, De Marchi 6 and Evans


Score by quarters: 1st Q 15-15. Halftime 27-28, 3rd Q 44-47, Final 66-83



Racing loses close one at home to Contern! ! Amicale defeats visiting neighbor Residence by 25!! - by Alex Meyers

January 10, 2009

Racing 79 - Contern 83

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

With a commanding 19 point lead going into the 4th quarter, Contern thought it was over and let Racing back into the game. The visitors however survived the scare and took home the 4 point victory. Contern's coach Amelow was ejected from the match in the middle of the 2nd period making it more difficult without their head coach on the sidelines. Assistant Coach Patrick Schiltz took the helm and Contern's players stepped it up going on a huge enough run in the third quarter to set Racing back into a hole they could not climb back out of. Racing fought and scraped, defended and scored totally dominating Contern in the final stanza winning it 31-16. Contern's Ken Diederich was in good mid-season form, scoring 26 points and dished for 3 assits. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson JC) had a huge double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Eric Jeitz added 17 points and Yves Braun 10. Racing's Vincent Weynandt had the game of his life notching a game high 31 points while grabbing 8 rebounds. Contern's Corey Largent (201-F-80, college: W.Carolina) nearly achieved a triple double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists before fouling out in the final minute of the match. Racing's Eric Grand also scored 15 points. Despite the outcome scorewise, Contern was mostly in control of the entire match with reaching a maximum lead of 22 points early in the fourth period. Racing lost the game at the free throw line where they hit only 10 of 21 for 48% compared to Contern's 26 for 30 for 87%. But, Coach Ostojic had to be somewhat pleased with his team's fourth quarter efforts as they showed pride and desire and fought for the win until the end.

Racing: 28 field goals, 13 three pointers, 10 for 21 free throws, 39 rebounds, 26 fouls and 17 turnovers
Weynandt 31, Schroeder 5, Largent 19, Pires 4, Haas 2, also Garcia-Bourne, Grand 15, Schmit 3, Klose and Groos
Contern: 25 field goals, 7 three pointers, 26 for 30 free throws, 31 rebounds, 20 fouls and 13 turnovers

Fouled out: Becker (C) 39'; Largent (R) 40' Ejected: Coach Amelow(c) 16'
Score by quarters: 1st Q 10-23, Halftime 28-38, 3rd Q 48-67, Final 79-83
150 Spectators

Amicale 98 - Residence 73

Steinsel, Luxembourg

Christopher Jones led all scorers with 26 points as Amicale added another feather in their cap with a crowd pleasing home victory against nearest neighbor Residence of Walferdange. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) also scored high with 25 points followed by Olivier Haan with 19 and Christian Schartz with 10. Amicale played without Sam Ney, Raul Birenbaum and Michael Cortese. Residence's Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) had 21(6 in 2nd half) and Pitt Koster's had 21 each, Yannick Julien scored 19 and Thierry Abdiu 11. Amicale got off to an awesome start coming out of the blocks with a 13-2 run. The game was over at that point as Amicale dominated throughout going up by as many as 29 points late in the game.

Amicale: 30 field goals, 10 three pointers, 28 for 36 free throws and 21 fouls
DePree 25, Jones 26, Schartz 10, Scholtes 8, Rausch 6, also Haan 19, Kartheiser 4, Gillardin and Steinmetz
Rsidence: 28 field goals, 3 three pointers, 14 for 19 free throws and 25 fouls
Koster 21, F. Mangen, Hall 21, Leschek, Hemmen 2, also Bichel, Kayser, Abdiu 11, Ludwig, Julien 19 and S. Mangen 2

Fouled out: Scholtes(A) 35'; Hall(R) 37'; Disqualification foul: Koster(R) 38'; Technical fouls: Coach Brand(R) 14', F. Mangen(R) 38'
1st Q 29-16, Halftime 49-36, 3rd Q 69-55, Final 98-73
285 Spectators



Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Sparta 11-4 
 2. Amicale 11-4 
 3. Musel Pikes 10-5 
 4. Contern 9-5 
 5. T71 9-6 
 6. Etzella 8-7 
 7. Black Star 7-7 
 8. Residence 5-10 
 9. Racing 3-12 
 10. Heffingen 1-14 


Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
 1. Soleuvre 11-0 
 2. BBC Nitia 8-3 
 3. BC Mess 7-4 
 4. Basket Esch 6-5 
 5. Pall Aren 6-5 
 6. Mondorf 4-7 
 7. Bascharage 2-9 
 8. Schieren 0-11 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Hall, Residence 30.4
2 Whitworth, T71 29.4
3 Irick, Heffingen 26.8
4 Smith, Sparta 25.8
5 McDaniel, B.Star 25.2
6 Kennedy, Etzella 24.9
7 N.DelGado,Etzella 22.8
8 Gary, Contern 21.6
9 Rajniak, T71 21.7
10 Picard, M.Pikes 20.2


Basket Esch stumbles in 2nd half! T71 advances to 1/2 Finals of Luxembourg Cup!! - by Alex Meyers

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Basket Esch(+10) 75 - T71 93

Esch, Luxembourg
For 2 1/2 periods, Basket Esch of National 2 gave T71 a run for their money heading into the fourth quarter down by only 7.
T71 took control in the second half and ran away with the 1/4 final victory. Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Drexel) of T71 lit it up once again,
finishing with a game high 38 points. Martin Rajniak scored 20 and point guard Gilles Ruffato played better than normal
scoring 19 for the winners from Dudelange. Coach Brad Melton of Basket Esch had his team ready as they did their best to
make it difficult for T71 to advance. Esch's Christophe Donnersbach led in scoring with 22 followed by Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77)(12
rebounds) with 20 points. Joe Biever chipped in 14 points. Despite committing too many(15) costly turnovers, Basket Esch
managed to out-rebound T71 31-22.

Basket Esch: 28 field goals, 4 three pointers, 15 for 17 free throws, 31 rebounds, 18 fouls and 15 turnovers
Svitek 20, C. Donnersbach 22, J. Biever 14, Hoffmann 6, Ruppert 5, also P. Biever 2, T. Donnersbach 2, Gantrel 2 and
Rodenbourg 2
T71: 33 field goals, 8 three pointers, 19 of 22 free throws, 22 rebounds, 18 fouls and 7 turnovers
Whitworth 38, Ruffato 19, Rajniak 22, Klein 3 Kostur 4, also Abreu 2, Bemtgen, Kieffer 5 and Siebenbour 2

Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-26, Halftime 42-46, 3rd Q 59-66, Final 85-93


Elsewhere...



In Larochette, Amicale Steinsel advanced as well to the 1/2 Finals of the Cup of Luxembourg with a convincing 104-64 road win against National 3's Arantia(+20).


In Walferdange, Contern advanced 68-107 to the 1/2 Finals with a huge road victory over Residence.


The half final matchups will be drawn in Dudelange on Saturday, January 10th during halftime of the game T71- Etzella. The semifinals will be played at the Coque on the 7th & 8th of February.




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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Danilovgrad 8-2 
 2. Ulcijn 8-2 
 3. ABS Primorje 7-3 
 4. Primorje-M. 6-4 
 5. Mornar Bar 6-4 
 6. Lovcen 5-5 
 7. Mogren 5-5 
 8. Jedinstvo 4-6 
 9. Rudar 1-9 
 10. Niksic 0-10 


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Scott Brooks likely to become OKC Thunder's head coach - by Eurobasket News
The interim tag on Thunder coach Scott Brooks' title could be lifted.

General manager Sam Presti is leaning toward making Brooks the teams full-time coach, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The decision, however, isnt expected to be made before the end of the season, allowing the front office time to continue evaluating Brooks and his staff over the final 40 games.

Presti, staying consistent with statements hes made since firing P.J. Carlesimo on Nov. 21, said his focus remains on this season and Brooks will have the opportunity to earn the job through his performance over the remainder of the year.

'We are pleased with the job that Scott has done, Presti said Sunday night. 'He has shown a great commitment to the Thunder and has brought energy to the task at hand. Scott and I are constantly communicating, and were both really focused on our players and the continued growth of the team. As we have discussed, we will evaluate the next steps for the Thunder at the end of the season.

Retaining Brooks would make sense, because the up-and-coming coach commands a cheaper salary than currently unemployed veteran coaches Jeff Van Gundy, Avery Johnson and Flip Saunders. Bringing back Brooks also would maintain continuity within the organization and prevent the team from having to start over again with a new coach and a new philosophy.

Sunday nights 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat dropped the Thunder to 7-22 under Brooks, but the team has shown significant improvement of late, winning three of the past four before Sunday night and two straight against Utah and Detroit.

Brooks, who said he hasnt been informed of which direction Presti will go, also has won over the Thunders locker room. Several players openly endorse his return, citing his positive demeanor through whats been a trying season.

Since Brooks first game as interim coach on Nov. 22 at New Orleans, the mood in the locker room has been noticeably lighter, and players have been more relaxed in practices over the past two months.

'The way were playing now is the best weve played throughout the whole season, said Jeff Green. 'Hes gotten us to the point where we can play against any team. But hes just been positive...I think hes worked hard for the spot if he gets it, so my vote is behind him.

Brooks said Sunday night that hes settling into the job after getting over what he called 'odd emotions of taking over for P.J.

'Im getting comfortable in my role, but I know I have to continue to get better like our team has to continue to get better, Brooks said. 'Its an opportunity for me to improve every game...Its a challenging position, but its a position that every assistant coach dreams about.

Courtesy of http://www.newsok.com


Two more years for Shaq? - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics have been fighting through the challenge of facing every foe's top effort this season as the reigning NBA champs. With four NBA championship rings of his own and having had the spotlight on him since becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft 17 years ago, Phoenix center Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) can more than relate.

'Ever since I came into the league, teams have been playing way above their head hitting shots wanting to beat me,' said O'Neal, whose Suns play the Celtics tonight at TD Banknorth Garden. 'Once I got the championship ring, it has gone up a different level.

'Just think about it . . . you beat the champs and you get the confidence. And if you put up good numbers against the champs, when you're going up for your contract you can say, 'Hey, I put up good numbers against the champs.' A lot of people have gotten contracts because of what they've done against the champs.'

O'Neal said the 33-9 Celtics are doing fine.

'Guys just have been up for them,' he said. 'You can't win every game. They're still one of the top teams in the East.'

With a healthy O'Neal back at the top of his game and talented teammates such as Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Richardson, and Grant Hill, the Suns (23-15) are one of the top teams in the Western Conference, too. But in the deep West, and with the division rival Lakers likely to win the Pacific, O'Neal and the Suns need as many wins as possible to make the playoffs and help with seeding.

While the Lakers, Hornets, and Spurs are considered the marquee teams in the West, O'Neal believes the Suns can rise above them all to get to the Finals. Phoenix has won seven of its past 10 games.

'We're still just figuring this stuff out,' said O'Neal, who had 16 points and four rebounds while fouling out in a 117-113 win at Toronto yesterday. 'I've been on teams that have dominated and won. I've been on teams that didn't dominate and won. I don't really worry about where we are. I just feel if we jell at the right time, then anything is possible.'

For the Suns to challenge for a West crown, a healthy O'Neal is necessary.

Phoenix acquired O'Neal from Miami last Feb. 6 for forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks. The 7-foot-1-inch, 325-pounder arrived in Arizona with left hip inflammation that caused him to miss his first five games after being acquired. O'Neal was more mortal than his old unstoppable self as he averaged 12.9 points and 10.6 rebounds in 28 games with Phoenix. In 61 games with Miami and Phoenix last season, the veteran averaged a career-low 13.6 points.

'[Last season] I was really beat up on my hip and my whole right side,' O'Neal said. 'I got here and I was doing the little stuff they were telling me to do and it was getting better. But it really didn't get stronger until the summer and the beginning of [this season].

'Right now, I'm running better. I'm going left. I'm going right. I'm doing up-and-under moves. I'm diving into the stands. I'm feeling loose.'

O'Neal said another reason for his drop in production last season was a lack of touches. But since he asked to get the ball more, he has played more like the 14-time All-Star than a star in the twilight of his career.

O'Neal averaged 8.1 field goal attempts per game with the Suns last season. The three-time Finals MVP, now 36, this season is averaging 11.0 attempts, good for 17.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. He's also got a career-best .628 free throw percentage.

'I'm just getting more shots,' O'Neal said. 'At the beginning of the season, I wasn't taking that many shots. I was like, 'Listen, if ya'll want me to be Shaq, you got to get Shaq out of penalty. I got dudes on my back and you got me playing like a token.

'I'm getting a little more opportunity, a little more shots. I have the ability to make other guys better, so when they pass and cut I was dropping them off [passes].'

O'Neal missed an overtime loss at Denver last Thursday as a maintenance day, which are more frequent now. The Suns are just 2-5 when he is not in the lineup. He knows it's important that he's on the floor as often as possible and said he expects to play tonight.

'We'll probably have to look into it a little more,' he said about missing games to rest. 'We'll probably have to evaluate certain situations.'

'Shaq's problem hasn't been that he's getting old or not playing well,' said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. 'Now that he's healthy and has the proper amount of rest, he's become a force. I would have taken him. He's still Shaq. He's still bigger than everybody in the league, he still weighs more than everybody in the league. He gives them a force.'

O'Neal had been named to every All-Star team since 1993 until last season. Because of his injury and struggles on the court, the eight-time All-NBA first-team selection didn't believe he deserved it and preferred not to make it just on his name.

But with his play this season, O'Neal is hopeful he will return to the All-Star Game, which is in Phoenix Feb. 15. Since Houston center Yao Ming likely will be voted in as the West starter, O'Neal is competing against the likes of Minnesota's Al Jefferson, Utah's Mehmet Okur, and Denver's Nene for a reserve spot voted on by the West coaches.

'It would be nice to get in, but the one thing I'm not going to do is put on a cowboy hat and get on the Internet,' said O'Neal in reference to the All-Star Internet push last season by Toronto's Chris Bosh. 'Magic, Barkley, and Jordan never did that. Either you get voted in or you get picked by the coaches. If you do, you do. If you don't, you don't. That's the way it is.'

O'Neal will be a free agent in the coveted 2010 market. And while it was thought he probably would retire after his contract his up, he won't be surprised if he is still playing in two years.

'I never said I was going to be done playing,' O'Neal said. 'I was just saying that it's motivation for myself. I have two years left to let me try to get it done. We'll see. I look at it now, there are guys making $10 million to $12 million averaging 3 points. I can average 12 until I'm 67.'

While O'Neal acknowledged he was excited to play against the defending champions tonight, he believes the Celtics will be excited and challenged, too.

'I also get excited about playing against other great players,' O'Neal said. 'That's a hell of roster there. They're the champs. It's a measuring stick for those guys. It's a measuring stick for us.'

Courtesy of http://www.boston.com


NBA Round: 81 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Suns - Raptors 117-113
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82), who delivered 31 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, led his Phoenix Suns to nice road victory against the Raptors. Jason Richardson was behind him with 17, while Shaquille O'Neal and Matt Barnes posted 16 points each. Anthony Parker came up with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Suns 23-15, Raptors 16-26.

Heat - Thunder 104-94
The Heat celebrated in Oklahoma City thanks to Dwayne Wade, who nailed 32 points and dished out 10 assists. Yakhouba Diawara netted 14, while Mario Chalmers and Jamal Magloire scored 13 pts apiece. Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebs and 5 as in defeat. Heat 22-18, Thunder 8-34.


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Top 25

NCAA D3 Top 25
Ranking 2008-09



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Standings
PBL Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Manchester 3-2 
 2. Halifax R. 3-3 
 3. Montreal S. 2-2 
 4. Vermont FH 2-2 
 5. Quebec Kebs 1-3 
Central Division
 1. Battle Creek K. 4-0 
 2. Chicago T. 3-2 
 3. Detroit P. 2-3 
 4. M. Michigan 0-3 
Eastern Division
 1. Augusta G. 3-1 
 2. Wilmington SD 3-2 
 3. Rochester R. 1-2 
 4. Buffalo S. 1-3 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Maryland N. 0-0 


FrostHeaves take bite out of Razor Sharks - by Carl Berman
The Vermont Frost Heaves put an end to the Rochester Razorsharks 48 game home winning streak with a dramatic 113-110 win in Rochester tonight. The Razorsharks had not lost a game at home in 48 straight games over a period of more than 3 years. With Vermont leading 53-51 at the half, Rochester came out in the second half with a stifling defense and took command of the game in the third quarter. They outscored Vermont 42 29 in the quarter and built a commanding 13-point lead half way through the fourth quarter at 101-97 on a 3-pointer by Sammy Monroe with 4:42 remaining in the game. The Frost Heaves defense dug-in and started to clamp down on the Rochester offense. Joe Nixons 3 point shot from the left elbow with 25 seconds remaining gave the Frost Heaves a 111-110 lead. After a Joe Williams foul, the Razorsharks inbounded to Jerice Crouch who drove in to the corner and encountered a wall of blue. A forced shot by Crouch was rebounded by Coles, and the Razorsharks were forced to foul Brandon Cole (6'8''-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Xavier). Cole sank both of the foul shots and with 1 second left, Keith Friels 3-point attempt from the top of the key bounced off the front of the rim.

The game started off back and forth with neither team really taking control, but Brandon Cole from inside and Greg Plummer from outside kept the game close. Cole was the leading scorer in the game with 27 points, shooting 9-9 from 2-point range and overall 9-10 from the field. He added 5 rebounds and 2 steals to go with his 27 points. Greg Plummer and Thomas Sanders added 17 points each to help pace the Frost Heaves. James Reaves paced the Razorsharks with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Sammy Monroe added 16 points for the Razorsharks and Derek Holyfield chipped in with 14. The Frost Heaves shot 61% from the field and despite 32 turnovers out-rebounded the Razorsharks 38-26. The Frost Heaves next game is this coming Friday night in Quebec City against the Kebs and then they take on the Montreal Sasquatch in Montreal on Saturday.


Battle Creek improves to 5-0 - by Carl Berman
The Battle Creek Knights (5-0) won by the score of 107-98 over the (3-1) Augusta Groove here at Kellogg Arena. The Knights leading scorer in the PBL contest was Florentino Valencia (6'5''-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Toledo) with 18 points. Other Knights scorers on the evening included: Jeremy File with 17 points on the night. The Augusta Groove leading scorer was AJ Millien with 38 points. The Battle Creek Knights next home game is Thursday, February 5th vs. the Quebec Kebs. Tip off time is 7 p.m. Thursday, February 5th, is United Way of Battle Creek Donor Appreciation Night. Zeke the Wonder Dog and Friends performing at half time. The Battle Creek Knights next road game is Saturday, January 24th, vs. the Mid Michigan Destroyers in Bay City, Michigan.

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Jones joins Al Ahli - by Mohammed Malas
The american shooting guard Josh Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) will replace William Clay (188-G-78, college: Texas) 'Signed with Al Ittihad Aleppo (SYR)' in Al Ahli Sports Club roster...

Jones played a very good season in Egypt last year, He also played in Mexico where he made some good numbers.....


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BCMUS Arges Pitesti sign Nikola Razic - by Eurobasket
BCMUS Arges Pitesti added to their roster 34-year old Serbian forward Nikola Razic (200-F-75, agency: Court Side). Razic played most recently at Swisslion Pelister Bitola (FYR Macedonia). He played already pro basketball in Slovenia, Belgium and Cypriot leagues. Razic scored 9 points and got 4 rebounds in his first game in Romania.

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Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu sign Rawle Marshall - by Eurobasket
Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu signed 27-year old American guard Rawle Marshall (200-G-82, college: Oakland). Marshall played most recently at KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia). He had a very successful season last year when playing for Hemofarm in Serbia, he helped them to make it to Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) final, Adriatic League final and Serbian League final. He was also selected to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team in 2008. In his first game for Lokomotiv (lost to European best team CSKA) Marshall scored 15 points and got 3 assists.

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Youngsters Musli, Milutinovic, Subotic and Ognjenovic signed their first professional contracts - by Zoran Popovic
Young players Dejan Musli (213-C-91), Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90), Bojan Subotic (204-F/C-90) and Dusan Ognjenovic (217-C-91) signed their first professional contracts with FMP Zeleznik. Dejan Musli, born in Kragujevac, started career in Boox Computers cadet team and 2006. moved to FMP II. This season Dejan Musli in Eurocup for FMP average scored 2.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, in Adriatic league he average scored 1.7 points, 1.8 rebounds per game. Dejan Musli was member of Serbia U16 and U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Musli average scored 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds per game.
Andreja Milutinovic, also born in Kragujevac, started career in FMP II 2006. On 6 games in Eurocup Mladenovic average scored 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, on 10 games in Adriatic league average scored 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds. Mladenovic was member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Milutinovic average scored 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game.
Bojan Subotic, born in Tivat, started in FMP 2005. Subotic was also member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship Subotic average scored 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals per game.
Dusan Ognjenovic, born in Uzice, came in FMP junior team 2006. Ognjenovic was member of Serbia U18 National team. On European Championship 2008 Ognjenovic average scored 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds per game.


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Goljovic and Grum wins Austrian Cup Chervolet - by Zeljko Zule
Former Slovenian national team members Miljan Goljovic (204-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) and Samo Grum (194-G/F-79, agency: VTBM/SRBM) won the Austrian Cup Chervolet as Furstenfeld Panthers defeated Arkadia Traiskirchen 97-96 in semifinals and Kraftwerk Wels 80-79 in finals.
Goljovic in semifinals scored game-high 27 points including game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and Grum handed out 4 assists. Panthers in finals game erased a 14-point first-half deficit to claim a 2009 Cup Championship. Grum had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and Goljovic added 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.


Alpos Sentjur fired Kadic, MFC.2 Branik brings back Gavric - by Zeljko Zule

Alpos Sentjur released Aldin Kadic (208-C-86) who averaged 14,5 minutes, 2,4 points (2P 12-38, 3P 1-3, FT 7-15), 3,6 rebounds, 0,2 assists, 0,4 steals and 0,6 blocks in 14 games of UPC League.

MFC.2 Branik (B1) inked their former member Mica Gavric (195-G-91) ex Rogla.
Muharem Vugdalic was named coach of Terme Olimia (D2).

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Egis Restart Ascent, Promy Hold Top Spot - by Rick Ross
The Korean Basketball League's (KBL) top two the Dongbu Promy and Ulsan Mobis had their winning streaks stopped at seven and four, while the KCC Egis edged closer to the summit of the table with three wins last week.

With defending champion the Promy still minus last season's Most Valuable Player Kim Joo-sung - who is out with an ankle injury picked up Wednesday against the Daegu Orions - the Mobis brought their unbeaten run to an end with a 79-74 victory Friday at the league leader's Wonju home.
But the men in green jerseys made an instant return to winning ways, rebounding with a 96-85 win Sunday over the LG Sakers, which had been on three-game winning run.

Rookie forward Yoon Ho-young, filling in for the absent Kim, produced 14 points.
Jeon Chang-jin, the Promy manager, used the team's mini-crisis to blood his future star and still managed to hang on to top spot, extending his record to 23-10.
Though the Mobis beat the league No. 1, they failed to grab victory over the third-placed Samsung Thunders, bringing their run of victories to a halt.

Thunders import Terrence Leather produced 33 points with eight rebounds, while veteran guard Lee Sang-min stole and added two points in the last 54 seconds to earn a 69-67 reverse victory in Seoul, Sunday.
The Mobis, which had trailed the Promy by one after Friday's valuable victory over the leaders, plumped a little, marking a 21-12 record.
The league's former tallest team Egis continued their ascent, producing a clean sweep of victories in their three games last week.

They started by grabbing a 84-79 win over the stumbling KT&G Kites in a road game Thursday, and then followed that up with back-to-back triumphs over the Thunders and ET Land BlackSlamer.
On Sunday, the Egis stunned the BlackSlamers 95-84 in Incheon.
It was the first time the two had met since veteran center Seo Jang-hoon left the Egis for the BlackSlamer and rookie guard Kang Byung-hyun went in the opposite direction.

The Egis rookie center Ha Seung-jin, who returned to the court after injury last Thursday, had his first bout with former teammate Seo and the 2.21-meter-tall youngster emerged victorious, managing 11 points with nine rebounds, while Seo registered just 10 points with two rebounds.

The Egis surge saw them advance to fifth with a 17-16 record, while the BlackSlamer fell to seventh, with a 14-19 record in the standings.
The Kites, with an eye on top spot, started last week fourth but collapsed to sixth, losing against the Egis and bottom dogs KTF MagicWings.

Meanwhile, the Thunders veteran guard Lee has been elected the most popular player in the KBL, receiving 45,708 of 113,029 votes in a fans poll.
He has now been elected in the league's 'Best 5' for eleven consecutive years.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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ACB Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Tau - ViveMenorca 78-66
The reigning champion didn't have any troubles to beat ViveMenorca and to stay on top of ACB with impressive 16-1 record. Igor Rakocevic once again top-scored in Tau with 21 points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds for 26 minutes. Tiago Splitter helped with 15 points and 5 boards. Pooh Jeter and Mario Stojic combined 39 points in defeat. Their Menorca fell on 5-12.

Cajasol - Ricoh Man. 64-71
Cajasol slipped at home another time this season falling even deeper on 2-15 record. Jordi Grimau paced his Manresa to this road win netting 18 points for 18 minutes. Josh Asselin also shined delivering 16 pts and grabbing 7 boards. Nik Caner-Medley had double-double in defeat 13 points, 11 rebs and 5 as.

Real Madrid - Unicaja 90-78
Real Madrid outplayed Unicaja in derby game of Round 18, thus both teams are on the same 12-5 record now. DKV Joventut also has 12-5. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) led the hosts collecting 25 points and 5 assists (4 triples). Robert Jr. Archibald had 15 points and 7 boards for Unicaja.

Bruesa - Granada 80-87
Granada grabbed nice road victory against Bruesa mostly owing to Jimmie Hunter and his 25 points. Curtis Borchardt also was on high level collecting 18 points and 14 boards. The hosts got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Andy Panko. Granada 8-9, Bruesa 6-11.

Pamesa V. - CAI Zaragoza 81-72
Pamesa was too strong for CAI Zaragoza registering the 10th victory this season. Shammond Williams stepped up for the hosts with 15 points and 8 assists. Matt Nielsen had 14 points and 8 boards, while Kosta Perovic added 13 pts. Taurean Green replied with 16 points for Zaragoza (5-12).

CB Murcia - A.G. Fuenla 70-78
CB Murcia faced with disappointing home defeat against Fuenla dropping on 4-13 record (16th place). On the other side, visitors improved on 8-9 joining Granada at the middle of ACB standings. Brad Oleson was a key player for Fuenla pouring in 29 points. Taquan Dean of Murcia led all the scorers with 30 points.

DKV Joven. - Regal Barca 64-68
It was another derby game of Round 18 and this time the guests were better. JC Navarro drained 18 points, also having 6 rebounds and 4 assists in his Barca. Ersan Ilyasova was the only player with double-double in the winning squad, 11 points and 14 rebounds. Pau Ribas led the scorers in Joventut with just 11 pts. Both teams entered into this round with 12-4. The second place in ACB now belongs to Barca.

Iurbentia B. - MMT Estudia. 99-65
Bilbao gave a real basketball lesson to Estu celebrating with plus 34. Marko Banic shined with 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Paco Vasquez followed him with 2 points less. Pancho Jasen scored 16 points in loss. Bilbao 7-10, Estu 5-12.


LEB Gold Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Vic - Plus Pujol 89-76
Jose Miguel Garcia, who came off the bench, was the central figure of this game collecting 18 points and 6 rebounds for 23 minutes. His nice performance, together with 16 points by Albert Sabat and 14 from Mattew Kiefer, helped Vic to jump at the middle of the LEB Gold standings with 8-9 score. Rafael Hettsheimeier once again shined for Plus Pujol netting 20 points and grabbing 6 boards.

La Palma - La Laguna 85-82
La Palma outsmarted La Laguna so both teams have 7-10 record now. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, agency: ACMT, college: Georgia St.) shined for the winners registering double-double, 21 points and 10 boards. Ignacio Yanez had 2 points less than him. Jason Detrick nailed 29 points in loss.

Rosalia - Los Barrios 72-61
The last ranked Rosallia finally succeeded to register the second win in LEB Gold this season. Miguel Montanana stepped up for the hosts collecting 19 points and 6 rebounds. Ricardo Guillen had 17 pts and 8 boards for Los Barrios.

Alicante - Mallorca 87-60
Alicante remains on top of LEB Gold alone after heme victory vs Basquet Mallorca. Martynas Andriuskevicius and Jose Urtasun scored 12 points each, while Jorge Garcia and Kyle Hill followed them with 11 pts apiece. Jason Blair drained 19 for Mallorca.

Melilla - Cl.Rincon 73-84
Clinicas Rincon crushed the second ranked Melilla handing it the fourth defeat of the season. Jon Cortaberria nailed 22, while Paulo Prestes scored 4 points less, but including 12 rebounds (6 off). Hector Garcia was the best in Melilla with 18 points and 5 boards.

Tenerife - Illescas 94-61
Tenerife trashed Illescas mostly owing to Lamont Hamilton, who poured in 19 points. Duane Virgil answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Tenerife 12-5, Illescas 5-12.

Valladolid - Gandia Basq. 68-67
Valladolid had to work very hard in order to beat poor Gandia 68-67. Robert Battle was a key player for the hosts with 15 points and 9 boards. Visitors got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Zach Morley.

Leon - Burgos 86-88
Very important road win for Burgos as both teams had 9-7 record before this game. Cesar Sanmartin and Diego Lo Grippo shined for the winning squad with 19 points each. Carles Marco added 13. Clarence Gilbert had 18 in loss.

Leche Rio - Caceres 87-77
Brian Cusworth netted 21, Spencer G9oger 19, while Daniel Lopez and Alberto Corbacho scored 11 points in victory. Caceres got 21 points and 8 boards from Wayne Simien.


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  SYRIA   


AL KARAMEH signs DAMON KING - by Mohammed Malas
610 SPORTS is pleased to annouce the signing of Damon King (193-G-78, college: Weber St.) to Al Karameh the SYRIAN top 8 club. In 2007-2008 Damon King was drafted 2nd overall in the 2nd round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), drafted, to the Shanxi Dragons in which he went on to lead the team in scoring, assist and steals & in 2006-2007 he played in Schwelm, Germany for two games (Schwelmer Baskets). Averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. But most recently King also in 2008-08 played for Riyadi in Lebanon for the regular season where he averaged 15 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists.Damon is a swingman who can score and dish. He can go to the glass or pull up and drain the 3-point jumper. Reading the game really well he knows what it takes to be an efficient player and delivers.King is all around top level guard that is known for his shooting and tuff defense.

Courtesy of 610 Sports Agency


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  TANZANIA   


Prisons too good for Crows - by Carlos Pereira
TANZANIA Prisons bounced back in the ongoing Dar es Salaam regional basketball league, Kili RBA, with a 87-39 rout of Crows in an exciting match at the National Indoor Stadium in the city at the weekend.

Prisons had a lions share of possession in the action-packed match and could have registered three-digit score had their players fully exploited numerous scoring chances they created.
Richard Rover, one of Prisons dependable players, was at his best in the game. He covered much ground for his team and slotted in game-high 25 points.
Rover led Prisons attacks throughout the match as his side pressed for more points and he was as accurate as ever whenever he aimed at Crows hoop.
Benson George and Samwel Sige scored 11 points apiece and skipper John Damas added six points for Prisons.
George, a muscular player, was also terrific both defensively and offensively. He made the most of offensive rebounds to score and skilfully dished numerous assists to team mates whenever he pushed upfront.
Prisons managed to pin down their rather inexperienced opponents in the first two quarters to lead 37-15 at half time.
Crows, however, refused to buckle down to Prisons pressure and produced flashes of fancy displays that won it a couple of points at the closing stages of the third quarter.
Their hard working skipper Ally Zuberi and Alphayo Kisusi at times posed threat to Prisons defense with skilful runs and dribbling techniques but lacked support from team mates.
Zuberi and Kisusi scored 10 points apiece to emerge top scorers in their team. Team mate George Adida made a series of strong runs towards Prisons hoop but his slam dunks attempts were futile
Prisons noisy cheering fans again stole show on the stands as they backed their team with endless chanting of encouraging words.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Standings - Men
Super Ten Standings
 1. Shak Attack 7-0 
 2. Jazz 6-2 
 3. UTT 6-2 
 4. NFM 5-3 
 5. Lions 5-4 
 6. Defence Force 4-3 
 7. Raptors 3-2 
 8. Heat 3-4 
 9. Mirak Stars 2-5 
 10. All-Stars 2-6 
 11. Clippers 0-10 


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Bornova 11-2 
 2. Trabzonspor 11-2 
 3. Genc Telekom 9-4 
 4. Edirne Genclik 8-5 
 5. Vestel 8-5 
 6. Pamukkale 7-6 
 7. Akcakoca P. 7-6 
 8. FMV Isik 5-8 
 9. TED Istanbul 4-9 
 10. Orman 3-10 
 11. Eyup 3-10 
 12. Bursa B-bol 2-11 
Group B
 1. Tofas 13-0 
 2. ITU 11-2 
 3. Gelisim 10-3 
 4. Beykoz 8-5 
 5. Canakkale 8-5 
 6. Pertevniyal 6-7 
 7. Duzce Genclik 6-7 
 8. Genc Banvit. 6-7 
 9. Yesilyurt 4-9 
 10. Ankara Basket 3-10 
 11. Usak 3-10 
 12. Mulkiye 0-13 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Charlotte Amalie boys and girls sweep MLK Jr. Tourney - by David Edole
Charlotte Amalie High School swept the 2009 edition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball tourney, which was held in their own gymnasium. The boys used a balance attack to dismantle long time rival Eudora Kean Devil Rays, 55-51 MVP Merwin Potter only scored seven points but led five players who scored at least that much. Charlote Amalie jumped on Kean from the jump and held a 16-point lead at halftime, 38-22. Jefferson Faustin and Michael Davis Jr. led the Rays in scoring with 17 and 10 points respectively.
Charlotte Amalie Hawks made it a clean sweep with a 45-31 win over Antilles Lady Canes. Antilles jumped out to a 14-5 lead over the preseason number one team. During that stretch Coach Myron Corbett of Charlotte Amalie pulled his best offensive player LaShanda Creque for lack of aggression. Creque responded in the second quarter outscoring Antilles all by herself. She scored 15 points in the frame and helped Charlotte Amalie take a 28-17 lead goign to the half. Charlotte Amalie coasted the rest of the way to secure the championship. Creque, who was named MVP, finished with 20 points while Radford University signee Victoria Hamilton had 18 points to lead the Hurricanes.
The Next tourney up is the St. Croix Central High Invitational that is scheduled for February 14th 2009. To get more info on the tourney log on to http://sciaa.org/.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Tigers Delighted With Cup Success - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers coach Tony Garebelotto was a delighted man after his side won the BBL Cup with a stunning 103-49 victory against Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

'I'm still trying to come to terms with what we've achieved, and how we achieved it' said Garbelotto. 'As a coach I tried to get the team to perform and the pinnacle of their abilities in a final - and they certainly did that. We were so sharp and the work we'd done to break down Plymouth really worked. That was one of the biggest factors in the way we won the game.'

Garbelotto admitted that he felt sorry for his opposite number, Raiders coach Gary Stronach, as Tigers recorded the biggest final win in the history of the BBL: 'If we'd lost the game it would have been hard to swallow. I do feel for Gary, as it was a combination of things that contributed to such a scoreline - which is probably a one-off in a final. He was without [DeAntoine] Beasley and his team didn't play as well as they can.'

Everton's Andrew Smith was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) thanks to his double double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, but Garbelotto had praise for other members of his team: 'Andre was Andre, doing his normal stuff. But there's two other players who deserve special praise. Marcus Bailey probably should have won the MVP award because he was tremendous all round. Chris Haslam was a wall, they just ran into him. He finished with double figure rebounds, and deflected plenty of other rebounds into other players' hands. Richard Midgley deserves a mention as well, he was extremely solid and made some big shots when we needed them.'

Tigers will return to action on Friday evening when they host BiG Storage Cheshire Jets in a key BBL Trophy game before visiting Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the same competition the following evening.


Tigers Win BBL Cup - by Andy Webb
Everton Tigers won their first ever BBL title on Sunday, as they defeated the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 103-49 in the BBL Cup Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. On the day, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders defeated Worcester Wolves 94-76 in the BBL Championship.

BBL Cup Final
Everton Tigers 103 (20,50-72) (Smith/Bailey 26, Midgley 16)
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 49 (11,22, 28) (Moore 19, Lasker 9, Gall 8)

Everton Tigers won their first ever BBL title on Sunday, as they defeated the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 103-49 in the BBL Cup Final at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

The game produced the largest ever winning margin in a Cup Final and Tigers the most points by a winning side.

Everton's Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) was the star man - he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) thanks to his double double of 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the final score, there was actually very little between the two teams in the opening exchanges; Tigers just shading things. Plymouth's first and only lead came after four minutes at 7-6, but Everton hit back with a 7-1 run to lead 13-8 and did not relinquish that advantage.

It was 20-11 going into the second quarter and Raiders kept it down to a single-figure margin for the first two minutes of the quarter. The score was 25-17 to Everton, but then the Tigers mounted a charge, bagging 11 points in quick succession to lead 36-17. The points were shared between Marcus Bailey, Andre Smith and Richard Midgley and it set Tigers on a roll. By half-time the lead was 50-22 to Everton.

The third period got no better for Plymouth, who were without DeAntoine Beasley, as they could only manage eight points in the quarter. Everton led 72-28 at the end of the third stanza.

In the final quarter, Plymouth restored some pride, scoring 21 points as Gaylon Moore, Andrew Lasker and Allister Gall stepped up. However, it was not enough to prevent Everton from claiming the first piece of silverware of the season.

Andre Smith and Marcus Bailey led all scorers with 26 points each for Everton; Gaylon Moore added 19 for Plymouth.

BBL Championship
Worcester Wolves 76 (21,39,63) (Paez 29, Harker 17, Brown 14)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 94 (19,45,66) (Wierzbicki 19, Swanson 18, Lamble/Missere 12)


On the day the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham is hosting the BBL Cup Final, the arena was also the venue as Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders defeated Worcester Wolves 94-76 in the BBL Championship.

There was nothing between the teams in the opening minutes. Worcester were the first to pull out an advantage on the back of a 5-0 tear that saw them 17-10 to the good. However, Brad Wierzbicki tied the game at 19-19 with shots from the foul line, before Skouson Harker's last bucket of the quarter, which put Worcester back into the lead at 21-19.

The Wolves edged further ahead in the second stanza to lead 25-19, but again Riders fought back. Flinder Boyd put the Riders back in front with six minutes of the first half remaining; his basket saw them 29-25 in front. Although Worcester pulled it back to 30-31, Riders seven unanswered points saw them extend their advantage at 38-30.

The sides went into the third quarter closely matched. Riders were just four points ahead at 45-41, but a 10-4 spurt gave them a double-digit lead at 55-45. The game swung back Worcester's way and they reduced the arrears to just one point at 58-59 on the back of a Justin Brown basket. Riders were ahead by just three points heading into the final quarter at 66-63.

Once in the final period, Riders upped their offence. A 24-7 start to the quarter saw them leading 90-70 and there was no way back for Worcester.

Brad Wierzbicki led Leicester's scoring with 19 points, to which Tommy Swanson added 18, but the game's leading scorer was Anthony Paez with 29 points.


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  VENEZUELA   


Welcome back coach Gustavo Garcia - by Wolfgang Lucena

Well known in Maracaibo and in the whole Nation as well, Coach Gustavo Garcia took over Gaitero's Head coach position.
Nobody knows Gaiteros Del Zulia better than Gustavo Garcia. After more than 20 years of coaching at Zulia State, last year, Gustavo Garcia went to Guaros de Lara as a head coach. While coaching in Barquisimeto, Gustavo Garcia got an invitation from the Venezuela Basketball Federation to join the senior Men's Venezuela National Team to assist Head coach Nelson 'KaKo' Solrzano.
This year, Alirio and Paul Romero believe that Coach Gustavo Garcia's strategy could come through winning Gaiteros Del Zulias the championship.
Last year, Gaiteros Del Zulia went to the final series where they finished in the position of semi champions of the 2008 LPB.

Maracaibo city deserves it...Coach, make it happened.





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes demolish Baden in Round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes victimized Baden at home court to post the 12th straight win in the AWBL action. The defending champions looked impressive down the line as they left no chance for the visitors. They piled up a 38:6 lead after the opening term and cruised afterwards. The scoreboard read comfortable 80:21 digits for Flying Foxes. They never looked back in the second half and posted yet another solid win in the championship. Renee Taylor (158-G, agency: Ronsport, college: Miami, FL) exploded with 36 points to lead Flying Foxes. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) added 20 points for the winners. Elisabeth Graf (182-56) responded with 11 points for Baden. Marlies Kiefer (158-G-83) had 8 points in defeat.
In the meantime Vienna 87 registered the 6th success as they eased past Graz 103:55 on the road. Everything was decided before the main break as the visitors accumulated a 25-point advantage. Graz managed to stay on level terms in the third frame as the teams traded baskets for an 18:18 tie. But Vienna 87 sealed the deal in the fourth quarter as they won it by 23 points. Sophie Meisinger (183-F-89) produced 27 points for Vienna 87. Katarzyna Mucha (187-C/F-86) contributed 15 points for the winning team. Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) had 16 points for Graz. Elisabeth Lutter (173-F-86) knocked down 11 points in the losing case.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Berezina-RCOR and Minsk-2006 victorious in BWBL - by Eurobasket News
Berezina-RCOR secured two straight wins in the Baltic League Round 15. They overcame Olimpia and Victoria in Minsk to improve at 10-3 record on top of the ladder.
Berezina opened the rounds action with an easy victory over Viktoria 91:71. Berezina notched impressive 34 points in the starting stanza to build a 17-point lead. Viktoria however did not say die and trimmed the distance to 8 points before the fourth term. But Berezina proved the strength in the fourth quarter. They won it by 12 points to ensure the winning outcome at the end. Anzhela Duboiskaya (185-F-73) scored 18 points to lead the way for Berezina. Aksana Dauharukava (184-F-73) added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandra Zubrickaya (168-G-90) had 18 points for Victoria in the loss.
Berezina next faced Olimpia and eked out a 75:72 win at the end. Berezina trailed by 11 points at halftime before pulling ahead after the main break. Anzhela Duboiskaya had 23 points for the winning side. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) dropped 28 points in the defeat.
Minsk-2006 held off Olimpia 90:75 behind 20 points from Ramanava. Aleksandra Tarasova (168-G-88) added 18 points in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) responded with game-high 33 points and 6 boards for Olimpia.
Minsk-2006 later bruised Victoria 87:69 for the 4th win in the season. Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-F-87) topscored with 21 points for Minsk-2006. Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) answered with 19 points for Victoria.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarusian National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Anufryienka


Drozd


Marchanka


Padabed


Volnaya
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Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) of Olimpia GrGAU Grodno
Nadzeya Drozd (168-G-83) of Herner TC (GER)
Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia (POL)
Olga Padabed (174-G-79) of SK Cesis (LAT)
Sviatlana Volnaya (187-G/F-79) of Fenerbahce Istanbul (TUR)
Katsiaryna Snytsina (188-G/F-85) of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk (RUS)
Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81) of TTT Riga (LAT)
Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) of Utex Row Rybnik (POL)
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-F/C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (RUS)
Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) of Vologda-Chevakata (RUS)
Marina Kress (193-F/C-80) of Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR)
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Head Coach: Anatoly Buyalskiy


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria claim win over Germany - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Germany 67:66

Bulgarian National Team clinched the initial win in the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. The game was pointless for both teams in terms of reaching the European championship as Ukraine had already clinched the spot in the tournament. Bulgaria jumped to a 10:2 lead early in the game to set the tone. But Germany returned into contest with the help of five points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Bulgaria still managed to ensure a 20:16 advantage at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame and Bulgaria still enjoyed a 40:34 lead after twenty minutes of action. Germany stayed close in the third term but failed to surge ahead. Lea Mersch (170-G-87) and Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) capped the quarter with four free throws and Germany headed into the fourth stanza down by 2 points. Finally Romy Bar (188-F-87) stepped up with 4 points for the visitors as they surged ahead. Gergana Branzova-Erdenay (193-F/C-76) and Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) dragged Bulgaria back in front. Later Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) sealed the deal from the stripe.
Noelle Quinn nailed 16 points for Bulgaria. Gergana Branzova-Erdenay had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) secured 11 points for the winners. Lea Mersch answered with 13 points for Germany. Sarah Austmann banked 11 points in defeat.

Bulgaria: Noelle Quinn 16, Gergana Branzova-Erdenay 15, Zornitza Kostova 11
Germany: Lea Mersch 13, Sarah Austmann 11


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  FINLAND - Women  


Nokia changes - by Esko Saarinen
BC Nokia changes american players. Two players from autumn season Kirstin Higgy and Calisha Yates have left the team and new american is Stephanie Jones. She is 28 years old and 188 height. Jones has a contract for the rest of this season and also if she is suitable and good enough for the team also for next season. Jones played autumn in Sweden, but left Sundsvall Saits because of ther economical crisis in the team. She didn't have her money. Jones is educated in Missouri Western State and last season there she made ave 16 points and 7,5 rebounds. She has played in Australia the Netherlands and Switserland before Sweden. In the Netherlands she was the best score ave 25 and in the best match she made 43 points.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Bulgaria claim win over Germany - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Germany 67:66

Bulgarian National Team clinched the initial win in the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. The game was pointless for both teams in terms of reaching the European championship as Ukraine had already clinched the spot in the tournament. Bulgaria jumped to a 10:2 lead early in the game to set the tone. But Germany returned into contest with the help of five points from Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85). Bulgaria still managed to ensure a 20:16 advantage at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame and Bulgaria still enjoyed a 40:34 lead after twenty minutes of action. Germany stayed close in the third term but failed to surge ahead. Lea Mersch (170-G-87) and Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) capped the quarter with four free throws and Germany headed into the fourth stanza down by 2 points. Finally Romy Bar (188-F-87) stepped up with 4 points for the visitors as they surged ahead. Gergana Branzova-Erdenay (193-F/C-76) and Gergana Slavcheva (186-F-79) dragged Bulgaria back in front. Later Noelle Quinn (183-G-85, college: UCLA) sealed the deal from the stripe.
Noelle Quinn nailed 16 points for Bulgaria. Gergana Branzova-Erdenay had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82) secured 11 points for the winners. Lea Mersch answered with 13 points for Germany. Sarah Austmann banked 11 points in defeat.

Bulgaria: Noelle Quinn 16, Gergana Branzova-Erdenay 15, Zornitza Kostova 11
Germany: Lea Mersch 13, Sarah Austmann 11


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Vanderwal Iona 25.3
2 Grear Meteors 23.3
3 Thomas Wildcats 22.2
4 Cunningham Tolka 22.2
5 Dwyer Cork 21.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Williams Iona 14.1
2 Niland Tolka 13.0
3 Grear Meteors 11.6
4 Kavanagh Wildca 10.4
5 Robinson Iona 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 Walsh Cork 3.8
2 Vanderwal Iona 3.5
3 Thomas Wildcats 3.2
4 Aspell Wildcats 3.0
5 Sullivan, Killester 2.6
Steals Per Game
1 Grear Meteors 4.0
2 Truncale Killester 3.4
3 Cunningham Tolka 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Truncale Killester 2.5
2 Grear Meteors 1.6
3 Palmer, Meteors 1.2


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


T71 Dudelange catch up with Etzella on top - by Eurobasket News
T71 Dudelange posted two straight wins in Round 14 to return on top of the standings in the Diekirch League. They share the lead with Etzella with both teams tied at 13-4 record.
T71 opened the round with a home 78:68 win over Amicale. The hosts led by a single point at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter to seal the winning outcome at the end. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) scored 28 points and grabbed 8 boards for T71. Rachel Wagener (167-G-86) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston So.) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Amicale in defeat.
T71 Dudelange stretched their winning streak as they accounted for Residence 63:62 in a dramatic road fixture. Once again T71 used a strong 25:12 third frame to pile up a sufficient buffer. Melissa Dennett had 27 points and 9 rebounds for T71. Alexandra Kugener (178-F/C-83) added 9 points in the victory. Catherine Scanlon (180-G/F-83, college: Drexel) dropped 28 points and collected 10 rebounds for Residence.
Etzella lost their battle against the defending champions Basket Esch 78:83 on the road. Katie Donovan (183-F-82) had 27 points and 7 rebounds for Etzella. Alicia Gladden (180-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Florida St.) topscored with 32 points for the winners.
Musel Pikes remained just one win shy of the league leaders as they improved at 12-5 record. Chrissy Fisher (183-F-83) was unstoppable with 29 points and 20 boards as Musel Pikes overcame Residence 68:60. Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) had 17 points in the win. Catherine Scanlon contributed 33 points and 14 boards for Residence.


Standings - Women
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Etzella 12-3 
 2. T71 Dudelange 11-4 
 3. Residence 10-5 
 4. Basket Esch 10-5 
 5. AB Contern 10-5 
 6. Musel Pikes 10-5 
 7. Amicale 7-8 
 8. Grengewald 3-12 
 9. Racing 2-13 
 10. Black Frogs 0-15 


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Deepwater complete women league slot - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....Open training ahead Zenith Premier League

Nigeria latest women club, First Deepwater basketball club recently completed its move to be part of the Nigeria Women Premier league as it rounded up negotiation with the management of Dodan Amazons basketball club in one of the nations most transparent take-over moves.

Both sides (Dodan Amazons led by its Coordinator, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd) and First Deepwater basketball club led by its chairman, Engr. Babatunde Babalola) were engaged in a take-over talk since last December which culminated in the final agreement last week.

With the development, First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos has now taken the place of the Amazons in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, organized Nigeria Women Premier League sponsored by financial institution giant, Zenith Bank Plc in the 2008/ 2009 season expected to dunk-off in early March, 2009 and beyond.

First Deepwater basketball club which held a successful screening of players for its outfit resume training Monday ahead the new season with fourteen players out of the seventeen that made it from the screening exercise in attendance.

The fourteen players who were at Monday practice session includes, Patricia Chukwuma, Mary Chinweukwu, Dorcas Jiya, Juliet Ejogo, Julie Onyelugo, Temitope Oladele, Rebecca Iritei, Magdalene Ukato, Memuna Fuludu and Joan Afimia.

Others are Nkechi Akashili, Folashade Ogunsemoyin, Ijeoma Uchendu and Kelechi Obasi while the three players who are still been expected are Kikelomo Saliu, Atosu Upe and Chinenye Okoro.

Club chairman, Engr. Babalola at the weekend charged the players to be honest, hardworking and dedicated to their duties and leave the rest to the management of the team for a positive outing in the coming season.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Romania seal Britain's fate in Division B - by Nagy Szilveszter
Romania held on to defeat Great Britain 71-66 on Monday to clinch first place in the Relegation Round and condemn the Brits to life in Division B.
The Romanians, who also won a close game against Mark Clark's team in Britain on January 10, improved to 5-1 and dropped their opponents to 3-3.
Finland, who blew out already-relegated Bosnia and Herzegovina 95-57 in their game on Monday, improved to 4-2 and also avoided the drop.
Simina Mandache (184-F-81) led a balanced Romania scoring attack with 16 points.
Britain had hoped to win the game, which likely would have put them into second place above Finland.
Such a result would have left all three teams with 4-2 records, and the goal differential for the three teams in the games against each other would have been used to determine the order of finish.
Thankfully for Finland, Romania, a team that blew them out by 31 points in their first meeting and then lost last Friday in Finland by 18, had enough fuel in the tank to defeat the Brits.
Romania opened up a 15-point lead early in the second quarter at 32-17 while their biggest advantage after the interval was 57-45 late in third quarter.
Clark's team clawed their way back to trail 64-61, only for Mandache to bury a three-ball for her last points of the game.
Britain ended up cutting the deficit to 69-66 with 15 seconds to play on a Kim Butler jumper.
But they fouled Paula Ciocan (183-G-82, college: S.Carolina) with nine ticks remaining and she sank both free throws for the five-point triumph.
Butler finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Britain.


Great Britain to play in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Great Britain 71:66

Romania outscored Great Britain in Targoviste to claim the 5th victory in the EuroBasket Relegation Round. Romania clinched the first spot in the pool. Great Britain in the meantime suffered a painful setback as they were sent to Division B with the loss. It was a must-win for the visitors but they struggled right from the start. Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) teamed up for 10 points in the opening frame as the hosts opened a 26:17 lead. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) and Monika Boriga began the second frame with back-to-back trebles to enlarge the gap to 15 points. Romania held a 16-point advantage late in the half before Lavin, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) crowned it with 7 straight points to trim the deficit to 9 points. Kimberly Butler and Rosalee Mason narrowed the deficit to 4 points midway through the third quarter but could not get any closer. The home team cleared off to a 10-point cushion by the end of the frame. Sarah McKay (201-C-85, college: Indiana) and Kimberly Butler gave Great Britain another hope as they shaved the margin to 3 points with just over 2 minutes remaining. But a three-pointer from Simina Mandache and freebies from Ciocan silence the visitors.
Simina Mandache topscored with 16 points for Romania. Svetlana Dragusin added 13 points and 11 boards, while Monika Boriga had 13 points in the win. Kimberly Butler managed 22 points and 10 boards for Great Britain. Rosalee Mason nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 boards in the losing effort.

Romania: Simina Mandache 16, Svetlana Dragusin 13+11 boards, Monika Boriga 13
Great Britain: Kimberly Butler 22+10 boards, Rosalee Mason 16


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Standings - Women
Super 10 Standings
 1. Defence Force 2-0 
 2. Courts Horizon 0-0 
 3. Chase Ac. 0-1 
 4. Enforcers 0-1 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Day with a double double - by David Edole
Natalie Day (183-G/F) recorded her first double-double with a game-high 19 points and Tamaya Daniels added 18 points to lead Howard University to a 64-46 win over South Carolina State University in a league game at Burr Gym. It was the third straight win for the Lady Bison (3-13 overall, 2-2 in the MEAC) while the Lady Bulldogs (3-12 overall, 0-4) remain winless in conference play.

Day got Howard off to a fast start, scoring 11 points while Daniels added six as the Lady Bison bolted out to a 28-16 lead at the half. Equally important in the quick start was the Howard defense which has played well of late.

'The team is now beginning to buy into the defensive philosophy and we are starting to play together,' noted Howard first year coach Niki Reid Geckeler.

Added South Carolina State Coach Doug Robertson, 'You have to put the ball in the basket and we did not. Howard came out ready to play and that had something to do with the way we played.'

The Lady Bison started the second half with a 10-4 run and were never serious challenged after that.

Day, a 6-0 freshman forward, hit on 8 of 16 from the field and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. She just missed a double-double ( 9 points, 9 rebounds) in Saturday's win over Winston-Salem State University.

'She's beginning to understand the college game,' said Coach Geckeler. 'She's catching on to the speed of the game. You can see her growth each game.'


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Great Britain to play in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Great Britain 71:66

Romania outscored Great Britain in Targoviste to claim the 5th victory in the EuroBasket Relegation Round. Romania clinched the first spot in the pool. Great Britain in the meantime suffered a painful setback as they were sent to Division B with the loss. It was a must-win for the visitors but they struggled right from the start. Svetlana Dragusin (188-F-70) and Monika Boriga (176-G/F-74) teamed up for 10 points in the opening frame as the hosts opened a 26:17 lead. Simina Mandache (184-F-81) and Monika Boriga began the second frame with back-to-back trebles to enlarge the gap to 15 points. Romania held a 16-point advantage late in the half before Lavin, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) and Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) crowned it with 7 straight points to trim the deficit to 9 points. Kimberly Butler and Rosalee Mason narrowed the deficit to 4 points midway through the third quarter but could not get any closer. The home team cleared off to a 10-point cushion by the end of the frame. Sarah McKay (201-C-85, college: Indiana) and Kimberly Butler gave Great Britain another hope as they shaved the margin to 3 points with just over 2 minutes remaining. But a three-pointer from Simina Mandache and freebies from Ciocan silence the visitors.
Simina Mandache topscored with 16 points for Romania. Svetlana Dragusin added 13 points and 11 boards, while Monika Boriga had 13 points in the win. Kimberly Butler managed 22 points and 10 boards for Great Britain. Rosalee Mason nailed 16 points and grabbed 8 boards in the losing effort.

Romania: Simina Mandache 16, Svetlana Dragusin 13+11 boards, Monika Boriga 13
Great Britain: Kimberly Butler 22+10 boards, Rosalee Mason 16


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WSTR Interview with the WBCBL - by Willie McCray

Women's Sports Talk Radio Show interviews WBCBL President Willie McCray, WBCBL Commissioner Lawrence Phearse, Players Chantoya Hawkins, and Deneva Fogarty of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. Click here to listen


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