EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/28/2009

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  ABA   


The Bisons extend winning streak - by Gianni Pascucci
The Kentucky Bisons rocked the 5th ranked Cleveland Rockers this past Sunday 137-112. Kentucky has won five games out their last six and have a record of 10-2 against some of the ABAs top ranked teams now. This win extends the Bisons winning streak to five. On Sunday, the Bison hit 53 of 92 shots from the field for an astounding 58 percent overall. Local talent LaMar Owen (6'5''-F-83, college: S.Illinois) led the team in the opening period putting up nine points. But Kentuckys talent runs deep, Aubrey White (6'3''-G-85) and Mike Wells (6'3''-G-79, agency: CAA Sports, college: W.Kentucky) each scored seven points in the first twelve minutes giving Kentucky a strong start. But the big men of the Bisons were good they too, Kenny Jones (6'6''-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) put up 23 points, and 7 rebounds leaving the Rockers with no answer down low, and Boris Siakam (6'7''-F-85, college: W.Kentucky) claimed the game high 26 points. Cleveland made 38-of-80 shots from the floor for 48 percent and hit 10-of-25 attempts from 3-point range for 40 percent. Chad Hunt (6'6''-F-83) was the team main performer with 26 points, followed by Johnathan Burge (6'2''-G-80, college: Cleveland St.) at 20.

Buzz and Aces updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
Maywood Buzz General Manager Burrell Lee III announced that his Buzz ABA team will host a triple header on next Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at the Maywood Activity Center located at 4801 East 58th Street, Maywood, CA 90270. Joining the Buzz will be the Los Angeles Slam, Los Angeles Push, Inland Empire 5 Linx, Arizona Rhinos and Las Vegas Aces.
Schedule is as followed:
Game #1 - 2:30pm Inland Empire 5 Linx vs. Los Angeles Push
Game #2 - 4:30pm Las Vegas Aces vs. Maywood Buzz
Game #3 - 6:30pm Arizona Rhinos vs. Los Angeles Slam
The most interesting game is the opne between Maywood and Las Vegas. The Buzz are 11-2 now, at the top of the Northwest Division. They will try to beat Las Vegas, but it will be a very hard job. The Aces have back in roster great scorer Lou Kelly (6'5''-G/F-79, college: UNLV), who stated that his foot is a little sore, but the Aces' doctor gave him a thumbs up. He will be joined by backcourt vet Michael Johnson (6'0''-G-76, college: Oklahoma). The Aces recently communicated the following roster changes: Johnny McClenton (6'6''-F-81, college: Bethune-Cookman) and Jarvelous Wright (6'5''-F, college: Pasco-Hernando CC) were released on Friday evening. Their replacements are Chris Gonzalez (6'7'-F- college: Northwestern Univ) and Jerome Stamper (6'5''-F/G-81, college: Troy)


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


FMP - Bosna 105:110 (OT); Bosna vision!? - by Sead Buljina

A big win for Bosna on a road. It took an overtime to get job done, but Bosna players kept their poise and in a close game beat a tough opponent. Vlada Vukoicic is doing a good job result-wise with Bosna. However, it seems that last years' coach Jure Zdovc was right when he said that Executive board of Bosna has no vision. Zdovc left, nothing has changed. Every season Bosna management is talking about giving chance to its younger players. That story lasts until 3rd-4th round of the Adriatic league. Then, Bosna goes all again with foreign experienced players and Americans (i.e. last season Bosna played with 4 Americans!! and even failed to win Bosnian Cup). There is only one player from Bosna youth selections who has carried the load for Bosna in the last 4-5 years! Nenad Markovic at the end of his career. Elvir Ovcina just came back, so he's the second one in 5 years. Somebody might say what about Edin Bavcic, but Bavcic came to Bosna as a 19-year old player from Ilidza. Others came from RIN Academy (including Nihad Djedovic and Emir Zimic) and other teams.

Yes, it was a great win in Belgrade against FMP, Bosna fans have a good reason to celebrate. However, 4 out of five younger players on Bosna roster got no playing time. Amar Suljagic (1988) got a spot on the roster thanks to Stanley Burrell's departure, otherwise, he would not be among 12 players. In Belgrade 0 (zero) minutes of playing time. Emir Zimic (1986) has played 3:15 minutes, Bozo Djurasovic (1987) played 15 seconds!, Muhamed Pasalic (1987) played 7:45 minutes. Only Suad Sehovic (1987) got significant playing time out of five Bosna's younger players in Belgrade. The fact is Bosna management has no vision, does not know how to evaluate, select and develop its players from youth selections. Vukoicic might be the right coach to turn things around, but apparently he's under pressure to deliver results and deliver now. At the time when 17, 18-year old kids should be playing (and do play in other Adriatic league teams), Bosna keeps on the bench guys who are 22-23 years old. When will then play Aldin Klinac (1990), Eldin Camdzic (1990), Aldin Majstoric (1990), Nebojsa Andjelic (1991), Ali Demic (1991)...in five, six years? Not to mention that Bosna does not want to pay a small amount of money in order to bring an extra gifted player born in 1993. The kid might become next Preldzic, but Bosna does not want to pay 5,000 euros for the kid. Bosna even doesn't know about two other extremely gited Bosnian players born in 1994 with great potential. All this shows that Jure Zdovc was right and is the only coach so far to tell Bosna management the truth: they've got no clue what they are doing, let alone vision.



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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Gmunden - Kapfenberg 76-65
Gmunden crushed Kapfenberg Bulls at home thanks to Deteri Mayes and his 26 points. Anthony Fisher had 18, while Shelton Colwell helped the winners with 12 pts. Experienced Ramiz Suljanovic nailed 20 points and grabbed 8 boards for the Bulls. Gmunden 10-6, Kapfennberg 11-5.

St.Polten - Furstenfeld 85-83
St. Polten outsmarted Furstenfeld improving on decent 7-9 record. David Jandl and Thomas Schreiner combined 45 points for the hosts. The Panthers for double-double from Bryan Lucas, 18 points and 12 boards. Furstenfeld 10-6.

Arkadia - Gussing 85-83
The second ranked Arkadia had to work very hard in order to beat Gussing 85-83. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) demonstrated outstanding performance for the hosts nailing 39 points. Visitors got 18 pts from Jermaine Chappell having 3 more players with 17 pts each. Arkadia 11-5, Gussing 6-10.

UBSC Graz - Oberwart 67-73
The leading of A Bundesleague cruised past the last ranked UBSC Graz for 13-3 score. Marcus Stout nailed 18 and Milan Stenjagic added 14 pts for the Gunners. Mladen Soskic netted 16 for the hosts.

Klosterneub. - Wels 97-74
Klosterneuburg nailed 97 points against Wels, what was more than enough for comfortable victory. Marquis Wright scored 26 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Christoph Nagler helped with 20 pts. On the other side, Brandon Thomas answered with 22 pts. Klosterneuburg 7-9, Wels 10-6.

Vienna - Worthersee 82-63
The box-score will be available soon. Vienna 3-13, Worthersee 6-10.


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 13-3 
 2. Arkadia 11-5 
 3. Kapfenberg 11-5 
 4. Wels 10-6 
 5. Furstenfeld 10-6 
 6. Gmunden 10-6 
 7. Klosterneub. 7-9 
 8. St.Polten 7-9 
 9. Worthersee 6-10 
 10. Gussing 6-10 
 11. Vienna 3-13 
 12. UBSC Graz 2-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mladen SOSKIC
  UBSC Graz
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia25.0 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden23.6 
 3. Burnette, Worth.20.2 
 4. Moric, Oberwart19.8 
 5. Nagler, Klostern.19.3 
 6. Fears, Kapfenberg19.3 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Thomas, Gussing18.7 
 9. George, Vienna18.7 
 10. Speiser, St.Polt.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Gmunden
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.5 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.6 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.5 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 5. Grier, UBSC G.7.9 
 6. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.5 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing7.5 
 8. Moric, Oberwart7.4 
 9. Strait, Wels7.1 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Heinz KUGERL
  Kapfenberg
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burnette, Worth.5.7 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.3 
 3. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.2 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.2 
 5. Danek, Arkadia5.1 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.3 
 8. Fisher, Gmunden4.3 
 9. Thomas, Gussing4.2 
 10. Youngblood, Obe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Casey ARCHIBALD
  Wels
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.9 
 2. Ledoux, Gussing2.0 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 4. Hartley, Worth.2.0 
 5. Burnette, Worth.1.9 
 6. Fears, Kapfenberg1.9 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Creddle, Klostern.1.8 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Boone, Furstenfe.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.0 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden0.9 
 3. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.8 
 4. Speiser, St.Polten0.8 
 5. Schranz, Arkadia0.8 
 6. George, Vienna0.8 
 7. Bakovic, St.Polten0.8 
 8. Huffman, Gmunden0.8 
 9. Nelson, Wels0.7 
 10. Hamidovic, Kloste.0.7 


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  BELIZE   


The Tiger Sharks are in the finals!!! - by David Magana
No doubt everyone was expecting the series between the Tiger Sharks and the Bulldogs to be pure dynamite based on their history. No one imagined that the Tiger Sharks would reach the finals as rapidly as they did, being served games two and three on a silver platter after the Bulldogs indulged in a polemic with court officials. Here is how the series actually went: In the first game of the series, the Bulldogs defeated the Tiger Sharks in over time by a score of 88-83. In the second game, things got out of hand after the Bulldogs started losing. The Bulldogs became convinced that they were being robbed by the game official and became increasingly vocal about it. Finally, acting in response to their perceived injustice and perhaps rebelling against their sense of impotence, they took it upon themselves to resolve the issue by partaking in extraordinarily unsportsmanlike behaviour involving the officials, players from the Tiger Sharks and the Garden City fans. They then walked off the court in protest, forfeiting the game and in the process giving a free ride to the Tiger Sharks. Up to press time, Latinbasket has found out from the president of the Belmopan Basketball Association, Mr. Aldo Manzanero, that Paul Swasey (193-F-82), Kevin Domingo (193-C), and Roscoe Ryhs (173-G) have been suspended for two games due to their unsportsmanlike conduct. Surprisingly, all Semi-Pro players which are considered by many fans as basketball idols but more importantly should have known better about court behaviour. To a certain extent, a cheap sanction was given to these players taking into consideration that other leagues have exemplary disciplinary laws towards this kind of attitude.

The finals are scheduled to start this Thursday night at the UB Gym between the Tiger Sharks and the Jaguars.
Good luck to both teams and hoping the series will be very exiting.


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  BOSNIA   


FMP - Bosna 105:110 (OT); Bosna vision!? - by Sead Buljina

A big win for Bosna on a road. It took an overtime to get job done, but Bosna players kept their poise and in a close game beat a tough opponent. Vlada Vukoicic is doing a good job result-wise with Bosna. However, it seems that last years' coach Jure Zdovc was right when he said that Executive board of Bosna has no vision. Zdovc left, nothing has changed. Every season Bosna management is talking about giving chance to its younger players. That story lasts until 3rd-4th round of the Adriatic league. Then, Bosna goes all again with foreign experienced players and Americans (i.e. last season Bosna played with 4 Americans!! and even failed to win Bosnian Cup). There is only one player from Bosna youth selections who has carried the load for Bosna in the last 4-5 years! Nenad Markovic at the end of his career. Elvir Ovcina just came back, so he's the second one in 5 years. Somebody might say what about Edin Bavcic, but Bavcic came to Bosna as a 19-year old player from Ilidza. Others came from RIN Academy (including Nihad Djedovic and Emir Zimic) and other teams.

Yes, it was a great win in Belgrade against FMP, Bosna fans have a good reason to celebrate. However, 4 out of five younger players on Bosna roster got no playing time. Amar Suljagic (1988) got a spot on the roster thanks to Stanley Burrell's departure, otherwise, he would not be among 12 players. In Belgrade 0 (zero) minutes of playing time. Emir Zimic (1986) has played 3:15 minutes, Bozo Djurasovic (1987) played 15 seconds!, Muhamed Pasalic (1987) played 7:45 minutes. Only Suad Sehovic (1987) got significant playing time out of five Bosna's younger players in Belgrade. The fact is Bosna management has no vision, does not know how to evaluate, select and develop its players from youth selections. Vukoicic might be the right coach to turn things around, but apparently he's under pressure to deliver results and deliver now. At the time when 17, 18-year old kids should be playing (and do play in other Adriatic league teams), Bosna keeps on the bench guys who are 22-23 years old. When will then play Aldin Klinac (1990), Eldin Camdzic (1990), Aldin Majstoric (1990), Nebojsa Andjelic (1991), Ali Demic (1991)...in five, six years? Not to mention that Bosna does not want to pay a small amount of money in order to bring an extra gifted player born in 1993. The kid might become next Preldzic, but Bosna does not want to pay 5,000 euros for the kid. Bosna even doesn't know about two other extremely gited Bosnian players born in 1994 with great potential. All this shows that Jure Zdovc was right and is the only coach so far to tell Bosna management the truth: they've got no clue what they are doing, let alone vision.



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  CHINA   


Gao Shang Tops Australian Youth Tourney in Scoring, Shi Hongfei Leads in Assists, Steals - by Arthur Volbert
Below are statistics for the top players at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. China's Gao Shang (197-F-92) led the tournament in scoring with a 22.3 average. He hit 58.8 percent of his field goals including 4 of 8 three-pointers. He hit 75.8 percent of his free throws. Ju Mingxin (200-F-93) was third in scoring, Shi Hongfei (180-G-93) was seventh and Shan Zhiming (196-F-92) was ninth.

197 cm Gao was third in rebounding with 8.3 per game, indicating his athleticism. Point guard Shi Hongfei was tied for eighth with his teammate Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93). Zhu led the tournament with 10 blocks.

Shi led the tournament in assists with 5.5 per game. Shi was tied for the lead in steals with Ju Mingxing and Australia's Jackson Hussey.

Gao was the most prolific all-round player in the tourney. Gao was born in 1992, if we can now believe that the youth teams have accurate ages.

Zhu, Ju and Shi were born in 1993 and, if this is true, are also hugely promising players. Zhu is 207 cm and played center but is projected as a forward. Shi had 15 turnovers but his 3-2 assist-turnover ratio is good with two games against the Australians. At 180 cm, Shi was eighth in rebounding, indicating that he is extremely athletic.

It is clear from photos that Li Muhao (216-C-92) has not received heavy weight training while he is still growing. But he may currently be as tall as 218 cm, according to some observers, and is projected to grow to 220 cm.

He seems to have the type of build that Yao Ming had when young, and likely will be given proper weight training when his growth is complete. So Li is definitely a player to watch.

INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS:

POINTS (average)
1. Shang Gao (CHN) 22.3 per game
2. Kodai Kimura (JPN) 17.8
3. Mingxin Ju (CHN) 16.8
4. Kengo Nomoto 15.5
5. Ethan Rusbatch 15.3
6. Jackson Aldridge 15.0
7. Hongfei Shi (CHN) 14.8
8. Hugh Greenwood (AUS) 14.0
9. Zhiming Shan (CHN) 13.3
10. Anthony Drmic (AUS) 12.8


REBOUNDS (average)
1. Tepasu Thomas (NZL) 11.3 per game
2. Max Williams (NZL) 9.0
3. Shang Gao (CHN) 8.3
4. Samuel Rowley (AUS) 6.5
4. Kodai Kumura (JPN) 6.5
6. Anthony Drmic (AUS) 6.3
6. Hugh Greenwood (AUS) 6.3
8. Xuhang Zhu (CHN) 6.0
8. Hongfei Shi (CHN) 6.0
10. Jackson Hussey (AUS) 5.5
10. Ethan Rusbatch (NZL) 5.5
10. Kengo Nomoto (JPN) 5.5


ASSISTS (average)
1. Hongfei Shi (CHN) 5.5
2. Anthony Drmic (AUS) 5.0
3. Corban Wroe (AUS) 4.0
4. Hugh Greenwood (AUS) 3.5
5. Kensho Sugimoto (JPN) 3.0
6. Kengo Nomoto (JPN) 2.8
7. Jackson Aldridge (AUS) 2.5
8. Takahiro Takahashi (JPN) 2.3
8. Ethan Rusbatch (NZL) 2.3
8. Kodai Kimura (JPN) 2.3
8. Tepasu Thomas (NZL) 2.3


STEALS (total)
1. Jackson Hussey (AUS) 9
1. Mingxin Ju (CHN) 9
1. Hongfei Shi (CHN) 9
4. Hugh Greenwood (AUS) 7
4. Anthony Drmic (AUS) 7
6. Kodai Kimura (JPN) 5
7. Shang Gao (CHN) 4
7. Zhiming Shan (CHN) 4
7. Ethan Rusbatch (NZL) 4
7. Kengo Nomoto (JPN) 4
7. Kensho Sugimoto (JPN) 4
7. Corban Wroe (AUS) 4


BLOCKED SHOTS (total)
1. Xuhang Zhu (CHN) 10
2. Kodai Kimura (JPN) 9
3. Muhao Li (CHN) 5
4. Zihao Guo (CHN) 4
4. Taku Bando (JPN) 4
6. Tia-Toa Temata-Frost (NZL) 3
6. Kai Ren (CHN) 3
6. Shang Gao (CHN) 3


More Information on Under-18 Team -- Updated - by Arthur Volbert

I have an update on the U-18 National Team, provided by feifei at http://forums.interbasket.net/f21/china-u18-national-team-2009-8965/

No:4 Shi Hongfei 180cm G 1993 Guangdong
No:5 Bi Jiguang 185 cm G 1993 Xinjiang
No:6 Shan Zhiming 196cm F 1992 Guangdong
No:7 Gao Shang 197cm F 1992 Guangdong
No:8 Wang Pu 197cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:9 Li Hengyu 205cm F 1992 Bayi
No:10 Ju Mingxing 200cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:11 Guo Zihao 202cm F 1992 Shanghai
No:12 Zhu Xuhang 207cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:13 Ren Kai 208 cm C ???? Zhejiang
No:14 Yu Gang 205cm C 1992
No:15 Li Muhao (216-C-92) 216cm C 1992 Dongguan

Note that 6 of the 12 players are from Guangdong. Guangdong seems to have a better method of developing young players than any other team in China.


Feifei lists these players as having 'superstar potential.'

No:4 Shi Hongfei 180cm G 1993 Guangdong
No:6 Shan Zhiming 196cm F 1992 Guangdong
No:7 Gao Shang 197cm F 1992 Guangdong
No:8 Wang Pu 197cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:10 Ju Mingxing 200cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:12 Zhu Xuhang 207cm F 1993 Guangdong
No:15 Li Muhao 216cm C 1992 Dongguan


Note that 6 of the 7 players projected as 'superstars' come from Dongguan and the seventh is Li Muhao of Dongguan, which is in the same province, and who is now 216-218 cm tall and is projected to grow to 220 cm. Gao averaged 22.3 points per game at the recent Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Ju averaged 16.8 ppg, Shan averaged 13.3 ppg and Shi averaged 14.8 ppg. Hopefully, China is now using the correct ages for players on this team. If this is so, then we can accurately assess their potential.

I believe that inside players do not receive heavy weight training when young, and therefore have difficulty inside internationally. They will improve with better weight training when they are older. This may explain why the team's scoring was so geared toward perimeter players.

CBA Players listed as born in 1992, who would be eligible for the team if their birth dates were real:

Makan Xinjiang 196 F 1992
Cai Liang Shanghai 202 F 1992
Tian Yuchen Shanghai 205 F 1992
Sui Ran Shandong 194 PG 1992
Zheng Zhun Shaanxi 214 F 1992

I have very serious doubts about Zheng Zhun, who has also been listed as born in 1989 and who has grown only 1 centimeter in three years.

Cai Liang and Tian Yuchen also have not grown in since I first heard of them two years ago and three years ago respectively, even though I have no alternate birth years.

Makan often starts and plays major minutes for league-leading Xinjiang. Cai Liang was suspended for 10 games for fighting but is seeing more playing time recently. Tian Yuchen is seeing less. Sui Ran sees some playing time but less than at the beginning of the season. Zheng Zhun is seeing little playing time recently, especially as Shaanxi often likes to play only its starters.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stanislav Zuzak arrives in Kolin - by Kevin
Stanislav Zuzak (206-F/C-80, college: Cal-Irvine) has signed with BC Kolin of the NBL. He most recently played in Spain for Ourense (LEB) where he averaged 1.5 ppg and 2.0 rpg. Zuzak has played in Hungary, Greece, and Cyprus. The forward now looks to gain his conditioning back to help his new team in any way possible. In his first game for BC Kolin he played 29 minutes scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

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  DENMARK   


Colman joins the Finish Champs Honka. - by Thomas Soltau

Danish NT point guard Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) has agreed terms for the remainder of the season with Finish Champions Honka.


The club hopes that the Danes presence will improve their chances of contending for yet another Championship.


With a 14-11 record Honka has no time to waste. Head coach Mihajlo Pavicevic finally got his wish, as the team has expressed their interest in the Dane for quite some time now.


The point guard recently won the Finish Cup with Lappeenranta NMKY and averaged 14,9 PPG 5,6RPG and 4,2 APG in 10 regular season games.


Colman, who is currently in Denmark, will join his new team in a few days.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Jefferson Leads Utah to Hard Fought OT Victory over Fort Wayne - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) erupted for 18 of his game high 38 points in the fourth quarter as Utah forced overtime and then pulled out a 123-114 victory over Fort Wayne last night in Orem, UT. Down 10 points in the fourth, Jefferson scored 14 of Utahs last 15 points to take a two point lead with seconds remaining. Fort Wayne, not to go quietly into the cold Utah night, responded with a buzzer-beating layup from Taj McCullough (6'7''-F-86, college: Winthrop) to force the extra session. The Flash had too much momentum though, as they outscored the Mad Ants 17-6 in overtime. Three point shooting and rebounding were key advantages for the Flash, as they hit five more shots from behind the arc than Fort Wayne (8 of 17 compared to 3 of 17) and they controlled the glass, outrebounding the Mad Ants 47-32. Carlos Wheeler (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Campbellsville) and James Lang pulled down double-digit boards for Utah while Andre Ingram (6'3''-G-85, college: American) -scored 21 points on 7-15 shooting, including 5-9 from three. Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) was the high man for Fort Wayne with 29 points and a game high 13 assists. However, the D-Leagues leading assist man also committed a game high eight turnovers. Utah improves to 13-9 while Fort Wayne falls to 9-14.
MAD ANTS: Walker Russell (29pt+13rb+8to), Ron Howard (25pt), Chris Hunter (21pt+9rb), Taj McCullough (20pt+9rb
FLASH: Dontell Jefferson (32pt+5as), Andre Ingram (21pt+6rb), Carlos Wheeler (12pt+12rb+5to), Ronald Dupree (12pt+9rb)


Charles Gaines Leaves Austin for Deal with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv - by Surujh Roopnarine
Austin Toros big man Charles Gaines (6'7''-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) has been signed by perennial Euroleague powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is re-tooling their roster prior to tipping off Round of 16 play in the Euroleague. Gaines, in his first season in the D-League, was a consistent producer for the Toros frontcourt. In 23 games (21 starts), the 28 year old forward from Southern Mississippi averaged 15.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal while shooting 52.5% from the field. Gaines was one of the last cuts of the San Antonio Spurs prior to this season and has played previously for Galatasaray in Turkey, DKV Joventut Badalona in Spain, Viola Reggio Calabria in Italy and Michigan in the CBA.

D-League Market News - by Kevin
The Iowa Energy have signed Jamaal Moore (6'6''-F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Rice) . The forward out of Rice University played in Portugal last season. He played for Cv. Aliana Sangalhos where he averaged 20.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg.

Player Signings - by Surujh Roopnarine
Colorado: Signed former Clemson guard Vernon Hamilton (6'0''-G-84, college: Clemson). The 60 guard was with Fort Wayne earlier this season before being released prior to Christmas. In four games he averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 assists. Hamilton has previously played in Turkey and Latvia, while also testing in Germany and Japan.

Utah: Re-acquired Gavin Grant (6'8''-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). The Bronx, NY native had some legal problems earlier this month which caused him to be away from the team for a few weeks, but he made his re-appearance in last nights OT victory over Fort Wayne. On the season, the North Carolina State product is averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18 contests.

Tulsa: Acquired former Arkansas Razorback Gary Ervin (6'1''-G-83, college: Arkansas) and waived Adam Liberty (6'2''-G-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: ORU).
Ervin, a 61 point guard out of Brooklyn, NY was released earlier this month by Sioux Falls, which had selected him in the fourth round (#61 overall) of the 2008 D-League Draft. In 17 games, Ervin averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting an impressive 52.1% from the field. Adam Liberty, a rookie guard out of ORU, played sparingly in his 15 games with Tulsa. In 12.1 minutes per game the local product averaged 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.


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  EL SALVADOR   


NT Camp convocation list released - by Jaime Arevalo
The techical staff of the El Salvador National team called the nineteen players down at the traning camp, to be held in February.
player ----------------- current team
Jose Antonio Orellana UTEC
Bob Hunter (193-F-76) DENVER
Carlos Alas (181-G-79) DENVER
Eduardo Aguilar (176-G-86) COSMOS
Rafael Oswaldo Cardona (-G/F) COSMOS
Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) UTEC
Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) EXSAL
Carlos Ochoa (198-C-82) SAN MARCOS
Manuel Artiga SAN MARCOS
Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) DENVER
Wilson Quijano COSMOS
Carlos Espinal (175-G-76) DENVER
Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) EXSAL
Julio Mancia (202-C-80) EXSAL
Edwin Enrique Lopez (183-G/F-85) EXSAL
Mauricio Ernesto Lahud (176-G-84) DENVER
Rodrigo Quezada (200-C-80) COSMOS


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. C.C. Marousi 1-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 1-0 
 3. Panellinios 0-1 
 4. Khimky 0-1 
Group J
 1. T.Telekom 1-0 
 2. Benetton 1-0 
 3. Zadar 0-1 
 4. Unics 0-1 
Group K
 1. Hemofarm 1-0 
 2. Pamesa V. 1-0 
 3. Crvena Zvez. 0-1 
 4. Azovmash 0-1 
Group L
 1. Iurbentia B. 1-0 
 2. Charleroi 1-0 
 3. Lietuvos 0-1 
 4. Art.Dragons 0-1 


Dinamo starts with victory - by Philip Mulryne

Dynamo Moscow, the winner of 2006 ULEB Cup, started the Eurocup Last 16 Groups with a victorty against Panellinios Athens in group I. Both teams started the first period very well, however , later in the first ten mins , Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) shined , with his back-to-back 2 pointers, Dinamo was 27-17 ahead in the end of the first quarter.


The second quarter, Greek side started effectively and pushing really hard to close the gap but Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) did not let with his free-throws. Dynamo Moscow outfit struggled, was able to keep up the difference throughout the second quarter. Manolis Papamakarios (190-G-80) and bench warmer Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: Beo Basket) sent 2 triples, in order to keep the gap 'small' enough. When the final siren was heard in the first half, it was 45-33 for Dinamo.


At the beginng of the third quarter, Zouros' side really showed their game character , strong defence- forcing the opponent to make errors. First of all, Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) joined the show, joined Golemac and Ostojic in scoring. Panellinios Athens had a 10-4 run , then thanks to Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou's lay up after the steal, Greek side was ahead 58-55. Dinamo sent his two crucial point-guards to nice cities of Europe, so there must be a local hero to break the silence of Blatt's blue-white's. It was , of course Sergey Bykov (190-G-83). Back to back lay-ups, with his 5 points , Dinamo stayed calm.The third quarter finished with draw, 63-63.

The real drama occured in the last quarter. This time, Panellinios Athens, who were playing for the first time Eurocup's last 16, got nervous. How? Not so difficult to realize when they've made ugly 'unforced errors' Anthony Grundy was the main source of them. Dinamo seemed comfortable , when they 've found a 10-0 series with Travis Hansen's 2 and 3 pointers, don't forget Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances)'s contribution. Radenovic 's lay-up was trying to say 'No!' but, Nachbar replied 'I am an NBA player' with his fadeaway jumper. So, Nachbar brought the game to Dinamo, but in the meantime, Newley sent a 3 pointer, tried to grab the victory, Vasilyev answered with 5 points in a row! However, one's again, oldies but goodies rules. Manolis Papamakarios sent a 3- pointer, Golemac constructed a 3 -point game with his penetration. Moreover, Anthony Grundy the in and out of form guy of the Greel side, stole again made it 84-82. Bykov's 3 pointer came back from inside the circle, however, Papamakarios made a 'fatal' passing error. Nachbar tried a one handed dunk. Newley stopped him with an intentional foul. The end came with the Bykov's 3 pointer. Dinamo won 89-82.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Chanan Colman is returning - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga: Danish PG Chanan Colman's (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) vacation in Denmark will last only a few days. Colman will return to Finland soon and replace Monte Cummings (193-G-76, college: Florida St.) (Honka, Espoo) during Cummings medical leave. Cummings' knee will be operated (endoscopic operation) and Player will not be able to play for 5-6 weeks. Colman says he is happy to join Honka roster and play under Head Coach Mihajlo Pavicevic . Colman played on YMCA Lappeenranta roster 10 games with record 5-5.

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  GERMANY   


Julius Jenkins(Alba Berlin) Chat Part 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) is a 187cm guard playing his third season with 8 time BBL champ Alba Berlin. He averaged 17,8ppg in four years at Gerorga Southern, where he became the schools all time leading scorer and showed that scoring was in his blood. He averaged 21,7ppg in his senior year, remained undrafted in the NBA and went to Europe. It took two years of shooting out arena lights in the German second division before any big European clubs finally noticed. At Nurnberg, he averaged ( 27.1ppg), 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3FGP: 47.5%, FT: 84.7% in his second season and he was quickly scooped up by Belgium ULEB Cup team Bree. He hid nothing in Belguim as he led the league in scoring in 2005-2006 with fantastic stats (18.4ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 56.0%. Alba Berlin signed him and he helped them win the BBL title in 2008 grabbing the finals MVP honour. Last season he averaged in 45 games: Score-3(18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. He belongs to the top 3 players in the BBL and had a relaxing chat with eurobasket.com during the 2009 BBL Allstar festivities in Mannheim.

You have played with many talented teams in your career. But is the 2008-2009 Alba Berlin team the best team that you ever played with?

We have many many talented players. It is just great being able to play with so much talent each day. There is always something new that I see each day in practice and games.

When you have a team with so much talent, is it not difficult sometimes not to have egos and understand roles?
The guys know their roles and there are no egos in the team. We have a great group of guys that play well together.

The team is currently in 5th place. What does the team still need to work on?
We have to continue simply working on offense and defense each day. We have to stay level headed and just continue to work hard each day.

At the beginning of 2009, you were leading the BBL in assists with 5,7apg. Your average has sunk a bit, but you have never averaged more than 3,0apg in your career. How do you explain this explosion with the assists?
I think that I am able to read the defenses better than before. It also helps when you have strong post players like Nadjfeji who is such a good pick and role player. I also have great shooters who will knock down the shots after I kick it back out

You are known as a scorer, so I guess the shoot first pass second theory will still be what you go by?
I just go with the flow. I just do what I can to help the team win. If that means scoring, pasing or playing defense, then that will do that!

If there are a few seconds to play and Alba Berlin is down by one point, what do you do? Do you take the wide open shot or pass it to an open Ansu Sessay under the hoop?
It always depends what the defense gives me. If the defense collapses then I will find Sesay, but if not then I will take the open shot.

Congratulations on reaching the Top 16. You have a difficult group with Maccabi, Barcelona and Madrid. Will you move on?
The Top 16 was a big accomplishment. These are tough teams and we will have to continue to work hard to advance. We will have our own fans behind us in the O2 arena.

What is your impression of the Deutsche Bank Skylines?
Frankfurt has a real deep roster. When teams are as deep as Frankfurt, then they will be competitive. They are playing good Basketball.

What player do you respect the most from The Deutsche Bank Skyliners? Let me guess Derrick Allen?
Derrick Allen is my boy. I have been working out with him the past five summers. He is a good player and a good guy.

Kyle Bailey from BG Gottingen was interested in learning more about shooting the three pointer from you. Does that flatter you when your Basketball colleagues talk like that about you?
It is always good to hear something like that especially from a player like Kyle Bailey. He is a good player who can do it all!


ALBA Berlin land Adeleke - by Moritz Korff
Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) has put pen to paper on a contract for the remainder of the season with ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga). The 25-year-old Nigerian will try to replace Berlin's team captain Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) who is out with an injury. The lefthanded post player was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the USA later. He spent his collegiate career at Hofstra and Hartford (both NCAA1). As a senior he averaged 20.7 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.7 block per contest for the University of Hartford Hawks during 2005-06. In the following years Adeleke played in Israel and Turkey. He then joined PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia for the 2008-09 campaign, but left the Bulgarian capital in December 08. In nine league-games he averaged 16.3 points and 12.7 boards for Sophia and also had three appearances in the Eurocup (13.3ppg, 13.0rpg).

Willoughby makes comeback at SC Rist Wedel - by Moritz Korff
The former German international Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78) (35 caps) has returned to SC Rist Wedel and will strengthen the team in the Regionalliga North until the remainder of the season. Willoughby already played for the club as a junior and in the 2. Bundesliga until 1998. Then he moved to Wuerzburg and became a member of the German national team. In 2001 he attended the European championships. SC Rist is currently second in the RLN table.

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Marousi beat Khimki at OAKA - by Alex Gianaris
Maroussi Costa Coffee controlled the tempo to sail to a 71-58 victory over Khimki in Athens and start the Last 16 in style. The hosts used a 9-0-streak midway through the last quarter to run away from the visitors, who had cut it to 55-52. And Maroussi never looked back. Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) dominated the paint with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) posted 16 points, William Amar Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) added 11 and Kostas Haralambidis had 10 for the winners. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) scored 10 points, but on a poor 1-for-7 from two-point-range, whereas Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Khimki in a losing effort.

Maroussi got off to a 7-2 start by punishing Khimki both from inside and outside with Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84), Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85) and William Amar Keys. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) connected for 6 straight points to bring the guests within 11-8 and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77) trimmed it to 13-12 before the first quarter ended 15-12 in favor of the hosts. Maroussi continued to control the tempo without managing to build a good difference, though. Delfino made it 17-16 from the free-throw line, before Glyniadakis dominated the paint for 4 consecutive points to bring it to 21-16 for Maroussi. Stevenson nailed a three-pointer, but Delfino answered back in the same way, before the teams went to the lockers for halftime at 28-25.

Stevenson opened fire after the break to nail back-to-back triples for Maroussi. When Glyniadakis connected, too, the hosts had built a 36-25 margin, leaving Khimki without points for four minutes. With points from Garbajosa, the guests cut it to 39-32, but it remained obvious that the hosts were still in charge. William Amar Keys netted a three-pointer for a 49-37 Maroussi lead, the biggest yet, and the score stood at 49-39 after 30 minutes. But, Khimki was not ready to surrender; Teemu Rannikko and Delfino combined for 8 points to make it 51-47. Rannikko was in the zone now, nailing another triple to reach 8 points in five minutes in the last quarter and bring Khimki within 53-50. Maroussi kept it nerve though and Glyniadakis and Kaimakoglou helped for a 9-point run and a 64-52 safety cushion with less than three minutes still to play. Khimkis poor decision making continued as Maroussi celebrated a 71-58 win to start the Last 16.


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  HUNGARY   


Market movements - by Tamas Deri

American point guard, Darris Nichols (188-G-86, college: W.Virginia) had a knee injury, so player and the management of ASE decided to break player's contract. He left our country already last week, but he was not the only one who decided to leave Paks. Coach Balazs Sabali , who spent 1,5 years in the city and won the Hungarian Cup with the team last season was very depressed after 4 lost games in January and agreed with the management to break his contract.
Branislav Dzunic got the position on the bench, he was the head coach of the team already in the game against Albacomp on sunday but could not leave the team to a victory without Nichols and hungarian big man, Robert Gulyas.
The management of ASE was not hesitating too long and signed american guard Michael English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC). The 6'4' guard is a well known player in our country, had an amazing season with coach Dzunic's Dombovar last season, where he averaged: 15.6ppg, 7.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.2apg), Steals-2(3.1spg), 2FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 62%. He started this season with Caceres 2016 C.B. in the spanish 2nd division (LEB Gold), but left the team in January.

After the lose in Szombathely head coach Tamas Hencsey agreed with the management of Kormend to step back as an assistant coach. Peter Stahl just arrived to the city and will be the head coach of the team for the rest of the season. The german coach started this season with Dombovar, but decided to leave after a great start with his team (6-2) in December.
Even Kormend will bring in a new foreigner for a tryout. American forward Nick DeWitz (203-F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: Oregon St.) will arrive to the city on thursday. Dewitz graduated in 2006 on the University of Oregon State and played already professional ball in Spain, Finland and Japan. He started this season in Japan again and played 13 games with Osaka Evessa, where he averaged: 13.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

As Branislav Dzunic decided to leave Kaposvar, the management had to find a new head coach for the team. Dragoljub Krivacevic just had his first practice with his new team today.

After Calvin Watson's injury the management of ZTE KK was looking for a replacement guard and was close to agree with Mark Walters, who decided to stay with his D-League team. So they decided to bring in Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) who played 9 games for Szolnok before Christmas and put up 12.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.



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  ISRAEL   


Gaines joins Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Tamar Goldman
Maccabi Tel Aviv keeps on making changes and recently singed the American Forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi). The 26 years old player arrives to Maccabi from Austin Toros (D-League) and Israel is the fourth European country Gaines will play, after playing in France, Spain and Turkey. As for Maccabi, Gaines is the fifth foreigner of Maccabi this season that will try to help the team under the baskets. Before his arrival Maccabi released Rodney White, Jason Williams, Elton Brown and Esteban Batista. As for the media in Israel it is said that Gains will take Marcus Fizers place too.

Gilboa/Galil inks Buckman - by Tamar Goldman

After giving up the Nigerian/American center Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81, college: Michigan St.) Hapoel Gilboa/Galil inks the American Forward Brad Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas). The 25 years old player started the season in Cyprus with Keravnos but left the club last month. Before that Buckman played in Greece (Olimpia Larissa on 2006/07 season) and in Romani (Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca where he played from Jan 2008). In Greece Buckman was suspend for 2 years from the Greek league and then moved to Austin Toros (D-League), where he played 42 games and averaged 6.6ppg, 4.3rpg


Greg Grays has a great start in Israel - by Interperformances
Combo guard Greg Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) had a great shooting night with Givat Shmuel in the Israel Premier League, and it was just his second outing with the team. He scored 25 points with 3-5 from the 2, 4-5 from the 3 and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. 6'6' forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) had 17 points with 4 for 4 from behind the three-point line and 5 rebounds for the league leading Jerusalem with a 10-1 record.

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  ITALY   


Market news: Montegranaro signed Vasiliadis, Casini joined Cantu - by Antonello Varallo
Sutor Montegranaro announced the agreement with Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM). He played 5 seasons with PAOK Thessaloniki (Greek A1) with good averages. In 2005 he was NBA draft candidate, but he was not chosen and joined Unicaja Malaga (ESP-ACB), but soon he was loaned to PAOK Thessaloniki. In 2006-2007 Costas returned to Unicaja Malaga, while next season he played with Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus. He began with this team also the current season, playing 14 games with an average of 15.9 ppg and a season high of 24 points. He was the top scorer of World Championships U21 in Argentina -05.
In Legadue, Juan Marcos Casini (188-G-80) joined Carmatic Pistoia. He played 4 seasons with Jesi, while last year he was a player of Cantu. He started this season with Boca Juniors Capital Feder (Argentina-LigaA), averaging 5.8 ppg in 30 games.


Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia sacks coach Marcelletti - by Antonello Varallo
Coach Franco Marcelletti has been sacked by Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia after the fourth defeat in last six games. Reggio Emilia has currently a record of 10W 7L and one of the best players of the team, the hot prospect Nicol Melli ((205-F-91), will be lost for the season due to a knee injury.The new head coach is Alessandro Ramagli. He has a record of 89W 211L in his career: 10W 14 L with Livorno, 77W 98L with Biella and 2W 6L with Treviso.

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LBAL Standings
LBAL Standings
17-23 place
 1. VIA Riga 0-0 
 2. Tukums 0-0 
 3. 3.BJSS 0-0 
 4. Ridzene 90 0-0 
 5. Juramalas SS 0-0 
 6. Sigulda 0-0 
 7. Saldus-2 0-0 
1-8 place
 1. BJSS Keizar. 0-0 
 2. LU 0-0 
 3. Lielvarde 0-0 
 4. Turiba 0-0 
 5. Variants 0-0 
 6. Salacgriva 0-0 
 7. Perkons 0-0 
 8. Livu akvaparks 0-0 
9-16 place
 1. Dartija 0-0 
 2. BK VEF 0-0 
 3. Madona 0-0 
 4. Ridzene M. 0-0 
 5. Kursa/MRU 0-0 
 6. Saulkrasti 0-0 
 7. Pargauja 0-0 
 8. Bauska 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alexey ZORIN
  Liepaja
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.18.6 
 2. Skele, Ba.16.9 
 3. Clark, Valmiera16.8 
 4. Alexander, Ba.16.5 
 5. Jansons, ASK/.16.2 
 6. Brunins, ASK/.15.8 
 7. Bankevics, Valmiera15.4 
 8. Berzins, Ba.14.9 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils14.8 
 10. Gustas,.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Ventspils
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Clark, Valmiera8.5 
 2. Elliott, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Tsiakos, Ventspils8.0 
 4. Selakovs, VEF Riga6.7 
 5. Jansons, ASK/.6.5 
 6. Alexander, Ba.6.4 
 7. Berzins, Ba.6.3 
 8. Blaus, Keizarmezs6.1 
 9. Veselovs, Ventspils6.0 
 10. Raiskums, Zemga.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gundars RAUZA
  ASK/Buki
  (192-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gabrans, ASK/.5.9 
 2. Slesers, Keiza.4.8 
 3. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.8 
 4. Skele, Ba.4.4 
 5. Cooper, VEF Riga4.4 
 6. Aleksic, ASK Riga4.0 
 7. Jeromanovs, VEF R.3.9 
 8. Brazelton, Ventspils3.8 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 10. Brewer, ASK Ri.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs STALBERGS
  Liepaja
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Skele, Ba.2.5 
 2. Kolesnikov, VEF R.2.3 
 3. Aleksic, ASK Riga2.0 
 4. Mazutis, ASK Riga2.0 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.1.9 
 6. Vilums, Liepaja1.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF Riga1.8 
 8. Slesers, Keiza.1.8 
 9. Kanbergs, Ventspils1.7 
 10. Strupovics, Kei.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnis CAVARS
  Valmiera
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.7 
 2. Elliott, Valmiera1.4 
 3. Berzins, Ba.1.2 
 4. Cukinas, Ba.1.0 
 5. Veselovs, Ventspils0.9 
 6. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.9 
 7. Aleksejevs, VEF R.0.9 
 8. Strelis, Valmiera0.8 
 9. Blaus, Keizarmezs0.8 
 10. Zorin, Liepa.0.7 


LBL Transactions News - by Kevin

BK Ventspils has signed Martins Auns (184-G-87) from Ventspils Augstskola where he was a starting guard.
Liepaja has agreed to terms with National Team player Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Stanley International). He started the season playing at New Basket Brindisi in Italian Lega 2 where he was starting forward and recorded 6.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg. Last season Janis Porzingis made the Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosman Team while playing for Carmatic Pistoia in Italy where he averaged 13.2 ppg and grabbed 3.3 rpg.
Swingman Salvis Metra (194-G/F-84) has moved from Liepajas Lauvas to ASK/Buki. This season at Liepajas Lauvas Metra averaged 2.5ppg and 1.9rpg. Last season he made it to the Baltic League Challenge Cup Semifinals.



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  LEBANON   


Muse Hopes To Guide Anibal To The Playoffs - by Eurobasket
Andre Muse (196-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy) has lived in Chicago, Illinois, for all of the 22 years of his life. Still, he didnt find it difficult to make the transition from the American life to that of the Middle East.
The experience has been great. Before this, the furthest Ive been from Chicago was Hawaii, Muse said. This is much more than I expected and Lebanon is a really great city and so was Dubai.
The 65 guard out of Quincy University (NCAA) embraced the situation and made the most of his time in Beirut, watching the Lebanese Div.A league from the stands and learning more about the game of basketball in the region.
Arriving in Beirut in mid-December, Muse first joined Champville (LEB-Div.A) as the third import player in the International Dubai Tournament.
In Dubai, Muse played a single game, during which he scored 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Later on came the offer from Anibal Zahle of Lebanon. The young team sits in the eighth position with three wins in nine games and is looking to improve its record in the regular season.
I think it would be unrealistic at this point to say that we should win the championship, the young guard explained.
At this point, though, I really think that we can make the second round of the playoffs. I'm not absolutely sure how the whole system works just yet, but I believe we can be in the Final Four teams.
In the one game he played in the Lebanese league so far, Andre led Anibal with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals at Sagesse.
Guiding the young Anibal team to a better record wont be easy. Andre is not even 23 years old, but he is confident that he has what it takes to carry Zahles team in the season.
I think I can help the team with scoring but also getting the other players more scoring opportunities. I think I bring energy and a dedicated focus on defense.
Besides a good showing in Lebanon, Muse has other goals. Making the NBA is, of course, one of them.
My immediate goals are to lead my team to the playoffs and hopefully win some games in the playoffs and make us a real contender with the other top teams. I'm still young but I hopefully I can still get to the NBA and represent PMA there. But hopefully, with a successful season this year and maybe even next year, I will get my chance, because I will only still be 24 by that time.
Muse plays his second game at Anibal when they host defending champions Al Riyadi on January 31, 2009.
Courtesy of PMA Basketball


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Press Realease: Xalapa, Veracruz, Mxico host of the FINAL FOUR 2009. - by Eurobasket
(27/1/09 - San Juan, Puerto Rico) FIBA Amricas awarded Halcones UV Xalapa to be the host team for the FINAL FOUR
of the 20008.2009 FIBA AMERICAS LEAGUE to be played from February 6-8 in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (Brazil), Atletico Bigua (Uruguay), Universo/BRB Brasilia (Brazil) and host Halcones UV Xalapa will play to be crowned
the new Champion of America in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League.
Minas comes from winning Group A with a team that has stars like Murilo Becker, Facundo Sucatzky, Leandro Silva and Joe
Shipp. The team from Belo Horizonte had a 2-1 record with wins over Merengueros and Pioneros de Quintana Roo. In the
final game they lost to Capitanes de Arecibo but passed to the final round due to goal average.
Atletico Bigua became the first undefeated champion of a group after beating defending champion Pearol Mar del Plata, South
Americn League champion, Regatas de Corrientes and Deportes Castro from Chile. Atletico Bigua has players like Leandro Garca
Morales, Rubn Wolkowisky, Mark Bortz, Kevin Young, Joaqun and Martn Osimani.
Universo/BRB from Brasilia won Group C after dominating Argentinean champion Libertad Sunchales. The other strong
team in the group was Flamengo who fell short after losing to Libertad. Universo has figures like Valtinho, Alex Garca,
Estevam Ferreira, Arthur Luiz and Marcio Cipriano.
Finally Halcones UV Xalapa dominated Group D with wins over Quimsa Santiago del Estero, COOPENAE Liceo de Costa
Rica and Soles de Mexicali. Halcones UV Xalapa have a 44-2 record in the Mexican League which is one of the fastest growing leagues
in America. Players like Leroy Hickerson, Abdul Mills, Victor Mariscal, Victor vila and Gustavo Ayn make this team one
of the most exciting to watch. They also have former UCLA star Lorenzo Mata who could not participate due to an injury.
The 2009 Final Four will be played in a Round Robin format on February 6, 7, and 8.
The game schedule is:
Friday, February 6:
06:00 pm Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA) vs. Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA)
08:15 pm Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX) vs. Atletico Bigua (URU)
Saturday, February 7:
06:00 pm Atletico Bigua (URU) vs. Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA)
08:15 pm - Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) vs. Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX)
Sunday, February 8:
04:15 pm Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) vs. Atletico Bigua (URU)
06:30 pm Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX) vs. Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA)
All times local of Xalapa, Veracruz, MEX.
All the games will be televised on FOX Sports en Espaol and all the games will have live stats and news on
www.fibaamericas.com


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  NAIA   


Xavier men grab share of first in GCAC - by Richard
Shaun Dumas (5'11''-G-85) scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half Monday to help Xavier (LA) pull away for a 68-58 men's basketball victory over Mobile and a share of first place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
The Gold Rush (13-6 overall, 5-2 GCAC) won its fourth in a row and shares the top spot with LSU-Shreveport, Loyola and Tougaloo. Xavier will play Loyola at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Barn.
Kelechi Okoroha (6'4''-F-86) added 15 points and Devin Andrew 11 for Xavier, which beat Mobile at The Barn for the first time in four attempts. Xavier tied the series at 24 victories apiece.
Brock Dockery scored 16 points, Carlos Hughes 12 and Spencer Duke 10 for Mobile (11-7, 3-4), which has a three-game losing streak and is 0-6 on the road this season.
Xavier led 29-27 at halftime, then outshot the Rams 52 to 32 percent from the floor in the second half. The Rush committed a season-low six turnovers.
Dumas also led Xavier with five assists and three steals. Hughes had six assists but also committed six of Mobile's 13 turnovers.
For the game Xavier shot 48.9 percent from the floor and limited Mobile to 35.8 percent.
Courtesy of Xavier


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 89 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Suns - Wizards 103-87
The Phoenix Suns celebrated in Washington DC jumping on 25-18 record. Shaquille O'Neal led the Suns with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Leandrihno Barbosa had 23, while Amare Stoudemire added 22 pts and 15 rebs. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison combined 55 points and 19 boards for the Wizards (9-35).

Hawks - Heat 79-95
Dwayne Wade nailed 35 points pacing his Miami Heat to Nice home victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Wade also had 5 rebs and 4 assists beside the points. On the other side, the guests got 19 pts from Joe Johnson and 17 from Marvin Williams. Heat 24-19, Hawks 26-18.

Rockets - Knicks 98-104
The NY Knicks had couple of players in a game mood last night, but Nate Robinson and David Lee were maybe the best ones. Robinson came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Lee had 17 pts and 13 rebs. Tracy McGrady drained 20 for the loosing side. Knicks 19-25, Rockets 28-18.

Timberwolves - Bucks 90-83
Al Jefferson stepped up for the Wolves last night collecting 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Gomes followed him with 22 pts and 8 rebs. Charlie Villanueva replied with 15 pts in defeat. Wolves 16-27, Bucks 22-26.

76ers - Hornets 86-101
CP3 (Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest)) registered triple-double for the Hornets last night - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Scoring machine Predrag Stojakovic also shined with one point less. Philadelphia got 22 points from Thaddeus Young. Hornets 27-14, 76ers 21-22.

Nets - Thunder 85-94
Victory number 10 for the Oklahoma City Thunder, this time against the Nets at home. Kevin Durant scored 18, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook 13 each, while Nick Collison added 12 pts and 8 rebs. Brook Lopes answered with 18 points and 7 boards for the Nets (20-25).

Trail Blazers - Clippers 113-88
Portland blasted the LA Clippers mostly owing to Brandon Roy and his 33 points. Travis Outlaw also shined in victory nailing 20 pts. Al Thonrton had 23 and Steve Novak added 21 pts in loss. Trail Blazers 27-17, Clippers 10-34.


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  NCAA2   


MIAA Player of the Week - by Sanjey Noriega
MIAA Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week

For week of action ending Jan. 25

Mitch Albers (6'4''-G-88), G
Nebraska-Omaha

Albers, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound sophomore from Papillion, Neb., averaged 29.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Mavericks split a pair of conference games last week.

He scored a career-high 28 points in UNO's 88-86 overtime loss at Pittsburg St. Wednesday (Jan. 21). He was 8-of-14 from the field -- including 3-of-4 from three-point range -- and 9-of-11 at the foul line. Albers scored 17 of his points after halftime.

During a 93-88 home win over Washburn Saturday night (Jan. 24), Albers improved his career scoring high by netting 30 points as he took up the slack after senior G Michael Jenkins left the game early with an injury.

Before fouling out late in the game, Albers was 13-of-21 from the field, and 3-of-7 beyond the arc.

Albers is a graduate of Papillion-LaVista High School.

Others Nominated: Skyler Bowlin, G, MSSU; D'Ante Harris, G, SBU; Hunter Henry, F, NWMSU; Quentin Noblin, F, MWSU; Tim Peintner, F, FHSU; Joe Young, G, UCM.


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  PBL   


Millrats add size, intimidation - by Gianni Pascucci
Manchester Millrats' General Manager Ian McCarthy officially announced the signing of shot blocker Kenyon Gamble (7'0''-C-82, agency: European Basketball Agency, college: Tuskegee). Gamble was an All-IBL selection while playing for Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon on the Gary Steelheads team this past summer. In 2007 he led the CBA in blocked shots as a teammate of Desmond Ferguson's in North Dakota, and was named to the CBA All-Star team and the CBA All-Defensive team. Gamble has had NBA workouts with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, and he was the last free agent cut on the Indiana Pacers' summer league squad in 2007. Gamble should add size and intimidation in the middle for the Manchester team, currently fighting for the Atlantic Division first place.

James Reeves named PBL player of the week - by Carl Berman
Rochester RazorSharks forward James Reaves (6'8''-F-82, college: Niagara) was named PBL Player of the Week on Tuesday. Reaves, a 6-8 forward out of Niagara, received Player of the Week honors as he averaged 22.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 53.7% from the field in three games this week. I appreciate the honor of being named PBL Player of the Week, but I look at this as a team award.' said Reaves. 'It's a tribute to my teammates as we have worked hard to get back on the winning track, Reaves led the RazorSharks to a 2-1 week, which included a 112-83 win over the Chicago Throwbacks where he scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and a 99-87 victory over the Wilmington Sea Dawgs where he scored 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Reaves filled up the stat sheet with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals against the Vermont Frost Heaves. Reaves leads the RazorSharks in scoring and rebounding and ranks fourth in the league in both scoring and rebounding at 23.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg. 'James gives all his heart and soul to each and every minute he's on the court, said RazorSharks Owner and President Orest Hrywnak. He's a fighter all around, even when he's wounded, he doesn't ever give up. I'm very proud to have a player such as James on this team.

Other nominees included AJ Millien of the Augusta Groove, Odgra Bobo of the Mid-Michigan Destroyers, Tyrone Rayson of the Buffalo Stampede, Glen Dandridge of the Halifax Rainmen and Kenny Langhorne of the Battle Creek Knights.


Millrats take big time Gamble - by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats, boasting the Premier Basketball League's top defense already, just got a whole lot better. General Manager Ian McCarthy is pleased to announce the signing of 7'0' 230lb shot blocker Kenyon Gamble (7'0''-C-82, agency: European Basketball Agency, college: Tuskegee). Gamble was an All-IBL selection while playing for Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon on the Gary Steelheads team this past summer. In 2007 he led the CBA in blocked shots as a teammate of Desmond Ferguson's in North Dakota, and was named to the CBA All-Star team and the CBA All-Defensive team. Gamble has had NBA workouts with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, and he was the last free agent cut on the Indiana Pacers' summer league squad in 2007.

'I am elated to join the Millrats' organization and the Manchester community, in order to bring a championship to the City,' stated Kenyon Gamble. 'We have great coaching, players, fans, and management that is needed to win. I am glad to be on board for the run.' 'He's a veteran. I coached against him when I was in the CBA,' Spon said. 'He knows his role. He just loves to block shots, block shots. He does it clean, keeps the ball in play, and we go get it. How about that? 'He blocks big guys' shots as well. It's an art.'

The Millrats currently maintain hold of first place in the Atlantic Division with a 5-2 record, with the Halifax Rainmen just a 1/2 a game behind at 5-3. Manchester faces two critical games against the Rainmen up next, as they visit the Metro Centre in Halifax on Thursday night, and then are at home again next Sunday at 2:30pm. Gamble is expected to be in uniform for both games. For more information please email Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


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Benfica gets Evora - by Luis Rocha
After the shoulder injury of Raheim Brown (208-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Atlantic), wich is gonna take what left of the season to get better, Benfica needeed a center to maintain a strong roster and be strong. This weekend the team played the final 8 of Taa de Portugal, and in the semi final was beated by Ovarense, the lack of a center was something well noticed, and Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is now in, to set things up again. Elvis was playing in Spain, and is a player that struggles all his career with a certain lack of consistency. Benfica is a new challenge for him and a new chance for him to become important and decisive.


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 9-1 
 2. Al Jaysh 8-2 
 3. Al Arabi 7-3 
 4. Al Ahli 6-4 
 5. As Sadd 4-6 
 6. Al Gharrafah 3-7 
 7. Qatar 3-7 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-10 


Latest Results from Qatar - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Latest Results from Qatar


Round 8

17/01/2009

Al Rayyan 75 (36-26) Al Wakrah 48
Al Arabi Club 76 (43-25) Al Gharrafah 62

18/01/2009

Al Jaysh Army SC 87 (38-36) As Sadd Sports Club 69
Al Ahli Sports Club 80 (31-34) Qatar Club 74

Leader Board

Points

Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) (Qatar Club) 34
Alouine (Al Jaysh Army SC) 33
Josh Jones (196-G/F-83, college: Dillard) (Al Ahli Sports Club) 31

Rebounds

Alioune (Al Jaysh Army SC) 13
Musa (Qatar Club) 13
Michael Okoro (206-F-89) (Al Gharrafah) 12

Assists

Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) (Al Rayyan) 7
Fadi Hani (Al Jaysh Army SC) 6
Ali Turki (202-F-82) (Al Jaysh Army SC) 6

Steals

Saeed Kosar (193-F-80) (As Sadd Sports Club) 4
Mohammed Youla (Al Ahli Sports Club) 4
Daoud Musa (193-G-82) (Qatar Club) 4

Blocks

Babacar Ngom (206-F/C-83) (Al Jaysh Army SC) 2
Michael Okoro (Al Gharrafah) 2
Ben (Al Ahli Sports Club) 2




Round 9

20/01/2009

As Sadd Sports Club 64 (35-35) Al Wakrah 61
Al Rayyan 104 (51-49) Al Gharrafah 84

21/01/2009

Al Arabi Club 83 (45-34) Qatar Club 73
Al Jaysh Army SC 58 (33-16) Al Ahli Sports Club 41

Leaders

Scoring

Thomas (Al Arabi Club) 31
Cedric (Al Gharrafah) 29
Ali Turki (Al Jaysh Army SC) 26

Rebounds

Souliman (Al Wakrahh) 19
Michael Okoro (Al Gharrafah) 15
Thomas (Al Arabi Club) 13

Assists

Mansour El Hadary (178-G-90) (Al Arabi Club) 7
Boney Watson (Al Rayyan) 6
Fadi Hani (Al Jaysh Army SC) 5

Steals

Curtis Haywood (198-G-75, college: Oklahoma City) (As Sadd Sports Club) 5
Boney Watson (Al Rayyan) 5
Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89) (Al Al Rayyan) 4

Blocks

Michael Okoro (Al Gharrafah) 2
Tanguy Ngombo (Al Al Rayyan) 2
Juma Kamara (198-F-84, college: Portland St.) (Al Arabi Club) 2


Round 10

24/01/2009

Al Gharrafah 80 (48-37) Qatar Club 79
Al Rayyan 78 (34-34) As Sadd Sports Club 60

25/01/2009

Al Ahli Sports Club 67 (46-26) Al Al Wakrahh 57
Al Jaysh Army SC 63 (31-23) Al Arabi Club 60


Top Performers

Scoring

El Hadji Abdou Corea Sow (Al Al Wakrahh) 30
Josh Jones (Al Ahli Sports Club) 30
Cedric (Al Gharrafah) 28

Rebounds

Omar Abdgader Salem (205-C-83) (Qatar Club) 17
Michael Okoro (Al Gharrafah) 16
Sean Lampley (201-F-79, college: California) (Al Arabi Club) 16

Assists

Maurice Hargrow (Qatar Club) 11
Ahmed Patee (Al Jaysh Army SC) 6
Boney Watson (Al Rayyan) 6

Steals

Babacar Ngom (Al Jaysh Army SC) 4
Tanguy Ngombo (Al Rayyan) 4
Ahmed Patee (Al Jaysh Army SC) 4

Blocks

Erfan Ali Saeed (200-F-83) (Al Rayyan) 2
Cedric (Al Gharrafah) 2
Ben (Al Ahli Sports Club) 2


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Transaction Market News - by Eurobasket
Targoviste signed three new players: domestic forward Gabriel Hallai (192-F-84), Serbian center Bojan Gnjato (208-C-74) and American forward Jamal Ward (198-F-79, agency: 011 Sports, college: Chattanooga). Hallai came from CSM Craiova, where he started this season. Gnjato is Bosnian-Serb, but very well-known in Romania as he played last year at BCMUS Arges Pitesti, where he also started this season. But it will be first season in Romania for the third player: Jamal Ward. He played already pro basketball in Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Finland, Germany, U.A.E. and Jordan.
Slovenian swingman Mitja Osole (200-G/F-85) is back at Rapid Bucuresti after a short stint at Oradea.
Rovinari signed last season best domestic player Mircea Adrian Voinescu (184-G-72). At the end of last season he was awarded best guard, best domestic player and all-league 1st team by Eurobasket.com. Voinescu missed the first part of this season and may need some practice time to gain his shape back.
Guard Mihai Popa (186-G-79) is back at U.Mobitel.CN after he missed one month due to an injury.
Craiova agreed terms with American forward Jermaine Green (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) and domestic center Dan Raducanu (201-C-80). It will be Green's 6th professional season and for the first time in Romanian league. He played previously in Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Finland, Holland and various U.S. pro leagues. Raducanu started this season as the main center at Targoviste.


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Goran Cakic agrees with Azovmash, Milko Bjelica wins Lithuanian Cup in thriller - by Dragan Jankovski
Power forward Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket), who left Khimik Yuzhny few days ago, signed contract with Ukrainian champion Azovmash Mariupol. Cakic already has huge experience in Ukraine as he plays there since 2006. Last year he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year'. This season Cakic played 13 games for Khimik in Superleague averaging 8.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg. He appeared in 6 EuroChallenge games with 9.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Before Khimik, Cakic used to play for Apollon Patras, Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki, Buducnost and Beobanka. As a member of Yugoslavian University NT he won the World University Games 2001 in Benjin.

Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) and his Lietuvos Rytas celebrated in Lithuanian National Cup. In the final game Lietuvos was better than the reigning champion Zalgiris 84-82. Bjelica helped the winners with 7 points and 6 rebounds.

Game report taken from Lithuanian section
This weekend Panevezys was the capital of basketball in Lithuania. The LKF Cup Final Four took place there. And the final between Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and Zalgiris Kaunas was unbelievable. Rytas won against Zalgiris 84:82, thanks to Mindaugas Lukauskis three pointer in the last seconds.
Zalgiris Kaunas, who played with only 7 players, began the match better and at the half they were ahead 45:38. They kept the pace in the third quater and increased the advantage. Mantas Kalnietis was on fire that quater. After the third - 68:59 Zalgiris led.
But Rytas recovered in the last quater, led by Donatas Zavackas and Steponas Babrauskas three pointers they managed to reduce the deficite to 4 points. But Zalgiris didn't surrender, Jonas Maciulis was unstoppable, he hit couple of shots from downtown and that kept Zalgiris in the game. The result was 81:82, when Rytas began they last attack, Chuck Eidson the ball to Mindaugas Lukauskis, which hit that crucial shot from downtown. Final result - 84:82, Rytas won the Lithuanian Basketball Federation Cup. Lukauskis was the MVP.


BC Khimky Moscow lands Ratko Varda - by Zoran Popovic
Russian team BC Khimky Moscow Region lands Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) and signed contract with him to the end of the season. Varda started this season in B.C Zalgiris Kaunas, but due to financial problems of Lithuanian team he terminated contract with them. This season in Euroleague Varda average scored 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds, in Baltic league Varda scored average 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, in Lithuanina League average scored 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game. In season 2007-2008 when he played for Vive Menorca Varda average scored 8.6 points and 3.9 points per game.
Ratko Varda started professional career in Partizan, passed all categories and played for them from 1993 till 2001, played for Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards in NBA league and in Europe for Olimpija Ljubljana 2003, Apollon Patras 2003-2004, Besiktas Istanbul 2004-2005, BC Kyiv 2005-2006, Real Madrid 2006-2007 and in Menorca from 2007 till he joined B.C Zalgiris Kaunas.


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Hopsi inks Hohler, Gorica adds Delpin and Gojnic, Brolih to undergo knee surgery - by Zeljko Zule

Following the loss of guard Terrence Hundley (191-G-85, college: W.Georgia), Hopsi filled their roster with Dejan Hohler (188-G-86) ex Egaleo.

CPG Nova Gorica inked their former member Matej Delpin (202-C-78) ex Virtus Termoli (Italy, C2) and Serbian Vojislav Gojnic (208-C-80) ex Swisslion Pelister for the reminder of the season.
Jure Brolih (198-G-80) of Maribor (D2) will undergo surgery on his left knee. He averaging 14,2 points in 13 games od Division II.
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Short Transfer News - by Natxo Mendaza

* Real Madrid and C.B. Murcia agree terms to terminate Bojan Bogdanovic' loan. Serbian youngster was sent to Murcia this summer but he was unable to find enough playing time. Bogdanovic will join back Real Madrid.


* Javier Vega (205-C-88) found a new destination after his loan to Grupo Begar Leon came to its end.. Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada decided to send him to Qalat Cajasol, in LEB Silver, where he will be able to find more playing time and develop his game.


* Gandia Basquet reinforced its roster with veteran center Mike Higgins (205-F/C-67, college: N.Colorado), who was introduced to the media early this week. Higgins signed for the remainde of the season.



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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Brody ANGLEY
  SAM Massa.
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Muirhead, Herens20.8 
 2. Volcy, Monthey19.4 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.18.9 
 4. Alston, Monthey18.1 
 5. Scott, MGS17.8 
 6. Almanson, Lugano T.17.8 
 7. Brown, Lausanne17.4 
 8. Wells, Lugano Tigers17.3 
 9. Johnson, Monthey16.5 
 10. Siggers, Boncou.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Douglas GORAUSKAS
  Herens
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Passos, Herens10.4 
 2. Grimm, SAM Massa.10.2 
 3. Wells, Lugano Tigers10.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Bonco.9.7 
 5. Sloan, Fribourg9.4 
 6. Durant, Lausanne9.3 
 7. Volcy, Monthey9.1 
 8. Johnson, Monthey8.9 
 9. Thomas, Starwings8.9 
 10. McFarlin, Ny.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jean-Richard VOLCY
  Monthey
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Coffin, Starwings8.0 
 2. Perrier-D., Fribo.7.6 
 3. Pleux-D., Lausanne6.5 
 4. Gray, Lugano Tigers5.2 
 5. Jefferson, Geneva5.2 
 6. Brown, Lausanne4.9 
 7. Gibson, Vacallo4.9 
 8. Maio, Monthey4.8 
 9. Bah, Nyon4.1 
 10. Alston, Month.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Slaven SMILJANIC
  Vacallo
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Volcy, Monthey3.8 
 2. Angley, SAM Massa.3.6 
 3. Gray, Lugano Tigers3.3 
 4. Wright, Starwings2.9 
 5. Gibson, Vacallo2.5 
 6. Forbes, Nyon2.5 
 7. Sloan, Fribourg2.5 
 8. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.4 
 9. Dacevic, Vacallo2.4 
 10. Jaquier, Boncou.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh ALMANSON
  Lugano Tigers
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Salaam, Lausanne3.4 
 2. Allen, Fribourg3.3 
 3. Niang, Lausanne1.5 
 4. Volcy, Monthey1.3 
 5. Wells, Lugano Tigers1.3 
 6. Valmera, Boncourt1.1 
 7. Messy, Boncourt1.0 
 8. Holland, Nyon0.9 
 9. Henderson, Starw.0.9 
 10. Kemper, M.0.9 


LNA Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nyon - MGS 78-65
Nyon continued to balance around 50% win/loss mark in the season with a comfortable win against MGS. Ivan McFarlin knocked down 22 points and grabbed 14 boards to pace the victors. Yuanta Holland delivered 18 points and 11 boards for Nyon. Chris Jordan answered with 17 points for MGS as they fell at 2-14 record.

Starwings - Vacallo 57-65
Starwings could not challenge the league top team Vacallo losing at home court. Martin Mihajlovic scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Matt Schneidermann had 13 points and 7 boards for Vacallo. Nils Menck secured 16 points as the home team fell at 9-6 record.

Fribourg - Boncourt 80-61
Fribourg eased past Boncourt for the 11th win in the championship. Dennis Harrison came up with 20 points for the defending champions. Marcus Sloan and Oliver Vogt added 14 points apiece in the win. Jason Siggers secured 18 points as Boncourt lost the 9th game in the tournament.

Monthey - Lausanne 97-80
Jean-Richard Volcy tallied 28 points, 10 boards and 5 steals to lead Monthey past Lausanne at home court. Kareem Johnson contributed 22 points as Monthey improved at 10-6 record in the third spot. Brendon Polyblank answered with 30 points for Lausanne.

Lugano Tigers - SAM Massa. 99-75
Lugano outscored SAM Massagno to improve at 9-7 record. Isaac Wells tallied 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers. Derek Stockalper delivered 18 points and 11 boards in the win. Brody Angley responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Massagno.



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  TANZANIA   


Kili RBA last eight line-up completed - by Carlos Pereira
By Suleiman Jongo

Former East and Central Africa champions Vijana 'City Bulls' will face Army Basketball Club (ABC) in the quarterfinals of the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball (RBA) Kili League set to start on February 7.

The two giants are among six teams that qualified for the super eight (quarterfinals) after performing well in the first round of the money-spinning league.

According to fixtures released by the organisers, Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD), JKT will face Chui while the Tanzania Prisons will be up against Oilers and Pazi will play Savio.
The match between Vijana, who are the reigning champions and the army-owned club, ABC, is expected to be tough and exciting owing to their popularity.

Vijana will be relying on the services of their key players like Abdallah Ramadhani (Dulla), who happened to play for Seychelles' Cobra during his professional career.

Their opponents, ABC will also be utilizing the services of their talented players like the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP), Filbert Mwaipinga and a three-point wizard, Haleluya Kavalambi, who also doubles as a good netballer.

According to the standings, JKT are leading the Eastern Conference Group with 12 points and are followed by the Tanzania Prisons with ten points. ABC are third with nine points and have one formality match in hand to play against Mgulani set for February 1.

Pazi have eight points in the group with one match to spare against JKT ( set for February 1)

The Western Conference group is led by Savio on 12 points followed by Oilers with 11 points. Vijana are third with ten points and Chui are the last with nine points.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


National Flour Mills in final four - by Don Farrell
National Flour Mills (NFM) basketballers old as they are, put on a dominating display when they defeated Marabella Raptors 84-49 to book their place in the Big-Four semifinals of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League on Monday night. Both teams went into the match on the penultimate night of preliminary round competition needing a win to advance to the play-offs. From the jump-ball Flour Mills connected on its two opening baskets as never trailed there after. They led the first half 47-27 and Raptors, the reigning South Zone champion Team, were playing catch-up the rest of the way.

For Flour Mills who last played in the SBL Big-Four back in 1997, forwards Jason Delisle and Andy Best scored 17 and 16 points respectively. Flour Mills will face Detour Shak Attack who booked their place in post-season play for the first time, in Fridays Game-1 semi-final at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex from 8.30 pm. The other semis will feature the University of T&T (UTT) against Petro Jazz on Saturday night at Pleasantville from 8 pm. Raptors preliminary round campaign comes to an end today with a contest against Valencia Heat at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex at 8.30 pm.

MONDAYS SBL RESULTS

NATIONAL FLOUR MILLS 84 (Jason Delisle 17 pts, 13 rebs; Andy Best 16 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assts; Kerry Westfield 13 pts, 4 rebs; Shorn Edwads 12 pts, 4 rebs, Kwesi Julien 12 pts) v MARABELLA RAPTORS 49 (Ako Pascal 22 pts, 3 rebs


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  TURKEY   


Andre Brown is coming to Turkey - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Former Charlotte Bobcats player Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) signed with Bandirma Banvit a few days ago. Brown has signed with Bobcats at begining of the season and he just played 5 games in NBA. After that experienced forward went to the NBDL and played for Austin Toros where he averaged 14.9 points and 7 rebaunds in 34 minutes. As we know Banvit released Dalron Jonhson and they sent him to Aliaga Petkim last week. Bandirma team found their new player and he ll play his first game against to Mutlu Aku Selcuk University at the weekend.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BASKETBALL ACADEMY OF THE AMERICAS - by David Edole

Develop a Winning Philosophy

The first step to becoming a successful coach and establishing a winning program is to establish an effective philosophy. You must have patience and love for children; development as a coach involves a continued effort to evolve, sacrifice and commitment to yourself.

Admittedly, this is a very personal path, is only up to you as a basketball coach. While you deal with this challenge in your own time, let me help you with some tips to keep in mind at all times:

Sets goals for your team:
1- First determines what is it that you want your team to achieve and what you want them to achieve from the experience. Ask yourself: What is more important, to Win or get along with each of the players or both?
2- In other words sets priorities. For example, in a youth team simply provides the opportunity to give priority to play all.


Evaluate your style coaching style:
1- Consciously or not, your coaching style plays a part in determining how you implement your coaching philosophy.
2- Your style is often a direct extension of your personality. Evaluate your behavior and identify your best and worst qualities in this area. If you are a whisperer or a hot head out of court, with all likelihood you will be so at courtside. This does not always hold true, but if you take some time to analyze your manner and behavior, you will get a cleared picture of who you are as a coach.
3- Evaluate all of your players the same way. As you come to know them better, you will be able to measure their personalities as a whole and individually which in turn will help you establish your coaching style. Try to be succinct and do an effective job in conjunction with your team both individually and group wise.
4- Once you assess your skills, make an effort to educate your strongest features to incorporate them into your style. You should watch for weaknesses so that you can detect and help remove them as you go to work with them in the courts.
5- Remember to be yourself. Improve your personality, do not try to be different person that who you are. Your players will be watching and will notice your intention to be anyone but yourself. Dont be a copy cat.

Keep your mind open and flexible.
1- Always stay open to change. If you find that your philosophy or style is proving not to be effective, stop trying to make it work because will impart on yourself and your team nothing but grief.
2- Frequently evaluate your situation, and your line-up and your opponents which may change every year. Even more importantly, analyze the sport of basketball and its changes. If stay stagnant in your trench, you will find that your approach needs to change or refine your responsibilities and situations of your team and yourself.
3- Demand perfection from your players, but handle problems and weaknesses with understanding. Do not forget that you are working with human beings; after all, you expect everything to flow properly.
4- This does not mean you should change your basketball coaching beliefs every time you face a small hurdle. So in other words, if you stay flexible, and never assume that everything you know is correct, you can save big problems for yourself and your players.

Do not forget that it is only a game.
1- Never forget why you became a basketball coach. I hope that it was because you love the sport, and you like working and helping people. If that were the case, keep an eye out for your passion and for the joy of the game.
2- With that in mind, you will find ways for you and your players to enjoy what you do.

Your philosophy will evolve over time and with the demands and challenges faced. This is not a stone or an essay that you probably cannot verbalize in a short sentence. It's just the way you coach and only you know its origin and are the details on which you base your philosophy.
Good luck.

By: Victor (Vitito) Ojeda, Coach



BASKETBALL ACADEMY OF THE AMERICAS - by David Edole
STUDY AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE TEAM PLAY

The form and manner that the game of basketball has been manifesting in children at an early age has created a serious problem on the concept of team play. An atmosphere of individualized game is being nurtured, on young players, which is affecting the very purpose of the game, team play.

When a line of action that promotes individualized game play is established, learning the different areas of the game and the application of basic skills and knowledge is stifled.

No guidelines and a lack of proper team game education has paved the way and offered the opportunity for everyone to establish their own particular and individual game style and system.

The game of basketball is a team sport yet it is also true that in the later days we have seen an increase towards a more individual kind of game. This has the outcome of removing the team aspect of the game, which ends up taking with it the game's organization and systematic elements and diminishing the sense of collective responsibility.

Basketball is a game that involves 5 players at the same time, on both the offense and on the defense. Therefore, the entities that rule over the development of basketball should study and analyze the reasons that prompt this tendency towards individualization of the
game.

Basketball rules were established and designed to guide and harmonize the movements of players and promote team play. If basketball was a sport with high seams of individual game play, then these rules would not be needed and therefore there would not be a point to them.

It is vital for the game as a whole to learn the strengths and weaknesses of team play at an early age. Basketball, being a game of habits, it is essential to encourage good habits on children early in the playing lives.

Given the way that our children are disproportionately projecting their individual game, it is necessary to establish a new approach under a system of training to develop good habits of team play. It falls upon all organizations and coaches to teach, establish and require the use and application of the basics of the game such as passing, curtains, defense, pass and cut, creating situations for shoots, pass and drive to the basket or rebound, etc.

Here are some recommendations to counter the advance of individualized game play: Current Situation: things that hamper the development of team play.

1. Not enough game education to know or learn the game
2. Lack of guidelines or game rules are not applied.
3. Competitions are envisioned disproportionally in all aspects
4. Practice has not purpose. No follow up is given. Team practice is not common.
5. Individual development is encouraged in all aspects
6. The basics are not taught and are not applied
7. Game time is reserved for a few
8. The only area that is encouraged for development is the offense; defense is not a factor taken in serious consideration.
9. The ball displacement along the court plays no part in the minds of players
10. The ball moves more along the floor than through the air.
11. The time is not taken as a factor when a executing a shot, especially in the last minutes of the game
12. Other factors that are not considered during the development of the game are: rebounds, assists, errors, box-out, free thrown line shooting, and shot selection.
13. Verbal and visual communication among players is very poor at best, which does little to help create game situations.
14. Many a child plays for more than one team at a time.
15. There is no assessment to identify potential players.
16. Players retire very young.


Points to consider in the collective and offensive:

1. Have an individual and collective goal for every practice session.
2. Teach and practice
3. To teach the basics of the game
4. Develop a philosophy of team play.
5. Learn how to follow instructions from the coach.
6. Moving the ball and learning how to play without the ball
7. Learn to select shot opportunities.
8. Have a purpose when passing the ball and when dribbling the ball
9. Setting up a screen and keep time to be able to execute
10. Teaching players to think
11. Every player should have a role to develop.
12. Learning to play with time and scoring
13. Establish responsibilities for the individual and collective game
14. Develop the team concept.

Recommendations and tips to mitigate the problem of this individualistic trend and promote teamwork.

In the prevalence of the individualistic character that has been brewing in the minor and professional circles of the game we can establish that the few responsibilities of team play are every day less.

Note: The submission of the following recommendations is made with the desire to help raise awareness of the value of team play. To develop a new philosophy and a new format in organized team play and warrants a study to identify its strengths and build awareness in those who teach.

After consulting a lot of coaches participating in national tournaments and having analyzed and evaluated the results, the attitudes of those directly involved, we have taken the task of making recommendations to achieve greater concept of the team play.

These recommendations do not violate the spirit of FIBA rules, and provide guidance to promote a more organized and more technical game with more opportunity for young people to develop as better players.

These changes must be submitted to the National Basketball Federation and Technical Commission for approval or disapproval. This should be seen as a laboratory to be deployed in certain categories or tournaments to observe and analyze the results and reach conclusions with the stated purpose in mind, which is to develop better habits in our teaching, and applying lessons learned in the game.

Recommendations:

1. At half court:
a. That no player keeps dribbling the ball for more than 5 seconds. This may lead to loose or stolen balls, apply the establish rule.
b. In fast-break situations this rules do not apply, unless the ball is shot or the game slows to a half court game.
c. To promote a team style of game play, there should be a minimum 5 passes before shooting the ball and make use of at least 3 screens to try to create a good and open shot opportunity.
d. After capturing the ball off a rebound under the basket can be used for shot attempt. If no shot is immediately attempted, the last rule should be applied.
e. Players have increased participation by developing a team style of game with more organizational controls, managing to learn of new ways where to apply the game basics.
f. We will be able to define more technical, with more options, and more dynamic game by using other resources than those normally used by players accustomed to the individual game.

By: Victor 'Vitito' Ojeda, Coach


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Team of the Week - Week 18 - by Andy Webb
Keonta Howell (193-G-85, college: Toledo) part in Guildford Heats progress to the BBL Trophy semi-final saw him rewarded with the star man award in the BBL Team of the Week 18.

Howell poured in 32 points as the Heat defeated Marshall MK Lions 101-99 at The Spectrum to send the holders into a semi-final match-up with Airwaves Plymouth Raiders.

The American guard scored an impressive nine of his team two-point attempts and three of his five three-point efforts as well as pulling down six rebounds and dishing out five assists in a 40 minute performance.

He is joined at the other guard spot by BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) who helped his side to a 115-92 victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

Marks also had a good night shooting, scoring nine of his 11 two-point efforts and converting all three shots from downtown in 39 minutes of action.

With Worcester Wolves defeating Worthing Thunder 101-87 in the BBL Trophy, two Wolves players found their way into the Team of the Week.

Forward Anthony Paez (198-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Stephen F. Austin) is a regular in the team, and he is joined by player-coach Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Oregon)

Paez narrowly missed out on a double-double as he finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, while centre Harker was another player to have a successful shooting night. He finished with 22 points with nine from 12 two-point shooting, and pulled down ten rebounds and dished out five assists.

The team is completed by the player who currently has the most appearances in it Everton Tigers forward Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.).

A week after collecting the MVP award in the Tigers BBL Cup winning performance, Smith took the honours again in Tigers 98-77 BBL Trophy victory against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. The American forward finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds as the Tigers completed a perfect record in the group stage of the competition.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Troina joins Electra Ramat. BWBL results - by Eurobasket News
Ramat Hasharon Electra added back to their roster Belarusian power forward Tatyana Troina (188-F/C-81, college: S.Carolina) from TTT Riga (Latvia). In the latest game Electra Ramat smashed Tel Kabir 122:84 as six players reached the double digits for the winners. Perkins Jia top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and Troina Tatyana nailed 23. Reves Brooke produced 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Meanwhile Arvi posted the tenth consecutive victory in the Baltic League regular season. They played two games at the weekend and came out victorious. First Arvi handled Olimpia 82:48. The Lithuanian team built a 23-point lead at halftime and eased to the win in the second part of the clash. Milda Sauliute scored 15 points to lead the charge. Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) and Vaida Pacauskiene added 14 points apiece for the winners. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) had 16 points for Olimpia in defeat.
Next Arvi hosted Viktoria and coasted to a massive 109:47 success. Arvi accounted for 66 points in the first half to enjoy a 38-point buffer at the interval. Viktoria never recovered after the major break and lost the game at the end. Lizanne Murphy secured 19 points for Arvi. Ligita Kinkeviciene chipped in 17 for the winning team. Yuliya Zhuk and Maryia Rashchenia (183-F-92) had 10 points each for Viktoria.
Lemminkainen were not that successful. They held off Viktoria 96:74 in the round opener. Naideniene nailed 26 points to pace the hosts. Aleksandra Zubrickaya (168-G-90) had 17 points for Viktoria. But Olimpia turned out too good for Lemminkainen as the Lithuanian outfit suffered an 83:86 defeat. Lemminkainen were up by 5 points after the starting frame but lost concentration and dropped the game. Tatsiana Likhtarovich produced 29 points to lead Olimpia. Egle Zygelyte was responsible for 24 points in response.


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round: 1 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - M.Broker 98-53
Ros Casares overcame Maxima Broker 98:53 as Wiggins Candice top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Milton-Jones Delisha ended up with 18 points and De Souza Erika nailed 17 points. Cohen Liron posted 15 points in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce - Lotos PKO BP 87-83
Katie Smith exploded with 28 points in her debut for Fenerbahce and the Turkish team celebrated an overtime success against Lotos. Nevriye Yilmaz produced 19 points and 10 boards as Fenerbahce built a buffer before the return leg in Poland. Tamika Cathings led Lotos with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Ivana Matovic delivered 22 points in the loss.

Umana Reyer - MiZo Pecs 60-61
Dalma Ivanyi and Brooke Quennan nailed 4 freebies in the final 10 seconds to propel MiZo Pecs to a narrow road win against Venezia. Nicole Ohlde and Dalma Ivanyi scored 17 points apiece to add positive emotions to MiZo Pecs before the home game. Simona Ballardini responded with 14 points for Umana Reyer in the loss.

Halcon A.Per. - CSKA 80-69
Avenida made the first step towards the eighth-finals as they held off ambitious CSKA in Salamanca. LeCoe Willingham produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Gunta Basko and Petra Stampalija banked 12 points apiece in the victory. Ilona Korstine replied with 15 points and 7 boards for the Moscow outfit as now face a tough task at home court.

MKB Eurol. - Wisla Can-Pak 81-58
MKB Euroleasing built a comfortable buffer before the second leg of their Euroleague Top 16 playoff stage. They beat Wisla by 23 points at home court and would travel to Poland much more confident. Jelena Milovanovic scored 23 points and pulled 7 boards for the Hungarian outfit. Kathleen Macleod nailed 17 points for the winners. Sladana Maksimovic and Ewelina Kobryn nailed 12 points apiece for Wisla in defeat.

UMMC - TEO Vilnius 91-61
UMMC takes 1-0 over TEO Vilnius in the Eighth Finals due to an excellent first game in Russia. The favorites of the clash started the game with 10-0 run and produced 23-5 in the third period for the total success. Agnieszka Bibrzycka led the winners with 21 points. Maria Stepanova collected 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Asjha Jones scored 14. Jurgita Streimikyte ended up with 23 points and Aurime Rinkeviciute notched 9 for the guests.

Spartak V MR - USK Praha 102-86
Spartak Moscow Region eased past USK Praha to step closer to the quarter-final stage. Lauren Jackson netted 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Spartak. Sylvia Fowles added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Evanthia Maltsi answered with 27 points, while Lindsay Whalen had 20 points and 8 boards for USK Praha as they would have to overcome a 16-point deficit in Czech Republic.

Bourges - Gambrinus 72-57
Bourges routes Gambrinus to earn a comfortable lead before the return game in Czech Republic. A trademark stifling defense from the French outfit proved insurmountable for the visitors. Emmeline Ndongue produced 17 points for Bourges. Endene Miyem topscored for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Hamchetou Maiga answered with 13 points for Gambrinus. Tamika Whitmore and Petra Kulichova had 12 points each in the losing effort.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alana BEARD
  Lotos PKO BP
  (180-G/F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Carson, TTT Riga18.8 
 2. Mosch, Montpellier18.7 
 3. Harper, Besiktas18.0 
 4. Troina, TTT Riga18.0 
 5. Matovic, Lotos P.17.8 
 6. Vajda, MiZo Pecs17.6 
 7. Langhorne, TEO V.17.5 
 8. Wauters, CSKA17.4 
 9. Taurasi, Spartak .17.4 
 10. Milton-Jones, Ros.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lindsay WHALEN
  USK Praha
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Harper, Besiktas12.0 
 2. Hayden-J., Umana R.10.1 
 3. Langhorne, TEO V.9.5 
 4. Fowles, Spartak .9.5 
 5. Robert, ESB V.8.9 
 6. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
 7. Streimikyte, TEO V.8.7 
 8. Kublina, TTT Riga8.7 
 9. Snow, Halcon A.8.6 
 10. De Souza, Ros.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca KHAMMON
  CSKA
  (168-G-77)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs8.0 
 2. Cohen, M.Broker5.9 
 3. Bird, Spartak V MR5.9 
 4. Marchanka, Lotos P.5.1 
 5. Dumerc, Bourges4.8 
 6. Pondexter, UMMC4.8 
 7. Skerovic, Wisla C.3.9 
 8. Taurasi, Spartak .3.8 
 9. Macleod, MKB E.3.7 
 10. Tuncluer, Fen.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kathy WAMBE
  Union Hainaut
  (173-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hornbuckle, Besik.2.9 
 2. Horakova, Gambr.2.8 
 3. Beard, Lotos P.2.7 
 4. Skerovic, Wisla C.2.6 
 5. Fernandez, Wisla C.2.6 
 6. Valdemoro, Ros C.2.5 
 7. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.5 
 8. Maltsi, USK Praha2.5 
 9. Streimikyte, TEO V.2.5 
 10. Doron, Besikt.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jelena MILOVANOVIC
  MKB Eurol.
  (191-F/C-89)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.7 
 2. Harper, Besiktas1.5 
 3. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.4 
 4. Dupree, Wisla C.1.3 
 5. De Souza, Ros C.1.3 
 6. Kublina, TTT Riga1.2 
 7. Tamane, Nadezhda.1.2 
 8. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.1 
 9. Stepanova, UMMC1.1 
 10. Drljaca, ESB.1.1 


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  FINLAND - Women  


HoNsU signs Arppe - by Eurobasket
Alli Arppe (184-F-81) in a new forward just added to HoNsU roster. The former international (represented Finland in 2005) begun the season in the starting five for Vantaan Pussikukat where she recorded 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg in 10 games this year. In her first game for HoNsU (lost to PeKa) she played 38 minutes scoring 8 points, grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out 2 assists. She started at HNMKY from where she moved to Vantaan Pussikukat. Her biggest achievement with the team was making it to the Finnish 1st Division Semifinals two years ago.

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  ISRAEL - Women  


Round 12th First Team - by Gil Goshen


The M.V.P is : Edwina Brown with great game had 37 points ( 16/17 fgs iiiiiii 9 rb, 11 ast.
and led her team won vs. Bneyt Yehusa

Latoya Pringle had 27 points 20 rb led her team won vs. Bnoth Hsharon.
Natasha Brackett had 25 points, 8 rb, 4 ast led her team won vs. Ashdod.
Katia Levitzky 23 points , 8 rb led her team won vs. Hpoel Tel Aviv.
Tamara James had 22 points , 7 rb together with Latoya Pringle led her team won vs. Bnoth Hsharon.
Edwina Brown - the M.V.P.


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Ramat Hen 10-2 
 2. Elizur Ram. 10-2 
 3. Bnot Hash. 9-3 
 4. Electra Ramat 9-3 
 5. M.Ashdod 8-4 
 6. Elitzur Holon 5-7 
 7. Natanya 5-7 
 8. Hap.T-A 2-10 
 9. B.Yehuda 2-10 
 10. M.Tel Kabir 0-12 


D1 Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elit.Netanya - M.Ashdod 86-64
Netanya overcame Maccabi Ashdod 86:64 in Regular Season Round 12. Brackett Natasha top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Ransburg Tamara collected 24 points and 13 rebounds. Baker Sherill and Moore Tamara posted 12 points each in defeat.

B.Yehuda - Maclar.Holon 79-98
Bnei Yehuda lost to Maclaren Holon 79:98 as the latter improved to 5-7 record. Brown Edwina was missing one rebound from her triple-double having 37 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Williams produced 22 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in defeat.

Ramla - Hapoel T-A 97-58
Ramla outscored Hapoel T-A 97:58 as Levitsky Katya led all the way with 23 points and Oren Ortal added 21. Rogers Diamond ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

Ramat Hen - Bnot Hash. 88-68
The game between Ramat Hen and Bnot Hasharon became the top one in the round as both teams stayed on top of the standings. Ramat Hen proved their ambitions for the season and grabbed 88:68 victory. Pringle LaToya had amssive 27 points and 20 rebounds for the winners, while James Tamara nailed 22. Sam Sheri Lynette finished the night with 21 points and Johnson Temeka added 16 for the guests.

Electra Ramat - M.Tel Kabir 122-84
Electra Ramat smashed Tel Kabir 122:84 as six players reached the double digits for the winners. Perkins Jia top-scored for the hosts with 25 points and Troina Tatyana nailed 23. Reves Brooke produced 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.



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  ITALY - Women  


Abiola Wabara debuts for Elizur Ramla - by Eurobasket News
Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) debuted for Elizur Ramla on January 22 against Maclaren Holon. The latter lost to Ramla 62:73 as it was led by Levitsky Katya who posted 21 points. Ogorodnikova Olena netted 16 and Belvin scored 14. Abiola Wabara provided 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 asissts. Walker Ayana ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Abiola Wabara debuted for Elizur Ramla in Regular Season Round 12 in Israel at home court. Ramla outscored Hapoel T-A 97:58 as Levitsky Katya led all the way with 23 points and Oren Ortal added 21. Abiola Wabara collected 13 points and 9 rebounds adding also 2 assists for the win. Rogers Diamond ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
In the last game for A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra Abiola Wabara had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Her best game was seen against B.Yehuda when she nailed 16 points and made 6 rebounds. That time Electra Ramat outscored Yehuda 76:56 as Kolodny Naomi top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Chambers Cori nailed 13 in defeat, while Segal Hen had 12.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


UMMC takes 1-0 over TEO Vilnius in the Eighth Finals - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg -TEO Vilnius 91:61

UMMC takes 1-0 over TEO Vilnius in the Eighth Finals due to an excellent first game in Russia. The favorites of the clash started the game with 10-0 run and produced 23-5 in the third period for the total success. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 21 points. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 14. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) ended up with 23 points and Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) notched 9 for the guests.
UMMC did not allow the Lithuanian team to taste the lead in the game from the very beginning. The Russian squad opened the game with ten consecutive points as Agnieszka Bibrzycka closed it for 10-0. Abrosimova made the jump shot at the end of the first period at 27:11. In the second frame the Baltic side evened the game but trailed 15-20 points. Staugaitiene sent the teams to the lockers for 47:30.
UMMC opened the second half with 6 points in a row and was too good in the third period. With 23-5 the Russian giants improved to 70:35 after three quarters played. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Maria Stepanova shined in the last stanza as UMMC proved their superiority in the first leg of the Eighth Finals. TEO however won the period 26-21 to reduce for 91:61 at the end. Game 2 is planned for January 30th in Lithuania.

UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 21, Maria Stepanova 17+7 rebs, Asjha Jones 14
TEO Vilnius: Jurgita Streimikyte 23, Aurime Rinkeviciute 9


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  PHILIPPINES - Women  


WPBL: Slam Bang Revival, New Hoops Heroines - by Eurobasket
A basketball movement has been revived in the country, and as usual it was the Philippine Basketball League that was instrumental in making it happen. Late 2008 saw the return of the Womens PBL, a league that went on hiatus for a good 10 years or so. In the recently concluded WPBL Cup, a lot of hardcore hoops fanatics got a taste of the womens game in the mainstream for the first time.
We really wanted to attract attention to the womens game, to get as many of the women players out there a chance to show their game, said Albert Tirona in a cable television interview at the start of the WPBL conference. Indeed, the WPBL showcased a lot of talent perhaps not yet well known to the general basketball public. It was also our way of helping develop womens basketball in our country in general, added Tirona.
Organizing the teams that featured the core of the best womens collegiate basketball teams in the country was a brilliant strategic move on the part of the WPBL. It saved a lot in terms of overall organization, familiarization and gelling on the part of the respective teams. Starting teams from scratch would have made it a whole lot more difficult. Basketball after all is a team sport that puts a premium on how well the individual players and the coaches can come together and be competitive.
Arguably the biggest star of the recently concluded WPBL tournament was conference MVP Marichu Bacaro, the spitfire guard from the Santo Tomas Tigresses. Bacaro led the Ever Bilena Gandang Pinay to the title, giving the Patrick Aquino-mentored squad a rare grand slam. Ever Bilena won the first two editions of the WPBL 10 years ago making the 2008 crown their third straight. This is really a very special championship for us, a grand slam is very rare, especially since this was 10 years in the making, declared Dioceldo Sy, the very affable former PBL Chairman and the team owner of Ever Bilena. I am very happy that the WPBL was revived, he added during a post-championship interview at the Guadalupe Viejo sports complex.
Bacaro however was not the only star of the tournament. Smart Buddy, featuring the core of the UP Lady Maroons, gave the Gandang Pinay all they could handle in the Finals. Sai Sadorra and RP Team center Fatima Tolentino (175-F-87), were the 1-2 combination for head coach Eric Castro . They joined Bacarro on the Mythical 5 Selection. Sadorra, the lovely and long-limbed forward, showed her versatility playing as many as four positions all throughout the tournament. Tolentino on the other hand was a force underneath with her relentless rebounding and low post scoring. Both Sadorra and Tolentino were among the statistical leaders of the WPBL in both scoring and rebounding. More than the numbers though, they provided leadership in tough game situations for Smart Buddy.
Also on the Mythical 5 Selection was Nutri-C Ateneo center Cassandra Tioseco (180-C-87), a two-time UAAP champion and most valuable player. She was the tournament leader in rebounds and blocks. Tioseco was also hands-down the crowd darling, towering literally at 6-feet tall and ruling the low blocks with a unique combination of power and agility. That she often showed up before games dressed in glamorous corporate wear and changing into trendy casual wear after games made her the unofficial crush ng bayan at all the venues. She was often mistaken as just another pretty face to those unfamiliar with her until they would see her leading the round robin for Nutri-C. She was also very accommodating to the press photographers giving them the models pose even while getting her feet taped.
Rounding out the Mythical 5 is prized recruit Aiumi Ono from Cebu. Before the WPBL very few people had heard of the 5-foot-4 swingman who did everything at a high level. Brought in by Ever Bilena assistant coach Julie Amos , Ono quickly showed everyone that the pretty lass from the countryside had more than enough game for the big city, outplaying even the best of the varsity stars. She provided the critical points in Game 1 that allowed the Gandang Pinay to get that critical first win of the best 2-out of-3 series. When she wasnt scoring she was usually defending the best player on the opposing team and also crashing the boards.
Two national teams also took part in the elimination rounds of the tournament. Coach Haydee Ongs Elite Senior Team and Coach Mon Celis Girls Team got valuable tournament play against some of the toughest teams around. Perhaps not too well known is that the women on Ongs Elite Team also played double duty with their mother teams. Tioseco and Tolentino are just two examples. Lyceum Muscle Tape superstar April Tolentino, St Benilde Oracare mainstay Leonette Salvacion and FEU Oracle veteran Chovi Borja were among those who pulled double duty for flag, school and hoops.
There were times when some of the women would be playing back to back games for their mother team and then the Elite Team. On one game day at the Lyceum Gymnasium in Manila, Tioseco had just battled Salvacion tooth and nail in a Nutri-C Oracare game and the two simply changed into their national team uniforms to go up against Lasalle Sunkist Orange right after their tussle. From slamming each other in the low blocks they went to setting screens for each other as teammates.
Players werent the only ones who pulled double duty though as Ong herself coached both the Elite Team and Nutri-C. When the two teams went up against each other though she stayed put with Nutri-C while her assistant Ron Camara handled the national team. OK lang naman na maglaro ang girls for both the RP Team and their mother teams, theyre still young and they can handle it, Ong said with a little laugh in one interview at the FEU Gym in Manila. Buti nga there is now a WPBL na ulit so we could get exposure and good competition as part of our preparations, she added. Indeed their WPBL stint led to a championship last December at a Southeast Asian international tournament in Singapore. Ong feels confident of the teams chances in this years SEA Games.
For the Girls Team of Celis it was an opportunity to go up against bigger, stronger and more mature competition. They took a lot of hits from the more veteran players but they hung tough and gained valuable lessons. Maganda din na may ganitong exposure and mga bata, because the competition here is almost like international competition in terms of the strength and size of players, he said in one interview. Celis and his team figured in a controversial loss in the 2008 FIBA regional qualifier late last year won by Malaysia. Babawi tayo, he just added with a sure smile when asked about that loss.
Of course the superstars, the award winners and the national teams were not the only ones who caught attention in the WPBL. Fans were also excited with the likes of Oracares Julie Ann Paras, Nutri-Cs Treena Limgenco and Saki Del Rosario, Sunkists Khristine Prado and Amina Dimaporo, Machiko Matsuno (177-C-87) and Jessica Polindey of Muscle Tape. From the two national teams there were Aurora Adriano (173-F-85) and Diana Jose (173-F-85), and Katherine Sandel and Mary Joan Leviste. All of these players were combinations of both baller and beauty that won over the crowd and steadily attracted more and more fans to come and watch the WPBL live.
We hope we can attract more women players out there to try out and play for the WPBL, said PBL Chair and FEU Oracle team patron Dr. Mikee Romero during one interview at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig. Biruin mo marami pala talagang magagaling na players na dito natin madi-discover sa WPBL. Sana mga magtuloy-tuloy tayo, he added.
All told it was indeed a grand revival of a league that hopefully will become a permanent institution in the countrys unfolding basketball story.

Courtesy of Joseph w. Buduan


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 13-0 
 2. Alexandria 12-1 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 9-4 
 4. Arad 9-4 
 5. Govora 9-4 
 6. Cluj Napoca 8-5 
 7. Oradea 7-6 
 8. Satu Mare 7-6 
 9. Rapid 6-7 
 10. Craiova 5-8 
 11. Iasi 2-11 
 12. S.Studentesc 2-11 
 13. Olimpia 2-11 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-13 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC takes 1-0 over TEO Vilnius in the Eighth Finals - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg -TEO Vilnius 91:61

UMMC takes 1-0 over TEO Vilnius in the Eighth Finals due to an excellent first game in Russia. The favorites of the clash started the game with 10-0 run and produced 23-5 in the third period for the total success. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) led the winners with 21 points. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) collected 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 14. Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) ended up with 23 points and Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) notched 9 for the guests.
UMMC did not allow the Lithuanian team to taste the lead in the game from the very beginning. The Russian squad opened the game with ten consecutive points as Agnieszka Bibrzycka closed it for 10-0. Abrosimova made the jump shot at the end of the first period at 27:11. In the second frame the Baltic side evened the game but trailed 15-20 points. Staugaitiene sent the teams to the lockers for 47:30.
UMMC opened the second half with 6 points in a row and was too good in the third period. With 23-5 the Russian giants improved to 70:35 after three quarters played. Agnieszka Bibrzycka and Maria Stepanova shined in the last stanza as UMMC proved their superiority in the first leg of the Eighth Finals. TEO however won the period 26-21 to reduce for 91:61 at the end. Game 2 is planned for January 30th in Lithuania.

UMMC Ekaterinburg: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 21, Maria Stepanova 17+7 rebs, Asjha Jones 14
TEO Vilnius: Jurgita Streimikyte 23, Aurime Rinkeviciute 9


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lawless Presov 19.0
2. Aubry BSS 15.6
3. Talajkova Slovan 15.5
4. Sujova Cassovia 15.3
5. Sujanova Nitra 14.1
6. Kraayeveld Maxima 14.0
7. Krasnockova BSS 14.0
8. Podesvova MBK 14.0
9. Fluker MBK 13.9
10.Spencer Maxima 13.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Talajkova Slovan 11.93
2. Podesvova MBK 9.69
3. Kovacova Maxima 8.93
4. Karavaeva Presov 8.67
5. Aubry BSS 8.21
6. Tetemondova Pop 7.86
7. Williams Nitra 7.42
8. Fluker MBK 7.33
9. Kraayeveld Maxima 7.09
10. Lawless Presov 7.00
Assists Per Game
1. Cohen Maxima 5.20
2. Riecka Slovan 4.36
3. Simkulakova Poprad 3.36
4. Cikosova Maxima 3.33
5. Sujova Cassovia 2.93
Steals Per Game
1. Podesvova MBK 4.00
2. Hrickova Maxima 3.23
3. Tetemondova Pop 3.21
4. Talajkova Slovan 3.14
5. Krizmova Slovan 3.14


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  SPAIN - Women  


Tito Diaz is the new coach of Extrugasa Vilagarcia - by Ivan Villar
Last coach Isaac Fernandez left the team after bad results.Managers have signed Tito Diaz (agency: BrezoPro ) for rest of season.He'll try to save Extrugasa and escape from last positions.Tito Diaz (agency: BrezoPro ) will have his first experience with women basketball after coaching in men LEB teams as Gestiberica Vigo,Rosalia de Castro and Breogan Lugo.Tito Diaz (agency: BrezoPro ) hopes to keep on Extrugasa in LF league a year more.But he'll have a hard job so Extrugasa is placing last position with 12 defeats in a row.

Interview with Elin Eldebrink - by Eurobasket

The famous court Antonio Magarinos is Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) new homecourt. The Swedish point-guard signed with MTT Estudiantes last October. Eldebrink left Sdertlje, her former team Telge Energi and her twin Frida ( who plays with Tarbes France) because she has been feeling the need to play in a more competitive league. Last season, Eldebrink led her team to game 5 of the Swedish Championship Final. She also contributed to the Swedish National Team success with 1st place in the Under20 Division B European Champioship and 1st place in Group B of Division B EuroBasket last summer. This season she is trying to help MTT Estudiantes stay in Liga Femenina. She looks happy about her choice and looks forward to integrating herself into the Spanish lifestyle. I met her before the game against Hondaribia Irn.

What are your feelings on today's match against Hondaribia Irun?
I think we have a good chance to take our first win of the second half of the season! (Unfortunately, Estudiantes lost)

Who is the best player youve played against here in Spain?

I must say Amaya Valdemoro! She can do everything!

What are the differences between the Swedish and the Spanish leagues?

The Spanish league has a higher level. All the teams are good. In Sweden theres just a few teams that are good. The tempo of the game is faster. All the teams play really fast, so theres a lot of running. I like that kind of game, so its perfect for me.

What does Coach Garcia expect from you in this season ? Is it different compared to last season?
I think he wants me to be an important player for the team, to play hard defence, take the ball to the basket and shoot when I am open. Simple things. Its not so different from last year. The big difference is that I played point guard last year and now I am mostly playing 2nd guard.

What are your opinions about Spain and Madrid after four months? Are you learning any Spanish?
I have only been here since October now, and my opinion is good! I like Spain and I like Madrid. Its a big city, and I am not used to it, but iss all! Theres a lot of things to do and see. I am starting to learn more and more Spanish, but now Iam takimg Spanish classes, so it will be easier.

What do you miss about Sweden?
I miss my family, my friends and of course the Swedish food!

How is your relationship with your teammates?
My relationship with my teammates is good! I like the girls. They are so kind and helpfull to me. Its hard that I dont speak Spanish and a lot of the girls dont speak English. So sometimes it can be hard to communicate, but we are trying.

What are your goals for this season?

My goals for this season are simple. I want to be a better player and know how it is to play profesional basketball, since this is my first year abroad. My goal for the team is to stay in the first league!

Hows your season going? What are your goals for the last part of season?

My season is going pretty good. I know I can do a little more, so its time to show it! My goal is that the team stays in the 1st division! Its important!

What are the Swedish National Teams goals for the future?

My goals, and the Swedish Basketball Federations goal is to be a part of the European Championship in 2011. We want to be a consistent team in the European Championship.

Who ware the most important people in your basket career until now?

The most important people in my career are of course my familly and all the coaches and people that have been helping me become a good player and a good person. I cant say any specific people, because there have been so many people helping me with my basketball career.


Elin Eldebrink was Interviewed by Goffredo Guarino



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Interview with Elin Eldebrink - by Eurobasket

The famous court Antonio Magarinos is Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) new homecourt. The Swedish point-guard signed with MTT Estudiantes last October. Eldebrink left Sdertlje, her former team Telge Energi and her twin Frida ( who plays with Tarbes France) because she has been feeling the need to play in a more competitive league. Last season, Eldebrink led her team to game 5 of the Swedish Championship Final. She also contributed to the Swedish National Team success with 1st place in the Under20 Division B European Champioship and 1st place in Group B of Division B EuroBasket last summer. This season she is trying to help MTT Estudiantes stay in Liga Femenina. She looks happy about her choice and looks forward to integrating herself into the Spanish lifestyle. I met her before the game against Hondaribia Irn.

What are your feelings on today's match against Hondaribia Irun?
I think we have a good chance to take our first win of the second half of the season! (Unfortunately, Estudiantes lost)

Who is the best player youve played against here in Spain?

I must say Amaya Valdemoro! She can do everything!

What are the differences between the Swedish and the Spanish leagues?

The Spanish league has a higher level. All the teams are good. In Sweden theres just a few teams that are good. The tempo of the game is faster. All the teams play really fast, so theres a lot of running. I like that kind of game, so its perfect for me.

What does Coach Garcia expect from you in this season ? Is it different compared to last season?
I think he wants me to be an important player for the team, to play hard defence, take the ball to the basket and shoot when I am open. Simple things. Its not so different from last year. The big difference is that I played point guard last year and now I am mostly playing 2nd guard.

What are your opinions about Spain and Madrid after four months? Are you learning any Spanish?
I have only been here since October now, and my opinion is good! I like Spain and I like Madrid. Its a big city, and I am not used to it, but iss all! Theres a lot of things to do and see. I am starting to learn more and more Spanish, but now Iam takimg Spanish classes, so it will be easier.

What do you miss about Sweden?
I miss my family, my friends and of course the Swedish food!

How is your relationship with your teammates?
My relationship with my teammates is good! I like the girls. They are so kind and helpfull to me. Its hard that I dont speak Spanish and a lot of the girls dont speak English. So sometimes it can be hard to communicate, but we are trying.

What are your goals for this season?

My goals for this season are simple. I want to be a better player and know how it is to play profesional basketball, since this is my first year abroad. My goal for the team is to stay in the first league!

Hows your season going? What are your goals for the last part of season?

My season is going pretty good. I know I can do a little more, so its time to show it! My goal is that the team stays in the 1st division! Its important!

What are the Swedish National Teams goals for the future?

My goals, and the Swedish Basketball Federations goal is to be a part of the European Championship in 2011. We want to be a consistent team in the European Championship.

Who ware the most important people in your basket career until now?

The most important people in my career are of course my familly and all the coaches and people that have been helping me become a good player and a good person. I cant say any specific people, because there have been so many people helping me with my basketball career.


Elin Eldebrink was Interviewed by Goffredo Guarino



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Market News and games updates. - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Alke Dietel (194-F/C-75, agency: LBM Management, college: Washington St.) on the Injury list:
Alke Dietel of Team Sdent Sierre Basket has a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon on the right ankle. A surgery is planned for February.

Round 15th:
Helios Basket won after over time at Esperance Sportive Pully 84-90. Joanna Barnes (175-F-83, college: American) is the best scorer of the game and finishes with 42 pts.
Another over time this weekend, between Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin and Universite BC Neuchatel. Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin played a very great basket during the whole game, but in the overtime Cameo Hicks (32pts) and Universite BC Neuchatel made the difference and brought one more victory at home 80-93.

New arrival in Helios Basket
Kerri Ria Jilesen (185-G-83) signed with Helios Basket. She was playing in the first division team STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk in Holland where she scored 12.3ppg and 5.7rpg. For her first game against Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents she scored 5 pts and took 5 rbds.

Round 14th:
Universite BC Neuchatel win home game against Sdent Sierre Basket 79-53, in front of a large audience (610 spectators). Caroline Turin (172-F-87) was named best scorer of the game with 21 pts and a perfect 5/5 at 3pts. Despite a bigger sized team, (McKenzie 183 cm, Zimova 198cm and the new arrival Szott from Poland 186cm) Sdent Sierre Basket didnt find a solution to break the strong full court defensive zone. Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin defeats Fribourg at home 76-67.

2 Retirements in Esperance Sportive Pully
Celine Maclot (186-F-81, agency: LBM Management) decided to put an end to her basketball career for personal reason. Her stats in Esperance Sportive Pully this season were 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 0.7apg.
Also for personal reason, Jessica Chevillat (163-G-87) has decided to stop playing in Esperance Sportive Pully, her stats so far were 6.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg

Rescheduled game
The game between Universite BC Neuchatel and Esperance Sportive Pully scheduled on December 20th 2008 has been postponed on January 28th at 8:30pm at Arnold-Reymond in Esperance Sportive Pully.

Elfic Fribourg New arrival:
The canadian player Natalie Doma (191-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Idaho St.) coming out from NCAA I Idaho State, she played the beginning of the season in France for Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LFB). For her first game in Switzerland against Helios Basket, she scored 15 points and 6 rebounds in 23 min.


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukrainian teams achieve three straight victories - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf, Kozachka and Olimp/NAEK were victorious in Baltic league latest round and overcame their opponents.
Estonian BC Star opened their tour de Ukraine against Olimp/NAEK and suffered a 67:75 defeat. The hosts led at every change and secured a well-deserved win at the end. Tatyana Shnipor (188-C-81) stepped up with 23 points for Olimp/NAEK. Natalia Zhyrakova (190-C-82) contributed 18 points for the winners. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) had 19 points for BC Star in the loss. BC Star took on Kozachka the same day and once again came up short 78:90. Kozachka used a 30:14 rally in the starting period to build an unassailable lead. Davineia Payne knocked down game-high 29 points but it was not enough at the end. Gerly Kostla provided 15 points for the Estonian team. BC Star completed the tour against Tim-Scuf on Sunday. The hosts limited Davineia Payne to only 9 points and coasted to a stunning 55:100 victory. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) led the way for BC Star with 14 points.
Tallinna Living also had little to remember about their Ukrainian vacation. They lost the opener 63:89 to Tim-Scuf. Moldre netted 16 points in defeat. Sunday brought two consecutive routs. First Tallinna Living failed to deal with Olimp/NAEK 60:81. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) produced 12 points in the losing effort. Next the Estonian powerhouse got some beating from Kozachka falling short 74:101. Kerttu Jallai (180-F-90, agency: Regeneracom Sports) topscored for the visitors with 20 points. Tallinna Living thus fell at 1-10 record at the bottom of the ladder.


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  WBCBL - Women  


WBCBL Western Regional Tryouts (Texas) - by Willie McCray
The Women's Blue Chip Basketball League will host its annual 'Western Regional Tryouts' on Saturday, April 4th, 2009. This will be a 1-day OPEN TRYOUT, beginning at 9am.

The Location for this event is the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center at 5150 Mark Trail in Dallas, Texas (75232)

For more information, please visit
www.WBCBL.com or send email to info@wbcbl.com

Early Registration cost is $25 per player. After March 21st, late registration is $40.


Click Here For Registration Form