EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/30/2009

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  ABA   


Jayceon Taylor joins the SLAM - by Gianni Pascucci
Mega Hip Hop Artist Jayceon Taylor (6'4''-G-79) AKA 'The Game' made his debut For The Los Angeles SLAM Pro Basketball Team on Sunday, against the Los Angeles Push in a ABA regular season basketball game. Jayceon AKA 'Chuck' Taylor is a 6'4' athletic player who possesses strength and plays tenacious and very physical defense. On sunday, he played a solid game, ending up with 22 points. This is the second time that 'The Game' has played for Coach Donald Sanchies of the Los Angeles SLAM, some monthe ago he had yet joined SemiPro.inc team. Taylor is not expected to play at every Los Angeles SLAM basketball game. However, he will be making appearances from time to time during the basketball season.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Vlade Djurovic replaces Milan Minic on Vojvodina's bench - by Dragan Jankovski
Milan Minic is no more a head coach of Vojvodina Srbijagas. After just few months on Vojvodina's bench, Minic is replaced with another Serbian coach Vlado Djurovic. The main reason are 5 consecutive defeats in Adriatic league. The last one was against Krka Novo Mesto at home 76-77. Vojvodina currently has poor 4 wins and 15 defeats in the regional championship. The same score also have Helios Domzale and Zagreb.
Vlado Djurovic joined Vojvodina from Metalac Valjevo, who is currently on third place in Serbian A league. Actually, Napredak Rubin and Metalac share third place with 11-7. At the beginning of the season Metalac spent some time on the first and the second place and it still has a nice chance to reach the Superleague. Djurovic used to work for many teams in the past. Season 06/07 he was a HC of Bulgarian team CSKA Sophia leading it to final of the NBL championship. Two years before that he coached Lietuvos Rytas. In 2002 Djurovic reached the final of French National Cup, but as an assistant coach of ASVEL. In 2000 he won he the Cypriot Cup with Achileas. Except of the above mentioned teams, Djurovic also was HC/AC in Aris, AEK, Panionios, Oostende, Aalst, Dafni, Buducnost and FMP.


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  ARGENTINA   


All Star Game 2009 recap - by Facundo Iatzky
Game:
White team(97): Bruno Labaque 8, Juan Espil 14, Federico Kammerichs 9, Leonardo Gutierrez 3, Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) 20 (st): Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 10, Andre Laws 7, Maximiliano Maciel 3, Jason Osborne 13, Diego Osella 8, Mauro Cerone(invited) 2; coach: Ruben Magnano.

Blue team (92): Sebastian Ginobili 11, Sebastian Acosta 13, Juan Manuel Locatelli 10, Gabriel Mikulas 4, Edward Nelson 15 (st) Diego Alba 2, Julio Mazzaro 6, Federico Marin 7, Byron Johnson 9, Gabriel Fernandez 11, Ezequiel Sosa(invited) 4; coach: Sergio Hernandez.

MVP: Roman Gonzalez

Three point contest:
Winner: Leandro Masieri (201-F-76)
runner up: Maximiliano Maciel

Dunk contest:
winner: Leandro Capitanich (191-G-90)
runner up: Byron Johnson


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  AUSTRALIA   


Dragons suffer defeat vs Tigers and beat Breakers in Round 20 - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers celebrated in derby game against the Melbourne Dragons 92-86 jumping on 18-8 record, what is still not enough for the first place. The top spot belongs to Dragons, despite this loss (19-7). Chris Anstey (213-C-75) stepped up for the hosts collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) followed him with 20 pts and 6 boards. The Dragons got 25 points from Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.).
In the second game of Round 20 the Sydney Spirit faced with the home loss against the Perth Wildcats 78-88. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) and Peter Crawford (193-G-79) led the scorers in the winning squad with 16 points each. Alex Loughton had 15 and Ben Knight 14 pts. Jason Smith answered with 15 pts in defeat. The Wildcats improved on 15-12, while the Spirit dropped on 11-15.
Today above mentioned Melbourne South Dragons were better than New Zealand Breakers on the road 101-94 in game No.3. Matt Burston (210-F/C-82) shined with 17 points and 8 boards, while Adam Gibson nailed one point less than him. Joe Ingles stopped on 13 points. Phill Jones (196-G-74), who came off the bench, was totally the best in defeat with 28 points and 7 rebounds. The Breakers fell on 16-10.


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 David BARLOW
  Tigers
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Penney, Breakers27.3 
 2. Ere, Tigers22.9 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze22.4 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles19.5 
 5. Worthington, Drago.19.4 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 7. Bowen, Blaze18.4 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers18.3 
 9. Franklin, Hawks18.2 
 10. Anstey, Tige.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HINDER
  Crocodiles
  (208-F/C-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Whitehead, Blaze14.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers10.5 
 3. Anstey, Tigers10.0 
 4. Crosswhite, Taipa.9.6 
 5. Ellis, Crocodiles9.3 
 6. Rickert, Breakers9.2 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers8.5 
 8. Saville, Hawks8.4 
 9. Rychart, Hawks8.0 
 10. Gruber, Spir.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bruce, 36ers4.8 
 2. Crosswell, Tigers4.7 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.6 
 4. Henare, Breakers4.5 
 5. Heal, Blaze4.5 
 6. Mee, Taipans4.4 
 7. Hinson, Wildcats4.2 
 8. Maher, 36ers4.0 
 9. Williams, Crocodiles3.8 
 10. Cedar, Crocodil.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Dragons
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Hodge, 36ers4.0 
 2. Bruton, Breakers2.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks2.4 
 4. Bowen, Blaze2.0 
 5. Williams, Taipans2.0 
 6. Mee, Taipans1.8 
 7. Ellis, Crocodiles1.8 
 8. Anstey, Tigers1.7 
 9. Crawford, Wildcats1.7 
 10. Barlow, Tige.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony PETRIE
  Hawks
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Anstey, Tigers2.3 
 2. Hodge, 36ers2.0 
 3. Mee, Taipans1.6 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.2 
 7. Rychart, Hawks1.0 
 8. Hinder, Crocodiles1.0 
 9. Smith, Taipans1.0 
 10. Horvath, Drago.1.0 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Melbourne SD 19-7 
 2. Melbourne T. 18-8 
 3. N.Zealand B. 16-10 
 4. Perth W. 15-12 
 5. Townsville C. 15-12 
 6. Adelaide 36ers 13-13 
 7. Sydney S. 11-15 
 8. Cairns T. 10-15 
 9. Wollongong 9-17 
 10. Gold Coast B. 5-22 


Grabau celebrates 300 - by Eurobasket News
Cairns' defensive barometer Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) celebrated becoming the first Taipans player to notch 300 games for the club with another excellent performance in their 89-83 victory over Spirit.

Grabau is loved by the fans of the city. He's the last man standing from their first season in 1999/2000. He's experienced it all with the only national sporting team in Cairns, from the struggles of only two wins in their first season to back to back semi-finals appearances.

His commitment and loyalty to the orange army has made him a clear fan favourite at the Snakepit. In fact, he's so revered that the team actually retired his beloved No.8 singlet to the roof of the Cairns Convention Centre earlier this season.

Grabau inspires the team and ignites the crowd. While he can drain a big triple to lift them off their seats it's his work at the other end that draws acclaim. His defensive intensity sets the tone for the team and his success on locking down the most potent attacking force of the opposition is often pivotal to the success of the team.

Coach Mark Beecroft paid tribute to Grabau after his 300th match.

'It deserves a special mention, for him to be with the one club, play 300 games,' the coach said.

'Full credit to his character and the way he prepares himself and plays through the game.'

'He's a fantastic role model'.

Beecroft highlighted the importance of Grabau's role within the team.

'He's just so solid both on and off the floor, he's a genuine guy and true family man,' he stated.

'He turns up to practice and he's there to work, it's reflective on the court and that's what he does in practice and that's what he produces in the games.'

'He's a great player to have in your team'.

Grabau has taken on much more responsibility since the Taipans' financial difficulties saw the team reshuffled, particularly in the past three matches where his offensive output of 14 points per game has been almost double his season average of 7.5ppg. His work on the glass has also increased pulling down seven rebounds per game, way above his season average of 3.2.

'I think he's playing very good basketball right now,' Beecroft said.

'He's had some games where he's made some key defensive plays.'

His milestone game was like many he's played before. Grabau hustled, wrestled and finished up all over the pine in his efforts that limited Sydney Spirit star Jason Smith to only 19 points.

Team-mate Ian Crosswhite summed Grabau's playing attitude up best.

'He just goes in hard!' he said.

Courtesy of the NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  AUSTRIA   


Transfer news - by Stefan Heinrich
The current champion and cup winner of Furstenfeld made another roster move in this season. Andre Williams (202-F-80, college: Oklahoma St.) wasnt the right player for the Panthers and he already left the team a week ago. The new player for the Power Forward spot will be Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.), who already arrived to Furstenfeld today. The 6'7 Utat State alumni is 27 years old and he had a very succesful career so far. He played 10 games for the Orlando Magic and he had 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg. Besides of this he won the NBDL Championship and he was named NBDL Rookie of the Year. He also played in Korea for 1 season and 1 1/2 season the German BBL for EWE Baskets Oldenburg. During the 2006-07 season he was the 2nd best scorer in the BBL with 16.5ppg. Last season he wanted to stay at home with his family and didnt play overseas due to that fact.

The Worthersee Piraten changed the injurey Brandon Hartley (193-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: St.Martin's) with the American sharpshoter Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina). Leasure already played 2 games for the Piraten and the Big South Player of the Year 2006 showed that he will be able to help his new team.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Balkan-League Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
ChernoMore - Swiss.Lions 71-98
Swisslions cruised past Cherno More in Bulgaria registering the fifth win in Balkan league. With this one, the Serbian representative remains on top of Group A with 5-1 record. On the other hand, Cherno More dropped on 2-4 staying the last ranked team in the group. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) was on fire draining 24 points for 33 minutes. Ocokoljic also dished out 6 assists to his teammates. Radovan Markovic nailed 15, while Ntousan Koutsopoulos helped with 13 points and 9 boards. Dusan Knezevic scored 12 points, also missing one board for double-double. Cherno More got the most from Corey McIntosh led the scorers in this game with 29 points (also had 7 rebs). Simeon Tsenov had 19 pts and 9 boards and Bryce Sheldon contributed with 14 pts in loss.

Radnicki 034 - CSU Brasov 79-77
It was an early game of Round 8 played on December 18th. Radnicki 034 was better thanks to Danilo Draskovic, who nailed 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Petar Beader also was on high level adding 16 pts and 8 boards. The Romanians got 20 points and impressive 20 rebounds from the big guy Ionut Dragusin. Radnicki 4-4, CSU Brasov 2-6.


Group B
Levski - Rilski S-list 75-73
Levski grabbed important home victory against the second Bulgarian representative in Group B - Rilski Sportist. The hosts celebrated in thriller after nice played second half of the game, 40-32. With this victory Levski improved on 3-3 in the group, while Rilski fell on 5-2. However, despite this defeat Rilski Sportist remains the top-ranked team with 5-1. Stefan Georgiev was a key player for Levski collecting 23 points and 14 rebounds. Dwayne Morton also shined adding 16 points and 10 boards, while Stanislav Slaveykov had 16 pts. Zlatin Georgiev helped the winners with 12 pts and 8 rebs. On the other side, Dragoslav Papic answered for Rilski with 19 pts and 6 boards. Travis Peterson scored 16, plus 12 rebs, while Ivan Lilov stopped on 13 pts.

Mega HL - Dinamo B.
The game is scheduled for February 3rd.


Standings
BIBL Standings
Group A
 1. Swiss.Lions 5-1 
 2. Feni Indistrija 4-2 
 3. Radnicki 034 3-4 
 4. ChernoMore 2-4 
 5. CSU Brasov 2-5 
Group B
 1. Rilski S-list 5-2 
 2. F.Rabotnicki 3-2 
 3. Mega HL 3-3 
 4. Levski 3-3 
 5. Dinamo B. 1-5 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Joosep TOOME
  TTU KK
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.20.6 
 2. Bankevics, Valmiera20.1 
 3. Clark, Valmiera19.8 
 4. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.5 
 6. Beard, TU/Rock17.8 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas17.6 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.5 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Grigori SHUKHOVTSOV
  Sakalai
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.6 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas8.5 
 4. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 5. Dimsa, Aisciai8.0 
 6. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.7.9 
 7. Varnelis, Alytus A.7.6 
 8. Clark, Valmiera7.4 
 9. Valukonis, Suduva7.3 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Barons/LMT
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.9 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping5.5 
 3. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.8 
 4. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 5. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 6. Viskontas, Nevezis4.3 
 7. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 8. Eidson, Lietuvos4.2 
 9. Cooper, VEF Riga4.1 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arvydas SIKSNIUS
  Sakalai
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Kolesnikov, VEF R.2.2 
 4. Mazutis, ASK Riga2.2 
 5. Skele, Ba.2.2 
 6. Slesers, Keiza.2.1 
 7. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 8. Fox, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 9. Mazeika, Neptunas1.9 
 10. Valukonis, Sudu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe MCNAULL
  Norrkoping
  (208-C-72)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.4 
 5. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 6. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 7. Elliott, Valmiera1.3 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.3 
 9. Hallik, Valga Welg1.1 
 10. Shukhovtsov, Sak.1.1 


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
 1. Lietuvos 12-2 
 2. ASK Riga 9-4 
 3. Zalgiris 8-4 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 8-5 
 5. TU/Rock 6-8 
 6. Valmiera 5-7 
 7. Siauliai 5-7 
 8. Barons/LMT 5-8 
 9. Ventspils 5-8 
 10. Nevezis 2-12 
Group C
 1. VEF Riga 1-0 
 2. Kaunas Tr. 0-0 
 3. Sakalai 0-0 
 4. Aisciai 0-0 
 5. Norrkoping 0-0 
 6. Neptunas 0-1 
Group D
 1. Liepaja 0-0 
 2. Keizarmezs 0-0 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 0-0 
 4. TTU KK 0-0 
 5. Alytus Alita 0-0 
 6. Zemgale 0-0 


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  BELGIUM   


Liege and Oostende News - by Peter Buyse

Liege Basket has signed American forward Terry (TJ) Cummings Jr for 6 weeks to replace the injured Jerald Fields.
Cummings played 4 years at UCLA between 2000 and 2004. His senior year stats were 13ppg and 6.7 rpg.
TJ is the son of former long-time NBA player Terry Cummings.
Played for several teams in the D-League, among others Albuquerque, Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Also spent some time in China right out of college, Puerto Rico and Korea.

Base Oostende released Sebastien Bellin.


Exclusive interview: Coach Chris Finch of Dexia Mons-Hainaut and British NT - by Bertrand Larsimont
Eurobasket.com has just had the chance to ask a few open questions to Chris Finch , the current Dexia Mons-Hainaut and British National Team head coach.

Born in Ohio in 1969, Chris Finch graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 1992. He was a successful British league player afterwards and became a successful coach later on. While it is true that his teams play a somewhat different style of basketball and his players run and score quite a bit, Coach Finch actually considers himself as a defensive-orientated coach by far. He feels that his teams usually play a tough defense and that is really the route to his squads success. Coach Finch is used to European players and to working on their skills.

As a player for the Sheffield Sharks in the BBL-British Basketball League, he became league champion in 1994 and 95 and won one BBL Cup title in 1995. He was then coach of the Sheffield Sharks from 1996 to 2003. Chris Finch was three time league champion and won the national cup two seasons in a row as he coached the Sharks.

Coach Finch then left Sheffield for Giessen 46ers in German First Bundesliga but was released in February 2004.

Two months later, he took over Belgian team Basket Bree which he coached until the end of the 2006-07 season. He led Basket Bree to the Belgian league title in 2005. In 2007-08, the US coach signed with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Each time he and his team have been in a European campaign they have advanced to the latter stages. In Bree, his squad was the surprise qualifier from a ULEB Cup group that included Aris of Greece, Estudiantes Madrid of Spain and Alba Berlin of Germany. That season, Basket Bree narrowly lost to Hapoel Jerusalem in the knock-out stages. Last season, Coach Finch led Dexia Mons-Hainaut to the FIBA EuroCup Final which they lost after a very close game. He keeps on coaching Mons and is still doing a fantastic job this current season. He and his team again have just made it out of the initial group phases by topping the table for the second year in a row. Also to be mentioned: Chris Finch has been the British National Team head coach since 2006.

Here is Coach Finch's interview:

Bertrand Larsimont Eurobasket (EB): Your team was involved in the FIBA EuroChallenge 2008-09 Group F with Khimik Yuzhny of Ukraine, Galatasaray of Turkey and KK Zagreb of Croatia. You have now reached the Top 16 and will be playing in another group against CSK-VVS Samara and BC Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia as well as EclipseJet Amsterdam of the Netherlands. How would you rate this competition, compared with the other major European club competitions (Euroleague and EuroCup --former ULEB Cup--), and which team(s) would you see as possible EuroChallenge winner at the end of the season?

Coach Chris Finch (C.F.): When you get to this stage of the competition all the teams should be considered dangerous and especially when you get to the knock-out phase anything can happen. But when you look at the final 16 teams you have to give special consideration to BC Triumph Lyubersty, BC Kiev, Virtus Bologna and Cajasol Sevilla. Those are the sexiest names left in the hunt. Having said all that, we are simply focusing on our chances and the rest of the teams in the group.

EB: You reached the final of last season's EuroCup organized in Limassol, Cyprus from April 18th to 20th. A great result despite the defeat 63-62 against Barons LMT Riga of Latvia in the final. Is the current Dexia group specifically built to reach the EuroChallenge final and maybe win the FIBA Europe competition this season? Would you agree with observers saying that the team is better balanced than the one of last season?

C.F.: From a competition point of view, this team is built no differently than any other team we have built during my coaching career to date. That is said, this team is built to win every time it steps on the floor. We never differentiate between League, European or Cup games. To do so sends the wrong message to your team. You cannot prioritize games if you want your team to perform at its highest level of effort and execution every night.

We also try not to compare teams from previous seasons because each team is unique in its make-up and the challenges they face and overcome. Having said that, I do think this season's team is deeper, more physical and full of more individual playmakers. That is to take nothing away from last year's squad. Even though they didnt win any title they certainly accomplished a lot by making two finals and competing hard every night. So far, that's more than this year's team has done but it is still early.
EB: What do you think about this season's domestic competition with only 9 teams?

C.F.: I'm totally fine with it. I actually enjoy the bye weeks, especially with our European campaign. Given my history there and the relationships I have with the people there, it was sad to see Basket Bree denied participation this season. I don't feel the league has ultimately suffered however.

EB: You are also the coach of the British national team which qualified for the EuroBasket 2009 to be held in Poland next September (against Spain, Serbia and Slovenia in the opening Group C). You have managed to build a competitive team for the 2012 London Olympics so far. You know what it is like to lead a NT. What do you think about Belgium's NT and the fact that some Belgian Lions have trouble to find a decent job at the start of the season? Do you think that the idea of Jacques Ledure, the Lions' Manager, to create a Team Belgium involved in Ethias League is a good one for the future of Belgian basketball?

C.F.: Coaching a NT is a real roller-coaster ride. On one hand it's the most satisfying, wholesome basketball experience a coach or team can have. Playing for a higher purpose is really motivating if handled in the right way. On the other hand, it's full of a lot of innate challenges and each nation has their own set of hurdles that must be jumped in order to have the best chance to compete at the highest level. Overcoming these obstacles is a full time job in itself before you even think about a practice plan, a set play or a game strategy. So much of the job is about building relationships, maintaining and improving professionalism and getting your players to play hard together quickly.

As for the Belgian NT, I am not close enough to the situation to comment. I can say however that I believe they have the right guy coaching the team in Eddy Casteels. Furthermore, my dealings with Jacque Ledure have been nothing but professional. I know for a fact these two guys care deeply about the program and are trying their best to remove every obstacle so the Belgian NT can reach its potential. We played them twice this summer and I like the way they played - and that was without their three biggest names in Mbenga, Hervelle and Van den Spiegel. I think they have a very good chance to make it to Poland this summer. I would not be surprised to see them there at all and I hope they make it.

EB: How do you like Mons and its supporters? What would be the difference(s) between your experience in Mons and the one in Bree? How do you see or plan your future career (either in Belgium or elsewhere, as a coach or any other position)?

C.F.: Mons is the best situation in Belgium. I really enjoy so much about the club and the overall environment. We have super fans and a great home court atmosphere. The professionalism of the club is top notch, very professional. We have excellent facilities, a complete and committed support staff and team of volunteers. Without all those people these clubs struggle to operate. The great thing is that all people I have met here at Dexia Mons-Hainaut are so positive and are enjoyable to be around.

Like any driven, competitive person, I want to reach the highest level that I can and it's my goal to do that. I have always believed that in our business there are two types of coaches: those who spend a lot of time looking for their next job and those who spend a lot of time trying to be as successful as they can in the job they currently have. I am undoubtedly the latter. I'm not trying to chase any jobs. Rather, I am just trying to be the best coach and win as much as I can right now. I am then hopeful that I am fortunate enough to be considered as a candidate when the right opportunities come along to move up or challenge myself anew.

EB: Finally, can you give a short sentence, a kind of motto that you would repeat in order to boost your guys in the locker rooms before each game?

C.F.: I'm not really a rah-rah type of coach. Before games we simply cover the basics we want to accomplish and we continually remind our guys of the things we do that we believe make us successful. We prepare in practice and we stress that if we are ready and we do our stuff well together that we are capable of overcoming any challenge or winning any game.


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  BOSNIA   


BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac sign Amal McCaskill - by Eurobasket

BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac signed 36-year old American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73, college: Marquette). McCaskill played most recently at Qingdao Double Star (China).

McCaskill is well know in the NBA where he played Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Clippers. He also played 24 games at Albany Patroons (CBA, starting five) last season 2007-08 and averaged 0.5ppg, 11.4rpg, 3.7apg, 0.9spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 58%, 3PT: 55.6%, FT: 74.8% and also particpated in the all-star games for CBA



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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 1-0 
 2. Universo/BRB 1-0 
 3. CETAF 1-0 
 4. Vivo/Franca 1-0 
 5. Paulistano 1-0 
 6. Winner/Limeira 1-0 
 7. S.Jose/Vinac 1-0 
 8. GRSA/Bauru 0-0 
 9. Pinheiros 0-1 
 10. Univates/Bira 0-1 
 11. Saldanha 0-1 
 12. Pitagoras/Minas 0-1 
 13. CISER/Araldite 0-1 
 14. Conti/Assis 0-1 
 15. Lupo/Araraq. 0-1 


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  BULGARIA   


Levski outsmarts Rilski Sportist in Bulgarian BIBL derby - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Round 8: Levski - Rilski Sportist 75-73

Levski grabbed important home victory against the second Bulgarian representative in Group B - Rilski Sportist. The hosts celebrated in thriller after nice played second half of the game, 40-32. With this victory Levski improved on 3-3 in the group, while Rilski fell on 5-2. However, despite this defeat Rilski Sportist remains the top-ranked team with 5-1. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) was a key player for Levski collecting 23 points and 14 rebounds. Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) also shined adding 16 points and 10 boards, while Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) had 16 pts. Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) helped the winners with 12 pts and 8 rebs. On the other side, Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered for Rilski with 19 pts and 6 boards. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) scored 16, plus 12 rebs, while Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) stopped on 13 pts.
Rilski Sportist had much better first half ending it with 6-point lead, 35-41. However, Konstatin Papazov's players showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. They demonstrated strong willingness to take this one, especially at the defensive end. Levski forced visitors to pull up many tough shots stopping them on 13 pts in the crucial frame. The important fact is also that Levski totally outjumped Rilski yesterday grabbing 14 rebounds more, 43-29. In the next round the team from Sophia will take on Fersped Rabotnicki in FYROM.

Levski: Stefan Georgiev 23+14 boards, Dwayne Morton 16+10 boards, Stanislav Slaveykov 16, Zlatin Georgiev 12+8 boards
Rilski Sportist: Dragoslav Papic 19+6 boards, Travis Peterson 16+12 boards, Ivan Lilov 13


Swisslions too strong for Cherno More in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Round 8: Cherno More - Swiss.Lions 71-98

Swisslions cruised past Cherno More in Bulgaria registering the fifth win in Balkan league. With this one, the Serbian representative remains on top of Group A with 5-1 record. On the other hand, Cherno More dropped on 2-4 staying the last ranked team in the group. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) was on fire draining 24 points for 33 minutes. Ocokoljic also dished out 6 assists to his teammates. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) nailed 15, while Ntousan Koutsopoulos helped with 13 points and 9 boards. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) scored 12 points, also missing one board for double-double. Cherno More got the most from Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.), who led the scorers in this game with 29 points (also had 7 rebs). Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) had 19 pts and 9 boards and Bryce Sheldon (193-G/F-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 pts in loss.
From the very beginning it was clear that Swisslions came to Bulgaria to take this one. Sasa Ocokoljic and his teammates created 11-point lead after opening ten minutes, 14-25. Until the half time they managed to extend it even more, 34-49. Nothing has changed for the rest of the game. The hosts had only Corey McIntosh on fire and Simeon Tsenov capable to resists against the guests. Swisslions nailed 21 in third stanza, stopping Cherno More on 14. It seems the visitors wanted even more so they closed the last 10 minutes with 28-23 for the final 71-98

Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 29+7 boards, Simeon Tsenov 19+9 boards, Bryce Sheldon 14
Swiss.Lions: Sasa Ocokoljic 24+6 as, Radovan Markovic 15, Ntousan Koutsopoulos 13+9 boards, Dusan Knezevic 12+9 boards


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  CAPE VERDE   


HENRY TAKES FEDERATIONS PROPOSAL ABOUT CAN 2011 - by Pedro Gomes
Henry Gomes, president of FIBA Africa Zone II for the Superior Council for Basketball in Africa is in Cairo where he will attend the meeting of presidents and general secretaries of development areas and the meeting of the central bureau FIBA Africa. Henry Gomes says the purpose of the meeting is to elaborate the annual schedule of events and training.

He took with him in his luggage a mandate from the Cape Verde Federation to dialogue with the authorities of FIBA, for the possibility of the country hosting an African championship in 2011. The Federation is working to host an African championship in either Senior or Junior male category.


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KK Split sign Jamon Gordon - by Eurobasket

KK Split added to their roster 25-year old American guard Jamon Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Edge Sports). Gordon played most recently at Koeln 99ers (Germany).

Gordon has played at Washington Wizards in the preseason 2007-08 just before siging with Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL) where he played 27 games and averaged 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-2(2.1spg), 2FGP:47.1%, 3PT:35.0%, FT:82.1%



Cibona celebrates vs Montepaschi in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Cibona - Montepaschi 88-81

Cibona registered nice home victory against the powerful Italian champion - Montepaschi Siena. The hosts grabbed this one thanks to well played second half, 50-37. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) top-scored for the winning squad with 23 points. Davor Kus (192-G-78) had 18, while Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Experienced Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) helped with 13 points and 7 boards. On the other side, Ksistof Lavrinovic and Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) nailed 18 points apiece. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), as well as Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall), scored 12 pts.
Montepaschi entered into this game strongly creating 2-8 lead after just few minutes. Later visitors jumped on 10-17, but Cibona answered thorough Vukusic and Prkacin closing the gap on 17-22. Thanks to Rimantas Kaukenas' triple at the last possession in the first quarter Montepaschi again was on plus 8, 17-25. Marin Rozic shined for Cibona in the second frame leading it to 13-6 run for 30-31. However, it was kind of signal for Ksistof Lavrinovic and his teammates, which immediately replied with 9-0, later increasing the lead to 12 points. Calloway, Anderson and Rozic all scored after that for acceptable 38-44 at the break. Cibona was much better team after the breather. The hosts came on 46-48 very quick and after Davor Kus' 3 FTs they grabbed 51-48 lead. Ksistof Lavrinovic closed third stanza with a jumper tying the score on 62-62. At the middle of the last quarter Cibona made the crucial 7-0 run. Earl Calloway finalized it with a triple. Montepaschi threatened after that, but Davor Kus drained a clutch 3-pointer lifting Cibona on plus 7 once again.

Cibona: Earl Calloway 23, Davor Kus 18, Alan Anderson 16+5 boards, Nikola Prkacin 13+7 boards
Montepaschi: Ksistof Lavrinovic 18+7 boards, Shaun Stonerook 18+6 boards, Terrell McIntyre 12, Rimantas Kaukenas 12


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  D-LEAGUE   


Demetris Nichols Returns to D-League with Stampede - by Surujh Roopnarine
Idaho: The Idaho Stampede signed former Syracuse University sharp-shooter Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Nichols, who played in two games with the Chicago Bulls at the beginning of this season, returns to the D-League where he played with the Iowa Energy last season in-between NBA stints with the Bulls. Nichols has appeared in 16 career NAB games, averaging 1.1 points. In 14 games with Iowa last season, Nichols averaged 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 41.9% from the field.

Rio Grande Valley: Re-acquired Kendall Dartez (6'10''-C/F-80, college: Louisville) and waived starting point guard Jared Jordan (6'2''-G-84, college: Marist) due to injury. Dartez left the Vipers in December to play in China but now returns to Rio Grande Valley where he appeared in 11 games and averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. Jordan, one of the top assist men in all of college basketball during his four years at Marist, took over as the starting point guard for the Vipers after former NBA guard Smush Parker left for China. In 14 games, Jordan averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in just over 26 minutes per contest.

Reno: Acquired forward/center Kyle Davis (6'10''-C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Auburn) and waived Jamaal Thomas (6'8''-F-80, college: Angelo St.) due to injury. Davis, out of Auburn, has played previously with Huntsville and Rio Grande Valley of the D-League. He began this season in Cyprus playing for B.M.C. AEK Larnacas, but left after appearing in three games (7.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks). Thomas, a veteran forward out of Angelo State, appeared in 20 games mostly off the bench for Reno and averaged 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14 minutes per contest.


D-League Round: 55 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Erie - Idaho 76-79
Roberto Bergersen (6'6''-G/F-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boise St.) top-scored for the Idaho Stampade last night with 18 points, while Dwayne Jones added 17 points and 14 rebounds in just 20 minutes. Oliver Lafayette and Maureece Rice nailed 18 points each in loss. Stampede 18-8, BayHawks 11-16.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 15-6 
 2. Dakota W. 15-11 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 13-11 
 4. Erie BH 11-16 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 9-14 
Southwest Division
 1. Austin T. 16-7 
 2. Colorado 14ers 15-7 
 3. Albuquerque T. 11-12 
 4. Rio Grande VV 10-16 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 6-17 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 18-8 
 2. Bakersfield J. 15-9 
 3. Utah F. 13-9 
 4. Reno B. 9-15 
 5. Anaheim A. 9-16 
 6. LA D-Fenders 6-18 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dontell JEFFERSON
  Utah
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. White, Anaheim25.8 
 2. Conroy, Albuquerque25.0 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota22.8 
 4. Sims, Iowa22.4 
 5. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 6. Crawford, Los A.20.9 
 7. Williams, Austin20.9 
 8. Daniels, Erie20.8 
 9. Martin, Iowa20.6 
 10. Meeking, Re.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damone BROWN
  Reno
  (204-F-79)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Sims, Iowa11.6 
 2. Hendrix, Dakota10.8 
 3. Davidson, Idaho10.8 
 4. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie10.1 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne9.8 
 7. Monds, Albuquerque9.7 
 8. Brown, Austin9.5 
 9. Allred, Idaho9.3 
 10. Jeffers, Io.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 David NOEL
  Albuquerque
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne12.0 
 2. Gill, Colorado8.3 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.0 
 4. Conroy, Albuquerque7.9 
 5. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 6. Stinson, Iowa7.1 
 7. Jordan, Rio Grande6.2 
 8. Clinkscales, Erie6.1 
 9. Ahearn, Dakota5.8 
 10. Karl, Ida.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Josh DAVIS
  Colorado
  (203-C/F-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.8 
 2. Noel, Albuquerque2.7 
 3. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.5 
 5. Jordan, Rio Grande2.4 
 6. Conroy, Albuquerque2.3 
 7. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 8. Major, Dakota2.1 
 9. Johnson, Austin2.0 
 10. Robinson, Re.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 David MONDS
  Albuquerque
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Hill, Tulsa2.3 
 4. Sims, Iowa2.3 
 5. Giles, Los Angeles2.2 
 6. Petway, Idaho2.1 
 7. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 8. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 9. Townes, Erie1.8 
 10. Hendrix, Dako.1.8 


D-League Preview: Sioux Falls at Iowa - by Jay Gadsden
Todays d-league spotlight is on matchup between two central division rivals, both competing for playoff positioning heading into the second half of the season. When Sioux Falls and Iowa clash tonight in Iowa only 3.5 games separate the two bitter rivals in the NBA DL central division standings.

The host Iowa Energy enter the game sitting in first place with a 15-6 overall record, and are paced by a balanced scoring attack of Cartier Martin and Patrick Sanders. Meanwhile, on the defensive end the Energy have been led by tenacious guard Curtis Stinson, who enters the game with a very balanced stat sheet of 12.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 7.1 apg.

On the other side, the Sioux Falls Skyforce enter the game nursing a 13-11 overall record, and are hoping to use this game to catapult them into the running for first place in the division. The Skyforce will turn to guard Kasib Powell to create matchup problems for Stinson, and will rely heavily on the scoring attack of their younger players such as Gary Forbes and Carl Elliott.

Tip off is slated for 7 pm tonight in Iowa.


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  EBA   


The NOVA Hawks making noise in the EBA. - by Gianni Pascucci
Another team in very good shape are the NoVa Hawks. They are 3-0 now in the Eastern Basketball Alliance, scoring an average of 135 ppg with all their fiive starters averaging at least 12 ppg, lead by point guard Joseph Flegler (5'9''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) with 20.4ppg, 12.3 apg and 3.2 spg. Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) is the top scorer at 23ppg, plus 7rpg and 2.7spg, Elyon Bush (6'7''-F-85, college: Delaware St.) is performing for 21 ppg (including last impressive game at 41 point and 17 rebs against Hampton Roads Cardinals) and 11 rpg, the other two starters Wesley Hunt (6'8''-F) and Nyjuan Hall (6'4''-G-82, college: Roanoke) add 12ppg/10 rebs and 12ppg/5rebs/2spg, respectively. Reserve Ryan Hughes (6'1''-G) averages 20ppg off the bench and Wade Dunston (6'4''-G, college: St.Bonaventure) supplies a lockdown defense and 12 ppg. The Hawks are a deep, explosive team, loaded with a lot of young talent that plays extremely hard and well together. Look out for them battling till the end for the EBA tile !

Standings
EBA Standings
 1. Elmira B. 4-0 
 2. Delaware D. 4-1 
 3. Nova 3-0 
 4. Harrisburg H. 3-1 
 5. Alexandria A. 3-1 
 6. Newark 2-2 
 7. Virignia F. 1-1 
 8. Washin. Mad. 1-1 
 9. Cincinnati C. 1-1 
 10. New York W. 1-2 
 11. Hampton 1-3 
 12. Salem M. 0-1 
 13. Virginia W. 0-3 
 14. NJ Lightning 0-3 
 15. Wilkes-Barre 0-3 


Former Va FastBreak Player named Player of the Week! - by Justin Moore
Former Virginia Fastbreak Player Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82, college: Baylor) named CBA Player of the Week - Jan 28, 2009
The Continental Basketball Association is pleased to announce that Harvey Thomas (6'9''-F-82, college: Baylor) of the Albany Patroons has been named the CBA Player of the Week for the week ending January 25.

Thomas averaged 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds a game for the Patroons as they went 4-1 during the past week, all on the road. Thomas started the week in Minot and put up 25 points and eight rebounds in a 95-90 victory. Two nights later, Thomas had 32 points on 11 for 16 shooting from the field in a 114-108-90 win against Minot. In their final visit to Minot, Albany took a 121-98 victory behind Thomas' 19 points and 8 rebounds. The Patroons flew to Pikeville to take on the East Kentucky Miners for the first time this season. Thomas had his lowest scoring game, 13 points, but his high in rebounds, nine, in a 140-11 victory. In the final game of the week, the Patroons let a game slip away and lost 117-116 to the Miners. Thomas had 19 points in the loss.

Thomas is the current league leader in scoring average with 22.8 points a game and is averaging 8.2 rebounds a game, good for fifth in the CBA. To go along with his scoring prowess, Thomas is third in the CBA in field goal percentage, 51/80 (63.8%) from the field and first in three point percentage 11/17 (64.7%).


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TTU KK 9-3 
 2. TU/Rock 8-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 8-3 
 4. Kalev Tallinn 7-4 
 5. Rakvere 7-8 
 6. Valga Welg 6-7 
 7. Parnu 3-11 
 8. Kuremaa 2-14 


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  EUROCUP   


Last 16, Week 1 MVP: Andreas Glyniadakis, Maroussi Costa Coffee - by Eurobasket
This season's first application of a Eurocup rule limiting weekly MVPs to winning teams only has given Maroussi Costa Coffee center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) that honor for Week 1 of the Last 16. Glyniadakis was the main man as Maroussi started Group I with the week's widest victory margin, 71-58 at home in Athens over dangerous BC Khimki Moscow Region of Russia. Glyniadakis had 21 points on 6-for-9 two-pointers and 9-for-11 free throws while pulling down 9 rebounds and drawing 10 fouls for a performance index rating total of 29. It was by virtue of his team's victory, however, that Glyniadakis was awarded ahead Zadar big man Deyan Ivanov (205-F/C-86), who had the week's highest index rating, 35. Zadar lost against Turk Telekom on the road as Ivanov piled up 23 points on 8-for-9 two-point shooting while also collecting 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 fouls drawn. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) of Hemofarm Stada and Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) of Lietuvos Rytas each compiled a 28 index rating this week. Macvan led Hemofarm to a 84-74 overtime home win against Azovmash with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Meanwhile, Zavackas had 22 points and 8 fouls drawn in his team's road loss at Spirou Basket. Chuck Eidson (201-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) also of L. Rytas and Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston) of Crvena Zvezda, with indexes of 26 each, completed the top individual performances in the Eurocup this week.

Individual highs: Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut), Azovmash Mariupol, 7 assists

Andre Owens of Crvena Zvezda was the top scorer with 25 points despite his team's 73-85 home loss against Pamesa Valencia. Ivanov led all rebounders by pulling down 16 against Telekom. El-Amin had 7 assists to lead the weekly standings. Albert Oliver (187-G-78) of Pamesa and Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Hemofarm each collected 4 steals this week. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) of Azovmash had 4 blocks in his team's overtime road loss at Hemofarm. Ivanov - 23 points, 16 rebounds - and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of iurbentia Bilbao Basket - 16 points, 11 rebounds - were the only players to register double-doubles this week.

Courtesy of Eurocup


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Immanuel MCELROY
  ALBA
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.0 
 2. Becirovic, Lottomat.17.4 
 3. Logan, Prokom17.3 
 4. Warren, Air AV16.2 
 5. Splitter, Tau15.4 
 6. Calloway, Cibona15.3 
 7. Hutson, Lottomat.15.0 
 8. Eliyahu, Maccabi .14.7 
 9. Ewing, Prokom14.7 
 10. Hawkins, Armani14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erazem LORBEK
  CSKA
  (210-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.3 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .7.8 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.8 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.7 
 7. Burrell, Prokom7.5 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.7.4 
 9. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  CSKA
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.0 
 2. Cook, Unicaja4.9 
 3. Mallet, DKV Joven.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.5 
 5. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.2 
 6. Prigioni, Tau4.2 
 7. Holden, CSKA4.2 
 8. Becirovic, Lottomat.4.1 
 9. Navarro, Regal B.3.8 
 10. Tepic, Partiz.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Demond MALLET
  DKV Joven.
  (186-G-78)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Logan, Prokom2.4 
 2. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 3. Stonerook, Montepas.2.2 
 4. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.1 
 5. Green, Fener.Ulker2.1 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.2.0 
 7. Prigioni, Tau2.0 
 8. Onan, Fener.Ulker1.9 
 9. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 10. Sato, Montepasc.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Eduardo HERNANDEZ-SONSECA
  DKV Joven.
  (212-C-83)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Splitter, Tau1.8 
 3. McDonald, Tau1.7 
 4. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Lasme, Partizan1.6 
 6. Fischer, Maccabi .1.6 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.5 
 8. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 9. Vranes, Partizan1.3 
 10. Archibald, Unica.1.3 


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


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti has now three American players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga's top Team YMCA Lahti (18-8) has now three American players. Ray Nixon (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Wisconsin) (15,2 ppg - 4,8 rpg) has played 19 times on Team roster and will continue with tiny injuries right now. Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) is still on try out and his last chance to show he is worth of the contract is coming Saturday, when YMCA Lahti will be on the road in Lappeenranta. Rodgers has played by now two games averaging 2,0 ppg - 2,5 rpg - 0,5 apg. Head Coach Sami Toiviainen is expecting much more, though. The third American player comes from Pyrinto (Tampere) roster. Pyrinto has waived Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) (16,6 ppg - 6,0 rpg in 25 contests) and Rice is now in Lahti for a try out. Coming weekend and days will tell Coach Toiviainen a lot and then it's time for decisions.

Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Lahti 18-8 
 2. Kouvot 18-8 
 3. KTP 17-9 
 4. Kataja 17-9 
 5. Korihait 15-11 
 6. Honka 15-11 
 7. LrNMKY 12-14 
 8. ToPo 11-15 
 9. Componenta 10-16 
 10. FoKoPo 9-17 
 11. Pyrinto 8-18 
 12. Tarmo 6-20 


1.DIVISION: Kauhajoki, the king of Pohjanmaa - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 14: Which Team is the King of Pohjanmaa? In Basketball. That question got the answer second time this season tonight. And The King is Karhu (Kauhajoki). It was not only the home court advantage, it was also the material. Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) is so important Player and factor for Kauhajoki and he didn't fail his supporters and fans even this time. Washington scored game high 25 pts as Kauhajoki defeated Korikobrat (Lapua) 79-70 (38-37). Quarters: 16-19, 22-18, 15-12, 26-21. Kauhajoki won also the rebounds 36-27 and had nine FTs more than Lapua. Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive) added 16 pts for home team and gave five assists. Brent Ragsdale (190-G-85, agency: Promotex, college: Kennesaw St.) led Lapua with 15 pts. Toni Raiski (194-F-81) and Marko Piplovic (207-F-76, agency: Interperformances) added 14 pts both. Kauhajoki with 13-1 record on the top. Lapua's record now 7-7.

Kauhajoki - Lapua 79-70 (38-37) (Eric Washington 25, Maurice Horton 16/5a, Roni Leimu 15 - Brent Ragsdale 15, Toni Raiski 14, Marko Piplovic 14).



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Rocky Trice(BG Gottingen) Interview Part 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Carolina) also known as Rocky is a 191cm guard playing his first season in the BBBL for BG Gottingen. He was raised in Atlanta and went to South Carolina, where he won the NIT Tournament in 2005 and 2006. In his least season at South Carolina, he averaged in 37 games: 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.3%. He then found a home in Germany in his rookie season with Cuxhaven. With key players from Nordlingen Monta Mcghee and Danny Gibson, his team finished runner up in the PRO A. The Cuxhaven fans will always have his spectacular dunks in their memories. His stats in 26 games: 14.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-1(2.9spg), 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.3%, 3FGP: 34.4%, FT: 84.7% also garnered much interest from the BBL. Currently with Gottingen, he is averaging 11,6ppg, 5,3rpg and 1,3 apg. In part 2 of the interview, he talks about his young life leading up to Germany



Rocky, let us go back to your childhood. You were born in Atlanta Georgia. How was it growing up there?

It was good growing up there and I love Atlanta..

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?


the players I idolized growing up were Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway, and Dominique Wilkins


You won the NIT with South Carolina in 2005 and 2006. What made that team so hard to beat?

We just played hard and even though we didnt make it to the NCAA, we wanted to show that we should have got in.

How was the whole college experience for you at South Carolina? What will you always remember from your time at college?

The whole college experience at SC was great and I had a lot of fun there. It was a great college town and I think the things that I will remember from my time at college was just experiencing the college life and playing college basketball.


How did you get the nickname Rocky?


I received the name rocky from my grandmother in my early years around the time I begin to walk. I was so bolegged that I used to rock side to side all the time..


Who were the best players that you played against in college that might be in the NBA or playing in Europe now?


There were a lot of good players I played against in college. I played against Joakim Noah who played at Flordia who now plays for the Chicago Bulls, Renaldo Balkman who played with me at Carolina who now plays for the DenverNuggets and Rajon Rondo who played at Kentucky who now plays for the Boston Celtics.


How disappointed were you after such a great season at Cuxhaven last year, that the team couldn..t move up to the BBL?


I wasnt that disappointed because either way I knew I was going to be playing in the top league.

Your teammates Monta Mcghee and Danny Gibson moved to Nordlingen. What do you miss the most from these two guys?


The thing I miss the most is our crazy spades game we used to have going on every road trip.


One could call you the Rocky highlight film. You have done some spectacular dunks in your career. What slam dunker in the NBA did you like to watch dunk and why?


I dont really watch one particular dunker in the league. If I saw a good dunk that I thought I could do then I would try it.



What would you like to do after your Basketball career?



I would probably want to coach for a little bit.


What American food do you miss the most?


My mothers fried chicken and collard greens



What are your hobbies?


Besides basketball I like singing and I also like to go to the driving range and hitting a few golf balls with my pops and playing the xbox and playing the piano a little whenever I can



Thanks for the chat, Rocky and good luck the rest of the way. The playoffs seem to be a realistic goal this season for BG Gttingen!


Q&A with Brandon Adair - by Moritz Korff
There is no doubt that Brandon Adair (196-F-85, college: Va.Wesleyan) is a key player of the KGJ Schwenningen Panthers, who are currently the number one team in the Regionalliga South-West. With Schwenningen's, Weissenhorn's and Konstanz' records all standing at 13 wins and 2 losses an exciting title race is ahead of us. Please read what Adair, who was a member of the 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West First Team and spent an outstanding NCAA-career at Virginia Wesleyan College until 2007, has to say.

It looks like your team has made some improvements since Oliver Narr took over the coaching job. Which are the major changes that have occured since he is standing at the helm?
Coach Oliver is a players coach. He listens to suggestions that the players have, and takes note of them. He also stresses the defensive side of the ball. This team can go a long way, if we play team defense night in and night out.

You are currently in your second season in Germany. Has this current season been easier or more difficult than last season for you so far?
It has been a little difficult due to the fact that my scoring has come down. This league records just points, so the things that I do in the game do not show up on the stat sheet. As long as the team knows what I do, I accept it.

As you said, your average in points per game has decreased a little bit this season, compared to last year. Why is that?
Last year, I felt like I had the need to score to stay in games. With the new additions to the team coming into this year, it allowed me to focus more on the defensive side of the ball. With all of the scoring options we have now, I sacrificed my shot count. All I want to do is win.

Three teams are going head to head on top of the Regionalliga South-West at the moment. Which of these three will win the championship?
All 3 teams control their own destiny. The road games in this league are real tough and whoever responds to the challenge on the road will be in good shape to win the league. It is too early to tell.

You won the NCAA Division 3 National Championship with Virginia Wesleyan in 2006, so you know what it takes to capture a title. What's the most important thing in your opinion?
I think it is the team chemistry. Everyone on the team has to sacrifice something for the better of the team. If players have the team-first concept, they are much easier to play with on the court. The chemistry, and team defense goes a long way.

If Schwenningen would move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, would you stay a third year at the team then?
I would want that to be one of my options. I do not know what is in store for me after my contract is up in Schwenningen. My goal right now is to have Schwenningen move up to the ProB by winning the rest of our games this season.

Zach Freeman, another NCAA Division 3 All-American, who graduated in 2007 just like you, is excelling at Phoenix Hagen in the Pro A this season. Do you think you could play in the same league?
Zach Freeman is doing a great job in Hagen. It goes to show that you should not pass up players just because of what division they went to. He was given the opportunity to play in ProA, and he is being successful. My opportunity came in the Regionalliga and I am making the most out of it. I believe I can play in ProB and ProA, but I am going day by day. After the season, I will find an agent and decide whats best for me

How good is the level of competition in the Regionalliga compared to games in the NCAA Division 3 National Tournament?
Thats a hard question to answer. I would say about 2 or 3 teams from my division could be competitive in the tournament. To win? I can not answer that because the way teams prepare is different from other teams. But no doubt, it will be competitive


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Welcome The Cologne 99ers In A Duel Between Titus Ivory And Michael Jordan And The 2009 BBL Dunk Finalists On Saturday January 31st at 18:30. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jens Braehmer (finance executive) of the Cologne 99ers might or might not be able to control just how much money he will win on the golden chair of Germanys version of Who wants to be a millionare tonight, but Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) hopes that all his 12 players will be worth more than their salaries against the Cologne 99ers. 'Well I wish Jens Braehmer much luck tonight, but we also have a lot of good luck. We are already millionaires because we have The Deutsche Bank Skyliners behind us', joked Frankfurt coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). After three very arduous, but worthwhile weeks on the road, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to return home to their own oval office and meet their loyal followers with a very wide grin, the same way Barack Obama did last week as he greeted the American public as new President of The United States. Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and his troops want to continue their 2009 BBL winning streak in the Ballsporthalle, comfirming that returning home to their comfortable living room is the same kind of feeling as if when a solider returns home and is able to jump into his own bed. 'It has been a while since we have been home. I hope we can get the comfort level back and getting the fans involved. Sometimes after a long vacation, you really look forward to going home', commented American guard Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.).
The game will also mark the duel of two very congenial shaved heads of Americans Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) and Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania) who won the BBL title together in 2006 with Rhein Energy Cologne. It will also be the first head to head competition between the two guards, because back in November, Ivory had to sit out the Bamberg game with a stomach injury, in which he was unable to compete against Jordan, who was playing with Bamberg at the time. It seems like both guys have a smile plastered onto their faces 24/7, but when 18:30 comes around on Saturday January 31st, then both guys will have their imaginary Indian paint on their faces and be ready to chase each other all around the court the way Tom the cat does to Jerry the mouse
.'Titus is very competitive. He always wants to win. We will be playing for bragging rights. We played against one another in college and in Belgium', explained Michael Jordan. Titus is all smiles when he hears the name Michael Jordan. 'It is great to play against him. I call him the mad scientist. His head is like a crystal ball. You never know what he is thinking', joked Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.). Two days before the game, the head of Ivory was not clean shaven, but with certainty will be clean when game time starts. One of the nicknames for Ivory is Mr clean, which also got a smile out of Jordan. 'That is a nice name for him. That name fits Titus well. He has to shave his head to keep it clean', joked Michael Jordan. Ivory will also play his first game against his old team Cologne, which gave him unforgettable memories of winning the BBL title in 2006. 'I am looking forward not only to play against Mike, but also my old team. I remember at the Kiev game in Frankfurt, there were some fans who came to see Sascha Obradovic. This will be a very emotional game for me and my family', expressed Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.).
The game will also feature the clash of the two 2009 BBL Allstar slam dunk finalists Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Robert Turner (206-C-82, college: Pepperdine) Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) played it smart during the competition letting Turner and Trice do very difficult dunks, while he waited until he could move right on in with spectacular dunks, but at the same time not going overboard with what he could and could not do with the ball and the rim. Both guys had good games in the first game at Cologne, but the clear winner was Turner, who produced 24 points and six rebounds, while Simmons fabricated 14 points and eight rebounds. The duel stands at 1-1, between the two Americans, but both have the utmost respect for one another. 'Keith is a good player and I look forward to playing against good players. He brings the competitiveness out me and of course, I want another shot at the Dunk Champ', stressed Cologne center Robert Turner . 'I knew that Robert could jump, but after the slam dunk contest, I saw that he really knows how to jump. It was nice getting to know him during the Allstar game. We have to slow him down and keep him off the rim', warned American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross).
The Cologne 99ers have belonged to the top teams in the BBL since 2000. Last season was the first time since 2000, that Cologne did not reach a cup or league final. Since the 2003-2004 season, Cologne has won three BBL cups and one league championship in 2006. The team also has continuously reached the playoffs in the last years except for last season. It was not on account of their talented team that they missed the playoffs, but rather the near bankruptcy of the organization. Hamburg tycoon Jurgen Wollney saved the Cologne ship form sinking on the Rhine river at the last possible moment, but not before losing top players Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) Alexsander Nadjfeji, and Bailey Toby (196-G/F-75, college: UCLA). Even though the team was significantly weaker without the trio, the team played with a lot of heart and spirit nearly making the playoffs finishing in tenth place with 16 wins and 18 loses.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have not faired to well against the Cologne 99ers the last three years, winning only two games out of six played. They have lost the last three games at home. After losing the Cologne series in the 2006-2007 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to split the season series last season. Few will forget the dynamic performance of Ken the giant Johnson, who amazed the fans with a stellar performance with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 block shots in the 83 to 64 win at Cologne. This season, Frankfurt was never in fear of losing in the Energy Dome as they prevailed 83-75 despite 24 points from Robert Turner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) had the hot hand with a double double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Frankfurt easily controlled the boards 38-27, but that was without a strong center as Idbihi had not yet signed with the club.
This season has not been easy for the Cologne 99ers as they have been caught near the end of the standings most of the season. After a five game losing streak in November/December 2008, the team has been playing strong Basketball in the last weeks as they have won three of the last four games including Bamberg, Dusseldorf and Braunschweig. Of course it has not helped the team chemistry that they have had players coming and going after four months about as frequently as Pamela Anderson changed her partners in her life. It didnt help the club that they lost two important bodies in the zone with Germans Guido Grunheid (209-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and Yassin Idbhi. However the team has played well considering all the whirlwind moves that have been happening and sooner or later seeing the L word instead of the W word just gets very old. 'We are playing good basketball now and I think the major reason is because we are tired of losing. We work hard everyday and the results were not what we expected. So now with the new players we have and the change of our attitudes we are going to be a dangerous team this half of the season', expressed Robert Hollywood Globetrotter Turner.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners picked a very bad time to have to play Cologne, not only because of their good play of late, but the two new signings of Michael Jordan and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket). Jordan made a name of himself leading The Artland Dragons into the BBL and becoming a playoff team. He has shown year in and year out that he is a top European point guard, who can score, but also dish out the assists as he led The Italian league in assists with Cantu in the 2006-2007 season. He is the leader and thinker of a young Cologne team. 'Jordan does not necessarily have a name advantage, but he plays the game with a lot of emotion. We all know what the production of a point guard has in the sport of Basketball. Cologne will go in a strong direction with Jordan,' stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket)(12,0ppg, 7,7rpg,1,0apg) from Bosnia and Herzegovina also has been a very valuable pickup as he can shoot extremely well for a big man, help out under the glass and run the fast break. He was able to score in double figures in his first three games including a double double. 'Bavcic is a key player for us now. He is a double-double guy and causes problems offensively. He is a presence on the glass, but as a team our goal is to rebound more and make it easier for ourselves', added American Robert Turner
Besides the two new players Jordan and Bavcic, the Cologne 99ers have a solid supporting cast with talented Americans and some young and hopeful German players looking for their big breakthrough. American Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Memphis) is averaging 13,1ppg, 2,8rpg and 1,7apg this season. He has a strong shooting percentage of 46% from the Rhine river and from the field. He played for coach John Calipari at Memphis and last season he averaged 15,6 points, 4,1 rebounds and 4,7 assists per game for the PRO B team Kaiserslautern. American Robert Turner is averaging 10,8ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,2apg. He played the last three seasons for the worlds most famous Basketball team Harlem Globetrotters. Before that, he played for Pepperdine University in California. American Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) is averaging 9,6ppg, 5,3rpg and1,1apg. He came with some expectations at the forward position after winning the Portugal cup with FC Porto, but has done a respectable job. He averaged 11,1 points and 8,5 rebounds per game last season in Portugal. He also played at Vanderbilt college, the Artland Dragons and in the D league for Arkansas.
Cologne recently also picked up Serb Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances), who is a 211cm center to help clean up under the boards. He is averaging7,0ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,0apg in one game. He is 23 years old and played in Austria last season for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions where he averaged 10,6ppg and 6,3rpg. 24 year old Zarryon Fereti (191-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is averaging 6,3ppg, 1,1rpg and 1,1apg and has the Australian and Samoan Nationality. He is a quick and intelligent player, who is a BBL rookie that averaged 13,8 points, 4,1 rebounds and 2,3 assists per game for ST Bonaventure college last season. 213 cm 119 kilo hulk Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Northern St.) is averaging 5,0ppg and 3,0rpg. He has a special talent for shot blocking and hauling down rebounds. He leads a list of German big men, who have played college Basketball at American Colleges, but have had difficulties developing in the European leagues. Team management is expecting a lot from him and he will be searching for his breakthrough this season.
2008 rookie of the year German Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) is averaging 4,7ppg and 1,8rpg this season. Last season, he was forced into more minutes as the financial crisis came. He made the most of his chance averaging 6,6 points, 2,1 rebounds and 1 assist per game. He even played 40 minutes sometimes thus giving him valuable experience as well as more self confidence. Slovenian Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) is averaging 4,1ppg and 1,9 rpg and is a role player from the bench. He is a guard who can score who averaged 17,6 points, 1,5 rebounds, 2,3 assists and 1,5 steals per game at Potezela last season.
Big Man Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) is averaging 3,5ppg and 2,7rpg has missed five games this year. He was injured for an extensive period of time last season, and still looks to make big strides as a consistent BBL center this season. Serb Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) is avergaing 3,1ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,5apg and is only 21, but has gained valuable experience playing in Bulgaria and Russia. German Raed Mostafa (203-F-84, college: W.Kentucky) is the 12 man on the team and gets very little playing time. He also has the Egyptian nationality, is a player, who already won the BBL Cup and league title at the age of 19 with Alba Berlin in 2003. He then went to the United States to play at college at Western Kentucky. Last season was his first in Holland for Horsens where he averaged 9,6 points, 3,5 rebounds and 1 assist per gam
The records and standings position of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Cologne 99ers have similar numbers as Frankfurt is at position six, while Cologne is looking to get away from the celluar at position 16. Frankfurt has a 12-6 record, while Cologne only a 6-12 record. The last meeting was about four months ago, and the biggest difference is that both teams have goten stronger and built team chemistry. 'They have a new face. We cant think that they will be the team we saw in first game. They will come out fighting and we will have to show them right from the start that we are the physically the stronger team', stressed Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Frankfurt has won three of the last four games against BBL teams and kept up with Bonn for 40 minutes, but lost gas in the overtime period and still have some things to improve on.
'We can improve on defense and give up fewer offensive rebounds. A positive thing is that Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) can play a strong point guard when Pascal is resting', added Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Cologne 99ers might only be in 16th place, but they have shown that they have the ability to shot out the lights as they average two more points per game than the Skyliners with 75 points. 'They can score if they want and we will have to play good defense. We will have to shut down their key players, share the ball, get good assists and play together', warned Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.). The Cologne 99ers will be seeking revenge for the home lost and will be coming into the Ballsporthalle to annoy the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. 'We have to play hard, smart and limit our mistakes. We cant let Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) get on a roll', warned Michael Jordan. A Robert Turner may be a center, but can fly down the lane with the best of the best. 'The key to the win will be too keep them out of transition. We cant allow any easy baskets', stressed American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross). This will be a totally different game then four months ago and could become a tight affair if Frankfurt doesnt get down to business early. With the signings of Jordan and Bavcic, sport director Stephan Baeck has taken a positive step in securing the chances of Cologne staying in the BBL for another season. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Cologne 99ers on Saturday January 31st at 18:30.


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PRO BASKETBALL BOUNCES BACK IN EDMONTON - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com Pro Basketball is alive in Edmonton and on the rebound from the one and done CHILL IBL FRANCHISE that launched and folded in 2008. Basketball Alberta exeutive director Paul SIR, who coached the CHILL Iast year confirmed sunday night the ownership group of the club called the Graduates will hold an introductory news conference on Thursday.'All the details are looked after,' said Sir who heads the group of investors.' I maintained a great relationship with the commissionor and worked closely with him through the difficult times to sort things out.'We have good investors whose hearts are in the right place and we want to put an exciting product on the floor. Last year,playing in front of crowds of about 1,000 at Grant Mac EWan College, the Chill were exciting on the floor under owner Troy Burns.Burns disappeared last july,leaving behind a parade of Creditors includind SIR, WHO IS STILL OWED HALF HIS SALARY.'For us too even consider doing this,we have to be extra transaparent,'Sir said of the new venture.Sir said the GRADUATES ROSTER WILL BE ANCHORED BY LOCAY PLAYERS.

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Iceland Express league results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Three games tonight in Iceland Express league.
Breidablik lost to Keflavik 63-.85. Terrible first quarter ( 7-24)was too much for home team.
Top scorers. Nemanja Sovic 21. Kristjan Sigurdson 10 for Breidablik. For Keflavik Gunnar Einarsson 18. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 13.
Grindavik did not have a problem with beating the team on the bottom of the league Skallagrimur 117-67. Top scorers for Grindavik. Pall Vilbergsson 22. Pall Kristinsson 18. For Skallagrim Igor Beljanski 21 + 15 boards. Landon Quick 20
FSU won the fight on the bottom of the league by beating Thor 94-84. Saevar Sigmundsson & C. Caird 27 pts each for FSU. Arni Ragnarsson 20. Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) 28. Konrad Tota 20. Daniel Bandy 15 for Thor
Division 1 game. Laugdaelir 71. Thor 77. Petur Sigurdson 26 Vidar Hafsteinsson 16 for Laugdaelir. Richard Fields 27 + 16 boards. Mark Woodhouse 21. Elvar Gudmundsson 14 for Thor.


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National League Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Bar.Netanya - Ironi N-Ziona 105-100
Netanya improved to 14-1 record on top after the home win over Ironi N-Ziona 105:100. Huli Tomer paced all the winners with 24 points and 10 assists and Gueta Eliran nailed 21. Dan Tal ended up with 31 points for the guests.

Benyamina - Hap.Tivon 103-83
Benyamina edged Hapoel Tivon 103:83 as Shmidt Omer and Williams Kenny stepped up with 22 points apiece. Ben-Eliyaho Hen supported them with 21 and Shulman Eyal had 12 points and 12 assists. Haris Andre had 30 points in the losing effort.

Macc.Ashdod - Hap.Beeri 89-78
Maccabi Ashdod is second with 10-5 record after defeating Hapoel Beeri 89:78. Rokni Yariv top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 boards, while Assaf Dori posted 21. Jackson Cedric finished the night with 34 points for the guests.

Megido/Yok. - Hod Hasharon 65-87
Hod Hasharon had a road win over Megido 87:65 in Regular Season Round 15. Moscovitz Moti and Nahum Shai top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while Brandwein Oded netted 17. Drayton produced 21 points in the losing effort.

Lev Hashar. - Natzrath Elite 76-93
Lev Hasharon lost to Natzrath Elite 76:93 as Tavor, Ziv led the winners with 29 points. Digmel Ofer posted 27, whilst Menashe Raz and Brandy Stanley had 10 each. Uter Adrian collected 21 points and 20 rebounds and Rav Itamar had 20.



Standings - BSL
National League Standings
 1. Bar.Netanya 14-1 
 2. Macc.Ashdod 10-5 
 3. Hod Hasharon 9-6 
 4. Hap.Afula 8-6 
 5. Hap.Tivon 8-6 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 8-7 
 7. Lev Hashar. 8-7 
 8. Ironi N-Ziona 7-8 
 9. Natzrath Elite 7-8 
 10. Elitzur Yavne 6-7 
 11. Kohav Yair 6-8 
 12. Megido/Yok. 5-10 
 13. Hap.Beeri 3-11 
 14. Benyamina 3-12 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Oren BEN HEMO
  Hap.Tivon
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Jackson, Hap.Beeri27.4 
 2. Williams, Megido/Y.25.2 
 3. Uter, Lev Hashar.24.8 
 4. Brewington, Macc.Ash.24.6 
 5. Morgan, Kohav Yair24.2 
 6. Haris, Hap.Tivon23.8 
 7. Carr, Hap.Afula20.4 
 8. Williams, Elitzur .20.2 
 9. Peterson, Elitzur .19.9 
 10. Assaf, Macc.Ashd.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomer SHTAINHAUER
  Hap.Tivon
  (207-C-66)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Uter, Lev Hashar.14.4 
 2. Brandy, Natzrath.11.5 
 3. Rokni, Macc.Ashdod11.3 
 4. Jackson, Hap.Beeri9.9 
 5. Carr, Hap.Afula9.7 
 6. Gueta, Bar.Netanya9.5 
 7. Brewington, Macc.Ash.9.4 
 8. Williams, Elitzur .9.3 
 9. Moscovitz, Hod H.9.3 
 10. Williams, Megido.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Or SELA
  Hap.Tivon
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Huli, Bar.Netanya7.6 
 2. Nenikashvili, Hap.A.6.9 
 3. Assaf, Macc.Ashdod6.6 
 4. Kantor, Elitzur .6.5 
 5. Nenikashvili, Natzra.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Megido/Y.5.7 
 7. Tavor, Natzrath.5.7 
 8. Williams, Benyamina4.8 
 9. Stein, Elitzur Yavne4.3 
 10. Hirsh, Kohav Ya.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shachar SHAIBI
  Lev Hashar.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Eliyahu, Megido/Y.2.8 
 2. Peleg, Hap.Afula2.2 
 3. Lahat, Ironi N.2.2 
 4. Williams, Elitzur .2.1 
 5. Yasu, Hap.Tivon2.1 
 6. Shahar, Elitzur .2.1 
 7. Assaf, Macc.Ashdod1.9 
 8. Uter, Lev Hashar.1.9 
 9. Bochman, Elitzur .1.8 
 10. Carr, Hap.Afu.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shir LAVI
  Hap.Afula
  (204-C-87)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Uter, Lev Hashar.2.6 
 2. Williams, Benyamina1.7 
 3. Peterson, Elitzur .1.6 
 4. Soll, Ironi N-Ziona1.3 
 5. Williams, Megido/Y.1.3 
 6. Carr, Hap.Afula1.2 
 7. Williams, Elitzur .0.8 
 8. Segev, Hap.Afula0.8 
 9. Haris, Hap.Tivon0.7 
 10. Brewington, Macc.A.0.7 


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Cibona celebrates vs Montepaschi in Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Cibona - Montepaschi 88-81

Cibona registered nice home victory against the powerful Italian champion - Montepaschi Siena. The hosts grabbed this one thanks to well played second half, 50-37. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) top-scored for the winning squad with 23 points. Davor Kus (192-G-78) had 18, while Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Experienced Nikola Prkacin (208-C-75) helped with 13 points and 7 boards. On the other side, Ksistof Lavrinovic and Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) nailed 18 points apiece. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson), as well as Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall), scored 12 pts.
Montepaschi entered into this game strongly creating 2-8 lead after just few minutes. Later visitors jumped on 10-17, but Cibona answered thorough Vukusic and Prkacin closing the gap on 17-22. Thanks to Rimantas Kaukenas' triple at the last possession in the first quarter Montepaschi again was on plus 8, 17-25. Marin Rozic shined for Cibona in the second frame leading it to 13-6 run for 30-31. However, it was kind of signal for Ksistof Lavrinovic and his teammates, which immediately replied with 9-0, later increasing the lead to 12 points. Calloway, Anderson and Rozic all scored after that for acceptable 38-44 at the break. Cibona was much better team after the breather. The hosts came on 46-48 very quick and after Davor Kus' 3 FTs they grabbed 51-48 lead. Ksistof Lavrinovic closed third stanza with a jumper tying the score on 62-62. At the middle of the last quarter Cibona made the crucial 7-0 run. Earl Calloway finalized it with a triple. Montepaschi threatened after that, but Davor Kus drained a clutch 3-pointer lifting Cibona on plus 7 once again.

Cibona: Earl Calloway 23, Davor Kus 18, Alan Anderson 16+5 boards, Nikola Prkacin 13+7 boards
Montepaschi: Ksistof Lavrinovic 18+7 boards, Shaun Stonerook 18+6 boards, Terrell McIntyre 12, Rimantas Kaukenas 12


Market news:Virtus Bologna signs Reyshawn Terry, Binetti joins Brindisi - by Antonello Varallo
Virtus Bologna announced the agreement with Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina). Terry started this season with Vanoli Soresina, where he arrived to replace Quadre Lollis (200-PF-73, college:MontanaSt), who was out for an injury. He has played 8 games with Vanoli, averaging 16.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg, with a season high of 25 points scored against Cimberio Varese. In 2007 Terry had been drafted by Orlando Magic (2rd(44)), and traded to Dallas Mavericks.
Anthony Binetti (186-G-83,college:SeattlePacific) joined Enel Brindisi after 7 games played with NGC Cant with an average of 2.1 ppg.


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Louisville dominates USF with inside game - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (01-29-2009) - The University of Louisville Cardinals recovered from a sluggish start to easily defeat the University of South Florida Bulls 80-54 last night to remain unbeaten at 7-0 in the tough Big East Conference. Freshman center Samardo Samuels connected on 7-of-8 shots from the field for 14 points, including back-to-back dunks in the first half, as the 7th-ranked Cardinals won its eighth straight game to improve to 16-3 on the season.

Yet another No. 1 on the horizon
Louisville hosts the University of West Virginia on Saturday afternoon before a showdown with No. 2 University of Connecticut next Monday. With No. 1 Duke University falling at No. 4 the University of Wake Forrest last night, Connecticut is expected to be the new No. 1 team on Monday. Louisville faced the University of Pittsburgh, the then top-ranked team two weeks ago, and came away with a 69-63 upset win.


Jordan's buzzer-beater lifts Tulsa over UAB - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (01-29-2009) - Junior center Jerome Jordan sank a four-footer at the buzzer to lift the University of Tulsa to a 75-74 victory over University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) last night in a crucial Conference USA encounter. The 7 0 Jordan also matched his career-high in points as he finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four blocks. The victory gave Tulsa a 4-2 conference record and 14-7 overall. Tulsa trailed 40-36 at halftime then fell behind by as much as 11 points before a hook shot from Jordan tied the game at 71-71 with 1:26 to play.

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JPL Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Mohammed Malas
* Jordanian Premier League: Round 1 (Regular Season)

# 5-8 Group:

* Monday 26/1:

Al Aqaba 70 - Hussein Erbid 66 (Qs: 15-16. 46-34, 55-47 & 70-66)

Arena Amman 77 - College Sports Club 60 (Qs: 13-17, 34-34, 55-44 & 77-60)

# Elite Group:

* Wednesday 28/1:

Zain 89 - Al Riyadi Amman 84 (Qs: 21-16, 35-28, 44-45, 67-67, OT1: 77-77 & OT2: 89-84!!!)
- Best scorers:
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) '24 pts' from Zain
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) '21 pts' from Zain
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '18 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '18 pts' from Zain'
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) '16 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Malek Khashan (185-G-85) '12 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) '11 pts' from Zain
Ali Jamal (204-F/C-88) '11 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman

Orthodox 81 - ASU Sports Club 65 (Qs: 14-15, 36-29, 50-51 & 81-65)
- Best scorers:
Louay Obeidi (198-F/G-90) '28 pts' from Orthodox
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) ' 18 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '15 pts' from Orthodox
Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) '14 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Ahmad Obeid (190-F-90) '13 pts' of Orthodox
Abdalla Abu Koura (202-C-84) '13 pts' of ASU Sports Club


Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Elite Group
 1. Zain 2-0 
 2. ASU 1-0 
 3. Orthodox 0-1 
 4. Al Riyadi 0-2 
Group 5-8
 1. Al Aqaba 2-0 
 2. Hussein Erbid 1-1 
 3. Arena 1-1 
 4. College SC 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Men
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Idais, Orthodox, 21.5
2. Shareef, ASU, 19.5
3. Obeidi, Orthodox, 19.5
4. Najjar, Zain, 14.0
5. Abbas, ASU, 13.5


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 13-0 
 2. Al Qadsia 10-1 
 3. Al Jahraa 9-3 
 4. Al Arabi 8-3 
 5. Al Sahel 8-4 
 6. An Nasr 5-6 
 7. Kazma 5-7 
 8. Sulaibikhat 2-9 
 9. Al Yarmook 2-9 
 10. Al Tadhamon 2-10 


Kuwait Club Says - by Corey Washington
Kuwait Club defeated Kazma last night 106: 90, to remain unbeaten for the season. Most teams would find this to be the most opportune time to celebrate, but after speaking with Kuwaits star import Ira Clark, Kuwait Club is choosing to keep the cork on the bottle until they have the title secured in their hands. Some would say its obvious Kuwait will take the top spot this year, but this same buzz was obvious last year and we all know Qadsia is now the returning 2007-2008 Champs.
When these two teams met last week, you could feel the tension in the arena. Qadsia matches up well with Kuwait club, and personally I am impressed with Mikey Marshall (196-G-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Texas Tech) aggressiveness, and ability to score for Qadsia. The game went down to the wire with Kuwait club edging Qadsia by 1 point for the victory, and one hurdle closer to the Title. Dont be surprised to see a rematch of this game on a bigger stage later this year.


Plummer replaces Sasser in Al Arabi - by Mohammed Malas
Al Arabi basketball team management decided to change Jeryl Sasser (198-G-79, college: SMU) with the american forward Norman Plummer (201-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: S.Indiana)..

Plummer played very well this season with Faytroun Club in Lebanon, He played in Germany last season directly after graduation from Southern Indiana University (US-NCAA2)...


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LBL D2 Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Keizarm.U21 - ASK/Juniors 70-62
Keizarmezs U21 team held on to a tough win over ASK/Juniors to hand those the fourth loss in the season. Oskars Ernsteins produced 22 points and 8 boards for the winners. Krists Piternieks added 14 points and 14 boards for Keizarmezs juniors. Martins Laksa and Roberts Mediss answered with 10 points apiece for ASK/Juniors in defeat.

Valmiera U21 - BA Riga 96-84
Valmiera U21 gained the 9th win as they defeated BA Riga at home court. Aigars Strells tallied 35 points and 11 boards for Valmiera. Einars Tukiss and Oskars Virsis had 13 points each for the winners. Virsis also distributed 12 assists. Rolands Freimanis nailed 27 points and collected 9 boards as BA Riga suffered 12th loss in the tournament.

Ventsp.Aug. - Zemgale/Jun. 73-59
Ventspils Augustskola cruised to the victory against Zemgale/Juniors. Auns Martins knocked down 17 points and 7 boards for the winners. Mikus Sokolovs delivered 12 points for a Gints Fogels team. Kalvis Krumins had 16 points in the losing effort.

Liep.Papirs - LU/Ridzene 69-76
LU/Ridzene were the only successful visitors in the round as they toppled Liepajas Papirs. Kristers Zeidaks came up with 21 points, 7 boards and 6 assists for LU/Ridzene. Haralds Karlis netted 20 points and grabbed 9 boards in the win. Mareks Mejeris banked 20 points for Liepajas Papirs.



LBL standings
LBL Standings
 1. Saldus 12-3 
 2. RNS-D/Livani 11-3 
 3. ASK/Juniors 11-4 
 4. Zemgale/Juniors 11-6 
 5. Jurmala 10-4 
 6. Valmiera-2 9-6 
 7. Ventspils au. 7-8 
 8. Ridzene/Barons 7-8 
 9. Keizarmezs-2 6-9 
 10. SK Cesis 4-10 
 11. Liepajas Papirs 3-11 
 12. Kandava 3-12 
 13. BA Riga 2-12 


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Racing wins the battle of the bottom! Musel Pikes downs Residence by 20!! Rick Brooks back to Etzella as Carsten Pohl was asked to step down as Sparta thumps Etzella hard at home 54-68! - by Alex Meyers

January 18, 2009

Racing 71 - Heffingen 64

Racing got the best of Heffingen winning in the final quarter in an otherwise very tight contest. Technical fouls from Claude Weyrich and from Heffingen's bench seem to have cost them the loss in the last 5 minutes. Willie Irick (198-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Oklahoma City) was held to way under his average scoring only 11 while grabbing 13 rebounds. He also committed 8 costly turnovers. also reaching double figures were Daniel wyrich 12, Joel Thesen 10 and Manou Scholtus 10. Heffingen was tuff from behind the three point arc hitting 9 of 16 for 57%. Racing's Corey Largent (201-F-80, college: W.Carolina) led with 21 points, 13 rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Speaking of shot blocking, Enrique Garcia-Bourne blocked 3 of Heffingen's shots. Dave Schroeder added 13 ponts of Racing followed by Louis Haas with 11. Racing(3-12) will face T71 in Dudelange tonight, January 24th. T71(9-6) needs this one to ensure their place in the playoffs for the title. Heffingen(1-14) will travel to Contern(9-5).

Racing: 20 field goals, 4 three pointers, 27 for 39 free throws, 19 fouls

Largent 21, Pires 7, Haas 11, Weynandt 4, Schroeder 13, also Garcia-Bourne 5 , G. Schmit 5, Klose and Grand 4

Heffingen: 24 field goals, 9 three pointers, 5 for 16 free throws, 27 fouls

J.Thesen 11, c. Weyrich 7, Scholtus 10, Irick 11, D. Weyrich 12, also Hetto 4, Schmit 9, and M. Weyrich


Technical fouls: D. Weyrich (H) 25'. Bench (H) 34'; Unsportsmanlike Foul: Schmit (H) 31'; Fouled out: Pires (R) 35' , Schmit (H) 36' and D. Weyrich (H) 40'
Score by quarters: 1st Q 20-15, Halftime 32-30, 3rd Q 44-42, Final 71-64
105 spectators


Musel Pikes 83 - Residence 63

Musel Pikes won with defense holding Residence to below 18 points per quarter winning their 10th game to remain in a good position for the playoffs. Musle Pikes was led in scoring by Laurent Schwartz with 25 points Samy Picard scored 21 points for the home team and Guy Schmit added 18. Braier was held to 6 points but he took 12 rebounds. Nearly everyone got involve is scoring on a good shooting night for Musel Pikes going 27/50 for 57% and 14 for 16 for 88% from the free throw line. Residence's bench produced only 4 point. Musel Pikes' bench delivered 13. Pikes' also took excellent care of the ball turning it over only 7 times compared to Residence's 23. Residence had three players in double-figures with Julien Yannick leading the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Braier (195-F-84, college: Lawrence), condsidered one of the best import defenders held scoring machine Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) to only 17 points. That's no easy task considering Hall leads the DBBL in that category with an average of over 30 ppg. Pitt Koster also dropped 14 points for Residence(5-10), who will face Etzella(8-7) tonight in Walferdange. Etzella has dismissed its coach Carsten Pohl and has brought Rick Brooks (formerly at Amicale Steinsel) back to Luxembourg to take his place.

Fouled out: Braier(MP) 37'
Score by quarters: 1st Q 17-15, Halftime 38-31, 3rd Q 59-48, Final 83-63
250 Spectators


Etzella 54 - Sparta 68

The Sparta and Etzella rivalry continues and this time Sparta got the best of the home team crushing them with a hard blow forcing the Club to make a change.
Etzella will now have a new look as it has realesed its coach Carsten Pohl and has brought in Rick Brooks again as head coach to try and salvage what is left of the 2nd round of qualification for the top 6 in the DBBL playoffs. Etzella possibly also lost its import due to a knee injury. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) could be temporarily replaced by Parnell Smith (198-F-84, college: Buffalo), who played lastly for Aanekosken Huima of Finland. Its day by day with Kennedy's injury. We will have to wait until game-time to see if he plays or not. Anyway, the game was an extremely low scoring affair this time with Sparta dominating the 2nd quarter with a huge run putting Etzella down too far for them to make a comeback. The game was not as close as the score would let you think as Sparta was ahead by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter. Nelson DelGado scored 21 and Tim Giver 11. Raphael Albaldejo added 10 before fouling out in the 4th. The injured Marcus Kennedy had only 1 point, but somehow managed to take 10 rebounds. Julien Hublart was Sparta's MVP knocking down a fair share of 2's and 3's and went 2 for 2 from the charity stripe. Larrie Smith scored 16 points trailed by Christian Wulff with 12. Sparta improved their w/l record to 11-4 and as a result are now tied for first place in the DBBL with Amicale. Sparta will face Amicale tonight, January 24th in an interesting battle for the top spot. Etzella(8-7) who is in 6th place will go to Walferdange where it will face Residence. Etzella, with their new look is in a must win situation. A victory would be a good start for Rick Brooks, Nelson DelGado and Company.

Etzella: 18 field goals, 3 three pointers, 15 for 26 free throws, 28 rebounds, 17 fouls and 13 turnovers
N. DelGado 21, J. DelGado 4, Kennedy 1, Albaladejo 10, Giver 11, also Derek Wilson Jr., Pravisani, Kerger, Jacoby, Garganese 5, E. Ferreira 2 and Bensighir
Sparta: 25 field goals, 7 three pointers, 11 for 23 free throws, 31 rebounds, 19 fouls and 17 turnovers
Smith 16, Wulff 12, Hublart 24, Klein, Hoffmann 2, also Wolzfeld, Palumbo 4, Evans 1, Engel 4 and De Marchi 2

Fouled out: Albaladejo (E) 35'
Score by quarters: 1st Q 13-18, Halftime 27-45, 3rd Q 42-58, Final 54-68
375 Spectators



Standings - DBBL
DBBL Standings
 1. Amicale 12-4 
 2. Musel Pikes 11-5 
 3. Sparta 11-5 
 4. Contern 11-5 
 5. T71 10-6 
 6. Etzella 9-7 
 7. Black Star 7-9 
 8. Residence 5-11 
 9. Racing 3-13 
 10. Heffingen 1-15 


Etzella and Rick Brooks' new chapter begins with a convincing road victory! - by Alex Meyers

January 23, 2009

Residence 74 - Etzella 99


Walferdange, Luxembourg
The first and 4th quarters were excellent for Etzella in Walferdange last Saturday evening. During those two periods they outplayed Residence 58-26. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, college: Montevallo) led the Etzella attack with 33 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot before fouling out in the final minute. Nelson DelGado scored 31 and Tim Giver added 14 for Etzella who improved to 9-7 and took control of the all important sixth place in the DBBL. For Residence, Matt Hall (198-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Harding) had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Pitt Koster score 15. No other Residence players reached double figures. Residence fell to 5-11 and is in 8th place in the league. Etzella is now again on pace to finish in the top six where they have a chance to make a run at the title. Now that Rick Brooks is again on board, Cedric Schroeder has decided to begin playing again. Schroeder brings defense, rebounding, scoring and experience that will give his team the extra depth they need to compete in the playoffs. Black Star must winn both of its next two games and Etzella must lose its next to for Black Star to make it and Etzella to fall. Etzella has Contern at home and Musel Pikes away. Black Star has to play in Walferdange against Residence and at home against Racing. Its all up to these two teams to determine their fate and complete the final and 6th playoff spot still available. The other five teams that are already in: Amicale, Contern, Musel Pikes, Sparta and T71. As proven in the past, anything is still possible.


Residence: 26 field goals, 3 three pointers, 19 for 25 free throws, 32 rebounds, 20 fouls and 21 turnovers
Hall 20, Koster 15, F. Mangen, Hemmen 6, Julien 4, also Torres, Leschek 7, S. Mangen 8 Kayser 5, Felten and Abdiu 9
Etzella: 33 field goals, 12 three pointers, 21 for 24 free throws, 31 rebounds, 25 fouls and 13 turnovers
Kennedy 33, N.Delgado 31, Giver 14, Albaladejo 2, J. DelGado 8, also Ferreira 2, Garganese 2, Kerger 7, Jacoby and Ittenbach


Fouled out: 26' Albaladejo(E); Technical Foul: 36' Leschek(R)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 13-29, Halftime 34-51, 3rd Q 61-73, Final 74-99
300 Spectators



Contern blew Heffingen out in the final 5 minutes where they out-scored their opponent 24-8 in an otherwise very close match. - by Alex Meyers

AB Contern(11-5) climbs to 2nd place in DBBL! DBBL doormat BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen drops to 1-15.

January 23, 2009

Contern 93 - Heffingen 64


Contern, Luxembourg,

Heffingen had a poor start but crawled back in the game before the half and going up by even as much as 9 points early in the 3rd period. Heading into the 4th period the game was still within reach until Contern exploded with a huge run to finish off the visitors and sent them home with a 29 point loss. Heffingen's Willie Irick (198-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Oklahoma City) scored 24 points. Claude Weyrich and Joel Thesen added 12 each followed bt Manou Scholtus with 10. The Heffingen bench produced only 4 points. Contern had several players score big.Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Hutchinson JC) was the leader with 32 points. Ken Diederich knocked down 22. Yves Braun and Eric Jeitz added 11 and 10 respectively. With the win Contern moved up to 2nd place in the DBBL with 2 games remaining in the last round of qualification. They will face Etzella on Sunday the 1st of February in Ettelbruck and will play host to Residence on the 14th of February. Heffingen will have a rough ending as they must entertain T71(10-6) on Saturday, January 31st and Amicale(12-4) on Saturday the 14th.

Contern: 36 field goals, 8 three pointers, 13 for 18 free throws, 19 fouls
Becker 6, Fasbender, Jeiz 10, Diederich 22, Gary 32, also Braun 11, Torres 6, Gindt 2 and Bissener 4
Heffingen: 25 field goals, 6 three pointers, 8 for 10 free throws, 15 fouls
C. Weyrich 12, J. Thesen 12, Irick 24, Scholtus 10, D. Weyrich 2, also Hetto, Zender, Schmit, Feltes, M. Weyrich 2

Score by quarters: 1st Q 23-19, Halftime 35-39, 3rd Q 56-59, Final 93-64
200 Spectators



Amicale sneeks past Sparta! The injured Larrie Smith did not play! - by Alex Meyers

January 23, 2009


Sparta 68 - Amicale 73


Bertrange, Luxembourg

Amicale(12-4) took sole possession again of 1st place in the DBBL with a 68-73 road victory in Bertrange against Sparta. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) has suffered an injury previously and could not play. In his absence, veteran forward Fabio Palumbo stepped up with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Pit Hoffmann also did extremely well to take up slack with a 13 point, 14 rebound, 7 blocked shots effort, but Sparta came up short. Julien Hublart also added 16 points before fouling out. Sparta really struggled from the free throw line (10%) where they went a shameful 1 for 11. Amicale's Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) had a double-double of his own with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Christopher Jones notched 17 and Christian Schartz 12 for Amicale. Chris Scholtes did not play for Amicale due to illness. Amicale has Musel Pikes at home this coming weekend and then fineracing tune or the playoffs with their last game at Heffingen on the 14th of February. For Sparta(11-5), its this weekend at Racing and then they finish up at home against T71 also on the 14th. Apparently, Smith will play this weekend but pivot player Pit Hoffmann is questionable also due to injury.

Sparta: 31 field goals, 5 three pointers, 1 for 11 free throws, 36 rebounds, 17 fouls and 14 turnovers
Palumbo 18, Wulff 8, Engel 5, Hoffmann 13, Hublart 16, also De Marchi 5, Wolzfeld, Klein 3 and Nittler
Amicale : 30 field goals, 1 three pointer, 12 for 18 free throws, 33 rebounds, 17 fouls and 21 turnovers
DePree 18, Jones 17, Schartz 12, Rausch 6, Kartheiser 8, also Birenbaum 7, Gillardin 2 and Haan 3

Technical foul 32' coach Philippe Giberti(S);
Score by quarters: 1st Q 17-18, Halftime 39-35, 3rd Q 55-54, Final 68-73
450 spectators



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Grizzlies waive guard Steve Francis - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have waived three-time All-Star Steve Francis (6'3''-G-77, college: Maryland).

The Grizzlies had acquired him from Houston in December in exchange for a 2011 conditional second-round draft pick.

Francis, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard, did not appear in a game for Memphis or travel with the Grizzlies, though he did occasionally practice with the team.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace announced last week that the team was working on a buyout of Francis contract. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Francis was leaving.

The 31-year-old Francis averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in nine seasons with Houston, the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks. He was an All-Star in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

The Grizzlies also announced the hiring of assistant coach Barry Hecker and the reassignment Kevin ONeill. ONeill, a former assistant coach, has been named special assistant to Wallace.

Wallace said ONeill is expected to play a big role in the teams player evaluations for this years NBA draft.

ONeill joined the Grizzlies last year after serving as interim head coach at the University of Arizona. He also has been a head coach at Tennessee, Marquette and Northwestern and has worked in the NBA with New York, Detroit, Toronto and Indiana.

Hecker, a former scout, assistant coach and director of player personnel with the Los Angeles Clippers, has joined the Grizzlies as an assistant coach.

He was an assistant coach last year with the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons of the China Basketball Association.

Hecker was with the Las Vegas Bandits of the International Basketball League for two seasons as an assistant in 2000-01 under Lionel Hollins, the Grizzlies new head coach.

Courtesy of Yahoo (http://sports.yahoo.com)


NBA Round: 91 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Kings - Celtics 100-119
The defending champ was too strong for the Sacramento Kings 119-100 jumping on 38-9 record. Eddie House (6'1''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) top-scored for the hosts with 28 points, including 8 of 9 from behind the arc. Rajon Rondo shined with 24 points and 9 assists. John Salmons and Jason Thompson combined 43 points and 14 boards in loss. Kings 10-37.

Wizards - Heat 71-93
Miami Heat outplayed Washington Wizards at home 93-71 improving on 25-19 record. Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley nailed 16 points each, while Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers followed with 14 apiece. Wade also had 9 rebs and 9 as. Antawn Jamison registered double-double in loss, 21 pts and 12 rebs. Heat 25-19, Wizards 9-36.

Raptors - Nets 107-106
The Raptors celebrated in very exciting game played last night in New Jersey. Anthony Parker paced the 'Canadians' to victory collecting 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. On the other side, Vince Carter and Devin Harris had 52 points together. Raptors 19-28, Nets 20-26.

Hawks - Knicks 104-112
Nate Robinson, who came off the bench, was a key player for the NY Knicks last night delivering 24 points for 24 minutes. David Lee again registered double-double, 17 points and 16 boards. Atlanta got 28 pts from Marvin Williams, 26 pts plus 12 rebs from Josh Smith and 20 pts from Ronald Murray. Knicks 20-25, Hawks 26-19.

Pistons - Timberwolves 98-89
Rasheed Wallace came up with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, while AI added 19 pts. Visitors got 24 pts and 6 rebs from Al Jefferson. Pistons 25-19, Wolves 16-28.

Nuggets - Hornets 81-94
Predrag Stojakovic led the scorers in NO Hornets with 26 points. Devin Brown had 18 and CP3 added 12 pts and 12 assists. Kenyon Martin answered with 22 points and 6 boards in loss. JR Smith had 2 pts less than him. Hornets 28-14, Nuggets 30-16.

Grizzlies - Thunder 102-114
Another home victory for the Thunder, once again thanks to Kevin Durant and his 35 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Jeff Green followed him with 23 points and 9 boards. Memphis got 25 points and 8 rebounds from Rudy Gay. Thunder 11-35, Grizzlies 11-34.

76ers - Rockets 95-93
Andre Iguodala stepped up for the hosts with 20, Louis Williams had 17 and Andre Miller helped with 16 points and 7 assists. Tracy McGrady had 24 points, 5 rebs and 6 as for the loosing side. 76ers 22-22, Rockets 28-19.

Warriors - Mavericks 93-117
The Mavs didn't have to work very had in order to beat the Warriors in Dallas. Jason Terry nailed 22, Dirk Nowitzki 20 and Josh Howard 19 pts for the hosts. Stephen Jackson was better than the others in Golden State with 25 pts. Mavs 26-19, Warriors 14-32.

Bobcats - Trail Blazers 74-88
28-17 for the Trail Blazers and 19-27 for the Bobcats after this game. LaMarcus Aldridge shined for the winners collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds. Emeka Okafor nailed 18 pts for Charlotte.

Bulls - Clippers 95-75
Comfortable 20-point win for the Bulls in Staples Center mostly owing to Luol Deng and Derrick Rose, which combined 44 points. Eric Gordon had 19 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Bulls 19-27, Clippers 10-35.

Bucks - Pacers 99-107
T.J. Ford drained 34 points last night leading his Indiana Pacers to home victory vs Milwaukee Bucks. Jarrett Jack, Mike Jr. Dunleavy and Radoslav Nesterovic helped with 14 points apiece. Charlie Villanueva replied with 28 points and 8 boards in defeat. Pacers 18-28, Bucks 22-27.


Grizzlies add Barry Hecker as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have added an assistant coach from the China Basketball Association.

Barry Hecker is a former scout, assistant coach and director of player personnel with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was with the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons during the Chinese leagues 2008 playoffs.

His move to Memphis was announced Tuesday by Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace.

Hecker was with the Las Vegas Bandits of the International Basketball League for two seasons as an assistant in 2000-01 under Lionel Hollins, the Grizzlies new head coach.

Courtesy of http://www.jacksonsun.com


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David WEST
  Hornets
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Wade, Heat28.5 
 2. James, Cavaliers27.9 
 3. Bryant, Lakers26.6 
 4. Granger, Pacers25.8 
 5. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.7 
 6. Durant, Thunder24.7 
 7. Bosh, Raptors23.2 
 8. Jefferson, Timberwo.22.7 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers22.4 
 10. Harris, Ne.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dirk NOWITZKI
  Mavericks
  (211-F-78)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Howard, Magic13.8 
 2. Camby, Clippers13.6 
 3. Biedrins, Warriors12.1 
 4. Lee, Knicks11.6 
 5. Murphy, Pacers11.4 
 6. Okafor, Bobcats10.7 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.10.5 
 8. Bogut, Bucks10.4 
 9. Duncan, Spurs10.3 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Michael BIBBY
  Hawks
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Paul, Hornets11.1 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.2 
 3. Nash, Suns9.4 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.6 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.2 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.0 
 7. Duhon, Knicks8.0 
 8. Davis, Clippers7.9 
 9. Wade, Heat7.2 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate ROBINSON
  Knicks
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.2 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Rondo, Celtics2.1 
 5. James, Cavaliers2.0 
 6. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 7. Wallace, Bobcats1.9 
 8. Artest, Rockets1.8 
 9. Iguodala, 76ers1.7 
 10. Harris, Ne.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwyane WADE
  Heat
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Howard, Magic3.2 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.5 
 3. Turiaf, Warriors2.1 
 4. Duncan, Spurs1.9 
 5. Andersen, Nuggets1.9 
 6. Bynum, Lakers1.9 
 7. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 8. Perkins, Celtics1.8 
 9. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 10. O'Neal, Rapto.1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 38-9 
 2. 76ers 22-22 
 3. Knicks 20-25 
 4. Nets 20-26 
 5. Raptors 19-28 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 35-8 
 2. Pistons 25-19 
 3. Bucks 22-27 
 4. Bulls 19-27 
 5. Pacers 18-28 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 34-10 
 2. Hawks 26-19 
 3. Heat 25-19 
 4. Bobcats 19-27 
 5. Wizards 9-36 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 30-16 
 2. Trail Blazers 28-17 
 3. Jazz 25-21 
 4. Timberwolves 16-28 
 5. Thunder 11-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 35-9 
 2. Suns 25-18 
 3. Warriors 14-32 
 4. Clippers 10-35 
 5. Kings 10-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 30-14 
 2. Hornets 28-14 
 3. Rockets 28-19 
 4. Mavericks 26-19 
 5. Grizzlies 11-34 


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  NCAA1   


Redding's career night lifts No. 21 Villanova over No. 3 Pittsburgh - by Eurobasket News
A Philly guy had a career night in the last college basketball game to be played in the Spectrum.

That will be Reggie Redding's (6'5''-G-88) only memory of the place as he never saw a game in the building where he had a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 21 Villanova beat No. 3 Pittsburgh 67-57 on Wednesday.

'My father is a big basketball fan. When I was younger, he would talk to me about Dr. J, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney. I never got the chance to watch a game here. But I knew about it coming from a basketball background,' the junior guard said of the building that opened in 1967 and will be torn down late this year. 'But coming from Philly, it's the Spectrum. Everyone loves the Spectrum, respects it. It's just great to finish it off like that.'

Dante Cunningham added 15 points for the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Big East), who beat a ranked team for the first time in five tries this season and they did it by coming up big on the boards and playing good perimeter defense in the second half.

'The reason we wanted to get this was because they're really good,' Villanova coach Jay Wright said. 'It wouldn't have got us down if we didn't come back and beat a ranked opponent. We pride ourselves on not letting one game turn into a problem.'

Sam Young had 14 points for the Panthers (18-2, 6-2), who had one field goal over the game's final five minutes and were outrebounded 19-16 in the second half. Pittsburgh entered the game averaging 40.6 rebounds per game and it leads the Big East with a plus-9.3 rebound margin.

Redding made two free throws with 8:03 left to break the game's final tie and start a 7-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 55-48 lead with 5:26 to play.

Pittsburgh, which came into the game fifth in the conference in 3-point shooting at 35.4 percent, missed all 10 of its attempts from behind the arc in the second half and with center DeJuan Blair saddled with foul trouble throughout the game, the Panthers didn't have an inside or outside game.

Blair finished with seven points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. He entered the game fourth in the nation in rebounding with a 12.7 average and he was limited by foul trouble in the Panthers' other loss, at Louisville.

'We missed DeJuan a lot, just his presence helps,' Pittsburgh guard Levance Fields said. 'Obviously the two losses have been with him in foul trouble. We've got to do a better job of playing without him.'

Panthers coach Jamie Dixon agreed with Fields.

'All our guys were in foul trouble and we just had to play through it. You can't put yourself in that situation,' he said. 'We have to learn after a loss and we did after Louisville. Tonight we just couldn't play our game and do the things we do. That's for us to figure out.'

Pittsburgh closed within 59-53 with 2:32 to go on a free throw by Fields, but the Wildcats, the best free-throw shooting team in the Big East, went 8-for-10 from the line during the final 2:17 to seal the victory. Redding finished 10-for-10 from the line and the Wildcats were 19-of-28.

'The home team wins that game. Just two really tough teams,' Wright said. 'We were really tough tonight, we were physically tough.'

The Spectrum opened in 1967 and was the home for almost 30 years for the NBA's Sixers and NHL's Flyers. It hosted two Final Fours (1976 and 1981, both won by Indiana) as well as what many consider one of the best NCAA tournament games, the 1992 East Regional final when Christian Laettner hit a turnaround from the top of the key at the buzzer to give Duke a 104-103 victory over Kentucky.

Villanova played 59 games at the Spectrum, winning 31. Pittsburgh and Villanova had met here one other time, a 75-72 victory for the Wildcats on Jan. 30, 1991.

The Wachovia Center opened across the parking lot from the Spectrum in 1996.

'I know it was a big night in this building,' Wright said. 'I looked up at the end and it was awesome.'

Courtesy of http://www.cbssports.com


Wake upsets No. 1 Duke on last-second shot - by Eurobasket News
Everybody figured Wake Forest would ask star scorer Jeff Teague to take the shot that would knock off No. 1 Duke. That's why coach Dino Gaudio instead drew up a play for the player whose defensive lapse let the Blue Devils tie it.

James Johnson (6'9''-F-87) made up for a horrible final minute on defense by hitting the layup with 0.8 seconds left that helped the sixth-ranked Demon Deacons upend Duke 70-68 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the two most recent top-ranked teams.

'We knew everybody was going to key on Jeff Teague - he's the one who scores for us, puts buckets up for us,' James Johnson said. 'I finished the play.'

And, more importantly, the game. James Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They bounced back from last week's home loss that knocked them from No. 1 by forcing the Blue Devils into their worst shooting night of the season and making a statement for a second chance at the top spot.

'Pittsburgh goes down, then we go down, then Duke - I mean, whoever's No. 1, they've got a rude awakening,' Teague said.

Wake Forest led nearly the entire way, before letting a late 13-point lead slip away and recovering just in time to claim the fifth victory over a top-ranked team in school history.

Kyle Singler had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (18-2, 5-1), which had its 10-game winning streak snapped.

'I didn't think we had the aggressiveness or toughness that we've shown. Then, all of a sudden, we had so much of it, it was unbelievable,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. 'Our kids played so hard to put themselves in a position to win.'

Especially Gerald Henderson, who had 20 points - including a jumper over James Johnson with 10 seconds left that tied it at 68 and capped the Blue Devils' late 20-7 rally.

The Demon Deacons raced downcourt, with Teague and Aminu missing layups in traffic - but during the rebound, Henderson was called for traveling. That gave the ball back to Wake Forest with 2.6 seconds left, and L.D. Williams inbounded it under the basket to James Johnson, whose layup in the final second banked through to the delight of a juiced-up crowd at Joel Coliseum.

Singler's full-court inbounds pass for Henderson was tipped by Williams, and that sent Wake Forest's tie-dye-clad student section spilling onto the court for the second time this month. They whooped it up in similar fashion 2 1/2 weeks ago when they knocked off then-No. 3 North Carolina.

Jon Scheyer had 13 points and David McClure finished with 12 rebounds for Duke, which was playing its first game as No. 1 since 2006 and wound up becoming the latest top-ranked team to fall in Winston-Salem.

'You give our coaching staff a whole week to prepare for you, we're going to have everything down pat,' Teague said.

He scored 11 points - 10 fewer than his average - on 4-of-14 shooting for the Demon Deacons, who were playing for the first time since a loss to Virginia Tech a week earlier cost them the second No. 1 ranking in school history.

The sophomore point guard - and breakout star - did enough to improve to 2-0 in his career against the Blue Devils. Last season, he scored 26 points in the Demon Deacons' upset of then-No. 2 Duke. Wake Forest has won five of six meetings at Joel Coliseum.

'I really wasn't making any shots, but our team scored points,' Teague said. 'When you see Duke, you're always going to step up your game.'

Henderson's jumper capped a remarkable rally for the Blue Devils, who trailed 61-48 with 8:49 remaining.

'There was a period there when we were going to get blown out of here - not a great night for us,' Krzyzewski said.

That changed because of Singler, who had 10 points during the burst that ended with a flurry in the final seconds.

Scheyer's 3-pointer from the corner over James Johnson hit the front of the rim, but the Duke guard hustled for the rebound and called the Blue Devils' final timeout with 17.4 seconds left. Henderson inbounded the ball to McClure, who got it back to the swingman for his big jumper.

'That was my responsibility - I should have had that,' James Johnson said.

Wake Forest took its first double-figure lead of the game after a pair of spectacular plays in the open court.

James Johnson put the Demon Deacons up 54-43 with 11 1/2 minutes left when his steal from Nolan Smith led to a breakaway dunk. That came seconds after Aminu's highlight-reel jam when he took a between-the-legs feed from Ishmael Smith.

'I almost didn't catch the ball, I was so amazed by the pass,' Aminu said.

They later stretched their lead to 13 when David Weaver laid in Smith's alley-oop pass with 8:49 remaining to make it 61-48.

Weaver - one of two Demon Deacons who are 6-foot-11 or taller to get in the game - finished with nine critical points for Wake Forest.

The ACC's leader in both field-goal percentage categories - on offense and defense - shot 40 percent and held undersized Duke to a season-worst 33 percent shooting. The Blue Devils were just 4-of-22 from 3-point range.

'It was tough to score for both teams tonight,' Krzyzewski said. 'That's why a couple of the run-outs that we gave them that led to points were key.'

That defense helped Wake Forest overcome a rare 47-43 rebounding disadvantage. The Blue Devils - who used strong offensive rebounding to stay in the game early - managed just three of their 15 offensive boards in the second half. The Demon Deacons outscored Duke 42-24 in the paint, a big reason why they improved to 5-24 all-time against No. 1.

'I knew we were going to win this game,' Teague said.

Courtesy of http://www.foxsports.com


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  NCAA2   


Bentley trips No. 10 Stonehill - by Eurobasket News
Junior guard Jason Westrol (6'3''-G-88) scored 20 points, senior forward Lew Finnegan netted 14 second-half points and the Falcon defense held No. 10-ranked Stonehill scoreless for nearly six minutes down the stretch as Bentley cooled off the Skyhawks 73-61 before a full house in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball Wednesday, January 28.

Bentley, 17-4 overall, extended its winning streak to eight, snapped Stonehill's 10-game streak, and created a four-way tie at the top of the NE-10 standings. Both clubs left the court with 11-3 NE-10 records and now share first with Merrimack and UMass-Lowell. Ironically, those are the Falcons' next two opponents.

The Falcons were in front for the final 14:52 of the game, after a lay-up by Finnegan, his first basket of the night, broke a 41-41 tie. However, a lead that peaked at seven was down to one, 59-58, with 6:50 left following six straight points by the home team.

The next 14 points went up on the Falcons' side of the scoreboard, with Stonehill (16-3) not scoring again until junior Randall Stallworth buried a three from the corner with 55 seconds left.

The run began with sophomore guard Tom Dowling sinking a pair of free throws. Westrol scored on a lay-up off an inbound play, Finnegan buried a triple from the left corner and then scored off a fast break to make it 68-58 with 4:51 left.

It continued with a Finnegan lay-up and four free throws from Westrol, the last two coming with 1:10 left on the game clock.

The game was back-and-forth early, with more lead changes (10) in the first 12 minutes than there were in the entire four-overtime women's game that preceded it. Four Falcon three-pointers, including two by Dowling, in the final six minutes helped Bentley take a 39-34 lead at the half.

Bentley failed to score on its first five possessions of the second half and Stonehill scored the first seven points to take a 41-39 lead. The Falcons came alive with a 10-2 spurt and remained in front the rest of the way.

Westrol, who had 13 points at the half, made eight of 12 shots and also recorded seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Brian Tracey came off the bench to score 15 points, and Dowling added 12 points. Both Finnegan and Dowling followed Westrol in the rebound column with six apiece.

Stallworth and senior Matt Hall each scored 18 points for Stonehill, and junior AJ Rudowitz had a double-double for the Skyhawks, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Bentley shot 51 percent for the game, including 55 percent after intermission, and limited the Skyhawks to 41 percent in the second half. Down the stretch, Stonehill missed six of seven shots and committed three turnovers.

Bentley shot better from three, with an 8-6 edge in makes and a 47-33 advantage in percentage, and also was superior from the line. The Falcons made 11 of 12 free throws while Stonehill attempted only five, making three.

Courtesy of Bentley


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  NEW ZEALAND   


The Breakers unable to tame South Dragons - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne South Dragons strengthened their leading position in the Australian National Basketball League as they held off one of their key rivals in the season the New Zealand Breakers. Matt Burston (210-F/C-82) nailed 17 points to lead the balanced South Dragons to a 101:94 victory at the North Shore Events Centre. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) added 16 points for the visitors as they climbed at 19-7 record. The Breakers in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat and appeared in the third position at 16-10.
The league leaders opened the game in style scoring ten straight points. The visitors gained a 16:2 lead with just over 3 minutes played in the game. The South Dragons dominated every facet of the encounter and sealed the first frame outcome at 30:17. The situation never changed in the second period as a low accuracy did not allow the hosts to get any closer. The South Dragons arrived at halftime leading by 19 points. An 8:2 run from the Breakers at the start of the third term signaled a glimpse of hope for the fans. But the visitors soon erased it. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Matt Burston stepped for the South Dragons to reestablish a 20-point distance between the sides. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) finally reminded of himself late in the quarter as he nailed 9 points to cut the deficit to 11 points. Tony Ronaldson (203-F/C-72) and once again Kirk Penney shaved the margin to 4 points midway through the final stanza. However Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) were cold-blooded in the dying minutes to leave no chance for the hosts.
Phill Jones (196-G-74) knocked down 28 points to lead the Breakers. Kirk Penney contributed 17 points in defeat.
The Breakers will take on Wollongong on February 6.


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  PBL   


Halifax signs shooting guard Tony Bennett - by Carl Berman
Coach of the Halifax Rainmen, Rick Lewis announced today the signing of Chicago shooting guard Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Bradley) to the Rainmen roster. The 60 180lbs 25 year old will join the team for tonights game against the Manchester Millrats. Last fall Bennett played for Mexico Durango where he averaged 16 points per game. In 2007 Bennett played in Finland URA where he averaged 37 ppg. While at Bradley College in Illinois, Bennett was awarded Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer in 2005. Bennett can effectively score in several different ways, says Coach Lewis. He will bring some depth in our wing play. Halifax will battle Manchester for first place in the Atlantic Division of the PBL tonight. Game time is 7pm from the Halifax Metro Centre.

Chicago's Thomas listed as All-time PBL Leading scorer - by Carl Berman
As the 2009 PBL season finishes its first month of play, seven players currently on PBL rosters are among the Premier Basketball League's most proficient and successful all-time scorers. Leading the way is Stanley Thomas (6'3''-G-80) of the Chicago Throwbacks; the 6'5' small forward from Robert Morris has 460 career PBL points, and recently passed last season's all-time leading PBL scorer, Jeremy Bell (391 pts).

Close behind Thomas are two members of the Rochester Razorsharks, James 'Mook' Reaves, a 6'8' power forward from Niagara who currently has 405 career PBL points; and Keith Friel, a 6'4' shooting guard from Virginia who notched his 400th career PBL point earlier this week in a RazorSharks victory over Wilmington. A third current RazorSharks, 6'6' small forward Sammy Monroe, is sixth on the all-time scoring list, with 369 points.

Other current members of the PBL's all-time scoring list include Detroit Panthers 6'8' power forward Willie Mitchell (390 pts, 5th place overall), Montreal Sasquat'ch 6'2' shooting guard Randy 'White Chocolate' Gill (340 pts, 9th place overall), and Jermaine Williams, a 6'7' small forward for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (330 pts, 10th place overall).

Now commencing its second season of play, the Premier Basketball League features thirteen basketball teams throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on the Premier Basketball League, please visit their website at http://www.pblproball.com.


Millrats come up short on road vs. Halifax - by Carl Berman
The Manchester Millrats came up short on the road, falling to the Halifax Rainmen 123-119 at the Metro Centre. The Millrats tried to shake off road weary legs after a 22 hour bus ride got them into Halifax at 10:00 am the morning of the game and did so through the first quarter as they only trailed by one, 25-24. The Rainmen went on a run in the second quarter and took a 62-52 lead at the half.
The Millrats came out of the break attacking and cut the deficit to 66-65. However Halifax responded and blew the game open at the end of three as they held a 91-69 lead. After pushing seeing their deficit climb to a game-high 24 points minutes into the fourth quarter, the Millrats did not go away quietly. They scored 50 points in the fourth quarter and silenced the home crowd as Halifax tried desperately to hang on to their lead. Manchester came within seven at 118-111, but the Rainmen made enough free throws to maintain enough distance to hold on.

The story of the game came on the glass, where the Rainmen outrebounded the Millrats 54-37, including 22-13 on the offensive end. Manchester was led by Sam Carey who finished up 20 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Owumi had a season-high 16 points and team-high 8 rebounds coming off the bench. Lincoln Glass and Tommy Mitchell also came off the bench to tally 17 and 16, respectively. Desmond Ferguson ended up with 16 points and Marlowe Currie chipped in 10 to round out the Millrats who finished in double figures. Al Stewart dished out a game-high 9 assists. Former Millrat Rob Sanders had a huge night for Halifax. He banged his way for 30 points and 16 rebounds on the night. Glen Dandridge tallied 23, while Brian Silverhorn, in his first game back from an injury after missing 5 games, provided the Rainmen with a much needed scoring presence by finishing with 22 points. With the loss, Manchester dropped to 5-3 on the season and into second place in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, Halifax improved to 6-3 and gained sole possession of first place in the division. Halifax travels to play the Vermont Frost Heaves on Saturday, before visiting the Millrats in Manchester on Sunday at 2:30 pm. For more information please contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Prokom 14-4 
 2. Polpharma 14-5 
 3. Kotwica 13-6 
 4. Anwil 13-7 
 5. Polonia 12-8 
 6. Turow 11-9 
 7. AZS Koszalin 11-9 
 8. En.Czarni 9-10 
 9. Atlas Stal 8-11 
 10. Bank BPS 8-12 
 11. Sportino I. 7-12 
 12. Znicz J. 6-13 
 13. Gornik W. 5-14 
 14. PBG Basket 5-16 


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Erick BARKLEY
  Polpharma
  (185-G-78)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 2. Logan, Prokom16.9 
 3. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.8 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni16.5 
 5. Mojica, AZS K.16.4 
 6. Weeden, Bank BPS16.1 
 7. Hicks, Polpharma16.1 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.7 
 9. Mills, Kotwica15.6 
 10. Reese, AZS Koszal.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paul MILLER
  Anwil
  (208-C/F-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Landry, Sportino I.10.9 
 2. Barro, Gornik W.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.4 
 4. Burke, Prokom8.0 
 5. Reynolds, Znicz J.7.8 
 6. McLean, PBG B.7.6 
 7. Tica, Bank BPS7.5 
 8. Dixon, Bank BPS7.5 
 9. Naymick, Kotwica7.4 
 10. Bigus, PBG Bask.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas CESNAUSKIS
  En.Czarni
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hamilton, Kotwica5.9 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.6 
 3. Eldridge, Polpharma5.1 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.7 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.3 
 7. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.3 
 8. Garner, Bank BPS4.2 
 9. Greene, Gornik W.4.1 
 10. Lee, Sportino.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris GARNER
  Bank BPS
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, Kotwica3.8 
 2. Lee, Sportino I.3.5 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 4. Harrington, Polonia2.9 
 5. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 6. Reynolds, Znicz J.2.5 
 7. Nesovic, Prokom2.4 
 8. Koszarek, Anwil2.4 
 9. Frasunkiewic., Polon.2.4 
 10. Mojica, AZS.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip DYLEWICZ
  Prokom
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Townes, Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, Kotwica1.8 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Gornik W.1.5 
 5. Turek, Turow1.4 
 6. Reynolds, Znicz J.1.3 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 8. Frasunkiewic., Polon.1.0 
 9. Gomez, Sportino I.0.9 
 10. Barrett, Kotwi.0.9 


Tau Ceramica outplays Asseco Prokom in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Tau Ceramica - Asseco Prokom 99-77

The reigning Spanish champion opened Euroleague Top 16 in style nailing 99 points against the Polish champ - Asseco Prokom. Tau dominated from the very beginning creating plus 19 after just 10 minutes. The team from Vitoria had couple of players in a game mood. Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored the most, 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) drained 20 points each. William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) added 11 pts. Asseco Prokom got 19 points from Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke). Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 16 and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had one point less.
As it is mentioned above, Tau had furious first quarter ending it with comfortable 34-15. Prokom managed to improve its game after this opening shock. Mostly owing to Daniel Ewing visitors closed the gap on 36-24. Tau struggled at the offensive end, what Asseco Prokom exploited to come on 47-37. However, the hosts were strong enough to end the first half with more than 10-point lead, after 2 FTs by Sergi Vidal. Ronnie Burrell joined Daniel Ewing after the breather leading Prokom to 7-0 run making it a 5-point game. Sergi Vidal and Pete Mickeal stepped up for Tau helping it to grab back 69-58 after 30 minutes. Experienced players of the Spanish champ managed to keep their lead until the end registering the first win in Euroleague Top 16.

Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 22+5 boards, Sergi Vidal 20+5 boards, Igor Rakocevic 20, William McDonald 11
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 19, Ronnie Burrell 16+6 boards, David Logan 15


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Interview with Rashad Phillips of Al Ansar - by Ozell Wells

Rashad Phillips (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy), experienced PG, has been taking the Saudi Arabian league by strom with he Ansar Team in Medina. We had a chance to sit down and speak with him.

EU: Hello 'shad, How have u been doing? It is nice to see you finally here in the Middle East. How did u get to Saudi? How are you finding things?
Everything is going great here I'm enjoying the season as much as I'm enjoying the beautiful weather. Saudi actually found me, its strange because I have always wanted to play in the middle east. Especially after playing in Turkey. I really loved it there. Things are a little bit different here but after awhile you get use to the routine and you can start to focus on your job. With technology nowadays you never seem as far as you really are. Internet is the greatest invention bar none.

EU: What brought about the change? U started last yr in Australia then to Poland. Why Saudi at this stage in your career?
What brought the change. Lets see I could go on forever but I'll try and sum it up in a couple of sentences because no one has heard my side of the story or I should say the truth on what happened. Last season I signed to play in Australia. Which by the way is a beautiful country with a lot of nice people. Great weather and most importantly there is really no big change from America because everyone speaks English. So I could bring my family there and my daughter could attend school. With all that being said I easily turned down numerous contracts from everywhere else for the convenience alone. The coach at the time was Scott Fisher who was a former player who played in Australia for most of his career but after he retired he wanted to coach. But what I did not know at the time was that he had no prior coaching experience so basically he was learning how to coach on the fly. As pre season ended we were like 9-2. Then as the regular season started we were 5-2 which was at the time second place in the league. Our next three games coming up were against the worst teams in the league by record. So I assumed we would have won those next 3 games to move to 8-2. But it never got that far for me. I was taken out of the starting line-up the game before as we still won that game, the GM pulled me aside and told me that the club wanted to release me. I ask why because I was leading the league in assisst and double doubles from the point guard position. And he clearly stated, 'Hey don't shoot the messenger.' So Scott Fisher went to the media telling them that they were releasing me because I wasn't in good shape from when I arrived. It was October at that time and I had arrived there in August. Which to the media it seemed strange about the coach's sudden remarks because we were winning and I had already broke two single season assisst records in 7 games already. My teammates and fans which (I would like to thank again) wanted to boycott the next couple of games and practices because they did not agree with the decision to release me with no real explanation or no valid references. A supporter of mine released a youtube video of my 7 games showing the fans what I was doing as a player an teammate to dis credit Scott Fisher's comments about my play. After two days there was 4,000 views with media wanting a real explanation from Scott but I refused to fight an stay or go to court and I just came home. After that the team lost the next three games against teams that we had once beat by 30 points when I was present. Also Scott Fisher was relieved of his duties shortly after and the team suffered a dissappointing season by losing by 30 points to Syndey in the play-offs. After that I went to Poland but I was a day late because I missed my intial flight so I miss the cut-off deadline to be signed. At this stage of my career I'm looking to win as many championships I can with any team that is willing to give me a fair opportunity so luckily this year it was Saudi. And I'm enjoying my stay here.

EU: How do u find the level of play in the league? How do u feel about your successes in singlehandedly changing the nature of the Snsar team who had been historically low level BUT NOW sit in the 2nd position in League Play???

The level of play to me is very intense. Last night we had a game against Ittihad which is the strongest team in Saudi and they double teamed from the moment I stepped off the bus to the moment I boarded the plane back home. So with that being said there is a big challenge for me every game because every team that we have played so far has put literally two guys on me from the start of the game to the end. What has lead to my success as well as the teams success is that our coach believes in giving his players freedom. He allows me to make calls on the fly, he also allows me to be creative during any situation in the game. When any good player is given freedom then there will be more positive results than negative. So with my freedom our team has been hard to solve over the first 11 games.

EU: How do you handle/deal with the change in social patterns here?

I know from living in the region that there is a loack of social activity in comparison to Europe or the US, what have u done to keep ur game sharp and stay on top of things?Thats a good question. But for me individually I think it was best for me at this time of my life to get away an be alone for once. I'm in the workings of writing my first book called 'MISUNDERSTOOD' I have that word tattooed on me and people always ask me to explain why so the downtime here has really been beneficial to my thought process in writing this book to answer a lot of questions. To keep my game sharp me and coach get up every morning an he runs me two miles then we go to the gym and do court work for an hour an a half. This has kept me very sharp thru the season.

EU: What are you predictions on the remainder of the season?

For us to stay healthy as a unit and keep winning.

EU: What are your plans for after this season is completed? Maybe a stay in the region? Arab Championships? GCC?
There are a lot of options but I'm not a futuristic thinker. I like to take it day by day but we will see. Hopefully win a championship. Thats what we all play for.

EU: Anything that you want to say in closing to your fans/supporters?

I like to thank everyone for the support and emails I recieve. Please continue to support me in this long journey we call life.

IT WAS OUR PLEASURE TO SIT DOWN WITH RSHAD PHILLIPS AS HE CONTINUES TO AMAZE AND IS PUSHING TO TAKE HIS TEAM TO THE CROWN IN SAUDI ARABIA. WE WISH HIM THE BEST AND HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN WITH HIM AGAIN VERY SOON!

Interview made by Eurobasket correspondent Ozell Wells



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Swisslions too strong for Cherno More in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Balkan League, Round 8: Cherno More - Swiss.Lions 71-98

Swisslions cruised past Cherno More in Bulgaria registering the fifth win in Balkan league. With this one, the Serbian representative remains on top of Group A with 5-1 record. On the other hand, Cherno More dropped on 2-4 staying the last ranked team in the group. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) was on fire draining 24 points for 33 minutes. Ocokoljic also dished out 6 assists to his teammates. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) nailed 15, while Ntousan Koutsopoulos helped with 13 points and 9 boards. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) scored 12 points, also missing one board for double-double. Cherno More got the most from Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.), who led the scorers in this game with 29 points (also had 7 rebs). Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) had 19 pts and 9 boards and Bryce Sheldon (193-G/F-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 pts in loss.
From the very beginning it was clear that Swisslions came to Bulgaria to take this one. Sasa Ocokoljic and his teammates created 11-point lead after opening ten minutes, 14-25. Until the half time they managed to extend it even more, 34-49. Nothing has changed for the rest of the game. The hosts had only Corey McIntosh on fire and Simeon Tsenov capable to resists against the guests. Swisslions nailed 21 in third stanza, stopping Cherno More on 14. It seems the visitors wanted even more so they closed the last 10 minutes with 28-23 for the final 71-98

Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 29+7 boards, Simeon Tsenov 19+9 boards, Bryce Sheldon 14
Swiss.Lions: Sasa Ocokoljic 24+6 as, Radovan Markovic 15, Ntousan Koutsopoulos 13+9 boards, Dusan Knezevic 12+9 boards


Vlade Djurovic replaces Milan Minic on Vojvodina's bench - by Dragan Jankovski
Milan Minic is no more a head coach of Vojvodina Srbijagas. After just few months on Vojvodina's bench, Minic is replaced with another Serbian coach Vlado Djurovic. The main reason are 5 consecutive defeats in Adriatic league. The last one was against Krka Novo Mesto at home 76-77. Vojvodina currently has poor 4 wins and 15 defeats in the regional championship. The same score also have Helios Domzale and Zagreb.
Vlado Djurovic joined Vojvodina from Metalac Valjevo, who is currently on third place in Serbian A league. Actually, Napredak Rubin and Metalac share third place with 11-7. At the beginning of the season Metalac spent some time on the first and the second place and it still has a nice chance to reach the Superleague. Djurovic used to work for many teams in the past. Season 06/07 he was a HC of Bulgarian team CSKA Sophia leading it to final of the NBL championship. Two years before that he coached Lietuvos Rytas. In 2002 Djurovic reached the final of French National Cup, but as an assistant coach of ASVEL. In 2000 he won he the Cypriot Cup with Achileas. Except of the above mentioned teams, Djurovic also was HC/AC in Aris, AEK, Panionios, Oostende, Aalst, Dafni, Buducnost and FMP.


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Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 14-2 
 2. Slovan 12-4 
 3. Helios 12-4 
 4. Zlatorog 12-4 
 5. Luka Koper 8-8 
 6. Polzela 7-8 
 7. Elektra 7-9 
 8. Zagorje 7-9 
 9. Postojna 5-11 
 10. TCG Mercator 5-11 
 11. Alpos S. 4-13 
 12. Nova Gorica 3-13 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Olimpija


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 26-11 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 23-14 
 3. Samsung Th. 21-16 
 4. KCC Egis 20-17 
 5. LG Sakers 20-17 
 6. KT&G Kites 18-19 
 7. SK Knights 17-20 
 8. ET Land B.Sl. 16-21 
 9. Orions 15-22 
 10. KTF M.Wings 9-28 


KBL Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Samsung Th. - KT&G Kites 90-84
Samsung rolled past KT&G Kites 90:84 on January 27th. Leather Terrence produced 29 points for the winners and Haynes Aaron netted 26. Chandler Marquin collected 33 points and 12 boards in defeat.

ET Land B.Sl. - KTF M.Wings 104-77
ET Land smashed KTF M.Wings 104:77 for 16-21 record. Seo Jang-Hoon led the winners with 19 points and Powell Carlos nailed 17. Thomas Steve and Hu Hyo-Jin scored 14 points apiece in the losing effort.

Mobis Phoebus - Orions 86-87
Mobis Phoebus lost to Orions 86:87 in Regular Season Round 26 and dropped to 23-14 record. Okosa Reggie led all the winners with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Kim Seung-Hyun nailed 17. Park Goo-Young ended up with 18 points in defeat.

LG Sakers - KCC Egis 77-82
LG Sakers was defeated by KCC Egis 77:82 as Choo Seung-Kyun top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Brand Micah ended up with 16. Crump Brandon chipped in 21 points in the losing effort.

KT&G Kites - SK Knights 74-79
KT&G Kites lost to SK Knights 74:79 in Regular Season Round 26. Shannon Terrence top-scored for the winners with 31 points, while Kim Julian posted 20. Warner Calvin ended up with 21 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 88-69
Dongbu Promy rolled over Samsung 88:69 in the last game of Regular Season Round 26 played on January 29th. White Wendell paced the way with 25 points and Daniels Chris collected 21 points and 10 boards. Haynes Aaron netted 20 points for the visiting side.

KTF M.Wings - Samsung Th. 86-92
KTF M.Wings lost to Samsung 86:92 on January 25th. Leather Terrence top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 21 rebounds. Lee Kyu-Sup notched 24 and Haynes Aaron produced 12. Jones Jonathan posted 30 points in the losing effort.

KT&G Kites - Dongbu Promy 86-72
KT&G Kites overcame Dongbu Promy 86:72 in Regular Season Round 26. Joo Hee-Jung was responsible for 30 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds to lead all the scorers in his team. Chandler Marquin added 24 and Kim Il-Du nailed 11. White Wendell produced 29 points in the losing effort.

LG Sakers - Orions 90-81
January 26th saw LG Sakers beating Orions 90:81. Johnson Ivan top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Crump Brandon finished the night with 20. Okosa Reggie ended up with 21 points in defeat, whilst Sneed Dillon posted 19.

Mobis Phoebus - KCC Egis 76-85
Mobis Phoebus lost another game that time to KCC Egis 76:85. Choo Seung-Kyun top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Brand Micah produced 22. Dunston Bryant finished the night with 14 points in defeat.

Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 88-85
Dongbu Promy improved to 25-11 on the throne after the win over SK Knights 88:85. White Wendell top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 boards, whilst Daniels Chris notched 20. Shannon Terrence ended up with 30 points for the home side.

SK Knights - ET Land B.Sl. 98-90
SK Knights won over ET Land 98:90 as Shannon Terrence was unstoppable with 38 points and 10 boards. Kim Tae-Sool followed him with 21 and Bang Sung-Yun posted 20. Powell Carlos notched 31 points for the visiting side.



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Tau Ceramica outplays Asseco Prokom in Vitoria - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Tau Ceramica - Asseco Prokom 99-77

The reigning Spanish champion opened Euroleague Top 16 in style nailing 99 points against the Polish champ - Asseco Prokom. Tau dominated from the very beginning creating plus 19 after just 10 minutes. The team from Vitoria had couple of players in a game mood. Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored the most, 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) drained 20 points each. William McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) added 11 pts. Asseco Prokom got 19 points from Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke). Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 16 and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had one point less.
As it is mentioned above, Tau had furious first quarter ending it with comfortable 34-15. Prokom managed to improve its game after this opening shock. Mostly owing to Daniel Ewing visitors closed the gap on 36-24. Tau struggled at the offensive end, what Asseco Prokom exploited to come on 47-37. However, the hosts were strong enough to end the first half with more than 10-point lead, after 2 FTs by Sergi Vidal. Ronnie Burrell joined Daniel Ewing after the breather leading Prokom to 7-0 run making it a 5-point game. Sergi Vidal and Pete Mickeal stepped up for Tau helping it to grab back 69-58 after 30 minutes. Experienced players of the Spanish champ managed to keep their lead until the end registering the first win in Euroleague Top 16.

Tau Ceramica: Mirza Teletovic 22+5 boards, Sergi Vidal 20+5 boards, Igor Rakocevic 20, William McDonald 11
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 19, Ronnie Burrell 16+6 boards, David Logan 15


Real Madrid grabs thriller win against Regal Barca 85-83 - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague, Top 16: Real Madrid - Regal Barca 85-83

Real Madrid celebrated in extremely exciting Spanish 'El classico' against the Regal Barca 85-83 in the front of 12.500 fans in Palacio Vistalegre. It means that Real became the first team of Group F who registered victory in Euroleague Top 16. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) and Sergio Llull (178-G-87) were the best scorers in Real with 18 points apiece. The big guy Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) also shined nailing 15 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was on high level in Barca collecting 21 points and 5 boards. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 16 pts. Vasquez also had 5 rebs beside that.
Regal Barca had excellent start reaching 2-8 and later 5-12 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro was on fire and together with Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) and Daniel Santiago led Barca to 16-26. Alex Mumbru drained 7-meter buzzer-beater closing the gap on 19-26. Real Madrid improved its game after that. Louis Bullock wormed up and at the first point helped Real to come on 30-36. Felipe Reyes joined him setting up 6-0 run. However, Fran Vazquez fixed the score on 40-45 at the half time. After couple of minutes in third stanza Barca again jumped on 46-55, but Real managed to come on 59-61 until the end of it. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) scored a triple for Barca and the score was 59-64 after 30 minutes. When Jakovic made a lay-up at the beginning of the last quarter for 62-72 it seemed that the game is almost over for Real. However, Reyes, Llull and Massey didn't have the same thought. They created 9-0 run and later led Real to 81-78 lead with 1:13 to go. At the very end Basile scored the first from the FT line and intentionally missed the second one, but Andersen stepped in before the shot.

Real Madrid: Louis Bullock 18, Sergio Llull 18, Felipe Reyes 15+6 boards
Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 21+5 boards, Fran Vazquez 16+5 boards
Sergio Llull (178-G-87)


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UTT basketball coach,Terry Layton, inducted into Hall of Fame - by Albert-Lee Young

The University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) men basketball coach, Terry Layton, was amongst four inductees into the Northwest Nazarene University 12th Athletic Hall of Fame Class on Saturday 17th January 2009 during a halftime ceremony of the men basketball game against Western Oregon in NNUs Johnson Sports Centre in Nampa, ID.

Coach Terry Layton enters the Hall having served as head coach for the Crusaders from 1975 to 1982, tenure spanning seven winning seasons that held a combined win-loss record of 127-82. Coach Laytons winning percentage of 60.7-percent earned his teams post-season invitations in six of his seven seasons, including five straight NAIA District 11 playoff appearances from 1978 to 1982. A tribute to his influence, no fewer than 10 former players or assistant coaches have become collegiate coaches, including future Crusader head coaches Ed Wiedenbach, Mike Terpstra and fellow Hall of Fame members Garry Matlock and Roger Schmidt.

This was the second collegiate accolade bestowed upon Layton within the last year. On February 23, 2008 Layton was honoured as one of Oklahoma Panhandle State Universitys most successful coaches. He was joined by most of his former Aggie team members for a 25th Anniversary celebration. In 1983, Layton led his team to the NAIA playoffs, making it to the second round. About his amazing 33-5 record that year, Layton said, We played only 10 home games that year and won more road games than any team that year except the (NBA) 76ers.

The team featured outstanding players such as Bernard Hill and Keith Williams, who were both drafted by the National Basketball Association.

With an impressive U.S. A. collegiate coaching resume Layton turned to the professional ranks, coaching teams in the United States (CBA, IBA, USBL); China; Costa Rica; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Taiwan; and Venezuela. He also coached national teams for Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Qatar and as well as scouting for the NBA.

Layton was hired as the head coach for the University of Trinidad and Tobago men basketball program last summer. Currently his team is enjoying a successful season in the Stag Super 10 Basketball League and qualified for the semi finals of the Big Four Playoffs with an impressive 8-2 record.

Besides coaching he is also involved in the development of four-degree programs in physical education at UTT Academy of Sport and athletics in partnership with national sports federations.


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Basketball Academy for the Americas: Behavior and parental control - by David Edole

Behavior and parental control

One of the major problems that coaches have to face is the attitude that parents assume during matches. Many, if not all, a coach do not know how to avoid this problem. This problem comes around due to having few if any controls or standards established before the start of the basketball season. A coach should establish good relationships with parents; he should meet with the players parents and explain the control rules or standards for his team.

The first meeting with the players parents must include the following topics:
1. Have all the necessary information in writing and ready to give a copy to parents. These documents should include essential information such as your name, phone, address, and the pertinent information of your coaching assistants.
2. Find out who can help you: There might be some parents that could help you in case of sickness, rain, or any other problems that might occur. Some other could help out by bringing refreshments, juice, ice, and/or water; they could also help out by passing those out as needed during the game. This is a perfect time to recruit volunteers.
3. Explain the participation rules for the league. Let all parents know if there are any mandatory rules on play time for the players in a game.
4. Explain the equipment and/or materials to be used and any safety instructions you might have for those. This takes very little time, but it is a very important thing to address in this first meeting.
5. Ask the parents to inform of any medical conditions that their children might have to you. This should be discussed on a one on one basis with the relevant parents, in private if they so choose. This medical report on the child is extremely important, as a security measure. Be sure to obtain information on any illness or physical problem of the child.
6. Discuss candidly with Mom and Dad about what you expect from them, especially concerning their conduct during practices and games. Naturally you expect of them to act as good adults and be positive examples for the children.
7. Talk of sportsmanship and how do you expect the children to behave. Using examples, explain to children what sportsmanship means: be respectful towards referees and other game officials, shaking hands with the opponent after the game is over and treating your opponent with respect.
8. Establish a discipline system and/or rules to follow. Discuss these with both parents and players. Ergo, If you can not come to practice or to a game, please call 24 hours ahead.
9. After the meeting, take a moment to hand out a copy of the practice and game itinerary and the playing uniforms. Take a few minutes to meet and learn something about the child. Learn his full name and present him/her to the team.
10. Hand out your work plan for the season to the parents and explain your basic coaching philosophy.

Reasons why children want to participate in Sports.
If you have yet noticed why is it that your child jumps and runs around or thinks of joining a team sport or practice an individual sport such as tennis or swimming or boxing, here are some of the reasons why:
1. For fun
2. To learn to develop their skills
3. To exercise and stay in shape
4. To do something and have fun
5. To play in a team
6. To compete
7. To win
8. To learn how to socialize

If you question why your once athletic son/daughter has lost all desire to run, to assist to his/her practice sessions or games, here is a list of possible reasons why:
1. He/She has lost interest, is tired or finds this particular sport boring
2. He/She is not having fun any more.
3. The sport takes a lot of his/hers spare time
4. The coach is very bad and does not teach
5. He/She is under a lot of pressure
6. The coach only plays with his favorites
7. The coach places too much emphasis on winning

By: Victor Vitito Ojeda, Coach



Jevon James named player of the week - by David Edole
NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/26/09)--Coast Guard forward Jevon James (196-F) has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week.

James recorded his second double-double of the season as he had game high's with 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Bears snapped a six-game losing streak by scoring the final 11 points of the game for a 54-41 victory over Springfield in the Bears only game of the week on Wednesday.

The sophomore was 7 for 10 from the floor and two of three from the line in the win.

James earns NEWMAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Coast Guard is now 8-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play.


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NBDL's Austin Toros add Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
The Toros announced today the addition of Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) to the roster. London born, Mensah-Bonsu is a 6-10, 240 pound forward/center who spent his collegiate years at George Washington University. He was second team all-conference in 2004-05, and first team all-conference in 2005-2006.

Mensah-Bonsu signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 and was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers, the NBA D-League affiliate. He played in the inaugural D-League All-Star game and was named MVP, with 30 points and seven rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu played in Italy during the 2007-08 season with team Benetton Treviso, averaging 8.3 points and 9.2 rebounds

Mensah-Bonsu is the latest of several roster changes for the Toros following the departure of forwards, Andre Brown and Charles Gaines. The Toros added guard Nate Brown (St. Peter's) late last week. In his second game with the Toros, Brown posted two points, four assists, and two steals in 12 minutes against the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

Mensah-Bonsu will join the Toros for back to back games in Tulsa this Friday and Saturday. He will wear jersey #44.

For season and group ticket information, call the Toros office at (512)236-8333 or visit austintoros.com.

Courtesy of The Austin Toros


Everton Tigers: Eagles Trophy Semi-final clash dates announced - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers have announced the dates of their upcoming semi final clash against Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Trophy.

The two-legged tie against their North East rivals will start on Tuesday 17th February at Greenbank (t.o. 7.30pm) with the return on Saturday 20th at the Metro Arena, Newcastle (t.o. 7.30pm).

The winners will be decided on aggregate points and play the victors of the Southern semi-final between Plymouth Raiders and Guildford Heat in the Trophy final.

The Championship rivals have only clashed in the BBL Cup so far, and the form guide points to a finely balanced tie.

Newcastle will be out to avenge their Cup defeat, which led to Everton Tigers picking up their first piece of silverware.

Everton lost the first leg of the Cup Semi Final, but came through to win on aggregate by only four points.


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Cavs vs Sigauke...round 3 - by Roderick Takawira
The weekend sees the clash between perennial rivals Kingdom Cavaliers and Sigauke at the University of Zimbabwe on Saturday. Its1-1 so far this season. Sigauke beating Cavaliers 31-23 in the league on November 8, 2008 at the City Sports Centre. Sigauke will want to forget that game as it cost them the services of mercurial point guard Tawanda Yanga Chitsinde who broke a bone in his left foot. The very next weekend, Cavaliers paid Sigauke back in the quarter-finals of the Premier Knockout Trophy eliminating Sigauke 52-51 a game Sigauke Benjamin Jani will want to forget as he missed 2 free throws with 4 seconds on the clock and Sigauke down 51-52. Both teams have changed manpower considerably with Cavaliers bringing in big men in George Runganga, Thabani Matikiti who team up with veterans Tafi Magician Soko, Mdu Mathe and Sam Parirayi (-G) to form a formidable 5. Sigauke have brought in prodigal son Simba Mhukahuru (213-C-80) back from the cold but have lost 4 youngsters in the half-season break. Shrewd mentor Tafara Makayi has had more time with his team and his combination with Andrew Dru Chitauro seems to be working. On paper Cavaliers has the urge but Sigauke has Yanga back and his brother Taurayi Chitsinde is putting up some impressive numbers. The better team will win and not the team with the better players. Both Sigauke and Cavaliers round up their weekend with games against UZ Stars and NABA Pross.

Game of the week has to be the battle between the Comeback Boys Nuggets against lively Stormers. Both teams field at least 3 U/20 internationals in their lie-up and this is going to be a battle for bragging rights. Nuggets coach Norest Shenje a full Zimbabwe international himself squares up against cunning Linos Ninja Mushongas boys. Nuggets have the edge as they can get really physical whilst Stormers has size.




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Women News

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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. BC Star 11-0 
 2. Tall.Living 8-3 
 3. Tallinna Kalev 3-7 
 4. Tartu 3-8 
 5. Audentes 2-9 


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 LaToya DAVIS
  Athinaikos
  (186-F/C-84)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Murphy, San Jose23.3 
 2. Anderson, Olivais22.0 
 3. Houston, Bnot Hash.21.5 
 4. Bowie, Aris H.21.3 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Dex.20.8 
 6. Hicks, U.Neuchatel20.3 
 7. Joens, Rivas Ecopolis19.7 
 8. Comfort, Buducnost19.5 
 9. Walker, Botas19.2 
 10. Kaltsidou, Esperid.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ambrosia ANDERSON
  Olivais
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anosike, Ramla13.3 
 2. Comfort, Buducnost13.2 
 3. Walker, Botas12.8 
 4. Kajdacsi, Sf.Gheor.11.8 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Dex.11.7 
 6. Bue, Zeljeznicar10.2 
 7. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes10.1 
 8. Roglic, Crvena Zv.10.1 
 9. Davis, Athinaikos9.9 
 10. Reves, Aris.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Monika BORIGA
  Targoviste
  (176-G/F-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Alben, Galatasaray7.3 
 2. Gkouzini, Athinaikos6.6 
 3. Zoll, Sf.Gheorghe6.4 
 4. Furesz, Szeged6.1 
 5. Carpreaux, Dexia5.8 
 6. Kalentzou, Esper.5.4 
 7. Charlier, U.Neuchatel5.4 
 8. Revuelto, San Jose5.2 
 9. Lacy, AEL4.7 
 10. Stankovic, Hem.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zhanna MILANOVICH
  Spartak N.
  (176-G-74)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Carpreaux, Dexia4.6 
 2. Kalentzou, Esper.3.8 
 3. Charlier, U.Neuchatel3.8 
 4. Alben, Galatasaray3.6 
 5. Luptakova, Challes3.6 
 6. Chatzinikola., Esperi.3.0 
 7. Volkova, Chevakata3.0 
 8. White, Ramla2.9 
 9. Zoll, Sf.Gheorghe2.9 
 10. Kalogirou, Esperid.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jackie MCFARLAND
  Esperides
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Toma, Targoviste2.2 
 2. Bokareva, Chevakata1.7 
 3. Taylor, AZS Gorzow1.7 
 4. Davis, Esperides1.7 
 5. Bavendam, Botas1.6 
 6. Andersson, Solna V.1.5 
 7. Alyoshkina, Arvi1.5 
 8. Pirsic, EBE I.1.3 
 9. Comfort, Buducnost1.3 
 10. Vizbariene, Dynamo.1.3 


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  GERMANY - Women  


WNBA player joins HTC - by Moritz Korff

Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, college: UNLV) has made a deal with Herner TC and will play for the DBBL outfit for the rest of this current season. The 22-year-old completed her collegiate career at UNLV last year. As a senior she had averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals through 30 games. She made her first steps as a professional playing in the WNBA (17 games: 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg for the Houston Comets in the 2008 campaign). The 2007 All-MWC Defensive Player of the Year played in Spain earlier this season. She appeared in 7 games for EBE Ibiza-PDV and posted 6.7 points as well as 3.4 boards per contest in the LFB. In three games in Eurocup competition Holmes had averages of 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds.

In her first appearance on the Herne team she scored 16 points in a practice game game against Phoenix Hagen, which HTC won 81:61.



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  GREECE - Women  


Dynamo Kursk grabs nice 64-53 victory in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup, 1/8 Finals: Panionios - Dynamo Kursk 53-64

Dynamo Kursk demonstrated nice performance in the first game of the EuroCup 1/8 finals. The Russian representative celebrated in Athens 64-53 thanks to fantastic 13-1 run in the last 3 minutes. Varvara Psareva (194-C-85) was a key player for the wining squad delivering 19 points and pulling down 7 rebounds for 32 minutes. She made 5/5 for FG2 and 6/6 from the FT line, but with only 1/6 for 3-pts. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) also shined for Dynamo collecting 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, college: Tennessee) and Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75) netted 10 points in loss. Fluker had 8 rebounds beside that. The second game is scheduled for February 5th.
Dynamo was better team at the beginning. After just few minutes it was 0-5 and later 8-13 lead for the Russian squad. However, Tye'sha Fluker and her teammates immediately responded with 8-0 run setting the score on 16-13 after 10 minutes. At the beginning of the next stanza Panionios touched 24-19. After that moment, Varvara Psareva and Sandra Valuzyte stepped up for the guests creating 17-8 run. It was 32-36 at the half time. Dynamo had 6 to 10-point lead during the entire third quarter, keeping Panionos on distance. The hosts showed their real face at the beginning of the last frame making 8-0 run, closed by Aikaterina Deli for 52-51 lead. It seemed that Panionios is close to make a crucial step, but that didn't happen. Dynamo Kursk took care for the furious 13-1 run for excellent plus 11 before the second game, 53-64.

Panionios: Tye'sha Fluker 10+8 boards, Aikaterina Deli 10
Dynamo Kursk: Varvara Psareva 19+7 boards, Sandra Valuzyte 16+5 boards+5 as


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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland Express league results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
A & B groups started last night.
Results from B group.
Grindavik 78 Snaefell 59. Petrunella Skuladottir 24. Jovanna Stefansdottir 16 for Grindavik. For Snaefell Kristen Green 24 + 14 boards. Berglind Gunnarsdottir 13.
Valur 78 Fjolnir 54.,B. Toplak 18. Osp Johannsdottir 15 for Valur. Effemia Sigurbjornsdottir 15 for Fjolnir.

A group results.
Haukar 65. KR 57. Slavica Dimovska 20 Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 12 for Haukar. Sigrun Amundadottir 14. Gudrun Thorsteinsdottir 13 for KR.
Keflavik 92 Hamar 83 Even Julia Demirer (184-F, college: Emmanuel (MA)) had a monster double/double 34 pts & 27 rebounds Hamar lost.
Top scorers for Keflavik. Birna Valgardsdottir 31. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 18. For Hamar Julia Demirer 34 + 27. Hafrun Halfdanardottir 16. LaKiste Barkus 15


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  LATVIA - Women  


TTT Riga add two more LSBL victories - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga played two games in Round 14 and celebrated two more comprehensive wins. First the defending champions taught SK Riga a good lesson beating them 98:29. The champions outgunned the SK Riga 28:7 in the starting frame but the more were to come. SK Riga failed to register a single point in the second stanza to trail by insurmountable 48 points at halftime. The second half was just a formality as TTT Riga eased to another win in the championship. Merike Anderson (181-G/F-81) had another impressive performance with 29 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) added 26 points for the winners. Ance Celmina (188-F/C-91) answered with 8 points in the loss.
Next day TTT Riga faced DU/Swedbank and earned a 107:51 win. The intrigue lived not for long in this one as TTT Riga rushed to a 25-point halftime lead. DU had nothing to answer with after the major break and had to surrender at the end. Merike Anderson nailed 42 points to lead the winners. Dita Krumberga had 26 points and 13 boards in the 19th straight win for TTT Riga. Kristina Egle topscored with 19 points for DU.
Cesis grabbed the 15th win as they held off Liepaja 90:50 away from home. Cesis dominated throughout the action and posted a well-deserved success at the end. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, college: UCSB) tallied 21 points and 14 boards for Cesis. Ieva Tare (185-F-74) contributed 20 points for the winning side. Sabine Niedola (182-F-91) led the hosts with 17 points and 8 caroms.


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 19-0 
 2. Cesis 14-2 
 3. TTT Jun. 14-4 
 4. Turiba/K. 8-10 
 5. RTU-Merks 8-10 
 6. Liepajas met. 6-11 
 7. SK Riga 2-17 
 8. DU/Swedbank 1-18 


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 22.4
2 Steinberga Jun 20.4
3 Troina TTT Riga 18.2
4 Mann Cesis 17.5
5 Anderson TTT 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Steinberga Juni 12.5
2 Niedola Liepajas 11.5
3 Mann Cesis 9.5
4 Eglite RTU 9.4
5 Vitola SK Riga 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 Burian TTT Riga 5.9
2 Tare SK Cesis 3.8
3 Troina TTT Riga 3.7
4 Karklina SK Cesis 3.3
5 Priede Jun 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Karklina SK Cesis 4.5
2 Troina TTT Riga 4.3
3 Krumberga TTT 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Vitola SK Riga 2.4
2 Surkusa Jun 1.6
3 Gailite RTU 1.5
Ranking
1 Niedola Liepajas 26.1
2 Steinberga Jun 21.6
3 Mann Cesis 21.0
4 Troina TTT Riga 20.3
5 Kublina TTT Riga 19.3


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. TEO Vilnius 17-0 
 2. Arvi 15-2 
 3. Lemminkain. 11-6 
 4. Aistes-Atletas 8-8 
 5. Ruta Siauliai 4-13 
 6. Egle Panev. 2-15 
 7. Alytus 1-16 


Laisve speed up in LMKL - by Eurobasket News
Laisve looked solid in LMKL Round 18 coming up with two straight wins. They handled Alytus and Ruta to improve at 10-8 record in the table.
Laisve started off with a road 80:46 win over Alytus. The teams kept it close in the first half as Laisve led by just 7 points at the interval. However the visitors limited Alytus to only 18 points in the second part of the encounter and got away with a comfortable win. Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) and Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) scored 16 points each to lead Laisve. Asta Daujadiene (176-G-73) and Egle Taraseviciute (182-F-90) had 11 points each in the win. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) responded with game-high 28 points and 14 boards for Alytus.
Laisve then faced Ruta at home court and earned even more confident 82:37 victory. This time Jolanta Marmiene nailed 20 points and grabbed 6 boards to lead the way for Laisve. Irma Raugaite finished with 15 points in the win. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) had 24 points and 7 boards for Ruta as they slipped at 4-13 record.
Lemminkainen scorched Egle 111:69 on the road. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) nailed 31 points, grabbed 9 boards and issued 8 assists for the visitors. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) contributed 28 points and 7 assists in the triumph. Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) was responsible for 20 points and 11 boards as Egle suffered the 15th loss in the season.
Arvi gained the 15th win as they held off Ruta 97:58 before the home fans. Vaida Pacauskiene (176-G-79) had 16 points, while Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) added 15 for Arvi to climb at 15-2 record. Lina Aglinskaite topscored with 25 points for Ruta in the loss.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


No. 3 California (Pa.) handles No. 9 Indiana (Pa.) - by Eurobasket News
In a match-up of two Top 10 programs, junior guard Brooque Williams (5'8''-G) scored 30 points to help lift the No. 3-ranked California (Pa.) Vulcans past rival and No. 9-rated Indiana (Pa.) 66-43 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play Wednesday, January 28.

The California womens basketball team, which is ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Region, improves to 16-2 overall and 5-0 in league action. Indiana, ranked No. 2 in the region, falls to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in divisional play.

Williams posted her 10th-straight double-double (14th of the season) with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds (three offensive). She made 13-of-19 attempts from the floor, while playing all 40 minutes. A three-time recipient of PSAC West Player of the Week, Williams leads the 16-team conference with 21.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

Sophomore forward Kayla Smith added 11 points, eight rebounds (five offensive), four steals and two blocks in the win. Senior guard Shaquetta Mance finished with 10 points off the bench, while point guard Crystal Andrews collected seven assists and five steals.

The Vulcans jumped to a 16-4 lead in the opening seven-plus minutes and never relinquished the lead to the Crimson Hawks, who were the pre-season favorite to win the division. In the first half, Cal U expanded its lead to as many as 16 points, 29-13, with 4:17 remaining before the break on a jumper by Williams. IUP eventually trimmed the deficit to 10 points to trail 31-21 at halftime.

Williams scored 14 of the Vulcans 31 points in the opening half and Cal U out-rebounded IUP by a 21-12 margin.

Cal U opened the second half on a 15-3 rally to increase its lead to 46-24 on a fastbreak lay-up by Andrews with 14:51 left in the game. The Vulcans would then hold a 20-plus point lead throughout the remainder of the contest, which was a rematch of last seasons PSAC Tournament Championship. Cal U lead by as many as 25 points, 66-41, when Williams scored a lay-up with 38 seconds left.

For the game, the Vulcans made 50.0 percent (27-of-54) of their shots and limited the Crimson Hawks to only a 32.1 shooting percentage (18-of-56) their third-lowest total of the season.

Cal U held a dominant 42-27 advantage on the glass, as four players collected seven-plus rebounds. The Vulcan pressure also forced 19 turnovers that were converted into 27 points.

Courtesy of California-Pa.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Dynamo Kursk grabs nice 64-53 victory in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Eurocup, 1/8 Finals: Panionios - Dynamo Kursk 53-64

Dynamo Kursk demonstrated nice performance in the first game of the EuroCup 1/8 finals. The Russian representative celebrated in Athens 64-53 thanks to fantastic 13-1 run in the last 3 minutes. Varvara Psareva (194-C-85) was a key player for the wining squad delivering 19 points and pulling down 7 rebounds for 32 minutes. She made 5/5 for FG2 and 6/6 from the FT line, but with only 1/6 for 3-pts. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) also shined for Dynamo collecting 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tye'sha Fluker (196-C-84, college: Tennessee) and Aikaterina Deli (166-G-75) netted 10 points in loss. Fluker had 8 rebounds beside that. The second game is scheduled for February 5th.
Dynamo was better team at the beginning. After just few minutes it was 0-5 and later 8-13 lead for the Russian squad. However, Tye'sha Fluker and her teammates immediately responded with 8-0 run setting the score on 16-13 after 10 minutes. At the beginning of the next stanza Panionios touched 24-19. After that moment, Varvara Psareva and Sandra Valuzyte stepped up for the guests creating 17-8 run. It was 32-36 at the half time. Dynamo had 6 to 10-point lead during the entire third quarter, keeping Panionos on distance. The hosts showed their real face at the beginning of the last frame making 8-0 run, closed by Aikaterina Deli for 52-51 lead. It seemed that Panionios is close to make a crucial step, but that didn't happen. Dynamo Kursk took care for the furious 13-1 run for excellent plus 11 before the second game, 53-64.

Panionios: Tye'sha Fluker 10+8 boards, Aikaterina Deli 10
Dynamo Kursk: Varvara Psareva 19+7 boards, Sandra Valuzyte 16+5 boards+5 as


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA reduces rosters from 13 to 11 - by Eurobasket News
Rosters for the 13 WNBA teams will shrink from a maximum 13 to 11, a move that further condenses the league's job market.

'I'm not for it, although I understand why,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'From a practical standpoint there will be fewer jobs. And I don't know if people have figured out the implications once injuries arise, how it affects practice. It was nice for me to always have the extra roster spot or two.'

The move comes two months after the Houston Comets folded. That and the roster reductions leave 39 fewer roster spots available.

Sun General manager Chris Sienko said the reduction wasn't based on the sagging economy as much as the need for conformity.

'I can't say this is because of the economic times,' Sienko said. 'There were some teams in the league that weren't even carrying that many [because of cap space]. We carried 12 last year season, 13 the year before. And we always brought our extra players on the road.

'The question ultimate became, 'What's best [for the league?]' Are we trying to keep things [uniform] across the board.'

The league's salary cap will stay the same ($803,000). So the savings provide teams an extra $70,000.

Thibault said the extra money can not be spent on high-end players because there's a cap limit [approximately $100,000) to what they can earn.

'You can't reward them anymore,' Thibault said. 'But it won't stop me from pursuing the players I want. What it might mean is, if we get some of the players, others may lose their jobs as a result.'

The Sun's major free agent pursuits remain All-Stars Lauren Jackson and Tina Thompson. He is also looking for a sharp-shooting scorer.

The Sun are close to signing Latvian Olympic team captain, Anete Jekabzone, 25, a 5-foot-9 guard who was third in scoring at the Beijing Olympics.

Former UConn standout Svetlana Abrosimova, who joined the Sun after the Olympics last season, is an unrestricted free agent, but likely won't return because of her commitment to the Russian national team.

The Sun have re-signed Danielle Page, Barbara Turner and Kerry Gardin to join Tamika Whitmore, Gruda, Asjha Jones, Amber Holt, Ketia Swanier, Erin Phillips and Lindsay Whalen.

Still unsigned are Lauren Ervin, a third-round pick in 2008, Tamika Raymond, another ex-UConn player who is an unrestricted free agent, and restricted free agent Jamie Carey, who is a high school coach in Colorado.

Courtesy of http://www.courant.com


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  ZIMBABWE - Women  


Season updates - by Roderick Takawira
Golden Girls of basketball Real Returners have 2 winnable games against luckless UZ Stars and The Models, Kingdom Cavaliers. But Returners need to watch out for Cavaliers as they are shedding their model image and playing some hard grinding basketball.